192 THE SHADOWS.
sery," said the king, rather angrily. " You might put the child beside itself."
" Then there would be twins, your majesty. And we rather like twins."
11 None of your miserable jesting ! You might put the child out of her wits."
" Impossible, sire; for she has not got into them yet."
" Go away," said the king.
" Forgive us, your majesty. Really, it will do the child good ; for that Shadow will, all her life, be to her a symbol of what is ugly and bad. When she feels in danger of hating or envying any one, that Shadow will come back to her mind and make her shudder."
"Very well," said the king. "I like that. Let us go."
The Shadows went through the same ceremonies and preparations as before ; during which, the