BmE SEXES" 1011811
When the foal and Jack, with the
other six foals close behind them, got
up close to the trunk they could see a
door behind it. It opened very slowly
as they approached. They could see,
just inside, a small room, in which
there were a few pieces of furniture.
There was a fireplace, a couple of
benches, a great rusty sword and a
"Can you brandish the sword?"
asked the foals as soon as they were
all inside. '
"No," said Jack. "It is much too
heavy for me."
"C-h, try," said the foals.
So Jack tried and tried and tried.
At last he could brandish it!
"Now," said the foals, "you must
take this sword and cut off our heads
with it Do this on your wedding
day. We are brothers of the Princess
whom you wish to marry. We are
not foals at all. We are Princes!
But, you see, a wicked spirit has cast
a stfell over us and changed us into
foals. When you have hewn off our
heads, see that you place each head
behind the body to which it belongs.
Then the spell will be broken."
Jack promised to do all that, and
they started on their journey again.
"Do you see anything?" asked the
foal who was carrying Jack.
"No," answered Jack.
So they traveled a while.
"Do you see anything?" again
asked the foal.
"No,"said the boy.
They traveled a long way in si
"Don'jt you see anything?" the foal
at last asked again.
"Yes, now I see something which
looks like a "blue stripe on the
"It is a great river," said the foaL
"We are going to cross it!"
As they crossed, Jack, saw some
thing very black against the horizon.
"What's that?" he asked of the
"That is the steeple of a church,"
First they crossed a high, high
bridge. Then they went into the
church. A priest was in there. He
blessed the foals, who turned into
Princes as they crossed the thresh
old! Then he gave them wine and a
Jack took some of the wine and
one of the wafers as they all went
out of the church again. He noticed,
with surprise, that each prince
turned into a foal again as he stepped
out of the church.
Then they went back to the king's
palace. It was almostdark, but the
king was waiting.
(To Be Continued.)
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