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. Epimenides, 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.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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