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Chapter 6
The Adieus Of Waverley
It was upon the evening of this memorable Sunday that Sir Everard entered the library,
where he narrowly missed surprising our young hero as he went through the guards of the
broadsword with the ancient weapon of old Sir Hildebrand, which, being preserved as an
heirloom, usually hung over the chimney in the library, beneath a picture of the knight
and his horse, where the features were almost entirely hidden by the knight's profusion of
curled hair, and the Bucephalus which he bestrode concealed by the voluminous robes of
the Bath with which he was decorated. Sir Everard entered, and after a glance at the
picture and another at his nephew, began a little speech, which, however, soon dropped
into the natural simplicity of his common manner, agitated upon the present occasion by
no common feeling. 'Nephew,' he said; and then, as mending his phrase, 'My dear
Edward, it is God's will, and also the will of your father, whom, under God, it is your
duty to obey, that you should leave us to take up the profession of arms, in which so
many of your ancestors have been distinguished. I have made such arrangements as will
enable you to take the field as their descendant, and as the probable heir of the house of
Waverley; and, sir, in the field of battle you will remember what name you bear. And,
Edward, my dear boy, remember also that you are the last of that race, and the only hope
of its revival depends upon you; therefore, as far as duty and honour will permit, avoid
danger--I mean unnecessary danger-- and keep no company with rakes, gamblers, and
Whigs, of whom, it is to be feared, there are but too many in the service into which you
are going. Your colonel, as I am informed, is an excellent man--for a Presbyterian; but
you will remember your duty to God, the Church of England, and the--' (this breach
ought to have been supplied, according to the rubric, with the word KING; but as,
unfortunately, that word conveyed a double and embarrassing sense, one meaning DE
FACTO, and the other DE JURE, the knight filled up the blank otherwise)--'the Church
of England, and all constituted authorities.' Then, not trusting himself with any further
oratory, he carried his nephew to his stables to see the horses destined for his campaign.
Two were black (the regimental colour), superb chargers both; the other three were stout
active hacks, designed for the road, or for his domestics, of whom two were to attend him
from the Hall: an additional groom, if necessary, might be picked up in Scotland.
'You will depart with but a small retinue,' quoth the Baronet, 'compared to Sir
Hildebrand, when he mustered before the gate of the Hall a larger body of horse than
your whole regiment consists of. I could have wished that these twenty young fellows
from my estate, who have enlisted in your troop, had been to march with you on your
journey to Scotland. It would have been something, at least; but I am told their attendance
would be thought unusual in these days, when every new and foolish fashion is
introduced to break the natural dependence of the people upon their landlords.'
Sir Everard had done his best to correct this unnatural disposition of the times; for he had
brightened the chain of attachment between the recruits and their young captain, not only
by a copious repast of beef and ale, by way of parting feast, but by such a pecuniary