The great dining hall of King Seaphus was considered by all the inhabitants of Merland that is, all those who had been lucky enough to have seen its splendor to be the most magnificent of its kind anywhere. The dining table, or banquet board, as it was called, was made of mother-of-pearl. The pale, shimmery cloth was woven from the most delicate of sea-grasses.
Just the other day I heard the King of the Mermen say that they were about to send a note of protest to Neptune for violating the laws of Merland!" "I don't know much about it," said Mary Louise, "except that it's very inconvenient to have one's voyage disturbed in such a way. What are we going to do now?" "How would you like to visit the Court of the Mer King?" asked the mermaid.