The Remarkable Rocket

TheKing’ssonwasgoingtobemarried,sothereweregeneralrejoicings.Hehadwaitedawholeyearforhisbride,andatlastshehadarrived.ShewasaRussianPrincess,andhaddrivenallthewayfromFinlandinasledgedrawnbysixreindeer.Thesledgewasshapedlikeagreatgoldenswan,andbetweentheswan’swingslaythelittlePrincessherself.Herlongerminecloakreachedrightdowntoherfeet,onherheadwasatinycapofsilvertissue,andshewasaspaleastheSnowPalaceinwhichshehadalwayslived.Sopalewasshethatasshedrovethroughthestreetsallthepeoplewondered.“Sheislikeawhiterose!”theycried,andtheythrewdownflowersonherfromthebalconies.

AtthegateoftheCastlethePrincewaswaitingtoreceiveher.Hehaddreamyvioleteyes,andhishairwaslikefinegold.Whenhesawherhesankupononeknee,andkissedherhand.

“Yourpicturewasbeautiful,”hemurmured,“butyouaremorebeautifulthanyourpicture;”andthelittlePrincessblushed.

“Shewaslikeawhiterosebefore,”saidayoungpagetohisneighbour,“butsheislikearedrosenow;”andthewholeCourtwasdelighted.

Forthenextthreedayseverybodywentaboutsaying,“Whiterose,Redrose,Redrose,Whiterose;”andtheKinggaveordersthatthePage’ssalarywastobedoubled.Ashereceivednosalaryatallthiswasnotofmuchusetohim,butitwasconsideredagreathonour,andwasdulypublishedintheCourtGazette.

Whenthethreedayswereoverthemarriagewascelebrated.

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