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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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and to send an ambassador to Kristopo to try to arrange matters.
So the Prince Zeprady departed for the court of Rati-bouf, and on his way lie met Cornichon, who was en­camped with his army just outside the gates of Bagota. The Prince showed him the fairy's written order that for the present peace must still be kept, and Cornichon, filled with longing to see Toupette once more, begged to be allowed to accompany Zeprady on his mission to Ratibouf.
By this time the genius's passion for Toupette, which had caused all these troubles, had died out, and he willingly accepted the terms of peace offered by Zeprady, though he informed the prince that he still believed the fairy to be guilty of the dreadful change in the girl. To this the prince only replied that on that point he had a witness who could prove, better than anyone else, if it was Toupette or not, and desired that Cornichon should be sent for.
When Toupette was told that she was to see her old lover again, her heart leapt with joy; but soon the recol­lection came to her of all that had happened, and she re­membered that Cornichon would be changed as well as she. The moment of their meeting was not all happiness, es­pecially on the part of Toupette, who could not forget her lost beauty, and the genius, who was present, was at last convinced that he had not been deceived, and went out to sign the treaty of peace, followed by his attendants.
' Ah, Toupette : my dear Toupette ! ' cried Cornichon, as soon as they were left alone; ' now that we are once more united, let our past troubles be forgotten.'
' Our past troubles! ' answered she, ' and what do you call our lost beauty and the dreadful future before us? You are looking fifty years older than when I saw you last, and I know too well that fate has treated me no better!'
' Ah, do not say that,' replied Cornichon, clasping her hand, ' You are different, it is true ; but every age has its
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