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usually attends a sweeping censure in this designaVIRIAN CLIXT was about to leave school. She tion. Mr Clint was an old brute. Until within was not glad of it. She was eighteen years old, three days of breaking-up time, Miriam had hoped and had her notions and her visions about coming to gain her father's consent to her remaining at out,' like other girls of her age, and especially of Crescent House, not because she wished to remain, her appearance. The time to which these notions and counted on his indulgence for that reason, but vould naturally have tended, and these visions because she honestly believed he must dislike the scared, was at hand, and yet Miriam Clint was prospect of her return as much as she did. not glad of it. This is a paradox which requires "It is impossible I can ever be anything but a explanation. Miriam had every reason to believe tremendous bore to papa, you know,' she said, that her visions would remain entirely unfulfilled; frankly, to Miss Monitor, with whom she was on she had good cause to like the school at which she confidential terms. “Every one bores him, you had passed eight years, in tolerable comfort to know, but Walter and I bore him above and herself, and harmony with her surroundings; and beyond every one else. I suppose it is just for sie had no cause whatever to like home, or to appearances' sake he wants me home, and I can't anticipate that it would be more endurable when help hoping he won't be able to resist the temptashe should have returned thither ‘for good,' than tion of getting rid of me for six more months. it had been during her dismal holidays.
Miss Monitor shook her tight little head, and Biriam was not of a sentimental disposition, replied : “My dear, I uld not count on that, if but she had strong feelings, and a good deal of I were you. If your papa is having you home decision of character, a combination which had against his inclination, or even without it, for made her a favourite at Miss Monitor's school. appearances' sake, I can only say it is the first She was in earnest in her likes and dislikes; and time I have ever heard of his making such a being as good-natured as a clever, healthy girl sacrifice. No, no, Miriam ; depend upon it, you usually is, especially when she is freely acknow- will have to go.' leriged to be much prettier than her companions, Miss Monitor was right. Suspense in the schoolher likes were more numerous than her dislikes. room, and hope in the breast of Miriam and her Thus, there was commotion and dismay at Cres- young friends, were put an end to by the arrival cent House, Hampstead, when it became known of the post on the following morning. Miriam that Mr Clint had refused to accede to Miriam's opened her father's letter, and the first glance petition for one more half, and that she was dissipated her hopes. to go home immediately. Miriam became more
THE FIRS, 3d June 18–. emphatically than ever a 'poor darling;' and Mr D” Miriam [There !' was the girl's mental comClint, her father, who had always been considered mentary; "he is always more ill-tempered than a horrid man,' now received public mention as usual when he uses abbreviations ! What illan old brute.' There was less injustice than tempered and ill-bred things they are !']—You have
given me the trouble of writing two letters instead Miriam Clint, but she had no accurate compreof one. Don't do that again. You will come home hension of either her strength or her weaknesses; as arranged, on the 6th; I have put an advt and she could hardly have been expected perfectly for a maid in some papers, and directed to understand how much the girl stood in need applicants to call at Crest House to-morrow between of pity, who would have genuinely preferred to the hours of 12 and 4. From among them you remain at Crescent House rather than return to will select, with Miss M.'s advice, a suitable person, her father's roof. To Miriam, duty translated itself to attend upon you, make your clothes, dc. Wages by "devoirs,' and pleasure meant going to select L.20. The person you select must be ready to evening parties, and occasionally to the opera, come here with you on the 6th. You will come by with one or two other favoured pupils, under the express, leaving Lond. Bge at 11 A.M.— Yrs truly, auspices of Miss Monitor; and taking riding lessons
REG. CLINT. in the early summer mornings, with her particular
school-friends, on which occasions the ridingTears of anger rose in Miriam's eyes. 'It isn't master was accompanied by his pretty young wife. only that he refuses my request, but he puts it Nothing could be more proper or more pleasant, aside in such a cold, contemptuous way,' she Miriam then thought. She hated leaving all this, muttered ; “I shall never be able to care for him and she hated the thought of the home she was in the least, or get on better with him; and I did going to. mean to try. It's well for Walter he's a man ; The position of affairs seemed to absolve Miss he can do as he likes; he is not obliged to stay at Monitor and Miriam from any bonds of convenhome, and put up with papa. I don't wonder tional restraint. at him; I couldn't blame him for anything !' * I never was a hypocrite about it, was I, dear?'
“Miriam,' said Miss Monitor, entering the room said Miriam. * Don't you remember, long ago, with her accustomed precision of step and manner, when we did our compositions for Mr Walker, I but with a decided increase of the winter-apple never would write letters about the pleasures of colouring of her plump cheeks, 'I need not ask home and the delights of the country? There is you what news you have. Your father treats me no pleasure in home to me, and I always did and with scanty courtesy, and I suppose blames me for always shall hate the country' your unwillingness to go home. He might recog- * Don't say that, Mirian,' said Miss Monitor, nise that at least you have been happy here.' with a wise shake of her head. “You would like
He doesn't care, dear,' said Miriam, flinging it very much if you were married to a country her arms round Miss Monitor's prim little figure gentleman with a nice property.' Miss Monitor's with an energy that caused that lady to rock upon own vision of ultimate bliss was retirement to a her tightly shod little feet, and obliged her to cottage, with a cow and a poultry-vard. • Depend rearrange her collar, her apron, her cuffs, and her on it, that would make all the difference. And, neck-ribbon. “He doesn't know anything about iny remember, you must have gone home in order for being happy or unhappy, and as for gratitude !– that to happen. You couldn't have married here.? well, never mind that. I'm grateful, and I always 'I'm not so sure of that,' said Miriam impetushall be.
ously ; but then, recollecting herself, she added I am sure of that,' said Miss Monitor; and then with some confusion : “At least-I mean, something perhaps remembering that the tone in which they might have turned up, you know. However, it is were discussing Miriam's father was not quite all over now, and there's no good in talking about most appropriate to their mutual relation, she it; but of one thing you may be certain, if ever I changed it for one of admonition mingled with marry a country gentleman, he must be well consolation. Miriam listened with ill-disguised enough off to take me away from the country-no impatience, and then shewed how very little she rurality for me.' understood the principle of that filial obedience The dialogue was interrupted by Jane, a trim and reverence which Miss Monitor was, with some parlour-maid, who informed her mistress that a inconsistency, endeavouring to instil into her, by young person' had called about the maid's place assuring her impetuously that she would do her for Miss Clint. There was an additional shade of very best to put up with’ her father for Miss respect in Jane's manner of mentioning Miriam, a Monitor's sake.
recognition of her aulded dignity in the prospective Miss Monitor had some reason to be offended possession of her own maid. with Mr Clint. His letter to her contained the “Take her into the waiting-room, and say I will following words: ‘D" Madam,De so good as to see her presently,' said Viss Monitor; and then acknowledge by return the enclosed cheque for amt of added, when Jane withdrew: 'Go and smooth your yr acct, and to send Miss Clint home, according to hair, Miriam, and make yourself tidy before you my directions.--Yrs truly,
REG. CLINT. see this person. It would never do for her to see Miss Monitor was not a high-minded woman, but you looking like that.' neither was she a humbug. She did not 'train "Oh, what can it matter ?' said Miriam rebelthe minds of her pupils,' as the modern style of liously, in the thoroughness of her ill-humour and prospectus has it, to any transcendental heights of discontent. "The question is, whether she will principle or feeling; she made no professions of suit me, not whether I shall suit her.' horror at the notion of a lady's boarding-school “There is a little of both in the question, my being a speculation intended to pay, for she had dear,' replied Miss Monitor decisively; "and it is intended hers to pay, and it was paying, and no always worth every one's while to make a favourwoman in the world knew better than she did that able impression.' no school could be really like home, if home were This was one of those lessons which Miss all it should be. But she knew equally well, and Monitor might be fully trusted to administer practically, that honesty is the best policy; and conscientiously to her pupils. she was honest according to her light. She liked Miriam ran up-stairs to her own room, as the