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ROLAND GRÆNE, AND THE LADY OF AVENEL.
163 clapping his hands at the same time proudest noble in Scotland might with an expression of fear and pain. have been yet prouder could he have
The lady of Avenel instantly taking called that child his heir. While, the alarm, called hastily to the at with breathless anxiety, the lady of tendants to get the buat ready. But Avenel gazed on his well-formed and this was an affair of some time. The
expressive features, a slight shade of only boat permitted to be used on the colour returned gradually to the lake was moored within the second cheek, suspended animation became cut which intersected the canal, and restored by degrees, the child sighed it was several minutes ere it could be deeply, opened his eyes which to unmoored and got under way. Mean. the human countenance produces the time, the Lady of Avenel, with effect of light upon the natural landagonizing anxiety, saw that the ef scape-stretched his arms towards forts which the poor boy made to the lady, and muttered the word keep himself afloat were now ex Mother," that epithet, of all others, changed for a faint struggling, which which is dearest to the female ear. would soon have been over, but for “ God, madam," said the preacher, aid equally prompt and un hoped for. “has restored the child to your wishes; Woll, who, like some of that large it must be yours so to bring him up, species of greyhound, was a practised that he may not one day wish that water-dog, had marked the object of he had perished in his innocence.". her anxiety, and, quitting his mis “ It shall be my charge," said the tress's side, had sought the vearest Tady; and again throwing her arms point from which he could with safety around the boy, she overwhelmed plunge into the lake. With the won. him with kisses and caresses; so derful instinct which these noble much was she agitated by the terror animals have so often displayed in arising from the danger in which he the like circumstances, he swam had been just placed, and by joy at straight to the spot where his assist his unexpected deliverance. ance was so much wapted, and seiz “ But you are not my mother," ing the child's under-dress in his said the boy, collecting his recol. mouth, he not only kept him afloat, lection, and endeavouring, though but towed him towards the causeway. faintly, to escape from the caresses of The boat having put off with a couple the lady of Avenel; “ you are not of men met the dog half-way, and my mother--alas ! I have no mother relieved him of his burthen.
-only I have dreamt that I had one." landed on the causeway, close by the “ I will read the dream for you, entrance to the castle, with their yet my love," answered the lady of Avelifeless burthen, and were met at the nel; “'and I will be myself your entrance of the gate by the lady of mother." Avenel, attended by one or two of The boy whom Providence, as she her maidens, eagerly waiting to ad thought, had thus strangely placed minister assistance to the sufferer.
under her care, was at once estaHe was borne into the castle, de blished a favourite with the lady of posited upon a bed, and every mode the castle. of recovery resorted to, which the knowledge of the times, and the skill of Henry Warden, who professed some medical knowledge, could dic
ANECDOTE. tate. For some time it was all in vain, and the lady watched with un A BARRISTER blind of one eye, speakable earnestness the pallid coun pleading one day with his spectacles tenance of the beautiful child. He on, said, “ Gentlemen, in my arguseemed about ten years old. His menţs I shall use nothing but what dress, was of the meanest sort, but is necessary, Mr. Mingay, who his long curled hair, and the noble was present, immediately replied, cast of his features, partook not of " Then take out one of the glasses that poverty of appearance. The of your spectacles."
THE DISCOVERY – THE PRO
ling on the cheek with the young GRESS - THE WRECK OF
blood of health, and on the brow and BEAUTY.
neck transparently white---her bril.
liant hair--and her general contour (Continued from p. 152.) of feature---I had seen as she sat at
Now, if I were an artist, the door. But now I observed the whenever I painted a woman, whose gracefulness of her form---her springy beauty was such that I might have and elastic gait--and, still more, the done so from my own choice as well beauty of her large eyes as they as from her vanity-I would steal brightened into a smile, or sank bashupon her at some moment like this fully down as she listened to what when, unconscious of being ob•
Dallas said to her. As I looked at served, her countenance was in its them both, I thought to myself that natural, and therefore its most beau it probably would be better for all tiful, state; when, with the head bent parties if their fathers' houses were down over her work or her book, I in rather less near" neigbourhood. might .draw the fine sweep of her neck, without the alloy of any efforts at grace,--or, if I preferred the
up * YEARS passed on-Dallas and this raised look of solitary thought, that I lovely creature were united — they might catch the expression of the resided at a villa near Richmondeye, without any false language being Gilbert had not seen them since the thrown into it.
discovery, On his return from All this is a little high-flown, abroad he hastens to the happy reperhaps, to be excited by a farmer's treat the perfection and progress of daughter sitting at her cottage her beauty is thus delineated : door, but certainly she did excite · When last I saw-Susan she was it ;-for I thought what a pretty then a beautiful girl---she is now 'an picture she would make, and that exceedingly fine woman.
She is, or again brought up my ideas concern seems to be, a little taller; her form ing pictures in general. At last we is more fully developed, and her carbegan to fear we should be observed riage freer and more under self-comthus skulking behind the trees, so we inand. But, indeed, if I had met advanced towards the vision which her any where else, I might have had been the object of our contem been introduced to her as to Lady plation. She recognised Dallas This, or-Mrs. T'other, and never (hang the fellow, I grudged him his dreamed of the pretty, modest, counprior acquaintance,) and welcomed try girl whom I admired three years us both with a very pleasing and ago. Not that I at all mean to say graceful modesty of manner. Real that there is the least immodesty in modesty it in truth seemed to be; her manner or air-not the slightest; for, though certainly conscious of her --but she is totally uncountryfied beauty, and of its natural attraction she has nothing left of that touch of to the eyes of two young men-- to the romantic in her
appearance, say nothing of D.'s dropping a gentle which she had when I last saw her. hint touching the early repetition of One might have chosen her then for his accidental visit: in despite, I say, the heroine of a romance, or of a of the gratified consciousness un pretty, soft, gentle tale, such as avoidable in a girl's mind, from these would write, and ladies and lady-like causes---her whole demeanour was gentlemen admire. But now she is marked by a quiet purity equally far very different. Dallas has spent a from prudishness and affectation, great deal of money, and taken infiWe staid some time; indeed, my nite pains for her education and imcompanion seemed in no hurry to provement. Her manners are unconterminate his visit---so that I had strained and good; and her whole full leisure to contemplate her. She appearance in no way distinguishable is certainly exceedingly pretty---more from that of nine women out of ten than pretty. Her clear skin, mant whom you meet at a rout, except
THE DISCOVERY-THE PROGRESS-THE WRECK OF BEAUTY. 165 perhaps by a very suspicious supe Never, no never in my life, did riority of beauty to almost every one experience a more violent and sickof them.
ening shock. Gracious heaven! and She sat at the head of the table at this was the creature whom I redinner ; and did the honours as if membered in her young purity and she had never been accustomed to loveliness---whom I had so often seen an humbler board, or
impler fare. surrounded with all that luxury and I drank champagne with her and wealth could furnish for her pleathought of the bright frothing ale I sure ---at whose table, as I may call had last pledged her in! She was it, I had so often sat in the midst of addressed as Mrs. Williams --- an troops of admiring and flattering appellation concocted, I believe, from friends,---whom I had left, not four D.'s christian name; and the guests, years since, the adored, almost the with the good taste and good feeling idolized, object of affection to a man which I have more than once seen who was one of the most feeling, exercised on such occasions, paid her generous, and noble of created beperhaps more delicate and respectful ings! attention than if she had been pos I had striven, since my last return sessed of all the immunities and from abroad, to obtain some tidings honours of the place she occupied. of poor, poor Susan : but in vain. Her own manners were, I have said, Dallas's death was so sudden that he remarkably good-equally free from left no will---SO she sank at once stiff and sensitive reserve on the one from splendid wealth to absolute deshand, and any thing approaching to titution; for his friends (no---his levity on the other. Still there is relations) would do nothing for one always-something---a certain conscious on whom they had always looked glance of the eye, if no more,- from with dislike and fear. Would, oh, which I have never seen any one would to God! that I had been here. placed in her unhappy situation to She who had been dear to Dallas tally free. I thought in particular should not have been treated thus. . that she did not feel quite easy when All this passed across my mind Dallas talked to me about going in one instant, as the poor wretch down to Kipplestone, in the autumn raised her face to the light, as she to shoot.
spoke. Heavens ! what á face it In the evening she sang, pleasingly was !---her eyes were bleared and red enough, but to my mind not half
so at the edges, and the balls were glazed much so as when I heard her upon with recent drunkenness. She had, the bench at her cottage door. She it is true, recovered her senses; but accompanied herself by striking a her eye still reeled, and her breath few notes upon a splendid guitar, still reeked, with the effects of that which was hung round her neck by poisonous, debauchery. If there be, a sky-blue scarf,---but it had not, in in the human shape, one object more my eyes, half the effect of the work revolting, degrading, and humiliating and the needle which had occupied than another, it is that of a drunken her hands then. She looked very woman !---and it was now presented beautiful, certainly-for few things to my cyes in the person of one are more becoming to a woman than whom I had known in all the deli. this and if I had never seen her cacy of female youth---who had been before I should have been much the first and only love of my first and struck with her :--but there was best friend. Her cheek was fallen something which appeared to me un and hollowed,---and an unwhole'real and exotic in the whole business, some, sodden paleness, which overas compared with the simple and na spread the lower part of it, was made tural peasant whom I remembered." almost hideous by the contrast of a
large blotch of coarse red paint which Years after this visit, coming one was plastered upon each cheekbone. night from the theatre, he recog Of her figure I could see nothing, for nises her;
she was wrapped to the throat in a
large shawl, which fell over nearly her whole person, in folds in which
WITCH-FINDERS, grease, dirt, and dripping wet seemed to struggle for supremacy: I
An old woman who passed for a never beheld a more pitiable being witch in the Communè of Fuust, a vil
She was so much agitated by the lage not far from Pau, having obstisadden revulsion, both physical and nately refused to employ her supermental, which she had undergone,
natural power for the purpose of rethat for some time I thought she storing health to a young sick girl, would have fallen upon the pavement
the relations and friends of the latter where we stood. She spoke with an
làid their wits together, and (accordagony almost amounting to incohe- ing to the Bearnais Journal) the most rence, of what she had gone through determined among them announced --of her present condition. She told his resolution of burning the witch me that she was reduced to the in spite of her disciples. This halowest pitch of distress-that, (and I
zardous motion was tremblingly ap; fully believe it to be true) she had plauded; but the courage of others not for the last six and thirty hours was excited by the praise it obtained, tasted any thing but gin! Good God!
and the council broke up to prepare and this is the state to which we re the pile. In short, à stake was driven duce those who lavish upon us their
into the ground, dry vine branches whole affection, who place in us their were piled about it, the witch whole trust!
was sought, seized, and attached to It was some time before I could at the stake, the fire was lighted, and all compose her; and then she want the unhappy woman, who for the ed me to leave her to her fate.ro to
first time in her life found her art die,” as she said, sinking upon a door powerless, was on the point of perishstone, “ to die here!” At last, after ing in the flames, if other persons considerable delay and difficulty, I
had not come to her assistance. It procured a coach, and had her con was, however, somewhat' tardy, for yeyed to my house. I instantly sent
when she was set at liberty maný for medical aid, and had a bed pre parts of her body had suffered from pared for her. Mr. S. said, that she the effect of the fire; it is even said had undergone so much, and was in that she is now ill, and that her reso debilitated a condition of frame, storation will be a matter of difficulty that he could not yet say what hopes an example that superior honour he could hold out of her ultimate re and respect are often attended with covery. This morning, I have had danger. It is, however, matter of her removed to a lodging close to - congratulation, that justice has views Mr. S.'s, who is really kind and ac
ed the affair in a less amusing light, tive, as well as skilful. Poor, poor,
and that the king's procureur has alcreature !
ready, It is said, commenced proceedIt is not ten years since I saw ings against the authors of this this woman, beautiful, innocent, and
atrocious vengeance. happy-and, if it had not been for an almost incalculable chance, she would last night have perished in the streets !
FRENCH TRAGEDY. February 20.-S. has just been with me to inform me of poor Susan's M. SOUMET, the author of Clytemdeath.
nestra and Saul, has presented a tra
gedy (called Cleopatra) to the Theatre EPITAPH
de L'Odeon, where it has been unaAt Och
in Surrey, 1736. nimously accepted. It is said that « The Lord saw good, I was lopping off
this tragedy, has been waiting a reAnd down fell from the tree ; [wood,
presentation for 15 years, at the I met with a check, and I broke my neck, Theatre Français, where it was oriAnd so death lopp'd off me!"
HOGARTH AND HIS MERRY COMPANIONS.
167 HOGARTH AND HIS MERRY affairs of consequence, which made COMPANIONS.
us drowsy, and then Hogarth fell
asleep; but soon awaking, was going The diverting scenes described in to tell his dream, but falling asleep the five days' peregrination of five again, when awake, had forgotten heeccentric characters, hinted at prece had dreamed at all. dently in this work, were turned into, We soon arrived at Gravesend, hudibrastics, which almost entirely but found some difficulty in getting destroyed their quaint humour, and ashore, by a boy's boat that had interpublished by Mr. Nicoll in his Bio- cepted the passage, and his refusing. graphical Anecdotes of Hogarth. us to go across his vessel. We surBad etchings of the drawings were mounted the difficulty, however, and likewise put forth, with a mutilated happily arrived at Mother Bramble's text in illustration; and these im at six. [The Horn alehouse I
guess, pressions are limited to the posses T. A.] We washed hands and face, sion of a few collectors. In the hope got our wigs powdered, then drank that the droll adventures comprised coffee and tea, ate toast and butter, in the original MS. will be in this paid our reckoning, and set out at
more generally circulated. eight. We viewed the new church, and preserved, the following au the unknown person's tomb and epithentic copy is here introduced, with taph, and the market-place, and then, the omission of one or two passages proceeded on foot to Rochester.of too coarse a texture for readers Nothing remarkable occurred, except of this refined age.
our calling and drinking three pots Suturday, May 27. Set out with of beer at an evil house, as we were the inorning, and took our departure asterwards informed, called the Dover from the Bedford Arms Tavern, in Castle; and some small distress Mr. Covent Garden, to the tune of " Why Scott suffered in travelling through a should we quarrel for riches ?” The clayey, ground moistened by rain. first land we made was Billingsgate, But the country being exceedingly where we dropt anchor at the Dark- pleasant, alleviated his distress, and house. There Hogarth made a cạri- made him jocund; and about ten cature of a porter, who called him we arrived at Rochester. self the Duke of Puddledock. The We surveyed the fine bridge, cadrawing was, by his Grace, pasted on thedral, and castle, described the the cellar door. We were greatly latter, ascended its battlements to entertained with the humours of the the top, .saw a beautiful country, place, particularly by an explanation fine river, and the noblest ships in of a Gaffer and a Gammer, a little the world. A little boy descended obscene, although in the presence of the deep well in the castle, by sınall two of the fair sex. Here we conti holes cut in the sides, and brought nued till the clock struck one, and quickly up a young daw taken out of then set sail in á Gravesend boat we a nest there. We traversed the city, had hired for ourselves, Straw was saw Watts' Hospital, viewed the hasour bed, and a tilt our covering: The relief figures on the front, and rewind blew hard at S. E. and by E. turned to the Crown Inn at 12. The We had much rain, and no sleep, for chief of the company slept on chairs about three hours. At Cuckold's till dinner-time, in the dining-room. Point, we sung. Sir John-at Dept- From one till three we spent at ford Pishoken--and in Blackwall. dinner on soles and founders, with Reach ate hung beef and biscuit, crab sauce, roasted calves-head stuffand drank right Hollands. At Pur- ed, the brain fried, and the rest fleet we had a view of three men-of minced; a leg of mutton roasted, war, from one of wliich we took on and green pease---all good and wellboard the pilot who brought the
dressed---with small beer and excelTartar Pink up the channel. He en lent port. The boy cleaned our shoes, tertained us with the insult of the and we went upon our adventures at Spaniards to himself, and other three. Hogarih and Scott played at