To the young king the defeat at Dunbar was a subject of real and ill-dissembled joy. Hitherto he had been a mere puppet in the hands of Argyle and his party; now their power was broken, and it was not impossible for him to gain the ascendancy. kingdom in twenty days. These, after a long negotiation, accepted an act of indemnity, and disbanded their forces. Baillie, ii. 356. Whitelock, 476.
All her fellow-servants and all the villagers, who were not members of the Hutchings family, were assured that he had murdered Lord Loudwater. Three of the maids, who were jealous of her greater prettiness, had with ill-dissembled spitefulness congratulated her on having dismissed him before the murder; her mother had also congratulated her on that fact.
‘Hush—hush!’ said the cautious attorney: ‘to be sure—quite right—no titles here—my name is Overton, sir.’ ‘Overton?’ ‘Yes: the mayor of this place—you sent me a letter with anonymous information, this afternoon.’ ‘I, sir?’ exclaimed Trott with ill-dissembled surprise; for, coward as he was, he would willingly have repudiated the authorship of the letter in question. ‘I, sir?’
In answer to the summons he stood before them, not, as was his wont in public assemblies, with ill-dissembled shyness and awkward gesture, but with body erect and eyes sparkling.
It would be impossible to paint the stupefied expression of his countenance, as he listened to these interrogatories. The very desert itself had spoken! "Does Tiburcio know all this?" he asked, with an ill-dissembled anxiety. "No; but he knows that the assassin of his father had a horse like yours; that he was wounded in the leg; that he flung the dead body in the water.
An affectation of politeness, strange enough between friends, was suddenly succeeded by an ill-dissembled anger, a cold, stinging tone, in presence of which Claire was as perplexed as by a difficult problem.
"I leave it to you, Gov'ner," he continued to stammer at length. "S'y you was me and I was Number One w'at would you think?" "Why, quite naturally, that some superior intelligence has latterly been collaborating with Scotland Yard." "Aren't you a bit behindhand in arriving at that conclusion?" the Irishman suggested with an ill-dissembled sneer.
Then Rochester, with an ill-dissembled pride, which pierced the heart of the unhappy Buckingham through and through, led the princess across the little bridge which the rowers had cast from the royal boat to the shore. "Which way will your highness go?" asked Rochester.
He haunted Jasper like a shadow all the morning, much to that young gentleman's annoyance, for both his mother and sister hung about him with faces of ill-dissembled anxiety. By afternoon his patience gave out, and he openly rebelled against the tender guard kept over him.
And yet the enigmatical expression in that pretty face as it smiled upon her gave her a vague feeling of uneasiness which she could not understand. An affectation of politeness, strange enough between friends, was suddenly succeeded by an ill-dissembled anger, a cold, stinging tone, in presence of which Claire was as perplexed as by a difficult problem.