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[Frontispiece: The great ledger book which I now saw turned to an engine of our salvation. Chapter XIV]

IDONIA:

A ROMANCE OF OLD LONDON

BY

ARTHUR F. WALLIS

ILLUSTRATED BY

CHARLES E. BROCK

BOSTON

LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY

1914

Copyright, 1913 ,

By LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

All rights reserved

THE COLONIAL PRESS

C. H. SIMONDS & CO., BOSTON, U. S. A.

AUTHOR'S NOTE

The irregular pile of buildings known as Petty Wales, of which considerable mention is made in this book, formerly stood at the northeast corner of Thames Street. The chronicler, Stow, writes of "some large buildings of stone, the ruins whereof do yet remain, but the first builders and owners of them are worn out of memory. Some are of opinion ... that this great stone building was sometime the lodging appointed for the princes of Wales when they repaired to this city, and that therefore the street, in that part, is called Petty Wales;" and he further adds: "The merchants of Burdeaux were licensed to build at the Vintry, strongly with stone, as may yet be seen, and seemeth old though oft repaired; much more cause have these buildings in Petty Wales ... to seem old, which, for many years, to wit, since the galleys left their course of landing there, hath fallen to ruin." It appears to have been let out for many uses, some disreputable; and a certain Mother Mampudding (of whom one would like to know more) kept a part of the house for victualling.

CONTENTS

I. IN WHICH I LEARN FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT I HAVE AN UNCLE II. IN WHICH PTOLEMY PHILPOT COMMENCES HIS STUDY OF THE LATIN TONGUE III. HOW A BROTHER, HAVING OFFENDED, WAS FORGIVEN IV. IN WHICH I SAY FAREWELL THRICE V. PRINCIPALLY TELLS HOW SIR MATTHEW JUKE WAS CAST AWAY UPON THE HEBRIDES VI. HOW THE OLD SCHOLAR AND I CAME TO LONDON VII. IN WHICH I CONCEIVE A DISLIKE OF AN EARL'S SERVANT AND AN AFFECTION FOR A MAN OF LAW VIII. A CHAPTER OF CHEATS IX. TELLS HOW I CHANGED MY LODGING AND LOST MY MARE X. HOW I SAW AN ENEMY AT THE WINDOW XI. IS SUFFICIENT IN THAT IT TELLS OF IDONIA XII. HOW MR. JORDAN COULD NOT RUN COUNTER TO THE COURSE OF NATURE XIII. PETTY WALES XIV. HOW IDONIA TAUGHT ME AND A CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD HOW TO KEEP BOOKS XV. IN WHICH I BEGIN TO EARN MY LIVING XVI. THE SIEGE OF PETTY WALES XVII. HOW I FOUND AN OLD FRIEND IN A STRANGE PLACE, AND HOW PTOLEMY RENEWED HIS STUDY OF THE LATIN TONGUE XVIII. IN WHICH I RECEIVE A COMMISSION AND SUFFER A CHECK XIX. IN WHICH I COME TO GRIPS WITH MR. MALPAS XX. THE ADVENTURE OF THE CHINESE JAR XXI. THE "FAIR HAVEN" OF WAPPING XXII. HOW MY UNCLE BOTOLPH LOST HIS LUCK XXIII. THE VOYAGE OF THE SARACEN'S HEAD XXIV. THE TEMPLE BENEATH THE WATERS XXV. IN WHICH THE SHIPS OF WAR GO BY AND THE TALE ENDS

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THE GREAT LEDGER BOOK WHICH I NOW SAW TURNED TO AN ENGINE OF OUR SALVATION . . . Frontispiece

THE ARGUMENT BETWEEN MR. SKEGS AND PTOLEMY

MR. JORDAN REGARDED ME VERY MOURNFULLY

"YOU CANNOT BE IGNORANT THAT THIS AFFAIR IS LIKE TO END BADLY FOR YOU, MR. DENIS"

IDONIA

CHAPTER I

IN WHICH I LEARN FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT I HAVE AN UNCLE

The first remembrance I hold of my father is of a dark suited tall man of an unchanging gravity on all occasions. He had, moreover, a manner of saying "Ay, ay," which I early came to regard as the prologue to some definite prohibition; as when I asked him (I being then but a scrubbed boy) for his great sword, to give it to a crippled soldier at our gate, who had lost his proper weapon in the foreign wars

"Ay, ay," said my father, nodding his grey head, "so he lost his good sword, and you would make good the loss with mine. Ay, 'twas a generous thought of yours, Denis, surely."

I was for reaching it down forthwith, where it hung by the wall in its red velvet scabbard, delighted at the pleasure I was to do my bedesman... Continue reading book >>




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