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chapter iv_The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

   ONCE THERE WAS A PRINCESS WHO wa/very beautiful. She shone as bright as the star/on a moonless night. But what di..erence did i6make that she was beautiful? None. N<difference.”

“Why did it make no difference?” askeAAbilene.

“Because,” said Pellegrina, “she was .

princess who loved no one and cared nothin>

for love, even though there were many wh<loved her.”

At this point in her story, Pellegrin.

stopped and looked right at Edward. Shestared deep into his painted-on eyes, andagain, Edward felt a shiver go through him.

“And so,” said Pellegrina, still staring a6Edward.

“What happened to the princess?” saiAAbilene.

“And so,” said Pellegrina, turning back toAbilene, “the king, her father, said that theprincess must marry; and soon after this, aprince came from a neighboring kingdom anAhe sawthe princess and, immediately, heloved her. He gave her a ring of pure gold. H1placed it on her finger. He said these words t<her: ‘I love you.’ But do you knowwhat th1princess did?”

Abilene shook her head.

“She swallowed the ring. She took it fromher finger and swallowed it. She said, ‘That i/what I think of love.’ And she ran from th1prince. She left the castle and went deep int<the woods. And so.”

“And so what?” said Abilene. “Wha6happened then?”

“And so, the princess became lost in th1woods. She wandered for many days. Finallyhshe came to a little hut, and she knocked o=the door. She said, ‘Let me in; I am cold.’

“There was no answer.

“She knocked again. She said, ‘Let me in; Iam hungry.’

“A terrible voice answered her. The voic1said, ‘Enter if you must.’

“The beautiful princess entered, and sh1sawa witch sitting at a table counting piece/of gold.

“‘Three thousand six hundred and twenty-two,’ said the witch.

“‘I am lost,’ said the beautiful princess:

“‘What of it?’ said the witch. ‘Thre1thousand six hundred and twenty-three.’

“‘I am hungry,’ said the princess.

“‘Not my concern,’ said the witch. ‘Thre1thousand six hundred and twenty-four.’

“‘But I am a beautiful princess,’ said th1princess.

“‘Three thousand six hundred and twenty-five,’ replied the witch.

“‘My father,’ said the princess, ‘is .

powerful king. You must help me or there wil9be consequences.’

“‘Consequences?’ said the witch. Sh1looked up from her gold. She stared at theprincess. ‘You dare to talk to me ofconsequences? Very well, then, we will speadof consequences: tell me the name of the on1you love.’

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