The Soldan of Babylon sent one of his Daughters, to be joyned inmarriage with the King of Cholcos, who by divers accidents (in thespace of foure yeeres) happened into the custodie of nine men, andin sundry places. At length, being restored backe to her Father, shewent to the saide King of Cholcos, as a Maid, and as at first shewas intended to be his wife.
Being thus conveyed into the Chamber, the night going on apace,and the Gentlewoman fast asleepe in her bed, a lighted Taper stoodburning on the Table by her, as in her Husbands absence shee ever usedto have: Ambroginolo softly opened the Chest, according as cunninglyhee had contrived it, and stepping forth in his sockes made of cloath,observed the scituation of the Chamber, the paintings, pictures, andbeautifull hangings, with all things else that were remarkable,which perfectly he committed to his memory. Going neere to the bed, hesaw her lie there sweetly sleeping, and her young Daughter in likemanner by her, she seeming then as compleate and pleasing acreature, as when shee was attired in her best bravery. No especiallnote or marke could hee descrie, whereof he might make crediblereport, but onely a small wart upon her left pappe, with some fewhaires growing thereon, appearing to be as yellow as gold.gpk捕鱼
Sufficient had he seene, and durst presume no further; but takingone of her Rings, which lay upon the Table, a purse of hers, hangingby on the wall, a light wearing Robe of silke, and her girdle, allwhich he put into the Chest; and being in himselfe, closed it fastas it was before, so continuing there in the Chamber two severallnights, the Gentlewoman neither mistrusting or missing any thing.The third day being come, the poore woman, according as formerly wasconcluded, came to have home her Chest againe, and brought it safelyinto her owne house; where Ambroginolo comming forth of it,satisfied the poore woman to her owne liking, returning (with allthe forenamed things) so fast as conveniently he could to Paris.gpk捕鱼Being arrived there long before his limmitted time, he called theMerchants together, who were present at the passed words and wager;avouching before Bernardo, that he had won his five thousandDuckets, and performed the taske he undertooke. To make good hisprotestation, first he described the forme of the Chamber, the curiouspictures hanging about it, in what manner the bed stood, and everycircumstance else beside. Next he shewed the severall things, which hebrought away thence with him, affirming that he had received them ofher selfe. Bernardo confessed, that his description of the Chamber wastrue, and acknowledged moreover, that these other things did belong tohis Wife: But (quoth he) this may be gotten, by corrupting someservant of mine, both for intelligence of the Chamber, as also ofthe Ring, Purse, and what else is beside; all which suffice not to winthe wager, without some other more apparant and pregnant token. Introth, answered Ambroginolo, me thinkes these should serve forsufficient proofes; but seeing thou art so desirous to know more: Iplainely tell thee, that faire Genevra thy Wife, hath a small roundwart upon her left pappe, and some few little golden haires growingthereon.When Bernardo heard these words, they were as so many stabs to hisheart, yea, beyond all compasse of patient sufferance, and by thechanging of his colour, it was noted manifestly, (being unable toutter one word) that Ambroginolo had spoken nothing but the truth.Within a while after, he saide; Gentlemen, that which Ambroginolo hathsaide, is very true, wherefore let him come when he will, and he shallbe paide; which accordingly he performed on the very next day, even tothe utmost penny, departing then from Paris towards Geneway, with amost malitious intention to his Wife: Being come neere to the City, hewould not enter it, but rode to a Country house of his, standing abouttenne miles distant thence. Being there arrived, he called aservant, in whom hee reposed especiall trust, sending him to Genewaywith two Horses, writing to his Wife, that he was returned, and sheeshould come thither to see him. But secretly he charged his servant,that so soone as he had brought her to a convenient place, he shouldthere kill her, without any pitty or compassion, and then returne tohim againe.
When the servant was come to Geneway, and had delivered his Letterand message, Genevra gave him most joyfull welcome, and on themorrow morning mounting on Horse-backe with the servant, rodemerrily towards the Country house; divers things shee discoursed on bythe way, till they descended into a deepe solitary valey, very thicklybeset with high and huge spreading Trees, which the servant supposedto be a meete place, for the execution of his Masters command.Suddenly drawing forth his Sword, and holding Genevra fast by thearme, he saide; Mistresse, quickly commend your soule to God, foryou must die, before you passe any further. Genevra seeing the nakedSword, and hearing the words so peremptorily delivered, fearefullyanswered; Alas deare friend, mercy for Gods sake; and before thou killme, tell me wherein I have offended thee, and why thou must kill me?Alas good Mistresse replied the servant, you have not any way offendedme, but in what occasion you have displeased your Husband, it isutterly unknowne to me: for he hath strictly commanded me, withoutrespect of pitty or compassion, to kill you by the way as I bring you,and if I doe it not, he hath sworne to hang me by the necke. Youknow good Mistresse, how much I stand obliged to him, and howimpossible it is for me, to contradict any thing that he commandeth.God is my witnesse, that I am truly compassionate of you, and yet(by no meanes) may I let you live.Master Albert of Bullen, honestly made a Lady to blush, that thoughtto have done as much to him, because shee perceived him, to beamorously affected towards her.详情