The Light Princess And Other Stories Classic Fairytales

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

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19o                         THE SHADOWS.
" The same applies to all art as well," thought Ralph Rinkelmann.
The next afternoon, as the twilight was growing: dusky, the king lay wondering whether or not the Shadows would fetch him again. He wanted very much to go, for he had enjoyed the journey exceedingly, and he longed, besides, to hear some of the Shadows tell their stories. But the dark­ness grew deeper and deeper, and the Shadows did not come. The cause was, that Mrs. Rinkel­mann sat by the fire in the gloaming ; and they could not carry off the king while she was there. Some of them tried to frighten her away by playing the oddest pranks on the walls, the floor, and ceiling; but altogether without effect: the queen only smiled, for she had a good con­science. Suddenly, however, a dreadful scream was heard from the nursery, and Mrs. Rinkel-rnann rushed up - stairs to see what was the
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