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pondent, namely, a huge mouth, a tremendous nose, with large black nostrils, which seemed to have slit upwards, blubber lips of an unconscionable size, and huge walleyes, with which he leered, sneered, grinned, and goggled on the Udaller as an old acquaintance, without uttering a single word. The young women could hardly persuade themselves that they did not see before their eyes the very demon Trolld, who made such a distinguished figure in Norna's legend. Their father went on addressing this uncouth apparition in terms of such condescending friendship as the better sort apply to their inferiors, when they wish, for any immediate purpose, to conciliate or coax them,-a tone, by the by, which generally contains, in its very familiarity, as much offence as the more direct assumption of distance and superiority.
"Ha, Nick! honest Nick!' said the Udaller, here you are, lively and lovely as Saint Nicholas your namesake, when he is carved with an axe for the head-piece of a Dutch dogger. How dost thou do, Nick, or Pacolet, if you like that better? Nicholas, here are my two daughters, nearly as handsome as thyself thou seest.'
“Nick grinned, and did a clumsy obeisance by way of courtesy, but kept his broad mis-shapen person firmly placed in the door-way.
"Daughters,' continued the Udaller, who seemed to have his reasons for speaking this Cerberus fair, at least according to his own notions of propitiation,-- this is Nick Strumpfer, maidens, whom his mistress calls Pacolet, being a light-limbed dwarf, as you see, like he that wont to fly about, like a Scourie, on his wooden hob by-horse, in the old story-book of Valentine and Orson, that you, Minna, used to read whilst you were a child. I assure you he can keep his mistress's counsel, and never told one of her secrets in his life-ha, ha, ha!'
"The ugly dwarf grinned ten times wider than before, and shewed the meaning of the Udaller's jest, by opening his immense jaws, and throwing back his head, so as to discover, that, in the immense cavity of his mouth, there only remained the small shrivelled remnant of a tongue, capable perhaps of assisting him in swallowing his food, but unequal to the formation of articulate sounds. Whether this organ had been curtailed by cruelty, or injured by disease, it was impossible to guess; but that the unfortunate being had not been originally dumb, was evident from his retaining the sense of hearing. Having made this horrible exhibition, he repaid the Udaller's mirth with a loud, horrid, and discordant laugh, which had something in it the more hideous that his mirth seemed to be excited by his own misery. The sis ters looked on each other in silence and
fear, and even the Udaller seemed disconcerted.
"And how now ?' he proceeded, after a minute's pause. "When did'st thou wash that throat of thine, that is about the width of the Pentland Frith, with a cup of brandy? Ha, Nick! I have that with me which is sound stuff, boy, ha !'
"The dwarf bent his beetle-brows, shook his mis-shapen head, and made a quick sharp indication, throwing his right hand up to his shoulder with the thumb pointed backwards.
“What! my kinswoman,' said the Udaller, comprehending the signal, be angry? Well, shalt have a flask to carouse when she is from home, old acquaintance; lips and throats may swallow though they cannot speak.'
"Pacolet grinned a grim assent.
"And now,' said the Udaller, ‘stand out of the way, Pacolet, and let me carry my daughters to see their kinswoman. By the bones of Saint Magnus, it shall be a good turn in thy way. Nay, never shake thy head, man; for if thy mistress be at home, see her we will.'
"The dwarf again intimated the impossibility of their being admitted, partly by signs, partly by mumbling some uncouth and most disagreeable sounds, and the Udaller's mood began to arise.
"Tittle tattle, man,' said he; ble not me with thy gibberish, but stand out of the way, and the blame, if there be any, shall rest with me.'
"So saying, Magnus Troil laid his sturdy hand upon the collar of the recusant dwarf's jacket of blue wadmaal, and, with a strong but not a violent grasp, removed him from the door-way, pushed him gently aside, and entered, followed by his two daughters, whom a sense of apprehension, arising out of all which they saw and heard, kept very close to him. A crooked and dusky passage, through which Magnus led the way, was dimly enlightened by a shot-hole, communicating with the interior of the building, and originally intended doubtless to command the entrance by a hagbut or culverin. As they approached nearer, for they walked slowly and with hesitation, the light, imperfect as it was, was suddenly obscured; and, on looking upward to discern the cause, Brenda was startled to observe the pale and obscurelyseen countenance of Norna gazing downwards upon them, without speaking a word. There was nothing extraordinary in this, as the mistress of the mansion might be naturally enough looking out to see what guests were thus suddenly and unceremoniously intruding themselves on her presence. Still, however, the natural paleness of her features, exaggerated by the light in which they were at present exhibited,-the immoveable sternness of her look, which shewed neither kindness nor courtesy of
civil reception, her dead silence, and the singular appearance of every thing about her dwelling, augmented the dismay which Brenda had already conceived. Magnus Troil and Minna had walked slowly forward, without observing the apparition of their singular hostess."
After a variety of strange ceremonies, incantations, and spells, Norna utters such rhymes concerning the cause of the visit, and the fortunes of poor Minna, as have the effect, in a very considerable degree, of restoring her mental quiet. She concludes with commanding Magnus on no account to omit attending, with his two daughters, the approaching great annual fair of the Orkneys, to be held a few days after at Kirkwall. Obedience is promised; for a time we lose sight of the Udaller and his household; and the scene shifts to Kirkwall, beneath the shadow of whose ancient cathedral all manner of gay preparations for the near festival and fair of St Magnus are already going forwards.
Here Cleveland once more meets us. We find him strolling alone in a very dejected mood beneath the pillars of the half ruined Cathedral of Kirkwall. The ship of Goffe is lying off the town, and the pirate crew are revelling among the citizens. The situation of Cleveland is, at this moment, one of great anxiety. First of all, the rude and drunken pirate, old Goffe, and he, are by no means kindred spirits, and Goffe is very jealous of a considerable part of his own crew, who, he fears, may prefer being under the command of Cleveland, and expel himself from the chief sway of the ship-for which, in fact, his brutal habits render him very till adapted. Secondly, Cleveland is anxious to recover his own property from the ship, and, if possible, bid adieu for ever to the companions and the dangers of a mode of life which his renewed intercourse with virtuous and happy society has taught him thoroughly to abhor. Thirdly, and lastly, he fears it will not be possible for him, under any circumstances, to obtain the consent of the proud Udaller, Magnus Troil, to his union with Minna, should his true situation and history become known; and between all these anxieties, his elastic spirit has undergone no trifling change of sobriety. The appearance of the pirates on the canvass gives new animation to the fancy of the artist, and new delight to the reader. Nothing can be better
than these sea characters. They have all the poetical colouring which the author of Waverley knows how to bestow on the creatures of his imagination; and, at the same time, they have, in our opinion, truth and reality not inferior to any thing that is to be found in Roderick Random itself. Of the sea dialect we profess to be no judges; but, so far as we can judge, it is as good as possible, as rich, as easy, and as unaffected as if Sinollett had written the scenes which it enlivens.
A sudden and unexpected incident throws back the reluctant Cleveland into the company of their old associates. He is loitering about the cathedral in company with one of his ancient cronies, an ex-player who had left DruryLane for scenes of real tragedy, and who was known among the pirate crew, both by his own proper name of Jack Bunce, and by his histrionic title of Frederick Altamont. Their notice is attracted to one of the rising booths of the fair, in front of which the pedlar, Bryce Snailsfoot, is already unfolding and arranging his marketable wares. Among these Cleveland recognises, much to his surprise, several articles which he knew had been left by himself locked up in his chest at the place where he landed after his shipwreck on the shore of Zetland. He challenges the pedlar, who having by this time ascertained pretty accurately the true character and situation of the gay Captain Cleveland, thinks it likely his own right may be about as good as the other's, and is, at all events, resolved not to give up his prize without a proper struggle in defence of it. Here follows part of the scene:
"Ou dear, Captain,' said the conscientious pedlar, what wad ye hae had twa poor folk to do? There was yoursell gane that aught the things, and Master Mordaunt was gane that had them in keeping, an' the things were but damply put up, where they were rotting with moth and mould, and—
"And so this old thief sold them, and you bought them, I suppose, just to keep them from spoiling,' said Cleveland.
"Weel then,' said the merchant, I'm thinking, noble Captain, that wad be just the gate of it."
666 Well then, hark ye, you impudent scoundrel,' said the Captain; I do not wish to dirty my fingers with you, or to make any disturbance in this place
"Good reason for that, Captain-aha !’ said the Jagger slyly.
« I'll break your bones if you speak another word,' replied Cleveland. Take notice I offer you fair terms-give me back the black leathern pocket-book with the lock upon it, and the purse with the doubloons, with some few of the clothes I want, and keep the rest in the devil's
"Doubloons!!!'-exclaimed the Jagger, with an exaltation of voice intended to indicate the utmost extremnity of surprise, - What do I ken of doubloons ? my dealing was for doublets, and not for doubloons -If there were doubloons in the kist, doubtless, Swertha will have them in safe keeping for your honour--the damp wouldna harm the gold, ye ken.'
fully, was at length brought to the ground and made prisoner. His more fortunate companion had escaped by speed of foot, so soon as he saw that the day must needs be determined against them.
"The proud heart of Cleveland, which, even in its perversion, had in its feelings something of original nobleness, was like to burst, when he felt himself borne down in this unworthy brawl-dragged into the town as a prisoner, and hurried through the streets towards the Council-house, where the magistrates of the burgh were then seated in council. The probability of imprisonment, with all its consequences, rushed also upon his mind, and he cursed & hundred times the folly which had not rather submitted to the pedlar's knavery, than involved him in so perilous an em
"Give me back my pocket-book and my goods, you rascally thief,' said Cleveland, or without a word more I will beat barrassment. 6 your brains out!'
"The wily Jagger, casting eye around him, saw that succour was near in the shape of a party of officers, six in number; for several rencontres with the crew of the pirate had taught the magistrates of Kirkwall to strengthen their police parties when these strangers were in question.
"Ye had better keep the thief to suit yoursell, honoured Captain,' said the Jagger, emboldened by the approach of the civil power; for wha kens how a' these fine things and bonny-dies were come by?' "This was uttered with such provoking slyness of look and tone, that Cleveland made no further delay, but, seizing upon the Jagger by the collar, dragged him over his temporary counter, which was, with all the goods displayed thereon, overset in the scuffle; and holding him with one hand, inflicted on him with the other a severe beating with his cane. All this was done so suddenly and with such energy, that Bryce Snaelsfoot, though rather a stoutman, was totally surprised by the vivacity of the attack, and made scarce any other effort at extricating himself than by roaring for assistance like a bull-calf. The loitering aid' being at length come up, the officers made an effort to seize on Cleveland, and by their united exertions succeeded in compelling him to quit hold of the pedlar, in order to defend himself from their assault. This he did with infinite strength, resolution, and dexterity, being at the same time well seconded by his friend Jack Bunce, who had seen with infinite glee the drubbing sustained by the pedlar, and now combated tightly to save his companion from the consequences. But as there had been for tome time a growing feud between the town's people and the crew of the Rover, the former, provoked by the insolent deportment of the seamen, had resolved to stand by each other, and to aid the civil power upon such occasions of riot as should occur in future; and so many assistants came up to the rescue of the constables, that Cleveland, after fighting mest man.
"But just as they approached the door of the Council-house, which is situated in the middle of the little town, the face of matters was suddenly changed by a new and unexpected incident.
"Bunce, who had designed by his precipitate retreat to serve as well his friend as himself, had hied him to the haven, where the boat of the Rover was then lying, and called the coxswain and boat's crew to the assistance of Cleveland. They now ap peared on the scene, fierce desperadoes, is became their calling, with features bronzed by the tropical sun under which they had pursued it. They rushed at once amongst the crowd, laying about them with their stretchers, and, forcing their way up to Cleveland, speedily delivered him from the hands of the officers, who were totally unprepared to resist an attack so furious and so sudden, and carried him off in triumph towards the quay, two or three of their number facing about from time to time to keep back the crowd, whose efforts to recover the prisoner were the less violent, that most of the seamen were armed with pistols and cutlasses, as well as with the less lethal weapons which alone they had as yet made use of.
"They gained their boat in safety, and jumped into it, carrying along with them Cleveland, to whom circumstances seemed to offer no other refuge, and pushed off for their vessel, singing in chorus to their oars an old ditty, of which the na tives of Kirkwall could only hear the first
hongst those desperate associates from hom he had so often resolved to detach mself."
The return of Cleveland gives rise a fierce quarrel among the pirate ew, part of whom are entirely the eatures of Goffe,-while the younger d more gallant spirits side with leveland, and endeavour to procure r him, what he himself by no means vets, the command of the ship. After great many squabbles, which are deribed with uncommon liveliness, the
ction of Goffe become alarmed for eir own safety, in consequence of e continual drunkenness of their old vourite, who delays from day to day tting on board the necessary provions, without which they cannot leave rkney, and otherwise betrays gross capacity; and the result is, that all mbine in forcing the temporary eletion of Cleveland to the captaincy the vessel. He, being informed at a royal frigate has been seen off le coast of Caithness, is sensible that > further delay must take place, and Des not hesitate to go on shore at the ead of a resolute band, for the purose of compelling the magistrates of irkwall, to grant the needful supies. With great art he at last half rrifies, half persuades them to accede his proposal, and a paction is made at biscuit, fish, &c. shall be given secret, if the ship be removed to nother part of the coast, so as to preent the character of the magistracy om being stained by any suspicion of aving assisted a piratical crew in their ecessities. Nothing can be better than he scene between Cleveland and the 'rovost. Cleveland agrees in the end > remain as an hostage in the hands f the baillies till the bargain be fullled on both sides, while they promise
ɔ send one of their own number as an ostage in his place on board the vesel. But while Cleveland is kept safe mong the towns-people, the peron to be conveyed on board the ship who was no other than the DeputyChamberlain, Yellowley,) contrives to nake his escape, in consequence of which the crew seize upon the first ressel they find entering the harbour; und in this, it so happens, are Magus Troil and his fair daughters, who had sailed from Zetland, according co Norna's command, for the purpose of Deing present at the fair of Kirkwall.
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ness by Jack Bunce, who commands in the absence of Cleveland, and inebriety of Goffe. Jack has discovered the secret of Cleveland's attachment, and it is his respect for him, that chiefly induces him to follow this anti-piratical line of conduct, more particularly in regard to the ladies. After a little time he has the daughters conveyed on shore, retaining Magnus alone in pledge of his Captain's personal safety; and expects with reason that Cleveland's escape may be much favoured by the intercession of Minna and Brenda.
And without question, the Baillies would have soon done whatever was requisite to secure the safety of Magnus Troil; but unfortunately for Cleveland, the near approach of the king's ship above alluded to was now so well known, that these municipal worthies could not help fearing the consequences of doing any thing that might be interpreted into an improper familiarity with the enemies of the public peace of the seas. Cleveland therefore would have had a poor chance of getting away from Kirkwall, but for the private exertions of Minna herself, and of Norna the Rheimken
The prisoner is permitted to walk within the guarded walls of the ancient cathedral; and it is there that we find him in the evening, when Minna breaks in upon his melancholy solitude. The passage is exquisitely beautiful.
"Here walked Cleveland, musing over the events of a mis-spent life, which it seemed probable might be brought to a violent and shameful close, while he was yet in the prime of youth. • With these dead,' he said, looking on the pavement, 'will I soon be numbered-but no holy hand register an inscription—no proud deman will speak a blessing-no friendly scendant sculpture armorial bearings over whitening bones will swing in the gibbetthe grave of the pirate Cleveland. My irons on some wild beach or lonely cape, that will be esteemed fatal and accursed for my sake. The old mariner, as he passes the sound, will shake his head, and tell of my name and actions as a warning to his younger comrades. But Minna! the news reaches thee?-Would to God Minna!-what will be thy thoughts when the tidings were drowned in the deepest Westra ere they came to her ear !—and O, whirlpool betwixt Kirkwall and Burghwould to Heaven that we had never met, since we never can meet again!'
"He lifted up his eyes as he spoke, and Minna Troil stood before him. Her face 4 Y
tory of their capture, and its consequences Cleveland cast up his eyes and raised h hands to heaven, in thankfulness for the escape of the sisters from his evil com nions, and then hastily added, Buty are right, Minna, I must fly at all ratesfor your father's sake I must fly. Her then, we part-yet not, I trust, for ever. "For ever!' answered a voice, that sounded as from a sepulchral vault.
was pale, and her hair dishevelled, but her look was composed and firm, with its usual expression of high-minded melancholy. She was still shrouded in the large mantle which she had assumed on leaving the vessel. Cleveland's first emotion was astonishment, his next was joy, not unmixed with awe. He would have exclaimed he would have thrown himself at her feet, but she imposed at once silence and composure on him, by raising her finger, and saying, in a low but commanding accent Be cautious-we are observed there are men withoutthey let me enter with difficulty. I dare not remain long-they would think they might believe-O, Cleveland! I have hazarded every thing to save you !'
"To save me ?-alas! poor Minna!' answered Cleveland; to save me is impossible enough that I have seen you once more, were it but to say, for ever farewell!"
"Cleveland,' replied Minna, they presumed nothing-your name was a spell over them; by the power of that spell over these ferocious banditti, and by that alone, I was reminded of the qualities I once thought my Cleveland's !''
"Yes,' said Cleveland, proudly, my name has and shall have power over them, when they are at the wildest; and had they harmed you by one rude word, they should have found-Yet what do I rave about-I am a prisoner !'
"You shall be so no longer,' said Minna Your safety-the safety of my dear father, all demand your instant freedom. I have formed a scheme for your liberty, which, boldly executed, cannot fail. The light is failing without-muffle yourself in my cloak, and you will easily pass the guards-I have given them the means of carousing, and they are deeply engaged. Haste to the Loch of Stennis, and hide yourself till day dawns; then make a smoke on the point where the land, stretching into the lake on each side, divides it nearly in two at the Bridge of Broisgar. Your vessel, which lies not far distant, will send a boat ashore-Do not hesitate an instant.'
"But you, Minna!--should this wild scheme succeed,' said Cleveland-' what is to become of you ?'
"For my share in your escape,' answered the maiden, the honesty of my own intention the honesty of my intention will vindicate me in the sight of Heaven, and the safety of my father, whose fate depends on yours, will be my excuse
"In a few words, she gave him the his
"They started, looked around them. and then gazed on each other. It seemed as if the echoes of the building had re turned Cleveland's last words, but the prenunciation was too emphatically accented
"Yes, for ever!' said Norma of the Fitful-head, stepping forward from behind one of the massive Saxon pillars which sup port the roof of the Cathedral- H meet the crimson foot and the crims hand-well for both that the wound? healed whence that crimson was derivedwell for both, but best for him who shed: Here, then, you meet-and meet for t last time!'
"Not so,' said Cleveland, as if abor to take Minna's hand- to separate ne from Minna, while I have life, must be the work of herself alone.'
'Away!' said Norna, stepping betwist them, away with such vain folly!—no rish no vain dreams of future meetings you part here, and you part for ever. Th hawk pairs not with the dove-guilt mate es not with innocence. Minna Troil, you look for the last time on this bold and cr minal man-Cleveland, you behold Min for the last time!'
"And dream you,' said Cleveland, ir dignantly, that your mummery impos on me, and that I am among the fools wi see more than trick in your pretended art
Forbear, Cleveland, forbear,' Minna, her hereditary awe of Norna a mented by the circumstance of her sudde appearance. O, forbear-she is power ful-she is but too powerful. And do y O Norna, remember my father's safety linked with Cleveland's.'
"And it is well for Cleveland that do remember it,' replied the Pythoness and that, for the sake of one, I am her to aid both-you with your childish per pose of passing one of his bulk and statu under the disguise of a few paltry folds wadmaal-what would your device La procured him but instant restraint w bolt and shackle? I will save him-I w place him in security on board his ba But let him renounce these shores for ev and carry elsewhere the terrors of his sa flag, and his yet blacker name; for if th sun rises twice, and finds him still at an chor, his blood be on his own head. A look to each other-look the last look I permit to frail affection, and say, i can say it, Farewell for ever.'
"Obey her,' stammered Minna; * remonstrate not, but obey her.'