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aversion to their neighbours than their countrymen been seen, by a prying eye, in the right-hand drawer of the South. The interference of other disputants, of the Indian cabinet of Lady Ratcliff's dressing each of whom urged his opinion with all the velie- room. Thus predisposed for wonders and signs, mence of wine and politics, rendered the summons Lady Ratcliff and her nymphs drew their chairs to the drawing-room agreeable to the more sober round a large blazing wood-fire, and arranged thempart of the company.
selves to listen to the tale. To that fire I also apThe company dispersed by degrees, and at length proached, moved thereunto partly by the inclemency the Vicar and the young Scotchman alone remained, of the season, and partly that my deafness, which besides the Baronet, his lady, daughters, and my- you know, cousin, 1 acquired during my campaign self. The clergyman had not, it would seem, forgot under Prince Charles Edward, might be no obstathe observation which ranked him with the false cle to the gratification of my curiosity, which was prophets of Dunbar, for he addressed Mr Maxwell awakened by what had any reference to the fate of upon the first opportunity.
such faithful followers of royalty, as you well know “ Hem! I think, sir, you mentioned something the house of Ratcliff have ever been. To this woodabout the civil wars of last century? You must be fire the Vicar likewise drew near, and reclined himdeeply skilled in them indeed, if you can draw any self conveniently in his chair, seemingly disposed to parallel betwixt those and the present evil days- testify his disrespect for the narration and narrator days which I am ready to maintain are the most by falling asleep as soon as he conveniently could. gloomy that ever darkened the prospects of Britain." | By the side of Maxwell (by the way, I cannot learn
“ God forbid, Doctor, that I should draw a com- that he is in the least related to the Nithsdale family) parison between the present times and those you was placed a small table and a couple of lights, by inention. I am too sensible of the advantages we the assistance of which he read as follows:enjoy over our ancestors. Faction and ambition lave introduced division among us; but we are still
“ JOURNAL OF Jan Vox EULEN. free from the guilt of civil bloodshed, and from all « On the 6th November 1645, I, Jan Von Eulen, the evils which flow from it. Our foes, sir, are not merchant in Rotterdam, embarked with my only those of our own household; and while we conti- daughter on board of the good vessel Vryheid of nue united and firm, from the attacks of a foreign Amsterdam, in order to pass into the unhappy and enemy, however artful, or however inveterate, we disturbed kingdom of England. 7th November-have, I hope, little to dread.”
a brisk gale— daughter sea-sick-myself unable to “ Have you found any thing curious, Mr Max- complete the calculation which I have begun, of the well, among the dusty papers ?" said Sir Henry, who inheritance left by Jane Lansache of Carlisle, my seemed to dread a revival of political discussion. late dear wife's sister, the collection of which is
“My investigation amongst them led to reflections the object of my voyage. — 8th November, wind which I have just now hinted,” said Maxwell; “ and still stormy and adverse-a horrid disaster nearly I think they are pretty strongly exemplified by a happened --my dear child washed overboard as the story which I have been endeavouring to arrange vessel lurched to leeward.— Memorandum, to refrom some of your family manuscripts.”
ward the young sailor who saved her, out of the first. “ You are welcome to make what use of them moneys which I can recover from the inlieritance of you please,” said Sir Henry; “ they have been un- her aunt Lansache. --- 9th November, calm — P.M. disturbed for many a day, and I have often wished light breezes from N.N.W. I talked with the capfor some person as well skilled as you in these old tain about the inheritance of my sister-in-law, Jane pot-hooks, to tell me their meaning."
Lansache.—He says he knows the principal subject, “ Those I just mentioned,” answered Maxwell, which will not exceed £1000 in value. `N. B. He “ relate to a piece of private history, savouring not is a cousin to a family of Petersons, which was the a little of the marvellous, and intimately connected name of the husband of my sister-in-law; so there with your family: if it is agreeable, I can read to is room to hope it may be worth more than he reyou the anecdotes, in the modern shape into which ports. -- 10th November, 10 A. M. May God pardon I have been endeavouring to throw them, and you all our sins --- An English frigate, bearing the Parcan then judge of the value of the originals.” liament flag, has appeared in the offing, and gives
There was something in this proposal, agreeable chase. -11 a.m. She nears us every moment, and to all parties. Sir Henry had family pride, which the captain of our vessel prepares to clear for acprepared him to take an interest in whatever rela- tion.- May God again have mercy upon us !" ted to his ancestors. The ladies had dipped deeply into the fashionable reading of the present day. Lady Ratcliff and her fair daughters had climbed “ Here,” said Maxwell,“ the journal with which every pass, viewed every pine-shrouded ruin, heard I have opened the narration ends somewhat abruptevery groan, and lifted every trap-door, in company ly.” with the noted heroine of Udolpho. They had been “ I am glad of it,” said Lady Ratcliff. heard, however, to observe, that the famous in- “ But, Mr Maxwell,” said young Frank, Sir Hencident of the Black Veil singularly resembled the ry's grandchild, “ shall we not hear how the battle ancient apologue of the Mountain in labour, so that ended ?" they were unquestionably critics, as well as admi- I do not know, cousin, whether I have not forrers. Besides all this, they had valorously mounted merly made you acquainted with the abilities of en croupe behind the ghostly horseman of Prague, Frank Ratcliff. There is not a battle fought between through all his seven translators, and followed the the troops of the Prince and of the Government, footsteps of Moor through the forest of Bohemia. during the years 1745–6, of which he is not able to Moreover, it was even hinted (but this was a greater give an account. It is true, I have taken particular
a mystery than all the rest), that a certain perform pains to fix the events of this important period upon ance, called the Monk, in three neat volumes, had his memory by frequent repetition.
“ Yo, my dear,” said Maxwell, in answer to young ance on such solemn occasions, appeared in cassocks Frank Ratcliff-“ No, my dear, I cannot tell you of blue, bearing upon their arms the cognizance of the exact particulars of the engagement, but its the house of Boteler, as a badge of their adherence. consequences appear from the following letter, dis- They were the tallest men of their hands that the patched by Garbonete Von Eulen, daughter of our neighbouring villages could supply, with every man journalist, to a relation in England, from whom she his good buckler on his shoulder, and a bright burimplored assistance. After some general account of nished broadsword dangling from his leathern belt. the purpose of the voyage, and of the engagement, On this occasion, they acted as rangers for beating her narrative proceeds thus:
up the thickets, and rousing the game. These at“ The noise of the cannon had hardly ceased, be- tendants filled up the court of the castle, spacious fore the sounds of a language to me but half known, as it was. and the confusion on board our vessel, informed me On the green without, you might have seen the that the captors had boarded us, and taken posses- motley assemblage of peasantry convened by report sion of our vessel. I went on deck, where the first of the splendid hunting, including most of our old spectacle that met my eyes was a young man, mate acquaintances from Tewin, as well as the jolly parof onr vessel, who, though disfigured and covered takers of good cheer at Hob Filcher's. Gregory the with blood, was loaded with irons, and whom they jester, it may well be guessed, had no great mind to were forcing over the side of the vessel into a boat. exhibit himself in public, after his recent disaster; The two principal persons among our enemies ap- but Oswald the steward, a great formalist in whatpeared to be a man of a tall thin figure, with a high- ever concerned the public exhibition of his master's crowned hat and long neckband, and short-cropped household state, had positively enjoined his attendhead of hair, accompanied by a bluff open-looking ance. “What," quoth he, “shall the house of the eklerly man in a naval uniform. “Yarely! yarely? brave Lord Boteler, on such a brave day as this, be pull away, my hearts!' said the latter, and the boat without a fool ? Certes, the good Lord St Clere, bearing the unlucky young man soon carried him and his fair lady sister, might think our housekeepon board the frigate. Perhaps you will blame me ing as niggardly as that of their churlish kinsman for mentioning this circumstance; but consider, my at Gay Bowers, who sent his father's jester to the dear cousin, this man saved my life, and his fate, hospital, sold the poor sot's bells for hawk-jesses, esen when my own and my father's were in the ba- and made a nightcap of his long-eared bonnet. And, lance, could not but affect me nearly.
sirrah, let me see thee fool handsomely--speak “In the name of him who is jealous, even to squibs and crackers, instead of that dry, barren, slaying,' said the first”.
musty gibing, which thou hast used of late; or, by
the bones! the porter shall have thee to his lodge, Cetera desunt.
and cob thee with thine own wooden sword, till thy skin is as motley as thy doublet."
To this stern injunction, Gregory made no reply, No. II.
any more than to the courteous offer of old Albert
Drawslot, the chief park-keeper, who proposed to CONCLUSION OF MR STRUTT'S ROMANCE OF
blow vinegar in his nose to sharpen his wit, as he QUEENHOO-HALL.
had done that blessed morning to Bragger, the old BY THE AUTHOR OF WAVERLEY.
hound, whose scent was failing. There was indeed
little time for reply, for the bugles, after a lively CHAPTER IV.
flourish, were now silent, and Peretto, with his two
attendant minstrels, stepping beneath the windows A Hunting Party-An Adventure-A Deliverance.
of the strangers' apartments, joined in the following The next morning the bugles were sounded by roundelay, the deep voices of the rangers and fal. daybreak in the court of Lord Boteler's mansion, coners making up a chorus that caused the very to call the inhabitants from their slumbers, to assist battlements to ring again. in a splendid chase, with which the Baron had re- Waken, lords and ladies gay, solved to entertain his neighbour Fitzallen, and his On the mountain dawns the day ; noble visitor St Clere. Peter Lanaret, the falconer,
All the jolly chase is here,
With hawk and horse, and hunting spear: was in attendance, with falcons for the knights, and Hounds are in their couples yelling, teircelets for the ladies, if they should choose to vary Hawks are whistling, horns are knelling, their sport from hunting to hawking. Five stout
Merrily, merrily, mingle they,
“ Waken, lords and ladies gay." yeomen keepers, with their attendants, called Rag
Waken, lords and ladies gay, ged Robins, all meetly arrayed in Kendal green,
The mist has left the mountain grey; with bugles and short langers by their sides, and Springlets in the dawn are streaming,
Diamonds on the brake are gleaming, quarterstaffs in their hands, led the slow-hounds or
And foresters have busy been, brachets, by which the deer were to be put up. Ten
To track the buck in thicket green; brace of gallant greyhounds, each of which was fit Now we come to chaunt our lay,
“ Waken, lords and ladies gay. to pluck down, singly, the tallest red deer, were led in leashes by as many of Lord Boteler's foresters.
Waken, lords and ladies gay,
To the green-wood haste away; The pages, squires, and other attendants of feudal
We can show you where he lies, splendour, well attired in their best hunting-gear,
Fleet of foot, and tall of size ;
We can show the marks he made, upon horseback or foot, according to their rank,
When 'gainst the oak his antlers frayed; with their boar-spears, long bows, and cross-bows, You shall see him brought to bay, trere in seernly waiting.
“ Waken, lords and ladies gay. A numerous train of yeomen, called in the lan
Louder, louder chaunt the lay,
Waken, lords and ladies gay; quare of the times, retainers, who yearly received
Tell them, youth, and mirth, and glee, a livery coat, and a small pension for their attend
Run a course as well as we;
Time, stern huntsman! who can baulk,
than the Lord Boteler, was the first who arrived at Staunch as hound, and fleet as hawk ? Think of this, and rise with day,
the spot, and taking a cross-bow from an attendant, Gentle lords and ladies gay.
discharged a bolt at the stag. When the infuriated
animal felt himself wounded, he pushed franticly By the time this lay was finished, Lord Boteler, towards her from whom he had received the shaft, with his daughter and kinsman, Fitzallen of Mar- and Lady Eleanor might have had occasion to reden, and other noble guests, had mounted their pal-pent of her enterprise, had not young Fitzallen, who freys, and the hunt set forward in due order. The had kept near her during the whole day, at that huntsmen, having carefully observed the traces of instant galloped briskly in, and ere the stag could a large stag on the preceding evening, were able, change his object of assault, dispatched him with without loss of time, to conduct the company, by the his short hunting-sword. marks which they had made upon the trees, to the Albert Drawslot, who had just come up in terror side of the thicket, in which, by the report of Draw- for the young lady's safety, broke out into loud enslot, he had harboured all night. The horsemen comiums upon Fitzallen's strength and gallantry. spreading themselves along the side of the cover, “ By’r Lady,” said he, taking off his cap, and wiping waited until the keeper entered, leading his ban-dog, his sun-burnt face with his sleeve,“ well struck, and a large blood-hound tied in a leam or band, from in good time !- But now, boys, doff your bonnets, which he takes his name.
and sound the mort." But it befell thus. A hart of the second year, The sportsmen then sounded a treble mort, and which was in the same cover with the proper object set up a general whoop, which, mingled with the of their pursuit, chanced to be unharboured first, yelping of the dogs, made the welkin ring again. and broke cover very near where the Lady Emma The huntsman then offered his knife to Lord Boand her brother were stationed. An inexperienced teler, that he might take the say of the deer, but varlet, who was nearer to them, instantly unloosed the Baron courteously insisted upon Fitzallen going two tall greyhounds, who sprang after the fugitive through that ceremony. The Lady Matilda was with all the fleetness of the north wind. Gregory, now come up, with most of the attendants; and the restored a little to spirits by the enlivening scene interest of the chase being ended, it excited some around him, followed, encouraging the hounds with surprise, that neither St Člere nor his sister made a loud tayout, for which he had the hearty curses their appearance. The Lord Boteler commanded of the huntsman, as well as of the Baron, who en- the horns again to sound the recheat, in hopes to call tered into the spirit of the chase with all the juvenile in the stragglers, and said to Fitzallen, “ Methinks ardour of twenty. “May the foul fiend, booted and St Clere, so distinguished for service in war, should spurd, ride down his bawling throat, with a scythe have been more forward in the chase.” at his girdle,” quoth Albert Drawslot; “ here have “ I trow," said Peter Lanaret," I know the reason I been telling him, that all the marks were those of of the noble lord's absence; for when that mooncalf, a buck of the first head, and he has hollowed the Gregory, hallooed the dogs upon the knobbler, and hounds upon a velvet-headed knobbler! By Saint galloped like a green hilding, as he is, after them, Hubert, if I break not his pate with my cross-bow, I saw the Lady Emma's palfrey follow apace after may I never cast off hound more! But to it, my that varlet, who should be trashed for over-running, lords and masters! the noble beast is here yet, and, and I think her noble brother has followed her, lest thank the saints, we have enough of hounds." she should come to harm.
— But here, by the rood, The cover being now thoroughly beat by the at- is Gregory to answer for himself.” tendants, the stag was compelled to abandon it, and At this moment Gregory entered the circle which trust to his speed for his safety. Three greyhounds had been formed round the deer, out of breath, and were slipped upon him, whom he threw out, after his face covered with blood. He kept for some time running a couple of miles, by entering an extensive uttering inarticulate cries of“ Harrow!” and “Wellfurzy brake, which extended along the side of a hill. away !" and other exclamations of distress and terThe horsemen soon came up, and casting off a suf- ror, pointing all the while to a thicket at some disficient number of slow-hounds, sent them with the tance from the spot where the deer had been killed. prickers into the cover, in order to drive the game “ By my honour," said the Baron, “ I would from his strength. This object being accomplished, gladly know who has dared to array the poor knave afforded another severe chase of several miles, in thus; and I trust he should dearly abye his outrea direction almost circular, during which the poor cuidance, were he the best, save one, in England." animal tried every wile to get rid of his persecu- Gregory, who had now found more breath, cried, tors. He crossed and traversed all such dusty paths “ Help, an ye be men! Save Lady Emma and her as were likely to retain the least scent of his foot- brother, whom they are murdering in Brokenhurst steps; he laid himself close to the ground, drawing thicket.” his feet under his belly, and clapping his nose close This put all in motion. Lord Boteler hastily comto the earth, lest he should be betrayed to the hounds manded a small party of his men to abide for the by his breath and hoofs. When all was in vain, and defence of the ladies, while he himself, Fitzallen, he found the hounds coming fast in upon him, his and the rest, made what speed they could towards own strength failing, his mouth embossed with foam, the thicket, guided by Gregory, who for that purpose and the tears dropping from his eyes, he turned in was mounted behind Fabian. Pushing through a despair upon his pursuers, who then stood at gaze, narrow path, the first object they encountered was a making an hideous clamour, and awaiting their two- man of small stature lying on the ground, mastered footed auxiliaries. Of these, it chanced that the and almost strangled by two dogs, which were inLady Eleanor, taking more pleasure in the sport stantly recognised to be those that had accompathan Matilda, and being a less burden to her palfrey nied Gregory. A little farther was an open space,
where lay three bodies of dead or wounded men; 1 Tailliers-hors, in modern phrase, Tally-ho!
beside these was Lady Emma, apparently lifeless,
[Price 2.1. her brother and a young forester bending over and tainers, to escort them to Queenhoo-11all. llaving endeavouring to recover her. By employing the received and accepted an invitation to attend them usual remedies, this was soon accomplished ; while thither, they prosecuted their journey in contidence Lord Buteler, astonislied at such a scene, anxiously and security, and arrived safe at home without any enquired at St Clere the meaning of what he saw, | further accident. and whether more danger was to be expected?
" For the present, I trust not,” said the young warrior, who they now observed was slightly wounded;
CHAPTER V. " but I pray you of your nobleness, let the woods bere be searched; for we were assaulted by four of Investigation of the Adventure of the Hurting - Å Dis. these base assassins, and I see three only on the
covery - Gregory's manhood -- Fate of Gaston St Clure sward.”
The attendants now brought forward the person So soon as they arrived at the princely mansion whom they had rescued from the dogs, and Henry, of Boteler, the Lady Emma craved perinission to with disgust, slame, and astonishment, recognised retire to her chamber, that she might compose her his hin-nan, Gaston St Clere. This discovery he spirits after the terror she had undergone. Henry communicated in a whisper to Lord Boteler, who St Clere, in a few words, proceeded to explain the commanded the prisoner to be conveyed to Queen- adventure to the curious audience.
“ I had no hvo-Hall, and closely guarded; meanwhile he anxi- sooner seen my sister's palfrey, in spite of her enously enquired of young St Clere about his wound. deavours to tlre contrary, entering with spirit into
“ A scratch, a trifle !" cried Henry; “ I am in the chase set on foot by the worshipful Gregory, less haste to bind it than to introduce to you one, than I rode after to give her assistance. So long without whose aid that of the leech would have was the chase, that when the greyhounds pulled erme too late. Where is ho! where is my brave down the knobbler, we were out of hearing of your deliverer ?”
bugles; and having rewarded and coupled the dogs, “llere, most noble lord,” said Gregory, sliding I gave them to be led by the jester, and we wanfrom liis palfrey, and stepping forward, “ ready to dered in quest of our company, whom it would trive the guerdon wluich your bounty would heap seem the sport had led in a different direction. At on him."
length, passing through the thicket where you found “ Truly, friend Gregory," answered the young us, I was surprised by a cross-bow bolt whizzing warrior, “ thou shalt not be forgotten ; for thou past mine lead. I drew my sword, and rushed into didst run speedily, and roar manfully for aid, with the thicket, but was instantly assailed by two rufout which, I think verily, we had not received it. fians, while other two made towards my sister and -- But the brave forester, who came to my rescue | Gregory. The poor knave fled, crying for help, when these three ruftians had nigh overpowered pursued by my false kinsman, now your prisoner; me, where is he?”
and the designs of the other on my poor Emma Every one looked around, but though all had seen (murderous no doubt) were prevented by the sudhim ou entering the thicket
, he was not now to be den apparition of a brave woodsman, who, after a found. They could only conjecture that he had short encounter, stretched the miscreant at his feet, retired during the confusion occasioned by the de- and came to my assistance. I was already slightly tention of Gaston.
wounded, and nearly overlaid with odds. The conu“ seek not for him," said the Lady Emma, who bat lasted soine time, for the caitiffs were both well had now in some degree recovered her composure; armed, strong, and desperate ; at length, however, " he will not be found of mortal, unless at his own we had each mastered our antagonist, when your season."
retinue, my Lord Boteler, arrived to my relief. So The Baron, convinced from this answer that her ends my story; but, by my knighthood, I would give terror had, for the time, somewhat disturbed her an earl's ransom for an opportunity of thanking the rasa, forbore to question her; and Matilda and gallant forester by whose aid I live to tell it." Ebanor, to whom a message had been dispatched “ Fear not,” said Lord Boteler, “ he shall be with the result of this strange adventure, arriving, found, if this or the four adjacent counties hold they took the Lady Emma between them, and all him. — And now Lord Fitzosborne will be pleased in a tudy returned to the castle.
to doff the armour he has so kindly assumed for The distance was, liowever, considerable, and, our sakes, and we will all bowne ourselves for the before reaching it, they had another alarm. The banquet." prichen, who rode foremost in the troop, balted, When the hour of dinner approached, tiie Lady an i announced to the Lord Boteler, that they per- Matilda and her cousin visited the chamber of the cited advancing towards them a body of armed fair Darcy. They found her in a composed but
The followers of the Baron were numerous, melancholy posture. She turned the discourse upon but they were arrayed for the chase, not for battle; the misfortunes of her life, and hinted, that having and it was with great pleasure that he discerned, on recovered lier brother, and seeing him look forward the pennon of the advancing body of men-at-arms, to the society of one who would amply repay to him instead of the cognizance of Gastón, as he had some the loss of hers, she had thoughts of dedicating her reason to expect, the friendly bearings of l'itz- remaining life to Heaven, by whose providential inUsborne of Digeswell, the saine young lord who was terference it had been so often preserved. present at the May-games with Fitzallen of Marden. Matilda coloured deeply at something in this The knight himself advanced, sheathed in armour, speech, and her cousin inveighed loudly against and, without raising his visor, informed Lord Bo- Emma's resolution. “Ah, my dear Lady Eleanor," tiler, that having heard of a base attempt made replied she, “I have to-day witnessed what I canupo a part of his train by ruffianly assassins, he not but judge a supernatural visitation, and to what kail runted and armed a small party of his re- end can it call me but to give myself to the altari 11. I.
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WAVERLEY NOVELS. That peasant who guided me to Baddow through the thence; but the giglet is wilful, and is running upon Park of Danbury, the same who appeared before her fate." me at different times, and in different forms, during Finding Gaunt, although covetous and communithat eventful journey,— that youth, whose features cative, too faithful a servant to his wicked master to are imprinted on my memory, is the very individual take any active steps against his commands, Fitzforester who this day rescued us in the forest. I Osborne applied himself to old Ursely, whom he cannot be mistaken; and, connecting these marvel- found more tractable. Through her he learned the lous appearances with the spectre which I saw while dreadful plot Gaston had laid to rid himself of his at Gay Bowers, I cannot resist the conviction that kinswoman, and resolved to effect her deliverance. Heaven has permitted my guardian angel to assume But aware of the delicacy of Emma's situation, le mortal shape for my relief and protection.” charged Ursely to conceal from her the interest
The fair cousins, after exchanging looks which he took in her distress, resolving to watch over her implied a fear that her mind was wandering, an- in disguise, until he saw her in a place of safety. swered her in soothing terms, and finally prevailed Hence the appearance he made before her in various upon her to accompany them to the banqueting-hall. dresses during her journey, in the course of which Here the first person they encountered was the he was never far distant; and he had always four Baron Fitzosborne of Diggswell, now divested of stout yeoinen within hearing of his bugle, bad ashis armour; at the siglt of whom the Lady Emma sistance been necessary. When she was placed in changed colour, and exclaiming, “ It is the same!” safety at the lodge, it was Fitzosborne's intention sunk senseless into the arms of Matilda.
to have prevailed upon his sisters to visit, and take “ She is bewildered by the terrors of the day,” her under their protection ; but he found them absaid Eleanor;“ and we have done ill in obliging her sent from Diggswell, having gone to attend an aged to descend."
relation, who lay dangerously ill in a distant county. “And I,” said Fitzosborne, “ have done madly They did not return until the day before the Mayin presenting before her one, whose presence must games; and the other events followed too rapidly to recall moments the most alarming in her life.” permit Fitzosborne to lay any plan for introducing
While the ladies supported Emma from the hall, them to Lady Emma Darcy. On the day of the Lord Boteler and St Clere requested an explanation chase he resolved to preserve his romantic disguise, from Fitzosborne of the words he had used. and attend the Lady Emma as a forester, partly to
“ Trust me, gentle lords,” said the Baron of Diggs- have the pleasure of being near her, and partly to well,“ ye shall have what ye demand, when I learn judge whether, according to an idle report in the that Lady Emma Darcy has not suffered from my country, she favoured his friend and comrade Fitzimprudence.”
allen of Marden. This last motive, it may easily be At this moment Lady Matilda returning, said believed, he did not declare to the company. After that her fair friend, on her recovery, had calmly and the skirmish with the ruffaus, he waited till the deliberately insisted that she had seen Fitzosborne Baron and the hunters arrived, and then, still doubtbefore, in the most dangerous crisis of her life. ing the farther designs of Gaston, bastened to his
“I dread," said she, “her disordered mind con- castle, to arm tlie band which had escorted them to nects all that her eye beholds with the terrible pass- Queenhoo-llall. ages that she has witnessed."
Fitzosborne's story being finished, he received Nay," said Fitzosbome, “if noble St Clere can the thanks of all the company, particularly of St pardon the unauthorized interest which, with the Clere, who felt deeply the respectful delicacy with purest and most honourable intentions, I have taken which he had conducted liimself towards his sister. in his sister's fate, it is easy for me to explain this The lady was carefully informed of her obligations mysterious impression."
to him; and it is left to the well-judging reader, He proceeded to say, that, happening to be in the whether even the raillery of Lady Eleanor made hostelry called the Griffin, near Baddow, while upon her regret that Heavon had only employed natural a journey in that country, he had met with the old means for her security, and that the guardian angel nurse of the Lady Emma Darcy, who, being just was converted into a handsome, gallant, and enaexpelled from Gay Bowers, was in the height of her moured knight. grief and indignation, and made loud and public The joy of the company in the hall extended itproclamation of Lady Enıma's wrongs. From the self to the buttery, where Gregory the jester nardescription she gave of the beauty of her foster-rated such feats of arms done by lin:self in the fray child, as well as from the spirit of chivalry, Fitzos- of the morning, as might liave sìiamed Bevis and borne became interested in her fate. This interest Guy of Warwick. He was, according to his narwas deeply enhanced when, by a bribe to old Gaunt rative, singled out for destruction by the gigantic the Reve, he procured a view of the Lady Emina, Baron himself, while he abandoned to ineaner hands as she walked near the castle of Gay Bowers. The the destruction of St Clere and Fitzosborne. ageri chur) refused to give him access to the castle; “ But certes,” said he, “ the foul paynim met his yet dropped soine hints, as if he thought the lady in match; for, ever as he foined at me with his brand, danger, and wished she were well out of it. His I parried his blows with my bauble, and closing with master, he said, had heard she had a brother in him upon the third veny, threw liim to the ground, life, and since that deprived him of all chance of and made him cry recreant to an unarmed man.” gaining her domains by purchase, hem in short,
“ Tush, man,” said Drawslot, “ thou forgettest Gaunt wished they were safely separated. “If any thy best auxiliaries, the good greyhounds, Help and injury,” quoth he, “ should happen to the damsel Holdfast! I warrant thee, that when the humphere, it were ill for us all. I tried, by an innocent backed Baron caught thee by the cowl, which he hath stratagem, to frighten her from the castle, by intro- almost torn off, thou hadst been in a fair plight had ducing a figure through a trap-door, and warning they not remembered an old friend, and come in to her, as if by a voice from the dead, to retreat from the rescuc. Why, man, I found them fastened on