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which the discovery of such impositions produced upon this saturnine personage was, to extort an ejaculation of " Prodigious !” or “Very facetious !" pronounced syllabically, but without moving a mus cle of his own countenance.
Upon this occasion, he turned a gaunt and ghastly stare upon the youthful astrologer, and seemed to doubt if he had rightly understood his answer to his patron.
“I am afraid, sir," said Mannering, turning towards him, " you may be one of those unhappy persons, whose dim eyes being unable to penetrate the starry spheres, and to discern therein the decrees of heaven at a distance, have their hearts barred against conviction by prejudice and misprision.”
“Truly,” said Sampson, “ I opine with Sir Isaac Newton, Knight, and umwhile master of his majesty's mint, that the (pretended) science of astrology is altogether vain, frivolous, and unsatisfactory.” And here he reposed his oracular jaws.
* Really," tesumed the traveller, “ I am sorry to see a gentleman of your learning and gravity labouring under such strange blindness and delusión. Will you place the brief, the modern, and, as I may say, the vernacular name of Isaac Newton in opposition to the grave and sonorous authorities of Dariot, Bonatus, Ptolemy, Haly, Eztler, Dietirick, Naibod, Harfurt, Zael, Taustettor, Agrippa, Duretus, Magious, Origen, and Argol ? Do not Christianis and Heathens, and Jews and Gentiles, and poets and philosophers, unite in allowing the starry influences ?”
.“ Communis error--it is a general mistake,” answered the inflexible Dominie
“ Not so," replied the young Englishman, “it is a general and well-grounded belief." . .“ It is the resource of cheaters, knaves, and cozeners," said Sampson.. .." Abusus non tollit usum. The abuse of any thing doth not abrogate the lawful use thereof."
During this discussion, Ellangowan was somewhat like a woodcock caught in his own springe. He turned. bis face alternately from the one spokesman to the other, and began, from the gravity with which Mannering plied his adversary, and the learning which he displayed in the controversy, to give him credit for being half serious. As for Meg, she fixed her bewildered eyes upon the astrologer, overpowered by a jargon more mysterious than her own.
Mannering pressed his advantage, and ran over all the hard terms of art which a tenacious memory supplied, and which, from circumstances hereafter to be noticed, had been familiar to him in early youth.
Signs and planets, in aspects sextile, quartile, trine, conjoined or opposite; houses of heaven, with their cusps, hours, and minutes ; Almuten, Almochoden, An
abibazon, Catabibazon ; a thousand terms
. The schoolmaster, without further an. swer, rose and threw open, a door half saslied with glass, which led to an old.. fashioned terrace-walk behind the modern
house, communicating with the platform on which the ruins of the ancient castle were situated. The wind had arisen, and swept before it the clouds which had formerly obscured the sky. The moon was high, and at full, and all the lesser satellites of heaven shone forth in cloud. less effulgence. The scene which their light presented to. Mannering was in the highest degree unexpected and striking.
We have observed, that in the latter part of his journey our traveller approach. ed the sea-shore, without being aware how nearly. He now perceived that the ruins of Ellangowan castle were situated upon a promontory, or projection of rock, which formed one side of a small and placid bay on the sea-shore. The modern mansion was situated lower, though closely adjoining, and the ground behind it descended to the sea by a small swelling green bank, divided into levels by natural terraces, on which grew some old trees, and terminating upon the white sand. The other side.