THE LIGHT PRINCESS.
that she was guilty, or, what was much the same, knew that he thought so.
" My dear queen," said he, "duplicity of any sort is exceedingly objectionable between married people of any rank, not to say kings and queens ; and the most objectionable form duplicity can assume is that of punning."
"There!" said the queen, "I never made a jest, but I broke it in the making. I am the most unfortunate woman in the world !"
She looked so rueful, that the king took her in his arms ; and they sat down to consult.
" Can you bear this ? " said the king.
" No, I can't," said the queen.
" Well, what's to be done ? " said the king.
" I'm sure I don't know," said the queen. " But might you not try an apology ? "
" To my old sister, I suppose you mean ? " said the king.