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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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PRINCE PR1GI0.
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He admitted that the reward was offered for bringing the horns and tail, not for killing the monster. But were the king's intentions to go for nothing ? When a subject only meant well, of course he had to suffer; but when a king said one thing, was he not to be supposed to have meant another? Any fellow with a waggon could bring the horns and tail; the difficult thing was to kill the monster. If Benson's claim was allowed, the royal prerogative of saying one thing and meaning something else was in danger.
On hearing this argument, the king so far forgot himself as to cry, "Bravo, well said!" and to clap his hands, whereon all the courtiers shouted and threw up their hats.
The prince then said that whoever had killed the monster could, of course, tell where to find him, and could bring his hoofs. He was ready to do this himself. Was Mr. Benson equally ready ? On this being interpreted to hirnófor he did not speak PantouflianóBenson grew pale with horror, but fell back on the proclama≠tion. He had brought the horns and tail, and so he must have the perquisites, and the Lady Molinda!
The king's mind was so much confused by this time, that he determined to leave it to he Lady Molinda herself.
" Which of them will you have, my dear ? " he asked, in a kind voice.
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