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stored, visions as brilliant and as fading as those supernatural beauty, and all the properties of of an evening sky. The effect of this indulgence intellectual wealth. upon his temper and character will appear in the But ere the charms of Miss Cecilia Stubbs had next chapter.
erected her into a positive goddess, or elevated her at least to a level with the saint her namesake,
Mrs. Rachel Waverley gained some intimation CHAPTER V.
which determined her to prevent the approaching apotheosis. Even the most simple and unsus
picious of the female sex have (God bless them !) FROM the minuteness with which I have
an instinctive sharpness of perception in such traced Waverley's pursuits, and the bias which matters, which sometimes goes the length of these unavoidably communicated to his imagina observing partialities that never existed, but tion, the reader may perhaps anticipate, in the rarely misses to detect such as pass actually following tale, an imitation of the romance of under their observation. Mrs. Rachel applied Cervantes. But he will do my prudence in herself with great prudence, not to combat, but justice in the supposition. My intention is not to elude the approaching danger, and suggested to follow the steps of that inimitable author, in to her brother the necessity that the heir of his describing such total perversion of intellect as house should see something more of the world misconstrues the objects actually presented to than was consistent with constant residence at the senses, but that more common aberration Waverley-Honour. from sound judgment, which apprehends occur- Sir Everard would not at first listen to a rences indeed in their reality, but communicates proposal which went to separate his nephew to them a tincture of its own romantic tone and from him. Edward was a little bookish, he colouring. So far was Edward Waverley from admitted, but youth, he had always heard, was expecting general sympathy with his own feel the season for learning, and, no doubt, when ings, or concluding that the present state of his rage for letters was abated, and his head things was calculated to exhibit the reality of fully stocked with knowledge, his nephew would those visions in which he loved to indulge, that take to field sports and country business. He he dreaded nothing more than the detection of had often, he said, himself regretted that he such sentiments as were dictated by his musings. had not spent some time in study during his He neither had nor wished to have a confidant, youth : he would neither have shot nor hunted with whom to communicate his reveries ; and so
with less skill, and he might have made the sensible was he of the ridicule attached to them, roof of St. Stephen's echo to longer orations that, had he been to choose between any punish than were comprised in those zealous Noes with ment short of ignominy, and the necessity of which, when a member of the House during giving a cold and composed account of the ideal Godolphin's administration, he encountered every world in which he lived the better part of his measure of government. days, I think he would not have hesitated to
Aunt Rachel's anxiety, however, lent her prefer the former infliction. This secrecy became address to carry her point. Every representative doubly precious, as he felt in advancing life the of their house had visited foreign parts, or served influence of the awakening passions. Female his country in the army, before he settled for life forms of exquisite grace and beauty began to at Waverley-Honour, and she appealed for the mingle in his mental adventures ; nor was he truth of her assertion to the genealogical pedigree, long without looking abroad to compare the an authority which Sir Everard was never known creatures of his own imagination with the females to contradict. In short, a proposal was made to of actual life.
Mr. Richard Waverley that his son should travel, The list of the beauties who displayed their under the direction of his present tutor, Mr. hebdomadal finery at the parish church of Pembroke, with a suitable allowance from the Waverley was neither numerous nor select. By Baronet's liberality. The father himself saw no far the most passable was Miss Sissly, or, as she objection to this overture; but upon mentioning rather chose to be called, Miss Cecilia Stubbs, it casually at the table of the Minister, the great daughter of Squire Stubbs at the Grange. Í man looked grave. The reason was explained know not whether it was by the 'merest accident in private. The unhappy turn of Sir Everard's in the world,' a phrase which, from female lips, politics, the Minister observed, was such as does not always exclude malice prepense, or would render it highly improper that a young whether it was from a conformity of taste, that gentleman of such hopeful prospects should Miss Cecilia more than once crossed Edward in travel on the Continent with a tutor doubtless his favourite walks through Waverley-Chase. of his uncle's choosing, and directing his course He had not as yet assumed courage to accost | by his instructions. What might Mr. Edward her on these occasions ; but the meeting was Waverley's society be at Paris, what at Rome, not without its effect. A romantic lover is a
where all manner of snares were spread by the strange idolater, who sometimes cares not out | Pretender and his sons-these were points for of what log he frames the object of his adora- Mr. Waverley to consider. This he could himtion ; at least, if nature has given that object self say, that he knew his Majesty had such a any passable proportion of personal charms, he just sense of Mr. Richard Waverley's merits, can easily play the Jeweller and Dervise in that if his son adopted the army for a few years, the Oriental tale,* and supply her richly, a troop, he believed, might be reckoned upon in out of the stores of his own imagination, with one of the dragoon regiments lately returned
from Flanders. See Hoppner's Tale of The Seven Lovers.
A hint thus conveyed and enforced was not
to be neglected with impunity; and Richard | solicitor and ordinary counsel who conducted Waverley, though with great dread of shocking the defence of some of these unfortunate gentlehis brother's prejudices, deemed he could not men at their trial. It was generally supposed, avoid accepting the commission thus offered him however, that had ministers possessed any real for his son. The truth is, he calculated much, proof of Sir Everard's accession to the rebellion, and justly, upon Sir Everard's fondness for he either would not have ventured thus to brave Edward, which made him unlikely to resent the existing government, or at least would not any step that he might take in due submission have done so with impunity. The feelings which to parental authority. Two letters announced then dictated his proceedings were those of a this determination to the Baronet and his young man, and at an agitating period. Since nephew. The latter barely communicated the that time Sir Everard's jacobitism had been fact, and pointed out the necessary preparation gradually decaying, like a fire which burns out for joining his regiment. To his brother, Richard for want of fuel. His Tory and High-Church was more diffuse and circuitous. He coincided principles were kept up by some occasional with him in the most flattering manner, in the exercise at elections and quarter-sessions ; but propriety of his son's seeing a little more of those respecting hereditary right were fallen the world, and was even humble in expressions into a sort of abeyance. Yet it jarred severely of gratitude for his proposed assistance ; was, upon his feelings, that his nephew should go however, deeply concerned that it was now, un- into the army under the Brunswick dynasty; fortunately, not in Edward's power exactly to and the more so, as, independent of his high comply with the plan which had been chalked and conscientious ideas of paternal authority, it out by his best friend and benefactor. He him- was impossible, or at least highly imprudent, to self had thought with pain on the boy's inactivity, interfere authoritatively to prevent it. This sup; at an age when all his ancestors had borne arms; pressed vexation gave rise to many poohs and even Royalty itself had deigned to inquire whether pshaws, which were placed to the account of an young Waverley was not now in Flanders, at an incipient fit of gout, until, having sent for the age when his grandfather was already bleeding Army List, the worthy Baronet consoled himself for his king in the Great Civil War. This was with reckoning the descendants of the houses of accompanied by an offer of a troop of horse. genuine loyalty — Mordaunts, Granvilles, and What could he do? There was no time to con- Stanleys, whose names were to be found in that sult his brother's inclinations, even if he could military record; and calling up all his feelings have conceived there might be objections on his of family grandeur and warlike glory, he conpart to his nephew's following the glorious career cluded, with logic something like Falstaff's, that of his predecessors. And, in short, that Edward when war was at hand, although it were shame was now (the intermediate steps of cornet and to be on any side but one, it were worse shame lieutenant being overleapt with great agility) to be idle than to be on the worst side, though Captain Waverley of Gardiner's regiment of blacker than usurpation could make it. As for dragoons, which he must join in their quarters Aunt Rachel, her scheme had not exactly terat Dundee in Scotland, in the course of a minated according to her wishes, but she was month.
under the necessity of submitting to circumSir Everard Waverley received this intimation stances ; and her mortification was diverted by with a mixture of feelings. At the period of the the employment she found in fitting out her Hanoverian succession he had withdrawn from nephew for the campaign, and greatly consoled Parliament, and his conduct in the memorable by the prospect of beholding him blaze in year 1715 had not been altogether unsuspected. complete uniform. There were reports of private musters of tenants Edward Waverley himself received with ani. and horses in Waverley-Chase by moonlight, mated and undefined surprise this most unexand of cases of carbines and pistols purchased pected intelligence. It was, as a fine old poem in Holland, and addressed to the Baronet, but expresses it, like a fire to heather set,' that intercepted by the vigilance of a riding officer of covers a solitary hill with smoke, and illumines the excise, who was afterwards tossed in a blanket it at the same time with dusky fire. His tutor, on a moonless night by an association of stoutor, I should say, Mr. Pembroke, for he scarce yeomen for his officiousness. Nay, it was even assumed the name of tutor, picked up about said, that at the arrest of Sir William Wyndham, Edward's room some fragments of irregular the leader of the Tory party, a letter from Sir verse, which he appeared to have composed Everard was found in the pocket of his night- under the influence of the agitating feelings gown. But there was no overt act which an occasioned by this sudden page being turned up attainder could be founded on; and government, to him in the book of life. The doctor, who contented with suppressing the insurrection of was a believer in all poetry which was composed 1715, felt it neither prudent nor safe to push by his friends, and written out in fair straight their vengeance farther than against those un- lines, with a capital at the beginning of each, fortunate gentlemen who actually took up arms. communicated this treasure to Aunt Rachel,
Nor did Sir Everard's apprehensions of per- who, with her spectacles dimmed with tears, sonal consequences seem to correspond with the transferred them to her commonplace book, reports spread among his Whig neighbours. It among choice receipts for cookery and medicine, was well known that he had supplied with favourite texts, and portions from High-Church money several of the distressed Northumbrians divines, and a few songs, amatory and jacobitical, and Scotchmen, who, after being made prisoners which she had carolled in her younger days, at Preston in Lancashire, were imprisoned in from whence her nephew's poetical tentamina Newgate and the Marshalsea ; and it was his were extracted, when the volume itself, with
other authentic records of the Waverley family, were exposed to the inspection of the unworthy editor of this memorable history. If they afford the reader no higher amusement, they will serve, at least, better than narrative of any kind, to acquaint him with the wild and irregular spirit of our hero :
or whether the deep and flaming bars of em. broidered gold, which now fenced his breast, defied the artillery of Cecilia's
every arrow was launched at him in vain.
Yet did I mark where Cupid's shaft did light;
But distant winds began to wake,
Yet, with a stern delight and strange,
So, on the idle dreams of youth,
Give place to honour and to arms ! In sober prose, as perhaps these verses intimate less decidedly, the transient idea of Miss Cecilia Stubbs passed from Captain Waverley's heart amid the turmoil which his new destinies excited. She appeared, indeed, in full splendour in her father's
pew upon the Sunday when he attended service for the last time at the old parish church, upon which occasion, at the request of his uncle and Aunt Rachel, he was induced (nothing loth, if the truth must be told) to present himself in full uniform.
There is no better antidote against entertaining too high an opinion of others, than having an excellent one of ourselves at the very same time. Miss Stubbs had indeed summoned up every assistance which art could afford to beauty; but, alas ! hoop, patches, frizzled locks, and a new mantua of genuine French silk, were lost upon a young officer of dragoons, who wore, for the first time, his gold-laced hat, jack-boots, and broadsword. I know not whether, like the champion of an old ballad,
His heart was all on honour bent,
He could not stoop to love;
His frozen heart to move;
Craving pardon for my heroics (which I am unable in certain cases to resist giving way to), it is a melancholy fact, that my history must here take leave of the fair Cecilia, who, like many a daughter of Eve, after the departure of Edward, and the dissipation of certain idle visions which she had adopted, quietly contented herself with a pis-aller, and gave her hand, at the distance of six months, to the aforesaid Jonas, son of the Baronet's steward, and heir (no unfertile prospect) to a steward's fortune ; besides the snug probability of succeeding to his father's office. All these advantages moved Squire Stubbs, as much as the ruddy brow and manly form of the suitor influenced his daughter, to abate somewhat in the article of their gentry; and so the match was concluded. None seemed more gratified than Aunt Rachel, who had hitherto looked rather askance upon the presumptuous damsel (as much so, peradventure, as her nature would permit), but who, on the first appearance of the new-married pair at church, honoured the bride with a smile and a profound courtesy, in presence of the rector, the curate, the clerk, and the whole congregation of the united parishes of Waverley cum Beverley.
I beg pardon, once and for all, of those readers who take up novels merely for amusement, for plaguing them so long with old-fashioned politics, and Whig and Tory, and Hanoverians and Jacobites. The truth is, I cannot promise them that this story shall be intelligible, not to say probable, without it. My plan requires that I should explain the motives on which its action proceeded; and these motives necessarily arose from the feelings, prejudices, and parties of the times. I do not invite my fair readers, whose sex and impatience give them the greatest right to complain of these circumstances, into a fly. ing chariot drawn by hippogriffs, or moved by enchantment. Mine is an humble English postchaise, drawn upon four wheels, and keeping his Majesty's highway. Such as dislike the vehicle may leave it at the next halt, and wait for the conveyance of Prince Hussein's tapestry, or Malek the Weaver's flying sentry-box. Those who are contented to remain with me will be occasionally exposed to the dulness inseparable from heavy roads, steep hills, sloughs, and other terrestrial retardations; but, with tolerable horses and a civil driver (as the advertisements have it), I engage to get as soon as possible into a more picturesque and romantic country, if my passengers incline to have some patience with me during my first stages.*
* These Introductory Chapters have been a good deal censured as tedious and unnecessary.
Yet there are circumstances recorded in them which the author has not been able to persuade himself to retract or cancel.
THE ADIEUS OF WAVERLEY,
these days, when every new and foolish fashion CHAPTER VI.
is introduced to break the natural dependence of the people upon their landlords.'
Sir Everard had done his best to correct this
unnatural disposition of the times; for he had It was upon the evening of this memorable brightened the chain of attachment between the Sunday that Sir Everard entered the library, recruits and their young captain, not only by a where he narrowly missed surprising our young copious repast of beef and ale, by way of parting hero as he went through the guards of the feast, but by such a pecuniary donation to each broadsword with the ancient weapon of old Sir individual, as tended rather to improve the Hildebrand, which, being preserved as an heir. conviviality than the discipline of their march. loom, usually hung over the chimney in the After inspecting the cavalry, Sir Everard again library, beneath a picture of the knight and his conducted his nephew to the library, where he horse, where the features were almost entirely produced a letter, carefully folded, surrounded hidden by the knight's profusion of curled hair, by a little stripe of flox-silk, according to ancient and the Bucephalus which he bestrode concealed form, and sealed with an accurate impression of by the voluminous robes of the Bath with which the Waverley coat-of-arms. It was addressed, he was decorated.
Sir Everard entered, and with great formality, 'To Cosmo Comyne Brad. after a glance at the picture and another at his wardine, Esq. of Bradwardine, at his principal nephew, began a ittle speech, which, however, m sion of Tully-Veolan, in Perthshire, North soon dropt into the natural simplicity of his Britain. These — By the hands of Captain common manner, agitated upon the present Edward Waverley, nephew of Sir Everard occasion by no common feeling.. 'Nephew,' he Waverley, of Waverley-Honour, Bart.' said ; and then, as mending his phrase, 'My The gentleman to whom this enormous greetdear Edward, it is God's will, and also the will ing was addressed, of whom we shall have more of your father, whom, under God, it is your duty to say in the sequel, had been in arms for the to obey, that you should leave us to take up the exiled family of Stuart in the year 1715, and profession of arms, in which so many of your was made prisoner at Preston in Lancashire. ancestors have been distinguished. I have He was of a very ancient family, and somewhat made such arrangements as will enable you to embarrassed fortune ; a scholar, according to take the field as their descendant, and as the the scholarship of Scotchmen, that is, his learnprobable heir of the house of Waverley ; and, ing was more diffuse than accurate, and he was sir, in the field of battle you will remember rather a reader than a grammarian. Of his zeal what name you bear. And, Edward, my dear for the classic authors he is said to have given boy, remember also that you are the last of that an uncommon instance. On the road between race, and the only hope of its revival depends Preston and London he made his escape from upon you ; therefore, as far as duty and honour his guards ; but being afterwards found loitering will permit, avoid danger-I mean unnecessary near the place where they had lodged the former danger and keep no company with rakes, night, he was recognised, and again arrested. gamblers, and Wħigs, of whom, it is to be His companions, and even his escort, were surfeared, there are but too many in the service prised at his infatuation, and could not help into which you are going. Your colonel, as I inquiring, why, being once at liberty, he had am informed, is an excellent man—for a Presby- not made the best of his way to a place of safety; terian; but you will remember your duty to God, to which he replied, that he had intended to do the Church of England, and the’ -(this breach so, but, in good faith, he had returned to seek ought to have been supplied, according to the his Titus Livius, which he had forgot in the rubric, with the word king; but as, unfortunately, hurry of his escape. The simplicity of this that word conveyed a double and embarrassing anecdote struck the gentleman, who, as we besense, one meaning de facto, and the other de fore observed, had managed the defence of some jure, the knight filled up the blank otherwise) — of those unfortunate persons, at the expense of 'the Church of England, and all constituted Sir Everard, and perhaps some others of the authorities.' Then, not trusting himself with party. He was, besides, himself a special any further oratory, he carried his nephew to admirer of the old Patavinian; and though his stables to see the horses destined for his probably his own zeal might not have carried campaign. Two were black (the regimental him such extravagant lengths, even to recover colour), superb chargers both; the other three the edition of Sweynheim and Pannartz (supwere stout active hacks, designed for the road, posed to be the princeps), he did not the less or for his domestics, of whom two were to attend estimate the devotion of the North Briton, and him from the Hall: an additional groom, if in consequence exerted himself to so much purnecessary, might be picked up in Scotland. pose to remove and soften evidence, detect legal
You will depart with but a small retinue,' Haws, et cetera, that he accomplished the final quoth the Baronet, compared to Sir Hildebrand, discharge and deliverance of Cosmo Comyne when he mustered before the gate of the Hall a Bradwardine from certain very awkward conlarger body of horse than your whole regiment sequences of a plea before our sovereign lord the consists of. I could have wished that these king in Westminster. twenty young fellows from my estate, who have The Baron of Bradwardine, for he was generally enlisted in your troop, had been to march with so called in Scotland (although his intimates, you on your journey to Scotland. It would from his place of residence, used to denominate have been something, at least; but I am told their attendance would be thought unusual in
* Note B. Titus Livius.
him Tully - Veolan, or more familiarly, Tully), When this matter was explained and settled, no sooner stood rectus in curid, than he posted Mr. Pembroke expressed his wish to take a down to pay his respects and make his acknow; private and particular leave of his dear pupil. ledgments at Waverley-Honour. A congenial The good man's exhortations to Edward to passion for field-sports and a general coincidence preserve an unblemished life and morals, to hold in political opinions, cemented his friendship fast the principles of the Christian religion, and with Sir Everard, notwithstanding the difference to eschew the profane company of scoffers and of their habits and studies in other particulars; latitudinarians, too much abounding in the and, having spent several weeks at Waverley- army, were not unmingled with his political Honour, the Baron departed with many express prejudices. It had pleased Heaven, he said, to sions of regard, warmly pressing the Baronet place Scotland (doubtless for the sins of their to return his visit, and partake of the diversion ancestors in 1642) in a more deplorable state of of grouse-shooting upon his moors in Perthshire darkness than even this unhappy kingdom of next season, Shortly after, Mr. Bradwardine England. Here, at least, although the candleremitted from Scotland a sum in reimbursement stick of the Church of England had been in some of expenses incurred in the King's High Court degree removed from its place, it yet afforded a of Westminster, which, although not quite so glimmering light; there was a hierarchy, though formidable when reduced to the English de- schismatical, and fallen from the principles mainnomination, had, in its original form of Scotch tained by those great fathers of the church, pounds, shillings, and pence, such a formidable Sancroft and his brethren; there was a liturgy, effect upon the frame of Duncan Macwheeble, though wofully perverted in some of the printhe laird's confidential factor, baron - bailie, and cipal petitions. But in Scotland it was utter man of resource, that he had a fit of the colic darkness; and, excepting a sorrowful, scattered, which lasted for five days, occasioned, he said, and persecuted remnant, the pulpits were abansolely and utterly by becoming the unhappy doned to Presbyterians, and he feared, to sectaries instrument of conveying such a serious sum of of every description. It should be his duty to money out of his native country into the hands fortify his dear pupil to resist such unhallowed of the false English. But patriotism, as it is and pernicious doctrines in church and state, as the fairest, so it is often the most suspicious must necessarily be forced at times upon his mask of other feelings ; and many who knew unwilling ears. Bailie Macwheeble, concluded that his profes- Here he produced two immense folded packets, sions of regret were not altogether disinterested, which appeared each to contain a whole ream of and that he would have grudged the moneys closely written manuscript. They had been the paid to the loons at Westminster much less had labour of the worthy man's whole life; and never they not come from Bradwardine estate—a fund were labour and zeal more absurdly wasted. He which he considered as more particularly his had at one time gone to London, with the intenown. But the Bailie protested he was absolutely tion of giving them to the world, by the medium disinterested
of a bookseller in Little Britain, well known to
deal in such commodities, and to whom he was Woe, woe, for Scotland, not a whit for me!
instructed to address himself in a particular The laird was only rejoiced that his worthy phrase, and with a certain sign, which, it seems, friend, Sir Everard Waverley of Waverley passed at that time current among the initiated Honour, was reimbursed of the expenditure Jacobites. The moment Mr. Pembroke had which he had outlaid on account of the house of uttered the shibboleth, with the appropriate Bradwardine. It concerned, he the credit gesture, the bibliopolist greeted him, notwithof his own family, and of the kingdom of Scot- standing every disclamation, by the title of land at large, that these disbursements should Doctor, and conveying him into his back shop, be repaid forthwith, and, if delayed, it would be after inspecting every possible and impossible a matter of national reproach. Sir Everard, place of concealment, he commenced : 'Eh, accustomed to treat much larger sums with doctor! Well-all under the rose-snug—I keep indifference, received the remittance of £294, no holes here even for a Hanoverian rat to hide 13s. 6d., without being aware that the payment in. And, what-eh! any good news from our was an international concern, and, indeed, would friends over the water ?-and how does the probably have forgot the circumstance altogether, worthy king of France ? Or perhaps you are if Bailie Macwheeble had thought of comforting more lately from Rome ?-it must be Rome will his colic by intercepting the subsidy. A yearly do it at last—the church must light its candle intercourse took place, of a short letter, and a at the old lamp. Eh! what, cautious ? I like hamper, or a cask or two, between Waverley- you the better ; but no fear.' Honour and Tully - Veolan, the English exports Here Mr. Pembroke, with some difficulty, consisting of mighty cheeses and mightier ale, stopped a torrent of interrogations, eked out pheasants and venison, and the Scottish returns with signs, nods, and winks; and, having at being vested in grouse, white hares, pickled length convinced the bookseller that he did him salmon, and usquebaugh. All which too much honour in supposing him an emissary meant, sent, and received, as pledges of con- of exiled royalty, he explained his actual business. stant friendship and amity between two import- The man of books, with a much more comant houses. It followed as a matter of course, posed air, proceeded to examine the manuscripts. that the heir - apparent of Waverley - Honour The title of the first was, "A Dissent from could not, with propriety, visit Scotland without Dissenters, or the Comprehension confuted ; being furnished with credentials to the Baron shewing the Impossibility of any Composition of Bradwardine.
between the Church and Puritans, Presbyterians,