… Trusty John instructed the king to remain behind on the ship and await his return.
“If Lady Luck smiles upon us,” he said, “I may be able to lure the Princess back with me. Make sure that everything is in good order; let the ornaments be cunningly arranged, let the whole ship drip with gold.”
Then he took a few of the gold things in his apron, went ashore, and made his way straight to the palace, which was visible on a hill, its tall spires glittering in the sunlight.
When he came to the courtyard he found a beautiful maiden standing by a well, drawing water with two golden pails.
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