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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 571 pages of information about Old Saint Paul's.
both.  Knowing it would only renew their affliction, and perhaps unfit Amabel for the journey, Mr. Bloundel had prevailed upon his wife not to see her in the morning.  The moment had, therefore, arrived when they were to bid each other farewell.  The anguish displayed in his wife’s countenance was too much for the grocer, and he covered his face with his hands.  He heard her approach Amabel—­he listened to their mutual sobs—­to their last embrace.  It was succeeded by a stifled cry, and uncovering his face at the sound, he sprang to his feet just in time to receive his swooning wife in his arms.

VI.

THE DEPARTURE.

It struck four by Saint Paul’s as Doctor Hodges, accompanied by Leonard and Nizza Macascree, issued from his dwelling, and proceeded towards Wood-street.  The party was followed by a man leading a couple of horses, equipped with pillions, and furnished with saddle-bags, partly filled with the scanty luggage which the apprentice and the piper’s daughter took with them.  A slight haze, indicative of the intense heat about to follow, hung round the lower part of the cathedral, but its topmost pinnacles glittered in the beams of the newly-risen sun.  As Leonard gazed at the central tower, he descried Solomon Eagle on its summit, and pointed him out to Hodges.  Motioning the apprentice, in a manner that could not be misunderstood, to halt, the enthusiast vanished, and in another moment appeared upon the roof, and descended to the battlements, overlooking the spot where the little party stood.  This was at the northwest corner of the cathedral, at a short distance from the portico.  The enthusiast had a small sack in his hand, and calling to Nizza Macascree to take it, flung it to the ground.  The ringing sound which it made on its fall proved that it contained gold or silver, while its size showed that the amount must be considerable.  Nizza looked at it in astonishment, but did not offer to touch it.

“Take it!” thundered Solomon Eagle; “it is your dowry.”  And perceiving she hesitated to comply with the injunction, he shouted to Leonard.  “Give it her.  I have no use for gold.  May it make you and her happy!”

“I know not where he can have obtained this money,” observed Hodges; “but I am sure in no unlawful manner, and I therefore counsel Nizza to accept the boon.  It may be of the greatest use to her at some future time.”

His scruples being thus overcome, Leonard took the sack, and placed it in one of the saddle-bags.

“You can examine it at your leisure,” remarked Hodges to Nizza.  “We have no more time to lose.”

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