“Because they failed.”
“Your honor gave me two of these Frenchmen when they were only guilty of fighting for Charles I. Now that they are guilty of a conspiracy against England will your honor give me all four of them?”
“Take them,” said Cromwell.
Mordaunt bowed with a smile of triumphant ferocity.
“Did the people shout at all?” Cromwell asked.
“Very little, except ‘Long live Cromwell!’“
“Where were you placed?”
Mordaunt tried for a moment to read in the general’s face if this was simply a useless question, or whether he knew