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terference. She assured him, that she could not pretend to superintend a gentleman's wardrobe, but that nothing was more easy than to arrange the Dominie's * “ At Ellangowan,” she said, “when. ever my poor father thought any part of the Dominie's dress wanted renewal, a servant was directed to enter his room by night, for he sleeps as fast as a dor-mouse, carry off the old vestment, and leave the new one; nor could we ever observe that the Dominie exhibited the least consciousness of the change put upon him." -- Mac-Morlan, therefore, procured a skil.
ful artist, who, on looking at the Dominic attentively, undertook to make for him two suits of clothes, one black, and one raven-grey, and that they should fit him as well at least, (so the tailor qualified his enterprise,) as a man of such an out-of-theway build could be fitted by merely hu. man needles and shears. When he had accomplished his task, and the dresses were brought home, Mac-Morlan, judici
ously resolving to accomplish his purpose by degrees, withdrew that evening an iniportant part of his dress, and substi. tuted the new article of raiment in its stead. Perceiving that this passed totally without notice, he next ventured on the waistcoat, and last upon the coat. When fully metamorphosed, and arrayed for the first time in his life in a decent dress, they did observe, that the Dominie seemed to have some indistinct and embarrassing consciousness that à change had taken place upon his outward man. Whenever they observed this dubious expression gather upon his countenance, accompanied with a glance, that fixed now upon the sleeve of his coat, now upon the knees of his breeches, where he probably missed some antique patching and darning, which, be. ing executed with blue thread upon à black ground, had somewhat the effect of embroidery, they always took care to turn his attention into some other channel, until his garments, " by the aid of use, cleaved to their mould.” The only remark he was ever known to make upon the subject, was, “ The air of a town, likę Kippletrin gan, seemed favourable unto wearing apparel, for he thought his coat looked as new as the first day he put it on, which was when he went to stand trial for his licence as a preacher.”
When he heard the liberal proposal of Colonel. Mannering, he first turned a jealous and doubtful glance towards Miss Bertram, as if he suspected that the project involved their separation ; but when Mr Mac-Morlan hastened to explain that she would be a guest at Woodbourne for some time, he rubbed his huge hands together, and burst into a portentous sort of chuckle, like that of the Afrite in the tale of Caliph Vathek. After this unusual explosion of satisfaction, he remained quite passive in all the rest of the transaction.
It had been settled that Mr and Mrs Mac-Morlan should take possession of the
house a few days before Mannering's arrival, both to put every thing in perfect order, and to make the transference of Miss Bertram's residence from their family to his as easy and delicate as possible. Accordingly, in the beginning of the month of December, the party were settled at Woodbourne
“ A gigantic genius, fit to grapple with whole libraries."
Boswell's Life of Johnson.
The appointed day arrived, when the Colonel and Miss Mannering were ex. pected at Woodbourne. The hour was fast approaching, and the little circle within doors had each' their separate subjects of anxiety. Mac-Morlan naturally desired to attach to himself the patronage and countenance of a person of Mannering's wealth and consequence. He was aware, from his knowledge of mankind, that Mannering, though generous and benevolent, had the foible of expecting and exacting a minute compliance with his directions. He was therefore racking his