"My home is better than your mother's," answered King Pluto. "It is a palace, all made of gold, with crystal windows; and because there is little or no sunshine thereabouts, the apartments are illuminated with diamond lamps.
But King Pluto, as he called himself, only shouted to his steeds to go faster.
But she might just as well have talked to the wind that whistled past them, for Pluto urged on his horses, and went faster than ever.
King Pluto had taken a road which now began to grow excessively gloomy.
"Ah, this twilight is truly refreshing," said King Pluto, "after being so tormented with that ugly and impertinent glare of the sun.
"We will talk of that by and by," answered Pluto. "We are just entering my dominions.
So saying, Pluto pulled at the reins, and stopped the chariot right between the tall, massive pillars of the gateway.
"Will the dog bite me?" asked Proserpina, shrinking closer to Pluto. "What an ugly creature he is!"
For Pluto, however, I still retained sufficient regard to restrain me from maltreating him, as I made no scruple of maltreating the rabbits, the monkey, or even the dog, when by accident, or through affection, they came in my way.
It was a black cat - a very large one - fully as large as Pluto, and closely resembling him in every respect but one.
What added, no doubt, to my hatred of the beast, was the discovery, on the morning after I brought it home, that, like Pluto, it also had been deprived of one of its eyes.