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One might suppose that the young lady's heart was inter- speaking to you." Yet Theodore seemed to be is no hurry ested, and that Theoclore was a far happier man than he to speak ; for there he stopped, and continued silent so long, imagined himself to be. The fact was neither more nor that Rosalie began to doubt whether he would opon his loss. Little Rosalie was proud of being called Theodore's lips again. wife, because she heard every body else speak in praise of “ Had we not better go in ?” said Rosalie. 5. I thiúk 1 him. Many a marriageable young lady had she heard de hear them breaking up.' clare-liot minding to speak before a child that Theodore « Not yet,” replied Theodore. was tlic finest young man in B; that she hoped Thco “ They'll miss us !” said Rosalie dore, would be at such or such a house where she was going “ What of that ?" rejoined Theodore. to dine, or spend the evening ; nay, that she would like to “ Nay," resumed the maid, “ we have remained long have a sweetheart like Theodore. Then would Rosalie in. enough, and at least allow me to go in." terpose, and with a saucy toss of her head exclaim, that no “ Stop but another minute, dear Rosalie !" imploringly body should have Theodore but Rosalie, for Rosalie was his exclaimed the youth. little wife. "Twas thus she learned to admire the face and « For what?” was the maid's reply. person of Theodore, who more than once paid for her ac 5 Rosalie,” without a pause resumed Theodore, you quired estimation of them; for sometimes before a whole used to sit upon my knee, and let me call you I wifes. Are room full of company she would march up to him, and those times passed for ever? Dear Rosalie ! will you never scanning him from head to foot, with folded arms, at length let me take you on my knee and call you wife again declare aloud, that he was the handsomest young man in “ When we have done with our girlhood, we have done B. Then Theodore was so kind to her, and thought with our plays,” said Rosalie. 80 much of any thing she did, and took such notice of her! “ I do not mean in play, dear Rosalie," cried Theodore. Often, at a dance, he would make her his partner for the “ It is not playing at man and wife to walk, as such, out of whole evening; and there was Miss Willoughby, perhaps, church, Will you marry me, Rosalie !!!!... or Miss Millar, sitting down, either of whom would have Rosalie was silent. given her eyes to stand up if only in a reel with Theodore. “ Will you marry me?" repeated he.

But when the summer of her seventeenth year beheld her Not a word would Rosalie speak. bursting into womanhood; when her expanding thoughts, “ Hear me !" cried Theodore. « The first day, Rosalie, froin a bounding, fitful, rill-like current, began to run á I took you upon my knee, and called you my wife, jest as deep, a broad, and steady, stream; when she found that she it seemed to be, my heart was never more in earnest That was almost arrived at the threshold of the world, and re- day I wedded you in my soul ; for though you were a child flected that the step which marks the female's first entrance I saw the future woman in you, rich in the richest attracinto it is generally taken in the hand of a partner-the tions of your sex. Nay, do me justice ; recall what you thought of who that partner might be, recalled Theodore yourself have known of me; inquire of others. To whom to her mind and her heart futtered as she asked herself did I play the suitor from that day? To none but you, the question should she ever be indeed his wife ?

although to you I did not seem to play it. Rosalie ! was When, this time, he paid his first visit, Rosalie was as

I not always with you ? Recollect now! Did a day pass, much mortified as be was. Her vexation was increased when I was at home, without my coming to your father's when she saw that he absented himself; she resolved, if house ? When there were parties there, whom did I sit possible, to ascertain the cause ; and persuaded her mother beside, but you? Whom did I stand behind at the piano to give a ball, and specially invite the young gentleman. forte, but you? Nay, for a whole night, whom have He came; she watched him ; obseryed that he neither in. I danced with, but you? Whatever you might have thought quired after her nor, sought for her; and marked the ex- then, can you believe now, that it was merely a playful child cellent terms that he was upon with twenty people, about that could so have engrossed me ? No, Rosalie ! it was whom she knew him to be perfectly indifferent. Women the virtuous, Igenerous, lovely, toving woman, that I saw have a perception of the workings of the heart, far more in the playful child. Rosalie ! for five years have I loved quick and subtle than we have. She was convinced that you, though I never declared it to you till now. all his fine spirits were forced, that he was acting a

think I am worthy of you ? Will you give yourself to part. She suspected that while he appeared to be occu. me? Will you marry me? Will you sit upon tuy kne pied with every body but Rosalie-Rosalie was the only again, and let me call you wife?" body that was running in his thoughts. She saw him with. Three or four times Rosalie made an effort to speak draw to the library ; she followed him: found him sitting but desisted, as if she knew not what to say, or was tinable down with a book in his hand ; perceived, from his man to say what she wished; Theodore still holding her hand. ner of turning over the leaves, that he was intent on any

At last, “ Aak my father's consent !" she exclaimed, and thing but reading; she was satisfied that he was thinking tried to get away; but before she could effect it

, stie was of nothing but Rosalie. The thought that Rosalie might clasped to the bosom of 'Theodore, nor released until tho one day indeed become his wife, now occurred to her for interchange of the first pledge of love had been forced from the thousandth time, and a thousand times stronger than her bashful lips !-She did not appear that night in the ever: a spirit diffused itself through her heart which had drawing-room again. never been breathed into it before; and filling it with hope

Theodore's addresses were sanctioned by the parents of and happiness, and unutterable contentment, irresistibly Rosalie. The wedding-day was fixed; it wanted btt a drew it towards him. She approached him, accosted him, fortnight to it, when a malignant fever'made its appeararite and in a moment was seated with him, hand in hand, upon in the town; Rosalie's parents were the first victims. She the sofa!

was left an orphan at eighteen, and her uncle, hy the moAs soon as the dance was done,._-"Rosalie," said Theo- ther's sile, who had been nominated her guardian in a will, dore, “ 'tis almost as warm in the air as in the room : will made several years, having followed his brother-in-law you be afraid to take a turn with me in the garden ?" and sister's remains to the grave, took up his residence' st

“I will get my shawl in a minute,” said Rosalie, “ and B meet you there;" and the maiden was there almost as soon

· Rosalie's sole cotisolation now was such as she received as he.

from the society of Theodore ; but Theodore soon wantel They proceeded arm-in-arm, to the farthest part of the consolation himself. His father was attacked by the rever garden ; and there they walked up and down without either and died, leaving his affairs, to the astonishment of every sceming inclined to speak, as though their hearts could dis one, in a state of the most inextricable embarrassmerit; for course through their hands, which were locked in one another. he had been looked upon as one of the wealthiest inhabi

“ Rosalie!" at last breathed Theodore. Rosalie!" tants of Bai-. This was a double blow to Theodore, but breathed he a second time, before the expecting girl could he was not aware of the weight of it till, after the interment summon courage to say “ Wells

of his father, he repaired, for the first time to ruumis his “I eannot go home to-night," resumed he, « without visits to his Rosalie

Do you

He was stepping up without ceremony to the drawing. exclaimed Theodore ; “I shall ask her to remain true to ruum, when the servant begged his pardon for stopping me for a year; and I'll go up to London, and maintain my. him, teiling him at the same time, that he had received in- self by my pen. It may acquire me famie as well as forstructions from his master to shew Theodore into the par- tune; and then I may marry Rosalie !" lour when &e should call.

This was a great deal of work to be done in a year: bnt * Was Miss Wilford there ?"

if Theodore was not a man of genius, he possessed a mind " Vo." Theodore was shewn into the parlour. Of all of that sanguine temperament, which is usually an'accomavare lraies, the liuman brate is the most pernicious and paniment of the richer gift. Before the hour of dinner alt revolting, because he unites to the evil properties of the in- | his plans were laid, and he was ready to start for London. rior animal the mental faculties of the superior one; and He waited now for nothing but a message from Rosalie, and then he is at large. A vicious-tempered dog you can muzzle as soon as the sweet girl could send it, it came to him. and rguster innocuons : but there is no preventing the hun appointed him to meet her in the green lane after sunset ; man dog that bites from fleshing his tooth; he is sure to the sun had scarcely set when he was there, and there, too, have it in omebody. And then the infliction is so im. was Rosalie. He found that she was Rosalie still. Fate Jefusura dls more severe the quick of the mind is so much bad stripped him of fortune; but she could not persuade Thute šertsitivo thau that of tlie body! Besides, the savage Rosalie to refuse him her hand, or her lip ; when, 'halfthat runs upon four legs is so inferior in performance to way down the lane, she heard a light quick step behind her, alm that walks upon two! "Tis he that knows how to and, turning, beheld Theodore. giawedi thave often thought it a pity and a sin that the Theodore's wishes, as I stated before, were granted soon mean who plays the dog should be protected from dying the as communicated ; and now nothing remained but to say Jatk of one. He should hang, and the other go free. good bye, perhaps the hardest thing to two young lovers.

4 Well, yormg gentleman !" was the salutation which Rosalie stood passive in the arms of Theodore, as he took Theodore received when he entered the parlour; and pray the fa retiell kiss, which appeared as if it would join his o bat brings you here?"

lips to hers for ever, instead of tearing them away. She Theodore was struck dumb; and no wonder.

heard her name called from a short distance, and in a half. * Your father, I understand, has died a beggar! Do you suppressed voice ; she started, and turned towards the di. think to warty my niece ?" If Theodore respired with dif- rectivn whence the pre-concerted warning came; she heard fculis before, his breath was utterly taken away at this. it again ; she had stopped till the last moment ! She had He was a young man of spirit, but who can keep up his half-withdrawn herself from Theodore's arms; she looked krart, when his ship, all at once is going down.

at him ; flung her own around him, and best into tears • The kuman dog went on “ Young gentleman, I shall upon his neck! In another minute there was nobody in be plain with you, for I am a straightforward man ; yommy the lane. Wouen should mate with their matches you are no match London is a glorious place for a man of talent to make Ar mag niece ; so a good morning to you !" How more in luis way in--provided he has extraordinary good luck. place to have wished him a good halter! Saying this, the Nothing but merit can get on there ; nothing is sterling straightforwan satago walked out of the rooin, leaving the that is not of its coinage. Our provincial towns won't betewide open that Theodore might have room for egress ; lieve that gold is gold unless it has been minted in Loti. nd steadily walked up stairs

don, There is no triekery there; no treating, no canvass. It was several miantes before he could recover his self-ing, no intrigue, no coalition ! There, worth has only to Friolinction. When he did so, he rang the bell.

shew itself if it wishes to be killed with kindness! Londori * Tell your niaster I wish to speak to him," said Tlco- wells the truth! You may swear to what it says, whatsoBu se to the servant who answered it. The servant went up (Ver may be proved to the contrary. The cause the cause 1rA after his master, and returned.

is every thing in London 1 Shew but your craft, and "I am sorry, sir," said he “ to be the bearer of such an straight your brethren come crowding around you, and if trans, but my master desires you instantly to quit the they find you worthy, why, you shall be brought into noleases and has commanded me to tell you he has given me tice, even though they should tell a lie for it and damn you. ani to aduit you again."

Never trouble yourself about getting on by interest in Lon. - wpist see Misz Wilford!" exclaimed Theodorc.

don! Get on by yourself. Posts are filled there by merit ; You cannot, sir!" respectfully remarked the servant ; or if the man suits not the office, why the ofice is made fra she is lorleed in her own rovin; but you can send a to adapt itself to the man, and so there is nnity after all ! Long to her," adual he in a whisper, “ and I will be the What a happy fellow was 'Theodore to find himself in such Status of it. There is not a servant in the house, Mr Theo- a place as London! L11 lut ja sorry for you to the soul."

He was certainly happy in one thing ; the coach in which This was so much in sasoil, and was so evidently spoken he came set hiun down at a friend's, whose circumstances from the heart, that Theodore could not help catching the were narrow, but whose heart was large--a curate of the mest fellow by the hand, Here the drawing-room belt Church of England. Strange that, with all the appurten. ***9 rang, violently,

ances of hospitality at its command, abundance should al. "I must go, sir," said the servant ; ~ what message to low it to be said, that the kindest welcome which adversity Es mistress"

usually meets with, is that which it receives from adversity. - Tell her to give me a meeting, and to apprize me of If Tbeodore found that the house was a cold one to what he Se time and place," said Theodore ; and the next moment had been accustomed, the warmth of the greeting made up Be oor was shut upon him.

for it. “ They breakfasted at nine, dined at four, and, if he One may easily imagine the state of the young fellow's could sleep upon the sofa, why there was a bed for him !" Ench To be driven with insult and barbarity from the in a day he was settled, and at his work. bote ia which he had been received a thousand tires with

And upon what did 'Theodore found his liopes of making Ymraesy and kindness which he looked upon as his owu ! a fortune, and rising to fame in London ? Upon writing That, what was to be done? Rosalie's uncle, after all, a play. At an early period he had discovered, as his tad full his nothing but the truth. His father had died friends imagined, a-talent for dramatic composition ; and the war. Dear as Rosalie was to Theodore, his own having rather sedulously cultivated that branch of litera:

de reviled at the idea of offering her a hand which was ture, le thought that he would now try his hand in one bold But the master of a shilling! Yet was not Theodore por- offort, the success of which should determine him as to his traleza. His education was finished; that terma le had future course in life. The plar was written, presented, and completed his collegiate studies. If his father had not left accepted; the performers were ready in their parts; the bizi forture, he had provided him with the means of mak- evening of representation came on, and Theodore, seated in ing me bikselfs utall events, of commanding a compe, the pit beside his friend, at last, with a throbbing heart, tence: Hejar the credit of being a young man of decided beheld the curtain rise. The first and second acts went of Freia tee.

"I will not offer Rosalie a beggar's hand !" | smoothly, and with appause.

Two gentlemen were placed immediately in front of “Not at all." Theodore. What do you think of it!" said the one to “ Why?" the other.

“ Because you have suceeeded. Look over the rest of * Rather tame," was the reply.

the journals,” continued his friend; k you may find salve. Will it suceed ?”

perhaps, for these scratches." “ Doubtful."

Theodore did so ; and in one or two instances salve, inThe third aet, however, decided the fate of the play; the deed, he fount ; but upon the whole he was in little dan. interest of the andience became so intense, that, at one par- ger of being spoiled through the praises of the pres ticular stage of the action, numbers in the second and third “ Why,” exclaimed Theodore, “why do not letters enlarge rows of the side boxes stood up, and the clapping of hands the soul, while they expand the mind? Why do they got was universal, imiermingled with cries of “bravo !" from make men generous and honest? Why is not every literevery part of the theatre. « 'Twill do," was now the re ary man an illustration of Juvenal's axiom 34 17** mark, and Theodore breathed a little more freely than he « Teach a dog what you may," rejoined his friend, " can had done some ten minutes ago. Not to be too tedions, the you alter his natúre, so that the brute shall not predomia. curtain fell amidst shouts of approbation, unmingled with ate ?" the slighest demonstration of displeasure, and the author “ No," replied Theodore. had not twenty friends in the house.

“ You are answered," said his friend. If Theodore did not sleep that night, it was not from in. The play had what is called a run, but not a decidal one. quietude of mind-contentment was his repose. His most Night after night it was received with the same enthusisanguine hopes had been surpassed ; the fiat of a London astic applauses; but the audiences did not merease. It was audience had stamped him a dramatist ; the way to fortune a victory without the acquisition of spoils or territory. was open and clear, and Rosalie would be his.

“ What can be the meaning of this ?" exclaimed Theo Next morning, as soon as breakfast was over, Theodore dore ; “ we seem to be moving, and yet do not advance au and his friend repaired to the coffee-room. “ We must see

inch !" what the critics say," remarked the latter. Theodore, with “ They should paragraph the play as they do a pantoprideful confidence the offspring of fair success_took up mine,” remarked his friend. “But then a pantomine is the first morning print that came to his hand. Theatre a expensive thing; they will lay ont one thousand pounds Royal met his eye.“ Happy is the successful dramatist !" | upon one, and they must get their money back Tlc exclaimed Theodore to himself;" at night he is greeted by same is the case with their melo-dramas; so, if you want the applause of admiring thousands, and in the morning to succeed to the height, as a play-wright, you know what they are repeated, and echoed all over the kingdom through to do." the medium of the press! What will Rosalie say when “ What?" inquired Theodore, her eye falls upon this !”_And what would Rosalie say “ Write melo-dramas and pantomines !" when she read the utter damnation of her lover's drama, Six months had now elapsed, and Theodore's purse, with which the critic denouuced from the beginning to the end, all his success, was rather lighter than when he first pulled without presenting his readers with a single quotation to it out in London. However, in a week two bills whah justify the severity of his strictures !

he had taken from his publisher would fall due, and that a 6,'Tis very odd !" said Theodore.

he would run down to B, and perhaps obtain an in“ 'Tis very odd, indeed!” rejoined his friend, repeating terview with Rosalic. At the expiration of the week his his words. “ You told me this play was your own, and bills were presented, and dishonoured! He repaired to ba here I find that you have copied it from half a dozen others publisher's for an explanation-the house had stopped that have been founded upon the same story."

Poor Theodore: They were in the Gazette that very day! “ Where ?" inquired Theodore, reaching for the paper. Theodore turned into the first coffee-room to look at a pa. “ There!” said his friend, pointing to the paragraph. per; there were, indeed, the names of the firm! «I defy

* And is this London !" exclaimed Theodore. “I never fortune to serve me a scurvier trick !* exclaimed Theodore, read a play, nor the line of a play upon the same subject. the tears half starting into his eyes. He little knew the Why does not the writer prove the plagiarism ?”

lady whose ingenuity he was braving.' “ Because he does not know whether it is or is not a pla He looked now at one side of the paper, and not at the giarism,” rejoined the other. “ He ie aware that several other, thinking all the while of nothing but the bills and other authors have constructed dramas upon the same pas- bankrupts' list. Splendid Féte at Bw met his eye, and sage in history; and to draw the most charitable infer soon his thoughts were occupied with nothing but & ence, for you would not suspect him of telling a deliberate for there he read that the yonng lord of the manor having lie-he thinks you have seen them, and have availed your- | just come of age, had given a ball and supper, the forme self of them."

which he opened with the lovely and accomplished Mix “ Is it not the next thing to a falsehood," indignantly Rosalie - The grace of the fair couple was expatiated exclaimed Theodore, “ to advance a charge, of the justoess upon; and the editor took occasion to hint, that a pair of which you have not assured yourself ?"

formed by nature for each other might probably, before long “I know not that,” rejoined his friend; “ but it cer- take hands in another, a longer, and more momentous dan tainly indicates a rather superficial reverence for truth ; and What did Theodore think of Fortune now! a disposition to censure, which excludes from claim to “O that it were but a stride to Bria!” he exclaim ingenuousness the individual who indulges it."

as he laid down the paper, and his hand droppedi perselis “ And this will go the round of the whole kingdom ?” at his side. He left the coffee-house and dreamed tis. u. “Yes."

back to his friend's. Gigs, carriages, cants rolled by hig “ Should I not contradict it?"

uniheeded; the foot-path was crowded, but he sw net “ No."

soul in the street. He was in the ball-room'at

Bath Why?”

looking on while the young lord of the manor handed “ 'Tis beneath you ; besides, the stamp of malignancy is Rosalie to lead her down the dance, through every figure so strong upon it, that, except to the utterly ignorant, it is which Theodore followed them with his eyes with some harmless ; and even these, when they witness your play nizing glance, scunning the countenance of his misiz themselves, as sometime or another they will, will remem- | Then the set was over, and he saw them walking arm-id ber the libel, to the cost of its author and to your advan-arm up and down the room ; and presently they were stand tage. I see you have been almost as hardly treated by this ing again; and now the ball was over, and he follow gentleman," continued he, glancing over the paper which them to the supper-room, where he saw the young lord Theodore had taken up when he entered the room. « Are the manor place Rosalie beside him. Then fancy cha! you acquainted with any of the gentlemen of the press ?” the scene from the supper-room to the church, at the alt

“No; and is it not thereforo strange that I should have of which stood Rosalie with his hnppy rival; and be hur cnemies among them!”

the questions and responses which forge the mystic that

seen.

That binds for life, and he saw the ring put on, and heard

Within a mile of B a' splendid barouche passed them the blessing, which announces that the nuptial sacrament is “ Whose is that ?" inquired Theodore. omplete! His hands were clenched; his cheek was in a “ The young lord of the manor," answered the driver,

Same a wish was rising in his throat—“ Good news for “ Did you see the lady in it ?" sasa yon," said some one clapping him on the back; “ a letter

« No." from Rosalie lies for you at home. Why are you passing 6 I caught a glimpse of her dress," said the driver. “I'll the house?" 'Twas his friend.

warrant she is a dashing one! The young squire, they say, " A letter from Rosalie !" exclaimed Theodore. Quickly has a capital taste!" Theodore looked after the carriage. be retraced his steps, and there on his table lay, indeed, the There was nothing but the road. The vehicle drove at a dear missive of his Rosalie.

rapid pace, and was soon out of sight. Theodore's heart ** Welconte, sweet comforter!" ejaculated Theodore, as turned sick. u ke kissed the cyphers which his Rosalie's hand had traced, The moment the coach stopped he alighted ; and with a

and the wax which bore the impress of her seal_" Welcome, misgiving mind he stood at the door which had often adO welcome! you come in time; you bring an ample solace mitted him to his Rosalie. 'Twas opened by a domestic

for disappointmentmortification, poverty-whatever my whom he had never seen before. « Was Miss Wilford c. evil destiny can inflict. You have come to assure me that within ?"_“ No."_“When would she return "__"Never. they cannot deprive me of my Rosalie !"

She had gone that morning to London to be married !" Bright was his eye and glistening while he spoke; but Theodore made no further inquiries, neither did he offer to trhen he opened the fair folds that conveyed to him the go, but stood glaring upon the man more like a spectre thoughts of his mistress, its radiancy was gone!

than a human being. “ Any thing more!" said the man, 6. THEODORE, 19

retreating into the house, and gradually closing the door, “ I am aware of the utter frustation of your hopes; through which now only a portion of his face could be I am convinced that at the end of a year you will not be a “ Any thing more?" Theodore made no reply; in step nearer to fortune than you are now; why then keep fact he had lost all consciousness At last, the shutting of ny kand for you? , What I say briefly, you will interpret the door, which, half from panic, half from anger,'the man fally. You are now the guardian of my happiness—as pushed violently to, aroused him. «I shall knock at you rach I address you. Thursday--so you consent—will be no more !” said he, and departed, pressing his heart with ny wedding day.

his hand, and moving his limbs as if he cared not how, or

« Rosalie." whither they bore him. A gate suddenly stopped his proSuch was the letter, upon the address and scal of which gress ; 'twas the entrance to the green lane. He stepped Theodore had imprinted a score of kisses before he opened it. over the stile he was on the spot where he had parted last * Fortune is in the mood," said Theodore with a sigh, so from Rosalie—where she had flung her arms abont his deeply drawn, that any one who had heard it would have neck and wept upon it. His heart began to melt, for the imagined he had breathed his spirit out along with it, first time since he had received her letter : a sense of suffo* Fortune is in the mood, and let her have her humour out! cation came over him, till he felt as if he would choke. The I shall answer the letter; my reply to her shall convey name of Rosalie was on his tongue ; twice lie attempted to what she desires...nothing more! she is incapable of enter. articulate it, but could not. At last it got vent in a con. ing into my feelings, and unworthy of being made acquaint- vulsive sob, which was followed by a torrent of tears. He ed with them ; I shall not condescend even to complain." threw himself upon the ground-he wept on-ho made no - ROSALIE,

effort to check the flood, but let it flow till furgetfulness # You are free!

stopped it.

" THEODORE." He rose with a sensation of intense cold. "Twas morn. Such was the answer which Theodore despatched to Ro- ing! He had slept ! *** Would that he had slept on!" He satie. O the enviable restlessness of the mind upon the first turned from the sun, as it rose without a cloud, upon the sbock of thwarted affection! How it turns every way for wedding morn of Rosalie. 'Twas Thursday. He repassed the solace which it feels it can no more meet with, except the stile ; and, in a few minutes, was on his road to Lonm the perfect extinction of consciousness. Find in it an don, which he entered about eleven o'clock at night, and kbedyne!--Fou cannot. A drug may close the eye for a straight proceeded to his friend's. They were gone to bed. time, but the soul will not sleep a wink; it lies broad “Give me a light," said Theodore, « I'll go to bed." awake to agony distinct, palpable, immediate; howsoever * Your bed is oceupied, Sir," replied the servant. maury may be cheated to lose for the present the traces of * Is it ?" said Theodore : "Well, I can sleep upon the the cause Then for the start, the spasm, the groan, which, carpet." "He turned into the parlour, drew a chair towards while the boily lies free, attest the presence and activity of the table, upon which the servant placed a light, and sat the mental rack! Better walk than go to sleep!--A heath, down. Al was quiet for a time. Presently he heard a without a soul but yourself upon it man ink-black sky, foot upon the stair. 'Twas his friend's who was descendpouring down torrents-wind, lightning, thunder, as though ing, and now entered the parlour. the vault above was crackling and disparting into frag * I thought you were a-bed," said Thcodorc. mental any thing to mount above the pitch of your own ** So I was," replied his friend, “ but hearing your voice solitudby and darkness, and tempest ; and overcome them, in the hall, T'rose and came down to you.” He drew a or attract and disert your contemplation from them, or chair opposite to Theodore.' Both were silent for a time; threateni every moment to put an end to them and you i at length Theodore spoke.

Theodore's friend scarcely knew him the next morning. “ Rosalie is married,” said he. He glattced at him, and took no further notice. "Twas the " I don't believe it." liest wayy, though people there are who imagine that it “ She is going to be married to the young lord of the rests with a man in a fever, at his own option to remain in manor." it, or to become convalescent.

B; I don't believe it." Thealbre's feelings were more insupportable to him the « She came to town with him yesterday." scorsdi day, than the first. He went here and there and "'I don't believe it." everywherer; and nowhere could be remain for two minutes. Theodore pushed back his chair, and stared at his friend. at a time at rest. Then he was so abstracted. Crossing “ What do you mean?" said Theodore. e street he was nearly run over by a vehicle and four. "I mean that I entertain some doubts as to the accuracy This for a moment awakened him. He saw London and of your grounds for concluding that Rosalie is inconstant to Businporr the panels of the coach. The box seat was you." etupitý gehe asked if it was engaged.

56 No." He sprung

« Did I not read the proof of it in the public papers ?" apon ito and away they drove. “I'll see her once more, “ The statement may have been erroneous. exclaimed Theodore, “ it can but drive me mad or break " Did not her own letter assure me of it?" say beart.",

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SKETCHES OR SOCIETY_BUTCHERS, BAKERS. house. I inquired for her, and was told that she had gone Next in dignity to the deacons of the trade, 'Are cerup to London to be married i o, my friend, "continued he, co- tainly the wives of their electors. They were always a vering his eyes with his handkerchief, “ 'tis useless to deceive consequential race, in their day and generation and on ourselves. I am a ruined man! You see to what she has that account held in rather slighting respect by the little. reduced me. I shall never be myself again ! Myself! I leg.-so-ladies of the burgesses of other trades, who rere frr. tell you existed in her being more than in my own. She quently enraged at the presumption" of their air and anwas the soul of all I thought, and felt, and did ; the pri- swers, as they termed it, when these worthy economists suorit mal, vivifying principle! She has murdered me! I breathe, to cheapen a joint below its market and moonopoły talue. it is true, and the blood is in my veins, and circulates ; but One, whose offer, or a bode," had been beneath the estate every thing else about me is death-hopes ! wishes ! inter- lished ratio of two-thirds of the price demanded, ahnost se ests !--there is no pulse, no respiration there ! I should the street on fire, and certainly had nearly brought abont 3 not he sorry were there none anywhere else!

« mutton mob," when impudently told by a "miarları hand," added he, reaching his hand across the table, with madam," to go home and boil her cat." They were cerout removing his handkerchief from his eyes; for the sense tainly, it must be admitted, I fear, a pert, but then they of his desolation had utterly unmamed him, and his tears were a pretty race_black-eyed—their eyes were all Hacie continued to flow. “ Feel my hand. Does it not burn. and roguish; clear-complexioned, rosy-cheeked, tidily made, A hearty fever, now, would be a friend,” continued he, till they got old and fat, and as trig-ankled queans as trer « and I think I have done my best to merit a call from such choused a batchelor buyer into a bad bargain!' And then a visitor. The whole of the night before last I slept out in they all dressed with a neatness and showiness that Tas the open air. Guess where I took my bed. In the green lane not limited by considerations of expense or fear of a bus the spot where I parted last from Rosalie !" He felt a band's grumbling at a haberdasher's bill. They were all tear drop upon the hand which he had extended the tear ““ comptrollers of the priry purse," and a pound was never was followed by the pressure of a lip. He uncovered his missed out of the enormous leather pouches which hung at eyes, and turning them in wonderment to look upon his their sides as they stood at the receipt of custom. There friend—beheld Rosalie sitting opposite to him!

was a substantial richness in every thing they wore, eten For a moment or two he questioned the evidence of his when in the market. First of all, when there, there fra senses_but soon was he convinced that it was indeed re- the pretty black velvet bonnet, of the newest pattern, and ality; for Rosalie, quitting her seat, approached him, and the highest priced Genoa, tied under the pertly-peaked nabreathing his name with an accent that infused cestasy tural, and close to the incipient double chin, which good into his soul, threw herself into his arms, that doubtingly living soon produced among the matrons, and over the frill opened to receive her.

of a morning cap of the richest lace, and smartest mode, ki

off with pink ribbons, that sat close to the glossy and well. Looking over her father's papers, Rosalie had found a more curled locks of the wearer. Next, there was, in cold wear recent will, in which her union with Theodore had been ther, one of the husband's most showy silk Barcelona nera fully sanctioned, and he himself constituted her guardian kerchiefs, of a flaming blue or yellow colour; or in suiuntil it should take place. She was aware that his success mer there was to be seen a pretty peep of a white neck and in London had been doubtful; the generous girl determined bosom, and a string of amber or coral beads, half hid by an that he should no longer be subjected to incertitude and abundance of lace, held together by the largest and costliest disappointment; and she playfully wrote the letter which perb!e brooch that could be found. The winter uppet gar. was a source of such distraction to her lover. From his ment was alivays of dark-coloured woollen Cloth, made to answer she saw that he had totally misinterpreted her : she sit so tight as to show a fine bust, erea thonghrafit one, resolved in person to disabuse him of the error; and by and a very round, if not very slender waist above the apron offering to become his wife, at once to give him the most string. This last-named girdile suspended no viltzartholin convincing proof of her sincerity and constaney. She arrived appendage, but a cloth of the finest diaper, glazed by the in London the very day that Theodore arrived in B mangle till it had a surface whose radit whiteniéss every His friend, who had known her from her infancy, received morning it seemed a pity to soil by contact with riv mrat. ber as his daughter; and he and his wife listened with de-On looking farther down the figure, a glimpse of a bright light to the unfolding of her plans and intentions, which red flannel petticoat might sometimes be had on a wet day, she freely confided to them. Late they sat up for Theodore as the skirts were held up from draggling in the mi that night, and when all hopes of his coming home were precaution, it has been hinted, that the use of surt and abandoned, Rosalie became the occupant of his bed. The high clanking pattens rendered somewhat useless if it were next night, in a state of the most distressing anxiety, in not partly to show the ankle and foot, which lost not their consequence of his continued absence, she had just retired neatness, even when the good things of this lifè, imr. to her apartment, when a knock at the street door made her towdy (a fat fowl, neither hen nor chicken, prepared in: bound from her couch, upon which she had at that mo. particular way, &c.] had robbed the rest of the figure of all ment thrown herself, and presently she heard her lover's symmetry, save that of the rotund, which were covered with voice at the foot of the stair. Scarcely knowing what she a black stocking “ without a brist," and a natky shor es lid, she attired herself, descended, opened the parlour door the highest polish. The hands were always ruids and fint

, unperceived by Theodore, and took the place of their and the fingers chained with many rings of massy gold. friendly host, who, the moment he saw her, beckoned her, Thc pouches I have before spoken of, and ourly require t and resigning his chair to her, withdrew.

mention the multitudinous bunch of keys which him het The next evening a select party were assembled in the side thein, to complete the review of the every day costone curate's little drawing-room, and Theodore and Rosalie of the “guidwives" of the fleshers. Their Holyday para were there. The lady of the house motioned the laiter to was quite a different thing, however, much more gaudy, approach her ; she rose, and was crossing Theodore, when mnch less uniform, and not half so neat. Strong contrast he caught her by the hand, and drew her upon his knee. of glaring colours, superabundance of flounces and trin. *. « Theodore I" exclaimed the fair one, colouring. mings, and profusion of goldsmith’s and jetreller's mares,

“ My Wife!" was his reply, while he imprinted a kiss were its characteristics. But I am not good at describing upon her lips.

generalities, and these are so in all the apings at out-of-theThey had been married that morning.

way grandeur mero wealth indulges in. Their Sanday cars

tumo was not theirs alone, it was crery rich buster's trifes A HINT TO PARENTS.-Depend on it, pcople's tempers it wanted individuality, and therefore I veed not say tu). must be corrected while they are children ; for ot all the thing more about it. good resolutions in the world can enable a man to conquer The daughters were gay, glittering, rompish, rose girls, kabits of il-humour or rage, however he may regret hav- very anxious to become the wives I have described, and not ang given way to them.-- Lord Byron.

very long about effecting it. It was an important day their

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