196 THE SHADOWS.
commenting, as if no one was there of other kind or of higher rank than themselves* So the king heard a good many stories. At some of them he laughed, and at some of them he cried. But if the stories that the Shadows told were printed, they would make a book that no publisher could produce fast enough to satisfy the buyers. I will record some of the things that the king heard, for he told them to me soon after. In fact, I was for some time his private secretary.
" I made him confess before a week was over," said a gloomy old Shadow.
" But what was the good of that ?n rejoined a pert young one. u That could not undo what was done."
"Yes, it could."
" What! bring the dead to life ? "
" No ; but comfort the murderer. I could not bear to see the nitiable miserv he was in. He was