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little friend with small but elegant presents, and en.
CHAPTER XIX. tertain her by a display of foreign ranties and curiosities, many of them of considerable value. Sometimes By this good light, a wench of matchless mettle!
This were a leaguer.lass to love a soldier, the time was passed in a way much less agreeable to
To bind his wounds, and kiss his bloody brow, Margaret, by her receiving lessons from Pauline in
And sing a roundel as she help'd to arm him, the use of the needle. But, although her preceptress Though the rough foeman's drums were beat 80 nigh, practised these arts with a dexterity then only known
They seem'd to bear the burden. -- Ol Play. in foreign convents, the pupil proved so incorrigibly When Mistress Margaret entered the Foljambe dle and awkward, that the task of needle-work was apartment, she found the inmates employed in their at length given up, and lessons of music substituted usual manner; the lady in reading, and her attendant in their stead. Here also Pauline was excellently in embroidering a large piece of tapestry, which had qualified as an instructress, and Margaret, more suc-occupied her ever since Margaret had been first cessful in a science for whích Nature had gifted her, admitted within these secluded chambers. made proficiency both in vocal and instrumental mu- Hermione nodded kindly to her visiter, but did not sic. These lessons passed in presence of the Lady speak; and Margaret, accustomed to this reception, Hermione, to whom they seemed to give pleasure. and in the present case not sorry for it, as it gave her She sometimes added her own voice to the perform an interval to collect her thoughts, stooped over ance, in a pure, clear stream of liquid melody; but this Monna Paula's frame, and observed, in a half whiswas only when the music was of a devotional cast. per, "You were just so far as that rose, Monna, As Margaret became older, her communications with when I first saw you-see, there is the mark where the recluse assumed a different character. She was I had the bad luck to spoil the flower in trying to allowed, if not encouraged, to tell whatever she had catch the stitch-I was little above fifteen then. remarked out of doors, and the Lady Hermione, while These flowers make me an old woman, Monna she remarked the quick, sharp, and retentive powers Paula.”. of observation possessed by her young friend, often "I wish they could make you a wise one, my found sufficient reason to caution her against rash-child," answered Monna in whose esteem ness in forming opinions, and giddy petulance in ex- pretty Mistress Margaret did not stand quite so high pressing them.
as in that of her patroness; partly owing to her natuThe habitual awe with which she regarded this sin- ral austerity, which was something intolerant of gular personage, induced Mistress Margaret, though youth and gayety, and partly to the jealousy with by no means delighting in contradiction or reproof, to which a favourite domestic regards any one whom listen with patience to her admonitions, and to make she considers as a sort of rival in the affections of full allowance for the good intentions of the patroness her mistress. by whom they were bestowed ; although in her heart "What is it you say to Monna, little one?" asked she could hardly conceive how Madame Hermione, the lady.. who never stirred from the Foljambe apartments, Nothing, madam," replied Mistress Margaret, should think of teaching knowledge of the world to "but that I have seen the real flowers blossom three one who walked twice a week between Temple-Bar times over since I first saw Monna Paula working in and Lombard Street, besides parading in the Park her canvass garden, and her violets have not budded every Sunday that proved to be fair weather. In- yet." deed, pretty Mistress Margaret was so little inclined "True, lady-bird,” replied Hermione ;.," but the to endure such remonstrances, that her intercourse buds that are longest in blossoming will last the with the inhabitants of the Foljambe apartments longest in flower. You have seen them in the garden would have probably slackened as her circle of ac- bloom thrice, but you have seen them fade thrice quaintance increased in the external world, had she also ; now, Monna Paula's will remain in blow for not on the one hand, entertained an habitual reve- ever-they will fear neither frost nor tempest." rence for her monitress, of which she could not divest " True, madam,", answered Mistress Margaret ; herself, and been flattered, on the other, by being, to "but neither have they life or odour." a certain degree, the depositary of a confidence for That, little one,” replied the recluse," is to comwhich others thirsted in vain. Besides, although the pare a life agitated by hope and fear, and checkered conversation of Hermione was uniformly serious, it with success and disappointment, and fevered by the was not in general either formal or severe; nor was effects of love and hatred, a life of passion and of the lady offended by flights of levity which Mistress feeling, saddened and shortened by its exhausting Margaret sometimes ventured on in her presence, alternations, to a calm and tranquil existence, anieven when they were such as made Monna Paula cast mated but by a sense of duties, and only employed, her eyes upwards, and sigh with that compassion during its smooth and quiet course, in the unwearied which a devotee extends towards the votaries of a discharge of them. Is that the moral of your trivial and profane world. Thus, upon the whole, the answer ?". little maiden was disposed to submit, though not "I do not know, madam," answered Mistress without some wincing, to the grave admonitions of Margaret : "but of all birds in the air, I would rathe Lady Hermione; and the rather that the mystery ther be the lark, that sings while he is drifting down annexed to the person of her monitress was in her the summer breeze, than the weathercock that sticks mind early associated with a vague idea of wealth fast yonder upon his iron perch, and just moves so and importance, which had been rather confirmed much as to discharge his duty, and tell us which way than lessened by many accidental circumstances the wind blows." which she had noticed since she was more capable of Metaphors are no arguments, my pretty maiden," observation.
said the Lady Hermione, smiling, It frequently happens, that the counsel which we "I am sorry for that, madam," answered Margareckon intrusive when offered to us unasked, becomes ret; "for they are such a pretty indirect way of precious in our eyes when the pressure of difficulties telling one's mind when it differs from one's beiters renders us more diffident of our own judgment than -besides, on this subject there is no end of them, and we are apt to find ourselves in the hours of ease and they are so civil and becoming withal.” indifference; and this is more especially the case if Indeed ?" replied the lady; "let me hear some of We suppose that our adviser may also possess power them, I pray you." and inclination to back his counsel with effectual as. "It would be, for example, very bold in me," said sistance. Mistress Margaret was now in that situa- Margaret, to say to your ladyship, that, ra:her than tion. She was, or believed herself to be, in a condi- live a quiet life, I would like a little variety of hope ton where both advice and assistance might be ne- and fear, and liking and disliking-and-and-and cessary; and it was therefore, after an anxious and the other sort of feelings which your ladyship is sleepless night, that she resolved to have recourse to pleased to speak of; but I may say freely, and withthe Lady Hermione, who she knew would readily af- out blame, that I like a butterfly
better than a beetle, ford her the one, and, as she hoped, might also pos- or a trembling aspen better than a grim Scots fir, sess means of giving her the other. The conversation that never wags a leaf-or that of all the wood, between them will best explain the purport of the visit. I brass, and wire that ever my father's fingers put VOL. IV. J
together, I do hate and detest a certain huge old "It is the young Scottish Lord Glenvarloch, ma. clock of the German fashion, that rings hours and dam," answered Margaret, in a low and modest ione, half hours, and quarters and half quarters, as if it but sufficiently firm, considering the subject. were of such consequence that the world should The young Lord of Glenvarloch'!" repeated the know it was wound up and going. Now, dearest lady, in great surprise—“Maiden, you are distracted lady, I wish you would only compare that clumsy, in your wits.' clanging, Duich-looking piece of lumber, with the "I knew you would say so, madam," answered beautiful timepiece that Master Heriot caused my Margaret. " It is what another person has already father to make for your ladyship, which uses to play told me—it is, perhaps, what all the world would tell a hundred merry tunes, and turns out, when it strikes me-it is what I am sometimes disposed to tell mythe hour, a whole band of morrice-dancers, to trip the self. But look at me, madam, for I will now come hays to the measure.'
before you, and tell me if there is madness or distracAnd which of these timepieces goes the truest, tion in my look and word, when I repeat to you again, Margaret ?" said the lady.
that I have fixed my affections on ihis young noble"I must confess the old Dutchman has the advan- man." tage in that”-said Margaret. . "I fancy you are "If there is not madness in your look or word, right, madam, and that comparisons are no argu- maiden, there is infinite folly in what you say," an. ments; at least mine has not brought me through." swered the Lady Hermione, sharply.' "When did
"Upon my word, maiden Margaret," said the you ever hear that misplaced love brought any thing lady, smiling, "you have been of late thinking very but wretchedness? Seek a match among your much of these matters.'
equals, Margaret, and escape the countless kinds of "Perhaps too much, madam," said Margaret, so risk and misery that must attend an affection beyond low as only to be heard by the lady, behind the back your degree.-Why do you smile, maiden? Is ihere of whose chair she had now placed herself. The aught to cause scorn in what I say?!! words were spoken very gravely, and accompanied Surely no, madam," answered Margaret. "I by a half sigh, which did not escape the attention of only smiled to think how it should happen, thay, her to whom they were addressed. The Lady Her- while rank made such a wide difference between mione turned immediately round, and looked ear- creatures formed from the same clay, the wit of the nestly at Margaret, then paused for a moment, and, vulgar should, nevertheless, jump so exactly, the finally, commanded Monna Paula to carry her frame same length with that of the accomplished and the and embroidery into the ante-chamber. When they exalted. It is but the variation of the phrase which were left alone, she desired her young friend to come divides them. Dame Ursley told me the very same from behind the chair, on the back of which she still thing which your ladyship has but now uttered; only rested, and sit down beside her upon a stool.
you, madam, talk of countless misery, and Dame "I will remain thus, madam, under your favour," Ursley
spoke of the gallows, and Mistress Turner, answered Margaret, without
changing her posture; who was hanged upon it.”. "I would rather you heard me without seeing me.' "Indeed ?" answered the Lady Hermione; "and
"In God's name, maiden,” returned her patroness, who may Dame Ursley be, that your wise choice has "what is it you can have to say, that may not be ut- associated with me in the difficult task of advising a tered face to face, to so true a friend as I am ?” fool ?"
Without making any direct answer, Margaret only "The barber's wife at next door, madam," anreplied, "You were right, dearest lady, when you swered Margaret, with feigned simplicity, but far said, I had suffered my feelings too much to engross from being sorry at heart, that she had found an in. me of late. I have done very wrong, and you will be direct mode of mortifying her monitress. She is angry with me, so will my godfather, but I cannot the wisest woman that I know, next to your ladyhelp it—he must be rescued."
ship.” He?'' repeated the lady, with emphasis ; "that A proper confidant," said the ļady, "and chosen brief little word does, indeed, so far explain your mys. with the same delicate sense of what is due to yourtery ;-but come from behind the chair, you silly po- self and others !–But what ails you, maiden-where pinjay! I will wager you have suffered yonder gay are you going ?. young apprentice to sit too near your heart. I have "Only to ask Dame Ursley's advice," said Marganot heard you mention young Vincent for many aret, as if about to depart; "for I see your ladyship is day--perhaps he has not been out of mouth and out too angry to give me any, and the emergency is pressof mind both. Have you been so foolish as to let ing." nim speak to you seriously?-I am told he is a bold What emergency,
thou simple one ?" said the youth.
lady, in a kinder tone.—“Sit down, maiden, and tell "Not bold enough to say any thing that could dis- me your tale. It is true you are a fool, and a pettish please me, madam," said Margaret.
fool to boot; but then you are a child-an amiable "Perhaps, then, you were not displeased,” said the child, with all your self-willed folly, and we must lady; "or perhaps he has not spoken, which would help you, if we can.-Sit down, I say, as you are debe wiser and better. Be open-hearted, my love-your sired, and you will find me a safer and wiser coungodfather will soon return, and we will take him into sellor than the barber-woman. And tell me how our consultations. If the young man is industrious, you come to suppose, that you have fixed your heart and come of honest parentage, his poverty may be no unalterably upon a man whom you have seen, as I such insurmountable obstacle. But you are both of think, but once. you very young, Margaret-I know your godfather "I have seen him oftener," said the damsel, lookwill expect, that the youth shall first serve out his ing down ; "but I have only spoken to him once. I apprenticeship.
should have been able to get that once out of my head, Margaret had hitherto suffered the lady to proceed, though the impression was so deep, that I could even under the mistaken impression which she had adopt- now repeat every trifling word he said; but other ed, simply because she could not tell how to interrupt things have since riveted it in my bosom for ever." her; but pure despite at hearing her last words gave * Maiden," replied the lady,." for ever is the word her boldness at length to say, "I crave your pardon, which comes most lightly on the lips in such circummadam; but neither the
youth you mention, nor any stances, but which, not the less, is almost the last apprentice or master within the city of London"- that we should use. The fashion of this world, its
Margaret," said the lady, in reply, “the con passions, its joys, and its sorrows, pass away like the temptuous tone with which you mention those of winged breeze-there is nought for ever, but that your own class, (many hundreds if not thousands of which belongs to the world beyond the grave.”. whom are in all respects better than yourself, and "You have corrected me justly, madam,” said would greatly honour you by thinking of you,) is, me- Margaret, calmly; “I ought only to have spoken of thinks, no warrant for the wisdom of your choice my present state of mind, as what will last me for for a choice, it seems, there is. Who is it, maiden, to my lifetime, which unquestionably may
be but short.” whom you have thus rashly attached yourself?- And what is there in this Scottish lord that can rashly, I fear it must be.”
rivet what concerns him so closely in your fancy?"
said the lady;. "I admit him a personable man, for "You have means," said Margaret, eagerly; "you I have seen him; and I will suppose him courteous have those means, unless I mistake greatly, which and agreeable. But what are his accomplishments can do any thing-can do every thing, in this city, in besides, for these surely are not uncommon attri- this world---you have wealth, and the command of a butes ?s's
small portion of it will enable me to extricate him He is unfortunate, madam-most unfortunate from his present danger. He will be enabled and and surrounded by snares of different kinds, inge- directed how to make his escape and I”- - she niously contrived to ruin his character, destroy his paused. estate, and, perhaps, to reach even his life. These Will accompany him, doubtless, and reap the schemes have been devised by avariçe originally, but fruits of your sage exertions in his behalf ?" said the they are now followed close by vindictive ambition, Lady Hermione, ironically. animated, I think, by the absolute and concentrated May Heaven forgive you the unjust thought, spirit of malice; for the Lord Dalgarno"
lady," answered Margaret." I will never see him Here, Monna Paula-Monna Paula!" exclaimed more but I shall have saved him, and the thought the Lady Hermione, interrupting, her young friend's will make me happy." narrative. She hears me not," she answered, ris- A cold conclusion to so bold and warm a flame," ing and going out, “I must seek her-I will return said the lady, with a smile which seemed to intiinate instantly." She returned accordingly very soon after. incredulity,
You mentioned a name which I thought was fami- " It is, however, the only one which I expect, liar to me," she said; "but Monna Paula has put me madam-I could almost say the only one which I right. I know nothing of your lord-how was it you wish I am sure I will use no efforts to bring about named him ?"
any other; if I am bold in his cause, I am timorous Lord Dalgarno," said Margaret ;-" the wicked- enough in my own. During our only interview I est man who lives. Under pretence of friendship, he was unable to speak a word to him. He knows not introduced the Lord Glenvarloch to a gambling the sound of my voice and all that I have risked, house with the purpose of engaging him in deep play; and must yet risk, I am doing for one, who, were he bat he with whom the perfidious traitor had to deal, asked the question, would say he has long since forwas too virtuous, moderate, and cautious, to be caught gotten thai he ever saw, spoke to, or sat beside, a in a snare so open. What did they next, but turn his creature of so little signification as I am.". own moderation against him, and persuade others " This is a strange and unreasonable indulgence of that, because he would not become the prey of wolves, a passion equally fanciful and dangerous," said the he herded with them for a share of their booty! And, Lady Hermione. while this base Lord Dalgarno was thus undermin- You will not assist me, then ?" said Margaret; ing his unsuspecting countryman, he took every mea- "have good day then, madam-my secret, I trust, is sure to keep him surrounded by creatures of his own, safe in such honourable keeping." to prevent him from attending. Court, and mixing “Tarry yet a little,” said the lady, "and tell me with those of his proper rank. Since the Gunpowder what resource you have to assist this youth, if you Treason, there never was a conspiracy more deeply were supplied with money to put it in motion." laid, more basely and more deliberately pursued." "It is superfluous to ask me the question, madam,"
The lady smiled sadly at Margaret's vehemence, answered Margaret, "unless you purpose to assist but sighed the next moment, while she told her young me; and, if you do so purpose, it is still superfluous. friend how little she knew the
was about You could not understand the means I must use, and to live in, since she testified so much surprise at find- time is too brief to explain." ing it full of villany.
“But have you in reality such means ?" said the But by what means," she added, "could you, lady. maiden, become possessed of the secret views of a "I have, with the command of a moderate sum,” man so cautious as Lord Dalgarno-as villains in ge- answered Margaret Ramsay, "the power of baffling neral are ?"
all his enemies--of eluding the passion of the irritated " Permit me to be silent on that subject," said the King-the colder but more determined displeasure of maiden; "I could not tell you without betraying the Prince-the vindictive spirit of Buckingham, so others-let it suffice that my tidings are as certain as hastily directed against whomsoever crosses the path the means by which I acquired them are secret and of his ambition-ihe cold concentrated malice of Lord sure. But I must not tell them even to you.", Dalgarno-all, I can baffle them all !"
"You are too bold, Margaret," said the lady, " to "But is this to be done without your own personal traffic in such matters at your early age. It is not risk, Margaret ?'' replied the lady; "for, be your puronly dangerous, but even unbecoming and unmaid- pose what it will, you are not to peril your own repuenly;".
tation or person, in the romantic attempt of serving I knew you would say that also," said Margaret, another; and I, maiden, am answerable to your godwith more meekness and patience than she usually father,--to your benefactor, and my own,-not to aid showed on receiving reproof; “but, God knows, my you in any dangerous or unworthy enterprise." heart acquits me of every other feeling save that of "Depend upon my word, -my oath, - dearest lady,” the wish to assist this most innocent and betrayed replied the supplicant, " that I will act by the agency man.-I contrived to send him warning of his friend's of others, and do not myself design to mingle in any falsehood ;-alas! my care has only hastened his enterprise in which my appearance might be either utter ruin, unless speedy aid be found. He charged perilous or unwomanly" his false friend with treachery, and drew on him in “I know not what to do," said the Lady Hermione; the Park, and is now liable to the fatal penalty due "it is perhaps incautious and inconsiderate in me to for breach of privilege of the King's palace.”
aid so wild a project; yet the end seems honourable, This is indeed an extraordinary tale,” said Her- if the means be sure what is the penalty if he fall mione; " is Lord Glenvarloch then in prison ?" into their power ?"
No, madam, thank God, but in the Sanctuary at "Alas, alas! the loss of his right hand !" replied Whitefriars-it is matter of doubt whether it will pro- Margaret, her voice almost stified with sobs. tect him in such a case-they speak of a warrant "Are the laws of England so cruel? Then there from the Lord Chief Justice--A gentleman of the is mercy in Heaven alone,” said the lady, since, even Temple has been arrested, and is in trouble, for hav- in this free land, men are wolves to each other.-Coming assisted him in his flight.-Even his taking tem- pose yourself, Margaret, and tell me what money is porary refuge in that base place, though from extreme necessary to secure Lord Glenvarloch's escape.' necessity, will be used to the farther defaming him. Two hundred pieces," replied Margaret ; "I All this I know, and yet I cannot rescue him-can- would speak to you
of restoring them-and I must not rescue him save by your means.'
one day have the power-only that I know-that By my means, maiden ?" said the lady—" you is, I think-your ladyship is indifferent on that are beside yourself!-What means can I possess in this secluded situation, of assisting this unfortunate "Not a word more of it,” said the lady; "call nobleman ?"
Monna Paula hither."
patience of her temper,-"I have heard so--very often indeed ; and I dare say I have myself
, Heaven Credit me, friend, it hath boen ever thus, Since the ark rested on Mount Ararat.
forgive me, said so to people in perplexity and afFalse man hath sworn, and woman hath believed
fiction; but it was before I had suffered perplexity Repented and reproach'd, and then believed once more. and vexation myself, and I am sure I will never preach
The New World.
patience to any human being again, now that I know By the time that Margaret returned with Monna how much the medicine goes against the stomach." Paula, the Lady Hermione was rising from the table "You will think better of it, maiden,” said the at which she had been engaged in writing something Lady Hermione; "I also, when I first felt distress, on a small slip of paper, which she gave to her at thought they did me wrong who spoke to me of tendant.
patience; but my sorrows have been repeated and Monna Paula," she said, carry this paper to continued till I have been taught to cling to it as the Roberts the cash-keeper ; let him give you the mo- best, and-religious duties excepted of which, indeed, ney mentioned in the note, and bring it hither pre- patience forms a part-the only elevation which sently."
life can afford them." Monna Paula left the room, and her mistress pro- Margaret, who neither wanted sense nor feeling, ceeded.
wiped her tears hastily, and asked her patroness's for"I do not know," she said, "Margaret, if I have giveness for her petulance. done, and am doing well, in this affair. My life has "I might have thought”-she said, “I ought to been one of strange seclusion, and I am totally unac. have reflected, that even from the manner of your quainted with the practical ways of this world-an life, madam, it is plain you must have suffered sorrow; ignorance which I know cannot be remedied by mere and yet, God knows, the patience which I have ever reading.-I fear I am doing wrong to you, and per- seen you display, well entitles you to recommend haps to the laws of the country which affords me re- your own example to others." fuge, by thus indulging you; and yet there is some; The lady was silent for a moment, and then rething in my heart which cannot resist your entreaties.” plied
"O, listen to it--listen to it, dear, generous lady!" Margaret, I am about to repose a high confidence said Margaret, throwing herself on her knees and in you. You are no longer a child, but a thinking grasping those of her benefactress, and looking in that and a feeling woman. You have told me as much of attitude like a beautiful mortal in the act of supplica- your secret as you dared-I will let you know as ting her tutelary angel ; "the laws of men are but the much of mine as I may venture to tell. You will injunctions of mortality, but what the heart prompts ask me, perhaps, why, at a moment when your own is the echo of the voice from Heaven within us." mind is agitated, I should force upon you the con
"Rise, rise, maiden," said Hermione; "you affect sideration of my sorrows ? and I answer, that I canme more than I thought I could have been moved by not withstand the impulse which now induces me to aught that should approach me. Rise and tell me do so. Perhaps from having witnessed, for the first whenceit comes, that, in so short a time, your thoughts, time these three years, the natural effects of human your looks, your speech, and even your slightest ac- passion, my own sorrows have been awakened, and tions, are changed from those of a capricious and fan- are for the moment to big for my own bosom-perciful girl
, to all this energy and impassioned eloquence haps I may hope that you, who seem driving full of word and action ?"
sail on the very rock on which I was wrecked for "I am sure I know not, dearest lady," said Marga- ever, will take warning by the tale I have to tell. ret, looking down; "but I suppose that, when I was Enough, if you are willing to listen, I am willing to a trifler, I was only thinking of trifles. What I now tell you who the melancholy inhabitant of the Folreflect is deep and serious, and I am thankful if my jambe apartments really is, and why she resides here. speech and manner bear reasonable proportion to my It will serve, at least, to while away the time until thoughts."
Monna Paula shall bring us the reply from Roberts." "It must be so," said the lady; "yet the change At any other moment of her life, Margaret Ramseems a rapid and strange one. It seems to be as if say would have heard with undivided interest a coma childish girl had at once shot up into deep-thinking munication so flattering in itself, and referring to a and impassioned woman, ready to make exertions subject upon which the general curiosity had been so alike, and sacrifices, with all that vain devotion to a strongly excited. And even at this agitating
moment, favourite object of affection, which is often so basely although she ceased not to listen with an anxious rewarded."
ear and throbbing heart for the sound of Monna The Lady Hermione sighed bitterly, and Monna Paula's returning footsteps, she nevertheless, as Paula entered ere the conversation proceeded farther. gratitude and policy, as well as a portion of curiosity She spoke to her mistress in the foreign language in dictated, composed herself, in appearance at least, which they frequently conversed, but which was un to the strictest attention to the Lady Hermione, and known to Margaret.
thanked her with humility for the high confidence "We must have patience for a time," said the lady she was pleased to repose in her. The Lady Herto her visiter ; "the cash-keeper is abroad on some mione, with the same calmness which always attendbusiness, but he is expected home in the course of ed her speech and actions, thus recounted her story half an hour."
to her young friend : Margaret wrung her hands in vexation and impa- My father,” she said, "was a merchant, but be tience.
was of a city whose merchants are princes. I am Minutes are precious," continued the lady; "that the daughter of a noble house in Genoa, whose name I am well aware of; and we will at least suffer none stood as high in honour and in antiquity, as any inof them to escape us. Monna Paula shall remain cribed in the Golden Register of that famous aristobelow and transact our business, the very instant cracy: that Roberts returns home."
“My mother was a noble Scottishwoman. She She spoke to her attendant accordingly, who again was descended-do not start-and not remotely deleft the room.
scended, of the house of Glenvarloch-no wonder that "You are very kind, madam-very good,” said the I was easily led to take concern in the misfortunes of poor little Margaret, while the anxious trembling of this young lord. He is my near relation, and my moher lip and of her hand showed all that sickening ther, who was more than sufficiently proud of her deagitation of the heart which arises from hope defer- scent, early taught me to take an interest in the name. red.
My maternal grandfather, a cadet of that house on "Be patient, Margaret, and collect yourself,” said Glenvarloch, had followed the fortunes of an unhappy the lady;
you may, you must, have much to do to fugitive, Francis Earl of Bothwell, who, after showing carry through this your bold purpose-reserve your his miseries in many a foreign court, at length setiled spirits, which you may need so much-be patient-it in Spain upon a miserable pension, which he earned is the only remedy against the evils of life." by conforming to the Catholic faith Ralph Olifaunt,
“Yes, madam," said Margaret, wiping her eyes, my grandfather, separated from him in disgust, and and endeavouring in vain to suppress the natural im- seitled at Barcelona, where, by the friendship of the governor, his heresy, as it was termed, was connived his fittest name, spoke of love to me, and I listenedat. My father, in the course of his commerce, resided Could I suspect his sincerity? If he was wealthy, more at Barcelona than in his native country, though noble, and long-descended, I also was a noble and at times he visited Genoa.
an opulent heiress. It is true, that he neither knew "It was at Barcelona that he became acquainted the extent of my father's wealth, nor did I communiwith my mother, loved her, and married her; they cate to him (I do not even remember if I myself knew differed in faith, but they agreed in affection. I was it at the time, the important circumstance, that the their only child. In public I conformed to the doc- greater part of that wealth was beyond the grasp of trines and ceremonial of the church of Rome; but my arbitrary power, and not subject to the precarious mother, by whom these were regarded with horror, award of arbitrary judges. My lover might think, privately trained me up in those of the reformed reli- | perhaps, as my mother was desirous the world at gion; and my father, either indifferent in the matter, large should believe, that almost our whole fortune or unwilling to distress the woman whom he loved, depended on the precarious suit which we had come overlooked or connived at my secretly joining in her to Madrid to prosecute-a belief which she had coundevotions.
tenanced out of policy, being well aware that a know"But when, unhappily, my father was attacked, ledge of my father's having remitted such a large part while yet in the prime of life, by a slow wasting dis- of his fortune to England, would in no shape aid the ease, which he felt to be incurable, he foresaw the recovery of farther sums in the Spanish courts. Yet, hazard to which his widow and orphan might be ex: with no more extensive views of my fortune than were posed, after he was no more, in a country so bigoted possessed by the public, I believe that he, of whom I to Catholicism as Spain. He made it his business, am speaking, was at first sincere in his pretensions. during the two last years of his life, to realize and to He had himself interest sufficient to have obtained a remit to England a large part of his fortune, which, decision in our favour in the courts, and my fortune, by the faith and honour of his correspondent, the ex- reckoning only what was in Spain, would then have cellent man under whose roof I now reside, was em- been no inconsiderable sum. To be brief, whatever plosed to great advantage. Had my father lived to might be his motives or temptation for so far commitcomplete his purpose, by withdrawing his whole for- ting himself, he applied to my mother for my hand, tone from commerce, he himself would have accom- with my consent and approval. My mother's judgpanied us to England, and would have beheld us set- ment had become weaker, but her passions had beiled in peace and honour before his death. But Heaven come more irritable, during her increasing illness. had ordained it otherwise. He died, leaving several "You have heard of the bitterness of the ancient sims engaged in the hands of his Spanish debtors; Scottish feuds, of which it may be said, in the lanand, in particular, he had made a large and extensive guage of Scripture, that the fathers eat sour grapes, consignment to a certain wealthy society of mer- and the teeth of the children are set on edge. Unhapchants at Madrid, who showed no willingness after pily, I should say happily, considering what this his death to account for the proceeds. Would to God man has now shown himself to be, -some such strain we had left these covetous and wicked men in posses- of bitterness had divided his house from my mother's, son of their booty, for such they seemed to hold the and she had succeeded to the inheritance of hatred. property of their deceased correspondent and friend! When he asked her for my hand, she was no longer We had enough for comfort, and even splendour, al- able to command her passions-she raked up every ready secured in England; but friends exclaimed upon injury which the rival families had inflicted upon each the folly of permitting these unprincipled men to plun- other during a bloody feud of two centuries--heaped der us of our rightful property. The sum itself was him with epithets of scorn, and rejected his proposal large, and the claim having been made, my mother of alliance, as if it had come from the basest of manthought that my father's memory was interested in kind. its being enforced, especially as the defences set up for My lover retired in passion; and I remained to the mercantile society went, in some degree, to im- weep and murmur against fortune, and I will conpeach the fairness of his transactions.
fess my fault-against my affectionate parent. I had "We went therefore to Madrid. I was then, my been educated with different feelings, and the tradiMargaret, about your age, young and thoughtless, as tions of the feuds and quarrels of my mother's family you have hitherto been-We went, I say, to Madrid, in Scotland, which were to her monuments and chroio solicit the protection of the Court and of the King, nicles, seemed to me as insignificant and unmeaning without which we were told it would be in vain to as the actions and fantasies of Don Quixote; and I expect justice against an opulent and powerful asso- blamed my mother bitterly for sacrificing my happi
ness to an empty dream of family dignity. **Our residence at the Spanish metropolis drew on “While I was in this humour, my lover sought a from weeks to months. For my part, my natural sor- renewal of our intercourse. We met repeatedly in the row for a kind, though not a fond father, having aba- house of the lady whom I have mentioned, and who, ted, I cared not if the lawsuit had detained us at Ma- in levity, or in the spirit of intrigue, countenanced drid for ever. My mother permitted herself and me our secret correspondence. At length we were serather more liberty than we had been accustomed to. cretly married so far did my blinded passion hurry She found relations among the Scottish and Irish me. My lover had secured the assistance of a clergy; officers, many of whom held a high rank in the Spa- man of the English church. Monna Paula, who had nish armies; their wives and daughters became our been my attendant from infancy, was one witness of friends and companions, and I had perpetual occasion our union. Let me do the faithful creature justiceto exercise my mother's native language, which I had She conjured me to suspend my purpose till my molearned from my infancy. By degrees, as my mother's ther's death should perinit us to celebrate our mar spints were low, and her health indifferent, she was riage openly; but the entreaties of my lover, and induced, by her partial fondness for me, to suffer me my own wayward passion, prevailed over her reto mingle occasionally in society which she herself did monstrances. The lady I have spoken of was annot frequent, under the guardianship of such ladies as other witness, but whether she was in full possesshe imagined she could trust, and particularly under sion of my bridegroom's secret, I had never the means the care of the lady of a general officer, whose weak- to learn. But the shelter of her name and roof af. ness or falsehood was the original cause of my mis- forded us the means of frequently meeting, and the fortunes. I was as gay, Margaret, and thoughtless, love of my husband seemed as sincere and as unboundI again repeat it-as you were but lately, and my at- ed as my own. tention, like yours, became suddenly riveted to one He was eager, he said, to gratify his pride, by object, and to one set of feelings.
introducing me to one or two of his noble English The person by whom they were excited was young, friends. This could not be done at Lady D's; noble, handsome, accomplished, a soldier, and a Bri- but by his command, which I was now entitled to ton. So far our cases are nearly parallel; but, may consider as my law, I contrived twice to visit him at Heaven forbid that the parallel should become com his own hotel, accompanied only by Monna Paula. plete! This man, so noble, so fairly formed, so gifted, There was a very small party, of two ladies and two and go brave this villain, for that, Margaret, was gentlemen. There was music, mirth, and dancing.