The beast was, of course, the Hungry Tiger, and Betsy was as overjoyed to see him as he was embarrassed to see her, given the reason he’d come to Rash.
After getting over his initial shock, and seeing that Betsy was good friends with the Tiger, Carter offered him some of his vegetables. Soon a new prisoner was flung into the enclosure, a barber who had accidentally nicked the Pasha’s face.
When Irashi arrived with “dessert,” the Tiger had Betsy and the others hide in the underground cavern where he had put the singer. The new victims were a little boy and the Grand Vizier. Fizzenpop told the Tiger that the boy was Prince Evered, the true heir to the throne which Irashi had usurped from his retired brother.
Fizzenpop told of three magic rubies that would protect the Scarlet Prince from various kinds of harm and restore him to the throne if they could be found.
The Hungry Tiger went to talk to Betsy, but was astonished to find the underground cave empty!
What had happened? The barber had been so overjoyed when he overheard the talk overhead that the prince had been found, that he clattered his shaving mug along the cave wall, and must have tripped a switch, for he, Betsy, Carter, and the singer went plunging down a hole and came out in a field full of down, lit from overheard by a square green moon.
Soon the Tiger and Prince Evered joined them, Fizzenpop having stayed behind to tell Irashi that the Tiger magically escaped.
After a night’s sleep, Betsy and the others became acquainted with the Prince, and Carter, realizing that his was one of the magic rubies, willingly gave it to Reddy.
Then they walked to Down Town, which looked to Betsy like any town in her home state of Oklahoma. There the Tiger was overwhelmed with the aroma from a restaurant, and crashed into it to eat his fill. The others did the same, and were soon arrested and brought before Dad (the King) and Queen Fi Nance, a woman made of coins and wearing a dress made of money.
They were sentenced to go to the Indus Tree and select a profession to work at until they’d paid the cost of the food they’d eaten. The singer, finding a harp, and the barber, getting a brand-new razor, elected to stay in Down Town until the Prince was Pasha.
Betsy, Reddy, Carter, and the Tiger took the subway and after what seemed hours underground, they came to the Gnome Kingdom. King Kaliko welcomed Betsy, who had helped him win his station from Ruggedo, and hearing of the Rubies of Rash, surreptitiously removed a ring and hid it (though Carter saw him do it).
After a splendid lunch, Kaliko led them to their guest quarters. Carter listened from behind his door to Kaliko and General Guph, who said to the King, “If you weren’t such a miserable mole, you’d get that other ruby!”