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The Pink

By Itellyouastory

There was once  upon a time  a queen to  whom God had  given nochildren. Every morning she  went into the  garden and  prayed to Godin heaven  to bestow on her a son or a daughter.  Then an angel fromheaven came to  her and said: «Be at rest, you shall have a son with thepower of wishing,  so that whatsoever in the world he wishes for, thatshall he have.» Then  she went to the king, and told him  the joyfultidings, and when the time  was come she gave birth to a son, and theking was filled with gladness.

Every morning she went with the child to the garden where the wildbeasts were kept, and washed  herself there in a  clear stream. Ithappened  once when the child was a little older, that  it was lying inher arms and  she fell asleep. Then came the old cook, who knew that thechild had the power of wishing, and stole it  away, and he took a  hen,and cut it in  pieces, and dropped some of its blood on the queen’sapron and on her dress.  Then he carried the child away to a secretplace, where a nurse was obliged  to suckle it, and he ran to the kingand accused the queen of having  allowed her child to be taken from herby  the wild beasts. When the king saw  the blood on her apron,  hebelieved this,  fell into such  a passion that  he ordered a high towerto be built,  in which neither sun nor moon could  be seen and had hiswife put into it, and walled up. Here she was to stay for seven yearswithout meat  or drink, and  die of hunger.  But God sent  two angelsfrom heaven in the shape of white doves, which flew to her twice  a day,and carried her food until the seven years were over.


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