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_"who sometimes, good gentleman, gave a glance the candles by which he was reading. Nigel started at a book when the State affairs of Alsatia left him and turned round, in that excited and irritated state as much leisure."
of mind which arose from the nature of his studies, Nigel embraced the proposal, and his unwearied Iris especially at a period when a certain degree of suscuttled away on this second embassy. She returned perstition was inculcated as a point of religious faith. in a short time with a tattered quarto volume under It was not without emotion that he saw the bloodher arm, and a pottle of sack m her hand; for the less countenance, meagre form, and ghastly aspect Duke, judging that mere reading was dry work, had of old Trapbois, once more in the very act of exsent the wine by way of sauce to help it down, tending his withered hand towards the table which not forgetting to add the price to the morning's score, supported his arms. Convinced by this untimely apwhich he had already run up against the stranger in parition that something evil was meditated towards the Sanctuary.
him, Nigel sprung up, seized his sword, drew it, and Nigel seized on the book, and did not refuse the wine, placing it at the old man's breast, demanded of him thinking that a glass or two, as it really proved to be what he did in his apartment at so untimely an hour. of good quality, would be no bad interlude to his Trapbois showed neither fear nor surprise, and only studies. He dismissed with thanks and assurance of answered by some imperfect expressions, intimating reward, the poor old drudge who had been so zeal, he would part with his life rather than with his ous in his service; trimmed his fire and candles, and property; and Lord Glenvarloch, strangely embarplaced the easiest of the old arm chairs in a con- rassed,' knew not what to think of the intruder's venient posture betwixt the fire and the table at which motives, and still less how to get rid of him. As he he had dined, and which now supported the measure again tried the means of intimidation, he was surof sack and the lights; and thus accompanying his prised by a second apparition from behind the tapesstudies with such luxurious appliances as were in his try, in the person of the daughter of Trapbois, bearing power, he began to examine
the only volume with a lamp in her hand. She also seemed to possess her which the ducal library of Alsatia had been able to father's
insensibility to danger, for, coming close to supply him.
Nigel, she pushed aside impetuously his naked sword, The contents, though of a kind generally
interest- and even attempted to take it out of his hand. ing, were not well calculated to dispel the gloom by "For shame," she said, "your sword on a man of which he was surrounded. The book was entitled eighty years and more !--this the honour of a Scot"God's Revenge against Murther;" not, as the bi- tish gentleman!--give it to me to make a spindle of!" lomaniacal reader may easily conjecture, the work "Stand back," said Nigel ; "I mean your father which Reynolds published under that imposing name, no injury-but I will know what has caused him to but one of a much earlier date, printed and sold by prowl this whole day, and even at this late hour of old Wolfe; and which, could a copy now be found, night, around my arms." would sell for much more than its weight in gold.* * Your arms!" repeated she; "alas! young man,
Nigel had soon enough of the doleful tales which the whole arms in the Tower of London are of little the book contains, and attempted one or two other value to him, in comparison of this miserable piece modes of killing the evening. He looked out at win- of gold which I left this morning on the table of a dow, but the night was rainy, with gusts of wind; young spendthrift, too careless to put what belonged he tried to coax the fire, but the fagots were green, to him into his own purse." and smoked without burning; and as he was na- So saying, she showed the piece of gold, which, turally temperate, he felt his blood somewhat heated still remaining on the table, where she left it, had by the canary sack which he had already drank, been the bait that attracted old. Trapbois so freand had no farther inclination to that pastíme. He quently to the spot; and which, even in the silence next attempted to compose a memorial addressed of the night, had so dwelt on his imagination, that to the King, in which he set forth his case and his he had made use of a private passage long disused, grievances; but, speedily stung with the idea that his to enter his guest's apartment, in order to possess himsupplication would be treated with scorn, he flung self of the treasure during his slumbers. He now the scroll into the fire, and, in a sort of despera- exclaimed, at the highest tones of his cracked and tion, resumed the book which he had laid aside. feeble voice
Nigel became more interested in the volume at the "It is mine-it is mine!-he gave it to me for a second than at the first attempt which he made to consideration– I will die ere I part with my properuse it. The narratives, strange and shocking as perty!" they were to human feeling, possessed yet the interest “It is indeed his own, mistress," said Nigel," and of sorcery or of fascination, which rivets the atten- I do entreat you to restore it to the person on whom tion by its awakening horrors. Much was told of I have bestowed it, and let me have my apartment the strange and horrible acts of blood by which in quiet." men, setting nature and humanity alike at defiance, "I will account with you for it, then,"—said the had, for the thirst of revenge, the lust of gold, or maiden, reluctantly giving to her father the morsel the cravings of irregular ambition, broken into the of Manimon, on which he darted as if his bony Tabernacle of life. Yet more surprising, and myste- fingers had been the talons of a hawk seizing its nous tales were recounted of the mode in which prey; and then making a contented muttering and such deeds of blood had come to be discovered and mumbling like an old dog after he has been fed, and revenged. Animals, irrational animals, had told the just when he is wheeling himself thrice round for the Secret, and birds of the air had carried the matter. purpose of lying down, he followed his daughter beThe elements had seemed to betray the deed which hind the tapestry, through a little sliding door, which had polluted them-earth had ceased to support the was perceived when the hangings were drawn apart, murderer's steps, fire to warm his frozen limbs, water "This shall be properly fastened to-morrow,” said to refresh his parched lips, air to relieve his gasping the daughter to Nigel, speaking in such a tone that lungs. All, in short, bore evidence to the homicide's her father, deaf, and engrossed by his acquisition, guilt. In other circumstances, the criminal's own could not hear her; "to-night I will continue to watch awakened conscience pursued and brought him to him closely.--I wish you good repose." justice; and in some narratives the grave was said These few words, pronounced in a tone of more cito have yawned, that the ghost of the sufferer might vility than she had yet made use of towards her lodgcall for revenge.
er, contained a wish which was not to be accomIt was now wearing late in the night, and the plished, although her guest, presently after her departbook was still in Nigel's hands, when the tapestry ure, retired to bed. which hung behind him flapped against the wall, and There was a slight fever in Nigel's blood, occasionthe wind produced by its motion waved the flame of ed by the various events of the evening, whịch put
him, as the phrase is, beside his rest. Perplexing and * Onix three copies are known to exist; one in the library at painful thoughts rolled on his mind like a troubled and in good condition-both in the possession of an eminent stream, and the more he laboured to lull himself to member of the Roxburghe Club.—Note by CAPTAIN CLUTTER- slumber, the farther he seemed from attaining his ob
ject. He tried all the resources, common in such ca
ses; kept counting from one to a thousand, until his started up, and exclaiming—"There may be life yet!" head was giddy-he watched the embers of the wood strove to raise the body. Nigel went to her assistfire till his eyes were dazzled-he listened to the dull ance, but not without a glance at the open window ; moaning of the wind, the swinging and creaking of which Martha, as acute as if undisturbed either by signs which projected from the houses, and the bay- passion or terror, failed not to interpret justly. ing of here and there a homeless dog, till his very ear Fear not,” she cried, “ fear not; they are base was weary.
cowards, to whom courage is as much unknown as Suddenly, however, amid this monotony, came a mercy. If I had had weapons, I could have defended sound which startled him at once. It was a female myself against them without assistance or protection. shriek. He sat up in his bed to listen, then remem- -Oh! my poor father ! protection comes too late for bered he was in Alsatia, where brawls of every sort this cold and stiff corpse.-He is dead-dead!". were current among the unruly inhabitants. But an- While she spoke, they were attempting to raise the other scream, and another, and another, succeeded so dead body of the old aniser; but it was evident, even close, that he was certain, though the noise was re- from the feeling of the inactive weight and rigid joints, mote and sounded stifled, it must be in the same house that life had forsaken her station. Nigel looked for with himself.
a wound, but saw none. The daughter of the deNigel jumped up hastily, put on a part of his clothes, ceased, with more presence of mind than a daughter seized his sword and pistols, and ran to the door of could at the time have been supposed capable of exerthis chamber. Here he plainly heard the screams re- ing, discovered the instrument of his murder-a sort doubled, and, as he thought, the sounds came from of scarf, which had been drawn so tight round his the usurer's apartment. All access to the gallery was throat, as to stifle his cries for assistance in the first effectually excluded by the intermediate door, which instance, and afterwards to extinguish life. the brave young lord shook with eager, but vain im- She undid the fata! sioose ; and, laying, the old patience. But the secret passage occurred suddenly man's body in the arms of Lord Glenvarloch, she to his recollection. He hastened back to his room, ran for water, for spirits, for essences, in the vain hope and succeeded with some difficulty in lighting a can that life might be only suspended. That hope proved dle, powe ully agitated by aring the cries repeated, indeed vain. She chafed his temples, raised his head, yet still more afraid lest they should sink into silence. loosened his nightgown, (for it seemed as if he had
He rushed along the narrow and winding entrance, arisen from bed upon hearing the entrance of the vilguided by the noise, which now burst more wildly on lains,) and, finally, opened, with difficulty, his fixed his ear; and, while he descended a narrow staircase and closely-clenched hands, from one of which dropwhich terminated the passage, he heard the stifled ped a key, from the other the very piece of gold about voices of men, encouraging, as it seemed, each other. which the unhappy man had been a little before so -"D-n her, strike her down-silence her-beat her anxious, and which probably, in the impaired state of brains out!''--while the voice of his hostess, though his mental faculties, he was disposed io defend with now almost exhausted, was repeating the cry of "mur- as desperate energy, as if its amount had been necesder," and help.” At the bottom of the staircase sary it is in vain-it is in vain,” said the daughter, precipitated himself upon the scene of action, a cock- desisting from her fruitless attempts to recall the ed pistol in one hand, a candle in the other, and his spirit which had been effectually dislodged, for the naked sword under his arm.
neck had been twisted by the violence of the murderTwo ruffians had, with great difficulty, overpower- ers; " It is in vain,he is murdered-I always knew ed, or, rather, were on the point of overpowering, the it would be thus; and now I witness it!" daughter of Trapbois, whose resistance appeared to She then snatched up the key and the piece of mohave been most desperate, for the floor was covered ney, but it was only to dash them
again on the floor, with fragments of her clothes, and handfuls of her as she exclaimed, “Accursed be ye both, for you are hair. It appeared that her life was about to be the the causes of this deed !". price of her defence, for one villain had drawn a long Nigel would have spoken-would have reminded clasp-knife, when they were surprised by the entrance her, that measures should be instantly taken for the of Nigel, who, as they turned towards him, shot the pursuit of the murderer who had escaped, as well as fellow with the knife dead on the spot, and when the for her own security against his return; but she inother advanced to him, hurled the candlestick at his terrupted him sharply. head, and then attacked him with his sword. It was "Be silent," she said, " be silent. Think you, the dark, save some pale moonlight from the window; thoughts of my own heart are not enough to distract and the ruffian, after firing a pistol without effect, and me, and with such a sight as this before me? I say, fighting a traverse or two with his sword, lost heart, be silent,” she said again, and in a yet sterner tone made for the window, leaped over i!, and escaped. –“Can a daughter listen, and her father's murdered Nigel fired his remaining pistol after him at a venture, corpse lying on her knees ?" and then called for light.
Lord Glenvarloch, however overpowered by the "There is light in the kitchen," answered Martha energy of her grief, felt not the less the embarrassTrapbois, with more presence of mind than could ment of his own situation. He had discharged both have been expected. Stay, you know not the way: his pistols-the robber might return-he had probably I will fetch it myself.-Oh! my father-my poor fa- other assistants besides the man who had fallen, and ther !- I knew it would come to this--and all along it seemed to him, indeed, as if he had heard a mutterof the accursed gold !—They have MURDERED him!" ing beneath the windows. He explained hastily to
his companion the necessity of procuring ammunition.
You are right,” she said, somewhat contemptCHAPTER XXV.
uously, "and have ventured already more than ever Death finds us 'mid our playthingg-snatches us,
I expected of man. Go, and shift for yourself, since
that is your purpose-leave me to my fate." As a cross nurse might do a wayward child, From all our toys and baubles. His rough call
Without stopping for needless expostulation, Nigel Unlooser all our favorite ties on earth;
hastened to his own room through the secret passAnd well if they are such as may be answer'd In yonder world, where all is judged of truly.–Old Play. for, and returned with the same celerity; wondering
age, furnished himself with the ammunition he sought It was a ghastly scene which opened, upon Martha himself at the accuracy with which he achieved, in Trapbois's return with a light. Her own haggard the dark, all the meanderings of the passage which and austere features were exaggerated by all the des. he had traversed only once, and that in a moment of peration of grief, fear, and passion-but the latter was such violent agitation. predominant. On the floor lay the body of the rob- He found, on his return, the unfortunate woman ber, who had expired without a groan, while his blood, standing like a statue by the body of her father, which flowing plentifully, had crimsoned all around. An- she had laid straight on the floor, having covered the other body lay also there, on which the unfortunate face with the skirt of his gown. She testified neither woman precipitated herself in agony, for it was that surprise nor pleasure at Nigel's return, but said to of her unhappy father. In the next moment she him calmly-"My moan is made my sorrow-all the sorrow at least that man shall ever have noting, whatever. The daughter was first examined, and of, is gone past; but I will have justice, and the base stated, with wonderful accuracy and distinctness, the villain who murdered this poor defenceless old man, manner in which she had been alarmed with a noise when he had not by the course of nature, a twelve- of struggling and violence in her father's apartinent, month's life in him, shall not cumber the earth long and that the more readily, because she was watchafter him. Stranger, whom heaven has sent to for-ing him on account of some alarm concerning his ward the revenge reserved for this action, go to Hilde- health. On her entrance, she had seen her father brod's--there they are awake all night in their revels sinking, under the strength of two men, upon whom -bid him come hither-he is bound by his duty, and she rushed with all the fury she was capable of. As dare not, and shall not, refuse his assistance, which their faces were blackened, and their figures disguishe knows well I can reward. Why do ye tarry ?-goed, she could not pretend, in the hurry of a moment instantly."
so dreadfully agitating, to distinguish either of them “I would," said Nigel, " but I am fearful of leaving as persons whom she had seen before. She rememyou alone; the villains may return, and"
bered little more except the firing of shots, until she True, most true," answered Martha, "he may found herself alone with her guest, and saw that the return; and, though I care little for his murdering ruffians had escaped. me, he may possess himself
what has most tempt- Lord Glenvarloch told his story as we have given ed him. Keep this key and this piece of gold; they it to the reader. The direct evidence thus received, are both of importance-defend your life it assailed, Hildebrod examined the premises. He found that and if you kill the villain I will make you rich. I go the villains had made their entrance by the window myself to call for aid.”
out of which the survivor had made his escape; yet Nigel would have remonstrated with her, but she it seemed singular that they should have done so, as had departed, and in a moment he heard the house it was secured with strong iron bars, which old Trapdoor clank behind her. For an instant he thought of bois was in the habit of shutting with his own hand following her ; but upon recollection that the distance at nightfall. He minuted down with great accuracy, was but short betwixt the tavern of Hildebrod and the state of every thing in the apartment, and exthe house of Trapbois, he concluded that she knew amined carefully the features of the slain robber. He it better than he incurred little danger in passing it, was dressed like a seaman of the lowest order, but and that he would do well in the meanwhile to re- his face was known to none present. Hildebrod next main on the watch as she recommended.
sent for an Alsatian surgeon, whose vices, undoing It was no pleasant situation for one unused to such what his skill might have done for him, had consignscenes, to remain in the apartment with two dead / ed him to the wretched practice of this place. He bodies recently those of living and breathing men, made him examine the dead bodies, and make a prowho had both, within the space of less than half an per declaration of the manner in which the sufferers hour, suffered violent death; one of them by the hand seemed to have come by their end. The circumstance of the assassin, the other, whose blood still continued of the sash did not escape the learned judge, and havto flow from the wound' in his throat, and to food ing listened to all that could be heard or conjectured all around him, by the spectator's own deed of vio- on the subject, and collected all particulars of evilence, though of justice. He turned his face from dence
which appeared to bear on the bloody transacthose wretched relics of mortality with a feeling of tion, he commanded the door of the apartment to be disgust, mingled with superstition; and he found, locked until next morning; and carrying the unforwhen he had done so, that the consciousness of the tunate daughter of the murdered man into the kitchen, presence of these ghastly objects, though unseen by where there was no one in presence but Lord Glenhim, rendered him more uncomfortable than even varloch, he asked her gravely, whether she suspected when he had his eyes fixed upon, and reflected by, no one in particular of having committed the deed. the cold, staring, lifeless eyeballs of the deceased! "Do you suspect no one?" answered Martha, Fancy also played her usual sport with him. He looking fixedly on him. now thought he heard the well-worn damask night- "Perhaps I may, mistress; but it is my part to ask gown of the deceased usurer rustle; anon, that he questions, yours to answer them. That's the rule of heard the slaughtered bravo draw up his leg, the boot the game. scratching the floor as if he was about to rise; and "Then I suspect him who wore yonder sash. Do again he deemed he heard the footsteps and the whis- not you know whom I mean ?". per of the returned ruffian under the window from Why, if you call on me for honours, I must needs which he had lately escaped. To face the last and say I have seen Captain Peppercull have one of such most real danger, and to parry the terrors which the a fashion, and he was not a man to change his suits other class of feelings were like to impress upon him, often." Nigel went to the window, and was much cheered to "Send out then," said Martha, "and have him observe the light of several torches illuminating the apprehended.”. street, and followed, as the murmur of voices denot- "If it is he, he will be far by this time; but I will ed, by a number of persons, armed, it would seem, communicate with the higher powers,” answered the with firelocks and halberds, and attendant on Hilde- judge. brod, who (not in his fantastic office of duke, but in You would have him escape," resumed she, fixing that which he really possessed, of bailiff of the liberty her eyes on him sternly. and sanctuary of Whitefriars) was on his way to in- "By cock and pie," replied Hildebrod, "did it dequire into the crime and its circumstances.
pend on me, the murdering cut-throat should hang It was a strange and melancholy contrast to see as high as ever Haman did—but let me take my these debauchees, disturbed in the very depth of their time. He has friends among us, that you wot well; midnight revel, on their arrival at such a scene as and all that should assist me are as drunk as fiddlers. this. They stared on each other, and on the bloody "I will have revenge - I will have it,” repeated work before them, with lack-lustre eyes ; staggered she; "and take heed you trifle not with me. with uncertain steps over boards slippery with blood; Trifle! I would sooner trifle with a she-bear the their noisy brawling voices sunk into stammering minute after they had baited her. I tell you, miswhispers; and, with spirits quelled by what they saw, tress, be but patient, and we will have him.' I know while their brains were still stupified by the liquor all his haunts, and he cannot forbear them long; which they had drunk, they seemed like men walk- and I will have trap-doors open for him. You caning in their sleep.
not want justice, mistress, for you have the means Old Hildebrod was an exception to the general to get it." condition. That seasoned cask, however full, was at They who help me in my revenge,” said Martha, all times capable of motion, when there occurred a "shall share those means. motive sufficiently strong to set him a-rolling. He 'Enough said," replied Hildebrod; "and now I seemed much shocked at what he beheld, and his would have you go to my house, and get something proceedings, in consequence, had more in them of hot-you will be but dreary here by yourself." regularity and propriety, than he might have been "I will send for the old char-woman,” replied Marsupposed capable of exhibiting upon any occasion tha," and we have the stranger gentleman, besides."
"Umph, umph-the stranger gentleman!" said with the tacit hope that he should never again see or Hildebrod to Nigel, whom he drew a little apart. hear of them. He then returned to the kitchen, in "I fancy the
captain has made the stranger gentle which the unhappy woman remained, her hands still man’s fortune when he was making a bold dash clenched, her eyes fixed, and her limbs extended, like for his own. I can tell your honour-I must not say those of a person in a trance. Much moved by her lordship--that I think my having chanced to give situation, and with the prospect which lay before her, the greasy buff-and-iron scoundrel some hint of what he endeavoured to awaken her to existence by every I recommended to you to-day, has put him on this means in his power, and at lengļh apparently sucrough game. The better for you—you will get the ceeded in dispelling her stupor, and attracting her atcash without the father-in-law.--You will keep con- tention. He then explained to her that he was in the ditions I trust ?"
act of leaving Whitefriars in a few hours--that his "I wish you had said nothing to any one of a future destination was uncertain, but that he desired scheme so absurd,” said Nigel.
anxiously to know whether he could contribute to her "Absurd !-Why, think you she will not have thee ? protection by apprizing any friend of her situation, or Take her with the tear in her eye, man-take her with otherwise. With some difficulty she seemed to comthe tear in her eye. Let me hear from you to-morrow. prehend his meaning, and thanked him with her Good night, good night-a nod is as good as a wink. usual short ungracious manner. "He might mean I must to my business of sealing and locking up. By well,” she said, but he ought to know that the mithe way, this horrid work has put all out of my head-serable had no friends." Here is a fellow from Mr. Lowestoffe has been ask- Nigel said, "He would not willingly be importunate, ing to see you. As he said his business was express, but, as he was about to leave the Friars"-Sheinthe Senate only made him drink a couple of flagons, terrupted himand he was just coming to beat up your quarters "You are about to leave the Friars? I will go with when this breeze blew up. -Ahey, friend ! there is you." Master Nigel Grahame."
You go with me!" exclaimed Lord Glenvarloch. A young man, dressed in a green plush jerkin, "Yes," she said, "I will persuade my father to leave with a badge on the sleeve, and having the appear- this murdering den." But, as she spoke, the more ance of waterman, approached and took Nigel aside, perfect recollection of what had passed crowded on while Duke Hildebrod went from place to place to her mind. She hid her face in her hands, and burst exercise his authority, and to see the windows fast- out into a dreadful fit of sobs, moans, and lamentaened, and the doors of the apartment locked up. tions, which terminated in hysterics, violent in proThe news communicated by Lowestoffe's messenger portion to the uncommon strength of her body and were not the most pleasant. They were intimated in mind. a courteous whisper to Nigel, to the following effect : Lord Glenvarloch, shocked, confused, and inexpe- That Master Lowestoffe prayed him to consult his rienced, was about to leave the house in quest of medisafety by instantly leaving Whitefriars, for that a cal, or at least female assistance; but the patient, warrant from the Lord Chief Justice had been issued when the paroxysm had somewhat spent its force, out for apprehending him, and would be put in force held him fast by the sleeve with one hand, covering to-morrow, by the assistance of a pariy of mus- her face with the other, while a copious flood of tears keteers, a force which the Alsatians neither would came to relieve the emotions of grief by which she had nor dared to resist.
been so violently agitated. “And so, squire," said the aquatic emissary, “my "Do not leave me," she said—"do not leave me, wherry is to wait you at the Temple Stairs yonder, at and call no one. I have never been in this way befive this morning, and, if you would give the blood- fore, and would not now," she said, sitting upright, hounds the slip, why, you may.”.
and wiping her eyes with her apron,- would not "Why did not Master Lowestoffe write to me?" now-but ihat-but that he loved me, if he loved nosaid Nigel.
thing else that was human-To die so, and by such "Alas! the good gentleman lies up in lavender for hands !" it himself, and has as litile to do with pen and ink And again the unhappy woman gave way to a paras if he were a parson.”
oxysm of sorrow, mingling her tears with sobbing, "Did he send any token to me?'' said Nigel. wailing, and all the abandonment of female grief,
"Token !--ay, marry did he-token enough, an I when at its utmost height. At length, she gradually have not forgot it," said the fellow; then, giving a recovered the austerity of her natural composure, and hoist to the waistband of his breeches, he said,- •Ăy, maintained it as if by a forcible exertion of resolution, I have it-you were to believe me, because your name repelling, as she spoke, the repeated returns of the was written with an 0, for Grahame. Ay, that was hysterical affection, by such an effort as that by which it, I think.-Well, shall we meet in two hours, when epileptic patients are known to suspend the recurtide turns, and go down the river like a twelve-oared rence of their fits. Yet her mind, however resolved, barge ?"
could not so absolutely overcome the affection of her "Where is the king just now, knowest thou ?'' nerves, but that she was agitated by strong fits of answered Lord Glenvarloch.
trembling, which, for a minute or two at a time, shook "The king? why, he went down to Greenwich her whole frame in a manner frightful to witness. yesterday by water, like a noble sovereign as he is, Nigel forgot his own situation, and, indeed, every who will always float where he can. He was to thing else, in the interest inspired by the unhappy wohave hunted this week, but that purpose is broken, man before him-an interest which affected a proud they say; and the Prince and the Duke, and all of spirit the more deeply, that she herself, with corresthem at Greenwich, are as merry as minnows." pondent highness of mind, seemed determined to owe
"Well,” replied Nigel, "I will be ready to go at five; as little as possible either to the humanity or the pity do thou come hither to carry my baggage."
of others. “Ay, ay, master,” replied the fellow, and left the "I am not wont to be in this way,” she said, house, mixing himself with the disorderly attendants but--but-Nature will have power over the frail beof Duke Hildebrod, who were now retiring. That poings it has made. Over you, sir, I have some right; tentate entreated Nigel to make fast the doors behind for, without you I had not survived this awful night. him, and, pointing to the female who sat by the ex. I wish your aid had been either earlier or later-but piring fire with her limbs outstretched, like one whom you have saved my life, and you are bound to assist the hand of Death had already arrested, he whisper. in making it endurable to me ?" ed, "Mind your hits, and mind your bargain, or I will "If you will show me how it is possible," answercut your bow-string for you before you can draw it." ed Nigel.
Feeling deeply the ineffable brutality which could "You are going hence, you say, instantly carry recommend the prosecuting such views over a wretch me with you," said the unhappy woman,
By my in such a condition, Lord Glenvarloch yet command- own efforts, I shall never escape from this wilderness ed his temper so far as to receive the advice in silence of guilt and misery." and attend to the former part of it, by barring the Alas ! what can I do for you ?" replied Nigel. door carefully behind Duke Hildebrod and his suite, I “My own way, and I must not deviate from it, leads
me, in all probability, to a dungeon. I might, indeed, | aid her; and, having pushed aside the heavy bedtransport you from hence with me, if you could after- stead, they saw the brass plate which Martha had wards bestow yourself with any friend.”
described. She pressed the spring, and, at once, the " Friend!” she exclaimed—"I have no friend-they plate starting up, showed the keyhole, and a large have long since discarded us. A spectre arising from iron ring used in lifting the trap-door, which, when the dead were more welcome than I should be at the raised, displayed the strong-box, or small chest, she doors of those who have disclaimed us; and, if they had mentioned, and which proved indeed so very were willing to restore their friendship to me now, I weighty, that it might perhaps have been scarcely would despise it, because they withdrew it from him possible for Nigel, though a very strong man, to have --from him"--(here she underwent strong but sup- raised it without assistance. pressed agitation, and then added firmly)- from him Having replaced every thing as they had found it, who lies yonder. - I have no friend." Here she paus- Nigel, with such help as his companion was able to ed; and then suddenly, as if recollecting herself, add- attord, assumed his load, and made a shift to carry it ed, "I have no friend, but I have that will purchase into the next apartment, where lay the miserable many-I have that which will purchase both friends owner, insensible to sounds and circumstances, which, and avengers.—It is well thought of ; I must not if any thing could have broken his long last slumber, eave it for a prey to cheats and ruffians. -Stranger, would certainly have done so. you must return to yonder room. Pass through it His unfortunate daughter went up to his body, and boldly to his-that is, to the sleeping apartment; had even the courage to remove the sheet which had push the bedstead aside; beneath each of the posts is been decently disposed over it. She put her hand on à brass plate, as if to support the weight, but it is that the heart, but there was no throb-held a feather to upon the left, nearest to the wall, which must serve the lips, but there was no motion-then kissed with your turn--press the corner of the plate, and it will deep reverence the starting veins of the pale forehead, spring up and show a keyhole, which this key will and then the emaciated hand. open. You will then lift a concealed trap-door, and "I would you could hear me," she said, -"Father! in a cavity of the floor you will discover a small chest, I would you could hear me swear, that, if I now save Bring it hitherit shall accompany our journey, and what you most valued on earth, it is only to assist me it will be hard if the contents cannot purchase me a in obtaining vengeance for your death!" place of refuge."
She replaced the covering, and, without a tear, a " But the door communicating with the kitchen has sigh, or an additional word of any kind, renewed her been locked by these people," said Nigel.
efforts, until they conveyed the strong-box betwixt "True, I had forgol; they had their reasons for them into Lord Glenvarloch's sleeping apartment. that, doubtless," answered she. “But the secret pass- "It must pass,” she said, “as part of your baggage. age from your apartment is open, and you may go I will be in readiness so soon as the waterman calls."
She retired; and Lord Glenvarloch, who saw the Lord Glenvarloch took the key, and, as he lighted hour of their departure approach, tore down a part of a lamp to show him the way, she read in his counte- the old hanging to make a covering, which he corded fance some unwillingness to the task imposed. upon the trunk, lest the peculiarity of its shape, and
"You fear ?" she said--"there is no cause; the the care with which it was banded and counterbandmurderer and his victim are both at rest. Take cou- ed with bars of steel, might afford suspicions respectrage, I will go with you myself—you cannot know the ing the treasure which it contained. Having taken inck of the spring, and the chest will be too heavy this measure of precaution, he changed the rascally for you."
disguise, which he had assumed on entering White"No fear, no fear," answered Lord Glenvarloch, friars, into a suit becoming his quality, and then, unashamed of the construction she put upon a moment. able to sleep, though exhausted with the events of the ary hesitation, arising from a dislike to look upon night, he threw himself on his bed to await the sumwhat is horrible, often connected with those high- mons of the waterman. wrought minds which are the last to fear what is merely dangerous--"I will do your errand as you desire; but for you, you must not-cannot go yonder." "I can I will," she said. “I am composed. You
CHAPTER XXVI. shall see that I am so." She took from the table a Give us good voyage, gentle stream-westun not
Thy sober ear with sounds of revelry; piece of unfinished sewing-work, and, with steadiness
Wake not the slumbering echoes of thy banks and composure, passed å silken thread into the eye
With voice of flute and horn-we do but seek of a fine needle.--"Could I have done that,” she said, On the broad pathway of thy swelling bosom with a smile yet more ghastly than her previous look
To glide in silent safety.-The Double Bridal. of fixed despair, "had not my heart and hand been GRAY, or rather yellow light, was beginning to both steady ?"
twinkle through the fogs of Whitefriars, when a low She then led the way rapidly up stairs to Nigel's tap at the door of the unhappy miser announced to chamber, and proceeded through the secret passage Lord Glenvarloch the summons of the boatman. with the same haste, as if she had feared her resolu- He found at the door the man whom he had seen the tion might have failed her ere her purpose was exe- night before, with a companion. cuted. At the bottom of the stairs she paused a mo- "Come, come, master, let us get afloat,” said one ment, before entering the fatal apartment, then hur- of them, in a rough impressive whisper, "time and ried through with a rapid step to the sleeping chamber tide wait for no man.' beyond, followed closely by Lord Glenvarloch, whose "They shall not wait for me," said Lord Glenvarrelactance to approach the scene of butchery was al- loch; "but I have some things to carry with me.' together lost in the anxiety which he felt on account “Ay, ay-no man will take a pair of oars now, Jack, of the survivor of the tragedy..
unless he means to load the wherry like a six-horse Her first action was to pull aside the curtains of wagon. When they don't want to shift the whole her father's bed. The bed-clothes were thrown aside kiti, they take a sculler, and be d-d to them.—Come, in confusion, doubtless in the action of his starting come, where be your rattle-traps ?" from sleep to oppose the entrance of the villains into One of the men was soon sufficiently loaded, in his the next apartment. The hard mattress scarcely own estimation at least, with Lord Glenvarloch's showed the slight pressure where the emaciated body mail and its accompaniments, with which burden
he of the old miser had been deposited. His danghter began to trudge towards the Temple Stairs. His sank beside the bed, clasped her hands, and prayed comrade, who seemed the principal, began to handle to Heaven, in a short and affecting manner, for sup- the trunk which contained the miser's treasure, but port in her affliction, and for vengeance on the vil. pitched it down again in an instant, declaring, with a lains who had made her fatherless. A low-muttered great oath, that it was as reasonable to expect a man and still more brief petition recommended to Heaven to carry Paul's on his back. The daughter of Trapthe soul of the sufferer, and invoked pardon for his bois, who had by this time joined them, muffled up in ans, in virtuo of the great Christian atonement. a long dark hood and mantle, exclaimed to Lord This duty of piety performed, she signed to Nigel tol Glenvarloch—"Let them leave it if they will-let
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