THE SHADOWS. tftx
"The human Shadows. The Shadows of men, and women, and their children."
" Are you not the shadows of chairs and tables, and pokers and tongs, just as well ? "
At this question a strange jarring commotion went through the assembly with a shock. Several of the figures shot up as high as the aurora, but instantly settled down again to human size, as if overmastering their feelings, out of respect to him who had roused them. One who had bounded to the highest visible icy peak, and as suddenly re turned, now elbowed his way through the rest, and made himself spokesman for them during the remaining part of the dialogue.
" Excuse our agitation, your majesty," said he. " I see your majesty has not yet thought proper to make himself acquainted with our nalure and habits."