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"Peace, young gentleman," said the Father, re- I would appeal to the existing government ?-That can pelling him with
a wave of his hand; "be assured I at no rate be permitted-we will rather detain you at do not act without warrani--nothing can pass be- Fairladies by compulsion." twixt Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Redgauntlet that I am "You will probably,” said Fairford, " first weigh not fully entitled to know."
the risk of such a proceeding in a free country.” "It may be so," said Alan, extremely angry; "but "I have incurred more formidable hazard," said the though you may be these gentlemen's father confes- priest, smiling; “yet I am willing to find a milder sor, you are not mine; and in breaking the seal of a expedient. Come; let us bring the matter to a comletter intrusted to my care, you have done me"- promise."-And he assumed a conciliating gracious
"No injury, I assure you," answered the unper: ness of manner, which struck Fairford as being rather turbed priest; "on the contrary, it may be a service.' too condescending for the occasion; "I presume you
“I desire no advantage at such a rate, or to be ob- will be satisfied to remain here in seclusion for a day tained in such a manner," answered Fairford; re- or two longer, provided I pass my solemn word to store me the letter instantly, or"
you, that you shall meet with the person whom you As you regard your own safety," said the priest, seek after-meet with him in perfect safety, and, I "forbear all injurious expressions, and all menacing trust, in good health, and be afterwards both at liberty gestures. I am not one who can be threatened or in- to return to Scotland, or dispose of yourselves as each sulted with impunity; and there are enough within of you may be minded ?" hearing to chastise any injury or affront offered to "I respect the verbum sacerdotis as much as can me, in case I may think it unbecoming to protect or reasonably be expected from a Protestant," answered avenge myself with my own hand.”
Fairford;" but, methinks, you can scarce expect me In saying this, the Father assumed an air of such to repose so much confidence in the word of an anfearlessness and calm authority, that the young law- known person, as is implied in the guarantee which yer, surprised and overawed, forbore, as he had in- you offer me.' tended, to snatch the letter from his hand, and con- "I am not accustomed, sir,” said the Father, in a fined himself to bitter complaints of the impropriety very haughty tone, "to have my word disputed. But," of his conduct, and of the light in which he himself he added, while the angry hue passed from his cheek, must be placed to Redgauntlet, should he present him after a moment's reflection, "you know me not, and a letter with a broken seal.
ought to be excused. I will repose more confidence "That,” said Father Buonaventure, "shall be fully in your honour than you seem willing to rest upon cared for. I will myself write to Redgauntlet, and mine; and since we are so situated that one must rely enclose Maxwell's letter, provideıl always you con- upon the other's faith, I will cause you to be set pretinue to desire to deliver it after perusing the contents. sently at liberty, and furnished with the means of
He then restored the letter to Fairford, and, ob- delivering your letter as addressed, provided that now, serving that he hesitated to peruse it, said emphatically, knowing the contents, you think it safe for yourself tə Read it, for it concerns you."
execute the commission.". This recommendation, joined to what Provost Cros- Alan Fairford paused. "I cannot see," he at length bie had formerly recommended, and to the warning, replied, "how I can proceed with respect to the accom which he doubted not that Nanty intended to convey plishment of my sole purpose, which is the liberation by his classical allusion, decided Fairford's resolution of my friend, without appealing to the law, and obtain "If these correspondents," he thought, are con- ing the assistance of a magistrate. If I present this spiring against my person, I have a right to counter- singular letter of Mr. Maxwell, with the contents et plot them; self-preservation, as well as my friends which I have become so unexpectedly acquainted, I safety, require that I should not be too scrupulous." shall only
share his captivity." So thinking, he read the letter, which was in the “And if you apply to a magistrate, young man, you following words :
will bring ruin on these hospitable ladies, to whom,
in all human probability, you owe your life. You “Dear RUGGED AND DANGEROUS,
cannot obtain a warrant for your purpose, withon "Will you never cease meriting your old nick, giving a clear detail of all the late scenes through name? You have springed your dottrel, I find, and which you have passed. A magistrate would oblige what is the consequence?-why, that there will be you to give a complete account of yourself
, before hue and cry after you presently: "The bearer is a pert arming you with his authority against a third party ; young lawyer, who has brought a formal complaint and in giving such an account, the safety of these against you, which, luckily, he has preferred in a ladies will necessarily be compromised. Á handmed friendly court. Yet, favourable as the judge was dis- spies have had, and still have their eyes upon this posed to be, it was with the utmost difficulty that mansion; but God will protect his own." - He crosxx cousin Jenny and I could keep him to his tackle. He himself devoutly, and then proceeded. --* You can begins to be timid, suspicious, and intractable, and I take an hour to think of your best plan, and I will fear Jenny will soon bend her brows on him in vain. pledge myself to forward it thus far, provided it be I know not what to advise--the lad who carries this not asking you to rely more on my word than you is a good lad--active for his friend--and I have pledged prudence can warrant. You shall go to Redgauntlet my honour he shall have no personal ill-usage-1-I name him plainly, to show my confidence in you Pledged my honour, semark these words, and remem--and you shall deliver him this letter of Mr. Marber 1 can be rugged and dangerous as well as my well's, with one from me, in which I will enjoin him neighbours. But I have not insured him against a to set your friend at liberty, or at least to make no atshort captivity, and as he is a stirring active fellow, I tempts upon your own person, either by detention a see no remedy but keeping him out of the way
till this otherwise. If you
can trust me thus far," he said business of the good Father B— is safely blown with a proud emphasis on the words, "I will on my over, which God send it werel-Always thine, even side see you depart from this place with the most should I be once more
CRAIG-IN-PERIL.". perfect confidence that you will not return armed with
powers to drag its inmates to destruction. You are "What think you, young man, of the danger you young and inexperienced-bred to a profession sle have been about to encounter so willingly ?" which sharpens suspicion, and gives false views of
As strangely,” replied Alan Fairford, “as of the human nature. I have seen much of the world, and extraordinary means which you have been at present have
known better than most men, how far mutual pleased to use for the discovery of Mr. Maxwell's pur- confidence is requisite in managing affairs of coase
quence. Trouble not yourself to account for my conduct,” He spoke with
an air of superiority, even of autho said the Father ; "I have a warrant for what I do, rity, by which Fairford, notwithstanding his own and fear no responsibility. But tell me what is your internal stroggles, was silenced and overawed so present purpose."
much, that it was not till the Father had turned to I should not perhaps name it to you, whose own leave the apartment that he found words to ask him safety may be implicated.”
what the consequences would be, should be decline to "I understand you," answered the Father ; "you depart on the terms proposed.
"You must then, for the safety of all parties, re- "Surely," replied the priest, smiling at the young main for some days an inhabitant of Fairladies, where lawyer's readiness, "in the eye of those who acwe have the means of detaining you, which self-pre- knowledge the justice of the attainder-but that do servation will in that case compel us to make use of. not I. However, sir, here is the guarantee-look at Your captivity will be short; for matters cannot long its contents, and do not again carry the letters of remain as they are-The clould must soon rise, or it Uriah." must sink upon us for ever.-Benedicite !!!
Fairford read these words :With these words he left the apartment.
Fairford, upon his departure, felt hiniself much at a Good FRIEND, loss what course to pursue. His line of education, as "We send you hither a young man desirous to know well as his father's tenets in matters of church and the situation of your ward, since he came under your state, had taught him a holy horror for Papists, and a paternal authority, and hopeful of dealing with you devout belief in whatever had been said of the punic | for having your relative put at large. This we recomfaith of Jesuits, and of the expedients of mental re- mend to your prudence, highly disapproving, at the servation, by which the Catholic priests in general same time, of any force or coercion, when such can were supposed to evade keeping faith with heretics. be avoided, and wishing, therefore, that the bearer's Yet there was something of majesty, depressed in- negoriation may be successful. Åt all rates, howdeed, and overclouded, but still grand and imposing, ever, the bearer hath our pledged word for his safety in the manner and words of Father Buonaventure, and freedom, which, therefore, you are to see strictly which it was difficult to reconcile with those precon- observed, as you value our honour and your own. ceived opinions which imputed subtlety and fraud to We farther wish to converse with you, with as small his sect and order. Above all, Alan was aware, that I loss of time as may be, having maiters of the utmost if he accepted not his freedom upon the terms offered confidence to impart. For this purpose we desire you him, he was likely to be detained by force; so that, in to repair bither with all haste, and thereupon we bid every point of view, he was a gainer by adopung them. you heartily farewell.
P. B." A qualm, indeed, came across him, when he considered as a lawyer, that this Father was, probably, in "You will understand, sir," said the Father, when the eye of law, a traitor; and that there was an ugly he saw that Alan had perused his letter, "that, by crime on the Statute Book, called Misprision of Trea- accepting charge of this missive, you bind yourself to son. On the other hand, whatever he might think or try the effect of it before having recourse to any legal suspect, he could not take upon him to say that the means, as you term them, for your friend's release." man was a priest, whom he had never seen in the There are a few ciphers added to this letter,” said dress of his order, or in the act of celebrating mass; Fairford, when he had perused the paper attentively, so that he felt himself at liberty to doubt of ihat, re- -"may I inquire what their import is ?" specting which he possessed no legal proof. He "They respect my own affairs," answered the Fatherefore arrived at the conclusion, that he would do ther, briefly; "and have no concern whatever with well to accept his liberty, and proceed to Redgauntlet yours." under the guarantee of Father Buonaventure, which "It seems to me, however,” replied Alan, “natural he scarce doubted would be sufficient to save him to suppose”from personal inconvenience. Should he once ob- "Nothing must be supposed incompatible with my tain speech of that gentleman, he felt the same con- honour," replied the priest, interrupting him; "when fidence as formerly, that he might be able to con- such as I am confer favours, we expect that they shall vince him of the rashness of his conduct, should he be accepted with gratitude, or declined with thankful not consent to liberate Darsie Latimer. At all events, respect--not questioned or discussed.” he should learn where his friend was, and how cir- "I will accept your letter, then," said Fairford, after cumstanced.
a minute's consideration, and the thanks you expect Having thus made up his mind, Alan waited anx- shall be most liberally paid, if the result answer what iously for the expiration of the hour which had been you teach me to expect." allowed him for deliberation. He was not kept on God only commands the issue," said Father Buothe tenter-hooks of impatience an instant longer than naventure. "Man uses means.-You understand, the appointed moment arrived, for, even as the clock that, by accepting this
commission, you engage yourstruck, Ambrose appeared at the door of the gallery, self in honour to try the effect of my letter upon Mr. and made a sign that Alan should follow him. He Redgauntlet, before you have recourse to informations did so, and after passing through some of the intri; or legal warrants ?' cate avenues common in old houses, was ushered “I hold myself bound, as a man of good faith and into a small apartment, commodiously fitted up, in honour, to do so," said Fairford. which he found Father Buonaventure reclining on a "Well, I trust you," said the Father. "I will now couch, in the attitude of a man exhausted by fatigue tell you, that an express, despatched by me last night, or indisposition. On a small table beside him, a sil- has, hope, brought Redgauntlet to a spot many ver embossed salver sustained a Catholic book of miles nearer this place, where he will not find it safe prayer, a small fask of medicine, a cordial, and a lit- to attempt any violence on your friend, should he be ile iea-cup of old china. Ambrose did not enter the rash enough to follow the advice of Mr. Maxwell of room-he only bowed profoundly, and closed the door Summertrees rather than my commands. We now with the least possible noise, so soon as Fairford had understand each other." entered.
He extended his hand towards Alan, who was “Sit down, young man," said the Father, with the about to pledge his faith in the usual form by graspsame air of condescension which had before sur-ing it with his own, when the Father drew back hasprised, and rather offended Fairford. “You have been tily. Ere Allan had time to comment upon this repulse, ill, and I know 100 well by my own case, that indiş- a small side-door, covered with tapestry, was opened; position requires indulgence:–Have you,” he conti- the hangings were drawn aside, and a lady, as if by nued, so soon as he saw him seated, "resolved to sudden apparition, glided into the apartment. It was remain, or to depart?".
neither of the Miss Arthurets, but a woman in the "To depart," said Alan, "under the agreement that prime of life, and in the full-blown expansion of female you will guarantee my safety with the extraordinary beauty, tall, fair, and commanding in her aspect. Her person who has conducted himself in such a lawless locks, of paly gold, were taught to fall over a brow, manner towardo my friend, Darsie Latimer." which, with the stately glance of the large, open, blue
"Do not judge hastily, young man," replied the eyes, might have become Juno herself; her neck and Father. “Redgauntlet has the claims of a guardian bosom were admirably formed, and of a dazzling over his ward, in respect to the young gentleman, whiteness. She was rather inclined to embon point, and a right to dictate his place of residence, although but not more than became her age, of apparently thirty he may have been injudicious in selecting the ineans years. Her step was that of a queen, but it was of by which he thinks io enforce his authority.” Queen Vashti, not Queen Esther-the bold and com
"His situation as an attainted person abrogates manding, not the retiring beauty: such rights," said Fairford, hastily.
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angrily, as if displeased by this intrusion. “How be fully revealed--or it will sink into rain," he added. now, madam," he said, with some sternness; "why in a solemn tone, "and then explanation will be of have we the honour of your company ?"
liitle consequence.- Adieu, sir; I wish you well." “Because it is my pleasure," answered the lady, He made a graceful obeisance, and vanished composedly.
through the same side-door by which the lady had "Your pleasure, madam !" he repeated in the same entered; and Alan thought he heard their voices high angry tone.
in dispute in the adjoining apartment. My pleasure, sir,” she continued," which always Presently afterwards, Ambrose entered, and told keeps exact pace with my duty. I had heard you him that a horse and guide waited him beneath the were unwell--let me hope it is only business which terrace. produces this seclusion."."
“The good Father Buonaventure," added the but"I am well,” he replied ; " perfectly well, and I ler, “has been graciously pleased io consider your Thank you for your care-but we are not alone, and situation, and desired me to inquire whether you have this young man
any occasion for a supply of money?". That young man ?" she said, bending her large Make my respects to his reverence," answered and serious eye on Alan Fairford, as if she had been Fairford, "and assure him I am provided in that parfor the first time aware of his presence-"may I ask ricular. 'I beg you also to make my acknowledg. who he is?
ments to the Miss Arthurets, and assure them that Another time, madam ; you shall learn his history their kind hospitality, to which I probably ove my after he is gone. His presence renders it impossible life, shall be remembered with gratitude as long as for me to explain farther."
that life lasts. You yourself
, Mr. Ambrose, must " After he is gone may be too late," said the lady; accept of my kindest thanks for your skill and atten"and what is his presence to me, when your safety is tion. at stake? He is the heretic lawyer whom those silly Mid these acknowledgments they left the house, fools, the Arthurets, admitted into this house, at a descended the terrace, and reached the spot where time when they should have let their own father the gardener, Fairford's old acquaintance, waited for knock at the door in vain, though the night had been him, mounted upon one horse, and leading another. a wild one. You will not surely dismiss him ?"!
Bidding adieu to Ambrose, our young lawyer "Your own impatience can alone make that step mounted, and rode down the avenue, often looking perilous," said the Father; "I have resolved to take back to the melancholy and neglected dwelling in it-do not let your indiscreet zeal, however excellent which he had witnessed such strange scenes, and its motive, add any unnecessary risk to the transac- musing upon the character of its mysterious inmates. tion."
especially the noble and almost regal seeming priest, "Even so ?" said the lady, in a tone of reproach, and the beautiful but capricious dame who, if she yet mingled with respect and apprehension. "And was really Father Buonaventure's penitent, seemed thus you will still go forward, like a stag upon the less docile to the authority of the church, than, as hunter's snares, with undoubling confidence, after Alan conceived, the Catholic discipline permitted. all that has happened ?"
He could not indeed help being sensible that the · Peace, madam,” said Father Buonaventure, whole deportment of these persons differed much rising up; "be silent, or quit the apartment; my from his preconceived notions of a priest and devodesigns do not admit of female criticism.“
tee. Father Buonaventure, in particular, had more To this peremptory command the lady seemed natural dignity and less art and affectation in his about to make a sharp reply; bui she checked her- manner, than accorded with the idea which Calvin self, and pressing her lips strongly together, as if to ists were taught to entertain of that wily and fornudasecure the words from bursting from them which were ble person, a Jesuitical missionary. already formed upon her tongue, she made a deep While reflecting on these things, he looked back so reverence, partly as it seemed in reproach, partly in frequently at the house, that Dick Gardener, a forrespect, and left the room as suddenly as she had ward, talkative fellow, who began to tire of silence, entered it.
at length said to him, "I think you will know Fair. The Father looked disturbed at this incident, which ladies when you see it again, sir ?" he seemed sensible could not but fill Fairford's ima- "I dare say I shall, Richard," answered Fairford, gination with an additional throng of bewildering good-humouredly. "I wish I knew as well where I suspicions; he bit his lip, and muttered something to am to go next. But you can tell me, perhaps 1" himself as he walked through the apartment; then "Your worship should know better than I," said suddenly turned to his visiter with a smile of mych Dick Gardener ; " nevertheless, I have a notion you sweetness, and a countenance in which every rougher are going where all you Scoismen should be seni, expression was exchanged for those of courtesy and whether you will or no." kindness.
"Not to the devil, I hope, good Dick ?" said Fair“The visit we have been just honoured with, my ford. young friend, has given you," he said, “ more secrets "Why, no. That is a road which you may travel to keep than I would have wished you burdened with. as heretics; but as Scotsmen, I would only send you The lady is a person of condition-of rank and for three-fourths of the way—and that is back to Scottune-but nevertheless, is so circumstanced, that the land again-always craving your honour's pardon.* mere fact of her being known to be in this country, Does our journey lie that way?" said Fairford. would occasion many evils. I should wish you to “As far as ihe water side,” said Richard. "I am observe secrecy on this subject, even to Redgauntlet to carry you to old Father Crackenthorp's, and then or Maxwell, however much I trust them in all that you are within a spit and a stride of Scotland, as the concerns my own affairs."
saying is. But mayhap you may think twice of going "I can have no occasion," replied Fairford, "for thither, for all that; for Old England is fat feeding holding any discussion with these gentlemen, or with ground for north-country cattle.' any others, on the circumstance which I have just witnessed-it could only have hecome the subject of my conversation by mere accident, and I will now
CHAPTER XVI. take care to avoid the subject entirely." “You will do well, sir, and I thank you," said the
NARRATIVE OF DARSIE LATIMER. Father, throwing much dignity into the expression Our history must now, as the old romancers sont of obligation which he meant to convey. "The time to say, "leave to tell” of the quest of Alan Fairford, may perhaps come when you will learn what it is to and instruct our readers of the adventures which be have obliged one of my condition. As to the lady, fell Darsie Latimer, left as he was in the precarous she has the highest merit, and nothing can be said of custody of his self-named tutor, the Laird of the her justly which would not redound" to her praise. Lochs of Solway, to whose arbitrary pleasure he Nevertheless-in short, sir, we wander at present as found it necessary for the present to conform himself. in a morning mist--the sun will, I trust, soon rise and In consequence of this prudent resolution, and al. dispel it, when all that now seems mysterious will though he did not assume such a disguise without some sensations of shame and degradation, Darsie permitted, kept the centre of the troop, two men riding before Cristal Nixon to place over his face, and secure by a and two behind him, always, as it seemed to Darsie, string, one of those silk masks which ladies frequently having their eye upon him, to prevent any attempt to wore to preserve their complexions, when exposed to escape. He could see from time to time, when the the air during long journeys on horseback. He re- straight line of the road, or the advantage of an asmonstrated somewhat more vehemenuy against the cent permitted him, that another troop of three or four long riding-skirt, which converted his person from riders followed them at about a quarter of a mile's the waist into the female guise, but was obliged to distance, amongst whom he could discover the tall concede this point also.
form of Redgauntlet, and the powerful action of his The metamorphosis was then complete; for the gallant black horse. He had little doubt that Greenfair reader must be informed, that in those rude times, Mantle made one of the party, though he was unable the ladies, when they honoured the masculine dress to distinguish her from the others. by assuming any part of it, wore just such hats, coats, In this manner they travelled from six in the mornand waistcoats, as the male animals themselves made ing until nearly ten of the clock, without Darsie's use of, and had no notion of the elegant compromise exchanging a word with any one ; for he loathed the betwixt male and female attire, which has now ac- very idea of entering into conversation with Cristal quired par e.tcellence, the name of a habit. Trollop- Nixon, against whom he seemed to feel an instinctive ing things our mothers nust have looked, with long aversion; nor was that domestic's saturnine and square-cut coats, lacking collars, and with waistcoats sullen disposition such as to have encouraged adplentifully supplied with a length of pocket, which vances, had he thought of making them. hung far downwards from the middle. But then At length the party halted for the purpose of refreshthey had some advantage from the splendid colours, ment; but as they had hitherto avoided all villages lace, and gay embroidery, which masculine attire then and inhabited places upon their route, so they now exhibited; and, as happens in many similar instances, stopped at one of those large ruinous Dutch barns, the finery of the materials made amends for the want which are sometimes found in the fields, at a disof symmetry and grace of form in the garments them- tance from the farm-houses to which they belong. selves. But this is a digression.
Yet in this desolate place some preparations had been In the court of the old mansion, half manor-place, made for their reception. There were in the end of half farm-house, or rather a decayed manor-house, the barn, racks filled with provender for the horses, converted into an abode for a Cumberland tenant, and plenty of provisions for the party were drawn stood several saddled horses. Four or five of them were from the trusses of straw, under which the baskets mounted by servants or inferior retainers, all of whom that contained them had been deposited. The choicwere well-armed with sword, pistol, and carabine. est of these were selected and arranged apart by But two had riding furniture for the use of females-- Cristal Nixon, while the men of the party threw the one being accoutred with a side-saddle, the other themselves upon the rest, which he abandoned to their with a pillion attached to the saddle.
discretion. In a few minutes afterwards the rearDarsie's heart beat quicker within him; he easily ward party arrived and dismounted, and Redgauntlet comprehended that one of these was intended for his himself entered the barn with the green-mantled own use; and his hopes suggested that the other was maiden by his side. He presented her to Darsie with designed for that of the fair Green-Mantle, whom, these words :according to his established practice, he had adopted "It is time you two should know each other better. for the queen of his affections, although his opportu- I promised you my confidence, Darsie, and the time is nities of holding communication with her had not come for reposing it. But first we will have our exceeded the length of a silent supper on one occa- breakfast; and then, when once more in the saddle, sion, and the going down a country-dance on another. I will tell you that which it is necessary that you This, however, was no unwonted mood of passion should know. Salute Lilias, Darsie.” with Darsie Latimer, upon whom Cupid was used to The command was sudden, and surprised Latimer, triumph only in the degree of a Mahratta conqueror, whose confusion was increased by the perfect ease who overruns a province with the rapidity of light and frankness with
which Lilias offered at once her ning, but finds it impossible to retain it beyond a very cheek and her hand, and pressing his, as she rather brief space.
Yet this new love was rather more took it than gave her own, said very frankly, "Dearest serious than the scarce skinned-up wounds which his Darsie, how rejoiced I am that our uncle has at last friend Fairford used to ridicule. The damsel had permitted us to become acquainted !!! shown a sincere interest in his behalf; and the air of Darsie's head turned round; and it was perhaps mystery, with which that interest was veiled, gave well that Redgauntlet called on him to sit down, as her, to his lively imagination, the character of a bene- even that movement served to hide his confusion. volent and protecting spirit, as much as that of a There is an old song which saysbeautiful female.
-" when ladies are willing, At former times, the romance attending his short
A man can but look like a fool';"> lived attachments bad been of his own creating, and And on the same principle Darsie Latimer's looks at had disappeared soon as ever he approached more this unexpected frankness of reception, would have closely to the object with which he had invested it. formed an admirable
vignette for illustrating the pasOn the present occasion, it really flowed from external sage. Dearest Darsie," and such a ready, nay, eager circumstances, which might have interested less sus- salute of lip and hand !- It was all very gracious, no ceptible feeling, and an imagination less lively than doubt-and ought to have been received with much that of Darsie Latimer, young, inexperienced, and en- gratitude; but, constituted as our friend's temper was, thusiastic as he was.
nothing could be more inconsistent with his tone of He watched, therefore, anxiously to whose service feeling. If a hermit had proposed to him to club for the palfrey hearing the lady's saddle was destined. a pot of beer, the illusion of his reverend sanctity But ere any female appeared to occupy it, he was him- could not have been dispelled more effectually than self summoned to take his seat on the pillion behind the divine qualities of Green-Mantle faded upon the Cristal Nixon, amid the grins of his old acquaint- ill-imagined frank-heartedness of poor Lilias. Vexed ance Jan, who helped him to horse, and the unre- with her forwardness, and affronted at having once strained laughter of Cicely, who displayed on the more cheated himself, 'Darsie could hardly help mutoccasion a case of teeth which might have rivalled tering two lines of the song we have already quoted : ivory. Latimer was at an age when being an object of
" The fruit that must fall without shaking
Is rather too mellow for me." general ridicule even to clowns and milkmaids, was not a matter of indifference, and he longed heartily to And yet it was pity of her too-she was a very pretty have laid his horse whip across Jan's shoulders. That, young
woman-his fancy had scarce overrated her in however, was a solacement of his feelings which was that respect--and the slight derangement of the beaunot at the moment to be thought of; and Cristal tiful brown locks which escaped in natural ringlets Nixon presently
put an end to his unpleasant situa- from under her riding-hat, with the bloom which extion, by ordering the riders to go on. He himself ercise had brought into her cheek, made her even
more than usually fascinating. Redgauntlet modified | he had had a rough and rapid ride. He delivered a the sternness of his look when it was turned towards letter to Mr. Redgauntlet, with an obeisance, and then her, and, in addressing her, used a softer tone than his retired to the end of the barn, where the other attendusual deep bass. Even the grim features of Cristal ants were sitting or lying upon the straw, in order to Nixon relaxed when he attended on her, and it was get some refreshmeni. then, if ever, that his misanthropical visage expressed Redgauntlet broke the letter open with haste, and some sympathy with the rest of humanity.
read it with anxious and discomposed looks. On a “How can she," thought Latimer, look so like an second perusal, his displeasure seemed to increase, angel, yet be so mere a mortal after all ?-How could his brow darkened, and was distinctly marked with so much seeming inodesty have so much forwardness the fatal sign peculiar to his family and house. Dar of manner, when she ought to have been most reserv- sie had never before observed his frown bear such a ed? How can her conduct be reconciled to the grace close resemblance to the shape which tradiqon asand ease of her general deportment ?"!
signed it. The confusion of thoughts which occupied Darsie's Redgauntlet held out the open letter with one hand, imagination, gave to his looks a disordered appearance and struck it with the forefinger of the other, as, in a and his inattention to the food which was placed suppressed and displeased tone, he said to Cnstal before him, together with his silence and absence of Nixon, “ Countermanded-ordered north ward once mind, induced Lilias solicitously to inquire, whether more!-Northward, when all our hopes lie to the he did not feel some return of the disorder under which south-a second Derby direction, when we turned our he had suffered so lately. This led Mr. Redgauntlet, back on glory, and marched in quest of ruin!" who seemed also lost in his own contemplations, to Cristal Nixon took the letter and ran it over, then raise his eyes, and join in the same inquiry with some returned it to his master with the cold observation, appearance of interest. Laumer explained to both, a female influence predominates." that he was perfectly well.
"But it shall predominate no longer," said Red"It is well it is so," answered Redgauntlet; "for gauntlet; "it shall wane as ours rises in the horizon. we have that before us which will brook no delay from Mean while, I will on before-and you, Cristal, will indisposition-we have not, as Hotspur says, leisure bring the party to the place assigned in the letter. to be sick."
You may now permit the young persons to have unreLilias, on her part, endeavoured to prevail upon served communication together; only mark that you Darsie to partake of the food which she offered him, watch the young man closely enough to prevent bis with a kindly and affectionate courtesy, correspond- escape, if he should be idiot enough to attempt it, ing to the warmth of the interest she had displayed but not approaching so close as to watch their free at their meeting; but so very natural, innocent, and conversation.” pure in its character, that it would have been impossi- "I care naught about their conversation," said ble for the vainest coxcomb to have mistaken it for Nixon, surlily. coquetry, or a desire of captivating a prize so valuable "You hear my commands, Lilias," said the Laird, as his affections. Darsie, with no more than the turning to the young lady. You may use my pero reasonable share of self-opinion common to most mission and authority to explain so much of our family youths when they approach twenty-one, knew not matters as you yourself know. At our next mectiog how to explain her conduct.
I will complete the task of disclosure, and I trust 1 Sometimes he was tempted to think that his own shall restore one Redgauntlet more to the bosom of merits had, even during the short intervals when our ancient family. Let Latimer, as he calls himself, they had seen each other, secured such a hold of have a horse to himself; he must for some time retain the afiections of a young person, who had probably his disguise. My horse-my horse !". been bred up in ignorance of the world and its In two minutes they heard him ride off from the forms, that she was unable to conceal her partiality. door of the barn, followed at speed by two of the Sometimes he suspected that she acted by her guar- armed men of his party: dian's order, who, aware that he, Darsie, was entitled The cominands of Cristal Nixon, in the mean sable, to a considerable fortune, might have taken this bold put all the remainder of the party in motion, but the stroke to bring about a marriage betwixt him and so Laird himself was long out of sight ere they were in ncar a relative.
readiness to resume their journey. When at leng:h But neither of these suppositions was applicable they set oui, Darsie was accommodated with a borse to the character of the parties. Miss Lilias's inan- and side-saddle, instead of being obliged to resume ners, however soft and natural, displayed in their ease his place on the pillion behind the detestable Nixon and versatility considerable acquaintance with the He was obliged, however, to retain his riding skir, habits of the world, and in the few words she said and to reassume his mask. Yet notwithstanding this during the morning fepast, there were mingled a disagreeable circumstance, and although he observed shrewdness and good sense, which could scarce that they gave hin the heaviest and slowest horse of belong to a Miss capable of playing the silly part of the party, and that, as a farther precaution against a love-smitten maiden so broadly. As for Redgauni-escape, he was closely watched on every side, yet nding let, with his stately bearing, his fatal frown, his eye in company with the pretty Lilias was an advantage of ihreat and of command, it was impossible, Darsic which overbalanced these inconveniences. thought, to suspect him of a scheme having private It is true, that this society, to which that very advantage for its object ;--he could as soon have im- morning he would have looked forward as a glimpse agined Cassius picking Cæsar's pocket, instead of of heaven, had, now that it was thus unexpectedis in drawing his poniard on the Dictator.
dulged, something much less rapturous than he had While he thus mused, unable either to eat, drink, or expected. answer to the courtesy of Lilias, she soon 'ceased to It was in vain that, in order to avail himself of a speak to him, and sat silent as himself.
situation so favourable for indulging his romantic disThey had remained nearly an hour in their halting position, he endeavoured to coax back, if I may place, when Redgauntlet said aloud, "Look out, Cris- express myself, that delightful dream of ardent and ial Nixon. If we hear nothing from Fairladies, we tender passion; he felt only such a confusion of ideas must continue our journey."
at the difference between the being whom he had Cristal went to the door, and presently returned and imagined, and her with whom he was now in consaid to his master, in a voice as harsh as his features, tact, that it seemed to him like the effect of witchcraft.
Gilbert Gregson is coming, his horse as white with What most surprised him was, that this sudden flame foam as if a fiend had ridden him."
should have died away so rapidly, notwithstanding Redgauntler threw from him the plate on which he that the maiden's personal beauty was even greater had been caring, and hastened towards the door of than he had expected-her demeanour, unless it should the barn, which the courier at that moment entered; be deemed over kind towards himself, as graceful and a gmar jockey with a black velvet hunting-cap, and becoming as he could have fancied it, even in his gaya broaj bell drawn tight round his waist, to which est dreams. It were judging hardly of him to suppose was secured his express-bag. The variety of mud that the mere belief of his having attracted her ailecwith which he was splashed from cap to spur, showed I tions more easily than he expected, was the cause of