146 THE MASTER CAT; OR, PUSS IN BOOTS
yourself into a rat or a mouse ; but I must own to you I take this
to be impossible.'
' Impossible ! ' cried the ogre; ' you shall see that presently.' And at the same time he changed himself into a mouse, and
began to run about the floor. Puss no sooner perceived this but
he fell upon him and ate him up.
Meanwhile the King, who saw, as he passed, this fine castle of
the ogre's, had a mind to go into it. Puss, who heard the noise
of his Majesty's coach running over the draw-bridge, ran out, and
said to the King:
' Your Majesty is welcome to this castle of my Lord Marquis of Carabas.'
' "What! my Lord Marquis,' cried the King, ' and does this castle also belong to you ? There can be nothing finer than this court and all the stately buildings which surround it; let us go into it, if you please.'
The Marquis gave his hand to the Princess, and followed the King, who went first. They passed into a spacious hall, where they found a magnificent collation, which the ogre had prepared for his friends, who were that very day to visit him, but dared not to enter, knowing the King was there. His Majesty was perfectly