Page images
PDF
EPUB

I had heard of the frankness of the English nation, compassion by my singular appearance, which bore but I could not help thinking it bordered on license witness to my sufferings; or afraid that the matter during these entertainments, and in the course of the might atıract attention during a visitation of the bicollation which followed; but I imputed my scru- shop, which was approaching. One day, as I was ples to my inexperience, and would not doubt the walking in the convent-garden, to which I had been propriety of what was approved by my husband. lately admitted, a miserable old Moorish slave, who

I was soon summoned to other scenes : My was kept to cultivate the little spot, muttered as I poor mother's disease drew to a conclusion-- Happy passed him, but still keeping his wrinkled face and deI am that it took place before she discovered what crepit form in the same angle with the earth-There would have cut her to the soul.

is Heart's Ease near the postern.' “ In Spain you may have heard how the Catholic "I knew something of the symbolical language of priests, and particularly the monks, besiege the beds flowers, once carried to such perfection among the of the 'dying, to obtain bequests for the good of the Moriscoes of Spain ; but if I had been ignorant of it, church. I have said that my mother's temper was the captive would soon have caught at any hint that irritated by disease, and her judgment impaired in seemed to promise liberty. With all the haste conproportion. She gathered spirits and force from the sistent with the utmost circumspection--for I might resentment which the priests around her bed excited be observed by the Abbess or some of the sisters from by their importunity, and the boldness of the stern the window I hastened to the postern. It was sect of reformers, to which she had secretly adhered, closely barred as usual, but when I coughed slightly, seemed to animate her dying tongue. She avowed I was answered from the other side-and, O Heaven! the religion she had so long concealed; renounced it was

my husband's voice which said,' Lose not a all hope and aid which did not come by and through minute here at present, but be on this spot when the its dictates; rejected with contempt the ceremonial of vesper bell has tolled.' the Romish church; loaded the astonished priests with "I retired in an ecstacy of joy. I was not entitled reproaches for their greediness and hypocrisy,and com- or permitted to assist at vespers, but was accustommanded them to leave her house. They went in bitter- ed to be confined to my cell while the nuns were in ness and rage, but it was to return with the inquisi- the choir. Şince my recovery, they had discontinued torial power, its warrants, and its officers, and they locking the door; though the utmost severity was defound only the cold corpse left of her, on whom they nounced against me if I left these precincts. But let had hoped to work their vengeance. As I was soon the penalty be what it would, I hastened to dareit.- No discovered to have shared my mother's heresy, I was sooner had the last toll of the vesper bell ceased to dragged from her dead body, imprisoned in a solitary sound, than I stole from my chamber, reached the garcloister and treated with severity, which the Abbess as- den unobserved, hurried to the postern, beheld it open sured me was due to the looseness of my life, as well as with rapture, and in the next moment was in my hus. my spiritual errors. I avowed my marriage, to justify band's arms. He had with him another cavalier of the situation in which I found myself, I implored the noble mien-both were masked and armed. Their assistance of the Superior to communicate my situa- horses, with one saddled for my use, stood in a thicket tion to my husband. She smiled coldly at the pro- hard by, with two other masked horsemen, who posal, and told me the church had provided a better seemed to be servants. In less than two minutes spouse for me; advised me to secure myself of divine we were mounted, and rode off as fast as we could grace hereafter, and deserve milder treatment here, through rough and devious roads, in which one of the by presently taking the veil. In order to convince domestics appeared to act as guide. me that I had no other resource, she showed me a "The hurried pace at which we rode, and the anxroyal decree, by which all my estate was hypotheca- iety of the moment, kept me silent, and prevented ted to the convent of Saint Magdalen, and became my expressing my surprise or my joy save in a few their complete property upon my death, or my taking broken words. It also served as an apology for my the vows. As I was, both from religious principle, husband's silence. At length we stopped at a solita and affectionate attachment to my husband, abso- ry hut-the cavaliers dismounted, and I was assisted lutely immoveable in my rejection of the veil, I believe from my saddle, not by MM- - my husband, I -may Heaven forgive me if I wrong her!--that the would say, who seemed busied about his horse, but Abbess was desirous to make sure of my spoils, by by the stranger. hastening the former event.

"Go into the hut,' said my husband, 'change your "It was a small and a poor convent, and situated dress with the speed of lightning-you will find one among the mountains of Guadarrama. Some of the to assist you-we must forward instantly when you sisters were the daughters of neighbouring Hidalgoes, have shifted your apparel.? as poor as they were proud and ignorant; others "I entered the hul, and was received in the arms were women immured there on account of their vi- of the faithful Monna Paula, who had waited my arcious conduct. The Superior herself was of a high rival for many hours, half distracted with fear and family, to which she owed her situation ; but she was anxiety. With her assistance I speedily tore off the said to have disgraced her connexions by her conduct detested garments of the convent, and exchanged during youth, and now, in advanced age, covetous-them for a travelling suit, made after the English ness and the love of power, a spirit too of severity fashion. I observed that Monna Paula was in a simiand cruelty, had succeeded to the thirst after licentious lar dress. I had but just huddled on my change of pleasure. I suffered much under this woman-and attire, when we were hastily summoned to mount. still her dark glassy eye, her tall, shrouded form, and A horse, I found, was provided for Monna Paula, and her rigid features, haunt my slumbers.

we resumed our route. On the way, my convent“I was not destined to be a mother. I was very garb, which had been wrapped hastily together ill, and my recovery was long doubtful. The most around a stone, was thrown into a lake, along the violent remedies were applied, if remedies they indeed verge of which we were then passing. The two cawere. My health was restored at length, against my valiers rode together in front, my attendant and I own expectation and that of all around me. But, followed, and the servants brought up the rear.when I first again beheld the reflection of my own Monna Paula, as we rode on, repeatedly entreated face, I thought it was the visage of a ghost. I was me to be silent upon the road, as our lives depended wont to be flattered by all, but particularly by my on it. I was easily reconciled to be passive, for, the husband, for the fineness of my complexion-it was first fever of spirits which attended the sense of libenow totally gone, and, what is more extraordinary, ration and of gratified affection having passed away, it has never returned. I have observed that the few I felt as it were dizzy with the rapid motion; and my who now see me, look upon me as a bloodless phan utmost exertion was necessary to keep my place on tom-Such has been the abiding effect of the treat the saddle; until we suddenly (it was now very dark) ment to which I was subjected. May God forgive saw a strong light before us. those who were the agents of it!-I thank Heaven I "My husband reined up his horse, and gave a sigcan say go with as sincere a wish, as that with which nal by a low whistle twice repeated, which was anI pray for forgiveness of my own sins. They now swered from a distance. The whole party then halttelented somewhat towards me--moved perhaps to ed under the boughs of a large cork-tree, and my

[ocr errors]
[graphic][subsumed]

to his companion, with a cold sarcastic sneer, the after having entered the barber's shop under pretence total change which my prison and my illness had of being shaved. Besides, this obscure tap-room gave made on my complexion; and she had heard the a separate admission to the apartments of Dame UrsOther reply, that the defect might be cured by a touch ley, which she was believed to make use of in the of Spanish red. This, and other circumstances, hav- course of her multifarious practice, both to let herself ing prepared her for such treachery, Monna Paula secretly out, and to admit clients and employers who now entered, completely possessed of herself, and cared not to be seen to visit her in public. Accordingly, prepared to support me. Her calm representations after the hour of noon, by which time the modest and went farther with the stranger than the expressions timid whetters, who were Benjamin's best customers, of my despair. If he did not entirely believe our tale, had each had his draught, or his thimbleful, the busihe at least acted the part of a man of honour, who ness of the tap was in a manner ended, and the charge would not intrude himself on defenceless females, of attending the back-door passed from one of the barwhatever was their character ; desisted from perse ber's apprentices to the little mulatto girl, the dingy cuting us with his presence; and not only directed Iris of Dame Suddlechop. Then came mystery thick Monna Paula how we should journey to Paris, but upon mystery; muffled gallants, and masked females, furnished her with money for the purpose of our jour- in disguises of different fashions, were seen to glide ney. From the capital I wrote to Master Heriot, îny through the intricate mazes of the alley; and even the father's most trusted correspondent; he came in- low tap on the door, which frequently demanded the stantly to Paris on receiving the letter; and, attention of the little Creole, had in it something that But here comes Monna Paula, with more than the expressed secrecy and fear of discovery, sum you desired. Take it, my dearest maiden-serve It was the evening of the same day when Margaret this youth if you will. But, o Margaret, look for no had held the long conference with the Lady Hermione, gratitude in return !"

that Dame Suddlechop had directed her little portress The Lady Hermione took the bag of gold from her to keep the door fast as a miser's purse-strings; and, attendant, and gave it to her young friend, whọ threw as she valued her saffron skin, to let in none but”. herself into her arms, kissed her on both the pale the name she added in a whisper, and accompanied it cheeks, over which the sorrows so newly awakened with a nod. The little domestic blinked intelligence, by her narrative had drawn many tears, then sprung went to her post, and in brief time thereafter admitted up, wiped her own overflowing eyes, and left the and ushered into the presence of the dame, that very Foljambe apartments with a hasty and resolved step. city.gallant whose clothes sat awkwardly upon him,

and who had behaved so doughtily in the fray which

befell at Nigel's first visit to Beaujeu's ordinary. The CHAPTER XXI.

mulatto introduced him-“Missis, fine young gentle

man, all over gold and velvet”-then muttered to herRove not from pole to pole- the man lives here

self as she shut the door, “fine young gentleman, he! Whose razor's only equallid by his beer; And where, in either sense, the cockney-put

--apprentice to him who makes the tick-tick." May, if he pleases, get confounded cui.

It was indeed--we are sorry to say it, and trust our On the sign of an Alehouse kept by a Barber. readers will sympathize with the interest we take in We are under the necessity of transporting our the matter-it was indeed honest Jin Vin, who had readers to the habitation of Benjamin Suddlechop, been so far left to his own devices, and abandoned by the husband of the active and efficient Dame Ursula, his better angel, as occasionally to travesty himself and who also, in his own person, discharged more in this fashion, and to visit, in the dress of a gallant offices than one. For, besides trimming locks and of the day, those places of pleasure and dissipation, in beards, and turning whiskers upward into the martial which it would have been everlasting discredit to him and swaggering curl, or downward into the droop- to have been seen in his real character and condition; ing form which became mustaches of civil policy; that is, had it been possible for him in his proper shape besides also occasionally letting blood, either by cup- to have gained admission. There was now a deep ping or by the lancet, extracting a stump, and per- gloom on his brow, his rich habit was hastily put on, forming other actions of petty, pharmacy, very nearly and buttoned awry; his belt buckled in a most disor. as well as his neighbour Raredrench, the apothecary; derly fashion, so that his sword stuck outwards from he could, on occasion, draw a cup of beer as well as his side, instead of hanging by it with graceful neglia tooth, tap a hogshead as well as a vein, and wash, gence; while his poniard, though fairly hatched and with a draught of good ale, the mustaches which his gilded, stuck in his girdle like a butcher's steel in the art had just trimmed. But he carried on these trades fold of his blue

apron. Persons of fashion had, by the apart from each other.

way, the advantage formerly of being better distinHis barber's shop projected its long and mysterious guished from the vulgar than at present; for, what pole into Fleet street, painted party-coloured-wise, to the ancient farthingale and more modern hoop were represent the ribbons with which, in elder times, that to court ladies, the sword was to the gentleman; an ensign

was garnished. In the window were seen article of dress, which only rendered those ridiculous rows of teeth displayed upon strings like rosaries, who assumed it for the nonce, without being in the cups with a red rag at the bottom, to resemble blood, habit of wearing it. Vincent's rapier

got between his an intimation that patients might be bled, cupped, or legs, and, as he stumbled over it, he exclaimed blistered, with the assistance of "sufficient advice;" "Zounds! 'tis the second time it has served me thuswhile the more profitable, but less honourable opera- I believe the damned trinket knows I am no true gentions upon the hair of the head and beard, were briefly tleman, and does it of set purpose." and gravely announced. Within was the well-worn "Come, come mine honest Jin Vin-come, my leathern chair for customers, the guitar, then called good boy," said the dame, in a soothing tone, "never a ghittern or cittern, with which a customer might mind these trankums--a frank and hearty London amuse himself till his predecessor was dismissed from 'prentice is worth all the gallants of the inns of court." under Benjamin's hands, and which, therefore, often 'I was a frank and hearty London 'prentice before flayed the ears of the patient metaphorically, while I knew you, Dame Suddlechop," said Vincent;"what his chin sustained from the razor literal scarification. your advice has made me, you may find a name for ; All, therefore, in this department, spoke the chirur- since, fore George! I am ashamed to think about it geon-barber, or the barber-chirurgeon.

myself.” But there was a little back-room, used as a private A-well-a-day," quoth the dame, "and is it even so tap-room, which had a separate entrance by a dark with thee ?-nay, then, I know but one cure;" and and crooked alley, which communicated with Fleet with that

, going to a little corner cupboard of carved street, after a circuitous passage through several by- wainscoat, she opened it by the assistance of a key, lanes and courts. This retired temple of Bacchus which, with half-a-dozen besides, hung in a silver had also a connexion with Benjamin's more public chain at her girdle, and produced a long flask of thin shop by a long and narrow entrance, conducting to glass cased with wicker, bringing forth at the same the secret premises in which a few old topers used to time two Flemish rummer glasses, with long stalks take their morning draught, and a few gill-sippers and capacious wombs. She filled the one brimful for their modicum of strong waters, in a bashful way, her guest, and the other more modestly to about two

re

thirds of its capacity, for her own use, repeaung, ass and sour Rhenish, roast beef and pudding for woodthe rich cordial trickled forth in a smooth oily stream-cocks and kickshaws-my bat for a sword, my cap “Right Rosa Solis, as ever washed mulligrubs out of for a beaver, my forsooth for a modish oath, my a moody brain !"

Christmas-box for a dice-box, my religion for the But, though Jin Vin tossed off his glass without devil's matins, and mine honest name for

-Woman, scruple, while the lady sipped hers more moderately, I could brain thee, when I think whose advice has it did not appear to produce the expected amendment guided me in all this!" upon his humour. On the contrary, as he threw him- "Whose advice, then? whose advice, then ? Speak self into the great leathern chair, in which Dame oịt, thou poor, petty cloak-brusher, and say who ad[reley was wont to solace herself of an evening, he vised thee ?" retorted Dame Ursley, flushed and indeclared himself" the most miserable dog within the dignant-"Marry come up, my paltry companionsound of Bow-bell."

say by whose advice you have made a gamester of yourAnd why should you be so idle as to think your self, and

a thief besides, as your words would bearself so, silly boy?" said Dame Suddlechop; “ but 'tis The Lord deliver us from evil !" And here Dame always thus-fools and children never know when Ursley devoutly crossed herself, they are well. Why, there is not one that walks in "Hark ye, Dame Ursley Suddlechop,” said Jenkin, St. Paul's, whether in flat cap, or hat and feather, starting up, his dark eyes flashing with anger ; that has so many kind glances from the wenches as member I am none of your husband-and, if I were, you, when ye swagger along Fleet street with your you would do well not to forget whose threshold was bat under your arm, and your cap set aside upon your swept when they last rode the Skimmington* upon head. Thou knowest well, that, from Mrs. Deputy's such another scolding jade as yourself." self down to the waistcoateers in the alley, all of them "I hope to see you ride up Holborn next,” said are twiring and peeping betwixt their fingers when Dame Ursley, provoked out of all her holyday and you pass; and yet you call yourself a miserable dog! sugar-plum expressions, " with a nosegay at your and I must tell you all this over and over again, as if breast, and a parson at your elbow!" I were whistling the chimes of London to a pettish " That may well be,' answered Jin Vin, bitterly, child, in order to bring the pretty baby into good "if I walk by your counsels as I have begun by them; humour!"

but, before that day comes, you shall know that Jin The flattery of Dame Ursula seemed to have the Vin has the brisk boys of Fleet street still at his wink. fate of her cordial-it was swallowed, indeed, by the -Yes, you jade, you shall be carted for bawd and party to whom she presented it, and that with some conjurer, double-dyed in grain, and bing off to Bridedegree of relish, but it did not operate as a sedative on well, with

every brass basin betwixt the Bar and the disturbed state of the youth's mind. He laughed Paul's beating before you, as if the devil were bangfor an instant, half in scorn, and half in gratified va- ing them with his beef-hook." nity, but cast a sullen look on Dame Ursley as he re- Dame Ursley coloured like scarlet, seized upon the plied to her last words,

half-emptied task of cordial, and seemed, by her first You do treat me like a child indeed, when you sing gesture, about to hurl it at the head of her adversary; over and over to me a cuckoo song that I care not a but suddenly, and as if by a strong internal effort, she copper-filing for."

checked her outrageous resentment, and, putting the Aha!" said Dame Ursley; "that is to say, you care bottle to its more legitimate use, filled, with wondernot if you please all, unless you please one-You are ful composure, the two glasses, and, taking up one a true lover, I warrant and care not for all the city, of them, said, with a smile, which better became her from here to Whitechapel, so you could write yourself comely and jovial countenance than the fury by which first in your pretty Peg-a-Ramsay's good-will. Well, it was animated the moment before-well, take patience, man, and be guided by mę for I Here is to thee, Jin Vin, my lad, in all loving kindwill be the hoop will bind you together at last.".. ness, whatever spite thou bearest to me, that have

"It is time you were so," said Jenkin, "for hitherto always been a mother to thee." you have rather been the wedge to separate us." Jenkin's English good-nature could not resist this

Dame Suddlechop had by this time finished her forcible appeal; he took up the other glass, and lovcordia!-it was not the first she had taken that day; ingļy pledged the dame in her cup of reconciliation, and, though a woman of strong brain, and cautious and proceeded to make a kind of grumbling apology at least, if not abstemious, in her potations, it may for his own violencenevertheless be supposed that her patience was not "For you know," he said, "it was you persuaded improved by the regimen which she observed. me to get these fine things, and go to that godless or

“Why, thou ungracious and ingrate knave," said dinary, and ruffle it with the best, and bring you home Dame Ursley, "have not I done every thing to put all the news; and you said, I, that was the cock of thee in thy mistress's good graces? She loves gentry, the ward, would soon be the cock of the ordinary, the proud Scottish minx, as a Welshman loves cheese, and would win ten times as much at gleek and priand has her father's descent from that Duke of Dal- mero, as I used to do at put and beggar-my-neighdevil, or whatsoever she calls him, as close in her bour—and turn up doublets with the dice, as busily heart as gold in a miser's chest, though she as seldom as I was wont to trowl down the ninepins in the shows it-and none she will think of, or have, but a skittle-ground-and then you said I should bring you gentleman-and a gentleman I have made of thee, such news out of the ordinary as should make us all, Jin Vin, the devil cannot deny that.".

when used as you knew how to use it-and now you "You have made a fool of me," said poor Jenkin, see what is to come of it all !". looking at the sleeve of his jacket.

"'Tis all true thou sayest, lad,” said the dame; Never the worse gentleman for that,” said Damebut thou must have patience. Rome was not built Ursley, laughing.

in a day-you cannot become used to your court-suit * And what is worse," said he turning his back to in a month's time, any more than when you chanher suddenly, and writhing in his chair, " you have ged your long coat for a doublet and hose; and in made a rogue of me."

gaming you must expect to lose as well as gain—'tis “Never the worse gentleman for that neither," said the sitting gamester that sweeps the board. Dame Ursley in the same tone; "let a man bear his The board has swept me, I know," replied Jin folly gaily and his knavery stoutly, and let me see if gravity or honesty will look him in the face now-a

* A species of triumphal procession in honour of female su. days. Tut, man, it was only in the time of King Ar- tion of the neighbourhood. It is described at full length in

premacy, when it rose to such a height as to attract the atten. thur or King Lud, that a gentleman was held to ble- Hudibras, (Part II. Canto II.) As the proeession passed on, those mish his scutcheon by a leap over the line of reason who attended it in an official capacity were wont to sweep the or honesty-It is the bold look, the ready hand, the threshold of the houses in which Fame afħirmed the mistresses fine clothes, the brisk oath, and the wild 'brain, that as a hint that their inmates might, in their turn, be made the submakes the gallant now-a-days." “I know

what you have made me,” said Jin Vin; degree resembled the proceedings of Mumbo Jumbo in an African " since I have given up skittles and trap-ball for ten

village, has been long discontinued in England, apparently be. nis and bowls, good English ale for thin Bourdeaux among our ancestors.

cause female rule has become either milder or less frequent than VOL IV. K

66

Vin," and that pretty clean out. I would that were | such were to come by: I never could find them lythe worst; but I owe for all this finery, and settling-ing in my road, I promise you." day is coming on, and my master will find my ac- * No, no, dame," said poor Jenkin, "it is not for count worse than it should be by a score of pieces. that; for, look you, I would rather work these ten My old father will be called in to make them good ; bones to the knuckles, and live by my labour; but” and 1-may save the hangman a labour and do the -(and here he paused.). job myself, or go the Virginia voyage.'

But what, man ?" said Dame Ursley. “You are "Do not speak so loud, my dear boy,” said Dame willing to work for what you want; and yet, when I Ursley ; "but tell me why you borrow not from a offer you gold for the winning, you look on me as the friend to make up your arrear.

You could lend him devil looks over Lincoln." as much when his settling day came round.",

" It is ill talking of the devil, mother,” said Jenkin. "No, no-I have had enough of that work,” said "I had him even now in my head-for, look you, I Vincent. “Tunstall would lend me the money, poor am at that pass, when they say he will appear fellow, an he had it; but his gentle, beggarly kindred, to wretched ruined creatures, and proffer them gold plunder him of all, and keep him as bare as a birch for the fee-simple of their salvation. But I have been at Christmas. No-my fortune may be spelt in four trying these two days to bring my mind strongly up letters, and these read, RUIN.”

to the thought, that I will rather sit down in shame, Now hush, you simple craven,” said the dame; and sin, and sorrow, as I am like to do, than hold on "did you never hear, that when the need is highest in ill courses to get rid of my present straits; and so the help is nighest ? We may find aid for you yet, and take care, Dame Ursula, how you tempt me to break sooner than you are aware of. I am sure I would such a good resolution." never have advised you to such a course, but only "I tempt you to nothing, young man," answered you had set heart and eye on pretty Mistress Marget, Ursula ; and, as I perceive you are too wilful to and less would not serve you—and what could I do be wise, I will e'en put my purse in my pocket, and but advise you to cast your city-slough, and try your look out for some one that will work my turn with luck where folks find fortune ?"

better will, and more thankfulness. And you may Ay, ay-I remember your counsel well,” said Jen- go your own course, -break your indenture, ruin your kin ; "I was to be introduced to her by you when I father, lose your character, and bid pretty Mistress was perfect in my gallantries, and as rich as the King; Margaret farewell, for ever and a day." and then she was to be surprised to find I was poor Stay, stay,” said Jenkin; ," the woman is in as Jin Vin, that used to watch, from matin to curfew, great a hurry as a brown baker when his oven is for one glance of her eye; and now, instead of that, over-heated. First, let me hear that which you have she has set her soul on this Scottish sparrow-hawk to propose to me. of a lord that won my last tester, and be cursed to Why, after all, it is but to get a gentleman of him; and so I am bankrupt in love, fortune, and rank and fortune, who is in trouble, carried in secret character, before I am out of my time, and all along down the river, as far as the Isle of Dogs, or someof you, Mother Midnight."

where thereabout, where he may lie concealed until 'Do not call me out of my own name, my dear boy, he can escape abroad. I know thou knowest every Jin Vin," answered Ursula, in a tone betwixt rage place by the river's side, as well as the devil knows a and coaxing, -"do not;, because I am no saint, but usurer, or the beggar knows his dish." a poor sinful woman, with no more patience than she A plague of your similies, dame," replied the apneeds, to carry her through a thousand crosses. And prentice; "for the devil gave me that knowledge, and if I have done you wrong by evil counsel, I must mend beggary may be the end on't.-But what has this it, and put you right by good advice. And for the gentleman done, that he should need to be under score of pieces that must be made up at settling-day, hiding? No Papist, I hope-no Catesby and Piercy why, here is, in a good green purse, as much as will business-no Gunpowder Plot?” make that matter good; and we will get old Cross- Fy, fy!-what do you take me for ?" said Dame patch, the tailor, to take a long day for your clothes ; Ursula. "I am as good a churchwoman as the and"

parson's wife, save that necessary business will “Mother, are you serious ?" said Jin Vin, unable to not allow me to go there oftener than on Christmastrust either his eyes or his ears.

day, Heaven help me!-No, no-this is no Popish "In troth am I," said the dame:"and will you call matter. The gentleman hath but struck another in me Mother Midnight now, Jin Vin ?"

the Park"“Mother Midnight !'' exclaimed Jenkin, hugging "Ha! what ?" said Vincent, interrupting her with the dame in his transport, and bestowing on her still a start. comely check a hearty and not unacceptable smack, Ay, ay, I see you guess whom I mean. It is that sounded like the report of a pistol,- Mother even he we have spoken of so often-just Lord GlenMidday, rather, that has risen to light me out of my varloch, and no one else.! troubles-a mother more dear than she who bore me; Vincent sprung from his seat, and traversed the for she poor soul, only brought me into a world of room with rapid and disorderly steps. sin and sorrow, and your timely aid has helped me “There, there it is now-you are always ice or out of the one and the other.". And the good-natured gunpowder

. You sit in the great leathern arm-chair, fellow threw himself back in his chair, and fairly drew as quiet as a rocket hangs upon the frame in a re his hand across his eyes.

joicing-night till the match be fired, and then, whizz! * You would not have me be made to ride the you are in the third heaven, beyond the reach of the Skimmington then," said the dame; "or parade me in human voice, eye, or brain.-When you have wearied a cart, with all the brass basins of the ward beating yourself with padding to and fro across the room, the march to Bridewell before me?"!

will you tell me your determination, for time presses } "I would sooner be carted to Tyburn myself,” | Will you aid me in this matter, or not?'. replied the penitent.

“No-no-no-a thousand times no," replied JenWhy, then, sit up like a man, and wipe thine eyes; kin." Have you not confessed to me, that Margaret and, if thou art pleased with what I have done, I will loves hin ?" show thee how thou mayst requite me in the highest Ay," answered the dame, "that she thinks she degree."

does; but that will not last long.". How ?!' said Jenkin Vincent, sitting straight up " And have I not told you but this instant," replied in his chair---"You would have me, then, do you Jenkin, "that it was this same Glenvarloch that some service for this friendship of yours ?"

rooked me, at the ordinary, of every penny I had, and Ay, marry would I," said Dame Ursley; "for you made a knave of me to boot, by gaining more than are to know, that though I am right glad to stead you was my own ?-0 that cursed gold, which Shortwith it, this gold is not mine, but was placed in my yard, the mercer, paid me that morning on accounts hands in order to find a trusty agent for a certain pur- for mending the clock of Saint Stephen's! If I had pose; and so—But what's the matter with you ?- not, by ill chance, liad that about me, I could put are you fool enough to be angry because you cannot have beggared my purse, without blemishing my hoget a purse of gold for nothing? I would I knew where I nesty; and, after I had been rooked of all the rest

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
« PreviousContinue »