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he saw me smile. "And I've done no sin,' said he ; And the drawing-rooms, the butler was telling me,
and, Larry, you may lead me now, as you led me is new hung; and the chairs, with velvet, as white all my life.'-And up the slope he went with me, as as snow, and shaded over with natural flowers, by light as fifteen; and when we got up, my Lord Clon, Miss Nugent.-Oh! how I hope what I guess will brony said, 'I am sorry an old tenant, and a good come true, and I've rason to believe it will, for I old tenant, as I hear you were, should have been dream't in my bed last night, it did. But keep turned out of your farm. - Don't fret, it's no great yourself to yourself-that Miss Nugent (who is no matter, my lord,' said my father. 'I shall be soon more Miss Nugent, they say, but Miss Reynolds, out of the way; but if you would be so kind to and has a new found grandfather, and is a big speak a word for my boy here, and that I could af. heiress, which she did not want in my eyes, nor in ford, while the life is in me, to bring my other boy my young lord's,) I've a notion, will be sometime, back out of banishment
and may be sooner than is expected, my Lady Vis" Then,' says my Lord Clonbrony, I'll give countess Colambre-so haste to the wedding! And you and your sons three lives, or thirty-one years, there's another thing : they say the rich ould grandfrom this day, of your former farm. Return to it father's coming over ;-and another thing, Pat, you when you please.' * And,' added my Lord Co. would not be out of the fashion. And you see it's lambre, the flaggers, I hope, will soon be banish- growing the fashion, not to be an Absentee!” ed.' 0, how could I thank him-not a word could I proffer—but I know I clasped my two hands and
If there be any of our readers who is not prayed for him inwardly. And my father was moved with delight and admiration in the dropping down on his knees, but the master would Perusal of this letter, we must say, that we not let him
; and obsarved, that posture should only have but a poor opinion either of his taste or be for his God! And, sure enough, in that posture, his moral sensibility;
and shall think all the when he was out of sight, we did pray for him that better of ourselves, in future, for appearing nighi, and will all our days. But before we quit his presence, he call me
tedious in his eyes. For our own parts, we back, and bid me write to my brother, and bring do not know whether we envy the author you back, if you've no objections to your own most, for the rare talent she has shown in country: -So come, my dear Pat, and make no this description, or for the experience by which delay, for joy's not joy complate till you're in it, its materials have been supplied. She not my father sends his blessing, and Peggy her love. only makes us know and love the Irish nation and there was in the castle yard last night a bonfire far better than any other writer, but seems to made by my lord's orders of the ould yellow da. us more qualified than most others to promote mask turniture, to plase my lady, my lord says. the knowledge and the love of mankind.
(November, 1814.) Waverly, or 'Tis Sixty Years Since. In three volumes 12mo. pp. 1112. Third Edition.
Edinburgh : 1814.* It is wonderful what genius and adherence | written-composed, one half of it, in a dia. to nature will do, in spite of all disadvan- lect unintelligible to four-fifths of the reading tages. Here is a thing obviously very hastily, population of the country-relating to a period and, in many places, somewhat unskilfully too recent to be romantic, and 100 far gone by
* I have been a good deal at a loss what to do with reviews; and to retain only the general criticism, these famous novels of Sir Walier. On the one and character, or estimate of each performancehand, I could not bring myself to let this collection together with such incidental observations as may go forth, without some notice of works which, for have been suggested by the tenor or success of many years together, had occupied and delighied these wonderful productions. By this course, no me more than any thing else that ever came under doubt, a sad shrinking will be effected in the primimy critical survey: While, on the other, I could tive dimensions of the articles which are here re. not but feel that it would be absurd, and in some produced; and may probably give to what is re. sense almost dishonest, to fill these pages with long iained something of a naked and jejune appear. citations from books which, for the last twenty-five ance. If it should be so, I can only say that I do years, have been in the hands of at least fifty limes not see how I could have helped it: and after all it as many readers as are ever likely to look into this may not be altogether without interest to see, from publication and are still as familiar to the genera- a contemporary record, what were the first impres. tion which has last come into existence, as to those sions produced by the appearance of this new luwho can yet remember the sensation produced by minary on our horizon; while the secret of the their first appearance. In point of fact I was in authorship was yet undivulged, and before the rapid formed, but the other day, by Mr. Caddell, that he accumulation of its glories had forced on the dullest had actually sold not less than sixty thousand spectator a sense of its magnitude and power. I volumes of these extraordinary productions, in the may venture perhaps also to add, that some of the course of the preceding year! and that the demand general speculations of which these reviews sug: for them, instead of slackening-had been for some gested the occasion, may probably be found as well time sensibly on the increase. In these circum- worth preserving as most of those which have been stances I think I may safely assume that their con. elsewhere embodied in this experimental, and some. tents are still so perfectly known as not to require what hazardous, publication. any citations to introduce such of the remarks orig. Though living in familiar intercourse with Sir inally made on them as I may now wish to repeat. Walter, I need scarcely say that I was not in the And I have therefore come to the determination of secret of his authorship, and in truth had no omitting almost all the quotations, and most of the assurance of the fact, till the time of its promul. detailed abstracts which appeared in the original | gario...
to be familiar--and published, moreover, in a days of the Heptarchy ;-and when they saw quarter of the island where materials and the array of the West country Whigs, they talents for novel-writing have been supposed might imagine themselves transported to the to be equally wanting : And yet, by the mere age of Cromwell. The effect, indeed, is alforce and truth and vivacity of its colouring, most as startling at the present moment; and already casting the whole tribe of ordinary no-one great source of the interest which the vels into the shade, and taking its place rather volumes before us undoubtedly possess, is to with the most popular of our modern poems, be sought in the surprise that is excited by than with the rubbish of provincial romances. discovering, that in our own country, and al.
The secret of this success, we take it, is most in our own age, manners and characters merely that the author is a man of Genius; existed, and were conspicuous, which we had and that he has, notwithstanding, had virtue been accustomed to consider as belonging to enough to be true to Nature throughout; and remote antiquity, or extravagant romance. to content himself, even in the marvellous The way in which they are here representparts of his story, with copying from actual ed must satisfy every reader, we think, by an existences, rather than from the phantasms inward tact and conviction, that the delineaof his own imagination. The charm which tion has been made from actual experience this communicates to all works that deal in and observation ;-experience and observation the representation of human actions and char-employed perhaps only on a few surviving acter, is more readily felt than understood; relics and specimens of what was familiar a and operates with unfailing efficacy even upon little earlier-but generalised from instances those who have no acquaintance with the sufficiently numerous and complete, to war. originals from which the picture has been bor- rant all that may have been added to the por. rowed. It requires no ordinary talent, indeed, trait :-And, indeed, the existing records and to choose such realities as may outshine thé vestiges of the more extraordinary parts of bright imaginations of the inventive, and so to the representation are still sufficiently abundcombine them as to produce the most advan- ant, to satisfy all who have the means of contageous effect; but when this is once accom- sulting them, as to the perfect accuracy of the plished, the result is sure to be something picture. The great traits of Clannish depende more firm, impressive, and engaging, than can ence, pride, and fidelity, may still be detected ever be produced by mere fiction.
in many districts of the Highlands, though The object of the work before us, was evi- they do not now adhere to the chieftains when dently to present a faithful and animated pic- they mingle in general society; and the exture of the manners and state of society that isting contentions of Burghers and Antiburghprevailed in this northern part of the island, in ers, and Cameronians, though shrunk into the earlier part of last century; and the au- comparative insignificance, and left, indeed, thor has judiciously fixed upon the era of the without protection to the ridicule of the proRebellion in 1745, not only as enriching his fane, may still be referred to, as complete pages with the interest inseparably attached verifications of all that is here stated about to the narration of such occurrences, but as Gifted Gilfillan, or Ebenezer Cruickshank. affording a fair opportunity for bringing out all The traits of Scottish national character in the the contrasted principles and habits which lower ranks, can still less be regarded as andistinguished the different classes of persons tiquated or traditional; nor is there any thing who then divided the country, and formed in the whole compass of the work which among them the basis of almost all that was gives us a stronger impression of the nice obpeculiar in the national character. That un- servation and graphical talent of the author, fortunate contention brought conspicuously to than the extraordinary fidelity and felicity light, and, for the last time, the fading image with which all the inferior agents in the story of feudal chivalry in the mountains, and vul- are represented. No one who has not lived gar fanaticism in the plains; and startled the extensively among the lower orders of all de more polished parts of the land with the wild scriptions, and made himself familiar with but brilliant picture of the devoted valour, in their various tempers and dialects, can percorruptible fidelity; patriarchal brotherhood, ceive the full merit of those rapid and charand savage habits of the Celtic Clans, on the acteristic sketches; but it requires only a one hand,—and the dark, intractable, and do- general knowledge of human nature, to feel mineering bigotry of the Covenanters on the that they must be faithful copies from known other. Both aspects of society had indeed originals; and to be aware of the extraordi.been formerly prevalent in other parts of the nary facility and flexibility of hand which has country,—but had there been so long super- touched, for instance, with such discriminatseded by more peaceable habits, and milder ing shades, the various gradations of the Celtic manners, that their vestiges were almost ef- character, from the savage imperturbability faced, and their very memory nearly extin- of Dugald Mahony, who stalks grimly about guished. The feudal principalities had been with his battle-axe on his shoulder, withoul destroyed in the South, for near three hundred speaking a word to any one,—to the lively unyears, and the dominion of the Puritans from principled activity of Callum Beg:-the coarse ihe time of the Restoration. When the glens, unreflecting hardihood and heroism of Evan and banded clans, of the central Highlands, Maccombich; -and the pride, gallantry, ele. therefore, were opened up to the gaze of the gance, and ambition of Fergus himself. In English, in the course of that insurrection, it the lower class of the Lowland characters, seemed as if they were carried back to the again, the vulgarity of Mrs. Flockhart and of
Lieutenant Jinker is perfectly distinct and barbarous but captivating characters. This original ;-as well as the puritanism of Gilfil-chief is Fergus Vich Ian Vohr-a gallant and lan and Cruickshank—the atrocity of Mrs. ambitious youth, zealously attached to the Mucklewrath - and the slow solemnity of cause of the exiled family, and busy, at the Alexander Saunderson. The Baron of Brad-moment, in fomenting the insurrection, by wardine, and Baillie Macwheeble, are carica- which his sanguine spirit never doubted that tures no doubt, after the fashion of the carica- their restoration was to be effected. He has tures in the novels of Smollet,- pictures, at a sister still more enthusiastically devoted to the best, of individuals who must always have the same cause--recently returned from a rebeen unique and extraordinary: but almost sidence at the Court of France, and dazzling all the other personages in the history are fair the romantic imagination of Waverley not less representatives of classes that are still exist by the exaltation of her sentiments, than his ing, or may be remembered at least to have eyes by her elegance and beauty. While he existed, by many whose recollections do not lingers in this perilous retreat, he is suddenly extend quite so far back as to the year 1745. deprived of his commission, in consequence
Waverley is the representative of an old and of some misunderstandings and misrepresenopulent Jacobite family in the centre of Eng. tations which it is unnecessary to detail; and land-educated at home in an irregular man in the first heat of his indignation, is almost ner, and living, till the age of majority, mostly tempted to throw himself into the array of in the retirement of his paternal mansion- the Children of Ivor, and join the insurgents, where he reads poetry, feeds his faucy with whose designs are no longer seriously disguisromantic musings, and acquires amiable dis- ed from him. He takes, however, the more positions, and something of a contemplative, prudent resolution of returning, in the first passive, and undecided character. All the place, to his family; but is stopped, on the English adherents of the abdicated family borders of the Highlands, by the magistracy, having renounced any serious hopes of their whom rumours of coming events had made cause long before the year 1745, the guardians more than usually suspicious, and forwarded of young Waverley were induced, in that cele- as a prisoner to Stirling. On the march he is brated year, to allow him to enter into the rescued by a band of unknown Highlanders, army, as the nation was then engaged in for- who ultimately convey him in safety to Edineign war-and a passion for military glory had burgh, and deposit him in the hands of his always been characteristic of his line. He ob- friend Fergus Mac-Ivor, who was mounting tains a commission, accordingly, in a regiment guard with his Highlanders at the ancient palof horse, then stationed in Scotland, and ace of Holyrood, where the Royal Adventurer proceeds forth with to head-quarters. Cosmo was then actually holding his court. A comComyne Bradwardine, Esq., of Tully-Veolan bination of temptations far too powerful for in Perthshire, had been an ancient friend of such a temper, now beset Waverley; and, the house of Waverley, and had been enabled, inflamed at once by the ill-usage he ihought by their good offices, to get over a very awk- he had received from the government–ihe ward rencontre with the King's Attorney- recollection of his hereditary predilectionsGeneral soon after the year 1715. The young his friendship and admiration of Fergus-his heir was accordingly furnished with creden- love for his sister and the graceful conde. tials to this faithful ally; and took an early scension and personal solicitations of the unopportunity of paying his respecte at the an- fortunate Prince:---he rashly vows to unite his cient mansion of Tully-Veolan. The house fortunes with theirs, and enters as a volunteer and its inhabitants, and their way of life, are in the ranks of the Children of Ivor. admirably described. The Baron himself During his attendance at the court of Holyhad been bred a lawyer; and was, by choice, rood, his passion for the magnanimous Flora a diligent reader of the Latin classics. His is gradually abated by her continued indifferprofession, however, was that of arms; and ence, and too entire" devotion to the public having served several campaigns on the Con- cause ; and his affections gradually decline tinent, he had superadded, to the pedantry upon Miss Bradwardine, who has leisure for and jargon of his forensic and academical less important concernments.
He accomstudies, the technical slang of a German mar- panies the Adventurer's army, and signalises tinet--and a sprinkling of the coxcombry of a himself in the battle of Preston, - where he French mousquetaire. He was, moreover, has the good fortune to save the life of an prodigiously proud of his ancestry; and, with English officer, who turns out to be an intiall his peculiarities, which, to say the truth, mate friend of his family, and remonstrates are rather more than can be decently accu- with him with consilerable effect on the rash mulated in one character, was a most honour- step he has taken. It is now impossible, able, valiant, and friendly person. He had however, he thinks, to recede with 'honour; one "fair daughter, and no more—who was and he pursues the disastrous career of the gentle, feminine, and affectionate. Waverley, invaders into England during which he though struck at first with the strange man- quarrels with, and is again reconciled to Feruers of this northern baron, is at length do gus—till he is finally separated from his corps mesticated in the family; and is led, by curi- in the confusion and darkness of the nightosity, to pay a visit to the cave of a famous skirmish at Clifton-and, after lurking for Highland robber or freebooter, from which he some time in concealment, finds his way to is conducted to the castle of a neighbouring London, where he is protected by the grate chieftain, and sees the Highland life in all its | ful friend whose life he had saved at Preston, and sent back to Scotland till some arrange- “ The party preserved silence, interrupted only ments could be made about his pardon. Here by the monotonous and murmured chant of a Gaelic he learns the final discomfiture of his former song, sung in a kind of low recitative by the steers. associates—is fortunate enough to obtain both man, and by the dash of the oars, which the notes his own pardon, and that of old Bradwardine dence. The light, which they now approached
seemed to regulate, as they dipped to them in ca -and, after making sure of his interest in the more nearly, assumed a broader, redder, and more heart of the young lady, at last bethinks him irregular splendour. It appeared plainly to be a of going to give an account of himself to his large fire; but whether kindled upon an island or family at Waverley-Honour.-In his way, he the mainland, Edward could not determine. As he attends the assizes at Carlisle, where all his saw it, the red glaring orb seemed to rest on the
very surface of the lake itself, and resembled the efforts are ineffectual to avert the fate of his fiery vehicle in which the Evil Genius of an oriental gallant friend Fergus—whose heroic demean- tale traverses land and sea. They approached our in that last extremity, is depicted with nearer; and the light of the fire sufficed to show great feeling ;-has a last interview with the that it was kindled at the bottom of a buge dark crag desolated Flora-obtains the consent of his or rock, rising abrupily from the very edge of the friends to his marriage with Miss Bradwar- red, formed a strange and even awtul contrast 10
water; its tront, changed by the reflection to dusky dine-puts the old Baron in possession of his the banks around, which were from time to time forfeited manor, and, in due time, carries his faintly and partially enlightened by pallid moonlight, blooming bride to the peaceful shades of his “ The boat now neared ihe shore, and Edward own paternal abode.
could discover that this large fire was kindled in Such is the outline of the story ;-although the lake seemed to advance ; and he conjectured,
the jaws of a lofty cavern, into which an inlet from it is broken and diversified with so many sub- which was indeed Irue, that ihe fire had been kin. ordinate incidents, that what we have now dled as a beacon to the boatmen on their return. given, will afford but a very inadequate idea They rowed right for the mouth of the cave; and even of the narrative part of the performance. then shipping their oars, permitted the boat to enter Though that narrative is always lively and with the impulse which it had received. The skiff easy, the great charm of the work consists, the fire was blazing, and running about two boats
' undoubtedly, in the characters and descrip- length farther, stopped where the cavern, for it was tions—though we can scarcely venture to pre- already arched overhead, ascended from the water sent our readers with more than a single by five or six broad ledges of rock, so easy and specimen; and we select, as one of the most regular that they might be termed natural steps. characteristic , the account of Waverley's night Aung upon the fire, which sunk with a hissing noise,
At this moment, a quantity of water was suddenly visit to the cave of the Highland freebooter.
and wiih it disappeared the light it had hitherio af.
forded. Four or five active arms lifted Waverley “In a short time, he found himself on the banks out of the boat, placed him on his feet, and almost of a large river or lake, where his conductor gave carried him into ihe recesses of the cave. He made him to understand they must sit down for a little a few paces in darkness. guided in this manner; and while. The moon, which now began to rise, advancing towards a hum of voices, which seemed showed obscurely ihe expanse of water which to sound from the centre of the rock, at an acute spread before them, and the shapeless and indistinct Turn Donald Bean Lean and his whole establishforms of mountains, with which it seemed to be ment were before his eyes. surrounded. The cool, and yet mild air of the sum- “ The interior of the cave, which here rose very mer night, refreshed Waverley atier his rapid and high, was illuminated by torches made of pine-free. toilsome walk; and the perfume which it wafted which emiiled a bright and bickering light, attended from the birch trees, bathed in the evening dew, by a strong, though not unpleasant odour. Their was exquisitely fragrant.
light was assisted by the red glare of a large char. “He had now time to give himself up to the full coal fire, round which were seated five or six armed romance of his situation. Here he sat on the banks Highlanders, while others were indistinctly seen of an unknown lake, under the guidance of a wild couched on their plaids, in the more remote recesses native, whose language was unknown to him, on a of the cavern. In one large aperture, which the visit to the den of some renowned outlaw, a second robber facetiously called his spence (or pantry), Robin Hood perhaps, or Adam o'Gordon, and that there hung by the heels the carcases of a sheep or at deep midnight, through scenes of difficulty and ewe, and iwo cows, lately slaughtered. toil, separated from his attendant, and left by his • Being placed at a convenient distance from the guide.
charcoal fire, the heat of which the season rendered " While wrapt in these dreams of imagination, oppressive, a strapping Highland damsel placed be. his companion gently touched him, and pointing in fore Waverley, Evan, and Donald Bean, three a direction nearly straight across the lake, said, cogues, or wooden vessels, composed of staves and • Yon's la cove.' A small point of light was seen hoops, containing imrigh, a sort of strong soup to twinkle in the direction in which he pointed, and, made out of a particular part of the inside of the gradually increasing in size and lustre, seemed to beeves. After this refreshment, which, though Hicker like a meteor upon the verge of ihe horizon. coarse, fatigue and hunger rendered palavalle, While Edward watched this plienomenon, the dis- steaks, roasted on the coals, were supplied in libe. :ant dash of oars was heard. The measured splash ral abundance, and disappeared before Evan Dhu arrived near and more near; and presently a loud and their host with a promptitude that seemed like whistle was heard in the same direction. His magic, and astonished Waverley, who was much friend with the battle-axe immediately whistled puzzled to reconcile their voracity with what he had clear and shrill. in reply to the signal; and a boat, heard of the abstemiousness of the Highlanders. manned with four or five Highlanders, pushed for A heath pallet, with the flowers stuck uppermosi, a liule inlet, near which Edward was seated. He had been prepared for him in a recess of the cave; advanced to meet them with his attendant; was and here, covered with such spare plaids as could immediately assisted into the boat by the officious be mustered, he lay for some time watching the attention of two stout mountaineers; and had no motions of ihe other inhabitants of the cavern. sooner seated himself, than they resumed their Small parties of two or three entered or left the oars, ana began to row across the lake with great place without any other ceremony than a few words rapidity,
in Gaelic to the principal outlaw, and when he rell
asieep, to a tall Highlander who acted as his lieuten-lly arranged, and to which she now added a few unı, and seemed to keep watch during his repose. bunches of cranberries, gathered in an adjacent mo Those who entered, seemed to have returned from rass. Having had the satisfaction of seeing him some excursion, of which they reported the success, seated at breakfast, she placed herself demurely and went without farıher ceremony to the larder, upon a slone at a few yards' distance, and appeared where curling with their dirks their rations from to watch with great complacency for some oppor the carcases which were there suspended, they pro. tunity of serving him. ceeded to broil and eat them at their own time and "Meanwhile Alice had made up in a small bas leisure.
ket what she thought worth removing, and flingiig " At length the fluctuating groupes began to her plaid around her, she advanced up to Edward, swim before the eyes of our hero as they gradually and, with the utmost simplicity, taking hold of his closed; nor did he reopen them till the morning hand, offered her cheek to his saluie, dropping, at sun was high on the lake without, though there was the same time, her little courtesy. Evan, who was but a faint and glimmering twilighi in ihe recesses esteemed a wag among the mountain fair, advanced, of Uaimh an Ri, or the King's cavern, as the abode as if to secure a similar favour; but Alice, snatchof Donald Bean Lean, was proudly denominated. ing up her basket, escaped up the rocky bank as
"When Edward had collected his scattered recol. Reetly as a deer, and, turning round and laughing, lection, he was surprised is observe the cavern 10. called something out to him in Gaelic, which he ially deserted. Having arisen and put his dress in answered in the same tone and language; then some order, he looked more accurately around him, waving her hand to Edward, she resumed her road, but all was still solitary. If it had not been for the and was soon lost among the thickets, though they decayed brands of the fire, now sunk into grey continued for some time to hear her lively carol, as ashes, and the remnants of the festival, consisting she proceeded gaily on her solitary journey.' of bones half burned and half gnawed, and an empty Vol. i. pp. 240—270. keg or two, there remained no traces of Donald and his band.
The gay scenes of the Adventurer's court “Near to the mouth of the cave he heard the —the breaking up of his army from Edinnotes of a lively Gaelic song, guided by which, in burgh-the battle of Preston-and the whole a sunny recess, shaded by a glittering birch tree, process of his disastrous advance and retreat and carpetted with a bank of firm while sand, he from the English provinces, are given with found the damse of the cavern, whose lay had the greatest brilliancy and effect—as well as already reached him, busy to the best of her power, the scenes of internal disorder and rising disin arranging to advantage a morning repast of milk, eggs, barley bread, fresh butter, and honeycomb! union that prevail in his scanty army—the The poor girl had made a circuit of four miles that quarrel with Fergus—and the mystical visions morning in search of the eggs, of the meal which by which that devoted chieftain foresees his baked her cakes, and of the other materials of the disastrous fate. The lower scenes again with breakfast, being all delicacies which she had to beg Mrs. Flockhart, Mrs. Nosebag, Callum-Beg, or borrow from distant cottagers. The followers of Donald Bean Lean used little food except the and the Cumberland peasants, though to some flesh of the animals which they drove away from fastidious readers they may appear coarse and the Lowlands; bread itself was a delicacy seldom disgusting, are painted with a force and a thought of, because hard to be obtained; and all truth to nature, which equally bespeak the ter, &c. were out of the question in this Seythian powers of the artist, and are incomparably Alice had occupied a part of the morning in provi. been offered to the public for the last "sixty ding those accommodations for her guest which the years." There are also various copies of cavern did not afford, she had secured time also to verses scattered through the work, which arrange her own person in her best trim. Her indicate poetical talents of no ordinary de. jacket, and a petticoat of scanty longitude, was her scription—though bearing; perhaps still more whole dress : but these were clean, and nearly ar.
distinctly than the prose, the traces of considranged. A piece of scarlet embroidered cloth, called erable carelessness and haste. the snood, confined her hair, which fell over it in a The worst part of the book by far is that profusion of rich dark curls. The scarlet plaid, portion of the first volume which contains the which formed part of her dress, was laid aside, that history of the hero's residence in Englandit might not impede her activity, in attending the and next to it is the laborious, tardy, and obstranger. I should forget Alice's proudest orna. ment were I to omit mentioning a pair of gold ear.
scure explanation of some puzzling occurrings, and a golden rosary which her father, (for rences in the story, which the reader would, she was the daughter of Donald Bean Lean) had in general, be much better pleased to be perbrought from France—the plunder probably of some mitted to forget-and which are neither well batile or storm. * Her form, though rather large for her years,
explained after all, nor at all worth explaining. was very well proportioned, and her demeanour
There has been much speculation, at least had a natural and rustic grace, with nothing of the in this quarter of the island, about the authorsheepishness of an ordinary peasant. The smiles, ship of this singular performance-and cerdisplaying a row of teeth of exquisite whiteness, and tainly it is not easy to conjecture why it is the laughing eyes, with which, in dumb-show, she still anonymous. — Judging by internal evigave Waverlev that morning greeting, which she dence, to which alone we pretend to have wanted English words to express, might have been access, we should not scruple to ascribe it to soldier, who, without being such, was conscious of the highest of those authors to whom it has a handsome person, as meant to convey more than been assigned by the sagacious conjectures the courtesy of a hostess. Nor do I take it upon of the public;—and this at least we will ven. me to say, that the little wild mountaineer would ture to say, that if it be indeed the work of have welcomed any staid old gentleman advanced an author hitherto unknown, Mr. Scott would in life, the Baron of Bradwardine, for example, do well to look to his laurels, and to rouse with the cheerful pains which she bestowed upon Edward's accommodation. She seemed eager to himself for a sturdier competition than any place him by the meal which she had so sedulous. I he has yet had to encounter!