see how the land lies. You are determined not to have a husband at all; but marry someone you shall, for I do not mean my name and house to die out.'
k Well, then, my dear parent,' said Cannetella, ' I must tell you at once that you had better not count upon me, for I never mean to marry unless I can find a man with a sold head and gold teeth.'
The king was very angry at finding his daughter so obstinate; but as he always gave the girl her own way in everything, he issued a proclamation to the effect that any man with a gold head and gold teeth might come forward and claim the princess as his bride, and the kingdom of Bello Puojo as a wedding gift.
Now the king had a deadly enemy called Scioravante, who was a very powerful magician. No sooner had this man heard of the proclamation than he summoned his attendant spirits and commanded them to gild his head and teeth. The spirits said, at first, that the task was beyond their powers, and suggested that a pair of golden horns attached to his forehead would both be easier to make and more comfortable to wear; but Seioravante would allow no compromise, and insisted on haying a head and teeth made of the finest gold. When it was fixed on his shoulders he went for a stroll in front of the palace. And the king, seeing the very man he was in search of, called his daughter, and said: ' Just look out of the window, and you will find exactly what you want'
Then, as Scioravante was hurrying past, the king shouted out to him : ' Just stop a minute, brother, and don't be in such desperate haste. If you will step in here you shall haye my daughter for a wife, and I will send attendants with her, and as many horses and servants as you wish.'
' A thousand thanks,' returned Scioravante ; ' I shall be delighted to marry your daughter, but it is quite unnecessary to send anyone to accompany her. Give me a horse aud I will carry off the princess in front