At the utterance of this accusation king Rhydderch turned
his face from Ganieda but she merely laughed,
“Why do you turn from me my love, am I to believe
that you take the words of a madman as truth?”
Now there were in the hall many boys and, catching sight
of one of them, the ingenious woman thought of a ruse
by which she might prove to her husband that Merlin was lying.
Ganieda called the boy over and presenting him
to Merlin asked him to predict what death the lad would endure.
“My dear sister,” said Merlin, “the boy will die by falling from a high rock.”
Amused by these words Ganieda ordered the lad away,
but then in secret she had him cut his hair and change
his clothes and re-present himself as before.
The lad having done this, Ganieda again asked Merlin how he would die.
“Why this lad will, meet with a violent death in a tree,” said Merlin.
Then Ganieda again sent the lad away but this
time she bade him return to her dressed as a girl which he did.
“Now, dear brother,” smiled Ganieda, “can you say how this
pretty lass shall meet her end?”
“Lass or no,” said Merlin “She will die by drowning in a river.”
At this king Rhydderch laughed aloud and bade them
desist from their sport.
It looked like Merlin had predicted three different deaths for the same boy,
and the king was no longer minded to accept Merlin’s claim about the
leaf in his wife’s hair.