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358 THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN.
spread for the feast, and the guests eating, drinking, laughing, and joking. His wife sat among them, splendidly dressed, on a royal seat, and with a crown of gold on her head.
He placed himself behind her, but no one saw him, and pre­sently, when a piece of cake, or a glass of wine, were placed before her, he took the cake from her plate, and drank the wine from her glass. The company were always giving her some of the rich things on the table; but it was useless,—her plate and her glass always vanished immediately.
At last she became alarmed, rose up, and went to her own chamber, and thither her husband followed. She wept and said, " What can it be ? am I not yet delivered from the wizard's spell ?"
He struck her in the face, invisible as he was, and said, in a deep tone of voice, " Thou wilt never be free, thou betrayer ; the spell is over thee still." Then he assumed his own shape, went into the saloon, and cried, "The marriage is at an end, the real king has returned." The kings, princes, and councillors there as­sembled laughed and defied him; but he merely answered them shortly, in a few words, "Will you leave this house or not?"
Instead of going, they crowded round him, and tried to seize him; but he drew his sword, and said, " Every head on the ground but mine." In a moment all the heads were rolling on the ground, and he was alone, master of the castle, and king of the golden
mountain.
There lived once a queen who had a little daughter still so young that she had to be carried in arms. One day the child was naughty, and do what the mother might, she could not make her quiet.
At last the mother became impatient, and just as a raven flew over the castle, she opened the window and cried, " I wish you were a raven, and would fly away, then I should have peace."
No sooner had she uttered the words, than her child became a raven, and flew away from its mother's arms through the window,