no mistake ; the darkness was quite lighted up with the sheen of the seven little moons in the silver. The king looked rather grave.
"If you can trust me with this cross till tomorrow, Rosina, I should like to have it examined and analysed. This is no common silver."
Of course Rosina could only curtsy, but she was very much alarmed about the consequences to her mistress.
After luncheon, the king asked Jaqueline to come into his study, as he often did, to help him with his letters. When they had sat down, his Majesty said:
" My dear Jaqueline, I never interfere with your pursuits, but I almost doubt whether Cornelius Agrippa is a good book for a very young lady to read. The Fairy Paribanou, I am sure, taught you nothing beyond the ordinary magical accomplishments suited to your rank; but there are a great many things in the Cornelius which I think you should not study till you are older and wiser."
" What does your Majesty mean ? " said poor Jaqueline, feeling very uncomfortable; for the king had never lectured her before.
" Why," said his Majesty, taking the silver cross cut of his pocket, " did you not give this to Rosina?"
" Yes, sire, I did give her the drops. She had them made up herself."