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had excited in her breast, which could have Just Heaven !- it would fill up twenty checked them as they rose up?
volumes ;-and alas ! I have but a few small We are not adamant, said I, taking hold pages left of this to crowd it into,-and half of of her hand; and there is need of all restraints, these must be taken up with the poor Maria till age in her own time steals in and lays them my friend Mr. Shandy met with near Moulines. on us.—But, my dear lady, said I, kissing her The story he had told of that disordered hand,—'tis too--too soon.
maid affected me not a little in the reading; but I declare I had the credit all over Paris of when I had got within the neighbourhood where unperverting Madame de V***, -She affirmed she lived, it returned so strongly into my mind, to Mons. D*** and the Abbé M***, that in one that I could not resist an impulse which half hour I had said more for revealed religion prompted me to go half a league out of the road, than all their Encyclopedia bad said against it. to the village where her parents dwelt, to in. -I was lifted directly in Madame de V***'s quire after her. coterie ;-and she put off the epocha of deism 'Tis going, I own, like the Knight of the Woefor two years.
ful Countenance, in quest of melancholy advenI remember it was in this colcric, in the middle tures ;-I know not how it is, but I am never of a discourse, in which I was showing the ne- so perfectly conscious of the existence of a soul cessity of a first cause, that the young Count de within me as when I am entangled in them. Faineant took me by the hand to the farthest The old mother came to the door; her looks corner of the room, to tell me my solitaire was told me the story before she opened her mouth. pinned too strait about my neck. . . . It should -She had lost her husband; he had died, she be plus badinant, said the Count, looking down said, of anguish, for the loss of Maria's sense, upon his own ;- but a word, Mons. Yorick, to about a month before.-She had feared at first, the wise...
she added, that it would have plundered her -And from the wise, Mons. le Count, replied poor girl of what little understanding was left; I, making him a bow,-is enough.
- but, on the contrary, it had brought her more The Count de Faincant embraced me with to herself ;-still she could not rest.--Her poor more ardour than ever I was embraced by mortal | daughter, she said, crying, was wandering someman.
where about the road. For three weeks together I was of every -Why does my pulse beat languid as I write man's opinion I met. -Pardi! ce Mons. Yorick this? and what made La Fleur, whose heart a autant d'esprit que nous autres. ... Il raisonne seemed only to be tuned to joy, to pass the back bien, said another. ... C'est un bon enfant, said of his hand twice across his eyes, as the woman a third. —And at this price I could have eaten stood and told it? I beckoned to the postillion and drunk and been merry all the days of my to turn back into the road. life at Paris ; but 'twas a dishonest reckoning ;- When we had got within half a league of I grew ashamed of it: it was the gain of a slave: Moulines, at a little opening in the road, leadevery sentiment of honour revolted against it. ing to a thicket, I discovered poor Maria sitting The higher I got, the more was I forced upon under a poplar. She was sitting with her elbow my beggarly system ;—the better the coterie,- in her lap, and her head leaning on one side the more children of Art,--I languished for those within her hand :- ;-a small brook ran at the foot of Nature; and one night, after a most vile of the tree. prostitution of myself to half a dozen different I bid the postillion go on with the chaise to people, I grew sick, went to bed, ordered La Moulines ;—and La Fleur to bespeak my supper; Fleur to get me horses in the morning, to set and that I would walk after him. out for Italy.
She was dressed in white, and much as my friend described her, except that her hair hung
loose, which before was twisted with a silken MARIA.
net. She had superadded likewise, to her
jacket, a pale green riband, which fell across MOULINES.
her shoulder to the waist; at the end of which I NEVER felt what the distress of plenty was in hung her pipe.---Her goat had been as faithless any one shape till now,-to travel it through the as her lover; and she had got a little dog in lieu Bourbonnois, the sweetest part of France, in of him, which she kept tied by a string to her the heyday of the vintage, when Nature is girdle. As I looked at her dog, she drew him pouring her abundance into every one's lap, and towards her with the string. 'Thou shalt every eye is lifted up,-
,-a journey through each not leave me, Sylvio,' said she. I looked in step of which music beats time to labour, and Maria's eyes, and saw she was thinking more of all her children are rejoicing as they carry in her father than of her lover, or her little goat; their clusters ;-to pass through this with my for, as she uttered them, the tears trickled down affections flying out, and kindling at every group her cheeks. before me,-and every one of them was pregnant I sat down close by her; and Maria let me with adventures.
wipe them away as they fell, with my handkerchief.—I then steeped it in my own;—and then for some time in my face; and then, without in hers, -and then in mine,--and then I wiped saying anything, took her pipe, and played her hers again ;--and as I did it, I felt such unde-service to the Virgin. The string I had touched scribable emotions within me as I am sure could ceased to vibrate ; in 2 moment or two Maria not be accounted for from any combinations of returned to herself, - let her pipe fall,--and matter and motion.
rose up. I am positive I have a soul; nor can all the And where are you going, Maria ? said books with which materialists have postered | I. ... She said, To Moulines. . . . Let us go, the world ever convince me to the contrary. said I, together.—Maria put her arm within
mine, and lengthening the string to let the dog
follow,-in that order we entered Moulines. MARIA, WHEN Maria had come a little to herself, I asked her if she remembered a pale thin person
MARIA, of a man, who had sat down betwixt her and
MOULINES. her goat about two years before?... She said, she was unsettled much at that time, but re- Though I hate salutations and greetings in the membered it upon two accounts :-that, ill as market-place, yet, when we got into the middle she was, she saw the person pitied her; and of this, I stopped to take my last look and last next, that her goat had stolen his handkerchief, farewell of Maria. and she had beat him for the theft ;-she had Maria, though not tall, was nevertheless of washed it, she said, in the brook, and kept it the first order of fine forms :--affliction had ever since in her pocket, to restore it to him, in touched her looks with something that was case she should ever see him again; which, she scarce earthly ;-still she was feminine ; and added, he had half promised her. As she told so much was there about her of all that the me this, she took the handkerchief out of her heart wishes, or the eye looks for, in woman, pocket, to let me see it; she had folded it up that, could the traces be ever worn out of her neatly in a couple of vine-leaves, tied round brain, and those of Eliza out of mine, she should with a tendril.-On opening it, I saw an S. not only eat of my bread and drink of my own marked in one of the corners.
cup, but Maria should lie in my bosom, and be She had since that, she told me, strayed as unto me as a daughter. far as Rome, and walked round St. Peter's once Adieu, poor luckless maiden !-Imbibe the oil -and returned back ;-that she found her way and wine which the compassion of a stranger, alone across the Apennines,-had travelled over as he journeyeth on his way, now pours into all Lombardy without money,-and through the thy wounds ;-the Being who has twice bruised flinty roads of Savoy without shoes : how she thee can only bind them up for ever. had borne it, and how she had got supported, she could not tell ;-but God tempers the winds,
THE BOURDONNOIS. said Maria, to the shorn lamb.
. . Shorn indeed ! and to the quick, said THERE was nothing from which I had painted I:—and wast thou in my own land, where I out for myself so joyous a riot of the affections have a cottage, I would take thee to it, and as in this journey in the vintage, through this shelter thee ; thou shouldst eat of my own part of France; but pressing through this gate bread, and drink of my own cup ;-I would be of sorrow to it, my sufferings have totally unkind to thy Sylvio ;-in all thy weaknesses and fitted me. In every scene of festivity I saw wanderings I would seek after thee, and bring Maria in the background of the piece, sitting thee back ;-when the sun went down I would pensive under her poplar : and I had got almost say my prayers ; and when I had done thou to Lyons before I was able to cast a shade across shouldst play thy evening-song upon thy pipe :
her. nor would the incense of my sacrifice be worse Dear Sensibility! source inexhausted of all accepted for entering heaven along with that that's precious in our joys, or costly in our of a broken heart!
sorrows !-thou chainest thy martyr down upon Nature melted within me as I uttered this; his bed of straw, and 'tis thou who listest him and Maria observing, as I took out my handker- up to heaven !- Eternal fountain of our feeling! chief, that it was steeped too much already to —'tis here I trace thee,-and this is thy'divinity be of use, would needs go wash it in the stream. which stirs within me;'-not that, in some sad
And where will you dry it, Maria ? said I. and sickening moments, my soul shrinks back
I'll dry it in my bosom, said she ;--'twill upon herself, and startles at destruction /'--mere do me good.
pomp of words !-but that I feel some generous ... And is your heart still so warm, Maria ? joys and generous cares beyond myself ;-all said I.
comes from thee, great-great Sensorium of the I touched upon the string on which hung all world! which vibrates, if a hair of our heads her sorrows;-she looked with wistful disorder but fall upon the ground, in the remotest desert of thy creation. --Touched with thee, Eugenius moment I entered the room : so I sat down draws my curtain when I languish,-hears my at once, like a son of the family ; and, to invest tale of symptoms, and blames the weather for myself in the character as speedily as I could, the disorder of his nerves. Thou givest a por- I instantly borrowed the old man's knife, and, tion of it sometimes to the roughest peasant taking up the loaf, cut myself a hearty luncheon; who traverses the bleakest mountains ;-he finds and, as I did it, I saw a testimony in every eye, the lacerated lamb of another's flock.-This not ly of an honest welcome, but of a welcome moment I behold him leaning with his head mixed with thanks that I had not seemed to against his crook, with piteous inclination look. doubt it. ing down upon it!-Oh! had I come one moment Was it this? or, tell me, Nature, what else it sooner !-it bleeds to death !-his gentle heart was that maile this morsel so sweet, -and to bleeds with it!
what magic I owe it that the draught I took of Peace to thee, generous swain !-I see thou their flagon was so delicious with it that they walkest off with anguish,—but thy joys shall remain upon my palate to this hour ? balance it ; for happy is thy cottage, and If the supper was to roy taste, tho grace happy is the sharer of it, and happy are the which followed it was much more so. lambs which sport about you.
Whey supper was over, the old man gave a A SHOE coming loose from the forefoot of the knock upon the table with the haft of his knife, thill-horse, at the beginning of the ascent of to bid them prepare for the dance. The moment Dlount Taurira, the postillion dismounted, the signal was given, the women and girls ran twisted the shoe off, and put it in his pocket. all together into a back apartment to tie up their As the ascent was five or six miles, and that hair,-and the young men to the door to wash horse our main dependence, I made a point of their faces and change their sabots ; and in having the shoe fastened on again as well as we three minutes every soil was ready, upon a could ; but the postillion had thrown away the little esplanade before the house, to begin.-nails; and the hammer in the chaise-box being The old man and his wife came out last, anıl, of no great use without them, I submitted to placing me betwixt them, sat down upon a sofa go on.
of turf by the door. He had not mounted half a mile higher, when, The old man had some fifty years ago been coming to a flinty piece of road, the poor devil no mean performer upon the rielle,-and, at lost a second shoe, and from off his other fore- the age he was then of, touched it well enough foot. I then got out of the chaise in good earnest; for the purpose. His wife sung now and then and sceing a house about a quarter of a mile to a little to the tune,-then intermitted,-and t'ie left hand, with a great deal to do, I pre- joined her old man again as their children and vailed upon the postillion to turn up to it. The grandchildren danced before them. look of the house, and of everything about it, It was not till the middle of the second dance as we drew nearer, soon reconciled me to the when, from some pauses in the movement disaster.-It was a little farm-house, surrounded wherein they all seemed to look up, I fancied with about twenty acres of vineyard, about as I could distinguish an elevation of spirit difmuch corn ; and close to the house, on one side, ferent from that which is the cause or the effect was a potajerie of an acre and a half, full of of simple jollity. In a word, I thought I beheld everything which could make plenty in a French Religion mixing in the dance ;-but, as I had peasant's house ;-and on the other side was never seen her so engaged, I should have looked a little wood, which furnished wherewithal to upon it now as one of the illusions of an imaginadress it. It was about eight in the evening tion which is eternally misleading me, had not when I got to the house, so I left the postil the old man, as soon as the dance ended, said lion to manage his point as he could; and, for that this was their constant way; and that all mine, I walked directly into the house.
his life long he had made it a rule, after supper The family consisted of an old grey-headed was over, to call out his family to dance and man and his wife, with five or six sons and sons- rejoice ; believing, he said, that a cheerful and in-law, and their several wives, and a joyous contented mind was the best sort of thanks to genealogy out of them.
Heaven that an illiterate peasant could pay— They were all sitting down together to their . . Or a learned prelate either, said I. lentil-soup ; a large wheaten loaf was in the middle of the table ; and a flagon of wine at
THE CASE OF DELICACY. each end of it promised joy through the stages of the repast ;-'twas a feast of love.
WHEN you have gained the top of Mount The old man rose up to meet me, and, with Taurira, you run presently down to Lyons. ---a respectful cordiality, would have me sit down Adieu, then, to all rapid movements !—'tis a at the table. My heart was set down the journey of caution; and it fares better with
sentiments not to be in a hurry with them ; so more they returned perplexed.-I felt for her--I contracted with a roiturin to take his time and for myself ; for in a few minutes, what by with a couple of mules, and convey me in my her looks, and the case itself, I found myself as own chaise safe to Turin, through Savoy. much embarrassed as it was possible the lady
Poor, patient, quiet, honest people ; fear could be herself. not; your poverty, the treasury of your simple That the beds we were to lie in were in one virtues, will not be envied you by the world, and the same room was enough, simply by itself, nor will your valleys be invaded by it. - Nature! to have excited all this ;-but the position of in the midst of thy disorders, thou art still them (for they stood parallel, and so very close friendly to the scantiness thou hast created ; to each other as only to allow a space for a small with all thy great works about thee, little hast wicker-chair betwixt them) rendered the affair thou left to give, either to the scythe or to the still more oppressive to us ;-they were fixed up, sickle-but to that little thou grantest safety moreover, near the fire; and the projection of and protection; and sweet are the dwellings the chimney on one side, and a large beam which which stand so sheltered !
crossed the room on the other, formed a kind of Let the way-worn traveller vent his com- recess for them that was no way favourable to plaints upon the sudden turns and dangers of the nicety of our sensations :--if anything could your roads, your rocks, your precipices; the have added to it, it was that the two heds were: difficulties of getting up, the horrors of getting both of them so very small as to cut us off from down, mountains impracticable,-and cataracts, every idea of the lady and the maid lying which roll down great stones from their sum together, which, in either of them, could it have mits, and block up his road. The peasants had been feasible, my lying beside them, though a been all day at work in removing a fragment thing not to be wished, yet there was nothing in of this kind between St. Michael and Madane ; it so terrible which the imagination might not and, by the time my voiturin got to the place, have passed over without torment. it wanted full two hours of completing, before a As for the little room within, it offered little passage could anyhow be gained. There was or no consolation to us : 'twas a damp, cold nothing but to wait with patience :-'twas a closet, with a half-dismantled window-shutter, wet and tempestuous night; so that, by the and with a window which had neither glass nor delay and that together, the voiturin found oil-paper in it to keep out the tempest of the himself obliged to put up five miles short of his night. I did not attempt to stifle my cough stage, at a little decent kind of an inn by the when the lady gave a peep into it; so it reduced road-side.
the case in course to this alternative,-that the I forthwith took possession of my bedchamber, lady should sacrifice her health to her feelings, got a good fire, ordered supper, and was thanking and take up with the closet herself, and abandon Heaven it was no worse, when a roiturin arrived the bed next mine to her maid,
-or that the with a lady in it, and her servant-maid.
girl should take the closet, etc. As there was no other bedchamber in the The lady was a Piedmontese of about thirty, house, the hostess, without much nicety, led with a glow of health in her cheeks. The maid them into mine, telling them, as she usher'd was a Lyonoise of twenty, and as brisk and them in, that there was nobody in it but an lively a French girl as ever moved. There were English gentleman ;-that there were two good difficulties every way,-and the obstacle of the beds in it, and a closet within the room which stone in the road, which brought us into the held another. The accent in which she spoke distrçss, great as it appeared whilst the pcasants of this third bed did not say much for it; how- were removing it, was but a pebble to what lay ever, she said there were three beds, and but in our way now.-I have only to add that it did three people,-and she durst say the gentleman not lessen the weight which hung upon our would do anything to accommodate matters. spirits, that we were both too delicate to comI left the lady not a moment to make a con- municate what we felt to each other upon the jecture about it, so instantly made a declaration occasion. that I would do anything in my power.
We sat down to supper; and, had we not had As this did not amount to an absolute sur- more generous wine to it than a little inn in render of my bed-chamber, I still felt myself so Savoy could have furnished, our tongues had much the proprietor as to have a right to do the been tied up till Necessity herself had set them honours of it ;-so I desired the lady to sit down, at liberty ;-but the lady having a few bottles pressed her into the warmest seat, called for more of Burgundy in her voiture, sent down her fille wood, desired the hostess to enlarge the plan of de chambre for a couple of them; so that, by the the supper, and to favour us with the very best time supper was over, and we were left alone, wine.
we felt ourselves inspired with a strength of The lady had scarce warm’d herself five mind sufficient to talk, at least, without reserve, minutes at the fire before she began to turn
upon our situation. We turned it every way, her head back, and to give a look at the beds : and debated and considered it in all kinds of and the oftener she cast her eyes that way, the lights in the course of a two hours' negotiation
at the end of which the articles were settled myself should be obliged to undress and get to finally betwixt us, and stipulated for in form bed ;-there was one way of doing it, and that and manner of a treaty of peace,-and, I believe, I leave to the reader to devise, protesting, as I with as much religion and good faith on both do, that if it is not the most delicate in nature, sides as in any treaty which has yet had the 'tis the fault of his own imagination,-against honour of being handed down to posterity. which this is not my first complaint. They were as follow :
Now, when we were got to bed, whether it First. As the right of the bedchamber is in was the novelty of the situation, or what it was, nionsieur,-and he thinking the bed next to the I know not; but so it was, I could not shut my fire to be warmest, he insists upon the concession, eyes; I tried this side and that, and turned and on the lady's side, of taking up with it.
turned again, till a full hour after midnight, Granted on the part of madame ; with a pro- when Nature and Patience both wearing out, viso, That, as the curtains of that bed are of a O my God! said I. flimsy transparent cotton, and appear likewise ... You have broken the treaty, monsieur, too scanty to draw close, that the fille de chambre said the lady, who had no more sleep than shall fasten up the opening, either by corking myself. I begged a thousand pardons; but pins or needle and thread, in such a manner as insisted it was no more than an ejaculation. shall be deemed a sufficient barrier on the sido . . . She maintained 'twas an entire infraction of monsieur.
of the treaty. ... I maintained it was provided Second. It is required, on the part of for in the clause of the third article. madame, that monsieur shall lie the whole The lady would by no means give up the night through in his robe de chambre.
point, though she weakened her barrier by it; Rejected : in as much as monsieur is not for, in the warmth of the dispute, I could hear worth a robe de chambre; he having nothing in two or three corking pins fall out of the curtain his portmanteau but six shirts and a black silk to the ground. pair of breeches.
. Upon my word and honour, madame, The mentioning the silk pair of brecches made said I, stretching my arm out of bed by way of an entire change of the article,--for the breeches asseverationwere accepted as an equivalent for the robe de (I was going to have added, that I would not chambre; and so it was stipulated and agreed have trespassed against the remotest idea of upon that I should lie in my black silk brecches decorum for the world)all night.
-But the fille de chambre, hearing there were Third. It was insisted upon, and stipulated words between us, and fearing that hostilities for, by the lady, that after monsieur was got to would ensue in course, had crept silently out of bed, and the candle and fire extinguished, that her closet, and, it being totally dark, had stolen monsieur should not speak one single word the so close to our beds that she had got herself into whole night.
the narrow passage which separated them, and Granted, provided monsieur's saying his had advanced so far up as to be in a line between prayers might not be decmed an infraction her mistress and me;of the treaty.
So that, when I stretched out my hand, I There was but one point forgot in this treaty, caught hold of the fille de chambre's and that was the manner in which the lady and
END OF THE SENTIMENTAL JURNEY.