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THE LITTLE LAME PRINCE
By Miss Mulock [Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik]
CONTENTS
THE LITTLE LAME PRINCE
THE INVISIBLE PRINCE
PRINCE CHERRY
THE PRINCE WITH THE NOSE
THE FROG-PRINCE
CLEVER ALICE
THE LITTLE LAME PRINCE
CHAPTER I
Yes, he was the most beautiful Prince that ever was born.
Of course, being a prince, people said this; but it was true besides.
When he looked at the candle, his eyes had an expression of earnest
inquiry quite startling in a new born baby. His nose--there was not
much of it certainly, but what there was seemed an aquiline shape;
his complexion was a charming, healthy purple; he was round and fat,
straight-limbed and long--in fact, a splendid baby, and everybody was
exceedingly proud of him, especially his father and mother, the King and
Queen of Nomansland, who had waited for him during their happy reign of
ten years--now made happier than ever, to themselves and their subjects,
by the appearance of a son and heir.
The only person who was not quite happy was the King's brother, the
heir presumptive, who would have been king one day had the baby not been
born. But as his majesty was very kind to him, and even rather sorry for
him--insomuch that at the Queen's request he gave him a dukedom almost
as big as a county--the Crown-Prince, as he was called, tried to seem
pleased also; and let us hope he succeeded.
The Prince's christening was to be a grand affair. According to the
custom of the country, there were chosen for him four-and-twenty


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