« PreviousContinue »
with her neighbour's general habits of indifference reducing them to the same condition with the other and apathy, and therefore the more surprised at his subjects of the pretended republic. When the news testifying such sudden symptoms of interest. She arrived of the changes which were current in Britain, would once again have moved the Countess to retire these sentiments were privately communicated to me. ; to another apartment, but Lady Derby proceeded with Calcott and others acted with great zeal and fidelity; too much vehemence to endure interruption. and a rising, effected as suddenly and effectually as
"This Christian,” she said, "had eat of my lord that which had made me a captive, placed me at his sovereign's bread, and drunk of his cup, even liberty, and in possession of the Sovereignty of Man, from childhood-for his fathers had been faithful ser- as Regent for my son, the youthful Earl of Derby. vants to the House of Man and Derby. He himself Do you think I enjoyed that sovereignty long without had fought bravely by my husband's side, and enjoyed doing justice on that traitor Christian ?". all his confidence; and when my princely Earl was "How, madam,” said Lady Peveril, who, though martyred by the rebels, he recommended to me, she knew the high and ambitious spirit of the Countamongst other instructions communicated in the last ess, scarce anticipated the extremities to which it message I received from him, to continue my confi- was capable of hurrying her—"Have you imprisoned dence in Christian's fidelity. I obeyed, although I Christian ?" never loved the man. He was cold and phlegmatic, Ay, wench,-in that sure prison which felon neand utterly devoid of that sacred fire which is the in- ver breaks from," answered the Countess. centive to noble deeds, suspected too of leaning to Bridgenorth, who had insensibly approached them, the cold metaphysics of Calvinistic subtlety. But he and was listening with an agony of interest which was brave, wise, and experienced, and, as the event he was unable any longer to suppress, broke in with proved, possessed but too much interest with the the stern exclamationislanders. When these rude people saw themselves "Lady, I trust you have not dared”. without hope of relief, and pressed by a blockade, The Countess interrupted him in her turn. which brought want and disease into their island, "I know not who you are who question and you they began to fall off from the faith which they had know not me when you speak to me of that which I hitherto shown.”
dare, or dare not, do. Bui you seem interested in the "What!", said the Lady Peveril, "could they forget fate of this Christian, and you shall hear it.-I was what was due to the widow of their benefactor-she no sooner placed in possession of my rightful power, who had shared with the generous Derby the task of than I ordered the Dempster of the island to bold bettering their condition ?''
upon the traitor a High Court of Justice, with all the "Do not blame them,” said the Countess; "the formalities of the isle, as prescribed in its oldest rerude herd acted but according to their kind-in pre cords. The Court was held in the open air, before sent distress they forgot former benefits, and, nursed the Dempster and the Keys of the island, assembled in their earthen hovels, with spirits suited to their under the vaulted cope of heaven, and seated on the dwellings, they were incapable of feeling the glory terrace of the Zonwald Hill, where of old Druid and which is attached to constancy in suffering. But Scald held their courts of judginent. The criminal that Christian should have headed their revolt—that was heard at length in his own defence, which he, born a gentleman, and bred under my murdered amounted to little more than those specious allegaDerby's own care in all that was chivalrous and noble tions of public consideration, which are ever used to --that he should have forgot a hundred benefits, colour the ugly front of treason. He was fully conwhy do I talk of benefits ?-that he should have for- victed of his crime, and he received the doom of a gotten that kindly intercourse which binds man to traitor." man far more than the reciprocity of obligation--that But which, I trust, is not yet executed ?" said he should have headed the ruffians who broke sud- Lady Peveril, not without an involuntary shudder. denly into my apartment-immured me with my in- 'You are a fool, Margaret," said the Countess, fants in one of my own castles, and assumed or sharply; "think you I delayed such an act of justice, usurped the tyranny of the island--that this should until some wretched intrigues of the new English have been done by William Christian, my vassal, my Court might have prompted their interference ? No, servant, my friend, was a deed of ungrateful treachery, wench--he passed from the judgment-seat to the which even this age of treason will scarcely parallel!" place of execution, with no farther delay than might
And you were then imprisoned," said the Lady be necessary for his soul's sake. He was shot to death Peveril, "and in your own sovereignty!"
by a file of musketeers in the common place of exe"For more than seven years I have endured strict cution, called Hango-hill."* captivity," said the Countess. "I was indeed offered * The reader will find, an Appendix to the Introduction, an my liberty, and even some means of support, if I account of this tragedy, as related by one who
may be said to fawould have consented to leave the island,
and pledge your the guttcrer. It must be admitted, on the other hand, that my word that I would not endeavour to repossess my to the laws of the island. He was tried in all due form, by the son in his father's rights. But they little knew the Dempster, or chief judge, then named Norria, the Kess of the island, princely house from which I spring, and as little the and other constituted authorities, making what is called a Tinwald royal house of Stanley which I uphold, who hoped to
court. This word, yet retained in many parts of Scotland, signifies humble Charlotte of Tremouille into so base a com
Vallis Negotii, and is applied to those artificial mounda which
were in ancient times assigned to the meeting of the inhabitants position. I would rather have starved in the darkest for holding their Comitia. It was pleuvied that the articles of ac and lowest vault of Rushin Castle, than have con- cusation against Christian were found tilly relevant, and as he sented to aught which might diminish in one hair's Man, most jistly sentenced to death. It was also stated that tull breadth the right of my son over his father's sove- tiine was lent for appeal to England, as he was au prehended about reignty."
the end of September, and not executed until the 24 January, 1672 "And could not your firmness, in a case where These defences were made for the various officers of the Ile of hope seemed lost, induce them to be generous, and death. and supported with inany quotations from the laws of the
Man called before the Privy Council, on account of Christian's dismiss you without conditions ?"
Island, and appear to have been received as a sufficient defence “ They knew me better than thou dost, wench," for their share in those proceedings. answered the Countess; once at liberty, I had not tified extract to the following effect :-** Malew Burials A. D. 1662.
I am obliged to the present reverend Vicar of Malev, for a cer heen long without the means of disturbing their Mr. William Christian of Ronalds-wing, late receiver, was shot to usurpation, and Christian would have as soon un- death at Hange Hall, the 2:1 January. He died most penitently caged a lioness to combat with, as have given me and couradgrously, made a good end, prayedd camestly, madr an the slightest power of returning to the struggle with excellent sporch, and the next day was buried in the chancell of him. But time had liberty and revenge in store-I It is certain that the death of William Christian made a very had still friends and partisans in the island, though deep impression upon the minds of the islandita, and AM Calcell they were compelled to give way to the storm. Even or Colpuit was nitch bluned on the occasion. Tuolesser incidents among the islanders at large, most had been disap- on wlach he stood was covered with white blankets that his bloor! pointed in the effects which they expected from the might not tall on the ground; and, secondly, thu precaution proveel change of power. They were loaded with exactions unnecessary, for the musket wounds bleeding internally, there by their new masters, their privileges were abridged, Wainos outros produtosion of blomat and their immunities abolished, under the pretext of respectable descendant, the present Deinpster; but there are others,
May on the island deny Christian's guilt altogether, like tuis
Bridgenorth clasped his hands together, wrung | tach thee of the crime of which thou hast but now them, and groaned bitterly.
made thy boast." "As you seem interested for this criminal," added "I shall not obey your arrest," said the Countess, the Countess, addressing Bridgenorth, "I do him
but composedly; "I was born to give, but not to receive justice in reporting to you, that his death was firm such orders. What have your English laws to do and manly, becoming the general tenor of his life, with my acts of justice and of government, within which, but for that gross act of traitorous ingratitude, my son's hereditary kingdom ? Am I not Queen in had been fair and honourable. But what of that? Man, as well as Countess of Derby? A feudatory The hypocrite is a saint, and the false traitor a man Sovereign indeed; but yel independent so long as of honour, till opportunity, that faithful touchstone, my dues of homage are duly discharged. What right proves their metal to be base."
can you assert over me?" "It is false, woman-it is false!" said Bridgenorth, That given by the precept of Scripture," answered no longer suppressing his indignation.
Bridgenorth-" "Whoso spilleth man's blood, by man "What means this bearing, Master Bridgenorth ?" shall his blood be spilled. Think not that the bar. said Lady Peveril, much surprised. "What is this barous privileges of ancient feudal customs will avail Christian to you, that you should insult the Countess to screen you from the punishment due for an Engof Derby under my roof?"
lishman murdered upon pretexts inconsistent with 'Speak not to me of Countesses and of ceremo- the act of indemnity." pies," said Bridgenorth; "grief and anger leave me “Master Bridgenorth,” said Lady Peveril, "if by no leisure for idle observances, to humour the vanity fair terms you desist not from your present purpose, of overgrown children.-Oh Christian-worthy, well I tell you that I neither dare, nor will, permit any worthy, of the name thou didst bear! My friend- violence against this honourable lady, within the my brother-the brother of my blessed Alice-the walls of my husband's castle." only friend of my desolate estate! art thou then "You will find yourself unable to prevent me from cruelly murdered by a female fury, who, but for thee, executing my duty, madam,” said Bridgenorth, whose had deservedly paid with her own blood that of God's native obstinacy now came in aid of his grief and saints, which she, as well as her tyrant husband, had desire of revenge; "I am a magistrate, and act by spilled like water!-Yes, cruel murderess !", he con authority.” tinued, addressing the Countess, "he whom thou hast “I know not that,” said Lady Peveril. “That you butchered in thy insane vengeance, sacrificed for were a magistrate, Master Bridgenorth, under the late many a year the dictates of his own conscience to usurping powers, I know well; but till I hear of your the interest of thy family, and did not desert it till having a commission in the name of the King, I now thy frantic zeal for royalty had well-nigh brought to hesitate to obey you as such." utier perdition the little community in which he was "I shall stand on small ceremony," said Bridgeborn. Even in confining thee, he acted but as the north. "Were I no magistrate, every man has title friends of the madman, who bind him with iron for to arrest for murder against the terms of the indemhis own preservation; and for thee, as I can bear nities held out by the King's proclamations, and I witness, he was the only barrier between thee and will make my point good." the wrath of the Commons of England; and but for "What indemnities? What proclamations ?'' said his earnest remonstrances, thou hadst suffered the the Countess of Derby, indignantly, Charles penalty of thy malignancy, even like the wicked wife Stuart may, if he pleases, (and it doth seem to of Ahab."
please him,) consort with those whose hands have Master Bridgenorth,” said Lady Peveril, " I will been red with the blood, and blackened with the allow for your impatience upon hearing these un- plunder, of his father and of his loyal subjects. H. pleasing tidings; but there is neither use nor propriety may forgive them if he will, and count iheir deeds in farther urging this question. If in your grief you good service. What has that to do with this Christforget other restraints, I pray you to remember that ian's offence against me and mine? Born a Manks. the Countess is my guest and kinswoman, and is man-bred and nursed in the island-he broke under such protection as I can afford her. I' beseech the laws under which he lived, and died for the you, in simple courtesy, to withdraw, as what must breach of them, after the fair trial which they alneeds be the best and most becoming course in these lowed.-Methinks, Margaret, we hæve enough of trying circumstances."
this peevish and foolish magistrate- I attend you to Nay, let him remain," said the Countess, regard- your apartment.” ing him with composure, not unmingled with triumph; Major Bridgenorth placed himself betwixt then "I would not have it otherwise; I would not that my and the door, in a manner which showed him deterrevenge should be summed up in the stinted gratifica- mined to interrupt their passage; when the Lady tion which Christian's death hath afforded. This Peveril, who thought she had already shown more inan's rude and clamorous grief only proves that deference to him in this matter than her husband the retribution I have dealt has been more widely felt was likely to approve of, raised her voice, and called than by the wretched sufferer himself. I would I loudly on her steward, Whitaker. That alert person, knew that it had but made sore as many rebel hearts, who had heard high talking, and a female voice with as there were loyal breasts afflicted by the death of which he was unacquainted, had remained for several my princely Derby!"
minutes stationed in the ante-room, much afflicted * So please you, madam," said Lady Peveril, "since with the anxiety of his own curiosity. Of course he Master Bridgenorth hath not the manners to leave us entered in an instant. ypon my request, we will, if your ladyship lists, leave "Let three of the men instantly take arms,” said him, and retire to my apartment.-Farewell, Master his lady; "bring them into the ante-room, and wait Bridgenorth ; we will meet hereafter on better terms." my farther orders.”
"Pardon me, Madam,” said the Major, who had been striding hastily through the room, but now stood fast, and drew himself up, as one who has taken a
CHAPTER VI. resolution ;-" to yourself I have nothing to say but what is respectful; but to this woman I must speak You shall have no worse prison than my cnamber, as a magistrate. She has confessed a murder in my
Nor jailor than myself.--The Captain. presence the murder too of my brother-in-law ;-as The command which Lady Peveril laid on her a man, and as a magistrate, I cannot permit her to pass domestics to arm themselves, was so unlike the from hence, excepting under such custody as may usual gentle acquiescence of her manners, that Major prevent her farther flight. She has already confessed Bridgenorth was astonished. “How mean you, mathat she is a fugitive, and in search of a place of con- dam?'' said he; "I thought myself under a friendly cealment, until she should be able to escape into roof." foreign parts.-Charlotte, Countess of Derby, I at- “And you are so, Master Bridgenorth,” said the and those men of judgment and respectability, who are so far of a death. I willingly drop the veil over a transaction, which took different opinion, that they only allow the execution to have been place flagrantibus odiis at the conclusion
of a civil war, when wrong in so far as the culprit died by a military rather than a civil | Revenge at least was awake if Justice slept. VOL. IV.-V
Lady Peveril, without departing from the natural | venience; and a message shall relieve your domescalmness of her voice and manner; "but it is a roof tics of the anxiety which your absence from the Hall which must not be violated by the outrage of one is not unlikely to occasion. When a few hours, at friend against another."
most two days, are over, I will myself relieve you "It is well, madam," said Bridgenorth, turning to from confinement, and demand your pardon for now the door of the apartment. "The worthy Master acting as your obstinacy compels me to do." Solsgrace has already foretold, that the time was re- The Major made no answer, but that he was in her turned when high houses and proud names should be hands, and must submit to her pleasure; and then once more an excuse for the crimes of those who in- turned sullenly to the window, as if desirous to be habit the one and bear the other. I believed him not, rid of their presence. but now see he is wiser than I. Yet think not I will The Countess and the Lady Peveril left the apartendure this tamely. The blood of my brother-of the ment arm in arm; and the lady issued forth her difriend of my bosom-shall not long call from the al- rections to Whitaker concerning the mode in which tar, 'How long, O Lord, how long!' If there is one she was desirous that Bridgenorth should be guarded spark of justice left in this unhappy England, that and treated during his temporary confinement; at proud woman and I shall meet where she can have the same time explaining to him, that the safety of no partial friend to protect her."
the Countess of Derby required that he should be So saying, he was about to leave the apartment, closely watched. when Lady Peveril said, "You depart not from this In all proposals for the prisoner's security, such as place, Master Bridgenorth, unless you give me your the regular relief of guards, and the like, Whitaker word to renounce all purpose against the noble Count- joyfully acquiesced, and undertook, body for body, ess's liberty upon the present occasion.”
that he should be detained in captivity for the neces"I would sooner," he answered, "subscribe to my sary period. But the old steward was not half so own dishonour, madam, written down in express docile when it came to be considered how the capwords, than to any such composition. If any man tive's bedding and table should be supplied; and he offers to interrupt me, his blood be on his head!" As thought Lady Peveril displayed a very undue degree Major Bridgenorth spoke, Whitaker threw open the of attention to her prisoner's comforts. "I warrant,' door, and showed that, with the alertness of an old he said, "that the cuckoldy Roundhead ate enough soldier, who was not displeased at seeing things tend of our fat beef yesterday to serve him for a month; once more towards a state of warfare, he had got and a little fasting will do his health good. Marry, with him four stout fellows in the Knight of the for drink he shall have plenty of cold water to cool Peak's livery, well armed with swords and carabines, his hot liver, which I will be bound is still hissing butf-coats, and pistols at their girdles.
with the strong liquors of yesterday. And as for bed"I will see,
said Major Bridgenorth, "if any of ding, there are the fine dry boards-more wholesome these men be so desperate as to stop me, a freeborn than the wet straw I lay upon when I was in the Englishman, and a magistrate, in the discharge of stocks, I trow." my duty."
"Whitaker," said the lady, peremptorily, “I desire So saying, he advanced upon Whitaker and his you to provide Master Bridgenorth's bedding and food armed assistants, with his hand on the hilt of his in the way I have already signified to you; and to sword.
behave yourself towards him in all civility." "Do not be so desperate, Master Bridgenorth,” "Lack-a-day! yes, my lady,” said Whitaker; "you exclaimed Lady Peveril; and added, in the same shall have all your directions punctually obeyed; but, moment, "Lay hold upon, and disarm him, Whita- | as an old servant, I cannot but speak my mind." ker; but do him no injury.”
The ladies retired after this conference with the Her commands were obeyed. Bridgenorth, though steward in the antechamber, and were soon seated a man of moral resolution, was not one of those who in another apartment, which was peculiarly dedicated undertake to cope in person with odds of a descrip; to the use of the mistress of the mansion-having, tion so formidable. He half drew his sword, and on the one side, access to the family bed-room; and, offered such show of resistance as made it necessary on the other, to the still-room which communicated to secure him by actual force; but then yielded up his with the garden. There was also a small door which, weapon, and declared, that, submitting to force which ascending a few steps, led to that balcony, already one man was unable to resist, he made those who mentioned, that overhung the kitchen; and the same commanded, and who employed it, responsible for passage, by a separate door, admitted to the principal assailing his liberty without a legal warrant. gallery in the chapel; so that the spiritual and tempo
"Never mind a warrant on a pinch, Master Bridge- ral affairs of the Castle were placed almost at once north,” said old Whitaker; sure enough you have within reach of the same regulating and directing often acted upon a worse yourself. My lady's word eye.* is as good a warrant, sure, as Old Noll's commis- In the tapestried room, from which issued these sion; and you bore that many a day, Master Bridge various sallyports, the Countess and Lady Peveril north, and, moreover, you said me in the stocks were speedily scated; and the former
, smiling upon for drinking the king's health, Master Bridgenorth, the latter, said, as she took her hand, "Two things and never cared a farthing about the laws of Eng- have happened to-day which might have surprised land."
me, if any thing ought to surprise me in such times; "Hold your saucy tongue, Whitaker,” said the -the first is, that yonder roundheaded fellow should Lady Peveril; "and do you, Master Bridgenorth, not have dared io use such insolence in the house of take it to heart that you are detained prisoner for a Peveril of the Peak. If your husband is yet the same few hours, until the Countess of Derby can have honest and downright Cavalier whom I once knew, nothing to fear from your pursuit. I could easily send and had chanced to be at home, he would have thrown an escort with her ihat might bid defiance to any the knave out of window. But what I wonder at force you could muster ; but I wish, Heaven knows, still more, Margaret, is your generalship. I hardly to bury the remembrance of old civil dissensions, thought you had courage sufficient to have taken not to awaken new. Once more, will you think bet- such decided measures, after keeping on terms with ter on it--assume your sword again, and forget whom the man so long. When he spoke of justices and you have now seen at Martindale Castle ?"
warrants, you looked so overawed that I thought I Never,” said Bridgenorth., "The crime of this felt the cluich of the parish-beadles on my shoulder, cruel woman will be the last of human injuries which to drag me to prison as a vagrant. I can forget. The last thought of earthly kind which “We owe Master Bridgenorth some deference, my will leave me, will be the desire that justice shall be dearest lady," answered the Lady Peveril; “ he has "If such be your sentiments," said Lady Peveril, don Hall, Derbysbire, once a seat of the Vernons, where in the
* This peculiar collocation of apartments may be seen at Had" though they are more allied to revenge than to jus- lady's pew in the chapel, there is a sort of scule, which opens tice, I must provide for my friend's safety, by putting into the kitchen, so that the good lady comld ever and anon. with restraint upon your person. In this room you will be const-mcat was not permitted to burn, and that the turu broche dane supplied with every necessary of life, and every con- his duty.
served us often, and kindly, in these late times; but | these parts, it is for the Grace of God, and what neither he, nor any one else, shall insult the Countess they there may find.” of Derby in the house of Margaret Stanley."
Meet the old Cavaliers with much countenance ?" "Thou art become a perfect heroine, Margaret," continued the Countess. replied the Countess.
"Faith, madam, to speak truth,” replied the Knight, Two sieges, and alarms innumerable,” said
Lady " the King hath so gracious a manner, that it makes Peveril, "may have taught me presence of mind. every man's hopes blossom, though we have seen but My courage is, I believe, as slender as ever.'
few that have ripened into fruit." Presence of mind is courage,
answered the You have not, yourself, my cousin,” answered Countess. “Real valour consists not in being in the Countess, " had room to complain of ingratitude, sensible to danger, but in being prompt to confront|I trust? Few have less deserved it at the King's and disarm it;-and we may have present occasion hand.” for all that we possess," she added, with some slight Sir Geoffrey was unwilling, like most prudent per: emotion, "for I hear the trampling of horses' steps sons, to own the existence of expectations which had on the pavement of the court.
proved fallacious, yet had too little art in his characIn one moment, the boy Julian, breathless with jer to conceal his disappointment entirely.Who? joy, came Aying into the room, to say that papa was I, madam ?" he said; Alas! what should a poor returned, with Lamington and Sam Brewer; and country knight expect from the King, besides the that he was himself to ride Black Hastings to the pleasure of seeing him in Whitehall once more, and stable.. In the second, the tramp of the honest enjoying his own again? And his Majesty was very Knight's heavy jack-boots was heard, as, in his gracious when I was presented, and spoke to me of haste to see his lady, he ascended the staircase by Worcester, and of my horse, Black Hastings-he had two steps at a time. He burst into the room, his forgot his name, though-faith, and mine too, I bemanly countenance and disordered dress showing lieve, had not Prince Rupert whispered it to him. marks that he had been riding fast; and without And I saw some old friends, such as his Grace of looking to any one else, caught his good lady in his Ormond, Sir Marmaduke Langdale, Sir Philip Musarms, and kissed her a dozen of times.-Blushing, grave, and so forth ; and had a jolly rouse or iwo, to and with some difficulty, Lady Peveril extricated the tune of old times." herself from Sir Geoffrey's arms; and in a voice of "I should have thought so many wounds received bashful and gentle rebuke, bid him, for shame, observe -so many dangers risked-such considerable losseswho was in the room.
merited something more than a few smooth words," "One," said the Countess, advancing to him," who said the Countess. is right glad to see that Sir Geoffrey Peveril, though “Nay, my lady, there were other friends of mine turned courtier and favourite, still values the treasure who had the same thought," answered Peveril. which she had some share in bestowing upon him." Some were of opinion that the loss of so many You cannot have forgot the raising of the leaguer of hundred acres of fair land was worth some reward of Latham House ?"
honour at least; and there were, who thought my " The noble Countess of Derby!” said Sir Geof- descent from William the Conqueror-craving your frey, doffing his plumed hat with an air of deep de- ladyship's pardon for boasting it in your presence ference, and kissing with much reverence the hand would not have become a higher rank or title worse which she held out to him ; "I am as glad to see than the pedigree of some who have been promoted. your ladyship in my poor house, as I would be to hear But what said the witty Duke of Buckingham, forihat they had found a vein of lead in the Brown Tor. sooth? (whose grandsire was a Lei'stershire Knight I rode hard, in the hope of being your escort through -rather poorer, and scarce so well-born as myself)-the country. I feared you might have fallen into bad Why, he said, that if all of my degree who deserved hands, hearing there was a knave sent out with a well of the King in the late times were to be made warrant from the Council."
peers, the House of Lords must meel upon Salisbury "When heard you so ? and from whom ?"
Plain!" " It was from Cholmondley of Vale-Royal,” said "And that bad jest passed for a good argument!" Sir Geoffrey; "he is come down to make provision said the Countess; " and well it might, where good for your safety through Cheshire; and I promised to arguments pass for bad jests.-But here comes one I bring you there in safety. Prince Rupert, Ormond, must be acquainted with." and other friends, do not doubt the matter will be This was little Julian, who now re-entered the driven to a fine; but they say the Chancellor, and hall, leading his little sister, as if he had brought her Harry Bennet, and some others of the over-sea coun- to bear witness to the boastful tale which he told his sellors, are furious at what they call a breach of the father, of his having manfully ridden Black Hastings King's proclamation. Hang them, say I !-They left to the stable-yard, alone in the saddle; and that us to bear all the beating; and now they are incensed Saunders, though he walked by the horse's head, did that we should wish to clear scores with those who not once put his hand upon the rein, and Brewer, rode us like nightmares!"
though he stood beside him, scarce held him by the "What did they talk of for my chastisement ?'' knee. The father kissed the boy heartily; and the said the Countess.
Countess, calling him to her so soon as Sir Geoffrey "I wot not," said Sir Geoffrey; some friends, had set him down, kissed his forehead also, and then as I said, from our kind Cheshire, and others, tried surveyed all his features with a keen and penetrating to bring it to a fine; but some, again, spoke of no- eye. thing but the Tower, and a long imprisonment.” "He is a true Peveril,” said she, "mixed as he
“I have suffered imprisonment long enough for should be with some touch of the Stanley. Cousin, King Charles's sake," said the Countess; " and have you must grant me my boon, and when I am safely no mind to undergo it at his hand. Besides, if I am established, and have my present affair arranged, you removed from the personal superintendence of my must let me have this little Julian of yours some time son's dominions in Man, I know not what new usur- hence, to be nurtured in my house, held as my page, and pation may be attempted there. I must be obliged the playfellow of the little Derby. I trust in Heaven, to you, cousin, to contrive that I may get in security they will be such friends as their fathers have been to Vale-Royal, and from thence I know I shall be and may God send them more fortunate times !"* guarded safely to Liverpool.
'Marry, and I thank you for the proposal with all * You may rely on my guidance and protection, noble lady," answered her host," though you had * Even down to a later period than that in which the tale in laid, come here at midnight, and with the rogue's head in the ladies of distinction had for their pages young, gentlemen of your apron, like Judith in the Holy Apocrypha, which distinguished fank, whose education proceeded within the family I joy to hear once more read in churches."
who in several respects laid claim to the honour due to royal "Do the gentry resort much to the Court ?" said blood, was, I believe, the last person of rank who kept up this old the lady.
custom. A general officer distinguished in the American war was Ay, madam,” replied Sir Geoffrey; "and accord-bred up as a page in her family. At present the youths whom wo
sometimes see in the capacity of pages of great ladies, are, I be, ing to our saying, when miners do begin to bore in lieve mere lackeys.
my heart, madam,” said the Knight. “There are so Nay, madam," answered the Knight, “my neigh-
I have no doubt it was that worthy gentleman who
I acknowledge the importance of the favour, ma- brows. "You were ever something 100 fond, dame, dam,” said Lady Peveril," and must acquiesce in what of giving way to the usurpation of such people." your ladyship honours us by proposing, and Sir Geof- "I only mean," said Lady Peveril, that as the frey approves of ; but Julian is an only child, and” person-le to whom Lady Derby's story related,
An only son," said the Countess, "but surely was the brother of his late lady, he threatened--but I not an only child. You pay too high a deference to cannot think that he was serious. our masters, the male sex, if you allow Julian to en- "Threaten ?-threaten the Lady of Derby and Man gross all your affection, and spare none for this beau- in my house!-the widow of iny friend-the noble tiful girl."
Charlotte of Latham-House !-by Heaven the prickSo saying, she sat down Julian, and, taking Alice eared slave shall answer it! How comes it that my Bridgenorth on her lap, began to caress her; and knaves threw him not out of the window ?" there was, notwithstanding her masculine character, Alas! Sir Geoffrey, you forget how much we owe something so sweet in the tone of her voice and in him," said the lady. the cast of her features, that the child immediately "Owe him!" said the Knight, still more indignant; smiled, and replied to her marks of fondness. This for in his singleness of apprehension he conceived mistake embarrassed Lady Peveril exceedingly. - that his wife alluded to pecuniary obligations-" if I Knowing the blunt impetuosity of her husband's do owe him some money, hath he not security for it? character, his devotion to the memory of the deceased and must he have the right, over and above, to domiEarl of Derby, and his corresponding veneration for neer and play the Magistrate in Martindale Castle ? his widow, she was alarmed for the consequences of Where is he?-what have you made of him ? I willhis hearing the conduct of Bridgenorth that morning, I must speak with him.” and was particularly desirous that he should not "Be patient, Sir Geoffrey,” said the Countess, who learn it save from herself in private, and after due now discerned the cause of her kinswoman's apprepreparation. But the Countess's error led to a more hension; "and be assured I did not need your chiprecipitate disclosure.
valry to defend me against this discourteous faitour, "That pretty girl, madam," answered Sir Geoffrey, as Morte d'Arthur would have called him. I promise "is none of ours- I wish she were. She belongs to you my kinswoman hath fully righted my wrong; and a neighbour hard by-a good man, and, to say truth, I am so pleased to owe my deliverance entirely to her a good neighbour-thongh he was carried off from gallantry, that I charge and command you, as a true his allegiance in the late times by a d-d Presbyterian knight, not to mingle in the adventure of another." scoundrel, who calls himself a parson, and whom I Lady Peveril, who knew her husband's int and hope to fetch down from his perch presently, with a impatient temper, and perceived that he was becomwannion to him! He has been cock of the roosting angry, now took up the story, and plainly and simlong enough. There are rods in pickle to switch the ply pointed out the cause of Master Bridgenorth's inGeneva cloak with, I can tell the sour-faced rogues terference. that much. But this child is the daughter of Bridge- "I am sorrow for it,” said the Knight ; "I thought north-neighbour Bridgenorth, of Moultrassie-Hall.” | he had more sense ; and that this happy change might
Bridgenorth ?'' said the Countess; "I thought have done some good upon him. But you should have I had known all the honourable names in Derby told me this instantly-It consists not with my hoshire-I remember nothing of Bridgenorth.-But stay nour that he should be kept prisoner in this house, - was there not a sequestrator and committee-man as if I feared any thing he could do to annoy the noble of that name? Sure, it cannot be he."
Countess, while she is under my roof, or within twen-
The Countess, as he spoke, raised the child gently were, however, unnecessary; for the meeting was not
had escaped, and it was easy to see in what man"I blame you not,” she said ; "no one knows ner. The sliding panel had, in the hurry of the mowhat temptation will bring us down to. Yet I did ment, escaped the memory of Lady Peveril, and of think Peveril of the Peak would have resided in its Whitaker, the only persons who knew any thing of deepest cavern, sooner than owed an obligation to a it. It was probable that a chink had remained open, regicide."
sufficient to indicate its existence to Bridgenorth;