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The lady then conjured him in the the midst of the hurricane, a giant of a most pressing manner again to brave for prodigious size, holding in his hand an her the dangers which, hitherto, had immense club: he took the peasant and caused him but a passing terror. She hurled him into the air; an enormous promised him great riches, and offered rock fell down and covered him with its him a magnificent farm. In short, she ruins. The son heard the moans of his so completely dazzled the rash peasant, father, which gradually became weaker. that he swore, although it should cost for a long time he remained astounded him his life, to go for the last time to on the place : at last, the sky clearing pull a balsam in the enchanted garden. up, he rose, and, thoroughly frightened,
“If I come back from it,” thought sought the chapel in order to recommend he to himself, “I shall be rich, and I himself to God. may pass the rest of my days in joy and At the moment at which the peasant abundance."
became no more, the lady of Liegnitz, He re-entered his house making these who had appeared to be almost entirely reflections ; nevertheless, he did not recovered, suddenly died. again dare to undertake the perilous voyage alone.
“My dear boy,” said he to the eldest of his children, “ I must go to the chapel TWO PASSAGES
FROM DOMESTIC which is at the summit of the mountain ;
LIFE. you will accompany me." They set off together; the more they
I.-THE SEPARATION. advanced the more the defiles became and the mountains barren.
Young Love, which on their bridal eve narrow, When they arrived on the banks of a
Had promised long to stay ; lake, which spread calmly and darkly
Forgot his promise, took French leave,
And bore his lamp away.” between two precipitous rocks, the father fell into a profound reverie ; there was “It is in the power of a woman to something in his unquiet looks so strange alienate the affections of the most adoring that his son involuntarily trembled. husband, to poison his feelings, to em
“What is the matter with you, fa- bitter the kindliest emotions of his heart, ther?” he asked.
and, in short, to make him hate her,' The father remained silent. They said Charles Proctor, as he rose to leave continued to climb the sides of the his once quiet and comfortable home. mountain, and when they were near the “ You no longer love me, Charles,'' garden, the father said
said his wife, with much asperity of tone, “ Evil spirits have misled me from as a flush passed over her beautiful and my earliest youth, and therefore I have expressive face. always aspired to the possession of great * Not so," said he, “it has not yet riches. I have never had the fear of arrived at that point, and I dread to God, I have never had pity for men ; I think there is a possibility that it may." have led a wild and irregular life, not “Why, what have I done to bring giving myself the trouble to set good about such a change in your feelings ?” examples, which is the duty of a father; and she burst into tears. Charles was I am now called by hell, for I must rob about to reply, but the sobs of his once the lord of the mountain of the yellow dear and still beautiful Kate quite un. balsam, and the lord of the mountain manned him, and he sank into the chair will destroy me."
he was on the point of quitting, without The son began to weep.
“ Father!" uttering a syllable. he exclaimed, renounce your project- They sat long sullenly apart without return to the house-God is merciful.”
speaking, each occupied in different reWild, however, with despair, the father flections, although tending to the same had already seized the spade and set to result—he wondering what demon could work; in an instant all the elements have implanted the ever-fretting thorn appeared to be confounded together, the of discontent, in a heart which he had winds were unchained, the clouds burst, fondly anticipated would always swell the brooks were changed into impetuous with no other sensations than those of torrents, groans issued from all the love and domestic peace and she, replants in the garden ; the mountain pining that her hard fate should have opened, and from its crest descended, in linked her indissolubly to such a monster.
Why was this ? Charles Proctor was a the wits would ever and anon arise; noble, generous fellow; he was endowed domestic neglects would be magnified with qualities that elevated him above into grievances, and occasional disputes his fellow-men in the scale of intellect, degenerate into habitual ; a quarrel sucand to a prepossessing and attractive ceeded them, and at length an open person were united the blandest and rupture was the position of the belligerent most engaging manners. Everybody parties, which led to the remarks recorded admired him, and envied his easy temper, at the commencement of this veritable and the equanimity with which heendured story. the inevitable cares and disappointments Need we go on through all the changes, from which the most fortunate lot is not vexations, annoyances, recriminations, exempt. And Kate, too, before her and squabbles that ensued ? how mutual marriage, was a bright and buoyant being, dissatisfaction took possession of their singing like the lark from very lightness minds ; how they separated ; and how of heart, and with features, form, and the meddling world blamed first one and motion, giving evidence of a disposition then the other, and how they turned mild, gentle, and affectionate as that of almost broken-hearted away from what the sweet birds she tended with so much they once valued so highly?
For beauty, grace and accomplishments, both natural and acquired, she had but few rivals, and she was thought "Oh woman ! in our hours of ease, to be an angel by all who knew her.
Uncertain, coy, and hard to please ; Then why was this ? I repeat. Let me
But when affliction wrings the brow, answer, gentle and courteous reader, and be not vexed with me for telling you the
A ministering angel thou.” secrets of my friends. Kate never loved It was autumn: the foliage bad put her husband. She married him because on its variegated mantle, like the pait was the best offer she had ; and, as a triarch's coat of many colours; and hill, woman's heart is an enigma, Charles was grove, field, and plain flashed back upon not aware of the fact until their hands the declining beams of the sun the thou. were united. It is true that her friends sand reflections his splendours had lent opposed the match, but that was an in. them. It was that gentle season of quiet centive rather than an impediment to its melancholy, that tender and saddened conclusion. The gentleman, however, time of the year, when the heart is in persevered, and as the lady had made up unison with the gorgeous mourning of her mind to the matter, all objections nature ; when the sensibilities are the were waived, and the most favourable most vivid in their emotion, and the auguries were entertained as to the pros- wailing breeze sweeps a chord in every pective felicity of the wedded pair. The soft and suffering bosom. honeymoon passed, as most honeymoons Proctor was in his library and alone : do-sweet and joyous at its rise, raptu- a book was in his hand, but its contents rous at its full, and verging toward insi. could not banish the busy thoughts that pidity at its decline. But happiness, to possessed a counter-spell to the poet's be enduring, must proceed from a mutual imaginings. His retrospective glance attachment; and, as in a mercantile con. travelled back through the pensive vista cern, its prosperity cannot be permanent of twelve solitary years, since when the when one partner is constantly drawing Gordian knot of his nuptial chord had upon the resources of the other, without been severed by the relentless hand of supplying his fair proportion of the destiny, whose shears had been sharpened capital, and promoting the interests of by human passions, and the wretched the firm ; so in the matrimonial venture cavillings of fallible and yet unforgiving the house must stop payment if divided creatures. His mind was dwelling upon against itself. Charles was a merchant, the days of his youth: he recalled the thence our metaphor.
hour, the scene, when he first saw Kate; They had been married three years. and all the fresh feelings of that hour, Had they been happy ones? No, to and the associations of that spot, were neither. At first they went on tolerably renewed within him. He dwelt upon all well. To be sure, the lady was generally the fond endearments that then agitated in an ill-humour; little bickerings ensued, his bosom; and, he knew not wherefore, petulant remarks were bandied, and smart a flush came upon his cheek, a pang answers returned; a keen encounter of shot through his heart, his lip trembled,
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and, why he knew not, but he could have who in the very wantonness of prosperity, wept like a child i It is true, he was no when the swelling waves of happiness longer young ; but the world had gone had invited her to launch her bark of prosperously with him, and wealth and life upon their tide, had madly dashed it fame had crowned his exertions: he had upon the rocks and quicksands of adveroutlived the slanders and ill-will of those sity, now that the withering blast was who had misjudged his feelings, and raging, and the sirocco breathing poison knew nothing of his motives ; and all his around, discovered in the recesses of her early impressions had been mellowed by heart a fibre which now first vibrated to the soothing hand of time. Solitude love and all the fond endearments of our was uncongenial to his nature, and nature, and came, like a ministering although it gave quiet to his mind, yet angel, bringing balm and comfort to the it did not bring happiness to his heart. disturbed and restless couch. Her long
A knock disturbed his reverie, and and assiduous vigils were at length reannounced a visiter. He was glad to be compensed by the restoration to percepinterrupted, and the door was immedi- tion and consciousness, of the chastened ately opened, when his daughter, now a and afflicted father of her child, the blooming, light-hearted, joyous and lovely being to whom she ever afterwards clung girl, between that uncertain, but inter- with a devotion no foes could alienate, esting age of girl and womanhood, bound- misconstruction impair, no time could ed into his arms like a faw and, as she change. covered him with kisses, the words “dear They had each discovered that, as in father” broke from her rosy lips.
all similar cases, both had been in error, She had just returned from school for and had learned that most important of the season, and had come to spend a few all secrets, that mutual forbearance is weeks with her father, whom she loved the talisman of human content, and that with all the fondness of her innocent a desire to promote the happiness of heart.
another is the surest way of securing our In Kate's character there was one conspicuous feature : she had educated her child to love and respect her father, and, notwithstanding the obloquy that was heaped upon him by her own relations, NOTES OF A READER. she never gave vent to one single remark that implied a censure of his conduct, SIGNIFICATION OF THE WORD QUASI. nor allowed any one to do it in her pre- Quasi is to feign--to make a presence, and least of all, in her daughter's tence, to make a show of a feint—a mock hearing. Her husband had been very attack—or an appearance of aiming at liberal to her ; she had never known a one part when another is meant to be want since her separation from him, struck—a ruse de guerre, as practised in and her days of reflection, which had war, from the days of Generals Moses glided on in tranquillity, had the effect of and Joshua ; and in love, from the days showing her the folly of her former rash of Eve downwards, so ancient and houndertaking, while her present lonely nourable is this sly adverb quasi. condition daily demonstrated its dis- Q is a suspicious letter, and begins comfort.
almost all our questionable words. It What all who knew them had in vain is the origin or fruitful mother of quirkendeavoured to effect, their mutual re- quibble-question-quiver-and queer, conciliation, which they both proudly that is whimsical, or twirl-about. Q's and steadily declined, accident at length oldest child was Coquet, originally writbrought about. Proctor was suddenly ten with a Q, but Frenchified into a C. seized with a malignant fever, and when Our dandy, fashionable word Quiz, is the hirelings of his establishment shrunk her last child that is living, and is a from the performance of their duty, the great favourite with newspaper paradaughter, perceiving her parent's immi. graph writers. To coquet, which is nent peril, made her mother acquainted trifling in love, where there is in reality with the fact.
none, has quasi for its parent, whence Strange and inscrutable feeling of the came numerous offspring, as quassusfemale bosom, which opposition prompts, quassatus, and quasillaria_a light-carand which difficulties excite, to the noblest riaged female, while the sons have pracand most devoted efforts ! This woman, tised the law, and are commonly known
by-as if-as it were, seeing that it is we should try again and again, and perbeyond all doubt-in a manner -as severe until it is accomplished. If an though one were to say—or about to be ant was not discouraged by sixty-nine -almost, or near upon—to almost the failures, why should mankind be dissame purpose—and to the best of my re- heartened ? collection the root of all these beautiful quivering branches is our queer adverb We have high authority for the opi. quasi.
nion, that perfect loveliness is only to A young lady writes to her female be found where the features, even when friend—“You inquire whether that is a most beautiful, derive their peculiar real, bona fide, serious affair between charm from the sweetness and gentleEliza and Mr. My opinion is
ness of disposition which the countenI can't speak positively, but I am in
ance expresses. clined to hazard a guess, that he has a considerable notion to be serious, but
PASSION. afraid to be positive ; and she may use The word passion, though variously a little flirtation, very allowable in our applied, is never so legitimately used, as sex, where there is the least reason to
when meant to convey that peculiar and suspect, to use a new-fashioned word, a
intense susceptibility to the impressions quasi-offer, which allows either to back of female beauty, which pervades and out, without the imputation of disin- lights up the heart of him who, in genuity. Oh! how I hate such quasi chaste and lovely woman, sees a charm business ! don't you ?" Take another
“sweeter than the lids of Juno's eyes, example. In old times, a general of a
or Cytherea's breath.”' marauding army wrote to the governor of a Lacedemonian city—“Send me so many talents of gold, otherwise, if I
There are some feelings which, percome near your city, I will take twice haps, are too tender to be suffered by the sum by force.' The brave and the world. The world is in general confident governor answered his threat selfish, interested, and unthinking, and by a letter containing the single quasi— throws the imputation, or romance, or “IF."
melancholy, on every temper more susceptible than its own. I cannot think
but in those regions which I contem“What we fail to do at once may yet left about us, that these feelings will
plate, if there is anything of mortality be accomplished.”
subsist : they are called-perbaps they The celebrated conqueror, Timour the
are-weaknesses here; but there may Tartar, was once forced to take shelter be some better modifications of them in from his enemies in a ruined building. heaven, which may deserve the name of There he sat alone for several hours. virtues. After some time, desirous of diverting his mind from his hopeless condition, he fixed his attention on an ant, which but the affectation of learning gives me
Ignorance I can bear without emotion; was attempting to carry a grain of corn
a fit of the spleen. larger than itself up a high wall ; its efforts, however, were unsuccessful. Again and again it strove to accomplish
Law is like a country dance : people its object, and failed. Still undaunted, are led up and down in it till they are it returned to its task, and sixty-nine fairly tired out. It is like a book of times did Timour see the grain fall to surgery; there are a great many terrible the ground: but the seventieth time the cases in it. It is like physic, too; they ant reached the top of the wall with the that take the least of it are best off. It prize, and “the sight,
" said the con- is like a homely gentleman ; “very well queror, who had just before been despair- to follow :" and like a scolding wife;
gave me courage at the moment, very bad when it follows us. Law is and I have never forgotten the lesson like a new fashion ; people are bewitched it conveyed.”
to get into it: and like bad weather; APPLICATION.—Nor should we forget most people are glad to get out of it. it. We should first see if a thing is Love is like the sandal tree, that sheds worth doing, and if it be, and we fail, sweetness on the axe that wounds it.
THE ANT. A FABLE.
which the pure whiteness of her comA SCENE OF PRIVATE LIFE. plexion was enhanced.
The stranger who, every morning and CAROLINE CROCHARD seemed to have evening, passed by the window where been born for love and gaiety. Love Caroline was constantly at work, aphad painted two perfect arches over her peared to be about thirty-five years old. half-closed eyelids, and had endowed He was tall, slenderly-formed, pale; was her with so thick a forest of chestnut always dressed in black, and walked with locks, that under her ample tresses she a steady, stately step. On his austere could have concealed herself as securely and sad features, Caroline discovered the as under a tent, impenetrable to a lover's traces of long and patient suffering of gaze. The gaiety of her soul was appa- heart. His early wrinkled brow, his rent by the constant agitation of her slightly hollowed cheek, bore the signet restless nostrils, and in the dimples of which sorrow imprints upon its offspring, her fresh and laughing cheeks; a gaiety as if to leave them the consolations of which made her forget every care, and recognising each other by a fraternal rewhich, like hope, threw a ray of sunshine semblance, and of uniting together to over the arid desert of her life, and made bear up against its influence. If, at first, her view, without apprehension, its un- the gaze of the young girl was animated promising perspective.
by an innocent curiosity, it assumed, by The young girl's graceful head was degrees, a sweet expression of sympathy always arrayed with a marvellous and and of pity, as the stranger receded daily elegant simplicity. According to the from her sight like the last friend who custom of the Parisian sempstresses, her closes the mournful procession of a toilet was complete when she had care- funeral. lessly arranged her tresses, and twisted into two bows the dark brown locks As the stranger passed by Caroline's which crowned each temple, and by residence at a late hour one night,
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