Abigail, the "waiting gentlewoman," in Beaumont and Fletcher's Scornful Lady).
Four years after her death the king privately wedded a handsome young gentlewoman, Christina Munk, by whom he had twelve children, - a connexion which was to be disastrous to Denmark.
She was a bride of only seventeen and was related to the royal house; yet, as his Catholic biographer put it, "by sorcery and witchcraft he did so allure that poor gentlewoman that she could not live without him."
Returning home, he was disinherited by his father's will, for his marriage with Cornelia (Neeltje) Simons, a portionless gentlewoman.
The old countess, waiting for the return of her husband and son, sat playing patience with the old gentlewoman who lived in their house.