The YELLOW FAIRY BOOK - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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by this time. As soon as daylight appeared the Princess came, and found him lying full length on the floor, unable to speak a word. She took a bottle, rubbed him from head to foot with something from it, and thereupon he was as sound as ever; but after what he had got that night he was very unwilling to try it a second time. The Princess, however, entreated him to stay, saying that the next night would not be so bad, and in the end he gave in and stayed.
When it was getting near midnight he heard them ordering him to open the door, and there were three of them for every one that there had been the previous evening. He did not make the slightest movement to go out to them or to open the door, but before long they broke it up, and were in on top of him. They laid hold of him, and kept throwing him between them up to the ceiling, or jumping above him, until the cock crew, when they all dis­appeared. When day came the Princess went to the room to see if he was still alive, and taking the bottle put it to his nostrils, which soon brought him to himself. The first tiling he said then was that he was a fool to go on getting himself killed for anyone he ever saw, and was determined to be off and stay there no longer, When the Princess learned his intention she entreated him to stay, reminding him that another night would free her from the spell. ' Besides,' she said, ' if there is a single spark of life in von when the day comes, the stuff that is in this bottle will make you as sound as ever you were.'
With all this the Irishman decided to stay; but that night there were three at him for every one that was there the two nights before, and it looked very unlikely that lie would be alive in tin morning after all that he got. When morning dawned, and the Prim < came t<> Bee it' he was still alive, she found him lying on the Boor as if dead. She tried to see if there was breath in him, but could not quite make it. out. Then she put her hand on his pulse, ami found a faint movement in it. Accordingly she poured what w.i in i In- bottle on him, and before long he rose up on his feet, and
was as well as ever be was. So that business was finished, and the
Princess was Breed from the spell.
The Princess then told the Irishman thai Bhe musl uro away for the present, but would return for him in a few days in a carriage drawn by four grey horses. He told her to k he aisy,' and not speak like that to him. 'I have paid dear for von for the last three nights,' he said, ' if I have to part with you now;' but in the
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