on to go for a short sail in Leo's company, and I cannot understand how he could leave you in the woods for hours, by yourself."
"But Wanda would go," said Leo, by way of excuse. "She wanted to have our dispute about the distance settled."
"Yes, dear aunt, I would go" (the young lady laid greater stress on the word than she would have ventured to do, had her father not been protectingly at hand), "and Leo knew very well it was useless to try and hold me back."
Here was a fresh instance of the girl's wilfulness, requiring to be severely dealt with.
The Princess was about to deliver a serious reprimand, when her brother quickly interposed.
"You will allow me to take Wanda with me?" said he. "I feel rather tired from the journey, and should like to go to my room. Good-bye for the present." With this he rose, took his daughter's arm, and left the room with her.
"My uncle seems in raptures at the sight of Wanda," remarked Leo, as the two disappeared.