Following the movement of the Temple and its emergence under the Ferryman’s hut on the ‘spiritual’ side of the river, the group gathered at the alter which had magically constructed itself from the bricks and doors of the destroyed hut. The Old Man with the Lamp, the Youth-Prince and the Ferryman acting as an alter-assistant stood upon the alter. The others gathered expectantly. The Old Man only had a very few words to say. Then he waited, then repeated those few words again. The gathered group pondered these words and their meaning.
Uncertainty often accompanies words that initially seem strange. Understanding comes upon reflection or further commentary, or experiences to come. The standing upon the alter was to separate the Youth-Prince from the group, to change his focus upon Lily to himself. The few words, repeated twice, were the Old Man’s way of emphasizing his message. More was to come. But in this scene, the stage was set for further instruction.
Read the fairy tale to see what was said and what followed.