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Gilligren was an orphan, and lived with an uncle and aunt who were very unkind to him.  They cuffed him and scolded him upon the slightest provocation, and made his life very miserable indeed.  Gilligren never rebelled against this treatment, but bore their cruelty silently and with patience, although often he longed to leave them and seek a home amongst kinder people.

It so happened that when Gilligren was twelve years old the King died, and his son was to be proclaimed King in his place, and crowned with great ceremony.  People were flocking to London from all parts of the country to witness the festivities, and the boy longed to go with them.

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