As most of you will be aware by now, I am reading J.K. Rowling’s new fairytale titled The Ickbog. So far I have made articles about the first six chapters of the book. I will be attaching their links at the end of this one for your convenience. So here is all you need to know about chapters 7, 8 and 9 of The Ickabog:
While having dinner with King Fred, Lord Spittleworth bought up the subject of the fight Bert and Daisy had in the afternoon. This perked the interest of the King who was unaware of it till now. King Fred was amused rather than disturbed. Upon the insistence of Lord Spittleworth, he called in Major Beamish, Bert’s father to know more about the fight. The Major was summoned to the palace immediately. When Beamish heard about the reason he was called to meet the king, his heart sank. He didn’t want to tell the king what Daisy had said. He quite understood why the little girl felt the way she did about the King. The last thing he wanted to do was to get her into trouble. At the same time, he was well aware that there were other witnesses who could tell the king exactly what Daisy had said. He was sure that, if he lied, Lord Spittleworth and Lord Flapoon would tell the king that he was also disloyal and treacherous. So he narrated the incident to King Fred and rushed out of the room.
Selfish, vain, and cruel. The words kept on echoing in the mind of the King that night. He had a very disturbed sleep that night and woke up feeling even worse than before. He thought about making things better and the first thing that came to his mind was to reward Bert for defending him. So the little boy was bestowed with a medal and a few kind words. But, the feeling refused to go away.
The next day, the king realized was the Day of Petition. It was a special day held once a year when the subjects of Cornucopia were permitted an audience with the king. On this particular day, Fred wore the plainest suit he owned. Fred’s advisors were shocked to see him on time. Throughout the day he handed out coins and promises to his subjects. Just as the King and both the Lords were about to leave the room for lunch, a kerfuffle was heard.
Just as the King got up from his throne, Herringbone hurried towards King Fred. ‘There is a shepherd from the Marshlands here to petition you, sire. He’s a little late – I could send him away if Your Majesty wants his lunch?’ he said. To everyone’s shock, the King agreed to meet the poor shepherd who had come from so far. The shepherd started telling the King about his arduous journey from the Marshlands and said something about his dog named Patch who he believed was dead. When Fred was about to hand him some gold coins to buy a new dog, the shepherd refused them. He said that he had come over to tell the King the story about how his dog died.
‘’Twas the Ickabog that ate him, sire,’ said the shepherd. The room went completely silent, and then Spittleworth and Flapoon burst out laughing. King Fred felt a strong urge to laugh along with the two lords. But right then, he heard the words of little Daisy echoed in his head. He immediately stopped himself and heard the whole story in complete silence. Much to everyone’s shock, the king said, ‘we shall travel north this very day to investigate the matter of the Ickabog once and for all.
You can read about the first three chapters here.
You can read about chapters 4,5 and 6 here.