The prince had just made this resolve, when the door opened, and the servant announced that Messrs. Kalkreuth and Kaphengst awaited his commands.
He bade them enter, and advancing smilingly gave them his hand.
"Welcome! welcome!" he said; "the cage is open, and I may enjoy a little air and sunshine; let us not delay to make use of this opportunity. Our horses shall be saddled."
"They are already saddled, prince," said Baron Kalkreuth. "I have ordered them to the court, and as soon as it is dark we will mount them."
"What! is it not best that we should mount before my door and ride openly away?" said the prince, wonderingly.
"It is my opinion that is the best plan," cried Baron Kaphengst, laughing gayly. "Every one will believe your highness to be simply taking a ride, while curiosity would be raised if we left the city on foot."
"I think leaving in the dark, and on foot, looks as if I were afraid," said the prince, thoughtfully.
"Secrecy is good for priests and old women, but not for us," cried Kaphengst.