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Andrew Lang

‘I wish you may be punished by falling in love with the silent princess.’ And having said this she vanished.

For some time the boy paid no heed to her words—indeed he forgot them altogether; but as years went by, and he began to think more about things, the remembrance of the old woman’s wish came back to his mind.

‘Who is the silent princess? And why should it be a punishment to fall in love with her?’ he asked himself, and received no answer.

—  Andrew Lang, The Olive Fairy Book. (Dover Publications, Inc.; Revised edition June 1, 1968)

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