And then it happened-- the thing the old crones
had been shaking their heads over for years.
The two crones, to all appearance, too busily occupied in the preparations for their dreadful duties to make any reply, were left alone, hovering about the body.
The old crone tottered alone the passages, and up the stairs, muttering some indistinct answers to the chidings of her companion; being at length compelled to pause for breath, she gave the light into her hand, and remained behind to follow as she might: while the more nimble superior made her way to the room where the sick woman lay.
was hobbling along with difficulty, leaning heavily upon a gnarled stick and bearing the spindle on her other arm.
The youth, with his manner of doglike obe- dience, got carefully down like a crone
Here is our pleasant meeting come to pass," said the aged crone
, "according as thou hast desired.
It was a melancholy sight to see him seated, his battle-axe and shield by his side, his chin upon his mailed breast, with but one old crone
for companion, and notwithstanding his crimes and misdeeds, a pang of compassion shot through me as I looked upon Twala thus "fallen from his high estate.
Peace, old crone
," said a tall, grave person, stopping up his nose on the side towards the fishwife; "a mass had to be founded.
Why, the poor old crone
is restless in a strange land, and yearns to lay her bones, she says, among her people in the old graveyard at home: and so they go to pay her passage back: and God help her and them, and every simple heart, and all who turn to the Jerusalem of their younger days, and have an altar-fire upon the cold hearth of their fathers.
The old crone
drew out an evening paper, and pointed at our advertisement.