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wards adopted, in order to dupe his great rival, the manner possible. A scroll was given him, in which subsequent execution of which had very nearly proved were set down directions for his guidance, for the his own ruin.
places of halt, (generally chosen in obscure villages, He parted with his counsellor, and presently after- solitary monasteries, and situations, remote from wards went to the apartment of the ladies of Croye. towns) and for the general precautions which he Few persuasions beyond his mere license would have was to attend to, especially on approaching the fronbeen necessary to deterinine their retreat from the sier of Burgundy. He was sufficiently supplied with Court of France, upon the first hint that they might instructions what he ought to say and do to sustain not be eventually protected against the Duke of Bur- the personage of the Maitre d'Hotel of two English gundy; but it was not so easy to induce them to ladies of rank, who had been on a pilgrimage to Saint choose Liege for the place of their retreat. They en- Marun of Tours, and were about to visit the holy treated and requested to be transferred to Bretagne city of Cologne, and worship the relics of the sage or Calais, where, under protection of the Duke of Eastern Monarchs, who came to adore the nativity Bretagne, or King of England, they might remain in of Bethlehem; for under that character the ladies a state of safety, until the Sovereign of Burgundy of Croye were to journey. should relent in his rigorous purpose towards them. Without having any defined notions of the cause But neither of these places of safety at all suited the of his delight, Quentin Purward's heart leapt for joy plans of Louis, and he was at last successful in in- at the idea of approaching thus nearly to the person ducing them to adopt that which did coincide with of the Beauty of the Turret, and in a situation which them.
entitled him to her confidence, since her protection The power of the Bishop of Liege for their defence was in so great a degree intrusted to his conduct and was not to be questioned, since his ecclesiastical courage. He felt no doubt in his own mind, that he dignity gave him the means of protecting the fugi- should be her successful guide through the hazards tives against all Christian princes; while, on the of her pilgrimage. Youth seldom thinks of dangers; other hand, his secular forces, if not numerous, and bred up tree, and fearless, and self-confiding, seemed at least sufficient to defend his person, and Quentin, in particular, only thought of them to defy all under his protection, from any sudden violence. them. He longed to be exempted from the restraint The difficulty was to reach the little Court of the of the royal presence, that he might indulge the Bishop in safety; but for this Louis promised to pro- secret glee with which such unexpected tidings filled vide, by spreading a report that the Ladies of Croye him, and which prompted him to bursts of delight had escaped from Tours by night, under fear of being which would have been totally unfitting for that delivered up to the Burgundian envoy, and had society, taken their fight towards Bretagne. He also pro- But Louis had not yet done with him. That caumised them the attendance of a small, but faithful tious Monarch had to consult a counsellor of a difretinue, and letters to the commanders of such towns ferent stamp from Oliver, le Diable, and who was and fortresses as they might pass, with instructions supposed to derive his skill from the superior and to use every means for protecting and assisting them astral intelligences, as men, judging from their fruits, in their journey.
were apt to think the counsels of Oliver sprung from The ladies of Croye, although internally resenting the Devil himself. the ungenerous and discourteous manner in which Louis therefore led the way, followed by the impaLouis thus deprived them of the promised asylum in tient Quentin, to a separate tower of the Castle of his Court, were so far from objecting to the hasty Plessis, in which was installed, in no small ease and departure which he proposed, that they even antici- splendour, the celebrated astrologer, poet, and philopated his project, by entreating to be permitted to set sopher, Galeotti Marti, ,or Martius, or Martivalle, forward that same night. The Lady Hameline was a native of Narni, in Italy, the author of the famous already tired of a place where there were neither ad- Treatise, De Vulgo Incognitis,* and the subject of miring courtiers, nor festivities to be witnessed; and his age's admiration, and of the panegyrics of Paulus the Lady Isabelle thought she had seen enough to Jovius. He had long flourished at the Court of the conclude, that were the temptation
to become a little celebrated Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary, from stronger, Louis XI., not satisfied with expelling them whom he was in some measure decoyed by Louis, from his Court, would not hesitate to deliver her up who grudged the Hungarian Monarch the society and to her irritated Suzerain, the Duke of Burgundy. the counsels of a sage, accounted so skilful in reading Lastly, Louis himself readily acquiesced in their the decrees of Heaven. hasty departure, anxious to preserve peace with Duke Martivalle was none of those ascetic, withered, pale Charles, and alarmed lest the beauty of Isabelle professors of mystic learning of those days who should interfere with and impede the favourite plan bleared their eyes over the midnight furnace, and mawhich he had formed, for bestowing the hand of his cerated their bodies by outwatching the polar bear. daughter Joan upon his cousin of Orleans.
He indulged in all courtly pleasures, and, until he grew corpulent, had excelled in all martial sports and
gymnastic exercises, as well as in the use of arms; CHAPTER XIII.
insomuch, that Janus Pannonius has left a Latin epigram, upon a wrestling match betwixt Galeotti and
a renowned champion of that art, in the presence of Talk not of Kings-1 scorn the poor comparison ;
the Hungarian King and Court, in which the AstroI am a sage, and can command the elements
loger was completely victorious. At least men think I can ; and on that thought
The apartments of this courtly and martial sage I found unbounded empire.- Albumazar.
were far more splendidly furnished than any which Occupation and adventure might be said to crowd Quentin had yet seen in the royal palace; and the upon the young, Scottishman with the force of a carying and ornamented wood-work of his library, as spring-tide ; for he was speedily
summoned to the well as the magnificence displayed in the tapestries, aparıment of his Captain, the Lord Crawford, where, showed the elegant taste of the learned Italian. Out to his astonishment, he again beheld the King. After of his study one door opened to his sleeping apart. a few words respecting the honour and trust which ment, another led to the turret which served as his were about to be reposed in him, which made Quen-observatory. A large oaken table, in the midst of the tin internally afraid that they were again about to chamber, was covered with a rich Turkey carpet, the propose to him such a watch as he had kept upon spoils of the tent of a Pacha after the great battle of the Count of Crèvecæur, or perhaps some duty still Jaiza, where the Astrologer had foughi abreast with more repugnant to his feelings, he was not relieved l the valiant champion of Christendom, Matthias Cormerely, but delighted, with hearing that he was se- | vinus. On the table lay a variety of mathematical lected, with the assistance of four others under his and astrological instrumenis, all of the most rich macommand, one of whom was a guide, to escort the terials and curious workmanship. His astrolabe of Ladies of 'Croye to the little Court of their relative, silver was the gift of the Emperor of Germany, and the Bishop of Liege, in the safest and most commo- his Jacob's staff of ebony, jointed with
gold, and cudious, and, at the same time, in the most secret! * Concerning things unknown to the generality of mankind.
riously inlaid, was a mark of esteem from the reign- tions, bear fruit as fatal, yet as precious, as that of the ing Pope.
Garden of Eden; the knowledge, namely, of good and There were various other miscellaneous articles evil." disposed on the table, or hanging around the walls; Louis answered, after a moment's pause, “Let fuamongst others, two complete suits of armour, oné turity look to what concerns them-we are men of of mail , the other of plate, both of which, from their this
age, and to this age we will confine our care.great size, seemed to call the gigantic Astrologer their Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.- Tell me, hast owner; a Spanish Toledo, a Scottish broadsword, a thou proceeded farther in the horoscope which I sent Turkish scimetar, with bows, quivers, and other war- to thee, and of which you made me some report? like weapons ; musical instruments of several differ- I have brought the pariy hither, that you may use ent kinds; a silver crucifix, a sepulchral antique vase, palmistry, or chiromancy, if such is your pleasure. The and several of the little brazen Penates of the ancient matter is pressing.' heathens, with other curious nondescript articles, The bulky sage arose from his seat, and approachsome of which, in the superstitious opinions of that ing the young soldier, fixed on him his keen large dark period, seemed to be designed for magical purposes. eyes, as if he were in the act of internally spelling and The library of this singular character was of the same dissecting every lineament and feature.--Blushing and miscellaneous description with his other effects. Cu- borne down by this close examination on the part of rious manuscripts of classical antiquity lay mingled one whose expression was so reverent at once and with the voluminous labours of Christian divines, and commanding, Quentin bent his eyes on the ground, of those painstaking sages who professed the chemi- and did not again raise them,
till in the act of obeying cal science, and proffered to guide their students into the sonorous command of the Astrologer, “Look up the most secret recesses of nature, by means of the and be not afraid, but hold forth thy hand.” Hermetical Philosophy. Some were written in the When Martivalle had inspected his palm, accordEastern character, and others concealed their sense ing to the form of the mystic arts which he practised, or nonsense under the veil of hieroglyphics and caba- he led the King some steps aside. - My royal brolistic characters. The whole apartment, and its fur- ther,” he said, "the physiognomy of this youth, toniture of every kind, formed a scene very impressive gether with the lines impressed on his hand, confirm, on the fancy, considering the general belief then in a wonderful degree, the report which I founded on indisputably entertained concerning the truth of the his horoscope, as well as that judgment which your occult sciences ; and that effect was increased by the own proficiency in our sublime arts induced you at manners and appearance of the individual himself, once to form of him. All promises that this youth will who, seated in a huge chair, was employed in curious- be brave and fortunate." ly examining a specimen, just issued from the Frank- “And faithful?" said the King; "for valour and fort press, of the newly invented art of printing. fortune square not with fidelity.'
Galeotti Martivalle was a tall, bulky, yet stately · And faithful alsn," said the Astrologer; "for man, considerably past his prime, and whose youth- there is manly firmness in look and eye, and his linea ful habits of exercise, though still occasionally resu, ritæ is deeply marked and clear, which indicates a med, had not been able to contend with his natural true and upright adherence to those who do benefit tendency to corpulence, increased by sedentary stu- or lodge trust in him. But yet”. dy, and indulgence in the pleasures of the table. His ** But what?” said the King; “Father Galeotti, features, though rather overgrown, were dignified wherefore do you now pause ?".. and noble, and a Santon might have envied the dark "The ears of Kings," said the Sagę, "are like the and downward sweep of his long-descending beard. palates of those dainty patients, which are unable to His dress was a chamber-robe of the richest Genoa endure the bitterness of the drugs necessary for their velvet, with ample sleeves, clasped with frogs of gold, recovery." and lined with sables. It was fastened round his “My ears and my palate have no such niceness," middle by a broad belt of virgin parchment, round said Louis; "let me hear what is useful counsel, and which were represented in crimson characters, the swallow what is wholesoine medicine. I quarrel not signs of the zodiac. He rose and bowed to the King, with the rudeness of the one, or the harsh taste of the yet with the air of one to whom such exalted society other. I have not been cockered in wantonness or was familiar, and who was not at all likely, even in indulgence; my youth was one of exile and suffering. the royal presence, to compromise the dignity then My ears are used to harsh counsel, and take no ofespecially affected by the pursuers of science. fence at it."
You are engaged, father," said the King, "and as "Then plainly, Sire,” replied Galeotti, "if you have I think, with this new-fashioned art of multiplying aught in your purposed commission, which—which, manuscripts, by the intervention of machinery. Can in short, may startle a scrupulous conscience-intrusi things of such mechanical and terrestrial import in- it not to this youth-at least, not till a few years' exterest the thoughts of one, before whom Heaven has ercise in your service has made him as unscrupulous unrolled her own celestial volumes ?”
as others. “My brother," replied Martivalle, -"for so the te- "And is this what you hesitated to speak, my good nant of this cell must term even the King of France, Galeotti ? and didst thou think thy speaking it would when he deigns to visit him as a disciple, -believe me offend me?" said the King. "Alack, I know that thou that, in considering the consequences of this invention, art well sensible, that the path of royal policy cannot I read with as certain augury, as by any combination be always squared (as that of private life ought invaof the heavenly bodies, the most awful and portentous riably to be) by the abstract maxims of religion and changes. When I reflect with what slow and limit of morality. Wherefore do we, the Princes of the ed supplies the stream of science hath hitherto de- earth, found churches and monasteries, make, pilscended to us; how difficult to be obtained by those grimages, undergo penaces, and perform devotions, most ardent in its search; how certain to be neglect- with which others may dispense, unless it be because ed by all who regard their ease; how liable to be the benefit of the publíc, and the welfare of our kingdiverted, or altogether dried up, by the invasions of doms, force us upon measures which grieve our conbarbarism; can I look forward without wonder and sciences as Christians? But Heaven has mercy, astonishment, to the lot of a succeeding, generation, the Church, an unbounded stock of merits, and the on whom knowledge will descend like the first and intercession of our Lady of Embrun, and the blessed second rain, uninterrupted, unabated, unbounded; saints, iş urgent, everlasting,
and omnipotent."-He! fertilizing some grounds, and overflowing others; laid his hat on the table, and devoutly
kneeling bechanging the whole form of social life; establishing fore the images stuck into the hat-band, repeated, in and overthrowing religions; erecting and destroying an earnest tone, Sancte Huberte, Sancte Juliane, kingdoms"
Sancte Martine, Sancte Rosalia, Sancti quotquot Hold, Galeotti," said Louis,—"shall these chan- adestis, orate pro me peccatore !" He then smote his ges come in our time ?"
breast, arose, re-assumed his hat, and continued ; “No, my royal brother," replied Martivalle; " this "Be assured, good father, that whatever there may invention may be likened to a young tree, which is be in our commission, of the nature at which you now newly planted, but shall, in succeeding genera- have hinted, the execution shall not be intrusted to
this youth, nor shall he be privy to such part of our He placed under one of the volumes a small purse purpose.
of gold; for, economical even in his superstitions, "In this,” said the Astrologer,,"you, my royal bro- Louis conceived the astrologer sufficiently bound to ther, will walk wisely.--Something may be appre- his service by the pensions he had assigned him, and hended likewise from the rashness of this your young thought himself entitled to the use of his skill at a commissioner; a failing inherent in those of sanguine moderate rate, even upon great exigencies. complexion. But I hold that, by the rules of art, this Louis, having, thus, in legal phrase, added a rechance is not to be weighed against the other proper- freshing fee to his general retainer, turned from bim ties discovered from his horoscope and otherwise.". to address Durward.-"Follow me," he said, “my
“Will this next midnight be a propitious hour in bonny Scot, as one chosen by Destiny and a Mowhich to commence a perilous journey ?" said the narch to accomplish a bold adventure. All must be King:--"See, here is your Ephemerides--you see the got ready, that thou mayst put foot in stirrup the very position of the moon in regard to Saturn, and the instant the bell of Saint Martin's tolls twelve. One ascendence of Jupiter-That should argue, methinks, minute sooner, one minute later, were to forfeit the in submission to your better art, success to him who favourable aspect of the constellations which smile sends forth the expedition at such an hour."
on your adventure." "To him who sends forth the expedition," said the Thus saying, the King left the apartment, followed Astrologer, after a pause, " this conjunction doth in- by his young guardsman: and no sooner were they deed promise success; but, methinks, that Saturn gone, than the
Astrologer gave way to very different being combust, threatens danger and infortune to the feelings than those which seemed to animate him party sent ; whence I infer that the errand may be during the royal presence. perilous, or even fatal, to those who are to journey. The niggardly slave !" he said, weighing the purse Violence and captivity, methinks, are intimated in in his hand-for, being a man of unbounded expense, that adverse conjunction."
he had almost constant occasion for money, -- " The "Violence and captivity to those who are sent," base sordid scullion !- A coxswain's wife would give answered the King, but success to the wishes of the more to know that her husband had crossed the sender-Runs it not thus, my learned father?" parrow seas in safety. He acquire any tincture of Even so,” replied the Asirologer.
humane letters !-yes, when prowling foxes and yel. The King paused, without giving any farther ling wolves become musicians. He read the glorious indication how far this presaging speech (probably blazoning of the firmament !-ay, when sordid moles hazarded by the Astrologer from his conjecture that shall become lynxes.- Post tot promissa--after so the commission related to some dangerous purpose) many promises made, to entice me from the court of squared with his real object, which, as the reader is the magnificent Matthias, where Hun and Turk, aware, was to betray the Countess Isabelle of Croye Christian and Infidel, the Czar of Muscovia and the into the hands of William de la Marck, a nobleman Cham of Tartary themselves, contended to load me indeed of high birth, but degraded by his crimes into with gifts,--doth he think I am to abide in this a leader of banditti, distinguished for his turbulent old Castle, like a bulfinch in a cage, fain to sing as ost disposition and ferocious bravery.
as he chooses to whistle, and all for seed and water? The King then pulled forth a paper from his pock. ---Not so-aut inveniam viam, aut faciam-] will et, and, ere he gave it to Martivalle, said, in a tone discover or contrive a remedy. The Cardinal Balue which resembled that of an apology-"Learned Ga- is politic and liberal- this query shall to him, and it leotti, be not surprised, that, possessing in you an shall be his Eminence's own fault if the stars speak oracular treasure, superior to that lodged in the breast not as he would have them." of any now alive, not excepting the great Nostrada- He again took the despised guerdon, and weighed mus himself, I am desirous frequently to avail myself it in his hand, "It may be,” he said, there is some of your skill in those doubts and difficulties which jewel, or pearl of price, concealed in this paltry casebeset every Prince who hath to contend with rebellion I have heard he can be liberal even to lavishness, within his land, and with external enemies, both pow when it suits his caprice or interest.” erful and inveterate."
He emptied the purse, which contained neither “When I was honoured with your request, Sire,". more nor less than ten gold pieces. The indignation said the philosopher, "and abandoned the Court of of the Astrologer was extreme.—“Thinks he that for Buda for
that of Plessis, it was with the resolution such paltry rate of hire I will practise that celestial to place at the command of my royal patron what- science
which I have studied with the Armenian Abever my art had, that might be of service to him." bot of Istrahoff, who had not seen the sun for forty
"Enough, good Martivalle-I pray thee attend to years, with the Greek Dubravius, who is said to have the import of this question."-He proceeded to read raised the dead, -and have even visited the Scheik from the paper in his hand :- A person, having on Ebn Hali in his cave in the deserts of Thebais ?-No, hand a weighty controversy, which is like to draw to by Heaven !-he that contemns art shall perish debate either by law or by force of arms, is desirous, through his own ignorance. Ten pieces!-a pittance for the present, to seek accommodation by a personal which I am half ashamed to offer to Toinette, to buy interview with his antagonist. He desires to know her new breast-laces.” what day will be propitious for the execution of such So saying, the indignant Sage nevertheless pluna purpose; also what is likely to be the success of ged the contemned pieces of gold into a large pouch such a negotiation, and whether his adversary will be which he wore at his girdle, which Toinetle, and moved to answer the confidence thus reposed in him, other abertors of lavish expense, generally conirived with gratitude and kindness, or may rather be likely to empty fully faster than the philosopher, with all to abuse the opportunity and advantage which such his art, could find the means of filling.* meeting may afford him?"
"It is an important question," said Martivalle, when the King had done reading "and requires that
CHAPTER XIV. I should set a planetary figure, and give it instant and deep consideration."
Let it be so, my good father in the sciences, and I see thee yet, fair France-- thou favour'd land thou shalt know what it is to oblige a King of
Of art and nature-thou art still before me ; France. We are determined, if the constellations for
Thy sons, to whom their labour is a sport,
So well thy grateful soil returns its tribute ; bid not,--and our own humble art leads us to think Thy sun-burnt daughters, with their laughing eyes that they approve our purpose, to hazard something, And glossy raven locks. But, favour'd France,
Thou hast had many a tale of wo to tell, even in our own person, to stop these anti-Christian
In ancient times as now.--Anonymous. "May the Saints forward your Majesty's pious in- Avoiding all conversation with any one, (for such tent," said the Astrologer, "and guard your sacred was his charge,) Quentin Durward proceeded hastiperson!”
ly to array himself in a strong but plain cuirass, Thanks, learned father.-Here is something, the * Martius Galeotti was a native of Narni, in Umbria. He was while, to enlarge your curious library."
secretary to Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary, and tuto: to
with thigh and arm-pieces, and placed on his head in order to avoid the pitfalls, snares, and similar a good steel cap without any visor. To these was contrivances, which were placed for the annoyance of added a handsome cassock or shamois leather, finely strangers. T'he Gascon was, however, complete. dressed, and laced down the seams with some em- | ly possessed of the clew to this labyrinth, and in a broidery, such as might become a superior officer in a quarter of an hour's riding, they found themselves benoble household.
yond the limits of Plessis le Parc, and not far distant These were brought to his apartment by Oliver, from the city of Tours. who, with his quiei, insinuating smile and manner, The moon, which had now extricated herself acquainted him that his uncle had been summoned from the clouds through which she was formerly to mount guard, purposely that he might make no wading, shed a full sea of glorious light upon a landinquiries concerning these mysterious movements. scape equally glorious. They saw the princely Loire
Your excuse will be made to your kinsman,'' rolling his majestic tide through the richest plain in said Oliver, smiling again; "and, my dearest son, France, and sweeping along between banks ornawhen you return safe from the execution of this plea- mented with towers and terraces, and with olives sing trust, I doubt not you will be found worthy of and vineyards. They saw the walls of the city of such promotion as will dispense with your account- 'Tours, the ancient capital of Touraine, raising their ing for your motions to any one, while it will place portal' towers and embattlements white in the moonvou at the head of those who must render an ac- light, while, from within their circie, rose the imcount of theirs to you."
mense Gothic mass which the devotion of the sainted So spoke Oliver le Diable, calculating, probably, in Bishop Perpetuus erected as early as the fifth century, his own mind, the great chance there was that the and which the zeal of Charlemagne and his succespoor youth, whose hand he squeezed affectionately as sors had enlarged with such architectural splendour, he spoke, must necessarily encounter death or cap- as rendered it the most magnificent church in France. tivity in the commission intrusted to his charge. The towers of the church of Saint Gatien were also He added to his fair words a small purse of gold, to visible, and the gloomy strength of the Castle, defray necessary expenses on the road, as a gratuity which was said to have been, in ancient times, the on the King's part.
residence of the Emperor Valentinian. At a few minutes before twelve at midnight, Quentin, Even the circumstances in which he was placed, according to his directions, proceeded to the second though of a nature so engrossing, did not prevent the court-yard, and paused under the Dauphin's Tow- wonder and delight with which the young Scottisher, which, as the reader knows, was assigned for the man, accustomed to the waste though impressive temporary residence of the Countesses of Croye. He landscape of his own mountains, and the poverty found, at this place of rendezvous, the men and even of his country's most stately scenery, looked on horses appointed to compose the retinue, leading two a scene, which art and nature seemed to have vied sumpter mules already loaded with baggage, and hold in adorning with their richest splendour. But he ing three palfreys for the two Countesses and a faithful was recalled to the business of the moment by the waiting-woman, with a stately war-horse for himself, voice of the elder lady, (pitched at least an octave whose steel-plated saddle glanced in the pale inoon- higher than those soft tones which bid adieu to light. Not a word of recognition was spoken on King Louis, ) demanding to speak with the leader of either side. The men sat still in their saddles, as if the band. Spurring his horse forward, Quentin rethey were motionless; and by the same imperfect spectfully presented himself to the ladies in that calight Quentin saw with pleasure that they were all pacity, and thus underwent the interrogatories of the armed, and held long lances in their hands. They | Lady Hameline. were only three in number; but one of them whispered “What was his name, and what his degree!" to Quentin, in a strong Gascon accent, that their He told both. guide was to join them beyond Tours.
" Was he perfectly acquainted with the road ?' Meantime, lights glanced to and fro at the lattices “He could not,” he replied, " pretend to much of the tower, as if there was bustle and preparation knowledge of the route, but he was furnished with among its inhabitants. At length a small door, full instructions, and he was, at their first restingwhich led from the bottom of the tower to the court
, place, to be provided with a guide, in all respects was unclosed, and three females came forth, attend competent to the task of directing their farther joured by a man wrapped in a cloak. They mounted ney: meanwhile, a horseman who had just joined in silence the palfreys which stood prepared for them, them, and made the number of their guard four, was while their attendant on foot led the way, and gave to be their guide for the first stage. the pas3-words and signals to the watchful guards, And wherefore were you selected for such a duty, whose posts they passed in succession. Thus they young gentleman ?" said the lady--"I am told you at length reached the exterior of these formidable are the same youth who was lately upon guard in barriers. Here the man on foot, who had hitherto the gallery in which we met the Princess of France. acted as their guide, paused, and spoke low and You seem young and inexperienced for such a charge earnestly to the two foremost females.
-a stranger, too, in France, and speaking the lanMay Heaven bless you, Sire," said a voice which guage as a foreigner.” thrilled up Quentin Durward's ear, "and forgive you, "I am bound to obey the commands
of the King; even if your purposes be more interested than your madam, but am not qualified to reason on them, words express! To be placed in safety under the answered the young soldier: protection of the good Bishop of Liege, is the utmost "Are you of noble birth ?'' demanded the same queextent of my desire."
rist. The person whom she thus addressed, muttered "I may safely affirm so, madam,” replied Quentin. an inaudible answer, and retreated back through the And are you not," said the younger lady, addressbarrier-gate, while 'Quentin thought, that, by the ing him in her turn, but with a timorous accent, moon-glimpse, he recognised in him the king him- "the same whom I saw when I was called to wait self, whose anxiety for the departure of his guests upon the King at yonder inn ?" had probably induced him to give his presence, in Lowering his voice, perhaps from similar feelings case scruples should arise on their part, or difficul- of timidity, Quentin answered in the affirmative. ties on that of the guards of the Castle.
“Then, methinks, my cousin," said the Lady IsaWhen the riders were bevond the Castle, it was belle, addressing the Lady Hameline, we must be necessary for some time to ride with great precaution, safe under this young gentleman's safeguard; he looks
not, at least, like one to whom the execution of a plan his son, John Corvinus. While at his court, he composed a work. De jocose dictis et factis Regis Matthie Corvini.
of treacherous cruelty upon two helpless women could Hungary in 1477, nnd was made prisoner at Venice on a charge be with safety intrusted." of having propagated heterodox opinions in a treatise entitled, On my honour, madam,” said Durward, "by the some of these doctrines, and might have suffered seriously but could not, for France and Scotland lai! into one, De komine interiore del corpore cius. He was obliged to recant fame of my House, by the bones of my ancestry, I of lus scholars. He went to France, attached himself to Louis guilty of treachery or cruelty towards you!" XI., and died in his service.
"You speak well, young man," said the Lady Hameline; " but we are accustomed to hear fair speech- of Rheinwein.-The very perfect knight is a lamb es from the King of France and his agents. It was among ladies, and a lion among lances. There was by these that we were induced, when the protection Thibault of Montign-God be with him !-he was the of the Bishop of Liege might have been attained with kindest soul alive, and not only was he never so disless risk than now, or when we might have thrown courteous as to lift hand against his lady, but, by our ourselves on that of Winceslaus of Germany, or of good dame, he who beat all enemies without doors, Edward of England, to seek refuge in France. And found a fair foe who could belabour him within.-Well, in what did the promises of the King result? In an 'was his own fault--he was one of the challengers at obscure and shameful concealing of us, under ple- the Passage of Haflinghem, and so well bestirred himbeian names, as a sort of prohibited wares, in yonder self, that, if had it pleased Heaven, and your grandpaltry hostelry, when we, --- who, as thou knowest
, father, there might have been a lady of Montigni, who Marthon,” (addressing her domestic,)." never put on had used his gentle nature more gently." our head-tire save under a canopy, and upon a dais of The Countess Isabelle, who had some reason to three degrees,-were compelled to attire ourselves, dread this Passage of Haflinghem, it being a topic standing on the simple floor, as if we had been two upon which her aunt was ai all times very diffuse, milkmaids."
suffered the conversation to drop; and Quentin, with Marthon admitted that her lady spoke a most me- the natural politeness of one who had been gently lancholy truth.
nurtured, dreading lest his presence might be a re"I would that had been the sorest evil, dear kins- straint on their conversation, rode forward to join the woman," said the Lady Isabelle; "I could gladly guide, as if to ask him some questions concerning have dispensed with state."
their route. "But not with society," said the elder Countess ; Meanwhile, the ladies continued their journey in si" that, my sweet cousin, was impossible."
lence, or in such conversation as is not worth narra"I would have dispensed with all, my dearest kins- ting, until day began to break; and as they had then woman," answered Isabelle, in a voice which pene- been on horseback for several hours, Quentin, anxtrated to the very heart of her young conductor and ious lest they should be fatigued, became impatient to guard, " with all for a safe and honourable retirement. know their distance from the nearest resting place. I wish not-God knows, I never wished-10 occasion "I will show it you," answered the guide, "in half war betwixt France and my native Burgundy, or that an hour." lives should be lost for such as I am. I only implo- "And then you leave us to other guidance ?" conred permission to retire to the Convent of Marmou-tinued Quentin. tier, or to any other holy sanctuary."
“Even so, Seignior Archer," replied the man; "my "You spoke then like a fool, my cousin," answer- journeys are always short and straight-When you ed the elder lady,."and not like a daughter of my no- and others, Seignior Archer, go by the bow, I always ble brother. It is well there is still one alive, who go by the cord. hath some of the spirit of the noble house of Croye. The moon had by this time long been down, and How should a high-born lady be known from a sun the lights of dawn were beginning to spread bright burnt milkmaid, save that spears are broken for the and strong in the east, and to gleam on the bosom of one, and only hazel poles shattered for the other? I a small lake, on the verge of which they had been tell you, maiden, that while I was in the very earliest riding for a short space of time. This lake lay in the bloom, scarcely older than yourself, the famous Pas- midst of a wide plain, scattered over with single trees sage of Arms at Haflinghem was held in my honour; groves, and thickets; but which might be yet termed the challengers were four, the assailants so many as open, so that objects began to be discerned with sufftwelve. It lasted three days; and cost the lives of cient accuracy. Quentin çast his eye on the person two adventurous knights, įhé fracture of one back- whom he rode beside, and, under the shadow of a bone, one collar-bone, three legs and two arms, besides slouched overspreading hat, which resembled the flesh-wounds and bruises beyond the heralds' count- sombrero of a Spanish peasant, he recognised the faing; and thus have the ladies of our house ever been cetious features of the same Petit-André, whose finhonoured. Ah! had you but half the heart of your gers, not long since, had, in concert with those of his noble ancestry, you would find means at some Court, | lugubrious brother, Trois-Eschelles, been so unpleawhere ladies' love and fame in arms are still prized, santly active about his throat.-Impelled by aversion, to maintain a tournament, at which your hand should not altogether unmixed with fear, (for in his own be the prize, as was that of your great-grandmother country the executioner is regarded with almost suof blessed memory, at the spear-running of Stras- perstitious horror,) which his late narrow escape had bourg; and thus should you gain the best lance in not diminished, Durward instinctively moved his Europe, to maintain the rights of the House of Croye, horse's head to the right, and pressing him at the same both against the oppression of Burgundy and the po- time with the spur, made a demi-volte, which separalicy of France."
ted him eight feet from his hateful companion. "But, fair kinswoman,", answered the younger "Ho, ho, ho, ho!" exclaimed Petit-André; " by our Countess, “I have been told by my old nurse, that Lady of the Gréve, our young soldier remembers us although the Rhinegrave was the best lance at the of old.-What! comrade, you bear no malice, I trust ? great tournament at Strasbourg, and so won the every one wins his bread in this country. No man hand of my respected ancestor, yet the
match was no need be ashamed of having come through my hands, happy one, as he used often to scold, and sometimes for I will do my work with any that ever tied a living even to beat, my great-grandmother of blessed me- weight to a dead tree.- And God hath given me grace
to be such a merry fellow withal-Ha! ha! ha! "And wherefore not,” said the elder Countess, in conld tell you such jests I have cracked between the her romantic enthusiasm for the profession of chival-foot of the ladder and the top of the gallows, that, by
why should those victorious arms, accustom- my halidome, I have been obliged to do my job rather ed to deal blows when abroad, be bound to restrain hastily, for fear the fellows should die with laughing, their energies at home? A thousand times rather and so shame my mystery!" would I be beaten twice a day, by a husband whose As he thus spoke, he edged his horse sideways, to arm was as much feared by others as by me, than be regain the interval which the Scot had left between the wife of a coward, who dared neither to lift hand them, saying at the same time, "Come, Seignior Arto his wife, nor to any one else!"
cher, let there be no unkindness betwixt us!--For my "I should wish you joy of such an active mate, fair part, I always do my duty without malice, and with a auni,” replied Isabelle, without envying you; for if light heart, and I never love a man better than when broken bones be lovely in tourneys, there is nothing I have put my scant-of-wind collar about his neck, to less amiable in ladies' bower."
dub him Knight of the Order of Saint Patibularius, as "Nay, but the beating is no necessary consequence the Provost's Chaplain, the worthy Father Vaconelof wedding with a knight of fame in arms," said the diablo, is wont to call the Patron Saint of the ProLady Hameline; "though it is true that our ancestor vostry.” of blessed memory, the Rhinegrave Gottfried, was "Keep back, thou wretched object!" exclaimed something rough-tempered, and addicted to the use I Quentin, as the finisher of the law again sought to