354 — ༣༥༤ Lesson Fourteen
I4 ྃ་ .2 Trans]ation i̅
Continued fom Lesson 13
། Finally, by going continuously day and night, the cavalryforcearriVedafteronly
15 days had elapsedat thei̅side ot the fallen pine tree in the forest where the demon lived.
At this time, the soldiers dismounted and, being exhausted aund bereftof energy, lay down
on the ground. Thechiefstewardaskedinademeaningtone, "Isitbelowthispinetree?"
Lodor took off his saddle and let his horsei̅l ose andonly then tuurned back and answered,
"It is here. y our lordship, it is under this pine tree." The chief steward hit his fatigued
soldiers with his whip and in a loudvoice Verbally abused them saying, "A nimals, get up
quickly.i̅MoVe this tree away." (HoweVer) , they could not moVe that verythicktreeeVen
a little bit, so theyouth cut the tree intopieces with his go]den axe. The soldiers carried
the pieces away.
Then a large cave became Visible. The soldiers were astonished. When the chief
steward looked down into it, it was sca y and dark and he got frightened and started
shaking. Neverthe]ess, the chief steward, wide—eyed, i̅gave ai̅sarcastic laugh and told the
young man, "Go downt Ifyou are able to saVe the princess, it is okay foryou to become
the princess"s husband. NeVertheless, youshou]dshowit., know]respectandsendthe
princess up first." After that he made the so]diers make a well—bucket of leather that
would hold one person. Then they ]oweredLodorinto the CaVe. As for that black cave of
the demon, it was humid and scary. The inside of that weird Cave was fll]ed full with
cattle heads and humaun bones. Therewasasma]lfirewithseveralpiecesofwood
buurning, and the fire"s glow was glittering on the body of PrincessDrelha, who had
co]lapsed on the floor. She was softly singing a sad song.
On the north side there was a small Cave in which the demon was hiding while his
wounds healed. When he heard PrincessDrelha"si̅sad song he was veryaunnoyed and
scolded (her) loudly, " །rou corpse-eating small thief, (go ahead aund continue to) sing1
After my woundis healed, I"ll annihilate you [lit., destroy your bonesand flesh]." The
princess wasvery frightenedand shivered. She gotup unsteadily and lookedin all four
directions seeking ai̅way to stay a]iVe. When (she did this) suddenly she saw a round
black thing descending toward her. She thought, "aunother demon is coming, " and got
Very scared. She hurriedly hid.
i̅ As soon as the demon heardthe sound ofa person"s feet he got angryand came
out (lit., down) . A s he saw that the noise was the young man who had wounded him, he
laughed viciously and said, "It"s g od. It"s good. Having brought your neck to the d or,