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by chimeras, might wander' from object to object, till, dissatisfied with realities, and disgusted with the unalterable sameness of human existence, it might riot in the intoxication of enchantment, and seek to be ravished only with the fiery violence of passion and voluptuousness.
Mrs. Thornhill, we say, fancied Miss Ellen could be guilty of this, but she was deceived ; and was happy to find her task, that of a silent observer of the steady and solid temper of Lea vingstone, who proposed to himself, in order to make Ellen happy, to begin by being her friend ; persuaded that an honest man does whatever he pleases with a well-disposed woman, when he has gained her confidence; and that a lover, who makes himself dreaded, invites his mistress to deceive him, and authorises her to hate him.
Ellen found in Levingstone only that VOL. III.
lively and tender friendship, that attentive and constant complaisance, that soft and pure pleasure, that affection, in short, which has neither its hot nor its cold fits, its ebbings nor its over. flowings; and she repaid bis tender, faithful, fond attachment, by an esteem and keen sensibility of soul,' which were powerfully calculated to make Levingstone exceedingly fonder of her, and to inspire him with all the charms of constancy, which on its part might keep Ellen from reproaches and mys. terious jealousy, and himself from dissipated coquetry.
In their walks, they frequently met and conversed with the old man, Carr, whom we have just mentioned in conjunction with the roving sailor. Carr, meeting Levingstone one day alone, communicated, for the information of the minister, certain facts he wished to gain some knowledge of. These respected the mysterious departure of
Villejuive; yet all Carr would say amounted only to this," the nimble feet of justice were still in pursuit of the murderers of the Laird St. Clyde.” Carr was employed as the ostensible messenger of all the news Whiggans wished the minister to possess, for Sandy Glass he could not always rely on.
This old man had been sent by Whiggans to give this further notice to the minister, by leaving a letter for Mr. Thornbill at some house in the neighbourhood of the manse; and though he might not tell the minister personally, he made no secret to Levingstone of his suspicions that Villejuive had not gone away to St. Omer, but somewhere else; and Whiggans would never put himself within the power of any man; he had too much respect for Mr. Thornhill to put the tried loyalty of the clergyman to the test, by coming into his presence eveti: as an avenger of the blood of St. Clyde. Carr was, therefore, the fittest person to be employed in watching the mancuvres of Villejuive, gaining intelligence of the arrival of Colin from Mull, and communicating the results of these as Whiggans directed to the minister, by conveying letters and notes, so as to render it impracticable to ascertain who had written or delivered them; and this old man was liberally rewarded by the indefatigable Whiggans.
Carr knew all the coast of the island of Bute, though himself had originally been born in Campbelton, and he was well fitted to give the signal to the smugglers where to land. But this was absolutely necessary, since Whiggans's people were now again at sea with a fine new lugger.
As Levingstone was enjoined secrecy by Carr, the minister continued to be the dupe of his own suspicions; and : the confidence the daring outlaw reposed in St. Clyde, Levingstone, John Carr, and even Sandy Glass, was not once abused and betrayed, so much did virtue,ignorance,andinnocence, respect the disinterested honour of a smuggler!
Sandy Glass (if Levingstone met him) had but one theme to dwell on, the loss of his friend the laird, and the forlorn condition of “ his young lady, for“my young lady,” and “our friendless lady,” were the epithets this lad used to designate Miss Ellen St. Clyde. It was impossible for Levingstone to listen to the language of respect used towards the idol of his heart, by a youth, whose murky reason seemed to be but sportively cased in a figure of giant-mould and Herculean strength; for Glass still continued to grow tall and strong, but his size seemed to crush with nothingness, the glimmering rays of intelligence that occasionally visited his cranium.