be trying to assure her that she was in no danger from
"Queen, I conjure you," besought John Heywood, "by all that is holy to you, by your love, come, come!"
"No, no!" cried she, vehemently.
But now Anne seized her hand, and stretching the other arm toward heaven, she said in a loud, commanding voice: "In the name of God, I order you to leave me!"
While Catharine drew back wholly involuntarily, John Heywood pushed her to the secret door, and urging her out almost with violence, he drew the door to behind them both.
Just as the secret door had closed, the other on the opposite side opened. "With whom were you speaking?" asked Gardiner, peering around the room with a sharp look.
"With the tempter, that wished to alienate me from God," said she-- "with the tempter, who at the approach of your footsteps wanted to fool my heart with fear, and persuade me to recant!"
"You are, then, firmly resolved? you do not retract?" asked Gardiner; and a savage joy shone in his pale, hard countenance.
"No, I do not recant!" said she, with a face beaming with smiles.
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