10 HOW THE DRAGON WAS TRICKED
was grown was to take the road to the dragon's house, and on the way he met a beggar, whom he persuaded to change clothes with him, and in the beggar's garments he went fearlessly forth to the dragon.
He found his enemy before his house, very busy making a box, and addressed him politely, ' Good morning, your worship. Have you a morsel of bread ? '
' You must wait,' replied the dragon, ' till I have finished my box, and then I will see if I can find one.'
'What will you do with the box when it is made?' inquired the beggar.
' It is for the young man who killed my wife, and stole my flying horse and my bed covering,' said the dragon.
' He deserves nothing better,' answered the beggar, ' for it was an ill deed. Still that box is too small for him, for he is a big man.'
' You are wrong,' said the dragon. ' The box is large enough even for me.'
' Well, the rogue is nearly as tall as you,' replied the beggar, ' and, of course, if you can get in, he can. But I am sure you would find it a tight fit.'
' No, there is plenty of roomI said the dragon, tucking himself carefully inside.
But no sooner was he well in, than the young man clapped on the lid and called out, ' Now press hard, just to see if he will be able to get out.'
The dragon pressed as hard as he could, but the lid never moved.
' It is all right,' he cried ; ' now you can open it.'
But instead of opening it, the young man drove in long nails to make it tighter still; then betook the box on his back and brought it to the king. And when the king heard that the dragon was inside, he was so excited that he would not wait one moment, but broke the lock and lifted the lid just a little way to make sure he was really