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ignorant of the rank of the party whom she addressed, there acquired, and held firmly the established rule of was led to pay her salutation in a manner, rather as courtiers of all ages, who, although their usual private if she conferred than received an honour through the conversation turns upon the vices and follies of their interview.
patrons, and on the injuries and neglect which they "I rejoice, madam,” she said, with a smile, which themselves have sustained, never suffer such hints to was meant to express condescension at once and en-drop from them in the presence of the Sovereign or couragement, that we are at length permitted the those of his family. The lady was, therefore, scansociety of such a respectable person of our own sex dalized to the last degree at the mistake which had as you appear to be. I must say, that my niece and induced her to speak so indecorously in presence of I have had but little for which to thank the hospitality the daughter of Louis. She would have exhausted of King Louis--Nay, niece, never pluck my sleeve- herself in expressing regret and making apologies, I am sure I read in the looks of this young lady, sym- had she not been put to silence and restored to equapathy for our situation.-Since we came hither, fair nimity by the Princess, who requested, in the most madam, we have been used little better than mere gentle manner, yet which, from a Daughter of France, prisoners; and after a thousand invitations to throw had the weight of a command, that no more might be our cause and our persons under the protection of said in the way either of excuse or of explanation. France, the Most Christian King has afforded us at The Princess Joan then took her own chair with first but a base inn for our residence, and now a cor- a dignity which became her, and compelled the two ner of this moth-eaten palace, out of which we are strangers to sit, one on either hand, to which the only permitted to creep towards sunset, as if we were younger consented with unfeigned and respectful dif. bats or owls, whose appearance in the sunshine is to fidence, and the elder with an affectation of deep hube held matter of ill omen.'
mility and deference, which was intended for such. "I am sorry," said the Princess, faltering with the They spoke together, but in such a low tone, that the awkward embarrassment of the interview," that we sentinel could not overhear their discourse, 'and only have been unable, hitherto, to receive you according remarked, that the Princess seemed to bestow much to your deserts. Your niece, I trusi, is better satis- of her regard on the younger and more interesting fied ?"
lady; and that the Countess Hameline, though speak"Much-much better than I can express," answer. ing a great deal more, attracted less of the Princess's ed the youthful Countess-"I sought but safety, and attention by her full flow of conversation and comI have found solitude and secrecy besides. The se- pliment, than did her kinswoman by her brief and clusion of our former residence, and the still greater modest replies to what was addressed to her. solitude of that now assigned to us, augment, in my The conversation of the ladies had not lasted a eye, the favour which the King vouchsafed to us un- quarter of an hour, when the door at the lower end fortunate fugitives."
of the hall opened, and a man entered shrouded in a *Silence, my silly cousin," said the elder lady, riding-cloak. Mindful of the King's injunction, and and let us speak according to our conscience, since determined not to be a second time caught slumberat last we are alone with one of our own sex—I say ing, Quentin instantly moved towards the intruder, alone, for that handsome young soldier is a mere sta- and, interposing between him and the ladies, requesttue, since he seems not to have the use of his limbs, ed him to retire instantly. and I am given to understand he wants that of his "By whose command ?" said the stranger, in a tongue, at least in civilized language-I say, since no tone of contemptuous surprise. one but this lady can understand us, I must own "By that of the King,” said Quentin, firmly, there is nothing I have regretted equal to taking this which I am placed here to enforce. French journey. I looked for a splendid reception, Not against Louis of Orleans," said the Duke, tournaments, carousals, pageants, and festivals; and dropping his cloak. instead of which, all has been seclusion and obscu- The young man hesitated a moment; but how enrity! and the best society whom the King introduced force his orders against the first Prince of the blood, to us, was a Bohemian vagabond, by whose agency about to be allied, as the report now generally went, he directed us to correspond with our friends in Flan- with the King's own family? ders.-Perhaps," said the lady, "it is his politic inten- "Your Highness," he said, "is too great that your tion to mew us up here until our lives' end, that he pleasure should be withstood by me. I trust your may seize on our estates, after the extinction of the Highness will bear me witness that I have done the ancient house of Croye, The Duke of Burgundy was duty of my post, so far as your will permitted." pot so cruel; he offered my niece a husband, though
Go to-you 'shall have no blame, young soldier,!' he was a bad one."
said Orleans; and passing forward, paid his compli“I should have thought the veil preferable to an ments to the Princess, with that air of constraint evil husband," said the Princess, with difficulty find- which always marked his courtesy when addressing ing opportunity to interpose a word.
her. One would at least wish to have the choice, ma- "He had been dining,” he said, "with Dunois, and dam," replied the voluble dame. "It is, Heaven understanding there was society in Roland's Gallery, knows, on account of my niece that I speak; for my he had ventured on the freedom of adding one to the self, I have long laid aside thoughts of changing my number.". condition. I see you smile, but, by my halidome, it is The colour which mounted into the pale cheek of true-yet that is no excuse for the King; whose con- the unfortunate Joan, and which for the moment duct, like his person, hath more resemblance to that spread something of beauty
over her features, evinced of old Michaud, the money-changer of Ghent, than that this addition to the company was any thing but to the successor of Charlemagne.'
indifferent to her. She hastened to present the "Hold!" said the Princess, with some asperity in Prince to the two ladies of Croye, who received him her tone;
"remember you speak of my father." with the respect due to his eminent rank; and the Of your father!" replied the Burgundian lady in Princess, pointing to a chair, requested him to join surprise.
their conversation party. "Of my father," repeated the Princess, with dig; The Duke declined the freedom of assuming a seat nity. "I am Joan of France.--But fear not, madam, in such society; but taking a cushion from one of the she continued, in the gentle accent which was natu- settles, he laid 'it at the feet of the beautiful young ral to her, "you designed no offence, and I have taken Countess of Croye, and so seated himself, that, with none. Command my influence to render your exile, out appearing to neglect the Princess, he was enabled and that of this interesting young person, more sup- to bestow the greater share of his attention on her portable. Alas! it is but little I have in my power; lovely neighbour. but it is willingly offered.”
At first, it seemed as if this arrangement rather Deep and submissive was the reverence with which pleased than offended his destined bride. She enthe Countess Hameline de Croye, so was the elder couraged the Duke in his gallantries towards the fair lady called, received the obliging offer of the Prin- stranger, and seemed to regard them as complimentcess's protection. She had been long the inhabitant ary to herself. But the Duke of Orleans, though acof Courts, was mistress of the manners which are customed to subject bis mind to the stern yoke of his
uncle, when in the King's presence, had enough of| Her increasing paleness contradicted her words, princely nature to induce him to follow his own in- and induced the Lady Hameline to call for assist clinations whenever that restraint was withdrawn; ance, as the Princess was about to faint. and his high rank giving him a right 10 overstep the The Duke, biting his lip, and cursing the folly ordinary ceremonies, and advance at once to fami: which could not keep guard over his tongue, ran to liarity, his praises of the Countess Isabelle's beauty summon the Princess's attendants, who were in the became so energetic, and flowed with such unre- next chamber; and when they came hastily, with strained freedom, owing perhaps to his having drunk the usual remedies, he could not but, as a cavalier a little more wine than usual--for Dunois was no and gentleman, give his assistance to support and to enemy to the worship of Bacchus--that at length he recover her. His voice, rendered almost tender by seemed almost impassioned, and the presence of the pity and self-reproach, was the most powerful means Princess appeared well-nigh forgotten.
of recalling her to herself, and just as the swoon was The tone of compliment which he indulged was passing away, the King himselfentered the apartment. grateful only to one individual in the circle; for the Countess Hameline already anticipated the dignity of an alliance with the first Prince of the blood, by means
CHAPTER XII. of her whose birth, beauty, and large possessions, rendered such an ambitious consummation by no means impossible, even in the eyes of a less sanguine This is a lecturer so skilled in policy, projector, could the views of Louis XI. have been That (no disparagement to Satan's cunning) left out of the calculation of chances. The younger
He well might read a lesson to the devil,
And teach the old seducer new templations.--Old Play. Countess listened to the Duke's gallantries with anxiety and embarrassment, and ever and anon As Louis entered the Gallery, he bent his brows in turned an entreating look towards the Princess, as if the manner v'e have formerly described as peculiar requesting her to come to her relief. But the wound- to him, and sen, from under his gathered and gloomy ed feelings, and the timidity of Joan of France, ren- eyebrows, a keen look on all around; in darting dered her incapable of an effort to make the conver- which, as Quentin afterwards declared, his eyes sation more general ; and at length, excepting a few seemed to turn so small, so fierce, and so piercing, as interjectional civilities of the Lady Hameline, it was to resemble those of an aroused adder looking through maintained almost exclusively by the Duke himself, the bush of heath in which he lies coiled. though at the expense of the younger Countess of When, by this momentary and sharpened glance, Croye, whose beauty formed the theme of his high- the King had reconnoitred the cause of the bustle flown eloquence.
which was in the apartment, his first address was to Nor must I forget that there was a third person, the Duke of Orleans. the unregarded sentinel, who saw his fair visions melt "You here, my fair cousin ?" he said ;--and turnaway like wax before the sun, as the Duke persever: ing to Quentin, added sternly, “Had,
d you not charge ?" ed in the warm tenor of his passionate discourse. At Forgive the young man, Sire," said the Duke; length the Countess Isabelle de Croye made a de-" he did not neglect his duty; but I was informed termined effort to cut short what was becoming in that the Princess was in this gallery." tolerably disagreeable to her, especially from the pain * And I warrant you would not be withstood when to which the conduct of the Duke was apparently you came hither to pay your courl," said the King, subjecting the Princess.
whose detestable hypocrisy persisted in representing Addressing the latter, she said, modestly, but with the Duke as participating in a passion which was some firmness, that the first boon she had to claim felt only on the side of his unhappy daughter; "and from her promised protection was," that her High. it is thus you debauch the sentinels of my guard, young ness would undertake to convince the Duke of Or. man?-But what cannot be pardoned to a gallant leans, that the ladies of Burgundy, though inferior in who only lives par amours!". wit and manners to those of France, were not such The Duke of Orleans raised his head, as if about to absolute fools, as to be pleased with no other conver- reply, in some manner which might correct the opisation than that of extravagant compliment." nion conveyed in the King's observation; but the in
"I grieve, lady," said the Duke, preventing the stinctive reverence, not to say fear, of Louis, in which Princess's answer, that you will satirize, in the he had been bred from childhood, chained up his voice. same sentence, the beauty of the dames of Burgundy, “And Joan hath been ill ?'' said the King; " but do and the sincerity of the knights of France. If we are not be grieved, Louis; it will soon pass away; lend hasty and extravagant in the expression of our ad- her your arm to her apartment, while I will conduct miration, it is because we love as we fight, without these strange ladies to theirs." letting cold deliberation come into our bosoms, and The order was given in a tone which amounted to a surrender to the fair with the same rapidity with command, and Orleans accordingly made his exit with which we defeat the valiant."
the Princess at one extremity of the gallery, while the "The beanty of our countrywomen," said the King, ungloving his right hand, courteously handed young Countess, with more of reproof than she had the Countess Isabelle and her kinswoman to their yet ventured to use towards the high-born suitor, "is apartment, which opened from the other. He bowed as unfit to claim such triumphs, as the valour of the profoundly as they entered, and remained standing men of Burgundy is incapable of yielding them." on the threshold for a minute after they had disap
"I respect your patriotism, Countess,” said the peared; then, with great composure, shut the door by Duke; "and the last branch of your theme shall not which ihey had retired, and turning the huge key, be impugned by me, till a Burgundian knight shall took it from the lock and put it into his girdle-an offer to sustain it with lance in rest. But for the in- appendage which gave him still more perfectly the air justice which you have done to the charms which of some old miser, who cannot journey in comfort your land produces, I appeal from yourself to your- unless he bear with him the key of his treasure closet. self.-Look there,” he said, pointing to a large mirror, With slow and pensive step, and eyes fixed on the the gift of the Venetian republic, and then of the ground, Louis now paced towards Quentin Durward, highest rarity and value, "and tell me, as you look, who, expecting his share of the royal displeasure, what is the heart that can resist the charms there viewed his approach with no little anxiety. represented ?"
“Thou hast done wrong," said the King, raising The Princess, unable to sustain any longer the his eyes, and fixing them firmly on him when he had neglect of her lover, here sunk backwards on her come within a yard of him," thou hast done foul chair, with a sigh, which at once recalled the Duke wrong, and deservest to die.--Speak not a word in from the land of romance, and induced the Lady defence !-What hadst thou to do with Dukes or Hameline to ask whether her Highness found her- Princesses ?-what with any thing but my order?! self ill.
“So please your Majesty," said the young soldier, 'A sudden pain shot through my forehead,” said " what could I do ?" the Princess, attempting to smile; " but I shall be "What couldst thou do when thy post was forcibly presently better."
passed ?" answered the King, scornfully, "What is
the use of that weapon on thy shoulder ? Thou farther than I recommended. He would have borne shouldst have develled thy piece, and if the presump:1 a letter trustily enough to the Countess's kinsman, tuous rebel did not retire on the instant, he should telling him to hold out her castle, and promising have died within this very hall! Go--pass into these speedy relief; but your Highness must needs put his farther apartments. In the first thou wilt find a prophetic powers to the test; and thus he became large staircase, which leads to the inner Bailey; possessed of secrets which were worth betraying to there thou wilt find Oliver Dain. Send him to me. Duke Charles." do thou begone to thy quarters.--As thou dost value "I am ashamed, I am ashamed,"—said Louis. thy life, be not so loose of thy tongue as thou hast “And yet, Oliver, they say that these heathen people been this day slack of thy hand."
are descended from the sage Chaldeans, who did read Well pleased to escape so easily, yet with a soul the mysteries of the stars in the plains of Shinar." which revolted at the cold blooded cruelty which the Well aware that his master, with all his acuteness King seemed to require from him in the execution of and sagacity, was but the more prone to be deceived his duty, Durward took the road indicated, hastened by soothsayers, astrologers, diviners, and all that down stairs, and communicated the royal pleasure to race of pretenders to occult science, and that he even Oliver, who was waiting in the court beneath. The conceived himself to have some skill in these arts, wily tonsor bowed, sighed, and smiled, as, with a Oliver dared to press this point no farther; and only voice even softer than ordinary, he wished the youth observed, that the Bohemian had been a bad prophet a good evening; and they parted, Quentin to his on his own account, else he would have avoided requarters, and Oliver to attend the King.
turning to Tours, and saved himself from the gallows In this place, the Memoirs which we have chiefly he had merited. followed in compiling this true history, were unhap- “It often happens that those who are gifted with pily defective; for, founded chiefly on information prophetic knowledge,'' answered Louis, with much supplied by Quentin, they do not convey the purport gravity," have not the power of foreseeing those of the dialogue which, in his absence, took place be- events in which they themselves are personally intween the King and his secret counse Fortu- terested." nately, the Library of Hautlieu contains a manuscript "Under your Majesty's favour," replied the conficopy of the Chronique Scandaleuse of Jean de 'Troyes, dant, " that seems as if a man could not see his own much more full than that which has been printed; to hand by means of the candle which he holds, and which are added several curious memoranda, which which shows him every other object in the apartwe incline to think must have been written down by ment." Oliver himself after the death of his master, and be- “He cannot see his own features by the light fore he had the happiness to be rewarded with the which shows the faces of others," replied Louis; halter which he had so long merited. From this we and that is the more faithful illustration of the have been able to extract a very full account of the case.-But this is foreign to my purpose at present. obscure favourite's conversation with Louis upon the The Bohemian hath had his reward, and peace be present occasion, which throws a light upon the po- with him.-But these ladies-Not only does Burginlicy of that Prince, which we might otherwise have dy threaten us with war for harbouring them, but sought for in vain.
their presence is like to interfere with my projects in When the favourite attendant entered the Gallery my own family. My simple cousin of Orleans hath of Roland, he found the King pensively seated upon barely seen this damsel, and I venture to prophesy the chair which his daughter had left some minutes that the sight of her is like to make him less pliable in before. Well acquainted with his temper, he glided on the matter of his alliance with Joan." with his noiseless step until he had just crossed the "Your Majesty," answered the counsellor, may line of the King's sight, so as to make him aware of his send the ladies of Croye back to Burgundy, and so presence, then shrank modestly backward and out of make your peace with the Duke. Many might mursight, until he should be summoned to speak or to list- mur at this as dishonourable; but if necessity deen. The Monarch's first address was an unpleasant mands the sacrifice". one:-“So, Oliver, your fine schemes are melting like “If profit demanded the sacrifice, Oliver, the sasnow before the south wind !-I pray to our Lady of crifice should be made without hesitation," answered Embrun that they resemble not ihe ice-heaps of the King. “I am an old experienced salmon, and which the Switzer churls tell such stories, and come use not to gulp the angler's hook because it is busked rushing down upon our heads."
up with a feather called honour. But what is worse “I have heard with concern that all is not well, than a lack of honour, there were, in returning those Sire," answered Oliver.
ladies to Burgundy, a forfeiture of those views of adNot well!" exclaimed the King, rising and hastily vantage which moved us to give them an asylum. It marching up and down the gallery, All is ill, man were heart-breaking to renounce the opportunity of ---and as ill nearly as possible;--so much for thy fond planting a friend to ourselves, and an enemy to Burromantic advice, that I, of all men, should become a gundy, in the very centre of his dominions, and so protector of distressed damsels! I tell thee Burgundy near to the discontented cities of Flanders. Oliver, I is arming, and on the eve of closing an alliance with cannot relinquish the advantages which our scheme England. And Edward, who hath his hands idle at of marrying the maiden to a friend of our own house home, will pour his thousands upon us through that seems to hold out to us. unhappy gate of Calais. Singly, I might cajole or “Your Majesty," said Oliver, after a moment's defy them; but united, united-and with the discon. thought, "might confer her hand on some right tent and treachery of that villain Saint Paul !-All trusty friend, who would take all blame on himself, thy fault, Oliver, who counselled me to receive the and serve your Majesty secretly, while in public you women, and to use the services of that damned Bo- might disown him." hernian to carry messages to their vassals."
And where am I to find such a friend ?" said My liege," said Oliver, “ you know my reasons, Louis. “Were I to bestow her upon any one of our The Countess's domains lie between the frontiers of mutinous and ill-ruled nobles, would it not be renBurgundy and Flanders-her castle is almost im- dering him independent ? and hath it not been my pregnable--her rights over neighbouring estates are policy for years to prevent them from becoming so? such as, if well supported, cannot but give much an--Dunois indeed-him, and him only, I might pernoyance to Burgundy, were the lady but wedded to chance trust. He would fight for the crown of one who should be friendly to France."
France whatever were his condition. But honours It is, it is a tempting bait," said the King; "and and wealth change men's natures-Even Dunois I could we have concealed her being here, we might will not trust." have arranged such a marriage for this rich heiress, as .“Your Majesty may find others," said Oliver, in would have highly profited France. But that cursed his smoothest manner, and in a tone more insinuaBohemian, how couldst thou recommend such a hea- ting than that which he usually employed in converthen bound for a commission which required trust ?” | sing with the King, who permitted him considerable
" Please you,” said Oliver, "to remember, it was freedom; men dependent entirely on your own grace your Majesty's self who trusted him too far-much and favour, and who could no more exist without
your countenance than without sun or air-men ra- | Oliver," he hath the manners, the face, and the out. ther of head than of action-men who".
ward form, as well as the heart, of a Flemish butcher “Men who resemble thyself, ha!” said King Louis -She will never accept of him.”
No, Oliver, by my faith that arrow was too rash- "His mode of wooing, if I mistake him not," said ly shot!-What? because I indulge thee with my Louis, "will render it difficult for her to make a confidence, and let thee, in reward, poll my lieges á choice." little now and then, dost thou think it makes thee fit “I was far wrong, indeed, when I taxed your Mato be the husband of that beautiful vision, and a jesty with being over scrupulous," said the counselCount of the highest class to the boot ?-thee-thee, lor. “On my life, the crimes of Adolphus are but I say, low-born and lower-bred, whose wisdom is at virtues to those of De la Marck !-and then how is best a sort of cunning, and whose courage is more he to meet with his bride ?-Your Majesty knows he than doubtful ?"
dare not stir far from his own Forest of Ardennes." "Your Majesty imputes to me a presumption of "That must be cared for," said the King; "and, in which I am not guilty, in supposing me to aspire so the first place, the two ladies must be acquainted highly,” said Oliver.
privately that they can be no longer maintained at this I am glad to hear it, man,” replied the King; "and Court, except at the expense of a war between France truly, I hold your judgment the healthier that you and Burgundy, and that, unwilling to deliver them up disown such a reverie. But methinks thy speech to my fair cousin of Burgundy, I am desirous they sounded strangely in that key.-Well, to return.-1 should secretly depart from my dominions." dare not wed this beauty to one of my subjects-I "They will demand to be conveyed to England," dare not return her to Burgundy-I dare not trans- said Oliver; "and we shall have her return to Flanmit her to England, or to Germany, where she is like- ders with an island lord, having a round fair face, long ly to become the prize of some one more apt to unite brown hair, and three thousand archers at his back. with Burgundy than with France, and who would No-no,' replied the King; "we dare not (you be more ready to discourage the honest malecontents understand me) so far offend our fair cousin of Burin Ghent and Liege, than to yield them that whole- gundy as to let her pass to England-It would bring some countenance which might always find Charles his displeasure as certainly as our maintaining her the Hardy enough to exercise his valour on, without here. No, no-to the safety of the Church alone stirring from his own domains-and they were in so we will venture to commit her; and the utmost we ripe a humour for insurrection, the men of Liege in can do is to connive at the Ladies Hameline and Issespecial, that they alone, well heated and supported, belle de Croye departing in disguise, and with a small would find my fair cousin work for more than a retinue, to take refuge with the Bishop of Liege, who twelvemonth ;-and backed by a warlike Count of will place the fair Isabelle, for the time, under the Croye, Oliver ! the plan is too hopeful to be re- safeguard of a convent." signed without a struggle. Cannot thy fertile brain "And if that convent protect her from William de devise some scheme ?!
la Marck, when he knows of your Majesty's favourOliver paused for a long time-then at last replied. able intentions, I have mistaken the man. "What if a bridal could be accomplished betwixt Why, yes,' answered the King, “thanks to our Isabelle of Croye, and young Adolphus, the Duke of secret supplies of money, De la Marck haih together Gueldres ?"
a handsome handful of as unscrupulous soldiery as “What!” said the King, in astonishment; "sacri- ever were outlawed; with which he contrives to fice her, and she, too, so lovely a creature, to the fu- maintain himself among the woods, in such a condirious wretch who deposed, imprisoned, and has oftention as makes him formidable both to the Duke of threatened to murder, his own father !-No, Oliver, Burgundy and the Bishop of Liege. He lacks nono-that were too unutterably cruel even for you and thing but some territory which he may call his own; me, who look so steadfastly to our excellent end, the and this being so fair an opportunity to establish peace and the welfare of France, and respect so lit- himself by marriage, I think that, Pasques-dieu ! he tle the means by which it is atiained. Besides, he will find means to win and wed, without more than a lies distant from us, and is detested by the people of hint on our part. The Duke of Burgundy will then have Ghent and Liege.-No, no-I will none of Adolphus such a thorn in his side, as no lancet of our time will of Gueldres-think on some one else.
easily cut out from his flesh. The Boar of Ardennes, “My invention is exhausted, Sire," said the coun- whom he has already outlawed, strengthened by the sellor; “I can remember no one who, as husband to possession of that fair lady's lands, castles, and seignthe Courtess of Croye, would be likely 10 answer ory, with the discontented Liegeois to boot, who, your Majesty's views. He must unite such various by my faith, will not be in that case unwilling to qualities--a friend to your Majesty--an enemy to choose him for their captain and leader-Let Charles Burgundy--of policy enough to conciliate the Gaun- then think of wars with France when he will, or ratois and Liegeois, and of valour sufficient to defend ther let him bless his stars if she war not with him.his little dominions against the power of Duke How dost thou like the scheme, Oliver, ha ?" Charles--Of noble birth besides-that your Highness Rarely," said Oliver, save and except the doom insists upon; and of excellent and most virtuous which confers that lady on the wild boar of Ardencharacter, to the boot of all."
nes.-By my halidome, saving in a little outward “Nay, Oliver," said the King, "I leaned not so show of gallantry, Tristan, the Provost Marshal, much--that is, so rery much, on character ; but me- were the more proper bridegroom of the two.' thinks Isabelle's bridegroom should be something "Anon thoudidst propose Master Oliver the barber," less publicly and generally abhorred than Adolphus said Louis; "but friend Oliver and gossip Trisian, of Gueldres. For example, since I myself must sug- though excellent men in the way of counsel and exegest some one-why not William de la Marck ?" cution, are not the stuff that men make Counts of.
On my halidome, Sire," said Oliver, “I cannot Know you not that the burghers of Flanders value complain of your demanding too high a standard of birth in other men, precisely because they have it moral excellence in the happy man, if the wild boar not themselves ?--A plebeian mob ever desire an of Ardennes can serve your turn. De la Marck !- aristocratic leader. Yonder Ked, or Cade, or-how why, he is the most notorious robber and murderer called they him ?-in England, was fain to lure his on all the frontiers-excommunicated by the Pope rascal route after him, by pretending to the blood of for a thousand crimes."
the Mortimers. William de la Marck comes of the “We will have him released from the sentence, blood of the princes of Sedan, as noble as mine own. friend Oliver--Holy Church is merciful.”
-And now to business. I must determine the ladies Almost an outlaw," continued Oliver, "and un- of Croye to a speedy and secret flight, under sure der the ban of the Empire, by an ordinance of the guidance. This will be easily done we have but to Chamber at Ratisbon."
hint the alternative of surrendering them to Burgun"We will have the ban taken off, friend Oliver," dy. Thou must find means to let William de la continued the King, in the same tone; "the Imperial Marck know of their motions, and let him choose Chamber will hear reason.'
his own time and place to push his suit. I know a And admitting him to be of noble birth," said fit person to travel with them.”
"May I ask to whom your Majesty commits such animal is on its guard, --watchful, animated, and an important charge?”' asked the tonsor.
alert for sudden exertion. The cause of this change " To a foreigner, to be sure” replied the King; was probably Oliver's consciousness, that his master
one who has neither kin nor interest in France, to was himself too profound a hypocrite not to see interfere with the execution of my pleasure; and who through the hypocrisy of others. knows too little of the country, and its factions, to The features of this youth, then, if I may presume suspect more of my purpose than I choose to tell him to speak," said Oliver, resemble those of him whom -in a word, I design to employ the young Scot who your dream exhibited ?" sent you hither but now.''
"Closely and intimately,” said the King, whose Oliver paused in a manner which seemed to imply imagination, like that of superstitious people in gea doubt of the prudence of the choice, and then add- neral, readily imposed upon itself-"I have had his ed, “ Your Majesty has reposed confidence in that horoscope cast, besides, by Galeotti Martivalle, and stranger boy earlier than is your wont."'.
I have plainly learned, through his art and mine own I have my reasons," answered the King. - Thou observation, that, in many respects, this unfriended knowest (and he crossed himself) “my devotion youth has his destiny under the same constellation for the blessed Saint Julian. I had been saying my with mine." orisons to that holy Saint late in the night before Whatever Oliver might think of the causes thus last, wherein ( as he is known to be the guardian of boldly assigned for the preference of an inexperientravellers ) I made it my humble petition that he ced stripling, he dared make no farther objections, would augment my household with such wandering well knowing that Louis, who, while residing in exile, foreigners, as might best establish throughout our had bestowed much of his attention on the supposed kingdom unlimited devotion to our will; and I vowed science of judicial astrology, would listen to no railto the good Saint in guerdon, that I wonid, in his lery of any kind which impeached his skill. He name, receive, and relieve, and maintain them.” therefore only replied, that he trusted the youth
And did Saint Julian," said Oliver," send your would prove faithful in the discharge of a task so Majesty this long-legged importation from Scotland delicate. in answer to you prayers?"
“We will take care he hath no opportunity to be Although the barber, who well knew that his mas otherwise," said Louis; "for he shall be privy to ter had superstition in a large proportion to his want nothing, save that he is sent to escort the ladies of of religion, and that on such topics nothing was Croye to the residence of the Bishop of Liege. Of more easy than to offend him-although, I say, he the probable interference of William de la Murck, he knew the royal weakness, and therefore carefully shall know as little as they themselves. None shall put the preceding question in the softest and most know that secret but the guide; and Tristan or thou simple tone of voice, Louis felt the innuendo which must find one fit for our purpose." it contained, and regarded the speaker with high “But in that case," said Oliver, “judging of him displeasure,
from his country and his appearance, the young man Sirrah," he said, "thou art well called Oliver is like to stand to his arms so soon as the Wild Boar the devil, who darest thus to sport at once with thy comes on them, and may not come off so easily from master and with the blessed Saints. I tell thee, the tusks as he did this morning. wert thou one grain less necessary to me, I would "If they rend his heart-strings,” said Louis, comhave thee hung up on yonder oak before the Castle, posedly, "Saint Julian, blessed be his name! can as an example to all who scoff at things holy!-Know, send me another in his stead. It skills as little that thou intidel slave, that mine eyes were no sooner the messenger is slain after his duty is executed, as closed, than the blessed Saint Julian was visible to that the flask is broken when the wine is drunk out. me, leading a young man, whom he presented to me, - Meanwhile, we must expedite the ladies' departure, saying, that his fortune should be to escape the sword, and then persuade the Count de Crèveccur that it the cord, the river, and to bring good fortune to the has taken place without our connivance; we having side which he should espouse, and to the adventures been desirous to restore them to the custody of our in which he should be engaged. I walked out on the fair cousin, which their sudden departure has unsucceeding morning, and I met with this youth, whose happily prevented.” image I had seen in my dream. In his own country “The Count is perhaps too wise, and his master he hath escaped the sword, amid the massacre of his too prejudiced, to believe it." whole family; and here, within the brief compass "Holy Mother!" said Louis, “what unbelief would of two days, he hath been strangely rescued from that be in Christian men! But, Oliver, they shall drowning and from the gallows, and hath already, believe us. We will throw into our whole conduct on a particular occasion, as I but lately hinted to towards our fair cousin, Duke Charles, such thorough chce, been of the most material service to me. I re- and unlimited confidence, that, not to believe we ceive him as sent hither by Saint Julian, to serve me have been sincere with him in every respect, he must in the most dificult, the most dangerous, and even be worse than an infidel. I tell thee, so convinced the most desperate services."
am I that I could make Charles of Burgundy think The King, as he thus expressed himself, doffed his of me in every respect as I would have him, that, hat, and selecting from the numerous little leaden were it necessary for silencing his doubts, I would fiqures with which the hat-band was garnished that ride unarmed, and on a palfrey, to visit him in his tent, which represented Saint Julian, he placed it on the with no better guard about me than thine own simple table, as was often his wont when some peculiar person, friend Oliver.'' feeling of hope, or perhaps of remorse, happened to And I," said Oliver, “though I pique not myself thrill across his mind, and, kneeling down before it, upon managing steel in any other shape than that of inuttered, with an appearance of profound devotion, a razor, would rather charge a Swiss battalion of
Sancte Juliane, adsis precibus nostris ! Ora, ora, pikes, than I would accompany your Highness upon pro nobis !
such a visit of friendship to Charles of Burgundy, This was one of those a gue-fits of superstitious de- when he hath so many grounds to be well assured votion which often seized on Louis in such extraor- that there is enmity in your Majesty's bosom against dinary times and places, that they gave one of the him." most sagacious Monarchs who ever reigned, the ap- “Thou art a fool, Oliver," said the King, "with pearance of a madman, or at least of one whose mind all thy pretensions 'to wisdom--and art not aware was shaken by some deep consciousness of guilt. that deep policy must often assume the appearance
While he was thus employed, his favourite looked of the most extreme simplicity, as courage occasionat him with an expression of sarcastic contempt, ally shrouds itself under the show of modest timidity. which he scarce attempted to disguise. Indeed it Were it needful, full surely would I do what I have was one of this man's peculiarities, that, in his whole said--the Saints always blessing our purpose and intercourse with his master, he laid aside that fond- the heavenly constellations bringing round, in their ang, purring affectation of officiousness and humility, course, a proper conjuncture for such an exploit.”. wnich distinguished his conduct to others; and if he In these words did King Louis XI. give the first vull bore some resemblance to a cat, it was when thel hint of the extraordinary resolution which he after
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