THE LIGHT PRINCESS. 89
hard. As soon as the water is up to my eyes, she may go and be happy, and forget her poor shoeblack. "
Here the prince's voice faltered, and he very nearly grew sentimental, in spite of his resolution.
"Why didn't you tell me before what your condition was ? Such a fuss about nothing ! " exclaimed the king.
" Do you grant it ? " persisted the prince.
" Of course I do," replied the king.
" Very well. I am ready."
" Go and have some dinner, then, while I set my people to find the place."
The king ordered out his guards, and gave directions to the officers to find the hole in the lake at once. So the bed of the lake was marked out in divisions and thoroughly examined, and in an hour or so the hole was discovered. It was in the middle of a stone, near the centre of the lake, in