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even had I known you, a slight respecter of your per- guest who had returned in his company. A deep son. At present, I do know you; and have neither blush, rapidly succeeded by deadly paleness, and again malice against your person, nor the liberty of a parent by a slighter suffusion, showed plainly to her lover to fight for. Besides, you have my word; and when that his
sudden appearance was any thing but indifwas a Peveril known to break it?"
serent to her. He bowed profoundly-a courtesy “Ay," replied his companion, "a Peveril-a Pe- which she returned with equal formality, but did not veril of the Peak !-a name which has long sounded venture to approach more nearly, feeling at once the like a war-trumpet in the land ; but which has now delicacy of his own situation and of hers. perhaps sounded its last note.
Look back, young
Major Bridgenorth turned his cold, fixed, gray, me man, on the darksome turrets of your father's hou lancholy glance, first on the one of them, and then on which uplift themselves as proudly on the brow of the the other. Some," he said, gravely," would, in my hill, as their owners raised themselves above the sons case, have avoided this meeting; but I have confidence of their people. Think upon your father, a captive in you both, although you are young, and beset with yourself, in some sort, a fugitive-your light queached the snares incidental to your age. There are those --your glory abased-your estate wrecked and impo- within who should not know that ye have been acverished. Think that Providence has subjected the quainted. Wherefore, be wise, and be as strangers to destinies of the race of Peveril to one, whom, in their each other.". aristocratic pride, they held as a plebeian upstart.- Julian and Alice exchanged glances as her father Think of thís; and when you again boast of your an- turned from them, and lifting a lamp which stood in cestry, remember, that he who raiseth the lowly, can the entrance-hall, led the way to the interior apartalso abase the high in heart."
ment. There was little of consolation in this exchange Julian
did indeed gaze for an instant, with a swell, of looks; for the sadness of Alice's glance was mining heart, upon the dimly-seen turrets of his paternal gled with fear, and that of Julian clouded by an mansion, on which poured the moonlight, mixed with anxious sense of doubt. The look also was but long shadows of the towers and trees. But while he momentary; for Alice, springing to her father, took sadly acknowledged the truth of Bridgenorth's obser- the light out of his hand, and, stepping before him, vation, he felt indignant at his ill-timed triumph. “If acted as the usher of both into the large oaken parlour, fortune had followed worth," he said, "the Castle of which has been already mentioned as the apartment Martindale, and the name of Peveril, had afforded no in which Bridgenorth had spent the hours of dejection room for their enemy's vainglorious boast. But those which followed the death of his consort and family. who have stood high on Fortune's wheel, must abide It was now lighted up as for the reception of comby the consequence of its revolutions. Thus much I pany; and five or six persons sat in it
, in the plain, will at least say for my father's house, that it has not black, stiff dress, which was affected by the formal stood unhonoured; nor will it fall-if it is to fall-un- Puritans of the time, in evidence of their contempt of lamented. Forbear, then, if you are indeed the Chris- the manners of the luxurious Court of Charles the lian you call yourself, to exult in the misfortunes of Second,
amongst whom, excess of extravagance in others, or to confide in your own prosperity. If the apparel, like excess of every other kind, was highly light of our house be now quenched, God can rekindle fashionable. it in his own good time."
at first glanced his eyes but slightly along Peveril broke off'in extreme surprise; for as he spoke the range of grave and severe faces which composed the last words, the bright red beams of the family this society-men, sincere perhaps in their pretensions beacon began again to glimmer from its wonted to a superior purity of conduct and morals, but in watch-tower, checkering the pale moon-beam with a whom
that high praise was somewhat chastened by ruddier glow. Bridgenorth also gazed on this unex: an affected austerity in dress and manners, allied to pected illumination with surprise, and not, as it those Pharisees of old, who made broad their physeemed, without disquietude. Young man," he re- lacteries, and would be seen of men to fast, and to sumed, “it can scarcely be but that Heaven intends to discharge with rigid punctuality the observances of work great things by your hand, so singularly has the law. Their dress was almost uniformly a black that augury followed on your words.'
cloak and doublet, cut straight and close, and un. So saying, he put his horse once more in motion; decorated with lace or embroidery of any kind, black and looking back, from time to time, as if to assure Flemish breeches and hose, square-toed shoes, with himself that the beacon of the Castle was actually large roses made of serge ribbon. Two or three had rekindled, he led the way through the well-known huge loose boots of calf-leather, and almost every one paths and alleys, to his own house of Moultrassie, was begirt with a long rapier, which was suspended followed by Peveril
, who, although sensible that the by leathern thongs, to a plain belt of buff, or of black light mighi be altogether accidental, could not but re- leather. One or ļwo of the elder guests, whose hair ceive as a good omen an event so intimately connected had been thinned by time, had their heads covered with the traditions and usages of his family. with a skullcap of black silk or velvet, which being
They alighted at the hall-door, which was hastily drawn down betwixt the ears and the skull, and peropened by a female; and while the deep tone of mitting no hair to escape, occasioned the former to Bridgenorth called on the groom to take their horses, project in the ungraceful manner which may be the well-known voice of his daughter Alice was heard remarked in old pictures, and which procured for the to exclaim
in thanksgiving to God, who had restored Puritans the term of prickeared Roundheads," so her father in safety.
unceremoniously applied to them by their contemporaries. These worthies were ranged against the wall
, each CHAPTER XXIV.
in his ancient, high-backed, long-legged chair; neither We meet, as men see phantoms in a dream,
looking towards, nor apparently discoursing with each Which glide, and sigh, and sign, and move their lips, other; but plunged in their own reflections, or awaitBut make no sound-or if they utter voice,
ing, like an assembly of Quakers, the quickening "Tis but a low and undistinguish'd moaning,
power of divine inspiration. Which has nor word nor sense of utter'd sound.
Major Bridgenorth glided along this formal society
with noiseless step, and a composed severity of manWe said, at the conclusion of the last chapter, that per, resembling their own. He paused before each a female form appeared at the door of Moultrassie- in succession, and apparently communicated, as he Hall; and that the well-known accents of Alice passed, the transactions of the evening, and the cirBridgenorth were heard to hail the return of her fa- cumstances under which the heir of Martindale Castle ther, from what she naturally dreaded as a perilous was now a guest at Moultrassie-Hall. Each seemed visit to the Castle of Martindale.
to stir at his brief detail, ļike a range of statues in an Julian, who followed his conductor with a throb- enchanted hall, starting into something like life, as a bing heart into the lighted hall, was therefore prepared talisman is applied to them successively. Most of to see her, whom he best loved, with her arms thrown them, as they heard the narrative of their host, cast around her father. The instant she had quitted his upon Julian a look of curiosity, blended with haughty paternal embrace, she was aware of the unexpected scorn and the consciousness of spiritual superiority;
though, in one or two instances, the milder influences returned, and became stronger, until it induced him of compassion were sufficiently visible. -Peveril would !o watch with peculiar attention the manners of the have undergone this gauntlet of eyes with more im- individual who had thus attracted his notice. patience, had not his own been for the time engaged During the time of a very prolonged grace before in following the motions of Alice, who glided through meat, which was delivered by one of the companythe apartment; and only speaking very briefly, and who from his Geneva band and serge doublet, prein whispers, to one or two of the company who ad- sided, as Julian supposed, over some dissenting condressed her, took her place beside a treble hooded old gregation-he noticed that this man kept the same lady, the only female of the party, and addressed her- demure and severe cast of countenance usually seli to her in such earnesi conversation, as might affected by the Puritans, which rather caricatured the dispense with her raising her head, or looking at any reverence unquestionably due upon such occasions. others in the company.
His eyes were turned upward, and his huge pentHer father put a question, to which she was obliged house hat, with a high crown and broad brim, held to return an answer—"Where was Mistress Deb- in both hands before him, rose and fell with the bitch !!
cadences of the speaker's voice; thus marking time, "She had gone out,” Alice replied, "early after as it were, to the periods of the benediction. Yet sunsel, to visit some old acquaintances in the neigh when the slight busile took place which attends the bourhood, and she had not yet returned."
adjusting of chairs, &c., as men sit down to table, Major Bridgenorth made a gesture indicative of Julian's eye encountered that of the stranger; and as displeasure; and, not content with that, expressed his their looks met, there glanced from those of the determined resolution that Dame Deborah should no latter, an expression of satirical humour and scorn, longer remain a member of his family. "I will have which seemed to intimate internal ridicule of the those," he said aloud, and without regarding the pre- gravity of his present demeanour. sence of his guests, "and those only, around me, who Julian again sought to fix his eye, in order to asknow to keep within the sober and modest bounds certain that he had not mistaken the tendency of of a Christian family. Who pretends to more freedom, this transient expression, but the stranger did not must go out from among us, as not being of us." allow him another opportunity. He might have A deep and emphatic humming noise, which was been discovered by the tone of his voice; but the at that time the mode in which the Puritans signified individual in question spoke little, and in whispers, their applause, as well of the doctrines expressed by which was indeed the fashion of the whole company, a favourite divine in the pulpit, as of those delivered whose demeanour at table resembled that of mourners in private society, ratified the approbation of the as- at a funeral feast. sessors, and seemed to secure the dismission of the The entertainment itself was coarse, though plenunfortunate governante, who stood thus detected of tiful; and must, according to Julian's opinion, be having strayed out of bounds. Even Peveril, although distasteful to one so exquisitely skilled in good cheer, he had reaped considerable advantages, in his early and so capable of enjoying, critically and scientifically, aquaintance with Alice, from the mercenary and the genial preparations of his companion Smith, as gossiping disposition of her governess, could not hear Ganlesse had shown himself on the preceding eveof her dismissal without approbation, so much was ning. Accordingly, upon close observation, he rehe desirous, that, in the hour of difficulty, which might marked that the food which he took upon his plate soon approach,
Alice might have the benefit of coun- remained there unconsumed; and that his actual tenance and advice from one of her own sex, of better supper consisted only of a crust of bread with a glass manners, and less suspicious probity, than Mistress of wine. Debbitch.
The repast was hurried over with the haste of those Almost immediately after this communication had who think it shame, if not sin, to make mere animal taken place, a servant in mourning showed his thin, enjoyments the means of consuming time or of receivpinched, and wrinkled visage in the apartment, an- ing pleasure; and when the men wiped their mouths nouncing, with a voice more like a passing bell than and mustaches, Julian remarked, that the object of the herald of a banquet, that refreshments were pro- his curiosity used a handkerchief of the finest camvided in an adjoining apartment. Gravely leading brick-an article rather inconsistent with the exterior the way, with his daughter on one side, and the plainness, not to say coarseness, of his appearance. puritanical
female whom we have distinguished on He used also several of the more minute refinements, the other, Bridgenorth himself ushered his company, then only observed at tables of higher rank; and who followed, with little attention to order or cere- Julian thought he could discern, at every turn, somemony, into the eating-room, where a substantial thing of courtly manners and gestures, under the presupper was provided.
cise and rustic simplicity of the character which he had In this manner, Peveril, although entitled, according assumed.* to ordinary ceremonial, to some degree of precedence- But if this were indeed that same Ganlesse with a matter at that time considered of much importance, whom Julian had met on the preceding evening, and although now little regarded-was left among the who had boasted the facility with which he could last of those who quitted the parlour; and might assume any character which he pleased to represent indeed have brought up the rear of all, had not for the time, what could be the purpose of his pre one of the company, who was himself late in the sent disguise ? He was, if his own words could be retreat, bowed and resigned to Julian the rank in the credited, a person of some importance, who dared company which had been usurped by others. to defy the danger of those officers and informers,
This act of politeness naturally induced Julian to before whom all ranks at that time trembled; nor examine the features of the person who had offered was he likely, as Julian conceived, without some him this civility; and he started to observe, under strong purpose, to subject himself to such a masquerthe pinched velvet cap, and above the short band. ade as the present, which could not be otherwise than strings, the countenance of Ganlesse, as he called irksome to one whose conversation proclaimed him himself-his companion on the preceding evening. of light life and free opinions. Was his appearance He looked again and again, especially when all were here for good or for evil ? Did it respect his father's placed at the supper board, and when, consequently, house, or his own person, or the family of Bridgehe had frequent opportunities of observing this per- north? Was the real character of Ganlesse known son fixedly, without any, breach of good manners. to the master of the house, inflexible as he was in all At first he wavered in his belief, and was much which concerned morals as well as religion? If not, inclined to doubt the reality of his recollection; for might not the machinations of a brain so subtle, the difference of dress was such as to effect a con- affect the peace and happiness of Alice Bridgesiderable change of appearance; and the countenance north? itself, far from exhibiting any thing marked or mem- These were questions which no reflection could orable, was one of those ordinary visages which we see almost without remarking them, and which termed for some concern in a Jacobite insurrection or plot, war Leave our memory so soon as the object is withdrawn discovered among a number of ordinary persons, by the use of froin our eyes. But the impression upon his mind his toothpick.
enable Peveril to answer. His eyes glanced from Cheered and fortified with the conviction that one Alice to the stranger; and new fears, and undefined bosom in the company, and that in which he most suspicions, in which the safety, of that beloved and eagerly, longed to secure an interest, sympathized lovely girl was implicated, mingled with the deep with his distress, he felt strong to endure whatever anxiety which already occupied his mind, on account was to follow, and shrunk not from the stern still of his father, and his father's house.
smile with which, one by one, the meeting regarded He was in this tumult of mind, when after a thanks- him, as, gliding to their several places of repose, giving as long as the grace, the company arose from they indulged themselves at parting with a look of the table, and were instantly summoned to the ex- triumph on one, whom they considered as their capercise of family worship. A train of domestics, grave tive enemy. sad, and melancholy as their superiors, glided in to Alice also passed by her lover, her eyes fixed on assist at this act of devotion, and ranged themselves the ground, and answered his low obeisance without at the lower end of the apartment. Most of these raising them. The room was now empty, but for men were armed with long tucks, as the straight Bridgenorth and his guest, or prisoner; for it is diffistabbing swords, much used by Cromwell's soldiery, cult to say in which capacity Peveril ought to regard were then called. Several had large pistols also; himself. He took an old brazen lamp from the table, and the corselets or cuirasses of some were heard to and, leading the way, said at the same time, "I must clank, as they seated themselves to partake in this be the uncourtly chamberlain, who am to usher you act of devotion. The ministry of him whom Julian to a place of repose, more rude,,perhaps, than you had supposed a preacher, was not used on this occa- have been accustomed to occupy." sion. Major Bridgenorth himself read and expounded Julian followed him, in silence, up an old-fashioned a chapter of Scripture, with much strength and winding staircase, within a turret. At the landingmanliness of expression, although so as not to place on the top, was a small apartment, where an escape the charge of fanaticism. The nineteenth ordinary pallet bed, two chairs, and a small stone chapter of Jeremiah was the portion of Scripture table, were the only furniture. "Your bed," conwhich he selected ; in which, under the type of tinued Bridgenorth, as if desirous to prolong their inbreaking a potter's vessel, the prophet presages the terview," is not of the softest ; but innocence sleeps desolation of the Jews. The lecturer was not naturally as sound upon straw
as on down." eloquent; but a strong, deep, and sincere conviction Sorrow, Major Bridgenorth, finds little rest on of the truth of what he said, supplied him with either," replied "Julian. “Tell me, for you seem language of energy and fire, as he drew a parallel to await some question from me, what is to be the between the abominations of the worship of Baal, fate of my parents, and why you separate me from and the corruptions of the Church of Romes them ?" favourite a topic with the Puritans of that period; Bridgenorth, for answer, indicated with his finger and denounced against the Catholics, and those who the mark which his countenance still showed from favoured them, that hissing and desolation which the the explosion of Julian's pistol. prophet directed against the city of Jerusalem. His "That," replied Julian, "is not the real cause of hearers made a yet closer application than the lecturer your proceedings against me. It cannot be, that you, himself suggested; and many a dark proud eye who have been a soldier, and are a man, can be surintimated, by a glance on Julian, that on his father's prised or displeased by my interference in the defence house were already, in some part, realized those dread- of my father. Above all
, you cannot, and I must ful maledictions.
needs say you do not believe that I would have raised The lecture finished, Bridgenorth summoned them my hand against you personally, had there been a to unite with him in prayer; and on a slignt change moment's time for recognition. of arrangements amongst the company, which took "I may, grant all this,” said Bridgenorth; "but place as they were about to kneel down, Julian found what the better are you for my good opinion, or for his place next to the single-minded and beautiful ob- the ease with which I can forgive you the injury ject of his affection, as she knelt
, in her loveliness, to which you aimed at me? You are in my custody adore her Creator. A short time was permitted for as a magistrate, accused of abetting the foul, bloody, mental devotion; during which, Peveril could hear and heathenish plot, for the establishment of Popery, her half-breathed petition for the promised blessings the murder of the King, and the general massacre of of peace on earth, and good will towards the children all true Protestants. of men.
"And on what grounds, either of fact or suspicion, The prayer which ensued was in a different tone. dare any one accuse me of such a crime?'' said Julian. It was poured forth by the same person who had offi- "I have hardly heard of the plot, save by the mouth ciated as chaplain at the table; and was in the tone of common rumour, which, while it speaks of nothing of a Boanerges, or Son of Thunder-a denouncer of else, takes care to say nothing distinctly even on that crimes-an invoker of judgments-almost a prophet subject.” of evil and of destruction. The testimonies and the It may be enough for me to tell you," replied sins of the day were not forgotten--the mysterious Bridgenorth, "and perhaps it is a word too muchmurder of Sir Edmondsbury Godfrey was insisted that you are a discovered intriguer-a spied spy-who upon--and thanks and praise were offered, that the carries tokens and messages betwixt the Popish very night on which they were assembled, had not Countess of Derby, and the Catholic party in Lonseen another offering of a Protestant magistrate, to don. You have not conducted your maiters with the blood-thirsty fury of the revengeful Catholics. such discretion, but that this is well known, and can Never had Julian found it more difficult
, during an be sufficiently proved. To this charge, which you act of devotion, to maintain his mind in a frame be- are well aware you cannot deny, these men, Everett fitting the posture and the occasion; and when he and Dangerfield, are not unwilling to add, from the heard the speaker return thanks for the downfall and recoilection of your face, other passages, which will devastation of his family, he was strongly tempted to certainly cost you your life when you come before a have started upon his feet, and charged him with Protestant jury: offering a tribute, stained with falsehood and calumny, “They lie like villains," said Peveril, "who hold at the throne of truth itself. He resisted, however, me accessary to any plot either against the King, the an impulse which it would have been insanity to have nation, or the state of religion; and for the Countess, yielded to, and his patience was not without its re- her loyalty has been too long, and too highly proved, ward, for when his fair neighbour arose from her to permit her being implicated in such injurious susknees, the lengthened and prolonged prayer being at picions." last concluded, he observed ibat her eyes were stream- "What she has already done," said Bridgenorth, ing with tears; and
one glance with which she looked his face darkening as he spoke, against the faithful at him in that moment, showed more of affectionate champions of pure religion, hath sufficiently shown interest for him in his fallen fortunes and precarious of what she is capable. She hath belaken herself to condition, than he had been able to obtain from her her rock, and sits, as she thinks, in security, like the when his worldly estate seemed so much the more eagle reposing after his bloody banquet. But the exalted of the two.
arrow of the fowler may vet reach her—the shaft is
whetted-the bow is bended-and it will be soon seen Instigated, doubtless, by the pristine reminiscences whether Amalek or Israel shall prevail. But for thee, of former times, no sooner had that most prudent Julian Peveril-why should I conceal it from thee?- and considerate dame found herself in the vicinity my heart yearns for thee as a woman's for her first of the scenes of her earlier days, than sbe bethought born. To thee I will give, at the expense of my own hersell of a visit to the ancient housekeeper of Marreputation-perhaps at the risk of personal suspicion tindale Castle, Dame Ellesmere by name, who long --for who, in these days of doubt, shall be exempted retired from active service, resided at the keeper's from it--to thee, I say, I will give means of escape, lodge, in the west thicket, with her nephew, Lance which else where impossible to thee. The staircase Quiram, subsisting upon the savings of her better of this turret descends to the gardens--the postern-days, and on a small pension allowed by Sir Geoffrey gate is unlatched-on the right hand lie the stables, 10 her age and faithful services. where you will find your own horse-take it, and Now, Dame Ellesmere and Mistress Deborah had make for Liverpool - I will give you credit with a not by any means been formerly on so friendly a footfriend under the name of Simon Simonson, one per ing, as this haste to visit her might be supposed to secuted by the prelates; and he will expedite your intimate. But years had taught Deborah to forget passage from the kingdom.”
and forgive; or perhaps she had no special objection, " Major Bridgenorth,” said Julian, "I will not de- under cover of a visit to Dame Ellesmere, to take the ceive you. Were I to accept your offer of freedom, chance of seeing what changes time had made on it would be to attend to a higher call than that of her old admirer the keeper. Both inhabitants were mere self-preservation. My father is in danger--my in the cottage, when, after having seen her master mother in sorrow-the voices of religion and nature set forth on his expedition to the Castle, Mistress call me to their side. I am their only child-their Debbiich, dressed in her very best gown, footed it only hope-I will aid them, or perish with them!" through gutter, and over stile, and by pathway green,
Thou art mad," said Bridgenorth—"aid them to knock at their door, and to lift the latch at the thou canst not-perish with them thou well mayst, hospitable invitation which bade her come in. and even accelerate their ruin ; for, in addition to the Dame Ellesmere's eyes were so dim, that, even with charges with which thy unhappy father is loaded, it the aid of spectacles, she failed to recognise, in the would be no slight aggravation, that while he medi- portly and mature personage who entered their cottated arming and calling together the Catholics and tage, the light well-made lass, who, presuming on her High Churchmen of Cheshire and Derbyshire, his good looks and flippant tongue, had so often provoked son should prove to be the confidential agent of the her by insubordination; and her former lover, the Countess of Derby, who aided her in making good redoubted Lance, not being conscious that ale had her stronghold against the Protestant commissioners, given rotundity to his own figure, which was forand was despatched by her to open secret communi- merly so slight and active, and that brandy had cation with the Popish interest in London."
transferred to his nose the colour which had once "You have twice stated me as such an agent,” | occupied his cheeks, was unable to discover that said Peveril, resolved that his silence should not be Deborah's French cap, composed of sarsenet and construed into an admission of the charge, though Brussels lace, shaded the features which had so often he felt that it was in some degree well founded procured him a rebuke from Dr. Dummerar, for suf“What reason have you for such an allegation ?" fering his eyes during the time of prayers, to wander "Will it suffice
for a proof of my intimate acquain- to the maid-servant's bench. tance with your mystery,” replied Bridgenorth, "if In brief, the blushing visiter was compelled to I should repeat to you the last words which the make herself known; and when known, was reCountess used to you when you left the Castle of that ceived by aunt and nephew with the most sincere Amalekitish woman? Thus she spoke: 'I am now cordiality. a forlorn widow,' she said, 'whom sorrow has made The home-brewed was produced; and, in lieu of selfish.
more vulgar food, a few slices of venison presently Peveril started, for these were the very words the hissed in the frying-pan, giving strong room for inCountess had used; but he instantly recovered him- ference that Lance Outram, in his capacity of keeper, self, and replied, "Be your information of what neglected not his own cottage when he supplied the nature it will, I deny, and I defy it, so far as it larder at the castle. A modest sip of the excellent attaches aught like guilt to me. There lives not a Derbyshire ale, and a taste of the highly-seasoned man more innocent of a disloyal thought, or of a hash, soon placed Deborah entirely at home with her traitorous purpose. What I say for myself, I will old acquaintance. to the best of my knowledge, say and maintain on Having, put all necessary questions, and received account of the noble Countess, to whom I am in all suitable answers, respecting the state of the debted for nurture."
neighbourhood, and such of her own friends as con"Perish, then, in thy obstinacy!" said Bridgenorth; tinued to reside there, the conversation began rather and turning hastily from him, he left the room, and to flag, until Deborah found the art of again renewing Julian heard him hasten down the narrow staircase, its interest, by communicating to her friends the disas if distrusting his own resolution.
mal intelligence that they must soon look for deadly With a heavy heart, yet with that confidence in an bad news from the Castle; for that her present overruling Providence which never forsakes a good master, Major Bridgenorth, had been summoned, by and brave man, Peveril betook himself to his lowly some great people from London, to assist in taking place of repose.
her old master, Sir Geoffrey; and that all Master Bridgenorth's servants; and several other persons
whom she named, friends and adherents to the same CHAPTER XXV.
interest, had assembled a force to surprise the Castle; The course of human life is changeful still,
and that as Sir Geoffrey was now so old, and gouty As is the fickle wind and wandering rill;
withal, it could not be expected he should make the Or, like the light dance which the wild-breeze weaves defence he was wont; and then he was known to be Amidst the faded race of falleu leaves ; Which now its breath bears down, now tosses high,
so stout-hearted, that it was not to be supposed that Beats to the earth, or wafts to middle sky.
he would yield up without stroke of sword; and then Such, and so varied, the precarious play
if he was killed, as he was like to be, amongst them I fate with man, frail tenant of a day! - Anonymous. that liked never a bone of his body, and now
had him Whilst, overcome with fatigue, and worn out by at their mercy, why, in that case, she, Dame Deborah. anxiety, Julian Peveril slumbered as a prisoner in the would look upon Lady Peveril as little better than a bouse of his hereditary enemy, Fortune was preparing dead woman; and undoubtedly there would be i his release by one of those sudden frolics with which general mourning through all that country, where she loves to confound the calculations and expectan- they had such great kin; and silks were likely to rise cies of humanity; and as she fixes on strange agents on it, as Master Lutestring, the mercer of Chesterfor such purposes, she condescended to employ, on field was like to feel in his purse bottom. But for her the present occasion, no less a personage than part, let matters wag how they would, an if Master Mistress Deborah Debbitch.
Julian Peveril was to come to his own, she could VOL. IV.
give as near a guess as e'er another who was likely duty incumbent upon him as a faithful servant, which to be Lady at Martindale.
was indeed specially dinned into him by the cries and The text of this lecture, or, in other words, the fact exclamations of his aunt, he seemed not a little duthat Bridgenorth was gone with a party to attack Sir bious how to conduct himself. “I would to God, Geoffrey Peveril in his own Castle of Martindale, naunt," he said at last, " that old Whitaker were alive sounded so stunningly strange in the ears of those old now, with his long stories about Marston-moor and retainers of his family, that they had no power either Edge-hill
, that made us all yawn our jaws off their to attend to Mistress Deborah's inferences, or to in- hinges, in spite of broiled rashers and double-beer! terrupt the velocity of speech with which she poured When a man is missed, he is moaned, as they say; them forth. And when at length she made a breath- and I would rather than a broad-piece he had been less pause, all that poor Dame Ellesmere could reply, here to have sorted this matter, for it is clean out of was the emphatic question, “Bridgenorth brave my way as a woodsman, that have no skill of war. Peveril of the Peak!- Is the woman mad ?"). But dang it, if old Sir Geoffrey go to the wall without “Come, come, dame,” said Deborah,
a knock for it!-Here you, Nell' – (speaking
to one of me no more than I woman you. I have not been the fugitive maidens from the Castle) --" but, no--you called Mistress at the head of the table for so many have not the heart of a cat, and are afraid of your years, to be woman'd here by you. And for the own shadow by moonlight-But
, Cis, you are a stoutnews, it is as true as that you are sitting there in a hearted wench, and know a buck from a bullfinch. white hood, who will wear a black one ere long." Hark thee, Cis, as you would wish to be married, get
"Lance Outram," said the old woman, "makeout, up to the Castle again, and get thee in-thou best if thou be'st a man, and listen about it aught stirs up knowest where--for thou hast oft gotien out of postat the Castle."
em to a dance, or junketing, to my knowledge-Get "If there should," said Outram, "I am even too thee back to the Castle, as ye hope to be marriedlong here;" and he caught up his cross-bow, and one See my lady—they cannot hinder thee of that-my or two arrows, and rushed out of the cottage. lady has a head worth twenty of ours-If I am to
"Well-a-day!" said Mistress Deborah, see if my gather force, light up the beacon for a signal; and news have not frightened away Lance Outram too, spare not a tar barrel on't. Thou maysı do it safe whom they used to say nothing could start. But do enough. I warrant the Roundheads busy with drink not take on so, dame; for I dare say if the Castle and and plunder.-And, hark thee, say to my lady I am the lands pass to my new master, Major Bridgenorth, gone down to the miners' houses at Bonadventure. as it is like they will--for I have heard that he has The rogues were mutinying for their wages but yesterpowerful debts over the estate-you shall have my day; they will be all ready for good or bad. Let her good word with him, and I promise you he is no bad send orders down to me, or do you come yourself, man; something precise about preaching and praying, your legs are long enough.' and about the dress which one should wear, whích, I “Whether they are or not, Master Lance, (and you must own, beseems not a gentleman, as, to be sure, know nothing of the matter,) they shall do your every woman knows best what becomes her. But errand to-night, for love of the old Knight and his for you, dame, that wear a prayer-book at your girdle, lady." with your house-wife-case, and never change the So Cisly Sellok, a kind of Derbyshire Camilla, who fashion of your white hood, I dare say he will not had won ihe smock at the foot-race at Ashbourne, grudge you the little matter you need, and are not able sprung forward towards the Castle, with a speed
which few could have equalled. Out, sordid jade !" exclaimed Dame Ellesmere, "There goes a mettled wench," said Lance ; "and her very flesh quivering betwixt apprehension and now, naunt, give me the old broad sword--it is above
and hold your peace this instant, or I will the bed-head-and my wood-knife ; and I shall do find those that shal! Hay the very hide from thee with well enough.”. dog-whips. Hast thou eat thy noble master's bread, * And what is to become of me?" bleated the unnot only to betray his trust, and fly from his service, fortunate Mistress Deborah Debbitch. but wouldst thou come here like an ill-omened bird as "You must remain here with my aunt, Mistress thou art, to triumph over his downfall ?"?
Deb; and, for old acquaintance sake, she will take "Nay, Dame," said Deborah, over whom the vio- care no harm befalls you; but take heed how you lence of the old woman had obtained a certain pre- attempt to break bounds." dominance; “it is not I that say it-only the warrant So saying, and pondering in his own mind the task of the Parliament folks."
which he had undertaken, the hardy forester strode "I thought we had done with their warrants ever down the moonlight glade, scarcely hearing the since the blessed twenty-ninth of May,' said the old blessings and cautions which Dame Ellesmere kept housekeeper of Martindale Castle; "but this tell showering after him. His thoughts were not althee, sweetheart, that I have seen such warrants together warlike. "What a tight ankle the jade hath! crammed, at the sword's point, down the throats of --she trips it like a doe in summer over the dew. Well, them that brought them; and so shall this be, if there but here are the huts-Let us to this gear.--Are ye all is one true man left to drink of the Dove."
asleep, ye dammers, sinkers, and drift-drivers ? turn As she spoke, Lance Outram re-entered the cottage. out, ye subterranean badgers. Here is your master,
Naunt," he said in dismay, "I doubt it is true Sir Geoffrey, dead, for aught you know or care. Do what she says. The beacon tower is as black as not you see the beacon is unlit, and you sit there like my belt. No Pole-star of Peveril. What does that so many asses?" betoken ?":
"Why,” answered one of the miners, who now be" Death, ruin, and captivity,", exclaimed old Elles- gan to come out of their huts, Make for the Castle, thou knave. Thrust in
" An he be dead, thy, great body. Strike for the house that bred thee
He will eat no more bread." and fed thee ; and if thou art buried under the ruins, "And you are like to eat none neither," said Lance; thou diest a man's death."
"for the works will be presently stopped, and all of "Nay, naunt, I shall not be slack," answered you turned off.” Outram. “But here come folks that I warrant can "Well, and what of it, Master Lance? As good tell us more on't."
play for naught as work' for naught. Here is four One or two of the female servants, who had fled weeks we have scarce seen the colour of Sir Geoffrey's from the Castle during the alarm, now rushed in with coin; and you ask us to care whether he be dead or in various reports of the case; but all agreeing that a life! For you, that goes about, trotting upon your body of armed men were in possession of the Castle, horse, and doing for work what all men do for pleaand that Major Bridgenorth had taken young Master sure, it may be well enough; but it is another matter Julian prisoner, and conveyed him down to Moultras- to be leaving God's light, and burrowing all day and sie-Hall
, with his feet tied under the belly of the nag night in darkness, like a toad in a hole-- that's not to -a shameful sight to be seen--and he go well born be done for naught, I trow; and if Sir Geoffrey is and so handsome.
dead, his soul will suffer fort; and if he's alive, we'll Lance scratched his head; and though feeling the have him in the Barmoot Court."