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a note of interrogation. This was meant as an in-J and then looked inquisitively at Julian once more as guiry whether he was going to a distance. Julian, if to say, "Goes he with you ?" Peveril shook his in reply, extended his arm more than half, to inti- head, and, somewhat wearied by these interrogatomate that the distance was considerable. Fenella ries, smiled, and made an effort to pass. Fenella looked grave, shook her head, and pointed to the frowned, struck the end of her ebony rod perpendicu. Countess's window, which was visible from the spot larly on the ground, and again shook her head, as if where they stood. 'Peveril smiled, and nodded, to opposing his departure. But finding that Julian perintimate there was no danger in quitting her mistress severed in his purpose, she suddenly assumed anfor a short space. The little maiden next touched other and a milder mood, held him by the skirt
of an eagle's feather which she wore in her hair, a sign his cloak with one hand, and raised the other in an which she usually employed to designate the Earl, imploring attitude, whilst every feature of her lively judgment. Among this number was a gentleman, my near neigh were shut. This obliging him to think he had seen a spirit, sent bour, who affirmed with the most solemn asseverations, that be him home very much terrified; but the next day, relating his ading of my opinion, and entirely averse to the belief that any such venture to some people who lived in the Castle, and describing, beings were permitted to wander for the purposes related of them, as near as he could, the garb and stature of the apparition, they he had been at last convinced by the appearance of several little told him it was that of the woman above mentioned, who had figures playing and leaping over some stones in a field, whom at been frequently seen by the soldiers on guard, to pass in and out a few yards" distance he imagined were school-boys, and intend of the gates, as well as to walk through the rooms, though there ed, when he came near enough, to reprimand for being absent was no visible means to enter. Though so familiar to the eye, from their exercises at that time of the day, it being then, he no person has yet, however, had the courage to speak to it, and, said, between three and four of the clock; but when he ap- as they say
a spirit has no power to reveal its mind without
be proached, as near as he could guess, within twenty paces, they ing conjured to do so in a proper manner, the reason of its being all immediately disappeared, though he had never taken his eye permitted to wander is unknown. off them from the first moment he beheld them ; nor was there "Another story of the like nature I have heard concerning an any place where they could so suddenly retreat, it being an open apparition, which has frequently been seen on a wild common field without hedge or bush, and, as I said before,
broad day. near Kirk Jarmyn mountains, which, they say, assumes the shape "Another instance, which might serve to strengthen the credit of a wolf, and fills the air with most terrible howlings. But baving of the other, was told me by a person who had the reputation of run on so far in the account of supernatural appearances, I canthe utmost integnty. This man being desirous of disposing of a not forget what was told me by an English gentleman, and my horse he had at that time no great occasion for, and riding him particular friend. He was about passing over Douglas Bridge beto market for that purpose, was accosted, in passing
over the fore it was broken down, but the tide being high, he was obliged mountains, by a little man in a plain dress, who asked him if he to take the river, having an excellent horse under him, and one would sell his horse. "Tis the design I am going on, replied the accustomed to swim. As he was in the middle of it, he beard. person who told me the story. On which the other desired to or imagined he heard, the finest symphony, I will not say in the know the price. Eight pounds, said he. No, resumed the purcha world, for nothing human ever came up to it. The horse was no ser, I will give no more than seven ; which if you will take, here less sensible of the harmony than himself, and kept in an immo is your money. The owner, thinking he had bid pretty fair
, yable posture all the time it lasted ; which, he said, could not be agreed with him; and the money being told out, the one dis less than three quarters of an hour, according to the most exact mounted, and the other got on the back of the horse, which
he calculation he could make, when he arrived at the end of his lithad no sooner done, than both beast and rider sunk into the earth tle journey, and found how long he had been coming. He, who immediately, leaving the person who had made the bargain in the before laughed at all the stories told of fairies, now became a utmost terror and consternation. As soon as he had a little reconvert, and believed as much as ever a Manksman of them all. covered himself, he went directly to the parson of the parish, and As to circles in the grass, and the impression of small feet among related what had passed, desiring he would give his opinion whe- the snow, I cannot deny but I have seen them frequently, and ther he ought to make use of the money he had received or not. once thought I heard a whistle, as though in my car, when noTo which he replied, that as he had made a fair bargain, and no body that could make it was near me. For my part, I shall not way circumvented, nor endeavoured to circumvent, the buyer, he pretend to determine if such appearances have any reality, or are gaw no reason to believe, in case it was an evil spirit, it could only the effect of the imagination ; but as I had rather give have any power over him. On this assurance, he went home credit
to them, than be convinced by ocular demonstration, I shall well satisfied, and nothing afterwards happened to give him any leave the point to be discussed by those who have made it more disquiet concerning this affair.
their study, and only say, that whatever belief we ought to give to "A second account of the same nature I had from a clergyman, some accounts of this kind, there are others, and those much and a person of more sanctity than the generality of his function more numerous, which merit only to be laughed at-it not being in this island. It was his custom to pass some hours every even- at all consonant to reason, or the idea religion gives us of the faling in a field near his house, indulging meditation, and calling len angels, to suppose spirits, so eminent in wisdom and know himself to an account for the transactions of the past day. As ledge, as to be exceeded by nothing but their Creator, should he was in this place one night, more than ordinarily wrapt in con. visit the earth for such trifling purposes as to throw bottles and templation, he wandered, without thinking where he was, a con- glasses about a room, and a thousand other as ridiculous gambols siderable way farther than it was usual for him to do; and, as he mentioned in those voluminous treatises of apparitions. told me, he knew not how far the deep musing he was in might " The natives of this island tell you also, that before any person have carried him, if it had not been suddenly interrupted by a dies, the procession of the funeral is acted by a sort of beings, noise, which, at first, he took to be the distant bellowing of a which for that end render themselves visible. I know several that bull; but as he listened more beedfully to it, found there was have offered to make oath, that as they have been passing the something more terrible in the sound than could proceed from road, one of these funerals has come behind them, and even laid that creature. He confessed to me, that he was no less affright the bier on their shoulders, as though to assist the bearers. One ed than surprised, especially, when the noise coming still nearer, person, who assured me he had been served so, told me that the he imagined, whatever it was that it proceeded from, it must pass flesh of his shoulder had been very much bruised, and was black him. He had, however, presence enough of mind to place him for many weeks after. There are few or none of them who preself with his back to a hedge, where he fell on his knees, and be tend not to have seen or heard these imaginary obsequies,
(for I gan to pray to God, with all the vehemence so dreadful an occa- must not omit that they sing psalms in the same manner as those sion required. He had not been long, in that position, before he do who accompany the corpse of a dead friend.) which so little beheld something in the form of a bull, but infinitely larger than differ from real ones, that they are not
to be known till both cof ever he had seen in England, much less in Man, where the cattle fin and mourners are seen to vanish
at the church coors. These are very small in general. The eyes, he said, seemed to shoot they take to be a sort of friendly demons, and their business, they forth flames, and the running of it was with such a force, that the say, is to warn people of what is to befall
them : accordingly ground shook under it as an earthquake. It made directly to they give notice of any stranger's approach, by the trampling of ward a little cottage, and thereafter most horribly disappeared. horses at the gate of the house where they are to arrive. As die The moon being then at the full
, and shining in her utmost splen- ficult as I found it to bring myself to give any faith 10 this, I have dour, all these passages were visible to our amazed divine, who, frequently been very much surprised, when, on visiting a friend. I having finished his ejaculation, and given thanks to God for his have found the table ready spread, and every thing in order to represervation, went to the cottage, the owner of which, they told ceive me, and been told by the person to whom I went, that he him, was that moment dead. The good old gentleman was loath had knowledge of roy coming, or some other guest, by these goodto pass a censure which might be judged an uncharitable one ; natured intelligencers ; nay, when obliged to be absent some time but the deceased having the character of a very ill liver, most from home, my own servants have assured
me they were infornipeople who heard the story, were apt to imagine this terrible ap- ed by these means of my return, and expected me the very hou. pantion came to attend his last moments.
I came, though perhaps it was some days before I hoped it my "A mighty bustle they also make of an apparition, which, self at my going abroad. That this is fact, I am positively con they say, haunts Castle Russia, in the form of a woman, who vinced by many proofs ; but how or wherefore it should be 5 was some years since executed for the murder of her child. 1 has frequently given me much matter of reflection, yet left me in have heard not only persons who have been confined there for the same uncertainty as before. Here, therefore, I will quit the debt, but also the soldiers of the garrison, affirm they have seen subject, and proceed to things much easier to be accounted for." it various times; but what I took most notice of, was the report -WALDRON'S Description of the Isle of Man, folio, 1731, p. 18. of a gentleman, of whose good understanding, as well as vera- This long quotation is extremely curious, as containing an accity, I have a very great opinion. He told me, that happening, count of those very superstitions in the Isle of Man, which are to be abroad late one night, and catched in an excessive storm of frequently collected both in Ireland and in the Highlands of Scotwind and rain, he saw a woman stand before the castle gate, land, and which bave employed the attention of Mr Crofton Cro wbere, being not the least shelter, it something surprised him that ker, and of the author of the Fairy Mythology. The superstiany body, much less one of that sex, should not rather run to tions are in every respect so like each other, that they may be resome little porch, or shed, of which there are several in Castle ferred to one common source ; unless we conclude that they are Town, than choose to stand still, exposed and alone, to such a natural to the human mind, and, like the common orders of ve dreadful tempest. His curiosity exciting him to draw nearer, that getables, which naturally spring up in every climate, these natit he might discover who it was that seemed so little to regard the rally arise in every bosom; as the best philologists are of opinion, fury of the elements, he perceived she retreated on his approach, that fragments of an original speech are to be discovered in aland at last, he thought, went into the Castle, though the gates most all languages in the globe.
countenasct vras composed into the like expression from the island. And could he succeed in this point, of supplication, and th, fire of her large dark eyes, he should at once, he thought, render a material which appea'int in general so keen and piercing as benefit to the father of his beloved Alice-remove the almost to ovir-animate the little sphere to which Earl from his state of anxiety-save the Countess they belonged, remed quenched, for the moment, from a second time putting her feudal jurisdiction in in the large drops which hung co borlang eyelashes, opposition to that of the Crown of England-and but without falling.
secure quiet possession of the island to her and her Julian Pe veril was far from being void of sym-family: pathy towards the poor girl, whose motives in op- With this scheme of mediation in his mind, Peveposing his departure appeared to be her affectionate ril determined to rid himself of the opposition of apprehension for her mistress's safety. He endea- Fenella to his departure, with less ceremony than he voured to reassure her by smiles, and, at the same had hitherto observed towards her; and suddenly time, by such signs as he could devise, to intimate lifting up the damsel in his arms before she was that there was no danger, and that he would return aware of his purpose, he turned about, set her down presently; and having succeeded in extricating his on the steps above him, and began to descend the cloak from her grasp, and in passing her on the stair, pass himself as speedily as possible. It was then he began to descend the steps as speedily as he ihat the dumb maiden gave full course to the vehecould, in order to avoid farther importunity, mence of her disposition; and clapping her hands
But with activity much greater than his, the dumb repeatedly, expressed her displeasure in a sound, or maiden hastened to intercept him, and succeeded by rather a shriek, so extremely dissonant, that it rethrowing herself, at the imminent risk of life and sembled more the cry of a wild creature, than any limb, a second time into the pass which he was de- thing which could have been uttered by female orscending, so as to interrupt his purpose. In order to gans. Peveril was so astounded at the scream as it achieve this, she was obliged to let herself drop a rung through the living rocks, that he could not help considerable height from the wall of a small flanking stopping and looking back in alarm, to satisfy himbattery, where two patereroes were placed to scour self that she had not sustained some injury. He the pass, in case any enemy could have mounted so saw her, however, perfectly safe, though her face high. Julian bad scarce time to shudder at her pur- seemed inflamed and distorted with passion. She pose, as he beheld her about to spring from the stamped at him with her foot, shook her clenched parapet, ere, like a thing of gossamer, she stood hand, and turning her back upon him, without far: light and uninjured on the rocky platform below. ther adieu, ran up the rude steps as lightly as a kid He endeavoured, by the gravity of his look and ges- could have tripped up that rugged ascent, and paused ture, to make her understand how much he blamed for a moment at the summit of the first flight. her rashness; but the reproof, though obviously quite Julian could feel nothing but wonder and comintelligible, was entirely thrown away. A basty passion for the impotent passion of a being so unwave of her hand intimated how she contemned the fortunately circumstanced, cut off
, as it were, from danger and the remonstrance; while at the same the rest of mankind, and incapable of receiving in time she instantly resumed, with more eagerness childhood that moral discipline which teaches us than before, the earnest and impressive gestures by mastery of our wayward passions, ere yet they have which she endeavoured to detain him in the fortress. attained their meridian strength and violence. He
Julian was somewhat staggered by her pertinacity. waved his hand to her, in token of amicable fare"Is it possible," he thought, " that any danger can well; but she only replied by once more menacing approach the Countess, of which this poor maiden him with her little hand clenched ; and then ascendhas, by the extreme acuteness of her observation, ing the rocky staircase with almost preternatural obtained knowledge which has escaped others ?" speed, was soon out of sight.
He signed to Fenella hastily to give him the Julian, on his part, gave no farther consideration tablets and the pencil which she usually carried with to her conduct or its motives, but hastening to the her, and wrote on them the question, “Is there village on the mainland, where the stables of the danger near to your mistress, that you thus stop me ?" Castle were situated, he again took his palfrey from
"There is danger around the Countess," was the the stall, and was soon mounted and on his way to answer instantly written down ; " but there is much the appointed place of rendezvous, much marvelling, more in your own purpose."
as he ambled forward with speed far greater than "How?-what?-what know you of my purpose ?" was promised by the diminutive size of the animal said Julian, forgetting, in his surprise, that the party he was mounted on, what could have happened to he addressed, had neither ear to comprehend, nor produce so great a change in Alice's conduct towards voice to reply, to uttered language. She had regain him, that in place of enjoining his absence as usual, ed her book in the meantime, and sketched, with or recommending his departure from the island, she a rapid pencil, on one of the leaves, a scene which should now voluntarily invite him to a meeting. she showed to Julian. To his infinite surprise he Under impression of the various doubts which sucrecognised Goddard Crovan's stone, a remarkable ceeded each other in his imagination, he sometimes monument, of which she had given the outline with pressed Fairy's sides with his legs; sometimes laid sufficient accuracy ; together with a male and female his holly rod lightly on her neck; sometimes incited figure, which, though only indicated by a few slight hep by his voice, for the mettled animal needed touches of the pencil, bore yet, he thought, some re- neither whip nor spur, and achieved the distance semblance to himself and Alice Bridgenorth. betwixt the Castle of Holm-Peel and the stone at
When he had gazed on the sketch for an instant Goddard Crovan, at the fate of twelve miles within with surprise, Fenella took the book from his hand, the hour. laid her finger upon the drawing, and slowly and The monumental stone, designed to commemorate sterly shook her head, with a frown which seemed some feat of an ancient King of Man, which had to prohibit the meeting which was there represent- been long forgotten, was erected on the side of a ed. Julian, however, though disconcerted, was in narrow lonely valley, or rather glen, secluded from no shape disposed to submit to the authority of his observation by the steepness of its banks, upon a promonitress. By whatever means she, who so seldom jection of which stood the tall, shapeless
, solitary stirred from the Countess's apartment, had become rock, frowning, like a shrouded giant, over the brawlacquainted with a secret which he thought entirely ing of the small rivulet which watered the ravine. his own, he esteemed it the more necessary to keep the appointed rendezvous, that he might learn from Alice, if possible, how the secret had transpired. He had also formed the intention of seeking out Bridge
CHAPTER XVII. north; entertaining an idea that a person so reason
This a love-meeting ? See the maiden mourns,
And the sad suitor bends his looks on earth. able and calm as he had shown himself in their late There's more hath pass'd between them than belonge, conference, might be persuaded, when he understood To Love's sweet sorrows.
Old Play that the Countess was aware of his intrigues, to put As he approached the monument of Goddard Croan end to her danger and his own, by withdrawing van, Julian cast many an anxious glance to see
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whether any object visible beside the huge grey stone bold wishes I may have formed, and his whole beshould apprize him, whether he was anticipated, at haviour shows the contrary, I know not a man on the appointed place of rendezvous, by her who had earth from whom I have less cause to apprehend any named it. Nor was it long before the Autter of a danger or ill-will." mantle, which the breeze slightly waved, and the "My father," said Alice, means well by his motion necessary to replace it upon the wearer's country, and well by you; yet I sometimes fear he shoulders, made him aware that Alice had already may rather injure than serve his good cause; and reached their place of meeting. One instant set the still more do I dread, that in attempting to engage palfrey at liberty, with slackened girths and loosened you as an auxiliary, he may forget those ties which reins, to pick its own way through the dell at will; ought to bind you, and I am sure which will bind another placed Julian Peveril by the side of Alice yon, to a different line of conduct from his own.' Bridgenorth.
'You lead me into still deeper darkness, Alice," That Alice should extend her hand to her lover, as answered Peveril
. "That your father's especial line with the ardour of a young greyhound he bounded of politics differs widely from mine, I know well; over the obstacles of the rugged path, was as natural but how many instances have occurred, even during as that Julian, seizing on the hand so kindly stretch- the bloody scenes of civil warfare, of good and ed out, should devour it with kisses, and, for a mo- worthy men laying the prejudice of party affections ment or two, without reprehension; while the other aside, and regarding each other with respect, and hand, which should have aided in the liberation of even with friendly attachment, without being false to its fellow, served to hide the blushes of the fair principle on either side ?".
But Alice, young as she was, and attached "It may be so," said Alice; "but such is not the to Julian by such' long habits of kindly intimacy, I league which my father desires to form with you, still knew well how to subdue the tendency of her and that to which he hopes your misplaced parown treacherous affections.
tiality towards his daughter may afford a motive for "This is not right,” she said, extricating her hand your forming with him." from Julian's grasp," this is not right, Julian. If I And what is it," said Peveril, " which I would have been 100 rash in admitting such a meeting as refuse, with such a prospect before me?". the present, it is not you that should make me sen- "Treachery and dishonour !" replied Alice;" whatsible of my folly.”
ever would render you unworthy of the poor boon Julian Peveril's mind had been early illumined at which you aim-ay, were it more worthless than with that touch of romantic fire which deprives pas. I confess it to be." sion of selfishness, and confers on it the high and “Would your father,” said Peveril
, as he unrefined tone of generous and disinterested devotion. willingly received the impression which Alice deHe let go the hand of Alice with as much respect as signed to convey, would he, whose views of duty he could have paid to that of a princess; and when are so strict and severe--would he wish to involve she seated herself upon a rocky
fragment, over which me in aught, to which such harsh epithets as treachnature had stretched a cushion of moss and lichen, ery and dishonour can be applied with the slightest interspersed with wild flowers, backed with a bush shadow of truth ?" of copsewood, he took his place beside her, indeed, "Do not mistake me, Julian," replied the maiden ; but ai such distance as to intimate the duty of an "my father is incapable of requesting aught of you attendant, who was there only to hear and to obey. that is not 10 his thinking just and honourable; Alice Bridgenorth became more assured as she ob- nay, he conceives that he only claims from you a served the power which she possessed over her lover; debi, which is due as a creature to the Creator, and and the self-command which Peveril exhibited, as a man to your fellow.men." which other damsels in her situation might have "So guarded, where can be the danger of our judged inconsistent with intensity of passion, she intercourse ?" replied Julian. " If he be resolved appreciated more justly, as a proof of his respectful to require, and I determined to accede to, nothing and disinterested sincerity. She recovered, in ad- save what flows from conviction, what have I to dressing him, the tone of confidence which rather fear, Alice? And how is my intercourse with your belonged to ihe scenes of their early acquaintance, father dangerous ? Believe not so; his speech bas than to those which had passed betwixt them since already made impression on me in some particulars, Peveril had disclosed his affection, and thereby had and he listened with candour and patience to the brought restraint upon their intercourse.
objections which I made occasionally. You do MasJulian,” she said, “your visit of yesterday-your ter Bridgenorth less than justice in confounding most ill-timed visit, has distressed me much.' It has him with the unreasonable bigots in policy and relimisled my father-it has endangered you. At all gion, who can listen to no argument but what risks, I resolved that you should know this, and favours their own prepossessions. blame me not if I have taken a bold and imprudent "Julian," replied Alice, it is you who misjudge step in desiring this solitary interview, since you are my father's powers, and his purpose with respect aware how little poor Deborah is to be trusted.' to you, and who overrate your own powers of resist
"Can you fear misconstruction from me, Alice ?" ance. I am but a girl, but I have been taught by replied Peveril, warmly; "from me, whom you have circumstances to think for myself, and to consider thus highly favoured-thus deeply obliged ?" the character of those who are around me. My
"Çease your protestations, Julian," answered the father's views in ecclesiastical and civil policy, are maiden, "ihey do but make me the more sensible as dear to him as the life which he cherishes only that I have acted over boldly. But I did for the to advance them. They have been, with little alterbest.-I could not see you whom I have known ation, his companions through life. They brought 80 long-you, who say you regard me with par- him at one period into prosperity, and when they tiality'
suited not the times, he suffered for having held Say that I regard you with partiality!" inter; them. They have become not only a part, but the rupted Peveril in his turn. “Ah, Alice, what a cold very dearest part, of his existence. If he shows and doubtful phrase you have used to express the them not to you at first, in the inflexible strength most devoted, the most sincere affection !""
which they have acquired over his mind, do not "Well, then,” said Alice, sadly, we will not believe that they are the less powerful. He who quarrel about words; but do not again interrupt me. desires to make converts must begin by degrees, I could not, I say, see you, who, I believe, regard me But that he should sacrifice to an inexperienced with sincere though vain and fruitless attachment, young man, whose ruling motive he will term a rush blindfold into a snare, deceived and seduced by childish passion, any part of those treasured printhose very feelings towards me."
ciples which he has inaintained through good repute "I understand you not, Alice," said Peveril ; "nor and bad repute-0, do not dream of such an incan I see any danger to which I am at present ex- possibility! If you meet at all, you must be the wax, posed. The sentiments which your father has ex- he the seal-you must receive-he must bestow au pressed towards me, are of a nature irreconcilable absolute impression." with hostile purposes. If he is not offended with the “That," said Peveril, were unreasonable. I
will frankly avow to you, Alice, that I am not a Peveril, eagerly; "this is adding insult to cruelty. sworn bigot to the opinions entertained by my fa- If you will do aught for my sake, you will say yes ; ther, much as I respect his person. I could wish or you will suffer this dear head to drop on my that our Cavaliers, or whatsoever they are pleased shoulder-the slightest sign--the moving of an eyeto call themselves, would have some more charity lid, shall signify consent. All shall be prepared towards those who differ from them in Church and within an hour; within another, the priest shall State. But to hope that I would surrender the unite us; and within a third, we leave the isle beprinciples in which I have lived, were to suppose me hind us, and seek our fortunes on the continent.” capable of deserting my benefactress, and breaking But while he spoke, in joyful anticipation of the the hearts of my parents.".
consent which he implored, Alice found means to "Even so I judged of you,” answered Alice; collect together her resolution, which, staggered by "and, therefore, I asked this interview, to conjure the eagerness of her lover, the impulse of her own that you will break off all intercourse with our affections, and the singularity of her situation, family-return to your parents-or, what will be seeming, in her case, to justify what would have much safer, visit the continent once more, and abide been most blameable in another, -had more than till God sends better days to England, for these are half abandoned her. black with many a storm.'
The result of a moment's deliberation was fatal And can you bid me go, Alice," said the young to Julian's proposal. She exiricated herself from man, taking her unresisting hand; can you bid the arm which had pressed her to his side-arose, me go, and yet own an interest in my fate ?-Can and repelling his attempts to approach or detain her, you bid me, for fear of dangers, which, as a man, as said, with a simplicity not unmingled with dignity, á gentleman, and a loyal one, 'I am bound to show " Julian, I always knew I risked much in inviting my face to, meanly abandon my parents, my friends, you to this meeting; but I did not guess that my country-suffer the existence of evils which I could have been so cruel both to you and to myself, might aid to prevent, forego the prospect of doing as to suffer you to discover what you have to-day such little good as might be in my power-fall from seen too plainly-that I love you better than you an active and honourable station, into the condition of love me. But since you do know it, I will show a fugitive and time-server-Can you bid me do all you that Alice's love is disinterested-She will not this, Alice? Can you bid me do all this, and, in the bring an ignoble name into your ancient house. If same breath, bid farewell for ever to you and happi- hereafter, in your line, there should arise some who ness ?—It is impossible-I cannot surrender at once may think the claims of the hierarchy too exorbitant, my love and my honour."
the powers of the crown too extensive, men shall There is no remedy," said Alice, but she could not say these ideas were derived from Alice Bridgenot suppress a sigh while she said so-" there is no north, their whig grand-dame." remedy-none whatever. What we might have been Can you speak thus, Alice ?" said her lover. to each other, placed in more favourable circumstan- Can you use such expressions and are you not ces, it avails not to think of now; and, circumstan- sensible that they show plainly it is your own pride, ced as we are, with open war about to break out not regard for me, that makes you resist the hapbetwixt our parents and friends, we can be but well-piness of both ?” wishers-cold and distant well-wishers, who must Not so, Julian; not so," answered Alice, with part on this spot, and at this hour, never to meet tears in her eyes; "it is the command of duty to again.
us both--of duty, which we cannot transgress, with'No, by Heaven !" said Peveril, animated at the out risking our happiness here and hereafter. Think same time by his own feelings, and by the sight of what I, the cause of all, should feel, when your the emotions which his companion in vain endea- father frowns, your mother weeps, your noble friends voured to suppress, -"No, by Heaven !" he ex- stand aloof, and you, even you yourself
, shall have claimed, we part not-Alice, we part not. If I am made the painful discovery, that you have incurred to leave my native land, you shall be my companion the contempt and resentment of all to satisfy a boyin my exile. What have you to lose ?--Whom have ish passion, and that the poor beauty, once suffiyou to abandon?-Your father?-The good old cause, cient 10 mislead you, is gradually declining under as it is termed, is dearer to him than a thousand the influence of grief and vexation! This I will not daughters; and setting him aside, what tie is there risk. I see distinctly it is best we should here break between you and this harren isle-between my Alice off and part; and I thank God, who gives me light and any spot of the British dominions, where her enough to perceive, and strength enough to withJulian does not sit by her ?".
stand, your folly as well as my own. Farewell, 'Oh, Julian," answered the maiden, "why make then, Julian; but first take the solemn advice which my duty, more painful by visionary projects, which I called you hither to impart to you :-Shun my fayou ought not to name, or I to listen to ?-Your ther-you cannot walk in his paths, and be true to parents-my father-it cannot be !"
gratitude and to honour. What he doth from pure "Fear noi for my parents, Alice," replied Julian, and honourable motives, you cannot aid him in, exand pressing close to his companion's side, he ven- cept upon the suggestion of a silly and interested tured to throw his arm around her ; "they love me, passion, at variance with all the engagements you and they will soon learn to love, in Alice, the only have formed at coming into life.” being on earth who could have rendered their son "Once more, Alice," answered Julian, "I underhappy. And for your own father, when State and stand you not. If a course of action is good, it needs Church intrigues allow him to bestow a thought upon no vindication from the actor's motives-if bad, it you, will be not think that your happiness, your can derive none." security, is better cared for when you are my wife, "You cannot blind me with your sophistry, Juthan were you to continue under the mercenary lian," replied Alice Bridgenorth,
any more than charge of yonder foolish woman? What could his you can overpower me with your passion. Had the pride desire better for you, than the establishment patriarch destined his son to death upon any, less which will one day be mine? Come then, Alice, ground than faith and humble obedience to a divine and since you condemn me to banishment-since commandment, he had meditated a murder and not you deny me a share in those stirring achievements a sacrifice. In our late bloody and lamentable wars, which are about to agitate England-come! do you, how many drew swords on either side, from the for you only can, do you reconcile me to exile and in purest and most honourable motives? How many action, and give happiness to one, who, for your sake, from the culpable suggestions of ambition, self-seek is willing to resign honour !"
ing, and love of plunder? Yet while they marched "It cannot-it cannot be," said Alice, faltering as in the same ranks, and spurred their horses at the she uttered her negative, And yet," she said, same trumpet-sound, the memory of the former is " how many in my place-left alone and unprotected, dear to us as patriots or loyalists-that of those who as I am- But I must not-I must not-for your sake, acted on mean or unworthy promptings, is either Julian, I must not!"
execrated or forgotten. Once more, I warn you, Say not for my sake you must not, Alice," said 'avoid my father--leave this island, which will be
soon agitated by strange incidents-while you stay, "I obey you, father,” said Alice, who had by this be on your guard-distrust every thing--be jealous of time recovered from the extremity of her surprise, every one, even of those to whom it may seem | "I obey you; but Heaven is my witness that you do almost impossible, from circumstances, to attach a me more than injustice in suspecting me capable of shadow of suspicion-trust not the very stones of betraying your secrets, even had it been necessary to the most secret apartment in Holm-Peel, for that save my own life or that of Julian. That you are which hath wings shall carry the matter.'
walking in a dangerous path I well know; but you Here Alice broke off suddenly, and with a faint do it with your eyes open, and are actuated by moshriek; for, stepping from behind the stunted copse tives of which you can estimate the worth and value. which had concealed him, her father stood unexpect. My sole wish was, that this young man should not edly before them.
enter blindfold on the same perils; and I had a right The reader cannot have forgotten that this was to warn him, since the feelings by which he is hoodthe second time in which the stolen interviews of winked had a direct reference to me." the lovers had been interrupted by the unexpected "'Tis well, minion," said Bridgenorth, "you have apparition of Major Bridgenorth. On this second spoken your say. Retire, and let me complete the occasion his countenance exhibited anger mixed with conference which you have so considerately comsolemnity, like that of the spirit to a ghost-seer, menced.” whom he upbraids with having neglected a charge "I go, sir," said Alice.--"Julian, to you my last imposed at their first meeting. Even his anger, words are, and I would speak them with my last however, produced no more violent emotion than a breath-Farewell
, and caution!" cold sternness of manner in his speech and action. She turned from them, disappeared among the "I thank you, Alice,” he said to his daughter, for | underwood, and was seen no more. the pains you have taken to traverse my designs "A true specimen of womankind,” said her fatowards this young man, and towards yourself. I ther, looking after her," who would give the cause thank you for the hints you have thrown out be- of nations up, rather than endanger a hair of her fore my appearance, the suddenness of which alone lover's head. ---You, Master Peveril, doubtless, hold has prevented you from carrying your confidence her opinion, that the best love is a safe love ?" to a pitch which would have placed my life and that Were danger alone in my way,” said Poveril, of others at the discretion of a boy, who, when the much surprised at the softened tone in which Bridge cause of God and his country is laid before him, has north made this observation, " there are few things not leisure to think of them, so much is he occupied which I would not face to-to-deserve your good with such a baby-face as thine.” Alice, pale as opinion." death, continued motionless, with her eyes fixed on 'Or rather to win my daughter's hand,” said the ground, without attempting the slightest reply Bridgenorth."Well, young man, one thing has to the ironical reproaches of her father.
pleased me in your conduct, though of much I have * And you," continued Major Bridg'enorth, turn- my reasons to complain-one thing has pleased me. ing from his daughter to her lover,.--"you, sir, You have surmounted that bounding wall of aristohave well repaid the liberal confidence which I cratical pride, in which your father
, and, I suppose, placed in you with so little reserve. You I have to his fathers, remained imprisoned, as in the precincts ihank also for some lessons, which may teach me to of a feudal fortress-you have leaped over ihis barrest satisfied with the churl's blood which nature has rier, and shown yourself not unwilling to ally yourpoured into my veins, and with the rude nurture self with a family, whom your father spurns as lowwhich my father allotted to me."
born and ignoble. "I understand you not, sir," replied Julian Peveril, However favourable this speech sounded towards who, feeling the necessity of saying something, could success in his suit, it so broadly stated the consenot, at the moment, find any thing more fitting to say. quences of that success so far as his parents were Yes, sir, I thank you,
," said Major Bridgenorth, concerned, that Julian felt it in the last degree diffiin the same cold sarcastic tone, "for having shown cult to reply. At length, perceiving that Major me, that breach of hospitality, infringement of good Bridgenosth seemed resolved quietly to await his faith, and such like peccadilloes, are not utterly answer, he mustered up courage to say, “The feelforeign to the mind and conduct of the heir of a ings which I entertain towards your daughter, Masknighily house of twenty descents. It is a great ter Bridgenorth, are of a nature to supersede many lesson io me, sir; for hítherto I had thought with other considerations, to which, in any other case, the vulgar, that gentle manners went with gentle should feel it my duty to give the most reverential blood. But perhaps courtesy is too chivalrous a attention. I will not disguise from you, that my quality to be wasted in intercourse with a round father's prejudices against such a match would be headed fanatic like myself.".
very strong; but I devoutly believe they would Major Bridgenorth,” said Julian, " whatever has disappear when he came to know the merit of Alice happened in this interview which may have displeas- Bridgenorth, and to be sensible that she only could ed you, has been the result of feelings suddenly and make his son happy.” strongly animated by the crisis of the moment- "In the meanwhile, you are desirous to complete nothing was premeditated."
the union which you propose without the knowledge Not even your meeting, I suppose ?" replied of your parents, and take the chance of their being Bridgenorth, in the same cold tone. You, sir, hereafter reconciled to it? So I understand, from wandered hither from Holm-Peel-my daughter the proposal which you made but lately to my strolled forth from the Black Fort; and chance, daughter." doubtless, assigned you a meeting by the stone of The turns of human nature, and of human passion, Goddard Crovan?-Young man, disgrace yourself are so irregular and uncertain, that although Julian by no more apologies—they are worse than useless. had but a few minutes before urged to Alice a private -And you, maiden, who, in your fear of losing your marriage, and an elopement to the continent, as mealover, could verge on betraying what might have cost sures upon which the whole happiness of his life dea father his life-begone to your home. I will talk pended, the proposal seemed not to him half so with you at more leisure, and teach you practically delightful when stated by the calm, cold, dictatorial those duties which you seem to have forgotten." accents of her father. li sounded no longer like the
On my honour, sir,” said Julian, "your daughter impulses of ardent passion, throwing all other conis guiltless of all that can offend you; she resisted siderations aside, but as a distinct surrender of the every offer which the headstrong, violence of my pas- dignity of his house to one who seemed to consider sion urged me to press upon her.”
their relative situation as the triumph of Bridge And, in brief,” said Bridgenorth, “I am not to north over Peveril. He was mute for a moment, in believe that you have met in this remote place of ren the vain attempt to shape his answer so as at once dezvous by Alice's special appointment ?"
to intimate acquiescence in what Bridgenorth stated, Peveril knew not what to reply, and Bridgenorth and a vindication of his own regard for his pareifts again signed with his hand to his daughter to with- and for the honour of his house. draw.
This delay gave rise to suspicion, and Bridge