My father is a poor knight with a great many children, and we have never had enough to eat. One day, I went to town to do some business, and I met Geirald, the son of a rich man. We got along very well, and he proposed that we should travel together. I said, “There is nothing I should like better, but my father is very poor and could never give me the money.”

“That is not difficult!” Geirald said. “My father has more money than he knows what to do with. He’ll give me as much as we need for both of us. Only promise me this. If we have any adventures, you are to take the risks, and you must give me all the glory.”

That seemed fair. I have never put much stock in glory.

The Poor Knight Rosald in How Geirald the Coward was Punished, Brown Fairy Book. Painting by N.C. Wyeth.

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