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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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PRINCE PRIGIO.                           59
the Firedrake, sat down on the flying carpet, and knocked at the door of the English Ambas­sador as the clocks were striking eight in Gluckstein.
Punctuality is the politeness of princes; and a prince is polite when he is in love !
The prince was received at the door by a stout porter and led into the hall, where several butlers met him, and he laid the mortal remains of the Firedrake under the cover of the flying carpet.
Then he was led upstairs, and he made his bow to the pretty lady, who, of course, made him a magnificent courtesy. She seemed pret­tier and kinder than ever. The prince was so happy, that he never noticed how something went wrong about the dinner. The ambas­sador looked about, and seemed to miss someone, and spoke in a low voice to one of the servants, who answered also in a low voice,, and what he said seemed to displease the ambassador. But the prince was so busy in talking to his lady, and in eating his dinner too, that he never observed anything unusuah He had never been at such a pleasant dinner I
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