To our sister republics south of our border: we offer a special pledge
The Prior of Jorvaulx crossed himself and repeated a pater noster, in which all devoutly joined, excepting the Jew, the Mahomedans, and the Templar; the latter of whom, without vailing his bonnet, or testifying any reverence for the alleged sanctity of the relic, took from his neck a gold chain, which he flung on the board, saying ``Let Prior Aymer hold my pledge
and that of this nameless vagrant, in token that when the Knight of Ivanhoe comes within the four seas of Britain, he underlies the challenge of Brian de Bois-Guilbert, which, if he answer not, I will proclaim him as a coward on the walls of every Temple Court in Europe.''
The old woman glanced for a moment at the pledge
, but at once stared in the eyes of her uninvited visitor.
"My children," he said, "this is the Marechal de la Meilleraie, as to whose intentions you have been deceived and who pledges
himself, on returning to the Louvre, to demand of the queen, in your name, our Broussel's release.
Else all pledges
might be broken, when there was no outward penalty.
Well, let us pledge
the ring, but upon one condition."
But-- the thought passed through her mind more than once, though she could not believe in it--might he not mean to demand something more from her than she had been able to imagine, since he wanted her pledge
to carry out his wishes without telling her exactly what they were?
'I require you, then, to give me your similar and solemn pledge
herself to send back the complete series of her Extracts to Mr.
Though her countenance did not denote much natural sweetness of temper, yet this was, perhaps, somewhat soured by a circumstance which generally poisons matrimonial felicity; for children are rightly called the pledges
of love; and her husband, though they had been married nine years, had given her no such pledges
; a default for which he had no excuse, either from age or health, being not yet thirty years old, and what they call a jolly brisk young man.
You were always very careful of your pledges
, but there are limits even to your caution - as to my forbearance.
Yet it were great reason that those that have children, should have greatest care of future times; unto which they know they must transmit their dearest pledges
. Some there are, who though they lead a single life, yet their thoughts do end with themselves, and account future times impertinences.