It was nothing like the big church wedding she wanted, but nothing could shame her greater than to have a child out of wedlock. The first of these, the Press Room, a dark close chamber, near Waterman's Hall, obtained its name from an immense wooden machine kept in it, with which such prisoners as refused to plead to their indictments were pressed to death—a species of inquisitorial torture not discontinued until so lately as the early part of the reign of George the Third, when it was abolished by an express statute. Cathy's eyes widened, her cheeks expanding to a smile.
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