128 THE MASTER-MAID
' Oh! no, do not go, for if you go home to the King's palace you will forget me, I foresee that.'
'How could I forget you? We have suffered so much evil together, and love each other so much,' said the Prince; and he insisted on going home for the coach with the seven horses, and she was to wait for him there, by the sea-shore. So at last the Master-maid had to yield, for he was so absolutely determined to do it. ' But when you get there you must not even give yourself time to greet anyone, but go straight into the stable, and take the
horses, and put them in the coach, and drive back as quickly as you can. For they will all come round about you; but you must behave just as if you did not see them, and on no account must you taste anything, for if you do it will cause great misery both to you and to me,' said she ; and this he promised.
But when he got home to the King's palace one of his brothers was just going to be married, and the bride and all her kith and kin had come to the palace; so they all thronged round him, and questioned him about this and that, and wanted him to go in with them; but he behaved as if he did not see them, and went straight