persons of the chase had taken their route towards mestic of the stranger-a man of trust and conseWolf's Crag, the huntsmen, as a point of civility, quence the same who, in the hunting-field, had acoffered to transfer the venison to that mansion; a commodated Bucklaw with the use of his horse. He proffer which was readily accepted by Bucklaw, who was in the stable when Caleb had contrived the exthought much of the astonishment which their arrival pulsion of his fellow-servants, and thus avoided shals in full body would occasion poor old Caleb Balder- ing the same fate from which his personal importance stone, and very little of the dilemma to which he was would certainly not have otherwise saved him. about to expose his friend the Master, so ill circum- This personage perceived the man@uvre of Caleb, stanced to receive such a party. But in old Caleb be easily

appreciated the motive of his conduct, and had to do with a crafty and alert antagonist, prompt at knowing his master's intentions towards the family supplying, upon all emergencies, evasions and excuses of Ravenswood, had no difficulty as to the line of suitable, as he thought, to the dignity of the family. conduct he ought to adopt. He took the place of

"Praise be blest!" said Caleb to himself, "ae leaf | Caleb (unperceived by the latter) at the post of audiof the muckle gate has been swung to wi' yestreen's ence which he had just left, and announced to the wind, and I think I can manage to shut the ither.". assembled domestics, "that it was his master's plea

But he was desirous, like a prudent governor, at the sure that Lord Bittlebrains' retinue and his own should same time to get rid, if possible, of the internal enemy, go down to the adjacent change-house, and call for in which light he considered almost every one who what refreshments they might have occasion for, and eat and drank, ere he took measures to exclude those he should take care to discharge the lawing." whom their jocund noise now pronounced to be near The jolly troop of huntsmen retired from the inhos. at hand. He waited, therefore, with impatience until pitable gate of Wolf's Crag, execrating, as they dehis master had shown his two principal guests into scended the steep path-way, the niggard and unworthy the Tower, and then commenced' his operations. disposition of the proprietor, and damning, with more

"I think,” he said to the stranger menials, "that as than silvan license, both the castle and its inhabitants. they are bringing the stag's head to the castle in all Bucklaw, with many qualities which would have honour, we, who are in-dwellers, should receive them made him a man of worth and judgment in more fa. at the gate."

vourable circumstances, had been so utterly neglected The unwary, grooms had no sooner hurried out, in in point of education, that he was apt to think and compliance with this insidious hint than, one fold- feel according to the ideas of the companions of his ing-door of the ancient gate being already closed by pleasures. The praises which had recently been heapthe wind, as has been already intimated, honest Caleb ed upon himself he contrasted with the general abuse lost no time in shutting the other with a clang, which now levelled against Ravenswood-he recalled to resounded from donjon-vault to battlement. Having his mind the dull and monotonous days he had spent thus secured the pass, he forth with indulged the ex- in the Tower of Wolf's Crag, compared with the jovicluded huntsmen in brief parley, from a small pro- alty of his usual life he felt, with great indignation, jecting window, or shot-hole, through which, in former his exclusion from the castle which he considered as days, the warders were wont to reconnoitre those who a gross affront, and every mingled feeling led him to presented themselves before the gates. He gave break off the union which he had formed with the them to understand, in a short and pithy speech, that Master of Ravenswood. the gate of the castle was never on any account On arriving at the change-house of the village of opened during meal-times-that his honour, the Mas- Wolf's-hope he unexpectedly met with an old acter of Ravenswood, and some guests of quality, had quaintance just alighting froń his horse. This was just sat down to dinner-that there was excellent no other than the very respectable Captain Craigenbrandy at the hostler-wife's at Wolf's-hope down begelt

, who immediately came up to him, and, without low--and he held out some obscure hint that the appcaring to retain any recollection of the indifferent reckoning would be discharged by the Master; þut terms on which they had parted, shook him by the this was uttered in a very dubious and oracular strain, hand in the warmest manner possible. A warm grasp for, like Louis XIV., Caleb Balderstone hesitated to of the hand was what Bucklaw could never help recarry finesse so far as direct falsehood, and was con- turning with cordiality, and no sooner had Craigentent to deceive, if possible, without directly lying. gelt felt the pressure of his fingers than he knew the

This annunciation was received with surprise by terms on which he stood with him. some, with laughter by others, and with dismay bý " Long life to you, Bucklaw !" he exclaimed the expelled lackeys, who endeavoured to demonsirate "there's life for honest folk in this bad world yet!" that their right of re-admission, for the purpose of waiting upon their master and mistress, was at least know not, used, it must be noticed, the term of honest indisputable. But Caleb was not in a humour to un- men as peculiarly descriptive of their own party. derstand or admít any distinctions. He stuck to his “Ay, and for others besides, it seems," answered original proposition with that dogged, but convenient Bucklaw; "otherways, how came you to venture pertinacity, which is armed against all conviction, hither, noble Captain ?'' and deaf to all reasoning. Bucklaw now came from "Who--11--1 am as free as the wind at Martinthe rear of the party, and demanded admittance in a mas, that pays neither land-rent nor annual;'alt is very angry 'tone. But the resolution of Caleb was explained-all settled with the honest old drivellers immovable.

yonder of Auld Reekie-Pooh! pooh! they dared not "If the king on the throne were at the gate," he keep me a week of days in duranve. A certain person declared, " his ten fingers should never open it con- has better friends among them than you wot of, and trair to the established use and wont of the family of can serve a friend when it is least likely." Ravenswood, and his duty as their head-servant." "Pshaw!" answered Hayston, who perfectly knew

Bucklaw was now exiremely incensed, and with and thoroughly despised the character of this man, more oaths and curses than we care to repeat, declared none of your cogging gibberish-tell me truly, are himself most unworthily treated, and demanded pe you at liberty and in safety?" remptorily

to speak with the Master of Ravenswood "Free anu safe as a whig bailie on the causeway of himself. But to this, also, Caleb turned a deaf ear. his own borough, or a canting presbyterian minister

"He's as soon a-bleeze as a tap of tow the lad in his own pulpit-and I came to tell you that you Bucklaw," he said; "but the deil of ony master's face need not remain in hiding any longer." hc shall see till he has sleepit and waken'à on't. He'll "Then I suppose you call yourself my friend, Cape ken himsell better the morn's morning. It sets the tain Craigengeht?" said Bucklaw. like o' him, to be bringing a crew of drunken hunters "Friend!" replied Craigengelt, "my cock of the here, when he kens there is but little preparation to pit? why, I am thy very Achates, man, as I have sloken his ain drought, And he disappeared from heard scholars say-hand and glove-bark and treo the window, leaving them all to digest their exclusion - thine to life and death!" as they best might,

"I'll try that in a moment," answered Bucklaw. But another person, of whose presence Caleb, in the Thou art never without money, however thou comest animation ca the debate, was not aware, had listened by it. Lend me two pieces to wash the dust out of these in silence to its progress. This was the principal do- I honest fellows' throats in the first place, and then


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he should speak. While he endeavoured to cover his Ay-say you so ?' said Bucklaw, pausing, for his embarrassment with the exterior ceremonials of a natural penetration led him to suspect some extraor. well-bred demeanour, it was obvious, that in making dinary motive lay.couched under such an excess of his bow, one foot shuffled forward, as if to advancegenerosity: Craigengelt, you are either an honest the other backward, as if with the purpose of escape fellow in right good earnest, and I scarce know how --and as he undid the cape of his coat, and raised his to believe that or you are cleverer than I took you beaver from

his face, his fingers fumbled as if the one for, and I scarce know how to believe that either." had been linked with rusted iron, or the other had

L'un n'empeche pas l'autre," said Craigengelt, weighed equal with a stone of lead. The darkness of "touch and try-the gold is good as ever was the sky seemed to increase, as if to supply the want weighed."

of those mufflings which he said aside with such eviHe put a quantity of gold pieces into Bucklaw's dent reluctance. The impatience of Ravenswood in. hand, which he thrust into his pocket without either creased also in proportion to the delay of the stranger, counting or looking at them, only observing, "that he and he appeared to struggle under agitation, though was so circumstanced that he must enlist, though the probably from a very different cause. He laboured to devil offered the press-money and then turning to restrain his desire to speak, while the stranger, to all the huntsmen, he called out, "Come along, my lads appearance, was at a loss for words to express what -all is at my cost."

he felt it necessary to say. At length Ravenswood's "Long life to Bucklaw!" shouted the men of the impatience broke the bounds he had imposed upon it, chase.

"I perceive,” he said, " that Sir William Ashton is "And confusion to him that takes his share of the unwilling to announce himself in the Castle of Wolf's sport, and leaves the hunters as dry as a drum-head," Crag.”' added another, by way of corollary.

"I had hoped it was unnecessary,” said the Lord ." The house of Ravenswood was ance a gude and Kepper, relieved from his silence, as a spectre by the an honourable house in this land," said an old man, voice of the exorcist;, "and I am obliged to you, but it's lost its credit this day, and the Master has Master of Ravenswood, for breaking the ice at once shown himself no better than a greedy cullion." where circumstances - unhappy circumstances, lei

And with this conclusion, which was unanimously me call them-rendered self-introduction peculiarly agreed to by all who heard it, they rushed tumultu- awkward." ously into the house of entertainment, where they "And I am not then," said the Master of Ravensrevelled till a late hour. The jovial temper of Buck- wood, gravely, " to consider the honour of this visit law seldom permitted him to be nice in the choice of as purely accidental ?" his associates; and on the present occasion, when 'Let us distinguish a little,” said the Keeper, as his joyous debauch received additional zest from the suming an appearance of ease which perhaps his intervention of an unusual space of sobriety, and al- heart was a stranger to; "this is an honour which

I most abstinence, he was as happy in leading the have eagerly desired for some time, but which I might revels, as if his comrades had been sons of princes. never have obtained, save for the accident of the Craigengelt had his own purposes, in fooling him up storm. My daughter and I are alike grateful for this to the wp of his bent; and having some low humour, opportunity

of thanking the brave man, to whom she much impudence, and the power of singing a good owes her life and I mine." song, understanding besides thoroughly the disposi- The hatred which divided the great families in the tion of his regained associate, he readily succeeded in feudal times had lost little of its bitterness, though it involving him bumper-deep in the festivity of the no longer expressed itself in deeds of open violence. meeting.

Not the feelings which Ravenswood had begun to A very different scene was in the mean time passing entertain towards Lucy Ashton, not the hospitality in the Tower of Wolf's Crag. When the Master of due to his guests, were able entirely to subdue, though Ravenswood left the court-yard, too much bụsied with they, warmly, combatted, the deep passions which his own perplexed reflections to pay attention to the arose within him, at beholding his father's foe stand manæuvre of Caleb, he ushered his guests into the ing in the hall of the family of which he had in a great hall of the castle.

great measure accelerated the ruin. His looks glanced The indefatigable Balderstone, who, from choice or from the father to the daughter with an irresolution, habit, worked on from morning to night, had, by de- of which Sir William Ashton did not think it proper grees, cleared this desolate apartment of the corfused to await the conclusion. He had now disembarrassed relics of the funeral banquet, and restored it to some himself of his riding-dress, and walking up to his order. But not all his skill and labour, in disposing daughter, he undid the fastening of her mask. to advantage the little furniture which remained, 'Lucy, my love,” he said, raising her and leading could remove the dark and disconsolate appearance her towards Ravenswood, "lay aside your mask, and of those ancient and disfurnished walls. The narrow let us our gratitude to the Master open and windows, Hanked by deep indentures into the wall, barefaced.". seemed formed rather to exclude than to admit the "If he will condescend to accept it," was all that cheerful light; and the heavy and gloomy appearance Lucy uttered ; but in a tone so sweetly modulated, of the thunder-sky adạeg still farther to the obscurity, and which seemed to imply at once a feeling and a

As Ravenswood, with the grace of a gallant of that forgiving of the cold reception to which they were Deriod, but not without a certain stiffness and embar-exposed, that coming from a creature so innocent. rassment of manner, handed the young lady to the and so beautiful, her words cut Ravenswood to the upper end of the apartment, her father remained very heart for his harshness. He muttered some standing more near to the door, as if about to disen- thing of surprise, something of confusion, and, end gage himself from his hat and cloak. At this moment ing with a warm and eager expression of his happithe clang of the portal was heard, a sound at which ness at being able to afford her shelter under his roof, the stranger started, stepped hastily to the window, he saluted her, as the ceremonial of the time enjoined and looked with an air of alarm at Ravenswood, upon such occasions. Their cheeks had touched and when he saw that the gate of the court was shut, and were withdrawn from each other-Ravenswood had his domestics excluded.

not quitted the hand which he had taken in kindly "You have nothing to fear, sir,” said Ravenswood, courtesy-a blush, which attached more consequence gravely : "this roof retains the means of giving pro- by far than was usual to such ceremony, still mantled lection, ihough not welcome. Methinks,'' he added, on Lucy Ashton's beautiful cheek, when the apartit is uime that I should know who they are that have ment was suddenly illuminated by a flash of lightning, Jus highly honoured my ruined dwelling?" which seemed absolutely to swallow the darkness of

The young lady remained silent and motionless, the hall. Every object might have been for an instant and the father, to whom the question was more di- seen distinetly. The slight and half-sinking form of reculy addressed, seemed in the situation of a per- Lucy Ashton, the well-proportioned and stately figure iormer who has ventured to take upon himself a part of Ravenswood, his dark features, and the fiery, yet which lie finds himself unable to present, and who I irresolute expression of his eyes the old arms and


scutcheons which hung on the walls of the apartment, and muttering "How the deil cam he in ?-but deil were for an instant distinctly visible to the Keeper by may care-Mysie, what are ye sitting shaking and a strong red brilliant glare of light. Its disappear greeting in the chimney-neuk for? Come here--or ance was almost instantly followed by a burst of stay where ye are, and skirl as loud as ye can-it's a thunder, for the storm-cloud was very near the cas- ye're gude for-I say, ye auld deevil, skirl-skirlle; and the peal was so sudder and dreadful, that louder-louder

, woman-gar the gentles hear ye in the old tower rocked to its foundation, and every in the ha'-1 have heard ye as far off as the Bass for a mate concluded it was falling upon them. The sool, less matter. And stay-down wi' that crockery". which had not been disturbed for centuries, showered And with a sweeping blow, he threw down from a down the huge tunnelled chimneys--lime and dust shelf some arțicles of pewter and earthenware. He few in clouds from the wall; and, whether the light- exalted his voice amid the clatter, shouting and roarning had actually struck the castle, or whether ing in a manner which changed Mysie's hysterical through the violent concussion of the air, several terrors of the thunder into fears that her old fellowheavy stones were hurled from the mouldering bat- servant was gone distracted. "He has dung down dements into the roaring sea beneath. It might a' the bits o' pigs, too-the only thing we had left seem as if the ancient founder of the castle were to haud a soup milk-and he has spilt the hatted bestriding the thunder-storm, and proclaiming his kitt that was for the Master's dinner. Mercy save displeasure at the reconciliation of his descendant us, the auld man's gaen clean and clear wud wi' the with the enemy of his house.

thunner!" The consternation was general, and it required the “Haud your tongue, ye b!" said Caleb, in the efforts of both the Lord Keeper and Ravenswood to impetuous and overbearing triumph of successful keep Lucy from fainting. Thus was the Master a invention, "a's provided now-dinner and a' thingsecond time engaged in the most delicate and dan- the thunner's done a' in a clap of a hand!" gerous of all tasks, that of affording support and "Puir man, he's muckle astray,” said Mysie, lookassistance to a beautiful and helpless being, who, as ing at him with a mixture of pity and alarm; “I wish seen before in a similar situation, had already become he may ever come hame to himsell again. a favourite of his imagination, both when awake and "Here, ye auld doited deevil," said Caleb, still when slumbering. If the Genius of the House really exulting in his extrication from a dilemma which condemned a union betwixt the Master and his fair had seemed insurmountable; "keep the strange man guest, the means by which he expressed his senti- out of the kitchen-swear the thunner came down ments were as unhappily chosen as if he had been a the chimney, and spoiled the best dinner ye ever mere mortal. The train of litile attentions, abso- dressed-beef-bacon-kid-lark-leveret-wild fowl lately necessary to soothe the young lady's mind, and -venison, and what not, Lay it on thick, and never aid her in composing her spirits, necessarily threw mind expenses. I'll awa up to the ha'-make a' the the Master of Ravenswood into such an intercourse confusion ye can-bat be sure ye keep out the strange with her father, as was calculated, for the moment at servant." least, to break down the barrier of feudal enmity With these charges to his ally, Caleb posted up to which divided them. To express himself churlishly, I the hall, but stopping to reconnoitre through an or even coldly, towards an old man, whose da. ghter aperture, which time, for the convenience of many a (and such a daughter) lay before them, overpowered domestic in succession, had made in the door, and with natural terror-and all this under his own roof perceiving the situation of Miss Ashton, he had pru--the thing was impossible; and by the time that dence enough to make a pause, both to avoid adding Lucy, extending a hand to each, was able to thank to her alarm, and in order to secure attention to him them for their kindness, the Master felt that his sen- account of the disastrous effects of the thunder. timents of hostility towards the Lord Keeper were But when he perceived that the lady was recoby no means those most predominant in his bosom. vered, and heard the conversation turn upon the

The weather, her state of health, the absence of accommodation and refreshment which the castle ner attendants, all prevented the possibility of Lucy afforded, he thought it time to burst into the room in Ashton renewing her journey to Bittlebrains-House, the manner announced in the last chapter. which was full five miles distant; and the Master of "Wull a wins !-wull a wins !-such a misfortuno Ravenswood could not but, in common courtesy, to befa' the House of Ravenswood, and I to live to offer the shelter of his roof for the rest of the day and see it !" for the night. But a flush of less soft expression, a

"What is the matter, Caleb ?" said his master, look much more habitual to his features, resumed somewhat alarmed in his turn; "has any part of the predominance when he mentioned how meanly he castle fallen ?" was provided for the entertainment of his guests. Castle fa'an ?-na, but the sute's fa'an, and the

"Do not mention deficiencies," said the Lord thunner's come right down the kitchen-lumm, and Keeper, eager to interrupt him and prevent his re- the things are a' lying here awa, there awa, like the suming an alarming topic; "you are preparing to set Laird of Hotchpotch's lands-and wi' brave guests gut for the Continent, and your house is probably for of honour and quality to entertain"--a low bow here the present unfurnished. All this we understand; to Sir William Ashton and his daughter—"and naebut if you mention inconvenience, you will oblige us thing left in the house fit to present for dinner-or for to seek accommodations in the hamlet."

supper either, for aught that I can see !" As the Master of Ravenswood was about to reply, I verily believe you, Caleb," said Ravenswoud the door of the hall opened, and Caleb Balderstone drily. rushed in.

Balderstone here turned to his master a half-' upbraiding, half-imploring countenance, and edged

towards him as he repeated, "It was nae great CHAPTER XI.

matter of preparation; but just something added to Let them have meat enough, woman-half a hen;

your honour's ordinary course of fare-petty cover, as There be old rotten pilchards, put them off 100; ihey say at the Louvre-three courses and the fruit.' Tis but a little new anointing of them,

Keep your intolerable nonsense to yourself, you And a strong onion, that confounds the savour.

Love's Pugrimage.

old fool!" said Ravenswood, mortified at his offi

ciousness, yet not knowing how to contradict him, THE thunderbolt which had sturined all who were without the risk of giving rise to scenes vet more within hearing of it

, had only served to awaken the ridiculous. bold and inventive genius of the flower of Majors- Caleb saw his advantage, and resolved to improvo Domo. Almost before the clatter had ceased, and it. But first, observing that the Lord Keeper s ser while there was yet scarce an assurance whether the vant entered the apartment, and spoke apart with castle was sanding or falling, Caleb exclaimed, his master, he took the same opportunity to whisper Heavens be praised !-this comes

to hand like the a few words into Ravenswood's ear-Haud your boul of a pint stoup." He then barred the kitchen tongue, for heaven's sake, sir-if it's my pleasure door in the face of the Lord Keeper's servant, whom to hazard my soul in telling lees for the honour of be perceived returning from the party at the gate, the family, it's nae business o' yours—and if yo leto

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me gang on qu'stly, l’se be moderate in my banquet; " His honour kens,"-said Caleb, who, however but I ye contradict me, deil but I dress ye a dinner fit hopeless of himself of accomplishing what was de for a duke!"

sirable, would, like the high-spirited elephant, rather Ravenswood, in fact, thought it would be best to have died in the effort, than brooked the aid of a let his officious butler run on, who proceeded to enu- brother in commission, "his honour kens weel I merate upon his fingers, -"No muckle provision- need nae counsellor, when the honour of the house is might hae served four persons of honour,--first concerned.” course, capons, in white broth-roast kid-bacon "I should be unjust if I denied it, Caleb," said his with reverence,-second course, roasted leveret-master; but your art lies chiefly in making apologies, butter crabs-a veal florentine,--third course, black upon which we can no more dine, than upon the bill cock-it's black eneugh now wi’ the sute-plum- of fare of our thunder-blasted dinner. Now, possibly, damas-a tart-a fam-and some nonsense sweet Mr. Lockhard's talent may consist in finding, some things, and comâts—and that's a'," he said, seeing substitute for that, which certainly is not, and has in the impatience of his master; "that's just a' was all probability never been." o't--forby the apples and pears.

"Your honour is pleased to be facetious," said Miss Ashton had by degrees gathered her spirits, Caleb, “but I am sure, that for the warst, for a walk so far as to pay some attention to what was going as sy as Wolf's-hope, I could dine forty men,-no on; and observing the restrained impatience of Ra- that the folk there deserve your honour's custom. venswood, contrasted with the peculiar determina- They Sae been ill advised in the matter of the dutytion of manner with which Caleb detailed his imagi- eggs and butter, 1.winna deny that.".

*Do go consult together," said the Master, go that, despite every effort to the contrary, she burst down to the village, and do the best you can. We into a fit of incontrollable laughter, in which she must not let our guests remain without refreshment, was joined by her father, though with more modera- to save the honour of a ruined family... And here, tion, and finally by the Master of Ravenswood him- Caleb -take my purse; I believe that will prove your self, though conscious that the jest was at his own best ally." expense. Their mirth--for a scene which we read "Purse? purse, indeed ?" quoth Caleb, indignantly with little emotion often appears extremely ludicrous flinging out of the room, "what suld I do wi' your to the spectators-made the old vault ring, again, honour's purse, on your ain grund ? I trust we are no They ceased--they renewed--they ceased-they re- to pay for our ain ?" newed again their shouts of laughter! Caleb, in the The servants left the hall; and the door was no mean time, stood his ground with a grave, angry, and sooner shut, than the Lord Keeper began to apologize scornful dignity, which greatly enhanced the ridicule for the rudeness of his mirth; and Lucy to hope she of the scene, and the mirth of the spectators. had given no pain or offence to the kind-hearted

At lengh, when the voices, and nearly the strength faithful old man. of the laughers, were exhausted, he exclaimed, with “Caleb and I must both learn, madam, to undergo very little ceremony, The deil's in the gentles! they with good humour, or at least with patience, the ridibreakfast sae lordly, that the loss of the best dinner cule which every where attaches itself to poverty." ever cook pat fingers to, makes them as merry as if You do yourself injustice, Master of Ravenswood, it were the best jeest in a' George Buchanan. If on my word of honour," answered his elder guest. there was as little in your honours wames, as there “I believe I know more of your affairs than you do is in Caleb Balderstone's, less caickling wad serve ye yourself, and I hope to show you, that I am interested on sic a gravaminous subject."

in them; and that-in short, that your prospects are Caleb's blunt expression of resentment again awak- better than you apprehend. In the mean time, I can ened the mirth of the company, which, by the way, conceive nothing so respectable, as the spirit which he regarded not only as an aggression upon the dig- rises above misfortune, and prefers honourable privanity of the family, but a special contempt of the elo- tions to debt or dependence. quence with which he himself had summed up the Whether from fear of offending the delicacy, or extent of their supposed losses ;-" a description of a awakening the pride of the Master, the Lord Keeper dinner,', as he said afterwards to Mysie, "that wad made these allusions with an appearance of fearful hae made a fu man hungry, and them to sit there and hesitating reserve and seemed to be afraid

that laughing at it!"

he was intruding 100 far, in venturing to touch, howBut," said Miss Ashton, composing her coun- ever lightly, upon such a topic, even when the Master tenance as well as she could, are all these delica- had led to it. In short, he appeared at once pushed cies so totally destroyed, that no scrap can be col- on by his desire of appearing friendly, and held back lected ?"

by the fear of intrusion. It was no wonder that the "Collected my leddy! what wad ye collect out of Master of Ravenswood, little acquainted as he then the sute and the ass ? 'Ye may gang down yoursell, was with life, should have given this consummate and look into our kitchen-the cookmaid in the trem-courtier credit for more sincerity than was probably bling exies--the gude vivers lying a' about-beef to be found in a score of his cast. He answered, capons, and white broth--forentine and fams-- however, with reserve, that he was indebted to all bacon, wi' reverence, and a' the sweet confections who might think well of him; and, apologizing to and whim-whams; ye'll see them a', my leddy-that his guests, he left the hall, in order to make such is," said he, correcting himself, “ye'll no see ony of arrangements for their entertainment as circumthem now, for the cook has soopít them up, as was stances admitted. weel her part;, but ye'll sce the white broth where it Upon consulting with old Mysie, the accommoda. was spilt. I pat my fingers in it, and it tastes as like tjons for the night were easily completed, as indeed sour-milk as ony thing else; if that isna the effect of they admitted of little choice. The Master surren. thunner, I kenna what is.--This gentleman bere dered his apartment for the use of Miss Ashton, and couldna but hear the clash of our haill dishes, china Mysie, (once a person of consequence,) dressed in o and silver thegither?”,

black satin gown which had belonged of yore to the The Lord Keeper's domestic, though a statesman's Master's grandmother, and had figured in the courtattendant, and of course trained to command his balls of Henrietta

Maria, went to attend her as lady's countenance upun all occasions, was somewhat dis- maid. He next inquired after Bucklaw, and under: composed by this appeal, to which he only answered standing he was at the change-house with the hunts: by a bow.

men and sone companions, he desired Caleb to cal! "I think, Mr. Butler, said the Lord Keeper, who there, and acquaint him how he was circumstanced began to be afraid lest the prolongation of this scene at Wolf's Crag- to intimate to him that it would be should ut length displease Ravenswood, -"I think, most convenient if he could find a bed in the hain that were you to retire with my servant Lockhard--- lei, as the elder guest must necessarily be quartered in he has travelled, and is quite accustomed to accidents the secret chamber, the only spare bedroom which and contingencies of every kind, and I hope betwixt could be made fit to receive nim: The Master saw no you, you may find out some mode of supply at this hardship in passing the night by the hall-fire, wrapt in einergency

his campaign-cloak; and to Scottish domestics of the

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