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Sleeping beauty – 3rd part

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Sleeping beauty ( Princess )

Sleeping beauty – 2nd part

The Prince did not know what to believe,when a very aged countrymen spoke to him this:

” May it please your Royal Highness, it is now about fifty years since I heard from my father , who heard my grandfather say, that there was then in the castle a Princess,the most beautiful ever seen , that she must sleep there a hundred years, and should be awakened by a king’s son,for whom she was reserved”.    Sleeping beauty

The young Prince was all on fire at those words, believing, without weighting the matter , That​ he could put an end to this rare adventure;and,pushed on by love and honor, 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 through; he walked up to the castle which he saw at the end of a large avenue and he entered it. What surprised him was that he saw none of his people could follow him , because the trees closed again as soon as he had passed through them . However, he didn’t cease from continuing his way ; a young and gallant Prince is always valiant.

He came into a spacious outward court, where everything he saw might have frozen up the most frightful silence, with nothing to be seen but stretched out bodies of men and animals , all seeming to be dead. He, however, very knew that they were only asleep; and their goblets, in which still remained some drops of wine , showed plainly that they fell asleep as they drank

He then crossed a court paved with marble , went up the stairs, and came into the guard chamber,where 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 gentleman and ladies, all asleep,some standing, other sitting.

At last he came into chamber outfitted with gold and silver,where he saw upon a bed , the curtains of which were all open , the finest sight was ever beheld-a Princess, whose bright and, in a manner , resplendent beauty seemed somewhat divine. He approached with trembling and admiration, and fell down before her upon his knees.

And now, as the enchantment was at an end, the Princess awoke, and looking on him with eyes more tender than imaginable asked:

“Is it you , my Prince? You have waited a long while.”.     Sleeping beauty

The Ptince, charmed with these words, and much more with the manner in which they were spoken, knew how to show his joy and gratitude; he assured her that he loved her better than he didn’t himself ; their discourse was not well connected, they did weep more than talk – little eloquence, but a great deal of love.

He was more at a loss than she, and we need not wonder at it: she had a time to think on what to say to him ; for it is very probable that the good fairy, during so long a sleep , had given her agreeable dreams. In short, they talked four hours together, and yet they said not half what they had to say.

In the meanwhile all the palace awoke; everyone thought upon their particular business , and as all of them were not in love , they were ready to die of hunger. The chief lady of honor, being as a sharp set as other folks,grew very impatient, and told the Princess aloud that supper was served.

The Prince helped the Princess to rise; she was dressed very magnificently, but his Royal Highness took care not to tell her that she was dressed like his great grandma; she looked not a bit the less charming and beautiful for all that.

They went into the great Hall of mirror, where they supped ,and were served by the Princess’s officers; the violin and oboes played ald tunes, but very excellent, though it was now a hundred years since they had played ; and after supper, without losing any time, the Lord almoner married them in the chapel of the castle, and they lived happily together, perhaps even for another hundred years!

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