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deuce generally. Coolies are not to be trifled with, “Oh, confound them !” cried I ; "only wait. If especially when there is a great crowd of them. we make this voyage, and get quit of this load of Of course, they are ignorant and superstitious, and gunpowder safely, oh, won't I !" such are always dangerous. Life with such people “Let us hunt them up," said the doctor. is at a discount, and no mistake. Well, the doctor 'So we set out for the forecastle, We entered and I were devising plans for ventilating the ship noiselessly, and crept in the direction of the boys' by kindling fires, &c., and so the watch passed. bunks. At first there seemed nothing unusual. The When eight bells struck at midnight, I turned in lamps swung and creaked, the timbers strained, the as soon as I was relieved. It seemed scarcely a water went thud, thud on the ship's bows. We minute before I heard eight bells strike again, and crawled nearer. We held our breath. Hush ! I was forced to know that it was four o'clock in What sound was that ? Was it not like the the morning, and time for me to be on deck to chinking of money? O horror ! take my watch. I found the ship much as I had “The doctor and I pinched each other black and left her. The "second" said that the wind had blue, and shuddered. We crawled still nearer. not risen higher than when I went below, but that We got behind a coil of rope and some barrels. the night had been intensely dark. It was so at We peeped into the corner where the two young the time he spoke. I commenced to pace to and scapegraces dwelt. Yes, the metallic sound profro-wishing heartily that my watch was over, ceeded from that direction. We stretched our and, as time passed, noticing the gradual diffusion necks. There before our eyes sat the two little of the uncertain light of early morning.

creatures, with the bundle between them, cosily "Suddenly, my blood was nearly frozen in my but secretly dividing the spoil. Such a combinaveins by a devilish uproar. I thought at first that tion of daring and folly almost made us commit it was mutiny—then fire.

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But we watched our chance, and posing my mind for action, the screaming was pounced on them, and clapped our hands on their renewed tenfold. Coolies streamed and crowded mouths. In a second we had them tied up and on deck in dozens. They were all violently ex- gagged. The contents of the bundle we quietly cited, but did not seem disposed to do any mischief. concealed about our persons, and dropped overI sent one of the hands to ascertain what was the board when we went aft. We set a watch over row, before I gave any command; but before he the boys, and I read them a lesson in whispers, returned, the native doctor sprang to my side with which put the terror of death on them. It was a glassy terror-stricken eye and trembling limbs. a dark night, you know; they had climbed up the “Mr Topsal,” says he, “our lives are in danger ! stay unnoticed, and taken the bundle ! What folly, what madness! Who could do it ?

• Ah! doctor, I'll never forget that voyage. I was You must act very prudently, Mr Topsal, or this for ever thinking that the blackies were rising, will be our last voyage."

or that they had fired the ship, or that they were

conspiring. On deck, I walked on needles and “While I was staring at the poor horrified doctor,

ns-every sound startled me. I had taken all unable to see his drift, the man returned, and said possible precautions, had my arms ready, &c.; but that the row was caused by the coolies having it would have been madness to have thought of discovered that the bundle was gone-or, as they resistance. I had all the burden on my own said, that their god had carried it off. It was yet shoulders, for I never told the skipper, and the early dawn, and the great fact had just been dis "second" did not seem to understand the affair nor covered. I had forgotten about the affair. Now to appreciate our danger. But the native doctor I glanced up at the truck of the main-mast. No was no rest ; I couldn't sleep-I dozed and started

and assisted me ably. Even my turn below bundle was there. It was gone. How ? Nothing in till I was called on deck again. O man, it was the

way of atmospheric force could have removed awful! Suspense, doctor, is a terrible thing! I it. Of course, we could not admit the supernatural felt just as if I were living over a volcano-never (unless, indeed, a half-formed suspicion of the sure but that an eruption might occur. It would possibility of the devil having done the thing). almost have been a relief to have had the worst. Only one other explanation remained, that of human My hair turned gray, doctor-no mistake. The intervention. But how ? and who ? I felt cold and

“second ” even noticed that. I turned shaky and giddy, a clammy perspiration oozed out on me, nothing to do with it. How I rejoiced at the close

fanciful. No, doctor; I didn't drink; that had and I felt shaky. I nerved myself. I must act at of each day! We made a pretty good voyage ; once, and secretly.

and I almost felt as if the land, when we tirst * The doctor whispered : “Oh, Topsal, we'll all sighted it, was paradise! When we actually got be murdered in cold blood, if they discover the that cargo safely on shore, and I felt my throat trick. Who could it have been ?”

still uncut, I almost thought it too good to be true 'I could only echo his question with a groan. 1-no mistake !' called the “ second,” much to his surprise and Topsal smoked, but I know that the stock was

I don't know how many of my cigarettes Mr disgust; but having left the deck in his charge,

sadly reduced. the doctor and I went on a voyage of discovery.

*But, I say, Topsal,' I put in, “what about the First we repaired to my room, and thought. boys, you know ? Did you give them an awful Suddenly we both raised our eyes, and staring at thrashing ?'. each other, whispered : “ The boys."

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replied: "Well, they got loose as soon as we got written from Salisbury at the time reported him into port-robbed me, and deserted the ship. as going much to the house of Sir William That was the last that I ever saw of them.'

Dorington, who had taken a great interest in the doctor's pursuits, and whose seat was within six

miles of the city. The gift which had made HayA SLEEPING PREACHER.

dock so pre-eminent at his university seems to have ABOUT the year 1604, the little society of New been allowed to languish since he had taken up College, Oxford, numbered amongst its fellows one

with the active duties of his own proper profesnamed Dr Richard Haydock. This person had sion. We find no record of his having delivered developed a curious faculty of preaching very any theological discourses at Salisbury, whether learned and excellent sermons when, to all out- sleeping or waking. However, his place of resi

dence being discovered by Cecil's emissaries, it ward appearance, he was in a deep slumber. This

was intimated to him how gratifying it would be faculty was the more noteworthy, in that Haydock to His Majesty King James to witness a display was but a dull fellow in his waking hours, and of his curious powers at court. The preacher no known to be no great scholar. Greek and Hebrew, doubt inwardly prayed the authorities to have him too, were familiar to his tongue in these nocturnal excused, but there was no getting out of what discourses, though the preacher was supposed to be amounted to a royal command. The next scene in ignorant of both languages. The fame of him soon the story is best told in a letter still extant, and spread throughout the university, and the fellows written by Rowland White, postmaster of the and scholars flocked as regularly to hear Haydock bears date 27th April 1605, and is as follows:

court, to the Earl of Shrewsbury. This letter preach in his sleep as to any other sermon. Nor • At court there is one Haydock, of New College, were they ever disappointed of his performance; in Oxford, by profession a doctor of physic, who in fact, so methodical was he in his proceedings, uses oftentimes to make long sermons in his sleep. that he never failed to pray most fervently for the The King's Majesty heard him one night; the next king and royal family, both before and after his time, the Dean of the Chapel and Sir Thomas discourse, which was regularly opened with a text. Chaloner; the third time, my Lord of Cranborne On concluding, he would wake, stretch, wonder to caused a bed to be put up in his drawing-room see an audience, and remember nothing that he at court, and heard him preach, and sent for my had said. The previous career of Dr Haydock Marre, and others.

Lord Pembroke, Lord Shandos, Lord Danvers, Lord

He doth very orderly begin presented no very remarkable features. He was with his prayer ; then to his text, and divides it; bom at Grewel, in Hampshire, had received his and when he hath well and learnedly touched early education at Winchester, from thence he had every part, he concludes it, and with groaning and proceeded to New College, where he was admitted stretching, awakes, and remembers nothing he said. a fellow in the year 1590. He took the usual The man seems to be a very honest man, of a degrees in arts, and afterwards travelled for some good complexion, of a civil conversation, and distime abroad. Haydock, on his return, about 1598, creet; hath no books, or place to study ; and twice published a heavy folio on the subjects of Painting or thrice a week usually preaches. Yet the king and Engraving; this he thought sufficiently valu- will not say what he thinks of it. He will hear able to be handed down to posterity, with his own and sist him ere he depart from court.' portrait on the title-page. Thomas Bodley, the His Majesty, we are told, proceeded in the busifounder of the Bodleian Library, was a sort of ness with infinite solemnity and precaution, and patron of his, and to him the work was dedicated. after much cross-examination by himself and his

The notoriety of the sleeping preacher was privy-councillors, actually prevailed upon Hayrapidly extended beyond Oxford, and in a few dock to confess his imposture, and to give in months attracted the attention of King James. writing the motives both of his beginning and of That monarch, as we all know, prided himself on his continuance in so strange a practice. On his superior wisdom, and eagerly seized any op- Sunday the 28th, he sent to the king that if it portunity that offered of displaying it before a would please His Majesty to pardon his offence, crowd of admiring courtiers. He therefore deter- and deliver him from punishment, he would conmined that Haydock's supposed marvellous gift fess the whole truth of this deceit wherewith he should be tested at court, and under his own keen had abused the world.' His first confession was eye. Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, who was then Sec- not considered sufficiently explicit and minute, retary of State, was instructed to make inquiries as appears from a letter written by the Earl of of Dr Abbots and Dr Hussey, leading authorities Worcester, one of the leading councillors, to the of the university, relative to Haydock; and these Secretary of State, mentioning such points as His learned gentlemen were commissioned to arrange Majesty, out of the depth of his wonderful judgfor the transfer of the preacher's services to the ment,' required to have further cleared. Ulticourt of St James's for a time. Haydock, how-mately, the preacher furnished some very comever, must have had some inkling of what was plete details of the origin and growth of his imgoing on, as a little before this time he quietly left posture. These details are curious, and have an air Oxford, and some weeks elapsed before Dr Hussey of truthfulness. We are told that on his first coming could give any tidings of him. It was then found to Oxford, Haydock had a great desire to study out that Dr Haydock was settled and lodged in divinity, and to become a preacher, but found in the house of one Blacker, dwelling in the close himself a disability for that faculty, by reason of at Salisbury. In that city he was rapidly acquir- a stuttering he had in his speech, and a slow ing fame as a physician, for, indeed, it was princi-imperfect utterance. He was thus reluctantly compally to the study and practice of medicine that pelled to abandon this study, and betook himself he had devoted himself at Oxford. A letter to physic. It afterwards came to his remembrance,

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as he said, that his school-fellows at Winchester reputation there as a very able physician. He had told him many times how he used to speak afterwards came to London, died, and was buried in his sleep ; and that he then made verse, there, shortly before the outbreak of the civil and spoke Latin, with much more quickness of wars. invention and readier utterance than at any time else. Whereupon, he took a conceit that he would try how near he could come to such ability of

A GOLDEN SORROW. utterance by speaking at the time of night which CHAPTER XIII.-THE CLOVEN FOOT. was nearest to that in which he used to speak in MIRIAM's married life commenced under pleasant his sleep. First he began, as soon as he was out auspices. Mr St Quentin had taken care to proof his first sleep, to speak some discourse concerning physic; and found in himself such ripeness of cure numerous introductions in the foreign cities invention, and so perfect and ready delivery, that which he purposed to visit; and as society was as he was astounded at himself, and practised this complete a novelty to his young wife as the works fashion of speaking after midnight some four or of art and the monuments of history, she was five times, in physic ; which, when he found to amply provided with defences against ennui, and make so great an alteration of his speech, and with the means of contrasting her present with her ability to discourse, he resolved to try if the same late position, largely to the advantage of the effect would follow if divinity were the chosen

former. She had made an entirely mercenary subject, as he had ever the strongest desire for that branch of learning. So he took a text, and marriage, and she did not deceive herself about it'; prepared himself to preach from it three or four but she really was, for a time, not being of a sentidays before he put it in practice ; and, when suffi- mental turn of mind, quite happy. If she had ever ciently prepared, would sit up in bed, after his been in love with any one, it might have been a first sleep, and deliver what appeared to him a very different thing, as she had once said to very excellent sermon. This course was pursued Florence, and repeated rather unnecessarily often by Haydock several times without the least inten- to herself ; but beyond a school-girl flirtation with tion of being overheard ; but by chance one night Charley Boscombe-carried on by all the undersome one lying in the chamber next to his own hand means familiar to school-girls, and enjoyable was awake, and heard all he said. It was accordingly reported over the college the morning after and important chiefly because it was underhandthat Mr Haydock had preached very learnedly in Miriam had had no experience of the kind. Mr St his sleep. Haydock was weak or wicked enough Quentin was an agreeable travelling companion ; to humour the deception, and had practised it for and Miriam was too inexperienced to discern that about a year and a half every other night-preaching all the comfort and luxury, all the consideration in Latin at Oxford, and in English in the country and courtesy with which he surrounded her, were

Haydock's petition to the king for forgiveness is rather tributes to his own vanity, selfishness, and still preserved amongst the state papers, and is a love of ease, than to her. No doubt he loved her curious testimony to the vanity and weakness of after his fashion, and was very proud of her beauty,

It is much too long to reproduce here, her youth, and the general admiration she excited ; 80 a very few extracts must suffice us.

says : I do here, in the naked simplicity of a most and she looked no farther into her life, so far as thankful and penitent soul, ingenuously confess he was concerned. Her character was not formed and acknowledge, that this use of my nocturnal yet ; its strength for good or ill was still latent ; discourse, seeming to be a deep and sound sleep, though she had shewn herself capable of a deliberwhen indeed I was waking, and had more perfect ately mercenary marriage, and of telling herself sense of that I conceived and spake, than when by always and exactly the truth about it. At present, day I attempted the same, was from the beginning a all the instincts of her youth, health, and spirits voluntary thing, done with knowledge, upon a discovery in myself of a greater ability, and freedom

were dominant, and she made the most of the of memory, invention, and speech, in that mild, I absolutely new life which had opened for her. It quiet, and silent repose of the night, than in the did seem strange to her, sometimes, in the rare daytime I found: And again he says: “When intervals in which thought and reflection would company approached, I well perceived, though, in- obtrude themselves, to be actually married to a deed, no ordinary voice could interrupt my strong man, sharing his present life, the nominal partner contemplation, nor the glimmering light of the of every interest and every possession belonging to candle held at mine eyes, which I always kept him, and yet to know so very little of his past as shut, even in the dark, and could never meditate she knew of Mr St Quentin's. to purpose when they were open.' Haydock adds She was set thinking of this by her long talks that he never had any sinister plot, purpose, or with her sister-in-law, and by discovering that drift to the disturbance of the peaceable estate, though she too was now a married woman, and on church, or commonwealth-and that he had not the same level of experience of life as Florence, offended maliciously, but of human infirmity. she was not, in reality, a bit more like her in mind,

ķing James was too well satisfied with what or drawn at all closer to her in sympathies. Florhe was pleased to consider his own acuteness in ence knew as much of Walter's history, of his unmasking the deception, to bear malice against childhood and his boyhood, his school-days and the author of it, and readily pardoned the offender. companions, of the troubles, and hopes, and pranks We have little more to chronicle concerning him. of the time before he had ever seen her, as Miriam It is needless to say that Haydock discontinued the did ; and, of the later incidents, much more than practices which had made him so notorious. He Miriam herself knew. Every name was familiar withdrew once more to Salisbury, and achieved a to Florence which had been a household word to

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Miriam and Walter; and at the Firs, she had usually anxious that Miriam should be well dressed recognised all the localities, and illustrated them and in good looks. by anecdotes related to her by Walter, and cher- At Miriam's age, even if one has a fair allowance ished in her memory with a fidelity quite mys- of good sense, one can endure an immense amount terious to her sister-in-law, who had not the key of admiration and attention on the score of one's to it. Miriam knew nothing about Mr St Quentin's beauty. But these tributes, in themselves welcome, youth or early manhood. Perhaps the difference in are apt to pall after a time, unless they come from their age rendered it natural that she should feel the right person. Miriam was beginning to find no curiosity to know, and that he should take no out that Mr St Quentin was not the right person, interest in telling her; but yet the fact rendered and she was very tired—when her husband had their relation artificial and constrained. Miriam repeated the assurance several times a day for did not suppose that her husband had anything to three months—of being told that she was as beauticonceal; she did not weave a romance out of her ful as an angel, and that each dress she wore was ignorance and his reticence, and, after the fashion more becoming to her "style' than the preceding of Miss Austen's charming heroine in Northanger one. This was only a slight annoyance, however, Abbey, construct a martyred wife and a reproachful and the monotony of Mr St Quentin's admiration conscience out of a commonplace character and a was atoned for by the variety of that which life of monotonous prosperity. But she felt that Miriam received from other sources. They had he told her nothing because he held her in light travelled rapidly to the south, in pursuit of fine consideration. She did not mind it-it is only weather, and were now settled for some time at love which aims at the knowledge and comprehen- Naples. Mr St Quentin reserved his morning sion of the past ; but she estimated by the fact hours to his own special benefit as rigidly as he the great distance which divides the experience of had done in London, to Miriam's great pleasure a woman who has married .for love' from that of and relief; and she really had as little to complain a woman who has married for any other motive. of as was possible. The gloss was upon her new

'If Mr St Quentin and I had not strange places life of wealth, and ease, and luxury, and she had and new people to discuss, I wonder what we as yet been visited by only a momentary occashould find to talk about ?' said Miriam, one evening, sional thrill of apprehension that it might ever when Rose was arranging her hair-a portion of wear off. She was accustomed to revert, in her her assumed duty which she persisted in dis- conversations with Florence, to the great considercharging. What did you and Walter talk about ?' ation of her emancipation from the Firs, to her

*About ourselves, I'm afraid ; about our want being 'rid of the place and of papa, of money, and the very little prospect we had of frequently than was quite pleasant to Florence, getting any; about how glad we were we had run who had always feared that she would need all the risks involved in our marriage, and about constant remembrance of that consideration;' but all the things we would do if we were rich. Very she was unconscious of the existence of these commonplace, but interesting to us. And then, symptoms, and had she recognised them, would we talked a good deal about you, I always wanted still have been ignorant of the nature and gravity to hear about you—and Walter always had some of the disease they betokened. thing to tell me. He was a most amusing and Mr and Mrs St Quentin excited a good deal of entertaining companion, as you know; I never curiosity everywhere that they went, and, as was could have been dull with his society to count to be expected, some comment which was not upon ; and he is such a wonderful mimic. He altogether good-natured. But it was very generally would have made a capital actor. Do you know, admitted that he was quite a model husband, I should have recognised your voice in a crowd, devoted to his beautiful young wife, and yet só from his perfect imitation of it.'

little foolish, so charmingly free from jealousy-a "Ah!' said Miriam, leaning back in her chair passion which would have rendered him equally with an impatient sigh, “Mr St Quentin and I unhappy and absurd, because, at his age, to expect will never have anything half so interesting to a young girl like Miriam to do more than tolerate discuss. There is not a third person in the world him, would, of course, be quite ridiculous. And he would care to hear me talk of; and, except the she tolerated him-she really did! The manners most ordinary acquaintances, he never talks of of Madame were perfectly charming-so attentive, any third person to me. I wonder what sort of so pleasant, so reverential! If Mr St Quentin had woman his wife was? I wonder whether it was been aware of these comments, he would have a love-match ? I wonder what he was like then?' been very little obliged to the discerning indi

You could hardly expect him to tell you much, viduals who made them. Miriam's enjoyment or indeed anything, about her," said Florence ; "hé of society was very general; as yet, she was not would probably think the subject not a pleasant in danger of any particular attraction. As a one.'

rule, she did not like 'foreigners'-as she, in her What nonsense ! as if I cared, as if any rational thoroughly English way, designated French and being would care! It would be a relief to have Italian people in their own respective countriessomething real to talk about, for at present I feel and the English whom they met did not interest as if it were all a sham. However, we are not her deeply. The fact was, Miriam was still so likely to be reduced to the necessity of entertaining young, and so much occupied and delighted with each other. And now for a good ten minutes of material things, that she was hardly obnoxious compliments, in lieu of conversation.'

to the real and deadly danger of her position She drew her white and gold bournous over her -the danger of finding out that her unoccupied shoulders, kissed Florence, and went wearily away. heart was craving a tenant. She honestly 'supThey were going to a great entertainment that posed all old men were as tiresome as Mr St evening at the palazzo of the English ambassador Quentin,

' and she did not think about young men at Naples; and Mr St Quentin was more than at all; though, if she had thought about them, or

any one of them, the general notion of propriety, and laughing together, to the oblivion of time and which stood in the place of sound principle in of the fact that he was waiting to take Miriam Miriam's mind, would have precluded all idea out in the brilliant equipage of which he was so of the topic being a dangerous one, until she had proud, her temper for the first time asserted itself. been gently and pleasantly conducted into peril She told Mr St Quentin that she considered his and suffering by her mingled unconsciousness and remarks exceedingly intrusive and ungentlemanincredulity-yes, incredulity, for it was remarkable like, and that she should do as she pleased. She that since her marriage Miriam had grown more looked at him in her customary undaunted way as than ever impatient of sentiment and denunciatory she uttered the defiant words, and she felt slightly of romance.

uncomfortable at the look she received in return. All this would appear to constitute a state of It was quite outside of her previous experience, things which might have sufficed to tranquillise and plainly expressive of sullen resentment. and content the most jealous and elderly of hus- It is better you should understand my meaning bands. Nevertheless, it befell upon a certain day at once,' her husband said, touching the horses up that Miriam discovered, with much disgust and sharply as he spoke ; 'I don't recognise your right contempt, that the ruling passion of her attentive, to find fault with my interference in any matter complimentary, débonnaire husband was jealousy. connected with our common life. I shall interfere

There had been a good deal of awkwardness in when I think proper, and I think proper now. I the position of Rose, but she had expected and was do not like this woman ; you are too familiar with prepared for it, and was more afraid of Miriam's her; she is too familiar with you ; she has not the impetuosity than of any annoyance to which she manners or bearing of a well-trained servant. You was, or was likely to be, subjected. It was misery cannot be ignorant of the impropriety of making a to Mrs St Quentin to be obliged to allow her sister- companion of your maid ; or, if you are ignorant in-law to sit beside Mr St Quentin's valet in the of it, I think it is time you should learn it, from rumble of the travelling-carriage as they drove to me.' Southampton on her wedding-day; and she eagerly Hot anger was in Miriam's heart, but she kept expressed her feelings, as soon as they were alone it down for Florence's sake, and tried to turn the in the cabin of the steamer. Florence made light conversation. But this did not suit Mr St Quentin; of it. The valet was a perfectly respectable and he thought he had gained his point, and wished to respectful person, who, when he found she was improve the victorious occasion. He harped upon not disposed to talk, kept silence cheerfully, and the subject, until Miriam could no longer forbear, attended to her comfort punctually. But Miriam and sharply told him she had heard quite enough was not to be consoled. It must never occur again, of a matter, trifling in itself, on which nothing she said, and thenceforth she took precautions that he could say should alter her mind ; and that which Mr St Quentin considered absurd and she begged he would consider it exhausted. troublesome, but which he did not resent as yet. She said nothing to Florence of what had passed ;

‘My maid is not an ordinary person, and I am but her sister-in-law was too sensitive and too very particular about her,' was alf the explanation acute to fail to notice the oppression of spirits Miriam

gave when she made Rose Dixon travel in under which Miriam evidently laboured. She the carriages for · Dames Seules,' and ordered her pondered over it, quite unsuspectingly, and was meals to be served separately at all the hotels. To filled with forebodings and misgivings. Had interfere with his pretty young wife on a personal Miriam already begun to repent of her bargain? point of this kind was not in Mr St Quentin's way; Was she finding out that she had bought wealth, but as their terms of residence in various places luxury, pleasure, even freedom itself, far too dear? became longer, and they were more settled, he 'I remember,' said Miriam to Florence that began to mark his sense of Miriam's over-solicitude evening, apropos of nothing particular—'I rememfor Rose, by treating his wife's maid rather cava- ber to have read in some book, once on a time, lierly, speaking to her in a short, imperious way, that there is a kind of jealousy which is the result which rendered Miriam uncomfortable, and making of love, and a kind which is the result of temper.

a it evident that he did not recognise any difference I can fancy the one to be rather flattering if felt between her and the other servants who formed by a person one loved, but the other must be quite their ostentatiously numerous suite. Florence's intolerable.' was essentially a mild and gentle nature, and she •I should not like the one much better than the was little given to disliking people ; but she did other,' said Florence gravely, 'for it also would dislike Mr St Quentin. The cold narrow-hearted- imply distrust, and what greater insult than that ness of this man, the polished selfishness of him, can be inflicted upon one ?' the total want of pity for human wants or suffer- “True,' said Miriam moodily, and then she sat ings-she had noticed early that he was lavish only silent for a long time, twisting the tassels of her where his own pleasure was concerned-repelled girdle between her fingers, with her eyes fixed and disgusted her. She saw him rarely, but on moodily upon the ground. those occasions her manner was unconsciously dis- From that day forth Miriam knew that her hustant without being respectful; she did not keep band watched her, and that he had a rooted dislike up her assumed character so well as she believed to Florence. A few weeks later, a letter from herself to do; her demeanour to Mr St Quentin Walter was sent to their Italian address, from the was not so servant-like as it should have been. Firs. It was directed to Miriam this time, and

On two or three occasions, her husband made contained a letter for Florence. The sisters-in-law remarks to Miriam upon the advisability of keeping were reading their respective letters, in Miriam's servants in their proper place, which she did not dressing-room, when Mr St Quentin returned like, and she took no pains to conceal her displea- unexpectedly, and, as Miriam afterwards believed, sure. At last, on a repetition of these strictures, intentionally, and entered the room. Florence was called forth by his finding Miriam and Rose talking | sitting on a sofa in the deep embrasure of the

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