The scene lies chiefly in Portugal in the year 1812, and the characters are chiefly British officers, and their female relatives, one of whom, Lady Mabel Stewart, daughter of Lord Strathern, fresh from Scotland, is the heroine; while a certain l'Isle, a Spaniard, figures as the hero. The book is dependent for its interest on the lovemaking of those described, and the jealousies which arise.
onvenient union; so he stuck to the profession which he loved, and, being a widower, entrusted his only child, a daughter, to a sister in Scotland.
Though he had seen little of domestic life, he was an affectionate man. The briskness of the last campaign, and the number of his friends who dropped off in the course of it, strongly warned him that if he would once again see his daughter, now attaining womanhood, it would be well to lose no time about it. So, one morning, during the retreat from Burgos, after issuing the brigade orders for the day, he penned an order to his sister in Scotland, to send out the young lady, with proper attendants, under the care of the wife of any officer of rank who might be sailing for Lisbon. There she would be within reach, and he might find leisure to visit her.
His sister would have protested against this had she had an opportunity; but the order of the father, and the affectionate and adventurous spirit of the daughter, at once decided the matter. On her arrival, howev