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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...directions, he seemed unable to extricate himself from his position. All at once an old woman with palsied head appeared before him, and she was a witch. "Good mother," said the king, "will you guide me, or show me some path out of this wood V "Yes, my lord," replied she, "but only on one condition; and if you do not consent to this, you will never get out of the wood, and must die of hunger." "What sort of a condition is it 1" inquired the king. "I have a daughter," replied the old woman, "as lovely as sun ever shone upon, and she well merits to be your wife; make her your queen, and I will show you a path out of the wood." The king in his eagerness consented, and the old woman led him to a cottage, where her daughter was sitting by the fire. She received the king as if she was expecting him, and he immediately saw that she was very handsome. Nevertheless, her beauty was not of a kind that pleased him, and he could not look upon her without a secret shudder. When he had placed the maiden on his horse, the old woman showed him the way out of the wood, and the king arrived again at his royal palace, when the marriage took place. The king had already been married, and had seven children by his first wife, six sons and a daughter, whom he loved beyond everything in the world. Fearing that the stepmother might not treat them kindly, but do them some injury, he conveyed them to a solitary castle that stood in the midst of a wood. It was so well concealed, and the way thither so hard to find, that he could not have found it himself, had not a very wise woman presented him with a clue of yarn, which had the wonderful quality of unrolling itself before him, and thus guiding him to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236520246
  • 9781236520241