Two began in a low voice, `Why the fact is, you see, Miss, this here ought to have been a RED rose-tree, and we put a white one in by mistake; and if the Queen
was to find it out, we should all have our heads cut off, you know.
The minister made a slight sign with his head, whereupon the queen
said to Madame Beauvais:
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
At this, the Queen
and the ladies about her laughed again and again, for they pictured to themselves the stout Bishop abiding in the forest and ranging the woods in lusty sport with Robin and his band.
At this the Queen
of the Mice stuck her head out from underneath a clump of grass and asked, in a timid voice, "Are you sure he will not bite us?
While he was thus reasoning and resolving with himself, a SARDRAL, or gentleman-usher, came from court, commanding my master to carry me immediately thither for the diversion of the queen
and her ladies.
For the Tin Woodman had once saved her life, and the Queen
of the Field Mice knew he was to be trusted.
Then I thank you for the gracious favor," said the Queen
, with a graceful courtesy.
However, she was not dead, but had only fallen into a deep sleep; and the king and the queen
, who had just come home, and all their court, fell asleep too; and the horses slept in the stables, and the dogs in the court, the pigeons on the house-top, and the very flies slept upon the walls.
Buckingham threw himself at her feet, and before the queen
could prevent him, kissed the hem of her robe.
This Captain Raleigh," says Fuller, "coming out of Ireland to the English Court in good habit (his clothes being then a considerable part of his estate), found the Queen
walking, till, meeting with a splashy place, she seemed to scruple going thereon.
But why should the King have the head, and the Queen