The same ghastly chasm: but ghastly now no longer; and as Elsley looked down, the beauty below invited him, and the coolness also; for the sun beat on the flat rock above till it scorched the feet, and dazzled the eye, and crisped up the blackening sea-weeds; while every sea-snail crept to hide itself under the bladder-tangle, and nothing dared to peep or stir save certain grains of gunpowder, which seemed to have gone mad, so merrily did they hop about upon the surface of the fast evaporating salt-pools.
'Ay,' he went on; 'and the same heat which crisps those thirsty leaves must breed the thunder-shower which cools them?
Sweep the golden reed-beds; Crisp the lazy dyke; Hunger into madness Every plunging pike.
Crisp the barber, of St. Mary's, was just such another.
What she saw was Anthony Bard kneeling by the coals of the fire over which steamed a coffee-pot on one side and a pan of crisping bacon on the other.