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sturdy boy of some fifteen years or so; of both of whom more anon. First to describe the shop, which was in no little repute among the citizens. On a projecting window there were divers notices to acquaint the passengers of what Master Lather was skilled in: some of these were in rhyme, for he did pride himself mightily on his scholarship. As for instance
Shaving done here
Or in another case
6. Beards trimmed neatly;
And teeth extracted completely.”
And mayhap close upon it would be found
66 I breathe a vein
For a little gain ;
While in another place the gazer should meet
Hair cut and curled
Whether it will or no."
A lot of ballads and broadsheets were against the wainscot. Over the fire-place was framed a large writing, having for the title, very conspicuous, " Forfeits," which ran thus“ He that must needs be served out of his turn, Shall pay a penny, and better manners learn. He that the master would stay in his calling, Or dispute in such terms as will lead to a brawling, Or meddle with what he hath had no occasion, He shall pay two-pence to his great vexation. He that doth swear, or doth say any scandal, Or prate of such things that be not fit to handle, Or from the ballads shall tear or take any, Straightway from his pouch there must come forth a penny. And he that shall seek for to play any tricks, With the pricking of pins, or the poking of sticks; Or chalk on a doublet-or foul any hat, Without doubt shall he forfeit a penny for that. Likewise if against the queen's grace say he ought, He shall, as 'tis fitting, be made pay a groat, And ask pardon all round the which to his pain Will keep him from talking such treason again.” A large black cat was cleaning of its skin upon a three-legged stool, nigh unto a table standing by the side of the fire-place, on which were sundry combs, brushes, scissors, phials, a pestle and mortar, and instruments for the pulling out of teeth; and a little closer to the light, there sat in a huge high backed chair, an exceeding serious looking old man, rather short of stature, with some few grey hairs on his head, and a small peaked beard of the like sort; wearing on his nose, which was of the longest and
of an excellent fine point, a pair of famous large spectacles, through which he was gazing upon what he was about. He was trimly dressed, with every thing formal and grave about him. In one hand he held a lancet, and in the other a cabbage leaf. A boy stood before him seemingly very attentive. He was thickset and short of his
with honest plump face, and eyes that looked as if ever intent upon some mischief or another. In truth, it was a countenance that was not easy to be described, saving that it was a very dare-devil-care-fornought-full-of-tricks sort of face as ever boy had. He had on a leather jerkin and breeches of the same, partly covered with an apron of linen, that looked as if he had been rolling on the floor in itwhich was like enough. He wore yellow hose, and thick shoes of leather. These two were Master Lather, the barber chirurgeon, and his apprentice Harry Daring
“ Methinks you know pretty well by this time how to dress hair," observed the barber to his pupil with a monstrous grave countenance, 66 seeing that you have been curling of the old mop for some time påst: the which be an admirable way for the learning of that part of our craft-for if you singe it, then shall no man rate you for the burning of his pate: which maketh good the saying of Aristotle, ' Ante illum imperatorem !' which meaneth, "hurt no one and he shall not cry out.''
“ I promise you,” replied the boy, seeming as if regarding his master with great attention, “ without doubt I be as clever at it as any 'prentice in the city; and upon the strength of my skilfulness at the mop, I did essay to frizzle up the locks of Gammer Griskin, who wanted them done in a hurry when you were from home, at the which I succeeded marvellously.” 1, +56 I remember me well,” said the old man, increasing in the gravity of his features, " when next I dressed the old woman I found one-half of her hair scorched to a cinder, and enquiring of her what she had done to her head, did hear that you had been practising on it-whereupon I said nothingremembering what is written in Epicurus, . Nihil reliqui fecit,' the which translated is, hold thy tonging, and thy prating shall do thee no harm.' However, you are at least well skilled in the practice of shaving, seeing that you have put the razor over the scalded pig's head pretty often, and with a proper degree of cunning."
Ay, master, that have I," answered the apprentice quickly.
“ Indeed I have tried my skilfulness on others besides the chaps of dead pigs; for be it known to you, Gaffer Gravestone coming one morning before you were up, with a beard of a week's growth, to get rid of which he was in too great a hurry to wait your coming down, I took upon me to lather and shave him to a nicety."
66 True,” observed the barber chirurgeon with additional solemnity, “ the sexton did complain to me, with a face covered with plaisters, that as well as slicing of a piece off his chin as big as a rose noble, and gashing of his cheek in three several places, you had completely cut off from beside his ear two moles of no ordinary size, that there had grown undisturbed and respected for a matter of forty years. But with some ado I managed to pacify him, upon promising that his face should look all the younger for it, and doing his cure free of expense; having in my mind at the time the words of that famous writer Averroes, Tenuit hoc
pro positum,' that should be thus rendered in the vulgar,
make amends if any have suffered by thee, but if it be not in thy power attempt it not, for thou canst never succeed in the doing of that which is impossible.'
66 Well, seeing that you have sufficient insight for the nonce into these matters," continued the old barber very seriously, “ methought 'twas fitting time you should be taught the more noble part of our excellent and profitable profession ; so attend, and I will initiate you into the whole art and mystery of the breathing of a vein. See you this cabbage leaf ?"
“ l'faith, master, that I cannot fail of doing, it being right under my nose," replied the boy.
“ Now, mark the different ridges in the leaf,"