THE KING, THE QUEEN, AND THE PRIME MINISTER
A KING, who was to choose a prime minister, had a person in view. The queen
recommended a near relation, not qualified
for the place. The king sent for both, and
said, "What shall we do to one that
spurns the king?"
 The queen's man said, "There can be
no greater crime than that: the person
should have his feet cut off."
The king's man said, "A pair of shoes
set with priceless gems should adorn the
"How so?" said the impatient queen.
"May it please your majesty," said the
statesman, "dare any touch the king with
his feet other than the little prince that
lies in your majesty's arms?"
The queen made no further objection
to his appointment, saying, "Ah, statesmen
have to see, and to see through"