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A Collection of Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THE MAGIC MIRROR
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traitor, and from her he learnt the secret of the Magic Mirror. One night, when all the town slept, he felt be­neath her pillow and, finding the Mirror, he stole it and fled back with it to Rei, the chief of the white men.
So it befell that one day, as Gopani-Kufa was gazing at the river from a window of the palace, he again saw the war-canoes of the white men; and at the sight his spirit misgave him.
'Shasasa! my daughter!' he cried wildly, 'go fetch me the Mirror, for the white men are at hand.'
'Woe is me, my father!' she sobbed. 'The Mirror is gone! For I loved Butou the traitor, and he has stolen Sipao from me!'
Then Gopani-Kufa calmed himself, and drew out Zengi-mizi from its rush basket.
'O spirit of my father!' he said, 'what now shall I do?'
'O Gopani-Kufa!' hummed the wasp, 'there is nothing now that can be done, for the words of the antelope which you slew are being fulfilled.'
' Alas! I am an old man — I had forgotten!' cried the chief. 'The words of the antelope were true words — my reward shall be my own undoing — they are being fulfilled!'
Then the white men fell upon the people of Gopani-Kufa and slew them together with the chief and his daugh­ter Shasasa; and since then all the power of the Earth has rested in the hands of the white men, for they have in their possession Sipao, the Magic Mirror.
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