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Tales of Passed Times   By: (1628-1703)

Tales of Passed Times by Charles Perrault

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THE TEMPLE CLASSICS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

[Illustration]

TALES of PASSED TIMES

TOLD BY MASTER CHARLES PERRAULT

WITH TWELVE ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHARLES ROBINSON

LONDON: J.M. DENT & COMPANY ALDINE HOUSE, BEDFORD STREET COVENT GARDEN.

1900.

It is to Perrault that we owe our acquaintance with the greater number of good old fashioned fairy tales, but an edition of these, although it includes such intimate friends of our childhood as Blue Beard, the Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood, is hardly complete without "Beauty and the Beast"; a version of this tale, by Mme. Le Prince de Beaumont, has, therefore, been added to this collection. It has also been increased, space permitting it, by the insertion of two tales by Mme. la Comtesse d'Aulnoy; her writings, of a less robust class than those of Perrault, possess in their atmosphere of hidden magic, the charm which resides in that special feature of fairyland, and the addition of "The Benevolent Frog" and "Princess Rosette" will not, we think, be unwelcome to the youthful reader.

CONTENTS

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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY IN THE WOOD 5

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD 23

BLUE BEARD 31

MASTER CAT; OR, PUSS IN BOOTS 43

THE FAIRIES 55

CINDERELLA; OR, THE LITTLE GLASS SLIPPER 63

RIQUET WITH THE TUFT 77

LITTLE THUMBLING 91

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 109

THE BENEVOLENT FROG 133

PRINCESS ROSETTE 169

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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CINDERELLA Frontispiece

SHE FELL INTO A SWOON 9

"GRANDMA, WHAT GREAT EARS YOU HAVE!" 25

"YOUR TEARS ARE USELESS," SAID BLUE BEARD; "YOU MUST DIE" 37

PUSS AMONG THE REAPERS 47

SHE GAVE IT TO THE WOMAN 57

THE KING'S SON GAVE HER HIS HAND 67

"THEN," SAID THE PRINCESS, "I WISH YOU MAY BE THE HANDSOMEST PRINCE IN THE WORLD" 85

THE BOYS FOLLOWED HIM 93

WHEN SHE OPENED HER EYES, SHE SAW, STANDING BESIDE HER, A WOMAN OF GIGANTIC SIZE CLOTHED IN A LION'S SKIN 137

"OH, YOU ARE JESTING," SAID THE KING OF THE PEACOCKS 177

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY IN THE WOOD

There were once a King and Queen, who were very unhappy at not having any children, more unhappy than words can tell. Vows, pilgrimages, everything was tried, but nothing was of any avail; at length, however, a little daughter was born to them.

There was a splendid christening. For godmothers, they gave the young Princess all the fairies they could find in the country they were seven in number in order that each making her a gift, according to the custom of fairies in those days, the Princess might, by these means, become possessed of all imaginable perfections. When the ceremony was over, all the company returned to the King's palace, where a great banquet had been prepared for the fairies. The table was magnificently laid for them, and each had placed for her a massive gold case, containing a spoon, a fork, and a knife of fine gold, set with diamonds and rubies.

But as they were all taking their seats, there was seen to enter an old fairy, who had not been invited, for everyone thought that she was either dead or enchanted, as she had not been outside the tower in which she lived for upwards of fifty years... Continue reading book >>




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