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King who had eleven sons, and one daughter, the beautiful Elise. The eleven brothers they were princes went to school with stars on their breasts and swords by their sides; they wrote on golden tablets with diamond pens, and could read either with a book or without one; in short, it was easy to perceive that they were princes. Their sister, Elise, used to sit upon a little glass stool, and had a picture-book which had cost the half of a kingdom. Oh, the children were so happy! but happy they could not always be. Their father, the King, married a very wicked Queen, who was not at all kind to the poor children ;they found this out on the first day after the marriage, when there was a grand gala at the palace; for, when the children played at receiving company, instead of having as many cakes and sweetmeats as they liked, the Queen gave them only some sand in a little dish, and told them to imagine that was something nice.
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