He thought, Princess was over and done with, and only a link with the past to be remembered by people who are growing older and older. Soon the younger children would not remember her at all. After a while she would be wholly forgotten. Then the icy thought came to him. So too I may grow old and older, and be merely a link to the past, and be an un-regarded old duffer, and then die and be soon forgotten. Yet, that is as it should be.