Of what use were wings to a man fast bound in chains of iron?
Because it appears to me a hazardous thing to exchange my soul for my shadow.
I ordered gold in the meantime to be showered down without ceasing among the happy multitude.
A person without a shadow should keep out of the sun, that is the only safe and rational plan.
My first care the following morning was, to devise some means of discovering the man in the grey cloak.
All possible means were used by the infatuated parents to conclude the bargain; and deception put an end to these usual artifices.
In this watering-place I acted an heroic character, badly studied; and being a novice on such a stage, I forgot my part before a pair of lovely blue eyes.
When I spoke, I was listened to; and I was at a loss to know how I had so easily acquired the art of commanding attention, and giving the tone to the conversation.
The word majesty was now dropped; but, with the deepest respect and humility, I was addressed as the count. What could I do? I accepted the title, and from that moment I was known as Count Peter.
My vanity was flattered by having been mistaken for our revered sovereign. I ordered a banquet to be got ready for the following evening, under the trees before my house, and invited the whole town.