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who, withdrawing it altogether, had found his way While Lady Peveril, therefore, made every arrangeinto the secret apartment with which it communi-ment which time permitted and circumstances requircated, and from thence to the postern of the Castle by ed, for the Countess prosecuting her journey, her husanother secret passage, which had been formed in the band, whose spirits always rose with the prospect of thickness of the wall, as is not uncommon in ancient action, issued his orders to Whitaker to get together mansions; the lords of which were liable to so many a few stout fellows, with back and breast-pieces, and mutations of fortune, that they usually contrived to steel-caps. "There are the two lackeys, and Outram secure some lurking-place and secret mode of retreat and Saunders, besides the other groom fellow, and from their fortresses. That Bridgenorth had disco- Roger Raine, and his son ; but bid Roger not to come vered and availed himself of this secret mode of re- drunk gain ;-thyself, young Dick of the Dale and treat was evident; because the private doors commu- his servant, and a file or two of the tenants,--we nicating with the postern and the sliding panel in the shall be enough for any force they can make. All gilded chamber, were both left open.
these are fellows that will strike hard, and ask no Sir Geoffrey returned to the ladies with looks of question why-their hands are ever readier than their perplexity. While he deemed Bridgenorth within his tongues, and their mouths are inore made for drinkItach, he was apprehensive of nothing he could do; ing than speaking." for he felt himself his superior in personal strength, Whitaker, apprized of the necessity of the case, and in that species of courage which induces a man asked if he should not warn Sir Jasper Cranbourne. to rush, without hesitation, upon personal danger. "Not a word to him, as you live," said the Knight; But when at a distance, he had been for many years "this may be an outlawry, as they call it, for what I accustomed to consider Bridgenorth's power and in- know; and therefore I will bring no lands or tenefluence as something formidable; and, notwithstand-ments into peril, saving mine own. Sir Jasper hath ing the late change of atlairs, his ideas so naturally had a troublesome time of it for many a year. By reverted to his neighbour as a powerful friend or dan- my will, he shall sit quiet for the rest of's days.” gerous enemy, that he felt more apprehension on the Countess's score, than he was willing to acknowledge even to himself. The Countess observed his
CHAPTER VII. downcast and anxious brow, and requested to know Fang. A rescue! a rescue! if her stay there was likely to involve him in any Mrs. Quickly. Good people, bring a rescue or two. lrouble, or in any danger.
Henry IV., Part I. The trouble should be welcome," said Sir Geof- THE followers of Peveril were so well accustomed frey, "and more welcome the danger, which should to the sound of “ Boot and Saddle,” that they were come on such an account. My plan was, that your soon mounted and in order; and in all the form, and ladyship should have honoured Martindale with a with some of the dignity of danger, proceeded to few days residence, wbich might have been kept pri- escort the Countess of Derby through ihe hilly and vate until the search after you was ended. Had I desert tract of country which connects the frontier seen this fellow Bridgenorth, I have no doubt I could of the shire with the neighbouring county of Chehave compelled him to act discreetly; but he is now shire. The cavalcade moved with considerable preat liberty, and will keep out of my reach; and, what caution, which they had been taught by the discipline is worse, he has the secret of the priest's chamber." of the Civil Wars. One wary and well-mounted
Here the Knight paused, and seemed much embar- trooper rode about two hundred yards in advance; rassed.
followed, at about half that distance, by two more, "You can, then, neither conceal nor protect me?" with their carabines advanced, as if ready for action. said the Countess.
About one hundred yards behind the advance, came "Pardon, my honoured lady," answered the Knight, the main body; where the Countess of Derby, mount"and let me say out my say. The plain truth is, that ed on Lady Peveril's ambling palfrey, (for her own this man hath many friends among the Presbyterians had been exhausted by the journey from London to here, who are more numerous than I would wish them; Martindale Castle,) accompanied by one groom, of and if he falls in with the pursuivant fellow who approved fidelity, and one waiting.maid, was attendcarries the warrant of the Privy Council, it is likely ed and guarded by the Knight of the Peak, and three he will back him with force sufficient to try to exe- files of good and practised horsemen. In the rear cute it. And I doubt whether any of our own friends came Whitaker, with Lance Outram, as men of escan be summoned together in hasie, sufficient to resist pecial trust, to whom the covering the retreat was such a power as they are like to bring together.”' confided. They rode, as the Spanish proverb express"Nor would I wish any friends to take arms, in my
with the beard on the shoulder," looking name, against the King's warrant, Sir Geoffrey," around, that is, from time to time, and using every said the Countess.
precaution to have the speediest knowledge of any Vay, for that matter," replied the Knight, "an pursuit which might take place. his Majesty will grant warrants against his best But, however wise in discipline, Peveril and his friends, he must look to have them resisted. But the followers were somewhat remiss in civil policy. The best I can think of in this emergence is-though the Knight had communicated to Whitaker, though with. proposal be something inhospitable-that your lady-out any apparent necessity, the precise nature of their ship should take presently to horse, if your fatigue present expedition; and Whitaker was equally comwill permit
. I will mount also, with some brisk fel municative to his comrade Lance, the keeper. “It lows, who will lodge you safe at Vale-Royal, though is strange enough, Master Whitaker," said the latter, the Sheriff stopped the way with a whole posse co- when he had heard the case, "and I wish you, being mitatus.'
a wise man, would expound'it;-why, when we have The Countess of Derby willingly acquiesced in this been wishing, for the King-and praying for the proposal. She had enjoyed a night's sound repose King-and fighting for the King-and dying for the in the private chamber, to which Ellesmere had guided King, for these twenty years, the first thing we find her on the preceding evening, and was quite ready to to do on his return, is to get into harness to resist resume her route, or flight—" she scarce knew,' she his warrant!" said, “which of the two she should term it."
“ Pooh! you silly fellow," said Whitaker, " that is Lady Peveril wept at the necessity which seemed all you know of the true bottom of our quarrel ! to hurry her earliest friend and protectress from under Why, man, we fought for the King's person against her roof, at the instant when the clouds of adversity his warrant, all along from the very beginning; for were gathering around her ; but she saw no alterna- I remember the rogues' proclamations, and so forth, live equally safe. Nay, however strong her attach- always ran in the name of the King and Parliament to Lady Derby, she could not but be more readi- meni. ly reconciled to her hasty departure, when she con- Ay! was it even so ?” replied Lance. sidered the inconvenience, and even danger
, in which then, if they begin the old game so soon again, and her presence, at such a time, and in such circum- send out warrants in the King's name against his stances, was likely to involve a man so bold and loyal subjects, well fare our
stout Knight, say I, who hot-tempered as her husband Sir Geoffrey.
is ready to take them down in their stocking-soles.
And if Bridgenorth takes the chase after us, I shall and was smuggling in a corner with a rich old Purinot be sorry to have a knock at him for one.
Why, the man, bating, he is a pestilent Round- "Credit me, Lance, it is not as thou thinkest," head and Puritan," said Whitaker, "is no bad neigh- said Whitaker. “ Bridgenorth cares not for these bour. What has he done to thee, man?"
amorous toys, and thou thinkest of nothing else. "He has poached on the manor," answered the But it is fitting our Knight should know that he has keeper.
met with Deborah in secret, and given her gold; for "The devil he has !" replied Whitaker. “Thou never Puritan gave gold yet, but it was earnest for must be jesting, Lance. Bridgenorth is neither some devil's work done, or to be done." hunter nor hawker; he hath not so much of honesty Nay, but," said Lance, "I would not be such a in him.'
dog-bolt as to go and betray the girl to our master. "Ay, but he runs after game you little think of, She hath a right to follow her fancy, as the dame with his sour, melancholy face, that would scare said who kissed her cow-only I do not much apbabes and curdle milk," answered Lance.
prove her choice, that is all. He cannot be six years * Thou canst not mean the wenches ?" said Whit- short of fifty; and a verjuice countenance, under the aker; "why, he hath been melancholy mad with penthouse of a slouched beaver, and bag of meagre moping for the death of his wife. Thou knowest our dried bones, swaddled up in a black cloak, is no such lady took the child, for fear he should strangle it for temptation, methinks." putting him in mind of its mother, in some of his "I tell you once more," said Whitaker, tantrums. Under her favour, and among friends, mistaken; and that there neither is, nor can be, any there are many poor Cavaliers' children, that care matter of love between them, but only some intrigue, would be better bestowed upon-But to thy tale." concerning, perhaps, this same noble Countess of "Why, thus it runs,
,” said Lance. "I think you Derby. I tell thee, it behooves my master to know it, may have noticed, Master Whitaker, that a certain and I will presently tell it to him.". Mistress Deborah hath manifested a certain favour So saying, and in spite of all the remonstrances for a certain person in a certain household.”
which Lance continued to make on behalf of Mis"For thyself, to wit," answered Whitaker; "Lance tress Deborah, the steward rode up to the main body Outram, thou art the vainest coxcomb”
of their little party, and mentioned to the Knight "Coxcomb?" said Lance; "why, 'twas but last and the Countess of Derby what he had just heard night the whole family saw her, as one would say, from the keeper, adding at the same time his own fling herself at my head."
suspicions, that Master Bridgenorth of Moultrassie"I would she had been a brick-bat, then, to have Hall was desirous to keep up some system of espial broken it, for thy impertinence and conceit," said the in the Castle of Martindale, either in order to secure steward.
his menaced vengeance on the Countess of Derby, "Well, but do but hearken. The next morning, as authoress of his brother-in-law's death, or for that is, this very blessed morning--I thought of go- some unknown, but probably sinister purpose, ing to lodge a buck in the park, judging a bit of veni- The Knight of the Peak was filled with high reson might be wanted in the larder, after yesterday's sentment at Whitaker's communication. According wassail; and, as I passed under the nursery win- to his prejudices, those of the opposite faction were dow, I did but just look up to see what madam go- supposed to make up by wit and intrigue what they vernante was about; and so I saw her, through the wanted in open force; and he now hastily conceived casement, whip on her hood and scarf as soon as that his neighbour, whose prudence he always reshe had a glimpse of me. Immediately after I saw spected, and sometimes even dreaded, was maintainthe still-room door open, and made sure she was ing, for his private purposes, a clandestine correscoming through the garden, and so over the breach pondence with a member of bis family. If this was and down to the park; and so, thought I, 'Aha, Mis- for the betrayal of his noble guest, it argued at once tress Deb, if you are so ready to dance after my pipe treachery and presumption; or, viewing the whole as and tabor, I will give you a couranto before you shall Lance had done, a criminal intrigue with a woman come up with me. And so I went down Ivy-tod so near the person of Lady Peveril, was in itself
, he Dingle, where the copse is tangled, and the ground deemed, a piece of sovereign impertinence and disswampy, and round by Haxley-bottom, thinking all respect on the part of such a person as Bridgenorth, the while she was following, and laughing in my against whom Sir Geoffrey's anger was kindled acsleeve at the round I was giving her.”'
cordingly. “You deserved to be ducked for it," said Whita- Whitaker had scarce regained his post in the rear, ker," for a weather-headed puppy; but what is all when he again quitted it, and galloped to the main this Jack-a-lantern story to Bridgenorth?"
body with more speed than before, with the unpleasing "Why, it was all along of he, man," continued tidings that they were pursued by half a score of horseLance, "that is, of Bridgenorth, that she did not fol- men, and better. low me--Gad, I first walked slow, and then stopped, "Ride on briskly to Hartley-nick," said the Knight, and then turned back a little, and then began to won- "and there, with God to help, we will bide the knaves. der what she had made of herself, and to think I had -Countess of Derby-one word and a short one borne myself something like a jackass in the matter." Farewell !--you must ride forward with Whitaker and
"That I deny,” said Whitaker, "never jackass but another careful fellow, and let me alone to see that would have borne him better-but go on.
no one treads on your skirts." "Why, turning my face towards the Castle, I went “I will abide with you and stand them," said the back as if I had my nose bleeding, when just by the Countess ; " you know of old, I fear not to look on Copely thorn, which stands, yon know, a flight shot man's work.' from ine postern-gate, I saw Madam Deb in close You must ride on, madam," said the Knight, "for conference with the enemy."
the sake of the young Earl, and the rest of my noble "What enemy?" said the Steward.
friend's family. There is no manly work which can "What enemy! why, who but Bridgenorth? They be worth your looking upon; it is but child's play kept out of sight, and among the copse; but, thought that these fellows bring with them." I, it is hard if I cannot stalk you, that have stalked As she yielded a reluctant consent to continue her so many bucks. If so, I had better give my shafts fight, they reached the bottom of Hartley-nick, a pass to be pudding-pins. So I cast round the thícket, to very steep and craggy, and where the road, or rather watch their waters; and, may I never bend cross- path, which had hitherto passed over more open bow again, if I did not see him give her gold, and ground, became pent up and confined, betwixt copsesqueeze her by the hand!"
wood on the one side, and, on the other, the precipi* And was ihat all you saw pass between them ?"' tous bank of a mountain-stream. said the steward.
The Countess of Derby, after an affectionate adieu "Faith, and it was enough to dismount me from to Sir Geoffrey, and having requested him to convey my hobby," said Lance. "What! when I thought her kind commendations to her little page-elect and I had the prettiest girl in the Castle dancing after his mother, proceeded up the pass at a round pace, my whistle, to find that she gave me the bag to hold, I and, with her attendants and escort, was soon out of sight. Immediately after she had disappeared, the of Bridgenorth advanced to rescue their leader, and pursuers came up with Sir Geoffrey Peveril, who had that of the Knight to oppose them. Swords were divided and drawn up his party so as completely to unsheathed, and pistols presented; but Sir Geoffrey, occupy the road at three different points.
with the voice of a herald, commanded both parties The opposite party was led, as Sir Geoffrey had to stand back, and to keep the peace. cxpected, by Major Bridgenorth. At his side was a The pursuivant took the hint, and easily found a person in black, with a silver greyhound on his arm; reason for not prosecuting a dangerous duty. "The and he was followed by about eight or ten inhabitants warrant," he said, was destroyed. They that did of the village of Martindale-Moultrassie, two or three it must be answerable to the Council; for his part, of whom were officers of the peace, and others were he could proceed no farther without his cominispersonally known to Sir Geoffrey as favourers of the sion." subverted government.
Well said, and like a peaceable fellow !" said Sir As the party rode briskly up, Sir Geoffrey called Geoffrey.-" Let him have refreshment at the Cas. to them to halt; and as they continued advancing, tle-his nag is sorely out of condition.-Come, neigh he ordered his own people to present their pistols bour Bridgenorth, get up, man--I trust you have had and carabines; and after assuming that menacing no hurt in this mad affray ? I was loath to lay hand attitude, he repeated, with a voice of thunder, “Hali, on you, man, till you plucked out your petronel." or we fire!"
As he spoke thus, he aided the Major to rise. The other party halted accordingly, and Major The pursuivant, meanwhile, drew aside; and with Bridgenorth advanced, as if to parley:
him the constable and headborough, who were not "Why, how now, neighbour," said Sir Geoffrey, without some tacit suspicion, that though Peveril as if he bad at that moment recognised him for the was interrupting the direct course of law in this matfirst time, -"what makes you ride so sharp this morn- ter, yet he was likely to have his offence considered ing? Are you not afraid to harm your horse, or spoil by favourable judges; and therefore it might be as your spurs ?"
much for their interest and safety to give way as 10 "Sir Geoffrey," said the Major, "I have no time oppose him. But the rest of the party, friends for jesting-I am on the King's affairs."
of Bridgenorth, and of his principles, kept their Are you sure it is not upon Old Noll's, neighbour? ground notwithstanding this defection, and seemed, You used to hold his the better errand," said the from their looks, sternly determined to rule their conKnight, with a smile which gave occasion to a horse-duct by that of their leader, whatever it might be. laugh among his followers.
But it was evident that Bridgenorth did not intend Show him your warrant," said Bridgenorth to the to renew the struggle. He shook himself rather man in black formerly mentioned, who was a pursui- roughly free from the hands of Sir Geoffrey Peveril; vant. Then taking the warrant from the officer, he but it was not to draw his sword. On the contrary, gave it to Sir Geoffrey-"To this, at least, you will he mounted his horse with a sullen and dejected air; pay regard."
and, making a sign to his followers, turned back the The same regard which you would have paid to same road which he had come. Sir Geoffrey looked it a month back or so,
,” said the Knight, tearing the after him for some minutes. “Now there goes a warrant to shreds. -"What a plague do you stare at? man,” said he, “who would have been a right honest Do you think you have a monopoly of rebellion, and fellow had he' not been a Presbyterian. But there is that we have not a right to show a trick of disobe- no heartiness about them--they can never forgive a dience in our turn ?"
fair fall upon the sod--they bear malice, and that I ** Make way, Sir Geoffrey Peveril," said Bridge- hate as I do a black cloak, or a Geneva skull-cap, north, " or you will compel me to do that I may be and a pair of long ears rising on each side on't, like sorry for. I am in this matter the avenger of the blood two chimneys at the gable ends of a thatched cottage. of one of the Lord's saints, and I will follow the chase They are as sly as the devil to boot; and, therefore, while Heaven grants me an arm to make my way." Lance Outram, take two with you, and keep after
6. You shall make no way here, but at your peril," them, that they may not turn our flank, and get on said Sir Geoffrey; this is my ground-I have been the track of the Countess again, after all." harassed enough for these twenty years by saints, as "I had as soon they should course my lady's white you call yourselves. I tell you, master, you shall nei- tame doe," answered Lance, in the spirit of his callther violate the security of my house, nor pursue my ing. He proceeded to execute his master's orders friends over the grounds, nor tamper, as you have by dogging Major Bridgenorth at a distance, and obdone, amongst my servants, with impunity. I have serving his course from such heights as commanded had you in respect for certain kind doings, which I the country. But it was soon evident that no mawill not either forget or deny, and you will find it næuvre was intended, and that the Major was taking difficult to make me draw a sword or bend a pistol the direct road homeward. When this was asceragainst you; but offer any hostile movement, or pre- tained, Sir Geoffrey dismissed most of his followers; sume to advance a foot, and I will make sure of you and, retaining only his own domestics, rode hastily presently. And for these rascals, who come hither forward to overtake the Countess. to annoy a noble lady on my bounds, unless you It is only necessary to say farther, that he comdraw them off, I will presently send some of them to pleted his purpose of escorting the Countess of Derby the devil before their time.
to Vale-Royal, without meeting any farther hinder• Make room, at your proper peril,” said Major ance by the way. The lord of the mansion readily Bridgenorth; and he put his right hand on his hol- undertook to conduct the high-minded lady to Liverster-pistol. Sir Geoffrey closed with him instantly, pool, and the task of seeing her safely embarked for seized him by the collar, and spurred Black Hastings, her son's hereditary dominions, where there was no checking him at the same time, so that the horse doubt of her remaining in personal safety until the made a courbette, and brought the full weight of his accusation against her for breach of the Royal Inchest against the counter of the other. A ready sol- demnity, by the execution of Christian, could be dier might, in Bridgenorth's situation, have rid'him- brought to some compromise. selfof his adversary with a bullet. Bui Bridgenorth's For a length of time this was no easy matter. courage, notwithstanding his having served some Clarendon, then at the head of Charles's administime with the Parliament army, was rather of a civil tration, considered her rash action, though dictated than a military character ; and he was inferior to his by motives which the human breast must, in some adversary, not only in strength and horsemanship, respects, sympathise with, as calculated to shake the but also and especially in the daring and decisive re- restored tranquillity of England, by exciting the doubts solution which made Sir Geoffrey thrust himself rea- and jealousies of those who had to apprehend the dily into personal contest. While, therefore, they consequences of what is called, in our own days, a tuzged and grappled together upon terms which bore re-action. At the same time, the high services of such little accordance with their long acquaintance this distinguished family-the merits of the Countess and close neighbourhood, it was no wonder that herself-the memory of her gallant husband--and Bridgenorth should be unhorsed with much violence. the very peculiar circumstances of jurisdiction, which Whilo Sir Geoffrey sprung from the saddle, the party' took the case out of all common rules, pleaded strong
ly in her favour: and the death of Christian was at "You bid me use my own eyes, Ellesmere; but I length only punished by the imposition of a heavy suspect," answered the lady, "you would be better fine, amounting, we believe, to many thousand pleased were I contented to see through your spectapounds; which was levied, with great difficulty, out of cles. charge you-and you know I will be obeyedthe shattered estates of the young Earl of Derby. I charge you to tell me what you know or suspect
about this girl, Deborah Debbitch."
"I see through spectacles!” exclaimed the indigCHAPTER VIII.
nant Abigail; "your ladyship will pardon me in that,
for I never use them, unless a pair that belonged to My native land, good night !--BYRON.
my poor mother, which I put on when your ladyship Lady PEVERIL remained in no small anxiety for wants your pinners curiously wrought. No woman several hours after her husband and the Countess had above sixteen ever did white-seam without barnacles. departed from Martindale Castle; more especially And then as to suspecting, I suspect nothing; for as when she learned that Major Bridgenorth, con- your ladyship hath taken Mistress Deborah Debbitch cerning whose motions she made private inquiry, from under my hand, to be sure it is neither bread nor had taken horse with a party, and was gone to the butter of mine. Only,” (here she began to speak with westward in the same direction with Sir Geoffrey: her lips shut, so as scarce to permit a sound to issue,
Al length her immediate uneasiness in regard to and mincing her words as if she pinched off the ends the safety of her husband and the Countess was re- of them before she suffered them to escape,)
—"only, moved, by the arrival of Whitaker, with her hus- madam, if Mistress Deborah goes so often of a mornband's commendations, and an account of the scuffle ing to Moultrassie Holt, why, I should not be surbetwixt himself and Major Bridgenorth.
prised if she should never find the way back again." Lady Peveril shuddered to see how nearly they had "Once more, what do you mean, Ellesmere ? You approached to renewal of the scenes of civil discord; were wont to have some sense-let me know disand, while she was thankful to Heaven for her hus- tinctly what the matter is.” band's immediate preservation, she could not help "Only, madam," pursued the Abigail," that since feeling both regret and apprehension for the conse- Bridgenorth came back from Chesterfield, and saw quences of his quarrel with Major Bridgenorth. They you at the Castle Hall, Mistress Deborah has been had now lost an old friend, who had showed himself pleased to carry the children every morning to that such under those circumstances of adversity by which place; and it has so happened that she has often friendship is most severely tried ; and she could not met the Major, as they call him, there in his walks; disguise from herself, that Bridgenorth, thus irritated, for he can walk about now like other folks; and I might be a troublesome, if not a dangerous enemy warrant you she hath not been the worse of the His rights as a creditor, he had hitherto used with meeting one way at least, for she hath bought a gentleness; but if he should employ rigour, Lady Pe- new hood might serve yourself
, madam; but whether veril, whose attention to domestic economy had made she hath had any thing in hand besides a piece of her much better acquainted with her husband's af- money, no doubt your ladyship is best judge.' fairs than he was himself, foresaw considerable in- Lady Peveril, who readily adopted the more goodconvenience from the measures which the law put natured construction of the governante's motives, in his power. She comforted herself with the recol- could not help laughing at the idea of a man of lection, however, that she had still a strong hold on Bridgenorth’s precise appearance, strict principles, Bridgenorth, through his paternal affection, and from and reserved habits, being suspected of a design of the fixed opinion which he had hitherto manifested, gallantry; and readily concluded, that Mistress Debo. that his daughter's health could only flourish while rah had found her advantage in gratifying his parenunder her charge. But any, expectations of recon- tal affection by a frequent sight of his daughter during ciliation which Lady Peveril might probably have the few days which intervened betwixt his first seeing founded on this circumstance, were frustrated by an little Alice at the Castle, and the events which had incident which took place in the course of the follow- followed. But she was somewhat surprised, when, ing morning.
an hour after the usual breakfast hour, during which The governante, Mistress Deborah, who has been neither the child nor Mistress Deborah appeared, already mentioned, went forth, as usual, with the Major Bridgenorth's only man-servant arrived at the children, to take their morning exercise in the Park, Castle on horseback, dressed as for a journey; and accompanied by Rachel, a girl who acted occasion- | having delivered a letter addressed to herself, and ally as her assistant in attending upon them. But another to Mistress Ellesmere, rode away without noi as usual did she return. It was near the hour of waiting any answer. breakfast, when Ellesmere, with an unwonted degree There would have been nothing remarkable in this of primness in her mouth and manner, came to ac- had any other person been concerned ; but Major quaint her lady that Mistress Deborah had not thought Bridgenorth was so very quiet and orderly in all his proper to come back from the Park, though the break- proceedings-so little liable to act hastily or by imfasi hour approached so near.
pulse, that the least appearance of bustle where he "She will come, then, presently,” said Lady Pe- was concerned, excited surprise and curiosity. veril, with indifference.
Lady Peveril broke her letter hastily open, and Ellesmere gave a short and doubtful cough, and found that it contained the following lines :then proceeded to say, that Rachel had been sent
For the Hands of the Honourable and Honoured home with little Master Julian, and that Mistress Deborah had been pleased to say, she would walk on
Lady Peveril- These : with Miss Bridgenorth as far as Moultrassie Holt; "Madam-Please it your Ladyship, which was a point at which the property of the Ma- "I write more to excuse myself to your ladyship, jor, as matters now stood, bounded that of Sir Geof-than to accuse either you or others, in respect that frey Peveril.
I am sensible it becomes our frail nature better to Is the wench turned silly,", exclaimed the lady, confess our own imperfections, than to complain of something angrily, " that she does not obey my or those of others. Neither do I mean to speak of past ders, and return at regular hours ?''
times, particularly in respect of your woriby ladyship, She may be turning silly,” said Ellesmere, mys- being sensible that if I have served you in that period teriously; or she may be turning too sly; and I when our Israel might be called triumphani, you think it were as well your ladyship looked to it. have more than requited me, in giving to my arms a
Looked to what, Ellesmere ?'said the lady, im: child, redeemed, as it were, from the vale of the shapatiently. You are strangely oracular this morning. dow of death. And therefore, as I heartily forgive to If you know any thing to the prejudice of this young your ladyship the unkind and violent measure which woman, I pray you speak it out.'
you dealt to me at our last meeting, (seeing that the "I prejudice!" said Ellesmere; "I scorn to preju- woman who was the cause of strife is accounted one dice man, woman, or child, in the way of a fellow- of your kindred people,) I do entreat you, in like manservant; only I wish your ladyship to look about you, ner, to pardon my enticing away from your service and use your own eyes--that is all."
I the young woman called Deborah Debbitch, whose nurture, instructed as she hath been under your lady-1" the fanatic fool intends to marry the wench? They ship's direction, is, it may be, indispensable to the say he goes to shift the country. Truly it's time, in health of my dearest child. I had purposed, madam, deed; for, besides that the whole neighbourhood with your gracious permission, that Alice should would laugh him to scorn, I should not be surprised have remained at Martindale Castle under your kind if Lance Outram, the keeper, gave him a buck's head charge, until she could so far discern betwixt good to bear; for that is all in the way of his office.” and evil, that it should be matter of conscience to "There is no great occasion for your spite at preieach her the way in which she should go. For it is sent, Ellesmere," replied her lady: "My letter says not unknown to your ladyship, and in no way do I nothing of marriage ; but it would appear that Masspeak it reproachfully, but rather sorrowful
ter Bridgenorth, being to leave this country, has enperson so excellently gifted as yourself, I mean touch- gaged Deborah to take care of his child; and I am ing natural qualities-has not yet received that true sure I am heartily glad of it, for the infant's sake." light, which is a lamp to the paths, but are contented And I am glad of it for my own,” said Ellesmere; to stumble in darkness, and among the graves of "and, indeed, for the sake of the whole house. -And dead men. It has been my prayer in the watches of your ladyship thinks she is not like to be married to the night, that your ladyship should cease from the him? Íroth, I could never see how he should be doctrine which causeth to err; but I grieve to say, such an idiot; but perhaps she is going to do worse, that our candlestick being about to be removed, the for she speaks here of coming to high preferment, land will most likely be involved in deeper darkness and that scarce comes by honest service now-a-days; than ever; and the return of the King, to which I then she writes me about sending her things, as if I and many looked forward as a manifestation of di- were mistress of the wardrobe to her ladyship-ay, vine favour, seems to prove little else than a permit- and recommends Master Julian to the care of my age ted triumph of the Prince of the Air, who setteth and experience,
forsooth, as if she needed to recomabout to to restore his Vanity-fair of bishops, deans, mend the dear little jewel to me; and then, to speak and such like, extruding the peaceful ministers of the of my age-But I will bundle away her rags to the word, whose labours have proved faithful to many Hall, with a witness !" hungry souls. So, hearing from a sure hand, that “Do it with all civility," said the lady, "and let commission has gone forth to restore these dumb | Whitaker send her the wages for which she has dogs, the followers of Laud and of Williams, who served, and a broad-piece over and above; for, though were cast forth by the late Parliament, and that an a light-headed young woman, she was kind to the Act of Conformity, or rather of deformity, of wor- children." ship, was to be expected, it is iny purpose to fly from “I know who is kind to their servants, madam, the wrath to come, and to seek some corner where and would spoil the best ever pinned a gown.” I may dwell in peace, and enjoy liberty of con- "I spoiled a good one, Ellesmere, when I spoiled science. For who would abide in the Sanctuary, after thee," said the lady; "but tell Mrs. Deborah to kiss the carved work thereof is broken down, and when the little Alice for me, and to offer my good wishes it hath been made a place for owls, and satyrs of the to Major Bridgenorth, for his temporal and future wilderness ?-And herein I blame myself, madam, happiness." that I went in the singleness of my heart too readily She permitted no observation or reply, but disinto that carousing in the house of feasting, wherein missed her attendant, without entering into farther my love of union, and my desire to show respect to particulars. your ladyship, were made a snare to me. But I trust When Ellesmere had withdrawn, Lady Peveril beit will be an atonement, that I am now about to absent gan to reflect, with much feeling of compassion, on myself from the place of my birth, and the house of the letter of Major Bridgenorth; a person in whom my fathers, as well as from the place which holdeth there were certainly many excellent qualities, but the dust of those pledges of my affection. I have whom a series of domestic misfortunes, and the inalso to remember, that in this land my honour (after creasing gloom of a sincere, yet stern feeling of devothe worldly estimation) hath been abated, and my tion, rendered lonely and unhappy; and she had more utility circumscribed, bý your husband, Sir Geoffrey than one anxious thought for the happiness of the Peveril; and that without any chance of my obtain- little Alice, brought up, as she was likely to be, under ing reparation at his hand, whereby I may say the such a father. Still the removal of Bridgenorth was, hand of a kinsman was lifted up against my credit on the whole, a desirable event; for while he remained and my life. These things are bitter to the taste of at the Hall, it was but too likely that some accidental the old Adam; wherefore, to prevent farther bicker- collision with Sir Geoffrey might give rise to a renconings, and, it may be, bloodshed, it is better that I tre betwixt them, more fatal than the last had been. leave this land for a time. The affairs which re- In the meanwhile, she could not help expressing to main to be settled between Sir Geoffrey and myself, Doctor Dummerar her surprise and sorrow, that all I shall place in the hand of the righteous Master which she had done and attempted, to establish peace Joachim Win-the-Fight, an attorney in Chester, who and unanimity betwixt the contending factions, had will arrange them with such attention to Sir Geof- been perversely fated to turn out the very reverse of frey's convenience, as justice and the due exercise of what she had aimed at, the law, will permit; for, as I trust I shall have grace "But for my unhappy invitation,” she said, “Bridgeio resist the temptation to make the weapons of car- north would not have been at the Castle on the mornnal warfare the instruments of my revenge, so I ing which succeeded the feast, would not have seen scorn to effect it through the means of Mammon. the Countess, and would not have incurred the reWishing, madam, that the Lord may grant you every sentment and opposition of my husband. And but blessing, and, in especial, that which is over all for the King's return, an event which was so anxothers, namely, the true knowledge of His way, iously expected as the termination of all our calami“I remain, your devoted servant to command, ties, neither the noble lady nor ourselves had been en
“Ralph BRIDGENORTH. gaged in this new path of difficulty and danger." Written at Moultrassie-Hall;
Honoured madam,” said Doctor Dummerar, this tenth day of July, 1660.
were the affairs of this world to be guided implicitly
by human wisdom, or were they uniformly to fall out So soon as Lady Peveril had perused this long and according to the conjectures of human foresight, singular homily, in which it seemed to her that her events would no longer be under the domination of neighbour showed more spirit of religious fanaticism that time and chance, which happen unto all men, than she could have supposed him possessed of, she since we should, in the one case, work out our own boked up and beheld Ellesmere, -with a countenance purposes to a certainty, by our own skill, and, in the in which mortification, and an affected air of con- other, regulate our conduct according to the views of terapų, seemed to struggle together, ---who, tired with unerring prescience. But man is, while in this vale watching the expression of her mistress's counte- of tears, like an uninstructed bowler, so to speak, nance, applied for confirmation of her suspicions in who thinks to attain the jack, by delivering his bowl plain terms.
straight forward upon it, being ignorant that there is “I suppose, madam," said the waiting-woman, la concealed bias within the spheroid, which will make VOL. IV.-W