On such an afternoon, if ever, the Lord High Chancellor ought to be sitting her--as here he is--with a foggy glory round his head, softly fenced in with crimson cloth and curtains, addressed by a large advocate with great whiskers, a little voice, and an interminable brief, and outwardly directing his contemplation to the lantern in the roof, where he can see nothing but fog.
Another ruined suitor, who periodically appears from Shropshire and breaks out into efforts to address the Chancellor at the close of the day's business and who can by no means be made to understand that the Chancellor is legally ignorant of his existence after making it desolate for a quarter of a century, plants himself in a good place and keeps an eye on the judge, ready to call out "My Lord
Every Chancellor was "in it," for somebody or other, when he was counsel at the bar.
Yet it was evident that all was being done under orders, for I noticed that all eyes were fixed on the man who stood just under the window, and to whom the Chancellor was continually whispering.
said the little fellow, addressing the remark, in a general sort of way, to the Chancellor and the waiters.
the Chancellor replied with extraordinary promptitude.
What can the chancellor have to say to me that your Majesty could not say yourself?
When the chancellor appeared, the king had already gone out by another door.
The chancellor entered, half smiling, half blushing.
Of this his Chancellor
now reminded him, and laying down his seal of office he went home, hoping to live the rest of his days in peace.
At the further end, in two high chairs as large as that of the Abbot, though hardly as elaborately carved, sat the master of the novices and the chancellor, the latter a broad and portly priest, with dark mirthful eyes and a thick outgrowth of crisp black hair all round his tonsured head.
The chancellor rose, and having slowly unrolled the parchment-scroll, proceeded to read it out in a thick and pompous voice, while a subdued rustle and movement among the brothers bespoke the interest with which they followed the proceedings.
The Abbot only sprang forward with shining eyes; but the chancellor and the master hung upon either arm and wrested him back out of danger's way.
Well," said the queen, when the chancellor had finished speaking; "what do you think of it all?
Madame," said the chancellor, hesitating, "it would be to release Broussel.