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"I could be of little service," said Richie, "since "No man dare say so !" replied Nigel, very angrily. you purpose to hire another
I play with whom I please, but I will only play for "Why, thoạ jealous ass," said the young lord, what stake I please.". "will not thy load of duty lie the lighter?-Go, take * That is just what they say, my lord," said the thy breakfast, and drink thy ale double strong, io put unmerciful Richie, whose natural love of lecturing, as such absurdities out of thy head-I could be angry well as his bluntness of feeling, prevented him from with thee for thy folly, man--but I remember how having any idea of the pain which he was inflicting thou hast stuck to me in adversity.".
on luis master; "these are even their own very words. Adversity, my lord, should never have parted us," It was but yesterday your lordship was pleased, at said Richie;"methinks, had the warst come to warst, that same ordinary, to win from yonder young haffing I could have starved as gallantly as your lordship, or gentleman, with the crimson velvet doublet, and the more so, being in some sort used to it; for, though I cock's feather in his beaver-him, I mean, who was bred at a fesher's stall, I have not through my fought with the ranting captain-a matter of five life had a constant intimacy with collops.".
pounds, or thereby. I saw him come through the 'Now, what is the meaning of all this trash ?" | hall; and, if he was not cleaned out of cross and said Nigel;
no other end than to provoke pile, I never saw a ruined man in my life.” my patience? You know well enough, thai, had I Impossible!" said Lord Glenvarloch-"Why, twenty serving-men, I would hold the faithful fol- who is he? he looked like a man of substance." lower that stood by me in my distress the most valu- All is not gold that glistens, my lord," replied ed of them all. But it is totally out of reason to Richie; "'broidery and bullion buttons make bare plague me with your solemn capriccios."
pouches. And if you ask who he is--maybe I have a My lord,” said Richie, "in declaring your trust guess, and care not to tell." in me, you have done what is honourable to yourself, At least, if I have done any such a fellow an if I may with humility say so much, and in no way injury,” said the Lord Nigel, "let me know how I undeserved on my side. Nevertheless, we must part. can repair it."
“Body of me, man, why ?" said Lord Nigel; "what "Never fash your beard about that, my lord, --with reason can there be for it, if we are mutually satis- reverence always,” said Richie," he shall be suitafied ?"
bly cared after. Think on him but as ane wha was "My lord,” said Richie Moniplies, "your lordship's running post to the devil, and got a shouldering occupations are such as I cannot own or counte- from your lordship to help him on his journey.
But nance by my presence."
I will stop him, if reason can; and so your lordship How now, sirrah!" said his master angrily. needs ask nae mair about it, for there is no use in "Under favour, my lord," replied his domestic, "it your knowing it, but much the contrair." is unequal dealing to be equally offended by my speech "Hark you sirrah,” said his master, "I have borne and by my silence. If you can hear with patience with you thus far, for certain reasons; but abuse my the grounds of my departure, it may be, for aught I good-nature no farther-and since you must needs go, know, the better for you here and hereafter—if not, why, go a God's name, and here is to pay your jourlet me have may license of departure in silence, and ney: So saying, he put gold into his hand, which so no more about it."
Richie told over, piece by piece, with the utmost ac" Go to, sir!" said Nigel; "speak out your mind-curacy. only remember to whom you speak it.",
Is it all right-or are they wanting in weight-or "Weel, weel, my lord - 1 speak it with humility;" what the devil keeps you, when your hurry was so (never did Richie look with more starched dignity great five minutes since ?" said the young lord, now than when he uttered the word ;) but do you think thoroughly nettled at the presumptuous precision with this dicing and card-shuffling, and haunting of taverns which Richie dealt forth his canons of morality. and playhouses, suits your lordship--for I am sure it "The tale of coin is complete,” said Richie
, with does not suit me?"
the most imperturbable gravity; "and, for the weight, Why, you are not turned precisian or puritan, though they are sae scrupulous in this town, as make foo! ?" said Lord Glenvarloch, laughing, though be- mouths at a piece that is a wee bit light, or that twixt resentment and shame, it cost him some trouble has been cracked within the ring, my sooth, they to do so.
will jump at them in Edinburgh like a cock at a My lord,” replied the follower, "I ken the pur- grosart. Gold pieces are not so plenty there, the mair portof your query. I am, it may be, a little of a precisian, the pity!" and I wish to Heaven I was mair worthy of the name; “The more is your folly, then," said Nigel, whose but let that be a pass-over.--I have stretched the anger was only momentary, that leave the land duties of a serving-man as far as my northern con- where there is enough of them." science will permit. I can give my gude word to my My d," said Richie, "to be round with you, the master, or to my native country, when I am in a grace of God is better than gold pieces. When Gobforeign land, even though I should leave downright lin, as you call yonder
Monsieur Lutin,-and you truth a wee bit behind me. Ay, and I will take or might as well call him Gibbet, since that is what he give a slash with ony man that speaks to the deroga- is like to end in,-shall recommend a page to you, ye tion of either. But this chambering, dicing, and play, will hear little such doctrine as ye have heard from haunting, is not my element-I can not draw breath me.--And if they were my last words," he said, in it-and when I hear of your lordship winning the raising his voice, "I would say you are misled, and siller that some poor creature may full sairly mişs, are forsaking the paths which your honourable father by my saul, if it wad serve your necessity, rather than trode in ; and, what is more, you are going-still you gained it from him, I wad tak a jump over the under correction-to the devil with a dishclout, for ye hedge with your lordship, and cry: Stand!' to the first are laughed at by them that lead you into these dísgrazie; we met, that was coming from Smithfield with ordered bypaths. the price of his Essex calves in his leathern pouch." Laughed at !" said Nigel, who, like others of his
You are a simpleton," said Nigel, who felt, how- age, was more sensible to ridicule than to reasonever, much conscience-struck ; I never play but for "Who dares laugh at me ?" small sums.'
“My lord, as sure as I live by bread-nay, more, as “Ay, my lord,” replied the unyielding domestic, "and I am a true man-and, I think, your lordship never -still with reverence-it is even sae much the waur. found Richie's tongue bearing aught but the truth, If you played with your equals, there might be like unless that your lordship's credit, my country's profit, sin, but there wad be mair warldly honour in it. or, it may be, some sma' occasion of my ain, made it Your lordship kens, or may ken by experience of your unnecessary to promulgate the haill veritie, --I say ain, whilk is not as yet mony weeks auld, that small then, as I am a true man, when I saw that puir creasums can ill be missed by those that have nane larger; ture come through the ha', at that ordinary, whilk is and I maun e'en be plain with you, that men notice accurst (Heaven forgive me for swearing!) of God it of your lordship, that ye play wi' nane but the mis- and man, with his teeth set, and his hands clenched, guided creatures that can but afford to lose bare and his bonnet drawn over his brows like a desperate stakes."
man, Goblin said to me, "There goes a dunghill
chicken, that your master has plucked clean enough; his former resentment, could now scarcely forbear it will be long ere his lordship ruffle a feather with a laughing. cock of the game. And so, my lord, to speak it out, "I put on a look, my lord,” replied Richie, bending the lackeys, and the gallants, and more especially his solemn brows, that suld give her a heart-scald your sworn brother, Lord Dalgarno, call you the of walking on such errands. I laid her enormities sparrow-hawk.--I had some thought to have cracked clearly before her, and I threatened her, in sae mony Lutin's pate for the speech, but, after a', the contro- words, that I would have her to the ducking-stool ; versy was not worth it."
and she, on the contrair part, miscawed me for a "Do they use such terms of me?'' said Lord Nigel. froward northern tyke-and so we parted never to "Death and the devil !"
meet again, as I hope and trust. And so I stood be" And the devil's dam, my lord,” answered Richie; tween your lordship and that temptation, which " they are all three busy in London.-And, besides, might have been worse than the ordinary, or the Lutin and his master laughed at you, my lord, for playhouse either ; since you wot well what Solomon, letting it be thought that-1 shame to speak it--that King of the Jews, sayeth of the strange woman-for, ye were over well with the wife of the decent honest said I to mysell
, we have taken to dicing already, and man whose house you but now left, as not sufficient if we take to drabbing next, the Lord kens what we for your new bravery, whereas they said, the licen- may land in !" tious scoffers, that you pretended to such favour when "Your impertinence deserves correction, but it is you had not courage enough for so fair a quarrel, and the last which, for a time at least, I shall have to forthat the sparrow-hawk was too craven-crested to fly give-and I forgive it,” said Lord Glenvarloch ; "and, at the wife of a cheesemonger."-He stopped a mo- since we are to part, Richie, I will say no more rement, and looked fixedly in his master's face, which specting your precautions on my account, than that I was inflamed with shame and anger, and then pro- think you might have left me to act according to my ceeded. "My lord, I did you justice in my thought, own judgment.” and myself too; for, thought I, he would have been "Mickle better not,” answered Richie-"mickle as deep in that sort of profligacy, as in others, if it better not;, we are a' frail creatures, and can judge hadna been Richie's fou havet.”
better for ilk ither than in our ain cases. And for me, "What new nonsense you got to plague me even myself, saving that case of the Siffication, with ?" said Lord Nigel. " But go on, since it is the which might have happened to ony one, I have allast time I am to be tormented with your imperti- ways observed myseli to be much more prudential nence, go on, and make the most of your time. in what I have done in your lordship's behalf, than
" In troth,' said Richie, "and so will I even do. even in what I have been able to transact for my And as Heaven has bestowed on me a tongue to own interest-whilk last, I have, indeed, always speak and to advise"
postponed, as in duty I ought." Which talent you can by no means be accused of "I do believe thou hast," said Lord Nigel," having suffering to remain idle,” said Lord Glenvarloch, ever found thee true and faithful. And since London interrupting him.
pleases you so little, I will bid you a short farewell; and " True, my lord,” said Richie again waving his you may go down to Edinburgh until I come thither hand, as if to bespeak his master's silence and atten- myself, when I trust you will re-enter into my service." tion;" so, I trust, you will think some time hereafter. Now, heaven bless you, my lord,” said Richie MoAnd, as I am about to leave your service, it is proper niplies, with uplifted eyes; "for that word sounds more that ye suld know the truth, that ye may consider like grace than ony has come out of your mouth this the snares to which your youth and innocence may fortnight. - I give you godd'en, my lord.” be exposed, when aulder and doucer heads are with- So saying, he thrust forth his immense bony hand, drawn from beside you. There has been a lusty, seized on that of Lord Glenvarloch, raised it to his good-looking kimmer, of some forty, or bygane, lips, then turned short on his heel, and left the room making mony speerings about you, my lord.” hastily, as if afraid of showing more emotion than was
"Well, sir, what did she want with me?" said consistent with his ideas of decorum. Lord Nigel, Lord Nigel.
rather surprised at his sudden exit, called after him to " At first, my Lord,” replied his sapient follower, know whether he was sufficiently provided with moas she seemed to be a well-fashioned woman, and ney; but Richie, shaking his head, without making to take pleasure in sensible company, I was no way any other answer, ran hastily down stairs, shut the reluctant to admit her to my conversation."
street-door heavily behind him, and was presently seen "I dare say not," said Lord Nigel ; "nor unwilling striding along the Strand. to tell her about my private affairs."
His master almost involuntarily watched and dis"Not I, truly, my lord,” said the attendant;-"for, tinguished the tall raw-boned figure of his late folthough she asked me mony questions about your lower, from the window, for some ime, until he was fame, your fortune, your business here, and such like, lost among the crowd of passengers. Nigel's reflecI did not think it proper to tell her altogether the tions were not altogether those of self-approval. It truth thereanent."
was no good sign of his course of life, (he could not "I see no call on you whatever,” said Lord Nigel, help acknowledging this much to himself,), that so
to tell the woman either truth or lies upon what she faithful an adherent no longer seemed to feel the same had nothing to do with."
pride in his service, or attachment to his person, which "I thought so, too my lord,” replied Richie, "and he had formerly manifested. Neither could be avoid so I told her neither."
experiencing some twinges of conscience, while he "And what did you tell her, then, you eternal felt in some degree the charges which Richie had prebabbler ?" said his master, impatient of his prate, yet ferred against him, and experienced a sense of shame curious to know what it was all to end in.
and mortification, arising from the colour given by "I told her," said Richie," about your
warldly for- others to that, which he himself would have called tune, and sae forth, something whilk is not truth just his caution and moderation in play: He had only the at this time; but which hath been truth formerly, suld apology, that it had never occurred to himself in this be truth now, and will be truth again,-and that was, light. that you were in possession of your fair lands, whilk Then his pride and self-love suggested, that, on the ye are but in right of as yet. Pleasant communing other hand, Richie, with all his good intentions, was we had on that and other topics, until she showed the little better than a conceited, pragmatical domestic, cloven root, beginning to confer with me about some who seemed disposed rather to play the tutor than wench that she said had a good-will to your lordship, the lackey, and who, out of sheer love, as he alleged, and fain she would have spoken with you in particu-to his master's person, assumed the privilege of interlar anent it; but when I heard of such inklings, I fering with, and controlling, his actions, besides renbegan to suspect she was little better than—whew!" dering him ridiculous in the gay world, from the an-Here he concluded his narrative with a low, but very tiquated formality, and intrusive presumption, of his expressive whistle.
And what did your wisdom do in these circum- Nigel's eyes were scarce turned from the window, stances ?" said Lord Nigel, who, notwithstanding when his new landlord entering, presented to him á
A luckless lev'ret met him on his way.
slip of paper, carefully bound round with a string of mounted with a well-worn beaver, þearing a black Hox-silk and sealed-it had been given in, he said, by velvet band for a chain, and a capon's feather for an a woman, who did not stop an instant. The contents ostrich plume. harped upon the same string which Richie Moniplies Lord Glenvarloch would fain have made his escape, had already jarred. The epistle was in the following but, as our motto intimates, a leveret had as little words:
chance to free herself of an experienced greyhound. “For the Right Honourable hands of Lord Glenvarloch. Sir Mungo, to continue the simile, had long ago
"These, from a friend unknown :- learned to run cunning, and make sure of mouth"My LORD-You are trusting to an unhonestling his game. So Nigel found himself compelled to friend, and diminishing an honest reputation. An un- stand and answer the hackneyed question="What known but real friend of your lordship will speak in news to-day.?" one word what you would not learn from flatterers "Nothing extraordinary, I believe," answered the in so many days, as should suffice for your utter ruin, young nobleman, attempụng to pass on. He whom you think most true--I say your friend "O, ye are ganging to the French ordinary belive," Lord Dalgarno-is utterly false to you, and doth but replied the knight; but it is early day yet-we will seek, under pretence of friendship, to mar your
fortune, take a turn in the Park in the meanwhile it will and diminish the good name by which you mighi sharpen your appetite." mend it. The kind countenance which he shows to So saying, he quietly slipped his arm under Lord you, is more dangerous than the Prince's frown; even Glenvarloch's, in spite of all the decent reluctance as to gain at Beaujeu's ordinary, is more discreditable which his victim could exhibit, by keeping his elbow than to lose. Beware of both.-And this is all from close to his side; and having fairly grappled the your true but nameless friend,
prize, he proceeded to take it in tow. IGNOTO."
Nigel was sullen and silent, in hopes to shake off Lord Glenvarloch paused for an instant, and crush- his unpleasant companion; but Sir Mungo was deed the paper together-then again unfolded and read termined, that if he did not speak, he should at least it with attention-bent his brows-mused for a mo- hear. ment, and then tearing it to fragments, exclaimed, "Ye are bound for the ordinary, my lord ?" said
Begone for a vile calumny! But I will watch-I will the cynic ;-"weel, ye canna do better-ihere is choice observe''
company there, and peculiarly selected, as I am Thought after thought rushed on him; but, upon tauld, being, dootless, sic as it is desirable that young the whole, Lord Glenvarloch was so little satisfied noblemen should herd withal--and your noble father with the result of his own reflections, that he resolved wad have been blithe to see you keeping such worto dissipate them by a walk in the Park, and, taking shipful society;' his cloak and beaver, went thither accordingly. * I believe," said Lord Glenvarloch, thinking him
self obliged to say something, " that the society is
as good as generally can be found in such places, CHAPTER XV.
where the door can scarcely be shut against those
who come to spend their money;". 'Twas when fleet Snowball's head was waxen gray
“Right, my lord-vera right," said his tormentor, Who knows not Snowball-he, whose race renown'd
bursting out into a chuckling, but most discordant Is still victorious on each coursing ground?
laugh. "These citizen chuffs and clowns will press Swaff ham, Newmarket, and the Roman Camp,
in amongst us, when there is but an inch of a door Have seen them victors o'er each meaner stamp.In vain the youngling sought, with doubling wile,
open. And what remedy ?-Just e'en this, that as The hedge, the hill, the thicket, or the stile.
their cash gies them confidence, we should strip Experience sago the lack of speed supplied,
them of it. Flay them, my lord-singe them as the And in the gap he sought, the victim died.
kitchen wench does the rats, and then they winna So was I once, in thy fair street, Saint James, Through walking cavaliers, and car-borne dames,
long to come back again.-- Ay, ay-pluck them, Descried, pursued, turn'd o'er again, and o’er,
plume them--and then the larded capons will not be Coursed, coted, mouth'd by an unseeling bore.
for flying so high a wing, my lord, among the goss&c. &c. &c.
hawks and sparrow-hawks, and the like." The Park of Saint James's, though enlarged, plant- And, therewithal, Sir Mungo fixed on Nigel his ed with verdant alleys, and otherwise decorated by quick, 'sharp, gray eye, watching the effect of his Charles II., existed in the days of his grandfather, as sarcasm as keenly as the surgeon, in a delicate opea public and pleasant promenade; and, for the sake ration, remarks the progress of his anatomical scalpel. of exercise or pastime, was much frequented by the Nigel, however willing to conceal his sensations, better classes.
could not avoid gratifying his tormentor by wincing Lord Glenvarloch repaired thither to dispel the un- under the operation. He coloured with vexation pleasant reflections which had been suggested by his and anger; but a quarrel with Sir Mungo Malaparting with his trusty squire, Richie Moniplies, in a growther would, he felt, be unutterably ridiculous; manner which was agreeable neither to his pride nor and he only muttered to himself the words, 'Imperhis feelings; and by the corroboration which the hints tinent coxcomb!" which, on this occasion, Sir Munof his late attendant had received from the anony- go's imperfection of organ did not prevent him from mous letter mentioned in the end of the last chapter. I hearing and replying 10. There was a considerable number of company in · Ay, ay-vera true,'
" exclaimed the caustic old the Park when he entered it, but, his present state of courtier-"Impertinent coxcombs they are, that thus mind inducing him to avoid society, he kept aloof intrude themselves on the society of their betters ; from the more frequented walks towards Westmin- but your lordship kens how to gar them as gude-ye ster and Whitehall, and drew to the north, or, as we have the trick on't.-They had a braw sport in the should now say, the Piccadilly verge of the enclosure, presence last Friday, how ye suld have routed a believing he might there enjoy, or rather combat, his young shopkeeper, horse and foot, ta'en his spolia own thoughts unmolested.
opima, and a' the specie he had about him, down to In this, however, Lord Glenvarloch was mistaken the very 'silver buttons of his cloak, and sent him for, as he strolled slowly along with his arms folded to graze with Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. in his cloak, and his hat drawn over his eyes, he was Muckle honour redounded to your lordship thereby.suddenly pounced upon by Sir Mungo Malagrowther, We were tauld the loon threw himself into the Thames who, either shunning or shunned, had retreated, or in a fit of desperation. There's enow of them behad been obliged to retreat, to the same less frequent- hind-there was mair tint on Flodden-edge." ed corner of the Park.
"You have been told a budget of lies, so far as I Nigel started when he heard the high, sharp, and am concerned, Sir Mungo," said Nigel, speaking querulous tones of the knight's cracked voice, and loud and sternly. was no less alarmed when he beheld his tall thin "Vera likely-vera likely," said the unabashed and figure hobbling towards him, wrapped in a threadbare undismayed Sir Mungo; "naething but lies are curcloak, on whose surface ten thousand varied stains rent in the circle. -So 'the chield is not drowned, eclipsed the original scarlet, and having his head sur- I then ?-the mair's the pity.- But I never believed thai
part of the story-a London dealer has mair wit in 1. "My father was right,” said Lord Glenvarloch, in his anger. I dare swear the lad has a bonny broom- the bitterness of his spirit; "and his curse justly folshank in his hand by this time, and is scrubbing the lowed me when I first entered that place. There is kennels in quest after rusty nails, to help him to be contamination in the air, and he whose fortune avoids gin his pack again.--He has three bairns, they say ; ruin, shall be blighted in his honour and reputation." they will help him bravely to grope in the gutters. Sir Mungo, who watched his victim with the deYour good lordship may have the ruining of him lighted yet wary eye of an experienced angler, became again, my lord, if they have any luck in strand- now aware, that if he strained the line on him too scouring.
tightly, there was every risk of his breaking hold. In ** This is more than intolerable," said Nigel, uncer- order to give him room, therefore, to play, he protesttain whether to make an angry vindication of his ed that Lord Glenvarloch "should not take his free character, or to fling the old tormentor from his arm. speech in malam partem. If you were a trifle ower But an instant's recollection convinced him, that to sicker in your amusement, my lord, it canna be dedo either, would only give an air of truth and con- nied that it is the safest course to prevent farther ensistency to the scandals which he began to see were dangerment of your somewhat dilapidated fortunes; affecting his character, both in the
higher and lower and if ye play with your inferiors, ye are relieved of circles. Hastily, therefore, he formed the wiser reso- the pain of pouching the siller of your friends and lution, to endure Sir Mungo's studied impertinence, equals; forbye, that the plebeian knaves have had the under the hope of ascertaining, if possible, from advantage, tecum certasse, as Ajax Telamon sayeth, what source those reports arose which were so pre- apud Metamorphoseos ; and for the like of them to judicial to his reputation.
have played with ane Scottish nobleman, is an hoSir Mungo, in the meanwhile, caught up, as usual, nesi and honourable consideration to compensate the Nigel's last words, or rather the sound of them, am- loss of their stake, whilk, I dare say, moreover, maist plified and interpreted them in his own way. Tol- of the churls can weel afford." erable luck!” he repeated; "yes, truly, my lord, I am "Be that as it may, Sir Mungo," said Nigel, “I told that you have tolerable luck, and that ye ken would fain know"weel how to use that jilting quean, Dame Fortune, "Ay, ay,” interrupted Sir Mungo ; "and as you say, like a canny douce lad, willing to warm yourself in who cares whether the fat bulls of Bashan can spare her smiles, without exposing yourself to her frowns, it or no? gentlemen are not to limit their sport for and that is what I ca' having luck in a bag." the like of them." "Sir Mungo Malagrowther," said Lord Glenvar- "I
wish to know, Sir Mungo,” said Lord Glenvarloch, turning towards him seriously, "have the good-loch,“ in what company
you have learned these ofness to hear me for a moment."
fensive particulars respecting me?" "As weel as I can, my lord-as weel as I can," said Dootless-dootless, my lord,” said Sir Mungo; Sir Mungo, shaking his head, and pointing the finger I have ever heard, and have ever reported, that your of his left hand to his ear.
lordship kept the best of company in a private way. "I will try to speak very distinctly," said Nigel, -- There is the fine Countess of Blackchester, but I arming himself with patience. "You take me for a think she stirs not much
abroad since her affair with noted gamester; I give you my word that you have his Grace of Buckingham; and there is the gude auldnot been rightly informed-I am none such. You fashioned Scottish nobleman, Lord Huntinglen, an owe me some explanation, at least, respecting the undeniable man of quality-it
is pity but he could source from which you have derived such false infor- keep caup and can frae his head, whilk now and then mation."
doth 'minish his reputation. And there is the gay, "I never heard ye were a great gamester and nev-young Lord Dalgarno, that carries the craft of gray er thought or said ye were such, my lord,” said Sir hairs under his curled love-locks-a fair race they
are, Mungo, who found it impossible to avoid hearing father, daughter, and son, all of the same honourable what Nigel said with peculiarly deliberate and
dis- family. I think we needna speak of George Heriot, tinct pronunciation. I repeat it, I never heard, honest man, when we have nobility in question. So said, or thought that you were a ruffling gamester, that is the company I have heard of your keeping, my -such as they call those of the first head.-Look lord, out-taken
those of the ordinary.” you, my lord, I call him a gamester, that plays with My company has not, indeed, been much more equal stakes and equal skill, and stands by the for- extended than amongst those you mention," said tune of the game, good or bad ; and I call him a Lord Glenvarloch; "but in short niffling gamester, or ane of the first head, who ven- "To Court?” said Sir Mungo," that was just what tures frankly and deeply upon such a wager. But I was going to say-Lord Dalgarno says he cannot he, my lord, who has the patience and prudence nev- prevail on ye to come to Court, and that does ye prear to venture beyond small game, such as, at most
, judice, my lord--the King hears of you by others, might crack the Christmas-box of a grocer's 'pren- when he should see you in person-I speak in serious tice, who vies with those that have little to hazard, friendship, my lord. His Majesty, when you were and who therefore, having the larger stock, can al- named in the circle short while since, was heard to ways rook them by waiting for his good fortune, and say, Jacta est alea !--Glenvarlochides is turned dicer by rising from the game when luck leaves him-such and drinker.' -My Lord Dalgarno took your part, a one as he, my lord, I do not call a great gamester, and he was een borne down by the popular voice of to whatever other name he may be entitled." the courtiers, who spoke of you as one who had be
"And such a mean-spirited, sordid wretch, you taken yourself to living a town life, and risking your would infer that I am," replied Lord Glenvarloch; baron's coronet amongst the flatcaps of the city! "one who fears the skilful, and preys upon the igno- And this was publicly spoken of me," said Nigel, rant-who avoids playing with his equals that he may "and in the King's presence ?" make sure of pillaging his inferiors ?-Is this what I "Spoken openly ?" repeated Sir Mungo Malaam to understand has been reported of me?" growther; "ay, by my troth was it-that is to say, it
Nay, my lord, you will gain nought by speaking was whispered privately--whilk is as open promulgabig with me," said Sir Mungo, who, besides that his tion as the thing permitted ; for ye may think
the sarcastic humour was really supported by a good fund Court is not like a place where men are as sib as of animal courage, had also full reliance on the im-Simmie and his brother, and roar out their minds as munities which he had derived from the broadsword if they were at an ordinary." of Sir Rullion Rattray, and the baton of the satellites 'A curse on the Court and the ordinary both!" employed by the Lady Cockpen. “And for the truth cried Nigel, impatiently. of the matter," he continued, "your lordship best "With all my heart," said the knight; "I have got knows whether you ever lost more than five pieces at little by a knight's service in the Court; and the last a time since you frequented Beaujeu's—whether you time I was at the ordinary, I lost
four angels." have not most commonly risen a winner--and whe- “May I pray of you, Sir Mungo, to let me know," ther the brave younggallants who frequent the ordina- said Nigel," the names
of those who thus make free ry-I mean those of noble rank, and means conform with the character of one who can be but little
known ing-are in use to play upon those terms ?" to them, and who never injured any of them ?"
"Have I not told you already,'' answered Sirlar fate attended this accomplished courtier, in being Mungo, " that the King said something to that effect at once the reigning favourite of a father and son so --so did the Prince too ;-and such being the case, very opposite in manners, that, to ingratiate himself ye may take it on your corporal oath, that every man with the youthful Prince, he was obliged to compress in the circle who was not silent, sung the same song within the strictest limits of respectful observance as they did.”
the frolicsome and free humour which captivated his You said but now,” replied Glenvarloch, “that aged father. Lord Dalgarno interfered in my behalf.”
It is true, Buckingham well knew the different dis"In good troth did he," answered Sir Mungo, with positions both of James and Charles, and had no a sneer; " but the young nobleman was soon borne difficulty in so conducting himself as to maintain the down-by token, he had something of a catarrh, and highest post in the favour of both. It has indeed spoke as hoarse as a roopit raven. Poor gentleman, been supposed, as we before hinted, that the Duke, if he had had his full extent of voice, he would have when he had completely possessed himself of the afbeen as well listened to, dootless, as in a cause of his fections of Charles, retained his hold in those of the ain, whilk no man kens better how to plead to pur- father only by the tyranny of custom; and that pose. -And let me ask you, by the way," continued James, could he have brought himself to form a viŞir Mungo, "whether Lord Dalgarno has ever intro- gorous resolution, was, in the latter years of his life duced your lordship to the Prince, or the Duke of Buck- especially, not unlikely to have discarded Buckingingham, either of whom might soon carry through ham from his counsels and favour. But if ever the your suit ?”
King indeed meditated such a change, he was 100 "I have no claim on the favour of either the Prince timid, and too much accustomed to the influence or the Duke of Buckingham," said Lord Glenvar- which the Duke had long exercised over him, to loch.-"As you seem 10 have made my affairs your summon up resolution enough for effecting such a study, Sir Mungo, although perhaps something un- purpose; and al all events it is certain, that Bucknecessarily, you may have heard that I have peri- ingham, though surviving the master by whom he tioned my Sovereign for payment of a debt due to was raised, had the rare chance to experience no my family. I cannot doubt the King's desire to do wane of the most splendid court-favour during two justice, nor can I in decency employ the solicitation reigns, until it was at once eclipsed in his blood by of his Highness the Prince, or his Grace the Duke of the dagger of his assassin Felton. Buckingham, to obtain from his Majesty what either To return from this digression : The Prince, with should be granted me as a right, or refused alto- his train, advanced, and were near the place where gether."
Lord Glenvarloch and Sir Mungo had stood aside, Sir Mungo twisted his whimsical features into one according to form, in order to give the Prince pasof his most grotesque sneers, as he replied
sage, and to pay the usual marks of respect. Nigel "It is a vera clear and parspicuous position of the could now remark that Lord Dalgarno walked close case, my lord; and in relying thereupon, you show behind the Duke of Buckingham, and, as he thought, an absolute and unimprovable acquaintance with the whispered something in his ear as they cameonward. King, Court, and mankind in general.---But whom At any rate, both the Prince's and Duke of Buckinghave we got here?-Stand up, my lord, and make ham's attention seemed 10 be directed by some cirway-by my word of honour, they are the very men cumstance towards Nigel, for they turned their heads we spoke of-talk of the devil, and-humph!" in that direction and looked at him attentively-the
It must be here premised, that during the conver- Prince with a countenance, the grave, melancholy sation, Lord Glenvarloch, perhaps in the hope of expression of which was blended with severity; while shaking himself free of Sir Mungo, had directed their Buckingham's looks evinced some degree of scornful walk towards the more frequented part of the Park ; triumph. Lord Dalgarno did not seem to observe his while the good knight had stuck to him, being totally friend, perhaps because the sunbeams fell from the indifferent which way they went, provided he could side of the walk on which Nigel stood, obliging Malkeep his talons clutched upon his companion. They colm to hold up his hat to screen his eyes. were still, however, at some distance from the livelier As the Prince passed, Lord Glenvarloch and Sir part of the scene, when Sir Mungo's experienced eye Mungo bowed, as respect required; and the Prince, noticed the appearances which occasioned the latter returning their obeisance with that grave ceremony part of his speech to Lord Glenvarloch.
which paid to every rank its due, but not a tittle be. A low respectful murmur arose among the nume- yond it, signed to Sir Mungo to come forward. Comrous groups of persons which occupied the lower part mencing an apology for his lameness as he started, of the Park. They first clustered together, with their which he had just completed as his hobbling gait faces turned towards Whitehall
, then fell back on brought him up to the Prince, Sir Mungo lent an ateither hand to give place to a splendid party of gal- tentive, and, as it seemed, an intelligent ear, to ques. lants, who, advancing from the Palace, came onward tions, asked in a tone so low, that the knight would through the Park; all the other company drawing
off certainly have been deaf to them had they been put to the pathway, and standing uncovered as they passed. him by any one under the rank of Prince of Wales.
Most of these courtly gallants were dressed in the After about a minute's conversation, the Prince begarb which the pencil of Vandyke has made fami- stowed on Nigel the embarrassing notice of another liar even at the distance of nearly two centuries; fixed look, touched his hat slightly to Sir Mungo, and and which was just at this period beginning to su: walked on. persede the more fluttering and frivolous dress which "It is even as I suspected, my lord,” said Sir had been adopted from the French court of Henri Mungo, with an air which he designed to be melan. Quatre.
choly and sympathetic, but which, in fact, resembled The whole train were uncovered excepting the the grin of an ape when he has mouthed a scalding Prince of Wales, afterwards the most unfortunate of chestnut-"Ye have back-friends, my lord, that is, British monarchs, who came onward, having his unfriends-or, to be plain, enemies-about the person long curled auburn tresses, and his countenance, of the Prince." which, even in early youth, bore a shade of antici- “I am sorry to hear it," said Nigel; “but I would pated melancholy, shaded by the Spanish hat and I knew what they accuse me of." the single ostrich feather which drooped from it. On Ye shall hear, my lord,” said Sir Mungo, the his right hand was Buckingham, whose command- Prince's vera words Sir Mungo,' said he, I rejoice ing, and at the same time graceful, deportment, threw to see you, and am glad your rheumatic troubles peralmost into shade the personal demeanour and ma- mit you to come hither for exercise.'—I bowed, as jesty of the Prince on whom he attended. The eye, in duty bound-ye might remark, my lord, that I did movements, and gestures, of the great courtier, were so, whilk formed the first branch of our conversation. so composed, so regularly observant of all etiquette - His Highness then demanded of me, 'if he with belonging to his situation, as to form a marked and whom I stood, was the young Lord Glenvarloch. I strong contrast with the forward gayety and frivolity answered, that you were such, for his Highness's by which he recommended himself to the favour of service;' whilk was the second branch.- Thirdly, his his “dear dad and gossip,” King James. A singu- | Highness, resuming the argument, said, that 'truly he