by putting them out where folks would notice them. Well,
"As his Grace of Osmonde will when I tell him my story," he answered. "He is not one to brook that such things can be told of the mother of his heirs."
She would have shrieked aloud but that she clutched her throat in time.
"Tell him!" she cried, "tell him, and see if he will hear you. Your word against mine!"
"Think you I do not know that full well," he answered, and he brought forth a little package folded in silk. "Why have I done naught but threaten till this time? If I went to him without proof, he would run me through with his sword as I were a mad dog. But is there another woman in England from whose head her lover could ravish a lock as long and black as this?"
He unfolded the silk, and let other silk unfold itself, a great and thick ring of raven hair which uncoiled its serpent length, and though he held it high, was long enough after surging from his hand to lie upon the floor.
"Merciful God!" she cried, and shuddering, hid her face.
"'Twas a bet, I own," he said; "I heard too much of the mad beauty and her disdain of men not to be fired by a desire to prove to her and others, that she was but a woman after all, and so was to be won. I took an oath that I would come back some day with a trophy-- and this I cut when you knew not that I did it."
She clutched her throat again to keep from shrieking in her-- impotent horror.