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unavailingly to allay the ferment which boiled tumul- lined with dust, and exhausted by the excessive heat tuously within my veins. A spell, a black, a wither- for it was a cloudless summer's day, and the sun was in ing spell came over me—my blood seemed turned to its meridian, when I was overtaken by a fellow-pedesgall-it deserted my cheeks, and in its place, I felt as trian. He was a man apparently between thirty and though a foul and jaundiced tide had imparted to my forty years of age, possessing a remarkably sallow features a ghastly yellow. I started up with the in- complexion, features rather prepossessing, though tention of quitting the house. My father rose to im- strongly marked ; and an eye so bright and restless, pede my progress, and placed hinıself betwixt me and that it was hardly possible to name the objcct on which the door. My eyes burnt hot as living coals within it glanced, ere it had taken a fresh direction. His their sockets- was desperate, mad with rage-I clothes and appearance were of that cast which is scarce knew what I was about to do,I wished to usually termed shabby genteel. He seemed to have escape- he endeavoured to compel me to stay-I strug- gone through no ordinary share of the world's troubles, gled with him—hell was busy in my heart and brain- but he walked along with a light and careless step, I struck him—a vile, a cursed blow laid my parent twirling about his small bundle and humming a prostrate at my feet! I did not stay to contemplate sprightly air, as though he set sorrow at defiance. He the deed—my mother's shrieks rang in my ears, and hesitated not to accost me, and after a short conversalike a second Cain, I fled to wander I knew not whi- tion, proposed that we should halt at the next inn in ther, a wretched, guilty fugitive.
order to refresh ourselves. I willingly acceeded to With rapid strides, unconscious what direction I this proposition. My companion allowed me to detook, I traversed many streets, and at last halted from fray the expence of our refreshments, observing it very weariness at an obscure public-house. I had been would be all as one when we arrived at our next resting stunned, horrified with the crime I had committed, but place; and as his spirits became more buoyant each now I beheld it in its most fearful nature, I procured time he applied the tankard to his lips, when we rea bed, and cast myself on it without undressing. I commenced our jouruey, the movements of his tongue slept, and sleep was agony, for I dreamt, dreamt that were as brisk as his steps. The fellow seemed someI was a parricide :-1 again struck a cursed blow, but what of a hunourist, and the following dialogue I was armed with a murderous weapon—I saw it reek
ensued between us. with life-drops from my father's heart-I was seized, “ You appear like myself, fond of travelling on foot, tried, condemned ; and awoke as the hangman's cord, and what mode of travelling is more agreeable ? espetightened around my neck, was twisting my features cially to a man whose time is in his own hands, and to into black and horrible distortion, In the dark and whom arriving a few hours sooner or later at his place silent night I longed for morning, and when it dawned of destination is of no consequence. Stage-coaches I I turned shuddering from its light.
What was I to detest—they are only for your sons of business, your do ? home I could not go—no, no, home was no place men of trade, who fly from spot to spot with the speed for me I could never again encounter the glance of of skyrockets, chasing the phantom wealth, which, when his eye, I could not endure to stand before him against obtained, they cannot appreciate, and want souls to wbom my arm had been so madly and sinfully up- enjoy. The outside of one of these vehicles is my lifted. A thousand times did I wish that as I had a version : if you escape being blinded with dust, you raised it to accomplish my fatal purpose, the Almighty no sooner fix your eyes on a fine prospect, than you in his wrath had shrunk it into withered impotence, are whirled away from it; if you are stationed in the and cast it dangling by my side, an useless excrescence. inside, you might as well be incarcerated in a moving One moment's guilt had sealed my fate, and I was now dungeon, save that you have the agreeable addition of ad alien from kindred and friends. I determined to the eternal rattling of wheels, enlivened ever and anon fly far away from my native town, trusting to chance by the melodious tones of a horn, blown loud enough to decide whether or not I should again revisit it. 1 to split your ears, and the senseless chatter of stupid had but one recourse—the stage ; and putting in prac
companions. tice my long cherished scheme, I resolved, under a “ Your opinion, I must confess, is at variance with feigned name, to become a candidate for theatrical my own; and my being a foot passenger at the present fame. Bertha, my own, my gentle Bertha, I must leave time is rather a matter of necessity than choice.” her too, leave her without one farewell! for how could “ Oh, I understand-travelling incog. Mum!
you 1 appear before her in her innocent beauty, and tell do not wish your route to be traced. I have often heen the tale of my shame unto her unpolluted ears ? It similarly circumstanced. God forbid that I should was impossible—we should be separated for ever, but pry into any one's secrets, but may I ask the place of branded as I was I would depart, leaving no clue by your destination ?" which to trace the destination; nor did I doubt her “ Certainly – I am directing my course towards changeless love would welcome back the sinful wan- B ---, where I may probably stay for a short time.” derer when fate again should bring him to · her pre
“ You have friends there, I presuine?” sence.
“ No, sir.” I had heard there was a travelling company of co
“ Business then ?" medians at a small town, about twenty miles distant “Sir, notwithstanding your entire want of curiosity, from my native place, and thither I determined to go in for which virtue I am willing to allow you full credit, quest of an engagement. I was scantily provided you seem so anxious to arrive at a knowledge of my with money, and carried my wardrobe on my back, so affairs, that I am perfectly at a loss how to thank you that I thought travelling on foot the most eligible me- sufficiently for the kind interest you take in my welfare , thod of accomplishing my journey. I had proceeded about However, as I have,no motive to induce me to conceal, tep miles on my way, and was by this time pretty well from you the object of my present expedition, I care
not if I trust you. Having heard that there is a com- and away to the theatre, where you remain until twelve pany of actors stationed in B, I am about to ap
This is the roatine of a country actor's life ply for an engagement."
and I think you will own it is one which does not afMy dear boy! give me your hand. You have yet ford the promise of either idleness or luxury. But here to make your debut—I see it in your countenance. our roads separate, I wish you every success in your You are unacquainted with the secrets of the lamp and new pursuit; my name is W, and if it can be of dagger. Genius is sometimes hereditary- so is po- the slightest service to you in procuring an engageverty! I may say I was an actor from my birth-my ment, use it without reluctance in whatever way you parents were in the profession-I was cradled in a may think proper. We shall most likely soon meet theatre, and learned to lisp in blank verse. But, sir, again in the course of our peregrinations, and I will the drama is on the decline, the age of acting is gone then settle with you my share of reckoning, as cash is by, and the show and glitter of gorgeous spectacles at present rather a searce article with me. have usurped its place. Theatrical talent is now a my dear fellow! and prosperity attend you." drug in the market, and a sterling comedian, however After separating from my companion, I made the fortunate, must waste the best of his life and energies. best of my way to the place of my destination, and imin the obscurity of some insignificant provincial mediately proceeding to the theatre, I obtained an theatre-play for a few nights in the metropolis, and interview with the manager. The company not being then be shelved. I, sir, have trodden the boards of remarkably full, with some small difficulty I succeeded one of the great theatres; I, sir, have basked for a in procuring an engagement, at a salary barely sufshort period in the favour of a London audience, and ficient to provide me with the common nesessaries of then been thrown aside and forgotten. I have, how- life.
It was my only resource, and I was compelled to ever, a spirit which cannot tamely submit to neglect, subscribe to the manager's own terms.
I soon found and I therefore preferred poverty and praise to affluence that public and private acting were indeed distinet and contempt. I left my first and last situation in things. I was not permitted to appear in any of my London, to return to my old provincial quarters ; and I favourite parts, but even in the minor characters I was can safely say, I am more happy now, situated as I am, required to sustain, I had difficulty in acquitting my. enjoying to-day, and neither providing nor caring for self either to the satisfaction of the manager or the to-morrow,
than I was when in the height of my me- audience. My ardour for the profession speedily abatropolitan popularity. I am now hastening to join a ted. The theatre was thinly attended, and we frequently company at P-where I
open on Monday next, played to almost empty benches. Salaries began to be as Richard.
May I inquire your reasons for wishing less punctually paid. I will not dwell on the extremito embark in the profession ? From the respectability ties to which I was gradually reduced ; suffice it to say, of your appearance, I should imagine your own incli. I was eventually brought to the lowest ebb of poverty nation and not necessity dictated the step you are about and wretchedness, the just reward of my misconduct. to take."
I was one evening seated in my miserable garret, pore“ I am influenced partly by choice, and partly by ne- ing over an old newspaper published in my native cessity, but an unfortunato domestic circumstance is town, when on looking amongst the deaths, I was the immediate cause of my present journey. I have
startled and awe-struck by an aecount of my father's long been enamoured of the stage and having per
decease, who was stated to have died in consequence of formed with much applause in private, I am wishful to the grief occasioned hy the mysterious disappearance put my abilities to a more impartial test."
of his only son.
On examining another part of the “ Ah, my dear sir, I find yon are not aware of the paper, I saw an advertisement, earnestly entreating me, difficulties you will have to encounter before becoming if by chance it should meet my sight, to return to my a favourite with the public. Your conceptions may be disconsolate and widowed parent. I lost no time in just, your personal and physical qualifications unex- complying with this request, and in a few days, after ceptionable ; but it will require a tedious drudgery in an absence of more than twelve months, the repentant the lower walks of the drama in order to initiate you prodigal was again pressed in the arms of his weeping into what is called the business of the stage, before you
mother. My father had died in good circumstances, will be able to put your conceptions into execution, or
and I found I should have no occasion to engage in move your limbs with ease and freedom. Private and business, unless from choice; I accordingly preferred public acting are distinct things—in the one instance, a life of indolence. It is needless to say that ere long the audience are alive to all beauties and willing to my discourse was of Bertha. Great God ! she was overlook your deficiencies; in the other, they are alive
married! For some time I disbelieved the evidence of to all your faults, and too often overlook your excel- my senses : the information was, however, too true. A lences. Your salary, too, as a novice, even if you villain, a fiend, who had once professed himself my succeeding in obtaining a respectable engagement, will friend, had poisoned her father's ears with tales to my barely, with the strictest economy, furnish you a sub- disadvantage. He told her, too, a black and damned sistence, and your benefits, if you are hardy enough to lie, asserting that I had Aed with a vile wanton, and take any, will invariably be losses, Actors are generally when the silence of my parents as to the cause of my sensured as leading an idle and dissipated life. What- absence in some degree sanctioned his story, the wretch ever may be their dissipation, you will find that idle- preferred his own suit, and being of a wealthy and inness does not form a part of their character. You rise fluential family, he soon ingratiated himself into the at ten-go to rehearsal at eleven-get home again old man's favour. He was received with repulsive about three or four-your time is fully occupied in stu- coldness by Bertha, but his riches and his flattery had dying your parts and despatching your meal until six tainted the father's heart, and he peremptorily bid his o'clock, when you prepare for the night's performance, daughter look on him as her future husband, nor think
of the worthless wretch who had left her for another. • Never, so help me, Heaven! It was a lie, a base, Still she held out against the united attacks of her a wilful lie, the coinage of his brain who is your hus. father and her suitor, until my continued absence,- band ; and may curses light upon his perjured soul" her despair of my return, and belief in my falsehood « Hold, hold ! whatever may have been his guilt, at length made her indifferent as to her fate. She remember that he is my husband, and I cannot, must yielded to the mingled threats and entreaties of her not, hear his name reviled." father, and gave her hand where she could not give her “ Oh, Bertha, will you not hear me then-will you heart.
not suffer me to justify myself ? As I hope for mercy, I need not repeat the many extravagancies I com- I have never loved but you—I have never ceased to mitted on receiving this acconnt of the loss of my
think of you.
Through all my wanderings, you have first and only love—they were such as to occasion in been the star that has cheered the surrounding gloom; my mother's mind serious apprehensions for my reason. your arms have been the haven into which I hoped at I should have been somewhat more reconciled to my last to steer my shattered bark, and find repose and fate if Bertha's marriage had been productive of com- peace. I returned, and found you wedded to another! fort to her. It was not so. Her husband, I learned, I do not upbraid you, for you have been deceived, betreated her in the most brutal manner ; at times, trayed into this hateful union ; but, ob; if you knew the taunting her with her attachment to me, and at others, many anxious hours, the sleepless nights, I have passed even resorting to blows. On my return, his brutality in the hope of this interview, you would not surely increased, and he would not suffer her to stir abroad bid me quit you thus, without one kind word at partlest she should meet with me. Lost as she was now to me for ever, I yet resolved, if possible, to see her As I spoke I gradually approached nearer to her, once more, to tell her I forgave her, to gaze on the until my arms were twined around her frame ; and dear features I had loved so, and to bid her a last fare- when I concluded, she sapk in tears upon my bosom. well. I stationed spies in the neighbourhood of her Thus for a few moments did we remain, weeping in dwelling, to give me notice if she ventured forth. Their speechless agony and blending our tears together, . watchings were in vain-she never left her home. I Suddenly she broke from me. Hark, she exclaim had heard that it was her custom to walk in the eveninged, “ did you not hear a footstep ?”
I did. I sprang in a particular part of the garden, and I determined to on my feet, and the destroyer of our happiness stood scale the wall and conceal myself until I had an oppor
At sight of me, his eyes seemed as though tunity of accosting her. At the close of a summer's they would have burst from their sockets with rage day I accomplished my purpose, and hiding myself be- and astonishment. He shouted for help, and so sudden bind a large tree, awaited her coming, I had not long and unlooked for was his appearance, that, ere I been in concealment ere I saw her advancing. Oh, thought of endeavouring to escape, I was seized by how my frame trembled, and my heart throbbed, as I his servants. His every limb shook with passion, saw that beloved form move gracefully towards ine ! and turning, with the countenance of a demon to his Every step, every movement, was as familiar to me as affrighted wife, with one blow he felled her to the my own. Not a tone, not a look of hers had faded earth. I struggled vainly to free myself from the from my memory. I thought of the many times I had grasp of those who held me, or I should have taken pressed her to my bosom, of the thousand kisses I had immediate vengeance on
the dastardly oppressor. imprinted on her lips, on those lips which I had fondly Fellows," said he, to the servants who held me, deemed would never be kissed by another. All but drag this man before a justice, and I will follow you. our former love was forgottev. I sprang from my His purpose was to rob the house, I doubt not. As I hiding-place. · Bertha, dearest Bertha !” burst from live, the rascal swings for it. Away with him, I say!" my lips, and the next moment we were folded in each Surprise at this strange and unexpected speech kept me other's arms. For an instant, she too had forgotten mute, and casting on him a look of hatred and conshe was another's-it was only for an instant, and then tempt, I suffered myself to be led away. I was taken she tore herself from my embrace, and sank, pale and before a neighbouring justice, where the miscreant trembling, on one of tbe garden-seats.
actually swore that he found me lurking about his " Why is this?” she murmured.
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grounds, with an intent to enter and rob his dwelling. bere? Begone, begone, I conjare you. This is no The charge was too absurd, and I was liberated. place for you. Wretch that I am-I am married; and This circumstance, and the brutality I had seen him I have yielded to your embrace ! Oh, fly, Ay, if you display towards his wife, roused me to madness. I value your life; if you value my reputation, fy, I en- vowed to sacrifice all for vengeance. Day after day, treat you."
night after night, did I wait for an opportunity of “ A moment longer," I exclaimed, “a moment meeting my base rival alone. He was aware of my longer, Bertha ; it is but for a moment. I have sought purpose, and contrived for a while to shun me, chance you for the last time. I shall shortly be on my way to at length favoured me. I met him in a lonely spot, a distant land. I could not depart, without bidding as he was one night returning from a revel flushed with yon farewell; I could not depart without one look on wine. He started when he beheld me, and endeavoured ber I have loved so long and fervently. Pardon me, I to pass on, but I effectually opposed his passage. I implore you, for we shall never meet again ! ”
had waited my opportunity too long to let it slip now « Is it possible,” said she, whilst agitation almost he was in my power. « Liar! scoundrel! traitor !" shoked her utterance, “is it possible they can have de
I cried. “ the hour of retribution hath come at last. ceived me? Tell me, oh, tell me, did you not fly with The wrongs and indignities thou hast heaped upon me, a vanton, did you not say, you spurned my love, and shall now be atoned for. I have watched for thee long. jest with a wicked, worthless woman on my credulity ? It has been my nightly prayer thus to confront thee.
I scarce can brook to treat thee as a man yet I will not
The forest wears no clothing now,
There's not a bud upon the bough, play the assassin. Here,” said I drawing forth a brace
The streamlet cannot flow; of pistols, which I had of late constantly carried about
Thongh all is drear, me, “ here-take a weapon, for by the God that made
Spring-time is near, us, either thou or I must die before we part.” He at
And winter soon will go. tempted to Ay. I seized him, with a firm grasp, by
And then the sun's enlivening ray the throat, and stayed his progress. He trembled with
Will chase the dreary snow away; fear, and his lips and cheeks were pale as ashes,
And winter being o'er,
The birds will sing “ Coward!" I articulated, almost suffocated with rage,
The song of spring“ take the pistol, and vindicate thy claim to manhood.
" Then I shall be no more.” or, by hell, with one blow will I dash out thy traitor
“ I bloom npon the wintry snow, brains!” Nought could rouse his dastard soul. He
A lesson to ihe child of woe; dropped powerless from my grasp, and fell grovelling
At each rude blast I shake :at my feet, shrieking in the most abject terms for
I flourish here
Frail man to cheer, mercy, and offering to renounce his wife, to quit the
I bend-but do not break. country--any thing so I would but grant him life. I was deaf to his entreaties, when in a moment, ere I
« In me the man of many woes was aware of his intentions, he sprang up from his
May see Hope's slensler floweret blows
Upon the dreariest spot;couching posture, and fled. Infuriated to desperatiou
Misfortune's blast at the mean and cowardly traducer, I rushed after him
Will soon be past, and flinging at him one of the pistols, I fired the other
And soon, like me, forgot.” at his head. The bullet entered his brain, and he fell
“ Remember, then, when brighter bours dead before me! I stood for several minutes stupified
Bedeck thy path with pleasant flowers, and motionless, gazing on the corpse of my enemy, as
And all around is gay: it lay in the moonlight, drenched and soaking in the
The snow-drop grew
To solace yon pool of his own black blood. His ghastly eyes were
In bleak mistortune's day.” dilated, and seemed to glare upon me with wild and fearful light. Never shall I forget their horrid ex. pression. I fled with speed of lightning-I knew not
MY SISTERS. where. I paused from exhaustion ; then my dreadful crime rose before me, in its darkest colours, and, ere morning dawned, I had delivered myself up as There are so many minute traits, contributing to murderer.
form the individuality of a character, that not only My narrative has now reached its close. I do not
do we see amongst men in general the greatest posseek to justify or palliate my crime, for nothing can
şible diversity of thought and action ; but even in justify it-blood should pay for blood. I was tried, members of the same family, born almost at the same and condemned to die; but the disgrace which would epoch—passing through the same routine of education fall on my kindred, in the event of my dying on a scaf- -pursuing similar employments, and acted upon by fold, induced me to attempt an escape. My friends precisely the same circumstances —there exists a difurnished me with the means. I cared not for myself, yersity, which every day's occurrences more clearly yet, for the sake of my poor mother. I used every
develop. I am not metaphysical enough to account exertion, and I succeeded. I am free. In a short time,
for this fact ;-of its existence, I require no stronger a .vessel will bear me away in a strange disguise ; and
evidence than the characters of my three sisters. I shall end my miserable existence beneath a foreign
The eldest married, very early in life, a widower sky.—There was one who might perhaps have even with a family-contrary to the advice of her friends, rejoiced at the escape of her husband's murderer; but more especially of my mother, who very much ques. Bertha sleeps in peace-alas, she died broken-hearted! tioned the possibility of happiness under such cir
“ The Story Teller,"
cumstances. Sophia, however, decided differently: Mr. P. had a very handsome establishment-a suitable equipagema dignified position in society—and an adequate rent-roll. It would be the acmè of folly, she
argued, to reject all these indisputable advantages, THE SNOW-DROP.
from the dread of a counteracting influence, that might render them available to herself. The fact was, Sophia relied a good deal on her wonderful power over the
minds of others; which she judged as applicable in FAIR little flower, thy pensive head Hangs drooping o'er its snowy beul,
this particular relation, as in those through which she As it bowed down by woe:
had already passed. So she married ; and the accuSay-lost thon weep
racy of her calculations were speedily manifested. As The wintry sleep? The winter soon will go.
as her dynasty commenced, it was evident to
even casual observers, that her admirable mode of Alas, poor trembling slender thing!-
proceeding would render her monarchy absolute. She Tby puise should be the supny spring,
pursued her course like a steam-boat-preserving a And not the onsunned snow:
direct line, in spite of wind and current. There was But there's reliet For all thy grief,
no arrogance of manner, to warn her rivals of the Th: winter soon will go.
necessity of opposition, and to tempt them to a trial of
strength. Her very pleasant voice never ascended to With regard to Grace, I never could understand the karsh or authoritative tones; her lady-like manners attraction which bound her to Harcourt in the first were never animated into roughness or austerity: yet instance. Perhaps it was habit, or the consciousness she had the art of carrying her point, in defiance of that the stability of her character would be a ballast every obstacle. She possessed an inflexibility of pur. for the vacillation of his : in short, women generally pose, that distanced all opposition, and triumphed can give very little account of the cause of their attachover every persuasion. She approached her object by ments, No matter : during the period of their engageso many avenues, that it was impossible to keep them ment, he found equal advantage in the aid of her fine all guarded ; and her mode of attack was too various intellect and decisive energyThey furnished that erer to be calculated on-or, consequently, to be pre- | impetus to exertion which his indolence required. pared against. Yet, even in the very act of pursuing Doubtless he felt the benefits he was deriving; and her own inclinations, most decidedly against the avowed surely every eye perceived his attachment, and doubted wishes and hopes of those connected with her, she not that its durability and fervour would be the one preserved her winning mildness so perfectly, that all redeeming exception to his general fickleness. But believed her to be on the verge of yielding to their time, that test of all things, that infallible ordeal, opinions; and were constrained, ac length, to admit, which separates the dross from the ore, the false from that she acted from convictions rather than from feeling. the true-time abated Harcourt's love---passion—whatHere, probably, lay the secret of her wonderful power soever he called it. It boots not now to recount, step over the understandings of those within her sphere,— by step, the progress of his infidelity. My poor an influence which has been confirmed rather than Grace !-even her admirable, equally-poised mind, weakened, as far as regards her husband, by the open changed beneath this disappointment — this bitter opposition and insiduous stratagem that have been by draught of wounded affection. Her health was affected turns employed to diminish it. She is a person, who -her natural seriousness deepened to gloom—her constantly makes for herself some object to be at- sweet smile shaded by constant efforts at a cheerfulness tained ; consequently, she secures that happiness of not withiu the compass of her attainment. Harcourt which human nature is capable—the felicity of hope. was called from our vicinity; and I began to hope that Her mind also is kept in a continual state of activity ; entire estrangement would effect its usual work. But and whether this be effected by new-furnishing a there are always officious friends, ready enough to drawiug-room, or perfecting systems of political eco- sound in one's ear a name one wishes to avoid. Somenomy, is immaterial : if the necessary excitement be body had seen Harcourt lately, and described him as produced, the cause, with relation to the individual, absorbed in the very worthy pursuit of fortune-hunting. is unimportant, My sister's sphere of action is pre- From a more certain source, we heard that his constant cisely that best adapted to the calibre of her mind; associates were men of dubious gentility, amongst and I consider her, therefore, one of the happiest in- whom wealth is the grand apology for every thing that dividuals of my acquaintance.
is vulgar in mind, coarse in manner, and ignoble in My second sister, my dear Grace, may be deemed principle. And Harcourt, with the fatal facility of his less fortunate. She is a fine creature, in mind and character, had sunk to their lead- —was seeking to ally person. We need not pause over the detail: critics himself with them by the closest ties. “Oh! why," might refuse the palm of beauty to her, but all must said my poor Grace to me for I was the confidante of acknowledge the magic of her loveliness, Those all her sorrows" why can I not teach my heart to large lustrous black eyes, animating that marble com- spurn this abject creature, as the dust beneath my feet, plexion--how touching, how expressive !--what a speak- Why does that heart still ache over the loss of that ing record of sorrows past—subdued, but hardly yet which my judgment disdains-loathes ? This is not forgotten! Her romance of life was painful; and she the Harcourt I loved—the husband of my hopes ? may be thankful she has so early begun to live, amidst The phantom of my imagination has disappeared for the realities of the world. There is one event certain, ever! Shall I doat on dust and ashes, when the living in the life of every woman.
Proud-intellectual- soul has fed? What would union with him be now, but strong-minded as she may be, she is predestined, by of the living with the dead?” But, though esteem stern necessity, to experience the inevitable misfortune and admiration were gone, Grace's tenderness still clung of loving. Now, a woman's mental power inay defend to him. She had suffered her heart to escape from the her against the inroads of any other passion, and her control of her understanding ; and it was not in the principles are excellent auxiliaries.--But this very power power of that poor thing called human reason to effect aids the influences of the malignant aspect of the planet a triumph which can result only from a higher source. of her destiny. Her constitutional tenderness—the ar- In the first agony of her desolation, she called upon tificial habits of dependence, given by the blessed sys
God !-but he was not in the storm, nor the earthquake, tem of modern education—her deep sense of the bliss
nor the fire.
And there was no silence in her breast, of being loved, or loving-her gratitude to him who for the breathing of that small still voice, which comes makes her the arbitress of his fate-her desire of com- with peace and assurance to the wounded and broken municating happiness--are the train of combustibles, spirit. to which imagination applies the blazing torch. This I am not sure whether, after having deserted a feelcreature, full of the endearing sympathies of her nature ing woman, the most merciful thing a man can do is -with an understanding that gives her an intense con- not to marry. I suspect there are very few cases, sciousness of the elevated sentiment of reciprocal love- whatever may be the sense of a female, in which there resigns herself entirely to its empire. Her soul lives is not that lurking hope of the wanderer's return, which in the bosom of another she “ joys with his joy, and is just sufficient to preserve attachment, that flourishes, Sorrows with his sorrow!”-and the end is, almost perhaps, most luxuriously in an agitated soil. In always shipwreck and desolation.
process of time, Harcourt forged his golden fetters, No. XLVII, VOL. IV.