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.“ Safe, and a triumphant spectator of our success.” ." In this place?".
" Ay, in this city at least, and you shall see her; but first you must meet a friend whoin you little think of, who has been frequent in his enquiries after you."
Thus saying, he dragged Waverley by the arm out of the guard-chamber, and ere he knew where he was conducted, Edward found himself in a presence-room fitted up with some attempt at royal state.
A young man, wearing his own fair hair, distinguished by the dignity of his mien and the noble expression of his well-formed and regular features, advanced out of a circle of military gentlemen and Highlandchiefs, by whom he was surrounded. In his easy and graceful manners, Waverley afterwards thought he could have discovered his high birth and rank, although the star on his breast, and the embroidered garter at his knee, had not appeared as its indications.
..,“ Let me present to your royal highness,” said Fergus, bowing profoundly
“The descendant of one of the most ancient and loyal families in England,” said the young Chevalier, interrupting him. “ I beg your pardon for interrupting you, my dear Mac-Ivor, but no master of ceremopies is necessary to present a Waverley to a Stuart."
Thus saying, he extended his hand to Edward with the utmost courtesy, who could not, had he desired it, have avoided rendering him the homage which seemed due to his rank, and was certainly the right of his birth. "I am sorry to under. stand, Mr Waverley, that owing to circumstances which have been as yet but ill explained, you have suffered some restraint among my followers in Perthshire, and on your march here; but we are in such a situation that we hardly know our friends, and I am even at this moment uncertain whether I can have the pleasure of considering Mr Waverley among mine. He then paused for an instant, but before Edward could adjust a suitable reply, or even arrange his thoughts as to its purport, he took out a paper, and proceeded:" I should indeed have no doubts upon this subject, if I could trust to this proclamation sent forth by the friends of the Elector of Hanoyer, in which they rank Mr Waverley among the nobility and gentry who are menaced with the pains of hightreason for loyalty to their legitimate sovereign. But I desire to gain no adherents save from affection and conviction; and if Mr Waverley inclines to prosecute his journey to the south, or to join the forces of the Elector, he shall have my passport and free permission to do so; and I can only regret that my power will not extend to protect him against the probable consequences of such a measure. But,” continued Charles Edward, after another short pause," if Mr Wayerley should, like his ancestor, Şir Nigel, determine to embrace a cause which has little to recom
mend it but its justice, and follow a prince who throws himself upon the affections of his people to recover the throne of his ancestors, or perish in the attempt, I can only say, that among these nobles and gentlemen he will find worthy associates in a gallant enterprize, and will follow a master who may be unfortunate, but I trust will never be ungrateful.".. l... - The politic chieftain of the race of Ivor knew his advantage in introducing Waverley to this personal interview with the royal adventurer, Unaccustomed to the address and manners of a polished court, in which Charles was eminently skilful, his words and his kindness penetrated the heart of our hero, and easily outweighed all prudential motives. To be thus personally solicited for assistance by a prince, whose form and manners, as well as the spirit which he displayed in this singular enterprize, answered his ideas of a hero of romance, to be courted by him in the ancient halls of his paternal palace, recovered
by the sword which he was already bending towards other conquests, gave Edward, in his own eyes, the dignity and importance which he had ceased to consider as his attributes. Rejected, slandered, and threatened upon the one side, he was irresistibly attracted to the cause which the prejudices of education, and the political principles of his family, had already recommended as the most just: These thoughts rushed through his mind like a torrent, sweeping before them every consideration of an opposite' tendency,the time, besides, admitted of no deliberation, -and Waverley, kneeling to Charles Edward, devoted his heart and sword to the vindication of his rights!.? sinni.
The Prince (for although unfortunate in the faults and follies of his forefathers, we shall here, and elsewhere, give him the title due to his birth) raised Waverley from the ground, and embraced him with an expression of thanks too warm not to be genuine. He also thanked Fergus Mac-Ivor