And now I'll have blood-poisoning, and the doctors will cut off
my finger, and that will give me a fever and I shall die
It contains many curious things the chief being that when you cut off my head, if your majesty will turn to the sixth leaf, and read the third line of the left-hand page, my head will answer all the questions you like to ask it.
He carried a basin, on which he spread the covering of the book, and presenting it to the king, said: "Sire, take this book, and when my head is cut off, let it be placed in the basin on the covering of this book; as soon as it is there, the blood will cease to flow.
The head was so cleverly cut off that it fell into the basin, and directly the blood ceased to flow.