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“Well, Lorimer, you need scarce look at check even her masculine courage, and me as though I had cut the man's head off," she bastily added : said the feminine dowager, as she caught “ But you were always besotted with any her son's glance.

of the people Sir Douglas chose to take up: I was not thinking of you."

I wonder you don't offer yourself as third “Of him, then. If you'd an ounce of husband to that ranting red-baired woman sense in those brains of which you are, so at Torrieburn; that faced me out about my proud, you'd think it the very best thing factor and the cart-wheel, on your direct that could happen. When a man's in every- encouragement.” body's way the sooner he's lifted out of the Lorimer made no answer. He was deway tbe better. That's my dictum.” liberately folding up the papers he had been

" Neither (though I do not agree with reading; and, having done so, he rose. your dictum) was I thinking of Saville “ Where are you going?” Heaton's hard fate."

“ To Glenrossie, to see how Douglas bears He was taken in God's good time,” in- this." terposed Mr. Frere.

“ Are you coming back to-night? Perhaps you'd condescend to say what

“ No." you were thinking of, that makes you look “ Shall you be back to-moi row ? " as if you wisherl we were all supping on “ I don't know.” poisoned brose," snarled Lady Clochoaben, Humph! I'm sure, whatever your rewithout noticing the interruption.

turn to Italy may be to Sir Douglas and "I was wishing,” said Lorimer, with bit- Lady Ross, we'll have little miss of your ter vehemence, " that, whenever God's conpany here." good time' shall come for taking Kenneth " You will the better bear my departure Ross, he may die as forlorn a death as the on Wednesday.” man who nursed him to recovery, and “ The day after to-morrow ?” whom he deserted when it was his turn to. “Yes." render service. And I wish it with all my “I presume you have communicated the heart and soul !”

fact to the friends you prefer; you certainly “ Devil doubt you ! ” retorted the Dow never warned me that you were going so ager; "but I shouldn't think your banning soon.' or blessing would make much odds in what's • Warned you, mother? My stay is no settled above for that young reprobate : pleasure to you my absence no pain! and, though with him (as usual) bad's the Would to God”. best, he had his excuse this time, I suppose, But Lorimer did not speak out the rest, in being too weak for journeying."

or that hard mother might have heard that A man is never too weak to do his son of gloom declare bis wish that he were duty; that's my dictum,” said Lorimer, with lying buried in a foreign grave in San Sea provoking echo of his mother's manner. bastian instead of Saville Heaton ; followed • He can but sacrifice his life in doing it ; to the tomb by strangers and an English if that particular occasion be, as Mr. Frere Vice-consul, instead of wept for by natural terms it, God's good time to take him.' friends. Mr. Saville Heaton risked his life, and lost " " Parva Domus ; Magna Quies,'” mutterit, in doing what he conceived to be his ed he to himselt. And then he held out his duty by his step-son; and we should all be hand in token of farewell to the angry dowthankful, meanwhile, that the worthy ob- ager. ject of his solicitude is convalescent, and en

She choked a little, in spite of her assumpjoying life at Granada.”

tion of utter indifference. “Oh! Mr. Boyd, you do hate Kenneth I suppose this is not good-bye for good Ross so !” said Alice, with a deprecating and all, in spite of sulks, eh, Lorimer ? drawl.

No, mother; I will see you again before “ Ay!” chimed in Lady Clochnaben. Ig “ And hate him not altogether for his faults It was spoken very sadly. He bowed to either; though his death would do you little Alice and to Frere, and was gone. good novo, Lorimer.”

“Give way once, and be ruled for ever; She gave a clutch to settle the black silk that's my dictum,” said Lady Clochnaben, condemnatory bonnet a little lower on her after a brief pause. « But Lorimer was alforehead, and laughed a short, bard, cack- ways a heavy handful; even as a child he ling laugh as she spoke. But the pale an- was neither to drive nor to lead. But he's ger of her son's face seeincd rather to a clever brain a clever brain.” And she

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CHAPTER XXXI.

glanced with a mixture of pride and discon- Dear companions they were ; dear friends, tent to the scarlet-bound books on a further through shade and sunshine. Gertrude had table, Lorimer's college efforts.

said no more than she felt, when on a forMr. James Frere rose and brought one of mer occasion she wished he had been born the volumes. “ I will read one or two aloud, Sir Douglas's brother. And Sir Douglas if you please,” said be.

loved him too ; with that strict divine attachA grunt of assent gave the implied per- ment which in its perfection we are assured mission ; and after that exercise, Mr. Frere's “passeth the love of woman,” and which an own talents were the theme of discussion. old poet has immortalized by comparison Saville Heaton's place was empty. His with a yet diviner communion : voice was dumb.

It made Alice Ross almost playful. There “Since David had his Jonathan, Christ his was a pretty glitter in her cai-like eyes, and

John." a sort of purring murmur of underlying content in her slow soft voice, whenever she answered or volunteered an observation.

While over the hills, in the calm Western light, went Lorimer Boyd, to that other “ THE DAYS THAT GROW INTO YEARS." castle, where the magna quies co-existed yet with life and bope.

The pages which divide the events of life Sir Douglas had not returned from a pil- turn very slowly ; but the pages which nargrimage on foot to Torrieburn; but Ger- rate the history of a lite turn rapidly. trude, who had driven over, was resting on Events which change whole destinies comthe sofa, looking very pale and wearied. press themselves into a single sentence; joy She welcomed Lorimer eagerly, and, after goes by like a flash of light, and the tears the first greeting, burst into tears.

which have wasted the very eyes that wept " It is very foolish,” she said, smiling them demand no fuller record than the brief through that transient shower, “for Mr. monotonous lament of poor Marguerite in Heaton was almost a stranger to me, and he “Faust : was a good man; a pious man; but there is something forlorn in his going away to die “ Ich weine, und weine, und weine!” 80, in a foreign land; and I am not very strong just now, and poor Mrs. R ss Heaton Gertrudes life was gliding by in sunlight is so vehement in the expression of her feel and joy. Bonfires had been lit on the pleasinys that it shakes one's nerves !”

ant hills for the birth of an heir to GlenLorimer stopped her, with more emotion rossie ; and the little heir bimself was althan was usual in his manner.

ready beginning to prattle the thoughts of " Oh! for God's sake, don't excuse your childhood; and puzzle his elders, as all chilself to me for being tender and womanly,"|dren do, with questions which theologists, be said. " Better to me is any expression of moralists, and philosophers would attempt feeling ; better the animal howling of that to answer in vain. poor untutored creature at Torrieburn “ Old Sir Douglas " was very little older; ihan the iron hardness one sees in some but at that age silver begins to mingle with hearts! She may well lament Heaton, for the brightest and curliest hair, and the tema more indulgent gentleman never tied ples of that broad frank forehead were gethimself for beauty's sake to an uncongenial ting higher and barer, and smooth under the mate. And he had dignity too. No one touch of the strong little rosy fingers of his ever could have seen - who did not watch idolized boy. him closely and understand him thoroughly Mr. James Frere had found a clear field - how often he felt wounded and ashamed after the death of Mr. Saville Heaton; and of the choice he had made (if indeed we had so far modified his views of open-air can term it choice ; for I believe the deter- worship, that he had eagerly seized the opmination to marry was rather on Maggie's portunity of " mentioning." to Sir Douglas side). I have heard her herself say he had (backed by much more skilful" mentioning never given her a hard word; if I had been on the part of Alice Ross), that he would her husband I am afraid she would have not object to succeed that simple and uneloheard a good many."

quent preacher; and endeavour, by the grace And, with the last words, the saturnine of God, to lead the little flock (so ill caught smile returned to Lorimer's lips, and the hitherto) into the right way. The schools, conversation took a more cheerful turn be- founded by his earnest predecessor, were tween him and Gertrude Ross.

also placed under his superintendence; and

the

rigidly were the children trained and looked | ness of Paradise in the fall of the day; the after. The penitential Sabbath, instead of robes and sumptuous apparel of the graceful the holiday Sabbath, was established amongst earthly form; the long residence in foreign them; the “ Lord's-day” was erased from lands, and the bringing forth out of those the book of common life, and left blank from lands' the minstrelsy of a foreign tongue, all human interest. To swear, to lie, to "yea, even such songs as Rizzio sang to thieve; to strike even to bloodshed, were Mary, and Mary with Rizzio, when her soul gradually shown to be less offensive to the went forth to commune with temptation, and Creator, than to hum a song, whistle a tune, with the powers of darkness, and with senwrite a letter, or take a sauntering bappy sual passion, and the confusion of all things walk over the hill, and sit chatting under right with all things wrong;” all tbis the new the birken trees in the heather, overlooking minister preached upon; more especially on the silver lake. A boy of ten was excom- those Sundays when Lady Glenrossie failed municated, as it were, and expelled the to show herself in the high old-fasbioned “schule,” for being found with his mouth pew, to which Mr. Frere on such occasions and pockets full of blackberries so freshly lifted his fine eyes, commenting on gathered that they could only have been darkness of its emptiness,” and not unfreprocured on the “Lord's-day," by the ter- quently sliding in some wonderful way into rible desecration of gathering them on his a comparison of himself with John Knox, – way to service. In vain did his old grand- who boldly spoke forth the commission given mother plead in guttural and nasal accents unto him by God, fearing not the authority that the creature was but a wean,” a “puir of kings, under the King of kings; nor the wee laddie that wad be mair circumspeck power of the beauty of woman; nor her silfor the time to come. The time to come ver tongue; nor the ruddy colour of her was blackened for him with public reproba- cheek; nor the tangles of her sbining hair ; tion ; and, as his compeers passed him, sit- while yet these things were belonging to one ting alone in the ingle nook, or on the stones unregenerate and unredeemed: but with in the sunshine, they nudged each other on an iron tongue, — like a bell that will call the shoulder and whispered, “ Yon's Jamie to church whether men come or no, or like Macmichael, that the meenister ’ull no per- a clock that will certainly strike the hours mit to enter, ye ken; he broke the Lord's- and tell that they are passing or past, wbethday!”

er men listen or no, - so did the iron tongue Bolder and bolder grew Mr. James Frere of John Knox sound in the ears of that ununder the consciousness of his own increas- regenerate queen and her sinful companing influence; and little by little his flowery ions, and so would he (James Frere), while and eloquent discourses crept even to the yet bis tongue remained unpalsied' by disforbidden margin of the habits of Glenrossie ease, and unquieted by the silence of Castle; to the occasional omission of atten- death, continue to speak, yea, to cry and to dance, and the “forsaking of assembling shout, in the name of the Lord, if so be that ourselves together;” to the neglect of bring- by such speaking he could stir the heart of ing the young scion of the house of Douglas but one thoughtless sinner, and bid such a to the house of God,“ even as young Sam- one turn to God while yet there was time; uel was brought by his grateful mother, in before the birthright of Heaven was sold for the very dawn of his consecrated days : in- the mess of pottage served in an earthly deed, at an age so tender, that his mother porringer; before the vain weeping should made a little coat for him and brought it for come, in a bitter shower like the waters of him to wear each successive year." An Marah, when the soul should find no place for image, which, so far from wanting impres- repentance though seeking it carefully with siveness in the ears of the listening popula- tears. tion, caused the auld wives to look up with And now and then, - though sparingly trembling reverence and conviction at the and cautiously, — Mr. James Frere would face of the preacher.

allude to his own self-sacrifices in the serNeither did Mr. Frere sparu even the vice of God; and leave the impression on “Lady of the Castle” in his fervent denun- his hearers (however that impression might ciations. The singing on Sabbath evenings, be conveyed) that he might be called away even though - (as it were to compound to a more extended sphere of usefulness at with the devil) – the songs sung' were any moment; and would then conceive it harmless, pathetic, or religious ; the glad his duty to go, – even if it were to the blackwalks and laughing conversations, heard by ness of savage lands, wbere the tiger prowl. God, as Adam and Eve were overheard ed and the lion roared and the hyena glared wbep His voice wandered through the still through the desolate night, preying like Sa

tan on the unwary; or into the mirth of dis- to be thankful at all to one so unregenerate solute cities, where festering sin and disease and unredeemed: whose future fate was threatened the very life of the preacher. probably to seek repentance carefully with But, in the meanwhile, his whole soul was tears when it was too late to find it; and who as it were wrapped and encompassed by the meanwhile was certainly going home to sing flame of desire to be of use in that special outlandish songs “such as Rizzio had sung to district committed to him by' an over-ruling Mary and Mary to Rizzio" in the days of Providence. That he felt no scorn for the sintul feasting which preceded his assassismallness of his task; for the Master who nation and the confusion of the whole Scotmeted out his talents gave so many as he tish kingdom. pleased, and no more, to each servant to So wore the time away

Gertrude unemploy; and, few or many, it was that ser conscious of her waning popularity; bappy vant's duty to double them. And often, he in a busband's love, and glorying in her assured his listeners, he spent the day in child ; loving with a tender love the mother prayer and fasting, in lifting up his eyes whose brightest quality was the love she unto the hills, thinking of the coming of also felt for that dear daughter; and still the Lord, and neither allowing bread nor trying to "pet ” Alice — icy, alien, furtivemeat to enter his lips till he had searched glancing Alice; and innocently dreaming his heart to the uttermost, and cast out of it she had succeeded !-glad, not jealous, at the evil things: as he humbly, earnestly - seeing Alice made more of than ever by Sir yea, with a cry of anguish as it were, im- Douglas, whose love and happiness (good plored his attentive hearers to do; so that measure heaped up and running over) flowthey might stand pure, - as pure, at least, ed to all within his reach - glad, not jealous as sinful flesh and blood might hope to do. at the regard shown to sir Douglas's half

And Mr. Frere's exhortations, and his sister by the poor and the small tenantry; mysterious allusion to the evil thing, and to who deemed Alice Ross indeed far more his state of semi-starvation, — supported as “ douce and discreet" than the Queen Mary that last allusion was by the spare figure, of Glenrossie Castle, and treasured many. the meagre cheek with its hectic flush, and word and action intended by shrewd Aili the bright abstracted look he wore when in to produce precisely that impression ; un

had a wonderful effect on the witting that those grains were dropped on congregation : his hearers increasing and purpose for their gleaning, to sow in narmultiplying daily. And though there was row fields of thought, and bear seed in their little opportunity of practising abstinence turn! among a population whose chief sustenance And it was in the midst of the swiftly was the harmless earthly pottage of oat- passing though uneventful current of life meal" parritch,” still a certain notion of the thus described, that Sir Douglas entered merit of all asceticism gained ground more Gertrude's bright morning room one sum, and more amongst them, and above all a mer's day, shortly after they bad returned habit of watching whether their neighbours from a brief sojourn in London, with a bunwere casting out the evil thing with proper ale of papers and letters half opened in his diligence and energy; and the condemna- hand, his countenance so flushed and irration by each man of his neighbour grew and diated with emotion and gladness that Gerprospered. Their Sabbaths were passed in trude wondered what could have happened, the most rigorous strictness and the utmost and thought that, much as she admired him. unfriendliness

. The disposition to medita- she never yet had comprehended how nobly tion and prayer in the long do-nothingness beautiful was the dear familiar face. of the tedious hours was principally shown

u Gertrude - my

sweet love, Gerin meditating on various faults, and in thank- trude,” he said, “ I have a letter from Kening God that they were not « as other neth; - really an admirable letter; full of men."

feeling and steady purpose and good plans, Gertrude went about doing good as usual ; - and regret for the past. He begs me to soothing the sick, comforting the afflicted, try and arrange for the last time (you know relieving the poor.

But her benefits were he has still been rather imprudent of late); somehow received differently from the for- and says he is about to be married, to one mer days. A strong though vague impres- every way satisfactory; indeed, I know the sion that she and Queen Mary and Mr. name of the family he mentions. A Spanish Frere and John Knox were not dissimilar, girl, of high birth, wonderful beauty, and haunted the minds through whose very nar- good fortune, whose acquaintance he made row chinks the light of his preaching had at Granada, just after that terrible illoess; come. Many felt almost a remorse at having her family were extremely kind to him; and

the pulpit,

CHAPTER XXXII.

A FAMILY GATHERING.

indeed knew all about his people, as I know dour of a rich complexion, made richer by hers. It is a most glad and blessed piece the addition of rouge ; the glossiness of hair of intelligence ! He is to return here, as made glossier with strongly scented oils ; the soon as he is united to his bride; and he deep crimson of the carnations twisted hopes you will like her, and congratulate with black lace, on her head; the gems him. Your dear mother will be here soon : that glittered on her neck; the sudden and we shall be a most joyful family party. turn and flashing of her glorious black eyes, Poor Kenneth! Well, at last all will be and the equally sudden flirting and shutting safe for bim. He will steady and settle at of a painted fan mounted in mother of pearl last. Kenneth going to be married ; it and gold, the motion of which was so incesseems like a dream, does it not ?"

sant that it seemed an integral portion of " A very happy dream,” Gertrude mur- her living self; what with her gleaming mured, as she smiled up in her husband's smile when the curled lips parted and left face with those serene eyes, whose gaze was her white teeth like waves in the sunshine like what we imagine the seraphs' might be. disclosing a shell; what with the pretty “A very happy dream !” and she gave a trick she had, at the end of every laugh sigh of relief, thinking bow often she had (and she laughed often), of giving a misrather dreaded Kenneth's re-appearance chievous bite to the full under-lip, as though after all the stormy scenes of Naples and to punish it back to gravity; and what with the threats at the Villa Mandorlo.

the fling and leap of the soft fringes on her But Sir Douglas knew none of those robe when she turned with quick animation things.

to answer you, – there was so much lustre and movement about her, that it seemed as if she were a fire-fly, transformed by magic into a woman. And, if she stood still (as she very seldom did), the curve of her neck and back resembled some beautiful scroll

work in sculpture ; while her tiny "forward WHETHER it was that Kenneth desired foot shone in its satin shoe, a separate mirathe first impression on his bride's mind of cle, for you wondered how anything so all things in Scotland' to be favourable small could have so much strength and maconscious that, with his usual spirit of boast- jesty in it. fulness, he had exaggerated all that was The old family butler looked at her, and good, and suppressed all that was bad in the at the little odd gummed curls on her brilmention of his home — it is certain that he liant cheek, while he helped her to wine, with very eagerly accepted the cordial invitation profound disapprobation ; but his subordiof Sir Douglas to come to Glenrossie " till nates were so struck with admiration they Torrieburn was more ready."

could scarcely attend to their duties, and He arrived very late, in what splendour only wished Old Sir Douglas had carried four horses from the last inn on the road off such a matchless lady, when he resolved could supply, and put off seeing his mother on bringing a wife from a foreign land. till next day; when he was to carry a com

After dinner she sang

melancholy soft mission from Sir Douglas, to ask her to “modinhas ;” animated martial airs; and come over and be introduced to his Spanish odd saltatory music, that seemed as abrupt wife at the castle (as he was sure the latter in its sudden intervals of sweetness as she in would be “too fatigued to go to Torrie- her own proper movements. Trills and caburn"), and to dine and sleep there. dences, exclamations and pathetic sighs, and

Donna Eusebia Ross received the em- now and then, a beat of the tiny vehement brace of her new uncle and aunt, muffled foot in accompaniment, filled up the measure and mantled as she was, with eager demon- of her performance. strations of joy, and what the French call If the music of the lute, “ when Rizzio “effusion." Lady Charlotte had arrived sang to Mary and Mary to Rizzio," was of only a few minutes before, and Gertrude a sort held to be dangerous to their mutual was anxious to chat with her mother, and morality, what ought to be the result of see to her comfort; so that, till the toilettes Donna Eusebia's mel ious exercises ? were over, and dinner served, the ladies saw “Oh! I really do think,” said Lady Charnothing more of each other.

lotte to Sir Douglas, as she sat perplexed When Donna Eusebia did at last appear, and wondering on the sofa, anxiously pullthey saw a most undeniable beauty ; though ing the memorable ringlet to its full length she looked (as, indeed, she was) some years and then letting it go again, -" I really do older than Kenneth. What with the splen- feel as if she was somebody in a story: some

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