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“ I have thonght upon it, Matilda, till my head
is almost giddy-nor can I conceive a better plan Talk with a man out of a window !- a proper saying. than to make a full confession to my father. He
Much Ado about Nothing. | deserves it, for his kindness is unceasing; and I We must proceed with our extracts from Miss think I have observed in his character, since I Mannering's letters, which throw light upon natu have studied it more nearly, that his harsher feelral good sense, principle, and feelings, blemished ings are chiefly excited where he suspects deceit by an imperfect education, and the folly of a mis or imposition; and in that respect, perhaps, his judging mother, who called her husband in her character was formerly misunderstood by one who heart a tyrant until she feared him as such, and was dear to him. He lias, too, a tinge of romance read romances until she became so enamoured of in his disposition; and I have seen the narrative of the complicated intrigues which they contain, as a generous action, a trait of heroism, or virtuous to assume the management of a little family novel self-denial, extract tears from him, which refused of her own, and constitute her daughter, a girl of to flow at a tale of mere distress. But then, Brown sixteen, the principal heroine. She delighted in urges, that he is personally hostile to him - And petty mystery, and intrigue, and secrets, and yet the obscurity of his birth— that would be indeed a trembled at the indignation which these paltry stumbling-block. O Matilda, I hope none of your maneuvres excited her husband's mind. Thus ancestors ever fought at Poictiers or Agincourt! If she frequently entered upon a scheme merely for it were not for the veneration which my father atpleasure, or perhaps for the love of contradiction taches to the memory of old Sir Miles Mannering, - plunged deeper into it than she was aware-en I should make out my explanation with half the deavoured to extricate herself by new arts, or to
tremor which must now attend it." cover her error by dissimulation became involved in meshes of her own weaving, and was forced to
SEVENTH EXTRACT. carry on, for fear of discovery, machinations which “ I have this instant received your letter-your she had at first resorted to in mere wantonness. most welcome letter!—Thanks, iny dearest friend,
Fortunately the young man whom she so impru- for your sympathy and your counsels—I can only dently introduced into her intimate society, and repay them with unbounded confidence. encouraged to look up to her daughter, had a fund “ You ask me, what Brown is by origin, that his of principle and honest pride, which rendered him descent should be so unpleasing to my father. His a safer intimate than Mrs Mannering ought to have story is shortly told. He is of Scottish extraction; dared to hope or expect. The obscurity of his but, being left an orphan, his education was underbirth could alone be objected to him; in every | taken by a family of relations, settled in Holland. other respect,
He was bred to commerce, and sent very early to With prospects bright upon the world he came,
one of our settlements in the East, where his guarPure love of virtue, strong desire of fame;
dian had a correspondent. But this corespondent Men watched the way his lofty mind would take, was dead when he arrived in India, and he had no And all foretold the progress he would make.
other resource than to offer himself as a clerk to a But it could not be expected that he should re counting-house. The breaking out of the war, and sist the snare which Mrs Mannering's imprudence the straits to which we were at first reduced, threw threw in his way, or avoid becoming attached to a the army open to all young men who were disposed young lady, whose beauty and manners might have to embrace that mode of life; and Brown, whose justified his passion, even in scenes where these genius had a strong military tendency, was the first are more generally met with, than in a remote to leave what might have been the road to wealth, fortress in our Indian settlements. The scenes
and to choose that of fame. The rest of his history which followed have been partly detailed in Man- is well known to you ;- but conceive the irritation nering’s letter to Mr Mervyn; and to expand what of my father, who despises commerce (though, by is there stated into farther explanation, would be the way, the best part of his property was made to abuse the patience of our readers.
in that honourable profession by my great uncle), We shall
, therefore, proceed with our promised and has a particular antipathy to the Dutch-think extracts from Miss Mannering's letters to her with what ear he would be likely to receive profriend:
posals for his only child from Vanbeest Brown, Sixth EXTRACT.
educated for charity by the house of Vanbeest and I have seen him again, Matilda -- seen him | Vanbruggen! 0 Matilda, it will never do—nay, so twice. I have used every argument to convince childish am I, I hardly can help sympathising with him that this secret intercourse is dangerous to us his aristocratic feelings.
Mrg Vanbeest Brown! both----I even pressed him to pursue his views of The name has little to recommend it to be sure. fortune without farther regard to me, and to con
What children we are!" sider my peace of mind as sufficiently secured by the knowledge that he had not fallen under my
Eighth EXTRACT. father's sword. He answers- but how can I de “ It is all over now, Matilda! - I shall never tail all he has to answer? He claims those hopes have courage to tell my father-nay, most deeply as liis due which my mother permitted him to en do I fear he has already learned my secret from tertain, and would persuade me to the madness of another quarter, which will entirely remove tlie a union without my father's sanction. But to this, grace of my communication, and ruin whatever Matilda, I will not be persuaded. I have resisted, gleam of hope I had ventured to connect with it. I have subdued, the rebellious feelings which arose Yesterniglit, Brown came as usual, and his flageo, to aid liis plea;-yet how to extricate myself from let on the lake announced his approach. We had this unhappy labyrinth, in which fate and folly have agreed that he should continue to use this sigial. entangled us both!
These romantic lakes attract numerous visitors,
Nho indulge their enthusiasm in visiting the scenery apparently without having made any discovery. I at all hours, and we hoped, that if Brown were understand, that in consequence of his late disapnoticed from the house, he might pass for one of pointment, he means now to hire a house in the those admirers of nature, who was giving vent to neighbourhood of this same Ellangowan, of which liis feelings through the medium of music. The I am doomed to hear so much-he seems to think sounds might also be my apology, should I be ob- it probable that the estate for which he wishes may served on the balcony. But last night, while I was soon be again in the market. I will not send away eagerly enforcing my plan of a full confession to this letter until I hear more distinctly what are his my father, which he as carnestly deprecated, we intentions." heard the window of Mr Mervyn's library, which is under my room, open softly. I signed to Brown “ I have now had an interview with my father, to make his retreat, and immediately re-entered, as confidential as, I presume, he means to allow with some faint hopes that our interview had not me. He requested me to-day, after breakfast, to been observed.
walk with him into the library: my knees, Matilda, “ But, alas! Matilda, these hopes vanished the slook under me, and it is no exaggeration to say instant I beheld Mr Mervyn's countenance at break- I could scarce follow him into the room. I feared I fast the next morning. He looked so provokingly knew not what: from my childhood I had seen all intelligent and confidential, that, had I dared, I around him tremble at his frown. He motioned could have been more angry than ever I was in my me to seat myself, and I never obeyed a command life. But I must be on good behaviour, and my so readily, for, in truth, I could hardly stand. He walks are now limited within his farm precincts, himself continued to walk up and down the room. where the good gentleman can amble along by my You have seen my father, and noticed, I recollect, side without inconvenience. I have detected him the remarkably expressive cast of his features. once or twice attempting to sound my thoughts, His eyes are naturally rather light in colour, but and watch the expression of my countenance. He agitation or anger gives them a darker and more has talked of the Hageolet more than once; and has fiery glance; he has a custom also of drawing in his at different times made eulogiums upon the watch-lips, when much moved, which implies a combat fulness and ferocity of his dogs, and the regularity between native ardour of temper and the liabitual with which the keeper makes his rounds with a power of self-command. This was the first time loaded fowling-piece. He mentioned even man we had been alone since his return from Scotland, traps and spring-guns. I should be loath to affront and, as he betrayed these tokens of agitation, I had my father's old friend in his own house ; but I do little doubt that he was about to enter upon tho long to show him that I am my father's daughter, subject I most dreaded. a fact of which Mr Mervyn will certainly be con To my unutterable relief, I found I was misFineed, if ever I trust my voice and temper with taken, and that whatever he knew of Mr Mervyn's a reply to these indirect hints. Of one thing I am suspicions or discoveries, he did not intend to conecrtain - I am grateful to him on that account—he verse with me on the topic. Coward as I was, I has not told Mrs Mervyn. Lord help me, I should was inexpressibly relieved, though if he had really have had such lectures about the dangers of love | investigated the reports which may have come to and the night air on the lake, the risk arising from his ear, the reality could have been nothing to what colds and fortune-hunters, the comfort and conve his suspicions might have conceived. But though nience of sack-whey and closed windows!—I can my spirits rose high at my unexpected escape, I Dot help trifling, Matilda, though my heart is sad had not courage myself to provoke the discussion, enough. What Brown will do I cannot guess. I and remained silent to receive his commands. presume, however, the fear of detection prevents • Julia,' he said, “my agent writes me from Scothis resuming his nocturnal visits. He lodges at land, that he has been able to hire a house for me, an inn on the opposite shore of the lake, under the decently furnished, and with the necessary accomname, he tells me, of Dawson — he has a bad choice modation for my family, it is within three miles in names, that must be allowed. He has not left of that I had designed to purchase.' -Then he the army, I believe, but he says nothing of his pre- made a pause, and seemed to expect an answer. sent views.
• Whatever place of residence suits you, sir, “ To complete my anxiety, my father is re must be perfectly agreeable to me.' turned suddenly, and in high displeasure. Our • Umph - I do not propose, however, Julia, that good hostess, as I learned from a bustling conver- you shall reside quite alone in this house during sation between her housekeeper and her, had no the winter.' expectation of seeing him for a week; but I rather “ Mr and Mrs Mervyn, thought I to myself.
suspect his arrival was no surprise to his friend Mr • Whatever company is agreeable to you, sir,' I Blervyn. His manner to me was singularly cold answered aloud and constrained-sufficiently so to have damped 0, there is a little too much of this universal all the courage with which I once resolved to throw spirit of submission ; an excellent disposition in myself on his generosity. He lays the blame of his action, but your constantly repeating the jargon of being discomposed and out of Humour to the loss it
, puts me in mind of the eternal salaams of our of a purchase in the south-west of Scotland, on black dependents in tlie East. In short, Julia, I which he had set his heart; but I do not suspect know you have a relish for society, and I intend to his equanimity of being so easily thrown off
' its ba- invite a young person, the daugliter of a deceased lance. His first excursion was with Mr Mervyn's friend, to spend a few months with us. barge across the lake, to the inn I have mentioned. Not a governess, for the love of Ileaven, papa!' You may imagine the agony with which I waited exclaimed poor I, my fears at that moment totally his return - Had he recognised Brown, who can getting the better of my prudence. guess the consequence! lle returned, however, No, not a governess, Miss Mannering,' replied
the Colonel, somewhat sternly, but a young lady “ Yet my spirits, as perhaps will appear too from whose excellent example, bred as she has been manifest from this dialogue, have risen insensibly, in the school of adversity, I trust you may learn and, as it were, in spite of myself. Brown alive, the art to govern yourself.'
and free, and in England ! Embarrassment and “ To answer this was trenching upon too danger- anxiety I can and must endure. We leave this in ous grou so there was a pause.
two days for our new residence. I shall not fail • Is the young lady a Scotchwoman, papa ?' to let you know what I think of these Scotch in. • Yes'— dryly enough.
mates, whom I have but too much reason to believe Has she much of the accent, sir?'
my father means to quarter in his house as a brace • Much of the devil !' answered my father hastily: of honourable spies; a sort of female Rozencrantz do you think I care about a's and aa's, and i's and reverend Guildenstern, one in tartan petticoats, and ee's ?- I tell you, Julia, I am serious in the the other in a cassock. What a contrast to the somatter. You have a genius for friendship, that is, ciety I would willingly have secured to myself! I for running up intimacies which you call such'- shall write instantly on my arriving at our new (was not this very harshly said, Matilda ?)—Now place of abode, and acquaint my dearest Matilda I wish to give you an opportunity at least to make with the farther fates of her one deserving friend, and therefore I have resolved
“ Julia MAXXERING." that this young lady shall be a member of my family for some months, and I expect you will pay to her that attention which is due to misfortune and virtue.'
CHAPTER XIX. Certainly, sir. Is my future friend red-haired?'
Which sloping hills around enclose, “ He gave me one of his stern glances; you will
Where many a beach and brown oak grows, say, perhaps, I deserved it; but I think the deuce
Beneath whose dark and branching bowers,
Its tides a far-fam'd river pours, prompts me with teasing questions on some occa
By nature's beauties taught to please, sions,
Sweet Tusculan of rural ease! . She is as superior to you, my love, in personal appearance, as in prudence and affection for her WOOD BOURNE, the habitation which Mannering, friends.'
by Mr Mac-Morlan's mediation, had hired for a Lord, papa, do you think that superiority a re season, was a large comfortable mansion, snugly commendation ?-Well, sir, but I see you are going situated beneath a hill covered with wood, which to take all this too seriously: whatever the young shrouded the house upon the north and east; the lady may be, I am sure, being recommended by front looked upon a little lawn bordered by a grove you, she shall have no reason to complain of my of old trees; beyond were some arable fields, exwant of attention.'——(After a pause) — Has she tending down to the river, which was seen from any attendant? because you know I must provide the windows of the house. A tolerable, though oldfor her proper accommodation if she is without fashioned garden, a well-stocked dove-cot, and the one.'
possession of any quantity of ground which the "N --10-no--not properly an attendant— the convenience of the family might require, rendered chaplain who lived with her father is a very good the place in every respect suitable, as the adversort of man, and I believe I shall make room for tisements have it, “ for the accommodation of a him in the house.'
genteel family." Chaplain, papa? Lord bless us !'
Here, then, Mannering resolved, for some time Yes, Miss Mannering, chaplain; is there any- at least, to set up the staff of his rest. Though an thing very new in that word? Had we not a chap- East-Indian, he was not partial to an ostentatious lain at the Residence, when we were in India ?' display of wealth. In fact, he was too proud a 'Yes, papa, but you was a commandant then.' man to be a vain one. He resolved, therefore, to
So I will be now, Miss Mannering, in my own place himself upon the footing of a country gentlefamily at least.'
man of easy fortune, without assuming, or permitCertainly, sir, But will he read us the Church ting his household to assume, any of the faste which of England service?'
then was considered as characteristic of a nabob. “ The apparent simplicity with which I asked He had still his eye upon the purchase of Ellanthis question got the better of his gravity. • Come, gowan, which Mac-Morlan conceived Mr Glossin Julia, he said, “ you are a sad girl, but I gain no would be compelled to part with, as some of the thing by scolding you.— Of these two strangers, the creditors disputed his title to retain so large a part young lady is one whom you cannot fail, I think, of the purchase-money in his own hands, and his to love; -- the person whom, for want of a better power to pay it was much questioned. In that case term, I called chaplain, is a very worthy, and some Mac-Morlan was assured he would readily give up what ridiculous personage, who will never find out his bargain, if tempted with something above the you laugh at him, if you don't laugh very loud in- price which he had stipulated to pay. It may seem decd.'
strange that Mannering was so much attached to * Dear papa! I am delighted with that part of his a spot which he had only seen once, and that for character. But pray, is the house we are going to a short time, in early life. But the circumstances as pleasantly situated as this?'
which passed there had laid a strong hold on his • Not perhaps as much to your taste—there is imagination. There seemed to be a fate which conno lake under the windows, and you will be under joined the remarkable passages of his own family the necessity of having all your music within doors.' history with those of the inhabitants of Ellangowan,
“ This last coup de main ended the keen encoun and he felt a mysterious desire to call the terrace ter of our wits, for you may believe, Matilda, it his own, from which he had read in the book of quelled all my courage to reply.
heaven a fortune strangely accomplished in the
person of the infant heir of that family, and corre The fate of Dominie Sampson would have been sponding so closely with one which had been stri- deplorable had it depended upon any one except kingly fulfilled in his own. Besides, when once this Mannering, who was an admirer of originality; for thought had got possession of his imagination, he a separation from Lucy Bertram would have cercould not without great reluctance brook the idea tainly broken his heart. Mac-Morlan had given a of his plan being defeated, and by a fellow like full account of his proceedings towards the daughGlossin. So pride came to the aid of fancy, and ter of his patron. The answer was a request from both combined to fortify his resolution to buy the Mannering to know, whether the Dominie still posestate if possible.
sessed that admirable virtue of taciturnity by which Let us do Mannering justice. A desire to serve he was so notably distinguished at Ellangowan. the distressed had also its share in determining Mac-Morlan replied in the affirmative. “Let Mr him. He had considered the advantage which Julia Sampson know," said the Colonel's next letter, might receive from the company of Lucy Bertram," that I shall want his assistance to catalogue and whose genuine prudence and good sense could so put in order the library of my uncle, the bishop, surely be relied upon. This idea had become much which I lave ordered to be sent down by sea. I stronger since Mac-Morlan had confided to him, shall also want him to copy and arrange some paunder the solemn seal of secrecy, the whole of her pers. Fix his salary at what you think befitting. conduct towards young Hazlewood. To propose Let the poor man be properly dressed, and accomto her to become an inmate in his family, if distant pany his young lady to Woodbourne." from the scenes of her youth and the few whom Honest Mac-Morlan received this mandate with she called friends, would have been less delicate; great joy, but pondered much upon executing that bat at Woodbourne she might without difficulty be part of it which related to newly attiring the worinduced to become the visitor of a season, with thy Dominie. He looked at him with a scrutiniout being depressed into the situation of an humble zing eye, and it was but too plain that his present companion. Lucy Bertram, with some hesitation, garments were daily waxing more deplorable. To accepted the invitation to reside a few weeks with give him money, and bid him go and furnish himMiss Mannering. She felt too well, that however self, would be only giving him tie means of making the Colonel's delicacy might disguise the truth, his himself ridiculous; for when such a rare event arprincipal motive was a generous desire to afford rived to Mr Sampson as the purchase of new garher his countenance and protection, which his high ments, the additions which he made to his wardconnexions, and higher character, were likely to robe by the guidance of his own taste, usually render influential in the neighbourhood.
brought all the boys of the village after him for About the same time the orphan girl received a many days. On the other hand, to bring a tailor letter from Mrs Bertram, the relation to whom she to measure him, and send home his clothes as for had written, as cold and comfortless as could well a schoolboy, would probably give offence. At length be imagined. It enclosed, indeed, a small sum of Mac-Morlan resolved to consult Miss Bertram, and money, but strongly recommended economy, and request her interference. She assured him, that that Miss Bertram should board herself in some though she could not pretend to superintend a genquiet family, either at Kippletringan or in the tleman's wardrobe, nothing was more easy than to neighbourhood, assuring her, that though her own arrange the Dominie's. income was very scanty, she would not see her “At Ellangowan,” she said, “ whenever my poor kinswoman want. Miss Bertram shed some natu- father thought any part of the Dominie's dress ral tears over this cold-hearted epistle ; for in her wanted renewal, a servant was directed to enter mother's time, this good lady had been a guest at his room by night, for he sleeps as fast as a dorEllangowan for nearly thr years, and it was only mouse, carry off the old vestment, and leave the upon succeeding to a property of about £400 a new one ;--nor could any one observe that the year that she had taken farewell of that hospitable Dominie exhibited the least consciousness of the mansion, which otherwise might have had the ho change put upon him on such occasions." pour of sheltering her until the death of its owner. Mac-Morlan, in conformity with Miss Bertram's Lucy was strongly inclined to return the paltry advice, procured a skilful artist, who, on looking donation, which, after some struggles with ava at the Dominie attentively, undertook to make for rice, pride had extorted from the old lady. But on him two suits of clothes, one black, and one ravenconsideration, she contented herself with writing, grey, and even engaged that they should fit himthat she accepted it as a loan, which she hoped in as well at least (so the tailor qualified his entera short time to repay, and consulted her relative prise), as a man of such an out-of-the-way build upon the invitation she had received from Colonel could be fitted by merely human needles and shears. and Miss Mannering. This time the answer came When this fashioner had accomplished his task, in course of post, so fearful was Mrs Bertram that and the dresses were brought home, Mac-Morlan, some frivolous delicacy, or nonsense, as she termed judiciously resolving to accomplish his purpose by it, might induce her cousin to reject such a pro-degrees, withdrew that evening an important part mising offer, and thereby at the same time to leave of his dress, and substituted the new article of herself still a burden upon her relations. Lucy, raiment in its stead. Perceiving that this passed therefore, had no alternative, unless she preferred totally without notice, he next ventured on the continuing a burden upon the worthy Mac-Morlans, waistcoat, and lastly on the coat. When fully mewho were too liberal to be rich. Those kinsfolk, tamorphosed, and arrayed for the first time in his who formerly requested the favour of her company, life in a decent dress, they did observe, that the had of late, either silently, or with expressions of Dominie seemed to have some indistinct and emresentment that she should have preferred Mac- barrassing consciousness that a change had taken Morlan's invitation to theirs, gradually withdrawn place on his outward man. Whenever they observed their notice.
this dubious expression gather upon his counte
nance, accompanied with a glance, that fixed now acquainted. The moments, therefore, os suspense, upon the sleeve of his coat, now upon the knees of passed anxiously and heavily. bis breeches, where he probably missed some an At length the trampling of horses and the sound tique patching and darning, which, being executed of wheels were heard. The servants, who had alwith blue thread upon a black ground, had some ready arrived, drew up in the hall to receive their what the effect of embroidery, they always took care master and mistress, with an importance and emto turn his attention into some other channel, until pressement, which, to Lucy, who had never been his garments, " by the aid of use, cleaved to their accustomed to society, or witnessed what is called mould.” The oniy remark he was ever known to the manners of the great, had something alarmmake on the subject was, that the “ air of a town ing. Mac-Morlan went to the door to receive the like Kippletringan seemed favourable unto wear master and mistress of the family, and in a few ing apparel, for he thought his coat looked almost | moments they were in the drawing-room. as new as the first day he put it on, which was Mannering, who had travelled as usual on horsewhen he went to stand trial for liis licence as a back, entered with his daughter hanging upon his preacher."
arm. She was of the middle size, or rather less, but When the Dominie first heard the liberal pro- formed with much elegance; piercing dark eyes, posal of Colonel Mannering, he tumed a jealous and jet black hair of great length, corresponded and doubtful glance towards Miss Bertrani, as if with the vivacity and intelligence of features, in he suspected that the project involved their sepa- which were blended a little laughtiness and a little ration; but when Mr Mac-Morlan hastened to ex- baslıfulness, a great deal of shrewdness, and some plain that she would be a guest at Woodbourne for power of humorous sarcasm. “ I shall not like her," some time, he rubbed his huge hands together, and was the result of Lucy Bertram's first glance; " and burst into a portentous sort of chuckle, like that of yet I ratlier think I shall,” was the thought excited the Afrite in the tale of the Caliph Vathek. After by the second. this unusual explosion of satisfaction, he remained Miss Mannering was furred and mantled up to quite passive in all the rest of the transaction. the throat against the severity of the weather; the
It had been settled that Mr and Mrs Mac-Morlau Colonel in his military great-coat. He bowed to should take possession of the house a few days be- Virs Mac-Morlan, whom his daughter also acknowfore Mannering's arrival, both to put everything ! ledged with a fashionable curtsy, not dropped so in perfect order, and to make the transference of low as at all to incommode ler person. The Colonel Miss Bertram's residence from their family to his I then led his daughter up to Miss Bertram, and, as easy and delicate as possible. Accordingly, in taking the hand of the latter, with an air of great the beginning of the month of December the party kindness, and almost paternal affection, he said, were settled at Woodbourne.
Julia, this is the young lady whom I hope our good friends have prevailed on to honour our house with a long visit. I shall be much gratified indeed
if you can render Woodbourne as pleasant to Miss CHAPTER XX.
Bertram, as Ellangowan was to me when I first
came as a wanderer into this country.” A gigantic genius, fit to grapple with whole libraries. BOSWELL's Life of Johnson.
The young lady curtsied acquiescence, and took
her new friend's hand. Mammering now turned his The appointed day arrived, when the Colonel eye upon the Dominie, who had made bows since and Miss dannering were expected at Woodbourne. his entrance into the room, sprawling out his ley, The hour was fast approaching, and the little circle and bending his back like an automaton, whichi within doors had each their separate subjects of continues to repeat the same movement until the anxiety. Mac-Morlan naturally desired to attach motion is stopt by the artist. My good friend, to himself the patronage and countenance of a per- Mr Sampson," - said Mannering, introducing him son of Mannering's wealth and consequence. He to his daughter, and darting at the same time a rewas aware, from his knowledge of mankind, that proving glance at the damsel, notwithstanding he Mannering, though generous and benevolent, had had himself some disposition to join her too obvious the foible of expecting and exacting a minute com inclination to risibility—“ This gentleman, Julia, pliance with his directions. He was therefore rack is to put my books in order when they arrive, and ing his recollection to discover if everything had I expect to derive great advantage from his extenbeen arranged to meet the Colonel's wishes and sive learning.” instructions, and, under this uncertainty of mind, “I am sure we are obliged to the gentleman, he traversed the house more than once from the papa-and, to borrow a ministerial mode of giving garret to the stables. Mrs Mac-Morlan revolved thanks, I shall never forget the extraordinary counin a lesser orbit, comprehending the dining parlour, tenance he has been pleased to show us. - But, housekeeper's room, and kitchen. She was only Miss Bertram,” continued she hastily, for her faafraid that the dinner miglit be spoiled, to the dis- ther's brows began to darken,
we have travelled credit of her housewifely accomplishments. Even a good way, - will you permit me to retire before the usual passiveness of the Dominie was so far dinner?” disturbed, that he twice went to the window, which This intimation dispersed all the company save looked out upon the avenue, and twice exclaimed, the Dominic, who, having no idea of dressing but " Why tarry the wheels of their chariot?” Lucy, when he was to rise, or of undressing but when he the most quiet of the expectants, had her own me meant to go to bed, remained by himself, chewing lancholy thoughts. She was now about to be con the cud of a mathematical demonstration, until the signed to the charge, almost to the benevolence, of company again assembled in the drawing-room, and strangers, with whose character, though hitherto from thence adjourned to the dining-parlour. very amiably displayed, she was but imperfectly When the day was concluded, Mannering took