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Prince Vance The Story of a Prince with a Court in His Box   By: (1856-1886)

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PRINCE VANCE

[Illustration]

PRINCE VANCE

The Story of a Prince with a Court in his Box

BY

ELEANOR PUTNAM and ARLO BATES

ILLUSTRATED BY FRANK MYRICK

BOSTON ROBERTS BROTHERS 1888

Copyright, 1888 , BY ARLO BATES.

University Press: JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.

TO THE BOY ORIC

Dear son, this twisted, tangled web of whims For you was woven while you scarcely knew The simplest speech men use; but infant limbs, That round and smooth in dimpled fairness grew, Waved for all word in a babe's perfect glee, So wondrous sweet to see.

It is not stranger than this world must seem To one who its vagaries first does scan; It is less weird than the enchanted dream Which life may change to ere you be a man. Such as it is, take it for this alone, That it is all your own.

Those who together wrought its colors gay, And its fantastic warp and woof entwined, May not again for you in work or play Together labor. Yet the loving mind In which they then were one will still be one Till life and sense be done.

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

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THE FAIRY COPETTA AND THE PRINCE Frontispiece

INITIAL: Chapter I 15

INITIAL: Chapter II 20

"'Come,' he said to the Prince, in rather an injured tone" 21

"He picked up the poor tutor, and putting him on the window sill laughed at him" 24

TAILPIECE: "'It is in here,' the Blue Wizard said, holding out a pretty gold bonbon box" 25

INITIAL: Chapter III 26

THE ROYAL TABLE, WITH THE COURT SHRINKING 27

"'Oh, as to that,' the Blue Wizard answered carelessly, giving the King in turn a bath in the finger bowl" 31

TAILPIECE: "He seated his royal mother on the top of the sugar bowl" 33

INITIAL: Chapter IV 34

TAILPIECE: THE HISSING SWANS 40

INITIAL: Chapter V 41

"The Lord Chancellor, who seemed to be always in trouble, picked some sort of quarrel with a large green grasshopper" 44

"He moved from a bunch of thistles which he had carefully stripped to the next" 46

INITIAL: Chapter VI 50

"'How do you know?' demanded the raven, fixing his glittering eye on the Prince" 51

"But presently a little window opened in the side of the tree trunk, from which a wrinkled old face looked out" 56

INITIAL: Chapter VII 59

"'But I want it in my mouth,' sighed the man on the ground" 61

"A second man stood on an overturned bucket and blew into the mouth of the first with a pair of bellows" 63

"'What's all this?' the Prince asked of one who seemed of some authority" 66

INITIAL: Chapter VIII 68

The Court on the Fisherman's Table 71

INITIAL: Chapter IX 76

"He stopped in amazement, and no wonder" 77

TAILPIECE: THE GIANT'S CASTLE 81

INITIAL: Chapter X 82

PRINCE VANCE ON THE GIANT'S HAND 83

"'I should not wonder, now,' she said, 'if my husband would give these things to me; they are too small to be of any use... Continue reading book >>




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