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pondent, namely, a huge mouth, a tremen, fear, and even the Udaller seemed discon. dous nose, with large black nostrils, which certed. seemed to have slit upwards, blubber lips 666 And how now ?' he proceeded, after of an unconscionable size, and huge wall. a minute's pause. "When did'st thou wash eyes, with which he leered, sneered, grin- that throat of thine, that is about the width ned, and goggled on the Udaller as an old of the Pentland Frith, with a cup of bran. acquaintance, without uttering a single dy ? Ha, Nick ! I have that with me which word. The young women could hardly is sound stuff, boy, ha ! persuade themselves that they did not see “ The dwarf bent his beetle-brows, shook before their eyes the very demon Trolld, his mis-shapen head, and made a quick who made such a distinguished figure in sharp indication, throwing his right hand Norna's legend. Their father went on ad- up to his shoulder with the thumb pointed dressing this uncouth apparition in terms backwards. of such condescending friendship as the " • What! my kinswoman,' said the better sort apply to their inferiors, when Udaller, comprehending the signal, they wish, for any immediate purpose, to angry? Well, shalt have a flask to carouse conciliate or coax them,-a tone, by the when she is from home, old acquaintance; by, which generally contains, in its very lips and throats may swallow though they familiarity, as much offence as the more cannot speak.' direct assumption of distance and superi- “ Pacolet grinned a grim assent. ority.
« « And now,' said the Udaller, stand "Ha, Nick! honest Nick ! said the out of the way, Pacolet, and let me carry Udaller, here you are, lively and lovely my daughters to see their kinswoman. By as Saint Nicholas your namesake, when he the bones of Saint Magnus, it shall be a is carved with an axe for the head-piece of good turn in thy way. Nay, never shake a Dutch doyger. How dost thou do, Nick, thy head, man; for if thy mistress be at or Pacolet, if you like that better? Nichos home, see her we will.' las, here are my two daughters, nearly as 66 The dwarf again intimated the imposhandsome as thyself thou seest.'
sibility of their being admitted, partly by “ Nick grinned, and did a clumsy obei- signs, partly by mumbling some uncouth sance by way of courtesy, but kept his and most disagreeable sounds, and the broad mis-shapen person firmly placed in Udaller's mood began to arise. the door-way.
666 Tittle tattle, man,' said he ; trou. “ • Daughters,' continued the Udaller, ble not me with thy gibberish, but stand who seemed tị have his reasons for speak- out of the way, and the blame, if there be ing this Cerberus fair, at least according to any, shall rest wi:h me.' his own notions of propitiation,-- this is “ So saying, Magnus Troil laid his sturNick Strumpfer, maidens, whom his mis- dy hand upon the collar of the recusant tress calls Pacolet, being a light-limbed dwarf's jacket of blue wadmaal, and, with dwarf, as you see, like he that wont to fly a strong but not a violent grasp, removed about, like a Scourie, on his wooden hob- him from the door-way, pushed him gently by-horse, in the old story-book of Valentine aside, and entered, followed by his two and Orson, that you, Minna, used to read daughters, whom a sense of apprehension, whilst you were a child. I assure you he arising out of all which they saw and heard, can keep his mistress's counsel, and never kept very close to him. A crooked and told one of her secrets in his life—ha, ha, dusky passage, through which Magnus ha !'
led the way, was dimly enlightened by a “ The ugly dwarf grinned ten times wider shot-hole, communicating with the interior than before, and shewed the meaning of of the building, and originally intended the Udailer's jest, by opening his immense doubtless to command the entrance by a jaws, and throwing back his head, so as to hagbut or culverin. As they approached discover, that, in the immense cavity of his nearer, for they walked slowly and with mouth, there only remained the small shri- hesitation, the light, imperfect as it was, velled remnarit of a tongue, capable per- was suddenly obscured ; and, on looking haps of assisting him in swallowing his upward to discern the cause, Brenda was food, but unequal to the formation of arti- startled to observe the pale and obscurely. culate sounds. Whether this organ had seen countenance of Norna gazing down. been curtailed by cruelty, or injured by wards upon them, without speaking a word. disease, it was impossible to guess ; but There was nothing extraordinary in this, that the unfortunate being had not been as the mistress of the mansion might be originally dumb, was evident from his re- naturally enough looking out to see what taining the sense of hearing, Having made guests were thus suddenly and unceremothis horrible exhibition, he repaid the niously intruding themselves on her preUdaller's mirth with a loud, horrid, and sence. Still, however, the natural paleness discordant laugh, which had something in of her features, exaggerated by the light in it the more hideous that his mirth seemed which they were at present exhibited, the to be excited by his own misery. The sis- immoveable sternness of her look, which ters looked on each other in silence and shewed neither kindness nor courtesy of
le civil reception--her dead silence, and the than these sea characters. They have
singular appearance of every thing about all the poetical colouring which the her dwelling, augmented the dismay which author of Waverley knows how to Brenda had already conceived. Magnus bestow on the creatures of his imagiTroil and Minna had walked slowly for- nation; and, at the same time, they ward, without observing the apparition of have, in our opinion, truth and reality their singular hostess.”
not inferior to any thing that is to be After a variety of strange ceremo- found in Roderick Random itself. Of nies, incantations, and spells, Norna the sea dialect we profess to be no mutters such rhymes concerning the judges; but, so far as we can judge,
cause of the visit, and the fortunes of it is as good as possible, as rich, as 140 poor Minna, as have the effect, in a
easy, and as unaffected as if Sinollett very considerable degree, of restoring had written the scenes which it en** her mental quiet.
She concludes livens. with commanding Magnus on no ac- A sudden and unexpected incident count to omit attending, with his two throws back thereluctant Cleveland indaughters, the approaching great an- to the company of their old associates. nuai fair of the Orkneys, to be held a
He is loitering about the cathedral in few days after at Kirkwall. Obedience company with one of his ancient crois promised; for a time we lose sight nies, an ex-player who had left Druryof the Udaller and his household; Lane for scenes of real tragedy, and and the scene shifts to Kirkwall, be- who was known among the pirate crew, neath the shadow of whose ancient ca- both by his own proper name of Jack thedral all manner of gay preparations Eunce, and by his histrionic title of
for the near festival and fair of St Frederick Altamont. Their notice is te Magnus are already going forwards.
attracted to one of the rising booths of Here Cleveland once more meets us. the fair, in front of which the pedlar, * We find him strolling alone in a very Bryce Snailsfoot, is already unfolding
dejected mood beneath the pillars of and arranging his marketable wares. es the half ruined Cathedral of Kirkwall
. Among these Cleveland recognises, The ship of Goffe is lying off the town, much to his surprise, several articles and the pirate creware revelling among which he knew had been left by himthe citizens. The situation of Cleve- self locked up in his chest at the place land is, at this moment, one of great where he landed after his shipwreck anxiety. First of all, the rude and
on the shore of Zetland. He challenges drunken pirate, old Goffe, and he, are the pedlar, who having by this time by no means kindred spirits, and Goffe ascertained pretty accurately the true
very jealous of a considerable part character and situation of the gay Capof his own crew, who, he fears, may tain Cleveland, thinks it likely his prefer being under the command of own right may be about as good as the Cleveland, and expel himself from the other’s, and is, at all events, resolved chief sway of the ship-for which, in not to give up his prize without a profact, his brutal habits render him very per struggle in defence of it. Here ill adapted. Secondly, Cleveland is follows part of the scene : anxious to recover his own property from the ship, and, if possible, bil scientious pedlar, what wad ye hae had
“6 Ou dear, Captain,' said the conadieu for ever to the companions and
twa poor folk to do? There was yoursell the dangers of a mode of life which his
gane that aught the things, and Master renewed intercourse with virtuous and Mordaunt was gane that had them in keephappy society has taught himn thorough- ing, an' the things were but damply put up, ly to abhor. Thirdly, and lastly, he where they were rotting with moth and fears it will not be possible for him, mould, and
under any circumstances, to obtain the 666 And so this old thief sold them, and i consent of the proud Udaller, Mag- you bought them, I suppose, just to keep
nus Troil, to his union with Minna, them from spoiling,' said Cleveland. should his true situation and history
«6 « Weel then,' said the merchant, I'm become known ; and between all these thinking, noble Captain, that wad be just
of it.' anxieties, his elastic spirit has under
66** Well then, hark ye, you impudent gone no trifling change of sobriety. scoundrel," said the Captain ; • I do not The appearance of the pirates on the wish to dirty my fingers with you, or to canvass gives new animation to the make any disturbance in this place fancy of the artist, and new delight “Good reason for that, Captain-aha!' to the reader. Nothing can be better said the Jagger slyly.
« « I'll break your bones if you speak fully, was at length brought to the ground another word,' replied Cleveland. 6 Take and made prisoner. His more fortunate notice--I offer you fair terms--give me companion had escaped by speed of foot, back the black leathern pocket-book with so soon as he saw that the day must needs the lock upon it, and the purse with the be determined against them. doubloons, with some few of the clothes “ The proud heart of Cleveland, which, I want, and keep the rest in the devil's even in its perversion, had in its feelings name.'
something of original nobleness, was like “ • Doubloons !!!'-exclaimed the Jag- to burst, when he felt himself borne down ger, with an exaltation of voice intended in this unworthy brawl_dragged into the to indicate the utmost extreinity of surprise, town as a prisoner, and hurried through the
- What do I ken of doubloons ? my deal- streets towards the Council-house, where ing was for doublets, and not for doubloons the magistrates of the burgh were then -If there were doubloons in the kist, seated in council. The probability of im. doubtless, Swertha will have them in safe prisonment, with all its consequences, rushkeeping for your honour--the damp would. ed also upon his mind, and he cursed a na harm the gold, ye ken.'
hundred times the folly which had not ra“66 Give me back my pocket-book and ther submitted to the pedlar's knavery, my goods, you rascally thief,' said Cleve- than involved him in so perilous an em. land, - or without a word more I will beat barrassment. your brains out!'
“ But just as they approached the door “ The wily Jagger, casting eye around of the Council-house, which is situated in him, saw that succour was near in the shape the middle of the little town, the face of of a party of officers, six in number; for matters was suddenly changed by a new several rencontres with the crew of the pi- and unexpected incident. rate had taught the magistrates of Kirk- " Bunce, who had designed by his prewall to strengthen their police parties when cipitate retreat to serve as well his friend as these strangers were in question.
himself, had hied him to the haven, where "• Ye had better keep the thief to suit the boat of the Rover was then lying, and yoursell, honoured Captain,' said the Jag- called the coxswain and boat's crew to the ger, emboldened by the approach of the assistance of Cleveland. They now apcivil
power ; • for wha kens how a' these peared on the scene, fierce desperadoes, as fine things and bonny-dies were come by?' became their calling, with features bronzed
“ This was uttered with such provoking by the tropical sun under which they had slyness of look and tone, that Cleveland pursued it. They rushed at once amongst made no further delay, but, seizing upon the crowd, laying about them with their the Jagger by the collar, dragged him over stretchers, and, forcing their way up to his temporary counter, which was, with all Cleveland, speedily delivered him from the the goods displayed thereon, overset in the hands of the officers, who were totally un. scuffle ; and holding him with one hand, prepared to resist an attack so furious and inflicted on him with the other a severe so sudden, and carried him off in triumph beating with his cane. All this was done towards the quay, two or three of their so suddenly and with such energy, that number facing about from time to time to Bryce Snaelsfoot, though rather a stoutman, keep back the crowd, whose efforts to rewas totally surprised by the vivacity of the cover the prisoner were the less violent, attack, and made scarce any other effort that most of the seamen were armed with at extricating himself than by roaring for pistols and cutlasses, as well as with the assistance like a bull-calf. The loitering less lethal weapons which alone they had aid' being at length come up, the officers as yet made use of. made an effort to seize on Cleveland, and “ They gained their boat in safety
, by their united exertions succeeded in com- and jumped into it, carrying along with pelling him to quit hold of the pedlar, in them Cleveland, to whom circumstances order to defend himself from their assault. seemed to offer no other refuge, and pushThis he did with infinite strength, resolu. ed off for their vessel, singing in chorus to tion, and dexterity, being at the same time their oars an old ditty, of which the na. well seconded by his friend Jack Bunce, tives of Kirkwall could only hear the first who had seen with infinite glee the drubbing sustained by the pedlar, and now
• Thus said the Rover combated tightly to save his companion
To his gallant crew, from the consequences. But as there had
Up with the black flag, been for tome time a growing feud between
Down with the blue ! the town's people and the crew of the Ro. Fire on the main-top, ver, the former, provoked by the insolent
Fire on the bow, deportment of the seamen, had resolved to Fire on the gun-deck, stand by each other, and to aid the civil
Fire down below.' power upon such occasions of riot as should “ The wild chorus of their voices was occur in future ; and so many assistants heard long after the words ceased to be in
. came up to the rescue of the constables, telligible. ~And thus was the pirate Cleren that Cloveland, after fighting mest man land again thrown almost in voluntaris
nongst those desperate associates from ness hy Jack Bunce, who commands in hom he had so often resolved to detach the absence of Cleveland, and inebrie. mself.”
ty of Gcffe. Jack has discovered the The return of Cleveland gives rise secret of Cleveland's attachment, and
a fierce quarrel among the pirate it is his respect for him, that chiefly ew, part of whom are entirely the induces him to follow this anti-piratie eatures of Goffe,—while the younger cal line of conduct, more particularly id more gallant spirits side with in regard to the ladies. After a little leveland, and endeavour to procure time he has the daughters conveyed on r hiin, what he himself by no means shore, retaining Magnus alone in pledge vets, the command of the ship. After of his Captain's personal safety; and great many squabbles, which are de- expects with reason that Cleveland's ribed with uncommon liveliness, the escape may be much favoured by the ction of Goffe become alarmed for intercession of Minna and Brenda. leir own safety, in consequence of And without question, the Baillies e continual drunkenness of their old would have soon done whatever was vourite, who delays from day to day requisite to secure the safety of Magitting on board the necessary provi. nus Troil; but unfortunately for ons, without which they cannot leave Cleveland, the near approach of the rkney, and otherwise betrays gross king's ship above alluded to was now capacity; and the result is, that all
so well known, that these municipal imbine in forcing the temporary ele- worthies could not help fearing the ition of Cleveland to the captaincy consequences of doing any thing that
the vessel. He, being informed might be interpreted into an improper lat a royal frigate has been seen off familiarity with the enemies of the le coast of Caithness, is sensible that public peace of the seas. Cleveland o further delay must take place, and therefore would have had a poor chance pes not hesitate to go on shore at the of getting away from Kirkwall, but ead of a resolute band, for the pur. for the private exertions of Minna use of compelling the magistrates of herself, and of Ncrna the Rheimkenirkwall, to grant the needful supies. With great art he at last half The prisoner is permitted to walk rrifies, half persuades them to accede within the guarded walls of the an- his proposal, and a paction is made cient cathedral; and it is there that we hat biscuit, fish, &c. shall be given find him in the evening, when Minna I secret, if the ship be removed to
breaks in upon his melancholy solinother part of the coast, so as to pre- tude. The passage is exquisitely beauent the character of the magistracy tiful. om being stained by any suspicion of 66 Here walked Cleveland, musing over aving assisted a piratical crew in their the events of a mis-spent life, which it ecessities. Nothing can be better than seemed probable might be brought to a le scene between Cleveland and the violent and shameful close, while he was Provost. Cleveland agrees in the end yet in the prime of youth. With these 2 remain as an hostage in the hands dead,” he said, looking on the pavement, f the baillies till the bargain be ful
will I soon be numbered—but no holy lled on both sides, while they promise hand register
an inscription—no proud
man will speak a blessing-no friendly o send one of their own number as an
scendant sculpture armorial bearings over ostage in his place on board the ves
the grave of the pirate Cleveland. My el. But while Cleveland is kept safe whitening bones will swing in the gibbetmong the towns-people, the per- irons on some wild beach or lonely capc, on to be conveyed on board the ship that will be esteemed fatal and accursed who was no other than the Deputy- for my sake. The old mariner, as he Chamberlain, Yellowley,) contrives to passes the sound, will shake his head, and nake his escape, in consequence of tell of my name and actions as a warning vhich the crew seize upon the first
to his younger comrades. But Minna! 'essel they find entering the harbour;
Minna !_what will be thy thoughts when ind in this, it so happens, are Mag- the tidings were drowned in the deepest
the news reaches thee? Would to God aus Troil and his fair daughters, who whirlpool betwixt Kirkwall and Burghlad sailed from Zetland, according Westra ere they came to her ear !—and 0, Co Norna's command, for the purpose of would to Heaven that we had never met, being present at the fair of Kirkwall.
since we never can meet again !' The old Udaller and his daughters 6. He lifted up his eyes as he spoke, and are treated with considerable polite- Minna Troil stood before him. Her face VOL. X.
was pale, and her hair dishevelled, but her tory of their capture, and its consequence
* look was composed and firm, with its usual Cleveland cast up his eyes and raised his expression of high-minded melancholy. She hands to heaven, in thankfulness for the was still shrouded in the large mantle which escape of the sisters from his evil COLTES she had assumed on leaving the vessel. nions, and then hastily added, " But for Cleveland's first emotion was astonishment, are right, Minna, I must fly at all ratahis next was joy, not unmixed with awe. for your father's sake I must Ay. Here, He would have exclaimed-he would have then, we part—yet not, I trust, for ever.' thrown himself at her feet, but she imposed “For ever!' answered a voice, that at once silence and composure on him, by sounded as from a sepulchral vault
. raising her finger, and saying, in a low but “ They started, looked around them, commanding accent— Be cautious-we and then gazed on each other. It seemed are observed there are men without as if the echoes of the building had it they let me enter with difficulty. I dare turned Cleveland's last words, but the provi not remain long--they would think they nunciation was too emphatically accented
. might believe-O, Cleveland ! I have ha- " • Yes, for ever!' said Nomna of the zarded every thing to save you!'
Fitful-head, stepping forward from behind "66 To save me ?_alas! poor Minna! ?
one of the massive Saxon pillars which supanswered Cleveland ; “ to save me is im- port the roof of the Cathedral.—' Hære possible enough that I have seen you meet the crimson foot and the crinse once more, were it but to say, for ever hand-well for both that the wound is farewell !'
healed whence that crimson was derived "6" We must indeed say farewell,' said well for both, but best for him who shed L Minna ; ' for fate and your guilt have di- Here, then, you meet and meet for the vided us for ever. Cleveland, I have seen last time !" your associates-need I tell you more- " • Not so,' said Cleveland, as if abou: need I say that I know now what a pirate is ?'. to take Minna's hand-' to separate me
66 • You have been in the ruffians' pow- from Minna, while I have life, must be the er !' said Cleveland, with a start of agony. work of herself alone.' • Did they presume
Away !' said Norna, stepping betwist " • Cleveland,' replied Minna, they them, away with such vain folly :—1010 0:00 presumed nothing--your name was a spell rish no vain dreams of future meeting over them ; by the power of that spell over you part here, and you part for ever. The these ferocious banditti, and by that alone, hawk pairs not with the dove-guilt matchI was reminded of the qualities I once es not with innocence. Minna Troil, you thought my Cleveland's !'
look for the last time on this bold and ci“7 Yes,” said Cleveland, proudly, my minal man-Cleveland, you behold Minna name has and shall have power over them, for the last time !! when they are at the wildest; and had they “ • And dream you,” said Cleveland, is. As harmed you by one rude word, they should dignantly, that your mummery imposes have found-Yet what do I rave about I on me, and that I'am among the fools who is see am a prisoner !
see more than trick in your pretended aft Anda 666 You shall be so no longer,' said " " Forbear, Cleveland, forbear," said: ar Minnam Your safety--the safety of my Minna, her hereditary awe of Norna sus dear father, all demand your instant free- mented by the circumstance of her sudden dom. I have formed a scheme for your appearance. • 0, forbear-she is power liberty, which, boldly executed, cannot fail. ful-she is but too powerful. And do you, The light is failing without-muffle your. O Norna, remember my father's safety is self in my cloak, and you will easily' pass · linked with Cleveland's.' the guards--I have given them the means 6.6 And it is well for Cleveland that I do is of carousing, and they are deeply engaged. do remember it,' replied the Pythones Haste to the Loch of Stennis, and hide • and that, for the sake of one, I am here 17 yourself till day dawos; then make a smoke to aid both_you with your childish pure on the point where the land, stretching in pose of passing one of his bulk and stature to the lake on each side, divides it nearly under the disguise of a few paltry folds st in two at the Bridge of Broisgar. Your wadmaal- what would your device has vessel, which lies not far distant, will ser:d procured him but instant restraint wat a boat ashore-Do not hesitate an instant.' bolt and shackle ? I will save him-I will
“ “ But you, Minna !-should this wild place him in security on board his bark. scheme succeed," said Cleveland what is But let him rerounce these shores for ever to become of you ?'
and carry elsewhere the terrors of his sable “ * For my share in your escape," an- flag, and his yet blacker rame ; for if the swered the maiden, the honesty of my
sun rises twice, and finds him still at alown intention--the honesty of my inten- chor, his blood be on his own head. Artion will vindicate me in the sight of Hea- look to each other look the last look that ven, and the safety of my father, whose I permit to frail affection, and say, ü ye < fate depends on yours, will be my excuse
can say it, Farewell for ever. “ In a few words, she gave lsim the his
'Obey her,' stammered Minna ; *** monstrate rot, but obey her.'