I promise the dying king that I will instruct his little son in all that he should know. I will be a father to him, serve him faithfully, and never desert him.
Those are easy promises to make, but there is one more. The king wants me to promise not to show his son the room in the palace where the portrait of the Princess of the Golden Roof is hidden.
The boy is very curious about that room. I do not know how I will keep him from discovering his father’s secret. However, I swear I will, so the king may continue to rest in peace.
Faithful John in Trusty John, Blue Fairy Book. Painting by Hugh van der Goes.