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my duty to the state, through good report and bad report, shouldna hae something now and then to-synd ( 100 7 Save Buckland is in hobert Buhay not done so
your's, and such like as you, that have led me to the It would be very unreasonable indeed, my lord," far end of a fair estate'? and now I shall be obliged, replied the Marquis," had we either thought that I suppose, to shelter and shift about like yourself your lordship's drought was quenchable, or observed live one week upon a line of secret intelligence from any thing stick in your throai that required washing Saint
Germains-another upon a report of a rising in dawn.”
the Highlands-get my breakfast and morning, And so we close the scene on the Privy Council of draught of sack from old Jacobite ladies, and give that period.
them locks of my old wig, for the Chevalier's hair second my friend in his quarrel till he comes to the
field, and then flinch from him lest so important a CHAPTER VI.
political agent should perish from the way. All this For this are all these warriors come,
must do for bread, besides calling myself a captain!"
"You think you are making a fine speech now," And o'er our death-accustom'd arms.
said Craigengelt, and showing much wit at my Shall silly tears prevail 1 HENRY MACKENZIE expense. Is, starving or hanging better than the
life I am obliged to lead, because the present forOn the evening of the day when the Lord Keeper tunes of the king cannot sufficiently support his and his daughter were saved from such imminent envoys ? peril, two strangers were seated in the most private Starving is honester, Craigengelt, and hanging is apartment of a small obscure inn,
you mean to make called the Tod's Den, about three or four miles from of this poor fellow Ravenswood, I know not-he has the Castle of Ravenswood, and as far from the ruin- no money left, any more than I-his lands are al ons tower of Wolf's Crag, betwixt which two places pawned and pledged, and the interest eats up the it was situated.
rents, and is not satisfied, and what do you hope to One of these strangers was about forty years of make by meddling in his affairs ? age, tall, and thin in the flanks, with an aquiline nose, Content yourself
, Bucklaw; I know my business," dark penetrating eyes, and a shrewd but sinister cast replied Craigengelt." "Besides that his name, and his of countenance. The other was about fifteen years rather's services in 1639, will make such an acquisi. younger, short, stout, ruddy-faced, and red-haired, tion sound well both at Versailles and Saint Gerwith
an open, resolute, and cheerful eye, to which mains-you will also please be informed, that the careless and fearless freedom, and inward daring, Master of Ravenswood is a very different kind of a gave fire and expression, notwithstanding its light young fellow from you. He has parts and address, gray colour. A stoup of wine (for in those days it as well as courage and talents,
and will present himwas serv'd out from the cask in pewter flagons) seli abroad like a young man of head as well as heart, was placed on the table, and each had his quaigh or who knows something more than the speed of a horse bicker* before him. But there was little appearance or the flight of a hawk. I have lost credit of late, by of conviviality. With folded arms, and looks of bringing over no one that had sense to know more anxious expectation, they eyed each other in silence, than how to unharbour a stag, or take and reclaim egch wrapt in his own thoughts, and holding nó an eyess. The Master has education, sense, and communication with his neighbour.
penetration." At length the younger broke silence by exclaiming, And yet is not wise enough to escape the tricks "What the foul fiend can detain the Master so long? of a kidnapper, Craigengelt ?? replied the younger he must have miscarried in his enterprise.-Why did man. “But don't be angry, you know you will not you dissuade me from going with him?"
fight, and so it is as well to leave your hilt in peace One man is enough to right his own wrong," and quiet, and tell me in sober guise how you drew said the taller and older personage; "we venture our the Master into your confidence ?" lives for him in coming thus far on such an errand." "By Aattering his love of vengeance, Bucklaw," " You are but a craven after all, Craigengelt," answered Craigengelt
. "He has always distrusted answered the younger, " and that's what many folk me, but I watched my time, and struck while his have thought you before now."
temper was red-hot with the sense of insult and of But what none has dared to tell me,” said wrong. He goes now
to expostulate, as he says, and Craigengelt, laying his hand on the hilt of his sword; perhaps thinks, with Sir William Ashton. I say, that
and, but that I hold a hasty man no better than if they meet, and the lawyer puts him to his defence, a fool, I would”-he paused for his companion's the Master will kill him; for he had that sparkle in answer
his eye which never deceives you when you would "Would you?” said the other cooly; "and why read a man's purpose. At any rate, he will give him do you not then ?"
such a bullying as will be construed into an assault Craigengelt drew his cutlass an inch or two, and on a privy-councillor; so there will be a total breach then returned it with violence into the scabbard betwixt him and government; Scotland will
be too "Because there is a deeper stake to be played for, hot for him, France will gain him, and we will all than the lives of twenty harebrained gowks like set sail together in the French brig L'Espoir, which
is hovering for us off Eyemouth." You are right there," said his companion, " for "Content am I," said Bucklaw; "Şcotland has if it were not that these forfeitures, and that last fine little left that I care about; and if carrying the Masthat the old driveller Turntippit is gaping for, and ter with us
will get us a better reception in France, which, I daresay, is laid on by this time, have fairly why, so be it, a God's name. I doubt our own merits and a cuckoo to boot, to trust your fair promises send a ball through the Keeper's head before he joins of getting me a commission in the Irish brigade,- us. One or two of these scoundrel statesmen should what have I to do with the Irish brigade ? I am a be shot once a-year, just to keep the others on theu plain Scotchman as my father was before me; and good behaviour. my grand-aunt, Lady Girnington, cannot live for That is very true," replied Craigengelt; "and it ever."
reminds me that I must go and see that our horses Ay, Bucklaw," observed Craigengelt, but she have been fed, and are in readiness; for, should such may live for many a long day; and for your father, deed be done, it will be no time for grass to grow beke had land and living, kept himself close from wad neath their heels." He proceeded
as far as the door, setters and money-lenders, paid each man his due, then turned back with a look of earnestness, and said and lived on his own."
to Bucklaw, "Whatever should come of this business, Drinking cups of different sizes, made out of staves hooped that I said nothing to the Master which could imple
I am sure you will do me the justice to remember, brandyt it mighi hold about a gill, and was often composed of my accession to any act of violence which he mas ure wood and curiously ornamented with
take it into his head to commit."
"No, no, not a single word like accession," replied goose. But here comes the Master alone, and looking Bucklaw; "you know too well the risk belonging to as gloomy as a night in November." these twy terrible words, art and part." Then, as if The Master of Ravenswood entered the room acto himself, he recited the following lines :
cordingly, his cloak muffled around him, his arms fold"The dial spoke not, but it made shrewd signs, ed, his looks stern, and at the same time dejected. He And pointed full upon the stroke of murder."
Aung his cloak from him as he entered, threw himself "What is that you are talking to yourself ?” said upon a chair, and appeared sunk in a profound reverie. Craigengelt, turning back with some anxiety, "What has happened? What have you done ?
"Nothing only two lines I have heard upon the was hastily demanded by Craigengelt and Bucklaw stage,” replied his companion,
in the same moment. "Bucklaw," said Craigengelt, "I sometimes think "Nothing," was the short and sullen answer, you should have been a stage-player yourself; all is "Nothing? and left us, determined to call the old fancy and frolic with you."
villain to account for all the injuries that you, we, and " have often thought so myself,” said Bucklaw. the country, have received at his hand ? Have you "I believe it would be safer than acting with you in secn him ?." the Fatal Conspiracy.-Bit away, play your own part, "I have," replied the Master of Ravenswood. and look after the horses like a gioom as you are.--A Seen him ? and come away without settling scores play-actra stage-player" he repeated to himself; which have been so long due ?" said Bucklaw; "I that would have deserved a stab, but that Craigen. would not have expected that at the
hand of the Masgelt's a coward-And yet I should like the profession ter of Ravenswood.". well enough-Stay-let me see-ay-I would come "No matter what you expected," replied Ravensout in Alexander
wood; "it is not to you, sir, that I shall be disposed Thus from the grave I rise to save my love,
to render any reason for my conduct." Draw all your swords, and quiek as lightning move; "Patience, Bucklaw," said Craigéngelt, interrupte When I rush on, sure none will dare to stay, "Tis love commands, and glory leads the way."". ?
ing his companion, who seemed about to make an
angry reply. "The Master has been interrupted in As with a voice of thunder, and his hand upon his his purpose by some accident; but he must excuse sword, Bucklaw repeated the ranting couplets of poor the anxious curiosity of friends, who are devoted to Lee, Craigengelt re-entered with a face of alarm. his cause like you and me."
"We are undone, Bucklaw! the Masters's led horse "Friends, Captain Craigengelt!" retorted Ravenshas cast himself over his halter in the stable, and is wood, haughtily; "I am ignorant what familiarity dead lame-his hackney will be set up with the day's has passed betwixt us to entitle you to use that exwork, and now he has no fresh horse; he will never pression. I think our friendship amounts to this, that
we agreed to leave Scotland together so soon as I "Egad, there will be no moving with the speed of should have visited the alienated mansion of my lightning this bout" said Bucklaw, drily. "But stay, fathers, and had an interview with its present posses
sor, I will not call him proprietor." "What! and be taken myself? I thank you for the "Very true, Master," answered Bucklaw; "and as proposal," said Craigengelt.
we thought you had a mind to do something to put Why," replied Bucklaw, if the Lord Keeper your neck in jeopardy, Craigie and I very courteously should have met with a mischance, which for my agreed to tarry for you, although ours might run some part I cannot suppose, for the Master is not the lad to risk in consequence. As to Craigie, indeed, it does not shoot an old and unarmed man-but if there should very much signify, he had gallows written
on his brow have been a fray at the Castle, you are neither art in the hour of his birth; but I should not like to dis nor part in it, you know, so have nothing to fear." credit my parentage by coming to such an end in
True, true," answered the other, with embarrass- another man's cause." ment; "but consider my commission from Saint "Gentlemen," said the Master of Ravenswood, "I Germains."
am sorry if I have occasioned you any inconvenience, "Which many men think is a commission of your but I must claim the right of judging what is best for own making, noble captain. -Well, if you will not my own affairs, without rendering explanations to give him your horse, why, dn it
, he must have any one. I have altered my mind, and do not design mine.'
to leave the country this season." "Yours ?" said Craigengelt,
"Not to leave the country, Master!" exclaimed Ay, mine," repeated Bucklaw; "it shall never be Craigengelt. Not to go over, after all the trouble said that I agreed to back a gentleman in a little affair and expense I have incurred-after all the risk of dis of honour, and neither helped him on with it nor off covery, and the expense of freight and demurrage!" from it."
You will give him your horse? and have you con- I designed to leave this country in this haste, I made sidered the loss ?"
use of your obliging offer to procure me means of con"Loss! why, Gray Gilbert cost me twenty Jaco- veyance; but I do not recollect that I pledged myself puses, that's
true; but then his hackney is worth to go off, if I found occasion to alter my mind. For something, and his Black Moor is worth twice as your trouble on my account, I am sorry, and I thank much were he sound, and I know how to handle him. you; your expense," he added, putting his hand into Take a fat sucking mastiff whelp, play and bowel him, his pocket, admíts a more solid compensationstuff the body full of black and gray snails, roast a freight and demurrage are matters with which I am reasonable time, and baste with oil of spikenard, saf- unacquainted, Captain Craigengelt, but take my purse fron, cinnamon and honey, anoint
with the dripping, and
pay yourself according to your own conscience." working it in":
And accordingly he tendered a purse with some gold "Yes, Buckļaw; but in the mean while, before the in it to the soi-disant captain. sprain is cured, nay, before the whelp is roasted, you But here Bucklaw interposed in his turn. "Yom will be caught and hung. Depend on it, the chase fingers, Craigie
, seem to itch for that same piece of will be hard after Ravenswood. I wish we had made green net-work,” said he; "but I make my vow to our place of rendezvous nearer to the coast." God, that if they offer to close upon it, I will chop them “On my faith, then," said Bucklaw,
"I had best off with
my whinger. Since the Master has changed go off just now, and leave my horse for him-Stay, his mind, I suppose we need stay here no longer; but stay, he comes, I hear a horse's feet." Are you sure there is only one ?" said Craigen- Tell him any thing you will,” said Craigengelt
, gelt; "I fear there is a chase; I think I hear three or "if you will first allow me to state the inconveniences four galloping together-I am sure I hear more horses to which he will expose himself by quitting our socithan one.
ety, to remind him of the obstacles to his remaining "Pooh, pooh, it is the wench of the house clatter- here, and of the difficulties attending his proper intro ing to the wel! in her pattens. By my faita, Captain, duction at Versailles and Saint Germains, withou, you should give up both your captainship and your the countenance
of those who have established useful secret service, for you are as easily scared as a "vild- I connexions"
Besides forteiting the friendship," said, Bucklaw,
Neither will be necessary have a Ravenswood "Gentlemen," said Ravenswood, permit me once affair with you. If you are serious, this place will more to assure you, that you have been pleased 10 serve as well as another." attach to our temporary connexion more importance "Dismount then, and draw," said Bucklaw, setting than I ever meant that it should
have When I repair him an example. "I always thought and said you to foreign courts, I shall not need the introduction of were a pretty man; I should be sorry to report you an intriguing adventurer, nor is it necessary for me to otherwise, set value on the friendship of a hot-headed bully." ." You shall have no reason, sir,” said Ravenswood, With these words, and without waiting for an answer, alighting, and putting himself into a posture of de he left the apartment, remounted his horse, and was fence. heard to ride off.
Their swords crossed, and the combat commenced "Mortbleu!" said Captain Craigengelt, "my recruit with great spirit on the part of Bucklaw, who
was is lost!"
well accustomed to affairs of the kind, and distinAy, Captain," said Bucklaw,"
the salmon is off guished by address and dexterity at his weapon. In with hook and all. But I will after him, for I have the present case, however, he did not use his skill to had more of his insolence than I can well digest.” advantage; for, having lost tenper at the cool and Craigengelt offered to accompany
him; but Buck- contemptuous manner in which the Master of Ralaw, replied, "No, no, captain, keep you the cheek of venswood had long refused, and at length granted the chimney-nook till I come back; it's good sleeping him satisfaction, and urged by his impatience, he in a haill skin.
adopted the part of an assailant with inconsiderata *Little kens the auld wife that sits by the fire,
eagerness. The Master, with equal skill, and much How cauld the wind blaws in biurle-burle swire.'" greater composure, remained chiefly on the defensive, And singing as he went, he left the apartment. and even declined to avail himself of one or two
advantages afforded him by the eagerness of his ad
versary. At length, in a desperate lunge, which he ¿ CHAPTER VII,
followed with an attempt to close, Bucklaw's foot Now, Billy Bewick, keep good heart, s
slipped, and he fell on the short gtassy turf on which And of thy talking let me be ;
they were fighting. "Take your life, sir," said the But if thou art a man, as I am sure thou art, Master of Ravenswood, "and mend it if you can," Come over the dike and fight with me.
"It would be but a cobbled piece of work, I fear, Ola Balad.
said Bucklaw, rising slowly and gathering up his The Master of Ravenswood had mounted the am-sword, much less disconcerted with the issue of the bling hackney which he before rode, on finding the combat than could have been expected from the im accident which had happened to his led horse, and, petuosity of his temper: "I thank you for my life
, for the animal's ease, was proceeding at a slow pace Master," he pursued." There is my hand, I bear no from the Tod's Den towards his old tower of Wolf's ill-will to you, either for my bad luck or your better Crag, when he heard the galloping of a horse behind swordmanship. him, and, looking back, perceived that he was pur- The Master looked steadily at him for an instant, sued by young Bucklaw, who had been delayed a few then extended his hand to him.-"Bucklaw," he minutes in the pursuit by the irresistible temptation of said, "you are a generous fellow, and I have done giving the hostler at the Tod's Den some recipe for you wrong, I heartily ask your pardon for the ex treating the lame horse. This brief delay he had made pression which offended you; it was hastily and up by hard galloping, and now overtook
the Master incautiously
uttered, and I am convinced it is totally .where the road traversed a waste moor. “Halt, sir," misapplied. cried Bucklaw; "I am no political agent-no Cap- "Are you indeed, Master ?" said Bucklaw, his face țain Craigengelt
, whose life is too important to be résuming at once its natural expression of lighthazarded in defence of his honour, I am Frank Hay-hearted carelessness and audacity; " that is more ston of Bucklaw, and no man injures me by word, than I expected of you; for, Master, men say you deed, sign, or look, but he must render me an account are not ready to retract your opinions and your lanof it.
"This is all very well, Mr. Hayston of Bucklaw," "Not when I have well considered them," said replied the Master of Ravenswood, in a tone the most the Master. calm and indifferent; but I have no quarrel with "Then you are a little wiser than I am, for I alyou, and desire to have none. Our roads homeward, ways give my friend satisfaction first, and explanaas well as our roads through life, lie in different di- tion afterwards. If one of us falls, all accounts are rections; there is no occasion for us crossing each settled ; 'if not, men are never so ready for peace as other."
after war. But what does that
bawling brat of a boy "Is there not ?" said Bucklaw, impetuously. "By want ?" said Bucklaw. "I wish to Heaven he had Heaven! but I say that there is, though you called come a few minutes sooner.! and yet it must have us intriguing adventurers."
been ended some time, and perhaps this way is as "Be correct in your recollection, Mr. Hayston; it well as any other." was to your companion only I applied thai epithet, As he spoke, the boy he mentioned came up, cud. and you know him to be no better.
gelling an ass, on which he was mounted, to the top And what then? He was my companion for the of its speed, and sending, like one of Ossian's heroes time, and no man shall insult my companion, right or his voice before him, Gentlemen,-gentlemen, save wrong, while he is in my company:
yourselves ! for the gudewife bade us tell ye there 1. Then, Mr. Hayston,' replied Ravenswood, with. were folk in her house
had taen Captain Craigengelt, "he same composure, you should choose your soci- and were seeking for Bucklaw, and that ye behoved ety better, or you are like to have much work in your to ride for it." capacity of their champion. "Go home, sir, sleep, and By my faith, and that's very true, my man,” said have more reason in your wrath to-morrow." Bucklaw; "and there's a silver sixpence for your
Not so, Master, you have mistaken your man; news, and I would give any man twice as much high airs and wise saws shall not carry it off thus would tell me which way I should ride." Besides, you termed me bully, and you shall retract "That will I, Bucklaw,” said Ravenswood; "ride the word before we part:
'home to Wolf's Crag with me. There are places in "Faith, scarcely," said Ravenswood, unless you the old tower where you might lie hid, were a thou
how me better reason for thinking myself mistaken sand men to seek you." - han you are now producing." : "Then, Master," said Bucklaw, "though I should ter; and unless you be in the Jacobite scrape already
But that will bring you into trouble yourself,
Mas. ve sorry to offer it to a man of your quality, if you will it is quite needless for me to drag you in, not justify your incivility,
or retract it, or name a place Not a whit; I have nothing to fear." of meeting, you must here undergo the hard word and *Then I will ride with
you blithely, for to say the the hard Olow.'
truth, I do not know the rendezvous that Cragie
was to guide us to this might;' and I am suire that, if he destroyed, an affectionate father murdered! Why, in. is taken, he will tell all the truth of me, and twenty our old Scottish days, le that sat quiet under such lies of you, in order to save himself from the withie. wrongs, would have been held neither fit to back a
They mounted, and rode off in company accord- friend nor face a foe," ingly, striking off the ordinary road, and holding "Well
, Master, 1 am glad to see that the devil deals their way by wild moorish unfrequented paths, with as cunningly with other folk as he deals with me; which the gentlemen were well acquainted from the for whenever I am about to commit any folly he per exercise of the chase, but through which others suades me it is the most necessary gallant, gentlewould have had much difficulty in tracing their man-like thing on earth, and I am up to saddlegirths course. They rode for some time in silence, making in the bog before I see that the ground is soft. And such haste as the condition of Ravenswood's horse you, Master, might have turned out a murd permitted, until night having gradually closed around homicide, just out of pure respect for your father's them, they discontinued their speed, "both from the memory. difficulty of discovering their path, and from the "There is more sense in your language, Bucklaw,". hope that they were beyond the reach of pursuit or replied the Master, "than might have been expected observation.
from your conduct. It is too true, our vices steal And now that we have drawn bridle abit,” said upon us in forms outwardly as fair as those of the Bucklaw, "I would fain ask you a question, Master." demons whom the superstitious represent as intrigu
"Ask, and welcome," said Ravenswood, " but for-ing with the human race, and are not discovered in give my not answering it unless I think proper." their native hideousness until we have clasped them
* Well, it is simply this,"answered his late antago- in our arms." nist, -"What, in the name of old Sathan, could "But we may throw them from us, though,” said. make you, who stand so highly on your reputation, Bucklaw," and that is what I shall think
of doing think for a moment of drawing up with such a rogue one of these days, -that is, when old Lady Girningas Craigengelt, and such a scape-grace as folk call ton dies."
... Did you ever hear the expression of the English Simply, because I was desperate, and sought des- divirte ?» said Ravenswood" Hell is paved with perate associates,
good intentions'-as much as to say, they are more "And what made you break off from us at the near- often formed than executed." est again demanded Bucklaw.
"Well," replied Bucklaw, "but I will begin this * Because I had changed my mind," said the Mas- blessed night, and have determined not to drink ter, and renounced my enterprise, at least for the above one quart of wine, unless your claret be of present. And now that I have answered your ques- extraordinary quality," tions fairly and frankly, tell me what makes you "You will find little to tempt you at Wolf's Crag," associate with Craigengelt, so much beneath you said the Master, "I know
not that I can promisa both in birth and in spirit ?"
you more than the shelter of my roof; all, and more "In plain terms," answered Bucklaw," because I than all, our stock of wine and provisions was ex-, am a fool, who have gambled away my land in these hausted at the late occasion." times. My grand-aunt, Lady Girnington, has taen a "Long may it be ere provision is needed for the new tack of life I think, and I could only hope to get like purpose," answered Bucklaw; " but you should something hy a change of government. Cragie was a not drink up the last flask at a dirge; there is ill luck sort of gambling acquaintance; he saw my condition; in that." and, as the devil is always at one's elbow, told me "There is ill luck, I think, in whatever belongs to fifty lies about his credentials from Versailles, and his me," said Ravenswood. “But yonder is Wolf's Crag. interest at Saint Germains, promised me a captain's and whatever it still contains is at your service." commission at Paris, and I have been ass enough to The roar of the sea had long announced their ap-. put my thumb under his belt. I daresay, by this time, proach to the cliffs, on the summit of which, like the he has told a dozen pretty stories of me to the govern- nest of some sea-eagle, the founder of the fortalice ment. And this is what I have got by wine, women, had perched his eyry, The pale moon, which had and dice, cocks, dogs, and horses."
hitherto been contending with flitting clouds, now "Yes, Bucklaw," said the Master, "you have in- shone out, and gave them a view of the solitary and deed nourished in your bosom the snakes that are naked tower, situated on a projecting cliff that beenow stinging you."
tled on the German Ocean. On three sides the rock "That's home as well as true, Master," replied his was precipitous ; on the fourth, which was that tocompanion; "but, by your leave, you have nursed in wards the land, it had been originally fenced by an your bosom one great goodly snake that has swal- artificial ditch and drawbridge, but the latter was lowed all the rest, and is as sure to devour you as my broken down and ruinous, and the former had been half dozen are to make a meal on all that's left of in part filled up, so as to allow passage for a horseBucklaw, which is but what lies between bonnet and man into the narrow court-yard, encircled on two boot-heel."
sides with low offices and stables, partly ruinous, and "I must not," answered the Master of Ravens- closed on the landward front by a low embattled. wood, "challenge the freedom of speech in which I wall, while the remaining side of the quadrangle was have set example. What, to speak without a meta- occupied by the tower itself, which, tall and narrow, phor, do you call this monstrous passion, which you and built of a grayish stone, stood glimmering in the charge me with fostering ?".
moonlight, like the sheeted spectre of some huge "Revenge, my good sir, revenge; which, if it be as giant. A wilder, or more disconsolate dwelling, it gentleman-like a sin as wine and wassail, with their was perhaps difficult to conceive. The sombrous d cæteras, is equally unchristian, and not so blood- and heavy sound of the billows, successively dashing less. It is better breaking a park-pale to watch a doe against the rocky beach at a profound distance beor damsel , than to shoot an old man."
neath, was to the ear what the landscape was to the "I deny the purpose," said the Master of Ravens- eye-a symbol of unvaried and monotonous melan." wood. On my soul, I had no such intention; I choly, not unmingled with horror. meant but to confront the oppressor ere I left my Although the night was not far advanced, there native land, and upbraid him with his tyranny and was no sign of living inhabitant about this forlorn its consequences. I would have stated my wrongs so abode, excepting that one, and only one of the parthat they would have shaken his soul within him." row and stanchelled windows which appeared at
“Yes,' answered Bucklaw, and he would have irregular heights and distances in the walls of the collared you, and cried help, and then you would have building, showed a small glimmer of light. shaken the soul out of him, I suppose. Your very "There," said Ravenswood, "sits the only male look and manner would have frightened the old man domestic that remains to the house of Ravenswood, to death."
and it is well that he does remain there, since ther.' "Consider the provocation," answered Rayens- wise, we had little hope to find either light or fiic. wood consider the ruin and death procured and Bat follow me cautiously; the road is narrow, and caused by his hard-hearted cruelty-an ancient house admits only one horse in front."
In effect, the path led along a kind of isthmus, at hen without thinking twice on it, let them care that the reninsular extremity of which the tower was come ahint:-No to say it's our best dwelling," he situated, with that exclusive attention to strength added, turning to Bucklaw; "but just a strength for and security, in preference to every circumstance of the Lord of Ravenswood to flee until - that is no to convenience, which dictated to the Scottish barons flee, but to retreat until in troublous times, like the the choice of their situations, as well as their style of present, when it was ill convenient for him to live building.
farther in the country in ony of his better and mair By adopting the cautious mode of approach recom- principal manors; but, for its antiquity, maist folk mended by the proprietor of this wild hold, they think that the outside of Wolf's Craig is worthy of a entered the court-yard in safety. But it was long ere large perusal.”. the efforts of Ravenswood, though loudly exerted by And you are determined we shall have time to knocking at the low-browed entrance and repeated make it," said Ravenswood, somewhat amused with shouts to Caleb to open the gate and admit them, the shifts the old man used to detain them without received any answer.
doors, until his confederate Mysie had made her pre"The old man must he departed," he began to say, parations within. "or fallen into some fit; for the noise I have made "O, never mind the outside of the house, my good would have waked the seven sleepers.".
friend,” said Bucklaw; let's see the inside, and let At length a timid and hesitating voice replied, our horses see the stable, that's all." Master-Master of Ravenswood, is it you?". "O yes, sir-ay, sir, unquestionably, sir--my lord
Yes, it is 1, Caleb; open the door quickly ?". and ony of his honourable companions' "But is it you in very blood and body? For I But our horses, my old friend-our horses; they would sooner face fifty deevils as my master's ghaist, will be dead-foundered by standing here in the cold or even his wraith, -wherefore, aroint ye, if ye were after riding hard, and mine is too good to be spoiled; ten times my master, unless ye come in bodily shape, therefore, once more, our horses," exclaimed Buck lith and limb."
law. "It is I, you old fool," answered Ravenswood, "in "True- ay-your horses -- yes – I will call the bodily shape,
and alive, save that I am half dead with grooms;" and sturdily did Caleb roan till the old cold.
tower rang again, -- "John, William-Saunders The light 'at the upper window disappeared, and The lads are gane out, or sleeping,"
he observed, after glancing from loop-hole to loop-hole
in slow sucees- pausing for an answer, which he knew that he had sion, gave intimation that the bearer was in the act no human chance of receiving. A gaes wrang of descending, with great deliberation, a winding when the Master's out by; but I'll take care o' your staircase occupying one of the turrets which graced cattle mysel!."'. the angles of the old tower. The tardiness of his I think you had better,” said Ravenswood,"otherdescent extracted some exclamations of impatience wise I see little chance of their being attended to at from Ravenswood, and several oaths from his less all." patient and more mercurial companion. Caleb again "Whisht, my lord, --whisht, for God's sake," saia paused ere he unbolted the door, and once more Caleb, in an imploring tone, and apart to his master; asked, if they were men of mould that demanded "if ye dinna regard your ain credit, think on mine;
we'll hae hard eneugh wark to mak a decent nighi Were I near you, you old fool,” said Bucklaw, "1 o't win the lees I can tell. would give you sufficient proofs of my bodily con- *Well, well, never mind," said his master; "go to dition."
the stable. There is hay and corn, I trust ?" "Open the gate, Caleb," said his master, in a more Ou ay, plenty of hay and corn;" this was utiered soothing tone, partly
from his regard to the ancient boldly and aloud, and, in a lower tone, there was and faithful seneschal, partly, perhaps because he some half fous oaits, and some taits o' meadowthought that angry words would
be thrown away, so hay, left after the burial." long as Caleb had a stout iron-clenched oaken door Very well,” said Ravenswood, taking the låmp betwixt his person and the speakers.
from his domestic's unwilling hand, "I will show tho Ar length Caleh, with a trembling hand, undid the stranger up stairs myself." bars, opened the heavy door, and stood before them, "I canna think o that, my lord ;--If ye wad but exhibiting his thin gray hairs, båld forehead, and have five minutes, or ten minutes, or, at maist, a sharp high features, illuminated by a quivering lamp quarter of an hour's patience, and look at the fine which he held in one hand, while
he shaded and pro- moonlight prospect of the Bass and North-Berwick tected its fame with the other. The timorous cour- Law til I sort the horses, I would marshal ye up, as teous glance which he threw around him-the effect reason is ye suld be marshalled, your lordship and of the partial light upon his white hair and illumined your honourable visiter. And I hae lockit up the silfeatures, might have made a good painting; but our ler candlesticks, and the lamp is not fit" travellers were too impatient for security against the "It will do very well in the mean time," said Ra. rising storm, to permit them to indulge themselves in venswood, " and you will have no difficulty
for want studying the picturesque. "Is it my dear mas. of light in the stable, for, if I recollect, half the roof is
amede het as of domestic. "I am wae ye suld hae stude waiting at "Very true, my lord,” replied the trusty adherent, your ain gate; but wha wad hae thought of seeing ye and with ready wit instantly added, "and the lazy sae sụne, and a strange gentleman with a-(Here he sclater loons have never come to put it on a' this exclaimed apart
, as it were, and to some inmate of while your lordship." the tower, in a voice not meant to be heard by those "If I were disposed to jest at the calamities of my in the court)-Mysie-Mysie woman stir for dear house," said Ravenswood, as he led the way up stairs life, and get the fire mended; take the auld three- poor old Caleb would furnish me with ample
means. legged stool, or ony thing that's
will His passion consists in representing things about our make a lowe. I doubt we are but pụirly provided, no miserable menage not as they are, but as, in his opiexpecting ye this some months, when doubtless ye nion, they ought to be; and, to say the truth, I have wad hae been received conform till your rank, as gude been often diverted with the poor wretch's expedients right is; but natheless
to supply what he thought was essential for the credit Natheless, Caleb," said the Master," we must of the family, and his still more generous apologies have our horses put up, and ourselves too, the best for the want of those articles for which his ingenuity way we can. I hope you are not sorry to see me could discover no substitute. But though the tower sooner than you expected ?"
of the largest, I shall have some trouble with Şorry, my lord S-I am sure ye sall aye be my lord out him to find the apartment in which there is a wil honest folk, as your noble ancestors hae been fire." these three hundred years, and never asked a whig's As he spoke thús, he opened the door of the hall. leave. Sorry to see the Lord of Ravenswod at ane o' "Here, at least," he said," there is neither hearth
no: his ain castles (Then again apart to his unseen harbour." associate behind the screen)-Mysie, kill the brood- | . It was indeed a scene of desolation A large vaulted.