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tion, packed my trunk, and set ofl. Imagine that it would be a breach of etiquette, and my astonishment, on arriving at L-~, to find turned the involuntary emotion into a smile. Louisa tete-a-tete with a little fair lad of eigh- All else went well. May the omen be auspiteen or twenty, the head and shoulders shorter cious, and tears, and the source of tears, keep than herself, soft, delicate and lady-like-- the far away from the kind and gentle Louisa ! very image of one of Beaumont and Fletcher's girls, who dress themselves in boys' clothes for love and to be introduced to him as Mr. Peter Sharp, surgeon, the happy futur of Miss Louisa ! I was never in so much danger of CHILDREN OF THE VILLAGE. laughing in my life. I gathered, however, from her admissions,
HARRY LEWINGTON. and her father's more rational account, that whilst our fair friend was, according to the “ Beg, Frisk, beg !” said little Harry Lewvulgar phrase, “ setting her cap” at the hand- ington, as he sate in state on an inverted bassome physician, the young surgeon, who had ket at his grandmother's door, discussing with just finished his education by walking the great satisfaction, a huge porringer of bread hospitals, returned to I-, was taken into and milk, whilst his sister Lucy, who had alpartnership by his father, and advised by his ready despatched her breakfast, sate on the friends to look about for a wife as a necessary ground opposite to him, now twisting the long appendage to his profession—perhaps he might wreaths of the convolvulus-major into garlands also be advised as to the lady, for Louisa has -now throwing them away. “Beg, Frisk, a pretty fortune for a country apothecary. beg!" repeated Harry, holding a bit of bread However that might be, he began, as he as- just out of the dog's reach ; and the obedient sures me, to pay suit and service; whilst the Frisk squatted himself on his hind legs, and fais object of his devotion, whose heart, or ra- held up his fore paws, in patient supplication, ther whose fancy, was completely pre-occu- until it pleased Master Harry to bestow upon pied, and who thought of Mr. Peter, if she him the tempting morsel. Thought of him at all, as a mere boy, entirely The little boy and the little dog were great overlooked himself and his attentions — they friends, notwithstanding that Harry, in the being perhaps the only attentions of a young wantonness of power, would sometimes tease man which she ever did overlook in the whole and tantalise his poor pet more than a good course of her life. She confesses that the boy should have done. risk loved him dearfirst entire sentence she ever heard him utter ly, much better than he did Lucy, although was the offer the actual offer of heart and Lucy gave him every day part of her breakhand. Most ladies in her situation would fast, without making him beg, and would tie have been a little posed; but Louisa is not a pretty ribbons round his neck, and pat and woman to be taken unawares: she has thought stroke his rough head for half an hour togetoo much on the subject; has too well-founded ther. Harry was Frisk’s prime favourite ; a reliance on her own changeability: besides, perhaps because the little dog, being himself she had set her heart on ihe “pomp, pride, of a merry disposition, liked the boy's lively and circumstance of glorious” bridal; the wed- play better than the girl's gentle caresses; ding was the thing the wedding-day — the perhaps because he recollected that Harry man was of little importance; Peier might do was his earliest patron, and firmest friend, as well as Henry --- so she said yes, and all during a time of great trouble: quadrupeds of was settled.
his species having a knack of remembering And a very splendid wedding it was; really, past kindness, which it would do the biped, for those who like such things, almost worth called man, no harm to copy. the troubles and anxieties of a twenty years' Poor Frisk had come as a stray dog to Ablove. The whole cortége, horses, carriages, egleigh. If he could have told his own story, friends, and bridemaids, down to the very it would probably have been a very pitiful breakfast cake and gloves, were according to one, of distresses and wanderings, of hunmost approved usage of books or of life. It ger and foul weather," of kicks and cuffs, and might have made a five conclusion to a novel; all the spurns that patient merit of the unit did make a splendid paragraph in a news worthy takes.” Certain it is that he made paper. Every detail was correct, except one his appearance at Mrs. Lewington's door in a - nobody cried. That did vex her, '. That miserable plight, wet, dirty, and half-starved; was an omission. She tried hard to repair it that there he encountered Harry, who took an herself, and flourished her cambric handker- immediate fancy to him, and Mrs. Lewington, chief; but not a tear could she shed; neither who drove him off with a broom ; that a viocould we, the bridemaidens, nor the father, lent dispute ensued between the good dame nor the nuptial father, nor the clergyman, nor and her grandson, Harry persisting in inviting the clerk — nobody cried. The bridegroom him in, Mrs. Lewington in frightening him came nearest - he, the only one who ought away; that at first it ended in Frisk's being not to cry; but luckily he became sensible established as a sort of out-door pensioner,
subsisting on odds and ends, stray bones, and mellow Windsor pears; William up the tree cold potatoes, surreptitiously obtained for him gathering and shaking, Lucy and Susan catchby his young protector, and sleeping in the ing them in their pinafores, and picking them identical basket, which, turned topsy-turvy, up from the ground; now piling the rich fruit! afterwards served Harry for a seat; until, at into the great baskets that the thieves had left length, Mrs. Lewington, who had withstood behind ; and now, happy urchins, paling at the incessant importunity of the patron, and discretion of the nicest and ripest; Frisk bark.: the persevering humility of his client, was ing gaily amongst them as if he were eating propitiated by Frisk's own doggish exploit in Windsor pears 100. barking away a set of pilferers, who were Poor Harry! He could hear all their glee! making an attack on her great pear-tree, and and merriment through the open window as so frightened the thieves, that they not only he lay in bed, and the storm of passion having scampered off in all haste, but left behind them subsided into a gentle rain of self-pity, there their implements of thievery, a ladder, two he lay weeping and disconsolate, a grievous baskets, and a sack; the good dame being sob bursting forth every now and then as he ! thus actually a gainer by the intended robbe heard the Jond peal of childish laughter, and ry, and so well satisfied with Frisk's conduct, thought how he should have laughed, and that she not only admitted him into her house, how happy he should have been, and wondered but considered him as one of her most vigilant whether his grandmother would so far relent and valuable inmates, worth all the watchmen as to let him get up to supper, and whether that ever sprung a rattle.
be so good-natured as to bring The new guard proved to be a four-footed him a pear. “ It will be very ill-natured if person of singular accomplishments. He she does not,” thought Harry, and the poor could fetch or carry, either by land or by boy's tears burst out anew. All on a sudden water; would pick up her thimble or cotton, he heard a little foot on the stair, pit-a-pat, and if his old mistress happened to drop them; thought she was coming. Pit-a-pat came the carry Lucy's little pattens to school in case of foot, nearer and nearer, and at last a small a shower; or take Harry's dinner to the same head peeped, half-afraid, through the half-open place with unimpeachable honesty. Moreover door. But it was not Lucy's head; it was he was so strong on his hind legs, walked up- Frisk's - poor Frisk whom Harry had been right so firmly and gracefully, cut so many teasing all the morning, and who now came capers, and had so good an ear for music, that into the room wagging his tail with a great the more sagacious amongst the neighbours pear in his mouth, jumped on the bed, and laid suspected him of having been, at least, the it in the little boy's hand. principal performer in a company of dancing dogs, even if he were not the learned dog Munito himself. Frisk, and his exploits, were Note.—They who are accustomed to dogs the wonder of Aberleigh, where he had now whose sagacity has been improved by domes. resided a twelve-month (for August was come tication and good society, will not be surprised round again) with honour and credit to him- at the foregoing anecdote. Cowper's story of self, and perfect satisfaction to all parties. the water-lily is quite a case in point; and a
“ Beg, Frisk, beg!" said Harry, and gave greyhound of my acquaintance, whose favourhim, after long waiting, the expected morsel ; | ite playground was a large orchard, used reg. and Frisk was contented, but Harry was not. ularly to bring the fallen apples to his mistress, The little boy, though a good-humoured fellow was particularly anxious to get there after a in the main, had fits of naughtiness which windy, night, and seemed to take singular were apt to last all day, and this promised to pleasure in the amusement. This might be be one of his worst. It was a holiday more imitation ; but an exploit of my own lamented over, when he had nothing to do but to be and beautiful Mayflower, can hardly be traced naughty, and in the afternoon his cousins, to such an origin. Poor May, in common Susan and William were to come and see him with most pet dogs, generally cared little for and Lucy, and the pears were to be gathered, the persons whose duty it was to feed and atand the children to have a treat; and Harry, tend upon her; she seemed to know that it in his impatience, thought the morning would was their place, and received their services never be over, and played such pranks by way with calm and aristocratic civility, reserving of beguiling the time-buffeting Frisk for in- all demonstrations of affection for her friends stance, burning his own fingers, cutting the of the parlour. One of her attendants, how. curls off his sister's doll's flaxen wig, and ever, a lively, good-humoured boy, called finally breaking his grandmother's spectacles, Tom, she honoured with a considerable share -that before his visiters arrived, indeed al- of her attention, liked his company, and to most immediately after dinner, he contrived to the astonishment of the whole household, cerget sent to bed in disgrace.
tainly liked him, a partiality which Tom rePoor Harry! There he lay sprawling, kick- turned with interest, combing and caressing ing, and roaring, whilst Susan and William, her whenever opportunity offered. Master and Lucy, were happily busy about the fine | Tom was a celebrated player at marbles, and
May was aecustomed to stand at his side kened his character, - and that character was watching or seeming to watch the game. One one not uncommon among the middle ranks of afternoon she jumped over the half-hatch into Englishmen. In short, besides being, as he the stable, evidently in search of her friend often boasted, a downright John Bull, the | 'Tom.—No Tom was there; raced round the gentleman was a reformer, zealous and un
garden-still in vain; peeped into the kitchen compromising as ever attended a dinner at the |Tom was as much to seek as ever; the Crown and Anchor, or made an harangue in maids who saw that she had something in her Palace-yard. He read Cobbett; had his own mouth, and were amused by her earnest search- scheme for the redemption of tithes; and a ing air, tried to detain her or to decoy her into plan, which, not understanding, I am sorry I the parlour, but without the slightest success. cannot undertake to explain, for clearing off On she went from chaise-house to wood-house, the national debt without loss or injury to any from wood-house to coal-house, from coal- body. house to cart-house, until she caught a well- Besides these great matters, which may raknown sound from the knife-board, and, open-ther be termed the theorique than the pracing a door in the way, darted on the astonished tique of reform, and which are at least perTom (whose fright at the apparition cost one fectly inoffensive, Mr. Danby condescended to of our best carving forks, which he broke in smaller and more worrying observances; and his surprise) and deposited in his hand a mar was, indeed, so strict and jealous a guardian ble, which, as we afterwards found, she had of the purity of the corporation, and the incorpicked up in the road, following up her present ruptibility of the vestry, that an alderman by a series of capers and gambols, the most could not wag a finger, or a church warden stir joyous and triumphant that can be imagined. a foot, without being called to an account by
this vigilant defender of the rights, liberties, and purses of the people. He was, beyond a doubt, the most troublesome man in the parish
—and that is a wide word. In the matter of THE ELECTION.
reports and inquiries Mr. Hume was but a
type of him. He would mingle economy A few years back a gentleman of the name with a parish dinner, and talk of retrenchment of Danby came to reside in a small decayed at the mayor's feast; brought an action, under borough town, not situate in our parts, and the turnpike act, against the clerk and treawhether in Wiltshire or Cornwall matters not surer of the commissioners of the road; comto our story, although to one of those counties menced a suit in chancery with the trustees the aforesaid town probably belonged, being of the charity school; and finally, threatened what is called a close borough, the joint pro- to open the borough-that is to say, to support perty of two noble families. Mr. Danby was any candidate who should offer to oppose the evidently a man of large fortune, and that for- nominees of the two great families, the one tune as evidently acquired in trade, - indeed whig and the other tory, who now possessed he made no more secret of the latter circum- the two seats in parliament as quietly as their stance than of the former. He built himself own hereditary estates;
-a threat which rea large, square, red house, equally ugly and cent instances of successful opposition in other commodious, just without the town; walled places rendered not a little formidable to the in a couple of acres of ground for a kitchen noble owners. garden; kept a heavy one-horse chaise, a stout What added considerably to the troublepony, and a brace of greyhounds; and having some nature of Mr. Danby's inquisitions was, furnished his house solidly and handsomely, the general cleverness, ability, and informaand arranged his domestic affairs to his heart's tion of the individual. He was not a man of content, began to look about amongst his classical education, and knew little of books; neighbours; scraped acquaintance with the but with things he was especially conversant. lawyer, the apothecary, and the principal Although very certain that Mr. Danby had tradesman; subscribed to the reading room been in business, nobody could guess what and the billiard room; became a member of that business had been. None came amiss to the bowling green and the cricket club, and him. He handled the rule and the yard with took as lively an interest in the affairs of his equal dexterity; astonished the butcher by his new residence, as if he had been born and insight into the mysteries of fattening and bred in the borough.
dealing; and the grocer by his familiarity Now this interest, however agreeable to with the sugar and coffee markets ; disentanhimself, was by no means equally conducive gled the perplexities of the confused mass of to the quiet and comfort of the place. Mr. figures in the parish books with the dexterity
Danby was a little, square, dark man, with a of a sworn accomptant; and was so great cocked-up nose, a good-humoured, but very upon points of law, so ready and accurate in knowing smile, a pair of keen black eyes, a quoting reports, cases, and precedents, that he loud voluble speech, and a prodigious activity would certainly have passed for a retired atboth of mind and body. His very look beto- | torney, but for the zeal and alertness with
which, at his own expense, he was apt to : “ Voyez, comme elle met de l'aplomb, de la rush into lawsuits.
force, de la netteté, dans ses entrechats! With so remarkable a genius for turmoil, it ' Qu'elle est leste, et légère, et pétrie de graces, is not to be doubted that Mr. Danby, in spite la petite !" And Mr. Danby comprehending of many excellent and sterling qualities, suc- only that the artist was praising his darling, ceeded in drawing upon himself no small de- swore that Monsieur was a good fellow, and gree of odium. The whole corporation were returned the compliment, after the English officially his enemies; but his principal oppo- fashion, by sending him a haunch of venison, nent, or rather the person whom he considered the next day. as his principal opponent, was Mr. Cardon · But M. Le Grand was not the only admirer nel, the rector of the parish, who, besides whom Rose met with at the dancing-school. several disputes pending between them (one It chanced that Mr. Cardonnel also had an especially respecting the proper situation of only daughter, a young person, about the same ! the church-organ, the placing of which har- age, bringing up under the eye of her mother, monious instrument kept the whole town in and a constant attendant at the professor's discord for a twelvemonth,) was married to academy. The two girls, nearly of a height the Lady Elizabeth, sister of the Earl of B., and both good dancers, were placed together one of the patrons of the borough; and being, as partners; and being almost equally preposas well as his wife, of a very popular and sessing in person and manner, (for Mary Care amiable character, was justly regarded by Mr. donnel was a sweet, delicate, fair creature, Danby as one of the chief obstacles to his pro- whose mild blue eyes seemed appealing 10 jected reform.
the kindness of every one they looked upon.) Whilst, however, our reformer was, from took an immediate and lasting fancy to each the most patriotic motives, doing his best or other; shook hands at meeting and parring, his worst to dislike Mr. Cardonnel, events of smiled whenever their glances chanced to en
very different nature were operating to bring counter; and soon began to exchange a few them together. Mr. Danby's family consisted kind and hurried words in the pauses of the of his wife, - a quiet lady-like woman, with dance, and to hold more continuous chat at very ill health, who did little else than walk the conclusion. And Lady Elizabeth, almost from her bed to her sofa, eat water-gruel and as much charmed with Rose as her daughter, drink soda-water, — and of an only daughter, seeing in the lovely little girl every thing to who was, in a word, the very apple of her fa- like and nothing to disapprove, encouraged and
joined in the acquaintance; attended with a Rose Danby was indeed a daughter of whom motherly care to her cloaking and shawling;! any father might have been proud:-of middle took her home in her own carriage when it height and exquisite symmetry, with a rich, rained; and finally waylaid Mr. Danby, who dark, glowing complexion, à profusion of always came himself to fetch his darling, and' glossy, curling, raven hair, large affectionate with her bland and gracious smile requested black eyes, and a countenance at once so the pleasure of Miss Danby's company to a sweet and so spirited, that her ready smile party of young people, which she was about played over her face like a sunbeam. Her io give on the occasion of her daughter's birthtemper and understanding were in exact keep- day. I am afraid that our sturdy reformer ing with such a countenance-playful, gentle, was going to say, No!— But Rose's “Ohi clever, and kind; and her accomplishments papa!" was irresistible; and to the party she and acquirements of the very highest order. went. When her father entered on his new residence After this, the young people became every she had just completed her fifteenth year; and day more intimate. Lady Elizabeth waited he, unable longer to dispense with the plea- on Mrs. Danby, and Mrs. Danby returned the sure of her society, took her from the excel call; but her state of health precluded visitlent school near London, at which she had ing, and her husband, who piqued himself on hitherto been placed, and determined that her firmness and consistency, contrived, though education should be finished by masters at with some violence to his natural kindness of home.
temper, to evade the friendly advances and It so happened, that this little town con- invitations of the rector. tained one celebrated artist, a professor of The two girls, however, saw one another dancing, who kept a weekly academy for almost every day. It was a friendship like young ladies, which was attended by half the that of Rosalind and Celia, whom, by the families of gentility in the county. M. Le | way, they severally resembled in temper and Grand (for the dancing-master was a little character-Rose having much of the brilliant lively Frenchman) was delighted with Rose. gaiety of the one fair cousin, and Mary the He declared that she was his best pupil, his softer and gentler charm of the other. They very best, the best that ever he had in his life. rode, walked and sang together; were never "Mais voyez, donc, Monsieur !” said he one happy asunder; played the same music; read day to her father, who would have scorned to the same books; dressed alike; worked for know the French for " How d’ye do;" — each other; and interchanged their own little
property of trinkets and flowers, with a gene- 1 tionate note to Mary Cardonnel, retired to her rosity that seemed only emulous which should own room in very bad spirits, and perhaps, for give most.
the first time in her life, in very bad humour. At first, Mr. Danby was a little jealous of About half an hour afterwards, Sir William Rose's partiality to the rectory; but she was Frampion and Mr. Cardonnel called at the red so fond of him, so attentive to his pleasures, house. that he could not find in his heart to check “ We are come, Mr. Danby," said the hers : and when after a long and dangerous reetor, " to solicit your interest”. illness, with which the always delicate Mary “ Nay, nay, my good friend,” returned the was affected, Mr. Cardonnel went to him, and reformer—" you know that my interest is prowith tears streaming down his cheeks, told mised, and ihat I cannot with any consisthim he believed that under Providence he ency? owed his daughter's life to Rose's unwearving "To solicit your interest with Rose”-recare, the father's heart was fairly vanquished; sumed his reverence. he wrung the good rector's hand, and never “ With Rose !" interrupted Mr. Danby. grombled at her long visits again. Lady "Ay-for the gift of her heart and hand,
Elizabeth, also, had her share in producing that being, I believe, the sufirage which mv this change of feeling, by presenting him in good nephew here is most anxious to secure, return for innumerable baskets of peaches and rejoined Mr. Cardonnel. melons, and hot-house grapes (in the culture With Rose!" again ejaculated Mr. Danby: of which he was curious,) with a portrait of “Why, I thought that your daughter"
Rose, drawn by herself—a strong and beauti " The gipsy has not told you, then!" reful likeness, with his own favourite greyhound plied the rector. “Why William and she | at her feet; a picture which he would not have been playing the parts of Romeo and
have exchanged for “ The Transfiguration." Juliet for these six months past." i Perhaps too, consistent as he thought him “My Rose!" again exclaimed Mr. Danby. self, he was not without an unconscious re “ Why Rose! Rose! I say !" and the astonspect for the birth and station which he affected ished father rushed out of the room, and reto despise; and was, at least, as proud of the turned the next minute, holding the blushing | admiration which his daughter excited in those girl by the arm.
privileged circles, as of the sturdy indepen “ Rose, do you love this young man ?' dence which he exhibited by keeping aloof “Oh, papa!” said Rose. from them in his own person. Certain it is, “Will you marry him ?” that his spirit of reformation insensibly re
“Oh, papa!". lased, particularly towards the rector; and - Do you wish me to tell him that you will that he not only ceded the contested point of not marry him?" the organ, but presented a splendid set of pul To this question Rose returned no answer ; pit hangings to the church itself.
she only blushed the deeper, and looked down Time wore on; Rose had refused half the with a half smile. offers of gentility in the town and neighbour “ Take her, then," resumed Mr. Danby; hood ; her heart appeared to be invulnerable. “I see the girl loves you. I can't vote for Her less affluent and less brilliant friend was you, though, for I 've promised, and you generally understood (and as Rose, on hearing know, my good Sir, that an honest man's the report, did not contradict it, the rumour word”passed for certainty) to be engaged to a nephew “I don't want your vote, my dear Sir," inof her mother's, Sir William Frampton, a terrupted Sir William Frampton ; " I don't young gentleman of splendid fortune, who had ask for your vote, although the loss of it may lately passed much time at his fine place in cost me my seat, and my uncle his borough. the neighbourhood.
This is the election that I care about; the Time wore on; and Rose was now nineteen, only election worth caring about Is it not, when an event occurred, which threatened a my own sweet Rose?—the election of which grievous interruption to her happiness. The the object lasts for life, and the result is hapEarl of B.'s member died; his nephew Sir piness. That's the election worth caring William Frampton, supported by his uncle's about—Is it not, mine own Rose ?"! powerful interest, offered himself for the bo And Rose blushed an affirmative; and Mr. rough; an independent candidate started at the Danby shook his intended son-in-law's hand, same time; and Mr. Danby found himself | until he almost wrung it off, repeating at every compelled, by his vaunted consistency, to in- moment--"I can't vote for you, for a man sist on his daughter's renouncing her visits to must be consistent; but you 're the best fellow I the rectory, at least until after the termination in the world, and you shall have my Rose. of the election. Rose wept and pleaded, And Rose will be a great lady," continued the pleaded and wept in vain. Her father was delighted father ;- my little Rose will be a obdurate; and she, after writing a most affec- great lady after all !"