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The King of Root Valley and his curious daughter   By: (1805-1852)

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[Illustration: THE KING OF ROOT VALLEY A FAIRY TALE]

[Illustration]

THE

KING OF ROOT VALLEY

AND HIS CURIOUS DAUGHTER.

A Fairy Tale.

BY

R. REINICK.

With Eight Illustrations, by T. Von Oer and R. Reinick.

LONDON: CHAPMAN AND HALL, 193, PICCADILLY. 1856.

PRINTED BY JOHN EDWARD TAYLOR, LITTLE QUEEN STREET, LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS.

Contents.

CHAPTER THE FIRST. PAGE

THE ROOT VALLEY AND ITS INHABITANTS. THE STORY TELLING GUESTS. THE KING OF ROOT VALLEY AND HIS CURIOUS DAUGHTER. THE AERIAL CHARIOT. FESTIVITIES IN THE TOWN. RETURN THROUGH THE AIR FROM THE ROOF OF THE TOWN HOUSE. WHIMS OF THE PRINCESS 1

CHAPTER THE SECOND.

THE SPRING FESTIVAL IN ROOT VALLEY. THE NUT FIELD. THE MIGRATING BIRDS. A STRANGE PEOPLE MAKE THEIR APPEARANCE. NUTCRACKER AND HARLEQUIN. THE PRINCESS FALLS INTO RAPTURES 7

CHAPTER THE THIRD.

THE WONDERFUL BROOK. THE OVERTURNED CARRIER'S WAGGON. NUTCRACKER AND HARLEQUIN COME TO LIFE. THE THREE WISHES. THE BOX OF NUREMBERG TOYS. THE WANDERING RATS. HOW HARLEQUIN BRINGS TO LIFE A WHOLE NATION AND ARMY. BATTLE WITH THE RATS. HOMAGE. PROCESSION TO THE ROOT VALLEY 11

CHAPTER THE FOURTH.

NUTCRACKER IS BETROTHED TO THE PRINCESS OF ROOT VALLEY, AND TAKES POSSESSION OF THE NUTFIELD. THE BIRDS DEPART. WHAT ILL COMES OF IT. WEDDING AND PARTING 19

CHAPTER THE FIFTH.

THE PUPPET KINGDOM IS SET IN ORDER. HAUGHTINESS OF NUTCRACKER, HIS WIFE, AND SUBJECTS. ANTIPATHY OF THE TWO PEOPLES. THE ROOT KING ABDICATES HIS CROWN. NUTCRACKER A TYRANT. PREPARATIONS FOR WAR IN ROOT VALLEY. THE WAR. HARLEQUIN'S DEATH. FLIGHT AND DESTRUCTION OF THE PUPPET KINGDOM. NUTCRACKER'S DEATH. THE PRINCESS SAVED 22

CHAPTER THE SIXTH.

THE BIRDCATCHER AND HIS FAMILY. HOW THE CHILDREN RETURN HOME WITH RARE TREASURES. NUTCRACKER'S DEAD BODY. THE LITTLE MAIDEN IN THE STORK'S NEST, AND WHO SHE WAS. AFFECTING RECONCILIATION ON THE NUTFIELD. THREATENING DANGER TO THE ROOTMEN. EMIGRATION OF THE ROOTMEN 28

[Illustration: First Chapter.]

The King of Root Valley

AND

His Curious Daughter.

CHAPTER THE FIRST.

THE ROOT VALLEY AND ITS INHABITANTS. THE STORY TELLING GUESTS. THE KING OF ROOT VALLEY AND HIS CURIOUS DAUGHTER. THE AERIAL CHARIOT. FESTIVITIES IN THE TOWN. RETURN THROUGH THE AIR FROM THE ROOF OF THE TOWN HOUSE. WHIMS OF THE PRINCESS.

The road between Nuremberg and Leipsic ran in former times, in one part, along the edge of a dark forest, which stretched into the country far over the mountains. In the middle of this forest the rocks enclosed a deep green valley, bordered by almost impenetrable hedges, so that neither man nor beast could enter it. Here dwelt at that time the merry little people of the Rootmen. They were pretty little creatures, in form and look like human beings, the tallest about six inches high, and the smallest as long as your little finger. In summer they lived in mossy bowers and under the leaves of the tall fern; in winter they nestled among the roots of trees, in the holes of some gnarled old trunk, and crept into the clefts in the rocks. Their dress was fine and elegant: the little men wore coats and hose of moss, and the little women dresses of pretty variegated flowers, leaves, and gossamer, according as the weather was warm or cold. They never felt the time long, having always plenty of employment; they had to keep their roads in order, gather in their stores, and the like; their favourite pastimes were climbing and jumping, and arranging grand water parties in nutshells upon the brook which ran through their country... Continue reading book >>




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