200 TYLNEY HALL. quite as fearfully as the savage grin to which it replied. He turned from her with a growl, and then, looking round the room, hellowed out a general curse, waving his arms abroad, as if to assist in the distribution of the malediction. " You'll all be consumed all on ! ye and if I stays here I shall be consumed along with ye !", whereupon he bolted through the door, and his powerful harsh voice was heard muttering far, far away into the distance. " Let him go, Gregory," said the Justice to the con- stable, who put himself in motion as soon as the Ranter was fairly out of " hearing ; let him go. There are such things as warrants in case of need. As for this fellow, he is dis- charged ; and, I feel bound to say, without a blot on his character." " And the woman," inquired the clerk, " is she to be at walk, or in the coop ? " " Committed !" said the magistrate, assuming his Brutus look, and a severe tone worthy of the look. " Committed, were she my own sister. I have yet to consider whether a nameless stroller, of questionable means and notorious vio- lence, should be let loose on society, armed with an illegal weapon, to the terror of his Majesty's liege subjects."
TYLNEY HALL. 201 or at dead of night in some lonely ruin ; and I will tell you that I have the same natural privileges as : yourself the same right to live where I will, or how 1 will ; to starve on wild herbs and berries in preference to a menial's pittance, and to sleep under the bare than the roof of a poor-house. cope of heaven rather Call me to account in some such spot, and attempt, if you dare, to control my choice. The liberty which God gave me man shall not wrest from me. Lay but one ringer upon me, in compulsion, and like other tyrants your soul shall startle at the outcry of f war to the knife!'" " A pretty doctrine truly," replied the magistrate, very coolly, " to come from the lips of one who, from her com- plexion, was born and bred in some land of slaves." " Ay, you are right," said the woman, " but there I was the ruler and not the ruled ; I was the mistress and not the slave : a look hinted my will ; a word expressed it, and, if needful, the whip enforced it. And am I come hither to endure dictation to have my motives scrutinised my wishes disputed my acts condemned to be ordered"