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" Perhaps," said Mannering, “ at such a time a stranger's arrival might be inconvenient?"

“ Hout, na, ye needna be blate about that; their house is muckle eneugh, and elecking time's aye canty time." '.

By this time Jock had found his way into all the intricacies of a tattered doublet, and more tattered pair of breeches, and sallied forth, a great white-headed, bare-legged, lubberly boy of twelve years old, so exhibited by the glimpse of a rushlight, which his half-naked mother held in such a manner as to get a peep at the stranger, without greatly exposing herself to view in return. Jock moved on westward, by the end of the house, leading Man, nering's, horse by the bridle, and piloting, with some dexterity, along the little path which bordered the formidable jaw-hole, whose vicinity the stranger was inade'sen. sible of by means of more organs than one. His guide then dragged the weary hack along a broken and stony cart-track, next over a ploughed field, then broke down a slap, as he called it, in a dry stone fence; and lugged the unresisting animal through the breach, about a rood of the simple masonry giving way in the splutter with which he passed. Finally, he led the way, througir a wicket, into something which had still the air of an avenue, though many of the trees were felled. The roar of the ocean was now near and fall, and the moon, which began to make her appearance, gleamed on a turreted and apparently a ruined mansion, of considerable extent. Mannering fixed his eyes upon it with a disconsolate sensation.

“ Why, my little fellow, this is a ruin, not a house ?"

“Ah, but the laird's lived there lange syne- that's Ellengowan Auld Place; there's a hantle bogles about it but ye needna be feared-I never saw ony mysell, and we're just at the door of the New Place."

Accordingly, leaving the ruins on the

right, a few steps brought the traveller in front of a small modern house, at which his guide rapped with great importance. Mannering told his circumstances to the servant; and the gentleman of the house, who heard his tale from the parlour, stepped forward, and welcomed the stranger hospitably to Ellengowan. The boy, made happy with half-a-crown, was dismissed to his cottage, the weary horse was conducted to a stall, and Mannering found him. self in a few minutes seated by a comfort. able supper, to which his cold ride gave him a hearty appetite,

CHAPTER II.

Comes me cranking in,
And cuts me from the best of all my land,
A huge half-moon, a monstrous cantle out.

HENRY FOURTH, Part I.

The company in the parlour at Ellan. gowan, consisted of the Laird himself, and a sort of person who might be the village schoolmaster, or perhaps the minister's assistant; his appearance was too shabby to indicate the minister, considering he was on a visit to the Laird.

The Laird himself was one of those second-rate sort of persons, that are to be found frequently in rural situations. Fielding has described one class as feras consumere nati ; but the love of field-sports indicates a certain activity of mind, which had forsaken Mr Bertram, if he ever pos

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sessed it. A good-humoured listlessness of countenance formed the only remarkable expression of his features, although they were rather handsome than otherwise. In fact, his physiognomy expressed the inanity of character which pervaded his life. I will give the reader some insight into his state and conversation, before he has finished a long lecture to Mannering, upon the propriety and comfort of wrapping his stirrup-irois round with a wisp of straw, when he had occasion to ride in a chill evening." : Godfrey Bertram, of Ellangowan, succeeded to a long pedigree and a short rent-roll, like many lairds of that period. His list of forefathers ascended so high, that they were lost in the barbarous ages of Galwegian independence; so that his genealogical-tree, besides the christian and crusading names of Godfreys, and Gilberts, and Dennis's, and Rolands, with out end, bore heathen fruit of yet darker ages, -- Arths, and Knarths, and Dona

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