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The eyes of the spectators, which, during this strange scene鈥攖his trial of strength between the lay and ecclesiastical dignitaries鈥攈ad alternately wandered to each, were now anxiously directed to Skipwith alone, who hastily concluded his charge, and turned to the jury, as the arbiters of Edith's fate. Calverley, among the rest, cast a look at the jury-box: and Black Jack, turning to his companions, proceeded, in the usual manner, to ask their opinions. Ten, after a minute's consultation, decided that the prisoner was guilty; but the eleventh, the stranger who had endeavoured to screen himself from observation, and whose changing aspect and agitation had betrayed the deep interest he took in the trial, positively refused to return a verdict of guilty. Black Jack cast an intimidating glance on the non-content, but he heeded him not; and as the jury-box, exposed to the eyes of the whole court, was not a place for further debate, the foreman declared, that as one of his brethren would not agree with the rest, they must withdraw.

"Aye, it is he whom you say is the prophet," cried father John, "and accurst, say I, be the house-breakers!" his eye fell on Ralph Rugge. "What, another of the chosen!" he added, with a withering glance. "All, all are unworthy鈥攎y heart is sick!" and he turned away and covered his face with his hands..
"Now, sirrah," said the baron, whose anger was aroused to the highest pitch; "say the word鈥攊s it death or bondage?".
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"Yes, my lord," said he, without hesitation, but yet with a consciousness that the answer was to injure him.!
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"Not guilty, my lord," she replied, in a voice so loud and distinct, that the surprised hearers wondered so feeble a creature could possess such a voice..
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"His name, I think, was Stephen Holgrave鈥攖he same Holgrave that was among the rebels, is it not?"
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21 August, 2019 - 13:08
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