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sword shall die by the sword ; that I had but | shed a torrent of tears, and, with a faltering once said, Remain at home ; reserve yourself, step, withdrew from the apartment, and returned your vassals, your life, for enterprises within to the town of Carlisle. At the inn he found a the reach of man. But oh, Mr. Waverley, I letter from his law friend, intimating that he spurred his fiery temper, and half of his ruin at would be admitted to Fergus next morning as least lies with his sister.'
as the Castle gates were opened, and The horrid idea which she had intimated permitted to remain with him till the arrival of Edward endeavoured to combat by every in- | the Sheriff gave signal for the fatal procession. coherent argument that occurred to him. He recalled to her the principles on which both thought it their duty to act, and in which they had been educated.
CHAPTER LXIX. Do not think I have forgotten them,' she said, looking up, with eager quickness; " I do
A darker departure is near,
The death-drum is muffied, and sable the bier. not regret his attempt because it was wrongoh no! on that point I am armed--but because it was impossible it could end otherwise than thus.' AFTER a sleepless night, the first dawn of
'Yet it did not always seem so desperate and morning found Waverley on the esplanade in hazardous as it was; and it would have been front of the old Gothic gate of Carlisle Castle. chosen by the bold spirit of Fergus whether you But he paced it long in every direction before had approved it or no; your counsels only served the hour when, according to the rules of the to give unity and consistence to his conduct; garrison, the gates were opened and the drawto dignify, but not to precipitate, his resolution.' bridge lowered. He produced his order to the Flora had soon ceased to listen to Edward, sergeant of the guard, and was admitted. and was again intent upon her needle-work. The place of Fergus's confinement was
Do you remember,' she said, looking up with gloomy and vaulted apartment in the central a ghastly smile, you once found me making part of the Castle-a huge old tower, supposed Fergus's bride-favours, and now I am sewing to be of great antiquity, and surrounded by his bridal-garment. Our friends here,' she outworks, seemingly of Henry VIII.'s time, or continued, with suppressed emotion, are to somewhat later. The grating of the large old. give hallowed earth in their chapel to the fashioned bars and bolts, withdrawn for the bloody relics of the last Vich Ian Vohr. But purpose of admitting Edward, was answered by they will not all rest together; no-his head ! the clash of chains, as the unfortunate Chieftain, -I shall not have the last miserable consolation strongly and heavily fettered, shuffled along of kissing the cold lips of my dear, dear Fergus!' the stone floor of his prison to fling himself
The unfortunate Flora here, after one or two | into his friend's arms. hysterical sobs, fainted in her chair. The lady, My dear Edward,' he said, in a firm, and even who had been attending in the ante-room, now cheerful voice, this is truly kind. I heard of entered hastily, and begged Edward to leave the your approaching happiness with the highest room, but not the house.
pleasure. And how does Rose ? and how is our When he was recalled, after the space of old whimsical friend the Baron ? Well, I trust, nearly half-an-hour, he found that, by a strong since I see you at freedom.-And how will you effort, Miss Mac-Ivor had greatly composed settle precedence between the three ermines herself. It was then he ventured to urge Miss passant and the bear and boot-jack?' Bradwardine's claim to be considered as ‘How, O how, my dear Fergus, can you talk adopted sister, and empowered to assist her of such things at such a moment!' plans for the future.
Why, we have entered Carlisle with happier 'I have had a letter from my dear Rose,' she auspices, to be sure—on the 16th of November replied, 'to the same purpose. Sorrow is selfish last, for example, when we marched in, side by and engrossing, or I would have written to side, and hoisted the white flag on these ancient express that, even in my own despair, I felt a towers. But I am no boy, to sit down and weep gleam of pleasure at learning her happy pros- because the luck has gone against me.
I knew pects, and at hearing that the good old Baron the stake which I risked ; we played the game ħad escaped the general wreck. Give this to boldly, and the forfeit shall be paid manfully. my dearest Rose ; it is her poor Flora's only And now, since my time is short, let me come ornament of value, and was the gift of a to the questions that interest me most—The princess.' She put into his hands a case con- Prince ? has he escaped the blood-hounds ?' taining the chain of diamonds with which she 'He has, and is in safety.' used to decorate her hair. To me it is in Praised be God for that! Tell me the future useless. The kindness of my friends has particulars of his escape.' secured me a retreat in the convent of the Waverley communicated that remarkable hisScottish Benedictine nuns in Paris. To-morrow tory so far as it had then transpired, to which -if indeed I can survive to-morrow-I set Fergus listened with deep interest. He then forward on my journey with this venerable asked after several other friends; and made sister. And now, Mr. Waverley, adieu! May many minute inquiries concerning the fate of you be as happy with Rose as your amiable his own clansmen. They had suffered less than dispositions deserve !—and think sometimes on other tribes who had been engaged in the affair; the friends you have lost. Do not attempt to for, having in a great measure dispersed and see me again ! it would be mistaken kindness.' returned home after the captivity of their Chief
She gave him her hand, on which Edward | tain, according to the universal custom of the
Highlanders, they were not in arms when the "You see the compliment they pay to our insurrection was finally suppressed, and conse- Highland strength and courage-we have lain quently were treated with less rigour. This chained here like wild beasts, till our legs are Fergus heard with great satisfaction.
cramped into palsy, and when they free us, they 'You are rich,' he said, Waverley, and you send six soldiers with loaded muskets to prevent are generous:
When you hear of these poor our taking the Castle by storm!' Mac-Ivors being distressed about their miserable Edward afterwards learned that these severe possessions by some harsh overseer or agent of precautions had been taken in consequence of a government, remember you have worn their desperate attempt of the prisoners to escape, in tartan, and are an adopted son of their race. which they had very nearly succeeded. The Baron, who knows our manners, and lives Shortly afterwards the druins of the garrison near our country, will apprise you of the time beat to arms. ' This is the last turn-out,' said and means to be their protector. Will you Fergus, ‘that I shall hear and obey. And now, promise this to the last Vich Ian Vohr?' my dear, dear Edward, ere we part let us speak
Edward, as may well be believed, pledged his of Flora—a subject which awakens the tenderest word; which he afterwards so amply redeemed, feeling that yet thrills within me.' that his memory still lives in these glens by the We part not here !' said Waverley. name of the Friend of the Sons of Ivor.
O yes, we do ; you must come no farther. Would to God,' continued the Chieftain, ‘I Not that I fear what is to follow for myself,' he could bequeath to you my rights to the love said proudly : 'Nature has her tortures as well and obedience of this primitive and brave race: as art; and how happy should we think the -or at least, as I have striven to do, persuade man who escapes from the throes of a mortal poor Evan to accept of his life upon their term.s, and painful disorder, in the space of a short and be to you what he has been to me, the half hour ? And this matter, spin it out as they kindest—the bravest—the most devoted'- will, cannot last longer. But what a dying
The tears which his own fate could not draw man can suffer firmly, may kill a living friend to forth, fell fast for that of his foster-brother. look upon.—This same law of high treason,' he
‘But,' said he, drying them, that cannot be continued, with astonishing firmness and comYou cannot be to them Vich Ian Vohr; and these posure, 'is one of the blessings, Edward, with three magic words,' said he, half smiling, ‘are the which your free country has accommodated poor only Open Sesame to their feelings and sympathies, old Scotland : her own jurisprudence, as I have and poor
Evan must attend his foster-brother in heard, was much milder. But I suppose one death, as he has done through his whole life.' day or other-when there are no longer any wild
‘And I am sure,' said Maccombich, raising Highlanders to benefit by its tender mercieshimself from the floor, on which, for fear of they will blot it from their records, as levelling interrupting their conversation, he had lain so them with a nation of cannibals. The mummery, still, that in the obscurity of the apartment too, of exposing the senseless head—they have Edward was not aware of his presence-'I am not the wit to grace mine with a paper coronet; sure Evan never desired or deserved a better end there would be some satire in that, Edward. I than just to die with his Chieftain.'
hope they will set it on the Scotch gate though, ‘And now,' said Fergus, 'while we are upon that I may look, even after death, to the blue the subject of clanship—what think you now hills of my own country, which I love so dearly. of the prediction of the Bodach Glas ?'—Then, The Baron would have added, before Edward could answer, “I saw him again
Moritur, et moriens dulces reminiscitur Argos.' last night-he stood in the slip of moonshine which fell from that high and narrow window A bustle, and the sound of wheels and horses' towards my bed. Why should I fear him, I feet, was now heard in the court-yard of the Castle. thought-to-morrow, long ere this time, I shall "As I have told you why you must not follow be as immaterial as he. False Spirit !” I said, me, and these sounds admonish me that my time "art thou come to close thy walks on earth, and flies fast, tell me how you found poor Flora ?' to enjoy thy triumph in the fall of the last Waverley, with a voice interrupted by suffodescendant of thine enemy?” The spectre seemed cating sensations, gave some account of the state to beckon and to smile as he faded from my sight. of her mind. What do you think of it?-I asked the same. 'Poor Flora !' answered the Chief. “She could question of the priest, who is a good and sensible have borne her own sentence of death, but not man; he admitted that the Church allowed that mine. You, Waverley, will soon know the such apparitions were possible, but urged me not happiness of mutual affection in the married to permit my mind to dwell upon it, as imagina- state-long, long, may Rose and you enjoy it !tion plays us such strange tricks. What do you but you can never know the purity of feeling think of it?'
which combines two orphans, like Flora and me, 'Much as your confessor,' said Waverley, will left alone as it were in the world, and being all ing to avoid dispute upon such a point at such in all to each other from our very infancy. But a moment. A tap at the door now announced her strong sense of duty, and predominant feeling that good man, and Edward retired while he of loyalty, will give new nerve to her mind after administered to both prisoners the last rites of the immediate and acute sensation of this parting religion, in the mode which the Church of Rome has passed away. She will then think of Fergus prescribes.
as of the heroes of our race, upon whose deeds In about an hour he was re-admitted; soon after, she loved to dwell.' a file of soldiers entered with a blacksmith, who 'Shall she not see you, then ?'asked Waverley. struck the fetters from the legs of the prisoners. She seemed to expect it.'
'A necessary deceit will spare her the last court-yard was now totally empty, but Waverley dreadful parting. I could not part with her still stood there as if stupefied, his eyes fixed without tears, and I cannot bear that these men upon the dark pass where he had so lately seen should think they have power to extort them. the last glimpse of his friend. At length, a She was made to believe she would see me at a female servant of the governor's, struck with later hour, and this letter, which my confessor compassion at the stupefied misery which his will deliver, will apprise her that all is over.' countenance expressed, asked him if he would
An officer now appeared, and intimated that not walk into her master's house and sit down? the High Sheriff and his attendants waited before she was obliged to repeat her question twice ere the gate of the Castle, to claim the bodies of he comprehended her, but at length it recalled Fergus Mac-Ivor and Evan Maccombich. 'I him to himself. Declining the courtesy by a come,' said Fergus. Accordingly, supporting hasty gesture, he pulled his hat over his eyes, Edward by the arm, and followed by Evan Dhu and, leaving the Castle, walked as swiftly as he and the priest, he moved down the stairs of the could through the empty streets, till he regained tower, the soldiers bringing up the rear. The his inn, then rushed into an apartment and court was occupied by a squadron of dragoons bolted the door. and a battalion of infantry, drawn up in hollow In about an hour and a half, which seemed an square.
Within their ranks was the sledge, or age of unutterable suspense, the sound of the hurdle, on which the prisoners were to be drawn drums and fifes, performing a lively air, and to the place of execution, about a mile distant the confused murmur of the crowd which now from Carlisle. It was painted black, and drawn filled the streets, so lately deserted, apprised him by a white horse. At one end of the vehicle that all was finished, and that the military and sat the executioner, a horrid-looking fellow, as populace were returning from the dreadful scene. beseemed his trade, with the broad axe in his I will not attempt to describe his sensations. hand ; at the other end, next the horse, was an In the evening the priest made him a visit, empty seat for two persons. Through the deep and informed him that he did so by directions and dark Gothic archway that opened on the of his deceased friend, to assure him that Fergus drawbridge, were seen on horseback the High Mac-Ivor had died as he lived, and remembered Sheriff and his attendants, whom the etiquette his friendship to the last. He added, he had betwixt the civil and military powers did not also seen Flora, whose state of mind seemed permit to come farther. This is well GoT UP more composed since all was over. With her for a closing scene,' said Fergus, smiling disdain and sister Theresa the priest proposed next day fully as he gazed around upon the apparatus of to leave Carlisle, for the nearest seaport from terror. Evan Dhu exclaimed with some eager which they could embark for France. Waverley ness, after looking at the dragoons, "These are forced on this good man a ring of some value, the very chields that galloped off at Gladsmuir, and a sum of money to be employed (as he before we could kill a dozen o' them. They look thought might gratify Flora) in the services of bold enough now, however.' The priest entreated the Catholic Church, for the memory of his him to be silent.
friend. 'Fungarque inani munere,' he repeated, The sledge now approached, and Fergus turn- as the ecclesiastic retired. * Yet why not class ing round,
embraced Waverley, kissed him on these acts of remembrance with other honours, each side of the face, and stepped nimbly into with which affection, in all sects, pursues the his place. Evan sat down by his side. The memory of the dead? priest was to follow in a carriage belonging to The next morning ere day-light he took leave his patron, the Catholic gentleman at whose of the town of Carlisle, promising to himself house Flora resided. 'As Fergus waved his hand never again to enter its walls. He dared hardly to Edward, the ranks closed around the sledge, look back towards the Gothic battlements of the and the whole procession began to move forward. fortified gate under which he passed (for the There was a momentary stop at the gateway, place is surrounded with an old wall). "They're while the governor of the Castle and the High no there,' said Alick Polwarth, who guessed the Sheriff went through a short ceremony, the cause of the dubious look which Waverley cast military officer there delivering over the persons backward, and who, with the vulgar appetite of the criminals to the civil power. 'God save for the horrible, was master of each detail of King George !' said the High Sheriff. When the butchery—the heads are ower the Scotch the formality concluded, Fergus stood erect in the yate, as they ca' it. It's a great pity of Evan sledge, and with a firm and steady voice, replied, Dhu, who was à very weel - meaning, good, ‘God save King James !' These were the last natured man, to be a ħielandman ; and indeed words which Waverley heard him speak.
so was the Laird o' Glennaquoich too, for that The procession resumed its march, and the matter, when he wasna in ane o' his tirrivies.' sledge vanished from beneath the portal, under which it had stopped for an instant. The dead march was then heard, and its melancholy sounds were mingled with those of a muffled
CHAPTER LXX. peal, tolled from the neighbouring cathedral. The sound of the military music died away as the procession moved on — the sullen clang of the bells was soon heard to sound alone.
The impression of horror with which Waverley The last of the soldiers had now disappeared left Carlisle softened by degrees into melancholy from under the vaulted archway through which —a gradation which was accelerated by the painthey had been filing for several minutes ; the ful, yet soothing task of writing to Rose ; and,
while he could not suppress his own feelings of sometimes his bed had not been arranged for the calamity, he endeavoured to place it in a two days together. Waverley's mind involunlight which might grieve her without shocking tarily turned to the Patmos of the Baron of her imagination. The picture which he drew Bradwardine, who was well pleased with Janet's for her benefit he gradually familiarised to his fare, and a few bunches of straw stowed in a own mind; and his next letters were more cleft in the front of a sand-cliff : but he made cheerful, and referred to the prospects of peace no remarks upon a contrast which could only and happiness which lay before them. Yet, mortify his worthy tutor. though his first horrible sensations had sunk All was now in a bustle to prepare for the into melancholy, Edward had reached his native nuptials of Edward, an event to which the good county before he could, as usual on former old Baronet and Mrs. Rachel looked forward as occasions, look round for enjoyment upon the if to the renewal of their own youth. The face of nature.
match, as Colonel Talbot had intimated, had He then, for the first time since leaving Edin- seemed to them in the highest degree eligible, burgh, began to experience that pleasure which having every recommendation but wealth, of almost all feel who return to a verdant, populous, which they themselves had more than enough. and highly cultivated country, from scenes of Mr. Clippurse was therefore summoned to waste desolation, or of solitary and melancholy Waverley - Honour, under better auspices than grandeur. But how were those feelings enhanced at the commencement of our story. But Mr. when he entered on the domain so long possessed Clippurse came not alone ; for, being now by his forefathers ; recognised the old oaks of stricken in years, he had associated with him Waverley-Chase ; thought with what delight he a nephew, a younger vulture (as our English should introduce Rose to all his favourite haunts; Juvenal, who tells the tale of Swallow the beheld at length the towers of the venerable hall attorney, might have called him), and they now arise above the woods which embowered it, and carried on business as Messrs. Clippurse and finally threw himself into the arms of the vener- Hookem. These worthy gentlemen had direcable relations to whom he owed so much duty tions to make the necessary settlements on the and affection !
most splendid scale of liberality, as if Edward The happiness of their meeting was not were to wed a peeress in her own right, with her tarnished by a single word of reproach. On paternal estate tacked to the fringe of her ermine. the contrary, whatever pain Sir Everard and But before entering upon a subject of proMrs. Rachel had felt during Waverley's peril- verbial delay, I must remind my reader of the ous engagement with the young Chevalier, it progress of a stone rolled down hill by an idle assorted too well with the principles in which truant boy (a pastime at which I was myself they had been brought up, to incur reproba- expert in my more juvenile years): it moves tion, or
Colonel Talbot also at first slowly, avoiding by inflection every had smoothed the way, with great address, for obstacle of the least importance; but when it Edward's favourable reception, by dwelling has attained its full impulse, and draws near upon his gallant behaviour in the military cha- the conclusion of its career, it smokes and racter, particularly his bravery and generosity thunders down, taking a rood at every spring, at Preston ; until, warmed at the idea of their clearing hedge and ditch like a Yorkshire nephew's engaging in single combat, making huntsman, and becoming most furiously rapid prisoner, and saving from slaughter so dis- in its course when it is nearest to being continguished an officer as the colonel himself, signed to rest for ever. Even such is the the imagination of the baronet and his sister course of a narrative like that which you are ranked the exploits of Edward with those of perusing. The earlier events are studiously Wilibert, Hildebrand, and Nigel, the vaunted dwelt upon, that you, kind reader, may be inheroes of their line.
troduced to the character rather by narrative, The appearance of Waverley, embrowned by than by the duller medium of direct descripexercise, and dignified by the habits of military tion; but when the story draws near its close, discipline, had acquired an athletic and hardy we hurry over the circumstances, however im character, which not only verified the Colonel's portant, which your imagination must have narration, but surprised and delighted all the forestalled, and leave you to suppose those inhabitants of Waverley-Honour. They crowded things which it would be abusing your patience to see, to hear him, and to sing his praises. Mr. to relate at length. Pembroke, who secretly extolled his spirit and We are, therefore, so far from attempting to courage in embracing the genuine cause of the trace the dull progress of Messrs. Clippurse and Church of England, censured his pupil gently, Hookem, or that of their worthy official brethren, nevertheless, for being so careless of his manu- who had the charge of suing out the pardons of scripts, which indeed, he said, had occasioned Edward Waverley and his intended father-inhim some personal inconvenience, as, upon the law, that we can but touch upon matters more Baronet's being arrested by a king's messenger,
attractive. The mutual epistles, for example, he had deemed it prudent to retire to a conceal- which were exchanged between Sir Everard and ment called “The Priest's Hole,' from the use the Baron upon this occasion, though matchless it had been put to in former days; where he specimens of eloquence in their way, must be assured our hero, the butler had thought it safe consigned to merciless oblivion. Nor can I tell to venture with food only once in the day, so you at length, how worthy Aunt Rachel, not that he had been repeatedly compelled to dine without a delicate and affectionate allusion to upon victuals either absolutely cold, or, what the circumstances which had transferred Rose's was worse, only half warm, noť to mention that maternal diamonds to the hands of Donald Bane
Lane, stocked her casket with a set of jewels
CHAPTER LXXI. that a duchess might have envied. Moreover, the reader will have the goodness to imagine
This is no mine ain house, I ken by the bigging o't. that Job Houghton and his dame were suitably provided for, although they could never be persuaded that their son fell otherwise than fighting The nuptial party travelled in great style. by the young squire's side ; so that Alick, who, There was a coach and six after the newest as a lover of truth, had made many needless pattern, which Sir Everard had presented to his attempts to expound the real circumstances nephew, that dazzled with its splendour the to them, was finally ordered to say not a word eyes of one half of Scotland ; there was the more upon the subject. He indemnified himself, family coach of Mr. Rubrick ;—both these were however, by the liberal allowance of desperate crowded with ladies, and there were gentlemen battles, grisly executions, and raw - head and on horseback, with their servants, to the number bloody - bone stories, with which he astonished of a round score. Nevertheless, without having the servants' hall.
the fear of famine before his eyes, Bailie MacBut although these important matters may wheeble met them in the road to entreat that be briefly told in narrative, like a newspaper they would pass by his house at Little Veolan. report of a Chancery suit, yet, with all the The Baron stared, and said his son and he urgency which Waverley could use, the real would certainly ride by Little Veolan, and pay time which the law proceedings occupied, their compliments to the Bailie, but could not joined to the delay occasioned by the mode of think of bringing with them the ‘haill comitatus travelling at that period, rendered it consider- nuptialis, or matrimonial procession.' He added, ably more than two months ere Waverley, 'that, as he understood that the barony had been having left England, alighted once more at the sold by its unworthy possessor, he was glad to mansion of the Laird of Duchran to claim the see his old friend Duncan had regained his hand of his plighted bride.
situation under the new Dominus, or proprietor. The day of his marriage was fixed for the The Bailie ducked, bowed, and fidgeted, and sixth after his arrival. The Baron of Brad. then again insisted upon his invitation ; until wardine, with whom bridals, christenings, and the Baron, though rather piqued at the perfunerals, were festivals of high and solemn tinacity of his instances, could not nevertheless import, felt a little hurt, that, including the refuse to consent, without making evident family of the Duchran, an all the immediate sensations which he was anxious to conceal. vicinity who had title to be present on such an He fell into a deep study as they approached occasion, there could not be above thirty the top of the avenue, and was only startled persons collected.
When he was married,' he from it by observing that the battlements were observed, 'three hundred horse of gentlemen replaced, the ruins cleared away, and (most born, besides servants, and some score or two of wonderful of all) that the two great stone Bears, Highland lairds, who never got on horseback, those mutilated Dagons of his idolatry, had were present on the occasion.'
resumed their posts over the gateway. Now But his pride found some consolation in this new proprietor,' said he to Edward, ‘has reflecting, that he and his son-in-law having shown mair gusto, as the Italians call it, in the been so lately in arms against government, it short time he has had this domain, than that might give matter of reasonable fear and offence | hound Malcolm, though I bred him here mysel', to the ruling powers, if they were to collect has acquired vita adhuc durante.—And now I together the kith, kin, and allies of their houses, talk of hounds, is not yon Ban and Buscar, arrayed in effeir of war, as was the ancient who come scouring up the avenue with Davie custom of Scotland on these occasions—'And, Gellatley ?' without dubitation,' he concluded with a sigh, 'I vote we should go to meet them, sir,' said 'many of those who would have rejoiced most Waverley, ‘for I believe the present master of freely upon these joyful espousals, are either the house is Colonel Talbot, who will expect to gone to a better place, or are now exiles from
We hesitated to mention to you at first their native land.'
that he had purchased your ancient patrimonial The marriage took place on the appointed day. property, and even yet, if you do not incline to The Reverend Mr. Rubrick, kinsman to the visit him, we can pass on to the Bailie's.' proprietor of the hospitable mansion where it The Baron had occasion for all his magnawas solemnised, and chaplain to the Baron of nimity. However, he drew a long breath, took Bradwardine, had the satisfaction to unite their a long snuff, and observed, since they had hands; and Frank Stanley acted as bridesman, brought him so far, he could not pass the having joined Edward with that view soon after colonel's gate, and he would be happy to see his arrival. Lady Emily and Colonel_Talbot the new master of his old tenants. He alighted had proposed being present; but Lady Emily's accordingly, as did the other gentlemen and health, when the day approached, was found ladies ;-he gave his arm to his daughter, and inadequate to the journey. In amends, it was as they descended the avenue, pointed out to arranged that Edward Waverley and his lady, her how speedily the 'Diva Pecunia of the who, with the Baron, proposed an immediate Southron—their tutelary deity, he might call journey to Waverley-Honour, should, in their her-had removed the marks of spoliation.' way, spend a few days at an estate which In truth, not only had the felled trees been Colonel Talbot had been tempted to purchase in removed, but, their stumps being grubbed up, Scotland as a very great bargain, and at which and the earth round them levelled and sown he proposed to reside for some time.
with grass, every mark of devastation, unless to