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While, plungod in the sad reflections which the be remembered, was its eastern boundary. Edward, scene excited, he was looking around for some one over whom an involuntary sluddering stole at the who might explain the fate of the inhabitants, he import of his words, followed him in some hope of heard a voice from the interior of the building sing an explanation. As the house was evidently deing, in well-remembered accents, an old Scottish serted, he could not expect to find among the ruins song :

any more rational informer. * They came upon us in the night,

Davie, walking very fast, soon reached the exAnd brake my bower and slew my knight: tremity of the garden, and scrambled over the ruins My servants a' for life did flee,

of the wall that once had divided it from the woodAnd left us in extremitie.

ed glen in which the old Tower of Tully-Veolan They slew my knight, to me sae dear;

was situated. He then jumped down into the bed
They slew my knight, and drave his gear;! of the stream, and, followed by Waverley, pro-
The moon may set, the sun may rise,
But a deadly sleep has closed his eyes."

ceeded at a great pace, climbing over some frag.

ments of rock, and turning with difficulty round « Alas!” thought Edward, “is it thou? Poor help others. They passed beneath the ruins of the castle ; less being, art thou alone left, to gibber and moan, Waverley followed, keeping up with his guide with and fill with thy wild and unconnected scraps of difficulty, for the twilight began to fall. Following minstrelsy the halls that protected thee?” — He the descent of the stream a little lower, he totally then called, first low, and then louder, “Davie - lost him, but a twinkling light, which he now disDavie Gellatley!”

covered among the tangled copse-wood and bushes, The poor simpleton showed himself from among seemed a surer guide. He soon pursued a very unthe ruins of a sort of green-house, that once ter- couth path; and by its guidance at length reached minated what was called the Terrace-walk, but at the door of a wretched hut. A fierce barking of first sight of a stranger retreated, as if in terror. dogs was at first heard, but it stilled at his approach. Waverley, remembering his liabits, began to whis. A voice sounded from within, and he held it most tle a tune to which he was partial, which Davie prudent to listen before he advanced. had expressed great pleasure in listening to, and “ Wha hast thou brought here, thou unsonsy had picked up from him by the ear. Our hero's villain, thou?” said an old woman, apparently in minstrelsy no more equalled that of Blondel, than great indignation. He heard Davie Gellatley, in poor Davie resembled Cæur de Lion; but the me answer, whistle a part of the tune by which he had lody had the same effect of producing recognition. recalled himself to the simpleton's memory, and had Davie again stole from his lurking-place, but timid now no hesitation to knock at the door. There was ly, while Waverley, afraid of frightening him, stood a dead silence instantly within, except the deep making the most encouraging signals he could de- growling of the dogs; and he next heard the misvise. — “ It's his ghaist,” muttered Davie ; yet, tress of the hut approach the door, not probably for coming nearer, he seemed to acknowledge his live the sake of undoing a latch, but of fastening a bolt. ing acquaintance. The poor fool himself appeared To prevent this, Waverley lifted the latch himself. the ghost of what he had been. The peculiar dress In front was an old wretched-looking woman, m which he had been attired in better days, showed exclaiming, “Wha comes into folk's houses in this only miserable rays of its whimsical finery, the lack gate, at this time o' the night?" On one side, two of which was oddly supplied by the remnants of grim and half-starved deer greyhounds laid aside tapestried hangings, window-curtains, and shreds their ferocity at his appearance, and seemed to reof pictures, with which he had bedizened his tatters. cognise him. On the other side, half concealed by His face, too, had lost its vacant and careless air, the open door, yet apparently seeking that concealand the poor creature looked hollow-eyed, meagre, ment reluctantly, with a cocked pistol in his right half-starved, and nervous to a pitiable degrec. - hand, and his left in the act of drawing another After long hesitation, he at length approached from his belt, stood a tail bony gaunt figure in the Waverley with some confidence, stared him sadly remnants of a faded uniform, and a beard of three in the face, and said, “ A' dead and gane-a' dead weeks' growth. and gane!”

It was the Baron of Bradwardine. It is unne. " Who are dead ?” sail Waverley, forgetting cessary to add, that he threw aside his weapon, and the incapacity of Davie to hold any connected dis- greeted Waverley with a hearty embrace.

“ Baron- and Bailie--and Saunders Sannderson- and Lady Rose, that sang sae sweet-A'dead and gane- dead and gane !

But follow, follow me,

Comparing of Notes.
While glow-worins light the lea,
I'll show you where the dead should be -

The Baron's story was short, when divested of
Each in his shroud,
While winds pipe loud,

the adages and commonplaces, Latin, English, and And the red moon peeps dim through the cloud. Scotch, with which his erudition garnished it. He Follow, follow me;

insisted much upon his grief at the loss of Edward Brare should he be That treads by night the dead man's lea."

and of Glennaquoich, fought the fields of Falkirk

and Culloden, and related how, after all was lost in With these words, chanted in a wild and earnest the last battle, he had returned home, under the tone, he made a sign to Waverley to follow him, idea of more easily finding shelter among his own and walked rapidly towards the bottom of the gar- tenants, and on his own estate, than elsewhere. A. den, tracing the bank of the stream, which, it may party of soldiers had been sent to lay waste his proThe first three couplets

are from an old ballad, called perty, for clemency was not the order of the day. the Border Widow's Lament.

Their proceedings, however, were checked by an


out upon

order from the civil court. The estate, it was and justify the eulogium which poor Janet poured found, might not be forfeited to the crown, to the prejudice of Malcolm Bradwardine of Inch-Grab

“ Him whom she loved, her idiot boy." bit, the heir-male, whose claim could not be prejudiced by the Baron's attainder, as deriving no “ Davie's no sae silly as folk tak him for, Mr right through him, and who, therefore, like other Wauverley; he wadna hae brought you here unheirs of entail in the same situation, entered upon less he had kend ye was a friend to his Honourpossession. But, unlike many in similar circum- indeed the very dogs kend ye, Mr Wauverley, for stances, the new laird speedily showed that he in- ye was aye kind to beast and body.- I can tell you tended utterly to exclude his predecessor from all a story o' Davie, wi’ his Honour's leave: His Hobenefit or advantage in tlie estate, and that it was nour, ye see, being under hiding in thae sair times his purpose to avail himself of the old Baron's evil -the mair's the pity-- he lies a' day, and whiles fortune to the full extent. This was the more un- a' night, in the cove in the dern hag; but though generous, as it was generally known, that, from a it's a bieldy eneugh bit, and the auld gudeman o' romantic idea of not prejudicing this young man's Corse-Cleugh has panged it wi' a kemple oʻstrae right as heir-male, the Baron had refrained from amaist, yet when the country's quiet, and the night Settling his estate on his daughter.

very cauld, his Honour whiles creeps doun here to This selfislı injustice was resented by the coun- get a warm at the ingle, and a sleep amang the try people, who were partial to their old master, blankets, and gangs awa in the morning. And so, and irritated against his successor. In the Baron's ae morning, siccan a fright as I got! Twa unlucky own words, “ The matter did not coincide with the red-coats were up for black-fishing, or some siccan feelings of the commons of Bradwardine, Mr Wa- ploy-or the neb o' them's never out o’mischief verley; and the tenants were slack and repugnant and they just got a glisk o' his Honour as he gaed in payment of their mails and duties; and when my into the wood, and banged aff a gun at him. I kinsman came to the village wi’ the new factor, Mr out like a jer-falcon, and cried, — Wad they shoot James Howic, to lift the rents, some wanchancy an honest woman's poor innocent bairn ?' 'And I person— I suspect John Heatherblutter, the auld fleyt at them, and threepit it was my son; and they gamekeeper, that was out wi' me in the year fif- damned and swuir at me that it was the auld rebei, teen-fired a shot at him in the gloaming, whereby as the villains ca'd his Honour; and Davie was in he was so affrighted, that I may say with Tullius the wood, and heard the tuilzie, and he, just out o in Catilinam, Abiit, erasit, erupit, effugit. He fled, his ain head, got up the auld grey mantle that his sir, as one may say, incontinent to Stirling. And Honour had flung off him to gang the faster, and now he hath advertised the estate for sale, being he cam out o' the very same bit o' the wood, mahimself the last substitute in the entail. — And if I joring and looking about sae like his Honour, that were to lament about sic matters, this would grieve they were clean beguiled, and thought they had me mair than its passing from my immediate pos- | letten aff their gun at crack-brained Sawney, as session, whilk, by the course of nature, must have they ca' him; and they gae me saxpence, and twa happened in a few years. Whereas now it passes saumon fish, to say naething about it. — Na, na; from the lineage that should have possessed it in Davie's no just like other folk, puir fallow; but sæcula sæculorum. But God's will be done, humana he's no sae silly as folk tak him for.- But, to be perpessi sumus. Sir John of Bradwardine — Black sure, how can we do eneugh for his Honour, when Sir John, as he is called — who was the common we and ours have lived on his ground this twa hunancestor of our house and the Inch-Grabbits, little dred years; and when he keepit my puir Jamie at thought such a person would have sprung from his school and college, and even at the Ha’-house, till loins. Meantime, he has accused me to some of he gaed to a better place; and when he saved me the primates, the rulers for the time, as if I were a frae being ta’en to Perth as a witch -- Lord forgi'e cut-throat, and an abettor of bravoes and assassi- them that would touch sic a puir silly auld body! nates, and coupe-jarrets. And they have sent sol

--and has maintained puir Davie at heck and mandiers here to abide on the estate, and hunt me like ger maist feck o' his life ?” a partridge upon the mountains, as Scripture says Waverley at length found an opportunity to inof good King David, or like our valiant Sir William terrupt Janet's narrative, by an inquiry after Miss Wallace,—not that I bring myself into comparison Bradwardine. with either.- I thought, when I heard you at the “ She's weel and safe, thank God! at the Duchdoor, they had driven the auld deer to his den at ran,” answered the Baron. “ The laird's distantly

and so I e'en proposed to die at bay, like a related to us, and more nearly to my chaplain, Mr buck of the first head. — But now, Janet, canna ye Rubrick; and, though he be of Whig principles, gie us something for supper?"

yet he's not forgetful of auld friendship at this time. “ Ou ay, sir, I'll brander the moor-fowl that John The Bailie's doing what he can to save something Heatherblutter brought in this morning; and ye out of the wreck for puir Rose; but I doubt, I see puir Davie's roasting the black hen's eggs. doubt, I shall never see her again, for I maun lay I daur say, Mr Wauverley, ye never kend that a' my banes in some far country.” the eggs that were sae weel roasted at supper in “ Hout na, your Honour," said cld Janet; ye the Ha'-house were aye turned by our Davie ?-- were just as ill aff in the feifteen, and got the bonthere's no the like o' him ony gate for powtering wi' nie baronie back, an' a'.-- And now the eggs is his fingers amang the het peat-ashes, and roasting ready, and the muir-cock's brandered, and there's eggs." Davie all this while lay with his nose al- | ilk ane a trencher and some saut, and the heel o' most in the fire, nuzzling among the ashes, kicking the white loaf that cam frae the Bailie's; and his heels, mumbling to himself, turning the eggs as there's plenty o’ brandy in the greybeard that they lay in the hot embers, as if to confute the pro- Luckie Maclearie sent doun; and winna ye be suje verb, that “there goes reason to roasting of eggs," pered like princes ?”


# I wish onc Prince, at least, of our acquaint- would be an answer to the officer who command d ance, may be no worse off,” said the Baron to Wa- the military;--and as to any of the country people serley, who joined him in cordial hopes for the who might recognise Waverley, the Baron assured safety of the unfortunate Chevalier.

him that he was in no danger of being betrayed They then began to talk of their future prospects. by them. The Baron's plan was very simple. It was, to es “ I believe,” said the old man, “ half the people cape to France, where, by the interest of his old of the barony know that their poor auld laird is friends, he hoped to get some military employment, somewhere hereabout; for I see they do not sufof which he still conceived himself capable. He fer a single bairn to come here a bird-nesting-a invited Waverley to go with him, a proposal in practice whilk, when I was in full possession of my which he acquiesced, providing the interest of Co- power as baron, I was unable totally to inhibit. Nay, lonel Talbot should fail in procuring his pardon. I often find bits of things in my way, that the poor Tacitly he hoped the Baron would sanction his ad- | bodies, God help them ! leave there, because they dresses to Rose, and give him a right to assist him think they may be useful to me. I hope they will in his exile; but he forbore to speak on this sub- get a wiser master, and as kind a one as I was.” ject until his own fate should be decided. They A natural sigh closed the sentence; but the quiet then talked of Glennaquoich, for whom the Baron equanimity with which the Baron endured his misexpressed great anxiety, although, he observed, he fortunes, had something in it venerable, and even was “ the very Achilles of Horatius cus, sublime. There was no fruitless repining, no turImpiger, iracundus, inexorabilis, acer.

bid melancholy; he bore his lot, and the hardships Which,” he continued, “ has been thus rendered which it involved, with a good-humoured, though (vernacularly) by Struan Robertson :

serious composure, and used no violent language A fiery etter-cap, a fractious chiel,

against the prevailing party. As het as ginger, and as stieve as steel."

“ I did what I thought my duty,” said the good Flora had a large and unqualified share of the old man," and questionless they are doing what good old man's sympathy.

they think theirs. It grieves me sometimes to look It was now wearing late. Old Janet got into upon these blackened walls of the house of my ansome kind of kennel behind the hallan. Davie had cestors; but doubtless officers cannot always keep been long asleep and snoring between Ban and the soldier's hand from depredation and spuilzic; Buscar. These dogs had followed him to the hut and Gustavus Adolphus himself, as ye may read after the mansion-house was deserted, and there in Colonel Munro his Expedition with the worthy constantly resided; and their ferocity, with the old Scotch regiment called Mackay's regiment, did ofwoman's reputation of being a witch, contributed ten permit it. - Indeed I have myself seen as sad a good deal to keep visitors from the glen. With sights as Tully-Veolan now is, when I served with this view, Bailie Macwheeble provided Janet un the Mareschal Duke of Berwick. To be sure, we derhand with meal for their maintenance, and also may say with Virgilius Maro, Fuimus Trocs— and with little articles of luxury for his patron's use, in there's the end of an auld sang. But houses and supplying which much precaution was necessarily families and men have a' stood lang eneugh when used. After some compliments, the Baron occupied they have stood till they fall with honour; and now bis usual couch, and Waverley reclined in an easy I hae gotten a house that is not unlike a domus chair of tattered velvet, which had once garnished ultima”- they were now standing below a steep the state bed-room of Tully-Veolan (for the furni- rock. “We poor Jacobites," continued the Baron, tnre of this mansion was now scattered through all looking up, are now like the conies in Holy Scripthe cottages in the vicinity), and went to sleep as ture (which the great traveller Pococke calleth comfortably as if he had been in a bed of down. Jerboa), a feeble people, that make our abode in

the rocks. So, fare you well, my good lad, till we meet at Janet's in the even ; for I must get into

my Patmos, which is no easy matter for my auld CHAPTER LXV.

stiff limbs."

With that he bosgan to ascend the rock, striding, More Explanation.

with the help of his hands, from one precarious With the first dawn of day, old Janet was footstep to another, till he got about half way up, scuttling about the house to wake the Baron, who where two or three bushes concealed the mouth of usually slept sound and heavily.

a hole, resembling an oven, into which the Baron " I must go back,” he said to Waverley, “ to my insinuated, first his head and shoulders, and then, cove: will you walk down the glen wi' me?" by slow gradation, the rest of his long body; his

They went out together, and followed a narrow legs and feet finally disappearing, coiled up like a and entangled foot-path, which the occasional pass- huge snake entering his retreat, or a long pedigree age of anglers, or wood-cutters, had traced by the introduced with care and difficulty into the narrow side of the stream. On their way, the Baron ex- pigeon-hole of an old cabinet. Waverley had the plained to Waverley, that he would be under no curiosity to clamber up and look in upon him in danger in remaining a day or two at Tully-Veolan, his den, as the lurking-place might well be termed. and even in being seen walking about, if he used Upon the whole, he looked not unlike that ingethe precaution of pretending that he was looking nious puzzle, called a reel in a bottle, the marvel of at the estate as agent or surveyor for an English children (and of some grown people too, myself for gentleman, who designed to be purchaser. With one), who can neither comprehend the mystery how this view, he recommended to him to visit the it has got in, or how it is to be taken out. The Bailie, who still lived at the factor's house, called cave was very narrow, too low in the roof to admit Little Veolan, about a mile from the village, though of his standing, or almost of his sitting up, though bo was to remove at next term. Stanley's passport he made some awkward attempts at the latter pos.


ture. His sole amusement was the perusal of his old marriage with Rose floating through his brain,friend Titus Livius, varied by occasionally scratch- he resolved to send some of his people to drive out ing Latin proverbs and texts of Scripture with his the red-coats, and to bring Rose to Glennaquoich. knife on the roof and walls of his fortalice, which But just as he had ordered Evan with a small party were of sand-stone. As the cave was dry, and filled on this duty, the news of Cope's having marched with clean straw and withered fern, “ it made," as into the Highlands to meet and disperse the forces he said, coiling himself up with an air of snugness of the Chevalier ere they came to a head, obliged and comfort which contrasted strangely with his him to join the standard with his whole forces. situation, “ unless when the wind was due north, He sent to order Donald Bean to attend him; a very passable gite for an old soldier.” Neither, but that cautious freebooter, who well understood as he observed, was he without sentries for the the value of a separate command, instead of joinpurpose of reconnoitring. Davie and his mother ing, sent various apologies which the pressure of were constantly on the watch, to discover and avert the times compelled Fergus to admit as current, danger; and it was singular what instances of ad- though not without the internal resolution of being dress seemed dictated by the instinctive attachment revenged on him for his procrastination, time and of the poor simpleton, when his patron's safety was place convenient. However, as he could not amend concerned.

the matter, he issued orders to Donald to descend With Janet, Edward now sought an interview. into the Low Country, drive the soldiers from He had recognised her at first sight as the old Tully-Veolan, and, paying all respect to the manwoman who had nursed him during his sickness sion of the Baron, to take his abode somewhere after his delivery from Gifted Gilfillan. The hut, near it, for protection of his daughter and family, also, though a little repaired, and somewhat better and to harass and drive away any of the armed furnished, was certainly the place of his confine- volunteers, or small parties of military, which he ment; and he now recollected on the common moor might find moving about the vicinity. of Tully-Veolan the trunk of a large decayed tree, As this charge formed a sort of roving commiscalled the trysting-tree, which he had no doubt was sion, which Donald proposed to interpret in the way the same at which the Highlanders rendezvoused most advantageous to himself, as he was relieved on that memorable night. All this he had combined from the immediate terrors of Fergus, and as he in his imagination the night before ; but reasons, had, from former secret services, some interest in which may probably occur to the reader, prevented the councils of the Chevalier, he resolved to make him from catechising Janet in the presence of the hay while the sun shone. He achieved, without Baron.

difficulty, the task of driving the soldiers from TullyHe now commenced the task in good earnest; Veolan; but although he did not venture to encroach and the first question was, who was the young upon the interior of the family, or to disturb Miss lady that visited the hut during his illness? Janet Rose, being unwilling to make himself a powerful paused for a little; and then observed, that to keep enemy in the Chevalier's army, the secret now, would neither do good nor ill to

“ For well he knew the Baron's wrath was deadly; anybody. “ It was just a leddy that hasna her equal in the world - Miss Rose Bradwardine."

yet he set about to raise contributions and exac“ Then Miss Rose was probably also the author tions upon the tenantry, and otherwise to turn the of my deliverance,” inferred Waverley, delighted war to his own advantage. Meanwhile he mounted at the confirmation of an idea which local circum- the white cockade, and waited upon Rose with a stances had already induced him to entertain. pretext of great devotion for the service in which

“I wot weel, Mr Wauverley, and that was she her father was engaged, and many apologies for e'en; but sair, sair angry and affronted wad she the freedom he must necessarily use for the support hae been, puir thing, if she had thought ye had of his people. It was at this moment that Rose been ever to ken a word about the matter; for she learned, by open-mouthed fame, with all sorts of gar'd me speak aye Gaelic when ye was in hearing, exaggeration, that Waverley had killed the smith to mak ye trow we were in the Hielands. I can at Cairn vreckan, in an attempt to arrest him; had speak it weil eneugh, for my mother was a Hieland been cast into a dungeon by Major Melville of Cairnwoman.”

vreckan, and was to be executed by martial law A few more questions now brought out the whole within three days. In the agony which these tidings mystery respecting Waverley's deliverance from excited, she proposed to Donald Bean the rescue of the bondage in which he left Cairnvreckan. Never the prisoner. It was the very sort of service which did music sound sweeter to an amateur, than the he was desirous to undertake, judging it might condrowsy tautology, with which old Janet detailed stitute a merit of such a nature as would make every circumstance, thrilled upon the ears of Wa- amends for any peccadilloes which he might be verley. But my reader is not a lover, and I must guilty of in the country. He had the art, however, spare his patience, by attempting to condense within pleading all the while duty and discipline, to hold reasonable compass the narrative which old Janet off, until poor Rose, in the extremity of her distress, spread through a harangue of nearly two hours. offered to bribe him to the enterprise with some

When Waverley communicated to Fergus the valuable jewels which had been her mother's. letter he had received from Rose Bradwardine, by Donald Bean, who had served in France, knew, Davie Gellatley, giving an account of Tully-Veolan and perhaps over-estimated, the value of these being occupied by a small party of soldiers, that trinkets. But he also perceived Rose's apprehencircumstance had struck upon the busy and active sions of its being discovered that she liad parted mind of the Chieftain. Eager to distress and narrow with her jewels for Waverley's liberation. Resolved the posts of the enemy, desirous to prevent their this scruple should not part him and the treasure, establishing a garrison so near him, and willing also he voluntarily offered to take an oath that he would to oblige the Baron,- for he often had the idea of never mention Miss Rose's share in the transaction;

and foreseeing convenience in keeping the oath, consigned it in charge to a young man, who, at atid no probable advantage in breaking it, he took leaving liis farm to join the Chevalier's army, made the engagement—in order, as lie told his lieute it his petition to her to have some sort of credentials Dant, to deal handsomely by the young lady--in to the Adventurer, from whom he hoped to obtain the only inode and form which, by a mental paction a commission. with himself, he considered as binding-he swore The letter reached Charles Edward on his descent cecrecy upon his drawn dirk. He was the more to the Lowlands, and, aware of the political importespecially moved to this act of good faith by some ance of having it supposed that he was in correattentions that Miss Bradwardine showed to his spondence with the English Jacobites, he caused the daughter Alice, which, while they gained the heart most positive orders to be transmitted to Donald of the mountain damsel, highly gratified the pride Bean Lean, to transmit Waverley, safe and uninof her father. Alice, who could now speak a little jured in person or effects, to the governor of Dome English, was very communicative in return for Castle. The freebooter durst not disobey, for the Rose's kindness, readily confided to her the whole army of the Prince was now so near him that pu-, papers respecting the intrigue with Gardiner's regi- nishment might have followed ;--- besides, he was a ment, of which she was tlie depositary, and as rea- politician as well as a robber, and was unwilling to dily undertook, at her instance, to restore them to cancel the interest created through former secret Waverley without her father's knowledge. “For services, by being refractory on this occasion. He they may oblige the bonnie youug lady and the hand- therefore inade a virtue of necessity, and transmit

some young gentleman,” said Alice, “and what use ted orders to his lieutenant to convey Edward to ! has my father for a whin bits o’scarted paper ?" Doune, which was safely accomplished in the mode

The reader is aware that she took an opportunity mentioned in a former chapter. The governor of of executing this purpose on the eve of Waverley's Doune was directed to send him to Edinburgh as a leaving the glen.

prisoner, because the Prince was apprehensive that How Donald executed his enterprise, the reader Waverley, if set at liberty, might have resumed his is aware. But the expulsion of the military from purpose of returning to England, without affording Tully-Veolan had given alarm, and, while he was him an opportunity of a personal interview. In lying in wait for Gilfillan, a strong party, such as this, indeed, he acted by the advice of the ChiefDonald did not care to face, was sent to drive back tain of Glennaquoich, with whom it may be remeinthe insurgents in their turn, to encamp there, and bered the Chevalier communicated upon the mode to protect the country. The officer, a gentleman of disposing of Edward, though without telling him and a disciplinarian, neither intruded himself on how lie came to learn the place of his continement. Bliss Bradwardine, whose unprotected situation he This, indeed, Charles Edward considered as a respected, nor permitted liis soldiers to commit any lady's secret ; for although Rose's letter was breach of discipline. He formed a little camp, upon couched in the most cautious and general terms, an eminence near the house of Tully-Veolar, and and professed to be written merely from motives placed proper guards at the passes in the vicinity of humanity, and zeal for the Prince's service, yet This unwelcome news reached Donald Bean Lean she expressed so anxious a wish that she should as he was returning to Tully-Veolan. Determined, not be known to have interfered, that the Chevalier however, to obtain the guerdon of his labour, he was induced to suspect the deep interest which she resolved, since approach to Tully-Veolan was im- took in Waverley's safety. This conjecture, which possible, to deposit his prisoner in Janet's cottage was well founded, led, however, to false inférences. -a place the very existence of which could hardly For the emotion which Edward displayed on aphave been suspected even by those who had long proaching Flora and Rose at the ball of Holyrood, lived in the vicinity, unless they had been guided was placed by the Chevalier to the account of the thither, and which was utterly unknown to Waver- latter; and he concluded that the Baron's views ley himself. This effected, he claimed and received about the settlement of his property, or some such Iris reward. Waverley's illness was an event which obstacle, thwarted their mutual inclinations. Comderanged all their calculations. Donald was obliged mon fame, it is true, frequently gave Waverley to to leave the neighbourhood with his people, and to Miss Mac-Ivor; but the Prince knew that common seek more free course for his adventures elsewhere. fame is very prodigal in such gifts; and, watching At Rose's earnest entreaty, he left an old man, a attentively the behaviour of the ladies towards herbalist, who was supposed to understand a little Waverley, he had no doubt that the young Eng. of medicine, to attend Waverley during his illness. lislunan liad no interest with Flora, and was be

In the meanwhile, new and fearful doubts started loved by Rose Bradwardine. Desirous to bind in Rose's mind. They were suggested by old Janet, Waverley to his service, and wishing also to do a who insisted, that a reward having been offered for kind and friendly action, the Prince next assailed the apprehension of Waverley, and his own per- the Baron on the subject of settling his estate upon sunal effects being so valuable, there was no saying his daughter. Mr Bradwardine acquiesced; but to u liat breach of faith Donald might be tempted the consequence was, that Fergus was immediately In an agony of grief and terror, Rose took the da- induced to prefer his double suit for a wife and an ring resolution of explaining to the Prince himself earldom, which the Prince rejected in the manner tire danger in whichi Mr Waverley stood, judging we have seen. The Chevalier, constantly engaged thai, both as a politician, and a man of honour and in his own multiplied affairs, had not hitherto humanity, Charles Edward would interest himself sought any explanation with Waverley, though to prevent his falling into the hands of the opposite often meaning to do so. But after Fergus's declaparty. This letter she at first thought of sending ration, he saw the necessity of appearing neutral anonymously, but naturally feared it would not, in between the rivals, devoutly hoping that the matthat case, be credited. She therefore subscribed ter, which now seemed fraught with the seeds of ter name, though with reluctance and terror, and strife, might be permitted to lie over till the termiVOL. I.

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