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he is so much occupied with hunting and other plea- And withal (as John Bunyan says) as they went gres, that he cares not to be intruded on."
on their way, he sung"I shall be in all outward readiness to pay my
"0, do ye ken Elsie Marley, honeyduty," said the young nobleman, “yet I have little
The wife that sells the barley, honey! heart to do it. The friends from whom I ought to
For Elsie Marley's grown sae fine, have found encouragement and protection, have
She winna get up to feed the swine. proved cold and false - I certainly will not trouble
0, do ye ken" them for their countenance on this occasion--and yet Here in mid career was the songster interrupted by I must confess my childish unwillingness to enter the stern gripe of his master, who threatened to baton quite alone upon so new a scene.'
him to death if he brought the city-watch upon them It is bold of a mechanic like me to make such an by his ill-timed melody. offer to a nobleman," said Heriot; “but I must at- "I crave pardon, my Lord-I humbly crave pardon tend at Court to-morrow. I can accompany you as - only
when I think of that Jen Win, as they call him, far as the presence-chamber, from my privilege as I can hardly help humming-', do ye ken-But I being of the household. I can facilitate your entrance, crave your honour's pardon, and will be totally dumb, should you find difficulty, and I can point out the if you command me so." proper manner and time of approaching the King. No, sirrah !" said Nigel, “talk on, for I well But I do not know," he added, smiling, whether know you would say and suffer more under pretence these little advantages will not be overbalanced by of holding your peace, than when you get an unbrithe incongruity of a nobleman receiving them from dled license. How is it, then? What have you to the hands of an old smith."
say against Master Heriot ?" "From the hands rather of the only friend I have It seems more than probable, that in permitting found in London," said Nigel, offering his hand. this license, the young lord hoped his attendant
"Nay, if you think of the matter in that way,” re would stumble upon the subject of the young lady plied the honest citizen, "there is no more to be said who had appeared at prayers in a manner so myste-I will come for you to-morrow, with a barge proper rious. But whether this was the case, or whether he to 'the occasion.-But remember, my good young merely desired that Moniplies should utter, in a sublord, that I do not, like some men of my degree, wish dued and under tone of voice, those spirits which to take opportunity to step beyond it and associate might otherwise have vented themselves in obstrewith my superiors in rank, and therefore do not fear perous song, it is certain he permitted his attendant to mortify my presumption, by suffering me to keep to proceed with his story in his own way: my distance in the presence, and where it is fitting And therefore," said the orator, availing himself for both of us to separate ; and for what remains of his immunity, "I would like to ken what sort of a most truly happy shall I be in proving of service to carle this Maister Heriot is. He hath supplied your the son of my ancient patron.
lordship with wealth of gold, as I can understand; The style of conversation led so far from the point and if he has, I make it for certain he hath had his which had interested the young nobleman's curiosity, ain end in it, according to the fashion of the world. that there was no returning to it that night. He Now, had your lordship your own good lands at your therefore exchanged thanks and greeting with George guiding, doubtless this person, with most of his craft Heriot, and took his leave, promising to be equipped --goldsmiths they call themselves-I say usurersand in readiness to embark with him on the second wad be glad to exchange so many pounds of African successive morning at ten o'clock.
dust, by whilk I understand gold, against so many The generation of linkboys, celebrated by Count fair acres, and hundreds of acres, of broad Scottish Anthony Hamilton, as peculiar to London, had al- land." ready, in the reign of James I., begun their functions, "But you know I have no land,” said the young and the service of one of them, with his smoky torch, lord, “at least none that can be affected by any debt had been secured to light the young, Scottish lord which I can at present become obliged for-I' think and his follower to their lodgings, which, though bet- you need not have reminded me of that." ter acquainted than formerly with the city, they might True, my lord, most true; and, as your lordship in the dark have run some danger of missing. This says, open to the meanest capacity, without any gave the ingenious
Mr. Moniplies an opportunity of unnecessary expositions. Now, therefore, my lord, gathering close up to his master, after he had gone unless Maister George Heriot has something mair to through the form of slipping his left arm into the allege as a motive for his liberality, vera different from handles of his buckler, and loosening his broadsword the possession of your estate and moreover, as he in the sheath, that he might be ready for whatever could gain little by the capture of your body, whereshould befall!
fore should it not be your soul that he is in pursuit "If it were not for the wine and the good cheer of ?". which we have had in yonder old man's house, my "My soul, you rascal !' said the young lord; lord," said the sapient follower, "and that I ken him “what good should my soul do him?" by report to be a just living man in many respects, “What do I ken about that ?" said Moniplies; and a real Edinburgh gutterblood, I should have been" they go about roaring and seeking whom they may well pleased to have seen how his feet were shaped, devour-doubtless, they like the food that they rage and whether he had not a cloven cloot under the so much about-and, my lord, they say," added Mobraw roses and cordovan shoon of his."
niplies, drawing up still closer to his master's side, "Why, you rascal," answered Nigel, "you have they say that Master Heriot has one spirit in his been too kindly treated, and now that you have filled house already." your ravenous stomach, you are railing on the good "How, or what do you mean?" said Nigel ; "I will gentleman that relieved you.".
break your head, you drunken knave, if you palter "Under favour, no, my lord,” said Moniplies,—"I with me any longer." would only like to see something mair about him. I "Drunken ?" answered his trusty adherent, "and bave eaten his meat, it is true-more shame that the is this the story?—why, how could I but drink your like of him should have meat to give, when your lord- lordship's health on my bare knees, when Master ship and me could scarce have gotten, on our own Jenkin began it to me?-hang them that would not-account
, brose and a bear bannock-I have drunk I would have cut the impudent knave's hams with his wine, too.
my broadsword, that should make scruple of it, and "I see you have,” replied his master, "a great deal so have made him kneel when he should have found more than you should have done."
it difficult to rise again. But touching the spirit,” he "Under your patience, my lord," said Moniplies, proceeded, finding that his master made no answer "you are pleased to say that, because I crushed a to his valorous tirade, "your lordship has seen her quart with that jolly boy Jenkin, as they call the with your own eyes.' 'prentice boy, and that was out of mere acknowledg- "I saw no spirit,” said Glenvarloch, but yet breathment for his former kindness- I own that I, more ing thick as one who expects some singular discloover, sung the good old song of Elsie Marley, so as sure," what mean you by a spirit?" they never heard it chanted in their lives''
“You saw a young lady come in to prayers, that VOL. IV.
spoke not a word to any one, only made becks and They tell me something is put in ilka day, for
to be supposed she
mair than "No, indeed," answered Nigel; “some relation of the images of Bel and the Dragon consumed the the family, I suppose.”
dainty vivers that were placed before them. There "Deil a bit-deil a bit," answered Moniplies, hastily, are stout yeomen and chamber-queans in the house, "not a blood-drop's kin to them, if she had a drop of enow to play the part of Lick-it-up-a', as weel as the blood in her body-I tell you but what all human threescore and ten priests of Bel, besides their wives beings allege to be truth, that dwell within hue and and children." cry of Lombard-street-that lady, or quean, or what. "And she is never seen in the family but when the ever you choose to call her, has been dead in the body hour of prayer arrives ?" said the master. these many a year, though she haunts them, as we "Never, that I hear of,' replied the servant. have seen, even at their very devotions."
“ It is singular," said Nigel Olifaunu, musing. You will allow her to be a good spirit at least,” “Were it not for the ornaments, which she wears, said Nigel Olifaunt, "since she
chooses such a time and still more for her attendance upon the service of to visit her friends ?''
the Protestant Church, I should know what to think, “For that I kenna, my lord," answered the super- and should believe her either a Catholic votaress, who stitious follower; "I'ken no spirit that would have for some cogent reason, was allowed to make her faced the right down hammer-blow of Mess John cell here in London, or some unhappy Popish devotee, Knox, whom my father stood by in his very warst who was in the course of undergoing a dreadful pedays, bating a chance time when the Court, which nance. As it is, I know not what to deem of it." my father supplied with butcher-meat, was against His reverie was interrupted by the linkboy knockhim. But yon divine has another airt from powerful ing at the door of honest John Christie, whose wife Master Rollock, and Mess David Black, of North came forth with "quips, and becks, and wreathed Leith, and sic like.-Alack-a-day! wha can ken, if it smiles,” to welcome her honoured guest on his return please your lordship, whether sic prayers as the South to his apartment. ron read out of their auld blethering black mess-book there, may not be as powerful to invite fiends, as a right red-het prayer warm frae the heart, may be pow.
CHAPTER VII. erful to drive them away, even as the Evil Spirit was Ay! mark the matron well-and laugh not, Harry, driven by the smell of the fish's liver from the bridal- At her old steeple-hat and velvet guardchamber of Sara, the daughter of Raguel ? .As to whilk
I've call'd her like the ear of Dionysius;
I mean that ear-form'd vault, built o'er his dungeon. story, nevertheless, I make scruple
to say whether it To catch the groans and discontented murmurs be truth or not, better men than I am having doubted Of his poor bondsmen-Ev'n so doth Martha on that matter."
Drink up, for her own purpose, all that passes, "Well, well, well," said his master, impatiently,
Or is supposed to pass, in this wide city"we are now near home, and I have permitted you
She can retail it too, if that her profit
Shall call on her to do so; and retail it to speak of this matter for once, that we may have an For your advantage, so that you can make end of your prying folly, and your idiotical supersti- Your profit jump with hers. The Conspiracy. tions, for ever. For whom do you, or your absurd We must now introduce to the reader's acquaintauthors or informers, take this lady?"
ance another character, busy and important far besay naething, preceesely, as to that,” an- yond her ostensible situation in society-in a word, swered. Moniplies ; "certain it is her body died and Dame Ursula Suddlechop, wife of Benjamin Suddlewas laid in the grave many a day since, notwith- chop, the most renowned barber in all Fleet street. standing she still wanders on earth, and chiefly This dame had her own particular merits, the princiamongst Maister Heriot's family, though she hath pal part of which was (if her own report could be been seen in other places by them that well knew her. trusted) an infinite desire to be of service to her fellow But who she is, I will not warrant to say, or how she creatures. Leaving to her thin half-starved partner becomes attached, like a Highland Brownie, to some the boast of having the most dexterous snap with peculiar family. They say she has a row of apart- his fingers of any shaver in London, and the care of ments of her own, anteroom, parlour, and bedroom; a shop where starved apprentices flayed the faces of but deil a bed she sleeps in but her own coffin, and those who were boobies enough to trust them, the the walls, doors, and windows, are so chinked up, as dame drove a separate and more lucrative trade, to prevent the least blink of daylight from entering; which yet had so many odd turns and windings, that and then she dwells by torchlight."
it seemed in many respects to contradict itself. To what purpose, if she be a spirit ?" said Nigel Its highest and most important duties were of a Olifaunt.
very secret and confidential nature, and Dame Ursula How can I tell your lordship ?" answered his at. Suddlechop was never known to betray any transactendant. "I thank God, I know
nothing of her li- tion intrusted to her, unless she had either been indifkings, or mislikings-only her coffin is there; and I ferently paid for her service, or that some one found leave your lordship to guess what a live person
has it convenient to give her a double douceur to make to do with a coffin. As little as a ghost with a lan- her disgorge the secret; and these contingencies haptern, I trow."
pened in so few cases, that her character for trusti"What reason," repeated Nigel, "can a creature, ness remained as unimpeached as that for honesty so young and so beautiful, have already habitually to and benevolence. contemplate her bed of last long rest ?".
In fact, she was a most admirable matron, and "In troth, I kenna, my lord," answered Moniplies ; could be useful to the impassioned and the frail in the “but there is the coffin, as they told me who rise, progress, and consequences of their passion. She have seen it: It is made of heben-wood, with silver could contrive an interview for lovers who could show nails, and lined all through with three-piled damask, proper reasons for meeting privately; she could remight serye a princess to rest in.".
lieve the frail fair one of the burden of a guilty pas"Singular," said Nigel, whose brain, like that of sion, and perhaps establish the hopeful offspring of most active young spirits, was easily caught by the unlicensed love as the heir of some family whose love singular and the romantic; "does she not eat with was lawful, but where an heir had not followed the the family ?"
union. More than this she could do, and had been "Who !-she!"-exclaimed Moniplies, as if sur concerned in deeper and dearer secrets: She had been prised at the question; "they would need a lang a pupil of Mrs. Turner, and learned from her the
se spoon would sup with her I trow. Always there is cret
of making the yellow starch, and, it may be, two something put for her into the Tower, as they call it, or three other secrets of more consequence, though whilk is a whigmaleery
of a whirling-box, that turns perhaps none that went to the criminal extent of those half on the tae side o 'the wa', half on the tother." whereof her mistress was accused. But all that was
"I have seen the contrivance in foreign nunne- deep and dark in her real character, was covered by ries," said the Lord of Glenvarloch. "And is it thus the show of outward mirth and good-humour, the she receives her food ?"
hearty laugh and buixom jest with which the dame
knew well how to conciliate the elder part of her "I would some one would draw a razor across thy neighbours, and the many petty arts by which she windpipe, thou bawling ass!" said the dame to herself, could recommend herself to the younger, those espe- in the first moment of irritation against her clamorous cially of her own sex.
helpmate; and then called aloud, -"Why, what is Dame Ursula was, in appearance, scarce past forty, the matter, Master Suddlechop? I am just going to and her full, but not overgrown form, and still comely slip into bed; I have been daggled to and fro the features, although her person was plumped out, and whole day." her face somewhat coloured by good cheer, had a joy- "Nay, sweethcart, it is not me," said the patient ous expression of gayety and good-humour, which set Benjamin, “but the Scots laundry-maid from neighoff the remains of beauty in the wane. Marriages, bour Ramsay's, who must speak with you incontibirths, and christenings, were seldom thought to be nent." performed with sufficient ceremony, for a consider- At the word sweetheart, Dame Ursley cast a wistable distance round her abode, unless Dame Ursley, ful look at the mess which was stewed to a second in as they called her, was present. She could contrive the stewpan, and then replied with a sigh, --"Bid Scots all sorts of pastimes, games, and jeşts, which might Jenny come up, Master Suddlechop. I shall be very amuse the large companies which the hospitality of happy to hear what she has to say," then added in a our ancestors assembled together on such occasions, lower tone, "and I hope she will go to the devil in so that her presence was literally considered as indis- the flame of a tar-barrel, like many a Scots witchpensable in the families of all citizens of ordinary rank, before her!" at such joyous periods. So much also was she sup- The Scots laundress entered accordingly, and havposed to know of life and its labyrinths, that she was ing heard nothing of the last kind wish of Dame the willing confidant of half the loving couples in the Suddlechop, made her reverence with considerable vicinity, most of whom used to communicate their respect, and said, her young mistress had returned secrets to, and receive their counsel from, Dame Urs- home unwell, and wished to see her neighbour, Dame ley. The rich rewarded her services with rings, Ursley, directly. owches, or gold pieces, which she liked still better; " And why
will it not do to-morrow, Jenny, my and she very generously gave her assistance to the good woman ?'' said Dame Ursley; "for I have been poor, on the same mixed principles as young practi- as far as Whitehall to-day already, and I am well-nigh tioners in medicine assist them, partly from compassion, and partly to keep her hand in use.
word we my festy Food woman."
answered Jenny, with great composure, Dame Ursley's reputation in the city was the greater "and if that sae be sae, I maun take the langer that her practice had extended beyond Temple-Bar, tramp mysell, and maun gae down the waterside for and that she had acquaintances, nay, patrons and
pa auld Mother Redcap, at the Hungerford Stairs, that tronesses, among the quality, whose rank, as their deals in comforting young creatures, e'en as you do members were much fewer, and the prospect of ap- yoursell, þinny; for ane o'ye the bairn maun see beproaching the courtly sphere much more difficult, bore fore she sleeps, and that's a that I ken on't.' a degree of consequence unknown to the preseni day, So saying, the old emissary, without farther entseawhen the toe of the citizen presses so close on the ty, turned on her heel, and was about to retreat, when courtier's heel. Dame Ursley maintained her inter- Dame Ursley, exclaimed, -"No, no-if the sweet course with this superior rank of customers, partly by child, your mistress, has any necessary occasion for driving a small trade in perfumes, essences, pomades, good advice and kind tendance, you need not go to head-gears from France, dishes or ornaments from Mother Redcap, Janet. She may do very well for China, then already beginning to be fashionable; not skippers' wives, chandlers' daughters, and such like; to mention dngs of various descriptions, chiefly for but nobody shall wait on pretty Mistress Margaret, the use of the ladies, and partly by other services, the daughter of his most Sacred Majesty's horologer, more or less connected with the esoteric branches of excepting and saving myself. And so I will but take her profession heretofore alluded to.
my chopins and my cloak, and put on my muffler, Possessing such and so many various modes of and cross the street to neighbour Ramsay's in an inthriving, Dame Ursley was nevertheless so poor, that stant. But tell me yourself, good Jenny, are you not she might probably
have mended her own circum- something tired of your young lady's frolics and stances, as well as her husband's, if she had renounced change of mind twenty times a-day? them all, and set herself quietly down to the care of "In. troth, not I," said the patient drudge, "unless her own household, and to assist Benjamin in the it may be when she is a wee fashious about' washing concerns of his trade. But Ursula was luxurious and her laces; but I have been her keeper since she was genial in her habits, and could no more have endured a bairn, neighbour Suddlechop, and that makes a difthe ştinted economy of Benjamin's board, than she ference. could have reconciled herself to the bald chat of his "Ay," said Dame Ursley, still busied putting on adconversation.
ditional defences against the night air, It was on the evening of the day on which Lord know for certain that she has two hundred pounds Nigel Olifaunt dined with the wealthy goldsmith,
in good land, at her own free disposal ?" we must introduce Ursula Suddlechop upon the stage. Left by her grandmother, Heaven rest her soul!" She had that morning made a long tour to West- said the Scotswoman; "and to a daintier lassie she minster, was fatigued, and had assumed a certain could not have bequeathed it.” large elbow-chair, rendered smooth by frequent use, “Very true, very true, mistress ; for, with all her placed on one side of her chimney, in which there was little whims, I have always said Mistress Margaret lit a small but bright fire. Here she observed, betwixt Ramsay was the prettiest girl in the ward; and, Jensleeping and waking, the simmering of a pot of well- ny, I warrant the poor child has had no supper ?". spiced ale, on the brown surface of which bobbed a Jenny could not say but it was the case, "for her small crab-apple, sufficiently roasted, while a litile master being out, the iwa'prentice lads had gone out mulatto girl watched, still more attentively, the pro- after shutting shop, to fetch them home, and she and cess of dressing a veal sweetbread, in a silver siew the other maid had gone out to Sandy MacGivan's, pan, which occupied the other side of the chimney: to see a friend frae Scotland." With these viands, doubtless, Dame Ursula proposed As was very, natural, Mrs. Janet,” said Dame concluding the well-spent day, of which she reckoned Ursley, who found her interest in assenting to all sorts the labour over, and the rest at her own command. of propositions from all sorts of persons. She was deceived, however; for just as the ale, or, to And so the fire went out, too,”-said Jenny speak technically, the lamb's-wool, was fitted for * Which was the most natural of the whole," said drinking, and the little dingy maiden intimated that Dame Suddlechop ; "and so, to cut the matter short, the sweetbread was ready to be eaten, the thin cracked Jenny, I'll carry over the little bit of supper that voice of Benjamin was heard from the bottom of the was going to eat. For dinner I have tasted none, and
it may be my young pretty Mistress Margaret will eat " Why, Dame Ursley-why, wife, I say—why, dame a morsel with me ; for it is mere emptiness, Mistress why, love, you are wanted more than a strop
for a Jenny, that often puts these fancies of illness into blunt razor-why, dame"
young folk's heads." So saying, she put the silver
posset-cup with the ale into Jenny's hands, and as- I to place her stewpan to the best advantage, drew suming her mantle with the alacrity of one determi- herself as close as she could to her patient, and began ned to sacrifice
inclination to duty, she hid the stew in a low, soothing, and confidential tone of voice, to pan under its folds, and commanded Wilsa, the little inquire what ailed her pretty flower of neighbours. mulatto girl, to light them across the street.
Nothing, dame," said Margaret, somewhat pet"Whither away, so late?" said the barber, whom tishly, and changing her posture so as rather to turn they passed seated with his starveling boys round a her back upon the kind inquirer. mess of stock-fish and parsnips, in the shop below. Nothing, lady-bird !" "answered Dame Suddle
"If I were to tell you, Gaffer," said the dame, with chop; "and do you use to send for your friends out most contemptuous coolness, I do not think you of bed at this hour for nothing?" could do my errand, so I will e'en keep it to my- "It was not I who sent for you, dame,” replied the self.” Benjamin was too much accustomed to his malecontent maiden. wife's independent mode of conduct, to pursue his "And who was it, then ?" said Ursula ; "for if I inquiry farther; nor did the dame tarry for farther had not been sent for, I had not been here at this question, but marched out at the door, telling the eld- time of night, I promise you !" est of the
boys " to sit up till her return, and to look "It was the old Scotch fool Jenny, who did it out to the house the whilst.'
of her own head, I suppose !" said Margaret ; "for The night was dark and rainy, and although the she has been stunning me these two hours absut you distance
betwixt the two shops was short, it allowed and Mother Redcap." Dame Ursley leisure enough, while she strode along 'Me and Mother Redcap !" said Dame Ursula, with high-tucked petticoats, to embitter it by the fol- an old fool indeed, that couples folk up so.-But lowing grumbling reflections-"I wonder what I come, come, my sweet little neighbour, Jenny is no have done, that I must needs trudge at every old bel- such fool after all; she knows young folks want dam's bidding, and every young minx's maggot ! I more and better advice than her own, and she knows, have been marched from Temple-Bar to White-cha- too, where to find it for them ; so you must take heart pel, on the matter of a pinmaker's wife having prick- of grace, my pretty maiden, and tell me what you ed her fingers-marry, her husband that made the are moping about, and then let Dame Ursula alone weapon might have salved the wound.- And here is for finding out a cure." this fantastic ape, pretty Mistress Marget, forsooth- "Nay, an ye be so wise, Mother Ursula," replied such a beauty as I could make of a Dutch doll, and the girl, “ you may guess what I ail without my as fantastic, and humorous, and conceited, as if she telling you.' were a duchess. I have seen her in the same day as "Ay, ay, child," answered the complaisant matron, changeful as a marmozet, and as stubborn as a mule. no one can play better than I at the good old game I should like to know whether her little conceited of what is my thought like? Now I'll warrant that noddle, or her father's old crazy calculating jolter- little head of yours is running on a new head-tire, a pate, breeds most whimsies. But then there's that foot higher than those our city dames wear-or you two hundred pounds a-year in dirty land, and the fa- are all for a trip to Islington or Ware, and your father ther is held a close chuff
, though a fanciful- he is our is cross and will not consent-or". landlord besides, and she has begged a late day from “Or you are an old fool, Dame Suddlechop," said him for our rent; so, God help me, I must be com- Margaret, peevishly, "and must needs trouble yourfortable-besides, the little capricious devil is my on- self about matters you know nothing of." ly key to get at Master George Heriot's secret, and it "Fool as much as you will, mistress," said Dame concerns my character to find that out; and so an- Ursula,, offended in her turn," but not so very many diamos, as the lingua franca hath it."
years older than yourself, mistress." Thus pondering, she moved forward with hasty “Oh! we are angry, are we?" said the beauty; strides until she arrived at the watchmaker's habita- "and pray, Madam Ursula, how come you, that are tion. The attendant admitted them by means of a not so many years older than me, to talk about such pass-key. Onward glided Dame Ursula, now in nonsense to me, who am so many years younger, glimmer and now in gloom, not like the lovely Lady and who yet have too much sense to care about Cristabelle through Gothic sculpture and ancient ar- head-gears and Islington ?" mour, but creeping and stumbling, amongst relics of "Well, well, young mistress," said the safe counold machines, and models of new inventions in vari- sellor, rising, 1 perceive I can be of no use here; ous branches of mechanics, with which wrecks of and methinks, since you know your own matters so useless ingenuity, either in a broken or half
finished much better than other people do, you might dispense shape, the apartment of the fanciful though ingenious with disturbing folks at midnight to ask their advice." mechanist was continually lumbered.
"Why, now you are angry, mother," said MargaAt length they attained, by a very narrow stair- ret, detaining her; "this comes of your coming out case, pretty Mistress Margaret's apartment, where at eventide without eating your supper-I never heard she, the cynosure of the eyes of every bold young you utter a cross word after you had finished your bachelor in Fleet-street, sat in a posture which little morsel.--Here, Janet, a trencher and sali for hovered between the discontented and the discon- Dame Ursula ;-and what have you in that porringer, solate. For her pretty back and shoulders were dame ?-Filthy clammy ale, as I would live-Let rounded into a curve, her round and dimpled chin Janet Aling it out of the window, or keep it for my reposed in the hollow of her little palm, while the father's morning, draught ; and she shall bring you fingers were folded over her mouth; her elbow rested the pottle of sack that was set ready for him-good on a table, and her eyes seemed fixed upon the dying man, he will never find out the difference, for ale
will charcoal, which was expiring in a small grate. She wash down his dusty calculations quite as well as scarce turned her head when Dame Ursula entered, wine." and when the presence of that estimable matron was "Truly, sweetheart, I am of your opinion,” said more precisely
announced in words by the old Scots- Dame Ursula, whose temporary displeasure vanishwoman, Mistress Margaret, without changing hered
at once before these preparations for good cheer; posture, muttered some sort of answer that was and so, settling herself on the great easy-chair, with wholly unintelligible.
a three-legged table before her, she began to despatch, Go your ways down to the kitchen with Wilsa, with good appetite, the little delicate dish which she good Mistress Jenny,” said Dame Ursula, who was had prepared for herself. She did not, however, fail used to all sorts of freaks on the part of her patients in the duties of civility, and earnestly, but in vain, or clients, whichever they mighi be termed; "put pressed Mistress Margaret to partake her dainties. the stewpan and the porringer by the fire-side, and go The damsel declined the invitation. down below-I must speak to my pretty love, Mis- "At least pledge me in a glass of sack," said Dame tress Margaret, by myself—and there is not a bache- Ursula ; "I have heard my grandam say, that before lor betwixt this and Bow but will
envy me the the gospellers came in, the old Catholic father conprivilege."
fessors and their
penitents always had a cup of sack The attendants retired as directed, and Dame Ur- together before confession; and you are my penitent." sula, having availed herself of the embers of charcoal, "I shall drink no sack, I am sure," said Margaret;
"and I told you before, that if you cannot find out without regarding the interruption, "a nobleman-a what ails me, I shall never have the heart to tell Scottish nobleman."
"Now Our Lady keep her!" said the confidant, So saying, she turned away from Dame Ursula "she is quite frantic!heard ever any one of a watch once more, and resumed her musing, posture, with maker's daughter falling in love with a noblemanher hand on her elbow, and her back, at least one and a Scots nobleman, to make the matter complete, shoulder, turned towards her confidant.
who are all as proud as Lucifer, and as poor as Job "Nay, then," said Dame Ursula, “I must exert my - A Scots nobleman, quotha ? 'I had as lief you told skill in good earnest.—You must give me this pretty me of a Jew pedler. I would have you think how all hand, and I will tell you palmistry, as well as any this is to end, pretty one, before you jump in the gipsy of them all, what foot it is you halt upon.”
As if I halted on any foot at all," said Margaret, " That is nothing to you, Ursula-it is your assistsomething scornfully, but yielding her left hand to ance," said Mistress Margaret, "and not your advice, Ursula, and continuing at the same time her averted that I am desirous to have, and you know I can make position.
it worth your while." "I see brave lines here," said Ursula, "and not ill “O, it is not for the sake of lucre, Mistress Marto read neither-pleasure and wealth, and merry garet," answered the obliging dame; " but truly I nights and late mornings to my Beauty, and such an would have you listen to some advice-bethink you equipage as shall shake Whitehall. O, have I touched of your own condition.” you there ?--and smile you now my pretty one ?--for My father's calling is mechanical," said Margaret, why should not he be Lord Mayor, and go to court "but our blood is not so. I have heard my father in his gilded caroch, as others have done before him?" say that we are descended, at a distance indeed, from
"Lord Mayor ? pshaw!" replied Margaret. the great Earls of Dalwolsey."'*
"And why pshaw at my Lord Mayor, sweet-heart? Ay, ay,” said Dame Ursula ; even so-I never or perhaps you pshaw at my prophecy; but there is a knew a Scot of you but was descended, as ye call it
, cross in every one's line of life as well as in yours, from some great house or other; and a piteous dedarling. And what though I see aʼprentice's flat cap scent it often is--and as for the distance you speak of, in this pretty palm, yet there is a sparkling black eye it is so great as to put you out of sight of each other. under il, hath not its match in the Ward of Farring. Yet do not toss your pretty head so scornfully, but don-Without."
tell me the name of this lordly northern gallani, and
It is Lord Glenvarloch, whom they call Lord
"Marry, Heaven forefend !" exclaimed Dame "Out, woman-Jenkin Vincent ?-a clown-a Suddlechop; " this is the very devil, and something Cockney !” exclaimed the indignant damsel. worse !"
* Ay, sets the wind in that quarter, Beauty !" quoth “How mean you ?" said the damsel, surprised at the dame; "why, it has changed something since the vivacity of her exclamation. we spoke together last, for then I would have sworn "Why, know ye not," said the dame, it blew fairer for poor Jin Vin; and the poor lad powerful enemies he has at Court? know ye notdotes on you too, and would rather see your eyes But blisters on my tongue, it runs too fast for my wit than the first glimpse of the sun on the great holyday --enough to say, that you had better make your on May-day."
bridal-bed under a falling house, than think of young "I would my eyes had the power of the sun to Glenvarloch.". blind his, then," said Margaret," to teach the drudge "He is unfortunate, then ?" said Margaret ; "I his place."
knew it-I divined it-there was sorrow in his voice “Nay,” said Dame Ursula," there be some who when he said even what was gay-there was a touch say that Frank Tunstall is as proper a lad as Jin Vin, of misfortune in his melancholy smile-he had not and of surely he is third cousin to a knighthood, and thus clung to my thoughts had I seen him in all the come of a good house ; and so mayhap you may be mid-day glare of prosperity.” for northward ho !"
Romances have cracked her brain !" said Dame Maybe I may"--answered Margaret, “but not Ursula ; "she is a castaway girl-utterly distraught with my father's 'prentice-I thank you, Dame -- loves a Scots lord-and likes him the better for Ursula.
being unfortunate! Well, mistress, I am sorry this is "Nay, then, the devil may guess your thoughts for a matter I cannot aid you in-it goes againz; my conme," said Dame Ursula ; this comes of trying to science, and it is an affair above my condition, and shoe a filly that is eternally wincing and shifting beyond my management; but I will keep your counground !"
“Hear me, then," said Margaret, "and mind what You will not be so base as to desert me, after I say.- This day I'dined abroad"
having drawn my secret from me?" said Margaret, "I can tell you where," answered her counsellor, indignantly; " if you do, I know how to have my re-"with your godfather the rich goldsmith-ay, you venge ; and if you do not, I will reward you well. see I know something-nay, I could tell you, an I Remember the house your husband dwells in is my would, with whom, too.'
father's property.” ** Indeed !” said Margaret, turning suddenly round " I remember it but too well, Mistress Margaret," with an accent of strong surprise, and colouring up to said Ursula, after a moment's reflection, and I the eyes.
would serve you in any thing in my condition; but "With old Sir Mungo Malagrowther," said the to meddle with such high matters-I shall never fororacular dame," he was trimmed in my Benjamin's get poor Mistress Turner,t my honoured patroness, shop in his way to the city.” "Pshaw! the frightful old mouldy skeleton!” said and of whom, as their chief, the individuals of that name look
* The head of the ancient and distinguished house of Ramsay, the damsel.
as their origin and source of gentry. Allan Ramsay, the pastoral Indeed you say true, my dear," replied the con- poet in the same manner, makes fidant,-“it is a shame to him to be out of Saint
"Dalhousie of an auld descent,
My chief, my stoup, my ornament." Pancras's charnel-house, for I know no other place + Mrs. Anne Turner was a dame somewhat of the occupation he is fit for, the foul-mouthed old railer. He said to of Mrs. Suddlechop in the text ; that is, half milliner half promy husband
curess, and secret agent in all manner of proceedings. She was a Somewhat which signifies nothing to our pur- so many subordinate agents lost their lives, while, to the great
trafficker in the poisoning of Sir Thomas Overbury, for which pose, I dare say," interrupted Margaret. “I must scandal of justice, the Earl of Somerset and his countess were speak, then. There dined with us a nobleman" suffered to escape, upon a threat of Somerset to make public
"A noblemanl the maiden's mad!" said Dame some secret which nearly affected his master, King James. Mrs. Ursula.
Turner introduced into England a French custom of using yel
low starch in gelting up bands and cuffs, and, by Lord Coke'a " There dined with us, I say," continued Margaret, 1 orders, she appeared in that fashion at the place of execution.