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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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husband handsomer, cleverer, and more charming than anyone else in the world.'
The king was overjoyed by her words, and from early in the morning till late at night he sat at the window and looked carefully at all the passers-by, in the hopes of find­ing a son-in-law among them.
One day, seeing a very good-looking man crossing the street, the king called his daughter and said: ' Come quickly, dear Cannetella, and look at this man, for I think he might suit you as a husband.'
They called the young man into the palace, and set a sumptuous feast before him, with every sort of delicacy you can imagine. In the middle of the meal the youth let an almond fall out of his mouth, which, however, he picked up again very quickly and hid under the table-cloth.
When the feast was over the stranger went away, and the king asked Cannetella: ' Well, what did you think of the youth ? '
' I think he was a clumsy wretch,' replied Cannetella. ' Fancy a- man of his age letting an almond fall out of his mouth! '
When the king heard her answer he returned to his watch at the window, and shortly afterwards a very hand­some young man passed by. The king instantly called his daughter to come and see what she thought of the new comer.
' Call him in,' said Cannetella, ' that we may see him close.'
Another splendid feast was prepared, and when the stranger had eaten and drunk as much as he was aide, and had taken his departure, the king asked Cannetella how she liked him.
' Not at all,' replied his daughter; ' what could you do with a man who requires at least two servants to help him on with his cloak, because he is too awkward to put it on properly himself?'
' If that's all you have against him,' said the kiDg, c I
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