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augment rapidly, and the eyes of each who added to "He has avowed it, he has avowed it !” said Rousit were eagerly directed to Quentin, with a stare laer and Pavillon, turning to the assembled burghers which expressed much interest and curiosity, mingled attitudes of congratulation, with waving arms, with a certain degree of respect.

extended palms, and large round faces radiating with At length he now formed the centre of a considera- glee. "He hath avowed himself an Archer of Louis's ble crowd, which yet yielded before him while he Guard--of Louis, the guardian of the liberties of continued to move forward; while those who fol- Liege !" lowed or kept pace with him, studiously avoided A general shout and cry now arose from the mulpressing on him, or impeding his motions. Yet his titude, in which were mingled the various sounds of situation was too embarrassing to be long endured, "Long live Louis of France! Long live the Scottish without making some attempt to extricate himself

, Guard! Long live the valiant Archer! Our liberties, and to obtain some explanation.

our privileges, or death! No imposts! Long live Quentin looked around him, and fixing upon a the valiant Boar of Ardennes ! Down with Charles jolly, stout-made, respectable man, whom, by his of Burgundy! and confusion to Bourbon and his velvet cloak and gold chain, he concluded to be a bishopric !" burgher of eminence, and perhaps a magistrate, he Half-stunned by the noise, which began anew in asked him, "Whether he saw any thing particular one quarter so soon as it ceased in another, rising in his appearance, to attract public attention in a and falling like the billows of the sea, and augment. degree so unusual? or whether it was the ordinary ed by thousands of voices which roared in chorus custom of the people of Liege thus to throng around from distant streets and market-places, Quentin had strangers who chanced to visit their city?"!

yet time to form a conjecture concerning the mean"Surely not, good seignior," answered the burgh- ing of the tumult, and a plan for regulating his own er; "the Liegeois are neither so idly curious as to conduct. practise such a custom, nor is there any thing in your He had forgotten that, after his skirmish with dress or appearance, saving that which is most wel. Orleans and Dunois, one of his comrades

had, at come to this city, and which our townsmen are both Lord Crawford's command, replaced the morion, delighted to see, and desirous to honour."

cloven by the sword of the latter, with one of the “This sounds very polite, worthy sir," said Quen-steel-lined bonnets, which formed a part of the protin ; " but by the Cross of Saint Andrew, I cannot per and well-known equipment of the Scotch Guards. even guess at your meaning."

That an individual of this body, which was always Your oath, sir," answered the merchant of Liege, kept very close to Louis's person, should have ap"as well as your accent, convinces me that we are peared in the streets of a city, whose

civil discontents right in our conjecture."

had been aggravated by the agents of that King, was "By my patron Saint Quentin !" said Durward, "I naturally enough interpreted by the burghers of am farther off from your meaning than ever." Liege into a determination on the part of Louis

“There again now,” rejoined the Liegeois, look- openly to assist their cause; and the apparition of an ing, as he spoke, most provokingly, yet most civilly, individual archer was magnified into a pledge of impolitic and intelligent.--"It is surely not for us to see mediate and active support from Louis-nay, into an that which you, worthy seignior, deem it proper to assurance that his auxiliary forces were actually enconceal. But why swear by Saint Quentin, if you tering the town at one or other, though no one could would not have me construe your meaning ?-We distinctly tell which, of the city-gates. know the good Count of Saint Paul, who lies there To remove a conviction so generally adopted, Quenat present, wishes well to our cause.'

tin easily saw was impossible-nay, that any attempt On my life," said Quentin, "you are under some to undeceive men so obstinately prepossessed in their delusion-I know nothing of Saint Paul."

belief, would be attended with personal risk, which, "Nay, we question you not,” said the burgher; in this case, he saw little use of incurring. He there although, hark ye-I say, hark in your ear-my fore hastily resolved to temporize, and to get free the name is Pavillon.

best way he could; and this resolution he formed And what is my business with that, Seignior while they were in the act of conducting him to the Pavillon ?" said Quentin.

Stadthouse, where the notables of the town were “Nay, nothing-only methinks it might satisfy fast assembling, in order to hear the tidings which you that I am trustworthy-Here is my colleague he was presumed to have brought, and to regale him Rouslaer, too.

with a splendid banquet. Rouslaer advanced, a corpulent dignitary, whose In spite of all his opposition, which was set down fair round belly, like a battering-ram, did shake the to modesty, he was on every side surrounded by the press before him.", and who, whispering caution to donors of popularity, the unsavoury tide of which his neighbour, said, in a tone of rebuke-"You for now floated around him. His two burgomaster get, good colleague, the place is too open the seignior friends, who were Schoppen, or Syndics of the city, will retire to your house or mine, and drink a glass had made fast both his arms. Before him, Nikkel of Rhenish and sugar, and then we shall hear more Blok, the chief of the butcher's incorporation, hastily of our good friend

and ally, whom we love with all summoned from his office in the shambles, brandish our honest Flemish hearts."

ed his death-doing axe, yet smeared with blood and "I have no news for any of you,” said Quentin, brains, with a courage and grace which brantucin impatiently; "I will drink no Rhenish; and I only alone could inspire. Behind him came the tall, lean, desire of you, as men of account and respectability, raw-boned, very drunk, and very patriotic figure

of to disperse this idle crowd, and allow a stranger to Claus Hammerlein, president of the mystery of the leave your town as quietly as he came into it." workers in iron, and followed by at least a thousand

"Nay, then, sir," said Rouslaer, "since you stand unwashed artificers of his class. Weavers, nailers, so much on your incognito, and with us, too, who ropemakers, artisans of every degree and calling, are men of confidence, let me ask you roundly, thronged forward to join the procession from every wherefore wear you the badge of your company if gloomy and narrow street. Escape seemed a desyou would remain unknown in Liege ?"

perate and impossible adventure. 'What badge, and what order ?!' said Quentin; In this dilemma, Quentin appealed to Rouslaer, "you look like reverend men and grave citizens, yet, who held one arm, and to Pavillon, who had secured on my soul, you are either mad yourselves, or desire the other, and who were conducting him forward at to drive me so.

the head of the ovation, of which he had so unexSapperment!" said the other burgher,"

this youth pectedly become the principal object. He hastily would make Saint Lambert swear! Why, who acquainted them "with his having thoughtlessly wear bonnets with the Saint Andrew's cross and adopted the bonnet of the Scottish Guard, on an fleur-de-lys, save the Scottish Archers of King accident having occurred to the head-piece in which Louis's Guards?"

he had proposed to travel ; he regretted that, owing And supposing I am an Archer of the Scottish to this circumstance, and the sharp wit with which Guard, why should you make a wonder of

my wearing the

Liegeois drew the natural inference of his quality the badge of my company?" said Quentin, impatiently. I and the purpose of his visit, these things had been publicly discovered; and he intimated, that, if just | While the boat was rowed up the sluggish waters now conducted to the Stadthouse, he might un- of the Maes, and passed the defences of the town, happily feel himself under the necessity of commu- Quentin had time enough to reflect what account he nicating to the assembled notables certain matters, ought to give of his adventure in Liege, when he rewhich he was directed by the King to reserve for the turned to the Bishop's palace of Schonwaldt; and private ears of his excellent gossips, Meinheers Rous- disdaining alike to betray any person who had reposed laer and Pavillon of Liege,

confidence in him, although by misapprehension, or This last hint operated like magic on the two citi- to conceal from the hospitable Prelate the mutinous zens, who were the most distinguished leaders of the state of his capital, he resolved to confine himself to insurgent burghers, and were, like all demagogues of so general an account as might put the Bishop upon their kind, desirous to keep every thing within their his guard, while it should point out no individual to own management, so far as possible. They there his vengeance. fore hastily agreed that Quentin should leave the He was landed from the boat, within half a mile town for the time, and return by nigḥt to Liege, and of the castle, and rewarded his rowers with a guilder, converse with them privately in the honse of Rous- to their great satisfaction. Yet, short as was the Jaer, near the gate opposite to Schonwaldt. Quentin space which divided him from Schonwaldt, the castlehesitated not to tell them, that he was at present bell had tolled for dinner, and Quentin found, moreresiding in the Bishop's palace, under pretence of over, that he had approached the castle on a different bearing dispatches from the French Court, although side from that of the

principal entrance, and that to his real errand was, as they had well conjectured, go round would throw his arrival considerably later. designed to the citizens of Liege; and this tortuous He, therefore, made straight towards the side that mode of conducting a communication, as well as the was nearest him, as he discerned that it presented an character and rank of the person to whom it was embattled wall, probably that of the little garden alsupposed to be intrusted, was so consonant to the ready noticed, with a postern opening upon the moat, character of Louis, as neither to excite doubt nor and a skiff moored by the postern, which might serve, surprise.

he thought, upon summons, to pass him over. As he Almost immediately after this éclaircissement was approached, in hopes to make his entrance this way, completed, the progress of the multitude brought the postern opened, a man came out, and, jumping them opposite to the door of Pavillon's house, in one into the boat, made his way to the farther side of the of the principal streets, but which communicated moat, and then with a long pole, pushed the skiff from behind with the Maes, by means of a garden, back towards the place where he had embarked. As as well as an extensive manufactory of tan-pits and he came near, Quentin discerned that this person was other conveniences for dressing hides; for the pa- the Bohemian, who, avoiding him, as was not diffitriotic burgher was a felt-dresser, or currier.

cult, held a different path towards Liege, and was preIt was natural that Pavillon should desire to do sently out of his ken. the honours of his dwelling to the supposed envoy of Here was new subject for meditation. Had this Louis, and a halt before his house excited no sur- vagabond heathen been all this while with the Laprise on the part of the multitude; who, on the con- dies of Croye, and for what purpose should they so trary, greeted Meinheer Pavillon with a loud vivat, as far have graced him with their presence ? Tormenthe ushered in his distinguished guest. Quentin ed with this thought, Durward became doubly deterspeedily laid aside his remarkable bonnet, for the cap mined to seek an explanation with them, for the purof a felt-maker, and flung a cloak over his other pose at once of laying bare the treachery of Hayradapparel. Pavillon then furnished him with a pass- din, and announcing to them the perilous state in port to pass the gates of the city, and to return by which their protector, the Bishop, was placed, by the night or day as should suit his convenience; and, mutinous state of his town of Liege. lastly, committed him to the charge of his daughter, As Quentin thus resolved, he entered the castle by a fair and smiling Flemish lass, with instructions the principal gate, and found that part of the family how he was to be disposed of, while he himself has who assembled for dinner in the great hall, including tened back to his colleague, to amuse their friends at the Bishop's attendant clergy, officers of the housethe Stadthouse, with the best excuses which they hold, and strangers below the rank of the very first could invent for the disappearance of King Louis's nobility, were already placed at their meal. A seat at envoy. We cannot, as the footman says in the play, the upper end of the board, had, however, been reservrecollect the exact nature of the lie which the Beled beside the Bishop's domestic chaplain, who wel. wethers told yhe flock; but no task is so easy as comed the stranger with the old college jest of, Sero that of imposing upon a multitude whose eager pre- venientibus ossa, while he took care so to load his judices have more than half done the business, ere plate with dainties, as to take away all appearance the impostor has spoken a word.

of that tendency to reality, which in Quentin's counThe worthy burgess was no sooner gone, than his try, is said to render a joke either no joke, or at best plump daughter, Trudchen, with many a blush, and an unpalatable one. many a wreathed smile, which suited very prettily In vindicating himself from the suspicion of illwith lips like cherries, laughing blue eyes, and a skin breeding, Quentin briefly described the tumult which transparently pure, escorted the handsome stranger had been occasioned in the city by his being discothrough the pleached alleys of the Sieur Pavillon's vered to belong to the Scottish Archer-guard of Louis, garden, down to the water-side, and there saw him and endeavoured to give a ludicrous turn to the nar fairly embarked in a boat, which two stout Flemings, rative by saying, that he had been with difficulty exin their trunk-hose, fur caps, and many-buttoned tricated by a fat burgher of Liege and his pretty jerkins, had got in readiness with as much baste as daughter. their low-country nature would permit.

But the company were too much interested in the As the pretty Trudchen spoke nothing but German, story to taste the jest. All operations of the table Quentin, -no disparagement to his loyal affection to were suspended while Quentin told his tale; and the Countess of Croye, --could only express his thanks when he had ceased, there was a solemn pause, by a kiss on those same cherry lips, which was very which was only broken by the Major-Domo saying, gallantly bestowed, and accepted with all modest in a low and melancholy tone, "I would to God that gratitude; for gallants with a form and face like our we saw those hundred lances of Burgundy!!! Scottish Archer, were not of every-day occurrence "Why should you think so deeply on it?" said among the bourgeoisie of Liege. *

Quentin—"You have many soldiers here, whose

trade is arms; and your antagonists are only the rab* The adventure of Quentin

at Liege may be thonght over, ble of a disorderly city, who will fly before the first strained, yet it is extraordinary what slight circumstances will Autter of a banner with men-at-arms arrayed beinfluence the public mind in a moment of doubt and uncertain

neath it." on the point of rising against the French yoke, their zeal for “You do not know the men of Liege,” said the liberation received a strong impulse from the landing of a per: Chaplain, "of whom it may be said, that, not even son in a British valunteer-uniform, whose presence, trough that excepting those of Ghent, they are at once the fiercof a private individual, was received as a guarantee of succours from England.

* " A sooth boord (true joke) is no boord," says the Scot

ty. Most readers must remember, that, when the Dutch were

est and the most untameable in Europe. Twice has cony-window, or similar coign of vantage," as at the Duke of Burgundy chastised them for their re- the hostelry of the Fleur-de-Lys, near Plessis, or the peated revolts against their Bishop, and twice hath Dauphin's tower, within that Castle itself. Isabelle he suppressed them with much severity, abridged seemed still destined, wherever she made her abode, their privileges, taken away their banners, and estab- to be the Lady of the Turret. lished rights and claims to himself, which were not When Durward descended with his new friend into before competent over a free city of the Empire--Nay, the garden, the latter seemed a terrestrial philosopher, the last time he defeated them with much slaughter entirely busied with the things of the earth; while near Saint Tron, where Liege lost nearly six thou- the eyes of Quentin, if they did not seek the heavens, sand men, what with the sword, what with those like those of an astrologer, ranged at least all around drowned in the flight; and, thereafter, to disable them the windows, balconies, and especially the turrets, from farther mutiny, Duke Charles refused to enter which projected on every part from the inner front of at any of the gates which they had surrendered, but, the old building, in order to discover that which was beating to the ground forty cubits breadth of their to be his cynosure: city wall, marched into Liege as a conqueror, with While thus employed, the young lover heard with visor closed, and lance in rest, at the head of his chi- total neglect, if indeed he heard at all, the enumeravalry, by the breach which he had made. Nay, well tion of plants, herbs, and shrubs, which his reverend were the Liegeois then assured, that, but for the in- conducior pointed out to him; of which this was tercession of his father, Duke Philip the Good, this choice, because of prime use in medicine; and that Charles, then called Count of Charalois, would more choice for yielding a rare flavour to potlage; have given their town up to spoil. And yet, with all and a third, choicest of all, because possessed of no these fresh recollections, with their breaches unre- merit but its extreme scarcity. Still it was necessary paired, and their arsenals scarcely supplied, the sight to preserve some semblance at least of attention; of an Archer's bonnet is sufficient again to stir them which the youth found so difficult, that he fairly wishto uproar. May God amend all! but I fear there will ed at the devil the officious naturalist and the whole be bloody work between so fierce a population and so vegetable kingdom. He was relieved at length by the fiery a Sovereign; and I would my excellent and striking of a clock, which summoned the Chaplain to kind master had a see of lesser dignity and more safe some official duly. ty, for his mitre is lined with thorns instead of er- The reverend man made many unnecessary apolomine. This much I say to you, Seignior stranger, to gies for leaving his new friend, and concluded by givmake you aware that, if your affairs detain you not ing him the agreeable assurance, that he might walk at Schonwaldt, it is a place from which each man of in the garden till supper, without much risk of being sense should depart as speedily as possible. I appre- disturbed. hend that your ladies are of the same opinion ; for one "It is,” said he," the place where I always study of the grooms who attended them on the route, has my own homilies, as being most sequestered from the been sent back by them to the Court of France with resort of strangers. I am now about to deliver one letters, which, doubtless, are intended to announce of them in the chapel, if you please to favour me with their going in search of a safer asylum."

your audience.--I have been thought to have some gift-But the glory be where it is due !"

Quentin excused himself for this evening, under CHAPTER XX.

pretence of a severe headach, which the open air was likely to prove the best cure for; and at length the

well-meaning priest left him to himself. Go to-thou art made, if thou desirest to be 80-If not, let me see thee still the fellow of servants, and not fit to touch For- tion which he now made, at more leisure, of every

It may well be imagined, that in the curious inspectune's fingers.-Twelfth Night.

window or aperture which looked into the garden, When the tables were drawn, the Chaplain, who those did not escape which were in the immediate seemed to have taken a sort of attachment to Quen- neighbourhood of the small door by which he bad tin Durward's society, or who perhaps desired to ex- seen Marthon admit Hayraddin, as he pretended, to tract from him farther information concerning the the apartment of the Countesses. But nothing stirred meeting of the morning, led him into a withdrawing or showed itself, which could either confute or conapartment, the windows of which, on one side, pro- firm the tale which the Bohemian had told, until it jected into the garden; and as he saw his compa- was becoming dusky; and Quentin began to be sennion's eye gaze rather eagerly upon the spot, he pro- sible, he scarce knew why, that his sauntering so long posed to Quentin to go down and take a view of the in the garden might be subject of displeasure or suscurious foreign shrubs with which the Bishop had en- picion. riched his parterres.

Just as he had resolved to depart, and was taking Quentin excused himself, as unwilling to intrude, what he had destined for his last turn under the winand therewithal communicated the check which he dows which had such attraction for him, he heard had received in the morning. The Chaplain smiled, above him a slight and cautious sound, like that of and said, “That there was indeed some ancient pro- a cough, as intended to call his attention, and to hibition respecting the Bishop's private garden; but avoid the observation of others. As he looked up in this," he added, with a smile, " was when our reve- joyful surprise, a casement opened--a fi male hand rend father was a princely young prelate of not more was seen to drop a billet, which fell into a rosemary than thirty years of age, and when many fair ladies bush that grew at the foot of the wall. The precaufrequented the Castle for ghostly consolation. Need tion used in dropping this letter, prescribed equal pruthere was," he said, with a downcast look, and a smile, dence and secrecy in reading it. The garden, surhalf simple and half intelligent, " that these ladies, rounded, as we have said, upon two sides, by the pained in conscience, who were ever lodged in the buildings of the palace, was commanded, of course, apartments now occupied by the noble Canoness, by the windows of many apartments; but there was should have some space for taking the air, secure from a sort of grotto of rock-work, which the Chaplain the intrusion of the profane. But of late years," he had shown Durward with much complacency. To added, " this prohibition, although not formally re- snatch up the billet, thrust it into his bosom, and hie moved, has fallen entirely out of observance, and re- to this place of secrecy, was the work of a single mi mains but as the superstition which lingers in the nute. He there opened the precious scroll, and Ilessbrain of a superannuated gentleman-usher. If you ed, at the same time, the memory of the Monks of please," he added, " we will presently descend, and Aberbrothick, whose nurture had rendered him catry whether the place be haunted or no."

pable of deciphering its contents. Nothing could have been more agreeable to Quen- The first line contained the injunction, "Read this tin than the prospect of a free entrance into the gar- in secret," --and the contents were as follows: den, through means of which, according to a chance " What your eyes have too boldly said, mine have which had hitherto attended his passion, he hoped to perhaps too rashly understood. But, unjust persecucommunicate with, or at least obiain sight of, the ob- rion makes its victims bold, and it were better to ject of his affections, from some such turret or bal.' throw myself on the gratitude of one, than to remain

THE BILLET.

the object of pursuit to many. Fortune has her the worthy Bishop ? This was a matter to be closely throne upon a rock; but brave men fear not to climb. looked into, for Quentin felt a repugnance to this inIf you dare do aught for one that hazards much, you dividual proportioned to the unabashed impudence need but pass into this garden at prime to-morrow, with which he had avowed his profligacy, and could wearing in your cap a blue-and-white feather ; but not bring himself to hope, that any thing in which he expect no farther communication. Your stars have, was concerned could ever come to an honourable or they say, destined you for greatness, and disposed happy conclusion, you to gratitude.--Farewell -- be faithful, prompi, and These various thoughts rolled over Quentin's mind resolute, and doubt not thy fortune.” Within this like misty clouds, to dash and obscure the fair landletter was enclosed a ring with a table diamond, on scape which his fancy had at first drawn, and his which were cut in form of a lozenge, the ancient couch was that night a sleepless one. At the hour arms of the House of Croye.

of primeay, and an hour before it, was he in the The first feeling of Quentin upon this occasion was castle-garden, where no one now opposed either his unmingled ecstasy-a pride and joy which seemed to entrance or his abode, with a feather of the assigned raise him to the stars, -a determination to do or die, colour, as distinguished as he could by any means influenced by which he treated with scorn the thou- procure in such haste. No notice was taken of his sand obstacles that placed themselves betwixt him | áppearance for nearly two hours; at length he heard and the goal of his wishes.

a few notes of the lute, and presently the lattice openIn this mood of rapture, and unable to endure any ed right above the little postern-door at which Marinterruption which might withdraw his mind, were it thon had admitted Hayraddin, and Isabelle, in maidbut for a moment, from so ecstatic a subject of con- enly beauty,, appeared at the opening, greeted him templation, Durward, retiring to the inierior of the half-kindly, half-shyly, coloured extremely at the deep castle, hastily assigned his former pretext of a head- and significant reverence with which he returned her ach for not joining the household of the Bishop al courtesy--shut the casement, and disappeared. the supper-meal, and, lighting his lamp, betook him- Daylight and champaign could discover no more! self to the chamber which had been assigned him, to The authenticity of the billet was ascertained-it only read, and to read again and again, the precious billet, remained what was to follow; and of this the fair and to kiss a thousand times the no less precious ring. writer had given him no hint. But no immediate

But such high-wrought feelings could not remain danger impended— The Countess was in a strong long in the same ecstatic tone. A thought pressed castle, under the protection of a Prince, at once reupon him, though he repelled it as ungrateful--as spectable for his secular, and venerable for his eccleeven blasphemous--that the frankness of the confessiastical authority. There was neither immediate sion implied less delicacy, on the part of her who room nor occasion for the exulting Squire interfering made it, than was consistent with the high romantic in the adventure; and it was sufficient if he kept feeling of adoration with which he had hitherto wor- himself prompt to execute her commands whenever shipped the Lady Isabelle. No sooner did this un- they should be communicated to him. But Fate gracious thought intrude itself, than he hastened to purposed to call him into action sooner than he was stifle it, as he would have stifled a hissing and hate aware of. ful adder, that had intruded itself into his couch. It was the fourth night after his arrival at SchonWas it for him-him the Favoured-on whose ac-waldt, when Quentin had taken measures for sendcount she had stooped from her sphere, to ascribe ing back on the morrow, to the Court of Louis, the blame to her for the very act of condescension, with remaining groom who had accompanied him on his out which he dared not have raised his eyes towards journey, with letters from himself to his uncle and her? Did not her very dignity of birth and of condi- Lord Crawford, renouncing, the service of France, tion, reverse, in her case, the usual rules which im- for which the treachery to which he had been expospose silence on the lady until her lover shall have ed by the private instructions of Hayraddin gave him first spoken? To these arguments, which he boldly an excuse, both in honour and prudence; and he beformed into syilogisms, and avowed to himself, his took himself to his bed with all the rosy-coloured vanity might possibly suggest one which he cared not ideas around him which Autter about the couch of a to embody even mentally with the same frankness, youth when he loves dearly, and thinks his love as that the merit of the party beloved might perhaps sincerely repaid. warrant, on the part of the lady, some little departure But Quentin's dreams, which at first partook of from common rules; and, after all, as in the case of the nature of those happy influences under which he Malvolio, there was example for it in chronicle. The had fallen asleep, began by degrees to assume a more Squire of low degree, of whom he had just been read- terrific character. ing, was, like himself

, a gentleman void of land and He walked with the Countess Isabelle beside a living, and yet the generous Princess of Hungary be- smooth and inland lake, such as formed the principal stowed on him, without scruple, more substantial characteristic of his native glen; and he spoke to her marks of her affection, than the billet he had just re- of his love, without any consciousness of the impediceived :

ments which lay between them. She blushed and " Welcome," she said, " my swete Squyre,

smiled when she listened-even as he might have exMy heartis roote, my soule's desire ;

pected from the tenor of the letter, which, sleeping or I will give thee kisses three, And als five hundrid poundis in fee."

waking, lay nearest to his heart. But the scene sud

denly changed from summer to winter-froin calm to And again the same faithful history made the King tempest; the winds and the waves rose with such a of Hongrie himself avouch,

contest of surge and whirlwind, as if the demons of “I have yknown many a page

the water and of the air had been contending for their Come to be Prince by marriage.”

roaring empires in rival strife. The rising waters

seemed to cut off their advance and their retreat-the So that, upon the whole, Quentin generously and increasing tempest, which dashed them against each magnanimously reconciled himself to a line of con other, seemed to render their remaining on the spot duct on the Countess's part, by which he was likely impossible; and the tumultuous sensations produced to be so highly benefited.

by the apparent danger awoke the dreamer. But this scruple was succeeded by another doubt, He awoke; but although the circumstances of the harder of digestion. The traitor Hayraddin had been vision had disappeared, and given place to reality, in the apartments of the Indies, for aught Quentin the noise, which had probably suggested them, still knew, for the space of four hours, and, considering continued to sound in his ears. the hints which he had thrown out, of possessing an Quentin's first impulse was to sit erect in bed, and influence of the most interesting kind over the for- listen with astonishment to sounds, which, if they tunes of Quentin Durward, what should assure him had announced a tempest, might have shamed the that this train was not of his laying? and if so, was wildest that ever burst down from the Grampians; it not probable that such a dissembling villain had and again in a minute he became sensible, that the Bet it on foot to conceal some new plan of treachery tumult was not excited by the fury of the eleinents, -perhaps to seduce Isabelle out of the protection of l but by the wrath of men.

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He sprung from bed, and looked from the win- | made a vow to act at once with modesty, courage, dow of his apartment; but it opened into the garden, and activity. and on that side all was quiet, though the opening of At the opposite door, which led to the ladies' apartthe casement made him still more sensible, from the ments, upon a low signal made by Haypaddin, apshouts which reached his ears, that the outside of the peared two women, muffled in the black silk veils castle was beleagured and assaulted, and that by a which were then, as now, worn by the women in the numerous and determined enemy. Hastily collecting Netherlands. Quentin offered his arm to one of his dress and arms, and putting them on with such them, who clung to it with trembling eagerness, and celerity as darkness and surprise permitted, his atten- indeed hung upon him so much, that had her weight uon was solicited by a knocking at the door of his been greater, she must have much impeded their rechamber. As Quentin did not immediately answer, treat. The Bohemian, who conducted the other fethe door, which was a slight one, was forced open male, took the road straight for the postern which from without, and the intruder, announced by his opened upon the moat, through the garden wall, peculiar dialect to be the Bohemian, Hayraddin

Mau- close to which the little skiff was drawn up, by means grabin, entered the apartment. A phial, which he of which Quentin had formerly observed Hayraddin held in his hand, touched by a match, produced a himself retreating from the castle. dark flash of ruddy fire, by means of which he kin- As they crossed, the shouts of storm and successful dled a lamp, which he took from his bosom.

violence seemed to announce that the castle was in " The horoscope of your destinies," he said ener- the act of being taken; and so dismal was the sound getically to Durward, without any farther greeting, in Quentin's ears, that he could not help swearing now turns upon the determination of a minute." aloud, " But that my blood is irretrievably devoted to

Caitiff!" said Quentin, in reply," there is treach the fulfilment of my present duty, I would back to ery around us; and where there is treachery, thou the wall, take faithful part with the hospitable Bishop, must have a share in it."

and silence some of those knaves whose throats are “ You are mad," answered Maugrabin—"I never full of mutiny and robbery!" betrayed any one but to gain by il—and wherefore The lady, whose arm was still folded in his, pressed should I betray you, by whose safety I can take more it lightly

as he spoke, as if to make him

understand advantage than by your destruction ? Hearken for a that there was a nearer claim on his chivalry than moment, if it be possible for you, to one note of rea- the defence of Schonwaldı; while the Bohemian exBon, ere it is sounded into your ear by the death-shot claimed, loud enough to be heard, “Now, that I call of ruin. The Liegeios are up--William de la Marck right Christian frenzy, which would turn back to with his band leads them-Were there means of re- fight, when love and fortune both demand that we sistance, their numbers, and his fury, would overcome should fly.--On, on-with all the haste you can make them;, but there are next to none. If you would -Horses wait us in yonder thicket of willows." save the Countess and your own hopes, follow me, There are but two horses," said Quentin, who in the name of her who sent you a table-diamond, saw them in the moonlight. with three leopards engraved on it!"

"All that I could procure without exciting suspi"Lead the way,” said Quentin, hastily—"In that cion-and enough, besides," replied the Bohemian. name I dare every danger!"

“You too must ride for Tongres ere the way becomes "As I shall manage it," said the Bohemian, "there unsafe-Marthon will abide with the women of our is no danger, if you can but withhold your hand from horde, with whom she is an old acquaintance. Know, strise which does not concern you; for, after all, what she is a daughter of our tribe, and only dwelt among is it to you whether the Bishop, as they call him, you to serve our purpose as occasion should fall." slaughters his flock, or the flock slaughters the "Marthon!" exclaimed the Countess, looking at the shepherd ?-Ha! ha! ha! Follow me, but with cau- veiled female with a shriek of surprise; “is not this tion and patience ; subdue your own courage, and my kinswoman?" confide in my prudence-and my debt of thankfulness Only Marthon," said Hayraddin—" Excuse me is paid, and you have a Countess for your spouse.- that little piece of deceit. I dared not carry off both Follow me.

the Ladies of Croye from the Wild Boar of Ardennes." "I follow," said Quentin, drawing his sword; "but "Wretch !" said Quentin, emphatically—“but it is the moment in which I detect the least sign of treach- not-shall not be too late- I will back to rescue the ery, thy head and body are three yards separate !". Lady Hameline."

Without more conversation, the Bohemian, seeing "Hameline," whispered the lady, in a disturbed that Quentin was now fully armed and ready, ran voice, “hangs on thy arm, to thank thee for her resdown the stairs before him, and winded hastily cue. through various side-passages, until they gained the Ha! what!-How is this said Quentin, extrilittle garden. Scarce a light was to be seen on that cating himself from her nold, and with less genileness side, scarce any bustle was to be heard; but no sooner than he would at any other time have used towards a had Quentin entered the open space, ihan the noise female of any rank"Is the Lady Isabelle then left on the opposite side of the castle became ten times behind !-Farewell-farewell." more stunningly audible, and he could hear the va- As he turned to hasten back to the castle, Hayradrious war-cries of "Liege! Liege! Sanglier! San- din laid hold of him-"Nay, hear you-hear you glier!" shouted by the assailants, while the feebler you run upon your death! What the foul fiend did cry of "Our Lady for the Prince Bishop !" was raised you wear the colours of the old one for ?-I will never in a faint and faltering tone, by those of the Prelate's trust blue and white silk again. But she has almost soldiers who had hastened, though surprised and at as large a dower-has jewels and gold-hath pretendisadvantage, to the defence of the walls.

sions, too, upon the earldom." But the interest of the fight, notwithstanding the While he spoke thus, panting on in broken sen. martial character of Quentin Durward, was indiffer- tences, the Bohemian struggled to detain Quentin, ent to him in comparison of the fate of Isabelle of who at length laid his hand on his dagger, in order to Croye, which, he had reason to fear, would be a dread-extricate himself. ful one, unless rescued from the power of the disso- Nay, if that be the case," said Hayraddin, unlute and cruel freebooter, who was now, as it seemed, loosing his hold, “go-and the devil, if there be one, bursting the gates of the castle. He reconciled him- go along with you!"-And, soon as freed from his self to the aid of the Bohemian, as men in a desperate hold, the Scot shot back to the castle with the speed illness refuse not the remedy prescribed by quacks of the wind. and mountebanks, and followed across the garden, Hayraddin then turned round to the Countess Hawith the intention of being guided by him until he meline, who had sunk down on the ground, between should discover symptoms of treachery, and then shame, fear, and disappointment. piercing him through the heart, or striking his head "Here has been a mistake,” he said; “up, lady, and from his body. Haypaddin seemed himself conscious come with me I will provide you, ere morning comes that his safely turned on a feather-weight, for he for- a gallanter husband than this smockfaced boy; and bore, from the moment they entered the open air, all if one will not serve you shall

have twenty." his wonted gibes and quirks, and seemed to have The Lady Hameline was as violent in her pas

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