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The Wonderful Chair and the Tales it Told

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Pages: 48

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Frances Browne

Excerpt from book: LADY GREENSLEEVES. " Once upon a time there lived two noble lords in the east country. Their lands lay between a broad river and an old oak forest, whose size was so great that no man knew it. In the midst of his land each lord had a stately castle: one was built of the white freestone, the other of the gray granite. So the one was called Lord of the White Castle, and the other Lord of the Gray. " There were no lords like these for nobleness and bounty in all the east country. Their tenants lived in peace and plenty: all strangers were hospitably entertained at their castles: and every autumn they sent men with axes into the forest to hew down the great trees, and chop them up into firewood for the poor. Neither hedge nor ditch divided their lands, but yet these lords never disputed. They had been friends from their youth. " Their ladies had died long ago, but the Lord of the Gray Castle had a little son, and the Lord of the White a little daughter: and when they feasted in each other's halls, it was their custom to say, ' When our children grow up they will marry, and have our castles and our lands, and keep our friendship in memory.' " So the lords and their little children, and tenants lived happily till one Michaelmas night. As they were all feasting in the hall of the White Castle, there came a traveller to the gate, who was welcomed and feasted as usual. He had seen many strange sights and countries, and like most people he enjoyed telling his travels. The lords were delighted with his tales, as they sat round the fire drinking wine after supper, and at length the Lord of the White Castle, who was very curious, said,— "' Good stranger, what was the greatest wonder you ever saw in all your travels ?' "' The most wonderful sight that ever I saw,' replied...  

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