(Lars) #1

clothfromtheportrait.Thepaintingdepictedanachinglysadandhaunt-
inglybeautifulprincess,andtheprincewhisperedtohimself,“Sheisthe
one!”Thenheturnedquicklyandwenttotellhisfatherwhichbridehe
had chosen.
Whenthekingheardthattheprincehadchosenthesadprincess,he
cried,“Ohmyson!Whydidyoulookatwhatwashidden?Theprincess
youhavechosenistheprisonerofaterriblewizardwhoturnsmeninto
stonestatuesandhasdefeatedeachoftheprinceswhohavetriedtofree
her.Ibegyou,chooseanotherprincess,orIfearthatIwillneversee
you again!”
Yet,theking’swordsonlymadetheprincemoredeterminedtorescue
theprincess,andthenextmorningheconfidentlymountedhishorseand
setofftosaveher.However,theprincequicklybecamelostinadark,
tangledforestandbegantodoubthischivalrousplan.Afterwandering
throughthedensefoliageforhours,hegaveupallhopeofreachingthe
edgeofthewoodsanddecidedtostopforarest.
Justthen,heheardacheerfulvoicecallingfrombehindhim.“Stop
andletmebeyourservant.Onepersoncan’tdomuchalone,butIcan
helpyouifyouletme!”
Turning,theprincesawaverytallmanrunningtowardhim.When
easkedthemanwhohewas,thestrangerreplied,“IamcalledTallandI
canstretchmyselfeventaller.Watchme.”Then,Tallgrewuntilhecould
liftthenestoutofanearbytree.
“Thatisausefulskill,”saidtheprince,“butitwon’thelpmegetout
fthisforest!”
“Waitaminute,sir,”saidTall,andhebegantogroweventaller.Soon,
hisheadwasabovethetreetops.Hecalleddowntotheprince.“Now,I
anseethewayoutofthewoods.Ifyouletmegowithyou,Iwilllead
ou out of the forest.”
Theprinceagreed,andthetwomensoonarrivedinthemiddleof
largefield.Astheprincesquintedinthesunlight,Tallcried,“Sir,my
riendWideissittingoveronthatrock.Youshouldlethimhelpyou,too.
fterall,thetwoofuscanonlydoalittlebittogether,butthreemencan
chieve much more!”
“Whatishistalent?”askedtheprince.
Overhearingtheirconversation,Widedecidedtodemonstratehis
kills and bellowed, “Look out!” Then he began to swallow huge, gulping


FOLIAGEISLEAVESANDSTUFF. CHIVALROUS MEANS GALLANT AND COURAGEOUS, LIKE KNIGHTS OF OLD.