The Abbot, Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1821 edition. Excerpt: ...Hal Hempseed?' replied the mercer, ' why, you may remember he was a sort of a gentleman, ami would meddle in state matters, and so ip got into the mire about the Duke of Norfolk's matter these two or three years since, fled the country with a pursuivant's warrant at his beds, and has never since been heard of.' 'Nay, after these baulks, ' said Michael Lambourne, ' l need hardly inquire after ouy Foster; for when ropes and cross-bow shafts, and pursuivant's warrants, and such like gear were so rife, Tony could hardly 'scape them.' 'Which Tony Foster mean you?' said the inn-keeper.. 'Why, he they called Tony Fire-the-Faggot, because he brought a light to kindle the pile round Latimer and Ridley, when the wind blew out Jack Thong's torch, and no man else would give him light for love or money.' 'Tony Foster lives and thrives, ' said the host.--' But, kinsman, 1 would not have you call him Tony Fire-the-Faggot, if you would not brook the stab.' 'How! is he grown ashame.J on't?' said Lambourne; ' why, he Sms wont to boast of it, and say he liked as well to sec a roasted heretic, as a roasted ox.' 'Ay, but, kinsman, that was in Mary's time;' replied the landloid, 'when Tony's father was Reeve here to the Abbot of Abingdnn. But since that, Tony married a pure precisian, and is as good a Protestant, 1 warrant you, as the best.' 'And looks grave, and holds his head high, and scorns his old companions, ' said the mercer. 'Then he hath prospered, 1 warrant him, ' said Lambourne; ' for ever when a man hath got nobles of his own, he keeps out of the way of those whose exchequers lie in other men's purchase.' 'Prospered, quotha!' said the mercer, ' why, you remember CnmnorPlace, the old mansion-house beside the church-yard?' 'By the same.