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Sunday; and to.morrow you mean to ask already secured for you the promotion, and me for your quarter's wages, although not will be gazetted for the lieutenant-colodue till Monday, in order to buy her a new nelcy of your regiment on Tuesday. I am shawl.”

not to be told that you called at the Horse The man stood aghast: it was all true, Guards in your way to your uncle's yesterday, I was quite as much surprised as the man. to ascertain the correctness of the report of

“ Sir,” said Barton, who had served me for the vacancy which you had received from seven years without having once been found your friend Macgregor ; or that you, elatea, fault with, “ I see you think me unworthy by the prospect before you, were the person of your confidence; you could not have known in fact, to suggest the arrangement which this, if you had not watched, and followed, has been made, and promise your uncle to and overheard me and my sweetheart : my

• smooth me over' for the present." character will get me through the world “Sir,” said Sheringham, “ where you without being looked after : I can stay with picked up this intelligence I know not; but you no longer ; you will please, Sir, to pro. I must say that such mistrust, after years vide yourself with another servant."

of undivided intimacy, is not becoming, or “ But Barton," said I, “ I did not follow consistent with the character which I hitherto or watch you, I, -"

supposed you to possess. When, by sinister " I beg your pardon, Sir," he replied, “it means, the man we look upon as a friend is not for me to contradict; but you 'll for- descends to be a spy upon our actions, congive me, Sir, I would rather go-I must

fidence is at an end, and the sooner our in

tercourse ceases the better. Without some At this moment I was on the very point such conduct, how could you become posof easing his mind, and retaining my faith- sessed of the details upon which you have ful servant by a disclosure of my power, but grounded your opinion of my conduct ?" it was yet too new to be parted with ; so I

“1" and here again was a temptation affected an anger I did not feel, and told him

to confess and fall; but I had not the courage he might go where he pleased. I had, how

to do it. “ Suffice it, Major Sheringham, to ever, ascertained that the old gentleman had say, that I know; and moreover I know, not deceived me in his promises ; and elated that when you leave me, your present irriwith the possession of my extraordinary tation will prompt you to go to your unele, faculty, I hurried the operation of dressing, and check the disposition he feels at this and before I had concluded it, my ardent moment to serve me.” friend Sheringham was announced; he was

“ This is too much, Sir," said Sheringwaiting in the breakfast room; at the same

ham; “this must be our last interview, moment a note from the lovely Fanny Hay- unless indeed your unguarded conduct toward was delivered to memfrom the divine wards me, and your intemperate language girl who, in the midst of all my scientific concerning me, may render one more meetabstraction, could " chain my worldly feel- ing necessary; and so, Sir, here ends our ings for a moment."

acquaintance. Sheringham, my dear fellow," said I, Saying which, Sheringham, whose friendas I advanced to welcome him, “what makes ship even to my enlightened eye was nearly you so early a visitor this morning?"

as sincere as any other man's, quitted my “ An anxiety,” replied Sheringham, “ to room, fully convinced of my meanness, and tell you that my uncle, whose interest I unworthiness; my heart sunk within me endeavoured to procure for you, in regard to when I heard the door close upon him for the the appointment for which you expressed a

last time. I now possessed the power I had desire, has been compelled to recommend a

so long desired, and in less than an hour had relation of the marquess; this gives me real lost a valued friend, and a faithful servant. pain, but I thought it would be best to put and Sheringham was gazetted on the Tuesa

Nevertheless Barton had told me a falsehood, you out of suspense as soon as possible." Major Sheringham,” said I, drawing my

day night. self up coldly, “if this matter concern you

I proceeded to open Fanny Hayward's so deeply, as you seem to imply that it does, note; it contained an invitation to dinner might I ask why you so readily agreed to with her mother, and a request that I would your uncle's proposition, or chimed in with accompany them to the Opera, it being the his suggestion, to bestow the appointment on

last night of the last extra subscription. I this relation of the marquess, in order that admired Fanny—nay, I almost loved her; you might, in return for it, obtain the pro- and when I gazed on her with rapture, i motion for which you are so anxious ?"

traced in the mild and languishing expres“ My dear fellow," said Sheringham, sion of her blue eye, approbation of my evidently confused, “ 1–1-never chimed suit, and pleasure in my praise. I took up in; my uncle certainly pointed out the pos- my pen to answer her billet, and intuitively sibility to which you allude, but that was

and instinctively wrote as follows :merely contingent upon what he could not 66 Dear Miss Hayward, refuse to do."

" I should have much pleasure in accept. “Sheringham," said I, “ your uncle has ing your kind invitation for this evening, if it

were given in the spirit of sincerity, which laboured to attain, I contented myself with has hitherto characterized your conduct; but resolving to be more cautious in future, and you must be aware that the plan of going to less freely, or frequently, exhibit my mystethe Opera was started, not because you happen rious quality. to have a box, but because you expect to After the little disagrecable adventure ! meet Sir Henry Witherington, with whom have just recounted, I thought perhaps I you were so much pleased at Lady G's, on had better proceed to the Temple, and conThursday, and to whom you consigned the sult my lawyer, who, as well as being procustody of your fan, on condition that he fessionally concerned for me, had been for a personally returned it in safety at the Opera long time my intimate acquaintance. I knew to night; as I have no desire to be the foil what the decision of the justices would be, of any thing in itself so intrinsically brilliant but I thought the attendance of a legal adas your newly discovered baronet, I must viser would make the affair more respectable decline your proposal.

in the eyes of the public, and I accordingly “ Your mother's kindness in sanctioning bent my steps city wise. the invitation would have been more deeply When I reached the Temple, my worthy felt, if I did not know that the old lady Maxwell was at home; as usual his greet. greatly approves of your new acquaintance, ings were the warmest, his expressions the and suggested to you the necessity of having kindest. I explained my case, to which he me to play propriety during the evening, call listened attentively, and promised his assistup her carriage, and hand her to it, while Sir ance, but in a moment I perceived that, howHenry was making the amiable to you, and ever bland and amiable his conduct to me escorting you in our footsteps. Tell Mrs. might appear, he had several times during Hayward that, however much she and you the preceding spring told his wife that he may enjoy the joke, I have no desire to be believed I was mad. In corroboration of admitted as a “ safe man,” and that I which I recollected that she had, on the occa. suggest her offering her cotelette to Sir sion of my three or four last visits, placed Henry as well as her company. With sympa. herself at the greatest possible distance from thetic regards,

me in the drawing room, and had always Believe me, dear Miss Hayward, rung the bell to have her children taken Yours

away the moment I entered. This note I immediately despatched, over- In pursuance of my cautious resolution, joyed that the power I possessed enabled me however, I took no notice of this ; but when to penetrate the flimsy mask with which Mrs. I spoke of the length of time which had Hayward had endeavoured to disguise her elapsed since I had seen Mrs. Maxwell, I real views and intentions, and had scarcely found out from what was passing in her finished breakfast before Mr.Fitman, my tailor, husband's mind, that she had determined was ushered in, in company with a coat of never to be at home when I called, or ever the prevailing colour, and the most fashion- dine in her own house if I was invited. able cut : in less than five minutes it was on, Maxwell, however, promised to with me in and the collar, the cuffs, the sleeves, and the the morning, in time to attend the magis. skirts, became at once the objects of the trates, and I knew he meant to keep his author's admiration.

promise ; so far I was easy about that affair, “ Him is quite perfect, I declare," said the and made several calls on different acquainttailor, who of course was a foreigner.

ances, few of whom were at home--some After his high eulogium upon the cloth, I were but as I set down the exclusion, which told him that it was not what he represented, I found so general, as the result of the wild and actually detailed the place at which he abstracted manner consequent upon my abhad bought it, and the name of the shop- struse studies, and my heart-wearing anxiety, keeper who had sold it ; this irritated the I determined now to become the gayest most tailor, who became extremely insolent, and agreeable person possible, and, profiting by our interview ended with my kicking him experience, keep all my wisdom to myself. down stairs, from the bottom of which, he I went into the water-colour exhibition, at proceeded to the police-office, in my own Charing-cross ; there I heard two artists comstreet, and procured a warrant for the assault, plimenting each other, while their hearts by which I was compelled to appear before were bursting with mutual envy. There too the magistrates on the following day, know. I found a mild modest-looking lady, listening, before I went, the whole course the case ing to the bewitching nothings of her hus. would take, and the decision they would band's particular friend ; and I knew, as I make, in precisely the terms which they sub- saw her frown and abruptly turn away from sequently adopted.

him with every appearance of real indigStill, however, I stood alone in power, un- nation, that she had at that very moinent menless indeed my old friend in green did actually tally resolved to elope with him the following share the talent I possessed; and not being night. In Ilarding's shop I found authors able to make up my mind to put an end to congregated to “ laugh the sultry hours the enjoyment of an object I had so long away,” each watching to catch his neighVOL. I.

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bour's weak point, and make it subject this person's presence here disagreeable to matter of mirth in his evening's conversation. you?” I saw a viscount help his father out of his “ Particularly so, Sir Henry," said the old carriage with every mark of duty and vene- lady, with all the malice of offended dignity. ration, and knew that he was actually lan. " Then, Sir,” said Sir Henry, “ you must guishing for the earldom, and estates of the leave the box." venerable parent of whose health he was " Must I indeed, Sir," said I, becoming in apparently taking so much care. At Howell turn much more angry than the old lady. and James's I saw more than I could tell, if “ Pray! pray !" said Fanny. I had ten times the space afforded me that I “ Be quiet child," said her obdurate mother. have, and I concluded my tour by dropping 66 Yes, Sir,” said Sir Henry, “ must! and in at the National Gallery, where the ladies if this direction is not speedily obeyed, the and gentlemen seemed to prefer nature to art, box-keeper shall be called to remove you.". and were actively employed in looking at the “Sir Henry Witherington,” said I, “ the pictures and thinking of themselves.

society you are in, seals my lips, and binds Oh! it was a strange time then, when every my hands. I will leave the box, on condition man's heart was open to me, and I could sit that for one moment only, you will accom. and see, and hear all that was going on, and know the workings of the inmost feelings “ Certainly, Sir,” said Sir Henry, and in of my associates : however, I must not detain an instant we were both in the passage. the reader with reflections.

I drew a card from my case, and putting it On this memorable first day of my potency, into his hand, said—“Sir Henry WitheringI proceeded after dinner to the Opera, to ton, your uncalled-for interference of to-night satisfy myself of the justness of my accu- must be explained; here is the card of one sation against Fanny. I looked up to their box, who has no other feeling for your insolence and immediately behind my once single- but that of the most ineffable contempt.' minded girl, sat Sir Henry Witherington Saying which, I walked out of the Operahimself, actually playing with the identical house, and he rejoined the ladies, who were fan, of which I had instinctively and in- in a state of serious agitation-Fanny on my tuitively written without ever having seen it account, and her mother on account of her. before. There was an ease and confidence This affair ended, I returned once more to about the fellow, and he was so graceful and bed, and once more fell into a deep slumber, good-looking, and Fanny gazed at him so from which I was aroused by Barton, who long and so frequently, that I could bear it informed me that Colonel Mac-Manton was no more, and thinking that, after our long waiting 10 speak a few words to me in the intimacy, my letter of the morning might drawing-room. have gone for nothing, I proceeded to their Of course I knew the object of his visit ; box, determined to rally. Of Sir Henry's he came to invite me to Chalk-farm, where thoughts about me, I was utterly ignorant, probably he had already ordered pistols for for he did not even know my name, so that I two, and breakfast for four; and I hastened could have shared none of his consideration, down stairs, rather anxious than otherwise to I was aware, however, that the mother was exhibit my person in the field of honour, that downright angry, and Fanny just so much I might at once become the friend of the piqued as to make our reconciliation a work brave, and the idol of the fair. of interest and amusement.

I entered the drawing-room, and found my I certainly did not perfectly appreciate yisitor waiting. Mrs. Hayward's feelings towards me, for “Sir," said the Colonel, “ I imagine, after when, as usual, I entered her curtained what past last night between you and my territory, her glance was instantly averted friend, Sir Henry Witherington, I need hardly from me to Fanny, who looked grave, and I announce the object of my visit. I will not found was seriously annoyed at my appear offend you by mentioning the alternative of a ance : however, I knew I had influence, and meeting, but merely request you to refer me with my commanding power I resolved to to some friend of yours, with whom I may remain. After a pause during which Sir make the necessary arrangements as speedily Henry eyed me, and the ladies alternately, as possible.” he inquired of Mrs. Hayward if I were a * Sir," replied I, speaking as it were not friend of hers.

of myself, " I must decline a meeting with “Assuredly not, Sir Henry," said Mrs. Sir Henry Witherington, and I tell you in Hayward; “I did know the person, but his the outset of the business, that no power will conduct rendered it impossible that our ac- induce me to lend myself to any arrangement quaintance should continue."

that may lead to one.'' Fanny's heart began to melt: she would " This is a most extraordinary resolution, have caught me by the hand, and bid me Sir," said the Colonel. “ I can assure you, stav. I relied on this, and moved not. although I have stated the matter as delicately

Pray, Madam," said Sir Henry, "is as I could, that Sir Henry will accept of no

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apology, nor indeed could I permit him to do what an expanse of view—what brightness so, even if he were so inclined."

and clearness of atmosphere—what serenity“You have had my answer, Sir," said I: what calm—what comfort ! Here was I, “ I refuse his challenge.”

domesticated with an amiable family, whose " Perhaps," inquired the Colonel,“ you hearts I could read, and whose minds were will be good enough to state your reason." open to me they esteemed—they loved

“ Precisely this, Sir," I replied. “Our quarrel and rencontre of last night arose out My friends had been married many years, of the perverseness of old lady, and the and one only daughter was their care and inconsiderateness of a young one; they both pride. She was fresh and beautiful as a regret the circumstance as much as I do : May-morning, and her bright eyes sparkled and Sir, Henry himself, in thus calling me to with pleasure as she welcomed me to the account, is obeying the dictates of fashion cottage ; and then I knew, what years before rather than those of feeling."

I had so much desired to know, but never “But that, Sir," said the Colonel, “is yet believed, that she loved me.

66 This Sir Henry's affair. I must endeavour to effect of my knowledge repays me for all that extract some better reason than this.”

is past," said I; * now shall I be truly “Well, then, Sir,” I rejoined, “If Sir happy.' Henry meets me he will fall — it must be som I soon discovered, however, that although and I will not consent to imbrue my hands in Mary's early affection for me (for we bad the blood of a fellow-creature in such a been much together in our younger days)

still reigned and ruled in her heart, that “Is that your only motive, Sir, for de. I had a rival, a rival favoured by her parents, clining his invitation ?” exclaimed the gala for the common and obvious reason that he lant Colonel, somewhat sneeringly.

was rich; but the moment I saw him I read “It is.'

his character-I knew him for a villain. “ Then, Sir, it becomes me to state, in The unaffected kindness of Mary for her distinct terms, that Sir Henry Witherington old playmate, and the endearing good-nature must in future consider you unworthy to fill with which she gathered me the sweetest the station of a gentleman in society; and flowers from her own garden ; the evident that he will, on the first opportunity, exercise pleasure with which she recurred to days the only means left him under the circum- lung past, and the marked interest with stances, of satisfying his offended honour, which she listened to my plans for the future, by inflicting personal chastisement upon you soon aroused in her avowed lover's breast wherever he meets you.”

hatred for me, and jealousy of her; and Saying which, the Colonel believing me in although to herself and the family his man. his heart to be the arrantest coward alive, ner remained unchanged, I, who could took his leave ; but however annoyed I felt fathom depths beyond the ken of other at the worldly consequences of this affair, mortals, watched with dreadful anxiety the I gloried in my privilege of prescience; which progress of his passion; the terrible workhad informed me of the certain result of our ings of rage and doubt, and disappointment hostile interview. I then prepared myself to in his mind. Mary saw nothing of this; and receive my lawyer, and attend the magis- considering her marriage with him a settled trates :—that affair was soon settled--the and fixed event, gave him her society with tailor entered into sureties to indict me at the the unreserved confidence of a bride. And sessions, and I knew that the worshipful although I knew that she would gladly have personages on the bench calculated on no left his arm to stroll through the meadows slight degree of punishment as the reward and the groves with me; that which she of my correction of Fitman's insolence. considered her duty to her parents. and to

The story of Sir Henry's challenge soon her future husband, led her to devote a great got wind. Those who had been my warmest portion of her time to him. Still he was not friends saw something extremely agreeable to be satisfied with what, he could not but on the other side of the way, if they met me feel, was a divided affection ; and gradually walking; and remarks neither kind rior the love he once bore her, began to curdle on gentle assailed my ears as I passed the open his heart, until it turned, as I at once fore. windows of the club-houses in St. James's. saw, to deadly hate; and the predominant street. Although I yet had not had the ill passion of his soul was revenge on me and fortune to meet my furious antagonist, I did on the ill-fated innocent girl for whom he not know how long it might be before he once would have died. would return to town, I therefore decided At length the horrid spectacle presented upon quitting it; and driven, as it were, out itself to my all-seeing eye, of two “minds of society, fixed my abode in one of the o'erthrown.” Mary, as the period fixed for prettiest villages in the kingdom, between their marriage approached, sickened at the forty and fifty miles from the metropolis. coming event; and too sincere, too inarti. How sweet and refreshing were the breezes ficial for concealment, owned to me the dread which swept across that fertile valley, stretch- she felt of marrying the lover accepted ing to the feet of the lofty South Downs- her parents : there she paused, but I knew

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rest; and pressing her to my heart, received “ What a thought !” said the half disa from her rosy lips the soft kiss of affection and tracted girl. “ I 'll go this instant !” acceptance. She had resolved to fly with me “No, no, my beloved! What shall I say from the home of her parents, rather than fulfil

?" the promise they had made. My prescribed ig- “ Tell 'me how, or by what means you norance of my own fate, and of my own affairs, have attained this knowledge, and, I repeat, hindered my knowing that her intended I will stay." husband had overheard this confession. We I bad the power to save her ; by confessing had fixed the hour for flight the evening it, I should preserve her, but I should lose following that on which she owned her love, my envied faculty, the object of my life and preceding the day intended for his mar- was there a moment to doubt ? riage. The blow was too powerful for him Mary,” said I, “I have a supernato resist ; rage, jealousy, disappointment, tural knowledge of events-I surrender it and vengeance, occupied his whole mind; stay!" and the moment that my individual and At that instant the report of a pistol, near particular conduct was disconnected from his the place of appointment, roused our atten. proceedings, I discovered his desperate inten- tion from ourselves; and running to the tion towards poor Mary.

place whence the noise proceeded, we found That evening the next she would be the unhappy victim of jealousy stone dead, mine-that evening we had agreed that Mary and weltering in his blood : the pistol in. should take her usual walk with her lover; tended to take my Mary's life, was yet and although he had appeared gloomy during clenched in his cold hand. the day, I had detected nothing in his From this moment my power was gone, thoughts which could justly alarm me; but and I began again to see the world as my when the evening closed in, and he by ap- fellow-creatures do. Mary became my wife pointment came to fetch her for their ramble, with the consent of her parents ; and as I was ihen my power enabled me to foresee the returning from church, I saw amongst the train of circumstances which were to follow. crowd, before the village inn, my old friend The weapon was concealed in one of his in green, who accosted me with great goodpockets, which was to give his victim her nature, and congratulated me upon my death blow ; its companion, which was to enviable situation. rid him of life, rested in the other. The “Sir," said I, “ I thank you ; and I thank course of his thoughts, of his intentions, was you for having by some means, inexplicable before me; the spot where he intended to

tified the ruling passion of my commit the double murder, evident to my heart. În the ignorance of my nature, 1 desight. As she was quitting the garden to sired to possess a power incompatible with meet him, I rushed after her ; I entreated, the finite character of the human mind. I implored her not to stir. I foretold a I have now learnt by experience, that a storm-I suggested a thousand probable ills limit is set to human knowledge for the which might befal her if she went; but she happiness of man, and in future I shall be told me that she had promised to meet perfectly satisfied with the blessings which a Charles, and go she must; it was for the last wise and good Providence has afforded us, time, she said-she must go. Was I jealous without daring to presume upon the bounty of her?

by which we are placed so pre-eminently “No, no, my sweet girl ! said I, “your above all other living creatures. life, dearer to me than my own, depends upon “A very moral and proper observation," your compliance with my desire, that you said my friend, evidently displeased with my

moralizing“My life,” said Mary, “ Yes, beloved of my heart !” exclaimed

“Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." I; " your cruel lover would be your mur.

Saying which, he turned upon his heel, and derer ! "

was lost among the throng. “ Charles murder me !” said she, half

I have several times since seen the old wild, and quite incredulous, you are mad." gentleman walking about London, looking as

“No, no, I know it,” said I, still holding hale, and as hearty as ever, but I have always her. “This is the height of folly,” replied believe he has seen me, more than once, by

avoided him; and although I have reason to Mary, calmly: “pray let me go—I have promised-it will lull suspicions—am I not each other. I returned

a sort of tacit consent we never acknowledge

my home blessed yours?

with an affectionate wife; hoping for the best, “Yes, yes, and go you shall not.” “ Tell me how you have gained this inform- and putting our trust in God for the future.

profiting by the past, enjoying the present, ation,” said she, * and I will attend to it."

Keepsake. “If you go you perish!” said I. “ “Stay, and the rage which this desperate madman now would vent on you will turn upon him. self.”

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