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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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Sure enough, next day a magnificent pasty aL wreathed round with flowers was placed on the table. Jem himself put on his best clothes and went into the dining hall. As he entered the head carver was in the act of cutting up the pie and helping the duke and his guests. The grand duke took a large mouthful and threw up his eyes as he swallowed it.
' Oh! oh! this may well be called the Queen of Pasties, and at the same time my dwarf must be called the king of cooks. Don't you think so, dear friend?'
The prince took several small pieces, tasted and examined carefully, and then said with a mysterious and sarcastic smile :
' The dish is very nicely made, but the Suzeraine is not quite complete as I expected.'
The grand duke flew into a rage.
' Dog of a cook,' he shouted ; ' how dare you serve me so ? I've a good mind to chop off your great head as a punishment.'
' For mercy's sake, don't, your highness ! I made the pasty according to the best rules ; nothing has been left out. Ask the prince what else I should have put in.'
The prince laughed. ' I was sure you could not make this dish as well as my cook, friend Long Nose. Know, then, that a herb is wanting called Relish, which is not known in this country, but which gives the pasty its peculiar flavour, and without which your master will never taste it to perfection.'
The grand duke was more furious than ever.
' But I will taste it to perfection,' he roared. ' Either the pasty must be made properly to-morrow or this rascal's head shall come off. Go, scoundrel, I give you twenty-four hours' respite.'
The poor dwarf hurried back to his room, and poured out his grief to the goose.
' Oh, is that all,' said she, ' then I can help you, for my father taught me to know all plants and herbs.
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