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The Witch of Withyford

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Pages: 78

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Gratiana Longworth Knocker

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV THE WITCHING OF TAMSIN BALE Sure ! I can mind myself the next time the little Squire came to Withyford, for I must have been about nine years old, and he just gone ten, and sure ! 'twas just at that time that the little maid came to live with Nance Darvel to Witches' Combe, and that Nance she got her name up through Tamsin Bale going mazed. 'Twas said through all Withyford as Nance Darvel could call up dead as well as living, and show them to the folk who asked for them, the same as the "Witch of Endor," and it must have been true from what Liza Ann Fry said, for the maid was a truthful one for all I know, though a flighty one at times. Well I suppose these maids got telling ofcourtings and such like, (there was Tamsin Bale, Liza Fry and Nelly Challacombe down to Cross) and how Nance Darvel could tell them their fortunes, and how she could cure, and how she could kill. And they wondered if 'twere truth, sure enough! if Nance could show folks who their husbands were to be, and sure! they'd like to know. Till at last that Liza Fry, who was always a bit daring (and sure she must have had the nerve of a grindstone or her never would have thought of it) saith to the other two. "Let's go and find out." " To-night ?" saith Tamsin. " Iss fye, to-night," saith Liz, " what's the good to wait ? " " I'm just right for a moonlight walk," saith Nell, " let's go," But 'twas a long time before they could get Tamsin Bale to say she'd come along with them, for she was a timid maid and never found it an easy thing to make up her mind to nothing. But Liza Fry, as she most always did, at last her got her way, and they all three startedoff down the lane that led to Witches' Combe. 'Twas a good mile walk afore they come'd to the moor. 'Twas the end of May, or beg...  


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