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brow into a frown that marked such determined resolution, that our hero, gazing with astonishment upon a figure at once so enthufiastic and so grotesque, waited in suspense till the oracle should utter his definitive response.
" Set forward,” at length cried Ezekiel, « fer forward, I say, young man, when thou wilt, with the blessing of the Lord, I am ready to accompany thee.”
Ezekiel's mind was not made to embrace more than one object at a time, if that was an interesting one; in friendfhip more especially his ideas were too'ardent to be at leisure for any other subject collaterally, so that he had just now consigned Blachford and his legacy to absolute oblivion ; neither did he keep his offer back till enquiry could be made of Henry, whither he was going, and why he was
going at all, but having quitted his wicker · chair, and disposed of his tobacco pipe, by
Thivering it into fragments, he ftrode to the corner of the kitchen, where he seized hold · of his faithful crabstock, and brandilaing it "with a gallant air, declared himself forth with
ready to begin his march...“ Hold,” cried · Henry, smiling, “ have patience, my good
friend; our's is no short trip, and methinks
you are not equipt for a long one."-- That's true, that's true,” replied Ezekiel, “ I protest to you my apparel had escap'd me.”-And indeed, unless an old black and white stuff night gown, with a woollen cap on his head, and worn-out shoes out into slippers on his feet, might be called the proper trim of a traveller, honest Ezekiel was at this moment no otherwise provided.
“ But you forget,” said Henry, “ Mr. Blachford and his business.”_"Ods my life,” quoth Daw, « as sure as can be it had nipt my memory, and now it comes into my mind that I shou'd have asked you whither it is that you are going, and how it comes to pass that you are posting away just when fortune is dropping into your lap: these, do you see, friend Henry, are very natural questions, and my only wonder is, how it came about that they did not occur to me before.”—“'Tis all in good time;" quoth Henry, “ for, if I can prevail, you shall not fet a foot without there doors on my account. With the officer, who accompanied me hither in the chaile, I am going out of England.”_" Well, well,” resumed the good man, “ if thou art going in a good cause, were it to circumnavigate the globe, I'll not finch from my word. Doft think, because I am a man of peace, I am therefore not a man of spirit? But whither art thou bound? Is it to fight the enemies of our country? Be it so! The danger thou can'st face I shall not fly from.”-“ I know I may depend upon your fecresy,” said Henry, “ therefore I shall not disguise from you my intentions: Lady Crowbery is ordered to Lisbon.”-“ And dost thou think of going with her ?” cried Ezekiel.“ Not so," replied Henry, “ for I shall take my passage by another conveyance.”
Here the preacher shook his head, which, being noticed by our hero_" Banish all these horrid notions,” he cried; “ banish them for ever! Let it not enter into your heart to conceive that my motives are not pious, and my duties sacred. You would have followed me to prison, being a stranger to you and a culprit; The is a guiltless sufferer, my friend and benefactress; shall I do less for her, and be a monster of ingratitude ?"_“Thou shalt not,” quoth honest Daw; “ if gratitude be thy motive; I will travel with a grateful man to the world's utmost limit, nay, beyond it, for I pronounce, that gratitude is a lovely virtue, it is, it is but I have now no time to tell thee
what it is; I will speak more fully of it on another occasion. But hark thee, friend of mine, thou must allo be regardful of thine interests in this Blachford: he is a dying man, and shou’d'st thou not be present when he breathes his last, the harpies may lay hold of his effects, and thou may'st be defrauded of some part at least of that property, which is lawfully to devolve to thee.”-“Whatever may be the consequence,” replied Henry, “I shall not put interest in the balance against conscience. I must perform my duty to Lady Crowbery; and if you will remain here, and act on my behalf upon the spot, all will be well; and, in fact, my friend, as you have been the moving cause of all this unlooked for good fortune, I have a claim upon your kind offices, for completing what you have begun.”“Very well,” replied Daw, “ we shall fec i what is to be done after you have visited the
fick man; in the mean time I will go and apparel myself for the day.”
A Death-bed Dialogue, in which fome Readers
will think there is much Folly, others much Honour, on the Part of our Hero.
U HILST Ezekiel Daw was ascending
V to his cock-loft, and before Henry had set out upon his visit to Blachford, Doctor Zachary Cawdle, returning from his patient at the next door, entered the cottage. As soon as he espied our hero-"Welcome, welcome,” he exclaimed, “thou child of good fortune; sure the skies rain gold for you; here's a chance, and a change! Marry, the times are strangely altered, Henry, since you and I first met. Why this justice of our's is indeed a justice at last, and honest Ezekiel the preacher has once in his life preach'd to some purpose; I have only made a hole in the head of my patient, he has open'd his heart. And so you are now the 'Squire of Crowbery, heir to his whole fortune, a few legacies excepted, one of which I am sure you will not regret, a small bequest to Susan May, to balance old accompts: but what gratifies me above all is, that he has entirely cut this good-for-nothing