Curdie's Guide 281
"Oh, Curdie! you're come!" she said quietly. "I thought you would!"
Curdie rose and stood before her with downcast eyes.
"Irene," he said, "I am very sorry I did not believe you."
"Oh, never mind, Curdie!" answered the princess. " You couldn't, you know. You do believe me now, don't you?"
"I can't help it now. I ought to have helped it before."
"Why can't you help it now?"
"Because, just as I was going into the mountain to look for you, I got a hold of your thread, and it brought me here."
"Then you've come from my house, have you ? "
"Yes, I have."
" I didn't know you were there."
" I've been there two or three days, I believe."
"And I never knew it!—Then perhaps you can tell me why my grandmother has brought me here? I can't think. Something woke me —I didn't know what, but I was frightened, and