THE LIGHT PRINCESS. 91
thing was ready. Her maid dressed her in haste, and they carried her to the side of the lake. When she saw it she shrieked, and covered her face with her hands. They bore her across to the stone, where they had already placed a little boat for her. The water was not deep enough to float it, but they hoped it would be, before long. They laid her on cushions, placed in the boat wines and fruits and other nice things, and stretched a canopy over all.
In a few minutes the prince appeared. The princess recognized him at once, but did not think it worth while to acknowledge him.
" Here I am," said the prince. " Put me in."
"They told me it was a shoeblack," said the princess.
" So I am," said the prince. " I blacked your little boots three times a day, because they were all I could get of you. Put me in."