Harry was playing with his letter blocks one afternoon, when a prince came to visit him.
Harry knew the prince very well,
indeed. As soon as the prince came into the room Harry said:
"Hullo, old fellow, is that you?"
Was not that a very strange way to
greet a prince?
And wasn't it stranger yet for Harry
to say next:
@"Come, sit up, old boy, and give
Was it hand Harry was going to say?
No, indeed, it was paw. "Sit up, old boy, and give us your paw."
Prince was a beautiful dog, as black
as a coal. Indeed, his real name, his whole name, was Edward, the Black
Prince. Now you must ask somebody to tell you about the man who was called
the "Black Prince," the man for whom Harry's dog was named.
When Harry asked Prince to give his
paw, the dog did not do it as quickly as he ought to have done.
Did Harry beat him for that? No,
indeed. Did he say, "Never mind, Prince, you need not obey me if you do
not want to?" No, indeed, again.
He sat up himself, and then he made
Prince sit up on his hind legs. Then he ordered Prince to give his paw.
Prince did so. Then Harry made him do it again, then again and again and
again, until the dog seemed to understand that he must learn to obey when
he was spoken to.
After Prince appeared to have learned
that lesson quite perfectly, Harry taught him something new.
He taught him to stand on his hind
legs and hold a pipe in his mouth.
This he soon did so well that Harry
clapped his hands and cried, "Good, good, you smoke as well as his royal
highness, the Black Prince, himself."
Which remark showed that Harry had
not yet begun to study history. If he had, he would have known that in
the country where the Black Prince lived, tobacco was never heard of until
many, many, MANY years after his death.
Sorry. Due to our site's regulations and policies, your message has not been posted. Our moderating team has been notified about your message. If the message is found to be genuine and still did not get posted, you may not post the message again as it will automatically get posted for you within 24hrs time (excluding weekends).
- The Indiaparenting Team