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I believe — Canzade was his wife—but Lucy may letters — they were never intended for my eye, aud
represent the one, and the Dominie the other. And I would not willingly read more of them than I
then this lively crackbrained Scotch lawyer appears have done, at your desire and for your exculpation.
like a pantomime at the end of a tragedy— And And now, are we friends ?-or rather, do you un.
then how delightful it will be if Lucy gets back derstand me?"
her fortune!”

“O my dear, generous father,” said Julia, throw.
“Now I think," said the Colonel,“ that the most ing herself into his arms," why have I ever for an
mysterious part of the business is, that Miss Julia instant misunderstood you ?”
Mannering, who must have known her father's “No more of that, Julia,” said the Colonel: “ we
anxiety about the fate of this young man Brown, have both been to blame. He that is too proud to
or Bertram as we must now call him, should have vindicate the affection and confidence which he
met him when Hazlewood's accident took place, conceives should be given without solicitation, must
and never once mentioned to her father a word of meet much, and perhaps deserved disappointment.
the matter, but suffered the search to proceed It is enough that one dearest and most regretted
against this young gentleman as a suspicious cha- member of my family has gone to the grave with-
racter and assassin."

out knowing me ; let me not lose the confidence of Julia, much of whose courage had been hastily a child, who ought to love me if she really loves assumed to meet the interview with her father, was herself.” now unable to rally herself; she hung down her “O! no danger-no fear!” answered Juliahead in silence, after in vain

attempting to utter a “ let me but have your approbation and my own, denial that she recollected Brown when she met and there is no rule you can prescribe so severo him.

that I will not follow." “ No answer!- Well, Julia," continued her fa “ Well, my love,” kissing her forehead, " I trust ther, gravely but kindly, " allow me to ask you, Is we shall not call upon you for anything too heroje. this the only time you have seen Brown since his With respect to this young gentleman's addresses, return from India! ---Still no answer. I must then I expect in the first place that all clandestine cornaturally suppose that it is not the first time ?

respondence - which no young woman can enterStill no reply. Julia Mannering, will you have the tain for a moment without lessening herself in her kindness to answer me? Was it this young man own eyes, and in those of her lover, I request, I who came under your window and conversed with say, that clandestine correspondence of every kind you during your residence at Mervyn-Hall? Julia, may be given up, and that you will refer Mr BerI command—I entreat you to be candid.” tram to me for the reason. You will naturally wish

Miss Mannering raised her head. “I have been, to know what is to be the issue of such a reference. sir-I believe I am still very foolish ; --- and it is In the first place, I desire to observe this young perhaps more hard upon me that I must meet this gentleman's character more closely than circumgentleman, who has been, though not the cause en- stances, and perhaps my own prejudices, have pertirely, yet the accomplice of my folly, in your pre- mitted formerly – I should also be glad to see his - Here she made a full stop.

birth established. Not that I am anxious about “I am to understand, then,” said Mannering, his getting the estate of Ellangowan, though such “ that this was the author of the serenade at Mer a subject is held in absolute indifference nowhere vyn-hall ?”

except in a novel; but certainly Henry Bertram, There was something in this allusive change of heir of Ellangowan, whether possessed of the proepithet, that gave Julia a little more courage perty of his ancestors or not, is a very different “ He was indeed, sir; and if I am very wrong, as person from Vanbeest Brown, the son of nobody at I have often thought, I have some apology.” all

. His fathers, Mr Pleydell tells me, are distin“ And what is that?" answered the Colonel, guished in history as following the banners of their speaking quick, and with something of harshness. native princes, while our own fought at Cressy and

“I will not venture to name it, sir—but” — She Poictiers. In short, I neither give nor withhold opened a small cabinet, and put some letters into my approbation, but I expect you will redeem past his hands; " I will give you these, that you may errors; and as you can now unfortunately have see how this intimacy began, and by whom it was recourse only to one parent, that you will show the encouraged.”

duty of a child, by reposing that confidence in me, Mannering took the packet to the window—his which I will say my inclination to make you happy pride forbade a more distant retreat. He glanced renders a filial debt upon your part.”. at some passages of the letters with an unsteady The first part of this speech affected Julia a good eye and an agitated mind. His stoicism, however, deal; the comparative merit of the ancestors of the came in time to his aid—that philosophy, which, Bertrams and Mannerings excited a secret smile; rooted in pride, yet frequently bears the fruits of but the conclusion was such as to soften a heart virtue. He returned towards his daughter with peculiarly open to the feelings of generosity, No, as firm an air as his feelings permitted him to as my dear sir,” she said, extending her hand,

ceive my faith, that from this moment you shall “ There is great apology for you, Julia, as far as be the first person consulted respecting what shall I can judge from a glance at these letters — you pass in future between Brown-I mean Bertramhave obeyed at least one parent. Let us adopt a and me; and that no engagement shall be underScotch proverb the Dominie quoted the other day taken by me, excepting what you shall immediately

— Let bygones be bygones, and fair play for the know and approve of. May I ask if Mr Bertram
future.'— I will never upbraid you with your past is to continue a guest at Woodbourne?"
want of confidence- do you judge of my future in “ Certainly,” said the Colonel, “ while his affairs
tentions by my actions, of which hitherto you have render it advisable.”
surely had no reason to complain. Keep these Then, sir, you must be sensible, considering


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what is already past, that he will expect some rea “ Yes, my dear sir, but it was Zenocrates, not son for my withdrawing - I believe I must say the Plato, who denied that pain was an evil.” encouragement, which he may think I have given." “ I should have thought,” said Pleydell, “ that

“ I expect, Julia,” answered Mannering, “ that very respectable quadruped, which is just now he will respect my roof, and entertain some sense limping out of the room upon three of his four perhaps of the services I am desirous to render legs, was rather of the Cynic school.” him, and so will not insist upon any course of con “ Very well hit off But here comes an anduct of which I might have reason to complain; swer from Mac-Morlan.” and I expect of you, that you will make him sen It was unfavourable. Mrs Mac-Morlan sent her sible of what is due to both.”

respectful compliments, and her husband had been, “ Then, sir, I understand you, and you shall be and was, detained by some alarming disturbances implicitly obeyed."

which had taken place the preceding night at Port* Thank you, my love; my anxiety” (kissing her) anferry, and the necessary investigation which they “is on your account. - Now wipe these witnesses had occasioned. from your eyes, and so to breakfast.”

What’s to be done now, counsellor?" said the Colonel to Pleydell.

“Why, I wish we could have seen Mac-MorCHAPTER LII.

lan," said the counsellor," who is a sensible fellow

himself, and would, besides, have acted under my And, Sheriff, I will engage my word to you,

advice. But there is little harm. Our friend here That I will by to-morrow dinner time, Send him to answer thee, or any man,

must be made sui juris: he is at present an escaped For any thing he shall be charged withal.

prisoner; the law has an awkward claim upon him First Part of Henry IV.

- he must be placed rectus in curia, – that is the When the several by-plays, as they may be first object. For which purpose, Colonel, I will actermed, had taken place among the individuals of company you in your carriage down to Hazlewoodthe Woodbourne family, as we have intimated in House ; - the distance is not great. We will offer the preceding chapter, the breakfast party at length our bail; and I am confident I can easily show Mr assembled, Dandie excepted, who had consulted his - I beg his pardon-- Sir Robert Hazlewood, the taste in viands, and perhaps in society, by partaking necessity of receiving it.”. of a cup of tea with Mrs Allan, just laced with two “ With all my heart,” said the Colonel; and, tea-spoonfuls of Cogniac, and reinforced with va- ringing the bell, gave the necessary orders. “ And rious slices from a huge round of beef. He had what is next to be done?”. a kind of feeling that he could eat twice as much, “ We must get hold of Mac-Morlan, and look and speak twice as much, with this good dame and out for more proof." Barnes, as with the grand folk in the parlour. In • Proof !” said the Colonel; “ the thing is as clear deed, the meal of this less distinguished party was as day-light ;- here are Mr Sampson and Miss much more mirthful than that in the higher circle, Bertram, and you yourself, at once recognise the where there was an obvious air of constraint on the young gentleman as his father's image; and he himgreater part of the assistants. Julia dared not raise self recollects all the very peculiar circumstances her voice in asking Bertram if he chose another preceding his leaving this country-What else is cup of tea. Bertram felt embarrassed while eating necessary to conviction?” his toast and butter under the eye of Mannering. “ To moral conviction nothing more, perhaps," Lucy, while she indulged to the uttermost her af- said the experienced lawyer, " but for legal proof fection for her recovered brother, began to think a great deal. Mr Bertram's recollections are his of the quarrel betwixt him and Hazlewood. The own recollections merely, and therefore are not eviColonel felt the painful anxiety natural to a proud dence in his own favour; Miss Bertram, the learned mind, when it deems its slightest action subject for Mr Sampson, and I, can only say, what every one a moment to the watchful construction of others. who knew the late Ellangowan will readily agree The lawyer, while sedulously buttering his roll, had in, that this gentleman is his very picture -- But an aspect of unwonted gravity, arising, perhaps, that will not make him Ellangowan's son, and give from the severity of his morning studies. As for him the estate.” the Dominie, his state of mind was ecstatic!- He “ And what will do so ?” said the Colonel. looked at Bertram-he looked at Lucy- he whim " Why, we must have a distinct probation, pered-he sniggled-he grinned- he committed There are these gipsies,— but then, alas! they are all manner of solecisms in point of form – poured almost infamous in the eye of law—scarce capable the whole cream (no unlucky mistake) upon the of bearing evidence, and Meg Merrilies utterly so, plate of porridge which was his own usual breakfast by the various accounts which she formerly gave -threw the slops of what he called his “crowning of the matter, and her iinpudent denial of all knowdish of tea” into the sugar-dish instead of the slop- ledge of the fact when I myself examined her rebasin, and concluded with spilling the scalding li- specting it.” quor upon old Plato, the Colonel's favourite spaniel, “ Whiat must be done then ?" asked Mannering. who received the libation with a howl that did little “ We must try,” answered the legal sage, “what honour to his philosophy.

proof can be got at in Holland, among the persons The Colonel's equanimity was rather shaken by by whom our young friend was educated. But this last blunder. “Upon my word, my good friend, then the fear of being called in question for the Mr Sampson, you forget the difference between murder of the gauger may make them silent; or if Plato and Zenocrates."

they speak, they are either foreigners or outlawed “ The former was chief of the Academics, the smugglers. In short, I see doubts.". latter of the Stoics,” said the Dominie, with some “ Under favour, most learned and honoured sir," scorn of the supposition.

said the Dominle, “ I trust Is, who hath restored


little Harry Bertram to his friends, will not leave gating, sifting, and clearing out this business to his own work imperfect.”

the bottom- you will excuse my being more par“ I trust so too, Mr Sampson,” said Pleydell; ticular." “ but we must use the means; and I am afraid we “ 0, certainly,” replied Pleydell ;—“ well, and shall have more difficulty in procuring them than he says ?”I at first thought — But a faint heart never won a “ He says that it is whispered about among tinfair lady - And, by the way" (apart to Miss Man- kers, gipsies, and other idle persons, that there is nering, while Bertram was engaged with his sis- such a plan as I mentioned to you, and that this ter), “ there's a vindication of Holland for you!- young man, who is a bastard or natural son of the what smart fellows do you think Leyden and Utrecht late Ellangowan, is pitched upon as the impostor, must send forth, when such a very genteel and from his strong family likeness." handsome young man comes from the paltry schools “ And was there such a natural son, Sir Robert ?" of Middleburgh ?"

demanded the counsellor. “ Of a verity," said the Dominie, jealous of the “0, certainly, to my own positive knowledge. reputation of the Dutch seminary—“ of a verity, Ellangowan had him placed as cabin-boy or powMr Pleydell, but I make it known to you that I der-monkey on board an armed sloop or yacht bemyself laid the foundation of his education.” longing to the revenue, through the interest of the

“ True, my dear Dominie,” answered the advo- late Commissioner Bertram, a kinsman of his own.” cate; “ that accounts for his proficiency in the “ Well, Sir Robert,” said the lawyer, taking the graces, without question. -- But here comes your word out of the mouth of the impatient soldiercarriage, Colonel. Adieu, young folks: Miss Julia, “ you have told me news; I shall investigate them, keep your heart till I come back again- let there and if I find them true, certainly Colonel Mannerbe nothing done to prejudice my right, whilst I am ing and I will not countenance this young man. non ralens atjere.

In the meanwhile, as we are all willing to make Their reception at Hazlewood-House was more him forthcoming, to answer all complaints against cold and formal than usual; for in general the Ba- i him, I do assure you you will act most illegally, ronet expressed great respect for Colonel Manner- and incur heavy responsibility, if you refuse our ing, and Mr Pleydell, besides being a man of good bail." family and of high general estimation, was Sir Ro Why, Mr Pleydell,” said Sir Robert, who knen bert's old friend. But now he seemed dry and em the high authority of the counsellor's opinion, “as barrassed in his manner. “ He would willingly," you must know best, and as you promise to give he said, “receive bail, notwithstanding that the up this young offence had been directly perpetrated, committed, “ If he proves an impostor," replied the lawyer. and done, against young Hazlewood of Hazlewood; with some emphasis. but the young man had given himself a fictitious “Ay, certainly-under that condition I will take description, and was altogether that sort of person your bail ; though I must say, an obliging, wellwho should not be liberated, discharged, or let loose disposed, and civil neighbour of mine, who was upon society; and therefore”

himself bred to the law, gave me a hint or caution “ I hope, Sir Robert Hazlewood," said the Co- this morning against doing so. It was from him I lonel, “ you do not mean to doubt my word, when learned that this youth was liberated and had come I assure you that he served under me as a cadet abroad, or rather had broken prison. — But where in India ?"

shall we find one to draw the bail-bond?" “ By no means or account whatsoever. But you “Here,” said the counsellor, applying himself to call him a cadet; now he says, avers, and upholds, the bell, “ send up my clerk, Mr Driver-it will that he was a captain, or hield a troop in your re not do my character harm if I dictate the needful giment.”

myself.” It was written accordingly, and signed; “ He was promoted since I gave up the com and the Justice having subscribed a regular war. mand.”

rant for Bertram alias Brown's discharge, the vi. “ But you must have heard of it?”

sitors took their leave. “ No. I returned on account of family circum Each threw himself into his own corner of the stances from India, and have not since been soli- post-chariot, and said nothing for some time. The citous to hear particular news from the regiment; Colonel first broke silence : " So you intend to give the name of Brown, too, is so common, that I might up this poor young fellow at the first brush!” have seen his promotion in the Gazette without no “ Who, I?” replied the counsellor; “ I will not ticing it. But a day or two will bring letters from give up one hair of his head, though I should follow his commanding-officer."

them to the court of last resort in his behalf - but “ But I am told and informed, Mr Pleydell,” what signified mooting points and showing one's answered Sir Robert, still hesitating, “ that he doe hand to that old ass? Much better he should report not mean to abide by this name of Brown, but is to his prompter, Glossin, that we are indifferent to set up a claim to the estate of Ellangowan under or lukewarm in the matter. Besides, I wished to the name of Bertrain.”

have a peep at the enemies' game." Ay? who says that?” said the counsellor. “ Indeed!” said the soldier. “ Then I see there “ Or,” demanded the soldier, “ whoever says so, are stratagems in law as well as war. Well, and does that give a right to keep him in prison ?” how do you like their line of battle?”

“ Hush, Colonel," said the lawyer; “ I am sure “ Ingenious,” said Mr Pleydell, “ but I think you would not, any more than I, countenance him, desperate; they are finessing too much--a common if he prove an impostor - And, among friends, who fault on such occasions." informed you of this, Sir Robert?"

During this discourse the carriage rolled rapidly “Why, a person, Mr Pleydell," answered the towards Woodbourne without anything occurring Baronet, " who is peculiarly interested in investi. worthy of the reader's notice, excepting their meet

ing with young Hazlewood, to whom the Colonel tance of two or three miles lay the bay of Ellan. told the extraordinary history of Bertram's re-ap- gowan, its waves rippling under the influence of the pearance, which he heard with high delight, and western breeze. The towers of the ruined castle, then rode on before to pay Miss Bertram his com seen high over every object in the neighbourhood, pliments on an event so happy and so unexpected. received a brighter colouring from the wintry sun.

We return to the party at Woodbourne. After “ There," said Lucy Bertram, pointing them out the departure of Mannering, the conversation re in the distance, “ there is the seat of our ancestors. lated chiefly to the fortunes of the Ellangowan fa- God knows, my dear brother, I do not covet in your mily, their domains, and their former power. “ It behalf the extensive power which the lords of these was, then, under the towers of my fathers," said ruins are said to have possessed so long, and someBertram, “ that I landed some days since, in cir- times to have used so ill. But, О that I might see cumstances much resembling those of a vagabond ? you in possession of such relics of their fortune as Its mouldering turrets and darksome arches even should give you an honourable independence, and then awakened thoughts of the deepest interest, enable you to stretch your hand for the protection and recollections which I was unable to decipher. of the old and destitute dependents of our family, I will now visit them again with other feelings, whom our poor father's death” and, I trust, other and better hopes.”

“ True, my dearest Lucy," answered the young “Do not go there now," said his sister. “ The heir of Ellangowan; “ and I trust, with the assista house of our ancestors is at present the habitation ance of Heaven, which has so far guided us, and of a wretch as insidious as dangerous, whose arts with that of these good friends, whom their own and villany accomplished the ruin and broke the generous hearts have interested in my behalf, such heart of our unhappy father.”

à consummation of my hard adventures is now not “ You increase my anxiety," replied her brother, unlikely.—But as a soldier, I must look with some " to confront this miscreant, even in the den he interest upon that worm-eaten hold of ragged stone; has constructed for himself -- I think I have seen and if this undermining scoundrel, who is now in him."

possession, dare to displace a pebble of it" “ But you must consider,” said Julia, “ that you He was here interrupted by Dinmont, who came are now left under Lucy's guard and mine, and are hastily after them up the road, unseen till he was responsible to us for all your motions, consider I near the party :-“ Captain, Captain! ye're wanted have not been a lawyer's mistress twelve hours for - Ye're wanted by her ye ken o'.” nothing, and I assure you it would be madness to And immediately Meg Merrilees, as if emerging attempt to go to Ellangowan just now.— The ut out of the earth, ascended from the hollow way, and most to which I can consent is, that we shall walk stood before them. “ I sought ye at the house,” in a body to the head of the Woodbourne avenue, she said, " and found but him” (pointing to Dinand from that perhaps we may indulge you with mont.) “ But ye are right, and I was wrang; it is our company as far as a rising ground in the com- here we should meet-on this very spot, where my mon, whence your eyes may be blessed with a dis- eyes last saw your father. Remember your protant prospect of those gloomy towers, which struck mise, and follow me." so strongly your sympathetic imagination.”

The party was speedily agreed upon, and the ladies, having taken their cloaks, followed the route proposed, under the escort of Captain Bertram. It

CHAPTER LIII. was a pleasant winter morning, and the cool breeze

To hail the king in seemly sort served only to freshen, not to chill, the fair walk

The ladie was full fain; ers. A secret though unacknowledged bond of kind

But King Arthur, all sore amazed, ness combined the two ladies; and Bertram, now

No answer made again.

“What wight art thou," the ladie said, hearing the interesting accounts of his own family,

“ That will not speak to me? now communicating his adventures in Europe and Sir, I may chance to ease thy pain,

Though I be foul to see." in India, repaid the pleasure which he received.

The Marriage of Sir Gawaine. Lucy felt proud of her brother, as well from the bold and manly turn of his sentiments, as from the The fairy bride of Sir Gawaine, while under the dangers he had encountered, and the spirit with influence of the spell of her wicked stepmother, which he had surmounted them. And Julia, while was more decrepit probably, and what is commonly she pondered on her father's words, could not help called more ugly, than Meg Merrilies ; but I doubt entertaining hopes, that the independent spirit if she possessed that wild sublimity which an exciwhich had seemed to her father presumption in the ted imagination communicated to features, marked humble and plebeian Brown, would have the grace and expressive in their own peculiar character, and of courage, noble bearing, and high blood, in the to the gestures of a form, which, her sex considered, far-descended heir of Ellangowan.

might be termed gigantic. Accordingly, the Knights They reached at length the little eminence or of the Round Table did not recoil with more terror knoll upon the highest part of the common, called from the apparition of the loathly lady placed beGibbie's-knowe -- a spot repeatedly mentioned in tween“ an oak and a green holly," than Lucy Berthis history, as being on the skirts of the Ellan- tray and Julia Mannering did from the appearance gowan estate. It commanded a fair variety of hill of this Galwegian sibyl upon the common of Ellanand dale, bordered with natural woods, whose naked gowan. boughs at this season relieved the general colour “ For God's sake,” said Julia, pulling out her of the landscape with a dark purple hue ; while in purse, “ give that dreadful woman something, and other places the prospect was more formally inter- bid her go away.”. sected by lines of plantation, where the Scotch firs “ I cannot,” said Bertram ; “I must not offend displayed their variety of dusky green. At the dis- her.”

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« What keeps you here?” said Meg, exalting the and evil genii, which I have heard in India. They harsh and rough tones of her hollow voice-“ why believe there in a fascination of the eye, by which do you not follow ! – Must your hour call you those who possess it control the will and dictate the twice? Do you remember your oath ? — were it at motions of their victims. What can your brother kirk or market, wedding or burial,”—and she held have in common with that fearful woman, that he high her skinny forefinger in a menacing attitude. should leave us, obviously against his will, to attend

Bertram turned round to his terrified compa to her commands ?" nions. “ Excuse me for a moment; I am engaged “ At least," said Lucy, “ we may hold him safe by a promise to follow this woman,

from harm; for she would never have summoned “ Good heavens ! engaged to a madwoman?" said that faithful creature Dinmont, of whose strength, Julia.

courage, and steadiness, Henry said so much, to “ Or to a gipsy, who has her band in the wood attend upon an expedition where she projected evil ready to murder you !" said Lucy.

to the person of his friend. And now let us go “ That was not spoken like a bairn of Ellan- back to the house till the Colonel returns ;--pergowan,” said Meg, frowning upon Miss Bertram. haps Bertram may be back first; at any rate, the “ It is the ill-doers are ill-dreaders.”

Colonel will judge what is to be done.” In short, I must go," said Bertram —" it is ab Leaning then upon each other's arm, but yet oc. solutely necessary; wait for me five minutes on this casionally stumbling, between fear and the disorder spot.”

of their nerves, they at length reached the head of “ Five minutes?” said the gipsy,—“ five hours the avenue, when they heard the tread of a horse may not bring you here again.'

behind. They started, for their ears were awake to * Do you hear that?” said Julia ; " for Heaven's every sound, and beheld to their great pleasure sake do not go!"

young Hazlewood. “ The Colonel will be here im“ I must, I must - Mr Dinmont will protect you mediately,” he said ; “ I galloped on before to pay back to the house."

my respects to Miss Bertram, with the sincerest “ No," said Meg, “ Le must come with you—it is congratulations upon the joyful event which has for that he is here. He maun take part wi' hand taken place in her family. I long to be introduced and heart; and weel his part it is, for redding his to Captain Bertram, and to thank him for the wellquarrel might have cost you dear.”

deserved lesson he gave to my rashness and indis“ Troth, Luckie, it's very true," said the steady cretion.” farmer ; " and ere I turn back frae the Captain's “ He has left us just now," said Lucy," and in side, I'll show that I haena forgotten't.”

a manner that has frightened us very much." “) yes !” exclaimed both the ladies at once Just at that moment the Colonel's carriage drove “ let Mr Dinmont go with you, if go you must, on up, and, on observing the ladies, stopped, while this strange summons.

Mannering and his learned counsel alighted and “ Indeed I must,” answered Bertram,“ but you joined them. They instantly cominunicated the new see I am safely guarded — Adieu for a short time; cause of alarm. go home as fast as you can.”

“ Meg Merrilies again!” said the Colonel. “ She: He pressed his sister's hand, and took a yet more certainly is a most mysterious and unaccountable ! affectionate farewell of Julia with his eyes. Almost personage; but I think she must have something stupified with surprise and fear, the young ladies to impart to Bertram, to which she does not mean watched with anxious looks the course of Bertram, we should be privy." his companion, and their extraordinary guide. Her “ The devil take the bedlamite old woman!” said tall figure moved across the wintry heath with steps the counsellor: “ will she not let things take their so swift, so long, and so steady, that she appeared course, prout de lege, but must always be putting rather to glide than to walk. Bertram and Din in her oar in her own way?— Then I fear, from the mont, both tall men, apparently scarce equalled | direction they took, they are going upon the Ellanher in height, owing to her longer dress and high gowan estate. That rascal Glossin has shown us head-gear. She proceeded straight across the com- what ruffians he has at his disposal — I wish honest mon, without turning aside to the winding path, by Liddesdale may be guard sufficient.” which passengers avoided the inequalities and little

If you please,” said Hazlewood, “ I should be rills that traversed it in different directions. Thus most happy to ride in the direction which they have the diminishing figures often disappeared from the taken. I am so well known in the country, that I eye, as they dived into such broken ground, and scarce think any outrage will be offered in my preagain ascended to sight when they were past the sence, and I shall keep at such a cautious distance : hollow. There was something, frightful and un as not to appear to watch Meg, or interrupt any earthly, as it were, in the rapid and undeviating communication which she may make.”. course which she pursued, undeterred by any of “ Upon my word,” said Pleydell (aside)," to be the impediments which usually incline a traveller a sprig, whom I remember with a whey face and from the direct path. Her way was as straight, and a satchel not so very many years ago, I think young nearly as swift, as that of a bird through the air. Hazlewood grows a fine fellow. I am more afraid At length they reached those thickets of natural of a new attempt at legal oppression than at open wood which extended from the skirts of the com- violence, and from that this young man's presence mon towards the glades and brook of Derncleugh, would deter both Glossin and his understrappers. and were there lost to the view.

Hie away then, my boy-peer out-peer out;-“ This is very extraordinary !” said Lucy, after you'll find them somewhere about Derncleugh, or a pause, and turning round to her companion very probably in Warroch-wood.” “ What can he have to do with that old hag ?" Hazlewood turned his horse. « Come back to

“ It is very frightful,” answered Julia, " and al us to dinner, Hazlewood,” cried the Colonel. He most reminds me of the tales of sorceresses, witches, bowed, spurred his liorse, and galloped off.

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