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same date, a lady of Chateauroux, indig- which was placed a large stone. The nant at her husband's declining to de- man was furnished with a bludgeon, and mand satisfaction, for a blow which had if in trying to reach his enemy he missed been dealt him, sent a challenge in his his mark three times, so that he struck name to the person who had aggrieved the ground thrice, he was adjudged to be him, kept the appointment herself, and vanquished. wounded her antagonist with her sword. In May, 1828, a duel with pistols oc. curred between a respectable young
THE KISS OF THE HAND. woman and one of the royal body guard.
A LEGEND OF BRITTANY. The girl had received his addresses, and he had treated her ill, and deserted her. EVERY one is familiar with the name To this she could not submit, so she of Jane de Montfort. Every one knows challenged him, fixed the place, and with what intrepidity this heroine of the chose her arms. Two shots were ex- fourteenth century, that age of heroines, changed, but without mischief, as the maintained the rights of her husband and seconds had taken especial care that child in the celebrated contest between nothing deadly should be put into the the counts of Montfort and Blois for the barrels. The woman, whose intentions duchy of Bretagne. But a fact with were bona fide, and who suspected no which every one is not familiar is, that trickery, fired first with all the coolness the warlike countess in displaying the imaginable, and then steadily awaited manly qualities which astonished her her former lover's fire. But he, having contemporaries, lost none of the virtues pretended for an instant to take aim, in or graces of her sex ; and the knights of order to try the intrepidity of his Clo- Bretagne and England, when they saw rinda, discharged his pistol in the air, her pass in front of their ranks, with her in token of reconciliation, when they son in her arms, attended by her page, left the ground together, and, we believe, or seated in the halls of her castle, her were subsequently married. Another golden crown on her head and her stately fight took place shortly afterwards at hound at her feet, thought her as beauStrasbourg, between a French and Ger- tiful as her enemies did terrible when man woman, who were both smitten with she dashed among them on her war-horse, a young painter. The two rivals re- helm on head, battle-axe in hand, and paired to the ground, attended by seconds lance in rest. Consequently the good of their own sex, to settle their dispute countess had as many admirers as parwith pistols. At first the German tisans, and did as much execution at wished to settle the affair promptly, and home with her large dark
and muzzle to muzzle; but the French golden hair, as among her enemies with woman, after consulting with her second, the redoubtable battle-sword of her husagreed to twenty-five feet. At this dis- band. Be it observed, however, to the tance they fired upon each other with honour of our heroine, that her lovers much rancour, but both missed their never gained aught but their sighs and mark. The fierce German then strongly the good lance-strokes bestowed in her insisted upon beginning again, and going name on her adversaries, the only sufferon till one fell; but the seconds inter- ers by this innocent gallantry. Of all posing, they were disarmed, and left the her adorers, the goodliest among the ground without any reconciliation having goodly and the most ardent among the been effected.
ardent, was Walter de Mauny, the flower In Scandinavia, in the olden time, of English chivalry. when a woman was challenged by a man His renown and his services placed on the wager of battle, she was obliged him in the first rank among her followers. to appear in person ; but a singular ex- The very day of his arrival at Hennebond pedient was contrived, in order to equa- he adopted her colours—the next he delize, in a certain degree, the strength clared her the lady of his thoughts—the and skill of the combatants. A hole next he avowed his passion before all the was dug, and the man was placed in it assembled knights, and not a day passed up to his middle; by which means a that he did not break a lance or slay an great advantage was secured to the enemy in honour of her. And he had female, who could play round him, and his reward. When she went to battle, it thump him on the head with a long was he who handed her her arms : when leather thong, or a sling at the end of she needed succour, it was he who flew
to her rescue ; and when, after the con- and feeling inspired by even such slight flict, she alighted from her steed, it was preferencehe who gave her his hand to cross the “Madame,'' said he, with a look more drawbridge of her castle ; and one day, eloquent than his words,“ what will you when the fair warrior was wounded by give to him who shall bring you your a stroke which Mauny had no time to three captive knights, safe and sound, parry, it was he who received her in his within one hour ?" arms, and bore her thus to the fortress. A slight blush tinged the countess's
If the chevalier, emboldened by these cheek; then turning to Walter, but withfavours, ever ventured to sue for any out raising her eyes, “ I will give him my others, the name of the count of Montfort hand to kiss," she answered. during his life, and afterwards the crape “ Chevaliers !" cried Mauny, brandwhich fluttered on the helmet of the ishing his long sword, “ chevaliers ! the noble widow, were sufficient to remind bravest wins it! and Bretagne for the him that, as the wife had lived for her good countess !" husband, the widow would live for her Bretagne for the good countess !" infant alone. Still Walter de Mauny replied the others, hastening to arms. once obtained a more brilliant and a Jeanne repaired to a window which more tender reward, and to understand overlooked the plain. In five minutes its value we must remember that we are she saw a body of knights pass through speaking, not of the court of Louis the the gates of the town, and hurry on at Fourteenth, but of the manners of Brittany full speed towards the camp of Charles de in the severest and purest of the ages of Blois, and she could see that the knight chivalry.
who rode foremost wore her colours. It was morning. The countess was For half an hour the hostile camp was preparing her knights for battle by a hid in clouds of dust, from which helmet hasty repast in one of the halls of her and cuirass, lance and battleaxe, gleamed castle of Hennebond. The flower of her out fitfully. Soon the clouds and the army was around. They were rising confusion centered on one point, on the from table, and the knights, elevating tents of Don Louis and his Spaniards. their large goblets, were pledging their At last the disorder was succeeded by a brave amazon and she her son in return, single cry—a shout of victory--and the when a squire entered the hall in great same horsemen who had crossed the agitation.
plain an hour before, were returning. “What is the matter ?" said all the But their ranks were thinned and the guests, as with one accord.
gazers viewed them with anxious and The squire answered, that the detach- fearful eyes. ment which had been expected from “How many men have you lost?" Auvay had been surprised by Don Louis asked the cavaliers who received them at of Spain, and the three knights who com- the gates of Hennebond. manded it made prisoners, and that they Ten," answered the first who enwould be put to death unless Hennebond tered. was surrendered within one hour.
“And how many the Spaniards ?” “My three brave knights put to “ All ! Bretagne for the good coundeath !" repeated Jeanne, rising and tess !!! casting round her a bold and indignant And the squadron galloped toward the glance, as if to ask the heart of all her castle. Jeanne appeared as soon as the followers, “shall they indeed be put to drawbridge was lowered, casting around death?"
her curious and anxious glances. The “No!"-a voice which the countess first knight she saw was Walter de recognised, and which our readers will Mauny, covered with blood and dust. recognise too, was the first to exclaim. He alighted, caused the ranks to be "No! they shall not die ! I swear it opened, and Jeanne saw the three priby my good sword, and by yourself, soners, still girt with the chains and madam !”
cords which were to have been the means And Mauny bowed low before her, and of their punishment. drew his long blade from the scabbard. “ Brethren in arms,” said Gauthier, The others followed his example, and a “ tell the countess who rescued you." sweet smile thanked them. But Mauny
They pointed him out. saw, or fancied, that that smile was more Then she advanced a step toward him, tender for him than for his comrades, he kneeled down and kissed her hand in
presence of all the knights. But when wintry, and some husbands are seized he attempted to rise, his strength failed with a cold, aguish fit, to which the him, and he signed to his squire to sup- faculty give the name of indifference.” port him, the blood gushing out from -G. A. STEEVENS. under his cuirass.
“ Possession, like all earthly bless“Holy Mother! you are wounded, fairings, carries with it its own principle of sir !” exclaimed the countess, raising corruption. The deadliest foe to love is him herself, and stanching the blood not change, nor misfortune, nor wrath, with her own scarf.
nor anything that flows from passion, or “ 'Tis nothing," said Walter, recover- emanates from fortune ; the deadliest ing himself immediately, and binding foe to it is custom ! With custom die the scarf around his body,“ this is more away the delusions and the mysteries than sufficient to cure me by to-morrow; which encircle it. With all passion, the and on the day after,” he added, in a low soul demands something unexpressed, tone, “ I pledge myself to drive all your some vague recess to explore or to enemies away from the walls of Henne- marvel upon. Custom leaves nothing to bond, if you will but vouchsafe me on romance, and often but little to respect. the cheek what you have granted me on The whole character is bared before us the hand?"
like a plain, and the heart's eye grows The countess answered by a smile, wearied with the sameness of the survey. which was equivalent to a promise. But And to weariness succeeds distaste, and she freed herself from it the next day by to distaste one of the myriad shapes of going in person to fire Charles's camp, the Proteus—aversion; so that the pasand driving him away before Mauny sion we would make the rarest of trearecovered from his wound.
sures, fritters down to a very instance of the commonest of proverbs; and • out of the familiarity cometh, indeed,
contempt!'"-BULWER. NOTES OF A READER.
As the prickliest leaves are the driest, Addison, Cobbett, George Alexander so the pertest fellows are generally the Steevens, and Bulwer, respectively, have most barren. furnished the following maxims, by an observance of which much may be effected should endeavour to make children as
There is one special reason why we towards acquiring and maintaining a happy lot in marriage :
happy as possible, which is, that their * Admiration is a very
early youth forms a pleasant or unpleaspassion, that immediately decays upon and is consequently of more importance
ant back-ground to all their after-life, growing familiar with its object, unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and
to them than any other equal portion of
time. kept alive by a new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view."
To say that principles of exclusion, ADDISON.
applied to particular classes, are a ne“There are so many circumstances, cessary part of a free constitution, at all perfectly nameless, to communicate to times and under all circumstances, is the new-married man the fact, that it is equivalent to maintaining that the not a real angel of whom he has got the bandage which supports a man's woundpossession: there are so many things of ed arm is a part of his nature. The this sort—so many and such powerful bandage may have been wisely applied dampers of the passions, and so many originally, but it is always a fair question incentives to cool reflection, that it re- whether it may not be safely removed ; quires something, and a good deal too, and the removal is not giving the arm a to keep the husband in countenance in privilege, but restoring one. this his altered and enlightened state.”- Governments
are generally about COBBETT.
twenty years behind the intellect of their Courtship is a fine bowling-green time. In legislation, they are like parturf, all galloping round and sweet- ents quarrelling what kind of frock the hearting, a sunshine holiday in summer- boy shall wear, who, in the meantime, time; but when once through matri. grows up to manhood, and won't wear mony's turnpike, the weather becomes any frock at all.
THE SPANISH HEADSMAN. might be fully descried. The château of
Menda, however, afforded a contrast to The town clock of Menda had tolled the calm and silence of the scene around the hour of midnight, when a young it. From its numerous casements blazed French officer, leaning on the wall of an forth a profusion of light; the lively extensive terrace, which formed the clamour of the cheerful dance, the bounds of the gardens of the château, sounds of mirthful music, and the joyappeared lost in reflection, and absorbed ous voices of the assembly, often mingled in deeper contemplation than generally with, and oftener overpowered, the noise accompanies the gay thoughtlessness of a of the more distant waves dashing military life: although, undoubtedly, against the shore. The refreshing cool. place, season, and all by which he was ness of the night, succeeding a day of surrounded, were most propitious to extraordinary heat, with the delicious meditation. It was one of the clear perfume of trees and flowers by which and cloudless nights of Spain; the he was surrounded, in restoring him twinkling of the stars, and the moon's from the severe fatigue which the milipale and partial beams, threw a soft tary duties of the morning occasioned, light on the rich and romantic valley, in had long detained the young soldier in which, at a hundred feet beneath him, that delightful spot, and induced him to was situated the small but handsome forego the social enjoyments which the town of Menda, skirting the base of a interior of the mansion afforded. rock, which sheltered its inhabitants The château itself belonged to from the north wind, and on the summit Spanish grandee of the first rank, who, whereof was placed the vast and antique with his family, now resided there. Of château ; and thence the waters of the his two daughters, the eldest was parAtlantic, extending far on either side, ticularly handsome; and had, during the
Vol. I. (3.)
evening, greatly attracted the admira. Innumerable lights, at one and the same tion of the French officer, whose notice instant, were to be seen moving in the had evidently not been disregarded by town below : the hum of many voices the fair Spaniard : but, whenever she simultaneously heard, where all had been addressed him, there was, mixed up with for so many hours darkness and repose. her looks and tones of kindness, so sin. Although it was the feast of Saint Jago, gular an expression of seeming sorrow he had issued, that very morning, severe and compassion, that, haply the impres. and peremptory orders, that everywhere sion it had made on him, had led him (with the exception of the château) fire to withdraw from the society, and induc- and light should be extinguished at the ed his deep and lengthened reverie. hour appointed by the military regulaNotwithstanding she was one of five tions. “Again he looked, and more inchildren, the great wealth of the Marquis tently; and certainly could distinguish justified the idea that Clara would be the glittering of muskets and bayonets at richly endowed: but Victor Marchand several of the posts where his sentinels could scarcely bring himself to hope were stationed. The lights were yet that, in any event, the daughter of one seen ; but a solemn silence now succeedof the proudest and most powerful nobles ed to the noise, which was wholly disin all Spain, would even be permitted to tinct from that which might be supposregard, with more than ordinary civility, ed to accompany the observance of a the son of a Parisian grocer.
festival of the church. Whence could The French were hated : and General proceed so general and extraordinary an G*****r, the commandant of the pro- infraction of military orders, in despite vince, having had strong reason to sus- of the more than adequate nocturnal pect that the Marquis de Léganès con- police and rounds which he had organistemplated an insurrection of the inhabi- ed? He was resolved to fathom the tants of that and the surrounding coun- mystery: and at once, and with all the try, in favour of Ferdinand the Seventh, impetuosity of youth, he was in the act the battalion commanded by Victor of scaling the terrace wall, to reach, by Marchand had been sent to garrison a direct and rapid descent of the rock, Menda ; and to overawe its inhabitants the corps-de-garde stationed at the enand the people of the neighbouring trance of the town, on the side of the towns and villages, who were at the dis- château, when a slight movement near posal and under the influence of the him, resembling the light step of a feMarquis. Indeed, a recent dispatch of male on the sanded alley of the garden, Marshal Ney had even communicated induced him to pause. He looked the probability of the English attempt- round him anxiously for some moments, ing a landing on the coast, and of the but without success.
Again he raised Marquis being in active correspondence himself to observe, and he became fixed with the cabinet of London. So that, and motionless with surprise, as his notwithstanding the welcome and hos- strained sight dwelt on some distant obpitality evinced by the Marquis to him. ject; for, clear and distinct as the moon self and his comrades, Victor Marchand in heaven, he beheld a fleet of ships ridnever relaxed in the adoption of every ing upon the waters and nearing the precaution that prudence could suggest. land. He was casting in his mind, with In pacing the garden terrace, and casting the utmost rapidity of thought, the meaa keen and watchful glance from time to sures he must instantly pursue, when time to ascertain the state of the town, his reflections were interrupted by a of which his position gave him a distinct hoarse, low voice, proceeding from a and general view; or in listening oc- breach in the wall, at some paces discasionally to whatever sounds arose from tance, above which a human head prothe valley below, in which it lay, he jected. He hastened to the spot, and strove vainly to reconcile to his mind, ascertained it to be the orderly who was the open and almost unreserved friend- in attendance upon him at the château. ship the Marquis had displayed towards “ Is it you, Colonel ?" him, and the peace and tranquillity of
" It is !" the country itself, with the doubts and “ The beggars, below there, sir, are fears expressed by his general,—when twisting about like so many worms.
I his curiosity was suddenly awakened, have been upon the watch, and hastened and his suspicions aroused by new and to make my report to you.” somewhat unaccountable circumstances. Speaki"
" said Victor Marchand.