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1903 Excerpt: ...so that it became exactly like a fountain, with
the water spurting out in every direetion. Here the fairy, who had
been watching the black girl's ridicu it lous behaviour, could
contain her mirth no longer, and burst into a hearty laugh. When
the slave heard the sound of laughter she looked to see where it
came from, and, when she caught sight of the girl hidden in the
tree, she said to herself, "So you are the cause of my mistress
nearly beating me to death, are you? but wait a little, and I'll be
even with you yet;" but to the fairy she said, "What are you doing
up there, my beautiful maid?" The fairy, who was politeness itself,
told the black girl everything there was to tell, and ended up by
saying she was going to marry a charming prince, and was only
awaiting his return with a suitable escort and retinue to accompany
him to his father's kingdom. When the black slave heard this, a
wicked plan entered into her head, and she said: "Oil, if you are
expecting your bridegroom's return, let me come up beside you and
comb your locks in order to make you even fairer than you are." The
fairy answered: "You are mo4 welcome to come," and stretched down
her hand, which looked like a piece of crystal set in ebony, as she
helped the slave up. As soon as the black 167 1 creature began to
comb the fairy's hair she stuck her hairpin into her skull, hoping
in this way she would kill her on the spot. Hut as soon as the
fairy felt the prick of the pin she called out, "Dove, dove " and
in a moment she was changed into a dove, and flew away right up
into the sky. When the Prince returned with his suite and train he
could hardly believe his eyes when he beheld, instead of the lovely
maid he had left behind in the hollow of th...
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