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Come Rack! Come Rope!

BY

ROBERT HUGH BENSON

_Author of "By What Authority?" "The King's Achievement,"

"Lord of the World," etc._

New York

P.J. Kenedy & Sons

PREFACE

Very nearly the whole of this book is sober historical fact; and by far

the greater number of the personages named in it once lived and acted in

the manner in which I have presented them. My hero and my heroine are

fictitious; so also are the parents of my heroine, the father of my

hero, one lawyer, one woman, two servants, a farmer and his wife, the

landlord of an inn, and a few other entirely negligible characters. But

the family of the FitzHerberts passed precisely through the fortunes

which I have described; they had their confessors and their one traitor

(as I have said). Mr. Anthony Babington plotted, and fell, in the manner

that is related; Mary languished in Chartley under Sir Amyas Paulet; was

assisted by Mr. Bourgoign; was betrayed by her secretary and Mr.

Gifford, and died at Fotheringay; Mr. Garlick and Mr. Ludlam and Mr.

Simpson received their vocations, passed through their adventures; were

captured at Padley, and died in Derby. Father Campion (from whose speech

after torture the title of the book is taken) suffered on the rack and

was executed at Tyburn. Mr. Topcliffe tormented the Catholics that fell

into his hands; plotted with Mr. Thomas FitzHerbert, and bargained for

Padley (which he subsequently lost again) on the terms here drawn out.

My Lord Shrewsbury rode about Derbyshire, directed the search for

recusants and presided at their deaths; priests of all kinds came and

went in disguise; Mr. Owen went about constructing hiding-holes; Mr.

Bassett lived defiantly at Langleys, and dabbled a little (I am afraid)

in occultism; Mr. Fenton was often to be found in Hathersage--all these

things took place as nearly as I have had the power of relating them.

Two localities only, I think, are disguised under their names--Booth's

Edge and Matstead. Padley, or rather the chapel in which the last mass

was said under the circumstances described in this book, remains, to

this day, close to Grindleford Station. A Catholic pilgrimage is made

there every year; and I have myself once had the honour of preaching on

such an occasion, leaning against the wall of the old hall that is

immediately beneath the chapel where Mr. Garlick and Mr. Ludlam said

their last masses, and were captured. If the book is too sensational, it

is no more sensational than life itself was to Derbyshire folk between

1579 and 1588.

It remains only, first, to express my extreme indebtedness to Dom Bede

Camm's erudite book--"Forgotten Shrines"--from which I have taken

immense quantities of information, and to a pile of some twenty to

thirty other books that are before me as I write these words; and,

secondly, to ask forgiveness from the distinguished family that takes

its name from the FitzHerberts and is descended from them directly; and

to assure its members that old Sir Thomas, Mr. John, Mr. Anthony, and

all the rest, down to the present day, outweigh a thousand times over

(to the minds of all decent people) the stigma of Mr. Thomas' name. Even

the apostles numbered one Judas!

ROBERT HUGH BENSON.

_Feast of the Blessed Thomas More, 1912.

Hare Street House, Buntingford._

PART I

CHAPTER I

I

There should be no sight more happy than a young man riding to meet his

love. His eyes should shine, his lips should sing; he should slap his

mare upon her shoulder and call her his darling. The puddles upon his

way should be turned to pure gold, and the stream that runs beside him

should chatter her name.

Yet, as Robin rode to Marjorie none of these things were done. It was a

still day of frost; the sky was arched above him, across the high hills,

like that terrible crystal which is the vault above which sits God--hard

blue from horizon to horizon; the fringe of feathery birches stood like

filigree-work above him on his left; on his right ran the Derwent,

sucking softly among his sedges; on this side and that lay the flat

bottom through which he went--meadowland broken by rushes; his mare

Cecily stepped along, now cracking the thin ice of the little pools with

her dainty feet, now going gently over peaty ground, blowing thin clouds

from her red nostrils, yet unencouraged by word or caress from her

rider; who sat, heavy and all but slouching, staring with his blue eyes

under puckered eyelids, as if he went to an appointment which he would

not keep.

Yet he was a very pleasant lad to look upon, smooth-faced and gallant,

mounted and dressed in a manner that should give any lad joy. He wore

great gauntlets on his hands; he was in his habit of green; he had his

steel-buckled leather belt upon him beneath his cloak and a pair of

daggers in it, with his long-sword looped up; he had his felt hat on

his head, buckled again, and decked with half a pheasant's tail; he had

his long boots of undressed leather, that rose above his knees; and on

his left wrist sat his grim falcon Agnes, hooded and belled, not because

he rode after game, but from mere custom, and to give her the air.

He was meeting his first man's trouble.

Last year he had said good-bye to Derby Grammar School--of old my lord

Bishop Durdant's foundation--situated in St. Peter's churchyard. Here he

had done the right and usual things; he had learned his grammar; he had

fought; he had been chastised; he had robed the effigy of his pious

founder in a patched doublet with a saucepan on his head (but that had

been done before he had learned veneration)--and so had gone home again

to Matstead, proficient in Latin, English, history, writing, good

manners and chess, to live with his father, to hunt, to hear mass when a

priest was within reasonable distance, to indite painful letters now and

then on matters of the estate, and to learn how to bear himself

generally as should one of Master's rank--the son of a gentleman who

bore arms, and his father's father before him. He dined at twelve, he

supped at six, he said his prayers, and blessed himself when no

strangers were by. He was something of a herbalist, as a sheer hobby of

his own; he went to feed his falcons in the morning, he rode with them

after dinner (from last August he had found himself riding north more

often than south, since Marjorie lived in that quarter); and now all had

been crowned last Christmas Eve, when in the enclosed garden at her

house he had kissed her two hands suddenly, and made her a little speech

he had learned by heart; after which he kissed her on the lips as a man

should, in the honest noon sunlight.

All this was as it should be. There were no doubts or disasters

anywhere. Marjorie was an only daughter as he an only son. Her father,

it is true, was but a Derby lawyer, but he and his wife had a good

little estate above the Hathersage valley, and a stone house in it. As

for religion, that was all well too. Master Manners was as good a

Catholic as Master Audrey himself; and the families met at mass perhaps

as much as four or five times in the year, either at Padley, where Sir

Thomas' chapel still had priests coming and going; sometimes at Dethick

in the Babingtons' barn; sometimes as far north as Harewood.

And now a man's trouble was come upon the boy. The cause of it was as

follows.

Robin Audrey was no more religious than a boy of seventeen should be.

Yet he had had as few doubts about the matter as if he had been a monk.

His mother had taught him well, up to the time of her death ten years

ago; and he had learned from her, as well as from his father when that

professor spoke of it at all, that there were two kinds of religion in

the world, the true and the false--that is to say, the Catholic religion

and the other one. Certainly there were shades of differences in the

other one; the Turk did not believe precisely as the ancient Roman, nor

yet as the modern Protestant--yet these distinctions were subtle and

negligible; they were all swallowed up in an unity of falsehood. Next he

had learned that the Catholic religion was at present blown upon by many

persons in high position; that pains and penalties lay upon all who

adhered to it. Sir Thomas FitzHerbert, for instance, lay now in the

Fleet in London on that very account. His own father, too, three or four

times in the year, was under necessity of paying over heavy sums for the

privilege of not attending Protestant worship; and, indeed, had been

forced last year to sell a piece of land over on Lees Moor for this very

purpose. Priests came and went at their peril.... He himself had fought

two or three battles over the affair in St. Peter's churchyard, until he

had learned to hold his tongue. But all this was just part of the game.

It seemed to him as inevitable and eternal as the changes of the

weather. Matstead Church, he knew, had once been Catholic; but how long

ago he did not care to inquire. He only knew that for awhile there had

been some doubt on the matter; and that before Mr. Barton's time, who

was now minister there, there had been a proper priest in the place, who

had read English prayers there and a sort of a mass, which he had

attended as a little boy. Then this had ceased; the priest had gone and

Mr. Barton come, and since that time he had never been to church there,

but had heard the real mass wherever he could with a certain secrecy.

And there might be further perils in future, as there might be

thunderstorms or floods. There was still the memory of the descent of

the Commissioners a year or two after his birth; he had been brought up

on the stories of riding and counter-riding, and the hiding away of

altar-plate and beads and vestments. But all this was in his bones and

blood; it was as natural that professors of the false religion should

seek to injure and distress professors of the true, as that the foxes

should attack the poultry-yard. One took one's precautions, one hoped

for the best; and one was quite sure that one day the happy ancient

times his mother had told him of would come back, and Christ's cause be

vindicated.

And now the foundations of the earth were moved and heaven reeled above

him; for his father, after a month or two of brooding, had announced, on

St. Stephen's Day, that he could tolerate it no longer; that God's

demands were unreasonable; that, after all, the Protestant religion was

the religion of her Grace, that men must learn to move with the times,

and that he had paid his last fine. At Easter, he observed, he would

take the bread and wine in Matstead Church, and Robin would take them

too.

II

The sun stood half-way towards his setting as Robin rode up from the

valley, past Padley, over the steep ascent that led towards Booth's

Edge. The boy was brighter a little as he came up; he had counted above

eighty snipe within the last mile and a half, and he was coming near to

Marjorie. About him, rising higher as he rose, stood the great

low-backed hills. Cecily stepped out more sharply, snuffing delicately,

for she knew her way well enough by now, and looked for a feed; and the

boy's perplexities stood off from him a little. Matters must surely be

better so soon as Marjorie's clear eyes looked upon them.

Then the roofs of Padley disappeared behind him, and he saw the smoke

going up from the little timbered Hall, standing back against its bare

wind-blown trees.

A great clatter and din of barking broke out as the mare's hoofs sounded

on the half-paved space before the great door; and then, in the pause, a

gaggling of geese, solemn and earnest, from out of sight. Jacob led the

outcry, a great mastiff, chained by the entrance, of the breed of which

three are set to meet a bear and four a lion. Then two harriers whipped

round the corner, and a terrier's head showed itself over the wall of

the herb-garden on the left, as a man, bareheaded, in his shirt and

breeches, ran out suddenly with a thonged whip, in time to meet a pair

of spaniels in full career. Robin sat his horse silently till peace was

restored, his right leg flung across the pommel, untwisting Agnes' leash

from his fist. Then he asked for Mistress Marjorie, and dropped to the

ground, leaving his mare and falcon in the man's hands, with an air.

He flicked his fingers to growling Jacob as he went past to the side

entrance on the east, stepped in through the little door that was beside

the great one, and passed on as he had been bidden into the little

court, turned to the left, went up an outside staircase, and so down a

little passage to the ladies' parlour, where he knocked upon the door.

The voice he knew called to him from within; and he went in, smiling to

himself. Then he took the girl who awaited him there in both his arms,

and kissed her twice--first her hands and then her lips, for respect

should come first and ardour second.

"My love," said Robin, and threw off his hat with the pheasant's tail,

for coolness' sake.

* * * * *

It was a sweet room this which he already knew by heart; for it was here

that he had sat with Marjorie and her mother, silent and confused,

evening after evening, last autumn; it was here, too, that she had led

him last Christmas Eve, scarcely ten days ago, after he had kissed her

in the enclosed garden. But the low frostysunlight lay in it now, upon

the blue painted wainscot that rose half up the walls, the tall presses

where the linen lay, the pieces of stuff, embroidered with pale lutes

and wreaths that Mistress Manners had bought in Derby, hanging now over

the plaster spaces. There was a chimney, too, newly built, that was

thought a great luxury; and in it burned an armful of logs, for the girl

was setting out new linen for the household, and the scents of lavender

and burning wood disputed the air between them.

"I thought it would be you," she said, "when I heard the dogs."

She piled the last rolls of linen in an ordered heap, and came to sit

beside him. Robin took one hand in his and sat silent.

She was of an age with him, perhaps a month the younger; and, as it

ought to be, was his very contrary in all respects. Where he was fair,

she was pale and dark; his eyes were blue, hers black; he was lusty and

showed promise of broadness, she was slender.

"And what news do you bring with you now?" she said presently.

He evaded this.

"Mistress Manners?" he asked.

"Mother has a megrim," she said; "she is in her chamber." And she smiled

at him again. For these two, as is the custom of young persons who love

one another, had said not a word on either side--neither he to his

father nor she to her parents. They believed, as young persons do, that

parents who bring children into the world, hold it as a chief danger

that these children should follow their example, and themselves be

married. Besides, there is something delicious in secrecy.

"Then I will kiss you again," he said, "while there is opportunity."

* * * * *

Making love is a very good way to pass the time, above all when that

same time presses and other disconcerting things should be spoken of

instead; and this device Robin now learned. He spoke of a hundred things

that were of no importance: of the dress that she wore--russet, as it

should be, for country girls, with the loose sleeves folded back above

her elbows that she might handle the linen; her apron of coarse linen,

her steel-buckled shoes. He told her that he loved her better in that

than in her costume of state--the ruff, the fardingale, the brocaded

petticoat, and all the rest--in which he had seen her once last summer

at Babington House. He talked then, when she would hear no more of that,

of Tuesday seven-night, when they would meet for hawking in the lower

chase of the Padley estates; and proceeded then to speak of Agnes, whom

he had left on the fist of the man who had taken his mare, of her

increasing infirmities and her crimes of crabbing; and all the while he

held her left hand in both of his, and fitted her fingers between his,


生词表:
  • lawyer [´lɔ:jə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.律师;法学家   (初中英语单词)
  • torture [´tɔ:tʃə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.&vt.折磨;痛苦;拷问   (初中英语单词)
  • disguise [dis´gaiz] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.假装;隐瞒 n.伪装   (初中英语单词)
  • chapel [´tʃæpəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.小教堂   (初中英语单词)
  • catholic [´kæθəlik] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.天主教 n.天主教徒   (初中英语单词)
  • extreme [ik´stri:m] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.尽头的 n.极端   (初中英语单词)
  • darling [´dɑ:liŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.爱人 a.亲爱的   (初中英语单词)
  • stream [stri:m] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.河 vi.流出;飘扬   (初中英语单词)
  • chatter [´tʃætə] 移动到这儿单词发声  vi.&n.饶舌;闲聊   (初中英语单词)
  • crystal [´kristəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.水晶 a.水晶的   (初中英语单词)
  • horizon [hə´raizən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.地平线;范围;视野   (初中英语单词)
  • softly [´sɔftli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.软化地;柔和地   (初中英语单词)
  • gently [´dʒentli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.温和地;静静地   (初中英语单词)
  • writing [´raitiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.书写;写作;书法   (初中英语单词)
  • reasonable [´rizənəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.合理的;有理智的   (初中英语单词)
  • estate [i´steit] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.财产;庄园;等级   (初中英语单词)
  • valley [´væli] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.谷;河谷;流域   (初中英语单词)
  • instance [´instəns] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.例子,实例,例证   (初中英语单词)
  • account [ə´kaunt] 移动到这儿单词发声  vi.说明 vt.认为 n.帐目   (初中英语单词)
  • worship [´wə:ʃip] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.&v.崇拜;敬仰   (初中英语单词)
  • eternal [i´tə:nəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.永远的;永恒的   (初中英语单词)
  • awhile [ə´wail] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.少顷;片刻   (初中英语单词)
  • minister [´ministə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.部长;大臣 v.伺候   (初中英语单词)
  • priest [pri:st] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.教士;牧师;神父   (初中英语单词)
  • wherever [weər´evə] 移动到这儿单词发声  conj.无论在哪里   (初中英语单词)
  • injure [´indʒə] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.伤害,损害,毁坏   (初中英语单词)
  • distress [di´stres] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.痛苦 vt.使苦恼   (初中英语单词)
  • sharply [´ʃɑ:pli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.锋利地;剧烈地   (初中英语单词)
  • standing [´stændiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.持续 a.直立的   (初中英语单词)
  • solemn [´sɔləm] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.严肃的;隆重的   (初中英语单词)
  • earnest [´ə:nist] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.认真的 n.认真;诚恳   (初中英语单词)
  • career [kə´riə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.经历;生涯;职业   (初中英语单词)
  • silently [´sailəntli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.寂静地;沉默地   (初中英语单词)
  • mistress [´mistris] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.女主人;情妇;女能手   (初中英语单词)
  • sunlight [´sʌnlait] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.日光   (初中英语单词)
  • luxury [´lʌkʃəri] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.奢侈(品);享受   (初中英语单词)
  • contrary [´kɔntrəri] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.相反的 n.相反   (初中英语单词)
  • delicious [di´liʃəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.美味的,可口的   (初中英语单词)
  • spoken [´spəukən] 移动到这儿单词发声  speak的过去分词   (初中英语单词)
  • device [di´vais] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.装置;器具;策略   (初中英语单词)
  • coarse [kɔ:s] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.粗(糙)的;粗鲁的   (初中英语单词)
  • costume [´kɔstju:m] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.服装(试样);女装   (初中英语单词)
  • historical [his´tɔrikəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.历史(上)的   (高中英语单词)
  • precisely [pri´saisli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.精确地;刻板地   (高中英语单词)
  • related [ri´leitid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.叙述的;有联系的   (高中英语单词)
  • subsequently [´sʌbsikwəntli] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.其次,接着   (高中英语单词)
  • forgiveness [fə´givnis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.原谅,饶恕;宽仁   (高中英语单词)
  • distinguished [di´stiŋgwiʃt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.卓越的,著名的   (高中英语单词)
  • decent [´di:sənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.体面的,正派的   (高中英语单词)
  • fringe [´frindʒ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.穗;边缘;刘海   (高中英语单词)
  • dainty [´deinti] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.秀丽的 n.美味   (高中英语单词)
  • caress [kə´res] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.&vt.爱抚;接吻   (高中英语单词)
  • learned [´lə:nid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有学问的,博学的   (高中英语单词)
  • painful [´peinfəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.痛(苦)的;费力的   (高中英语单词)
  • falsehood [´fɔ:lshud] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.错误;撒谎   (高中英语单词)
  • protestant [´prɔtistənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.新教的 n.新教徒   (高中英语单词)
  • inevitable [i´nevitəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.不可避免的   (高中英语单词)
  • descent [di´sent] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.出身,家世   (高中英语单词)
  • easter [´i:stə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.(耶稣)复活节   (高中英语单词)
  • half-way [´hɑ:fwei] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.半途;几乎   (高中英语单词)
  • ascent [ə´sent] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.上升;攀登;上坡路   (高中英语单词)
  • clatter [´klætə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.&v.喧嚷;骚动   (高中英语单词)
  • hanging [´hæŋiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.绞刑 a.悬挂着的   (高中英语单词)
  • plaster [´plɑ:stə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.灰泥 vt.厚厚地涂抹   (高中英语单词)
  • heroine [´herəuin] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.女英雄;女主人公   (英语四级单词)
  • pilgrimage [´pilgrimidʒ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.朝圣;远游;人生历程   (英语四级单词)
  • blessed [´blesid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.享福的;神圣的   (英语四级单词)
  • falcon [´fɔ:kən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.隼,猎鹰   (英语四级单词)
  • churchyard [´tʃə:tʃjɑ:d] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.教堂院子   (英语四级单词)
  • saucepan [´sɔ:spən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.长柄有盖的深平底锅   (英语四级单词)
  • barton [´bɑ:tn] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.(庄园中的)农场   (英语四级单词)
  • tolerate [´tɔləreit] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.忍受;宽容   (英语四级单词)
  • unreasonable [ʌn´ri:zənəbl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.不合理的;荒唐的   (英语四级单词)
  • setting [´setiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.安装;排字;布景   (英语四级单词)
  • staircase [´steəkeis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.楼梯 =stairway   (英语四级单词)
  • ardour [´ɑ:də] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.热心,热情   (英语四级单词)
  • frosty [´frɔsti] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.霜冻的;冷淡的   (英语四级单词)
  • preaching [´pri:tʃiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.说教 a.说教的   (英语六级单词)
  • sensational [sen´seiʃənəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.感觉的;轰动的   (英语六级单词)
  • stigma [´stigmə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.耻辱;污名   (英语六级单词)
  • arched [´ɑ:tʃid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.弓形(结构)的   (英语六级单词)
  • doublet [´dʌblit] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.一对中之一   (英语六级单词)
  • august [ɔ:´gʌst] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.尊严的;威严的   (英语六级单词)

  • 上传人 欢乐鱼 分享于 2017-06-26 17:52:21
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