120 The Princess and the Goblin
mind sleeping- with such a very young woman, grandmother?"
" You sweet little pertness!" said the old lady, and drew her towards her, and kissed her on the forehead and the cheek and the mouth.
Then she got a large silver basin, and having poured some water into it, made Irene sit on the chair, and washed her feet. This done, she was ready for bed. And oh, what a delicious bed it was into which her grandmother laid her! She hardly could have told she was lying upon anything: she felt nothing but the softness. The old lady having undressed herself lay down beside her.
"Why don't you put out your moon?" asked the princess.
"That never goes out, night or day," she answered. "In the darkest night, if any of my pigeons are out on a message, they always see my moon, and know where to fly to."
" But if somebody besides the pigeons were to see it—somebody about the house, I mean —they would come to look what it was, and find you."
"The better for them then," said the old lady.