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Love and Life
Charlotte M. Yonge

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LOVE AND LIFE 

An Old Story in Eighteenth Century Costume 

By CHARLOTTE M.  YONGE 

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION. 

The first edition of this tale was put forth without explaining the
old fable on which it was founded--a fable recurring again and again
in fairy myths, though not traceable in the classic world till a very
late period, when it appeared among the tales of Apuleius, of the
province of Africa, sometimes called the earliest novelist.  There
are, however, fragments of the same story in the popular tales of all
countries, so that it is probable that Apuleius availed himself of an
early form of one of these.  They are to be found from India to
Scandinavia, adapted to the manners and fancy of every country in
turn, _Beauty and the Beast_ and the _Black Bull of Norroway_ are the
most familiar forms of the tale, and it seemed to me one of those

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