How did the speaker feel after talking to the child on the beach?
The speaker felt free and happy after talking to the child on the beach. The child was playing with shells and he ‘hired’ the speaker for nothing.This showed that he did not want any work from the speaker. In turn, he offered to give him nothing but happiness and cheer.This bargain brought him what he could not find with the king, old man, or the fair maid. This was because power, money, and beauty all go away, but happiness is something that stays and does not cost anything either. Happiness is the true asset of any human being.Power, money, and beauty cannot buy everlasting happiness. That is why the speaker was not bound with the child by any terms or conditions. Hence, he felt free after striking that bargain with the child.