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his ungratefully undervaluing a prize too lightly won, sure you are displeased with me, though I cannot even or that his transient passion played around his heart guess on what account. Perhaps you think I have with the flitting radiance of a wintry sunbeam flash- been too free in venturing upon my visit to your friend. ing against an icicle, which may brighten it for a But then remember it was in your behalf, and that I moment, but cannot melt it. Neither of these was knew no better way to put you on your guard against precisely the case, though such fickleness of disposition the misfortunes and restraint which you have been might also have some influence in the change. subjected to, and are still enduring."
The truth is, perhaps, that the lover's pleasure, like Dear lady"'--said Darsie, rallying his recolthat of the hunter, is in the chase; and that the lection, and suspicious of some error in apprehenbrightest beauty loses half its merit, as the fairest sion,-a suspicion which his mode of address seemed flower its perfume, when the willing hand can reach at once to communicate to Lilias, for she interrupted it too easily. There must be doubt-there must be him,danger-there must be difficulty; and if, as the poet *Lady! dear lady!--For whom, or for what, in says, the course of ardent affection never does run Heaven's name, do you take me, that you address me smooth, it is perhaps because, without some inter- so formally ?" vening obstacle, that which is called the romantic Had the question been asked in that enchanted hall passion of love, in its high poetical character and co- in Fairy-land, where all interrogations must be anlouring, can hardly have an existence ;-any more swered with absolute sincerity, Darsie had certainly than there can be a current in a river, without the replied that he took her for ihe most frank-hearted stream being narrowed by steep banks, or checked by and ultra-liberal lass that had ever lived since Mother opposing rocks.
Eve eat the pippin without paring. But as he was Let not those, however, who enter into a union for still on middle-earth, and free to avail himself of a life without those embarrassments which delight a little polite deceit
, he barely answered, that he beDarsie Latimer, or a Lydia anguish, and which are lieved he had the honour of speaking to the niece of perhaps necessary to excite an enthusiastic passion Mr. Redgauntlet. in breasts more firm than theirs, augur worse of their "Surely," she replied; "but were it not as easy for future happiness, because their own alliance is formed you to have said, to your own only sister ?" under calmer auspices. .Mutual esteem, an intimate Darsie started in his saddle, as if he had received a knowledge of each other's character, seen, as in their pistol-shot. case, undisguised by the mists of too partial passion- My sister!” he exclaimed. a suitable proportion of parties in rank and fortune, in "And you did not know it, then ?" said she. “I taste and pursuits--are more frequently found in a thought your reception of me was cold and indifmarriage of reason, than in a union of romantic at- ferent." tachment; where the imagination, which probably A kind and cordial embrace took place betwixt the created the virtues and accomplishments with which relatives; and so light was Darsie's spirit, that he it invested the beloved object, is frequently afterwards really feli himself more relieved, by getting quit of the employed in magnifying ihe mortifying consequences embarrassments of the last half hour, during which of its own delusion, and exasperating all the stings of he conceived himself in danger of being persecuted disappointment. Those who follow the banners of by the attachment of a forward girl, than disappointed Reason are like the well-disciplined battalion which, by the vanishing of so many day-dreams as he had wearing a more sober uniform, and making a less been in the habit of encouraging during the time when dazzling show, than the light troops commanded by the green-mantled maiden was goddess of his idolaImagination, enjoy more safety, and even more ho- try. "He had been already flung from his romantic nour, in the conflicts of human life. All this, how- Pegasus, and was too happy at length to find bimself ever, is foreign to our present purpose.
with bones unbroken, though with his back on the Uncertain in what manner to address her whom he ground. He was, besides, with all his whims and had been lately so anxious to meet with, and embar- follies, a generous, kind-hearted youth, and was rassed by a téte-d-tèle to which his own timid in- delighted to acknowledge so beautiful and amiable a experience gave some awkwardness, the party had relative, and to assure her in the warmest terins of proceded more than a hundred yards before Darsie his immediate affection and future protection, so soon assumed courage to accosi, or even to look at, his as they should be extricated from iheir present situacompanion. Sensible, however, of the impropriety of tion. Smiles and tears mingled on Lilias's cheeks, his silence, he turned to speak to her; and observing like showers and sunshine in April weather. that, although she wore her mask, there was some- “Out on me," she said, "that I should be so childthing like disappointment and dejection in her man- ish as to cry at what makes me so sincerely happy! ner, he was moved by self-reproach for his own cold since, God knows, family-love is what my heart has ness, and hastened to address her in the kindest tone most longed after, and to which it has been most a he could assume.
stranger. My uncle says that you and I, Darsie, are “You must think me cruelly deficient in gratitude, but half Redgauntlets, and that the metal of which Miss Lilias, that I have been ihus long in your com- our father's family was made, has been softened to pany, without thanking you for the interest which you effeminacy in our mother's offspring", have deigned to take in my unfortunate affairs ?" · Alas!" said Darsie, “I know so little of our family "I am glad you have at length spoken,” she said, story, that I almost doubled that I belonged to the
though I own it is more coldly than I expected.- House of Redgauntlet, although the chief of the family Miss Lilias! Deign to take interest-In whom, dear himself intimated so much to me.' Darsie, can I take interest but in you ? and why do “The Chief of the family!" said Lilias. "You you put this barrier of ceremony betwixt us, whom must know little of your own descent indeed, if you adverse circumstances have already separated for such mean my uncle by ihat expression. You yourself, a length of time?"
my dear Darsie, are the heir and representative of Darsie was again confounded at the extra candour, our ancient House, for our father was the elder broif we may use the term, of this frank avowal-"One ther-that brave and unhappy Sir Henry Darsie Redmust love partridge very well," thought he, "10 ac- gauntlet, who suffered at Carlisle in the year 1746. cept it when thrown in one's face-if this is not plain He took the name of Darsie, in conjunction with his speaking, there is no such place as downright Dun- own, from our mother, heiress to a Cumberland famistable in being !"
ly of great wealth and antiquity, of whose large Embarrassed with these reflections, and himself of estates you are the undeniable heir, although those a nature fancifully, almost fastidiously, delicate, he of your father have been involved in the general doom could only in reply stammer forth an acknowledgment of forfeiture. But all this must be necessarily unof his companion's goodness, and his own gratitude. known to you.' She answered in a tone partly sorrowful and partly "Indeed I hear it for the first time in my life," animpatient, repeating, with displeased emphasis, the swered Darsie. only distinct words he had been able to bring forth- "And you knew not that I was your sister ?” said "Goodness-gratitude!-0 Darsie, should these be Lilias. No wonder you received me so coldly. the phrases between you and me ?-Alas! I am too What a strange, wild, forward young person you must
have thought me-mixing myself in the fortunes of a "You were not then born when my father sufstranger whom I had only once spoken to--corres- fered ?" said Darsie. ponding with him by signs-Good Heaven! what Alas, no !" she replied; nor were you a twelve can you have supposed me ?"
month old. It was no wonder that my mother, after "Ånd how should I have come to the knowledge of going through such scenes of agony, became irresistiour connexion ?" said Darsie. 'You are aware I was bly anxious for the sake of her children of her son not acquainted with it when we danced together at in particular; the inore especially as the late Sir Brokenburn."
Henry, her husband, had, by a settlement of his "I saw that with concern, and fain I would have affairs, confided the custody of the persons of her warned you," answered Lilias; "but I was closely children, as well as the estates which descended to watched, and before I could find or make an oppor- them, independently of those which fell under his tunity of coming to a full explanation with you on a forfeiture, to his brother Hugh, in whom he placed subject so agitating, I was forced to leave the room. unlimited confidence." What I did say was, you may remember, a caution to “But my mother had no reason to fear the opera. leave the southern border, for I foresaw what has tion of such a deed, conceived in favour of an aitainted since happened. But since my uncle has had you in man,” said Darsie. his power, I never doubted he had communicated to True," replied Lilias; "but our uncle's attainder you our whole family history."
might have been reversed, like that of so many other "He has left me to learn it from you, Lilias; and persons, and our mother, who both feared and haled assure yourself that I will hear it with more pleasure him, lived in continual terror that this would be the from your lips than from his. I have no reason to case, and that she should see the author, as she be pleased with his conduct towards me."
thought him, of her husband's death, come armed Of that," said Lilias, " you will judge better with
legal powers, and in a capacity to use ther, for when you have heard what I have to tell you ;' the purpose of tearing her children from her protection. and the began her communication in the following Besides, she feared, even in his incapacitated condi
tion, the adventurous and pertinacious spint of her
brother-in-law, Hugh Redgauniler, and felt assured CHAPTER XVIII.
that he would make some attempt to possess himseli
of the persons of the children. On the other hand, NARRATIVE OF DARSIE LATIMER, CONTINUED. our uncle, whose proud disposition might, perhaps "The House of Redgauntlet,” said the young lady, have been soothed by the offer of her confidence. Te "has for centuries been supposed to lie under a doom, volted against the distrustful and suspicious manner which has rendered vain their courage, their talents, in which Lady Darsie Redgauntlet acted towards their ambition, and their wisdom. Often making a him. She basely abused, he said, the unhappy crfigure in history, they have been ever in the situation, cumstances in which he was placed, in order to de of men striving against both wind and tide, who dis-, prive him of his natural privilege of protecting and tinguish themselves by their desperate exertions of educating the infants, whom nature and law, and the strength, and their persevering endurance of toil, but will of their father, had committed to his charge, and without being able to advance themselves upon their he swore solemnly he would not submit to such 20 course, by either vigour or resolution. They pretend injury Report of his threats was made to Lady Red to trace this fatality to a legendary history, which Igauntle, and tended to increase those fears which may tell you at a less busy moment.'
proved but too well founded. While you and I, ai! Darsie intimated, that he had already heard the dren at that time of two or three years old, Fare tragic story of Sir Alberick Redgauntlet.
playing together in a walled orchard, adjacent to our "I need only say, then," proceeded Lilias," that mother's residence, which she had fixed somewhere our father and uncle felt the family doom in its full in Devonshire, my uncle suddenly scaled the wall extent. They were both possessed of considerable with several men, and I was snatched up and carried property, which was largely increased by our father's off to a boat which waited for them. My mother, how marriage, and were both devoted to the service of the ever, flew to your rescue, and as she seized on and unhappy House of Stewart; but (as our mother at least held you fast, my uncle could not, as he has since supposed) family considerations might have withheld told me, possess himself of your person, without usag her husband from joining openly in the affair of 1745, unmanly violence to his brother's widow. Of this had not the high influence which the younger brother he was incapable; and, as people began to assembla possessed over the elder, from his more decided energy upon my mother's screaming, he withdrew, afte of character, hurried him along with himself into that darting upon you and her one of those fearful looks undertaking:
which, it is said, remain with our family, as a fatal "When, therefore, the enterprise came to the fatal bequest of Sir Alberick, our ancestor." conclusion, which bereaved our father of his life, and "I have some recollection of the scuffle which you consigned his brother to exile, Lady Redgauntlet Med mention,” said Darsie; " and I think it was my unde from the north of England, determined to break off himself (since my uncle he is) who recalled the arcumall communication with her late husband's family, stance to my mind on a late occasion. I can now acparticularly his brother, whom she regarded as having count for the guarded seclusion under which my poor by their insane political enthusiasm, been the means mother lived-for her frequent tears, her starts of horsof his untimely death; and determined that you, my terical alarm, and her constant and deep melancholy. brother, an infant, and that I, to whom she had just Poor lady! what a lot was hers, and what must have given birth, should be broughi up as adherents of the been her feelings when it approached to a close!" present dynasty. Perhaps she was too hasty in this "It was then that she adopted," said Lilias, "every determination-100 timidly anxious to exclude, if pos- precaution her ingenuity could suggest, to keep your sible, from the knowledge of the very spot where we very existence concealed from the person whom sbe existed, a relation so nearly connected with us as our feared-nay, from yourself; for she dreaded, as she is father's only brother. But you must make allowance said often to have expressed herself, that the wildfire for what she had suffered. See, brother," she said, blood of Redgauntlet would urge you to unite foot pulling her glove off, "these five blood-specks on my fortunes to those of your uncle, who was well known arm are a mark by which mysterious Nature has still to carry on political intrigues, which most other impressed, on an unborn infant, a record of its father's persons had considered as desperate. It was also violent death and its mother's miseries."*
possible that he, as well as others, might get his parSeveral persons have brought down to these days the im: towards the remnant of the Jacobítes, and then be
don, as government showed every year more lenity babes unborn. One lady of quality, whose father was long might claim the custody of your person, as your legal on the back of the neck by the sign of a broad axe. Another, the direct road to your destruction." under sentence of death, previous to the rebellion, was marked guardian. Either of these evenis she considered as whose kinsmen had been slain in battle, and died on the scarfold to the number of seven, bore a child spaltered on the right
"I wonder she had not claimed the protection of shoulder, and down the arm, with scarlet drops, as if of blood. Chancery for me,” said Darsie; or confided me to Many other instances might be quoted.
the care of some powerful friend."
"She was on indifferent terms with her relations, education as a pensioner devolved much on an excelon account of her marriage with our father,” said lent old mother who had adopted the tenets of the Lilias, "and trusted more to secreting you from Jansenists, with perhaps a still further tendency toyour uncle's attempts, than to any protection which wards the reformed doctrines, than those of Portelaw might afford against them. Perhaps she judged Royale. The piysterious secrecy with which she unwisely, but surely not unnaturally, for one rendered inculcated these tenets, gave them charms to my irritable by so many misfortunes and so many alarms. young mind, and I embraced them the rather that Samuel Griffiths, an eminent banker, and a worthy they were in direct opposition to the doctrines of the clergyman now dead, were, I believe, the only persons Abbess, whom I hated so much for her severity, whom she intrusted with the execution of her last that I felt a childish delight in setting her control will; and my uncle believes that she made them both at defiance, and contradicting in my secret soul ali swear to observe profound secrecy concerning your that I was openly obliged to listen to with reverence. birth and pretensions, until you should come to the age Freedom of religious opinion brings on, I suppose, freeof majority, and, in the mean time to breed you up in the dom of political creed; for I had no sooner renounced most private way possible, and that which was most the Pope's infallibility, than I began to question the likely to withdraw you from my uncle's observation. doctrine of hereditary and indefeasible right. In short,
* And I have no doubt," said Darsie, “that betwixt strange as it may seem, I came out of a Parisian conchange of name and habitation, they might have vent, not indeed an instructed Whig and Protestant, succeeded perfectly, but for the accident--lucky or but with as much inclination, 10 be so as if I had unlucky, I know not which to term it-which brought been bred up, like you, within the presbyterian sound ine to Brokenburn, and into contact with Mr. Red- of Saint Giles's chimes.” gauntlet. I see also why I was warned against "More so, perhaps," replied Darsie; "for the England, for in England":
nearer the church -the proverb is somewhat In England alone, if I understand rightly,” said musty. But how did these liberal opinions of yours Miss Redgauntlet, "the claims of your uncle to the agree with the very opposite prejudices of my uncle ?" custody of your person could have been enforced, in "They would have agreed "like fire and water, case of his being replaced in the ordinary rights of answered Lilias, "had I suffered mine to become citizenship, either by the lenity of the government or visible; but as that would have subjected me to conby some change in it. In Scotland, where you possess stant reproach and upbraiding, or worse, I took great no property, I understand his authority might have care to keep my own secret; so that occasional cenbeen resisted, and measures taken to put you under sures for coldness, and lack of zeal for the good cause, the protection of the law. But, pray, think it not were the worst I had to undergo; and these were unlucky that you have taken the step of visiting Bro- bad enough." kenburn-I feel confident that the consequences must "I applaud your caution,” said Darsie. be ultimately fortunate, for, have they not already You have reason," replied his sister; "but I got brought us in contact with each other ?
so terrible a specimen of my uncle's determination of So saying, she held out her hand to her brother, character, before I had been acquainted with him for who grasped it with a fondness of pressure very dif- much more than a week, that it taught me at what ferent from the manner in which they first clasped risk I should contradict his humour. I will tell you hands that morningThere was a moment's pause, the circumstances; for it will better teach you to while the hearts of both were overflowing with a appreciate the romantic and resolved nature of his feeling of natural affection, to which circumstances character, than any thing which I could state of his had hitherto rendered them strangers.
rashness and enthusiasm." At length Darsie broke silence: "I am ashamed," "After I had been many a long year at the convent, he said, my dearest Lilias, that I have suffered you I was removed from thence, and placed with a meato talk so long about matters concerning myself only, gerold Scottish lady of high rank, the daughter of an while I remain ignorant of your story, and your pre- unfortunate person, whose head had in the year 1715 sent situation."
been placed on Temple-bar. She subsisted on a small * The former is none of the most interesting, nor the pension from the French Court, aided by an occalatter the most safe or agreeable," answered Lilias; sional gratuity from the Stewaris; to which the an"but now, my dearest brother, I shall have the ines- nuity paid for my board formed a desirable addition. timable support of your countenance and affection; She was not ill-tempered, nor very covetous-neither and were I but sure that we could weather the for-beat me nor starved me-but she was so completely midable crisis which I find so close at hand, I should trammelled by rank and prejudices, so awfully prohave little apprehensions for the future."
found in genealogy, and so bitterly keen, poor lady, “Let me know,” said Darsie, " what our present in British politics, that I sometimes thought it pity situation is; and rely upon my utmost exertions both that the Hanoverians, who murdered, as she used to in your defence and my own. For what reason can tell me, her poor dear father, had left his dear daughter my uncle desire to detain me prisoner?-If in mere in the land of the living. Delighted, therefore, was I, opposition to the will of my mother, she has long been when my uncle made his appearance, and abruptly no more; and I see not why he should wish, at so announced his purpose of conveying me to England. much trouble and risk, to interfere with the free will My extravagant joy at the idea of leaving Lady of one, to whom a few months will give a privilege Rachel Rougedragon, was somewhat qualified by of acting for himself, with which he will have no observing the melancholy look, lofty, demeanour, and longer any pretence to interfere."
commanding tone of my near relative. He held My dearest Arthur,”' answered Lilias—"for that more communication with me on the journey, howname, as well as Darsie, properly belongs to you--it ever, than consisted with his taciturn demeanour in is the leading feature in my uncle's character, that he general, and seemed anxious to ascertain my tone has applied every energy of his powerful mind to the of character, and particularly in point of courage. service of the exiled family of Stewart. The death Now, though I am a tamed Redgauntlet, yet I have of his brother, the dilapidation of his own fortunes, still so much of our family spirit as enables me to be have only added to his hereditary zeal for the House as composed in danger as most of my sex; and upon of Stewart, a deep and almost personal hatred against two occasions in the course of our journey-a threatthe present reigning family. He is, in short, a politi- ened attack by banditti, and the overturn of our carcal enthusiast of the most dangerous character, and riage-I had the fortune so to conduct myself, as to proceeds in his agency with as much confidence, as to convey to my uncle a very favourable idea of my if he felt himself the very Atlas, who is alone capable intrepidity. Probably this encouraged him to put of supporting a sinking cause.'
in execution the singular scheme which he had in " And where or how did you, my Lilias, cducated, agitation. doubtless, under his auspices, learn to have a different "Ere we reached London we changed our means view of such subjects ?''
of conveyance, and altered the route by which we By a singular chance,” replied Lilias, "in the approached the city, more than once; then, like a nunnery where my uncle placed me. Although the hare which doubles repeatedly at some distance from Abbess was a person exacily after his own heart, my the seat she means to occupy, and at last leaps into
her form from a distance as great as she can clear | more sombre, yet not less awful robes-with others by a spring, we made a forced march, and landed in whose antique and striking costume announced their private and obscure lodgings in a little old street in importance, though I could not even guess who they Westminster, not far distant from the Cloisters. might be. But at length the truth burst on me at
“On the morning of the day, on which we arrived once-it was, and the murmurs around confirmed it, my uncle went abroad, and did not return for some the Coronation Feast. At a table above the rest, and hours. Mean time I had no other amusement than extending across the upper end of the hall, sai ento listen to the tumult of noises which succeeded throned the youthful Sovereign himself, surrounded each other, or reigned in confusion together, during by the princes of the blood, and other dignitaries, and the whole morning. Paris I had thought the most receiving the suit and homage of his subjects. He: noisy capital in the world, but Paris seemed midnight alds and pursuivants, blazing in their fantastic yet silence compared to London. Cannon thundered splendid armorial habits, and pages of honour, gornear and at a distance-drums, trumpets, and milita- geously arrayed in the garb of other days, waited upon ry music of every kind, rolled, Hlourished, and pierced the princely banqueters. In the galleries with which the clouds, almost without intermission. To fill up this spacious hall was surrounded, shone all, and the concert, bells pealed incessantly from a hundred more than all, that my poor imagination could consteeples. The acclamations of an immense multi- ceive, of what was brilliant in riches, or captivating tude were heard from time to time, like the roaring in beauty. Countless rows of ladies, whose diamonds of a mighty ocean, and all this without my being able jewels, and splendid attire, were their least powerful to glean the least idea of what was going on, for the charms, looked down from their lofty seals on the rich windows of our apartment looked upon a waste back-scene beneath, themselves forming a show as dazzling yard, which seemed totally deserted. My curiosity and as beautiful as that of which they were spectators. became extreme, for I was satisfied, at length, that Under these galleries, and behind the banqueting it must be some festival of the highest order which tables, were a multitude of gentlemen, dressed at called forth these incessant sounds.
to attend a court, but whose garb, although nich "My uncle at length returned, and with him a man enough to have adorned a royal drawing-room, could of an exterior singularly unprepossessing. I need not not distinguish them in such a high scene as this describe him to you, for-do not look round-he rides Amongst these we wandered for a few minutes, unaisbehind us at this moment.'
tinguished and unregarded. I saw several young pe"That respectable person, Mr. Cristal Nixon, I sons dressed as I was, so was under no embarrassment suppose ?” said Darsie.
from the singularity of my habit, and only rejord, The same," answered Lilias; "make no gesture as I hung on my uncle's arm, at the magical splendoar that may intimate we are speaking of him." of such a scene, and at his goodness for procuring me
Darsie signified that he understood her, and she the pleasure of beholding it. pursued her relation.
By and by, I perceived that my uncle had acquaidi"They were both in full dress, and my uncle, ances among those who were under the galleries and taking a bundle from Nixon, said to me, 'Lilias, I seemed, like ourselves, to be mere spectators of the am come to carry you to see a grand ceremony--put solemnity. They recognised each other with a single on as hastily as you can the dress you will find in that word, sometimes only with a gripe of the handparcel, and prepare to attend me. I found a female exchanged some private signs, doubtless--and Stadt dress, splendid and elegant, but somewhat bordering ally formed a little group, in the centre of which w upon the antique fashion. It might be that of Eng. were placed. land, I thought, and I went to my apartment full of 'Is it not a grand sight, Lilias ? said my unce. curiosity, and dressed myself with all speed.
'All the noble, and all the wise, and all the wealthra “My uncle surveyed me with attention-She may Britain, are there assembled.' pass for one of the flower-girls,' he said to Nixon, "It is indeed,' said I, 'all that my mind could her who only answered with a nod.
fancied of regal power and splendour.'. "We left the house together, and such was their 'Girl,' he whispered, -and my uncle can make ha knowledge of the lanes, courts, and bypaths, that whispers as terribly emphatic as his thundering voice though there was the roar of' a multitude in the or his blighting look, -'ail that is noble and wonte broad streets, those which we traversed were silent in this fair land are there assembled-but it is to be and deserted; and the strollers whom we met, tired like slaves and sycophants before the throne of a ne* of gazing upon gayer figures, scarcely honoured us usurper.' with a passing look, although, at any other time, we “I looked at him, and the dark hereditary frown of should, among these vulgar suburbs, have attracted our unhappy ancestor was black upon his brow. a troublesome share of observation. We crossed at "'For God's sake,' I whispered, “consider where length a broad street, where many soldiers were at we are. guard, while others, exhausted with previous duty, “'Fear nothing,' he said;. 'we are surrounded by were eating, drinking, smoking, and sleeping beside friends.' - As he proceeded, his strong and muscular their piled arms.
frame shook with suppressed agitation.-' Seebe ""One day, Nixon, whispered my uncle, 'we will said, 'yonder bends Norfolk, renegade to his Cathede make these redcoated gentry stand to their muskets faith; there stoops the Bishop of S, traitor to the more watchfully.'
Church of England; and, -shame of shames! yonder 'Or it will be the worse for them,' answered his the gigantic form of Errol bows his head before the attendant, in a voice as unpleasant'as his physiog-grandson of his father's murderer! But a sign shall
be seen this night amongst them--Mene, Mene, Ta "Unquestioned and unchallenged by any one, we kel, Upharsin, shall be read on these walls, as discrossed among the guards, and Nixon tapped thrice tinctly as the spectral handwriting made them visibie at a small postern door in a huge ancient building on those of Belshazzar! which was straight before us. It opened, and we "'For God's sake,' said I, dreadfully alarmed, 'it entered without my perceiving by whom we were is impossible you can meditate violence in such a pre admitted. few dark and narrow passages at sence! length conveyed us into an immense Gothic hall, “None is intended, fool,' he answered, 'nor can the magnificence of which baffes my powers of des- the slightest mischance happen, provided you will rally cription.
your boasted courage, and obey my directions. But 'It was illuminated by ten thousand wax lights, do it coolly and quickly, for there are a hundred lives whose splendour at first dazzled my eyes, coming as at stake. we did from these dark and secret avenues. Bụt when "* Alas! what can I do?' I asked in the utmos my sight began to become steady, how shall I de- terror. scribe what I beheld! Beneath were huge ranges of "Only be prompt to execute my bidding,' said he, tables, occupied by princes and nobles in their robes 'it is but to lift a glove-Here, hold this in your of state-high officers of the crown, wearing their hand-throw the train of your dress over it, be firm, dresses and badges of authority--reverend prelales composed, and ready-or, at all events, I step forward and judges, the sages of the church and law, in their / myself.'
"" If there is no violence designed,' I said, taking think of retreating. The matter was little known, mechanically, the iron glove he put into my hand. and it is said the King had commanded that it should
"I could not conceive his meaning; but, in the not be farther inquired into;-from prudence, as I excited state of mind in which I beheld him, I was suppose, and leníty, though my uncle chooses to convinced that disobedience on my part would lead ascribe the forbearance of the Elector of Hanover
, as to some wild explosion. I felt, from the emergency he calls him, sometimes to pusillanimity, and someof the occasion, a sudden presence of mind, and re- times to a presumptuous scorn of the faction who solved to do any thing that might avert violence and opposes his title." bloodshed. I was not long held in suspense. A loud And have your subsequent agencies under this Hourish of trumpets, and the voice of heralds, were frantic enthusiast," said Darsie,"equalled this in mixed with the clatter of horse's hoofs, while a cham- danger ?” pion armed at all points, like those I had read of in 'No-nor in importance,” replied Lilias; "though romances, attended by squires, pages, and the whole I have witnessed much of the strange and desperate retinue of chivalry, pranced forward, mounted upon a machinations, by which, in spite of every obstacle, barbed steed. His challenge, in defiance of all who and in contempt of every danger, he endeavours to dared impeach the title of the new sovereign, was awaken the courage of a broken party. I have trarecited aloud--once and again.
versed, in his company, all England and Scotland, "Rush in at the third sounding," said my uncle to and have visited the most extraordinary and conme; "bring me the parader's gage, and leave mine in trasted scenes; now lodging at the castles of the lieu of it.'
proud gentry of C.eshire and Wales, where the re“I could not see how this was to be done, as we tired aristocrats, with opinions as antiquated as their were surrounded by people on all sides. Bu, at the dwellings and their manners, still continue to nourish third sounding
of the trumpets, a lane opened as if by jacobitical principles; and the next week, perhaps, word of command, betwixt me and the champion, spent among outlawed smugglers or Highland banand my uncle's voice said, “Now, Lilias, now ! ditti. I have known my uncle often act ihe part of a
“With a swift and yet steady step, and with a pre- hero, and sometimes that of a mere vulgar conspirasence of mind for which I have never since been able to tor, and turn himself, with the most surprising Hexiaccount, I discharged the perilous commission. I was bility, into all sorts of shapes to attract proselytes to hardly seen, I believe, as I exchanged the pledges of his cause." battle, and in an instant retired. Nobly done, my Which, in the present day,” said Darsie, “he girl!" said my uncle, at whose side I found myself
, finds, I presume, no easy task... shrouded as I was before, by the interposition of the "So difficult," said Lilias, " that I believe, he has, bystanders. Cover our retreat, gentlemen,' he whis- at different times, disgusted with the total falling pered to those around him.
away of some friends, and the coldness of others, been Room was made for us to approach the wall, almost on the point of resigning his undertaking. which seemed to open, and we were again involved in How often have I known him affect an open brow the dark passages through which we had formerly and a jovial manner, joining in the games of the gen. passed. In a small anteroom, my uncle stopped, and try, and even in the sports of the common people, in hastily muffling me in a mantle which was lying order to invest himself with a temporary degree of there, we passed the guards-threaded the labyrinth popularity; while, in fact, his heart was bursting to of empty streets and courts, and reached our retired witness what he called the degeneracy of the times, lodgings without attracting the least attention.” the decay of activity among the aged, and the wani
"I have often heard,” said Darsie, “that a female, of zeal in the rising generation. After the day has supposed to be a man in disguise,--and yet, Lilias, been passed in the hardest exercise, he has spent the you do not look very masculine,--had taken up the night in pacing his solitary chamber, bewailing the champion's gauntlei at the present King's Corona- downfall of the cause, and wishing for the bullet of tion, and left in its place a gage of battle, with a paper, Dundee, or the axe of Balmerino. offering to accept the combat, provided a fair field "A strange delusion,” said Darsie; "and it is should be allowed for it. I have hitherto considered wonderful that it does not yield to the force of reality." it as an idle tale. I little thought how nearly I was "Ah, but,” replied Lilias, “realities of late have interested in the actors of a scene so daring-How seemed to flatter his hopes. The general dissatisfaccould you have courage to go through with it?"* tion with the peace--the unpopularity of the minister,
"Had I had leisure for reflection," answered his which has extended itself even to the person of his sister, “I should have refused, from a mixture of prin- master--the various uproars which have disturbed the çiple and of fear. But, like many people, who do quiet of the metropolis, and a general state of disgust daring actions, I went on because I had not time to and dissatisfaction, which seems to affect the body
• The particulars here giren are of course entirely imaginary; of the nation, have given unwonted encouragement that is, they have no other foundation than what might be sun. to the expiring hopes of the Jacobites, and induced posed probable, had such a circumstance actually taken place. many, both at the Court of Rome, and, if it can be Yet a report to such an effect was long and generally current, called so, of the Pretender, to lend a more favourable though now having wholly lost its lingering credit; those who gave it currency, if they did not originate it, being, with the ear than they had hitherto done, to the insinuations tradition itself, now mouldered in the dust. The attachment of those, who, like my uncle, hope when hope is lost to the unfortunate house of Stewart among its adherents, continued to exist and to be fondly cherished, longer perhaps than this moment they meditate some desperate effort.
to all but themselves. Nay, I really believe that at baffled, and all hope destroyed, by repented frustration, the My uncle has been doing all in his power, of late, to mere dreams of imagination were suminoned in to till up the conciliate the affections of those wild communities dreary blank, left in so many hearts. or the many reports set that dwell on the Solway, over whom our family poson foot and circulated from this cause, the tradition in question, though amongst the least authenticated, is not the least stri: sessed a seigniorial interest before the forfeiture, and king and in excuse of what may be considered as a violent amongst whom, on the occasion of 1743, our unhappy infraction of probability in the foregoing chapter, the author is father's interest, with his own, raised a considerable under the necessity of quoting it. It was always said, though body of men. But they are no longer willing to obey of George III., when the Champion of England, Dymock, or his his summons; and, as one apology among others, guage of chivalry, solemnly wagered his body to defend in sin leader. This has increased his desire to obtain posrepresentative, appeared in Wesuninster Hall, and, in the lan. they allege your absence as their natural head and le combat the right of the young King to the crown of these session of your person, and, if he possibly can, to ingage of battle, an unknown female stepped from the crowd and fluence your mind, so as to obtain your authority to lified the pledge, leaving another gage in room of it, with a pa. his proceedings." per expressing, that if a fair field of combat should be allowed, a champion of rank and birth would appear with equal arms to
"That he shall never obtain," answered Darsie ; dispute the claim of King George to the British kingdoms. The my principles and my prudence alike forbid such a story, as we have said, is probably one of the numerous fictions step. Besides, it would be totally unavailing to his Lion. The incident was, however, possible, if it could be sup; evade your uncle's importunities, they cannot, at this
Whatever these people may pretend, 10 might be imagined to occur to a person of Redgauntlet's enthu. time of day, think of subjecting their necks again to siastic character.
the feudal yoke, which was effcctually broken by the VOL. IV.-4J