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the door: his fine sense of delicacy " True; but Lady Ellinor was not made him think that even he was out then an heiress, and her father viewed of place in the confidence between son these matters as no other peer in Engand father.
land perhaps would. As for Trevanion “No, uncle," I said, holding out himself, I dare say he has no prejudices my hand to him, “ stay; you too can about station, but he is strong in comadvise me—strengthen me. I have mon sense. He values himself on being kept my honour yet-help me to keep a practical man. It would be folly to it still."
talk to him of love, and the affections At the sound of the word honour of youth. He would see in the son of Captain Roland stood mute, and Austin Caxton, living on the interest raised his head quickly.
of some fifteen or sixteen thousand So I told all-incoherently enough at pounds, such a match for his daughfirst, but clearly and manfully as I ter as no prudent man in his position went on. Now I know that it is not could approve. And as for Lady the custom of lovers to confide in Ellinor"fathers and uncles. Judging by those "She owes us much, Austin !" exmirrors of life, plays and novels, they claimed Roland, his face darkening. choose better ;-valets and chamber- “ Lady Ellinor is now what, if we maids, and friends whom they have had known her better, she promised picked up in the street, as I had picked always to be—the ambitious, brilliant, up poor Francis Vivian—to these they scheming woman of the world. Is it make clean breasts of their troubles. not so, Pisistratus?” But fathers and uncles—to them they I said nothing. I felt too much. are close, impregnable, “buttoned to "And does the girl like you ?-but the chin.” The Caxtons were an ec- I think it is clear she does!” excentric family, and never did anything claimed Roland. “Fate-fate; it has like other people. When I had ended, been a fatal family to us! Zounds, I lifted my eyes, and said pleadingly, Austin, it was your fault. Why did “Now, tell me, is there no hope you let him go there?”. none ?
“My son is now a man—at least in “Why should there be none ?” heart, if not in years—can man be shut cried Captain Roland hastily—“the from 'danger and trial ? They found De Caxtons are as good a family as the me in the old parsonage, brother!" Trevanions; and as for yourself
, all I said my father mildly. will say is, that the young lady might My uncle walked, or rather stumpchoose worse for her own happiness." ed, three times up and down the room;
I wrung my uncle's hand, and turned and he then stopped short, folded his to my father in anxious fear-for I arms, and came to a decisionknew that, in spite of his secluded “ If the girl likes you, your duty is habits, few men ever formed a sounder doubly clear-you can't take advanjudgment on worldly matters, when tage of it. You have done right to he was fairly drawn to look at them. leave the house, for the temptation A thing wonderful is that plain might be too strong." wisdom which scholars and poets " But what excuse shall I make to often have for others, though they Mr Trevanion?” said I feebly "what rarely deign to use it for themselves. story can I invent? So careless as he And how on earth do they get at it? is while he trusts, so penetrating if he I looked at my father, and the vague once suspects, he will see through all hope Roland had excited fell as my subterfuges, and—and—” I looked.
" It is as plain as a pike-staff," “Brother,” said he slowly, and said my uncle abruptly" and there shaking his head," the world, which need be no subterfuge in the matter, gives codes and laws to those who live 'I must leave you, Mr Trevanion.! in it, does not care much for a pedi- Why?' says he. Don't ask me.' gree, unless it goes with a title-deed He insists. · Well then, sir, if you to estates."
must know, I love your daughter. I “ Trevanion was not richer than have nothing-she is a great heiress. Pisistratus when he married Lady You will not approve of that love, and Ellinor,” said my uncle.
therefore I leave you!' That is the.
course that becomes an English gen- streets. But I had not got far before tleman-eh, Austin ?"
I heard my father's voice; and he “You are never wrong when your came up, and, hooking his arm into instincts speak, Roland," said my mine, said, “ Are there not two of us father. “Can you say this, Pisistra- that suffer ?—let us be together!" I tus, or shall I say it for you?" pressed his arm, and we walked on in
"Let him say it himself," said silence. But when we were near Roland ; " and let him judge himself Trevanion's house, I said hesitatingly, of the answer. He is young, he is “Would it not be better, sir, that I clever, he may make a figure in the went in alone. If there is to be an world. Trevanion may answer, Win explanation between Mr Trevanion the lady after you have won the laurel, and myself, would it not seem as if like the knights of old. At all events, your presence implied either a request you will hear the worst."
to him that would lower us both, or a “I will go," said I, firmly; and I doubt of me that—" took my bat, and left the room. As “ You will go in alone, of course : I was passing the landing-place, a I will wait for you—" light step stole.down the upper flight "Not in the streets-oh no, father," of stairs, and a little hand seized my cried I, touched inexpressibly. For own. I turned quickly, and met the all this was so unlike my father's full, dark, seriously sweet eyes of my habits, that I felt remorse to have so cousin Blanche.
communicated my young griefs to “Don't go away yet, Sisty," said the calm dignity of his serene life. she coaxingly. “I have been wait- “My son, you do not know how I ing for you, for I heard your voice, love you. I have only known it myand did not like to come in and dis- self lately. Look you, I am living in turb you."
you now, my first-born ; not in my " Ånd why did you wait for me, other son—the great book : I must my little Blanche ?"
have my way.
Go in ; that is the “Why! only to see you. But door, is it not?” your eyes are red. Oh, cousin !"-and, I pressed my father's hand, and I felt before I was aware of her childish then, that, while that hand could reimpulse, she had sprung to my neck ply to mine, even the loss of Fanny and kissed me. Now Blanche was Trevanion could not leave the world not like most children, and was very a blank. How much we have before sparing of her caresses. So it was out us in life, while we retain our parents ! of the deeps of a kind heart that that How much to strive and to hope for! kiss came. I returned it without a What a motive in the conquest of our word; and, putting her down gently, sorrow—that they may not sorrow ran down the stairs, and was in the with us !
I entered Trevanion's study. It was mons. So here I am, looking into an hour in which he was rarely at Propertius : Parr is right ; not_so home, but I had not thought of that; clegant a writer as Tibullus. But and I saw without surprise that, con- what the deuce are you about
?—why trary to his custom, he was in his arm- don't you sit down? Humph! you chair, reading one of his favourite look grave-you have something to classic authors, instead of being in say, - say it!" some committee room of the House of And, putting down Propertius, the Commons.
acute,sharp face of Trevanion instantly “A pretty fellow you are,” said became earnest and attentive. he, looking up,“to leave me all the “My dear Mr Trevanion," said I, morning, without rhyme or reason. with as much steadiness as I could And my committee is postponed— assume," you have been most kind to chairman ill — people who get ill me; and, out of my own family, there should not go into the House of Com- is no man I love and respect more."
TREVANION.—Humph! What's all impossible! If you knew all, you would this! (In an under tone)-Am I going be the first to bid me go!" to be taken in ?
“ You are in debt," said the man PISISTRATUS.—Do not think me of the world, coldly. "Bad, very ungrateful, then, when I say I come to bad-still—" resign my office-to leave the house “No, sir ; nol worse" where I have been so happy.
“ Hardly possible to be worse, TREVANION.—Leave the house ! young man-hardly! But, just as you Pooh!-I have overtasked you. I will; you leave me, and will not say will be more merciful in future. You why. Good-by. Why do you linger? must forgive a political economist—it shake hands, and go!" is the fault of my sect to look upon "I cannot leave you thus: I-Imen as machines.
sir, the truth shall out. I am rash PISISTRATUS—(smiling faintly.)– and mad enough not to see Miss No, indeed—that is not it! I have Trevanion without forgetting that I nothing to complain of nothing I
am poor, and _" could wish altered—could I stay.
* Ha!” interrupted Trevanion TREVANION (examining me thought- softly, and growing pale, “this is fully.)-And does your father approve a misfortune indeed! And I, who of your leaving me thus ?
talked of reading characters! Truly, PISISTRATUS.--Yes, fully.
truly, we would-be practical men are TREVANION (musing a moment.) – fools-fools! And you have made I see, he would send you to the Uni- love to my daughter!” versity, make you a book-worm like “Sir! Mr Trevanion !--no-never, himself : pooh! that will not do you never so base! In your house, trusted will never become wholly a man of by you,-how could you think it? I books,- it is not in you. Young man, dared, it may be, to love--at all events, though I may seem careless, I read to feel that I could not be insensible characters, when I please it, pretty to a temptation too strong for me. quickly. You do wrong to leave me; But to say it to your daughter-to you are made for the great world-I ask love in return—I would as soon can open to you a high career. I wish have broken open your desk! Frankly to do so! Lady Ellinor wishes it, I tell you my folly: it is a folly, not nay, insists on it—for your father's a disgrace.” sake as well as yours. I never ask Trevanion came up to me abruptly, as a favour from ministers, and I never I leant against the book-case, and, will. But (here Trevanion rose snd- grasping my hand with a cordial kinddenly, and, with an erect mien and a ness, said, "Pardon me! You have quick gesture of his arm, he added)— behaved as your father's son should but a minister himself can dispose as I envy him such a son! Now, listen he pleases of his patronage. Look to me-I cannot give you my you, it is a secret yet, and
I trust to daughter—" your honour. But, before the year is "Believe me, sir, I never” out, I must be in the cabinet. Stay “Tut, listen! I cannot give you with me, I guarantee your fortunes— my daughter. I say nothing of inthree months ago I would not have equality — all gentlemen are equal ; said that. By-and-by I will open and if not, all impertinent affectation parliament for you, you are not of age of superiority, in such a case, would yet--work till then. And now sit down come ill from one who owes his own and write my letters—a sad arrear!” fortune to his wife ! But, as it is, I
“My dear, dear Mr Trevanion !” have a stake in the world, won not said I, so affected that I could scarcely by fortune only, but the labour of a speak, and seizing his hand, which I life, the suppression of half my nature pressed between both mine—“I dare —the drudging, squaring, taming not thank you—I cannot ! But you down-all that made the glory and don't know my heart—it is not ambi- joy of my youth--to be that hard tion. No! if I could but stay here on matter-of-fact thing which the English the same terms for ever-here-(look- world expect in a-statesman! This ing ruefully on that spot where Fanny station has gradually opened into its had stood the night before,) but it is natural result-power! I tell you
shall soon have high office in the ad- has the great heart of her mother. You ministration : I hope to render great look incredulous ;- naturally. Oh, services to England--for we English you think I shall sacrifice my child's politicians, whatever the mob and the happiness to a politician's ambition ! press say of us, are not selfish place- Folly of youth! Fanny would be hunters. I refused office, as high as I wretched with you. She might not look for now, ten years ago. We think so now; she would five years believe in our opinions, and we hail hence! Fanny will make an admirthe power that may carry them into able duchess, countess, great lady ; effect. In this cabinet I shall have but wife to a man who owes all to enemies. Oh, don't think we leave her!—no, no, don't dream it! I shall jealousy behind us, at the doors of not sacrifice her happiness, depend Downing Street! I shall be one of a on it. I speak plainly, as man to minority. I know well what must manman of the world to a man happen : like all men in power, I must just entering it—but still man to man! strengthen myself by other heads and What say you?" hands than my own. My daughter “ I will think over all you tell me. should bring to me the alliance of that I know that you are speaking to house in England which is most ne- me most generously — as a father cessary to me. My life falls to the would. Now let me go, and may ground, like a house of cards, if I God keep you and yours ! ** waste-I do not say on you, but on “Go-I return your blessing - go! men of ten times your fortune (what I don't insult you now with offers ever that be,)—the means of strength of service ; but, remember, you have a which are at my disposal in the band right to command them—in all ways, of Fanny Trevanion. To this end I in all times. Stop ! — take this have looked; but to this end her comfort away with you - a sorry mother has schemed - for these comfort now, a great one hereafter. household matters are within a man's In a position that might have moved hopes, but belong to a woman's policy. anger, scorn, pity, you have made So much for us. But for you, my a barren-hearted man honour and dear, and frank, and high-souled admire you. You, a boy, have made young friendfor you, if I were not me, with my gray hairs, think better Fanny's father—if I were your nearest of the whole world: tell your father relation, and Fanny could be had for that." the asking, with all her princely I closed the door, and stole out dower, (for it is princely,)—for you I softly — softly. But when I got into should say, fly from a load upon the the hall, Fanny suddenly opened the heart, on the genius, the energy, the door of the breakfast parlour, and pride, and the spirit, which not one seemed, by her look, her gesture, to man in ten thousand can bear; fly invite me in. Her face was very pale, from the curse of owing every thing and there were traces of tears on the to a wife!—it is a reversal of all heavy lids. natural position, it is a blow to all I stood still a moment, and my the manhood within us. You know heart beat violently. I then muttered not what it is: I do! My wife's for something inarticulately, and, bowing tune came not till after marriage-50 low, hastened to the door. far, so well ; it saved my reputation I thought, but my ears might defrom the charge of fortune-hunting. ceive me, that I heard my name proBut, I tell you fairly, that if it had nounced; but fortunately the tall porter never come at all, I should be a started from his newspaper and his prouder, and a greater, and a happier leather chair, and the entrance stood man than I have ever been, or ever open. I joined my father. can be, with all its advantages ; it "It is all over," said I, with a resohas been a millstone round my neck. lute smile. "And now, my dear father, And yet Ellinor has never breathed a I feel how grateful I should be for all word that could wound my pride. that your lessons -- your life - have Would her daughter be as forbearing? taught me ;-for, believe me, I am not Much as I love Fanny, I doubt if she unhappy."
We came back to my father's house, powder or phial that comes to hand. and on the stairs we met my mother, The skilful doctor is he who adjusts whom Roland's grave looks, and her the dose to the malady." Austin's strange absence, had alarmed. “Of that there can be no donbt," My father quietly led the way to a quoth Captain Roland. “I rememlittle room, which my mother had ber a notable instance of the justice of appropriated to Blanche and herself; what you say. When I was in Spain, and then, placing my hand in that both my horse and I fell ill at the which had helped his own steps from same time ; a dose was sent for each ; the stony path, down the quiet vales and, by some infernal mistake, I swalof life, he said to me,—“Nature gives lowed the horse's physic, and the you here the soother;" — and, so say- horse, poor thing, swallowed mine!" ing, he left the room.
“And what was the result ?" asked And it was true, O my mother! my father. that in thy simple loving breast “ The horse died !” answered Ronature did place the deep wells of land mournfully—" a valuable beastcomfort! We come to men for philoso- bright bay, with a star !" phy-to women for consolation. And
« And you ?" the thousand weaknesses and regrets “ Why, the doctor said it ought -the sharp sands of the minutiæ that to have killed me; but it took a great make up sorrow --- all these, which deal more than a paltry bottle of phyI could have betrayed to no man- sic to kill a man in my regiment.” not even to him, the dearest and ten- “ Nevertheless, we arrive at the derest of all men-I showed without same conclusion,” pursued my father, shame to thee! And thy tears, that "I with my theory, you with your fell on my cheek, had the balm of experience,--that the physic we take Araby; and my heart, at length, must not be chosen hap-hazard ; and lay lulled and soothed under thy moist that a mistake in the bottle may kill a gentle eyes.
horse. But when we come to the I made an effort, and joined the medicine for the mind, how little do little circle at dinner ; and I felt we think of the golden rule which grateful that no violent attempt was common-sense applies to the body.” made to raise my spirits-nothing but "Anon," said the Captain, “what affection, more subdued, and soft, and medicine is there for the mind ? Shaktranquil. Even little Blanche, as if speare has said something on that by the intuition of sympathy, ceased subject, which, if I recollect right, her babble, and seemed to hush her implies that there is no ministering to footstep as she crept to my side. But a mind diseased.” after dinner, when we had reassem- "I think not, brother; he only said bled in the drawing-room, and the physic (meaning boluses and black lights shone bright, and the curtains draughts) would not do it. And were let down—and only the quick Shakspeare was the last man to find roll of some passing wheels reminded fault with his own art ; for, verily, us that there was a world without he has been a great physician to the - my father began to talk. He mind.” had laid aside all his work; the “Ah!Itake you now, brother, -books younger, but less perishable child was again ! So you think that, when a man forgotten,-and my father began to breaks his heart, or loses his fortune, talk.
or his daughter-(Blanche, child, come “ It is," said he musingly, “a here)—that you have only to clap a well-known thing, that particular plaster of print on the sore place, and drugs or herbs suit the body according all is well. I wish you would find me to its particular diseases. When we such a cure." are ill, we don't open our medicine- " Will you try it?" chest at random, and take out any “If it is not Greek,” said my uncle.