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friend, and as many broad-swords, just arrived from good friends; and two or three hundred stout fellows almost fighting which shall first possess them.-But let me look at you closer-Why, a true Highlander would say you had been blighted by an evil eye.-Or can it be this silly girl that has thus blanked your spirit?Never mind her, dear Edward ; the wisest of her sex are fools in what regards the business of life.”

“ Indeed, my good friend,” answered Waverley, “ all that I can charge against your sister is, that she is too sensible, too reasonable."

“ If that be all, I insure you for a louisd'or against the mood lasting four-andtwenty hours. No woman was ever steadily sensible for that period; and I will engage, if that will please you, Flora shall be as unreasonable to-morrow as any of her sex. You must learn, my dear Edward, to consider women en mousquetaire.

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So saying, he seized Waverley's arm, and dragged him off to review his military preparations.

CHAPTER IV.

Upon the same Subject.

FERGUS MAC-Ivor had too much tact and delicacy to renew the subject which he had interrupted. His head was, or appeared to be, so full of guns, broadswords, bonnets, cantines, and tartan hose, that Waverley could not for some time draw his attention to any other topic.

“Are you to take the field so soon, Fergus, that you are making all these martial preparations?".

“When we have settled that you go with me, you shall know all; but otherwise the knowledge might rather be prejudicial to you."

“But are you serious in your purpose, with such inferior forces, to rise against,

an established government? It is mere frenzy."

" Laissez faire a Don Antoine-I shall take good care of myself. We shall at least use the compliment of Conan, who never got a stroke but he gave one. I would not, however, have you think me mad enough to stir till a favourable opportunity: I will not slip my dog before the game's a-foot.-But, once more, will you join with us, and you shall know all ?" : .“ How can I? : I, who have so lately held that commission which is now posting back to those that gave it. My accepting it implied a promise of fidelity, and an acknowledgment of the legality of the government.”

“A rash promise is not a steel handcuff; it may be shaken off, especially when it was given under deception, and has been repaid by insult. But if you cannot immediately make up your mind to a glorious revenge, go to England, and ere you cross the Tweed you will hear tidings that

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will make the world ring; and if Sir Everard be the gallant old cavalier I have heard him described by some of our honest gentlemen of the year one thousand seven hundred and fifteen, he will find you a better horse-troop and a better cause than you have lost.” ::." But your sister, Fergus?”

“Out, hyperbolical fiend ! how vexest thou this man !-Speakest thou of nothing but of ladies ?”

“ Nay, be serious, my dear friend; I feel that the happiness of my future life must depend upon the answer which Miss Mac-Ivor shall make to what I ventured to tell her this morning.”

“And is this your very sober earnest, or are we in the land of romance and fiction ?"

"My earnest, undoubtedly. How could you suppose me jesting on such a sub

ject?"

“Then, in very sober earnest, I am very glad to hear of it; and so highly do I think

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