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The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

The Diplomatic Background of the War

Charles Seymour

Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu, James Legge (trans.)

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Hugh Lofting

Palmerín of England

by Francisco de Morais


At such time as king Recindos was prisoner in the enchanted castle, and that many princes of Spain had betaken themselves to his search, the queen remained in such grievous sorrows, that nothing could move or procure her to any pleasure. Whereupon the count Arlao presented his daughter Miraguarda to the queen, to the end that she might receive some pleasure by her company; but the noble gentlemen delighted with this rare piece of beauty, enterprized jousts and triumphs, only to win her to whom they were so affectioned. So that the expences of them were so greats to do her pleasure who little regarded it, that many of them were brought into great necessity, only by the riotous charges her beauty set them at.

The queen was displeased to see greater festivities than those of any former time, when the king her husband was absent, and she herself in such sorrow ; and moreover such rivalry for this fair lady, that factions were daily arising, in which certain chief persons and good knights persisted, so that unless some remedy were appointed Spain would be brought to great danger. And the count, who was a discrete personage and a wise, sent for the giant Almouro], a person of more credit in court than was to be expected for a giant, and besought him to take with him certain knights and gentlewomen to attend upon her, and keep her till such time as he should appoint her marriage, which at that instant he could not dispatch, for certain reasons which prevented it. And so he sent her to the castle of the giant Almourol, where she remained till the discords occasioned by her beauty were forgotten, and she came away in the manner which hereafter you shall hear. Wherefore it may be believed, that oftentime great evils are but the beginning of greater good.


So long remained Palmerin in the court of the king of England, his grandfather, that some without reason began to marvel at his tarriance, in which he had little fault: for the earnest entreaty of his mother urged him to stay longer than gladly he would; Flerida desiring with these few days of his company to make amends for the sorrow of those in which she had not seen him. At last, when it seemed wrong longer to delay him, and she could do no other, she gave him and Florian also leave to depart.

Palmerin, having taken leave of Don Duardos and Flerida, went to the king, who was hy no means willing that he should go, think


ing, by reason of his great age, that he should never see him again; but he promising to return as soon as he could, went his way, leaving behind him greater regret in that court than had ever been felt for the departure of others. This however was doubled when shortly afterward Florian departed also, no one but being sad for the loss of the company of two such singular princes. And though the going of Palmerin was a great trouble to the king and to Flerida, still greater was that of Florian of the Desert: for as. he from his childhood had been brought .up among them, the love of him Was greater, though the exploits of Pulnierin were esteemed above his-.

Palmerin journeyed he knew not where; he durst not take his way to Constantinople, fearing to displease his lady Polinarda; but remembering how near they were in affinitv, he had good hope she would make more estimation of his service. Contenting liimsejf with this thought, he rode on till at length, being far from London, he arrived in a large and uninhabited valley, in the midst /whereof stood a single tree, so large and goodly, that with its ample branches and graceful boughs it occupied great part of •the field. At the foot of the tree a knight lay sleeping, armed in black arms, and upon his shield which was then his pillow, a whi.te unicorn spotted with black in a field -sabje. Palmerin seeing him without horse or squire, thus alone, and lying with his breast to the earth, had compassion on him, thinking that he would not be thus without some great disaster, and that he must needs be a man of worth, according to the goodness of his armour. So he moved him with his lance, saying, Sir knight, rest should be taken with less security in a place like this. The knight feeling himself touched, suddenly awaked, and setting hand to his sword, started up: when, as he was without his helmet, Palmerin knew him to be the prince Graciano; and being amazed at finding him in this manner in such a solitary and unfrequented place of passage, said to him, Sir Graciano, you should receive with less anger him who so greatly desires to serve you. Then taking off his helmet that he might be known, Graciano could not conceal his joy for so happy a meeting in time of such peed. Now I know, sir Palmerin, said he, that the misfortunes of all others are to be remedied by you. But to detain you by relating what has past might be a great evil. Go your way, and you may help Platir and Floraman, who are in great danger of being lost ; I will mount behind Selviam, and if we cannot get there together we will meet within ten days at the hermitage of the lefthand pillar which is ten leagues off.

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