“TOADS AND DIAMONDS”
“Oh, sir,” replied the girl, “my mother has turned me out of doors.”
The Prince was amazed when he saw five pearls and diamonds fall shining from her mouth. “What does this mean?” he cried. “Tell me all that has happened.”
So with all manner of flowers and jewels slipping from her lips as she talked, she told him the whole story, and he fell in love with her while she was telling it.
ONCE UPON A TIME – A BOOK OF OLD-TIME FAIRY TALES.
Edited by Katharine Lee Bates.
Illustrated by Margaret Evans Price.
Rand McNally & Company: Chicago & New York. 1921.
4 thoughts on “He fell in love as diamonds, pearls and flowers slipped from her lips.”
I’d love to hear the whole story- very intriguing. Fantastic illustration. It reminds me ever-so slightly of Aubrey Beardsley…
That is one very feminine-looking prince though.
You always “notice!” After the Prince finds out she spits out gems, he responds: “To be sure,” he said to himself, “my father meant me to wed a king’s daughter, but such a rain of precious stones is greater treasure than the marriage portion I should receive with any princess, however wealthy.” So the King’s son led the maiden to the royal palace and there they were married amid great rejoicing.
(new PP) As for her sister, she was so hateful that her own mother turned her off, and the miserable girl, having wandered about a good while without finding any one to take her in, went to a corner in the wood and there lived as queen of the toads and vipers.
Yes, the prince is a “girl” and a girl who is willing to give up on his father’s divine plan to marry a rich girl – surprise!
Sorry, I looked, but I can’t find this version of the story online – I will scan the story from my book for you next time I do a “big scan” – would you like me to send it to you?
That would be far too kind, I wouldn’t want to eat up your time like that.
It’s a short story!