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. Our hopes and fears
· The crowd of assembled gazers and idlers at Ellangowan had followed the views of amusement, or what they called business, which brought them there, with little regard to the feelings of those who were suffering upon that occasion. Few, indeed, knew any thing of the family. The father, betwixt seclusion, misfortune, and imbecillity, had drifted, as it were, for many years, out of the notice of his contemporaries--the daugkter had never been known to them. But when the general murmur announced that the unfortunate Mr Bertram had broken his heart in tlie effort to leave the mansion of his forefathers, there poured forth a torrent of sympathy, like the waters from the rock when stricken by the wand of the prophet. The ancient descent and unblemished integrity
of the family were respectfully remembered; above all, the sacred veneration due to misfortune, which in Scotland seldom demands its tribute in vain, then claimed and received it.
Mr Mac-Morlan hastily announced, that he would suspend all further proceedings in the sale of the estate and other property, and relinquish the possession of the premises to the young lady, until she could consult with her friends, and provide for the burial of her father.
Glossin had cowered for a few minutes under the general expression of sympathy, till, hardened by observing that no appearance of popular indignation was directed his way, he had the audacity to require that the sale should proceed.
“I will take it upon my own authority · to adjourn it," said the Sheriff-substitute,
" and will be responsible for the consequences. I will also give due notice when it is again to go forward. It is for the benefit of all concerned that the lands should
bring the highest price the state of the market will admit, and this is surely no time to expect it~ I will take the responsibility upon myself.'
Glossin left the room and the house too. with secrecy and dispatch; and it was probably well for him that he did so, since our friend Jock Jabos was already haranguing a numerous tribe of bare-legged boys on the propriety of pelting him off the estate.
Some of the rooms were hastily put in order for the reception of the young lady, and of her father's dead body. Mannering now found his farther interference would be unnecessary, and might be misconstrued. He observed, too, that several families connected with that of Ellangowan, and who indeed derived their principal claim of gentility from the alliance, were now disposed to pay to their trees of genealogy a tribute, which the adversity of their supposed relatives had been inadequate to call forth; and that the honour of superinatending the funeral rites of the deadGodfrey Bertram (as in the memorable case of Homer's birth-place) was likely to be debated by seven gentlemen of rank and fortune, none of whom had offered him an asylum while living. He therefore resolved, as his presence was altogether useless, to make a short tour of a fortnight, at the end of which period the adjourned sale of the estate of Ellangowan was to proceed. .
But before he departed, he solicited an interview with the Dominie. The poor man appeared, upon being informed a gentleman wanted to speak to him, with some expression of surprise in his gaunt features, to which recent sorrow had given an ex. pression yet more griesly. He made two or three profound reverences to Mannering, and then, standing erect, patiently waited. an explanation of his commands.
“You are probably at a loss to guess, Mr Sampson,” said Mannering, “what a stranger may have to say to you?" .
“ Unless it were to request, that I would
undertake to train up some youth in polite letters, and humane learning-but I cannot-I cannot I have yet a task to perform."
: “No, Mr Sampson, my wishes are not so ambitious. I have no son, and my only daughter, I presume, you would not consider as a fit pupil.”
“ Of a surety, no. Nathless, it was I who did educate Miss Lucy in all useful learning,-albeit it was the housekeeper who did teach her those unprofitable exercises of hemming and shaping.”
"Well, sir, it is of Miss Lucy I meant to speak-you have, I presume, no recollection of me?"
Sampson, always sufficiently absent in mind, neither remembered the astrologer of past years, nor even the stranger who had taken his patron's part against Glossin, so much had his friend's sudden death embroiled his ideas.
" Well, that does not signify-I am an old acquaintance of the late Mr Bertram,