128 TYLNEY HALL. in this ;—and, if ever your young ear has been addressed with the titles of man's idolatry, from mere woman up to angel, know that all those terms of admiration and fondness have been lavished on me. But the cane has been crushed," she added, with a sigh; "its sweetness is gone, and I am nothing now but trash, for the trash- house ! " " Indeed, you must let her go," said Grace, hanging on her parent. " You must grant this request as though it were my last ! "And in gallantry, sir," said Mrs. Hamilton, " you must grant me the same request, being my first ; " but, before the Justice could reply, the woman made out her own discharge as charac- teristically as her entrance. " I have made a longer visit than strict polite- ness would warrant," she said, with the air and dignity of a duchess of the court of Louis XIV " but my concern for an unfortunate criminal must be my excuse. No compliments, I beg. I will depart, as I came, without ceremony. Posi- tively I will have no attendance; not even to "
the door of the room ; TYLNEY HALL. 129 " and, with a significant but graceful wave of the knife, she retired, curtseying, leaving the whole assembly staring at each other, in a paroxysm of amazement. The constable was the first to speak. " Come, Master Joe," he said, "don't stand a-puUing a long face, as if you was in the cart with Jack Ketch. Budge man, budge ; youVe let off his worship says." " Your worship, if it's all the same," said Joe, addressing the Justice, " I don't want my discharge. As the woman's bolted, I don't mind goin' to prison in lieu on her. It will be bed, board, and lodging, any hows ; and that's more than I can get outside." " No, no, Joe," said the Baronet, " keep out of gaol. As the squire called to me when I was going at the Willow Brook, you won't like it when you're in. Hark ye, Joe : I did mean to give you a rating about Bedlamite, but it has been done for me, for a heavy hand has been laid on you ever since. Only never take charge of a hunter again." " Not for a purse of guineas," exclaimed Joe, ** there would be the same end on it. If there