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on the bed, and, stupified by the harassa ing events and mental fatigue of this mi serable day, he sunk into a deep and heavy slumber. This was more than he himself could have expected; but it is mentioned of the North-American Indians, when at the stake of torture, that on the least intermission of agony, they will sleep until the fire is applied to awaken them.
A Conference, and the Consequence. ....
Major Melville had detained Me Morton during his examination of Waverley, both because he thought he' might derive assistance from his practical good sense and approved loyalty, and also because it was agreeable to have a witness of unimpeached candour and veracity to proceedings which touched the honour and safety of a young Englishman of high rank and family, and the expectant heir of a large fortune. Every step he knew would be rigorously canvassed, and it was his business to place the justice and integrity of his own conduct beyond the limits of question.
When Waverley retired, the Laird and Clergyman of Cairnyreckan sat down in silence to their evening meal. While the servants were in attendance, neither chose to say any thing on the circumstances which occupied their minds, and neither felt it easy to speak upon any other. The youth and apparent frankness of Waverley stood in strong contrast to the shades of suspicion which darkened around him, and he had a sort of naiveté, and openness of demeanour, that seemed to belong to one unhackneyed in the ways of intrigue, and which pleaded highly in his favour.
Each mused over the particulars of the examination, and each viewed it through the medium of his own feelings. Both were men of ready and acute talent, and both were equally competent to combine various points of evidence, and to deduce from them the necessary conclusions. But the wide difference of their habits and education often occasioned a great discrep
ancy in their respective deductions from admitted preinises. .'. . . . .
Major Melville had been versed in camps and cities; he was vigilant by profession, and cautious from experience, had met with much evil in the world, and therefore, though himself an upright magistrate and an honourable man, his opinions of others were always strict, and sometimes unjustly severe. Mr Mórton, on the contrary, had passed from the literary pursuits of a college, where he was beloved by his companions and respected by his teachers, to the ease and simplicity of his present charge, where his opportunities of witnessing evil were few, and never dwelt upon, but in order to encourage repent. ance and amendment; and where the love and respect of his parishioners repaid his affectionate zeal in their behalf, by endea. vouring to disguise from him what they knew would give him the most acute pain,--their own occasional transgressions, namely, of the duties which it was the business of his life to recommend. Thus it was a common saying in the neighbourhood, (though both were popular characters,) that the laird knew only the ill in the parish, and the minister only the good.
A love of letters, though kept in subordination to his clerical studies and duties, also distinguished the Pastor of Cairnvreckan, and had tinged his mind in earHier days with a slight feeling of romance; which no after incidents of real life had entirely dissipated. The early loss of an amiable young woman, whom he had nar: ried for love, and who was quickly followed to the grave by an only child, had also: served, even after the lapse of many years, to soften and enhance a disposition natu. rally mild and contemplative. - His--feel ings on the present occasion were therefore likely to differ from those of the se. vere disciplinarian, strict magistrate, and distrustful man of the world. Jo g i . When the servants had withdrawn, the silence of both parties continued, until