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CHAPTER XXVIII.

the sympathy, with all that was true and

earnest, in the countenance of Old Sir MR. SAVILLE HEATON ALSO PREACHES. Douglas ; the serene, attentive, angelic brow

and eyes of his young wife; Lorimer, with MR. SAVILLE HEATON had not the nat- folded arms and set compressed mouth, ural advantages which distinguished Mr. looking apparently only at the uninterFrere. His voice was rather weak, and an esting straw hassock at his feet; Alice, occasional hesitation, which was not exactly demure, and yet restless, furtively blinking a stammer, induced a repetition of words from time to time side glances at the preachjust pronounced, as if he had not been satis- er; and Mr. James Frere (for he also atfied with the way in which they were de- tended, though bis patroness at the Castle livered ; and sometimes gave that appearance had tossed her bead in scorn at the proof confusion which may be observed when posal) with his dark bright eyes fixed on a person reading aloud loses his place on Saville Heaton, rather with an expression

of curiosity to learn how this man would But on this occasion he was more fluent handle the matter, than with any reference than usual ; and even Maggie half refrained to the matter itself; but all attention to his from her customary slumbers, and shifted words. her large ignorant blue eyes with a certain

Then it was —

as the speaker dwelt on complacency from one to another of the the power of God, “to whom all hearts be immediate auditors, as though ascertaining open, all desires known," to sift and discern what effect her “mon's” discourse had on the variety of motives that may produce their minds.

one common result; when he warned his It was a very simple straightforward ser- hearers in the language of Scripture that mon, after all ; with now and then a gleam "there is nothing covered that shall not be of eloquence, and now and then an unex- revealed, neither hid that shall not be pected metaphor, and always a glow of real known;" that “whatsoever bas been spoken earnestness about it: on the hackneyed in darkness shall be heard in the light, text, “Where your treasure is, there will and that which was whispered in the ear in your heart be also,” illustrated with the closets shall be proclaimed upon the houseobvious lines of argument as to the various tops, "— with all argument pertaining to motives for " giving in charity,” as it is those solemn texts and withering denunciacalled, the ambition to be thought well tions of the pharisaical hypocrisy which deof by men,

the superstitious hope to ludes man, but never cap delude God;atone hy good works for evil deeds, as of then it was, as I have said, that this shy and old great robbers built fine churches; on common-place minister became extremely which principle Milan Cathedral is tradi- impressive; and spoke indeed so forcibly tionally said to have been founded; being and so well, that an electric thrill seemed begun by a penitent nephew, in memory of to go through his small congregation, both an esteemed uncle whom he had murdered. among the learned and the unlearned. He touched also on the “ shame-faced giv- Alii e Ross sat stiller than ever; but her ing,"

;" — because our neighbours give; the glance wandered from Heaton to Sir Dougcustomary giving, as one drops a piece of las, and back again with sidelong skill to money into a church-plate ; and so forth. others of the group: while Mr. Frere's eyes Nor did Mr. Saville Heaton become partic- were withdrawn from the preacher, though ularly impressive till rather more than half the expression of attention and curiosity way on in his discourse; when he dwelt even deepened in his face. He seemed to on the secret motives, and even wicked be resolving some problem in his mind. motives, which may produce apparently Suddenly his fine eyes flashed upwards good actions ; and in that part of his ser- again, and turned not on Heaton, but on mon his nervous hesitation seemed to leave Lorimer Boyd ! him, and he spoke with more boldness and Their eyes met.

Lorimer seemed to more eloquence of language than usual; the have been observing him. Some ripple of faces of his listeners being still noted in a movement, which did not even amount to sort of careless way by Maggie — while she one of Mr. Boyd's “grim smiles," flickered occasionally broke the tedium of the time round his mouth : and some of that inexpliby irreverently and surreptitiously crack- cable shrinking, which is visible in the ing green bazel nuts with her fine wbite human eye even when its gaze is not withteeth, and eating them.

drawn - in moments of fear, suspicion, or And those faces would have made a good conscious duplicity -- contracted for a secstudy for a painter. The warm approval, ond or two the bright, bold, clever orbs

which had “charmed” Miss Alice Ross. | perience of the sex, was just sufficiently Then another expression passed into them. startled to pause before he said: Not of fear; of defiance; of hard resolution ; “No: I am not easily beaten, Alice an accordance for the moment of the eyes Ross." with the hard, resolute, animal mouth : and Whether she noticed his calling her by then Mr. James Frere's countenance be- her name, and approved or disapproved the came, as before, simply attentive, and liberty so taken, could not be guessed from watchful of the preacher's closing words. outward evidence. She certainly approved

But there had been in that short moment, the sentiment, if the smile of odd sinister between those two men, that strange spir- triumph that slowly left her small thin itual communication which all of us who mouth spoke true: and she made no athave any experience of life, know so well. tempt to withdraw from his companionship, Mr. Frere became aware that Mr. Boyd and join some one else in the walking distrusted him; and Mr. Boyd, that he and party. bis distrust were alike defied and set at Nay, when Mr. Frere turned back after nought by the eloquent stranger.

escorting her, and shook hands with Sir Nor did it need the sealing of the convic. Douglas, and lamented that he could not stay tion in Mr. Frere's mind that Lorimer had to dinner, but must return to the Dowager

something to do with the sermon,” which Clochnaben, he saw, with great satisfaction, was naturally produced by over-hearing that pussy-cat Alice had glided out of the Mr. Saville Heaton on their walk home- party at the castle door, and was standing wards answer Sir Douglas's kindly congratu- alone and en cachette against a mass of lations on the excellence of that discourse, thick laurels, watching him as he walked by the modest deprecatory reply, “Well, I away. had the advantage of talking the subject If Mr. Frere had been a commonplace over with Mr. Boyd : indeed, of reading the gentleman he might have stopped, and sermon to him, and receiving some valuable waved his band perhaps, in token of faresuggestions. He is a very superior man: well, and of his consciousness that she was a great scholar: a most cultivated mind: thus occupied. But he knew better. Not: I feel greatly indebted to him for the inter- Isaac, when he went forth to meditate in est he has shown in my plans and my the fields at eventide, could seem school; and I consider my composition, such utterly unconscious of observation. Only.. as it was, much benefited by his remarks.” when he reached the vantage ground of a

When Mr. James Frere heard this mod- slight ascent which prefaced the more rugest reply to Sir Douglas's compliments, he ged climb to come be paused at that knoll, was walking immediately behind the group; and lifting his hat, not in token of salutation, side by side with Miss Alice Ross. Invol- but as relieving himself of a formal encumuntarily he turned to her, to see how she brance, stood and gazed at the red sky of • took” the answer so made, and perhaps evening and the picturesque scenery, believ-. to make some disparaging comment on Mr. ing (not in vain) that those shrewd grey Boyd's interference, by way of guarding his eyes were still fixed upon him, and that he own interests in that quarter. He met himself appeared to the full as picturesque Alice's glance as he had previously met as any other object within their view. Lorimer's; and received much the same degree of enlightenment from it, though of a more satisfactory kind.

CHAPTER XXIX. He decided that it was quite unnecessary to make any observation. He therefore

KENNETH AGAIN ! merely sighed, and, casting his eyes wistfully over the hills and intervening scenery, he But Mr. Saville Heaton was not destined said, “I would I were away from this to enlighten his congregation with anplace! I must think of leaving Clochna- other sermon distilled through the alembic ben."

of Lorimer Boyd's mind: At Torrieburn, And Alice Ross did not say in any fool- and at Gleprossie also, that Sunday evenish tender way, “ Pray don't leave us,” or ing, all was perplexity and alarm. News, " Oh, I should be so sorry ;” but, with a bad news, — had come of Kenneth! Not little hard short laugh, and slow drawling this time of his conduct, or his debts, or utterance, she said " You are easily beaten, anything which friends might remedy. No; Mr. Frere."

but Kenneth lay ill of fever, dying, some And Mr. Frere, though he had some ex- of the doctors thought,,at San Sebastian,

more

which port he had reached, intending to his place was with her, not with Kenneth. return from Spain through France. Lorimer would have been willing enough,

A brief and rather incoherent letter dic- but would he, could he, be welcome to that tated to some woman, partly by Giuseppe, young, unjust, irritable mind ? It was narrated the circumstances; how, having settled that Saville Heaton should go. He bad a burning fever, he had apparently had been Kenneth's tutor; he was his steprecovered, but now it was a low dervous father; and though the rebellion and in: fever, and the young Signore could not lift gratitude of boyhood and adolescence had his hands to his head for weakness.

been his sole return for much kindness, and “And, indeed, it is now more than eight the bitter speech had once been flung at days that his young Excellency has not him in one of Kenneth's rages,

" Your sworn, nor shown any symptoms of his care of me! Who thanks you? You were usual animation, and my mind is at sea, and paid for your care of me, such as it was,". mi crepa il cuore ; it breaks my heart; for, still

, the gentle nature of the man, and his could I hear the well-beloved Excellency desire to do his best for Margie's son, had call me

a dog, -or find some fault, – 1 upborne him through much insult and folly, would revive ; and, indeed, only yesterday, and they had not been on bad terms durit was in my hope that he was about to ing the latter years of Kenneth's youth, throw at me the cup of lemonade (which he nor had Kenneth been much at home, either relished not, finding it bitter), for his eyes to provoke, or be provoked by, unwelcome showed much anger ; but with grief, I say, communion. it passed, and he only set the cup on one Saville Heaton was to go, then : and side. And that same evening; my limbs all alone. As to being accompanied by his trembled, for be called and said — Giu- wife, it was not to be thought of for a moseppe! death is coming; tell my uncle to ment. Maugie raving and sobbing by a forgive everything, as I do. And with a sick bed, where, of all things, quiet was most great sigh his young Excellency sank in desirable; Maggie struggling to explain å great swoon. Now, if some friend will herself in broail Scotch among foreigners, come to his Excellency, it will be good. to whom even English was barely compreNot for weariness, for I am strong, and will hensible; Maygie travelling and living in nurse the Signore as a child, but for foreign hotels, who had never stirred from cheering by words in the English tongue. Torrieburn ;- it was simply an inipossiand to understand well whether he should bility. live or die ; and if he die, to say what shall Luckily it never appeared to that wilful be done.

female in any other light. She shrieked " And with much misery I recommend and sobbed over Kenneth's state incessantly myself to all saints of mercy as also I during the two or three hours of preparacommend to God and His goodness your tion that intervened between the receipt of most noble Excellency, and the young Ex- the ill tidings and her husband's departure, cellency who is dying, and all the good but she never thought of pleading to go family,

with him. She rocked herself to and fro

in spasmodic sobbings, and left the packing “ Your most devoted and most humble, and arranging of his scanty comforts to the

“ GIUSEPPE."

yet more ignorant servant lassie. Sbe re

peatedly told him he would be killed and In a band nearly illegible, but evidently eaten “ amang they outlandish men," and scrawled by Kenneth, was added, “ Tell my then, starting to ber feet, urged him to be mother I think of her and Torrieburn." gone, and reproached him for slowness,

Little had he written, poor Kenneth, to while, maybe, Kenneth lay deeing.” When that mother, or his uncle, or any one else at length he attempted to bid her farewell during his wanderings.“ Au jour, le jour” and start, she clung to him as if she had was bis motto, and the careless enjoyment never intended him to leave her; and, as of passing hours bis sole object in life. Now the dog-cart rapidly drove away, above the life was trembling in the balance, and this sound of its wbeels came the sharp succesmoan from a foreign land came, like a sick sive cries of her distress. Nor did her mood child's cry at midnight, to startle them all. alter, until provoked by the efforts of the Who should go to Kenneth ?

poor awkward servant to console and quiet Sir Douglas could not. Dearly as he her, and persuade her to “ leave greeting loved this Absalom, he had holier and and step ben, like a dear leddie," — she closer ties that held him back. His young turned suddenly, and administered to ber wife was ailing, was soon to be a mother; I would-be sympathiser a most sound and

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vigorous box on the ear. The girl retreated shining bair, and the gay patterned tapes“ben” into the house, and Maggie's re- try border she was working: newed howling was only put a stop to, as As he looked, he sigher; and at the usual, by sheer bodily exhaustion.

sound of that sigh she looked up, and then By the time her father, the miller - to she softly rose, and coming towards him, whom her mother had gone to communicate tenderly kissed his saddened brow. the “awfu' tidios ” – arrived at Torrieburn “Ob, my love ; my dearest love; I wish,” House, Maggie was quiet enough ; and the said Sir Douglas hesitatingly, “ that I knew three sat down in the parlour to a bowl of about Kenneth !” extremely stiff whisky toddy. The “auld “ We shall have news of him soon,” Gerwife " retained sufficient discretion to drag trude answered, in her low quiet voice. her daughter upstairs after a while, and put Some inexplicable link in that chain her to bed before she retired to her own; of memory, “ wherewith we are darkly but the miller was still asleep on the horse- bound,” brought vividly back to old Sir hair sofa, with all bis clothes on, when the Douglas a scene of the past. He saw his morning shone with fullest light in at the Geri rude, his young wife, in ber actual windows of the room where Saville Hea- form; but he saw also, beyond, and as it ton's books and better occupations lay were through, that bright visible presence, scattered about, testifying alike to the con- - his Gertrude yet younger; the fair girl trast of his tastes with those who had sur- of the Villa Mandorlo, the night he hail rounded him, and to the haste with which yearned to ask her about Kenneth, and had he had departed.

refrained. No place,

corner of the wildest Then, also, she had kissed him. It was dosert or the deepest wood — is so silent as her first caress; the caress not of passion, the room in wliich we have been ac- but of a tender and instinctive wish to customed daily to hear a familiar voice. comfort. When Maggie came down in the mid-day, So, now. there was more weeping. And, when later And then and now the sense of anxiety in the afternoon, Sir Douglas, in his pity, - of love unut erable — and of being rode over to see her, and actually proposed baffled in his wish for some clear certainty that she should come up and dine at Glen- about his graceless nephew, blended into rossie, she shook her head, saying, she pain and oppressed him. would rather“ stay amang her mon's bukes But, she was there, that lovely wife who and think o' Kenneth; a piece of vague loved him ! He ought to be happy and sentiment which found favour with the ten-contented, if ever man was. He could not der-hearted soldier; though, indeed, there vex her. mingled with Maggie's real sorrow a covert So, day by day, they waited

news of re-pruunance to be sorrowful in presence of Kenneth, in silence and hope. Gertrude, whom she persisted in looking upon “ fause-hearted jilt,” and a proud jade," and connecting her with

CHAPTER xxx. Kenneth's long absence and heavy discontents, as show in his own angry letters and SAVILLE HEATON CONQUERED. confessions Sir Douglas, too, had his extra sadness

News came.

First bad and depressing, out of the bad news. He thought over then better; Kenneth more cheerful, greatthe sentence, “Tell my uncle to forgive ly pleased at Saville Heaton coming out to everything – as I do!”. Did the lad still him; Giuseppe invaluable, as gentle as a think himself wronged ? and how? What nurse, and as active and robust as he was had been his grounds for resentment and gentle. Then a fluctuation of worse again. complaint? Unjust ; of course unjust, for Kenneth had a relapse, and was in an alarmSir Douglas's conscience was clear of all ing state of depression and weakness; offence, but still existent. What had he to messages were received from him, of peni

forgive," even in the waywardness of his tence and remorse for wasted years and own warped imagination ?

misapplied energies ; which tender Sir Sir Douglas's heart ached as he sat Douglas wept over, exulted over, repeated through the silent dinner, where all were with a quivering smile to his wife ; and then thinking in their various ways of Kenneth ; went back to old memories, old plans, old and ached next day when he sat in his hopes, that had begun when he thought he wife's beautiful morning room, gazing ab- would get Kenneth the brother sent to stractedly over his book at the light on her Eton, and “made a man of;" and flowered

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once more (after the disappointment of that Heaton,” the Vice-consul would have the life) when little Kenneth the orphan was goodness to see that his papers, and all 'trusted to his benevolence.

things belonging to him, were properly Kenneth was to get well, to reform, to taken care, of, and transmitted to the care marry, to be once more beloved, and cor- of Sir Douglas Ross, in Scotland. The dially welcomed. All was to come right. Vice-consul was happy to

Sir And, as far as Kenneth’s recovery was Douglas that such also had been the sole concerned, all did come right. Saville instructions given him by the dying. mas; Heaton's simple straightforward letters who had indeed expressed himself in a way gave a most graphic account of the in- that must give Sir Douglas much pleasure; creasing strength and irritability of the saying that he was “ the best friend he ever patient;. and he dwelt with much sym- had, and the best man be ever knew,” pathy on the naive gladness with which That he had shown anxiety that some little Giuseppe accepted al instances of ill-tem- valuables (ornaments of some sort) should per and impatience as so many proofs of be safely transmitted to his widow, with the convalescence. Ha especially narrated message that during the very few opportubow once, when Kenneth had passionately nities he had had of being out in the open stamped and sworn at the young Italian air during Kenneth’s illness, he had enfor some slight delay in bringing a bath, deavoured to find something that would Giuseppe was afterwards met by him in please her, to wear for his sake. That.be the street, with his eyes lifted in beaming bad şunk with such extreme rapidity at prayer to a painted wooden Madonna in a last (not being of a robust constitution), blue gown covered with golden stars, fixed that he had been unable to write particuover the door of a corner house, and, being lars, as he desired, to his wife and Sir greeted by Mr. Heaton as he passed, joyous- Douglas ; but that he had died most peacely informed him he had been "rendering fully. There had been delirium, or course ; thanks to Mary and the Santo Bambino ; and there had been some confusion in a for certainly now the young Excellency recommendation he apparently desired to was becoming quite himself again.” And make to Sir Douglas, that he would enquite himself again Kenneth accordingly deavour that Kenneth should do his duty became.

by his mother” (at least so the Vice-consul Alter that desirable consummation, for a understood him); but at the last he was while the accounts became scanty and con- extremely clear and collected, and his fused ; and all that could be gathered was, final words, in answer to an expression of that Saville Heaton was very unwell, then compassion which escaped that gentleman worse, then prostrated with low typhoid as to his being alone in such an hour, were fever, then too weak to send personal ac- “ Not so alone as I appear. It is a great counts, and then, — after a pause, a let- thing to die with perfect trust in God's

came from the English Vice-consul, mercy, and perfect trust in some surviving stating that the Rev. Saville Heaton was friend.” After which brief utterance he DEAD; that he had been buried with great sighed once or twice, shivered, sighed respect and attention, had been followed to again, and lay still. the grave by three or four English residents Something had happened ” to Mr. at San Sebastian, and by the Vice-consul Saville Heaton, according to the possihimself; who had been much impressed by bility indicated in the letter from Granada his kindly and devoted care of the first Death had happened. invalid, Mr. Kenneth Ross (whom he had When the news came to Torrieburn the since understood to be bis step-son), and results were pretty much what might have much pleased with his gentlemanly and dif- been expected. Great regret and respect fident manners. That Hews had been sent were expressed by some members of his to Granada, - whither young Mr. Kenneth scanty flock; great weeping and wailing Ross had betaken himself as soon as he was on the part of Maggie ; great pity from able to move, — - of the extreme danger of Sir Douglas and his wife. his step-father, in order that that young Lorimer was at Clochnaben when the gentleman might consider whether it would accounts were sent over to him. He read not be advisable for him to return; but that them slowly, set his teeth hard, clenched he had merely sent a letter (after rather an his hand, and looked gloomily at his mothanxious period of suspense on the part of er, who had been talking meanwhile in an those who had addressed him) expressing under-tone to Alice, respecting the news. his regret at the news, and desiring that Mr. James Frere was present, and very "if anything happened to Mr. Saville silent.

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