注册 When the Pilgrim had heard their voluntary confession, he tookehis leave of his Knight, returning secretly to the house of MadamHermelina, and there (because all her people were in their beds) shecarefully awaited his returne, to beare some glad tydings of herfather, and to make a further reconciliation betweene her andTheobaldo, when sitting downe by her, he said: Deare Love, be ofgood cheere, for (upon my word) to morrow you shall have your fatherhome safe, well, and delivered from all further danger: and toconfirme her the more confidently in his words, he declared at largethe whole carriage of the businesse. Hermelina being wondrouslyjoyfull, for two such succesefull accidents to injoy her husband aliveand in health, and also to have her father freed from so great adanger; kissed and embraced him most affectionately, welcomming himlovingly into her bed, whereto so long time hee had beene a stranger.
注册By meanes of a neere dwelling neighbour (that was his very deare andintimate friend) he came acquainted with every part of the house,and prevailed so far, that one evening, when she and her husbandsupt at a neighbours house; he compassed accesse into the same bedchamber, where Silvestra used most to lodge. Finding the Curtainesready drawne, he hid himselfe behinde them on the further side ofthe bed, and so tarried there untill Silvestra and her husband werereturned home, and laide downe in bed to take their rest. The husbandssences were soone overcome with sleepe, by reason of his painefulltoyling all the day, and bodies that are exercised with much labour,are the more desirous to have ease.beplay注册注册
注册She staying up last, to put out the light, and hearing her husbandsleepe so soundly, that his snoring gave good evidence thereof:layed her selfe downe the more respectively, as being very loath anyway to disease him, but sweetly to let him enjoy his rest.注册beplay注册注册Silvestra lay on the same side of the bed, where Jeronimo had hidhimselfe behinde the Curtaines; who stepping softly to her in thedarke, and laying his hand gently on her brest, saide: Deare Love,forbeare a little while to sleepe, for heere is thy loyall friendJeronimo. The yong woman starting with amazement, would have criedout, but that he entreated her to the contrary; protesting, that hecame for no ill intent to her, but onely to take his latest leave ofher. Alas Jeronimo (quoth she) those idle dayes are past and gone,when it was no way unseemly for our youth, to entertaine equality ofthose desires, which then well agreed with our young blood. Sincewhen, you have lived in forraine Countries, which appeared to me toalter your former disposition: for, in the space of two wholeyeares, either you grew forgetfull of me (as change of ayre, maychange affection) or (at the best) made such account of me, as I neverheard the least salutation from you. Now you know me to be a marriedwife, in regard whereof, my thoughts have embraced that chaste andhonourable resolution, not to minde any man but my husband; andtherefore, as you are come hither Without my love or license, so inlike manner I do desire you to be gone. Let this priviledge of myHusbandes sound sleeping, be no colour to your longer continuing here,or encourage you to finde any further favour at mine hand: for if minehusband should awake, beside the danger that thereon may follow toyou, I cannot but loose the sweet happinesse of peacefull life,which hitherto we have both mutually embraced.注册注册The yong man, hearing these wordes, and remembring what lovingkindnesse he had formerly found, what secret love Letters he hadsent from Paris, with other private intelligences and tokens, whichnever came to her receite and knowledge, so cunningly his Mother andTutors had carried the matter: immediately felt his heart-strings tobreake, and lying downe upon the beds side by her, uttered these hisvery last words. Silvestra farewell, thou hast kilde the kindest heartthat ever loved a woman: and speaking no more, gave up the ghost.She hearing these words delivered with an entire sighe, anddeepe-fetcht groane, did not imagine the strange consequence followingthereon; yet was mooved to much compassion, in regard of her formeraffection to him. Silent she lay an indifferent while, as being unableto returne him any answer, and looking when he would be gone,according as before she had earnestly entreated him. But when sheperceyved him to lye so still, as neither word or motion came fromhim, she saide: Kinde Jeronimo, why doest thou not depart and get theegone? So putting forth her hand, it hapned to light upon his face,which she felt to be as cold as yce: whereat marvailing not alittle, as also at his continued silence, she jogged him, and felt hishands in like manner, which were stiffely extended forth, and allhis body cold, as not having any life remaining in him, whichgreatly amazing her, and confounding her with sorrow beyond allmeasure, she was in such perplexity, that she could not devise what todo or say.
注册注册In the end, she resolved to try how her husband would take it,that so strange an accident should thus happen in his house, andputting the case as if it did not concerne them, but any other ofthe neighbours; awaking him first, demaunded of him what was best tobe done, if a man should steale into a neighbours house, unknowne tohim, or any of his family; and in his bed chamber to be found dead. Hepresently replyed (as not thinking the case concerned himselfe)that, the onely helpe in such an unexpected extremity, was to take thedead body, and convey it to his owne house, if he had any; wherebyno scandall or reproach would follow to them, in whose house he had sounfortunately dyed. Hereupon she immediately arose, and lighting acandle, shewed him the dead body of Jeronimo, with protestation ofevery particular, both of her innocency, either of knowledge of hiscomming thither, or any other blame that could concerne her. Whichhe both constantly knowing and beleeving, made no more ceremony, butputting on his Garments, tooke the dead body upon his shoulders, andcarried it to the Mothers doore, where he left it, and afterwardreturned to his owne house againe.注册详情