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approach him closer, "or I shall be tempted to teach While he spoke, the two knights-for they seemed you the distance that should be betwixt men of honour of no less rank--came up with the rear of the party, and such an outcast."

in which Quentin, with his sturdy adherent, had by “La you there, how hot you are!" said the fellow; this time stationed himself. They were fully accou" had you said men of honesty, there had been some tred in excellent armour of polished steel, without any savour of truth in it;--but for men of honour, good device by which they could be distinguished. lack, I have to deal with them every day, as nearly One of them, as they approached, called out to and closely as I was about to do business with you. Quentin, " Sir Squire, give place-we come to relieve But peace be with you, and keep your company to you of a charge which is above your rank and condiyourself. I would have bestowed a flagon of Auver- tion. You will do well to leave these ladies in our nât upon you to wash away every unkindness-but care, who are fitter to wait upon them, especially as 'tis like you scorn my courtesy:-Well. Be as churl- we know that in yours they are little better than capish as you list-I never quarrel with my customers- tives.'' my jerry-come-tumbles, my merry dancers, my little “In return to your demand, sirs,” replied Durplay-fellows, as Jacques Butcher says to his lambs ward, "know, in the first place, that I am dischargthose, in fine, who, like your seigniorship, have ing the duty imposed upon me by my present SoveH. E. M. P. written on their foreheads--No, no, let reign; and next, that however unworthy I may be, them use me as they list, they shall have my good the ladies desire to abide under my protection." service at last-and yourself shall see, when you “Out, sirrah !" exclaimed one of the champions ; next come under Petit-André's hands, that he knows will you, a wandering beggar, put yourself on terms how to forgive an injury."

of resistance against belted knights ?". So saying, and summing up the whole with a pro- "They are indeed terms of resistance," said Quenvoking wink, and such an interjectional tchick as tin, since they oppose your insolent and unlawful men quicken a dull horse with, Petit-André drew off aggression; and if there be difference of rank between to the other side of the path, and left the youth to us, which as yet I know not, your discourtesy has digest the taunts he had treated him with as his done it away.' Draw your sword, or, if you will use proud Scottish stomach best might. A strong desire the lance, take ground for your career.” had Quentin to have belaboured him while the staff While the knights turned their horses, and rode of his lance could hold together ; but he put a re- back to the distance of about a hundred and fifty straint on his passion, recollecting that a brawl with yards, Quentin, looking to the ladies, bent low on his such a character could be creditable at no time or saddle-bow, as if desiring their favourable regard, and place, and that a quarrel of any kind, on the present as they streamed towards him their kerchiefs in tooccasion, would be a breach of duty, and might in- ken of encouragement, the two assailants had gained volve the most perilous consequences. He therefore the distance necessary for their charge. swallowed his wrath at the ill-timed and professional Calling to the Gascon to bear himself like a man, jokes of Mons. Petit-André, and contented himself Durward put his steed into motion; and the four with devoutly hoping that they had not reached the horsemen met in full career in the midst of the ground ears of his fair charge, on which they could not be which at first separated them. The shock was fatal supposed to make an impression in favour of himself, to the poor Gascon; for his adversary, aiming at his as one obnoxious to such sarcasms. But he was face, which was undefended by a visor, ran him speedily aroused from such thoughts by the cry of through the eye into the brain, so that he fell dead both the ladies at once, “Look back, look back!- from his horse. For the love of Heaven look to yourself, and us--we On the other hand, Quentin, though labouring unare pursued !"

der the same disadvantage, swayed himself in the Quentin hastily looked back, and saw that two saddle so dexterously, that the hostile lance, slightly armed men were in fact following them, and riding scratching his cheek, passed over his right shoulder; at such a pace as must soon bring them up with their while his own spear, striking his antagonist fair upon party. It can,” he said, " be only some of the Pro- the breast, hurled him to the ground. Quentin jumped vostry making their rounds in the Forest.- Do thou off, to unhelm his fallen opponent; but the other look," he said to Petit-André, " and see what they knight, (who had never yet spoken,) seeing the for

tune of his companion, dismounted still more speedily Petit-André obeyed; and rolling himself jocosely than Durward, and bestriding his friend, who lay in the saddle after he had made his observations, re- senseless, exclaimed, " In the name of God and Saint plied, "These, fair sir, are neither your comrades nor Martin, mount, good fellow, and get thee gone with mine-neither Archers nor Marshalmen--for I think thy woman's ware!- Ventre Saint Gris, they have they wear helmets, with visors lowered, and gorgets caused mischief enough this morning." of the same. -A plague upon these gorgets, of all "By your leave, Sir Knight," said Quentin, who other pieces of armour !-I have fumbled with them could not brook the menacing ione in which this adan hour before I could undo the rivets."

vice was given, “I will first see whom I have had to "Do you, gracious ladies,” said Durward, without do with, and learn who is to answer for the death of attending to Petit-André, "ride forward--not so fast my comrade." as to raise an opinion of your being in flight, and yet "That shalt thou never live to know or to tell," fast enough to avail yourselves of the impediment answered the Knight. "Get thee back in peace, good which I shall presently place between you and these fellow. If we were fools for interrupting your pas men who follow us.

sage, we have had the worst, for thou hast done more The Countess Isabelle looked to their guide, and evil than the lives of thou and thy whole band coula then whispered to her aunt, who spoke to Quentin repay:--Nay, if thou uilt have it,"; (for Quentin now thus-“We have confidence in your care, fair Archer, drew his sword, and advanced on him,) " take it with and will rather abide the risk of whatever may chance a vengeance !" in your company, than we will go onward with that So saying, he dealt the Scot such a blow on the man, whose mien is, we think, of no good augury." helmet, as, till that moment, (though bred where

" Be it as you will, ladies," said the youth-" There good blows were plenty,) he had only read of in roare but two who come after us; and though they be mance. It descended like a thunderbolt, beating knights, as their arms seem to show, they shall, if down the guard which the young soldier had raised they have any evil purpose, learn how a Scottish to protect his head, and, reaching his helmet of proof, gentleman can do his devoir in the presence and for cut it through so far as to touch his hair, but without the defence of such as you.-Which of you there,” he farther injury; while Durward, dizzy, stunned, and continued, addressing the guards whom he com- beaten down on one knee, was for an instant at the manded, is willing to be my comrade, and to break mercy of the knight, had it pleased him to second his a lance with these gallants ?":

blow. But compassion for Quentin's youth, or admiTwo of the men absolutely faltered in resolution ; ration of his courage, or a generous love of fair play, but the third, Bertrand Guyot, swore," that cap de made him withhold from taking such advantage; diou, were they Knights of King Arthur's Round Table, while Durward, collecting himself

, sprung up and athe would try their mettle, for the honour of Gascony." 'tacked his antagonist with the energy of one deter

inay be."

mined to conquer or die, and at the same time with themselves; but whether they might be called good the presence of mind necessary for fighting the quar- service to the King, or so esteemed by him, was a rel out to the best advantage. Resolved not again to very different question. expose himself to such dreadful blows as he had just The Duke had now recovered his breath, and was sustained, he employed the advantage of superior agi- able to sit up and give attention to what passed be. lity, increased by the comparative lightness of his ar- twixt Dunois and Crawford, while the former pleaded mour, to harass his antagonist, by traversing on all cagerly, that there was no occasion to mention in the sides, with a suddenness of motion and rapidity of matter the name of the most noble Orleans, while he attack, against which the knight, in his heavy pano- was ready to take the whole blame on his own shoulply, found it difficult to defend himself without much ders; and to avouch that the Duke had only come fatigue.

thither in friendship to him. It was in vain that this generous antagonist called Lord Crawford continued listening, with his eyes aloud to Quentin, that there now remained no cause fixed on the ground, and from time to tiine le sighed of fight betwixt ther, and that he was loath to be and shook his head. At lengih he said, looking up, constrained to do him injury.” Listening only to the “Thou knowest, Dunois, that for thy father's sake, suggestions of a passionate wish to redeem the shame as well as thine own, I would full fain do thee a ser of his temporary defeat, Durward continued to assail vice. hiin with the rapidity of lightning-now menacing " It is not for myself I demand any thing,"answer. him with the edge, now with the point of his sword- ed Dunois. "Thou hast my sword, and I am your and ever keeping such an eye on the motions of his prisoner-what needs more?-But it is for this noble opponent, of whose superior strength he had had ter- Prince, the only hope of France, if God should call rible proof, that he was ready to spring backward, or the Dauphin. He only came hither to do me a faaside, from under the blows of his tremendous wea- vour-in an effort to make my fortune--in a matter pon.

which the King had partly encouraged.”. “Now the devil be with thee for an obstinate and "Dunois,” replied Crawford, “if another had told presumptuous fool," muttered the knight," that can- me thou hadst brought the noble Prince into this jeonot be quiet till thou art knocked on the head!" So pardy to serve any purpose of thine own, I had told saying, he changed his mode of fighting, collected him it was false. And now, that thou dost pretend so himself as if to stand on the defensive, and seemed thyself, I can hardly believe it is for the sake of speakcontented with parrying, instead of returning, the ing the truth.” olows which Quentin unceasingly aimed at him, with Noble Crawford," said Orleans, who had now enthe internal resolution, that the instant when either tirely recovered from his swoon, you are too like in loss of breath, or any false or careless pass of the character to your friend Dunois, not to do him justice. young soldier, should give an opening, he would put It was indeed I that dragged him hither, most unwilan end to the fight by a single blow. It is likely he lingly, upon an enterprise of hair-brained passion, might have succeeded in this artful policy, but Fate suddenly and rashly undertaken.-Look on me all had ordered it otherwise.

who will,” he added, rising up and turning to the sol. The duel was still at the hottest, when a large party, diery-**I am Louis of Orleans, willing to pay the peof horse rode up, crying, "Hold, in the King's name!" nalty of my own folly. I trust the King will limit his Both champions stepped back-and Quentin saw, displeasure to me, as is but jusi.- Meanwhile, as a with surprise, that his Captain, Lord Crawford, was child of France must not give up his sword to any at the head of the party who had thus interrupted one-not even to you, brave Crawford-fare thee well, their combat. There was also Tristan l'Hermite, good steel." with two or three of his followers; making, in all, So saying, he drew his sword from its scabbard, perhaps twenty horse.

and flung it into the lake. It went through the air like a stream of lightning, and sunk in the flashing

waters, which speedily closed over it. All remained CHAPTER XV.

standing in irresolution and astonishment, so high was the rank, and so much esteemed was the cha

racter, of the culprit; while, at the same time, all He was a son of Egypt as he told me,

were conscious that the consequences of his rash enAnd one descended from those dread magicians,

terprise, considering the views which the King had Who waged rash war, when Israel dwelt in Goshen, With Israel and her Prophet-matching rod

upon him, were likely to end in his utter ruin. With his the son's of Levis--and encountering

Dunois was the first who spoke, and it was in the

chiding tone of an offended, and distrusted friend :Till upon Egypt came the avenging Angel,

"So! your Highness hath judged it fit to cast away And those proud sages wept for their first born, As wept the unletter'd peasant.-- Anonymous.

your best sword, in the same morning when it was

your pleasure to fling away the King's favour, and 10 The arrival of Lord Crawford and his guard put an slight the friendship of Dunois ?" immediate end to the engagement which we endea- My dearest kinsman,” said the Duke, "when or voured to describe in the last chapter; and the Knight, how was it in my purpose to slight your friendship, throwing off his helmet, hastily gave the old lord his by telling the truth, when it was due to your safety sword, saying, “Crawford, I render myself-But hi- and my honour ?'' ther-and lend me your ear-a word, for God's sake- “What had you to do with my safety, my most save the Duke of Orleans !''

princely cousin, I would pray to know ?" answered "How?-what?--the Duke of Orleans!" exclaimed Dunois grufily; -"What, in God's name, was it 10 the Scottish commander,--"How came this, in the you, if I had a mind to be hanged, or strangled, or name of the foul fiend ? It will ruin the callant with Aung into the Loire, or poniarded, or broke on the the King, for ever and a day.”

wheel, or hung up alive in an iron cage, or buried alive * Ask no questions,” said Dunois--for it was no in a castle-fosse, or disposed of in any other way in other than he-"it was all my fault. ---See, he stirs, which it might please King Louis to get rid of his I came forth but to have a snatch at yonder damsel, faithful subject ?- you need not wink and frown, and and make myself a landed and a married man--and point to Tristan l'Hermite-1 see the scoundrel as see what is come on't. Keep back your canaille-let well as you do.) But it would not have stood so hard no man look upon him.” So saying, he opened the with me--And so much for my safety. And then for visor of Orleans, and threw water on his face, which your own honour-by the blush of Saint Magdalene, was afforded by the neighbouring lake.

I think the honour would have been to have missed Quentin Durward, meanwhile, stood like one pla- this morning's work, or kept it out of sight. Here net-struck; so fast did new adventures pour in upon has your highness got yourself unhorsed by a wild him. He had now, as the pale features of his first Scottish boy." antagonist assured him, borne to the earth the firat "Tut, tut !" said Lord Crawford; "never shame Prince of the blood in France, and had measured his Highness for that. It is not the first time a Scotswords with her best champion,

the celebrated Du- tish boy hath broke a good lance-I am glad the youth nois;-both of them achievements honourable hath borne him well."


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"I will say nothing to the contrary," said Dunois ; | jected, his eyes fixed on the ground, and his heart "yel, had your Lordship come something later than filled with the most painful reflections. you did, there might have been a vacancy in your As he was now again at the head of the little troop, band of Archers.'

and pursuing the road which had been pointed out “Ay, ay," answered Lord Crawford ; "I can read to him, the Lady Hameline had an opportunity to your handwriting in that cleft morion.-Some one say to him, take it from the lad, and give him a bonnel, which Methinks, fair sir, you regret the victory which with its steel lining, will keep his head better than that your gallantry has attained in our behalf?”. broken loom.-And let me tell your Lordship, that There was something in the question which soundyour own armour of proof is not without some marks ed like irony, but Quentin had iact enough to answer of good Scottish handwriting: -But, Dunois, I must simply and

with sincerity, now request the Duke of Orleans and you to take "I can regret nothing that is done in the service of horse and accompany me, as I have power and com- such ladies as you are; but, methinks, had it consisted mission to convey, you to a place different from that with your safety, I had rather have fallen by the eword which my good will might assign you."

of so good a soldier as Dunois, than have been the "May I not speak one word, my Lord of Crawford, means of consigning that renowned knight and his to yonder fair ladies ?" said the Duke of Orleans. unhappy chief, the Duke of Orleans, to yonder fearful

"Not one syllable," answered Lord Crawford ; "I dungeons." am too much a friend of your Highness to permit " It was, then, the Duke of Orleans," said the elsuch an act of folly.”—Then addressing Quentin, he der lady, turning to her niece. "I thought so, even added, You, young man, have done your duty.--Go at the distance from which we beheld the fray. - You on to obey the charge with which you are intrusted." see, kinswoman, what we might have been, had this

"Under favour, my Lord," said Tristan, with his sly and avaricious monarch permitted us to be seen usual brutality of manner, "the youth must find at his Court. The first Prince of the blood of France, another guide. I cannot do without Petit-André, and the valiant Dụnois, whose name is known as when there is so like to be business on hand for him.' wide as that of his heroic father-This young gentle

“The young man," said Petit-André, now coming man did his devoir bravely and well; but methinks forward," has only to keep the path which lies 'tis pity that he did not succumb with honour, since straight before him, and it will conduct him to a his ill-advised gallantry has stood betwixt us and place where he will find the man who is to act as these princely rescuers. his guide. I would not for a thousand ducats be ab- The Countess Isabelle replied in a firm and almost sent from my Chief this day! I have hanged knights a displeased tone; with an energy, in short, which and squires many a one, and wealthy Echevins, and Quentin had not yet observed her use. burgomasters to boot-even counts and marquisses "Madam,” she said, " but that I know you jest, I have tasted of my_handy-work-but, a-humph”- would say your speech is ungrateful to our brave de He looked at the Duke, as if to intimate that he fender, to whom we owe more, perhaps, than you are would have filled up the blank, with "a Prince of the aware of. Had these gentlemen succeeded so far in blood!"-"Ho, ho, ho! Petit André, thou wilt be their rash enterprise as to have defeated our escorts read of in Chronicle !"

is it not still evident, that on the arrival of the royal "Do you permit your ruffians to hold such language guard, we must have shared their captivity? For in such a presence ?" said Crawford, looking sternly my own part, I give tears, and will soon beslow to Tristan.

masses on the brave man who has fallen, and I trust," "Why do you not correct him yourself, my lord ?" (she continued more timidly,)."that he who lives sad Tristan, sullenly.

will accept my grateful thanks." "Because thy hand is the only one in this compa- As Quentin turned his face towards her, to return ny that can beat him, without being degraded by the fitting acknowledgments, she saw the blood such an action.”

which streamed down on one side of his face, and "Then rule your own men, my Lord, and I will exclaimed, in a tone of deep feeling, “Holy Virgin, be answerable for mine," said the Provost-Marshal. he is wounded! he bleeds !--Dismount, sir, and lei

Lord Crawford seemed about to give a passionate your wound be bound up.' reply; but, as if he had thought better of it

, turned In spite of all that Durward could say of the slighthis back short upon Tristan, and requesting the Duke ness of his hurt

, he was compelled to dismount, and of Orleans and Dunois to ride one on either hand of to seat himself on a bank, and unhelmet himself, him, he made a signal of adieu to the ladies, and said while the ladies of Croye, who, according to a fashion to Quentin, "God bless thee, my child; thou hast be- not as yet antiquated, pretended to some knowledge gun thy service valiantly, though in an unhappy of leech-craft, washed the wound, stanched the blood,

He was about to go off-when Quentin and bound it with the kerchief of the younger Councould hear Dunois whisper to Crawford, "Do you tess, in order to exclude the air, for so their practice carry us to Plessis ?"

prescribed. "No, my unhappy and rash friend," answered In modern times, gallants seldom or never tako Crawford, with a sigh ; " to Loches."

wounds for ladies' sake, and damsels on their side "To Loches !" The name of a castle, or rather never meddle with the cure of wounds. Each has a prison, yet inore dreaded than Plessis itself, fell like danger the less. That which the men escape will a death-toll upon the ear of the young Scotchman.- be generally acknowledged; but the peril of dressing He had heard it described as a place destined to the such a slight wound as that of Quentin's, which inworkings of those secret acts of cruelty with which volved nothing formidable or dangerous, was pereven Louis shamed to pollute the interior of his own haps as real in its way as the risk of encountering it. residence. There were in this place of terror dungeons We have already said the patient was eminently under dungeons, some of them unknown even to the handsome; and the removal of his helmet, or, more keepers themselves; living graves, to which men were properly, of his morion, had suffered his fair locks to consigned, with little hope of farther employment du- escape in profusion, around a countenance in which ring the rest of their life, than to breathe impure air, the hilarity of youth was qualified by a blush of moand feed on bread and water. At this formidable castle desty at once and pleasure. And then the

feelings of were also those dreadful places of confinement called the younger Countess, when compelled to hold the cages, in which the wretched prisoner could neither kerchief to the wound, while her aunt sought in their stand upright, nor stretch himself at length, an in- baggage for some vulnerary remedy, were mingled at vention, it is said, of the Cardinal Balue. It is no once with a sense of delicacy and embarrassment: a wonder that the name of this place of horrors, and thrill of pity for the patient, and of gratitude for his the consciousness that he had been partly the means services, which exaggerated, in her eyes, his good of dispatching thither two such illustrious victims, mien and handsome features. In short

, this incident struck so much sadness into the heart of the young seemed intended by Fate to complete the mysterious Scot, that he rode for some time with his head de- communication which she had, by many, petty and

* Who himself tenanted one of these deng sot more than apparently accidental circumstances, established bedeven years.

twixt two persons, who, though far different in rank VOL. IV. 2 W


and fortune, strongly resembled each other in youth, The rider was even more singular in his appearance beauty, and the romantic tenderness of an affection than the horse which he rode, though that was exate disposition. It was no wonder, therefore, that tremely unlike the horses of France. Although he from this moment the thoughts of the Countess Isa- managed his palfrey with great dexterity, he sat with belle, already so familiar to his imagination, should his feet in broad stirrups, something resembling become paramount in Quentin's bosom, nor that if shovels, so short in the leathers, that his knees were the maiden's feelings were of a less decided character, wellnigh as high as the pommel of his saddle. His at least so far as known to herself, she should think dress was a red turban of small size, in which he of her young

defender, to whom she had just render- wore a sullied plume, secured by a class of silver; his od a service so interesting, with more emotion than unic, which was shaped like those of the Estradiots, of any of the whole band" of high-born nobles who (a sort of troops whom the Venetians at that time had for two years past besieged her with their adora- levied in the provinces, on the eastern side of their tion. Above all, when the thought of Campo-Basso, gulf,) was green in colour, and tawdrily laced with the unworthy favourite of Duke Charles, with his hy- gold; he wore very wide drawers or trowsers of pocritical mien, his base, treacherous spirit, his wry white, though none of the cleanest, which gathered neck, and his squint, occurred to her, his portrait was beneath the knee, and his swarthy legs were quite more disgustingly hideous than ever, and deeply, did bare, unless for the complicated laces which bound a che resolve no tyranny should make her enter into pair of sandals on bis feet; he had no spurs, the edge 60 hateful a union.

of his large stirrups being so sharp as to serve to In the meantime, whether the good Lady Hame- goad the horse in a very severe manner. In a crimline of Croye understood and admired masculine son sash this singular horseman wore a dagger on beauty as much as when she was fifteen years young- the right side, and on the left a short crooked Moorish er, (for the good Countess was at least thirty-five, if sword; and by a tarnished baldric over the shoulder the records of that noble house speak the truth,) or hung the horn which announced his approacn. He whether she thought she had done their young pro- had a swarthy and sun-burnt visage, with a thin tector less justice than she ought, in the first view beard, and piercing dark eyes, a well-formed mouth which she had taken of his services, it is certain that and nose, and other features which might have been he began to find favour in her eyes.

pronounced handsome, but for the black elf-locks My niece," she said, " has bestowed on you a which hung around his face, and the air of wildness kerchief for the binding of your wound; I will give and emaciation, which rather seemed to indicate a you one to grace your gallantry, and to encourage savage than a civilized man. you in your farther progress in chivalry:

He also is a Bohemian !" said the ladies to each So saying, she gave him a richly embroidered ker- other; "Holy Mary, will the King again place conchief of blue and silver, and pointing to the housing fidence in these outcasts?" of her palfrey, and the plumes in her riding-cap, de- "I will question the man, if it be your pleasure," sired him to observe that the colours were the same. said Quentin, "and assure myself of his fidelity as I The fashion of the time prescribed one absolute best may.' mode of receiving such a favour, which Quentin fol- Durward, as well as the ladies of Croye, had rolowed accordingly, by tying the napkin round his cognised in this man's dress and appearance, the arm; yet his manner of acknowledgment had more habit and the manners of those vagrants with whom of awkwardness, and less of gallantry, in it, than he had nearly been confounded by the hasty properhaps it might have had at another time, and in ceedings of Trois-Eschelles and Petit-André; and he another presence; for though the wearing of a lady's too, entertained very natural apprehensions concern. favour, given in such a manner, was merely matter ing the risk of reposing trust in one of that vagrant of general compliment, he would much rather have race. preferred the right of displaying on his arm that Art thou come hither to seek us ?” was his first which bound the wound inflicted by the sword of question. Dunois.

The stranger nodded. Meantime they continued their pilgrimage, Quentin "And for what purpose?" now riding abreast of the ladies, into whose society "To guide you to the palace of him of Liege. he seemed to be tacitly adopted. He did not speak Of the Bishop ?" much, however, being filled by the silent conscious- The Bohemian again nodded. ness of happiness, which is afraid of giving too strong What token canst thou give me, that we should vent to its feelings. The Countess Isabelle spoke yield credence to thee ?" still less, so that the conversation was chiefly carried “Even the old rhyme, and no other," answered on by the Lady Hameline, who showed no inclina- the Bohemian, tion to let it drop; for, to initiate the young Archer,

"The page slow the boar, as she said, into the principles and practice of chivalry,

The peer had the gloire." she detailed to him, at full length, the Passage of "A true token," said Quentin; "Lead on, good Arms at Haflinghem, where she had distributed the fellow-I will speak farther with thee presen uy." prizes among the viciors.

Then falling back to the ladies, he said, "I am con Not much interested, I am sorry to say, in the de- vinced this man is the guide we are to expect, for he scription of this splendid scene, or in the heraldic bath brought me a pass-word, snown, I think, but to boarings of the different Flemish and German knights, the King and me. But I will discourse with him farwhich the lady blazoned with pitiless accuracy ther, and endeavour to ascertain

how far be is to be Quentin began to entertain some alarm lest he should trusted." have passed the place where his guide was to join him-a most serious disaster, and from which, should it really have taken place, the very worst conse

CHAPTER XVI. quences were to be apprehended.

While he hesitated whether it would be better to
send back one of his followers, to see whether this I am as free as Nature first made man,
might not be the case, he heard the blast of a horn, Ere the base laws of servitude began,
and looking in the direction from which the sound

When wild in woods the noble savage ran. came, beheld a horseman riding very fast towards

The Conquest of Grekeda them. The low size, and wild, shaggy, untrained WHILE Quentin held the brief communication with state of the animal, reminded Quentin

of the moun- the ladies, necessary to assure them that this extratain breed of horses in his own country; but this ordinary addition to their party was the guide whom was much more finely limbed, and, with the same they were to expect on the King's part, he noticed, appearance of hardiness, was more rapid in its move (for he was as alert in observing the motions of the ments. The head particularly, which, in the Scot- stranger, as the

Bohetnian could be on his party) that tish pony, is often lumpish and heavy, was small and the man not only turned his head as far back as he well placed in the neck of this animal, with thin jaws, could, to peer at them, but that, with

a singular sort ","l sparkling eyes, and expanded nostrils.

of agility, more resembling that of a monkey than of


a man, he had screwed bis whole person around on "Under whose laws do you live ?" the saddle, so as to sit almost sidelong upon the "I acknowledge obedience to none, but as it suits horse, for the convenience, as it seemed, of watching my pleasure or my necessities," said the Bohemian. them more attentively.

Who is your leader, and commands you ?" Not greatly pleased with this maneuvre, Quentin The Father of our tribe-if I choose to obey him," rode up to the Bohemian, and said to him, as he sud- said the guide-"otherwise I have no commander." denly assumed his proper position on the horse, "Me- "You are then," said the wondering querisi, "destithinks, friend, you will prove but a blind guide, if you tute of all that other men are combined by you have look at the tail of your horse rather than his ears. no law, no leader, no settled means of subsistence,

And if I were actually blind," answered the Bohe- no house, or home. You have, may Heaven commian, “I could not the less guide you through any coun: 1 passionate you, no country and, may Heaven entry in this realm of France, or in those adjoining to it." | lighten and forgive you, you have no Ġod-What is "Yet you are no Frenchman born," said the Scot. it that remains to you, deprived of government, do"I am not,” answered the guide.

mestic happiness, and religion ?", "What countryman, then, are you ?" demanded "I have liberty," said the Bohemian-"I crouch Quentin.

to no one-obey no one-respect no one.--I go where "I am of no country," answered the guide. I will-live as I can--and die when my day comes.' How! of no country ?" repeated the Scot.

But you are subject to instant execution, at the 'No," answered the Bohemian, "of none. I am a pleasure of the Judge ?" Zingaro, a Bohemian, an Egyptian, or whatever the "Be it so," returned the Bohemian; "I can but die Europeans, in their different languages, may choose so much the sooner." to call our people; but I have no country.”

"And to imprisonment also," said the Scot; "and Are you a Christian ?" asked the Scotchman. where then is your boasted freedom ?” The Bohemian shook his head.

"In my thoughts," said the Bohemian, " which no "Dog!" said Quentin, (for there was little tolera- chains can bind; while yours, even when your limbs tion in the spirit of Catholicism in those days,) "dost are free, remain fettered by your laws and your superthou worship Mahoun ?"

stitions, your dreams of local attachment, and your "No," was the indifferent and concise answer of fantastic visions of civil policy. Such as I are free in the guide, who neither seemed offended or surprised spirit when our limbs are chained-You are imprisonat the young man's violence of manner.

ed in mind, even when your limbs are most at freedom." "Are you a Pagan, then, or what are you ?". "Yet the freedom of your thoughts,” said the Sco!, "I have no religion," answered the Bohemian. "relieves not the pressure of the gyves on your limbs. Durward started back;

for though he had heard of "For a brief time that may be endured," answered Saracens and Idolaters, it had never entered into his the vagrant; "and if within that period I cannot ex. ideas or belief, that any body of men could exist who tricate

myself, and fail of relief from my comrades, I practised no mode of worship whatever. He reco- can always die, and death is the most perfect freedom vered from his astonishment, to ask his guide where of all." he usually dwelt.

There was a deep pause of some duration, which "Wherever I chance to be for the time," replied the Quentin at length broke by resuming his queries. Bohemian. “I have no home."

'Yours is a wandering race, unknown to the na"How do you guard your property ?".

tions of Europe --Whence do they derive their origin?” "Excepting the clothes which I wear, and the horse "I may not tell you," answered the Bohemian. I ride on, I have no property.

"When will they relieve this kingdom from their "Yet you dress gayly, and ride gallantly,” said Dur- presence, and return to the land from whence they ward. “What are your means of subsistence." came ?" said the Scot.

"I eat when I am hungry, drink when I am thirsty, "When the day of their pilgrimage shall be accomand have no other means of subsistence than chance plished,” replied his vagrant guide. throws in my way,” replied the vagabond.

"Are you not sprung from those tribes of Israel, which - Religion of the Bohemians - It was a remarkable feature in the were carried into captivity beyond the great river Eucharacter of these wanderers, that they did not, like the Jews, phrates ?") said Quentin, who had not forgotten the whom they otherwise resembled in some particulars, possess of lore which had been taught him at Aberbrothick. profess any particular religion, whether in form or principle.They readily conformed, as far as might be required, with the

"Had we been so," answered the Bohemian, "we religion of any country in which they happened to sojourn, nor had followed their faith, and practised their rites.'' did they ever practise it more than was demanded of them. It “What is thine own name?" said Durward. is certain that in India they embraced neither the tenets of the religion of Bramah, nor of Mahomet. They have hence been the men beyond our tents call me Hayraddin Mau

"My proper name is only known to my brethrenNute or Parias. Their want of religion is supplied by a good grabin, that is, Hayraddin the African Moor." deal of superstition. Such of their ritual as can be discovered, "Thou speakest too well for one who hath lived for example that belonging to marriage, in savage in the

extreme, always in thy filthy horde," said the Scot, and resembles the customs of the Hottentots more than of any civilized people. They adopt various observances, picked up

"I have learned some of the knowledge of this from the religion of the country in which they live. It is, of land," said Hayraddin.--"When I was a little boy, rather was, the custom of the tribes on the Borders of England our tribe was chased by the hunters after human and Scotland, to attribute success to those journeys which are flesh. An errow went through my mother's head, usually try to obtain permission from the beadle to do so when and she died. I was entangled in the blanket on the church is empty, for the performance of divine service is her shoulders, and was taken by the pursuers. A not considered as essential to the omen. They are, therefore, priest begged me from the Provost's archers, and totally devoid of any effectual sense of religion, and the higher trained me up in Frankish learning for two or three no deity save those of Epicurus, and such is described as being years." the faith, or no faith, of Hayraddin Maugrabin.

"How came you to part with him ?" demanded I may here take notice, that nothing is more disagreeable to Durward. this indolent and voluptuous people, than being forced to follow any regular profession. When Paris was garrisoned by the

"I stole money from him-even the God which he Allied troops in the year 1815, the author was walking with a worshipped,".. answered Hayraddin, with perfect British officer, near a post held by the Prussian troops. He hap- composure; "he detected me, and beat me-I stabbed pened at the time to smoko a cigar, and was about while pass: him with my knife, fled to the woods, and was again ing the sentinel, to take it out of his

mouth, in compliance with a united to my people." general regulation to that effect, when greatly to the astonishment of the passengers, the soldier addressed them in these "Wretch ?" said Durward, "did you murder your Words : Rauchensic immerforu; verdant sey der Preussiche benefactor ?" dienst!" that is, "Smoke away; may the Prussian service be "What had he to do to burden me with his bened-d!" Upon looking closely at the man, he seemed plainly to be a Zigeuner, or gipsy, who took this method of expressing fits ?-The Zingaro boy was no house-bred cur, to his detestation of the duty imposed on him. When the risk he dog the heels of his master, and crouch beneath his degree of dislike which could make him commit himself a wolf-whelp,

which at the first opportunity broke his ran by doing so is considered, it will be found to argue a deep blows, for scraps of food-He was the imprisoned the prugel would have been the slightest instrument of punish: chain, rended his master, and returned to his wilder mant employed.


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