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By this time they reached the palace of. quisitely painful as to banish from his cheek Holyrood, and were announced respectively as every drop of blood. they entered the apartments.

'Good God !' said Rose Bradwardine, ‘he is It is but too well known how many gentlemen not yet recovered !' of rank, education, and fortune, took a concern These words, which she uttered with great in the ill-fated and desperate undertaking of 1745. emotion, were overheard by the Chevalier himThe ladies, also, of Scotland very generally self, who stepped hastily forward, and king espoused the cause of the gallant and handsome Waverley by the hand, inquired kindly after his young Prince, who threw himself upon the health, and added, that he wished to speak with mercy of his countrymen, rather like a hero of him. By a strong and sudden effort, which the romance than a calculating politician. It is circumstances rendered indispensable, Waverley not, therefore, to be wondered that Edward, recovered himself so far as to follow the Chevalier who had spent the greater part of his life in the in silence to a recess in the apartment. solemn seclusion of Waverley-Honour, should Here the Prince detained him some time, askhave been dazzled at the liveliness and elegance ing various questions about the great Tory and of the scene now exhibited in the long-deserted Catholic families of England, their connections, halls of the Scottish palace. The accompani- their influence, and the state of their affections ments, indeed, fell short of splendour, being towards the house of Stuart. To these queries such as the confusion and hurry of the time Edward could not at any time have given more admitted ; still, however, the general effect was than general answers, and it may be supposed striking, and, the rank of the company con- that, in the present state of his feelings, his sidered, might well be called brilliant.

responses were indistinct, even to confusion. It was not long before the lover's eye dis- The Chevalier smiled once or twice at the inconcovered the object of his attachment. Flora gruity of his replies, but continued the same Mac-Ivor was in the act of returning to her seat, style of conversation, although he found himself near the top of the room, with Rose Bradwardine obliged to occupy the principal share of it, until by her side. Among much elegance and beauty, he perceived that Waverley had recovered his they had attracted a great degree of the public presence of mind. It is probable that this long attention, being certainly two of the handsomest audience was partly meant to further the idea women present. The Prince took much notice which the Prince desired should be entertained of both, particularly of Flora, with whom he among his followers, that Waverley was a chadanced ; a preference which she probably owed racter of political influence. But it appeared to her foreign education and command of the from his concluding expressions, that he had a French and Italian languages.

different and good-natured motive, personal to When the bustle attending the conclusion of our hero, for prolonging the conference. I the dance permitted, Edward, almost intuitively, cannot resist the temptation,' he said, 'of boastfollowed Fergus to the place where Miss Mac- ing of my own discretion as a lady's confidant. Ivor was seated. The sensation of hope with You see, Mr. Waverley, that I know all, and I which he had nursed his affection in absence of

assure you I am deeply interested in the affair. the beloved object seemed to vanish in her But, my good young friend, you must put a more presence, and, like one striving to recover the severe restraint upon your feelings. There are particulars of a forgotten dream, he would have many here whose eyes can see as clearly as mine, given the world at that moment to have but the prudence of whose tongues may not be recollected the grounds on which he had founded equally trusted.' expectations which now seemed so delusive. So saying, he turned easily away, and joined He accompanied Fergus with downcast eyes, a circle of officers at a few paces' distance, leavtingling ears, and the feelings of the criminal, ing Waverley, to meditate upon his parting who, while the melancholy cart moves slowly expression, which, though not intelligible to through the crowds that have assembled to him in its whole purport, was sufficiently so in behold his execution, receives no clear sensation the caution which the last word recommended. either from the noise which fills his ears, or the Making, therefore, an effort to show himself tumult on which he casts his wandering look. worthy of the interest which his new master had

Flora seemed a little—a very little—affected expressed, by instant obedience to his recomand discomposed at his approach. 'I bring you mendation, he walked up to the spot where 9n adopted son of Ivor,' said Fergus.

Flora and Miss Bradwardine were still seated And I receive him as a second brother, and having made his compliments to the latter, replied Flora.

he succeeded, even beyond his own expectation, There was a slight emphasis on the word, in entering into conversation upon general which would have escaped every ear but one topics. that was feverish with apprehension. It was, If, my dear reader, thou hast ever happened however, distinctly marked, and combined with to take post-horses at

(one at her whole tone and manner, plainly intimated, least of which blanks, or more probably both,

I will never think of Mr. Waverley as a more you will be able to fill up from an inn near your intimate connection.' Edward stopped, bowed, own residence), you must have observed, and and looked at Fergus, who bit his lip; a move- doubtless with sympathetic pain, the reluctant ment of anger, which proved that he also had agony with which the poor jades at first apply put a sinister interpretation on the reception their galled necks to the collars of the harness. which his sister had given his friend. *This But when the irresistible arguments of the postthen is an end of my day-dream!'

Such was

boy have prevailed upon them to proceed a mile Waverley's first thought, and it was so ex- or two, they will become callous to the first

or at

sensation ; and being warm in the harness, as exercise of the powers of imagination, for poetry, the said post-boy may term it, proceed as if their and for that eloquence which is allied to poetry. withers were altogether unwrung. This simile Waverley, as we have elsewhere observed, posso much corresponds with the state of Waverley's sessed at times a wonderful flow of rhetoric; and, feelings in the course of this memorable evening, on the present occasion, he touched more than that I prefer it (especially as being, I trust, once the higher notes of feeling, and then again wholly original) to any more splendid illustra- ran off in a wild voluntary of fanciful mirth. tion, with which Byshe's Art of Poetry might He was supported and excited by kindred spirits, supply me.

who felt the same impulse of mood and time; Exertion, like virtue, is its own reward; and and even those of more cold and calculating our hero had, moreover, other stimulating motives habits were hurried along by the torrent. Many for persevering in a display of affected composure ladies declined the dance, which still went forand indifference to Flora's obvious unkindness. ward, and, under various pretences, joined the Pride, which supplies its caustic as a useful, party to which the 'handsome young Englishthough severe, remedy for the wounds of affec- man' seemed to have attached himself. He was tion, came rapidly to his aid. Distinguished by presented to several of the first rank, and his the favour of a prince ; destined, he had room to manners, which for the present were altogether hope, to play a conspicuous part in the revolu- free from the bashful restraint by which, in a tion which awaited a mighty kingdom; excelling, moment of less excitation, they were usually probably, in mental acquirements, and equalling, clouded, gave universal delight. at least, in personal accomplishments, most of Flora Mac-Ivor appeared to be the only female the noble and distinguished persons with whom present who regarded him with a degree of coldhe was now ranked ; young, wealthy, and high- ness and reserve ; yet even she could not suppress born-could he, or ought he to droop beneath a sort of wonder at talents, which, in the course the frown of a capricious beauty ?

of their acquaintance, she had never seen dis

played with equal brilliancy and impressive O nymph, unrelenting and cold as thou art, My bosom is proud as thine own.

effect. I do not know whether she might not

feel a momentary regret at having taken so With the feeling expressed in these beautiful decisive a resolution upon the addresses of a lines (which, however, were not then written), lover, who seemed fitted so well to fill a high Waverley determined upon convincing Flora that place in the highest stations of society. Certainly he was not to be depressed by a rejection, in she had hitherto accounted among the incurable which his vanity whispered that perhaps she did deficiencies of Edward's disposition, the mauvaise her own prospects as much injustice as his. honte, which, as she had been educated in the And, to aid this change of feeling, there lurked the first foreign circles, and was little acquainted secret and unacknowledged hope, that she might with the shyness of English manners, was, in learn to prize his affection more highly, when her opinion, too nearly related to timidity and she did not conceive it to be altogether within imbecility of disposition. But if a passing wish her own choice to attract or repulse it. There occurred that Waverley could have rendered was a mystic tone of encouragement, also, in the himself uniformly thus amiable and attractive, Chevalier's words, though he feared they only its influence was momentary ; for circumstances referred to the wishes of Fergus in favour of a had arisen since they met, which rendered, in union between him and his sister. But the her eyes, the resolution she had formed respectwhole circumstances of time, place, and incident, ing him, final and irrevocable. combined at once to awaken his imagination, With opposite feelings, Rose Bradwardine bent and to call upon him for a manly and a decisive her whole soul to listen. She felt a secret triumph tone of conduct, leaving to fate to dispose of the at the public tribute paid to one whose merit she issue. Should he appear to be the only one sad had learned to prize too early and too fondly. and disheartened on the eve of battle, how Without a thought of jealousy, without a feeling greedily would the tale be commented upon by of fear, pain, or doubt, and undisturbed by a the slander which had been already but too single selfish consideration, she resigned herself busy with his fame! Never, never, he internally to the pleasure of observing the general murmur resolved, shall my unprovoked enemies possess of applause. When Waverley spoke, her ear such an advantage over my reputation.

was exclusively filled with his voice; when • Under the influence of these mixed sensations, others answered, her eye took its turn of oband cheered at times by a smile of intelligence servation, and seemed to watch his reply. and approbation from the Prince as he passed Perhaps the delight which she experienced in the group, Waverley exerted his powers of fancy, the course of that evening, though transient, animation, and eloquence, and attracted the and followed by much sorrow, was in its nature general admiration of the company. The con- the most pure and disinterested which the human versation gradually assumed the tone best quali- mind is capable of enjoying. fied for the display of his talents and acquisitions. * Baron,' said the Chevalier, ‘I would not trust The gaiety of the evening was exalted in cha- my mistress in the company of your young racter, rather than checked, by the approaching friend. He is really, though perhaps somewhat dangers of the morrow. All nerves were strung romantic, one of the most fascinating young for the future, and prepared to enjoy the present. men whom I have ever seen.' This mood of mind is highly favourable for the And by my honour, sir,' replied the Baron,

'the lad can sometimes be as dowff as a sexa* They occur in Miss Seward's fine verses, beginning, genary like myself. If your Royal Highness

had seen him dreaming and dozing about the

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To thy rock, stormy Laninow, adieu.

banks of Tully-Veolan like an hypochondriac | dream, with which it had at first rather harperson, or, as Burton's Anatomia hath it, a monized. phrenesiac or lethargic patient, you would wonder The sound of Callum's brogues in his apartwhere he hath sae suddenly acquired all this ment (for Mac-Ivor had again assigned Waverley fine sprack festivity and jocularity.'

to his care) was the next note of parting. Winna Truly,' said Fergus Mac-Ivor, I think it can yer honour bang up? Vich Ian Vohr and ta only be the inspiration of the tartans; for, though Prince are awa to the lang green glen ahint the Waverley be always a young fellow of sense and clachan, tat they ca’ the King's Park, † and mony honour, I have hitherto often found him a very ane's on his ain shanks the day, that will be absent and inattentive companion.'

carried on ither folk's ere night. We are the more obliged to him,' said the Waverley sprung up, and, with Callum's asPrince, 'for having reserved for this evening sistance and instructions, adjusted his tartans qualities which even such intimate friends had in proper costume. Callum told him also, “tat not discovered. — But come, gentlemen, the his leather dorlach wi' the lock on her was come night advances, and the business of to-morrow frae Doune, and she was awa again in the wain must be early thought upon. Each take charge wi’ Vich Ian Vohr's walise.' of his fair partner, and honour a small refresh- By this periphrasis Waverley readily apprement with your company;'

hended his portmanteau was intended. He He led the way to another suite of apartments, thought upon the mysterious packet of the maid and assumed the seat and canopy at the head of of the cavern, which seemed always to escape a long range of tables, with an air of dignity him when within his very grasp. But this was mingled with courtesy, which well became his no time for indulgence of curiosity; and having high birth and lofty pretensions. An hour had declined Mrs. Flockhart's compliment of a mornhardly flown away when the musicians played ing, i.e., a matutinal dram, being probably the the signal for parting, so well known in Scot-only man in the Chevalier's army by whom such land.

a courtesy would have been rejected, he made his Good-night, then,' said the Chevalier, rising; adieus, and departed with Callum. 'Good-night, and joy be with you !--Good-night, Callum,' said he, as they proceeded down a fair ladies, who have so highỉy honoured a pro- dirty close to gain the southern skirts of the scribed and banished Prince.-Good-night, my Canongate, 'what shall I do for a horse ?' brave friends ;-may the happiness we have this * Ta deil ane ye maun think o',' said Callum. evening experienced be an omen of our return to · Vich Ian Vohr's marching on foot at the head these our paternal halls, speedily and in triumph, o' his kin (not to say ta Prince, wha does the and of many and many future meetings of mirth like), wi' his target on his shoulder; and ye maun and pleasure in the palace of Holyrood !' e'en be neighbour-like.'

When the Baron of Bradwardine afterwards And so I will, Callum-give me my target ;mentioned this adieu of the Chevalier, he never so, there we are fixed. How does it look ? failed to repeat, in a melancholy tone,

Like the bra' Highlander tat's painted on the

board afore the mickle change-house they ca' Audiit, et voti Phæbus succedere partem Mente dedit; partem volucres dispersit in auras;

Luckie Middlemass's,' answered Callum ; mean

ing, I must observe, a high compliment, for, in which, as he added, “is weel rendered into his opinion, Luckie Middlemass's sign was an English metre by my friend Bangour :

exquisite specimen of art. Waverley, however,

not feeling the full force of this polite simile, Ae half the prayer, wi' Phæbus grace did find,

asked him no further questions.

Upon extricating themselves from the mean and dirty suburbs of the metropolis, and emerging into the open air, Waverley felt a renewal both

of health and spirits, and turned his recollection CHAPTER XLIV.

with firmness upon the events of the preceding evening, and with hope and resolution towards those of the approaching day.

When he had surmounted a small craggy The conflicting passions and exhausted feelings eminence, called St. Leonard's Hill, the King's of Waverley had resigned him to late but sound Park, or the hollow between the mountain of repose. He was dreaming of Glennaquoich, and Arthur's Seat and the rising grounds on which had transferred to the halls of Ian nan Chaistel the southern part of Edinburgh is now built, the festal train which so lately graced those of lay beneath him, and displayed a singular and Holyrood. The pibroch too was distinctly heard ; animating prospect. It was occupied by the and this at least was no delusion, for the 'proud army of the Highlanders, now in the act of prestep of the chief piper' of the chlain Mac-Ivor' paring for their march. Waverley had already was perambulating the court before the door of seen something of the kind at the hunting-match his Chieftain's quarters, and, as Mrs. Flockhart, which he attended with Fergus Mac-Ivor ; but apparently no friend to his minstrelsy, was this was on a scale of much greater magni. pleased to observe, 'garring the very stane-and- tude, and incomparably deeper interest. The lime wa's dingle wi' his screeching. Of course, rocks, which formed the background of the it soon became too powerful for Waverley's scene, and the very sky itself, rang with the

+ The main body of the Highland army encamped, or Which is, or was wont to be, the old air of 'Good- rather bivouacked, in that part of the King's Park which night, and joy be wi' you a'!'

lies towards the village of Duddingston.

The t'other half he whistled down the wind.'


clang of the bagpipers, summoning forth, each | those who endeavoured, though generally with with his appropriate pibroch, his chieftain and out effect, to press to the front through the clan. The mountaineers, rousing themselves crowd of Highlanders, maugre their curses, from their couch under the canopy of heaven, oaths, and opposition, added to the picturesque with the hum and bustle of a confused and wildness what it took from the military regularity irregular multitude, like bees alarmed and of the scene. arming in their hives, seemed to possess all While Waverley gazed upon this remarkable the pliability of movement fitted to execute spectacle, rendered yet more impressive by military maneuvres. Their motions appeared the occasional discharge of cannon-shot from the spontaneous and confused, but the result was Castle at the Highland guards as they were order and regularity; so that a general must withdrawn from its vicinity to join their main have praised the conclusion, though a martinet body, Callum with his usual freedom of interfermight have ridiculed the method by which it ence, reminded him that Vich Ian Vohr's folk was attained.

were nearly at the head of the column of march, The sort of complicated medley created by the which was still distant, and that they would hasty arrangements of the various clans under gang very fast after the cannon fired. Thus their respective banners, for the purpose of admonished, Waverley walked briskly forward, getting into the order of march, was in itself a yet often casting a glance upon the darksome gay and lively spectacle. They had no tents to clouds of warriors who were collected before and strike, having generally, and by choice, slept beneath him. A nearer view, indeed, rather upon the open field, although the autumn was diminished the effect impressed on the mind by now waning, and the nights began to be frosty, the more distant appearance of the army. The For a little space, while they were getting into leading men of each clan were well armed with order, there was exhibited a changing, fluctuat- broadsword, target, and fusee, to which all ing, and confused appearance of waving tartans added the dirk, and most the steel pistol. But and floating plumes, and of banners displaying the these consisted of gentlemen, that is, relations proud gathering word of Clanronald, A ghandion of the chief, however distant, and who had an co herigha (Gainsay who dares); Loch-Sloy, the immediate title to his countenance and prowatchword of the MacFarlanes; Forth, fortune, tection. Finer and hardier men could not have and fill the fetters, the motto of the Marquis been selected out of any army in Christendom; of Tullibardine ; Bydand, that of Lord Lewis while the free and independent habits which Gordon ; and the appropriate signal words and each possessed, and which each was yet so well emblems of many other chieftains and clans. taught to subject to the command of his chief,

At length the mixed and wavering multitude and the peculiar mode of discipline adopted in arranged themselves into a narrow and dusky Highland warfare, rendered them equally forcolumn of great length, stretching through the midable by their individual courage and high whole extent of the valley. In the front of the spirit, and from their rational conviction of the column the standard of the Chevalier was dis necessity of acting in unison, and of giving their played, bearing a red cross upon a white ground, national mode of attack the fullest opportunity with the motto Tandem Triumphans. The few cavalry, being chiefly Lowland gentry with their But, in a lower rank to these, there were domestic servants and retainers, formed the ad- found individuals of an inferior description, the vanced guard of the army; and their standards, common peasantry of the Highland country, of which they had rather too many in respect who, although they did not allow themselves to of their numbers, were seen waving upon the be so called, and claimed often, with apparent extreme verge of the horizon. Many horsemen truth, to be of more ancient descent than the of this body, among whom Waverley accidentally masters whom they served, bore, nevertheless, remarked Balmawhapple, and his lieutenant, the livery of extreme penury, being indifferently Jinker (which last, however, had been reduced, accoutred and worse armed, half-naked, stunted with several others, by the advice of the Baron in growth, and miserable in aspect. of Bradwardine, to the situation of what he portant clan had some of those Helots attached called reformed officers, or reformadoes), added to them ;—thus, the Mac-Couls, though tracing to the liveliness, though by no means to the their descent from Comhal, the Father of Finn regularity, of the scene, by galloping their horses or Fingal, were a sort of Gibeonites, or hereditary as fast forward as the press would permit, to servants to the Stewarts of Appin ; the Macjoin their proper station in the van. The fas- beths, descended from the unhappy monarch of cinations of the Circes of the High Street, and that name, were subject to the Murrays and clan the potations of strength with which they had Donnochy, or Robertsons of Athole; and many been drenched over night, had probably detained other examples might be given, were it not for these heroes within the walls of Edinburgh the risk of hurting any pride of clanship which somewhat later than was consistent with their may yet be left, and thereby drawing a Highland morning duty. Of such loiterers, the prudent tempest into the shop of my publisher. Now took the longer and circuitous, but more open these same Helots, though forced into the field route, to attain their place in the march, by by the arbitrary authority of the chieftains keeping at some distance from the infantry, and under whom they hewed wood and drew water, making their way through the enclosures to the were, in general, very sparingly fed, ill dressed, right, at the expense of leaping over or pulling and worse armed. The latter circumstance was down the dry-stone fences. The irregular ap- indeed owing chiefly to the general disarming pearance and vanishing of these small parties of act, which had been carried into effect ostensibly horsemen, as well as the confusion occasioned by through the whole Highlands, although most of

of success.

Each im. of Highland proverb as well as song.



the chieftains contrived to elude its influence, motions of the enemy. They vanished from by retaining the weapons of their own immediate Waverley's eye as they wheeled round the base clansmen, and delivering up those of less value, of Arthur's Seat, under the remarkable ridge which they collected from these inferior satellites. of basaltic rocks which fronts the little lake of It followed, as a matter of course, that, as we Duddingston. have already hinted, many of these poor fellows The infantry followed in the same direction, were brought to the field in a very wretched regulating their pace by another body which condition.

occupied a road more to the southward. It From this it happened, that, in bodies, the cost Edward some exertion of activity to attain van of which were admirably well armed in their the place which Fergus's followers occupied own fashion, the rear resembled actual banditti. in the line of march. Here was a pole-axe, there a sword without a scabbard ; here a gun without a lock, there a scythe set straight upon a pole ; and some had only their dirks, and bludgeons or stakes pulled

CHAPTER XLV. out of hedges. The grim, uncombed, and wild appearance of these men, most of whom gazed with all the admiration of ignorance upon the most ordinary productions of domestic art, created surprise in the Lowlands, but it also created WHEN Waverley reached that part of the terror. So little was the condition of the column which was filled by the clan of MacHighlands known at that late period, that Ivor, they halted, formed, and received him the character and appearance of their population, with a triumphant flourish upon the bagpipes, while thus sallying forth as military adventurers, and a loud shout of the men, most of whom conveyed to the south-country Lowlanders as knew him personally, and were delighted to see much surprise as if an invasion of African him in the dress of their country and of their Negroes or Esquimaux Indians had issued forth sept. You shout,' said a Highlander of a from the northern mountains of their own native neighbouring clan to Evan Dhu, as if the country. It cannot therefore be wondered if Chieftain were just come to your head.' Waverley, who had hitherto judged of the Mur e Bran is e a bhrathair, If it be not Bran, Highlanders generally from the samples which it is Bran's brother,' was the proverbial reply of the policy of Fergus had from time to time ex- Maccombich.+ hibited, should have felt damped and astonished 0, then, it is the handsome Sassenach at the daring attempt of a body not then exceed- Duinhé-wassel, that is to be married to Lady ing four thousand men, and of whom not above Flora ?' half the number, at the utmost, were armed, to That may be, or it may not be ; and it is change the fate and alter the dynasty of the neither your matter nor mine, Gregor.' British kingdoms.

Fergus advanced to embrace the volunteer As he moved along the column, which still and afford him a warm and hearty welcome : remained stationary, an iron gun, the only piece but he thought it necessary to apologize for the of artillery possessed by the army which medi- diminished numbers of his battalion (which did tated so important a revolution, was fired as the not exceed three hundred men), by observing, signal of march. The Chevalier had expressed he had sent a good many out upon parties. a wish to leave this useless piece of ordnance The real fact, however, was, that the defection behind him ; but to his surprise, the Highland of Donald Bane Lane had deprived him of at chiefs interposed to solicit that it might accom- least thirty hardy fellows, whose services he had pany their march, pleading the prejudices of their fully reckoned upon, and that many of his followers, who, little accustomed to artillery, occasional adherents had been recalled by their attached a degree of absurd importance to this several chiefs to the standards to which they field-piece, and expected it would contribute most properly owed their allegiance. The rival essentially to a victory which they could only chief of the great northern branch also of his owe to their own muskets and broadswords. own clan had mustered his people, although he Two or three French artillerymen were therefore had not yet declared either for the government appointed to the management of this military or for the Chevalier, and by his intrigues had in engine, which was drawn along by a string of some degree diminished the force with which Highland ponies, and was, after all, only used Fergus took the field. To make amends for for the purpose of firing signals. *

these disappointments, it was universally adNo sooner was its voice heard upon the present mitted that the followers of Vich Ian Voħr, in occasion, than the whole line was in motion. A point of appearance, equipment, arms, and dexwild cry of joy from the advancing battalions terity in using them, equalled the most choice rent the air, and was then lost in the shrill troops which followed the standard of Charles clangour of the bagpipes, as the sound of these, Edward. Old Ballenkeiroch acted as his major ; in their turn, was partially drowned by the heavy and with the other officers who had known tread of so many men put at once into motion. Waverley when at Glennaquoich, gave our hero a The banners glittered and shook as they moved cordial reception, as the sharer of their future forward, and the horse hastened to occupy their dangers and expected honours

. station as the advanced guard, and to push on

The route pursued by the Highland army, reconnoitring parties to ascertain and report the

Bran, the well-known dog of Fingal, is often the theme Note BB. Field-piece in the Highland army.


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