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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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PRINCE PRIGIO.                               31
clever mother, who did not believe in them. But this, of course, the prince did not know.
Now you should be told that seven-league boots only take those prodigious steps when you say you want to go a long distance. Other­wise they would be very inconvenient—when you only want to cross the room, for example. Perhaps this has not been explained to you by your governess ?
Well, the prince walked into " The Bear," and it seemed odd to him that nobody took any notice of him. And yet his face was as well known as that of any man in Pantouflia ; for everybody had seen it, at least in pictures. He was so puzzled by not being attended to as usual, that he quite forgot to take off his cap. He sat down
nobody came
to him. At first he thought they were too busy, but presently another explanation occurred to him
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