The Blue Fairy Book - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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thing he had done ; but as she had very great foresight, she thought when the Princess should awake she might not know what to do with herself, being all alone in this old palace ; and this was what she did : she touched with her wand everything in the palace (ex­cept the King and the Queen)—governesses, maids of honour, ladies of the bedchamber, gentlemen, officers, stewards, cooks, undercooks, scullions, guards, with their beefeaters, pages, footmen; she like­wise touched all the horses which were in the stables, as well pads as others, the great dogs in the outward court and pretty little Mopsey too, the Princess's little spaniel, which lay by her on the bed.
Immediately upon her touching them they all fell asleep» that they might not awake before their mistress, and that they might be ready to wait upon her when she wanted them. The very spits at the fire, as full as they could hold of partridges and phea­sants, did fall asleep also. All this was done in a moment. Fairies are not long in doing their business.
And now the King and the Queen, having kissed their dear child without waking her, went out of the palace and put forth a procla­mation that nobody should dare to come near it.
This, however, was not necessary, for in a quarter of an hour's time there grew up all round about the park such a vast number of trees, great and small, bushes and brambles, twining one within another, that neither man nor beast could pass through; so that nothing could be seen but the very top of the towers of the palace; and that, too, not unless it was a good way off. Nobody doubted but the Fairy gave herein a very extraordinary sample of her art, that the Princess, while she continued sleeping, might have nothing to fear from any curious people.
When a hundred years were gone and passed the son of the King then reigning, and who was of another family from that of the sleeping Princess, being gone a-hunting on that side of the country, asked:
What those towers were which he saw in the middle of a great thick wood ?
Everyone answered according as they had heard. Some said :
That it was a ruinous old castle, haunted by spirits ;
Others, That all the sorcerers and witches of the country kept there their sabbath or night's meeting.
The common opinion was : That an ogre lived there, and that he carried thither all the little children he could catch, that he might
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