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comparatively slight misdemeanours. There is an old instance cited in the " Reliquiae Antiquae " (I., 288).
" ' Of life and dath now chuse the,
There is the woman, here the galowe tree!' ' Of boothe choyce harde is the parte— The woman is the warse, driue forthe the carte.'"
But our merchant of Chichester was more fortunate. " Pity is akin to love," and the Englishman and his pretty Dutch wife appear to have "lived happy ever after." We may imagine them, prosperous and happy, passing beneath the Gothic arches of that most wonderful of all such structures, the Market Cross of Chichester.