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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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CANNETELLA                             337
of my saddle, and will bring her to my own kingdom, where there is no lack of courtiers or servants, or, indeed, of anything your daughter can desire.'
At first the king was very much against Cannetella's departing in this fashion ; but finally Scioravante got his way, and placing the princess before him on his horse, he set out for his own country.
Towards evening he dismounted, and entering a stable he placed Cannetella in the same stall as his horse, and said to her: ' Now listen to what I have to say. I am going to my home now, and that is a seven years' journey from here; you must wait for me in this stable, and never move from the spot, or let yourself be seen by a living soul. If you disobey my commands, it will be the worse for you.'
The princess answered meekly: ' Sir I am youv servant, and will do exactly as you bid me ; but I should like to know what I am to live on till you come back?'
' You can take what the horses leave,' was Scio-ravante's reply.
When the magician had left her Cannetella felt very miserable, and bitterly cursed the day she was born. She spent all her time weeping and bemoaning the cruel fate that had driven her from a palace into a stable, from soft, down cushions to a bed of straw, and from the dainties of her father's table to the food that the horses left.
She led this wretched life for a few months, and dur­ing that time she never saw who fed and watered the horses, for it was all done by invisible hands.
One day, when she was more than usually unhappy, she perceived a little crack in the wall, through which she could see a beautiful garden, with all manner of delicious fruits and flowers growing in it. The sight and smell of such delicacies were too much for poor Canne­tella, and she said to herself, ' I wrill slip quietly out, and pick a few oranges and grapes, and I don't care what
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