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herited nothing else, I have at least inheri- | it? Would you
had had ted a name which has never been thus dis- any other, the slightest, hope of winning honored.”
Miss Chesley? And what is this but an “If,” said Reginald, after a pause, acknowledgment of defeat? I should be you believe Miss Chesley's comfort at most foolish, as you cannot but see, to asstake, complain of no one but yourself, for sent to such terms. In exchange for one by the performance of a single condition it empty sentence uttered before no witnessis possible for you to induce my relinquish-es, I should yield up a most lovely girl.” ment of all pursuit of her hand.”
“What then, do you demand said “Pursue your course then,” Seymour Seymour. “Is it that I should proclaim said bitterly; "I know your terms, and I the avowal from the house-tops? publish it will not consent to them. Commit the in the gazettes ? have it recorded for the worse than murder which you meditatem information of future generations ?" felicitate yourself upon surpassing in heart- “Not so," answered Reginald; “I ask lessness the most brutal that have gone be- from you no confession at all—" fore you. Marry Matilda, break her heart "Because you have received it already," —and then enjoy the reward of your doings. said the other interrupting him. I shall offer no further obstruction-set- “Ah yes, it is true; and I have to thank tle the matter now with your conscience. I you for the voluntary gift.” Reginald, afbid you good evening, sir.”
ter saying this with an expression of counAt that, Seymour bowed, and with a tenance which Seymour thought sardonic, swelling bosom, left the house.
continued: “No, it is but just that I should Before reaching the gate, however, he receive a quid pro quo. Matilda Chesley turned suddenly around and started back, is mine, and I will not relinquish her for making long strides. Passing through the nothing." hall-door, without word or knock, he pro- Here a pause intervened. At last the ceeded directly to the parlor, and there Englishman, who felt his nerves losing found Reginald still standing by the oriel vigor every moment, could bear the suswindow.
pense no longer. “I come,” he said, “ to submit to the “What is it you would have, Ander? degradation. I will forget my birth, forget Give it forth, whatever it be-let me hear that I am a man, forget everything but your demand, though the evil One himself Matilda’s danger. I acknowledge that I have suggested it !" have been defeated in my dearest pursuit “Oh, be not apprehensive," replied by one whom I contemned, and that I have Reginald; “I do not ask your soul, you no hope but in your voluntary withdrawal. may dispose of that as you think proper; There! the act of base submission is over, I am willing to give up my
bri on condiand Matilda is freed."
tion that you engage never to take her “Not so fast, if you please, Mr. Sey- yourself.” mour ; you have quite mistaken my
condi- “What mean you? You cannot be in
earnest; this would be the very wanton“ Mistaken it?" echoed the other ; ness of cruelty. “You are jesting, I “surely this is what both you and Rennot know." have declared."
“It is no jest,” said Reginald, “unless “I have nothing to do with Mr. Ren- you choose to be the laugher. For my noe's assertions,” replied Reginald, “and part, I consider it quite an earnest affair to if you take the pains to recall what has abandon Miss Chesley. Think you I have fallen from my own lips, you will find no- not eyes for beauty as well as you; that I thing which can give you ground to accuse have no heart to be touched by her confidme of bad faith. I might once, perhaps, ing ingenuousness and noble simplicity of have been contented with such a declara- character? You have accused me, Mr. tion as you have just made, but I could Seymour, of selfishness and a savage disrenot now. What more indeed does it ex-gard for the young lady's happiness; it press than is implied in the very fact of may now be seen how far your own zeal is your visit this evening, and in the whole disinterested.” conversation which has been the fruit of “Yet," urged the other, "are you not
still equally unfeeling towards Matilda ? cannot understand a lover's feelings. You You admit that she loves me.”
will turn to-morrow to some other matter, “By no means, Mr. Seymour. It is and in the course of a few weeks, or, at possible, and of this one may well doubt farthest, months, will have dismissed Miss when we have her word to the contrary, Chesley altogether from your thoughts. In that she would prefer you to me; but who my case it must be far otherwise. To recan say that she may not hereafter find linquish Matilda is to tear out hope itself some one whom she would prefer to both from my breast; existence will become but of us! From this window, Mr. Seymour, a succession of separate days bound toI observed your walk towards the gate and gether by no common purpose or plan. the return: now shall I bring to your re- Robbed of all energy, in being robbed of collection the train of thought that passed all prospect of reward, I could only live through your mind and prompted your de- as the animal lives. Would
me to such a fate?" like it: The wretch–I covod knock him "I condemn you to nothing,” said Regover-abominable—the famae's up—I've inald, “Decide as you will —whatever be lost her—but she will not be happy, nor he the choice, it is to me a matter of indifferneither-I am glad of it, with all my heart, ence.” for they don't deserve to be. Could not I “ And if I should not submit to the terms, stop the match by telling her about this ?- what then?" she would not believe me—'twould do no “ In that case,” replied Reginald, “I good—besides hardly gentlemanly to relate go to Miss Chesley, and, if she consent, à private conversation. No hope—she's marry her.” gone. Could I possibly own beat?-out “ Trifle not with me, I beg you," said of the question-yet to think of it !-never Seymour,“ speak sincerely. Let me know to get Matilda—I cannot stand this—I'll plainly your real intention.” do anything rather.' At this point it was “I have already done so," rejoined the that
you wheeled so suddenly around : all other. “I have told you my purpose—and the
way back to the terrace, your mind did my purposes are seldom altered. I do not nothing but repeat: 'I'll do anything rath- urge you, Mr. Seymour, to make this sacrier!' On the way from there to the hall fice-if such it be to you—consider calmdoor, you became more animated in conse- ly. You lay claim to the credit of a pure, quence of a new series of reflections :- unselfish anxiety for Matilda Chesley's hap"'Tis bad to be sure—horrible—yet I shall piness—I have heard of such devoted atget her from Reginald after all —ho! ho! tachments, but confess to some scepticism that's a comfort ! »
as to their real existence. It is in your Seymour seemed to acknowledge the ac- power either to remove or to confirm my curacy of this analysis by his confused si- doubts—yet let not your conclusion be inlence, and Reginald added sarcastically: fluenced by any expectation of being sub
“How remarkably disinterested all this sequently released from the promise, if it was! O, it is the easiest thing in the be made.” world to be careful of another's welfare, if “ Hear me, then,” exclaimed Seymour, you believe it coincident with your own. “ I promise—but there shall be no further When loving one's neighbor as one's self, misapprehension. Tell me, precisely, what comes to be identical with loving one's it is you propose. neighbor in one's self, charity truly will “This," said the other ; “We, Lawgreatly abound.”
rence Seymour, and Reginald Ander, muSeymour had now recovered his speech. tually agree and promise to each other, You are not in love, sir,
never to marry Matilda Chesley; and “ That is to say,” interrupted Reginald, though one of us should die, the survivor “I am not disinterested; very well, go on, is still to hold himself bound upon his honor sir, if you please; it is proper to have terms to adhere to this engagement. Do you exactly defined."
assent ?" The Englishman was a little disconcert- “I do,” said Seymour, in a low tone. ed, but continued. “What I mean is,
” said Reginald," the covenant Mr. Ander, that as you are no lover you is ratified, solemnly, irrevocably.”
Resisting all Reginald's earnest solicita- quishment of Miss Chesley, and of the tions that he would remain and partake of terms of the agreement between himself the hospitalities of the mansion, Seymour and Seymour. withdrew in a state of mind scarcely more Rennoe's gratification was evident from calm than that which had impelled his his countenance, and he declared in words : visit.
“ You will hardly believe me, Reginald, Next morning, Reginald had an inter- yet it is sober truth, that this conclusion view with Matilda. He said to her in his gives me even more pleasure, coming as it abrupt way—“Miss Chesley, I have satis- does from your voluntary motion, than it fied myself that if you were to become my would if it were the consequence of my wife, it would be at such a constraint upon own strenuous exertions. You are not one your affections as must endanger your fu- to stop at half-way measures ; and this deture peace and contentment~ I therefore cision, I now feel assured, is the forerunner relinquish altogether, the perhaps pre- of another; of one whose importance the sumtuous hopes which I have entertained.” world must acknowledge, and whose con
Matilda was about to make her grateful sequences wilz.be recorded by history." acknowledgments, but he continued with- Come, let us walk,” said Reginald. out pause—“Give me no credit for this The young man led his companion act--it deserves none-I prosecuted my through the garden at the rear of the purpose unremittingly, till an obstacle in- dwelling to a wide common, in which the terposed, which it does not become me to bastard-pine had sprung up, and even in contend against. But for that obstacle, I that early day attained considerable size. should have persevered—though at the Reginald pursued his course briskly and hazard of committing a great wrong. confidently through the mazes of a labyThank me not for my forbearance, since it rinth, more perplexing than that of Deproceeds from no regard for your happi- dalus. Rennoe, as he found all his care
I was selfish at the first, and remain scarcely adequate to preserve his face from selfish to the last. Yet Matilda—at this the spring burs, which every shrub eagerly moment, and to you, I will say it—what threw across his path, wondered in silence ever was the object which first impelled what were the charms of scenery that the me to seek your hand, a deeper and strong other had found to attract him. Finally er feeling has since sprung up in my breast they came to a low, worn fence, which en-a feeling which others have not given me closed a little bubbling spring, a cabbage credit for and of whose depth and strength patch, three peach trees, and a cabin, fifI myself have not till now been fully con- teen feet by ten, constructed of logs, well scious. My memory will never excite in daubed with mud, and covered by great you, Matilda, any sentiment of tenderness; rude shingles, whose thickness bid defiance it is more than probable that, when you to nails, and which were kept in place by know all, you will learn to hate it ; yet be the superincumbent weight of numerous assured that Reginald Ander loved you stones and oaken poles. At the door sat a truly, devotedly, jealously—though he black woman, whose hair, as it appeared never babbled nor ranted of his love." from beneath the edges of her
On his return home, Reginald, did not erally white as the driven snow; and a see Rennoe until they met at the dinner- crutch which leaned against the wall at her table. When the meal was over, the young side, showed that she labored under other host said, “Well, my dear sir, how pros- infirmities, than those which are the legitper Mr. Seymour's affairs ? Has your as- imate attendants of age. She was neatly sistance been of much avail ?"
clad, and her countenance, though bearing “Of none, whatever," answered Rennoe, the characteristic marks of her race, indifrankly.
cated considerable intelligence. “ Perhaps,” said Reginald, “you wish Reginald, leaning his arm upon the fence, a longer trial?”
drew her into conversation. In the course “No. I have already done everything of it, Rennoe observed, “You must lead that, as a Christian I dare."
a dreary life out in this dreary wilderness, Reginald rewarded this confession of his my good lady. Few visitors are apt to pierce triumph, with information of his relin- through a thicket as you have around you."
cap, was lit
“ It has not long been so,” she answer- Is it not the soul which moves ? ed. “The day Master Reginald was born, the company of Jesus is the soul of the I could see the mansion plain from here; world; all the rest of mankind are but its and I can remember in the time of the first limbs and external instruments." Master Reginald; that's the son of Wri- “Power---power-" repeated the youth. othesly—when as fine tobacco was growing “Yes,” said Rennoe,“ does not that on it, as ever was raised anywhere, I sup- content you ?"
“At least,” Reginald answered, “it “Indeed! Does your memory extend might tempt, if it failed to satisfy—but I thus far? Your age, then, without your have brought you here, to inform you of a other ailments, would prevent you from resolve already made. Released from all going abroad much."
ties here, I am about to enter upon a new “ Its five-and-forty years, sir,” answer- and graver scene, and one so important, ed the woman, “ since I have been outside that it demands from me an earnest prepaof that fence."
ration. I want an instructor. There are “Of course,” said Rennoe, "you have two in view ; one, whose great natural abilsomebody to nurse you."
ities have been developed to the utmost“No, sir ; I'm thankful I haven't yet a man learned as few are learned, yet, at come to stand in want of that. I've al- the same time thoroughly versed in practiways had good masters to give me my meal cal affairs.' The other teacher, very far and bacon, and firewood, and the garden inferior in natural endowments, is destitute truck I can raise myself"
besides of all the pretensions to the wis“But are you not lonely ?”
dom of the schools. The first is Simon Ren“How can I be, when I have this ?" noe, the ablest of the Jesuits—the other As she spoke she lifted a much worn Bi- Judith, the old woman who exists in yonble, from her lap. “Well, indeed, may I der hovel ; and of the two, I mean to choose thank God for this affliction, for it is only Judith.” since it laid me up in a manner useless, Rennoe's fine features were expressive that I have learned to read the good message of intense scorn, as he replied, “And has which He has sent to all his servants; and Reginald Ander sunk to this ? what a blessed thing it is that by his mer- "Before you pronounce judgment,” said cifulness, the crippled can hope for as good the young man, “hear me. My mother wages as the strongest.?
had three brothers, and a sister. They all They conversed long with the old wo died prematurely of the same disease. Her man, and could not fail to observe both father died of it also. The disease is one, her thorough acquaintance with the Holy whose characteristic it is to be hereditary. Scriptures, and her unwavering faith in the Seven years ago, I became aware of the promises which they contain. After that, fate which menanced me, and since then, Reginald led the way down along the little that disease has been the subject of my branch, till the cabin was quite out of view, study. Every medical work of eminence then turning around he addressed his com- relating to it has been mastered. Withpanion thus : “You know, sir, that some out the knowledge of guardians or teachmonths ago I determined to defeat and ers, I have personally consulted the most humble Laurence Seymour; that object is distinguished physicians. I have learned now accomplished, and my mind is open what preventive measures were advisable, for another. I have resigned Miss Ches- and how to estimate every symptom which ley, and with her the hope of domestic should arise. Some weeks ago, in fording happiness ; is not this a good deal ? Yet a run near Reveltown, I got wet, and could you are not satisfied, and would have me not afterwards change my clothing. That resign more ; my fortune and my personal exposure gave my constitution à shock, independence ; tell me what recompense which afforded an opportunity for my lurkyou can promise in return for such sacri- ing enemy to show his power. I know that fices."
there is in medicine nothing which can re“ It is summed up in one word, Regi- move the grasp of death which is laid upon nald-power.
Look at me; how am I me. I can almost count up to you with able to raise this arm; to extend this foot ? the certainty of an astronomical calcula
tion, the very number of hours that re- than I would give to win to the service of main.”
the company any other mind, that fifty Perhaps,”
,” said Rennoe, “ the case is years intercourse with the world has made not so hopeless as you imagine, and let it me acquainted with ; yet that space of be as it may, you cannot do better than to time, Reginald, I would give thrice over to unite yourself with our order. Should win thee." your fears prove, as I hope and believe, In the walk home, Rennoe observed, "I destitute of sufficient ground, you will now understand the full force of your agreehave before you the grandest field which ment with the Englishman.” earth can offer to a vigorous
penetra- “Yes,” said Reginald, “and was it not ting intellect; should, alas the worst result a most admirable measure ? How foolish follow, you will have every advantage of it would have been in me to have made enlightened spiritual preparation." Matilda a wealthy widow for Seymour's
« Such arguments," said Reginald, benefit? The fellow luckily was unaware would once have had weight, but I tell you, of the predicament in which I was placed, Simon Rennoe, that the sight of death, and now, though on the point of death, I standing upon the threshold, works a won- can enjoy the satisfactory reflection that derful change in the estimation which we Seymour can derive no advantage from his place upon the things both of this world survivorship.” and of the next. Within a period of less “ And is this,” said Rennoe,
16 the dethan four revolutions of the moon, I, who vout frame of mind which your dusky Saint now stand before you, will be- can you yonder would inculcate ?" tell me where? That old crippled being “Oh,” answered the other composedly, yonder, has endured for nearly half a cen- as you are not my spiritual adviser, give tury, misery which Zeno and Seneca would yourself no uneasiness about the matter : have confessed intolerable ; yet she is at indeed, on the whole I do not think I shall this moment happier than you are. In ig- trouble even Judith with it—my connorance as gross as can be conceived, of science and I can settle this question unasall human lore, she can yet explain the sisted.” grounds of her faith, in terms fixed, clear, Next day, the Jesuit, in accordance with consistent, rational, sublime. You, Simon the intention he had declared, started from Rennoe, know everything but the Bible Anderport on his way to Europe. A few
she knows nothing but the Bible. hours after, there was another departure, For five years I have been a diligent pupil Seymour's, who went to prosecute his minin your school ; during the few months ing speculations. which remain to me, I mean to take lessons Reginald remained, and, with the indomof her."
itable firmness which characterized him, “Let me know, Reginald,” said the Je- calmly watched the measured approach of suit, " whether this is your settled pur- death. For months he made daily visits pose.
to old Judith, and, it is to be hoped, deriv“ It is," answered the other, “and you ed benefit from her serious and faithful admay therefore abandon altogether those monitions. Before the close of winter he hopes which have made you my companion was confined to the house, soon after to his to America. Yet I shall be pleased to chamber, and finally to his bed. Now, for have you remain as long at the mansion the first time, the rumor spread abroad that
find agreeable ; can I not indeed the mansion was like to lose its master, persuade you to listen with me to Judith's Reginald during all that fearful interval pious teachings ?”
had kept the secret locked in his own “You must excuse me,” said Rennoe, breast. Giving way to no grief himself, he smiling ironically, “I would prefer to sit was too proud to desire the condolence of at the feet of a somewhat different Gama- others. He yearned not for the comfort liel. As you
have made your determina- which man is able to bestow. tion, however, I know you well enough not Spring, therefore, was near at hand beto attempt to change it. To-morrow fore Laurence Seymour heard of the conmorning, therefore, I shall bid you farewell. dition of his former rival. Ever since the I have already devoted to you more time evening of the memorable agreement, he