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the departed heroes of his clan, with dreams of war, high-bred manner by an uncourteous name, and and love, and battle, diablerie and faery; and with imputed his success to mingled ignorance of his the Boadicea of his imagination, Nighean Donachd own defects, and the unconscious effrontery of a Ruadh.

spoiled, but spirited and handsome lad. The recent A lady who possessed such peculiar and inde- discovery of the value of the oak-bark and timber pendent notions of matrimonial ties as the chief- of his wild territory, had not been without its tainess, and who had gone such lengths to preserve effect, either on his own character, or his accepthe blood of Raonull free from foreign taint,- tance in society. that is, Saxon intermixture,—was not likely to be The marriage of this youth had been an object easily satisfied with an English bride for her chief, of anxiety to his mother from and before the hour and only son, no, not even had that bride boasted of his birth. In this anxiety many sympathized. the blood of Plantagenet. Though unfeminine in her Like the marriage of a sovereign prince, this was a tastes, haughty, violent, vengeful, and irascible in public concern. The daughters of the proudest temper as the most fiery of her hot-blooded race, families in the north, were, one by one, inspected Nighean Donachd Ruadh was highly popular with and deliberated upon. Highlanders have as bound. her clan. Living in the midst of them, and ac- less faith in the breed—in the transmission of pecuknowledging no interest but theirs -bold, generous, liar qualities, whether mental or physical-as and high-spirited, the daughter and the mother of phrenologers. Recoiling from the guile of the their chiefs, on her person declined the inherited Campbells, and the cunning imputed to the Lovat love and loyalty of untold ages. Her prejudices race- -despising the cowardice of one family, the and her pride were also theirs,—her will was law, imbecility of another, the stunted stature of a third, her person sacred,--and, to obey her wildest and the wry noses of a fourth, Nighean Donachd and most arbitrary commands was, by her people, Ruadh had almost resolved to choose and educate, esteemed a duty and an honour. The selected as the bride of her son, the fairest and stateliest girl instrument of her ambition or her vengeance, as of his own tribe, provided she was the daughter of a either preponderated, was Donald of the Dirk. duine-wasal. Yet state policy forbade elevating The highest-minded man of her tribe was the any particular family so far above their equals ; most devoted slave of her will. To do her hests and Ranald was twenty-two, and still unmarried. was a distinction which he claimed and enjoyed During her widowhood, and the long ninority as one of the dearest immunities of his birth and of her son, the affairs of the chieftainess had been relationship

managed by a lowland Bhalie, or factor, Daniel The chieftainess loved and was proud of her son, Hossack by name, a person detested as devoutly though her pride was not that of ordinary mothers. in the country of Raonull as his employer was In his fine person she saw the manly strength and beloved. For twenty years this honest man had peculiar beauty for which the men of her ancient lived in the glen, every night that he lay down race were distinguished, and she trusted that Ranald expecting to have his throat cut before morning ; would not show himself deficient in the spirit and but unable to leave the spot where his fold and bravery by which it had been even more illustrat- his flocks increased, like those of Jacob during his ed. In manly and martial exercises he already servitude. Dread of the vengeance of Nighean owned no superior save his dark kinsman, Donald Donachd Ruadh protected her minister of finance, of the Dirk, who had been held up as his model, whose influence over his lady was frankly imputed till the spoiled and petulant boy began to hate him. to witchcraft-a belief which the honest man As the young chief grew up, he began to fancy that rather encouraged as another lawful means of selfthere might be a fitter model for a chief than a preservation. His value with the chieftainess, dreaming half-savage man of the woods, his head who would have esteemed the meanest slave that lost in the mists of poetry and tradition,-his hand shared the blood of Raonull beyond a thousand red with other blood than that of the deer.

such as this “Saxon churl," arose solely from At the earnest entreaty of a family friend and his power of transacting business with lowland ally, who had served in the Low Countries under graziers and the aforesaid York Building ComMackay, and seen something of a world beyond pany; for the schoolmaster had not yet een the Grampians, an Irish priest was engaged as a abroad in Ranald's glens. tutor to the young Chief. An Aberdeen student By opposing the imperial will of Nighean Donachd of divinity was afterwards inducted into the same Ruadh to the no less sovereign pleasure of her imoffice; but he, after having ventured gently to petuous son, the Bhalie had lately manæuvred to chastise his pupil, fled from the valley the first send the young chief to London, to complete an week, in mortal terror of his life. A few months affair which his sagacity foresaw would be of much spent in Edinburgh completed Ranald's education. benefit to the estate, and perhaps of some little Such was his natural grace and tact, that a short advantage to the manager of the estate, namely, time passed in good society did more in polishing his Bhalie Hossack. If Mac Mic Raonull found a manners, than years might have effected in the wealthy English wife at the same time, here was case of a modest and clownish Saxon. Where an another collateral good. awkward, low-country youth, would have shrunk As soon as the Bhalie heard of the chief visiting back, conscious of ignorance, and fearful of dis- the family of that rich goldsmith who had bought grace, Ranald dashed on, bearing all before him by most of the standing woods of Lochnaveen, he took the ease and charm of his manner, and the elegance especial care to remind him of the many bonds, of his person. There were people who called his encumbrances, and wadsets on the estate ; and of


its immense powers of production, were there only! The heart of Sarah, a young, arlent, and roa little “ ready capital” to lay out judiciously upon mantic girl, was no difficult conquest to the gallant it. As the chief was at the distance of six hundred and handsome Highlander. Her exalted imaginaand more miles, the Bhalie, whose prudence and tion fought the battles of love, and she was prohumanity might otherwise have induced their sup- bably, at first, more the dupe of her own fanciful pression, regularly transmitted to him certain illusions, than of her admirer's assiduities; yet was threatening epistles, sent forth, at peril of his ears, I her young and warm heart finally given as hearts by a certain Lauchlan Mackintosach, notary public, can be but once bestowed. the last, probably, who practised in a philibeg, in The prejudices, or rather reasonable objections, the Friar's Vennel of the great northern capital of the father were composed of sterner stuff than of Inverness. Could the stout sons of Raonull, the prepossessions of Sarah against some traits in have interpreted his insolent missives, the prokitor's Highland character. Deeply grieved to think ears would have been but a poor morsel to the huge that his daughter had sanctioned the application stomach of their revenge.

which the Chief proudly made to him, old Bradshaw These letters produced their own sedative effect decidedly and promptly refused to bestow her on upon the Chief, even while he swore the loudest this stranger, the head, at best, of a tribe of lawless that the notary should eat them, ay, as his last barbarians, the inhabitant of a wild and distant mortal meal.

region; and, as he greatly feared, not the man, Lochnaveen's protracted stay in London was either in principles or temper, that his daughter bringing him into closer contact with that new fondly imagined. The Chief retired from the conpower in society which was ultimately to super- ference choking with rage, and vowing revenge. sede dirk and pistol. Was it better to swim at Sarah, submitting in silence to her father's will, ease with the current, or exhaust his strength in though unable to conquer her own feelings, pined vainly opposing the stream? Ranald was a man of on in uncomplaining misery ; and strove to be, or quick, though limited observation, and, when he to seem, cheerful and resigned, even when the so chose, of ingratiating manners. His prejudices, physician called in by her alarmed aunt, ordered though far from being eradicated, were consider- her instantly to the Bristol Hot-Wells. Mr Bradably softened down; or, at least, tolerably well shaw, prudently seconding his daughter's silent confined to his own bosom ; and the nobler parts and magnanimous attempt to regain lost peace, in of his clan-faith, fostered by the enthusiasm of submission to his will and his wislom, had neither Sarah and Mr Hill, expanded into what Sarah de- openly noticed her noble effort, nor yet the failure lighted to term, “ enlightened, active benevolence of her health in the conflict of her feelings. The towards brave, faithful, devoted people, whom he prophecies, remonstrances, and tears of the tenderwas as much bound to improve as to protect and hearted Mistress Bridget were still less regarded defend." In short, in a prolonged residence among by Bradshaw. He knew that Sarah had good the luxuries and blandishments of the south, Loch- sense, high spirit, and strong affection for her own naveen began to discover, that an infusion of the family : she would conquer or die. The latter aurum potabile of England was needed to enrich alternative, he was told, appeared the more prothat generous blood which had unquestionably bable to the physicians. But not yet would Mr flowed in his veins, unmixed with the red puddle Bradshaw trust implicitly to the report of Mistress of the Saxons, from the glorious days celebrated in Bridget’s favourite adviser, Dr Coddler; though a the bardic rhymes of Donhuil nam Biodag. consultation of those gentlemen in whose profes

The northern Chief, after a few weeks spent in sional skill he had the utmost confidence, sent the the capital, had been moved to indignant astonishi- heart-broken father to his friend Mr Hill. ment on finding that the higher nobility of Eng. “ Aaron, few words may suffice between us. land, who had never even heard of his illustrious You can well guess the untold cause of my present name, nor yet of grouse or ptarmigan, since so distress. Am I to lay my child in an early grave much admired, did not throw open their doors to in her own land, or give her to that scowling, him, and court his presence within their saloons haughty Scot, whose temper will as effectually and drawing-rooms.

send her thither, though many a bitter and sorrowNow, in the eyes of Mac Mic Raonull, look- ing hour may first intervene ?” ing down from his mountain height, the family of Mr Hill was a kind and benevolent, though a Bradshaw, the ancient rich goldsmiths, and the sanguine man. He loved Sarah ; that, indeed, was families of the inferior, new-created nobility, sprung no wonder, for every one loved Sarah, that looked from the bar or the counting-house, and the modern on her, or listened to her ; he respected her father, baronetage and gentry of England, appeared on and he had a considerable regard for the young much the same level; and the bitter draught of Chief, whose character Mr Bradshaw understood, which, he began to think, would, were he doomed as he thought, very imperfectly. Lochnaveen's to swallow it, be less repulsive, if administered unquestionable admiration of Sarah Bradshaw, by the fair and gentle girl who had imbibed notions pleaded strongly in his favour with Aaron Hill. of the manners, usages, and scenery of his country He was sure that Ranald's natural dispositions which had been highly gratifying to his clannish were all good. He had been spoiled by a strange pride and highland nationality; and who, with all cat-oʻ-mountain mother and a bad education Of her natural retiring delicacy and sensitiveness, had his passion for Sarah, the proofs were quite edifying certainly showed no decided repugnance to his to the translator of Zaire ; and Mr Bradshaw person and attentions.

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proofs cited, looked as like the ardour of dis- and generally on the favourable side ; but he had appointed self-will, as romantic and disinterested never fathomed the dark depths of clannish ignodevotion to a beloved mistress by a generous lover. rance and pride, as they existed at the period of

“If you could only guess what it must have our narrative. He knew that many an English cost his proud heart to stoop to the daughter of a girl would have been miserable in the banishment London citizen ?"

of the rude Highlands; but, with the man she “I wish he had spared his proud heart that loved and adored, and the people she blessed, so mortification,” returned Mr Bradshaw, proudly. would not the affectionate and imaginative Sarah “ If Sarah Bradshaw had not sense enough to re- Bradshaw. The character of the young Chief, sist the fine person, and the other even more absurd manly and decided, and quite equal to the protecattributes and attractions of your Highland hero, tion of his wife in all circumstances, was what, she would at least have had sufficient spirit to for- to Aaron's apprehension, in this alliance, most get the man that thought not of her.”

concerned Sarah. What signified the clan, or “I am convinced fortune is not his object," the mother, their fierceness, their wild pride, or said Hill.

their rooted prejudices! The world and the ex“ Very good, Aaron ; yet, as there is nothing | perience it gave, had already corrected some of your Chief needs more than fortune with a wife, the worst faults of character in Lochnaveen, and you surely don't bring this in proof of his sense. had considerably lowered and rectified his inordi

No,—but surely of his disinterestedness.” nate self-esteem. The influence of a creature so “Pshaw, man! a Highland Scot's disinterested- noble-minded, and yet so gentle and winning as ness in marrying Sarah Bradshaw !—It may,— Sarah, was of itself enough to regenerate any I hope it may be so ;—but don't mention it on young and generous-hearted man who passionately 'Change, Aaron, if you would not be laughed at! loved her. Mr Hill had an excellent opinion of You have lived in these glens, Mr Hill, till your Sarah's understanding. Even had her judgment older and stronger brain is as much excited as that in the most important action of her life been in of my poor girl. I trust I was not too proud of his estimation as erring as her father feared it my daughter. God knows I never had less reason was, Mr Hill would have good-naturedly imputed than now. Yet I fancied Sarah Bradshaw a this temporary aberration to that bewildering ma ch-" The fa er's voice faltered ; firmly passion which works the most strongly in the compressing his lips, he was quite silent.

strongest minds, and to no real want of acuteness “ Sarah! your beautiful Sarah, whom I love or energy of intellect. Her education, her cultias my own dearest child, is a match for a prince, vated talents, besides being a source of delight to Mr Bradshaw! and the bride of a prince she herself in her northern solitude, must, he said, will be, as the wife of Lochnaveen, adored and prove of infinite advantage to her husband; and worshipped as something above humanity. You to their children and dependents certainly would, have no notion of the adoration and reverence In brief, in the ruminations of her sanguine Highlanders show for their feudal superiors ; nor friend Aaron, Sarah was to diffuse the blesscan I help taking into account the blessing Sarah ings of religion and civilisation among “ savage

I will prove—that this English connexion might be clans and roving barbarians,” Protestant faith, made to the poor gallant people of Lochnaveen's Whiggish politics, British literature, and English wide grand country. That princely domain, Mr comfort. Bradshaw

“ What a blessing will that wild country reAh, Aaron! the poet will break out!" said | ceive in little Sarah Bradshaw !” was his 'conMr Bradshaw, shaking his head, and smiling, cluding consolatory thought. “ That I have in but inournfully. “ I trust Sarah, and her wealth some degree been instrumental in sending forth and kindness of heart, may prove a blessing to this fair missionary, quits me of all obligations to those wretched, idle, starving, half-naked serfs ; those kind, generous, hospitable, lazy, thievish, but I had hoped my daughter might have proved faithful, treacherous, proud, beggarly, brave, gooda blessing to some honest man of her own coun- for-nothing people, whom I have so long loved try and rank, one with whom her own happiness and hated, despised and admired!” would not have been imperilled, and who would It was somewhat in this strain that Mr Hill not have quite estranged her from her father's wrote to his oak-wood correspondent the Bhalie, home.” Mr Bradshaw faltered and paused. the only man in the glen who, when the Chief and “ That was not to be," he rejoined, firmly. “But the priest were absent, either wrote, read, or underhow is your mighty chief to be managed now, Mr stood one word of English. Mr Hossack, who Hill ?-for, were he the Prince of Wales, instead of had the attachment of habit to his young master's the greater man he conceits himself, the hand of person and interests, was secretly transported with Sarah Bradshaw must, as it is, be asked a second the prospect of this rich alliance; but he had time to be obtained. A London citizen has his that within which made him deem it wiser to pride as well as a Highland laird.”

allow Nighean Donachd Ruadh, and Donald of the Mr Hill, naturally sanguine and speculative, Dirk, the vice-regal guardian of the clan-dignia poet ; I had almost said, consequently a very ties, to make the discovery for themselves. Even kind-hearted man—was delighted with a match when a letter arrived from the Chief to his mother, which was, partly indeed, of his own desiring and announcing this intended marriage, the Bhalie imagining, if not of his contrivance. He had seen prudently deferred mentioning its arrival till he the Highland character chiefly on the surface, loped all was safe, and the knot tied.

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The composition of this letter had been no easy | ideas took possession of the mind of Ranald, he affair to Ranald. He dwelt rather discursively almost sickened to think of his wealthy matrimonial and at large on the surpassing beauty of his prospects. Was he, then, to be-or to be imagined chosen bride considering the venerable years sordid, greedy, a low-minded chief, a degenerate and stern character of the person he addressed. Gael,-was he to abide the withering indignation “ Donald,” he said, “ would be charmed with the of Nighean Donachd Ruadh, or brook the contempt thrilling sweetness with which his beautiful Sarah of Donhuil nam Biodag, of his whole clan, and the sang • Aridh nam badan,' and 'Mor' nighnean a scorn of his fellow-chieftains, with nothing to Ghilbarlun, and with her admiration of Gaelic place against this fierce scorn save the charms of poetry. Her name was Sarah, her family exceed. his gentle wife, and the approbation of his prudent ingly respectable, and connected with Sir Robert functionary, Bhalie Hossack? Ranald trembled Walpole, whose goddaughter she was."

and quailed at the thought of his first northern Lochnaveen felt his cheek tingle with proud letters. shame when he had thus written to his mother. The Bhalie prudently managed that none should This information was, indeed, partly false, intend- arrive ; and the beauty and fascinations of Sarah, ed, at least, to convey a false impression; and he to whom her suitor had been led back by Mr was conscious that it was wholly mean and paltry. Hill, riveted the solemn engagement, to which he He shrank from mentioning his intended father gave his whole heart, while his mind, his pride, in-law's profession, and even passed over his name, still fluctuated in torturing irresolution. merely noticing, in a few scarcely legible lines, that From the moment that the will of her father, the Bhalie would be delighted to learn that his and her own'absurd notions of a daughter's obelovely Saxon bride chanced, at the same time, to dience,—as Ranald scrupled not to term Sarah's be a very wealthy heiress; and that with her ready- weeping refusal to elope with him, whom she conmoney fortune they could now pay off President fessed she loved, and must ever supremely love, Duncan Forbes's cursed bonds; and, after clearing though in hopeless anguish,—had made marriage money scores with Master Tai M'Tai, notary- with her appear unattainable, Ranald's passion public in the Black Vennel, throw his ears into had blazed forth with tenfold ardour. His selfthe Beauly Frith, in passing through Inverness, will, never before so thwarted and irritated, had and, if he grumbled, send himself to fish them up never been half so much excited and resolute. again. Finally, he wished a small party of fol- Friends, fortune, pride of birth, were alt, for a lowers, whose names he mentioned—the flower of time, as nothing to the possession of this humble the youth of his clan-to meet him and his lady maiden. The judgment of Sarah had been startled in the Blair of Athole ; and “ if Donhuil nam Bio by that violence of passion, even while its transdag would head them, he would have the pride of ports flattered her softer and truer tenderness. showing his young wife the handsomest

, the But now she had her father's permission to receive truest, and the bravest of the race of Raonull; her lover's visits ; and now again Ranald hesione whom, from description, she was already dis- tated, wavered, and admitted doubts. posed to esteem and admire, as the model of a true Sarah's self-reproaches for bestowing her affeckinsman and a devoted clansman. The worthy tions where her father's judgment and approbaBhalie would,” he said, “ do his best to equip the tion could not follow, had been greatly soothed by gillies handsomely, and to prepare all in and about Mr Hill's representations of the good which her the castle for the reception of a lady accustomed marriage might give her the power of dispensing from her birth to the elegancies and luxuries of in a very wide sphere. Her pale cheek and wasted London, but willing to sacrifice them all for the person, had told both her father and her lover a Hatclan of Raonull and its grateful Chief.”

tering tale of her devoted love and of her filial subThis letter did some credit to the temper as well mission. Imperceptibly they drew somewhat closer as to the address of Ranald. He did not, he together, until, as time passed, all appeared exultdurst not, insult his haughty and violent mother ing happiness in the lover, sober satisfaction in the by soliciting a consent which he knew he never family of the citizen, and fluttering, subdued, and would obtain; but he wished to conciliate where secret rapture in the bosom of the maiden. he could not hope to satisfy. He knew that high The order for Sarah's removal to Bristol was ancestry-high, and brave, and Highland ancestry first delayed, and then, so rapid was her recovery, _“ a noble strain,” was, with her, the one thing countermanded. She removed with her aunt to indispensable in his bride. She could sleep on the her father's villa at Richmond; and Ranald again, heather couch, quench her thirst at the mountain more in love than ever, gave all his time where all spring, lace the rough deer-skin buskin on her foot, his thoughts hovered. He taught his Mistress to and live as hardily as the poorest of her vassals, ride—a very necessary accomplishment in herfuture for with them was she not the less Nighean Donachd country-and to speak his language. Mr Hill Ruadh ! the daughter, the inheritor, the repre-was already charmed with the imagined fulfilment sentative of chiefs and heroes, who had been ter- of his own prophecies. As their common friend, rible in fight, glorious in fame--who had never he often joined the lovers, and already remarked, bent the neck to the Saxon, nor debased their that, under the influence of love and Sarah, the blood by foreign admixture—the descendant of favourable points of the young Chief's character those who, in their own language, remained in were daily strengthened and developed, and the their own place, as ancient and as free as the eagle darker qualities gradually shading off, on the rock, or the deer on the hill. When such It was already evident, that, when quite alone

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with his beautiful mistress, Lochnaveen-though Nighean Donachd Ruadh is not remarkable for far from being in general what is called a domestic patience any more than her son,” said he at last; character - was nevertheless, for the moment, and his internal thought was" But surely sweetthe happiest of the happy. No doubt nor fear then ness like thine, my Sarah, might soften a hyena, darkened his mind nor damped his affectionate and teach a she-wolf gentleness." He looked at ardour. The enthusiasm and delight with which Sarah with melancholy interest—with tender pity, Sarah listened to his clan legends and ancestral and almost remorse :- the hesitation at this alliance traditions enhanced his pride and yment in he had often felt for his own sake, he momentarily these wild and stirring tales. The very sim- felt for hers. He kissed her forehead in silence, plicity, eagerness, and childishness of her anxiety and with great tenderness. to acquire a correct knowledge of his native “Ah, Ranald !” breathed the unsuspecting girl, language and customs, and her sympathy in the with a sidelong, deprecating, bashful, gratified, “ fierce wars and faithful loves” of the High- and grateful glance. Touched and subdued, Lochlanders, would, of themselves, at this time have naveen would at that instant have told her his apmade the English girl an object of interest to Ran- prehensions for her future peace of the impossiald, wrecked in the chill latitudes of London. hility of his abandoning his country usages and There—for as scornfully as he bore it—he often the claims of his clan, and of the likelihood that, felt more of the chieftain's swelling and chafed from his kinsfolk, to whom her affectionate nature pride than in those regions where his unquestioned looked for kindness, she would meet with fierce claims were chartered on mountains, heaths, and contempt and proud scorn, from which even his battle-fields, and lived in “ the light of song." love could not always protect her. But Mistress

In any other circumstances than those in which Bridget entered. he was placed, Ranald might soon have tired of play- This good old lady, in the blooming recovered ing the carpet-knight and the schoolmaster. But looks of Sarah, and the honourable courtship of there is a system of tuition—not precisely the her niece by so great a man as she understood the Hamiltonian-which lightens even that “labour Chief to be, though she was somewhat perplexed dire,” and “weary wo"—and Ranald, with such about the exact nature of his dignity, appeared to a pupil as Sarah, was quite of the age and condi- live her early loves over again. Every evening tion to discover it. The strangely-articulated un- that Mr Bradshaw came to Richmond, he heard couth gutturals which Sarah, refusing to lend her the same story told ; tender tears floating in the throat, churmed or lisped through her white teeth, eyes of Mistress Bridget, which, however, drew no or murdered with her delicate lips, might at least, sympathetic drops to the harder orbs of her citizenon the twentieth mispronunciation, have tired her brother. “ Abram, Mr Makmukrandluk is an tutor, had not the means of punishing the error, angel of a young man, as I have always said ; and and revenging his ancient and immortal language, our darling Sarah will be the happiest of women." been so tempting, and so like retributive justice ; Mr Bradshaw humphed, but he sighed too; and, and Ranald was so much of a Highlander, and as he had some relish of humour, rallied his sister of a true man at any time, as to relish a taste of on her sudden conversion to philibegs, and her revenge far better than the full and fair, but sim- discovery of angels in tartan plaids. ple quittance of justice in the bond.

“Mr Hill has explained all that properly, bro“ I tire you with my blunders,” said Sarah one ther; and the diamond knee-buckles, my intended day, smiling and blushing “ rosy red," as she with marriage present—and I trust they will be the drew herself from the punishment her lips had in- handsomest' Bradshaws and Bradshaw' ever sent curred by their bad Gaelic, and shook her curls from their workshop-is just the delicate hint an into better order, probably on hearing the high- unmarried lady can well give on the subject, nor heeled patter of aunt Bridget's approaching velvet- likely to be thrown away on my nephew that-isclad feet. “ I shall give up the study of Celtic lite- to-be, Locknaveen-who, Lady Betty Montacute rature till I get Nighean Donachd Ruadh for my assures me to-day was out of sight the handsomest instructress, and Donald of the Dirk for my pro- man in the ring yesterday. Indeed, Abram, I fessor of poetry ; but every lenau-beg and old cail- must say, confidentially, you are not aware of half lach I meet in the glens will be my teacher then.” the advantages of this connexion. I am assured

Fortunately, Sarah was too much occupied in you may ride twenty miles over the estates of my “smoothing the raven-down" of her tresses to notice nephew (that-is-to-be,) and not see a house." the rapid change that flashed over the face of the « Sarah must be delighted with that lively prosChief. His heart smote him. “Am I indeed about pect.” to peril, to wreck the happiness of this fair and “ There is, I am told, a bullock killed in Locktrusting creature ?"

naveen's castle every second day-venison, lamb, But he loved her, and he could and would pro- and mutton, and game, unstinted, and the best of tect her; and Ranald had that excellent and man- fish—salmon for the servants' hall-table every day ful opinion of the high value of his own affection, of the week, both dinner and supper—which I own which conceived any sacrifice that the woman I consider extravagant.” blessed with his lore made for him was no more “Four ounces of beef any day will do for than he was well entitled to expect and receive - Sarah,” said Mr Bradshaw peevishly. “ It is none could be too great. Poor Sarah, though on surely not for beef she wanders so far from Leadensomewhat different grounds, was precisely of the hall market.” same opinion.

“La, no brother! surely not. And more men

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