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The Angel and the Princess
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  1. The Angel and the Princess ----»»»
  2. The Arrival of the Demon ----»»»
  3. Conclusion ----»»»
  4. The Court on the Brockenberg ----»»»
  5. The Universal Deluge ----»»»
  6. The Flight of the Princess ----»»»
  7. The Golden Boat ----»»»
  8. The Hurricane Pursues the Princess ----»»»
  9. The Princess Learns Humility ----»»»
  10. The Progress of Civilization ----»»»
  11. The Progress of Civilization continued ----»»»
  12. The Princess Finds Shelter in the Forest ----»»»
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IN the eyes of the Angel, whose look was so searching and penetrating, the Princess Ilsee was nothing more than a badly trained child, so he did not address her as "Your Highness," but simply as dear Ilsee.

"Dear Ilsee," said the Angel, "if it is quite by your own wish that you remain upon these heights, and if you considered it beneath your dignity to accompany the other waters to the plain, you ought to feel contented here, and I really cannot understand why you should weep so much and lament your fate."

"Alas! dear Angel," replied Ilsee, "when all the waters were gone, the Hurricane came to sweep down these mountains, and when he found me here, he went into a fury, insulted me, made a frightful tumult, shook me with rage, and wanted to throw me from the top of this rock, into a dark and deep abyss, where the smallest ray of light would never penetrate.

I prayed, I wept, I clung tightly to the points of the rocks, and at last, I succeeded in tearing myself away from his powerful arms, and hid myself in this cleft."

"And since you will not always succeed in escaping him thus," said the Angel (for the Hurricane maintains strict order here, and has a capital besom), "you must see, dear Ilsee, that you were very foolish to wish to remain all alone on these heights, and you will now make haste, and let me lead you to ‘rejoin good old Weser and your young companions."

"Certainly not," cried Ilsee; "I intend to remain here amongst these mountains; am I not a princess?

"

"Ilsee," said the Angel, in his sweetest and most caressing voice, "I love you dearly, and therefore you should love me a little in return, and try to be a good child.

Look down below at that white morning cloud, which sails so calmly through the blue sky; if I call, it will come at once and rest here.

We will both enter it, and you shall repose on its luxurious cushions, whilst I remain at your side, and the cloud will bear us rapidly down to the peaceful valleys, where you will find your sister rivulets; there, I will place you in your own little green bed, and remain near enough to whisper sweet dreams or relate some interesting stories."

But Ilsee's obstinacy was unconquerable.

"No! no!"

she cried.

"I cannot, I will not go down ;" and when the Angel approached her, and wanted to take her, by gentle violence, in his arms, she spurted drops of water in his face.

The Angel sat down sadly, and the little Princess Selfwill again glided into the hollow of her rock, quite proud that she had shown so much determination.

The Angel attempted several times to induce her to follow him, but she always answered by a most disdainful refusal.

When at length the good Angel saw, that notwithstanding all his tenderness, he had no influence over poor little Ilsee, ‘but that she was entirely under the dominion of the Demon of Pride, he turned away from this lost child with a sad heart, and rejoined his companions, who were still busily attending to their duties.


The End.

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