Our story must now return to one of our characters whom we have been forced t_eglect. The temper of Bilbil the goat was not sweet under any circumstances,
and whenever he had a grievance he was inclined to be quite grumpy. So, whe_is master settled down in the palace of King Gos for a quiet life with th_oy Prince, and passed his time in playing checkers and eating and otherwis_njoying himself, he had no use whatever for Bilbil, and shut the goat in a_pstairs room to prevent his wandering through the city and quarreling wit_he citizens. But this Bilbil did not like at all. He became very cross an_isagreeable at being left alone and he did not speak nicely to the servant_ho came to bring him food; therefore those people decided not to wait upo_im any more, resenting his conversation and not liking to be scolded by _ean, scraggly goat, even though it belonged to a conqueror. The servants kep_way from the room and Bilbil grew more hungry and more angry every hour. H_ried to eat the rugs and ornaments, but found them not at all nourishing.
There was no grass to be had unless he escaped from the palace.
When Queen Cor came to capture Inga and Rinkitink, both the prisoners were s_illed with despair at their own misfortune that they gave no thought whateve_o the goat, who was left in his room. Nor did Bilbil know anything of th_hanged fortunes of his comrades until he heard shouts and boisterous laughte_n the courtyard below. Looking out of a window, with the intention o_ebuking those who dared thus to disturb him, Bilbil saw the courtyard quit_illed with warriors and knew from this that the palace had in some way agai_allen into the hands of the enemy.
Now, although Bilbil was often exceedingly disagreeable to King Rinkitink, a_ell as to the Prince, and sometimes used harsh words in addressing them, h_as intelligent enough to know them to be his friends, and to know that Kin_os and his people were his foes. In sudden anger, provoked by the sight o_he warriors and the knowledge that he was in the power of the dangerous me_f Regos, Bilbil butted his head against the door of his room and burst i_pen. Then he ran to the head of the staircase and saw King Gos coming up th_tairs followed by a long line of his chief captains and warriors.
The goat lowered his head, trembling with rage and excitement, and just as th_ing reached the top stair the animal dashed forward and butted His Majesty s_iercely that the big and powerful King, who did not expect an attack, double_p and tumbled backward. His great weight knocked over the man just behind hi_nd he in turn struck the next warrior and upset him, so that in an instan_he whole line of Bilbil's foes was tumbling heels over head to the bottom o_he stairs, where they piled up in a heap, struggling and shouting and in th_ixup hitting one another with their fists, until every man of them wa_ruised and sore.
Finally King Gos scrambled out of the heap and rushed up the stairs again,
very angry indeed. Bilbil was ready for him and a second time butted the Kin_own the stairs; but now the goat also lost his balance and followed the King,
landing full upon the confused heap of soldiers. Then he kicked out s_iciously with his heels that he soon freed himself and dashed out of th_oorway of the palace.
"Stop him!" cried King Gos, running after.
But the goat was now so wild and excited that it was not safe for anyone t_tand in his way. None of the men were armed and when one or two tried to hea_ff the goat, Bilbil sent them sprawling upon the ground. Most of th_arriors, however, were wise enough not to attempt to interfere with hi_light.
Coursing down the street, Bilbil found himself approaching the bridge of boat_nd without pausing to think where it might lead him he crossed over an_roceeded on his way. A few moments later a great stone building blocked hi_ath. It was the palace of Queen Cor, and seeing the gates of the courtyar_tanding wide open, Bilbil rushed through them without slackening his speed.