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The Princess and the Pea

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The Princess and the Pea Part III
The prince and princess were married that day.
The prince and princess were married that day.
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Below is the third part of "The Princess and the Pea."

Rosalie was surprised when she saw her bed. "It is magnificent!" she said.

"We want you to be comfortable," said the Queen.

"Thank you and good night," said Rosalie. She climbed the ladder to go to bed.

"Sleep well, my dear," said the Queen.

When Rosalie came down to breakfast the next morning, her hair was clean and shiny, and the gown the King had given her was neatly pressed. But Rosalie still did not look quite like a princess. Dark circles rimmed her eyes, and she walked slightly hunched over. She yawned and rubbed her back.

"Good morning," she said.

"Good morning," said the King.

"Good morning," said Phillip.

"Did you sleep well?" asked the Queen.

"Forgive my saying so, but no, not really," said Rosalie. "I tossed and turned all night. I could not get comfortable. Perhaps you'll want to replace the mattresses before you let another guest sleep there."

"The mattresses?" asked the Queen. "Were they too hard?"

"Not exactly," Rosalie yawned again. "They were quite soft around the edges, but there was one hard little lump right in the middle. I know this sounds strange, but it felt like a pea."

"A pea?" cried the Queen.

"A pea!" said the King.

"A pea," Phillip smiled at Rosalie.

The Queen gasped. "Then you really are a princess."

"Of course I am," said Rosalie. "I told you that last night."

"Of course she is," said the King. "I could have told you that last night."

"Of course she is," said the Prince. He fell to one knee at Rosalie's feet. "And she will be my princess tonight and every night, if she will have me."

"I would be honored to," said Rosalie. She took Phillip's hand. "I have met all the princes in all the surrounding kingdoms. Some of them were bossy. Most of them were rude. And would you believe, not one of them enjoyed croquet?"

"I have met people like that," said Phillip.

Prince Phillip and Princess Rosalie were married that very day. They were a very happy couple, playing croquet, collecting butterflies, and gazing at the lovely night's stars.

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