The Palace and the Hut XXIX
As night fell and the light glittered in the great house, the servants stood at the
massive door awaiting the coming of the guests; and upon their velvet garments
shown golden buttons.
The magnificent carriages drew into the palace park and the nobles entered, dressed in
gorgeous raiment and decorated with jewels. The instruments filled the air with
pleasant melodies while the dignitaries danced to the soothing music.
At midnight the finest and most palatable foods were served on a beautiful table
embellished with all kinds of the rarest flowers. The feasters dined and drank
abundantly, until the sequence of the wine began to play its part. At dawn the throng
dispersed boisterously, after spending a long night of intoxication and gluttony which
hurried their worn bodies into their deep beds with unnatural sleep.
At eventide, a man attired in the dress of heavy work stood before the door of his
small house and knocked at the door. As it opened, he entered and greeted the
occupants in a cheerful manner, and then sat between his children who were playing at
the fireplace. In a short time, his wife had the meal prepared and they sat at a wooden
table consuming their food. After eating they gathered around the oil lamp and talked
of the day’s events. When the early night had lapsed, all stood silently and surrendered
themselves to the King of Slumber with a song of praise and a prayer of gratitude on