The Light Princess And Other Stories Classic Fairytales

Includes The Giant's Heart & the Shadows, By George MacDonald

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44
THE LIGHT PRINCESS.
wiser. Indeed, when she happened to wake in the moonlight she could hardly resist the tempta­tion. But there was the sad difficulty of getting into it. She had as great a dread of the air as some children have of the water. For the slightest gust of wind would blow her away; and a gust might arise in the stillest moment. And if she gave herself a push towards the water and just failed of reaching it, her situation would be dreadfully awkward, irrespective of the wind ; for at best there she would have to remain, suspended in her night-gown, till she was seen and angled for by somebody from the window.
" Oh ! if I had my gravity," thought she, con­templating the water, " I would flash off this bal­cony like a long white sea-bird, headlong into the darling wetness. Heigh-ho ! "
This was the only consideration that made her wish to be like other people.
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