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A SINGULAR STORY FROM REAL LIFE.
PLATES IN THE PRESENT NUMBER. the wearer, taking his gloves from his pocket, as the man PERHAPS it is as well to call the reader's attention to the arose, and slowly walking up and down the hall while he extra plate given in this number, as well as to the beauty drew them leisurely on. and finish of the engraved view of Grein, on the Danube.
From the wet and muddy overshoes had been delivered Quite of course, we can never be paid for this outlay of this two slight and well-appointed feet, however, shining in pliafirst number, but we have “ thrown in” the title-page as a
ble and unexceptionable jet. With a second look, and the frank and grateful acknowledgment of public favour, and an
foul-weather toggery laid aside, the humbled footman saw earnest of our warm enthusiasm and zeal in the conduct of that he had been in error, and that, hack-cab and dirty the Mirror. We may repeat also, here, that from more pracovershoes to the contrary notwithstanding, the economizing tised facilities and enlarged means, we shall give in the guest of “my lord” would appear, on the other side of the coming year a much better series of embellishments—a drawing-room door, only at home on “velvet of three pile” pictorial series, indeed, that would be a cheap bargain, of an elegant of undepreciable water ! itself, without a line of letter-press. Will the reader please
“Shall I announce you, sir?" respectfully inquired the us by looking at this beautiful number and remembering
servant. that it is given by us as an equivalent for sixpence only!
"If Lord Aymar has come up from the dinner table-yes !
If the ladies are alone-no!" DASHES AT LIFE WITH A FREE PENCIL.
“Coffee has just gone in to the ladies, sir!"
“ Then I'll find my own way!" THE PHANTOM-HEAD UPON THE TABLE. Lady Aymar was jamming the projecting diamond of a
bracelet through and through the thick white leaf of an
Egyptian Kala, lost apparently in an ellipse of reverie-posShowing the humiliations of the barriers of high-life.
sibly in a swoon of slumberous digestion. By the drawingThere is no aristocracy in the time of night. It was room light, in her negligent posture, she looked of a ripeness punctually ten o'clock, in Berkeley Square. It rained on the of beauty not yet sapped by one autumnal minute-plump, nobleman's rocs. It rained on the beggar's head. The drowsy and voluptuous. She looked up as the door opened. lamps, for all that was visible except themselves, might as “Spiridion !" well have been half way to the moon, but even that was not “Sappho!" particular to Berkeley Square.
“Don't be silly Show are you, Count Pallardos? And A hack cabriolet groped in from Bruton-street.
how like a ghost you come in, unannounced ! Suppose I had " Shall I ring any bell for you, sir ?" said the cabman, been tying my shoe, or any thing!" pulling aside the wet leather curtain.
“ Is your ladyship quite well ?” “No! I'll get out any where ! Pull up to the side-walk !" “I will take coffee and wake up to tell you! Was I asleep But the passenger's mind changed while paying his shil- when you opened the door ? They were all so dull at din
Ah me! stupid or agreeable, we grow old all the “On second thoughts, my good fellow, you may knock same! How am I looking, Spiridion ?": at the large door on the right."
“ Ravishingly! Where is Lady Angelica ?” The driver scrambled up the high steps and gave a single “Give me another lump of sugar! La! don't you take knock-such a knock as the drivers of only the poor and coffee ?" unfashionable are expected to give, in well-regulated Eng “There are but two cups, and this was meant for a lip of land.
more celestial earth—has she been gone long ?” The door was opened only to a crack, and a glittering The door opened, and the rustling dress of Lady Angelica livery peered through. But the passenger was close behind, Aymar made music in the room. Oh how gloriously beauand setting his foot against the door, he drove back the tiful she was, and how changed was Count Spiridion Pallarsuspicious menial and walked in. Three men, powdered and dos by her coming in! A minute before so inconsequent, emblazoned in blue and gold, started to their feet, and came so careless and complimentary-now so timid, so deferentowards the apparent intruder. He took the wet cap from tial, so almost awkward in every motion! his head, deliberately flung his well-worn cloak into the The name of “Greek count" has been for a long time, in arms of the nearest man, and beckoning to another, pointed Europe, the synonym for “adventurer”—a worse pendant to his overshoes. With a suppressed titter, two of the foot- to a man's name, in high life at least, than “pirate" or men disappeared through a side-door, and the third, mum- “ robber." Not that a man is peculiar who is trying to make bling something about sending up one of the stable-boys, the most out of society and would prefer an heiress to a gov. turned to follow them.
erness, but that it is a disgrace to be so labelled ! An ad. The new-comer's hand passed suddenly into the footman's venturer is the same as any other gentleman who is not white cravat, and, by a powerful and sudden throw, the man rich, only without a mask. was brought to his knee.
Count Pallardos was lately arrived from Constantinople, "Oblige me by unbuckling that shoe !" said the stranger and was recognized and received by Lord Aymar as the in a tone of imperturbable coolness, setting his foot upon the son of a reduced Greek noble who had been the dragoman upright knee of the astonished menial.
to the English embassy when his lordship was ambassador The shoe was taken off, and the other set in its place to the Porte. With a promptness a little singular in one upon the plush-covered leg, and unbuckled, as obediently. whose patronage was so difficult to secure, Lord Aymar had
“Keep them until I call you to put them on again!" said | immediately procured, for the son of his old dependant, a
small employment as translator in the Foreign office, and The blood of Count Spiridion ran round his heart like 8 with its most limited stipend for his means, the young count snake coiled to strike. He turned to a portfolio of drawings had commenced his experience of English life. His ac- for a cover to self-controul and self-communing, for he felt quaintance with the ladies of Lord Aymar's family was two that he had need of summoning his keenest and coldest stages in advance of this, however. Lady Aymar remem- judgment, his holdest and wariest courage of conduct and bered him well as the beautiful child of the lovely Countess endurance, to submit to, and outnerve and overmaster, his Pallardos, the playfellow of her daughter Angelica on the humiliating position. He was under a roof of which he shore of the Bosphorus; and on his first arrival in England, well knew that the pride and joy of it, the fair Lady Anhearing that the family of his patron was on the coast forgelica, the daughter of the proud ear), had given him her sea-bathing, Spiridion had prepared to report himself first to heart. He well knew that he had needed reserve and man. the female portion of it. Away from society in a retired | agement to avoid becoming too much the favourite of the cottage ornée upon the sea-shore, they had received him lady mistress of that mansion ; yet, in it, he had been twice with no hindrance to their appreciation or hospitality; and insulted grossly, cuttingly, but in both cases unresentablyhe had thus been subjected, by accident, to a month's un once by unpunishable menials, of whom he could not even shared intoxication with the beauty of the Lady Angelica. complain without exposing and degrading himself, and once The arrival of the young Greek had been made known to by the supercilious competitors for the heart he knew was Lord Aymar by his lady's letters, and the situation had been his own-and they too, unpunishable ! procured for him ; but Pallardos had seen his lordship but At this moment, at a sign from Lady Aymar, her lord once, and this was his first visit to the town establishment swung open the door of a conservatory to give the room of the family.
air, and the long mirror, set in the panel, showed to Spiridion The butler came in with a petit verre of Curaçoa for Mila. his own pale and lowering features. He thanked heaven di, and was not surprised, as the footmen would have been, for the chance! To see himself once more was what he to see Lady Angelica on her knee, and Count Pallardos bitterly needed !--to see whether his head had shrunk beimprisoning a japonica in the knot a la Grecque of that tween his shoulders—whether his back was crouched head of Heaven's most heavenly moulding. Brother and whether his eyes and lips had lost their fearlessness and sister, Cupid and Psyche, could not have been grouped with pride! He had feared somfelt so! He almost wondered a more playful familiarity.
that he did not look like a dependant and a slave ! But oh, “Spiridion !"-said Lady Aymar," I shall call you Spi- no! The large mirror showed the grouped figures of the ridion till the men come up—how are you lodged, my dear!! drawing-room, his own the noblest among them by nature's Have you a bath in your dressing-room ?”
undeniable confession! His clear, statuary outline of fea“ Pitcher and bowl of the purest crockery, my dear lady! tures—the finely-cut arches of his lips—the bold, calm dark. May I venture to draw this braid a little closer, Angelica— ness of his passionate eyes—his graceful and high-born to correct the line of this raven mass on your cheek? It mien,-all apparent enough to his own eye when seen in robs us now of a rose-leaf's breadth at least-flat burglary, the contrast of that mirrored picture-he was not changed ! my sweet friend !"
-not a slave—not metamorphosed by that hour's humiliaBut the Lady Angelica sprang to her feet, for a voice was tions ! He clenched his right hand, once, till the nails were heard of some one ascending from the dining-room. She driven through his glove into the clammy palm, and then flung herself into a dormeuse, Spiridion twirled his two fingers rose with a soft smile on his features, like the remainder of at the fire, as if bodily warmth was the uppermost necessity a look of pleasure. of the moment, and enter Lord Aymar, followed by a great “I have found,” said he, in a composed and musical statesman, a famous poet, one sprig of unsurpassed nobility, tone, “I have found what we were looking for, Lady Anand one wealthy dandy commoner.
gelica !" Lord Aymar nodded to his protege, but the gentlemen He raised the large portfolio from the print-stand, and setgrouped themselves, for a moment, around a silver easel, ting it open on his knee, directly between Lord Frederick upon which stood a Correggio, a late purchase of which his and Lady Angelica, cut off that nobleman's communication lordship had been discoursing, and in that minute or two with her ladyship very effectually, while he pointed out a the name and quality of the stranger were communicated to view of the Acropolis at Athens. Her ladyship was still the party-probably, for they took their coffee without fur- expressing her admiration of the drawing, when Spiridion ther consciousness of his presence.
turned to the astonished gentleman at her ear. The statesman paired off to a corner with his host to talk “ Perhaps, sir," said he, “in a lady's service, I may venpolitics, the poet took the punctured Power from the lap of || ture to dispossess you of that ottoman ! Will you be kind Lady Aymar, and commenced mending, with patent wax enough to rise !" wafers, from the or-molu desk near by, the holes in the white With a stare of astonishment, the elegant Mr. Townley leaves; and the two ineffables lingered a moment longer over Manners reluctantly complied; and Spiridion, drawing the their Curaçoa.
ottoman in front of Lady Angelica, set the broad portPallardos drew a chair within conversation-reach of Ladyfolio upon it, and seating himself at her feet upon the outer Angelica, and commenced an unskilful discussion of the edge, commenced a detailed account of the antiquities of opera of the night before. He felt angry, insulted, unseated the grand capital. The lady listened with an amused look from his self-possession, yet he could not have told why. (of mischief in her eye, Lord Frederick walked once around The two young men lounged leisurely across the room, and her chair humming an air very rudely, Mr. Manners atthe careless Lord Frederick drew his chair partly between tempted in vain to call Lady Angelica to look at something Pallardos and Lady Angelica, while Mr. Townley Manners wonderful in the conservatory, and Spiridion's triumph was reclined upon an ottoman behind her and brought his lips complete. He laid aside the portfolio after a moment or within whisper-shot of her ear, and, with ease and unforced two, drew the ottoman back to its advantageous position, nonsense, not audible nor intended to be audible to the land, self-assured and at his ease, engrossed fully and agree. * Greek adventurer," they inevitably engrossed the noble ably the attention of his heart's mistress. beauty.
Half an hour elapsed. Lord Aymar took a kind of dis.