The heroine and her family favor the claims of Mary of Scotland to England's throne. Queen Elizabeth suspects disloyalty, and as a punishment orders the girl to attend her at court. Her adventures there form a most interesting narrative.
ht of steps to the terrace which led to the porch and from thence to the ante-hall passage.
Serving men clothed in blue with the family arms upon the left sleeve, and retainers clothed also in blue but without the heraldic device thronged courtyard, terrace and hall. Francis hastened through the ante-hall passage to the great hall which lay beyond. The floors were freshly strewn with rushes, the walls were hung with rich tapestries representing stories from the classics. The upper end contained an oriel window under which was a fringed dais. On one side of the apartment was a huge fireplace over which the ancestral arms hung with the arms of England over them. On the other side towered lofty windows. A screen gallery, an organ and a high table completed the hall which was the principal room of the castle and the place where all of the feasts, mummeries and masques were held.
Ushers were hurrying through the great hall for it was "covering time," and the household was mustering for the midday mea
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