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BOSTON.

SAMUEL H. PARKER, 164 WASHINGTON ST.

VOLUME 2.

WAVERLEY;

OR,

'TIS SIXTY YEARS SINCE.

Under which king, Bezonian? speak, or die!
HENRY IV. PART II.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

II.

PARKER'S EDITION,

REVISED AND CORRECTED, WITH A GENERAL PREFACE, AN

INTRODUCTION TO EACH NOVEL, AND NOTES,

HISTORICAL AND ILLUSTRATIVE, BY

THE AUTHOR.

BOSTON:

SAMUEL H. PARKER, 164 WASHINGTON-STREET.

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WAVERLEY;

OR,

"TIS SIXTY YEARS SINCE.

CHAPTER I.

Waverley is still in Distress.

THE velocity, and indeed violence, with which Waverley was hurried along, nearly deprived him of sensation; for the injury he had received from his fall prevented him from aiding himself so effectually as he might otherwise have done. When this was observed by his conductors, they called to their aid two or three others of the party, and swathing our hero's body in one of their plaids, divided his weight by that means among them, and transported him at the same rapid rate as before, without any exertion of his own. They spoke little, and that in Gaelic; and did not slacken their pace till they had run nearly two miles, when they abated their extreme rapidity, but continued still to walk very fast, relieving each other occasionally.

Our hero now endeavoured to address them, but was only answered with "Cha n'eil Beurl' agam," i. e. "I have no English," being, as Waverley well knew, the constant reply of a Highlander, when he either does not

understand, or does not choose to reply to,an Englishman or Lowlander. He then mentioned the name of Vich Ian Vohr, concluding that he was indebted to his friendship for his rescue from the clutches of Gifted Gilfillan ; but neither did this produce any mark of recognition from his escort.

The twilight had given place to moonshine when the party halted upon the brink of a precipitous glen, which, as partly enlightened by the moonbeams, seemed full of trees and tangled brushwood. Two of the Highlanders dived into it by a small foot-path, as if to explore its recesses, and one of them returning in a few minutes, said something to his companions, who instantly raised their burden, and bore him, with great attention and care, down the narrow and abrupt descent. Notwithstanding their precautions, however, Waverley's person came more than once into contact, rudely enough, with the projecting stumps and branches which overhung the pathway.

At the bottom of the descent, and, as it seemed, by the side of a brook, (for Waverley heard the rushing of a considerable body of water, although its stream was invisible in the darkness,) the party again stopped before a small and rudely-constructed hovel. The door was open, and the inside of the premises appeared as uncomfortable and rude as its situation and exterior foreboded. There was no appearance of a floor of any kind; the roof seemed rent in several places; the walls were composed of loose stones and turf, and the thatch of branches of trees. The fire was in the centre, and filled the whole wigwam with smoke, which escaped as much through the door as by means of a circular aperture in the roof. An old Highland sibyl, the only inhabitant of this forlorn mansion, appeared busy in the preparation of some food. By the light which the fire afforded, Waverley could discover that his attendants were not of the clan of Ivor, for Fergus was particularly strict in requiring from his followers that they should wear the tartan striped in the mode peculiar to their race; a mark of distinction anciently general through

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