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'Do not ask,' replied Fawkes; let it suffice you are in safety. And now,' he added, perhaps, Humphrey Chetham will inform me in what manner he contrived your escape. I am impatient to know.' The young merchant then gave the required information, and Viviana added such particulars as were necessary to the full understanding of the story. Guy Fawkes could scarcely control himself when she related the tortures she had endured, nor was Chetham less indignant.

'You rescued me just in time,' said Viviana. I should have sunk under the next application.'

'Thank Heaven! you have escaped it,' exclaimed Fawkes.

You owe much to Humphrey Chetham, Viviana.'

'I do, indeed,' she replied.

And can you not requite it ?' he returned. Can you not make him happy-Can you not make me happy?'

Viviana's pale cheek was instantly suffused with blushes, but she made no answer.

'Oh, Viviana!' cried Humphrey Chetham,' you hear what is said. If you could doubt my love before, you must be convinced of it now. A hope will make me happy. Have I that?'

'Alas! no,' she answered.

It would be the height of cruelty, after your kindness, to deceive you. You have not.'

The young merchant turned aside to hide his emotion.

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Not even a hope!' exclaimed Guy Fawkes,' after what he has done. Viviana, I cannot understand you. Does gratitude form no part of your nature?'

I hope so,' she replied, nay, I am sure so,-for I feel the deepest gratitude towards Humphrey Chetham. But gratitude is not love, and must not be mistaken for it.'

I understand the distinction too well,' returned the young merchant, sadly.

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It is more than I do,' rejoined Guy Fawkes; and I will frankly confess that I think the important services Humphrey Chetham has rendered you entitle him to your hand. It is seldom-whatever poets may feign,-that love is so strongly proved as his has been; and it ought to be adequately requited.'

'Say no more about it, I entreat,' interposed Chetham.

'But I will deliver my opinion,' rejoined Guy Fawkes; because I am sure what I advise is for Viviana's happiness. No one can love her better than you. No one is more worthy of her. any one to whom I so much desire to see her united.'

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Oh, Heavens!' exclaimed Viviana. This is worse than the torture.'

What mean you?' exclaimed Fawkes, in astonishment. 'She means,' interposed Chetham, that this is not the fitting season to urge the subject-that she will never marry.'

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True-true,' replied Viviana. If I ever did marry-I ought to

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'You ought,' replied Fawkes. And I know nothing of the female heart, if it can be insensible to youth, devotion, and manly appearance like that of Humphrey Chetham.

'You do know nothing of it,' rejoined Chetham, bitterly. Woman's fancies are unaccountable.'

'Such is the received opinion,' replied Fawkes; but as I am ignorant of the sex, I can only judge from report. You are the person I should imagine she would love-nay, to be frank, whom I thought she did love.'

'No more,' said Humphrey Chetham. 'It is painful both to Viviana and to me.'

'This is not a time for delicacy,' rejoined Guy Fawkes. 'Viviana has given me the privilege of a father with her. And where her happiness is so much concerned as in the present case, I should imperfectly discharge my duty if I did not speak out. It would sin. cerely rejoice me, and I am sure contribute materially to her own happiness, if she would unite herself to you.'

'I cannot-I cannot,' she rejoined. 'I will never marry.'

'You hear what she says,' remarked Chetham. 'Do not urge the matter further.'

'I admire maiden delicacy and reserve,' replied Fawkes; 'but when a man has acted as you have done, he deserves to be treated with frankness. I am sure Viviana loves you. Let her tell you so.'

'You are mistaken,' replied Chetham; and it is time you should be undeceived. She loves another.'

'Is this so?' cried Fawkes in astonishment.

She made no answer.

'Whom do you love?' he asked.

Still, no answer.

'I will tell you whom she loves-and let her contradict me if I am wrong,' said Chetham.

'Oh, no!—no!—in pity spare me!' cried Viviana.

'Speak!' thundered Fawkes. 'Who is it?'

'Yourself,' replied Chetham.

'What!' exclaimed Fawkes, recoiling,-love me! I will not believe it. She loves me as a father-but nothing more-nothing But you were right. Let us change the subject. A more fitting season may arrive for its discussion.'

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After some further conversation, it was agreed that Viviana should be taken to White Webbs; and leaving her in charge of Humphrey Chetham, Guy Fawkes went in search of a conveyance to Enfield.

Traversing the Strand,-every hostel in which was closed,-he turned up Wych Street, immediately on the right of which there was a large inn (still in existence,) and entering the yard, discovered a

knot of carriers moving about with lanterns in their hands. To his inquiries respecting a conveyance to Enfield, one of them answered, that he was about to return thither wi h his waggon at four o'clock, -it was then two,-and should be glad to take him and his friends. Overjoyed at the intelligence, and at once agreeing to the man's terms, Guy Fawkes hurried back to his companions, and, with the assistance of Humphrey Chetham, contrived to carry Viviana (for she was utterly unable to support herself) to the inn yard, where she was immediately placed in the waggon, on a heap of fresh straw.

About an hour after this, but long before daybreak, the carrier attached his horses to the waggon, and set out. Guy Fawkes and Humphrey Chetham were seated near Viviana, but little was said during the journey, which occupied about three hours. By this time, it was broad daylight; and as the carrier stopped at the door of a small inn, Guy Fawkes alighted, and inquired the distance to White Webbs.

It is about a mile and a half off,' replied the man. 'If you pur. sue that lane, it will bring you to a small village about half a mile from this, where you are sure to find some one who will gladly guide you to the house, which is a little out of the road, on the borders of the forest.'

He then assisted Viviana to alight, and Humphrey Chetham descending at the same time, the party took the road indicated,-a winding country lane with high hedges, broken by beautiful timber, -and proceeding at a slow pace, they arrived in about half an hour at a little cluster of cottages, which Guy Fawkes guessed to be the village alluded to by the carrier. As they approached it, a rustic leaped a hedge, and was about to cross to another field, when Guy Fawkes, calling to him, inquired the way to White Webbs.

'I am going in that direction,' replied the man. If you desire it, I will show you the road.'

'I shall feel much indebted to you, friend,' returned Fawkes, and will reward you for your trouble.'

'I want no reward,' returned the countryman, trudging forward. Following their guide, after a few minutes' brisk walking, they reached the borders of the forest, and took their way along a patch of green sward that skirted it. In some places, their track was im peded by gigantic thorns and brushwood, while at others avenues opened upon them, affording them peeps into the heart of the wood. It was a beautiful sylvan scene. And as at length they arrived at the head of a long glade, at the farther end of which a herd of deer were seen, with their branching antlers mingling with the over. hanging boughs, Viviana could not help pausing to admire it.

'King James often hunts within the forest,' observed the countryman. Indeed, I heard one of the rangers say it was not unlikely he might be here to-day. He is at Theobald's Palace now.'

'Indeed!' exclaimed Fawkes. Let us proceed. We lose time. Are we far from the house?'

'Not above a quarter of a mile,' was the answer. 'You will see it at the next turn of the road.'

As the countryman had intimated, they speedily perceived the roof and tall chimneys of an ancient house above the trees, and as it was now impossible to mistake the road, Guy Fawkes thanked their guide for his trouble, and would have rewarded him, but he refused the gratuity, and leaping a hedge, disappeared.

Pursuing the road, they shortly afterwards arrived at a gate leading to the house-a large building, erected probably at the beginning of Elizabeth's reign—and entering it, they passed under an avenue of trees. On approaching the mansion, they observed that many of the windows were closed, and the whole appearance of the place was melancholy and deserted. The garden was overgrown with weeds, and the door looked as if it was rarely opened.

Not discouraged by these appearances, but rather satisfied by them of the security of the asylum, Guy Fawkes proceeded to the back of the house, and entering a court, the flags and stones of which were covered with moss, while the interstices were filled with long grass, Guy Fawkes knocked against a small door, and, after repeating the summons, it was answered by an old womanservant, who popped her head out of an upper window, and demanded his business.

Guy Fawkes was about to inquire for Mrs. Brooksby, when another head, which proved to be that of Catesby, appeared at the window. On seeing Fawkes and his companions, Catesby instantly descended, and unfastened the door. The house proved far more comfortable within than its exterior promised; and the old female domestic having taken word to Anne Vaux that Viviana was below, the former lady, who had not yet risen, sent for her to her chamber, and provided everything for her comfort.

Guy Fawkes and Humphrey Chetham, neither of whom had rested during the night, were glad to obtain a few hours' repose on the floor of the first room into which they were shown, and they were not disturbed until the day had considerably advanced, when Catesby thought fit to rouse them from their slumbers.

Explanations were then given on both sides. Chetham detailed the manner of Viviana's escape from the Tower, and Catesby in his turn acquainted them that Father Oldcorne was in the house, having found his way thither after his escape from the dwelling at Lambeth. Guy Fawkes was greatly rejoiced at the intelligence, and shortly afterwards had the satisfaction of meeting with the priest. At noon, the whole party assembled, with the exception of Viviana, who by the advice of Anne Vaux kept her chamber, to recruit herself after the sufferings she had undergone.

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tained, and of whom Catesby no longer felt any jealousy, was invited to stay in the house; and he was easily induced to pass his time near Viviana, although he might not be able to see her. Long and frequent consultations were held by the conspirators, and letters were despatched by Catesby to the elder Winter at his seat, Huddington in Worcestershire, entreating him to make every preparation for the crisis, as well as to Sir Everard Digby, to desire him to assemble as many friends as he could muster against the meeting of Parliament, at Dunchurch in Warwickshire, under the plea of a grand hunting-party.

Arrangements were next made as to the steps to be taken by the different parties after the explosion. Catesby undertook with a sufficient force to seize the Princess Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of James the First, who was then at the residence of the Earl of Harrington, near Coventry, and to proclaim her queen, in case the others should fail in securing the princes. It was supposed that Henry, Prince of Wales, (who, it need scarcely be mentioned, died in his youth,) would be present with the King, his father, in the Parliament House, and would perish with him; and in this case, as Charles, Duke of York, (afterwards Charles the First,) would be. come successor to the throne, it was resolved that he should be seized by Percy, and instantly proclaimed. Other resolutions were decided upon, and the whole time of the conspirators was spent in maturing their projects.

And thus, weeks and even months stole on. Viviana had completely regained her strength, and passed a life of perfect seclusion; seldom, if ever, mixing with the others. She, however, took a kindly farewell of Humphrey Chetham before his departure for Manchester (for which place he set out about a fortnight after his arrival at White Webbs, having first sought out his servant, Martin Hey. docke); but, though strongly urged by Guy Fawkes, she would hold out no hopes of a change in her sentiments towards the young merchant. Meetings were occasionally held by the conspirators elsewhere, and Catesby and Fawkes had more than one interview with Tresham-but never, except in places where they were secure from a surprise.

The latter end of September had now arrived, and the meeting of Parliament was still fixed for the third of October. On the last day of the month, Guy Fawkes prepared to start for town, but before doing so, he desired to see Viviana. They had not met for some weeks; nor indeed, since Fawkes had discovered the secret of her heart, (and perhaps of his own,) had they ever met with the same freedom as heretofore. As she entered the room in which he awaited her coming, a tremor agitated his frame, but he had nerved himself for the interview, and speedily subdued the feeling.

'I am starting for London, Viviana,' he said, in a voice of forced calmness. 'You may guess for what purpose. But, as I may never

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