THE PRINCESS AND CURDIE.
" The same who sent me before to tell you to repent.*
" What! will you go fooling it still ? Haven't you had enough of it ? " cried the butler in a rage, and starting to his feet, drew near threateningly.
" I must do as I am told," said the girl.
" Then why dorit you do as / tell you, and hold your tongue?" said the butler. "Who wants your preachments? If anybody here has anything to repent of, isn't that enough—and more than enough for him—but you must come bothering about, and stirring up, till not a drop of quiet will settle inside him ? You come along with me, young woman ; well see if we can't find a lock somewhere in the house that '11 hold you in !
" Hands off, Mr. Butler !" said the page, and stepped between.
" Oh, ho !" cried the butler, and pointed his fat finger at him. " That's you, is it, my fine fellow ? So it's you that's up to her tricks, is it ? "
The youth did not answer, only stood with flashing eyes fixed on him, until, growing angrier and angrier, but not daring a step nearer, he burst out with rude but quavering authority,—
" Leave the house, both of you ! Be cff, or I'll have Mr. Steward to talk to you. Threaten your masters, indeed ! Out of the house with you, and show us the way you tell us of I