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“ The busy gossips of the neighbour lived very securely in this cave and dehood had rather bewildered than delighted solate cavern. The following circumher, by recounting Sir Humphrey's un stance will show the character of this bounded wealth, and the grandeur of his
extraordinary man extremely well. retinue; nor could she at all imagine how
Having robbed the steward of a wealthy such useless appendages could in any degree constitute the happiness of life with
Shropshire landholder, to the amount the man she loved. To her Sir Humphrey
of several hundred pounds, he received had made no vain presumptuous boast of
a letter shortly after from the owner of the magnificence of his castles, nor the
the property, stating his extreme disvastness of his riches : it was a theme on
tress from the loss of so large a sum; which he had never spoken. Isabel, there- adding, that it would of necessity comfore, hoped that report exaggerated these pel him immediately to enforce the paythings; for if true, she feared that ten- ment of all the arrears due from his der confidence and free communication of.. tenants, a circumstance that would stigkindred minds could no longer exist, when matize him as a hard and cruel landher husband must be by her regarded with ford; a circumstance he should the more that distance and respect, which the great regret, having always been kind and superiority of his condition must naturally lenient towards his tenantry. Sir Huminspire, and which he of course would phrey made enquiries, and finding that expect,
the landlord, whose name was Rowland There was an easy freedom in the Mawley, was really a benevolent and manners of Sir Humphrey Kynaston, that bad a magic charm on all who knew him, tion of the sum, which he delivered him
considerate man, he made full restituand insensibly won their esteem. He was not merely courteous, but extremely affa
self to the grateful land-owner. The trable, cheerful, and good-humoured. He was ditions of the country abound with such conversant and entertaining, lavish in the noble traits of generosity and justice. pleasures of the table, and held in the ut
Sir Humphrey's health became at most contempt those trammels of the world length very much impaired ; his heart that are the frequent accompaniments of sickened at the recollection of what he pride and wealth. Generons, poble, and once was, and a slow and insidious sincere, he rose superior to the high boast- melancholy was gradually, bearing ing of little minds; be boasted not. To down his brave and noble spirit. the timid maiden, whose heart be had Anxious for his welfare, some of his obtained, he rather sought to conceal his poor friends persuaded him to see an high degree than to proclaim it."
aged woman, whose skill in curing dis
eases, as well as her mysterious and seBut the prospect of so much happi- cluded mode of living, had imbued her ness and gaiety was soon overcast. with an influence, at once powerful and The generous and confiding temper of appalling, over the minds of the neigh“ Wild Humphrey," as he was called, bouring peasantry. He at length conleads him into difficulties, which he has cedes to their request, and “Old Mabel” not the resolution to evade; and the visits the outlaw in his cave at Ness base ingratitude of his intimates — Cliff. After an interesting conference,
friends they were not, rendered him Mabel turns out to be the deserted Isadesperate, and he became a " a broken bel; and discloses herself to the repentman" and an outlaw. The tender Isa- ant Humphrey, just in time to receive bel, although deserted by her husband, his last sigh, and to support his dying loved him with all her 'usual ardour; head on her bosom. and even when she found Sir Hum We have said that the last“ story” is phrey had married another woman, she the best, because nature is always sureproached him not, but lamented in perior to art. “Kynaston's Cave" is silence and secrecy her unhappy lot, merely the narration of a series of facts,
Sir Humphrey, now a proscribed and is always interesting where the auman, sought refuge in the cave of Ness thor has not launched forth into unneCliff, from whence he issued forth only cessary, embellishments.
Before we to levy such contributions on the rich conclude, we would mention that the and powerful, as were necessary for his hostess, described in the introduction, is own wants and those of the poor around any thing but a landlady on the borders him. He was no ordinary free-booter, of Wales. The portrait is evidently innor was his object indiscriminate plun- tended to convey an idea of a Welsh der; and with his favourite horses he hostess, but the failure is complete. $
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