And is he so superior?"
"He is generally so admitted."
"Is my father a man?"
"Assuredly! The question is superfluous."
"What makes him a King?"
"Royal birth and the hereditary right to his great position."
"Then if man is in a condition of supremacy over the rest of creation, a king is more than a man if he is allowed to rule men?"
"Sir, pardon me!--a king is not more than a man, but men choose him as their ruler because he is worthy."
"In what way is he worthy? Simply because he is born as I am, heir to a throne?"
"He might be an idiot or a cripple, a fool or a coward,--he would still be King?"
"So that if he were a madman, he would continue to hold supremacy over a nation, though his groom might be sane?"
"Your Royal Highness pursues the question with an unwise flippancy;"-- remonstrated the professor with a pained, forced smile. "If an idiot or a madman were unfortunately born to a throne, a regency would be appointed to control state
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