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not the more haste, he will beat my gossip for the much depressed on the forehead, and adding to the only charitable action which I ever saw him perform, shode from under which those eyes peered out ; but or attempt to perform, in the whole course of his life. it is certain that the young stranger had some ditli
There was some reason to augur such a conclusion culty to reconcile his looks with the ineanness of of the adventure, for the bouny Scot had already his appearance in other respects. His cap, in paraccosted the younger Samaritan, who was hastening ticular, in which all men of any quality displayed to his assistance, with these ireful words-" Dis- cither a brooch of gold or of silver, was ornamented courteous dog! why did you not answer when I with a paltry image of the Virgin, in lead, such as called to know if the passage was fit to be attempted? the poorer sort of pilgrims bring from Lorelo. May the foul fiend catch me, but I will teach you the His comrade was a stout-formed, middle-sized respect due to strangers on the next occasion!" man, more than ten years younger than his com
This was accompanied with that significant panion, with a down-looking visage, and a very flourish with his pole which is called le moulinct, be- ominous smile, when by chance he gave way to that cause the artist, holding it in the middle, brandishes impulse, which was never, except in reply to certain the two ends in every direction, like the sails of a secret signs that seemed io pass between him and windmill in motion. His opponent, seeing himself the elder stranger. This man was armed with a thus menaced, laid hand upon his sword, for he was sword and dagger; and underneath his plain habit, one of those who on all occasions are more ready the Scotsman observed that he concealed a jazeran, for action than for speech ; but his more considerate or flexible shirt of linked mail, which, as being often comrade who came up, commanded him to forbear, worn by, those, even of peaceful professions, who and, turning to the young man, accused him in turn were called upon at that perilous period to be freof precipitation in plunging into the swoln ford, and quently abroad, confirmed the young man in his of intemperate violence in quarrelling with a man conjecture, that the wearer was by profession a who was hastening to his assistance.
butcher, grazier, or something of that description, The young man, on hearing himself thus reproved called upon to be much abroad. by a man of advanced age and respectable appear- The young stranger, comprehending in one glance ance, immediately lowered his weapon, and said he the result of the observation which has taken us some would be sorry if he had done them injustice; but, time to express, answered, after a moment's pause. in reality, it appeared to him as if they had suffered "I am ignorant whom I may have the honour to adhim to put his life in peril for want of a word of dress, making a slight reverence at the same time, timely warning, which could be the part neither of but I am indifferent who knows that I am a cadet honest men nor of good Christians, far less of re- of Scotland; and that I come to seek my fortune in spectable burgesses, such as they seemed to be. France, or elsewhere, after the custom of my coun* said the elder person,
you seem, trymen." from your accent and complexion, a stranger; and Pasqucs-dicu! and a gallant custom it is," said you should recollect your dialect is not so easily the elder stranger. “You seem a fine young sprincomprehended by us, as perhaps it may be uttered gald, and at the right age to prosper, whether among by you."
men or women. What say you? I am a merchant, and Well, father," answered the youth, "I do not want a lad to assist in my traffic-I suppose you are care much about the ducking I have had, and I will too much a gentleman to assist in such mechanical readily forgive your being partly the cause, pro- drudgery?" vided you will direct me to some place where I can "Fair sir," said the youth, "if your offer be serious. have my clothes dried; for it is my only suit, and I ly made of which I have my doubts—I am bound to must keep it somewhat decent."
thank you for it, and I thank you accordingly; but I "For whom do you take us, fair son ?" said the fear I should be altogether unfit for your service.” elder stranger, in answer to this question.
“What!" said the senior, “I warrant thou know“For substantial burgesses, unquestionably," said est better how to draw the bow, than how to draw a the youth; "or, hold-you, master, may be a money. bill of charges,-canst handle a broadsword better broker, or a corn-merchant; and this man a butcher, than a pen-ha!!! or grazier.'
"I am, master," answered the young Scot, "a brae. "You have hit our capacities rarely,” said the man, and therefore, as we say, a bowman.' But beelder, smiling. “My business is indeed to trade in sides that, I have been in a convent, where the good as much money as I can ; and my gossip's dealings fathers taught me to read and write, and even io ci. are somewhat of kin to the butcher's. “As to your pher.” accommodation, we will try to serve you; but I “ Pasques-dieu ! that is too magnificent," said the must first know who you are, and whither you are merchant. By our lady of Embrun, thou art a progoing; for, in these times, the roads are filled with digy, man!" travellers on foot and horseback, who have any "Rest you merry, fair master," said the youth, who thing in their head but honesty and the fear of God." was not much pleased with his new acquaintance's
The young man cast another keen and penetrating jocularity, “I must go dry myself, instead of standglance on him who spoke, and on his silent com- ing dripping here, answering questions." panion, as if doubtful whether they, on their part, The merchant only laughed louder as he spoke, and merited the confidence they demanded; and the re- answered, “ Pasques-dieu! the proverb never failssult of his observation was as follows.
fier comme un Ecossois—but come, youngster, you The eldest, and most remarkable of these men, in are of a country I have a regard for, having traded in dress and appearance resembled the merchant' or Scotland in my time--an honest poor set of folks they shopkeeper of the period. His jerkin, hose, and are ; and, if you will come with us to the village, cloak, were of a dark uniform colour, but worn so will bestow on you a cup of burnt sack and a warm threadbare, that the acute young. Scot conceived breakfast, to atone for your drenching. But, tetethat the wearer must be either very rich or very poor, pleau ! what do you with a hunting-glove on your probably the former. The fashion of the dress was hand ? Know you not there is no hawking permitclose and short-a kind of garments which were not ted in a royal chase ?! then held decorous among gentry, or even the supe- “I was iaught that lesson," answered the youth, rior class of citizens, who generally wore loose " by a rascally forester of the Duke of Burgundy. I gowns which descended below the middle of the leg. did' but fly the falcon I had brought with me from
The expression of this man's countenance was Scotland, and that I reckoned on for bringing me inpartly attractive, and partly forbidding. His strong to some note, at a heron near Peronne, and the rasfeatures, sunk cheeks, and hollow eyes, had, never-cally schelm shot my bird with an arrow." theless, an expression of shrewdness and humour
What did you do ?" said the merchant. congenial to the character of the young adventurer. "Beat him," said the youngster, brandishing his But then, those same sunken eyes, from under the staff, "as near to death as one Christian man should shroud of thick black eyebrows, had something in belabour another-I wanted not to have his blood to them that was at once commanding and sinister. answer for." Perhaps this effect was increased by the low fur cap, “Know you," said the burgess," that had you fallen
into the Duke of Burgundy's hands, he would have shafts, and you shall have a piece of venison in a hung you up like a chestnut ?"
moment." “Ay, I am told he is as prompt as the King of Pasques-dieu ! my young friend,” said his comFrance for that sort of work. But, as this happened | panion, take care of ihat; my gossip yonder hath pear Peronne, 1 made a leap over the frontiers, and a special eye to the deer ;, they are under his charge, laughed at him. If he had not been so hasty, I might and he is a strict keeper. perhaps have taken service with him."
He hath more the air of a butcher, than of a gay "He will have a heavy miss of such a paladin as forester," answered Durward. "I cannot think yon you are, if the truce should break off,” said the mer- hang-dog look of his belongs to any one who knows chant, and threw a look at his own companion, who the gentle rules of woodcraft.”' answered him with one of the downcast lowering "Ah, my young friend," answered his companion, smiles, which gleamed along his countenance, enli- "my gossip hath somewhat an ugly favour to look vening it as a passing meteor enlivens a winter sky. upon at the first; but those who become acquainted
The young Scot suddenly stopped, pulled his bon with him, never are known to complain of him." net over his right eyebrow, as one that would not be Quentin Durward found something singularly and ridiculed, and said firmly, My masters, and especial disagreeably significant in the tone with which this ly you, sir, the elder, and who should be the wiser, was spoken; and looking suddenly at the speaker, you will find, I presume, no sound or safe jesting at thought he saw in his countenance, in the slight my expense. I do not allogether like the tone of your smile that curled his upper lip, and the accompanyconversation. I can take a jest with any man, and a ing twinkle of his keen dark eye, something to justify rebuke, too, from my elder, and say thank you, sir, if his unpleasing surprise. "I have heard of robbers," I know it to be deserved; but I do not like being borne he thought to himself, and of wily cheats and cut. in hand as if I were a child, when, God wot, I find throats-what if yonder fellow be a murderer, and myself man enough to belabour you both, if you pro- this old rascal his decoy-duck? I will be on my voke me too far.'
guard-they will get little by me but good Scottish The eldest man seemed like to choke with laughter knocks." at the lad's demeanour-his companion's hand stole While he was thus reflecting they came to a glade, to his sword hilt, which the youth observing, dealt where the large forest trees were more wildly sepahim a blow across the wrist, which made him inca- rated from each other, and where the ground bepable of grasping it; while his companion's mirth was neath, cleared of underwood and bushes, was cloonly increased by the incident. Hold, hold," he thed with a carpet of the softest and most lovely vercried, "most doughty Scot, even for thine own dear dure, which, screened from the scorching heat of the couniry's sake: and you, gossip, forbear your mena, sun, was here more beautifully tender than it is cing look. Pasques-dieu! let us be just traders, and usually to be seen in France. The trees in this seset off the wetting against the knock on the wrist, cluded spot were chiefly beeches and elms of huge which was given with so much grace and alacrity.-- magnitude, which rose like great hills of leaves into And hark ye, my young friend," he said to the young the air. Amidst these magnificent sons of the earth, man with a grave sternness, which, in spite of all the there peeped out, in the most open spot of the glade, youth could do, damped and overawed him, "no more a lowly chapel, near which trickled a snjall rivulet. violence. I am no fit object for it, and my gossip, as Iis architecture was of the rudest and most simple you may see, has had enough of it. Let me know kind; and there was a very small lodge beside it, for your name.'
the accommodation of a hermit or solitary priest, "I can answer a civil question civilly," said the who remained there for regularly discharging the youth; and will pay fitting respect to your age, if duty of the altar. In a small niche, over the arched you do not urge my patience with mockery. Since doorway, stood a stone image of Saint Hubert, with I have been here in France and Flanders, men have the bugle-horn around bis neck, and a leash of greycalled me, in their fantasy, the Varlet with the Velvet hounds at his feet. The situation of the chapel in Pouch, because of this hawk purse which I carry by my the midst of a park or chase, so richly stocked with side ; but my true name, when at home, is Quentin game, made the dedication to the Sainted Huntsman Durward."
peculiarly appropriate. * "Durward !" said the querist; "is it a gentleman's Towards this little devotional structure the old name?”
man directed his steps, followed by young Durward; “By fifteen descents in our family," said the young and as they approached, the priest, dressed in his man; " and that makes me reluctant to follow any sacerdotal garments, made his appearance, in the other trade than arms."
act of proceeding from his cell to ihe chapel, for the "A true Scot! Plenty of blood, plenty of pride, and discharge, doubtless, of his holy office. Durward right great scarcity of ducats, I warrant thee.-Well, bowed his body reverently to the priest, as the regossip," he said to his companion, "go before us, and spect due to his sacred office demanded; whilst his iell them to have some breakfast ready yonder at the companion, with an appearance of stil! more deep Mulberry grove; for this youth will do as much ho- devotion, kneeled on one knee to receive the holy nour to it as a starved mouse to a house-wife's cheese. man's blessing, and then followed him into church, And for the Bohemian-hark in thy ear"
with a step and manner expressive of the most heartHis comrade answered by a gloomy, but intelli- felt contrition and humility. çent smile, and set forward at a round pace, while The inside of the chapel was adorned in a manner the elder man continued, addressing, young Dur- adapted to the occupation of the patron-saint while ward, -"You and I will walk leisurely forward to on earth. The richest furs of such animals as are gether, and we may take a mass at Saint Hubert's made the objects of the chase in different countries Chapel in our way through the forest ; for it is not supplied the place of tapestry and hangings around good to think of our fleshly before our spiritual the altar and elsewhere, and the characteristic emwants." Durward, as a good Catholic, had nothing to ob- The chase, with its fortunes and its hazards, the business of so
* Every vocation had, in the middle ages, its protecting saint. ject against this proposal, although he might proba-many, and the amusement of all, was placed under the direction bly have been desirous, in the first place, to have 1 of St. Hubert. dried his clothes and refreshed himself
. Meanwile, and, while in the secular state, was a courtier of King Pepin...
This sylvan saint was the son of Bertrand, Duke of Aquitaine, they soon lost sight of their downward-looking companion, but continued to follow the same path which tendance on divine worship for this amusement. While he was he had taken, until it led them into a wood of tall once engaged in this pastime, a stag appeared before him, ha trees, mixed with thickets and brushwood, traversed ving a crucifix bound betwixt his horns, and he heard a voica
which menaced him with eternal punishment if he did not reby long avenues, through which were seen, as
pent of his sins. He retired from the world and took orders, through a vista, the deer trotting in little herds with his wife having also retreated into the cloister. Hubert after a degree of security which argued their conscious- wards became Bishop of Marstrecht and Liege ; and from his ness of being completely protected. "You asked me if I were a good bowman,” said Ardennes and of Brabant.
Those who were descended of his
race were supposed to possess the power of curing persons the young Sco!-"Give me a bow and a brace of bitten by mad dogs.
blazonments of bugles, bows, quivers, and other em-1 of this royal residence, extended, or rather arose, blems of hunting, surrounded the walls, and were though by a very gentle elevation, an open esp!amingled with the heads of deer, wolves, and other nade, devoid of trees and bushes of every description, animals considered beasts of sport. The whole adorn- excepting one gigantic and half-withered old oak. ments took an appropriate and sylvan character; This space was left open, according to the rules of and the mass itself, being considerably shortened, fortification in all ages, in order that an enemy might proved to be of that sort which is called a hunting- not approach the walls under cover, or unobserved mass, because in use before the noble and powerful, from the battlements, and beyond it arose the Castle who, while assisting at the solemnity, are usually itself. impatient to commence their favourite sport.
There were three external walls, battlemented Yet, during this brief ceremony, Purward's com- and turreted from space to space, and at each angle, panion seemed to pay the most rigid and scrupulous the second enclosure rising higher than the first, and attention ;, while Durward, not quite so much occu- being built so as to command the exterior defence in pied with religious thoughts, could not forbear bla-case it was won by the enemy; and being again, in ming himself in his own mind, for having entertained the same manner, itself commanded by the third suspicions derogatory to the character of so good and and innermost barrier. Around the external wall, so humble a man. Far from now holding him as a as the Frenchman informed his young companion, companion and accomplice of robbers, he had much (for, as they stood lower than the foundation of the to do to forbear regarding him as a saint-like per-wall, he could not see it,) was sunk a ditch of about sonage.
twenty feet in depth, supplied with water by a damWhen mass was ended, they retired together from head on the river Cher, or rather on one of its tributhe chapel, and the elder said to his young comrade, tary branches. In front of the second enclosure, he "It is but a short walk from hence to the village said, there ran another fosse, and a third, both of you may now break your fast with an unprejudiced the same unusual dimensions, was led between the conscience-follow me.
second and the innermost enclosure. The verge, Turning to the right, and proceeding along a path both of the outer and inner circuit of this triple moat, which seemed gradually to ascend, he recommended was strongly fenced with palisades of iron, serving to his companion by no means to quit the track, but, the purpose of what are called chevaux-de-frise in on the contrary, to keep the middle of it as nearly as modern fortification, the top of each pale being dihe could. Durward could not help asking the cause vided into a cluster of sharp spikes, which seemed to of this precaution.
render any attempt to climb over an act of self-de"You are now near the Court, young man," an- struction. swered his guide; "and, Pasques-dieu! there is From within the innermost enclosure arose the some difference betwixt walking in this region and Castle itself, containing buildings of different periods, on your own healthy hills. Every yard of this crowded around, and united with the ancient and ground, excepting the path which we now occupy, grim-looking donjon-keep, which was older than is rendered dangerous, and wellnigh impracticable any of them, and which rose, like a black Ethiopian by snares and traps, armed with scythe-blades, giant, high into the air
, while the absence of any which shred off the unwary passenger's limb as windows larger than shot holes, irregularly disposed sheerly as a hedge-bill lops å hawthorn-sprig-and for defence, gave the spectator the same unpleasant calthrops that would pierce your foot through, and feeling which we experience on looking at a blind pit-falls deep enough to bury you in them for ever; man. The other buildings seemed scarcely better for you are now within the precincts of the royal de adapted for the purposes of comfort, for the windows mesne, and we shall presently see the front of the opened to an inner and enclosed court-yard, so that Chateau."
the whole external front looked much more like that Were I the King of France," said the young of a prison than a palace. The reigning King had man, "I would not take so much trouble with traps even increased this effect;, for, desirous that the adand gins, but would try instead to govern so well, ditions which he himself had made to the fortificathat no man should dare to come near my dwelling tions should be of a character not easily distinguished with a bad intent; and for those who came there in from the original building, . (for like many jealous peace and good-will, why, the more of them the persons, he loved not that his suspicions should be merrier we should be."
observed, the darkest-coloured brick and freestone His companion looked around, affecting an alarm- were employed, and soot mingled with the lime, so ed gaze, and said, "Hush, hush, Sir Varlet with the as to give the whole Castle the same uniform tinge Velvet Pouch! for I forgot to tell you, that one great of extreme and rude antiquity, danger of these precincts is, that the very leaves of This formidable place had but one entrance, at the trees are like so many ears, which carry all which least Durward saw none along the spacious front is spoken to the King's own cabinet."
except where, in the centre of the first and outward "I care little for that," answered Quentin Dur- boundary, arose two strong towers, the usual defences ward; "I bear a Scottish tongue in my head, bold of a gateway; and he could observe their ordinary acenough to speak my mind to King Louis's face, companiments, portcullis and drawbridge-of which God bless him-and, for the ears you talk
of, if I the first was lowered, and the
last raised. Similar could see them growing on a human head, I would entrance-towers were visible on the second and third crop them out of it with my wood-knife."
bour ding wall, but not in the same line with those on the outward circuit; because the passage did not
cut right through the whole three enclosures at the CHAPTER III.
same point, but, on the contrary, those who entered had to proceed nearly thirty yards betwixt the first
and second wall, exposed, if their purpose were hosFull in the midst a mighty pile arose,
tile, to missiles from both; and again, when the seWhere iron-grated gates their strength oppose To each invading step-and, strong and steep,
cond boundary was passed, they must make a simiThe battled walls arose, the fosse sunk deep.
lar dişgression from the straight line, in order to atSlow round the fortress roll'd the sluggish stream, tain the portal of the third and innermost enclosure ; And high in middle air the warder's turrets gleam. so that before gaining the outercourt, which ran along
Anonymous. While Durward and his new acquaintance thus defiles were to be traversed under a fanking dis
the front of the building, two narrow and dangerous spoke, they came in sight of the whole front of the charge of artillery, and three gates, defended in the Castle of Plessis-les-Tours, which, even in those dan- strongest manner known to the age, were to be gerous times, when the great found themselves obliged to reside within places of fortified strength, was
successively forced. distinguished for the extreme and jealous care with war and internal feuds,-a country, too, whose un
Coming from a country alike desolated by foreign which it was watched and defended. halted with his companion, in order to take a view strength,--young Durward was sufficiently acquaint
From the verge of the wood where young Durward egual and mountainous surface, abounding in pre
ed with all the various contrivances by which men, in | up to the Castle, where you might be taken for a spy." that stern age, endeavoured to secure their dwellings; "Now by my father's hand!" said the youth, "I tabut he frankly owned to his companion, that he did ken for a spy E-By Heaven, he shall brook cold iron not think it had been in the power of art to do so that brands me with such a charge !--But for my unmuch for defence, where nature had done so little; cle's name, I care not who knows it—it is Lesly.for the situation, as we have hinted, was merely the Lesly an honest and noble name." summit of a gentle elevation ascending upwards "And so it is, I doubt not,” said the old man; "but from the place where they were standing.
there are three of the name in the Scottish Guard." To enhance his surprise, his companion told him "My uncle's name is Ludovic Lesly,” said the that the environs of the Castle, except the single young man. winding-path by which the portal might be safely “Of the three Leslies, answered the merchant, approached, were, like the thickets through which they two are called Ludovic.", had passed, surrounded with every species of hidden They call my kinsman Ludovic with the Scar," pit-fall, snare, and gin, to entrap the wretch who said Quentin.-"Our family names are so common in should venture thither without a guide; that upon a Scottish house, that where there is no land in the the walls were constructed certain cradles of iron, case, we always give a to-name.' called swalloros' nests, from which the sentinels, who “A nom de guerre, I suppose you to mean," anwere regularly posted there, could, without being ex- swered his companion; "and the man you speak of, posed to any risk, take deliberate aim at any who we, I think, call Le Balafré, from that scar on his should attempt to enter without the proper signal face- a proper man and a good soldier. I wish I may or pass-word of the day; and that the Archers of the be able to help you to an interview with him, for he Royal Guard performed that duty day and night, for belongs to a set of gentlemen whose duty is strict, which they received high pay, rich clothing, and and who do not often come out of garrison, unless in much honour and profit
at the hands of King Louis. the immediate attendance on the King's person. And now tell me, young man,” he continued, did And now, young man, answer me one question. I you ever see so strong a fortress, and do you think will wager you are desirous to take service with your there are men bold enough to storm it?''
uncle in the Scottish Guard. It is a great thing, if The young man looked long and fixedly on the place, you propose so; especially as you are very young, and the sight of which interested him so much, that he some years' experience is necessary for the high office had forgotten, in the eagerness of youthful curiosity, which you aim at." the weiness of his dress. His eye glanced, and his Perhaps I may have thought on some such thing," colour mounted to his cheek like that of a daring man said Durward, carelessly;"but if I did, the fancy is off.” who meditates an honourable action, as he replied, “How so, young man ?" said the Frenchman, some.
It is a strong castle, and strongly guarded; but there thing sternly." Do you speak thus of a charge which is no impossibility to brave men.
the most noble of your countrymen feel themselves "Are there any in your country who could do such emulous to be admitted to ?!" a feat ?" said the elder, rather scornfully.
"I wish them joy of it," said Quentin, composedly, "I will not affirm that," answered the youth ; " but -" To speak plain, I shonld have liked the service of there are thousands that, in a good cause, would at the French King full well; only, dress me as fine, tempt as bold a deed."
and feed me as high as you will, I love the open air Umph!"-said the senior; "perhaps you are your better than being shut up in a cage or a swallow's nest self such a gallant ?"
yonder, as you call these same grated pepper-boxes. "I should sin if I were to boast where there is no Besides,” he added, in a lower voice, to speak truth, danger," answered young Durward; "but my father I love not the Castle when the covin-tree* bears such has done as bold an act, and I trust I am no bastard." acorns as I see yonder."
"Well,” said his companion, smiling, "you might "I guess what you mean," said the Frenchman; meet your match, and your kindred withal, in the at-" but speak yet more plainly.". tempt; for the Scottish Archers of King Louis's Life- "To speak more plainly, then," said the youth, guards stand sentinels on yonder walls-three hun-"there grows a fair oak some fight-shot or so from dred gentlemen of the best blood in your country.". yonder Castle--and on that oak hangs a man in a "And were I King Louis," said the youth, in reply, gray jerkin, such as this
which I wear. "I would trust my safety to the faith of the three Ay and indeed !" said the man of France" Pashundred Scottish gentlemen, throw down my bound-ques-dieu ! see what it is to have youthful eyes ! Why, ing walls to fill up the moat, call in my noble peers I did see something, but only took it for a raven and paladins, and live as became me, amid breaking among the branches. But the sight is no way strange, of lances in gallant tournaments, and feasting of days young man; when the summer fades into autumn, with nobles, and dancing of nights with ladies, and and moonlight nights are long, and roads become have no more fear of a foe than I have of a fly.' unsafe, you will see a cluster of ten, ay of twenty
His companion again smiled, and turning his back such acorns, hanging on that old doddared oak.on the Castle, which, he observed, they had approach- But what then ?-they are so many banners display. ed a little too nearly, he led the way again into the ed to scare knaves ; and for each rogue that hangs wood, by a more broad and beaten path than they there, an honest man may reckon that there is a thief, had yet trodden. "This," he said, "leads us to the a traitor, a robber on the highway, a pilleur and opvillage of Plessis, as it is called, where you, as a stran-pressor of the people, the fewer in France. These, ger, will find reasonable and honest accommodation. young man, are signs of our Sovereign's justice." About two miles onward lies the fine city of Tours, "I would have hung them farther from my palace, which gives name to this rich and beautiful earldom though, were I King Louis," said the youth. -"In
my But the village of Plessis, or Plessis of the Park, as it country, we hang up dead corbies where living corbies is sometimes called, from its vicinity to the royal resi- haunt, but not in our gardens or pigeon-houses. The dence, and the chase with which it is encircled, will very scent of the carrion-faugh-reached my nosyield you nearer and as convenient hospitality." trils at the distance where we stood.”
"I thank you, kind master, for your information," If you live to be an honest and loyal servant of said the Scot; " but my stay will be so short here, your Prince, my good youth," answered the Frenchthat if I fail not in a morsel of meat, and a drink of man, "you will know there is no perfume to match something better than water, my necessities in Ples- the scent of a dead traitor." sis, be it of the park or the pool, will be amply satisfied." "I shall never wish to live till I lose the scent of my
Nay," answered his companion, I thought you nostrils or the sight of my eyes," said the Scot. had some friend to see in this
"Show me a living traitor, and here are my hand and And so I have my mother's own brother," an- my weapon; but when life is out, hatred should not swered Durward; "and as pretty a man, before he live longer.—But here, I fancy, we come upon the villeft the braes of Angus, as ever planted brogue on heather."
• The large tree in front of a Scottish castle, was sometimes "What is his name ?" said the senior ; "we will called so. It is difficult to trace the derivation; but at that dio inquire him out for you; for it is not safe for you to go ther he convoyed them on their departure.
lage;. where I hope to show you that neither ducking he continued to bring, and arrange upon the table, nor disgust
have spoiled mine appetite for my break, the various articles of a comfortable meal, omitted to fast. So, my good friend, to the hostelrie, with all extol their merits by a single word. And yet the the speed you may.--Yet, ere I accept of your hospi- breakfast merited such eulogiums as French hosts tality, let me know by what
name to call you." are wont to confer upon their regales, as the reader Men call me Maitre Pierre," answered his compa- will be informed in the next Chapter. nion.-"I deal in no titles. A plain man, that can live on mine own good-that is my designation." 'So be it, Maitre Pierre," said Quentin, "and I am
CHAPTER IV. happy my good chance has thrown us together; for I want a word of seasonable advice, and can be thank
THE DEJEUNER. ful for it.”
Sacred heaven! what masticators! what bread! While they spoke thus, the tower of the church, and
Yorick's Travels. a tall wooden crucifix, rising above the trees, showed We left our young stranger in France situated more that they were at the entrance of the village. comfortably than he had found himself since enter
But Maitre Pierre, deflecting a little from the road, ing the territories of the ancient Gauls. The breakwhich had now joined an open and public causeway, fast, as we hinted in the conclusion of the last Chapsaid to his companion, that the inn to which he in- ter, was admirable. There was a pate de Perigord, tended to introduce him stood somewhat secluded, over which a gastronome would have wished to live and received only the better sort of travellers. and die, like Homer's lotus-eaters, forgetful of kin,
"If you mean those who travel with the better- native country, and all social obligations whatever. filled purses," answered the Scot, "I am none of the Its yast walls of magnificent crust seemed raised like number, and will rather stand my chance of your the bulwarks of some rich metropolitan city, an emHayers on the highway, than of your flayers in the blem of the wealth which they are designed to prohostelrie!"
tect. There was a delicate ragout, with just that Pasques-dieu!" said his guide, "how cautious petit point de l'ail which Gascons love, and Scottishyour countrymen of Scotland are! An Englishman, men do not hate. There was, besides, a delicate now, throws himself headlong into a tavern, eats and ham, which had once supported a noble wild boar in drinks of the best
, and never thinks of the reckoning the neighbouring wood of Mountrichart. There was till his belly is full. But you forget, Master Quentin, the most exquisite white bread, made into little round since Quentin is your name, you forget I owe you a loaves called boules, (whence the bakers took their breakfast for the wetting which my mistake procured French name of boulangers) of which the crust was you-It is the penance of my offence towards you.". so inviting, that, even with water alone, it would have
In truth,” said the lighi-hearted young man, I been a delicacy. But the water was not alone, for had forgot wetting, offence, and penance and all. i there was a flask of leather called bottrine, which have walked my clothes dry, or nearly so, but I will contained about a quart of exquisite Vin de Beaulne. not refuse your offer in kindness; for my dinner So many good things might have created appetite yesterday was a light one, and supper I had none. under the ribs of death. What effect, then, must You seem an old and respectable burgess, and I see they have produced upon a youngster of scarce no reason why I should not accept your courtesy.” twenty, who (for the truth must be told) had eaten
The Frenchman smiled aside, for he saw plainly little for the two last days, save the scarcely ripe that the youth, while he was probably half famished, fruit which chance afforded him an opportunity of had yet some difficulty to reconcile himself to the plucking, and a very moderate portion of barleythoughts of feeding at a stranger's cost, and was en-bread ? He threw himself upon the ragout, and the deavouring to subdue his inward pride by the reflec- plate was presently vacant-he attacked the mighty tion, that, in such slight obligations, the acceptor pasty, marched deep into the bowels of the land, and, performed as complaisant a part as he by whom the seasoning his enormous meal with an occasional cup courtesy was offered.
of wine, returned to the charge again and again, to In the meanwhile they descended a narrow lane, the astonishment of mine host, and the amusement overshadowed by tall elms, at the bottom of which of Maitre Pierre, a gateway admitted them into the court-yard of an The latter, indeed, probably because he found himinn of unusual magnitude, calculated for the accom- self the author of a kinder action than he had thought modation of the nobles and suitors who had business of, seemed delighted with the appetite of the young at the neighbouring Castle, where very seldom, and Scot; and when, at length, he observed that his only when such hospitality was altogether unavoid- exertions began to languish, endeavoured to stimulate able, did Louis XI. permit any of his Court to have him to new efforts, by ordering confections, darioles, apartments. A scutcheon, bearing the fleur-de-lys, and any other light dainties he could think of, to enhung over the principal door of the large irregular tice the youth to continue his meal. While thus rnung building; but there was about the yard and the offices gaged, Maitre Pierre's countenance expressed a' lines little or none of the bustle which in those days, when of good humour almost amounting to benevole attendants were maintained both in public and in which appeared remote from its ordinary sha. private houses, marked that business was alive, and caustic, and severe character. The aged almost alcustom plenty. It seemed as if the stern and unsocial ways sympathize with the enjoyments of youth, character of the royal mansion in the neighbourhood with its exertions of every kind, when the mi, had communicated a portion of its solemn and ter- the spectator rests on its natural poise, and is rific gloom even to a place designed, according to disturbed by inward envy or idle emulation. universal custom elsewhere, for the temple of social Quentin Durward also, while thus agreeably indulgence, merry society, and good cheer.
ployed, could do no otherwise than discover that he Maitre Pierre, without calling any one, and even countenance of his entertainer, which he had at first without approaching the principal entrance, lifted the found so unprepossessing, mended when it was seen latch of a side door, and led the way into a large under the influence of the Vin de Bcaulne, and there room, where a fagot was blazing on the hearth, and was kindness in the tone with which he reproached arrangements made for a substantial breakfast. Maitre Pierre, that he amused himself with laughing
"My gossip has been careful,” said the French- at his appetite, without eating any thing himself. man to the Scot-"You must be cold, and I have "I am doing penance," said Maitre Pierre, ud commanded a fire; you must be hungry, and you may not eat any thing before noon, save some comshall have breakfast presently.",
fiture, and a cup of water. -Bid yonder lady," he He whistled, and the landlord entered, -answered added, turning to the innkeeper, "bring them hither Maitre Pierre's bon jour with a reverence-but in no respect showed any part of the prating humour pro- The innkeeper left the room, and Maitre Pierre perly belonging to a French publican of all ages. proceeded, "Well, have I kept faith with you con
I expected a gentleman," said Maitre Pierre, " to cerning the breakfast I promised you ?”. order breakfast-Hath he done so ?".
"The best meal I have eaten," said the youth, In answer, the landlord only bowed; and while I " since I left Glen-houlakin."