“It is ME”
An amusing story is told of George III, which shows his kindly disposition under a strange circumstance. He was calling one day on an old lady, to whom he and the queen were much attached and whom they had persuaded to take up her abode in their own royal caste of Windsor. The king knocked at Mrs Delany’s door and waited for an answer. The answer came: –
“Who is there?” said a voice from within.
“It is me,” replied the king.
“Then Me may stay where he is,” returned the voice.
Again the king knocked and again the voice said, “who is it?”
“It is me,” was once more the royal reply.
And once again the voice answered, “Me is impertinent and may go about his business.”
But the knocking went on and by-and-by up jumped the questioner, a merry young lady of seventeen, the niece of Mrs Delany. Imagine her horror at seeing the king! She had thought him far away at Kew, where the royal family were staying.
All she could gasp out was, “What shall I say?”
“Nothing at all,” said the kind monarch. “You were very right to be cautious whom you admitted.”
Chatterbox (London, England), Saturday, November 12, 1881; pg. 407; Issue 51.