After several minutes he [Wart] said, "Is one allowed to speak as a human being, or does the thing about being seen and not heard have to apply?"
"Everybody can speak."
"That's good, because I wanted to mention that you have been knitting your beard into the night-cap for three rows now."
"Well, I'll be . . ."
"I should think the best thing would be to cut off the end of your beard. Shall I fetch some scissors?"
"Why didn't you tell me that before?"
"I wanted to see what would happen."
"You run a grave risk, my boy," said the magician, "of being turned into a piece of bread, and toasted."
With this he slowly began to unpick his beard, muttering to himself meanwhile, and taking the greatest precautions not to drop a stitch."
You see how entertaining it can be when the fabled King Arthur is a small boy named Wart, and the magician Merlyn is his tutor?