Hero-Myths and Legends of the British Race
Page: 65Guest was not there when Howard came. Thorbiorn greeted him and asked what matter had brought him, and Howard replied:
“My grief for Olaf is yet deep in my heart; still I remember his death; and now again I come to claim a wergild for him.”
Guest would have no more to do with Thorbiorn. “Thou hast no equal for cruelty and evil; thou shalt surely repent it,” he said; and he rode to Bathstead, took his sister away, with all her wealth, and broke off his alliance with Thorbiorn, caring nothing for the shame he put upon so unjust a man.
Howard went home, told Biargey all that had happened, and took to his bed again, a poor, old, helpless, miserable man; but his wife, who saw her presage beginning to come true, kept up her courage, rowed out fishing every day, and guided the household for yet another year.