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Or even a princess, “ added Meg, busily dressing and arranging her dolls.  Soon after dusk, while Jikki was lighting the candles, the chief counselor came to the door to say that the king must be ready to attend the royal reception in five minutes.  “ declared old Tullydub. “Am I not the king? “ demanded Bud, looking up from where he was arranging an army of wooden soldiers. “Certainly, your Majesty, “ was the reply.  “ continued Bud.  “ 37 Queen Zixi of Ix “But the people expect your Majesty to attend the royal reception, “ protested old Tullydub, greatly astonished.

She was clothed in a handsome gown of bright green velvet trimmed with red and yellow flowers, and her wings stuck out from the folds at her back in a way that was truly wonderful.  She smiled and curtsied to all the people, who stopped dancing to stare at her, and she even fluttered her wings once or twice to show that she was proud of being unlike all the others present. Bud had to laugh at her, she looked so funny, and then a mischievous thought came to him, and he commanded old Tullydub to dance with her.

Here his eyes fell upon the magic cloak, which the king’s valet had thrown down. Tollydob, attracted by the gorgeous coloring and soft texture of the garment, picked up the cloak and threw it over his shoulders; and then he walked to a mirror and began admiring his reflection. While thus engaged, Jikki returned, and the valet was so startled at seeing the lord high general that he never noticed the cloak at all.  “ thought the valet.  “ “Seven thousand seven hundred and seventy‐seven, may it please your generous Majesty, “ returned Tollydob.

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