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roared Balmawhapple. 'I ken weel that you and vowing revenge against every Whig, Presbymean the solemn League and Covenant; but if terian, and fanatic in England and Scotland, all the Whigs in hell had taken the '
from John-o'-Groat's to the Land's End, and Here the Baron and Waverley both spoke at with difficulty got him to horse. Our hero, with once, the former calling out, 'Be silent, sir ! ye the assistance of Saunders Saunderson, escorted not only show your ignorance, but disgrace your the Baron of Bradwardine to his own dwelling, native country before a stranger and an English- but could not prevail upon him to retire to bed man ;' and Waverley, at the same moment, until he had made a long and learned apology entreating Mr. Bradwardine to permit him to for the events of the evening, of which, however, reply to an affront which seemed levelled at him there was not a word intelligible, except somepersonally. But the Baron was exalted by wine, thing about the Centaurs and the Lapithe. wrath, and scorn, above all sublunary considerations.
'I crave you to be hushed, Captain Waverley; you are elsewhere, peradventure, sui juris,--foris
CHAPTER XII. familiated, that is, and entitled, it may be, to think and resent for yourself; but in my domain, in this poor Barony of Bradwardine, and under this roof, which is quasi mine, being held by WAVERLEY was unaccustomed to the use of tacit relocation by a tenant at will, I am in loco wine, excepting with great temperance. He parentis to you, and bound to see you scathless. slept therefore soundly till late in the succeed-And for you, Mr. Falconer of Balmawhapple, ing morning, and then awakened to a painful I warn ye, let me see no more aberrations from recollection of the scene of the preceding eventhe paths of good manners.'
ing. He had received a personal affront,-he, & ‘And I tell you, Mr. Cosmo Comyne Brad- gentleman, a soldier, and a Waverley. True, wardine, of Bradwardine and Tully-Veolan,' the person who had offered it was not, at the retorted the sportsman, in huge disdain, 'that time it was given, possessed of the moderate I'll make a moor-cock of the man that refuses share of sense which nature had allotted him ; my toast, whether it be a crop-eared English true also, in resenting this insult, he would Whig wi' a black ribband at his lug, or ane wha break the laws of Heaven, as well as of his deserts his ain friends to claw favour wi' the rats country ; true, in doing so, he might take the
life of a young man who perhaps respectably In an instant both rapiers were brandished, discharged the social duties, and render his and some desperate passes exchanged. Balma- family miserable ; or he might lose his own; whapple was young, stout, and active; but the ---no pleasant alternative even to the bravest, Baron, infinitely more master of his weapon, when it is debated coolly and in private. would, like Sir Toby Belch, have tickled his All this pressed on his mind ; yet the original opponent other gates than he did, had he not statement recurred with the same irresistible been under the influence of Ursa Major.
force. He had received a personal insult; he Edward rushed forward to interfere between was of the house of Waverley; and he bore a the combatants, but the prostrate bulk of the commission. There was no alternative ; and Laird of Killancureit, over which he stumbled, he descended to the breakfast parlour with the intercepted his passage. How Killancureit hap- | intention of taking leave of the family, and pened to be in this recumbent posture at so writing to one of his brother officers to meet interesting a moment, was never accurately him at the inn mid-way between Tully-Veolan known. Some thought he was about to ensconce and the town where they were quartered, in himself under the table ; he himself alleged order that he might convey such a message to the that he stumbled in the act of lifting a joint Laird of Balmawhapple as the circumstances stool, to prevent mischief, by knocking down seemed to demand. He found Miss BradwarBalmawhapple. Be that as it may, if readier dine presiding over the tea and coffee, the table aid than either his or Waverley's had not inter- loaded with warm bread, both of flour, oatmeal, posed, there would certainly have been blood and barley-meal, in the shape of loaves, cakes, shed. But the well-known clash of swords, biscuits, and other varieties, together with eggs, which was no stranger to her dwelling, aroused rein-deer ham, mutton and beef ditto, smoked Luckie Macleary as she sat quietly beyond the salmon, marmalade, and all other delicacies hallan, or earthen partition of the cottage, with which induced even Johnson himself to extol eyes employed on Boston's Crook of the Lot, the luxury of a Scotch breakfast above that of while her ideas were engaged in summing up all other countries. A mess of oatmeal porridge, the reckoning. She boldly rushed in, with the flanked by a silver jug, which held an equal shrill expostulation, Wad their honours slay mixture of cream and butter-milk, was placed ane another there, and bring discredit on an for the Baron's share of this repast; but Rose honest widow-woman's house, when there was a' observed he had walked out early in the morn. the lee land in the country to fight upon ?' a ing, after giving orders that his guest should remonstrance which she seconded by flinging her not be disturbed. plaid with great dexterity over the
weapons Waverley sat down almost in silence, and the combatants. The servants by this time with an air of absence and abstraction, which rushed in, and being, by great chance, tolerably could not give Miss Bradwardine a favourable sober, separated the incensed opponents, with opinion of his talents for conversation. He the assistance of Edward and Killancureit. The answered at random one or two observations latter led off Balmawhapple, cursing, swearing, which she ventured to make upon ordinary
topics ; so that feeling herself almost repulsed contumelies which he hath spoken in his liquor, in her efforts at entertaining him, and secretly it must be held vinum locutum est; the words wondering that a scarlet coat should cover no cease to be his own. Yet would I not find this better breeding, she left him to his mental exculpaţion relevant in the case of one who was amusement of cursing Dr. Doubleit's favourite ebriosus, or an habitual drunkard ; because, if constellation of Ursa Major, as the cause of all such a person choose to pass the greater part of the mischief which had already happened, and his time in the predicament of intoxication, he was likely to ensue. At once he started, and hath no title to be exeemed from the obligations his colour heightened, as, looking toward the of the code of politeness, but should learn to window, he beheld the Baron and young Balma- deport himself peaceably and courteously when whapple pass arm in arm, apparently in deep under the influence of the vinous stimulus.conversation; and he hastily asked, “Did Mr. And now let us proceed to breakfast, and think Falconer sleep here last night?' Rose, not no more of this daft business.' much pleased with the abruptness of the first I must confess, whatever inference may be question which the young stranger had addressed drawn from the circumstance, that Edward, to her, answered dryly in the negative, and the after so satisfactory an explanation, did much conversation again sunk into silence.
greater honour to the delicacies of Miss BradAt this moment Mr. Saunderson appeared, wardine's breakfast-table than his commencement with a message from his master requesting to had promised. Balmawhapple, on the contrary, speak with Captain Waverley in another apart- seemed embarrassed and dejected ; and Waverley ment. With a heart which beat a little quicker, now, for the first time, observed that his arm not indeed from fear, but from uncertainty and was in a sling, which seemed to account for the anxiety, Edward obeyed the summons. He awkward and embarrassed manner with which found the two gentlemen standing together, he had presented his hand. To a question from an air of complacent dignity on the brow of Miss Bradwardine, he muttered, in answer, the Baron, while something like sullenness, something about his horse having fallen ; and, or shame, or both, blanked the whole visage seeming desirous to escape both from the subject of Balmawhapple. The former slipped his and the company, he arose as soon as breakfast arm through that of the latter, and thus seem- was over, made his bow to the party, and, declining to walk with him, while in reality, he led | ing the Baron's invitation to tarry till after him, advanced to meet Waverley, and, stop- dinner, mounted his horse and returned to his ping in the midst of the apartment, made own home. great state the following oration : Captain Waverley now announced his purpose of leavWaverley, --my young and esteemed friend, Mr. ing Tully-Veolan early enough after dinner to Falconer of Balmawhapple, has craved of my gain the stage at which he meant to sleep; but age and experience, as of one not wholly un- the unaffected and deep mortification with which skilled in the dependencies and punctilios of the the good-natured and affectionate old gentleduello or monomachia, to be his interlocutor in man heard the proposal, quite deprived him of expressing to you the regret with which he courage to persist in it. No sooner had he gained calls to remembrance certain passages of our Waverley's consent to lengthen his visit for a few symposion last night, which could not but be days, than he laboured to remove the grounds highly displeasing to you, as serving for the upon which he conceived he had meditated a time under this present existing government. more early retreat. 'I would not have you He craves you, sir, to drown in oblivion the opine, Captain Waverley, that I am by practice memory of such solecisms against the laws of or precept an advocate of ebriety, though it may politeness, as being what his better reason dis- be that, in our festivity of last night, some of avows, and to receive the hand which he offers
our friends, if not perchance altogether ebrii, or you in amity; and I must needs assure you, drunken, were, to say the least, ebrioli, by which that nothing less than a sense of being dans the ancients designed those who were fuddled, son tort, as a gallant French chevalier, Mons. Le or, as your English vernacular and metaphorical Bretailleur, once said to me on such an occasion, phrase goes, half-seas-over. Not that I would and an opinion also of your peculiar merit, so insinuate respecting you, Captain Waverley, could have extorted such concessions ; for he who, like a prudent youth, did rather abstain and all his family are, and have been time out from potation; nor can it be truly said of myself, of mind, Mavortia pectora, as Buchanan saith, a who, having assisted at the tables of many great bold and warlike sept, or people.'
generals and marechals at their solemn carousals, Edward immediately, and with natural polite- have the art to carry my wine discreetly, and ness, accepted the hand which Balmawhapple, did not, during the whole evening, as ye must or rather the Baron in his character of mediator, have doubtless observed, exceed the bounds of a extended towards him. It was impossible,' he modest hilarity.' said, 'for him to remember what a gentleman There was no refusing assent to a proposition expressed his wish he had not uttered ; and he so decidedly laid down by him who undoubtedly willingly imputed what had passed to the was the best judge; although, had Edward exuberant festivity of the day.'
formed his opinion from his own recollections, * That is very han«Isomely said,' answered the he would have pronounced that the Baron was Baron ; 'for undoubtedly if a man be ebrius, or not only ebriolus, but verging to become ebrius; intoxicated-an incident which, on solemn and or, in plain English, was incomparably the most festive occasions, may and will take place in drunk of the party, except perhaps his antagonthe life of a man of honour ; and if the same ist the Laird of Balmawhapple. However, gentleman, being fresh and sober, recants the having received the expected, or rather the required, compliment on his sobriety, the Baron | they had expressed great compassion for the poor proceeded, -No, sir, though I am myself of a innocent while suffered to wander in rags about strong temperament, I abhor ebriety, and detest the village, no sooner beheld him decently those who swallow wine gulæ causa, for the clothed, provided for, and even a sort of favouroblectation of the gullet; albeit I might depre- ite, than they called up all the instances of cate the law of Pittacus of Mitylene, who punished sharpness and ingenuity, in action and repartee, doubly a crime committed under the influence of which his annals afforded, and charitably botLiber Pater; nor would I utterly accede to the tomed thereupon a hypothesis, that Davie Gelobjurgation of the younger Plinius, in the four- latley was no farther fool than was necessary to teenth book of his Historia Naturalis." No, avoid hard labour. This opinion was not better sir ; I distinguish, I discriminate, and approve founded than that of the Negroes, who, from of wine so far only as it maketh glad the the acute and mischievous pranks of the monkeys, face, or, in the language of Flaccus, recepto suppose that they have the gift of speech, and amico.'
only suppress their powers of elocution to escape Thus terminated the apology which the Baron being set to work. But the hypothesis was of Bradwardine thought it necessary to make entirely imaginary. Davie Gellatley was in good for the superabundance of his hospitality; and earnest the half-crazed simpleton which he ap. it may be easily believed that he was neither peared, and was incapable of any constant and interrupted by dissent, nor any expression of steady exertion. He had just so much solidity incredulity.
as kept on the windy side of insanity; so much He then invited his guest to a morning ride, wild wit as saved him from the imputation of and ordered that Davie Gellatley should meet idiocy; some dexterity in field sports (in which them at the dern path with Ban and Buscar. we have known as great fools excel), great kind. For, until the shooting season commenced, I ness and humanity in the treatment of animals would willingly show you some sport, and we entrusted to him, warm affections, a prodigious may, God willing, meet with a roe. The roe, memory, and an ear for music. Captain Waverley, may be hunted at all times The stamping of horses was now heard in the alike ; for never being in what is called pride court, and Davie's voice singing to the two of grease, he is also never out of season, though large deer greyhounds, it be a truth that his venison is not equal to that of either the red or fallow deer. * But
Hie away, hie away, he will serve to show how my dogs run;
Over bank and over brae,
Where the copsewood is the greenest, and therefore they shall attend us with Davie
Where the fountains glisten sheenest, Gellatley.'
Where the lady-fern grows strongest, Waverley expressed his surprise that his friend
Where the morning dew lies longest,
Where the black-cock sweetest sips it, Davie was capable of such trust; but the Baron
Where the fairy latest trips it : gave him to understand that this poor simpleton Hie to haunts right seldom seen, was neither fatuous nec naturaliter idiota, as is Lovely, lonesome, cool, and green,
Over bank and over brae, expressed in the brieves of furiosity, but simply
Hie away, hie away. a crackbrained knave, who could execute very well any commission which jumped with his Do the verses he sings,' asked Waverley, own humour, and made his folly a plea for belong to old Scottish poetry, Miss Bradwaravoiding every other. 'He has made an interest dine ? with us, continued the Baron, 'by saving Rose 'I believe not,' she replied. from a great danger with his own proper peril ; creature had a brother, and Heaven, as if to and the roguish loon must therefore eat of our compensate to the family Davie's deficiencies, bread and drink of our cup, and do what he can, had given him what the hamlet thought uncomor what he will ; which, if the suspicions of mon talents. An uncle contrived to educate Saunderson and the Bailie are well founded, him for the Scottish kirk, but he could not get may perchance in his case be commensurate preferment because he came from our ground. terms.'
He returned from college hopeless and brokenMiss Bradwardine then gave Waverley to hearted, and fell into a decline. My father understand, that this poor simpleton was doat- supported him till his death, which happened ingly fond of music, deeply affected by that before he was nineteen. He played beautifully which was melancholy, and transported into on the flute, and was supposed to have a great extravagant gaiety by light and lively airs. He turn for poetry. He was affectionate and comhad in this respect a prodigious memory, stored passionate to his brother, who followed him like with miscellaneous snatches and fragments of all his shadow, and we think that from him Davie tunes and songs, which he sometimes applied, gathered many fragments of songs and music with considerable address, as the vehicles of unlike those of this country. But if we ask remonstrance, explanation, or satire. Davie him where he got such a fragment as he is now was much attached to the few who showed him singing, he either answers with wild and long kindness; and both aware of any slight or ill fits of laughter, or else breaks into tears of usage which he happened to receive, and suffi- lamentation ; but was never heard to give any ciently apt, where he saw opportunity, to revenge explanation, or to mention his brother's name it. The common people, who often judge hardly since his death.' of each other, as well as of their betters, although ‘Surely,' said Edward, who was readily inter
ested by a tale bordering on the romantic, * The learned in cookery dissent from the Baron of surely more might be learned by more parBradwardine, and hold the roe-venison dry and indifferent food, unless when dressed in soup and Scotch collops.
Ho la ho! Vite! vite debout.
A MORE RATIONAL DAY THAN THE LAST.
Perhaps so,' answered Rose, “but my father | able feelings which his narrative displayed, and will not permit any one to practise on his feel almost always curious, if not valuable, for the ings on this subject.'
information they contained. By this time the Baron, with the help of Mr. The truth is, the ride seemed agreeable to Saunderson, had indued a pair of jack-boots of both gentlemen, because they found amusement large dimensions, and now invited our hero to in each other's conversation, although their follow him as he stalked clattering down the characters and habits of thinking were in many ample staircase, tapping each huge balustrade respects totally opposite. Edward, we have as he passed with the butt of his massive horse informed the reader, was warm in his feelings, whip, and humming, with the air of a chasseur wild and romantic in his ideas and in his taste of Louis Quatorze,
of reading, with a strong disposition towards
poetry. Mr. Bradwardine was the reverse of all Pour la chasse ordonnée il faut préparer tout,
this, and piqued himself upon stalking through life with the same upright, starched, stoical gravity which distinguished his evening promenade upon the terrace of Tully-Veolan, where
for hours together, the very model of old CHAPTER XIII.
Stately stepped he east the wa',
And stately stepped he west. The Baron of Bradwardine, mounted on an As for literature, he read the classic poets, to active and well-managed horse, and seated on a be sure, and the Epithalamium of Georgius demi-pique saddle, with deep housings to agree Buchanan, and Arthur Johnston's Psalms, of a with his livery, was no bad representative of Sunday; and the Deliciæ Poetarum Scotorum, the old school. His light-coloured embroidered and Sir David Lindsay's Works, and Barbour's coat and superbly barred waistcoat, his brigadier Bruce, and Blind Harry's Wallace, and the wig, surmounted by a small gold-laced cocked- Gentle Shepherd, and the Cherry and the Slae. hat, completed his personal costume ; but he But though he thus far sacrificed his time to the was attended by two well-mounted servants on Muses, he would, if the truth must be spoken, horseback, armed with holster-pistols.
have been much better pleased had the pious In this guise he ambled forth over hill and or sapient apothegms, as well as the historical valley, the admiration of every farm-yard which narratives, which these various works contained, they passed in their progress, till, "low down been presented to him in the form of simple in a grassy vale,' they found Davie Gellatley prose. And he sometimes could not refrain from leading two very tall deer greyhounds, and pre-expressing contempt of the 'vain and unprofitsiding over half-a-dozen curs, and about as many able art of poem-making,' in which, he said, bare-legged and bare-headed boys, who, to pro- the only one who had excelled in his time was cure the chosen distinction of attending on the Allan Ramsay, the periwig-maker.'+ chase, had not failed to tickle his ears with the But although Edward and he differed toto dulcet appellation of Maister Gellatley, though coelo, as the Baron would have said, upon this probably all and each had hooted him on former subject, yet they met upon history as on a occasions in the character of daft Davie. But neutral ground, in which each claimed an inthis is no uncommon strain of flattery to persons terest. The Baron, indeed, only cumbered his in office, nor altogether confined to the bare- memory with matters of fact—the cold, dry, legged villagers of Tully-Veolan : it was in hard outlines which history delineates. Edward, fashion Sixty Years since, is now, and will be on the contrary, loved to fill up and round the six hundred years hence, if this admirable sketch with the colouring of a warm and vivid compound of folly and knavery, called the imagination, which gives light and life to the world, shall be then in existence.
actors and speakers in the drama of past ages. These gillie-wet-foots, * as they were called, Yet with tastes so opposite, they contributed were destined to beat the bushes, which they greatly to each other's amusement. Mr. Bradperformed with so much success, that after wardine's minute narratives and powerful memory half-an-hour's search a roe was started, coursed, supplied to Waverley fresh subjects of the kind and killed ; the Baron following on his white upon which his fancy loved to labour, and horse, like Earl Percy of yore, and magnanim- opened to him a new mine of incident and of ously flaying and embowelling the slain animal character. And he repaid the pleasure thus (which, he observed, was called by the French communicated by an earnest attention, valuable chasseurs faire la curée) with his own baronial to all story-tellers, more especially to the Baron, couteau de chasse. After this ceremony he con- who felt his habits of self-respect flattered by it; ducted his guest homeward by a pleasant and and sometimes also by reciprocal communicacircuitous route, commanding an extensive pro- tions, which interested Mr. Bradwardine, as spect of different villages and houses, to each of confirming or illustrating his own favourite which Mr. Bradwardine attached some anecdote anecdotes. Besides, Mr. Bradwardine loved to of history or genealogy, told in language talk of the scenes of his youth, which had been whimsical from prejudice and pedantry, but often respectable for the good sense and honour
+ The Baron ought to have remembered that the joyous Allan literally drew his blood from the house of the noble
Earl, whom he terms * A bare-footed Highland lad is called a gillie-wet-foot. Gillie, in general, means servant or attendant.
My stoup, my pride, my ornament,
Dalhousie of an old descent,
spent in camps and foreign lands, and had | upon, and even to exaggerate, his family dignity many interesting, particulars to tell of the and consequence, he was too much a man of real generals under whom he had served, and the courage ever to allude to such personal acts of actions he had witnessed.
merit as he had himself manifested. Both parties returned to Tully-Veolan in great Miss Rose now appeared from the interior room good humour with each other, Waverley desir- of her apartment, to welcome her father and his ous of studying more attentively what he con- friends. The little labours in which she had sidered as a singular and interesting character, been employed obviously showed a natural taste, gifted with a memory, containing a curious which required only cultivation. Her father register of ancient and modern anecdotes; and had taught her French and Italian, and a few Bradwardine disposed to regard Edward as per of the ordinary authors in those languages (or rather juvenis) bonce spei et magnæ indolis, a ornamented her shelves. He had endeavoured youth devoid of that petulant volatility which also to be her preceptor in music; but as he is impatient of, or vilipends, the conversation began with the more abstruse doctrines of the and advice of his seniors, from which he pre- science, and was not perhaps master of them dicted great things of his future success and himself, she had made no proficiency farther deportment in life. There was no other guest than to be able to accompany her voice with the except Mr. Rubrick, whose information and dis- harpsichord ; but even this was not very common course, as a clergyman and a scholar, harmonized in Scotland at that period. To make amends, very well with that of the Baron and his guest. she sung with great taste and feeling, and with
Shortly after dinner, the Baron, as if to show a respect to the sense of what she uttered, that that his temperance was not entirely theoretical, might be proposed in example to ladies of much proposed a visit to Rose's apartment, or, as he superior musical talent. Her natural good sense termed it, her Troisième Etage. Waverley was taught her, that if, as we are assured by high accordingly conducted through one or two of authority, music be 'married to immortal verse,' those long awkward passages with which ancient they are very often divorced by the performer in architects studied to puzzle the inhabitants of a most shameful manner. It was perhaps owing the houses which they planned, at the end of to this sensibility to poetry, and power of com, which Mr. Bradwardine began to ascend, by two bining its expression with those of the musical steps at once, a very steep, narrow, and winding notes, that her singing gave more pleasure to all stair, leaving Mr. Rubrick and Waverley to the unlearned in music, and even to many of the follow at more leisure, while he should announce learned, than could have been communicated by their approach to his daughter.
a much finer voice and more brilliant execution, After having climbed this perpendicular cork- unguided by the same delicacy of feeling. screw until their brains were almost giddy, they A bartizan, or projecting gallery, before the arrived in a little matted lobby, which served as windows of her parlour, served to illustrate an ante-room to Rose's sanctum sanctorum, and another of Rose's pursuits ; for it was crowded through which they entered her parlour. It with flowers of different kinds, which she had was a small but pleasant apartment, opening to taken under her special protection. A projectthe south, and hung with tapestry ; adorned ing turret gave access to this Gothic balcony, besides with two pictures, one of her mother, in which commanded a most beautiful prospect. the dress of a shepherdess, with a bell-hoop; the The formal garden, with its high bounding other of the Baron, in his tenth year, in a blue walls, lay below, contracted, as it seemed, to coat, embroidered waistcoat, laced hat, and bag- a mere parterre; while the view extended be. wig, with a bow in his hand. Edward could yond them down a wooded glen, where the not help smiling at the costume, and at the odd small river was sometimes visible, sometimes resemblance between the round, smooth, red- hidden in copse. The eye might' be delayed cheeked, staring visage in the portrait, and the by a desire to rest on the rocks, which here gaunt, bearded, hollow-eyed, swarthy features, and there rose from the dell with massive or which travelling, fatigues of war, and advanced spiry fronts, or it might dwell on the noble, age, had bestowed on the original. The Baron though ruined tower, which was here beheld joined in the laugh. Truly,' he said, 'that in all its dignity, frowning from a promontory picture was a woman's fantasy of my good over the river. To the left were seen two or mother's (a daughter of the Laird of Tulliellum, three cottages, a part of the village ; the brow Captain Waverley; I indicated the house to you of the hill concealed the others. The glen, or when we were on the top of the Shinnyheuch ; dell, was terminated by a sheet of water, called it was burnt by the Dutch auxiliaries brought in Loch-Veolan, into which the brook discharged by the government in 1715); I never sate for my itself, and which now glistened in the western pourtraicture but once since that was painted, sun. The distant country seemed open and and it was at the special and reiterated request varied in surface, though not wooded ; and of the Marechal Duke of Berwick.'
there was nothing to interrupt the view until The good old gentleman did not mention what the scene was bounded by a ridge of distant Mr. Rubrick afterwards told Edward, that the and blue hills, which formed the southern Duke had done him this honour on account of boundary of the strath or valley. To this his being the first to mount the breach of a fort pleasant station Miss Bradwardine had ordered in Savoy during the memorable campaign of coffee. 1709, and his having there defended himself The view of the old tower, or fortalice, inwith his half-pike for nearly ten minutes before troduced some family anecdotes and tales of any support reached him. To do the Baron Scottish chivalry, which the Baron told with justice, although sufficiently prone to dwell | great enthusiasm. The projecting peak of an