THE TWELVE WINDOWS.
Before he parted with it, he said to the young man : " Creep quickly into the folds of her hair, and lie still while the princess goes to look for you out of her windows presently."
In a few moments the time came for the princess to visit her windows, and desiring the merchant to leave, she went up to the hall. On entering, she stepped from one window to the other, till she came to the twelfth, and, not seeing the young man even from thence, she was overcome with rage and fear, and struck the glass so violently with her hand, that it broke into a thousand pieces, and the whole castle trembled.
On returning to her room, she felt something in her hair. Seizing it hastily, she threw it to the floor, saying: "Get out of my sight!"
The merchant caught it up, and ran hastily to the spring, where they both dipped themselves, and were restored to their own proper shape.
The young man thanked the fox, and said : " The raven and the fish are simpletons compared to you ; you know successful tricks right well."
After this the young man went to the castle. The princess, who had already resigned herself to her fate, was ready for him. The , marriage was shortly after celebrated with great pomp, and the young husband became lord and master of the whole kingdom.
He never told her how he had succeeded in hiding himself from her the third time, nor who had helped him ; so she believed he had done all by his superior knowledge and skill. She therefore learnt to esteem him, for she thought to herself, " He can do more than I could with all my windows."
BILLING AND SONS, PRINTERS, GUILDFORD, SURREY.