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their fellow-mortals; no one who has the power of own anxiety of mind, combining to accelerate her granting.can refuse it without guilt."
journey. "And in this simple hope, poor maiden," said the She obeyed Ratcliffe's directions, though without Solitary," thou hast come into the desert, to seek one well apprehending their purpose, and leaving her whose wish it were that the league thou hast spoken horse at large in a paddock near the garden, hurried of were broken for ever, and that, in very truth, the to her own apartment, which she reached without whole race should perish? Wert thou not frightened?" observation. She now unbolted her door, and rang
"Misery," said Isabella, firmly, "is superior to her bell for lights. Her father appeared along with fear."
the servant who answered her summons. "Hast thou not heard it said in thy mortal world, "He had been twice," he said, “ listening at her that I have leagued myself with other powers, deform- door during the two hours that had elapsed since ho ed to the eye and malevolent to the human race as left her, and, not hearing her speak, had become apmyself ? Hast thou not heard this–And dost thou prehensive that she was taken ill." seek my cell at midnight ?"
And now, my dear father,” she said, "permit me "The Being I worship supports me against such to claim the promise you so kindly gave; let the las' idle fears," said Isabella ; but the increasing agitation moments of freedom which I am to enjoy be mine of her bosom belied the affected courage which her without interruption; and protract to the last mowords expressed.
ment the respite which is allowed me." "Ho! ho!'' said the Dwarf, " thou vauntest thyself " I will," said her father; "nor shall you be again a philosopher? Yet, shouldst thou not have thought interrupted. But this disordered dress--this dish. of the danger of intrusung thyself, young and beau- evelled bair-do not let me find you thus when I tisul, in the power of one so spited against humanity, call on you again ; the sacrifice, to be beneficial, must as to place luis chief pleasure in defacing, destroying, be voluntary." and degrading her fairest works?"
"Must it be so ?" she replied ; " then fear not, my Isabella, nuch alarmed, continued to answer with father! the victim shall be adorned." firmness, "Whatever injuries you may have sustained in the world, you are incapable of revenging them on one who never wronged you, nor, wilfully, any other."
CHAPTER XVII. Ay, but maiden," he continued, his dark eyes flash
This looks not like a nuptia! ing with an expression of malignity which commu
Much Ado about Nothing nicated itself to his wild and distorted features, “re- The chapel in the castle of Elieslaw, destined to venge is the hungry wolf, which asks only to tear be the scene of this ill-omened union, was a building flesh and lap blood. Think you the lamb's plea of of much older date than the castle itself, though that innocence would be listened to by him ?"
claimed considerable antiquity. Before the wars be"Man!" said Isabella, rising, and expressing her-tween England and Scotland had become so comself with much dignity, “I fear not the horrible ideas mon and of such long duration, that the buildings with which you would impress me. I cast them from along both sides of the Border were chiefly dedicated me with disdain. Be you mortal or fiend, you would to warlike purposes, there had been a small settlement not offer injury to one who sought you as a suppliant of monks at Ellieslaw, a dependency, it is believed by in her utmost need. You would not-you durst not.' antiquaries, on the rich Abbey of Jedburgh. Their
"Thou say'st truly, maiden," rejoined the Solitary; possessions had long passed away under the changes "I dare not-I would not. Begone to thy dwelling. introduced by war and mutual ravage. A feudal casFear nothing with which they threaten thee. Thou ile had arisen on the ruin of their cells, and their hast asked my protection-thou shalt find iteffectual.” chapel was included in its precincts.
But, father, this very night I have consented to The edifice, in its round arches and massive pillars, wed the man that I abhor, or I must put the seal to the simplicity of which referred their date to what has my father's ruin."
been called ihe Saxon architecture, presented at all * This night?--at what hour?"
times a dark and sombre appearance, and had been "Ere midnight."
frequently used as the cemetery of the family of the And twilight," said the Dwarf, "has already pass- feudal lords, as well as formerly of the monastic bre: ed away. But fear nothing, there is ample time to pro- thren. But it looked doubly gloomy by the effect of tect thee."
the few and smoky torches which were used to en"And my father ?” continued Isabella in a gup- lighten it on the present occasion, and which, spread. pliant tone.
ing a glare of yellow light in their immediate vicinity, " Thy father,” replied the Dwarf,“ has been, and is, were surrounded beyond by a red and purple halo remy most bitter enemy. But fear not; thy virtue shall flected from their own smoke, and beyond that again save him. And now, begone; were I to keep thee by a zone of darkness which magnified the extent of longer by me, I might again fall into the stupid the chapel, while it rendered it impossible for the eye dreams concerning human worth from which I have to ascertain its limits. Some injudicious ornamenis. been so fearfully awakened. But fear nothing--at adopted in haste for the occasion, rather added to the the very foot of the altar I will redeem thee. Adicu, dreariness of the scene. Old fragments of tapestry, time presses, and I must act !"
torn from the walls of other apartments, had been He led her to the door of the hut, which he opened hastily and partially disposed around those of the for her departure. She remounted her horse, which chapel
, and mingled inconsistently with scutcheong had been feeding in the outer enclosure, and pressed and funeral emblems of the dead, which they else him forward by the light of the moon, which was where exhibited. On each side of the stone altar now rising, to the spot where she had left Ratcliffe. was a monument, the appearance of which formed
Have you succeeded ?" was his first cager question. an equally strange contrast. On the one was the "I have obtained promises from him to whom you figure
, in stone, of some grim hermit, or monk, who sent me; but how can he possibly accomplish them?" had died in the odour of sanctity; he was represented
" Thank God!" said Rateliffe; “ doubt not his as recumbent, in his cowl and scapulaire, with his power to fulfil his promise."
face turned upward as in the act of devotion, and his At this moment a shrill whistle was heard to re- hands folded, from which his string of beads was de sound along the heath.
pendent. On the other side was a tomb, in the Ita"Hark!" said Ratcliffe," he calls me--Miss Vere, I lian taste, composed of the most beautiful statuar eturn home, and leave unbolted the postern-door of marble, and accounted a model of modern art. It the garden; to that which opens on the back-stairs was erected to the memory of Isabella's mother, the I have a private key."
late Mrs. Vere of Ellieslaw, who was represented as A second whistle was heard, yet more shrill and in a dying posture, while a weeping cherub, with eyes prolonged than the first.
averted, seemed in the act of extinguishing a dying I come, I come,” said Ratcliffe ; and setting spurs lamp as emblematic of her speedy dissolution. I to his horse, rode over the heath in the direction
of was, indeed, a masterpiece of art, but misplaced in the Recluse's hut. Miss Vere returned to the castle, the rude vault to which it had been consigned. Many the mettle of the animal on which she rode, and her I were surprised, and even scandalized, that Ellieslaw
not remarkable for attention to his lady while alive, as awakened every echo in the vaulted chapel, “Forshould erect after her death such a costly mausoleum bear!" in affected sorrow; others cleared him from the im- All were mute and motionless, till a distant rustle putation of hypocrisy, and averred that the monument and the clash
of swords, or something resembling it had been constructed under the direction and at ine was heard from the remote apartments. It ceased sole expense of Mr. Ratcliffe.
almost instantly: Before these monuments the wedding guests were "What new device is this ?” said Sir Frederick, assembled. They were few in number; for many fiercely eyeing Ellieslaw and Mareschal with a glance had lefto the castle to prepare for the ensuing political of malignant suspicion. explosion, and Ellieslaw was, in the circumstances "It can be but the frolic of some intemperate guest," of the case, far from being desirous to extend invita- said Ellieslaw, though greatly confounded; "we must tions further than to those near relations whose pre- make large allowances for the excess of this evening's sence the custom of the country rendered indispensa- festivity. Proceed with the service." ble. Next to the altar stood Sir Frederick Langley, Before the clergyman could obey, the same prohi. dark, moody, and thoughtful, even beyond his woni, bition which they had before heard, was repeated and near him, Mareschal, who was to play the part from the same spot. The female attendants screamof bridesman, as it was called. The thoughtless hu-ed, and fled from the chapel; the gentlemen laid their mour of this young gentleman, on which he never hands on their swords. Ere the first moment of sur, deigned to place the least restraint, added to the prise had passed by, the Dwarf stepped from behind cloud which overhung the brow of the bridegroom. the monument, and placed himself full in front of
“The bride is not yet come out of her chamber,” Mr. Vere. The effect of so strange and hideous an he whispered to Sir Frederick; " I trust that we apparition in such a place and in such circumstances, must not have recourse to the violent expedients of appalled all present, but seemed to annihilate the the Romans which I read of at College. It would be Laird of Ellieslaw, who, dropping his daughter's arm, hard upon my pretty cousin to be run away with staggered against the nearest pillar, and, clasping it twice in two days, though I know none better worth with his hands as if for support, laid his brow against such a violent compliment."
the column. Sir Frederick attempted to turn a deaf ear to this dis- "Who is this fellow ?" said Sir Frederick; "and course, humming a tüne, and looking another way, what does he mean by this intrusion ?". but Mareschal proceeded in the same wild manner. "It is one who comes to tell you," said the Dwarf, " This delay is hard upon Dr. Hobbler,
who was with the peculiar acrimony which usually marked his disturbed to accelerate preparations for this joyful manner, "that, in marrying that young lady, you wed event when he had successfully extracted the cork of neither the heiress of Ellieslaw, nor of Mauley-Hall
, his third bottle. I hope you will keep him free of the nor of Polverton, nor of one furrow of land, unless she censure of his superiors, for I take it this is beyond marries with my consent; and to thee that consent shall canonical hours.-But here come Ellieslaw and my never be given. Down-down on thy knees, and thank pretty cousin-prettier than ever, I think, were it not Heaven that thou art prevented from wedding qualities she seems so faint and so deadly pale-Hark ye, Sir with which thou hast no concern-portionless truth, Knight, if she says not yes with right good-will, it virtue, and innocence. And thou, base ingrate," he shall be no wedding, for all that has come and gone continued, addressing himself to Ellieslaw, "what
is thy wretched subterfuge now? Thou, who wouldst "No wedding, sir ?" returned Sir Frederick, in a sell thy daughter to relieve thee from danger, as in loud whisper, the tone of which indicated that his famine thou wouldst have slain
and devoured her to angry feelings were suppressed with
difficulty. preserve thy own vile life !--Ay, hide thy face with thy No-no marriage, replied Mareschal," there's hands; well mayst thou blush to look on him whose my hand and glove on't."
body thou didst consign to chains, his hand to guilt, Sir Frederick Langley took his hand, and as he and his soul to misery; Saved once more by the virwrung it hard, said in a lower whisper, Mareschal, tue of her who calls thee father, go hence, and may you. shall answer this," and then flung his hand from the pardon and benefits I confer on thee prove literal
coals of fire, till thy brain is seared and scorched like "That I will readily do," said Mareschal, "for mine!". never word escaped my lips that my hand was not Ellieslaw left the chapel with a gesture of mute ready to guarantee.--So, speak up, my pretty cousin, despair, and tell me if it be your free will and unbiassed reso- Follow him, Hubert Ratcliffe," said the Dwarf, lution to accept of this gallant knight for your lord "and inform him of his destiny. He will rejoice--for and husband, for if you have the tenth part of a to breathe air and to handle gold is to him happiness." scruple upon the subject, fall back, fall edge, he shall "I understand nothing of all this,' said Sir Frenot have you."
derick Langley; "but we are here a body of gentleAre you mad, Mr. Mareschal ?" said Ellieslaw, men in arms and authority for King James ; and who, having been this young man's guardian during whether you really, sir, be that Şir Edward Mauley, his minority, often employed a tone of authority to who has been so long supposed dead in confinement, him. “Do you suppose I would drag my daughter to or whether you be an impostos assuming his name the foot of the
altar, were it not her own choice ?" and title, we will use the freedom of detaining you, “Tut, Ellieslaw, retorted the young gentleman, till your appearance here, at this moment, is better "never tell me of the contrary; her eyes are full of accounted for; we will have no spies among us-tears, and her cheeks are whiter than her white dress. Seize on him, my friends.", I must insist, in the name of common humanity, that But the domestics shrunk back in doubt and alarm the ceremony be adjourned till to-morrow."
Sir Frederick himself stepped forward towards the "She shall tell you herself, thou incorrigible inter- Recluse, as if to lay hands on his person, when his meddler in what concerns thee not, that it is her wish progress was suddenly stopped by the glittering point the ceremony should go on-Is it not, Isabella, my of a partisan, which the sturdy hand of Hobbie Elliot dear ?"
presented against his bosom. "It is,” said Isabella, half fainting, -"since there "I'll gar daylight shine through ye, if ye offer to is no help either in God or man.”
steer him !” said the stout Borderer; "stand back, The first word alone was distinctly audible. Ma- or I'll strike ye through! Naebody shall lay a finger reschal shrugged up his shoulders and stepped back. on Elshie; he's a canny neighbourly man, aye ready Ellieslaw led, or rather
supported, his daughter to the to make a friend help; and, though ye may think him altar. Sir Frederick moved forward and placed him a lamiter, yet, grippie for grippie, friend, I'll wad a self by her side. The clergyman opened his prayer- wether he'll make the bluid spin frae under your book, and looked to Mr. Vere for the signal to com- nails. He's a teugh carle, Elshie ! he grips like a mence the service.
smith's vice." "Proceed," said the latter.
"What has brought you here, Elliot ?" said MaresBut a voice, as if issuing from the tomb of his de- chal; "who called on you for interference ?" ceased wife, called in such loud and harsh accents "Troth, Mareschal-Wells." answered Hobbie, "I VOL. II.
am just come here, wi' twenty or thretty mair o' us, He kissed Isabella on the forehead, impressed in my ain name and the King's--or Queen's, ca' they another kiss on the brow of the statue by which she her ? and Canny Elshie's into the bargain, to keep knelt, and left the chapel followed by Ratcliffe. 188the peace, and pay back some ill usage Ellieslaw has bella, almost exhausted by the emotions of the day, gien me. A bonny breakfast the loons gae me the was carried 10 ber apartment by her women. Most ither morning, and him at the bottom on't; and trow of the other guests dispersed, after having separately ye I wasna ready to supper him up ?-Ye needna lay endeavoured to impress on all who would listen to your hands on your swords, gentlemen, the house is them their disapprobation of the plots formed against ours wi' little din; for the doors were open, and there the government, or their regret for having engaged had been ower muckle punch amang your folk; we in them. Hobbie Elliot assured the command of took their swords and pistols as easily as ye wad the castle for the night, and mounted a regular guard. shiel peacods."
He boasted not a little of the alacrity with which his Mareschal rushed out, and immediately re-entered friends and be had obeyed a hasty summons received the chapel.
from Elshie through the faithful Ratcliffe. And it By Heaven ! it is true, Sir Frederick; the house was a lucky chance, he said, that on that very day is filled with armed men, and our drunken beasts are they had got notice that Westburnflat did not intend all disarmed.-Draw and let us fight our way. to keep his tryste at Castleton, but to hold them at
Binna rash--binna rash,” exclaimed Hobbie; defiance; so that a considerable party had assembled "hear me a bit, hear me a bit. We mean ye nae harm; at the Heugh-foot, with the intention of paying a but, as ye are in arms for King James, as ye ca’ him, visit to the robber's tower on the ensuing morning. and the prelates, we thought it right to keep up the and their course was easily directed to Ellieslaw auld neighbour war, and stand up for the t'other ane Castle. and the Kirk; but we'll no hurt a hair o'your heads, if ye like to gang hame quietly. And it will be your best way, for there's sure news come frae Loudoun,
CHAPTER XVIII. that him they ca' Bang, or Byng, or what is't, has
Last scene of all, bang’d the French ships and the new king aff the To close this strange eventful history, coast however; sae ye had best bide content wi' auld
As You Like I Nanse for want of a better Queen."
On the next morning, Mr. Ratcliffe presented Miss Ratcliffe, who at this moment entered, confirmed Vere with a letter from her father, of which the folthese accounts so unfavourable to the Jacobite in- lowing is the tenor :terest. Sir Frederick almost instantly, and without taking leave of any one, left the castle with such of “MY DEAREST CHILD, his attendants as were able to follow him.
"The malice of a persecuting government will And what will you do, Mr. Mareschal ?" said compel me, for my own safety, to retreat abroad, and Ratcliffe.
to remain for some time in foreign parts. I do not "Why, faith, answered he, smiling, "I hardly ask you to accompany, or follow me; you will attend know; iny spirit is too great, and my fortune too to my interest and your own more effectually by resmall, for me to follow the example of the doughty maining where you are. It is unnecessary to enter bridegroom. It is not in my nature, and it is hardly into a minute detail concerning the causes of the worth my while."
strange events which yesterday iook place. I think "Well, then, disperse your men, and remain quiet, I have reason to complain of the usage I have received and this will be overlooked, as there has been no from Sir Edward Mauley, who is your nearest ķins overt act."
man by the mother's side; but as he has declared you Hout ay," said Elliot, "just let byganes be his heir, and is to put you in immediate possession of byganes, and a' friends again ; deil ane I bear malice a large part of his fortune, I account it a full atoneat but Westburnflat, and I hae gien him bath a het ment. I am aware he has never forgiven the preferskin and a cauld ane, I hadna changed three blows ence which your mother gave to my addresses, inof the broadsword wi' him before he lap the window stead of complying with the terms of a sort of family into the castle-moat, and swattered through it like a compact, which absurdly and tyrannically destined wild-duck. He's a clever fallow, indeed! maun kilt her to wed her deformed relative. The shock was awa wi' ae bonny lass in the morning, and another even sufficient to unsettle his wits, (which, indeed, at night, less wadna serve him! but if he disna kilt were never over-well arranged,) and I had, as the himsell out o' the country, I'şe kilt him wi' a tow, for husband of his nearest kinswornan and heir, the delithe Castleton meeting's clean blawn ower; his cate task of taking care of his person and property, friends will no countenance him."
until he was reinstated in the management of the During the general confusion, Isabella had thrown latter by those who, no doubt, thought they were doing herself at the feet of her kinsman, Sir Edward Mau- him justice; although, if some parts of his subsequent ley, for so we must now call the Solitary, to express conduct be examined, it will appear that he oughi, for at once her gratitude, and to beseech forgiveness for his own sake, to have been left under the influence of her father. The eyes of all began to be fixed on them, a mild and salutary restraint. as soon as their own agitation and the bustle of the “In one particular, however, he showed a sense of attendants had somewhat abated. Miss Vere kneeled the ties of blood, as well as of his own frailty; for beside the tomb of her mother, to whose statue while he sequestered himself closely from the world, her features exhibited a marked resemblance. She under various names and disguises, and insisted on held the hand of the Dwarf, which she kissed repeat; spreading a report of his own death, (in which to cdly and bathed with tears. He stood fixed and gratify him I willingly acquiesced,) he left at my dismotionless, excepting that his eyes glanced alter- posal the rents of a great proportion of bis esiates, nately on the marble figure and the living suppliant. and especially all those, which, having belonged to At length the large drops which gathered on his eye- your mother, reverted to him as a male fief. In this lashes compelled him to draw his hand across them. he may have thought that he was acting with ex
"I thought," he said, " that tears and I had done; but treme generosity, while, in the opinion of all imparwe shed them at our birth, and their spring dries tial men, he will only be considered as having fulfilnot until we are in our graves. But no melting led a natural obligation, seeing that, in justice, if not of the heart shall dissolve my resolution. I part in strict law, you must be considered as the heir of here, at once, and for ever, with all of which the me- your mother, and I as your legal administrator, Inmory," (looking to the tomb,) " or the presence," (he stead, therefore, of considering myself as loaded with pressed Isabella's hand,), “is dear to me.--Speak not obligations to Sir Edward on this account, I think I to me! attempt not to thwart my determination! it had reason to complain that these remittances were will avail nothing; you will hear of and see this lump only doled out to me at the pleasure of Mr. Ratcliffe, of deformity no more. To you I shall be dead ere I who, moreover, exacted from me mortgages over my am actually in my grave, and you will think of me as paternal estate of Ellieslaw for any sums which 1 of a friend disencumbered from the toils and crimes required as an extra advance; and thus may be said of existence,"
to have insinuated himself into the absolute manage
ment and control of my property. Or, if all this interested zeal for promoting your settlement in life. seeming friendship was employed by Sir Edward for The annual interest of debts charged on the estate she purpose of obtaining a complete command of my somewhat exceeds the income, even after a reasonaffairs, and acquiring the power of ruining me at his able rent has been put upon the mansion and mains. pleasure, I feel myself, I must repeat, still less bound But as all the debts are in the person of Mr. Ratcliffe, by the alleged obligation.
as your kinsman's trustee, he will not be a trouble *** About the autumn of last year, as I understand, some creditor. And here I must make you aware, that either his own crazed imagination, or the accomplish- I though I have to complain of Mr. Ratcliffe's conduct ment of some such scheme as I have hinted, brought to me personally, I, nevertheless, believe him a just him down to this country. His alleged motive, it and upright man, with whom you may safely consult seems, was a desire of seeing a monument which he on your affairs, not to mention that to cherish his had directed to be raised in the chapel over the tomb good opinion will be the best way to retain that of of your mother. Mr. Ratcliffe, who at this time had your kidsman. Remember me to Marchie, I hope done me the honour to make my house his own, had he will not be troubled on account of late matters, the complaisance to introduce him secretly into the I will write more fully from the Continent. Meanchapel. The consequence, as he informs me, was a while, I rest your loving father, frenzy of several hours, during which he fled into the
RICHARD VERE." neighbouring moors, in one of the wildest spots of which he chose, when he was somewhat recovered, The above letter throws the only additional light to fix his mansion, and set up for a sort of country which we have been able to procure upon the earlier empiric, a character which, even in his best days, he part of our story. It was Hobbie's opinion, and may was fond of assuming. It is remarkable, that, in- be that of most of our readers, that the Recluse of stead of informing me of these circumstances, that I Mucklestane-Moor had but a kind of a gloaming, or might have had the relative of my late wife taken twilight understanding, and that he had neither such care of as his calamitous condition required, Mr. very clear views as to what he himself wanted, nor Ratcliffe seems to have had such culpable indulgence was apt to pursue his ends by the clearest and most for his irregular plans as to promise and even swear direct means : so that to seek the clew of his consecrecy concerning them. He visited Sir Edward duct, was likencd, by Hobbie, to looking for a often, and assisted in the fantastic task he had taken straight path through a common, over which are a upon him of constructing a hermitage. Nothing they hundred devious tracks, but not one distinct line of appear to have dreaded more than a discovery of their road. intercourse.
When Isabella had perused the letter, her first inqui"The ground was open in every direction around, ry was after her father. He had left the castle, she and a small subterranean cave, probably sepulchral, was informed, early in the morning, after a long inwhich their researches had detected near the great terview with Mr. Ratcliffe, and was already far on granite pillar, served to conceal Ratcliffe, when any his way to the next port, where he might expect to one approached his master. I think you will be of find shipping for the Continent. opinion, my love, that this secrecy must have had "Where was Sir Edward Mauley ?" some strong motive. It is also remarkable, that No one had seen the Dwarf since the eventful while I thought my unhappy friend was residing scene of the preceding evening. among the Monks of La Trappe, he should have been "Odd, if ony thing has befa'en puir Elshie,” said acļually living, for many months, in this bizarre dis- Hobbie Elliot; “I wad rather I were harried ower guise, within five miles of my house, and obtaining again." regular information of my post private movements, He immediately rode to his dwelling, and the reeither by Ratcliffe, or through Westburnflat or others, maining she-goat came bleating to meet him, for her whom he had the means to bribe to any extent. He milking time was long past. The Solitary was nomakes it a crime against me that I endeavoured to where to be seen; his door, contrary to wont, was establish your marriage with Sir Frederick. I acted open, his fire extinguished, and the whole hụt was for the best; but if Sir Edward Mauley thought left in the state which it exhibited on Isabella's visit otherwise, why did he not step manfully forward, to him. It was pretty clear that the means of conexpress his own purpose of becoming a party to the veyance which had brought the Dwarf to Ellieslaw seitlements, and take that interest which he is enti- on the preceding evening, had removed him from it tled to claim in you as heir to his great property? to some other place of abode. Hobbie returned dis
"Even now, though your rash and eccentric rela- consolate to the castle. Lam far from opposing my authority against him an" I am doubting we hae lost Canny Elshie for gude wishes, although the person he desires you to regard "You have indeed,” said Ratcliffe, producing a as your future husband be young Earnscliff, the very paper, which he put into Hobbie's hands; "but read last whom I should have thought likely to be accept- that, and you will perceive you have been no loser by able to him, considering a certain fatal event. But I having known him." give my free and hearty consent, providing the settle- It was a short deed of gift, by which “Sir Edward ments are drawn in such an irrevocable form as may Mauley, otherwise called Elshender the Recluse, ensecure my child from suffering by that state of de-dowed Halbert or Hobbie Elliot, and Grace Armpendance, and that sudden and causeless revocation strong, in full property, with a considerable sum borof allowances, of which I have so much reason to rowed by Elliot from hin." complain. of Sir Frederick Langley, I augur, you Hobbie's joy was mingled with feelings which will hear no more. He is not likely to claim the hand brought tears down his rough cheeks. of a dowerless maiden. I therefore commit you, my "li's a queer thing," he said ; " but I canna joy in dear Isabella, to the wisdom of Providence and to the gear, unless I kend the puir body was happy that your own prudence, begging you to lose no time in gave it me." securing those advantages, which the fickleness of “Next to enjoying happiness ourselves," said Ratyour kinsman has withdrawn from me to shower cliffe, “is the consciousness of having bestowed it on upon you.
others. Had all my master's benefits been conferred Mr. Ratcliffe mentioned Sir Edward's intention like the present, what a different return would they to settle a considerable sum upon me yearly, for my have produced ! But the indiscriminate profusion maintenance in foreign parts; but this my heart is that would glut avarice, or supply prodigality, neither too proud to accept from him. I told him I had a does good, nor is rewarded by gratitude. It is sowdear child, who, while in affluence
herself, would ing the wind to reap the whirlwind.”. never suffer me to be in poverty. I thought it right And that wad be a light har'st," said Hobbie; to intimate this to him pretty roundly, that whatever but, wi' my young leddy's leave, I wad fain take increase be settled upon you, it may be calculated so down Elshie's skeps o' bees, and set them in Grace's as to cover this necessary and natural encumbrance. bit flower yard at the Heugh-foot--they shall ne'er I shall willingly settle upon you the castle and manor be smeekit by onyo huz. And the puir goat, she of Ellieslaw to show my parental affection and dis- I would be negleckit about a great toun like this ; and
she could feed bonnily on our lily lea by the burn law. His patriotism urged him to serve his country side, and the hounds wad ken her in a day's time, abroad, while his reluctance to leave his native sol and never fash her, and Grace wad milk her ilka pressed him rather to remain in the beloved island, morning wi' her ain hand, for Elshie's sake; for and collect purses, watches, and rings, on the highthough he was thrawn and cankered in his converse, roads at home. Fortunately for him, the first inhe likeit dumb creatures weel.".
pulse prevailed, and he joined the army under MariHobbie's requests were readily granted, not with-borough ; obtained a commission, to which he was out some wonder at the natural delicacy of feeling recommended by his services in collecting caitle iu which pointed out to him this mode of displaying his the commissariat; returned home after many years. gratitude. He was delighted when Ratcliffe informed with some money, (how come by Heaven only knows him that his benefactor should not remain ignorant --demolished the peel-house at Westburnflai, ani of the care which he took of his favourite.
built, in its stead, a high narrow onstead, of three And mind be sure and tell him that grannie and stories, with a chimney at each end-drank brandy he titties, and, abune a', Grace and mysell, are weel with the neighbours, whom, in his younger days, be and thriving, and that it's a' his doing-that canna had plundered-died in his bed, and is recorded upon but please him, ane wad think.”
his tombstone at Kirk whistle, (still extant,) as hatAnd Elliot and the family at Heugh-foot were, and ing played all the parts of a brave soldier, a discietat continued to be, as fortunate and happy as his un- neighbour, and a sincere Christian. daunted honesty, tenderness, and gallantry, so well Mr. Ratcliffe resided usually with the family al merited.
Ellieslaw, but regularly every spring and autumn be All bar between the marriage of Earnscliff and Isa- absented himself for about a month. On the dire: bella was now removed, and the settlements which tion and purpose of his periodical journey he remained Ratcliffe produced on the part of Sir Edward Mauley, steadily silent; but it was well understood that he might have satisfied the cupidity of Ellieslaw him was then in attendance on his unfortunate patron self. But Miss Vere and Ratcliffe thought it unne- At length, on his return from one of these visits, his cessary to mention to Earnscliff that one great mo- grave countenance, and deep, mourning dress, antive of Sir Edward, in thus loading the young pair nounced to the Ellieslaw family that their benefactor with benefits, was to expiate his having, many years was no more. Sir Edward's death made no addition before, shed the blood of his father in a hasty brawl. to their fortune, for he had divested himself of his If it be true, as Ratcliffe asserted, that the Dwarf's property during his lifetime, and chiefly in the extreme misanthropy seemed to relax somewhat, un- favour. Ratcliffe, his sole confidant, died at a good der the consciousness of having diffused happiness old age, but without ever naming the place to which among so many, the recollection of this circumstance his master had finally retired, or the manner of his might probably be one of his chief motives for refu- death, or the place of his burial. It was supposed sing obstinately ever to witness their state of con- that on all these particulars his patron had enjoined tentment.
him strict secrecy. Mareschal hunted, shot, and drank claret-tired of The sudden disappearance of Elshie from his ex. the country, went abroad, served three campaigns, traordinary hermitage corroborated the reports which came home, and married Lucy Ilderton.
the common people had spread concerning hinu Years fled over the heads of Earnscliff and his Many believed that, having ventured to enter : wife, and found and left them contented and happy. consecrated building, contrary to his paction with The scheming ambition of Sir Frederick Langley en- the Evil One, he had been bodily carried off while on gaged him in the unfortunate insurrection of 1715. his return to his cottage; but most are of opinion He was made prisoner at Preston, in Lancashire, that he only disappeared for a season, and continues with the Earl of Derwentwater, and others. His de- to be seen from time to time among the hills. And fence, and the dying speech which he made at his retaining, according to custom, a more vivid recol, execution, may be found in the State Trials. Mr. lection of his wild and desperate language, than a Vere, supplied by his daughter with an ample income, the benevolent tendency of most of his actions, he conținued to reside abroad, engaged deeply in the usually identified with the malignant demon called affair of Law's bank during the regency of the Duke the Man of the Moors, whose feats were quoted by of Orleans, and was at one time supposed to be im. Mrs. Elliot to her grandsons; and, accordingly, w mensely rich. But, on the bursting of that famous generally represented as bewitching the sheep, causing bubble, he was so much chagrined at being again the ewes to keb, that is to cast their lambs, or seci reduced to a moderate annuity, . (although he saw loosening the impending wreath of snow to precip: thousands of his companions in misfortune absolutely tate its weight on such as take shelter, during the starving, that vexation of mind brought on a para- storm, beneath the bank of a torrent, or under the lytic stroke, of which he died, after lingering under shelter of a deep glen. In short, the evils most its effects a few weeks.
dreaded and deprecated by the inhabitants of the Willie of Westburnflat fled from the wrath of Hob- pastoral country, are ascribed to the agency of 14 bie Elliot, as his betters did from the pursuit of the I Blick DWARF.
END OF THE BLACK DWARF.