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Morlan assisted her in these arrangements, and pressed upon her so kindly the hospitality and protection of his roof, until she should receive an answer from her cousin, or be enabled to adopt some settled plan of life, that she felt there would be unkindness in refusing an invitation urged with such earnestness. Mrs Mac-Morlan was a lady-like person, and well qualified by birth and manners to receive the visit, and to make her house agreeable to Miss Bertram. A home, therefore, and an hos. pitable reception, 'were secured to her, and she went on, with better heart, to pay the wages and receive the adieus of the few domestics of her father's family.
Where there are estimable qualities on either side, this task is always affectingthe present circumstances rendered it doubly so. All received their due, and even a trifle more, and with thanks and good wishes, to which some added tears, took farewell of their young mistress. There remained in the parlour only Mr Mac-Mor.
lan, who came to attend his guest to his house, Dominie Sampson, and Miss Ber: tram. “ And now," said the poor girl,
, “I must bid farewell to one of my oldest and kindest friends. God bless you, Mr Sampson, and requite to you all the kindness of your instructions to your poor pupil, and your friendship to him that is gone-I hope I shall often hear from you." She slid into his hand a paper containing some pieces of gold, and rose, as if to leave the room.
Dominie Sampson also rose; but it was to stand aghast with utter astonishment. The idea of parting from Miss Lucy, go where she might, had never once occurred to the simplicity of his understanding.-He laid the money on the table. certainly inadequate," said Mac-Morlan, mistaking his meaning, “but the circumstances
Mr Sampson waved his hand impatiently—“ It is not the lucre- it is not the lucre-but that I, that have eat of her fa
" It is
ther's loaf, and drunk of his cup, for twenty years and more-to think that I am go. ing to leave her-and to leave her in distress and dolour.-No, Miss Lucy, you need never think it! You would not consent to put forth your father's poor dog, and would you use me waur than a messan? No, Miss Lucy Bertram, while I live I will not separate from you. I'll be no burthen-I have thought how to pre. vent that. But, as Ruth said unto Naomi, Intreat me not to leave thee, nor to depart from thee; for whither thou goest I will go, and where thou dwellest I will dwell; thy people shall be my people, and thy God shall be my God. Where thou diest will I die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but deaths do part thee and me."
During this speech, the longest ever Dominie Sampson was known to utter, the affectionate creature's eyes streamed with tears, and neither Lucy nor MacMorlan could refrain from sympathizing
with this unexpected burst of feeling and attachment. “ Mr Sampson," said MacMorlan, after having had recourse to his snuff-box, and handkerchief alternately,
my house is large enough, and if you will accept of a bed there, while Miss Bertram honours us with her residence, I shall think myself very happy, and my roof much favoured by receiving a man of your
worth and fidelity."
And then, with a delicacy which was meant to remove any objection on Miss Bertram's part to bringing with her this unexpected satellite, he added, “My business requires my frequently having occasion for a better accountant than my present clerks, and I should be glad to have recourse to your assistance in that way now and then."
“ Of a surety, of a surety,” said Samp. son eagerly, “I understand book-keeping by double entry and the Italian method."
Our postillion had thrust himself into the room to announce his chaise and
horses; he tarried, unobserved, during this extraordinary scene, and assured Mrs Mac. Candlish it was the most moving thing he ever saw;
“ the death of the grey mare, puir hizzie, was naething tillit.” This trifling circumstance afterwards had conse. quences of greater moment to the Dominie.
The visitors were hospitably welcomed by Mrs Mac-Morlan, to whom, as well as to others, her husband intimated that he had engaged Dominie Sampson's assistance to disentangle some perplexed accounts; during which occupation he would, for convenience sake, reside with the family, Mr Mac-Morlan's knowledge of the world induced him to put this colour upon the matter, aware, that however honourable the fidelity of the Dominie's attachment might be, both to his own heart and to the family of Ellangowan, his exterior ill qualified him to be a “squire of dames," and rendered him, upon the whole, rather a ridiculous appendage to a beautiful young woman of seventeen.