The Blue Fairy Book eBook

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And then she tenderly embraced Beauty and the Prince, who had meanwhile been greeting the Fairy and receiving her congratulations.

“Now,” said the Fairy to Beauty, “I suppose you would like me to send for all your brothers and sisters to dance at your wedding?”

And so she did, and the marriage was celebrated the very next day with the utmost splendor, and Beauty and the Prince lived happily ever after.[1]

[1] La Belle et la Bete.  Par Madame de Villeneuve.

THE MASTER-MAID

Once upon a time there was a king who had many sons.  I do not exactly know how many there were, but the youngest of them could not stay quietly at home, and was determined to go out into the world and try his luck, and after a long time the King was forced to give him leave to go.  When he had traveled about for several days, he came to a giant’s house, and hired himself to the giant as a servant.  In the morning the giant had to go out to pasture his goats, and as he was leaving the house he told the King’s son that he must clean out the stable.  “And after you have done that,” he said, “you need not do any more work to-day, for you have come to a kind master, and that you shall find.  But what I set you to do must be done both well and thoroughly, and you must on no account go into any of the rooms which lead out of the room in which you slept last night.  If you do, I will take your life.”

“Well to be sure, he is an easy master!” said the Prince to himself as he walked up and down the room humming and singing, for he thought there would be plenty of time left to clean out the stable; “but it would be amusing to steal a glance into his other rooms as well,” thought the Prince, “for there must be something that he is afraid of my seeing, as I am not allowed to enter them.”  So he went into the first room.  A cauldron was hanging from the walls; it was boiling, but the Prince could see no fire under it.  “I wonder what is inside it,” he thought, and dipped a lock of his hair in, and the hair became just as if it were all made of copper.  “That’s a nice kind of soup.  If anyone were to taste that his throat would be gilded,” said the youth, and then he went into the next chamber.  There, too, a cauldron was hanging from the wall, bubbling and boiling, but there was no fire under this either.  “I will just try what this is like too,” said the Prince, thrusting another lock of his hair into it, and it came out silvered over.  “Such costly soup is not to be had in my father’s palace,” said the Prince; “but everything depends on how it tastes,” and then he went into the third room.  There, too, a cauldron was hanging from the wall, boiling, exactly the same as in the two other rooms, and the Prince took pleasure in trying this also, so he dipped a lock of hair in, and it came out so brightly gilded that it shone again.  “Some talk about going from bad to worse,” said the Prince; “but this is better and better.  If he boils gold here, what can he boil in there?” He was determined to see, and went through the door into the fourth room.  No cauldron was to be seen there, but on a bench someone was seated who was like a king’s daughter, but, whosoever she was, she was so beautiful that never in the Prince’s life had he seen her equal.

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