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The Goose Girl

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The Goose Girl Part II
Each morning, the princess and Conrad led the geese to the meadow.
Each morning, the princess and Conrad led the geese to the meadow.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "The Goose Girl."

Each morning, the princess and Conrad led the geese to the meadow. Each night, she slept on straw in the barn.

One day, the princess found Falada in a pasture in the farthest corner of the kingdom. He was grazing by a fence.

"Falada!" she called. "I have found you. How are you?"

"I am well," said Falada. "I am exactly where a horse should be. But you are not where a princess should be."

The princess and her beloved Falada talked for a long time. After that, the princess insisted that she and Conrad take the geese to Falada's pasture each day. Conrad soon grew tired of trudging out to the far pasture every morning. He went to complain to the king.

"She talks to that horse all day," Conrad told him.

"And the horse talks to her?" asked the puzzled king.

"Yes," said Conrad. "He tells her how brokenhearted the queen would be to see her daughter tending geese."

The curious king visited the pasture himself. He saw that Conrad was right. The goose girl was the true princess!

That night, the king asked the lady-in-waiting a question. "If someone has deceived me by pretending she is a princess," he said, "should she be made to tend geese?"

The maid smiled, thinking he described the princess. "No, your majesty," she answered. "Such a girl belongs in the stable, cleaning up after the horses."

The king nodded. "That is just what you shall do."

The princess and the prince were soon married.
The princess and the prince were soon married.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

When the king returned the royal ring to the princess, he humbly apologized. "I should have recognized a true princess by her goodness and grace, not by her fine clothes and jewels," he told her.

The princess forgave the king. She and the prince were soon married, and everyone lived happily ever after -- except for the poor stable girl.

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