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to hearten’m more than the beef thing you ever seed, a bone cup and beer. He stayed three days with tinsel trade all round the rim." to talk with Lily, and then the “ 'Twas curious that such a thing tramp fit took 'm again.

should be sent so far-it must be “However, the lady too was a more valuable than you think. I beautiful moosician, and she taught have been bred in cities, and among Lily to sing and play oncommon merchants, and have seen and heard fine. Then the little maid died somewhat of gems and precious away one spring, and she had or- stones. I should like to see this dered all her things— her boxes, cup.” her paint-tools, her guytar, and her ** Shalt see un—shalt see un anon. grand piany—to be sent to Lily. Here we be now at the barton.” Lor'- a - massy! When that grand As he spoke they came in front of piany com, what a quandary it put a large gate which stood wide open,

a me in ! I cudn't put un in the seemingly inviting all comers, and hall, for that wudn't be fitty, and rendering rather superfluous the 'twos too big for the dame's bowd- offices of the great bell which swung yoire, so we wos obligated to clear over it. There little needs a sumout the reat parlor and put it to mons where the doors are open, and rights, and the women used to slock the boards plenteous. Opposite me in ov nights to hear Lily sing. stood the house. The space be

“So you see my legacy han't been tween was a quadrangle—a large neglected or brought up quite like paved court with a circle of green a faarmer's wench, and she've paid in the centre, and diamond-shaped us back, she've paid us back, she plots of grass at the corners. On have. 'Twos jest the mother over one side rose a high wall, along again, dancing and singing about which was raised a garden-terrace, the house. She wud put a new planted with the old - fashioned spirit into our life, and give us a sweet flowers-sweet-williams and new nature, like, at times. Then gilliflower—and beds of old sweet she brought some books from the herbs, marjoram, thyme — all for Hall about old English characters, the especial delectation of the bees. and the verses of a fine old passon, These were their summer delights. and some old ballads, which she Poor bees! Christmas seemed any. wud read by the hour in the nights, thing but a jovial time for them. and draw me away from thinking Their homes looked very forlorn too much of the crops and the and dreary with the snow weighing cattle and the price of wool. I down their thatch, and the icicles don't know what wud have com of hanging from their eaves, chilling me but for Lily, 'specially arter the all ideas of pleasant hummings, and pordigal went away ; I shud have the sweetness of honey and the took to saving, or to drinking, or honeycomb. growed melancholy, perhaps.

“They'm profitless things, rather, “It used to be so cozy thus the bees,” said the yeoman, “ but I after work - hours, and then her like to hear and see 'em in the sumsinging of the evening hymn is the mer-time, and I love too the oldfinest prayer I ever heard, and sends fashioned flowers and the yarbs, one to bed so calm and comfortable which they loves. The dame, too, like.

likes her jars of honey and her bits “Yes, she've been a very blessed of comb, and a glass of methegelin.” legacy to me.”

On the other side of the quad“But you said something,” re- rangle was a broad walk, bordered marked the curate, pausing some by a low hedge of privet and thorn, time after the yeoman's narrative, which seemed intended rather as a “ about a box which came with the boundary than a fence, and from legacy."

it a succession of garden - slopes Oh, yes, 'twas the queerest stretched down to the valley below.


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At the end of this walk, near the lands stretching far and far beyond, entrance-gate, rose a grassy knoll, shaded here and there by darker crowned by a clump of trees, which spots where the copses and plantaformed in themselves a natural tions lay. arbour. An old yew-tree-a lusty Old Penrice insensibly led his old fellow, some centuries old, yet guest to this point of view. The so vigorous and green and hale, that scene, even under its present dreary he seemed only yet in the prime of aspect, was a pleasant one to him. manhood—was the magnate of the “Bless me!" ejaculated the curate, group, and rather overlooked and as he looked down over the homeoverbore his vis-à-vis, a green bay- stead, “ I was not aware that there tree, which seemed, however, flour- was a village hereabout." ishing enough to offer an illustra- “No more there ben't," answered tion of the most prosperous sinner; yeoman Penrice. between, a tall poplar rose like a “No! then what are all those banner-staff

. Beside the knoll a fine houses ?” asked he, pointing to the horse-chestnut threw his branches outbuildings. far and wide, stretching them partly They—why, they're the townover the wall out into the world, place—the faarm-yard—the hagand partly in kindly tender towards gard, as you calls it up the country;" the neighbour clump. Below, on a and the old fellow chuckled long and plateau which seemed to have been loud, half with humour, half with formed as a pedestal for it, stood a pride at the indirect compliment glorious old pink hawthorn. The paid to the extent of his possessnow-flakes lay on it now like icy sions. buds, and ever and anon a gust of "I had no idea," said the curate, wind would scatter them in a sleety" that it would have been so extenstorm, a cruel mockery of the shower sive.” of sweet buds with which the sweet Why, you see," continued the south would sprinkle the grass in yeoman, “ Trigarrow is a bravish the beauteous summer-time. large faarm, and there be one or

In the midst of the clump a two small outlying ones ; so, as we summer-house had been erected— brings all the crops to one stead, it not such an atrocity as these things makes a very keenly show.” generally are, but still a standing “ Yes,” murmured the curate; insult to the natural screen be- it is a goodly heritage.” hind. This was a favourite spot “Why, yes, so it be, thank God ; with old Penrice; from hence he and I sits here for hours somecould command the prospect of his times in the summer, a-looking at goodly domain of the open fields, the crops as they are ripening for stretching from a broad belt of up the har’est, and then to the last land down to the meadows, through year's ones stacked all snug in the which gurgled and rippled a tiny mowey; and I do rejoice in the brook, struggling now with an in- abundance." vading border of ice-of the large Soul, thou hast much goods pond into which it flowed, sheeted laid up for many years ; take thine now with ice, though the glint of a ease, eat, drink, and be merry. starbeam here and there marked The curate delivered this text albreaks and fissures in the cold sur- most involuntarily, as though he face-of the substantial home, with were speaking aloud ; but old Penits cold outside and its reeking rice started at it, as a man does chimneys—of the great masses of when he thinks that he hears his outbuildings, barns, and stacks, conscience speak with the tongue which, with their white tops and of another man. The text was one their irregular shapes, and in the which had evidently obtruded itself shadowyness of distance, looked like many a time; it was one which he a field of icebergs of the broad had tussled with and evaded—which

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he had protested against, and set heavy thatched roof had either obaside, and argued down time after scured or destroyed all trace of time, without actually overcoming it. this. That thatch was certainly

No, no, remonstrated the an incongruity : an attempt had yeoman ; “ 'tis not exactly like been made to train ivy along the that — no, not so bad as that walls, but the stone was too coid neither: I al’ays gives of my and hard even for it to gain a hold. abundance. If I don't squander, ing, and it hung down in hungryI don't hoard ; and nobody ever looking branches, beaten and de goeth from my doors a-hungered jected. On the side of one turret or athirst.”

some roses and clematis had been “ Yes, very likely,” replied the trained, by means of a trellis-work, curate;

but there is, my friend to cluster around the windows of but there is a pride of giving as the chamber. This was the Dove's well as of saving, and both belong Nest. to the pride of prosperity.”

“ 'Tis a brave substantial old “ 'Tis true enough. I daresay place,” reiterated the yeoman. all you say is gospel ; and I don't Yes," assented the curate; “it doubt that the trial of that pordigal certainly is, and, spite of its plainwas sent as a judgment for my fat- ness, is somewhat picturesque too; ness of heart : and God knows it but I must say that I think the have done much ; for what pleasure thatch incongruous.” can it be to look out on all these “I knowed you would say so; possessions, and feel perhaps that I that's what they all say—the pasmay have no child to inherit it? son, the squire, Tom, and all; But come along; let us go and see incongruous—incongruous. 'Twas the dame.”

al’ays the same cry with 'em. But A good, solid, substantial old the thatch was put there by my place, ben't it ?” said Penrice, as grandfa'r, and repaired by my faythey stood in front of the house. ther, and it shall stand there for all

'Twas in reality a substantial my day.” place. It had evidently, in former “ Thou fool! how knowest thou times, been part of a small manor- what a day may bring forth ?" was house, and had then become the on the curate's tongue for utterresidence for the barton. The front ance, but he would not venture on was of plain grey stone, and at each another text that night; and he angle was a square turret. The saw, besides, that this prejudice of windows were large and mullioned the thatch, from long assertion and with stone mouldings. The top had contradiction, had grown to the been battlemented once, but the strength of a principle.

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What with rationalists who try clever people who analyse every. to explain away our old beliefs, thing from conscience down to and materialists who sneer at them, cocoa, and find humiliating revelaand spiritualists who offer to supply tions in both, are very hard upon us with the most startling new ones their duller brethren, who swallow in their stead, and laughing cynics a good many things as they come. who excoriate our social system, They have a set of terms, half comand show us that “all is vanity' passionate and half contemptuous, except shilling serials—the ordinary by which they designate the vast public of stupid easy-going people majority of the uninitiated ; just as has rather a hard time of it in this the Chinese (who do know a good nineteenth century. It is well many things) express their own suknown, however much to be la periority over Europeans by calling mented, that the world does not them “outer barbarians.” The altogether consist of philosophers British public,” “the ordinary ob

The popular eye server,” « country gentlemen,' sees a very little way into the mill- majority of our readers"-all innostone. There is a heavy majority cent-looking expressions enough, which acts much in the same way as they stand here—take to themas the disproportionate bread does selves, as used by certain speakers to the ham in a railway sandwich; and writers, a peculiar non-parliaholding this thin layer of pungent mentary sense, which conveys a sort genius cribbed and confined in its of quiet insult. It is remarkable grasp, concealing much of it from how many very foolish things the public observation, and neutralis- “ British public” is supposed to ing to a great extent the salt and believe, and how many patent facts the smoke-essence (if the compari- the “majority of our readers ” is son is uncomplimentary, it is the supposed not to know. And the metaphor's fault, not mine) whose unfortunate " ordinary observer," ,

, racy combination might otherwise who has been brought up in the be be too strong for weak digestions. lief that black is black, is handled In the case of the aforementioned in the savagest manner by the sciensandwich, the travelling public tific theorist who has made the disseems to be agreed that the pro- covery that black is white, and has portion of bread-dry and tasteless vials of contempt poured out upon though it be—is a merciful dispen- him as the most despicable of all sation of the purveyor's providence; created intelligences — excepting that the internal and more precious only the rival teacher who has stratum, whose flavour and quality, made the counter - discovery that though potent, is not always readily black is blue. comprehensible, is none the worse Happily, this lower order of befor being modified by the simpler ings—these “ordinary observers," element which surrounds it. So “British public,” or what you will also in the great human sandwich -are a hardy and much-enduring of which society is made up, it is race. Nature has been said by probably quite as well that there very high authority (probably Paley) should be an immense proportion to have provided for those animals of innocent and insipid material in who are the natural prey of cleverer the composition.

and fiercer enemies a special organThis predominating and common isation; they have immense vitality, element is, of course, held rather strange powers of reproduction, and cheap by the more piquant article thick skins or thick heads as the with which it is associated. The case may require. When so many


a New Dictionary—Flunkeyism." [Dec. boys are so very “fond of animals that fashionable romantic -that is, fond of throwing stones school of sentiment which saw at them,” like Tom Tulliver, and gloom and hollowness in all things, while field-sports continue the de- love and friendship included; which light of English gentlemen, it is was sick of the world at twentyclear that unless cats had nine lives, five, and could only relish its wine and a fox rather enjoyed being out of a skull. That was a false hunted (for both which facts we are view of life, on the whole, we now indebted to a scientific friend), those admit; young England at present persecuted races must have died does not much affect sentimental out under their miseries long ago. misanthropy; it chews a short pipe The slow coaches of nature beat the instead of "the cud of bitter fanfast ones occasionally. The present cies," and drinks its beer out of a deponent (an“ ordinary observer”) pewter like a bargee. It is easy was once acquainted with a pet enough to explode the affectations eagle who spent the greater part of of a past generation. Modern cynihis day in sitting on the back of a cism, which affects also that discerntortoise, his companion in confine- ing of spirits which sees through ment, and making vain attempts to the hollowness of society, takes a eat him ; but a tortoise (as may be different view of social life; it finds known even to the “ majority of it not a thing to frown and stamp readers”), if he have only the sense at, but rather to smile at with a to keep his head inside his shell, sort of superior pity, or shrewd contakes a great deal of eating; and tempt. though said deponent cannot now It has invented a great number of trace the relative fate of the two highly philosophical terms, which parties in question, he thinks it form the vocabulary of this new most probable (remembering that science. There is one set especially the old Peterborough tortoise out- which serve to express the relationlived seven bishops of that see, and ship supposed to exist between the must have seen with calm indiffer- higher and lower grades of English ence the rise and fall of more than society. Flunkeyism — plush one system of theology) that the beadledom — lordolatry – Mumbohard - shelled old gentleman just jumbo - phantasms

these are a mentioned lived to see his enemy small selection out of many phrases stuffed and shelved, after all. So which express, we are told, the chayou and I, my reader, may live yet racteristic elements of English soto see a dozen vagaries of science cial life in this nineteenth century. exploded, and a good many clever

The words are not pretty ones, and popular theories, with which whether you look at them as a phipeople now torment and perplex lologist or as a civil-spoken English us, safely shelved.

gentleman. It is the sort of lanThe hidden wisdom of the pre- guage which, if suddenly applied to sent generation seems to lie in un- you in the street by a stranger, your dermining-in all questions, from instinctive natural delicacy would the highest to the most trivial- prompt you to answer with your established creeds and canons; fist; you would resent it as deciteaching us that there is an esoteric dedly insulting, though not wholly view of human life which lies fully intelligible-like the poor fishwoopen only to the initiated, but of man when she was called a paralwhich they are willing to reveal to lelogram.” The words are indeed us such glimpses as we can bear; very ugly words ; but by dint of not enough to give us much de- incessant loud repetition they have finite idea of what ought to be, but carried a certain weight with them. enough to make us comfortably dis- Poor human nature has had these satisfied and suspicious about what unpleasant vocables thrown in her is. We all laugh, in these days, at teeth so often, that she has in a

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