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follies of my own, when I should rather make ex- 1 in such company his morals may become depraved ?" cuse for being here at all, and tell you wherefore I "Let his company look to their own," answered
Lord Dalgarno, coolly; "for it will be a company of So saying, he reached a scat, and placing another real fiends in which Lutin cannot teach more mischief for Lord Glenvarloch, in spite of his anxious haste than he can learn: he is, I thank the gods, most thoto anticipate this act of courtesy, he proceeded in the roughly versed in evil for his years. I am spared the same tone of easy familiarity:
trouble of looking after his moralities, for nothing can “We are neighbours, my lord, and are just made make them either better or worse.' known to each other. Now, I know enough of the "I wonder you can answer this to his parents, my dear North, to be well aware that Scottish neigh- lord,” said Nigel. bours must be either dear friends or deadly enemies “I wonder where I should find his parents,” replied must either walk hand-in-hand, or stand sword- his companion, "to render an account to them. point to sword-point; so I choose the hand-in-hand, "He may be an orphan,'' said Lord Nigel ; " but unless you should reject my proffer.”'
surely, being a page in your lordship’s family, his pa"How were it possible, my lord,” said Lord Glen- rents must be of rank. varloch, "to refuse what is offered so frankly, even "Of as high rank as the gallows could exalt them if your father had not been a second father to me?"- to," replied Lord Dalgarno, with the same indifferAnd, as he took Lord Dalgarno's hand, he added- ence; "they were both hanged, I believe at least the "I have, I think, lost no time, since, during one day's gipsies, from whom I bought him five years ago, inattendance at Court, I have made a kind friend and timated as much to me.--You are surprised at this, a powerful enemy.”,
now. But is it not better that, instead of a lazy, con* The friend thanks you,” replied Lord Dalgarno, ceited, whey-faced slip of gentility, to whom, in your "for your just opinion ; but, my dear Glenvarloch-old-world idea of the matter, I was bound to stand or rather, for titles are too formal between us of the Sir Pedagogue, and see that he washed his hands and better file-what is your Christian name?"
face, said his prayers, learned his accidens, spoke no Nigel," replied Lord Glenvarloch.
naughty words, brushed his hat, and wore his best “Then we will be Nigel and Malcolm to each doublet onlyon Sunday, -that, instead of such a Jacky other," said his visiter, "and my lord to the plebeian Goodchild, I should have something like this ?" world around us. But I was about to ask
whom He whistled shrill and clear, and ihe page he spoke you supposed your enemy ?"
of darted into the room, almost with the effect of an No less than the all-powerful favourite, the great actual apparition. From his height he seemed but Duke of Buckingham."
fifteen, but, from his face, might be two or even three "You dream! What could possess you with such years older, very neatly made, and richly dressed; an opinion ?" said Dalgarno.
with a thin bronzed visage, which marked his gipsy “He told me so himseli," replied Glenvarloch; descent, and a pair of sparkling black eyes, which "and, in so doing, dealt frankly and honourably with seemed almost to pierce through those whom he look
“O, you know him not yet," said his companion ; "There he is," said Lord Dalgarno, "fit for every "the Duke is moulded of an hundred noble and fiery element-prompt to execute every command, good, qualities, that prompt him, like a generous horse, to bad, or indifferent-unmatched in his tribe, as rogue, spring aside in impatience at least obstacle to his thief, and liar." forward course. But he means not what he says in "All which qualities," said the undaunted page, such passing heats-I can do more with him, I thank "have each in turn stood your lordship in stead. Heaven, than most who are around him; you shall "Out, you imp of Satan!" said his master; go visit him with me, and you will see how you shall nish--begone-or my conjuring rod goes about your be received."
ears.". The boy turned, and disappeared as suddenly "I told you, my lord,” said Glenvarloch firmly, and as he had entered. “You see," said Lord Dalgarno, with some haughtiness, "the Duke of Buckingham, that, in choosing my bousehold, the best regard I without the least offence, declared himself my enemy can pay to gentle blood, is to exclude it from my serin the face of the Court; and he shall retract that ag- vice-that very gallows-bird were enough to corupt gression as publicly as it was given, ere I will make a whole antechamber of pages, though they were dethe slightest advance towards him."
scended from Kings and Kaisers."'* "You would act becomingly in every other case," said Lord Dalgarno, but here you are wrong. In prevalence of chivalry, began to be grossly varied from the on
* About this time the ancient customs arising from the long the court horizon, Buckingham is Lord of the Ascend Pinal purposes of the institution. None was more remarkable ant, and as he is adverse or favouring, so sinks or than the change which took place in the breeding and occuparises the fortune of a suitor. The King would bid you sisted of youths of noble birth, who, that they might be trained remember your Phædrus,
to the exercise of arms, were early removed from their paternal • Arripiens geminas, ripis cedentibus, ollas'
homes, where too much indulgence might have been expected and so forth. You are the vase of earth; beware of to be placed in the family of some prince or man of rank and knocking yourself against the vase of iron."
military renown, where they served, as it were, an apprentice
ship to the duties of chivalry and courtesy. Their education The vase of earth,” said Glenvarloch, "will avoid was severely moral, and pursued with great strictness in respect the encounter, by getting ashore out of the current- to useful exercises, and what were deemed elegant accomplishI mean to go no more to Court."
ments. From being pages, they were advanced to the next gra“O, to Coure you necessarily must go; you will find of knighthood were frequently made knights
dation of squires; from squires, these candidates for the honours your Scottish suit move ill without it, for ihere is both But in the sixteenth century the page had become, in many patronage and favour necessary to enforce the sign- instances, a mere domestic, who sometimes, by the splendour of manual you have obtained. Of that we will speak for the absence of a whole band of retniners with swords and more hereafter; but tell me in the meanwhile, my bucklers. We have Sir John's authority when he cashiers part dear Nigel, whether you did not wonder to see me of his train. here so early ?"
"Falstaff will learn the humour of the age, "I am surprised that you could find me out in this
French thrint, you rogues, myself and skirted page."
Jonson, in a high tone of moral indignation, thus reprobated obscure corner," said Lord Glenvarloch.
the change. The Host of the New Inn replies to Lord Lorel, “My page Lutin is a very devil for that sort of dis- who nisks to have his son for a page, that he would, with his covery," replied Lord Dalgarno; "I have but to say, 'Goblin, I would know where he or she dwells,' and
" Than damn him to this desperate course of life.
Lorel. Call you that desperate, which, by a line he guides me thither as if by art magic."
of institution, from our ancestors "I hope he waits not now in the street, my lord,"
Hath been derived down to us, and received
In a succession, for the noblest way said Nigel; "I will send my servant to seek him.”
Of brushing up our youth, in letters, arms, "Do not concern yourself-he is by this time," said Fair mien, discourses civil, exercise, Lord Dalgarno, “playing at hustle-cap and chuck- And all the blazon of a gentleman farthing with the inost blackguard imps upon the
Where can he learn to vault, to ride, to fence,
To move his body gracefully, to speak wharf, unless he hath foregone his old customs.
The language pure, or to tum his mind " Are you not afraid," said Lord Glenvarloch, "that! Or inanders more to the hermony of nature,
"I can scarce think that a nobleman should need he was serious in his propositions, or how far they the offices of such an attendant as your goblin," said flowed from a wild and extravagant spirit of raillery. Nigel; "you are but jesting with my inexperience." And, ever and anon, those flashes of spint and ho
Time will show whether I jest or not, my dear nour crossed his conversation, which seemed to inNigel," replied Dalgarno; "in the meantime, I have timate, that, when stirred to action by some adequate to propose to you to take the advantage of the flood- motive, Lord Dalgarno would prove something very tide, to run up the river for pastime; and at noon I ditterent from the court-haunting and ease-loving yotrust you will dine with me.
luptuary, which he was pleased to represent as his Nigel acquiesced in a plan which promised so much chosen character. amusement; and his new friend and he, attended by As they returned down the river, Lord Glenvarloch Lutin and Moniplies, who greatly resembled, when remarked, that the boat passed the mansion of Lord thus associated, the conjunction of a bear and a mon- Huntinglen, and noticed the circumstance to Lord kes, took possession of Lord Dalgarno's wherry, Dalgarno, observing, that he thought they were to which, with its badged watermen, bearing his lord- have dined there. "Surely no," said the young nobleship's crest on their arms, lay in readiness to receive man, “I have more mercy on you than to gorge you them. The air was delightful upon the river; and the a second time with raw beef and canary wine. I lively conversation of Lord Dalgarno added zest to pose something better for you, I promise you, than the pleasures of the little voyage. He could not only such a second Scythian festivity. And as for my fagive an account of the various public buildings and ther, he proposes to dine to-day with my grave, Doblemen's houses which they passed in ascending ancient Earl of Northampton, whilome that celebrathe Thames, but knew how to season his information ted putter-down of pretended prophecies, Lord Henry with abundance of anecdote, political inuendo, and Howard."* personal scandal ; if he had not very much wit, he And do you not go with him ?" said his compawas at least completely master of the fashionable tone, nion. which in that time, as in ours, more than amply sup- " To what purpose ?" said Lord Dalgarno. "To plies any deficiency of the kind.
hear his wise lordship speak musty politics in false It was a style of conversation entirely new to his Latin, which the old fox always uses, that he may companion, as was the world which Lord Dalgarno give the learned Majesty of England an opportunity opened to his observation; and it is no wonder that of correcting his slips in grammar? That were a Nigel notwithstanding his natural good sense and rare employment !" high spirits, admitted, more readily than seemed con- Nay,' said Lord Nigel,“ but out of respect, to sistent with either, the tone of authoritative instruc- wait on my lord your father.” tion which his new friend assumed towards him. My lord my father," replied Lord Dalgarno, "has There would, indeed, have been some difficulty in blue-bottles enough to wait on him, and can well making a stand. To attempt a high and stubborn dispense with such a butterfly as myself. He can lift tone of morality, in answer to the light strain of Lord the cup of sack to his head without my assistance; Dalgarno's conversation, which kept on the frontiers and, should the said paternal head turn something between jest and earnest, would have seemed pedantic giddy, there be men enough to guide his right honour. and ridiculous; and every attempt which Nigel made able lordship to his lordship's right honourable couch. to combat his companion's propositions, by reasoning -Now, do not stare at me, Nigel, as if my words as jocose as his own, only showed his inferiority in were to sink the boat with us. I love my father-I that gay species of controversy. And it must be love him dearly-and I respect him, too, though I owned, besides, though internally disapproving much respect not many things; a trustier old Trojan never of what he heard, Lord Glenvarloch, young as he belted a broadsword by a loop of leather. But what was in society, became less alarmed by the language then? He belongs to the old world, I to the new. and manners of his new associate, than in prudence He has his follies, I have mine; and the less either he ought to have been.
of us sees of the other's peccadilloes, the greater will Lord Dalgarno was unwilling to startle his pro- be the honour and respect--that, I think, is the pro, selyte, by insisting upon any topic which appeared per phrase-I say the respect in which we shall hold parucularly to jar with his habits or principles; and each other. Being apart, each of us is himself
, such he blended his mirth and his earnest so dexterously, as nature and circumstances have made him; but, that it was impossible for Nigel to discover how far couple us up too closely together, you will be sure to Than in these nurseries of nobility?
have in your leash either an old hypocrite or a young Hosi. Ay, that was when the nursery's self was noble, one, or perhaps both the one and t'other." And only virtue made it, not the market
As he spoke thus, the boat put into the landingThat titles were not vended at the drum And common outcry i goodness gave the greatness,
place at Blackfriars. Lord Dalgarno sprung ashore, And greatness worship ; every house became
and, flinging his cloak and rapier to his page, recomAn academy, and those parts
mended to his companion to do the like. • We see.departed in the practice now Quite from the institution.
coming among a press of gallants," he said ; "and, Lorel. Why do you say so,
if we walk thus muffled, we shall look like your Or think so enviously? do they not still
tawny-visaged Don, who wraps him close in his Leam us the Centaur's skill, the art of Thraca,
cloak, to conceal the defects of his doublet." To ride ) or Pollux' mystery, to fence ? The Pyrrhick gestures, both to stand and spring
"I have known many an honest man do that, if it In armour; to be active for the wars ;
please your lordship,” said Richie Moniplies, who had To study figures, numbers, and proportions,
been watching for an opportunity to intrude himself May yield them great in counsels and the arts ; To make their English sweet upon the tongue
on the conversation, and probably remembered what As reverend Chaucer ways.
had been his own condition, in respect to cloak and Hest. Sir you mistake;
doublet, at a very recent period. To play Sir Pandarus, my copy hath it,
Lord Dalgarno stared at him, as if surprised at his And carry messages to Madam Cressid ; Instead of backing the bravo steed o' mornings,
assurance; but immediately answered, "You may To kiss the chambermaid, and for a Icap
have known many things, friend; but, in the meanO' the vaulting horse, to ply the vaulting house ;
while, you do not know what principally concerns For exercise of arms a bale of dice, And two or three packs of cards to show the cheat
* Lord Henry Howard was the second son of the poetical And nimbleness of hand ; mis-take a cloak
Earl of Surrey, and possessed considerable parts and learning. From my lord's back, and pawn it; case his pockets or a superfluous watch, or geld a jewel
He wrote, in the year 1583, a book called, “A Defensative
against the Poison of supposed Prophecies." He gained the or an odd stone or so ; twiogo three or four buttons favour of Queen Elizabeth, by having, he says, direcied his batFrom off my lady's gown: These are the arts,
tery against a sect of prophets and pretended soothsayers, whom Or seven liberal deadly sciences,
he accounted infesti regibus, as he expresses it in the last or pagery, or rather paganism,
years of the Queen, he became James's most ardent partisan, As the tides run; to which, if he apply him,
and conducted with great pedantry, but much intrigue, the corHe may, perhaps, take a degree at Tyburn,
respondence betwixt the Scottish King and the younger Cecil. A year the earlier come to read a lecture
Upon James's accession, he was created Earl of Northampton, Upon Aquinas, at Saint Thomas-a-Watering's,
and Lord Privy Seal. According to De Beaumont the French And so go forth a laureate in hemp circle."
Ambassador, Lord Henry Howard was one of the greatest flat
The Nero Inn, Act I. terers and calumniators that ever lived. VOL. IV.
your master, naniely, how to carry his cloak, so as to Reckoning!" exclaimed Lord Dalgarno in the show to advantage the gold-laced seams, and the same tone as before, perish the peasantly phrase! lining of sables. See how Lutin holds the sword, What profanation ! Monsieur le Chevalier de Beauwith the cloak cast partly over it, yet so as to set off jeu, pink of Paris and flower of Gascony-he who the embossed hilt, and the silver work of the mount- can tell the age of his wine by the bare smell-who ing. -Give your familiar your sword, Nigel,” he con- distils his sauces in an alembic by the aid of Lully's tinued, addressing Lord Glenvarloch, " that he may philosophy-who carves with such exquisite precipractise a lesson in an art so necessary.”,
sion, that he gives to noble, knight, and squire, the “ Is it altogether prudent,” said Nigel, unclasping portion of the pheasant which exacily accords with his weapon, and giving it to Richie, to walk enurely his rank-nay, he who shall divide a becafico into unarmed ?!?
twelve parts with such scrupulous exactness, that of "And wherefore not ?" said his companion. "You twelve guests not one shall have the advantage of are thinking now of Auld Reekie, as my father fondly the other in a hair's breadth, or the twentieth part calls your good Scottish capital, where there is such of a drachm, yet you talk of him and of a reckoning bandying of private feuds and public factions, that a in the same breath! Why, man, he is the wellman of any note shall not cross your High Street known and general referee in all matters affecting twice, without endangering his life thrice.* Here, sir, the mysteries of Passage, Hazard, In and In, Penno brawling in the street is permitted. Your bull neeck, and Verquire, and what not-Why, Beaujeu headed citizen takes up the case so soon as the sword is King of the Card-pack, and Duke of the Dice-box is drawn, and clubs is the word.”
-he call a reckoning like a green-aproned, red-nosed "And a hard word it is,' said Richie, "as my son of the vulgar spigot! O, my dearest Nigel, what brain-pan kens at this blessed moment."
a word you have spoken, and of what a person ! "Were I your master, sirrah,” said Lord Dalgarno, That you know him not, is your only apology for “I would make your brain-pan, as you call it, boil such blasphemy; and yet I scarce hold it adequate, over, were you to speak a word in my presence be- for to have been a day in London and not to know fore you were spoken to.'
Beaujeu, is a crime of its own kind. But you shall Richie murmured some indistinct answer, but took know him this blessed moment, and shall learn to the hint, and ranked himself behind his master along hold yourself in horror for the enormities you have with Lutin, who failed not to expose his new com- uttered." panion to the ridicule of the passers-by, by mimick- “Well, but mark you,” said Nigel, “this worthy ing, as often as he could do so unobserved by Richie, chevalier keeps not all this good cheer at his own his suff and upright stalking gait and discontented cost, does he?" physiognomy.
No, no," answered Lord Dalgarno; "there is a And tell me now, my dear Malcolm,” said Nigel, sort of ceremony which my.chevalier's friends and where we are bending our course, and whether we intimates understand, but with which you have no shall dine at an apartment of yours ?”
business at present. There is, as majesty might say, “ An apartment of mine-yes, surely," answered a symbolum to be disbursed in other words, a mutual Lord Dalgarno,“ you shall dine at an apartment of exchange of courtesies takes place betwixt Beaujeu mine, and an apartment of yours, and of twenty and his guests. He makes them a free present of gallants besides; and where the board shall present the dinner and wine, as often as they choose to conbetter cheer, better wine, and better attendance, than sult their own felicity by frequenting his house at the if our whole united exhibitions went to maintain it. hour of noon, and they, in gratitude, make the chevaWe are going to the most noted ordinary of London." lier a present of a Jacobus. Then you must know
That is, in common language, an inn, or a ta- that, besides Comus and Bacchus, that princess of vern," said Nigel.
sublunary affairs, the Diva Fortuna, is frequently An inn, or a tavern, my most green and simple worshipped at Beaujeu's, and he, as officiating highfriend !" exclaimed Lord Dalgarno. "No, no-these priest, hath, as in reason he should, a considerable are places where greasy citizens take pipe and pot, advantage from a share of the sacrifice." where the knavish petifoggers of the law spunge on “In other words," said Lord Glenvarloch,“ this their most unhappy victims-where Templars crack man keeps a gaming-house.” jests as empty as their nuts, and where small gentry A house in which you may certainly game," said imbibe such thin potations, that they get dropsies in Lord Dalgarno, " as you may in your own chamber, stead of getting drunk. An ordinary is a late invented if you have a mind; nay, I remember old Tom Tally institution, sacred to Bacchus and Comus, where the played a hand at put for a wager with Quinze le Va, choicest noble gallants of the time meet with the first the Frenchman, during morning prayers in Saint and most ethereal wits of the age, --where the wine is Paul's; the morning was misty, and the parson drowthe very soul of the choicest grape, refined as the genius sy, and the whole audience consisted of themselves of the poet, and ancient and generous as the blood of and a blind woman, and so they escaped detection." the nobles. And then the fare is something beyond For all this, Malcolm," said the young lord, your ordinary gross terrestrial food! Sea and land gravely, "I cannot dine with you to-day at this same are ransacked to supply it; and the invention of six ordinary." ingenious cooks kept eternally upon the rack to make "And wherefore, in the name of Heaven, should their art hold pace with, and if possible enhance, the you draw back from your word ?” said Lord Dalgarno. exquisite quality of the materials."
"I do not retract my word, Malcolm; but I am * By all which rhapsody," said Lord Glenvarloch, bound, by an early promise to my father, never to "I can only understand, as I did before, that we are enter the doors of a gaming-house. going to a choice tavern, where we shall be hand- " I tell you this is none, said Lord Dalgarno; "it somely entertained, on paying probably as handsome is but, in plain terms, an eating-house, arranged on a reckoning.”
civiller terms, and frequented by better company, * Edinburgh appears to have been one of the most disorderly amuse themselves with cards and hazard, they are
than others in this town; and if some of them do towns in Europe, during the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth century. The Diary of the honest citizen Birrel, men of honour, and who play as such, and for no repeatedly records such incidents as the following: "The 24 of more than they can well afford to lose. It was not, and November (1567), a: two afternoon, the Laird of Airth and the could not be, such houses that your father desired and their followers fought a very bloody skirmish, where there you to avoid. Besides, he might as well have made were many hurt on both sides with shot of pistol.” These skir- you swear you would never take the accommodation mishes also took place in London itself. In Shadwell's play of of an inn, tavern, eating-house, or place of public rethe Scowrers, an old rake thus boasts of his early exploits :-"1 ception of any kind; for there is no such place of knew
the Hectors, and before them the Muns, and the Tityre public resort but where your eyes may be contamicould not go from the Rose Garden to the Piazza once, but he nated by the sight of a pack of pieces of painted pastemust venture his life twice, my dear Sir Willie.” But it ap board, and your ears profaned by the rattle of those penrs that the affrays, which, in the Scottish capital, arose out little spotted cubes of ivory. The difference is, that growth of the licentiousness and arrogance of young de- where we go, we may happen to see persons of qualibauchees.
ty amusing themselves with a game; and in the ordi
nary houses you will meet bullies and sharpers, who the amusement of the place, for Lord Dalgarno and will strive either to cheat or to swagger you out of other young men of quality to treat Monsieur de your money."
Beaujeu with a great deal of mock ceremony, which "I am sure you would not willingly lead me to do being observed by the herd of more ordinary and what is wrong," said Nigel ; "but my father had a simple gulls, they paid him, in clumsy imitation, horror of games of chance, religious I believe, as well much real deference. The Gascon's natural foras prudential. He judged from I know not what wardness being much enhanced by these circumcircumstance, a fallacious one I should hope, that I stances, he was often guilty of presuming beyond had a propensity to such courses, and I have told you the limits of his situation, and of course had somethe promise which he exacted from me."
times the mortification to be disagreeably driven back Now, by my honour," said Dalgarno, "what you into them. have said affords the strongest reason for my insist- When Nigel entered the mansion of this eminent ing that you go with me. A man who would shun person, which had been but of late the residence of any danger, should first become acquainted with its a great Baron of Queen Elizabeth's court, who had real bearing and extent, and that in the company of retired to his manors in the country on the death of a confidential guide and guard. Do you think I my- that princess, he was surprised at the extent of the self game? Good faith, my father's oaks grow too accommodation which it afforded, and the number of far from London, and stand too fast rooted in the guests who were already assembled. Feathers wavrocks of Perthshire, for me to troll them down with ed, spurs jingled, lace and embroidery glanced every a die, though I have seen whole forests go down like where; and, at first sight at least, it certainly made nine-pins. "No, no-these are sports for the wealthy good Lord Dalgarno's encomium, who represented Southron, not for the poor Scottish noble. The the company as composed almost entirely of youth place is an eating-house, and as such you and I will of the first quality. A more close review was not use it. If others use it to game in, it is their fault, quite so favourable. Several individuals might be but neither that of the house nor ours.'
discovered who were not exactly at their ease in the Unsatisfied with this reasoning, Nigel still insisted splendid dresses which they wore, and who, thereupon the promise he had given to his father, until his fore, might be supposed not habitually familiar with companion appeared rather displeased, and disposed such finery. Again, there were others, whose dress, to impute to him injurious and unhandsome suspi- though on a general view it did not seem inferior to cions. Lord Glenvarloch could not stand this change that of the rest of the company, displayed, on being of tone: He recollected that much was due from him observed more closely, some of those petiy expedients, to Lord Dalgarno, on account of his father's ready by which vanity endeavours to disguise poverty. and efficient friendship, and something also on ac- Nigel had very little time to make such observacount of the frank manner in which the young man tions, for the entrance of Lord Dalgarno created an himself had offered him his intimacy. He had no immediate hustle and sensation among the company, reason to doubt his assurances, that the house where as his name passed from one mouth to another. they were about to dine did not fall under the descrip- Some stood forward to gaze, others stood back to tion of places to which his father's prohibition refer- make way—those of his own rank hastened to welred; and finally, he was strong in his own resolution come him—those of inferior degree endeavoured to 10 resist every temptation to join in games of chance. catch some point of his gesture, or of his dress, to He therefore pacified Lord Dalgarno, by intimating be worn and practised upon a future occasion, as the his willingness to go along with him; and, the good newest and most authentic fashion. humour of the young courtier instantaneously return- The Genius Loci, the Chevalier himself, was not ing, he again ran on in a grotesque and rodoinontade the last to welcome this prime stay and ornament of account of the host, Monsieur de Beaujeu, which he his establishment. He came shuffling forward with did not conclude until they had reached the temple a hundred apish congés and chers milors, to express of Hospitality over which that eminent professor pre-his happiness at seeing Lord Dalgarno again. "I sided
hope you do bring back the sun with you, milor-You did carry away the sun and moon from your pauvre
Chevalier when you leave him for so long. Pardieu, CHAPTER XII.
I believe you take them away in your pockets." This is the very barn-yard,
That must have been because you left me nothWhere muster daily the prime cocks o' the game
ing else in them, Chevalier," answered Lord DalgarRurfe their pinions, crow till they are hoarse,
no ; "but Monsieur le Chevalier, I pray you to know And spar about a barleycorn. Here too chickens, The callow, uufledged brood of forward folly,
my countryman and friend, Lord Glenvarloch." Learu first to rear the crest, and aim the spur,
Ah, ha! très honoré--Je m'en souviens-oui. And tune their note like full-plumed Chanticleer. J'ai connu autrefois un Milor Kenfarloque en Ecosse.
Yes, I have memory of him-le père de milor appaThe Ordinary, now an ignoble sound, was in the remment--we were vera intimate when I was at Oly days of James, a new institution, as fashionable Root with Monsieur de la Motte-I did often play at among the youth of that age as the first-rate modern tennis vit Milor Kenfarloque at L'Abbaie d'Oly Root club-houses are amongst those of the present day: --il étoit même plus fort que moi-Ah le beaucoup de It differed chiefly, in being open to all whom good revers qu'il avoit !- I have memory, too, that he was clothes and good assurance combined to introduce among the pretty girls-ah, un vrai diable déchaine there. The company usually dined together at an - Aha! I have memory'. hour fixed, and the manager of the establishment Better have no more memory of the late Lord presided as master of the ceremonies.
Glenvarloch," said Lord Dalgarno, interrupting the Monsieur le Chevalier, (as he qualified himself,) Chevalier without ceremony; who perceived that the Saint Priest de Beaujeu, was a sharp, thin Gascon, encomium which he was about to pass on the deceasabout sixty years old, banished from his own coun- ed was likely to be as disagreeable to the son, as it try, as he said, on account of an affair of honour, in was totally undeserved by the father, who, far from which he had the misfortune to kill his antagonist, being either a gamester or libertine, as the Chevalier's though the best swordsman in the south of France. rerniniscences falsely represented him, was, on the His pretensions to quality were supported by a fea contrary, strict and severe in his course of life, almost thered hat, a long rapier, and a suit of embroidered to the extent of rigour. taffeta, not much the worse for wear, in the extreme “ You have the reason, milor," answered the fashion of the Parisian court, and Auttering, like a Chevalier, ."you have the right-Qu'est ce que nous Maypole with many knots of riband, of which it was avons a faire avec le temps passé ?-the time passed computed he bore at least five hundred yards about did belong to our fathers-our ancetres-very wellhis person. But notwithstanding this profusion of the time present is to us--they have their pretty tombs, decoration, there were many who thought Monsieur with their memories and armorials, all in brass and le Chevalier so admirably calculated for his present marbre--we have the petits plats exquis, and the situation, that nature could never have meant to soupe-a-Chevalier, which I will cause to mount up place him an inch above it. It was, however, part of Jimmediately."
So saying, he made a pirouette on his heel, and put The good wine had by this time gone so merrily his attendants in motion to place dinner on the table, round, and had such genial effect on the guests, that Dalgarno laughed, and, observing his young friend those of the lower end of the table, who had hitherto looked grave, said to him in a tone of reproach- been listeners, began, not greatly to their own credit, " Why, what !-you are not gull enough to be angry or that of the ordinary, to make innovations. with such an ass as that ?"
"You speak of the siege of Leith,” said a tall, "I keep my anger, I trust, for better purposes,' raw-boned man, with thick mustaches turned up said Lord Glenvarloch; " but I confess I was moved with a military twist, a broad buff belt, a long rapier, to hear such a fellow mention my father's name-and and other outward symbols of the honoured profesyou, too, who told me this was no gaming house, sion, which lives by killing other people, "you talk talked to him of having ft it with emptied pockets." of siege of Leith, and I have seen the place-a
man!" said Lord Dalgarno, "I spoke pretty kind of a hamlet it is, with a plain wall, or but according to the trick of the time; besides, a man rampart, and a pigeon-house or so of a rower at every must set a piece or two sometimes, or he would be angle. Uds daggers and scabbards, if a leaguer of held a cullionly niggard. But here comes dinner, and our days had been twenty-four hours, not to say so we will see whether you like the Chevalier's good many months, before it, without carrying the place cheer better than his conversation.".
and all its cocklofts, one after another by pure storm, Dinner was announced accordingly, and the two they would have deserved no better grace than the friends, being seated in the most honourable station Provost-Marshal gives when his noose is reeved." at the board, were ceremoniously attended to by the "Saar," said the Chevalier, " Monsieur le CapiChevalier, who did the honours of his table to ihem taine, I vas not at the siege of the petit Leyth, and and to the other guests, and seasoned the whole with I know not what you say about the cocklost; but I his agreeable conversation. The dinner was really will say for Monseigneur de Strozzi, that he underexcellent, in that piquant style of cookery which the stood the grande guerre, and was grand capitaine French had already introduced, and which
the home- plus grand-that is more great, it may be, than some bred young men of England, when they aspired to the of the capitaines of Angleterre, who do speak very rank of connoisseurs and persons of taste, were un- | loud-tenez, Monsieur, car c'est à vous !!! der the necessity of admiring. The wine was also .“O Monsieur," answered the swordsman, of the first quality, and circulated in great variety, know the Frenchman will fight well behind his barand no less abundance. The conversation among rier of stone, or when he is armed with back, breast, 80 many young men was, of course, light, lively, and and pot." amusing; and Nigel, whose mind had been long de- "Pot !” exclaimed the Chevalier, "what do you pressed by anxiety and misfortune, naturally found mean by pot- do you mean to insult me among my himself at ease, and his spirits raised and animated. noble guests? Saar, I have done my duty as a pauvre
Some of the company had real wit, and could use gentilhomme under the Grand Henri Quatre, both it both politely and to advantage; others were cox at Courtrai and Yvry, and, ventre saint gris! we had combs, and were laughed at without discovering it; neither pot nor marmite, but did always charge in and, again, others were originals, who seemed to our shirt." have no objection that the company should be amused “Which refutes another base scandal," said Lord with their folly instead of their wit. And almost all Dalgarno, laughing, "alleging that linen was scarce the rest who played any prominent part in the con- among the French gentlemen-at-arms." versation, had either the real tone of good society “Gentlemen out at arms and elbows both, you which belonged to the period, or the jargon which mean, my lord,” said the captain, from the bottom often passes current for it.
of the table. Craving your lordship's pardon, I do In short, the company and conversation was so know something of these same gens-d'armes." agreeable, that Nigel's rigour was softened by it, "We will spare your knowledge at present, captain, even towards the master of ceremonies, and he and save your modesty at the same time the trouble listened with patience to various details which the of telling us how that knowledge was acquired,' Chevalier de Beaujeu, seeing, as he said, that Milor's answered Lord Dalgarno, rather contemptuously. taste lay for the "curieux and l'utile," 'chose to ad- “I need not speak of'it, my lord,” said the man dress to him in particular, on the subject of cookery. of war; "the world knows it-all, perhaps, but the To gratify, at the same time, the taste for antiquity, men of mohair--the poor sneaking citizens of Lonwhich he somehow supposed that his new guest pos- don, who would see a man of valour cat his very sessed, he launched out in commendation of the hilts for hunger, ere they would draw a farthing great artists of former days, particularly one whom from their long purses to relieve them. O, if a band he had known in his youth, “Maitre de Cuisine to of the honest fellows I have seen were once to come the Maréchal Strozzi-irès bon gentil homme pour- near that cuckoo's nest of theirs!" tant;" who had maintained his master's table with "A cuckoo's nest !-and that said of the city of twelve covers every day during the long and severe London !" said a gallant who sat on the opposite plockade of le petit Leyth, although he had nothing side of the table, and who, wearing a splendid and þetter to place on it than the quarter of a carrion- fashionable dress, seemed yet scarce at home in ithorse now and then, and the grass and weeds that “I will not brook to hear that repeated.”+ grew on the ramparts. "Despardieux c'étoit un + The quarrel in this chapter between the pretended captain homme superbe! With one thistle-head, and a nettle and the citizen of London, is taken from a burlesque poem or two, he could make a soupe for twenty, guests- Wood street, so called. It is a piece of low bumour, which
liad an haunch of a little puppy-dog made a roti des plus at the time very considerable vogue. The prisoners, it sceins, excellens; but his coup de maitre was when the ren- had fallen into
a dispute amongst themselves which calling dition-what you call the surrender, took place and was of most ropute," and a lawyer put in his claim to be mos appened ; and then, dieu me damme, he made out of highly considered. The man of war repelled his pretence with
much arrogance. the hind quarter of one salted horse, forty-five cou
"* Wer't not for us, thou swad,' quoth he verts; that the English and Scottish officers and
'Where wouldst thou say to get a fee ? nobility, who had the honour to dine with Mon. But to defend such things as thee seigneur upon the rendition, could not tell what the
Tis pity ;
For such as you esteem us least, devil any one of them were made upon at all."
Who ever have been ready prest * The exertion of French ingenuity mentioned in the text is
To guard you and your cuckoo's nest, noticed by some authorities of the period; the siege of Leith
The City.'” was also distinguished by the protracted obstinacy of the be
The offence is no sooner given than it is caught up by a galsieged, in which was displayed all that the age possessed of de lant citizen, a goldsmith, named Ellis. sensive war, so that Bran torne records that those who witnessed
"Of London city I am free, this siege, had, from that very circumstance, a degree of conse
And there I first my wife did sce, G'ience yielded to their persons and opinions. He tells a story of
And from that very cause,' said he, Strozzi himself, from which it appears that his jests lay a good deal in the line of the cuisine. He caused a mule to be stolen
And he that calls it cuckoo's nest, from one Brusquet, on whom he wished to play a trick, and
Except he say he speaks in jest, served up the flesh of that unclean animal so well disguised,
He is a villain and a beast, that it passed with Brusquet for venison.
l'll prove it!
I love it.