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ProjectGutenberg'sTheRoseandtheRing,byWilliamMakepeaceThackeray ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:TheRoseandtheRing Author:WilliamMakepeaceThackeray ReleaseDate:February5,2006[EBook#897] LastUpdated:September27,2016 Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHEROSEANDTHERING*** ProducedbyDianneBeanandDavidWidger THEROSEANDTHERING byWilliamMakepeaceThackeray PRELUDE IthappenedthattheundersignedspentthelastChristmasseasoninaforeign citywherethereweremanyEnglishchildren In that city, if you wanted to give a child’s party, you could not even get a magic-lanternorbuyTwelfth-Nightcharacters—thosefunnypaintedpicturesof theKing,theQueen,theLover,theLady,theDandy,theCaptain,andsoon— withwhichouryoungonesarewonttorecreatethemselvesatthisfestivetime MyfriendMissBunch,whowasgovernessofalargefamilythatlivedinthe PianoNobileofthehouseinhabitedbymyselfandmyyoungcharges(itwasthe Palazzo Poniatowski at Rome, and Messrs Spillmann, two of the best pastrycooksinChristendom,havetheirshoponthegroundfloor):MissBunch,I say,beggedmetodrawasetofTwelfth-Nightcharactersfortheamusementof ouryoungpeople She isaladyofgreatfancyanddrollimagination,andhavinglookedat the characters, she and I composed a history about them, which was recited to the littlefolksatnight,andservedasourFIRESIDEPANTOMIME Our juvenile audience was amused by the adventures of Giglio and Bulbo, Rosalba and Angelica I am bound to say the fate of the Hall Porter created a considerablesensation;andthewrathofCountessGruffanuffwasreceivedwith extremepleasure If these children are pleased, thought I, why should not others be amused also?InafewdaysDr Birch’syoungfriendswillbeexpectedtoreassembleat Rodwell Regis, where they will learn everything that is useful, and under the eyesofcarefulusherscontinuethebusinessoftheirlittlelives But,inthemeanwhile,andforabriefholiday,letuslaughandbeaspleasant aswecan Andyouelderfolk—alittlejoking,anddancing,andfoolingwilldo evenyounoharm TheauthorwishesyouamerryChristmas,andwelcomesyou totheFiresidePantomime W M THACKERAY December1854 CONTENTS PRELUDE THEROSEANDTHERING I SHOWS HOW THE ROYAL FAMILY SATE DOWN TO BREAKFAST II HOW KING VALOROSO GOT THE CROWN, AND PRINCEGIGLIOWENTWITHOUT III TELLSWHOTHEFAIRYBLACKSTICKWAS IV HOW BLACKSTICK WAS NOT ASKED TO THE PRINCESSANGELICA’SCHRISTENING V HOWPRINCESSANGELICATOOKALITTLEMAID VI HOWPRINCEGIGLIOBEHAVEDHIMSELF VII HOWGIGLIOANDANGELICAHADAQUARREL VIII HOWGRUFFANUFFPICKEDTHEFAIRYRINGUP IX HOWBETSINDAGOTTHEWARMINGPAN X HOWKINGVALOROSOWASINADREADFULPASSION XI WHATGRUFFANUFFDIDTOGIGLIOANDBETSINDA XII HOWBETSINDAFLED,ANDWHATBECAMEOFHER XIII HOW QUEEN ROSALBA CAME TO THE CASTLE OF THEBOLDCOUNTHOGGINARMO XIV WHATBECAMEOFGIGLIO XV WERETURNTOROSALBA XVI HOW HEDZOFF RODE BACK AGAIN TO KING GIGLIO XVII HOWATREMENDOUSBATTLETOOKPLACE,AND WHOWONIT XVIII HOW THEY ALL JOURNEYED BACK TO THE CAPITAL XIX AND NOW WE COME TO THE LAST SCENE IN THE PANTOMIME THEROSEANDTHERING I SHOWSHOWTHEROYALFAMILYSATE DOWNTOBREAKFAST ThisisValorosoXXIV.,KingofPaflagonia,seatedwithhisQueenandonly childattheirroyalbreakfast-table,andreceivingtheletterwhichannouncesto HisMajestyaproposedvisitfromPrinceBulbo,heirofPadella,reigningKing ofCrimTartary Remarkthedelightuponthemonarch’sroyalfeatures Heisso absorbed in the perusal of the King of Crim Tartary’s letter, that he allows his eggstogetcold,andleaveshisaugustmuffinsuntasted ‘What!thatwicked,brave,delightfulPrinceBulbo!’criesPrincessAngelica; ‘so handsome, so accomplished, so witty—the conqueror of Rimbombamento, whereheslewtenthousandgiants!’ ‘Whotoldyouofhim,mydear?’asksHisMajesty ‘Alittlebird,’saysAngelica ‘PoorGiglio!’saysmamma,pouringoutthetea ‘Bother Giglio!’ cries Angelica, tossing up her head, which rustled with a thousandcurl-papers ‘Iwish,’growlstheKing—‘IwishGigliowas .’ ‘Was better? Yes, dear, he is better,’ says the Queen ‘Angelica’s little maid, Betsinda, told me so when she came to my room this morning with my early tea.’ ‘Youarealwaysdrinkingtea,’saidthemonarch,withascowl ‘Itisbetterthandrinkingportorbrandyandwater;’repliesHerMajesty ‘Well,well,mydear,Ionlysaidyouwerefondofdrinkingtea,’saidtheKing ofPaflagonia,withaneffortasiftocommandhistemper ‘Angelica!Ihopeyou have plenty of new dresses; your milliners’ bills are long enough My dear Queen,youmustseeandhavesomeparties Ipreferdinners,butofcourseyou will be for balls Your everlasting blue velvet quite tires me: and, my love, I shouldlikeyoutohaveanewnecklace Orderone Notmorethanahundredora hundredandfiftythousandpounds.’ ‘AndGiglio,dear?’saystheQueen ‘GIGLIOMAYGOTOTHE—’ ‘Oh,sir,’screamsHerMajesty ‘Yourownnephew!ourlateKing’sonlyson.’ ‘Gigliomaygotothetailor’s,andorderthebillstobesentintoGlumbosoto pay Confoundhim!Imeanblesshisdearheart Heneedwantfornothing;give himacoupleofguineasforpocket-money,mydear;andyoumayaswellorder yourselfbraceletswhileyouareaboutthenecklace,Mrs V.’ Her Majesty, or MRS V., as the monarch facetiously called her (for even royalty will have its sport, and this august family were very much attached), embraced her husband, and, twining her arm round her daughter’s waist, they quitted the breakfast-room in order to make all things ready for the princely stranger When they were gone, the smile that had lighted up the eyes of the HUSBAND and FATHER fled—the pride of the KING fled—the MAN was alone HadIthepenofaG P R James,IwoulddescribeValoroso’stormentsin the choicest language; in which I would also depict his flashing eye, his distended nostril—his dressing-gown, pocket-handkerchief, and boots But I neednotsayIhaveNOTthepenofthatnovelist;sufficeittosay,Valorosowas alone Herushedtothecupboard,seizingfromthetableoneofthemanyegg-cups withwhichhisprincelyboardwasservedforthematinmeal,drewoutabottle of right Nantz or Cognac, filled and emptied the cup several times, and laid it downwithahoarse‘Ha,ha,ha!nowValorosoisamanagain!’ ‘But oh!’ he went on (still sipping, I am sorry to say), ‘ere I was a king, I needed not this intoxicating draught; once I detested the hot brandy wine, and quaffednootherfountbutnature’srill Itdashesnotmorequicklyo’ertherocks thanIdid,as,withblunderbussinhand,Ibrushedawaytheearlymorningdew, andshotthepartridge,snipe,orantlereddeer!Ah!wellmayEngland’sdramatist remark, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown!” Why did I steal my nephew’s,myyoungGiglio’s—?Steal!saidI?no,no,no,notsteal,notsteal Let me withdraw that odious expression I took, and on my manly head I set, the royal crown of Paflagonia; I took, and with my royal arm I wield, the sceptral rod ofPaflagonia; Itook,and in myoutstretchedhand I hold,theroyalorbof Paflagonia! Could a poor boy, a snivelling, drivelling boy—was in his nurse’s arms but yesterday, and cried for sugarplums and puled for pap—bear up the awfulweightofcrown,orb,sceptre?girdontheswordmyroyalfatherswore, andmeetinfightthetoughCrimeanfoe?’ Andthenthemonarchwentontoargueinhisownmind(thoughweneednot say that blank verse is not argument) that what he had got it was his duty to keep, and that, if at one time he had entertained ideas of a certain restitution, which shall be nameless, the prospect by a CERTAIN MARRIAGE of uniting of the door, beyond which he was not allowed to go; and brought him some sandwichesfromthegrandsupperwhichHisMajestywasgivingabovestairs,in honourofthebrilliantvictorywhichhadjustbeenachieved ‘Icannotstaywithyoulong,sir,’saysBulbo,whowasinhisbestballdress, as he handed his father in the prog, ‘I am engaged to dance the next quadrille with Her Majesty Queen Rosalba, and I hear the fiddles playing at this very moment.’ SoBulbowentbacktotheball-roomandthewretchedPadellaatehissolitary supperinsilenceandtears AllwasnowjoyinKingGiglio’scircle Dancing,feasting,fun,illuminations, and jollifications of all sorts ensued The people through whose villages they passedwereorderedtoilluminatetheircottagesatnight,andscatterflowerson theroadsduringtheday Theywererequested,andIpromiseyoutheydidnot liketorefuse,toservethetroopsliberallywitheatablesandwine;besides,the armywasenrichedbytheimmensequantityofplunderwhichwasfoundinKing Padella’s camp, and taken from his soldiers; who (after they had given up everything)wereallowedtofraternisewiththeconquerors;andtheunitedforces marchedbackbyeasystagestowardsKingGiglio’scapital,hisroyalbannerand thatofQueenRosalbabeingcarriedinfrontofthetroops Hedzoffwasmadea DukeandaField-Marshal SmithandJoneswerepromotedtobeEarls;theCrim Tartar Order of the Pumpkin and the Paflagonian decoration of the Cucumber werefreelydistributedbytheirMajestiestothearmy QueenRosalbaworethe PaflagonianRibbonoftheCucumberacrossherriding-habit,whilstKingGiglio never appeared without the grand Cordon of the Pumpkin How the people cheeredthemastheyrodealongsidebyside!Theywerepronouncedtobethe handsomestcoupleeverseen:thatwasamatterofcourse;buttheyreallyWERE veryhandsome,and,hadtheybeenotherwise,wouldhavelookedso,theywere so happy! Their Majesties were never separated during the whole day, but breakfasted, dined, and supped together always, and rode side by side, interchanging elegant compliments, and indulging in the most delightful conversation Atnight,HerMajesty’sladiesofhonour(whohadallralliedround her the day after King Padella’s defeat) came and conducted her to the apartments prepared for her; whilst King Giglio, surrounded by his gentlemen, withdrew to his own Royal quarters It was agreed they should be married as soonastheyreachedthecapital,andordersweredispatchedtotheArchbishop of Blombodinga, to hold himself in readiness to perform the interesting ceremony DukeHedzoffcarriedthemessage,andgaveinstructionstohavethe Royal Castle splendidly refurnished and painted afresh The Duke seized Glumboso,theEx-PrimeMinister,andmadehimrefundthatconsiderablesum ofmoneywhichtheoldscoundrelhadsecretedoutofthelateKing’streasure HealsoclappedValorosointoprison(who,bytheway,hadbeendethronedfor someconsiderableperiodpast),andwhentheEx-Monarchweaklyremonstrated, Hedzoffsaid,‘Asoldier,sir,knowsbuthisduty;myordersaretolockyouup along with the Ex-King Padella, whom I have brought hither a prisoner under guard.’SothesetwoEx-RoyalpersonagesweresentforayeartotheHouseof Correction,andthereafterwereobligedtobecomemonksoftheseverestOrder of Flagellants, in which state, by fasting, by vigils, by flogging (which they administeredtooneanother,humblybutresolutely), nodoubttheyexhibited a repentancefortheirpastmisdeeds,usurpations,andprivateandpubliccrimes As for Glumboso, that rogue was sent to the galleys, and never had an opportunitytostealanymore XVIII HOWTHEYALLJOURNEYEDBACKTO THECAPITAL The Fairy Blackstick, by whose means this young King and Queen had certainlywontheirrespectivecrownsback,wouldcomenotunfrequently,topay them a little visit—as they were riding in their triumphal progress towards Giglio’s capital—change her wand into a pony, and travel by their Majesties’ side, giving them the very best advice I am not sure that King Giglio did not thinktheFairyandheradviceratherabore,fancyingitwashisownvelourand meritswhichhadputhimonhisthrone,andconqueredPadella:and,infine,I fear he rather gave himself airs towards his best friend and patroness She exhortedhimtodealjustlybyhissubjects,todrawmildlyonthetaxes,neverto breakhispromisewhenhehadoncegivenit—andinallrespectstobeagood King ‘A good King, my dear Fairy!’ cries Rosalba ‘Of course he will Break his promise! can you fancy my Giglio would ever anything so improper, so unlike him? No! never!’ And she looked fondly towards Giglio, whom she thoughtapatternofperfection ‘WhyisFairyBlackstickalwaysadvisingme,andtellingmehowtomanage mygovernment,andwarningmetokeepmyword?DoesshesupposethatIam not a man of sense, and a man of honour?’ asks Giglio testily ‘Methinks she ratherpresumesuponherposition.’ ‘Hush!dearGiglio,’saysRosalba ‘YouknowBlackstickhasbeenverykind to us, and we must not offend her.’ But the Fairy was not listening to Giglio’s testy observations, she had fallen back, and was trotting on her pony now, by MasterBulbo’sside,whorodeadonkey,andmadehimselfgenerallybelovedin thearmybyhischeerfulness,kindness,andgood-humourtoeverybody Hewas eagertoseehisdarlingAngelica Hethoughtthereneverwassuchacharming being Blackstick did not tell him it was the possession of the magic rose that madeAngelicasolovelyinhiseyes Shebroughthimtheverybestaccountsof his little wife, whose misfortunes and humiliations had indeed very greatly improvedher;and,yousee,shecouldwhiskoffonherwandahundredmilesin a minute, and be back in no time, and so carry polite messages from Bulbo to Angelica, and from Angelica to Bulbo, and comfort that young man upon his journey WhentheRoyalpartyarrivedatthelaststagebeforeyoureachBlombodinga, whoshouldbeinwaiting,inhercarriagetherewithherladyofhonourbyher side, but the Princess Angelica! She rushed into her husband’s arms, scarcely stoppingtomakeapassingcurtseytotheKingandQueen Shehadnoeyesbut for Bulbo, who appeared perfectly lovely to her on account of the fairy ring whichhewore;whilstsheherself,wearingthemagicroseinherbonnet,seemed entirelybeautifultotheenrapturedBulbo AsplendidluncheonwasservedtotheRoyalparty,ofwhichtheArchbishop, theChancellor,DukeHedzoff,CountessGruffanuff,andallourfriendspartook, the Fairy Blackstick being seated on the left of King Giglio, with Bulbo and Angelicabesideher Youcouldhearthejoy-bellsringinginthecapital,andthe gunswhichthecitizenswerefiringoffinhonouroftheirMajesties ‘What can have induced that hideous old Gruffanuff to dress herself up in such an absurd way? Did you ask her to be your bridesmaid, my dear?’ says GigliotoRosalba ‘WhatafigureoffunGruffyis!’ Gruffy was seated opposite their Majesties, between the Archbishop and the LordChancellor,andafigureoffunshecertainlywas,forshewasdressedina low white silk dress, with lace over, a wreath of white roses on her wig, a splendid lace veil, and her yellow old neck was covered with diamonds She ogledtheKinginsuchamannerthatHisMajestyburstoutlaughing ‘Eleven o’clock!’ cries Giglio, as the great Cathedral bell of Blombodinga tolled that hour ‘Gentlemen and ladies, we must be starting Archbishop, you mustbeatchurch,Ithink,beforetwelve?’ ‘We must be at church before twelve,’ sighs out Gruffanuff in a languishing voice,hidingheroldfacebehindherfan ‘AndthenIshallbethehappiestmaninmydominions,’criesGiglio,withan elegantbowtotheblushingRosalba ‘Oh, my Giglio! Oh, my dear Majesty!’ exclaims Gruffanuff; ‘and can it be thatthishappymomentatlengthhasarrived—’ ‘Ofcourseithasarrived,’saystheKing ‘—andthatIamabouttobecometheenrapturedbrideofmyadoredGiglio!’ continues Gruffanuff ‘Lend me a smelling-bottle, somebody I certainly shall faintwithjoy.’ ‘YOUmybride?’roarsoutGiglio ‘YOUmarrymyPrince?’criedpoorlittleRosalba ‘Pooh! Nonsense! The woman’s mad!’ exclaims the King And all the courtiersexhibitedbytheircountenancesandexpressions,marksofsurprise,or ridicule,orincredulity,orwonder ‘Ishouldliketoknowwhoelseisgoingtobemarried,ifIamnot?’shrieks outGruffanuff ‘IshouldliketoknowifKingGiglioisagentleman,andifthere issuchathingasjusticeinPaflagonia?LordChancellor!myLordArchbishop! will your Lordships sit by and see a poor, fond, confiding, tender creature put upon?HasnotPrinceGigliopromisedtomarryhisBarbara?IsnotthisGiglio’s signature?Doesnotthispaperdeclarethatheismine,andonlymine?’Andshe handedtohisGracetheArchbishopthedocumentwhichthePrincesignedthat eveningwhensheworethemagicring,andGigliodranksomuchchampagne AndtheoldArchbishop,takingouthiseyeglasses,read— “‘Thisistogivenotice,thatI,Giglio,onlysonofSavio,KingofPaflagonia, hereby promise to marry the charming Barbara Griselda, Countess Gruffanuff, andwidowofthelateJenkinsGruffanuff,Esq.” ‘H’m,’saystheArchbishop,‘thedocumentiscertainlya—adocument.’ ‘Phoo!’ says the Lord Chancellor, ‘the signature is not in His Majesty’s handwriting.’Indeed,sincehisstudiesatBosforo,Gigliohadmadeanimmense improvementincaligraphy ‘Is it your handwriting, Giglio?’ cries the Fairy Blackstick, with an awful severityofcountenance ‘Y—y—y—es,’poorGigliogaspsout,‘Ihadquiteforgottentheconfounded paper:shecan’tmeantoholdmebyit Youoldwretch,whatwillyoutaketolet meoff?HelptheQueen,someone—HerMajestyhasfainted.’ ‘Chop her head off!’ } exclaim the impetuous ‘Smother the old witch!’ } Hedzoff,theardentSmith,and‘Pitchherintotheriver!’}thefaithfulJones ButGruffanuffflungherarmsroundtheArchbishop’sneck,andbellowedout, ‘Justice,justice,myLordChancellor!’soloudly,thatherpiercingshriekscaused everybodytopause AsforRosalba,shewasborneawaylifelessbyherladies; and you may imagine the look of agony which Giglio cast towards that lovely being,ashishope,hisjoy,hisdarling,hisallinall,wasthusremoved,andinher place the horrid old Gruffanuff rushed up to his side, and once more shrieked out,‘Justice,justice!’ ‘Won’tyoutakethatsumofmoneywhichGlumbosohid?’saysGiglio;‘two hundredandeighteenthousandmillions,orthereabouts It’sahandsomesum.’ ‘Iwillhavethatandyoutoo!’saysGruffanuff ‘Letusthrowthecrownjewelsintothebargain,’gaspsoutGiglio ‘IwillwearthembymyGiglio’sside!’saysGruffanuff ‘Willhalf,three-quarters,five-sixths,nineteen-twentieths,ofmykingdomdo, Countess?’asksthetremblingmonarch ‘WhatwereallEuropetomewithoutYOU,myGiglio?’criesGruff,kissing hishand ‘Iwon’t,Ican’t,Ishan’t,—I’llresignthecrownfirst,’shoutsGiglio,tearing awayhishand;butGruffclungtoit ‘I have a competency, my love,’ she says, ‘and with thee and a cottage thy Barbarawillbehappy.’ Giglio was half mad with rage by this time ‘I will not marry her,’ says he ‘Oh,Fairy,Fairy,givemecounsel?’Andashespokehelookedwildlyroundat theseverefaceoftheFairyBlackstick “‘Why is Fairy Blackstick always advising me, and warning me to keep my word?DoesshesupposethatIamnotamanofhonour?”’saidtheFairy,quoting Giglio’sownhaughtywords Hequailedunderthebrightnessofhereyes;hefelt thattherewasnoescapeforhimfromthatawfulinquisition ‘Well, Archbishop,’ said he in a dreadful voice, that made his Grace start, ‘sincethisFairyhasledmetotheheightofhappinessbuttodashmedowninto thedepthsofdespair,sinceIamtoloseRosalba,letmeatleastkeepmyhonour Get up, Countess, and let us be married; I can keep my word, but I can die afterwards.’ ‘Oh,dearGiglio,’criesGruffanuff,skippingup,‘Iknew,IknewIcouldtrust thee—IknewthatmyPrincewasthesoulofhonour Jumpintoyourcarriages, ladies and gentlemen, and let us go to church at once; and as for dying, dear Giglio,no,no:—thouwiltforgetthatinsignificantlittlechambermaidofaQueen —thouwiltlivetobeconsoledbythyBarbara!ShewishestobeaQueen,and notaQueenDowager,mygraciousLord!’AndhanginguponpoorGiglio’sarm, and leering and grinning in his face in the most disgusting manner, this old wretch tripped off in her white satin shoes, and jumped into the very carriage whichhadbeengotreadytoconveyGiglioandRosalbatochurch Thecannons roared again, the bells pealed triple-bobmajors, the people came out flinging flowersuponthepathoftheroyalbrideandbridegroom,andGrufflookedoutof the gilt coach window and bowed and grinned to them Phoo! the horrid old wretch! XIX ANDNOWWECOMETOTHELASTSCENE INTHEPANTOMIME The many ups and downs of her life had given the Princess Rosalba prodigiousstrengthofmind,andthathighlyprincipledyoungwomanpresently recovered from her fainting-fit, out of which Fairy Blackstick, by a precious essencewhichtheFairyalwayscarriedinherpocket,awakenedher Insteadof tearing her hair, crying, and bemoaning herself, and fainting again, as many youngwomenwouldhavedone,Rosalbarememberedthatsheowedanexample offirmnesstohersubjects;andthoughshelovedGigliomorethanherlife,was determined,asshetoldtheFairy,nottointerferebetweenhimandjustice,orto causehimtobreakhisroyalword ‘I cannot marryhim,butI shalllovehimalways,’saysshetoBlackstick;‘I willgoandbepresentathismarriagewiththeCountess,andsignthebook,and wishthemhappywithallmyheart Iwillsee,whenIgethome,whetherIcannot make the new Queen some handsome presents The Crim Tartary crown diamondsareuncommonlyfine,andIshallneverhaveanyuseforthem Iwill live and die unmarried like Queen Elizabeth, and, of course, I shall leave my crowntoGigliowhenIquitthisworld Letusgoandseethemmarried,mydear Fairy,letmesayonelastfarewelltohim;andthen,ifyouplease,Iwillreturnto myowndominions.’ SotheFairykissedRosalbawithpeculiartenderness,andatoncechangedher wandintoaverycomfortablecoach-and-four,withasteadycoachman,andtwo respectablefootmenbehind,andtheFairyandRosalbagotintothecoach,which AngelicaandBulboenteredafterthem AsforhonestBulbo,hewasblubbering inthemostpatheticmanner,quiteovercomebyRosalba’smisfortune Shewas touched by the honest fellow’s sympathy, promised to restore to him the confiscatedestatesofDukePadellahisfather,andcreatedhim,ashesattherein thecoach,Prince,Highness,andFirstGrandeeoftheCrimTartarEmpire The coach moved on, and, being a fairy coach, soon came up with the bridal procession BeforetheceremonyatchurchitwasthecustominPaflagonia,asitisinother countries,forthebrideandbridegroomtosigntheContractofMarriage,which was to be witnessed by the Chancellor, Minister, Lord Mayor, and principal officersofstate Now,astheroyalpalacewasbeingpaintedandfurnishedanew, itwasnotreadyforthereceptionoftheKingandhisbride,whoproposedatfirst to take up their residence at the Prince’s palace, that one which Valoroso occupiedwhenAngelicawasborn,andbeforeheusurpedthethrone Sothemarriagepartydroveuptothepalace:thedignitariesgotoutoftheir carriagesandstoodaside:poorRosalbasteppedoutofhercoach,supportedby Bulbo,andstoodalmostfaintingupagainsttherailingssoastohavealastlook of her dear Giglio As for Blackstick, she, according to her custom, had flown outofthecoachwindowinsomeinscrutablemanner,andwasnowstandingat thepalacedoor Gigliocameupthestepswithhishorriblebrideonhisarm,lookingaspaleas ifhewasgoingtoexecution HeonlyfrownedattheFairyBlackstick—hewas angrywithher,andthoughtshecametoinsulthismisery ‘Getoutoftheway,pray,’saysGruffanuffhaughtily ‘Iwonderwhyyouare alwayspokingyournoseintootherpeople’saffairs?’ ‘Areyoudeterminedtomakethispooryoungmanunhappy?’saysBlackstick ‘To marry him, yes! What business is it of yours? Pray, madam, don’t say “you”toaQueen,’criesGruffanuff ‘Youwon’ttakethemoneyheofferedyou?’ ‘No.’ ‘Youwon’tlethimoffhisbargain,thoughyouknowyoucheatedhimwhen youmadehimsignthepaper?’ ‘Impudence! Policemen, remove this woman!’ cries Gruffanuff And the policemenwererushingforward,butwithawaveofherwandtheFairystruck themalllikesomanystatuesintheirplaces ‘Youwon’ttakeanythinginexchangeforyourbond,Mrs Gruffanuff,’cries theFairy,withawfulseverity ‘Ispeakforthelasttime.’ ‘No!’shrieksGruffanuff,stampingwithherfoot ‘I’llhavemyhusband,my husband,myhusband!’ ‘YOU SHALL HAVE YOUR HUSBAND!’ the Fairy Blackstick cried; and advancingastep,laidherhanduponthenoseoftheKNOCKER Asshetouchedit,thebrassnoseseemedtoelongate,theopenmouthopened still wider, and uttered a roar which made everybody start The eyes rolled wildly; the arms and legs uncurled themselves, writhed about, and seemed to lengthenwitheachtwist;theknockerexpandedintoafigureinyellowlivery,six feethigh;thescrewsbywhichitwasfixedtothedoorunloosedthemselves,and JENKINSGRUFFANUFFoncemoretrodthethresholdoffwhichhehadbeen liftedmorethantwentyyearsago! ‘Master’snotathome,’saysJenkins,justinhisoldvoice;andMrs Jenkins, givingadreadfulYOUP,felldowninafit,inwhichnobodymindedher Foreverybodywasshouting,‘Huzzay!huzzay!’‘Hip,hip,hurray!’‘Longlive theKingandQueen!’‘Weresuchthingseverseen?’‘No,never,never,never!’ ‘TheFairyBlackstickforever!’ The bells were ringing double peals, the guns roaring and banging most prodigiously Bulbowasembracingeverybody;theLordChancellorwasflinging uphiswigandshoutinglikeamadman;HedzoffhadgottheArchbishopround thewaist,andtheyweredancingajigforjoy;andasforGiglio,Ileaveyouto imagine what HE was doing, and if he kissed Rosalba once, twice—twenty thousandtimes,I’msureIdon’tthinkhewaswrong So Gruffanuff opened the hall door with a low bow, just as he had been accustomedtodo,andtheyallwentinandsignedthebook,andthentheywent tochurchandweremarried,andtheFairyBlacksticksailedawayonhercane, andwasnevermoreheardofinPaflagonia andhereendstheFiresidePantomime EndoftheProjectGutenbergEBookofTheRoseandtheRing,by WilliamMakepeaceThackeray ***ENDOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHEROSEANDTHERING*** 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