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The Good VICAR : A Sequel to The Mill, a Tale, by M. Marmontela
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tered her but little ; and among twenty The FOURTH STORY.
rivals, whem 1 faw timidly eager to T was at a small IT.
their court, one alone sometimes Olympia, that I was happy my- obtained the favour of a smile, òr that felf, the whole of that summer, the of a look kindly prolonged. This lait, alas ! that your father was to was young Henry, my tenant's eldest pass in the place he was fo fond of. son, the pattern of the village for all
These words were followed by a the virtues of his way of life, of which silence of a few moments, and diffused he had the noblest idea. I had seen a cloud of sorrow over the whole com- him sometimes at work, and he seemed pany.
Olympia, who perceived it, proud of holding the plough. You was desirous of dispelling it, and con- would have said that he commanded tinued thus :
the earth to be fruitful; and when he My daughter told you that Susan came home, fitting on his wa gon had two children ; her foster-brother, loaded with sheaves, with his head
Mar lin, the mott sprightly lad in erect, and an exulting look, you would the village, and Louisa his elder sister. have said that he thought himself on Louisa was pretty, with an air of in- the throne of plenty. M. de Verval nocence and candour that bespoke the esteemed him, and often congratupurity of her soul. An artist, who lated his father on having such a son. should wish to paint ingenuousness, Vincent,' said he, ; would give it the same look. It was worthy man, and a good farmer; easy to see that the idea of dislimula- but your son will be quite as good, tion was a stranger to Louisa ; no de- man as you.'-On this eulogium the ceit had tarnished her happy disjoi- modest and serious Henry would caft tion; and the truth, fitting on her down his eyes, and then look proudly lips, seemed only to wait for her up again.-Such was Louisa's lover. breath to make its escape. Of all the It was soon whispered about, that different kinds of beauty, this is, in Louisa's choice was made in her heart, my opinion, the most touching. And, and that Henry would be preferred. indeed, Louisa made many a con- The report found its way to me, and quest, when the appeared in the vil. I sent for Lousa. lage of Verval.
. My good girl,' said I, 'I am told I gave a dance every Sunday, in that your modefty, your good difpothe court-yard before the castle ; and fition, and your tender attentions to in the midit of the young people drawn your parents, have endeared you to thither by the music, Louisa, without all the village, and make every moperceiving that she was remarked, at- ther wish to see you the wife of her tracted every eye.
But her amiable fon.'— They are very good to think modelly made even her rivals parlon of me,' ansiyered the. - But, Louisa, her the glory of eclipsing their charms; should you not be pleased to render for envy is not always to unjust as we one of these mothers happy ??- Next believe; the advantages that hurt her to my own, madam, the whose welare most commonly those that are fare I desire the most is the worthy oftentatiously displayed. Far from Augustina, your tenant's wife. She availing herself of her's to humble her is 10 kind to ine !'-“I am very glad companions, Louisa seemed to forget of it. And her hulband?' Ah! The' was present, and to give up to madam, what an excellent man i'others the homage addresled to her- '• They have a daughter about your self. It is true, all this homage fiut- age? Yes, madam, Cecilia; the
is my most intimate friend.'-'She ripen it, and render it better. Th has a brother, who, although very truth is, fir,' added Baptist, that Vinyoung, is already a deserving man' cent, before he marries his son, wants
Yes, madam,' very deserving in- to be sure of a new lease. He fees deed'-and at these words two beau- that the rents rise considerably all over tiful roses bloomed upon her cheeks. the country, and thinks that you are "I am told, Louisa, that he has also going to raise that of your farm. He a very high opinion of you?'-“I has ill-wishers who will not fail to bid think he has, madam; and I believe over him, and that makes him unit.'- But, Louisa, fo much esteein easy.'-' Vincent ought to know,' at your time of life cannot be far faid M. de Verval, “that I am no Jew;' from love?No, madam, it is not - And the next day he was convinced far to be sure ; and, as soon as our of it, parents will permit us, we are well "Well,' said my husband to the disposed to love çach other. And farmer, “is the crop promising?' are your parents acquainted with your It promises fair,' said Vincent, but way of thinking - Certainly ma- it is so often deceitful! Sometimes, dam; I told it to my mother. I the eve of a noble harvest, comes a never conceal any thing from her. storm, or a shower of hail, and lays And he, the very third time we danced every thing waste. « Indeed the poot together in the court-yard of the farmer, after a world of labour, very caitle, intrusted his secret to his fa-' often reaps but little benefit.'-Howe ther ! Ah! father,' said he, throw, ever, replied M. de Verval, the ing his arm round his neck, look at price of leases gets higher, and I that young woman, she will be your hope the one we are going to renew-' daughter-in-law, or you will never Ah! sir, spare us, pray! you have one.' The good father looked are just and good! You have enat me with a smile, and answered, riched one worthy family; do not « There is no hurry; wait a few har, ruin another, which has ever served vests, and we will see about it.'- you faithfully!'--' You mean Baptist, ? And what does Susan think of it: my miller,' said my husband ; and you • That I am not rich enough; and remind me that his daughter and your that Vincent will expect a fortune for fon are fond of each other:'--'Yes,' his son.'-'You say, however, that said the good farmer; . but how can Henry has declared he will have no I venture to expose our children to wife but you ?'Yes; but it his fa- the misfortune of having children ther commands, he mult obey, and I themtelves, when we have nothing myself will make him. Should I not certain i'- You talk like a good faobey my father and mother, if they ther and a wise man,' replied the chose to dispose of me !'
count. But, Vincent, if a new leate I was well satisfied, as you may for nine years insured you my farm, suppose, with this conversation, and at the rate of the present lease; and if repeated it to M. de Verval. " Leave another, for Louila's portion, insured me,' said he, to set on foot the ne- it you for nine years more, at the gociation. I will first speak to Bap- same rate ?'-- Moit generous of men,' tift. He went to see him at his mill. exclaimed the farmer, dispose of my
Baptist,' said he, “do you know that son. The lease, and the marriageyour daughter and my tenant's fon articles, I will sign together.' have a great affection for each other?' Every thing is settled," said the
- Yes, indeed,' faid Baptist, 'I count to me, on his return. “I have told the farmer fo, and he made anf- the promise of both fathers; and, to wer, that love at their time of life obtain it, I only promised what I would keep; and that two or three should have done at any rate. I had years, instead of spoiling it, would certainly no inclination to add my
avarice to that of earth, which al- there is no more chearfulness for me. ready se'ls its productions so dearly to They like to see me fad; for it is not
farmers. But, fince it is a my fault: I am as much inclined to favour to let them remain in easy cir- be g!y as any body.!But what is cumstances, I thought I might im- it that attiets you?'- Why, madam, prove my farz by making the young my fifter is going to be married : couple happy.
every body tries to make her happy ; My daughter went instantly to carry and I am flighted and forgotten ; 1, the news to Susan; but Vincent had who am mits Juliet's foller-brother. been beforehand with her; and Juliet Ah! madam, it affects me much to found the two families asiembled at fee my sister rob me of all your
kind. the mill; the two lovers gazing on nefs !'--No, Marcellin, you shall each other, with the tear of tender- have your turn. But you are so very nefs and joy ftanding in their eyes; young'-- Yes, I am young: so they the fathers shaking hands, the mothers are for ever telling me; but muit one kissing each other, and Marcellin alone be old to be married? You know, in a corner, sad and pensive, looking madam, that I am nine months older at Cecilia, who leaned her head on than miss Juliet. And then ask every Louisa's shoulder, and did not dare to body if, from morning till night, in Jook at Marcellin..
the vineyard, at the mill, and every My daughter was ftruck by this where else, I don't work like a man. picture, and came and described it to 'I am not taken for a child, when I me. - Here is another marriage to handle the spade, or when I lift a make up,' said I, • but it does not fack of wheat like a feather.'-'I require so much hafte ; for Marcellin know that you are industrious, and a is only seventeen.'
great help to your father.'- My, faThe next day, Susan came to throw ther? Why, he might foon give over herself at my feet, and faid to me, work if my mind were but at eafe. after the effufion of her gratitude ;- If you did but know, madam, how
Madam, can you believe it? My sorrow steals away strength! And joy, however great at this moment, when I have lost my health and spirits, is not free from pain. That little who will assist my poor father? And wretch Marcellin, is grieved to see my mother! Confider, madam, when his fifter married before him. ' If all her daughter leaves her, the will be that is wanting is to be in love, he is, all alone, and a llave to the house. he says, a thousand times more fo Whereas, if the had a young daughterwith Cecilia, Henry's fifter, than in-law, who would be there like a Henry is with his fifter Louisa. At daughter, she would have nothing to * first I laughed at him; but he told do but give her orders: Cecilia, take me, that instead of laughing, I ought care of the sheep; Cecilia, cut some to weep, at feeing the aMiction of lettuce ; Cecilia, carry the milk and poor Marcellin, who is so fond of his cream to the castle; do this, do that, father and mother; and then, burst- first one thing and then another, and ing into tears, he returned to his Cecilia obedient, kind, and ready to work.'
obey her! And I, coming home “We must console him,' said I. from work in the evening, and findLet him bring me my cream to- iing an agreeable wife to make me morrow morning.'
forget my fatigue, who would say to He came; but fo pale, and so cast me:-"Come, my dear, come and down, that I could not help pitying rest yourself by my side."-What haphim.-'Is it you, Marcellin ?' faid piness! what a difference ! the very I, “I am glad to see you, But you thought makes my heart leap within do not look so chearful and contented me. It is Cecilia then, the faras usual. No, madam,' said he, mer's daughter, that you would wish
to give your mother as a companion?' Marcellin is very young.'- Never - Yes, madam, who else should it mind the envious and jealous ; youth be?'-'I had never heard that you is not a vice, Marcellin is an honeft were fond of Cecilia.' _. Oh! that I lad; he is industrious, and that is what can easily believe, Who thinks of we want for housekeeping. Hark’ee, me? Who speaks in my favour? Vincent, if you like, I'll do the same “You made a secret of it perhaps :' for him I did for Henry, I will grant • Oh, no; I told it the whole village.' a lease for Baptist's and his son's life
- And does Cecilia feel the same of the little effate of the cascade, and inclination for you?'— The fame! your daughter will be as snug as can no; but it is beginning. In the first be, and the mill will be peopled with a place, every time the fees me pass by race of little millers.' - Why, mathe farm-yard, the gives me a little dam ; I would lay a wager that the friendly nod, Where are you go- two fathers would consent, and thank ing, Marcellin ? Where do you come his honour.'— You plead your cause from ?'-You will suppose, madam, admirably,' said I, Go, and depend that she does not beltow this favour upon it, I'll speak in on every body. And then the name • He is in the right,' said my
husof Marcellin has so soft and sweet a band, when I related this scene to found in her mouth! You would say him: "the lease for life is exactly that her lips took a pleasure in pro- what I purposed; and I intend that nouncing it. Oh! if love be not the mill shall descend as an inheritance come on her as yet, am sure it is from father to son. This will be a not far off. Besides, that's my busi- very easy way to make two people ness. Let her but be mine, and leave happy: it will cost me nothing but the the rest to me. I love her so much, wedding dinner. You, madam, will that it would be hard if I should. not please to provide wedding clothes for make her love me.'--' But, Mar- the brides; and you, my daughter, çellin, Cecilia is two years older than when your mother chooses those of you.'-' So much the better, madam, Cecilia, recollect that Marcellin was The will have prudence enough for weaned af nine months old.' both.'--' Her father will not easily The lease was signed the text day; consent to her taking so young a hui- but the celebration of the marriage band.'-! Yes, that's what my mo was deferred for a few days, for a ther says. But if his honour pleafes, reason, that was made a mystery of three words would be enough. Madam, if I was in his place, I would At these words the Vicar of the fend for the two fathers, and I would village, who was present, wanted to fay to my miller:-Baptist, are you retire ; but Olympia stopped him, fatisfied with your
son Marcellin - and continued her narration. • Yes, your honour,' would say my fa The two brothers and the two fifters ther : the boy promises to turn out were united at the same altar, and at well : he works with a good will, has the same hour. The wedding dinner no vices; knows his duty to his pa- was dressed at the castle : we invited rents, and what a man's duty is to his the whole village ; and the sight of wife and chłidren : the boy would not the happiness of the two bridegroons make a bad husband.'-. And you, and the two families was the least afVincent,' I would say, don't you fecting part of the scene, think of marrying your daughter soon? This good old man had just given Here's a son-in-law at hand for you: them the nuptial benediction: he fat truck for truck, the boys and the girls, between the two mothers; their nothing can be fairer; and the two daughters were next to them, and marriages will make but one wedding. Opposite were the two bridegscoms What lay you?! Ah! your honour, each by the side of his father. As
to us all,
soon as every body had taken their were affected at this speech. Let him places, and we had drawn round the if possible live fifty years longer, exhall table, (for the company was nu- claimed they: the holy man, the merous) Vincent arole with rustic dig- worthy and honest paftor, who never nity that inspired respect, and pro- did any thing but good. nowiced these words-
« Ah, madam! stop, I beseech My friends, this happy day, which you ;' said he. - No, I will tell all. two good fathers have chosen to unite More affected himself than you fee their children, is not only a festival him at present, (for this is only a refor the two families, but for the whole membrance) the good old man was village; it is a fellival for us all. It lost as it were in the expression of his is now nifty years since our good paftor, humble gratitude. He covered his this venerable man, our friend, the face with both his hands, and torrents friend of our fathers, who has feen us of tears ílreamed from his eyes. From almost all born, and who has since time to time he looked up to heaven, watched over us like a good and faith-, either to offer up a tribute of praise, ful shepherd; it is now fifty years or to recommend his children to its jince he came tò take charge of his protection. flock; and in the space of so many This unexpected incident made such years he has not let a day pass with- an impression on every mind, that the out doing good. Arbitrator and con- new married couple forgot themselves. ciliator of all the differences of the The parents thought no longer of parith, and of each family, he has their children. Susan looked now appeased a thousand disputes, and ex- and then at Louisa ; but it was to recited none : he has put a flop to a mark her sensibility at the triumph of thousand law suits, and never had one virtue. As for me, my emotions were in his life : the unfortunate never had so strong, that I do not think I ever a more tender friend to console, nor experienced in my life a moment of the poor a better father to relieve more lively 'or more delightful happithem. In short, it is now fifty years. ness; and if the violins had not that his lessons and his examples teach brought back gaiety and awakened us to live like friends and honest men. mirth, every one would have retired It is his love for us : it is our love weeping from the wedding. But the for him, it is this kind of religious Vicar was the first to drink the health and holy alliance, which is renewed of the brides and bridegrooms, and of to-day; it is to the wedding of the the fathers and mothers; nor did he parish that you are invited. May it forget ours. Wine exhilarated our it draw down heaven's blessing upon spirits, singing made the scene ftill our children's marriage.'
more gay and animated, and when I cannot express to you how much we rose from table a dance completed the whole village and we ourselves the revolution.
History of the Siege and DestrucTION of JERUSALEM, with
Observations on Josephus' Account of that memorable. Event. [ Froin the Third Volume of the Abbé Mariti's Travels, just published. ]
S the time approached when the rather as tyrants than administrators i A
city of Jerusalem and the Jews and they had no power left but over were about to suffer purithment for the temple and the priesthood, which putting to death the Son of God, their they obtained as a favour from the afairs became every day worse and emperors. worie. They were already subjecied In the year 66 of the Christian æra, to Ronaa governors, who ruled them and the twelfth of the reign of Nero, 5