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Сказка о спящей красавице (SLEEPING BEAUTY)
Once upon a time in a land far, far away an evil queen sat with
her magic mirror in her hand. She was appalled when this mirror
revealed to her that she was no longer the most beautiful in all
the land, but that a young princess was instead.
In her rage, the evil queen ordered that the princess be led
deep into the forest, and then be killed. However, the old woman
assigned the grim task of leading the beautiful girl astray took
pity upon her intended victim, and left her in the forest
without killing her. In the forest the princess found shelter
with seven "bogatrys"(warriors), and she lived there very
happily. She had no idea that back in the castle the wicked
queen's magic mirror had told her the secret of the girl's
whereabouts, and that the queen had made plans to ensure that
the princess would not once again escape her wrath.
One day the beautiful princess was approached by a seemingly
harmless old woman who offered her a delicious red apple. The
naive princess never suspected that it was the evil queen in
disguise, and gladly took the apple, whereupon her first bite
she fell into a deep, seemingly irreversible sleep.
All hope was not to be lost. Far away the great Prince Yelesei
had heard of the fate befallen his love, and set out to break
this spell which had cast her into such a deep sleep. He rode on
his horse, inquiring the moon, the wind, and the sun, as to
where his princess could be found. He finally found her sleeping
body encased in a crystal tomb. Smashing the tomb with his
sword, he broke the evil spell, and the princess awoke. They
lived happily ever after.
The evil queen however, did not. She died of grief as soon as
her mirror revealed to her that the princess would live happily