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avoidable circumstances to request a ensued-at length I ventured to cast short interview with your daughter." my eyes toward her-she had read the
“Why, really, sir,” she replied, letter, and was slowly untwirling a lock “you have reason to apologise for your of his beautiful hair, which he had ill-timed intrusion. What business of wound about her miniature. The torso pressing a nature can you have with rent of her emotions at length found my daughter, that you are compelled to vent. int rupt her in the midst of her nup- “I knew it-I said it,' cried she, in tials ? Cannot you communicate it to frenzied tones. “ I have been deceived, me? you may rely upon her hearing it I have been entangled in the snares of the earliest convenient opportunity. a villain. Oh! wretch that I
to You cannot possibly see her now, for listen to his vile calumnies, to have had she only awaits my return to enter the my mind poisoned by the breath of this carriage with the count."
reptile. But thou shalt be revenged, I again apologised for myinterruption, Louis ; never, never, will I be his , but but declined acquainting her with my am not I, at this moment, arrayed, ready errand, which was, I said, intended for to be led forth his victim ? thus, thus her daughter's ear alone. After some perish the wretch's hopes !" As she farther urging on my part, she acceded uttered these words, she snatched the to my request, but manifestly with the rich coronet of diamonds that glittered greatest reluctance. She left the apart- in her dark hair, and dashed it to ment, and in a few minutes returned the floor, at the same time shrieking with a young lady, whom she intro- violently, and, in the paroxysm of duced as her daughter, and again re- her passion, tearing from her person tired. Her appearance instantly struck the valuable jewels with which she was me: she was rather above the middle decorated, and throwing them from her height, of a majestic and graceful figure; with frantic energy. Nature could enherhandsome countenance was strikingly dure no more, she fell violently to the expressive, causing emotion in the most floor in deep convulsions. phlegmatic observer. She was arrayed Her screams, and the noise of her in all the splendour becoming the wealth fall, brought her mother and several of and rank of her intended husband: but the bridal party into the room; a genher speaking features were darkened by tleman, whom I supposed be the a cloud of the deepest melancholy, count, hastened to raise and support forcing the beholder to the conviction her in his arms, others of the company that the blighting fangs of grief had crowding round her with looks of astonalready fixed upon her young heart. ishment and dismay. Upon applying
As I gazed upon her speaking coun- restoratives, she slowly recovered; but tenance, the conviction that the image no sooner did she perceive the person of Louis was still engraved upon her who supported her than she renewed her heart, and that she was encompassed in shrieks, writhing in his embrace with the toils of some designing villain, irre- signs of the utmost loathing. sistibly fastened upon my mind.
“ Unhand me, wretch," she cried, For some seconds I stood perfectly at “ thy touch strikes horror to my soul ! a loss how to open my melancholy em- Away, reptile i lest thou would have me bassy, being convinced that the direful expire at thy feet.”
She relapsed more intelligence at such a moment would violently than before, and was speedily produceoverwhelming effects. At length, borne to her apartment, followed by the in a faltering voice, I commenced the wondering group. melancholy narrative. At the mention I remained perfectly unnoticed in the of her lover's name, the truth flashed midst of the general confusion, and like lightning through her brain, her therefore determined to quit a spot face assumed a deadly paleness, she where my presence had caused so much sunk upon a seat, and seemed gasping excitement. Before I had advanced for breath. This was too much for me ; two steps towards the accomplishment I hastily produced the packet directed of my purpose, however, I received a to her, and placing it in her trembling slight tap on the shoulder : upon facing hand, turned away to avoid seeing the round, the count stood before me. He troubled emotion I was convinced it was a man of middle age and stature, would occasion. I heard her tear open possessed of a good face and figure, but the envelope-a silence of some minutes the former was characterised by a pe
culiar cold and sinister expression, which been an actor, resembled the creations in my eyes betrayed a selfish and trea- of a disordered imagination rather than cherous disposition. After eyeing me actual events. While I was endeavourfor some seconds, he thus addressed me: ing to reduce my ideas to some degree of “I know you, you are some minion of order, the curtains of my bed were Louis d'Olliever?"!
slowly drawn aside, and a female coun" And I know you,” shouted I, in my tenance of exquisite loveliness greeted turn;
you are a most consummate my wandering eyes ; it was but for a scoundrel 1"
moment, however, for no sooner did she “Enough sir,” said he, leading me to see that I was conscious of her presence, a window, “enough! you see that wall than she vanished as suddenly as she which skirts the garden: if you will had appeared. Before I had recovered meet me there, in ten minutes, I will the surprise occasioned by this beautiful join you with weapons that shall settle vision, she again appeared, accompanied this affair without more brawling." by an elderly gentleman, attired in deep
I signified my assent to this proposal, mourning. He sat down by me; and and left the house by a private door after expressing his satisfaction at my which he pointed out. I had not ar
recovery from the stupor in which I had rived at the appointed spot more than so long been plunged, he informed me, five minutes, ere I was joined by my that I was in the house of the father of adversary, who carried a brace of pistols my ill-fated friend, Louis d'Olliever.. I "muffled in a silk handkerchief. He said was aware that he resided in the same nothing, but produced a powder-flask vicinage as Madame de Chaluz, but I was and bullets. Having loaded, I desired perfectly at a loss to comprehend how he him to take his ground.
had discovered my intimacy with his son. * We will each walk six paces,” said He shortly satisfied my curiosity on that he," and then turn and fire.”
head, by giving me the following parTo this arrangement I assented. Plac- ticulars :ing ourselves back to back, he gave the It appeared that the movements of the word " ready," and I stepped forward; count and myself had not been conducted but ere I had taken three steps, the so secretly as to escape the observation villain turned and fired. The ball of several of the guests ; one of them had struck me in the back ; and the shock followed the count and witnessed the was so great, that I thought I was shot whole transaction. Upon the alarm through the body. Believing myself being given, the spot was quickly surto be mortally wounded, I exerted rounded by the inhabitants of almost all my remaining strength, and wheeled every house in the village. Among round, determined to take vengeance others was M. d'Olliever. On my being on my cowardly assassin. He had not undressed that the wound might be exstirred a single step from the spot, amined, the packet addressed to him was when a smile of malignant pleasure discovered. The reader will easily see at the success of his murderous scheme, the result; I was conveyed to his house, was visible on his countenance ; on where everything that could facilitate seeing my movement, he hastily pro- my recovery had been done. duced a second pistol, which he had till Under the hands of my fair nurse, I now concealed. I could hear the slight grew rapidly convalescent. M. d'Olliever tick of the lock as he cocked it, but my watched over my couch with the soliciarm was already raised, and before he tude of a parent, and in his attentions to could level, I touched the trigger, and me seemed to lose a portion of that with a shriek and a bound he fell a life- grief for the loss of his brave boy, which less corse to the earth. I now grew I was the means of acquainting him with sick and faint, my head grew giddy, the in so extraordinary a manner. objects around me seemed rapidly whirl- I have little more now to communi. ing round, and I at length fell insensible cate, with the exception that one fine to the ground, beside my prostrate enemy. moonlight night found me at the feet of
When I recovered my faculties, I her who had tended me throughout found myself in bed, with my wound my illness with more than the care of a dressed ; but I was so reduced with the sister or mother. What I said upon loss of blood, that I was scarcely able the occasion, I will not trouble the to move.
To my bewildered sense, the reader with the sister of Louis strange scenes in which I had so lately d'Olliever is now—my wife.
Madame de Chaluz was the widow of Inhabiting the wreathed shells an officer, who, falling in battle, left her That lie in coral caves : with an only daughter, (the ill-starred Perhaps in red Vesuvius Helène :) she received a small pension Carousal they maintain ; from government, with which, and the And cheer their little spirits thus, little property left her by her husband, she Till green leaves come again. maintained an appearance of gentility, When They return, there will be mirth and educated her daughter in a manner And music in the air ; suitable to her station in life. Ever And fairy rings upon the earth, since she had taken up her residence in
And mischief everywhere: the village, the strictest intimacy had The maids, to keep the elves aloof, arisen between her and the d'Ollievers.
Will bar the doors in vain ; Helène and Louis were much about the No keyhole will be fairy proof, same age, and an attachment slowly but
When green leaves come again. deeply wound mutually around their hearts. Madame de Chaluz saw this growing affection ; but innately resolved that her daughter's beauty should win her an alliance more conducive to the THE REWARD OF GENIUS. ambitious views she nourished, than that of Louis, who would have to depend THEY were seated in a rich and shady solely upon his own exertions for fortune. arbour, over which the creeping vines The appearance of Count de Lenois as a wandered in every variety of curve, sussuitor for the hand of Helène confirmed pending large clusters of their precious this determination, and the departure of fruits, while the atmosphere was laden Louis for the army, which he had chosen with the mellow fragrance of the goras his profession, was hailed by her as a geous plants which grew in wild unfortunate occurrence.
tutored luxuriance about the shadowy No sooner had Louis departed than retreat. The fading light of day yet the count urged his suit with ten-fold lingered, and gave a rosy hue to the face vigour, but his efforts to win her affec. of the maid who sat therein, as she retions were abortive; his wealth was des garded with mournful tenderness the pised, and his cold and heartless de- youth seated at her side. meanour contrasted too strongly with the “ Nay, Quintin,” said she, “
say not frank and manly bearing of his rival; so; it is feeling which actuates me the death of her lover occasioned a is feeling which prompts me to say-it shock which, to a frame already worn must not be. Had I not feeling for my down by grief and anxiety, proved fatal. father, do you believe I would act conHer reason was completely overthrown, trary to my own desires--would cause she languished in that state a few you unhappiness ?" months, when death kindly stepped in, “ Is this your love?” said the other, and released her from her woes. - She with a tone of fretfulness. “Methinks sleeps well,”' and the first tears shed by it cannot be a very ardent flame when it myself and my happy bride fell fast upon is so easily extinguished by the perverse the tomb of blighted love.
and obstinate tyranny of a
Stay your words," interrupted she,
as she laid her delicate hand tenderly OH! WHERE DO FAIRIES HIDE father if you esteem his child.”
on his lips. “ You will respect the THEIR HEADS ?
The noble mind of the youth was
struck with the reproof, and although it Oh! where do fairies hide their heads,
was averse to his desires, her filial obedi. When snow lies on the hills; When frost has spoiled their mossy beds, lence, that he instantly made reparation.
ence told of so much pure and holy excelAnd crystallised their rills ?
“Forgive me, dearest,” he entreated ; Beneath the moon they cannot trip,
“I spoke hastily and unworthy of myIn circles o'er the plain ;
self. But your words have crazed my And draughts of dew they cannot sip,
soul, which builds its happiness on the Till green leaves come again.
possession of you. If it may not be Perhaps in small blue diving bells, that I shall be your husband, oh promise
They plunge beneath the waves ; me that no other shall !"
“I would fain do so," sighed the be given to another's embrace, there afflicted virgin ; “but if my father com- was madness in it. mands, can I disobey? I have had no And then Van Deg, that rough, mother's care since childhood, but I haughty, distant man, how unworthy have scarce felt the loss; he has thrown he to possess a jewel of such value, how by the coldness of a man and been a unfit to nurture such a tender plant, very woman in his affection for me. how unsuitable his unsocial spirit for Shall I repay his kindness with ingrati- the angel who needed some congenial tude? Alas! Quintin, if he tells me to soul to ensure her felicity. love another, I cannot do so ; but if he “Will she not droop, wither, die in bids me wed-Quintin, you would not the cold atmosphere about him?" he censure me?"
asked himself, when at length exhausted The expiring ray of the setting sun nature yielded to weariness, and he fell fell on her features as she earnestly asleep. glanced upon her lover.
The mind, though, yielded not to the “ Ah,” cried the youth with a sudden fatigue of the body; on the contrary, it start, as he struck his hand upon his seemed more filled with life. He imabrow, “why that blush, that agitation ? gined himself in the street. The bells Deceive me not, Elzia, you are not sup. rang, the people shouted, and gay equiposing a case. This has already hap- pages passed by. It was a day of public pened. I see it all. He has selected a rejoicing, for Elzia, the daughter of bridegroom.”
Algini, was to wed Van Deg, the The maid sank her head upon his nation's favourite, the celebrated painter. bosom, and through her struggling tears People recounted the scenes he had deshe sobbed
lineated, and lauded the artist to the “Quintin, thou hast said it."
skies. All this grated on the mind of Desperate was the conflict in the the dreamer, but he trembled, and the bosom of the youth, as he sat like one cold perspiration gathered on his forein a trance, his eyes fixed on hers, which, head as the nuptial cavalcade approached; like the sun breaking through the clouds they halted at the chapel, and the groom of the passing storm, gleamed from conducted his bride, all pale and tremunder their dripping lashes, and soon he bling, to the altar; he looked up the dreamed he saw the rainbow of hope. aisle, when, as the father was about
“Who is my rival ?" he asked with giving his love away, he rushed up and voice scarcely audible.
seized her ; she shrieked, and fell dead “Van Deg,” she answered sorrowfully. in his embrace; her relations and the “Do you love him, Elzia ?”
priest all gazed in horror ; he raised his “How can you ask ? "
eyes, saw the misery in their countenan“Will you marry him?"
ces, and as his face fell full upon the “My father's happiness is dearer to bosom of his lovely burden, he expired, me than my own. Think you I would and at that moment awoke. Still the wantonly sacrifice it?"
forms were before his eyes, fresh in his “ But why Van Deg?'
recollection as if he had beheld the awful “Because he excels in my father's scene by the noonday sun. Impelled art."
by an unaccountable impulse, he arose “Alas !" cried the despairing lover, and lighted his lamp, and taking a coal "why had I not been a painter!” from the extinguished embers in his
chimney, he commenced the portraiture The bed of Quintin was one of thorns, of the group upon the wall; as he drew as he threw himself on it and yielded to each face, each lineament, he recoiled in his agony of thought.
surprise as their perfect resemblance to How vain, yet how ardently had he the individuals became more and more loved ; how industriously had he laboured impressed upon him. As he concluded to procure her attachment, and just when the outline, he beheld in it a faithful he had achieved the victory over her transfer of his dream, wanting nothing confiding heart, all that he struggled for but the variety of colour. A thousand was lost—no, not lost—he could bear thoughts darted through his brain ; he the thoughts of her death, he could weep was wild and wandering, he flung himself over her grave, he could nurse the vege- on his bed, and when he next awoke, tation above it-he could : but to think the rays of the risen sun gilded his that the prize must be torn from him to apartment.
His first object was to seek the mural though she had confessed that she was picture, and he trembled lest it had all prejudiced against her proposed husband, been a dream ; but there it stood, as if a few years of connubial intercourse executed by a magic power.
would overcome that, and she would “ If this is the result of an effort ultimately be benefited. with charcoal," cried he, striking his Just as he was at this point of his breast in a delirium of joy, “what might refiections on the ensuing day, a letterI not effect with other means? what carrier entered his apartment and handed might be my reward ?”
him a letter, saying he would wait with
out for an answer, and had been bound As daylight sought its slumbers in the by an oath not to disclose who had combosom of night, the lovers were again missioned him to deliver the communi. together.
cation. “I am doing wrong,” murmured Elzia, Algini was astonished at these words, “ in meeting you again, since I am an and as soon as the other retired, broke affianced bride. This night must be our the seal and read last. It is a sad thing to part with those “ If the parent consulted the daughwe love: yet I act as virtue dictates, ter's happiness, would he not seek from and we must meet no more as
her if she does not love another? I “Say not that we shall meet no more think she does. But if Van Deg is to as lovers ! Say that we shall meet no possess the fair being, may I be mistaken! more; that will be sufficiently severe, May her marriage to the man of your for, Elzia, could we meet but to love— choice not hurry her to another world ! to upbraid fate, which so cruelly di. Her obedience causes her to submit. I vides us?"
lay claim to her affections; but with “I must away," said the girl ; “if these do not pretend to alter your deterQuintin's affection is pure, he will con- mination. You have the reputation of demn me for tarrying.
patronising merit as it appears in paint“ Farewell, then, sweetest! If I lose ing. Defer the nuptials to this day thee I will wander to some distant clime, twelvemonth, and let Van Deg on that and strive to bury my regrets in new day place his chef-d'ouvre on the left scenes and amid new companions." of the altar. If the one which appears
He imprinted a kiss upon her willing on the right does not tell of a more lips. He watched her retiring form as skilful master, I abide the result. If it it appeared and disappeared amid the does, then it is but fair to leave to your foliage at intervals, till it was finally lost daughter the privilege of choosing her to his anxious view--then turned slowly partner from the two." and sadly away.
The father was delighted with this
proposal, as it suggested a trial of skill Never did father love his daughter in his favourite study. He accordingly with more fondness than Algini his child returned word of his acceptance of the Elzia. Her good was his great aim; terms, and notified Van Deg thereof. and as he was an enthusiast in the art of the pencil, he deemed that one of A year passed away, during which the that profession would be most worthy lovers never met. Elzia had lost sight of his child. These two passions of his of Quintin, and in answer to her en. soul mingled together in such a manner quiries concerning him, all she had been that they became but one.
able to learn was, that shortly after sidered the canvas as a lasting monu- their last interview he had left the city, ment for genius, and that he would best and gone, no one knew whither. consult his daughter's happiness by The day was now arrived when she was uniting her to one who would be alive to become a wife. Sad to her were the to all posterity by his works.
kind offices of the bride's-maids who asVan Deg had been therefore selected, sisted at her toilet, yet she sustained a as he was the boast of his country, and smile upon her face, although her soul the figures of his creation wanted no- was weighed down by grief. thing but motion to make them such as The chapel was thronged by people the originals. Besides, he was wealthy, anxious to view the ceremony; and as and would add to the affluence of the the bride, richly clad, was led to the family. Finally, his daughter was not altar by her father, the latter announced old enough to judge for herself, and that her hand was to be bestowed on