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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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have her ; but first we must have one more trial, just to see if thou art fated to have her. She shall hide herself twice, and then thou shalt hide thyself twice. If thou canst find her each time that ohe hides herself, and if she cannot find thee in thy hiding-places, then it is fated, and thou shalt have the Princess.'
' That, too, was not in our bargain,' said the youth. ' But we will make this trial since it must be so.'
So the King's daughter was to hide herself first.
Then she changed herself into a duck, and lay swimming in a lake that was just outside the palace. But the youth went down into the stable and asked Dapplegrim what she had done with her­self.
' Oh, all that you have to do is to take your gun, and go down to the water and aim at the duck which is swimming about there, and she will soon discover herself,' said Dapplegrim.
The youth snatched up his gun and ran to the lake. ' I will iust have a shot at that duck,' said he, and began to aim at it.
' Oh, no, dear friend, don't shoot! It is I,' said the Princess. So he had found her once.
The second time the Princess changed herself into a loaf, and laid herself on the table among four other loaves; and she was so like the other loaves that no one could see any difference between them.
But the 3-outh again went down to the stable to Dapplegrirn, and told him that the Princess had hidden herself again, and that he had not the least idea what had become of her.
' Oh, just take a very large bread-knife, sharpen it, and pretend that you are going to cut straight through the third of the four loaves which are lying on the kitchen table in the King's palace —count them from right to left—and you will soon find her,' said Dapplegrim.
So the youth went up to the kitchen, and began to sharpen the largest bread-knife that he could find ; then he caught hold of the third loaf on the left-hand side, and put the knife to it as if he meant to cut it straight in two. ' I will have a bit of this bread for myself,' said he.
' No, dear friend, don't cut, it is I!' said the Princess again; so he had found her the second time.
And now it was his turn to go and hide himself; but Dapplegrim had given him such good instructions that it was not easy to find him. First he turned himself into a horse-fly, and hid himself in
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