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The Goose-Girl

By Itellyouastory

The king of a great  land died, and left his  queen to take care oftheir only child. This  child was a  daughter, who was  very beautiful;and  her mother loved her dearly, and  was very kind to her.  And therewas a  good fairy too, who was fond  of the princess, and  helped hermother to  watch over her. When  she grew up,  she was betrothed  to aprince  who lived  a great way off; and as  the time drew near for  herto be married, she  got ready to set off on her journey to his country.Then the queen her mother, packed up  a great  many  costly things;jewels,  and gold,  and  silver; trinkets, fine dresses, and in shorteverything that became a royal bride. And she gave her a  waiting-maidto ride with her,  and give her into  the bridegroom’s hands;  and  eachhad  a horse  for  the  journey.  Now  the princess’s horse was thefairy’s gift, and it was called Falada, and could speak.

When the  time  came  for  them  to set  out,  the  fairy  went  intoher bed-chamber, and took a little knife, and cut off a lock of herhair,  and gave it to the princess, and said, «Take care of it, dearchild; for it is a charm that  may be of  use to  you on the  road.’Then they  all took  a sorrowful leave of the  princess; and she  putthe lock  of hair into  her bosom, got upon her horse, and set off onher journey to her  bridegroom’s kingdom.


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