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A PROFESSIONAL SCAR. I accordingly assured her that I could draw a will quered. The will was finished, and I read it over
which, though I could not warrant it to pass the or- aloud, the old man groaning, and the old woman
deal she mentioned, would, I was sure, be proof looking an occasional assent; but when I read the BY AN OLD LAWYER.
against the efforts of all the lawyers in Christen- terrible curse, a new actor appeared on the scene : dom.
“Oh! tear it : tear it! Oh, God! you know not YOUR kind letter, Harry, came duly to hand ; and And now her manner changed from the fierce and what you do!" you will be surprised to learn that a careless bold to the anxious and hurried.
The plaintive tones of the voice touched my heart, question of yours will draw forth enough in answer “Come, then, quick! quick! young man, and you even before my eyes beheld its owner ; but when I to cover a sheet : “What caused that scar on my shall pocket two hundred and fifty pounds for your saw her, heavens and earth! what an angel she temple ?" night's work !" she exclaimed.
was! The language is yet undiscovered, Harry, It is a professional scar, Harry ; one that I have And amazed and bewildered as I was, I found my- that is competent to give you a description of that carried ever since my earliest practice ; and although self at the neighboring corner, stepping into a hack, face. The eyes dancing with excitement, yet liquid I have now arrived at a tolerable old age, and have before the startling but comfortable words, “Two with tears; the mouth proud as Juno's, yet commany, many intimate friends, it is a most singular hundred and fifty pounds for your night's work!" pressed with anquish. But why do I attempt desfact that you are the first and only person that had ceased ringing in my ears. My conductress fol-cription ? The most majestic, yet the sweetest ever inquired into its origin. I can tell you all about lowed me in, and without orders we were rattled countenance I ever beheld, appealed to me, and not it, but must avoid names and places, for the parties furiously along the streets to House, then the in vain ; for while the old man, weak as he was, most interested in the incident are still living. largest hotel in the city. My visions of two hun-jumped from his bed, screaming, “Kill her! kill In the year
-, after passing my examination, dred and fifty bright sovereigns kept my tongue her!" I tore the will into fragments, and we both I was pronounced a properly-qualified person to ap- bridled, and I was led in silence up two flights of fell to the floor, he dead, and I stunned by a blow pear before juries and courts for others as well as stairs into a suit of rooms comprising parlor and two from the heavy candlestick, wielded by the old hag, myself, and at once proceeded to a large southern bed-rooms. The parlor, however, was occupied by Angeline. city, where, by a modest little sign over the door of a bed, in which lay an old and evidently dying man. When my consciousness returned, I found myA modest little office, I announced my readiness to A servant was with him, but est upon a motion self in my own bed at my boarding house, my host commence the practice of the law. For three from the hand of my companion, who approached and hostess my sole attendants. My mind was months I waited, but, alas ! no business came, and the bed and said:
clear the moment I looked about me, and I knew I I sat in my office on a dreary night, at about eleven
“I have an attorney here, sir. Shall he pro- had been brought home, and was now confined from o'clock, in this very comfortable position: my ceed ?"
the effects of that blow. I resolved to keep my own money was gone entirely ; my board-bill was to be The old man's eyes brightened up, and, after glar- counsel, and to ascertain what I could of the subsepaid in the morning, and my rent the day following; ing on me for a moment, he spoke :
quent proceedings of the night. Upon inquiry, I and I absolutely feared to go to my boarding-house,
“ If you draw my will, do it; quick now! for I found that I had been brought home by a young genand waited in what seemed the forlorn hope that must save my breath."
tleman in a carriage, who had left funds for the something in the way of a fee might appear, either
I will not trouble you with the details, nor, in employment of a physician, and had also left a letter dropping from the skies, or suddenly appearing on fact do I remember them; but it is enough to say, for me. I opened the letter as soon as I was alone, my desk. Outside, no step was heard; and as I that a large amount of property, real and personal, and found a twenty-pound bank note with these occasionally glanced through my window, the flame bonds, mortgages, &c., were left, in the words of the words : of the street-light, moved by the wind, would seem- will I had proceeded to draw up, to “my good and
“You did last night a deed worthy of more grati ingly move me homeward; but I would not go. A faithful housekeeper, Angeline -, as a token of
tude than our present means enables us to express. foot-step sounded in my entry; a second, and a gratitude for her long, faithful, and meritorious ser: The property which so nearly belonged to the infathird, and more, but so light that my heart-beating vice." But tlie concluding words of the will I shall
mous hag who struck you, will soon be ours, and prevented my counting them; and then a little deli- never forget ; they were written from his own mouth, cate knock. I compelled myself to say "Come in," and made me shudder as I wrote them. There is you shall then hear from us. May the same kind
ness which prompted you to tear the paper, seal your with a calm voice, although I expected to be in- something fearful, dreadful—yes, develish--in this lips hereafter as to the painful scenes last evening. stantly vis-a-vis with a young woman: the door deliberately recording, in what purports to be your
Gratefully yours, opened, and I saw-an old one. I had only time to last written wish—a curse upon your own offspring.
DORA AMD HER HUSBAND.” move toward a chair before she was in the centre of And I felt, as I wrote it, an involuntary desire to the room, and speaking:
tear the paper into fragments, and to rush from the My first act was to conceal the letter beneath my “I have no time to sit. Young man, you are a room, but the two hundred and fifty sovereigns were pillow; my second, to call my host, and tender him lawyer; are you good for anything ?”
like so many anchors, and I stayed and wrote: the amount of my board-bill; to my astonishment he My insulted dignity was controlled by an effort, " I leave to my daughter Dora all the satisfaction told me that my companion paid it when he left the and I answered “that I flattered myself that I pos- she can obtain from my hearty curse. When rags letter. It seems I raved a little about my inability to sessed some talent for my profession."
whip about her in her only home, the streets and pay my host, while I was unconscious, aud thus the “Well, well, no flummery. Can you draw up a dogs share with her the refuse of the gutter, she husband of Dora (for I had no doubt it was he who
may regret that she disobeyed him who once loved brought me home) had ascertained the fact, and paid Here again I ventured to remark that it depended her, but who, dying, cursed her!"
my bill. Added to this, my wound was not severe somewhat on its nature; but I saw from her impa
There was something like a chuckle in the direc- enough to need any surgery, more than was offered tient manner that she wanted no trifling. Before I tion of old Angeline, as the dying wretch dictated by my kind landlady; so when I had recovered finished the sentence, she interrupted me with these fearful words ; but as I looked and saw the (which was soon), I had only my office-rent to pay, fierceness of manner exceeding her former rough stern face as rigid as marble, I concluded I must and then resumed business with the larger part of one, saying :
have been mistaken. I could not, however, divest the twenty sovereigns in my treasury. I made cau“ I want a will drawn; quick! hurriedly! but so myself of a certain feeling that all was wrong. A tious inquiries about the House as to the substrong that the most cunning fox in the law can't rich old man, accompanied by an old housekeeper, sequent movements of my mysterious clients, but undo? Can you do it?" and she fairly glared at me and dying in a strange city; her anxiety to have the could only ascertain that the old couple arrived on with impatience for the answer.
will so strong; the curse on his daughter, and the that eventful night, the old man ordering a pleasant Now you know, Harry, that my legal education large fee, all conspired to make me feel that I was room in which he could die ; that the young couple was obtained entirely in a surrogate's office, and you being instrumental in the accomplishment of some came by another conveyance, and had taken other may presume that on the law and forms of last wills villanous object. Again I meditated the destruction rooms; that the old man's body was immediately and testaments I felt myself sufficiently posted up. of the paper, and again my fee and my wants con- | boxed up and shipped for the north, under charge of
his man-servant; that the old woman went off alone ; | away at school, acquired, as is generally the case, “That news is for thy lord, sir. To the Chamand that finally the young man paid the bill, and left complete influence over him. Dora was wooed and berlain, away ! also with his wife. To do my worthy host and his won by a poor clerk; the father would not listen to The old soldier passing reluctantly along the kind lady full justice, I must say that they never it; an elopement was the consequence, and the old corridor, entered an apartment at the further end, hinted at the matter, and I never had a question to man in his rage broke up. housekeeping, and, taking and speedily returned, accompanied by the official, answer : they probably took it for granted that I had old Angeline with him, had started for the south. for whom the stranger had sought. The cavalier been the victim of some broil, and avoided annoying Dora had followed him with her husband, although approached the Chamberlain, and, speaking a few me by any reference to it.
she knew he would not see her, and although he words, they both moved to the audience room. The Thirty years of hard work rolled by, Harry, dur- had always been harsh and unkind to her, yet she stranger doffed his plumed casque as he crossed the ing which I acquired a family, fortune, fame, and knew he was in the last stages of consumption, and threshold of the apartment of state, and, lifting his gray hairs; but I never, in all that time, saw or she determined, if possible, to be with him, when he sabre in his hand from the floor, upon which it lay heard of my clients, with the exception of one letter, died. At the time of his death, they had been follow- in its sling, he drew a letter from his gauntlet, and which was received some years after the occurrences ing him about a month, from place to place, keeping presented the document to a tall dark countenanced which I have related, and which contained two more concealed from him, and eluding the keen eyes of man,
in itary dress, who paced across the room twenty-pound bills, with the words:
Angeline. When Dora appeared in the room, it was with hurried strides. “We are very happy; may God bless you! only because the man-servant, who had been with " From Mareschal St. Ruth, my Lord,” said the
“ Dora." her father, and who, as you remember, left the cavalier, bowing to the floor. But in all that time, I have never forgotten that room when I entered, bad observed their arrival, and The other broke the seal, and undoing the multibeautiful angelic face, nor the mute appeal which it had kindly gone to her and informed her that her fa- tude of enclosing cords, opened the letter, and read made to my heart ; the answer to which cost me the ther could not live an hour: she was entering the attentively. In a large chair of state, hung with deep scar which is the object of your present room to make one last effort at reconciliation, when crimson velvet, and bearing the Royal arins on a curiosity, and a two hundred and fifty pound- note my voice reading the fearful words of her father's tablet above it, sat a figure who watched, apparently fee, less the amount received from the young folks. curse caused the outcry and the denouement. Her with the deepest interest, the proceedings which Neither did I, in all that time, regret the course I husband, who followed her in, found the old man were going forward. He was a man of middle size, took.
dead, Dora in a swoon, me senseless, and old Ange- and of a heavy cast of features, wearing the dress of Some ten years ago, as you probably remember, I line in vain trying to put the many pieces of the a civilian of the period, and having his wig brought spent a winter in Havana. I boarded wfth a Spanish will together, raving and cursing like a bedlamite. down upon his forehead, more than was usnal with landlord, whose house was generally filled with Ame- He and the man-servant put the old man's body on those around him ; and playing, ever and anon, with rican visitors. But, strange to say, I passed one the bed, took Dora to her room, and while the ser- its curls as he studied intently the features of the week with him without a single American arrival ; vant kept guard over Angeline, he took me home in Lord Deputy. An armed officer stood at each side and I was mentally resolving one day to leave for a carriage. The rest you know.
of his chair, and a sceptre lay upon a table before New Orleans, where I could find troops of friends, I have only to add, that, whenever I wander him. When the Lord Deputy had finished the and rid myself of the ennui consequent upon my north, either alone or with my wife and family, we pefusal of the epistle, this person rose from his seat, solitary position, when I heard my host calling me: always stop at the house of our kind friends. They and demanded, “Señor, Señor, los Americanos-Americanos !" have spent one winter with us at the south, and we
“Is the news from St. Ruth good news or bad, Looking from my window, I saw a fine portly gen- expect them again the coming season. And the my Lord of Tirconnell ?" tleman attending to his luggage, and answering the young gentleman who studied law under my
instruc- May it please your majesty,” replied the Deputy demands of the thousand-and-one leeches of porters tion, and who now practises law with my name on “the news is good, but I shall read the letter when who each claimed to have brought something for the sign with his (as senior partner, although he season suits. Meanwhile this cavalier, Sir Regihim. Thinking I might be of some service to him, I does all the business), is Dora's son, and from cer- nald St. Aure, an excellent soldier, as I am advised, went out, and with two or three dimes dispersed the tain conscious looks and bright blushes on my shall attend your Majesty to meet the Stadtholder. villains, who, knowing me to be an old stager, sub- pretty daughter's cheek when he calls, I amagine I shall see that St. Ruth he answered. Take care mitted to my orders. The gentleman turned to thank he may possibly be mine, too. But of this, Harry, that this officer be lodged, Sir Chamberlain ; and let me, but suddenly started back, then glanced at my rest assured—I shall not curse her if she marries us be undisturbed till thou art called.” temple, and, seeing the end of my candlestick-mark him.
The Chamberlain signified his obedience to the peering out beneath my sombrero, he caught me by
commands of Tirconnell, and retired, followed by the hand, exclaiming :
the cavalier and the two officers of the staff, leaving
FAIR GERALDINE AT THE BOYNE. “ We have met before, sir! how glad I am to see
James and the Lord Deputy alone.
The conference betwixt the King and Tirconnell ПНЕ doorway, in which stood a matronly but still beauti
the , ful woman.
worn turrets of Dublin Castle, and lights were from the apartment which had been allotted to him, “Sce, Dora,” said he, “is not this our old fitting about amongst the chambers of those who and folding his mantle around him, walked out into friend?"
composed King James's temporary Court-now, the court-yard. When he had emerged into the At the word “Dora,” I started, and there before flashing from a long, pointed, gothic window, and open air, he stepped silently towards that part of me, sure enough, stood the Dora of thirty years pre- now from a round diminutive loop-hole, whence the the building occupied by the ladies of the court, and vious, still retaining many of her charms, but with musketry of the old castle's garrison had often which was situated at a distance from the scene of the marks of time, notwithstanding, impressed upon reverberated ; when a cavalier, in the costume of the military preparation that was momentarily going her features.
followers of St. Ruth, rode into the court-yard, and, forward ; arrived beneath the shadow of a tower, he You may well believe our reunion was most pleas- dismounting quickly, gave his horse's rein to a threw back his cloak, and striking a guitar, he bant; and after our dinner was over, and we were soldier, and entered the castle. The jingle of his sungout enjoying the sea-breeze, the whole story was sabre was scarce heard upon the stairs, when a "Oh! bridled is my battle steed told me. I will not give you the details of it; it was sentinel demanded,
That bears me to the fight;
And my gallant fellows, soldiers all, long, but the main features of it were about what I Who comes there?"
Have donned their falchions bright had surmised. Dora was only child of a weally “ Where is the Lord Deputy ?" was the answer.
6. And long-long shall our parting bofather; her mother died when she was a mere child; “Go tell the Chamberlain that a messenger from St.
Mine, only love, I ween old Angeline had remained with her father in the Ruth must instantly see his master."
Thon say to me a last farewell, capacity of a housekeeper, and had, while Dora was “How speeds the war, Captain ?"
And then, without explanation, he drew me to the THE grey, sombre twilight, in the summer of continued for some hours ; nor was it ended when
A casement above where he stood opened, and the and as he alighted at the steps of the entrance, the “And yet, thou didst leave the field ere thuu voice of a lady pronounced the word
Lady Tirconnell and suite stood ready to receivo couldst tell whether he was living or dead." « Geraldine !" him.
“ Even so, lady, the spot where he fell became “Reginald !" retumed the soldier, walking from “My lady," said the King, as he gave his horse possessed by the continental troops of the Prince of the shade, and approaching the open window. to a follower, “your ladyship’s countrymen can run Orange; and, as for leaving the field at the last “ Doth the King then go to war so soon?” well.”
charge of young Schomberg, gramercy, the King left demanded the lady, earnestly.
“Not quite so well as your Majesty," was the the field, and, albeit, against my will, compelled me " To-morrow morning before the sun, love, we reply.
to follow him." shall be gone, perhaps never to return,” he an- The rebuked monarch made no reply, but slowly “Wouldst thou do me a kindness for his sake ?" swered. entered the castle.
“ And for thine own, lady,” replied O'Brien, bow“Say not so, Reginald; God will strike for his On the night of the retum of King James, the ing low. anncinted. This Dutchman will be conquered, and Lady Geraldine wandered about her apartments, " Then disguise thyself as one of the soldiers we shall yet have happy days.”
listless of everything, and almost unable to compre- of this rebel Dutchman, and let us go to-night “God grant it may be so," said the cavalier ; hend whether or no she was in a dream. She had in search of the body. “but these Hollanders are brave, and the sons of been unable to obtain tidings of the fate of Sir “ It shall be done,” replied O'Brien. the Roundheads of Ulster are stiff-necked as Satan.” Reginald, and she was every moment imagining the The moon was rising amid a light drapery of
“ Even so, Reginald! leave me some token of thy worst, when at length she was constrained by her floating and variegated clouds, when a lady, mounted love, and to battle with a light heart, for I shall ever attendants to retire to bed. There, however, sleep upon a dark steed, and attended by a dragoon, passed pray for thee.”
refused to visit her; and, rising from her couch, she out of Dublin and took the way to Drogheda. She “ Then descend to the court-yard, there is no in- threw a mantle around her, and sough the balcony spurred her horse ever and anon, and kept him truder near."
in front of the castle. The moon was shining upon going forward at a quick pace. Her face was bent The lady left the window, and, descending the the broad court-yard and reflected from the polished over the saddlebow, and she did not speak to her spiral stairs, in another moment she was by his side. arms of the sentry, as he paced momentarily to and companion as they rode along side by side. As The conversation of the lovers was a long one, fro, on his guard. She was bending across the they gradually descended along the banks of the as they walked to and fro in the moonlight; and rails, and thinking of what might have been the Boyne, the tokens of a “foughten field” became they separated, vowing eternal constancy.
chances of the flight, when her attention was at- more and more apparent ; horses, some ranging the When morning broke, the castle-yard presented a tracted to a figure at the further end of the balcony. fields riderless, some lying upon the earth groaning scene of preparation and bustle, which told of the It was habited in the armor of the period, but the in pain, or altogether dead ; corpses of men, with anticipated approach of some great event. Troops white plume of his helmet seemed wet with blood helmet and sabre, in uniforms of scarlet, green, of horses rode momentarily into the square, and and gore. The lady stood for a moment petrified or blue ; broken cannon-wheels, spent shot, and aide-de-camps passed incessantly from the quarters with terror, but at length taking courage, she blood, were dreadful sights for a lady's eye to of one officer to those of another. At length a walked forward and exclaimed :
witness. At length she came upon the encampments number of staff-officers congregated at the entrance · Reginald, say art thou returned safe !"
of the soldiers of the Prince of Orange, and making of the Royal apartments, and James and Tirconnell No reply was made, but the vision gliding from a circuit to avoid them (although the lady's attendimmediately appeared. Every head was uncovered, her sight, disappeared altogether from the balcony. ant wore a uniform similar to theirs, assumed for and a fond cheer reverberated amongst the buildings Geraldine stood like one in a dream, and scarcely the occasion), they arrived at the bridge which had as the King mounted his horse and rode to the head believing that she was awake, she returned to her been the scene of the most deadly conflict o. the of the troops. In a moment each commander had apartments. Here she called her page and inquired: previous day, where the accumulated corpses,
and given to his men the word to march, and, to a joyous “ Hast thou seen none who can give thee tidings broken accoutrements, with the guard ankle-deep in air, the Irish army defiled from the Castle gate, and of the fight ?"
mud, told how fierce had been the fray. Here the turned thri. for 3 towards the Buyne.
“ There is a Captain O'Brien, my lady,” replied dragoon alighted, and, pointing to a pillar which Some duys had passed since the departure of the the page, "an officer of the Royal army, who is but terminated the bridge wall, said—“Here was the army; when, on an evening of fog and rain, the this moment returned.”
spot upon which he stood when last I saw him, and streets of the city seemed as crowded as though the “ Then go to him, and inquire of Sir Reginald St. here must he be somewhere lying.” weather had rivalled the skies of Italy. Groups of Aure."
“Search then, and St. Mary be thy speed," was people every where appeared in solemn conversation, Captain O'Brien, one of the aide-de-camps of the the lady's answer. and many an anxious eye and quick foot was King, receiving from the page the message of the The soldier rolled over many of the bodies of dark directed towards the bridge, over which, in these Lady Geraldine, desired the boy to lead the way to haired Irish and whiskered Germans, still "grim in days, was the principal way to the North. The her chamber.
death's cold frown ; he at length raised up the body trampling of flying steeds was heard; and next
" Would to God,” he muttered, “ that it had of a cavalier, whose white plume was saturated with moment there appeared three cavaliers, urging on fallen to the lot of some other to tell such tidings." blood, and his armor pierced and hewed. It was their jaded horses to their utmost pace down the
A very short time brought them to that part of the the lifeless body of Sir Reginald St. Auge. They present Capel-street. The people made way for the
building in which the lady's apartments were, and bore it to a place of sepulture in an angle of a foremost, and, as he crossed the bridge, he exas soon as O'Brien's heavy tread was heard upon
neighboring plantation ; and the Lady Geraldine claimed" The battle is lost! The Dutchmen are the stair-case, Geraldine appeared upon the landing. returned to Dublin with an aching heart, which soon behind us !."
brought her to an early tomb.
“What news of Sir Reginald St. Aure,” she deThe news was received by some, in sadness and silence, and many a muttered “ Jesu” told the manded, bending her eyes searingly upon O'Brien,
as he doffed his helmet." intensity of their grief; while the lighted eyes of
Cool Retort.--Henderson, the actor, was seldom others showed that their sympathies were with the
“ Lady !” he replied, “Reginald St. Aure fell known to be in a passion. When at Oxford he was Prince of Orange. The second cavalier came on, yesterday, at the storming of the bridge across the one day debating with a fellow student, who, not followed closely by the third, “ bloody with spurring, Boyne, at Oldbridge. He may be slain, or he may keeping his temper, threw a glass of wine in the fiery red with speed.” His features were haggard be merely wounded."
actor's face ; when Henderson took out his handkerand wan, and his dress was soiled and torn. None The lady muttered an inward prayer to the Virgin, chief, wiped his face, and coolly said that, sir, there recognised him until the exclamation of a and replied in a firm voice
was a digression; now for the argument"-which quaker, “ Friend James, if thou hast lost the battle “Captain O'Brien, wast thou not the friend of was, as may be supposed, ad boculinum ! thou hast won the race,” told to the people that it Reginald St. Aure ?"
Before we let our thoughts judge of things, we was the hapless King. On he went to the castle, “I was,” was the reply.
must set reason to judge our thoughts.
BY CHARLES DICKENS.
steps of the little station into a stony road, cross it “Am I to say again, that I must be left to myself
birds sleepily chirping in their nests, and a bat shall we meet?”
heavily crossing and recrossing her, and the reek of They both started. The listener started guiltily, " It is merely my respectful compliments," said her own tread in the thick dust that felt like velvet, too; for she thought there was another listener Mrs. Sparsit, "and I fear I may not trouble her with were all Mrs. Sparsit heard or saw until she very among the trees. It was only rain, beginning to my society this week; being still a little nervous, softly closed a gate.
fall fast, in heavy drops. and better perhaps by my poor self."
She went up to the house, keeping within the
“Shall I ride up to the house a few minutes " Oh! If that's all,” observed Tom, " it wouldn't shrubbery, and went round it, peeping between the hence, innocently supposing that its master is atmatter much, even if I was to forget it, for Loo's not leaves at the lower windows. Most of them were home and will be charmed to receive me." likely to think of you, unless she sees you." open, as they usually were in such warm weather,
“No!" Having paid for his entertainment with this
but there were no lights yet, and all was silent. agree
“Your cruel commands are implicitly to be obeyed; able compliment, he relapsed into a hang dog silence, She tried the garden with no better effect. She until there was no more India ale left, when he thought of the wood, and stole towards it, heedless though I am the most unfortunate fellow in the
world, I believe, to have been insensible to all other said, of long grass and briers : of worms, snails, and
women, and to have fallen prostrate at last under “ Well, Mrs. Sparsit, I must be off!" and went slugs, and all the creeping things that be. With the foot of the most beautiful, and the most engag. off. her dark eyes and her hook nose warily in advance
ing, and the most imperious. My dearest Louisa, Next day, Saturday, Mrs. Sparsit sat at her win- of her, Mrs. Sparsit softily crushed her way through I cannot go myself, or let you go, in this hard abuse dow all day long: looking at the customers coming that she probably would have done no less, if the
the thick undergrowth, so intent upon her object of your power.” in and out, watching the postmen, keeping an eye wood had been a wood of adders.
Mrs. Sparsit saw him detain her with his encirclon the general traffic of the street, revolving many
ing arm, and heard him then and there, within her things in her mind, but, above all, keeping her atten. tion on her staircase. The evening come, she put
The smaller birds might have tumbled out of their (Mrs. Sparsit's) greedy hearing, tell her how he on her bonnet and shawl, and went quietly out : hav- nests, fascinated by the glittering of Mrs. Sparsit's loved her, and how she was the stake for which he
ardently desired to play away all that he had in life. ing her reasons for hovering in a furtive way about eyes in the gloom, as she stopped and listened. the station by which a passenger would arrive from
Low voices close at hand. His voice, and hers. The objects he had lately pursued, turned worthless
beside her ; such success as was almost in his Yorkshire, and for preferring to peep into it round The appointment was a device to keep the brother
grasp, he flung away from him like the dirt it was, pillars and corners, and out of ladies' waiting-room away! There they were yonder, by the felled tree.
compared with her. Its pursuit, nevertheless, if it windows, to appearing in its precincts openly.
Bending low among the dewy grass, Mrs. Sparsit
kept him near her, or its renunciation if it took him Tom was in attendance, and loitered about until
advanced closer to them She drew herself up, and from her, or flight if she shared it, or secresy if she the expected train came in. It brought no Mr. / stood behind a tree, like Robinson Crusoe in his commanded it, or any fate, or every fate, all was Harthouse. had dispersed, and the bustle was over; and then that at a spring, and that no great one, she could who had seen how cast away she was, whom she
Tom waited until the great crowd / ambuscade against the savages; so near to them alike to him, so that she was true to him,-the man referred to a posted list of trains, and took counsel have touched them both. He was there secretly, had inspired at their first meeting with an admirawith. porters. That done, he strolled away idly,
and had not shown himself at the house. He had tion and interest of which he had thought himself stopping in the street and looking up it and down it,
come on horseback, and must have passed through incapable, whom she had received into her confiand lifting his hat off and putting it on again, and the neighbouring fields; for his horse was tied to dence, who was devoted to her and adored her. All
paces. yawning, and stretching himself , and exhibiting all the meadow side of the fence, within a few
this, and more, in his hurry, and in hers, in the the symptoms of mortal weariness to be expected in
“My dearest love,” said he, “what could I do? whirl of her own gratified malice, in the dread of one who had still to wait until the next train should Knowing you were alone, was it possible that I being discovered, in the rapidly increasing noise of come in, an hour and forty minutes hence. could stay away ?"
heavy rain among the leaves, and a thunder-storm * This is a device to keep him out of the way,”
“ You may hang your head, to make yourself the rolling up-Mrs. Sparsit received into her mind; said Mrs. Sparsit, starting from the dull office more attractive ; I don't know what they see in you set off with such an unavoidable halo of confusion window whence she had watched him last. “Hart
you hold it up,” thought Mrs. Sparsit ; " but and indistinctness, that when at length he climbed house is with his sister now !"
you little think, my dearest love, whose eyes are on the fence and led his horse away, she was not sure It was the conception of an inspired moment,
where they were to meet, or when, except that they and she shot off with her utmost swiftness to work him to go away-she commanded him to go away;
That she hung her head, was certain. She urged had said it was to be that night. it out. The station for the country house was at the but she neither turned her face to him, nor raised before her; and while she tracked that one, she
But one of them yet remained in the darkness opposite end of the town, the time was short, the it. Yet it was remarkable that she sat as still
, as must be right. “Oh, my dearest love," thought road not easy ; but she was so quick in pouncing on a disengaged coach, so quick in darting out of it, her sit; at any period in her life. Her hands rested
ever the amiable woman in ambuscade had seen Mrs. Sparsit, “ you little think how well attended producing her money, seizing her ticket, and diving in one another, like the hands of a statue ; and into the train, that she was borne along the arches 'even her manner of speaking was not hurried.
Mrs. Sparsit saw her out on the wood, and saw spanning the land of coalpits, past and present, as if she had been caught up in a cloud and whirled
‘My dear child," said Harthouse; Mrs. Sparsit her enter the house What to do next? It rained
saw with delight that his arm embraced her ; i will now, in a sheet of water. Mrs. Sparsit's white away you not bear with my society for a little while ?"
stockings were of many colors, green predominatAll the journey, immovable in the air though never “Not here."
ing; prickly things were in her shoes ; caterpillars left behind; plain to the dark eyes of her mind, as
“Where, Louisa ?"
slung themselves, in hammocks of their own mak. the electric wires which ruled a colossal strip of “Not here."
ing, from various parts of her dress ; rills ran from music-paper out of the evening sky, were plain to
" But we have so little time to make so much of, her bonnet, and her Roman nose. In such condithe dark eyes of her body; Mrs. Sparsit saw her and I have come so far, and am altogether so de- tion Mrs. Sparsit stood hidden in the density of the staircase, with the figure coming down. Very near soted, and distracted. There never was a slave at shrubbery, considering what next ? the bottom now. Upon the brink of the abyss.
once so devoted and ill-used by his mistress. To Lo, Louisa coming out of the house! Hastily An overcast September evening, just at night- look for your sunny welcome that has warmed me cloaked and muffled, and stealing away. She fall, saw beneath its drooping eyelid Mrs. Sparsit into life, and to be received in your frozen manner, elopes! She falls from the lowermost stair, and is glide out of her carriage, pass down the wooden' is heart-rending."
swallowed up in the gulf!
Indifferent to the main, a:id moving with a quick a rash of rain upon her classical visage; with a bon- He had been so wholly unprepared for what he determined siep, she struck into a side-path parallel net like an over-ripe tig; with all her clothes spoiled; heard now, that it was with difficulty he answered, with the ride. Mrs. Sparsit followed in the shadow with damp impressions of every button, string, and “Yes, Louisa.' of the trees, at but a short distance; for, it was not hook and eye she wore, printed off upon her highly- “What has risen to my lips now, would have risen easy to keep a figure in view going quickly through connected back; with a stagnant verdue on her ge to my lips then, if you had given me a moment's help. the umbrageous darkness.
neral exterior, such as accumulates on an old park I don't reproach you, father. What you have never When she stopped to close the side-gate without fence in a mouldy lane : Mrs. Sparsit had no re- nurtured in me, you have never nurtured in yourself; noise, Mrs. Sparsit stopped. When she went on, source bnt to burst into tears ef bitterness and say, but O! if you had only done so long ago, or if you Mrs. Sparsit went on. She went by the way Mrs. “I have lost her!"
had only neglected me, what a much better and much Sparsit had come, emerged from the green lane,
happier creature I should have been this day." crossed the stony road, and ascended the wooden
On hearing this, after all his care, he bowed his
XXVIII. steps to the railroad. A train for Coketown would
head upon his hand and groaned aloud. come through presently, Mrs. Sparsit knew; so, THE THE national dustmen, after entertaining one an
“ Father, if you had known, when we were last she understood Coketown to be her first place of
other with a great many noisy little fights together here, what even I feared while I strove against destination.
among themselves, had dispersed for the present, it-as it has been my task from infancy to strive In Mrs. Sparsit's limp and streaming state, no and Mr. Gradgrind was at home for the vacation.
against every natural prompting that has arisen in extersive precautions were necessary to change
He sat writing in the room with the deadly statis
my heart; if you had known that there lingered in her usual appearance; but, she stopped under tical clock, proving something no doubt-probably,
my breast sensibilities, affections, weaknesses capathe lee of the station wall, tumbled her shawl in the main, that the Good Samaritan was a bad ble of being cherished into strength, defying all the into a new shape, and put it on over her bonnet. Economist. The noise of the rain did not disturb calculations ever made by man, and no more known So disguised, she had no fear of being recog
him much ; but it attracted his attention suffi- to his arithmetic than his Creator is—would you nised when she followed up the railroad steps. ciently to make him raise his head sometimes, as if have given me to the husband whom I am now sure and paid her money in the small office. Louisa sat
rather remonstrating with the elements. that I hate ?" waiting in a corner. Mrs. Sparsit sat waiting in When it thundered very loudly, he glanced toward
He said, “No. No, my poor child." another corner. Both listened to the thunder which Coketown, having it in his mind that some of the
“Would you have doomed me, at any time, to the was loud, and to the rain, as it washed off the roof, tall chimneys might be struck by lightning.
frost and blight that have hardened and spoiled me? and pattered on the parapets of the arches. Two or
The thunder was rolling into distance, and the Would you have robbed mo-for no one's enrichment three lamps were rained and blown out; so both saw rain was pouring down like a deluge, when the only for the greater desolation of this world—of the the lig'atning to advantage as it quivered and zig- door of his room opened. He looked round the immaterial part of my life, the spring and summer of zaged on the iron tracks.
lamp upan his table, and saw with amazement his my belief, my refuge from what is sordid and bad in
eldest daughter. The seizure of the station with a fit of trembling,
the real things around me, my school in which I
“ Louisa !" gradually deepening to a complaint of the heart, an
should have learned to be more humble and more
Father, I want to speak to you." nounced the train. Fire and steam, and smoke, and
trusting with them, and to hope in my little sphere
“What is the matter? How strange you look ! to make them better ?" red light; a hiss, a crash, a bell and a shriek ; Lou
And good Heaven," said Mr. Gradgrind, wondering isa put into one carriage, Mrs. Sparsit put into an
“O no, no. No, Louisa." more and more, “have you come here exposed to other; the little station a desert speck in the thunder
“Yet father, if I had been stone blind; if I lal this storm ?" storm.
groped my way by my sense of touch, and had been
She put her hands to her dress as if she hardly free, while I knew the shapes and surfaces of things, Though her teeth chattered in her head from wet knew.
to exercise my fancy somewhat, in regard to them; and cold, Mrs. Sparsit exulted hugely. The figure " Yes."
I should have been a million times wiser, happier, had plunged down the precipice, and she felt her
Then she uncovered her head, and letting her more loving, more contented, more innocent and self, as it were, attending on the body. Could she, cloak and hood fall where they might, stood looking human in all good respects, than I am with the eyes who had been so active in the getting up of the fu- at him : so colorless, so dishevelled, so defiant and I have. Now, hear what I have come to say.” neral triun.ph, do less than exult? “She will be at despairing that he was afraid of her.
He moved, to support her with his arm. She ris. Coketown long before him,” thought Mrs. Sparsit,
What is it? I conjure you, Louisa, tell me ing as he did so, they stood close together : she with though his horse is never so good. Where will she what is the matter ?”
a hand upon his shoulder, looking fixedly in his wait for him? And where will they go together?
She dropped into a chair before him, and put her face. Patience. We shall see.” cold hand on his arm.
"With a hunger and thirst upon me, father, which The tremendous rain occasioned infinite confusion, “ Father, you have trained me from my cradle." have never been for a moment appeased; with an when the train stopped at its destination. Gutters Yes, Louisa."
ardent impulse towards some region where rules, and and pipes had burst, drains had overflowed, and the
“I curse the hour in which I was born to such a figures, and definitions were not quite absolute : I streets were under water. In the first instant of destiny."
have grown up, battling every inch of my way." alighting, Mrs. Sparsit turned her distracted eyes He looked at her in doubt and dread, vacantly, re- "I never knew you were unhappy, my child." toward the waiting coaches, which were in great peating,
“ Father, I always knew it. In this strife I have request.
“ Curse the hour? Curse the hour ?"
almost repulsed and crushed my better angel into “She will get into one,” she considered, “and “ How could you give me life, and take from me a demon. What I have learned has left me doubtwill be away before I can follow in another. At all all the inappreciable things that raise it from the ing, misbelieving, despising, regretting, what I have risks of being run over, I must see the number, and state of conscious death? Where are the graces of not learned ; and my dismal resource has been to hear the order given to the coachman.”
my soul? Where are the sentiments of my heart ? think that life would soon go by, and that nothing But Mrs. Sparsit was wrong in her calculation. What have you done, O father what have you done in it could be worth the pain and trouble of a Louisa got into no coach and was already gone with the garden that should have bloomed in this contest." The black eyes kept upon the railroad-carriage in great wilderness here ?"
“ And you so young, Louisa !” he said with which she had traveled, settled upon it a moment She struck herself with both her hands upon her pity. too late. The door not being opened after several bosom.
“And I so young. In this condition, father-for minutes, Mrs. Sparsit passed it and repassed it, saw “If it had ever been here its ashes alone would I show you now, without fear or favor, the ordinary nothing, looked in, and found it empty. Wet save me from the void in which my whole life sinks. deadened state of my mind as I know it-you through and through! with her feet squelching and I did not mean to say this ; but father, you remem- proposed my husband to me. I took him. I never squashing in her shoes whenever she moved ; with | ber the last time we conversed in this room?" made a pretence to him or you that I loved him. I