THE LIGHT PRINCESS. ii
When the strange fact came to be known, there was a terrible commotion in the palace. The occasion of its discovery by the king was naturally a repetition of the nurse's experience. Astonished that he felt no weight when the child was laid ii? his arms, he began to wave her up and—not down ; for she slowly ascended to the ceiling as before, and there remained floating in perfect comfort and satisfaction, as was testified by her peals of tiny laughter. The king stood staring up in speechless amazement, and trembled so that his beard shook like grass in the wind. At last, turning to the queen, who was just as horror-struck as himself, he said, gasping, staring, and stammering,—
" She can't be ours, queen ! "
Now the queen was much cleverer than the king, and had begun already to suspect that " this effect defective came by cause."