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“ Hush !" said his master sternly, with an expression of much commise“hush! no such words in my hearing, ration for her sorrows, but no reliance Langan!"
on her words, “I must go, Arrah," " Then faith, my lord, I must speak he said ; “you know my sister is there ; them behind your back," murmured and even if there be danger I must go. the man; but his master had taken a Come up, Arrah, there's a good girl, step forward, and was bending down and we will do the best we can for you his head to speak to the poor girl. in these sad times.” « Come up to the house, Arrah,” he The poor girl shook her head sadly, said, “ you must not stay here alone, and after a moment's pause, repliednor go back to the cottage either. “ Ah, you think me a fool, and so I Come up to the house, and my sister am, perhaps, for things trouble me will comfort and be kind to you." much here," and she laid her finger
The girl gazed in his face for a on her brow ;' “memories—memories moment, and then suddenly starting that haunt me, but are like dreams up, as if some remembrance flashed that we try to recall distinctly after across her mind, she exclaimed, “ No, sleep is gone, and yet have but faint no! do not go there, sir! Do not go images of them, as of trees in a mist. there! Misfortune will happen to you But I am not a fool in this, sir ; and I
here-I am sure it will—I beseech you not to go." am quite sure it will."
“ Stay with her, Langan," said Lord “But why, Arrah ?" asked her com- Walton, “and bring her up to the panion, with an incredulous smile, house. The fit is upon the poor girl, so what makes you think that there is and her grandfather's death may make any danger? Have you seen any of it worse. You loved him well, and the parliament people there?"
will be kind to her. Stay with her, “There was Dry, of Longsoaken,” good fellow, and persuade her to come replied Arrah Neil, “ but he came up. I must go, now, Arrah,” he con. down again ; and it is not that. But tinued, “but come up with Langan, I must not say what it is—yet do not for Annie will be glad to see you again, go up-do not go up! kind, good and will try to comfort you."
Thus Charles Walton, do not go up !" saying, he remounted his horse, and
The young nobleman looked at her rode onward up the hill.
if you go
On the evening of the same day where-
considerable original powers. He was dressed altogether in black, and though a tall steeple-crowned hat lay on a chair by his side, he wore, while sitting at meat, a small round cap of black cloth, in the shape of half a pumpkin, on the top of his head. He had also a good strong sword leaning on the chair beside him, habited like himself in black, with steel points and hilt.
The other was a younger man, very different in appearance; a good deal taller than his companion, and apparently more vigorous; his face decorated with an immense pair of moustachios, and a somewhat long-pointed beard, both of that indistinct hue, which may
be called whey colour. His hair floated upon his shoulders in the style of the cavaliers; but to say the truth, it seemed somewhat unconscious of the comb; and his dress, too, displayed that sort of dirty finery, which by no means prepossesses the wary usurer or
experienced tradesman with the idea « Pooh, nonsense," cried the other, of great funds at command on the “you haven't eaten half a pound. I part of the wearer. His doublet of shan't have done this half hour. I am soiled leather displayed a great num- like a camel, Master' Randal. Whenber of ornamented buttons, and shreds ever I have an opportunity I lay in a of gold lace; his collar and hand- store for the journey in my own sto. ruffles were of lace, which had once mach." been of high price, but had seen ser, “ Or like an ass,” replied the other vice probably with more masters than gentleman, “who takes more upon his one, and had borne away in the con- back than he can carry." flict with the world, many a hole and “ No, not like an ass, either," re. tear, inore honourable in flag or stan- plied the man with the great moustadard than in human apparel. Hanging chios, “ for an ass bears the food for to his side, and ready for action, was other people—I for myself. How can an egregious rapier, with a small you or I tell that we shall get another dagger placed beside it, as if to set off meal for the next three days? 'Tis its length to the greater advantage. always right to prepare for the worst; On his legs were a large pair of jack, and therefore, so long as my stomach boots, which he seldom laid aside, and will hold, and the beef endure, I will there is even reason to suppose that they covered several deficiencies; and “ The man who never knows when hanging on a peg behind, was a broad he has enough," answered his compabeaver, very unlike the hats usually nion, “is sure sooner or later either to worn in England at the time, orna- want or have too much, and one is as mented with a long red feather.
bad as the other." As to his countenance and its ex. “Oh, your pardon, your pardon," pression, they were very peculiar. The cried the tall man, “give me the too features in themselves were not bad much! I will always find means to the eyes large and somewhat promi- dispose of it-I am of the too much nent. The nose, which was by no faction. It's my battle-cry, my rallymeans pre-eminent, though turned up ing word. Give me the too-much by at the point, was not altogether ill. all means! Did you ever see a carshaped, and might have passed muster penter cut out a door? Did you ever amongst the ordinary noses of the see a tailor cut out a coat? Did you world, had it not been that, though ever see a blacksmith forge a horsetolerably white itself, it was set in the shoe? They always take too much to midst of a patch of red, which seemed begin with. There are plenty of bags to have transferred itself from the in the world always wide open for su. cheeks to unite in the centre of the perfluities; but, to say truth, I never face. The expression was bold, swag- found I had too much yet: that's an gering, and impudent, but a touch of epoch in my history which is to come." shrewd cunning was there, diversified “ Because like other fools you never every now and then by a quick, furtive know when you have enough,” replied look around, wbich seemed to show the man called Randal; "and as for that the worthy gentleman himself, future history, it will form but like a careful sentinel, was always upon a short tale, easily told.” the watch.
"I know what you would Certainly, seldom were there ever know what you would say," replied the seen companions more opposite than other; “that the last act will find me on the present occasion; and yet it in the most elevated situation I have not unfrequently happens, in this ever filled, though I may still be a de. strange life of ours, that circumstances, pendent. But I can tell you, my good inclination, or wayward fortune, make friend, that in my many dangerous ex, our comrade of the way, the man, of peditions and important occupations, I all others least like ourself; and of all have escaped the cross piece of timber the great general principles which are and the line perpendicular, so often, subject to exceptions, that which has that I fear I am reserved for another the most, is the fact, of birds of a fea- fate, and am in great dread every time ther flying together.
I go upon the water." “I have done," said the elder of the “ You are quite safe," replied the two, laying down his knife.
other, with a grim smile: “I'll wager
a thousand pounds upon your life, in a try, and yet are fools enough not to worm-eaten boat, with a hole in the see that the good of the whole is the bottom. But hemp, hemp-I would good of every part.” have you beware of hemp! Odds life, “ Who, who, who? Who do you to hear you talk of your dangerous mean ?" asked the other. expeditions and important occupa- “ English gentlemen," replied the tions- Cease, cease, I would sleep man in black, “ English gentlemen, I in peace to-night, and you will give me an indigestion."
"Complimentary, certainly," re“ Pshaw,” cried the other, “ you marked his comrade; "and by no have no more stomach than a pipped means too general or comprehensive. hen; and as to my exploits, what land I dare say it's very true, though, so have I not visited—what scenes have I here's to your health, Master Randal.” not seen? To whom, if not to me, “ Let my health alone,” said Randal, was owing the defence of Rochelle ? “ and take care of your own, for if To whom
you drink much more of that old ale, “Hush, hush,” said his companion; your head, to-morrow morning, will “ tell the tale to others. I would as be as heavy as the barrel from which soon drink vinegar, or eat stale cab- it comes, and I shall have to pump bage, as hear lies four times repeated upon you, to make you fit for any even with a variation."
business whatsoever. Come, finish “ Lies !" cried the other ; " thunder your supper, and take a walk with me and lightning, sir
upon the hill.—But who have we here? “ There, there,” cried his compa- One of the rebels, I take it. Now, nion, quietly waving his hand : “that mind your part, but do not lie more will do! no more of it! Thunder and than your nature absolutely requires." lightning will do nothing at your bid. The last words of this speech were, as ding ; so the less you have to do with may be supposed, spoken in a low voice, them the better, lest you burn your fin- as an addition was made to the party gers. Try to be an honest man! leave in the room where they were sitting. off lying ! don't swagger but when you The personage who entered was are drunk ! and perchance you may be the same thin, self-denying-looking permitted to hold the horses while gentleman who had passed poor Arrah other men fight."
Neil, as she sat by the fountain in the “ Well, there is no use in quarrelling morning, and had, in his own mind, with a maggot,” replied his tall com- charitably furnished her with a lodging rade; and, taking to his knife again, in the stocks. That we may not have he commenced a new inroad on the to refer to this gentleman's previous beef, in assailing which, at least, he kept history hereafter, we may as well pause his word with a laudable degree of here for a moment to say the few fidelity.
words that are needed on the subject, In the meanwhile the gentleman in especially as some reference may be black turned his shoulder to the table, made to his former life in another and fell into deep thought. But after place. Master Dry, of Longsoaken, a moment or two he opened his lips, as he was now called, had risen from with an oracular shake of the head, an humble origin, and though now a not exactly addressing his speech to his
wealthy man, had commenced his cacompanion, but more apparently to the reer as the errand boy of a grocer, or hilt of his own sword, the point of rather general-dealer, in the village of which he had brought round between Bishop's Merton. His master was a his feet, and the blade of which he rigid man, a Puritan of the most severe twirled round and round with his cast, and his master's wife a buxom hands while he was speaking.
dame, given somewhat to the good “ Nine out of ten of them,” he said, things of life, especially of a Auid “ are either rank fools or cold-hearted kind, which she employed the ingenuity knaves, presumptuous blockheads, who of young Ezekiel Dry in obtaining for think they have a right to command, her, unknown to her more abstemious because they have not wit enough to better half. He thus acquired some obey; or cunning scoundrels, who aim small skill in deceiving sharp eyes,
and alone at their own interests when they it was whispered that his worthy paare affecting to serve only their coun, tron did not fail to give him further
improvement in this peculiar branch of the host upon the affairs of every body science, by initiating him into the mys- in the place. In the present instance, tery of the difference between a yard Mr. Dry had received immediate inmeasure and a yard of tape or ribbon ; formation that two strangers had apbetween a pound weight and a pound peared at the Rose of Shaaron, between of sugar or butter; between which, eight and nine, and he had hastened as the learned reader is well aware, up from Longsoaken without loss of there is a great and important distinc- time; but he had spent nearly half an tion. As worthy Ezekiel Dry grew up hour with the landlord in an inner into a young man, his master settled chamber, inquiring into all the pardown into an old one—and at length, ticulars of their appearance and dedeath, who, like his neighbours in a meanour. Now, the landlord had lost country town, is compelled occasion. more than one good customer in conally to go to the chandler's shop, called sequence of the unpleasant interference one morning at the door of Ezekiel's of his respected neighbour, who had master, and would not be satisfied with, occasionally caused some of the most out his full measure. The usual course expensive visitors at his house to be of events then took place there was a committed as malignants; but as he widow, and a shopman-the widow was dared not show any resistance, or make middle-aged and wealthy, the shopman any remonstrance to a person so high young and poor, and Mr. Dry became in authority as Master Dry, of Longà married man, and master of the soaken, his only course was to defend shop. During a probation of twenty the characters of his guests as far as years, which bis matrimony lasted, he was safe. But the worthy host was a did not altogether escape scandal ; but timid man, and did not ever venture in those times, as in others, very rigid to pronounce a decided opinion in the piety (at least in appearance) was not presence of his betters. always accompanied by very rigid mo- In answer, therefore, to the questions rality—and those people who conceived now addressed to him, he replied, “Oh that they might exist separately, looked dear no, worshipful sir! That is to upon the latter as of very little conse- say—for one cannot be certain of quence where the former was pre- any thing in this ungodly world-they eminent. At length, after having re- do not look like it at all. Malignants sisted time and strong waters, (which are always gay in their apparel, and her second husband never denied her the gentleman is dressed just like yourin any quantity,) to the age of nearly self, all in black. He has got a Geseventy, Mrs. Dry slept with her an- neva scull-cap too. I should not woncestors; and Mr. Dry went on flou- der if he were a gifted man like your. rishing, till at length he sold his house self.” and shop to another pillar of the con- " That may be a mere disguise,” venticle, and bought a good estate in said Mr. Dry. the near neighbourhood, called Long- “ Then, malignants are always royssoaken. He still kept up his connexion tering blades,” continued the landlord with his native town, however, became calling for all manner of things, a person of the highest consideration beginning with wine, and ending with therein, took part in all its councils, strong waters. Now, these good peo. managed many of its affairs, was ac- ple have had nought but beef and ale ; quainted with all its news, and was the though, doubtless, as all godly men stay of the Puritans, the terror of the may do for the comfort of the inner parson, and the scorn of the cavaliers. man, they will take something more
It was his usual custom, as he warming before they go-but as yet, still remained a widower, to look into one tankard of ale is all they have had.” the “Rose of Shaaron” every fine after- “ That looks well,” said Mr. Dry, noon, less, as he said, to take even oracularly, “ not that I would conthe needful refreshment of the body, demn any man for using creature comthan to pause and meditate for half an forts in moderation, according to his hour, before he retired to his own necessity. Some men's complexion, house ; but it was remarked that, on if of a cold and melancholic nature, these occasions, he invariably had a does require such helps. I myself am small measure of some kind of liquid driven to it_but what more,my friend?. put down beside him, and consulted Are they grave in their discourse ?" “ As heart could wish," replied the move, gave him a grave look and replied landlord. “I should take them rather to the intruder, I am happy to hear for the most pious and humble." it, sir. It is a godly name, which I
“ I will see them myself,” said Dry, have heard of before. Will you never who began to suspect the landlord. have done with that beef, Master “ It is not easy to deceive my eyes.” Barecolt ?"
But the worthy host contrived to “ But this mouthful, but this mouthdetain his worshipful fellow-townsman ful,” replied the gentleman at the table, for some minutes longer, in order that “ and then I am with you." the guests might finish their meal in “ One word before you go," said peace, by opening a conversation in
Mr. Dry, “ you seem, sir, a godly and regard to the return of " the poor well-disposed man, and I doubt not silly girl, Arrah Neil,” as he called have been led into the right way; but her, in regard to whom, he had shrewd there is an 'air of prelatic malignancy suspicions that Mr. Dry, of Longsoa. about this person at the table." ken, entertained sentiments not quite “ You are altogether mistaken, wor. so rigid as those which his words in thy Dry," said the good gentleman morning might seem to imply.
who had been paying such devoted at. On this part of their conversa- tention to the beef, “ there is nothing tion, however, I shall not dwell, as malignant about my nature, and the it would be neither very instructive air you talk of is but a remnant of nor very amusing, but will return French manners caught while I was once more to the parlour of the serving our Calvinistic brethren in inn which Mr. Dry of Longsoaken that poor, benighted land. In me, entered with a staid and stately step, sir, you behold him whom you may with his two eyes
bent upon the have heard of—who in the morning ground as if he were in deep medita- preached to the people in the beleation. The younger of the two guests guered city of Rochelle, from the 2nd in the parlour lolled in his chair and verse of the 24th chapter of the bit his lip, the elder considered Mr. Book of Joshua, “your fathers dwelt Dry attentively but suffered him to on the other side of the flood in the old enter the room and approach the times;' and who in the evening led them table without saying a word. Neither out to battle, and smote the Philistines did he make any movement of limb hip and thigh. That is to say, broke or feature, but remained cold, stiff, through the stockade, and defeated and dry, as if his limbs and his coun- two regiments of the guards." tenance were made of wood. Mr. " I have heard of the deed,” replied Dry, however, always recollected that
Mr. Dry. he was a man in authority; and great “ Then you must have heard like success in life, where there is any wise,” said the gentleman at the table, weakness of character, is sure to pro- rising up at full length, and making duce a confident self-importance very the intruder a low bow, “ of Master comfortable to the possessor thereof, Deciduous Barecolt." though not particularly agreeable to “I think I have, I think I have," his friends and companions.
said Mr. Dry As neither of the others uttered a
“ Then, again,” cried Barecolt, word, then, he began the conversation “ when I defended the pass in the Ce. himself without farther ado.
vennes with only two godly compa“ I trust we are brethren, sir," he nions against the Count de Suza and said, addressing the gentleman whom a hundred and fifty blood-thirsty pawe have called Randal.
pists, you must surely have heard of “ I trust we are so," replied the that exploit." other.
“I cannot say I have,” replied Mr, “ Ahem !” said Mr. Dry, "my name Dry. is Dry, sir-Dry of Longsoaken." “ Then, sir, you are ignorant of the
“ You may be soaked long enough,” history of Europe," answered the murmured the man at the table to other with a look of high indignation; himself, not loud enough to be heard “ for I trust that the name of Deci.
you may be soaked long enough duous Barecolt is known from the before you be moistened, Mr. Dry." mouth of the Elbe to the mouth of
But his companion, who saw his lips the Danube, and will descend to pos.