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heath; and his right hand, in which he held his bonnet, kept time to his limbs, by an oblique flourish that was the harbinger of a motion of his head alone, something in the same manner as one sees the Chinese figures in a grocer's shop nod the significant nod of a Tao-see, in the presence of an old mandarin.
St. Clyde having conquered Glass, and soothed him into confidence by a speech very opposite to the other one, now heard another portion of his poesy :
" Has she got consent frae her father dear,
With a heigh-ho and a lily gay;
As the primrose spreads sae sweetly?"
What he might mean by reciting these verses, it was not permitted St. Clyde to know; for Glass went on
<< An' O she had a gracefu' mien, Sae young
she looked like beauty's queen;"
An' the lady turned her head aside,
It was to no purpose that St. Clyde strove to get an illustration of these
He knew Eliza had been at Bute. He knew Levingstone was now in Bute. And to whom to ap. ply the rhyme of Glass, or whether to think it had been recited in honour of either of the visitors, he could not tell; and Glass did not give him time to make any further inquiry. A man on horseback at the skirts of the muir attracted his attention; it was Andrew Gillies; and, making a huge bow to St. Clyde, for he now bent his body and pushed his right leg out, till both body and limb. were in one plane ob
lique to the left leg on which he stood; and jabbering something St. Clyde could not comprehend, Glass, as his fickle fancy had veered, wheeled round and fled, with the fleetness of a beast
. The two scenes St. Clyde had now seen at the carne on the muir, flitted alternately in his mind. The story of John Carr respecting Shemus Maca. lester being employed by Whiggans ; the presentiment of accomplices to his father's murder; the retrospection of the last sad interview he had with his sire; the appearance of Glass; the reproof, the idiot wrath that fast was gathering in his breast; his own presence of mind in checking Glass's career of revenge; the unintelligible rhyme, crowded and pressed upon his mind in heedless succession; and be found his way home to the manse, he knew not how; but he got home.
And as he could not dissemble the agitation of his mind, Ellen was distressed, and entreated him to tell her,
« who that man was he had been to see, and what he had said that so disquieted his spirits ;” for she was inquisitive to learn Carr's history from Colin, as she supposed he had been put in possession of that alone.
Colin dissembled partially, that is to say, he told her truth, but not all the truth she wished to know. He said generally, " it was not the most intelligible tale he had heard; but if she would, like a good girl, repress her curiosity, he might yet be able to tell her all. But,” added he, “I am afraid I have offended the minister's favourite servant, Sandy Glass.”
« O, heavens!” exclaimed Ellen, “I would not for the whole isle you offended that poor lad.”
Why, my love, what can it be to
me, that he chooses to take the pet. I'll order my servant to cane the fool."
“ Do not, Colin, do not, my brother, talk of caning Glass; the poor lad is a fool, he is a sort of idiot, and He who deigned not to illumine Glass's mind with reason, is the God of the silly as well as the wise : poor Glass," and applying her handkerchief to her eyes, “is as true to nature as the needle to the pole. He has been the unceasing servant of the manse ever since our dear father was destroyed, and our loving mother and tender sister died :" and Ellen and he both weeped'; and she got relief, and proceeded, " Poor Glass, coming every morning from his mother's—his mother's house, there's a charm in that word, Colin,-a distance of two miles : it is not much he can do, but what he can he does cheerfully, for the minister leaves his work entirely to his own VOL. III.