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I was with your brother—what is it, and went up to where he was his name ?- Arthur? Yes, Master standing by his table. Arthur, to be sure. But I never Ethel, what is the meaning of saw anything of you, my dear; this ?” he said, in a very grave, and I don't think I should have stern voice, which so alarmed me been
very much inclined to scold that “I couldn't help it, Father!' you if I had, poor little body. was all I found voice to say. No, I don't believe it was your "Could not help disobeying Miss fault at all.”
Hughes and alarming the whole So she talked on, knitting the household about you? Disobeying while, and laughed heartily when me too, for you remember what I she discovered the exaggerated told you the other day. What am idea I had formed of her poverty, I to understand you could not and also at the story of Toby. help,'Ethel ? and what is the meanThen the silk dress was exhibited, ing of this telegram ? I insist upon and much admired; and Mrs knowing how and where you
have Barnes wanted me to take it spent the afternoon. Tell me the home again, but Miss Barnes said whole truth.” no, she would keep it, though she "Oh, Father," I said, sobbing, would not promise to wear it her- “I always do tell the whole truth, self; and she hoped I would come — I really, really do; ask Miss
-I and see her again, and then per- Hughes if I don't. But you never haps we could settle together what did want me to tell you anything should be done with it. Very soon before. But now I will. I do after that the cab came to the know it was very naughty to go door; and with many a kind word out; but I didn't-I didn't think from my new friends, and exhor- about you're being frightened. tations to tell Father and Miss And I thought there wouldn't be Hughes “all about it,” I drove off another chance."
Tell them all about « Chance of what? I don't unit! Yes, of course I should have derstand you at all, Ethel. Don't to now, and that was an alarming cry, child.
quietly.” The drive passed all too quickly, “Father," I said, gulping down and then came almost the worst my sobs, “it was like this. Arthur part of that dreadful day—the ar- threw the eggs out of the schoolrival at home, the quick opening room window—it was five weeks of the front door, the queer look ago last Friday and I helped on the faces of the servants, half him. And the lady said her relieved and half curious, the order daughter's dress was spoilt. So I that was to go straight to my was very sorry.
And I thought, Father's study-an order that had I thought she was very poor—so never been addressed to me before, though often enough to Arthur. “Go on, Ethel; you thought Perhaps he was finding out, I she was very poor? What had thought, that girls are rather like that to do with your running away boys after all, and can be just as this afternoon?” naughty, and want scolding and “Oh, Father, it wasn't running punishing too. At any rate, it was away. I did mean to be back in with a very frightened face that I time for tea-indeed I did—only knocked at his door, and on his the cab was so slow, and I think quick, sharp “Come in,” opened I lost my way a little. Please,
please don't say it was running “ You let her think so ? That away.”
was something very like deceit, Very well, Ethel, I am willing Ethel.” to believe that, since you meant to “Oh, I didn't—I didn't mean to come back to tea, you did not be deceitful, Father; but I did ask consider it was running away, nurse what it ought to cost-I Now, try to behave sensibly, and mean the silk dress—and she said tell me exactly what you have you couldn't get one she would been doing. You say you thought care to wear for less than £3the lady on whom Arthur threw but it did cost rather less—so I the eggs was very poor. Well, told Jane to get one nurse would what then?”
care to wear.” “Oh, Father, I helped too. And “I understand. Then, knowing I thought we-1-ought to give Miss Hughes would be out, you her another."
determined to convey your pur“ Another what?”
chase to its destination this after“ Another dress, Father; so I noon ?” saved up."
“Yes, Father.” “You saved up! Indeed, and “You meant to leave the house how much did you save up ?”
without the knowledge of any one “ There was what I had before, in it.” and my allowance, and what Miss “Yes-yes, Father.” Hughes gave me for marks, and “But it so happened that Miss the two pounds for finding Toby, Hughes forbade you to go out.”
-oh yes, and the shilling for my “Yes—she, she did. I knewtooth—and that left a little over I knew it was veryfor cabs,
of course I knew I “In spite of which, no sooner should want cabs.”
had her back been turned than “Am I to understand, Ethel, you carried out your project. Anthat you have been planning this swer me, Ethel." expedition for weeks past without “It—it's quite true," I sobbed. saying a word of your intentions “ Very well. I think you know to any one ?"
without being told what kind of “Yes—at least I didn't know conduct that was, and whether you just what day it would be—not have been as trustworthy, honourtill last Sunday, Father.”
able, and obedient as I should wish “When I furthered your plan my daughter to be. Now tell me by giving you the reward for find- without prevarication—no, Ethel, ing Toby, I presume? But go on. I do not mean that you are prevarYou told no one what you meant icating now; I believe you are to do? Did Arthur know of telling the truth, but I want to it?"
hear exactly what happened from “Oh no, Father; Arthur would the moment you left the house to have laughed. I did tell Jane I the moment you came back.” wanted a silk dress, and she got it With many sobs and interrup
tions I got the whole story out, “ Who is Jane ? the nursery- and when it was finished we had a maid? Ah, I remember. Well, long, long talk together. When it and did Jane know why you was over,
and I was on my way wanted the silk dress ?”
up-stairs, first to see Miss Hughes, “I-I think she thought I and then to be put to bed, I felt I wanted it for nurse.”
had found out two things about
Father: in the first place, that he after tea for three nights running. did know how to scold little girls; I believe it was the only punishand in the second, that he could ment he knew, and I had taught
understand things," if only one him that. At any rate, I knew I told them in the proper way. But deserved it quite well. of course it is a good deal easier to Miss Barnes kept her word about tell things to a person who scolds the silk dress : we settled together one than to somebody who does that it should be given to a very not seem to know anything about poor lady whom she knew, and one at all. And Father and I who gave daily lessons, and wanted somehow did know each other a nice tidy dress badly. much better after that day. He a little bit disappointed that Miss said he would take me to see Mrs Barnes could not wear it herself ; and Miss Barnes ; and after that but still, though very pretty, it we used often to go out together, was not quite the sort of dress she especially on half-holidays. Miss used to wear. Hughes did not scold me at all So that is the story of my that evening. She knew I had dramatic effect.
I have quite been with Father, and also how made up my mind that I never miserable I should have to be for want to produce another, for it is having gone out when she had a great deal too disagreeable. trusted to my honour not to. Of Arthur laughed at me very much course hardly anything could make in the holidays; but what I shall one so miserable as that, but it was always think very nice of him is very nearly as bad when she said that when he heard of what I had she was so sorry she had not been done, he sent me a sovereign to pay able to make me trust her more. for his share in the dress. HowFather made me go to bed directly ever, of course I did not take it.
LEICESTER SQUARE in the year its broad, arched doorway, that seventeen hundred and seventy- there stood in the
above four, and Leicester Square during mentioned a youthful, palpitating this Jubilee year of our gracious figure, simply but elegantly clad, lady Queen Victoria's reign, are, whose glowing cheek, restless moveit need scarcely be said, two very ments, and eager demand for addistinct and different places. mittance, betrayed her to be on the
The Leicester Square of to-day very tiptoe of excitement and ancan hardly, even at a pinch, be ticipation. termed an aristocratic resort or It was not, however, to take her coveted place of abode. It has place in front of the easel that the fallen somewhat low in its for little maiden had come to visit the tunes, is shady in its associations, great portrait - painter. Another and is apt to be looked askance and a widely different aspiration upon by the prosperous and for- filled her soul; and so portentous tunate.
did its near realisation
that But the little square, a hundred her tremulous fingers could scarce years ago, was a pleasant spot, and evoke a response from the massive à modish part of the town; held knocker overhead, any more than up its head with the best, and could her quavering accents from feared neither the light of the sun the sober serving - man within ; nor of the moon. It was not only while once she was admitted to a locality where fortune and fash- the panelled hall, and was being ion might not fear to meet, it was escorted up the oaken stair, the more, it was absolutely a nucleus moment seemed to the eyes of to attract beauty, youth, and rank, fancy and enthusiasm invested where the finest ladies and gentle with a halo lifting it above the men of the period were fain to realms of reality. jostle and overrun each other, and Do not smile at her—it was a in whose direction gallants braided great moment. Awaiting his visiand perfumed, and fair ones pow- tor, there stood one of the most dered and patched, might have gifted men of the age; and within been seen strutting and rustling à chamber hard by, a still more and simpering, morning, noon, and widely famous potentate remained, night.
to whom the little rustic was For these and such as these, how- presently conducted, and—could ever, it must be owned that all she believe her ears ? —presented in the attractions of the place were terms to make
young confined to one red-brick mansion, head ring again. There, in short, in and out of which they tripped Sir Joshua Reynolds laid the foununceasingly, eager not only to dis- dation - stone of a friendship beplay their charms within, but to tween Hannah More and Samuel have them there reproduced, ready Johnson. to be handed down to admiring and
There are few but will sympaenvious posterity; and it was in thise with the emotions of the front of the portals of this modest youthful Hannah on the occasion. dwelling, with its quaintly formal Reared in obscurity, but all aglow rows of small-paned windows, and with genius, and panting for distinction in the world of thought can you picture to yourself the and letters, what must not such beating of our hearts? Abyssinia's
Johnson ! an interview and such a welcome
Dictionary's Johnson ! have seemed to portend? Hitherto Rambler's
, Idler's, and Irene's John
son! Miss Reynolds, who went with it had been the highest ambition
us, told him of our exclamations on of her heart to behold, and, if the road. He shook his scientific befriended by fate, to hearken to head at Hannah, and said she was these two world-known celebrities 'a silly thing.' When our visit was from some safe and secure hiding- over, he called for his hat (as it place in the dim background; and rained) to attend us down a very long for this she had, she owned, enter- entry to our coach, and not Rasselas
himself could have acquitted himself tained some sort of shadowy hope
more en cavalier." on arriving within the charmed circle of the metropolis some ten The great man had not been in days previously,— but little had she the parlour when the ladies had been then dreamed of being so greeted shown in, upon seeing which, Miss face to face, and instead of being Hannah, in spirits to be mischievpermitted simply to worship from ous, had seated herself in the huge afar, of finding herself the object arm-chair by the fireplace, hoping, of their paternal admiration and she had averred, to catch therefrom regard.
some ray of his genius. The Johnson, the uncertain, auto- flattery had been served up hot cratic, and at times morose and by her companions, on which the forbidding lion of the age, met his Doctor had laughed heartily, and ardent young disciple not only informed her it was a chair on with benignity, but with something which he never sat ! like a burst of genuine tenderness. Johnson afterwards spoke in He was, we are told, in one of his such a fashion of the youthful best minds; good-humour glistened aspirant, as procured her an imin his countenance : with one hand mediate entry into that society he stroked the feathers of a pet where his word was law; and once bird, a macaw of Sir Joshua's, launched, we can well believe she which perched upon the other; needed no supporting arms. and, with unexampled gallantry, he
Hannah More was still a young paid Sir Joshua's guest the unex- woman, and also remarkably young pected and from him very real for her years, when we thus behold compliment of accosting her with her on the threshold of her fame. one of her own verses.
Let us take a brief retrospective courtly beau of the period have glance over her preceding life durbehaved more prettily?
ing childhood and girlhood. Nor was the interview long in Respectable as was her parentbeing followed up by another, little age, it by no means entitled her to less pregnant and interesting. The any position in society—at anyrate, very next day a call at Johnson's in the society she courted. Her own house is thus recorded by father had indeed received Hannah's soberer but scarce less learned education, with a view to enthusiastic elder sister, who on his taking holy orders, but his
, that occasion accompanied her. early expectations had been de
feated by the failure of a lawsuit, “ Can you picture to yourself," wrote she to the home circle whom the two
and he had been fain to accept the had left behind, on this their first mastership of a foundation school rapturous flight into the great world in Gloucestershire, where he had