The PINK FAIRY BOOK - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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1 And I five florins and some sweets, which you can divide between you, for the king has taken me into his service.' Then Ciccu went back to the Court and served the king, and the king loved him.
The other two brothers heard that Ciccu had become quite an important person, and they grew envious, and thought how they could put him to shame. At last they came to the king and said to him, ' O king! your palace is beautiful indeed, but to be worthy of you it lacks one thing — the sword of the Man-eater.'
'How can I get it? ' asked the king.
' Oh, Ciccu can get it for you ; ask him.'
So the king sent for Ciccu and said to him, ' Ciccu, you must at any price manage to get the sword of the Man-eater.'
Ciccu was very much surprised at this sudden command, and he walked thoughtfully away to the stables and began to stroke his favourite horse, saying to him­self, ' Ah, my pet, we must bid each other good-bye, for the king has sent me away to get the sword of the Man-eater.' Now this horse was not like other horses, for it was a talking horse, and knew a great deal about many things, so it answered, ' Fear nothing, and do as I tell you. Beg the king to give you fifty gold pieces and leave to ride me, and the rest will be easy.' Ciccu believed what the horse said, and prayed the king to grant him what he asked. Then the two friends set out, but the horse chose what roads he pleased, and directed Ciccu in everything.
It took them many days' hard riding before they reached the country where the Man-eater lived, and then the horse told Ciecu to stop a group of old women who were coming chattering through the wood, and offer them each a shilling if they would collect a number of mosquitos and tie them up in a bag. When the bag was full Ciccu put it on his shoulder and stole into the house of the Man-eater (who had gone to look for his dinner)
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