Left to himself the Prince soon forgot the wise counsels of his mother, and feeling very much bored with his own company, he ordered some of the spirits of the air to carry him to the court of a neighbouring sovereign.
No sooner had the eyes of the Prince of the Air rested on her than he forgot all the terrible woes which had been prophesied to him ever since he was born, for in one single moment the plans of years are often upset.
Speak, gentlemen," said the prince, saluting them; "first speak; we shall have time afterward for the usual compliments.
It fell naturally to the Count de Guiche to make reply; not only was he the elder, but he had been presented to the prince by his father.
I came here to speak of something quite different, something very important, prince.
The prince was watching his guest, if not with much surprise, at all events with great attention and curiosity.
But," the Duke intervened, "I did not know--we did not know that you were a sportsman, Prince.
If Lady Grace's mare is a hunter," the Prince remarked, "she can probably jump them.
But the Happy Prince looked so sad that the little Swallow was sorry.
Then the Swallow flew back to the Happy Prince, and told him what he had done.
Just as the mother and son, having reached the middle of the hall, were about to ask their way of an elderly footman who had sprung up as they entered, the bronze handle of one of the doors turned and Prince
Vasili came out- wearing a velvet coat with a single star on his breast, as was his custom when at home- taking leave of a good-looking, dark-haired man.
If it may serve to mitigate the liberty I have taken I will add that I am Prince
Michael, heir to the throne of the Electorate of Valleluna.