Ah, this twilight is truly refreshing," said King Pluto, "after being so tormented with that ugly and impertinent glare of the sun.
So saying, Pluto pulled at the reins, and stopped the chariot right between the tall, massive pillars of the gateway.
On went the chariot, and King Pluto seemed greatly pleased to find himself once more in his own kingdom.
Pluto stopped the chariot, and bade Proserpina look at the stream which was gliding so lazily beneath it.
It suits my taste, however," answered Pluto, who was apt to be sullen when anybody disagreed with him.
It is my opinion that even King Pluto had never been happy in his palace, and that this was the true reason why he had stolen away Proserpina, in order that he might have something to love, instead of cheating his heart any longer with this tiresome magnificence.
I should be sorry for that," replied King Pluto, patting her cheek; for he really wished to be kind, if he had only known how.
Now, if King Pluto had been cunning enough to offer Proserpina some fruit, or bread and milk (which was the simple fare to which the child had always been accustomed), it is very probable that she would soon have been tempted to eat it.
Why," said Phoebus--and as he spoke he kept touching his lyre so as to make a thread of music run in and out among his words--"as the little damsel was gathering flowers (and she has really a very exquisite taste for flowers), she was suddenly snatched up by King Pluto, and carried off to his dominions.
Besides, I am not upon the best of terms with King Pluto.
For if they do," said she, "it may happen to you, as it has to me, that the iron-hearted King Pluto will take a liking to your darlings, and snatch them up in his chariot, and carry them away.
Finally, as there seemed to be no other remedy, our old friend Quicksilver was sent post-haste to King Pluto, in hopes that he might be persuaded to undo the mischief he had done, and to set everything right again, by giving up Proserpina.