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you are too cruel-you really should send the "No more necd be said, sir," replied Tyrrel; "the love-letter; consider, the older she is, the poor soul whole is forgo!ten.” has thc less time to lose."
"Very handsome, indeed-quite the civil iningBut this was a topic on which Mrs. Pott under- hope to meet you often, sir." - And here the knight stood no jesting. She was well aware of our ma- was silent. tron's inveteracy against her and her establishment, Mean while, the more verbose Captain proceeded, and she resented it as a placeman resents the efforts “Och, py Cot, and it was an awfu' mistake, and I of a radical. She answered something sulkily, "That could draw the penknife across my finger for having they that loosed letters should have letters; and nei-written the word.---By my sowl, and I scratched it ther Luckie Dods, nor any of her lodgers, should ever till I scratched a hole in the paper.-Och! that I should see the scrape of a pen from the St. Ronan's office, live to do an uncivil thing by a gentleman that had that they did not call for and pay for."
got himself hit in an honourable affair! But your It is probable that this declaration contained the should have written, my dear; for how the devil essence of the information which Lord Etherington could we guess that you were so well provided in had designed to extract by his momentary flirtation quarrels, that you had to settle :wo in one day!" with Mrs. Pott; for when, retreating as it were from "I was hurt in an unexpected-an accidental manthis sore subject, she asked him, in a pretty mincing ner, Captain MacTurk. I did not write because there tone, to try his skill in pointing out another love-letter, was something in my circumstances at the moment he only answered carelessly, that in order to do that which required secrecy; but I was resolved, the inhe must write ber one;" and leaving his confidential stant I recovered, to put myself to rights in your station by her little throne, he lounged through the good opinion, narrow shop, bowed slightly to Lady Penelope as he "Och! and you have done that,” said the Captain, passed, and issued forth upon the parade, where he nodding sagaciously; for Captain Jekyl, who is a saw a spectacle which might well have appalled a fine child, has put us all up to your honourable conman of less self-possession than himself.
duct. They are pretty boys, these guardsmen, though Just as he left the shop, little Miss Digges entered they may play a little fine sometimes, and think almost breathless, with the emotion of impatience more of themselves than peradventure they need for and of curiosity. "Oh la! my lady, what do you to do, in comparison with us of the line. --But he let stay here for ?-Mr. Tyrrel has just entered the other us know all about it-and, though he said not a word end of the parade this moment, and Lord Ethering of a certain fine lord, with his footpad, and his hurt, ton is walking that way-they must meet each other. and what not, yet we all knew how to lay that and - lord ! come, come away, and see them meet!-I that together.-And if the law would not right you, wonder if they'll speak, I hope they won't fight-Oh and there were bad words between you, why should la ! do come, my lady!"
not two gentlemen right themselves? And as to your “I must go with you, I find," said Lady Penelope ; being kinsmen, why should not kinsmen behave to “it is the strangest thing, my love, that curiosity of each other like men of honour? Only, some say you yours about other folk’s matters- I wonder what your are father's sons, and that is something too near.-I mamma will say to it."
had once thoughts of calling out my uncle Dougalmy“Oh! never mind mamma-nobody minds herself, for there is no saying where the line should be papa, nor nobody-Do come, dearest Lady Pen, or Idrawn; but I thought, on the whole, there should be will run away by myself.- Mr. Chatterly, do make no fighting, as there is no marriage, within the forher come!"
bidden degrees. As for first cousins--Wheugh !"I must come, it seems,” said Lady Penelope, or that's all fair-fire away, Flanigan !-But here is my I shall have a pretty account of you.'
lord, just upon us, like a stag of the first head, and But notwithstanding this rebuke, and forgetting, at the whole herd behind him.” the same time, that people of quality ought never to Tyrrel stepped forward a little before his officious seem in a hurry, Lady Penelope, with such of her companions, his complexion rapidly changing into satellites as she could hastily collect around her, various shades, like that of one who forces himself to tripped along the parade with unusual haste, in sym- approach and touch some animal or reptile for which pathy, doubtless, with Miss Digges's curiosity, as her he entertains that deep disgust and abhorrence which ladyship declared she had none of her own. was anciently ascribed to constitutional antipathy. Our friend the traveller, had also caught up Miss This appearance of constraint put upon himself
, with Digges's information; and, breaking off abruptly an the changes which it produced on his face, was calaccount of the Great Pyramid, which had been na- culated to prejudice him somewhat in the opinion of turally introduced by the mention of the Thebais, and the spectators, when compared with the steady, echoing the fair alarmişt's words, “ hope they won't stately, yet, at the same time, easy demeanour of the fight,” he rushed upon the parade, and bustled along Earl of Etherington, who was equal to any man in as hard as his sturdy supporters could carry him. If England in the difficult art of putting a good countethe gravity of the traveller, and the delicacy of Lady nance on a bad cause. He met Tyrrel with an air as Penelope, were surprised into unwonted haste from unembarrassed, as it was cold; and, while he paid their eagerness to witness the meeting of Tyrrel and the courtesy of a formal and distant salutation, he Lord Etherington, it may be well supposed that the said aloud, "I presume, Mr. Tyrrel de Martigny, decorum of the rest of the company was a slender that, since you have not thought fit to avoid this restraint on their curiosity, and that they hurried to awkward meeting, you are disposed to remember our be present at the expected scene, with the alacrity of family connexion so far as to avoid making sport gentlemen of the fancy hastening to a set-to. for the good company ?"
In truth, though the meeting afforded little sport to "You have nothing to apprehend from my passion, those who expected dire conclusions, it was, never- Mr. Bulmer," replied Tyrrel, "if you can assure yourtheless, sufficiently interesting 10 those spectators self against the consequences of your own." who were accustomed to read the language of sup- "I am glad of that," said the Earl, with the same pressed passion betraying itself at the moment when composure, but sinking his voice so as only
, to be ihe parties are most desirous to conceal it.
heard by Tyrrel; "and as we may not again in a Tyrrel had been followed by several loiterers so hurry hold any communication together, I take the soon as he entered the public walk; and their num- freedom to remind you, that I sent you a proposal of ber was now so much reinforced, that he saw himself accommodation by my friend, Mr. Jekyl.”. with pain and displeasure the centre of a sort of "It was inadmissible," said Tyrrel - " altogether crowd who watched his motions. Sir Bingo and inadmissible-both from reasons which you may Captain MacTurk were the first to bustle through it, guess, and others which it is needless to detail.-I and to address him with as much politeness as they sent you a proposition, think of it well.” could command.
“I will,” replied Lord Etherington, "when I shall Servant, sir,” mumbled Sir Bingo, extending the see it supported by those alleged proofs, which I do right hand of fellowship and reconciliation, ungloved. not believe ever had existence. "Servant-sorry that any thing should have hap- "Your conscience holds another language from pened between us-- very sorry, on my word.”
your tongue," said Tyrrel; “but I disclaim reproaches,
and decline altercation. I will let Captain Jekyl ; ments; and, therefore, certainly will not admit of it, know when I have received the papers, which, you unless I am compelled to do so by their being prosay, are essential to your forming an opinion on my duced ; nor then either, unless I am at the same time proposal.-- In the mean while, do not think to deceive well assured of their authenticity." me. I am here for the very purpose of watching and "I cannot blame you for your being hard of faith, defeating your machinations; and, while I live, be my lord,” said Jekyl;," but still I think if you can assured they shall never succeed. And now, sir-or cut out with your earldom, and your noble hereditary my lord--for the titles are in your choice-fare you estate, I would, in your case, pitch Nettlewood to the well.”
devil. "Hold a little,” said Lord Etherington. "Since "Yes, as you pitched your own patrimony, Jekyl; we are condemned to shock each other's eyes
, it is fit but you took care to have the spending of it first.-the good company should know what they are to What would you give for such an opportunity of piecthink of us. You are a philosopher, and do not value ing your fortunes by marriage?-Confess the truth." the opinion of the public--a poor worldling like me is "I might be tempted, perhaps,” said Jekyl, "in my desirous to stand fair with it. -- Gentlemen," he conti- present circumstances; but if they were what they nued, raising his voice, “Mr. Winterblossom, Cap-have been, I should despise an estate that was to be tain MacTurk, Mr-what is his name, Jekyl ?-Ay, held by petticoat tenure, especially when the lady of Micklelien-You
have, I believe, all some notion, that the manor was a sickly fantastic girl, that hated me, this gentleman, my near relation, and I, have some as this Miss Mowbray has the bad taste tu hate you." undecided claims on each other, which prevent our "Umph--sickly?-no, no, she is not sickly-she is living upon good terms. We do not mean, however, as healthy as any one in constitution-and, on my to disturb you with our family quarrels; and, for my word, I think her paleness only renders her more own part, while this gentleman, Mr. Tyrrel, or what interesting. The last time I saw her, I thought she ever he may please to call himself, remains a member might have rivalled one of Canova's finest statues." of this company, my behaviour to him will be the
"Yes ;, buţ she is indifferent to you—you do not same as to any stranger who may have that advan- love her,” said Jekyl. tage. -Good morrow to you, sír-Good morning, "She is any thing but indifferent to me," said the gentlemen-we all meet at dinner, as usual. -Come, Earl; "she becomes daily more interesting-for her Jekyl."
dislike piques me; and besides, she has the insolence So saying, he took Jekyl by the arm, and, gently openly to defy and contemn me before her brother, extricating himself from the sort of crowd, walked and in the eyes of all the world. I have a kind of off, leaving most of the company prepossessed in his loving hatred a sort of hating love for her, in short, favour, by the ease and apparent reasonableness of thinking upon her is like trying to read a riddle, and his demeanour. Sounds of depreciation, forming makes one make quite as many blunders, and talk theinselves indistinctly into something like the words, just as much nonsense. If ever I have the opportu“my eye and Betty Martin," did issue from
the neck: nity, I will make her pay for all her airs." cloth of Sir Bingo, but they were not much attended What airs ?" said Jekyl. to; for it had not escaped the observation of the "Nay, the devil may describe them, for I cannot; quicksighted gentry at the Well
, that the Baronet's but, for example-Since her brother has insisted on feelings towards the noble Earl were in the inverse her receiving me, or I should rather say on her appearratio of those displayed by Lady Links, and that, ing when I visit Shaws-Castle, one would think her though ashamed to testify, or perhaps incapable of invention has toiled in discovering different ways of feeling, any anxious degree of jealousy, his temper had showing want of respect to me, and dislike to my been for some time considerably upon the fret; a cir- presence. Instead of dressing herself as a lady should, cumstance concerning which his fair moiety did not especially on such occasions, she chooses some fantasthink it necessary to give herself any concern. tic, or old-fashioned, or negligent bedizening, which
Mean while, the Earl of Etherington walked on- makes her at least look odd, if it cannot make her ward with his confidant, in the full triumph of suc- ridiculous-such triple tiaras of various-coloured gauze cessful genius.
on her head-such
pieces of old tapestry, I think, in"You see,” he said, “Jekyl, that I can turn a cor- stead of shawls and pelisses-such thick-soled shoes ner with any man in England. It was a proper blun-1-such tan-leather gloves-mercy upon us, Hal, the der of yours that you must extricate the fellow from very sight of her equipment would drive mad a whole the mist which accident had Aung around him-you conclave of milliners! Then her postures are so might as well have published the story of our recon- strange-she does so stoop and lollop, as the women tre at once, for everyone can guess it, by laying time: call it, so cross her legs and square bat her, it would place, and circumstance together; but never trouble the goddess of grace to look down your brains for a justification. You marked how I put her to fight for ever!" assumed my natural superiority over him-towered And you are willing to make this awkward, illup in the full pride of legitimacy-silenced him even dressed, unmannered dowdy, your Countess, Etherwhere the good company most do congregate. This ington; you, for whose critical eye half the town will go to Mowbray through his agent, and will put dress themselves ?" said Jekyl. him still madder on my alliance.°I know he looks "It is all a trick, Hal-all an assumed character to jealously on my flirtation with a certain lady-the get rid of me, to disgust me, to baffle me; but I am dasher yonder--nothing makes a man sensible of the not to be had so easily. The brother is driven to value of an opportunity, but the chance of losing it." despair--he bites his nails, winks, coughs, makes
"I wish to Heaven you would give up thoughts of signs, which she always takes up at cross-purpose. Miss Mowbray!” said Jekyl; and take Tyrrel's I hope he beats her after I go away; there would be offer, if he has the means of making it good.” a touch of consolation, were one but certain of that.”
"Ay, if—if. But I am quite sure he has no such "A very charitable hope, truly, and your present rights as he pretends to, and that his papers are all feelings might lead the lady to judge what she may a deception. -Why do you put your eye upon me expect after wedlock. But," added Jekyl, "cannot as fixed as if you were searching out some wonderful you, so skilful in fathoming every mood of the female secret ?”
mind, divine some mode of engaging her in conversa"I wish I knew what to think of your real bona lion ?" fide belief respecting these documenis,” said Jekyl, "Conversation !" replied the Earl; "why, ever not a little puzzled by the steady and unembarrassed since the shock of my first appearance was surair of his friend.
mounted, she has contrived to vote me a nonentity; "Why, thou most suspicious of coxcombs,” said and that she may annihilate me completely, she has Etherington, “what the devil would you have me chosen, of all occupations, that of working a stocksay to you ?--Can I, as the lawyers say, prove a ing! From what cursed old antediluvian, who lived negative? or, is it not very possible, that such things before the invention of spinning-jennies, she learned may exist, though I have never seen or heard of this craft, Heaven only knows; but there she sits, them? All I can say is, that of all men I am the with her work pinned to her knee-not the pretty most interested to deny the existence of such docu- ' taper silken fabric, with which Jeannette of Amiens
coquetted, while Tristram Shandy was observing her Jekyl, anxious to assist his friend as much as posprogress; but a huge worsted bag, designed for some sible made in the mean time a visit to old Touchflat-footed old pauper, with heels like an elephant- wood at the Aultoun, expecting to find him as comAnd there she squats, counting all the stitches as she municative as he had formerly been on the subject of works, and refusing to speak, or listen, or look up, the quarrel betwixt the brothers, and trusting to disunder pretence that it disturbs her calculation !" cover, by dint of address, whence he had derived his
"An elegant occupation, truly, and I wonder it does information concerning the affairs of the noble house not work a cure upon her noble admirer," said Jekyl. of Etherington. But the confidence which he had
“Confound her--no-she shall not trick me. And been induced to expect on the part of the old traveller then amid this affectation of vulgar stolidity, there was not reposed. Ferdinand Mendez Pinto, as the break out such sparkles of exultation, when she Earl called him, had changed his mind or was thinks she has succeeded in baffling her brother, and not in the vein of communication. The only proof in plaguing me, that, by my faith, Hal, I could not of his confidence worth mentioning, was his imparttell, were it at my option, whether to kiss or to cuff | ing to the young officer a valuable receipt for con
cocting curra-powder. You are determined to go on with this strange Jekyl was therefore reduced to believe that Touchaffair, then ?" said Jekyl.
wood, who appeared all his life to have been a great "On-on-on, my boy!-Clara and Nettlewood for intermeddler in other people's matters, had puzzled ever!" answered the Earl. “Besides this brother of out the information which he appeared to possess of hers provokes me too-he does not do for me half Lord Etherington's affairs, through some of those what he might-what he ought to do. He stands on obscure sources whence very important secrets do points of honour, forsooth, this broken-down horse- frequently, to the astonishment and confusion of jockey, who swallowed my two thousand pounds as those whom they concern, escape to the public. He a pointer would a pat of butter. I can see he wishes thought this the more likely, as Touch wood was by to play fast and loose-has some suspicions, like you, no means critically nice in his society, but was Hal, upon the strength of my righi to my father's observed to converse as readily with a gentleman's titles and estate; as if, with the tithe of the Nettle- gentleman, as with the gentleman to whom he bewood property alone, I would not be too good a longed, and with a lady's attendant, as with the lady match for one of his beggarly family: He must herself. He that will stoop to this sort of society, scheme, forsooth, this half-baked Scotch cake!-He who is fond of tattle, being at the same time disposed must hold off and on, and be cautious, and wait the to pay some consideration for gratification of his result, and try conclusions with me, this lump of oat-curiosity, and not over scrupulous respecting its meal dongh!- I am much tempted to make an exam- accuracy, may always command a great quantity of ple of him in the course of my proceedings.". private anecdote. Captain Jekyl naturally enough Why
this is vengeance horrible and dire,” said concluded, that this busy old man became in some Jekyl; "yet I give up the brother to you; he is a degree master of other people's affairs by such corresconceited coxcomb, and deserves a lesson. But Ipondences as these ; and he could himself bear witwould fain intercede for the sister."
ness to his success in cross-examination, as he had "We shall see"--replied the Earl; and then sud- been surprised into an avowal of the rencontre bedenly, "I tell you what it is, Hal; her caprices are so tween the brothers, by an insidious observation of diverting, that I sometimes think out of mere con the said Touchwood. He reported, therefore, to the tradiction, I almost love her; at least, if she would Earl, after this interview, that, on the whole, he but clear old scores, and forget one unlucky prank of thought he had no reason to fear much on the submine, it should be her own fault if I did not make her jeci of the traveller, who, though he had become a happy woman."
acquainted, by some means or other, with some leading facts of his remarkable history, only possessed
them in a broken, confused, and deşultory manner, CHAPTER XXXII.
insomuch that he seemed to doubt whether the A DEATH-BED.
parties in the expected lawsuit were brothers or It comes-it wrings me in my parting hour,
cousins, and appeared totally ignorant of the facts on The long hid crime--the well-disguised guilt.
which it was to be founded. Bring me some holy priest to lay the spectre !
It was the next day after this éclaircissement on Old Play.
the subject of Touchwood, that Lord Etherington The general expectation of the company had been dropped as usual into the bookseller's shop, got his disappointed by the pacific termination of the meeting papers, and skimming his eye over the shelf on which betwixt the Earl of Etherington and Tyrrel, the anti- | lay, till called for, the postponed letters destined for cipation of which had created so deep a sensation. the Aultoun, saw with a beating heart the smart It had been expected that some appalling scene post-mistress toss amongst them with an air of would have taken place; instead of which, each party sovereign contempt, a pretty large packet, addressed seemed to acquiesce in a sullen neutrality, and leave to Francis Tyrrel, Esq. &c. He withdrew his eyes, the war to be carried on by their lawyers. It was as if conscious that even to have looked on this imgenerally understood that the cause was removed out portant parcel might engender some suspicion of his of the courts of Bellona into that of Themis; and purpose, or intimated the deep interest which he took although the litigants continued to inhabit the same in the contents of the missive which was so slightly neighbourhood, and once or twice met at the public treated by his friend Mrs. Poit. At this moment the walks or public table, they took no notice of each door of ihe shop opened, and Lady Penelope Penother, farther than by exchanging on such occasions feather entered, with her eternal pendante, the little a grave and distant bow.
Miss Digges. In the course of two or three days, people ceased to "Have you seen Mr. Mowbray ?--Has Mr. Mowtake interest in a feud so coldly conducted; and if bray of Si. Ronan's been down this morning?-Do they thought of it at all, it was but to wonder that you know any thing of Mr. Mowbray, Mrs. Pott?"} both the parties should persevere in residing near the were questions which the lettered lady eagerly huddled Spa, and in chilling, with their unsocial behaviour, a on the back of each other, scarcely giving time to the party met together for the purposes of health and lady of letters to return a decided negative to all and
each of them. But the brothers, as the reader is aware, how- "Mr. Mowbray was not about--was not coming ever painful their occasional meetings might be, there this morning-his servant had just called for had the strongest reasons to remain in each other's letters and papers, and announced as much.". neighbourhood-Lord Etherington to conduct his “Good Heaven! how unfortunate!" said Lady design upon Miss Mowbray, Tyrrel to disconcert Penelope, with a deep sigh, and sinking down on one his plan, if possible, and both to await the answer of the little sofas in an attitude of shocking desolation, which should be returned by the house in London, which called the instant attention of Mr. Pott and his who were depositarics of the papers left by the late good woman, the first
uncorking a small phial of Earl.
salts, for he was a pharmacopolist as well as vender
of literature and transmitter of letters, and the other i conducted himself upon a similar principle; for he hastening for a glass of water. A strong temptation had no sooner a glimpse of his agent, than he seemed thrilled from Lord Etherington's eyes to his finger- to feel the necessity of leaving the stage free for his ends. Two steps might have brought him within machinations. arm's-length of the unwatched packet, on the con- "My servant,” he said, with as much indifference tents of which, in all probability, rested the hope and as he could assume, "will call for my letters- I must claims of his rival in honour and fortune; and, in the attend Lady Penelope;" and, instantly proffering his general confusion, was it impossible to possess himself services as Justice of the Peace, or in whatever other of it unobserved? But no-no-no--the attempt was quality she chose to employ them, he hastily presented too dreadfally dangerous to be risked ; and, passing his arm, and scarce gave her ladyship time to recover from one extreme to another, he felt as if he was in- from her state of languor to the necessary degree of curring suspicion by suffering Lady Penelope to play activity ere he hurried her from the shop; and, with off her airs of affected distress and anxiety, without her thin hatchet-face chattering close to his ear, her seeming to take that interest in them which her rank yellow and scarlet feathers crossing his nose, her lean at least might be supposed to demand. Stung with right honourable arm hooking his elbow, he braved this apprehension, he hastened
to express himself so the suppressed titters and sneers of all the younger anxiously on the subject, and to demonstrate so busily women whom he met as they traversed the parade. his wish to assist her ladyship, that he presently stood One glance of intelligence, though shot at a distance, committed a great deal farther than he had intended. passed betwixt his lordship and Solmes as the former Lady Penelope was infinitely obliged to his lordship-left the public walk under the guidance of Lady Peneindeed, it was her character in general not to permit lope, his limbs indeed obeying her pleasure, and his herself to be overcome by circumstances ; but some- ears dinned with her attempts to explain the business thing had happened, so strange, so embarrassing, so in question, but his mind totally indifferent where he melancholy, that she owned it had quite overcome was going, or ignorant on what purpose, and excluher--notwithstanding, she had at all times piqued her- sively occupied with the packet in Mrs. Pott's heap of self on supporting her own distresses, better than she postponed letters, and its probable fate. was able to suppress her emotions in viewing those of At length an effort of recollection made Lord Etherothers.
ington sensible that his abstraction must seem strange, “Could he be of any use ?" Lord Etherington and, as his conscience told him, even suspicious in the asked. “She had inquired after Mr. Mowbray of St. eyes of his companion; putting therefore the necesRonan’s-his servant was at her ladyship's service, if sary, degree of constraint upon himself, he expressed, she chose to send to command his attendance.' for the first time, curiosity to know where their wak
“Oh! no, no !" said Lady Penelope; “I dare say, was to terminate. It chanced, that this was precisely my dear lord, you will answer the purpose a great deal the question which he needed not to have asked if he better than Mr. Mowbray-that is, provided you are a had paid but the slightest attention to the very vo.Justice of Peace.”
ble communications of her ladyship, which had all "A Justice of Peace !” said Lord Etherington, turned upon this subject.. much surprised; "I am in the commission unques- "Now, my dear lord,” she said, " I must believe tionably, but not for any Scotch county.”
you lords of the creation think us poor simple women "O, that does not signify,” said Lady Penelope; the vainest fools alive. I have told you how much " and if you will trust yourself with me a little way, pain it costs me to speak about my little charities, I will explain to you how you can do one of the most and yet you come to make me tell you the whole story charitable, and kind, and generous things in the over again. But I hope, after all, your lordship is not world.”
surprised at what I have thought it my duty to do in Lord Etherington's delight in the exercise of charity, this sad affair-perhaps I have listened too much to kindness, and generosity, was not so exuberant as to the dictates of my own heart, which are apt to be so prevent his devising some means for evading Lady deceitful." Penelope's request, when, looking through the sash- On the watch to get at something explanatory, yet door, he had a distant glance of his servant Solmes afraid, by demanding it directly, to show that the preapproaching the Post-office.
vious tide of narrative and pathos had been lost on an I have heard of a sheep-stealer who had rendered inattentive ear, Lord Etherington could only say, that his dog so skilful an accomplice in his nefarious traffic, Lady Penelope could not err in acting according to that he used to send him out to commit acts of felony the dictates of her own judgment. by himself, and had even contrived to impress on the Still the compliment had not sauce encugh for the poor cur the caution that he should not, on such oc- lady's sated palate; so, like a true glutton of praise, casions, seem even to recognise his master, if they she began to help herself with the soup-ladle. met accidentally.* Apparently, Lord Etherington "Ah! judgment ?-how is it you men know us so * There were several instances of this dexterity,
but especially little, that you think we can pause to weigh sentiment those which
occurred in the celebrated case of Murdison and in the balance of judgment ?-that is expecting rather Millar in 1773. These persons, a sheep-farmer and his shop too much from us poor victims of our feelings. So herd, settled in the vale of Tweed, commenced and carried on that you must really hold me excused if I forgot the for some time an extensive system of devastation on the flocks errors of this guilty and unhappy creature, when I trained, that he had only to show him during the
day the parcel looked upon her wretchedness --Not that I would of sheep which he desired to have ; and when dismissed at have my little friend, Miss Digges, or your lordship, the flock had fed, and carried off the quantity shown him hele suppose
that I am capable of palliating the fault while son's farm, where the dishonest_master and servant were in verses express beautifully what one ought to feel on then
drove them before him by the most secret paths to Murdi I pity the poor, miserable sinner. Oh, no-Walpole's readiness to receive the booty Two things were remarkable. such occasionsIn the first place, that if the dog, when thus dishonestly employed, actually met his master, he observed great caution in
For never was the gentle breast recognising him, as if he had been afraid of bringing him under
Insensible to hurtan woes ; suspicion ; secondly, that he showed a distinct sense that the
Feeling, though firm, it melts distress'd illegal transactions in which he was engaged were not of a
For weaknesses it never knows.'" nature to endure daylight. The sheep which he was directed to drive, were often reluctant to leave their own pastures, and "Most accursed of all précieuses," thought his lordsometimes the intervention of rivers or other obstacles made ship, "when wilt thou, amidst all thy chatter, utter continued his efforts to drive his plunder forward, until the day one word sounding like sense or information!" began to dawn, a signal which, he conceived, rendered it But Lady Penelope went on-"If you knew, my necessary for him to desert his spoil, and slink homeward by a circuitous road. It is generally said this accomplished dog was was not long in observing that his little companion made it a hanged along with his master ; but the truth is, he survived him rule to follow at some interval, and to estrange itself
from his long, in the service of a man in Leithen, yet was said after master so much as to appear totally uncoonected with him. wards to have shown little of the wonderful instinct exhibited And when he left the shop, it was the dog's
custom to remain in the employment of Millar.
behind him till it could find an opportunity of seizing a pair of Another instance of similar sagacity, a friend of mine dis- gloves, or silk stockings, or some similar property, which it covered in a beautiful little spaniel, which he had purchased brought to its master. The poor fellow probably saved its life
When he entered a shop. he by falling into the hands of an honest man.
from a dealer in the canine race.
lord, how I lament my limited means on those occa- , struggle betwixt her fear of infection, and her eager sions ! but I have gathered something among the good curiosity to know something, she could not guess people at the Well. I asked that selfish wretch, Win-what, that might affect the Mowbrays in their honour terblossom, to walk down with me to view her dis- or fortunes. The latter soon prevailed, and she entress, and the heartless beast told me he was afraid tered, followed by Lord Etherington. The lady, like of infection !-infection from a puer-puerperal fever! other comforters of the cabins of the poor, proceeded I should not perhaps pronounce the word, but science to rebuke the grumbling old woman for want of order is of no sex-however, I have always used thieves' and cleanliness-censured the food which was provinegar essence, and never have gone farther than the vided for the patient, and inquired particularly after threshold."
the wine which she had left to make caudle with. Whatever were Etherington's faults, he did not want The crone was not so dazzled with Lady Penelope's charity, so far as it consists in giving alms.
dignity or bounty as to endure her reprimand with “I am sorry," he said, taking out
his purse, "your patience. “They that had their bread to won wi' ae ladyship should not have applied to me.'
arm," she said, for the other hung powerless by her "Pardon me, my lord, we only beg from our friends; side "had mair to do than to soop hooses ; if her and your lordship is so constanily engaged with Lady leddyship wad let her ain idle quean of a lass take the Binks, that we have rarely the pleasure of seeing you besoin, she might make the house as clean as she in what I call my little circle."
liked; and madam wad be a'the better of the exercise, Lord Etherington, without further answer, tendered and wad hae done, at least, ae turn of wark at the a couple of guineas, and observed, that the poor woman week's end." should have medical attendance.
“Do you hear the old hag, my lord ?” said Lady "Why, so I say," answered Lady Penelope ; "and Penelope. "Well, the poor are horrid ungrateful I asked the brute Quackleben, who, I am sure, owes wretches-And the wine, dame--the wine ?" me some gratitude, 10 go and see her; but the sordid "The wine!-there was hardly half a mutchkin, monster answered, 'Who was to pay him?'--He and puir, thin, fusionless skink it was--the wine was grows every day more intolerable, now ihat he seems drank out ye may swear-we didna fling it ower our sure of marrying that fat blowzy widow. He could shouther-if ever we were to get good o'l, it was by not, I am sure, expect that I-out of my pittance-taking it naked, and no wi' your sugar and your And besides, my lord, is there not a law that the pa- slaisters-I wish, for ane, I had ne'er kend the sour rish, or the county, or the something or other, shall smack o't. If the bedral hadna gien me a drap of pay for physicking the poor ?"
usquebaugh, I might e'en hae died of your leddyship's We will find means to secure the Doctor's attend-liquor, for". ance," said Lord Etherington; "and I believe my Lord Etherington here interrupted the grumbling best way will be to walk back to the Well
, and send crone, thrusting some silver into her grasp, and at him to wait on the patient. I am afraid I can be of the same time begging her to be silent. The hag little use to a poor woman in a childbed fever." weighed the crown-piece in her hand, and crawled to
“Puerperal, my lord, puerperal," said Lady Pene- her chimney-corner, muttering as she went,-" This lope in a tone of correction.
is something like-this is something like-no like "In a puerperal fever then,” said Lord Ethering-rinning into the house and out of the house, and ton ; why, what can I do to help her ?"
geeing orders, like mistress and mair, and than a “Oh! my lord, you have forgoiten that this Anne puir shilling again Saturday at e'en." Heggie, that I told you of, came here with one child So saying, she sat down to her wheel, and seized, in her arms-and another-in short, about to become while she spun, her jet-black cutly pipe, from which a mother again-and settled herself in this miserable she soon sent such clouds of vile mundungus vapour hut I told you of-and some people think the minister as must have cleared the premises of Lady Penelope, should have sent her to her own parish; but he is a had she not been strong in purpose to share the exstrange, soft-headed, sleepy sort of man, not over pected confession of the invalid. As for Miss Digges, active in his parochial duties. However, there she she coughed, sneezed, retched, and finally ran out of settled, and there was something about her quite be- the cottage, declaring she could not live in such a yond the style of a common pauper, my lord-not at smoke, if it were to hear twenty sick women's last all the disgusting sort of person that you give a six- speeches; and that, besides, she was sure to know pence to while you look another way--but some one all about it from Lady Penelope, if it was ever so little that seemed to have seen better days--one that, as worth telling over again. Shakspeare says, could a tale unfold-though, indeed, Lord Etherington was now standing beside the I have never thoroughly learned her history-only, miserable flock-bed, in which lay the poor patient, that to-day, as I called to know how she was, and distracted, in what seemed to be her dying moments, sent my maid into her hut with some trifle, not worth with the peevish clamour of the elder infant, to which mentioning, I find there is something hangs about she could only reply by low moans, turning her looks her mind concerning the Mowbray family here of St. as well as she could from its ceaseless whine to the Ronan's and my woman says the poor creature is other side of her wretched couch, where lay the dying, and is raving either for Mr. Mowbray or for unlucky creature to which she had last given birth; some magistrate to receive a declaration; and so I its shivering limbs imperfectly covered with a blanket, have given you the trouble to come with me, that we its little features already swollen and bloated, and its may get out of the poor creature, if possible, whatever eyes scarce open, apparently insensible to the evils she has got to say.--I hope it is not murder--I hope of a state from which it seemed about to be speedily not--though young $t. Ronan's has been a strange, released. wild, daring, thoughtless creature-sgherio insigne, “You are very ill, poor woman,” said Lord Etheras the Italian șays. —But here is the hut, my lord ington; "I am told you desire a magistrate." pray, walk in.
"It was Mr. Mowbray of St. Ronan's whom I The mention of the St. Ronan's family, and of a desired to see-John Mowbray of St. Ronan's—the secret relating to them, banished the thoughts which lady promised to bring him here." Lord Etherington began to entertain of leaving Lady "I am not Mowbray of St. Ronan's,” said Lord Penelope to execute her works of devoted charity Etherington; "but I am a justice of peace, and a without his assistance. It was now with an interest member of the legislature-I am, moreover, Mr. Mowequal to her own, that he stood before a most mise- bray's particular friend, if I can be of use to you in rable hut, where the unfortunate female, her distresses any of these capacities." not greatly relieved by Lady Penelope's ostentatious The poor woman remained long silent, and when bounty, had resided both previous to her confinement, she spoke it was doubtfully. and since that event had taken place, with an old "Is my Lady Penelope Penfeather there ?" she said, woman, one of the parish poor, whose miserable dole straining her darkened eyes. the minister had augmented, that she might have "Her ladyship is present, and within hearing,” said some means of assisting the stranger.
Lord Etherington. Lady Penelope listed the latch and entered, after "My case is the worse," answered the dying woman, & momentary hesitation, which proceeded from al for so she seemed, "if'I must communicate such a