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scorn of those purse-proud kindred who_" and her blameless life--that all wished her aband poor Margaret's tears fell fast. “Ought sence, and would contribute as far as in them I to be there, dear uncle? I will go or stay lay to turn her from her home; and in spite of as you direct ?"
the encouraging influence of her lately known • Go, Margaret! Go, and fear nothing. kinsman's cheering forebodings, her heart sank Gather up your treasures; the jug, whose ge- within her as the door of the carriage was nerous draught was the sweetest I ever quaffed; thrown open. An elderly gentleman, very the wheat-ears; and the cradle with its crow- neatly dressed, but pallid, emaciated, and lame,
ing babe, — blessings on its dear face! Go was assisted by his servants up the two low boldly. I will not shame you by these un- steps that led to the porch. Having ascended
seemly rags; but will rest awhile under the them with some difficulty, he turned round, friendly shade of the hazel, while you return took off his hat, bowed with a gracious smile home and prepare for the procession. Be sure to the assembly, and then paused, as if in that you fail not. We shall meet again soon, search of some one whom he expected to see. dear ones.
For the present, farewell.” The effect of this apparition was a start of And something there was about the old man, surprise and horror from the portly landlady, ragged, sick, and lame as he was, that Marga- seldom equalled on the stage or off; her broret found it impossible to disobey. So, heart- ther the haberdasher, who had just flourished ened up, she knew not why, (for many have his hat preparatory to leading the general felt, without being able to give the feeling its cheer, let it fall in dismay, looking the curses
true name, the mingled power of sympathy and which his habitual hypocrisy scarce repressed; appreciation to comfort and to cheer,) she called cousin Anthony, the rich miserable miser, about her her blooming children and departed; smothered a groan; and Nicholas Hume, in Annie and herself bearing the cradle between spite of his consummate impudence, fairly them, and the boy laden with the gleanings of stole away. the day.
What in the meanwhile did our friends in The setting sun gleamed brightly between their humble nook under the sycamore? Liithe noble elms that formed the beautiful ave- tle Michael danced for joy; Annie clapped her nue to Corston Hall, gilding the rugged hands; and poor Margaret for the twentieth branches and turning into pendent emeralds time during the last six hours, burst into tearsthe leaves of the branches which, across the tears, this time, however, of unmingled joy. wide carriage-road, met and interleaved in a “Mrs. Leslie! Margaret! my dear niece!" lengthened archway that might well have sug- cried Michael, or as we may now call hini, gested the rich intricacies of a cathedral aisle Mr. Norris, advancing to meet her; “ to you in the proudest days of Gothic architecture. alone of all my relations now living do I orre The village bells pealed amain, horses pranced, any account of my motives for coming amongst flags waved, the children of the parish schools you as I have done to-day. With the rest of strewed the gaudy flowers of early autumn; my kindred I have done for ever. But I also and as the carriage of the new lord of the ma owe some explanation to my tenants and future nor rolled between the ivied lodges to the grey neighbours. "You all know that I left Eng.
old Hall, a quaint irregular structure of Eliza- land about fifty years ago, a poor and friendbeth's or James's days, with a tame peacock less lad. I returned nearly thirty years after
sunning himself on the stone balustrade, a wards, with riches honestly obtained, the happy Jarge old English spaniel barking on the steps, husband of a wealthy and excellent woman, and the tenants in their holiday apparel grouped and the father of four hopeful children. I around the porch, an artist, whether painter or came to Corston; found my relations, some poet, might have envied the accident which indigent, some comfortably situated; did what produced an arrangement so felicitously pictu- good I could amongst them, and went back to resque.
Jamaica, with the view at some future day of Something of this feeling, however unper- placing my sons at the head of my plantations ceived or unguessed by herself, mingled with in that island, and coming home to die in my the natural emotions of curiosity and interest | native village. A hurricane passed over the in our friend Margaret's bosom, as, standing estate where I lived, destroying my dwelling, humbly apart between her two elder children, my wife, my children, and almost mysell. with her infant in her arms, under a large syca- For many years I was dead to the world; but more, she gazed around upon the scene, and care had been taken of the large property that perceived, gaily adorned in the extreme of the remained to me, and when, by God's mercy, country fashion, the rival candidate for her be- I was restored to health, mental and bodily, I, loved cottage-the buxom landlady of the Red found myself rich indeed, so far as money was Lion, surrounded by the unfriendlý kindred of concerned-richer than ever; but in the blessed her late husband. Neither Margaret nor her charities of life most poor-a childless, desoWilliam had ever applied for assistance to late, bereaved old man. I knew that a report these people, and yet she knew instinctively had gone abroad that I was ruined by the hur that some from pride and some from shame felt ricane, and resolved to prove the relations I the silent reproach of her unassisted poverty had left in England, by coming amongst them
in seeming poverty. I have done so, and the the fortunate pupils whose fathers were rich experiment has answered well. And now, enough to pay for teaching and whipping; and my dearest niece, I need not tell you that the he followed up this declaration not only by incottage is yours; but for the second time to-day stalling him, at the early age of seventeen, into I throw myself upon your charity. You will the post of his assistant, but by recommendnot abandon me because I happen to be rich ? | ing him so warmly to the trustees as his sucYou will never have the heart to do so. You cessor, that at his death, which occurred about will remember your promise that we should six years after, William Marshall, in spite of live together; and come with those dear child- his youth, was unanimously elected to fill the ren to brighten and gladden the old Hall.” place of his old master, and took possession of
the pretty house upon School Green, with its two noble elms in front, as well as the large garden, orchard, and meadow, which the brook, after crossing the green, and being in turn
crossed by the road and the old ivied bridge, THE VILLAGE AMANUENSIS.
went cranking round so merrily, clear, bright,
and rapid as ever rolled rivulet. “ Heaven first taught letters for somo wretch's aid." Now this, besides its pleasantness as a resi
POPE. dence, formed a position which, considering
the difference of the age and times, might be Tap! went a modest, timid, shy-sounding reckoned, for our modest scholar, full as good knock against the old-fashioned oaken door of as the magnificent proffer of the green gown, William Marshall's domicil, in the brief twi- cows, grass, and four merks a-year, made by light of a September evening the hour of all the good Abbot Boniface to Halbert Glendinothers in which a pretty young woman might, ning, * and by the said Halbert Glendinning, with the least risk of observation, pay a visit to the unspeakable astonishment and scandal to a handsome bachelor – the best hour to of the assistants, unceremoniously rejected; shield her from the attacks of village gossip- since, in addition to the stipend paid regularly ing, or to cover her own confusion, should her as quarter-day came round, and the prospect errand be such as to challenge something like of as many boarders as the house would hold, a jest on the part of her host.
was the probable contingency of the tax-gathTap! tap! again went the slender forefinger; ering and rate-collecting, the timber-valuing but although the reiterated summons was a and land-measuring, which ally falls to thought louder than the first nearly inaudible the share of the schoolmaster, together with demand for admittance, it was equally unsuc- the reversion of the office of parish-clerk, processful in arousing the attention of the master vided always, that for a “master of scholars,”+ of the dwelling
who taught Latin and Greek and took boarders, For this abstraction there was a reason such offices were not held infra dig. which the young and tender-hearted will ad William Marshall's humble wishes were mit to be valid ; the poor youth was in love, gratified. He was a happy man; for, in addiand to enhance that calamity he had quarrelled tion to the comfort of having a respectable with the mistress of his affections.
home for the infirm mother to whom he had William Marshall, at the time of which I always been a most exemplary son, he had the write, schoolmaster of Aberleigh, the only son gratification (so at least said the gossips of of one of the poorest widows in the parish, was Aberleigh) of preparing a suitable abode for a person of great merit. Some quickness and one of the best and prettiest of our village much industry had given him a degree of in- maidens. formation and refinement unusual in his sta Ever since the days of Pyramus and Thisbe tion, and his excellent conduct and character proximity has been known for the friend of had secured the friends whom his talents had love; and such was probably the case in the attracted. In short, he was one of those in- present instance, since Lucy Wilmot, the obstances-more frequent than the grumblers of ject of William Marshall's passion, was his the world are willing to admit-which prove next neighbour, the brook of which we have that even in this life desert is pretty certain to made honourable mention being the sole barmeet its reward.
rier by which her father's meadows were divi'The ancient pedagogue of the village, a man ded from the garden and orchard of the school. of some learning, who availed himself of the A more beautiful boundary was never seen large and airy school-house to add boarders, than that clear babbling stream, which went who aspired to the accomplishments of mathe- wandering in and out, at • its own sweet will,” matics and the classics, to the sturdy country with such infinite variety of margin; now Jads, whom, by the will of the founder, he was fringed with alders, now tufted with hawthorn bound to instruct in reading and writing, declared that this his darling scholar caught up, * Vide "The Monastery." untaught and unflogged, all that he painfully †“A scholar, sir! I was a master of scholars.". endeavoured to instil, by book and birch, into Lingo, in the Agreeable Surprise.
and hazel, now rising into a steep bank crowned | ing spot for a rural firtation was that mirrorby a giant oak flinging its broad arms across like stream! What tender words floated across the waters, the reflection of its rich indented it! What smiles and blushes looked brightly foliage broken by the frequent dropping of a down into the bright waters! And of how smooth acorn from its dimpled cup; now slop- many of the small gifts, the graceful homages ing gently down into a verdant bay enamelled in which love delights, was that clear brook with flowers of all hues, the intensely blue the witness! From the earliest violet to the forget-me-not half hidden under the light yel- latest rose, from the first blushing cherry to low clusters of the cross-leaved bedstraw, the Katherine pear, rich and ruddy as Lucy's while the purple spikes of the willow-herb own round healthful cheek, not an offering waved amidst the golden chalices of the loose- escaped the assiduity of the devoted lover. strife, and large patches of the feathery mea- Halcyon days were these to our friend Wildow-sweet, the heliotrope of the fields, spread liam, when an affliction befel him in the very its almond-like fragrance and its pale and fea- scene of his happiness—a shadow fell across thery beauty to the very centre of the stream, the sunshine of his love, so hideous and gloomy overhanging the snowy blossoms of the water- as to darken his whole future prospects, to lily as they rose from their deep-green leaves, sadden and embitter his very life. Like many! and mingling with the most remarkable of the other swift and sudden poisons, nothing could many sedges that border our English streams, be more innocent in appearance than this imwhose flowers placed so regularly on either plement of mischief, which wore the quiet and side of their tall stalks, resemble balls of ebony unoffending form of an unopened letter. thickly set with ivory spikes. Certainly, of Hovering one day by the side of the stream, all possible methods of dividing or uniting waiting with a basket of filberts, “brown as persons and property, this bright and cheerful the squirrel whose teeth crack them," as Fletstream seemed the most propitious to social cher has it-filberts firin, juicy, and fragrant, intercourse, as William and Lucy found by the first of the season—waiting until the close experience.
of evening should bring his Lucy to tend the The green in front of the school-house formed poultry under the great oak — he saw a letter a commodious natural play-ground for the child on the grass, and springing from bank to bank ren, sufficiently near for safety, and yet wide on a spot a little higher up, where the brook enough for all their sports, the noble game of was sufficiently narrow to admit of this sort of cricket included; so that those sharp little lover's leap, he stooped for the paper, suspecte, eyes which love so dearly to pry into the ing, sooth to say, that it might be some billetweaknesses of their elders, especially when doux of his own, with the design of returning those elders assume the double relation of ex- it to the fair owner. His it was not. On the ample and preceptor, were, during the intervals contrary, the epistle was sealed with a pretty of tuition, happily engaged elsewhere; and device of doves drinking from the same shal. really nobody, except perhaps a lover, would low bowl-an imitation of the exquisite doves believe how attentive William Marshall be of the Vatican-which he himself had given to came to the cow which was tethered in the Lucy, his first pledge of love, and directed in orchard, how punctual in culling himself all her well-known hand to the fruit and vegetables needed from the gar
1 den, how assiduous, above all, in watering his
at the Red Boot, mother's little flower-plot sloping down to the
Bristol Street, stream; whilst on her part it was at least equally remarkable how often Lucy Wilmot
Belford. found cause to fill her pail at the brook, or to Well did William Marshall know this Mr. feed the ducks, geese, chickens, and turkeys, Willats! Well did he know and heartily did which she had dislodged from their old home, he despise this dandy of the Red Boot, whom the farm-yard, to establish by the water-side. slim, civil, and simpering, all rings and chains, Never were poultry so zealously looked after. smirks and grimaces, curls and essences It happened to be a dry summer; and it stands skipped about in his second-hand coxcombry, upon record at the Brook Farm that Lucy vol- as if the vending of earthly boots and shoes unteered to fetch all the water wanted for do- were too gross for so ethereal a personage, and mestic use by the whole family. * To be glass-slipper maker to Cinderella were his fitsure," as her sisters would laughingly observe, ting designation! William always had dis" they had sometimes to wait for it, especially liked him, in virtue of the strong antipathy if it were towards dinner time, or before break- which opposite holds to opposite; and now to fast, or after school broke up." And then see a letter to him directed by Lucy, - his Lucy would blush, and declare that she would Lucy,-sealed too with that seal!" But she never go near the place again; and then, by would explain it! of course she would! she way of keeping her word, she would take up must, she should explain what motive she her little basket of barley, and run across the could have for writing to such a creature as meadow to feed her chickens.
that, after confessing her love for him, after all Halcyon days were these. What a charm- | had been arranged between her father and him
I firaslf, and everything was prepared for their , which detention our lover had, one hardly I tenderaarriage before the ensuing Christmas. He knows how, a glimmering consciousness; " I and bizd a right to demand an explanation, and hope you have not been long detained ! Why ght ***ght not to be content with anything short of did not you knock louder? Do you want my qilis, e most ample and satisfactory account of the mother? No; or you would not have come to ghts, a hole matter."
the door of my little room. You want me, the em Just as he had worked himself up to the Kate, I see. So tell me at once what I can do e first iery climax of angry suspicion, his fair mis- for you." sich an ess, with her eyes cast down upon the grass, And smiling, blushing, hesitating, Kate conI cheti vidently in search of the lost letter, advanced fessed "that she did want her cousin William; y of clowly towards the spot. She started when that she had a letter—" (William started and these he saw him, and when he presented the epistle, winced at the very sound) “a letter to write; on be vith a greeting in the true spirit of the above and she was such a poor scholar, and the friend S-? soliloquy, in which a stern and peremptory who used to write her letters was away; so
svi demand for explanation was mingled with an she had come to trouble cousin William.” ble to ronical and contemptuous congratulation upon • No trouble at all, dear Kate!" replied -> FETI
he correspondent whom she had chosen, her William, recovering from his confusion, and pisanswer, between confusion at the discovery, too much occupied with the recollections pezu indignation at the jealousy so openly avowed, awakened by the very name of a letter to obich zand astonishment at the high tone taken by serve the embarrassment of his pretty visiter;
one who had hitherto shown nothing but the “no trouble at all. Here is my paper ready. be gentlest tenderness, displayed so much dis- Now begin. Is it to your brother in London ?" in pleasure, vexation, and embarrassment, that " Oh no!” replied the blushing damsel; ad the dialogue grew rapidly into a quarrel, and not to my brother; to a friend." ended in a formal separation between the lovers. “ Very well !” said William.
- The days Each party returned home angry and grieved. draw in so fast that it will soon be dark. BeL William most angry, if we may judge from gin, dear Kate!" 1- bis sending the unlucky filberts, basket and And after a little hesitation, and playing tre all, floating down the stream; Lucy most with a folded letter that she held in her hand,
grieved, if the crumpled letter and defaced ad- Kate, in a very low, hesitating voice, began to dress, so nearly washed out by her tears that dictate : “ Dear Francis" it required all the skill and experience of the “Dear Frances," echoed her amanuensis, Belford postmaster to decipher the legend, may unsuspectingly, in a still lower tone; then be accepted as evidence.
pausing, and looking up as expecting her to In spite, however, of this token of het fond proceed. relenting, the first tidings that William Mar " Stop !" said Kate; "only that it is wrong shall heard of Lucy were that she had gone on to give you the trouble to begin again - but a visit to her god-mother twenty miles off. that sounds so formal !" William, on his part, staid at home instructing 6" I think it does," replied William, dashing his pupils as well as he could. In spite of his pen rapidly through the words ; " and the lovers’ quarrels the work of the world goes on. abbreviation is so pretty too. There," conTo be sure the poor boys wondered why their tinued he; “ Dear Fanny! that sounds as well master, usually so even-tempered, was so dif- again!" ficult to satisfy; and his fond mother could not * Fanny !" exclaimed Kate, half laughing comprehend why, when she spoke to him, her in the midst of her blushes. “ Fanny, indeed son, always so mindful of his only remaining Why cousin William !" parent, answered at cross purposes. But And cousin William, awaking immediately
William, although a lover, was a strong- to the perception of the true state of the case, minded man; and before a week had elapsed dashed out the second beginning as rapidly as he had discovered his own infirmity, and had he had done the first, and laughing with a very determined to correct it. Accordingly he good grace at his own stupidity, wrote this opened his desk, took out the map of an estate time in full assurance of being rightwhich he had just finished measuring before
“Dear Frank !" the unlucky adventure of the hero of the Red Fanny, forsooth !" repeated Kate, still Boot, and having compared his own mensura- laughing. tion of the different fields with the estimated "Well, but Kate, remember that I had never extent, and completed the necessary calcula- heard of this friend of yours. To be sure, it tions, had just relapsed into a reverie when the was very, very stupid. But now shall we interruption occurred which formed the com- go on with the letter? or may I ask who this mencement of our little story.
FrankTap! tap! tap! sounded once again, and Fanny," interposed Kate, archly, this time a little impatiently. Tap! tap! tap! " Well! who this Francis is? Does my
“Ah, my good cousin Kate!" said William, good aunt know, dear Kate? or-” at last admitting the poor damsel, who had “Oh yes, dear William ! mother knows, and waited this unmerciful while at the door, of father knows, and both like him so much! It
has been kept a secret till now, because his (oped under the most extraordinary disadvan
friends are so much better to do in the world tages, is as certain and far more frequent than than mine; for he is a tradesman, William, the powers of music and painting, in language, going into partnership with his late master; and in calculation, the Mozarts, the Correggios
, they are so much richer and grander than fa- the admirable Crichtons, and American boys, ther, that we thought they might not like their those wonders of learning, of science, and of eldest son to marry a poor working-girl. But art, whose lives crowd our biographical diche said they would only look to good charac- tionaries, and whose heads (as handed down ter, and so they say in this letter, and they in books and portraits) form the triumph of the have consented; and he told them, how you, phrenologist. Separate from the fondness for my own cousin, had got on by your good con- animals generally, and more distinctive and duct, William, and how proud he was of know- engrossing perhaps than any other species of
that very engrossing propensity, is the passion * I know him, then !” interrupted William, for birds. Boys are liable to it as a class ; with pleased curiosity.
and so they say is that particular order of sin“Yes, to be sure! Don't you remember gle women ungallantly termed old maids. !! our all drinking tea together at Farmer Wil- prevails a good deal in certain callings, chiefly latt's last Sunday, was three weeks ? Lucy among sedentary artisans, such as tailors
, knew it all along."
shoemakers, and hair-dressers in provincial “ Frank ! Frank Willatts?" inquired Wil- towns. A barber in Belford Regis is amongst liam eagerly. "Was it for you, then, that the most eminent fanciers of the profession, Lucy wrote that letter ?"
and wins all the prizes at canary-shows for "To be sure she did. And were you jeal- twenty miles round. Also the taste is apt to ous of her, Williain ? And was that why she run in families, descending from father to son went away? Oh, William! William ! to be through many generations. Ours, for injealous of dear, good Lucy, because she kept stance, happens to be so distinguished. My my secret! Oh! cousin William !"
grandfather had an extensive aviary, and was But William was too happy to be very peni- a celebrated breeder of the whole tribe of song. tent, and Kate was too pleased and too busy birds; and his brother, my grand-uncle, is eren to dilate upon his offences. She had her letter now remembered as the first importer of the to dictate, and, with a little help from her will- nightingale into Northumberland. He had ing amanuensis, a very pretty letter it was; two in cages which he kept for several years, and so completely in charity with all the world, to the unspeakable delight of the neighbourespecially with the Franks of the world, was hood, who used to crowd round his hospitable this amanuensis, that, before he had finished door to listen to their matchless note-one of Kate's epistle, he had written himself into such the few celebrated things in the world which feelings of good-will towards her correspondent thoroughly deserves its reputation. My dear as to add a most friendly and cousinly post- father is no degenerate descendant of his birdscript on his own account.
loving progenitors. It was but the other night What were the contents of the far more ar- that he was telling me under what circumstandent and eloquent letter which William Mar- ces he first went to the play. When a little
shall afterwards wrote, and whether he did or boy at a preparatory school at Hexham, a did not obtain his mistress's pardon for his strolling company visited the town, and being jealousy, and its fruits, we leave to the imagi- about to get up • The Padlock,' recommended, nation of our fair readers. We, for our part, I suppose, by th wness of the characters, knowing the clemency of the sex, incline to and in great distress for a bullfinch, a property think that he did.
essential to Leonora's song,
Say, little, foolish, fluttering thing,
Your airy flight!”
the manager, having heard that he possessed HOP GATHERING. a tame bullfinch, came to him to request the
loan, which he granted with characteristic I do not know whether in the list of organs good-humour, and received in return from the which figure upon the skull-maps in the sys- grateful manager a free admittance for the seä: tem of Doctors Gall and Spurzheim, there be son. Fancy the pride and delight of the boy any which being translated (for of a verity the in seeing his favourite figuring upon the stage: language of phrenology needs translation) and hearing the applause of the audience as he
would indicate a fondness for animals. Most perched upon the prima donna's finger! This assuredly, if no such propensity be therein must have been considerably above seventy marked, it is an important omission, and should years ago; and (for in this respect as well as be supplied forth with; for that such an indica- in his general kindness, the boy was father tion does exist most strongly in numberless to the man,') the fancy has remained ever since individuals of both sexes, and is often devel- | in full force and constant exercise. There is