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« Ah !” screamed the old woman, seemingly at the very top of her voice, as she lifted up her hands to her jaw immediately he gave a wrench.
" There, now !” cried Harry Daring, looking monstrously displeased. “Did I not say you would feel pain if you held not fast to the chair? For is it not writ in Aristotle that there are two kinds of teeth, as 'harem scarem,' an easy tooth,' crinkum crankum,' an obstinate tooth;' and the latter kind have you, without a doubt.”
Well, well, I will be as quiet as I may,” said she, putting down her hands, but looking woefully frightened. “Yet 'twas a most awful pain. Now hurt me not again good youth, I pray you."
- Believe me I would not hurt a hair of your head, for any money," replied the apprentice, with a very touching earnestness; “but hold fast,—I can promise nothing if you let go the chair.”
“Oh !” shrieked the dame, louder and longer than at first; and caught hold of his hands as he was a tugging with all his might.
“A murrain on you,” exclaimed the boy, stamping as if in a great rage, “did ever any one see the like ?” I was having it out as easily as is the drawing of a cork from a bottle of Ippocras, and without pain enough to hurt a fly, when you let go the chair, and made the pain come on the instant. Slife it be enough to put a saint in a passion; for truly is it said by Esculapius, Syrupus croci scru
pulum dimidium aquæ puræ quantum sufficit:' the which doth mean,-she that will let go when she be told to hold fast, deserveth all she may get for her pains.”
“If it was not for the Latin, I should doubt you were so skilled as you have said,” remarked his patient, very dolefully; “but the Latin be a wonderful comfort. You shall have at it once more, and for the last time; for in truth I can endure no such horrible pain as the last."
- Hold fast, then; and now or never," cried the young barber, as he put his whole might and main into one desperate tug.
“Oh! oh! murder! Oh! Lord ha' mercy on my sins ! Oh! murder ! murder ! murder ! ”screamed the old woman, with all the strength of her lungs, as she tried to hold his hands; but this time he knit his brows fiercely, and twisted at the instrument as if for his life; and in spite of the struggles and shriekings of his patient, he desisted not till he wrenched the tooth right out upon the floor.
6 Here it be, dame,”.exclaimed he, joyfully, as soon as he saw it fall, “and o' my life 'uis a famous one.” But the other seemed to think that her jaw had been torn out; for with her hands up to her face, she set a writhing and twisting her body about the room, as if she was in her last agony.
6 Oh! I be a dying ! my hour be come; I must needs give up the ghost !” cried she, very piteously,
Keep a good heart-you will be well enough soon,” replied he, as he was a wiping of his instrumento
“ Indeed, 'twas a most awful scrunch," added his patient, looking in most deplorable fashion;
methought my head was a going clean off, and you was a pulling of it up by the roots :—but where be the tooth ?"
“ There, dame,” he answered, pointing to where it lay; at the which she hastened to pick it up.
“Oh! you murderous villain !" shouted out the old woman, her face all of a sudden becoming livid with rage, as she looked upon the tooth : “you have pulled out the only two sound teeth I had in my head, and left the aching one in.”
What, have I pulled out two ?” exclaimed the boy, as if mightily pleased; “why, what excellent luck have I ! But you must needs pay me the other groat, seeing that you bargained only for one.” "I pay thee a groat, caitiff !” cried she, in a
ever, I'll see thee hanged first ! And two such fine teeth, too, that would have lasted me a good score years. Oh ! 'tis not to be borne."
• Why thou shalt have all the less toothaches for it,” said the apprentice, in a wonderful consoling voice; “I warrant they shall never ache ; for is it not writ in Aristotle
“Drat Harry's total and thee too !” screamed the other, looking as fiercely as if she was about to
fly at him; “ I could tear thee limb from limb, thou horrible
villain.” Nay, thou hadst best be quiet and take thyself off,” observed the boy, seriously; though he took huge delight in seeing her in so towering a passion. “ Indeed if thou shewest thy tearing humour to me, I will set the dog on thee, who be famous for worrying of an old witch.”
- Dost call me an old witch, thou pestilent little varlet? Me an old witch !-me !"
66'Tis like enough to be true; for 'tis well known thou wert seen last Christmas eve dancing of a measure with the devil's grannum on the top of the moon."
6 I dance with the devil's grannum ?-1 !”
“ I have spoke with those who will take their oaths of it: and moreover they do report that thou didst caper after a fashion that was a scandal to look upon.”
“Oh! the horrid perjurers ! But I do believe thou sayest it of thine own villainous invention :thou wilt come to the gallows, that be one comfort.”
“ Away, old witch !”
“ I'll live to see thee hanged, thou outrageous little villain.”
6 Mount thy broomstick, and be off up the chimney; for thy cousin Beelzebub be waiting for thee, with a goodly bowl of brimstone and treacle for thy supper."
61 tell thee I be an honest woman that have had children, and two of 'em be twins," squeaked out the old woman, now in such a rage she could scarcely speak
“ Ah! I have heard of thy twins," exclaimed the boy, in an aggravating tone: “the midwife told her gossip, and her gossip told the neighbours."
“And what said she, thou hangdog?” cried the other, trembling in every limb with the greatness of her passion. 5 I do defy thee, caitiff; they were as fine twins as ever honest woman had.”
6 Marvellous fine, truly !” replied he, in the same manner; “ for I was told by those who had had sight of them, that one of them was a threelegged stool and the other an elephant.”
“Oh! thou horrid young monster! thou perjured little villain !"
“Away, broomstick !”
“ Agh!” shrieked the enraged old woman, with a violent twist of her head, as if she had exhausted all her spite; and then shaking her skinny fist at Harry Daring, she suddenly flung herself out at the door.
“Ha! ha! ha!” roared the boy, seemingly in a perfect ecstacy “ Well, if this be not the most