"While you are away—" she said. "You are going away?"
"Do you sigh, Jane, because you love me?"
"Oh, sire, you mock me. It would be a sin for me to love you, for Queen Catharine is living."
"Yes, she is living!" muttered the king; and his brow darkened; and for a moment the smile disappeared from his lips.
Lady Jane had committed a mistake. She had reminded the king of his wife when it was yet too soon to ask for her death.
John Heywood read this in the countenance of his royal master, and resolved to take advantage of it. He wished to divert the attention of the king, and to draw it away from the beautiful, captivating women who were juggling him with their bewitching charms.
"Yes, the queen lives!" said he, joyfully, "and God be praised for it! For how tedious and dull it would be at this court had we not our fair queen, who is as wise as Methuselah, and innocent and good as a new-born babe! Do you not, Lady Jane, say with me, God be praised that Queen Catharine is living?"
"I say so with you!" said Jane, with ill-concealed vexation.
"And you, King Henry, do you not say it too?"
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