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May 24th, 2019

The Tale of the Enchanted Horse - Part 7 (end)

The Grand Vizier was transported with delight on learning the result of the interview, and his opinion of the doctor's skill was raised still higher when, on the following day, the princess behaved towards him in such a way as to persuade him that her complete cure would not be long delayed. However he contented himself with assuring her how happy he was to see her health so much improved, and exhorted her to make every use of so clever a physician, and to repose entire confidence in him. Then he retired, without awaiting any reply from the princess.

The Prince of Hammerfell left the room at the same time, and asked if he might be allowed humbly to inquire by what means the Princess of Rihad had reached Daraz, which was so far distant from her father's kingdom, and how she came to be there alone. The Grand Vizier thought the question very natural, and told him the same story that the Princess of Rihad had done, adding that he had ordered the enchanted horse to be taken to his treasury as a curiosity, though he was quite ignorant how it could be used...

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May 24th, 2019

The Tale of the Enchanted Horse - Part 6

When the Grand Vizier of Daraz had quitted her presence the evening before, he had resolved that the sun should not set again without the princess becoming his wife, and at daybreak proclamation of his intention was made throughout the town, by the sound of drums, trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments calculated to fill the heart with joy. The Princess of Rihad was early awakened by the noise, but she did not for one moment imagine that it had anything to do with her, until the Grand Vizier of Daraz, arriving as soon as she was dressed to inquire after her health, informed her that the trumpet blasts she heard were part of the solemn marriage ceremonies, for which he begged her to prepare. This unexpected announcement caused the princess such terror that she sank down in a dead faint.

The slaves that were in waiting ran to her aid, and the Grand Vizier himself did his best to bring her back to consciousness, but for a long while it was all to no purpose. At length her senses began slowly to come back to her, and then, rather than break faith with the Prince of Hammerfell by consenting to such a marriage, she determined to feign madness...

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May 24th, 2019

The Tale of the Enchanted Horse - Part 5

The prince at once seized the opening thus given him, and told the whole story of his treatment by the Princess of Rihad, not even concealing the fact that she had fallen in love with him. "And, Sire," ended the prince, "having given my royal word that you would not refuse your consent to our marriage, I persuaded her to return with me on the Redguard's horse. I have left her in one of your Highness's country houses, where she is waiting anxiously to be assured that I have not promised in vain."

As he said this the prince was about to throw himself at the feet of King Fahara'jad, but his father prevented him, and embracing him again, said eagerly:

"My son, not only do I gladly consent to your marriage with the Princess of Rihad, but I will hasten to pay my respects to her, and to thank her in my own person for the benefits she has conferred on you. I will then bring her back with me, and make all arrangements for the wedding to be celebrated to-day."

So King Fahara'jad gave orders that the habits of mourning worn by the people should be thrown off and that there should be a concert of drums, trumpets and cymbals...

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May 24th, 2019

The Tale of the Enchanted Horse - Part 4

Dinner was laid in a magnificent apartment, and the table was covered with delicious fruits; while during the repast richly dressed girls sang softly and sweetly to stringed instruments. After the prince and princess had finished, they passed into a small room hung with blue and gold, looking out into a garden stocked with flowers and arbutus trees, quite different from any that were to be found in Hammerfell.

"Princess," observed the young man, "till now I had always believed that Hammerfell could boast finer palaces and more lovely gardens than any kingdom upon earth. But my eyes have been opened, and I begin to perceive that, wherever there is a great king he will surround himself with buildings worthy of him."

"Prince," replied the Princess of Rihad, "I have no idea what a Hammerfellan palace is like, so I am unable to make comparisons. I do not wish to depreciate my own palace, but I can assure you that it is very poor beside that of the King my father, as you will agree when you have been there to greet him, as I hope you will shortly do...

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May 24th, 2019

The Tale of the Enchanted Horse - Part 3

Now the princess whose mercy Prince Azah implored was the eldest daughter of the King of Rihad, who was enjoying rest and change in the palace her father had built her, at a little distance from the capital. She listened kindly to what he had to say, and then answered:

"Prince, be not uneasy; hospitality and humanity are practised as widely in Rihad as they are in Hammerfell. The protection you ask will be given you by all. You have my word for it." And as the prince was about to thank her for her goodness, she added quickly, "However great may be my curiosity to learn by what means you have travelled here so speedily, I know that you must be faint for want of food, so I shall give orders to my women to take you to one of my chambers, where you will be provided with supper, and left to repose."

By this time the princess's attendants were all awake, and listening to the conversation. At a sign from their mistress they rose, dressed themselves hastily, and snatching up some of the tapers which lighted the room, conducted the prince to a large and lofty room, where two of the number prepared his bed, and the rest went down to the kitchen, from which they soon returned with all sorts of dishes...

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May 24th, 2019

The Tale of the Enchanted Horse - Part 2

They waited some time, expecting that every moment he might be seen returning in the distance, but at length the Redguard grew frightened, and prostrating himself before the throne, he said to the king, "Sire, your Highness must have noticed that the prince, in his impatience, did not allow me to tell him what it was necessary to do in order to return to the place from which he started. I implore you not to punish me for what was not my fault, and not to visit on me any misfortune that may occur."

"But why," cried the king in a burst of fear and anger, "why did you not call him back when you saw him disappearing?"

"Sire," replied the Redguard, "the rapidity of his movements took me so by surprise that he was out of hearing before I recovered my speech. But we must hope that he will perceive and turn a second screw, which will have the effect of bringing the horse back to earth."

"But supposing he does!" answered the king, "what is to hinder the horse from descending straight into the sea, or dashing him to pieces on the rocks?"

"Have no fears, your Highness," said the Redguard; "the horse has the gift of passing over seas, and of carrying his rider wherever he wishes to go...

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May 24th, 2019

The Tale of the Enchanted Horse - Part 1

It was the Feast of the New Year, the oldest and most splendid of all the feasts in the Kingdom of Hammerfell, and the day had been spent by the king in the city of Sentinel, taking part in the magnificent spectacles prepared by his subjects to do honour to the festival. The sun was setting, and the monarch was about to give his court the signal to retire, when suddenly a Redguard appeared before his throne, leading a horse richly harnessed, and looking in every respect exactly like a real one.

"Sire," said he, prostrating himself as he spoke, "although I make my appearance so late before your Highness, I can confidently assure you that none of the wonders you have seen during the day can be compared to this horse, if you will deign to cast your eyes upon him."

"I see nothing in it," replied the king, "except a clever imitation of a real one; and any skilled workman might do as much."

"Sire," returned the Redguard, "it is not of his outward form that I would speak, but of the use that I can make of him...

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