Macey, pausing, and smiling in pity at the impotence of his hearer's imagination--"why, I was all of a tremble: it was as if I'd been a coat pulled by the two tails, like; for I couldn't stop the parson, I couldn't take upon me to do that; and yet I said to myself, I says, "Suppose they shouldn't be fast married, 'cause the words are contrairy?" and my head went working like a mill, for I was allays uncommon for turning things over and seeing all round 'em; and I says to myself, "Is't the meanin' or the words as makes folks fast i' wedlock?" For the parson meant right, and the bride and bridegroom meant right.
"Aye, and there's few folks know so well as you how it come to be Charity Land, eh, Mr.
Why, they're stables four times as big as Squire Cass's, for he thought o' nothing but hosses and hunting, Cliff didn't--a Lunnon tailor, some folks said, as had gone mad wi' cheating.
't, for your name's no better than a brimstone match in everybody's nose--if it isna two-three old folks as you think o' saving your soul by giving 'em a bit o' flannel and a drop o' porridge.
I shan't repent saying what I think, if I live to be as old as th' old squire; and there's little likelihood--for it seems as if them as aren't wanted here are th' only folks as aren't wanted i' th' other world."
Ay, you may well wonder and think it odd you never heard of this before; but wonder or not, as you please, there are hundreds of such things lying about England, which wiser folk than you know nothing of, and care nothing for.
George, the country folk used to tell me--killed a dragon.
Well, Farringdon is where he lived, before he went to sea; his real name was Hamden Pye, and the Pyes were the great folk at Farringdon.
"Besides, if it comes to the cropping of ears, there are other folk who may say their say," quoth the third laborer.
The black death is the best friend that ever the common folk had in England."
Well, nothing could do THAT--mother come of a race of sea-going folk
and it was born in me.
"But I'm sure, when I see you to-morrow, I'll have just a common home and folks
that do care all ready for you.
"When your folks
was waitin' for the railroad to be built an' all the Indians killed off before they dasted to start for California," was Billy's way of proclaiming the new alliance.
As I sat and watched the cave-mouths I became aware that the Folk were watching me.
And while he did this, taking no notice of me, the Folk crowded at the cave-mouths and watched.