What’s Up With the Ending?
The King now knew that these four old-fashioned things…the rain, the sunshine, the fog and the snow…were good enough for any king in all the world, especially for him, old King Derwin of Didd. (135)
You know all those things we said this story was really about: saying I'm sorry; sticking to your guns; not backing down when you're in the right? (Check out "Meaning" for the full discussion.)
Well, this ending tells us that the story is most about being satisfied with what you have… and not making everyone else have a heart attack running around to change the weather for you. All of the other morals come out of this one. After all, Bartholomew wouldn't have to be that assertive in the first place if the King could be reasonable once in a while.