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coloured fruit among the grass. On cock and a snipe stood on a side table; approaching to the house, we saw Mr and a wasp's byke was hung at one of Gilmourton himself, going in at his the windows. There were also some barn-door, carrying a sheaf of bare curious pease, a potatoe of a wonderley under each arm, for he was getting ful shape, and an uncommonly long in a small crop from a neighbouring stalk of corn. Over the fire-place, Mr field, and some other of his people fol- Gilmourton had fixed a print, reprelowed bearing as many sheaves as they senting a sederunt of the fifteen Lords could, each in the manner that he of Session, in their places, on the found easiest for his sinews. Mr Gil- bench, all portraits. This was an obmourton, though in an old suit of ject of great interest to him, who lived clothes, was dressed clerically to a cer- far from Edinburgh, and who, at the tain extent, that is to say, he was in a same time, wished to know what was black coat, a black waistcoat, and black going on in the courts of law, and every breeches, but from these there was a change that occurred there. When harsh transition to white worsted stock- he heard of the death of any of the ings. He was not long in depositing Lords, he was very curious to ashis sheaves, and coming to meet us, certain who should come into his shewing that he was glad to see either place; and, to assist his memory, he strangers or friends.

generally marked off the portrait of His wife and he lived on their glebe the deceased judge with a stroke of in great ease, for they had no children. a lead pencil. As Mr Gilmourton was deficient in ta- He then mentioned a butcher, one lents for the pulpit, and rather dilatory of the inhabitants of a neighbouring in making up his sermons, he rejoiced town, who had been unfortunate, and when any young clergyman came to who had gone to Edinburgh to get a visit him on a Saturday, and staid to general discharge of his debts, after preach next day. And he told us there surrendering all his property. “ It was one, at that time, up stairs with was as well for me," said Mr Gilmourhis wife. “On Wednesday last,” said ton, “ that he did not buy the twelve Mr Gilmourton," she entered her six- rows of potatoes which he bid for at tieth year, and she is as stout and hale my roup last harvest.” Mr Glebersas ever; and I'm not at all ailing my mouth asked, “ What would you self. Its a lang while, Mr Snapflint, have got for them?”-“ De'il a stisince I hae gotten fou; but I hae seen ver!" replied Mr Gilmourton, sweep

Here his wife cried out ing his hand along a table.-“ De’il a from an upper window, “Toot, ye hae stiver !" repeated Mrs Gilmourton; seen the day, and ye bae seen the day, “What's the man saying? We shouldWouldna it be better, instead of stand- na hear that frae you.' She was aling clavering there, to bring up the twa ways cutting her husband short, not gentlemen to get something after their from ill nature, but from a desire to walk ? How are you, Mr Snapflint? keep him right in his sayings ; and You're welcome here. A sight o' you this last observation of her's raised a is gude for sair een.” Accordingly, loud laugh from the jocular Mr Snaphaving been led up to the parlour, we flint and me, at the minister's exfound Mrs Gilmourton sitting on one pence. side of the fire-place, and on the other As our hostess began to question Mr the clergyman, a serious youth, with Snapflint minutely about his wife and a large greasy round face, by name Mr children, I took that opportunity of Glebersmouth. He was examining walking out alone, to observe the situsome pieces of petrified moss, which ation of the place. I went down into he took from the chimney-piece; but Glenlonely-trout, which was a small he did not seem likely to take a bite valley, with some natural wood in it; of them, for his lips had a buttery but the rivulet in the middle was often softness that was evidently waiting for shewn quite uncovered. The sun shone dinner-time.

straight through its pellucid waters In the meantime, we got some cur- upon the gravelly bottom, so that, if rant wine, as being the fittest thing any trouts had been stirring, they for the forenoon. Looking round the might have been seen at a considerminister's dwelling, I found it was a able distance. The rocks here and snug and comfortable place, though the there sent forth clumps of hazel; the ornaments were few. A stuffed black, bramble also spreading out its thorny

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flavour, however, which many a one nations; and, if he had died on the likes in peat-reek whiskey. Moors banks of the Ganges, he would, accords cherish and retain a peculiar atmo- ing to Voltaire's notion, without any sphere of their own, which is never reluctance, have died with a cow's tail altogether dispersed and conquered by in his hand; but not with an intens the power of the sun.

tion to mock at religion, by mimicking The inhabitants of such places seem the forms of superstition; for Macto like best whatever is well seasoned queen was no infidel

. with their own air ; and they look up- While these thoughts were passing on strangers, without pleasure at the through my mind, the rain had dimis novelty of the sight, but rather view nished, and a little child came peeping them as intruders, breaking in upon to the door, saying, “Eh, des a man. the common tenor of their thoughts. Presently a woman, with a weatherWe saw a little girl sitting on a hill- beaten countenance, looked in, and ock tending cattle, and wrapping round said, “Weel, freends, what are ye herself a piece of old blanket to de- about here?” We told her that we fend her from the wind and rain. had come there only for shelter, and

Mr Snapflint made many a long cir- she asked us into the house. After cuit with his dog, while I continued some hints from us about eating, she walking forward towards such points produced from a black pot that hung as he, from time to time, directed me. over the fire, some trouts that had been We saw that there was a shower co- frying in the bottom of it. These, ming on, and we turned our course with some hot potatoes, served to allay to a cottage that was within sight. I our hunger in the meantime; and was glad at the thought of going in though she rejected our offered money there awhile; for, on elevated grounds good naturedly with a violent bounce, the perpetual sounding of the blast in we put it into the hands of the little one's ears overpowers the senses. On child. Mr Snapflint did not leave any going down into a small hollow where of the game at the house, for the mothe house stood, I felt as if an im- ney was better to them, and he meant mense orchestra had suddenly stopped, to make another use of his moorfowl. so great was the change to compara- We therefore returned to our walk. tive silence and tranquillity.

Ascending still farther up the heights, We knocked at the door of the house, we separated for a while, Mr Snapflint but it was fastened, and there seemed shaping his course round the borders to be no person within. In the mean- of a wet place, and I pursuing my way time, down came the plump of rain, along the side of a hill, and sometimes ringing upon an unscraped porridge- taking a rest on large grey pieces of pot, that stood against the wall, and rock, that shot up through the soil. lashing heartily, with might and main, I saw the sportsman at a distance upon a large dunghill, till the water occasionally sending forth from his came leaping from off it in every di- gun puffs of smoke, which hung in rection. We therefore went into a the air for a moment and then disa byre which was open, and found there appeared. a single cow, ruminating over some cut When we had walked a while, Mr. grass.

Snapflint beckoned to me to come to the Being by this time a good deal fa- point of an eminence, from whence he tigued, I sat down on a wheel-barrow, shewed me the minister's house, about very well pleased, for the breath of a mile off. I saw that his game-bag cows fills with wholesome odour the was not empty. We agreed that he place where they are; and, Lord Jus- should desist from using his gun any tice-Clerk Macqueen, in a law-plea more, and proceed straight on, for it concerning a byre which was complain- was now near dinner-time. The couned of as a nuisance in a country town, try before us sloped down towards a said on the bench, to the other judges, more cultivated region, in which was “ Od, I like the smell of cow-dung situated the manse of Glenlonely-trout, very weel mysel.” This remark shew- beside a small valley. ed the sagacity of his lordship’s nos- We soon reached the road that led trils, which acknowledged due respect to the house. It was a path overhung for an animal that has been the object with plum-trees, which had dropped, of idolatry among so many different here and there, some of their purple

coloured fruit among the grass. On cock and a snipe stood on a side table; approaching to the house, we saw Mr and a wasp’s byke was hung at one of Gilmourton himself, going in at his the windows. There were also some barn-door, carrying a sheaf of bar- curious pease, a potatoe of a wonderley under each arm, for he was getting ful shape, and an uncommonly long in a small crop from a neighbouring stalk of corn. Over the fire-place, Mr field, and some other of his people fol- Gilmourton had fixed a print, reprelowed bearing as many sheaves as they senting a sederunt of the fifteen Lords could, each in the manner that he of Session, in their places, on the found easiest for his sinews. Mr Gil- bench, all portraits. This was an obmourton, though in an old suit of ject of great interest to him, who lived clothes, was dressed clerically to a cer- far froin Edinburgh, and who, at the tain extent, that is to say, he was in a same time, wished to know what was black coat, a black waistcoat, and black going on in the courts of law, and every breeches, but from these there was a change that occurred there. When harsh transition to white worsted stock- he heard of the death of any of the ings. He was not long in depositing Lords, he was very curious to ashis sheaves, and coming to meet us, certain who should come into his shewing that he was glad to see either place; and, to assist his memory, he strangers or friends.

generally marked off the portrait of His wife and he lived on their glebe the deceased judge with a stroke of in great ease, for they had no children.

a lead pencil. As Mr Gilmourton was deficient in ta- He then mentioned a butcher, one lents for the pulpit, and rather dilatory of the inhabitants of a neighbouring in making up his sermons, he rejoiced town, who had been unfortunate, and when any young clergyman came to who had gone to Edinburgh to get a visit him on a Saturday, and staid to general discharge of his debts, after preach next day. And he told us there surrendering all his property. “It was one, at that time, up stairs with was as well for me,” said Mr Gilmourhis wife. “On Wednesday last,” said ton, “ that he did not buy the twelve Mr Gilmourton, “ she entered her six- rows of potatoes which he bid for at tieth year, and she is as stout and hale my roup last harvest.” Mr Glebersas ever; and I'm not at all ailing my- mouth asked, “What would you self. Its a lang while, Mr Snapflint, have got for them?"_" De’il a stisince I hae gotten fou ; but I hae seen ver !” replied Mr Gilmourton, sweepthe day

Here his wife cried out ing his hand along a table.—"De'il a from an upper window, “ Toot, ye hae stiver !” repeated Mrs Gilmourton; seen the day, and ye bae seen the day- “What's the man saying? We shouldWouldna it be better, instead of stand- na hear that frae you.' She was aling clavering there, to bring up the twa ways cutting her husband short, not gentlemen to get something after their from ill nature, but from a desire to walk ? How are you, Mr Snapflint? keep him right in his sayings; and You're welcome here. A sight o' you this last observation of her's raised a is gude for sair een.” Accordingly, loud laugh from the jocular Mr Snaphaving been led up to the parlour, we flint and me, at the minister's exfound Mrs Gilmourton sitting on one pence. side of the fire-place, and on the other As our hostess began to question Mr the clergyman, a serious youth, with Snapflint minutely about his wife and a large greasy round face, by name Mr children, I took that opportunity of Glebersmouth. He was examining walking out alone, to observe the situsome pieces of petrified moss, which ation of the place. I went down into he took from the chimney-piece; but Glenlonely-trout, which was a small he did not seem likely to take a bite valley, with some natural wood in it; of them, for his lips had a buttery but the rivulet in the middle was often softness that was evidently waiting for shewn quite uncovered. The sun shone dinner-time.

straight through its pellucid waters In the meantime, we got some cur- upon the gravelly bottom, so that, if rant wine, as being the fittest thing any trouts had been stirring, they for the forenoon. Looking round the might have been seen at a considerminister's dwelling, I found it was a able distance. The rocks here and snug and comfortable place, though the there sent forth clumps of hazel ; the ornaments were few. A stuffed blacka bramble also spreading out its thorny arms, with their black and shining sation was passing, the servant-maid, fruit, was intermingled with the long who has been already mentioned, was broom, whose dry pods were heard struggling with a bottle of porter becracking and opening of their own ac- tween her knees, and Mr Gilmourton, cord, under the heat. The humming seeing that the cork resisted all her of insects pervaded the air, and where strength, desired her to give it to Mr ever the soil was without verdure, it Glebersmouth, and let him try to draw appeared baked and yellow. But where it. He accordingly did so, and sucthere was grass, the wild bee was seen ceeded; but the bottle had been placed clambering heavily upon some solitary near the fire, and when it was opened, head of small white clover. It is in went off like a cannon. There being no places like these that the local inspi- vessel ready on the table, Mr Glebersration of Scottish poetry seems to work, mouth rose to give it to the servantand mother Earth there assails and im- maid, and drove her, covered with portunes the heart for some acknow- suds and froth, from the room. Only ledgment of natural affection. I would a small quantity was left for us to not willingly long submit to such in- drink; and, as Mr Gilmourton liked fluences; but, while one must yield allusions to the law, I could not help a little to them on the spot, I thought saying, this was like a Cessio Bonorum, of the poet Burns, as a person educa- after prodigality, and that we, like ted entirely under the spell. The spi- the creditors, must be contented with rit of such places took him up, and ani- what remained unspent. mated him; and this, mingled with Mr Gilmourton then called for a the passion of love, filled him with poe- dram, which, he said, he liked altical feeling. For awhile he was en- ways to see after dinner. Three kinds tranced with kissings among the scent- were produced, gin, brandy, and Highed birches; but, at last, the whole land whisky, besides a smoother liended in bad whisky. Such, I thought, queur, which had been composed by are the ways of the world. And then Mrs Gilmourton for her female visitors. returning along the same path by There being no ladies present, she which I had descended, I saw, at a wished me to taste the sweet dram. distance, a person beckoning to me, “ Na, na,” said Mr Gilmourton, “gie and found it was a summons to come him the gin." "Toot, gie him a fidin to dinner.

dlestick,” replied Mrs Gilmourton; On reaching the door, another “mind your ain end o' the table, and huge, red-haired servant lass appeared, let him judge for himsel.” panting with haste ; for she had been After dinner, Mr Snapflint asked, seeking me over the fields in an op- what was the reason that the Laird posite direction. And when I came of * * * * * *

was cutting down again into the parlour, Mr Gilmourton the fir planting that used to shelter said, “ You are lucky to have arrived his parks ? Mr Gilmourton answerin gude time.” Dinner was soon placed ed, that the laird had many pecunion the table, and we drew round. Mrs ary claimants to satisfy, and that he Gilmourton said, “Wheesht ! Maister was glad, in the first place, to resort Glebersmouth is gunta gie us a grace.' to any expedient for paying off some The young clergyman immediately persons, who were threatening him with shut his eyes, and twisting open his personal diligence.-" Ay, trowth,” mouth, said grace. We then sat down said Mrs Gilmourton," he maun scart to dinner, which was soup, and a leg first whar he finds the bitin' yuckiest, of roasted mutton, with a boiled fowl as they say." and ham ; and afterwards a brace of After some more conversation, this muir-fowl was brought in; and Mrs outspoken old lady rose, and left us to Gilmourton said, “ Here is what Mr our punch; and the evening passed Snapflint handed into our pantry.” pleasantly, till we saw from the winOn which Mr Snapflint observed, “We dow that the sun was approaching tohave had an excellent dinner already, wards the horizon, and the longer and you should have kept the birds till shadows falling from the mountains. another day for yourselves, or other vi- The minister insisted, that before our sitors.”—" Na, troth, no we,” replied departure we should take tea, which Mrs Gilmourton, “what's in our wame was to be prepared immediately, Till is no in our testament, and we'll soon then, he said, Mr Glebersmouth and be getting mair.” While this conver- I might go down and take a turn in his garden, which was not far from the towards an old wall; we saw the serbouse.

vant-maid, already mentioned, coine : We went, and found it a fine, tran- leaping over a three-bar gate; to anquil, and sheltered place, well stocked nounce that the tea was ready. We with cauliflowers,pease, and artichokes. returned to the house. Mr Snapflint And not far from these rose a pigeon- was already drinking his tea, and soon house, from whence sweet cooings some- went to get on the accoutrements he times mingled with a dashing among had brought with him. some trees below, from the same brook Afterwards, when we had taken that ran through Glenlonely-trout. leave of Mrs Gilmourton and the young

At another place roses, ranunculuses, clergyman, Mr Gilmourton came out and other flowers grew, beside a small with us, and offered to me an old greyhot-house, which the minister kept haired poney; for he said it would be for his own amusement. The air here best to ride home after the forenoon's was so pleasant to breathe, that I took fatigue ; but I answered, that it was a turn or two along the gravel walk, no exertion at all to walk back, as we and thought of the “ dum manet meant to go in the nearest direction. blanda voluptasof Lucretius. But Therefore, shaking hands with the old Mr Glebersmouth reminded me that minister, we returned to the road, and it was time to go in, and, as he and I got home under a beautiful harvest were standing with our faces turned sky, filled with stars.

MRS OGLE OF BALBOGLE,

*****“I have met with her seve- had white linen gloves, and on her ral times," said Mr Jamphler, “and head, a huge black silk bonnet, gausy I cannot make myself acquainted with and full, and shaped something like her. I am told she possesses much the tuft of a tappit hen. Her comadmirable humour, and is able to de- panion had the air of a simple girl, ceive, by her personations, even her bashful and blushing, but with a cermost intimate friends. But somehow tain significant expression in her eyes, we never get more acquainted than at that said, as it were, "I could if í first ; I should like, above all things, would.” to see a specimen of her performances. “ Ye'll no ken me, Mr Jamphler, I think, however, that her natural I'se warrant,” said the matron ; « but manner is so peculiar, that she could aiblins ye maun hae heard o' me. I'm not disguise herself from me.” Mrs Ogleo' Balbogle, and I hae come in

His friend regretted the dryness til Edinburgh, and anes errant, to take between him and the young lady, and the benefit o' your counsel; for ye the disappointment he had himself maun ken, Mr Jamphler, that I hae suffered ; for he had expected much heard ye're a wonderful clever bodie amusement from the keen encounter baith at book lair, and a' other parts of two such wits.

and particularities o' knowledge. In One day, when the greater number trouth, if a' tales be true, Mr Jamof the same party were invited to dine phler, they say the like o' you hasna with Mr Jamphler, and while, after been seen in our day, nor in our facoming from the Parliament-house, he thers' afore us, and that ye can gie an was dressing for dinner, two ladies advice in a manner past the compass were announced, desiring to see him o' man's power. In short, Mr Jamon some very urgent business. They phler, it's just a curiosity to hear were shewn into•the library, and he what's said o' your ability in the law; presently joined them.

and I thought I would never be proThe eldest of the two was a large perly righted, unless I could get the matronly “ kintra-like wife,” with help o' your hand. For mine's a kittle tortoise-shell spectacles, dressed in a case, Mr Jamphler, and it's no a man style considerably more ancient than o' a sma' capacity that can tak it up; the fashion. She rustled in stiff drab- howsomever, I would fain hope it's no coloured lutestring ; wore a hard mus- past your comprehension, Mr Jamlin apron, covered with large tam- phler. Na, Mr Jamphler, ye mauna boured flowers. On her liands, she fash at me, for ye ken it's a business

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