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CHAPTER LXXXI.

I could not stay long with my un- he rose, he was passive and tractable happy cousin, but still I staid long as a child. He suffered me to assist enough to make me think it probable him to undress; and when he had lain that Lord Castleton's carriage would down on the bed, he turned his face have left the inn: and when, as I quietly from the light, and, after a passed the hall, I saw it standing before few heavy sighs, sleep seemed mercithe open door, I was seized with fear fully to steal upon him. I listened to for Roland ; his emotions might have his breathing till it grew low and ended in some physical attack. Nor regular, and then descended to the were those fears without foundation. sitting-room in which I had left Lord I found Fanny kneeling beside the Castleton, for he had asked me in a old soldier in the parlour where we whisper to seek him there. had seen the two women, and bathing I found the marquis seated by the his temples, while Lord Castleton fire, in a thoughtful and dejected attiwas binding his arm; and the mar- tude. quis's favourite valet, who, amongst “I am glad you are come," said he, his other gifts, was something of a making room for me on the hearth, surgeon, was wiping the blade of the “for I assure you I have not felt so penknife that had served instead of a mournful for many years; we have lancet. Lord Castleton nodded to me, much to explain to each other. Will “Don't be uneasy-a little fainting fit you begin ? they say the sound of the - we have bled him. He is safe now bell dissipates the thunder-cloud. And -see, he is recovering."

there is nothing like the voice of a Roland's eyes, as they opened, turn- frank, honest nature to dispel all the ed to me with an anxious, inquiring clouds that come upon us when we look. I smiled upon him as I kissed think of our own faults and the villany his forehead, and could, with a safe of others. But, I beg you a thousand conscience, whisper words which pardons-that young man, your relaneither father nor Christian could re- tion !-your brave uncle's son! Is it fuse to receive as comfort.

possible !" In a few minutes more we had left My explanations to Lord Casthe house. As Lord Castleton's car. tleton were necessarily brief and riage only held two, the marquis, imperfect. The separation between having assisted Miss Trevanion and Roland and his son, my ignorance of Roland to enter, quietly mounted the its cause, my belief in the death of the seat behind, and made a sign to me latter, my chance acquaintance with to come by his side, for there was the supposed Vivian; the interest I room for both. (His servant had took in him; the relief it was to taken one of the horses that had the fears for his fate with which he brought thither Roland and myself, inspired me, to think he had returned and already gone on before.) No to the home I ascribed to him; and the conversation took place between us circumstances which had induced my then. Lord Castleton seemed pro- suspicions, justified by the result-all foundly affected, and I had no words this was soon hurried over. at my command.

“But, I beg your pardon," said the When we reached the inn at which marquis, interrupting me, "did you, in Lord Castleton had changed horses, your friendship for one so unlike you, about six miles distant, the marquis even by your own partial account, insisted on Fanny's taking some rest never suspect that you had stumbled for a few hours, for indeed she was upon your lost cousin ?” thoroughly worn out.

“ Such an idea never could have I attended my uncle to his room, crossed me." but he only answered my assurances And here I must observe, that of his son's repentance with a pressure though the reader, at the first introof the hand, and then, gliding from me, duction of Vivian, would divine the went into the furthest recess of the secret,-the penetration of a reader room, and there knelt down. When is wholly different from that of the actor in events. That I had chanced the truth, when he thought that I—" on one of those curious coincidences Themarquis stopped, coloured slightly, in the romance of real life, which a and then went on. “But no; Lady reader looks out for and expects in Ellinor and Trevanion, whatever following the course of narrative, was might have been in their thoughts, a supposition forbidden to me by a would never have so forgot their digvariety of causes. There was not nity as to take him, a youth-almost a the least family resemblance between stranger-nay, take any one into their Vivian and any of his relations; and, confidence on such a subject." somehow or other, in Roland's son “It was but by broken gasps, incoI had pictured to myself a form and herent, disconnected words, that Via character wholly different from vian,-I mean my cousin,-gave me Vivian's. To me it would have any explanation of this. But Lady seemed impossible that my cousin N- , at whose house he was staycould have been so little curious ing, appears to have entertained such to hear any of our joint family affairs; a notion, or at least led my consin to been so unheedful, or even weary, if think so." I spoke of Roland-never, by a word "Ah! that is possible," said Lord or tone, have betrayed a sympathy Castleton, with a look of relief. “Lady with his kindred. And my other con- N- and I were boy and girl jecture was so probable !--son of the together ; we correspond; she has Colonel Vivian whose name he bore. written to me suggesting that And that letter, with the post-mark Ah! I see, - an indiscreet woman. of 'Godalming!' and my belief, too, in Hum ! this comes of lady corresponmy cousin's death; even now I am dents !" not surprised that the idea never L ord Castleton had recourse to the occurred to me.

Beaudesert mixture; and then, as if I paused from enumerating these eager to change the subject, began his excuses for my dulness, angry with own explanation. On receiving my myself, for I noticed that Lord Castle- letter, he saw even more cause to ton's fair brow darkened ;--and he ex- suspect a snare than I had done, for claimed, “What deceit he must have he had that morning received a letter gone through before he could become from Trevanion, not mentioning a such a master in the art !".

word about his illness; and on turning " That is true, and I cannot deny to the newspaper, and seeing a parait," said I. “But his punishment now graph headed, “Sudden and alarming is awful ; let us hope that repentance illness of Mr Trevanion,' the marquis may follow the chastisement. And, had suspected some party maneuvre though certainly it must have been his or unfeeling hoax, since the mail that own fault that drove him from his had brought the letter would have father's home and guidance, yet, so travelled as quickly as any messenger driven, let us make some allowance who had given the information to the for the influence of evil companionship newspaper. He had, however, imon one so young—for the suspicions mediately sent down to the office of . that the knowledge of evil produces the journal to inquire on what authoand turns into a kind of false know- rity the paragraph had been inserted, ledge of the world. And in this last while he despatched another messenand worst of all his actions"

ger to St James's Square. The “Ah, how justify that !"

reply from the office was, that the “Justify it!--good heavens! justify message had been brought by a servant it !-no. I only say this, strange in Mr Trevanion's livery, but was not as it may seem, that I believe his admitted as news until it had been affection for Miss Trevanion was for ascertained by inquiries at the minisherself: so he says, from the depth of ter's house that Lady Ellinor had rean anguish in which the most insincere ceived the same intelligence, and of men would cease to feign. But no actually left town in consequence. more of this,- she is saved, thank “I was extremely sorry for poor Heaven !"

Lady Ellinor's uneasiness," said Lord “And you believe," said Lord Castleton, “and extremely puzzled, Castleton musingly, that he spoke but I still thought there could be no

- real ground for alarm when your letter self by a blow with the naked handreached me. And when you there clenched too !-quite Eton again stated your conviction that Mr Gower upon my honour it was. Ha, ha!”. was mixed up in this fable, and that And the marquis, whose magnificent it concealed some snare upon Fanny, proportions, in the full vigour of man's I saw the thing at a glance. The strongest, if not his most combative, road to Lord N- 's, till within the age, would have made him a formilast stage or two, would be the road dable antagonist, even to a couple of to Scotland. And a hardy and un- prize-fighters, supposing he had rescrupulous adventurer, with the as- tained a little of Eton skill in such sistance of Miss Trevanion's servants, encounters - laughed with the glee might thus entrap her to Scotland of a school-boy, whether at the thought itself, and there work on her fears; of his prowess, or his sense of the or, if he had hope in her affections, contrast between so rude a recourse win her consent to a Scotch marriage. to primitive warfare, and his own inYou may be sure, therefore, that I dolent habits, and almost feminine was on the road as soon as possible. good temper. Composing himself, But as your messenger came all the however, with the quick recollection way from the city, and not so quick how little I could share his hilarity, he perhaps as he might have come ; and resumed gravely, “It took us some time then as there was the carriage to see - I don't say to defeat our foes, but to to, and the horses to send for, I found bind them, which I thought a necessary myself more than an hour and a half precaution ;-one fellow, Trevanion's behind you. Fortunately, however, servant, all the while stunning me I made good ground, and should pro- with quotations from Shakspeare. I bably have overtaken you half-way, then gently laid hold of a gown, the but that, on passing between a ditch bearer of which had been long trying to and waggon, the carriage was upset, scratch me; but being luckily a small and that somewhat delayed me. On woman, had not succeeded in reaching arriving at the town where the road to my eyes. But the gown escaped, branched off to Lord N 's, I was and fluttered off to the kitchen. I rejoiced to learn you had taken what I followed, and there I found Miss Trewas sure would prove the right direc- vanion's Jezebel of a maid. She was tion, and finally I gained the clue to terribly frightened, and affected to be that villanons inn by the report of extremely penitent. I own to you the postboys who had taken Miss that I don't care what a man says in Trevanion's carriage there, and met the way of slander, but a woman's you on the road. On reaching the inn, tongue against another woman, Í found two fellows conferring outside especially if that tongue be in the the door. They sprang in as we drove mouth of a lady's lady-I think it up, but not before my servant Summers always worth silencing; I therefore

-a quick fellow, you know, who has consented to pardon this woman on travelled with me from Norway to condition she would find her way here Nubia-had quitted his seat, and got before morning. No scandal shall into the house, into which I followed come from her. Thus you see some him with a step, you dog, as active as minutes elapsed before I joined you; your own! Egad! I was twenty-one but I minded that the less, as I heard then! Two fellows had already knock you and the Captain were already in ed down poor Summers, and showed the room with Miss Trevanion; and plenty of fight. Do you know," said not, alas ! dreaming of your connexion the marquis, interrupting himself with with the culprit, I was wondering an air of serio-comic humiliation—"do what could have delayed you so long, you know that I actually--no, you afraid, I own it, to find that Miss never will believe it-mind 'tis a secret Trevanion's heart might have been

-actually broke my cane over one fel seduced by that-hem-hem!-handlow's shoulders ?---look !" (and the some-young-bem-hem - There's marquis held up the fragment of the no fear of that?" added Lord Castlelamented weapon.) “And I half sus- ton, anxiously, as he bent his bright pect, but I can't say positively, that I eyes upon mine. had even the necessity to demean my. I felt myself colour as I answered firmly, “ It is just to Miss Trevanion without fault of hers, Miss Trevanion to add that the unhappy man owned, is placed : Lady Ellinor's knowledge in her presence and in mine, that he of the world, and woman's wit, will had never had the slightest encourage- see how all that can be best put right. ment for his attempt-never one cause Still it is awkward, and demands to believe that she approved the af- much consideration. But, putting this fection, which I try to think blinded aside altogether, if you do firmly believe and maddened himself."

that Miss Trevanion is lost to you, “I believe you; for I think"-Lord can you bear to think that she is to Castleton paused uneasily, again be flung as a mere cipher into the looked at me, rose, and walked about account of the worldly greatness of an the room with evident agitation; aspiring politician-married to some then, as if he had come to some reso- minister, too busy to watch over lution, he returned to the hearth and her; or some duke, who looks to pay stood facing me.

off his mortgages with her fortune “My dear young friend," said he, - minister or duke only regarded with his irresistible kindly frank- as a prop to Trevanion's power ness, “this is an occasion that ex against a counter cabal, or as giving cuses all things between us, even my his section a preponderance in the impertinence. Your conduct from Cabinet ? Be assured such is her first to last has been such, that I wish, most likely destiny, or rather the befrom the bottom of my heart, that I ginning of a destiny yet more mournful. had a daughter to offer you, and that Now, I tell you this, that he who you felt for her as I believe you feel marries Fanny Trevanion should for Miss Trevanion. These are not have little other object, for the first mere words; do not look down as if few years of marriage, than to correct ashamed. All the marquisates in the her failings and develop her virtues. world would never give me the pride Believe one who, alas ! has too dearly I should feel, if I could see in my life bought his knowledge of women-hers one steady self-sacrifice to duty and is a character to be formed. Well, honour, equal to that which I have then, if this prize be lost to you,would witnessed in you."

it be an irreparable grief to your “Oh, my lord ! my lord !"

generous affection to think that it "Hear me out. That you love has fallen to the lot of one who at Fanny Trevanion, I know ; that she least knows his responsibilities, and may have innocently, timidly, half who will redeem his own life, hitherto unconsciously, returned that affection, wasted, by the steadfast endeavour I think probable. But-"

to fulfil them? Can you take this “I know what you would say; hand still, and press it, even though spare me-I know it all."

it be a rival's ?” "No! it is a thing impossible; and "My lord! This from you to me, if Lady Ellinor could consent, there is an honour thatwould be such a life-long regret on “You will not take my hand ? Then her part, such a weight of obligation believe me, it is not I that will give on yours, that--no, I repeat, it is that grief to your heart." impossible! But let us both think T ouched, penetrated, melted by this of this poor girl. I know her better generosity in a man of such lofty than you can-have known her from claims, to one of my age and fortunes, a child; know all her virtues I pressed that noble hand, half raising they are charming; all her faults it to my lips-an action of respect they expose her to danger. These that would have misbecome neither; parents of hers—with their genius, and but he gently withdrew the hand, in ambition-may do very well to rule the instinct of his natural modesty. England, and influence the world; I had then no heart to speak further but to guide the fate of that child on such a subject, but, faltering out no!" Lord Castleton stopped, for be that I would go and seemy uncle, I took was affected. I felt my old jealousy up the light, and ascended the stairs. return, but it was no longer bitter. I crept noiselessly into Roland's room,

"I say nothing," continued the and shading the light, saw that, though marquis, " of this position, in which, he slept, his face was very troubled.

And then I thought,“ What are my beside the bed, communed with my young griefs to his ?” and-sitting own heart and was still !

CHAPTER LXXXII.

At sunrise, I went down into the cies of sane minds. Do you undersitting-room, having resolved to write stand?" to my father to join us; for I felt “Not quite." how much Roland needed his comfort "Why, the footman, being out of and his counsel, and it was no great his mind, invented this mad story of distance from the old Tower. I was Trevanion's illness, frightened Lady surprised to find Lord Castleton still Ellinor and Miss Trevanion out of seated by the fire ; he had evidently their wits with his own chimera, and not gone to bed.

hurried them both off, one after the “That's right," said he ; " we must other. I having heard from Treencourage each other to recruit Vanion, and knowing he could not nature," and he pointed to the break- have been ill when the servant left fast things on the table.

him, set off, as was natural in so old I had scarcely tasted food for many a friend of the family, saved her from hours, but I was only aware of my the freaks of a maniac, who, getting own hunger by a sensation of faint- more and more flighty, was beginning ness. I eat unconsciously, and was to play the Jack o' Lantern, and leadalmost ashamed to feel how much the ingher, Heaven knows where! over the food restored me.

country ;-and then wrote to Lady “I suppose," said I, “ that you will Ellinor to come to her. It is but a soon set off to Lord N- 's?" hearty laugh at our expense, and

“Nay, did I not tell you, that I Mrs Grundy is content. If you don't have sent Summers express, with a want her to pity, or backbite, let her note to Lady Ellinor, begging her to laugh. She is a she-Cerberus-she come here? I did not see, on reflec- wants to eat you: well-stop her tion, how I could decorously accom- mouth with a cake." pany Miss Trevanion alone, without “Yes," continued this better sort even a female servant, to a house full of Aristippus, so wise under all his of gossiping guests. And even had seeming levities; “ the cue thus your uncle been well enough to go given, everything favours it. If that with us, his presence would but have rogue of a lackey quoted Shakspeare created an additional cause for wonder; as much in the servant's hall as he so as soon as we arrived, and while did while I was binding him neck and you went up with the Captain, I wrote heels in the kitchen, that's enough for my letter and despatched my man. all the household to declare he was I expect Lady Ellinor will be here moon-stricken; and if we find it necesbefore nine o'clock. Meanwhile, I sary to do anything more, why, we have already seen that infamous wait- must get him to go into Bedlam for ing-woman, and taken care to prevent a month or two. The disappearance any danger from her garrulity. And of the waiting-woman is natural; you will be pleased to hear that either I or Lady Ellinor send her I have hit upon a mode of satisfying about her business for her folly in the curiosity of our friend Mrs being so gulled by the lunatic. If Grundy—that is, The World'-with- that's unjust, why, injustice to serout injury to any one. We must vants is common enough—public and suppose that that footman of Treva- private. Neither minister nor lackey nion's was out of his mind-it is but a can be forgiven, if he help us into a charitable, and your good father would scrape. One must vent one's passion say, a philosophical supposition. All on something. Witness my poor great knavery is madness! The world cane; though, indeed, a better illuscould not get on it truth and good- tration would be the cane that Louis ness were not the natural tenden. XIV. broke on a footman, because

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