If she has not got the ring herself, she knows well enough who has it.'
But these treasures were all produced by enchantment, for the maiden could make anything she wished appear by the help of King Solomon's signet ring; only none of these things remained fixed; they passed away like the wind without leaving a trace behind.
"That ring comes from Milady?" cried Athos, with a voice in which it was easy to detect strong emotion.
"How could this ring come into the hands of Milady Clarik?
So Sir Richard got down from his horse and went with the others to the bench raised beside the ring.
Now there had been great doings that morning, for a certain yeoman named Egbert, who came from Stoke over in Staffordshire, had thrown with ease all those that came against him; but a man of Denby, well known through all the countryside as William of the Scar, had been biding his time with the Stoke man; so, when Egbert had thrown everyone else, stout William leaped into the ring. Then a tough bout followed, and at last he threw Egbert heavily, whereat there was a great shouting and shaking of hands, for all the Denby men were proud of their wrestler.
"Yes," said John Harned, "against five bulls, and the man, like the bulls, never in the bull ring
before--a man like yourself, Senor Crevallos."
"It's this as has brought me, good gentlemen," she said, dropping another curtsey; "a gold wedding ring
in the Brixton Road.
"Thou who didst from the beginning create male and female," the priest read after the exchange of rings
, "from Thee woman was given to man to be a helpmeet to him, and for the procreation of children.
"The mere fact that the ring
should be absent, whoever may have removed it, would suggest to anyone's mind, would it not, that the marriage and the tragedy were connected?"
The one in the middle held a mussel in its mouth, which it laid on the shore at the youth's feet, and when he had taken it up and opened it, there lay the gold ring
in the shell.
The dressing-room she had left abutted upon one corner of the ring
. Squeezing her way after her guide through the seated men, she crossed the end of the hall and entered a similar dressing-room at the other corner of the ring