He wept her loss night and day, and his only comfort was to talk over it with a young and unknown prince, who had just arrived at the Court.
One day the King, more sorrowful than usual, was walking sadly along the sea-shore, when after a long silence the unknown Prince, who was his only companion, suddenly spoke.
The marshal introduced the two young men and placed them face to face with the prince.
"Speak, gentlemen," said the prince, saluting them; "first speak; we shall have time afterward for the usual compliments.
"I have long sought the honour and opportunity of meeting you-- much-esteemed Lef Nicolaievitch," he murmured, pressing the prince's hand very hard, almost painfully so; "long--very long."
Of course I live now without any very practical objects in life; but, being full of self-respect, in which quality the ordinary Russian is so deficient as a rule, and of activity, I am desirous, in a word, prince, of placing myself and my wife and children in a position of--in fact, I want advice."
"But," the Duke intervened, "I did not know--we did not know that you were a sportsman, Prince."
"A sportsman?" the Prince repeated a little doubtfully.
But the Happy Prince looked so sad that the little Swallow was sorry.
So the Swallow picked out the great ruby from the Prince's sword, and flew away with it in his beak over the roofs of the town.
, humanum est errare,* but..." replied the doctor, swallowing his r's, and pronouncing the Latin words with a French accent.
And as Prince
Michael's eye rested upon the glowing face of the great clock in the tower, his smile, altruistic as it was, became slightly tinged with contempt.