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ington, impatiently,-"I am neither Valentine nor his own imagination. The traveller treated his scruOrson-I wish you good-morning, sir.”.

ples with scorn, and said, that guests meeting in this Stay, sir, stay, I charge you," said the clergyman; general manner, had no more to do with each other

you are unwilling to be known yourself, it may ihan if they were assembled in a caravansary. be because you have forgotten who I am-Let me "So that you need not say a word to him in the name myself as the Reverend Josiah Cargill, minister way of apology or otherwise-or, what will be still of St. Ronan's."

betier, I, who have seen so much of the world, will "If you bear a character so venerable, sir," replied make the pretty speech for you.” As they spoke, he the young nobleman, ,-" in which, however, I am not dragged the divine towards the house, where they in the least interested, I think when you make your were now summoned by the appointed signal, and morning draught a little too potent, it might be as where the company were assembling in the old saloon well for you to stay at home and sleep it off, before already noticed, previous to passing into the diningcoming into company."

room, where the refreshments were prepared. “Now, "In the name of Heaven, young gentleman,” said Doctor," continued the busy friend of Mr. Cargill, Mr. Cargill, "lay aside this untimely and unseemly "let us see which of all these people has been the jesting! and tell me if you be not-as I cannot but subject of your blunder. Is it yon animal of a Highstill believe you to be--that same youth, who, seven landman?—or the impertinent brute that wants to be years since, left in iny deposit a solemn secret, which, thought a boatswain -or which of them all is it ?if I should unfold to the wrong person, wo would be Ay, here they come, two and two, Newgate fashionmy own heart, and evil the consequences which the young Lord of the Manor with old Lady Penelope might ensue !"

-does he set up for Ulysses, I wonder ?- The Earl of You are very pressing with me, sir, said the Earl; Etherington with Lady Bingo-methinks it should "and, in exchange, I will be equally frank with you have been with Miss Mowbray." -I am not the man whom you mistake me for, and " The Earl of what, did you say?" quoth the cleryou may go seek him where you will-It will be still gyman, anxiously., How is it you titled that young more lucky for you if you chance to find your own man in the Spanish dress ?" wits in the course of your researches; for I must tell "Oho!" said the traveller; "what, I have discoyou plainly, I think they are gone somewhat astray.' vered the goblin that has scared you?-Come alongSo saying, with a gesture expressive of a determined come along-I will make you acquainted with him.” purpose to pass on, Mr. Cargill had no alternative but So saying, he dragged him towards Lord Etherington; to make way, and suffer him to proceed.

and before the divine could make his negative intelliThe worthy clergyman stood as if rooted to the cible, the ceremony of introduction had taken place. ground, and, with liis usual habit of thinking aloud, My Lord Etherington, allow me to present Mr. Carexclaimed to himself, "My fancy has played me many gill, minister of this parish-a learned gentleman, a bewildering trick, but this is the most extraordinary whose head is often in the Holy Land, when his perof them all!-What can this young man think of me? son seems present among his friends. He suffers It must have been my conversation with that unhappy extremely, my lord, under the sense of mistaking your young lady that has made such an impression upon lordship for

the Lord knows who; but when you are me as to deceive my very eye-sight, and causes me to acquainted with him, you will find that he can make connect with her history the face of the next person a hundred stranger mistakes than tha so we hope tha met-What must the stranger think of me!!! that your lordship will take no prejudice or offence.

Why, what every one thinks of thee that knows There can be no offence taken where no offence the prophet," said ihe friendly voice of Touchwood, is intended,” said Lord Etherington, with much uraccompanying his speech with an awakening slap on banity. "It is I who oyght to beg the reverend genthe clergyman's shoulder ; " and that is, that thou tleman's pardon, for hurrying from him without art an unfortunate philosopher of Laputa, who has allowing him to make a complete eclaircissement. I lost his fapper in the throng.--Come along-having beg his pardon for an abruptness which the place and me once more by your side, vou need fear nothing the time-for I was immediately engaged in a lady's Why, now I look at you closer, you look as if you had service-rendered unavoidable.' seen a basilisk --not that there is any such thing, Mr. Cargill gazed on the young nobleman as he otherwise I must have seen it myself, in the course pronounced these words, with the easy indifference of my travels--but you seem pale and frightened- of one who apologizes to an inferior in order to mainWhat the devil is the matter ?!?

tain his own character for politeness, but with perfect "Nothing,” answered the clergyman, "except that indifference whether his excuses are or are not held I have even this very moment made an egregious fool satisfactory. And as the clergyman gazed, the belief of myself."

which had so strongly clung to him

that the Earl of "Pooh, pooh, that is nothing to sigh over, prophet. Etherington and young Valentine Bulmer were the -Every man does so at least twice in the four-and- same individual person, melted away like frostwork twenty hours," said Touchwood.

before the morning sun, and that so completely, that But I had nearly betrayed to a stranger, a secret he marvelled at himself for having ever entertained it. deeply concerning the honour of an ancient family.' Some strong resemblance of features there must have

"That was wrong, Doctor," said Touchwood; been to have led him into such a delusion ; but the "take care of that in future; and, indeed, I would person, the tone the manner of expression, were absoadvise you not to speak even to your beadle, Johnie lutely different; and his attention being now espeTirlsneck, until you have assured yourself, by at least cially directed towards these particulars, Mr. Cargill three pertinent questions and answers, that you have was inclined to think the two personages almost tothe said Johnie corporeally and substantially in pre- tally dissimilar. sence before you, and that your fancy has not invested The clergyman had now only to make his apology, some stranger with honest Johnie's singed periwig and fall back from the head of the table to some lower and threadbare brown joseph-Come along-come seat, which his modesty would have preferred, when

he was suddenly seized upon by the Lady Penelope So saying, he hurried forward the perplexed clergy. Penfeather, who, detaining him in the most elegant man, who in vain made all the excuses he could think and persuasive manner possible, insisted that they of in order to effect his escape from the scene of gayety, should be introduced to each other by Mr. Mowbray, in which he was so unexpectedly involved. He pleaded and that Mr. Cargill should sit beside her at table. -headache; and his friend assured him that a mouthful She had heard so much of his learning-so much of of food, and a glass of wine, would mend it. He his excellent character--desired so much to make his stated he had business; and Touchwood replied that acquaintance, that she could not think of losing an he could have none but composing his next sermon, opportunity, which Mr. Cargill's learned seclusion and reminded him that it was two days till Sunday. rendered so very rare-in a word, catching the Black At length, Mr. Cargill confessed that he had some re- Lion was the order of the day; and her ladyship luctance again to see the stranger, on whom he had having trapped her prey, soon sat triumphant with endeavoured with such pertinacity to fix art acquaint-j him by her side. ance, which he was now well assured existed only in A second separation was thus effected betwixt




Touchwood and his friend ; for the former, not being all other general points of annoyance, is eternally included in the invitation, or, indeed, at all noticed by rubbing upon some tender point, and galling men's Lady Penelope, was obliged to find room at a lower feelings, without knowing or regarding it. part of the table, where he excited much surprise by “You must assist me, besides, in my little charities, the dexterity with which he despatched boiled rice with Mr. Cargill, now that you and I are become so well chop-sticks.

acquainted.-There is that Anne Heggie-I sent ber Mr. Cargill being thus exposed, without a consort, a trifle yesterday, but I am told, I should not mention to the fire of Lady Penelope, speedily found it so brisk it, but only one would not have the little they have to and incessant, as to drive his complaisance, little tried bestow lavished on an improper object-I am told she as it had been for many years by small talk, almost to is noi quite proper-an unwedded mother, in short, extremity. She began by begging him to draw his Mr. Cargill--and it would be especially unbecoming in chair close, for an instinctive

terror of fine ladies had me to encourage profligacy;" made him keep his distance. At the same time, she "I believe, madam," said the clergyman, gravely, hoped "he was not afraid of her as an Episcopalian; "the poor woman's distress may justify your ladyher father had belonged to that communion;

for," she ship's bounty, even if hep conduct has been faulty:" added, with what was intended for an arch smile,

O, I am no prude, neither, I assure you, Mr. Carwere somewhat naughty in the forty-five, as you may gill," answered the Lady Penelope. "I never withhave heard; but all that was over, and she was sure draw my countenance from any one but on the most Mr. Cargill was too liberal to entertain any dislike or irrefragable grounds. I could tell you of an intimate shyness on that score. She could assure him she was friend of my own, whom I have supported against far from disliking the Presbyterian form-indeed she the whole clamour of the people at the Well, because I had often wished to hear it, where she was sure to be believe, from the bottom of my soul, she is only both delighted and edified" (here a gracious smile) "in thoughtless-nothing in the world but thoughtlessthe church of St. Ronan's—and hoped to do so when; O Mr. Cargill, how can you look across the table so ever Mr. Mo bray had got a stove, which he had intelligently ?-who would have thought it of you : ordered from Edinburgh, on purpose to air his pew -Oh fie, to make such personal applications!" for her accommodation.'

“Upon my word, madam, I am quite at a loss to All this, which was spoken with wreathed smiles comprehend". and nods, and so much civility as to remind the clergy- "Oh fie, fie, Mr. Cargill,” throwing in as much man of a cup of tea over-sweetened to conceal its censure and surprise as a confidential whisper can want of strength and flavour, required and received convey—"you looked at my Lady Binks-i know no farther answer than an accommodating look and what you think, but you are quite wrong, I assure acquiescent bow.

you; you are entirely wrong. I wish she would not Ah, Mr. Cargill,"continued the inexhaustible Lady flirt quite so much with that young Lord Etherington Penelope, "your profession has so many demands on though, Mr. Cargill-her situation is particular.-Inthe heart as well as the understanding-is so much deed, I believe she wears out his patience; for see he connected with the kindnesses and charities of our is leaving the room before we sit down-how singunature--with our best and purest feelings, Mr. Cargill: lar!-And then, do you not think it very odd, too, that You know what Goldsmith says:

Miss Mowbray has not come down to us ?"** -' to his duty prompt at every call,

"Miss Mowbray !-what of Miss Mowbray-is she He watch'd, and wept, and felt, and pray'd for all.' not here?" said Mr. Cargill, starting, and with an And then Dryden has such a picture of a parish priest, expression of interest which he had not yet bestowed so inimitable, one would think, did we not hear now

on any of her ladyship's liberal communications. and then of some living mortal presuming to emulate “Ay, poor Miss Mowbray," said Lady Penelope, its features,”, (here another insinuating nod and ex- lowering her voice, and shaking her head; "she has pressive smile.)

not appeared-her brother went up stairs a few mi"Refined himself to soul to curb the sense,

nutes since, I believe, to bring her down, and so we And almost made a sin of abstinence,

are all left here to look at each other.-How very Yet had his aspect nothing of severe,

awkward !-But you know Clara Mowbray." But such a face as promised him sincere ;

"I, madam ?" said Mr. Cargill, who was now sufNothing reserved or sullen was to see, But sweet regard and pleasing sanctity.'"

ficiently attentive; "I really-I know Miss Mowbray

--that is, I knew her some years since-but your While her ladyship declaimed, the clergyman's ladyship knows she has been long in bad health-unwandering eye confessed his absent mind; his certain health, at least, and I have seen nothing of thoughts travelling, perhaps, to accomplish a truce the young lady for a very long time.". betwixt Saladin and Conrade of Mountserrat, unless "I know it, my dear Mr. Cargill-I know it," conthey chanced to be occupied with some occurrences tinued the Lady Penelope, in the same tone of deep of inat very day, so that the lady was obliged to re- sympathy, "I know it; and most unhappy surely call her indocile auditor with the leading question, have been the circumstances that have separated her "You are well acquainted with Dryden, of course, Mr. from your advice and friendly counsel. --All this I am Cargill ?"

aware of-and to say truth, it has been chiefly on poor “I have not the honour, madam," said Mr. Cargill, Clara's account that I have been giving you the troustarting from his reverie, and but half understanding ble of fixing an acquaintance upon you.-You and I the question he replied to.

together, Mr. Cargill, might do wonders to cure her 'Sir!" said the lady in surprise.

unhappy state of mind I am sure we might-that is, "Madam !-my lady!" answered Mr. Cargill, in if you could bring your mind to repose absolute conembarrassment.

fidence in me. "I asked you if you admired Dryden; but you learned "Has Miss Mowbray desired your ladyship to conmen are so absent-perhaps you thought I said Ley- verse with me upon any subject which interests den."

her ?'' said the clergyman, with more cautious shrewd “A lamp too early quenched, madam," said Mr. ness than Lady Penelope had suspected him of posCargill ; "I knew him well.”

sessing. "I will in that case be happy to hear the "And so did I,” eagerly replied the lady of the ceru- nature of her communication; and whatever my poor lean buskin ; "he spoke ten languages-how mortify- services can perform, your ladyship may command ing to poor me, Mr. Cargill, who could only boast of them." five !--but I have studied a little since that time-I "I-I-I cannot just assert," said her ladyship with must have you to help me in my studies, Mr. Cargill, hesitation, " that I have Miss Mowbray's direct init will be charitable-but perhaps you are afraid of a structions to speak to you, Mr. Cargill, upon the prefemale pupil ?".

sent subject. But my affection for the dear girl is 30 A thrill, arising from former recollections, passed very great-and then, you know, the inconveniences through poor Cargill's mind, with as much acuteness which may arise from this match." as the pass of a rapier might have done through his "From which match, Lady Penelope ?" said Mr body; and we cannot help remarking, that a forward Cargill. prater in society. like a busy bustlerin a crowd, besides 'Nay, now, Mr. Cargill, you really carry the privi



lege of Scotland too far--I have not put a single ques- "I certainly can, and I certainly will, John-I have tion to you, but what you have answered by another made a fool of myself once this morning to oblige -let us converse intelligibly for five minutes, if you you, and for the rest of the day I am determined to can but condescend so far."

appear in my own dress; that is, in one which shows For any length of time which your ladyship may neither belong to the world, nor wish to have any please to coinmand," said Mr. Cargill, "provided the thing to do with its fashions." subject regard your ladyship's own affairs or mine,- By my soul, Clara, I will make you repent this !" could I suppose these last for a moment likely to inte- said Mowbray, with more violence than he usually rest you.

exhibited where his sister was concerned. "Out upon you," said the lady, laughing affectedly; "You cannot, dear John," she coolly replied, you should really have been a Catholic priest instead less by beating me; and that I think you would repent of a Presbyterian. What an invaluable father con of yourself.” fessor have the fair sex lost in you, Mr. Cargill, and "I do not know but what it were the best way of how dexterously you would have evaded any cross- managing you," said Mowbray, muttering between examinations which might have committed your pe- his teeth; but commanding his violence, he only said nitents !"

aloud, "I am sure, from long experience, Clara, that "Your ladyship’s raillery is far too severe for me to your obstinacy will at the long run beat my anger. withstand or reply to," said Mr. Cargill, bowing with Do let us compound the poine for once-keep your more ease than her ladyship expected; and, retiring old habit, since you are so fond of making a sight of gently backward, he extricated himself from a con- yourself, and only throw the shawl round your shoulversation which he began to find somewhat embar- ders—it has been exceedingly admired, and every rassing.

woman in the house longs to see it closer--they can At that moment a murmur of surprise took place hardly believe it genuine. in the apartment, which was just entered by Miss "Do be a man, Mowbray," answered his sister; Mowbray, leaning on her brother's arm. The cause "meddle with your horse-sheets, and leave shawls of this murmur will be best understood, by narrating alone." what had passed betwixt the brother and sister. “Do you be a woman, Clara, and think a little on

them, when custom and decency render it necessary.“

Nay, is it possible !--Will you not stir-not oblige me CHAPTER XXII.

in such a trifle as this ?"

"I would indeed if I could,” said Clara; “ but since Seek not the feast in these irreverent robes ; Go to my chamber-put on clothes of mine.

not the shawl. I have given it away-given it up,

The T'aming of the Shrew. perhaps I should say, to the rightful owner.-She has It was with a mixture of anxiety, vexation, and promised me something or other in exchange for it, resentment, that

Mowbray, just when he had handed however, I have given it to Lady Penelope. Lady Penelope into the apartment where the tables "Yes," answered Mowbray, some of the work were covered, observed that his sister was absent, of her own fair hands, I suppose, or a couple of her and that Lady Binks was hanging on the arm of ladyship's drawings, made up into fire-screens.-On Lord Etherington, to whose rank it would properly my word-on my soul, this is too bad !--It is using have fallen to escort the lady of the house. An anx- me too ill, Clara-far too ill. If the thing had been ious and hasty glance cast through the room, ascer- of no value, my giving it to you should have fixed tained that she was absent, nor could the ladies pre- some upon it.-Good-even to you; we will do as well sent give any account of her after she had quitted the as we can without you." gardens, except that Lady Penelope had spoken a few "Nay, but, my dear John--stay but a moment," words with her in her own apartment, immediately said Clara, taking his arm as he sullenly turned after the scenic entertainment was concluded. towards the door; "there are but two of us on the

Thither Mowbray hurried, complaining aloud of his earth--do not let us quarrel about a trumpery shawl.”. sister's laziness in dressing, but internally hoping that " Trumpery!" said Mowbray; "It cost fifty guineas, the delay was occasioned by nothing of a more im- by G, which I can but ill spare-trumpery!", portant character.

"O, never think of the cost," said Clara; "it was He hastened up stairs, entered her sitting-room your gift, and that should, I own, have been enough without ceremony, and knocking at the door of her to have made me keep to my death's day, the poorest dressing-room, begged her to make haste.

rag of it. But really Lady Penelope looked so very Here is the whole company impatient,” he said, miserable, and twisted her poor face into so many assuming a tone of pleasantry; "" and Sir Bingo Binks odd expressions of anger and chagrin, that I resigned exclaiming for your presence, that he may

be let loose it to her, and agreed to say she had lent it to me for on the cold meat."

the performance. I believe she was afraid that I “Paddock calls,” said Clara from within; "anon-would change my mind, or that you would resume it

as a seignorial waif; for, after she had walked a few "Nay, it is no jest, Clara," continued her brother; turns with it wrapped around her, merely by way of "for here is Lady Penelope miauling like a starved taking possession, she despatched it by a special mes.

senger to her apartment at the Well." "I come-I come, greymalkin," answered Clara, "She may go to the devil,” said Mowbray, "for a as she spoke, her finery entirely thrown aside, and a selfish, spiteful heart, that is as hard as a flint, with dressed in the riding-babit which was her usual and a fine glossing of taste and sensibility!! favourite attire.

"Nay, but, John," replied his sister, “she really had “Her brother was both surprised and offended. something to complain of in the present case. The “On my soul," he said, "Clara, this is behaving very shawl had been bespoken on her account, or very nearly ill. I indulge you in every freak upon ordinary occa- so-she showed me the tradesman's letter-only some sions, but you might surely on this day, of all others, agent of yours had come in between with the ready have condescended to appear something like my sister, money, which no tradesman can resist.---Ah, John! and a gentlewoman receiving company in her own I suspect half of your anger is owing to the failure of house."

a plan to mortify poor Lady Pen, and that she has Why, dearest John," said Clara, "so that the more to complain of than you have.-Come, come, guests have enough to eat and drink, I cannot con- you have had the advantage of her in the first display ceive why I should concern myself about their finery, of this fatal piece of finery, if wearing it on my poor or they trouble themselves about my plain clothes." shoulders can be called a display-e'en make her

Come, come, Clara, this will not do," answered welcome to the rest for peace's sake, and let us go Mowbray; "you must positively go back into your down to these good folks, and you shall see how dressing room, and huddle your things on as fast as pretty and civil I shall behave.” you can. You cannot go down to the company Mowbray, a spoiled child, and with all the petted dressed as you are.

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issue of the scheme which he had formed for mortify- 1 of their family history, which might serve for a foundaing Lady

Penelope ; but he saw at once the necessity tion on which to raise her projected battery. The of saying nothing more to his sister on the subject. ancient offences and emulation of importance of the Vengeance he privately muttered against Lady Pen, Laird of St. Ronan's, and the superiority which had whom he termed an absolute harpy in blue-stockings; been given to Clara in the exhibition of the day, comunjustly forgetting, that in the very important affair bined with the immediate cause of resentment;

and at issue, he himself had been the first to interfere with it only remained for her to consider how her revenge and defeat her ladyship's designs on the garment in could be most signally accomplished. question.

Whilst such thoughts were passing through Lady "But I will blow her," he said, "I

will blow her Penelope's mind, Mowbray was searching with his ladyship's conduct in the business! She shall not eyes for the Earl of Etherington, judging that it outwit a poor whimsical girl like Clara, without hear- might be proper, in the course of the entertainment, ing it on more sides than one.

or before ihe guests had separated, to make him for With this Christian and gentlemanlike feeling to- mally acquainted with his sister, as a preface

to the wards Lady Penelope, he escorted his sister into the more intimate connexion which must, in prosecution eating-room, and led her to her proper place at the of the plan agreed upon, take place betwixt them. head of the table. It was the negligence displayed in Greatly to his surprise, the young Earl was nowhere her dress, which occasioned the murmur of surprise visible, and the place which he had occupied by the that greeted Clara on her entrance. Mowbray, as he side of Lady Binks had been quietly appropriated by placed his sister in her chair

, made

her general apo- Winterblossom, as the best and softest chair in the logy for her late appearance, and her riding habit. room, and nearest to the head of the table, where the "Some fairies," he supposed, "Puck, or such like choicest of the entertainment is usually arranged. tricksy goblin, had been in her wardrobe, and carried This honest gentleman, after a few insípid complioff whatever was fit for wearing."

ments to her ladyship upon her performance as Queen There were answers from every quarter-that it of the Amazons, had betaken himself to the much would have been too much to expect Miss Mowbray more interesting occupation of Ogling the dishes, to dress for their amusement a second time that through the glass which hung suspended at his neck nothing she chose to wear could misbecome Miss by a gold chain of Maltese workmanship. After lookMowbray-that she bad set like the sun, in her splen- ing and wondering for a few seconds, Mowbray addid scenic dress, and now rose like the full moon in dressed himself to the old beau-garcon, and asked her ordinary attire, (this flight was by the Reverend him

what had become of Etheringion. Mr. Chatterly,)--and that "Miss Mowbray being at *Retreated," said Winterblossom, "and left but hame, had an unco gude right to please hersell ;' his compliments to you behind him-a complaint, I which last piece of politeness, being at least as much think, in his wounded arm.--Upon my word, that to the purpose as any that had preceded it, was the soup has a most appetizing flavour !-Lady Penelope, contribution of honest Mrs. Blower; and was replied shall I have the honour to help you ?-no-nor you, to by Miss Mowbray with a particular and most Lady Binks?-you are too cruel !I must comfort gracious bow.

myself, like a heathen priest of old, by eating the Mrs. Blower ought to have rested her colloquial sacrifice which the deities have scorned to accept of." fame, as Dr. Johnson would have said, upon a com- Here he helped himself to the plate of soup which pliment so evidently acceptable, but no one knows he had in vain offered to the ladies, and transferred where to stop. She thrust her broad, good-natured, the further duty of dispensing it to Mr. Chatterly; "it delighted countenance forward, and sending her voice is your profession, sir, to propitiate the divinities from the bottom to the top of the table, like her um- ahem!". quhile husband when calling to his mate during a "I did not think Lord Etherington would have left breeze, wondered "why Miss Clara Moubrie didna us so soon," said Mowbray; "but we must do the wear that grand shawl she had on at the play-mak- best we can without his countenance.". ing, and her just sitting upon the wind of a door. So saying, he assumed his place at the bottom of Nae doubt it was for fear of the soup, and the butter- the table, and did his best to support the character of boats, and the like ;—but she had three shawls, which a hospitable and joyous landlord, while on her part, she really fand was ane ower mony-if Miss Moubrie with much natural grace, and delicacy of attention wad like to wear ane o' them-it was but imitashion, calculated to set every body at their ease, his sister to be sure—but it wad keep her shouthers as warm presided at the upper end of the board. But the vanas if it were real Indian, and if it were dirtied it was ishing of Lord Etherington in a manner so sudden the less matter.

and unaccountable—the obvious ill-humour of Lady "Much obliged, Mrs. Blower," said Mowbray una- Penelope-and the steady, though passive, sullenness ble to resist the temptation

which this speech offered; of Lady Binks, spread among the company a gloom “bụt my sister is not yet of quality sufficient, to enti- like that produced by an autumnal mist upon a pleastle her to rob her friends of their shawls.".

ing landscape. The women were low-spirited, dall

, Lady Penelope coloured to the eyes, and bitter was nay, peevish, they did not well know why; and the the retort that arose to her tongue, but she suppressed men could not be joyous, though the ready resource it, and nodding to Miss Mowbray in the most friend of old hoc and champagne made some of them talkaly way in the world, yet with a very particular ex- tive.- Lady Penelope broke up the party by wellpression, she only said, "So you have told your bro- feigned apprehension of the difficulties, nay, dangers ther of the little transaction which we have had this of returning by so rough a road. Lady Binks begged morning ?- Tu me lo pagherai--I give you fair warn- a seat with her ladyship, as Şir Bingo, she said, ing, take care none of your secrets come into my judging from his devotion to the green flask, was keeping-that's all."

likely to need their carriage home. From the moUpon what mere trifles do the important events of ment of their departure, it became bad tole to rehuman life sometimes depend ! If Lady Penelope had main behind; and all, as in a retreating army, were given way to her first movements of resentment, the eager to be foremost, excepting MacTurk and a few probable issue would have been some such half-comic stanch topers, who, unused to meet with such good half-serious skirmish, as her ladyship and Mr. Mow- cheer every day of their lives, prudently determined bray had often amused the company withal. But to make the most of the opportunity. revenge which is suppressed and deferred, is always We will not dwell on the difficulties attending the most to be dreaded; and to the effects of the delibe- transportation of a large company by few carriages, rate resentment which Lady Penelope cherished upon though the delay and disputes thereby occasioned this trifling occasion, must be traced the events which were of course more intolerable than in the morning, our history has to record. Secretly did she determine for the

parties had no longer the hopes of a happy day to return the shawl, which she had entertained hopes before them, as a bribe to submit to temporary inconof making her own upon very reasonable terms; venience. The impatience of many was so great, and as secretly did she resolve to be revenged both that, though the evening was raw, they chose to go upon brother and sister, conceiving herself already on foot rather than await the dull routine of the repossessed, to a certain degree, of a clew to some part turning carriages; and as they retired they agreed, with one conseni, to throw the blame of whatever | in great measure removed by the arrival of one of inconvenience they might sustain on their host and Lord Etherington's grooms with the following letter: hostess, who had invited so large a party before getting a shorter and better road made between the “MY DEAR MOWBRAY, Well and Shaws-Castle.

"You would naturally be surprised at my escape "It would have been so easy to repair the path by from the table yesterday before you returned to it, or the Buck-stane!"

your lovely sister had graced it with her presence. I And this was all the thanks which Mr. Mowbray must confess my folly; and I may do so the more received for an entertainment which had cost so boldly, for, as the footing on which I first opened this much trouble and expense, and had been looked for treaty was not a very romantic one, you will scarce ward to by the good society at the Well with such suspect me of wishing to render it such. But I did in impatient expectation.

reality feel, during the whole of yesterday, a reluctance It was an unco pleasant show," said the good which I cannot express, to be presented to the lady natured Mrs. Blower, "only it was a pity it was sac on whose favour the happiness of my future life is to tediousome; and there was surely an awfu' waste of depend, upon such a public occasion, and in the pregauze and muslin."

sence of so promiscuous a company. I had my mask, But so well had Dr. Quackleben improved his nu. indeed, to wear while in the promenade, but, of course, merous opportunities, that the good lady was much that was to be laid aside ai table, and, consequently, reconciled to affairs in general, by the prospect of I must have gone through the ceremony of introduccoughs, rheumatisms, and other maladies acquired tion; a most interesting moment, which I was deupon the occasion, which were likely to afford that sirous to defer till a fitter season. I trust you will learned gentleman, in whose prosperity she much in- permit me to call upon you at Shaws-Castle this terested herself, a very profitable harvest.

morning, in the hope--the anxious hope-of being Mowbray, somewhat addicted to the service of allowed to pay my duty to Miss Mowbray, and apoBacchus, did not find himself freed, by the secession logize for not waiting upon her yesterday. I expect of so large a proportion of the company, from the your answer with the utmost impatience, being service of the jolly god, although, upon the present always yours, &c. &c. &c. occasion, he could well have dispensed with his orgies.

“ETHERINGTON." Neither the song, nor the pun, nor the jest

, had any power to kindle his heavy spirit, mortified as he was “This," said St. Ronan's to himself, as he folded by the event of his party being so different from the up the letter deliberately, after having twice read it brilliant consummation which he had anticipated.over, seems all fair and above board; I could not The guests, stanch boon companions, suffered not, wish any thing more explicit; and, moreover, it puts however, their party to flag for want of the land- into black and white, as old Mick would say, what lord's participation, but continued to drink bottle only rested before on our private conversation. An after bottle, with as little regard for Mr. Mowbray's especial cure for the headache, such a billet as this in grave looks, as if they had been carousing at a morning." the Mowbray Arms, instead of the Mowbray So saying, he sat him down and wrote an answer, mansion-house. Midnight at length released him, expressing the pleasure he should have in seeing his when, with an unsteady step, he sought his own lordship as soon as he thought proper. He watched apartment; cursing himself and his companions, con- even the departure of the groom, and beheld him galsigning his own person with all despatch to his bed, lop off

, with the speed of one who knows that his and bequeathing those of the company to as many quick return was expected by an impatient master. mosses and quagmires, as could be found betwixt Mowbray remained for a few minutes by himself, Shaws-Castle and St. Ronan's Well.

and reflected with delight upon the probable conse

quences of this match ;-the advancement of his sister CHAPTER XXIII.

--and, above all, the various advantages which must necessarily accrue to himself, by so close an alliance

with one whom he had good reason to think deep in Oh! you would be a vestal maid, I warrant, The bride of Heaven-Come--we may shake your purpose;

the secret, and capable of rendering him the most For hore I bring in hand a jolly suitor

material assistance in his speculations on the turf

and in the sporting world. He then sent a servant to That ladies love best-He is young and noble,

let Miss Mowbray know that he intended to breakfast Handsome and valiant, gay, and rich, and liberal.-The Num.

with her. The morning after a debauch is usually one of re- "I suppose, John," said Clara, as her brother enflection, even to the most determined boon com-tered the apartment, "you are glad of a weaker cup panion; and, in the retrospect of the preceding day, this morning than those you were drinking last night ihe young Laird of St. Ronan's saw nothing very you were carousing till after the first cock." consolatory, unless that the excess was not, in the Yes," said Mowbray, "that sandbed, old Macpresent case, of his own seeking, but had arisen out Turk, upon whom whole hogsheads make no impresof the necessary duties of a landlord, or what were sion, did make a bad boy of me--but the day over, considered as such by his companions.

and they will scarce catch me in such another scrape. But it was not so much his dizzy recollections of -What did you think of the masks?", the late carouse which haunted him on awakening, Supported as well,” said Clara, as such folk as the inexplicability which seemed to shroud the support the disguise of gentlemen and ladies during purposes and conduct of his new ally, the Earl of life; and that is, with a great deal of bustle, and very Etherington.

little propriety' That young nobleman had seen Miss Mowbray, "I saw only one good mask there, and that was a had declared his high satisfaction, had warmly and Spaniard,” said her brother. voluntarily renewed the proposal which he had made 0,.I saw him too,” answered Clara; "but he ere she was yet known to him-and yet, far from wore his visor on. An old Indian merchan:, or some seeking an opportunity to be introduced to her, he such thing seemed to me a better character-the had even left the party abruptly, in order to avoid the Spaniard did nothing but stalk about and twangle his necessary intercourse which must there have taken guitar, for the amusement of my Lady Binks, as I place between them. His lordship's flirtation with think." Lady Binks had not escaped the attention of the sa- “He is a very clever fellow, though, that same gacious Mowbray-her ladyship also had been in a Spaniard,” rejoined Mowbray--"Can you guess who hurry to leave Shaws-Castle; and Mowbray promised he is ?" to himself to discover the nature of this connexion "No, indeed ; nor shall I take the trouble of trying. through Mrs. Gingham, her ladyship's attendant, or To set to guessing about it, were as bad as seeing the otherwise ; vowing deeply at the same time, that no whole mummery over again.' peer in the realm should make an affectation of ad- "Well,” replied her brother, "you will allow one dressing Miss Mowbray a cloak for another and more thing at least-Bottom was well acted-you cannot secret intrigue. But his doubts on this subject were deny that."

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