'You were not awake an hour ago?' said the Jew, scowling fiercely on the boy.
'Are you sure?' cried the Jew: with a still fiercer look than before: and a threatening attitude.
'Tush, tush, my dear!' said the Jew, abruptly resuming his old manner, and playing with the knife a little, before he laid it down; as if to induce the belief that he had caught it up, in mere sport.
'Did you see any of these pretty things, my dear?' said the Jew, laying his hand upon it after a short pause.
Had there been painters in those days capable to execute such a subject, the Jew, as he bent his withered form, and expanded his chilled and trembling hands over the fire, would have formed no bad emblematical personification of the Winter season.
Meanwhile the Abbot and Cedric continued their discourse upon hunting; the Lady Rowena seemed engaged in conversation with one of her attendant females; and the haughty Templar, whose eye wandered from the Jew to the Saxon beauty, revolved in his mind thoughts which appeared deeply to interest him.
The Prior of Jorvaulx crossed himself and repeated a pater noster, in which all devoutly joined, excepting the Jew, the Mahomedans, and the Templar; the latter of whom, without vailing his bonnet, or testifying any reverence for the alleged sanctity of the relic, took from his neck a gold chain, which he flung on the board, saying ``Let Prior Aymer hold my pledge and that of this nameless vagrant, in token that when the Knight of Ivanhoe comes within the four seas of Britain, he underlies the challenge of Brian de Bois-Guilbert, which, if he answer not, I will proclaim him as a coward on the walls of every Temple Court in Europe.''
``Unbelieving dog,'' said the Templar to Isaac the Jew, as he passed him in the throng, ``dost thou bend thy course to the tournament?''
"That's the very point, Grimshaw," the Jew answered soothingly.
"The object of our expedition?" the Jew queried quickly.
Here, with the Jew healing the breach with the wheat-farmer whose agents still cabled money, was the time to take advantage.
"At three o'clock to-morrow afternoon, at the shipping commissioner's," the Jew agreed.