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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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About the Firedrake.
F all the people who did not like Prigio, his own dear papa, King Grognio, dis­liked him most. For the king knew he was not clever himself. When he was in the counting-house, counting out his money, and when he happened to say, " Sixteen shillings and fourteen and twopence are three pounds, fifteen," it made him wild to hear Prigio whisper, " One pound, ten and two­pence,"—which, of course, it is. And the king was afraid that Prigio would conspire, and get made king himself—which was the last thing Prigio really wanted. He much preferred to idle about, and know everything without seem­ing to take any trouble.
Well, the king thought and thought. How was he to get Prigio out of the way, and make Enrico or Alphonso his successor ? He read in books about it; and all the books showed that, if a king sent his three sons to do anything, it was always the youngest who did it, and got the crown. And he wished he had the chance. Well, it arrived at last.
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