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visionary. He had but to call to memory the various humour of the Duchess of Portsmouth, his reigning stratagems practised by his lighi-hearted companion, Sultana, prevented his supping with her. The hold the young Earl of Derby, upon this forlorn girl-the which such an arrangement gave a man like Chiffinch, conversations held in her presence, in which the used as he well knew how to use it, made him of too character of a creature so irritable and sensitive much consequence to be slighted even by the first perupon all occasions, was freely, and sometimes sons in the state, unless they stood aloof from all satirically discussed, without her expressing the least manner of politics and Court intrigue. acquaintance with what was going forward, to con- In the charge of Mistress Chiffinch, and of him yince him that so deep a deception could never have whose name she bore, Edward Christian placed the been practised for so many years, by a being of a daughter of his sister, and of his confiding friend, calmturn of mind so peculiarly jealous and irascible. ly contemplating her ruin as an event certain to fol

He renounced, therefore, the idea, and turned his low; and hoping to ground upon it his own chance thoughts to his own affairs, and in his approaching of a more assured fortune, than a life spent in intrigue interview with bis Sovereign; in which meditation had hitherto been able to procure for him. we propose to leave him, until we briefly review the The innocent Alice, without being able to discover changes which had taken place in the situation of what was wrong either in the scenes of unusual luxury Alice Bridgenorth.

with which she was surrounded, or in the manners of her hostess, which, both from nature and policy, were

kind and caressing-felt nevertheless an instinctive CHAPTER XXXI.

apprehension that all was not right-a feeling in the I fear the devil worst when gown and cassock, human mind, allied, perhaps, to that sense of danger Or, in the lack of them, old Calvin's cloak,

which animals exhibit when placed in the vicinity of Conceals his cloven hoof.- Anonymous.

the natural enemies of their race, and which makes JULIAN PEVERIL had scarce set sail for Whitejaven, ) birds cower when the hawk is in the air, and beasts when Alice Bridgenorth and her governante, at the tremble when the tiger is abroad in the desert. There hasty command of her father, were embarked with was a heaviness at her heart which she could not dis equal speed and secrecy on board of a bark bound for pel; and the few hours which she had already spent Liverpool. Christian accompanied them on their at Chiffinch's, were like those passed in a prison by voyage, as the friend to whose guardianship Alice was one unconscious of the cause or event of his captivity. to be consigned during any future separation from her It was the third morning after her arrival in London, father, and whose amusing conversation, joined to that the scene took place which we now recur to. his pleasing though cold manners, as well as his near The impertinence and vulgarity of Empson, which relationship, induced Alice, in her forlorn situation, was permitted to him as an unrivalled performer upon to consider her fate as fortunate in having such a his instrument, were exhausting themselves at the exguardian.

pense of all other musical professors, and Mistress At Liverpool, as the reader already knows, Christian Chiffinch was listening with careless indifference, took the first overt step in the villany which he had when some one was heard speaking loudly, and with contrived against the innocent girl, by exposing her animation, in the inner apartment. at a meeting-house to the unhallowed gaze of Chif

"O gemini and gilliflower water !! exclaimed the finch, in order to convince him she was possessed damsel, startled out of her fine airs into her natural of such uncommon beauty as might well deserve the vulgarity of exclamation, and running to the door of infamous promotion to which they meditated to raise communication-"if he has not come back again after her.

all !-and if old Rowley''Highly satisfied with her personal appearance, Chif- A tap at the further and opposite door here arrested finch was no less so with the sense and delicacy of her attention-she quitted the handle of that which her conversation, when he met her in company with she was about to open as speedily as if it had burnt her uncle afterwards in London. The simplicity, and at her fingers, and, moving back towards her couch, the same time the spirit of her remarks, made him re- asked, "Who is there?" gard her as his scientific attendant the cook might have "Old Rowley himself, madam," said the King, endone a newly invented sauce, sufficiently piquante in tering the apartment with his usual air of easy comits qualities, to awaken the jaded appetite of a cloyed posure. and gorged epicure. She was, he said and swore, the "O crimini !-your Majesty !-I thought": very corner-slone on which, with proper management, “That I was out of hearing, doubtless," said the and with his instructions, a few honest fellows mighi King; "and spoke of me as folks speak of absent build a Court fortune.

friends. Make no apology. I think I have heard That the necessary introduction might take place, ladies say of their lace, that a rent is better than a the confederates judged fit she should be put under the darn. -Nay, be seated. - Where is Chiffinch ?". charge of an experienced lady, whom some called "He is down at York-House, your Majesty,” said Mistress Chiffinch, and others Chiffinch's mistress the dame, recovering, though with no small difficulty, -one of those obliging creatures who are willing to the calm affectation of her usual demeanour. Shall discharge all the duties of a wife, without the incon- I send your Majesty's commands ?" venient and indissoluble ceremony.

"I will wait his return," said the King.--"Pernut It was one, and not perhaps the least prejudịcial me to taste your chocolate." consequence of the license of that ill-governed time, "There is some fresh frothed in the office," said that the bounds betwist virtue and vice were so far the lady; and using a little silver call, or whistle, a smoothed down and levelled, that the frail wife, or the black boy, superbly dressed like an Oriental page, tender friend who was no wife, did not necessarily with gold' bracelets on his naked arms, and a gold lose their place in society; bui, on the contrary, if collar around his equally bare neck, attended with they moved in the higher circles, were permitted and the favourite beverage of the morning, in an appaencouraged to mingle with women whose rank was ratus of the richest china. certain, and whose reputation was untainted.

While he sipped his cup of chocolate, the King A regular liaison, like that of Chiffinch and his fair looked round the apartment, and observing Fenella, one inferred little scandal ; and such was his influ- Peveril, and the musician, who remained standing ence, as prime minister of his master's pleasures, that, beside a large Indian screen, he continued, addressas Charles himself expressed it, the lady whom we ing Mistress Chiffinch, though with polite indifferintroduced to our readers in the last chapter, had ob- ence, "I sent you the fiddles this morning- or rather tained a brevet commission to rank as a married wo- the Aute-Empson, and a fairy elf whom I met in man. And to do the gentle dame justice, no wife the Park, who dances divinely. She has brought us could have been

more attentive to forward his plans, the very 'newest saraband from the Court of Queen or more liberal in disposing of his income.

Mab, and I sent her here, that you may see it at She inhabited a set of apartments called Chiffinch's leisure." - the scene of many an intrigue, both of love and po- "Your Majesty does me by far too much honour." litics; and where Charles often held his private parties said Chiffinch, her eyes properly cast down, and her for the evening, wlien, as frequently happened, the ill- accents minced into becoming humility.

was

"Nay, little Chiffinch,” answered the King, in a his habitual guard over his passions, resented the artone of as contemptuous familiarity as was consistent tempt to seduce his destined mistress, as an Eastern with his good-breeding, "It was not altogether for Sulian would have done the insolence of a vizier, thine own private ear, though quite deserving of all who anticipated his intended purchases of captive sweet sounds; but I'thought Nelly had been with beauty in the slave market. The swarthy features of thee this morning.

Charles reddened, and the strong lines on his dark "I can send Bajazet for her, your Majesty," an- visage seemed to become inflated, as he said, in a swered the lady.

voice which faltered with passion, Buckingham, "Nay, I will not trouble your little heathen Sultan you dared not have thus insulied your oqnal? To to go so far. Still it strikes me that Chiffinch said your master you may securely offer any affront, since you had company-some country cousin, or such a his rank glues his sword to the scabbard." matter-Is there not such a person ?''

The haughty Duke did not brook this ļaunt unan" There is a young person from the country," said swered. My sword,” he said, with emphasis, Mistress Chiffinch, striving to conceal a considerable never in the scabbard, when your Majesty's service portion of embarrassment; " but she is unprepared required it should be unsheathed.” for such an honour as to be adınitted into your Ma- Your Grace means, when its service was required jesty's presence, and”

for its master's interest," said the King; for you And therefore the fitter to receive it, Chiffinch. could only gain the coronet of a Duke by fighting for There is nothing in nature so beautiful as the first the royal crown. But it is over-I have treated you blush of a little rustic between joy and fear, and as a friend-a companion--almost an equal- you have wonder and curiosity. It is the down on the peach repaid me with insolence and ingratitude." --pity it decays so soon !-the fruit remains, but the Sire," answered the Duke, firmly, but respectfirst high colouring and exquisite flavour are gone. - fully, "I am unhappy in your displeasure; yet thus Never put up thy lip for the matter, Chiffinch, for it is far fortunate, that while your words can confer as I tell you; so pray let us have la belle cousine." honour, they cannot impair or take it away.-It is

Mistress Chiffinch, more embarrassed than ever, hard,” he added, lowering his voice, so as only to be again advanced towards the door of communication, heard by the King, -"It is hard that the squall of a which she had been in the act of opening when his peevish wench should cancel the services of so many Majesty entered. But just as she coughed pretty years!" loudly, perhaps as a signal to some one within, voices “It is harder," said the King, in the same subdued were again heard in a raised tone of altercation—the tone, which both preserved through the rest of the door was flung open, and Alice rushed out of the inner conversation, “that a wench's bright eyes can make apartment, followed to the door of it by the enter- a nobleman forget the decencies due to his Sovereign's prising Duke of Buckingham, who stood fixed with privacy." astonishment on finding his pursuit of the flying “May I presume to ask your Majesty what decenfair one had hurried him into the presence of the cies are those ?" said the Duke. King

Charles bit his lip to keep himself from smiling, Alice Bridgenorth appeared too much transported | " Buckingham," he said, "this is a foolish business ; with anger to permit her to pay attention to the rank and we must not forgei, (as we have nearly done! or character of the company into which she had thus that we have an audience to witness this scene, and suddenly entered. "I

remain no longer here, madam,” should walk the stage with dignity. I will show you she said to Mrs. Chiffinch, in a tone of uncontrollable your fault in private." resolution; "I leave instantly a house where I am "It is enough that your Majesty has been dis exposed to company which I detest, and to solicita- pleased, and that I have unhappily been the occations which I despise."

sion," said the Duke, reverently; "although quite The dismayed Mistress Chiffinch could only im- ignorant of any purpose beyond a few words of galplore her, in broken whispers, to be silent; adding, lantry; and I sue thus low for your Majesty's pardun." while she pointed to Charles, who stood with his eyes So saying, he kneeled gracefully down.' "Thou fixed rather on his audacious courtier than on the hast it, George," said the placable Prince. "I believe game which he pursued, "The King-the King!" thou wilt be sooner tired of offending, than I of for

"If I am in the King's presence," said Alice, aloud, giving." and in the same torrent of passionate feeling, while "Long may your Majesty live to give the offence, her eyes sparkled through tears of resentment and with which it is your royal pleasure at present to insulted modesty, "it is the better-it is his Majesty's charge my innocence," said the Duke. duty to protect me; and on his protection I throw "What mean you by that, my lord ?" said Charles, myself."

the angry shade returning to his brow for a moment. These words, which were spoken aloud, and boldly, at once recalled Julian to himself, who had hitherto nourable to deny your custom of shooting with Cupid's

"My Liege,” replied the Duke, “ you are too hostood, as it were, bewildered. He approached Alice, bird-bolts in other men's warrens. You have ta'en and whispering in her ear that she had beside her one the royal right of free-forestry over every man's park. who would defend her with his life, implored her lo It is hard that you should be so much displeased a! trust to his guardianship in this emergency.

hearing a chance arrow whizz near your own pales." Clinging to his arm in all the ecstasy of gratitude "No more on't," said the King; “but let us see and joy, the spirit which had so lately invigorated where the dove has harboured.”' Alice in her own defence, gave way in a flood of tears, “'The Helen has found a Paris while we were quarwhen she saw herself supported by him whom per- relling," replied the Duke. haps she most wished to recognise as her protector. Rather an Orpheus," said the King; "and what She permitted Peveril gently 10 draw her back to is worse, one that is already provided with a Eurydice wards the screen before which he had been standing; -She is clinging to the fiddler.". where, holding by his arm, but at the same time en- "It is mere fright," said Buckingham, "like Ro deavouring to conceal herself behind him, they waited chester's, when he crept into the bass-viol to hide the conclusion of a scene so singular.

himself from Sir Dermont O'Cleaver." The King seemed at first so much surprised at the "We must make the people show their talents," unexpected apparition of the Duke of Buckingham, said the King, "and stop their mouths with money as to pay little or no attention to Alice, who had been and civility, or we shall have this foolish encounter the means of thus unceremoniously introducing his over half the town." Grace into the presence at a most unsuitable moment. The King then approached Julian, and desired bim In that intriguing Court, it had not been the first to take his instrument, and cause his female comtime that the Duke had ventured to enter the lists of panion to perform a saraband. gallantry in rivalry of his Sovereign, which made the "I had already the honour to inform your Majesty,"

concealed in these private apartments was ex- sure in the way, you command me; and that this plained by the exclamations of Alice; and Charles, young person is notwithstanding the placidity of his disposition, and "A retainer of the Lady Powis," said the King, upon

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whose mind things not connected with his pleasures "It is Sir Geoffrey his Majesty would say,” said. made a very slight impression. "Poor lady, she is in Julian. trouble about the lords in the Tower."

"And if his Majesty did say Sir Geoffrey, Master Pardon me, sir," said Julian, “she is a dependent Peveril

, I cannot see of what use I can be to your of the Countess of Derby."

father," replied the Duke, coldly. "He is accused of "True, true," answered Charles ; "it is indeed of a heavy crime; and a British subject so accused, can Lady Derby, who hath also her own distresses in have no shelter either from prince or peer, but must these times. Do you know who taught the young stand to the award and deliverance of God and his person to dance? Some of her steps mightily resem- country.” ble Le Jeune's of Paris."

“Now, Heaven forgive thee thy hypocrisy, George," “I presume she was taught abroad, sir," said Ju- said the King, hastily: "I would rather hear the lian; "for myself, I am charged with some weighty devil preach religion than thee teach patriotism.business by the Countess, which I would willingly Thou knowest as well as 1, that the nation is in a communicate to your Majesty.”

scarlet fever for fear of the poor Catholics, who are "We will send you to our Secretary of State," said not two men to five hundred; and that the public the King. ‘But this dancing envoy will oblige us mind is so harrassed with new narrations of cononce more, will she not?-Empson, now that I re- spiracy, and fresh horrors every day, that people have member, it was to your pipe that she danced-Strike as little real sense of what is just or unjust, as men up, man, and put metal into her feet."

who talk in their sleep of what is sense or nonsense. Empson began to play a well-known measure; I have borne, and borne with it-I have seen blood and, as he had threatened, made more than one false flow on the scaffold, fearing to thwart the nation note until the King, whose ear was very accurate, in its fury--and I pray to God that I or mine be not rebuked him with, "Sirrah, art thou drunk at this called on to answer for it. I will no longer swim early hour, or must thou too be playing thy slippery with the torrent, which honour and conscience call tricks with me? Thou thinkest thou art born to beat upon me to stem-I will act the part of a Sovereign, time, but I will have time beat into thee."

and save my, people from doing injustice, even in their The hint was sufficient, and Empson took good own despite." care so to perform his air as to merit his high and Charles walked hastily up and down the room as deserved reputation. But on Fenella it made not the he expressed these unwonted sentiments, with energy slightest impression. She rather leant than stood equally unwonted. After a momentary pause, the against the wall of the apartment; her countenance Duke answered him gravely, “Spoken like a Royal as pale as death, her arms and hands banging down King, sir; but-pardon me-not like a King of as if stiffened, and her existence only testified by the England." sobs which agitated her bosom, and the tears which Charles paused, as the Duke spoke, beside a window fowed from her half-closed eyes.

which looked full on Whitehall, and his eye was inA plague on it," said the King, “some evil spirit is voluntarily attracted by the fatal window of the Banabroad this morning; and the wenches are all be- queting House, out of which his unhappy father was witched, I think. Cheer up, my girl. What, in the conducted to execution. Charles was naturally, or, devil's name, has changed thec at once from a Nymph more properly, constitutionally, brave; but a life of pleato a Niobe ? If thou standest there longer, thou wilt sure, together with the habit of governing his course grow to the very marble wall - Or-oddsfish, George, rather by what was expedient than by what was have you been bird-bolting in this quarter also ? right, rendered him unapt to dare the same scene of Ere Buckingham could answer to this charge, Julian danger or of martyrdom, which

had closed his father's again kneeled down to the King, and prayed to be life and reign; and the thought came over his halfheard, were it only for five minutes. "The young formed resolution, like the rain upon a kindling beacon woman," he said, "had been long in attendance on In another man, his perplexity would have seemed the Countess of Derby. She was bereaved of the almost ludicrous; but Charles could not lose, even faculties of speech and hearing."

under these circumstances, the dignity and grace "Oddsfish, man, and dances so well ?" said the which were as natural to him as his indifference and King. "Nay, all Gresham College shall never make his good-humour. “Our Council must decide in this me believe that."

matter," he said, looking to the Duke; "and be as"I would have thought it equally impossible, but sured, young man," he added, addressing Julian, for what I to-day witnessed,” said Julian; "but only your father shall not want an intercessor in his permit me, sir, to deliver the petition of my lady the King, so far as the laws will permit my interference in Countess."

his behalf." And who art thou thyself, man?'' said the Sove- Julian was about to retire, when Fenella, with a reign; for though every thing which wears bodice marked look, put into his hand a slip of paper, on and breast-knot has a right to speak to a King, and which she had hastily written, "The packet-give be answered, I know not that they have a title to him the packet.” audience through an envoy extraordinary.”'

After a moment's hesitation, during which he re"I am Julian Peveril of Derbyshire," answered the flected that Fenella was the organ of the Countess's supplicant, the son of Sir Geoffrey Peveril of Mar- pleasure, Julian resolved to obey. "Permit me then, tindale Castle, who"

Sire,” he said, "to place in your royal hands this * Body of me the old Worcester man?" said the packet, intrusted to me by the Countess of Derby. King. 'Oddsfish, I remember him well—some harm The leiters have already been once taken from me; has happened to him, I think-Is he not dead, or very and I have little hope that I can now deliver them as sick at least ?"

they are addressed. I place them, therefore, in your "Ill at ease, and it please your Majesty, but not ill royal hands, certain that they will evince the innoin health. He has been imprisoned on account of cence of the writer.".. alleged accession to this plot."

The King shook his head as he took the packet "Look you there," said the King; "I knew he was reluctantly. “It is no safe office you have underin trouble, and yet how to help the stout old Knight, taken young man. A messenger has sometimes his I can hardly tell. I can scarce escape suspicion of throat cut for the sake of his despatches--But give the Plot myself, though the principal object of it is to them to me; and, Chiffinch, give me wax and a taper.' take away my own life. Were I to stir to save a plot. He employed himself in folding the Countess's packet ter, I should certainly be brought in as an accessory.- in another envelope. " * Buckingham," he said, "you Buckingham, thou hast some interest with those are evidence that I do not read them till the Council who built this fine state engine, or at least who have shall see them." driven it on-be good-natured for once, though it is Buckingham approached, and offered his services scarcely thy won, and interfere to shelter our old in folding the parcel, but Charles rejected his assistWorcester friend, Sir Godfrey. You have not forgot ance; and having finished his task, he sealed the him ?"

packet with his own signet-ring. The Duke bit his 'No, sir," answered the Duke; "for I never heard lip and retired. the name."

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errrand is sped, so far as it can at present be for- i "We make but an indifferent figure in this scene, warded."

methinks," said the King, addressing the Duke o. Julian bowed deeply, as to take leave at these Puckingham, and speaking in a whisper; " but ehe words, which he rightly interpreted as a signal for must go– neither will, nor dare, stop her from rehis departure. Alice Bridgenorth sull clung to his turning to her father.”' arm, and motioned to withdraw along with him. And if she does," swore the Duke internally, “I The King and Buckingham looked at each other in would, as Sir Andrew saith, I might never touch fair conscious astonishment, and yet not without a desire lady's hand.” And stepping back, he spoke a few to smile, so strange did it seem to them that a prize, words with Empson the musician, who left the apartfor which, an instant before, they had been muiually ment for a few minutes, and presently returned. contending, should thus glide out of their grasp, or The King seemed irresolute concerning the part he rather be borne off by a third and very inferior com- should act under circumstances so peculiar. To be petitor.

foiled in a gallant intrigue, was to subject himself to "Mistress Chiffinch,” said the King, with a hesita- the ridicule of his gay Court; to persist in it by any tion which he could not disguise, “I hope your fair means which approached to constraint, would have charge is not about to leave you ?"

been tyrannical; and, whạt perhaps he might judge Certainly not, your Majesty," answered Chiffinch. as severe an imputation, it would have been unbe“Alice, my love--you mistake-that opposite door coming a gentleman. “Upon my honour, young leads to your apartments.".

lady," he said, with an emphasis, "you have nothing "Pardon me, madam," answered Alice; "I have to fear in this house. But it is improper, for your own indeed mistaken my road, but it was when I came sake, that you should leave it in this abrupt manner. If hither."

you will have the goodness to wait but a quarter of an "The errant damozel,” said Buckingham, looking hour, Mistress Chiffinch's coach will be placed at your at Charles with as much intelligence as etiquette per- coinmand, to transport you where you will. Spare mitted him to throw into his eye, and then turning yourself the ridicule, and me the pain, of seeing you it towards Alice, as she still held by Julian's arm, is leave the house of one of my servants, as if you were resolved not to mistake her road a second time. She escaping from a prison." has chosen a sufficient guide."

The King spoke in good-natured sincerity, and "And yet stories tell that such guides have led Alice was inclined for an instant to listen to his advice; maidens astray," said the King.

but recollecting that she had to search for her father Alice blushed deeply, but instantly recovered her and uncle, or, failing them, for some suitable place of composure so soon as she saw that her liberty was secure residence, it rushed on her mind that the atlikely to depend upon the immediate exercise of re- tendants of Mistress Chiffinch were not likely to solution. She quitted, from a sense of insulted deli- prove trusty guides or assistants in such a purpose. cacy, the arm of Julian, to which she had hitherto Firmly and respectfully she apnounced her purpose of clung; but as she spoke she continued to retain a instant departure. She needed no other escort, she slight grasp of his cloak. "I have indeed mistaken said, than what this gentleman, Master Julian Pevemy way," she repeated, still addressing Mistress Chif- ril, who was well

known to her father, would

willingly finch, “but it was when I crossed this threshold. afford her; nor did she need that farther, than until The usage to which I have been exposed in your house, she had reached her father's residence. has determined me to quit it instantly."

"Farewell, then, lady, a God's name !" said the "I will not permit that, my young mistress," King; “I am sorry so much beauty should be wedded answered Chiffinch, "until your uncle, who placed to so many shrewish suspicions.-For you, Master you under my care, shall relieve me of the charge of Peveril

, I should have thought you had enough to do you.”

with your own affairs, without interfering with the "I will answer for my conduct, both 10 my uncle, humours of the fair sex. The duty of conducting all and, what is of more importance, to my father," said strayed damsels into the right path, is, as matters go Alice. You must permit me to depart madam; 1 in this good city, rather too weighty an undertaking am free-born, and you have no right to detain me.' for your youth and inexperience."

"Pardon me, my young madam," said Mistress Julian, eager to conduct Alice safe from a place Chiffinch,." I have a right, and I will maintain it too." of which he began fully to appreciate the perils,

"I will know that before quitting this presence' answered nothing to this taunt, but bowing revesaid Alice, firmly; and, advancing a step or two, she rently, led her from the apartment. Her sudden apdropped on her knee before the King..."Your Ma- pearance, and the animated scene which followed, jesty," said she, “ifindeed I kneel before King Charles, had entirely absorbed, for the moment, the recollec is the father of your subjects.”

tion of his father, and of the Countess of Derby; and Of a good many of them,” said the Duke of Buck while the dumb attendant of the latter remained in ingham, apart.

the room, a silent, and, as it were, stunned spectator "I demand protection of you, in the name of God, of all that had happened, Peveril had become in the and of the oath your Majesty swore when you placed predominating interest of Alice's

critical situation, on your head the crown of this kingdom !""

totally forgetful of her presence. But no sooner had "You have my protection," said the King, a little he left the room, without noticing or attending to her, confused by an appeal so unexpected and so solemn. than Fenella, starting, as from a trance, drew herself "Do but remain quiet with this lady, with whom your up, and looked wildly around, like one waking from a parents have placed you; neither Buckingham nor dream, as if to assure herself that her companion was any one else shall intrude on you."

gone, and gone without paying the slightest attention His Majesty," added Buckingham, in the same to her. She folded her hands together, and cast her tone, and speaking from the restless and mischief: eyes upwards, with an expression of such agony as making spirit of contradiction, which he never could explained to Charles (as he thought), what painful restrain, even when indulging it was most contrary, ideas were passing in her mind. This Peveril is a not only to propriety, but to his own interest, —"His perfect pattern of successful perfidy,” said the King: Majesty will protect you, fair lady, from all intrusion, he has not only succeeded at first sight in carrying save what must not be termed such."

off this Queen of the Amazons, but he has left us, Alice darted a keen look on the Duke, as if to read think, a disconsolate Ariadne in her place.--- But weep his meaning; another on Charles, to know whether not, my princess of pretty movements,” he said, she had guessed it rightly. There was a guilty con- addressing himself to Fenella ; if we cannot call fession on the King's brow, which confirmed Alice's in Bacchus to console you, we will commit you to the determination to depart. Your Majesty will forgive care of Empson, who shall drink with Liber Pater me," she said; "it is not here that I can enjoy the for a thousand pounds, and I will say done first." advantage of your royal protection. I am resolved As the King spoke these words, Fenella rushed to leave this house. If I am detained, it must be by past him with

her wonted rapidity of step, and, with violence, which I trust no one dare offer me in your much less courtesy than was due to the royal Majesty's presence. This gentlemen, whom I have presence, hurried down stairs, and out of the house, long known, will conduct me to my friends." without attempting to open any communication with

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the Monarch. He saw her abrupt departire with No other protectress but her whose niin hae, I fear, more surprise than displeasure ; and presently after- been accelerated by Julian, I dare not appear wards, bursting into a fit of laughter, he said to the before your mother! she must hate me for my family, Duke," "Oddsfish, George, this young spark might and despise me for my meanness. To be a second reach the best of us how to manage the wenches. 1 time cast on her protection, when the first has been have had my own experience, bui I could never yet so evil repaid – Julian, I dare not go with you!". contrive either to win or lose them with so little She has never ceased to love you, Alice,” said ceremony.

her conductor, whose steps she continued to attend, " Experience, sir,” replied the Duke," cannot be even while declaring her resolution not to go with acquired without years.

him, "she never felt any thing but kindness towards True George;, and you would, I suppose, in- you, nay, towards your father; for though his dealsinuate," said Charles, "that the gallant who acquires ings with us have been harsh, she can allow much il, loses as much in youth as he gains in art? I defy for the provocation which he has received. Believe, your insinuation, George. You cannot overreach me, with her you will be safe as with a mother-peryour master, old as you think him, either in love or haps may be the means of reconciling the divisions politics. You have not the secret plumer la poule by which we have suffered so much." sans la faire crier, witness this morning's work. I "Might God grant it!" said Alice. "Yet how will give you odds at all games-ay, and at the Mall, shall I face your mother? And will she be able to too, f thou darest accept my challenge. --Chiffinch, protect me against these powerful men-against my what for dost thou convulse thy pretty throat and uncle Christian? Alas, that I must call him my face with sobbing and hatching tears, which seem worst enemy rather unwilling to make their

appearance?"

"She has the ascendency which honour hath over "It is for fear,", whined Chiffinch, "that your infamy, and virtue over vice," said Julian; "and to Majesty should think-that you should expect'; no human power but your father's will she resign you,

That I should expect gratitude from a courtier, or if you consent to choose her for your protectress. faith from a woman ?" answered the King, patting Come, then, with me, Alice; and”her at the same time under the chin, to make her raise Julian was interrupted by some one, who, laying an her face-"Tush! chicken, I am not so superfluous." unceremonious hold of his cloak, pulled it with so

There it is now," said Chiffinch, continuing to much force as compelled him to stop and lay his hand sob the more bitterly, as she felt herself unable to on his sword. He turned at the same time, and, produce any tears; "I see your Majesty is determined when he turned, beheld Fenella. The cheek of the io lay all the blame on me, when I am innocent as mute glowed like fire; her eyes sparkled, and her lips an unborn babe-I will

be judged by his Grace." were forcibly drawn together, as if she had difficulty "No doubt, no doubt, Chiffe," said the King. to repress those wild screams which usually attended "His Grace and you will be excellent judges in each her agonies of passion, and which, uttered in the open other's cause, and as good witnesses in each other's streer, must instantly have collected a crowd. As it favour. But to investigate the matter impartially, we was, her appearance was so singular, and her emotion must examine our evidence apart.- My Lord Duke, so evident, that men gazed as they came on, and we meet at the Mall at noon, if your Grace dare looked back after they had passed, at the singular accept my challenge."

vivacity, of her gestures; while, holding Peveril's His Grace of Buckingham bowed, and retired. cloak with one hand, she made, with the other, the

most eager and imperious signs that he should leave

Alice Bridgenorth and follow her. She touched the CHAPTER XXXII.

plume in her bonnet, to remind him of the EarlBut when the bully with assuming pace,

pointed to her heari, to intimate the Countess-raised Cocks his broad hat, edged round with tarnish'd lace, her closed hand, as if to command him in their name Yield not the way-defy bir strutting pride,

-and next moment folded both, as if to supplicate And thrust him to the muddy kennel's side. Yet rather bear the shower and toils of mud,

him in her own; while, pointing to Alice with an exThan in the doubtful quarrel risk thy blood.

pression at once of angry and scornful derision, she

GAY'S Trivia. waved her hand repeatedly and disdainfully, to intiJULIAN PEVERI!, half-leading, half-supporting Alice mate that Peveril ought to cast her off, as something Bridgenorth, had reached the middle of St. James's undeserving his protection. Street ere the doubt occurred to him which way they Frightened, she knew not why, at these wild gesshould bend their course. He then asked Alice tures, Alice clung closer to Julian'e arm than she had whither he should conduct her, and learned to his at first dared to do; and this mark of confidence in surprise and embarrassment, that, far from knowing his protection seemed to increase the passion of where her father was to be found, she had no certain Fenella. knowledge that he was in London, and only hoped Julian was dreadfully embarrassed ; his situation that he had arrived, from the expressions which he was sufficiently precarious, even before Fenella's unhad used at parting. She mentioned her uncle governable passions threatened to ruin the only plan Christian's address, but it was with doubt and hesita- which he had been able to suggest. What she tion, arising from the hands in which he had already wanted with him-how far the fate of the Earl and placed her; and her reluctance to go again under his Countess might depend on his following her, he could protection was strongly confirmed by her youthful not even conjecture ; but be the call how peremptory guide, when a few words had established to his con- soever, he resolved not to comply with it until he had viction the identity of Ganlesse and Christian.- seen Alice placed in safety. In the mean time, he What then was to be done?

determined not to lose sight of Fenella; and disre" Alice,” said Julian, after a moment's reflection, garding her repeated, disdainful, and impetuous re"you must seek your earliest and best friend-1 jection of the hand which he offered her, he at length mean my mother. She has now no castle in which seemed so far to have soothed her, that she seized to receive you--she has but a miserable lodging, so upon his right arm, and, as if despairing of his folnear the jail in which my father is confined, that it slowing her path, appeared reconciled to attend him seems almost a cell of the same prison. I have not on that which he himself should choose. seen her since my coming hither ;. but thus much Thus, with a youthful female clinging to each arm, have I learned by inquiry. We will now go to her and both remarkably calculated to attract the public apartment; such as it is, I know

she will share it eye, though from very different reasons, Julian rewith one so innocent and so unprotected as you solved to make the shortest road to the water-side,

and there to take boat for Blackfriars, as the nearest Gracious Heaven!' said the poor girl, "am ! point of landing to Newgate, where he concluded then so totally deserted, that I must throw myself that Lance had already announced his arrival in on the mercy of her who, of all the world, has most London to Sir Geoffrey, then inhabiting that dismal reason to spurn me from her ?-Julian can you advise region, and to his lady, who, so far as the jailor's me to this? - Is there none else who will afford me a rigour permitted, shared and softened his imprisonfew hours' refuge, till I can hear from my father?- | ment.

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