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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sleeping Beauty.
 
From the French La Belle au Bois Dormante, by Charles Perrault (Contes du Temps). She is shut up by enchantment in a castle, where she sleeps a hundred years, during which time an impenetrable wood springs up around. Ultimately she is disenchanted by a young prince, who marries her. Epimen’ids, the Cretan poet, went to fetch a sheep, and after sleeping fifty-seven years continued his search, and was surprised to find when he got home that his younger brother was grown grey. (See RIP VAN WINKLE.)   1
 


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