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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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92                 THE GRATEFUL PRINCE
would not lose the path. As they fled, the girl told him that she had overheard a conversation between the old man and his grandmother, saying that she was a king's daughter, whom the old fellow had obtained by canning from her parents. The prince, who knew all about the
affair, was silent, though he was glad from his heart that it had fallen to his lot to set her free. So they went on till the day began to dawn.
The old man slept very late that morning, and rubbed his eyes till he was properly awake. Then he remembered that very soon the couple were to present themselves before him. After waiting and waiting till quite a long time had passed, he said to himself, with a grin, ' Well, they are not in much hurry to be married,' and waited again.
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