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l'ope “lisped in numbers;” and that that such a love was the fever of the Sir Richard Arkwright, originally a brain, the child of Fancy nursed by barber, even after his marriage, Folly; and that the chances were an would leave a gentleman in the suds, hundred to one, that a union, foundlay down his razor, and draw dia- ed on such a visionary basis, would grams and wheels with chalk on the never produce domestic happiness. pannels of his shaving-shop, till his That, in as far as he was capable of wife, concluding that he was going judging, every love, or liking, not out of his senses, and taking counsel sanctioned by prudence, ought to be with her next-door neighbour, a pru. considered as a disease, and cured as dent, pains-taking tailor, he, like the speedily as possible. That if the seat curate with Don Quixote, advised of Wisdom were allowed to be in the her to take away the cause, and the head, and that of Feeling in the effect would cease. In compliance heart, the qualities which might with this sage advice, all the barber's attract a lover were often very difwheels and models were, one morn- ferent from those which would coning before he got up, blazing in a tinue to please a husband. Courtbonfire, when, instead of losing time ship might be an affair of feeling ;* in scolding or beating his rib, he pa. but in marriage, the judgment and tiently and perseveringly set to work common sense should always be contill the whole were replaced. These, sulted. Human life, not being an and many other instances of the elysium of uninterrupted felicity, but triumphs of genius, were urged by a shifting scene of cares and rational Andrew, who concluded by affirm. enjoyments, woman was not to be ing, that, should he ever have a son, considered as a toy, to smile, fondle, he would allow him to make his own and talk sentimental nonsense, but choice of the path he was to follow to perform the more important duties through life. Francis, with equal of a prudent housewife and careful information, and not less obstinacy, mother. Hence, marriage was an act adhered to his former opinion; and which required cool and cautious dedeclared his fixed resolve, that should liberation ; for which reason, a pru. he ever be a father, he would deter- dent man would avoid falling in love, mine what business his son should as he would shun the contagion of an follow while the child was in lead- infectious fever. He who resolved to ing-strings, and make him pursue marry, would look around him for a that course of education best adapt- woman of plain common sense, of a ed to qualify him for his destined good, or at least respectable family; employment

and although fortune was not to be Their opinions about love and considered as a sine qua non, yet it marriage were not less opposed to should form a very desirable appeneach other; Andrew affirmed, that dage. A match thus founded would love was wholly an affair of the produce esteem, the only soil in beart; that there was a delicacy and which that rational love could spring purity in a first love that no sub- the fruit of which was domestic hapsequent passion could inspire; and piness. that in marriage, every consideration Andrew heard all this with indif. about future happiness, founded on ference, bordering on contempt; for the cold, calculating principles of his imagination was soaring in airy what was often named prudence, was dreams, as far elevated above the reno other than mean, selfish cunning, gion of common sense as the other unworthy of the name of love, and was sunk below the true dignity of never found a place in the heart man, in the mire of grovelling selfglowing with that passion in its ge- ishness. nuine and spotless purity. In a word, During the last session that An. the heart and feelings only should be drew attended college, he boarded in consulted : if worldly wisdom were a family consisting of a widow and allowed to interfere, it operated like her daughter. The mother had a a blighting frost, or a worm in the small annuity, her daughter was a rose, withering the bud before it had milliner and fashionable dress-maker; expanded into blossom. Opposed to and, as an addition to their income, this romantic theory, Francis

argued, they received one or two respectable


boarders. Miss Lindsay had received he had visited Miss Lindsay every a fashionable education, and Nature year, and she continued to fan the had endowed her with a handsome flame, but prudently avoided comstature and fine face: she sung with ing under any promise to one whose delicate feeling, and played on the future establishment in life was so spinnet with good taste, (piano-fortes precarious. However, the tutor had were not then in fashion.) From the given such complete satisfaction to nature of her business, she had oc- his employer, that the incumbent of casion to see several ladies above her a parish of which he had the patronown rank, and caught many of their age dying, the tutor received a preamiable weaknesses, with a tolerable sentation to the kirk. No sooner was share of sentimental affectation, he settled, than, “ faithful to his which rendered her still more attrac- former fires," the now Reverend Antive in the eyes of Andrew, whose drew Baxter flew on the wings of imagination had always invested a love, and again, with respectful tenwoman worthy of being beloved derness, but greater confidence, presswith a fascinating delicacy and re

ed his suit. To reward such wellfined sensibility, resembling what

tried and unshaken constancy, Miss Miss Lindsay now exhibited ; and Lindsay, now, with delicate sensibia before the close of the session he lity, was deeply in love. It was the first Smild, sigh'd, and blush'd, as willing to attack, and his mind was so suscep

be woo'd; tible, that it tingled in every vein. And in a languid whisper breathed conHis enthusiasm shed around it a halo of such imaginary purity and trans- I saw the happy couple, as they porting ecstacy, that his heart was visited at my father's during the intoxicated with an ideal and volup- honey-moon. He had a manly and tuous draught of his own creation. graceful air ; she was slender, but Although his every look and action beautifully elegant in form and staplainly indicated the state of his ture, with a mild but melting lustre heart, he had not ventured to whis. in her eye, and a blush of winning per the tender tale ; for he held her softness suffusing her cheek; and virgin delicacy in such esteem, or they seemed a couple mutually love rather such idolatrous adoration, that ing and beloved. he shrunk from the disclosure. But Fortune, although a little more Miss Lindsay was not blind, nor was tardy in conferring

her favours, had her heart invulnerable ; it also 'was not forgotten Halliday, who, in about wounded, although not so deeply; a year after the settlement of his and it depended on contingencies friend, obtained a crown presentawhether the wound admitted of cure. tion to a charge in a country town However, she contrived to give Ane within a few miles of the manse ocdrew a fair opportunity, and soon cupied by his former College chum. led him to an explicit declaration of From what has been already stated of his sentiments, to which she replied Francis, it will not be supposed that with fascinating blushes and maid- his heart was very susceptible of the enly modesty, which gave new viru. tender passion ; indeed, he was too lence to the poison, and, without prudent to entangle himself in the kindling hope, had no tendency to toils of Love. However, now that nurse despair. It was only when he he was sure of a competency for life, was about to leave town, that, as he it was necessary to have a housekeepfondly pressed her trembling hand, er, and he believed no one would she acknowledged a respect for him, act so faithfully as one who had an which might probably in time ripen interest in the economy and prospeinto a softer and more delicate feel- rity of his establishment, and that ing, but she was inclined to keep must be a wife. But as it was proboth her heart and hand disengaged bable that this appendage to his houseas long as possible.

hold would also bring the addition Soon after being licensed, Andrew of other claimants on their protection, was engaged as tutor in a gentle. he deemed it prudent, if possible, to man's family, where he continued obtain a partner whose fortune, added three years. Faithful to his first love, to his stipend, might enable them to

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make a better provision for their pro- each other, all of turf, in which were geny. After having been repulsed interspersed snow-drops, crocuses, in his addresses to the daughter of a daisies, and other flowers. The garcountry squire, and next thing to jilt- den was separated from the house by ed by the rich banker's widow, who, a clean paved court, and bounded by after some deliberation, preferred a low wall, decorated with a light and cheerful scarlet to gloomy black, he neat wooden railing. The parson had at last wooed, and won the heart of observed our approach, and, accorda farmer's daughter, with a fortune ing to the good old fashion of the of one thousand pounds.

times, which indicated a hearty welNew pursuits led me from that come, met us on our egress from the quarter of the country, to which I garden. After exchanging complis returned after an absence of seven ments, I had time to observe a cherryyears. Soon after my arrival, I was tree spread out on the front-wall of invited, along with my father's fa- the house ; the window of the ini. mily, to dine at the manse with Mr nister's study, as I could perceive Baxter. “ I am glad of this invita, from the number of books and a tion,” said I ;“ Mrs Baxter was, and small portable desk on the table, was still must be, a fine woman; her fie richly festooned on the outside with gure was elegantly graceful, and her woodbine and roses; a box of migface the index of a meek and cheer- nionette occupied the outer sill, and ful mind.” My mother smiled, but a swallow's nest was stuck in the made no reply. The manse was upper corner. situate near the bottom of a sloping We were now conducted to the bank, the garden in front stretched drawing-room, and I was introduced to the margin of a rivulet, clear as to Mrs Baxter. I do not know that rock crystal, which murmured on the I ever felt equal surprise on so trimossy rocks in a narrow glen; the vial an occasion; I have already ex. stream was overshaded by shrubs, pressed what she appeared to me under which the vernal primrose when I last saw her, but her face and bloomed, while the blushing wild- form were now so metamorphosed, rose on the bank, and the pendulous that I could scarcely persuade myself fox-glove on the cliffs, gave beauty to that it was the same person before the summer; while finches, thrushes, me. I like to see a matron em-bonand blackbirds, with their melody, point, but Mrs Baxter was corpuwaked the echoes around. We ap- lent and unwieldy; when she sat proached the manse by a little gate, down, the sopha might be said to which opened on the rivulet; our groan with her weight; the rose path leading through the garden, on which, seven years ago, bloomed more each side of which was a rustic ar- sweetly on her cheek, from the deli. bour, covered with honeysuckle, eg- cate whiteness with which it was lantine, and clematis, so that, from surrounded, had now not only astheir situation, either sun or shade sumed a deeper and less pleasing tint, could be enjoyed. Across the bottom but had banished the lily from every of the garden run a smooth and part of her face and neck that was closely-shorn velvet walk, which ex- visible; not merely her complexion, hibited evident marks that it was the but also her features were changed, goodman's retreat, both for exercise and neither for the better; her voice and contemplation; it was bounded was also strangely disagreeable, for on the outside by a high and imper- by affecting a languid sensibility, she vious hedge of evergreen holly, and endeavoured to modulate her voice on the other with a variety of shrubs accordingly, and it seemed to me as and flowers; from this, a trim gravel an unnatural but abortive effort of walk, bordered with boxwood, led to ventriloquism. Four children were a circular green in the middle of the now introduced ; the eldest a boy, I garden, in the centre of which stood was told, in his seventh year ; the å sun-dial constructed by the pare youngest not as many months, and in son, with this motto, Tempus cdax the nurse's arms; for Mr Baxter said rerum; it stood on a narrow mound, her health had become so delicate, raised to a considerable height, and that she had nursed only her first surrounded by three terraces above child. When the infant began to


cry, she ordered the nurse to take it and many other equally important away, for her nerves were torn with injunctions. After the cloih was its abominable squalling.

removed, the two parsons resumed Soon after, the Rev. Francis Hal. their old argument about the innate liday and his lady arrived, their ve- propensities of genius, over their hicle of conveyance being a common wine, each tenaciously adhering to cart; their cushions-sacks stuffed his early opinions. We then went with straw, and their carpet clean out to have a walk in the garden. dry hay: Mrs Halliday was a tall, Mrs Halliday requested Mrs Baxter masculine-looking woman, very plain- to shew her the cows, and inquired ly dressed, and, both in personal ap- how many pigs she kept ? " Oh! do pearance and apparel, forming a not mention the detestable brutes, striking contrast to Mrs Baxter, who you make me sick with the thought, was dressed in the extreme of the should faint at the sight of fashion. In a few minutes we sat them.” I happened to mention an down to dinner, our attendant being acquaintance about whom Mr Hallia woman on the wrong side of forty, day was interested, and he requested blind of an eye, and her face not only that I would call on him when in pitted, but scared and seamed by the town, that we might talk over the small-pox. The table displayed dishes subject. After tea, the parson and and delicacies, as I thought, unsuit- his wife departed, seated beside each able to the income of a country cler- other in the cart. “ My gracious ! gyman, while we were teased with how vulgar,” exclaimed Mrs Baxter, apologies about the poorness of our “ to see the minister and his lady in entertainment, uttered with a lan- a dung cart ! but I suppose she guor which seemed to come from the still thinks herself on her father's lips of some delicate fair in the last farm ; for she can talk of nothing stage of a consumption, rather than but cows, pigs, and poultry : faugh! those of the Dutch-built vrow at the I have been told that the parson head of the table. “ The dinner is married her for money; and if so, excellent, and I shall do it justice," he is rightly served ; for she is nei. said Mrs Halliday, “for my ride ther qualified to be his companion, has given me a good appetite.""" For nor to give dignity to his vocation. ” which I envy you,” replied the fine On our way home, my mother, lady; I am sure, had I rode a mile smiling, said, “Well, do you find Mrs in such a vehicle, my nerves would Baxter much improved since you have been all shattered; I should last saw her ?” “ She is so changed never have recovered the shock." that I could hardly believe her the “ All want of custom, and too little same woman.” Ay, she is indeed exercise," said the other. “ In this changed, and that the poor man, her rural paradise, with your cows, dairy, husband, feels every hour of his life: and poultry, and the fine scenery for she affects the fine airs and foibles walking, you might get as rich as of a lady of fashion ; is proud as a Jews, and healthy as a milk-maid, duchess, and, with all her pretensions Mrs Baxter.” “ Ah! I wish I could to delicacy and susceptible nerves, encounter all that; when I walk out is a gross sensualist ; indolent in the with Mr Baxter, I am deaved with extreme, and yet a slave to her pasthe lowing of cows,-the cackling of sions. Her fondness for her huspoultry tear my nerves at home,--the band, whether real or affected, makes dairy is too fatiguing for me,- I am him miserable. He is a popular compelled to go to the kitchen, Nelly preacher, and often called out on is so awkward,-and my maternal sacramental occasions; but as she feelings oblige me to visit the nur. always insists on accompanying him, sery; so that you see I am fatigued and is too proud to ride in his own with exertion."

cart, she has compelled him to purTom, her first born, was seated at chase a fine phaeton and splendid table, and she was constantly checking harness. When appointed to rehim for some impropriety. “Tom- present the Presbytery in the Genemy, my dear, hold your knife right-ral Assembly, she went with him, don't bawl so for what you want and with difficulty he obtained her see what a cloth you are making!" consent to dine for one day at the


Commissioner's table, and she was the carth was wet, and he was in in hysterics before he came in; he mud over the knuckles; however, was obliged every day after to come after rubbing his hands on the grass, home the moment the Assembly and then wiping them with a handleft St. Giles's, and either take her kerchief, which seemed to have been out, or sit, tied to her apron-string, long in use, he extended a horny during the evening. He is fond of fist, like that of a ploughman, to bid walking, to admire and contemplate me welcome, making an awkward the beauties of Nature, for which apology that the maid was washing, the scenery around the manse is well and as he was fond of potatoes, he adapted; but he dares not stir be- came out to dig a few for dinner. yond the garden, without her by his I had now an opportunity of observside. She is too indolent to rise in the ing his dress, every part of which morning ; but at breakfast she will appeared to have seen much service; examine his shoes, to find whether the crown of his hat had fallen in, the mud which adheres to them and the brim in some places points may betray that he has been beyond ed to the zenith, and in others to the his limits ; she keeps no female ser- nadir; his rusty black coat was out vant of more attractive features than at elbows, and also fringed at the the woman who attended us at din- wrists ; his vest, from a paucity of

In a word, with his small sti- buttons, betrayed the secret that his pend, her nameless caprices, vanity, linen was ready for the girl who had fantastic follies and extravagance, acted as porter to me; from some the good man is utterly deprived of parts of his small-clothes, I perceive domestic happiness, for he is plun- ed they had once been cotton velvet, ged in debt over head and ears. I but the knees and upper parts of have heard that their marriage was the thighs exhibited a lustre which the result of first love, contracted might almost have rivalled Day and when he was at College, before he Martin's blacking, had it then been knew the world ; if so, he has paid invented ; his stockings were a mixfor his romantic folly.'

ture of black and white worsted, the Agreeably to my promise, when heels having been repeatedly darned in town I called on Mr Halliday, with divers colours, of which white when the door was opened by a was predominant, still, from more maid-servant, half naked, and up than one hiatus, the skin was visito the elbows in soap-suds. She cone ble ; of his shoes I shall only say, ducted me to the garden, informing they were in keeping with his geneme the minister was there. As I ral costume. passed through the back court, I was On entering the parlour, we found fiercely attacked by a brood-hen, it filled with screens covered with surrounded by her chickens; as wct linen, and he led me to his study: staggered to one side to avoid her there we found three or four childattack, and afraid of trampling on ren clambering on chairs around a her chirping brood, which were flut- large atlas on the table. One was tering about my legs, I landed my daubing it with gamboge, another foot over the shoe in a dunghill, pricking it with pins, and a third which I soon perceived lay close to shading the indentations of land and the cowhouse, while the maternal water with black lead, or defacing screams of this feathered mother them with chalk. I observed the faalarmed a sow with a numerous pro- ther's face colour; however, he said geny, whose stye flanked the other nothing, but turned out the urchins, side of the court, as a counterpart and laid the atlas aside. Our interto the cow-house ; proceeding, I next view was long, for the minister had frightened a covey of ducks and much to inquire ; he invited me to ducklings, swimming in wooden stay dinner, which I declined ; but trough in front of a pump well, and he insisted till I complied, lest my in their futtering retreat they be- obstinacy should give offence. Mrs sprinkled my clothes and face with a Halliday now appeared in a very liberal effusion of the foul and filthy plain dress, and not overclean, and element. On entering the garden, Í her husband took the opportunity of found the parson digging potatocs; equipping himself a little more in

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