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chum, old Djezzar Pacha, and an excellent dinner we elbow-chair, in which he had left him five hours behad, but for a dessert of noses and ears brought on fore. His sudden entrance recalled to Mr. Cargill, after the last remove, which spoiled my digestion. not an accurate, but something of a general recollecOld Djezzar thought it so good a joke, that you hard-tion, of what had passed in the morning, and he hasly saw a man in Acre whose face was not so flat as tened to apologize with "Ha!-indeed--already ?the palm of my hand-Gad, I respect my olfactory upon my word, Mr. A-a-, I mean my dear friendorgan, and set off the next morning as fast as the I am afraid I have used you ill-I forgot to order any most cursed hard-trotting dromedary that ever fell to dinner-but we will do our best.-Eppie-Eppie !" poor pilgrim's lot could contrive to tramp."
Not at the first, second, nor third call, but ex interIf you have really been in the Holy Land, sir," said vallo, as the lawyers express it, Eppie, a bare-legged, Mr. Cargill, whom the reckless gayety of Touch- shock-headed, thick-ankled, red-armed wench, enterwood's manner rendered somewhat suspicious of a ed, and announced her presence by an emphatic trick, you will be able materially to enlighten me on “What's your wull ?'' the subject of the Crusades."
Have you got any thing in the house for dinner, "They happened before my time, Doctor,” replied Eppie ?" the traveller.
Naething but bread and milk, plenty o't-what "You are to understand that my curiosity refers to should I have ?" the geography of the countries where these events “You see, sir," said Mr. Cargill, you are like to took place," answered Mr. Cargill.
have a Pythagorean entertainment; but you are a "O! as to that matter, you are lighted on your feet,” traveller, and have doubtless been in your time thanksaid Mr. Touchwood; "for the time present I can fit ful for bread and milk.” you. Turk, Arab, Copt, and Druse, I know every one “But never when there was any thing better to be of them, and can make you as well acquainted with had," said Mr. Touchwood. “Come, Doctor, I beg them as myself. Withoui stirring a step beyond your your pardon, but your wits are fairly gone a woolthreshold, you shall know Syria as well as I do. -- gathering; it was I invited you to dinner, up at the But one good turn deserves another--in that case, you inn yonder, and not you me. must have the goodness to dine with me."
"On my word, and so it was," said Mr. Cargill; "I go seldom abroad, sir," said the minister, with "I knew I was quite right-I knew there was a dinner a good deal of hesitation, for his habits of solitude and i engagement betwixt us, I was sure of that, and that seclusion could not be entirely overcome, even by the is the main point.--Come, sir, I wait upon you. expectation raised by the traveller's discourse; "yet "Will you not first change your dress?" said the I cannot deny myself the pleasure of waiting on a visiter, seeing with astonishment that the divine progentleman possessed of so much experience.' posed to attend him in his plaid nightgown; "why,
"Well then," said Mr. Touchwood, "three be the we shall have all the boys in the village after us--you hour-I never dine later, and always to a minute will look like
an owl in sunshine, and they will flock and the place, the Cleikum Inn, up the way; where round you like so many hedge-sparrows. Mrs. Dods is at this moment busy in making ready “I will get my clothes instanily," said the worthy such a dinner as your learning has seldom seen, Doc- clergyman; “I will get ready directly-I am really tor, for I brought the receipts from the four different ashamed to keep you waiting, my dear Mr.
-ehquarters of the globe."
eh-your name has this instant escaped me." Upon this treaty they parted; and Mr. Cargill, after "It is Touchwood, sir, at your service; I do not musing for a short while upon the singular chance believe you ever heard it before," answered the trawhich had sent a living man to answer those doubts veller. for which he was in vain consulting ancient authori- “True-right-no more I have--well, my good Mr. ties, at length resumed, by degrees, the train of reflec- Touchstone, will you sit down an instant until we see tion and investigation which Mr. Touchwood's visit what we can do ?-strange slaves we make ourselves had interrupted, and in a short time lost all recollec- to these bodies of ours, Mr. Touchstone—the clothing tion of his episodical visiter, and of the engagement and the sustaining of them costs us much thought and which he had formed.
leisure, which might be better employed in catering Not so Mr. Touchwood, who, when not occupied for the wants of our immortal spirits." with business of real importance, had the art, as the Mr. Touchwood thought in his heart that never had reader may have observed, to make a prodigious fuss Bramin or Gymnosophist less reason to reproach himabout nothing at all. Upon the present occasion, he self with excess in the indulgence of the table, or of bustled in and out of the kitchen, till Mrs. Dods lost the toilet, than the sage before him; but he assented patience, and threatened to pin the dishclout to his to the doctrine, as he would have done to any minor tail; a menace which he pardoned, in consideration, heresy, rather than protract matters by fariher disthat in all the countries which he had visited, which cussing the point at present. In a short time the are sufficiently civilized to boast of cooks, these minister was dressed in his Sunday's suit, without artists, toiling in their fiery clement, have a privilege any farther mistake than turning one of his black to be testy and impatient. He therefore retreated stockings inside out; and Mr. Touchwood, happy as from the torrid region of Mrs. Dod's microcosm, and was Boswell when he carried off Dr. Johnson in triemployed his time in the usual devices of loiterers, umph to dine with Strahan and John Wilkes, had the parily by walking for an appetite, partly by observing pleasure of escorting him to the Cleikum Inn. the progress of his watch towards three o'clock, In the course of the afternoon they became more when he had happily succeeded in getting an employ- familiar, and the familiarity led to their forming a conment more serious. His table, in the blue parlour, siderable estimate of each other's powers and acquirewas displayed with two covers, after the sairesi ments. It is true, the traveller thought the student fashion of the Cleikum Inn; yet the landlady, with a too pedantic, too much attached to systems, which, look “civil but sly,” contrived to insinuate a doubt formed in solitude, he was unwilling to renounce, even whether the clergyman would come, "when a' was when contradicted by the voice and testimony of exdune."
perience; and, moreover, considered his utter inattenMr. Touchwood scorned 10 listen to such an insin- tion to the quality of what he eat and drank, as uation until the sated hour arrived, and brought with unworthy of a rational, that is, of a cooking creature, it no Mr. Cargill. The impatient entertainer allowed or of a being who, as defined by Johnson, hoids his five minutes for difference of clocks, and variation of dinner as the most important business of the day. time, and other five for the procrastination of one Cargill did not act up to this definition, and was, who went little into society. But no sooner were the therefore, in the eyes of his new acquaintance, so far last five minutes expended, than he darted off for the ignorant and uncivilized. What then? He was still Manse, not, indeed, much like a greyhound or a deer, a sensible, intelligent man, however abstemious and but with the momentum of a corpulent and well-ap- bookish. petized elderly gentleman, who is in haste to secure On the other hand, the divine could not help regardhis dinner. He bounced without ceremony into the ling his new friend as something of an epicure, or belly. parlour, where he found the worthy divine clothed in i god, nor could he observe in him either the perfect the same plaid night-gown, and seated in the very education, or the polished bearing, which mark the gentleman of rank, and of which, while he mingled "Pshaw, man, you are back into the 14th centurywith the world, he had become a competent judge. I mean these Mowbrays of St. Ronan's-now, don't Neither did it escape him, that in the catalogue of fall asleep again until you have answered my quesMr. Touchwood's defects, occurred that of many tra- tion--and don't look so like a startled hare-I am vellers, a slight disposition to exaggerate his own speaking no treason. personal adventures, and to prose concerning his own The clergyman foundered a moment, as is usual exploits. But then, his acquaintance with Eastern with an absent man who is recovering the train of manners, existing now in the same state in which his ideas, or a soinnambulist when he is suddenly they were found during the time of the Crusades, awakened, and then answered, still with hesitation, formed a living commentary on the works of William "Mowbray of St. Ronan's?-ha--eh-I know-that of Tyre, Raymund of Saint Giles, the Moslem annals is-I did know the family.' of Abulfaragi, and other historians of the dark period, “Here they are going to give a masquerade, a bal with which his studies were at present occupied., paré, private theatricals, I think, and what not,”
A friendship, a companionship at least, was there- handing him the card. fore struck up hastily betwixt these two originals; "I saw something of this a fortnight ago," said Mr. and 10 the astonishment of the whole parish of St. Cargill; "indeed, I either had a ticket myself, or I Ronan's, the minister thereof was seen once more saw such a one as that." leagued and united with an individual of his species, Are you sure youdid not attend the party, Doctor?" generally called among them the Cleikum Nabob. said the Nabob. Their intercourse sometimes consisted in long walks, "Who attend? I ? you are jesting, Mr. Touchwhich they took in company, traversing, however, as wood." limited a space of ground, as if it had been actually “But are you quite positive ?" demanded Mr. Touchroped in for their pedestrian exercise. Their parade wood, who had observed, to his infinite amusement, was, according to circumstances, a low haugh at the that the learned and abstracted scholar was so connether end of the ruinous hamlet, or the esplanade in scious of his own peculiarities, as never to be very the front of the old castle; and, in either case, the sure on any such subject. direct longitude of their promenade never exceeded a "Positive!” he repeated with embarrassment; "my hundred yards. Sometimes, but rarely, the divine took memory is so wretched that I never like to be positive share of Mr. Touchwood's meal, though less splen--but had I done any thing so far out of my usual didly set forth than when he was first invited to way, I must have remembered it, one would thinkpartake of it; for, like the owner of the gold cup in and-I am positive I was not there." Parnell's Hermit, when cured of his ostentation, Neither could you, Doctor," said the Nabob, -“ Still he welcomed, but with less of cost." laughing at the process by which his friend reasoned
himself into confidence, " for it did not take placeOn these occasions, the conversation was not of the it was adjourned, and this is the second invitationregular and compacted nature, which passes betwixt there will be one for you, as you had a card to the men, as they are ordinarily termed, of this world. On former.-Come, Doctor, you must go you and I will the contrary, the one party was often thinking of $a- go together-I as an Imaun-I can say my Bismillah ladin and Cæur de Lion, when the other was ha- with any Hadgi of them all-You as a cardinal, or ranguing on Hyder Ali and Sir Eyre Coote. Still, what you like best." however, the one spoke, and the other seemed to "Who, I ?-it is unbecoming my station, Mr. Touchlisten; and, perhaps, the lighter intercourse of society, wood," said the clergyman—"a folly altogether inwhere amusement is the sole object, can scarcely rest consistent with my habits." on a safer and more secure basis.
"All the better-you shall change your habits." It was on one of the evenings when the learned di
You had better gang up and see them, Mr. Carvine had taken his place at Mr. Touchwood's social gill," said Mrs. Dods; for it's maybe the last sight board, or rather at Mrs. Dods's.--for a cup of excel, ye may see of Miss Mowbray—they say she is to be lent tea, the only luxury which Mr. Cargill continued married and off to England ane of thae odd-come10 partake of with some complacence, was the regale shortlies, wi' some of the gowks about the Waal before them,-that a card was delivered to the Nabob. down-by."
“Mr. and Miss Mowbray see company at Shaws- " Married !" said the clergyman; "it is impossible!" Castle on the twentieth current, at two o'clock-a " But where's the impossibility, Mr. Cargill, when déjeuner-dresses in character admitted-A dramatic ye see folk marry every day, and buckle them yourpicture. See company? the more fools they," he sell into the bargain ?-Maybe ye think the puir lassie continued by way of comment. "See company?- has a bee in her bonnet; but ye ken yoursell if naechoice phrases are ever commendable—and this piece body but wise folk were to marry, the warld wad be of pasteboard is to intimate that one may go and meet ill peopled. I think it's the wise folk that keep single, all the fools of the parish, if they have a mind-in my like yourself and me, Mr. Cargill.-Gude guide us ! time they asked the honour, or the pleasure, of a are ye weel ?- will you taste a drap o' something ?". stranger's company. I suppose, by and by, we shall Sniff at my ottar of roses," said Mr. Touchwood; have in this country the ceremonial of a Bedouin's "the scent would revive the dead-why, what in the tent, where every ragged Hadgi, with his green tur- devil's name is the meaning of this ?-you were quite ban, comes in slap without leave asked, and has his well just now." black paw among ihe rice, with no other apology than "A sudden qualm,” said Mr. Cargill, recovering Salam Alicum.—Dresses in character-Dramatic himself. picture'-what new tomfoolery can that be ?—but it "Oh! Mr. Cargill,” said Dame Dods, “this comes does not signify.-Doctor! I say Doctor!-but he is of your lang fasts." in the seventh heaven-I say, Mother Dods, you who "Right, dame,” subjoined Mr. Touchwood; "and know all the news- Is this the feast that was put off of breaking them with sour milk and pease bannock-until Miss Mowbray should be better ?"
the least morsel of Christian food is rejected by the "Troth is it, Maisier Touchwood--they are no in the stomach, just as a small gentleman refuses the visit way of giving twa entertainments in one season-no of a creditable neighbour, lest he see the nakedness very wise to gie ane maybe-but they ken best." of the land-ha! ha!"
"I say, Doctor, Doctor!-Bless his five wits, he is "And there is really a talk of Miss Mowbray of St. charging the Moslemah, with stout King Richard Ronan's being married ?" said the clergyman. I say, Doctor, do you know any thing of these Mow- " Troth is there," said the dame; "it's. Trotting brays ?"
Nelly's news; and though she likes a drappie, I dinna **Nothing extremely particular," answered Mr. Car- think she would invent a lee or carry ane at least 10 gill, after a pause; "ii is an ordinary tale of greatness, me, that am a gude customer.' which blazes in one century, and is extinguished in "This must be looked to," said Mr. Cargill, as if the next. I think Camden says, that Thomas Mow, speaking to himself. bray, who was Grand-Marshal of England, succeeded "In troth, and so it should,” said Dame Dods; "it's to that high office, as well as to the Dukedom of Nor- a sin and a shame if they should employ the tinkling folk, as grandson of Roger Bigot, in 1301."
cymbal they ca' Chatterly, and sic a Presbyterian
trumpet as yourself in the land, Mr. Cargill; and if in the known world. In short, the love of Alpheus ye will take a fule's advice, ye winna let the multure for Arethusa was a mere jest, compared to that which be ta'en by your ain mill, Mr. Cargill."
the Doctor entertained for his favourite fountain. "True, true, good Mother Dods," said the Nabob; The new and noble guest, whose arrival so much "gloves and hatbands are things to be looked after, illustrated these scenes of convalescence and of gayety, and Mr. Cargill had better go down to this cursed was not at first seen so much at the ordinary, and festivity with me, in order to see after his own inte other places of public resort, as had been the hope of
the worthy company assembled. His health and his "I must speak with the young lady," said the cler- wound proved an excuse for making his visits to the gyman, still in a brown study.
society few and far between. “Right, right, my boy of black-letter," said the But when he did appear, his manners and person Nabob; with me you shall go, and we'll bring them were infinitely captivating, and even the carnationto submission to mother-church, I warrant you-coloured silk handkerchief, which suspended his Why, the idea of being cheated in such a way, would wounded arm, together with the paleness and lanscare a Santon out of his trance.-What dress will guor which loss of blood had left on his handsome you wear ?"
and open countenance, gave a grace to the whole "My own, to be sure,” said the divine, starting from person which many of the ladies declared irresistible. his reverie.
All contended for his notice, attracted at once by his "True, thou art right again-they may want to knit affability, and piqued by the calm and easy nonchethe knot on the spot, and
who would be married by a lance with which it seemed to be blended. The parson in masquerade ?-We go to the entertainment scheming and selfish Mowbray, the coarse-minded though it is a done thing."
and brutal Sir Bingo, accustomed to consider themThe clergyman assented, provided he should receive selves, and to be considered, as the first men of the an invitation; and as that was found at the Manse, party, sunk into comparative insignificance. But he had no excuse for
retracting, even if he had seemed chiefly Lady Penelope threw out the captivations of to desire one.
her wit and her literature; while Lady Binks, trusting to her natural charms, endeavoured equally to attract
his notice. The other nymphs of the Spa held a little CHAPTER XVIII.
back, upon the principle of that politeness, which, at FORTUNE'S FROLICS.
continental hunting parties, affords the first shot at a
fine piece of game, to the person of the highest rank Count Basset. We gentleman, whose carriages run on the four present; but
the thought throbbed in many a fair aces, are apt to have a wheel
out of order.
bosom, that their ladyships might miss their aim, in
spite of the advantages thus allowed them, and that Our history must now look a little backwards; and there might then be room for less exalted, but peralthough it is rather foreign to our natural style of haps not less skilful, markswomen, to try their chance. composition, it must speak more in narrative, and less But while the Earl thus withdrew from public soin dialogue, rather telling what happened, than its ciety, it was necessary, at least natural, that he should effects upon the actors. Our purpose, however, is choose some one with whom to share the solitude of only conditional, for we foresee temptations which his own apartment, and Mowbray, superior in rank may render it difficult for us exactly to keep it. to the half-pay whisky-drinking Captain MacTurk;
The arrival of the young Earl of Etherington at the in dash to Winterblossom, who was broken down, salutiferous fountain of St. Ronan's had produced the and turned twaddler; and in tact and sense to Sir strongest sensation ; especially, as it was joined with Bingo Binks, easily 'manceuvred himself into his the singular accident of the attempt upon his lord- lordship's more intimate society; and internally ship's person, as he took a short cut through the thanking the honest
footpad, whose bullet had been woods on foot, at a distance from his equipage and the indirect means of secluding his intended victim servants. The gallantry with which he beat off the from all society but his own, he gradually began to highwayman, was only equal to his generosity; for feel the way, and prove the strength of his antahe declined making any researches after the poor gonist, at the various games
of skill and hazard which devil, although his lordship had received a severe he introduced, apparently with the sole purpose of wound in the scuffle.
relieving the tedium of a sick-chamber. Of the "three black Graces, as they have been Meiklewham, who felt, or affected, the greatest termed by one of the most pleasant companions of possible interest in his patron's success, and who our time, Law and Physic hastened to do homage to watched every opportunity to inquire how his schemes Lord Etherington, represented by Mr. Meiklewham advanced, received at first such favourable accounts and Dr. Quackleben; while Divinity, as favourable, as made him grin from ear to ear, rub his hands, and though more coy, in the person of the Reverend Mr. chuckle forth such bursts of glee as only the success Simon Chatterly, stood on tiptoe to offer any service of triumphant roguery could have extorted from him. in her power.
Mowbray looked grave, however, and checked his For the honourable reason already assigned, his mirth. lordship, after thanking Mr. Meiklewham, and hint- "There was something in it, after all," he said ing, that he might have different occasion for his
ser- " that he could not perfectly understand. Ethering: vices, declined his offer to search out the delinquent by ton, a used hand-d-d sharp-up to every thing, and whom he had been
wounded; while to the care of the yet he lost his money like a baby." Doctor he subjected the cure of a smart flesh-wound "And what the matter how he loses it, so you win in the arm, together with a slight scratch on the it like a man?" said his legal friend and adviser. temple; and so very genteel was his behaviour on "Why, hang it, I cannot tell,” replied Mowbraythe occasion, that the Doctor, in his anxiety for his "were it not that I think he has scarce the impusafety, enjoined him a month's course of the waters, dence to propose such a thing to succeed, curse me if he would enjoy the comfort of a complete and per- but I should think he was coming the old soldier fect recovery. Nothing so frequent, he could assure over me, and keeping up his game.-But no-he can his lordship, as the opening of cicatrized wounds; scarce have the impudence to think of that-I find, and the waters of St. Ronan's Spring being, according however, that he has done Wolverine-cleaned out to Dr. Quackleben, a remedy for all the troubles poor Tom--though Tom wrote to me the precise conwhich flesh is heir to, could not fail to equal those of trary, yet the truth has since come out-Well, I shall Barege, in facilitating the discharge of all splinters or avenge him, for I see his lordship is to be had as well extraneous matter, which a bullet may chance to in- as other folk." corporate with the human frame, to its great annoy- Weel, Mr. Mowbray,” said the lawyer, in a tone ance. For he was wont to say, that although he of affected sympathy, ye ken your own ways best could not declare the waters which he patronised to but the heavens will bless a moderate mind. I be an absolute panpharmacon, yet he would with would not like to see you ruin this poor lad, funditus, word and pen maintain, that they possessed the prin- that is to say, out and out. To lose some of the cipal virtues of the most celebrated medicinal springs ready will do him no great harm, and maybe gira him a lesson he may be the better of as long as he his lordship for this bout-doubled my capital, Mick, lives--but I was not, as an honest man, wish you to and something more.-Hush, don't interrupt me-we go deeper-you should spare the lad, Mr. Mowbray." must think of Clara now-she must share the sun
Who spared me, Meiklewham ?" said Mowbray, shine, should it prove but a blink before a storm.with a look and tone of deep emphasis-"No, no-You know, Mick, these twod-d women, Lady Penehe must go through the mill--money and money's lope and the Binks, have settled that they will have worth.-His seat is called Oakendale-think of something like a bal paré on this occasion, a sort of that, Mick-Oakendale! Oh, name of thrice happy theatrical exhibition, and that those who like it shall augury ! -Speak not of mercy, Mick-the squirrels of be dressed in character.-I know their meaning-they Oakendale must be dismounted, and learn to go think Clara has no dress fit for such foolery, and so a-foot.-What mercy can the wandering lord of Troy they hope to eclipse her; Lady Pen, with her oldexpect among the Greeks ?- The Greeks !—I am a fashioned, ill-set diamonds, and my Lady Binks, very Suliote-the bravest of Greeks.
with the new-fashioned finery which she swopt her
character for. But Clara shan't be bome down so, 'I think not of pity, I think not of fear, He neither must know who would serve the Vizier.'
by! I got that affected slut, Lady Binks's maid,
to tell me what her mistress had set her mind on, and And necessity, Mick," he concluded, with a tone she is to wear a Grecian habit, forsooth, like one of something altered, "necessity is as unrelenting a Will Allan's Eastern subjects.--But here's the rubleader as any Vizier or Pacha, whom Scanderbeg ever there is only one shawl for sale in Edinburgh that is fought with, or Byron has sung.".
worth showing off in, and that is at the Gallery of Meiklewham echoed his patron's ejaculation with a Fashion.- Now, Mick, my friend, that shawl must sound betwixt a whine, a chuckle, and a groan ; the be had for Clara, with the other trankums of muslin first being designed to express his pretended pity for and lace, and so forth, which you will find marked the destined victim; the second his sympathy with his in the paper there. --Send instantly and secure it, for, patrons's prospects of success; and the third being a as Lady Binks writes by to-morrow's post your order whistle admonitory of the dangerous courses through can go by to night's mail-- There is a note for L.100." which his object was to be pursued.
From a mechanical habit of never refusing any Suliote as he boasted himself, Mowbray had soon thing, Meiklewham readily took the note, but having after this conversation, some reason to admit that, looked at it through his spectacles, he continued to “When Greek meets Greek, then comes the tug of war."
hold it in his hand as be remonstrated with his pal
ron.--" This is a very kindly meant, St. Ronan'sThe light skirmishing betwixt the parties was ended, very kindly meant; and I wad be the last to say that and the serious battle commenced with some caution Miss Clara does not merit respect and kindness at on either side ; each perhaps desirous of being master your hand; but I doubt mickle if she wad care a of his opponent's system of tactics, before exposing bodle for thae braw things. Ye ken yoursell, she his own. Piquet, the most beautiful game at which seldom alters her fashions. Od, she thinks her a man can make sacrifice of his fortune, was one with riding-habit dress enough for ony company; and if which Mowbray had, for his misfortune perhaps, been you were ganging by good looks, so it is—if she had a accounted, from an early age, a great proficient, and ihought mair colour, poor dear.". in which the Earl of Etherington, with less experi- "Well, well,” said Mowbray, impatiently," let me ence, proved no novice. They now played for such alone to reconcile a woman and a fine dress.” stakes as Mowbray's state of fortune rendered con- "To be sure, ye ken best,” said the writer; " but siderable to him, though his antagonist appeared not to after a,' now, wad it no be better to lay by this hunsuccess ; for, though Mowbray at times returned with lady should want it afterhend, just for a sair foot
in a smile of confidence the inquiring looks of his friend You are a fool, Mick; what signifies healing, a Meiklewham, there were other occasions on which he sore foot, when there will be a broken heart in the seemed to evade them, as if his own had a sad con- case ?-No, no-get the things as I desire you-we fession to make in reply.
will blaze them down for one day at least; perhåps it These alterations, though frequent, did not occupy, will be the beginning of a proper dash.” after all, many days; for Mowbray, a friend of all Weel, weel, I wish it may be so," answered Meihours, spent much of his time in Lord Etherington's klewham; "but this young Earl-hae ye found the apartment, and these few days were days of battle. weak point ?-Can ye get a decerniture against him, In the mean time, as his lordship was now sufficiently with expenses?--that is the question.” recovered to join ihe party at Shaws-Castle, and Miss “I wish I could answer it," said Mowbray, thoughtMowbray's heal being announced as restored, that fully.--"Confound the fellow-he is a cui above me proposal was renewed, with the addition of a drain rank and in society too--belongs to the great Inatic entertainment, the nature of which we shall clubs, and is in with the Superlatives and Inaccessiafterwards have occasion to explain. Cards were bles, and all that sort of folk.- My training has been anew issued to all those who had been formerly inclu- a peg lower-but, hang it, there are better dogs breil ded in the invitation, and of course to Mr. Touch- in the kennel than in the parlour. I am up to him, ! wood, as formerly a resident at the Well, and now in think-at least I will soon know, Mick, whether i the neighbourhood; it being previously agreed among am or no, and that is always one comfort. Never the ladies, that a Nabob, though sometimes a dingy mind-do you execute my commission, and take care or damaged commodity, was not to be rashly or un- you name no names--I must save my little Abigail's necessarily neglected. As to the parson, he had been reputation." asked, of course, as an old acquaintance of the Mow- They parted, Meiklewham to execute his patron's bray house, not to be left out when the friends of the commission-his patron to bring to the test those family were invited on a great scale; but his habits hopes, the uncertainty of which he could not disguise were well known, and it was no more expected that from his own sagacity. he would leave his manse on such an occasion, than Trusting to the continuance of his run of luck, that the kirk should loosen itself from its foundations. Mowbray resolved to bring affairs !o a crisis that
It was after these arrangements had been made, same evening. Every thing seemed in the outset to that the Laird of St. Ronan's suddenly entered favour his purpose. They had dined together in Meik lewham's private apartment with looks of ex- Lord Etherington's apartments-his state of health ultation. The worthy scribe turned his spectacled nose interfered with the circulation of the bottle, and a lowards his patron, and holding in one hand the drizzly autumnal evening rendered walking disagreebunch of papers which he had been just perusing, able, even had they gone no farther than the privato and in the other the tape with which he was about to stable where Lord Etherington's horses were kepi, tie them up again, suspended that operation to await under the care of a groom of superior skill. Carus with open eyes and ears the communication of Mow- were naturally, almost necessarily, resorted to, as bray.
the only alternative for helping away the evening, "I have done him!” he said, exultingly, yet in a and piquet was, as formerly, chosen for the game. tone of voice lowered almost to a whisper ; " "capotted | Lord Etherington seemed at first indolently care
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less and indifferent about his play, suffering advan- “And thus your friend, poor devil,” replied Lord tages to escape him, of which, in a more attentive Etherington, would lose his money, and run the state of mind, he could not have failed to avail him- risk of a quarrel into the boot !-We will try it anoself. Mowbray upbraided him with his inattention, ther way-Suppose this good-humoured and simpleand proposed a deeper stake, in order to interest him minded gamesier had a favour of the deepest import in the game. The young nobleman coniplied; and to ask of his friend, and judged it better to prefer his in the course of a few hands, the gamesters became request to a winner than io a loser?". both deeply engaged in watching and profiting by * If this applies to me, my lord,” replied Mowbray, the changes of fortune. These were so many, so it is necessary I should learn how I can oblige your varied, and so unexpected, that the very souls of the lordship." players seemed at length centred in the event of the "That is a word soon spoken, but so difficult to be struggle; and, by dint of doubling stakes, the accu- recalled, that I am almosi tempted to pause--but yet mulated sum of a thousand pounds and upwards, it must be said. - Mowbray, you have a sister.” upon each side, came to be staked in the issue of the Mowbray started. --"I have indeed a sister, my game.--So large a risk included all those funds which lord; but I can conceive no case in which her name Mowbray commanded by his sister's kindness, and can enter with propriety into our present discussion.' nearly all his previous winnings, so to him the alter- “Again in the menacing mood !" said Lord Ethenalive was victory or ruin. He could not hide his agi- rington, in his former tone; "now, here is a pretty tation, however desirous to do so. He drank wine to fellow- he would first cut my throai for having won supply himself with courage--he drank water to cool a thousand pounds from me, and then for offering to his agitation; and at lengih bent himself to play with make his sister a countess !" as much care and attention as he felt himself enabled A countess, my lord ?" said Mowbray; "you are to command.
but jesting--you have never even seen Clara MowIn the first part of the game their luck appeared bray." tolerably equal, and the play of both befitting game- "Perhaps not-but what then ?-I may have seen sters who had dared to place such a sum on the cast. her picture, as Puff says in the Critic, or fallen in love But, as it drew towards a conclusion, fortune altoge- with her from rumour-or, to save farther supposither deserted him who stood most in need of her fa- tions, as I see they render you impatient, I may be your, and Mowbray, with silent despair, saw his fate satisfied with knowing that she is a beautiful and depend on a single trick, and that with every odds accomplished young lady, with a large fortune.". against hin, for Lord Etherington was elder hand. "What fortune do you mean, my lord ?" said MowBut how can fortune's favour secure any one who is bray, recollecting, with alarm some claims, which, not true to himself ?--By an infraction of the laws of according to Meiklewham's view of the subject, big the game, which could only have been expected from sister might form upon his property:- Whaiestate? the veriest bungler that ever touched a card, Lord - there is nothing belongs to our family, save these Etherington called a point without showing it, and, lands of St. Ronan's, or what is left of them; and of py the ordinary rule, Mowbray was entitled 10 couni these I am, my lord, an undoubted heir of entail in his own--and in the course of that and the next possession.' nand, gained the game and swept the stakes. Lord "Be it so," said the Earl, "for I have no claim on Etherington showed chagrin and displeasure, and your mountain realms here, which are, doubtless, seemed to think that the rigour of the game had been more insisted upon than in courtesy it ought to have
For knights, and squires, and barons bold;' been, when men were playing for so small a stake. my views respect a much richer, though less romanMowbray did not understand this logic. A thousand tic domain-a large manor, height Netilewood. House pounds, he said, were in his eyes no nutshells; the old, but standing in the midst of such glorious oaks rules of piquet were insisted on by all but boys and three thousand acres of land, arable, pasture, and women; and for his part, he had rather not play at woodland, exclusive of the two closes, occupied by all than not play the game.
Widow Hodge and Goodman Trampclod-manorial "So it would seem, my dear Mowbray,” said the rights-mines and minerals-and the devil know's Earl; "for on my soul, I never saw so disconsolate a how many good ibings besides, all lying in the vale visage as thine during that unlucky game-it with of Bever.' drew all my attention from my hand; and I may "And what has my sister to do with all this ?" safely say, your rueful countenance has stood me in asked Mowbray, in great surprise. a thousand pounds. If I could transfer thy long vis. "Nothing; but that it belongs to her when she age to canvass, I should have both my revenge and becomes Countess of Etherington." my money; for a correct resemblance would be worth "It is, then, your lordship's property already ?! nol a penny less than the original has cost me.
"No, by Jove! nor can it, unless your sister hon“You are welcome to your jest, my lord," said ours me with her approbation of my suit,” replied the Mowbray; "it has been well paid for; and I will Earl. serve you in ten thousand at the same rate. What
"This is a sorer puzzle than
one of Lady Penelope's say you ?" he proceeded, taking up and shuffling the charades, my lord," said Mr. Mowbray; "I must call cards, “will you do yourself more justice in another in the assistance of the Reverend Mr. Chatterly." game ?-Revenge, they say, is sweet.'
"You shall not need," said Lord Etherington; "I "I have no appetite for it this evening," said the will give you the key, but listen to me with patience. Earl, gravely; "if I had, Mowbray, you might come -You know that we nobles of England, less jealous by the worse. I do not always call a point without of our sixteen quarters than those on the continent, showing it.
do not take scorn to line our decayed ermines with a "Your lordship out of humour with yourself for little cloth of gold from the city; and my granda blunder that might happen to any man-it was as father was lucky enough to get a wealthy wife, with much my good luck as a good hand would have been, a halting pedigree, -rather a singular circumstance, and so fortune be praised."
considering that her father was a countryman “But what if with this Fortune had naught to yours. She had a brother, however, still more wealthy do?" replied Lord Etherington. -"What if, sitting than herself, and who increased his fortune by con down with an honest fellow and a friend like your tinuing to carry on the trade which had first enriched self, Mowbray, a man should rather choose to lose his family. Ảt length he summed up his books his own money, which he could afford, than to win washed his hands of commerce, and retired to Netwhat it might distress his friend to part with ?” tlewood, to become a gentleman; and here my much
"Supposing a case so far out of supposition, my respected granduncle was seized with the rage of lord," answered Mowbray, who felt the question tick- making himself a man of consequence. He tried lish--"for, with submission, the allegation is easily what marrying a woman of family would do; but he made, and is totally incapable of proof-I should say, soon found that whatever advantage bis family might no one had a right to think for me in such a particu- derive from his doing so, his own condition was but lar, or to suppose that I played for a higher stake than little illustrated. He next resolved to become a man was convenient.
of family himself. His father had left Scotland when