The Lost Princess
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...pride rose and rose, she turned yet again in condescending mood and honoured the home picture with one stare more. 'What a poor miserable spot it is, compared with this lordly palace!' she said. But presently she spied something in it she had not seen before, and drew nearer. It was the form of a little girl, building a bridge of stones over one of the hillbrooks. 'Ah, there I am myself!' she said. 'That is just how I used to do.--No!' she resumed, 'it is not me. That snub-nosed little fright could never be meant for me! It was the frock that made me think so. But it is a picture of the place. I declare I can see the smoke of the cottage rising from behind the hill! What a dull, dirty, insignificant spot it is! And what a life to lead there!' She turned once more to the city picture. And now a strange thing took place. In proportion as the other, to the eyes of her mind, receded into the background, this, to her present bodily eyes, appeared to come forward and assume reality. At last, after it had been in this way growing upon her for some time, she gave a cry of conviction, and said aloud--' I do believe it is real! That frame is only a trick of the woman to make me fancy it is a picture, lest I should go and make my fortune. She is a witch, the ugly old creature! It would serve her right to tell the king and have her punished K for not taking me to the palace--one of his poor lost children he is so fond of! I should like to see her ugly old head cut off. Anyhow I will try my luck without asking her leave. How she has ill-used me!' But at that moment she heard the voice of the wise woman calling, 'Agnes!' and, smoothing her face, she tried to look as good as she could, and walked back into the cottage. There stood the wise woman, ..
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