With sad eyes, Queen Pirouette looked with compassion upon the poor beggar woman. Her hand was outstretched, revealing a bony, malnourished arm. “Alms for the poor!” She cried. Pirouette gave her Almoner a nod of the head, and he tossed a gold coin at the woman.
“God bless you!” Shouted the old woman who bit into the coin to test its purity. “You are the hope of the nation!” She continued.