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A king was riding in the woods.
"Poor little rabbit,” said the king.
The king lay fast asleep.
white. The king sat up in bed and looked at her. “Who are you?” asked he. “I am your good fairy,” said the woman.
"You were kind to me yesterday.” “I have never seen you before,” said
“I was the little white rabbit,” said
the fairy. “I wished to find
out what kind of man you are.” "I did not think a rabbit could be
a fairy,” said the king: “I was that white rabbit yesterday,” said
the fairy. “Thank you for being
so kind.” “I like to be kind to every one,” said
the king “What shall I do for you ?” asked
the fairy. “I have but one wish,” said the king. “What is that?" said the fairy. “Be kind to my son.
I love him very much,” said the king. “Shall I make him rich or handsome ?”
“I can not choose one of those wishes,”
said the king 66. What more could I do for him ?” asked
the fairy. “Make him good. What can riches do for
a man that is bad ?" “I can not make him good,” said the fairy.
“He must do that for himself." “He means to be good,” said the father,
“but sometimes he gets angry.” “I can help your son to be good,” said
Now I shall be happy.” The king lived a long time. At last he
died. Every one was sad. The prince became king.
66 Thank you.
I have not told you the name of
the son. He was Prince Cherry. Prince Cherry loved his father very
much. How sad he was when his father died ! Every one hoped Prince Cherry would
make a good king: Cherry said, “I want to be just as good
and kind as my father was.” He had been king three days. When he was fast asleep the fairy came
to him. She wakened him. “Here is a ring for you, King Cherry,"
said the fairy. “What shall I do with the ring, good
fairy?” asked Cherry.