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and sent back to Scotland till some arrange- " The party preserved silence, interrupted only ments could be made about his pardon. Here by the monotonous and murmured chant of a Gaelic he learns the final discomfiture of his former song, sung in a kind of low recitative by the steersassociates-is fortunate enough to obtain both man, and by the dash of the oars, which the notes
seemed 10 regulate, as they dipped 10 them in ca. his own pardon, and that of old Bradwardine dence. The light, which they now approached -and, after making sure of his interest in the more nearly, assumed a broader, redder, and more heart of the young lady, at last bethinks him irregular splendour. It appeared plainly to be a of going to give an account of himself to his large fire; but whether kindled upon an island or family at Waverley-Honour.-In his way, he the mainland, Edward could not determine. As he attends the assizes at Carlisle, where all his saw it, the red glaring orb seemed to rest on the
very surface of the lake itself, and resembled the efforts are ineffectual to avert the fate of his fiery vehicle in which the Evil Genius of an oriental gallant friend Fergus—whose heroic demean- tale traverses land and sea. They approached our in that last extremity, is depicted with nearer; and the light of the fire sufficed to show great feeling ;-has a last interview with the that it was kindled at the bottom of a huge dark
crag desolated Flora-obtains the consent of his or rock, rising abruptly from the very edge of the friends to his marriage with Miss Bradwar- red, formed a strange and even awful contrast 10
water; its front, changed by the reflection to dusky dine-puts the old Baron in possession of his the banks around, which were from time to time forfeited manor, and, in due time, carries his faintly and partially enlightened by pallid moonligh!. blooming bride to the peaceful shades of his “ 'T'he boat now neared the shore, and Edward own paternal abode.
could discover that this large fire was kindied in Such is the outline of the story ;-although the lake seemed to advance ; and he conjectured,
the jaws of a lofty cavern, into which an iniet from it is broken and diversified with so many sub- which was indeed true, that ihe fire had been kinordinate incidents, that what we have now dled as a beacon to the boatmen on their return. given, will afford but a very inadequate idea They rowed right for the mouth of the cave ; and even of the narrative part of the performance. then shipping heir oars, permited the boat to enter Though that narrative is always lively and with the impulse which it had received. The shiti easy, the great charm of the work consists, the fire was blazing, and running about two boals'
passed the little point, or platform of rock on which undoubtedly, in the characters and descrip- length farther, stopped where the cavern, for it was tions—though we can scarcely venture to pre- already arched overhead, ascended from the water sent our readers with more than a single by five or six broad ledges of rock, so easy and specimen; and we select, as one of the most regular that they might be termed natural steps. characteristic, the account of Waverley's night Aung upon the fire, which sunk with a hissing noise, visit to the cave of the Highland freebooter.
and with it disappeared the light it had hitherto al.
forded. Four or five active arms lifted Waverley “In a short time, he found himself on the banks out of the boat, placed him on his feet, and almost of a large river or lake, where his conductor gave carried him into ihe recesses of the cave. He made him to understand they must sit down for a little a few paces in darkness, guided in this manner; and while. The moon, which now began to rise, advancing towards a huin of voices, which seemed showed obscurely the expanse of water which to sound from the centre of the rock, at an acute spread before them, and the shapeless and indistinct turn Donald Bean Lean and his whole establish. forms of mountains, with which it seemed to be ment were before his eyes. surrounded. The cool, and yet mild air of the sum. “The interior of the cave, which here rose very mer night, refreshed Waverley after his rapid and high, was illuminated by torches made of pine-iree. toilsome walk; and the perfume which it wafted which emitted a bright and bickering lighi, allerded from the birch trees, bathed in the evening dew, by a strong, though not unpleasani odour. Their was exquisitely fragrant.
light was assisted by the red glare of a large char. “He had now time to give himself up to the full coal fire, round which were seated five or six armed romance of his situation. Here he sat on the banks Highlanders, while others were indistinctly seen of an unknown lake, under the guidance of a wild couched on their plaids, in the more remote recesses native, whose language was unknown to him, on a of the cavern. In one large aperture, which the visit to the den of some renowned outlaw, a second robber facetiously called his spence (or pantry), Robin Hood perhaps, or Adam o' Gordon, and that there hung by the heels the carcases of a sheep or at deep midnight, ihrough scenes of difficulty and ewe, and iwo cows, lately slaughtered. toil, separated from his attendant, and left by his Being placed at a convenient distance from the guide.
charcoal fire, the heat of which the season rendered " While wrapt in these dreams of imagination, oppressive, a strapping Highland damsel placed behis companion gently touched him, and pointing in fore Waverley, Evan, and Donald Bean, three a direction nearly straight across the lake, said, cogues, or wooden vessels, composed of staves and • Yon's ta cove.' A small point of light was seen hoops, containing imrigh, a sort of strong soup 10 twinkle in the direction in which he pointed, and, made out of a particular part of the inside of the gradually increasing in size and lustre, seemed to beeves. After this refreshment, which, though flicker like a meteor upon the verge of the horizon. coarse, fatigue and hunger rendered palatable, While Edward watched this phenomenon, the dis. steaks, roasted on the coals, were supplied in libetant dash of oars was heard. The measured splash ral abundance, and disappeared before Evan Dha arrived near and more near; and presently a loud and their host with a prompritude that seemed like whistle was heard in the same direction. His magic, and astonished Waverley, who was much friend with the battle-axe immediately whistled puzzled to reconcile their voracity with what he had clear and shrill, in reply to the signal; and a boat, heard of the absiemiousness of ihe Highlanders. manned with four or five Highlanders, pushed for a heath pallet, with the flowers stuck uppermost, a livele inlet, near which Edward was seated. He had been prepared for him in a recess of the cave; advanced to meet them with his attendant; was and here, covered with such spare plaids as could immediately assisted into the boat by the officious be mustered, he lay for some time watching the attention of two stout mountaineers; and had no motions of the other inhabitants of the cavern. sooner seated himself, than they resumed their Small parties of iwo or three entered or left the oars, and began to row across the lake with great place without any other ceremony than a few words rapidity.
in Gaelic to the principal outlaw, and when he fell
asleep, to a tall Highlander who acted as his lieuten-ly arranged, and to which she now added a few ani, and seemed io keep watch during his repose. bunches of cranberries, gathered in an adjacent mo. Those who entered, seemed to have returned from rass. Having had the satisfaction of seeing him sonie excursion, of which they reported the success, seated at breakfast, she placed herself demurely and went without farıher ceremony to the larder, upon stone at a few yards' distance, and appeared where curring with their dirks their rations from to watch with great complacency for some oppor. the carcases which were there suspended, they pro. tunity of serving him. ceeded to broil and eat them at their own time and " Meanwhile Alice had made up in a small bas. leisure,
ket what she thought worth removing, and finging ** At length the fluctuating groupes began to her plaid around her, she advanced up to Edward. swim before the eyes of our hero as they gradually and, wiih the utmost simplicity, taking hold of his closed; nor did he reopen them till the morning hand, offered her cheek to his salute, dropping, al sun was high on the lake without, though there was the same time, her little courtesy. Evan, who was but a faint and glimmering twilight in ihe recesses esteemed a wag among the mountain fair, advanced, of Uaimh an Ri, or the King's cavern, as the abode as if to secure a similar favour; but Alice, snatch: of Donald Bean Lean, was proudly denominated. ing up her basket, escaped up the rocky bank as
• When Edward had collected his scattered recol- fleetly as a deer, and, turning round and laughing, lection, he was surprised to observe the cavern 10- called something out to him in Gaelic, which he tally deserted. Having arisen and put his dress in answered in the same tone and language; when some order, he looked more accurately around him, waving her hand to Edward, she resumed her road, but all was still solitary. If it had not been for the and was soon lost among ihe thickets, though they decayed brands of the fire, now sunk into grey continued for some time to hear her lively carol, as ashes, and the remnants of the festival, consisting she proceeded gaily on her solitary journey of bones half burned and half gnawed, and an empty Vol. i. pp. 240—270. keg or iwo, there remained no traces of Donald and his band.
The gay scenes of the Adventurer's court “Near to the mouth of the cave he heard the —the breaking up of his army from Edinnotes of a lively Gaelic song, guided by which, in burgh-the battle of Preston-and the whole a sunny recess, shaded by a glittering birch tree, process of his disastrous advance and retreat and carpetted with a bank of firm white sand, he from the English provinces, are given with found the damsel of the cavern, whose lay had the greatest brilliancy and effect—as well as already reached him, busy to the best of her power, the scenes of internal disorder and rising disin arranging to advantage a morning repast of milk, eggs, barley bread, fresh butter, and honeycomb. union that prevail in his scanty army--the The poor girl had made a circuit of four miles that quarrel with Fergus—and the mystical visions morning in search of the eggs, of the meal which by which that devoted chieftain foresees his baked her cakes, and of the other materials of the disastrous fate. The lower scenes again with breakfast, being all delicacies which she had to beg Mrs. Flockhart
, Mrs. Nosebag, Callum-Beg, of Donald Bean Lean used Tiule food except the and the Cumberland peasants, though to some flesh of the animals which they drove away from fastidious readers they may appear coarse and the Lowlands; bread itself was a delicacy seldom disgusting, are painted with a force and a thought of, because hard to be obtained and all truth to nature, which equally bespeak the the domestic accommodations of milk, poultry, but- powers of the artist, and are incomparably ter, &c. were out of the question in this Scythian superior to any thing of the sort which has Alice had occupied a part of the morning in provi. been offered to the public for the last "sixty ding those accommodations for her guest which the years." There are also various copies of cavern did not afford, she had secured time also to verses scattered through the work, which arrange her own person in her best trim. Her indicate poetical talents of no ordinary definery was very simple. A short russet-coloured scription—though bearing; perhaps still more jacket, and a petticoat of scanty longirude, was her whole dress: but these were clean, and neatly ar.
distinetly than the prose, the traces of considranged. A piece of scarlet embroidered cloth, called erable carelessness and haste. the snood, confined her hair, which fell over it in a The worst part of the book by far is that profusion of rich dark curls. The scarlet plaid, portion of the first volume which contains the which formed part of her dress, was laid aside, that history of the hero's residence in Englandit might not impede her activity, in attending the and next to it is the laborious, tardy, and obstranger. I should forget Alice's proudest orna. ment were I to omit mentioning a pair of gold ear
scure explanation of some puzzling occurrings, and a golden rosary which her father, (for rences in the story, which the reader would, she was the daughter of Donald Bean Lean) had in general, be much better pleased to be perbrought from France—the plunder probably of some mitied to forget-and which are neither well battle or storm. “ Her form, though rather large for her years,
explained after all, nor at all worth explaining. was very well proportioned, and her demeanour
There has been much speculation, at least had a nalural and rustic grace, with nothing of the in this quarter of the island, about the authorsheepishness of an ordinary peasant. The smiles, ship of this singular performance--and cerdisplaying a row of teeth of exquisite whiteness, and tainly it is not easy to conjecture why it is the laughing eyes with which, in dumb-show, she still anonymous. — Judging by internal evigave Waverlev that morning greeting, which she dence, to which alone we pretend to have interpreted by a coxcomb, or perhaps a young access, we should not scruple to ascribe it to soldier, who, without being such, was conscious of the highest of those authors to whom it has a handsome person, as meant to convey more than been assigned by the sagacious conjectures the courtesy of a hostess. Nor do I iake it upon of the public;—and this at least we will venme to say, that the little wild mountaineer would lure to say, that if it be indeed the work of have welcomed any staid old gentleman advanced in life, the Baron of Bradwardine, for example, do well to look to his laurels, and to rouse
an author hitherto unknown, Mr. Scott would with the cheerful pains which she bestowed upon Edward's accommodation. She seemed eager to himself for a sturdier competition than any place him by the meal which she had so sedulous. I he has yet had to encounter!
(lil a rch, 1817.) Tales of My Landlord, collected and arranged by Jedediah Cleishbotham, School master and
Parish Clerk of the Parish of Gandercleugh. 4 vols. 12mo. Edinburgh: 1816. This, we think, is beyond all question a ing dull and uninteresting to the votaries of new coinage from the mint which produced these more seductive studies. Among the Waverley, Guy Mannering, and the Antiquary: most popular of these popular productions -For though it does not bear the legend and that have appeared in our times, we must superscription of the Master on the face of rank the works to which we just alluded; the pieces, there is no mistaking either the and we do not hesitate to say, that they are quality of the metal or the execution of the well entitled to that distinction. They are die—and even the private mark, we doubt indeed, in many respects, very extraordinary not, may be seen plain enough, by those who performances-though in nothing more extraknow how to look for it. It is quite impos- ordinary than in having remained so long un. sible to read ten pages of this work, in short, claimed. There is no name, we think. in our without feeling that it belongs to the same literature, to which they would not add lustre school with those very remarkable produc- -and lustre, too, of a very enviable kind; tions; and no one who has any knowledge of for they not only show great talent, but innature, or of art, will ever doubt that it is an finite good sense and good nature,-a more original. The very identity of the leading vigorous and wide-reaching intellect than is characters in the whole set of stories, is a often displayed in novels, and a more powerstronger proof, perhaps, that those of the last ful fancy, and a deeper sympathy with va. series are not copied from the former, than rious passion, than is often combined with even the freshness and freedom of the drape- such strength of understanding. ries with which they are now invested—or The author, whoever he is, has a truly the ease and spirit of the new groups into graphic and creative power in the invention which they are here combined. No imitator and delineation of characters - which he would have ventured so near his originals, sketches with an ease, and colours with a and yet come off so entirely clear of them: brilliancy, and scatters about with a proAnd we are only the more assured that the fusion, which reminds us of Shakespeare old acquaintances we continually recognise in himself: Yet with all this force and felicity these volumes, are really the persons they in the representation of living agents, he has pretend to be, and no false mimics, that we the eye of a poet for all the striking aspects recollect so perfectly to have seen them be- external of nature; and usually contrives fore,—or at least to have been familiar with both in his scenery and in the groups with some of their near relations!
which it is enlivened, to combine the picturWe have often been astonished at the esque with the natural, with a grace that has quantity of talent--of invention, observation, rarely been attained by artists so copious and and knowledge of character, as well as of rapid. His narrative, in this way, is kept conspirited and graceful composition, that may stantly full of life, variety, and colour; and be found in those works of fiction in our lan- is so interspersed with glowing descriptiocs. guage, which are generally regarded as and lively allusions, and flying traits of sa. among the lower productions of our litera-gacity and pathos, as not only to keep our ture, -upon which no great pains is under- attention continually awake, but to afford a stood to be bestowed, and which are sellom pleasing exercise to most of our other faculregarded as titles to a permanent reputation. ties. The prevailing tone is very gay and If Novels, however, are not fated to last as pleasant; but the author's most remarkable, long as Epic poems, they are at least a great and, perhaps, his most delightful talent, is deal more popular in their season ; and, slight that of representing kindness of heart in union as their structure, and imperfect as their fin- with lightness of spirits and great simplicity ishing may often be thought in comparison, of character, and of bending the expressioni we have no hesitation in saying, that the better of warm and generous and exalted affections specimens of the art are incomparably more with scenes and persons that are in themselves entertaining, and considerably more instruc- both lowly and ludicrous. This gist he shares tive. The great objection to them, indeed, is, with his illustrious countryman Bumsas he that they are too entertaining — and are so does many of the other qualities we have pleasant in the reading, as to be apt to pro- mentioned with another living poet,—who is duce a disrelish for other kinds of reading, only inferior perhaps in that to which we have which
may be more necessary, and can in last alluded. It is very honourable indeed, no way be made so agreeable. Neither sci- we think, both to the author, and to the readers ence, nor authentic history, nor political nor among whom he is so extremely popular, that professional instruction, can be rightly con- the great interest of his pieces is for the most veyed, we fear, in a pleasant tale; and, there-part a Moral interest-ihat the concern we fore, all those things are in danger of appear-| take in his favourite characters is less on account of their adventures than of their amia- ' helplessness and humility of our common bleness--and that the great charm of his works nature. Unless we misconstrue very grossly is derived from the kindness of heart, the the indications in these volumes, the author capacity of generous emotions, and the lights thinks no times so happy as those in which an of native taste which he ascribes, so lavishly, indulgent monarch awards a reasonable porand at the same time with such an air of truih ion of liberty to grateful subjects, who do and familiarity, even to the humblest of these not call in question his right either to give or favourites. With all his relish for the ridicu-to withhold it-in which a dignified and delous, accordingly, there is no tone of misan- cent hierarchy receives the homage of their thropy, or even of sarcasm, in his representa submissive and uninquiring flocks-and a tions; but, on the contrary, a great indulgence gallant nobility redeems the venial immoand relenting even towards those who are to ralities of their gayer hours, by brave and be the objects of our disapprobation. There honourable conduct towards each other, and is no keen or cold blooded satire-no bitter- spontaneous kindness to vassals, in whom ness of heart, or fierceness of resentment, in they recognise no independent rights, and not any part of his writings. His love of ridicule many features of a common nature. is little else than a love of mirth; and savours It is very remarkable, however, that, with throughout of the joyous temperament in propensities thus decidedly aristocratical, the which it appears to have its origin; while the ingenious author has succeeded by far the buoyancy of a raised and poetical imagination best in the representation of rustic and homely lifts him continually above the region of mere characters; and not in the ludicrous or conjollity and good humour, to which a taste, by temptuous representation of them-but by no means nice or fastidious, might otherwise making them at once more natural and more be in danger of sinking him. He is evidently interesting than they had ever been made a person of a very sociable and liberal spirit before in any work of fiction; by showing
- with great habits of observation—who has them, not as clowns to be Jaughed at-or ranged pretty extensively through the varie- wretches, to be pitied and despised—but as ties of human life and character, and mingled human creatures, with as many pleasures and with them all, not only with intelligent famili- fewer cares than their superiors—with affecarity, but with a free and natural sympathy tions not only as strong, but often as delicate for all the diversities of their tastes, pleasures, as those whose language is smoother-and and pursuits-one who has kept his heart as with a vein of humour, a force of sagacity, well as his eyes open to all that has offered and very frequently an elevation of fancy, as itself to engage them; and learned indulgence high and as natural as can be met with among for human faults and follies, not only from more cultivated beings. The great merit of finding kindred faults in their most intolerant all these delineations, is their admirable truth censors, but also for the sake of the virtues by and fidelity—the whole manner and cast of which they are often redeemed, and the suf- the characters being accurately moulded on ferings by which they have still oftener been their condition-and the finer attributes that chastised. The temper of his writings, in are ascribed to them so blended and harmonisshort, is precisely the reverse of those of our ed with the native rudeness and simplicity of Laureates and Lakers, who, being themselves their life and occupations, that they are made the most whimsical of mortals, make it a con- interesting and even noble beings, without the science to loathe and abhor all with whom least particle of foppery or exaggeration, and they happen to disagree; and labour to pro- delight and amuse us, without trespassing at mote mutual animosity and all manner of all on the province of pastoral or romance. uncharitableness among mankind, by refer- Next to these, we think, he has found his ring every supposed error of taste, or pecu- happiest subjects, or at least displayed his liarity of opinion, to some hateful corruption greatest powers, in the delineation of the grand of the heart and understanding.
and gloomy aspects of nature, and of the dark With all the indulgence, however, which and fierce passions of the heart. The natural we so justly ascribe to him, we are far from gaiety of his temper does not indeed allow complaining of the writer before us for being him to dwell long on such themes ;-but the too neutral and undecided on the great sub- sketches he occasionally introduces, are exejects which are most apt to engender exces- cuted with admirable force and spirit-and sive zeal and intolerance-and we are almost give a strong impression both of the vigour of as far from agreeing with him as to most of his imagination, and the variety of his talent. those subjects. In politics it is sufficiently It is only in the third rank that we would place manifest, that he is a decided Tory--and, we his pictures of chivalry and chivalrous charare afraid, something of a latitudinarian both acter—his traits of gallantry, nobleness, and in morals and religion. He is very apt at least honour--and that bewitching combination of to make a mock of all enthusiasm for liberty gay and gentle manners, with generosity, canor faith—and not only gives a decided prefer- dour, and courage, which has long been faence to the social over the austerer virtues- miliar enough to readers and writers of novels, but seldom expresses any warm or hearty ad- but has never before been represented with miration, except for those graceful and gentle- such an air of truth, and so much ease and man-like principles, which can generally be happiness of execution. acted upon with a gay countenance-and do Among his faults and failures, we must give not imply any great effort of self-denial, or the first place to his descriptions of virtuous any deep sense of the rights of others, or the young ladies—and his representations of the
ordinary business of courtship and conversa- | the place of a more detailed examination of tion in polished life. We admit that those those which he has given to the public since things, as they are commonly conducted in we first announced him as the author of real life, are apt to be a little insipid to a mere Waverley. The time for noticing his two critical spectator ;-and that while they conse- intermediate works, has been permitted to go quently require more heightening than strange by so far, that it would probably be difficult adventures or grotesque persons, they admit to recal the public attention to them with any less of exaggeration or ambitious ornament: effect; and, at all events, impossible to affect, -Yet we cannot think it necessary that they by any observations of ours, the judgment should be altogether so tame and mawkish as which has been passed upon them, with very we generally find them in the hands of this little assistance, we must say, from professed spirited writer,—whose powers really seem critics, by the mass of their intelligent readers, to require some stronger stimulus to bring -by whom, indeed, we have no doubt that them into action, than can be supplied by the they are, by this time, as well known, and as 4at realities of a peaceful and ordinary exist- correctly estimated, as if they had been in
His love of the ludicrous, it must also debted to us for their first impressions on the be observed, osten betrays him into forced subject. For our own parts we must confess, and vulgar exaggerations, and into the repeti- that Waverley still has to us all the fascination tion of common and paltry stories,—though it of a first love! and that we cannot help thinkis but fair to add, that he does not detain using, that the greatness of the public transaclong with them, and makes amends by the tions in which that story was involved, as copiousness of his assortment for the indiffer- well as the wildness and picturesque graces ent quality of some of the specimens. It is of its Highland scenery and characters, have another consequence of this extreme abund- invested it with a charm, to which the more ance in which he revels and riots, and of the familiar attractions of the other pieces have fertility of the imagination from which it is not quite come up. In this, perhaps, our supplied, that he is at all times a little apt to opinion differs from that of better judges ;overdo even those things which he does best. but we cannot help suspecting, that the latter His most striking and highly coloured char- publications are most admired by many, at acters appear rather too often, and go on rather least in the southern part of the island, only too long. It is astonishing, indeed, with what because they are more easily and perfectly spirit they are supported, and how fresh and understood, 'in consequence of the training animated they are to the very last;—but still which had been gone through in the perusal there is something too much of them—and of the former. But, however that be, we are they would be more waited for and welcomed, far enough from denying that the two suc if they were not quite so lavish of their pres- ceeding works are performances of extraordience.--It was reserved for Shakespeare alone, nary merit,—and are willing even to admit, to leave all his characters as new and unworn that they show quite as much power and as he found them,—and to carry Falstaff genius in the author-though, to our taste at through the business of three several plays, least, the subjects are less happily selected. and leave us as greedy of his sayings as at the Dandie Dinmont is, beyond all question, we moment of his first introduction. It is no think, the best rustic portrait that has ever light praise to the author before us, that he yet been exhibited to the public—the most has sometimes reminded us of this, as well honourable to rustics, and the most creditable as other inimitable excellences in that most to the heart, as well as the genius of the artist gifted of all inventors.
-the truest to nature—the most interesting To complete this hasty and unpremeditated and the most complete in all its lineaments. sketch of his general characteristics, we must -Meg Merrilees belongs more to the departadd, that he is above all things national and ment of poetry. She is most akin to the Scottish, -and never seems to feel the powers witches of Macbeth, with some traits of the of a Giant, except when he touches his native ancient Sybil engrafted on the coarser stock soil. His countrymen alone, therefore, can of a Gipsy of the last century. Though not have a full sense of his merits, or a perfect absolutely in nature, however, she must be relish of his excellences ;-and those only, allowed to be a very imposing and emphatic indeed, of them, who have mingled, as he personage; and to be mingled, both with the has done, pretty freely with the lower orders, business and the scenery of the piece, with and made themselves familiar not only with the greatest possible skill and effect.- Pleytheir language, but with the habits and traits dell is a harsh caricature; and Dirk Hatteric of character, of which it then only becomes a vulgar bandit of the German school. The expressive. It is one thing to understand the lovers, too, are rather more faultless and more meaning of words, as they are explained by insipid than usual,—and all the genteel perother words in a glossary, and another to know sons, indeed, not a little fatiguing. Yet there their value, as expressive of certain feelings are many passages of great merit, of a gentler and humours in the speakers to whom they and less obtrusive character. The grief of are native, and as signs both of temper and old Ellengowan for the loss of his child, and condition among those who are familiar with the picture of his own dotage and death, are their import.
very touching and natural; while the many We must content ourselves, we fear, with descriptions of the coast scenery, and of the this hasty and superficial sketch of the gene- various localities of the story, are given with ral character of this author's performances, in a freedom, force, and effect, that bring every