The Light Princess And Other Stories Classic Fairytales

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

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THE LIGHT PRINCESS.
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another wood—not a wild forest, but a civilized wood, through which a footpath led him to the side of a lake. Along this path the prince pur­sued his way through the gathering darkness. Suddenly he paused, and listened. Strange sounds came across the water. It was, in fact, the princess laughing. Now there was something odd in her laugh, as I have already hinted ; for the hatching of a real hearty laugh requires the in­cubation of gravity; and perhaps this was how the prince mistook the laughter for screaming. Look­ing over the lake, he saw something white in the water; and, in an instant, he had torn off his tunic, kicked off his sandals, and plunged in. He soon reached the white object, and found that it was a woman. There was not light enough to show that she was a princess, but quite enough to show that she was a lady, for it does not want much light to see that.
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