And Sylvie had said `Chimney--not chimbley.'
And Bruno had said `Don't talk 'ubbish!'
All this, while the Other Professor was being extracted.
`You must have blacked your face!' the Empress said anxiously. `Let me send for some soap?'
`Thanks, no,' said the Other Professor, keeping his face turned away. `Black's quite a respectable colour. Besides, soap would be no use without water--'
Keeping his back well turned away from the audience, he went on with the Introductory Verses:
Little Birds are writing
`It's a miserable story!' said Bruno. `It begins miserably, and it ends miserablier. I think I shall cry. Sylvie, please lend me your handkerchief.'
`I haven't got it with me,' Sylvie whispered.
`Then I wo'n't cry,' said Bruno manfully.
`There are more Introductory Verses to come,' said the Other Professor, `but I'm hungry.' He sat down, cut a large slice of cake, put it on Bruno's plate, and gazed at his own empty plate in astonishment.
`Where did you get that cake?' Sylvie whispered to Bruno.
`He gived it me,' said Bruno.
`But you shouldn't ask for things! You know you shouldn't!'
`I didn't ask,' said Bruno, taking a fresh mouthful: `he gived it me.'
Sylvie considered this for a moment: then she saw her way out of it. `Well, then, ask him to give me some!'
`You seem to enjoy that cake?' the Professor remarked.
`Doos that mean "munch"?' Bruno whispered to Sylvie.
Sylvie nodded. `It means "to munch" and "to like to munch".'
Bruno smiled at the Professor. `I doos enjoy it,' he said.
The Other Professor caught the word. `And I hope you're enjoying yourself, little Man?' he enquired.
Bruno's look of horror quite startled him. `No, indeed I aren't!' he said.
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