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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