Title: The olive fairy book
Year: 1907 (1900s)
Authors: Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912 Ford, H. J. (Henry Justice), 1860-1941, ill
Subjects: Fairy tales Folklore
Publisher: London New York : Longmans, Green
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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mounted, andentered cautiously, expecting to find darkness as thick aswhat they had left outside. But they had only gonea few steps when they were nearly blinded by a suddenblaze of light, which seemed to proceed from a sort ofportcullis door which barred the way in front of them. Who are you ? asked a voice. And the countanswered: Youri de Blanchelande, who has come to rescueAbeille des Clarides. And at these words the gateslowly swung open, and closed behind the two strangers. Youri listened to the clang with a spasm of fear inhis heart; then the desperate position he was in gavehim courage. There was no retreat for him now, andin front was drawn up a large force of gnomes, whose 62 THE STORY OF LITTLE KING LOG arrows were falling like hail about him. He raised hisshield to ward them off, and as he did so his eyes fell ona little man standing on a rock above the rest, with acrown on his head and a royal mantle on his shoulders.In an instant Youri had flung away his shield and sprung
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IS THIS THE M/SN THAT YOU WK5H TO MARRY ? forward, regardless of the arrows that still fell abouthim. Oh, is it you, is it really you, my deliverer ? And isit your subjects who hold as a captive Abeille whom Ilove ? I am King Loc, was the answer. And the figure THE STOEY OF LITTLE KING LOG 63 with the long beard bent his eyes kindly on the eageryouth. If Abeille has lived with us all these years, formany of them she was quite happy. But the gnomes, ofwhom you think so little, are a just people, and they willnot keep her against her will. Beg the princess to begood enough to come hither, he added, turning to Bug. Amidst a dead silence Abeille entered the vast spaceand looked around her. At first she saw nothing but avast host of gnomes perched on the walls and crowdingon the floor of the big hall. Then her eyes met those ofYouri, and with a cry that came from her heart shedarted towards him, and threw herself on his breast. Abeille, said the king, when he had watched her fora moment, w
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