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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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PRINCE RICARDO.                           153
It was all about the attitude of Pantouflia in the event of a Polish invasion of Russia. The king reassured Count Snoreonski, affirming that Pantouflia, while deeply regretting the disturbed relations between two States in whose welfare she was deeply interested, would ever preserve an attitude of benevolent neutrality, unless her own interests were threatened.
" I may give your message to my august mistress, the Czarina ? " said the ambas­sador.
" By all means, adding an expression of my tender interest in her Majesty's health and wel­fare," said the king, presenting the count at the same time with a magnificent diamond snuffbox •containing his portrait.
The old count was affected to tears, and withdrew, while King Prigio said:
" I have not lost a day ; I have made an amiable but very stupid man happy."
Such are, or rather such were, the toils of xnonarchs!
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