52 KIPLING'S SUSSEX
same change; and coming a third time, and finding once more another change of the Royal mind, made the historic exclamation, as he clapped his thigh, " Now I see that the Queen is a woman as well as my wife ! " Elizabeth, standing at an open window, happened to hear the observation. " What villain is this ? " she asked laughing, and directed the attendant to give him three angels " to stop his mouth."
In the poem, " The Looking Glass," which follows the story " Gloriana," Kipling shows us Elizabeth, who has 'gun like Macbeth, to weary o' the world ; as she well might. She fears to peer at her own reflection in the looking glass " that can always hurt a lass more than any ghost there is or any man there was." Here is what the mirror would have reflected at this date :
" Next came the Queen, very majestic; her face oblong, fair, but wrinkled ; her eyes small, yet black and pleasant; her nose a little hooked ; her lips narrow, and her teeth black. She had in her ears two pearls with very rich drops ; she wore false hair, and that red ; and she had a necklace of exceedingly fine jewels. Her hands were small, her fingers long, and her stature neither tall nor low ; her air was stately ; her manner of speaking mild and obliging."
When the reader arrives at the village green at