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Flora, an alternative not to be thought of in 'But, dearest Flora, how is your enthusiastic the present high-wrought state of his feelings, zeal for the exiled family inconsistent with my with anything short of mental agony. Ponder- happiness ?' ing the doubtful and dangerous prospect before * Because you seek, or ought to seek in the him, he at length arrived near the cascade, where, object of your attachment, a heart whose prinas Fergus had augured, he found Flora seated. cipal delight should be in augmenting your
She was quite alone ; and, as soon as she domestic felicity, and returning your affection observed his approach, she arose, and came to even to the height of romance. To a inan of meet him. Edward attempted to say something less keen sensibility and less enthusiastic tenwithin the verge of ordinary compliment and derness of disposition, Flora Mac-Ivor might conversation, but found himself unequal to the give content, if not happiness ; for were the task. Flora seemed at first equally embarrassed, irrevocable words spoken, never would she be but recovered herself more speedily, and (an deficient in the duties which she vowed.' unfavourable augury for Waverley's suit) was And why-why, Miss Mac-Ivor, should you the first to enter upon the subject of their last think yourself a more valuable treasure to one interview.. 'It is too important, in every point who is less capable of loving, of admiring you, of view, Mr. Waverley, to permit me to leave than to me?' you in doubt on my sentiments.'
'Simply because the tone of our affections 'Do not speak them speedily,' said Waverley, would be more in unison, and because his much agitated, unless they are such as, I fear more blunted sensibility would not require from your manner, I must not dare to anticipate. the return of enthusiasm which I have not to Let time — let my future conduct -- let your bestow. But you, Mr. Waverley, would for brother's influence
ever refer to the idea of domestic happiness * Forgive me, Mr. Waverley,' said Flora, her which your imagination is capable of painting, complexion a little heightened, but her voice and whatever fell short of that ideal representfirm and composed. 'I should incur my own ation would be construed into coolness and heavy censure, did I delay expressing my sincere indifference, while you might consider the enconviction that I can never regard you other-thusiasm with which I regarded the success of wise than as a valued friend. I should do you the royal family as defrauding your affection of the highest injustice did I conceal my sentiments its due return.' for a moment. I see I distress you, and I 'In other words, Miss Mac-Ivor, you cannot grieve for it, but better now than later; and O, love me?' said her suitor dejectedly. better a thousand times, Mr. Waverley, that 'I could esteem you, Mr. Waverley, as much, you should feel a present momentary disappoint- perhaps more, than any man I have ever seen ; ment, than the long and heart-sickening griefs but I cannot love you as you ought to be loved. which attend a rash and ill-assorted marriage !' O! do not, for your own sake, desire so hazard
'Good God!'. exclaimed Waverley, why ous an experiment! The woman whom you should you anticipate such consequences from a marry ought to have affections and opinions union where birth is equal, where fortune is moulded upon yours. Her studies ought to be favourable, where, if I may venture to say so, your studies ;-her wishes, her feelings, her the tastes are similar, where you allege no hopes, her fears, should all mingle with yours. preference for another, where you even express She should enhance your pleasures, share your a favourable opinion of him whom you reject?' sorrows, and cheer your melancholy.'
Mr. Waverley, I have that favourable ‘And why wil not you, Miss Mac-Ivor, who opinion,' answered Flora, “and so strongly, that can so well describe a happy union—why will though I would rather have been silent on the not you be yourself the person you describe ?' grounds of my resolution, you shall command 'Is it possible you do not yet comprehend them, if you exact such a mark of my esteem me?' answered Flora. * Have I not told you and confidence.'
that every keener sensation of my mind is bent She sat down upon a fragment of rock, and exclusively towards an event, upon which, inWaverley, placing himself near her, anxiously deed, I have no power but those of my earnest pressed for the explanation she offered.
prayers ?' 'I dare hardly,” she said, 'tell you the situa- And might not the granting the suit I solicit,' tion of my feelings, they are so different from said Waverley, too earnest on his purpose to conthose usually ascribed to young women at my sider what he was about to say, 'even advance period of life ; and I dare hardly touch upon the interest to which you have devoted yourself? what I conjecture to be the nature of yours, My family is wealthy and powerful, inclined in lest I should give offence where I would willingly principles to the Stuart race, and should a administer consolation. For myself, from my favourable opportunity'infancy till this day, I have had but one wish- A favourable opportunity!' said Flora somethe restoration of my royal benefactors to their what scornfully-inclined in principles !--Can rightful throne. It is impossible to express to such lukewarm adherence be honourable to youryou the devotion of my feelings to this single selves, or gratifying to your lawful sovereign ? subject; and I will frankly confess, that it has Think, from my present feelings, what I should so occupied my mind as to exclude every thought suffer when I held the place of member in a respecting what is called my own settlement in family where the rights which I hold most life. Let me but live to see the day of that sacred are subjected to cold discussion, and happy, restoration, and a Highland cottage, a only deemed worthy of support when they French convent, or an English palace, will be shall appear on the point of triumphing without alike indifferent to me.'
A LETTER FROM TULLY-VEOLAN,
* Your doubts,' quickly replied Waverley, 'are he returned with a heightened complexion, and unjust as far as concerns myself. The cause manifest symptoms of displeasure. The rest of that I shall assert I dare support through every the evening passed on without any allusion, on danger, as undauntedly as the boldest who draws the part either of Fergus or Waverley, to the sword on its behalf.'
subject which engrossed the reflections of the Of that,' answered Flora, 'I cannot doubt latter, and perhaps of both. for a moment. But consult your own good When retired to his own apartment, Edward sense and reason rather than a prepossession endeavoured to sum up the business of the day. hastily adopted, probably only because you have That the repulse he had received from Flora met a young woman possessed of the usual ac- would be persisted in for the present, there was complishments in a sequestered and romantic no doubt.
But could he hope for ultimate situation. Let your part in this great and success in case circumstances permitted the perilous drama rest upon conviction, and not renewal of his suit ? Would the enthusiastic on a hurried, and probably a temporary feeling.' loyalty, which at this animating moment left
Waverley attempted to reply, but his words no room for a softer passion, survive, at least in failed him. Every sentiment that Flora had its engrossing force, the success or the failuro uttered vindicated the strength of his attach- of the present political machinations ? And ment; for even her loyalty, although wildly if so, could he hope that the interest which she enthusiastic, was generous and noble, and dis- had acknowledged him to possess in her favour dained to avail itself of any indirect means might be improved into a warmer attachment ? of supporting the cause to which she was de- He taxed his memory to recall every word she voted.
had used, with the appropriate looks and gestures After walking a little way in silence down the which had enforced them, and ended by finding path, Flora thus resumed the conversation.- himself in the same state of uncertainty. It was One word more, Mr. Waverley, ere we bid very late before sleep brought relief to the tumult farewell to this topic for ever; and forgive my of his mind, after the most painful and agitating boldness if that word have the air of advice. day which he had ever passed. My brother Fergus is anxious that you should join him in his present enterprise. But do not consent to this ; you could not by your single exertions further his success, and you would
CHAPTER XXVIII. inevitably share his fall, if it be God's pleasure that fall he must. Your character would also suffer irretrievably. Let me beg you will return to your own country; and having publicly freed In the morning, when Waverley's troubled reyourself from every tie to the usurping govern- flections had for some time given way to repose, ment, I trust you will see cause, and find op- there came music to his dreams, but not the portunity, to serve your injured sovereign with voice of Selma. He imagined himself transeffect, and stand forth, as your loyal ancestors, ported back to Tully-Veolan, and that he heard at the head of your natural followers and ad- Davie Gellatley singing in the court those matins herents, a worthy representative of the house of which used generally to be the first sounds that Waverley.
disturbed his repose while a guest of the Baron 'And should I be so happy as thus to dis- of Bradwardine. The notes which suggested tinguish myself, might I not hope'
this vision continued, and waxed louder, until * Forgive my interruption,' said Flora. "The Edward awoke in earnest. The illusion, howpresent time only is ours, and I can but explain ever, did not seem entirely dispelled. The to you with candour the feelings which I now apartment was in the fortress of Ian nan entertain ; how they might be altered by a train Chaistel, but it was still the voice of Davie of events, too favourable perhaps to be hoped Gellatley that made the following lines resound for, it were in vain even to conjecture; only be under the window :assured, Mr. Waverley, that after my brother's
My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here, honour and happiness there is none which I My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer; shall more sincerely pray for than for yours.' A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe, With these words she parted from him, for
My heart's in the Highlands wherever I go.* they were now arrived where two paths separated. Curious to know what could have determined Waverley reached the castle amidst a medley of Mr. Gellatley on an excursion of such unwonted conflicting passions. He avoided any private extent, Edward began to dress himself in all interview with Fergus, as he did not find him. haste, during which operation the minstrelsy of self able either to encounter his raillery or reply Davié changed its tune more than once :to his solicitations. The wild revelry of the feast, for Mac-Ivor kept open table for his clan,
There's naught in the Highlands but syboes and leeks, served in some degree to stun reflection. When Wanting the breeks, and without hose and shoon,
And lang-leggit callants gaun wanting the breeks; their festivity was ended, he began to consider But we'll a' win the breeks when King Jamie comes how he should again meet Miss Mac-Ivor after the painful and interesting explanation of the morning. But Flora did not appear. Fergus, * These lines form the burden of an old song to which whose eyes flashed when he was told by Cathleen that her mistress designed to keep her apartment tune of
+ These lines are also ancient, and I believe to the that evening, went himself in quest of her ; but apparently his remonstrances were in vain, for to which Burns likewise wrote some verses.
Burns wrote additional verses.
We'll never hae peace till Jamie comes hame;
By the time Waverley was dressed and had all the arms except the old useless things which issued forth, David had associated himself with hung in the hall; and he had put all his papers two or three of the numerous Highland loungers out of the way. But O! Mr. Waverley, how who always graced the gates of the castle with shall I tell you that they made strict inquiry their presence, and was capering and dancing after you, and asked when you had been at full merrily in the doubles and full career of a Tully-Veolan, and where you now were. The Scotch foursome reel, to the music of his own officer is gone back with his party, but a nonwhistling. In this double capacity of dancer commissioned officer and four men remain as a and musician he continued, until an idle piper, sort of garrison in the house. They have who observed his zeal, obeyed the unanimous hitherto behaved very well, as we are forced to call of Seid suas (i.e., blow up), and relieved him keep them in good humour. But these soldiers from the latter part of his trouble. Young and have hinted as if on your falling into their old then mingled in the dance as they could find | hands you would be in great danger ; I cannot partners. The appearance of Waverley did not prevail on myself to write what wicked falseinterrupt David's exercise, though he contrived hoods they said, for I am sure they are falseby grinning, nodding, and throwing one or two hoods ; but you will best judge what you ought inclinations of the body into the graces with to do. The party that returned carried off your which he performed the Highland fling, to conservant prisoner, with your two horses, and vey to our hero symptoms of recognition. Then, everything that you left at Tully-Veolan. I while busily employed in setting, whooping all hope God will protect you, and that you will the while, and snapping his fingers over his get safe home to England, where you used to head, he of a sudden prolonged his side-step tell me there was no military violence nor fightuntil it brought him to the place where Edwarding among clans permitted, but everything was was standing, and, still keeping time to the done according to an equal law that protected music like Harlequin in a pantomime, he thrust all who were harmless and innocent. I hope a letter into our hero's hand, and continued you will exert your indulgence as to my boldness his saltation without pause or intermission. | in writing to you, where it seems to me, though Edward, who perceived that the address was in perhaps erroneously, that your safety and honour Rose's handwriting, retired to peruse it, leaving are concerned. I am sure—at least I think, my the faithful bearer to continue his exercise until father would approve of my writing ; for Mr. the piper or he should be tired out.
Rubrick is fled to his cousin's at the Duchran, The contents of the letter greatly surprised to be out of danger from the soldiers and the him. It had originally commenced with Dear Whigs, and Bailie Macwheeble does not like to Sir; but these words had been carefully erased, meddle (he says) in other men's concerns, though and the monosyllable, Sir, substituted in their I hope what may serve my father's friend at such place. The rest of the contents shall be given a time as this, cannot be termed improper interin Rose's own language.
ference. Farewell, Captain Waverley? I shall
probably never see you more ; for it would be I fear I am using an improper freedom by very improper to wish you to call at Tullyintruding upon you, yet I cannot trust to any Veolan just now, even if these men were gone; one else to let you know some things which have but I will always remember with gratitude your happened here, with which it seems necessary kindness in assisting so poor a scholar as myself, you should be acquainted. Forgive me if I am and your attentions to my dear, dear father. wrong in what I am doing ; for, alas ! Mr. Waverley, I have no better advice than that of
'I remain, your obliged servant, my own feelings ;-my dear father is gone from
ROSE COMYNE BRADWARDINE. this place, and when he can return to my assistance and protection, God alone knows. You P.S.-I hope you will send me a line by have probably heard, that in consequence of David Gellatley, just to say you have received some troublesome news from the Highlands, this, and that you will take care of yourself; warrants were sent out for apprehending several and forgive me if I entreat you, for your own gentlemen in these parts, and, among others, sake, to join none of these unhappy cabals, but my dear father. In spite of all my tears and escape, as fast as possible, to your own fortunate entreaties that he would surrender himself to country. My compliments to my dear Flora, the government, he joined with Mr. Falconer and to Glennaquoich. Is she not as handso and some other gentlemen, and they have all and accomplished as I have described her?' gone northwards, with a body of about forty horsemen. So I am not so anxious concerning Thus concluded the letter of Rose Bradwarhis immediate safety, as about what may follow dine, the contents of which both surprised and afterwards, for these troubles are only beginning. | affected Waverley. That the Baron should fall But all this is nothing to you, Mr. Waverley, under the suspicions of government, in conseonly I thought you would be glad to learn that quence of the present stir among the partisans my father has escaped, in case you happen to of the house of Stuart, seemed only the natural have heard that he was in danger.
consequence of his political predilections ; but The day after my father went off, there came how he himself should have been involved in a party of soldiers to Tully-Veolan, and behaved such suspicions, conscious that until yesterday very rudely to Bailie Macwheeble ; but the he had been free from harbouring a thought officer was very civil to me, only said his duty against the prosperity of the reigning family, obliged him to search for arms and papers. My seemed inexplicable. Both at Tully-Veolan and father had provided against this by taking away Glennaquoich, his hosts had respected his en.
gagements with the existing government, and pation from any charge which might be preferred though enough passed by accidental innuendo against him. that might induce him to reckon the Baron and *You run your head into the lion's mouth,' the Chief among those disaffected gentlemen who answered Mac-Ivor. “You do not know the were still numerous in Scotland, yet until his severity of a government harassed by just apown connection with the army had been broken prehensions, and a consciousness of their own off by the resumption of his commission, he had illegality and insecurity. I shall have to deno reason to suppose that they nourished any liver you from some dungeon in Stirling or immediate or hostile attempts against the pre- Edinburgh Castle.' sent establishment. Still he was aware that My innocence, my rank, my father's intimacy unless he meant at once to embrace the proposal with Lord M-, General G- etc., will be a of Fergus Mac-Ivor, it would deeply concern him sufficient protection,' said Waverley. to leave the suspicious neighbourhood without 'You will find the contrary,' replied the Chiefdelay, and repair where his conduct might tain ; these gentlemen will have enough to do undergo a satisfactory examination. Upon this about their own matters. Once more, will you he the rather determined, as Flora's advice take the plaid, and stay a little while with us favoured his doing so, and because he felt in- among the mists and the crows, in the bravest expressible repugnance at the idea of being cause ever sword was drawn in ?'* accessary to the plague of civil war. Whatever For many reasons, my dear Fergus, you must were the original rights of the Stuarts, calm hold me excused.' reflection told him, that, omitting the question Well, then,' said Mac-Ivor, 'I shall certainly how far James the Second could forfeit those of find you exerting your poetical talents in elegies his posterity, he had, according to the united upon a prison, or your antiquarian researches in voice of the whole nation, justly forfeited his detecting the Oggam + character, or some Punic own. Since that period, four monarchs had hieroglyphic upon the key-stones of a vault, reigned in peace and glory over Britain, sustain- curiously arched. Or what say you to un petit ing and exalting the character of the nation pendement bien joli ? against which awkward abroad, and its liberties at home. Reason ceremony I don't warrant you, should you meet asked, was it worth while to disturb a govern- a body of the armed west-country Whigs.”. ment so long settled and established, and to And why should they use me so ?' said plunge a kingdom into all the miseries of civil Waverley. war, for the purpose of replacing upon the 'For a hundred good reasons,' answered throne the descendants of a monarch by whom Fergus: “First, you are an Englishman ; it had been wilfully forfeited ? If, on tħe other secondly, a gentleman ; thirdly, a prelatist hand, his own final conviction of the goodness abjured; and fourthly, they have not had an of their cause, or the commands of his father or opportunity to exercise their talents on such uncle, should recommend to him allegiance to a subject this long while. But don't be cast the Stuarts, still it was necessary to clear his down, beloved : all will be done in the fear of own character by showing that he had not, as
the Lord.' seemed to be falsely insinuated, taken any step "Well, I must run my hazard.' to this purpose, during his holding the commis- 'You are determined, then ?' sion of the reigning monarch.
I am.' The affectionate simplicity of Rose, and her Wilful will do't,' said Fergus ;-'but you anxiety for his safety-his sense too of her cannot go on foot, and I shall want no horse, unprotected state, and of the terror and actual as I must march on foot at the head of the dangers to which she might be exposed, made children of Ivor; you shall have Brown Dermid.' an impression upon his mind, and he instantly 'If you will sell him, I shall certainly be wrote to thank her in the kindest terms for her much obliged.' solicitude on his account, to express his earnest 'If your proud English heart cannot be obliged good wishes for her welfare and that of her by a gift or loan, I will not refuse money at the father, and to assure her of his own safety. entrance of a campaign ; his price is twenty The feelings which this task excited were speed- guineas. [Remember, reader, it was Sixty Years ily lost in the necessity which he now saw of since.] And when do you propose to depart?' bidding farewell to Flora Mac-Ivor, perhaps for The sooner the better,' answered Waverley, ever. The pang attending this reflection was "You are right, since go you must, or rather, inexpressible ; for her high-minded elevation of since go you will : I will take Flora's pony, and character, her self-devotion to the cause which ride with you as far as Bally-Brough.— Čallum she had embraced, united to her scrupulous Beg, see that our horses are ready, with a pony rectitude as to the means of serving it, had for yourself, to attend and carry Mr. Waverley's vindicated to his judgment the choice adopted baggage as far as — (naming a small town), by his passions. But time pressed, calumny where he can have a horse and guide to Edinwas busy with his fame, and every hour's delay burgh. Put on a Lowland dress, Callum, and increased the power to injure it. His departure must be instant.
* A Highland rhyme on Glencairn's Expedition, in 1650, With this determination he sought out Fergus,
has these linesand communicated to him the contents of Rose's letter, with his own resolution instantly to go + The Oggam is a species of the old Irish character. to Edinburgh, and put into the hands of some
The idea of the correspondence betwixt the Celtic and one or other of those persons of influence to
Punic, founded on a scene in Plautus, was not started till whom he had letters from his father, his excul.
General Vallancey set up his theory, long after the date of
We'll bide awhile among ta crows,
AFTER HIS HIGHLAND TOUR.
see you keep your tongue close, if you would not | outlines that mark sublimity, grace, or beauty. have me cut it out; Mr. Waverley rides Dermid.' | There are mists too in the mental as well as Then turning to Edward, “You will take leave the natural horizon, to conceal what is less of my sister ?
pleasing in distant objects, and there are happy 'Surely—that is, if Miss Mac-Ivor will honour lights to stream in full glory upon those points me so far.'
which can profit by brilliant illumination. Cathleen, let my sister know that Mr. Waverley forgot Flora Mac-Ivor's prejudices Waverley wishes to bid her farewell before he in her magnanimity, and almost pardoned her leaves us. --But Rose Bradwardine-her situation indifference towards his affection, when he recolmust be thought of. I wish she were here. And lected the grand and decisive object which seemed why should she not? There are but four red to fill her whole soul. She, whose sense of duty coats at Tully-Veolan, and their muskets would so wholly engrossed her in the cause of a bene. be very useful to us.
factor,-what would be her feelings in favour of To these broken remarks Edward made no the happy individual who should be so fortunate answer ; his ear indeed received them, but his as to awaken them? Then came the doubtful soul was intent upon the expected entrance of question, whether he might not be that happy Flora. The door opened—it was but Cathleen, man,-a question which fancy endeavoured to with her lady's excuse, and wishes for Captain answer in the affirmative, by conjuring up all Waverley's health and happiness.
she had said in his praise, with the addition of a comment much more flattering than the text warranted. All that was common-place---all
that belonged to the every-day world — was CHAPTER XXIX.
melted away and obliterated in those dreams of
imagination, which only remembered with adWAVERLEY'S RECEPTION IN THE LOWLANDS vantage the points of grace and dignity that
distinguished Flora from the generality of her
sex, not the particulars which she held in common It was noon when the two friends stood at the with them. Edward was, in short, in the fair top of the pass of Bally-Brough. “I must go no way of creating a goddess out of a high-spirited, farther,' said Fergus Mac-Ivor, who during the accomplished, and beautiful young woman ; and journey had in vain endeavoured to raise his the time was wasted in castle-building, until, at friend's spirits. 'If my cross-grained sister has the descent of a steep hill, he saw beneath him any share in your dejection, trust me she thinks the market-town of highly of you, though her present anxiety about The Highland politeness of Callum Beg—there the public cause prevents her listening to any are few nations, by the way, who can boast of so other subject. Confide your interest to me; I much natural politeness as the Highlanders will not betray it, providing you do not again the Highland civility of his attendant had not assume that vile cockade.'
permitted him to disturb the reveries of our 'No fear of that, considering the manner in hero. But observing him rouse himself at the which it has been recalled. Adieu, Fergus; do sight of the village, Callum pressed closer to his not permit your sister to forget me.
side, and hoped . When they cam to the public, • Ānd adieu, Waverley ; you may soon hear of his honour wad not say nothing about Vich Ian her with a prouder title. Get home, write letters, Vohr, for ta people were bitter Whigs, deil and make friends as many and as fast as you burst tem.' can ; there will speedily be unexpected guests on Waverley assured the prudent page that he the coast of Suffolk, or my news from France would be cautious; and as he now distinguished, has deceived me.'
not indeed the ringing of bells, but the tinkling Thus parted the friends : Fergus returning of something like a hammer against the side of back to his castle, while Edward, followed by an old mossy, green, inverted porridge-pot, that Callum Beg, the latter transformed from point hung in an open booth, of the size and shape of to point into a Low-country groom, proceeded to a parrot's cage, erected to grace the east end of a the little town of
building resembling an old barn, he asked Callum Edward paced on under the painful and yet Beg if it were Sunday. not altogether embittered feelings which separa- Could na say just preceesely-Sunday seldom tion and uncertainty produce in the mind of a cam aboon the pass of Bally-brough.'. youthful lover. I am not sure if the ladies On entering the town, however, and advancing understand the full value of the influence of towards the most apparent public house which absence, nor do I think it wise to teach it them, presented itself, the numbers of old women, in lest, like the Clelias and Mandanes of yore, they tartan screens and red cloaks, who streamed should resume the humour of sending their lovers from the barn-resembling building, debating as into banishment. Distance, in truth, produces they went the comparative merits of the blessed in idea the same effect as in real perspective. youth Jabesh Rentowel, and that chosen vessel Objects are softened and rounded, and rendered Maister Goukthrapple, induced Callum to assure doubly graceful ; the harsher and more ordinary points of character are mellowed down, and those by which it is remembered are the more striking idea of his own gentility, and was anxious to impress the
+ The Highlander, in former times, had always a high
same upon those with whom he conversed. His language * The sanguine Jacobites, during the eventful abounded in the phrases of courtesy and compliment; and 1745-6, kept up the spirits of their party by the rumour the habit of carrying arms, and mixing with those who did of descents from France on behalf of the Chevalier St. so, made it particularly desirable they should use cautious George.
politeness in their intercourse with each other.