246 THE CASTLE OF KERGLAS
richest milk and stirred by the best cook in all the countryside,' and though he said it to himself, the woman heard him.
' Poor innocent,' she murmured, ' he does not know what he is saying, but I will cut him a slice of that new wheaten loaf,' and so she did, and Peronnik ate up every crumb, and declared that nobody less than the bishop's baker could have baked it. This nattered the farmer's wife so much that she gave him some butter to spread on it, and Peronnik was still eating it on the doorstep when an armed knight rode up.
' Can you tell me the way to the castle of Kerglas ? ' asked he.
' To Kerglas ? are you really going to Kerglas V cried the woman, turning pale.
' Yes ; and in order to get there I have come from a country so far off that it has taken me three months' hard riding to travel as far as this.'
' And why do you want to go to Kerglas ? ' said she.
' I am seeking the basin of gold and the lance of diamonds which are in the castle,' he answered. Then Peronnik looked up.
' The basin and the lance are very costly things,' he said suddenly.
' More costly and precious than all the crowns in the world,' replied the stranger, ' for not only will the basin furnish you with the best food that you can dream of, but if you drink of it, it will cure you of any illness however dangerous, and will even bring the dead back to life, if it touches their mouths. As to the diamond lance, that will cut through any stone or metal.'
' And to whom do these wonders belong ? ' asked Peronnik in amazement.
' To a magician named Rogear who lives in the castle,' answered the woman. ' Every day he passes