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A House of Pomegranates - Oscar Wilde

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A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Contents:

The Young King
The Birthday of the Infanta
The Fisherman and his Soul
The Star-child

THE YOUNG KING

[TO MARGARET LADY BROOKE - THE RANEE OF SARAWAK]


It was the night before the day fixed for his coronation, and the
young King was sitting alone in his beautiful chamber.  His
courtiers had all taken their leave of him, bowing their heads to
the ground, according to the ceremonious usage of the day, and had
retired to the Great Hall of the Palace, to receive a few last
lessons from the Professor of Etiquette; there being some of them
who had still quite natural manners, which in a courtier is, I need
hardly say, a very grave offence.

The lad - for he was only a lad, being but sixteen years of age -
was not sorry at their departure, and had flung himself back with a
deep sigh of relief on the soft cushions of his embroidered couch,
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