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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THE CAT'S ELOPEMENT
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kind that everybody loved her, and she would have led a happy life, had it not been for a serpent who had fallen in love with her, and was constantly annoying her by his presence. Her servants had orders to drive him away as often as he appeared ; but as they were careless, and the serpent very sly, it sometimes happened that he was able to slip past them, and to frighten the princess by
appearing before her. One day she was seated in her room, playing on her favourite musical instrument, when she felt something gliding up her sash, and saw her enemy making his way to kiss her cheek. She shrieked and threw herself backwards, and Gon, who had been curled up on a stool at her feet, understood her terror, and with one bound seized the snake by his neck. He
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