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almost to madness a powerful and en a sense of injury from the misrepre-
projects to restore the ancient religion, arms and taper fingers very busily employthrough the medium of which, she ed in repairing the piece of tapestry whicit vainly hoped, the imprisoned queen
was spread on it, which exhibited several might yet regain fier power. Through deplorable fissures, enough to demand the her conversation with her grandson, utmost skill of the most expert seamstress.
" It is to be remarked, that it was by we discover that his birth was far above his present condition, and that stolen glances that Roland Græme contrived
to ascertain these interesting particulars ; he had claims, in right of his family, and he thought he could once or twice, notwhich, in a more favourable conjunc- withstanding the texture of the veil, detect lure, might still be asserted.
the damsel in the act of taking similar coglative distrusting his impetuous tem- nizance of his own person. The matrons per, does not think fit, as yet, to put in the meanwhile continued their separate him in full possession of the secret, conversation, eyeing from time to tiine the but she proposes another and severer young people, in a manner which left Rotrial for his discretion, before this dis- land in no doubt that they were the subject closure can be made. In short, she of their conversation. At length he dishas some mighty projects, of which tinctly heard Magdalen Grænme say these she means him to be the agent, but them opportunity to speak together, and to
words: “ Nay, my sister, we must give offends his pride by insisting on his become acquainted; they must be personprompt and blind obedience, without ally known to each other, or how shall they reposing full confidence in him as to
be able to execute what they are entrusteil the object. He deterinines not to with? yield up his free agency, yet follows “ It seemed as if the matron, not fully her to a place which appears to be a satisfied with her friend's reasoning, conti.. deserted convent, anxious to discover nued to offer some objections ; but they the tendency of her designs. Here were borne down by her more dictatorial
friend. they meet an austere and grim personage, who appears to be an abbess, who, sister; let us therefore go forth on the
“ It must be so,' she said, ' my dear with equal zeal, but far less ability balcony, to finish our conversation.—And than Magdalen Græme, joins in her do you,' she said, addressing Roland and ardent projects for the re-establish- the girl,
• become acquainted with each ment of the ancient regime. Here other.' they meet with a damsel, apparently a “ With this she stepped up to the young nun in her noviciate, who will be best woman, and, raising her veil, discovered described in the words of the author. features which, whatever might be their
ordinary complexion, were now covered “ But Roland's eyes found better em with a universal blush. ployment than to make observations on the 666 Licitum sit,' said Magdalen, looking accommodations of the chamber; for this at the other matron. second female inhabitant of the mansion * Vix licitum,' replied the other, with seened something very different from any reluctant and hesitating acquiescence; and thing he had yet seen there. At his first again adjusting the veil of the blushing entry, she had greeted with a silent and girl, she dropped it so as to shade, though low obeisance the two aged matrons, then not to conceal her countenance, and whis. glancing her eyes towards Rolanı, she ad- pered to her, in a tone loud enough for the justed a veil which hung back over her page to hear, “ Remember, Catherine, who shoulders, so as to bring it over her face; Thou art, and for what destined.' an operation which she performed with “ The matron then retreated with Magmuch modesty, but without either affected dalen Græme through one of the casements haste or embarrassed timidity.
of the apartment, that opened on a large " During this manæuvre Roland had broad balcony, which, with its ponderous time to observe, that the face was that of a balustrade, had once run along the whole girl not much past sixteen apparently, and south front of the building which faced to that the eyes were at once soft and brilli the brook, and formed a pleasant and comant. To these very favourable observations modious walk in the open air. It was now was added the certainty, that the fair ob- in some places deprived of the balustrade, ject to whom they referred possessed an in others broken and narrowed ; but, ruin excellent shape, bordering perhaps on em ous as it was, could still be used as a pleabonpoint, and therefore rather that of a
sant promenade. Here then walked the Hebe than of a Sylph, but beautifully two ancient dames, busied in their private formed, and shown to great advantage by conversation ; yet not so much so, but the close jacket and petticoat, which she what Roland could observe the matrons, as wore after a foreiga fashion, the last not their thin forms darkened the caseinent in quite long enough absolutely to conceal a passing or repassing before it, dart a glance very pretty foot, which rested on a bar of into the apartment, to see how matters were the table at which she sate; her round going on there." I. pp. 218_223.
Catherine seems universally hailed to be affianced to the church, or abas a new character, and new she cer- bey, as successor to the ever lamented tainly is on this author's theatre. To Eustace. The abbey stood like a say that Shakespeare's Beatrice is e- mourning bride, divested of its choicest qually light-hearted, determined in ornaments, and dark with the gloomy spirit, fearless and unverciful in the forebodings which pervaded all its inexercise of her wit, and inflexibly habitants. The pious and resolute Amfaithful, as well as generous in her brosius seemed more like a partizan friendship, does by no means infer about to take the command of a forthat Catherine is a younger sister of lorn hope, than a dignitary preparing the same family, though the dear with festal triumph to wed a wealthy love of diminishing due praise may abbacy. Forms, however, were to be lead petty critics to exult in the re- observed. The magnificent hallelusemblance. of the thousands of jahs burst from the organ, accompasprightly young women, whose wit is nied with what ought to be “ Glad rendered more poignant, by the con- voices uttering praise;" but, alas, sciousness of beauty and the wanton
« Small heart had they to sing;" and, ness of power, not one will be found in the midst of these solemn rites, exactly to resemble another. Yet they were insulted by the entrance of not one can be described without sug- the Lord of Misrule, a wight so calgesting the recollection of some lead- led, who, acting the principal part in ing feature of the others.
a burlesque interlude, was accompaIt is not the business of him who nied by all the new Protestants in the paints from real life to forsake nature, adjoining village. These now turned in search of originality, as some of the the arms of the Church of Rome awonder-mongers in this monster- gainst itself. These interludes, in breeding age have done. (Vide Godwin, the practice of which the clergy inShelly, and a long etcætera.) There dulged the people, as a kind of counis infinitely more power of delinea- terbalance to the fasts and penances tion—more accuracy of judgment which the Church exacted, had long and more nicety of taste, displayed in worn an aspect of scarce concealed hospreserving the specific distinctions be- tility to the authorities by which they tween characters appearing similar to were permitted. And now, with all the the vulgar eye, than in drawing a new freedom, and all the acrimony of the portrait, without particular resem new regime, these discharged the blance to any one.
shafts of undisguised satire at the falThus much we have premised, in ling Church. The subject of this regard to our favourite Catherine, be- mummery was a parody on the eleccause she not only acts a considerable, tion, performed by a mock abbot, &c. but very consistent part, all along. &c. There is, indeed, something Gladly should we apply the same ob- too much of this.” Gross and boisterservation to all the characters, if we ous merriment may, by its very
noise could do it with equal justice; but and bustle, excite a transient sympamore of this anon. We cannot spare thy in those who despise it, while room for the innocent gaiety, and ex- they are hurried round in its vortex; témpore playfulness, which bursts, as but gaiety, to please long in descripit were, spontaneously from the young tion, must be light and graceful. Not people when they are left together for the Abbot himself could be much the grave purpose of getting acquainta more relieved than we were, by the ed with each other, that they may oc- opportune arrival of Sir Halbert Glencasionally unite their efforts in car- dinning, the holly on whose helmet rying on some grand scheme, as yet operated like an olive branch on the undisclosed to them,--the finale of followers of the Abbot of Misrule, which may show them to the world as who, stripped of his canonicals, apconfessors or martyrs, if unsuccessful. peared to be no other than honest
The Abbess and the enthusiastic Adam Woodcock, the master of the Magdalen agree to meet in Edinburgh, hawks, who, having before evinced a to which the former immediately pro- kind of generous remorse for being ceeds with Catherine; while the lat- the involuntary means of Roland ter, with her grandson, goes to con- Græme's expulsion from the Castle, sult the Abbot of Kennaquḥair. On had since showed him much kindness. the way, she finds the reverend fa- Sir Halbert, questioning the Page on ther preparing, in the Catholic phrase, his absence from the Castle, receives
an answer indicative of a haughty and the royal diadem of Scotland. It is determined spirit, which is, however, impossible to do justice to the vivid greatly softened down by the kindly picture of the manners, and the very comment of Adam Woodcock. To air and aspect of the crowded city, the discerning view of the sage Knight, which this inexhaustible imagination the fire of a noble and ingenuous and indefatigable pencil has here prespirit is obvious through all the boy- sented to our view. It is too long to ish folly and idle presumption by extract, and too good to divide. The which it was obscured. The petu- martial air and powerful animation, lant effeminate Page, he clearly saw, added to the sketch by the crowd of might, in different element, be chieftains, nobles, and their armed transformed into the faithful, brave, followers, who swarmed through the and manly squire, and in that form streets, attracted by the late Revoluhe was willing to protect his lady's tion, and detained by a deep interest favourite. Roland, to his uiter sure in the changes which every day prise, obtained permission from his brought forth, still more animated grandmother to accept the protection the scene. The untamed spirit of the of the gallant heretic. She had a se- new made squire here breaks forth in cret object in according this permis- an alarming manner,--the occasion, a sion, which Roland himself could not street brawl, raised by the followers of fathom at the tiine. On the road to two chiefs, opposed in politics as in Edinburgh, he is overtaken by the religion. honest Falconer, who seems, on all “A Seyton ! A Seyton !" was the cry occasions, inclined to do him service, on one side ; while "A Leslie ! A Lesand whose blunt humour is no un- lie!" resounded from the other as a pleasing relief to graver matter. In summons to the adherents of the opthe course of their conversation, it posingchiefs to join the fray. The name appears that the Knight of Avenel is of Seyton (the sirname of the fair noinclined to transfer the service of the vice) sounded like a talisman in the quondam Page to the Regent Mur- ears of Roland; he rushed headlong ray, the dread and abomination of all to join that side, which had the additrue Catholics. The fiery youth kin- tional recommendation of being the dles at the thoughts of being thus weakest. The success of this adventransferred, without his own consent. ture was equal to the rashness of it. Soon after they joined the advanced His interference turned the balance in party, and a voice of authority was favour of the party nearly overpowerheard to address them as follows: ed ; and the sudden approach of the
Woodoock,” said he, (the Knight,) magistrates put a stop to the tumult, " thou knowest to whom thou art to and to the agitation of the friendly conduct this youth; and thou, young Falconer, who had never taken charge man, obey discreetly, and with dili- of a hawk so upmanageable. An acgence, the orders that shall be given cidental meeting with the fair novice, thee. Curb thy warm and peevish whom Roland discovered through the temper,-be just, true, and faithful, disguise of her muffler, made the rash and there is in thee that which may youth again quit his guardian and fly raise thee many degrees above thy off in pursuit of her. She disappearpresent station. Neither shalt thou, ed through a court in the Canongate, always supposing tbine efforts to be and he boldly followed into a door fair and honest, ever want the coun- which opened into the mansion inhatenance of Avenel.” Much rough wit bited by Lord Seyton. Catherine, from the Falconer, and not a little overcome with terror, had merely time lively and faithful description from to bid him ask for the Baron. Surthe author, lead us cheerily on the road rounded in an instant by fierce coun. to Edinburgh. Here every image pre- tenances and hostile voices, he was sented to the mind's eye glows with furiously challenged for his intrusion ; life, and the author visibly luxuriates the holly sprig, which bespoke him in dwelling on the peculiar features a vassal of the heretic house of Avenel, of that ancient capital,
adding fuel to the fire of their indigWhere once, beneath a monarch's feet,
nation. Presently the tumult was Sate legislation's sovereign powers ;
stilled by the appearance of the lord
of the mansion,-a noble and picand where the shadow of departed turesque figure, marked with blood royalty still secms to hover over shed in a recent broil. He instantly
recognises Roland as the champion doubt brought about, especially the who had supported his cause in the first, by the intrigues of the Catho conflict on the High Street. A polo- lics. The only other thing worthy gizing for the rudeness of his family, of note that pressed on the Page's athe bestows on the youth the chain tention, was a most extraordinary viand jewel with which, in the fashion sion, as he nearly thought it, of his of the times, his bonnet was adorned. friend Catherine attired as a youth, Nothing could exceed the surprise of who, coming briskly into a hostelry, Woodcock at seeing him return trium- as taverns were then called, showed phant from this second dangerous ad- such audacious boldness, whipping venture. Tedious as we feel our- all that opposed her out of the way, selves, we cannot resist the first view that Roland was perfectly confoundRoland had of Holyrood.
ed. In spite of his admiration of her " It was indeed no common sight to
wit and beauty, he was shocked even Roland, the vestibule of a palace, travers
to horror at what appeared to him her ed by its various groupes, some radiant impudent and masculine deportment. with gaiety-some pensive, and apparently The astonishment of the Page was, if weighed down by affairs concerning the possible, increased, when the youth, state, or concerning themselves. Here the calling hiin to a window, presented hoary statesman, with his cautious yet him with a short but highly ornacommanding look, his furred cloak and mented sword; at the same time consable pantoufles; there the soldier in buff veying to him a message from the and steel, his long sword jarring against donor, (Lord Seyton,) the purport of the pavement, and his whiskered upper lip which was, that he was to accept the and frowning brow; there again passed my lord's serving-man, high of heart, and weapon on no other terms but those bloody of hand, humble to his master and of a vow never to draw it till comhis master's equals, insolent to all others. manded by his rightful sovereign. To these might be added, the poor suitor, Roland readily accepted it on these with his anxious look and depressed mien terms, though having no very distinct
the officer, full of his brief anthority, apprehension of their import, further elbowing his betters, and possibly his bene- than that more was meant than met factors, out of the road—the proud priest, the ear. who sought a better benefice—the proud dian friend of the Page, coming up
Adam Woodcock, the guarbaron, who sought a grant of church lands rather bluntly to join the conference
, -the robber chief, who came to solicit a pardon for the injuries he had inflicted on
the fiery messenger of Lord Seyton his neighbours--the plundered franklin, gave him, on some slight provocation, who came to seek vengeance for that which
a stroke over the eyes with his switch he had himself received. Besides, there that had nearly blinded him, and has. was the mustering and disposition of guards tily departing left Roland more than and of soldiers the dispatching of messen ever confounded at the assurance gers, and the receiving them—the tramp- of the disguised female. Perhaps, ling and neighing of horses without the thought he, when she did once ungate the flashing of arms, and rustling of dertake this hazardous mission, plumes, and jingling of spurs within it. she thought this fierce bearing was In short, it was that gay and splendid confision, in which the eye of youth sees all
necessary to_support her assumed
character. that is brave and brilliant, and that of
Thus puzzled and beexperience much that is doubtful, deceitful,
wildered he spent the night. A very false, and hollow-hopes that will never characteristic, indeed almost tender be gratified-promises which will never be parting betwixt him and Woodcock fulfilled--pride in the disguise of humility the next morning, leaves him to steer -and insolence in that of frank and gene. his dubious way alone. Liberty of rous bounty.” II. pp. 63, 64.
choice, however, is not left him. He We are forced to pass hastily over is summoned to the presence of the an interesting conversation betwixt Regent, and given to understand, Murray and Morton, in which the that he is again to resume his office characters of these leaders are very of a lady's page; he refuses with beskilfully brought out, with many coming spirit what he now considers other particulars of much interest. an unmanly employment; but We can only afford to say, that Ca- when made to understand that Mary therine Seyton, much against Mor. Queen of Scots is the lady to whom ton's will, was appointed one of Queen his services are destined, he yields to Mary's attendants, and Roland her his fate. The ladies (two only) plac
ed about the Queen's person, being page of honour ; appointments no