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loss of blood, that I was scarcely able to with—the sister of Lewis d'Olliever is move. To my bewildered sense, the now-my wife. strange scenes in which I had so lately I had hitherto avoided mentioning been an actor, resembled the creations of the attachment of Lewis and Hélène, it a disordered imagination rather than ac- was too tender a chord to be lightly tual events. Whilst I was endeavouring touched upon; at length, with a tear to reduce my ideas to some degree of bedewed cheek, my lovely bride gave me order, the curtains of my bed the following history of this ill-fated slowly drawn aside, and a female coun- attachment. tenance of exquisite loveliness greeted my Madame de Chaluz was the widow of wandering eyes ;-it was but for a mo- an officer, who falling in battle, left her ment, however, for no sooner did she with an only daughter, (the ill-starred see that I was conscious of her presence, Hélène): she received a small pension than she vanished as suddenly as she had from government, with which, and the appeared. Before I had recovered the sur- little property left by her husband, she prise occasioned by this beautiful vision, maintained an appearance of gentility, she again appeared, accompanied by an and educated her daughter in a manner elderly gentleman, attired in deep mourn- suitable to her station in life. Ever ing. He sat down by me; and after ex- since she had taken up her residence in pressing his satisfaction at my recovery the village, the strictest intimacy had from the stupor in which I had so long arisen between her and the d'Ollievers. been plunged, he informed me, that I Hélène and Lewis were much about the was in the house of no less a person than same age, and an attachment slowly but the father of my ill-fated friend, Lewis deeply wound mutually around their d'Olliever. I was perfectly aware that young hearts. Madame de Chaluz saw he resided in the same vicinage as Ma- this growing affection; but innately redame de Chaluz, but I was perfectly solved that her daughter's beauty should at a loss to comprehend how he had dis- win her an alliance more conducive to covered my intimacy with his son. He the ambitious views she nourished, than shortly satisfied my curiosity on that that of Lewis, who would have to dehead, by giving me the following parti- pend solely upon his own exertions for culars.
The appearance of Count It appeared that the movements of the Lenois as a suitor for the hand of Hélène Count and myself had not been con- confirmed this determination, and the ducted so secretly as to escape the ob- departure of Lewis for the army, which servation of several of the guests, one he had chosen as his profession, was of them had followed the Count and hailed by her as a fortunate occurrence. witnessed the whole transaction. Upon No sooner had Lewis departed than the alarm being given, the spot was the Count urged his suit with ten-fold quickly surrounded by the inhabitants vigour; but his efforts to win her affecof almost every house in the village. tions were abortive, his wealth she desAmongst others was M. d'Olliever. On pised, and his cold and heartless demeanmy being stript that the wound might our contrasted too strongly with the be examined, the packet addressed to frank and manly bearing of his rival ;him was discovered. The reader will regardless of the remonstrances of her easily see the result; I was conveyed to mother, she gave him a decided negative. his house, where everything that could But the Count was not to be thwarted facilitate my recovery had been done. in whatever schemes he undertook, with
Under the hands of my fair nurse, I impunity, he resolved to accomplish by grew rapidly convalescent. M. d'Olliever chicanery that which he had so vainly watched over my couch with the solici- attempted by honourable means. He tude of a parent, and in his attentions caused reports of the gaieties and into me seemed to lose a portion of that trigues of the young soldier to be circugrief for the loss of his brave boy, which lated, than which nothing could be more I was the means of acquainting him with unfounded, he intercepted all his letters, in so extraordinary a manner.
and for months Hélène had not heard I have little more now to communi- from him. cate, with the exception that one fine At length his efforts were crowned moonlight night found me at the feet of with success—the harrowing conviction her who had tended me throughout my that she was neglected rose upon her illness with more than the care of a imagination. He renewed his suit supsister or mother. What I said upon the ported by all the eloquence of Madame de occasion, I will not trouble the reader Chaluz. Partly worn out by importu
nity, and partly through the desire of better to do, she throws the hoarded piquing her faithless lover by marrying collection of notes into the fire. a man whom she knew he detested-she Schoolboys also are much addicted to consented to become his. Still some faint friendships: if you see a couple of lads glimmering of hope prompted her to with their arms over each other's necks, name the day at so distant a period, that as they trudge along of a morning, you ample time was given for Lewis to ex- may be pretty sure they are intimate plain himself, or for the discovery of any friends. They sit next to each other at treachery on the part of the Count. school, have a community of apples and
The appointed day arrived however marbles, and generally contrive to get without any event occurring that might flogged together; there being very few invalidate her promise, the most magni- pieces of mischief in which both have not ficent preparations were therefore made an equal share. A new face will somefor her nuptials. The reader is already times give the death-blow to an intimacy acquainted with the transactions which of this description, but in general they my unexpected arrival occasioned. She subsist unimpaired until the removal of discovered at a glance the snare which one to some other school, or of both to had been laid for her; that, with the college. death of her lover occasioned a shock Sailors are much given to friendships; which, to a frame already worn down by but they seldom outlive the voyage. grief and anxiety, proved fatal. Her Jack has sometimes been known to refuse reason was completely overthrown, she a berth on board a vessel without his old languished in that state a few months, shipmate; but sea-cronies in general when death kindly stepped in, and re- shake hands and part whenever they reach leased her from her woes. “She sleeps their port of discharge, and each looks well,” and the first tears shed by myself out for a new Achates, Grog and toand my happy bride fell fast upon the bacco are the principal tests of maritime tomb of blighted love. W.C. N. friendship. Jack will give his money to London, Feb. 10th, 1835.
any poor fellow that wants it, and thinks nothing of lending a helping hand where
ever his aid may be needed; but if he is MY MOST INTIMATE FRIEND. out of pigtail, or feels inclined to splice
the main-brace, his first look-out is for There are very few people in this world, his particular friend.” The old fellow so poorly provided as not to have “a would rather drink with a stranger than most intimate friend;" albeit there is drink alone; but he gets drunk with much difference in the characteristics of peculiar satisfaction when he sees Tom, the relation. For example, the most is what sailed with him in the saucy little intimate friend of a young lady of fashion Nancy,” tossing off glass for glass. is one of her own sex and nearly her Young men are less addicted to friendown age-good-looking and pleasant, but ships than almost any other class of ranot sufficiently beautiful or attractive to tional beings. All the tender and affecstand in the light of a rival under any tionate feelings they have to spare, are possible combination of circumstances. chiefly bestowed upon the ladies. NeverIf the friend have a dashing brother or theless, you will now and then see a new cousin, unmarried, the force of the at- edition of Damon and Pythias, between tachment is seldom diminished by that twenty and twenty-five. The charactercontingency. Friendship in this case is istics are exceedingly variable, depending mostly displayed by a frequent exchange more than in any other instance upon of visits at odd hours, and still more the disposition and habits of the parties. frequent exchange of small three-cornered If they be of a literary turn, you will notes, written in a fine lady-like illegible find them reading the same books, purhand, and abounding with
suing the same studies, and very often “loves,” and small secrets. They go entertaining the same opinions. They shopping together, buy their gloves and are apt to take long walks together, and shoes at the same place, and never ad- each makes a point of admiring the other's venture upon a new dress or bonnet poetry. Friendship between young men without several consultations. Marriage in business manifests itself chiefly in generally puts an end to this class of money accommodations; they endorse friendships: very soon after the cere- for each other, and when one fails, the mony they are observed to cool down other is almost certain to have trouble into mere acquaintance, and on some with his creditors. Fashionable young idle day; when the bride has nothing men dine, sup, drink, and go out riding
together, and bet upon the same horses. childish school-boy attachments. But friendship in this class of society is Each of us has had his bosom friend; more a matter of habit than any thing but the world has come between us'; we else, and is very seldom professed to such now, perhaps, pass him unnoticed in the an extent as to attract notice. “My streets, because life has gone hard with very intimate friend" in the mouth of a him; or, perhaps, he, having had a young man, is, for the most part, syno- more prosperous career than ourselves, nymous with “a capital good fellow, meets us like one whom he had always glad to meet him, and know he never known. Youth and childhood are would do any thing in the world to the Eden of existence, where everything serve me-provided he could do it with- is pure and joyful about us, and within out expense or trouble.”
us; but, alas ! we fall like our fathers, The intimate friendships of old gen- and pass out of its happy gates never to tlemen are made up with greater caution,
enter them more. and almost universally have their foun- There is nothing within the whole dation in some accord of taste or occu- compass of existence, within the whole pation. They form the most numerous circle of human enjoyment, equal to the class of all; there is the friendship of intense charm of love that awakens the gourmandise, of money-making, and of heart to its own susceptibilities, before politics; of wine, whist, back-gammon, the fulness of manhood darkens, by its and old pictures; and stronger than all stronger passions, the purity of simple these, the friendship of long association. affection. There is in first love an They are less ardent than the attachments ideality which engages the higher faculof younger people, but more durable; ties of the imagination, and keeps the more difficult to ascertain, but with more object of our affection far above the reach safety to be relied on. They display of our lower thoughts. Subsequent themselves rather in actions than in words, attachments may be stronger, but it is and if broken by death or accident, or on first love only that the soul can look disagreement, are much less easily re- back with complacency and delight. It placed by others.
G. P. M. alone is pure; none of the baser motives
are connected with it. The heart catches YOUTHFUL AFFECTION. the sentiment from the unstained image
of early fancy, and the picture it receives, The love of children is a sweet thing; having been adorned with graces which and though marked almost by the sim- reality cannot boast, is retained by the plicity of instinct, yet is founded upon imagination which created it, long after the tenderest of all motives, a confidence the heart has ceased to possess the sense that it is itself the object of affection. of feeling. By something resembling intuition,
G. P. M. children are enabled to single out that man or woman, among many, who is
NOTES UPON ROME, AND capable of loving them. To him or her
THE CAMPAGNA. they carry their affections spontaneously; but no affectation of attachment, no
Translated for the Parterre, from Didier. hypocrisy of the heart, can for a moment deceive them. They will avoid the pre
1.-ARDEE. tender with a discernment astonishingly From the narrow valley of Numieus, a correct, and seek out with equal accuracy steep and slippery ascent leads to the the heart that is kindly disposed toward city of Ardée. When I say city, it is them. As they act with grown persons, from a lingering respect for the ancient so do they with each other. În their capital of the Rutulii: hamlet it should own case, the simplicity of their character rather be called, for hamlet is the only and their candour of mind, as yet uncor- name that the city of Danaë now merits. rupted, present greater facilities for A square platform levelled at the mutual understanding. Their attach- sides; a fresh and circular meadow on ments are consequently much more vivid the summit; some fifteen cottages scatand disinterested than those of mature tered around; an old feudal castle empty persons; they love each other sincerely, and dilapidated ; grass everywhere-in and their purity of heart takes away that the courts, the windows, and on the jealous sense which blights the affections walls; no streets; some fragments of of those upon whom the spirit of this Saturnian ruins, the last vestiges of obworld has breathed its chilling influence. literated fortifications; and a handful of We all remember the warmth of our inhabitants, or rather spectres, meagre,
livid and haggard from fever and famine: Lelius, the Scipios, and Pliny had their such is Ardee.
pleasure houses; there stretch the dull Thus reduced, after three thousand and unpeopled shores of Antium, where years of existence, it is still the most in- Fortune has no longer her temple : in teresting feature of the desert, both for a word, on every side, is the Campagna the warm and magic lines of its colour- of Rome, with its broad and lengthened ing, a tint peculiar to Ardée, and the undulations, its grand recollections, its varied scenery of its landscape.
great names, its serious aspect, its I know not whether there be through- stern melancholy, its pines waving in out the whole Campagna of Rome, a site the wind, its aqueducts and its ruins, wealthier in its misery, or lovelier in its the true poetry of the desert. decrepitude. Wealthy in remembrances
2.- NEPTUNE. and emotions, beautiful by nature and No point of Latium bears in its site and contrast; the only wealth, the only beauty formation, a clearer impress, than Nepthat can harmonize with such misfor- tune, the terror of the Corsairs. A fortress
of the middle ages, built on a projection of The cotemporary of the extinct vol. the coast, it commands a distant view of canoes of Italy, it still preserves its an- the sea; its now dismantled battlements cient name of Ardée, as a monument of and high walls, invisible beneath ivy and those fabulous ages when still burnt the long grass, proclaim loudly in their phlegreen fields of Latium. Rome did monumental eloquence, the ancient dannot then exist; it was centuries later gers of these shores. Eternally threatbefore its name was heard. Fifteen ened by the two-fold pestilence from different tribes then cultivated the Latin Africa and the Maremma, these coasts fields now desert and waste : twenty-two were formerly besieged by a third and cities flourished in those Pontine marsh- yet more formidable scourge—the pirates es, whose name is now synonimous with of Barbary. depopulation and death : amongst all Formerly the houses stood beyond the these cities and nations, Ardée was es- fortress destined to protect them: but teemed illustrious and powerful. What gradually drawing closer, and pressing remains of it, we have seen.
around it from terror, they have at last But revolutions have not been able to trenched upon it, and taken refuge deprive Ardée of the gift of nature ; the within its precincts as an asylum ; and magnificence of her sky, the exquisite jumping one over the other in the narrow verdor of her fields. Built on the sum- circumference, now fill up the whole mit of a hollow and volcanic rock, on space. Some winding and damp lanes the highest tier of the gigantic amphi- have been pierced through the contagitheatre, which from the Mediterranean ous labyrinth, without air and almost rises up to the snowy brow of the Appe- without light. A church, no longer the nine, it commands a boundless horizon magnificent temple of the god who gave on the coasts of the sea and the Tiber, his name to this city, rises white and shut out on every other by the Sabine naked in the centre of this formless mountains and those of the Abruzzi. At chaos; and, the heart of a new plague, the base of the precipices it surmounts, broods in its sepulchral recesses over the stretch out gay and fertile valleys, green corruption of the dead bodies within. pasturages, running streams, crystal All this, with its population of a few springs, a young and splendid vegeta- hundred of the living huddled up togethtion.
To the sun-set is the sea with its er with the dead, is denominated a town; waves, the sea with its infinity; to the and there, in this forgotten town, lost at north is the Albanian Mount, the Ida of the extremity of the desert, they are the Romans, with its white cities, marble born, they live, they love, they die ; and villas, blue lakes, and belt of forests; they have their children and friends, higher still, is the rocky country of the tears and joys, passions and beliefs : they wise Sabines, the first residence of the dream there of glory and of fortune; and aborigines, when Soractes and the Cir- they die there, as at Rome, in the faith cean mount were islands, and the whole of the crucified ; and children sleep by plain a sea, and ocean washed the rocks the side of their fathers, beneath the of Palestrina and Tivoli,
same altar where they received from nificent range of aërian moun whose them the baptismal water, and generamoving lines floated in the horizon like tions roll silently away, and ocean sees the waves of another ocean in graceful them pass! Occasionally a solitary name and varied play, all is now plain, solitude, glitters above the gloomy tomb of so and the malaria. Here on this side many unknown generations, carried far
In this mag
down the stream of ages. Such as it is, 3.-SAINT JOHN-DE-LATRAN.
It was a festival at Neptune, and the founded by that Constantine who carried tinkling of bells was heard. In Sunday the law of the crucified upon the throne trim, with the white hat over the ear, the of the Cæsars. He was himself bappopulation of fishermen, were like all tized by pope Saint Silvester in the conthe Italian populace on a day of fete, tiguous baptismery of the sumptuous scattered in idle groups over the square, church where the tribune Rienzi created a name pompously given to a few hun. himself a knight, and where the pious dred of square feet, forming a court in farce is still acted every Good Friday, of front of the church.
the converted Jews and Turks. Though The children rolled about naked not in a pure style, the front of the church amongst people's feet; and women fur- is imposing. Amongst the number of rowed the groups that opened with ad- statues that encumber, rather than ornamiration before their brilliant Greek ment it, the French recognize with pleaattire.
sure their Henry the Fourth, cast in Neptune is to the Campagna of Rome, bronze, as on the Pont-Neuf. The inwhat Procida is to the Gulph of Naples: terior of the church is too rich, too dazit has preserved in the costume of its zling with gold and precious stones; and women, an undeniable evidence of its despite the marble saints, the apostles, Hellenic origin. Young and old, the patriarchs and popes, with which it is peowomen of Neptune glitter to the sun in pled, resembles rather a ball-room than a corsets decorated with gold, and long temple. On days of fête, in particular, scarlet dresses made in the Greek style. it is draped with hangings of red silk in They all wear over their hair a veil a most profuse style of magnificence ; of embroidered linen, folded in a square hence the Roman proverb, that we ought plait above their foreheads, and falling to see Saint Peter naked, and Saint John down thence into right angles over their dressed. Several pontiffs sleep beneath shoulders; it is surmounted by large this superb dome, and the pencil of silver pins wrought in filigree, like the Giotte has bequeathed to it a representachesa of the Italio-Albanese, which in tion of the thundering Bonifaccio Caetani. other respects it resembles.
But if the sin of the church be an exFresh and coquettish, the young cessive splendour, nothing can be more walked with a lively tread; then, with- contemptible or desolate than the square ered and wrinkled, the old, however in which it stands. Some mechanics' bent they might be by age, yielded not to stalls, built against the walls of villas, their juniors either in decoration or pre- and a few mean dwellings, the most tension; but the massive trinkets of the miserable in Rome, alone remind us mothers shone less brightly in the sun that we are in a city and not a desert. than did the large dark eyes of the On one side is a vast hospital, on the daughters : the lustre of the jewelry, other the sacred staircase; transported and splendour of the colours, were in thither from the palace of Pilate, and singular contrast to the gloomy humi- sanctified by the blood of the Son of dity of the streets and doors whence Man, its twenty-eight steps of white issued these living Madonnas.
marble, worn by centuries, are only asThey hummed in walking the popular cended kneeling. Some arches still ballad of the ever-blessed Louis of Gon- standing of the Claudian aqueduct, cast zaga, the beloved saint of the Roman their heavy shadow and long grass over
the buildings and the sauctuary; near is Luigi Angelico
a murmuring fountain, whose voice alone Dal vostro viso,
breaks the silence; an immense EgypDi paradiso
tian obelisk rises above the consecrated
solitude. Spira bella
It is the most gigantic of the eleven to which the men replied by praises as
in the fallen city. Wrought out of a little incorporeal to the queen of heaven: single block of red granite, and covered
Oh Maria della bionda testa with hieroglyphics, it is fourteen hands in
width, and a hundred and forty-four in :
height. Brought from Thebes to AlexTutti gli angeli fanno festa. andria by Constantine, it was transported