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for a little ;" – and again she seemed lost in recol- your mother hated a' that cam of your father's falection, but it was no longer tinged with imbecility mily-a' but himsell. Her reasons related to strife or apathy: She was now entering upon the topic which fell between them soon after her marriage; which had long loaded her mind, and which doubt the particulars are naething to this purpose. But less often occupied her whole soul at times when Oh! doubly did she hate Eveline Neville when she she seemed dead to all around her. And I may perceived that there was a growing kindness atween add, as a remarkable fact, that such was the in- you and that unfortunate young leddy! Ye may tense operation of mental energy upon her physical mind that the Countess's dislike didna gang farther powers and nervous system, that, notwithstand at first than just showing o' the cauld shouthering her infirmity of deafness, each word that Lord at least it wasna seen farther ; but at the lang run Glenallan spoke during this remarkable conference, it brak out into such downright violence that Miss although in the lowest tone of horror or agony, fell Neville was even fain to seek refuge at Knockwinas full and distinct upon Elspeth's ear as it could nock Castle with Sir Arthur's leddy, wha (God sain have done at any period of her life. She spoke also her!) was then wi' the living." herself clearly, distinctly, and slowly, as if anxious “ You rend my heart by recalling these particuthat the intelligence she communicated should be lars - But go on,--and may my present agony be fully understood; concisely at the same time, and accepted as additional penance for the involuntary with none of the verbiage or circumlocutory addi- crime !" tions natural to those of her sex and condition. In “ She had been absent some months,” continued short, her language bespoke a better education, as Elspeth,“ when I was ae night watehing in my hut well as an uncommonly firm and resolved mind, the return of my husband from fishing, and shedand a character of that sort from which great vir- ding in private those bitter tears that my proud tues or great crimes may be naturally expected. — spirit wrung frae me whenever I thought on my The tenor of her cominunication is disclosed in the disgrace. The sneck was drawn, and the Countess following chapter.

your mother entered my dwelling. I thought I had seen a spectre, for, even in the height of my favour,

this was an honour she had never done me, and she CHAPTER XXXIII.

looked as pale and ghastly as if she had risen from

the grave. She sate down, and wrung the draps Remorse-she ne'er forsakes us-

from her hair and cloak,- for the night was drizA bloodhound stanch - she tracks our rapid step Through the wild labyrinth of youthful frenzy,

zling, and her walk had been through the plantaUnheard, perchance, until old age hath tam'd us; tions, that were a' loaded with dew. I only men

chill'd our joints, tion these things that you may understand how weel And maim'd our hope of combat, or of fight, We hear her deep-mouth'd bay, announcing all

that night lives in my memory,—and weel it may, Of wrath, and woe, and punishment that bides us. I was surprised to see her, but I durstna speak

Old Play.

first, mair than if I had seen a phantom — Na, I “ I need not tell you," said the old woman, ad- durst not, my lord, I that hae seen mony sights of dressing the Earl of Glenallan, “ that I was the terror, and never shook at them. Sae, after a sifavourite and confidential attendant of Joscelind, lence, she said, “ Elspeth Cheyne (for she always Countess of Glenallan, whom God assoilzie!”. gave me my maiden name), are not ye the daughter (here she crossed herself)-“ and I think farther, of that Reginald Cheyne, who died to save his masye may not have forgotten that I shared her regard ter, Lord Glenallan, on the field of Sheriffmuir?' for mony years. I returned it by the maist sincere And I answered her as proudly as hersell nearlyattachment, but I fell into disgrace frae a trifling 'As sure as you are the daughter of that Earl of act of disobedience, reported to your mother by ane Glenallan whom my father saved that day by his that thought, and she wasna wrang, that I was a own death." spy upon her actions and yours.”

Here she made a deep pause. “ I charge thee, woman,” said the Earl, in a “ And what followed !-- what followed !- For voice trembling with passion," name not her name Heaven's sake, good woman - But why should I in my hearing !"

use that word ! – Yet, good or bad, I command you “ I MUST,” returned the penitent, firinly and calm to tell me.” ly,“ or how can you understand me?"

“ And little I should value earthly command," The Earl leaned upon one of the wooden chairs answered Elspeth,“ were there not a voice that has of the hut, drew his hat over his face, clenched his spoken to me sleeping and waking, that drives me hands together, set his teeth like one who summons forward to tell this sad tale. Aweel, my Lord -- the up courage to undergo a painful operation, and Countess said to me, ' My son loves Eveline Neville made a signal to her to proceed.

- they are agreed - they are plighted : should they “ I say, then,” she resumed, “ that my disgrace have a son, my right over Glenallan merges - I with my mistress was chiefly owing to Miss Eveline sink, from that moment, from a Countess into a miNeville, then bred up in Glenallan-House as the serable stipendiary dowager. I who brought lands daughter of a cousin-german and intimate friend and vassals, and high blood and ancient fame, to my of your father that was gane. There was muckle husband, I must cease to be mistress when my son mystery in her history, - but wha dared to inquire has an heir-male. But I care not for that—had he faither than the Countess liked to tell ? - All in married any but one of the hated Nevilles, I had Glenallan-House loved Miss Neville--all but twa, been patient. But for them that they and their your mother and mysell - we baith hated her.” descendants should enjoy the right and honours of

“God! for what reason, since a creature so mild, my ancestors, goes through my heart like a two80 gentle, so formed to inspire affection, never edged dirk. And this girl — I detest her!'- And walked on this wretched world ?”

I answered, for my heart kindled at her words, that " It may hae been sae,” rejoined Elspeth, “ but her hate was equalled by mine."

« Wretch !” exclaimed the Earl, in spite of his the memory of the parent I have so lately laid in determination to preserve silence - “ wretched wo the grave, for sharing in a plot the most cruel, the man! what cause of hate could have arisen from a most infernal”being so innocent and gentle ?”

“ Bethink ye, my Lord Geraldin, ere ye curse “ I hated what my mistress hated, as was the the memory of a parent that's gane, is there none use with the liege vassals of the house of Glenallan; of the blood of Glenallan living, whose faults have for though, my lord, I married under my degree, led to this dreadfu' catastrophe?” yet an ancestor of yours never went to the field of “ Mean you my brother - he, too, is gone," said battle, but an ancestor of the frail, demented, auld, the Earl. useless wretch wha now speaks with you, carried “ No," replied the sibyl, “ I mean yoursell, Lord his shield before him. But that was not a'," con Geraldin. Had you not transgressed the obedience tinued the beldam, her earthly and evil passions of a son by wedding Eveline Neville in secret while rekindling as she became heated in her narration a guest at Knockwinnock, our plot might have se-“ that was not a'; I hated Miss Eveline Neville parated you for a time, but would have left at least for her ain sake. I brought her frae England, and, your sorrows without remorse to canker them. But during our whole journey, she gecked and scorned your ain conduct had put poison in the weapon that at my northern speech and habit, as her southland we threw, and it pierced you with the mair force leddies and kimmers had done at the boarding- because ye cam rushing to meet it. Had your marschool, as they ca'd it” (and, strange as it may riage been a proclaimed and acknowledged action, seem, she spoke of an affront offered by a heedless our stratagem to throw an obstacle into your way schoolgirl without intention, with a degree of inve- that couldna be got ower, neither wad nor could teracy which, at such a distance of time, a mortal hae been practised against ye.” offence would neither have authorised or excited in “ Great Heaven !” said the unfortunate nobleany well-constituted mind)—“ Yes, she scorned man-“it is as if a film fell from my obscured and jested at me - but let them that scorn the eyes! Yes, I now well understand the doubtful tartan fear the dirk!"

hints of consolation thrown out by my wretched Slie paused, and then went on—" But I deny mother, tending indirectly to impeach the evidence not that I hated her mair than she deserved. My of the horrors of which her arts had led me to mistress, the Countess, persevered and said, 'El- believe myself guilty.” speth Cheyne, this unruly boy will marry with the “ She could not speak mair plainly,” answered false English blood. Were days as they have been, Elspeth, “ without confessing her ain fraud, -and I could throw her into the Massymore? of Glen- she would have submitted to be torn by wild horses, allan, and fetter him in the Keep of Strathbonnel. rather than unfold what she had done; and if she But these times are past, and the authority which had still lived, so would I for her sake. They were the nobles of the land should exercise is delegated stout hearts the race of Glenallan, male and female, to quibbling lawyers and their baser dependents. and sae were a' that in auld times cried their gaHear me, Elspeth Cheyne! if you are your father's thering-word of Cloch naben--they stood shouther daughter as I am mine, I will find means that they to shouther-nae man parted frae his chief for love shall not marry. She walks often to that cliff that of gold or of gain, or of right or of wrang. The overhangs your dwelling to look for her lover's boat times are changed, I hear, now." -(ye may remember the pleasure ye then took on The unfortunate nobleman was too much wrapped the sea, my lord)— let him find her forty fathom up in his own confused and distracting reflections, lower than he expects !- Yes! ye may stare and to notice the rude expressions of savage fidelity, in frown and clench your hand; but, as sure as I am which, even in the latest ebb of life, the unhappy to face the only Being I ever feared - and 0 that author of his misfortunes seemed to find a stern I had feared him mair!—these were your mother's and stubborn source of consolation. words. What avails it to me to lie to you?- But “Great Heaven!” he exclaimed, “I am then free I wadna consent to stain my hand with blood. — from a guilt the most horrible with which man can Then she said, ' By the religion of our holy Church be stained, and the sense of which, however inthey are ower sibh thegither. But I expect nothing voluntary, has wrecked my peace, destroyed my but that both will become heretics as well as dis- health, and bowed me down to an untimely grave. obedient reprobates;'—that was her addition to Accept,” he fervently uttered, lifting his eyes upthat argument. And then, as the fiend is ever ower wards, “ accept my humble thanks ! If I live mibusy wi' brains like mine, that are subtle beyond serable, at least I shall not die stained with that their use and station, I was unhappily permitted unnatural guilt! - And thou—proceed, if thou hast to add—“But they might be brought to think them more to tell-proceed, while thou hast voice to speak selves sae sibb as no Christian law will permit their it, and I have powers to listen.” wedlock.""

“ Yes,” answered the beldam, “ the hour when Here the Earl of Glenallan echoed her words, you shall hear, and I shall speak, is indeed passing with a shriek so piercing as almost to rend the roof rapidly away. Death has crossed your brow with of the cottage :- Ah! then Eveline Neville was not his finger, and I find his grasp turning every day the-the"

caulder at my heart. Interrupt me nae mair with “ The daughter, ye would say, of your father?” exclamations and groans and accusations, but hear continued Elspeth. “ No, be it a torment or be it my tale to an end ! And then — if ye be indeed sic a comfort to you — ken the truth, she was nae mair a Lord of Glenallan as I hae heard of in my day a daughter of your father's house than I ain.” -- make your merrymen gather the thorn, and the “ Woman, deceive me not!-make me not curse brier, and the green hollin, till they heap them as

high as the house-riggin', and burn! burn! burn! ? Massa-mora, an ancient name for a dungeon, derived from the Moorish language, perhaps as far back as the

the auld witch Elspeth, and a'that can put ye in mind Lime of the Crusades.

that sic a creature ever crawled upon the land!”

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* Go on," said the Earl, “ go on — I will not again an act of yet further, though not more atrocious interrupt you."

cruelty, inflicted by others?” He spoke in a half-suffocated yet determined “ I understand you," said Elspeth. " But report voice, resolved that no irritability on his part should spoke truth ;-our false witness was indeed the deprive him of this opportunity of acquiring proofs cause, but the deed was her ain distracted act. On of the wonderful tale he then heard. But Elspeth that fearfu' disclosure, when ye rushed frae the had become exhausted by a continuous narration of Countess's presence, and saddled your horse, and such unusual length; the subsequent part of her left the castle like a fire-flaught, the Countess hadna story was more broken, and though still distinctly yet discovered your private marriage; she hadna intelligible in most parts, had no longer the lucid fund out that the union, which she had framed this conciseness which the first part of her narrative awfu' tale to prevent, had e'en taen place. Ye fled had displayed to such an astonishing degree. Lord from the house as if the fire o' Heaven was about Glenallan found it necessary, when she had made to fa' upon it, and Miss Neville, atween reason and some attempts to continue her narrative without the want o't, was put under sure ward. But the success, to prompt her memory, by demanding - ward sleep't, and the prisoner waked — the window “What proofs she could propose to bring of the

was open

the way was before her, there was the truth of a narrative so different from that which cliff, and there was the sea !—0, when will I forshe had originally told?”

get that!” “ The evidence,” she replied, “ of Eveline Ne “ And thus died," said the Earl," even so as was ville's real birth was in the Countess's possession, reported ?" with reasons for its being for some time kept pri “ No, my lord. I had gane out to the cove vate; -- they may yet be found, if she has not de- the tide was in, and it flowed, as ye'll remember, to stroyed them, in the left-hand drawer of the ebony the foot of that cliff-it was a great convenience cabinet that stood in the dressing-room. These she that for my husband's trade - Where am I wanmeant to suppress for the time, until you went dering ?-I saw a white object dart frae the tap o' abroad again, when she trusted, before your return, the cliff like a sea-maw through the mist, and then to send Miss Neville back to her ain country, or to a heavy flash and sparkle of the waters showed me get her settled in marriage.”

it was a human creature that had fa'en into the “But did you not show me letters of my father's, waves. I was bold and strong, and familiar with which seemed to me, unless my senses altogether the tide. I rushed in and grasped her gown, and failed me in that horrible moment, to avow his re drew her out and carried her on my shoutherslationship to-to the unhappy”.

I could hae carried twa sic then — carried her to “ We did ; and, with my testimony, how could my hut, and laid her on my bed. Neighbours cam you doubt the fact, or her either? But we sup- and brought help; but the words she uttered in pressed the true explanation of these letters, and her ravings, when she got back the use of speech, that

your father thought it right the young were such, that I was fain to send them awa, and leddy should pass for his daughter for a while, on get up word to Glenallan-House. The Countess account o' some family reasons that were amang sent down her Spanish servant Teresa - if ever them."

there was a fiend on earth in human form, that “ But wherefore, when you learned our union, woman was ane. She and I were to watch the unwas this dreadful artifice persisted in?”

happy leddy, and let no other person approach. " It wasna," she replied, “ till Lady Glenallan had God knows what Teresa's part was to hae been communicated this fause tale, that she suspected she tauld it not to me - but Heaven took the conye had actually made a marriage-nor even then clusion in its ain hand. The poor leddy! she took did you avow it sae as to satisfy her whether the the pangs of travail before her time, bore a male ceremony had in verity passed atween ye or no child, and died in the arms of me- of her mortal But ye remember, O ye canna but remember weel, enemy! Ay, ye may weep-she was a sightly creawhat passed in that awfu' meeting !”

ture to see to--but think ye, if I didna mourn her “ Woman! you swore upon the gospels to the then, that I can mourn her now? Na, na! I left fact which you now disavow.”

Teresa wi' the dead corpse and new-born babe, till “I did, -and I wad hae taen a yet mair holy I gaed up to take the Countess's commands what pledge on it, if there had been ane ---I wad not hae was to be done. Late as it was, I ca'd her up, and spared the blood of my body, or the guilt of my she gard me ca’ up your brother”. soul, to serve the house of Glenallan.”

“ My brother?" “ Wretch! do you call that horrid perjury, at “ Yes, Lord Geraldin, e'en your brother, that tended with consequences yet more dreadful — do some said she aye wished to be her heir. At ony you esteem that a service to the house of your be- rate, he was the person maist concerned in the sucnefactors ?”

cession and heritance of the house of Glenallan." “ I served her, wha was then the head of Glen “ And is it possible to believe, then, that my allan, as she required me to serve her. The cause brother, out of avarice to grasp at my inheritance, was between God and her conscience- the manner would lend himself to such a base and dreadful between God and mine-She is gane to her ac stratagem ?” count, and I maun follow. Have I tauld you a'?”. “ Your mother believed it,” said the old beldam

“ No," answered Lord Glenallan you have with a fiendish laugh-“ it was nae plot of my yet more to tell — you have to tell me of the death making; but what they did or said I will not say, of the angel whom your perjury drove to despair, because I did not hear. Lang and sair they constained, as she thought herself, with a crime so sulted in the black wainscot dressing-room; and horrible. Speak truth - was that dreadful - was when your brother passed through the room where that horrible mcident”-he could scarcely articu- I was waiting, it seemed to me and I have often late the words

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his cheek and een. But he had left some of it with his mother, at ony rate. She entered the room like

CHAPTER XXXIV. a woman demented, and the first words she spoke still in his dead band clench'd remain the strings

That thrill his father's heart-e'en as the limb. were, ' Elspeth Cheyne, did ye ever pull a new

Lopp'd off and laid in grave, retains, they tell us. budded flower?' I answered, as ye may believe, Strange commerce with the mutilated stump, that I often had. “Then,' said she, ' ye will ken Whose nerves are twinging still in maim'd existence.

Old Play. the better how to blight the spurious and heretical blossom that has sprung forth this night to dis The Antiquary, as we informed the reader in grace my father's noble house — See here;'-(and the end of the thirty-first chapter, had shaken off she gave me a golden bodkin) — nothing but gold the company of worthy Mr Blattergowl, although must shed the blood of Glenallan. This child is al- he offered to entertain him with an abstract of the ready as one of the dead, and since thou and Teresa ablest speech he had ever known in the teind court, alone ken that it lives, let it be dealt upon as ye delivered by the procurator for the church in the will answer to me!' And she turned away in her remarkable case of the parish of Gatherem. Refury, and left me with the bodkin in my hand. — sisting this temptation, our senior preferred a soliHere it is; that, and the ring of Miss Neville, are tary path, which again conducted him to the cota'I hae preserved of my ill-gotten gear-for muc- tage of Mucklebackit. When he came in front of kle was the gear I got. And weel hae I keepit the the fisherman's hut, he observed a man working secret, but no for the gowd or gear either.” intently, as if to repair a shattered boat which lay

Her long and bony hand held out to Lord Glen- upon the beach, and, going up to him, was surprised allan a gold bodkin, down which in fancy he saw to find it was Mucklebackit himself. “I am glad,” the blood of his infant trickling.

he said, in a tone of sympathy—“I am glad, Saun“ Wretch ! had you the heart?”

ders, that you feel yourself able to make this ex“I kenna if I could hae had it or no. I returned ertion." to my cottage without feeling the ground that I “ And what would ye have me to do," answered trode on; but Teresa and the child were gane the fisher gruffly, “ unless I wanted to see four a' that was alive was gane—naething left but the children starve, because ane is drowned ? It's weel lifeless corpse.”

wi' you gentles, that can sit in the house wi’ hand“ And did you never learn my infant's fate ?” kerchers at your een when ye lose a friend; but

“ I could but guess. I have tauld ye your mo the like o' us maun to our wark again, if our hearts ther's purpose, and I ken Teresa was å fiend. She were beating as hard as my hammer. was never mair seen in Scotland, and I have heard Without taking more notice of Oldbuck he prothat she returned to her ain land. A dark curtain ceeded in his labour; and the Antiquary, to whom has fa'en ower the past, and the few that witnessed the display of human nature under the influence ony part of it could only surmise something of se of agitating passions was never indifferent, stood duction and suicide. You yourself”.

beside him, in silent attention, as if watching the “ I know, I know it all," answered the Earl. progress of the work. He observed more than once

“ You indeed know all that I can say — And now, the man's hard features, as if by the force of assoheir of Glenallan, can you forgive me?"

ciation, prepare to accompany the sound of the saw “ Ask forgiveness of God, and not of man,” said and hammer with his usual symphony of a rude the Earl, turning away.

tune, hummed or whistled, -- and as often a slight “And how shall I ask of the pure and unstained twitch of convulsive expression showed, that ere what is denied to me by a sinner like mysell? If the sound was uttered, a cause for suppressing it I hae sinned, hae I not suffered ? - Hae I had a rushed upon his mind. At length, when he had day's peace or an hour's rest since these lang wet patched a considerable rent, and was beginning to locks of hair first lay upon my pillow at Craigburn- mend another, his feelings appeared altogether to foot! - Has not my house been burned, wi' my derange the power of attention necessary for his baimn in the cradle ? — Have not my boats been work. The piece of wood which he was about to wrecked, when a' others weathered the gale! - nail on was at first too long ; then he sawed it off Have not a' that were near and dear to me dree'd too short; then chose another equally ill adapted penance for my sin ?- Has not the fire had its for the purpose. At length, throwing it down in share o' them the winds had their part — the anger, after wiping his dim eye with his quivering sea had her part?— And O!” she added, with a hand, he exclaimed, “ There is a curse either on lengthened groan, looking first upwards towards me or on this auld black bitch of a boat, that I have heaven, and then bending her eyes on the floor - hauled up high and dry, and patched and clouted "O that the earth would take her part, that's been sae mony years, that she night drown my poor lang lang wearying to be joined to it!"

Steenie at the end of them, an' be d-d to her!” Lord Glenallan had reached the door of the cot- and he flung his hammer against the boat, as if she tage, but the generosity of his nature did not per- had been the intentional cause of his misfortune. mit him to leave the unhappy woman in this state Then recollecting himself, he added, “ Yet what of desperate reprobation. "May God forgive thee, needs ane be angry at her, that has neither soul nor wretched woman,” he said, “as sincerely as I do i sense !—though I am no that muckle better my. - Turn for mercy to Him, who can alone grant sell

. She's but a rickle o' auld rotten deals nailed mercy, and may your prayers be heard as if they thegither, and warped wi' the wind and the sea — were mine own!- I will send a religious man.” and I am a dour carle, battered by foul weather at

Na, na-nae priest ! nae priest !” she ejacu- sea and land till I am maist as senseless as hersell. lated; and the door of the cottage opening as she She maun be mended though again' the morning spoke, prevented her from proceeding.

tide - that's a thing o' necessity.

Thus speaking, he went to gather together his

instruments, and attempt to resume his labour,

but Oldbuck took him kindly by the arm.“ Come, “ Like a villain, you would say," said Lord Glencome,” he said, “ Saunders, there is no work for allan,—" for such I must have appeared to you." you this day - I'll send down Shavings the car “ My lord— my lord, I have no desire to hear penter to mend the boat, and he may put the day's your shrift," said the Antiquary. work into my account--and you had better not But, sir, if I can show you that I am more come out to-morrow, but stay to comfort your fa- sinned against than sinning—that I have been a mily under this dispensation, and the gardener will man miserable beyond the power of description, bring you some vegetables and meal from Monk- and who looks forward at this moment to an unbarns."

timely grave as to a haven of rest, - you will not “ I thank ye, Monkbarns," answered the poor refuse the confidence which, accepting your apfisher; “ I am a plain-spoken man, and hae little to pearance at this critical moment as a hint from say for mysell ; I might hae learned fairer fashions Heaven, I venture thus to press on you." frae my mither lang syne, but I never saw muckle “ Assuredly, my lord, I shall shun no longer the gude they did her; however, I thank ye. Ye were continuation of this extraordinary interview.” aye kind and neighbourly, whatever folk says o' “ I must then recall to you our occasional meetyour being near and close; and I hae often said, ings upwards of twenty years since at Knockwinin thae times when they were ganging to raise up nock Castle,—and I need not remind you of a lady the puir folk against the gentles--I hae often said, who was then a member of that family." ne’er a man should steer a hair touching to Monk “ The unfortunate Miss Eveline Neville, my lord; barns while Steenie and I could wag a finger- and I remember it well.” 60 said Steenie too. And, Monkbarns, when ye laid “ Towards whom you entertained sentiments”his head in the grave (and mony thanks for the “ Very different from those with which I before respect), ye saw the mouls laid on an honest lad and since have regarded her sex. Her gentleness, that likit you weel, though he made little phrase her docility, her pleasure in the studies which I about it."

pointed out to her, attached my affections more Oldbuck, beaten from the pride of his affected than became my age, though that was not then cynicism, would not willingly have had any one by much advanced-or the solidity of my character. upon that occasion to quote to him his favourite But I need not remind your lordship of the various maxims of the Stoic philosophy. The large drops modes in which you indulged your gaiety at the fell fast from his own eyes, as he begged the father, expense of an awkward and retired student, emwho was now melted at recollecting the bravery and barrassed by the expression of feelings so new to generous sentiments of his son, to forbear useless him, and I have no doubt that the young lady joined sorrow, and led him by the arm towards his own you in the well-deserved ridicule--it is the way of home, where another scene awaited our Antiquary. womankind. I have spoken at once to the painful

As he entered, the first person whom he beheld circumstances of my addresses and their rejection, was Lord Glenallan. Mutual surprise was in their that your lordship may be satisfied everything is countenances as they saluted each other — with full in my memory, and may, so far as I am conhaughty reserve on the part of Mr Oldbuck, and cerned, tell your story without scruple or needless embarrassment on that of the Earl.

delicacy.” My Lord Glenallan, I think?” said Mr Old “ I will,” said Lord Glenallan, “But first let me buck.

say, you do injustice to the memory of the gentlest “ Yes-much changed from what he was when and kindest, as well as to the most unhappy of he knew Mr Oldbuck."

women, to suppose she could make a jest of the “ I do not mean," said the Antiquary, “ to in- , honest affection of a man like you. Frequently trude upon your lordship-I only came to see this did she blame me, Mr Oldbuck, for indulging my distressed family.”

levity at your expense-may I now presume you “ And you have found one, sir, who has still will excuse the gay freedoms which then offended greater claims on your compassion."

you?-my state of mind has never since laid me My compassion ? Lord Glenallan cannot need under the necessity of apologizing for the inadvermy compassion. If Lord Glenallan could need it, tencies of a light and happy temper." I think he would hardly ask it."

“My lord, you are fully pardoned,” said Mr Old“ Our former acquaintance," said the Earl buck. “ You should be aware, that, like all others,

“ Is of such ancient date, my lordwas of such I was ignorant at the time that I placed myself in short duration, and was connected with circum- competition with your lordship, and understood that stances so exquisitely painful, that I think we may Miss Neville was in a state of dependence which dispense with renewing it.”

might make her prefer a competent independence So saying, the Antiquary turned away, and left and the hand of an honest man—But I am wasting the hut; but Lord Glenallan followed him into the time I would I could believe that the views enteropen air, and, in spite of a hasty “ Good morning, tained towards her by others were as fair and homy lord,” requested a few minutes' conversation, nest as mine!” and the favour of his advice iu an important matter. “ Mr Oldbuck, you judge harshly."

“ Your lordship will find many more capable to “ Not without cause, my lord. When I only, of advise you, my lord, and by whom your intercourse all the magistrates of this county- having neither, will be deemed an honour. For me, I am a man like some of them, the honour to be connected with retired from business and the world, and not very your powerful family-nor, like others, the meanfond of raking up the past events of my useless ness to fear it,—when I made some inquiry into life;—and forgive me if I say, I have particular pain the manner of Miss Neville's death — I shake you, in reverting to that period of it when I acted like my lord, but I must be plain-I do own 1 had a fool, and your lordship like”. - He stopped every reason to believe that she had met most unshort.

fair dealing, and had either been imposed upon hy

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