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In the course of my talk with Bran
don I had, as I have said, told him the
story of Mary, with some slight varia
tions and coloring, or, rather, discolor
ing, to make it appear a little less to
my discredit than the barefaced truth
.would have been. I told him also about
Jane, and, I grieve and blush to say,
expressed a confidence in that direc
tion I little felt.
It had been perhaps a year since my
adventure with Mary, and I had taken
all that time trying to convince Jane
that I did not mean a word I had said
to her mistress and that I was very
earnest in everything I said to her.
QBut Jane's ears would have heard just
as much had they been the pair of
beautiful little shells they so much re
sembled. This troubled me a great
deal, and the best I could hope was
that she held me on probation.
On the evening of the day Mary came
home to Greenwich, Brandon asked:
"Who and what on earth is this won
derful Mary I hear so much about?
"Don't believe one word she says Sir
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Or, The Love Story of Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor, the King's Sister, and
Happening In the Reign of His August Majesty King Henry the Eighth
,!fEey say slie is coming home today,
and the court seems to have gone mad
about it. I hear nothing but 'Mary
is coming! Mary is coming! Mary!
Mary!' from morning until night. They
say Buckingham is beside himself for
love of her. He has a wife at home, if
I am right, and is old enough to be her
father. Is he not?" I assented, and
Brandon continued: "A man who will
make such a fool of himself about a
.woman is woefully weak. The men of
the court must be poor creatures."
He had much to learn about the
power of womanhood. There is noth
ing on earthbut you know as much
about it as I do.
"Wait until you see her," I answered,
"and you will be one of them also. I
flatter you by giving you one hour with
her to be heels over head in love. With
an ordinary man it takes one-sixtieth
of that time. So you see I pay a com
pliment to your strength of mind."
"Nonsense!" broke in Brandon. "Do
you think I left all my wits down in
Suffolk? Why, man, she is the sister
of the king and is sought by kings and
emperovs I might as well fall in love
with a twinkling star. Then, besides,
my heart is not on my sleeve. You
must think me a foola poor, enervat
ed, simpering fool likelikewell, like
one ol those nobles of England. Don't
put me down with them, Caskoden. if
you would remain my friend
We both laughed at this sort of talk,
which was a little in advance of the
time for a noble, though an idiot to the
most of England was a noble still. God
created and to be adored.
Now, when Mary returned the whole
court rejoiced, and I was anxious for
Brandon to meet her and that they
should become friends. There would
be no trouble in bringing this meeting
about, since, as you know, I was upon
terms of intimate friendship with Ma
ry and was the avowed and, as I
thought, at least hoped, all but accept
ed lover of her first lady in waiting and
dearest friend, Lady Jane Bolingbroke.
Brandon, it is true, was not noble, not
even an English knight, while I was
both knighted and noble, but he was
of as old a family as England boasted
and near of kin to spme of the best
blood of the land. The meeting came
about sooner than I expected and was
very near a failure. It was on the sec
ond morning after Mary's arrival at
Greenwich. Brandon and I were walk
ing in the palace park when we met
Jane, and I took the opportunity to
make these, my two best loved friends,
**Hw do you do, Master Brandon?"
said Lady Jane, holding out her plump
little hand, so white and soft and dear
to me. "I have heard something of you
the last day or so from Sir Edwin, but
had begun to fear he was not going to
give me the pleasure of knowing you.
I hope I may see you often now and
that I may present you to my mis
With this her eyes, bright as over
jgrown dewdrops, twinkled with a mis
chievous little smile, as if to say, "Ah,
another large handsome fellow to make
a fool of himself."
Brandon acquiesced in the wish she
had made, and after the interchange
of a few words Jane said her mistress
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was waiting at the other side of the
grounds and that she must go. She
then ran off with a laugh and a cour
tesy and was soon lost to sight behind
the shrubbery at the turning of the
In a short time we came to a summer
house near the marble boat landing,
where we found the queen and some
of her ladies awaiting the rest of their
party for a trip down the river which
had been planned the day before. Bran
don was known to the queen and sever
al of the ladies, although he had not
been formally presented at an audi
ence. Many of the king's friends en
joyed a considerable intimacy with the
whole court without ever receiving the
public stamp of recognition socially
which goes with a formal presentation.
The queen, seeing us, sent me off to
bring the king. After I had gone she
asked if any one had seen the Princess
Mary, and Brandon told her Lady Jane
had said she was at the other side of
the grounds. Thereupon her majesty
asked Brandon to find the princess and
to say that she was wanted.
Brandon started off and soon found
a bevy of girls sitting on some benches
under a spreading oak, weaving spring
flowers. He had never seen the prin
cess, so could not positively know her.
As a matter of fact he did know her as
soon as his eyes rested on her, for she
could not be mistaken among a thou
sand. There .was no one like her or any
thing near it. Some stubborn spirit of
opposition, however, prompted him to
pretend ignorance. All that he had
heard of her wonderful power over
men and the servile manner in which
they fell before her had aroused in
him a spirit of antagonism and had be
gotten a kind of distaste beforehand.
He was wrong in this, because Mary
was not a coquette in any sense of the
word and did absolutely nothing to at
tract men except to be so beautiful,
sweet and winning that they could not
let her alone, for all of which surely
the prince of fault finders himself could
in no way blame her.
She could not help that God had seen
fit to make her the fairest being on
earth, and the responsibility would
have to lie where it belongedwith
God. Mary would have none of it.
Her attractiveness was not a matter
of volition or intention on her part.
She was* too young for deliberate snare
setting, though it often begins very
early in life, and made no effort to at
tract men. Man's love was too cheap
a thing for her to strive for, and I am
sure in her heart she would infinitely
have preferred to live without itthat
is, until the right one should come.
The right one is always on his way
and, first or last, is sure to come to
every womansometimes, alas, too
lateand when he comes, be it late
or early, she crowns him, even though
he be a long eared ass. Blessed crown,
and thrice blessed blindnesselse there
were fewer coronations.
So Brandon stirred this antagonism
and determined not to see her manifold
perfections, which he felt sure were
exaggerated, but to treat her as he
would the queen, who was black and
leathery enough to frighten a satyr,
with all respect due to her rank, but
with his own opinion of her neverthe
less safely stored away in the back of
Coming up to the group, Brandon
took off his hat and, with a graceful
little bow that let the curls fall around
his face, asked, "Have I the honor to
find the Princess Mary among these
Mary, who I know you will at once
say was thoroughly spoiled, without
turning her face toward him replied:
"Is the Princess Mary a person of so
little consequence about the court that
she is not known to a mighty captain
of the guard?"
He wore his guardsman's doublet,
and she knew his rank by his uniform.
She had not noticed his face.
Quick as a flash came the answer:
"I cannot say of what consequence the
Princess Mary is about the court. It
is not my place to determine such mat
ters. I am sure, however, she is not
here, for I doubt not she would have
given a gentler answer to a message
from the queen. I shall continue my
search." With this he turned to leave,
and the ladies, including Jane, who
was there and saw it all and told me
of it, awaited the bolt they knew would
come, for they saw the lightning gath
ering in Mary's eyes.
Mary sprang to her feet with an an
gry flush in her face, exclaiming: "In-
solent fellow, I am the Princess Mary.
If you have a message, deliver it and
be gone." You may be sure this sort
of treatment was such as the cool head
ed, daring Brandon would repay with
usury so, turning upon his heel and
almost presenting his back to Mary, he
spoke to Lady Jane:
"Will your ladyship say to her high
ness that her majesty the queen awaits
her coming at the marble landing?"
"No need to repeat the message,
Jane," cried Mary. "I have ears and
can hear for myself." Then, turning to
Brandon, "If your insolence will permit
you to receive a message from so insig
nificant a person as the king's sister, I
beg you to say to the queen that I shall
be with her presently."
did not turn his face toward Ma
ty, but bowed again to Jane.
THE PRINCETON TTylofef^HCBSDAY, MABCH '1^Mte
^'May I ask your ladyship further to
say for me that if I have been guilty of
any discourtesy I greatly regret it. My
failure to recognize the Princess Mary
grew out of my misfortune in never
having Sieen allowed to bask in the
light ot her countenance. I cannot be
lieve the fault lies at my door, and I
hope for her own sake that her high
ness on second thought will realize how
ungentle and unkind some one else has
.been." And with a sweeping courtesy
'he walked quickly down the path.
"The insolent wretch!" cried one.
"He ought to hold papers on the pil-
"Nothing of the sort," broke in* sensi
ble, fearless little Jane. "I think the
Lady Mary was wrong. He could not
have known her by inspiration."
"Jane is right," exclaimed Mary,
whose temper, if short, was also short
lived and whose kindly heart always
set her right if she but gave it a little
time. Her faults were rather those of
education than of nature. "Jane is
right. It was what I deserved. I did
not think when I spoke and did not
really mean it as it sounded. He acted
like a man and looked like one, too,
when he defended himself. I warrant
the pope at Rome could not run over
him with impunity. For once I have
found a real live man, full of manli
ness. I saw him in the lists at Windsor
a week ago, but the king said his name
was a secret, and I could not learn it.
He seemed to know you, Jane. Who is
he? Now tell us all you know. The
queen can wait."
And her majesty waited on a girl's
I had told Jane all I knew about
Brandon, so she was prepared with
full information and gave it. She told
the princess who he was, of his ter
rible duel with Judson, his bravery
and adventures in the wars, his gener
ous gift to his brother and sisters, and,
lastly, "Sir Edwin says he is the best
read man in the court and the bravest,
truest heart in Christendom."
After Jane's account of Brandon
they all started by a roundabout way
for the marble landing. In a few mo
ments whom did they see coming to
ward them down the path but Bran
don, who had delivered his message
and continued his walk. When he
saw whom he was about to meet, he
quickly turned in another direction.
The Lady Mary had seen him, how
ever, and told Jane to run forward and
bring him to her. She soon overtook
him and said:
'.'Master Brandon, the princess
wishes to see you," then maliciously:
"You will suffer this time. I assure
you she is not used to such treatment.
It was glorious, though, to see you re
sent such an affront. Men usually
smirk and smile foolishly and thank
her when she smites them."
Brandon was disinclined to return.
"I am not in her highness' com-
mand," he answered, "and do not care
to go back for a reprimand when I am
in no way to blame."
"Oh, but you must come. Perhaps
she will not scold this time." And she
put her hand upon his arm and laugh
ingly drew him along. Brandon of
course had to submit when led by so
sweet a captoranybody would. So
fresh and fair and lovable was Jane
that I am sure anything masculine
must have given way.
Coming up to the princess and her
ladies, who were waiting, Jane said,
"Lady Mary, let me present Master
Brandon, who, if he has offended in
any way, humbly sues for pardon."
That was the one thing Brandon had
no notion on earth of doing, but he let*
it go as Jane had put it, and this was
"It is not Master Brandon who
should sue for pardon," responded the
princess. "It is I who was wrong. I
blush for what I did and said. Forgive
me, sir, and let us start anew." At this
she stepped up to Brandon and offered
him her hand, which he, dropping to
his knee, kissed most gallantly.
"Your highness, you can well afford
to offend when you have so sweet and
gracious a talent for making amends.
'A wrong acknowledged,' as some one
"Your highness, you can well afford to
has said, 'becomes an obligation.'" He
looked straight into the girl's eyes as
he said this, and his gaze was altogeth
er too strong for her, so the lashes fell.
She flushed and said, with a smile that
brought the dimples:
"I thank you. That is a real compli
ment" Then laughingly: "Much better
than extravagant comments on one's
skin and eyes and hair. We are going
-to the queen at the marble landing.
Will you walk with us, sir?" And they
strolled away together, w~ile the other
girls followed in a whispering, laugh
Was there ever so glorious a calm
after such a storm?
"Then those mythological compli
ments," continued Mary. "Don't you
*1 can't say that I have ever Teceiyed
many, none that I recall," replied Bran-
don, with a perfectly straight face, but
with a smile ttying its best to break
"Oh, you have not? Well, how would
you like to have somebody always tell
ing you that Apollo was humpbacked
and misshapen compared with you
that Endymion would have covered his
face had he but seen yours, and so on?"
"I don't know, but I think I should
like it from some persons," he replied,
looking ever so innocent.
This savored of familiarity after so
brief an acquaintance and caused the
princess to glance up in slight surprise,
but only for the instant, for his inno
cent look disarmed her.
"I have a mind to see," she returned,
laughing and throwing her head back
as she looked up at him out of the cor
ner of her lustrous eyes. "But I will
pay you a better compliment. I posi
tively thank you for the rebuke. I do
many things like that, for which I am
always sorry. Oh, you don't know how
difficult it is to be a good princess!"
And she shook her head with a gather
ing of little trouble wrinkles in her
forehead, as much as to say, "There is
no getting away from it, though." Then
she breathed a soft little sigh of tribu
lation as they walked on.
"I know it must be a task to be good
when everybody flatters even one's
shortcomings," said Brandon and then
continued in a way that, I am free to
confess, was something priggish: "It is
almost impossible for us to see our
own faults even when others are kind
enough to point them out, for they are
right ugly things and unpleasant to
look upon. But, lacking those outside
monitors, one must all the more culti
vate the habit of constant inlooking
and self examination. If we are only
brave enough to confront our faults
and look them in the face, ugly as they
are, we shall be sure to overcome the
worst of them. A striving toward good
will achieve at least a part of it."
"Oh!" returned the princess. "But
what is good and what is wrong? So
often we cannot tell them apart until
we look back at what we have done,
and then it is all too late. I truly wish
to be good more than I desire anything
else in the world. I am so ignorant and
helpless and have such strong inclina
tions to do wrong that sometimes I
seem to be almost all wrong. The
priests say so much, but tell us so little.
They talk about St. Peter and St. Paul
and a host of other saints and holy fa
thers and what nots, but fail to tell us
what we need every moment of our
lives that is, how to know the right
when we see it and how to do it and
how to know the wrong and how to
avoid it. They ask us to believe so
much and insist that faith is the sum
of virtue and the lack of it the sum of
sin, that to faith all things are added,
but we might believe every syllable of
their whole disturbing creed and then
spoil it all through blind ignorance of
what is right and what is wrong."
"As to knowing right and wrong,"
replied Brandon, "I think I can give
you a rule which, although it may not
cover the whole ground, is excellent
for everyday use. It is this, Whatever
makes others unhappy is wrong, what
ever makes the world happier is good.
As to how we are always to do this I
cannot tell you. One has to learn that
by trying. We can but try, and if we
fail altogether there is still virtue in
every futile effort toward the right."
Mary bent her head as she walked
along in thought.
"What you have said is the only ap
proach to a rule for knowing and doing
the right I have ever heard. Now
what do you think of me as a flatterer?
But it will do no good. The bad is in
me too strong. It always does itself be
fore I can apply any rule or even real
ize what is coming." And again she
shook her head, with a bewitching lit
tle look of trouble.
"Pardon me, your highness, but there
is no bad in you. It has been put on
you by others and is all on the outside.
There is none of it in your heart at all.
That evil which you think comes out
of you simply falls from you. Your
heart is all right or I have greatly mis
judged you." He was treating her al
most as if she were a child.
"I fear, Master Brandon, you are the
most adroit flatterer of all," said Mary,
shaking her head and looking up at
him with a side glance. "People have
deluged me with all kinds of flattery
I have different sorts listed and labeled
but no one has ever gone to the ex
travagant length of calling me good.
Perhaps they think I do not care for
that but I like it best. I don't like the
others at all. If I am beautiful or not,
it is as God made me, and I have noth
ing to do with it and desire no credit,
but if I could only be good it might be
my own doing perhaps, and I ought to
have praise. I wonder if there is really
and truly any good in me and if you
have read me aright." Then, looking
up at him with a touch of consterna
tion, "Or are you laughing at me?"
Brandon wisely let the last sugges
tion pass unnoticed.
"I am sure that I am right You
have glorious capacities for good, but,
alas, corresponding possibilities for
evil. I will eventually all depend upon
the man you marry. He can make out
of you a perfect woman or the reverse."
Again there was the surprised expres
sion in Mary's face, but Brandon's seri
ous look disarmed her.
"I fear you are right as to the reverse
at any rate, and the worst of it is I
shall never be able to choose a man to
help me, but shall sooner or later be
compelled to marry the creature who
will pay the greatest price."
"God forbid!" said Brandon rever
They were growing rather serious, so
Mary turned the conversation again
into the laughing mood and said, with
a half sigh: "Oh, I hope you are right
about the possibilities for good, but
you do not know. Wait until you have
seen more of me."
"I certainly hope 1 shall not have
long to wait"
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