232 The Princess and the Goblin
she had been made over again. Every bruise and all weariness were gone, and her hands were soft and whole as ever.
" Now I am going to put you to bed for a good sleep," said her grandmother.
" But what will Lootie be thinking? And what am I to say to her when she asks me where I have been?"
" Don't trouble yourself about it. You will find it all come right," said her grandmother, and laid her into the blue bed, under the ros\ counterpane.
" There is just one thing more," said Irene. " I am a little anxious about Curdie. As I brought him into the house, I ought to have seen him safe on his way home."
"I took care of all that," answered the lady. " I told you to let him go, and therefore I was bound to look after him. Nobody saw him, and he is now eating a good dinner in his mother's cottage, far up the mountain."
"Then I will go to sleep," said Irene, and in a few minutes, she was fast asleep.