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parts;" or, "they wha think differently on the great | as their prerogative to extend to the weaker. But Foundation of our covenanted reformation, overturn when, seated on the benches of the school-house, ing and inishguggling the government and discipline they began to con their lessons together, Reuben, of the kirk, and breaking down the carved work of who was as much superior to Jeanie Deans in acute our Zion, might be for sawing the craft wi' aits; but ness of intellect, as inferior to her in firmness of con, I say pease, pease." And as his advice was shrewd stitution, and in that insensibility to fatigue and and sensible, though conceitedly given, it was receiv- danger which depends on the conformation of the od with gratitude, and followed with respect. nerves, was able fully to require the kindness and
The intercourse which took place betwixt the fami- countenance with which, in other circumstances, lies at Beersheba and Woodend, became strict and she used to regard him. He was decidedly the best intimate, at a very early period, betwixt Reuben But- scholar at the little parish school; and so gentle was ler, with whom the reader is already in some degree his temper and disposition, that he was rather adacquainted, and Jeanie Deans, the only child of Douce mired than envied by the little mob who occupied the Davie Deans by his first wife, "that singular Chris- noisy mansion, although he was the declared favourtian woman,
as he was wont to express himself, ite of the master. Several girls, in particular, (for in whose name was savoury to all that knew her for a Scotland they are taught with the boys,) longed to desirable professor, Christian Menzies in Hochmagir- be kind to, and comfort the sickly lad, who was so dle." The manner of which intimacy, and the con- much cleverer than his companions. The character sequences thereof, we now proceed to relate. of Reuben Butler was so calculated as to offer scopo
both for their sympathy and their admiration, the feelings perhaps, through which the female sex (the more
deserving part of them at least) is more easily attached. CHAPTER IX.
But Reuben, naturally reserved and distant, imReuben and Rachel, though as fond as doves,
proved none of these advantagos; and only became Were yet discreet and cautious in their loves, Nor would attend to Cupid's wild commands,
more attached to Jeanie Deans, as the enthusiastic Till cool reflection bade them join their hands.
approbation of his master assured him of fair prosWhen both were poor, they thought it argued ill
pects in future life, and awakened his ambition. Or hasty love to make them poorer still.
In the meantime, every advance that Reuben made CRABBE's Parish Register.
in learning (and, considering his opportunities, they WHILE widow Butler and widower Deans struggled were uncommonly great) rendered him less capable with poverty, and the hard and şteril soil of those of attending to the domestic duties of his grandmo"parts and portions" of the lands of Dumbiedikes ther's farm. While studying the pons asinorum in which it was their lot to occuliy, it became gradually Euclid, he suffered every cuddie upon the common to apparent that Deans was to gain the strife, and his trespass upon a large field of pease belonging to the ally in the conflict was to lose it. The former was a Laird, and nothing but the active exertions of Jeanie man, and not much past the prime of life-Mrs. But- Deans, with her little dog Dustiefoot, could have ler a woman, and declined into the vale of years. saved great loss and consequent punishment. Simi. This, indeed, ought in time to have been balanced by lar miscarriages marked hís progress in his classical the circumstance, that Reuben was growing up to as- studies. He read Virgil's Georgics till he did not sist his grandmother's labours, and that Jeanie Deans, know bear from barley; and had nearly destroyed as a girl, could
be only supposed to add to her father's the crofts of Beersheba, while attempting to cultivate burdens. But Douce Davie Deans knew better things, them according to the practice of Columella and and so schooled and trained the young minion, as he Cato the Censor. called her, that from the time she could walk, up These blunders occasioned grief to his grand-dame, wards, she was daily employed in some task or other and disconcerted the good opinion which her neighsuitable to her age and capacity; a circumstance bour, Davie Deans, had for some time entertained of which, added to her father's daily instructions and Reuben. lectures, tended to give her mind, even when a child, "I see naething, ye can make of that silly callant, a grave, serious, firm, and reflecting cast. An uncom neighbour Butler," said he to the old lady, "unless monly strong and healthy temperament, free from all ye train him to the wark o' the ministry. And ne'er nervous affection and every other irregularity, which, was there mair need of poorfu' preachers than e'en attacking the body in its more noble functions, so now in these cauld Gallio days, when men's hearts often influences the mind, tended greatly to establish are hardened like the nether-mill-stone, till they come this fortitude, simplicity, and decision of character. to regard none of these things. It's evident this puin
On the other hand, Reuben was weak in constitu- callant of yours will never be able to do an useful ton, and, though noi timid in temper, might be safe-day's wark, unless it be as an ambassador from our ly pronounced anxious, doubtful, and apprehensive. master; and I will make it my business to procure a He partook of the temperament of his mother, who license when he is fit for the same, trusting he will bad died of a consumption in early age. He was a be a shaft cleanly polished, and meet to be used in pale, thin, feeble, sickly, boy, and somewhat lame, the body of the kirk; and that he shall not turn again, from an accident in early youth. He was, besides, like the sow, to wallow in the mire of heretical ex. the child of a doting grandmother, whose too solicit- tremes and defections, but shall have the wings of a ous attention to him soon taught him a sort of diffi- dove, though he hath lain among the pots," dence in himself, with a disposition to overrate his The poor widow gulped down the affront to her own importance, which is one of the very worst con- husband's principles, implied in this caution, and sequences that children deduce from over-indulgence. hastened to take Butler from the High School, and
Still, however, the two children clung to each encourage him in the pursuit of mathematics and di other's society, not more from habit than from taste. vinity, the only physics and ethics that chanced to be They herded together the handful of sheep, with the in fashion at the time. two or three cows, which their parents urned out Jeanie Deans was now compelled to part from the rather to seek food than
actually to lived upon the companion of her labour, her study, and her pastime, unenclosed common of Dumbiedikes. It was taere and it was with more than childish feeling that both that the two urchins might be seen seated beneath a children regarded the separation. But they were blooming bush of whin, their little faces laid close young, and hope was high, and they separated like together under the shadow of the same plaid drawn those who hope to meet again at a more auspicious ove both their heads, while the landscape around hour. was embrowned by, an overshadowing cloud, big While Reuben Butler was acquiring at the Univer with the shower which had driven the children to sity of St. Andrews the knowledge necessary for a heller. On other occasions they went together to clergyman, and macerating his body with the priva. mbool, the boy receiving ihat encouragement and tions which were necessary in seeking food for his example from his companion, in crossing the little mind, his grand-dame became daily less able to strug books which intersected their path, and encountering gle with her little farm, and was at length obliged to cattle, dogs, and other perils, upon their journey, throw it up to the new Laird of Dumbiedikes. That which the male sex in such cases usually consider it I great personage was no absolute Jew, ard did not Vol. III.
cheat her in making the bargain more than was tole- | rather too stoudly made for her size, had gray eyes, rable. He even gave her permission to tenant the light-coloured hair, a round good-humoured face, house in which she had lived with her husband, as much tanned with the sun, and her only peculiar long as it should be "tenantable;" only he protested charm was an air of inexpressible serenity, which a against paying for a farthing of repairs, any benevo- good conscience, kind feelings, contented temper, and lence which he possessed being of the passive, but the regular discharge of all her duties, spread over her by no means of the active mood.
features. There was nothing, it may be supposed In the meanwhile, from superior shrewdness, skill, very appalling in the form or manners of this rustic and other circumstances, some of them purely acci- | heroine; yet, whether from sheepish bashfulness, or dental, Davie Deans gained a footing in the world, from wani of decision and imperfect knowledge of the possession of some wealth, the reputation of more, his own mind on the subject, the Laird of Dumbie and a growing disposition to prescrve and increase dikes, with his old laced hat and empty tobacco-pipe, his store; for which, when he thought upon it seri- came and enjoyed the beatific vision of Jeanie Deans ously, he was inclined to blame himself. From his day after day, week after week, year after year, withknowledge in agriculture, as it was then practised, qui proposing to accomplish any of the prophecies of he became a sort of favourite with the Laird, who the step-mother. had no pleasure either in active sports or in society, This good lady began to grow douhly impatient on and was wont to end his daily saunter by calling at the subject, when, after having been some years marthe cottage of Woodend.
ried, she herself presented Douce Davie with another Being himself a man of slow ideas and confused daughter, who was named Euphemia, by corruption, utterance, Dumbiedikes used to sit or stand for half Effie. It was then that Rebecca began to turn im. an hour with an old laced hat of his father's upon patient with the slow pace at which the Laird's his head, and an empty tobacco-pipe in his mouth, wooing proceeded, judiciously, arguing, that, as Lady with his eyes following Jeanie Deans, or "the lassie,' Dumbiedikes would have but little occasion for toeher, as he called her, through the course of her daily do the principal part of her gudeman's substance would mestic labour; while her father, after exhausting the naturally descend to the child by the second marriage subject of bestial, of ploughs, and of harrows, often Other step-dames have tried less laudable means for look an opportunity of going full-sail into controver- clearing the way to the succession of their own child. sial subjects, to which discussions the dignitary list- ren; but Rebecca, to do her justice, only sought little ened with much seeming patience, but without ma. Effie's advantage through the promotion, or which king any reply, or, indeed, as most people thought, must have generally been accounted such, of her elder without understanding a single word of what the or- sister. She therefore tried every female art within ator was saying. Deans, indeed, denied this stoutly, the compass of her simple skill, to bring the Laird to as an insult at once to his own talents for expounding a point; but had the mortification to perceive that hidden truths, of which he was a little vain, and to her efforts, like those of an unskilful angler, only the Laird's capacity of understanding them. He scared the trout she meant to catch. Upon one occa said "Dumbiediķes was nane of these flashy gentles, sion, in particular, when she joked with the Laird on wil lace on their skirts and swords at their tails, the propriety of giving a mistress to the house of that were rather for riding on horseback to hell than Dumbiedikes, he was so effectually startled, that ganging barefooted to heaven. He wasna like his neither laced hat, tobacco-pipe, nor the intelligent father--nae profane company-keeper-nae swearer-proprietor of these moveables, visited Woodend for a nae drinker-nae frequenter of play-house, or music forinight. Rebecca was therefore compelled to leave house, or dancing-house-nae Sabbath-breaker-nae the Laird to proceed at bis own snail's pace, con imposer of aiths, or bonds, or denier of liberty to the vinced, by experience of the grave-digger's aphorism, Aock.--He clave to the warld, and the warld's gear, that your dull ass will not mend his pace for benting a wee ower muckle, but then there was some breath Reuben, in the meantime, pursued his studies at ing of a gale upon his spirit,”' &c. &c. All this honest the university, supplying his wants by teaching the Davie said and believed.
younger lads the knowledge he himself acquired, and It is not to be supposed, that, by a father and a man ihus at once gaining the means of maintaining himof sense and observation, the constant direction of the self at the seat of learning, and fixing in his mind Laird's eyes towards Jeanie was altogether un nouced. the elements of what he had already obtained. In This circumstance, however, made a much gruater im- this manner, as is usual among the poorer students pression upon another member of his family, a second of divinity at Scottish universities, he contrived noi helpmate, to wit, whom he had chosen to take to his only to maintain himself according to his simple bosom ten years after the death of his first. Some wants, but even to send considerable assistance to people were of opinion, that Douce Davie had been his sole remaining parent, a sacred duty, of which rather surprised into this step, for in general, he was the Scotch are seldom negligent. His progress in no friend to marriages or giving in marriage, and knowledge of a general kind, as well as in the studies seemed rather to regard that state of society as a proper to his profession, was very considerable, but necessary evil,-a thing lawful, and to be tolerated in was little remarked, owing to the retired modesty of the imperfect state of our nature, but which clipped his disposition, which in no respect qualified him to the wings with which we ought to soar upwards, and set off his learning to the best advantage. And thus, tethered the soul to its mansion of clay, and the crea- bad Butler been a man given to make complaints, he ture-comforts of wife and bairns. His own practice, had his tale to tell, like others, of unjust preferences, however, had in this material point varied from his bad luck, and hard usage. On these subjects, how principles, since, as we have seen, he iwice knitted ever, he was habitually silent, perhaps from modesty for himself this dangerous and ensnaring entangle- perhaps from a touch of pride, or perhaps from a con ment.
junction of both. Rebecca, nis spouse, had by no means the same He obtained his license as a preacher of the gospel horror of matrimony, and as she made marriages in with some compliments from the presbytery by whon imagination for every neighbour round, she failed not it was bestowed ; but this did not lead to any prefer to indicate a match betwixt Dumbiedikes and her ment, and he found it necessary to make the cottage step-daughter Jeanie. The goodman used regularly at Beersheba his residence for some months, with ne to frown and pshaw whenever this topic was touched other incoine than was afforded by the precarious oc upon, but usually ended by taking his bonnet and cupation of teaching in one or other of the neighbour walking ont of the house to conceal a certain gleam ing families. After having greeted his aged grand of satisfaction, which, at such a suggestion, involun- mother, his figst visit was to Woodend, where he was tarily diffused itself over ais austere features. received by Jeanie with warm cordiality, arising from
The more youthfui part of my readers may natu- recollections which had never been dismissed from rally ask, whether Jeanie Deans was deserving of her mind, by, Rebecca with good-humoured hos this mute aitention of the Laird of Dumbiedikes; pitality, and by old Deans in a mode peculiar to and the historian, with due regard to veracity, is com- himsell
. pelled to answer, that her personal attractions were Highly as Douce Davie honoured the clergy, it was of no w.common description. She was short, and not upon each individual of the cloth that he be
stowed his approbation; and a little jealous, perhaps, 1:"Reuben Butler, gudewife," said David with so-
that glad to see Reuben amang us again, poor fallow.” Butler, in their conference, had made a greater dis
"I am glad, Mrs. Butler," was the neighbour's play of his learning than the occasion called for, or concise answer.
than was likely to be acceptable to the old man, who, "Since he has lost his grandfather and his father, accustomed to consider himself as a person pre-emipraised be Him that giveth and taketh!) I ken nae nently entitled to dictate upon theological subjects friend he has in the world that's been sae like a fa- of controversy, felt rather humbled and mortified ther to him as the sell o'ye, neibor Deans."
when learned authorities were placed in array against God is the only father of the fatherless," said him. In fact, Butler had not escaped the tinge of Deans, touching his bonnet and looking upwards. pedantry which naturally flowed from his education, "Give honour where it is due, gudewife, and not to and was apt, on many occasions, to make parade of an unworthy instrument."
his knowledge, when there was no need of such "Aweel, that's your way o' turning it, and nae vanity. doubt ye ken best; but I hae kend ye, Davie, send a Jeanie Deans, however, found no fault with this Corpito
meal to Beersheba, when there wasna a bow display of learning, but, on the contrary, admired it; left in the meal-ark at Woodend; ay, and I hae perhaps on the same score that her sex are said to kend ye"
admire men of courage, on account of their own de"Gudewife," said Davie, interrupting her, " these ficiency in that qualification. The circumstances of are but idle tales to tell me; fit for naething but to their families threw the young people constantly topuff up our inward man wi' our ain vain acts. I stude gether; their old intimacy was renewed, though upon beside blessed Alexander Peden, when I heard him a footing better adapted to their age, and it became call the death and testimony of our happy martyrs at length understood betwixt them, that their union put draps of blude and scarts of ink in respect of should be deferred no longer than until Butler should Sitting discharge of our duty; and what suld I think obtain some steady means of support, however humof ony thing the like of me can do ?".
ble. This, however, was not a matter speedily to be "Weel, neibor Deans, ye ken best; but I maun say accomplished. Plan after plan was formed, and plan that, I am sure you are glad to see my bairn again after plan failed. The good-humoured cheek of Jeanie
he halt's gane now, unless he has to walk ower lost the first blush of juvenile freshness; Reuben's mony miles at a stretch; and he has a wee bit colour brow assumed the gravity of manhood, yet the means in his cheek, that glads my auld een to see it; and of obtaining a settlement seemed remote as ever. he has as decent a black
coat as the minister; and” – Fortunately for the lovers, their passion was of no "I am very heartily glad he is weel and thriving," ardent or enthusiastic cast; and a sense of duty on said Mr. Deans, with a gravity that seemed intended both sides induced them to bear, with patient fortitude, to cut short the subject; but a woman
who is bent the protracted
interval which divided them from each upon a point is not easily pushed aside from it. other.
And,” continued Mrs. Butler, "he can wag his In the meanwhile, time did not roll on without efhead in a pulpit now, neibor Deans, think but of that fecting his usual changes. The widow of Stephen -my ain oe-and a' body maun sit still and listen to Butler, so long the prop of the family of Beersheba, him, as if he were the Paip of Rome."
was gathered to her fathers; and Rebecea, the care"The what ?-the whol-woman?” said Deans, ful spouse of our friend Davie Deans, was also sumwith a sternness far beyond his usual gravity, as soon moned from
of matrimonial and domestic as these offensive words had struck upon the tympa economy. The morning after her death, Reuben num of his ear."
Butler went to offer his mite of consolation to his old "Eh, guide us!" said the poor woman; "I had friend and benefactor. He witnessed, on this occaforgot what an ill will ye had aye at the Paip, and sion, a remarkable struggle betwixt the force of nasae had my puir gudeman, Stephen Butler. Mony tural affection, and the religious stoicism, which the an afternoon he wad sit and take up his testimony sufferer thought it was incumbent upon him to mainagain the Paip, and again baptizing of bairns, and tain under each earthly dispensation, whether of weal the like."
Woman!" reiterated Deans, "either speak about On his arrival at the cottage, Jeanie, with her eyes what ye ken something o', or be silent; I say that overflowing with tears, pointed to the little orchard,
independency is a foulheresy, and anabaptism a in which," she whispered with broken accents, damnable and deceiving error, whilk suld be rooted" my poor father has been since his misfortune.
out of the land wi' the fire o 'the spiritual, and the Somewhat alarmed at this account, Butler enterea sword o' the civil magistrate.'
the orchard, and advanced slowly towards his old * Weel, weel, neibor, I'll no say that ye mayna be friend, who, seated in a small rude arbour, appearea right," answered the submissive Judith. "I am sure to be sunk in the extremity of his affiction. He ve are right about the sawing and the mawing, the lifted his eyes somewhat sternly as Butler approached shearing and the leading, and what for suld ye no be as if offended at the interruption, but as the young right about kirkwark, too ?-But concerning my oe, man hesitated whether he ought to retreat or ad Reuben Butler
TALES OF MY LANDLORD.
[CHAP IX vance, he arose and came forward to meet him, with house at Woodend,” the Laird stared and said no a self-possessed, and even dignified air. Lou thing. He made his usual visits at the usual hout all Young man," said the sufferer," lay it not to without remark, until the day before the term, when, heart, though the righteous perish and the merciful observing the bustle of moving furniture already are removed, seeing, it may well be said, that they commenced, the great east-country aumrie dragged are taken away from the evils to come. Wo to me, out of its nook, and standing with its shoulder to were I to shed a tear for the wife of my bosom, when the company, like an awkward booby about to leave I might weep rivers of water for this afflicted Church, the room, the Laird again stared mightily, and was cursed as it is with carnal seekers, and with the dead heard to ejaculate, "Hegh, sirs ! Even after the day of heart.",
is on of departure was past and gone, the Laird of Dum"I am happy," said Butler, " that you can forget biedikes, at his usual hour, which was that at which your private affliction in your regard for public duty." David Deans was wont to "loose the pleugh,
"Forget, Reuben ?" said poor Deans, putting his presented himself before the closed door of the corhandkerchief to his eyes, -"She's not to be forgotten tage at Woodend, and seemed as much astonished at on this side of time; but He that gives the wound finding it shut against his approach as if it was not can send the ointment. I declare there have been exactly what he had to expect. On this occasion he times during this night when my meditation has been was heard to ejaculate, "Gude guide us !" which, by so wrapt, that I knew not of my heavy loss. It has those who knew him, was considered as a very undbeen with me as with the worthy John Semple, called sual mark of emotion. From that moment forward, Carspharn John, * upon a like trial.-I have been this Dumbiedikes became an altered man, and the regunight on the banks of Ulai, plucking an apple here larity of his movements, hitherto so exemplary, was and there."
echos 101 hambou as totally disconcerted as those of a boy's wateh Notwithstanding the assumed fortitude of Deans, when he has broken the main-spring. Like the inwhich he conceived to be the discharge of a great dex of the said watch, did Dumbiedikes spin round Christian duty, he had too good a heart not to suffer the whole bounds of his little property, which may deeply under this heavy loss. Woodend became alto- be likened unto the dial of the time-piece, with ungether distasteful to him; and as he had obtained wonted velocity. There was not a cottage into which both substance and experience by his management he did not enter, nor scarce a maiden on whom he of that little farm, he resolved to employ them as a did not stare. But so it was, that although thera dairy-farmer, or cow-feeder, as they are called in Scot- were better farm-houses on the land than Woodend, land. The situation he chose for his new settlement and certainly much prettier girls than Jeanie Deans was at a place called St. Leonard's Crags, lying be- yet it did somehow befall that the blank in the Laird's twixt Edinburgh and the mountain called Arthur's time was not so pleasantly filled up as it had been Seat, and adjoining to the extensive sheep pasture There was no seat accommodated" him so well as still named the King's Park, from its having been the bunker” at Woodend, and no face he loved se formerly dedicated to the preservation of the royal much to gaze on as Jeanie Dean's. So, after spin. game. Here he rented a small lonely house, about ning round and round his little orbit
, and then re half a mile distant from the nearest point of the city, maining stationary for a week, it seems to have oc but the site of which, with all the adjacent ground curred to him, that he was not pinned down to circu is now occupied by the buildings which form the late on a pivot, like the hands of the watch, but pos south-eastern suburb. An extensive pasture-ground sessed the power of shifting his central point, and adjoining, which Deans rented from the keeper of the extending his circle if he thought proper. To realize Royal Park, enabled him to feed his milk-cows; and which privilege of change of place, he bought a pony the unceasing industry and activity of Jeanie, his from a Highland drover, and with its assistance and eldest daughter, was exerted in making the most of company stepped, or rather stumbled, as far as Saint their produce.ro W kolorobilo Leonard's Crags. Dl She had now less frequent opportunities of seeing Jeanie Deans, though so much accustomed to the Reuben, who had been obliged, after various disap- Laird's staring that she was sometimes scarce conpointments, to accept the subordinate situation of as- scious of his presence, had nevertheless some oecasistant in a parochial school of some eminence, at sional fears lest he should call in the organ of speech three or four miles distance from the city. Here he to back those expressions of admiration
which he bedistinguished himself, and became acquainted with stowed on her through his eyes, Should this happen, several respectable burgesses, who, on account of farewell, she thought, to all chance of a union with health, or other reasons, chose that their children Butler. For her father, however stout-hearted and inshould commence their education in this little village, dependent in civil and religious principles, was not His prospects were thus gradually brightening, and without that respect for the laird of the land, so upon each visit which he paid at Saint Leonard's he deeply imprinted on the Scottish tenantry of the pehad an opportunity of gliding a hint to this purpose riod. Moreover, if he did not positively dislike Butinto Jeanie's ear. These visits were necessarily very ler, yet his fund of carnal learning was often the ob
rare, on account of the demands which the duties of ject of sarcasms on David's part, which were perhaps o the school made upon Butler's time. Nor did he dare founded in jealousy, and which certainly indicated to make them even altogether so frequent as these no partiality for the party against whom they were avocations would permit. Deans received him with launched. And, lastly, the match with Dumbiedikes civility indeed, and even with kindness; but Reuben, would have presented irresistible charms to one who uias is usual in such cases, imagined that he read his used to complain that he felt himself apt to take purpose in his eyes, and was afraid too premature an ower grit an armfu' o' the warld." So that, upon explanation on the subject would draw down his the whole, the Laird's diurnal visits were disagreeable positive disapproval. Upon the whole, therefore, he to Jeanie from apprehension of future consequences,
judged it prudent to call at Saint Leonard's just so I and it served much to console her, upon removing offrequently as old acquaintance and neighbourhood from the spot where słre was
bred and born, that she seemned to authorize, and no oftener. There was an- had seen the last of Dumbiedikes, his laced hat, and other person who was more regular in his visits.is tobacco-pipe. The poor girl no more expected he
When Davie Deans intimated to the Laird of Dum could muster courage to follow her to Saint Leonard's piedikes his purpose of "quitting wi' the land and Crags, than that any of her apple-trees or cabbages John Semple, called
Carspham John, because minister of the which she had left rooted in the "yard" at Woodend, parish in Galloway so called, was a presbyterian clergyman of would spontaneously, and unaided, have undertaken singular piety and great zeal of whom Patrick Walker records | the same journey. It was therefore, with much more the following passage : That night after his wifo died, he surprise than pleasure that, on the sixth day after rarden. The next morning. One of his elders coming to see him, their removal to Saint Leonard's, she beheld Dumbiedeclare I have not, all night, had one thought of the death of with the self-same greeting of "How's a' wi'ye, and lamenting his great loss and want of rest, he replied -i dikes arrive, laced hat, tobacco-pipe, and all, and, my wife, I have been so taken up in meditating
on heavenly Jeanie ?-Whare's the gudeman ?" assume as nearly sa apple here and there. Wolker's Remarkable Passages of end as he could the same position in the cottage at Saint Lite and Deart of Mr John Semple. can w boolean non Leonard's which he had so long and so regularly oc
cupied at Woodend' He was no sooner, however, | The lads of the neighbou ing suburb, who held their seated, than with an unusual exertion of his powers evening rendezvous for putting the stone, casting the of conversation, he added, "Jeanie-I say, Jeanie, hammer, playing at long bowls, and other athletic woman"-here he extended his hand towards her exercises, watched the motions of Effie Deans, and shoulder with all the fingers spread out as if to clutch contended with each other which should have the it but in so bashful and awkward a manner, that good fortune to attract her attention. Even the rigid when she whisked herself beyond its reach, the paw presbyterians of ber father's persuasion, who held remained suspended in the air with the palm open, each indulgence of the eye and sense to be a snare at like the claw of a heraldic grillin--" Jeanie," conti- least, if not a crime, were surprised into a moment's nued the swain, in this moment of inspiration, -"I delight while gazing on a creature so exquisite, -insay, Jeanie, it's a braw day out-by, and ihe roads are stantly checked by a sigh, reproaching at once their no that ill for boot-hose."
own weakness, and mourning that a creature so fair "The deil's in the daidling body," muttered Jeanie should share in the common and hereditary guilt an between her teeth ; "wha wad hae thought o' his imperfection of our nature. She was currently enti daikering out this length ?". And she afterwards con- tled the Lily of St. Leonard's, a name which she fessed that she threw a little of this ungracious sen- deserved as much by her guileless purity of thought timent into her accent and manner; for her father speech, and action, as by her uncommon loveliness being abroad, and the body,
as she irreverently of face and person. termed the landed proprietor, "looking unco gleg and Yet there were points in Effe's character, which canty, she didna ken what he might be coming out gave rise not only to strange doubt and anxiety on wi' next.
the part of Douce David Deans, whose ideas were Her frowns, however, acted as a complete sedative, rigid, as may easily be supposed, upon the subject of and the Laird relapsed from that day into his former youthful amusements, but even of serious apprehentaciturn habits, visiting the cow-feeder's cottage three sion to her more indulgent sister. The children of or four times every week, when the weather permit- the Scotch of the inferior classes are usually spoiled ied, with apparently no other purpose than to stare by the early indulgence of their parents; how, where at Jeanie Deans, while Douce Davie poured forth his fore, and to what degree, the lively and instructive eloquence upon the controversies and testimonies of narrative of the amiable and accomplished authoress the day.
of " Glenburnie"'* has saved me and all future scrib.
blers the trouble of recording. Effe had liad a double CHAPTER X.
share of this inconsiderate and misjudged kindness.
Even the strictness of her father's principles could Her air, her manners, all who saw admired Courteous, though coy, and gentle, though retired;
not condemn the sports of infancy and childhood; The joy of youth and health her eyes display'd;
and to the good old man, his younger daughter, the And ease of heart her every look convey'd.
child of his old age, seenied a child for some years CKABDE.
after she attained the years of womanhood, was still Tre visits of the Laird thus again sunk into mat- called the "bit lassie" and "little Effie,' and was ters of ordinary course, from which nothing was to permitted to run
up and down uncontrolled, unless be expected or apprehended. If a lover could have upon the Sabbath, or at the times of family worship. gained a fair one as a snake is said to fascinate a bird, Her sister, with all the love and care of a mother, by pertinaciously gazing on her with great stupid could not be supposed to possess the same authoritagreanish eyes, which began now to be occasionally tive influence; and that which she had bitherio exaided by spectacles, unquestionably Dumbiedikes ercised became gradually limited and diminished as would have been the person to perform the feat. But Effie's advancing years entitled her, in her own cou the art of fascination seems among the artes perditæ, ceit at least, to the right of independence and free and I cannot learn that this most pertinacious of agency. With all the innocence and goodness of starers produced any effect by his attentions beyond disposition, therefore, which we have described, the an occasional yawn.
Lily of St. Leonard's possessed a little fund of selfIn the meanwhile, the object of his gaze was gra- conceit and obstinacy, and some warmth and irritadually attaining the verge of youth, and approaching bility of temper, partly natural perhaps, but certainly to what is called in females the middle age, which is much increased by the unrestrained freedom of her impolitely held to begin a few years earlier with their childhood. Her character will be best illustrated by more fragile sex than with men. Many people would a cottage evening scene. have been of opinion, that the Laird would have done The careful father was absent in his well-stocked better to have transferred his glances to an object byre, foddering those useful and patient animals on possessed of far superior charms to Jeanie's, even whose produce his living depended, and the summer when Jeanie's were in their bloom, who began now evening was beginning to close in, when Jeanie to be distinguished by all who visited the cottage at Deans began to be very anxious for the appearance St. Leonard's Crags.
of her sister, and to fear that she would not reach Effie Deans, under the tender and affectionate care home before her father returned from the labour of of her sister, had now shot up into a beautiful and the evening, when it was his custom to have " family blooming girl. Her Grecian-shaped head was pro- exercise," and when she knew that Elfe's absence fusely rich in waving ringlets of brown hair, which, would give him the most serious displeasure. These confined by a blue snood of silk, and shading a laugh- apprehensions hung heavier upon her mind, because, ing Hebe countenance, seeined the picture of health, for several preceding evenings, Effie had disappeared pleasure, and contentment. Her brown russet short- about the same time, and her stay, at first so brief as gown set off a shape, which time, perhaps, might be scarce to be noticed, had been gradually protracted expected to render too robust, the frequent objection to half an hour, and an hour, and on the present octo Scottish beauty, but which, in her present early casion had considerably exceeded even this last limit. age, was slender and taper, with that graceful and And now, Jeanie stood at the door, with her hand easy, sweep of outline which at once indicates health before her eyes to avoid the rays of the level sun, and and beautiful proportion of parts.
looked alternately along the various tracks which led These growing charms, in all their juvenile profu- towards their dwelling, to see if she could descry the sion, had no power to shake the steadfast mind, or nymph-like form of her sister. There was a wall and divert the fixed gaze, of the constant Laird of Dum- a style which separated the royal domain, or King's biedikes. But there was scarce another eye that Park, as it is called, from the public road; to this could behold this living picture of health
and beauty, pass she frequently directed her attention, when she without pausing on it with pleasure. The traveller saw two persons appear there somewhat suddenly, stopped his weary horse on the eve af altering the as if they had walked close by the side of the wall w city which was the end of his journey, to gaze at the screen themselves from observation. One of them, sylph-like form that tripped by him, with her milk- a man, drew back hastily; the othor, a female pail poised on her head, bearing herself so erect, and crossed the stile, and advanced towards her-It was stepping so light and free under her burden, that it Effie. She met her sister with that affected liveli. deemed rather an ornament than an encumbrance. • Mrs. Elizabeth Hainiltoa, now no more.--Ediler