182 THE SHADOWS.
" I wish to do so now," replied the king.
" We are the Shadows," repeated the Shadow, solemnly.
"Well ?" said the king.
" We do not often appear to men."
"Ha! "said the king.
" We do not belong to the sunshine at all. We go through it unseen, and only by a passing chill do men recognise an unknown presence."
" Ha !" said the king again.
11 It is only in the twilight of the fire, or when one man or woman is alone with a single candle, or when any number of people are all feeling the same thing at once, making them one, that we show ourselves, and the truth of things.
"Can that be true that loves the night ? " said the king.
" The darkness is the nurse of light," answered fhe Shadow.