Then the king said to the young princess, 'As you have given your word you must keep it; so go and let him in.' She did so, and the frog hopped into the room, and then straight on--tap, tap--plash, plash-- from the bottom of the room to the top, till he came up close to the table where the princess sat.
But she was mistaken; for when night came again she heard the same tapping at the door; and the frog came once more, and said:
And when the princess opened the door the frog came in, and slept upon her pillow as before, till the morning broke.
He told her that he had been enchanted by a spiteful fairy, who had changed him into a frog; and that he had been fated so to abide till some princess should take him out of the spring, and let him eat from her plate, and sleep upon her bed for three nights.
I went down on my hands and knees to look for him, for I felt very curious to know how young Frogs ought to be amused.
"Would it save time," I suggested, "if I were to walk round with Sylvie, to drive up the Frogs, while you get the Theatre ready?"
"I was just watching two Frogs that were having a race."
We soon managed this part of the business, though the Frogs kept up a most discontented croaking all the time.
He left his attendants in the hamlet, found the road the frog had described to him, and followed it all alone, and at last he arrived at the gate of the castle, which was even more splendid than he had expected, for it was built of crystal, and all its ornaments were of massive gold.
Very sad, and very much ashamed of himself poor Saphir crept back to the fountain, where the Frog was awaiting him with a good scolding.
But the Prince was so deeply grieved, and apologised so very humbly, that after some time the heart of the good little Frog was softened, and she gave him another tiny little grain, but instead of being sand it was now a grain of gold.
"What a delightful voice you have!" cried the Frog. "Really it is quite like a croak, and croaking is of course the most musical sound in the world.
"A delightful voice, certainly," continued the Frog; "I hope you will come over to the duck-pond.
"Somebody must listen," answered the Frog, "and I like to do all the talking myself.
They ain't had a bite in weeks I reckon, outside of Fatty an' Frog
an' Spanker; an' there's so many of 'em that that didn't go far.