The Ferryman of Brill
The young man shook his head, and replied briefly that he had been refused.
"No hope?" asked the father.
"None," answered Caspar.
"You would have a better chance if the merchant was out of the way," observed the priest.
"Very likely, but he is cautious. It may be no easy matter to get rid of him," answered Caspar.
"Follow my advice, my son, and it can be managed. You have strong suspicions that he is a Protestant. Pretend that you have given up his daughter, but that you desire to be instructed in the new faith. In a short time he will trust you, and if he attends any place of meeting where the Protestants meet, you can introduce me among them. I can disguise myself so that they shall not know me, and I may then not only mark him, but all others who may be present, and inform against them as may be most convenient."