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had recovered his usual composure of manner, though his troubled eye denoted his mental agony.
“She is a woman, my young friend, who may justify even a soldier's tears.” He reached him the miniature, exhibiting features which fully justified the eulogium;" and yet, God knows, what you see of her there is the least of the charms she possesses-possessed, I should perhaps say-but God's will be done."
“ You must fly-you must fly instantly to her relief. It is nolit shall not be too late.”
“Fly? how is it possible? I am a prisoner-upon parole.”
“ I am your keeper-I restore your parole-I am to answer for you.”
“ You cannot do so consistently with your duty; nor can I accept a discharge from you, with due regard to my own honour-you would be made responsible.”
“I will answer it with my head, if necessary,” said Waverley impetuously. “I have been the unhappy cause of the loss of your child; make me not the murderer of your wife.” “No, my dear Edward," said Talbot, taking him kindly by the
you are in no respect to blame; and if I concealed this domeslic distress for two days, it was lest your sensibility should view it in that light. You could not lhink of me, hardly knew of my existence, when I left England in quest of you. It is a responsibility, Heaven knows, sufficiently heavy for mortality, that we must answer for the foreseen and direct result of our actions,-for their indirect and consequential operation, the great and good Being, who alone can foresee the dependence of human events on each other, hath not pronounced his frail creatures liable.”
“But that you should have left Lady Emily," said Waverley, with much emotion, “ in the situation of all others the most interesting to a husband, to seek a”
“I only did my duty," answered Colonel Talbot, calmly," and I do not, ought not, to regret it. If the path of gralilude and honour were always smooth and easy, there would be little merit in following it; but it moves often in contradiction to our interest and passions, and sometimes to our belter affections. These are the trials of life; and this, though not the least bilter” (the tears came unbidden to his eyes), “ is not the first which it has been my fate to encounter-But we will talk of this to-morrow," he said, wringing Waverley's hands. “Good night ; strive to forget it for a few hours. It will dawn, I think, by six, and it is now past two. Good night.”
Edward retired, without trusting his voice with a reply.
When Colonel Talbot entered the breakfast-parlour next morning, he learned from Waverley's servant that our hero had been abroad at an early hour, and was not yet returned. The morning was well advanced before he again appeared. He arrived out of breath, but with an air of joy that astonished Colonel Talbot. There,” said he, throwing a paper on the table,
66 there is my morning's work.-Alick, pack up the Colonel's clothes. Make haste, wake haste."
The Colonel examined the paper with astonishment. Il was a pass from the Chevalier to Colonel Talbot, to repair to Leith, or any other port in possession of his Royal Highness's troops, and there to embark for England or elsewhere, at his free pleasure; he only giving his parole of honour not to bear arms against the house of Stewart for the space of a twelvemonth.
“In the name of God," said the Colonel, his eyes sparkling with eagerness, “how did you obtain this?”
“I was at the Chevalier's levee as soon as he usually rises. He was gone to the camp at Duddingston. I pursued him thither; asked and obtained an audience-but I will tell you not a word more, unless I see you begin to pack."
“Before I know whether I can avail myself of this passport, or how it was obtained?"
“0, you can take out the things again, you know.-Now I see you busy, I will go on. When I first mentioned your name, his
eyes sparkled almost as bright as yours did two minutes since. “Had you, he earnestly asked, "shown any senliments favourable to his cause?' · Not in the least, nor was there any hope you would do so.' His countenance fell. I requested your freedom. 'Impossible,' he said;
- your importance, as a friend and confident of such and such personages, made my request allogether extravagant.' I told him my own story and yours; and asked him to judge what my feelings must be by his own. He has a heart, and a kind one, Colonel Talbol, you may say what you please. He took a sheet of paper, and wrote the pass with bis own hand. “I will not trust myself with my council,' he said; “They will argue me out of what is right. I will not endure that a friend, valued as I value you, should be loaded with the painful refleclions which must afflict you in case of further misforlune in Colonel Talbol's family; nor will I keep a
brave enemy a prisoner under such circumstances. Besides,' said he, I think I can justify myself to my prudent advisers, by pleading the good effect such lenily will produce on the minds of the great English families with whom Colonel Talbot is connected.'
“There the politician peeped out," said the Colonel.
“ Well, at least he concluded like a king's son. « Take the passport; I have added a condilion for form's sake; but if the Colonel objects to it, let him depart without giving any parole whatever. I come here to war with men, but not to distress or endanger women."
Well, I never thought to have been so much indebted to the Pretend __"
“To the Prince,” said Waverley, smiling.
“To the Chevalier,” said the Colonel ; “it is a good travelling name, and which we may bolh freely use. Did he say any thing more?"
“Only asked if there was any thing else he could oblige me in; and when I replied in the negative, he shook me by the hand, and wished all his followers were as considerate, since some friends of mine not only asked all he had to bestow, but many things which were entirely out of his power, or that of the greatest sovereign upon earth. Indeed, he said, no prince seemed, in the eyes of his followers, so like the Deity as himself, if you were lo judge from the extravagant requests which they daily preferred to him.”
“Poor young gentleman,” said the Colonel, “ I suppose he begins to feel the difficulties of his situation. Well, dear Waverley, this is more than kind, and shall not be forgotten while Philip Talbot can remember any thing. My life-pshawlet Emily thank you for that—this is a favour worth fifty lives. I cannot hesitate on giving my parole in the circumstances : there it is—(he wrote it out in form)-And now, how am I to get off?”
“All that is settled : your baggage is packed, my horses wail, and a boat has been engaged, by the Prince's perinission, to put you on board the Fox frigate. I sent a messenger down to Leith on purpose."
“That will do excellently well. Captain Beaver is my particular friend : he will put me ashore at Berwick or Shields, from whence I can ride post to London ;-and you must in rust me with the packet of papers which you recovered by means of your Miss Bean Lcan. I may have an opporlunity of using them to your advantage. -But I see your Highland friend Glen--what do you call his barbarous name? and his orderly with him-1 must not call him his orderly cut-throat any more, I suppose. See how he walks as if the world were his own, with the bonnet on one side of his head, and his plaid puffed out across his breast! I should like now to
meet that youth where my hands were not tied : I would tame his pride, or he should tame mine."
6. For shame, Colonel Talbot ! you swell at sight of tartan, as the bull is said to do al scarlet. You and Mac-Ivor have some points not much unlike, so far as national prejudice is concerned.”
The latter part of this discourse took place in the street. They passed the Chief, the Colonel and he sternly and punctiliously greeting each other, like two duellists before they take their ground. It was evident the dislike was mutual. “I never see that surly fellow that dogs his heels,” said the Colonel, after he had mounted his horse, “ but he reminds me of lines I have somewhere heard -upon the stage, I think :
- Close behind him
“I assure you, Colonel,” said Waverley, “ that you judge too harshly of the Highlanders."
“Not a whit, not a whit; I cannot spare them a jot; I cannot bate them an ace. Let them stay in their own barren mountains, and puff and swell, and hang their bonnets on the horns of the moon, if they have a mind; but what business have they to come where people wear breeches, and speak an intelligible language?-I mean intelligible in comparison to their gibberish, for even the Lowlanders talk a kind of English little better than the Negroes in Jamaica. I could pily the Pr, I mean the Chevalier himself, for having so many desperadoes about him. And they learn their trade so early, There is a kind of subaltern imp, for example, a sort of sucking, deyil, whom your friend Glena-Glenamuck there, has sometimes in his train. To look at him, he is about fifteen years; but he is a century old in mischief and villany. He was playing at quoits the other day in the court; a gentleman, a decent-looking person enough, came past, and as a quoit hit his shin, he lifted his cane : But my young bravo whips out his pislol, like Beau Clincher in the Trip to the Jubilee, and, had not a scream of Gardez l'eau, from an upper window, set all parties a scampering for fear of the inevitable consequences, the poor gentleman would have lost his life by the hands of that little cockatrice.” “A fine character you'll give of Scotland upon your return,
“O Justice Shallow," said the Colonel, “ will save me the troubleBarren, barren, beggars all, beggars all. Marry, good air,'-and that only when you are fairly out of Edinburgh, and not yet come to Leith, as is our case al present."
In a short time they arrived at the sea-port :
“The boat rock'd at the pier of Leith,
Full loud the wind blew down the ferry;
“Farewell, Colonel ; may you find all as you would wish it! Perhaps we may meet sooner than you expect : they talk of an immediate route to England."
“ Tell me nothing of that,” said Talbot; “ I wish to carry no news of your motions.”
Simply, then, adieu. Say, with a thousand kind greetings, all that is dutiful and affectionate to Sir Everard and Aunt Rachel Think of me as kindly as you can-speak of me as indulgently as your conscience will permil, and once more adieu.”
“And adieu, my dear Waverley; many, many thanks for your kindness. Unplaid yourself on the first opportunity. I shall ever think on you with gratitude, and the worst of my censure shall be, Que diable allait-il faire dans cette galère?”
And thus they parted, Colonel Talbot going on board of the boat, and Waverley returning to Edinburgh.
It is not our purpose to intrude upon the province of history. We shall therefore only remind our readers, that about the beginning of November the Young Chevalier, at the head of about six thousand men at the utmost, resolved to peril his cause on an allempt to penetrate into the centre of England, although aware of the mighty preparations which were made for bis reception. They set forward on this crusade in weather which would have rendered any other troops incapable of marching, but which in reality gave these active mountaineers advantages over a less hardy enemy. In defiance of a superior army lying upon the Borders, under FieldMarshal Wade, they besieged and took Carlisle, and soon afterwards prosecuted their daring march to the southward.
As Colonel Mac-Ivor's regiment marched in the van of the claps, be and Waverley, who now equalled any Highlander in the endurance of faligue, and was become somewhat acquainted with their language, were perpelually at its head. They marked the progress of the army, however, wilh very different eyes. Fergus, all air and fire, and confident against the world in arms, measured nothing but that every step was a yard nearer London. He neither asked,