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intimidated by the Duke's increasing severity of drive on.-Vogue la Galere!” he exclaimed as the
carriage went onward; “I have sailed through worse - You lie, like a scoundrel !" said the Duke-"You perils than this yet." told Christian!"
"It is not for me to judge said Chiffinch; your "Your Grace," said Chiffinch-"your Grace-your Grace is a bold commander; and Christian hath the Grace ought to remember that I told you Christian's cunning of the devil for a pilot;, butHowever, I secret, that the Countess of Derby was come up. remain your Grace's poor friend, and will heartily
** And you think the one point of treachery may rejoice in your extrication.". balance for the other ? But no. I must have a better Give me a proof of your friendship,” said the atonement. Be assured I will blow your brains out, Duke. "Tell me what you know of Christian's ere you leave this carriage, unless you tell me the familiar, as he calls her." truth of this message from Court."
“I believe it to be the same dancing wench who As Chiffinch hesitated what reply to make, a man, came with Empson to my house on the morning that who, by the blaze of the torches, then always borne, Mistress Alice made her escape from us. But you as well by the lackeys who hung behind the carriage, have seen her, my lord ?" as by the footmen who ran by the side, might easily "I?" said the Duke; "when did I see her ?” see who sat in the coach, approached, and sung in a "She was employed by Christian, I believe, to set deep manly voice, the burden of an old French song his niece at liberty, when he found himself obliged to on ihe battle of Marignan, in which is imitated the gratify his fanatical brother-in-law, by restoring his German French of the defeated Swiss
child; besides being prompted by a private desire, as
I think, of bantering your Grace."
"Umph! I suspccted so much. I will repay it," said Tout est verlore
the Duke. “But first to get out of this dilemma.
That little Numidian witch, then, was his familiar; "I am betrayed,” said the Duke, who instantly and she joined in the plot to tantalize me ?--But conceived that this chorus, expressing “all is lost," here we reach Whitehall. --Now, Chiffinch, be no was sung by one of his faithful agents, as a hint to worse than thy word, and-now, Buckingham, be him that their machinations were discovered.
thyself!" He attempted to throw himself from the carriage, But ere we follow Buckingham into the presence, but Chiffinch held him with a firm, though respectful where he had so difficult a part to sustain, it may not grasp. "Do not destroy yourself, my lord," he said, be amiss to follow Christian after his brief conversain a tone of deep humility- "there are soldiers and tion with him. On re-entering the house, which he officers of the peace around the carriage, to enforce did by a circuitous passage, leading from a distant alley, your Grace's coming to Whitehall, and to prevent and through several courts, Christian hastened io your escape. To atteinpt it would be to confess guilt; a low matted apartment, in which Bridgenorth sat and I advise you strongly against that-the King is alone, reading the Bible by the light of a small brazen your friend-be your own.”
lamp, with the utmost serenity of countenance. The Duke, after a moment's consideration, said "Have you dismissed the Peverils ?" said Christian, sullenly, “I believe you are right. Why should I fly, hastily. when I'am guilty of nothing but sending some fire- "I have,” said the Major. works to entertain the Court, instead of a concert of "And upon what pledge—that they will not carry music ?"
information against you to Whitehall?". * And the dwarf, who came so unexpectedly out of * They gave me their promise voluntarily, when I the bass-viol"
showed them our armed friends were dismissed. ToWas a masking device of my own, Chiffinch," morrow, I believe, it is their purpose to lodge informasaid the Duke, though the circumstance was then tions." first known to him. Chiifinch, you will bind me "And why not to-night, I pray you ?” said Chrisfor ever, if you will permit me to have a minute's tian. conversation with Christian."
"Because they allow us that time for escape." "With Christian, my lord ?-Where could you find "Why, then, do you not avail yourself of it ? him ?-You are aware we must go straight
on to the Wherefore are you here ?” said Christian. Court."
"Nay, rather, why do you no: fly?" said BridgeTrue," said the Duke, “but I think I cannot miss north"Of a surely, you are as deeply engaged finding him; and you, master Chiffinch, are no officer, as I." and have no warrant either to detain me prisoner, or " Brother Bridgenorth, I am the fox, who knows a prevent my speaking to whom I please."
hundred modes of deceiving the hounds; you are the Chiffinch replied, "My Lord Duke, your genius is deer, whose sole resource is in hasty flight. Thereso great, and your escapes so numerous, that it will be fore lose no time-begone to the country or rather, from no wish of my own if I am forced to hurt a Zedekiah Fish's vessel, the Good Hope, lies in the man so skilful and so popular."
river, bound for Massachusetts-take the wings of Nay, then, there is life in it yet," said the Duke, the morning, and begone-she can fall down to and whistled when, from beside the little cutler's Gravesend with the tide." booth, with which the reader is acquainted, appeared, "And leave to thee, brother Christian," said Bridgesuddenly, Master Christian, and was in a moment at north," the charge of my fortune and my daughter ? the side of the coach. Ganz ist verloren," said No, brother; my opinion of your good faith must be the Duke.
re-established ere I again trust thee.” "I know it,” said Christian; "and all our godly Go thy ways, then, for a suspicious fool,” said friends are dispersed upon the news. Lucký the Christian, suppressing his strong desire to use lanColonel and these Gerinan rascals gave a hint. All guage more offensive; "or rather stay, where thou is safe-You go to Court.-Hark ye I will follow." art, and take thy chance of the gallows!"
“You, Christian ? that would be more friendly than " It is appointed to all men to die once," said wise."
Bridgenorth; "my life hath been a living death. My "Why, what is there against me ?' said Christian. fairest boughs have been stripped by the axe of the "I am innocent as the child unborn-so is your Grace. forester-that which survives must, if it shall blogThere is but one creature who can bear witness to som, be grafted elsewhere and at a distance from my our guilt; but I trust to bring her on the stage in our aged trunk. The sooner, then, the root feels the axe, favour-besides, if I went not, I should presently be the stroke is more welcome. I had been pleased, Sent for."
indeed, had I been called to bringing yonder licentious "The familiar of whom I have heard you speak, I Court to a purer character, and relieving the yoke of warrant ?"
the suffering people of God. That youth too-son to “ Hark in your ear again.”
that precious woman, to whom I owe the last tie "I understand," said the Duke, "and will delay that feebly links my wearied spirit to humanity-could Master Chiffinch-for he, you must know, is my I have travailed with him in the good cause !-But conductor,--no longer.-Well, Chiffinch, let them that with all my other hopes, is broken for ever; and Vol. IV.
since I am not worthy to be an instrument in so great y dropper. This I have done for years for years and a work, I have little desire to abide longer in this vale all for the sake of your private applause--and the of sorrow."
hope of vengeance on a woman, who, if she did ill " Farewell, then, desponding fool!" said Christian, in murdering my father, has been bilierly repaid by unable, with all his calmness, any longer to suppress nourishing a serpent in her bosom, that had the tooth, his contempt for the resigned and hopeless predesti- but not the deafened ear, of the adder.". narian. "That fate should have clogged me with "Well-well-well,” reiteraied Christian; "and such confederates !" he muttered, as he left the apart. had you not your reward in my approbation-in the ment-"this bigoted fool is now nearly irreclaimable consciousness of your own unequalled dextenty-by -I must to Zarah; for she, or no one, must carry us which, superior to any thing of ihy sex that history through these straits. If I can but soothe her sullen has ever known, you endured what woman never temper, and excite her vanity to action,-betwixt her before endured, insolence without notice, admiration address, the King's partiality for the Duke, Bucking without answer, and sarcasm without reply ?". ham's matchless effrontery, and my own hand upon Not without reply!" said Zarah, fiercely. the helni, we may yet weather the tempest that dark- not Nature to my feelings a course of expression more ens around us. But what we do must be hastily impressive than words ? and did not those tremble at donc."
my shrieks, who would have little minded my enIn another apartment he found the person he sought treaties or my complaints ?. And my proud lady, who -the same who visited the Duke of Buckingham's sauced her charities with the taunts she thought I haram, and, having relieved Alice Bridgenorth from heard not-she was justly paid by the passing of her her confinement there, had occupied her place, as has dearest and most secret concerns into the hands of been already narrated, or rather intimated. She was her mortal enemy; and the vain Earl-yet he was a now much more plainly attired than when she had thing as insignificant as the plume that nodded in his tantalized the Duke with her presence; but her dress cap; and the maidens and ladies who taunted me had still something of the Oriental character, which I had, or can easily have, my revenge upon them. corresponded with the dark complexion and quick But there is one," she added, looking upward, “who eye of the wearer. She had the kerchief at her eyes never taunted me; one whose generous feelings could as Christian entered the apartment, but suddenly treat the poor dumb girl even as his sister ; who never withdrew it, and, flashing on him a glance of scorn spoke word of her but it was to excuse or defend-and and indignation, asked him what he meant by in- you tell me I must not love him, and that it is madtruding where his company was alike unsought for ness to love him !--I will be mad then, for I will love and undesired.
him till the latest breath of my life !" "A proper question,” said Christian, “from a slave “Think but an instant silly girl-silly but in one to her master!"
respect, since in all others thou mayst brave the world a proper question, and of all ques- of women. Think that I have proposed to thee, for tions the most proper, from a mistress to her slave! the loss of this hopeless affection, a career so brilKnow you not, that from the hour in which you liant!-Think only that it rests with thyself to be the discovered your ineffable baseness, you have made wife-the wedded wife--of the princely Buckingham! me mistress of your lot? While you seemed but a With my talents-with thy wit and beauty-with his demon of vengeance, you commanded terror, and to passionate love of these attributes--a short space good purpose ; but such a foul fiend as thou hast might rank you among England's Princesses.-Be of late shown thyself-such a very worthless, base bui guided by me-he is now at a deadly
pass-needs trickster of the devil-such a sordid grovelling imp every assistance to retrieve his fortunes-above all, of perdition, can gain nothing but scorn from a soul that which we alone can render him. Put yourself like mine."
under my conduct, and not fate itself shall prevent " Gallantly, mouthed,” said Christian, “and with your wearing a Duchess's coronet.". good emphasis."
A coronet of thistle-down, entwined with thistle "Yes," answered Zarah, “I can speak-some- leaves," said Zarah.-" I know not a slighter thing times- I can also be mute; and that no one knows than your Buckingham! I saw him at your request better than thou."
when, as a man, he should have shown him“Thou art a spoiled child, Zarah, and dost but self generous and noble-I stood the proof at your de abuse the indulgence I entertain for your freakish sire, for I laugh at those dangers from which the poor humour,'' replied Christian ; thy wits have been blushing wailers of my sex shrink and withdraw disturbed since ever you landed in England, and all themselves. What did I find him ?-a poor wavering for the sake of one who cares for thee no more than voluptuary-his nearest attempt to passion like the for the most worthless object who walks the streets, fire on a wretched stubble-field, that may singe, inamongst whom he left you to engage in a brawl for deed, or smoke, but can neither warm nor devour one he loved better."
Christian! were his coronet at my feet this moment, "It is no matter," said Zarah, obviously repressing I would sooner take up a crown of gilded ginger very bitter emotion; "it signifies not that he loves bread, than extend my hand to raise it." another better; there is none-no, none-that ever "You are mad, Zarah--with all your taste and taldid or can love him so well."
ent, you are utterly mad! But let Buckingham pass “I pity you, Zarah !" said Christian, with some -Do you owe me nothing on this emergency !-Noscorn.
thing to one who rescued you from the cruelty of your "I deserve your pity," she replied, were your pity owner, the posture-master, to place you in ease and worth my accepting. Whom have I to thank for my affluence ?" wretchedness but you ?-You bred me up in thirst of "Christian," she replied, "I owe you much. Had I vengeance, ere I knew that good and evil were any not felt I did so, I would, as I have been often tempted thing better than names ;-10 gain your applause, and to do, have denounced thee to the fierce Countess. to gratify the vanity you had excited, I have for years who would have gibbeted you on her feudal walls of undergone a penance, from which a thousand would | Castle Rushin, and bid your family seek redress from have shrunk."
the eagles, that would long since have thatched their A thousand, Zarah!" answered Christian; "ay, nest with your hair, and fed their young ospreys with a hundred thousand, and a million to boot; the crea- your flesh." ture is not on earth, being mere mortal woman, that "I am truly glad you have had so much forbearance would have undergone the thirtieth part of thy self- for me," answered Christian.. denial.”
"I have it, in truth and in sincerity,'' replied Zarah "I believe it,” said Zarah, drawing up her slight -"Not for your benefits to me-such as they were, but elegant figure;, "I believe it-I have gone through they were every one interested, and conferred from a trial that few indeed could have sustained. I have the most selfish considerations. 'I have overpaid them renounced the dear intercourse of my kind; compelled a thousand times by the devotion to your will, my tongue only to utter, like that of a spy, the know which I have displayed at the greatest personal risk. ledge which my ear had only collected as a base eaves. But till of late i respected your powers of mind
your inimitable command of passion-the force of found you capable of discharging, to an uncommon intellect which I have ever seen yon exercise over all degree, a task necessary to the avenging of your faothers, from the bigot Bridgenorth to the debauched ther's death–I consecrated you to it, as I consecrated Buckingham-in that, indeed, I have recognised my my own life and hopes; and you held the duty sacred,
till these mad feelings towards a youth who loves * And those powers," said Christian, "are unlimit- your cousin”. ed as ever; and with thy assistance, thou shalt see the "Who-loves-my-cousin !" repeated Zarah, (for strongest meshes that the laws of civil society ever we will continue to call her by her real name,) slowly, wove to limit the natural dignity of man, broke asun- and as if the words dropped unconsciou from her der like the spider's web."
lips. "Well-be it so !--Man of many wiles, I will She paused and answered, "While a noble motive follow thy course for a little, a very little farther; but fired thee-ay, a noble motive, though irregular-for take heed-tease me not with remonstrances against I was born to gaze on the sun which the pale daugh-the treasure of my secret thoughts--- I mean my most ters of Europe shrink from–I could serve thee- hopeless affection to Julian Peveril-and bring me could have followed, while revenge or ambition had not as an assistant to any snare which you may deguided thee-but love of wealth, and by what means sign to cast around him.' You and your Duke shall acquired !-What sympathy can I hold with that ?- rue the hour most bitterly, in which you provoke me. Wouldst thou not have pandered to the lust of the You may suppose you have me in your
power; but King, though the object was thine own orphan piece? remember, the snakes of my burning, climate are -You smile?-Smile again when I ask you whether never so fatal as when you grasp them." you meant not my own prostitution, when you charged "I care not for these Peverils," said Christian,"I me to remain in the house of that wretched Buck- care not for their fate a poor straw, unless where it ingham ?-Smile at that question, and by Heaven I bears on that of the destined woman, whose hands are stab you to the heart !". And she thrust her hand red in your father's blood. Believe me, I can divide into her bosom, and partly showed the hilt of a small her fate and theirs. I will explain to you how. And poniard.
for the Duke, he may pass among men of the town "And if I smile,” said Christian," it is but in for wit
, and among soldiers for valour, among courtscora of so odious an accusation. Girl, I will not iers for manners and for
form; and why, with his high tell thee the reason, but there exists not on earth the rank and immense fortune, you should throw away living thing over whose safety and honour I would an opportunity, which, as I could now improve it'keep watch as over thine. Buckingham's wife, "Speak not of it,” said Zarah, “if thou wouldst indeed, I wished thee; and through thy own beauty have our truce-remember it is no peace--if, I say, and thy wit, I doubted not to bring ihe match to thou wouldst have our truce grow to be an hour
old !" * Vain flatterer," said Zarah, yet seeming soothed "This, then," said Christian, with a last effort to even by the flattery which she scoffed an, "you would work upon the vanity of this singular being, “is she persuade me that it was honourable love which you who pretended such superiority to human passion, expected the Duke was to have offered me. How that she could walk indifferently and unmoved thro durst you urge so gross a deception, to which time, the halls of the prosperous, and the prison cells
of the place, and circumstance, gave the lie ?—How dare captive, unknowing and unknown--sympathizing rou now again mention it, when you well know, neither with the pleasures of the one, nor the woes that at the time you mention, the Duchess was still of the other, but advancing with sure, though silent in life pa
steps, her own plans, in despite and regardless of "In life, but on her deathbed," said Christian; "and either!" for time, place, and circumstance, had your virtue, "My own plans!" said Zarah—" Thy plans, Chrismy Zarah, depended on these, how couldst thou have tian-ihy plans of extorting from the surprised pribeen the creature thou art? I knew thee all-suffi- soners, means whereby to convict them-thine own cient to bid him defiance-else-for thou art dearer plans, formed with those more powerful than thyto me than thou thinkest-I had not risked thee to self
, to sound men's secrets, and, by using them as win the Duke of Buckingham; ay, and the kingdom matter of accusation, to keep up the great delusion of of England to boot.-So now, wilt thou be ruled and the nation." go on with me?"
Such access was indeed given you as my agent,". Zarah, or Fenella, for our readers must have been said Christian, "and for advancing a great national long aware of the identity of these two personages, change. But how did you use it?-lo advance your cast down her eyes, and was silent for a long time. own insane passion.' “Christian," she said at last, in a solemn voice, " if "Insane!' said Zarah-"Had he been less than my ideas of right and of wrong be wild and incohe- insane whom I addressed, he and I had ere now been rent, I owe it first, to the wild fever which my native far from the toils
which you have pitched for us both. sun communicated to my veins; next, to my child- I had means prepared for every thing; and ere this, hood, trained amidst the shifts, tricks, and feats of the shores of Britain had been lost to our sight for jugglers and mountebanks; and then, to a youth of ever.' fraud and deception, through the course thou didst "The miserable dwarf, too, said Christian-"Was prescribe me, in which, I might, indeed, hear every it worthy of you to delude that poor creature with thing, but communicate with no one. The last cause flattering visions-lull him asleep with drugs? Was of my wild errors, if such they are, originates, that my doing?”. Christian, with you alone; by whose intrigues I was "He was my destined tool," said Zarah, haughtily. placed with yonder lady, and who taught me, that to "I remembered your lessons loo well not to use him revenge my father's death, was my first great duty as such. Yet scorn him not too much. I tell you, on earth, and that I was bound by nature to hate and that yon very miserable dwarf, whom I made my injure her by whom I was fed and fostered, though as sport in the prison, ---yon wretched abortion of nature, she would have fed and caressed a dog, or any other + I would select for a husband, ere I would marry your mute animal. I also think--for I will deal fairly with Buckingham ;-the vain and imbecile pigmy has yet you-that you had not 30 easily detected your niece, the warm heast and noble feelings that a man should in the child whose surprising agility was making hold his highest honour.” yonder brutal mountebank's fortune; nor so readily "In God's name, then, take your own way," said induced him to part with his bond-slave, had you Christian; "and, for my sake, let never man herenot, for your own purposes, placed me under his after limit a woman in the use of her tongue, since he charge, and reserved the privilege of claiming me must make it amply up to her, in allowing her the when you pleased. I could not, under any other tui- privilege of her own will. Who would have thought tion, have identified myself with the personage of a it? But the colt has slipped the bridle, and I must mute, which it has been your desire that I should per- needs follow, since I cannot guide her.” form through life.”
Our narrative returns to the Court of King Charles, "You do me injustice, Zarah," said Christian—"I at Whitehall.
swer was returned, any more than could have been
rendered by a herd of cattle instinctively disturbed by -But 01
the approach of a thunder-storm. What shall I say to thee, Lord Scroop ; thou cruel, Ingrateful, savage, and inhuman creature!
To add to the general apprehension, it began to be Thou that didst bear the key of all my counsels,
whispered, that one or two of the guests, who were That koew'st the very bottom of my soul,
desirous of leaving the palace, had been informed That almost mightst have coin'd me into gold, Wouldst thou have practised on me for thy use.--Henry V.
no one could be permitted to retire unțil the general
hour of dismissal. And these, gliding back into the At no period of his life, not even when that life was hall, communicated in whispers that the sentinels at in imminent danger, did the constitutional gayety of the gates were doubled, and that there was a troop of Charles seem more overclouded, than when waiting the Horse Guards drawn up in the court-circumfor the return of Chiffinch with the Duke of Buck- stances so unusual, as to excite the most anxious ingham. His mind revolted at the idea, that the per- curiosity. son to whom he had been so particularly indulgent, Such was the atate of the Court, when wheels were and whom he had selected as the friend of his lighter heard without, and the bustle which took place dehours and amusements
, should prove capable of hav- noted the arrival of some person of consequence. ing tampered with a plot apparently directed against “Here comes Chiffinch," said the King, "with his his liberty and life. He more than once examined prey in his clutch." the dwarf anew, but could extract nothing more than It was indeed the Duke of Buckingham; nor did his first narrative contained. The apparition of the he approach the royal presence without emotion. On female to him in the cell of Newgate, he described in entering the court, the Aambeaux which were borne such fanciful and romantic colours, that the King around the carriage gleamed on the scarlet coats, laced could not help thinking the poor man's head a little hats, and drawn broadswords of the Horse Guardsturned; and, as nothing was found in the kettledrum, a sight unusual, and calculated to strike terror into a and other musical instruments brought for the use of conscience which was none of the clearest. the Duke's band of foreigners, he nourished some The Duke alighted from the carriage, and only said slight hope that the whole plan might be either a mere to the officer, whom he saw upon duty, You are late jest, or that the idea of an actual conspiracy was under arms to-night, Captain Carleton." founded in mistake.
"Such are our orders, sir," answered Carleton, The persons who had been despatched to watch with military brevity; and then commanded the four the motions of Mr. Weiyer's congregation, brought dismounted sentinels at the under gate to make way back word that they had quietly dispersed. It was for the Duke of Buckingham. His Grace had no known, at the same time, that they had met in arms, sooner entered, than he heard behind him the combut this augured no particular design of aggression, mand, "Move close up, sentinels-closer yet to the at a time when all true Protestants conceived them- gate.' And he felt as if all chance of rescue were selves in danger of immediate massacre; when the excluded by the sound. fathers of the city had repeatedly called out the 'Train- As he advanced up the grand staircase, there were Bands, and alarmed the citizens of London, under other symptoms of alarm and precaution. The Yeothe idea of an instant insurrection of the Catholics; men of the Guard were mustered in unusual numbers, and when, to sum the whole up, in the emphatic and carried carabines instead of their halberds; and words of an alderman of the day, there was a general the Gentleman Pensioners, with their partisans, apbelief that they would all waken some unhappy morn-peared also in proportional force. In short, all that ing with their throats cut. Who was to do these dire sort of defence which the royal household possesses deeds, it was more difficult to suppose; but all ad- within itself, seemed, for some hasty and urgent mitted the possibility that they might be achieved, reason, to have been placed under arms, and upon since one Justice of the Peace was already murdered duty. There was, therefore, no inference of hostile inten- Buckingham ascended the royal staircase with an tions against the State, to be decidedly derived from eye attentive to these preparations, and a step steady a congregation of Protestants par ercellence
, military and slow, as if he counted each step on which he from old associations, bringing their arms with them trode. Who," he asked himself,\"shall insure to a place of worship, in the midst of a panic so uni- Christian's fidelity ? Let him but stand fast, and we versal.
are secure. Otherwise". Neither did the violent language of the minister, sup, As he shaped the alternative, he entered the preposing that to be proved, absolutely infer meditated sence-chamber. violence. The favourite parables of the preachers, The King stood in the midst of the apartment, surand the metaphors and ornaments which they se- rounded by the personages with whom he had been lected, were at all times of a military cast; and the consulting. The rest of the brilliant assembly, scattaking the kingdom of heaven by storm, a strong tered into groups, looked on at some distance. All and beautiful metaphor, when used generally, as in were silent when Buckingham entered, in hopes of Scripture, was detailed in their sermons in all the receiving some explanation of the mysteries of the technical language of the attack and defence of a evening. All bent forward, though etiquette forbade fortified place. The danger, in short, whatever might them to advance, to catch, if possible, something of have been its actual degree, had disappeared as sud- what was about to pass betwixt the King and his denly as a bubble upon the water, when broken by a Intriguing statesman. At the same time, those councasual touch, and had left as little trace behind it. It sellors who stood around Charles, drew back on either became, therefore, matter of much doubt, whether it side, so as to permit the Duke to pay his respects to had ever actually existed.
his Majesty in the usual form. He went through the While various reports were making from without, ceremonial with his accustomed grace, but was reand while their tenor was discussed by the King, and ceived by Charles with much unwonted gravity. such nobles and statesmen as he thought proper to "We have waited for you for some time, my Lord consult on the occasion, a gradual sadness and Duke. It is long since Chiffinch left us, to request anxiety mingled with, and finally silenced, the mirth your attendance here. I see you are elaborately of the evening. All became sensible that something dressed. Your toilette was needless on the present unusual was going forward; and the unwonted dis- occasion." tance which Charles maintained from his guests, "Needless to the splendour of your Majesty's Court," while it added greatly to the dulness that began to said the Duke, but not needless on my part. This predominate in the presence-chamber, gave intima-chanced to be Black Monday at York-Place, and my tion that something unusual was labouring in the club of Pendables were in full glee when your MaKing's mind.
jesty's summons arrived. I could not be in the comThus play was neglected-the music was silent, or pany of Ogle, Maniduc, Dawson, and so forth, but played without being heard-gallants ceased to make what I must needs make some preparation, and some compliments, and ladies to expect them; and a sort ablution, ere entering the circle here." of apprehensive curiosity pervaded the circle. Each "I trust the purification will be complete," said the asked the others why they were grave; and no an- King, without any tendency to the smile which always softened features, that, ungilded by its influence, were "That is but fair," said the King. "Bring our little dark, harsh, and even severe. "We wished to ask friend
from behind the chimney-board. (Hudson beyour Grace concerning the import of a sort of musical ing accordingly produced, he continued.) There stands mask which you designed us here, but which miscar- the Duke of Buckingham. Repeat before him the ried, as we are given to understand."
tale you told us. Let him hear what were those con"It must have been a great miscarriage indeed,” tents of the bass-viol which were removed that you said the Duke, " since your Majesty looks so serious might enter it. Be not afraid of any one, but speak on it. I thought to have done your Majesty a plea- the truth boldly." sure, (as I have seen you condescend to be pleased May it please your Majesty,” said Hudson, "fear with such passages,) by sending the contents of that is a thing unknown to me. bass-viol; but I fear the jest has been unacceptable- "His body has no room to hold such a passion; or I fear the fireworks may have done mischief.
there is too little of it to be worth fearing for," said "Not the mischief they were designed for, perhaps,” Buckingham. But let him speak.” said the King, gravely;'"you see, my lord, we are all Ere Hudson had completed his tale, Buckingham alive, and unsinged.”
interrupted him by exclaiming, "Is it possible that I Long may your Majesty remain so," said the can be suspected by your Majesty on the word of this Duke; "yet I see that there is something miscon- pitiful variety of the baboon tribe ?" strued on my part-it must be a matter unpardonable, "Villain-Lord, I appeal thee to the combat!” said however litile intended, since it hath displeased so the little man, highly offended at the appellation thus indulgent a master.'
bestowed on him. "Too indulgent a master, indeed, Buckingham," "La you there now !" said the Duke—"The little replied the King; "and the fruit of my indulgence has animal is quite crazed, and defies a man who need been to change loyal men into traitors."
ask no other weapon than a corking-pin to run him May it please your Majesty, I cannot understand through the lungs, and whose single kick could hoist this," said the Duke.
him from Dover to Calais without yacht or whorry. Follow us, my lord," answered Charles, "and we And what can you expect from an idiot, who is engoué will endeavour to explain our meaning."
of a common rope-dancing-girl, that capered on a Attended by the same lords who stood around him, packthread at Ghent in Flanders, unless they were to and followed by the Duke of Buckingham, on whom club their talents to set up a booth at Bartholomew, all eyes were fixed, Charles retired into the same cabi- Fair ?-Is it not plain, that supposing the little animal net which had been the scene of repeated consulta is not malicious, as indeed his whole kind bear a getions in the course of the evening. There, leaning neral and most cankered malice against those who with his arms crossed on the back of an easy chair, have the ordinary proportions of humanity-Grant, I Charles proceeded to interrogate
the suspected noble say, that this were not a malicious falsehood of his, man.
why, what does it amount to ?– That he has mistaken "Let us be plain with each other. Speak out, squibs and Chinese crackers for arms! He says not Buckingham. What, in one word, was to have been he himself touched or handled them; and judging by the regale intended for us this evening ?-?.
the sight alone, I question if the infirm old creature, A petty mask, my liege. I had destined a little when any whim or preconception hath possession of dancing-girl to come out of that instrument, who, I his noddle, can distinguish betwixt a blunderbuss and thought, would have performed to your Majesty's a black-pudding." liking-a few Chinese fireworks there were, which, The horrible clamour which the dwarf made so thinking the entertainment was to have taken place soon as he heard this disparagement of his military in the marble hall, might, I hoped, have been dis- skill-the haste with which he blundered out a detail charged with good effect, and without the slightest of his warlike experiences--and the absurd grimaces alarm, at the first appearance of my little sorceress, which he made in order to enforce his story, provoked and were designed to have masked, as it were, her not only the risibility of Charles, but even of the perukes singed-no ladies frightened-no hopes of no- motley complexion of the scene. The King termible descent interrupted by my ill-fancied jest ?", nated this dispute, by commanding the dwarf to with
“We have seen no such fireworks, my lord; and draw. your female dancer, of whom we now hear for the A more regular discussion of his evidence was then first time, came forth in the form of our old acquaint- resumed, and Ormond was the first who pointed out, ance Geoffrey Hudson, whose dancing days are surely that it went farther than had been noticed, since the ended.”
little man had mentioned a certain extraordinary and Your Majesty surprises me! I beseech you, let treasonable conversation held by the Duke's dependChristian be sent for-Edward Christian-be will be ents, by whom he had been conveyed to the palace. found lodging in a large old house near Sharper the "I am sure not to lack my lord of Ormond's good cutler's, in the Strand. As I live by bread, sire, I word,” said the Duke, scornfully;, "but I defy him trusted him with the arrangement of this matter, as alike, and all my other enemies, and shall find it easy indeed the dancing-girl was his property: If he has to show that this alleged conspiracy, if any grounds done aught to dishonour my concert, or disparage my for it at all exist, is a mere sham-plot, got up to turn character, he shall die under the baton."
the odium justly attached to the Papists upon the Pro“It is singular," said the King," and I have often testants. Here is a half-hanged creature, who, on observed it, that this fellow Christian bears the blame the very day he escapes from the gallows, which of all men's enormities-he performs the part which many believe was his most deserved destiny, comes in a great family is usually assigned to that mischief- to take away the reputation of a Protestant peer-. doing personage, Nobody. When Chiffinch blunders, and, on what?-on the treasonable conversation of he always quotes Christian. When Sheffield writes three or four German fiddlers, heard through the a lampoon, I am sure to hear of Christian having cor- sound-holes of a violoncello, and that, too, when the rected, or copied, or dispersed it-he is the ami damnée creature was incased in it, and mounted on a man's of every one about my. Court-the scapegoat who is shoulders! The urchin, too, in repeating their lanto carry away all their iniquities ; and he will have a guage, shows he understands German as little as my cruel load to bear into the wilderness. But for Buck- horse does; and if he did rightly hear, truly compreingham's sins, in particular, he is the regular and uni- hend, and accurately report what they said, still, is form sponsor; and I am convinced his Grace expects my honour to be touched by the language held by Christian should suffer every penalty which he has in such persons as these are, with whom I have never incurred in this world or the next.'
communicated, otherwise than men of my rank do "Not so," with the deepest reverence replied the with those of their calling and capacity ?-Pardon Duke. "I have no hope of being either hanged or me, sire, if I presume to say, that the profound statesdamned by proxy; but it is clear some one hath tam- men who endeavoured to stifle the Popish conspiracy pered with and altered my device. If I am accused by the pretended Meal-tub Plot, will take little more of augby, let me at least hear the charge, and see my credit by their figments about fiddles and concertos.
The assistant counsellors looked at each other; and