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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.6

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.6
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frequently received alms at his door ; and had often feen him pafsand repafs, when he was going to fome amufement, or hunting. She was ready with her anfwers, in which God aflifted the earl i for had (he delayed it ever fo little, they would have found him in converfation with her by the fire-fide. f My lord, mount this ladder, and get under the bed in which my children deep.9 This he did, while fhe employed herfelf by the fire-fide, with another child in a cradle. The earl of Flanders mounted the ladder as quickly as he could, and, getting between the ftraw and the coverlid, hid himfelf, and con-tracted his body into as little fpace as poflible. He had fcarcely done fo, when fome of the mob of Ghent entered the houfe ; for one of them had faid, he had feen a man go in there. They found this woman fitting by the fire, nurfing her child, of whom they demanded, c Woman, where is the man we faw enter this houfe, and fhut the door after him F € By my troth/ replied fhe,€ I have not feen any one enter bere this night ; but I have juft been at the door to throw out fome water, which I then fhut after me; befides, I have not any place to hide him in, for you, fefc the whole of this houfe : here is my bed, and my children fleep overhead.' Upon this one of them took a candle, and mounted the ladder, and, thrufting his head into the place, faw nothing but the wretched bed in which the children were afleep. • He looked all about him, above and below, and then faid to his companions, f Come, come, let us go r we only 10«


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