And hard by Temple Bar, in Lincoln's Inn Hall, at the very heart of the fog, sits the Lord High Chancellor in his High Court of Chancery.
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.
Who happen to be in the Lord Chancellor's court this murky afternoon besides the Lord Chancellor, the counsel in the cause, two or three counsel who are never in any cause, and the well of solicitors before mentioned?
I represented, modestly, that to my ears it appeared that they were shouting for different things, but the Chancellor would not listen to my suggestion for a moment.
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.
"That'll do, that'll do!" the Chancellor whispered.
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.
When first More had come into the King's service, Henry bade him "first look unto God, and after God unto him." 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.
"Let the sheep-skin be handed to the chancellor. Bring in brother John, and let him hear the plaints which have been urged against him."
He trusts to be our Chancellor
. Surely we will pause ere we give an office so high to one who shows evidently how little he reverences our blood, by his so readily undertaking this enterprise against Richard.
"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."
"He is Gilbert de Suilly, Gilbertus de Soliaco , the chancellor
of the College of Autun."