304 True Stories of Girl Heroines
of what they had dared and done, how they looked, how they had stood the journey and the prison ; and how they were soon to be sent down to the West Country, to be tried at those places where they had been seen in arms against the King.
" That is the worst of it ! ' cried the mother. " Had it been here in London town our friends and the influence of our party might have had weight. But over yonder so far away ! Ah, if I could but go there with them ! '
" Mother, I will go ! ' said Hannah, speaking firmly and resolutely. " I have thought of it all the way home. I have plans of all sorts in my head. Grandfather will soon be here, and then he will tell you more, and we will talk it over together. But I must be there. I must go with them. I must I must ! "
" But, my child, my child, how can I -spare thee ? They say that the King is so incensed that even to show pity for the condemned for the prisoners is accounted as a crime. Suppose that hurt were to befall thee ? "
" Mother," she answered gently, " God can protect me, and I think He will. But be that as it may, I cannot let my brothers go to what may be their death alone. I must be there to visit them in their prison, to lighten the rigours of captivity, to provide them with whatever may be permitted in the way