“‘Now, ever alake, my master dear,
I fear a deadly storm!
And if ye nike air max gang to sea, master,
I fear we’ll come to harm.'”
We added much to the effect of this stanza by flinging ourselves on the turf and embracing Sir Patrick’s knees, with which touch of melodrama he was enchanted.
Then came a storm so terrible that I can hardly trust myself to describe its fury. The entire _corps dramatique_ personated the elements, and tore the gallant ship in twain, while Sir Patrick shouted in the teeth of the gale,–
“‘O whaur will I get a gude sailor
To tak’ my helm in hand,
Till I get up to the tall topmast
To see if I can spy land?'”
I knew the words a trifle better than Francesca, and thus succeeded in forestalling her as the fortunate hero:–
“‘O here am I, a sailor gude,
To tak’ the helm in hand,
Till you go up to the tall topmast;
But I fear ye’ll ne’er spy land.'”
And the heroic sailor was rig cheap nike air max ht, for
“He hadna gone a step, a step,
A step but only ane,
When a bout flew out o’ our goodly ship,
And the saut sea it came in.”
Then we fetched a web o’ the silken claith, and anither o’ the twine, as our captain bade us; we wapped them into our ship’s side and letna the sea come in; but in vain, in vain. Laith were the gude Scots lords to weet their cork-heeled shune, but they did, and wat their hats abune; for the ship sank in spite of their despairing efforts,
“And mony was the gude lord’s son
That never mair cam’ hame.”
Francesca and I were now obliged to creep from under the tarpaulins and personate the disheveled ladies on the strand.
“Will your hair come down?” asked the manager gravely.
“It will and shall,” we rejoined; and it did.
“The ladies wrang their fingers white,
The maidens tore their hair.”
“Do tear your hair, Jessie! It’s the only thing you have to nike air max sale do, and you never do it on time!”
The Wrig made ready to howl with offended pride, but we soothed her, and she tore her yellow curls with her chubby hands.
“And lang, lang may the maidens sit
Wi’ their gowd kaims i’ their hair,
A waitin’ for their ain dear luves,
For them they’ll see nae mair.”
I did a bit of sobbing here that would have been a credit to Sarah Siddons.
“Splendid! Grand!” cried Sir Patrick, as he stretched himself fifty fathoms below the imaginary surface, and gave explicit ante-mortem directions to the other Scots lords to spread themselves out in like manner.
“Half ower, half ower to Aberdour,
‘T is fifty fathoms deep,
And there lies gude Sir Patrick Spens,
Wi’ the Scots lords at his feet.”
“Oh, it is grand!” he repeated jubilantly. “If I could only be the king and see it all from Dunfermline tower! Could you be Sir Patrick once, do you think, now tha nike air max 1 t I have shown you how?” he asked Francesca.
“Indeed I could!” she replied, glowing with excitement (and small wonder) at being chosen for the principal role.
“The only trouble is that you do look awfully like a girl in that white frock.”
Francesca appeared rather ashamed at her natural disqualifications for the part of Sir Patrick. “If I had only worn my long black cloak!” she sighed.
“Oh, I have an idea!” cried the boy. “Hand her the minister’s gown from the hedge, Rafe. You see, Mistress Ogilvie of Crummylowe lent us this old gown for a sail; she’s doing something to a new one, and this was her pattern.”
Francesca slipped it on over her white serge, and the Pettybaw parson should have seen her with the long veil of her dark locks floating over his ministerial garment.
“It seems a pity to put up your hair,” said the stage manager critically, “because you look so jolly and wild with it down, but I suppose you must; and will http://cheapnikeairmaxtop10.blogspot.com/ you have Rafe’s bonnet?”
Yes, she would have Rafe’s bonnet; and when she perched it on the side of her head and paced the deck restlessly, while the black gown floated behind in the breeze, we all cheered with enthusiasm, and, havin nike air max 90 sale g rebuilt the ship, began the play again from the moment of the gale. The wreck was more horribly realistic than ever, this time, because of our rehearsal; and when I crawled from under the masts and sails to seat myself on the beach with the Wrig, I had scarcely strength enough to remove the cooky from her hand and set her a-combing her curly locks.
When our new Sir Patrick stretched herself on the ocean bed, she fell with a despairing wail; her gown spread like a pall over the earth, the Highland bonnet came off, and her hair floated over a haphazard pillow of Jessie’s wild flowers.
“Oh, it is fine, that part; but from here is where it always cheap nike air max trainers goes wrong!” cried the king from the castle tower. “It’s too bad to take the maidens away from the strand where they look so bonnie, and Rafe is splendid as nike air max classic the gude sailor, but Dandie looks so silly as one little dead Scots lord; if we only had one more person, young or old, if he was ever so stupid!”
“_Would I do?_”
This unexpected offer came from behind one of the trees that served as topmasts, and at the same moment there issued from that delightfully secluded nike air max 95 retreat Ronald Macdonald, in knickerbockers and a golf cap.
Suddenly as this apparition came, there wa air max s no lack of welcome on the children’s part. They shouted his name in glee, embraced his legs, and pulled him about like affectionate young bears. Confusion reigned for a moment, while Sir Patrick rose from her sea grave all in a mist of floating hair, from which hung impromptu garlands of pink thyme and green grasses.
“Allow me to do the honors, please, Jamie,” said Mr. Macdonald, when he could escape from the children’s clutches. “Have you been properly presented? I suppose not. Ladies, the young Master of Rowardennan. Jamie, Miss Hamilton and Miss Monroe from the United States of America.” Sir Apple-Cheek bowed respectfully. “Let me present the Honorable Ralph Ardmore, also from the castle, together with Dandie Dinmont and the Wrig from Crummylowe. Sir Patrick, it is indeed a pleasure to see you again. Must you take off my nike air max gown? I had thought it was past use, but it never looked so well before.”
The counterfeit presentment of Sir Patrick vanished as the long drapery flew to the hedge whence it came, and there remained only an offended young goddess, who swung her dark mane tempestuously to one side, plaited it in a thick braid, tossed it back again over her white serge shoulder, and crowded on her sailor hat with unnecessary vehemence.
“Yes, _my_ gown; whose else could you more appropriately borrow, pray? Mistress Ogilvie of Crummylowe presses, sponges, and darns my bachelor wardrobe, but I confess I never suspected that she rented it out for theatrical purposes. I have been calling upon you in Pettybaw; Lady Ardmore was there at the same time. Finding but one of the three American Graces at home, I stayed a few moments only, and am now returning to Inchcaldy by way of Crummylowe.” Here he plucked the gown off the hedge and folded it carefully.
“Can’t we keep it for a sail, Mr. Macdonald?” pleaded Jamie. “Mistress Ogilvie said it w cheap nike air max asn’t any more good.”
“When Mistress Ogilvie made that remark,” replied the Reverend Ronald, “she had no idea that it would ever touch the shoulders of the martyred Sir Patrick Spens. Now I happen to love”–
Francesca hung out a scarlet flag in each cheek, and I was about to say, “Don’t mind me!” when he continued:–
“As I was saying, I happen to love ‘Sir Patrick Spens,’–it is my favorite ballad; so, with your p nike air max 90 ermission, I will take the gown, and you can find something less valuable for a sail!”
I could never understand just why Francesca was so annoyed at being discovered in our innocent game. Of course she was prone on Mother Earth and her tresses were much disheveled, but she looked lovely, after all, in comparison with me, the humble “supe” and lightning-change artist; yet I kept my temper,–at least I kept it until the Reverend Ronald observed, after escorting us through the gap in the wall, “By the way, Miss Hamilton, there was a gentleman from Paris at your cottage, and he is walking down the road to meet you.”
Walking down the road to meet me, forsooth! Have ministers no brains? The Reverend Mr. Macdonald had wasted five good minutes with his observations, introductions, explanations, felicitations, and adorations, and me cheap nike air max antime, regardez-moi, messieurs et mesdames, s’il vous plait! I have been a Noroway dog, a ship-builder, and a gallant sailorman; I have been a gurly sea and a towering gale; I have crawled from beneath broken anchors, topsails, and mizzenmasts to a strand where I have been a suffering lady plying a gowd kaim. My skirt of blue drill has been twisted about my person until it trails in front; my collar is wilted, my cravat untied; I have lost a stud and a sleeve-link; my hair is in a tangled mass, my face is scarlet and dusty–and a gentleman from Paris is walking down the road to meet me!
“There were three ladies in a hall–
With a heigh-ho! and a lily gay,
There came a lord among them all–
As the primrose spreads so sweetly.”
The Cruel Brother. ③