The RED Fairy Book - online children's book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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Instantly the lady opened her lustrous eyes, and saw the Eagle hovering near.
' Ah ! stay, dear love, stay,' she cried. But the Eagle, uttering a dolorous cry, fluttered his broad wings and disappeared. Then the lady turned to Prince Curlicue, and said :
' I know that it is to you I owe my deliverance from an enchant­ment which has held me for two hundred years. If there is any­thing that I can do for you in return, you have only to tell me, and all my fairy power shall be used to make you happy.'
' Madain,' said Prince Curlicue, ' I wish to be allowed to restore your beloved Florimond to his natural foim, since I cannot forget the tears you shed for him.'
' That is very amiable of you, dear Prince,' said the Fairy, ' but it is reserved for another person to do that. I cannot explain more at present. But is there nothing you wish for yourself? '
' Madam,' cried the Prince, flinging himself down at her feet, ' only look at my ugliness. I am called Curlicue, and am an object of derision ; I entreat you to make me less ridiculous.'
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