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THE STORY OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
Once upon a time in a land far, far away an evil queen sat with her magic
mirror in her hand. She was appalled when this mirror revealed to her that she
was no longer the most beautiful in all the land, but that a young princess
In her rage, the evil queen ordered that the princess be led deep into the
forest, and then be killed. However, the old woman assigned the grim task of
leading the beautiful girl astray took pity upon her intended victim, and left
her in the forest without killing her. In the forest the princess found
shelter with seven "bogatrys"(warriors), and she lived there very happily. She
had no idea that back in the castle the wicked queen's magic mirror had told
her the secret of the girl's whereabouts, and that the queen had made plans to
ensure that the princess would not once again escape her wrath.
One day the beautiful princess was approached by a seemingly harmless old
woman who offered her a delicious red apple. The naive princess never
suspected that it was the evil queen in disguise, and gladly took the apple,
whereupon her first bite she fell into a deep, seemingly irreversible sleep.
All hope was not to be lost. Far away the great Prince Yelesei had heard of
the fate befallen his love, and set out to break this spell which had cast her
into such a deep sleep. He rode on his horse, inquiring the moon, the wind,
and the sun, as to where his princess could be found. He finally found her
sleeping body encased in a crystal tomb. Smashing the tomb with his sword, he
broke the evil spell, and the princess awoke. They lived happily ever after.
The evil queen however, did not. She died of grief as soon as her mirror
revealed to her that the princess would live happily ever after.
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