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broken wings within the soul. Dull and heavy thoughts like, class of readers is able to push · Poems' into the fourteenth edidead walls, close around the laughing flowers and fields that so tion, and Prize Essays into the ninth or tenth thousand, which enchanted us of yore; the sins, the habits, the reasonings of are not more repulsive from the impudent extravagance of their the world, like rank and gloomy fogs, shut out the exulting doctrine than from the base tinsel of their style—at such a time, heavens from our view,” &c. &c. Disowned, Vol. 1, p. 41. the man of real genius should be more than ever on his guard
against sanctioning, by his negligence, the adulteration of our All this is in wretched taste, though in the rude noble language." ore we find rich materials, which well wrought
ANTHONY EVERGREEN. would be striking and brilliant. The truth is, the first requisite of a good style is perspicuity. Language is designed to convey our thoughts, and that which conveys them most clearly is best. [We are not sure that our estimate of the following Good writers, therefore, reject as far as possible article is not unduly enhanced by the interest we take the use of uncommon words, or of common words, in the writer. We may rate her talents too highly ; in a remote or radical signification. Compare the but we are satisfied that we do not give more than is simple yet beautiful diction of Goldsmith, the due, of respect for her virtues, or sympathy for her misgraceful ease of Addison, and the manly and vi- fortunes. But of these we knew nothing when we gorous, though plain and downright, style of Swift, published the “Curse,"and we remember the unbiassed with the ambitious and artificial sentences I have vention, for variety of character, for distinctness in its
judgment which we then formed of that work. For injust quoted. What a difference. We glide on development, and for truth to nature, we know no tale with the former without a pause. We drink in of the same length superior to it. We hope to see the the outpourings of their wit or of their wisdom same powers displayed in the novel from which this with ease and with delight. We converse with extract is taken. We give it to the public, not more those who speak our mother tongue. We are with a view to adorn our columns, than in the hope of puzzled with no French idioms, or foreign con- engaging the favor of our readers in its behalf. A nastructions. We have no Latin in disguise—no Live of Virginia, the authoress has strong claims on the Greek in English dress, to call for the aid of our sympathy of her countrymen. Descended from a prolexicons. All is English_downright English— scribed sect, whose virtues near two hundred years ago, not in words only, but in idiom-in construction-found refuge from persecution in the “ Ancient Doin forms of expression, and in the order of lan- minion,” the calamitous destiny of her race has pursued
her, and overtaken her in the cradle. No conceited guage. The natural order is indeed the genius of the English tongue. The requirements of rhyme her that her flippant nonsense is worthy of the public
blue-stocking; no vain belle whose admirers persuade and the stately march of blank verse, demand, it
eye, she meekly tasks her powers to aid a widowed is true, occasional in version. But our prose is mother in the support of a family of helpless orphans. rarely improred by a departure from the natural The promptings of genius have told her that this can order. That departure always leads to obscurity, better be done with the pen than with the needle. We and the obscurity becomes “ darkness visible," are sure she does not deceive herself in the estimate of when every sentence is loadeil with metaphors fol- her own talents. We trust that her confidence in the lowing each other in rapid succession, when every justice of the public will prove to be equally well line presents new images, and when thought is placed.] entangled with thought, in all the mazes of parenthetical confusion. I beg leave to conclude this protracted paper
FROM THE CONSPIRATOR, A NOVEL, with the following extract from the Review of
By the Authoress of the “Curso.” Mr. Bulwer's Athens, in the Edinburg Quarterly:
CHAPTER III. “ The accomplished author will pardon us for closing the pre
Oh dire ambition ! what infernal power sent paper with a protest against certain peculiarities of idiom, which we are sorry to find countenanced by so popular a pen.
Unchained thee from thy native depth of hell, A few of these may plead in their behalf the rare authority of
To stalk the earth with thy destructive train? old writers in our tongue. They belong, however, in actual
To waste domestic peace usage, either to the North American dialect, or to such assas
And every heartfelt joy! sins of her Majesty's English at home, as a master of compo.
Barbarossa. sition must regret to have upon his side. We complain, for in. stance of expressions like these :- Irregulated...in stealth -te. As soon as supper was over, Colonel Alwin withverent for reverend...to neighbor...lo concentrale, as a verb ac. drew, and conducted Zavala to his own apartment. tive--lo prodigalize---to bordet, for to border on. We think that He closed the door and carefully locked it-he then eximpatient of conquest cannot mean impatient to conquer. We amined the deep recesses of the windows before he was don't like arriving to the things we have been in the babit or arriving at. The adverbs both and only are now and then mis satisfied that they were alone. Calmly drawing forplaced. False antithesis is too frequently admitted. Cause is ward a table covered with loose papers, he placed the once at least put for effect. A verb of one number is often forced shaded lamp in such a position as to throw the light on to do duty with a nominative of another. Mr. Bulwer is not yet the face of his companion, and seating himself opposite talented-a pseudo-participle which no one will use who is not ripe for any atrocity—but he progresscs at a fearful rate. These to him, he spoke in a quiet tone. are, it is truc, slight matters in themselves; but at a time when
“Now, sir, I am ready to receive your communicapurity of taste is not in the ascendant--at a tiine when a single tions."
Zavala could not refrain from admiring the self- As he thus spoke, the brow of Zavala darkened, and command of the man; for in the situation in which he it was with difficulty his impatient spirit could brook then stood, he was not certain that the tidings he was the implied impossibility of inducing any fair lady lo about to hear did not bring with them the destruction accept his offered love. of all his views—nay, involve his life. Zavala drew a "Allow me to try, sir: armed with your authority, she packet from his bosom, and presenting it to him, said: will listen differently. Let her see how much to your
" Read those despatches, and then I will speak of my interest it is, to lend a favorable ear to my suit. I ask own private wishes.”
not for the rewards of ambition-I can gain them withColonel Alwin took the papers, and as he broke the out your assistance. I seek for the hand of your ward; seals a slight tremor was perceptible in his fingers—no her heart I will win, if devoted love can win a woman.” other sign of impatience or agitation escaped him. He Colonel Alwin shook his head, as he replied: shaded his face with his hand, and carefully perused “She will not be won by you. I have reasoned the documents, and as he read, his observant compa- with her-urged every motive that could influence or nion saw that the flush of triumph mounted even to his dazzle her mind, and she was still firm in her refusal. pale temples.
I cannot command her to marry you." More than an hour was thus spent, when slowly re- “Listen to me, Colonel Alwin,” said Zavala, firmly folding them, and locking them in his desk, he arose and but respectfully. “I am acquainted with the scope walked several times across the floor. Stopping sud- and bearing of all your plans--I am possessed of their denly before Zavala, he said quickly, almost sternly, most secret details, and one word from me would pre
"Do you know the contents of those papers ?" cipitate you into a prison, from which death might be "I do," was the concise reply.
your only release. What you are now preparing to “And are you prepared to abide by me in life or execute, will brand your name as a traitor to your death ?
country and her best interests. Think of the conse"On one condition." " Name it."
quences to yourself, if your enterprise is discovered be“ Miss De Bourg" —
fore it is ripe for execution, and then think how trifling “Of that we will speak hereafter,” said Alwin, in comparison are a few tears shed by a romantic girl
, waving his hand impatiently. “When heard you from because you consult her interest and happiness, by the south? From thence I am most anxious to gain in- commanding her to accept a man who adores her. With formation.”
the hope of obtaining Miss De Bourg, I am anything "I have private letters from my uncle, who, you are you choose to make me; but, on the contrary-you aware, is an officer high in command in the Spanish know the alternative : choose between them.” army. The troops dissatisfied with their present situa- A smile of bitter scorn writhed the livid lips of Alwin tion, are ready for any changes: be assures me that as he listened to the words of Zavala. For an instant, Fery little will be necessary to induce them to struggle his rage at being thus braved by one so much his junior for a change of masters. The soldiers are entirely de- in years and inferior in standing, threatened to burst voted to him, and will follow wherever he leads. Your forth and overwhelm the presumptuous man who thus object, if I understand it correctly, is to revolutionize dared to offer terms to him. A moment's reflection Mexico, and wrest from the present chief magistrate however, convinced him, that in giving vent to his pasthe rich territory of Louisiana, which adds another gem sion, his safety would be compromised. He felt that he to this fair Union. At any hour Colonel Zava was in the power of one who could make his own terms, ready to cross the Sabine, and thus give you an excuse and he resolved to speak him fair. for placing yourself at the head of an armed body of “Certainly,” said he slowly, and apparently with a troops devoted to your interests. Nothing then will be slight effort ; "certainly you speak truly. Julie should easier than to unite your forces, and defy the laws of view you with different sentiments if she consults her your own country. Zavala has constant communication own happiness, and though it gives me more pain than with some of the most influential men in the city of perhaps you think my stern nature is capable of feeling, Mexico, and they are ready, when the first blow is I must wound her gentle heart by commanding her to struck, to range themselves on the side of those who accept one she has assured me she can never love: one will free them from the Spanish yoke. There is a who dares to tell the protector of the woman he protheatre before you worthy of your abilities, and the fesses to adore, that if she does not consent to marry power refused you in your own country, courts your him, he will denounce the friend of her orphan years, acceptance in another as fair. For myself, if my aid is and in so doing destroy her happiness. 'Tis well, howof any worth, you know it is yours to command at all lever, Don Pedro De Zavala, we understand each other. times, on one condition.”
The only tie (and he laid a strong emphasis on the "I thank you : it is of inestimable importance to me, word only) that binds us together is interest. Julie as no one knows better than yourself; but to gain that shall be yours, if you pledge yourself to sustain my aid, Don Pedro, I am unwilling to force Miss De Bourg cause. I know the influence which your connexions to accept you, for it seems the wayward girl will not possess-also, that which your talents give you; and consent to the proposal. You may think me cold, hard, you must bind yourself to devote it all to my interests.” and unfeeling, but I love this girl as if she were in “Of course-but Miss De Bourg must be mine bereality my child. If you can gain her consent, as I fore we leave this island.” have before told you, you have mine ; but of that I am “What, sir, do you doubt my word ?" said Alwin, hopeless—so we will consult your ambition in offering and his eye flashed fearfully bright over the person of you an adequate reward for your services, hoping your the other. “Do you dare to doubt the word of a man love may be more successful in another quarter.” of honor!"
“Colonel Alwin, it is useless for us to use the lan-, tor was gay and witty in conversation, and of a temper guage of passion. You know the prize for which I which might be defined as perpetually calm. The praccontend: if you have ever loved, you can excuse my the circle of the Doctor's acquaintance, and as his char
tice of his profession had naturally very much extended eagerness to secure her mine, before I leave her for an acter was thus amiable, the field for its exhibition was indefinite space of time.”
proportionately enlarged. His younger brethren in "Your baste is excusable, though it has not much deli- the healing art were the only individuals who were cacy to commend it either to my ward or myself; but ever heard to whisper or insinuale anything against since we are making a bargain, the conditions must be him. They would occasionally observe that public
was very curious—that they could see nothing so very fulfilled.”
particularly deserving in the mind or manners of the None but a spirit as haughty and overbearing could Doctor, to justify the extravagant estimate put upon measure the bitterness that filled his heart as he turned them, and they would ask, who is this Dr. Faw? what from his companion. Deeply did he resolve to avenge is he? where did he come from ?—but as the profession, the implied distrust of himself, when the power to do so been accused of habitual unkindness and envy towards
whether justly or not we will not stop to inquire, have with impunity was his.
successful merit, these queries were considered as ori. Who that had seen him return to the drawing-room ginating in this cause, and no one cared to listen to with a smiling lip and smooth brow, could have ima- them, or gave themselves the trouble to reply. Like gined the dark tide of emotion which swelled beneath some noble and gallant barque, with a freshening that calm exterior ? His voice was as bland, his smile breeze filling every sail, the blue waters swelling gently
under her, and the white foam curling up against her as frequent, as though no unpleasant occurrence had prow—the heavens all blue and joyous above—so sped aroused his impetuous passions—as though he had not our hero propitiously onwards upon the ocean of hudeeply implicated the happiness of one of that little man life.-Alas! alas! but you shall hear it all. circle, and that one dependant on his kindness and affection. Did not his heart shrink back as he met her
MISS LAVINIA LINT, &c. deep eye fixed on him, and felt that he was then medi
Miss Lavinia Lint was a very pleasant young lady: tating the possibility of turning the benefits he had con- and exclusive enjoyment, by a worthy and deceased
She had a handsome fortune left to her entire control ferred on her, into the means of forcing her grateful parent, and resided in the house of her father's brother. heart to seal its own misery, in order to save him from She was a plain, sensible girl, and was rather corpulent the precipice on which he stood ?
than otherwise; and as is usual with most of the human Life! thou teachest many a strange lesson of dupli- race blessed with pinguidity, she was very sweetly
tempered. There was but one thing she needed to city to the heart of man!
complete the happiness of her situation, and that was-
heroines-pale, pensive and melancholy-but rosy, with DOCTOR FAW.
round plump features and a face perpetually in smiles. Having money, of course she had suitors; none however
of whom had as yet suited her. On a fine sunny day Dr. Faw was considered a complete gentleman. He in October, Miss Lavinia sat by a blazing fire, in comcame a few years ago into our village, and ever since pany with her cousin, about the same age, and if ever his arrival had been continually progressing in the good on earth there were two beings innocent, comfortable opinion of all. At the time when the facts, of which and happy, they were they, "Law me,” said her couthis is the true narrative, occurred, the Doctor had se- sin to Lavinia," why don't you get married ?”—"How cured to himself a fine practice. It may not be amiss you do rattle on," responded Miss Lavinia. At this to let the reader be very particularly acquainted with point in the conversation the bell answered loudly to a our hero. In person, or face, the Doctor was not very rapid pull, and in a few moments Dr. Faw was shown prepossessing; his blue eyes and sandy hair presented in, and made his bow to the ladies. The conversation a contrast far more striking than handsome : as regards was briskly carried on-all parties in the highest gleedress and manners, however, he was “the very thing they talked of the weather, of the marriages and deaths itself.” He always wore either black, or other dark in the vicinity, of the love matches existing or likely colors. You never found showered over his body that about to be, of the latest novels, and all the various rainbow profusion and variety of hues, so revolting to other matters and topics which are supposed to be the eye of genuine taste; never was he guilty of the acceptable to the better portion of our species. The barbarism of a blazing vest, or pantaloons like Joseph's Doctor began at length to be thoughtful. Miss Lavinia coat of many dies. His apparel was always of a and her cousin monopolized the utterance of all that make punctiliously nice, and usually he disported a light was said. Mr. Faw became rather uneasy, and sat cane with a golden head. His white 'kerchief was restless : he relieved his unaccustomed taciturnity by barely perceptible in his pocket corner, as he tripped deliberately taking up the tongs and stirring the firewith lightness and activity along; and as he passed an act of supererogation, as the room was sufficiently you by, how delightfully
you felt the air perfumed by warm and the wood as completely in a state of comhis presence! Then the Doctor was so accommodating, bustion as could well be desired. The fire, alas, which so polished, so polite, so popular among the ladies. troubled the Doctor was, as his brethren would say, inWas there a ball announced-Dr. Faw was sure to be ternal. Mr. Faw drew his chair to the centre-table, at the head of the list of managers. Did a party of and from beside a glass vase filled with the richly comisses want an attendant to the theatre, on a sleighing lored flowers of the autumn, he picked up a bookin winter, or in summer on a fishing excursion-the and very much it is to Miss Lavinia's credit that such a Doctor always could spare the time to serve them. If a book was there, and very suitable likewise it was to married lady was fond of sunshine and the footpaths, the Doctor's purpose-it was the Holy Bible--the Docand her husband was too busy earning his bread to be tor opened it at random, and read aloud, " It is not well at her side, the Doctor would kindly supply his place. for man to be alone"-a text which the fair cousin of He would gallant the wife, and if need be, he would Miss Lavinia took the liberty of interpreting, as the dine and drink with the husband. Among the young vulgar do dreams by contraries; and suddenly regentlemen he was the arbiter of dress and the judge of membering that she had left in her room a favorite style. With all these pleasant qualifications, the Doc- piece of work which must be immediately finished, she
darted off with a bounding step and a look towards, piece on the mantel that he had waited longer than he both the Doctor and Miss Lavinia, which seemed to say, saw any good reason for. He rubbed his hands brisk"a fair field and no interruption."
ly, but said nothing. The company became impatient. In human life there are two things which are ter- The bride's-maids sent down to know the cause of the rible-I mean to gentlemen who have delicate nerves-delay. The bride looked amazed, and well she might. the one is the having a tooth drawn, and the other the The company became uneasy. Several gentlemen asking a pretty girl, abounding in charms and worldly began to remember engagements elsewhere for the possessions, to do you the favor of accepting you, as evening and to depart. The hours moved heavily ihe partner of her person and her property, žill death along. The folks, at length, by degrees had all disapdissolves the connection. Does the reader suppose that peared. Mr. Lint was finally left alone. He paced I mean to lay open to his inquisitive eye, the scene that the well lit rooms with a quick step, and silently. He ensued between the Doctor and Miss Lavinia ? If he walked mechanically to the windows, and gazed out does, he is very much mistaken; all that I shall let him upon the snow-flakes as they drove against the panes know is, that the embarrassing question, just above of glass. The carriages had all rumbled off. "The alluded to, was put by the Doctor to Miss Lavinia, and darkness of the night seemed doubly cheerless. “Well, by ber answered affirmatively. Her cousin says that this,” muttered Mr. L., “is a matter which I do not, I Miss Lavinia, when the interview was over, blamed her cannot, understand." The old lady was in terrible very much for leaving her alone with the Doctor, and agony-all her labor had been in vain—and then “peothat when Mr. Faw departed, he seemed in very good ple would talk so." “What a pity," said Mrs. L., humor, flushed in the cheeks, smiling, and brushing the every thing was so well arranged,” as she glanced knees of his pantaloons with an elegantly bordered her eyes around upon the rare and beautiful flowers, white muslin handkerchief.
a bouquet of which was perched wherever a foundation
could be made for it. “Dear me," she continued," and SOMETHING OUT OF THE COMMON ORDER OF poor Lavinia !”. “I will see this farce out,” said Mr. THINGS.
L. with clenched teeth and fist also clenched. The evening for the wedding at length arrived. How
Poor Lavinia ! to her indeed this was an awful night. the Doctor's happiness and good fortune were envied! Her bride's-maids did all they could to alleviate her The world of beauty and fashion was thenceforth to sufferings. Her temples were rubbed with all manner lose its sun of light and radiance. It was a cold wintry salts was kept continually at hand. She bore it how
of essences, and lest she should faint away, a bottle of night. The hospitable mansion of old Mr. Lint, Lavinia's uncle, seemed to rejoice on the occasion. The ever quite philosophically, and at a reasonable hour, large grates were brimful of coal, and each seemed one“ solitary and alone," she retired to rest. Early the solid mass of intense red heat. The candles were all next morning she breakfasted in her room, and her ornamented with richly cut papers-the work of the features seemed so round and pretty, that care itself fair hands of Lavinia's cousin. The whole edifice,
could not find a spot upon them rude enough to answer from the garret to the kitchen under ground, was illu- for a foothold. “Dear me,” said Miss Lavinia, helpminated. Carriages rolled up after carriages and emp- ing herself to a buckwheat cake,“ now I come to think tied their loads of finery and beauty. The very servants of it, the man had red hair-what an escape !" bustled about and grinned and seemed unusually happy.
But the Doctor-what did become of the Doctor ? The bride's-maids had arrived, the company had assem.
know that the reader is dying with anxiety to hear. bled-among other things, the hour for the ceremony had I must therefore be very deliberate in telling him; but arrived, so had the refreshments, so had the groom's patience, and a few periods, will lead him to the informen, so had the priest—the bride was dressed, and her mation desired. I think when the whole truth is fairly blooming attendants were prepared to escort her ; every told, that Mr. and Mrs, and even Miss Lint, will exthing was ready but the groom—where was he? '" The cuse the absence of our hero, “ situated as he was," as Doctor must be a very absent man," said Mr. Ruffles, Sir Patrick O'Plenipo would say. But where was the * to be absent on such an occasion.” Mrs. Sneezer took Doctor? I will let you know in the course of the fola large pinch of snuff, and remarked," that it was very
lowing chapter. mysterious." Mr. Lint was in a curious predicament, and although in his own house, felt very little at home; and
AN UNEXPECTED PATIENT. he walked to the passage door-opened it—looked out Upon the evening appointed for the ceremony, the -the snow was whitening the tops of the thick array Doctor repaired to his room at an early hour, to prepare of carriages, the great-coats and the hats of the coach- for the interesting occasion. When completely dressed, men-the breeze was very cool; he saw no carriage in he surveyed his figure fully reflected in a psyche glass. motion, nor other indication of the expected coming of His pantaloons and vest were of white-lhe former of the esculapian; he looked at his watch—blew his fin the finest cassinet, the latter of satin ; his coat was black, gers—and returned to the fireside. “This is very and of the best broad-cloth, fitting without a wrinkle ; strange," said Mr. Lint. Mrs. Lint was very busy, his stock and gloves, of course, corresponded in color marshalling and drilling her servants, pouring the wine with the vest and pantaloons ; white silk stockings, and out into the glasses, mixing lemonade, splitting up the well polished pumps, covering feet unusually small, con. oranges, and arranging the trays and waiters of cakes cluded his adornment. Thus to himself did his faithful and fruit; and as industry and occupation are the mirror represent Dr. Faw, on the evening already re
sovereignest thing on earth” against the approach of ferred to. As the Doctor stood before the glass, a rap ennui, she hardly knew that the time appointed had was heard, and an individual obtruded himself upon him. arrived. At length she drew from her girdle a gemmed "I am desired,” said he, “Doctor, to request you to call repeater, which gave her the first intimation of the immediately upon a lady who is alarmingly ill.” The lateness of the hour. She called out, “Samuel !" intrusive character then went on to describe exactly the Samael, all neatness and apron, immediately answered, place where the lady was to be found. “Will it not "Madam!” “Samuel,” said Mrs. L., “what are we answer to-morrow ?" said the Doctor. “I am particuwaiting for?” “The groom, madam, has not come." larly engaged.” In this style of expression, I think that " The groom !” said Mrs. L., “ that's very singular ;” the Doctor was pretty accurate, for a wedding in which and off whisked Mrs. L. to inform Mr. L. of a truth our position is that of first performer in the ceremony of which he was already painfully aware. The worthy next the priest, might very fairly be called a particular priest had exhausted interrogation itself in inquiries engagement. “For the love of God, do come, Doctor; about the prospects of the parties about to be wed, and the woman may die. She cannot detain you more than concerning the health of every family, a member of a few minutes," was the further appeal addressed to our which happened within reach of his voice-and turning hero. The heart of Mr. Faw being just then in a condihis face towards the fire-place, observed by the time. I tion particularly propitious to the action upon it of the finer and kindlier sympathies, and as he supposed that him; or like Morgan, of anti-masonic memory, he was it would be a charitable way of spending an hour which abducted; or like Elijah, he went heavenward in a chaotherwise must move on leaden wings, he concluded that riot of fire, the author of this narrative would not underhe would comply with the request. So laking his hat and take to hazard a conjecture. All that he assumes to cane, and hurrying on his gloves, he sallied forth. The speak of, is what actually did occur ; and further, as the reader now finds the Doctor on the public street in his form of the affidavits in the law run, he saith not. wedding attire, hurrying to the bedside of his patient. Arrived at the passage door, he encountered an Amazo.
TIME, TROUBLE, &c. nian, on her knees, laboriously busy at that work of all detestation-scrubbing-her arms bared, and her frock dies of the heart, and frequently furnishes a specific
Time is a great physician. It cures most of the malatucked up
Her ladyship looked askance very know where nothing else medicinal could be of any avail. ingly and grinned, which the Doctor supposed to be her The affections of Miss Lint, as the reader may have rude way of wishing him joy of the coming nuptials
. opined, were not very deeply engaged in the affair with She instantly abandoned her occupation, and with her the Doctor, although matrimony was intended to result mop in hand accompanied the Doctor into the cham: from it. It has happened, and probably will happen ber and presence of his patient. The room, to all
again, that women marry without any very overpower. appearance, was that of the sick : a cheerful fire was ing sense of irresistible love. All of the sex are not blazing in the hearth, and numerous vials were ranged framed of materials of which even a Shakspeare could upon the mantel. The bed-curtains were closely, drawn. make Juliets. Nature had intended Lavinia for as The patient was bolstered upright in a sitting po, much happiness as belongs to our condition here, and sition. The Doctor took his seat by the bedside, and hence she was denied the more lively emotions out of began feeling her ladyship's pulse. The Doctor always which arise as often intense pain as the highest enjoywas a man of feeling. The sick woman immediately ment. She was never boisterously happy, nor did her made a desperate spring, and clasped her arms around feelings ever relapse into a correspondent degree of the neck of Mr. Faw, exclaiming, “Your wife ! your gloom. The groomless wedding caused much talk in wife ! you traitor!" Immediately three red-haired suc- the village when it occurred, as did all the accompanying cessors to the features and name of the Doctor crawled circumstances, as we have narrated them; but other from under the bed, and clinging to his knees, cried out stories and other excitements succeeded it, and after a most lustily, like Maelzel's Androides, “Papa ! papa!” few years, it came to be but infrequently even alluded Doctor Johnson observes that when we are in any emer- to. The swarm of admirers which Lavinia's charms, gencies of danger or perplexity, the mind acts with ex.
including the metallic ones, commanded, were brushed traordinary rapidity, and that an immense number and away for a season, like insects by the breath of a frosty variety of ideas are eompressed into an inconceivable breeze. They returned, however, eventually, and the minute period of time. Not Laocoon, with the serpents house of Mr. Lint became as joyous and as gay as ever; contorting around his limbs with futal pressure, ever
so true is that trite maxim, handed down to us from the felt with more intensity the horror of his situation, than ancients, “ubi mel, ibi apeg"-where there is good enterdid our man of medicine. He thought in an instant of tainmeni, there will always be sufficient guests. the various modes of escape.
The window was too high from the earth, and the pavement too hard to meditate a leap. The fire was too hot and dangerous for
MRS. AND MR. RUFFLES, AND THE CONCLUSION. him to attempt the ehimney. In his desperation, loaded Will the reader be kind enough to take it for granted, as he was, he turned towards the door." It was locked, that some four or five years have elapsed since Dr. Faw and the lady who had shown him up stood with her departed so abruptly from the bedside of the unmanageback against it, tall as a grenadier and twice as power- able patient, to whom we alluded in a preceding chapter. ful, with the dripping mop in her hands, uplifted like an On a dreary December morning, Mrs. Ruffles (formerly axe in the butcher's grasp. Reconciling himself to his Miss Lavinia Lint) was seated at the head of a neatly fate, the Doctor struggled back into the chair from which arranged breakfast table, busily engaged pouring out he had risen, and sank down upon it completely hope- coffee. The buckwheat cakes were sending up into less and unnerved.
the room wreaths of steam. On each side of Mrs. R. If ever the organ of "adhesiveness" was clearly de- was seated a curly haired young one, intent upon swalveloped upon any cranium, it must have been upon that lowing any and every thing that might come to hand. of the veritable Mrs. Faw, judging from the manner "Dear me," said Mrs. R. looking out of a window opshe adhered to her husband. Sitting on his knees, her posite,“ how very like this day is to that evening on arms still around him, she continued pouring out a which it was appointed that I should be Mrs. Dr. Faw." Java flood of invective, "You wretch! you undertake to Mr. Ruffles was sitting before the grate, drying the deceive and ruin a poor innocent and confiding woman, morning's paper and looking at the coals. Mr. Ruffles and spend her money, after having a wife-and she liv- always read the newspaper whilst he breakfasted-a ing, and you run away from her.” Such, and other commendable custom, and a combination of luxuries. like terms of reproach, was the poor Doctor doomed to When Mr. Ruffles was seated, he commenced readinghear rattled in his ears, and no means of escape. He "Drowned, in attempting to cross — river, in the was like a wretch bound to some instrument of torture State of, on Monday last week, a gentleman, lateand shame, and compelled to receive and bear all that ly arrived in the neighborhood ; his name and residence might be meted out to him. Motionless he sat, unre- unknown; he was of middle size, well dressed, with sisting and mute. At length the heart of the janitor sandy hair: letters were found upon him addressed to relented. "Come,” said she of the mop, roaring with Dr. Faw. It is hoped that this account may reach his laughter, "fair play is a jewel-the Doctor deserved a friends.” “How strange," said Mrs. Ruffles, “that I good deal, and he has got it--he came, at any rate, as he should just then have happened to have spoken of him.” supposed, on an errand of mercy; let not his treatment, “Very,” said Mr. Ruffles" but these things, you know, however he may have earned it, be merciless-he has my dear, are unaccountable.” “Are you ready for been under the pump long enough.”, So saying, and your coffee, my dear.” “Yes.” And so this story ends. tearing the husband from his wife's embrace, she raised him up aloft and bore him to the door. Like the hare, when the loud yelp of the pursuing hound breaks upon his ear, so leapt the Doctor forwards, and so he bounded along the stairs and the passage-way to the open Holstein on the North Wind; Heinsius on the Ass;
Pierius Valerianus wrote an Eulogium on Beards; street-the last that Mrs. Faw, or any body else, ever saw or knew of him with any absolute certainty, Erasmus on Folly; Sallengre on Drunkenness; SyneWhether, like Curtius, the earth gaped and swallowed Isius on Baldness. (Greek.)