"Your Majesty will surely not attempt it," said the Earl, with a shudder. "Wherefore not? It is but a foretaste of Charon's boat!" said Mary, who was one of those people whose spirit of enterprise rises with the occasion, and she murmured to Mary Seaton the line of Dante "Quando noi fermerem li nostri passi Su la triate riviera a' Acheronte." "Will your Majesty enter?" asked John Eyre. "Dr.