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it; the public, and her mother, and herself, At his professions, Mary blushed, mutI hear; she's in luck, whatever he may be." tered, and moved irresolutely on her seat,
The father and mother looked daggers at and tho' she laughed at the general merripoor Mary, who sate at her sewing, without ment, still to the nice and curious observer, either making a false stitch or breaking her who sat by rather to remark than enjoy, (and thread at the intelligence. She grew neither there are thousands of such,) her laugh fell red or white after the manner of heroines. short of that which our national poet has
“What are you working at, Mary ?” he immortalized as a hearty one. asked, as he advanced towards the window at
Then her laugh, Oh! 'twas sportive as ever which she sate; “preparing for the chris- took wing tening I hope."
With a burst from the heart like the wild bird “No, sir; only hemming my father's cra
in spring; vats that my mother bought for him last
Tho' where it first lightened no glance could
discover, week.” He took a chair that stood by her
In lip, cheek, or eyes, for she brightened all side, and then for the first time her colour began to rise.
Like any fair lake that the breeze is
upon “Remember you are engaged to me for
When it breaks into dimples, and laughs in the first dance," he said in a low tone to her, so as not to be heard by the old couple.
That there was an understanding of some “Surely, Sir, if you please," was the sort or other between her and the young reply.
gentleman who sat opposite to her, as if to If I please, Mary; you cannot doubt feast on the varying beauties of her countethat my whole soul
nance, was evident; altho', on her part at Hush, Sir, not here, for God's sake! | least, it seemed to be an oppressive as well the old people will hear you,” she said, inter- as a mysterious one. She seemed to bear rupting the young man in his lover-like his glance rather than to return it; to accept speech, she then arose and changed her tone. his attentions with a sort of reproachsul “ Five, six,” she said lightly, counting the respect, to wince beneath the confidence of pieces of muslin she had been working at. his bye play, as we may call it, and in fact, “Now, father, kiss me, there are your cravats to put on the character of one who plays a finished ;—long may you wear and soon part which either her feelings or her conmay you tear; and now, mother, I'll turn the science tells her is wrong. Meantime, the cake for
it's fairly broiled you are over old folk saw or thought nothing of this. A it."
jest, a laugh, or a compliment were things “And I'll wet the tea,” said the matron, their daughter was accustomed to receive "and may be Mr. Patrick would stop and from men of all ranks who came within the take a cup with us?”
sphere of her fascinating influence; and “The very thing I came for,” replied the from Mr. Patrick, whom she had known for young man; “ to tell you the truth, I feel so years and years, it was taken as a matter of lonely, so solitary at home, that I am glad course; of the nice shades, and finer subdito get any one to ask me, and I know no visions of manner by which passion throws where I am so happy as here,—your tea is a meaning into the simplest word, or the so good, and your company so like it, Mrs. lightest action, they were happily ignorant; Dacey."
and so thoroughly had the whole tenor of Many thanks to you Mr. Patrick.” said her former lise convinced them of her pruthe good dame, laughing;" you wouldn't be dence, and strictness of principle, that they your father's son if you hadn't the soft side would as soon have thought it possible for of your tongue for a fayınale.
the sun to stand still, as for her to be tempted And the rejoinder brought on its fellow, into an act unworthy of them, or of herself. and the tea was made, and the cake buttered, Indeed such was the reputation she enjoyed and the young and handsome landlord drank far and near, and therefore it was that the of the one, and eat of the other, amidst a mysterious connexion between her and an shower of jokes and compliments ;-the lat- adinirer so much and decidedly above her, ter dealt openly by him towards Mrs. was at least strange, if not alarming, Dacey's excellent house management, and "A fine little fellow, indeed," said Father her husband's skill in cattle, (a gift he was Frank, the curate of the parish, the next proverbial for, and took pride in,) but more evening, as robed in his stole, with book in covertly towards their daughter, and with an hand—a basin of blessed water, and a lighted air of passion and gallantry learned in the candle beside him, he was introduced to the saloons of Paris.
heir of the Keerans for the first time, and
awaited the appearance of the sponsors, in had began to deal hardly with her name, and order to make him a Christian.
in thus openly directing his devoirs to her, “Who is to be godfather ?" demanded the wisest heads in the room shook in sympaFather Frank. “O, Mr. Patrick, is it you? thy, with pity, or may be contempt at Denny's stand on this side if you please ; and now want of prudence. Nay, he had overstepped the godmother—this way, if you please, his instructions, for while his gallantry toyoung lady; and be good enough to take iny wards her was of the most glaring and palyoung friend in your arms; that will do pable character, his conduct towards Mary persectly well, thank you."
Dacey was rude and brusque to a degree. The ceremony commenced and ended, Like all warm-hearted and good-natured and the young hope of the house was drafted men, he found it difficult, even in appearance, off, in order to have his room taken up with to sustain a medium character, and therefore long tables, on which tea (and coffee too,) when he addressed her, he did so in a hasty, was served, and sent round, while cakes of hard, impetuous tone, the effect of which all sorts, home made, but of the most appe- was at first to make her stare at him, and tizing variety, short cake, slim cake, potato then, as if content with her survey, to take cake, white cake-in short, Tom's heart no further notice of him than the rules of never lay in his pocket; the blessings of the dance in which they were now engaged life flowed upon him, and now that the demanded. crowning blessing of all had arrived, he was “Won't you ask Mary Dacey to dance a determined that friend and fellow should set, Denny ?” suggested the host, who knew share in his joy, and feed to the full on the Denny's worth, and wished his old friend's fat of his land. One drawback there was to daughter a protector worthy of her. him; the woman in the straw was not able "No, thank you, Tom, I'm engaged, and to join hin, and his only consolation was, in so is she, I dare say," said the friend with the unusual separation, “ that she was better an attempt at dash. employed, thanks be to goodness.”
“ And you say right, too,” said a gentle " Betty, Dan, Judy !_stir now, and help and good-humoured voice at his elbow, the me to remove the tay things—bother on sound of which made him leap rather than them for fine cheney, there's another of them turn round. “You're very right, Denny; cups gone; what'll the mistress say when I am engaged for the next dance, but not she sees it ? And where's Phil Brechawn? for the one after, that I know of.” Here Phil, where's your chanter, man? By dad, Denny, that's a fair challenge Stir up your wind now, for bare life, my all the world over,” said honest Tom man, and put your best bag forward. Now, Keeran in high glee. Mr. Patrick, if you please; where's your “ And who would a woman challenge partner, sir ? Ah! I see; 'pon my sowkins either to dance with her or fight for her, if when partners were going, it's not the ugliest it wasn't one that she knew wished her well ?” he set his eye upon—I can tell you that, said the same gentle but dangerous voice as Mary Dacey. Who comes next? next to before, addressing itself to the host rather Mr. Patrick ? Denny, if you please, and than to Denny. Mary and Ellen Niall will keep each other Why, faix, we are no strangers, Miss company there side by side, like them two Dacey, at any rate," answered Denny, for bright blessed stars that's shining yonder want of something else to say. thro' the window-only brighter they are, “ Indeed we are not, Denny, and I hope ha, ha!” And joining in the smile occasioned we never will be either—God forbid !" by his extravagant compliment, he proceeded “ You don't say that from your heart to marshal and arrange the ready groups, within, may be ?” suggested the failing and the dance commenced.
lover, in a small thin voice, very unlike his Froin the commencement of the evening, usual bold unhesitating tones. Denny Dolan had followed his friend's lead, “I'ın not used to say anything but what and selected Ellen Niall as the object of his I think and believe to be the truth,” said special attention, while she, nothing loath, Mary quietly," and as to your friendship I had accepted them, if not with an eager good never doubted it—no, not from the day you will, at least with an excellent imitation of it. climbed the big tree to put back ihe poor But Ellen was known to have a talent for flir little woodquest that I asked you; it was so tation, which had at times been carried so far, good-natured : do you remember the day I that Rumour, that moral mosquito, whose mean, Denny ?" stings penetrate beneath our best defences, “Do I ? just as well as I remember the
drink of sweet milk you gave me after it, and pies, and orange and rice puddings, with I think the taste of that is on my mouth dumplings interspersed, while in the very ever since.”
centre was a bowl—what do I say—a basin, “And then that weary bull that frightened and a large basin too, of calves' feet jelly, as me in the paddock below; dear knows I red as blood, as thick as glue, and as tena. ought to think you a friend, for it's my life cious as the sucker of an air-pump. Wine you saved that time, Denny, at the risk of there was none, but in one corner of the
room was a cask of ale, and in another a keg “ Tut I not a bit of it; nought was never of whiskey; and therefore, as honest Tom in danger, and as to that balyhoure of a said, when his health was drunk from the baste, sure if you took his tricks rightly, it chair, “ any man that went away either dry was only to pay his compliments to you he or hungry, had only to thank himself, thanks intended, only you mistook his meaning, and be to goodness ! ” then he got angry at your want of manners in But supper was over and the jig that folrunning away from him. Sure not even the lowed it, and then came Sir Roger De beasts of the field could bear a cold look-Coverly, and then the bustle of bonnets and not to say the cold showlder from you, Mary cloaks, and so forth. Denny Dolan was, in dear. May be now you're not engaged for the ceremonial that ensued, deputed, as a this dance, are you ?” queried the re-con- matter of course, to attend Ellen_Niall
, quered and now prostrate Denny Dolan. while Mr. Patrick awaited upon Mary Dacey.
“ Indeed I am, and so are you too,” said Denny was anything but satisfied, but what the maiden,“ but I'll dance the next set could he do ? and besides, his friend in a with you if you ask me.”
whisper insisted on it. One ingredient of “Ask her !" ah, woman, woman ! how comfort, however, mixed with his sorrow. gently ought you to exercise the despotic“ Won't I see you to-morrow, Denny ?" power, which, springing from your very asked the soft low voice which he loved so weakness, fetters and folds us in chains to well. Like Othello's handkerchief, the queswhich adamant is soft, and only time itself tion“ had magic in the web of it," and like less durable. What was Ellen Niall now to the profits of the animal magnetic process to Denny Dolan ? Still he was beneath the eye the patient, it converted pain into peace, and of his friend, Mr. Patrick, and was ashamed sent him to a couch which felt as soft as the not to persist in something like a show of rose leaves of the Sybarite. resolution. Altogether, such and so tantaliz- Meantime Mr. Patrick M`Neill and Mary ing were his sensations, that he was glad to Dacey were on their way home; though she hear supper announced, as it gave
had accepted his proffered escort, she did it hope of escaping to solitude in order to dis- with quiet reserve, and though she took his burthen himself of the feelings which he arm when they left the house, still, when in could not repress and dared not indulge in. a few minutes after, he attempted to secure
Supper came accordingly--none of your the small hand which lay within it, she at scrap suppers as they are called, and which, once and quietly but resolutely withdrew it. bad as the name is, scarcely deserves it; “You forget yourself, Mr. Patrick," she neither was it a tray supper, nor a light sup- said in that tone which, coming from female per, nor any of those doubtful matters tricked lips, no libertine, even the most hardened of out like other remains, with festoons and his class, dare laugh at or dispute. flowers to make that look well which would "Nay, Mary, it is you who forget what otherwise bear the aspect of decay; there your kindness has permitted me to hope I were no tiny kickshaws"—to use Master may hereafter become.” Justice Shallow's phrase—but at the top was “You have said, sir, that you wish to make a noble buttock of beef reposing on its bed me your wife, and I have told you that in of greens, and steaming like the engine of rank, fortune, or education I am not fit to the Urgent at her tip-top speed; and at the become it." bottom was a roasted goose, hissing and “ That's my affair—is it not ?" fuming as if it were still the pride of the “And mine too, sir; you have already barley field; on one side was a magnificent said that you would wish to be married priboiled turkey, which, if not dead already, vately, and there can be but two reasons for inust have been choked in its own abund- that proceeding, the one is that you might ance, smothered in its own sauce, while op- deny the fact of our marriage afterwardsposite to it sate a baked hare, seated after “Cruel, cruel girl!" the fashion she had rested in on her own “ The other, that you would be ashamed form. Here and there were stupendous to acknowledge so mean a connexion openly.
I have thought over the matter you see, sir, “ Yes surely, sir ; for sure it wasn't your and in my opinion you had better drop the money he laid out on his farm, and yet you subject now and for ever. It is not becom- would take it from him. I never thought to ing to you, sir.”
think so hard of you, Mr. Patrick. It Drop it I will not, by Heaven ! you in- shews me the inside of your mind, sir, and sult me, wound me, madden me with your I'm sorry for it." doubts of my honour. You know that the . The young gentleman found he had conwish of a private marriage is to escape from fessed too much; but it was easy to retrace the entrcaties of my aunt, who would cut me his steps—at least he thought so. off from her fine fortune."
“Well, well, Mary, as he is an admirer of “ There it is, sir; why would she be dis- yours"pleased ?"
“ It isn't for that, sir; injustice is injus“ Because she knows your pedigree, but tice, whether done to a friend or a black has never seen your person, nor heard your stranger.” dear voice"
, then, even for your good word I'll “ There is another reason I have, sir," see what can be done for him." she said, interrupting him, although when “ It is easy seen, Mr. Patrick; give him a she had got thus far she stopped short. new lease or a promise of one and do it, sir,
“Another reason, for heaven's sake! what if you please, before you talk to me again is it?"
about being your wife. He that defrauds an “ It would give great unhappiness to one honest man would never stick at doing the that wishes me well, sir.”
same by a trusting woman. You have put “You mean Dolan ? the clown ! he is hard thoughts into
head about you, and unworthy of you."
you have only to blame yourself." “He has his feelings, nevertheless, Mr. “But Mary, my own love, considerPatrick, and wishes me well, and—and it “We're near hoine, sir, yonder's the light, may be I gave him 8-kind word now and and I have but just one word to say more on then, and it wouldn't be pleasant to meet the subject : Denny Dolan is a decent and an him hereafter."
industrious man, and you know it. What “We could, nay, would leave the neigh- God gave him strength to earn he has a right bourhood, at least for a time, besides you to be allowed to keep. I have the feeling know his farm is alınost out of lease ?" that it is through my means he has lost your
“ True, sir ; but he will renew for it.” favor; and I hope, sir, before we meet again,
“ Not with my good will. I have been you will see it right to inake him sure of his offered money for it."
own, both for my sake and for his, and far " But you won't take it, sir ?"
more than all, for your own, Mr. Patrick. It's “But I will you mean. I dislike the fel- me, mother dear, open the door. A good low's impudent familiarity-his presumption night to you, sir, and many thanks to you for towards you—and besides I want money. your kindness in coming out of your way so No, no, let him bring his improvements to late to see me home.” America, or Australia, or the deuce, for what “ I'll think over what you have said, Mary, I care."
and see you to-morrow.' “But you will allow him, no doubt, for Mary replied not, but went in, and the door all the heaps of money he has laid out on closed behind her. it ?”
“ Curse him and his lease both !" was the “Why should I ?"
ejaculation of Mr. Patrick, as he turned from “They say it is done in England." the gate of the neat garden into the high
“More fools they if they can avoid it. road. “Have her I must and will, and on We manage matters much better here, my own terms too. Marriage, private mar. Mary. If he was stupid enough to lay out riage !-Ha, ha! A proud aunt is a conhis money
venient appendage at times, too. The am“On your good father's word I hear, bitious baggage to think so highly of her sir.”
pretty pair of eyes as to suppose it possible “ Pooh ! let's talk no more of the scoun- I would marry her.
I would marry her. But she has scruples drel, while we have a warmer, more delight- about ceremony-likes grace before meat ; sul theme in your beautiful sell."
so she must be indulged--and she shall. “And yet Denny Dolan was always your But she has determination-aye, and prinown well-wisher and right hand man, and ciple, no less. Suppose I grant her the now you talk of robbing him.”
promise—it would look well, and insure her “ Robbing, Mary?"
gratitude; but, then, the sacrifice there's VOL. III. NO, XIX.
the devil! I want money; my creditors, both not as yet spoken, but now and at once her in London and Dublin-hang them! let quietude forsook her. She came eagerly them wait-they have no bright-eyed Mary forward, took the paper from Denny's willing Dacey waiting like a ripe sugar plum to fall hand, who looked upon her evident anxiety into their vulgar mechanical mouths. Dolan as a fair omen; read it aloud, and then rewould down handsomely, however, tho' not perused it to herself, convinced herself, apa quarter as much as Crawford is boring ine parently, that it was a genuine promise, to take. Let me sleep on it. Marriage, given under his landlord's hand, and signed agad, Miss Mary! The gypsey ! and yet with his naine in full, of a renewal of the how many would- -Pish! yaw !--past two lease of his holding for a certain considerand a starry night. To bed, to bed, as Mac- ation of £200 as renewal fine. beth hath it."
“Which he has in his pocket this minute The issue of his night's reflections were in hard gold, Mary. He said it would be a two-fold—a letter to his friend Crawford, convenience to him, and one might as well sating his inability to comply with his wishes help a friend, you know.". regarding Dolan's farm, and giving, every "A friend -hem! have you his receipt reason but the right one, and that done, a for the money ?" resolution to visit the farm itself, and its I wouldn't pay my father a penny with
And Denny received him with open out one, Mary dear. I have always a plenty
Alas! poor blind human nature ! of stamps in the house, and everything " By the powers, Dick, it can't rain but it else that's dacent, thanks be to God for all powers on me this blessed and holy day," things !" was the joyous exclamation of the happy “ Then you are safe, Denny dear, and I husbandman, as he entered the presence of give you joy,—aye, a hundred thousand his ladye-love and her father, at a late hour times, so I do." of that, to him, auspicious day.
And in the fulness of her heart she " I'm glad from my heart to hear you say stretched out both her hands to him, and a so, for no man deserves luck better; but tear came to her bright and beautiful eye, what is it, Denny, dear ?” asked his ready and thousands of blush roses spread their soft well-wisher.
tints over her cheek, neck, and bosom. It “ In the first place, both Tess and the was a trying moment to the adoring lover, Bracket have calved to my heart's content, (as it inight well have been to a more indifman. I wouldn't take ten pounds for the ferent person). He kept the small hands produce this moment as they stand ; and the that had imprisoned themselves in his grasp,
l brown filly is sold."
and while he gazed on her, half emboldened “Sold, Denny !" said Dick.
by her evident emotion, he sighed, as he “And what did you get ? and who bought said : her ?" asked Mrs. Dacey.
“ And yet, now that I have got it, Mary, “A real gentleman, 'faith-the colonel be- what use is an empty house to a man like low at the big house; the groom said it was for the Lord Lieutenant."
“ It isn't empty, Denny." “Now! and the price ?"
“ To me it is; for what fills every glance “What would you think of eighty, and of my eye, and every pulse of my heart, is she only three years off ?"
not to be found in it. Ah! Mary Dacey, “ I wish you joy, and you know it. Mis- Mary Dacey, what's the use in talking ! the tress, is there never a drop in the house ?" life's not in me as it used to be, nor the
“Stop awhile, man, stop a while; you strength, nor the spirit-nor it won't be, nor know how I love my little place, and how it can't be.” He stopped, as if ashamed to uneasy I was for fear any thing would pre- betray himself further. vent ine getting to renew ?"
“ And why can't it be ?" said Mary in her “ I do. Well ?"
gentlest tone." “Well, thanks be to the great God, it's “You refuse me your love; you refuse me safe !" and the poor fellew reverently listed your heart; you look cold upon me, and his hat and remained for a moment in silent then I go my ways, and think there's not thanksgiving.
another glimpse of sunshine in all the world." “ Safe, you say?" asked the inquisitive “ But Denny, you mistake me, may be." daine.
“Do I? did Í ? mistake you! Do I? “Look there, Mrs. Dacey; look, Dick," do I ?" gasped forth the expectant Denny. he said exultingly, and exhibited a written “ You do and did, Denny dear; for I document.
never refused you my heart." Mary was seated quietly at work; she had “But your love, Mary, your love ?"