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Sleepy John

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John got up, put his cap on and pointing his stick said, "Take me to where the Queen is." Now when the Queen came to a certain rock the earth opened up in front of her and two dragons came to meet her. They took her on their backs and brought her to the Lead forest. Then John said, "Let me be where the Queen is.", and instantly he was in the Lead forest too.so he broke off a twig for a proof and put it in his knapsack. But when he broke off the twig it gave out a shrill sound as if a bell were ringing. The Queen was frightened but she rode on again. John pointed with his stick and said "Let me be where the Queen is", and instantly he was in the Thin forest. He broke off a twig again and put it in his knapsack, it rang again and the Queen turned pale but she rode on again. John pointed with his stick and said again, "Let me be where the Queen is", and instantly he was in the silver forest.He broke off a twig again and put it into his knapsack and again as he broke it, it gave out a ringing sound, and the Queen fainted.



The dragons hastened on again until they came to a green meadow, a crowd of goblins came to meet them here and they revived the Queen. Then they had a feast, sleepy John was there too. The cook was not at home that day so Sleepy John sat down in his place and as he had his cap on, nobody could see him. The goblins put aside a part of the food for the cook, but John ate it all. They were all surprised to see all the food disappearing, they couldn't make out what was happening, but they didn't care very much. When the feast was at an end, the goblins began to dance with the Queen. They kept on dancing until the Queen had worn out all her shoes, then the two dragons took her on their backs again and brought her back to the place where the earth had opened up before her . John said "Let me be where the Queen is".by this time she was firmly on the earth again and so he followed her. When they came to the palace he went in before her to his bed and as the Queen was going past she saw him sleeping, so she went to her own room and lay down and slept.

       



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