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CHAPTER X.

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While the fire continued, the two parties laboured in active union, like the jarring factions of the Jews during the siege of Jerusalem, when compelled to unite in resisting an assault of the besiegers. But when the last bucket of water had hissed on the few embers that continaed to glimmer-when the sense of mutual hostility, hitherto suspended by a feeling of common danger, was in its turn rekindled -the parties, mingled as they had hitherto been in one common exertion, drew off from each other, and began to arrange themselves at opposite sides of the hall, and handle their weapons, as if for a renewal of the fight.

Bridgenorth interrupted any farther progress of this menaced hostility, “Julian Peveril,” he said, " thou art free to walk thine own path, since thou wilt not walk with me that road which is more safe, as well as more honourable. But if you do by my counsel, you will get soon beyond the British

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“ Ralph Bridgenorth,” said one of his friends, this is but evil and feeble conduct on thine own part. Wilt thou withhold thy hand from the battle, to defend, from these sons of Belial, the captive of thy bow and of thy spear? Surely we are enow to

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deal with them in the security of our good old cause; nor should we part with this spawn of the old serpent, until we essay whether the Lord will not give us victory therein."

A hum of stern assent followed; and had not Ganlesse now interfered, the combat would probably have been renewed. He took the advocate for war apart into one of the window recesses, and parently satisfied his objections; for as he returned to his companions, he said to them, “ Our friend hath so weil argued this matter, that, verily, since he is of the same mind with the worthy Major Bridgenorth, I think the youth may be set at liberty."

As no further objection was offered, it only remained with Julian to thank and reward those who had been active in his assistance. Having first obtained from Bridgenorth a promise of indemnity to them for the riot they had committed, a few kind words conveyed his sense of their services; and some broad pieces, thrust into the hand of Lance Outram, furnished the means for affording them a holiday. They would have remained to protect him, but fearful of farther disorder, and relying entirely on the good faith of Major Bridgenorth, he dismissed them all excepting Lance, whom he detained to attend upon him for a few minutes, till he should depart from Moultrassie. But ere leaving the Hall, he could not repress his desire to speak with Bridgenorth in secret; and advancing towards him, he expressed such a desire.

Tacitly granting what was asked of him, Bridgenorth led the way to a small summer saloon adjoining to the Hall, where, with his usual gravity and indifference of manner, he seemed to await in silence what Peveril had to communicate.

Julian found it difficult, where so little opening was afforded him, to find a tone in which to open the subjects he had at heart, that should be at once dignified and conciliating. “Major Bridgenorth,” he said at length, “ you have been a son, and an affectionate one-You may conceive my present anxiety-My father!— What has been designed for him?"

6. What the law will," answered Bridgenorth. " Had he walked by the counsels which I procured to be given to him, he might have dwelt safely in the house of his ancestors.

His fate is now beyond my control—far beyond yours. It must be with him as his country shall decide."

56 And my mother?” said Peveril.

66 Will consult, as she has ever done, her own duty; and create her own happiness by doing so," replied Bridgenorth. “ Believe, my designs towards your family are better than they may seem through the mist which adversity has spread around your house. I may triumph as a man; but as a man I must also remember, in my hour, that mine enemies have had theirs.-Have you aught else to say?” he added, after a momentary pause. have rejected once, yea and again, the hand I stretched out to you. Methinks little more remains between us.

These words, which seemed to cut short farther discussion, were calmly spoken; so that though they appeared to discourage farther question, they could not interrupt that which still trembled on Julian's tongue. He made a step or two towards the door; then suddenly returned. “Your daughter?" he said -“ Major Bridgenorth I should ask-I do ask forgiveness for mentioning her name but may

I not inquire after her?-May I not express my wishes for her future happiness?"

“Your interest in her is but too flattering," said Bridgenorth; " but you have already chosen your part; and you must be, in future, strangers to cach

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other. I may have wished it otherwise, but the hour of grace is passed, during which your compliance with my advice might, I will speak it plainİy—have led to your union. For her happiness if such a word belongs to a mortal pilgrimage-1 shall care for it sufficiently. She leaves this place to-day, under the guardianship of a sure friend."

6 Not of _” exclaimed Peveril, and stopped short; for he felt he had no right to pronounce the name which came to his lips.

" Why do you pause?” said Bridgenorth; "a sudden thought is often a wise, almost always au honest one. With whom did you suppose I meant to entrust my child, that the idea called forth so anxious an expression?”

“ Again I should ask your forgiveness," said Julian, “ for meddling where I have little right to interfere. But I saw a face here that is known to me~The person calls himself Ganlesse-Is it with him that you mean to entrust your daughter?

“Even to the person who calls himself Ganlesse, said Bridgenorth, without expressing either anger or surprise.

“ And do you know to whom you commit a charge so precious to all who know her, and so dear to yourself?” said Julian.

- Do you know, who ask me the question?” answered Bridgenorth.

“ I own I do not,” answered Julian; “but I have seen him in a character so different from what he now wears, that I feel it my duty to warn you, how you entrust the charge of your child to one who can alternately play the profligate or the hypocrite, as suits his own interest or humour."

Bridgenorth smiled contemptuously. "I might be angry,” he said, 66 with the officious zeal which supposes that its green conceptions can instruct my gray hairs; but good Julian, I do but only ask from

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you the liberal construction, that I, who have had much converse with mankind, know with whom I trust what is dearest to me. He of whom thou“ speakest, hath one visage to his friends, though he may have others to the world, living amongst those before whom honest features should be concealed under a grotesque vizard; even as in the sinful sports of the day, called maskings and mummeries, where the wise, if he show himself at all, must be * contented to play the apish and fantastic fool.”

“ I would only pray your wisdom to beware,' said Julian, “ of one, who, as he has a vizard for others, may also have one which can disguise his real features from you yourself.”

“ This is being over careful, young man,” replied Bridgenorth, more shortly than he had hitherto spoken; “ if you would walk by my counsel, you will attend to your own affairs, which, credit me, deserve all your care, and leave others to the management of theirs."

This was too plain to be misunderstood; and Peveril was compelled to take his leave of Bridgenorth, and of Moultrassie-Hall, without further

parley or explanation. The reader may imagine how oft he looked back, and tried to guess, amongst the lights which continued to twinkle in various parts of the building, which sparkle it was that gleamed from the bower of Alice. When the road turned into another direction, he sunk into a deep reverie, from which he was at length roused by the voice of Lance, who demanded where he intended to quarter for the night. He was unprepared to answer the question, but the honest keeper himself prompted a solution of the problem, by requesting that he would occupy a spare bed in the Lodge; to which Julian willingly agreed. The rest of the inhabitants were retired to rest when they entered; but Dame Ellesmere, apprised by a messenger of her nephew's

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