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the issue of his exploit, just rose in time to receive almost breaks forth into hatred against the world, the ironical congratulations of his uncle, upon a and all that remain in it, after the beloved object single combat worthy to be commemorated by Os- is withdrawn. The old man had made the most sian himself, “ since,” said the Antiquary, “ your desperate efforts to save his son, and had only been magnanimous opponent hath fled, though not upon withheld by main force from renewing them at a eagle's wings, from the foe that was low - Egad, moment when, without the possibility of assisting she walloped away with all the grace of triumph, the sufferer, he must himself have perished. All and has carried my stick off also, by way of spolia this apparently was boiling in his recollection. His opima."
glance was directed sidelong towards the coffin, as MʻIntyre had little to answer for himself, except to an object on which he could not steadfastly look, that a Highlander could never pass a deer, a seal, and yet from which he could not withdraw his eyes. or a salmon, where there was a possibility of hav- His answers to the necessary questions which were ing a trial of skill with them, and that he had for- occasionally put to him, were brief, harsh, and algot one of his arms was in a sling. He also made most fierce. His family had not yet dared to address his fall an apology for returning back to Monk to him a word, either of sympathy or consolation. barns, and thus escaped the farther raillery of his His masculine wife, virago as she was, and absolute uncle, as well as his lamentations for his walking- mistress of the family, as she justly boasted herself, stick.
on all ordinary occasions, was, by this great loss, "I cut it,” he said, “ in the classic woods of terrified into silence and submission, and compelled Hawthornden, when I did not expect always to to hide from her husband's observation the bursts have been a bachelor-I would not have given it of her female sorrow. As he had rejected food ever for an ocean of seals-0 Hector! Hector — thy since the disaster had happened, not daring herself namesake was born to be the prop of Troy, and to approach him, she had that morning, with affecthou to be the plague of Monkbarns!”
tionate artifice, employed the youngest and favourite child to present her husband with some nourishment. His first action was to push it from him
with an angry violence that frightened the child ; CHAPTER XXXI.
his next, to snatch up the boy and devour him with Tell me not of it, friend — when the young weep,
kisses. “ Ye'll be a bra' fallow, an ye be spared, Their tears are luke-warm brine; - from your old eyes
Patie,- but ye'll never--never can be—what he Sorrow falls down like hail-drops of the North,
was to me!- He has sailed the coble wi' me since Chilling the furrows of our wither'd cheeks, Cold as our hopes, and harden'd as our feeling,
he was ten years auld, and there wasna the like Theirs, as they fall, sink sightless-ours recoil,
o' him drew a net betwixt this and Buchan-ness Heap the fair plain, and bleaken all before us.
They say folks maun submit- I will try."
And he had been silent from that moment until The Antiquary, being now alone, hastened his compelled to answer the necessary questions we pace, which had been retarded by these various dis- have already noticed. Such was the disconsolate cussions, and the rencontre which had closed them, state of the father. and soon arrived before the half-dozen cottages at In another corner of the cottage, her face covered Mussel-crag. They now had, in addition to their by her apron, which was flung over it, sat the mousual squalid and uncomfortable appearance, the ther--the nature of her grief sufficiently indicated melancholy attributes of the house of mourning. by the wringing of her hands, and the convulsive The boats were all drawn up on the beach ; and, agitation of the bosom, which the covering could though the day was fine, and the season favourable, not conceal. Two of her gossips, officiously whisthe chant, which is used by the fishers when at sea, pering into her ear the common-place topic of rewas silent, as well as the prattle of the children, and signation under irremediable misfortune, seemed as the shrill song of the mother, as she sits mending if they were endeavouring to stun the grief which her nets by the door. A few of the neighbours, they could not console. some in their antique and well-saved suits of black, The sorrow of the children was mingled with others in their ordinary clothes, but all bearing an wonder at the preparations they beheld around expression of mournful sympathy with distress so them, and at the unusual display of wheaten bread sudden and unexpected, stood gathered around the and wine, which the poorest peasant, or fisher, ofdoor of Mucklebackit's cottage, waiting till “the fers to the guests on these mournful occasions; and body was lifted.” As the Laird of Monkbarns ap- thus their grief for their brother's death was almost proached, they made way for him to enter, doffing already lost in admiration of the splendour of his their hats and bonnets as he passed, with an air of funeral. melancholy courtesy, and he returned their salutes But the figure of the old grandmother was the in the same manner.
most remarkable of the sorrowing group. Seated In the inside of the cottage, was a scene which on her accustomed chair, with her usual air of our Wilkie alone could have painted, with that ex- apathy, and want of interest in what surrounded quisite feeling of nature that characterises his en- her, she seemed every now and then mechanically chanting productions.
to resume the motion of twirling her spindle; then The body was laid in its coffin within the wooden to look towards her bosom for the distaff
, although bedstead which the young fisher had occupied while both had been laid aside. She would then cast her alive. At a little distance stood the father, whose eyes about, as if surprised at missing the usual imrugged weather-beaten countenance, shaded by his plements of her industry, and appear struck by the grizzled hair, had faced many a stormy night and black colour of the gown in which they had dressed pight-like day. He was apparently revolving his her, and embarrassed by the number of persons by loss in his mind, with that strong feeling of painful whom she was surrounded. Then, finally, she would grief peculiar to harsh and rough characters, which raise her head with a ghastly look, and fix her eyus VOL. I.
upon the bed which contained the coffin of her mode of testifying his respect which the proprietor grandson, as if she had at once, and for the first probably thought fully as agreeable to the clergy. time, acquired sense to comprehend her inexpres- man, and rather more congenial to his own habits. sible calamity. These alternate feelings of embar To return from a digression which can only serve rassment, wonder, and grief, seemed to succeed to introduce the honest clergyman more particueach other more than once upon her torpid features. larly to our readers, Mr Blattergowl had no sooner But she spoke not a word — neither had she shed a entered the hut, and received the mute and melantear-nor did one of the family understand, either choly salutations of the company whom it contained, from look or expression, to what extent she com than he edged himself towards the unfortunate faprehended the uncommon bustle around her. Thus ther, and seemed to endeavour to slide in a few she sat among the funeral assembly like a connect words of condolence or of consolation. But the old ing link between the surviving mourners and the man was incapable as yet of receiving either; he dead corspe which they bewailed -a being in whom nodded, however, gruftly, and shook the clergythe light of existence was already obscured by the man's hand in acknowledgment of his good intenencroaching shadows of death.
tions, but was either unable or unwilling to make When Oldbuck entered this house of mourning, any verbal reply. he was received by a general and silent inclination The minister next passed to the mother, moving of the head, and, according to the fashion of Scot- along the floor as slowly, silently, and gradually, as land on such occasions, wine and spirits and bread if he had been afraid that the ground would, like were offered round to the guests. Elspeth, as these unsafe ice, break beneath his feet, or that the first refreshments were presented, surprised and startled echo of a footstep was to dissolve some magic spell, the whole company by motioning to the person who and plunge the hut, with all its inmates, into a subbore them to stop; then, taking a glass in her hand, terranean abyss. The tenor of what he had said she rose up, and, as the smile of dotage played to the poor woman could only be judged by her anupon her shrivelled features, she pronounced, with swers, as, half-stified by sobs ill-repressed, and by a hollow and tremulous voice, “ Wishing a' your the covering which she still kept over her countehealths, sirs, and often may we hae such merry nance, she faintly answered at each pause in his meetings !”
speech -“Yes, sir, yes !-Ye're very gude-ye're All shrunk from the ominous pledge, and set very gude !—Nae doubt, nae doubt!—It's our duty down the untasted liquor with a degree of shudder to submit !-- But, О dear! my poor Steenie ! tie ing horror, which will not surprise those who know pride o' my very heart, that was sae handsome and how many superstitions are still common on such comely, and a help to his family, and a comfort to occasions among the Scottish vulgar. But as the old us a', and a pleasure to a' that lookit on him!–0 woman tasted the liquor, she suddenly exclaimed my bairn! my bairn! my bairn! what for is thou with a sort of shriek, “ What's this? - this is wine lying there !--and eh! what for am I left to greet -- how should there be wine in my son's house? for ye!” Ay," she continued with a suppressed groan, “I There was no contending with this burst of sormind the sorrowful cause now," and, dropping the row and natural affection. Oldbuck had repeated glass from her hand, she stood a moment gazing recourse to his snuff-box to conceal the tears which, fixedly on the bed in which the coffin of her grand- despite his shrewd and caustic temper, were apt son was deposited, and then sinking gradually into to start on such occasions. The female assistants her seat, she covered her eyes and forehead with whimpered, the men held their bonnets to their her withered and pallid hand.
faces, and spoke apart with each other. The clerAt this moment the clergyman entered the cot gyman, meantime, addressed his ghostly consolation tage. Mr Blattergowl, though a dreadful proser, to the aged grandmother. At first she listened, or particularly on the subject of augmentations, loca- seemed to listen, to what he said, with the apathy of lities, teinds, and overtures in that session of the her usual unconsciousness. But as, in pressing this General Assembly, to which, unfortunately for his theme, he approached so near to her ear that the auditors, he chanced one year to act as moderator, sense of his words became distinctly intelligible to was nevertheless a good man, in the old Scottish her, though unheard by those who stood more dispresbyterian phrase, God-ward and man-ward. No tant, her countenance at once assumed that steru divine was more attentive in visiting the sick and and expressive cast which characterised her interafflicted, in catechizing the youth, in instructing the vals of intelligence. She drew up her head and ignorant, and in reproving the erring. And hence, body, shook her head in a manner that showed at notwithstanding impatience of his prolixity and pre- least impatience, if not scorn of his counsel, and judices, personal or professional, and notwithstand- waved her hand slightly, but with a gesture so ing, moreover, a certain habitual contempt for his expressive, as to indicate to all who witnessed it a understanding, especially on affairs of genius and marked and disdainful rejection of the ghostly con taste, on which Blattergowl was apt to be diffuse, solation proffered to her. The minister stepped back from his hope of one day fighting his way to a chair as if repulsed, and, by lifting gently and dropping of rhetoric or belles lettres,- notwithstanding, I his hand, seemed to show at once wonder, sorrow, say, all the prejudices excited against him by these and compassion for her dreadful state of mind. The circumstances, our friend the Antiquary looked with rest of the company sympathized, and a stifled whisgreat regard and respect on the said Blattergowl, per went through them, indicating how much her though I own he could seldom, even by his sense of desperate and determined manner impressed them. decency and the remonstrances of his womankind, with awe, and even horror. be hounded out, as he called it, to hear hiin preach. In the meantime the funeral company was comBut he regularly took shame to himself for his ab- pleted, by the arrival of one or two persons who fence when Blaitergowl came to Monkbarns to din- had been expected from Fairport. The wine and ner, to which he was always invited of a Sunday, a spirits again circulated, and the dumb show of
greeting was anew interchanged. The grandame distributed in the parish for purposes of private or a second time took a glass in her hand, drank its general charity. contents, and exclaimed, with a sort of laugh, The sad procession now moved slowly forward, “ Ha! ha! I hae tasted wine twice in ae day- preceded by the beadles, or saulies, with their baWhan did I that before, think ye, cummers ?- tons,—miserable-looking old men, tottering as if on Never since” — And the transient glow vanishing the edge of that grave to which they were murshalfrom her countenance, she set the glass down, and ling another, and clad, acco to Scottish guise, sunk upon the settle from whence she had risen with threadbare black coats, and hunting-caps deto snatch at it.
corated with rusty crape. Monkbarns would proAs the general amazement subsided, Mr Oldbuck, bably have remonstrated against this superfluous whose heart bled to witness what he considered as expense, had he been consulted; but, in doing so, the errings of the enfeebled intellect struggling he would have given more offence than he gained with the torpid chill of age and of sorrow, observed popularity by condescending to perform the office to the clergyman that it was time to proceed with of chief mourner. Of this he was quite aware, and the ceremony. The father was incapable of giving wisely withheld rebuke, where rebuke and advice directions, but the nearest relation of the family would have been equally unavailing. In truth, the made a sign to the carpenter, who in such cases Scottish peasantry are still infected with that rage goes through the duty of the undertaker, to proceed for funeral ceremonial, which once distinguished in his office. The creak of the screw-nails presently the grandees of the kingdom so much, that a sumpannounced that the lid of the last mansion of mor tuary law was made by the Parliament of Scotland tality was in the act of being secured above its for the purpose of restraining it; and I have known tenant. The last act which separates us for ever, many in the lowest stations, who have denied them. even from the mortal relics of the person we as selves not merely the comforts, but almost the nesemble to mourn, has usually its effect upon the cessaries of life, in order to save such a sum of most indifferent, selfish, and hard-hearted. With money as might enable their surviving friends to a spirit of contradiction, which we may be pardoned bury them like Christians, as they termed it; nor for esteeming narrow-minded, the fathers of the could their faithful executors be prevailed upon, Scottish kirk rejected, even on this most solemn though equally necessitous, to turn to the use and occasion, the form of an address to the Divinity, maintenance of the living, the money vainly wasted lest they should be thought to give countenance to upon the interment of the dead. the rituals of Rome or of England. With much The procession to the churchyard, at about halfbetter and more liberal judgment, it is the present a-mile's distance, was made with the mournful sopractice of most of the Scottish clergymen to seize lemnity usual on these occasions,--the body was this opportunity of offering a prayer, and exhorta- consigned to its parent earth,—and when the lation, suitable to make an impression upon the living, bour of the gravediggers had filled up the trench, while they are yet in the very presence of the re and covered it with fresh sod, Mr Oldbuck, taking lics of him whom they have but lately seen such as his hat off, saluted the assistants, who had stood they themselves, and who now is such as they must by in melancholy silence, and with that adieu disin their time become. But this decent and praise-persed the mourners. worthy practice was not adopted at the time of which The clergyman offered our Antiquary his comI am treating, or at least Mr Blattergowl did not pany to walk homeward ; but Mr Oldbuck had been act upon it, and the ceremony proceeded without so much struck with the deportment of the fisherany devotional exercise.
man and his mother, that, moved by compassion, The coffin, covered with a pall, and supported and perhaps also, in some degree, by that curiosity upon handspikes by the nearest relatives, now only which induces us to seek out even what gives us waited the father to support the head, as is cus- pain to witness, he preferred a solitary walk by the tomary. Two or three of these privileged persons coast, for the purpose of again visiting the cottage spoke to him, but he only answered by shaking his as he passed hand and his head in token of refusal. With better intention than judgment, the friends, who considered this as an act of duty on the part of the living, and of decency towards the deceased, would
CHAPTER XXXII. have proceeded to enforce their request, had not What is this secret sin, this untold tale, Oldbuck interfered between the distressed father That art caruit extract, nor penance cleanse?
Her muscles hold their place; and his well-meaning tormentors, and informed
Nor discomposed, nor forin'd to steadiness, them, that he himself, as landlord and master to No sudden tlushing, and no faltering lip.the deceased, " would carry his head to the grave.”
Mysterious Mother. In spite of the sorrowful occasion, the hearts of the The coffin had been borne from the place where relatives swelled within them at so marked a dis- it rested. The mourners, in regular gradation, actinction on the part of the laird ; and old Alison cording to their rank or their relationship to the Breck, who was present among other fish-women, deceased, had filed from the cottage, while the swore almost aloud,“ His honour Monkbarns should younger male children were led along to totter never want sax warp of oysters in the season” (of after the bier of their brother, and to view with which fish he was understood to be fond), “ if she wonder a ceremonial which they could hardly comshould gang to sea and dredge for them hersell, in prehend. The female gossips next rose to depart, the foulest wind that ever blew.” And such is the and, with consideration for the situation of the patemper of the Scottish common people, that, by this rents, carried along with them the girls of the fainstance of compliance with their customs, and re- mily, to give the unhappy pair time and opportunity spect for their persons, Mr Oldbuck gained more to open their hearts to each other, and soften their Popralarity than by all the sums which he had yearly griet by communicating it. Bui their kind inten
tion was without effect. The last of them had dark " It's my gudemither, my lord,” said Margaret; ened the entrance of the cottage, as she went out, “ but she canna see onybody e'enow-Ohon!
we're and drawn the door softly behind her, when the dreeing a sair weird— we hae had a heavy dispenfather, first ascertaining by a hasty glance that no sation !” stranger remained, started up, clasped his hands “God forbid,” said Lord Glenallan," that I should wildly above his head, uttered a cry of the despair on light occasion disturb your sorrow ;- but my which he had hitherto repressed, and, in all the days are numbered - your mother-in-law is in the impotent impatience of grief, half rushed half stag- extremity of age, and, if I see her not to-day, we gered forward to the bed on which the coffin had may never meet on this side of time.” been deposited, threw himself down upon it, and « And what,” answered the desolate mother, smothering, as it were, his head among the bed-“ wad ye see at an auld woman, broken down wir clothes, gave vent to the full passion of his sorrow. age and sorrow and heartbreak? Gentle or sem. It was in vain that the wretched mother, terrified ple shall not darken my doors the day my bairn's by the vehemence of her husband's affliction been carried out a corpse.” affliction still more fearful as agitating a man of While she spoke thus, indulging the natural irrihardened manners and a robust frame-suppressed tability of disposition and profession, which began her own sobs and tears, and, pulling him by the to mingle itself in some degree with her grief when skirts of his coat, implored him to rise and remem its first uncontrolled bursts were gone by, she held ber, that, though one was removed, he had still a the door about one-third part open, and placed wife and children to comfort and support. The ap- herself in the gap, as if to render the visitor's enpeal came at too early a period of his anguish, and trance impossible. But the voice of her husband was totally unattended to; he continued to remain was heard from within .“ Wha's that, Maggie? prostrate, indicating, by sobs so bitter and violent what for are ye steeking them out ?— let them come that they shook the bed and partition against which in; it doesna signify an auld rope's end wha comes it rested, by clenched hands which grasped the bed in or wha gaes out o' this house frae this time forclothes, and by the vehement and convulsive mo- ward.” tion of his legs, how deep and how terrible was the The woman stood aside at her husband's comagony of a father's sorrow.
mand, and permitted Lord Glenallan to enter the “ , what a day is this ! what a day is this !” said | hut. The dejection exhibited in his broken frame the poor mother, her womanish affliction already and emaciated countenance, formed a strong conexhausted by sobs and tears, and now almost lost trast with the effects of grief, as they were disin terror for the state in which she beheld her hus- played in the rude and weatherbeaten visage of the band—“ 0, what an hour is this! and naebody to fisherman, and the masculine features of his wife. help a poor lone woman -0, gudemither, could ye He approached the old woman as she was seated but speak a word to him ! - wad ye but bid him be on her usual settle, and asked her, in a tone as aucomforted !”
dible as his voice could make it, “ Are you Elspeth To her astonishment, and even to the increase of the Craigburnfoot of Glenallan ?” of her fear, her husband's mother heard and an “ Wha is it that asks about the unhallowed reswered the appeal. She rose and walked across the sidence of that evil woman?” was the answer refloor without support, and without much apparent turned to his query. feebleness, and standing by the bed on which her “ The unhappy Earl of Glenallan.” son had extended himself, she said, “ Rise up, my “ Earl !- Earl of Glenallan!" son, and sorrow not for him that is beyond sin and “ He who was called William Lord Geraldin," sorrow and temptation. Sorrow is for those that re said the Earl; “and whom his mother's death has main in this vale of sorrow and darkness-1, wha made Earl of Glenallan." dinna sorrow, and wha canna sorrow for ony ane, “ Open the bole,” said the old woman, firmly and hae maist need that ye should a' sorrow for me.” hastily to her daughter-in-law, “open the bole wi'
The voice of his mother, not heard for years as speed, that I may see if this be the right Lord taking part in the active duties of life, or offering Geraldin — the son of my mistress, -him that I advice or consolation, produced its effect upon her received in my arms within the hour after he was
He assumed a sitting posture on the side of born— him that has reason to curse me that I didna the bed, and his appearance, attitude, and gestures, smother him before the hour was past!” changed from those of angry despair to deep grief The window, which had been shut in order that and dejection. The grandmother retired to her a gloomy twilight might add to the solemnity of the nook, the mother mechanically took in her hand funeral meeting, was opened as she commanded, her tattered Bible, and seemed to read, though her and threw a sudden and strong light through the eyes were drowned with tears.
smoky and misty atmosphere of the stifling cabin. They were thus occupied, when a loud knock was Falling in a stream upon the chimney, the rays ilheard at the door.
luminated, in the way that Rembrandt would have “ Hegh, sirs !” said the poor mother, “wha is it chosen, the features of the unfortunate nobleman, that can be coming in that gait e’enow?— They and those of the old sibyl, who now, standing upon canna hae heard o' our misfortune, I'm sure.” her feet, and holding him by one hand, peered anx
The knock being repeated, she rose and opened iously in his features with her light-blue eyes, and the door, saying querulously, “ Whatna gait's that holding her long and withered fore-finger within a to disturb a sorrowfu' house?”
small distance of his face, moved it slowly as if to A tall man in black stood before her, whom she trace the outlines, and reconcile what she recolinstantly recognised to be Lord Glenallan. “ Is there lected with that she now beheld. As she finished not,” he said, “ an old woman lodging in this or one her scrutiny, she said, with a deep sigh," It's a sair of the neighbouring cottages, called Elspeth, who sair change; and wha's fault is it?— but that's was long resident at Craigburnfoot of Glenallan ?” written down where it will be remembered - it's
written on tablets of brass with a pen of steel, threw himself doggedly upon a seat, and remained where all is recorded that is done in the flesh. in the sullen posture of one who was determined to And what,” she said, after a pause, “ what is Lord keep his word. Geraldin seeking from a puir auld creature like me, But the old woman, whom this crisis seemed to that's dead already, and only belangs sae far to the repossess in all those powers of mental superiority living that she ispa yet laid in the moulds ?" with which she had once been eminently gifted,
“ Nay," answered Lord Glenallan,“ in the name arose, and advancing towards him, said, with a soof Heaven, why was it that you requested so ur lemn voice, “My son, as ye wad shun hearing of gently to see me!- and why did you back your your mother's shame-as ye wad not willingly be a request by sending a token which you knew well I witness of her guilt — as ye wad deserve her blessdared not refuse?"
ing and avoid her curse, I charge ye, by the body As he spoke thus, he took from his purse the | that bore and that nursed ye, to leave me at freering which Edie Ochiltree had delivered to him at dom to speak with Lord Geraldin, what nae mortal Glenallan-House. The sight of this token produced ears but his ain maun listen to. Obey my words, a strange and instantaneous effect upon the old wo that when ye lay the moulds on my head -- and O man. The palsy of fear was immediately added to that the day were come !— ye may remember this that of age, and she began instantly to search her hour without the reproach of having disobeyed the pockets with the tremulous and hasty agitation of last earthly command that ever your mother wared one who becomes first apprehensive of having lost on you.” something of great importance ;- then, as if con The terms of this solemn charge revived in the vinced of the reality of her fears, she turned to the fisherman's heart the habit of instinctive obedience Earl, and demanded, “ And how came ye by it, in which his mother had trained him up, and to then ?- how came ye by it? I thought I had kept which he had submitted implicitly while her powers it sae securely — what will the Countess say?" of exacting it remained entire. The recollection
“ You know," said the Earl," at least you must mingled also with the prevailing passion of the mohave heard, that my mother is dead."
ment; for, glancing his eye at the bed on which * Dead !'are ye no imposing upon me? has she the dead body had been laid, he muttered to himleft a' at last, lands and lordship and lineages ?” self, “He never disobeyed me, in reason or out o'
“ All, all,” said the Earl,“ as mortals must leave reason, and what for should í vex her?” Then, all human vanities."
taking his reluctant spouse by the arm, he led her "I mind now," answered Elspeth—“I heard of gently out of the cottage, and latched the door beit before ; but there has been sic distress in our hind them as he left it. house since, and my memory is sae muckle im As the unhappy parents withdrew, Lord Glenpaired - But ye are sure your mother, the Lady allan, to prevent the old woman from relapsing Countess, is gane hame?”
into her lethargy, again pressed her on the subject The Earl again assured her that her former mis- of the communication which she proposed to make tress was no more.
to him. “ Then,” said Elspeth," it shall burden my mind “ Ye will have it sune eneugh," she replied ;nae langer !- When she lived, wha dared to speak “my mind's clear eneugh now, and there is not—I what it would hae displeased her to hae had noised think there is not — a chance of my forgetting what abroad? But she's gane—and I will confess all.” I have to say. My dwelling at Craigburnfoot is
Then turning to her son and daughter-in-law, she before my een, as it were present in reality:— the commanded them imperatively to quit the house, green bank, with its selvidge, just where the burn and leave Lord Geraldin (for so she still called him) met wi' the sea - the twa little barks, wi' their sails alone with her. But Maggie Mucklebackit, her first furled, lying in the natural cove which it formed burst of grief being over, was by no means disposed - the high cliff that joined it with the pleasurein her own house to pay passive obedience to the grounds of the house of Glenallan, and hung right commands of her mother-in-law, an authority which ower the stream — Ah! yes, I may forget that I is peculiarly obnoxious to persons in her rank of had a husband and have lost him — that I hae but life, and which she was the more astonished at hear ane alive of our four fair sons — that misfortune ing revived, when it seemed to have been so long upon misfortune has devoured our ill-gotten wealth relinquished and forgotten.
- that they carried the corpse of my son's eldest“ It was an unco thing,” she said, in a grumb- born frae the house this morning - But I never ling tone of voice,- for the rank of Lord Glenallan can forget the days I spent at bonny Craigburnwas somewhat imposing-“it was an unco thing foot!” to bid a mother leave her ain house wi' the tear in “ You were a favourite of my mother,” said Lord ber ee, the moment her eldest son had been carried Glenallan, desirous to bring her back to the point, a corpse out at the door o't."
from which she was wandering. The fisherman, in a stubborn and sullen tone, “ I was, I was,- ye needna mind me o' that. added to the same purpose, “ This is nae day for She brought me up abune my station, and wi' knowyour auld-warld stories, mother. My lord, if he be ledge mair than my fellows—but, like the tempter a lord, may ca’ some other day- or he may speak of auld, wi' the knowledge of gude she taught me out what he has gotten to say if he likes it; there's the knowledge of evil.” nane here will think it worth their while to listen “ For God's sake, Elspeth," said the astonished to him or you either. But neither for laird or loon, Earl,“ proceed, if you can, to explain the dreadgentle or semple, will I leave my ain house to plea- ful hints you have thrown out! I well know you sure onybody on the very day my poor”.
are confident to one dreadful secret, which should Here his voice choked, and he could proceed no split this roof even to hear it named - but speak farther; but as he had risen when Lord Glenallan
on farther." came in, and had since remained standing, he now “ I will,” she said—“ I will;— just bear wi' me