"An thou knowest aught of him, good fellow," said young Partington, "thou wilt do great service to him and great pleasure to our royal Queen by aiding me to find him."
Then up spake the other yeoman, who was a handsome fellow with sunburned face and nut-brown, curling hair, "Thou hast an honest look, Sir Page, and our Queen is kind and true to all stout yeomen.
When the procession came opposite to Alice, they all stopped and looked at her, and the Queen said severely `Who is this?' She said it to the Knave of Hearts, who only bowed and smiled in reply.
`Idiot!' said the Queen, tossing her head impatiently; and, turning to Alice, she went on, `What's your name, child?'
"Forester, whether or no you be a King's man, know that I seek one Robin Hood, an outlaw, to whom I bring amnesty from the Queen. Can you tell me aught of him?" And while awaiting his answer, he replaced the kerchief in his shirt.
"And I am but a sorry page," replied Marian; "for I had clean forgot that I was Richard Partington, and really did bring you a message from Queen Eleanor!"
The minister made a slight sign with his head, whereupon the queen said to Madame Beauvais:
The queen had several times already told her son that he ought to go to bed, and several times Louis had coaxingly insisted on staying where he was; but now he made no reply, but turned pale and bit his lips with anger.
"And I am sure that he came for quite another purpose, Monsieur Cardinal; but if the queen
be guilty, let her tremble!"
'I think I'll go and meet her,' said Alice, for, though the flowers were interesting enough, she felt that it would be far grander to have a talk with a real Queen
But this queen
died; and the king soon married another wife, who became queen
, and was very beautiful, but so vain that she could not bear to think that anyone could be handsomer than she was.
His second wife was a Princess of undeniable beauty, but by no means of so amiable a disposition as the first Queen
. In due time a second Prince was born, and the Queen
was devoured with rage at the thought that Prince Alphege came between her son and the throne.