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was, moreover, prudent, discreet and sen- the queen's reception; he was more affa-
and all her ladies were playsible not to think her clever and fascina- ing at cards. The king was seated by the ting, but it required time and observation side of Mademoiselle de la Fayette, and to discover the full extent of her supe- was speaking in general terms of the melriority.
ancholy anticipations felt by all those The day that Mademoiselle de la Fa- about to leave for the war. yette was presented at court by the ‘Happy,” said the king, “is the man Princess Marie of Mantova she was mag- who feels that he is personally regretted nificently dressed ; all admired the ex- - he has a motive in desiring glory. treme beauty of the maid of honor, and Those who are beloved must indeed seek were charmed with an indescribable at- fame with ardor. But when no one cares traction about her. The king, evidently for one-when the mind feels that it posstruck by the naïveté and elegance of her sesses no kindred sympathy—then even whom ho then saw for the first time, ap- success is valueless, without merit, and proached Mademoiselle de la Fayette, and without reward." complimented her warmly on her beauty These words affected the pretty maid and graceful manners. The maid of honor of honor. The king observed it. He only blushed aud made no reply.
looked at her fixedly, and after a moment's The king was present on the morrow at silence again addressed her:
“I hope,” said he, in a low voice, “that ties who had refused to enregister the this conversation will be resumed. I anx- edicts necessary for raising the money iniously desire_»
dispensable for the maintenance of the At these words he rose, without wait- army ?” ing for a reply. Mademoiselle de la Fa
The money I demand,' said yette followed him with her eyes, and all he, 'is neither to be wasted in gambling the rest of the evening experienced an in- nor in idle expenses. I do not demand it voluntary absence of mind.
for myself, but for the interest of the naThe Duchesse de Chevreuse, whose tion. Those who oppose my pleasure in taste for intrigue had been increased by this injure me more than the Spaniards; considerable practical experience, had al- but I shall find means to be obeyed.'” ready remarked the king's budding at- “What energy there is in that speech ! tachment. She went to Mademoiselle de Oh! I am certain that he is not apprela Fayette and told her that all the world ciated.” saw that the king was in love with her. The following days the king regularly “But in his fashion,” added she; "he visited the queen, and appeared much enloves you timidly, modestly—even in his grossed with Mademoiselle de la Fayette; most secret thoughts there would not be but his timidity did not allow him to rean idea of any thing more profane. The main long at a time with her, for he could Comte de la Meilleraie assures me that not but perceive that they were both obthe king shows every sign of having con- served with curiosity. The day before ceived a violent passion for you—much his departure for the army he went in the more violent, in fact, than he ever felt for morning to see the queen, and on leaving Mademoiselle de Hautefort, to whom, in- her apartments he stopped in the ante-chamdeed, he never really was attached.” ber, where the maids of honor were as
“I do not know the king well enough sembled. He approached Mademoiselle yet to give an opinion about him," replied de la Fayette, who was standing with one Mademoiselle de la Fayette, “but I con- of the other maids of honor in a large fess I have already lost many of my pre- bay-window. This lady at once retired, possessions against him. He certainly is and the king, taking her place, desired capable of friendship, and only desires to Mademoiselle de la Fayette to seat herself open his heart to a real friend; but his beside him. She, finding herself separated confidence has been abused. He seeks, in a manner from her companions, and perhaps, to hear the truth, and he may be tête-à-tête with the king, recollected with worthy of hearing it. If he asks counsel extreme agitation and emotion that it was of me I shall not dissemble any of my in this manner, during his liaison with opinions."
Mademoiselle de Hautefort, that the king “I am sure if you could only inspire had conversed with her. him with courage to reign himself, and to “I come,” said the king to her, in a low shake off the sway of the cardinal, you and trembling voice“I come to bid you would render a yast service to France.” adieu."
“Oh, that is quite chimerical. The At these words Mademoiselle de la Faking would never consult me. He will yette bowed, utterly unable to articulate; never ask me to tell him the truth; and, and Louis started at seeing tears roll down moreover, he is going away.”
her cheeks. “Well, he will meet you again on his “I have enjoyed during the course of return."
my life,” said he, “few moments of hap“Dear duchess, we really must not talk piness, but this instant is one of the—” such nonsense; yet I do pity this prince, At these words, pronounced in a low naturally brave, good, and accomplished, voice, trembling with emotion, Mademoiwho so ill fulfills his glorious destiny. It selle de la Fayette became sensibly affected, is evident he is aware of this. He suffers and replied, that “he would find every he is wretched. If he had but one true loyal heart experienced the same emotion friend he might, perhaps, have proved a she felt, if his majesty would only conde worthy successor to Henry IV. This scend to inform himself personally of the idea makes me quite miserable. I still sentiments of his subjects.” have hope, for he is yet young. Did you “No, mademoiselle," said Louis, “I hear that he spoke this morning with only wish to hear yours; and if in you I great firmness to the parliamentary depu- find that friendship I have sought so long
in vain, my entire confidence shall be the marked preference shown for her by the reward. I go to-morrow, but I shall king as simple politeness. cherish this tender recollection in my heart. The duchess ridiculed both her reserve Continue to think of me, I entreat, with and her prudery. the same touching sensibility. If it pleases “When the king returns,” continued Heaven to preserve me, it will be my she, “we will resume this conversation. greatest consolation."
My good advice shall be at your service; This conversation was interrupted by and if you will only follow my directions, the Duchesse de Chevreuse, who, on leav- in six months you will upset the whole ing the queen's apartment, passed through court, which, truth to say, will be all the the ante-room. The king, who had risen, better after a general regeneration. We was opening the door. He advanced live in a state of horrible apathy-nothing towards the duchess, and addressed her advances--every thing is paralyzed. We in some embarrassment. The duchess in-are terribly in want of life and animation, stantly seized on this moment, when she and nothing will be more easy than for saw he was confused, to request a favor. you to accomplish all this, if you will only Such a petition at that moment entirely follow precisely the plan I will trace out removed all recollection of the scene that for you.” had just taken place, and at once relieved Mademoiselle de la Fayette chose only the ‘king from embarrassment, who, in to understand as a joke this, in fact, serigratitude for the tact shown by the duch- ous admonition of the Duchess de Che ess, at once and most graciously granted vreuse. her request. When he had left the room, As soon as Mademoiselle de la Fayette the duchess seated herself by Mademoiselle was left to herself she made a pretext for de la Fayette, laughing at what had passed, retiring, and, shutting herself up alone in who, somewhat recovered from her agita- her room, sat down to reflect calmly on tion, was stitching away with exemplary the farewell of the king. At last he had diligence at a small piece
of embroidery spoken out. He wanted a friend-he had she held in her hand. Smiling at the made choice of one, and had promised, duchess, she asked her the reason of her moreover, his entire confidence. His reher mirth,
ligious principles were too well known to “I am laughing,” replied she," at the have given ground for the slightest suspiidea of the admirable presence of mind I cion during his liaison with Mademoiselle have just shown; and as you are but a de Hautefort; it would, therefore, be débutante at court, I will give you a little absurd in her to reject his proffered friend
a description of it for your especial instruc- ship. The petty maid of honor greatly tion. The king does not exactly hate me, desired to see Louis XIII. displaying but at the same time no love is lost be- rather more firmness of character than was tween us. He is afraid of my flightiness his wont; she fervently wished to emanand my inclination to turn every thing into cipate him from the dominion of Richelieu, ridicule. Certainly of all the persons who who, appropriating all the glory attached might have interrupted your conversation, to the throne, only left to his pupil the reI am the very last he would have desired sponsibility of governing, and the reproach to behold. He advanced towards me full of being governed. This weakness was a of confusion. I at once saw the advantage fault which, to be frank, by no means anI might derive from this favorable oppor- noyed her; on the contrary, she, as well tunity. I know that when people are as other women, liked a feeble character, afraid they are always obliging, particu- To correct, to perfect, to suggest, is with larly at the first moment. Well, I at once them, to act, to domineer, to reign; it is requested a favor that is of great import the only legitimate province that nature ance to me; and, as I foresaw he did has granted to the sex, of which no effort not hesitate to grant it, I shall be gráte- can ever deprive them. With what lofty ful, and will tell no one of this little ad- frankness, with what energy Mademoiselle venture, But do own now that it was de la Fayette proposed to address the king, capital.”
and to open her heart to him! She did * Mademoiselle de la Fayette would not doubt that in reality he possessed agree to nothing of the sort. She affected much more firmness of character than was not even to understand what the duchess generally supposed. Had he not addressed meant. She endeavored to represent the the parliament with the utmost decision ? Did he not display much vigor in continu- | her, for in her mind it was unmixed with ing the war, and placing himself in person any idea of love. at the head of his troops? With his The danger to which Louis was exposed mind and sensibility guided by good ad- made her tremble; but feeling certain that vice, why might be not equal the renown the time was now arrived when he would of his gallant father? Why, indeed, himself hold the reins of government, and might he not surpass him? The influencé display all the nobleness of character she of friendship would restore his activity; it attributed to him, her thoughts dwelt would inspire him with a taste for busi- principally on the loss France would susness. He already possessed courage and tain by his death. She passionately deacquirements, and he was superior to sired his return, not for the sake of the Henri IV. in his conduct and principles, frivolous pleasure of again seeing and conboth of unspotted purity. In a word, if versing with him, but to speak to him of it were desirable to possess the esteem and his duties, to elevate his soul, to inspire confidence of a hero, it was a still nobler him with generous resolves, and to adtask to form one, and to render him worthy monish him to persevere in his present of the admiration of the whole universe. line of conduct. Such at least was the
All these seductive yet vague ideas conviction, however delusive, of Madepassed through the brain of La Fayette; moiselle de la Fayette. At length the sucthey took root there, were gradually de- cessful termination of the campaign was veloped, and raised her hopes and her announced. The king had re-taken the feelings to the utmost pitch of enthusiasm. places conquered by the Spaniards, and The king took his departure next morning these latter, everywhere defeated, were at daybreak, and almost all the courtiers, obliged to re-pass the Somme. On the both young and old, followed him. After other side, the Imperialists, who had penethey had left, many ladies affected an ex- trated into Burgundy, were repulsed to aggerated display of anxiety, and many the banks of the Rhine by the Cardinal more betrayed, in spite of themselves, se- La Valette and the Duke of Weimar. cret regrets that they would fain have con- The king returned to Paris, which, not cealed. This affectation on one side, and having been considered out of danger constraint on the other, diffused a cloud of from the attacks of the enemy, received dullness and ennui over the whole court. him with transports of joy. Mademoiselle At last every one was of opinion that some de la Fayette, witness of this universal amusement must be invented, and, with enthusiasm, saw in Louis the worthy sucout in words admitting that any one could cessor of Henri the Great, and the inheritpossibly be entertained during such an or of all his glory. Intoxicated by these anxious moment, all the usual amusements delusions, she imagined that even the were re-commenced with renewed ardor. advice dictated by her friendship would
News soon arrived from the army, an- be in future needless, and that the king nouncing brilliant successes, due to the would of his own accord suppress the arvalor of the king and the bravery of the rogance of Richelieu, lower his inordinate French troops.
power, and from henceforth exercise himDuring this time of glory and of peril self the royal authority. Louis XIII. was no longer that timid, fee- The next morning Louis visited the ble prince, often almost overlooked in his queen, remained, as usual, some minutes, own court; he was metamorphosed, indeed, and only stayed in the ante-chamber for and became suddenly a brilliant monarch, a moment, during which time_he apevery way worthy of the throne. He was proached Mademoiselle de la Fayette, described as ever foremost in danger, lead- and conducted her aside. ing his troops into action in person. All “I do not know,” said he, "when I shall parties agreed in applauding his conduct : be able to resume those conversations that he was loved and admired - he really are so infinitely delightful, for after an abreigned.
sence of some months, I am overwhelmed Every day that his absence lasted, and with business." every fresh intelligence that arrived, add- “Ah, so much the better !" cried Madeed to the state of excitement in which moiselle de la Fayette. “May you, sire, Mademoiselle de la Fayette found herself. ever be thus fully occupied.” Her own perfect purity insured her safe- The king smiled. ty. Such an attachment could not alarm “ You have doubtless heard me blamed for my idleness,” said he-“I am sure “May it ever induce you to justify me, you have; but all I ask is, that you will and you will not be mistaken. This will suspend your judgment, and do not con- console me for a world of injustice.”
a demn me—at least before you have heard After having uttered these words with my defense.”
an emotion that touched Mademoiselle de “Sire, how can I wait, when my heart la Fayette to the very soul, the king left already has decided ?»
In these busy, jostling, nineteenth-centu- church and up the organ loft stairs,” but ry days, when, through the agency of walk demurely to their open seats in the iron and steam, the ends of the earth have side aisle. We do not happen to be aware been brought together, it may well seem whether the society of the little town still almost impossible to find a quiet primitive merits the stigma attached to it by the spot, out of sight and sound of rushing Pendennis family, namely, that it was“ by engine and screaming steam-whistle. Yet no means amusing or pleasant,” but we for those who diligently seek them, such feel quite sure that the present rector's nooks and corners do still exist, and in wife is far too intent upon studying ruone of them we were lucky enough to brics and fashions ecclesiastical ever to be spend the early part of our long vacation. caught“ looking out of the drawing-room The place is situated on the coast of the window, wondering what Mrs. Pybus can most beautiful of our south-western coun-want cheapening fowls again in the marties, and though for certain reasons we ket, when she had poultry from Livermore's do not intend to disclose its name, the two days before.” But although prosagacious amongst our readers will be gress has shown itself in the church, there able to form a pretty good idea as to its is none as yet in the Clavering and Chatwhereabouts when we admit that it is not teris branch of the Great Western Railvery distant from the birthplace of Pen- way; even the preliminary works mendennis, that "little old town of Claver- tioned by Pendennis are among the things ing St. Mary,” past which the rapid river that shall be, and it is still by the coach Brawl holds on its shining course, and which has succeeded the Alacrity, alius which boasts a fine old church with Celerity, of bygone days, that you must great gray towers, of which the sun illu- journey over the sunshiny hills” which minates the delicate carving, deepening the stretch from Clavering westward to the shadows of the huge buttresses and gild- sea, in order to arrive at our terra incoging the glittering windows and flaming nita. vanes.” Things have, however, a little "
The farm in which we had taken lodg. changed at Clavering since Mr. Thack- ings was about a mile from the little town eray spent many a pleasant summer holi- where the Clavering and Chatteris coach day there in his boyhood. The old colle- set us down one pleasant summer evening. giate church has been swept and garnish- The house was one of those quaint old ed, and bedizened with finery till it scarce buildings which are not uncommon in the ly knows itself, and the Wapshot boys no West of England, built of gray stone in longer make a “good cheerful noise scuf- the form of the letter E; the centre pro. fling with their feet as they march into ljection containing the doorway being en