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must consider my profession-she must understand before the door of the manse, a space employed by It is my function io look after my patients, in prefer- Mr. Cargill in searching for the spectacles, which at ence to all the stage-plays in this world-and to last were happily discovered upon his own nose. attend on a case like yours, Mrs. Blower, it is my At length seated by the side of his new friend, Mr. duty to sacrifice, were it called for, the whole drama Cargill arrived safe at Shaws-Castle, the gate of from Shakspeare to O'Keefe.”
which mansion was surrounded by a screaming group On hearing this magnanimous resolution, the wi- of children, so extravagantly delighted at seeing the dow's heart was greatly cheered; for, in fact, she strange figures to whom each successive carriage gave might probably have considered the Doctor's perse- birth, that even the stern brow and well-known voice verance in the plan, of which she had expressed such of Johnie Tirlsneck, the beadle, though stationed in high disapprobation, as little less than a symptom of the court on express purpose, was not equal to the absolute defection from his allegiance. By an accom- task of controlling them. These noisy intruders, how. modation, therefore, which suited both parties, it was ever, who, it was believed, were somewhat favoured settled that the Doctor should attend his loving wi. by Clara Mowbray, were excluded from the court dow to Shaws-Castle, without mask or mantle; and which opened before the house, by a couple of grooms that the painted screen should be transferred from or helpers armed with their whips, and could not only Quackleben's back to the broad shoulders of a brief- salute, with their shrill and wondering bailing, the less barrister, well qualified for the part of Wall, various personages, as they passed down a short since the composition of his skull might have rivalled avenue leading from the exterior gale. in solidity the mortar and stone of the most approved The Cleikum nabob and the minister were greeted builder.
with shouts not the least clamorous; which the forWe must not pause to dilate upon the various mer merited by the ease with which he wore the white labours of body and spirit which preceded the inter- turban, and the latter, by the infrequency of his apvening space, betwixt the settlement of this gay pearance in public, and both, by the singular assoscheme, and the time appointed to carry it into exe- ciation of a decent clergyman of the church of Scolcution. We will not attempt to describe how the land, in a dress more old-fashioned than could now wealthy, by letter and by commissioners, urged their re- be produced in the General Assembly, walking arm in searches through the stores of the Gallery of Fashion arm, and seemingly in the most familiar terms, with for specimens of Oriental finery-how they that were a Parsee merchant. They stopped a moment at the scant of diamonds supplied their place with paste and gate of the court-yard to admire the front of the old Bristol stones-how the country dealers were driven mansion, which had been disturbed with so unusual a out of patience by the demand for goods of which scene of gayety. they had never before heard the name-and, lastly, Shaws-Castle, though so named, presented no aphow the busy fingers of the more economical damsels pearance of defence; and the present edifice had never twisted handkerchiefs into turbans, and converted been designed for more than the accommodation of a petticoats into pantaloons, shaped and sewed, cut and peaceful family, having a low, heavy front, loaded clipped, and spoiled many a decent gown and petti with some of that meretricious ornament, which, coat, to produce something like a Grecian habit. Who uniting, or rather confounding, the Gothic and Gre can describe the wonders wrought by active needles cian architecture, was much used during the reigns of and scissors, aided by thimbles and thread, upon James VI. of Scotland, and his unfortunate son. The silver gauze, and sprigged muslin ? or who can show court formed a small square, two sides of which were how, if the fair nymphs of the Spring did not entirely occupied by such buildings as were required for the succeed in attaining the desired resemblance to hea- family, and the third by the stables, the only part to then Greeks, they at least contrived to get rid of all which much attention had been paid, the present Mr. similitude to sober Christians ?
Mowbray having put them into excellent order. The Neither is it necessary 10 dwell upon the various fourth side of the square was shut up by a screen wall, schemes of conveyance which were resorted to, in through which a door opened to the avenue ; the order to transfer the beau monde of the Spa to the whole being a kind of structure, which may be still scene of revelry at Shaws-Castle. These were as found on those old Scottish properties, where a rage various as the fortunes and pretensions of the owners; to render their place Parkish, as was at one time the from the lordly curricle, with its outriders, to the prevailing phrase, has not induced the owners to pull humble taxed cart, nay, untaxed cart, which conveyed down the venerable and sheltering appendages with the personages of lesser rank. For the latter, indeed, which their wiser fathers had screened their mansion, the iwo post-chaises at the Inn seemed converted into and to lay the whole open to the keen north-east; hourly stages, so often did they come and go between much after the fashion of a spinster of fifty, who the Hotel and the Castle-a glad day for the
postil- chills herself to gratify the public by an exposure of ions, and a day of martyrdom for the poor post-horses; her thin red elbows, and shrivelled neck and bosom. so seldom is it that every department of any society, A double door, thrown hospitably open on the prehowever constituted, can be injured or benefited by the sent occasion, admitted the company into a dark and
low hall, where Mowbray himself, wearing the under Such, indeed, was the penury of vehicular convey- dress of Theseus, but not having yet assumed his ance, that applications were made in manner most ducal cap and robes, stood to receive his guests with humble, even to Meg Dods herself, entreating she due courtesy, and to indicate to each the road allotted would permit her old whiskey to ply (for such might to him. Those who were to take a share in the rehave been the phrase) at St. Ronan's Well, for that presentation of the morning, were conducted to an day only, and that upon good cause shown. But not old saloon, destined for a green-room, and which confor sordid lucre would the undaunted spirit of Meg municated with a series of apartments on the night, compound her feud with her neighbours of the detested hastily fitted with accominodations for arranging and Well. "Her carriage,” she briefly replied, "was en completing their toilet; while others, who took no gaged for her ain, guest and the minister, and deil part in the intended drama, were ushered to the left, anither body's fit should gang intill't. Let every her into a large, unfurnished, and long disused dining ring hing by its ain head." And, accordingly, at the parlour, where a sashed door opened into the gardens duly appointed hour, creaked forth the leathern con- crossed with yew and holly hedges, still irunmed venience, in which, carefully screened by the curtain and clipped by the old gray-headed gardener, upon from the gaze of the fry of the village, sat Nabob those principles which a Dutchman thought worthy Touchwood, in the costume of an Indian merchant, of commemorating in a didactic poem upon the Ars or Shroff, as they are termed. The clergyman would Topiaria. not, perhaps, have been so punctual, had not a set of A little wilderness, surrounding a beautiful piece of notes and messages from his friend at the Cleikum, the smoothest turf, and itself bounded by such high ever following each other as thick as the papers which hedges as we have described, had been selected as the decorate the tail of a schoolboy's kite, kept him so stage most proper for the exhibition of the intended continually on the alert from daybreak till noon, that dramatic picture. It afforded many facilities; for a Mr. Touchwood found him completely dressed ; and rising bank exactly in front was accommodated with the whiskey was only delayed for about ten minutes seats for the spectators, who had a complete view of the silvan theatre, the bushes and shrubs having scene. The nature of the exhibition precluded much been cleared away, and the place supplied with a action, but Lady Penelope made amends by such a temporary screen, which, being withdrawn by the succession of grimaces, as might rival, in variety at domestics appointed for that purpose, was to serve least, the singular display which Garrick used to call for the rising of the curtain. A covered trellis, which going his rounds." She twisted her poor features passed through another part of the garden, and ter- into looks of most desperate love towards Lysander; minated with a private door opening from the right into those of wonder and offended pride, when she wing of the building, seemed as if it had been planted turned them upon Demetrius; and finally settled on purpose for the proposed exhibition, as it served to them on Helena, with the happiest possible imitation give the personages of the drama a convenient and of an incensed rival, who feels the impossibility of secret access from the green-room to the place of re- relieving her swollen heart by tears alone, and is just presentation. Indeed, the dramatis persona, at least about to have recourse to her nails. ihose who adopted the management of the matter, No contrast could be stronger in looks, demeanour, were, induced, by so much convenience, to extend, in and figure, than that between Hermia and Helena. some measure, their original plan, and, instead of one In the latter character, the beautiful form and foreign group, as had been at first proposed, they now found dress of Miss Mowɔray attracted all eyes. She kept themselves able to exhibit to the good company a her place on the stage, as a sentinel does that which succession of three or four, selected and arranged his charge assigns him ; for she had previously told from different parts of the drama; thus giving some her brother, that though she consented, at his imporduration, as well as some variety, to the entertain- tunity, to make part of the exhibition, it was as a ment, besides the advantage of separating and con- piece of the scene not as an actor, and accordingly a trasting the tragic and the comic scenes.
painted figure could scarce be more immoveable. The After wandering about amongst the gardens, which expression of her countenance seemed to be that of contained little to interest any one, and endeavouring deep sorrow and perplexity, belonging to her part, to recognise some characters, who, accommodating over which wandered at times an air of irony or ridithemselves to the humours of the day, had ventured cule, as if she were secretly scorning the whole exto appear in the various disguises of ballad-singers, hibition, and even herself for condescending to bepedlars, shepherds, Highlanders, and so forth, the come part of it. Above all, a sense of bashfulness company began to draw together towards the spot had cast upon her cheek a colour, which, though sufwhere the seats prepared for them, and the screen ficiently slight, was more than her countenance was drawn in front of the bosky stage, induced them to used to display; and when the spectators beheld, in assemble, and excited expectation, especially as a the splendour and grace of a rich Oriental dress, her scroll in front of the esplanade set forth, in the words whom they had hitherto been accustomed to see of the play, "This green plot shall be our stage, this attired only in the most careless manner, they felt hawthorn brake our tiring-house, and we will do it in the additional charms of surprise and contrast; so action." A delay of about ten minutes began to ex- that the bursts of applause which were vollied tocite some suppressed murmurs of impatience among wards the stage, might be said to be addressed to her the audience, when the touch of Gow's fiddle sud- alone, and to vie in sincerity with those which have denly burst from a neighbouring hedge, behind which been forced from an audience by the most accomhe had established his little orchestra. All were of plished performer. course silent,
"Oh, that puir Lady Penelope !” said honest Mrs. As through his dear strathspeys he bore with Highland rage." |tion were once got over, began to look upon it with
Blower, who, when her scruples against the exhibiAnd when he changed his strain to an adagio, and particular interest, -"I am really sorry for her puir suffered his music to die away in the plaintive notes face, for she gars it work like the sails of John of Roslin Castle, the echoes of the old walls were after Blower's vesshel in a stiff breeze. -Oh, Doctor Cacka long slumber, awakened by that enthusiastic burst lehen, dinna ye think she wad need, if it were possiof applause, with which the Scots usually received ble, to rin ower her face wi' a gusing iron, just to and rewarded their country's gifted minstrel.
take the wrunkles out o't ?" "He is his father's own son," said Touchwood to "Hush, hush! my good dear Mrs. Blower," said the clergyman, for both had gotten seats near about the Doctor; "Lady Penelope is a woman of quality, the centre of the place of audience. “It is many a and my patient, and such people always act charmlong year since I listened to old Neil at Inver, and, to ingly-you must understand there is no hissing at a say truth, spent a night with him over pancakes private theatre-Hem!" and Athole brose; and I never expected to hear his “Ye may say what ye like, Doctor, but there is nae match again in my lifetime. But stop—the curtain fule like an auld fule-To be sure, if she was as young rises."
and beautiful as Miss Mowbray--hegh me, and The screen was indeed withdrawn, and displayed didna use to think her sae bonny neither -- but dresgHermia, Helena, and their lovers, in attitudes corres- dress makes an unco difference-That shawl o'hers ponding to the scene of confusion occasioned by the —I daur say the like o't was ne'er seen in braid Scoterror of Puck.
land-It will be real Indian, I'se warrant." Messrs. Chatterly and the Painter played their parts "Real Indian !' said Mr. Touchwood, in an accent neither better nor worse than amateur actors in of disdain, which rather disturbed Mrs. Blower's general; and the best that could be said of them was, equanimity, -- "why, what do you suppose it should that they seemed more than half ashamed of their be, madam?'' exotic dresses, and of the public gaze.
"I didna ken, sir," said she, edging somewhat But against this untimely weakness Lady Penelope nearer the Doctor, not being altogether pleased, as was guarded, by the strong shield of self-conceit. she afterwards allowed, with the outlandish appearShe minced, ambled, and, notwithstanding the slight ance and sharp tone of the traveller ; then pulling her appearance of her person, and the depredations which own drapery rou her shoulders, she added, couragetime had made on a countenance that had never been ously, "There are braw shawls made at Paisley, that very much distinguished for beauty, seemed desirous ye will scarce ken frae foreign.” to top the part of the beautiful daughter of Egeus. "Not know Paisley shawls from Indian, madam ?" The sullenness which was proper to the character of said Touchwood; why, a blind man could tell by Hermia, was much augmented by the discovery that he slightest touch of his little finger. Yon shawl, Miss Mowbray was so much better dressed than her- now, is the handsomest I have seen in Britain-and self,-a discovery which she had but recently made, at this distance I can tell it to be a real Tozie.”, as that young lady had not attended on the regular “Cozie may she weel be that wears it," said Mrs. rehearsals at the 'Well, but once, and then without Blower: "I declare, now I look on't again, it's a her stage habit. Her ladyship, however, did not per- perfect beauty." mit this painful sense of inferiority, where she had "It is called Tozie, ma'am, not cozie,” continued expected triumph, so far to prevail over her desire of the traveller ;. "the Shroffs at Surat told me in shining, as to interrupt materially the manner in 1801, that it is made out of the inner coat of a which she had settled to represent her portion of the goat."
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"Of a sheep, sir, I am thinking you mean, for goats to the whole performers, was especially dedihas nae woo'.
cated in their hearts to their own little Jackies and "Not much of it, indeed, madam; but you are to Marias, --for Mary, though the prettiest and most understand they use only the inmost coat; and then classical of Scottish names, is now unknown in their dyes-tbat Tozie now will keep its colour while the land. The elves, therefore, played their frolics, there is a rag of it left--men bequeath them in lega danced a measure, and vanished with good approbacies to their grandchildren."
tion. "And a very bonny colour it is," said the dame; The anti-mask, as it may be called, of Bottom, and "something like a mouse's back, only a thought red- | his company of actors, next appeared on the stage, der-I wonder what they ca’ that colour."
and a thunder of applause received the young Eari, "The colour is much admired, madam," said Touch- who had, with infinite taste and dexterity, trans. wood, who was now on a favourite topíc; "the Mus- formed himself into the similitude of an Athenian sulmans say the colour is betwixt that of an elephant clown; observing the Grecian costume, yet so judi. and the breast of the faughta."
ciously discriminated from the dress of the higher “In troth, I am as wise as I was," said Mrs. characters, as at once to fix the character of a thickBlower.
skinned mechanic on the wearer. Touchwood, in "The faughta, madam, so called by the Moors, particular, was loud in his approbation, from which (for the Hindhus call it hollah,) is a sort of pigeon, ihe correctness of the costume must be inserted; for held sacred among the Moslem of India, because that honest gentleman, like many other critics, was they think it dyed its breast in the blood of Ali.-But indeed not very much distinguished for good taste, I see they are closing the scene.- Mr. Cargill, are but had a capital memory for petty matters of fact; you composing your sermon, my good friend, or what and, while the most impressive look or gesture of an can you be thinking of ?"
actor might have failed to interest him, would have Mr. Cargill had, during the whole scene, remained censured most severely the fashion of a sleeve, or the with his eyes fixed, in intent and anxious, although colour of a shoe-tie. almost unconscious gaze, upon Clara Mowbray; and But the Earl of Etherington's merits were not conwhen the voice of his companion startled him out of fined to his external appearance ; for, had his better his reverie, he exclaimed, "Most lovely-most un- fortunes failed him, his deserts, like those of Hamlet, happy-yes--I must and will see her!"
might have got him a fellowship in a cry of players See her ?'' replied Touchwood, too much accus- He presented, though in dumb show, the pragmatie tomed to his friend's singularities to look for much conceit of Bottom, to the infinite amusement of all reason or connexion in any thing he said or did; present, especially of those who were well acquainted
Why, you shall see her and talk to her too, if that with the original; and when he was translated by will give you pleasure.—They say now," he continued, Puck, he bore the ass's head, his newly-acquired dig. lowering his voice to a whisper, " that this Mowbray nity, with an appearance of conscious greatness, is ruined. I see nothing like it, since he can dress which made the metamorphosis, though in itself sufout his sister like a Begum. Did you ever see such a ficiently farcical, irresistibly comic. He afterwards splendid shawl ?"
displayed the same humour in his frolics with the Dearly purchased splendour,” said Mr. Cargill, fairies, and the intercourse which he held with Messrs. with a deep sigh; “I wish that the price be yet fully Cobweb, Mustard seed, Pease-blossom, and the rest paid !"
of Titania's cavaliers, who lost all command of their "Very likely not," said the traveller ; " very likely countenances at the gravity with which he invited it's gone to the book; and for the price, I have known them to afford him the luxury of scratching his hairy a thousand rupees given for such a shawl in the coun- snout. Mowbray had also found a fitting representatry.-But hush, hush, we are to have another tune live for Puck in a queer-looking, small-eyed boy of from Nathaniel-faith, and they are withdrawing the the Altoun of St. Ronan's, with large ears projecting screen-well, they have some mercy- they do not let from his head like turrets from a Gothic building. us wait long between the acts of their follies at least- This exotic animal personified the merry and mocáI love a quick and rattling fire in these yanities-Folly ing spirit of Hobgoblin with considerable power, so walking a funeral pace, and clinking her bells to the that the group bore some resemblance to the welltime of a passing knell
, makes sad work indeed."* known and exquisite delineation of Puck by Sr A strain of music, beginning slowly, and termi- Joshua, in the select collection of the Bard of Me nating in a light and wild allegro, introduced on the mory. It was, however, the ruin of the St. Ronan's stage those delightful creatures of the richest ima- Robin Goodfellow, who did no good afterwards, gination that ever teemed with wonders, the Oberon "gaed an ill gate," as Meg Dods said, and “took on" and Titania of Shakspeare. The pigmy majesty of with a party of strolling players. the captain of the fairy band had no unapt representa- The entertainment closed with a grand parade of tive in Miss Digges, whose modesty was not so great all the characters that had appeared, during which an intruder as to prevent her desire to present him in Mowbray concluded that the young lord himself, unall his dignity, and she moved, conscious of the grace- remarked, might have time enough to examine the ful turn of a pretty ankle, which, encircled with a outward form, at least of his sister Clara, whom, in string of pearls, and clothed in flesh-coloured silk, of the pride of his heart, he could not help considering the most cobweb texture, rose above the crimson san- superior in beauty, dressed as she now was, with dal. Her jewelled tiara, 100, gave dignity, to the every advantage of art, even to the brilliant Amazon, frown with which the offended King of Shadows Lady Binks. It is true, Mowbray was not a man to greeted his consort, as each entered upon the scene give preference to the intellectual expression of poor at the head of their several attendants.
Clara's features over the Sultana-like beauty of the The restlessness of the children had been duly con- haughty dame, which promised to an admirer all the sidered ; and, therefore, their part of the exhibition vicissitudes that can be expressed by a countenance had been contrived to represent dumb show, rather lovely in every change, and changing as often as an than a stationary picture. The little Queen of Elves ardent and impetuous disposition, unused to conwas not inferior in action to her moody lord, and straint, and despising admonition, should please 10 repaid, with a look of female impatience and scorn, dictate. Yet, to do him justice, though his preference the haughty air which seemed to express his sullen was perhaps dictated more by fraternal partiality than greeting
by purity of taste, he certainly, on the preænt occa“Il met by moonlight, proud Titania."
sion, felt the full extent of Clara's superiority; and
there was a proud smile on his lip, as, at the conThe other children were, as usual, some clever and clusion of the divertisement, he asked the Earl how forward, some loutish and awkward enough; but the he had been pleased. The rest of the performers gambols of childhood are sure to receive applause, had separated, and the young lord remained on the paid, perhaps, with a mixture of pity and envy, by stage, employed in disembarrassing himself of his those in advanced life; and besides, there were in the awkward visor, when Mowbray put this question, to company several fond papas and mamas, whose which, though general in terms, he naturally gave a clamorous approbation, though given apparently particular meaning.
"I could wear my ass's head for ever," he said, side with a degree of anxious alertness totally foreign on condition my eyes were to be so delightfully em- to his usual habits, he endeavoured to join the person ployed as they have been during the last scene.- by whom it was worn. Mowbray, your sister is an angel?"
By the Lord,” said his companion, "the Doctor care that that headpiece of yours has not is beside himself!--the parson is mad!-the divine is perverted your taste, my lord,” said Mowbray. “But out of his senses, that is clear; and how the devil can why did you wear that disguise on your last appear- he, who scarce can find his road from the Cleikum to ance? You should, I think, have been uncovered." his own manse, venture himself unprotected into such
"I am ashamed to answer you," said the Earl; a scene of confusion ?-he might as well pretend to
friendly purpose by a sort of crowd which came rush" Then you change your dress, my lord, for dinner, ing down the alley, the centre of which was occupied if we call our luncheon by that name ?" said Mow- by Captain MacTurk, in the very act of bullying iwo bray.
pseudo Highlanders, for having presumed to lay aside "I am going to my room this instant for that very their breeches before they had acquired the Gaelic purpose," replied the Earl.
language. The sounds of contempi and insult with And I," said Mowbray, "must step in front, and which the genuine Celt was overwhelming the unfordismiss the audience; for I see they are sitting gaping tunate impostors, were not, indeed, intelligible otherthere, waiting for another scene.'
wise than from the tone and manner of the speaker; They parted upon this; and Mowbray, as Duke but these intimated so much displeasure, that the Theseus, stepped before the screen, and announcing plaided forms whose unadvised choice of a disguise the conclusion of the dramatic pictures which they had provoked it-two raw lads from a certain great had had the honour to present before the worshipful manufacturing, town-heartily, repented their temecompany, thanked the spectators for the very favour, rity, and were in the act of seeking for the speediest able reception which they had afforded ; and intimated exit from the gardens; rather choosing to resign their to them, that if they could amuse themselves by share of the dinner, than to abide the farther consestrolling for an hour among the gardens, a bell would quences that might follow from the displeasure of this summon to the house at the expiry of that time, highland Termagant. when some refreshments would wait their accept- Touchwood had scarcely extricated himself from ance. This annunciation was received with the ap- this impediment, and again commenced his researches plause due to the Amphitryon ou l'on dine; and the after the clergyman, when his course was once more guests, arising from before the temporary theatre, dis- interrupted by a sort of pressgang, headed by Sir persed through the gardens, which were of some ex- Bingo Binks, who, in order to play his character of a tent, to seek for or create amusement to themselves. drunken boatswain to the life, seemed certainly drunk The music greatly aided them in this last purpose, and enough, however little of a seaman. His cheer it was not long ere a dozen of couples and upwards, sounded more like a view-halloo than a hail
, when, were "tripping it on the light fantastic toe," (I love a with a volley of such oaths as would have blown a phrase that is not hackneyed,) to the tune of Mony- whole fleet of the Bethel union out of the water, he musk.
ordered Touchwood" to come under his lee, and be Others strolled through the grounds, meeting some d-d; for, smash his old timbers, he must go to sea quaint disguise at the end of every verdant alley, and again, for as weatherbeaten a hulk as he was. communicating to others the surprise and amusement Touch wood answered instantly, "To sea with all which they themselves were receiving. The scene, my heart, but not with a land-lubber for commander. from the variety of dresses, the freedom which it -Harkye, brother, do you know how much of a gave to the display of humour amongst such as pos- horse's furniture belongs to a ship ?" sessed any, and the general disposition to give and receive pleasure, rendered the little masquerade more Sir Bingo-"What the devil has a ship to do with
“Come, none of your quizzing, my old buck," said entertaining than others of the kind for which more horse's furniture ?-Do you think we belong to the ample and magnificent preparations have been made. horse-marines ?-ha! ha! I think you're matched, There was also a singular and pleasing contrast be- brother." tween the fantastic figures who wandered through the "Why, you son of a fresh-water gudgeon," regardens and the quiet scene itself, to which the old plied the traveller, " that never in your life sailed clipt hedges, the formal distribution of the ground, farther than the Isle of Dogs, do you pretend to play and the antiquated appearance of one or two foun- a sailor,
and not know
the bridle of the bowline, and tains and artificial cascades, in which the naiads had the saddle of the boltsprit, and the bit for the cable, been for the nonce compelled to resume their ancient and the girth to hoist the rigging, and the whip to frolics, gave an appearance of unusual simplicity and serve for small tackle ?-There is a trick for you to seclusion, and which seemed rather to belong to the find out an Abram-man, and save sixpence when he last than to the present generation.
begs of you as a disbanded seamen. --Get along with you! or the constable shall be charged with the
whole pressgang to man the workhouse." CHAPTER XXI.
A general laugh arose at the detection of the swaggering boatswain; and all that the Baronet
had for it was to sneak off, saying, “D-n the old For revels, dances, masks, and merry hours,
quiz, who the devil thought to have heard so much Fore-run fair Love, strewing his way with flowers.
slang from an old muslin nightcap !" Worthies, away-the scene begins to cloud.
Touchwood being now an object of some attenIbidem.
tion, was followed by two or three stragglers, whom MR., Touchwood, and his inseparable friend, Mr. he endeavoured to rid himself of the best way he Cargill, wandered on amidst the gay groups we have could, testifying an impatience a little inconsistent described, the former censuring with great scorn the with the decorum of his Oriental demeanour, but frequent attempts which he observed towards an imi- which arose from his desire to rejoin his companion, tation of the costume of the East, and appealing with and some apprehension of inconvenience which he self-complacence to his own superior representation, feared Cargill might sustain during his absence. as he greeted, in Moorish and in Persic, the several For, being in fact as good-natured a man as any in turban'd figures who passed his way; while the cler- the world, Mr. Touchwood was at the same time gyman, whose mind seemed to labour with some one of the most conceited, and was very apt to weighty and important project, looked in every direc- suppose, that his presence, advice, and assistance, tion for the fair representative of Helena, but in vain. were of the most indispensable consequence to those At length he caught a glimpse of the memorable with whom he lived ; and that not only on great shawl, which had drawn forth so learned a discussion emergencies, but even in the most ordinary occurfrom his companion; and, starting from Touchwood's 1 rences of life.
Love's Labour's Lost.
Mean time, Mr. Cargill, whom he sought in vain, So saying, he turned from the lady with that dig. was, on his part, anxiously keeping in sight of the nity, which a conscious discharge of duty confers, yel, beautiful Indian shawl, which served as a flag 10 at the same time, with a sense of deep pain, inflicted announce to him the vessel which he held in chase. by the careless levity of her whom he audressed. She At length he approached so close as to say, in an did not any longer attempt to detain hitny but made anxious whisper, “Miss Mowbray-Miss Mowbray her escape from the arbour by one alley, as she heard -I must speak with you."
voices which seemed to approach it from another. "And what would you have with Miss Mowbray ?" The clergyman, who took the opposite direction, met said the fair wearer of the beautiful shawl, but in full encounter a whispering and tiltering pair, who without turning round her head.
seemed, at his sudden appearance, to check their "I have a secret-an important secret, of which to tone of familiarity, and assume an appearance of make you aware; but it is not for this place.-Do greater distance towards each other. The lady was not turn from me !Your happiness in this, and no other than the fair Queen of the Amazons, who perhaps in the next life, depends on your listening seemed to have adopted the recent partiality of Ti
tania towards Bully Bottom, being in conference such The lady led the way, as if to give him an opportu- and so close as we have described, with the late renity of speaking with her more privately, to one of presentative of the Athenian weaver, whom his recent those old-fashioned and deeply-embowered recesses, visit to his chamber had metamorphosed into the more which are commonly found in such gardens as that gallant disguise of an ancient Spanish cavalier. He of Shaws-Castle; and, with her shawl wrapped now appeared with cloak and drooping plume, sword, around her head, so as in some degree to conceal her poniard, and guitar, richly dressed at all points, as features, she stood before Mr. Cargill in the doubtful for a serenade beneath his mistress's window; a silk light and shadow of a huge platanus tree, which mask at the breast of his embroidered doublei hung formed the canopy, of the arbour, and seemed to ready to be assumed in case of intrusion, as an apawait the communication he had promised..
propriate part of the national dress. "Report says," said the clergyman, speaking in an Ii sometimes happened to Mr. Cargill, as we beeager and hurried manner, yet with a low voice, and lieve it may chance to other men much subject to like one desirous of being heard by her whom he absence of 'mind, that, contrary to their wont, and addressed, and by no one else, -"Report says that much after the manner of a sunbeam suddenly you are about to be married."
piercing a deep mist, and illuminating one particular And is report kind enough to say to whom?'' object in the landscape, some sudden recollection answered the lady, with a tone of indifference which rushes upon them, and seems to compel them to act seemed to astound her interrogator.
under it, as under the influence of complete certainty 'Young lady,” he answered, with a solemn voice, and conviction. Mr. Cargill had no sooner set eyes "had this levity been sworn to me, I could never on the Spanish cavalier, in whom he neither knew have believed it! Have you forgot the circumstances the Earl of Etherington, nor recognised Bully Bottom, in which you stand ?-Have you forgotten that my than with hasty emotion he seized on his reluctant promise of secrecy, sinful perhaps even in that hand, and exclaimed, with a mixture of eagerness degree, was but a conditional promise ?-or did you and solemnity, "I rejoice to see you!-Heaven has think that a being so sequestered as I am was already sen
its own good time.” dead to the world, even while he was walking upon "I thank you, sir," replied Lord Etherington, very its surface?-Know, young lady, that I am indeed coldly, “I believe you have the joy of the meeting dead to the pleasures and the ordinary business of entirely on your side, as I cannot remember having life, but I am even therefore the more alive to its seen you before."
"Is not your name Bulmer ?" said the clergyman. "Upon my honour, sir, unless you are pleased to be "I-I know-I am sometimes apt to make mistakes more explicit, it is impossible for me either to answer -But I am sure your name is Bulmer ?", or understand you," said the lady; "you speak too "Not that ever I or my godfathers heard of-my seriously for a masquerade pleasantry, and yet not name was Bottom half an hour ago—perhaps that clearly enough to make your earnest comprehen- makes the confusion," answered the Earl, with very sible.
cold and distant políteness ;--"Permit me to pass, "Is this sullenness, Miss Mowbray?" said the sir, that I may atiend the lady." clergyman, with increased animation; "Is it levity ? Quite unnecessary," answered Lady Binks; "I -Or is it alienation of mind ?-Even after a fever leave you to adjust your mutual recollections with of the brain, we retain a recollection of the causes your new old friend, my lord-he seems to have of our illness.-Come, you must and do understand something to say." So saying, the lady walked on, me, when I say, that I will not consent to your com- not perhaps sorry of an opportunity to show apparent mitting a great crine to attain temporal wealth and indifference for his lordship's society in the presence rank, no, not to make you an empresy. My path is of one who had surprised them in what might seem a clear one; and should I hear a whisper breathed a moment of exuberant intimacy. of your alliance with this Earl, or whatever he may "You detain me, sir," said the Earl of Etherington be, rely upon it, that I will withdraw the veil, and to Mr. Cargill, who, bewildered and uncertain, still make your brother, your bridegroom, and the whole kept himself placed so directly before the young world, acquainted with the situation in which you nobleman, as to make it impossible for him to pass stand, and the impossibility of your forming the without absolutely pushing him to one side. "I must alliance which you propose to yourself, I am com- really attend the lady," he added, making another pelled to say, against the laws of God and man. effort to walk on. * But, sir-şir," answered the lady, rather eagerly
said Mr. Cargill, you cannot disthan anxiously, you have not yet told me what guise yourself from me. I am sure-my mind assures business you have with my marriage, or what argu- me, that you are that very. Bulmer whom Heaven ments you can bring against it.”
hath sent here to prevent crime." Madain,” replied Mr. Cargill
, "in your present "And you," said Lord Etherington, "whom my state of mind, and in such a scene as this, I cannot mind assures me I never saw in my life, are sent enter upon a topic for which the season is unfit, and hither by the devil, I think, to create confusion." you, I am sorry to say, are totally unprepared. It "I beg pardon, sir,'' said the clergyman, staggered is enough that you know the grounds on which you by the calm and pertinacions denial of the Earl-"I stand. At a filter opportunity, I will, as it is my beg pardon if I am in a mistake-that is, if I am duty, lay before you the enormity of what you are really in a mistake-but I am not-I am sure I am said to have meditated, with the freedom which not !-That look-that smile--I am not mistaken. becomes one, who, however humble, is appointed You are Valentine Bulmer-the very Valentine Bul. to explain to his fellow-creatures the laws of his mer whom l-but I will not make your private af. Maker. In the mean time, I am not afraid that fairs any part of this exposition-enough, you are you will take any hasty step, after such a warning Valentine Bulmer.” as this,'
"Valentine ?–Valentine ?" answered Lord Ether