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you have done it.” And, saying so, she darted off to the water's edge.
Amherst and his servant lost no time in obeying her orders. O'Gollochar was actively useful, for his fears were now considerably moderated, by observing that this supposed witch at least worked by human means ;-his wits, therefore, began to be perfectly available.
I pray you tread sostly, that the blind mole may not hear a foot fall.
AMHERST and his servant had no sooner adjusted every thing about the horses than they returned to the tree. In a short time they perceived the Carline, again in the act of leaving the shade of the ruins, not on the same frail conveyance which had borne her thither, but in a little boat, which she rowed quietly towards the shore. Having attached it to the point where she had formerly landed, she again joined them.
“ You must aboard with me!" said she; “every thing favours our design. But, remember! be resolute,-and be silent as the grave !--Let not surprise at any thing you may see or hear betray you into a single exclamation, or all may be lost. Forget not that you are but as instruments in my hands,—act but according to the signs I shall
Let us away,
give you, and success must crown our attempt.
for we have not a moment to lose !" So saying, she motioned them towards the water's edge, leading the way to the boat, and they were no sooner seated in it, than she took the oars and rowed them towards the castle.
Passing under the ruins of a large mass, laid open by the dilapidation of great part of the outer wall, she made a sweep round the end of the islet, using the oars so gently that not the least sound was heard, and directing the boat towards the bulwark of stones there forming the artificial foundation. Here Amherst found himself under a lower building, having a narrow window that looked to the lake, from which a ray of light issued forth in one long thin stream.
Having again given them the signal caution of absolute silence, she sprang ashore, motioned to Amherst to follow her, and drew him towards the loop-hole, where, on looking in, he beheld— Miss Malcolm !
His agitation, at the sight of her he so loved, in such a place, had nearly overpowered him. spite of all the injunctions he had received, he would infallibly have forgotten himself, had not
his conductress pulled him by the skirt, and hold ing up her finger to her mouth, whispered to him in hollow accents,
“Her life depends upon your silence !" The apartmentin which theyoung Lady was confined, for the massive door, fastened with strong bolts, sufficiently indicated that she was a prisoner,
was small and comfortless. A fire burned on the hearth, and she was seated opposite to it on the side of a pallet-bed of the most wretched description. She was wrapped up in her mantle and hood, and her dress altogether seemed to augur a preparation for travel. Her face was pale and grief-worn, and from her restless motions, and the frequent anxious looks she threw towards the door, she seemed to be in momentary expectation of some important event. Painful as it was to contemplate Miss Malcolm, under such circumstances, it was so long since his eyes had rested on her beloved image, that Amherst could have gazed for ever. But his active conductress warned him away, and he was compelled to submit.
She now led him round towards the ruins of the broken down mass of wall, under which they had passed in the boat, where creeping, by her directions, upon his hands and knees among the fallen fragments of masonry, he obtained a view of a vaulted chamber, laid open at one end by the fall of part of the outer works." The fracture had been lately patched up with bits of the rubbish mingled with sods; and a doorway had been left in this rude barricado, which now stood open to permit the escape of the smoke, proceeding from a fire in the interior.
On drawing nearer to it, Amherst observed two men, who lay wrapped up in blankets on the straw near the fire, just within the opening ; and in the darker part of the vault beyond, he could just discover five or six heads of sleepers. There were fire-arms, and other weapons of different kinds, disposed in various parts of the place; and a number of common utensils, such as are to be found in a Highland cottage, were scattered about.
The Dwarfie whispered, and pointed to him to hide behind one of the larger masses of the fallen ruins. His position was so near that he could see every thing within, and he was able to watch all her motions. He saw her creep like a cat towards the entrance, as if with the intention of stealing