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der different circumstances-do not sent, nor urge his suit when present, suppose that I will allow you—I mean, nor receive or exchange any promises myself—to receive, or you to commit from, or with her, until the expira

No, no,—think not of it; you tion of his minority. This was an are free."

unpalatable exaction ; but as the only The language of the eyes cannot be alternative was strict exclusion from transferred to paper; but hers were the roof beneath which she dwelt, he most eloquent as she smiled and look. submitted with indifferent grace, and ed up in his face, and said:

so was permitted to pay occasional “ That is poor sophistry, Edward! friendly visits during the vacations, But let it pass. There is my hand as he was now pursuing his studies at once more! What I have said, I will Oxford. never retract, We understand each Similar restrictions were placed other;"_and her head sank upon his upon Jane ; and it was understood shoulder.

by all parties, that, if all parties con“ Dear, generous, noble-minded tinued to be of the same mind at the girl!” he exclaimed.—“ Yes, yes, I end of the period of probation—then, ought to be, and I will be, content!" and not till then, the matter was to

It need scarcely be said that these be taken into more serious considera. young people were lovers ; but a few tion. words are necessary to explain their How completely the young people position at this juncture.

had acted up to the letter, if not to the Edward Drayton had "spoken to spirit, of this engagement, has been the old folks" some months before ; already seen; and the elders were perand the result of his passionate repre- fectly satisfied with the wisdom and sentations and protestations, and their propriety of their arrangement. calm deliberations and consultations, Under these circumstances they was, that they pronounced the young separated. The young gentleman folks to be too young to think seri- returned to Oxford to complete his ously, or judge correctly, upon a sub- terms, and Mr and Mrs Hartwell and ject of so great importance. This de- their daughter went upon the Conticision, of course, appeared exceedingly nent; and, erelong, discovered that ridiculous to the young gentleman, all the places and things which they who was then within a few months of were desirous of saying they had seen, the completion of his twentieth year. could not possibly be seen in six But the elders were inexorable; and months. When that period had ex. he was compelled to pledge bis word pired, they were at Geneva, in the of honour that he would neither cor- pleasant month of October. respond with the young lady when ab


" It may sound like a contradic- quently, they were frequently thrown tion, my dear Charlotte,” said Jane together. Hartwell to a young lady with whom “No, no! It is not that!" exclaim. she was walking beneath the trees of ed Jane, rather hastily. “I wish you an elevated promenade' called . La would not be always teasing me about Treille,' but certainly so it is. The such nonsense !" last six months have passed away most " Well, well! Then it sha'n't be rapidly, and yet I feel as if I had been teased," said Charlotte, playfully. very much longer away from Eng- “ But, if it is not that, I'm sure I can't land."

tell what it is." “ Well, I'm no pbilosopher, but I “ Then I think I can," observed suppose the latter feeling comes over Jane, in an unusually serious tone. you when thinking of a certain per- "I have been questioning myself very son,” observed Miss Byrne, who from closely, as my good governess taught a chance acquaintance had become me in former days, and I am not satisan intimate, and then a confidential fied with the result." friend, merely because her father and Why, my dear girl! what can you self had been travelling over the same mean? You, who are all goodness ground as our tourists, and, conse- and innocence !"

“No, no, Charlotte! we have lived during their promenade ; and when a strange and hurried life lately. I they separated, Miss Byrne volun. have had no time to think, but I re- teered, for her friend's edification, a member how much I was at first comparison between the elegant poshocked by the general profanation of liteness of foreign manners and those the Sabbath, the dreadful oaths I of England, by no means favourable heard, and the many things daily oc- to the latter. curring in our journeys so revolting “ And yet,” thought Jane, “how to our English notions."

impertinently intrusive and embar• Call them prejudices, dear Jane, rassing would all that I have been and say no more about them.” listening to for the last hour have ap

“ That is exactly what I have done, peared, if addressed to me when I Charlotte ; and I am not satisfied. first landed at Calais! Has it annoy. Yesterday was the first Sunday that ed me now? No, quite the contrary. we have attended any service since we Therefore I must be changed. left Paris ; and, even when we were Major Byrne and his daughter there, how was the rest of the day dined with the Hartwells that day; spent? The manners and customs of and, in the evening, the worthy squire the people here are more like our own, was introduced to a “ cercle," where and what I heard yesterday reminded he passed several hours very agreeably me of home, and made it seem very at whist; so pleasantly, indeed, that he long since I last entered our quiet declared he almost forgot that he was little church, which we used to attend abroad. For this treat he was inso regularly ; and it seemed to me debted to the Major, who had trathat I was separated from home not velled much, and seemed perfectly at only by absence of body, but in spirit. home wherever he went; and, sooth I feel that I am changed, or else how to say, Mr Hartwell, whose habits could I have seen and heard, so calmly were somewhat convivial, was right as I often have done, things which at glad of his acquaintance, for of sightfirst shocked me?"

seeing he had long been heartily tired, “ Why, my dear friend, if we could and would generally, on their arrival make all the people do exactly as we in a town, enquire, with an almost wished, there's no doubt but they imploring yawn, “Well, I hope there's would all be a great deal better than nothing to be seen here?" they are ; but, since we cannot, it The cercle” was, of course, redoes not seem worth while to be visited, and its delights might have detriste about the matter. Chacun à termined him to pass the winter in son gout, as the French say. The Geneva, had not their course been people here may shut up their shops previously decided on in family deon a Sunday; but they are as shocking bates, too long for detail, but the recheats as any of the rest, I know. sult of which was, an utter abandonThere was that diamond crescent hair- ment of the original limits of six comb of mine that was to be months to their tour. They were now but, la! only look! Yes, that's the on their way to Italy. handsome German count that was I am so glad we are going from with us at Chamouni! He sees us, too, this dull place,” said Charlotte Byrne and is coming this way; and there is to her father, as they were leaving another gentleman with him-who can Geneva. “If we had remained here he be? Il a bonne mine, at all much longer, I do think that Jane events."

would have turned methodist; and The two gentlemen joined them, that would have been a pity, for she and talked as Anent nonsense as any was going on so well before! Scarcetwo young ladies would desire to hear, ly one foolish prejudice left.


Another half year had elapsed, and was a flush upon her cheeks, and a it was on the day after a splendid ball restlessness in her dark sparkling eyes and entertainment given by Torlonia and quick occasional movements, that (the banking duke), when Jane Hart- indicated all not to be quite at ease well sat in her boudoir alone. There within.


“ Le Comte de Marberg !” said an she continued, in high spirits : “ but, Italian valet, throwing open the door. à propos des botes,' you bave not told

66 Giacomo! Did I not tell you ?" me how you contrived to find your way she exclaimed faintly; but, ere the here, when I ordered Giacomo to show words had passed her lips, the door all visiters to my father into the salon, was closed, and the person announced and to say that I was not at home. was in her presence, apologising in- You perceive that he has announced coherently, but with an almost reve- no one else, and some of my other rential air, for his intrusion.

partners must have called.” Such an intrusion would indeed have “ Charmante étourdie!" exclaimed alarmed and perplexed the unsophisti- the Comte, gazing upon her with an cated daughter of Hartwell Hall a expression which would formerly have year earlier : but she had since seen discomposed her utterly, but at which ladies receive visiters of the other sex she now smiled, and merely bade bim even in their chambers, and had “ as- proceed. So he informed her that her sisted" at numerous gay and frivolous father had been somewhat unlucky at parties of every description.

cards, when playing with a Russian She was now an altered person, and, nobleman and Major Byrne, in the instead of being over-fastidious, had early part of the previous night, and begun to abandon herself to that lati- that probably on that account he had tudinarian“ insouciance" of manners been induced to partake rather freely and conduct by which our fair coun- of the choice wines that were so abun. trywomen so frequently astonish fo- dant at the supper tables. reigners. Possibly her feelings might After that,” said the Comte, “ he be somewhat similar to those of a had some more play, and, as he was at new convert to some sect, who ima. the table with one of the bankers' re.. gines himself bound to evince, on latives, no doubt as they took care he every occasion, bis utter contempt of should not be obliged to ask many all his former errors and prejudices, times for refreshments, and so he did by going somewhat farther than the not come home till long after I had the more regularly initiated.

honour and felicity to hand you to the Be such matters as they may, the Comtesse's carriage, and now that is Comte Henri de Marberg (the same -just now, when I come, he is not up. “ handsome German" whom they had So I said, never mind, Giacomo, your met at Chamouni) and Jane Hartwell young mistress will do as well, and I were, in less than a minute after his know she is at home and expects me, entrance, engaged in a volatile tête de which must be the truth, because I am téle,which continued for half-an- sure you cannot suppose as I would let hour, during which time they "talked the morning pass without calling to over" the last night's party:

Then ask how you have recovered from your another half-hour was spent in a con- fatigue. And now I have asked you versation much more interesting to that, and something else"both, but with the detail of which we “ Ah, méchant! Do you dare, after shall not meddle till the expiration of I have forbidden you ?” exclaimed the said second half-hour, when Jane Jane, interrupting, with a playful air said, “ Now, really, if you wish us to of authority. “Let us have no more remain friends, you must not continue of that, for the present at all events, to plague me with such nonsense. I or 1 sball positively hate the sight of have told you frankly that I do not you. There! Get along with you, do, mean to change my situation." you good-for-nothing creature ; unless

“ But, lovely Jane, it cannot be al- you feel inclined for a little music this ways so. Your beauty and good sense morning, and then you may go into and accomplishments will ever make the salon and wait till I come," and yon to be surrounded with flatterers she left the room laughing. and adorers, and I am sure you have a “ Twenty thousand English livres heart formed for"

sterling ! Cela en veut bien la peine!" “ Heigho! I'm sure I don't know muttered the Comte when left to bimwhat it was formed for !” exclaimed self; and of course he descended to Jane, in a tone that appeared com- the salon. pounded of a sigh and a yawn; but

At the time of the above conversathere was no time to consider which tion, Mr Hartwell was sitting alone predominated, for the moment after over his coffee and eggs, in a frame of mind far from enviable. « Confound cheap place I've found, though I supthem altogether!” he murmured, pose one might hide one's-self in some « There's madness in the very air one obscure town or village, and save breathes, I do believe. To believe that money. That's what we must do. If I, Charles Hartwell of Hartwell Hall, the air is to be of use to her, as they an English gentleman, who never say it will, it will be purer there thought of playing above crown points, than in a city. We have all the sumand always lived within his income, mer before us, and then, perhaps, I should be such an incomprehensible can find some fishing and shooting, ass as to sit down with a parcel of out- maybe somewhat different from our landish jabbering foreigners, and He- own, and so have something to talk brew Jews, and lose pretty near three about in that way when I get back, if hundred pounds in one night! Then ever I shall. Bless my heart! what there's the note I owe the major! a wild-goose chase we have been runZounds ! One must amuse one's self ning, just for the sake of being able somehow. Well, well, what's done to say that we have seen a parcel of can't be helped. Heigho! there's my places, and things, and people, that poor dear wife too! If any body had some of us might have been better if we told me that when she was ill I could never had seen. Heigho! and where's have sat down to breakfast without Edward Drayton, too? He seems in enquiring after her, would I have be- no hurry, now he's got to Paris." And lieved it?” And, rising angrily, herang thus the poor gentleman went on the bell, and summoned her maid, who grumbling, after the too prevalent reported that her mistress had passed an fashion of persons, who, discontent with unquiet night, and that Miss Jane was themselves, resolve to be dissatisfied not yet stirring, though she well knew with every one else. how that young lady was engaged. Could he have witnessed the glee

I have a great mind to go back to with which, at that moment, his recent England at once," soliloquized the antagonists, and his friend the Major, squire when again alone. * No, that were exulting and laughing over their won't do, I must wait here for a remit. winnings, and ridiculing his “tourtance. Besides, poor dear soul! in dise" and execrable attempts at speakher present state, she couldn't bear the ing French, assuredly it would not have journey. Humph! Naples, they say, increased the amiability of his disposiis cheap. If so, it will be the first tion,


On a bright calm day in the month see at Florence and Rome, was written of August, two gentlemen were seated at her father's desire, and is the only in a shady recess of the public gardens. one you ever received from her. There They had been for some time silent, certainly is nothing like love in that." and nothing was heard save the gentle “Oh, but in former days !"-groan, plashing of the blue waters against the ed Edward, pressing his right band marble sea-wall. The younger was upon his burning forehead_“I cannot Edward Drayton, and fierce contend. endure it ! If you knew all !" ing passions were painfully expressed "I can conceive all, my young in his countenance. “ So you refuse friend,” said the Major ; " I have had me !" he at length exclaimed in an some experience myself in such mat. angry tone.

ters. You should look forward, and “ I see the end too clearly," replied not back." Major Byrne,“ he is a practised fen- “ All is gloom and misery before cer, and would have his choice of wea. me !" exclaimed the youth._I shall pons. You would stand no chance. never more know happiness !" None. Besides, after all, what has he « Ay, so I have said ere now," done? You have told me that there observed the Major." But you are was no engagement between Miss wrong. Come, let us look at the Hartwell and yourself, and the letter thing coolly :-Suppose you were to you showed me, recommending you give Marberg the coup - de - grace, to travel slowly, and see all you could would your suit be forwarded one jot?


-Not an inch. You cannot marry About three weeks after the above the girl without her own consent; and conversation, the Comte Marberg lay if

you could, would she be worth hav- reclined upon a sofa, in luxurious ining ?-No, no; leave her.- She is not dolence. His features were somewhat worthy of you. Quit this place, and attenuated, and his complexion paler, travel; and, rely upon it, that fresh from recent confinement; but the scenes and continual change will soon whole expression of his countenance eradicate-nay, nay, don't shake your was indicative of triumph. “Twenty head! I know they will; I know it, thousand English pounds sterling!” he Sir. Take my advice, and I'll bet soliloquized, “That's her own; and you a thousand to one you'll thank me as she is an only child, when the old for it some day.”

people go, why, three or four times “ You mean me well, I have no as much more at least. Bravo, Henri doubt, Major ; but you don't under- de Marberg! Diable! I can hardly stand you cannot enter into my believe my good luck. Ah ! that's feelings. Call him out I will,—that's Byrne's voice! He has lost no time settled ; and the only question is, whe- since he got my note." ther or not you will be my friend. I The Major here entered the apartask you, because I know no one else ment, and after a few words of con. here. Tell me plainly, yes or no?”. gratulation upon the Comte's good

Why, Mr Drayton, I don't like looks, and evident convalescence, said to refuse you ; and yet

You _“ I have had a dreary time of it at must give me time to think of it-say Terracina. Almost every day some till to-morrow."

traveller brought a report that there “ Be it so," said Edward, rising, was no chance of your recovery. If and taking the Major's hand,—" I I had not known your handwriting shall depend upon you. Excuse my well, I should have thought your last leaving you abruptly.-I am in no note a hoax.

What has wrought mood for conversation, as you may per

this sudden and almost miraculous ceive,”—and he walked slowly away.

“ Confound the fellow !" said the “ La petite capricieuse," replied Major to himself; “I wish he'd bro- the Comte gaily ; ** I shall not keep ken his neck by the way, ere he had you in suspense. It is all good. All come here. All was going on so well! has been good since when that awkBut now, in spite of all he says, I ward Englishman gave me “la botte ;' can see that the little flirt is undecided for which I thank you ; as if you told about who shall be the man; and, if me he knew nothing-absolutely noshe should jilt Marberg after all, I thing—of the use of the sword, I may whistle for the five hundred louis should have taken care, because nohe owes me. Then, if he should pink thing is so difficult as such a man ; this young fellow unluckily, he must like a left-handed man as squints, one cut and run, and that would be nearly can't guess

what he will do." as bad. No. He must disarm him. “ Well, well!" said the Major, imThat's the play! or I will have no- patiently,—" never mind that now. thing to do with it; for, if mischief What happened after?" be done, there will be an end of écarte " Ah! after ? You sball hear as I with the old noodle ; and such an un- played my game well. You call me suspecting, conceited, old pigeon, is expensive to have apartments in the not to be found every day. He thinks same hotel with them ; but I know he understands the game now, and better. Well, they brought me home billiards too! It is strange what could here, and sent for a medico, with whom have set him and the poor old lady I soon agree, as I will be in great dan. travelling, when they have not one ger of my life, and so very interesting glimpse of taste for painting, sculp- ill. Eh! you see ? although the turc, music, scenery, or antiquities, wound is a mere bagatelle.” or any one object in view, unless it be « This is too bad !" exclaimed the • killing time,' which, he says, never Major; " and so I might have remainhung so heavily on his hands at home ed safe in Naples, instead of running as it does here. It's a strange infatua- off and hiding”tion! Well, as Franklin says, A “ Doucement, my good Major ! I man will sometimes pay dear for his know my game better. It was neceswhistle.'".

sary to be debarrassed of that Drayton,

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