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no death. At least, I shall not feel it. And to see the lake filling for the beauty again !—All right! I am ready."
He kissed the princess's boot, laid it down, and hurried to the king's apartment. But feeling, as he went, that anything sentimental would be disagreeable, he resolved to carry off the whole affair with nonchalance. So he knocked at the door of the king's counting-house, where it was all but a capital crime to disturb him.
When the king heard the knock he started
up, and opened the door in a rage. Seeing
only the shoeblack, he drew his sword. This, I
am sorry to say, was his usual mode of asserting
his regality when he thought his dignity was in
danger. But the prince was not in the least
" Please your majesty, I'm your butler," said