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 THE
HISTORY
OF
fOlTUNIO,
AND  His
FAMOUS COMPANIONS.
With Three Copperplates.
EIGHTH   EDITION.
LONDONJ
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1804,
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From ONE PENNY tO FIVE GUINEAS Ul PRICE,
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 FORTUNIO.
There was once a king named Alfourite,
who was both amiable and powerful; but
his neighbour, the emperor Matapa, was
still more powerful, and, in the last battle
that they fought against each other, had
gained a complete victory, leaving the king
despoiled of all his treasures.
King Alfourite was in the greatest affliction for the injury he had sustained, and soon
began to think of makingvsome endeavours
to regain what he had lost. He accordingly
assembled the small remains of his army,
and, to increase its numbers, published a
decree that every gentleman and rioblemai
in his kingdom must come in person t(
assist him in his enterprise, or else pay a
large sum of money.
B 2 On
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On the frontiers of his kingdom there
lived a nobleman who was eighty years of
age: he had once been extremely rich, but
through misfortune's was now reduced to
a scanty provision for himself and three
daughters, who lived with him in a happy
and contented retirement. When this old
nobleman heard of the king's decree, he
called his daughters to him, telling them he
knew not what to do : e: for," says he, (C I
am too old to engage in the king's army,
and to pay the tax would ruin us at once."
ie Do not thus afflict yourself, my father,"
said his daughters: tl some remedy may
.surelv be thought of."—cs I," said the
eldest, " am young and robust, and well
accustomed to fatigue: why should not I
dress myself like a cavalier, and offer my
services to king Alfourite ?" The old lord
embraced her tenderly, and, seeing her earnestly bent on the experiment, gave his
consent; and as soon as the necessary preparations could be made^ she set out.
The
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The princess had not proceeded far, b<
fore she observed an old shepherdess, all in
tears,   endeavouring to draw one  of her
sheep out of a ditch,  into which  it had
fallen. <( What are you doing, Goody ?" said
the cavalier.   u Alas '."replied she, *f I am
trying to save my sheep, which is almost
drowned; but I am  too  weak  to get  it
out."   a You are very unfortunate, truly,"
answered he, at the same time spurring his
"horse to  ride away.    (C Adieu, disguised
lady!" said the old shepherdess.    No astonishment could exceed that of the earl's
daughter on rinding herself discovered. " If
this is the case," says she, i( I had better
return at once, since a single glance convinces every one that I am not a man."
She accordingly returned, and related the
whole to her father and sisters. The second daughter then said : " It would not
have been" thus if I had gone instead of
you; for I am both taller and more robust,
and I would lay any wager I should "have
succeeded/"
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succeeded." The old lord, on her entreaty,
was prevailed on to let his second daughter
go on the same errand, who immediately
procured  a suit  of clothes   and  another
horse, and took the road her sister had done
before.    The old shepherdess was on the
same spot, and still engaged in the occupation of drawing out a sheep that was
drowning.      Our young   traveller   asked
what was the matter.   cc Unfortunate that
I am!" replied the old woman; (( half my
Fiock have I lost in this manner for want
of help."    "Some one will  soon  come
by, no doubt,"  said the cavalier; and was
turning his horse to go, when the old woman cried out:  u Adieu, disguised lady !"
In utter amazement^ she stopped her horse,
saying   to   herself:   ce I   shall  only   be
laughed at, should I proceed, since even a
poor old shepherdess,  almost blind,  discovers me without the smallest difficulty.'^
She therefore^ like her sister, returned full
©f sorrow and disappointment.
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. When she had related her adventure, the
vonn^est sister, who, on account of her
amiable disposition, was her father's favourite, entreated she might not be denied
the privilege of trying her fortune as well
m her sisters; which, at last, after much
persuasion, the old lord agreed to : but; as
fee had expended a good deal of money in
equipping his two eldest daughters, he
could provide the youngest only with a
poor old cart-horse, and the meanest apparel imaginable. When these were ready., the
eld gentleman embraced her tenderly, and
she bade both him and her sisters farewell.
Passing through the same field, the old
shepherdess again presented herself, employed 8S before. iC What are you about,
my good woman?" said this amiable cavalier : ei can I be of any service to yon ?"
and, perceiving, as he advanced, the sheep
struggling in the water, immediately jump-*
cd off his horse, and pulled it out.-—■
Upon this, the old shepherdess turned to:.
A   *3t
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him, and said: c* Charming stranger, yon
shall find me grateful for the kindness you
have done me. I am a fairy, and know
well enough who you are, and I will be
your friend." Accordingly, she touched
the ground with her wand, and the most
beautiful horse, superbly harnessed, stood
before them, and seemed to invite the cavalier to get upon his back.
u The beauty of this horse/' continued
the fairy, (e is his least perfection; for he
possesses the rare quality of eating only
once a week; and the still rarer, of knowing the past, the present, and the future.
If you wish at any time to know what you
ought to do for the best, you have only to
consult him: you should therefore regard
him as your best friend." The fairy added,
that if he stood in need of clothes^ money,
or jewels, he must stamp with his foot
upon the ground; when a morocco trunk,
containing the article he desired, would
instantly make   its  appearance,     ci We
must
must next," says she, ce supply you with a
proper name; and none, I think, canbebetter
than that of Fortunio, since vou have had
the good fortune to deserve my favour."
Fortunio assured the fairy of his eternal
gratitude: he stamped with his foot, that
he might procure himself a magnificent
suit of clothes; he dressed himself, embraced his bountiful friend, and pursued his
way to the palace of the king.
At the end of his first day's journey he
thought of sending; a sum of monev to his
father, and some jewels to his sisters: he
therefore shut himself in his chamber, and
stamped loudly; a trunk immediately appeared,—but locked, and without a key.
Fortunio was at a loss how to remedy
this new perplexity; when suddenly recollecting that Comrade (so the horse was
called) could most probably afford him
some assistance, he paid him a visit in his
stable. i( Comrade," said he, "where can I
find the key of the trunk filled with money
a 5 and
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and jewels."—u In my ear," says Comrade. Fortunio looked in his ear, and there
was the key tied to a piece of green rib-*
band. He then joyfully opened the trunk,
and dispatched the presents.
The next morning he mounted his faith-
■o
ful Comrade, and proceeded on-his journey.
They had not gone  far, when,  passing
through a thick forest^  they saw a man
cutting down trees.   Comrade stopped, and
told his master he had better engage this
man, whose name was Strongback, in his
service, as a fairy had bestowed on him the
gift of carrying what weight he chose upon
his back at once.    Fortunio approached,
and found him extremely willing to accept
his offer.
When they had proceeded a little further,
they saw another man, who was tying his
legs together. Comrade again stopped,
saying : ei Master, you cannot do better
than to hire this man also ; for he has the
gift of running ten times faster  than a
deer;
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de«r; for which reason it is that he is now
tying his legs, that he may not run so fast
as to leave all the game he is going in
pursuit of behind him."    Fortunio engaged
Lightfoot also, without the least hesitation*
On  the following  day they perceived a
man who was tying a bandage over  his
eyes.     " He too,"  said  Comrade,  a is
gifted, for he can see at the distance of a
thousand miles: on which account, as he is
going to kill game, he wishes to make his
sight less prefect, that he may not kill so
many at a time as to leave none for the
. following day: he cannot fail of being useful to us."    Fortunio accordingly engaged
him without difficulty, and found his name
was Marksman.
At a short distance further they saw a
man lying on his side, and putting his ear
to the ground. Fortunio asked Comrade,
if he too was gifted, and if he thought he
could be useful to him. u Nothing is more
certain," answered Comrade.    6i This man
. A 6 has
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has the gift of hearing in such perfection
as none before him ever possessed; his
name is Fine-car, and he is this moment
employed in listening, to hear if some
herbs he stands in need of are now coming
up from the earth." Fortunio thought
the gift of Fine-ear more curious than even
the rest, and accordingly made him sucli
proposals for entering his service, as he
thought proper to accept.
When they were on their last day's journey, they had the good fortune to mest
with another man, who, as well as the rest,,
was gifted in the most extraordinary manner ; for Comrade assured him that Iir
could work wind-mills with a single breath.
<( Shall I engage him too ?" cried Fortunio,
(i You will have reason to be satisfied, if
vou do so." answered Comrade. So Bois-
terer was instantlv engaged.
Just as they were in sight of the city, in
which the palace stood, they observed two
men sitting near each other on the ground.
Xi Ah!" cried Comrade, "no one was ever
so fortunate as vou, mv master: both these
men are also gifted; if we had been one
minute later, no doubt we should have
missed them. He who sits nearest to us.
is called Gormand, because he can eat a
thousand loaves at a mouthful. The other
drinks up whole rivers without once stopping to breathe; his name is Tippler: get
them both into your service, and your good
fortune will be complete." Fortunio did
not hesitate a moment in doing as he was
desired : so he proceeded to the palace,
attended by Strongback, Lightfoot, Marksman, Fine-ear, Boisterer, Gormand and
Tippler^ who all promised to use their
extraordinary talents as he should be pleased
to command.
Fortunio then stamped with his foot,
and a trunk made its appearance, filled
with the richest liveries to fit each of them ;
which they accordingly put on, and pro*
needed in great pomp to the king's palace,
A 7 where
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where Fortunio was most graciously received, and provided with the best apartments it afforded, the king having desired
he would rest from his fatigue before he
entered into conversation with him.
The next day his majesty requested to
speak with Fortunio, who instantly obeyed
the summons: he presented him to the
princess, his sister; who having been married when young to a neighbouring prince,
was now a widow, and was living with her
brother, to console him in his misfortunes.
She received Fortunio very kindly, thinking
he was the handsomest prince she had
ever beheld. The king asked Fortunio
his name and family; and, upon hearing he
was the son of an earl who had formerly
served in defence of his crown, loaded him
with new distinctions, and assured him of
his regard.
While preparations were making for the
attack that was meditated against the emperor, our young lady remained  in  the
palace;*
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palace; and, being constantly in company
with the king, perceived in him so many
amiable qualities, that she would willingly
have offered herself to be his page, if she
had not feared that such a proposal might
look like, want of courage to fight in his
army.
But while she was thus thinking she
should like to spend her life with the king,
the princess, his sister, was thinking she
should like to spend hers with Fortunio;
for she had fallen exceedingly in love
with his uncommon beauty. She loaded
him with presents, always spoke to
him in the softest manner imaginable, and
was in hopes he would discover how much
she wished he should feel for her the same
affection.
Fortunio, however^ appeared perfectly
indifferent j. and as the king's company was
so very dear to him, he constantly left
the princess to obtain it; so that at length
she   said    to   her   favourite   companion
a 8 Florida
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Florida,Ci He is so young and inexperienced
that he will never understand how much I
love him, if he is not told of it. Go,"
continued she, (( and ask him if he should
not like to marry such a princess as T am."
Florida left the princess: but being herself no less in love with Fortunio, u whose
condition and age," says she, Ci are surely
more suitable to mine than to the princess/'
she used the opportunity to tell him how
very peevish the princess was, and how
disagreeable she found her situation. Then
returning to her mistress, she told her,
that all she said made no impression on
Fortunio, who she did not doubt was in
love with some lady of his own country*
The princess sent Florida, from time to
time, upon the same expedition, without
the least success. At length, she determined to see him herself in private: accordingly, she ordered Florida to watch when
he should be walking alone near a small
arbour in the garden.    She did not wait
long
long for the opportunity she desired: seeing
Fortunio near the arbour, she waited till he
had entered it, and then proceeded thither.
Fortunio on seeing her would have retired;
but she desired him to stay and assist her
with his arm in walking. The princess at
first talked of the fineness of the weather,
and the beautv of the gardens and the foun-
tains. At length she said : " You cannot,
Fortunio, but be sensible of the great affection I bear you: I am therefore surprised
that you do not take advantage of your
good fortune by asking me in marriage of
the king my brother."
Fortunio was thrown into the greatest
confusion; which the princess interpreted,
as a proof that he did not dislike what she
had proposed: but what was her surprise
and indignation, when a moment after he
said: ce I feel for you, madam, all the respect due to a sister of so amiable a king;
but I am not free to marry vou." She
was red and pale by turns; and after telling
A 9 him
 him he should repent his coldness, she left
him suddenly*
. The earl's daughter was now in the
greatest perplexity imaginable, and would
have found some pretence for absenting
herself from the palace till the army should
be ready, if she could have left the king
without the greatest pain. Her uneasiness
every day increased, and she carefully
avoided meeting the princess alone.
One day, as the king, the princes s,> and
Fortunio were sitting at their dessert, the
king looked very melancholy; and his sister
asking him the reason: ci You know,"
said he, (C what an affliction has happened
in my kingdom. A great dragon has devoured several of my subjects, and many
flocks of sheep; his breath poisons the
waters of the fountains he approaches, and
destroys all the fields of corn through which
he passes. Can you, therefore, wonder at
my sorrow ?" The queen thought she could
not have a better opportunity of revenging
herself
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herself for the indifference of the young,
cavalier. "Brother," said she, "here is
the brave Fortunio^ ..who would esteem it,
no doubt, the highest honour to be permitted to kill this monster,- and thus reward
the kindness your majesty has been pleased
to show him."
Fortunio could not but accept the proffered honour; which the princess was in
hopes would be the means of revenging the
affront he had offered her, by being the
cause of his death. He had no sooner left
the room, than he went to , his faithful
Comrade to know in what manner he
should set about the enterprise. ci You
should go," replied Comrade, " in pursuit
of the dragon, as the king requires, and take
with you the seven gifted attendants you
lately engaged."
Fortunio the next morning waited accordingly on the king and princess to take
a formal leave. The king gave him the
kindest assurances imaginable,  and bade
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him adieu with thesincerest sorrow for the
danger to which he would soon be Exposed.
The princess tried to seem extremely sorry
also, and expressed her wishes to see him
return in   safety.     After   this   Fortunio
mounted on Comrade,  and, attended by
Strongback, Lightfoot, Marksman, Fine-
ear, Boisterer, Gormand, and Tippler, set
out to find the dragon.    They were indeed
of immediate use to him in this undertaking ; for Tippler drank up all the "rivers,
so that they could easily cross from field to
field, and catch the rarest kinds of fish for
their master's dinner.    Lightfoot ran after
hares and rabbits; Marksman shot at partridges and pheasants; Strongback carried
them all upon his back; and Fine-ear, by
putting his ear to the ground,   found out
the   places   where   the   mushrooms   and
kitchen herbs   were coming out   of the
ground.
They  had not proceeded more than a
day's journey, when they heard the cries
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of some peasants that the dragon was eating up as fast as he could. Fortunio immediately ksked Comrade what he should
do. Ci Let Fine-ear find out in what place
he is," answered Comrade. Fine-ear immediately put his ear to the ground, and
informed his master the dragon was seven
leagues off. ic Then," continued Comrade, ei let Tippler drink up all the rivers
that ^are between us, and let Strongback
carry wine enough to fill them, and next
strew some of the hares and partridges
along them." Fortunio then entered a
house that stood near, to watch the event.
In less than an hour the dragon was in
sight, and, smelling the hares and partridges,
began to eat voraciously; and finding himself at length thirsty, he drank no less
eagerly of the wine; so that in a short time,
being quite drunk, he threw himself on the
ground and fell fast asleep. u Now is your
time, my good master," said the faithful Comrade. Fortunio immediately approached
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pr.oached the dragon, and with a single
blow cut off his head, and then commanded
Strongback to take him up and carry him
to the palace*
The king received Fortunio with the
liveliest joy and affection; and the queen
too, disguising as well as she could her
disappointment, returned him thanks for
the service he had done to the whole kingdom : u at the same time," thinks she to
herself, u it shall not be long before I find
some better means of being revenged."
Soon after, the king being again extremely sorrowful, the princess inquired
the cause as before. u Alas !" said he,
*f how can I be otherwise, since the emperor has not left me money enough to
prepare the army I intended to send out
against him?"—^Brother," answered she,
CQ can you suppose that Fortunio, who was
able to do what twenty armies could not
have done in-killing the dragon, is not also
able to oblige the emperor to restore your
treasures ?
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treasures?   I am certain you are most unjust if you believe the contrary."
Fortunio, though he fully understood
the malice of the princess, coxild not but
assure his majesty of his earnest desire to
make the experiment j upon which the
king/ after tenderly embracing him, and
protesting that, should any accident befall
him in the undertaking, he should never
again be happy, gave him the necessary
instructions for his departure.
Fortunio lost no time in consulting
Comrade, saying, he feared his destruction
was now certain. QQ Do not, my dear
master, thus afflict yourself," said Comrade. u I have long foreseen that this
would happen, and I have no doubt you
will return from your undertaking as victorious as before. You should give to
each of your attendants," continued he^
" a new and splendid livery, let them be
mounted on handsome horses, and we will
set out without delay."
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They arrived in a few hours in the city of
the emperor ; when, after taking some refreshment, they proceeded to the palatce,
where Fortunio demanded of him an interview, in which he made a formal claim
to all the treasures of king Alfourite. The
emperor at this could not restrain a smile :
" Do you really think," said |ie, " that I
shall so easily resign what I took such
pains to obtain ? If you had brought an
army with you, we might to be sure hav£
contended for the victory; but as it is, I
would advise you, young cavalier, not to
force m,e to use harsh means in sending
you out of my kingdom/- Fortunio replied that he meant no incivility, but
begged the erpperor to consider of his request.
'i This is really very extraordinary," said
the emperor : u however, as your demand
is ridiculous enough, I will offer you a
condition no less ridiculous. If you can
find a man who will eat for his breakfast
all
all tile bread that has been provided for the
inhabitants of this city, I will grant your
request/'    Fortunio could scarce contain
himself for joy.    He replied that he accepted the condition, and sent instantly for
t $     Gormand; when,  telling him what had
passed, he inquired if he was quite sure he
could eat the whole.    u Never fear, my
good master,"  answers Gormand : cc you
will  see that they will  be sooner  sorry
than L"
„ , When the emperor,  the empress, the
princess his daughter, and the whole court,
had seated themselves to witness this extraordinary undertaking, Fortunio advanced
with Gormand by his side ; and seeing six
great mountains of loaves that almost
m| readied the skies, he began to fear : but
looking at Gormand, and seeing how eager
he was to begin, he again took courage.
When the proper signal was given, Gormand attacked the first mountain, and in
less than a   minute had   swallowed   the
whole:
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whole: he did the same with the second,
and so on to the sixth; which having
completely devoured, he told the emperor
he must take the liberty to say be had but
a'scanty breakfast, considering he was in
the dominions of so rich a monarch.
Never was any astonishment so great as
that of the spectators; and the inhabitants
of the city, who had all assembled to see
so singular a sight, now fell to crying, and
said, " We shall have no bread to give onr
children for many days."
But the emperor's disappointment was
still greater; so commanding Fortunio to
approach, he said : "Young cavalier, you
cannot possibly expect that I should give
you the treasures of king Alfourite, because
you happen to have a servant who is a great
eater.    However, to show you that I hold
you in some  consideration, find  a man.
who shall drink up all  the rivers, aquae-
ducts, and reservoirs, together with all the
wine that is in the cellars of all my sub-
jects,«
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jects% in the space of a minute, and I promise to grant your request."
Fortunio thought his majesty acted very
dishonourably, yet he did not hesitate to
accept his new proposal : accordingly Tippler wras immediately sent for, and performed his task writh equal ease, to the
astonishment of the surrounding multitude.
The   emperor  now  looked   extremely
grave,   telling  Fortunio    that   what    lie
had   seen,   though   extremely    singular,
was not enough to deserve the costly  recompense he claimed : €C Therefore," continued he, " if you would obtain it, you
must find a  person   who is  as  swift in
running   as   my   daughter."      Fortunio,
though extremely dissatisfied, was obliged
to consent j and, sending for Lightfoot, bad
him prepare for  running a race with  a
princess whom no one had ever yet been
able to overtake.    In the mean time the.
princess retired to put on the dress and
shoes
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shoes which had been made on purpose for
her to run in; and on her return, finding
Lightfoot ready for the contest, they prepared to set off at the appointed signal.
The princess now called for some of the
cordial she was accustomed to drink when
she was going to run; upon which Lightfoot observed it would be but just that he
should have some too : to this the princess
readily consented; and stepping aside she
dexterously threw into his glass a few drops
of a liquid that had a power to throw him
into a profound sleep.
The signal being given, the princess set
off full speed; while Lightfoot, instead of
doing the same, threw himself on the
ground, and fell fast asleep. The race was
several miles long; and the princess had
proceeded more than half way, when Fortunio, seeing her approach the goal \yith-
out Lightfoot, turned as pale as death, and
cried out, c< Comrade, I am undone; I see
nothing of Lightfoot."—" My lord," an-
swered*-
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swered Comrade, cc Fine-ear shall tell you
in a moment how far he is off." Fine-ear
listened, and informed Fortunio that Lightfoot was snoring in the place from which
the princess began her race. Then Comrade directed Marksman to shoot an arrow
into his ear; which he did so completely,
that Lightfoot started up, and, seeing the
princess nearly arrived at the goal, set off
with such rapidity that he seemed carried
by the winds, and, passing the princess,
reached it before her.
The emperor was now almost frantic
with rage; and recollecting that he had
some years ago displeased a fairy, he con
eluded that the miracles he had seen performed were contrived by her to punish
him: he therefore thought it would be
useless to propose further experiments; and
calling for Fortunio, he said to him, cc It
cannot be denied that you have accomplished my conditions, take therefore away
with you as much of the treasures of king
Alfourite
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Alfourite as one of your attendants -cot
carry on his back."
Fortunio desired nothing better ; and
being instantly admitted to the store-rooms
which contained them, he commanded
Strongback to begin to load himself.—-
Strongback accordingly laid hold at first of
fiv^ hundred statues of gold, taller than
giants, next of ten thousand bags of money, and afterwards of as many filled with
precious stones; he then took the chariots
and horses: in short, he left not a single
article that had formerly belonged to king
Alfourite.
They then hastened from the palace, and
proceeded to king Alfourite's dominions.
No sooner were they on the road than the
seven gifted- attendants began to ask what
recompense they were to have for their
services. " The recompense belongs to
me," said Lightfoot; " for, if I had not
outrun the princess, we might have returned as  wre came."—« And,  pray," says
Fiue-
£me~ear, ^ what would you have done if
I had  not heard you snore?"-—" I think
you must both acknowledge^" says Marksman, " that our success was owing to my
shooting the arrow exactly into Lightfoot's
ear."—cc I cannot help wondering at your
arrogance," says Strongback; " pray who
brought   away the  treasures?   To  whom
can you be indebted but to me?"    Thus
they were going on, when Fortunio interrupted them with saying: <c It is true, my
friends, you have all performed miracles;
% but you should leave to the king the care
of rewarding you.    He sent us to  regain
his treasures and not to steal them: but,"
continued he, u should his majesty fail to
reward you, yet you shall have no reason to
complain, for I will take upon myself to
gratify your largest expectations."
Fortunio arrived in safety with the trea->
sures at the palace of king Alfourite, who
beheld him with amazement, and embraced
him in the utmost transport; and his bravery
V:v
 FORTUNIO.
very so increased the attachment which the
princess had conceived for him, that she
that very day desired to speak with him in
private, intending once more to question
him as to feis thoughts concerning her:
u for," says she to herself, " when I remind him of the honours I have been the
means of his obtaining, how can he do
otherwise than return my affection?"
Fortunio received her summons, but sent
her for answer that he could not have the
pleasure of waiting on her.    The princess,
enraged by his disdain, ran to the king all
in tears,  in the middle of the night,  and
declared that Fortunio had sent Strongback
to her chamber to carry her away by force,
that he might marry her; that previous to
his late enterprise he had himself engaged
in a  similar attempt.    u In short,  dear
brother,'' said the artful creature, u nothing
but the death of this presumptuous wretch
can satisfy my vengeance, or ensure my
safety."
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FORTUNIO.
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The king's affliction at hearing this was
greater than can be described ; and having
passed the night in lamenting the cruel
necessity to which he was reduced of
punishing him, he the next morning ordered him to be taken into custody, and to
be tried for the offence.
When the time of trial came, it was in
vain that Fortunio pleaded his innocence:
no one believed it possible for a great princess to invent so wicked a falsehood: so
the judges declared him guilty, and condemned him to receive three darts shot into
his heart on that very day.
The king left the court shedding many
tears; but the cruel princess staid to see
the sentence executed. The officer, approaching Fortunio, unbuttoned his waistcoat, and then opened his shirt, that his
heart might be bare to receive the darts j
but no sooner was this done than the
snowy. whiteness- of the bosom that appeared
 '34
FORTUNIO.
peared convinced all the beholders that the
sufferer was a woman!
Every eye was immediately turned upon
the princess to reproach her with the baseness of her conduct in bringing so false an
accusation against an innocent creature,
and one besides who had shown such unexampled courage, and done the state such
signal services; while she, unable to bear
the shame that awaited her, took out of her
pocket a sharp knife, and plunged it into
her heart* saying, u Fortunio is revenged
of my injustice."
Fortunio was led in triumph to the palace ; and the king, when he had spent
some weeks in bewailing the unfortunate
end of the princess his sister, made an offer
of his hand and crown to Fortunio. Their
marriage was celebrated with the greatest
pomp. The old earl and his two daughters
were sent for on the occasion, and ever
after remained at court.    The first care of
the
 FORTUNIO.
35
*.
the new queen was to provide a magnificent stable for Comrade, whom she visited
daily, and consulted upon all affairs of im >
portance, so that the king never after lost a
battle. She settled a handsome pension on
Strongback, Lightfoot, Marksman, Fine-
ear, Boisterer, Gormand, and Tippler, who
all lived together in a splendid castle, a few
miles in the country; it being agreed between the queen and them, that when her
majesty should have occasion for their service, she should say so to some one in the
palace, so that Fine-ear might catch the
sound, and send the person she desired.
The queen sent an express to invite the
old shepherdess to court; but she refused,
saying, u all she wished was the queen's
happiness, and that she should now leave
the world with satisfaction."
FINES.
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