"If you keep the Grand Gallipoot waiting, he'll break your back," declared the messenger.
So Guph was led away to the royal castle, where the Grand Gallipoot told him that the Growleywogs had decided to assist the Nomes in conquering the Land of Oz.
He did not even complain of the treatment he had received, but thanked the Grand Gallipoot and hurried away upon his journey.
``And truly is he so spoken of,'' said the Grand Master; ``in our valour only we are not degenerated from our predecessors, the heroes of the Cross.
No naked slave, ushered into the presence of some mighty prince, could approach his judgment-seat with more profound reverence and terror than that with which the Jew drew near to the presence of the Grand Master.
``Damian,'' said the Grand Master, ``retire, and have a guard ready to await our sudden call; and suffer no one to enter the garden until we shall leave it.'' The squire bowed and retreated.
The Jew was about to reply, but the Grand Master went on.
``Back, dog!'' said the Grand Master; ``I touch not misbelievers, save with the sword.
``Is it not written in the forty-second capital, De Lectione Literarum, that a Templar shall not receive a letter, no not from his father, without communicating the same to the Grand Master, and reading it in his presence?''
``Read it aloud, Conrade,'' said the Grand Master, ``and do thou'' (to Isaac) ``attend to the purport of it, for we will question thee concerning it.''
``What sayest thou to this, Conrade?'' said the Grand Master ``Den of thieves!
Let us return to the veritable grand hall of the veritable old palace.
A goodly number of curious, good people had been shivering since daybreak before the grand staircase of the palace; some even affirmed that they had passed the night across the threshold of the great door, in order to make sure that they should be the first to pass in.
"Come, come, Monseigneur, for here they are also going to murder the Grand Pensionary."
Another showed to him his bloody hands; for this fellow had ripped open Cornelius and disembowelled him, and was now hastening to the spot in order not to lose the opportunity of serving the Grand Pensionary in the same manner, whilst they were dragging the dead body of Cornelius to the gibbet.