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This time he got no further than a village near Carlisle where he fell in love with two young women…" "Two young women! He did not know how to chuse between them. One was the daughter of a miller and the other was the daughter of a baker. He hoped to persuade them to go with him to his house in the Eildon Hills where he intended that both should live for ever and have all their hearts' desire.
But, alas, it did not suit these ungrateful young women to go and the next news I had of him was that he was dead. I discovered later that the miller's daughter had sent him a message which led him to believe that she at least was on the point of relenting, and so he went to her father's mill, where the fast-running water was shaded by a rowan tree — and I pause here merely to observe that of all the trees in the greenwood the rowan is the most detestable.
Both young women were waiting for him. The miller's daughter jangled a bunch of horrid rowan-berries in his face. The baker's daughter was then able to tumble him into the stream whereupon both women rolled the millstone on top of him, pinning him to the floor of the stream.
He was exceedingly strong. All my family — our family I should say — are exceedingly strong, exceedingly hard to kill, but the millstone lay on his chest. He was unable to rise and so, in time, he drowned. As a clergyman I cannot approve his habit of seducing young women, but as a son I must observe that in this particular instance the revenge extracted by the young women seems out of all proportion to his offence.
And were these bloodthirsty young women never brought to justice? Tell me instead why you fixed upon this odd notion of being Italian. From my own dark looks and what his daughter had told him he thought I might be Italian or Spanish.
A fondness for Italian music caused him to prefer that country. Then he had taken his own name, George Alexander Simon, and fashioned out of it a name for me, Giorgio Alessandro Simonelli.
I told how that excellent old gentleman had not cast off his daughter when she fell but had taken good care of her, provided money for attendants and a place for her to live and how, when she died of sorrow and shame shortly after my birth, he had brought me up and had me educated. Not gaudy Venice, not trumpeting Rome, not haughty Florence, but Genoa, all dark shadows and sinister echoes tumbling down to the shining sea!
But I chose it quite at random, I assure you. In choosing Genoa you exhibited the extraordinary penetration which has always distinguished our family.
But it was your eyesight that betrayed you. Really, I was never so astonished in my life as I was when you remarked upon the one or two specks of dust which clung to the baby's wrapper. We have got an excellent wet-nurse — from your own parish — whose milk agrees wonderfully well with the child. In the stable-yard at Upperstone House this morning the Miss Gathercoles were preparing for their ride.
Naturally I was invited to accompany them. It is of all kinds of exercise the most pleasing to me. I followed it — it moved away. This continued for some three or four minutes, while all the ladies of Upperstone silently observed us. Then the horse stopt suddenly and I tried to mount it, but its sides were of the most curious construction and instead of finding myself upon its back in a twinkling — as invariably happens with John Hollyshoes's horses — I got stuck halfway up.
Of course the Upperstone ladies chose to find fault with me instead of their own malformed beast and I do not know what was more mortifying, the surprized looks of Miss Gathercole and Miss Marianne, or the undisguised merriment of Kitty. I have considered the matter carefully and am forced to conclude that it will be a great advantage to me in such a retired spot to be able to ride whatever horses come to hand.
Perhaps I can prevail upon Joseph, Mrs Gathercole's groom, to teach me. Today I went for a long walk in company with the five Miss Gathercoles. Sky as blue as paint, russet woods, fat white clouds like cushions — and that is the sum of all that I discovered of the landscape, for my attention was constantly being called away to the ladies themselves. Would you be so kind as to do this? What is your opinion of such and such?
I have been reading over what I have written since my arrival here and one thing I find quite astonishing — that I ever could have supposed that there was a strong likeness between the Miss Gathercoles. There never were five sisters so different in tastes, characters, persons and countenances. Isabella, the eldest, is also the prettiest, the tallest and the most elegant. Henrietta is the most romantic, Kitty the most light-hearted and Jane is the quietest; she will sit hour after hour, dreaming over a book.
Sisters come and go, battles are fought, she that is victorious sweeps from the room with a smile, she that is defeated sighs and takes up her embroidery. But Jane knows nothing of any of this — and then, quite suddenly, she will look up at me with a slow mysterious smile and I will smile back at her until I quite believe that I have joined with her in unfathomable secrets.
Marianne, the second eldest, has copper-coloured hair, the exact shade of dry beech leaves, and is certainly the most exasperating of the sisters. She and I can never be in the same room for more than a quarter of an hour without beginning to quarrel about something or other. John Windle has written me a letter to say that at High Table at Corpus Christi College on Thursday last Dr Prothero told Dr Considine that he pictured me in ten years' time with a worn-out slip of a wife and a long train of broken-shoed, dribble-nosed children, and that Dr Considine had laughed so much at this that he had swallowed a great mouthful of scalding-hot giblet soup, and returned it through his nose.
No paths or roads go down to John Hollyshoes' house. His servants do not go out to farm his lands; there is no farm that I know of. How they all live I do not know. Today I saw a small creature — I think it was a rat — roasting over the fire in one of the rooms. Several of the servants bent over it eagerly, with pewter plates and ancient knives in their hands. Their faces were all in shadow.
It is an odd thing but, apart from Dando and the porcupine-faced nurse, I have yet to observe any of John Hollyshoes's servants at close quarters: John Hollyshoes is excellent company, his conversation instructive, his learning quite remarkable.
He told me today that Judas Iscariot was a most skilful beekeeper and his honey superior to any that had been produced in all the last two thousand years. I was much interested by this information, having never read or heard of it before and I questioned him closely about it. He said that he believed he had a jar of Judas Iscariot's honey somewhere and if he could lay his hand upon it he would give it to me. Then he began to speak of how my father's affairs had been left in great confusion at his death and how, since that time, the various rival claimants to his estate had been constantly fighting and quarrelling among themselves.
Another — whose passion to possess your father's estate was exceeded only by his passion for string quartets — was found three years ago hanging from a tree by his long silver hair, his body pierced through and through with the bows of violins, violoncellos, and violas like a musical Saint Sebastian. And only last winter an entire houseful of people was poisoned. The claimant had already run out of the house into the blizzard in her nightgown and it was only her servants that died.
Since I have made no claim upon the estate, I have escaped most of their malice — though, to own the truth, I have a better right to the property than any of them. But naturally the person with the best claim of all would be Thomas Fairwood's son.
All dissension would be at an end, should a son arise to claim the estate. Indeed with us it is more common than not. Your father's lands, both in England and elsewhere, are scarcely less extensive than my own and it would cost you very little trouble to procure them.
Once it was known that you had my support, then I dare say we would have you settled at Rattle-heart House by next Quarter-day. Yet I dare not depend upon it. But I cannot help thinking of it constantly! No one would enjoy vast wealth more than I; and my feelings are not entirely selfish, for I honestly believe that I am exactly the sort of person who ought to have the direction of large estates.
If I inherit then I shall improve my lands scientifically and increase its yields three or fourfold as I have read of other gentlemen doing. I shall observe closely the lives of my tenants and servants and teach them to be happy.
Or perhaps I shall sell my father's estates and purchase land in Derbyshire and marry Marianne or Isabella so that I may ride over every week to Allhope for the purpose of inquiring most minutely into Mrs Gathercole's affairs, and advising her and Mrs Edmond upon every point. We have had no news of Dido Puddifer. I begin to think that Mrs Edmond and I were mistaken in fancying that she had run off with a tinker or gypsy.
We have closely questioned farm-labourers, shepherds and innkeepers, but no gypsies have been seen in the neighbourhood since midsummer. I intend this morning to pay a visit to Mrs Glossop, Dido's mother. What a revolution in all my hopes! From perfect happiness to perfect misery in scarcely twelve hours. What a fool I was to dream of inheriting my father's estate!
And I wish that I might go to Hell now, for it would be no more than I deserve. I have failed in my duty! I have imperilled the lives and souls of my parishioners.
I paid my visit to Mrs Glossop. I found her, poor woman, with her head in her apron, weeping for Dido.
I told her of the plan Mrs Edmond and I had devised to advertise in the Derby and Sheffield papers to see if we could discover any one who had seen or spoken to Dido. But we country people know John Hollyshoes very well. He is a very powerful fairy that has lived hereabouts — oh! It is my belief that he has got some little fairy baby at End-Of-All-Hope House — which is where he lives — and that he needs a strong lass with plenty of good human milk to suckle it.
Nor can I say that I did not. I do know that I sat in a state of the utmost shock for some time without speaking, until the poor woman forgot her own distress and grew concerned about me, shaking me by the shoulder and hurrying out to fetch brandy from Mrs Edmond. When she came back with the brandy I drank it down at one gulp and then went straight to Mrs Gathercole's stable and asked Joseph to saddle Quaker for me.
Just as I was leaving, Mrs Edmond came out of the house to see what was the matter with me. At John Hollyshoes' house Dando answered my knock and told me that his master was away from home. It was a great bare room that smelt of rotting wood and plaster. The walls were stained with damp and full of holes that the rats had made. In the middle of the floor was a queer-shaped wooden chair where sat a young woman. A bar of iron was fixed before her so that she could not rise and her legs and feet were confined by manacles and rusty chains.
She was holding John Hollyshoes's infant son to her breast. How my heart fell when she answered me with a broad smile. I am very glad to see you. I wish that I could rise and make you a curtsey, but you will excuse me, I am sure. The little gentleman has such an appetite this morning! Mr Hollyshoes' servants came and fetched me away one morning. And weren't they set upon my coming? And I told them plainly that there was no need for any such nonsense.Another Difficult Day Being a Widower
As soon as I heard of the poor little gentleman's plight," — here she shook the baby and kissed it again — "I was more than willing to give him suck.
No, my only misfortune, sir, in this heavenly place, is that Mr Hollyshoes declares I must keep apart from my own sweet babe while I nurse his, and if all the angels in Heaven went down upon their shining knees and begged him he would not think any differently. Which is a pity, sir, for you know I might very easily feed two.
She was anxious to learn who suckled her own baby. Anne Hargreaves, I told her. She was pleased at this and remarked approvingly that Nan had always had a good appetite. Her milk is sure to be sweet and strong, do not you think so, sir?
Dido, how do they treat you here? How can you ask such a question?
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Do you not see this golden chair set with diamonds and pearls? And this room with pillars of crystal and rose-coloured velvet curtains? At night — you will not believe it, sir, for I did not believe it myself — I sleep on a bed with six feather mattress one atop the other and six silken pillows to my head.
And was she given enough to eat and drink? Roast pork, plum pudding, toasted cheese, bread and dripping: She also believed that they had given her a gown of sky-blue velvet with diamond buttons to wear and she asked me, with a conscious smile, how I liked it. But what I really saw was the same russet-coloured gown she had been wearing when they took her.
It was all torn and dirty. Her hair was matted with the fairy-child's puke and her left eye was crusted with blood from a gash in her forehead. She was altogether such a sorry sight that my heart was filled with pity for her and, without thinking what I did, I licked my fingertips and cleaned her eye with my spittle. I opened my mouth to ask if she were ever allowed out of the golden chair encrusted with diamonds and pearls, but I was prevented by the sound of a door opening behind me.
I turned and saw John Hollyshoes walk in. I quite expected him to ask me what I did there, but he seemed to suspect no mischief and instead bent down to test the chains and the shackles.
These were, like everything else in the house, somewhat decayed and he was right to doubt their strength. When he had finished he rose and smiled at me. He said, "Cousin, I have been meaning to ask you about that family of women who live upon my English estates and make themselves so important at my expense. I have forgot their name. Exactly," said he and fell silent for a moment with a kind of thoughtful half-smile upon his dark face. To speak plainly, the sweets of courtship grew stale with me a long time ago and I wondered if you would be so kind as to spare me the trouble and advise me which of these women would suit me best.
You must excuse me — indeed I cannot! And why is that? That is…" It struck me very forcibly at that moment that I could not chuse one without endangering all the others. He laughed at that and affectionately patted my arm. Tour enthusiasm to possess Englishwomen is no more than I should have expected of Thomas Fairwood's son.
But my own appetites are more moderate. One will suffice for me. I shall ride over to Allhope in a day or two and chuse one young lady, which will leave four for you. I have been staring in the mirror for an hour or more. I was always amazed at Cambridge how quickly people appeared to take offence at everything I said, but now I see plainly that it was not my words they hated — it was this fairy face.
The dark alchemy of this face turns all my gentle human emotions into fierce fairy vices. Inside I am all despair but this face shews only fairy scorn. My remorse becomes fairy fury and my pensiveness is turned to fairy cunning.
This morning at half past ten I made my proposals to Isabella Gathercole. She — sweet, compliant creature! But she could not at first be made to agree to a secret engagement.
You do not know them as I do. Alas, they cannot be reasoned into an understanding of your excellent qualities. But they can be worn down. An unending stream of arguments and pleas must be employed and the sooner it is begun, the sooner it will bring forth the happy resolution we wish for. I must be tearful; you must be heartbroken.
I must get up a little illness — which will take time as I am just now in the most excellent good looks and health. She argued so sweetly that I almost forgot what I was about and agreed to all her most reasonable demands. In the end I was obliged to tell her a little truth. I said that I had recently discovered that I was related to someone very rich who lived nearby and who had taken a great liking to me.
I said that I hoped to inherit a great property very soon; surely it was not unreasonable to suppose that Mrs Gathercole would look with more favour upon my suit when I was as wealthy as she? Isabella saw the sense of this immediately and would, I think, have begun to speak again of love and so forth, only I was obliged to hurry away as I had just observed Marianne going into the breakfast-room.
Marianne was inclined to be quarrelsome at first. It was not, she said, that she did not wish to marry me. After all, she said, she must marry someone and she believed that she and I might do very well together.
But why must our engagement be a secret? That, she said, seemed almost dishonourable. And besides, you know, a secret engagement will oblige us to speak Italian to each other constantly. Very well," she said. In the garden at half past eleven Jane accepted my proposals by leaning up to whisper in my ear: In the morning-room a little before midday I encountered a problem of a different sort.
Henrietta assured me that a secret engagement was the very thing to please her most, but begged to be allowed to write of it to her cousin in Aberdeen. It seems that this cousin, Miss Mary Macdonald, is Henrietta's dearest friend and most regular correspondent, their ages — fifteen and a half — being exactly the same. It was the most curious thing, she said, but the very week she had first beheld me and instantly fallen in love with me she had had a letter from Mary Macdonald full of her love for a sandy-haired Minister of the Kirk, the Reverend John McKenzie, who appeared from Mary Macdonald's many detailed descriptions of him to be almost as handsome as myself!
Did I not agree with her that it was the strangest thing in the world, this curious resemblance in their situations? Her eagerness to inform Mary Macdonald immediately on all points concerning our engagement was not, I fear, unmixed with a certain rivalry, for I suspected that she was not quite sincere in hoping that Mary Macdonald's love for Mr McKenzie might enjoy the same happy resolution as her own for me. But since I could not prevent her writing, I was obliged to agree.
In the drawing-room at three o'clock I finally came upon Kitty who would not at first listen to any thing that I had to say, but whirled around the room full of a plan to astound all the village by putting on a play in the barn at Christmas.
It is you who are not attending to me. You must advise us upon a play. Isabella wishes to be someone very beautiful who is vindicated in the last act, Marianne will not act unless she can say something in Italian, Jane cannot be made to understand any thing about it so it will be best if she does not have to speak at all, Henrietta will do whatever I tell her, and, oh! I long to be a bear! The dearest, wisest old talking bear!
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Who must dance — like this! And you may be either a sailor or a coachman — it does not matter which, as we have the hat for one and the boots for the other. Now tell me, Mr Simonelli, what plays would suit us? I take out my pen, my inkpot and this book. As I write she keeps up a continual lament that it will soon be dark and that the snow falls more heavily — which is I admit a great nuisance for the flakes fall upon the page and spoil the letters.
This morning my vigilant watch upon the village was rewarded. As I stood in the church-porch, hidden from all eyes by the thick growth of ivy, I saw Isabella coming down Upper-stone-lane. A bitter wind passed over the village, loosening the last leaves from the trees and bringing with it a few light flakes of snow. Suddenly a spinning storm of leaves and snowflakes seemed to take possession of Upperstone-lane and John Hollyshoes was there, bowing low and smiling.
It is a measure of my firm resolution that I was able to leave her then, to leave all of them. Everything about John Hollyshoes struck fear into my heart, from the insinuating tilt of his head to the enigmatic gesture of his hands, but I had urgent business to attend to elsewhere and must trust that the Miss Gathercoles' regard for me will be strong enough to protect them. Have you come to release me from this horrid place? I thought you were quite contented. When you did that the sight of my eye was changed.
Now if I look through this eye," — she closed her left eye and looked through her right — "I am wearing a golden dress in a wonderful palace and cradling the sweetest babe that ever I beheld. I deliberately kept women to the domestic sphere in the interests of authenticity This meant that I needed to write the women and the servants, as far as possible, as they would have been written in a 19th-century novel.
Face — not a bitt handsome. Mabb who turns out to be Queen Mab. Devastated, Venetia attempts to get him back. In the process, she becomes enchanted and, for example, ends up wandering around a cemetery with bleeding bare feet.
The community assumes she is insane. However, as Lucy Atkins in The Times notes, who calls this "most memorable" story of the collection, "for her this is not madness, it is persistence. The tale is related by: In the years that followed Waterloo dealings between the Sidhe fairies and the British increased.
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She took up Dr Prothero's letter, read aloud one or two compliments upon my learning in a somewhat doubting tone and began to speak of the house where I was to live. But I have no wine and so he went on, "I have been asked by a family in Derbyshire — friends of mine, you understand — to find them some learned gentleman to be Rector of their village.
All excellent but not cheap and so I complained. In each Clarke creates an utterly convincing world where the presence of fairies, magic, enchantments and changing landscapes are perfectly plausible.
Black Heart, Ivory Bones
The death of John Hollyshoes had weakened the spell he had cast on the ivy and Dido and I were able quite easily to tear it away. And yet it was not the wretchedness of poverty. This meant that I needed to write the women and the servants, as far as possible, as they would have been written in a 19th-century novel.
But Norrell is closely guarded by insidious hangers-on, and eventually a rift develops between master and pupil, and the two go their separate ways — inevitably becoming rivals. Etymologies The second, and to my mind lesser, misfortune to have befallen the parish is that a young woman has disappeared. Dido told me how she had always heard from her mother that red berries, such as rowan-berries, are excellent protection against fairy magic.