"The Happy Prince

"The Happy Prince

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 104 x 130 x 10mm | 18.14g
  • Penguin Books
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0146000250
  • 9780146000256

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This Penguin 60s booklet contains four short stories written by Oscar Wilde for his own children: The Happy Prince, The Young King, The Devoted Friend and The Model Millionaire. In The Happy Prince, we earn that the prince of the title was always happy, enjoying life's pleasures, unaware of the pain and hardship in his town until he no longer had the power to do anything about it. That is, until a migrating swallow came along. In The Young King, we encounter a king with a love of finery, about to be crowned, clothed in the finest raiment, rubies for his crown of gold and pearls for his sceptre all the product of hard labour, suffering and death of his people. He is unaware of the suffering until it is shown to him in dreams, after which he teaches a lesson to his nobles. An excellent quote: "In war the strong make slaves of the weak and in peace the rich make slaves of the poor." In The Devoted Friend, a moral tale of a Miller and his friend, Little Hans, is told by a Linnet to a Water-rat, with predictable result. And in The Model Millionaire, a delightful fate awaits poor, romantic Hughie Erskine when he bestows his last pennies on a beggar. Charming tales.show more
by Marianne Vincent
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