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Charles Perrault: Riquet with the Tuft

Language:
English
Genres:
Fiction & Literature

Charles Perrault was a famous French author. Everyone knows him as one of the best storytellers of European folk tales: Charles Perrault collected and published folklore. “Cinderella”, “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Puss in Boots”, “The Sleeping Beauty” - these fairytales written by Charles Perrault are well-known and loved by children around the world. “Riquet with the Tuft” was first published in 1697. A fairy gives an ugly prince Riquet the gift: he can give the wisdom to the one he loves the best. The prince has to choose one of two princesses: the elder one is beautiful but stupid, the younger one is clever but ugly. He gives the gift of intelligence to the elder princess in exchange for the promise of marriage. Riquet comes to marry her but she refuses. The princess also tells him that she also got a magic gift – she can give the beauty to the one she loves. She thinks about Riquet and decides to give this gift to him. She marries Riquet and they live happily to a great age.

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