"But, like Sir John, I do not despair; then will be the hour for action on the part of Mr. Ralph's friends. I do not hesitate to lay before you my own plan of action; for I am persuaded that all who now hear me will feel the necessity for absolute secrecy on th great matter. It known to many of you that Cardinal Pole already well dposed towards Mr. Ralph鈥攊t was manifestly shown in the trial to-day.
"When sentence has been given I will ask h Eminence to accompany me to Whitehall, and there we will ask of Queen Mary the exerce of her royal clemency for our young friend. I do not think we shall plead in vain!"
At these words a murmur of satfaction and reassurance passed amid h almost breathless audience.
But Sir Philip Broke rose to speak, and all were silent again.
"Has your Excellency thought of the possibly adverse influence of King Philip in th matter?" he asked.
"Yes," replied Don Renard, "it was my first thought, and I own that it troubled me. But, as a matter of fact, King Philip has no jurdiction in th case; it a matter for the Queen's own decion, and if the Cardinal and I can incline her royal heart to a merciful view of th young man's escapade (for it nothing more), the King would find it difficult to sway her decion. But I will see the King also, and I am by no means persuaded that he will turn a deaf ear to my appeal."
Nothing more was said, and the guests began to depart. The Lord Mayor remained to the last; he was about to accompany Sir John to the Fleet pron that they might assure themselves that every arrangement which could ameliorate the lot of the unhappy proner should be made.
The day was drawing towards its close, a day which had opened so brightly for Susan and William. They sat together in the library with hands interclasped, their hearts charged with an overwhelming sense of coming woe, their grief too great for words.
Yet when Sir John returned from the Fleet pron and told them that Ralph was occupying William's old room, and that the great Cardinal had already sent him a message of condolence and comfort through their young friend Don Diego, their hearts were comforted, and hope sprang up in their stricken souls.
CHAPTER VIII THE VERDICT
The Star Chamber once more!
For an hour before the sitting of the Court an unwonted excitement pervaded its precincts鈥攆or the news of the tragic events of the preceding day had gone abroad till London was ringing with it.
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