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The Lost Princess (or A Double Story, or The Wise Woman)

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Also known as "A Double Story" or "The Wise Woman."

The story of two very spoiled girls, a princess and a peasant, who are kidnapped by a strange woman for a lesson in life. They may not emerge the same... but will their parents be changed for the better too?

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There was a certain country where things used to go rather oddly. For instance, you could never tell whether it was going to rain or hail, or whether or not the milk was going to turn sour. It was impossible to say whether the next baby would be a boy, or a girl, or even, after he was a week old, whether he would wake sweet tempered or cross.

In strict accordance with the peculiar nature of this country of uncertainties, it came to pass one day, that in the midst of a shower of rain that might well be called golden, seeing the sun, shining as it fell, turned all its drops into molten topazes, and every drop was good for a grain of golden corn, or a yellow cowslip, or a buttercup, or a dandelion at least; while this splendid rain was falling, I say, with a musical patter upon the great leaves of the horse chestnuts, which hung like Vandyke collars about the necks of the creamy, red spotted blossoms, and on the leaves of the sycamores, looking as if they had blood in their... Continue reading book >>

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