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machinery of the little timepiece. --But the upshot of reply, he adopted my mother's phraseology, to inform the whole is this. Harry Jekyl, who is as sharp a ber, that if there was a whore and bastard connected fellow as any other, thinks he has his friend Lord with his house, it was herself and her brat. Etherington at a dead lock, and that he knows "I was even then a sharp little fellow, and was inalready so much of the said noble lord's history as credibly struck with the communication, which, in to oblige his lordship to tell him the whole. And this hour of ungovernable irritation, bad escaped my perhaps he not unreasonably concludes, that the cus- right honourable father. It is true, he instantly tody of a whole secret is more creditable, and probably gathered himself up again ; and, he perhaps recolmore lucrative, than that of a half one; and, in short, lecting such a word as bigamy, and my mother, on he is resolved to make the most of the cards in his her side, considering the consequences of such a thing hand. Another, mine honest Harry, would take the as a descent from the Countess of Etherington into trouble to recall to your mind past times and circum- Mrs. Bulmer, neither wife, maid, nor widow, there stances, and conclude with expressing an humble was an apparent reconciliation between them, which opinion, that if Harry Jekyl were asked novo to do lasted for some time. But the speech remained any service for the noble lord aforesaid, Harry had deeply imprinted on my remembrance; the more so, goi his reward in his pocket aforehand. But I do not that once, when I was exerting over my friend Francis argue thus, because I would rather be leagued with a Tyrrel, the authority of a legitimate brother, and Lord friend who assists me with a view to future profit, Oakendale, old Cecil, my father's confidential valet, than from respect to benefits already received. The was so much scandalized, as to intimate a possibility first lies like the fox's scent when on his last legs, that we might one day change conditions. These two increasing every moment; the other is a back-scent, accidental communications seemed to me a key to growing colder the longer you follow it, until at last certain long lectures, with which my father used 10 it becomes impossible to puzzle it out. "I will there- regale us boys, but me in particular, upon the extreme fore, submit to circumstances, and tell you the whole mutability of human affairs,-the disappointment of story, though somewhat tedious, in hopes that I can the best-grounded hopes and expectations--and the conclude with such a trail as you will open upon necessity of being so accomplished in all useful breast-high,
branches of knowledge, as might, in case of accidents, "Thus then it was.-Francis, fifth Earl of Ether- supply any defalcation in our rank and fortune ;--as ington, and my much-honoured father, was what is if any art or science could make amends for the loss called a very eccentric man-that is, he was neither of an Earldom, and twelve thousand a-year! All a wise man nor a fool-had too much sense to walk this prosing seemed to my anxious mind designed to into a well, and yet in some of the furious fits which prepare me for some unfortunate change; and when he was visited with, I have seen him quite mad enough I was old enough to make such private inquiries as to throw any one else into it.- Men said there was a lay in iny, power, I became still more persuaded that lurking insanity-but it is an ill bird, &c., and I will my right honourable father nourished some thoughts say no more about it. This shatterbrained peer was, o making an honest woman of Marie de Martigny, in other respects, a handsome accomplished man, and a legitimnate elder brother of Francis, after his with an expression somewhat haughty, yet singularly death at least if not during his life. I was the more pleasing when he chose it-a man, in short, who convinced of this, when a little affair
, which I chanced might push his fortune with the fair sex.
to have with the daughter of my Tu- drew down Lord Etherington, such as I have described him, my father's wrath upon me in great abundance, and being upon his travels in France, formed an attach- occasioned my being banished to Scotland, along ment of the heart-ay, and some have pretended, of with my brother, under a very poor allowance, withthe hand also, with a certain beautiful orphan, Marie ont introductions, except to one steady, or call it rusty, de Martigny.' of this union is said to have sprung old Professor, and with the charge that I should not (for I am determined not to be certain on that poini) assume the title of Lord Oakendale, but content mythat most incommodious person, Francis Tyrrel, as he self with my maternal grandfather's nameof Valentine calls himself, but as I would rather call him, Francis Bulmer, that of Francis Tyrrel being pre-occupied. Martigny; the latter suiting my views, as perhaps the "Upon this occasion, notwithstanding the fear former name agrees better with his pretensions. Now, which I entertained of my father's passionate temper, I am too good a son to subscribe to the alleged regu. I did venture to say, that since I was to resign my larity of the marriage between my right honourable title, I thought I had a right to keep my family name and very good lord' father, because my, said right and that my brother might take his mother's. I wish honourable and very good lord did, on his return to you had seen the look of rage with which way father England, become wedded the face of the church, regarded me when I gave him this spirited hiņt. to my very affectionate and well-endowed mother, Thou art,' he said, and paused, as if to find out the Ann Bulmer of Bulmer-hall, from which happy union bitterest epithet to supply the blank--thou art thy sprung I, Francis Valentine Bulmer Tyrrel, lawful in- mother's child, and her perfect picture'-(this seemed heritor of my father and mother's joint estates, as I the severest reproach that occurred to him.)- Bear was the proud possessor of their ancient names. But her name then, and bear it with patience and in sethe noble and wealthy pair, though blessed with such crecy; or, I here give you my word, you shall never a pledge of love as myself, lived mighty ill together, bear another the whole days of your life. This sealed and the rather, when my right honourable father, my mouth with a witness; and then, in allusion to sending for this other Sosia, this unlucky Francis my firtation with the daughter of my Tu—aforeTyrrel, senior, from France, insisted, in the face of said, he enlarged on the folly and iniquity of private propriety, that he should reside in his house, and marriages, warned me that in the country I was going share, in all respects, in the opportunities of education to the matrimonial noose often lies hid under flowers, by which the real Sosia, Francis Valentine Bulmer and that folks find it twitched round their neck when Tyrrel, then commonly called Lord Oakendale, hath they least expect such a cravat; assured me, that he profited in such an uncommon degree.
had very particular views for settling Francis and me “Various were the matrimonial quarrels which in life, and that he would forgive neither of us who arose between the honoured lord and lady, in conse- should, by any such rash entanglements, render them quence of this unseemly conjunction of the legitimate unavailing. and illegitimale ; and to these, we, the subjects of the “This last minatory admonition was the more dispute, were sometimes very properly, as well as de- tolerable, that my rival had his share of it; and so corously, made the witnesses. On one occasion, my we were bundled off to Scotland, coupled up like two right honourable mother, who was a free spoken lady, pointers in a dog-cart, and I can speak for one at found the language of her own rank quite inadequate least-with much the same uncordial feelings towards to express the strength of her generous feelings, and each other. I often, indeed, detected Francis looking borrowing from the vulgar two emphatic words, ap- at me with a singular expression, as of pity and plied them to Marie de Martigny, and her son Francis anxiety, and once or twice he seemed disposed to Tyrrel. Never did Earl that ever wore coronet fly enter on something respecting the situation in which into a pitch of more uncontrollable rage, than did we stood towards each other ; but I felt no desire to my right bonourable father : and in the ardour of bis encourage his confidence. Mean time, as we were
called, by our father's directions, not brother's but time,) and the simplicity of its inhabitants, seemed to cousins, so we came to bear towards each other the render these excursions perfectly safe. Francis, happy habits of companionship, though scarcely of friend-dog, became the companion of the damsels on such ship. What Francis thought, I know not; for my occasions through the following accident. Miss Mowpart, I must confess, that I lay by on the watch for bray had dressed herself and her companion like some opportunity when I might mend my own situa- country wenches, with a view to surprise the family uion with my father, though at the prejudice of my of one of their better sort of farmers. They had acrival. And Fortune, while she seemed to prevent complished their purpose greatly to their satisfaction, such an opportunity, involved us both in one of the and were hying home after sunset, when they were strangest and most entangled mazes that her capri- encountered by a country fellow-a sort of Harry cious divinityship ever wove, and out of which I am Jekyl in his way-who, being equipped with a glass even now struggling, by sleight or force, to extricate or iwo of whisky, saw not the nobility of blood myself. I can hardly help wondering, even yet, at the through her disguise, and accosted the daughter of a odd conjunction, which has produced such an intri- hundred sires as he would have done a ewe-milker. cacy of complicated incidents.
Miss Mowbray remonstrated-her companion screamMy father was a great sportsman, and Francis ed-up came cousin Francis with a fowlingpiece on and I had both inherited his taste for field-sports; his shoulder, and soon put the silvan to flight. but I in a keener and more ecstatic degree. Edin- "This was the beginning of an acquaintance, which burgh, which is a tolerable residence in winter and had gone great lengths before I found it out. The fair spring, becomes disagreeable in summer, and in au- Clara, it seems, found it safer to roam in the woods tumn is the most melancholy sejour that ever poor with an escort ihan alone, and my studious and senmortals were condemned to. No public places are timental relative was almost her constant companion. open, no inhabitant of any consideration remains in At their agc, it was likely that some time might pass the town; those who cannot get away, hide them- ere they came to understand each other; but full selves in obscure corners, as if ashamed to be seen in confidence and intimacy was established between the streets.- The gentry go to their country-houses-them ere I heard of their amour. the citizens to their sea-bathing quarters--the lawyers "And here, Harry, I must pause till next morning, to their circuits--the writers to visit their country and send you the conclusion under a separate cover. clients-and all the world to the moors to shoot The rap which I had over the elbow the other day, is grouse. We, who felt the indignity of remaining in still tingling at the end of my fingers, and you must town during ihis deserted season, obtained, with some not be critical with my manuscript." difficulty, permission from the Earl to betake ourselves to any obscure corner, and shoot grouse, if we could get leave to do so on our general character of
CHAPTER XXVI. English students at the University of Edinburgh, without quoting any thing more. “The first year of our banishment we went to the
-Must I then ravel out
My weaved up follies - -SHAKSPBARE neighbourhood of the Highlands; but finding our sport interrupted by gamekeepers and their gillies, "I RESUME my pen, Harry, to mention, without on the second occasion we established ourselves at attempting to describe my surprise, that Francis, this little village of St. Ronan's, where there were compelled by circumstances, made me the confidant then no Spa, no fine people, no card tables, no of his love-intrigue. My grave cousin in love, and quizzes, excepting the old quiz of a landlady with very much in the mind of approaching the perilous whom we lodged. We found the place much to our verge of clandestine marriage-he who used every mind; the old landlady had interest with some old now and then, not much to the improvement of our fellow, agent of a non-residing nobleman, who gave cordial regard, to lecture me upon filial duty, just upus permission to sport over his moors, of which is on the point of slipping the bridle himself? I could availed myself keenly, and Francis with more moder- not for my life tell whether surprise, or a feeling of ation. He was, indeed, of a grave musing sort of mischievous satisfaction, was predominant. I tried habit, and often preferred solitary walks, in the wild to talk to him as he used to talk to me; but I had not and beautiful scenery with which the village is sur-the gift of persuasion, or he the power of understandrounded, to the use of the gun. He was attached to ing the words of wisdom. He insisted our situation fishing, moreover, that dullest of human amusements, was different-that his unhappy birth, as he termed and this also tended to keep us considerably apart. it, freed him at least from dependence on his father's This gave me rather pleasure than concern ;--not absolute will—that he had, by bequest from some rela. that I hated Francis at that time; nay, not that I tive of his mother, a moderate competence, which greatly disliked his society; but merely because it Miss Mowbray had consented to share with him; in was unpleasant to be always with one, whose for- fine, that he desired not my counsel but my assisttunes I looked upon as standing in direct opposition ance. A moment's consideration convinced me, that to my own. I also rather despised the indifference I should be unkind, not to him only, but to myself
, about sport, which indeed seemed to grow upon him; unless I gave him all the backing I could in this his but my gentleman had better taste than I was aware most dutiful scheme. I recollected our right honourof. If he sought no grouse on the hill, he had flushed able father's denunciations against Scottish mara pheasant in the wood.
riages, and secret marriages of all sorts,-denuncia"Clara Mowbray, daughter of the Lord of the more tions perhaps not the less vehement, that he might picturesque than wealthy
domain of St. Ronan's, was feel some secret prick of conscience on the subject at that time scarce sixteen years old, and as wild and himself. I remembered that my grave brother had beautiful a woodland nymph as the imagination can always been a favourite, and I forgot not-how was fancy-simple as a child in all that concerned the it possible I could forget-those ominous expressions, world and its ways, acute as a needle in every point which intimated a possibility of the hereditary esta le of knowledge which she had found an opportunity of and honours being transferred to the elder, instead of becoming acquainted with; fearing harm from no the younger son. Now, it required no conjurer to one, and with a lively and natural strain of wit, which foresee, that should Francis commit this inexpiable brought amusement and gayety wherever she came. crime of secretly allying himself with a Scottish Her inotions were under no restraint, save that of beauty, our site would lose all wish to accomplish her own inclination ; for her father, though a cross, such a transference in his favour; and while my bropeevish, old man, was confined to his chair with the ther's merits were altogether obscured by soch an gout, and her only companion, a girl of somewhat unpardonable act of disobedience, my own, no longer inferior caste, bred up in the utmost deference to Miss overshadowed by prejudice or partiality, would shine Mowbray's fancies, served for company indeed in her forth in all their natural brilliancy: These considerastrolis tárough the wild country on foot and horse. tions, which flashed
on me with the rapidity of lightback, but never thought of interfering with her will ning, induced me to consent to hold Frank's backand pleasure.
hand during the perilous game he proposed to play. "The extreme loneliness of the country, (at that I had only to take care that my own share in the matter should not be so prominent as to attract my instead of losing his chance of a good fortune, and enfather's attention; and this I was little afraid of, for cumbering himself at nineteen with a wife, and all the his wrath was usually of that vehement and forcible probabilities of narrow circumstances, and an incharacter, which, like lightning, is attracted to one creasing family. Though so much younger myself, single point, there bursting with violence as undi- I could not help wondering at his extreme want of vided as it was uncontrollable.
knowledge of the world, and feeling ashamed that I "I soon found the lovers needed my assistance had ever allowed him to take the airs of a tutor with more than I could have supposed ; for they were ab- me; and this conscious superiority supported me solute novices in any sort of intrigue, which to me against the thrill of jealousy which always seized me seemed as easy and natural as lying: Francis had when I thought of his carrying off the beautiful prize, been detected by some tattling spy in his walks with which, without my address, he could never have made Clara, and the news had been carried to old Mow- his own. --But at this important crisis, I had a letter bray, who was greatly incensed at his daughter, from my father, which, by some accident, had long though little knowing that her crime was greater lain at our lodgings in Edinburgh; and then visited than admitting an unknown English student to form our former quarters in the Highlands; again returned a personal acquaintance with her. He prohibited far- to Edinburgh, and at length reached me at Marchther intercourse--resolved, in justice-of-peace phrase, thorn in a most critical time. to rid the country of us; and, prudently sinking all "It was in reply to a letter of mine, in which, among mention of his daughter's delinquency, commenced other matters, such as good boys send to their papas, an action against Francis, under pretext of punishing descriptions of the country, accounts of studies, exerhim as an encroacher upon his game, but in reality cises, and so forth, I had to fill up the sheet to a dutito scare him from the neighbourhood. His person ful length, thrown in something about the family of was particularly described to all the keepers and St. Ronan's, in the neighbourhood of which I was satellites about Shaws-Castle, and any personal writing. I had no idea what an effect the name would intercourse betwixt him and Clara became impossi- produce on the mind of my right honourable father, ble, except under the most desperate risks. Nay, but his letter sufficiently expressed it. He charged me such was their alarm, that Master Francis thought it to cultivate the acquaintance of Mr. Mowbray as fast prudent, for Miss Mowbray's sake, to withdraw as far and as intimately as possible; and, if need were, to inas a town called Marchthorn, and there to conceal form him candidly of our real character and situation himself, maintaining his intercourse with Clara only in life. Wisely considering, at the same time, that his by letter.
filial admonition might be neglected if not backed by "It was then I became the sheet-anchor of the come sufficient motive, his lordship frankly let me hope of the lovers; it was then my early dexterity into the secret of my granduncle by the mother's side, and powers of contrivance were first put to the test; Mr. S. Mowbray of Nettlewood's last will and testaand it would be too long to tell you in how many ment, by which I saw, to my astonishment and alarm, shapes, and by how many contrivances, I acted as that a large and fair estate was bequeathed to the eldagent, letter-carrier, and go-between, to maintain the est son and heir of the Earl of Etherington, on condiintercourse of these separated turtles. I have had a tion of his forming a matrimonial alliance with a lady good deal of trouble in that way on my own account, of the house of Mowbray, of St. Ronan's.--Mercy of but never half so much as I took on account of this Heaven! how I stared! Here had I been making brace of lovers. I scaled walls and swam rivers, set every preparation for wedding Francis to the very bloodhounds,
quarterstaves, and blunderbusses at girl, whose hand would insure to myself wealth and defiance; and, excepting the distant prospect of self-independence !-And even the first loss, though great, interest which I have hinted at, I was neither to have was not likely to be the last. My father spoke of the honour nor reward for my pains. I will own to you, marriage like a land-surveyor, but of the estate of Netthat Clara Mowbray was so very beautiful-so abso-tlewood like an impassioned lover. He seemed to dote lutely confiding in her lover's friend--and thrown in- on every acre of it, and dwelt on its contiguity to his to such close intercourse with me, that there were own domains as a circumstance which rendered the times when I thought that, in conscience, she ought union of the estates not desirable merely, but constinot to have scrupled to have contributed a mite to tuted an arrangement, pointed out by the hand of nareward the faithful labourer. But then, she looked ture. And although he observed, that, on account of like purity itself; and I was such a novice at that the youth of the parties, a treaty of marriage could not time of day, that I did not know how it might have be immediately undertaken, it was yet clear he would been possible for me to retreat, if I had made too bold approve at heart of any bold stroke which would aboan advance-and, in short
, I thought it best to con- lish the interval of time that might otherwise intertent myself with assisting true love to run smooth, in vene, ere Oakendale and Nettlewood became one the hope that its course would assure me, in the long- property. run, an Earl's title, and an Earl's fortune.
'Here, then, were shipwrecked my fair hopes. It Nothing was, therefore, ventured on my part was clear as sunshine, that a private marriage, unparwhich could raise suspicion, and, as the confidential donable in the abstract, would become venial, nay, friend of the lovers, I prepared every thing for their highly laudable, in my father's eyes, if it united his secret marriage. The pastor of the parish agreed to heir with Clara Mowbray; and if he really had, as my perform the ceremony, prevailed upon by an argument fears suggested, the means of establishing legitimacy which I used to him, and which Clara, had she guessed on my brother's part, nothing was so likely to tempt it, would have little thanked me for.' I led the honest him to use them, as the certainty that, by his doing man to believe, that in declining to do his office, he so, Nettlewood and Oakendale would be united into might prevent a too successful lover from doing jus- one. The very catastrophe which I had prepared, as tice to a betrayed maiden ; and the parson, who, I sure to exclude my rival from his father's favour, was found, had a spice of romance in his disposition, re- thus likely, unless it could be prevented, to become a solved, under such pressing circumstances, to do them strong motive and argument for the Earl placing his the kind office of binding them together, although the rights above mine. consequence might be a charge of irregularity against "I shut myself up in my bedroom; locked the door; himself. Old Mowbray was much confined to his read, and again read my father's letter; and, instead room, his daughter less watched since Frank had re- of giving way to idle passion, (beware of that, Harry, moved from the neighbourhood-the brother (which, even in the most desperate circumstances,) I consiby the by, I should have said before) not then in the dered, with keen investigation, whether some remedy country--and it was settled that the lovers should could not yet be found. To break off the match for the meet at the Old Kirk of Saint Ronan's when the twi- time, would have been easy--a little private informalight became deep, and go off in a chaise for England tion to Mr. Mowbray would have done that with a so soon as the ceremony was performed.
vengeance-But then the treaty might be renewed "When all this was arranged, save the actual ap- under my father's auspices ;---at all events,
the share pointment of the day, you cannot conceive the happi- which I had taken in the intrigue between Clara and ness and the gratitude of my sage brother. He looked my brother, rendered it almost impossible for me to upon himself as approaching to the seventh heaven, I become a suitor in my own person.-Amid these per
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plexities, it suddenly occurred to my adventurous heart | leased me by leaving the room. He spoke of my and contriving brain-what if I should personate the father's resentment, should this enterprise reach his bridegroom ?- This strange thought, you will recol-ears-of the revenge of Mowbray of St. Ronan's, lect, occurred to a very youthful brain--it was ban- whose nature was both haughty and rugged-of risk ished-it returned-returned again and again-was from the laws of the country, and God knows what viewed under every different shape--became familiar- bugbears besides, which, at a more advanced age, I was adopted. It was easy to fix the appointment with would have laughed at. In a word, I sealed the caClara and the clergyman, for I managed the whole pitulation, vowed perpetual absence, and banished correspondence--the resemblance between Francis myself, as they say in this country, forth of Scotland. and me in stature and in proportion--the disguise And here, Harry, observe and respect my genius. which we were to assume-ihe darkness of the Every circumstance was against me in this negotiachurch-the hurry of the moment--might, I trusted, tion. I had been the aggressor in the war; I was prevent Clara from recognising me. To the minister wounded, and, it might be said, a prisoner in my anI had only to say, that, though I had hitherto talked tagonist's hands; yet I could so far avail myself of of a friend, I myself was the happy man. My first Monsieur Martigny's greater eagerness for peace, that name was Francis as well as his; and I had found I clogged the treaty with a condition highly advantaClara so gentle, so confiding, so Hatteringly cordial geous to myself, and equally unfavourable to him.in her intercourse with me, that, once within my pow. Said Mr. Francis Martigny was to take upon himself er, and prevented from receding by shame, and a the burden of my right honourable father's displeathousand contradictory feelings, I had, with the vanity sure; and our separation, which was certain to give of an amoureux de seize ans, the confidence to be immense offence was to be represented as his work, lieve I could reconcile the fair lady to the exchange. not as mine. I insisted, tender-hearted, dutiful soul,
"There certainly never came such a thought into a as I was, that I would consent to no measure which madcap's brain; and, what is more extraordinary, was to bring down papa's displeasure. This was a but that you already know-it was so far successful, sine qua non in our negotiation. that the marriage ceremony was performed between us in the presence of a servant of mine, Clara's ac
Voila ce que c'est d'avoir des talens !' commodating companion, and the priest.-We got "Monsieur Francis would, I suppose, have taken into the carriage, and were a mile from the church, the world on his shoulders, to have placed an eternal when my unlucky or lucky brother stopped the chaise separation betwixt his turtle dove and the falcon who by force-through what means he had obtained know- had made so bold a pounce at her.-What he wrote to ledge of my little trick, I never have been able to learn. my father, I know not; as for myself, in all duty, I Solmes has been faithful to me in too many instances, represented the bad state of my health from an accithat I should suspect him in this important crisis. Ident, and that my brother and companion having jumped out of the carriage, pitched fraternity to the been suddenly called from me by some cause which devil, and, betwixt desperation and something very he had not explained, I had thought it necessary to like shame, began to cut away with a couteau de get to London for the best advice, and only waited his chusse, which I had provided in case of necessity.- lordship's permission to return to the paternal manAll was in vain-I was hustled down under the wheel sion. This I soon received, and found, as I expected, of the carriage, and, the horses taking fright, it went that he was in towering wrath against my brother, over my body
for his disobedience; and, after some time, I even had Here ends my narrative; for I neither heard nor reason to think, (as how could it be otherwise, saw more until I found myself stretched on a sick-bed Harry ?) that, on becoming better acquainted with many miles from the scene of action, and Solmes en the merits and amiable manners of his apparent heir, gaged in attending on me. In answer to my passion- he lost any desire which he might formerly have enate inquiries, he briefly informed me, that Master tertained, of accomplishing any change in my circumFrancis had sent back the young lady to her own stances in relation to the world. Perhaps the old dwelling, and that she appeared to be extremely ill in peer turned a little ashamed of his own conduct, and consequence of the alarm she had sustained. My dared not aver to the congregation of the righteous own health, he assured me, was considered as very (for he became saintly in his latter days,) the very precarious, and added, that Tyrrel, who was in the pretty frolics which he seems to have been guilty of in same house, was in the utmost perturbation on my his youth. Perhaps also, the death of my righi honaccount. The very mention of his name brought on a ourable mother operated in my favour, since, while crisis in which I brought up much blood; and it is she lived, my chance was the worse-- there is no saysingular that the physician who attended me-a grave ing what a rnan will do to spite his wife.- Enough, genileman, with a wig --considered that this was of he died-slept with his right honourable fathers, and service to me. I know it frightened me heartily, and I became, without opposition, Right Honourable in prepared me for a visit from Master Frank, which I his stead. endured with a tameness he would not have experi- "How I have borne my new honours, thou, Harry, enced, had the usual current of blood flowed in my and our merry set, know full well. Newmarket and veins. But sickness and the lancet make one very Tattersal's may tell the rest. I think I have been as tolerant of sermonizing.–At last, in consideration of lucky as most men where luck is most prized, and so being relieved from his accursed presence, and the I shall say no more on that subject. sound of his infernally calm voice, I slowly and reluc- “And now, Harry, I will suppose thee in a moraltantly acquiesced in an arrangement, by which he izing mood ; that is I will fancy the dice have run proposed that we should for ever bid adieu to each wrong-or your
double-barrel has hung fire-or a cerother
, and to Clara Mowbray: I would have hesi- tain lady has looked cross-or any such weighty tated to this last stipulation. She was,' I said, 'my cause of gravity has occurred, and you give me the wife, and I was entitled to claim her as such.' benefit of your seriousness.-'My dear Etherington,
"This drew down a shower of most moral re say you pithily, you are a precious fool!-Here you proaches, and an assurance that Clara disowned and are, stirring up a business rather scandalous in itself, detested my alliance, and that where there had been and fraught with mischief to all concerned--a busian essential error in the person, the mere ceremony ness which might sleep for ever, if you let it alone, conld never be accounted binding by the law of any but which is sure, like a sea-coal fire, to burst into a Christian country. I wonder this had not occurred to Aame if you go on poking it. I would like to ask me; but my ideas of marriage were much founded on your lordship only two questions,'--say you, with plays and novels, where such devices as I had prac- your usual graceful attitude of adjusting your perpentised are often resorted to for winding up the plot, dicular shirt collar, and passing your hand over the without any hint of their illegality; besides, I had con- knot of your cravat, which deserves a peculiar place fided, as I'mentioned before, a little too rashly per- in the T'ietania-'only !wo questions-that is, Whehaps, in my own powers of' persuading so young a ther you do not repent the past, and whether you do bride as Clara to be contented with one handsome not fear the future? Very comprehensive queries, fellow instead of another.
these of yours, Harry; for they respect both the tine "Solmes took up the argument, when Francis re- I past and the time to come-one's whole life, in short. However, I shall endeavour to answer them as well, the scrape of attacking an unresisting antagonist, as I may.
were he ten times my brother. "Repent the past, said you ?-Yes, Harry, I think * Then, as to this long tirade about hating my broI do repent the past-that is, not quite in the parson's ther-Harry, I do not hate him more than the firststyle of repentance, which resembles yours when you born of Egypt are in general hated by those whom have the headache, but as I would repent a hand at they exclude from entailed estates, and so forth-not cards which I had played on false principles. I should one landed man in twenty of us that is not hated by have begun with the young lady-availed myself in a his younger brothers, to the extent of wishing him very different manner of Monsieur Martigny's ab- quiet in his grave, as an abominable stumbling-block sence, and my own intimacy with her, and thus in their path of life and so far only do I hate Monsuperseded him, if possible, in the damsel's affections. sieur Martigny. But for the rest, I rather like him as The scheme l'adopted, though there was, I think, otherwise; and would le but die, would give my both boldness and dexterity in it, was that of a no- frank consent to his being canonized; and while he vice of premature genius, who could not calculate lives, I am not desirous that he should be exposed to chances. So much for repentance.-Do I not fear any temptation from rank and riches, those main obthe future?-Harry, I will not cut your throat for sup- stacles to the self-denying course of life, by which posing you to have put the question, but calmly assure the odour of sanctity is attained. you, that I never feared any thing in my life. I was "Here again you break in with your impertinent born without the sensation, I believe; at least, it is queries- If I have no purpose of quarrelling personally perfectly unknown to me. When I felt that cursed with Martigny, why do I come into collision with wheel pass across my breast, when I felt the pistol- him at all ?-why not abide by the treaty of Marchball benumb my arm, I felt no more agitation than thorn, and remain in England, without again apat the bounce of a champagne-cork. But I would proaching St. Ronan's or claiming my maiden bride? not have you think that I am fool enough to risk Have I not told you, I want him to cease all plague, trouble, and danger, (all of which, besides threatened attempts upon my fortune and dignity? considerable expense, I am now prepared to encoun- Have I not told you, that I want to claim my wife, ter,)
without some adequate motive, -and here it is. Clara Mowbray, and my estate of Nettlewood, fairly
From various quarters, hints, rumours, and sur- won by marrying her ?--And, to let you into the whole mises have reached me, that an attack will be made secret, though Clara is a very pretty woman, yet she on my rank and status in society, which can only be goes for so little in the transaction with me, her unin behalf of this fellow Martigny, (for I will not call impassioned bridegroom, that I hope to make some him by his stolen name of Tyrrel.) Now, this I hold relaxation of my rights over her the means of obtainto be a breach of the paction betwixt us, by which ing the concessions which I think most important. that is, by that which I am determined to ésteem its I will not deny, that an aversion to awakening true meaning and purport-he was to leave my right bustle, and encountering reproach, has made me so honourable father and me to settle our own matters slow in looking after my interest, that the period will without his interference, which amounted to a virtual shortly expire, within which I oughi, by old Scrog resignation of his rights, if the scoundrel ever had Mowbray's will
, to qualify myself for becoming his any. Can he expect I am to resign my wife, and heir, by being the accepted husband of Miss Mowwhat is a better thing, old Scrogie Mowbray's estate bray of St. Ronan's. Time was--time is-and, if I of Nettlewood, to gratify the humour of a fellow who catch it not by the forelock as it passes, time will be sets up claims to my title and whole property? No, no more-Nettlewood will be forfeited--and if I have by --! If he assails me in a point so important, I in addition a lawsuit for my title, and for Oakendale, will retaliate upon him in one where he will feel as I run a risk of being altogether capotted. I must
, keenly; and that he may depend upon.- And now, therefore, act at all risks, and act with vigour--and methínks, you come upon me with a second edition of this is the general plan of my campaign, subject your-grave remonstrances, about family feuds, un- always to be altered according to circumstances. I natural rencontres, offence to all the feelings of all have obtained-I may say purchased-Mowbray's the world, et cetera, et cetera, which you might usher consent to address his sister. I have this advantage, in most delectably with the old stave about brethren that if she agrees to take me, she will for ever pui a dwelling together in unity. I will not stop to inquire, stop to ali disagreeable reports and recollections, whether all these delicate apprehensions are on ac- founded on her former conduct. In that case I secure count of the Earl of Etherington, his safety, and his the Nettlewood property, and am ready to wage war reputation; or whether my friend Harry Jekyl be not for my paternal estate. Indeed, I firmly believe, that considering how far his own interference with such a should this happy consummation take place, Monsieur naughty business will be well taken at Head-quarters; Martigny will be too much heart-broken to make furand so, without pausing on that question, I shall bare-ther fight, but will e'en throw helve after hatchet, and ly and briefly say, that you cannot be more sensible run to hide himself, after the fashion of a true lover, than I am of the madness of bringing matters to such in some desert beyond seas. an extremity-I have no such intention, I assure you, But supposing the lady has the bad taste to be and it is with no such purpose that I invite you here. obstinate, and will none of me, I still think that her --Were I to challange Martigny, he would refuse me happiness, or her peace of mind, will be as dear to the meeting; and all less ceremonious ways of arrang- Martigny, as Gibraltar is to the Spaniards, and that ing such an affair are quite old-fashioned.
he will sacrifice a great deal to induce me to give up It is true, at our first meeting, I was betrayed into my pretensions. Now, I shall want some one to aci the scrape I told you of just as you may have shot as iny agent in communicating with this fellow; for (or shot at, for I think you are no downright hitter) a I will not deny that my old appetite for cutting his hen-pheasant, when flushed within distance, by a throat may awaken suddenly, were 1 to hold personal sort of instinctive movement, without reflecting on intercourse with him. Come thou, therefore, withibe enormity yoụ are about to commit. The truth is, out delay, and hold my back-hand-Come, you there is an ignis fatuus influence, which seems to know me, and that I never left a kindness unregovern our house-it poured its wildfire through my warded. To be specific, you shall have means to pay Cather's veins—it has descended to me in full vigour, off a certain inconvenient mortgage, without trouand every now and then its impulse is irresistible. bling the tribe of Issachar, if you will be but true to There was my enemy, and here were my pistols, was me in this matter-Come, therefore, without further all I had time to think about the matter. But I will apologies or further delay. There shall, I give you be on my guard in fulure, the more surely, as I cannot my word, neither be risk or offence in the part of the receive any provocation from him ; on the contrary, drama which I intend to commit to your charge. if I must confess the truth, though I was willing to "Talking of the drama, we had a miserable algloss it a little in my first account of the matter, (like tempt at a sort of bastard theatricals, at Mowbray's ine Gazette, when recording a defeat,) I am certain rat-gnawed mansion. There were two things worth he would never voluntarily have fired at me, and that noticing-One, that I lost all the courage on which I
his pistol went off as he fell. You know me well piqued myself, and fairly fled from the pit, rather than - enough to be assured, that I will never be again in present myself before Miss Clara Mowbray, when it