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It would be too sad if Unah some respects far superior advantages. I were to marry him on the brink of a will owo that I like Mr. Tempest very breakdown."

much." “ How can you say such a thing !” pro- “ That is neither here nor there," said tested the minister with pain, almost with the minister a little hotly and incoherently. anger. “I have been thinking Don un “I may be prejudiced; very likely I am, commonly steady in his progress towards since I have sufficient cause. health, as well as very busy and active all know this young fellow's name is beginthis year. Marjory, I cannot bear you to ning to be coupled with Unah's in a most forebode evil in his case at this date.” objectionable manner, considering her en

He did not say whether it was merely gagement? Of course, this Lochbuy story because of his strong interest in, and affec- in giving fresh impetus to the scandal. tion for, his kinsman and former ward and More than once yesterday, in my visits pupil, or whether there was any other idea at Fetterbog, there were sly, and what

the entertaining of which was, to his were to me most annoying, allusions, mind, an insult to his wife, who must be which I could not overlook, made in the innocent - that made her speech move him inquiries for the family here. And when I with quick repulsion.

came to old Mrs. Macdonald, Menmuir, “If the evil is there,” she argued, “it she put it to me plainly, whether my will do no good for us to shut our eyes to daughter's marriage with her silly cousin it;” but she said it slowly and in a lower was not broken off, that she might form tone, and she did not look again at him. a grander connection with some fine En

Certainly” — he tried to compose him- glish lord or other in the Castle Moyself and be reasonable — “only, if that be dart family? Did you ever hear anything true, we ought to have foreseen it long more disgraceful ?" ago.” Then he appealed to her half wist- “ People take great liberties," she profully. Something has occurred which tested indignantly and flushing hotly; has put me out. I don't know how the "what have they to do with our private foolish story has arisen - I suppose in the affairs ? " silly fit of excitement and dissipation which “Well, it seems to me they have a great always comes over us with the shooting- deal to do, if I am their friend as well as season — but I am sure it has been al- their minister. That is not what I comlowed to gain ground solely because you, plain of. It is the utter falsehood of the like me, never dreamt that the smallest story, and the being forced to see that they precaution could be necessary. I allude can suspect us of being guilty of such to Unah's running about and chattering - meanness and baseness. For it would be though the child is not a chatter-box in unutterably mean and base," said the mingeneral it is not like her - as she would ister with a look of being wounded to the have done with any English girl near her quick in his ordinarily peaceful, kindly own age to whom she could have been of face, and at the same time with a gaze use, in showing her the pass, and the beseeching to anguish, in the eyes fixed moor, and the lochs, and in introducing her upon her. to our Highland customs — but unfortu- Mrs. Macdonald appeared nevertheless nately it is not a girl — it is that jacka- to beg the question. “ Mrs. Macdonald, napes Tempest I must call him so, Menmuir, is a very worldly person ; she though he had the nouse to show only man- judges her neighbors as she does herself ; liness and modesty to me. It seems he she has the longest and worst tongue in the has great expectations, and is a splendid parish. If Donald Drumchatt is ready to match, with all the false importance and condemn us on such evidence as hers, his injury to a young man's simplicity and gen- faith in us can never have been very erosity which that absurd classification great !” she ended contemptuously. involves. I have seen something of the “Donald has not condemned us. He result before, even up here in Fearnavoil.” has behaved very well — very well indeed She confronted him fairly and firmly in the business. There is no fault to be

“Farquhar, I never heard you so found with Don,” continued the minister, unjust before,” she said with spirit. always more excited, " but I will not have “ Frank Tempest is neither a conceited these things said of my daughter, and by coxcomb nor a premature man of the inference of you and me, Marjory. I tell world. He has much to learn yet, poor you I will not. If I believed there was a boy, but as it is he is a fine young fellow, grain of truth in them - but there is not much less self-important and ostentatious it is a vile calumny on Unah to give credit than Donald Drumchatt, who has had into a single word of the malicious lie - I

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should never hold up my head, or have the of a doubt of its attainment - a doubt face to enter my pulpit again. The meek which she would have been incapable of

was absolutely transformed. He measuring: stood furious in his slandered righteous- Mrs. Macdonald suddenly looked up ness, and fierce in his resistance to a wrong with bright, moist eyes in her husband's which, if it were inflicted by any member constrained, agitated face, and put her of his family, would be inflicted by him- hand affectionately on his quivering shoulself, inasmuch as he understood himself to der. “My dear Farquhar, why do you have sworn, in the double light of the suffer yourself to be vexed like this? Why head of a house and the minister of a par- do you mind what incredible nonsense ish, that as for bim and his — they would people are silly or mischievous enough to serve the Lord in the first foundations of talk, when you know Unah is no flirt or truth and honesty, if they could go no jilt, and when everybody knows you are farther.

the last man in the world to commit an Mrs. Macdonald was by mental constitu- injustice, or to fail in your word ? Ah ! tion a woman of quick, keen sympathies Farquhar, it is not here that we need exwhen they were not overlaid and crushed. pect to be judged fairly, or to receive the by theories and dogmas. She thrilled in reward of a patient continuance in wellresponse to her husband's just wrath ; she doing. But you can so easily — with felt with the swiftness and sureness of in- Donald Drumchatt's help, and it seems tuition, at that trying moment, all the that he has taken the initiative — put a tender reverence and full, unstinted confi- stop to the idle gossip. Let us drive over dence of wedded love which hung trem- to the Ford, and take the coach to Inverness bling in the balance. And what would to-morrow, and buy what is wanted for life be to her without Farquhar Macdon- Unah's outfit." ald's deep devotion and delicate homage “My dear Marjory,” said the minister to which she had grown as accustomed as with a great sigh, almost a gasp of relief, to the air she breathed, without which it " I was sure you would see the matter as I seemed she could no more exist than she did, and that you would not put any obstacould live without the vital air? Would cle in the way of the wrong's being reany outward exaltation of Unah were dressed. I am afraid there has been, in she to become a queen instead of a count the very innocence of our hearts, an apess or duchess

atone for so terrible and pearance of evil. But you are something irreparable a loss ? “Never ! was the far better than a female martinet. I caninstant, unequivocal answer of Mrs. Mac- not think why I was so silly as to take donald's nobler nature. She could not this folly so much to heart. I think I even endure to contemplate the possibility must have been daft on my own account of her deprivation. Thus Mrs. Macdonald a great deal dafter than Don, poor fellow, in her cleverness and sensibility was baf- who might have been excused, had he not fied as a conspirator, where a less gifted treated the trifle with the scanty consideraand coarser actor might have gone on and tion which was all it deserved. But the prospered. Her sensibility, above all, consultation with you has done me a world forged weapons against herself, which, had of good," he acknowledged gratefully; "a she been a worse woman, would either not woman's judgment comes in where a man's have existed, or would have been so tem- fails.". pered as to prove worthless. If she had “ But I have not suggested any new been a common hypocrite there would course," said Mrs. Macdonald deprecathave been no obligation on her part to ingly. frame and preserve that veil of self-decep- “No, no; but you reduced the whole tion which a moment's self-revelation had thing to its due proportions, and stripped torn aside; she would not have been from it the exaggerated importance with tempted to throw up the game on a mere which I was inclined to invest it. emotional check; she might have per- are agreed in letting the marriage come off severed craftily and boldly - seeking at at once, which is only making up our once to deceive her husband and to secure minds to part with Unah a little sooner his regard. She would not have suc- than we intended.” ceeded, since Farquhar Macdonald com- Yes,” said Mrs. Macdonald quickly, manded in all graver dangers the powerful “ but you must break the new arrangement advantage held by the man whose eye is to her. It was your and Donald's doing, single, and whose sight on that account is after all. I have only consented to it to comparatively clear. But she might not save misunderstanding. And I do think, have refrained from the attempt because I as I have already told you, that it is hard

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upon Unah to have her marriage come ab-| had just been in to bid him good-bye before ruptly upon her like this."

setting out for his winter's course of the “Oh! very well,” said the minister, feel. humanities. ing every encounter easy after he was cer- Unah showed no indifference to the fatain of his wife's views, which he ought miliar tidings; on the contrary she listened never to have doubted. He was sure that eagerly, as if she thirsted for a return to Unah was true, since his wife had proved every-day interests and occupations. the high-minded, disinterested woman he “ And you must be quick and get well, had always respected as deeply as he had Unah," broke off the minister with the loved her dearly; and whose perfect in- smile which when his heart was at ease tegrity he had been so left to himself as had something of womanly gentleness in to question for a wretched interval, during it. “ You must know it is particularly in. which he had been driven to become scep- cumbent on you not to be playing the invatical of the goodness of the whole world, lid and learning lazy habits just now.” with his faith - in man, if not in God, tot- A flickering color came into Unah's tering. “I dare say there will be no great cheek and a startled, inquiring look into breaking of the news needed,” he pre- her eyes. “ I think I cannot do better in dicted cheerfully: “ A little lover-like im- any case than get well as soon as possible. patience in the end is not without its sweet I am tired of being ill; indeed I am not fattery to a girl. And Upah is far too un- ill, I am almost as well as ever -- to say selfish and tender-hearted to grudge mak- anything else is a polite fiction of the docing a little sacrifice for Don."

tor's. I don't wish to give my inother or The light of his glad deliverance from a anybody else any farther trouble, or to miserable suspicion of the person dearest miss any more events wrecks left by to him, was still on the minister's face storms, or christenings and leavetakings," when he went to talk to Unah, and an- she said hastily. “But why is recovering nounce to her the alteration in their plans such a special obligation just now?" and the near prospect of her wedding.

Because the minister hesitated, Unah was sitting up in her white dress certainly no longer in any great trouble ing-gown, with her hair hanging loose on about the nature of his message, and with her shoulders. She looked younger than no particular thought for his daughter, on ever in her womanhood, and with some account of an indiscretion into which he thing pathetic in the youthfulness, because was in the end persuaded she had been of the little air of languor and fragility drawn, along with her mother and himself, which even so slight an illness had lent to in the over-confidence of innocence, but her pale, dark-eyed face.

simply with the laudable desire to make The minister, though a quiet man, had his communication neatly. Don has always plenty to say to his daughter, al- found that you are a great deal too premost more than to his wife, whose tastes cious to him to be suffered to go risking were not in such complete accordance with yourself on Ben Voil in a mist without his his own.

On the present occasion there knowledge and consent. We have all was, on

one side at least, even a fuller come to the conclusion that his wooing has flow of chat than usual, seeing that Unah been protracted long enough for the shortbad been shut up from the outer world for dess of modern life. Our years do not the last five days, and had not seen for reach to the term of the patriarchs, so that herself that there had been a night of high you cannot expect to have as great a comwind and rain after the mist. One of the pliment paid to you as was offered to larches at Randal's Bridge had been blown Rachel. Your mother and I are of opindown, while there had been the threaten- ion that you should do Donald the honor ing of a

“spate” in the Fearn, which if it of marrying him one day before the autumn had been fulfilled would have put an end is over. You are aware that winter is to the dahlias which the early frost had rather a trying season for him, poor chap, spared in the garden. In addition the and I am sure it is the most earnest wish minister had christened Nicky Macdon- of your heart to lighten his burdens. Do ald's bairn in the house, since it was far you see now, Unah, why you must look too weary a thing * to be brought to the sharp and be brisk in getting about again, kirk; and Ludovic Macdonald, Saonach, that we may not lose any part of the short

time you are still to be your mother's and • " Hap and row, hap and row, hap and row the mine entirely? The rooms down-stairs,

the very pass and the moors don't look the It's sic a wee bit weary thing I downa bear the greetin' o't."

same without you; but we must make up Cradle Song. our mind to seeing less of you in future.

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It is the common lot, my dear. However, and talked a little longer to his daughter. you will not be far away; you will be happy He spoke to her quietly of the days of his yourself, and make Don happy; there is youth of his early hopes and aspirations. not the slightest room for complaint - He told her of the mingled pride and rather-we are bound to be humbly thank- humility with which he had become a ful.” The minister pulled himself up, minister of the Church - that old Scotch after falling into a somewhat pensive line Church which had come through fire and of reflection. But he bethought himself flood, which had been more than once rent in time that to announce the hastening of asunder, but which was still the National the marriage and then to discuss the meas- Church - nay more, which had yet beating ure in a doleful strain, was not the judi- warm at its heart life from the Lord of life cious reassuring treatment which might — life that thrilled and throbbed through bave been expected from a man of his every member, and waxed strong in earnest experience in “ breaking.” such news to a faith and good works. He referred simply girl with even the shadow of an illness to the failures and mistakes as well as the

successes of his own and her mother's But Unah, timid as she was, did not work, but was clear that, withal, it became betray perturbation ; she did not shrink them to take courage and not be weary in from the proposal. She heard it with a well doing. long-drawn breath and a fixed look in her Unah listened earnestly, and assented father's face-a look that had more of softly. indefinite yearning than of rebellion and Although Unah had spoken of her illness repugnance in it." Yes,” she said emphat- as a polite fiction on her doctor's part, and ically, “I have wished to lighten Don's although she might have grown tired of it, burdens. I have promised, and I think I she had been more thankful for its reality, can help him. There is nothing to hinder in the first place, than she remembered me since you and my mother have agreed ever feeling grateful for any boon bestowed to it. I would rather go to him at once. on her. It had been a refuge for her till Let us have the marriage and the parting she could come to herself, and brace her. and everything over," she said, with a self to bear what was in store for her. It slight quiver of the lip and twitch of the had made everybody - including Don, in. wool which she had been knitting and with dulgent to her, and indisposed to weigh which her hand was playing. Then she strictly and put harsh constructions on any smiled slightly, and added as at a joke she disorder that she might be unable to banish was guilty of making, “ It is better to sub- in a moment from her words and looks. mit to an operation than to have it con- Above all, it screened her from what she stantly hanging over one's hea.."

dreaded most any chance of meeting “You are my dear, good lassie,” said Frank Tempest after the day on Ben Voil. her father warmly; women are greatly He was lavish in his expressions of conmistaken when they imagine that pride cern- unremitting in his inquiries, but and coquetry, or simply affectation, will under the excuse of her illness she was recommend them and raise their value in saved from hearing more than the distant the eyes of men worthy of the name." echo of his sympathy:

The minister was perfectly satisfied. All the time she knew that when the Even bis ear, dulled by the familiarity of days of her illness, like the days of the use and wont, and the tyranny of a pre- mourning for the dead, were ended, she conceived impression, did not catch, in the would return to the world — much the voice which was so well known and so same girl outwardly, perhaps, but still pleasant to him, a sigh of weariness after changed at the core, and that irrevocably. a sharp struggle - of terror clutching at all the sweet, lingering immaturity, “the the first support that offered itself - of tender grace" of budding womanhood that desperate desire to get rid of uncertainty is not yet in flower, would be left behind and apprehension by taking the decisive her, and the eyes of the spirit which had step which nothing could undo. “To have been unsealed would never be closed again. it all over,” she had said piteously, and she would be like Kilmeny, when she came those who knew everything and could back from that wondrous sleep in the understand all might have measured her lonely dell. Only Kilmeny appeared with words. But among the enlightened was a peace past breaking on her charmed not the loving father, the good and honest face, and Unah would resuine life with a man who had taught, trained, and cherished heart full of undying regret and vain reber since she had been a helpless baby. pentance.

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conception that the explanation which had pale cheeks were dyed red with shame in taken place between her and Frank Tem- the very privacy of her sick-room. She pest could alter her relations with Donald was like Jenny in "Auld Robin Grey," Drumchatt, even though her tender con- when the young wife cries in her upright. science and honorable nature were weighed ness, no less than in her anguish, to the ground under the sense of having

I daurna think on Jamie, unwittingly failed her plighted busband

For that would be a sin; and played him false.

But I'll do my best a gudewife to be, Unah was, like her father, simply in

Since auld Robin Grey is gudeman to me. capable of doing anything else than keep her word, though “it might be to her Unah was not yet a wife; Donald Drumhurt; and neither father nor daughter chatt was not yet her gudeman; and she could see beyond their word. It might knew little or nothing of those fine distinchave been moral stupidity and blindness tions of the sturdily honest old marriage in them - so many people argue glibly on laws of Scotland, which are disposed to the slightest and most fanciful premises hold a written pledge - even a verbal that it is much better to break one's word, promise duly witnessed as well - nigh than to do unknown harm by keeping it. equivalent to the sacred rite performed. And it is plain to all that in the case of a But to a girl who reverenced her word as rash criminal vow, both God and man are Unah reverenced hers, an engagement in more honored in the breach than in the marriage was what a betrothal is to a Gerobservance. But then Mr. Macdonald and man girl, only second in solemnity to the Unah were not at all the sort of persons marriage itself, and not to be cancelled who would take criminal vows, while with save for the weightiest and most terrible regard to the obligations they did incur, reasons — physical death, or infidelity on they had in them a curious mixture of the man's part, which would be as his self-respect and of modesty. They did death to the woman. not undertake what they were not fit to The minister was acting in ignorance, fulfil, and knowing this they felt bound to and Unah in knowledge of the obstacle discharge their debt. They had a manly, which had arisen in her heart. But had womanly, and very Christian conviction he shared her knowledge, his conclusion that they could by higher help control would have been the same.

It might their own inclinations. And they were have been moral stupidity and blindness in not possessed with the idea that they and them, but it was the manner in which they their feelings were of such enormous im- read their duty by the light of their Bibles portance, that the absence of some special and by their quiet, steadfast godliness and sentiment, or even the presence of a war- true-heartedness. ring sentiment — painfully but faithfully resisted on their part, must work misery to more than themselves, and prove richer in the elements of ruin to all concerned, than broken pledges and shattered trust

From Blackwood's Magazine, would be.

A SCOTS BISHOP. Unah knew that she could still, as she The most attractive phase in the his. promised, help and cheer Donald in his tory of every religious denomination is the dismal mansion of Drumchatt; and she season of its adversity. No doubt a believed that, being on the whole so well Church feels a justifiable pride when it can pleased with himself and his position, he point to annual reports of flourishing progwould in all likelihood be content with ress, to increasing rolls of membership, what she could give him, even while her to swelling subscriptions and endowments, heart was sore for another love. It did to extensive missionary operations at home, not strike her that there was any wrong and to imposing efforts among the hea. committed, any demeaning of herself in then abroad. But this prosperity is sel. thus doing what she could to atone for her dom compatible with picturesqueness. If involuntary betrayal of confidence; and so Churches, like corporations, do not grow far from thinking that it was a sin against bloated as they wax rich, the world is apt the love which she never knew she felt for to qualify its acknowledgment of their Frank Tempest till the day on Ben Voil, success by the imputation of vulgarity. it was that love which was a sin in her The simple, self-denying, humble spirit of eyes, and against which she recoiled. It the great founder of Christianity is not was under the consciousness of its exist- so apparent, or perhaps the world is not ence that she writhed, and her ordinarily so forcibly compelled to recognize it, as

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