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THE PRINCE'S BRIDE (seep. 67_),



PRINCE DARLING

AND OTHER STORIES
BASED ON THE TALES IN THE 'BLUE FAIRY BOOK

EDITED BY

ANDREW LANG

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY H. J. tORD & O. P. JACOMB HOOD




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CONTENTS



PRINCE DARLING- PART I. .

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THE STORY'- tfp* FRINGE -AHMED AND THE FAIRY PARIBANOU

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XIII.



PRINCE DARLING
PART I

ONCE upon a time there lived a king, who
was so just and kind that his subjects called
him 'The Good King.'

It happened one day, when he was out
hunting, that a little white rabbit, which his
dogs were chasing, sprang into his arms for
shelter. The King stroked, it gently, and
said to it :

* Well, bunny, as you have come to me
for protection, I will- .. ^e*. that* -ito'bSly/ hurts
you/ i^.

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And he took it home* 1k|- \Jiis; ^palace and

had it put in a pretty. *lile , house, Avith all

. '. \ . .* i - * * v

sorts of nice things to efet:..* "* in>: '

That night, when he was alone in his
room, a beautiful lady suddenly appeared
before him. Her long dress was as white
as snow, and she had a crown of white roses
upon her head.

The good King was very much surprised



6 PRINCE DARLING

to see her, for he knew his door had been
tightly shut, and he could not think how
she had got in. But she said to him :

' I am the Eairy Truth. I was passing
through the wood when you were out hunt-
ing, and I wished to find out if you were
really good, as everybody said you were. So
I took the shape of a little rabbit and came
to your arms for shelter, for I know that
those who are merciful to animals will be
still kinder to their fellow-men.

' If you had refused to help me, I should
have been certain that you were wicked.

' I thank you for the kindness you have
shown me, which has made me your friend
for ever.

'You have only to ask me for anything

you w'aititi ;'anYF I , : prom:i$3 that I will give it

'*;.', : * :: ;
to you.

* * i * * *

' Madam* l . t saj]l: 1sh$ good King, 'since you
are a falr^^you : na';(ioubt know all my wishes.
I have but* one- soil,- wiiom I love very dearly;
that is why he is called Prince Darling. If
you are really good enough to wish to do me
a favour, I beg that you will become his
friend.'

'With all my heart,' answered the Fairy.
' I can make your son the handsomest prince



PRINCE DARLING







PRINCE DARLING TRANSFORMED INTO THE MONSTER.



8 PRINCE DARLING

in the world, or the richest, or the most
powerful. Choose whichever you like for
him.'

' I do not ask either of these things for
my son,' replied the good King; 'but if you
will make him the best of princes, I shall
indeed be grateful to you.

' What good would it do him to be rich, or
handsome, or to possess all the kingdoms of
the world if he were wicked ? You know
well he would still be unhappy. Only a good
man can really be contented.'

'You are quite right,' answered the Eairy ;
'but it is not in my power to make Prince
Darling a good man unless he will help me.
He must himself try hard to become good ; I
can only promise to give him good advice, to
scold him for his faults, and to punish him if
he will not correct and punish himself.'

The good King was quite satisfied with
this promise; and very soon afterwards he
died.

Prince Darling was very sorry, for he
loved his father with all his heart, and he
would willingly have given all his kingdoms,
and all his treasures of gold and silver, if
they could have kept the good King with
him.



PRINCE DARLING \\

Two days afterwards, when the Priiicv ha<l
gone to bed, the Fairy suddenly appeared to
him and said :

' I promised your father that I would lx>
your friend, and
to keep my word
I have come to
bring you a pre-
sent.' At the
same time she
put a little gold
ring upon his
finger.

' Take great
care of this ring,'
she said. ' It is
more precious

than diamonds.
Every time you
do a bad deed it
will prick your finger, but if, in spite of its
pricking, you go on in your own evil way,
you will lose my friendship, and I shall be-
come your enemy.'

So saying, the Fairy disappeared, leaving
Prince Darling very much astonished.




A a



10 PRINCE DARLING

PBIICE DARLDT&
PART II

Eon some time lie behaved so well that
the ring never pricked him, and that made
him so contented that his subjects called him
Prince Darling the Happy.

One day, however, he went out hunting,
but could get no sport, which put him in a
very had temper. It seemed to him as he
rode along that his ring was pressing into his
finger, but as it did not prick him he did
not heed it.

When he got home and went to his own
room, his little dog Bibi ran to meet him,
jumping round him with pleasure.

* Get away ! ' said the Prince, quite gruffly.
'I don't want you, you are in the way.'

The poor little dog, who didn't understand
this at all, pulled at his coat to make him
at least look at her, and this made Prince
Darling so cross that he gave her quite a
hard kick.

Instantly his ring pricked him sharply, as
if it had been a pin. He was very much
surprised, and sat down in a corner of his
room feeling quite ashamed of himself.



PRINCE DARLING 11

' I believe the Eairy is laughing at me, 9
he thought. ' Surely I can have done no
great wrong in just kicking a tiresome animal !
What is the good of my being ruler of a
great kingdom, if I am not even allowed to
beat my own dog ? '

'I am not making fun of you,' said a
voice, answering Prince Darling's thoughts.

'You have committed three faults. First
of all, you were out of temper because you
could not have what you wanted, and you
thought all men and animals were only made
to do your pleasure. Then you were really
angry, which is very naughty indeed. And
lastly, you were cruel to a poor little animal
who did not in the least deserve to be ill-
treated.

'I know you are far above a little dog,
but if it were right and allowable, that great
people should ill-treat all who are beneath
them, I might at. this moment beat you, or
kill you, for a fairy is greater than a man.

' The advantage of possessing a great em-
pire, is not to be able to do the evil that
one desires, but to do all the good that one
possibly can.'

The Prince saw how naughty he had been,



12 PRINCE DARLING

and promised to try and do better in future,
but he did not keep his word.

The fact was that he had been brought up
by a foolish nurse, who had spoilt him when
he was little.

If he wanted anything, he had only to cry
and fret and stamp his feet, and she would
give him whatever he asked for, which had
made him self-willed. She had told him from
morning to night that he would one day be
a king, and that kings were very happy,
because everyone was bound to obey and
respect them, and no one could prevent them
from doing just as they liked.

When the Prince grew old enough to
understand, he soon learnt that there could
be nothing worse than to be proud, obstinate,
and conceited, and he had really tried to cure
himself of these defects, but by that time his
faults had become habits ; and a bad habit is
very hard to get rid of.

Not that he was really of a bad nature.
He was truly sorry when he had been
naughty, and said :

' I am very unhappy to have to struggle
against my anger and pride every day. If I
had been punished for them when I was little,
they would not be such a trouble to me now.'



PRINCE DARLING 13

His ring pricked him very often, and
sometimes lie left off what he was doing at
once. But at other times he would not
attend to it.

Strangely enough, it gave him only a
slight prick for a trifling fault, but when he
was really naughty it made his finger actually
bleed.

At last he got tired of being constantly
reminded, and wanted to be able to do as
he liked, so he threw his ring aside, and
thought himself the happiest of men to have
got rid of its teasing pricks.

He gave himself up to doing every foolish
thing that he thought of, until he became
quite wicked and nobody could like him any
longer. __,



PRINCE DARLIM
PART III

ONE day, when the Prince was walking
about, he saw a young girl, who was so very
pretty that he made up his mind at once
that he would marry her. Her name was
Celia, and she was as good as she was
beautiful.



14 PRINCE DARLING

Prince Darling fancied that Celia would
think herself only too happy, if he offered to
make her a great queen, but she said fearlessly :

' Sire, I am only a shepherdess, and a
poor girl, but, nevertheless, I will not marry
you.'

' Do you dislike me ? ' asked the Prince,
who was very much vexed at this answer.

' No, my Prince,' replied Celia ; ' I cannot
help thinking you very handsome. But what
good would riches be to me, and all the
grand dresses and splendid carriages that you
would give me, if the bad deeds which I
should see you do every day made me hate
and despise you ? '

The Prince was very angry at this speech,
and commanded his officers to make Celia a
prisoner and carry her off to his palace.

All day long the remembrance of what she
had said annoyed him, but as he loved her he
could not make up his mind to have her
punished.

One of the Prince's favourite companions
was his foster-brother, whom he trusted
entirely.

But he was not at all a good man, and
gave Prince Darling very bad advice, and
encouraged him in all his evil ways.



PRINCE DARLING 15

When he saw the Prince so downcast he
asked what was the matter, and when h<-
explained that he could not hear Celia's had
opinion of him, and was resolved to he a
better man in order to please her, this evil
adviser said to him :

'You are very kind to trouble yourself
about this little girl ; if I were you I would
soon make her obey me.

/

' Remember that you are a king, and that
it would be laughable to see you trying to
please a shepherdess, who ought to be only
too glad to be one of your slaves.

* Keep her in prison, and feed her on
bread and water for a little while, and then,
if she still says she will not marry you, have
her head cut off, to teach other people that
you mean to be obeyed.

'Why, if you cannot mak<3 a girl like that
do as you wish, your subjects will soon forget
that they are only put into the world for your
pleasure.'

'But,' said Prince Darling, 'would it not
be a shame if I had an innocent girl put to
death? For Celia really has done nothing to
deserve punishment.'

' If people will not do as you tell them they
ought to suffer for it,' answered his foster-brother,



16 PRINCE DARLING

' But even if it were unjust, you had
better be accused of that by your subjects,
than that they should find out that they may
insult and thwart you, as often as they
please.'

In saying this he was touching a weak
point in his brother's character. For the
Prince's fear of losing any of his power, made
him at once give up his first idea of trying
to be good, and resolve to try and frighten
the shepherdess into consenting to marry
him.

His foster-brother, who wanted him to
keep this resolution, invited three young men,
as wicked as himself, to sup with the Prince.

They persuaded him to drink a great deal
of wine, and continued to excite his anger
against Celia, by telling him that she had
laughed at his love for her. At last, in quite
a furious rage, he rushed off to find her, de-
claring that if she still refused to marry him,
she should be sold as a slave the very next
day.

But when he reached the room in which
Celia had been locked up, he was greatly sur-
prised to find that she was not in it, though
he had had the key in his own pocket all the
time.



PRINCE DARLING 17

His anger was terrible, and he vowed
vengeance against whoever had helped her to
escape.

His bad friends, when they heard him, re-
solved to turn his wrath upon an old nobl>-
man, who had formerly been his tutor ; and
who still dared sometimes to tell the Prince
of his faults, for he loved him as if he had
been his own son.

At first Prince Darling had thanked him,
but after a time he grew impatient, and
thought it must be just mere love of fault-
finding, that made his old tutor blame him
when everyone else was praising and flatter-
ing him.

So he ordered him to retire from his
Court, though he still, from time to time,
spoke of him as a worthy man whom he
respected, even if he no longer loved
him.

His unworthy friends feared that he might
some day take it into his head to recall his
old tutor, so they thought they now had a
good chance of getting him sent out of the
country for ever.

They told the Prince that Suliman, for
that was the tutor's name, had boasted of
having helped Celia to escape, and they bribed



18 PRINCE DARLING

three men to say that Suliman himself had
told them about it.

The Prince, in great anger, sent his foster-
brother with a number of soldiers to bring his
tutor before him, in chains, like a felon.

After giving this order he went to his
own room, but he had scarcely got into it
when there was a clap of thunder which made
the ground shake, and the Fairy Truth ap-
peared suddenly before him.

' I promised your father,' said she sternly,
'to give you good advice, and to punish you
if you refused to follow it.

( You have despised my counsel, and have
gone your own evil way until you are only
outwardly a man; really you are a monster
the horror of everyone who knows you.

' It is time that I should fulfil my promise,
and begin your punishment. I condemn you
to be like the animals whose ways you have
imitated.

6 You have made yourself like the lion by
your anger, and like the wolf by your greedi-
ness. Like a snake, you have ungratefully
turned upon one who was a second father to
you ; your churlishness has made you like a bull.

' Therefore, in your new form, take the ap-
pearance of all these animals.'



PRINCE DARLING 19

The Fairy had scarcely finished speak in 14,
when Prince Darling saAV to his horror that
her words were fulfilled.

He had a lion's head, a bull's horns, a
wolf's feet, and a snake's body.

At the same instant he found himself in a
great forest, beside a clear lake, in which he
could see plainly the horrible creature he had
become, and a voice said to him :

* Look carefully at the state to which your
wickedness has brought you; believe me, your
soul is a thousand times more hideous than
your body.'

Prince Darling knew it to be the voice of
the Fairy Truth, and turned in a fury to catch
her and eat her up if he possibly could. But
he saw no one, and the same voice went on :

'I laugh at your weakness and anger, and
I intend to punish your pride, by letting you
fall into the hands of your own subjects/



PRINCE MRLIM
PART IV

THE Prince began to think that the best thing
he could do, would be to get as far away from
the lake as he could, then at least he would



20 PRINCE DARLING

not be continually reminded of his terrible
ugliness.

So he ran towards the wood, but before
he had gone many yards he fell into a deep
pit, which had been made to trap bears. The
hunters, who were hiding in a tree, leapt
down, and secured him with several chains,
and led him into the chief city of his own
kingdom.

On the way, instead of owning to himself
that his own faults had brought this punish-
ment upon him, he accused the Fairy of being
the cause of all his misfortunes, and bit and
tore at his chains with rage.

As they came near the town, he saw thai
some great rejoicing was being held, and when
the hunters asked what had happened they
were told that the Prince, whose only pleasure
it was to torment his people, had been found
in his room, killed by a thunder-bolt (for that
was what was supposed to have become of
him).

Pour of his friends, those who had encou-
raged him in his wicked doings, had tried to
seize the kingdom and divide it between them,
but the people, who knew it was their bad
counsels which had so changed the Prince,
had cut off their heads, and had offered the



PRINCE DARLIA'G 21

crown to Suliman, whom the Prince had left
in prison.

This noble lord had just been crowned, and
the deliverance of the kingdom was the cause
of the rejoicing.

'For,' they said, 'he is a good and just
man, and we shall once more enjoy peace and
prosperity.'

Prince Darling roared with anger when he
heard chis. But it was still Avorse for him
when he reached the great square before his
own palace.

He saw Suliman seated upon a splendid
throne, and all the people crowded round,
wishing him a long life that he might undo
all the mischief done by the Prince who had
just died.

Presently Suliman made a sign with his

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hand that the people should be silent, and
said :

' I have taken the crown you have offered
me, but only that I may keep it for Prince
Darling, who is not dead as you suppose. The
Fairy has assured me, that there is still hope
that you may some day see him again, good
and virtuous as he was when he first came
to the throne.

* Alas ! ' he continued, ' he was led away



22 PRINCE DARLING

by flatterers. I knew his heart, and am cer-
tain that if it had not been for the bad in-
fluence of those who surrounded him, he would
have been a good king and a father to his
people.

'We may hate his faults, but let us pity
him and hope for his restoration.

'As for me, I would die gladly if that
could bring back our Prince to reign justly
and worthily once more. 5

These words went to Prince Darling's
heart. He now saw the true affection and

*

faithfulness of his old tutor, and for the first
time was very sorry for all his evil deeds.

At the same instant he felt all his anger
melting away, and he began quietly to think
over his past life, and to admit that his pun-
ishment was not more than he had deserved.

He left off tearing at the iron bars of the
cage in which he was shut up, and became as
gentle as a lamb.

The hunters who had caught him took him
to a great wild beast show, where he was
chained up among all the other wild beasts.
Here he made up his mind to show his sorrow
for his past bad behaviour, by being gentle
and obedient to the man who had to take
care of him.



PRINCE DARLING 23

Unfortunately, this man was very rough
and unkind, and though the poor monster was
quite quiet, he often heat it without rhyme
or reason, when he happened to be in a bad
temper.

One day when this keeper was asleep a
tiger broke its chain, and flew at him to eat
him up.

Prince Darling, who saw what was going
on, at first felt quite pleased to think that he
should be delivered from his enemy, but soon
he thought better of it and wished that he
were free.

'I would return good for evil,' he said
to himself, ' and save the unhappy man's
life/

He had hardly wished this when his iron
cage flew open, and he rushed to the side of
the keeper, who was awake and was defending
himself against the tiger.

When he saw the monster had got out he
gave himself up for lost, but his fear was
soon changed into joy, for the kind monster
threw itself upon the tiger and very soon
killed it, and then came and crouched at the
leet of the man it had saved.

Overcome with gratitude, the keeper stopped
to caress the strange creature which had done



PRINCE DARLING



him such a great service. But suddenly a
voice said in his ear :

'A good action should never go unre-
warded,' and at the same instant the monster
disappeared, and he saw at his feet only a
pretty little dog !



PRINCE DARLIM
PART V

PRINCE DARLING, delighted by the change,
frisked about the keeper, showing his joy in
every way he could, and the man taking him
up in his arms, carried him to the King, to
whom he told the whole story.

The Queen said she would like to have
this wonderful little dog, and the Prince
would have been very happy in his new home,
if he could have forgotten that he was a man
and a king.

The Queen petted and took care of him,
but she was so afraid that he would get too
fat that she consiilted the court-doctor, who
said that he was to be fed only upon bread,
and was not to have much even of that.

So poor Prince Darling was very hungry



PRINCE DARLING 25

all day long, but he was very patient about
it.

One day when they gave him his little
loaf for breakfast, he thought he would like
to eat it out in the garden.

So he took it up in his mouth, and trotted
away towards a brook that he knew of a long
way from the palace.

But he was surprised to find that the
brook was gone, and where it had been stood
a great house that seemed to be built of gold
and precious stones.

Numbers of people gaily dressed were
going into it, and sounds of music and danc-
ing and feasting could be heard from the
windows.

But what seemed very strange was, that
those people who came out of the house were
pale and thin, and their clothes were torn,
and hanging in rags about them.

Some fell down dead as they came out,
before they had time to get away others
crawled farther with great difficulty, while
others again lay on the ground, fainting with
hunger, and begged a morsel of bread from
those who were going into the house. But
they would not so much as look at the poor
creatures.



26



PRINCE DARLING



Prince Darling went up to a young girl
who was trying to eat a few blades of grass
she was so hungry. Touched with pity for
her, he said to himself :

' I am very hungry, but I shall not die of




hunger before I get my dinner ; if I give my
breakfast to this poor creature perhaps I may
save her life.'

So he laid his piece of bread in the girl's
hand, and saw her eat it up eagerly.



PRINCE DARLING 27

She soon seemed to be quite well again.
and the Prince, delighted to have been able
to help her, was thinking of going 1 ionic to
the palace, when he heard a great outcry,
and turning round saw Celia, who was Leini;
carried against her will into the great house.

Eor the first time the Prince felt sorry
that he was no longer the monster ; then he
would have been able to rescue Celia. Now
he could only bark feebly at the people who
were carrying her off, and try to follow them,
but they chased and kicked him away.

He made up his mind not to quit the
place till he knew wiiat had become of Celia,
and blamed himself for what had befallen
her.

' Alas ! ' he said to himself, ' I am furious
with the people who are carrying Celia off,
but isn't that exactly what I did myself, and
if I had not been prevented, did I not intend
to be still more cruel to her ? '

Here he was stopped by a noise above his
head some one was opening a window, and
he saw with delight that it was Celia herself,
who came forward and threw out a plate of
most tasty-looking food.

Then the window was shut again, and
Prince Darling, who had not had anything



28 PRINCE DARLING

to eat all clay, thought he might as well take
this chance of getting something.

He ran forward to begin, but the young
girl to whom he had given his bread gave a
cry of terror and took him up in her arms,



saving

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' Don't touch it, my poor little dog that
house is the palace of pleasure, and every-
thing that comes out of it is poisoned! !
At the same moment a voice said :


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