'Botheration!' said the Soldier, 'I had clean forgotten it!' And then he went back and fetched it.
'What do you want to do with the tinder-box?' asked the Soldier.
'We'll see!' said the Soldier. 'Tell me at once what you want to do with it, or I will draw my sword, and cut off your head!'
"Sure--will yeh, Henry?" the tall soldier beseeched.
But the tall soldier continued to beg in a lowly way.
"Sell me the missis," said another soldier, addressing the German, who, angry and frightened, strode energetically along with downcast eyes.
"Just see where it carries to!" a soldier near by said sternly, looking round at the sound.
There they all landed, and went into the castle, and each prince danced with his princess; and the soldier, who was all the time invisible, danced with them too; and when any of the princesses had a cup of wine set by her, he drank it all up, so that when she put the cup to her mouth it was empty.
(but this time the soldier placed himself in the boat with the eldest princess); and on the opposite shore they took leave of each other, the princesses promising to come again the next night.
"It was the only place I could think of your Majesty," added the Soldier, fearing he had made a blunder.
The Soldier hastened away, and presently they heard the clattering of the horse's wooden legs upon the pavement as he was led into the courtyard.
"O, you rebel rascals!" perhaps the soldiers would reply, glaring fiercely at the young men.
They threw snowballs and lumps of ice at the soldiers. As the tumult grew louder it reached the ears of Captain Preston, the officer of the day.
"Yes, it's all very well, but I see nothing of them, and I don't know them!" said the pewter soldier. "I cannot bear it!"
Then in came the old man with the most pleased and happy face, the most delicious preserves, apples, and nuts, and so the little boy thought no more about the pewter soldier.