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“Surprized indeed!” but still the vulgar mail, attended by her aunt's word glad did not escape him. He maid and a gentleman of her acis honest, however, thought Mrs. Ainslie; but as she saw her young “A gentleman! what gentleman," friend's excessive emotion, and also said he, changing colour. saw if she had an opportunity she
“ Oh! you need not be jealous," would give way to the mortification replied Mrs. Ainslie, maliciously, and apprehension which she could and Mandeville blushed still deeper; not but feel, and treat her unworthy“ it was not a certain gentleman, admirer with a scene which might but a Mr., Mr. gratify his vanity without touching “ Betson,” said Ellen, who had his heart, she resolved not to quit now recovered herself, and was the room; therefore she seated her cheered by Charles's blush and self at her table, and began to manner, when he heard that a gentlework. Mandeville's .countenance man accompanied her. she thought cleared up when she “ What, old Betson the attorney! did so; but not Ellen's, who unwil. what a beau! really Sir George is a ling to think that she and Mande- strange guardian for a young lady ville were not still lovers, wondered of your fortune, Miss Mortimer, and excessively that Mrs. Ainslie did a Baronet's neice.” not leave them alone.
“On the contrary,” said Mrs. “ And when did you come ?" Ainslie, he is the wisest guardian “ Yesterday.”
possible; the income of 10,0001. “ And low did you come ?" will not go far if its possessor must “ By the mail."
always travel post or not at all; and “The mail! how could Sir George habits of economy, are necessary suffer it?"
even for persons of 10,0001. per ann. “Oh! but I wished it."
Sir George has known the misery of “ What a vulgar taste! The mail! a narrow income; and, though a BaHow could you wish it, Ellen ?" ronet, was, you know, a pennyless
“Oh! because, because" — here subaltern, and then a Captain in the poor Ellen recollected that she army for many years, dragging a wished it because she was anxious wife and eight children about with to lose no time, as her stay was to
him from one station to another, be sbort; therefore the contrast of as he could, on coaches or in coaches; her expectations then and now over and, when comparative wealth came, came her, and she turned aside to it was too late for him to assume weep. Charles was more nettled the fantastical airs, and fine gentlethan affected by this sensibility, and men disgusts and shrinkings of was about to say a kind word in a those who have pot, like him, been peevish tone; when Mrs. Ainslie made superior to the unnecessary interfered, and coldly said, almost indulgences of life by a painful acmimicking in spite of herself the quaintance with its realities. His manner in which he pronounced girls were Baronet's daughters then,
the mail,'—"I see no vulgarity, yet, ifit was necessary, they went with but much good sense, in my young
their nurse on a baggage-waggon; friend's choosing to come up by the and now, if necessary, Sir George mail, Mr. Mandeville.”
and Lady Mortimer would let them “ Indeed, Madam?".
go in a mail, aye, and with Mr. Bet“ Yes, posting is very expensive." son too."
“ But could not Sir George have Mandeville was surprized to hear afforded to treat his niece with a such sentiments from a woman who post-chaise ?"
was, he knew, reckoned rather “No; he has a large family, and proud, not easy of access, and was cannot afford to spend ten or twelve herself allied to nobility; and as he pounds unnecessarily."
associated the idea of vulgarity with “Why could she not pay for her that of attention to economy, he self then?"
would have thought Mrs. Ainslie “ Because Ellen is not of age, and vulgar if he could so have thought her allowance is small, therefore she of a woman of her station in society ; wisely resolved to come by the odious however, he judged it best to say no
more concerning mail travelling, time present? Ellen, let us now go but bowing, as if convinced, he next somewhere. Ellen do not frown on asked Ellen how long she meant to me! Dearest Ellen forgive me?"
Mrs. Ainslie now thought, as “Only a month.”
Charles's manner was become hum“ Dear me; how unfortunate! for ble, and his looks and tones tender, I have so many engagements for that she ought to quit the room. this month!"
But she had scarcely reached the
landing place when another knock " But when a lady's in the case, at the door announced the arrival of All other things you know give place,” visitors, and she re-seated herself
much, as she again fancied, to the cried Mrs. Ainslie, fixing her pene- relief of Mandeville and disappointtrating eyes on his countenance. ment of the still believing Ellen ;
“Yes”, said he, avoiding herglance she now saw Mandeville speaking as much as possible, “ all other in a low voice to her, and what he things, but not all other ladies; and said was received with a blush and my engagements are with ladies. I an enquiring eye directed to her. have to sing at Lady D's one “ What does that look say, Miss night; at Lady C's another; Mortimer?” cried she smiling. then quadrille balls without end." “ That Ellen wishes to take a
“ I did not know, my dear," said walk with me, and see some sights Mrs. Ainslie, coldly,“ that Mr. Man- if you have no objection.” deville was a singing and dancing · Certainly not, my footman shall gentleman."
attend you; I only require that you “Oh yes; he does both exqui- should return time enough for your sitely."
cousin to go out with me in my car “ But does he never think proper riage.” Mandeville promised to be to sing and dance with you ?--Pray, obedient to her wishes, and Ellen Mr. Mandeville, would not Miss went to equip herself for her walk. Mortimer, that is, your cousin It was with mixed feelings in Ellen's being in London for a short which pain predominated, that Ellen time be a sufficient excuse for your took out her bonnet which was made singing one duet and dancing one on purpose to wear in London; for quadrille less in an evening where it was exactly like one which Charles she is not, in order to enable you to used to admire, and say that she dance and sing where she is?" looked remarkably pretty in; there
“ Certainly, certainly," he replied fore when the original hat was worn in a hurried manner; “ certainly, out, the fond and flattered girl bought at some places; but I really did wish another to re-place it, and had a to have gone about with Ellen and tender pleasure in anticipating the shewn her London."
satisfaction her lover would feel in “ And can you not ?"
seeing this proof of her attention to “ Never mind whether he can or his taste. But now she felt a denot,” said Ellen, rather in lignantly; gree of delicate reluctance to wear “ since, since"-here she paused, this tell-tale hat before him; but covered with blushes, for she was she had no other, and with embarconscious of this feeling ; “as he is rassing consciousness she entered not, I see, anxious to stay at home the drawing-room, in which she with me, I do not much care whe- found Mrs. Ainslie and Charles ther he goes abroad with me or
“ Dear me, Ellen,” cried he not.”
as soon as he saw her, “ have you no Mandeville now saw that Ellen other bonnet than that to put on. resented his manner and conduct, That old-fashioned, odd looking and not being willing to break with thing." her entirely, he soothingly replied; “ I thought you used to admire “nay, my dear Ellen, do not make it,” said Ellen, almost in tears. my misfortune, in being forced to “ Yes, so I did, when it was new relinquish your society, greater than and in the country; but here it would it already is, by seeming to consider be so quizzed.” it as my fault. But why lose the It is new, she was going to say;
but she stopt, unable to make the Claremont's ground annihilated all now mortifying'avowal; and, turn the beauty of the Temple river to her. ing to Mrs. Ainslie, she timidly “ That river is the Thames, Ellen,' said, “ what can I do?
he replied peevishly, not pleased Charles will be ashamed of me in at the mention of Sir Henry, for this bonnet."
the jealousies of self-love are as pow“ I own,” said Mrs. Ainslie, “ the erful and strong as those of love ; bonnet is not fashionable, though and after having taken a turn or becoming; and as I wish you to vo round the garden,—the footlook like other people in your dress, man was not allowed to follow,-the Ellen, I will lend you my last new gate was unlocked again, and they one till we can buy another.” went forward on their way to the
“Will you, indeed; oh, that will upper regions, as Charles called the be so kind !" said Ellen, following other end of the town. As they Mrs. Ainslie to her chamber. When walked through some of the courts she re-appeared Charles eagerly ex they met young barristers returning claimed, “ what a beautiful bonnet, home, and Charles found by the and how becoming! really, Ellen, evident admiration which Ellen ex.' I think you will not disgrace me cited that he had reason to be proud now.” Heartless, vain creature, of his fair companion, and saying thought Mrs. Ainslie ; but surely, to himself, “ she will do, I may surely Ellen cannot long bear this. venture to shew her in Bond-street,"
As soon as they were in the street, he took her thither, after having Charles said, “ a very fine woman first pointed out to her all the printhat, Mrs. Ainslie, still, but terribly cipal streets on that side of Oxfordsevere; I would as soon encounter road, and the best squares. Howa wild cat as a woman of that sort." ever, I must own, my heroine was
“She is very kind to me, Charles." as yet more alive to the pleasure of
“Yes, and will be till you dis being with Mandeville again, hangplease her; but then beware of a ing on his arm, than to the charms coup de patte-did you not see how of what she saw; even his convershe scratched me?""
sation, égotistical and frivolous as “ Scratched you, Charles !" it was. pleased her, because it was
“ Metaphorically, I mean ;. but his; though she listened with ever, whither shall we go Ellen? we are renewed, and ever disappointed exnow at the Temple-gate, let us go pectation, in hopes of hearing him and look at the gardens.
speak the language of the heart, “And at the Temple too, if
and of still faithful affection. please, Charles; for my dear father When they returned to Sergeant's lived there many years you know, Inn, Mrs. Ainslie asked Ellen how and when there he fell in love with she liked her walk. mamma. I should so like to see his much," she replied, but her obserchambers! Shall we ask which were vant friend saw that, though her Mr. Mortimer's chambers, where he eyes might have been satisfied, her fell in love with mamma? Nay, do heart was not. “You, I trust, Mr. not laugh at me, Charles, I am not Mandeville, have been pleased and quite so silly as you imagine ; but I proud too; for I dare say, as every know pápa lived in Paper-build- new face is stared at in town, a new, ings.”
young, and pretty one also, must " And so do many others." have created a great sensation."
“ Indeed! but I should like to “ It did, I assure you ; and Ellen look even at the walls."
carried away gazer's hearts like “ Sentimental girl! Well, you burrs sticking to her." shall be indulged.” And till Ellen “Oh! fye, Charles ; how can had seen the buildings on both sides, you say so," replied Ellen, blushthe gardens had no power to attract ing and pleased. her attention. But even then, pretty
* Well then,” said Mrs. Ainslie, as they are, Ellen could not admit suppose you go with us into the that they were equal in beauty to her drive, and help Ellen to give back uncle's; and one thought of the view
these hearts, as you there may proshe had of the lake in Sir Henry bably see and know their respective Eur. Mag. June, 1823.
owners.' Mandeville said he was fixed her meaning, and nearly tearvery sorry, but he could not go to ful eyes on his face, he dared not the Park with them, as he had an encounter, because he could not resappointment at White's at half past pond to their appealing expression; four, but he would thank her to set therefore he was very glad when him down in St. James's-street. they reached St. James's-street. His
“ You will dine with us I hope?" adieus were soon spoken, and he dis
“ Yes, with pleasure, if you dine appeared without one of those linlate."
gering looks that speak the reluct“ At seven o'clock precisely." ance with which a beloved object is
". Then I will have the honour to quitted, and a wish to see that obwait on you."
ject still, while it is at all visible. Ellen now grew very thoughtful; Alas! Ellen's eyes pursued him thus, and her internal world, poor girl, and saw him till he could be seen hid the external one from her view. Charles became his own rival, and “ Your cousin is a very handsome by dint of thinking of him and his young man,” said Mrs. Ainslie. conversation she almost forgot that
“ Yes, very.” he was present. She had been with “ How long was he at R-?" him alone in a crowd, the next
Two years." thing to being alone in a room; “ Indeed !” replied Mrs. Ainslie but no language resembling that of gravely, alarmed by the length of love, or even affectionate interest, the intimacy. However, thought had escaped him. He had talked she, as Mandeville's head has been incessantly, but entirely of himself, turned, and his heart hardened by and his one acquaintance, and his admiration here, why should not singing, and the admiration it ex. Ellen's be operated upon by the cited. Then he knew this lady, the same process. I will watch her now most beautiful creature in the world; that men are staring at her, and and that lady, the most fascinating glasses raised at her as we pass. and accomplished ; and another, But Ellen saw them not,-she saw whom to see was to adore; but only the Charles Mandeville with when Ellen, pale, spiritless, and whom she used to associate at R jealous beyond expression, could till Mrs. Ainslie at length gained scarcely ask the name of these her attention by pointing at a succharmers, she heard, with an odd cession of distinguished and wellmixture of pleasure and pain, that known characters who were loungthese irresistible creatures were mar. ing in Piccadilly, or going on horseried women or widows of a certain back into the Park. The eager look age; and though her jealousy suf- of curiosity with which Ellen refered less, her morals suffered a ceived what her friend said, accomgreat deal. Oh! thought she, even panied sometimes with an almost one short walk in our village, alone audible " which is he?". attracted with Charles, was worth all our even more eager observation than it noisy, bustling, long walk to-day evinced, and Ellen, no longer inand this is my eagerly expected sensible of the admiring attention pleasure in London. Sir Henry which answered her curious glance, Claremont would hardly believe what became quite alive to the passing I could tell him !
scene, andher own pre-eminence in it; “Ellen is in a reverie," said Charles till, after several turns in the drive, to Mrs. Ainslie.
she fancied she saw Charles on “Yes, thinking of the absent, ļ borseback by the side of a very fine suspect,” she replied. That picqued woman. After that her eyes were him, and he tried to make her talk, incessantly wandering in search of but even the tone of his voice was and when he indeed passed, apaltered ; and while Ellen heard him parently without seeing her, her she was so engaged in comparing only hope, her only interest was his past with his present voice, his to try and be more successful when past with his present manner, that he passed again. she scarcely heard what he said, · But how strange it was," said and while she almost unconsciously Mrs. Ainslie, " that Mr. Mandeville
" and as
should not be on the look out for his mother; and Sir Henry, as she is you, Ellen ?"
dead, cannot bear to have it finished.” “Oh! no, you forget that he is “ I would
give something,” said with a lady
Mrs. Ainslie, passing her arm “But that lady is old, and faded, through Ellen's, " to see that picture and fardée. The man ought to have finished one day. What an attached, better taste than to prefer her to affectionate husband would such a you.
son make! Aye, and I dare say True, but she was a woman of he is a faithful lover !" Ellen fashion, and Mandeville was flat- did not reply, but she involuntarily tered by being seen with her. Again turned her eyes on the picture. The Eļlen tried to catch his attention, pensive penetrating eye seemed to but in vain ; and as Mrs. Ainslie fix even reproachfully upon her, saw that all her pleasure in the and what and whom had' she prescene was over she desired the ferred to him!' Ellen sighed, and coachman to get out of the Park as turned suddenly away: “Good bye, fast as he could, and drive to a most captivating being !" said Mrs. French milliner's in Conduit-street. Ainslie to the picture, “I will come Had they gone down the drive and see you again very soon, and: again Mandeville meant to have would that I knew the original!". seen them.
“ He is handsomer than his picAfter the mortified and even ture, said the attendant, mournful Ellen had tried on two or good as he is handsome, Madam. three bonnets, with a degree of in- My brother is one of his servants, difference painful to behold in and my sister is married to one of so young a person, as it was un his tenants, and they say he is an natural at her age, and only too in- angel upon earth !" dicative of an oppressed heart, she “Come away, Ellen,-come away! bought one, which Mrs. Ainslie ad if your heart can stand' this, mine mired ; and having engaged a very can't, I assure you !" Ellen smiled, fashionable hair-dresser, to cut and spite of herself, with pride and dress Ellen's hair, Mrs. Ainslie, as pleasure too, for this admirable there was yet time, drove to the creature loved her, even though she gallery of a fashionable painter. loved another. Again she was abThere her attention was rivetted by sent and taciturn, while Mrs. Ainsan unfinished whole-length portrait lie, wishing her to be left to her own of a gentleman, and she eagerly reflections, made no effort to engage called Ellen to admire it. “ What her in conversation. a countenance ! what eyes ! what a Never had Ellen been so absorbed meek benignant expression about in the business of the toilet as she the mouth !-I never saw such a was to day. Mrs. Ainslie kindly face! I have seen handsomer, per. superintended and patiently answer. haps, but one so captivating never! ed all Ellen's enquiries, as to what Is it not charming, Ellen ?" As she was fashionable, rather than to said this, she looked at her, and saw what was becoming ; for she had disher covered with blushes.
covered that fashion was every thing “I know the original," said Ellen, with Mandeville. At length not smiling. " It is Sir Henry Clare- satisfied with her appearance, for inont.'
her aim was to recall a strayed heart, “ Indeed! Oh! Ellen ! Ellen! and love makes every one humble, that your Sir Henry Claremont ?" Ellen, attired entirely to the satis“ He is not mine."
faction of Mrs. Ainslie and to the “ Yes, yes, he is; the fine flower loud admiration of Mr. Ainslie, in one's garden is our's, Ellen, stated herself on a sofa that held though we may not choose to pluck only two, and with a beating heart it and wear it. Silly girl, ungrate. awaited the arrival of Charles, for ful, mistaken girl! - Is Sir Henry she could not help hoping, spite of to sit again soon ?" said Mrs. Ains. all that had passed, that he would. Jie to the attendant."
come early; but he came last, “ No, Madam, he will never sit and was evidently not solicitous to again. The picture is paid for, but sit next Ellen at table. Mrs. Ainsit was begon for Lady Claremont, lie, however, conscious that Ellen