THE THREE CROWNS 109
a minute since.' ' It's uncivil you were to him. Go,' says he to the other prince, ' and bring the young smith here, and be polite.' ' Never fear,' says he.
But there's some people that couldn't be good-natured if they tried, and not a bit civiller was the new messenger than the old, and when the king opened the carriage door a second time, it's a shower of mud that came down on him. ' There's no use,' says he, ' going on this way. The fox never got a better messenger than, himself.'
So he changed his clothes, and washed himself, and out he set to the prince's forge and asked him to sit along with himself. The prince begged to be allowed to sit in. the other carriage, and when they were half-wray he opened his-snuff box. ' Master,' says he, ' I'd wish to be dressed now according to my rank.' ' You shall be that,' says Seven Inches. ' And now I'll bid you farewell. Continue as good and kind as you always were ; love your wife ; and that's all the advice I'll give you.' So Seven Inches vanished ; and when the carriage door was opened in the yard, out walks the prince as fine as hands could make him, and the first thing he did was to run over to his bride and embrace her.
Every one was full of joy but the two other princes.
There was not much delay about the marriages, and they
were all celebrated on the one day. Soon after, the two
elder couples went to their own courts, but the youngest
pair stayed with the old king, and they were as happy
as the happiest married couple you ever heard of in a
From 'West Highland Tales.'