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Riquet à la Houppe: Conte
Il tait une fois une reine qui eut un fils si laid et si mal fait, qu'on douta longtemps s'il avait forme humaine. Une fe assistait sa naissance, elle assura qu'il aurait beaucoup d'esprit: elle ajouta mme qu'il pourrait, en vertu du don qu'elle venait de lui faire, donner autant d'esprit qu'il en aurait la personne qu'il aimerait le mieux. Tout cela consola un peu la pauvre reine, afflige d'avoir mis au monde un si vilain marmot. Il est vrai que cet enfant ne commena pas plus tt parler qu'il dit mille jolies choses, et qu'il avait dans toutes ses actions je ne sais quoi de si spirituel, qu'on en tait charm. J'oubliais de dire qu'il vint au monde avec une petite houppe de cheveux sur la tte, ce qui fit qu'on le nomma Riquet la Houppe. Au bout de sept ou huit ans, la reine d'un royaume voisin devint mre de deux filles. La premire qui vint au monde tait plus belle que le jour; la reine en fut si aise qu'elle faillit tre malade de joie. La mme fe qui avait assist la naissance du petit Riquet la Houppe tait prsente, et, pour modrer l'allgresse de la reine, elle lui dclara que cette petite princesse n'aurait point d'esprit, et qu'elle serait aussi stupide qu'elle tait belle. Cela mortifia beaucoup la reine; mais elle eut, quelques moments aprs, un bien plus grand chagrin; car la seconde fille qui vint au monde se trouva extrmement laide. Ne vous affligez point tant, madame, lui dit la fe, votre fille sera rcompense d'ailleurs, et elle aura tant d'esprit qu'on ne s'apercevra presque pas qu'il lui manque de la beaut. Dieu le veuille! rpondit la reine; mais n'y aurait-il point moyen de faire avoir un peu d'esprit l'ane, qui est si belle?Je ne puis rien pour elle, madame, du ct de l'esprit, lui dit la fe; mais je puis tout, du ct de la beaut; et, comme il n'y a rien que je ne veuille faire pour votre satisfaction, je vais lui donner pour don de pouvoir rendre beau ou belle la personne qui lui plaira. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 17098
Author: Perrault, Charles
Release Date: Nov 18, 2005
Illustrator: Ripart, Georges, 1871-
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