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Mr. SNIFFTON SNEALY was
was a little exceedingly, and magnified himself greatly smirking, jerking gentleman, most felici- in his own eyes, by talking of charming, tously endowed with an exceedingly high delightful parties, at which he had “met opinion of himself. Uniform self-compla- the Duke or Duchess, or Lords or Ladies cency like unto his can fall to the lot of but So-and-so ; but—alas ! all the steps of amfew; but, when attained, is a most valuable bition's crazy ladder seem to be composed endowment, inasmuch as it hath enabled of “buts”—“But," groaned Mr. Sniffton many mediocre persons to bask happily in Snealy to himself, on returning home late a sunshine of their own making, when the one morning from a splendid “ at home”favouring light of other eyes beamed not “but," sighed he, “it is of no use to conceal towards them.
the matter from myself—I am merely But Mr. Sniffton Snealy was not a fain- suffered to make one—merely, as it were, éant self-idolater, content to admire himself endured. If I could but once get some noble alone in his dressing-gown and slippers and or first-rate family to notice me in public, throughout the toilet phases of the day. No: as young Sir Peter Plus was noticed to-night he had a higher aim than so to hide his by her Ladyship's circle, I know then how talent, as it were, under a bushel. His it would be—the rest would follow. But ambition was to belong, or at least appear nou, a slight bend of recognition is all I can to belong, to what he considered the obtain from those whom I am most anxious fashionable world ; and his ingenious con- to be acquainted with, and frequently that trivances to obtain cards of invitation and is accorded without a smile, and sometimes tickets of admission to “ at homes," soirées, even with a wondering stare, from persons and private or select concerts, &c. &c. toge- who must have seen me but a night or two ther with the multitudinous disappointments before." and humiliations consequent thereupon, With such unsatisfactory reminiscences would fill a volume.
he sought repose, but lay long awake cogiAt length, that is, after several years of tating upon various modes of breaking perseverance, his object seemed to be attain- through the barrier of “ exclusiveness. ed, as his small figure might often be seen To be noticed by those who were gliding among well-dressed crowds, collected noticed" of all, was thenceforward his great in elegantly furnished apartments. So his aim, and his demeanour became changed face and name gradually became familiar accordingly. Instead of contenting himself to many, and no inquiry was made con- with the privilege of looking on and occacerning his “birth, parentage, and educa- sionally exchanging a few words with passtion," or by whom he was first introduced ing acquaintance of the oi mohlou or into society. And the cause of this omission ticketed,” like himself, he now eagerly was simply that no one felt sufficiently watched and hovered about those little interested about him to ask any questions, circles which are ever contrived for the élite, a fact of which he continued blissfully un- even in crowded rooms. And there, with suspicious, in consequence of the excellent cat-like patience, would he watch for the terms on which he always was with himself. moment to pounce upon á fallen handkerThus his time passed pleasantly enough, chief or glove, to present to its fair and and he might have continued, till the end titled owner, and receive the heart-cheering of his days, a quiet participator in the reward of a gracious smile. Many other gaieties of the town, had it not been that little marks of attention and reverence did success was, as usual, the precursor of fresh he by degrees venture to pay to “ the noaspirings. It was something certainly to be ticed.” If a lady of that caste was moving, admitted into circles formerly inaccessible albeit she might have the arm of a peer, he to him, and for a while he plumed himself would request gentlemen to make way
her ladyship; and when a carriage was with Lucy. We are obliged to be a little wanted, the Dutch gentleman with his particular. Have you seen her to-night?” patent cork leg could not be more perse- “ I have but just arrived," was the reply. veringly locomotive than was Mr. Sniffton “ She dined with the Countess, and came Snealy.
here dressed," said the Major; I dare The adage says, “perseverance in a good say we shall find her in the farther room. cause is obstinacy in a bad one." Whether Ugh, that leg of mine ! I'm almost as useour hero's cause was good or bad, we leave less as my father, who is laid up with the with the reader to settle ; but persevere he gout. Will you allow me to make use of did, and, to his great mortification, with your arm ?” little apparent success, till love, almighty Though Mr. Sniffton Snealy was love, which settles most people's affairs in soldier, he walked far more erect than his one way or another, caused a young lady to companion, till they stood, arm in arm, receive his attentions in a manner most before the noble lady of the mansion, at gratifying to his feelings. She was one of whose side sat Lucy Glenfield, who wel“the noticed,” decidedly beautiful, had a comed her brother with an approving smile, fortune in her own possession, and was the and then a slight blush was apparent on her daughter of a Baronet. Moreover, what cheek as she bent to his supporter. Poor seemed of greater importance at the mo- Mr. Snealy's heart thrilled within him, but ment, her brother, a dashing Major, had he said not a word, simply because he just returned home, in consequence of could not. wounds received at the storming of Badajoz, “ Your Ladyship will, I trust, permit me and was, of course, one of the “lions” of to introduce my particular friend, Mr.
Sniffton Snealy ?” said the Major. “ I thank you for your politeness, Mr.
"Don't trouble yourself," replied the Snealy, and hope to have the pleasure of Countess, “Mr. Snealy and I are old meeting you again soon," said Lucy Glen- acquaintance;" and smiling affably, she held field, as she stepped into her carriage, to out her hand, and, after a moment's pause, which our hero had with tremulous pride absolutely placed it upon that of our little handed her, after having been all but asked gentleman, who timidly half extended his before he ventured to proffer his arm. digits to receive the overwhelming honour,
That night he slept but little, and on the much in the style he might have done if following day had many waking dreams. suspicious that a pair of thumb-screws were That he was
on the wrong side” of thirty concealed beneath the delicate white glove. he knew; but he felt certain that no one “ Your Ladyship is very ki-hi-hind," would suppose him to be more than seven- was all he stammered, but he “looked unand-twenty, and the lady (he ascertained utterable things," and it seemed unto him as by the Baronetage) was almost twenty-four. though there was a whirligig in his head. So he took to “ castle-building.”
“ I beg your Grace's pardon," exclaimed Will you oblige me by an introduction Major Glenfield, moving aside, and the next to your friend ?” said Major Glenfield, a moment our hero found himself shoulder to few nights after, to a gentleman who had shoulder, or rather shoulder to elbow, with just left our hero, and the request was im- the young Duke of Bettington, to whom mediately complied with.
the Countess extended her hand with a “I am most happy to make your acquaint- languid air, widely different from her recent ance, Mr. Snealy,” said the Major, “I friendly recognition of her old acquaintance. wished to express how much obliged I feel “ Come and sit here, Charles," said Lucy for your polite attentions to my sister.” Glenfield, making room for her brother.
“ Pray, Major, don't mention it,” stam- “ Not now, my dear,” replied the Major, mered Mr. Sniffton Snealy;
66 I'm sure no
“ there are fifty people here whom I want gentleman could—”
to speak to. I'll come to you presently ; “Well, well,” observed the Major, “we'll but, in the meanwhile, I'm sure our good say no more about it. The fact is, that I friend, Mr. Snealy, will be happy to enterought to have been in the way, but they tain you.” detained me at another party; and - you What a position for a hitherto “ know how it is—there are always plenty of ticed” small gentleman! He had not only fellows ready whom nobody knows—it's familiarly shaken hands, but was now absonot every one that I should like to be seen lutely seated upon the same sofa with the
Countess! No marvel then was it that the ness, till he conceived the limits of a first whirligig in his head appeared to whiz with morning visit were more than past, and then increased velocity, and that his language he rose to take leave. was somewhat confused, as he entertained “ Don't leave us yet, my dear fellow," the fair lady by his side. But at a first said the Major, “ I see the Duke of Bettête-à-tête, your ardent lovers are apt to be tington's carriage coming round the Square, somewhat nervous, and consequently not and expect him to call. I must introduce particularly brilliant; therefore what passed you to him. He's a little harum-scarum need not be related, and it will suffice to now, but he's young, and a capital fellow say that the evening went off delightfully, at heart, I do think. A few friends who and Mr. Sniffton Snealy went home per- know the world well, as you do, would be fectly convinced that his manners, person, invaluable to him.” and style, were sufficient to carry all before It was not in our hero's nature to shun him. So from that date he held up his such an introduction, but he muttered somehead higher than ever, or, to speak more thing about not “presuming,” to which the correctly, he held it backward, making his Major bluntly replied—“ Nonsense! a chin, as the sailors would say, serve as a gentleman is a gentleman. You'll soon find bowsprit instead of his nose.
that the Duke has no pride of that sort “ Faint heart never won fair lady," about him. His foible lies the other way. thought he, as he rang and knocked furi- He isn't half particular enough. Yes—the ously at Sir Charles Glenfield's door on the carriage stops.” following morning. “Is Miss Glenfield or Here the usual scientific ra-ta-ta-tat-tat the Major at home?” he inquired, present- was performed upon the door, and, half-aing two elaborately embossed cards. minute after, the young Duke came run
Yes, Sir, they are both within,” replied ning up the stairs two steps at a stride, and the porter, with a decision indicative of his bounced unceremoniously into the room. having recently seen the name before him “ Your pardon, fair lady,” said he to written in another place.
Lucy, who rose at his entrance. “ Didn't “ If you will take the trouble to walk up know you were here. How are you? Pray stairs, Sir," said the Major’s valet, stepping be seated. Don't mind me.” forward with deferential alacrity.
Then turning to the Major, he shook “ A superb mansion !” thought our him cordially by the hand, and then-our ticed” gentleman in his ascent; and, to his hero was, for the first time in his life, regudismay, he caught himself in the act of larly introduced to a Duke. rubbing his hands, a habit which he believed Sniffton Snealy !” his Grace exclaimed he had entirely conquered.
after the ceremony,
66 what a strange name! As he entered the drawing-room, Lucy, Don't be offended, my dear fellow ;-but who was engaged in painting, started as his really I can't help laughing—not at you, name was announced, and appeared in as but at your name.
Never heard it before. pretty a confusion as any aspiring lover need Not a numerous family, eh?” wish. The Major lay reclined on a sofa “ I believe I am the only person of the with a book in his hand, which he imme- name,” replied our “noticed” little gentlediately threw aside, and welcomed his
My parents have been dead many visiter by a friendly grasp, exclaiming- years, and I am an only child, and not
“ We were just speaking of you! I having yet entered into the holy state-" should have called on you in less than an At these words, he cast a furtive glance hour, just to leave my card selon les règles, towards Miss Glenfield, and fancied that he though I hate all useless ceremony. So perceived a smile playing about her lips, as consider that done, there's a good fellow, she bent forward apparently busily employed and from this time come and go as you like, with her pencil. for
my time in England is too short to allow “ I should strongly recommend you to of your snail-crceping cautious ways of do so at the first convenient opportunity," forming acquaintance.”
said his volatile Grace, affecting gravity. Mr. Snealy expressed himself highly “ It would be a shame, a positive sin to flattered by this cordial reception, admired allow such a name to pass away from the Lucy's drawings, essayed his skill in the face of the earth.” art of complimenting, and talked over the “ I feel exceedingly obliged to your last party, and so forth, with tolerable glib- Grace," said Mr. Snealy, "exceedingly
flattered! And I hope I trust-it will himself to recommend a gentleman in the not.”
profession with whom he was acquainted. 66 Bravo !” exclaimed the Duke.
The Duke thanked him, and added you have made up your own mind on the “He shall try his hand at Mad Tom and point, we may consider that affair as settled. the black Highflyer mare first. So come To think otherwise would be a libel against along—you must take a seat in my chariot, the ladies.”
and introduce me. Good morning, Lucy. Mr. Snealy simpered, placed his hand Au revoir, Major. Observe, seven o'clock, upon his heart, and performed a most reve- military time. I hate your late dinners.” rential obeisance in return for the supposed Mr. Snealy shook hands with the Major, compliment; and then the conversation took and then approached respectfully to Miss a less interesting turn, and his share therein Glenfield and bowed, and probably looked was small, till the young peer expressed very interesting, as she extended her hand his wish to find a really talented painter of towards him, which was more than she had horses.
done towards the nobleman. So he seized " The fellow I employed last,” said he, thereon, and stammered his good wishes, “ is reckoned very clever; but he cannot and hardly believing or knowing where he catch the character, the points, the expres- was or what he did, skipped nimbly down sion, if I may use that term. Nay, don't stairs after his long-legged leader. smile, Miss Lucy. There is as great a On that morning he was
6 noticed” invariety of expression in the heads of horses deed, for, at the top of Bond Street (the as in the human countenance, always ex- Regent Street of those days), his Grace cepting--"
ordered his coachman to drive as slowly as “Nay, nay," exclaimed Lucy, smiling, possible, in order to give him time to criticise
no common-place flattery, I prythee, my any “turn-out" that might attract his attenLord Duke."
tion. So, from Oxford Street to Piccadilly, “ Not another word of it,” said his Grace, Mr. Snealy sat well forward and erect, with sinking into a chair opposite to her, and his elbow through the window, below which taking possession of paper and a camel's hair were emblazoned the ducal arms and coronet. pencil. “ I'll explain myself. Here are Perhaps no Roman warrior ever felt prouder colours of all sorts between us, and mayhap, during the progress of a triumph.
His even with my small skill, I could mix up little heart bounded within him, and he was the exact hue of your dress, and hair, and perfectly “in the ecstatics," as familiar eyes-10I could not match them!” faces met his eye, and all appeared honored
Gently, my Lord! you are transgress- by his recognition. Then, as though his cup ing again,” exclaimed Miss Glenfield, of bliss was to be filled to overflowing, there laughing, and with a familiar archness that
was a momentary stoppage, and from an rendered Mr. Sniffton Sncaly exceedingly elegant landau at his elbow was heard an uncomfortable.
harmonious voice, exclaiming familiarlyWell, Lucy," said the thoughtless “What! won't you notice me, Snealy ?” young nobleman, we are old friends ; but It was that of the Countess, who proceeded there's no denying facts, and you know as to
express her delight at seeing him look so well as I that every body says you are a well, whereas the only notice she took of devilish fine,"
his companion was, “Good morning, Duke," “ Hush, hush !" cried Lucy, giving way as the carriages separated. to immoderate laughter, in which the Major “ You appear to be a general favourite, and the giddy peer soon joined heartily; Mr. Snealy,” said his Grace: we must be but poor Mr. Snealy made a dismal cackling better acquaintance. Don't suppose I mean and coughing affair of his simulated mirth, anything disrespectful by not inviting you inasmuch as, with all his self-complacency, in a formal way the first time, but oblige he felt that a young Duke, with a fine per- me at once by taking your dinner with me son and an immense estate, might really to-day, sans façon ? We shall make a prove a formidable rival.
small select bachelor's party, and you
will At length his Grace clearly explained meet your friend the Major for one. that the artist with whom he was dissatis- What small gentleman, who had long usefied, was deficient in vigour and accuracy lessly sighed to be “ noticed," would refuse of design, though his colouring was admir- such an invitation ? Mr. Sniffton Snealy able ; and thereupon our hero took upon did not, and in consequence terminated that
eventful day in a manner most unwonted his proffered assistance in carving, a science with him. The dinner was exquisitely in which he prided himself not a little at arranged, and afterward choice wines and being an adept. Sir Charles also appeared wit were superabundant. It was a jovial well pleased with his visiter, to whom he party, and the little man sat and laughed, showed all gentlemanly attention, although and passed the bottle, till it somehow struck at times there was a certain bluntness in his him that it was his turn to exercise his manner of speaking that startled our hero. talents for the amusement of the company. But the Major took a private opportunity So he volunteered a song, in which he broke of observing that, although his father had down, endeavoured to substitute a weary his little odd ways, like most elderly perold Joe Miller, essayed a speech, and finally sons, he was a kind, warm-hearted, and was carried out of the room and deposited friendly man. And of this Mr. Sniffton in a hackney-coach, which bore him home Snealy felt perfectly assured, when, toward in a glorious state of independence. the termination of the evening, the old
On the following morning, he was sitting Baronet thus addressed him : tormented with an aching head, and certain “ I've suffered much from the gout lately, unpleasant misgivings relative to the pro- my dear Sir, and constant pain makes one priety of his conduct on the overnight, when peevish; therefore, if ever you perceive Major Glenfield called for the purpose of anything of that sort about me, don't notice fixing an early day to introduce him to his it, and you'll oblige me. I never intend to father.
hurt any body's feelings, depend upon it. “He's very anxious to make your ac- So now, as the ice is broken between us, I quaintance," said the off-hand soldier- beg you to consider that you have the and he'll be able to dine with us to-morrow entrée here at all hours. Come, and go, for the first time en famille. So, my good and do, just as you like, and remember fellow, don't be squeamish, but take us as there will always be a knife and fork for we are. There will be no one but ourselves you at my table.” that is, Sir Charles, you and Lucy, and No aspiring lover could wish the young myself. All quiet. Nothing of the sort of lady's papa to conduct himself with more thing we had last night. By the by, you propriety. Mr. Snealy felt as though his were excessively entertaining. The Duke place was regularly booked, and he had is delighted with you."
taken his seat for life in Fortune's golden “ Really, I hardly know what I said,” car, and the wheels were running upon groaned our little gentleman, rubbing his velvet. forehead.
From that day he became a constant vi“Oh! you rattled away charmingly," siter at the baronet's, and was ever to be observed the Major. “You kept us all in a seen dangling and hovering after and about roar of laughter. But that's the way with the beautiful Lucy wherever she went ; you men of genuine talent and humour. but—it seemed remarkably odd to him When once you get warm-out it comes, somehow it happened, that he could not you scarcely know how.”
find a convenient opportunity to declare Really, my dear Major," simpered Mr. unto her the extreme ardour and sincerity Snealy, “you are too flattering. I do cer- of his affection. At times, when sitting tainly remember something of telling a near her, and they were left alone, during story—and I must confess it was a very brief intervals between morning calls, he good thing when I heard it.”.
was often on the point of precipitating himAye, aye," said the Major, “but, after self upon the floor, and delivering himself all, it is the manner in which tales are told, of a most moving and passionate address that gives the zest, and I suppose we had that he had got by rote the preceding night, your last edition. However, let that pass. when, suddenly, a carriage would stop at You dine with us to-morrow, that's settled.” the door, or she would start up, and, pro
Accordingly, on the following day, our fessing to have forgotten something, leave « noticed” hero found himself seated at the the room in the same unceremonious way right hand of the adorable Lucy Glenfield, as though he were her brother. whose dark eyes sparkled as she accepted (To be concluded in our next.)