Now don't suppose that there are only bare white sands at the bottom of the sea. No indeed! The most marvelous trees and flowers grow down there, with such pliant stalks and leaves that the least stir in the water makes them move about as though they were alive. All sorts of fish, large and small, dart among the branches, just as birds flit through the trees up here.
From the deepest spot in the ocean rises the palace of the sea king. Its walls are made of coral and its high pointed windows of the clearest amber, but the roof is made of mussel shells that open and shut with the tide.
This is a wonderful sight to see, for every shell holds glistening pearls, any one of which would be the pride of a queen's crown.
Only a real one would do.
So he traveled through all the world to find her, and everywhere things went wrong.
There were Princesses aplenty, but how was he to know whether they were real Princesses?
There was something not quite right about them all.
So he came home again and was unhappy, because he did so want to have a real Princess.
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