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suffering under the infliction of ennui-now looking Small, do you term it,” replied the Earl," and into a volume of Homer-now whistling--now write yourself a brother of the angle? Why, which swinging on his chair-now traversing the room- like you best ? to pull a dead strain on a miserable till, at length, his attention became swallowed up in gudgeon, which you draw ashore by main force, as admiration of the tranquillity of his companion. the fellows here tow in their fishing-boats-or a
“King of men !” he said, repeating the favourite lively salmon, that makes your rod crack, and your epithet by which Homer describes Agamemnon.-line whistle-plays you ten thousand mischievous "I trust, for the old Greek's sake, he had a merrier pranks-wearies your heart out with hopes and fears office than being. King of Man-Most philosophical --and is only laid panting on the bank, after you have Julian, will nothing rouse thee--not even a bad pun shown the most unmatchable display of skill, paon my own royal dignity ?"
tience, and dexterity ?-But I see you have a mind to "I wish you would be a little more the King in go on angling after your own old fashion. Off laced Man,” said Julian, starting from his reverie, "and coat, and on brown jerkin;- lively colours scare fish then you would find more amusement in your domi- in the sober waters of the Isle of Man;-faith, in nions."
London you will catch few, unless the bait glistens a "What: dethrone that royal Semiramis my mo- little. But you are going ?-well, good luck to you. ther,'' said the young lord, "who has as much plea- I will take the barge;-the sea and wind are less insure in playing Queen as if she were a real Sovereign ? constant than the tide you have embarked on." -I wonder you can give me such counsel."
"You have learned to say all these smart things in Your mother, as you well know, my dear Derby, London, my lord," answered Julian; “but we shall would be delighted, did you take any interest in the have you a penitent for them, if Lady Cynthia be affairs of the island."
of my mind. Adieu, and pleasure till we meet.". Ay, truly, she would permit me to be King; but The young men parted accordingly; and while she would choose to remain Viceroy over me. Why, the Earl betook him to his pleasure voyage, Julian, she would only gain a subject the more, by my con- as his friend had prophesied, assumed ihe dress of verting my spare time, which is so very valuable to one who means to amuse himself with angling. The me, to the cares of royalty. No, no, Julian, she hat and feather were exchanged for a cap of gray thinks it power to direct all the affairs of these poor cloth; the deeply-laced cloak and doublet for a simManxmen; and, thinking it power, she finds it plea- ple jacket of the same colour, with hose conforming; sure. I shall not interfere, unless she hold a high and finally, with rod in hand, and pannier at his court of justice again. I cannot afford to pay another back, mounted upon a handsome Manx pony, young fine to my brother, King Charles-But I forget-this Peveril rode briskly over the country which divided is a sore point with you.'
him from one of those beautiful streams, that deWith the Countess, at least,"... replied Julian; scend to the sea from the Kirk-Merlagh mountains. "and I wonder you will speak of it."
Having reached the spot where he meant to com“Why, I bear no malice against the poor man's mence his day's sport, Julian let his little steed graze, memory any more than yourself, though I have not which, accustomed to the situation, followed him the same reasons for holding it in veneration," u re- like a dog; and now and then, when tired of picking plied the Earl of Derby; "and yet I have some re- herbage in the valley through which the stream spect for it too. I remember their bringing him out winded, came near her master's side, and as if she to die-It was the first holiday I ever had in my life, had been a curious amateur of the sport, gazed on and I heartily wish it had been on some other ac- the trouts as Julian brought them struggling to the count.”
shore. But Fairy's master showed, on that day, little "I would rather hear you speak of any thing else, of the patience of a real angler, and took no heed to lord,” said Julian.
old Isaac Walton's recommendation, to fish the Why, there it goes," answered the Earl; "when streams inch by inch. He chose, indeed, with an anever I talk of any thing that puts you on your met- gler's eye, the most promising casts, where the stream tle, and warms your blood, that runs as cold as a mer- broke sparkling over a stone, affording the wonted man's--to use a simile of this happy island--Hey shelter to a trout; or where, gliding away from a pass! you press me to change the subject.-Well
, rippling current to a still eddy, it streamed under thu what shall we talk of?–0, Julian, if you had not projecting bank, or dashed from the pool of some low gone down to earth yourself among the castles and cascade. By this judicious selection of spots wherecaverns of Derbyshire, we should have had enough on to employ his art, the sportsman's basket was of delicious topics,the playhouses, Julian---Both the soon sufficiently heavy, to show that his occupation King's house and the Duke's-Louis's establishment was not a mere pretext; and so soon as this was is a jest to them; and the Ring in the Park, which the case, he walked briskly up the glen, only making beats the Corso at Naples-and the beauties, who a cast from time to time, in case of his being obbeat the whole world !"
served from any of the neighbouring heights. "I am very willing to hear you speak on the sub- It was a litile green and rocky valley through ject, my lord," answered Julian; the less I have which the brook strayed, very lonely, although the seen of the London world myself, the more I am slight track of an unformed road showed that it was likely to be amused by your account of it."
occasionally traversed, and that it was not alto, “Ay, my friend-but where to begin ?-with the gether void of inhabitants. As Peveril advanced wit of Buckingham, and Sedley, and Etherege, or still farther
, the right bank reached to some distance with the grace of Harry Jermyn-the courtesy of the from the stream, leaving a piece of meadow ground, Duke of Monmouth, or with the loveliness of La the lower part of which, being close to the brook, was Belle Hamilton-of the Duchess of Richmond--of entirely covered with rich herbage, being possibly Lady the person of Roxalana, the smart hu- occasionally irrigated by its overflow. The higher mour of Mrs. Nelly''
part of the level ground afforded a stance for an old "Or what say you to the bewitching, sorceries of house, of a singular structure, with a terraced garLady Cynthia ?" demanded his companion.
den, and a cultivated field or two beside it. In former Faith, I would have kept these to myself,” said times, a Danish or Norwegian fastness had stood the Earl, " to follow your prudent example. But since here, called the Black Fort, from the colour of a huge you ask me, I fairly own I cannot tell what to say of heathy hill, which, rising behind the building, apthem; only I think of them twenty times as often as peared to be the boundary of the valley, and to afford all the beauties I have spoke of. And yet she is the sources of the brook. But the original structure neither the twentieth part so beautiful as the plainest had been long demolished, as, indeed, it probably of these Court beauties, nor so witty as the dullest I only consisted of dry stones, and its materials had have named, nor so modish-that is the great matter been applied to the construction of the present man--as the most obscure. I cannot tell what makes me sion--the work of some churchman during the sixapte on her, except that she is as capricious as her teenth century, as was evident from the huge stonewhole sex put together."
work of its windows, which scarce left room for That I should think a small recommendation,” light to pass through, as well as from two or three ans wered his companion.
heavy buttresses, which projected from the front of the house, and exhibited on their surface liitle niches ble effects of the twenty years which had passed for images. These had been carefully destroyed, and over her head, was in mind and manners very much pots of flowers were placed in the niches in their what she had been when she battled the opinions of stead, besides their being ornamented by creeping Madam Ellesmere at Martindale Castle. In a word, plants of various kinds, fancifully twined around she was self-willed, obstinate, and coquettish as ever, them. The garden was also in good order ; and otherwise no ill-disposed person. Her present apthough the spot was extremely solitary, there was pearance was that of a woman of the better rank. about it altogether an air of comfort, accommoda- From the sobriety of the fashion of her dress, and tion, and even elegance, by no means generally cha- the uniformity of its colours, it was plain she beracteristic of the habitations of the island at the longed to some sect which condemned superfluous time.
gayety in attire; but no rules, not those of a nunnery With much circumspection, Julian Peveril ap- or of a quaker's society, can prevent a little coquetry proached the low Gothic porch, which defended the in that particular, where a woman is desirous of entrance of the mansion from the tempests incident being supposed to retain some claim to personal alto its situation, and was, like the buttresses, overrun tention. "All Mistress Deborah's garments were so with ivy and other creeping plants. An iron ring, arranged as might best set off a good-looking woman, contrived so as when drawn up and down to rattle whose countenance indicated ease and good cheer against the bar of notched iron through which it was who called herself five-and-thirty, and was well ensuspended, served the purpose of a knocker; and to titled, if she had a mind, to call herself iwelve or this he applied himself, though with the greatest fifteen years older. precaution.
Julian was under the necessity of enduring all He received no answer for some time, and indeed her tiresome and fantastic airs, and awaiting with it seemed as if the house was totally uninhabited; patience till she had “princked herself and pinned when, at length, his impatience getiing the upper herself"-Aung her hoods back, and drawn them hand, he tried to open the door, and, as it was only forward-snuffed at a little bottle of essences, closed upon the lateh, very easily succeeded. He passed her eyes like a dying fowl-turned them up like a through a little low-arched hall, the upper end of duck in a thunder-storm; when at length, having which was occupied by a staircase, and turning to exhausted her round of minauderies, she condescendthe left opened the door of a summer parlour, wain- ed to open the conversation. scoted with black oak, and very simply furnished "These walks will be the death of me," she said, with chairs and tables of the same materials; the "and all on your account, Master Julian Peveril; for former cushioned with leather. The apartment was if Dame Christian should learn that you have chosen gloomy--one of those stone-shafted windows which to make your visits to her niece, I promise you, Migwe have mentioned, with its small latticed panes, and tress Alice would be soon obliged to find other quarthick garland of foliage, admitting but an imperfect ters, and so should I.” light.
"Come now, Mistress Deborah, be good-humourOver the chimney-piece (which was of the same ed," said Julian; "consider, was not all this intimassive materials with the panelling of the apart-macy of ours of your own making? Did you not ment) was the only ornament of the room; a paint- make yourself known to me the very first time I ing, namely, representing an officer in the military strolled up this glen with my fishing-rod, and tell dress of the Civil Wars. It was a green jerkin, then me that you were my former keeper, and that Alice the national and peculiar wear of the Manxmen; his had been my little play-fellow? And what could short band which hung down on the cuirass-the there be more natural, than that I should come back orange-coloured scarf, but, above all, the shortness of and see two such agreeable persons as often as I his close-cut hair, showing evidently to which of the could ?"). great parties he had belonged. His right hand rested "Yes,” said Dame Deborah; "but I did not bid on the hilt of his sword; and in the left he held a you fall in love with us, though, or propose such a small Bible, bearing the inscription, " In hoc signo." matter as marriage either to Alice or myself.”. The countenance was of a light complexion, with "To do you justice, you never did, Deborah,” fair and almost effeminate blue eyes, and an oval answered the youth ; " but what of that? Such form of face-one of those physiognomies, to which, things will come out before one is aware. I am sure though not otherwise unpleasing, we naturally attach you must have heard such proposals fifty times when the idea of melancholy and of misfortune. * Appa- you least expected them.” rently it was well known to Julian Peveril; for, after "Fie, fie, fie, Master Julian Peveril," said the having looked at it for a long time, he could not for- governante; "I would have you to know that I have bear muttering aloud, "What would I give that that always so behaved myself, that the best of the land man had never been born, or that he still lived !" would have thought twice of it, and have very well
" How now-how is this?", said a female, who considered both what he was going to say, and how entered the room as he uttered this reflection. You he was going to say it, before he came out with such here, Master Peveril, in spite of all the warnings you proposals to me. have had! You here, in the possession of folk's True, true, Mistress Deborah," continued Julian; house when they are abroad, and talking to yourself, but all the world have not your discretion. Then as I shall warrant!"
Alice Bridgenorth is a child--a mere child; and one “Yes, Mistress Deborah," said Peveril, "I am always asks a baby to be one's little wife, you know. here once more, as you see, against every prohibi- Come, I know you will forgive me. Thou wert ever tion, and in defiance of all danger.-Where is Alice?'' the best-natured, kindest woman in the world; and
"Where you will never see her, Master Julian you know you have said twenty times we were made -you may satisfy yourself of that," answered Mis- for each other." tress Deborah, for it was that respectable governante; "Ono, Master Julian Peveril; no, no, no!" and sinking down at the same time upon one of the ejaculated Deborah. "I may indeed have said your large leathern chairs, she began to fan herself with estates were born to be united; and to be sure it is her handkerchief, and complain of the heat in a most natural to me, that come of the old stock of the ladylike fashion.
honest yeomanry of Peveril of the Peak's estate, to In fact, Mistress Debbitch, while her exterior wish that it was all within the ring fence again ; intimated a considerable change of condition for the which sure enough it might be, were you to marry better, and her countenance showed the less favoura- Alice Bridgenorth. But then there is the knight your
* I am told that a portrait of the unfortunate William Christian father, and my lady your mother; and there is her is still preserved in the family of Waterson of Ballnahow of Kirk father, that is half crazy with his religion; and her out collar or cape, after the fashion of those puritanic times, with aunt, that wears eternal black grogram for that unthe head in a close-cropt wig, resembling the bishop's peruke of lucky Colonel Christian; and there is the Countess the present day. The countenance is youthful and well looking, of Derby, that would serve us all with the same very unlike the expression of foreboding melancholy. I have so far taken advantage of this criticism, as to bring my ideal portrait
sauce if we were thinking of any thing that would an the present edition aearer to the complexion at least of the displease her. And besides all that, you have broke fair-haired William Dhone.
your word with Mistress Alice, and every thing is over between you; and I am of opinion it is quite Julian Peveril, meanwhile, paced the apartment in right it should be all over. And perhaps it may be, great agitation, waiting the success of Deborah's Master Julian, that I should have thought so a long intercession; and she remained long enough absent time ago, before a child like Alice put it into my to give us time to explain, in a short retrospect, the head; but I am so good-natured."
circumstances which had led to his present situation. No flatterer like a lover, who wishes to carry his point. “You are the best-natured, kindest creature in the
CHAPTER XII. world, Deborah.-But you have never seen the ring I
Ah mefor ought that ever I could read, bought for you at Paris. Nay, I will put it on your Could ever hear by tale or history. finger myself ;-what! your foster-son, whom you The course of true love never did run smooth! loved so well, and took such care of ?".
Midsummer Night's Dream. He easily succeeded in putting a pretty ring of The celebrated passage which we have prefixed to gold, with a humorous affectation of gallantry, on this chapter, has, like most observations of the same the fat finger of Mistress Deborah Debbitch. Hers author, its foundation in real experience. The was a soul of a kind often to be met with, both period at which love is formed for the first time, and among the lower and higher vulgar, who, without felt most strongly, is seldom that at which there is being, on a broad scale, accessible to bribes or cor- much prospect of its being brought to a happy issue. ruption, are nevertheless much attached to perqui- The state of artificial society opposes many comsites, and considerably biassed in their line of duty, plicated obstructions to early marriages ; and the though perhaps insensibly, by the love of petty ob- chance is very great, that such obstacles prove in. servances, petty presents, and trivial compliments. surmountable. In fine, there are few men who do Mistress Delbiich turned the ring round, and round, not look back in secret to sone period of their youth, and round, and at length said in a whisper, "Well, at which a sincere and early affection was repulsed, Master Julian Peveril, it signifies nothing denying or betrayed, or became abortive from opposing cirany thing to such a young gentleman as you for cumstances. It is these little passages of secret young gentlemen are always so obstinate and so I history, which leave a tinge of romance in every may as well tell you, that Mistress Alice walked bosom, scarce permitting us, even in the most busy back from Kirk-Truagh along with me, just now, or the most advanced period of life, to listen with and entered the house at the same time with myself." total indifference to a tale of true love.
"Why did you not tell me so before ?" said Julian, Julian Peveril had so fixed his affections, as to starting up; where-where is she?”
ensure the fullest share of that opposition which early "You had better ask why I tell you so now, Mas- attachments are so apt to encounter. Yet nothing ter Julian,” said Dame Deborah ;' "for, I promise so natural as that he should have done so. In early you, it is against her express commands; and I youth, Dame Debbitch had accidentally met with would not have told you, had you not looked so piti- the son of her first patroness, and who had himself ful;- but as for seeing you, that she will not-and been her earliest charge, fishing in the little brook she is in her own bedroom, with a good oak door already noticed, which watered the valley in which shut and bolted upon her-that is one comfort.-And she resided with Alice Bridgenorth. The Dame's so, as for any breach of trust on my part-I promise curiosity easily discovered who he was; and besides you the little saucy minx gives it no less name-it is the interest which persons in her condition usually quite impossible."
take in the young persons who have been under their “Do not say so, Deborah-only go-only try-tell charge, she was delighted with the opportunity 10 her to hear me-tell her I have a hundred excuses for talk about former times-about Martindale Castle, disobeying her commands-tell her I have no doubt and friends there-about Sir Geutfrey and his good to get over all obstacles at Martindale Castle." lady-and now and then, about Lance Outram the
Nay, I tell you it is all in vain,” replied the park-keeper. dame. "When I saw your cap and rod lying in the The mere pleasure of gratifying her inquiries, hall, I did but say, 'There he is again,' and she ran would scarce have had power enough to induce up the stairs like a young deer;, and I heard key Julian to repeat his visits to the lonely glen; but turned, and bolts shot, ere I could say a single word Deborah had a companion-a lovely girl-bred in to stop her-I marvel you heard her not.
solitude, and in the quiet and unpretending, tastes "It was because I am, as I ever was, an owl-a which solitude encourages-spirited also and inquidreaming fool, who let all those golden minutes pass, sitive, and listening, with a laughing cheek and an which my luckless life holds out to me so rarely. - eager eye, to every tale which the young angler Well-tell her I go-go for ever-go where she will brought from the town and castle. hear no more of mewhere no one shall hear more The visits of Julian to the Black Fort were only of me !"
occasional-so far Dame Deborah showed common "O, the Father!" said the dame, “hear how he sense--which was, perhaps, inspired by the appretalks !-What will become of Sir Geoffrey, and your hension of losing her place, in case of discovery, mother, and of me, and of the Countess, if you were She had, indeed, great confidence in the strong and to go so far as you talk of? And what would be rooted belief-amounting almost to superstitioncome of poor Alice too? for I will be sworn she which Major Bridgenorth entertained, that his likes you better than she says, and I know she used daughter's continued health could only be ensured to sit and look the way that you used to come up the by her continuing under the charge of one who had stream, and now and then ask me if the morning acquired Lady Peveril's supposed skill in treating were good for fishing. And all the while you were those subject to such ailments. This belief Dame on the continent, as they call it, she scarcely smiled Deborah had improved to the utmost of her simple once, unless it was when she got two beautiful long cunning, -always speaking in something of an oraletters about foreign parts."
cular one, upon the subject of her charge's health, "Friendship, Dame Deborah-only friendship, and hinting at certain mysterious rules necessary to cold and calın remembrance of one who, by your maintain it in the present favourable state. She had kind permission, stole in on your solitude now and availed herself of this artifice, 10 procure for herself then, with news from the living world without. and Alice a separate establishment at the Black Once, indeed, I thought-but it is all over-farewell." Fort; for it was originally Major Bridgenorth's
So saying, he covered his face with one hand, and resolution, that his daughter and her governante extended the other, in the act of bidding adieu to should remain under the same roof with the sisterDame Debbitch, whose kind heart became unable in-law of his deceased wife, the widow of the unforto withstand the sight of his affliction.
tunate Colonel Christian. But this lady was broken * Now, do not be in such haste," she said ; "I down with premature age, brought on by sorrow; will go up again, and tell her how it stands with and, in a short visit which Major Bridgenorth made you, and bring her down, if it is in woman's power to the island, he was easily prevailed on to consider io do it.” And so saying, she left the apartment her house at Kirk-Truagh, as a very cheerless reand ran up stairs.
sidence for his daughter. Dame Deborah, who longed for domestic independence, was careful to persons in the world with whom Mistress Christian increase this impression by alarming her patron's would have desired her niece to be acquainted-the fears on account of Alice's health. The mansion of happy spirit of contradiction su perseding, with Dame Kirk-Truagh stood, she said, much exposed to the Deborah, on this as on other occasions, all considerScottish winds, which could not but be cold, as they ation of the fitness of things. She did not act altocame from a country where, as she was assured, gether without precaution neither. She was aware there was ice and snow at midsummer. In short, she had to guard not only against any reviving she prevailed, and was put into full possession of the interest or curiosity on the part of Mistress Christian; Black Fort, a house which, as well as Kirk-Truagh, but against the sudden arrival of Major Bridgenorth, belonged formerly to Christian, and now to his who never failed once in the year to make his apwidow.
pearance at the Black Fort when least expected, and Still, however, it was enjoined on the governante to remain there for a few days. Dame Debbitch, and her charge, to visit Kirk-Truagh from time to therefore, exacted of Julian, that his visits should be time, and to consider themselves as under the man- few and far between; that he should condescend to agement and guardianship of Mistress Christian-a pass for a relation of her own, in the eyes of two state of subjection, the sense of which Deborah | ignorant Manx girls and a lad, who formed her esendeavoured to lessen, by assuming as much free- tablishment; and that he should always appear in dom of conduct as she possibly dared, under the his angler's dress made of the simple Lougthan, or influence, doubtless, of the same feelings of inde- buff-coloured wool of the island, which is not subpendence, which induced her, at Martindale Hall, to jected to dyeing. By these cautions, she thought his spurn the advice of Mistress Ellesmere.
intimacy at the Black Fort would be entirely unnoIt was this generous disposition to defy control ticed, or considered as immaterial, while, in the which induced her to procure for Alice, secretly, meantime, it furnished much amusement to her some means of education, which the stern genius of charge and herself. puritanism would have proscribed. She ventured to This was accordingly the case during the earlier have her charge taught music-nay, even dancing; part of their intercourse, while Julian was a lad, and and the picture of the austere Colonel Christian Alice a girl two or three years younger. But as the trembled on the wainscot where it was suspended, lad shot up to youth, and the girl to womanhood, while the sylphlike form of Alice, and the substan- even Dame Deborah Debbitch's judgment saw tial person of Dame Deborah, executed French danger in their continued intimacy. She took an chaussues and borees, to the sound of a small kit opportunity to communicate to Julian who Miss which screamed under the bow of Monsieur de Pigal, Bridgenorth actually was, and the peculiar circumhalf smuggler, half dancing master. This abomina- stances which placed discord between their fathers. cion reached the ears of the Colonel's widow, and He heard the story of their quarrel with interest and by her was communicated to Bridgenorth, whose surprise, for he had only resided occasionally at Marsudden appearance in the island showed the impor- tindale Castle, and the subject of Bridgenorth's tance he attached to the communication. Had she quarrel with his father had never been mentioned been faithless to her own cause, that had been the in his presence. His imagination caught fire at the latest hour of Mistress Deborah's administration. sparks afforded by this singular story; and, far from But she retreated into her stronghold.
complying with the prudent remonstrance of Dame "Dancing," she said, was exercise, regulated Deborah, and gradually estranging himself from the and timed by music; and it stood to reason, that it Black Fort and its fair inmate, he frankly declared, must be the best of all exercise for a delicate person, he considered his intimacy there, so casually comespecially as it could be taken within doors, and in menced, as intimating the will of Heaven, that Alice all states of the weather."
and he were designed for each other, in spite of every Bridgenorth listened, with a clouded and thought-obstacle which passion or prejudice could raise up ful brow, when, in exemplification of her doctrine, betwixt them. They had been companions in inMistress Deborah, who was no contemptible per fancy; and a little exertion of memory enabled him former on the viol, began to jangle Sellenger's Round, to recall his childish grief for the unexpected and and desired Alice to dance an old English measure sudden disappearance of his little companion, whom o the tune. As the half-bashful, half-smiling girl, he was destined again to meet with in the early bloom about fourteen-for such was her age-moved grace of opening beauty, in a country which was foreign to fully to the music, the father's eye unavoidably fol- them both. lowed the light spring of her step, and marked with Dame Deborah was confounded at the consequenjoy the rising colour in her cheek. When the dance ces of her communic which had thus blown was over, he folded her in his arms, smoothed her into a flame the passion which she hoped it would somewhat disordered locks with a father's affection- have either prevented or extinguished. She had ate hand, smiled, kissed her brow, and took his leave, not the sort of head which resists the masculine and without one single word farther interdicting the energetic remonstrances of passionate attachment, exercise of dancing. He did not himself communi- whether addressed to her on her own account, or on cate the result of his visit at the Black Fort to Mis- behalf of another. She lamented and wondered, tress Christian, but she was not long of learning it, by and ended her feeble opposition, by weeping, and the triumph of Dame Deborah on her next visit. sympathizing, and consenting to allow the continu
"It is well," said the stern old lady; "my brother ance of Julian's visits, provided he should only adBridgenorth hath permitted you to make a Herodias dress himself to Alice as a friend; to gain the world of Alice, and teach her dancing. You have only she would consent to nothing more. She was not, now to find her a partner for life-I shall neither however, so simple, but that she also had her forebomeddle nor make more in their affairs."
dings of the designs of Providence on this youthful In fact, the triumph of Dame Deborah, or rather couple; for certainly they could not be more formed of Dame Nature, on this occasion, had more impor- to be united than the good estates of Martindale and tant effects than the former had ventired to antici- Moultrassie. pate ; for Mistress Christian, though she received Then came a long sequence of reflection. Marwith all formality the formal visits of the governante tindale Castle wanted but some repairs to be almost and her charge, seemed thenceforth so pettish with equal 10 Chatsworth. The Hall might be allowed to the issue of her remonstrance, upon the enormity of go to ruin; or, what would be better, when Sir Geofher niece dancing to a little fiddle, that she appeared frey's time came, (for the good knight had seen serto give up interference in her affairs, and left Dame vice, and must be breaking now,) the Hall would be Debbitch and Alice to manage both education and a good dowry-house, to which my lady and Elleshousekeeping-in which she had hitherto greatly mere might retreat; while (empress of the still-room, concerned hersell-much after their own pleasure. and queen of the pantry) Mistress Deborah Debbitch
It was in this independent state that they lived, should reign housekeeper at the Castle, and extend, when Julian first visited their habitation; and he perhaps, the crown-matrimonial to Lance Outram was the rather encouraged to do so by Dame Debo- provided he was not become 100 old, too fat, or too rah, that she believed him to be one of the last fond of ale.
Such were the soothing visions under the influ- | those who parted infants on the hills of Derbysnire, ence of which the dame connived at an attachment, to meet thus in the valleys of Man ?” which lulled also to pleasing dreams, though of a Alice, however new such a scene, and, above all, character so different, her charge and her visitant. her own emotions, might be, was highly endowed
The visits of the young angler became more and with that exquisite delicacy which is imprinted in more frequent; and the embarrassed Deborah, though the female heart, to give warning of the slightest foreseeing all the dangers of discovery, and the addi- approach to impropriety in a situation like hers. tional risk of an explanation betwixt Alice and Rise, rise, Master Peveril,” she said; " do not do Julian, which must necessarily render their relative yourself and me this injustice-- we have done both situation so much more delicate, felt completely over- wrong--very wrong; but my fault was done in ignoborne by the enthusiasm of the young lover, and was O God! my poor father, who needs comfort compelled to let matters take their course.
so much-is it for me to add to his misfortunes ?-The departure of Julian for the continent inter- Rise !" she added, more firmly; "if you retain this rupted the course of his intimacy at the Black Fort, unbecoming poşture any longer, I will leave the and while it relieved the elder of its inmates from room, and you shall never see me more.' much internal apprehension, spread an air of languor The commanding tone of Alice overawed the imand dejection over the countenance of the younger, petuosity of her lover, who took in silence a seat which, at Bridgenorth's next visit to the Isle of Man, removed to some distance from hers, and was again renewed all his terrors for his daughter's constitu- about to speak. “Julian," she said, in a milder tional malady.
tone, "you have spoken enough, and more than Deborah promised faithfully she should look better enough. Would you had left me in the pleasing the next morning, and she kept her word. She had dream in which I could have listened to you for ever! retained in her possession for some time a letter but the hour of wakening is arrived." Peveril waitwhich Julian had, by some private conveyance, sented the prosecution of her speech as a criminal while to her charge, for his youthful friend. Deborah had he waits his doom; for he was sufficiently sensible dreaded the consequences of delivering it as a billet- that an answer, delivered not certainly without doux, but, as in the case of the dance, she thought emotion, but with firmness and resolution, was not there could be no harm in administering it as a re- to be interrupted. “We have done wrong,” she remedy.
peated, “very wrong; and if we now separate for It had complete effect; and next day the cheeks ever, the pain we may feel will be but a just penalty of the maiden had a linge of the rose, which so much for our error. We should never have met. Meeting, delighted her father, that, as he mounted his horse, we should part as soon as possible. Our fartner he Aung his purse into Deborah's hand, with the intercourse can but double our pain at parting. desire she should spare nothing that could make Farewell, Julian; and forget we ever have seen each herself and his daughter happy, and the assurance other !" that she had his full confidence.
"Forget !" said Julian; "never, never. To you This expression of liberality and trist from a man it is easy to speak the word-to think the thought. of Major Bridgenorth's reserved and cautious dis. To me, an approach to either can only be by utter position, gave full plumage to Mistress Deborah's destruction. Why should you doubt that the feud of hopes; and emboldened her not only to deliver our fathers, like so many of which we have heard, another letter of Julian's to the young lady, but to might be appeased by our friendship ? You are my encourage more boldly and freely than formerly the only friend. I am the only one whom Heaven bas intercourse of the lovers when Peveril returned from assigned to you. Why should we separate for the abroad.
fault of others, which befell when we were but At length, in spite of all Julian's precaution, the children ?” young Earl became suspicious of his frequent solitary "You speak in vain, Julian," said Alice; "I pity fishing parties; and he himself, now better acquaint-you-perhaps I pity myself-indeed I should pity ed with the world than formerly, became aware that myself, perhaps, the most of the two; for you will his repeated visits and solitary walks with a person go forth to new scenes and new faces, and will soon so young and beautiful as Alice, might not only forget me; but I, remaining in this solitude, how betray prematurely the secret of his attachment, but shall I forget-that, however, is not now the question be of essential prejudice to her who was its object. -I can bear my lot, and it commands us to part."
Under the influence of this conviction, he abstain- "Hear me yet a moment," said Peveril; "this ed, for an unusual period, from visiting the Black evil is not, cannot be remedíless. I will go to my Fort. But when he next indulged himself with father, -I' will use the intercession of my mother, to spending an hour in the place where he would gladly whom he can refuse nothing-I will gain their conhave abode for ever, the altered manner of Alice sent,they have no other child-and they must conthe tone in which she seemed to upbraid his neglect, sent, or lose him for ever. Say, Alice, if I come penetrated his heart, and deprived him of that power to you with my parents' consent to my suit, will of self-command, which he had hitherto exercised in you again say, with that tone so touching and so their interviews. It required but a few energetic sad, yet so incredibly determined- Julian, we must words to explain to Alice at once his feelings, and to part ?" Alice was silent. “Cruel girl, will you not make her sensible of the real nature of her own. She even deign to answer me?" said her lover. wept plentifully, but her tears were not all of bitter- "We answer not those who speak in their dreams," ness. She sat passively still, and without reply, said Alice. "You ask me what I would do were while he explained to her, with many an interjection, impossibilities performed. What right have you to the circumstances which had placed discord between make such suppositions, and ask such a question ?" their families; for hitherto, all that she had known "Hope, Alice, hope," answered Julian, "the last was, that Master Peveril, belonging to the household support of the wretched, which even you surely of the great Countess or Lady of Man, must observe would not be cruel enough to deprive me of. In some precautions in visiting a relative of the un- every difficulty, in every doubt, in every danger, happy Colonel Christian. But, when Julian con- Hope will fight even if he cannot conquer. Tell me cluded his tale with the warmest protestations of once more, if I come 10 you in the name of my eternal love, "My poor father!" she burst forth, father--in the name of that mother, to whom you
and was this to be the end of all thy precautions ?- partly owe your life, what would you answer to This, that the son of him that disgraced and banish- me?" ed thee, should hold such language to your daughter!!! "I would refer you to my own father," said Alice,
"You err, Alice, you err, cried Julian, eagerly: blushing, and casting her eyes down; but instantly * That I hold this language-that the son of Peveril raising them again, she repeated, in a firmer and a addresses thus the daughter of your father-that he sadder tone, “Yes, Julian, I would refer you to my thus kneels to you for forgiveness of injuries which father; and you would find that your pilot, Hope, passed when we were both infants, shows the will had deceived you; and that you had but escaped the of Heaven, that in our affection should be quenched quicksands to fall upon the rocks." the discord of our parents. What else could lead "I would that could be tried !" said Julian. "Me