68 THE LIGHT PRINCESS.
in love when he fell in the lake, began to talk to her about love, she always turned her head towards him and laughed. After a while she began to look puzzled, as if she were trying to understand what he meant, but could notóreveal≠ing a notion that he meant something. But as soon as ever she left the lake, she was so altered, that the prince said to himself, " If I marry her, I see no help for it: we must turn merman and mermaid, and go out to sea at once."
The princess's pleasure in the lake had grown to a passion, and she could scarcely bear to be out ot it for an hour. Imagine then her consternation,