It from him" caressed him and drew him near him so that he could grab
the arrow, which he did. The young prince was grief-stricken at having
his arrow and begged the wild man to return it to him that
The savage responded -frankly that, instead of giving it to him, he would
reak it into pieces if the boy did not open the prison door and find some
to undo his chains.
The.young prince, who cherished the arrow above anything else, be-
cause' his most favorite recreation was to shoot the bow and allOW, wanted
tp retrieve the arrow no matter what the price was.
was very humane, as one is at that age, he thought it would be a good
deed to set a prisoner free, especially this wild man, who had not com-
mitted a single crime. But he "found it very difficult to obtain the keys to
the prison since he knew that his mother, the queen, was taking care of
them. However, he thought that if she went to sleep after her dinner,
which happened sometimes, he would find it easy to take the keys since
he had complete freedom' to enter her room at any time.And this is what
happened. Then he ran straight to the prison' carrying a bunch of keys
among which was one also for the chains that the wild man was forced to
wear. He did all this without thinking that he would be making his father,
the king, angry. So he liberated the savage, who,- in tum, placed the arrow
in his hands and quickly fled into the forest.
When the queen woke up, she did not find the keys and was greatly
upset. She immediately sent an attendant to see if the prison had been
opened, and he sent word that it was and that the wild man had disap-
peared. Now the queen was in great anguish, fearing the rage of her hus-
band, who could be quite violent. She wept. She screamed, and she
threatened. She absolutely wanted to know who had been bold enough to
enter her room while she was sleeping. Her ladies-in"waiting told her that
nobody had entered the room except the prince, her son. They did not
dare to mention one of her stewards whom they had also seen enter and
who entered very familiarly during the absence of the king. Since this was
to be kept a secret, they did not dare to mention his name.
Informed that her son had entered her room, the queen sent someone