"Yes, assuredly," replied the minister; "but he is advancingby Gap and Sisteron."
A wet brown dog came running and did not bark, lifting a wet feather of a tail. The man followed in a wet black oilskin jacket, like a chauffeur, and face flushed a little. She felt him recoil in his quick walk, when he saw her. She stood up in the handbreadth of dryness under the rustic porch. He saluted without speaking, coming slowly near. She began to withdraw.
Bruno stood musing awhile to himselfe, as if he had some strangestratagem in his braine, and afterward said. Hast thou so muchcorage Calandrino, as but to handle a peece of written parchment,which I will give thee? Yes, that I have answered Calandrino, I hopethat needed not to be doubted. then, saide Bruno, procure that I mayhave a piece of Virgin Parchment brought mee, with a living Bat orReremouse; three graines of Incense, and an hallowed Candle, thenleave me to effect what shal content thee. Calandrino watched allthe next night following, with such preparation as he could make,onely to catch a Bat; which being taken at the last, he broght italive to Bruno (with all the other materials appointed) who taking himalone into a backer Chamber, there hee wrote divers follies on theParchment, in the shape of strange and unusuall Charracters, whichhe delivered to Calandrino, saying: Be bold Calandrino, and buildconstantly uppon my wordes, that if thou canst but touch her with thissacred Charractred charme, she will immediately follow thee, andfulfil whatsoever thou pleasest to command hir. Wherefore, ifPhillippo do this day walke any whither abroad from this house,presume to salute her, in any manner whatsoever it be, and touchingher with the written lines, go presently to the barn of hay, whichthou perceivest so neere adjoyning, the onely convenient place thatcan be, because few or none resort thither. She shall (in despightof her blood) follow thee; and when thou hast her there, I leavethee then to thy valiant victory. Calandrino stood on tiptoe, like aman newly molded by Fortune, and warranted Bruno to fulfil alleffectually.
"He wasn't a tall, handsome. dark young man?"