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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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PRINCE RICARDO.
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happy whisper, blushing beautifully, for that was a foolish habit of hers.
" It is quite true," said the king, " and there­fore I thought it best to bring Dick up on fairy books, that he might know what is right, and have no nonsense about him. But perhaps the thing has been overdone ; at all events, it is not a success. I wonder if fathers and sons will •ever understand each other, and get on well together ? There was my poor father, King Grog-nio, he wanted me to take to adventures, like other princes, fighting Firedrakes, and so forth ; and I did not care for it, till you set me on," and he looked very kindly at her Majesty. " And now, here's Dick," the monarch continued, " I can't hold him back. He is always after a giant, or a dragon, or a magician, as the case may be; he will certainly be ploughed for his examina­tion at College. Never opens a book. What does he care, off after every adventure he can hear about ? An idle, restless youth ! Ah, my poor country, when I am gone, what may not be your misfortunes under Ricardo ! "
Here his Majesty sighed, and seemed plunged in thought.
" But you are not going yet, my dear," said the queen. " Why you are not forty ! And young people will be young people. You were quite proud when poor Dick came home with his first brace of gigantic fierce birds, killed off his own sword, and with such a pretty princess
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