Hearing himself so called upon, the Cobbler stopped, and, seeing a well-clad stranger in blue, he spoke to him in seemly wise.
At these words the Cobbler looked down at those things of which merry Robin spoke, for the thoughts of the golden bird had driven them from his mind, and it took him some time to scrape the memory of them back again.
Nay, thou dost jest with me," said the Cobbler, "for my clothes are coarse and patched, and thine are of fine stuff and very pretty.
So each put on the other fellow's clothes, and Robin gave the honest Cobbler ten bright new shillings.
A song or two I ha'," quoth the Cobbler, "poor things, poor things, but such as they are thou art welcome to one of them.
The stout Cobbler got no further in his song, for of a sudden six horsemen burst upon them where they sat, and seized roughly upon the honest craftsman, hauling him to his feet, and nearly plucking the clothes from him as they did so.
Robin also gaped and stared in a wondering way, just as the Cobbler would have done in his place.
Why, sir," said the cobbler, coughing, "I'm afraid he's done nothing, and won't do anything.
The curate followed the cobbler down a short winding stair which brought them out at an entrance rather higher than the street.
There was an unhappy silence; and then the cobbler, the most outspoken man present, answered: "Plenty of horror, sir," he said; "but not much mystery.
That's what I say," repeated the cobbler obstinately; "there's only one man that could have done it, and he's the man that would have done it.
cried the atheistic cobbler, "and there's the hammer he did it with.
You are not bound to say anything," said the cobbler in officious excitement.
Oh, don't say anything," cried the atheist cobbler, dancing about in an ecstasy of admiration of the English legal system.
Thus whether she received the Reverend Saunders McNitre, the Scotch divine; or the Reverend Luke Waters, the mild Wesleyan; or the Reverend Giles Jowls, the illuminated Cobbler
, who dubbed himself Reverend as Napoleon crowned himself Emperor--the household, children, tenantry of my Lady Southdown were expected to go down on their knees with her Ladyship, and say Amen to the prayers of either Doctor.