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An Anthology of Recent Poetry. Selected 
by L. D'O. Walters. With Twelve 
Plates in Colour and Twelve in Black 
and White and many Decorations by 
Harrv Clarke. 


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CiNDERiLLA AND HER Prince Frontispiece 

"He asked her whither she was going" fencing 24 

"'What is this I see?' said her mother" 28 

"'Am I come hither to serve you with water, pray?'" facing 30 

'•'What, is not the key of my closet among the rest?'" 36 

"This man had the misfortune to have a blue beard" fencing 38 
"At this very instant the young Fairy came out from 

BEHIND the hangings" 48 

The Prince enquires of the aged Countryman facing 54 

"He saw, upon a bed, the finest sight was ever beheld" facin^g 56 

" ' I will have it so,' REPLIED THE QUEEN, ' AND WILL EAT 

HER WITH A Sauce Robert'" 59 

"The Marquis gave his hand to the Princess, and 

followed the King, who went up first" facing 74 

"Away she drove, scarce able to contain herself for joy" 78 

" Any one but Cinderilla would have dressed their 

heads awry 

facing 80 


"She left behind one of her glass slippers, which thf 

Prince took up most carefully" 87 

"The Prince believed he had given her more wit than 

he had reserved for himself" 99 

" Riquet with the Tuft appeared to her the finest Prince 

UPON earth" /'«'',?■ ■°4 

"Little Thumb was as good as his word, and returned 

that same night with the news" 1 10 

" He brought them home by the very same way they came " f icing 1 1 2 

"Jupiter appeared before him wielding his mighty 

thunderbolts " I 28 

"A LONc; black pudding came winding and wriggling 

towards her" feeing 130 

"Truth to tell, this new ornament did not set off her 

beauty" 133 

"Another gown the colour of the moon" 13S 

"He thought the Princess was his Queen" 143 

"Curiosity made him put his eye to the keyhole" facing 150 


" Avec ardeur il aitna les beaux arts." 


/^ HA RLES PERRAULT nmst have been as charming 
v^ a fellow as a man could tneel. He was one of the 
best-liked personages of his owtt great age, and he has 
remained ever since a prime favonrite of mankind. IVe are 
fortunate iii hiowing a great deal abont his varied life, 
deriving oiir knowledge mainly from DAleinberfs history 
of the French Academy and from his own memoirs, which 
were written for his grandchildren, but not published till 



sixty-six years after his death. We should, I think, be 
more fortunate still if the memoirs had not ceased in 
mid-career, or if their author had permitted himself to 
write of his family affairs without reserve or restraint, 
in the approved manner of modern autobiography. IVe 
should like, for example, to know much more than we do 
about the wife and the two sons to whom he was so devoted. 

Perrault was born in Paris in 1628, the fifth son of 
Pierre Perrault, a prosperotis parliamentary lawyer ; and, 
at the age of nine, was sent to a day-school — tJie College 
de Beauvais. His father helped him with his lessons at 
home, as he Jiimself, later on, was accustomed to help his 
own childroi. He can never have been a 7)iodel schoolboy, 
though he was always first in his class, and Jie ended his 
school career prematurely by quarrelling with his master 
and bidding him a formal farewell. 

The cause of this quarrel throws a bright light on 
Perraulfs subsequent career. He refused to accept his 
teacher s philosophical tenets on the mere ground of their 
traditional authority. He claimed that novelty was in 
itself a merit, and on this they parted. He did not go 
alone. One of his friends, a boy called Beaurain, espoused 
his cause, and for the next three or four years the two read 
together, haphazard, in the Luxembourg Gardens. This 
plan of study had almost certainly a bad effect on Beaurain, 
for we hear no more of him. It certainly prevented 
Perrault from being a thorough scholar, though it made 



///;;/ a matt of taste, a sincere independent , and an undaunted 

In i6ji he took his degree at the University of Orldans, 
where degrees were given with scandalous readiness, payment 
of fees being the only essential preliminary. In the mean- 
time he had walked the hospitals with some vague notion 
of following his brother Claude into the profession of 
medicine, and had played a small part as a theological 
controversialist in the quarrel then raging, about the nature 
of grace, between the Jesuits and the Jansenists. Having 
abandoned medicine and theology he got called to the Bar, 
practised for a while with distinct success, and coquetted 
with a notion of codifying the laws of the realm. The Bar 
proved too arid a profession to engage for long his attention ; 
so he next sought and found a place in the office of another 
brother, Pierre, who was Chief Commissioner of Taxes in 
Paris. Here Perrault had little to do save to read at large 
in the excellent library which his brother had formed. 

For want of further occupation he returned to the 
writing of verse, one of the chief pleasures of his boy- 
hood. His first sustained literary effort had been a parody 
of the sixth book of the '' Aineid'\- which, perhaps 
fortunately for his reputation, was never published a7id has 
not sui'vived. Beaiirain and his brother Nicholas, a doctor 
of the Sorbonne, assisted him in this perpetration, and 
Claude made the pen-and-ink sketches with which it was 
illustrated. In the few years that had elapsed since the 

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writing of this burlesque Perrault had acquired tnore sense 
(Did taste, and his new poems — in particular the ''Portrait 
diris" and the ''Dialogue entre I Amour et rAmiti^" — 
7vere found charming by his contonporaries. They were 
issued anonymously, and Quinault, himself a poet of 
established reputation, used some of them to forward his 
suit with a young lady, allowing her to think that they were 
his own. Perrault, when told of Quinaulfs pretensions, 
deemed it necessary to disclose his authorship ; but, on 
hearing of the use to which his work had been put, he 
gallantly remained in the background, forgave the fratid, 
and made a friend of the culprit. 

Architecture next engaged his attention, and in i6_§7 
he designed a house at Viry for his brother arid supervised 
its construction. Colbert approved so much of this perform- 
ance that he employed him in the superintendence of the royal 
buildings and put him in special charge of Versailles, which 
was then in process of erection. Perrault flung himself with 
ardour into this work, though not to the exclusion of his 
other activities. He w7'ote odes in honour of the King; 
he planned designs for Gobelin tapestries and decorative 
paintings ; he became a member of the select little Academy 
of Medals and Inscriptions which Colbert brought into being 
to devise suitable legends for the royal palaces and mommients ; 
he encouraged musicians and fought the cause of Lulli ; 
he joined with Claude in a successful effort to found the 
Academy of Science. 



Claude Perrault had something of his brother s versa- 
tility and shared his love for architecture, and the two now 
became deeply interested in the various schemes which were 
mooted for the completion of the Louvre. Bernini was 
summoned by the King from Rome, and entrusted with the 
task; but the brothers Perrault intervened. Charles con- 
ceived the idea of the great east front and communicated 
it to Claude, who drew the plans and was commissioned to 
carry them out. The work was finisJied iti idyi, and is 
still popularly known as Perraulfs Colonnade. 

In the same year Charles was elected to the Academy 
without any personal canvas on his part for the honour. 
His inaugural address was heard with such approval that 
he ventured to suggest that the inauguration of future 
members should be a public function. The suggestion was 
adopted, and these addresses became the most famous feature 
of the Academy s proceedings and are so to the present day. 
This was not his only service to the Academy, for he carried 
a motion to the effect that future elections should be by 
ballot ; and invented and provided, at his own expetise, 
a ballot-box which, though he does not describe it, was 
probably the model of those in use in all modern clubs and 

The novelty of his views did not always commend them 
to his brother ' Immortals.' Those expressed in his poem " Le 
Steele de Louis XIV" which he read as an Academician 
of sixteen years' standing, initiated one of the most 



famous and lasting literary quarrels of the era. Perraulf, 
in praising the writers of his own age, ventured to dis- 
parage some of the great authors of the ancient classics. 
Boileau lashed hi^nself into a fury of opposition and hurled 
strident insults against the heretic. Racine, more adroit, 
pretended to think that the poem was a piece of ingenious 
irony. Most men of letters hastened to participate in the 
battle. No doubt Perraulf s position was tmtenable, but he 
conducted his defence with perfect temper and tnuch wit ; 
and Boileau made himself not a little absurd by his violence 
and his obvious longing to display the extent of his learning. 
Perraulf s case is finally stated in his four volumes, " Le 
Parallele des Anciens et des Modernes," which were published 
in i688-i6g6. He evidently took vastly more pride in this 
dull and now almost forgotten work than in the tnatchless 
stories which have ??iade him famous for ever. 

After twenty years in the service of Colbert, the sttn 
of Perraulf s fortunes passed its zenith. His brother, the 
Commissioner of Taxes, had a dispute with the Minister and 
was disgraced. Then Perrault got married to a young lady 
of whom we know nothijig except that her marriage was the 
subject of some opposition from his powerful employer. In 
a matter of the sort Perrault, though a courtier, could be 
relied on to consider no wishes save those of his future wife 
and himself. Colberf s own influence with the King became 
shaky, and this affected his temper. So Perraidt, then just 
fifty-five, slid quietly fro7n his service in the year i68j. 



Before he went, he succeeded in frustrating a project for 
closing the Tuileries Gardens against the people of Paris and 
their children. Colbert proposed to reserve them to the royal 
use, but Perrault persuaded hi?n to come there one day for 
a walk, showed him the citizens taking the air and playing 
with their children ; got the gardeners to testify that these 
privileges were never abused, and carried his point by 
declaring, finally, that ''the King's pleasaunce was so 
spacious that there was room for all his children to walk 

Sainte-Beuve, seventy years ago, pleaded that this 
service to the children of Paris should be commemorated by 
a statue of Perrault in the centre of the Tuileries. The 
statue has never been erected ; and, to the present day, Paris, 
so plentifully provided with statues and pictures of the great 
men of France, has neither the one nor the other to show that 
she appreciates the genius of Perrault. Indeed, there is no 
statue of him in existence ; and the only painting of him 
with which I am acquai)ited is a doubtful one hung far 
away in an obscure corner of the palace of Versailles. 

The close of Perrault' s official career marked the begin- 
ning of his period of greatest literary activity. In 1686 he 
published his long narrative poe?n "Saint Paulin Evesque 
dc Note" with "« Christian Epistle tipon Penitence" and 
''an Ode to the Newly-converted" which he dedicated to 
Bossuet. Between the years 1688 and i6g6 appeared the 
" Paralltle des Anciens et des Modernes" to which I have 



already referred. In i6gj he brought out his " Cabinet des 
Beaux Arts^' beautifully illustrated by engravings, and 
containing a poem on painting which even Boileau con- 
descended to admire. In i6g4 he published his " Apologie 
des FemmesT He wrote two comedies — '' LOublieux" in 
i6g/, and " Les Fontanges." These were not printed till 
1868. They added nothing to his reputation. Between i6gi 
and i6gy were composed the immortal ' ' Histoires on Contes 
du Temps Passd" and the "Contes en Vers!' Toward the 
end of his life he busied himself with the '' Eloges des 
Hommes Illustres du Sikle de Louis XI V^ The first of 
these two stately volumes came out in i6g6 and the second 
in ijoo. They were illustrated by a hundred and two 
excellent engravings, including one, by Edelinck, of Perrault 
himself and another of his brother Claude. These biographies 
are written with kindly justice, and form a valuable con- 
tribution to the history of the reign of the Roi Soleil. I have 
not exhausted the list of Perraulfs writings, but, to speak 
frankly, the rest are not worth mentioning. 

He died, aged seventy-five, in 170J, deservedly admired 
and regretted by all who knew him. This was not strange. 
For he was clever, honest, courteous, and witty. He did his 
duty to his family, his employer, his friends, and to the 
public at large. In an age of great men, but also of great 
prejudices, he fotight his own way to fame and fortune. He 
served all the arts, and practised most of them. Painters, 
writers, sculptors, musicians, atid men of science all gladly 



made Mm free of their company. As a good Civil Servant 
he was no politician, and he showed no leaning whatever 
toward what was regarded in his time as the greatest of 
all professions— that of arms. These two deficiencies, if 
deficiencies they be, only endear him the more to ns. Every 
one likes a man who deserves to enjoy life and does, in fact, 
enjoy it. Perraiilt was such a man. He was more. He 
was the cause of enjoyment to countless of his fellows, and 
his stories still promise enjoyment to countless others to 

It is amazing to remember that Perrault was rather 
ashamed of his " Histoires ou Contes du Temps Passd'' — 
perhaps better known as " Les Contes de ma Mdre rOye" 
or " Mother Goose's Tales,'' from the rough print which 
was inserted as a frontispiece to the first collected edition in 
idgy. He would not even publish them in his own name. 
They were declared to be by P. Darmancour, Perrault's 
young son. In order that the secret might be well kept, 
Perrault abandoned his usual publisher, Coignard, and went 
to Barbin. The stories had previously appeared from time 
to time, anonymously , in Moetjens little magazine the 
'' Recueil," which was published from The Hague. "La 
Belle au Bois Dormant" (^' Sleeping Beauty") was the first: 
and in rapid succession followed '' Le Petit Chaperon Rouge " 
(" Red Riding-Hood"), " Le Maistre Chat, ou le Chat Bottd" 
{;' Puss in Boots"), ''Les Fees" (" The Fairy "), " Cendrillon, 
ou la Petite Pantoufie de Verre" {^'Cinderella"), " Riquet a 

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la Hoiippe" {'' Riguet of the Tuft''), and " Le Petit Poucet" 
(" Tom T/nanb"). 

Perraidt was not so shy in admitting the authorship 
of his three verse stories — " Griselidis," " Les Souhaits 
Ridicules^' and " Peau d'Asne." The first appeared, 
anonymously it is true, in i6gi ; but, when it came to be 
reprinted with " Les Souhaits Ridicules " and " Peau d'Asne " 
in i6pj, they were entrusted to the firm of Coignard 
and described as being by ''Mr Perrault, de F Academic 
Franqoise!' La Fontaine had made a fashion of this sort 
of exercise. 

It would not be fair to assume that P. Darmancour had 
no connection whatever with the composition of the stories 
which bore his ttame. The best of Perraulf s critics, Paul 
de St Victor and Andrezv Lang among others, see in the 
book a marvellous collaboration of crabbed age and youth. 
The boy, probably, gathered the stories from his nurse and 
brought them to his father, who touched them up, and toned 
them down, and wrote them out. Paul Lacroix, in his fine 
edition of 1886, goes as far as to attribute the entire author- 
ship of the prose tales to Perraulf s son. He deferred, 
however, to wiiversal usage when he entitled his volume 
''Les Contes en prose de Charles Perrault" 

"Les Contes du Temps Passd'' had an immediate 
success. Imitators sprung up at once by the dozen, and 
still persist ; but none of them has ever rivalled, much 
less surpassed, the inimitable originals. Every few years 



a new and snmptuous edition appears in France. The best 
are probably those by Paul Lacroix and Andri le Fevre. 

The stories soon crossed the Channel ; and a translation 
''by Mr Samber, printed for J. Pole'' ivas advertised in 
the "Monthly Chronicle'' of i'j2g. "Mr Samber'' was 
presumably one Robert Samber of New Inn, who translated 
other tales from the French, for Edmond Curl the bookseller, 
about this time. No copy of the first edition of his Perratilt 
is known to exist. Yet it won a wide popularity, as is shown 
by the fact that there was a seventh edition published in 
lygS, for J. Rivington, a bookseller, of Pearl Street, New 

No English translation of Perraulfs fairy tales has 
attainted tmquestioned literary pre-eminence. So the pub- 
lishers of the present book have thought it best to use 
Samber s translation, which has a special interest of its own 
i7i being almost contemporary with the original. The text 
has been thoroughly revised and corrected by Mr J. E. 
Mansion, who has purged it of many errors witJwut de- 
tracting from its old-fashioned quality. To Mr Mansion 
also is due the credit for the translation of the " Les Souhaits 
Ridicules " and for the adaptation of " Peau d' Asne^ 
" Griselidis'' is excluded from this book for two good 
reasons; firstly, because it is an admitted borrowing by 
Perratilt from Boccaccio; secondly, because it is not a 
'fairy ' tale in the true sense of the word. 

It is, perhaps, unnecessary for me to add anything about 



Mr Clarke s illustrations. Many of the readers of this book 

will be already familiar with his work. Besides, I always 

feel that it is an impertinence to describe pictures in their 

presence. Mr Clarke s speak for themselves. They speak 

for Perrault too. It is seldom, indeed, that an illustrator 

enters so thoroughly into the spirit of his text. The grace, 

delicacy, urbanity, tenderness, and humour which went to 

the snaking of Perrault' s stories must, it seems, have also 

gone in somewhat similar proportions to the making of these 

delightful drawings. I am sure that they would have given 

pleasure to Perrault himself. 


Little Red Riding-Hood 

Little ° Red = Riding- Hood 

ONCE upon a time, there lived in a certain village, a 
little country girl, the prettiest creature was ever 
seen. Her mother was excessively fond of her ; and 
her grand-mother doated on her much more. This 
good woman got made for her a little red riding-hood ; which 
became the girl so extremely well, that every body called her 
Little Red Riding-Hood. 

One day, her mother, having made some girdle-cakes, 
said to her : 

" Go, my dear, and see how thy grand-mamma does, for 
I hear she has been very ill, carry her a girdle-cake, and this 
little pot of butter." 

Little Red Riding-Hood set out immediately to go 
to her grand-mother, who lived in another village. As she 
was going thro' the wood, she met with Gaffer Wolf, who had 
a very great mind to eat her up, but he durst not, because of 
some faggot-makers hard by in the forest. 

He asked her whither she was going. The poor child, 
who did not know that it was dangerous to stay and hear a 
Wolf talk, said to him : 

" I am going to see my grand-mamma, and carry 
her a girdle-cake, and a little pot of butter, from my 

" Does she live far off?" said the Wolf. 

"Oh! ay," answered Little Red Riding-Hood, "it is 



beyond that mill you see there, at the first house in the 

"Well," said the Wolf, " and I'll go and see her too : I'll 
go this way, and you go that, and we shall see who will be 
there soonest." 

The Wolf began to run as fast as he could, taking the 
nearest way ; and the little girl went by that farthest about, 
diverting herself in gathering nuts, running after butterflies, 
and making nosegays of such little flowers as she met with. 
The Wolf was not long before he got to the old woman's 
house : he knocked at the door, tap, tap. 

" Who's there ? " 

"Your grand-child. Little Red Riding-Hood," replied 
the Wolf, counterfeiting her voice, "who has brought 
you a girdle-cake, and a little pot of butter, sent you by 

The good grand-mother, who was in bed, because she 
found herself somewhat ill, cry'd out : 

" Pull the peg, and the bolt will fall." 

The Wolf pull'd the peg, and the door opened, and then 
presently he fell upon the good woman, and ate her up in a 
moment ; for it was above three days that he had not touched 
a bit. He then shut the door, and went into the grand- 
mother's bed, expecting Little Red Riding-Hood, who came 
some time afterwards, and knock'd at the door, tap, tap. 

"Who's there?" 

Little Red Riding-Hood, hearing the big voice of the 





Wolf, was at first afraid ; but believing her grand-mother had 
got a cold, and was hoarse, answered : 

" Tis your grand-child, Little Red Riding-Hood, who 
has brought you a girdle-cake, and a little pot of butter, 
mamma sends you." 

The Wolf cried out to her, softening his voice as much 
as he could, " Pull the peg, and the bolt will fall." 

Little Red Riding-Hood pulled the peg, and the door 
opened. The Wolf seeing her come in, said to her, hiding 
himself under the bedclothes : 

" Put the cake, and the little pot of butter upon the 
bread-bin, and come and lye down with me." 

Little Red Riding-Hood undressed herself, and went 
into bed ; where, being greatly amazed to see how her grand- 
mother looked in her night-cloaths, she said to her : 

" Grand-mamma, what great arms you have got ! " 

" That is the better to hug thee, my dear." 

" Grand-mamma, what great legs you have got ! " 

" That is to run the better, my child." 

" Grand-mamma, what great ears you have got ! " 

" That is to hear the better, my child." 

" Grand-mamma, what great eyes you have got I " 

" It is to see the better, my child." 

" Grand-mamma, what great teeth you have got I " 

" That is to eat thee up." 

And, saying these words, this wicked Wolf fell upon poor 
Little Red Riding-Hood, and ate her all up. 



The Moral 

FroDi this short story easy we discern 

What conduct all young people ought to learn. 

But above all, young, growifig misses fair, 

Whose orient rosy blootns begin f appear : 

Who, beauties in the fragrant spring of age. 

With pretty airs young hearts are apt f engage. 

Ill do they listen to all sorts of tongues, 

Since some inchant and lure like Syrens songs. 

No wonder therefore 'tis, if over-power d , 

So many of them has the Wolf devour d. 

The Wolf, I say, for Wolves too sure there are 

Of every sort, and every character. 

Some of them mild and gent le-htmwurd be. 

Of noise and gall, and rancour wholly free ; 

Who tame, familiar, full of coinplaisance 

Ogle and leer, languish, cajole and glance ; 

With luring tongues, and language wond'rous sweet. 

Follow young ladies as they walk the street, 

Evn to their very houses, nay, bedside, 

And, artful, thd their true designs they hide; 

Yet ah I these simpering Wolves ! Who does not see 

Most dangerous of Wolves indeed they be ? 

The Fairy 

'what is this I SEE?' SAID HER MOTHER" 
kpOS' 3°) 

The " Fairy 

THERE was, once upon a time, a widow, who had two 
daughters. The eldest was so much like her in the face 
and humour, that whoever looked upon the daughter 
saw the mother. They were both so disagreeable, and 
so proud, that there was no living with them. The youngest, 
who was the very picture of her father, for courtesy and sweet- 
ness of temper, was withal one of the most beautiful girls 
ever seen. As people naturally love their own likeness, this 
mother even doated on her eldest daughter, and at the same 
time had a horrible aversion for the youngest. She made her 
eat in the kitchen, and work continually. 

Among other things, this poor child was forced twice a 
day to draw water above a mile and a half off the house, and 
bring home a pitcher full of it. One day, as she was at this 
fountain, there came to her a poor woman, who begged of her 
to let her drink. 

" O ay, with all my heart. Goody," said this pretty maid ; 
and rinsing immediately the pitcher, she took up some water 
from the clearest place of the fountain, and gave it to her, 
holding up the pitcher all the while, that she might drink the 


The good woman having drank, said to her : 
"You are so very pretty, my dear, so good and so 
mannerly, that I cannot help giving you a gift " (for this was 
a Fairy, who had taken the form of a poor country-woman, to 



see how far the civility and good manners of this pretty girl 
would go). " I will give you for gift," continued the Fairy, 
"that at every word you speak, there shall come out of your 
mouth either a flower, or a jewel." 

When this pretty girl came home, her mother scolded at 
her for staying so long at the fountain. 

"I beg your pardon, mamma," said the poor girl, "for 
not making more haste," and, in speaking these words, there 
came out of her mouth two roses, two pearls, and two 

"What is this I see?" said her mother quite astonished, 
" I think I see pearls and diamonds come out of the girl's 
mouth ! How happens this, child ? " (This was the first time 
she ever called her child.) 

The poor creature told her frankly all the matter, not 
without dropping out infinite numbers of diamonds. 

" In good faith," cried the mother, " I must send my child 
thither. Come hither, Fanny, look what comes out of thy 
sister's mouth when she speaks ! Would'st not thou be glad, 
my dear, to have the same gift given to thee? Thou hast 
nothing else to do but go and draw water out of the fountain, 
and when a certain poor woman asks thee to let her drink, to 
give it her very civilly." 

" It would be a very fine sight indeed," said this ill-bred 
minx, " to see me go draw water ! " 

"You shall go, hussey," said the mother, "and this 






So away she went, but grumbling all the way, taking with 
her the best silver tankard in the house. 

She was no sooner at the fountain, than she saw coming 
out of the wood a lady most gloriously dressed, who came up 
to her, and asked to drink. This was, you must know, the 
very Fairy who appeared to her sister, but had now taken the 
air and dress of a princess, to see how far this girl's rudeness 
would go. 

"Am I come hither," said the proud, saucy slut, "to 
serve you with water, pray ? I suppose the silver tankard was 
brought purely for your ladyship, was it ? However, you may 
drink out of it, if you have a fancy." 

"You are not over and above mannerly," answered the 
Fairy, without putting herself in a passion. "Well then, 
since you have so little breeding, and are so disobliging, I 
give you for gift, that at every word you speak there shall 
come out of your mouth a snake or a toad." 

So soon as her mother saw her coming, she cried out : 
"Well, daughter?" 

"•Well, mother?" answered the pert hussey, throwing 
out of her mouth two vipers and two toads. 

"O mercy!" cried the mother, "what is it I see! O, it 
is that wretch her sister who has occasioned all this ; but she 
shall pay for it " ; and immediately she ran to beat her. The 
poor child fled away from her and went to hide herself in the 
forest, not far from thence. 

The King's son, then on his return from hunting, met 



her, and seeing her so very pretty, asked her what she did 
there alone, and why she cried. 

"Alas ! sir, my mamma has turned me out of doors." 
The King's son, who saw five or six pearls, and as many 
diamonds, come out of her mouth, desired her to tell him how 
that happened. She thereupon told him the whole story ; 
and so the King's son fell in love with her ; and, considering 
with himself that such a gift was worth more than any 
marriage-portion whatsoever in another, conducted her to the 
palace of the King his father, and there married her. 

As for her sister, she made herself so much hated that 
her own mother turned her off; and the miserable wretch, 
having wandered about a good while without finding anybody 
to take her in, went to a corner in the wood and there died. 


The Moral 

Money and jewels still, we find. 
Stamp strong impressions on the mind. 
But sweet discourse more potent riches yields ; 
Of higher value is the powr it wields. 


Civil behaviour costs itideed some pains, 
Requires of complaisance some little share ; 

But soon or late its due reward it gains, 
And meets it often when we re not aware. 

Blue Beard 

"'what, is not the key Ut MV CLOStl AMONG IHE REST?" 

{page 40) 

Blue ° Beard 

THERE was a man who had fine houses, both in town 
and country, a deal of silver and gold plate, embroidered 
furniture, and coaches gilded all over with gold. But 
this man had the misfortune to have a blue beard, which 
made him so frightfully ugly, that all the women and girls 
ran away from him. 

One of his neighbours, a lady of quality, had two daughters 
who were perfect beauties. He desired of her one of them in 
marriage, leaving to her the choice which of the two she 
would bestow upon him. They would neither of them have 
him, and each made the other welcome of him, being not able 
to bear the thought of marrying a man who had a blue beard. 
And what besides gave them disgust and aversion, was his 
having already been married to several wives, and no-body 
ever knew what became of them. 

Blue Beard, to engage their affection, took them, with the 
lady their mother, and three or four ladies of their acquaint- 
ance, with other young people of the neighbourhood, to one 
of his country seats, where they stayed a whole week. There 
was nothing then to be seen but parties of pleasure, hunting, 
fishing, dancing, mirth and feasting. No-body went to bed, 
but all passed the night in playing tricks upon each other. 
In short, every thing succeeded so well, that the youngest 
daughter began to think the master of the house not to 
have a beard so very blue, and that he was a mighty civil 



gentleman. As soon as they returned home, the marriage 
was concluded. 

About a month afterwards Blue Beard told his wife that 
he was obliged to take a country journey for six weeks at 
least, about affairs of very great consequence, desiring her to 
divert herself in his absence, to send for her friends and 
acquaintances, to carry them into the country, if she pleased, 
and to make good cheer wherever she was. 

" Here," said he, "are the keys of the two great ward- 
robes, wherein I have my best furniture ; these are of my 
silver and gold plate, which is not every day in use ; these 
open my strong boxes, which hold my money, both gold and 
silver ; these my caskets of jewels ; and this is the master- 
key to all my apartments. But for this little one here, it is 
the key of the closet at the end of the great gallery on the 
ground floor. Open them all ; go into all and every one of 
them ; except that little closet which I forbid you, and forbid 
it in such a manner that, if you happen to open it, there will 
be no bounds to my just anger and resentment." 

She promised to observe, very exactly, whatever he had 
ordered ; when he, after having embraced her, got into his 
coach and proceeded on his journey. 

Her neighbours and good friends did not stay to be sent 
for by the newmarried lady, so great was their impatience to 
see all the rich furniture of her house, not daring to come 
while her husband was there, because of his blue beard which 
frightened them. They ran thro' all the rooms, closets, and 


"this man had the MISFORIT'NE TO HAVE A BLUE BEARl:) 



wardrobes, which were all so rich and fine, that they seemed 
to surpass one another. 

After that, they went up into the two great rooms, where 
were the best and richest furniture ; they could not sufficiently 
admire the number and beauty of the tapestry, beds, couches, 
cabinets, stands, tables, and looking-glasses in which you 
might see yourself from head to foot ; some of them were 
framed with glass, others with silver, plain and gilded, the 
finest and most magnificent which were ever seen. They 
ceased not to extol and envy the happiness of their friend, 
who in the mean time no way diverted herself in looking upon 
all these rich things, because of the impatience she had to go 
and open the closet of the ground floor. She was so much 
pressed by her curiosity, that, without considering that it was 
very uncivil to leave her company, she went down a little 
back-stair-case, and with such excessive haste, that she had 
twice or thrice like to have broken her neck. 

Being come to the closet door, she made a stop for some 
time, thinking upon her husband's orders, and considering 
what unhappiness might attend her if she was disobedient ; 
but the temptation was so strong she could not overcome it. 
She took then the little key, and opened it trembling; but 
could not at first see any thing plainly, because the windows 
were shut. After some moments she began to perceive that 
the floor was all covered over with clotted blood, in which 
were reflected the bodies of several dead women ranged against 
the walls : these were all the wives whom Blue Beard had 



married and murdered one after another. She was like to 
have died for fear, and the key, which she pulled out of the 
lock, fell out of her hand. 

After having somewhat recovered her senses, she took 
up the key, locked the door, and went up stairs into her 
chamber to recover herself; but she could not, so much was 
she frightened. Having observed that the key of the closet 
was stained with blood, she tried two or three times to wipe 
it off, but the blood would not come off; in vain did she 
wash it, and even rub it with soap and sand, the blood still 
remained, for the key was a Fairy, and she could never make 
it quite clean ; when the blood was gone off from one side, it 
came again on the other. 

Blue Beard returned from his journey the same evening, 
and said, he had received letters upon the road, informing him 
that the affair he went about was ended to his advantage. 
His wife did all she could to convince him she was extremely 
glad of his speedy return. Next morning he asked her for 
the keys, which she gave him, but with such a trembling 
hand, that he easily guessed what had happened. 

" What," said he, " is not the key of my closet among 
the rest ? " 

"I must certainly," answered she, "have left it above 
upon the table." 

"Fail not," said Blue Beard, "to bring it me presently." 

After putting him off several times, she was forced to 



bring him the key. Blue Beard, having very attentively 
considered it, said to his wife : 

" How comes this blood upon the key ?" 

" I do not know," cried the poor woman, paler than 

"You do not know," replied Blue Beard; " I very well 
know, you were resolved to go into the closet, were you not ? 
Mighty well, Madam ; you shall go in, and take your place 
among the ladies you saw there." 

Upon this she threw herself at her husband's feet, and 
begged his pardon with all the signs of a true repentance for 
her disobedience. She would have melted a rock, so beautiful 
and sorrowful was she ; but Blue Beard had a heart harder 
than any rock. 

"You must die, Madam," said he, "and that presently." 

" Since I must die," answered she, looking upon him 
with her eyes all bathed in tears, " give me some little time to 
say my prayers." 

"I give you," replied Blue Beard, "half a quarter of an 
hour, but not one moment more." 

When she was alone, she called out to her sister, and 
said to her : 

"Sister Anne" (for that was her name), "go up I beg 
you, upon the top of the tower, and look if my brothers are 
not coming ; they promised me that they would come to-day, 
and if you see them, give them a sign to make haste." 



Her sister Anne went up upon the top of the tower, and 
the poor afflicted wife cried out from time to time, "Anne, 
sister Anne, do you see any one coming?" 

And sister Anne said : 

" I see nothing but the sun, which makes a dust, and 
the grass growing green." 

In the mean while Blue Beard, holding a great scimitar 
in his hand, cried out as loud as he could bawl to his wife : 

"Come down instantly, or I shall come up to you." 

" One moment longer, if you please," said his wife, and 
then she cried out very softly : 

"Anne, sister Anne, dost thou see any body coming?" 

And sister Anne answered : 

" I see nothing but the sun, which makes a dust, and the 
grass growing green." 

"Come down quickly," cried Blue Beard, "or I will 
come up to you." 

" I am coming," answered his wife ; and then she cried : 

" Anne, sister Anne, dost thou see any one coming ?" 

" I see," replied sister Anne, " a great dust that comes 
this way." 

" Are they my brothers ? " 

" Alas ! no, my dear sister, I see a flock of sheep." 

"Will you not come down?" cried Blue Beard. 

"One moment longer," said his wife, and then she cried 
out : 

"Anne, sister Anne, dost thou see nobody coming?" 



" I see," said she, " two horsemen coming, but they are 
yet a great way off." 

"God be praised," she cried presently, "they are my 
brothers ; I am beckoning to them, as well as I can, for them 
to make haste." 

Then Blue Beard bawled out so loud, that he made the 
whole house tremble. The distressed wife came down, and 
threw herself at his feet, all in tears, with her hair about her 

" Nought will avail," said Blue Beard, "you must die" ; 
then, taking hold of her hair with one hand, and lifting up 
his scimitar with the other, he was going to take off her 

The poor lady turning about to him, and looking at him 
with dying eyes, desired him to afford her one little moment 
to recollect herself. 

" No, no," said he, " recommend thyself to God," and was 
just ready to strike. 

At this very instant there was such a loud knocking at 
the gate, that Blue Beard made a sudden stop. The gate was 
opened, and presently entered two horsemen, who drawing 
their swords, ran directly to Blue Beard. He knew them to 
be his wife's brothers, one a dragoon, the other a musqueteer ; 
so that he ran away immediately to save himself; but the two 
brothers pursued so close, that they overtook him before he 
could get to the steps of the porch, when they ran their 
swords thro' his body and left him dead. The poor wife was 



almost as dead as her husband, and had not strength enough 
to rise and welcome her brothers. 

Blue Beard had no heirs, and so his wife became mistress 
of all his estate. She made use of one part of it to marry her 
sister Anne to a young gentleman who had loved her a long 
while ; another part to buy captains' commissions for her 
brothers ; and the rest to marry herself to a very worthy 
gentleman, who made her forget the ill time she had passed 
with Blue Beard. 


The Moral 

O curiosity, thou mortal bane I 
spite of thy charms, thou causest often pain 
And sore regret, of which we daily find 
A thousand instances attend mankind : 
For thou — O may it not displease the fair — 
A fleeting pleasure art, but lasting care. 
And always proiies, alas I too dear the prize, 
JVhicJi, in the moment of possession, dies. 


A very little share of common sense. 

And knowledge of the world, will soon evince 

That this a story is of time long pass d ; 

No husbands now such panic terrors cast ; 

Nor weakly, with a vain despotic hand, 

Imperious, what' s impossible, command : 

And be they discontented, or the fire 

Of wicked jealousy their hearts inspire. 

They softly sing ; and of whatever hue 

Their beards may chance to be, or black, or blue, 

Griseld, or russet, it is hard to say 

Which of the two, the man or wife, bears sway. 

The Sleeping Beauty 
in the IVood 

'at this verv instant the young fairy came out from behind the hangings 

l^page so) 

° The ° Sleeping = Beauty - 
" in = the = Wood = 

THERE were formerly a King and a Queen, who were 
so sorry that they had no children, so sorry that it 
cannot be expressed. They went to all the waters in 
the world ; vows, pilgrimages, all ways were tried and 
all to no purpose. At last, however, the Queen proved with 
child, and was brought to bed of a daughter. There was a 
very fine christening ; and the Princess had for her god- 
mothers all the Fairies they could find in the whole kingdom 
(they found seven), that every one of them might give her a gift, 
as was the custom of Fairies in those days, and that by this 
means the Princess might have all the perfections imaginable. 
After the ceremonies of the christening were over, all the 
company returned to the King's palace, where was prepared 
a great feast for the Fairies. There was placed before every 
one of them a magnificent cover with a case of massive gold, 
wherein were a spoon, knife and fork, all of pure gold set with 
diamonds and rubies. But as they were all sitting down at 
table, they saw come into the hall a very old Fairy whom they 
had not invited, because it was above fifty years since she had 
been out of a certain tower, and she was believed to be either 
dead or inchanted. The King ordered her a cover, but could 
not furnish her with a case of gold as the others, because they 
had seven only made for the seven Fairies. The old Fairy 
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fancied she was slighted, and muttered some threat between 
her teeth. One of the young Fairies, who sat by her, over- 
heard how she grumbled ; and judging that she might give 
the little Princess some unlucky gift, went, as soon as they 
rose from the table, and hid herself behind the hangings, that 
she might speak last, and repair, as much as possible she 
could, the evil which the old Fairy might intend. 

In the mean while all the Fairies began to give their gifts 
to the Princess. The youngest gave her for gift, that she 
should be the most beautiful person in the world ; the next, 
that she should have the wit of an angel ; the third, that she 
should have a wonderful grace in every thing she did ; the 
fourth, that she should dance perfectly well ; the fifth, that 
she should sing like a nightingale ; and the sixth, that she 
should play upon all kinds of music to the utmost perfection. 

The old Fairy's turn coming next, with a head shaking 
more with spite than age, she said, that the Princess should 
have her hand pierced with a spindle, and die of the wound. 
This terrible gift made the whole company tremble, and every 
body fell a-crying. 

At this very instant the young Fairy came out from 
behind the hangings, and spake these words aloud : 

" Be reassured, O King and Queen ; your daughter shall 
not die of this disaster : it is true, I have no power to undo 
intirely what my elder has done. The Princess shall indeed 
pierce her hand with a spindle ; but instead of dying, she shall 
only fall into a profound sleep, which shall last a hundred 



years ; at the expiration of which a king's son shall come and 
awake her." 

The King, to avoid the misfortune foretold by the old 
Fairy, caused immediately proclamations to be made, whereby 
€very-body was forbidden, on pain of death, to spin with a 
distaff and spindle or to have so much as any spindle in their 

About fifteen or sixteen years after, the King and Queen 
being gone to one of their houses of pleasure, the young 
Princess happened one day to divert herself running up and 
down the palace ; when going up from one apartment to 
another, she came into a little room on the top of a tower, 
where a good old woman, alone, was spinning with her 
spindle. This good woman had never heard of the King's 
proclamation against spindles. 

"What are you doing there, Goody?" said the 

" I am spinning, my pretty child," said the old woman, 
who did not know who she was. 

"Ha!" said the Princess, "this is very pretty ; how do 
you do it? Give it to me, that I may see if I can do so." 
She had no sooner taken the spindle into her hand, than, 
whether being very hasty at it, somewhat unhandy, or that the 
decree of the Fairy had so ordained it, it ran into her hand, 
and she fell down in a swoon. 

The good old woman not knowing very well what to do 
in this affair, cried out for help. People came in from every 



quarter in great numbers ; they threw water upon the Princess's 
face, unlaced her, struck her on the palms of her hands, and 
rubbed her temples with Hungary-water ; but nothing would 
bring her to herself. 

And now the King, who came up at the noise, bethought 
himself of the prediction of the Fairies, and judging very well 
that this must necessarily come to pass, since the Fairies had 
said it, caused the Princess to be carried into the finest apart- 
ment in his palace, and to be laid upon a bed all embroidered 
with gold and silver. One would have taken her for an angel, 
she was so very beautiful ; for her swooning away had not 
diminished one bit of her complexion ; her cheeks were carna- 
tion, and her lips like coral ; indeed her eyes were shut, but 
she was heard to breathe softly, which satisfied those about 
her that she was not dead. The King commanded that they 
should not disturb her, but let her sleep quietly till her hour 
of awakening was come. 

The good Fairy, who had saved her life by condemning 
her to sleep a hundred years, was in the kingdom of Matakin, 
twelve thousand leagues off, when this accident befell the 
Princess ; but she was instantly informed of it by a little 
dwarf, who had boots of seven leagues, that is, boots with 
which he could tread over seven leagues of ground at one 
stride. The Fairy came away immediately, and she arrived, 
about an hour after, in a fiery chariot, drawn by dragons. 
The King handed her out of the chariot, and she approved 
every thing he had done ; but, as she had a very great fore- 



sight, she thought, when the Princess should awake, she 
might not know what to do with herself, being all alone in 
this old palace ; and this was what she did : She touched 
with her wand every thing in the palace (except the King and 
the Queen), governesses, maids of honour, ladies of the bed- 
chamber, gentlemen, officers, stewards, cooks, under-cooks, 
scullions, guards, with their beef-eaters, pages, footmen ; she 
likewise touched all the horses which were in the stables, as 
well as their grooms, the great dogs in the outward court, 
and pretty little Mopsey too, the Princess's little spaniel- 
bitch, which lay by her on the bed. 

Immediately upon her touching them, they all fell asleep, 
that they might not awake before their mistress, and that they 
might be ready to wait upon her when she wanted them. The 
very spits at the fire, as full as they could hold of partridges 
and pheasants, did fall asleep, and the fire likewise. All this 
was done in a moment. Fairies are not long in doing their 

And now the King and the Queen, having kissed their 
dear child without waking her, went out of the palace, and 
put forth a proclamation, that nobody should dare to come 
near it. This, however, was not necessary ; for, in a quarter 
of an hour's time, there grew up, all round about the park, 
such a vast number of trees, great and small, bushes and 
brambles, twining one within another, that neither man nor 
beast could pass thro' ; so that nothing could be seen but the 
very top of the towers of the palace ; and that too, not unless 



it was a good way off. Nobody doubted but the Fairy gave 
herein a sample of her art, that the Princess, while she con- 
tinued sleeping, might have nothing to fear from any curious 

When a hundred years were gone and past, the son of 
the King then reigning, and who was of another family from 
that of the sleeping Princess, being gone a-hunting on that 
side of the country, asked, what were those towers which he 
saw in the middle of a great thick wood ? Every one answered 
according as they had heard ; some said that it was a ruinous 
old castle, haunted by spirits ; others, that all the sorcerers 
and witches of the country kept there their sabbath, or nights 
meeting. The common opinion was that an Ogre^ lived 
there, and that he carried thither all the little children he 
could catch, that he might eat them up at his leisure, without 
any-body's being able to follow him, as having himself, only, 
the power to pass thro' the wood. 

The Prince was at a stand, not knowing what to believe, 
when a very aged countryman spake to him thus : " May it 
please your Royal Highness, it is now above fifty years since 
I heard my father, who had heard my grandfather, say that 
there then was in this castle, a Princess, the most beautiful 
was ever seen ; that she must sleep there a hundred years, 
and should be awaked by a king's son ; for whom she was 

• Ogre is a giant, with long teeth and claws, with a raw head and bloody-bones, 
who runs away with naughty little boys and girls, and eats them up. [Note by the 





reserved." The young Prince was all on fire at these words, 
believing, without a moment's doubt, that he could put an end 
to this rare adventure ; and pushed on by love and honour 
resolved that moment to look into it. 

Scarce had he advanced towards the wood, when all the 
great trees, the bushes and brambles, gave way of themselves 
to let him pass thro' ; he walked up to the castle which he saw 
at the end of a large avenue which he went into ; and what a 
little surprised him was, that he saw none of his people could 
follow him, because the trees closed again, as soon as he had 
pass'd thro' them. However, he did not cease from continuing 
his way ; a young and amorous Prince is always valiant. He 
came into a spacious outward court, where everything he saw 
might have frozen up the most fearless person with horror. 
There reigned over all a most frightful silence ; the image of 
death everywhere shewed itself, and there was nothing to be 
seen but stretched out bodies of men and animals, all seeming 
to be dead. He, however, very well knew, by the ruby faces 
and pimpled noses of the beef-eaters, that they were only 
asleep ; and their goblets, wherein still remained some drops 
of wine, shewed plainly, that they fell asleep in their cups. 

He then crossed a court paved with marble, went up the 
stairs, and came into the guard-chamber, where the guards 
were standing in their ranks, with their muskets upon their 
shoulders, and snoring as loud as they could. After that he 
went through several rooms full of gentlemen and ladies, all 
asleep, some standing, others sitting. At last he came into a 



chamber all gilded with gold, where he saw, upon a bed, the 
curtains of which were all open, the finest sight was ever 
beheld : a Princess, who appeared to be about fifteen or sixteen 
years of age, and whose bright, and in a manner resplendent 
beauty, had somewhat in it divine. He approached with 
trembling and admiration, and fell down before her upon his 

And now, as the inchantment was at an end, the Princess 
awaked, and looking on him with eyes more tender than the 
first view might seem to admit of: "Is it you, my Prince," 
said she to him, "you have tarried long." 

The Prince, charmed with these words, and much more 
with the manner in which they were spoken, knew not how 
to shew his joy and gratitude ; he assured her, that he loved 
her better than he did himself; his discourse was not well 
connected, but it pleased her all the more ; little eloquence, a 
great deal of love. He was more at a loss than she, and we 
need not wonder at it ; she had time to think on what to say 
to him ; for it is very probable (though history mentions 
nothing of it) that the good Fairy, during so long a sleep, had 
entertained her with pleasant dreams. In short, when they 
talked four hours together, they said not half what they had 
to say. 

In the mean while, all the palace awaked ; every one 
thought upon their particular business ; and as all of them 
were not in love, they were ready to die for hunger; the chief 
lady of honour, being as sharp set as other folks, grew very 





impatient, and told the Princess aloud, That supper was 
served up. The Prince helped the Princess to rise, she was 
entirely dressed, and very magnificently, but his Royal High- 
ness took care not to tell her that she was dressed like his 
great grand-mother, and had a point-band peeping over a 
hiofh collar ; she looked not a bit the less beautiful and 
charming for all that. 

They went into the great hall of looking-glasses, where 
they supped, and were served by the Princess's officers ; the 
violins and hautboys played old tunes, but very excellent, 
tho' it was now above a hundred years since they had been 
played ; and after supper, without losing any time, the lord 
almoner married them in the chapel of the castle, and the 
chief lady of honour drew the curtains. They had but very 
little sleep ; the Princess had no occasion, and the Prince left 
her next morning to return into the city, where his father 
must needs have been anxious on his account. The Prince 
told him that he lost his way in the forest, as he was hunting, 
and that he had lain at the cottage of a collier, who gave him 
cheese and brown bread. 

The King his father, who was of an easy disposition, 
believed him ; but his mother could not be persuaded this 
was true ; and seeing that he went almost every day a-hunting, 
and that he always had some excuse ready when he had laid 
out three or four nights together, she no longer doubted he 
had some little amour, for he lived with the Princess above 
two whole years, and had by her two children, the eldest of 



which, who was a daughter, was named Aurora, and the 
youngest, who was a son, they called Day, because he was 
even handsomer and more beautiful than his sister. 

The Queen said more than once to her son, in order to 
bring him to speak freely to her, that a young man must e'en 
take his pleasure ; but he never dared to trust her with his 
secret ; he feared her, tho' he loved her ; for she was of the 
race of the Ogres, and the King would never have married 
her, had it not been for her vast riches ; it was even whispered 
about the court, that she had Ogreish inclinations, and that, 
whenever she saw little children passing by, she had all the 
difficulty in the world to refrain from falling upon them. 
And so the Prince would never tell her one word. 

But when the King was dead, which happened about two 
years afterwards ; and he saw himself lord and master, he 
openly declared his marriage ; and he went in great ceremony 
to fetch his Queen from the castle. They made a magnificent 
entry into the capital city, she riding between her two 

Some time after, the King went to make war with the 
Emperor Cantalabutte, his neighbour. He left the govern- 
ment of the kingdom to the Queen his mother, and earnestly 
recommended to her care his wife and children. He was like 
to be at war all the summer, and as soon as he departed, the 
Queen-mother sent her daughter-in-law and her children to a 
country-house among the woods, that she might with the 
more ease gratify her horrible longing. 




Some few days afterwards she went thither herself, and 
said to her clerk of the kitchen : 

" I have a mind to eat little Aurora for my dinner 
to morrow." 

"Ah ! Madam," cried the clerk of the kitchen. 

" I will have it so," replied the Queen (and this she spake 
in the tone of an Ogress, who had a strong desire to eat fresh 
meat), "and will eat her with a Sauce Robert." ^ 

The poor man knowing very well that he must not play 
tricks with Ogresses, took his great knife and went up into 
little Aurora's chamber. She was then four years old, and 
came up to him jumping and laughing, to take him about the 
neck, and ask him for some sugar-candy. Upon which he 
began to weep, the great knife fell out of his hand, and he 
went into the back-yard, and killed a little lamb, and dressed 
it with such good sauce, that his mistress assured him she 
had never eaten anything so good in her life. He had at the 
same time taken up little Aurora, and carried her to his wife, 
to conceal her in the lodging he had at the end of the court 

About eight days afterwards, the wicked Queen said to 
the clerk of the kitchen : 

" I will sup upon little Day." 

He answered not a word, being resolved to cheat her, as 
he had done before. He went to find out little Day, and saw 

1 This is a French sauce, made with onions shredded and boiled tender in butter, to 
which is added vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and a little wine. [Note by the translator.] 



him with a little foil in his hand, with which he was fencing 
with a great monkey ; the child being then only three years of 
age. He took him up in his arms, and carried him to his 
wife, that she might conceal him in her chamber along with 
his sister, and in the room of little Day cooked up a young 
kid very tender, which the Ogress found to be wonderfully 

This was hitherto all mighty well : but one evening this 
wicked Queen said to her clerk of the kitchen : 

" I will eat the Queen with the same sauce I had with her 

It was now that the poor clerk of the kitchen despaired 
of being able to deceive her. The young Queen was turned 
of twenty, not reckoning the hundred years she had been 
asleep : her skin was somewhat tough, tho' very fair and 
white ; and how to find in the yard a beast so firm, was what 
puzzled him. He took then a resolution, that he might save 
his own life, to cut the Queen's throat ; and going up into her 
chamber, with intent to do it at once, he put himself into as 
great a fury as he could possibly, and came into the young 
Queen's room with his dagger in his hand. He would not, 
however, surprise her, but told her, with a great deal of 
respect, the orders he had received from the Queen- 

" Do it, do it," said she stretching out her neck, " execute 
your orders, and then I shall go and see my children, my poor 
children, whom I so much and so tenderly loved," for she 



thought them dead ever since they had been taken away 
without her knowledge. 

" No, no, Madam," cried the poor clerk of the kitchen, 
all in tears, " you shall not die, and yet you shall see your 
children again ; but it must be in my lodgings, where I have 
concealed them, and I shall deceive the Queen once more, by 
giving her in your stead a young hind." 

Upon this he forthwith conducted her to his chamber ; 
where leaving her to embrace her children, and cry along 
with them, he went and dressed a hind, which the Queen had 
for her supper, and devoured it with the same appetite, as if 
it had been the young Queen. Exceedingly was she delighted 
with her cruelty, and she had invented a story to tell the 
King, at his return, how ravenous wolves had eaten up the 
Oueen his wife, and her two children. 

One evening, as she was, according to her custom, 
rambling round about the courts and yards of the palace, to 
see if she could smell any fresh meat, she heard, in a ground- 
room little Day crying, for his mamma was going to whip 
him, because he had been naughty ; and she heard, at the 
same time, little Aurora begging pardon for her brother. 

The Ogress presently knew the voice of the Queen and 
her children, and being quite mad that she had been thus 
deceived, she commanded next morning, by break of day 
(with a most horrible voice, which made every body tremble) 
that they should bring into the middle of the great court a 
large tub, which she caused to be filled with toads, vipers, 



snakes, and all sorts of serpents, in order to have thrown into 
it the Queen and her children, the clerk of the kitchen, his 
wife and maid ; all whom she had given orders should be 
brought thither with their hands tied behind them. 

They were brought out accordingly, and the executioners 
were just going to throw them into the tub, when the King 
(who was not so soon expected) entered the court on horse- 
back (for he came post) and asked, with the utmost astonish- 
ment, what was the meaning of that horrible spectacle ? No 
one dared to tell him ; when the Ogress, all inraged to see 
what had happened, threw herself head-foremost into the tub, 
and was instantly devoured by the ugly creatures she had 
ordered to be thrown into it for others. The King could not 
but be very sorry, for she was his mother ; but he soon 
comforted himself with his beautiful wife, and his pretty 


T^e Moral 

To get as prize a husband rich and gay, 

Of humour sweet, with many years to stay, 

Is natural e?toitgh, 'tis true; 

To wait for him a hundred years, 

And all that while asleep, appears 

A thing entirely new. 

Now at this time of day. 

Not one of all the sex we see 

Doth sleep with such profound tranquillity . 

Btit yet this Table seems to let us know 

That very often Hyinens blisses sweet, 

A It ho some tedious obstacles they meet, 

Are not less happy for approaching slow. 

'Tis itatures way that ladies fair 

Should yearn conjugal Joys to share ; 

And so Tve not the heart to preach 

A moral that's beyond their reach. 

The Master Cat; or, 
Puss in Boots 

" The " Master = Cat = 
= or " Puss " in = Boots = 

THERE was a miller, who left no more estate to the 
three sons he had, than his Mill, his Ass, and his Cat. 
The partition was soon made. Neither the scrivener 
nor attorney were sent for. They would soon have 
eaten up all the poor patrimony. The eldest had the Mill, 
the second the Ass, and the youngest nothing but the Cat. 
The poor young fellow was quite comfortless at having 

so poor a lot. 

" My brothers," said he, " may get their living hand- 
somely enough, by joining their stocks together ; but for my 
part, when I have eaten up my Cat, and made me a muff of 
his skin, I must die with hunger." 

The Cat, who heard all this, but made as if he did not, 
said to him with a grave and serious air : 

" Do not thus afflict yourself, my good master; you have 
only to give me a bag, and get a pair of boots made for me, 
that I may scamper thro' the dirt and the brambles, and you 
shall see that you have not so bad a portion of me as you 

Tho' the Cat's master did not build very much upon 
what he said, he had however often seen him play a great 
many cunning tricks to catch rats and mice ; as when he used 
to hang by the heels, or hide himself in the meal, and make 



as if he were dead ; so that he did not altogether despair of 
his affording him some help in his miserable condition. 

When the Cat had what he asked for, he booted himself 
very gallantly ; and putting his bag about his neck, he held 
the strings of it in his two fore paws, and went into a warren 
where was great abundance of rabbits. He put bran and 
sow-thistle into his bag, and stretching himself out at length, 
as if he had been dead, he waited for some young rabbit, not 
yet acquainted with the deceits of the world, to come and 
rummage his bag for what he had put into it. 

Scarce was he lain down, but he had what he wanted ; 
a rash and foolish young rabbit jumped into his bag, and 
Monsieur Puss, immediately drawing close the strings, took 
and killed him without pity. Proud of his prey, he went with 
it to the palace, and asked to speak with his Majesty. He 
was shewed up stairs into the King's apartment, and, making 
a low reverence, said to him : 

" I have brought you, sir, a rabbit of the warren which 
my noble lord the Marquis of Carabas " (for that was the title 
which Puss was pleased to give his master) " has commanded 
me to present to your Majesty from him." 

" Tell thy master," said the King, " that I thank him, and 
that he does me a great deal of pleasure." 

Another time he went and hid himself among some 
standing corn, holding still his bag open ; and when a brace 
of partridges ran into it, he drew the strings, and so caught 
them both. He went and made a present of these to the 



King, as he had done before of the rabbit which he took in 
the warren. The King in like manner received the partridges 
with great pleasure, and ordered him some money to drink. 

The Cat continued for two or three months, thus to carry 
his Majesty, from time to time, game of his master's taking. 
One day in particular, when he knew for certain that the 
King was to take the air, along the river side, with his 
daughter, the most beautiful Princess in the world, he said 
to his master : 

" If you will follow my advice, your fortune is made ; you 
have nothing else to do, but go and wash yourself in the 
river, in that part I shall shew you, and leave the rest to me." 

The Marquis of Carabas did what the Cat advised him 
to, without knowing why or wherefore. 

While he was washing, the King passed by, and the Cat 
began to cry out, as loud as he could : 

" Help, help, my lord Marquis of Carabas is drowning." 

At this noise the King put his head out of his coach- 
window, and finding it was the Cat who had so often brought 
him such good game, he commanded his guards to run 
immediately to the assistance of his lordship the Marquis of 

While they were drawing the poor Marquis out of the 
river, the Cat came up to the coach, and told the King that 
while his master was washing, there came by some rogues, 
who went off with his clothes, tho' he had cried out " Thieves, 
thieves," several times, as loud as he could. This cunning 



Cat had hidden them under a great stone. The King 
immediately commanded the officers of his wardrobe to run and 
fetch one of his best suits for the lord Marquis of Carabas. 

The King received him with great kindness, and as the 
fine clothes he had given him extremely set off his good mien 
(for he was well made, and very handsome in his person), the 
King's daughter took a secret inclination to him, and the 
Marquis of Carabas had no sooner cast two or three respectful 
and somewhat tender glances, but she fell in love with him to 
distraction. The King would needs have him come into his 
coach, and take part of the airing. The Cat, quite over-joyed 
to see his project begin to succeed, marched on before, and 
meeting with some countrymen, who were mowing a meadow, 
he said to them : 

" Good people, you who are mowing, if you do not tell 
the King, that the meadow you mow belongs to my lord 
Marquis of Carabas, you shall be chopped as small as 

The King did not fail asking of the mowers, to whom the 
meadow they were mowing belonged. 

" To my lord Marquis of Carabas," answered they 
all together ; for the Cat's threats had made them terribly 

" Truly a fine estate," said the King to the Marquis of 

"You see, sir," said the Marquis, "this is a meadow 
which never fails to yield a plentiful harvest every year." 



The Master Cat, who still went on before, met with some 
reapers, and said to them : 

" Good people, you who are reaping, if you do not tell 
the King that all this corn belongs to the Marquis of Carabas, 
you shall be chopped as small as mince-meat." 

The King, who passed by a moment after, would needs 
know to whom all that corn, which he then saw, did belong. 
"To my lord Marquis of Carabas," replied the reapers; and 
the King again congratulated the Marquis. 

The Master Cat, who went always before, said the same 
words to all he met ; and the King was astonished at the vast 
estates of my lord Marquis of Carabas. 

Monsieur Puss came at last to a stately castle, the master 
of which was an Ogre, the richest had ever been known ; for 
all the lands which the King had then gone over belonged to 
this castle. The Cat, who had taken care to inform himself 
who this Ogre was, and what he could do, asked to speak with 
him, saying, he could not pass so near his castle, without 
having the honour of paying his respects to him. 

The Ogre received him as civilly as an Ogre could do, and 
made him sit down. 

" I have been assured," said the Cat, " that you have the 
gift of being able to change yourself into all sorts of creatures 
you have a mind to ; you can, for example, transform yourself 
into a lion, or elephant, and the like." 

"This is true," answered the Ogre very briskly, "and to 
convince you, you shall see me now become a lion." 



Puss was so sadly terrified at the sight of a lion so near 
him, that he immediately got into the gutter, not without 
abundance of trouble and danger, because of his boots, which 
were ill-suited for walking upon the tiles. A little while after, 
when Puss saw that the Ogre had resumed his natural form, 
he came down, and owned he had been very much frightened. 

" I have been moreover informed," said the Cat, " but I 
know not how to believe it, that you have also the power to 
take on you the shape of the smallest animals ; for example, 
to change yourself into a rat or a mouse ; but I must own to 
you, I take this to be impossible." 

"Impossible?" cried the Ogre, "you shall see that 
presently," and at the same time changed into a mouse, and 
began to run about the floor. 

Puss no sooner perceived this, but he fell upon him, and 
eat him up. 

Meanwhile the King, who saw, as he passed, this fine 
castle of the Ogre's, had a mind to go into it. Puss, who 
heard the noise of his Majesty's coach running over the 
drawbridge, ran out and said to the King : 

" Your Majesty is welcome to this castle of my lord 
Marquis of Carabas." 

"What! my lord Marquis?" cried the King, "and does 
this castle also belong to you ? There can be nothing finer 
than this court, and all the stately buildings which surround 
it ; let us go into it, if you please." 

The Marquis gave his hand to the Princess, and followed 


"the marquis gave his hand to the PRIN'CESS, AND FOLLOWED THE KING, 

WHO WENT UP first" 





the King, who went up first. They passed into a spacious 
hall, where they found a magnificent collation which the Ogre 
had prepared for his friends, who were that very day to visit 
him, but dared not to enter knowing the King was there. 
His Majesty was perfectly charmed with the good qualities of 
my lord Marquis of Carabas, as was his daughter who was 
fallen violently in love with him ; and seeing the vast estate 
he possessed, said to him, after having drank five or six 
glasses : 

" It will be owing to yourself only, my lord Marquis, if 
you are not my son-in-law." 

The Marquis making several low bows, accepted the 
honour which his Majesty conferred upon him, and forthwith, 
that very same day, married the Princess. 

Puss became a great lord, and never ran after mice any 
more, but only for his diversion. 

F A I R Y T A L E S O F P E R R A U L T 

The Moral 

How advantageous it may be, 
By long descent of pedigree, 

T' enjoy a great estate. 
Yet knowledge how to act, we see, 
Joind with consnnunatc industry, 
{Nor wonder ye thereat) 
Doth often prove a greater boon. 
As should be to young people known. 


If the son of a miller so soon gains the heart 
Of a beautiful princess, and makes her impart 
Sweet languishing glances, eyes melting for love, 
It must be remarked of fine clothes how they move. 
And that youth, a good face, a good air, with good 

Are not always indiffereiit mediums to win 
The love of the fair, and gently inspire 
The flames of sweet passion, and tender desire. 

Cinderilla ; or, 

The Little Glass Slipper 


{page 84) 

=■ Cinderilla ° or = The = 
Little ' Glass = Slipper 

ONCE there was a gentleman who married, for his 
second wife, the proudest and most haughty woman 
that was ever seen. She had, by a former husband, 
two daughters of her own humour and they were 
indeed exactly like her in all things. He had likewise, by 
another wife, a young daughter, but of unparalleled good- 
ness and sweetness of temper, which she took from her 
mother, who was the best creature in the world. 

No sooner were the ceremonies of the wedding over, but 
the stepmother began to shew herself in her colours. She 
could not bear the good qualities of this pretty girl ; and the 
less, because they made her own daughters appear the more 
odious. She employed her in the meanest work of the house ; 
she scoured the dishes, tables, &c. and rubbed Madam's 
chamber, and those of Misses, her daughters; she lay up in 
a sorry garret, upon a wretched straw-bed, while her sisters 
lay in fine rooms, with floors all inlaid, upon beds of the very 
newest fashion, and where they had looking-glasses so large, 
that they might see themselves at their full length, from head 
to foot. 

The poor girl bore all patiently, and dared not tell her 
father, who would have rattled her off; for his wife governed 
him intirely. When she had done her work, she used to go 



into the chimney-corner, and sit down among cinders and 
ashes, which made her commonly be called Cinder-breech ; 
but the youngest, who was not so rude and uncivil as the 
eldest, called her Cinderilla. However, Cinderilla, notwith- 
standing her mean apparel, was a hundred times handsomer 
than her sisters, tho' they were always dressed very richly. 

It happened that the King's son gave a ball, and invited 
all persons of fashion to it. Our young misses were also 
invited ; for they cut a very grand figure among the quality. 
They were mightily delighted at this invitation, and wonder- 
fully busy in chusing out such gowns, petticoats, and head- 
clothes as might best become them. This was a new trouble 
to Cinderilla; for it was she who ironed her sisters' linen, 
and plaited their ruffles ; they talked all day long of nothing 
but how they should be dressed. " For my part," said the 
eldest, " I will wear my red velvet suit, with French trimming." 
"And I," said the youngest, "shall only have my usual petti- 
coat ; but then, to make amends for that, I will put on my 
gold-flowered manteau, and my diamond stomacher, which is 
far from being the most ordinary one in the world." They 
sent for the best tire-woman they could get, to make up their 
head-dresses, and adjust their double-pinners,^ and they had 
their red brushes, and patches from the fashionable maker. 

Cinderilla was likewise called up to them to be consulted 
in all these matters, for she had excellent notions, and advised 

1 ' Pinners' were coifs with two long side-flaps pinned on. ' Double-pinners ' — with 
two side-flaps on each side — accurately translates the French cornettes a deux rangs. 


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them always for the best, nay and offered her service to dress 
their heads, which they were very willing she should do. As 
she was doing this, they said to her : 

" Cinderilla, would you not be glad to go to the ball ?" 

" Ah ! " said she, " you only jeer at me ; it is not for such 
as I am to go thither." 

"Thou art in the right of it," replied they, "it would 
make the people laugh to see a Cinder-breech at a ball." 

Any one but Cinderilla would have dressed their heads 
awry, but she was very good, and dressed them perfectly well. 
They were almost two days without eating, so much they 
were transported with joy ; they broke above a dozen of laces 
in trying to be laced up close, that they might have a fine 
slender shape, and they were continually at their looking- 
glass. At last the happy day came ; they went to Court, and 
Cinderilla followed them with her eyes as long as she could, 
and when she had lost sight of them she fell a-crying. 

Her godmother, who saw her all in tears, asked her what 
was the matter. 

" I wish I could , I wish I could — ; " she was not able 

to speak the rest, being interrupted by her tears and sobbing. 

This godmother of hers, who was a Fairy, said to her : 

" Thou wishest thou couldest go to the ball, is it not so ? " 

" Y — es," cried Cinderilla, with a great sigh. 

"Well," said her godmother, "be but a good girl, and 
I will contrive that thou shalt go." Then she took her into 
her chamber, and said to her : 

F 8i 


" Run into the garden, and bring me a pumpkin." 

Cinderilla went immediately to gather the finest she 
could get, and brought it to her godmother, not being able 
to imagine how this pumpkin could make her go to the ball. 
Her godmother scooped out all the inside of it, leaving 
nothing but the rind ; which done, she struck it with her 
wand, and the pumpkin was instantly turned into a fine 
coach, gilded all over with gold. 

She then went to look into her mouse-trap, where she 
found six mice all alive, and ordered Cinderilla to lift up a 
little the trap-door, when giving each mouse, as it went out, 
a little tap with her wand, the mouse was at that moment 
turned into a fair horse, which altogether made a very fine set 
of six horses of a beautiful mouse-coloured dapple-grey. 

Being at a loss for a coachman, " I will go and see," says 
Cinderilla, "if there be never a rat in the rat-trap, that we 
may make a coachman of him." 

"Thou art in the right," replied her godmother; "go 
and look." 

Cinderilla brought the trap to her, and in it there were 
three huge rats. The Fairy made choice of one of the three, 
which had the largest beard, and, having touched him with 
her wand, he was turned into a fat jolly coachman, who had 
the smartest whiskers eyes ever beheld. 

After that, she said to her : 

" Go again into the garden, and you will find six lizards 
behind the watering pot ; bring them to me." 



She had no sooner done so, but her godmother turned 
them into six footmen, who skipped up immediately behind 
the coach, with their liveries all bedaubed with gold and 
silver, and clung as close behind it, as if they had done 
nothing else their whole lives. The Fairy then said to 
Cinderilla : 

"Well, you see here an equipage fit to go to the ball 
with ; are you not pleased with it ? " 

" O yes," cried she, " but must I go thither as I am, in 
these poison nasty rags ? " 

Her godmother only just touched her with her wand, 
and, at the same instant, her clothes were turned into cloth 
of gold and silver, all beset with jewels. This done she gave 
her a pair of glass-slippers,^ the prettiest in the whole world. 

Being thus decked out, she got up into her coach ; but 
her godmother, above all things, commanded her not to stay 
till after midnight, telling her, at the same time, that if she 
stayed at the ball one moment longer, her coach would be a 
pumpkin again, her horses mice, her coachman a rat, her 
footmen lizards, and her clothes become just as they were 

^ In Perrault's tale : pantotifles de verre. There is no doubt that in the medieval 
versions of this ancient tale Cinderilla was given pantoicfies de vair — i.e., of a grey, or grey 
and white, fur, the exact nature of which has been a matter of controversy, but which was 
probably a grey squirrel. Long before the seventeenth century the word vair had passed 
out of use, except as a heraldic term, and had ceased to convey any meaning to the 
people. Thus the pantoufles de vair of the fairy tale became, in the oral tradition, the 
homonymous /a«/'(7?{;?« de verre, or glass slippers, a delightful improvement on the earlier 



She promised her godmother, she would not fail of 
leaving the ball before midnight ; and then away she drove, 
scarce able to contain herself for joy. The King's son, who 
was told that a great Princess, whom no-body knew, was 
come, ran out to receive her; he gave her his hand as she 
alighted out of the coach, and led her into the hall, among 
all the company. There was immediately a profound silence, 
they left off dancing, and the violins ceased to play, so 
attentive was every one to contemplate the singular beauty of 
this unknown new comer. Nothing was then heard but a 
confused noise of, 

"Ha! how handsome she is! Ha! how handsome she 

is ! 

The King himself, old as he was, could not help ogling 
her, and telling the Queen softly, " that it was a long time since 
he had seen so beautiful and lovely a creature." All the ladies 
were busied in considering her clothes and head-dress, that 
they might have some made next day after the same pattern, 
provided they could meet with such fine materials, and as 
able hands to make them. 

The King's son conducted her to the most honourable 
seat, and afterwards took her out to dance with him : she 
danced so very gracefully, that they all more and more 
admired her. A fine collation was served up, whereof the 
young Prince ate not a morsel, so intently was he busied in 
gazing on her. She went and sat down by her sisters, 
shewing them a thousand civilities, giving them part of the 



oranges and citrons which the Prince had presented her with ; 
which very much surprised them, for they did not know her. 

While Cinderilla was thus amusing her sisters, she heard 
the clock strike eleven and three quarters, whereupon she 
immediately made a curtesy to the company, and hasted 
away as fast as she could. 

Being got home, she ran to seek out her godmother, and 
after having thanked her, she said, " she could not but heartily 
wish she might go next day to the ball, because the King's 
son had desired her." As she was eagerly telling her god- 
mother whatever had passed at the ball, her two sisters 
knocked at the door which Cinderilla ran and opened. 

" How long you have stayed," cried she, gaping, rubbing 
her eyes, and stretching herself as if she had been just awaked 
out of her sleep ; she had not, however, any manner of 
inclination to sleep since they went from home. 

" If thou hadst been at the ball," said one of her sisters, 
" thou wouldst not have been tired with it ; there came thither 
the finest Princess, the most beautiful ever was seen with 
mortal eyes ; she shewed us a thousand civilities, and gave us 
oranges and citrons." Cinderilla was transported with joy ; 
she asked them the name of that Princess ; but they told her 
they did not know it ; and that the King's son was very 
anxious to learn it, and would give all the world to know who 
she was. At this Cinderilla, smiling, replied : 

" She must then be very beautiful indeed ; Lord ! how 
happy have you been ; could not I see her ? Ah ! dear Miss 



Charlotte, do lend me your yellow suit of cloaths which you 
wear every day I " 

"Ay, to be sure!" cried Miss Charlotte, "lend my 
cloaths to such a dirty Cinder-breech as thou art ; who's the 
fool then ? " 

Cinderilla, indeed, expected some such answer, and was 
very glad of the refusal ; for she would have been sadly put 
to it, if her sister had lent her what she asked for jestingly. 

The next day the two sisters were at the ball, and so was 
Cinderilla, but dressed more magnificently than before. The 
King's son was always by her, and never ceased his com- 
pliments and amorous speeches to her ; to whom all this was 
so far from being tiresome, that she quite forgot what her 
godmother had recommended to her, so that she, at last, 
counted the clock striking twelve, when she took it to be no 
more than eleven ; she then rose up, and fled as nimble as a 

The Prince followed, but could not overtake her. She 
left behind one of her glass slippers, which the Prince took 
up most carefully. She got home, but quite out of breath, 
without coach or footmen, and in her nasty old cloaths, 
having nothing left her of all her finery, but one of the little 
slippers, fellow to that she dropped. The guards at the palace 
gate were asked if they had not seen a Princess go out ; who 
said, they had seen no-body go out, but a young girl, very 
meanly dressed, and who had more the air of a poor country 
wench, than a gentle-woman. 


"she left behind one of her glass slippers, which the prince took up most carefully 


When the two sisters returned from the ball, Cinderilla 
asked them if they had been well diverted, and if the fine lady 
had been there. They told her. Yes, but that she hurried 
away immediately when it struck twelve, and with so much 
haste, that she dropped one of her little glass slippers, the 
prettiest in the world, and which the King's son had taken 
up ; that he had done nothing but look at it during all the 
latter part of the ball, and that most certainly he was very 
much in love with the beautiful person who owned the little 

What they said was very true ; for a few days after, the 
King's son caused it to be proclaimed by sound of trumpet, 
that he would marry her whose foot this slipper would just 
fit. They whom he employed began to try it on upon the 
Princesses, then the duchesses, and all the Court, but in vain. 
It was brought to the two sisters, who did all they possibly 
could to thrust their feet into the slipper, but they could not 
effect it. 

Cinderilla, who saw all this, and knew her slipper, said 
to them laughing : 

" Let me see if it will not fit me ? " 

Her sisters burst out a-laughing, and began to banter 
her. The gentleman who was sent to try the slipper, looked 
earnestly at Cinderilla, and finding her very handsome, said 
it was but just that she should try, and that he had orders 
to let every one make tryal. He invited Cinderilla to sit 
down, and putting the slipper to her foot, he found it went 




on very easily, and fitted her, as if it had been made of wax. 
The astonishment her two sisters were in was excessively 
great, but still abundantly greater, when Cinderilla pulled 
out of her pocket the other slipper, and put it on her foot 
Thereupon, in came her godmother, who having touched, with 
her wand, Cinderilla's cloaths, made them richer and more 
magnificent than any of those she had before. 

And now her two sisters found her to be that fine beautiful 
lady whom they had seen at the ball. They threw themselves 
at her feet, to beg pardon for all the ill treatment they had 
made her undergo. Cinderilla took them up, and as she 
embraced them, cried that she forgave them with all her heart, 
and desired them always to love her. 

She was conducted to the young Prince, dressed as she 
was; he thought her more charming than ever, and, a few 
days after, married her. 

Cinderilla, who was no less good than beautiful, gave her 
two sisters lodgings in the palace, and that very same day 
matched them with two great lords of the court. 


The Moral 

Bemitys to the sex a treasure, 
Still adniird beyond all measure, 
And never yet was any known. 
By still admiring, weary grown. 
But that rare quality call' d grace, 
Exceeds, by far, a handsome face ; 
Its lasting charms surpass the other, 
And this rich gift her kind godmother 
Bestow d on Cinder ilia fair. 
Whom she instructed with such care. 
She gave to her such graceful mien, 
That she, thereby, becatue a queen. 
For thus {may ever truth prevail) 
IVe draw our jnoral from this tale. 
This quality, fair ladies, know 
Prevails much more {yoiillfind it so) 
Tingage and captivate a heart. 
Than a fine head dress d iip with art. 
The fairies gift of greatest worth 
Is grace of bearing, not high birth ; 
Without this gift we II miss the prize ; 
Possession gives us wings to rise. 



A great advantage 'tis, 710 doubt, to man, 

To have wit, courage, birth, good sense, and brain. 

And other such-like qnalities, which we 

Receiv d from heavens kind hand, and destiny. 

But none of these rich graces from above, 

To your advancement in the world will prove 

If godmothers and sires you disobey, 

Or 'gainst their strict advice too long you stay. 


Riquet with the Tuft 

Riquet ° with ° the = Tuft 

THERE was, once upon a time, a Queen, who was 
brought to bed of a son, so hideously ugly, that it was 
long disputed, whether he had human form. A Fairy, 
who was at his birth, affirmed, he would be very lovable 
for all that, since he should be indowed with abundance of 
wit. She even added, that it would be in his power, by 
virtue of a gift she had just then given him, to bestow on the 
person he most loved as much wit as he pleased. All this 
somewhat comforted the poor Queen, who was under a 
grievous affliction for having brought into the world such 
an ugly brat. It is true, that this child no sooner began to 
prattle, but he said a thousand pretty things, and that in all 
his actions there was something so taking, that he charmed 
every-body. I forgot to tell you, that he came into the world 
with a little tuft of hair upon his head, which made them 
call him Riquet with the Tuft, for Riquet was the family 

Seven or eight years after this, the Queen of a neighbour- 
ing kingdom was delivered of two daughters at a birth. The 
first-born of these was beautiful beyond compare, whereat 
the Queen was so very glad, that those present were afraid 
that her excess of joy would do her harm. The same Fairy, 
who had assisted at the birth of little Riquet with the Tuft, 
was here also ; and, to moderate the Queen's gladness, she 
declared, that this little Princess should have no wit at all, 



but be as stupid as she was pretty. This mortified the Queen 
extreamly, but some moments afterwards she had far greater 
sorrow ; for, the second daughter she was delivered of, was 
very ugly. 

" Do not afflict yourself so much, Madam," said the 
Fairy ; " your daughter shall have so great a portion of wit, 
that her want of beauty will scarcely be perceived." 

"God grant it," replied the Queen; "but is there no 
way to make the eldest, who is so pretty, have some little 

" I can do nothing for her, Madam, as to wit," answered 
the Fairy, " but everything as to beauty ; and as there is 
nothing but what I would do for your satisfaction, I give her 
for gift, that she shall have the power to make handsome the 
person who shall best please her." 

As these Princesses grew up, their perfections grew up 
with them ; all the public talk was of the beauty of the eldest, 
and the wit of the youngest. It is true also that their defects 
increased considerably with their age ; the youngest visibly 
grew uglier and uglier, and the eldest became every day more 
and more stupid ; she either made no answer at all to what 
was asked her, or said something very silly ; she was with all 
this so unhandy, that she could not place four pieces of china 
upon the mantlepiece, without breaking one of them, nor 
drink a glass of water without spilling half of it upon her 
cloaths. Tho' beauty is a very great advantage in young 
people, yet here the youngest sister bore away the bell, almost 



always, in all companies from the eldest ; people would 
indeed, go first to the Beauty to look upon, and admire her, 
but turn aside soon after to the Wit, to hear a thousand most 
entertaining and agreeable turns, and it was amazing to see, 
in less than a quarter of an hour's time, the eldest with not 
a soul with her and the whole company crowding about the 
youngest. The eldest, tho' she was unaccountably dull, could 
not but notice it, and would have given all her beauty to have 
half the wit of her sister. The Queen, prudent as she was, 
could not help reproaching her several times, which had like 
to have made this poor Princess die for grief. 

One day, as she retired into the wood to bewail her 
misfortune, she saw, coming to her, a little man, very dis- 
agreeable, but most magnificently dressed. This was the 
young Prince Riquet with the Tuft, who having fallen in love 
with her, by seeing her picture, many of which went all the 
world over, had left his father's kingdom, to have the pleasure 
of seeing and talking with her. 

Overjoyed to find her thus all alone, he addressed himself 
to her with all imaginable politeness and respect. Having 
observed, after he had made her the ordinary compliments, 
that she was extremely melancholy, he said to her : 

" I cannot comprehend, Madam, how a person so beauti- 
ful as you are, can be so sorrowful as you seem to be ; for 
tho' I can boast of having seen infinite numbers of ladies 
exquisitely charming, I can say that I never beheld any one 
whose beauty approaches yours." 

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" You are pleased to say so," answered the Princess, and 
here she stopped. 

" Beauty," replied Riquet with the Tuft, " is such a great 
advantage, that it ought to take the place of all things ; and 
since you possess this treasure, I see nothing that can 
possibly very much afflict you." 

" I had far rather," cried the Princess, " be as ugly as 
you are, and have wit, than have the beauty I possess, and be 
so stupid as I am." 

"There is nothing. Madam," returned he, "shews more 
that we have wit, than to believe we have none ; and it is the 
nature of that excellent quality, that the more people have of 
it, the more they believe they want it." 

" I do not know that," said the Princess ; " but I know, 
very well, that I am very senseless, and thence proceeds the 
vexation which almost kills me." 

" If that be all, Madam, which troubles you, I can very 
easily put an end to your affliction." 

" And how will you do that ?" cried the Princess. 

" I have the power. Madam," replied Riquet with the 
Tuft, " to give to that person whom I shall love best, as 
much wit as can be had ; and as you. Madam, are that very 
person, it will be your fault only, if you have not as great 
a share of it as any one living, provided you will be pleased 
to marry me." 

The Princess remained quite astonished, and answered 
not a word. 


"the prince believed HK had given her more wit than he had reserved for HIMSELF' 


" I see," replied Riquet with the Tuft, "that this proposal 
makes you very uneasy, and I do not wonder at it, but I will 
give you a whole year to consider of it." 

The Princess had so little wit, and, at the same time, so 
great a longing to have some, that she imagined the end of 
that year would never be ; therefore she accepted the proposal 
which was made her. She had no sooner promised Riquet 
with the Tuft that she would marry him on that day twelve- 
month, than she found herself quite otherwise than she was 
before ; she had an incredible facility of speaking whatever 
she pleased, after a polite, easy, and natural manner ; she 
began that moment a very gallant conversation with Riquet 
with the Tuft, wherein she tattled at such a rate, that Riquet 
with the Tuft believed he had given her more wit than he had 
reserved for himself. 

When she returned to the palace, the whole Court knew 
not what to think of such a sudden and extraordinary change ; 
for they heard from her now as much sensible discourse, and 
as many infinitely witty turns, as they had stupid and silly 
impertinences before. The whole Court was over-joyed at it 
beyond imagination ; it pleased all but her younger sister ; 
because having no longer the advantage of her in respect of 
wit, she appeared, in comparison of her, a very disagreeable, 
homely puss. The King governed himself by her advice, and 
would even sometimes hold a council in her apartment. The 
noise of this change spreading every where, all the young 
Princes of the neighbouring kingdoms strove all they could 



to gain her favour, and almost all of them asked her in 
marriage ; but she found not one of them had wit enough for 
her, and she gave them all a hearing, but would not engage 
herself to any. 

However, there came one so powerful, rich, witty and 
handsome, that she could not help having a good inclination 
for him. Her father perceived it, and told her that she was 
her own mistress as to the choice of a husband, and that she 
might declare her intentions. As the more wit we have, the 
greater difficulty we find to make a firm resolution upon such 
affairs, this made her desire her father, after having thanked 
him, to give her time to consider of it. 

She went accidentally to walk in the same wood where 
she met Riquet with the Tuft, to think, the more conveniently, 
what she ought to do. While she was walking in a profound 
meditation, she heard a confused noise under her feet, as it 
were of a great many people who went backwards and 
forwards, and were \ery busy. Having listened more 
attentively, she heard one say : 

"Bring me that pot " ; another " Give me that kettle"; 
and a third, " Put some wood upon the fire." 

The ground at the same time opened, and she seemingly 
saw under her feet, a great kitchen full of cooks, scullions, 
and all sorts of servants necessary for a magnificent entertain- 
ment. There came out of it a company of roasters, to the 
number of twenty, or thirty, who went to plant themselves 
in a fine alley of wood, about a very long table, with their 



larding pins in their hands, and skewers in their caps, who 
began to work, keeping time, to the tune of a very harmonious 

The Princess, all astonished at this sight, asked them 
who they worked for. 

" For Prince Riquet with the Tuft," said the chief of 
them, " who is to be married to-morrow." 

The Princess was more surprised than ever, and recol- 
lecting that it was now that day twelvemonth on which she 
had promised to marry Riquet with the Tuft, she was like to 
sink into the ground. 

What made her forget this was that, when she made this 
promise, she was very silly, and having obtained that vast 
stock of wit which the Prince had bestowed on her, she had 
intirely forgot her stupidity. She continued walking, but 
had not taken thirty steps before Riquet with the Tuft 
presented himself to her, bravely and most magnificently 
dressed, like a Prince who was going to be married. 

" You see, Madam," said he, " I am very exact in keeping 
my word, and doubt not, in the least, but you are come hither 
to perform yours, and to make me, by giving me your hand, 
the happiest of men." 

" I shall freely own to you," answered the Princess, " that 
I have not yet taken any resolution on this aftair, and believe 
I never shall take such a one as you desire." 

"You astonish me. Madam," said Riquet with the Tuft. 

" I believe it," said the Princess, "and surely if I had to 



do with a clown, or a man of no wit, I should find myself 
very much at a loss. ' A Princess always observes her word,' 
would he say to me, 'and you must marry me, since you 
promised to do so.' But as he whom I talk to is the man of 
the world who is master of the greatest sense and judgment, 
I am sure he will hear reason. You know, that when I was 
but a fool, I could, notwithstanding, never come to a resolution 
to marry you ; why will you have me, now I have so much 
judgment as you gave me, and which makes me a more 
difficult person than I was at that time, to come to such a 
resolution, which I could not then determine to agree to? If 
you sincerely thought to make me your wife, you have been 
greatly in the wrong to deprive me of my dull simplicity, and 
make me see things much more clearly than I did." 

" If a man of no wit and sense," replied Riquet with the 
Tuft, " would be entitled, as you say, to reproach you for 
breach of your word, why will you not let me, Madam, do 
likewise in a matter wherein all the happiness of my life is 
concerned ? Is it reasonable that persons of wit and sense 
should be in a worse condition than those who have none? 
Can you pretend this ; you who have so great a share, and 
desired so earnestly to have it ? But let us come to fact, if 
you please. Setting aside my ugliness and deformity, is there 
any thing in me which displeases you ? Are you dissatisfied 
with my birth, my wit, humour, or manners ? " 

" Not at all," answered the Princess; "I love you and 
respect you in all that you mention." " If it be so," said 





Riquet with the Tuft, " I am like to be happy, since it is in 
your power to make me the most lovable of men." 

" How can that be?" said the Princess. 

" It will come about," said Riquet with the Tuft ; " if you 
love me enough to wish it to be so ; and that you may no 
ways doubt, Madam, of what I say, know that the same Fairy, 
who, on my birth-day, gave me for gift the power of making 
the person who should please me extremely witty and 
judicious, has, in like manner, given you for gift the power of 
making him, whom you love, and would grant that favour to, 
extremely handsome." 

" If it be so," said the Princess, " I wish, with all my 
heart, that you may be the most lovable Prince in the world, 
and I bestow it on you, as much as I am able." 

The Princess had no sooner pronounced these words, 
but Riquet with the Tuft appeared to her the finest Prince 
upon earth ; the handsomest and most amiable man she ever 
saw. Some affirm that it was not the enchantments of the 
Fairy which worked this change, but that love alone caused 
the metamorphosis. They say, that the Princess, having 
made due reflection on the perseverance of her lover, his 
discretion, and all the good qualities of his mind, his wit and 
judgment, saw no longer the deformity of his body, nor the 
ugliness of his face ; that his hump seemed to her no more 
than the homely air of one who has a broad back ; and that 
whereas till then she saw him limp horribly, she found it 
nothing more than a certain sidling air, which charmed her. 



They say farther, that his eyes, which were very squinting, 
seemed to her all the more bright and sparkling ; that their 
irregularity passed in her judgment for a mark of a violent 
excess of love ; and, in short, that his great red nose had, in 
her opinion, somewhat of the martial and heroic. 

Howsoever it was, the Princess promised immediately to 
marry him, on condition he obtained her father's consent. 
The King being acquainted that his daughter had abundance 
of esteem for Riquet with the Tuft, whom he knew otherwise 
for a most sage and judicious Prince, received him for his 
son-in-law with pleasure ; and the next morning their nuptials 
were celebrated, as Riquet with the Tuft had foreseen, and 
according to the orders he had a long time before given. 


The Moral 

What in this little Tale we find, 

Is less a fable than real truth. 

In those we love appear rare gifts of mind, 

A}id body too : wit, judgment, beauty, youth. 


A countenance whereon, by natures hand. 
Beauty is tracd, also the lively stain 
Of such complexio}i art can neer attain, 
With all these gifts hath not so tnuch command 
On hearts, as hath one secret charm alone. 
Love finds that out, to all besides unknown. 

Little Thumb 


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Little " Thumb 

THERE was, once upon a time, a man and his wife, 
faggot-makers by trade, who had seven children, all 
boys. The eldest was but ten years old, and the 
youngest only seven. One might wonder how that the 
faggot-maker could have so many children in so little a time ; 
but it was because his wife went nimbly about her business 
and never brought fewer than two at a birth. They were very 
poor, and their seven children incommoded them greatly, 
because not one of them was able to earn his bread. That 
which gave them yet more uneasiness was, that the youngest 
was of a very puny constitution, and scarce ever spake a word, 
which made them take that for stupidity which was a sign of 
good sense. He was very little, and, when born, no bigger 
than one's thumb ; which made him be called Little Thumb. 

The poor child bore the blame of whatsoever was done 
amiss in the house, and guilty or not was always in the 
wrong ; he was, notwithstanding, more cunning and had a 
far greater share of wisdom than all his brothers put together, 
and if he spake little he heard and thought the more. 

There happened now to come a very bad year, and the 
famine was so great, that these poor people resolved to rid 
themselves of their children. One evening, when they were 
all in bed and the faggot-maker was sitting with his wife at 
the fire, he said to her, with his heart ready to burst with 

grief : 



" Thou see'st plainly that we are not able to keep our 
children, and I cannot see them starve to death before my 
face ; I am resolved to lose them in the wood to-morrow, 
which may very easily be done ; for while they are busy in 
tying up the faggots, we may run away, and leave them, 
without their taking any notice." 

"Ah!" cried out his wife, "and can'st thou thyself have 
the heart to take thy children out along with thee on purpose 
to lose them ? " 

In vain did her husband represent to her their extreme 
poverty ; she would not consent to it ; she was, indeed poor, 
but she was their mother. However, having considered what 
a grief it would be to her to see them perish with hunger, she 
at last consented and went to bed all in tears. 

Little Thumb heard every word that had been spoken ; 
for observing, as he lay in his bed, that they were talking 
very busily, he had got up softly and hid himself under his 
father's stool, that he might hear what they said, without 
being seen. He went to bed again, but did not sleep a wink 
all the rest of the night, thinking on what he ought to do. 
He got up early in the morning, and went to the river side, 
where he filled his pockets full of small white pebbles, and 
then returned home. They all went abroad, but Little Thumb 
never told his brothers one syllable of what he knew. They 
went into a very thick forest, where they could not see one 
another at ten paces distance. The faggot-maker began to 
cut wood, and the children to gather up sticks to make 




faggots. Their father and mother seeing them busy at their 
work, got from them by degrees, and then ran away from them 
all at once, along a by-way, thro' the winding bushes. 

When the children saw they were left alone, they began 
to cry as loud as they could. Little Thumb let them cry on, 
knowing very well how to go home again ; for as he came he 
had taken care to drop all along the way the little white 
pebbles he had in his pockets. Then said he to them : 

" Be not afraid, brothers, father and mother have left us 
here, but I will lead you home again, only follow me." They 
did so, and he brought them home by the very same way they 
came into the forest. They dared not to go in, but sat them- 
selves down at the door, listening to what their father and 
mother were saying. 

The very moment the faggot-maker and his wife were 
got home, the lord of the manor sent them ten crowns, which 
he had owed them a long while, and which they never 
expected. This gave them new life ; for the poor people were 
almost famished. The faggot-maker sent his wife immediately 
to the butcher's. As it was a long while since they had eaten 
a bit, she bought thrice as much meat as would sup two 
people. Having filled their bellies, the woman said : 

" Alas ! where are now our poor children ? They would 
make a good feast of what we have left here ; but then it 
was you, William, who had a mind to lose them ; I told you 
we should repent of it : what are they now doing in the 
forest ? Alas ! dear God, the wolves have, perhaps, already 

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eaten them up : thou art very inhuman thus to have lost thy 

The faggot-maker grew at last quite out of patience, for 
she repeated this above twenty times, that they should repent 
of it, and she was in the right of it for so saying. He 
threatened to beat her, if she did not hold her tongue. It was 
not that the faggot-maker was not, perhaps, more vexed than 
his wife, but that she teized him, and that he was of the 
humour of a great many others, who love wives who speak 
right, but think those very importunate who are always in the 
right. She was half drowned in tears, crying out : 

"Alas ! where are now my children, my poor children ? " 

She spake this so very loud, that the children who were 
at the door, began to cry out all together : 

" Here we are, here we are." 

She ran immediately to open the door, and said, hugging 
them : 

" I am glad to see you, my dear children ; you are very 
hungry and weary; and my poor Peter, thou art horribly 
bemired ; come in and let me clean thee." 

Now, you must know, that Peter was her eldest son, 
whom she loved above all the rest, because he was somewhat 
carrotty, as she herself was. They sat down to supper, and 
ate with such a good appetite as pleased both father and 
mother, whom they acquainted how frightened they were in 
the forest ; speaking almost always all together. The good 
folks were extremely glad to see their children once more at 



home, and this joy continued while the ten crowns lasted ; 
but when the money was all gone, they fell again into their 
former uneasiness, and resolved to lose them again ; and, 
that they might be the surer of doing it, to carry them at a 
much greater distance than before. They could not talk of 
this so secretly, but they were overheard by Little Thumb, 
who made account to get out of this difficulty as well as the 
former ; but though he got up betimes in the morning, to go 
and pick up some little pebbles, he was disappointed ; for he 
found the housedoor double-locked, and was at a stand what 
-to do. When their father had given each of them a piece of 
bread for their breakfast, he fancied he might make use of 
this bread instead of the pebbles, by throwing it in little bits 
all along the way they should pass ; and so he put it up into 
his pocket. 

Their father and mother brought them into the thickest 
and most obscure part of the forest ; when, stealing away into 
a by-path, they there left them. Little Thumb was not very 
uneasy at it ; for he thought he could easily find the way 
again, by means of his bread which he had scattered all along 
as he came. But he was very much surprised when he could 
not find so much as one crumb ; the birds had come and 
eaten it up every bit. They were now in great affliction, for 
the farther they went, the more they were out of their way, 
and were more and more bewildered in the forest. 

Night now came on, and there arose a terrible high wind, 
which made them dreadfully afraid. They fancied they heard 



on every side of them the houHng of wolves coming to eat 
them up ; they scarce dared to speak, or turn their heads. 
After this, it rained very hard, which wet them to the skin ; 
their feet slipped at every step they took, and they fell into 
the mire, whence they got up in a very dirty pickle ; their 
hands were in a sorry state. 

Little Thumb climbed up to the top of a tree, to see if he 
could discover any thing ; and having turned his head about 
on every side, he saw at last a glimmering light, like that of 
a candle, but a long way from the forest. He came down, 
and, when upon the ground, he could see it no more, which 
grieved him sadly. However, having walked for some time 
with his brothers towards that side on which he had seen the 
light, he perceived it again as he came out of the \\ood. 

They came at last to the house where this candle was, 
not without abundance of fear ; for very often they lost sight 
of it, which happened every time they came into a bottom. 
They knocked at the door, and a good woman came and 
open'd it ; she asked them what they wished. 

Little Thumb told her they were poor children who had 
been lost in the forest, and desired to lodge there for God's 
sake. The woman seeing them so very pretty, began to weep, 
and said to them : 

"Alas ! poor babies, whither are ye come ? Do ye know 
that this house belongs to a cruel Ogre, .,.who eats up little 
children ? " 

" Ah ! dear Madam," answered Little Thumb (who 



trembled every joint of him, as well as his brothers) "what 
shall we do ? To be sure, the wolves of the forest will devour 
us to-night, if you refuse us to lie here ; and so, we would 
rather the gentleman should eat us. Perhaps he will take 
pity on us, especially if you please to beg it of him." 

The Ogre's wife, who believed she could conceal them 
from her husband till morning, let them come in, and brought 
them to warm themselves at a very good fire ; for there was 
a whole sheep upon the spit roasting for the Ogre's supper. 

As they began to be a little warm, they heard three or 
four great raps at the door ; this was the Ogre, who was come 
home. Upon this she hid them under the bed, and went to 
open the door. The Ogre presently asked if supper was 
ready, and the wine drawn ; and then he sat himself down to 
table. The sheep was as yet all raw and bloody ; but he 
liked it the better for that. He sniffed about to the right and 
left, saying, " I smell fresh meat." 

"What you smell so," said his wife, "must be the calf 
which I have just now killed and flayed." 

" I smell fresh meat, I tell thee once more," replied the 
Ogre, looking crossly at his wife, "and there is something 
here which I do not understand." 

As he spake these words, he got up from the table, and 
went directly to the bed. 

"Ah!" said he, "I see how thou would'st cheat me, 
thou cursed woman ; I know not why I do not eat up thee 
too ; but it is well for thee that thou art a tough old carrion. 



Here is good game, which comes very luckily to entertain 
three Ogres of my acquaintance, who are to pay me a visit in 
a day or two." 

With that he dragged them out from under the bed one 
by one. The poor children fell upon their knees, and begged 
his pardon ; but they had to do with one of the most cruel 
Ogres in the world, who, far from having any pity on them, 
had already devoured them with his eyes ; he told his wife 
they would be delicate eating, when tossed up with good 
savoury sauce. He then took a great knife, and coming up to 
these poor children, whetted it upon a great whet-stone which 
he held in his left hand. He had already taken hold of one 
of them, when his wife said to him : 

"What need you do it now? It is time enough to- 
morrow ? " 

" Hold your prattling," said the Ogre, " they will eat the 

" But you have so much meat already," replied his wife, 
" you have no occasion. Here is a calf, two sheep, and half 
a hog." 

"That is true," said the Ogre, "give them their belly- 
full, that they may not fall away, and put them to bed." 

The good woman was overjoyed at this, and gave 
them a good supper ; but they were so much afraid, they 
could not eat a bit. As for the Ogre, he sat down again to 
drink, being highly pleased that he had got wherewithal 
to treat his friends. He drank a dozen glasses more than 



ordinary, which got up into his head, and obliged him to 
go to bed. 

The Ogre had seven daughters, all little children, and 
these young Ogresses had all of them very fine complexions, 
because they used to eat fresh meat like their father ; but they 
had little grey eyes, quite round, hooked noses, wide mouths, 
and very long sharp teeth standing at a good distance from 
each other. They were not as yet over and above mis- 
chievous ; but they promised very fair for it, for they already 
bit little children, that they might suck their blood. They had 
been put to bed early, with every one 'a crown of gold upon her 
head. There was in the same chamber another bed of the like 
bigness, and it was into this bed the Ogre's wife put the seven 
little boys ; after which she went to bed to her husband. 

Little Thumb, who had observed that the Ogre's 
daughters had crowns of gold upon their heads, and was 
afraid lest the Ogre should repent his not killing them, got 
up about midnight ; and taking his brothers' bonnets and his 
own, went very softly, put them upon the heads of the seven 
little Ogresses, after having taken off their crowns of gold, 
which he put upon his own head and his brothers', that the 
Ogre might take them for his daughters, and his daughters 
for the little boys whom he wanted to kill. All this succeeded 
according to his desire ; for the Ogre waking about midnight, 
and sorry that he deferred to do that till morning which he 
might have done over-night, threw himself hastily out of bed, 
and taking his great knife : 



" Let us see," said he, " how our little rogues do, and not 
make two jobs of the matter." 

He then went up, groping all the way, into his daughters' 
chamber ; and came to the bed where the little boys lay, who 
were every soul of them fast asleep ; except Little Thumb, 
who was terribly afraid when he found the Ogre fumbling 
about his head, as he had done about his brothers'. The 
Ogre, feeling the golden crowns, said : 

" I should have made a fine piece of work of it truly; I 
find I guzzled too much last night." 

Then he went to the bed where the girls lay ; and having 
found the boys' little bonnets : " Hah ! " said he, " my merry 
lads, are you there ? Let us to work ! " 

And saying these words, without more ado, he cut the 
throats of all his seven daughters. 

Well pleased with what he had done, he went to bed 
again to his wife. So soon as Little Thumb heard the Ogre 
snore, he waked his brothers, and bade them put on their 
clothes presently, and follow him. They stole down softly 
into the garden, and got over the wall. They kept running 
almost all night, trembling all the while, without knowing 
which way they went. 

The Ogre, when he waked, said to his wife : 

" Go up stairs and dress those young rascals who came 
here last night." 

The Ogress was very much surprised at this goodness of 
her husband, not dreaming after what manner he intended she 



should dress them ; but thinking that he had ordered her to 
go and put on their cloaths, went up, and was strangely- 
astonished when she perceived her seven daughters killed, 
and weltering in their blood. She fainted away ; for this is 
the first expedient almost all women find in such-like cases. 
The Ogre, fearing his wife would be too long in doing what 
he had ordered, went up himself to help her. He was no less 
amazed than his wife, at this frightful spectacle. 

"Ah! what have I done?" cried he. "The cursed 
wretches shall pay for it, and that instantly." 

He threw then a pitcher of water upon his wife's face ; 
and having brought her to herself: 

" Give me quickly," cried he, " my boots of seven leagues, 
that I may go and catch them." 

He went out ; and, having run over a vast deal of ground, 
both on this side and that, he came at last into the very road 
where the poor children were, and not above a hundred paces 
from their father's house. They espied the Ogre, who went 
at one step from mountain to mountain, and over rivers as 
easily as the narrowest kennels.^ Little Thumb, seeing a 
hollow rock near the place where they were, made his brothers 
hide themselves in it, and crowded into it himself, minding 
always what would become of the Ogre. 

The Ogre, who found himself much tired with his long 
and fruitless journey (for these boots of seven leagues 
extremely fatigue the wearer), had a great mind to rest him- 

1 That is, 'channels.' 


self, and, by chance, went to sit down upon the rock where 
these little boys had hid themselves. As he was worn out, 
he fell asleep : and, after reposing himself some time he began 
to snore so frightfully, that the poor children were no less 
afraid of him, than when he held up his great knife, and was 
going to cut their throats. Little Thumb was not so much 
frightened as his brothers, and told them that they should 
run away immediately towards home, while the Ogre was 
asleep so soundly ; and that they should not be anxious about 
him. They took his advice, and got home presently. Little 
Thumb came up to the Ogre, pulled off his boots gently, and 
put them on upon his own legs. The boots were very long 
and large ; but as they were Fairies, they had the gift of 
becoming big and little, according to the legs of those who 
wore them ; so that they fitted his feet and legs as well as if 
they had been made on purpose for him. 

He went immediately to the Ogre's house, where he 
saw his wife crying bitterly for the loss of her murdered 

"Your husband," said Little Thumb, "is in very great 
danger, being taken by a gang of thieves, who have sworn to 
kill him, if he does not give them all his gold and silver. 
Just when they held their daggers at his throat, he perceived 
me, and desired me to come and tell you the condition he is 
in, and that you should give me whatsoever he has of value, 
without retaining any one thing ; for otherwise they will kill 
him without mercy ; and, as his case is very pressing, he 



desired me to make use (you see I have them on) of his boots, 
that I might make the more haste, and to shew you that I do 
not impose upon you. " 

The good woman, being sadly frightened, gave him all 
she had : for this Ogre was a very good husband, tho' he 
used to eat up little children. Little Thumb, having thus got 
all the Ogre's money, came home to his father's house, where 
he was received with abundance of joy. 

There are many people who do not agree in this circum- 
stance, and pretend that Little Thumb never robbed the Ogre 
at all, and that he only thought he might very justly, and 
with safe conscience take off his boots of seven leas^ues, 
because he made no other use of them, but to run after little 
children. These folks affirm, that they were very well assured 
of this, and the more, as having drank and eaten often at the 
faggot-maker's house. They aver, that, when Little Thumb 
had taken off the Ogre's boots, he went to Court, where he 
was informed that they were very anxious about a certain 
army, which was two hundred leagues off, and the success of 
a battle. He went, say they, to the King, and told him that, 
if he desired it, he would bring him news from the army 
before night. The King promised him a great sum of money 
upon that condition. Little Thumb was as good as his word, 
and returned that very same night with the news ; and this 
first expedition causing him to be known, he got whatever he 
pleased ; for the King paid him very well for carrying his 
orders to the army, and abundance of ladies gave him what 



he would to bring them news from their lovers ; and that this 
was his greatest gain. There were some married women, too, 
who sent letters by him to their husbands, but they paid him 
so ill that it was not worth his while, and turned to such 
small account, that he scorned ever to reckon what he got 
that way. After having, for some time, carried on the 
business of a messenger, and gained thereby great wealth, he 
went home to his father, where it was impossible to express 
the joy they were all in at his return. He made the whole 
family very well-to-do, bought places for his father and 
brothers ; and by that means settled them very handsomely 
in the world, and, in the mean time, rose high in the King's 



The Moral 

At jnany children ^a yen fs doiit repine, 
If t hey are Jimidsonie ; in their judgment shine ; 
Polite in carriage are, in body strong, 
Graceful in mien, and elegant in tongue. 
But if perchance an offspring prove but weak, 
Hiui they I'evile, laugh at, defraud and cheat. 
Such is the wretched ivorlds curs d way ; and yet 
Sometimes this urchin whom despisd we see, 
Through unforeseen events doth honour get, 
And fortune bring to all his family. 

The Ridiculous IVishes 


The ° Ridiculous ° Wishes 

IN days long past there lived a poor woodcutter who found 
life very hard. Indeed, it was his lot to toil for little 
guerdon, and although he was young and happily married 
there were moments when he wished himself dead and 
below ground. 

One day while at his work he was again lamenting his fate. 

" Some men," he said, " have only to make known their 
desires, and straightway these are granted, and their every 
wish fulfilled ; but it has availed me little to wish for ought, 
for the gods are deaf to the prayers of such as I." 

As he spoke these words there was a great noise of 
thunder, and Jupiter appeared before him wielding his 
mighty thunderbolts. Our poor man was stricken with fear 
and threw himself on the ground. 

" My lord," he said, " forget my foolish speech ; heed not 
my wishes, but cease thy thundering ! " 

" Have no fear," answered Jupiter; " I have heard thy 
plaint, and have come hither to show thee how greatly thou 
dost wrong me. Hark! I, who am sovereign lord of this 
world, promise to grant in full the first three wishes which it 
will please thee to utter, whatever these may be. Consider 
well what things can bring thee joy and prosperity, and as 
thy happiness is at stake, be not over-hasty, but revolve the 
matter in thy mind." 

Having thus spoken Jupiter withdrew himself and made 

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his ascent to Olympus. As for our woodcutter, he blithely 
corded his faggot, and throwing it over his shoulder, made 
for his home. To one so light of heart the load also seemed 
light, and his thoughts were merry as he strode along. Many 
a wish came into his mind, but he was resolved to seek the 
advice of his wife, who was a young woman of good under- 

He had soon reached his cottage, and casting down his 
faggot : 

" Behold me, Fanny," he said. " Make up the fire and 
spread the board, and let there be no stint. We are wealthy, 
Fanny, wealthy for evermore ; we have only to wish for 
whatsoever we may desire." 

Thereupon he told her the story of what had befallen 
that day. Fanny, whose mind was quick and active, 
immediately conceived many plans for the advancement of 
their fortune, but she approved her husband's resolve to act 
with prudence and circumspection. 

" 'Twere a pity," she said, " to spoil our chances through 
impatience. We had best take counsel of the night, and wish 
no wishes until to-morrow." 

" That is well spoken," answered Harry. " Meanwhile 
fetch a bottle of our best, and we shall drink to our good 

Fanny brought a bottle from the store behind the faggots,. 
and our man enjoyed his ease, leaning back in his chair with 
his toes to the fire and his goblet in his hand. 




"What fine glowing embers!" he said, "and what a 
fine toasting fire! I wish we had a black pudding at 

Hardly had he spoken these words when his wife beheld, 
to her great astonishment, a long black pudding which, 
issuing from a corner of the hearth, came winding and 
wriggling towards her. She uttered a cry of fear, and then 
again exclaimed in dismay, when she perceived that this 
strange occurrence was due to the wish which her husband 
had so rashly and foolishly spoken. Turning upon him, in 
her anger and disappointment she called the poor man all the 
abusive names that she could think of. 

"What!" she said to him, "when you can call for a 
kingdom, for gold, pearls, rubies, diamonds, for princely 
garments and wealth untold, is this the time to set your mind 
upon black puddings ! " 

" Nay ! " answered the man, " 'twas a thoughtless speech, 
and a sad mistake ; but I shall now be on my guard, and 
shall do better next time." 

"Who knows that you will?" returned his wife. 
" Once a witless fool, always a witless fool ! " and giving 
free rein to her vexation and ill-temper she continued to 
upbraid her husband until his anger also was stirred, and 
he had wellnigh made a second bid and wished himself 
a widower. 

" Enough ! woman," he cried at last ; " put a check upon 
thy froward tongue ! Who ever heard such impertinence as 



this ! A plague on the shrew and on her pudding ! Would 
to heaven it hung at the end of her nose ! " 

No sooner had the husband given voice to these words 
than the wish was straightway granted, and the long coil 
of black pudding appeared grafted to the angry dame's 

Our man paused when he beheld what he had wrought. 
Fanny was a comely young woman, and blest with good 
looks, and truth to tell, this new ornament did not set 
off her beauty. Yet it offered one advantage, that as it 
hung right before her mouth, it would thus effectively curb 
her speech. 

So, having now but one wish left, he had all but 
resolved to make good use of it without further delay, 
and, before any other mischance could befall, to wish 
himself a kingdom of his own. He was about to speak 
the word, when he was stayed by a sudden thought. 

"It is true," he said to himself, "that there is none 
so great as a King, but what of the Queen that must share 
his dignity? With what grace would she sit beside me 
on the throne with a yard of black pudding for a nose ? " 

In this dilemma he resolved to put the case to Fanny, 
and to leave her to decide whether she would rather be 
a Queen, with this most horrible appendage marring her 
good looks, or remain a peasant wife, but with her shapely 
nose relieved of this untoward addition. 

Fanny's mind was soon made up : although she had 


"truth to tell, this new ornament did not set off her beauty' 


dreamt of a crown and sceptre, yet a woman's first wish 
is always to please. To this great desire all else must 
yield, and Fanny would rather be fair in drugget than 
be a Queen with an ugly face. 

Thus our woodcutter did not change his state, did not 
become a potentate, nor fill his purse with golden crowns. 
He was thankful enough to use his remaining wish to 
a more humble purpose, and forthwith relieved his wife 
of her encumbrance. 


The Moral 

AJi ! so it is tJiat miserable man, 
By nature fickle, blind, Jinwise, and rash, 
Oft fails to reap a harvest from great gifts 
Bestowed upon him by the heaz'nly gods. 


"another gown the colour of the moon" 
{page 145) 


ONCE upon a time there was a King, so great, so 
beloved by his people, and so respected by all his 
neighbours and allies that one might almost say he 
was the happiest monarch alive. His good fortune 
was made even greater by the choice he had made for wife 
of a Princess as beautiful as she was virtuous, with whom he 
lived in perfect happiness. Now, of this chaste marriage was 
born a daughter endowed with so many gifts that they had 
no regret because other children were not given to them. 

Magnificence, good taste, and abundance reigned in 
the palace; there were wise and clever ministers, virtuous 
and devoted courtiers, faithful and diligent servants. The 
spacious stables were filled with the most beautiful horses 
in the world, and coverts of rich caparison ; but what most 
astonished strangers who came to admire them was to see, 
in the finest stall, a master donkey, with great long ears. 

Now, it was not for a whim but for a good reason that the 
King had given this donkey a particular and distinguished place. 
The special qualities of this rare animal deserved the distinction, 
since nature had made it in so extraordinary a way that its 
litter, instead of being like that of other donkeys, was covered 
every morning with an abundance of beautiful golden crowns, 
and golden louis of every kind, which were collected daily. 

Since the vicissitudes of life wait on Kings as much as 
on their subjects, and good is always mingled with ill, it so 



befell that the Queen was suddenly attacked by a fatal illness, 
and, in spite of science, and the skill of the doctors, no remedy 
could be found. There was great mourning throughout the 
land. The King who, notwithstanding the famous proverb, 
that marriage is the tomb of love, was deeply attached to his 
wife, was distressed beyond measure and made fervent vows 
to all the temples in his kingdom, and offered to give his life 
for that of his beloved consort ; but he invoked the gods 
and the Fairies in vain. The Queen, feeling her last hour 
approach, said to her husband, who was dissolved in tears : 
" It is well that I should speak to you of a certain matter 
before I die : if, perchance, you should desire to marry 
again . . ." At these words the King broke into piteous cries, 
took his wife's hands in his own, and assured her that it was 
useless to speak to him of a second marriage. 

" No, my dear spouse," he said at last, " speak to me rather 
of how I may follow you." 

"The State," continued the Queen with a finality which 
but increased the laments of the King, "the State demands 
successors, and since I have only given you a daughter, it 
will urge you to beget sons who resemble you ; but I ask you 
earnestly not to give way to the persuasions of your people 
until you have found a Princess more beautiful and more 
perfectly fashioned than I. I beg you to swear this tome, 
and then I shall die content." 

Perchance, the Queen, who did not lack self-esteem, 
exacted this oath firmly believing that there was not her 



equal in the world, and so felt assured that the King would 
never marry again. Be this as it may, at length she died, 
and never did husband make so much lamentation ; the King 
wept and sobbed day and night, and the punctilious fulfilment 
of the rites of widower-hood, even the smallest, was his sole 

But even great griefs do not last for ever. After a time 
the magnates of the State assembled and came to the King, 
urging him to take another wife. At first this request 
seemed hard to him and made him shed fresh tears. He 
pleaded the vows he had made to the Queen, and defied his 
counsellors to find a Princess more beautiful and better 
fashioned than was she, thinking this to be impossible. But 
the Council treated the promise as a trifle, and said that it 
mattered little about beauty if the Queen were but virtuous 
and fruitful. For the State needed Princes for its peace and 
prosperity, and though, in truth, the Princess, his daughter, 
had all the qualities requisite for making a great Queen, yet 
of necessity she must choose an alien for her husband, and 
then the stranger would take her away with him. If, on the 
other hand, he remained in her country and shared the throne 
with her, their children would not be considered to be of pure 
native stock, and so, there being no Prince of his name, 
neighbouring peoples would stir up wars, and the kingdom 
would be ruined. 

The King, impressed by these considerations, promised 
that he would think over the matter. And so search was 



made among all the marriageable Princesses for one that 
would suit him. Every day charming portraits were brought 
him, but none gave promise of the beauty of his late Queen ; 
instead of coming to a decision he brooded over his sorrow 
until in the end his reason left him. In his delusions he 
imagined himself once more a young man ; he thought the 
Princess his daughter, in her youth and beauty, was his 
Queen as he had known her in the days of their courtship, 
and living thus in the past he urged the unhappy girl to 
speedily become his bride. 

The young Princess, who was virtuous and chaste, threw 
herself at the feet of the King her father and conjured him, 
with all the eloquence she could command, not to constrain 
her to consent to his unnatural desire. 

The King, in his madness, could not understand the 
reason of her desperate reluctance, and asked an old Druid- 
priest to set the conscience of the Princess at rest. Now this 
Druid, less religious than ambitious, sacrificed the cause of 
innocence and virtue to the favour of so great a monarch, and 
instead of trying to restore the King to his right mind, he 
encouraged him in his delusion. 

The young Princess, beside herself with misery, at last 
bethought her of the Lilac-fairy, her godmother ; determined 
to consult her, she set out that same night in a pretty little 
carriage drawn by a great sheep who knew all the roads. 
When she arrived the Fairy, who loved the Princess, told her 
that she knew all she had come to say, but that she need have 


"he thought the princess was his queen 


no fear, for nothing would harm her if only she faithfully 
fulfilled the Fairy's injunctions. " For, my dear child," she 
said to her, " it would be a great sin to submit to your father's 
wishes, but you can avoid the necessity without displeasing 
him. Tell him that to satisfy a whim you have, he must give 
you a dress the colour of the weather. Never, in spite of all 
his love and his power will he be able to give you that." 

The Princess thanked her godmother from her heart, 
and the next morning spoke to the King as the Fairy had 
counselled her, and protested that no one would win her hand 
unless he gave her a dress the colour of the weather. The 
King, overjoyed and hopeful, called together the most skilful 
workmen, and demanded this robe of them ; otherwise they 
should be hanged. But he was saved from resorting to this 
extreme measure, since, on the second day, they brought the 
much desired robe. The heavens are not a more beautiful 
blue, when they are girdled with clouds of gold, than was 
that lovely dress when it was unfolded. The Princess was 
very sad because of it, and did not know what to do. 

Once more she went to her Fairy-godmother who, 
astonished that her plan had been foiled, now told her to ask 
for another gown the colour of the moon. 

The King again sought out the most clever workmen 
and expressly commanded them to make a dress the colour of 
the moon ; and woe betide them if between the giving of the 
order and the bringing of the dress more than twenty-four 
hours should elapse. 

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The Princess, though pleased with the dress when it 
was delivered, gave way to distress when she was with her 
women and her nurse. The Lilac-fairy, who knew all, 
hastened to comfort her and said : " Either I am greatly 
deceived or it is certain that if you ask for a dress the colour 
of the sun we shall at last baffle the King your father, for it 
would never be possible to make such a gown ; in any case 
we should gain time." 

So the Princess asked for yet another gown as the Fairy 
bade her. The infatuated King could refuse his daughter 
nothing, and he gave without regret all the diamonds and 
rubies in his crown to aid this superb work ; nothing was to 
be spared that could make the dress as beautiful as the sun. 
And, indeed, when the dress appeared, all those who unfolded 
it were obliged to close their eyes, so much were they dazzled. 
And, truth to tell, green spectacles and smoked glasses date 
from that time. 

What was the Princess to do ? Never had so beautiful 
and so artistic a robe been seen. She was dumb-founded, 
and pretending that its brilliance had hurt her eyes she 
retired to her chamber, where she found the Fairy awaiting 

On seeing the dress like the sun, the Lilac-fairy became 
red with rage. " Oh ! this time, my child," she said to the 
Princess, "we will put the King to terrible proof. In spite 
of his madness I think he will be a little astonished by the 
request that I counsel you to make of him ; it is that he 



should give you the skin of that ass he loves so dearly, 
and which supplies him so profusely with the means of 
paying all his expenses. Go, and do not fail to tell him that 
you want this skin. The Princess, overjoyed at finding yet 
another avenue of escape ; for she thought that her father 
could never bring himself to sacrifice the ass, went to find 
him, and unfolded to him her latest desire. 

Although the King was astonished by this whim, he did 
not hesitate to satisfy it ; the poor ass was sacrificed and the 
skin brought, with due ceremony, to the Princess, who, seeing 
no other way of avoiding her ill-fortune, was desperate. 

At that moment her godmother arrived. " What are 
you doing, my child?" she asked, seeing the Princess 
tearing her hair, her beautiful cheeks stained with tears. 
"This is the most happy moment of your life. Wrap 
yourself in this skin, leave the palace, and walk so long as 
you can find ground to carry you : when one sacrifices every- 
thing to virtue the gods know how to mete out reward. Go, 
and I will take care that your possessions follow you ; in 
whatever place you rest, your chest with your clothes and 
your jewels will follow your steps, and here is my wand 
which I will give you : tap the ground with it when you have 
need of the chest, and it will appear before your eyes : but 
haste to set forth, and do not delay." The Princess embraced 
her godmother many times, and begged her not to forsake 
her. Then after she had smeared herself with soot from the 
chimney, she wrapped herself up in that ugly skin and went 



out from the magnificent palace without being recognised 
by a single person. 

The absence of the Princess caused a great commotion. 
The King, who had caused a sumptuous banquet to be 
prepared, was inconsolable. He sent out more than a 
hundred gendarmes, and more than a thousand musketeers 
in quest of her ; but the Lilac-fairy made her invisible to 
the cleverest seekers, and thus she escaped their vigilance. 

Meanwhile the Princess walked far, far and even 
farther away ; after a time she sought for a resting place, 
but although out of charity people gave her food, she was 
so dishevelled and dirty that no one wanted to keep her. 
At length she came to a beautiful town, at the gate of 
which was a small farm. Now the farmer's wife had need 
of a wench to wash the dishes and to attend to the geese 
and the pigs, and seeing so dirty a vagrant offered to engage 
her. The Princess, who was now much fatigued, accepted 
joyfully. She was put into a recess in the kitchen where 
for the first days she was subjected to the coarse jokes of 
the men-servants, so dirty and unpleasant did the donkey- 
skin make her appear. At last they tired of their pleasantries ; 
moreover she was so attentive to her work that the farmer's 
wife took her under her protection. She minded the sheep, 
and penned them up when it was necessary, and she took 
the geese out to feed with such intelligence that it seemed 
as if she had never done anything else. Everything that 
her beautiful hands undertook was done well. 



One day she was sitting near a clear fountain where 
she often repaired to bemoan her sad condition, when she 
thought she would look at herself in the water. The horrible 
donkey-skin which covered her from head to toe revolted 
her. Ashamed, she washed her face and her hands, which 
became whiter than ivory, and once again her lovely 
complexion took its natural freshness. The joy of finding 
herself so beautiful filled her with the desire to bathe in 
the pool, and this she did. But she had to don her 
unworthy skin again before she returned to the farm. 

By good fortune the next day chanced to be a holiday, 
and so she had leisure to tap for her chest with the fairy's 
wand, arrange her toilet, powder her beautiful hair and 
put on the lovely gown which was the colour of the 
weather ; but the room was so small that the train could 
not be properly spread out. The beautiful Princess looked 
at herself, and with good reason, admired her appearance 
so much that she resolved to wear her magnificent dresses 
in turn on holidays and Sundays for her own amusement, 
and this she regularly did. She entwined flowers and 
diamonds in her lovely hair with admirable art, and often 
she sighed that she had no witness of her beauty save the 
sheep and geese, who loved her just as much in the horrible 
donkey-skin after which she had been named at the farm. 

One holiday when Donkey-skin had put on her sun- 
hued dress, the son of the King to whom the farm belonged 
alighted there to rest on his return from the hunt. This 



Prince was young and handsome, beloved of his father and 
of the Queen his mother, and adored by the people. After 
he had partaken of the simple collation which was offered 
him he set out to inspect the farm-yard and all its 
nooks and corners. In going thus from place to place, 
he entered a dark alley at the bottom of which was a 
closed door. Curiosity made him put his eye to the 
keyhole. Imagine his astonishment at seeing a Princess 
so beautiful and so richly dressed, and withal of so noble 
and dignified a mien, that he took her to be a divinity. 
The impetuosity of his feelings at this moment would have 
made him force the door, had it not been for the respect 
with which that charming figure filled him. 

It was with difficulty that he withdrew from this 
gloomy little alley, intent on discovering who the inmate 
of the tiny room might be. He was told that it was 
a scullion called Donkey-skin because of the skin which she 
always wore, and that she was so dirty and unpleasant 
that no one took any notice of her, or even spoke to her ; 
she had just been taken out of pity to look after the geese. 

The Prince, though little satisfied by this information, 
saw that these dense people knew no more, and that it 
was useless to question them. So he returned to the palace 
of the King his father, beyond words in love, having 
continually before his eyes the beautiful image of the goddess 
whom he had seen through the keyhole. He was full of 
regret that he had not knocked at the door, and promised 


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himself that he would not fail to do so next time. But 
the fervency of his love caused him such great agitation 
that the same night he was seized by a terrible fever, and 
was soon at death's door. The Oueen, who had no other 
child, was in despair because all remedies proved useless. 
In vain she promised great rewards to the doctors ; though 
they exerted all their skill, nothing would cure the Prince. 
At last they decided that some great sorrow had caused 
this terrible fever. They told the Queen, who, full of 
tenderness for her son, went to him and begged him to 
tell her his trouble. She declared that even if it was 
a matter of giving him the crown, his father would yield 
the throne to him without regret ; or if he desired some 
Princess, even though there should be war with the King 
her father and their subjects should, with reason, complain, 
all should be sacrificed to obtain what he wished. She 
implored him with tears not to die, since their life depended 
on his. The Queen did not finish this touching discourse 
without moving the Prince to tears. 

" Madam," he said at last, in a very feeble voice, 
" I am not so base that I desire the crown of my father, 
rather may Heaven grant him life for many years, and that 
I may always be the most faithful and the most respectful 
of his subjects ! As to the Princesses that you speak of, 
I have never yet thought of marriage, and you well know 
that, subject as I am to your wishes, I shall obey you 
always, even though it be painful to me." 



"Ah! my son," replied the Queen, "we will spare 
nothing to save your life. But, my dear child, save mine 
and that of the King your father by telling me what you 
desire, and be assured that you shall have it." 

"Well, Madam," he said, "since you would have 
me tell you my thought, I obey you. It would indeed 
be a sin to place in danger two lives so dear to me. 
Know, my mother, that I wish Donkey-skin to make me 
a cake, and to have it brought to me when it is ready." 

The Queen, astonished at this strange name, asked 
who Donkey-skin might be. 

" It is, Madam," replied one of her officers who had 
by chance seen this girl, " It is the most ugly creature 
imaginable after the wolf, a slut who lodges at your farm, 
and minds your geese." 

"It matters not," said the Queen; "my son, on his 
way home from the chase, has perchance eaten of her 
cakes ; it is a whim such as those who are sick do 
sometimes have. In a word, I wish that Donkey-skin, 
since Donkey-skin it is, make him presently a cake." 

A messenger ran to the farm and told Donkey-skin 
that she was to make a cake for the Prince as well as 
she possibly could. Now, some believe that Donkey-skin 
had been aware of the Prince in her heart at the moment 
when he had put his eye to the keyhole ; and then, 
looking from her little window, she had seen him, so 
young, so handsome, and so shapely, that the remembrance 



of him had remained, and that often the thought of him 
had cost her some sighs. Be that as it may, Donkey-skin, 
either having seen him, or having heard him spoken 
of with praise, was overjoyed to think that she might 
become known to him. She shut herself in her little 
room, threw off the ugly skin, bathed her face and hands, 
arranged her hair, put on a beautiful corsage of bright 
silver, and an equally beautiful petticoat, and then set 
herself to make the much desired cake. She took the 
finest flour, and newest eggs and freshest butter, and 
while she was working them, whether by design or no, 
a ring which she had on her finger fell into the cake 
and was mixed in it. When the cooking was done she 
muffled herself in her horrible skin and gave the cake to 
the messenger, asking him for news of the Prince ; but the 
man would not deign to reply, and without a word ran 
quickly back to the palace. 

The Prince took the cake greedily from the man's hands, 
and ate it with such voracity that the doctors who were 
present did not fail to say that this haste was not a good 
sign. Indeed, the Prince came near to being choked by the 
ring, which he nearly swallowed, in one of the pieces of cake. 
But he drew it cleverly from his mouth, and his desire 
for the cake was forgotten as he examined the fine emerald 
set in a gold keeper-ring, a ring so small that he knew 
it could only be worn on the prettiest little finger in the 



He kissed the ring a thousand times, put it under his 
pillow, and drew it out every moment that he thought him- 
self unobserved. The torment that he gave himself, planning 
how he might see her to whom the ring belonged, not daring 
to believe that if he asked for Donkey-skin she would be 
allowed to come, and not daring to speak of what he had seen 
through the key-hole for fear that he would be laughed at for 
a dreamer, brought back the fever with great violence. The 
doctors, not knowing what more to do, declared to the Queen 
that the Prince's malady was love, whereupon the Queen and 
the disconsolate King ran to their son. 

" My son, my dear son," cried the affected monarch, 
" tell us the name of her whom you desire : we swear that we 
will give her to you. Even though she were the vilest of 

The Queen embracing him, agreed with all that the 
King had said, and the Prince, moved by their tears and 
caresses, said to them : " My father and my mother, I in no 
way desire to make a marriage which is displeasing to you." 
And drawing the emerald from under his pillow he added : 
" To prove the truth of this, I desire to marry her to whom 
this ring belongs. It is not likely that she who owns so 
pretty a finger is a rustic or a peasant." 

The King and the Queen took the ring, examined it with 
great curiosity, and agreed with the Prince that it could only 
belong to the daughter of a good house. Then the King, 
having embraced his son, and entreated him to get well, went 



out. He ordered the drums and fifes and trumpets to be 
sounded throughout the town, and the heralds to cry that she 
whose finger a certain ring would fit should marry the heir to 
the throne. 

First the Princesses arrived, then the duchesses, and the 
marquises, and the baronesses ; but though they did all they 
could to make their fingers small, none could put on the ring. 
So the country girls had to be tried, but pretty though they 
all were, they all had fingers that were too fat. The Prince, 
who was feeling better, made the trial himself. At last it was 
the turn of the chamber-maids ; but they succeeded no better. 
Then, when everyone else had tried, the Prince asked for the 
kitchen-maids, the scullions, and the sheep-girls. They were 
all brought to the palace, but their coarse red, short, fingers 
would hardly go through the golden hoop as far as the nail. 

" You have not brought that Donkey-skin, who made 
me the cake," said the Prince. 

Everyone laughed and said, " No," so dirty and 
unpleasant was she. 

" Let someone fetch her at once," said the King ; " it 
shall not be said that I left out the lowliest." And the 
servants ran laughing and mocking to find the goose-girl. 

The Princess, who had heard the drums and the cries 
of the heralds, had no doubt that the ring was the cause of 
this uproar. Now, she loved the Prince, and, as true love is 
timorous and has no vanity, she was in perpetual fear that 
some other lady would be found to have a finger as small as 



hers. Great, then, was her joy when the messengers came 
and knocked at her door. Since she knew that they were 
seeking the owner of the right finger on which to set her ring, 
some impulse had moved her to arrange her hair with great 
care, and to put on her beautiful silver corsage, and the 
petticoat full of furbelows and silver lace studded with 
emeralds. At the first knock she quickly covered her finery 
with the donkey-skin and opened the door. The visitors, 
in derision, told her that the King had sent for her in order 
to marry her to his son. Then with loud peals of laughter 
they led her to the Prince, who was astonished at the garb of 
this girl, and dared not believe that it was she whom he had 
seen so majestic and so beautiful. Sad and confounded, he 
said, " Is it you who lodge at the bottom of that dark alley 
in the third yard of the farm ? " 

"Yes, your Highness," she replied. 

"Show me your hand," said the Prince trembling, and 
heaving a deep sigh. 

Imagine how astonished everyone was ! The King and 
the Queen, the chamberlains and all the courtiers were dumb- 
founded, when from beneath that black and dirty skin came 
a delicate little white and rose-pink hand, and the ring slipped 
without difficulty on to the prettiest little finger in the world. 
Then, by a little movement which the Princess made, the 
skin fell from her shoulders and so enchanting was her guise, 
that the Prince, weak though he was, fell on his knees and 
held her so closely that she blushed. But that was scarcely 



noticed, for the King and Queen came to embrace her 
heartily, and to ask her if she would marry their son. The 
Princess, confused by all these caresses and by the love of 
the handsome young Prince, was about to thank them when 
suddenly the ceiling opened, and the Lilac-fairy descended 
in a chariot made of the branches and flowers from which she 
took her name, and, with great charm, told the Princess's 
story. The King and Queen, overjoyed to know that 
Donkey-skin was a great Princess redoubled their caresses, 
but the Prince was even more sensible of her virtue, and his 
love increased as the Fairy unfolded her tale. His impatience 
to marry her, indeed, was so great that he could scarcely 
allow time for the necessary preparations for the grand 
wedding which was their due. The King and Queen, now 
entirely devoted to their daughter-in-law, overwhelmed her 
with affection. She had declared that she could not marry 
the Prince without the consent of the King her father, so, he 
was the first to whom an invitation to the wedding was sent ; 
he was not, however, told the name of the bride. The Lilac- 
fairy, who, as was right, presided over all, had recommended 
this course to prevent trouble. Kings came from all the 
countries round, some in sedan-chairs, others in beautiful 
carriagfes ; those who came from the most distant countries 
rode on elephants and tigers and eagles. But the most 
magnificent and most glorious of all was the father of the 
Princess. He had happily recovered his reason, and had 
married a Queen who was a widow and very beautiful, but 



by whom he had no child. The Princess ran to him, and 
he recognised her at once and embraced her with great 
tenderness before she had time to throw herself on her knees. 
The King and Queen presented their son to him, and the 
happiness of all was complete. The nuptials were celebrated 
with all imaginable pomp, but the young couple were hardly 
aware of the ceremony, so wrapped up were they in one 

In spite of the protests of the noble-hearted young man, 
the Prince's father caused his son to be crowned the same 
day, and kissing his hand, placed him on the throne. 

The celebrations of this illustrious marriage lasted nearly 
three months, but the love of the two young people would 
have endured for more than a hundred years, had they out- 
lived that age, so great was their affection for one another. 


The Moral 

It scarce may be believed, 

This tale of Donkey-skin ; 

But laughing children in the home ; 

Yea, mothers, and grandmothers too, 

Are little moved by facts ! 

By them 'twill be received.