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286                   THE FALSE BRIDE.
king's table, and did not recognize her in her rich and glittering dress. When the feast ended, and they were all in good spirits and merry, the old king asked the lady's-maid: "What does he deserve who betrays his master ?" and then he related the circum­stances he had learnt from the princess ; but as the betrayer in thfc king's story was a man, not a woman, the lady's-maid never sup­posed that she had been found out. " Pronounce his sentence," cried the king, as he finished.
" He deserves nothing better," said the false bride, " than tov be torn to pieces by wild horses, and rolled down a hill in a cask full of spikes till he is dead !"
" You have pronounced your own doom, "said the king; " you are the guilty person."
So the false bride was led away to punishment, and very soon after the young king married the right bride, and they both ruled the kingdom in peace and happiness all their lives.
A countryman once had a son, who was not taller than his father's thumb, and year after year grew not a hair's breadth bigger. One day, when the father, was going into the fields to plough, the little dwarf said : " Father, I want to go with you; do take me."
" No, no," replied his father, " you stay here; you would be useless yonder, and you would soon be lost."
Then the little creature began to cry, and for the sake of peace the father put him in his pocket and carried him away. As soon as they reached the field, the father took him out of his pocket, and seated him in a fresh furrow.
While he sat there, who should be seen coming over the moun­tain but a great giant.
"See, there comes a big man," cried the boy's father, who wanted to frighten the child, and prevent him from being trouble­some ; in he is coming to fetch you away."
The giant, however, with his long legs, had only two steps to take before he reached the furrow. He lifted the little dwarf with two fingers, looked at him earnestly, and then without a word