68 PRINCE PRIGIO.
about it: how the carpet was one of a number of fairy properties, which had been given him at his christening ; and how so long a time had gone by before he discovered them ; and how, probably, the carpet had carried the butler where he had said he wanted to go—namely, to the king's Court at Falkenstein.
" It would not matter so much," added the prince, " only I had relied on making my peace with his majesty, my father, by aid of those horns and that tail. He was set on getting them ; and if the Lady Rosalind had not expressed a wish for them, they would to-day have been in his possession."
11 Oh, sir, you honour us too highly," murmured Lady Rosalind ; and the prince blushed and said:
" Not at all! Impossible ! "
Then, of course, the ambassador became quite certain that his daughter was admired by the crown prince, who was on bad terms with the king of the country; and a more uncomfortable position for an ambassador— however, they are used to them.
" What on earth am I to do with the young man ? " he thought. " He can't stay here for ever ; and without his carpet he can't get away, for the soldiers have orders to seize him as soon as he appears in the street. And in the meantime Benson will be pretending that he killed the Firedrake—for he must have got to Falken-