The king had arranged a regal marriage for his daughter a bond that would unite two great nations. Yet, because the young couple seemed so terribly formal to each other, the old monarch was worried that the union would not be a success.
Posting a spy outside the royal bridal chamber, he demanded a full account of the wedding night's progress.
"It is hard to tell," said the king's spy the next morning.
"When the prince entered the chamber, I heard the princess say quite formally, 'I offer you my honor. 'Then the prince said, with equal courtliness, 'Madame, I honor your offer,' And that is the way it went all night long-honor, offer, honor, offer,"