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came the doubtful question, whether he might not be that happy man,-a question which fancy endeavoured to answer in the affirmative, by conjuring up all she had said in his praise, with the addition of a comment .much more flattering than the text warranted. All that was commonplace, all that belonged to the everyday world, was melted away and obliterated in these dreams of imagination, which only remembered with advantage the points of grace and dignity that distinguished Flora from the generality of her sex, not the particulars which she held in common with them. Edward was, in short, in the fair way of creating a goddess out of a high-spirited, accomplished, and beautiful young woman; and the time was wasted in castle-building until, at the descent of a steep hill, he saw beneath him the market town of
The Highland politeness of Callum Beg
there are few nations, by the way, that can boast of so much natural politeness as
the Highlanders--the Highland civility of his attendant had not permitted him to disturb the reveries of our hero. But, observing him rouse himself at the sight of the village, Callum pressed closer to his side, and hoped, " when they cam to the public, his nonour wad not say nothing about Vich Ian Vohr, for ta people were bitter whigs, deil burst tem." · Waverley assured the prudent page that he would be cautious; and as he now disa tinguished, not indeed the ringing of bells, but the tinkling of something like a ham, mer against the side of an old mossy, green, inverted porridge-pot, that hung in an open booth, of the size and shape of a parrot's cage, erected to grace the eastend of a building resembling an old barn, he asked Callum Beg if it were Sunday.
“Could na say just preceesely-Sunday seldom cam aboon the pass of BallyBrough." .
On entering the town, however, and advancing toward the most apparent pube
lic-house which presented itself, the numbers of old women, in tårtan screens and red cloaks, who streamed from the barni resembling building, debating as they went the comparative merits of the blessed youth Jabesh Rentowel, and that chosen vessel Maişter Goukthrapple, induced Caklum to assure his temporary master, that it was either ta mickle Sunday hersell, or ta little government Sunday that they ca’d ta fast.”
Upon alighting at the sign of the Sevenbranched Golden Candlestick, 'which, fór the further delectation of the guests, was graced with a short Hebrew motto, they were received by inine host, a tall thin puritanical figure, who seemed to debate with himself whether he ought to give shelter to those who travelled on such a day. Reflecting, however, in all probability, that he possessed the power of mulcting them for this irregularity, a penalty which they might escape by passing into Gregor Duncanson’s, at the sign of the Highlander and the Hawick Gill, Mr Ebenezer Cruickshanks condescended to admit them into his dwelling. : To this sanctified person Waverley addressed his request, that he would procure him a guide, with a saddlehorse to carry his portmanteau to Edinburgh.
“And whare may ye be coming from?" demanded mine host of the Candlestick.
“I have told you where I wish to go: I do not conceive any further information necessary either for the guide or his saddle-horse." .
“ Hem! Ahem !" returned he of the Candlestick, somewhatdisconcerted at this rebuff. “ It's the general fast, sir, and I cannot enter into ony carnal transactions on sick a day, when the people should be humbled, and the backsliders should return, as worthy Mr Goukthrapple said ; and moreover when, as the precious Mr Jabesh Rentowel did well observe, the land was mourning for covenants burnt, broken, and buried.”
“My good friend, if you cannot let me have a horse and a guide, my servant shall seek them elsewhere."
"A weel! Your servant?-and what for gangs he not forward with you him. sell?"
Waverley had but very little of a captain of horse's spirit within him-I mean of that sort of spirit which I have been obliged to, when I happened, in a mail. coach or diligence, to meet some militaTy man who has kindly taken upon him the disciplining of the waiters, and the taxing of reckonings. Some of this useful talent our hero had, however, acquired during his military service, and on this gross provocation it began seriously to arise. “Look ye, sir, I came here for my own accommodation, and not to answer impertinent questions. Either say you can, or cannot, get me what I want; I shall pursue my course in either case." vi Mr. Ebenezer Cruickshanks left the room with some indistinct muttering, but