264 THE GOLD OF FAIRNILEE.
fice anything. There can't be any harm in that!"
" But, oh Randal, you 've got your green doublet on ! "
"Well! why not?"
" Do you not know it angers the fair—I mean the good folk,—that anyone should wear green on the hill but themselves ? "
"I cannot help it," said Randal. "If I go in and change my doublet, they will ask what I do that for. I '11 chance it, green or grey, and wish my wish for all that."
" And what are you going to wish ? "
" I 'm going to wish to meet the Fairy Queen ! Just think how beautiful she must be! dressed all in green, with gold bells on her bridle, and riding a white horse shod with gold! I think I see her galloping through the woods and out across the hill, over the heather."
" But you will go away with her, and never see me any more," said Jean.
" No, I won't; or if I do, I '11 come back, with such a horse, and a sword with a gold handle. I 'm going to the Wishing Well. Come on ! "
Jean did not like to say " No," and off they went.
Randal and Jean started without taking anything with them to eat. They were afraid to go back to the house for food. Randal said they would be sure to find something some-