Waverly Additional Summary

Sir Walter Scott

Chapters 1 and 2 Summary

The author, Sir Walter Scott, explains his choice of title. The name "Waverly" is unassuming and unconnected to any well-known event or family. The subtitle, "’Tis Sixty Years Hence," relates to the reader a specific time in recent history (1745) that will dispel disillusionment as to the nature of the novel.

The hero, Edward Waverly, is the son of Richard Waverly, the second son of a local nobility. Richard’s brother, Sir Everard, had a falling out due to political differences. Sir Everard was a supporter of the Stewart (Stuart) royal line, which had been displaced by the Hanoverian line that had displaced it. As a result, Richard was denied any inheritance in the Waverly estate.

Sir Everard had no children, being unmarried. Fearful of the estate going to a distant relative that had been instrumental in the death of Charles I (of the Stuart line), Sir Everard decided to marry. However, after an unsuccessful courtship, Sir Everard settled into bachelorhood, cared for by his unmarried sister.

Richard, in the meantime, had risen in political life, being seen as a counter to the leanings of his brother. Richard married and produced a son, Edward, and moved to a manor close to his brother’s estate (Waverly-Honour).

One day Edward, with his nurse, was walking close to Waverly-Honour and was spotted by his uncle, Sir Everard. Taken with the child, Sir Everard decided to make his nephew his sole heir. Richard, seeing the benefit to his son if not to himself, accepted the situation.

Chapters 3 and 4 Summary

Because of Edward's itinerant living arrangements (between the homes of his father and his uncle), his education was highly unstructured. Left to his own whims, Edward read what he liked, with no systematic program of study. Although he loved literature, his choice of reading was out of balance, appealing more to his romantic sensibilities that to his intellect and future education. This will reflect later in his character, which becomes somewhat lazy and impatient. Any formal instruction he might have received and required was hampered by his mother's death, his father's absence, and his own (supposed) ill health.

During his time with his uncle Sir Everard and his aunt Rachel, Edward is subjected to many rambling tales about past family members. Occasionally, however, he is excited by the stories, especially those told by his aunt. He is especially intrigued by tales of Crusader ancestors, who return home only to find their loves belonging to another, resulting in the choice of a life of solitude.

Such tales result in Edward’s own solitude. Withdrawing from intense study and companionship, Edward indulges in his own fantasies. Edward resists all attempts on the part of his uncle to involve him in sports or hunting, though they live on excellent hunting grounds. Edward prefers to remain in his fantasy world, despite the detriment to his temper and character.

Chapters 5 and 6 Summary

Edward Waverly begins to turns his thoughts from the romantic works of fiction to the ladies in the region. One young woman, Miss Cecilia Stubbs, is actively seeking his attention. Concerned, Aunt Rachel is unimpressed with either Miss Stubbs or the rest of the local available damsels and so decides that Edward needs to "expand his horizons" through either travel or military service, as is customary for the Waverly family. Knowing Edward’s temperament, she suggests travel as the best course and approaches Sir Everard with the plan. He agrees and writes to Edward’s father, Richard, for his views. Richard Waverly, however, is concerned with what effect such travels will have on such a bookworm as his son, and so proceeds to arrange a commission for Edward instead. He is to be captain of a platoon stationed in Scotland.

Before his departure, Edward (ambivalent about this turn in his life) says a willing good-bye to Miss Cecilia. He also departs with words of advice (along with an unpublished—and unpublishable—manuscript on the political dangers of the separation of church and state) from Mr. Pembroke, his tutor. From his uncle he receives letters of introduction to Mr. Bradwardine, a friend of his from the days of the resistance to the Hanoverian succession. From Aunt Rachel Edward receives a diamond ring and warnings to avoid being drawn in by the "Scottish beauties," of which she suspects he might need warning.

Chapters 7 and 8 Summary

Edward Waverly proceeds on horseback to Scotland, specifically Dundee on the eastern coast, where his regiment is stationed. There he proceeds to learn the arts of warfare. In the area of horseback riding he seems to excel. In military maneuvers themselves, however, his progress is not evident. His interest wanes, and he is frequently reproved for his feeble efforts. His desultory reading habits (rather than systematic study) are assumed to bear the blame for his inability to focus for prolonged periods of time.

As summer approaches, Edward decides to travel to Perthshire, where his uncle’s friend Cosmo Comyne Bradwardine of Bradwardine lives. He arrives on horseback in the hamlet of Tully-Veolan. He is immediately struck by the impoverished appearance of the people. Living in homes little more than cells, they are dirty and squalid, the children often inadequately clothed. The indolence of the populace is evident, as it is a usual companion to poverty. Though the faces are grave and serious, they have an air wisdom, derived apart from books and formal education.

Edward approaches the home of the Baron of Bradwardine. Built in an earlier century, it has many small windows, gables, and towers. Approached by the tree-bordered lane, it makes a sharp contrast to the village he has just left. It appeals to Edward’s romantic sensibilities. He enters the central court, bordered by the manor proper, along with stables and other outbuildings.

Chapters 9 and 10 Summary

Edward continues to wander around the grounds of the manor house, searching for someone to welcome him in and introduce him to the Baron of Bradwardine. He notices the predominance of carved figures of bears throughout the architecture, along with many other animal figures. The widespread acreage has been landscaped to a tamed wildness. At last he comes upon a comical character, David Gellatley, who is the manor’s resident “fool,” in the medieval sense. Edward has difficulty getting an intelligible response from David.

Finally David leads him to Alexander Saunderson, the manor’s butler, who is tending the garden. He informs Edward that the baron is at the “dark hag” but will send for him directly. He calls for Rose, the baron’s daughter, who is introduced as seventeen years of age, blond, clear-complexioned, and of lively temperament. Rose goes to fetch the baron from the dark hag, which turns out to be a nearby oak grove, where he is felling trees.

The baron appears and welcomes Edward warmly as the nephew of his old friend. With many quotes from French and Latin, the baron presents himself as a learned but rambling gentleman, easy of manner and kindhearted. Leading Edward into the hall, the baron calls forth other guests, most associated with his past political and revolutionary activities, as well as those whose hearts remain true to their own sectarian beliefs of the Episcopal Church of Scotland.

Chapters 11 and 12 Summary

Edward and the other guests have arrived at the banquet hosted by the Baron. After much feasting, the Baron brings out an oaken chest containing a goblet, which at one time was believed to have mystical powers. Called the Blessed Bear of Bradwardine, the goblet is used by the Baron to toast Edward as the representative of the House of Waverly.

Because the other guests have left their horses at a nearby inn, Edward, the Baron, and Saunderson walk with them at their departure. They then decide to stop at a small inn for some refreshment. The hostess, Luckie Macleary, expected their company and prepared a meal. Amid much drinking and singing, the conversation turns to politics. Edward, as a supporter of the Hanoverian king, feels he has been insulted by the Laird of Balmawhapple and the two almost come to blows. The hostess, however, intervenes in the quarrels and the guests depart.

In the morning, Edward feels the effect of the alcohol. He also remembers that he has been insulted and so decides that he must leave the Baron’s home, and plans to do so after breakfast.

Edward is summoned to the Baron’s chambers, where he meets not only the Baron but also the Laird of Balmawhapple, who had insulted him the previous night. Balmawhapple apologizes to Edward through the Baron. Edward accepts his apologies, but Balmawhapple leaves after breakfast. The Baron proposes a morning ride.

Chapters 13 and 14 Summary

The Baron and Edward ride across the countryside, accompanied by servants to aid in the hunt. Throughout the ride, the Baron and Edward become better acquainted and enjoy each other’s company, despite their political and religious differences.

After dinner, the three visit Rose in her chambers. There Edward observes evidence of Rose’s fascination with art, literature, and culture. Rose entertains the gentlemen with song. She tells them the story of Janet Gellatley (Davie’s mother), who had been accused of witchcraft and brought up on charges. A simple soul, Janet confessed and cries out that the devil has appeared before her. Those people present depart in fear, and Janet is let go free.

Edward comes even more enchanted with Tully-Veolan and decides to stay for a while. He sends for some books that he thinks Rose will enjoy. Edward is mortified to hear that the Laird of Balmawhapple had been injured by the Baron when the former refused to apologize to Edward.

Edward and Rose become closer, with Edward thinking of her as a sister. Rose, however, is developing deeper feelings for young Captain Waverly. Edward requests an extended leave from his commanding officer. He is granted this, but he is warned against spending too much time with those whose views do not represent those of his own or his father's. Edward assures him that he is not susceptible to being swayed.

Chapters 15 and 16 Summary

After residing at Tully-Veolan for six weeks, Edward awakens to a general disturbance in the household. He is eventually able to discover that there has been a "creagh" (raid) on the manor, and several milk cows have been stolen by Caterans (Highland robbers). The Baron regrets that he has let lapse his tribute of blackmail money to Fergus Mac-Ivor, a Highland chieftain. Mac-Ivor has long been known to protect Lowlanders who paid him this tribute. He would prevent Highlanders from raiding their property and would also defend them from the raids of others. Edward is shocked that such a character is accorded any kind of respect. Rose informs Edward, however, that Mac-Ivor is a true gentleman, and his daughter Flora had once been her good friend.

A Highlander, Evan Dhu Maccombich, arrives at the manor door with offers of peace, if it so pleases the Baron. The Baron readily agrees to a treaty.

Evan Dhu invites Edward to accompany him up into the Highlands to recover the cattle. Edward readily agrees and sets out with the company.

Night approaches as the party travels through the rugged countryside. As they approach the hiding place of the robbers, Evan Dhu informs Edward that he must remain at a nearby hamlet, as Donald Bean Lean, who is responsible for the taking of the cattle, will not allow an Englishman near his retreat. As Evan Dhu goes to announce their arrival, Edward and a few of the Highlands wait by a lake, until a boat arrives to carry them across.

Chapters 17 and 18 Summary

Edward approaches a cavern, the retreat of Donald Bean Lean. He is escorted to the company and made welcome as an honored guest. Donald Bean Lean himself receives Edward with all courtesy, having previously been aware of Sir Everard and his political leanings. Edward wisely does not discuss those of his own opinion.

When Donald asks Edward if he has anything to say to him, Waverly responds that he came only out of curiosity and has no other motive. Though Edward is uncomfortable in the presence of one he considers to be an "outlaw," he nevertheless rests quietly through the night in the cavern.

When he awakens, Edward finds the cavern empty, though he hears some of the others nearby. He is fed breakfast by the Highland girl called Alice, who turns out to be Donald’s daughter. Evan returns with fish for breakfast. In his conversation with Evan, Edward asks about the welfare of Alice, raised in such a wild environment. Evan replies that she has need of nothing that her father will not supply. When he speaks of the desirability of Donald dying fighting for his rights, Evan says that he himself will marry Alice should she need someone to care for her.

The party departs to meet Fergus Mac-Ivor up the lake from the cavern. Fergus presents a more formidable picture to Edward that does Donald. Edward is introduced to Fergus as the friend of the Baron of Bradwardine. Fergus then leads Edward to his home.

Chapters 19 and 20 Summary

The ancestor of Fergus Mac-Ivor established the ancestral home in Perthshire. The head of the clan from then on was called "Vich Ian Vohr" (the son of John the Great) in recognition of the founding father.

The father of Fergus had escaped to France in 1715 during the insurrection. His two children, Fergus and Flora, were born there and returned with him to Scotland upon the return of his property. Fergus, on inheriting the estate, developed a militia loyal to himself. Though he had been in service to the king, he was eventually deprived of his military command because of his activities against any who did not belong to his domain. Continuing his policy, he raided the Lowland countryside, exacting tribute from all who desired his protection.

Fergus and Edward at last reach Glennaquoich, the Mac-Ivor mansion. On approaching the mansion, Edward observed about a hundred Highlanders in complete regalia to welcome home their chief. For Edward’s entertainment, Fergus enacts a skirmish with his men, along with other matches and feats, to impress with their military prowess.

Edward then joins his host in the banqueting hall. A huge Highland feast is prepared for the guest. When Fergus proposes a toast to Edward, one gentleman objects, saying that Bradwardine hands have spilled much of the clan’s blood. Fergus, however, welcomes Edward and explains to him that the old gentleman resented the Baron for shooting his son in a fray. The feast continues with song.

Chapters 21 and 22 Summary

Edward is introduced into Flora’s apartments, which are simply yet tastefully furnished. Her loyalty to her country and to the exiled Stuart royal family is paramount in her intentions. Orphaned as children, Flora and Fergus were raised in the household of the Chevalier de St. George (the son of James II and heir to the throne). As attendants on the prince and his princess, the two Mac-Ivors had become accustomed to a highborn way of life, marking a sharp contrast to their present existence in the Highlands. Flora especially had little outside connections, except to Rose Bradwardine, which had been discontinued because of the disagreement between Fergus and the Baron. It is thought that it was Flora who instigated the truce between the two.

Edward relates to Flora his deep respect and interest in the Gaelic verses that were sung at the banquet. Flora has become quite adept at translating Gaelic poetry into English and volunteers to do so for Edward. However, she states, she must do it in an appropriate location. She leaves Edward with her maid Una; she retreats to meet him later. Una guides Edward through the Highland retreat to a waterfall, which appeals to Edward’s romantic imagination. Seeing Flora perched high on a log bridge over the waterfall, he is terrified for her safety. Yet she manages the span well and meets him at the waterfall. Playing on a Celtic harp, she sings for him the "Battle Song," which speaks of Scottish heroes of the past. She is interrupted by Fergus’s dog.

Chapters 23 and 24 Summary

Fergus joins Edward and Flora at the waterfall and urges Edward to stay for a week or two to attend a grand hunt. Edward agrees. He plans to send a letter to the Baron informing him of his intentions and requesting that all letters he may receive be forwarded. Intending to mark his letter with his personal seal, Edward notices that it is missing. He assumes that he left it at Tully-Veolan, but Flora suspects that Donald Bean Lean may have taken it. Back at the Mac-Ivor mansion, the evening is spent in song and dance, and Edward goes to sleep to dream of Flora Mac-Ivor.

The hunt is daily for three weeks, and Edward becomes more and more impressed with Fergus, and especially Flora.

In the midst of the chase of a large herd of deer, an accident occurs. The deer had turn and were racing toward the huntsmen. A warning is given out in Gaelic, which Edward does not understand. In danger of being trampled and gored by the deer, Edward is saved by Fergus, who jumps on him, pulling him from his horse to the ground until the herd has passed over. Edward sprains his ankle severely and is unable to continue with the hunt. A stretcher is prepared to convey him back to the home of a relative of Fergus. Edward learns that Fergus will not accompany him, but will lead the chieftains on to an expedition, which had been the real purpose of the hunt.

Edward remains disabled for almost a week when Fergus and his party return to Glennaquoich.

Chapters 25 and 26 Summary

Edward receives letters from home. The letter from his father is particularly disturbing.

The party to which Richard Waverly belonged had been in the minority, but had prospects of gaining power. Richard himself was named as a possible high level officer in the new government. However, with a change of fate, the king disavowed the party, and Richard in particular. As a result, Richard left his seat and returned home. He urged Edward to resign his commission immediately in protest.

Edward also receives communication from his commanding officer, ordering Edward to return to his post within three days of the day of the letter or be charged with being absent without leave. Edward rightly assumes that the change in tone is a result of the dishonor to which his father has been subjected. Fergus points out an article in a newspaper that Edward is indeed charged and is subject to arrest. Edward sends a letter to his commanding officer, resigning his commission immediately.

Now that Edward has sworn off his support of George II, Fergus has hopes that he and Flora may become married. When Edward broaches the subject to Flora, however, she rejects him. She objects that, up until a half-hour before, there had been a barrier between them. Now that this barrier his gone, she cannot so speedily change her opinion. She promises to give him sufficient reasons within an hour.

Chapters 27 and 28 Summary

Edward encounters Fergus preparing to mount an armed assault on the English forces in Scotland. He asks Edward to join them, but Edward objects that he is still waiting to know the outcome of his resignation amid the charges of being absent without leave. He also points out that he cannot make a decision until Flora has made hers.

Fergus encourages Edward to get a final answer from Flora. He tells Edward that she is up at the waterfall and should by now be ready to give an answer. When Edward approaches her, he can tell that she will reject his proposal, as indeed she does. Her reason, she states, is that she cannot love him as much as she loves her cause, the restoration of the Stuart dynasty to the throne. All her...

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Chapters 29 and 30 Summary

Edward departs Glennaquoich accompanied by Fergus. They part at Bally-Brough, Fergus stating that he dares go no further, promising to keep Edward in his sister’s thoughts. With Callum Beg as a servant, Edward continues toward Edinburgh, all the while thinking of Flora. On the way, Callum gives him a letter from Fergus, which turns out to be a poem about a Highland hero, Captain Wogan.

The two approach a small village, which seems to be in the process of having a mandated fast. Callum is returning to Glennaquoich, and so Edward must procure another servant and horse, but the town is basically shut down for the fast. Edward seeks shelter at an inn run by Ebenezer Cruikshanks, who is in conflict whether to house people...

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Chapters 31 and 32 Summary

Edward appears before Major Melville, the magistrate, along with Mr. Morton, a clergyman. Examining the evidence, Melville dismisses the charges against Edward. However, he investigates Edward’s identity, ascertaining that he is indeed Edward Waverly, son of Richard Waverly. Melville then informs Edward that he is charged with desertion and treason. Demanding all papers on his person, Melville is intrigued with the poem of a Highlander who had taken up arms against the king. He also reads the letters from Edward’s family, speaking against the government. Melville then repeats Edward’s movement of the last several weeks, which give credence to the claim that Edward himself has joined the Highlanders in their rebellion. As much...

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Chapters 33 and 34 Summary

Morton visits Waverly in his confinement. Edward is unsure whether or not to trust the clergyman, but eventually does so, relating to him the complete and honest events of the past several weeks. He does not, however, tell him of either Rose or Flora.

Morton is intrigued at Edward’s account of his stay with Donald Bean Lean. He tells Edward it was wise not to mention him to Melville, due to Bean Lean’s reputation as a "Robin Hood."

Edward is calmed by Morton’s concern and assistance. Morton tells Edward that he is being transported to Stirling Castle by Gilfillan. Edward is glad to be removed from Melville, at least, though Morton assures him that Melville is a more honorable character than is apparent...

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Chapters 35 and 36 Summary

Edward, along with Melville and Morton, go out to see the approach of Gilfillan’s company. They appear to be a ragtag group, not dressed in uniform but in common working clothes. Melville comments on the smallness of the group because he had been expecting a larger company. Gilfillan informs him that some of the soldiers dropped by the wayside for “refreshment.” When Melville states that they could have easily sought refreshment on their arrival at his home, Gilfillan smugly informs him that they sought refreshment for their souls at a religious service, not food for their bodies. Melville is appalled at the thought of an officer allowing his men to leave their duty simple to hear “field-preaching.” Gilfillan assumes an...

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Chapters 37 and 38 Summary

Waverly, injured in the attack, is carried carefully by the Highlanders. They walk into the night until they come to a rough hovel, inhabited by an old woman called Janet. Waverly is placed in a clean bed, with Janet attending his wounds. He is more severely injured than imagined, and so must recover for almost a week. Throughout his confinement he hears the voice of a woman other than Janet. Hoping that it is Flora, he tries to catch a peek of her, but is unsuccessful. When he is sufficiently recovered to get up, Alice, the daughter of Donald Bean Lean, appears and helps him pack. She places something in his luggage, but what it is he cannot see.

Waverly, along with a small group of Highlanders, proceeds through the...

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Chapters 39 and 40 Summary

The next morning, preparations are made to continue the journey. Remembering the packet that Alice had placed in his baggage, Waverly is on the verge of retrieving it when a Highlander comes in and takes Waverly’s portmanteau to be placed on the baggage cart.

The party continues, with Waverly still in protective custody. Waverly recognizes one of the soldiers as Mr. Falconer of Balmawhapple, with whom he had almost come to blows except for the interference of the Baron back at Tully-Veolan. Balmawhapple, however, makes no signs of recognition.

After a small incident at Stirling Castle, caused by Balmawhapple, they arrive at the palace of Holyrood, the seat of government of the Scottish kings, now inhabited...

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Chapters 41 and 42 Summary

Fergus congratulates Edward on the good impression he made on the Prince and commends him for his choice to refuse the increase in rank and offer of the post of aide-de-camp. He states that it would have caused jealousy in the ranks, which seems to be a recurring problem. As Waverly relates his adventures to Fergus, he is escorted to the outfitter’s for a uniform.

Fergus tells Waverly that it was most likely Donald Bean Lean in the disguise of the peddler. Bean Lean has become something of a loose cannon, causing havoc around the countryside. He also tells Edward that Flora is in Edinburgh, giving Fergus an advantage in the military court. Waverly rankles that Flora is being used to further Fergus’s career.

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Chapters 43 and 44 Summary

Waverly, Fergus, and the Baron attend a ball given at Holyrood House. There Waverly meets again Flora and Rose. Though he has entertained some hope that Flora would change her mind about rejecting him, his hopes are dashed at her greeting. Fergus also is upset that she should be so hard-hearted, as he had still entertained hopes that his friend and his sister would be united.

Waverly is greeted once again by Prince Charles Edward, who draws him aside, ostensibly to talk about some of the English families sympathetic to their cause. The Prince also warns Edward to monitor his feelings. Flora has confided in the Prince, so he knows about the relationship between her and Edward.

Waverly is crushed but decides...

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Chapters 45 and 46 Summary

Waverly reaches the division led by Mac-Ivor, who greets him warmly. News is brought of a small skirmish by the Baron against English troops nearby. Some prisoners were taken, and Edward, out of curiosity, goes to see them.

He hears a familiar voice from a hovel. It is Humphrey Houghton, the son of one of his uncle’s tenants and one of the men Edward recruited to join him as part of his regiment in the English army. Humphrey is grievously wounded. Edward goes to Fergus to ask for medical attention for the man, which Fergus grants only after Edward identifies him as one of his own. Humphrey dies, asking why Edward had left them. Waverly is plagued by the guilt of what his actions have brought upon the men who had...

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Chapters 47 and 48 Summary

The battle begins, with the clan of Fergus (which includes Waverly) charging the enemy in a newly harvested cornfield. Waverly performs well, yet not without a twinge of misgiving at fighting his fellow countrymen, each of whom seems somehow familiar.

The Scots win the day easily, yet not without losses. Edward saves the life of one of the English officers, but watches his former commander die. Balmawhapple is a casualty, having his head cleaved open. There is not much sense of loss among his regiment, however, as he was very unpopular.

After the battle, the Baron approaches Waverly and Fergus, who were discussing a watch taken from an English officer. The Baron regrets that the English gave up so easily, as...

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Chapters 49 and 50 Summary

Waverly goes to visit the English officer whom he rescued. The prisoner introduces himself as Colonel Talbot, a friend of Sir Everard, Waverly’s uncle. He is distressed to find that Edward has joined the ranks of the Highlanders, since this validates the suspicions of treason against him.

Talbot informs Edward that Sir Everard had been arrested on suspicion of treason because of the charges brought against his nephew Edward. Talbot, as devoted as a son to Sir Everard, used his influence to free Sir Everard from imprisonment and promised to come to Scotland to track down Edward and bring him home. Colonel Gardiner (Edward’s former commanding officer) had softened toward Edward, so there was possibility that the...

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Chapters 51 and 52 Summary

While attending a celebration for the victory at Preston, Flora is wounded by a stray bullet. Waverly, in company with Talbot, returns to his chambers where at last he opens the package that had been delivered to him by Alice.

The package contains letters from Colonel Gardiner, tracing his growing pressure to recall Waverly. There are also other letters, which detail the actions of Donald Bean Lean. Donald, acting as a spy for the Prince, had managed to convince several in Waverly’s troop to join the Highlanders, thus giving rise to suspicions of treason on Waverly’s part. It was Donald who had taken Waverly’s seal while he slept in the cavern, in order to act in Waverly’s name.

Waverly and Talbot...

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Chapters 53 and 54 Summary

Waverly becomes more disturbed by the machinations in the court of Prince Charles Edward. Everyone seems to be seeking his own advancement rather than the goal of returning the monarchy to the Stuarts.

Fergus comes to talk with Waverly, most upset. He had requested that the Prince grant him Rose Bradwardine in marriage. Seeing her only as an asset to his position and legacy, he is irate that the Prince has refused to grant his request, mainly on the grounds that it is not the right time, but also to prevent jealousy among others who have shown interest and who must be placated to assure their allegiance. As Fergus departs, Waverly is troubled by his mixed emotions on hearing Rose discussed so and to the possibility that...

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Chapters 55 and 56 Summary

Waverly is awakened by sounds of distress from Talbot’s room. Talbot has received a letter from his sister, informing him that his wife has miscarried their baby and is in a dangerous situation regarding her own health. This is due to her hearing a false report that Talbot had been killed. She has recovered somewhat on hearing of his safety, but her health is still precarious. Talbot is beside himself with grief.

Waverly, consumed by guilt for being the cause of Talbot’s tragedy, encourages him to leave at once to join his wife and thus preserve her life. Talbot cannot do this, lest Waverly’s own safety be forfeit for allowing a prisoner to escape. Yet Waverly continues to press him, but Talbot refuses to...

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Chapters 57 and 58 Summary

While on the march, Waverly informs Fergus that he has ceased his suit for Flora’s hand in marriage. Fergus becomes incensed and plans to approach the Prince with the matter, but Edward discourages him, stating that he is not interested in winning a wife merely because she has had pressure put on her by her guardians.

Fergus becomes angry, so angry that he almost proposes a duel with Edward. Instead, he dismisses him from his regiment and ends their friendship. Edward quickly joins the Baron’s regiment. The Prince is asked to intercede in this quarrel, but Fergus is adamant. In the meantime, Edward becomes invaluable to the Baron’s regiment, and feelings in Fergus’s camp go against Waverly, supposing him to have...

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Chapters 59 and 60 Summary

The Highlanders give up their attempt to invade far into England and go into retreat. On the way, Fergus approaches Waverly, stating that he has received a letter from Flora, in which she recounts that she indeed never encouraged Waverly in his affections. Faced with the evidence that Waverly was innocent of insult, Fergus apologizes. Fergus then encourages Waverly to leave the Highland army to save himself. Waverly refuses to give up the fight so soon, but Fergus continues to urge him. Fergus announces that he has seen the “Grey Spectre,” which is a portent of his own death. Waverly refuses to believe such superstition, believing that is simply a product of weariness and discouragement. Yet Fergus believes it and is convinced...

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Chapters 61 and 62 Summary

Edward stays with the Jopsons through the wedding of Cecily Jopson and Ned Williams. On a visit from the local clergyman, who brings some newspapers to share the news with Waverly, Edward learns that his father has died and that his uncle will be placed on trial soon if Edward does not surrender. Edward has no great grief for his father, who did not show him much fatherly affection when he was alive, but feels some responsibility for his uncle. He leaves for London on the coach, where he is badgered by an inquisitive lady who tries to determine his identity.

When Waverly arrives in London, he goes immediately to the home of Colonel Talbot, where he is warmly welcomed as Talbot’s "nephew," Frank Stanley. Talbot informs...

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Chapters 63 and 64 Summary

As Waverly travels back to Edinburgh, he learns of the defeat at Culloden, which effectively ends the Jacobite rebellion. From Mrs. Flockhart, Fergus’s landlady, he learns that Fergus is being held prisoner and awaiting trial. Flora is at Carlisle, to be near her brother. There is no word of Rose, and the Baron has disappeared.

Waverly continues on the road that shows more and more evidence of the destruction of the war. When Edward arrives at Tully-Veolan, he finds it occupied by the British, who have decimated much of it in their occupation. With much trepidation, he journeys to the Baron’s home to find it completely destroyed. The British burned as much of it as they could.

Waverly calls out to Davie,...

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Chapters 65 and 66 Summary

Waverly asks Janet about the young girl who was with her previously when she had attended him. Janet reveals that it was indeed Rose, which Waverly had suspected. Janet further relates the events that had been unknown to Waverly.

Fergus had intended to send some of his soldiers to rescue Waverly when Waverly was first arrested, but had to change his plans. Instead, only Donald Bean was sent, with the further plan to bring Rose to him. Fearing that Donald Bean might do some mischief, Rose wrote to the Prince, who then commanded that Waverly be brought to him.

The Prince misunderstood Waverly’s feelings at seeing Flora and Rose, believing that Waverly’s interest was in Rose, rather than Flora. This led to...

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Chapters 67 and 68 Summary

Waverly informs the Baron of his pardon and asks his permission to marry Rose. The Baron is overjoyed at the news of both, and he goes to stay at the Bailie’s home. Waverly proposes to Rose, who accepts with joy.

Waverly plans to go to Waverly-Honour to make plans for the wedding and for his appearance in court concerning his pardon. He also wants to visit Fergus at Carlisle and try to intercede on his behalf. Colonel Talbot is unable to influence anyone in this matter, nor desires to do so, feeling that Fergus must receive punishment for the national upset he has caused.

Waverly journeys to Carlisle and attends the sentencing of Fergus and Evan. Fergus, when given the chance to speak, is defiant to the...

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Chapters 69 and 70 Summary

The day of the execution, Waverly goes to the prison to see Fergus. Fergus appears cheerful and congratulates Waverly on his engagement to Rose. The Highlander refuses him permission to attend his execution, feeling that the sight is more than he can ask of his friend. He also relates to Waverly that he deceived Flora as to the time of the execution so that she will not have to see it. With a last “God save King James,” Fergus is led off to be put to death, while Waverly hears, but does not see, the event take place. That evening, a priest visits to inform him that Fergus died as he had lived—with no regrets. He also tells him that he will leave the next morning to take Flora to the convent.

As Waverly leaves...

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Chapters 71 and 72 Summary

The Bailie invited the wedding party to Little Veolan, which the Baron reluctantly agreed to. They visit the Baron’s old home, now repaired of all damage, believing it to be the home that Talbot has purchased. They are met there by Talbot and his wife, who welcome them warmly. Talbot describes to the Baron the home he has bought in Scotland. When asked who then bought the Bradwardine estate, the Baron is informed that it has been purchased by Waverly and returned to the Baron as a life interest. The house has been restored as much as possible to its former condition, with the addition of a large portrait of Fergus and Waverly in Highland dress.

In addition, the Baron’s heirloom cup has been located (in the...

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