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and solitude from which it has been so ance, he was compelled to leave the suddenly and joyously aroused.” [In room, leaning on Gammon's arm, who another part of the paper was con conducted him to his bed-room, and tained a bitter and abusive paragraph, left him in charge of his valet, who charging Mr Aubrey with being a got him again into bed, where he lay party to the “ flagrant and iniquitous enduring much agony, (Dr Goddart job,” by which Sir Percival Pickering being sent for,) while his friends were was returned for the borough; and enjoying themselves at dinner. intimating pretty distinctly, that Mr Snap had set off the ensuing day Aubrey had not gone without “a con for town, by the first coach, pursideration" for his share in the ne suant to the arrangement already farious transaction.]
spoken of; but I think that old Mr A somewhat different account of Quirk would have made up his mind the affair appeared in the “ York to continue at Yatton until something True Blue” of the same day.
definite had been done by Titmouse, “ We have received one or two ac in two matters which absorbed all the counts of the orgies of which Yatton thoughts of the old gentleman-his Hall was yesterday the scene, on oc daughter, and the Ten Thousand casion of Mr Titmouse taking posses- Pounds bond. Miss Quirk, however, sion. We shall not give publicity to intense as was her anxiety to become the details which have been furnished the affianced bride of Titmouse, and us-hoping that the youth and inex as such the mistress of the delightful perience of the new owner of Yatton domain where at present she dwelt (all allowance, also, being made for only as a guest_and in
very em. the very natural excitement of such barrassing position-was not so blind an occasion) will be allowed in some to all perception of womanly delicacy measure to palliate the conduct then as to prolong her stay at Yatton; and exhibited. One fact, however, we may at length prevailed upon her father to mention, that a very serious fracas take their departure on the day but arose between Mr Titmouse and a one after that on which they had arcertain well-known sporting Baronet, rived. Mr Quirk was perfectly wretchwhich is expected to give employment ed; he vehemently distrusted Titto the gentlemen of the long robe. mouse he feared and detested GamNothing, by the way, could be more As for the former gentleman, absurd and contemptible than the at he had not made any definite advances tempt at a Procession' which was got whatever towards Miss Quirk. He up-of which our accounts are ludi- had not afforded to any one the crous in the extreme. Will our read- slightest evidence of a promise of ers believe it, that the chief person- marriage, either express or implied. ages figuring on the occasion, were He chattered to Miss Quirk an infi. the editor and publisher of a certain nite deal of civil nonsense--but that low Radical paper--which will no was all, in spite of the innumerable doubt, this day, favour its readers with opportunities afforded him by the a flaming description of this . memor- lady. Was Titmouse acting under able affair?""
the secret advice of that deceitful
devil Gammon ?-thought Mr Quirk, Titmouse, assisted by his anxious in an ecstacy of perplexity and apprevalet, made a desperate attempt to get hension. Then as to the other mate up, and make his appearance the next ter—but there Gammon had as deep day at dinner. Aided by a glass of a stake, almost, in proportion, as Quirk pretty strong brandy and water, he at himself. On the morning of his delength got through the fatiguing du parture, he and Gammon had a very ties of the toilet, and entered the draw. long interview, in which they several ing-room, where his travelling com times came to high words; but in the panions were awaiting his arrival - end Gammon vanquished his opponent dinner being momentarily expected to as usual ; allayed all his apprehenbe announced. He was deadly pale; sions; accounted for Titmouse's conhis knees trembled ; his eyes could duct in the most natural way in the not bear the light; and every thing world— look at his position just now, seemed in undulating motion around the excitement, the novelty, the behim, as he sunk in silent exhaustion on wilderment, the indisposition he was the sofa. After a few minutes' continue experiencing: surely, surely that was
not a moment to bring him to book ! figures- Heaven save the mark!-were In short, Gammon at length brought the new lord of Yatton and his select Quirk, who had received the first in- friends! timation of the matter with a sudden “ By jingo, surely here comes a grunt of surprise and anger, to ac- parson,' quoth Titmouse; or what the knowledge the propriety of Gam- d--I can he want with me?"--'Twas mon's remaining behind, to protect Tit- Dr Tatham, who slowly approached mouse from the designing Yahoo that them, dressed in his Sunday suit, and had got hold of him ; aud solemnly leaning on his old-fashioned walking. pledged himself, as in the sight of stick, given him many, many years Heaven, to use his utmost efforts ago by the deceased Mrs Aubrey. to bring about, as speedily as pos- " Let's have some sport,” said Fitzsible, the two grand objects of Mr Snooks. Quirk's wishes. With this the old " We must look devilish seriousgentleman was fain to be satisfied; no grinning till the proper time,' but entered the chaise which was to said Yahoo. convey Miss Quirk and himself to “ Hollo-you, sir !" commenced Grilston, with as rueful a counte- Titmouse, « who are you?" Dr nance as he had ever exhibited in his Tatham took off his hat, bowed, and life. Mr Titmouse was sufficiently was passing on. recovered to be present at the depar- « Devilish cool, upon-my-soul ture of Miss Quirk, who regarded his sir!" said Titmouse, stopping, and stainteresting and languid looks with an ring impudently at the worthy little eye of melting sympathy and affec. Doctor, who seemed taken quite by tion. With half a smile and half a surprise. tear, she slipped into his hand, as he « My worthy old gentleman," said led her to the chaise, a little sprig of Yahoo, with mock respect, “ are you heart's ease, which he at once stuck aware who it was that asked you a into the button-hole of his coat. question ?"
- 'Pon my soul-must you go? " I am not, sir," replied Dr TatDevilish sorry you can't stay to have ham quietly, but resolutely. seen some fun! The old gent (mean- “ My name is Tittlebat Titmouse, ing her father) don't quite seem to at your service—and you are now in like it-he, he!" said he in a low tone: my grounds," said Titmouse, approachthen he handed her into the chaise, ing him with an impudent air. she dropping her veil to conceal « Have I really the honour to adthe starting tear of mingled disap. dress Mr Titmouse?" enquired Dr pointment, and desire, and disgust Tatham, somewhat incredulously. and they drove off, Titmouse kissing " Why, 'pon my life I think so, his hand to her, as he stood upon the unless I'm changed lately: and by steps; and, as soon as they were out Jove, sir-now, who are you?" of sight, he exchanged a very signifi. “ I am Dr Tatham, sir, the vicar cant smile with Mr Gammon.
of Yatton; I had intended calling at The next day, Titmouse rose about the Hall to offer my compliments, ten o'clock, almost entirely recovered but I fear I am intruding”from his indisposition. Accompanied - Devil a bit-no, 'pon honour, no! by Mr Yahoo and Mír Fitz-Snooks, your're a very good old fellow, I don't with whom he was conversing as to doubt-is that little church outside, the course he should take with refer yours?" ence to Sir Harkaway-whom, how. « It is, sir," replied Dr Tatham, ever, they advised him to treat with sie seriously and sternly; his manner lent contempt, as he, Titmouse, was a little abashing the presumptuous clearly in the wrong-he took a stroll, little coxcomb who addressed him. about noon, down the path leading to “Oh-well--1-'pon my soul, the park gates. They all three had happy to see you, sir-you'll find cigars in their mouths, Titmouse something to eat in the Hall, I dare. walking between them, as odious- say"looking a little puppy, sure, as man " Do you preach there next Sun. ever saw-puffing out his smoke slow. day?" enquired Mr Yahoo, whose ly, and with half-closed eye, his gross countenance filled Dr Tatham right hand stuck into his coat pocket, with unspeakable aversion. and resting on bis hip. These three “I preach there every Sunday, sir,
twice,” he replied, gravely and disc as the eye could reach, land of every tantly.
kind in the highest state of cultiva. " You see, sir,” lisped Fitz-Snooks, tion, plentifully stocked with fine “the prayers are so-80-devilish long cattle, and interspersed with snug and and tiresome-if you could-eh? substantial farms. shorten 'em a little?"
All this, thought Titmouse, might Dr Tatham slowly turned away do very well for those who fancied from them, and, disregarding their that sort of thing; but as for him, calls to him, though their tone of voice how the devil could he have thought was greatly altered, walked back again of leaving his cigars behind him! towards the gate, and quitted the Where, he wondered, were Yahoo and park, for the first time in his life, with Fitz-Snooks ? and quickened his pace feelings of mortal repugnance. On homeward. reaching his little study, he sate down On Gammon the scene they had in his old arm-chair, and fell into a sad been witnessing had made a profound reverie that lasted more than an hour, impression ; and as his attention was and then he got up to go and see the now and then called off from contem. old blind stag-bound fed-and he plating it by some ignorant and puerile looked at it, licking his hands, with remark of the proprietor of the fine feelings of unusual tenderness; and the domain, he felt a momentary exasperalittle Doctor shed a tear or two as he tion at himself for the part he had patted its smooth grey old head. taken in the expulsion of the Aubreys,
On Saturday morning, Mr Tit. and the introduction of such a creature mouse, at Mr Gammon's instance, as Titmouse. That revived certain had fixed to go over the estate, accom. other thoughts, which led him into panied by that gentleman, and by Mr speculations of a description which Waters and Dickons, to give all the would have afforded uneasiness even information required of them, and point to the little idiot beside him, could he out the position and extent of the pro. have been made aware of them. But perty. To an eye capable of appre- the cloud that had darkened his brow ciating it, in what admirable order was dispelled by a word or two of was every thing! but Titmouse quickly Titmouse. « Mr Gammon, 'pon my tired of it, and when about a mile soul you're devilish dull to-day !" said from the Hall, discovered tbat he bad he. Gammon started ; and with his left his cigar-box behind him; at winning smile and cheerful voice, which he expressed infinite concern, instantly replied, “Oh, Mr Titmouse, and, greatly to the annoyance of Gam. I was only thinking how happy you mon, and the contempt of his two are; and that you deserve it!” bailiffs, insisted on returning home; so “Yes ; 'pon my soul it ought all to they re.entered the park. How beau. have been mine at my birth! Don't tiful it was! Its gently undulating it tire you, Mr Gammon, to walk in surface, smooth as if overspread with this up-and-down, zig-zag, here-andgreen velvet; trees, great and small, there sort of way? It does me, 'pon single and in clumps, standing in po. my life! What would I give for a sitions so picturesque and command. cigar at this moment !" ing; the broad, babbling, clear trout. The next day was the Sabbath, stream winding through every part of tranquil and beautiful; and just as the the park, with here and there a little tinkling bell of Yatton church mimic fall, seen faintly flashing and had ceased, Dr Tatham rose, in his glistening in the distance; herds of reading.desk, and commenced the deer suddenly startled amid their prayers. The church was quite full, green pastures and silent shades, and for every one was naturally anxious moving off with graceful ease and to catch a glimpse of the new tenants rapidity; here and there a rustic of the squire's pew. It was empty, bridge over the stream ; here an old however, till about five minutes after stone bench placed on an elevation the service had commenced, when a commanding an extensive prospect; gentleman walked slowly up to the there a kind of grotto, or an ivy.cov. church-door; and having whispered ered summer-house ; then the dense, an enquiry of the old pew-opener extensive, and gloomy woods, forming which was the squire's pew, she led a semicircular sweep round the back him into it-all eyes settled upon him, of the Hall; all around, nearly as far and all struck with his appearance, his calm keen features, and gentlemanly church being wide open, the congrefigure. 'Twas, of course, Gammon; gation beheld three gentlemen smokwho, with the utmost decorum and ing cigars, and laughing and talking solemnity, having stood for near a together, approaching the porch. minute with his hat covering his face, They were dressed very finely induring which time he reflected that deed ; and were supposed to be some Miss Aubrey had sate in that pew on of the great friends of the new squire. the last occasion of his attendance at They stopped when within a few yards the church, turned round, and behaved of the church ; and after whispering with the greatest seriousness and re. together for a moment, one of them, verence throughout the service, pay, having expelled a mouthful of smoke, ing marked attention to the sermon. stepped forward to the door, holding Gammon was an unbeliever, but he his cigar in one hand, and with the thought Dr Tatham a very sensible other taking off his hat. There was man, who was most probably in ear. a faint smirk on his face, (for he did nest; and he felt disposed to admit, not catch the stern countenance of as his eye glanced round the atten. Gammon anxiously directed towards tive and decent congregation, that the him,) till he beheld Dr Tatham's sort of thing was not without its ad. solemn eye fixed upon him, while he vantages. Almost all present took made a momentary pause. Titmouse him for Titmouse, and watched every blushed scarlet ; made a hesitating but turn of his countenance with intense most respectful bow; and, stepping interest; and, in their simplicity, they back a few paces, replaced his hat on rejoiced that Mr Aubrey's successor his head, and lit his cigar from that of was, at all events, so grave and re- MrFitz-Snooks,perhapsunconsciously, spectable-looking a man; and they within view of more than half the fancied that he frequently thought of congregation. Then the three gentlethose whose seat he was occupying men, after Mr Titmouse had spoken with kindness and regret. About the a word or two to them, burst out into middle of the service, the doors of the a laugh, and quitted the churchyard.
AUBREY's sudden plunge into the or a boxer, born of the finest muscu. cold and dcep stream of trouble, had lar make, if prematurely incarcerated -the first shock over-served, as it in a jail, will, after a few years, bewere, to brace his nerves. 'Tis at come quite unable to compete with such a time, and on such an occasion, those vastly their inferiors in natural that the temper and quality of the endowments and capabilities; how. soul are tried; whether it be weak in ever, they may, with careful training, seeming strength, or strong in seeming be restored to the full enjoyment and weakness. How many are there, exercise of their powers. Thus is it walking with smiling complacent con. with the temper and intellect of man, fidence along the flowery bank, who, which, secluded from the scenes of if suddenly bidden to strip and enter, appropriate stimulus and exercise, be. would turn pale and tremble as they come relaxed and weakened. What reluctantly prepared to obey the stern would have become of the glorious mandate ; and, after a convulsive spirit and powers of Achilles, if his shudder, a faint shriek, a brief struggle, days had all melted away in the tendisappear from the surface paralysed, der, delicate, emasculating inactivity never to be seen again! In such a and indulgence of the court of Lycopoint of view, let me hope that the medes ? The language of the ancient situation of Aubrey, one of deepening orator concerning his art may be difficulty and danger-the issue of applied to life, that not only its greatwhich, hid in the darkness of the ness, but its enjoyment, consists in future, no earthly intelligence can action-action-ACTION. The feel. predict-will excite in the thoughtful ings, for instance, may become so reader an anxiety not unmingled with morbidly sensitive, as to give an apa confidence.
pearance of weakness to the whole The enervating effects of inactivity character; and this is likely to be upon the physical structure and ener specially the case of one born with gies of mankind, few can have failed feelings of superior liveliness and delito observe. Rust is more fatal to cacy, if he moves only in the regions of metal than wear. A thorough-bred silent and profound abstraction and racer, if confined in stable or paddock, contemplation in those refined re
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