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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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34
PRINCE PRIGIO.
his money in the tavern, pulled out his purse. Then he remembered what he had done, and expected to find it empty; but, lo, there were three pieces of gold in it! Overcome with surprise, he thrust the money into the woman's hand, and put on his cap again. In a moment the crowd, which had been staring at him, rushed away in every direction, with cries of terror, declaring that there was a magician in the town, and a fellow who could appear and disappear at pleasure !
By this time, you or I, or anyone who was not so extremely clever as Prince Prigio, would have understood what was the matter. He had put on, without knowing it, not only the seven-league boots, but the cap of darkness, and had taken Fortunatus's purse, which could never be empty, however olten you took all the money out. All those and many other delightful wares the fairies had given him at his christen­ing, and the prince had found them in the dark garret. But the prince was so extremely wise, and learned, and scientific, that he did not believe in fairies, nor in fairy gifts.
" It is indigestion," he said to himself: " those sausages were not of the best; and that Bur­gundy was extremely strong. Things are not as they appear."
Here, as he was arguing with himself, he was nearly run over by a splendid carriage and six, the driver of which never took the slightest
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