As early as September 1565 gossips were busy over the indiscretion of Riccio's favour: Darnley had forfeited the good opinion of his wife; was angry because the Hamiltons were not wholly sacrificed to the ancient feud of Lennox and his clan; and Knox's party looked forward with horror to the parliament of March 1566, when Mary certainly meant " to do something tending to some good anent restoring the ancient religion."
Can we not do without the society of our gossips a little while under these circumstances--have our own thoughts to cheer us?
The chief news, about which all Moscow gossips, is the death of old Count Bezukhov, and his inheritance.
"Oh, those Moscow gossips!" said Dolokhov, and he took up the cards with a smile.