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he was called Bonbentin Bonbobbin four hours each day, in contemplating Bonbobbinet, which fignifies Enlightener their innocent little paftimes. of the Sun.

But to proceed. The prince and As he was very powerful, and yet princess were now in bed; one with all unmarried, all the neighbouring kings the love and expectation, the other with earnestly fought his alliance. Each fent all the modesty and fear, which is nahis daughter, diessed out in the most tural to suppołe; both willing, yet afraid magnificent manner, and with the moft to begin; when the prince happening fumptuous retinue imaginable, in order to look towards the outside of the bed, to ailure the prince: so that at one time perceived one of the most beautiful anithere were seen at his court not less than mals in the world, a white moule with leven hundred foreign princeses, of ex- green eyes, playing about the floor, and quisite sentiment and beauty, each alone performing an hundred pretty tricks. fufficient to make leven hundred ordi- He was already matter of blue mice, nary men happy.

red mice, and even white mice with yelDistracted in such a variety, the ge- low eyes; but a white mouse with green: nerous Bonbennin, had he not been ob. eyes, was what he long endeavoured to liged by the laws of the empire to make pofiess: wherefore leaping from bed with choice of one, would very willingly the utmost impatience and agility, the have married them all, for none under. youthful prince attempted to leize the stood gallantry better. He spent num- little charıner, but it was fled in a mo. berless hours of solicitude in endeayour ment; for, alas! the mouse was sent by ing to determine whom he should chule; a discontented princess, and was itfulf one lady was postened of every perfec- a fairy. tion, but he dilliked her eyebrows; an- It is impossible to describe the agony other was brighter than the morning itar, of the prince upon this occasion; he but he disapproved her fong whang; a fought round and round every part of third did not lay white enough on her the room, even the bed where the princess cheek; and a fourth did not lifliciently lay was not exempt from the enquiry: blacken her nails. At lait, after num- he turned the princess on one side and berleis disappointments on the one lide t'other, Itripped her quite naked, but no and the other, he made choice of the in- mouse was to be found; the princess hercomparable Nanhoa, queen of the scarlet self was kind enough to allilt, but still dragons.

to no purpole. The preparations for the royal nup. Alas,' cried the young prince in an tials, or the envy of the ditappointed la. agony, 'how unhappy am I to be thus dies, need no defcription; both the one ditappointed! never lure was so beauand the oiher were as great as they could tiful an animal seen! I would give be; the beautiful princels was conduct. • half my kingdom, and my princess, to ed, amidit admiring multitudes, to the • him that would find it.' The prin. royal couch, where, after being diverted cess, though not much pleased with the of every encumbering ornament, ne latter part of his offer, endeavoured to was placed, in expectance of the youthe comfort him as well as the could; the ful bridegroom, wno did not keep her let him know that he had an hundred long in expectation. He carne more mice already, which ought to be at least chearful than the morning, and printing sufficient to satisfy any philosopher like on her lips a burning kiss, the attendants himn. Though none of them had green took tliis as a proper lignal to with eyes, yet he thould learn to thank Headraw,

ven that they had eyes. She told him, Perhaps I ought to have mentioned in (for she was a profound moralist) that the beginning that, among several other incurable evils must be borne, that qualifications, the prince was fond of useless lamentations were vain, and that collecting and breeding mice, which be- man was born to mistortunes; the even ing an harmless pattime, none of his entreated him to return to bed, and the counsellors thought proper to diffuads would endeavour to lull him on her bohim from: he therefore kept a variety fom to repose; but ttill the prince con. of these pretty little animals in the moit tinued incontoiable; and regarding her beautiful cages, enriched with diamonds, with a stern air, for which his family was rubies, emeralds, pearls, anci other pre- remarkable, he vowed never to deep in cious stones : thus he inno.ently spent the royal palace, or indulge himself in

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the innocent pleasures of matrimony, • Don't you think, Major Vampyre, till he had found the white mouse with " that eye-brow itippled very prettily? the green eyes.

• But pray what are the green eves to Pr’ythee, Col. Leech,' cried his 'the purpose, except to amule children? lordship, interrupting me,“ how do you I would give a thousand guineas to • like that note don't you think there • lay on the colouring of this cheek • is something of the manner of Rein- more smoothly. But I ask pardon : • brandt in it? Aprince in all this agony • Pray, Sir, proceed.' • for a white mouse! O ridiculous!

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were different from what they are the mid-day fun, under the arching bran. now; they then never engaged their word ches of a banana tree, meditating on the for any thing which they did not rigo. object of his pursuit, he perceived an old roully intend to perform. This was the woman, hideously deformed, approach. case of Bonbennin, who continued all ing him, by her stoop, and the wrinkles of night to lament his misfortunes to the her visage, the seemed at least five hunprincess, who echoed groan for groan. dred years old; and the spotted toad was When morning caine, he published an not more fieckled than was her kia. edict, offering half his kingdom, and - Ah! Prince Bonbennin Bonbobbin his princess, to the person who thould ' Bonbobbinet,' cried the fairy, 'what catch and bring him the white mouse ' has led you so many thousand miles with green eyes. The edi&t was scarce ' from your own kingdom ? what is it published, when all the traps in the ' you look for, and what induces you kingdom were baited with cheese; num. to travel into the kingdom of Emberless mice were taken and destroyed; • mets?' The prince, who was excef. but still the much wished for mouse fively complaisant, told her the whole was not among the number. The pri- story three times over ; for she was hard vy-council was afembled more than of hearing. "Well,' says the old fairy, once to give their advice; but all their for such she was, I promise to put you deliberations came to nothing; even ' in poffefTion of the white moule with though there were two complete ver- green eyes, and that immediately too, min-killers and three profefed rat- upon one condition. One condicatchers of the number. Frequent al- tion!' cried the prince, in a rapture, drelles, as is usual on extraordinary oc- name a thousand; I thall undergo them casions, were sent from all parts of the • all with pleasure.'-'Nay,' interrupto empire ; but though these promised well, ed the old fairy, “I ask hut one, and though in them he received an assurance, ' that not very mortifying neither ; it is that his faithful subiects would allift in ' only that you instantly content to mare his search with their lives and fortunes,

ry me.' yet, with all their loyalty, they failed It is impoflible to express the prince's when the time came that the mouse was confufion at this demand; he loved the to be caught.

moule, but he detested the bride; he The prince therefore was resolved to hesitated; he desired time to think upon go himlelf in search, determined never to the proposal; he would have been glad lie two nights in one place til he had to consult his friends on such an occae found what he fought för. Thus quit- fion. • Nay, nay,' cried the odious ting his palace without attendants, he fairy, ' if you demur, I retract my proset out upon his journey, and travelled • mise; I do not defire to force my fae through many a defirt, and crossed vours on any man.--Here, you my many a river, high over hills, and « attendants,'cried the, ftamping

with down along vales, still restless, ftill en- her foot, ' let my machine be driven up; quiring wherever he came; but no white · Barbacela, Queen of Eminets, is not nouse was to be found.

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chariot appeared in the air, drawn by and were angry. At last the happy night two snails; and she was just going to drew near; the blue cai ftill stuck by the step in, when the prince reflected, that fide of it's master, and even followe i him now or never was the time to he podli 11- to the bridal apartment. Barbacela en. ed of the white mouse; and quite for- tered the chamber, wearing a train fifgetting his lawful princels Nanhoa, fall- teen yards long, fupported by percuing on his knees, he implored forgive- pines, and all over betet with jewels, ness for having railly rejected fo much which ferved to render her more dierettbeauty. This well-timed compliment able. She was just fepping into bed instantly appealed the angry fairy. She to the prince, forgetting her pomile, affected an hideous leer of approbation; when he inlifted upon seeing her in the and, taking the young prince by the hape of a mouse. She had promised, hand, conducted him to a neighbouring anri no fiiry can break her word; wherechurch, where they were married toge- fore affuming the figure of the most ther in a moment. As soon as the ce- bezutiful moase in the world, she skipremony was performed, the prince, who ped and played about with an infinity was to the last degree defirons of seeing of amuitinent. . Theprince, in an agohis favourite mouse, reminleil the bride ny of rapture, was detirous of seeing his of her promile. "To confeís a toth, preny playfellow move a flow dance

my prince,' crie i me, I myself am about the fioor to his own singing ; he " that very white ino:se yo'ı law on began to fing, and the mouse immediate

your wedding night in the royal apart. ly to perforin with the most perfect ! ment.

I now therefore give you the knowledge of time, and the finest grace ( choice, whether you would have me a and greatest gravity imaginable: it only' ' mouse by day and a woman by night, began, for Nanhoa, who had long wait' or a mouse by night and a woman byed for the opportunity in the mape of a • day. Though the prince was an ex- cat, flew upon it instantly without recellent casuiit, he was quite at a loss how morse, and eating it up in the hundredth to determine, but at lait thought it most part of a moment, broke the charm, and prudent to have recourse'to a blue cat then resumed her natural figlire. that had followed bin from his own The prince now found that he had dominions, and frequently amused him all along been under the power of enwith it's conversation, and assisted him chantment; that his passion for the white with it's advice ; in fact this cat was no mouse was entirely fictitious, and not other than the faithful princess Nanhoa the genuine coinplexion of his soul; he herself, who had shared with him all his now fiw that his earnestness after mice harifhips in this disguise.

was an illiberal amusement, and much By her instructions, he was determin- more becoming a rat-catcher than a ed in his choice; and returning to the prince.

Al his meanneffes now starold fairy, prudently ohlerved, that as ed him in the face, he begged the disa The must have been sensible he had mar- crect princess's pardon an hundred tiinese ried her only for the sake of what she had, The princess very readily forgave him; and not for her perlonal qualifications, ard both returning to their palace in he thought it would, for several reasons, Bonbobbin, lived very happily together, be most convenient, if she continued a and reigned many years with all that woman by day, and appeared a mouse by wisdom which, by the story, they apnight.

pear to have been possessed of; perfectThe old fairy was a good deal mor- ly convinced, by their former adventures, tified at her husband's want of gallantry, that They who place their affections though the was reluctantly obliged to 'on trifes at first for amusement, will comply; the day was therefore spent in "find those trifles at last become their the most polite amulements; the gentle- mot serious concern.' Adieu. men talked Imut; the ladics laughel,

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