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who may be a kinsman of the fiend in the straw, a most comical chance!" said Varney. “How say:est thou, Lambourne, wilt thou stand godfather for the nonce pe if the devil were to chuse a gos. sip, I know no one more fit for the office." gard 1996 Saving always when my betters are in presence," said Lambourne, with the civil impudence of a servant who knows his services to be so indispensable, that his jest will be permitted to pass muster. aived dina gora se morati gas 134066 And what is the name of this devil or devil's dam, who has timed her turns so strangely?" said Varney. We can ill afford to spare any of our actors. no idea 9 Pag e

* Gaudet nomine Sybilla," said the first speaker, « she is called Sybill Laneham, wife of Master Richard Laneham"d

r oog TIRO Se« Clerk to the Council-chamber door," said Varney; " why she is inexcusable, having had experience how to have ordered her matters better. But who were those, a man and a woman I think, who rode so hastily up the hill before me even now do they belong to your company ?"

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alarming inquiry, when the little diablotin again thrust in his oar. : 2:10:!foDo lilitut' - « So please you," he said, coming close up to Varney, and speaking so as not to be overheata by his companions, “the man was our devil major, who has tricks enough to supply the lack of å hundred such as Dame Laneham ; and the woman-if you please--is the sage person whose as sistance is most particularly necessary to our distressed comrade." ! 13.936 115 9:1 jtit

Oh, what, you have got the wise woman then » said Varney. “Why truly, sherode like one bound to a place where she was needed-And you have a spare limb of Satan, besides, to supply the place of Mistress Laneham o' *!; ".. biA **

*** Ay, sir," said the boy, « they are not s0 31 o: scarce in this world as your honour's virtuous eminence would suppose–This master-fiend shall spit a few flashes of fire, and eruct a volume or two of smoke on the spot, if it will do you pleasure you would think he had Ætna in his abdomen.” **I lack time just now, most hopeful imp of

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aos" spurs, and rode on his way,

Lambourne tarried a moment or two behind bis, master, and rummaged his pouch for a piece of silver, which he bestowed on the communica tive imp, as he said, for his encouragement on his path to the infernal regions, some sparks of whose fire, he said, he could discover flashing from him already. Then having received the boy's thanks for his generosity, he also spurred his horse, and

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3 A leges “ And now," said the wily, imp, sideling close up to, Wayland's horse, and cutting a gambol in the air, which seemed to vindicate his title to relationship with the prince of that element, “I have told them who you are, do you in return tell

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Either Flibbertigibbet," answered Wayland Smith, " or else an imp of the devil in good earnest." Le v ifter att mattis nt sasnieb of Thou hast hit it," answered Diokie Sludge ;

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* I ain' thine own Flibbertigibbet, mam, and I have broken forth of bounds, along with my leartied preceptor, as I told thee I would do, whether he would or not. But what lady hast thou got with thee? I saw thou wert at fault the first question was asked, and so I drew up for thy assistance. But I must know all who she is, dear Wayland." ;

ins. Donec sit welches “ Thou shalt know fifty finer things, my dear ingle," said Wayland; “ but a truce to thine inquiries just now; and since you are bound for Kenilworth, thither will I too, even for the love of thy sweet face and waggish company. 1941

" Thou should'st have said my waggish face and sweet company,” said Dickie ;““ but'how wilt 'thou travel with us I mean in what character F"

“ E'en in that thou hast assigned me, 'to be sure—as a juggler ; thou know?st"I am used to the craft," answered Wayland. position 3003 asiat El ** Ay, but the lady po answered FlibbertigibBet';'* credit me, I think she is one, and thou'árt in a sea of troubles about her at this moment, as I can perceive by thy fidgetting.".. opp.

“, she, máñ !she is a poor sister of mine,"

said Wayland" she can sing and play o' the lute, would win the fish out o' the stream." vårt 1904Let me hear her instantly,” said the boy ; 1 I love the lute rarely ; I love it of all things, though I never heard it." tort

390 din telee Then how canst thou love it, Flibbertigibbet ?" said Wayland. ward winnit masons s“ As knights love ladies in old tales," answered Dickie- on hearsay." Frontender SE Then love it on hearsay a little longer, till my sister is recovered from the fatigue of her journey," said Wayland ;--muttering afterwards betwixt his teeth, " The devil take the imp's - curiosity !-I must keep fair weather with him, jor we shall fare the worse. Foto va biele c. He then proceeded to state to Master Holiday his own talents as a juggler, with those of his sister as a musician. Some proof of his dexterity was demanded, which he readily gave in such a - style of excellence, that, delighted at obtaining -such an accession to their party, they readily aequiesced in the apology which he offered, when a display of his sister's talents was required. The new-comers were invited to partake of the refresh

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