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ing him with my precise situation. ruminating more soberly upon my He answered that he had an only extraordinary situation, some doubts son, a clever well-disposed”-(I again arose in my mind. It was bowed)—" but addicted to extra- flattering to me to be chosen for the vagance and dissipation,”-“ Par. hero to destroy the spell that bound dieu! I exclaimed, my father does these inseparables, and to release so not flatter his children') “ and it many captive hearts; but I scarcely would please him much to see him could trust the satyrlike phiz of the united to one of my daughters, pro- father. I was angry, too, that they vided he could gain her consent and were not all to appear before me at my approbation. I replied that no once, like the Goddesses on Mount thing could be more gratifying to Ida before the Shepherd; and I me than so intimate an union with made an oath to preserve the most the family of my old friend and inflexible indifference till I had benefactor, and that as far as the seen them all. hearts of my daughters were con George came to attend me; there cerned, I had too much confidence was an expression of sprightliness in their filial devotion to be appre in his countenance that indicated, hensive of any difficulty on that as I thought, the possession of some point. Captain Classen was the joyfal secret. I asked whether he bearer of your father's letter refer- had already been more successful in ring to you : the bill of lading was love here, in Bourdeaux, than the correct, but the merchandize was Germans formerly were in the field ? wanting."-I began to attempt an “ I think not of myself,” he anexcuse, but the old gentleman stop swered ; “you have it now in your ped me, saying,—"My friend was power to redeem the honour of right, and I love such wild rogues our country. I have seen Mad. heartily." M. Gerson had more sub- Constantia.' “ Who is Mad. Con. tlety in bis politeness than I could stantia ?” 6 M. Gerson's eldest have imagined. His praise won daughter."-" You have seen her, him my esteem, and I began to view you say; well, is she worth the the matter in a serious light. journey?"_" Aye, and though you
“ It would grieve me much," he had made it upon your knees like a continued, “if this plan, which has pilgrim, mounting the holy steps. originated in the most friendly sen But what signifies my talking ; up timents, should fail of success. I instantly, every moment is a treahave thought of an expedient to sure that is spent in gazing on her.” prevent such a failure, and I will “ Donnerwetter!-- sprang out of acquaint you with it, for I am can bed and bade him dispatch. When did, and it is fit you should know such a connoisseur as you is in exmy measures. You shall not be in- tacy, what is to become of my fine troduced to all my daughters at
senses?" once. I have sent the two youngest M. Gerson paid me a morning of them into the country, and re visit. “ You will forgive me, Mr. served the eldest only for your ac Waltmann," said he, “if you do not quaintance. This is in a manner see me all day long except at table. her birth-right. She is your's when My daughter will afford you society ever you can make up your minds whenever you feel disposed to seek together. I will not send for her it, and I beg you will make yourself sisters until you have declared your quite at home here." I thanked self, and I think your attachment him for his kindness, and went, as so strong as to run no risk. You are soon as I was dressed, to announce not contined, however, to this one, myself as a new candidate to his for every body has his taste, and daughter. would to God my daughters bad Alas, my poor heart! It throbconfirmed, rather than disproved, bed violently as I entered the flame that saying! To-morrow morning to singe my wings, as so many enyou shall see her; in the mean time ainoured moths had done before me. we will toast the health of her A reverential awe overwhelmed me whom you may choose."
in the presence of this dazzling The next morning as I lay in bed beauty, such as I had never before
experienced, except in Paris, at the sang, she drew, in the style of a sight of the unknown. She stood master. there like a fairy queen, robed in It was some time before I could majesty, and crowned with the per- feel at ease in her presence. She fection of beauty and loveliness; remained true to herself; always enand a smile of compassion for the chanting, but never more so at one daring lover, who ventured, not time than at another, and I grew without fear and trembling, into her accustomed to her as to the sight of presence, danced
upon her rosy a beautiful painting. My natural lips.
gaiety of temper returned, and I • The astonishment, Mademoiselle, joked her, without reserve, on the without which no mortal can behold pretensions which ber father's comyour charms, is not new to you; placency towards me warranted my but the sight of such perfection is putting forth, "I have proved with entirely new to me." i stammered my eyes,"said I," and my heart is alout so with much difficulty; she ready most cruelly scorched. But I answered with some slight compli- am a merchant, and it is usual with ment, and spoke with great spright- us to putevery article, as far as can be liness and vivacity on different sub done without injury to it, to the jects. Her self-possession restored test of all our senses.
You canme by degrees to my own, and ena. not then, belle Constance, refuse bled me to examine her with a more me permission to try whether those critical attention.
ruby lips are as sweet to kiss as they I have not taken up the pen to are tempting to look on.” She was write an elaborate treatise on female too true a Frenchwoman to be angry beauty, or to give laws to the pencil at this jest. I kissed her, but her of the artist. · Miss Constantia may treacherous lips caught mine, and have her portrait painted, to serve they clung to them like the luckless in future as the standard, if she is sparrow to the limed twig. I could so zealous a well-wisher to the not take them away, and when, at beaux-arts. Nor have I any claim to length, by her withdrawing her the title of virtuos0; therefore the head, their release was-effected, my most highly-finished description I cheerfulness was gone, and I wanted could give, would not, perhaps, be I knew not what. From this mobetter than none at all, in the ment her conquest was complete. opinion of the gentry of that class. I saw nothing, I thought of nothing Suffice it then to say, that my in- but Constantia. I hungered' and experienced eye sought in vain for thirsted for nothing but the nectar a single blemish or imperfection of her lips; and as it appeared to amidst so many beauties. This depend solely upon myself, by deroundness of contour, this elegance claring her my bride, to secure to and symmetry of figure, this in myself every enjoyment that she imitable blending of the rose with could bestow, so it was the more the lily on the cheek, belong to no upaccountable that I should mount country but the land of beauty, and the ladder of bliss in imagination, it was only her brown hair and step by step, till I hung, not only dark sparkling eyes, that could with extacy and delight, but with serve as proots of any relationship violent and impetuous desire upon with France. How I regretted the each individual charm! The evil abuse I had so inconsiderately and grew every time I saw her. She so unwarrantedly lavished upon the herself was evidently less at ease. French ladies. "How contemptible In short, unable to hold out longer, in my present estimation did the I went to M. Gerson, fourteen days brightest beauties of Hamburgh ap- after my arrival, and demanded the pear, who were so unlucky as to hand of bis daughter. serve me for a comparison with this I will not attempt to describe the angelic creature !
old man's joy on the occasion, or My admiration increased as she, the grotesque capers and gestures with an amiable artlessness, gradu: by which-be testified it. He led me ally developed her talents and ac to his daughter, and gave her into complishments. She played, she my arms. I clasped the incompa
rable girl with rapture to my bosom. dowed with irresistible interest and “Brayo !” cried lie, as he beheld us; attraction, and which the tranquil.
excellent! c'est comme il faut, je lity of her sister's temper relieved m'en souviens encore! To-morrow, and brought out, like a figure Constantia, I will write to your painted in brilliant colours on a sisters, for they must be present at sombre ground. An overflow of your nuptials."
witticisms streamed from her lips. And my oath to wait till, like an Scarcely had I time to admire the eastern Sultan, I could choose be, point of one repartee before a second tween three houris, and throw my claimed the like tribute of applause handkerchief to the happy object of and admiration. She frequently supmy preference ? Alas! my dear pressed her wit, but she could never brothers and sisters, do ye not know conceal or disguise the arch and how little such ballast helps to satirical, yet good-natured expres, steady a heart when passion fills its sion of her thoughts that beamed sails? One glance of the beloved from her eyes. cancels all oaths! They melt like Her actions, her attentions, bore snow before the sunny smile of the saine stamp; her song expressed beauty
the most widely-opposed sentiments Angelica, the second daughter, with equal fidelity to nature; her arrived in a few days. She had been paintings were marked with an oris residing with a relation at Rochelle. ginality highly piquant ; and her Beautiful as she was she appeared embroidery in design at least, less so near her sister, and I cons though not in execution, greatly exgratulated myself, almost without celled her sister's. knowing it, on having, at all events, Naturally gay and lively myself, chosen the best of two. Victoria, I was delighted with her volatile the youngest, was still absent. A disposition ; we grew more and more letter came in eight or ten days intimate, and while I gave
Contime to her sister Angelica, saying, stantia my kisses and sighs, my conthat she was gone to a distant part versation was always addressed to. of the country on a visit, with her her laughter-loving sister. But aunt, to whose care she had been these kisses, much as they enrapentrusted, and would soon return. tured me, and these sighs, softly as
This delayed our nuptials, and I they swelled my bosom, I found, on had plenty of leisure to compare the repetition, always the same. Antwo sisters with each other.
gelica's conversation, on the contrary, Angelica was one inch shorter took every day a new and more enthan her sister; her figure one inch chanting turn. As often as I benearer the enn bon point; her skin held Constantia my bosom heaved one degree inferior in blancheur ; with tender wishes; as often as I her teeth not quite so small, so re listened to Angelica my whole soul gular, and so white; in a word, flew to the fascinating chatterer. each feminine beauty had been al. For some time they preserved an lotted to her a little, but very little, equipoise-imperceptibly the scales inferior to her sister's. She sang began to rise and fall alternately, and played ; she worked embroidery and at the end of another fortnight and painted on velvet; but her per- I loved Constantia while I beheld formances were only those of an apt her only, but the lively Angelica and promising pupil, while her occupied my thoughts no less in sister's exhibited the finished touch solitude than in her presence.of the master.
What most astonished me was, that It gave me much pleasure, at first, the former witnessed the decline of to make these observations in favor my attachment without displeasure, of my elect. , Angelica was more
while the latter shewed no marks of over somewhat dejected and satisfaction at my growing par. served, which was greatly to her tialty. disadvantage. It was not long, M. Gerson said nothing to all however, before this apparent me this. Engaged all day in his countlancholy passed over like a summer ing-house we saw him but in the cloud, and was succeeded by a gaiety evening, when, throwing off all the and playfulness that nature had en cares of business, he gave himself up Eur. Mag. Sept. 1823.
entirely to domestic enjoyments, and dictatorial, and when he has taking part in all our games and been drinking with my father I am amusements; and I found that the quite afraid of him. But would you little Esop, as he frequently called have me displease my father? You himself, was not far inferior to the well know he will have his own way, ancient hero of fabulists.
and I must be contented if I get, He introduced me to many of his though not an amiable, at least a friends in Bourdeaux, and procured tolerable husband.” – “ Heavens ! me by that means a number of en what tortures you inflict upon me! gagements, which, to my annoyance, Are these charms, which I adore, to took me frequently from home, and become the property of another ? oftentimes without making me any To be basely sold to him like a bale amends for the loss of my charming of goods! Oh! Constantia, I will society. Love had completely al not endure it on the fatal day that tered me, and the costly banquets gives you to him I will leave the and brilliant entertainments of the country for ever, or kill myself or inhabitants of Guienne had no him.”'“ You are a fool, D'Argenet, longer any attraction for a heart and would be least so if you were to that had once tasted its purer joys.
choose the former.” This retort, One evening, returning home uttered with her wonted calmness, from a visit, I alighted at the gar
and with the most musical accent, den-gate, knowing that the family
threw the lover into an extacy of would be there that day. On enter rage, and he uttered his remoning a pavilion where I
expected to strances with such rapidity that I find the company I heard voices, could catch only a single word here and trod lightly, more from instinct and there; however, I had heard than with intention. I was not enough, and I withdrew as softly as long in recognizing the voice of my I had entered. betrothed in altercation with a man. “A narrow escape, Mademoiselle," “I am sorry for it, I suffer by it said I, as I rested myself on a bank, myself, but I cannot help it." after half an hour's promenade. “ But “Oh, if you did but wish it!" re you have deceived yourself. I am plied a voice which I thought I satiated with yourinanimate charms, knew. “ But I durst not do it, and the attractive Angelica will D'Argenet."
amply compensate me for their loss." D'Argenet was a clerk in the Early the next morning I waited house, whom I had occasionally met upon M. Gerson. Pretending a at dinner, and I considered him an great deal of generosity, I assured unassuming gentlemanly young him that I would never allow myself man." It is hard—it is insuppor- the most distant claim to the hand table," said he, “after receiving such of a lady, whose heart was already strong assurances of love from the disposed of. The old man was so most amiable of beings to be thus enraged that I had difficulty in redeceived."_“You know I cannot straining him. D'Argenet was poor. help it.”—“I can scarely believe it." I represented to him that a lady “ Fye, D'Argenet, you have no like his daughter, possessed of right to doubt it; you know, as well 800,000 livres, might with propriety as I, low expressly my father has choose a husband without fortune, forbidden us any attachment, be- and, moreover, a merchant, whose cause he has bound himself to Mr. industry would probably soon double Waltmann's father.”—“ A foolish the sum. It was solely on my acobligation."_" That is his affair. count that he was so concerned
You persecuted me with your love about it. In order to appear consisthe expected bridegroom came not. tent I complained a good deal of I thought myself entitled to choose, the loss of Constantia, but venture and I made choice of you because to assure him, at the same time, tbrt you pleased ine. At length he came," I considered Angelica capable of -"Oh! that he had never come !" consoling the most distracted lover,
.“ I should not have regretted it, and that I did not doubt of loving This big blue-eyed German bas all her, in a short time, as passionately the pride without the politeness of á as I had her sister, provided I had Frenchman. His love is peremptory his sanction to my addresses. So
the bargain was struck, and we hope,” said I, bending my knee songht the two ladies, who were before her, " that you will pity and ignorant of what had passed, to an relieve me by consenting to marry nounce to them their fate.
me.”—“ Oh! I beg, Sir, you will I felt half afraid as I stood before settle that matter standing. It is them, not of Constantia, whose
not worth while—marry, say you ? secret wishes were about to be gra that is but little ; I was almost tified, but of the trimming glances afraid you were going to ask me of my new mistress, which promised to love you.”—“I take that for me a warm reception. Hitherto Igranted."
You will do me a great had returned her satire, stroke for favour if you will always take that stroke; to-day I seemed to face my for granted, it will save me a great foe defenceless and unarmed.
deal of trouble.". —“ You drive ine Charming Constantia," I began to desperation !"-What favour but as M. D'Argenet, who had been sent that one can you ask that I would for, entered the room, “ this young not most willingly grant? You will man has a prior claim to your hand at all events lose nothing."-" I feel to me, and deserves it the more as how little I deserve such a treasure, you have yourself given him this and will endeavour at least to outdo claim. I lacerate my own heart you in tenderness.".
'_" There you while I thus burst the bands which will have greatly the advantage of have united it with your's, but I will me.”—“M. Gerson," said I to her never purchase my own happiness father, “I must entreat your mediaat the price of hers, who is to form
tion ; Angelica promises to marry it; and I have used all my persua me, but she bites and scratches, and sion to induce your father to give lays about her like a Tartar bride." you to my rival.” M. Gerson con Let her have her way. She is firmed what I said, and the two lovers a foolish girl, but an affectionate soon forgot their gratitude in the joy daughter, and she will make you an to which they abandoned themselves. excellent wife. There,” said he, layIt was the first time that I had be- ing her hand in mine, “she is held Constantia embellished with your's.” She gave her hand without the expression of feeling, and I felt resistance, and regarded me, while that I would have parted with her I held it, with a look of assurance at no price had she once shewn her and triumph that seemed to. say, self thus to me.
you are now in my power, and I The worst was now over ; with will soon let you feel it." I interassumed tranquillity and confidence, preted it so, and, not feeling disbut with actual shyness and dread, posed to give her an opportunity of like a culprit, I presented myself to carrying her threat into immediate Angelica, who had not uttered a execution, I took no further notice word, but had been scanning us of her, but after conversing
few all with a keen eye pregnant with minutes with D'Argenet withdrew, mischief. “ You are extremely ge not a little disgusted at the occurnerous, Sir,” said she, ill concealing rences of the day. a smile at the expense of her lip, Angelica continued in the same and giving me a look that it is im tone ; and I regretted a thousand possible to describe. “If so, my an times that I had converted my gelic Angelica, I may confidently amiable and entertaining chatterbox reckon upon your rewarding me. into a quarrelsome mistress. She
-“ As such disinterestedness de sought every occasion to torture seryes, Sir, rely upon it.”.
my feelings; and when by reiterated very flattery intimidates me. taunts she had so exasperated me intended it should.”-“ But the at that my anger was on the point of traction of your charms is more breaking out with fury, she soothed powerful.” '_“I wish I had less of and flattered me again till I forgot them"-" Then I should suffer less." all, and was even foolish enough to " That is not my reason for wishing hope she would alter her conduct. so."-" I am now deserted.”_" I It was not enough that I personally pity the deserted.” — “ So much suffered by her freaks, but I had, the more ardently, then, let me moreover, the inortification to per.