"Does he always sleep better after having it ?
She reflected an instant
u No; always worse—till to-night," she answered
" Then remember that was the wine I got him—not what the butler drew. Nothing that passes through any hand in the house except yours or mine must henceforth, till he is well, reach his majesty's lips."
"But how, dear Curdie?" said the princess, almost crying.
u That we must contrive," answered Curdie. " I know how to take care of the wine ; but for his food—now we must think."
"He takes hardly any," said the princess, with a pathetic shake of her little head which Curdie had almost learned to look for.
"The more need," he replied, "there should be no poison in it." Irene shuddered. " As soon as he has honest food he will begin to grow better. And you must be just as careful with yourself, princess," Curdie went on, " for you don't know when they may begin to poison you too."
"There's no fear of me; don't talk about me," said Irene. " The good food !—how are we to get it, Curdie? That is the whole question."
" I am thinking hard," answered Curdie. " The good food ? Let me see—let me see I—Such servants as I saw