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task of deciphering the names, mottoes, verses, and shy as even to shrink from this slight approach to fa-
“Sir-my lord, I mean," answered the boy, very
acquaintance," said Nigel, "without being ourselves Another warder put the "lad before him" into more or less responsible for it-I may well say so, the room, and, both withdrawing, bolt crashed and otherwise I had not been here to-day—but you are chain clanged, as they replaced these ponderous ob- very young, and can have but little to answer for.", stacles to freedom. The boy was clad in a gray suit O sir! I wish I could say so- I have been selfof the finest cloth, laid down with silver lace, with a willed and obstinate and rash and ungovernable... buff-coloured cloak of the same pattern. His cap, and now-now, how dearly do I pay the price of it!" which was a Montero of black velvet, was pulled over Pshaw, my boy," replied Nigel; " this must be his brows, and, with the profusion of his long ringlets, some childish frolic-some breaking out of boundsalmost concealed his face. He stood on the very spot some truant trick-And yet how should any of these where the warder had quitted his collar, about two have brought you to the Tower?- There is something steps from the door of the apartment, his eyes fixed mysterious about you, young man, which I must inon the ground, and every joint trembling with confu- quire into." sion and terror. Nigel could well have dispensed with “ Indeed, indeed, my lord, there is no harın about his society, but it was not in his nature to behold dis- me," said the boy, more moved it would seem to contress, whether of body or mind, without endeavouring fession by the last words, by which he seemed conto relieve it.
siderably alarmed, than by all the kind expostulations "Cheer up,” he said, “my pretty lad. We are to be and arguments which Nigel had previously used. “I companions, it seems, for a little time--at least I trust am innocent-that is, I have done wrong, but nothing your confinement will be short, since you are too to deserve being in this frightful place. young to have done aught to deserve long restraint. “Tell me the truth, then," said Nigel, in a tone in Come, come--do not be discouraged. Your hand is which command mingled with encouragement; " you cold and trembles? the air is warm too--but it may have nothing to fear from me, and as little to hope, be the damp of this darksome room, Place you by perhaps-yet, placed as I am, I would know with the fire.-What! weeping ripe, my little man ? I pray whom I speak."; you, do not be a child. You have no beard yet, to be "With an unhappy-boy, sir--and idle and triant. dishonoured by your tears, but yet you should not cry ly disposed, as your lordship said," answered the lad, like a girl. Think you are only shut up for playing looking up, and showing a countenance in which truant, and you can pass a day without weeping, paleness and blushes succeeded each other, as fear surely
and shamefacedness alternately had influence. "I The boy suffered himself to be led and seated by left my father's house without leave, to see the King the fire, but, after retaining for a long time the very hunt in the Park at Greenwich ; there came a cry of posture which he assumed in sitting down, he sud- treason, and all the gates were shut-I was frightendenly changed it in order to wring his hands with an ed, and hid myself in a thicket, and I was found by air of the bitterest distress, and then, spreading them some of the rangers and examined-and they said I before his face, wept so plentifully, that the tears gave no good account of myself-and so I was sent found their way in foods through his slender fingers. hither." Nigel was in some degree rendered in sensible to his
"I am an unhappy, a most unhappy being," said own situation, by his feeling3 for the intense agony Lord Glenvarloch, rising and walking through the by which so young and beautiful a creaʻure seemed to apartment; "nothing approaches me but shares my be utterly overwhelmed; and, sitting do vn close bę own bad fate! Death and imprisonment dog my side the boy, he applied the most soothing terms which steps, and involve all who are found near me. Yet occurred, to endeavour to alleviate his distress; and this boy's story sounds strangely. You say you were with an action which the difference of their age ren- examined, my young friend-Let me pray you to say dered watural, drew his hand kindly along the long whether you told your name, and your means of gainhair of the disconsolate child. The lad appeared so ing admission into the Park-if so, they surely would
* 'These memorials of illustrious c minals, or of innocent per not have detained you ?" sons who had the fate of such, are st). preserved, though at one “O my lord,” said the boy, "I took care not to tell time, in the course of repairing the rooms, they were in some them the name of the friend that let me in ; and as danger of being whitewashed. They are preserved at present with becoming respect, and have most of them been engraved.- to my father-I would not he knew where I now am Sce BAYLEY'S History and Antiquities of the Tower of London. for all the wealth in London !"
“ But you do not expect," said Nigel, " that they Poor child," said Nigel to himself, as he looked will dismiss you till you let them know who and on him, nestled up as it were in the folds of his mantle, what you are ?"
"the dew is yet on thy eyelashes, and thou hast fairly ** What good will it do them to keep so useless a wept thyself asleep. Sorrow is a rough nurse to one creature as myself ?" said the boy; "they must let so young and delicate as thou art. Peace be to thy me go, were it but out of shame."
slumbers, I will not disturb them. My own misfor"Do not trust to that-tell me your name and station-I will communicate them to the Lieutenant-he templation that
tunes require any attention, and it is to their conis a man of quality and honour, and will not only be He attempted to do so, but was crossed at every willing to procure your liberation, but also, I have no turn by conjectures which intruded themselves as bedoubt, will intercede with your father. I am parily fore, and which all regarded the sleeper rather than answerable for such poor aid as I can afford, to get himself. He was angry and vexed, and expostulated you out of this embarrassment, since I occasioned the with himself concerning the overweening interest alarm owing to which you were arrested; so tell me which he took in the concerns of one of whom he your name, and your father's name.'
knew nothing, saying that the boy was forced into My name to you? O never, never !" answered his company, perhaps as a spy, by those to whose the boy, in a tone of deep emotion, the cause of which custody he was committed-but the spell could not Nigel could not comprehend.
be broken, and the thoughts which he struggled to Are you so much afraid of me, young man,” he dismiss, continued to haunt him. replied, “because I am here accuseil and a prisoner? Thus passed half an hour, or more; at the concluConsider, a man may be both, and deserve neither sion of which, the harsh sound of the revolving bolts suspicion nor restraint. Why should you distrust me ? was again heard, and the voice of the warder anYou seem friendless, and I am myself so much in the nounced that a man desired to speak wiih Lord Glensame circumstances, that I cannot but pity your situa- varloch. A man to speak with me, under my pretion when I reflect on my own. Be wise; I have sent circumstances !-- Who can it be?" And John spoken kindly to you-I mean as kindly as I speak." Christie, his landlord of Paul's Wharf, resolved his
"O, I doubt it not, I doubt it not, my lord," said doubts, by entering the apartment. "" Welcomethe boy, “and I could tell you all that is, almost all." most welcome, mine honest landlord !” said Lord
** Tell me nothing, my young friend, excepting what Glenvarloch. How could I have dreamt of seeing may assist me in being useful to you," said Nigel. you in my present close lodgings ?" And at the same
You are generous, my lord,” said the boy ; and time, with the frankness of old kindness, he walked I am sure sure, I might safely trust to your ho- up to Christie and offered his hand; but John started nour-But yet--but yet - I am so sore beset-I have back as from the look of a basilisk. been so rash, so unguarded--I can never tell you of 'Keep your courtesies to yourself, my lord," said my folly. Besides, I have already told too much to he, grutily'; " I have had as many of them already one whose heart I thought I had moved-yet I find as may serve me for my life.” myself here."
"Why, Master Christie,” said Nigel, " what means To whom did you make this disclosure ?" said this? I trust I have not offended you ?”
'Ask me no questions, my lord,” said Christie, I dare not tell," replied the youth.
bluntly. "I am a man of peace-I came not hither ." There is something singular about you, my young to wrangle with you at this place and season. Just friend," said Lord Glenvarloch, withdrawing with a suppose that I am well informed of all the obligegentle degree of compulsion the hand with which the ments from your honour's nobleness, and then acboy had again covered his eyes; “ do not pain your- quaint me, in as few words as may be, where is the unself with thinking on your situation just at present- happy woman-What have you done with her ?" your pulse is high, and your hand feverish-lay your- What have I done with her!" said Lord Glenvarself on yonder pallet, and try to compose yourself to loch--"Done with whom? I know not what you are sleep. It is the readiest and best remedy for the fan-speaking of.” cies with which you are worrying yourself.”.
"Oh, yes, my lord,” said Christie ; " play surprise "I thank you for your considerate kindness, my as well as you will, you must have some guess that lord," said the boy; " with your leave I will remain I am speaking of the poor fool that was my wife, till for a little space quiet in this chair-I am better thus she became your lordship's light-o-love." than on the couch. I can think undisturbedly on "Your wife! Has your wife left you ? and, if she what I have done, and have still to do; and if God has, do you come to ask her of me?" Sends slumber to a creature so exhausted, it shall be “Yes, my lord, singular as it may seem," returned most welcome.”
Christie, in a tone of bitter irony, and with a sort of So saying, the boy drew his hand from Lord Nigel's, grin widely discording from the discomposure of his and, drawing around him and partly over his face the features, the gleam of his eye, and the froth which folds of his ample cloak, he resigned himself to sleep stood on his lip, “I do come to make that demand of :or meditation, while his companion, notwithstanding your lordship. Doubtless, you are surprised I should the exhausting scenes of this and the preceding day, take the trouble; but, I cannot tell, great men and continued his pensive walk up and down the apart- little men think differently. She has Jain in my bo. ment.
som, and drunk of my cup; and, such as she is, I Every reader has experienced, that times occur, cannot forget that-though I will never see her again when, far from being lords of external circumstances, --she must not starve, my lord, or do worse, to gain man is unable to rule even the wayward realm of his bread, though I reckon your lordship may think I am own thoughts. It was Nigel's natural wish to con- robbing the public in trying to change her courses." sider his own situation coolly, and fix on the course "By my faith as a Christian, by my honour as a which it became him as a man of sense and courage gentleman,” said Lord Glenvarloch, "if aught amiss to adopt; and yet, in spite of himself, and notwith- has chanced with your wife, I know nothing of it. I standing the deep interest of the critical state in which trust in Heaven you are as much mistaken in impuhe was placed, it did so happen that his fellow-pri- ring guilt to her, as in supposing me her partner soner's situation occupied more of his thoughts than in it. did his own. There was no accounting for this "Fie! fie! my lord,” said Christie, "why will you wandering of the imagination, but also there was no make it so to gh? She is but the wife of a clod-pated striving with it. The pleading tones of one of the old chandler, who was idiot enough to marry a sweetest yoices he had ever heard, still rung in his wench (wenty years younger than himself. Your ear, though it seemed that sleep had now fettered the lordship cannot have more glory by it than you have tongue of the speaker. He drew near on tiptoe to had already; and, as for advantage and solace, I take satisfy himself whether it were so. The folds of the it Dame Nelly is now unnecessary to your gratificacloak hid the lower part of his face entirely; but the tion. I should be sorry to interrupt the course of bonnel, which had fallen a little aside, permitted him your pleasure; an old wittol should have more conto see the forehead streaked with blue veins, the clos-sideration of his condition. But, your precious lorded eyes, and the long silken eyelashes.
ship being mewed up here among other choice jewels of the kingdom, Dame Nelly cannot, I take it, be ad- | therefore, my lord, mark what I have to say. You are mitted to share the hours of dalliance which": now yourself in trouble-As you hope to come through Here the incensed husband stammered, broke off his it safely, and without loss of life and property, tell tone of irony, and proceeded, striking his staff against me where this unhappy woman is. Tell me, if you the ground—"O that these false limbs of yours, which hope for heaven-tell me, if you fear hell-tell me, as I wish had been hamstrung when they first crossed you would not have the curse of an utterly ruined womy honest threshold, were free from the fetters they man, and a broken-hearted man, attend you through have well deserved! I would give you the odds of life, and bear witness against you at the Great Day, your youth, and your weapon, and would bequeath which shall come after death. You are moved, my my soul to the foul fiend if I, with this piece of oak, lord, I see it. I cannot forget the wrong you have did not make you such an example to all ungrateful, done me. I cannot even promise to forgive it-butpick-thank courtiers, that it should be a proverb to tell me, and you shall never see me again, or hear the end of time, how John Christie swaddled his wife's more of my reproaches." fine leman!"
“Unfortunate man,” said Lord Glenvarloch, "you "I understand not your insolence," said Nigel, have said more, far more than enough, to move me "but I forgive it, because you labour under some deeply. Were I at liberty, I would lend you my best strange delusion. In so far as I can comprehend your aid to search out him who has wronged you, the ravehement charge, it is entirely undeserved on my ther that I do suspect my having been your lodger has part. You seem to impute to me the seduction of been in some degree the remote cause of bringing the your wife - I trust she is innocent. For me, at least, spoiler into the sheepfold." she is as innocent as an angel in bliss. "I never “I am glad your lordship grants me so much," said thought of her--never touched her hand or cheek, John Christie, resuming the tone of imbittered irony save in honourable courtesy."
with which he had opened the singular conversation; "O, ay-courtesy !--that is the very word. She "I will spare you farther reproach and remonstrance always praised your lordship’s honourable courtesy. -your mind is made up, and so is mine.-So, ho, Ye have cozened me between ye, with your courtesy. warder !” The warder entered, and John went on,My lord-my lord, you came to us no very wealthy "I want to get out, brother. Look well to your man-you know it. It was for no lucre of gain I charge-it were better that half the wild beasts in took you and your swash-buckler, your Don Diego their dens yonder were turned loose upon Tower-Hill, yonder, under my poor roof. I never cared if the little than that this game smooth-faced, civil-spoken gentle room were let or no; I could live without it. If you man, were again returned to honest men's company!". could not have paid for it, you should never have been So saying, he hastily left the apartment; and Nigel asked. All the wharf knows John Christie has the had full leisure to lament the waywardness of his fate, means and spirit to do a kindness. When you first which seemed never to tire of persecuting him for darkened my honest doorway, I was as happy as a crimes of which he was innoceni, and investing him man need to be, who is no youngster, and has the with the appearances of guilt which his mind abhorrheumatism., Nelly was the kindest and best-hu- red. He could not, however, help acknowledging to moured wench-we might have a word now and then himself
, that all the pain which he might sustain from about a gown or a ribbon, but a kinder soul on the the present accusation of John Christie, was so far whole, and a more careful, considering her years, till deserved, from his having suffered himself, out of vayou came--and what is she now !- But will not nity, or rather an unwillingness to encounter ridicule, be a fool to cry, if I can help it. What she is, is not to be supposed capable of a base in hospitable crime, the question, but where she is; and that I must learn, merely because fools called it an affair of gallantry; sir, of you."
and it was no balsam to the wound, when he recolHow can you, when I tell you," replied Nigel, lected what Richie had told him of his having been that I am as ignorant as yourself, or rather much ridiculed behind his back by the gallants of the ordimore so ? Till this moment, never heard of any pary, for affecting the reputation of an intrigue which disagreement betwixt your dame and you.”.
he had not in reality spirit enough to have carried on. " That is a lie,” said John Christie, bluntly. His simulation had, in a word, placed him in the un"How, you base villain!” said Lord Glenvarloch- lucky predicament of being rallied as a braggart do you presume on my situation? If it were not amongst the dissipated youths, with whom the reality that I hold you mad, and perhaps made so by some of the amour would have given him credit; whilst, on wrong sustained, you should find my being weapon- the other hand, he was branded as an inhospitable less were no protection; I would beat your brains out seducer by the injured husband, who was obstinately against the wall."
persuaded of his guilt. ay," answered Christie, "bully as ye list, Ye have been at the ordinaries, and in Alsatia, and learned the ruffian's rant, I doubt not. But I repeat, you have spoken an untruth, when you said you knew
CHAPTER XXIX. not of my wife's falsehood ; for, when you were twit
How fares the man on whom good men would look ted with it among your gay males, it was a cominon
With eyes where scorn and censure combated, jest among you, and your lord ship took all the credit
But that kind Christian love hath taught the lessonthey would give you for your gallantry and gratitude." That they who merit most contempt and late, There was a mixture of truth in this part of the
Do most deserve our pity - Old Play. charge, which disconcerted Lord Glenvarloch ex- It might have seemed natural that the visit of John ceedingly; for he could not, as a man of honour, deny Christie should have entirely diverted Nigel's attenthat Lord Dalgarno, and others, had occasionally tion from his slumbering companion, and, for a time, jested with him on the subject of Dame Nelly, and such was the immediate effect of the chain of new that, though he had not played exactly le fanfaron ideas which the incident introduced; yet, soon after des vices qu'il n'avoit pas, he had not at leasi been the injured man had departed, Lord Glenvarloch besufficiently anxious to clear himself of the suspicion gan to think it extraordinary that the boy should have of such a crime to men who considered it as a merit. slept so soundly, while they talked loudly in his viciIt was therefore with some hesitation, and in a sort of nity. Yet he certainly did not appear to have stirred. qualifying tone, that he admitted tha some idle jests Was he well-was he only feigning sleep? He went had passed upon such a supposition, al, 'ough without close to him to make his observations, and perceived the least foundation in truth. John Christie would that he had wept, and was still weeping, though his not listen to his vindication any longer. By your eyes were closed. He touched him gently on the own account,” he said, "you permitted lies to be told shoulder--the boy shrunk from his touch, but did not of you in jest. How do I know you are speaking awake. He pulled him harder, and asked him if he truth, now you are serious ?. You thought it, I sup- was sleeping. posta a fine thing to wear the repụtation of having “Do they waken folk in your country to know whedishonoured an honest family,--who will not think ther
they are asleep or no ?" said the boy, in a peevish thul you had real grounds for your base bravado to tone. rest upon? I will not believe otherwise for one, and "No, my young sir," answered Nigel ; " but when they weep in the manner you do in your sleep, they very foolish, nor my safety, here so utterly unproawaken them to see what ails them."
tecied, as at first sight-and in this strange dress, it "li signifies little to any one what ails me,” said may appear to be. I have suffered enough, and the boy.
more than enough, by the degradation of having " True,"replied Lord Glenvarloch; but you knew been seen in this unfeminine attire, and the comments before you went to sleep how little I could assist you you must necessarily have made on my conducıin your difficulties, and you seemed disposed, notwith- but I thank God that I am so far protected, that I standing, to put some confidence in me.'
could not have been subjected to insult unavenged," "If I did, I have changed my mind,” said the lad. When this extraordinary explanation had proceed
"And what may have occasioned this change of ed thus far, the warder appeared, to place before Lord mind, I trow?" said Lord Glenvarloch.- "Some men Glenvarloch a meal, which, for his present situation, speak through their sleep-perhaps you have the gift might be called comfortable, and which, if not equal of hearing in it?"
to the cookery of the celebrated Chevalier Beaujeu, "No, but the Patriarch Joseph never dreamt truer was much superior in neatness and cleanliness to that dreams than I do."
of Alsalia. A warder attended to do the honours of "Indeed!" said Lord Glenvarloch. “And, pray, the table, and made a sign to the disguised female to what dream have you had that has deprived me of rise and assist him in his functions. But Nigel deyour good opinion; for that, I think, seems the moral claring that he knew the youth's parents, interfered, of the matter ?"
and caused his companion to eat along with him. "You shall judge yourself,” answered the boy. "I She consented with a sort of embarrassinent, which dreamed I was in a wild forest, where there was a cry rendered her pretty features yet more interesting. of hounds, and winding of horns, exactly as I heard Yet she maintained with a natural grace that sort of in Greenwich Park."
good-breeding which belongs to the table; and it “That was because you were in the Park this seemed to Nigel, whether already prejudiced in her famorning, you simple child,” said Nigel.
vour by the extraordinary circumsiances of their meet"Stay, my lord,” said the youth. "I went on in ting, or whether really judging from what was actually my dream, till, at the top of a broad green alley, I saw the fact, that he had seldom seen a young person coma noble stag which had fallen into the toils; and me- port herself with more decorous propriety, mixed with thought I knew that he was the very stag which the ingenuous simplicity; while the consciousness of the whole parly were hunting, and that if the chase came peculiarity of her situation threw a singular colouring up, the dogs would tear him to pieces, or the hunters over her whole demeanour, which could be neither would cut bis throat; and I had pity on the gallant said to be formal, nor easy, nor embarrassed, but was stag, and though I was of a different kind from him, compounded of, and shaded with, an interchange of and though I was somewhat afraid of him, I thought all these three characteristics. Wine was placed on I would venture something to free so stately a crea- the table, of which she could not be prevailed on to ture; and I pulled out my knife, and just as I was taste a glass. Their conversation was, of course, beginning to cut the meshes
of the net, the animal limited by the presence of the warder to the business started up in my face in the likeness of a tiger, much of the table; but Nigel had, long ere the cloth was larger and fiercer than any you may have seen in the removed, formed the resolution, if possible, of making ward of the wild beasts yonder, and was just about himself master of this young person's history, the to tear me limb from limb, when you awaked me." more especially as he now began to think that the
“Methinks," said Nigel, “I deserve more thanks tones of her voice and her features were not so strange than I have got, for rescuing you from such a danger to him as he had originally supposed. This, however, by waking you. But, my pretty master, methinks all was a conviction which he adopted slowly, and only this tale of a tiger and a stag has little to do with as it dawned upon him from particular circumstances your change of temper towards me.'
during the course of the repast. "I know not whether it has or no," said the lad; At length the prison-meal was finished, and Lord "but I will not tell you who I am.”
Glenvarloch began to think how he might most "You will keep your secret to yourself then, peevish easily enter upon the topic he meditated, when the boy," said Nigel, turning from him, and resuming his warder announced a visiter. walk through the room; then stopping suddenly, he "Soh!” said Nigel, something displeased, "I find said, -"And yet you shall not escape from me with even a prison does not save one from importunate out knowing that I penetrate your mystery.” visitations."
My mystery !" said the youth, at once alarmed He prepared to receive his guest, however, while and irritated, what mean you, my lord ?”
his alarmed companion flew to the large cradle-sha*Only that I can read your dream without the as-ped chair, which had first served her as a place of sistance of a Chaldean interpreter, and my exposition refuge, drew her cloak around her, and disposed heris that my fair companion does not wear the dress self as much as she could to avoid observation. She of her sex.
had scarce made her arrangements for that purpose, And if I do not, my lord,” said his companion, when the door opened, and the worthy citizen, George hastily starting up, and folding her cloak tight around Heriot, entered the prison-chamber. her, “my dress, such as it is, covers one who will not He cast around the apartment his usual sharp, disgrace it."
quick glance of observation, and, advancing to Nigel, Many would call that speech a fair challenge," said — "My lord, I wish I could say I was happy to said Lord Glenvarloch, looking on her fixedly; see you.' "women do not masquerade in men's clothes, to make The sight of those who are unhappy themselves, use of men's weapons."
Master Heriot, seldom produces happiness to their " I have no such purpose," said the seeming boy; friends--I, however, am glad to see you." "I have other means of protection, and powerful- He extended his hand, but Heriot bowed with much but I would first know what is your purpose.” formal complaisance, instead of accepting the cour
An honourable and a most respectful one," said tesy, which in those times, when the distinction of Lord Glenvarloch; whatever you are whatever ranks was much guarded by etiquette and ceremony, motive may have brought you into this ambiguous was considered as a distinguished favour. situation, I'am sensible every look, word, and action “You are displeased with me, Master Heriot,” said of yours, makes me sensible, that you are no proper Lord Glenvarloch, reddening, for he was not deceivsubject of importunity, far less of ill usage. What ed by the worthy citizen's affectation of extreme circumstances can have forced you into so doubtful a reverence and respect. situation, I know not; but I feel assured there is, and "By no means, my lord," replied Heriot; "but I can be, nothing in them of premeditated wrong, which have been in France, and have thought it as well to should expose you to cold blooded insult. From import, along with other more substantial articles, a me you have nothing to dread.”
small sample of that good-breeding which the French " I expected nothing less from your nobleness, my are so renowned for. lord,” answered the female; " my adventure, though "It is not kind of you,” said Nigel, " to bestow the I feel it was both desperate and foolish, is not so 'first use of it on an old and obliged friend."
Heriot only answered to this observation with a unhappy woman, it was not I-I never heard of her short dry cough, and then proceeded.
folly until within this hour.'' Hem! hem! I say, ahem! My lord, as my French "Come, my lord," said Heriot, with some severity, politeness may not carry me far, I would willingly "this sounds too much like affectation. I know there know whether I am to speak as a friend, since your is among our modern youth a new creed respecting lordship is pleased to term me such ; or whether I adultery as well as homicide I would rather hear am, as befits my condition, to confine myself to the you speak of a revision of the Decalogue, with miti. needful business which must be treated of between gated penalties in favour of the privileged orders--1
would rather hear you do this, ihan deny a fact in "Speak as a friend by all means, Master Heriot," which you have been known to glory.”' said Nigel; "I perceive you have adopted some of ory!- I never did, never would, have taken ho. the numerous prejudices against me, if not all of nour to myself from such a cause," said Lord Glenthem. Speak out, and frankly-what I cannot deny varloch. I could not prevent other idle tongues, I will at least confess."
and idle brains, from making false inferences." “And I trust, my lord, redress," said Heriot. "You would have known well enough how to stop "So far as is in my power, certainly,” answered their mouths, my lord,” replied Heriot, "had they Nigel
spoke of you what was unpleasing to your ears, and Ah! my lord,” continued Heriot," that is a me- what the truth did not warrant.---Come, my lord, relancholy though a necessary restriction ; for how remember your promise to confess; and, indeed, to lightly inay any one do an hundred times more than confess is, in this case, in some slight sort to redress. the degree of evil which it may be within his power I will grant you are young—the woman handsometo repair to the sufferers and to society! But we are and, as I myself have observed, light-headed enough, not alone here," he said, stopping, and darting his Let me know where she is. Her foolish husband shrewd eye towards the muffied figure of the disguis- has still some compassion for her-will save her ed maiden, whose utmost efforts had not enabled her from infamy-perhaps, in time, receive her back; for so to adjust her position as altogether to escape ob- we are a good-natured generation we traders. Do servation. More anxious to prevent her being dis- not, my lord, emulate those who work mischief merecovered than to keep his own affairs private, Nigel ly for ihe pleasure of doing so—it is the very devil's hastily answered
worst quality." "'Tis a page of mine; you may speak freely before "Your grave remonstrances will drive me mad," him. He is of France, and knows no English." said Nigel. "There is a show of sense and reason
"I am then to speak freely," said Heriot, after a in what you say; and yet, it is positively insisting on second glance at the chair; . perhaps my words may my telling the retreat of a fugitive of whom I know be more free than welcome.”
nothing earthly. “Go on, sir," said Nigel, "I have told you I can “It is well, my lord,", answered Heriot, coldly. bear reproof."
"You have a right, such as it is, to keep your own "In one word, then, my lord-why do I find you in secrets; but, since my discourse on these points seems this place, and whelmed with charges which must so totally unavailing, we had better proceed to busiblacken a name rendered famous by ages of virtue ?" ness. Yet your faiher's image rises before me, and
Simply then, you find me here," said Nigel," be seems to plead that I should go on.” cause, to begin from my original error, I would be “Be it as you will, sir," said Glenvarloch ; "he wiser than my father."
who doubts my word shall have no additional secu"It was a difficult task, my lord,” replied Heriot; rity for it." your father was voiced generally as the wisest and "Well, my lord. In the Sanctuary at Whitefriars one of the bravest men of Scotland.”
-a place of refuge so unsuitable to a young man of “He commanded me," continuod Nigel," to avoid quality and character-I am told a murder was comall gambling; and I took upon me to modify this in- mitted." junction into regulating my play according to my "And you believe that I did the deed, I suppose ?" skill, means, and the course of my luck."
"God forbid, my lord!" said Heriot. "The coroAy, self opinion, acting on a desire of acquisition, ner's inquest hath sat, and it appeared that your lordmy lord--you hoped to touch pitch and not to be de- ship, under your assumed name of Grahame, behaved filed," answered' Heriot. "Well, my lord, you need with the utmost bravery." not say, for I have heard with much regret, how far “No compliment, I pray you,” said Nigel; "I am this conduct diminished your reputation. Your next only too happy to find, that I did not murder, or am error I may without scruple remind you of-My lord, not believed to have murdered, the old man.' my lord, in whatever degree Lord Dalgarno may " True, my lord," said Heriot; "but even in this have failed towards you, the son of his father should affair there lacks explanation. Your lordship emhave been sacred from your violence."
barked this morning in a wherry with a female, and, "You speak in cold blood, Master Heriot, and I it is said, an immense sum of money, in specie and was smarting under a thousand wrongs inflicted on other valuables--but the woman has not since been me under the mask of friendship.”.
heard of." "That is, he gave your lordship bad advice, and "I parted with her at Paul's Wharf," said Nigel, you,” said Heriot
“where she went ashore with her charge;,
I gave Was fool enough to follow his counsel," answer- her a letter to that very man, John Christie." ed Nigel--“But we will pass this, Master Heriot, if Ay, that is the waterman's story; but John Chrisyou please. Old men and young men, men of the tie denies that he remembers any thing of the matsword and men of peaceful occupation, always have ter." thought, always will think, differently, on such sub- "I am sorry to hear this," said the young noblejects."
man; "I hope in Heaven she has not been trepan“I grant," answered Heriot, "the distinction be- ned, for the treasure she had with her." tween the old goldsmith and the young nobleman- "I hope not, my lord," replied Heriot; "but men's still you should have had patience for Lord Hun- minds are much disturbed about it. Our national ținglen's sake, and prudence for your own. Suppos- character suffers on all hands. Men remember the ing your quarrel just”
fatal case of Lord Sanquhar, hanged for the murder * 1 pray you to pass on to some other charge," of a fencing-master; and exclaim, they will not have said Lord Glenvarloch.
their wives whored, and their property stolen, by the "I am not your accuser, my lord; but I trust in nobility of Scotland." Heaven, that your own heart has already accused "And all this is laid to my door !" said Nigel; you bitterly on the inhospitable wrong, which your my exculpation is easy." late landlord has sustained at your hand.”
"I trust so, my lord," said Heriot;-"nay, in this Had I been guilty of what you allude to," said particular, I do not doubt it. But why did you leave Lord Glenvarloch, -, had a moment of temptation Whitefriars under such circumstances ?" hurried me away, I had long ere now most bitterly "Master Reginald Lowestoffe sent a boat for me, repented it. But whoever may have wronged the with intimation to provide for my safety."