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Gleaner, arrayed in all her peacock glory," cried | think it would be dreadful if all these ugly rumors Lucy Hyde, peeping through the shutter and then should reach the Prestons, as the old lady is alhurriedly summoning a servant girl from a back ready violently opposed. Mrs. Adder and I wonwindow to answer the knock. “For mercy sake dered last night how some people could believe and let as hide our work or she will publish, far and repeat all they hear.” wide, that we take in sewing. Do pray, Jane, throw “ And so do we,” exclaimed Lucy," though Mrs. something over that basket of shirts and bosoms, Adder said here there were very good grounds and here let us seem busy winding worsted co- for such, as she had heard from the best authority lours.”
many objectionable things about the Lewises." " I suspect she has long since had more than a And Miss Dorothy, with her usual adroiiness, soon mere inkling of our working for a living,” inter- gathered all the Hydes knew and thought, which posed Jane.
convinced her that their credulity was much more as"Nonsense, child,” returned the mother quickly sailed by those serious objections, hinted at by Mrs. concealing a shirt, “she never saw any work go- Adder. After promising to bring her purse kniting on, and she ought to know my family pride is ting next time, and spend a whole evening, she left 100 great to do it publicly. I wish she had staid at them, charging them to find out by that time all home, and really if she was not on a familiar footing about the engagement. with many rich and influential persons, I would not " What a pitiful pride some people have,” soliloencourage her gossiping visits."
quized she; every body knows the Hydes take Just then Miss Dorothy was ushered in midst in work, and yet they are silly enough to conceal the rustling of silk and nodding of plumes. it. Ah ! Juan, you are as useful in finding out
"How delighted I am to see you!” cried Mrs. secrets as your mistress. Humph! do nothing Hyde with a cordial smile, “ I am sorry you knock- but embroidery indeed! I guess they know more ed so long, but our dining-room servant has unfor- about shirt-stitching than refining their tastes, and tunately gone on some errand."
as to dining-room servant, I know they don't keep " Ah! I see you are too saperbly dressed for us any but a cook. I wonder if the Miss Snapalis to enjoy other than a fashionable call," added are at home.” Lacy.
" Jemima, yonder comes the walking bulletin,' " True, I merely dropped in to exchange a few juvenile Dory," cried Miss Patsy Snapall, enterwords; as you live in a bustling part of the town, 1 ing the parlor, where sat her three sisters. If you always hear some bit of news. What are you so want the town to know about your nice wedding busy about, Jane ?"
fixings, now is a fine chance to spite her by a disBut ere Miss Dory received an answer, the equally play." prying Joan upset the basket and dragged the nu- The delicate hem-stitched frills, bands of linen, merous collars and bosoms about the floor with a and fine edged caps, were thrown into a sort of mischievous delight. Poor Jane was too much accidental confusion about the table and sofa near confused to do any thing else but replace the un- Miss Jemima, who seemed almost 100 busy to rise lockly contents, which had hardly been done, when when their visiter was announced. several shirt sleeves, dangling from a lounge, al- “I was afraid I would not find you all at home tracled Joan's eye, and soon his tenacious poll suc. this charmiug day ; but as I had heard, Miss Diana, ceeded in displaying them to Miss Dory's full gaze. you had had a slight attack of neuralgy, I thought
My girls are so fond of embroidery they do I would step in, if it was only a minute. How little else ; are not their ottomans beautiful ?" asked cheerful you look, and so quiet compared to the Mrs. Hyde, so as to give Lucy time to repair dam- Hydes, who are as busy as bees with ages. “I always encourage their refined tastes, the quantity of sewing they take in. Poor things, for as I told Mr. Preston the other day, it was a they would work themselves to death for a little very correct criterion to judge a young lady by her finery." domestic avocations"
There was not the slightest neuralgic contrac“ Speaking of Mr. Preston reminds me of his tion in the tough, lean face, or the pike-staff perreported engagement. How comes it, Lucy, you son of Miss Diana, when she replied, in a voice as have suffered such a plain, unpretending girl like keen as a December blast, " Thank Heaven, I am Gertrode Lewis to bear off such a prize ?" not afflicted with any of the new-fangled diseases "Wait until she has fairly borne him off,” re- of the day; but if I were to make a fool of myplied Lucy. " I must confess a perfect incredulity self, and dress like some would-be young people, that an upper ten' like bim should fall in love I would have the neuralgy I am sure. The truth with a girl who teaches school."
is, I am not sensitive about my years, and I think “ Yes, and independent of that objection, they it a great sin to make them appear fewer than He say there are others equally serious," added Mrs. who numbers them.” Hyde.
“Ah! Miss Diana, your piety always educes " So I've heard,” returned Miss Dory—" but I'good from every evil," returned Miss Dorothy
sweetly. Well may you be regarded an ornament touched Mr. Bragg's shining bell, when a whiskerto your church. I hope as good people are so ed, smartly dressed porter bowed her into the door, scarce, you may be spared to that age, which is and opening the parlor with a flourish, quickly only allotted to a few .by reason of great strength."" presented a silver waiter to receive the card of an
“ Yes, I often tell sis Di if she had been as pious nouncement for “my lady." in her youthtul days, she would certainly have been “ Pshaw! I thought it was somebody: I would'nt some eminent pastor's wife,” remarked Miss Je- take the trouble to dress for old Dory Gleaner-she mima, trying her very best to blush as she added, is aged enough to be my grandmother !" cried a "but, as Mrs. Adder said, when jesting me, there young girl, tossing the card to Mrs. Bragg, who ought always to be one old maid in the family to speedily tambled the squalling baby into a cradle, take care of the sisters' children."
slapped a toddling one from her side, and shook " By the way, what do you all think about the another into a chair, as she hurriedly adjusted her strange and sudden match of Robert Preston and dress. Gertrude Lewis? If it were not for some things “ Bless the children, I say ! no one can have any 1 might believe it,”—and Miss Dory looked ever peace where they are! Nurse, dress them to go so significantly.
into the parlor. Indeed, daughter, her visits are “ Well, ihey say it is so; but one thing is cer- as disagreeable to me, as to you ; but you must go lain, if Mrs. Adder can prevent it, no marriage will down too, for Miss Dory is intimate, they say, ever take place," said Miss Patsy prophetically. with the aristocracy, and if you were to offend
“ Dear me! I wonder more matches are not bro- by not appearing, she would overhaul your whole ken off, for when a girl is going to be married, her genealogy, which would not be agreeable.” merits and demerits are as much canvassed as “So we at last have the pleasure of seeing you!" those of a political office-seeker,” quietly remark- exclaimed Mrs. Bragg, pressing Miss Dory's hand ed Miss Hannah, as she laid aside a newspaper, most warmly. “ Anne Boleyn and I were wonhaving sated her love for politics by devouring the dering to day what had become of you. Here she last proceedings of Congress.
comes with the darling children, who must all make " Ah! if Providence did not superintend all mat- their appearance when you are announced. Speak rimonial, as He does all earthly events, they cer- to Miss Dory, Victoria Adelaide : where is your tainly would be, and Mrs. Adder's longue would bow, Louis Philippe ?" be a first rate sword to sever the Georgian Knot.” Anne Boleyn's smile was as sweet as mama's ;
“Gordian, sis Di," interrupted Jemima ; "you but Victoria Adelaide and Louis Philippe seemed know Mr. Long used the word last night.” much more delighted to claim acquaintance with
Well, it's all the same," continued Miss Diana, Juan, for which he suffered no little in their sundry her nose retreating in scorn. “ It is very evident pulls at his golden collar and ribboned ears. Mrs. Adder don't want people to credit the match ; " It is indeed a pleasure to visit you after the she shakes her head so knowingly when she beis Miss Snapalls, who actually make me quarrel with it won't take place. But this is a degenerate age, my sex,” returned Miss Dorothy, affectionately full of quackeries, for when they are broken off, patting the lule white-haired Braggs. “I really the new fashioned breach of promise suit' patch- hope it is true that Jemima is going to be married, es up the heart gaps, and prove a panacea for all for they talk of nothing else but making and breakthe ills of inconstancy. I am rejoiced I learnt my ing matches, though I can't admire poor Mr. Long's a, b, c, in morals and manners when all such heal taste.” ing arts were unknown. What say you, Dolly ?”! “ Nor I, for I tell mama if I were “fairly out,'
Miss Diana's holy horror seemed 100 illiberal, an hour in their company would be a sufficient nay, insulting to Miss Dory's refined taste, who warning against old maidenhood,” remarked Anne had so much reason to respect the present age and Boleyn, who, although the eldest of a brood of nine its multiform discoveries, so she thought a timely more than fledged, never owned her debut, unless exit was the most effectual refutation, which she some templing bait appeared worthy of her hook, did not long postpone.
as mama was still too youthful and fashionable. “I was determined not to teaze Jemima, or to “I suppose the rest of the dear ones are at notice all her premeditated show of wedding gear,” school ? You really ought to feel proud of slowsaid she after leaving the time-honored dwelling of ing such perfect specimens of health and beauty." ihe antiquated maidens. What a quarto of snap
Miss Dory had struck the right vein this time, ping turtles ! perfect vinegar cruets in form and which would ensure some vibrating answers relause !--for not all the concentrated bliss of matri- live to the new march, as she knew that several mony would ever prove an alkali to such acidity of the Braggs were Gertrude's scholars, as they possess."
“ Yes, they all go but those two and this babe, “Well, here is the showy mansion of the Braggs ; Arthur Wellesly. Cleopatra Antonia and Isabella I'll see what they have to say.”
Arragon are charmed with their boarding school in Miss Dorothy's white-gloved hand had hardly the city. Really, as Kate Nelson says, my 'ten
der nest of soft young hearts'engrosses me so much, seen you looking towards her, it would make no I have no time to visit her aunt, but I always tell difference about leaving, but as I do not want all the her and Anne Boleyn they never will experience trouble of entertaining her, you must remain. If any solid, home-felt happiness until they are wives we do take in a few boarders, it is too unfashionable and mothers."
and ungenteel to receive visiters on the portico." "I am glad you differ from Mrs. Adder, who But Mrs. Leake had hardly time to escape into rails against all mankind because she is linked to a a back room when Miss Dory reached the Venetian non-entity. For my part, I believe with Byron, door. who says, 'Happiness was born a twin,'”—and “Don't let me prevent you from going out, MaAnne Boleyn simpered so artlessly.
ria. I was really doubtful whether I would ask for "I dare say that is the reason I am so proud you, you are so unsociable. Is dear mama in ?" of my precious daplicates, Virgilia and Valeria," “How unfriendly," cried Maria, seizing Miss replied the fond mother laughing. “ Dear dar. Dory's hand and giving her a sweet kiss, " the very lings ! I don't know how I shall pacify them when inoment I saw you, I thought how fortunate I was Gertrude gives up her school, they are so devoted in not going out. I would have been too vexed to to her."
have missed this pleasure. I'll go and see if mama "When is the wedding to be, as I presume she is at home.” has apprized her patrons of her intended resigna- “My irresistible Maria must have brought you tion !" asked Miss Dory.
here, as I heard her say she hoped to meet with "I think it is not decided yet, though Mrs. Adder you during her walk,” said Mrs. Leake with a insinuates that the course of true love will not run graceful bend, as she thus saluted her guest. very smooth with poor Gertrude, if certain reports "I used to think I was something of a favorite were to reach Mrs. Preston. I believe the Leakes with dear Miss Dory, but Anne Boleyn Bragg has know more about the matter, being intimate with entirely supplanted me." the Lewises, than even Mrs. Adder, though she “What a notion ! I have just been there, and the says it is in her power to make wonderful disclo- more I see of them, from old Tim down to the sores. Maria Leake seems to think Caroline Hasty young Arthur Wellesley, the more I am disgusted has been badly treated.”
with the Braggs. Show and pretension are their "Oh! of course she has heard Mrs. Adder's side constant study. They say their chambers are of the question ; for between us, she, as well as but poorly furnished, while below one would think Caroline, thinks every young man that enters their their style of living almost as royal as their chilhonse must have serious intentions. It is a pity dren's names. Are they not ridiculous ?" they talk so much.”
“Oh! you know their taste is altogether arisloJust then one of the “upper ten,” Mrs. Trenton, cratic, sneered Mrs. Leake. “What would my was announced ; and Miss Dory perceiving her star dear departed Major Leake say to Tim Bragg's was not the ascendant, soon made her adieu. family aiming at the best society. When he used to
"What pretension !” exclaimed she. “I won- come to see my husband on business, he never dared der if the Braggs do think people can forget that old to step farther than the portico. Mrs. Bragg's conold Tim was a maker of shoes. Every thing ceit and Anne Boleyn's affectation are insufferathey say and do, begins with 'l' and ends with ble, though they never exhibited such to us." 'we.' What an ugly, uninteresting set of chil- “ If they did, I would soon remind them of their dren; real miniature cuts of snub-nosed papa— father's occupation” interrupted the scornful Maria. rude things, to treat dear Juan so, for they have “ Did the bread and butter? Anne make her apactually pulled all the bows out and soiled the ribon pearance ; for I have often heard her ridicule your with their dirty hands. As for visiting the Pres- visiting her ?!! tons and speaking so intimately of Kale—I do “She is a vain, deceitful thing. I never do care not believe they exchange an annual visit. But to see her, though I don't call a girl past eighteen I see Maria Leake on the portico, dressed as if for so very infantile ;" and Miss Dory's lips puckered å walk. I must harry on, or my budget will miss with indignation. the most important contribution, as they take board- “ No indeed ;-she and I were school-mates, ers and always know so much."
though mama always forbid my associating with “Ron bere, mama, and look at the blithesome her, the daughter of a shoemaker. Gertrude Lewis gait of Miss Dory Gleaner. Instead of being a was the only girl in the whole school who treated liok of the past, she is the very prototype of the her with respect. Oh! I suppose you've heard present, a second edition of Graham's fashion-plate. about the engagement and what a fuss old Mrs. She is coming to hear if we have any new board- Preston is making at the idea of any one's believers; I have a great notion to pretend I don't see ing it? It is a pity some people are so open in her, and turn down the next street."
expressing their opinions.” " What, after wishing to hear some of her gos- " It is, indeed! to be straight-forward in speech sip about the talked-of match. Now, if she had not'or action, always subjects one to so much miscon
struction ; for it is a lamentable truth, that people careful what you in future say, for Maria Leake will add and substract what they choose regarding threw out some very significant threats about you, every report.” Miss Dory tried to look innocent, should Kate or Preston hear the least breath of but curiosity could not forbear its impatient twink. harm against Gertrude." lings and inward throbbings.
“ Maria Leake threaten me," exclaimed Mrs. “ Yes," returned Mrs. Leake, “I am always Adder contemptuously ; " she knows very well she cautioning dear Maria against Mrs. Adder, who extracted every thing from me, and added a few possesses the tact of drawing every thought from more items herself. She never could have the asa body. She gossips so much, which I do abhor.” surance to give up her authority to Kate after all
“ But mama she is so insidious and confiden- her vows of secresy. I owe some visits among tial, that a candid person like myself cannot always the “best society," so I'll circulate myself 10be on the qui vive. She should stop talking of morrow, and see the state of the market there. It Robert Preston's dissipation and revealing such is always best to hear news from the fountain head, disgraceful things about the Lewises. If I were and not trust to the muddy channels which flow to tell Kate Nelson what she has confided to me among people of mediocre standing." as a great secret, it would soon be sifted to the “Well, I hope you will return the favor I've convery last grain; and perhaps old Adder would ferred, for it was a no small one to interrogate such have to make larger sales of groceries to pay people as I did. Poor Juan's precious ear will the damages of a slander suit. But I believe it hardly ever recover from the effects of his Brag! will be a match in spite of every thing; indeed, visit, though his mistress was most warmly wel. they say Kate has gone to the city to make some comed everywhere. I am almost induced to think purchases for Gertrude and herself."
what you said about my being a favorite, is true, “ You don't say so," cried Miss Dory, but a though I'm sorry to see that you are the reverse.” servant interrupted her by handing Maria a note. “ • Oh! wad some power the giftie gie us,'"
“ It is from Gertrude, who wants to see me on cried Caroline Hasty as the door closed upon Miss important business. I hope you will excuse my Dory, after a long confidential chat. “I can readily leaving ;” and Maria looked ever so knowing as imagine how every body sneered at her girlish dress she hurried away, but Miss Dory lingered to hear and ways. But Aunt suppose any of the reports much more from the equally loquacious Mrs. were to reach the Prestons and they should trace Leake.
them to you, as old Miss Dorothy says, we would “ I wish I knew what Gertrude wants with Ma- miss the wedding and it might jeopardize my stock ria," said she on her way home. " What a pity I in the · Berry' speculation. didn't wait until to-morrow, when I would have “ Tush, child, you are always too suspicious and heard all about the important business ;' fur the over anxious where beaux are concerned, which is Leakes let out every thing they know. Detest one reason they don't propose. I don't care if the gossip! bless me! it is their very sustenance. Prestons do hear what is said about the Lewis famMaria Leake tells so many stories about her age, ily, so my name is not called. I told many things 10 when she was in society years and years before Maria Leake purposely, because I knew they woold Anne Boleyn."
soon be afloat; though she promised faithfully, if she As it was late, Miss Dorothy thought it best to mentioned them, not to reveal the source. This suspend her exploring movements, for she was re- she dare not do, for I have her in my power. As ally bursting to tell her dear friend what people said to Gertrude, I never did like her ; she gave herself about her and to hint the danger of letting that so many airs when I once asked her how it came something' get out from her, as she would lose to be reported that her father killed himself :ever caste with the Prestons, and then miss an invita- since, she has borne herself very haughtily tow. tion to the wedding, which she believed would take ards me. I'll see Maria about that note as soon as place, as Maria seemed to know more than any possible." one else, and of course it would be quite a gay time. We will anticipate Mrs. Adder's conference with Just as soon as she re-knotted new ribbon in Juan's Maria, having also a preference for learning the dear little ears—revolving all the time what sort truth always from the fountain head, and will forthof a dress to wear to the great wedding—and then with put into honest practice the wise theory. The bestowing upon him a dozen kisses, Miss Dory note received by Maria was an affirmative answer hastened to report the morning developments to to one from herself, requesting a private interview her dear, but too imprudent Sophy.
with Gertrude, as she had something very impor“So you really think people are rather inclined tant to communicate, touching her welfare. It was not to believe it will be a be," asked Mrs. Adder, with considerable self-complacency and alacrily after listening eagerly to her intimate, occasionally that she hastened to discharge the duty of what she venting her own incredulity in sundry interjections deemed real friendship-chat of acting both mentor and interrogatories.
and sentinel to one so injured and innocent. The “I do ; but still I would advise you to be very propensity to tatile and disclose any thing secret
was a sort of passion which, by constant indul- | the duty was both painful and disagreeable, her own gence, had become an unconquerable Hydra, grad- sense of propriety and prudence demanded its strict cally perverting and closing every avenue of the fulfilment, to prevent further evil or misunderstand. heart against all that might otherwise have been ing. estimable in her character. Too surely is the “Golden clouds, like islands of the blest,"stretchtongue a "fire," a world of iniquity, and over none ed their gorgeous canopy o'er the mighty day-god of our members can the tempter gain so frequent, as he glanced his parling smile upon the thoughtimperceptible, sudden and dangerous control. To ful face of Gertrude Lewis, which evinced a disclose what is confided to us in secret, merely to depth of sadness and feeling when silently watchgratify a wicked, or even a weak desire, is a para- ing his glorious departore. Hers was a beauty dos in our moral constitution-a sin against God- that came from the heart and went to the heart. against society-and against one's self. It is a sin It was the very spirit of love which reposed upon against God, because it cannot be committed with her open brow, beamed in her dark hazel eye, out lying,-against society, because of the numer- smiled upon her delicate lip and murmured in ous evils which grow out of it,—and a sin against her low, melodious voice, while kindness and unone's self, because of the loss of character which suspecting truth colored her every thought. It must necessarily follow.
was the elevating influence of religion that enBut we will not detail the private interview ; larged her mind, softened her heart and gave a prefaced, interlarded and concluded by Maria, with value and dignity to her character, while it threw the warmest assurances of her most disinterested, a heavenly brightness over all the graces of her sincere regard; suffice it to say, sundry rumors person. The vivid hues of sunset had gradually were rife respecting Robert Preston's dissipated faded into a faint, shadowy line on the horizon life at college and in the city, where he was said when Gertrude aroused suddenly from her abstracto be the Beelzebub of gamblers, as well as the tion, as if some point of decision had been attained mest notorious of libertines, and every body won by her deep intensity of thought. The suft saddered that any girl, and least of all a pious one, should ness passed away from her gentle face, a quick even countenance such a character. But objec- glow came to her pale cheek, and a flash shot from tionable as these terrible things were, the crowning, her humid eye as she murmured, most humiliating one, (0! tempora, O! mores,) “What dreamy weakness I have suffered to overwas Mrs. Preston's violent opposition to the match, shadow my womanly pride. Be it so, it is well for she had freely and publicly declared not only the veil has been lifted, for I never could accept the that she considered Gertrude beneath her son, love of any man, when the bestowal of that love in fortune, position and education, but that the elicited maternal condemnation; never could I wear bright escutcheon of their honored lineage would a name of which I was deemed unworthy. No, be indelibly tarnished by the alliance. These re- Gertrude Lewis cannot thus sacrifice her innale marks were so notorious, and told by the very “best pride and independence. Poverty may be her desauthority," that the friendly and considerate Ma- tiny, but self respect is her heritage.” ria could not withhold them any longer from her, " Methinks I have never seen the fair face of who ought forth with to resent such an indignity. Gertrude wear so strange an expression,” said a Ah! who can calculate the mischief that is crea- low, clear voice, whilst the small, delicate hand ted by such a friendship! How many hearts are which had fallen nervously at her side was tenmade to bleed,-how many ties of real affection derly pressed, and lifted to lips that trembled as her are serered, -how many evil contentions and im- own. Gertrude gazed into her lover's eyes, and pressions arise, and how many innocent persons Robert Preston again spoke.
“I received your summons with aroused suspiAlthough Gertrude had ever cherished an utter cion, and the interview I have just had with your abhorrence for every species of tattling-carefully mother has more than overwhelmed me. What shunning the society of those who practised and means this change ? Can it indeed he true, dear delighted in it--still she could not remain insensi- Gertrude, I have been thus deceived, and that your ble to its effects. While she indignantly and readi- love is refused me forever ?" ly made considerable deductions from the charges “ We have both been deceived, and perhaps I against him she loved so confidingly, and was even more than yourself,” replied she proudly. disposed 10 doubt the reported opposition of his “How-in what respect? Is my character imTaother, she did not long parry the many strokes pugned, or my love unworthy?" asked he with equal her pride had received from the latter. Maria pride. had left her but a few hours, when her mother “The first is, and the latter may be, since the received a letter from Mrs. Preston announcing object that excited it is regarded so by ;" but her decided and unalterable aversion to any con- the sentence was left unfinished. nexion with Mrs. Lewis' family, which she deemed “And the slanders so unaccountably circulated it incumbent on her as a mother to make, and though'against me are believed by you; you, whom I