URDIE sat and watched every motion of the sleeping king. All the night, to his ear, the palace lay as quiet as a nursery of healthful children. At sunrise he called the princess.
" How has his Majesty slept ? " were her first words as she entered the room.
." Quite quietly," answered Curdie ; "that is, since the doctor was got rid of."
"How did you manage that?" inquired Irene; and Curdie had to tell all about it.
" How terrible !" she said. " Did it not startle the king dreadfully ? "
" It did rather. I found him getting out of bed, sword in hand."
" The brave old man !" cried the princess.
"Not so old 1" said Curdie, "—as you will soon see.