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But it will be no barrier between my ladies and been highly pleased and interested by the grace, yet the marauder, should we cross the river, and travel nairele, of his general behaviour and conversation on the right bank," answered the Scot,
and the mixture of shrewd intelligence which natu“Heaven will protect its own, young man," said the rally belonged to him, with the simplicity arising from friar; "for it were hard to think that the Kings of his secluded education and distant country. He let yonder blessed city of Cologne, who will not endure them understand, that it would be necessary that that a Jew or Infidel should even enter within the they should prepare for their journey this morning rawalls of their town, could be oblivious enough to per-ther earlier than usual; and, accordingly, they left mit their worshippers, coming to their shrine as irue the convent immediately after a morning repast
, for pilgrims, to be plundered and misused by such a mis- which, as well as the other hospitalities of the House, creant dog as this Boar of Ardennes, who is worse the ladies made acknowledgment by a donation to than a whole desert of Saracen heathens, and all the the altar, befitting rather their rank than their apten tribes of Israel to boot."
pearance. But this excited no suspicion, as they Whatever reliance Quentin, as a sincere Catholic, were supposed to be English women; and the attrwas bound to rest upon the special protection of Mel- bute of superior wealth attached at that time to the chior, Caspar, and Balthasar, he could not but re-insular character as strongly as in our own day. collect, that the pilgrim habits of the ladies being as- The Prior blessed them as they mounted to depart, sumed out of mere earthly policy, he and his charge and congratulated Quentin on the absence of his heacould scarcely expect their countenance on the pre- then guide; "for,'' said the venerable man, “better sent occasion; and therefore resolved, as far as possi- stumble in the path, than be upheld by the arm of a ble, to avoid placing the ladies in any predicament thief or robber.' where miraculous interposition mighi be necessary; Quentin was not quite of his opinion; for, dangerwhilst, in the simplicity of his good faith, he himself ous as he knew the Bohemian to be, he thought he vowed a pilgrimage to the Three Kings of Cologne could use his services, and, at the same time, bafflo in his own proper person, provided the simulate de his treasonable purpose, now that he saw clearly lo sign of those over whose safety he was now watch what it tended. But his anxiety upon this subject was ing, should be permitted by those reasonable and roy; soon at an end, for the litile cavalcade was not an al, as well as sainted personages, to attain the desired hundred yards from the monastery and the village, effect.
before Maugrabin joined it, riding as usual on his little That he might enter into this obligation with all active and wild-looking jen net. Their road led them solemnity, he requested the friar to show him into one along the side of the same brook where Quentin had of the various chapels which opened from the main overheard the mysterious conference of the preceding body of the church of the convent, where, upon his evening, and Hayraddin had not long rejoined them, knees, and with sincere devotion, he ratified the vow ere they passed under the very willow-tree which had which he had made internally. The distant sound of afforded Durward the means of concealment, when the choir, the solemnity of the deep and dead hour he became an unsuspected bearer of what then passed which he had chosen for this act of devotion, the ef- betwixt that false guide and the lanzknecht. fect of the glimmering lamp with which the little The recollections which the spot brought back Gothic building was illuminated-all contributed to stirred Quentin to enter abruptly into conversation throw Quentin's mind into the state when it most with his guide, whom hitherto he had scarce spoken to. readily acknowledges its human frailty, and seeks that “Where hast thou found night-quarter, thou prosupernatural aid and protection, which, in every wor- fane knave ?" said the Scot. ship, must be connected with repentance for past sins, "Your wisdom may guess, by looking on my gaand resolutions of future amendment. That the ob- berdine," answered the Bohemian, pointing to his ject of his devotion was misplaced, was not the fault dress, which was covered with the seeds of hay. of Quentin; and, its purpose being sincere, we can A good haystack," said Quentin, " is a convescarce suppose it unacceptable to the only true Deity, nient bed for an astrologer, and a much better than a who regards the motives, and not the forms of prayer, heathen scoffer at our blessed religion, and its minisand in whose eyes the sincere devotion of a heathen ters, ever deserves." is more estimable than the specious hypocrisy of a " It suited my Klepper better than me, though," Pharisee.
said Hayraddin, patting his horse on the neck; " for Having commended himself and his helpless com- he had food and shelter at the same time. The old panions to the Saints, and to the keeping of Provi- bald fools tụrned him loose, as if a wise man's horse dence, Quentin at length retired to rest, leaving the could have infected with wit or sagacity a whole confriar much edified by the depth and sincerity of his vent of asses. Lucky that Klepper knows my whisdevotion.
tle, and follows me as truly as a hound, or we had
never met again, and you in your turn might have CHAPTER XVIII.
whistled for a guide.”
"I have told thee more than once,” said Durward,
sternly, "to restrain thy ribaldry when thou chancest When many a merry tale and many a song
to be in worthy men's company, a thing which, I beCheer'd the rough road, we wish'd the rough road long. lieve, hath rarely happened to thee in ihy life before The rough road, then, returning in a round,
now; and I promise thee, that, did I hold thee as Mock'd our enchanted steps, for all was fairy ground. faithless a guide as I esteem thee a blasphemous and
worthless caitiff, my Scottish dirk and thy heathenish By peep of day Quentin Durward had forsaken his heart had ere now been acquainted, although the dolittle cell
, had roused the sleepy grooms, and, with ing such a deed were as ignoble as the sticking of more than his wonted care, seen that every thing was swine." prepared for the day's journey. Girths and bridles, A wild boar is near akin to a sow," said the Bothe horse-furniture, and the shoes of the horses them- hemian, without Ainching from the sharp look with selves, were carefully inspected with his own eyes, which Quentin regarded him, or altering in the that there might be as little chance as possible of the slightest degree, the caustic indifference which he afoccurrence of any of those casualties, which, petty as fected in his language; and many men,” he subthey seem, often interrupt or disconcert travelling. joined, “find both pride, pleasure, and profit
, in stickThe horses were also, under his own inspection, care- ing them." fully fed, so as to render them fit for a long day's jour- Astonished at the man's ready confidence, and unney, or, if that should be necessary, for a hasty flight certain whether he did not know more of his own
Quentin then betook himself to his own chamber, history and feelings than was pleasant for him to armen nimself with unusual care, and belted on his converse upon, Quentin broke off a conversation in gword with the feeling at once of approaching danger, which he had gained no advantage over Maugrabin, ana of stern deterinination to dare it to the uttermost. and fell back to his accustomed post beside the ladies. These generous feelings gave him a loftiness of
We have already observed, that a considerable de ster, and a dignity of manner
, which the ladies of gree of familiarity had begun to establish itself between Croye
had not yet observed in him, though they had them. The elder Countess treated him (being once VOL. IV. 2 X
well assured of the nobility of his birth) like a fa- that our swords can compel these rich productions,
"You speak mysteriously--you know of some press-
Our young companion has seen a wolf,” said the in Heaven.'' Lady Hameline, alluding to an ancient superstition, "Gentle lady," replied Durward, highly gratified, and he has lost his tongue in consequence."* "you do me but justice. My object is to alter our route,
To say I had tracked a fox were nearer themark,” by proceeding directly by the left bank of the Maes lo thought Quentin, but gave the reply no utterance. Liege, instead of crossing at Namur. This differs
Are you well, Seignior Quentin ?" said the Count. from ihe order assigned by King Louis, and the iness Isabelle, in a tone of interest at which she herself structions given to the guide. But I heard news in blushed, while she felt that it was something more the monastery of marauders on the right bank of the than the distance between them warranted.
Maes, and of the march of Burgundian soldiers to He hath sat up carousing with the jolly friars," suppress them. Both circumstances alarm me for said the Lady Hameline; "The Scots are like the your safety. Have I your permission so far to deviGermans, who spend all their mirth over the Rhein- ate from the route of your journey?",, wein, and bring only their staggering steps to the “My ample and full permission," answered the dance in the evening, and their aching heads to the younger lady: ladies' bower in the morning."
"Cousin," said the Lady Hameline, "I believe with "Nay, gentle ladies," said Quentin, “I deserve not you, that the youth means us well; but bethink you your reproach. The good friars were at their devo- |--we transgress the instructions of King Louis, so potions almost all night; and for myself, my drink was sitively iterated.” barely a cup of their thinnest and most ordinary “And why should we regard his instructions ?"
said the Lady Isabelle. "I am, I thank Heaven for iç
“ A glass of water, noble lady, from your hand" - trust it expresses, tearing with wild horses in this lif
Bohemian.* This worthy seemed of a remarkably
recollection; and he entered into the conversation "Who won the hand of her great-grandmother," which Durward presently commenced, just as if there interjected the Lady Hameline, interrupting her niece, had been no unkindly word betwixt them in the " by proving himself the best son of chivalry, at the course of the morning. great tournament of Strasbourg-ten knights were "The dog," thought the Scot, "snarls not now, beslain in the lists. But those days are over, and no one cause he intends to clear scores with me at once and now thinks of encountering peril for the sake of ho- for ever, when he can snatch me by the very throat; nour, or to relieve distressed beauty."
but we will try for once whether we cannot foil a traiTo this speech, which was made in the tone in tor at his own weapons.- Honest Hayraddin," he which a modern beauty, whose charms are rather on said, "thou hast travelled with us for ien days, yet the wane, may be
heard to condemn the rudeness of hast never shown us a specimen of your skill in the present age, Quentin took upon him to reply, fortune-telling; which you are, nevertheless, so fond " that there was no lack of that chivalry which the of practising, that you must needs display your gifts in Lady Hameline seemed to consider as extinct, and every convent at which we stop, at the risk of being that were it eclipsed every where else, it would still repaid by a night's lodging under a haystack.” glow in the bosoms of the Scottish gentlemen." "You have never asked me for a specimen of my
Hear him !" said the Lady Hameline; "he would skill," said the gipsy. "You are like the rest of the have us believe, that in his cold and bleak country world, contented lo ridicule those mysteries which still lives the noble fire which has decayed in France they do not understand." and Germany! The poor youth is like a Swiss moun- Give me then a present proof of your skill," said taineer, mad with partiality to his native land-- he will Quentin : and, ungloving his hand, he held it out to next tell us of the vines and olives of Scotland." the Zingaro.
“No, madam," said Durward; "of the wine and Hayraddin carefully regarded all the lines which the oil of our mountains I can say little more than crossed each other on the Scotchman's palm, and * Vox quoque Merim
noted, with equally scrupulous attention, the little Jam fugit ipsa ; lupi Morim videre priores.
risings or swellings at the roots of the fingers, which
VIRGILII, ix. ecloga. were then believed as intimately connected with the The commentators add, in explanation of this passage, the disposition, habits, and fortunes of the individual, as counted, noxious, nnd is supposed to take away the speech of a the organs of the brain are pretended to be in our man, if these animals behold him ere he sees thcın."
"Here is a hand," said Hayraddin, “which speaks "If we are challenged on that account," said of toils endured, and dangers encountered. I read in Quentin, “we will say that alarms of the wicked it an early acquaintance with the hilt of the sword; Duke of Gueldres, or of William de la Marck, or of and yet some acquaintance also with the clusps of the the Ecorcheurs and lanzknechts, on the right side mass-book.”
of the river, justify our holding by the left, instead of “ This of my past life you may have learned else- our intended route.” where," said Quentin ; "tell me something of the fu- As you will, my good seignior," replied the Boture.
hemian-“I am, for my part, equally ready to guide "This line from the hill of Venus," said the Bohe- you down the left as down the right side of the Maes mian, "not broken off abruptly, but attending and --Your excuse to your master you must make out accompanying the line of life, argues a certain and for yourself.”. large fortune by marriage, whereby the party shall be Quentin, although rather surprised, was at the raised among the wealthy and the noble by the influ- same time pleased with the ready, or at least the unence of successful love."
repugnant acquiescence of Hayraddin in their change "Such promises you make to all who ask your ad- of route, for he needed his assistance as a guide, and vice,” said Quentin ; "they are part of
yet had feared that the disconcerting of his intended . What I tell you is as certain,” said Hayraddin, act of treachery would have driven him to extremity. "as that you shall in a brief space be menaced with Besides, to expel the Bohemian from their society, mighty danger; which I infer from this bright blood- would have been the ready mode to bring down Wilred line cutựing the table-line transversely, and inti- liam de la Marck, with whom he was in corresponmating stroke of sword, or other violence, from which dence, upon their intended route; whereas, if Hayyou shall only be saved by the attachment of a faith- raddin remained with them, Quentin thought he ful friend."
could manage to prevent the Moor from having any " Thyself, ha ?" şaid Quentin, somewhat indignant communication with strangers, unless he was himthat the chiromantist should thus practise on his cre- self aware of it. dulity, and endeavour to found a reputation by pre- Abandoning, therefore, all thoughts of their origidicting the consequences of his own treachery. nal route, the little party followed that by the left
“My art,” replied the Zingaro, “ tells me nought bank of the broad Maes, so speedily and successfully, that concerns myself.”
that the next day early
brought them to the purposed "In this, then, the seers of my land," said Quentin, end of their journey. They found that the Bishop of "excel your boasted knowledge; for their skill teaches Liege, for the sake of his health, as he himself allethem the dangers by which they are themselves beset. ged, but rather, perhaps, to avoid being surprised by I left not my hills without having felt a portion of the the numerous and mutinous population of the city, double vision with which their inhabitants are gifted; had established his residence in his beautiful Castle and I will give thee a proof of it, in exchange for thy of Schonwaldt, about a mile without Liege. specimen of palmistry: Hayraddin, the danger which
Just as they approached the Castle, they saw the threatens me lies on the right bank of the river - I will Prelate returning in long procession from the neighavoid it by travelling to Liege on the left bank." bouring city, in which he had been officiating at the
The guide listened with an apathy, which, know- performance of High Mass. He was at the head of ing the circumstances in which Maugrabin stood, a splendid train of religious, civil
, and military men, Quentin could not by any means comprehend. "If mingled together, or, as the old ballad-maker exyou accomplish your purpose," was the Bohemian's presses it, reply, "the dangerous crisis will be transferred from your lot to mine."
“With many a cross-bearer before,
And many a spear behind." “I thought," said Quentin, " that you said but now, that you could not presage your own fortune ?" The procession made a noble appearance, as, wind
Not in the manner in which I have but now told ing along the verdant banks of the broad Macs, it you yours," answered Hayraddin; "but it requires wheeled into, and was as it were, devoured by, the little knowledge of Louis of Valois, to presage that huge Gothic portal of the Episcopal residence. he will hang your guide, because your pleasure was to But when the party came more near, they found deviate from the road which he recommended.". that circumstances around the Castle argued a doubt
“The attaining with safety the purpose of the jour- and sense of insecurity, which contradicted that disney, and ensuring its happy termination,” said Quen- play of pomp and power which they had just witnesstin, must atone for a deviation from the exact line ed. Strong guards of the Bishop's soldiers were of the prescribed route."
heedfully maintained all around the mansion and “Ay," replied the Bohemian, "if you are sure that its immediate vicinity; and the prevailing appearthe King had in his own eye the same termination of ances in an ecclesiastical residence, seemed to arguo the pilgrimage which he insinuated to you."
a sense of danger in the reverend Prelate, who found "And of what other termination is it possible that it necessary thus to surround himself with all the he could have been ineditating? or why should you defensive precautions of war. The ladies of Croye, suppose he had any purpose in his thought, other than when announced by Quentin, were reverently usherwas avowed in his direction ?" inquired Quentin. ed into the great Hall, where they met with the most
“Simply," replied the Zingaro, " that those who cordial reception from the Bishop, who met them know aught of the Most Christian King, are aware, there at the head of his little Court. He would not that the purpose about which he is most anxious, is permit them to kiss his hand, but welcomed them always that which he is least willing to declare. Let with a salute, which had something in it of gallantry our gracious Louis send twelve embassies, and I will on the part of a prince to fine women, and something forfeit my neck to the gallows a year before it is due, also of the holy affection of a pastor to the sisters of if in eleven of them there is not something at the bot his flock. tom of the ink-horn more than the pen has written Louis of Bourbon, the reigning Bishop of Liege, in the letters of credence."
was in truth a generous and kind-hearted prince; "I regard not your soul suspicions," answered whose life had not indeed been always confined, with Quentin ;,"my duty is plain and peremptory--to con precise strictness, within the bounds of his clerical vey these ladies in safety to Liege; and I take it on profession; but who, notwithstanding, had uniformme to think that I best discharge that duty in chang- ly maintained the frank and honourable character of ing our prescribed route, and keeping the left side of the House of Bourbon, from which he was descended, the river Maer. It is likewise the direct road to Liege. In later times, as age advanced, the Prelate had By crossing the river, we should lose time, and incur adopted habits more beseeming a member of the fatigne, to no purpose--Wherefore should we do so ?" hierarchy than his early reign had exhibited, and was
Only because pilgrims, as they call themselves, loved among the neighbouring princes, as a noble destined for Cologne," said Hayraddin, "do not ecclesiastic, generous and magnificent in his ordinary usually descend the Maes so low as Liege; and that mode of life, though preserving no very ascetic sevethe route of the ladies will be accounted contradic-rity of character, and governing with an easy indiffera tory of their professed destination.”
ence, which, amid his wealthy and mutinous subjects,
rather encouraged than suodued rebellious purposes. I felt a strange vacancy and chillness of the heart,
The Bishop was so fast an ally of the Duke of Bur- which he had not yet experienced in any of the vicis. gundy, that the latter claimed almost a joint sove-situdes to which his life had subjected him. No doubt reignty in his bishopric, and repaid the good-natured the cessation of the close and unavoidable intercourse ease with which the Prelate admitted claims which and intimacy betwixt them was the necessary consehe might easily have disputed, by taking his part on quence of the Countess having obtained a place of all occasions, with the determined and furious zeal settled her residence; for, under what pretext could which was a part of his character. He used to say, she, had she meditated such an impropriety have had he considered Liege as his own, the Bishop as his a gallant young squire, such as Quentin, in constant brother, (indeed they might be accounted such, in attendance upon her ? consequence of the Duke having married for his first But the shock of the separation was not the more wife, the Bishop's sister,) and that he who annoyed welcome that it seemed unavoidable, and the proud Louis of Bourbon, had to do with Charles of Bur- heart of Quentin swelled at finding he was partgundy; a threat which, considering the character ed with like an ordinary postilion, or an escort whose and the power of the prince who used it, would have duty is discharged; while his eyes sympathized so been powerful with any but the rich and discontent- far as to drop a secret tear or two over ihe ruins of ed city of Liege, where much wealth had, according all those airy castles, so many of which he had emto the ancieni proverb, made wit waver.
ployed himself in constructing during their too inThe Prelate, as we have said, assured the Ladies teresting journey. He made a manly, but, at first a of Croye of such intercession as his interest at the vain effort, to throw off this mental dejection; and Court of Burgundy, used to the uttermost, might so, yielding to the feelings he could not suppress, he gain for them, and which, he hoped, might be the sat him down in one of the deep recesses formed by more effectual, as Campo-Basso, from some late dis. window which lighted the great Gothic hall of coveries, stood rather lower than formerly in the Schonwaldt, and there mused upon his hard fortune, Duke's personal favour. He promised them also which had not assigned him rank or wealth sufficient such protection as it was in his power to afford ; but to prosecute his daring suit. the sigh with which he gave the warrant, seemed to Quentin tried to dispel the sadness which overhung allow that his power was more precarious than in him by dispatching Charlet, one of the valets, with words he was willing to admit.
letters to the court of Louis, announcing the arrival At every event, my dearest daughters," said the of the Ladies of Croye at Liege. At length his naBishop, with an air in which, as in his previous salute, tural buoyancy of temper returned, much excited by a mixture of spiritual unction qualified the hereditary the title of an old romaunt which had been just printgallantry of the House of Bourbon, "Heaven forbid ed at Strasbourg, and which lay beside him in the
should abandon the lamb to the wicked wolf, or window, the title of which set forth, noble ladies to the oppression of faitours. I am a
How the Squire of lowe degree, man of peace, though my abode now rings with
Loved the King's daughter of Hongarie. arms; but be assured I will care for your safety as for my own; and should matters become yet more While he was tracing the "letters blake" of the distracted here, which, with our Lady's grace, we ditty so congenial to his own situation, Quentin was trust will be rather pacified than inflamed, we will interrupted by a touch on the shoulder, and, looking provide for your safe-conduct to Germany; for not up, beheld the Bohemian standing by him. even the will of our brother and protector, Charles of Hayraddin, never a welcome sight, was odious Burgundy, shall prevail with us to dispose of you in from his late treachery, and Quenun sternly asked any respect contrary to your own inclinations. We him, why he dared to take the freedom to touch a cannot comply with your request of sending you to a Christian and a gentleman. convent; for, alas! such is the influence of ihe sons Simply," answered the Bohemian, “because I of Belial among the inhabitants of Liege, that we wished to know if the Christian gentleman had lost know no retreat to which our authority extends, be- his feeling as well as his eyes and ears. I have stood yond the bounds of our own castle, and the protec- speaking to you these five minutes, and you have tion of our soldiery. But here you are most welcome, stared on that scrap, of yellow paper, as if it were a and your train shall have all honourable entertain- spell to turn you into a statue, and had already meni; especially this youth, whom you recommend wrought half its purpose.' so particularly to our countenance, and on whom in Well, what dost thou want? Speak, and beespecial we bestow our blessing:
gone!" Quentin kneeled, as in duty bound, to receive the I want what all men want, though few are satisEpiscopal benediction.
fied with it,” said Hayraddin; '", I want my due ;, my "For yourselves," proceeded the good Prelate, ten crowns of gold for guiding the ladies hither." you shall reside here with my sister Isabelle, a “With what face darest thou ask any guerdon beCanoness of Triers, and with whom you may dwell yond my sparing thy worthless life ?'' said Durward, in all honour, even under the roof of so gay a bachelor fiercely; "thou knowest that it was thy purpose to as the Bishop of Liege."
have betrayed them on the road." He gallantly conducted the ladies to his sister's But I did not betray them," said Hayraddin; "if apartment, as he concluded the harangue of wel- I had, I would have asked no guerdon from you come; and his Master of the Household, an officer, or from them, but from him whom their keeping who, having taken Deacon's orders, held something upon the right-hand side of the river might have between a secular and ecclesiastical character, en benefited. The party that I have served is the party tertained Quentin with the hospitality which his who must pay me." master enjoined, while the other personages of the “Thy guerdon perish with thee, then, traitor!" retinue of the Ladies of Croye were committed to the said Quentin, selling out the money.. “Get thee to inferior departments.
the Boar of Ardennes, or to the devil ! but keep hereIn this arrangement Quentin could not help re- after out of my sight, lest I send thee thither before marking: that the presence of the Bohemian, so thy time." much objected to in country convents, seemed, in the The Boar of Ardennes !" repeated the Bohemian, household of this wealthy, and perhaps we might say with a stronger emotion of surprise than his features worldly prelate, to attract neither objection nor remark. usually expressed; "it was then no vague guess--no
general suspicion-which made you insist on chang
ing the road ?-Can it be-are ihere really in other CHAPTER XIX.
lands arts of prophecy more sure than those of our wandering tribes? The willow tree under which we
spoke could tell no tales. But no-no-no-Dolt Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up that I was!--I have it-I have it!-The willow by To any sudden act of mutiny 1-Julius Cæsar.
the brook near yon convent--I saw you look towards SEPARATED from the Lady Isabelle, whose looks it as you passed it, about half a mile from yon hive of had been for so many days his load-star, Quentin Idrones--that could not indeed speak, but it might
hide one who could hear! I will hold my councils, The arrogating manner which the Bohemian had in an open plain henceforth; not a bunch of thistles promised to back his suit, added to his anger and his shall be near me for a Scot to shroud amongst-Ha! disgust; and he felt as if even the hand of the Counha! the Scot hath beat the Zingaro at his own subtle tess Isabelle would be profaned, were it possible to weapons. But know, Quentin Durward, that you attain it by such patronage. "But it is all a decep-i have foiled me to the marring of thine own fortune tion," he said," a turn of his base juggling artifice. -Yes! the fortune I told thee of, from the lines on He has procured access to these ladies upon some thy hand, had been richly accomplished but for thine false pretence, and with some mischievous intention. own obstinacy."
It is well I have learned where they lodge. I will * By Saini Andrew," said Quentin, "thy, im- watch Marthon, and solicit an interview with them, pudence makes me laugh in spite of myself-How, were it but to place them on their guard. It is hard or in what, should thy successful villany have been that I must use artifice and brook delay, when such of service to me? I heard, indeed, that you did as he have admittance openly and without scruple. stipulate to save my life, which condition your wor- They shall find, however, that though I am excluded thy allies would speedily have forgotten, had we from their presence, Isabelle's safety is still the chief once come to blows--but in what ihy betrayal of subject of my vigilance." these ladies could have served me, bui by exposing While the young lover was thus meditating, an me to death or captivity, is a matter beyond human aged gentleman of the Bishop's household approachbrains to conjecture.”'
ed him from the same door by which he had himself "No matter thinking of it, then," said Hayraddin, entered the garden, and made him aware, though " for I mean still to surprise you with my gratitude with the greatest civility of manner, that the garden Had you kept back my hire, I should have held that was private, and reserved only for the use of the Biwe were quit, and had left you to your own foolish shop, and guests of the very highest distinction. guidance. As it is, I remain your debtor for yonder Quentin heard him repeat this information twice matter on the banks of the Cher."
ere he put the proper construction upon it; and then, “Methinks I have already, taken out the payment starting as from a reverie, he bowed, and hurried out in cursing and abusing thee," said Quentin. of the garden, the official person following him all
“Hard' words, or kind ones," said the Zingaro, the way, and overwhelming him with formal apoloare but wind, which make no weight in the ba- gies for the necessary discharge of his duty. Nay, so lance. Had you struck me, indeed, instead of threat. pertinacious was he in his attempts to remove the ening".
offence which he conceived Durward to have taken, "l'am likely enough to take out payment in that that he offered to bestow his own company upon him, way, if you provoke me longer."
to contribute to his entertainment; until Quentin, "I would not advise it," said the Zingaro; "such internally cursing his formal foppery, found no better payment, made by a rash hand, might exceed the way of escape, than pretending a desire of visiting the debt, and unhappily leave a balance on your side, neighbouring city, and setting off thither at such a which I am not one to forget or forgive. And now round pace as speedily subdued all desire in the genfarewell, but not for a long space-I go to bid adieu tleman-usher to accompany him farther than the to the Ladies of Croye."
drawbridge. In a few minutes, Quentin was within ** Thou?" said Quentin in astonishment," thou be the walls of the city of Liege, then one of the richest admitted to the presence of the ladies, and here, where in Flanders, and of course in the world. they are in a manner recluses under the protection Melancholy, even love-melancholy, is not so deeply of the Bishop's sister, a noble canoness?' It is im- seated, at least in minds of a manly and elastic chapossible.”
racter, as the soft enthusiasts who suffer under it are “Marthon, however, waits to conduct me to their fond of believing. It yields to unexpected and strikpresence,” said the Zingaro, with a sneer; "and I ing impressions upon ihe senses, to change of place, must pray your forgiveness if I leave you something to such scenes as create new trains of association, abruptly."
and to the influence of the busy hum of mankind. In He turned as if to depart, but instantly coming a few minutes, Quentin's attention was as much enback, said, with a tone of deep and serious emphasis, grossed by the variety of objects presented in rapid "I know your hopes-they are daring, yet not vain, succession by the busy streets of Liege, as if there if I aid them. I know your fears—they should teach had neither been a Countess Isabelle, nor a Bohemiprudence, not timidity. Every woman may be won. an, in the world. A count is but a nickname, which will befit Quentin The lofty houses,--the stately, though narrow and as well as the other nickname of duke befits Charles, gloomy streets,-the splendid display of the richest or that of king befits Louis."
goods and most gorgeous armour in the warehouses Ere Durward could reply, the Bohemian had left and shops around,- the walks crowded by busy citithe hall. Quentin instantly followed ; 'but, better zens of every description, passing and repassing with acquainted than the Scot with the passages of the faces of careful importance or eager bustle,--the huge house, Hayraddin kept the advantage which he had wains, which transported to and fro the subjects of gotten; and the pursuer lost sight of him as he de- export and import, the former consisting of broad scended a small back staircase.“ Still Durward fol-cloths and serge, arms of all kinds, nails and iron lowed, though without exact consciousness of his work, while the latter comprehended every article of own purpose in doing so. The staircase terminated use or luxury, intended either for the consumption of by a door opening into the alley of a garden, in which an opulent city, or received in barter, and destined to he again beheld the Zingaro hastening down a be transported elsewhere, -all these objects combined pleached walk.
to forın an engrossing picture of wealth, bustle, and On two sides, the garden was surrounded by the splendour, to which Quentin had been hitherto a buildings of the castle-a huge old pile, partly castel- stranger. He admired also the various streams and lated, and partly resembling an ecclesiastical build- canals, drawn from and communicating with the ing; on the other two sides, the enclosure was a high Maes, which, traversing the city in various directions, embattled wall. Crossing the alleys of the garden offered to every quarter the commercial facilities of to another part of t!ie building, where a postern-door water-carriage, and he failed not to hear a mass in opened behind a large inassive buttress, overgrown the venerable old Church of Saint Lambert, said to with ivy, Hayraddin looked back, and waved his have been founded in the cighth century. hand in signal of an exulting farewell to his follower, It was upon leaving this place of worship that who saw that in effect the postern-door was opened Quentin began to observe, that he, who had been by Marthon, and that the vile Bohemian was admit- hitherto gazing on all around him with the eagerness ted into the precincts, as he naturally concluded, of of unrestrained curiosity, was himself the object of the apartment of the Countesses of Croye. Quentin attention to several groups of substantial-looking bit his lips with indighation, and blamed himself burghers, who seemed assembled to look upon him severely that he had not made the ladies sensible of as he left the church, and amongst whom arose a the full infamy of Hayraddin's character, and ac- buzz and whisper, which spread from one party to quainted with his machinations against their safety. I another; while the number of gazers continued to