The Prince and Princess

Gerdawasobligedtorestherselfagain,when,exactlyoppositetoher,alargeRavencamehoppingoverthewhitesnow.HehadlongbeenlookingatGerdaandshakinghishead;andnowhesaid,"Caw!Caw!"Goodday!Goodday!Hecouldnotsayitbetter;buthefeltasympathyforthelittlegirl,andaskedherwhereshewasgoingallalone.Theword"alone"Gerdaunderstoodquitewell,andfelthowmuchwasexpressedbyit;soshetoldtheRavenherwholehistory,andaskedifhehadnotseenKay.

TheRavennoddedverygravely,andsaid,"Itmaybeitmaybe!"

"What,doyoureallythinkso?"criedthelittlegirl;andshenearlysqueezedtheRaventodeath,somuchdidshekisshim.

"Gently,gently,"saidtheRaven."IthinkIknow;IthinkthatitmaybelittleKay.ButnowhehasforgottenyouforthePrincess."

"DoeshelivewithaPrincess?"askedGerda.

"Yeslisten,"saidtheRaven;"butitwillbedifficultformetospeakyourlanguage.IfyouunderstandtheRavenlanguageIcantellyoubetter."

"No,Ihavenotlearntit,"saidGerda;"butmygrandmotherunderstandsit,andshecanspeakgibberishtoo.IwishIhadlearntit."

"Nomatter,"saidtheRaven;"IwilltellyouaswellasIcan;however,itwillbebadenough."Andthenhetoldallheknew.

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