The assertion had its effect. Nurse Chaffen was not an irreligious woman, though she did indulge in unlimited gossip, and love a glass of beer when she could get it; and she could not believe that a thing so solemnly asserted was a lie. She felt puzzled to death: her eyes were good and had never played her false yet.
"That which I, Do?a Magdalena de Ulloa, have paid in virtue of two letters from the Very Serene D. John of Austria, God rest his soul, one dated from Louvain the 23rd of April, 1577, the other from Brussels the 4th of July of the same year, about the expenses of Madam Blombergh his mother, also arranging her apartment and her ordinary expenses, and her extraordinary personal ones, servants and wages and clothes and other things, some furniture indispensable and necessary for her use, the which I gave over to her servants, and that which I gave for this is the following."
Fearing least their offence might come to open publication, theyburied it very secretly; and, before any could take notice thereof,they departed from Messina, and went to dwell in Naples, Isabellacrying and calling still for her pot of Basile, being unable to giveover mourning, dyed within a few dayes after. Thus have you heardthe hard fate of poore Lorenzo and his Isabella. Within no longwhile after, when this accident came to be publikely knowne, anexcellent ditty was composed thereof beginning thus.