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Tylney Hall

TYLNEY HALL. 261

the soldiers aliv'^e; and a decanter or two, a few

glasses, plates, dishes, and other breakables,

remained miraculously unhurt amidst the general

havoc; a sufficient freight, indeed, for the butler's

tray, which Pompey volunteered to carry into the

house ;

but barely had the unlucky negro set foot

on the threshold, when, with an exclamation of

surprise, he dropt the whole brittle load at the feet

of the brown woman; and, in another second,

P.ompey lay sprawling himself amidst the frag-

ments, by a blow from her redoubtable hand.

After this exploit, the Queen of the Gipsies

sprang down the steps, and, with the air of Moll

Flaggon, danced and pranced along the lawn to

the scene of havoc just described, where she began

to amuse herself like a bedlamite broken out of

confinement. First of all, she bowled a round of

cold beef across the grass-plat, and then she sent a

fillet of veal trundling after it. Next, seizing the

gardener, who was collecting the fragments of the

feast, she forced him to dance a round with her,

ending the waltz with a trip up that laid the horti-

culturist on his back ; anon, after a little game at

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