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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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36
PRINCE PRIGIO.
notice of him. Annoyed at this, the prince leaped up behind, threw down the two footmen, who made no resistance, and so was carried to the door of a magnificent palace. He was determined to challenge the gentleman who was in the carriage; but, noticing that he had a very beautiful young lady with him, whom he had never seen before, he followed them into the house, not wishing to alarm the girl, and mean­ing to speak to the gentleman when he found, him alone.
A great ball was going on ; but, as usual,, nobody took any notice of the prince. He walked among the guests, being careful not to jostle them, and listening to their conversation.
It was all about himself! Everyone had heard of his disgrace, and almost everyone cried " Serve him right ! " They said that the airs he gave himself were quite unendurable—that nothing was more rude than to be always in the right—that cleverness might be carried far too far—that it was better even to be born stupid (" Like the rest of you," thought the prince); and, in fact, nobody had a good word for him.
Yes, one had ! It was the pretty lady of the carriage. I never could tell you how pretty she was. She was tall, with cheeks like white roses blushing: she had dark hair, and very large dark-grey eyes, and her face was the kindest in the world ! The prince first thought how nice and good she looked, even before he thought
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