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sure that you have a strong and I suppose she must have, it is, Mr steadfast miud. I have not spoken Cranleigh, the pride of birth. Not of your friends, because you have an ignoble fault, but still a very never invited me to do so. That serious one, especially as it can obstacle, if there is one, is your' never be expelled. consideration, more than mine. But “Through her mother she is of the obstacles on our part are of a higher birth than I am, though not very different nature. Of English of more ancient lineage perhaps, as ladies I know not much, though I I happen to be one of the Kheusurs. had the honour of being introduced But all these things you cannot to some of what you call the high understand, even if you wish to do society, when I came first to this so, without a knowledge of my long island ; and they seemed to me to sad tale, which I have not told as be endowed with virtues well yet to any person living. Even my adapted to their beauty. But daughter has not heard it, and I they have to contend with this hope she never may; for it would great danger—they are allowed to serve perhaps to do mischief to her choose their own partners in life, young mind with anxiety. The whenever the money is abundant, Lord governs all things on earth ; before they have attained good all of our race begin to feel that, intelligence. With our daughters when their little strength is stripped this is not the case. The parents from them. But you are too young make a wise selection for them, to see things so; and never has the sometimes even dispensing with tale of one man's life had any effect much revenue, when there are great upon another's, unless it were to qualities to compensate.”
lead him into wild adventures, easy “We never go quite so far as
to talk about, hard to go through. that,” I said, "unless the lady Be content without them.” behaves in such a way that it is I looked at him, with some hesiimpossible for us to help it." tation. Would it be kind of me,
“ But I have been surprised to even if I had the right, to put him find," he continued, with a smile through all these griefs again, which left me doubtful whether it which had changed him from a were of paternal pride, or of that bold young Chief, primed with quiet humour which he sometimes excitement, and peril, and love, showed, "that my daughter seems into a quiet exile, and a Christian to take most kindly to the modes of moraliser, a founder of type with thought and the greater independ- hard blue hands, and oh, saddest ence which the ladies of this coun- fate of all, an experimental Pubtry have permitted to themselves. lisher ? No, it would be a cruel It may be in the air, or it may be thing, a selfish call upon sad memin the nature; but I am often quite ory, a mere abuse of large goodastonished at the sayings and doings will, and a vile advantage taken of of my Dariel. She has been brought an over-tender conscience. With up by a lady who is partly of Eng- these finer feelings, I almost said, lish birth, and for a month or two “I entreat you, sir, not to tell with English children; but still me;" when the Spirit that hates her unusual style of judging for the human race whispered to me herself is amazing and terrifying to that there has never been a man, our elder women, who being of a and probably never will be one, different rank—and that reminds who cannot find pleasure in talkme, if my daughter has a fault, and ing of himself, however dark the
subject. And why should I doubt throughout the week. You belong that it would do him good, as soon probably to the Church of England. as he got into full swing?
We of the Kheusur tribe have our “The last thing I could desire, very simple forms, handed down Sûr Imar, would be to renew your through ages, from the same source troubles.” There was no humbug as yours perhaps. We have our in these words of mine, as there little service at noon on Sundays. was with the pious Æneas; for as Would you like to be with us tothe Lesghian Chief sat down and morrow ?” leaned his head upon his hands, Nothing could have been more he reminded me of my father's to my liking; and as it happened, look, when his money came to there was no fear of disturbing our nothing; moreover, I saw in his home arrangements, for my father face a large resemblance to his was laid up with a slight attack of daughter's in her sorrow over that gout, and my mother in close atpet bird. “It would be a terrible tendance upon him. So in a few trial to you. But until I know words it was settled that after atmore, I am all in the dark. Per- tending their service, of whatever haps you will think it over, and kind it might be, I should be alwhatever you do will be certain to lowed to hear the history of the be right.” For the more he re- Lesghian Chief, which was much minded me of my sweet one, the more than the first promise I reless could I bear to worry him.
ceived. Knowing that now I “This is very good of you,” he should have full light thrown upon said most kindly, "and it doubles all the strange things which had so my duty towards you. I am long engaged my attention and ashamed of this weak and foolish curiosity, and what was infinitely feeling. You have a right to know more than that, upon everything all my history, and you shall, if you connected with Dariel, I rode home will come to - morrow. It is too that night in a glow of excitement, late now for me to begin to-night, tempered at intervals with nervous and I have a little duty to discharge. dread. For I might hear things On a Saturday night we always that would place a bar for ever, or thank the Lord for his care of us a gulf, betwixt me and
CHAPTER XX. - NOT FOR SALE.
But when I had fed my good to do with my own affairs just horse that evening, and bedded him comfortably as he deserved, return- “Did you ever see a beehive of ing with a hock of cold bacon to this colour? Then I should like to my den, and a jug of ale which I know where they got the straw needed sorely, there I found my from ?” white deal table, just where I was Grace had lifted her head, and going to lay the cloth, covered with was passing both hands through the a canopy and tissue-fringing of gold curls of which she was so proud too bright for the candle-light. that she cared not what we called
“Who has brought this beehive them, and her cheeks had a rich here, and stuck it on my table?” I unusual flush; and there was some asked with a tone of wonder and new brightness in her eyes as well, vexation; for I had quite enough bright enough always, now too
bright, with unsettled weather in " You want to make me cry, but the depth beyond the blue. I saw you won't do it. And once for all, that there was something up, but just understand this little point. I left her to begin it.
don't care a rap—as you elegantly George, have
you taken it into express it—what airs you put on, your head, not to care a straw for to exasperate me. Because I am your sister any more?” This was certain that you understand me, exactly what I expected; but I George. All the very small things looked at her with innocent astonish- you say—and you have a low gift ment. I put down my bacon and of walking under your own feet—all my jug of beer, but drew back the of them, what I mean is, none of cloth, to leave room for her arms, them have the smallest effect upon and then gazed at her with some my poor mind. In the first place, dignity.
I am not clever, any more than you Oh, you need not be afraid. I And if I were, I should only am not going to cry over it,” she use it to make you more and more exclaimed, with the usual ingrati- fond of me, instead of endeavourtude of girls ; "in fact I feel much ing to make you feel small. But more inclined to laugh. You have oh, George, I never thought that you been trying to sell me, to sell your would scheme to sell me!” own sister ! Can you not imagine, “ All this is Abracadabra to me,” George, that I am not for sale ?.” I replied quickly, in fear of a tor
“ Look here ! ” I said, for this rent. For when a girl tells you was coming it too strong; "you that she won't cry, you may be have got into some tantrums, some quite sure that she will soon think feminine delusions. I have not better of it. had a bit to eat, I don't know when ; “How innocent you look! But and I must recruit the inner man, just one little question. Did you while you come to your senses.” not send Mr Stoneman Jackson to “Poor thing! It cannot be so propose
to me, this
very evening?" very deep in love, or it would be
'Nothing of the sort. satisfied to live on air. But don't if you did not know his name! I they feed you where you go, dear have not even seen him, since that George? Well, that does seem in- day when you were cutting such a hospitable. And they must be shine in the sun, as the frugal, virrich people, or you would not go so tuous, and lovely milkmaid . That often."
is what has fetched him; not your This was almost more than I stupid brother.” I owed her a cut could stand. However, I kept up or two, as everybody will perceive. my dignity, remembering that the “George, you are cruel, even more more impudent a girl is, the more tban crafty. As if I did anything she “climbs down” afterwards. so low as that! But will you assure “ Your very good health, my dear me, upon your honour, that you did child !” I said, and then observed not encourage him to—to try what her through the glass which formed he has been trying?” the bottom of the tankard. Now "Not only that, but I did all I I say that she was a very sweet could to damp him off, so far as young woman, and a worthy wife such a dry fellow could be damped. for the best man that ever lived, I told him to hold off, while the not to lose all self-command at this; Earl was in the running.” for the loveliest creature ever born
no Earl in the cannot flatter herself that she looks running. This is too bad of you. well thus.
It was only the walking that Lord
Melladew went in for, and I am she, being perfectly calm, while he sure he meant no harm by that.” was in a frightful flurry, had ex
“Well, he made the running fast tracted from him with the greatest enough, when they peppered his ease everything she cared to know, gaiters, and some one else did the till she came with the usual leaps tumbling. But I told Jackson to and bounds of feminine reason to hold off, for I was sure that he had the wrong conclusion—that I had no chance yet. He is a decent sort suggested and worked up the whole of fellow enough in his way; but affair. what chance could he have against “Now go to bed, my dear child,” a belted Earl, and a gaitered Earl I said, perceiving how vain it was too, who can shriek in sonnets ? to argue now; "I have business to Poor Stoneman could scarcely put see to, and even you can scarcely thumb to rhyme with mum; and expect me to be swallowed up in mum he should have been, though your affairs, when you make a point it is rather hard upon him. Never of disliking this man,
your mind, he can find some other girl, own brother likes him.” when he gets over it. I heard of That little turn was almost worthy a Duke's daughter who was wild of her own ingenuity. She looked to catch him. But he is much too at me with a twinkle, because it was hard hit, to think of any one for so like what she herself in my posiyears."
tion would have said, and then after “One of Mr Erricker's tales, I wishing me good night, she added daresay," said Grace with a little “But I never said a word about sigh of sympathy, as I fetched a disliking him. There has scarcely sham groan for my poor friend, been time enough for that as yet. “about that beautiful Duke's daugh- Women very seldom form those ter. As if any girl with any self- sudden prejudices. That they leave respect would allow herself to be for the lords of creation.” talked of in that way! And as if As she vanished with this very Mr Stoneman would permit it for poor miss-fire, I began to put two a moment! However, you seem to and two together, and arrived at have thoroughly discussed my case.
the conclusion that the stockDid you settle what my pin-money broker's case was not altogether was to be? Oh, George, George, will hopeless. She had not come to you never understand how very care about him yet perhaps ; but different we are from you? I did now he would be in her thoughts think I could have respected Mr more often; and if he kept his disStoneman ; but when I find out tance, and looked downcast, and that he has been to you, trying to did a lot of good among the poor buy me like a colliery share, or not with strict orders to have it kept even that, for it is all divorce now secret, and caused general uneasi—to take me on lease like a cottage ness about his health ; above all, if or a stable,-oh, I see why you he could only be bankrupt-withtook me for a beehive now ; but out losing his cash, which of course you'll find less of honey than of would never do,–I could not see sting in me, when you buy and why he should not have a Mrs sell me by the pound, like this." Stoneman, who belonged to an old
What a fool that stockbroker Saxon family, and had gold enough must have been to mention my in her heart and head to do withname in the matter, for it was sure out any in her maiden pocket, and to set her off upon this sort of tack! who was blest with a brother of However, it proved afterwards that the name of George.
THE INDIAN MUTINY IN FICTION.
Some time ago, when in the it is only necessary to refer to the innocence of our heart we chose case of the Crimean War, which as the heading of this paper the in its day stirred the heart of words which appear above, it was the nation, after its forty years' suggested to us that they were lethargy, as it had never been capable of a double interpretation. stirred by the Napoleonic wars. Now the art of saying one thing The newspapers and magazines of and meaning another is not an the years 1854 to 1856 speak of accomplishment on which we pride nothing but Eastern Europe, the ourselves, and we hasten to observe races which inbabit it, and the that our title does not refer to any events happening upon its soil ; volume of Reminiscences published articles on subjects the most reof late years, however remarkable mote from Russia or from war the statements it may contain. arrive by some strange process of The class of literature with which gravitation at the sufferings of our we are about to deal is strictly troops or the iniquities of the Czar that which the librarians of the Nicholas, and yet the impression British Museum, with a paternal made on imaginative literature by care for the moral welfare of their the Crimean War is a very faint generation, withbold from the or
We cannot at the moment dinary reader for the space of five recall more than three or four years after its publication, in the novelists, among those that are faint hope that a portion, at read to-day, who have treated of least, of its deleterious influence it in their works. The reason for may have evaporated during the this sudden failure of interest is interval.
not far to seek. The grim fighting Confining ourselves, then, to and grimmer hardships of the books of this reprehensible nature, Crimea paled before the tragedy we are surprised to find how large of the Indian massacres and the a number of them demand our splendours of Lucknow and Delhi. attention. Of all the great events Men alone took part in the earlier of this century, as they are re- struggle, but in the Mutiny it was flected in fiction, the Indian the
the sufferings of women and Mutiny has taken the firmest children which roused England hold on the popular imagination. to madness, and drove men like Leaving out of sight the long wars Charles Kingsley, as his letters with France, which are dear, pro- tell us, half-wild with the horror bably on account of their many of it all. sea-fights, to the hearts of writers We have heard it remarked that for boys, but less so to those who there are two epochs in history on cater for the taste of their elders, which every young writer feels irwe must go back to the Jacobite resistibly impelled to exercise his outbreak of 1745 to find an epoch 'prentice hand—that of the Indian in English history, the characters Mutiny and that of the Spanish and scenes of which appeal with Inquisition; and it was unkindly equal vividness to the writers and suggested that the principal reareaders of romance. To demon
that both periods strate the truth of this statement abounded in gore, and that it was