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pou love her, though, perhaps, you have not found they had acquired, and came from words to blows. it out, for you are not celebrated for knowing your The Lowlanders were cut off to a man, and their own mind very pointedly.” He said this with a chief fell the last, covered with wounds by the sort of sinile.
sword of my ancestor. Since that time, his spirit * How!” answered Edward, “ can you advise me has crossed the Vich Ian Vohr of the day when to desert the expedition in which we are all em- any great disaster was impending, but especially barked?"
before approaching death. My father saw him * Embarked !” said Fergus ; “ the vessel is going twice; once before he was made prisoner at Sheriffto pieces, and it is full time for all who can, to get Muir; another time, on the morning of the day on into the long-boat and leave her.”
which he died." “Why, what will other gentlemen do?" answered “ How can you, my dear Fergus, tell such nonWaverley, “ and why did the Highland Chiefs con sense with a grave face?” sent to this retreat, if it is so ruinous?"
“ I do not ask you to believe it; but I tell you « 0," replied Mac-Ivor, “they think that, as on the truth, ascertained by three hundred years' exformer occasions, the leading, hanging, and forfeit- perience at least, and last night by my own eyes.' ing, will chiefly fall to the lot of the Lowland gen “ The particulars, for heaven's snke !” said Waty; that they will be left secure in their poverty verley, with eagerness. and their fastnesses, there, according to their pro “ I will, on condition you will not attempt a jest verb, 'to listen to the wind upon the hill till the on the subject. ---Since this unhappy retreat comwaters abate.' But they will be disappointed; they menced, I have scarce ever been able to sleep for have been too often troublesome to be so repeated thinking of my clan, and of this poor Prince, wliom ly passed over, and this time John Bull has been they are leading back like a dog in a string, whether too heartily frightened to recover his good-humour he will or no, and of the downfall of my family, for some time. The Hanoverian ministers always Last night I felt so feverish that I left my quarters, deserved to be hanged for rascals; but now, if they and walked out, in hopes the keen frosty air would get the power in their hands, -as, sooner or later, brace my nerves I cannot tell how much I disthey must, since there is neither rising in England like going on, for I know you will hardly believe me. nor assistance from France,- they will deserve the However - I crossed a small footbridge, and kept gallows as fools, if they leave a single clan in the walking baekwards and forwards, when I observed Highlands in a situation to be again troublesome to with surprise, by the clear moonlight, a tall figure Government. Ay, they will make root-and-branch- in a grey plaid, such as sheplierds wear in the south work, I warrant them.”
of Scotland, which, move at what pace I would, * And while you recommend flight to me," said kept regularly about four yards before me.” Ellward,-“ a counsel which I would rather die * You saw a Cumberland peasant in his ordinary than einbrace,- what are your own views ?” dress, probably.”
0,” answered Fergus, with a melancholy air, “ No: I thought so at first, and was astonished “ my fate is settled. Dead or captive I must be at the man's audacity in daring to dog me. I called before to-morrow."
to him, but received no answer. I felt an anxious “What do you mean by that, my friend ?” said throbbing at my heart; and to ascertain what I Edward. “ The enemy is still a day's march in our dreaded, I stood still, and turned myself on the same rear, and if he comes up, we are still strong enough spot successively to the four points of the compass to keep him in check. Remember Gladsmuir." -By Heaven, Edward, turn where I would, the
" What I tell you is true notwithstanding, so far figure was instantly before my eyes, at precisely the as I am individually concerned.”
same distance! I was then convinced it was the * Upon what authority can you found so melan- Bodach Glas. My hair bristled, and my knees shook. choly a prediction?" asked Waverley.
I manned myself, however, and determined to re* On one which never failed a person of my turn to my quarters. My ghastly visitant glided house. I have seen,” he said, lowering his voice, before me (for I cannot say he walked), until ho * I have seen the Bodach Glas."
reached the foot-bridge: there he stopped, and « Bodach Glas?”
turned full round. I must either wade the river, “Yes: Have you been so long at Glennaquoich, or pass him as close as I am to you. A desperato and never heard of the Grey Spectre! though indeed courage, founded on the belief that my death was there is a certain reluctance among us to mention near, made me resolve to make my way in despite of birn."
him. I made the sign of the cross, drew my sword, * No, never.”
and uttered, “In the name of God, Evil Spirit, give “Ah! it would have been a tale for poor Flora place!' Vich Ian Vor,' it said, in a voice that to have told you. Or, if that hiil were Benmore, made my very blood curdle, “ beware of to-morrow!' and that long blue lake, which you see just winding It seemed at that moment not half a yard from my towards yon mountainous country, were Loch Tay, sword's point; but the words were no sooner spoken or my own Loch an Ri, the tale would be better than it was gone, and nothing appeared further to suited with scenery. However, let us sit down on obstruct my passage. I got home, and threw my. this knoll; even Saddleback and Ulswater will suit self on my bed, where I spent a few hours heavily what I have to say better than the English hedge- enough; and this morning, as no enemy was rerows, enclosures, and farm-houses. You must know, ported to be near us, I took my horse, and rode then, that when my ancestor, Ian nan Chaistel, forward to make up matters with you. I would not wasted Northumberland, there was associated with willingly fall until I am in charity with a wronged him in the expedition a sort of Southland Chief, or friend.' captain of a band of Lowlanders, called Halbert Edward had little doubt that this phantom was Hall. In their return through the Cheviots, they the operation of an exhausted frame and depressed quarrelled about the division of the great booty spirits, working on the belief common to all High
landers in such superstitions. He did not the less siderable number were cut to pieces. But the moon, pity Fergus, for whom, in his present distress, he which suddenly slone out, showed to the Englisis felt all his former regard revive. With the view the small number of assailants, disordered by their of diverting his mind from these gloomy images, own success. Two squadrons of horse moving to he offered, with the Baron's permission, which he the support of their companions, the Highlanders knew he could readily obtain, to remain in his quar- endeavoured to recover the enclosures. But several ters till Fergus's corps should come up, and then of them, amongst others their brave Chieftain, were to march with them as usual. The Chief seemed cut off and surrounded before they could effect their much pleased, yet hesitated to accept the offer. purpose. Waverley, looking eargerly for Fergus,
“ We are, you know, in the rear,--the post of from whom, as well as from the retreating body of danger in a retreat."
his followers, he had been separated in the darkness * And therefore the post of honour.”
and tumult, saw him, with Evan Dhu and Callum, “Well,” replied the Chieftain, " let Alick have defending themselves desperately against a dozeu your horse in readiness, in case we should be over of horsemen, who were hewing at them with their inatched, and I shall be delighted to have your long broadswords. The moon was again at that company once more."
moment totally overclouded, and Edward, in the The rear-guard were late in making their appear- obscurity, could neither bring aid to his friends, nor ance, having been delayed by various accidents, discover which way lay his own road to rejoin the and by the badness of the roads. At length they rear-guard. After once or twice narrowly escaping entered the hamlet. When Waverley joined the being slain or made prisoner by parties of the caclan Mac-Ivor, arm-in-arm with their Chieftain, all valry whom he encountered in the darkness, he at the resentment they had entertained against him length reached an enclosure, and, clambering over seemed blown off at once. Evan Dhu received him it, concluded himself in safety, and on the way to with a grin of congratulation; and even Callum, the Highland forces, whose pipes he heard at some who was running about as active as ever, pale in- distance. For Fergus hardly a hope renrained, undeed, and with a great patch on his head, appeared less that he might be made prisoner. Revolving delighted to see him.
his fate with sorrow and anxiety, the superstition of “ That gallows-bird's skull," said Fergus, “ must the Bodach Glas recurred to Edward's recollection, be harder than marble: the lock of the pistol was and he said to himself, with internal surprise,“ What, actually broken.”
can the devil speak truth?”] “How could you strike so young a lad so hard ?” said Waverley, with some interest.
“ Why, if I did not strike hard sometimes, the rascals would forget themselves.”
CHAPTER LX. They were now in full march, every caution being taken to prevent surprise. Fergus's people, and a
Chapter of Accidents. fine clan regiment from Badenoch, commanded by Edward was in a most unpleasant and dangerCluny Mac-Pherson, had the rear. They had passed ous situation. He soon lost the sound of the lag. a large open moor, and were entering into the en- pipes; and, what was yet more unpleasant, when, closures which surround a small village called Clif- after searching long in vain, and scrambling through ton. The winter sun had set, and Edward began many enclosures, he at length approached the highto rally Fergus upon the false predictions of the road, he learned, from the unwelcome noise of ketGrey Spirit. “ The ides of March are not past,” tle-drums and trumpets, that the English cavalry said Mac-Ivor, with a smile; when, suddenly casting now occupied it, and consequently were between his eyes back on the moor, a large body of cavalry him and the Highlanders. Precluded, therefore, was indistinctly seen to hover upon its brown and from advancing in a straight direction, he resolved dark surface. To line the enclosures facing the open to avoid the English military, and endeavour to join ground, and the road by which the enemy must his friends by making a circuit to the left, for which move from it upon the village, was the work of a a beaten path, deviating from the main road in that short time. While these manquvres were accom- direction, seemed to afford facilities. The path was plishing, night sunk down, dark and gloomy, though muddy, and the night dark and cold; but even the moon was at full. Sometimes, however, she these inconveniences were hardly felt amidst the gleamed forth a dubious light upon the scene of apprehensions which falling into the hands of the action.
King's forces reasonably excited in his bosom. The Highlanders did not long remain undis After walking about three miles, he at length turbed in the defensive position they had adopted. reached a hamlet. Conscious that the common Favoured by the night, one large body of dismounted people were in general unfavourable to the cause dragoons attempted to force the enclosures, while he had espoused, yet desirous, if possible, to proanother, equally strong, strove to penetrato by the cure a horse and guide to Penrith, where he hoped high road.
Both were received by such a heavy to find the rear, if not the main body, of the Chefire as disconcerted their ranks, and effectually valier's army, he approached the alehouse of the checked their progress. Unsatisfied with the ad- place. There was a great noise within: he paused vantaye thus gained, Fergus, to whose ardent spirit to listen. A round English oath or two, and the the approach of danger seemed to restore all its burden of a campaign song, convinced him the elasticity, drawing his sword, and calling out “Clay- hamlet also was occupied by the Duke of Cumbermore!" encouraged his men, by voice and example, land's soldiers. Endeavouring to retire from it to break through the hedge which divided them, as softly as possible, and blessing the obscurity and rush down upon the enemy. Mingling with which hitherto he had murmured against, Waverthe dismounted dragoons, they forced them, at the sword-point, to fly to the open mcor, where a con
See Note 2 M, - Skirmish at Cliftom
ley groped his way the best he could along a small an act of the most frantic temerity. Ned Williams paling, which seemed the boundary of some cottage (the right Edward) was now called to council by garden. As he reached the gate of this little en- | Cicely and her father. Ned, who perhaps did not closure, his out-stretched hand was grasped by that care that his handsome namesake should remain of a female, whose voice at the same time uttered, too long in the same house with his sweetheart, for ** Edward, is't thou, man?”
fear of fresh mistakes, proposed that Waverley, “ Here is some unlucky mistake,” thought Ed- exchanging his uniform and plaid for the dress of ward, struggling, but gently, to disengage himself. the country, should go with him to his father's farm
“Naen o' thy foun, now, man, or the red cwoats near Ulswater, and remain in that undisturbed re. will hear thee; they hae been houlerying and pou- tirement until the military movements in the counlerying every ane that past alehouse door this try should have ceased to render his departure hanoight to make them drive their waggons and sick zardous. A price was also agreed upon, at which loike. Come into feyther's, or they'll do ho a mis- the stranger might board with Farmer Williams, if chief.”
he thought proper, till he could depart with safety. “A good hint,” thought Waverley, following the It was of moderate amount; the distress of his situs girl through the little garden into a brick-paved ation, among this honest and simple-hearted race, kitchen, where she set herself to kindle a match being considered as no reason for increasing their at an expiring fire, and with the match to light a demand. candle. She had no sooner looked on Edward, than The necessary articles of dress were accordingly she dropped the light, with a shrill scream of “0 procured, and, by following by-paths, known to the feyther! feyther!"
young farmer, they hoped to escape any unpleasant 'The father, thus invoked, speedily appeared, – rencontre. A recompense for their hospitality was a sturdy old farmer, in a pair of leather breeches, refused peremptorily by old Jopson and his cherryand boots pulled on without stockings, having just cheeked daughter; a kiss paid the one, and a hearty started from his bed ;— the rest of his dress was shake of the hand the other. Both seemed anxious only a Westmoreland stateman's robe-de-chambre, for their guest's safety, and took leave of him with - that is, his shirt. His figure was displayed to kind wishes. advantage, by a candle which he bore in his left In the course of their route, Edward, with his kand; in his right he brandished a poker.
guide, trarersed those fields which the night be* What hast ho here, wench?”
fore had been the scene of action. A brief gleam “O!” cried the poor girl, almost going off in of December's sun shone sadly on the broad heath, hysterics, “ I thought it was Ned Williams, and it which, towards the spot where the great north-west is one of the plaid-men.”
road entered the enclosures of Lord Lonsdale's “ And what was thee ganging to do wi" Ned Wil. property, exhibited dead bodies of men and horses, liams at this time o' noighit?" To this, which was, and the usual companions of war, a number of carperhaps, one of the numerous class of questions rion-crows, hawks, and ravens. more easily asked than answered, the rosy-cheeked “ And this, then, was thy last field,” said Wadamsel made no reply, but continued sobbing and verley to himself, his eye filling at the recollection wringing her hands.
of the many splendid points of Fergus's character, “And thee, lad, dost ho know that the dragoons and of their former intimacy, all his passions and be a town? dost ho know that, mon?—ad, they'll imperfections forgotten —“ Here fell the last Vich siver thee loike a turnip, mon.”
Ian Vohr, on a nameless heath; and in an obscure " I know my life is in great danger," said Wa- night-skirmish was quenched that ardent spirit, verley, “ but if you can assist me, I will reward you who thought it little to cut a way for his master to handsomely. I am no Scotchman, but an unfortu- | the British throne! Ambition, policy, bravery, all nate English gentleman.”
far beyond their sphere, here learned the fate of “ Be ho Scot or no,” said the honest farmer, “ I | mortals. The sole support, too, of a sister, whose wish thou hadst kept the other side of the hallan. | spirit, as proud and unbending, was even more But since thou art here, Jacob Jopson will betray exalted than thine own; here ended all thy hopes no man's bluid; and the plaids were gay canny, and for Flora, and the long and valued line which it did not do so much mischief when they were here was thy boast to raise yet more highly by thy adyesterday.” Accordingly, he set seriously about venturous valour!” sheltering and refreshing our hero for the night. As these ideas pressed on Waverley's mind, lie The fire was speedily rekindled, but with precau- resolved to go upon the open heath, and search if, tion against its light being seen from without. The among the slain, he could discover the body of his jolly yeoman cut a rasher of bacon, which Cicely friend, with the pious intention of procuring for soon broiled, and her father added a swingeing tan- him the last rites of sepulture. The timorous young kard of his best ale. It was settled, that Edward man who accompanied him remonstrated upon the should remain there till the troops marched in the danger of the attempt, but Edward was determined. morning, then hire or buy a horse from the farmer, The followers of the camp had already stripped the and, with the best directions that could be obtained, dead of all they could carry away; but the countryendeavour to overtake his friends. A clean, though people, unused to scenes of blood, had not yet coarse bed, received him after the fatigues of this approached the field of action, though some stood unhappy day.
fearfully gazing at a distance. About sixty or With the morning arrived the news that the seventy dragoons lay slain within the first encloHighlanders had evacuated Penrith, and marched sure, upon the high road, and on the open moor. off towards Carlisle; that the Duke of Cumberland of the Highlanders, not above a dozen had fallen, was in possession of Penrith, and that detachments chiefly those who, venturing too far on the moor, of his army covered the roads in every direction. could not regain the strong ground. He could not To attempt to get through undiscovered, would be find the body of Fergus among the slain. On a
little knoll, separated from the others, lay the car- experience had given him; and that lie felt linell casses of three English dragoons, two horses, and entitled to say firmly, though perhaps with a sigh, the page Callum Beg, whose hard skull a trooper's that the romance of his life was ended, and that its broadsword had, at length, effectually cloven. It real history had now commenced. He was soon was possible his clan had carried off the body of called upon to justify his pretensions by reason and Fergus; but it was also possible he had escaped, philosophy. especially as Evan Dhu, who would never leave his Chief, was not found among the dead; or he might be prisoner, and the less formidable denunciation inferred from the appearance of the Bodach Glas
CHAPTER LXI. might have proved the true one. The approach of a party, sent for the purpose of compelling the
A Journey to London. country-people to bury the dead, and who had The family at Fasthwaite were soon attaclied to already assembled several peasants for that pur Edward. He had, indeed, that gentleness and urpose, now obliged Edward to rejoin his guide, who banity which almost universally attracts correspond. awaited him in great anxiety and fear under shade ing kindness; and to their simple ideas his learning of the plantations.
gave him consequence, and his sorrows interest. After leaving this field of death, the rest of their The last he ascribed, evasively, to the loss of a journey was happily accomplished. At the house brother in the skirmish near Clifton; and in that of Farmer Williams, Edward passed for a young primitive state of society, where the ties of affection kinsman, educated for the church, who was come were highly deemed of, his continued depression ex. to reside there till the civil tumults permitted him cited sympathy, but not surprise. to pass through the country. This silenced suspi In the end of January, his more lively powers eion among the kind and simple yeomanry of Cum were called out by the happy union of Edward Wilberland, and accounted sufficiently for the grave liams, the son of his host, with Cicely Jopson. Our manners and retired habits of the new guest. The hero would not cloud with sorrow the festivity atprecaution became more necessary than Waverley tending the wedding of two persons to whom he had anticipated, as a variety of incidents prolonged was so highly obliged. He therefore exerted himhis stay at Fasthwaite, as the farm was called. self, danced, sung, played at the various games of
A tremendous fall snow rendered his depar- the day, and was the blithest of the company. The ture impossible for more than ten days. When the next morning, however, he had more serious matroads began to become a little practicable, they suc ters to think of. cessively received news of the retreat of the Che The clergyman who had married the young couple valier into Scotland; then, that he had abandoned was so much pleased with the supposed student of the frontiers, retiring upon Glasgow; and that the divinity, that he came next day from Penrith on Duke of Cumberland had formed the siege of Car- purpose to pay him a visit. This might have been lisle. His army, therefore, cut off all possibility of a puzzling chapter had he entered into any examiWaverley's escaping into Scotland in that direction. nation of our hero's supposed theological studies; On the eastern border, Marshal Wade, with a large but fortunately he loved better to hear and comforce, was advancing upon Edinburgh, and all along municate the news of the day. He brouglit with the frontier, parties of militia, volunteers, and par- him two or three old newspapers, in one of which tisans, were in arms to suppress insurrection, and Edward found a piece of intelligence that soon renapprehend such stragglers from the Highland army dered him deaf to every word which the Reverend as had been left in England. The surrender of Mr Twigtythe was saying upon the news from the Carlisle, and the severity with which the ebel gar- north, and the prospect of the Duke's speedily overrison were threatened, soon formed an additional taking and crushing the rebels. This was an article reason against venturing upon a solitary and hope in these, or nearly these words: less journey through a hostile country and a large “ Died at his house, in Hill Street, Berkeley, army, to carry the assistance of a single sword to Square, upon the 10th inst., Richard Waverley, a cause which seemed altogether desperate. Esq., second son of Sir Giles Waverley of Waver
In this lonely and secluded situation, without the ley-Honour, &c. &c. He died of a lingering disadvantage of company or conversation with men of order, augmented by the unpleasant predicament cultivated minds, the arguments of Colonel Talbot of suspicion in which he stood, having been obliged often recurred to the mind of our hero. A still to find bail to a high amount, to meet an impending inore anxious recollection haunted liis slumbers accusation of high-treason. An accusation of the it was the dying look and gesture of Colonel Gar- same grave crime hangs over his elder brother, Sir diner. Most devoutly did he hope, as the rarely Everard Waverley, the representative of that anoccurring post brought news of skirmishes with cient family; and we understand the day of his trias various success, that it might never again be his will be fixed early in the next month, unless Edlot to draw his sword in civil conflict. Then his ward Waverley, son of the deceased Richard, and mind turned to the supposed death of Fergus, to heir to the Baronet, shall surrender himself to jus, the desolate situation of Flora, and, with yet more tice. In that case, we are assured it is his Matender recollection, to that of Rose Bradwardine, jesty's gracious purpose to drop further proceedings who was destitute of the devoted enthusiasm of upon the charge against Sir Everard. This unfor. loyalty, which, to her friend, hallowed and exalted tunate young gentleman is ascertained to have been misfortune. These reveries lie was permitted to in arms in the Pretender's service, and to have enjoy, undisturbed by queries or interruption;- marched along with the Highland troops into Eng. and it was in many a winter walk by the shores of land. But he has not been heard of since the skir. Ulswater, that he acquired a more complete mas mish at Clifton, on the 18th December last." tery of a spirit tamed by adversity, than his former Such was this distracting paragraph.-—“ Good
Gud!” exclaimed Waverley, “ am I then a parri- the foot-wobblers, as my Nosebag calls them. What cide!-- Impossible ! My father, who never showed regiment, pray ?” Here was a delightful question. the affection of a father while he lived, cannot have Waverley, liowever, justly concluded that this good been so much affected by my supposed death as to lady had the whole army-list by heart; and, to hasten his own: No, I will not believe it,- it were avoid detection by adhering to truth, answered – distraction to entertain for a moment such a horri. “ Gardiner's dragoons, ma'am; but I have retired ble idea. But it were, if possible, worse than par some time.” ricide to suffer any danger to hang over my noble “ O aye, those as won the race at the battle of and generous uncle, who has ever been more to me Preston, as my Nosebag says. Pray, sir, were you than a father, if such evil can be averted by any there?” sacrifice on my part !”
“ I was so unfortunate, madam,” he replied, “ as While these reflections passed like the stings of to witness that engagement." scorpions through Waverley's sensorium, the wor “ And that was a misfortune that few of Gardi. thy divine was startled in a long disquisition on ner's stood to witness, I believe, sir-ha! ha ! ha! the battle of Talkirk by the ghastliness which they -I beg your pardon; but a soldier's wife loves a communicated to his looks, and asked him if he was joke.” ill? Fortunately the bride, all smirk and blush, “ Devil confound you!" thought Waverley;“ what had just entered the room.
Mrs Williams was infernal luck has penned me up with this inquisinone of the brightest of women, but she was good tive hag!" natured, and readily concluding that Edward had Fortunately the good lady did not stick long to been shocked by disagreeable news in the papers, one subject. “ We are coming to Ferrybridge, interfered so judiciously, that, without exciting sus now," she said, “ where there was a party of ours picion, she drew off Mr Twigtythe's attention, and left to support the beadles, and constables, and jusengaged it until he soon after took his leave. Wa- tices, and these sort of creatures that are examinverley then explained to his friends, that he was ing papers and stopping rebels, and all that.” They under the necessity of going to London with as little were hardly in the inn before she dragged Waverley delay as possible.
window, exclaiming, “ Yonder comes CorOne cause of delay, however, did occur, to which poral Bridvon, of our poor dear troop; he's coming Waverley had been very little accustomed. His with the constable man: Bridoon's one of my lambs, parse, though well stocked when he first went to
as Nosebag calls 'em. Come, Mr
aa, Tully-Veolan, had not been reinforced since that pray, what's your name, sir?” period; and although his life since had not lizen of “Butler, ma'am,” said Waverley, resolved rather of a nature to exhaust it hastily, for he had lived to make free with the name of a former fellowchiefly with his friends or with the army, yet he officer, than run the risk of detection by inventing found, that after settling with his kind landlord, one not to be found in the regiment. he should be too poor to encounter the expense of “ 0, you got a troop lately, when that shabby travelling post. The best course, therefore, seemed fellow, Waverley, went over to the rebels. Lord, to be, to get into the great north road about Bo- | I wish our old cross Captain Crump would go over rough-bridge, and there take a place in the North to the rebels, that Nosebag might get the troop!ern Diligence,-a huge old-fashioned tub, drawn Lord, what can Bridoon be standing swinging on by three horses, which completed the journey from the bridge for? I'll be hanged if he a’nt hazy, as Edinburgh to London (God willing, as the adver- Nosebag says--Come, sir, as you and I belong to tisement expressed it) in three weeks. Our hero, the service, we'll go put the rascal in mind of his therefore, took an affectionate farewell of his Cum duty.” berland friends, whose kindness he promised never Waverley, wi feelings more easily conceived to forget, and tacitly hoped one day to acknowledge than described, saw himself obliged to follow this by substantial proofs of gratitude. After some petty doughty female commander. The gallant trooper difficulties and vexatious delays, and after putting was as like a lamb as a drunk corporal of dragoons, his dress into a shape better befitting his rank, about six feet high, with very broad shoulders, and though perfectly plain and simple, he accomplished very thin legs, not to mention a great scar across crossing the country, and found himself in the de- his nose, could well be. Mrs Nose bag addressed sired vehicle, vis-à-vis to Mrs Nosebag, the lady of him with something which, if not an oath, sounded Lieutenant Nosebag, adjutant and riding-master of very like one, and commanded him to attend to his the — dragoons,-a jolly woman of about fifty, duty. “ You be d-d for a -," commenced the wearing a blue habit, faced with scarlet, and grasp- gallant cavalier; but, looking up in order to suit the ing a silver-mounted horse-whip.
action to the words, and also to enforce the epithet This lady was one of those active members of which he meditated, with an adjective applicable society wbo take upon them faire le fraise de con to the party, he recognised the speaker, made his versation. She had just returned from the north, military salam, and altered his tone.- Lord love and informed Edward how nearly her regiment your handsome facc, Madam Nosebag, is it you? had cut the petticoat people into ribands at Fal- Why, if a poor fellow does happen to fire a slug of kirk, “only somehow there was one of those nasty, a morning, I am sure you were never the lady to awkward marshes, that they are never without in bring him to harm." Scotland, I think, and so our poor dear little regi- " Well
, you rascallion, go, mind your duty; this ment suffered something, as my Nose bag says, in gentleman and I belong to the service; but be sure that unsatisfactory affair. You, sir, have served you look after that shy cock in the slouchied hat in the dragoons ?” Waverley was taken so inuch that sits in the corner of the coach. I believe he's at unawares, that he acquiesced.
one of the rebels in disguise." “ 0, I knew it at once; I saw you were military “D-n her gooseberry wig!" said the corporal, from your air, and I was sure you could be none of when she was out of hearing. “ That gimlet-eyed