He was sitting on the back of the East Wind, who kept tight hold of him, and they flew so high that
woods and meadows, rivers and seas appeared like a large illuminated map.
"Good morning!" said the East Wind; "you may as well sleep a little longer, for there is not much to be seen on that flat surface beneath us,
unless you can find amusement in counting churches; they stand like little bits of chalk on the green board there below." What he called the green board were fields and meadows.
"It was uncivil t
o depart, without taking leave of your mother and brothers," said the Prince.
"That may be excused, as you were asleep," said the East Wind. And now they flew even faster than before; how fast, mi
ght be seen by the tops of the trees, whose branches and leaves rustled as they passed them; and by the seas and lakes, for as they crossed them the waves rose higher, and large ships bowed low like swans in the water.
In the evening, when it became dark, the large towns had a most curious appearance. Lights were burning here and there; it was just like watching the sparks on a burnt piece of paper, as they vanish one after another, like children c
oming home from school.
The Prince clapped his hands, but the East Wind begged him to be quiet and to hold fast, as otherwise he might fall, and remain suspended from the top of a church-steeple.