H2 PRINCE RICARDO.
he had rescued — dear Jaqueline ? I'm sure she is like a daughter to me. I cannot do without her."
" I wish she were a daughter-in-law ; I wish Dick would take a fancy to marry her," said the king. "A nicer girl I never saw."
" And so accomplished," added Queen Rosalind. "That girl can turn herself into anything—a mouse, a fly, a lion, a wheelbarrow, a church ! I never knew such talent for magic. Of course she had the best of teachers, the Fairy Paribanou herself ; but very few girls, in our time, devote so many hours to practice as dear Jaqueline. Even now, when she is out of the schoolroom, she still practises her scales. I saw her turning little Dollie into a fish and back again in the bath-room last night. The child was delighted."
In these times, you must know, princesses learned magic, just as they learn the piano nowadays ; but they had their music lessons too, dancing, calisthenics, and the use of the globes.
" Yes, she's a dear, good girl," said the king; " yet she looks melancholy. I believe, myself, that if Ricardo asked her to marry him, she would not say 'No.' But that's just one of the things I object to most in Dick. Round the world he goes, rescuing ladies from every kind of horror—from dragons, giants, cannibals, magicians; and then, when a girl naturally