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rogues, who come from a pestilent nest of dissenters. I would I had the power to send you to the gallows with them ! That is the only place for a cursed brood like yours ! '
And as Hannah, fired by wrath and by her sisterly despair, would not even then be silenced, but con- tinued her petition with her hands upon the window frame of his coach, he leaned out upon the other side and roared to his charioteer to cut at that pestilent woman with his whip ; and the lash drew blood from Hannah's white fingers as she sank half fainting into the arms of her friends.
And yet that very evening, to her immense astonish- ment, she received a courteous summons to the presence of the Judge, and on presenting herself at his lodging in the castle, with the friend in whose care she was at that time living, she found Jeffreys in an extraordinarily different mood. He had, in fact, just made the discovery that the woman he had treated so brutally was one of the family specially recommended to him by his relative, who had said that the ultimate benefits he might expect from him would largely depend on what efforts he made to save the two Hewling brothers. If the Judge had not been so drunk overnight when this missive reached him, he might possibly have acted differently in Court that clay ; but now he assured Hannah that he would do all in his power to obtain a respite of the