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pressure. “ He mistook her for me! He, heavy shadow of some tall elms, in Mrs. Lesthat defied us to perplex bim !"

lie's beautiful grounds. And so it was: an unconscious and unob George's speech had been delivered in a served change of place, as either sister re- high, solemn, vaunting tone, as grave as Don sumed her station beside little Betsy, who Quixote; but of the two who remained, Horhad scampered away after a glow-worm, added ace, a quick, arch, lively lad, laughed outright, to the deepening twilight, and the lovers' na- and Charles, a mild, fair, delicate boy, could tural embarrassinent, had produced the confu- not help smiling. sion which gave poor Fanny a night's misery, “ He gives himself a comfortable character, to be compensated by a lifetime of happiness. however," said Horace, “ rather tvo good to Jane was almost as glad to lose a lover as her he true ; whilst of you he speaks modestly sister was to regain one: Charles is gone home enough. Are you so bad, Charles ? And is to his father's to make preparations for his he such a paragon of cricketers ? Does he bat bride; Archibald has taken a great nursery like Mr. Budd, and field like Mr. Knight, and garden, and there is some talk in Aberleigh bowl like Howard ?” that the marriage of the two sisters is to be Why, not exactly," was the reply; “but celebrated on the same day.

there's more truth than you think for. He's a good, but uncertain player; and I am a bad one, a very bad one; shy and timid and awk.

ward; always feeling when the game is over CHILDREN OF THE VILLAGE.

that I could have done better; just as I have felt when a clever man, your father for instance, has had the goodness to speak to me,

how much better I ought to have talked. Some“So you Aberleigh boys are about to play how the power never comes at the right time, Sandleford,” said George Leslie to Horace at either game ; so that I may say, as some Lucas :-“ have you a good eleven ?" people say of cucumbers, that I like cricket,

“Our players are pretty fair, I believe," re- but that cricket does not like me." plied Horace," but the number is short. Both Good or bad, my dear fellow, I'll take sides have agreed to take a mate or two from you,” said Horace, “nervousness and all. It's other parishes, and I rode over to ask your a pity that you two cousins could not make cousin Charles and yourself to join our Aber- over to one another some parcel of your seveleigh party.”

ral qualities; you would be much the happier Faith! you are in luck, my good friend," for a dash of George's self-conceit, and he cried George Leslie, "you may look upon the could spare enough to set up a whole regiment game as won. Charles, to be sure, is no great of dandies; whilst he would be all the better hand; can't bowl; hits up; and a bad field- for your superfluous modesty. However, I'll a slow awkward field. But I-Did you never take you both, right thankfully.” And the see me play? And I am so much improved arrangements were entered into forth with. this season! I ought to be improved, for I They were to meet on the ground the ensuing have seen such play, and such players! I am morning to play the match ; different engagejust returned from my aunt's, who lives within ments preventing the Leslies from practising a mile of Bramshill—Sir John's you know, with the Aberleigh side that evening, as Horand there were all the great men of the day, ace had wished and intended; for our friend all the Lord's, men: Mr. Ward; and Mr. Horace, ardent and keen in every thing, wheBudd - I'm thought to stand at my wicket ther of sport or study, had set his heart on very much like Mr. Budd; Saunders, who is winning this match, and was very desirous of reckoned, take him all in all, the best player trying the powers of his new allies. Fifty in England; Saunders; and Broad bridge the times during the evening did he count over his Sussex bowler-I don't patronize their system, own good players, and the good players of the though, I stick to the old steady scientific other side, and gravely conclude . It will all game; Lord Frederick; and Mr. Knight - depend on the Leslies. How I wish to-morhe's a fine figure of a man is Mr. Knight, the row were come !" He said this so often that finest figure of any of them, and very great in even his sister Emily, although the most inthe field; old Howard the bowler,--he's my dulgent person in the world, and very fond of model; and in short, almost every celebrated her brother, grew so tired of hearing him that cricketer in England. I know that you West- she could not help saying “I wish to-morrow minsters think that nobody can do any thing were come too!" so well as yourselves; but as far as cricket And at last, as generally happens, whether goes-ask Charles, he'll tell you that you are we wish for it or not, to-morrow did come, as in luck to have me.” And off the young gen- brilliant a to-morrow as ever was anticipated, 'tleman strutted to pay his compliments to some even by a school-boy in the holidays. The Jadies who were talking to his mother on the sun rose without a cloud; I speak from the other side of the lawn; for this conversation best authority, for "scoring the scorner sleep" took place on a fine day in July, under the Horace was up before him; and the ball being

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twenty times weighed, and the bats fifty times Horace's request, his ally Charles :- George examined, he repaired, by half-past nine, to being one of the bowlers. But poor George Sandleford Common, where the match was to (to borrow once more his own words) was be played, and the wickets pitched precisely "out of luck, thoroughly out of luck,” for in at ten o'clock.

spite of all his efforts the two mates got fiftyAll parties were sufficiently punctual; and six before they parted, and the whole score when the whole set had assembled, Horace was a hundred and nine. found, that in spite of bis calculations, a mis Eighty-two a-head in the first innings! take had arisen in the amount of his forces; Small hopes for Sandleford, even though that reckoning himself there were ten Aber- | George went in immediately, “determined," leigh boys on the ground, besides the two as he said, “ to conquer fortune." Small foreign allies, proceeding, perhaps, from the hopes for Sandleford ! over-anxiety to collect recruits, — whilst his • Come, Charles," said Horace Lucas, "let, Sandleford captain, on the contrary, had ne us see whether your bowling may not be as glected to secure another mate as agreed on, good as your batting. Just give your cousin, and could only muster the original ten of his one ball.” And at the very first ball the own parish, himself included.

stumps rattled, and the discomfited cricketer • In this dilemma the umpires immediately slunk away, amidst the crowing of his antag. proposed to divide the auxiliaries, a sugges- onists and the reproaches of his mates, so tion to which George assented with his usual crest-fallen, that even Horace was touched by sang froid, and Charles with his invariable his disconsolate countenance and humbled air. good-humour.

His tender-hearted cousin felt a still deeper You had better toss up for me,” said the sympathy, and almost lamented his own sucformer. “For the choice," was Horace's civil cess. amendment, and toss they did. 6 Heads!" " It is all luck, sir," said he, in answer to cried he of Sandleford, and heads it was; and a compliment from General Lucas, who stood partly caught by the young gentleman's happy talking to him after the match had been triknack of puffing himself, partly by the know- umphantly won; “ It is all luck! Poor George ing manner in which he was handling his bat, is a far better player than I am; he was so George was instantly claimed by the winner, yesterday, and will be so to-morrow. This and the game began.

is merely the fortune of a day, a trifle not Sandleford went in, and it was desired that worth a word or a thought!" the stranger and the best of the home party “ The object is trifling, I grant you, my should take the precedence. But our great good young friend,” said the General, “ and player coquetted. “It might put their side luck may have had some share in the victory; out of spirits if by any accident he were out but I am much mistaken if your success and early in the game; he had seen a match lost, your cousin's mortification be not of essential by Mr. Budd or Saunders having their wickets benefit to both. It is one of the most salutary knocked down sooner than was expected. He parts of the world's discipline, that modesty would wait." Accordingly it was not till the should triumph and that Pride should have a first four had gone down with only twenty Fall.” notches gained that he at last went in, " to retrieve," as he said, the fortune of the day.

Nothing could be more imposing than his appearance. There he stood at the wicket striking his bat against the ground with im

ROSE DAL!. pati ace, pawing the earth as it were, like a race-horse at the starting-post, or a greyhound I don't know how it happened when we in the slips, and friends and foes admired and were house-hunting the other day, that nowondered. Even Horace Lucas felt the effect body ever thought of Rosedale. I should of the fine attitude and the brilliant animation, have objected to it, both as out of distance and delivered his ball less steadily than usual, it's a good six miles off; and as being utterly | anticipating that his opponent would get at unrecommendable by one rational person to least three runs. His fears were soon quieted. another. Rosedale! the very name smacks “By some accident” (to use the young gen- of the Minerva Press, and gives token of the ! tleman's own phrase) Mr. George hit up; and nonsense and trumpery thereunto belonging. that exceedingly bad field, his cousin Charles, Rosedale Cottage! the man who, under that caught him out without a notch.

portentous title takes that house, cannot coinThis misadventure sadly disconcerted San- plain of lack of warning. dleford as well as the unfortunate champion, Nevertheless is Rosedale one of the pretti. and put Aberleigh in high spirits. Horace est cottages that ever sprung into existence in bowled better than ever; the fielding was ex- brick or on paper. All strangers yo to see it, cellent; and the whole eleven were ont for and few "cots of spruce gentility” are so well forty-seven notches - a wretched innings. worth seeing. Fancy a low irregular white

Aberleigh then went in; Horace, and at / rough-cast building thatched with reeds, co

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vered with roses, clematis, and passion-flow- , it is overdone with frippery and finery, a toyers, standing on a knoll of fine turf, amidst shop in action, a Brobdignagian baby-house. flower-beds and shrubberies and magnificent Every room is in masquerade : the saloon elms, backed by an abrupt hill, and looking Chinese, full of jars and mandarins and pagoover lawny fields to a green common, which das; the library Egyptian, all covered with is intersected by a gay high road, dabbled hieroglyphics, and swarming with furniture with ponds of water, and terminated by a crocodiles and sphynxes. Only think of a pretty village edging off into rich woodlands: crocodile couch, and a sphynx sofa! They imagine this picture of a place tricked out sleep in Turkish tents, and dine in a Gothic with ornaments of all sorts, conservatories, chapel. Now English ladies and gentlemen roseries, rustic seats, American borders, Gothic in their every-day apparel look exceedingly dairies, Spanish hermitages, and flowers stuck out of place amongst such mummery. The

as close as pins in a pincushion, with every costume wont do. It is not in keeping. Bething, in short, that might best become the sides, the properties themselves are apt to get walls of an exhibition room, or the back scene shifted from one scene to another, and all of a play: conceive the interior adorned in a manner of anomalies are the consequence.

style of elegance still more fanciful, and it The mitred chairs and screens of the chapel, will hardly appear surprising that this unique for instance, so very upright, and tall, and bijou,” as the advertisement calls it, should carved, and priestly, were mixed up oddly seldom want a tenant. The rapid succession enough with the squat Chinese bonzes; whilst of these occupiers is the more extraordinary by some strange iransposition a pair of nodmatter. Every body is willing to come to ding mandarins figured amongst the Egyptian Rosedale, but nobody stays.

monsters, and by the aid of their supernatural For this, however, it is not difficult to as- ugliness really looked human. sign very sufficient cause. In the first place, Then the room taken up by the various the house has the original sin of most orna- knicknackery, the unnamed and unnameable mented cottages, that of being built on the generation of gew-gaws! It always seemed foundation of a real labourer's dwelling; by to me to require more house-maids than the which notable piece of economy the owner house would hold. And the same with the saved some thirty pounds, at the expense of garden. You are so begirt with garlands and making half his rooms mere nut-shells, and festoons, flowers above and flowers below, the house incurably damp,—to say nothing of that you walk about under a perpetual sense the inconvenience of the many apartments of trespass, of taking care, of doing mischief, which were erected as after-thoughts, the ad- now bobbing against a sweet-briar, in which denda of the work, and are only to be come at rencontre you have the worst; now flapped in by out-side passages and French window- the face by a woodbine to the discomfiture of doors. Secondly, that necessary part of a both parties, now revenging these vegetable two-story mansion, the staircase, was utterly wrongs by tripping up an unfortunate balsam ; forgotten by architect, proprietor, and builder, bonnets, coatskirts and flounces in equal peril ! and never missed by any person, till the lad- The very gardeners step gingerly, and tuck der being one day taken away at the dinner their aprons tightly round them before they hour, an Irish labourer, accidentally left be- venture into that fair demesne of theirs, which hind, was discovered by the workmen on their is, so to say, over-peopled. In short, Rosereturn, perched like a bird on the top of the dale is a place to look at, rather than live in ; roof, he having taken the method of going up a fact which will be received without dispute the chimney as the quickest way of getting by some score of tenants, by the proprietor of down. This adventure occasioned a call for the county newspaper who keeps the adverthe staircase, which was at length inserted by tisement of this matchless villa constantly the by, and is as much like a step-ladder in a set, to his no small emolument, and by the dark corner as any thing well can be.* Third- neighbourhood at large, to whom the succesly and lastly, this beautiful abode is in every sion of new faces, new liveries, and new way inost thoroughly inconvenient and un equipages driving about our rustic lanes, and comfortable. In the winter one might find as sometimes occupying a very tasty pew in the much protection in the hollow of a tree-cold, parish church, has long supplied a source of gusty, sleety, wet; snow threatening from conversation as unfailing and as various as the above like an avalanche; water gushing up weather. from below like a fountain ; a house of card The first person who ascertained, by painpaper would be the solider refuge, a gipsy's tent by far the more snug. In summer it is

+ Some of the pleasantest days of my life have been proportionably close and hot, giving little spent in a house so furnished. But then it was of shade and no shelter; and all the year round fitting dimensions, and the delightful persons to whom

it belonged had a house in London, and a mansion in • This instance of forgetfulness is not unexampled. the country, and used their fancy villa much as one A similar accident is said to have happened to Ma- would use a marquee or a pleasure-boat, for gay pardame d'Arblay in the erection of a cottage built from lies in fine weather. Rosedale, unlucky place, was the profils of her admirable Camilla.

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ful experience, that Rosedale was uninhabit- | bound to meet him when he did appear! And able, was the proprietor, a simple young man the pretty coaxing playfulness with which she from the next town, who unluckily took it into patted and chided her rivals the dogs! Oh I his head that he had a taste for architecture hope she is happy! but I fear, I fear. and landscape gardening, and so forth ; and Next succeeded a couple from India, before falling into the hands of a London upholsterer whom floated reports golden and gorgeous as and a country nurseryman, produced the effort the clouds at sunset. “Inexhaustible riches; of genius that I have endeavoured to describe. profuse expenditure ; tremendous ostentation; At the end of a month he found that nobody unheard-of luxury ; ortolans ; beccaficos; could live there; and with the advice of the French-beans at Christmas; green-peas at nurseryman and the upholsterer began to talk Easter; strawberries always; a chariot and of re-building and new-modelling; nay, he six; twelve black footmen; and parrots and actually went so far as to send for the brick- monkeys beyond all count. These were layer; but fortunately for our man of taste he amongst the most moderate of the rumours had a wife of more sense than himself, who that preceded them; and every idle person in seized the moment of disappointment to dis- the country was preparing to be a hanger-on; gust him with improvements and improvers, and every shop-keeper in B. on the watch for in which feat she was greatly aided by the a customer; when up drove a quiet-looking bills of his late associates; put a stop at once old gentleman in a pony-chaise, with a quietto his projects and his complaints : removed looking old lady at his side, and took posseswith all speed to their old residence, an ugly, sion, their retinue following in a back postroomy, comfortable red brick house in the chaise. Whether the habits of this Eastern market-place at B-; drew up a flaming Cræsus corresponded with his modest debût, advertisement, and turned the grumbling oc or his magnificent reputation, we had not cupant into a thriving landlord. Lucky for time to discover, although from certain indicahim was the day in which William Walker, tions, I conceive that much might be said on Esquire, married Miss Bridget Tomkins, se- both sides. They arrived in the middle of a cond daughter of Mr. Samuel Tomkins, attor- fine October, while the China roses covered ney at law!

And lucky for Mr. Samuel the walls, and the China-asters, and dahlias, Tomkins was the hour in which he acquired and fuchsias, and geraniums in full blow, gave a son-in-law more profitable in the article of a summer brilliancy to the lawn; but scarcely leases than the two lords to whom he acted had a pair of superb Common-prayer-books, as steward both put together!

bound in velvet, and a bible with gold clasps First on the list of tenants was a bride and entered in possession of the pew at church, bridegroom come to spend the early months before " there came a frost, a nipping frost," of their nuptial life in this sweet retirement. which turned the China-asters, and the ChinaThey arrived towards the end of August with roses brown, and the dahlias and geraniums,

a great retinue of servants, horses, dogs, and black, and the nabob and the nabobess blue. carriages, well bedecked with bridal favours. They disappeared the next day, and have The very pointers had white ribbons round never been seen or heard of since. their necks, so splendid was their rejoicing, Then arrived a fox-hunting Baronet, with a and had each, as we were credibly informed, splendid stud and a splendid fortune. А eaten a huge slice of wedding-cake when the young man, a single map, a handsome man! happy couple returned from church. The Every speculating mamma in the country bride, whom every body except myself called fixed her eyes on Sir Robert for a son-in-law; plain, and whom I thought pretty, had been a papas were sent to call; brothers were engreat heiress, and had married for love the day joined to go out hunting, and get acquainted; she came of age. She was slight of form nay, even certain of the young ladies lhemand pale of complexion, with a profusion of selves (I grieve to say it!) showed symptoms brown hair, mild hazel eyes, a sweet smile, a of condescension which might almost have soft voice, and an air of modesty that clung made their grandmothers start from their about her like a veil. I never saw a more graves. But what could they do? How loveable creature. He was dark and tall and could they help it, poor pretty ihings? The stout and bold, with an assured yet gentle- Baronet, with the instinct of a determined manly air, a loud voice, a confident manner, bachelor, avoided a young lady as a sparrow and a real passion for shooting. They stayed does a hawk, and discovering this shyness, just a fortnight, during which time he con- they followed their instinct as the hawk would trived to get warned off half the manors in do in a similar case, and pursued the coy bird. the neighbourhood, and cut down the finest It was what sportsmen call a fine open season, elm in the lawn one wet morning to open a which being translated, means every variety view of the high road. I hope the marriage of wintry weather except frost-dirty, foggy, has turned out a happy one, for she was a sleety, wet; so such of our belles as looked sweet gentle creature. I used to see her lean- well on horse-back, took the opportunity to ing over the gate watching his return from ride, to cover and see the honnds throw off ; shooting with such a fond patience! And her and such as shone more as pedestrians would

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take an early walk, exquisitely dressed, for , How this enviable calamity befell her, I did their health's sake, towards the general ren not hear,—but of course that din! The very dezvous. Still Sir Robert was immovable. jars and mandarins cracked under the incesHe made no morning calls, accepted no invi-sant vibration; I only wonder that the poor tations, spoke to no mortal till he had ascer- house did not break the drum of its ears; did tained that there was neither sister, daughter, not burst from its own report, and explode like aunt, nor cousin in the case. He kept from an overloaded gun. One could not see that every petticoat as if it contained the contagion unlucky habitation half a mile off, without of the plague, shunned ball-rooms and draw- such a feeling of noise as comes over one in ing-rooms, as if they were pest-houses, and looking at Hogarth's enraged musician. To finally, had the comfort of leaving Rosedale pass it was really dangerous. One stagewithout having even bowed to a female during coach was overturned, and two post-chaises his stay. The final cause of his departure ran away in consequence of their uproarious has been differently reported ; some hold that doings ; and a sturdy old-fashioned country he was frightened away by Miss Amelia Sin- gentleman, who rode a particularly anti-musigleton, who had nearly caused him to commit cal, startlish, blood-horse, began to talk of ininvoluntary homicide, (is that the word for dicting Rosedale as a nuisance, when just at killing a woman?) by crossing and recrossing the critical moment, its tenants had the good before his hunter in Sallow-field-lane, thereby fortune to discover, that although the hermitputting him in danger of a coroner's inquest; age with its vaulted roof made a capital conwhilst others assert that his landlord, Mr. cert-room, yet that there was not space enough Walker, happening to call one day, found his within doors for their several practisings, that I tenant in dirty boots on the sphynx sofa, and the apartments were too small, and the partia Newfoundland dog, dripping with mud, on tions too thin, so that concord was turned into the crocodile couch, and gave him notice to discord, and harmonies went crossing each qoit on the spot. For my part I regard this other all over the house-Mozart jostled by legend as altogether apocryphal, invented to Rossini, and Handel put down by Weber. save the credit of the house by assuming that And away they went also. one of its many inhabitants was turned out, Our next neighbours were two ladies, not contrary to his own wish. My faith goes en- sisters, except as one of them said in soul; tirely with the Miss Amelia version of the kindred spirits determined to retire from the history; the more so, as that gentle damsel world, and emulate in this sweet retreat the was so inconsolable as to marry a former immortal friendship of the ladies of Llangolbean, a small Squire of the neighbourhood, len. The names of our pair of friends were rather weather-beaten, and not quite so young Jackson and Jennings, Miss Laura Jackson (I as he had been, within a month after she had wonder whether Laura really was her name! the ill luck not to be run over by Sir Robert. She signed herself so in prose and in verse,

However that may have been, " thence'en- and would certainly for more reasons than one sued a vacancy" in Rosedale, which was sup- have disliked an appeal to the Register! beplied the same week by a musical family, a sides, she ought to know ; so Laura it shall

travelling band, drums, trumpets, harps, pia- be!) Miss Laura Jackson and Miss Barbara nos, violins, violincellos, trombones, and Ger- Jennings, commonly called Bab. Both were man flutes-noise personified ! an incarnation of that unfortunate class of young ladies, of din! The family consisted of three young whom the malicious world is apt to call old ladies who practised regularly six hours a maids; both rich, both independent, and both day; a governess who played on some instru- in the fullest sense of the word cockneys. ment or other from morning till night; one Laura was tall and lean, and scraggy and yelflating brother; one fiddling ditto; a violin- low, dressing in an Arcadian sort of way, celloing music-master; and a singing papa. pretty much like an opera shepherdess withThe only quiet person among them, the “one out a crook, singing pastoral songs prodigipoor half-penny-worth of bread to this mon- ously out of tune, and talking in a deep voice, strous quantity of sack,” was the unfortunate with much emphasis and astounding fluency mamma, sole listener, as it seemed, of her all sorts of sentimentalities all the day long. innumerous choir. Oh, how we pitied her! She was a sweet placid-looking woman, and * I need not, I trust, disclaim any intention of castyounger in appearance than either of her ing the lightest shade of ridicule on the remarkable daughters, with a fair open forehead, full dark instance of female friendship to which I have alluded eyes, lips that seemed waiting to smile, a deep from youth to age, adorned by rank, talent, and beau;

An union enduring as that has done, yet cool colour, and a heavenly composure of ty, ceinented by cheerfulness and good-hunour, and countenance, resembling in features, expres- consecrated by benevolence and viriue, can fear no sion, and complexion, the small Madonnas of one's censure, and soars far beyond my feeble praise. Raphael. We never ceased to wonder at her Such a friendship is the very poetry of life. happy serenity until we found out that the heartless imitation, the absurd parody of the noble

and elevating romance, is surely fair game, the more good lady was deaf, a discovery which some

so, as it tends like all parodies to bring the original what diminished the ardour of our admiration. I into undeserved disrepute.

But the

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