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immediately at the first door on the smoke into the serene air, resigned right hand you will find your chame himself to the voluntary flow of his ber.”

thoughts and recollections. Wolfe looked after her a while quite The solitary garden, the obscure lost in thought, then climbed up canopy of the trees, the bright moonthe narrow stairs, and found all as shine that gleamed over them-all she had told him. The room was these things harmonized wonderfully small and dark; the air oppressive together, and woke in his mind inand suffocating. From the rough finite trains of long-lost associations. smoky walls

rge pieces of the lime He thought of his home, and of his had fallen away, and here and there aged mother; and by degrees became were scraps of writing, initials, and altogether opprest and melancholy. It figures of men and women, and occurred to him, that he was here abbeasts' heads, drawn with pieces solutely without any one who took an of coal, or a burnt stick. Right op- interest in his fate; and all at once he posite to the half-blinded window felt an extraordinary longing and anstood a miserable bed ; and near it he xiety for his brother, who had now saw a red-rusty nail, sticking a long for a long time roamed about the way out of the walls. Wolfe hung world, and of whom no satisfactory his cypress crown upon it; placed his intelligence had for many years been lance and sabre in a corner; threw received. He had at first been a his knapsack upon the table, and baker's apprentice—had afterwards en more than once, grumbling within his tered into an engagement as a chaiseteeth, “ What lubberly fellows these driver--and at last all traces of his rich misers are !” he kicked aside two name and fortune had, among strangbroken stools, went and leaned out of ers, vanished quite away. "Perhaps," the window, and by degrees whistled thought Wolfe, “ he has also become his anger away.

a soldier ; and now, when peace has Over the court and neighbouring come, and every nation is tranquil, buildings was visible a fine large gar- news may have in all probability arden, which looked out," fresh and rived at home of my poor brother Anfragrant through the bluish-grey at- drew.” mosphere of the town. There dark With this persuasion he endeavouravenues twined their branches on high, ed to console himself ; but could not in arches like those of a gothic cathedral help wishing immediately to write

the solitary places ; golden home for information; the recollection sun-flowers waved on their limber of his brother had so suddenly and stalks over long labyrinths of red deeply agitated his heart. and white roses; walks and thickets Wolfe now for the first time nosurrounded the whole. There, all ticed with great vexation, that they was silent; the rich luxuriance of the had given him no light. This at least domain seemed like that of an en- he resolved to demand. He got up chanted wood, that no mortal foot had therefore, (not without a soldier-like ever violated. Wolfe surveyed this oath) and dressed as he then happengarden with extraordinary pleasure, ed to be, in a short linen waistcoat, and would almost have given the world and without a neckcloth, went out. for the privilege of walking through According to his custom when much a region of so much beauty and still- irritated, he passed his hands over his ness; but however this might be, he head several times, raising his luxubecame quite reconciled to his apart- riant locks in such manner as to give ment on account of its having such a a considerable wildness to his toute prospect.

ensemble, and cautiously groped his He kept himself quiet through the way down stairs. In the lobby there rest of the day, giving himself little glimmered a dusky lamp: Wolfe concern about what might be going stepped into the circle of the unceron in the house. Towards evening tain radiance, looked about for some his military duties called him abroad. means or other of obtaining his obHe returned just after it had begun to ject, and searched with his hand for

The window still re- the bell-rope. At this moment Meinmained open. He drew a chair to- herr John happened to return home wards it, filled his pipe, seated him- from his evening recreation at the self, and rolling out ample volumes of alc-house; and with glowilig com,



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plexion and glistening eyes, (not be unmingled with pleasure, for he now ing aware of Wolfe's presence) gave perceived that she was very pretty; the accustomed signal with a hard and a fine, but rather hectic, red knotted stick on the door. Wolfe per- played alternately over her interesting ceiving this, stepped up to meet him, features. He took her hand respecto carrying his head very high (while the fully-"My dear,” said he, " you are light, such as it was, shone full upon so much agitated-have I offended him), and said, in a commanding you ?""Oh heavens! certainly not," tone,

“ Must I always sit in the answered she, beginning to weep anew. dark?” Mein-herr John started as if “ Then, surely,” said Wolfe, earnesthe had been struck with a thunder- ly, some one else has done somebolt, let the cudgel fall out of his thing to distress you ?” Louisa folded hands, looked about wildly and aghast, both hands, pressed them to her eyes, then rushed in and passed by Wolfe, and slightly shook her head" God uttering a deep groan of indescribable has so willed,” said she; terror. « Is he mad, or drunk?” said have been sent hither ; good Heavens ! our hero, who, at this strange behavi- all was so well-so tranquil-now all our, grew more irritated, applied him- my afflictions are renewed !'' She made self resolutely to the bell, and stood signs to Wolfe that he must not follow prepared to raise a still greater disturb- her; wiped the tears with her apron ance, when the pale interesting girl, from her eyes; and went silently Louisa, stepped out timidly, and, on down the steps. hearing his demand, excused her ne- Wolfe having returned to his room, gligence, and, with a light in her sat for a long time right opposite to hand, hastened up stairs before him. the candle, leaning his head on his She then set the candle on the table, hands; and, without being able to acshut the window, wiped the dust from count for the extraordinary and mystethe chairs, and, in her silent and quiet rious emotion by which he was overmanner, employed herself for a while whelmed, all his thoughts involuntain the room.

rily became more and more dark and Wolfe was very reserved and mo- melancholy, just as if some fearful and dest with ladies-he hated scandal ; heavy misfortune were about to fall and, on the whole, perhaps, had not upon him. He could not prevail over much confidence in the house. For his reflections so as to bring them into these reasons, the presence of the girl any regular order; so deeply had the rather vexed him. He kept himself voice of the weeping Louisa penetrated turned away, and drummed with his into his heart. Her accents were now fingers against the window. Louisa inwardly renewed, and divided, as it stood at the bed, with spread hands, were, into a thousand echoes. In lissmoothing and arranging the bed tening to her, it had not been without clothes. Wolfe heard her sigh deep- difficulty that he had refrained from ly, and involuntarily looked after her, tears; her touching sorrow almost as she retired sobbing and hanging broke his heart; and his own fate down her head with an expression of seemed unaccountably involved with the deepest melancholy. All this her misfortunes. vexed him to the soul. " What then Thus wholly occupied and lost in can she weep for?” said he to himself deep thought, he began, absently, to

“ Has. my rough manner terrified engrave with a pen knife, (which lay her? or, in my hurry, have I used to near his tobacco-pouch, and had servher some harsh words?” He had al- ed for clearing his pipe), all sorts of ready the light in his hands, and anxi- lines and angles on the crazy old woodously hastened after her-"Stop, stop, en table at which he sat. Without my dear!” cried he aloud; “it is as knowing or intending it, he had endark as pitch on the stairs !--you graven on the already hacked and dismay do yourself a mischief!"-Louisa figured boards, Louisa's name, which was still standing on the first steps. he had overheard frequently called Wolfe leaned over the railing and aloud through the house. Orinbservlighted her down. She thanked him ing what he had done, he almtsi startwith emotion, and her humid eyes ed ; and then drew the knife several were lifted up to him with an expres- times across the letters to obliterate the sion of unaccountable grief. Wolfe

As he was then more fully beheld her with silent perplexity, not made aware of what he had done, all



at once there appeared to him, clearly for Wolfe now plainly marked some and undeniably, traces of the very same one slowly moving up and down name, and in his own hand-writing, through the obscure walks. Someon several corners of the table. Wolfe times the form stood still, and lifted again started, rubbed his eyes, and its arm, as if beckoning to some one to stared at these characters, comparing in follow. Wolfe could not distinguish them the well-known difficultly-form- the figure narrowly enough—for the ed great L, and the other letters, rising veil of vapours often concealed with his own writing; “ Am I be it as if in long white robes; and the witched?” cried he; trying to recollect more anxiously he fixed his eyes upon whether he had not absolutely and it, the more faintly and glimmeringly really written these other inscriptions one object, as it were, melted into anohimself—but his arms could not have ther. At last Wolfe came from the reached so far; and as yet he had not window, and, leaving it open, threw sat at any other side of the table. himself into bed. The now dry leaves

“ Yet all this must be dd non- of his cypress wreath, which hung sense !" muttered he; at the same upon the wall, fluttered, and rustled time looking about rather timidly over him in the draught of the wine through the obscure chamber. The dow. Wolfe started up at the sound, fallen down broken places in the wall, calling out, “Who's there?” and he beespecially near the bed, diversifying thought himself but half awake where the black distorted faces traced with he was. His eyes now chanced to rest charcoal-the general uncouth desola- upon the window, and there he could tion of the visibly neglected apartment not help believing, that he beheld the appeared in the uncertain scanty light, same form that had before appeared in a high degree disquieting and for- in the garden looking in upon him. midable. To Wolfe it seemed even “ Devil take your jokes !" cried our as if the rudely-traced caricature faces hero, becoming quite angry, not only were known to him. He shuddered with this intruder, but still more with involuntarily, and hastily extinguished himself, for the death-like tremour the light, in order to escape, if possible, which came over him. He then drew from such hobgoblins and preternatural his head hastily under the clothes, and impressions. Besides, it had become from fatigue fell asleep under loud too late to think of writing any more. audible beating of his heart. For a moment he wished to breathe One hour, as he believed, (but a the free air, for without he thought it longer interval, perhaps, in reality,) would be cool and refreshing. He had the mysterious infuences of the opened the window again therefore. world of dreams reigned over his senAll appeared still and slumbering; and ses, when a strange noise once more the cool breath of night saluted him. alarmed him. The moon was still From a neighbouring

cellar, however, contending with the light of day, of even now, rays of light were shining which the faint gray dawn was visible; forth; and soon after Wolfe heard the and now a low moaning sound was hammers ringing loudly on the anvil. again heard close to our hero. He in" Poor soul,” thought he, “thou art stantly tore the clothes from his face, already making the most of these mid- and set both his arms at liberty. Then night hours, which to thee begin a with one hand stretched out, and the week of hard labour.” The glowing other lifted up for combat, he forced iron now brightly scattered its sparks, his eyes wide open, and stared about as if from the bowels of the earth, in- him. He was at first not a little terto the lonely gloom of the night. rified, on beholding a great white dog, “ He probably sharpens knives and with his two fore-feet placed upon the hatchets for the butcher," continued bed, and stretching up his head, with Wolfe to himself; “ that suits Mein- large round eyes fixed upon him, and herr John exactly, and is quite congleaming in the twilight. venient and useful for both. How all expected guest however wagged his trades assist one another, and depend tail, and licked the hand that was on eac!06, ther, in this world !". stretched out to drive him away-so

He had once more become tranquil, that Wolfe could not find in his heart and looked for a long time into the to fulfil his intention; the dog fawnbeautiful garden, which at night ap- ing, always came nearer and nearer ; peared for the first time inhabited'; and, as if through customary right, reVOL. VI.

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mained at last quietly in the same po. what business has he to meddle with sition. “ Probably he must belong to horses !-It is a miserable thing to see some one here," thought our hero, a fellow in this situation, who has stroking him on the back ; " and now never been a soldier !” At last, the believes that I am his master. Who despicable rider got himself seated in knows what inhabitant may have left the saddle, drew a white felt cap over this apartment to make room for me?” his eyes, and jogged away, bending Scarcely had he said these last words, his body almost double as he passed when the dreams, out of which he under the outward gateway. Wolfe had just awoke, regained all their in- was glad when he was thus fairly fluence, and he could not help be- gone, yet his absence had not contilieving that there had really been some nued long, when our hero again heard important and preternatural visitant the long-legged old gray horse trampwith him in his chamber. Reflection ling over the stones. The rider had foron this subject, however, was too pain- gotten something. He shouted, whisful and perplexing to be continued. tled, and cursed alternately; then He therefore sprang out of bed, and, rode up with much noise to an under as it was already day-break, he began window, and demanded, “ if no one to put his accoutrements in order, and had seen Lynx?” This honest creature prepared himself to go to the stables. now lay growling at Wolfe's feet, and The dog continued snuffing about shewed his teeth angrily, every time him, and attentively watched and imi- the well-known voice called him from tated his every look and movement. below. Wolfe was by no means inWolfe twice shewed him to the door, clined, on account of his new friend, which the troublesome animal had to enter into any quarrels; however, opened in the night, and which still as he stood at the window, and stood open ; but he shewed not the patted Lynx on the head, he took the slightest inclination to retire from the trouble of calling out-“ If it is the presence of his new master.

great white dog that you want, here In the court all was now alive and he lies in the room with me. I did busy. The butcher's men went gaily not bring him hither, and do not wish about, whistling and singing, some of to keep him ; but he will not go them pious songs, and others, such as away. The bawling fellow stared at they had learned at the alehouse, him, with his mouth wide open; Wolfe stood at the window, and brush- once more pulled down his cap; and, ed the dust from his foraging cap; without saying another word, rode now and then looking down at the away about his business. “ So much mock-fighting, wrestling, and other the better," thought Wolfe-stroking practical jokes, of these rude sturdy smooth the bristly, rough hair of companions. One of them, who ap- Lynx. “Stay thou here, my good old peared somewhat older than the rest, dog, and take care of my knapsack and moreover wore a morose and dis whilst I am absent." The dog looked contented aspect, drew from the stable at him, as if he understood every a poor old withered hack, buckled on word-drew his hind legs under him, a leathern portmanteau, threw him, and with the forelegs stretched out; self into a faded shabby great coat, he laid himself across the threshold and with a large whip in his hand, of the door, with his head lifted up, twisted his fingers through the mane and keeping watch attentively. and bridle; fixed one foot in the stir- Wolfe then went about his profesrup, and endeavoured to bring up the sional duties, endeavouring to forget other with a violent swing. However, the painful night that he had passed; the poor worn-out animal

, who had ad assumed an appearance of merris not recovered from the effects of his ment, which he was in reality far from last journey, kicked and plunged to enjoying. In currying and rubbing prevent himself from being mounted ; down his horse, however, he sung while the awkward horseman, in a one song after another, while his rage, checked and tore him with the comrades about him, in the meanreins, kicked him with his feet in the while, had much to complain of in side, and with his clenched fist on the their reception, and wished for the res bead. “ Infamous scoundrel !" said turn of better days. “ There he is Wolfe, whose blood boiled with in, in high spirits,” said they, pointing to dignation, “ if the fellow can't ride, Wolfe. « But then," added they,

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bird that sings so early in the morn- « Thank God." exclaimed our hero, ing, the vulture will catch before I shall gladly, with my sixpence anight!" " It may be so !” said Wolfe day, buy off their long faces and sulky gravely; for from the first he had ex- tempers." Aye-aye !" shouted a jo pected nothing good from his resi- vial merry companion." Then we dence with the butcher; and it al- shall have enough for ourselves, and ways seemed as if there was yet to spend it freely, and give these gentry come a violent dispute and quarrel a share of our wealth as long as it with his host.“ Well now," —said lasts!” He then struck up the old aņother, " thou say'st nothing all this songwhile about thy quarters, and how « And if then our cash and our credit grow thou hast been entertained. Now is low, the time to speak out!"-"What's “ Fair ladies adieu !-through the world the use of talking?" answered Wolfe, we must go !” &c. &c. " that will not make one's vexations á All laughed at the song, (of which

we whit less. I knew very well before, the have given but the first two lines) and people here use so many high-sound- Wolfe among the rest ; for indeed it ing words and try to appear so polite now seemed to him as if an overpowerand important; but unluckily most of ing weight had been lifted from his them lag devilishly behind in making breast." In a few days," thought good all their professions. Soldiers he, "all will be well. Our present billeted ! think they—that gives us restraints and difficulties will be at an no trouble we can entertain them in end.” our own way--for no one knows or Through the day he avoided being inquires any thing about them--and too much at his quarters. Louisa, at as to what the poor hungry devils all events, would not let herself be themselves may say-no one will be visible; and as to the rest of the houselieve them. For such gentry, in their hold, he had no wish to meet any of own opinion, there is never any thing them. good enough!"' 'Very true!” cried It was now late in the evening, they, all laughing. "There you hit when he stood under the door-way, the nail on the head. So it is, in- and looked about him through the deed !” “But," continued one, “ with street. Not long after arrived the the green trumpery--the leaves and savage rider, who had excited his ine flowers that they threw to meet us dignation in the morning. He came there they were quite profuse and in at a short jog trot; and, without splendid. But not even a horse perceiving Wolfe, rode straight for, much less a man, could live on such ward to the stable, whether the poor provender--yet one cannot feed on old hack, of his own accord, was steer, the air-this they should know still ing with all his might. Having better than we do." Let all this dismounted, ---shaken himself two or alone,” interposed Wolfe, “and don't three times,-and beat his old slovenmake such a fuss about a few morsels, ly boots together, this elegant squire which, when they are once swallowed, at last betook himself to the low par, are forgotten." Nay-nay,” said a lour within doors, to wait on Meinnon-commissioned officer," it is for herr John. Wolfe had now stepped the want of due respect and honour out into the street, and walked up and that we find fault. A soldier ought down before the house. In a short to be respected.”. “Respect!" replied time he heard loud voices within, and Wolfe, " that indeed is an idea which involuntarily looked up to the window would never enter into their heads. The fellow seemed in violent alterOut of mere shame, they are full of cation with his master-He held an poison and gall, and would, therefore, empty leathern purse in one hand, and wish to degrade us even in their own beat with it violently now and then on eyes. Therefore a bayonet or sabre, the table that stood before him. Meinappears to them like a sword of jus- herr John, meanwhile, walked up and tice; and out of sheer vexation they down with gestures of evident mortifibecome insolent.” “All this will cation and perplexity, while the other soon have an end,” interrupted the exclaimed in a loud voice, “ What the scrjeant; you, my good friends, master wastes on cards and dice, must will be paid off; then every one will never be reckoned or thought of live on his money as well as he can.” that one of us must be driven to make


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