The Light Princess And Other Stories Classic Fairytales

Includes The Giant's Heart & the Shadows, By George MacDonald

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THE SHADOWS.                          183
"Can that be true which mocks at forms?3' said the'king.
"Truth rides abroad in shapeless storms," an­swered the Shadow.
" Ha ! ha ! " thought Ralph Rinkelmann, " it rhymes. The Shadow caps my questions with his answers. Very strange I" And he grew thought­ful again.
The Shadow was the first to resume.
"Please your majesty, may we present our peti­tion?"
" By all means," replied the king. " I am not well enough to receive it in proper state."
"Nevermind, your majesty. We do not care for much ceremony ; and indeed none of us are quite well at present. The subject of our petition weighs upon us."
" Go on," said the king.
" Sire," began the Shadow, " our very existence
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