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readily engaged him in his schemes, which, in the ( a state intrigue, for the removal of an obnoxious eyes of his brother-in-law, were alike honourable and favourite, and the subsequent change of the King's patriotic. But, while he fattered Bridgenorth with sentiments upon various material points, in which he the achieving a complete reformation in the state- was at present influenced by the Duchess of Portschecking the profligacy of the Court-relieving the mouth. In this light it was exhibited to the Duke of consciences of the Dissenters from the pressure of the Buckingham, who, either to sustain his character for penal laws--amending, in fine, the crying grievances of daring gallantry, or in order to gratify some caprithe time--while he showed him also, in prospect, re- cious fancy, had at one time made love io the reigning venge upon the Countess of Derby, and a humbling favourite, and experienced a repulse which he had dispensation on the House of Poveril
, from whom never forgiven. Bridgenorth had suffered such indignity, Christian did But one scheme was too little to occupy the active not neglect, in the mean while, to consider how he and enterprising spirit of the Duke. An appendix of could best benefit himself by the confidence reposed in the Popish Plot was easily so contrived as to involve him by his unsuspicious relation.
the Countess of Derby, who, from character and The extreme beauty of Alice Bridgenorth-the great religion, was precisely the person whom the creduwealth which time and economy had accumulated on lous part of the public were inclined to suppose the her father-pointed her out as a most desirable match likely accomplice of such a conspiracy. Christian to repair the wasted fortunes of some of the followers and Bridgenorth, undertook the perilous commission of the Court; and he flattered himself that he could of attacking her even in her own little kingdom of conduct such a negotiation so as to be in a high de- Man, and had commissions for this purpose, which gree conducive to his own advantage. He found there had only to be produced in case of their scheme taking would be little difficulty in prevailing on Major effect. Bridgenorth to intrust hím with the guardianship of It miscarried, as the reader is aware, from the his daughter. That unfortunate gentleman had ac- Countess's alert preparations for defence; and neicustomed himself
, from the very period of her birth, ther Christian nor Bridgenorih beld it sound policy to to regard the presence of his child as a worldly in- practise openly, even under parliamentary authority, dulgence too great to be allowed to him; and Chris- against a lady so little liable to hesitate upon the tian had little trouble in convincing him that the measures most likely to secure ber feudal sovereignty; strong inclination which he felt to bestow her on wisely considering, that even the omnipotence, as it Julian Peveril, provided he could be brought over to has been somewhat too largely styled, of Parliament, his own political opinions, was a blameable compro- might fail to relieve them from ine personal consemise with his more severe principles. Late circum- quences of a failure. stances had taught him the incapacity and unfitness On the continent of Britain, however, no opposition of Dame Dcbbitch for the sole charge of so dear a was to be feared ; and so well was Christian acpledge ; and he readily and thankfully embraced the quainted with all the motions in the interior of the kind offer of her maternal uncle, Christian, to place Countess's little court, or household, that Peveril Alice under the protection of a lady of rank in London, would have been arrested the instant he set foot on whilst he himself was to be engaged in the scenes of shore, but for the gale of wind, which obliged the bustle and blood, which, in common with all good vessel, in which he was a passenger, to run for Protestants, he expected were speedily to take place Liverpool. Here Christian, under the name of Gan. on a general rising of the Papisls, unless prevented by lesse, unexpectedly met with him, and preserved him the active and energetic measures of the good people from the fangs of the well-breathed witnesses of the of England. He even confessed his fears, that his Plot, with the purpose of securing his despatches, or, partial regard for Alice's happiness might enervate if necessary, his person also, in such a manner as to his efforts in behalf of his country; and Christian place him at his own discretion--a narrow and perilhad little trouble in eliciting from him a promise, that ous game, which he thought it þetter, however, to unhe would forbear to inquire after her for some time. dertake, than to permit these subordinate agenis, who
Thus certain of being the temporary guardian of his were always ready to mutiny against all in league niece for a space long enough, he flattered himself
, with them, to obtain the credit which they must have for the execution of his purpose, Christian endea- done by the seizure of the Countess of Derby's papers. voured to pave the way by consulting Chiffinch, It was, besides, essential to Buckingham's schemes whose known skill in Court policy qualified him best that these should not pass into the hands of a public as an adviser on this occasion. But this worthy per- officer like Topham, who, however pompous and son, being, in fact, a purveyor for his Majesty's plea- stupid, was upright and well-intentioned, until they sures, and on that account high in his good graces, had undergone the revisal of a private committee, thought it fell within the line of his duty to suggest where something might have probably been supanother scheme than that on which Christian con pressed, even supposing that nothing had been added. sulted him. A woman of such beauty as Alice was in short, Christian, in carrying on his own separate described, he deemed more worthy to be a partaker of and peculiar intrigue, by the agency of the Great the affections of the merry. Monarch, whose taste in Popish Plot, as it was called, acted just like an engifemale beauty was so exquisite, than to be made the neer, who derives the principle of motion which turns wife of some worn-out prodigal of quality. And then, his machinery, by means of a steam-engine, or large doing perfect justice to his own character, he felt it water-wheel, constructed to drive a separate and would not be one whit impaired, while his fortune larger engine. Accordingly, he was deterinined that, would be, in every respect, greatly amended, if, after while he took all the advantage he could from their sharing the short reign of the Gwyns, the Davises, the supposed discoveries, no one should be admitted to Robertses, and so forth, Alice Bridgenorth should re- tamper or interfere with his own plans of profit and tire from the state of a royal favourite, into the hum- revenge ble condition of Mrs. Chíffinch.
Chíffinch, who, desirous of satisfying himself with After cautiously sounding Christian, and finding his own eyes of that excellent beauty which had been that the near prospect of interest to himself effectually so highly extolled, had gone down to Derbyshire on prevented his starting at this iniquitous scheme, purpose, was infinitely delighted, when, during the Chiffinch detailed it to him fully, carefully keeping the course of a two hours' sermon at the dissenting chapel final termination out of sight, and talking of the in Liverpool, which afforded him ample leisure for a favour to be acquired by the fair Alice as no passing deliberate survey, he arrived at the conclusion that he caprice, but the commencement of a reign as long had never seen a form or face more captivating. His and absolute as that of the Duchess of Portsmouth, eyes having confirmed what was told him, he hurried of whose avarice and domineering temper Charles back to the little inn which formed their place of renwas now understood to be much tired, though the dezvous, and there awaited Christian and his niece, force of habit rendered him unequal to free himself of with a degree of confidence in the success of their her yoke.
project which he had not before entertained; and Thus chalked out, the scene prepared was no with an apparatus of luxury, calculated, as he thought, longer the scheme of a Court pander, and a villanous to make a favourable impression on the mind of a resolution for the ruin of an innocent girl, but became ! rustic girl. He was somewhat surprised, when,
instead of Alice Bridgenorth, to whom he expected that
CHAPTER XXX. night to have been introduced, he found thai Christian was accompanied by Julian Peveril. It was indeed a
As for John Dryden's Charles, I own that King
Was never any very mighty thing : severe disappointment, for he had prevailed on his And yet he was a devilish honest fellow-own indolence to venture thus far from the Court, Enjoy'd his friend and bottle, and got mellow. in order that he might judge, with his own paramount taste, whether Alice was really the prodigy which her LONDON, the grand central point of intrigues of every uncle's praises had bespoken her, and, as such, a description, had now attracted within its dark and victim worthy of the fate to which she was des- shadowy region the greater number of the personages tined.
whom we have had occasion to mention. A few words betwixt the worthy confederates de- Julian Peveril, amongst others of the dramatis pertermined them on the plan of stripping Peveril of the sonæ, had arrived, and taken up his abode in a remote Countess's despatches; Chiffinch absolutely refusing inn in the suburbs. His business, he conceived, was to take any share in arresting him, as a matter of to remain incognito until he should have communiwhich his Master's approbation might be very un- cated in private with the friends who were most certain.
likely to lend assistance to his parents, as well as to Christian had also his own reasons for abstaining his patroness, in their present situation of doubt and from so decisive a step. It was by no means likely danger. Amongst these, the most powerful was the to be agreeable to Bridgenorth, whom it was neces- Duke of Ormond, whose faithful services, high rank, sary to keep in good humour ;--- it was not necessary, and acknowledged worth and virtue, still preserved for the Countess's despatches were of far more im- an ascendency in that very Court where, în general, portance than the person of Julian. Lastly, it was he was regarded as out of favour. Indeed, so much superfluous in this respect also, that Julian was on consciousness did Charles display in his demeanour the road to his father's castle, where it was likely he towards that celebrated noble, and servant of his would be seized, as a matter of course, along with father, that Buckingham once took the freedom to the other suspicious persons who fell under Topham's ask the King whether the Duke of Ormond had lost warrant, and the denunciations of his infamous com- his Majesty's favour, or his Majesty the Duke's? since, panions. He, therefore, far from using any violence whenever they chanced to meet, the King appeared to Peveril, assumed towards him such a friendly tone, the more embarrassed of the two. But it was not as might seem to warn him against receiving damage Peveril's good fortune to obtain the advice or counfrom others, and vindicate himself from having had tenance of this distinguished person. His Grace of any share in depriving him of his charge. This last Ormond was not at that time in London. manæuvre was achieved by an infusion of a strong The letter, about the delivery of which the Countess narcotic into Julian's wine; under the influence of had seemed most anxious after that to the Duke of which, he slumbered so soundly, that the confeder. Ormond, was addressed to Captain Barstow, (a Jesuit, ates were easily able to accomplish their inhospitable whose real name was Fenwick,) to be found, or at purpose.
least to be heard of, in the house of one Martin ChrisThe events of the succeeding days are already known tal in the Savoy. To this place hastened Peveril, to the reader. Chiffinch set forward to return to Lon- upon learning the absence of the Duke of Ormond. don with the packet, which it was desirabl should be He was not ignorant of the danger which he personin Buckingham's hands as soon as possible; while ally incurred, by thus becoming a medium of comChristian went to Moultrassie, to receive Alice from munication betwixt a Popish priest and a suspected her father, and convey her safely to London-his Catholic. But when he undertook the perilous comaccomplice agreeing to defer his curiosity to see more mission of his patroness, he had done so frankly, and of her until they should have arrived in that city. with the unreserved resolution of serving her in the
Before parting with Bridgenorth, Christian had manner in which she most desired her affairs to be exerted his utmost address to prevail on him to re- conducted. Yet he could not forbear some secret apmain at Moultrassie : he had even overstepped the prehension, when he felt himself engaged in the labybounds of prudence, and, by his urgency, awakened rinth of passages and galleries, which led to different some suspicions of an indefinite nature, which he obscure sets of apartments in the ancient building found it difficult to allay. Bridgenorth, therefore, termed the Savoy. followed his brother-in-law to London; and the This antiquated and almost ruinous pile occupied a reader has already been made acquainted with the arts part of the site of the public offices in the Strand, which Christian used to prevent his farther interfer- commonly called Somerset-House. The avoy had ence with the destinies of his daughter, or the un. been formerly a palace, and took its name from hallowed schemes of her ill-chosen guardian. Still an Earl of Savoy, by whom it was founded. It had Christian, as he strode along the street in profound been the habitation of John of Gaunt, and various reflection, saw that his undertaking was attended persons of distinction-had become a convent, a hoswith a thousand perils; and the drops stood like beads pital, and finally, in Charles II.'s time, a waste of on his brow when he thought of the presumptuous dilapidated buildings and ruinous apartments, inhalevity and fickle temper of Buckingham--the frivolity bited chiefly by those who had some connexion with, and intemperance of Chiffinch-the suspicions of the or dependence upon the neighbouring palace of Somelancholy and bigoted, yet sagacious and honest merset-House, which more fortunate than the Savoy, Bridgenorth. “Had I," he thought, "but tools fitted, had still retained its royal title, and was the abode of each to their portion of the work, how easily could a part of the Court, and occasionally of the King I heave asunder and disjoint the strength that opposes himself, who had apartments there. me! But with these frail and insufficient imple- It was not without several inquiries, and more than ments, I am in daily, hourly, momentary danger, one mistake, that, at the end of a long and dusky pasthat one lever or other gives way, and that the whole sage, composed of boards so wasted by time that they ruin recoils on my own head. And yel, were it not threatened to give way under his feet, Julian at length for those failings I complain of, how were it possible found the name of Martin Christal, broker and apfor me to have acquired that power over them all praiser, upon a shattered door. He was about to which constitutes them my passive tools, even when knock, when some one pulled his cloak; and looking they seem most to exert their own free will ? Yes, round, to his great astonishment, which indeed althe bigots have some right when they affirm that all most amounted to fear, he saw the little mute damsel, is for the best."
who had accompanied him for a part of the way on It may seem strange, that, amidst the various sub- his voyage from the Isle of Man. “Fenella!” he exjects
of Christian's apprehension, he was neve; visited claimed, forgetting that she could neither hear nor by any long or permanent doubt that the virtue of reply, - Fenella ! Can this be you ?!! his niece might prove the shoal on which his voyage Fenella, assuming the air of warning and authority, should be wrecked. But he was an arrant rogue, which she had heretofore endeavoured to adopt 10as well as a hardened libertine; and, in both char- wards him, interposed betwixt Julian and the door acters, a professed disbeliever in the virtue of the at which he was about to knock-pointed with her fair sex.
finger towards it in a prohibiting manner, and at
the same time bent her brows, and shook her head i now called, cockers, which attended their master as sternly.
closely, and perhaps with as deep sentiments of atAfter a moment's consideration, Julian could place tachment, as the bipeds of the group; and whose but one interpretation upon Fenella's appearance and gambols, which seemed to afford him much amuseconduct, and that was, by supposing her lady had ment he sometimes checked, and sometimes encoucome up to London, and had despatched this mute raged. In addition to this pastime, a lackey, or attendanı, as a contidential person, to apprise him of groom, was also in attendance, with one or two litsome change of her intended operations, which might the baskets and bags, from which the gentleman we render the delivery of her letters to Barstow, alias have described took, from time to time, a handful of Fenwicke, superfiuous, or perhaps dangerous. He seeds, and amused himself with throwing them to made signs to Fenella, demanding to know whether the waterfowl. she had any commission from the Countess. She This, the King's favourite occupation, together with nodded. "Kad she any letter ?" he continued, by the his remarkable countenance, and the deportment of same mode of inquiry. She shook her head impa- the rest of the company towards him, satisfied Julian ciently, and, walking hastily along the passage, made Peveril that he was approaching, perhaps indecoa signal to him to follow. He did so, having litle rously, near to the person of Charles Siewart, the doubt that he was about to be conducted into the second of that unhappy name. Countess's presence; but his surprise, at first excited While he hesitated to follow his dumb guide any by Fenella's appearance, was increased by the rapid- nearer, and felt the embarrassment of being unable to ity and ease with which she seemed to track the communicate to her his repugnance to further intrudusky and decayed mazes of the dilapidated Savoy, sion, a person in the royal retinue touched a light and equal to that with which he had seen her formerly lively air on the flageolet, at a signal from the King, lead the way through the gloomy vaults of Castle who desired to have some tune repeated which had Rushin, in the Isle of Man.
struck him in the theatre on the preceding evening. When he recollected, however, that Fenella had While the good-natured Monarch marked time with accompanied the Countess on a long visit to London, his foot, and with the motion of his hand, Fenella it appeared not improbable that she might then have continued to approach bim, and threw into her manner acquired this local knowledge which seemed so accu- the appearance of one who was atiracted, as it were rate. Many foreigners, dependent on the Queen or in spite of herself, by the sounds of the instrument. Queen Dowager, had apariments in the Savoy. Ma- Anxious to know how this was to end, and as!ony Catholic priests also sound refuge in its recesses nished to see the dumb girl imitate so accurately the under various disguises, and in defiance of the severi- manner of one who actually heard the musical notes ty of the laws against Popery. What was more Peveril also drew near, though at somewhat greater likely, than that the Countess of Derby, a Catholic distance. and a French woman, should have had secret com- The King looked good-humouredly at both, as if he missions among such people; and that the execntion admitted their musical enthusiasm as an excuse for of such should be intrusted, at least occasionally, to their intrusion; but his eyes became riveted on FeFenella ?
nella, whose face and appearance, although rather Thus reflecting, Julian continued to follow her light singular than beautiful, had something in them wild, and active footsteps as she glided from the Strand to fantastic, and, as being so, even captivating, to an Spring-Garden, and thence into the Park.
eye which had been gratified perhaps to satiety with It was still early in the morning, and the Mall was the ordinary forms of female beauty. She did not untenanted, save by a few walkers, who frequented appear to notice how closely she was obserred; but, these shades for the wholesome purposes of air and as if acting under an irresistible impulse, derived from exercise. Splendour, gayety, and display, did not the sounds to which she seemed to listen, she undid come forth, at that period, until noon was approach- the bodkin round which her long tresses were winded, ing. All readers have heard that the whole space and flinging them suddenly over her slender person, where the Horse Guards are now builı, made, in the as if using them as a natural veil
, she began to dance time of Charles II., a part of St. James's Park; and with infinite grace and agility, to the tune which the that the old building, now called the Treasury, was a nageolet played., part of the ancient Palace of Whitehall, which was Peveril lost almost his sense of the King's preihus immediately connected with the Park. The ca- sencc, when he observed with what wonderful grace nal had been constructed, by the celebrated Le Notre, and agility Fenella kept time to notes, which could for the purpose of draining the Park; and it com- only be known to her by the motions of the musimunicated with the Thames by a decoy, stocked with cian's fingers. He had heard, indeed, among other a quantity of the rarer waterfowl. It was towards prodigies, of a person in Fenella's unhappy situation this decoy that Fenella bent her way with unabated acquiring, by some unaccountable and mysterious speed; and they were approaching a group of two or tact, the power of acting as an instrumenia! musithree gentlemen who sauntered by its banks, when, cian, nay, becoming so accurate a performer as to be on looking closely at him who appeared to be the capable of leading a musical band; and he had also chief of the party, Julian felt his heart beat uncom- heard of deaf and dumb persons dancing with sushi monly thick, as if conscious of approaching someone cient accuracy, by observing the motions of their of the highest consequence.
partner. But Fenella's performance seemed more The person whom he looked upon was past the wonderful than either, since the musician was guided middle age of life, of a dark complexion, correspond- by his written notes, and the dancer by the motions ing with the long, black, full-bottomed periwig, which of the others; whereas Fenella had no intimation, he wore instead of his own hair. His dress was plain save what she seemed to gather, with infinite accu. black velvet, with a diamond star, however, on his racy, by observing the motion of the artist's finge s cloak, which' hung carelessly over one shoulder. His on his small instrument. features, strongly lined, even to harshness, had yet an As for the King, who was ignorant of the particuexpression of dignified good-humour; he was well lar circumstances which rendered Fenella's performand strongly buili, walked upright and yet easily, and ance almost marvellous, he was contented, at her had upon the whole the air of a person of the highest first commencement, to authorize what seemed to consideration. He kept rather in advance of his him the frolic of this singular-looking damsel, by a companions, but turned and spoke to them, froin time good-humoured smile; but when he perceived the to time, with much affability, and probably with some exquisite truth and justice, as well as the wonderliveliness, judging by the smiles, and sometimes the ful combination of grace and agility, with which she scarce restrained laughter, by which some of his sal- executed to his favourite air a dance which was perlies were received by luis attendants. They also wore fectly new to him, Charles turned his mere acquionly morning dresses; but their looks and manner escence into something like enthusiastic applause. were those of men of rank, in presence of one in sta- He bore time to her motions with the movement of tion still more elevated. They shared the attention his foot--applauded with head and with hand-and of their principal in common with seven or eight little seemed, like herself
, carried away by the enthusiasm black curly-haired spaniels, or rather, as they are of the gestic art.
After a rapid yet graceful succession of entrechals, When they were out of sight of the King and his Fenella introduced a slow movement, which termi- party, the musician wished to enter into conversation nated the dance; then dropping a profound curtsey, with his companions, and addressed himself first to she continued to stand motionless before the King Fenella, with a broad compliment of, " By the mass, her arms folded on her bosom, her head stooped, and ye dance rarely-ne'er a slut on the boards shows such her eyes cast down, after the manner of an Oriental | a shank! I would be content to play to you till my slave; while through the misty veil of her shadowy throat were as dry as my whistle. Come, be a little locks it might be observed, that the colour which free-old Rowley will not quit the park till nine. I exercise had called to her cheeks was dying fast will carry you to Spring Gardens, and bestow sweet away, and resigning them to their native dusky hue. cakes and a quart of Rhenish on both of you; and
By my honour," exclaimed the King, "she is like we'll be cameradoes.- What the devil! no answer :a fairy who trips it in moonlight. There must be How's this, brother ?-Is this neat wench of yours more of air and fire than of earth in her composition. deaf or dumb, or both? I should laugh at that, and It is well poor Nelly Gwyn saw her not, or she would she trip it so well to the flageolet." have died of grief and envy.--Come, gentlemen, which To rid himself of this fellow's discourse, Peveril of you contrived this pretty piece of inorning pastime?" answered him in French, that he was a foreigner,
The courtiers looked at each other, but none of and spoke no English; glad to escape, though at the them selt authorized to claim the merit of a service so expense of a fiction, from the additional embarrassagreeable.
ment of a fool, who was likely to ask more questions "We must ask the quick-eyed nymph herself, then,” than his own wisdom might have enabled him to said the King; and, looking at Fenella, he added, answer. "Tell us, my pretty one, to whom we owe the plea- Etranger--that means stranger," muttered their sure of seeing you ?-1 suspect the Duke of Bucking-guide; "ore French dogs and jades come to lick ham; for this is exactly a tour de son métier." the good English butter off our bread, or perhaps an
Fenella, on observing that the King addressed her, Italian puppet-show. Well, if it were not that they bowed low, and shook her head, in signal that she did have a mortal enmity to the whole gamut, this were notunderstand what he said. “Odds-fish, that is true," enough to make any honest fellow turn Puritan. But said the King; "she must perforce be a foreigner- if I am to play to her at the Duchess's, I'll be dd her complexion and agility speak it. France or Italy but I put her out in the tune, just to teach her to have has had the moulding of these elastic limbs, dark the impudence to come to England, and to speak no cheek, and eye of fire. He then put to her in French, English." and again in Italian, the question, "By whom she had Having muttered to himself this truly British resobeen sent hither?"
lution, the musician walked briskly on towards a At the second repetition, Fenella threw back her large house near the bottom of St. James Street, and veiling tresses, so as to show the melancholy which entered the court, by a grated door, from the Park, of sat on her brow; while she sadly shook her head, and which the mansion commanded an extensive prosintimated by imperfect muttering, but of the softest pect. and most plaintive kind, her organic deficiency. Peveril finding himself in front of a handsome por
"Is it possible Nature can have made such a fault ?'' tico, under which opened a stately pair of foldingsaid Charles. "Can she have left so curious a piece doors, was about to ascend the steps that led to the as thou art without the melody of voice, whilst she main entrance, when his guide seized him by the arm, has made thee so exquisitely sensible to the beauty exclaiming, "Hold, Mounseer! What! you'll lose of sound ?-Stay; what means this? and what young nothing, see, for want of courage ; but you must fellow are you bringing up there ? Oh, the master of keep the back way, for all your fine doublet. Here the show, I suppose.-Friend," he added, addressing it is not, knock and it shall be opened ; but may be himself to Peveril, who, on the signal of Fenella, instead, knock and you shall be knocked." stepped forward almost instinctively, and kneeled Suffering himself to be guided by Empson, Julian down, we thank thee for the pleasure of this morn-deviated from the principal door, to one which opened, ing:- My Lord Marquis, you rooked me at piquet last with less ostentation, in an angle of the court-yard. night; for which disloyal deed thou shalt now atone, On a modest tap from the Aute-player, admittance by giving a couple of pieces to this honest youth, and was afforded him and his companions by a footman, five to the girl."
who conducted them through a variety of stone pasAs the nobleman drew out his purse, and came sages, to a very handsome summer parlour, where a forward to perform the King's generous commie sion, lady, or something resembling one, dressed in a style Julian felt some embarrassment ere he was able to of extra elegance, was trifling with a play-book while explain that he had no title to be benefited by the she finished her chocolate. It would not be easy to young person's performance, and that his Majesty describe her, þut by weighing her natural good qualihad mistaken his character.
ties against the affectations which counterbalanced * And who art thou, then, my friend ?" said Charles; them. She would have been handsome, but for rouge "but, above all, and particularly, who is this dancing and minauderie-would have been civil, but for overnymph, whom hou standest waiting on like an at- strained airs of patronage and condescension--would lendani faun ?"
have had an agreeable voice, had she spoken in her The young person is a retainer of the Countess, natural tone-and fine eyes, had she not made such Dowager of Derby, so please your Majesty,” said desperate hard use of them. She could only spoil a Peveril, in a low tone of voice; "and I am" pretty ankle by too liberal display; but her shape,
"Hold, hold," said the King; "this is a dance to though she could not yet be thirty years old, had the another tune, and not fit for a place so public. Harkembonpoint which might have suited better with ten thee, friend; 'do thou and the young woman follow years more advanced. She pointed Empson to a seat Empson where he will conduct thee.-Empson, carry with the air of a Duchess, and asked him, languidly, tbem-hark in thy ear."
how he did this age, that she had not seen him ? and May it please your Majesty, I ought to say,” said what folks these were he had brought with him ? Peveril, " that I am guiltless of any purpose of intru- "Foreigners, madam; d-d foreigners," answered sion”
Empson; "starving beggars, that our old friend has "Now a plague on him who can take no hin!," said picked up in the Park this morning-the wench the King, cutting short his apology. "Odds-fish, man, dances, and the fellow plays on the Jew's trump, I there are times when civility is the greatest imperti; believe. On my life, madam, I begin to be ashamed nence in the world. Do thou follow Empson, and of old Rowley; I must discard him, unless he keeps amuse thyself for a half hour's space with the fairy's better company in future." company, till we shall send for you."
"Fie, Empson," said the lady; "consider it is our Charles spoke this not without casting an anxious duty to countenance him, and keep him afloat; and eye around, and in a tone which intimated appre- indeed I always make a principle of it. Hark ye, he hension of being overheard. Julian could only bow comes not hither this morning ?", obedience, and follow Empson, who was the same "He will be here answered Empson, "in the Derson that played so rarely on the flageolet. walking of a minuet.
"My God !” exclaimed the lady, with unaffected her—"I think the chocolate will please you, though alarm; and starting up with utter neglect of her usual scarce equal to what we had from the Spanish resiairs of graceful languor, she tripped as swiftly as a dent Mendoza.—But we must offer these strange milk-maid into an adjoining apartment, where they people something; Will you ask them if they would heard presently a few words of eager and animated have coffee and chocolate, or cold wild-fowl
, fruit and discussion.
wine? They must be treated, so as to show them "Something to be put out of the way, I suppose,” where they are, since here they are. said Empson. "Well for madam I gave her the hint. Unquestionably, madam," said Empson; "but I There he goes, the happy swain.'
have just at this instant forgot the French for chocoJulian was so situated, that he could, from the same late, hot bread, coffee, game, and drinkables." casement through which Empson was peeping, ob- "It is odd," said the lady; "and I have forgot my serve a man in å laced roquelaure, and carrying his French and Italian at the same moment. But it sigrapier under his arm, glide from the door by which nifies little-I will order the things to be brough, a he had himself entered, and out of the court, keeping they will remember the names of them
themselves.” as much as possible under the shade of the buildings. Empson laughed loudly, at this jest, and pawned
The lady re-entered at this moment, and observing his soul that the cold sirloin, which entered immehow Empson's eyes were directed, said, with
a slight diately after, was the best emblem of roast beef all appearance of hurry, "A gentleman of the Duchess the world over. Plentiful refreshments were offered of Portsmouth's with a billet; and so ţiresomely to all the party, of which both Fenella and Peverij pressing for an answer, that I was obliged to write partook."
diamond pen. I have daubed my fingers, In the mean while the flageolet-player drew closer I dare say," she added, looking at a very pretty hand, to the side of the lady of the mansion-their intiand presently after dipping her fingers in a little silver macy was cemented, and their spirits set afloat, by a vase of rose-water. But that little exotic monster glass of liqueur, which gave them additional confiof yours, Empson, I hope she really understands no dence in discussing the characters, as well of the English ?-On my life she coloured.—Is she such a superior attendants of the Court, as of the inferior rare dancer ?-1 must see her dance, and hear him rank, to which they themselves might be supposed play on the Jew's harp."
to belong. ?Dance !" replied Empson; she danced well The Lady, indeed, during this conversation, freenough when I played to her. can make any thing quently exerted her complete and absolute superiority dan ve.
Old Counsellor Clubfoot danced when he over Master Empson; in which that musical gentlehad a fit of the gout ; you have seen no such pas seul man humbly acquiesced whenever the circumstance in the theatre. I would engage to make the Arch was recalled to his attention, whether in the way of bishop of Canterbury dance the hays like a French- blunt contradiction, sarcastic insinuation, downright man. There is nothing in dancing; it all lies in the assumption of higher importance, or in any of the music. Rowley does not know that now. He saw other various modes by which such superiority is this poor wench dance; and thought so much on't usually asserted and maintained. But the lady's when it was all along of me. I would have defied her obvious love of scandal was the lure which very soon to sit still. And Rowley gives her the credit of it, and brought her again down from the dignified port five pieces to boot; and have only two for my which for a moment she assumed, and placed her morning's work !"
once more on a gossiping level with her companion. "True, Master Empson,” said the lady; "but you Their conversation was too trivial, and too much are of the family, though in a lower station; and you allied to petty Court intrigues, with which he was ought to consider
totally unacquainted, to be in the least interesting to By G, madam," answered Empson, "all I con. Julian. As it continued for more than an hour, he sider is, that I play the best fageolet in England; and soon ceased to pay the least attention to a discourse that they can no more supply my place, if they were consisting of nicknames, patchwork, and innuendo; to discard me, than they could fill Thames from and employed himself in reflecting on his own comFleet-Ditch."
plicated affairs, and the probable issue of his approach"Well, Master Empson, I do not dispute but you ing audience with the King, which had been brought are a man of talents," replied the lady; "still I say, about by so singular an agent, and by means so unmind the main chance--you please the ear to-day-expected. He often looked to his guide, Fenella ; another has the advantage of you to-morrow.” and observed that she was, for the greater part of the
Never, mistress, while ears have the heavenly time, drowned in deep and abstracted meditation. power of distinguishing one note from another." But three or four times--and it was when the assumed
Heavenly power, say you, Master Empson ?" said airs and affected importance of the musician and the lady.
their hostess rose to the most extravagant excess-he “Ay, madam, heavenly; for some very neat verses observed that Fenella dealt askance on them some of which we had at our festival say,
those bitter and almost blighting elfin looks, which in
the Isle of Man were held to imply contemptuous exe"What know we of the blest above, But that they sing and that they love.'
cration. There was something in all her manner so
extraordinary, joined to her sudden appearance, and It is Master Waller wrote them, as I think; who, her demeanour in the King's presence, so oddly, yet so upon my word, ought to be encouraged."
well contrived, to procure him a private audience"And so should you, my dear Empson," said the which he might by graver means, have sought in dame, yawning, were it only for the honour you do vain--that it almost justified the idea, though he to your own profession. But in the mean time, will smiled at it internally, that the little mute agent was you ask these people to have some refreshment ?- aided in her machinations by the kindred imps, to and will you take some yourself ?-the chocolate is whom, according to Manx superstition, her genealogy that which the ambassador Portuguese fellow brought was to be traced. over to the Queen."
Another idea sometimes occurred to Julian, though “If it be genuine,” said the musician.
he reje. #ed the question, as being equally wild with "How, sir ?" said the fair one, half rising from her those doubts which referred Fenella to a race different pile of cushions,"not genuine, and in this house !- from that of mortals-"Was she really afflicted with Let me understand you, Master Empson-I think, those organical imperfections which had always when I first saw you, you scarce knew chocolate seemed to sever her from humanity ?-If not, what from coffee."
could be the motives of so young a creature practising, "By G-, madam," answered the flageolet-player, so dreadful a penance for such an unremitted term of you are perfectly right. And how can I show bet- years? And how formidable must be the strength of ter how much I have profited by your ladyship's ex- mind which could condemn itself to so terrific a cellent cheer, except by being critical ?"
sacrifice-How deep and strong the purpose for which "You stand excused, Master Empson," said the it was undertaken." petite maitresse, sinking gently back on the downy But a brief recollection of past events enabled him couch, from which a momentary irritation had startled | to dismiss this conjecture as altogether wild and