THE LIGHT PRINCESS. 23
" Yes," said the queen.
" Well, I don't mind," said the king.
So he went the next morning to the house of the princess, and, making a very humble apology, begged her to undo the spell. But the princess declared, with a grave face, that she knew nothing at all about it. Her eyes, however, shone pink, which was a sign that she was happy. She advised the king and queen to have patience, and to mend their ways. The king returned disconsolate. The queen tried to comfort him.
" We will wait till she is older. She may then be able to suggest something herself. She will know at least how she feels, and explain things to us."
" But what if she should marry?" exclaimed the king, in sudden consternation at the idea.
" Well, what of that?" rejoined the queen.
"Just think ! If she were to have children!