The Old Lady and Curdie 223
whether I had not better go and fetch you myself."
As she spoke she took the little princess in her arms and placed her upon her lap. She was dressed in white now, and looking if possible more lovely than ever.
" I've brought Curdie, grandmother. He wouldn't believe what I told him, and so I've brought him."
" Yes—I see him. He is a good boy, Curdie, and a brave boy. Aren't you glad you've got him out?"
" Yes, grandmother. But it wasn't very good of him not to believe me when I was telling him the truth."
" People must believe what they can, and those who believe more must not be hard upon those who believe less. I doubt if you would have believed it all yourself if you hadn't seen some of it."
"Ah! yes, grandmother, I dare say. I'm sure you are right. But he'll believe now."
" I don't know that," replied her grandmother.
"Won't you, Curdie?" said Irene, looking round at him as she asked the question.