The Ring 163
lance, and for some time there was no further cause of alarm.
When the princess woke the next morning, her nurse was bending over her.
" How your ring does glow this morning, prin≠cess!ójust like a fiery rose!" she said.
" Does it, Lootie!" returned Irene. "Who gave me the ring, Lootie? I know I've had it a long time, but where did I get it? I don't remember."
" I think it must have been your mother gave it you, princess; but really, for as long as you have worn it, I don't remember that ever I heard," answered her nurse.
"I will ask my king-papa the next time he comes," said Irene.