54 THE LIGHT PRINCESS.
throw me to the bottom of the air ? I never did you any harm."
"Pardon me. I did not mean to hurt you."
"1 don't believe you have any brains; and that is a worse loss than your wretched gravity. I pity you."
The prince now saw that he had come upon the bewitched princess, and had already offended her. But before he could think what to say next, she burst out angrily, giving a stamp with her foot that would have sent her aloft again but for the hold she had of his arm,—
" Put me up directly."
"Put you up where, you beauty?" asked the prince.
He had fallen in love with her almost, already ; for her anger made her more charming than any one else had ever beheld her; and, as far as he could see, which certainly was not far, she had