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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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Soon after another cock crowed. ' Tell me now which one it is,' called the witch. And, prompted by Bensiabel, Prunella answered: ' That is the black cock.'
A few minutes after the crowing was heard again, and the voice of the witch demanding ' Which one was that?'
And again Prunella implored Bensiabel to help her. But this time he hesitated, for he hoped that Prunella might forget that he was a witch's son, and promise to give him a kiss. And as he hesitated he heard an agonised cry from the girl: ' Bensiabel, Bensiabel, save me! The witch is coming, she is close to me, I hear the gnashing of her teeth !'
With a bound Bensiabel opened his door and flung himself against the witch. He pulled her back with such force that she stumbled, and falling headlong, dropped down dead at the foot of the stairs.
Then, at last, Prunella was touched by Bensiabel's goodness and kindness to her, and she became his wife, and they lived happily ever after.
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