Sad to tell, the beldam still held in her hand his special pride and care, his tail.
To which, after some Perswasion to the contrary, the venerable beldam waited on her.
He had a certain amount of faith in the divinations of magic, and at least it could do no harm to see what the beldam would say.
"This is a make-peace fashion of thine," said the beldam, relaxing into a smile.
At last the beldam stopped in an out-of-the-way part of the town, before a strange-looking house.
The beldam sat with her face towards Rodolph and the brigand.
"He's only doing it to make sure I'm not a beldam," said Gwen innocently.
Thou liest again: 'twill be at Moorgate, beldam, where I shall see thee in the ditch dancing in a cucking-stool.
"Sir Robert has himself written me about that beldam," said the chamberlain.
The beldam chuckled to herself, and saw money to come of it, if she winked skilfully enough, and at the right time.
"aged woman," 1570s; earlier "grandmother" (mid-15c.), from dame (q.v.) in the sense of "mother" + bel-, Middle English prefix expressing relationship (cf. belfader, belsire "grandfather"), from Old French bel, belle "beautiful, fair, fine" (see belle). This "direct relationship" sense of bel is not found in French, where the prefix is used to form words for in-laws.