' Now that we are the masters, let us take our sister out of that dull tower which she is so tired of.'
They had only to go across the garden to reach the tower, which was very high, and stood up in a corner. Eosette was busy at her embroidery, but when she saw her brothers she got up, and taking the King's hand cried:
' Good morning, dear brother. Now that you are King, please take me out of this dull tower, for I am so tired of it.'
Then she began to cry, but the King kissed her and told her to dry her tears, as that was just what they had come for, to take her out of the tower and bring her to their beautiful castle, and the Prince showed her the pocketful of sugar plums he had brought for her, and said:
' Make haste, and let us get away from this ugly tower, and very soon the King will arrange a grand marriage for you.'
When Eosette saw the beautiful garden, full of fruit and flowers, with green grass and sparkling fountains, she was so astonished that not a word could she say, for she had never in her life seen anything like it before. She looked about her, and ran hither and thither gathering fruit and flowers, and her little dog Frisk, who was bright green all over, and had but one ear, danced before her, crying ' Bow-wow-wow,' and turning head over heels in the most enchanting way.
Everybody was amused at Frisk's antics, but all of a sudden he ran away into a little wood, and the Princess was following him, when, to her great delight, she saw a peacock, who was spreading his tail in the sunshine. Eosette thought she had never seen anything so pretty. She could not take her eyes off him, and there she stood entranced until the King and the Prince came up and asked what was amusing her so much. She showed them the peacock, and asked what it was, and they answered that it was a bird which people sometimes ate.
' What!' said the Princess, ' do they dare to kill that beautiful creature and eat it? I declare that I will never marry any one but the King of the Peacocks, and when I am Queen I will take very good care that nobody eats any of my subjects.'
At this the King was very much astonished.
' But, little sister,' said he, ' where shall we find the King of the Peacocks ?'
' Oh ! wherever you like, sire,' she answered, ' but I will never marry any one else.'