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poor, was mentioned, she immediately young people. It would have been so took measures to prevent him from if the manæuvring character of Lady visiting again at the house.
Leith would have allowed the natural Among the numerous suitors which thirst of young affection to imbibe a the beauty of Monimia Rusby sum- full draught of pleasure. She was, moned about her person was a young however, continually watching and man, the only heir of a wealthy stock- checking every inclination to impasjobber, whose riches were estimated at sioned love. 66 Now is the time," she a million. This was the very union would say to her niece, “ to assume which Lady Leith was courting for her that empire over the mind of your inniece, and she gave every encourage- tended husband, which may render ment to his visits. Monimia had been you happy by attaining the superiority. enjoined, under pain of the endless If you once give way to you affection, displeasure of Lady Leith, never to you are lost; you become his slave, conceal from her, even for a moment, and cease to rule. We soon despise any offers she might receive, and to re- those who love us with thoughtless atfer every suitor to her. As
tachment. Let him suppose that you therefore, as the youth declared his love him, but never be thoroughly conpassion, she replied, with a coolness vinced of it. Be polite, various, playwhich somewhat astonished him, that ful, engaging, reluctant, but avoid that she must reser him to Lady Leith, by unworthy stain on a woman's character, whose wishes she always regulated her a fond and doating attachment.” By affections. The young man imme- such opinions and repeated enforcediately requested an audience of her ment of them, she wrought the mind of ladyship, by whom he was received her niece to a wary and politic method with great politeness, and listened to of loving. Her attachment was conwith attention. She told him she saw ditional, which like her stays she could no great objection to the match, but put on at pleasure, and tighten and matters of that nature must be cau- loosen about her heart. Every artiously managed ; that young people rangement was now made for the marwere but bad judges of the arrange- riage, the day was fixed, the weddingments necessary to make them happy, suits and a carriage purchased, a and that every proceeding must be house furnished, when one of those unregulated by the discretion of his own expected events, which strike our senfather and Sir James. She then ex ses like a clap of thunder, put a sudacted a promise from him never to den stop to the business. The great mention his affection again to Mo-stock-jobber failed. Immense specunimia until he received permission lations in foreign bonds, which fell from herself to consider and address fifty per cent. in value in the course of her as his future bride. The old peo a month, were the cause of his ruin. ple soon met, and consulted about the various were the reports upon the Exintended marriage. An union with change about the extent of his speculathe family of Sir James flattered the tions and losses; some authorities deambition of the stock-jobber, and bis clared him to be ruined entirely, while interest was not forgotten when he others made a more moderate estimate agreed to settle upon his son one hun- of his misfortunes, and supposed that dred and fifty thousand pounds. Sir something would be left after the payJames was a potent and a popular ment of all demands. Sir James man, whose great connexions and ex- Leith received no injury from the tensive commercial intercourse might failure of the great stock-jobber. He enable him to point out some lucrative was on the eve of entering, in conjunchits. Monimia was to have a portion tion with him, upon some large specuof ten thousand pounds, with a verbal lations in hops, which the sudden mispromise of the saine sum at the death fortune stopped. of Sir James.
As soon as Lady Leith was made One would suppose that all was joy acquainted with the failure she comand pleasure within the bosoms of the municated the circumstance to Mo
nimia, with strict injunctions to with- own age, the son of a respectable gesdraw her affections. That young lady tleman, who lived in the parish of had been now so well-tutored in the Halton. This was her first love, and, art of putting off and on affection that like most of those affections which the she soon disrobed her heart. This heart spontaneously adopts at an early was the triumph of Lady Leith's sys- age, was ardent and sincere. tem of education, and when she com The
young gentleman her suitor had municated the particulars to her bro- no fortune, and but very moderate esther, she commented largely on her pectations, yet Mr. Rusby did not own skill.
“ You see," said she in think himself warranted in refusing his one of her letters," that Monimia, approbation of her attachment, he only under my instruction, has captivated, stipulated with the youth that he should by her manners and good conduct, a patiently wait until the appearance of young man of great expectations, and better prospects, and not involve, by a when those expectations failed, she has precipitate and thoughtless marriage, had the prudence to withdraw her af- his daughter in difficulty and distress. fection. 'Be assured that she will The presentation of an ensigncy to the never disgrace herself by marrying a lover called him to more active scenes poor man. Her ambition and pru- in the Peninsula, when he first flashed dence are exactly what I could wish his sword at the Battle of Talavera. them to be.” Many friends and ac- In the succeeding battles he displayed quaintances of Monimia, especially resolution and ability, and attained a among the younger people, reprobat. company by his undaunted defence of ed her conduct as a disgraceful speci- a fort in one of the engagements sought men of insensibility, but she was high- in the Pyrenees. His career was hofly praised among the insensible and
ever checked, and his farther advancethe aged, and recommended by them ment annihilated by the battle of to the young as a pattern of prudence Toulouse, where he lost a leg, and was and refinement.
dangerously wounded in the head by While Lady Leith was elevating a musket ball, which carried away Monimia in such a manner as ensured part of his jaw, and deprived him, för her the attainment of prosperous cir- a considerable time of the power oi cumstances, Mr. Rusby was proceed- speech. This event happened about ing in the education of his daughter, the same time that the failure of the Clara, in his own simple and unosten- great stock-jobber put an end to the tatious manner. He never inculcated intended marriage between his son and ambitious designs, but, on the contra- Monimia. He recovered slowly from ry, taught her to be moderate in her his wounds, and was compelled to expectations. He was unable to give travel by slow journeys towards Engher instructions how to enter a room land, where Mr. Rusby and his daughgracefully, to captivate attention by ter were anxiously awaiting the arrival striking attitudes, to catch the adora- of the gallant soldier, to whose infirtion of numerous suitors, and hold them mities and misfortunes they were ans. for a long time in her train by smiles ious to administer comfort. Lady and insinuations full of coquetry and Leith used all her influence with ber fallacy, but he well understood how to niece to induce her to seize the occaimprove his daughter's mind by solid sion of breaking off a match with a and useful instruction. By the time man whom she designated as a beggar she attained the age of eighteen she and a cripple. Her endeavours were was highly accomplished, and was gen- ineffectual. She could neither shake erally admired for the beauty of her the steady affection of Clara, nor the person, and the artless simplicity firm and generous principles of Mr. of ber character. Not being warp- Rusby. As soon as the young soldier ed by any artful or ambitions designs arrived in England he wrote a letter to on the part of her parent, she followed his Clara, intimating that he dreaded the natural bent of her disposition, and an interview with her. “When I left attached herself to a young man of her you," said he in his letter, " I was in
the possession of perfect health, full of keep me a carriage.” “ Depend upon alacrity, ambitious in my designs, it, my dear," said a third person, handsome in my person, if I may be
“you'll be miserable with him." lieve the opinions of others, and a “ There can be no misery,” she anmatch, a suitable match, except in for- swered, " where there is immense tune, to yourself; I now return a bat- wealth.” In this manner she exmplitered and worn out soldier, disfigured, fied the great pains which Lady Leith maimed, and, like a young tree struck had taken in her education, and her by lightning, blasted in the early put- preceptress was not a little fattered ting forth of my expectations. It were when she contrasted the consummate better that I should never see you prudence and discretion shown by her again, my Clara, than see you to lose, own pupil, with what she termed, the through my want of personal advanta- childish romance of her niece Clara. ges, that affection which I had once A few months brought the marriage of the happiness to inspire.” As soon as Monimia to a conclusion. Sir Croston Clara received this letter she set out Fullpurse vainly supposed that the with her father to meet her lover. preference which had been shown to Their meeting was like the junction of him over the younger suitors of his two streams that unite for ever. A bride, was to be attributed to his manshort but violeut agitation of contend- ners and character, and not to the ing passions was followed by compo- templation of his wealth. So little sure and happiness. About three are those, who estimate money above months after their return to Halton the all things, inclined to admit, that the young soldier was united to Clara. In wealth they possess is the only thing addition to his half-pay he received a which can recommend them to others. pension of two hundred a-year, as a While affairs were proceeding thus remuneration for his wounds and ser- prosperously, in the Leith family, the vices. This, together with a small al- failure of the great stock jobber was lowance from his father, and a resi- silently working out the ruin of some dence in the parsonage, enabled them of the first houses in the City. These to enjoy that which no wealth can sudden explosions of great commercial purchase-contented affection.
houses may be assimilated to the reIt was not long before the charms verberations of an echo in a mountainand manners of Monimia Rusby gain- ous country. A cannon is fired off, ed another suitor. This second ad- and close to your side the shock is inmirer was even richer than the first : stantly repeated. It then ceases and he was a gentleman of extensive busi- you suppose that you will hear no ness, one of the representatives of the more of it, when you perceive an obCity of London, and a baronet. He scure and feeble repetition, at an imwas past the meridian of his days, a mense distance; “ It is dying away, widower with two children, and not you observe," and then again it thunaltogether a husband of such temper ders in your ears, apparently more and manners as would have pleased a loud than at first. After repeated young woman whose mind had been shocks, which often come from quarinclined to refinement and romance. ters where you least expect them, the She had, however, by this time so explosion dies away and the matter is completely imbibed the principles of forgotten. The failure of the stock ber aunt, and become so nice a calcu- jobber was of this nature. The Leith lator, that she knew what sum of mo- family appeared to stand secure, and ney was a set-off against a defect. were talking, and wondering at the Being told that her intended husband numerous failures, obscure and imporwas a person of a bad temper, she re- tant, which it had created, when sudplied, “ True, but he settles upon me denly they were alarmed by the extwenty thousand pounds." "He is plosion of a house, with which Sir too old,” said a friend, “to marry a James had immense transactions, and woman of your youth and beauty.” this was instantly followed by the “Not at all," was her reply, "for he'll failure of his own banker. After the
first consternation was past, and they she passed her by, and burried down were able to summon sufficient calm- stairs to ber carriage. The agitation ness of mind to calculate their resour- of her mind, arising from this discoveces, Lady Leith directed the mind of ry of the selfishness and ingratitude of Sir James to the assistance which Monimia, combined with the shock might be derived from Sir Crofton which her nerves had received from the Fullpurse ; she knew the influence apprehension of the danger which which Monimia possed over her hus. seemed to threaten her family, threx band, and proposed to visit her for the her into hysterics. A violent sever purpose of requesting her interest with followed, and during some days ber him to prop the credit of Sir James. physician apprehended a fatal termiThe carriage was ordered, and she re- nation. As soon as she recovered, it paired instantly to Monimia. The was thought right that she should aprumour of the great events had pre- dergo a temporary removal from these ceded her. Her reception was cold scenes where she had suffered, and she and formal. “I come, my dear Mo- herself chose Halton Parsonage, the nimia," said Lady Leith in an agony residence of her brother, as the place of grief, “to request you will prevail where she could best recover from the on Sir Crofton to assist us on this trying wounds which her feelings bad recriroccasion." “ Your · Ladyship," reed. The reception which Mr. Rusby plied Monimia, “shall not want an and his children gave her, was most advocate in nie, but “ Heavens, kind and hearty. During two mooths Moninia,” cried Lady Leith, " is this she lived at Halton, and in that time the language, this the return you inake often consessed to her own mind, and for all my kind and generous exertions by words to the ear of Mr. Rusby, in your favour?" “Your Ladyship," that she had been deceived in ber replied Monimia, “ seems to forget speculations on education : that priathat I am no longer my own mistress, ciples of ambition and selfishness incul. but the obedient wife of a gentleman, cated to young people, reçoit in the whose interest and happiness it is my hour of distress and difficulty on their duty above all things to consider. instructors. As soon as the affairs of That done, your Ladyship shall not Sir James were adjusted, she returned want, as I have said before, an advo. to London. Clara from that time becate in me.” The impetuous temper came a favourite of Lady Leith, and of Lady Leith, could no longer bear at the death of Sir James, she receired this cold offer of assistance; she seized the fortune which had been destined the bell, rose hastily from the sofa, for Monimia. dropt a slight curtsey to her niece as
TALES OF IRISH LIFE,
ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE MANNERS, CUSTOMS, AND CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE.
DESIGNS BY GEORGE CRUIKSHANK.
THERE is no accounting for Tastes : drunken agitators, like the mad reve!
de gustibus non est disputandum, · lers of ancient times, would throw into say the old Classics. It will hardly their intoxicating cup to destrog, be believed, that in truth we have reap- though it cost the price of a kingdom. ed as much gratification in reading There are sixteen Tales in these these Tales, as in perusing the longest two small and neat volumes, all of reports of any one of the disputations them illustrative of the feelings and between the Romish Priests and the manners of a people, it must be conBible distributors in Ireland; ihe dis- fessed far too little known. We do not cussions on the snug appropriation of observe any undue leaning, either to the Catholic rent, or the debates on one side or another, of those who abuse dissolving the Union, that pearl which the ignorance of Ireland, and wickedly
labour to keep alive the distractions humble competence. A host of exam-
“ The glebe Rouleen consisted of observe the pernicious influence of the twenty Irish acres, on which stood the Catholic Priest. There is, therefore, warm thatched house, or rather cabin, much matter worthy of earnest nation- of Jack Wilson. The annual whiteal attention in these fictions, while at washing which was given to it every the same time they are characteristic Christmas rendered it conspicuous and amusing. Without agreeing with from the road; and the four large the writers in all his ideas, we cannot trees which shaded the bawn, or yard, but highly approve of bis work, of gave it an air of comfort which Irish which an abridgment of the story of dwellings, particularly of the poor, selPoor Mary will afford our readers a dom afford. A closer view showed an tolerable sample.
approach to English neatness : a green “On the road from Thurles to paddock for a favourite horse or cow Cashel the traveller will frequently see was on one side; and on the west, enwritten, by a variety of hands, on walls joying the shelter of the outhouses and and posts, · Poor Mary! the epithet trees, was a little garden for vegetables poor being considered by the Irish and fowers : wbilst at the bottom of peasantry the most expressive word the slope, before the door, was an umfor sympathetic pity. This testimony brageous thorn, protecting from the of regard for the sufferings of Mary beams of the summer's sun a holy well; becomes more conspicuous and more for all wells in Ireland are dedicated to frequent as the traveller approaches some particular saint. It must be conthe latter town; and should he feelsessed, though the general appearance any desire to know the cause, he can- of Wilson's habitation conveyed ideas not fail of receiving information from of industry, there yet remained too those he meets, either in the English many proofs of culpable indolence. A or Irish language ; for all know the cart, as it is called, truckle, was placed history of. Poor Mary.'
in the gap to perform the duties of a “ England or Ireland, intended by gate; and the exhalations of the dungNature, like man and woman, for mu, hills rose to fleaven the tacit reprover tual support and happiness, unfortu- of Jack's attachment to smoking and nately entertain such unaccountable talking : still the little farm was yearly prejudices, that they know nearly as improving; the limestones were collittle of each other's ma nners and lected round the kiln, the ditches showhabits as the South Sea Indian does of ed traces of recent repairs, and fields the Calmuc Tartar.
were ploughed that had lain fallow for “ In estimating the enjoyments and ages. On the whole, the country peovirtues of the sister island, the logic of ple acknowledged that Jack was the an Englishman is, in his own opinion, most thriving man in the parish, for very conclusive and satisfactory. An which he was indebted, they observed, Irishman is a Papist; ergo, a supersti- to his good children, young Jack and tious fool; an Irishman eats potatoes ; Mary. ergo, he is starved ; ergo, he must be « Old Wilson had been married unhappy. But, notwithstanding the twenty years to a woman who brought ridicule of some, and the false reason- him two children, a son and a daughing of others, happiness is still to be ter. The greater part of his life he found in Ireland; it is only to be la- was merely struggling with Fortune, mented that the natives do not know wearing tattered clothes and living on the value of that tranquil felicity which potatoes; but, as his children apthey might enjoy did they not exhibit proached to maturity, Mary, the too much readiness to co-operate with daughter, was taken notice of by a design and folly, which generally ter- family in the neighbourhood, who just minates in the ruin of their peace and stopped in the country long enough to