The Light Princess And Other Stories Classic Fairytales

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

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THE SHADOWS.
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matter. No sooner had she gone than the two warders of the chimney-corners stepped out into the middle of the room, and said, in a low voice,
" Is your majesty ready ?"
"Have you no hearts?" said the king; "or are they as black as your faces ? Did you not hear the child scream? I must know what is the matter with her before I go."
"Your majesty may keep his mind easy on? that point," replied the warders. "We had tried everything we could think of to get rid of her majesty the queen, but without effect. So a young madcap Shadow, half against the will of the older ones of us, slipped up-stairs into the nursery; and has, no doubt, succeeded in appalling the baby, for he is very lithe and long-legged..Now, your majesty."
" I will have no such tricks played in my nur*
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