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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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120                          FRIXCE UTC.-1IW0.
HEN dinner wa over and the ladies had left the room, the king
tried to speak seriously to Prince Ricardo.
This was a thing which he disliked doing very much.
"There's very little use in preaching," his Majesty used to say, "to a man, or rather a boy, of another generation. My taste was for books ; I only took to adventures because I was obliged to do it. Dick's taste is for adventures; I only wish some accident would make him take to books. But everyone must get his experience for himself; and when he has got it, he is lucky if it is not too late. I wish I could see him in love with some nice girl, who would keep him at home."
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