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duced him to the others, reserving her who was making himself agreeable to for the last. She was at that moment Olive just then, to come and see what talking with the worthy Rector, and turn- was the matter with Myrtle. ed when Mr. Bradshaw spoke to her. “A little nervous turn, - that is all,”
“Miss Hazard, will you allow me to he said. “ Open the window. Loose present to you my friend, Mr. Clement the ribbon round her neck. Rub her Lindsay ?”
hands. Sprinkle some water on her They looked full upon each other, forehead. A few drops of cologne. and spoke the common words of saluta. Room too warm for her, - that 's all, I tion. It was a strange meeting ; but we think.” who profess to tell the truth must tell Myrtle came to herself after a time strange things, or we shall be liars. without anything like a regular parox
In poor little Susan's letter there was ysm. But she was excitable, and whatsome allusion to a bust of Innocence ever the cause of the disturbance may which the young artist had begun, but have been, it seemed prudent that she of which he had said nothing in his should go home early; and the excelanswer to her. He had roughed out a lent Rector insisted on caring for her, block of marble for that impersonation; much to the discontent of Mr. William sculpture was a delight to him, though Murray Bradshaw. secondary to his main pursuit. After “ Demonish odd," said this gentlehis memorable adventure, the features man, “was n't it, Mr. Lindsay, that Miss and the forms of the girl he had res- Hazard should go off in that way? Did cued so haunted him that the pale ideal you ever see her before ?” which was to work itself out in the bust “I-I— have seen that young lady faded away in its perpetual presence, before,” Clement answered. and — alas, poor Susan !- in obedience “Where did you meet her?” Mr. to the impulse that he could not con- Bradshaw asked, with eager interest. trol, he left Innocence sleeping in the “I met her in the Valley of the Shadmarble, and began modelling a figure of ow of Death," Clement answered, very proud and noble and imperious beauty, solemnly. — “I leave this place to-morto which he gave the name of Liberty. row morning. Have you any commands
The original which had inspired his for the city ?" conception was before him. These (“Knows how to shut a fellow up pretwere the lips to which his own had ty well for a young one, does n't he ?" clung when he brought her back from Mr. Bradshaw thought to himself.) the land of shadows. The hyacinthine "Thank you, no," he answered, recurl of her lengthening locks had added covering himself. “Rather a melansomething to her beauty ; but it was choly place to make acquaintance in, I the same face which had haunted him. should think, that Valley you spoke of. This was the form he had borne seem- I should like to know about it." ingly lifeless in his arms, and the bosom Mr. Clement had the power of looking which heaved so visibly before him was steadily into another person's eyes in a that which his eyes — They were way that was by no means encouraging the calm eyes of a sculptor, but of a to curiosity or favorable to the process sculptor hardly twenty years old.
of cross-examination. Mr. Bradshaw Yes, -— her bosom was heaving. She was not disposed to press his question had an unexplained feeling of suffoca- in the face of the calm, repressive look tion, and drew great breaths, - she the young man gave him. could not have said why, — but she “If he was n't bagged, I should n't could not help it; and presently she like the shape of things any too well,” became giddy, and had a great noise in he said to himself. her ears, and rolled her eyes about, and The conversation between Mr. Clemwas on the point of going into an hys- ent Lindsay and Miss Susan Posey, teric spasm. They called Dr. Hurlbut, as they walked home together, was not very brilliant. “I am going to-morrow The whole hymn pleased the grave Deamorning,” he said, “and I must bid con. He had never seen this work you good by to-night.” Perhaps it is of the author of the Commentary. No as well to leave two lovers to them- matter; anything that such a good man selves, under these circumstances. wrote must be good reading, and he
Before he went he spoke to his wor- would save it up for Sunday. The conthy host, whose moderate demands he sequence of this was, that, when the had to satisfy, and with whom he Rev. Mr. Stoker stopped in on his way wished to exchange a few words. to meeting on the “Sabbath,” he turned
"And by the way, Deacon, I have white with horror at the spectacle of no use for this book, and as it is in a the senior Deacon of his church sitting, good type, perhaps you would like it. open-mouthed and wide-eyed, absorbed Your favorite, Scott, and one of his in the pages of “ Ivanhoe,” which he greatest works. I have another edition found enormously interesting ; but, so of it at home, and don't care for this far as he had yet read, not occupied volume."
with religious matters so much as he " Thank you, thank you, Mr. Lind- had expected. say, much obleeged. I shall read that Myrtle had no explanation to give copy for your sake, the best of books of her nervous attack. Mr. Bradshaw next to the Bible itself.”
called the day after the party, but did After Mr. Lindsay had gone, the not see her. He met her walking, and Deacon looked at the back of the book thought she seemed a little more distant “Scott's Works, Vol. IX.” He opened than common. That would never do. it at hazard, and happened to fall on a He called again at The Poplars a few well-known page, from which he began days afterwards, and was met in the enreading aloud, slowly,
try by Miss Cynthia, with whom he had “When Izrul, of the Lord beloved,
a long conversation on matters involvOut of the land of bondage came."
ing Myrtle's interests and their own.
A PASSAGE FROM HAWTHORNE'S ENGLISH NOTE-BOOKS.
UR road to Rydal lay through U Ambleside, which is certainly a very pretty town, and looks cheerfully on a sunny day. We saw Miss Martineau's residence, called the Knoll, standing high up on a hillock, and having at its foot a Methodist chapel, for which, or whatever place of Christian worship, this good lady can have no occasion. We stopped a moment in the street below her house, and deliberated a little whether to call on her, but concluded otherwise.
After leaving Ambleside, the road winds in and out among the hills, and soon brings us to a sheet (or napkin, rather, than a sheet) of water, which the
driver tells us is Rydal Lake! We had already heard that it was but three quarters of a mile long, and one quarter broad; still, it being an idea of considerable size in our minds, we had inevitably drawn its ideal physical proportions on a somewhat corresponding scale. It certainly did look very small; and I said, in my American scorn, that I could carry it away easily in a porringer ; for it is nothing more than a grassy-bordered pool among the surrounding hills, which ascend directly from its margin; so that one might fancy it not a permanent body of water, but a rather extensive accumulation of recent rain. Moreover, it was rippled
with a breeze, and so, as I remember it, though the sun shone, it looked dull and sulky, like a child out of humor. Now the best thing these small ponds can do is to keep perfectly calm and smooth, and not to attempt to show off any airs of their own, but content themselves with serving as a mirror for whatever of beautiful or picturesque there may be in the scenery around them. The hills about Rydal water are not very lofty, but are sufficiently so as objects of every-day view, -objects to live with, – and they are craggier than those we have hitherto seen, and bare of wood, which indeed would hardly grow on some of their precipitous sides. On the roadside, as we reach the foot of the lake, stands a spruce and rather large house of modern aspect, but with several gables, and much overgrown with ivy, -a very pretty and comfortable house, built, adorned, and cared for with commendable taste. We inquired whose it was, and the coachman said it was “Mr. Wordsworth's,” and that Mrs. Wordsworth was still residing there. So we were much delighted to have seen his abode; and as we were to stay the night at Grasmere, about two miles farther on, we determined to come back and inspect it as particularly as should be allowable. Accordingly, after taking rooms at Brown's Hotel, we drove back in our return car, and, reaching the head of Rydal water, alighted to walk through this familiar scene of so many years of Wordsworth's life. We ought to have seen De Quincey's former residence, and Hartley Coleridge's cottage, I believe, on our way, but were not aware of it at the time. Near the lake there is a stone quarry, and a cavern of some extent, artificially formed, probably, by taking out the stone. Above the shore of the lake, not a great way from Wordsworth's residence, there is a flight of steps hewn in a rock, and ascending to a seat, where a good view of the lake may be attained; and as Wordsworth has doubtless sat there hundreds of times, so did we ascend and sit down and look at
the hills and at the flags on the lake's shore. Reaching the house that had been pointed out to us as Wordsworth's residence, we began to peer about at its front and gables, and over the gardenwall on both sides of the road, quickening our enthusiasm as much as we could, and meditating to pilfer some flower or ivy-leaf from the house or its vicinity, to be kept as sacred memorials. At this juncture a man approached, who announced himself as the gardener of the place, and said, too, that this was not Wordsworth's house at all, but the residence of Mr. Ball, a Quaker gentleman; but that his ground adjoined Wordsworth's, and that he had liberty to take visitors through the latter. How absurd it would have been if we had carried away ivy-leaves and tender recollections from this domicile of a respectable Quaker | The gardener was an intelligent young man, of pleasant, sociable, and respectful address; and as we went along, he talked about the poet, whom he had known, and who, he said, was very familiar with the country people. He led us through Mr. Ball's grounds, up a steep hillside, by winding, gravelled walks, with summer-houses at points favorable for them. It was a very shady and pleasant spot, containing about an acre of ground, and all turned to good account by the manner of laying it out; so that it seemed more than it really was. In one place, on a small, smooth slab of slate let into a rock, there is an inscription by Wordsworth, which I think I have read in his works, claiming kindly regards from those who visit the spot, after his departure, because many trees had been spared at his intercession. His own grounds, or rather his ornamental garden, is separated from Mr. Ball's only by a wire fence, or some such barrier, and the gates have no fastening, so that the whole appears like one possession, and doubtless was so as regarded the poet's walks and enjoyments. We approached by paths so winding, that I hardly know how the house stands in relation to the road;
but, after much circuity, we really did something false, a kind of humbug, in
There is a summer-house at one ex- the difference betwixt a fair day and a
foam-specks on its surface, filling its I found out Hartley Coleridge's grave banks from brim to brim, a stream per- sooner than Wordsworth's; for it is. haps twenty feet wide, perhaps more; of marble, and, though simple enough, for I am willing that the good little has more of sculptured device about it, river should have all it can fairly claim. having been erected, as I think the inIt is the St. Lawrence of several of scription states, by his brother and sisthese English lakes, through which it ter. Wordsworth's has only the very flows, and carries off their superfluous simplest slab of slate, with “ William waters. In its haste, and with its rush- Wordsworth” and nothing else upon ing sound, it was pleasant both to see it. As I recollect it, it is the midmost and hear; and it sweeps by one side of grave of the row. It is, or has been, the old churchyard where Wordsworth well grass-grown, but the grass is quite lies buried, -- the side where his grave worn away from the top, though suffiis made. The church of Grasmere is a ciently luxuriant at the sides. It looks very plain structure, with a low body, as if people had stood upon it, and so on one side of which is a low porch does the grave next to it, which, I with a pointed arch. The tower is believe, is of one of his children. I square, and looks ancient; but the plucked some grass and weeds from it; whole is overlaid with plaster of a and as he was buried within so few buff or pale-yellow hue. It was origi- years, they may fairly be supposed to nally built, I suppose, of rough, shingly have drawn their nutriment from his stones, as many of the houses here- mortal remains, and I gathered them abouts are now, and the plaster is from just above his head. There is no used to give a finish. We found the fault to be found with his grave, -withgate of the churchyard wide open; in view of the hills, within sound of the and the grass was lying on the graves, river, murmuring near by, - no fault, having probably been mowed yester- except that he is crowded so closely day. It is but a small churchyard, with his kindred; and, moreover, that, and with few monuments of any pre- being so old a churchyard, the earth tension in it, most of them being slate over him must all have been human headstones, standing erect. From the once. He might have had fresh earth gate at which we entered a distinct to himself, but he chose this grave defoot-track leads to the corner nearest liberately. No very stately and broadthe river-side, and I turned into it by a based monument can ever be erected sort of instinct, the more readily as I over it, without infringing upon, coversaw a tourist-looking man approaching ing, and overshadowing the graves, not from that point, and a woman looking only of his family, but of individuals. among the gravestones. Both of these who probably were quite disconnected persons had gone by the time I came with him. But it is pleasant to think up, so that Julian and I were left to find and know — were it but on the evidence Wordsworth's grave all by ourselves of this choice of a resting-place -- that
At this corner of the churchyard he did not care for a stately monument. there is a hawthorn bush or tree, the After leaving the churchyard, we wanextremest branches of which stretch as dered about in quest of the post-office, far as where Wordsworth lies. This and for a long time without success. whole corner seems to be devoted to This little town of Grasmere seems to himself and his family and friends; me as pretty a place as ever I met with and they all lie very closely together, in my life. It is quite shut in by hills. side by side, and head to foot, as room that rise up immediately around it, like could conveniently be found. Hartley a neighborhood of kindly giants. These Coleridge lies a little behind, in the di- hills descend steeply to the verge of rection of the church, his feet being the level on which the village stands, towards Wordsworth's head, who lies and there they terminate at once, the in the row of those of his own blood. whole site of the little town being as