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  • The Story of Romolo and Remolo
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    One day the King was hunting in the forest, when he found himself alone, and surrounded by such a flock of raging wolves that his life was in great danger, when all at once there came a very beautiful woman, who seemed to have great power over the beasts, as if she were their queen, for they obeyed her and retreated. Then the King recognised in her his lost wife. So, they returned with the twins to their castle, but the King did not know that his wife and children were themselves were-wolves.

    One day the same enemy who had sought to kill the Queen seven years before, of which the King knew nothing, came to the castle pretending to be a friend, and was kindly treated. But when the Queen and her two sons beheld him, they flew at him as if they were mad, and tore him to pieces before all the Court, and began to devour him like raging wolves. Yet still the King did not know the whole truth.

    Then a brother of the King who was thus slain gathered an army and besieged Romo, who found himself in great danger. One evening he said:

    "There is danger within the walls,
    The sound of enemies without,
    The sun set in blood,
    To-morrow it may rise to death.
    Would that I had more warriors to fight!
    Two hundred fierce and bold;
    Two hundred would save us all,
    Three hundred would give us full victory."

    The Queen said nothing, but that night she stole secretly out of the castle with her sons, and when alone they began to howl, and soon all the were-wolves in the country assembled. So the Queen returned with three hundred men, so fierce and wild that they looked like devils.

    They were strange in every way, and talked or howled among themselves in a horrible language, which, however, the Queen and her sons seemed to understand. And in the first battle Romo gained a great victory. And it was observed that the three hundred men ate the dead. However, the King was well pleased to conquer.

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