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the civilized world, and what is tions were crowded into twenty more to the present purpose, the years! More victories than one king's wars had enlarged and cares to count; more misery and rounded his dominions and strength. devastation than man could appreened his frontiers. A little later, hend, if he gave his life to the and the Pyrenees were removed, in labour. The French flag floated a figure of speech. Yet a little triumphantly over every capital in later, and retribution began, and Europe between Moscow and Lis. continued to the end. The triumphs bon; kings were displaced with less of Marlborough and Eugene were ceremony. than some men use in more numerous and decisive than
discharging lackeys; parvenus were any in the first half-century of the placed on thrones with less pregreat king's reign. If his disasters caution than some
men take in were not turned into disgraces and hiring lackeys. Flanders and Holcarried to more decisive results, it land were annexed to France; Italy was owing to the treason of Oxford became an appanage; Frenchmen and Bolingbroke. Eren as it was, ruled in Spain, Portugal, and parts the glories of Louis le Grand had of Germany; French influence was exhausted the country, embarrassed predominant everywhere, sare where the finances, and laid the founda- the English flag flew in sign of tion, as much as any single epoch English dominion. Visions of unican be said to have done so, of the versal empire that Charlemagne, Revolution of 1789, the execution from want of geographical knowof his descendant, and the expulsion ledge, could not dream, and hopes of his race. In a still larger sense that Louis the Great never enterit originated an historical tragedy tained, were then realized. • But of which the end is not yet Nemesis is always on the watch.' visible.
The retreat from Russia, the battles France was at times engaged in of Leipsic and Waterloo, and St. wars during the seventy-four years Helena at last; the flags of many that intervened between the death nations dominating in Paris; armies of Louis XIV., in 1715, and the encamped upon the sacred soil of capture of the Bastile. But they France ; curtailed territories, and partook of the narrowness and for- material losses, and traditional mality of the century. In Europe hatreds, such as we see in Germany, the enterprise and ambition of the outbalanced in the long run the old régime really centred, as Carlyle imperial glories. observes in his quaintly forcible The resultless war mania, whose style, in Frederick the Great. Fon- course for three centuries and a tenoy is the French victory which half has been briefly indicated, has the most readily suggests itself to now recommenced, if not with the the English mind, on account of the meteor-like rapidity and brilliancy English defeat. But none of the of some older times, at least with a battles, at least of the French series of hard-won victories and subbattles, had the spirit or the glory stantial successes. The final conof those of older or of later days. clusion who can tell? The material They were quite counterbalanced losses on both sides would probably by defeats ; and in point of solid be nearly equal, but for the Hungaadvantage, more than counter- rian prisoners; the sluggish pertibalanced by the loss of Canada and nacity of Austria and her long of the East Indies, and an increase tenacity of purpose is something of that financial distress which wonderful; it may be questioned if compelled the assemblage of the the Gallic nature and the French States-General.
Emperor's position will bear the The 'glories' of the Republic, tedious difficulties and slow delays the Consulate, and the Empire are that seem congenial to the Austrians. familiar to every one. There is no The same
moral dangers may such enchaining historical reading threaten Napoleon III. that overto this generation ; there are books whelmed his predecessors ; for there of all sorts and sizes to meet the is an analogy between the past and demand, and no wonder; for what the present. It was not altogether exploits, and triumphs, and muta- French arms and French valour 1859.]
Sword and Gown.
that overcame Naples and Milan at opportunity of raising his character the close of the fifteenth century; such as has fallen to the lot of few they were aided by the popular rulers. If, throwing aside selfish discontent with the actual rulers, purposes and French ambition, he just as the hopes mankind enter- disinterestedly applies himself to taiped of the French Revolution establish an orderly freedom in facilitated the rapid progress of Italy, he will acquire a fame and an General Buonaparte through Italy influence such as no extent of domi. some sixty years ago. In the dim nion-already so often gained by haze of the future one thing alone his predecessors and so quickly lost is clear, that if the Emperor of the could procure. The murky and French can succeed in expelling troubled past cannot be obliterated, the Austrians from Italy beyond but the future may be serene and likelihood of return, he will have an fair.
SWORD AND GOWN.
BY THE AUTHOR OF GUY LIVINGSTONE.'
CHAPTER XI. THERE was in Dorade a stout tesse whose eyes outshone her dia.
and meritorious elderly widow, monds ? May it ever remain so! who formed a sort of connecting Each nation has its vanity and its link between the natives and the own peculiar glory, as it has its es. settlers. English by birth, she had pecial produce. O cotton-mills of married a Frenchman of fair family Manchester! envy not nor emulate and fortune: so that her habits and the velvet looms of Genoa or Lyons : sympathies attached themselves
you are ten times as useful, and a about equally to the two conntries. hundredfold more remunerating: You do not often find so good a What matters it if Damascus guard specimen of the hybrid. She gave jealously the secret of her fragrant frequent little soirées, which were clouded steel, when Sheffield can as pleasant and exciting as such turn out efficient sword-blades at assemblages of heterogeneous ele- the rate of a thousand per hour ? ments usually are: that is to say Suum cuique tribuito. Let others very moderately so. The two aspire to be popular: be it ours, to streams flowed on in the same remain irreproachably and unapchannel, without mingling, or losing proachably respectable
. their peculiar characteristics. I So poor Mdme. de Verzenay's fancy the fault was most on our efforts to promote an entente corside.
diale were lamentably foiled. When We no longer, perhaps, parade the English mustered strong, they Europe with pride in our port, de- would immediately form themselves fiance in our eye;' but still, in our into a hollow square, the weakest iu travels, we lose no opportunity of the centre, and so defy the assaults maintaining and asserting our well
Now and then a beloved dignity, which, if rather a daring Gaul would attempt the ad. myth and vestige of the past, at venture of the Enchanted Castle, home, abroad-is a very stern determined, if not to deliver the reality. Have you not seen, at a imprisoned maidens, at least to encrowded table-d'hôte, the British liven their solitude. See how gaily mother encompass her daughters and gallantly he starts, glancing a with the double bulwark of herself saucy adieu to Adolphe and Eugène, and their staid governess on either who admire his audacity, but augur flank, so as to avert the contamina- ill for its success. Allons, je me tion which must otherwise have risque. Montjoie St. Denis! France certainly ensued from the close à la rescousse ! He winds, as it proximity of a courteous white- were, the bugle at the gate, with a bearded Graf, or a fringante Vicom. well-turned compliment or a bril..
of the enemy.
liant bit of badinage. Slowly the intention to absent themselves. She jealous valves unclose; he stands told him as much. within the magic precinctman eerie *Ah! last night she did not mean silence all around. Suppose that to go,' replied Royston; 'but she one of the Seven condescends to changed her mind this morning, parley with him : she does so, per- while I was with them. When I Fously and under protest, glancing left them, ten minutes ago, there ever over her shoulder, as if she was a consultation going on with expected the austere Fairy momen- Harry as to what she should wear. tarily to appear; while her com- I don't think it will last more than panions sit without winking or mov- half an hour; and then she was ing, cowering together like a covey coming, to try to persuade you to of birds when the bawk is circling keep her fickleness in countenance.' over the turnip-field. How can you Now, the one point upon which expect a man to make himself Cecil had been most severe on la agreeable under such appalling cir. mignonne, was the way in which the cumstances ? The heart of the ad. latter suffered herself to be guided venturer sinks within him. Lo! by her husband's friend. It is there is a rustling of robes near ; strange, how prone is the unconwhat if Calyba or Urganda were at verted and unmated feminine nature hand! Fuyons ! And the knight- to instigate revolt against the Old errant retreats, with drooping crest Dominion; never
more so, than and smirched armour-a melancholy when the beautiful Carbonara feels contrast to the preux chevalier who that its shadow is creeping fast over went forth but now chanting his the frontier of her own freedom. war-song, conquering and to con. Nay, suppose the conquest achieved, quer. The remarks of the discom- and that they themselves are refited one, after such a failure, were, duced to the veriest serfdom, none I fear, the reverse of complimen- the less will they strive to goad tary; and the unpleasant word, bé- other hereditary bondswomen into gueule, figured in them a great deal striking the blow. Is it not known too often.
that steady old machiners,' broken Cecil and Fanny Molyneux were for years to double-harness, will certainly exceptions to the rule of encourage and countenance their unsociability ; but the general dul- flippant progeny in kicking over ness of those réunions intected them, the traces? How otherwise could and made the atmosphere oppres- the name of mother-in-law, on the sive; it required a vast amount of stage and in divers domestic circles, leaven to make such a large heavy have become a synonym for firelump light or palatable. Besides, it brand? Look at your wife's maid, is not pleasant to carry on a conver- for instance. She will spend twosation with twenty or thirty people thirds of her wages and the product looking on and listening, as if it of many silk dresses ("scarcely were some theatrical performance soiled') in furnishing that objectionthat they had paid money to see, able and disreputable suitor of hers and consequently had a right to with funds for his extravagance. criticise. The fair friends had held He has beggared two or three of counsel together as to the expedi- her acquaintance already, under the ency of gratifying others at a great same flimsy pretence of intended expense to themselves on the pre- marriage, that scarcely deludes poor sent occasion, and had made their Abigail : she has sore misgivings as election-not to go.
to her own fate. Alternately he Early the next morning, Miss bullies and cajoles ; but all the while Tresilyan encountered Keene: their she knows that he is lying, delibeconversation was very brief; but, rately and incessantly: yet she just as he was quitting her, the never remonstrates or complains. latter remarked, in a matter-of- It is true that, if you pass the door course way, We shall meet this of her little room late into the night, evening at Madame de Verzenay's ?' you will probably go to bed baunted
She looked at him in some sur- by the sound of low, dreary weepprise; for she knew he must have ing; but it would be worse than heard, from Mrs. Molyneux, of their useless to argue with her about her
83 folly; she cherishes her noisome this instance, I should have thought and ill-faroured weed, as if it were it was hardly worth while.' the fairest of fragrant flowers, and Well,' Keene answered, in his will not be persuaded to throw it cool, slow way, 'Mrs. Molyneux aside. Well--if you could listen to has got that unfortunate habit of that same long-suffering and soft. consulting other people's wishes hearted young female, in her place and convenience in preference to her in the subterranean Upper House, own; it's very foolish and weak; when the conduct of Master' (es- but it is so confirmed, that I doubt pecially as regards Foreign Affairs) even your being able to break her is being canvassed; the fluency and of it. This time, I am sure you virulence of her anathemas would wont. It is a pity you are so almost take your breath away. determined on disappointing the Even that dear old housekeeper public. I know of more than one who nursed you, and loves you person who has put off other en. better than any of her own children gagements in anticipation of hearing —when she would suggest an ex
you sing.' cuse or denial of the alleged pecca
He was perfectly careless about dilloes, is borne away and over- provoking her noi, or he would whelmed by the abusive torrent, have been more cautious. That and can at last only grumble her particular card was the very last in dissent. Very few women, of good his hand to have played. Miss birth and education, make confi- Tresilyan was good-nature itself, in dantes nowadays of their personal placing her talents at the service attendants; and the race of Miggs” of any man, woman, or child who is chiefly confined to the class in could appreciate them. She would which Dickens has placed it, if it go through half her repertoire to is not extinct utterly. But there is amuse a sick friend, any day ; nei. a season—while the brush passes ther was she averse to displaying lightly and lingeringly over the them before the world in general, long trailing back-hair'-when a
at proper seasons; but she liked hint, an allusion, or an insinuation, the boards' to be worthy of the cleverly placed, may go far towards prima donna, and had no idea of fanning into flame the embers of starring it in the provinces. All matrimonial rebellion. I know no the pride of her race gathered on case where such serious
her brow, just then, like a thunderquences may be produced, with so cloud, and her eyes flashed no sumlittle danger of implication to the mer lightning: prime mover of the discontent, ex- • Madame de Verzenay was wrong cept it be the system of the patri. to advertise a performer who does otic and intrepid Mazzini. Many not belong to her troupe. I hope outbreaks, perhaps-quelled after the audience will be patient under much loss on both sides, in which their disappointment, and not break the monarcby was only saved by up the benches. If not, she must the judicious expenditure of much excuse herself as best she may. I mitraille-might have been traced have signed no engagement, so my to the covert influence of that mild. conscience is clear. I certainly shall eged, melancholy camériste.
not go.' Cecil, who was not exempt from The bolt struck the granite fairly; these revolutionary tendencies, any but it did not shiver off one splinter, more than from other weaknesses of nor even leave a stain. Royston her sex, was especially provoked only remarked, “Then, for to-day, by, this fresh instance of Fanny's it is useless to say au revoir ;' and subordination.
so, raising his cap, passed on. Mrs. Molyneux is perfectly at The poor mignonne had a very liberty to form her own plans,' she rough time of it, soon afterwards. said, very haughtily. Beyond a Cecil was morally and physically certain point, I should no more incapable of scolding any one; but dream of interfering with them she was very severe on the sin of than she would with mine. She is vacillation, and yielding to unau. quite right to change her mind as thorized interference. The culprit often as she thinks proper; only in did not attempt to justify herself;
• she was
she only said — They both wanted of Amphitrite's hair when they me to go so much, and I did not crowned her Queen of the Mediterlike to vex Harry. Then she ranean. began to coax and pet her monitress It was a very artistic picture. So in the pretty, childish way which Madame de Verzenay said, in the interfered so much with matronly midst of a rather too rapturous dignity, till the latter was brought greeting ;
Frenchmen to think that she had been cruelly thought, as a low murmur of admiharsh and stern; at last she got ration ran through their circle when 80 penitent, that she offered to she entered. Fanny, too, had her accompany her friend, and lend the modest success. There were not light of her countenance to Madame wanting eyes, that turned for a de Verzenay. For this infirmity of moment from the brilliant beauty purpose, many female Dracos would of her companion, to repose themhave ordered her off to instant exe- selves on the sweet girlish face cution-very justly. That silly little shaded by silky brown tresses, and Fanny only kissed her, and said on the perfect little figure floating
a dear, kind darling. 80 lightly and gracefully along What can you expect of such irre- amidst its draperies of pale cloudy claimably weak-minded offenders ? blue. They ought to be sentenced to six Miss Tresilyan felt that there months' hard labour, supervised by might be one glance tha would Miss Martineau: perhaps even this be a trial to meet unconcernedly, would not work a permanent cure. and she had been schooling herself Still, on The Tresilyan's part, it was sedulously for the encounter. She an immense effort of self-denial. might have_spared herself some She was well aware how she laid trouble; for Royston Keene was not herself open to Royston Keene's there when they arrived. She knew satire, and how unlikely he was, that Mrs. Molyneux had told him this time, to spare her. Only perfect of the change in their plans ; but trust, or perfect indifference, can the latter did not choose to confess make one careless about giving such how she had been puzzled by the a chance to a known bitter tongue. very peculiar smile with which the
However, having made up her Major greeted the intelligence : it mind to the self-immolation, she was the only notice he took of it. proceeded to consider how best she So the evening went on, with should adorn herself for the sacri. nothing to raise it above the dead fice. Others have done so in sadder level of average soirées. Cecil deseriousness. Doubtless, Curtius rode layed going to the piano till she was at his last leap without a speck on ashamed of making more excuses, his burnished mail: purple and gold and was obliged to execute herand gems flamed all round Sarda- self' with the best grace she could napalus when he fired the holocaust manage. Even while she was singin Nineveh : even that miserable, ing, her glance turned more than dastardly Nero was solicitous about once toward the door ; but the the marble fragments that were to stalwart figure, beside which all line his felon's grave. So it befell others seemed dwarfed and insig. that, on this particular evening, nificant, never showed itself. It Cecil went through a very careful was clear he was not among those toilette, though it was as simple as who had given up other engageusual ; for the ultra-gorgeous style ments to hear her songs. If we she utterly eschewed. The lilac have been at some trouble and trimmings of her dress broke the mental expense in getting ourselves dead white sufficiently, but not into any one frame of mind glaringly, with the subdued effect whether it be enthusiasm, or selfof colour that you may see in a control, or fortitude, or heroism-it campanula. The coiffure was not is an undeniable nuisance to find decided on till several had been out suddenly that there is to be no rejected. She chose at last a chap- scope for its exercise. Take a very let of those soft, silvery Venetian practical instance. Here is Lt.shells—such as her bridesmaids Col. Asahel ready on the ground; may have woven into the night looking, as his conscience and his