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assuming a stately step, casting furtive glances lide, Who should it be, but my own dear Arcadius? tiest plum-coloured suit I ever beheld. And there 's Mr. Goldingham with him, in his flat

burst into the room, exclaiming, “O Ciel! quelle red
joie extatique! he's coming! he's coming and a
Ah! Helen, did I not tell you that he was a Rea! L
faithful and a loyal knight,-brave as a Busy pred the me
d'Ambois or a Scanderbeg, and true as the steady for free
Clytus to his Statira, or Arethusius to his Hya kaldala
cinthia, or Orontes to his fond Andromeda ?"
She sailed about the apartment in an ecstasy as
she uttered these words, drawing up her head,
at the mirror, and affording no other explanation
of her transports than a reiteration of the words
_“He's coming! he's coming!"

“ I am in no hurry,” said Helen, resuming
her painting; your
perhaps, inform me who is coming."

La, my dear, how can you be so inconceira
bly opaque? Eh, comme tu as l'esprit bouché!

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Come to the window, and see him with your

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three-cornered beaver, and his old-fashioned horn-headed cane. See how his coat pocket sticks out! La, Helen, only suppose it should contain the marriage articles, the settlements, and the favours for the footmen, and all that! I vow I shouldn't wonder.”

“ Your imagination, Adeline, seldom fails you upon these points; but, for my own part, I see no reason to conclude" Fi donc, Helen ! always reason, reason, rea

Comme tu me parais simple avec tes raisonnemens! Hark! hark! there's the bell of the great gate, and we must of course go down to the drawing-room. La, what a figure I am ! My berger has come out of curl, and these confidants don't hang becomingly, and my cornet is too much over my cheeks. Tell me, Helen, do my Créve-cæurs set off the nape of my neck killingly ?”

“ Oh, no doubt they will merit the name !" replied her sister, smiling.

Bien pensé, ma sæur! May I die! if I must not have a favorite at each temple, a meurtrière to unite the locks, engageants to my sleeves,

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you are deter- und a Helen, or I shall forget to draw attention to a tulip, scended into the drawing-room, when Golding a the enlarged in glowing language upon the maga , Sir, nanimity and superior good sense invariably

and a venez à moi breast-knot. Dis donc, Helen,
shall I wear my tocque trimmed with Colbert
tine, this cornet edged with point d'Espagne, or to the
my bonnet à la folle ?"
“ The latter, by all means,

mined to set your cap at your visitor in so
pointed a manner.”
“Oh, there is no necessity for that

, I pro-
mise you.

But I must run away to my
Give me one of your

black patches

, the dimple on my chin. Grace! Grace !—that psalm-singing girl is always out of the way

When she is most wanted. Au revoir! au revoir!"

Without waiting to be summoned, Helen deham, before she could congratulate his nephew upon his safe return, hastened up to her, and in the warmest terms expressed their joint thanks for the inappreciable benefits she had conferred upon them both. Turning to her Ladyship, he



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ut more extraordinary in one so young; declared

that it put such greybeards as himself comi pletely to the blush ; and concluded by felici

tating her Ladyship on the possession of such a paragon of a daughter. During this eulogy, Helen kept her looks fixed upon the ground, while a deep blush overspread her features ; and as Reuben cast a glance at her long black eyelashes, overshadowing her glowing cheeks, like the dark streaks stealing into the vermilion of the tulip, he thought he had never gazed upon anything more interesting and lovely. As soon as Goldingham's silence allowed him, he expressed, in the most passionate language that an overcharged heart could dictate, his gratitude for the generous protection she had condescended to afford him; hoping she would pardon the deep anxiety he must have occasioned her, as her Ladyship had already forgiven him for intruding himself into her service

under a feigned name.

“ Nay, Sir, I have forgiven you more faults than that,” said Lady Trevanian ;

" for I had often occasion to observe that you kuew no

tudinous locks being all upon the qui riti, prognoze

thing of your business, and made but a bun-
gling butler."

In the most frank and unaffected manner
Helen was congratulating her visitants on the batter
happy cessation of all their troubles, and diseli met
claiming her own title to the praises lavished
upon her, since she had only obeyed the die pad enne
tates of common humanity, when the door
opened, and Adeline, in her bell-hoop, came
swimming into the room with all the establish-klight be
ed steps and studied nonchalance she had learnt ispred

, from her French governess, the ribbons, pinners

, ruffles, and lappets of her outré dress streaming met glie from her as she advanced, the patch upon

her chin not having been forgotten, and her multi

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ready to do execution and earn their beau-killing names. Handsome she still looked, for no disfigurement could render her otherwise; nor was she deficient in a certain air of distinction, but there was as usual something in her garb;-her manner, that of a forward girl affecting confusion and bashfulness

, was so conceited; and her Frenchified conversation

so fantastical


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