The Red Fairy Book

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Author: Andrew Lang

IV

The next day the Prince arose early and took leave of his host.

`The wood that you saw in your dream is not far from here,’ said the old man. `It is in the depth of the forest, and this road will lead you there. You will come to a vast park surrounded by high walls. In the middle of the park is a castle, where dwells a horrible witch who allows no living being to enter the doors. Behind the castle is the orange grove. Follow the wall till you come to a heavy iron gate. Don’t try to press it open, but oil the hinges with this,’ and the old man gave him a small bottle.

`The gate will open of itself,’ he continued, `and a huge dog which guards the castle will come to you with his mouth wide open, but just throw him this oat cake. Next, you will see a baking woman leaning over her heated oven. Give her this brush. Lastly, you will find a well on your left; do not forget to take the cord of the bucket and spread it in the sun. When you have done this, do not enter the castle, but go round it and enter the orange grove. Then gather three oranges, and get back to the gate as fast as you can. Once out of the gate, leave the forest by the opposite side.

`Now, attend to this: whatever happens, do not open your oranges till you reach the bank of a river, or a fountain. Out of each orange will come a princess, and you can choose which you like for your wife. Your choice once made, be very careful never to leave your bride for an instant, and remember that the danger which is most to be feared is never the danger we are most afraid of.’

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Chicago: Andrew Lang, "IV," The Red Fairy Book, ed. Altemus, Henry in The Red Fairy Book Original Sources, accessed January 20, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Q7JGB2XCHZZ9UVF.

MLA: Lang, Andrew. "IV." The Red Fairy Book, edited by Altemus, Henry, in The Red Fairy Book, Original Sources. 20 Jan. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Q7JGB2XCHZZ9UVF.

Harvard: Lang, A, 'IV' in The Red Fairy Book, ed. . cited in , The Red Fairy Book. Original Sources, retrieved 20 January 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Q7JGB2XCHZZ9UVF.