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Charles by all these rules. He looks
rather pale, to be sure; but this may HARRIET VERNON;
as well be from his close application OR,
to business as from love. He is
silent too and absent, but these are CHARACTERS FROM Real Life,
all the symptoms I can discover. A NOVEL,
He leaves us in a week. He is, ins deed, a fortunate young man.
This In a Series of Letters,
dear colonel of ours has made his
fortune, I believe. BY ALADI.
But I must now inform
how the love business was broke to bro. (Continued from p. 131.)
ther. It was a great undertaking for Maria ; but I helped her out, as you
shall hear. LETTER XI.
We chose an opportunity after
supper, as he is then in the best Miss Harriet Vernon to Miss West. temper, though what we had to ina
form him was not likely to put him I ALWAYS thought, dear Sue out of humour.-'Come, fetch the san, there was a magical power in cribbage-board, Harriet,' said he; your mother's eye, but I now find 'we must have a game to-night.' her pen is possessed of the same "No, brother,' I replied, if you quality : her letter shas fixed the please we will talk, for we have wavering Maria, and she has con- something of consequence to inform sented in due form to make, as they you of.' What, you want money, say, the colonel bappy. But she I suppose.' *Not at present, browill not be hurried; it must not take ther; but it may, indeed, lead to the place this twelve months. I should want of it some time hence.' be in the best spirits in the world on Then let me hear nothing about this occasion, were it not that I per- it: bad news comes soon enough.' ceive a melancholy on her counte You will not think it bad, I be. nance, which indicates that her heart lieve,' said Maria, blushing up to is not so much in the purposed union her ears. as might be wished. Dear girl! I Now as brother seldom looks in would not for the world have her our faces, Maria might have blushed unhappy; but I think she cannot be for an hour unobserved. so with the colonel. I must say a I think any thing bad that taken word or two of Charles Wentworth: money out of my pocket.' indeed, I don't know what to make • Now, brother,' said I, 'suppose of him. Let me see: a lover ought I should tell you one of us had a to look pale, to be absent in come lover.' pany, now and then to sigh pro • That would surprise me: but it foundly; he ought never to look in would not take money out of my his mistress's face but when he can. pocket; it would save it.' not possibly help it, to tremble like
But you would give us our weda an aspen leaf when he drinks her ding cloihes ?' health at table, and if by accident · Not I, truly; if you are not he touches her soft hand, Heavens! worth clothing, you are not worth what an agiration! I have tried having.' VOL. XXXVIII.
"I have,' said Maria, who was gained a promise that he would not desirous to put an end to the sub be in a hurry, but permit her to ject, "had' an offer of marriage manage it as she thought fit. froin--from-i'
He appeared much pleased, and An offer of marriage,' inter- the next morning it was no secret in rupted I, from colonel Ambruse. the family. I persuade myself his Shall she accept it?'
plea-ure proceeds from his love to · The devil you have! Accept it! Maria. . I am not willing to a:cribe Why she is not such a fool to he- good actions to bad motives. sitate, surely!'
The colonel is a constant visitor; "But suppose she can't like him, I suppose he woos in Othello's style. brother.'
Don't you pity me, Susan? a poor Suppose, a fiddlestirk-like him, forlorn damsel! Now if I had but a indeed! Stuff! nonsense! If she lover too, how charming would it refuse him, I have only this to say-be! Well, all in good time. I have you depart my house. I hope you nothing left for it now, but to sit don't suppose me such an ass as up stairs scribbling to you, or talkto forgive a refusal.'
ing to Dorcas. I will relate a con* This boorish specch was tvo versation I had with the good creamuch. I should have been in a pas- ture this morning, sion; but she burst into tears.'
"Well, Dorcas,' said I, what do "I then see what I have to ex you think of this alteration that is pect, On! brother, you would dis- going to take place in our affairs card me if I was to refuse the first Think, miss, why I knows not offer of 'marriage I ever received: what to think: I ain all over as if how fortunate then for me is it that I were in a dream. Why, to be it is such an offer.'
sure, I am all over joy. This coHe was somewhat softened. lonel is the most charmingest gentleWhy, look ye,' said be, 'I don't man that ever my eyes beheld.' want to part with either of you, · Well now, but, Dorcas, don't while you behave well; but you must you think he is too old?'' not stand in your own light, as I Oh! no, not a bit; he is worth See' half the world do. If the co a hundred of your young flish-tiash lonel has taken a fancy to you, Ichaps. I always prophesied miss would have thé matier finished as Niaria would be a lady, she always soon as possible.'
carried herself so lady-like; and not *Oh!' said Maria, frightened out proud neither : indeed, a true lady of her wits, if yru have any regard is never prond, and above speaking for me, don't let me be hurried: it to poor people ; and the colonel, I must be many months before I can am sure, is a true gentleman, and marry. "Consider how short an ac talkid with me yesterday near half quaintance.
an hour.' I consider there is many a slip "Your observations are very just, between the cup and the lip; aid if Dorcas ; true gentility gives itself you considet my advice, or your own no airs of importance to inferiors. interest, you will not stand shilly- But as you have prophesied so truly
are always dressed in white; but if shall never overcome. The amiable I may speak my mind, I don't think miss Vernon is for ever lost to my you will be so rich as your sister.' hopes. She is disposed of to an
"A fig for riches! do you think I other. How can I write the dreadsh lle er marry, and be happy in a ful word ! she is to be the wife of gond husband ?
colonel Ambrose. Pursuant to the I thinks you will, indeed, miss advice you gave me, I resolved to Harrier.'
lay before her the state of my heart, "Well, that's charming, good and a glçam of hope shot across me Dorcas :
: may you live to see it! that I inight not be unsuccessful in *I hope,' says the worthy soul, my wishes of gaining her affections with tears in her eyes, 'that when my the colonel's frequent visits, and the young ladies are married, I shall ladies' engagements in consequence live with one of you; for I shall of them, atford-d me no opportunity. never be happy to stay here after I did not at first suspect the colonel's you are gone.'
intention, but, alas! I was soon conI assured her she might make vinced there was something more herself easy, for we both loved her than friendship in his attentions. too well to suffer her to be uncom. Mr. Vernon informed me that the fortable. -How seldom do we find in colonel had offered himself to his low life such a character as Dorcas, sister, and was accepted. By a perand how much is it to be respected son of the least penetration, 'my when found: and yet I often think agitation must have been discovered. merit is pretty equal in all stations; I thought I should have sunk; but for how seldom do we find among my confusion was unnoticed by bin, our equals or superiors characters and I returned to reason,
And why, we can in many points appreve: and said I to myself, does this intelligence when we consider the advantages of grieve me? Do I not love miss Vereducation in one and the other, I non, and is it not the first wish of do not know how we can decide the my heart to see her happy? Her preference.
fortune is made by marrying colonel I am summoned to tea by Maria. Ambrose, and such a man must * Why do you hide yourself?' said make her happy. But, alas ! what she. "You may guess,' said I; are the reasonings of a lover! Å however, I will now attend you, lover is seltish and inconsiderate. when I have subscribed myself dear But there is no alternative now but Susan's affictionate
to forget her: absence must, it will, H. VERNON, abate my love-for to love her now
is a crime, LETTER XII.
With these reasonings I pacified
my mind, and as I bad but one week Mr. Wentworth to Mr. Johnson. to stay in the house, I hoped to have
sufficient command of myself to Gravesend.
avoid saying a word that might lead Dear Johnson,
to a discovery of what I was now I am at present waiting for a fair anxious conceal. The day came wind to waft me from Old England. when I was to bid adieu: what a With every prospect of success that trial was this! As I was to set off attends the change in my affairs, I early in the morning, it was neJabour under a dejection of spirits caesary I should do it the preceding I can indeed account for, but I fear evening. Mr. Vernon took his leave
how to bid you
about ten, and went to bed : he shook I leave this place, which probably me by the hand, and wished to see will be some days, and believe me
return a rich man. Mind to be yours sincerely, the main chance,' said he.
C. WENTWORTH. My dear young ladies,' said I, as soon as he was gone, I know not
LETTER XIII. adieu!' *Oh! no adieus,' said miss Har, Mr. Johnson, in answer. riet, in her lively manner, there is nothing I detest so inuch; come, PRÄYTHEE, Charles, let me receive give me your hand, and then I will no more such letters as thy last, run away.'
Why, I thought thou hadst been a I saluted her; she burst into tears, man of sense. With such prospects and was out of sight in an instant. before thee to be unhappy, because
And now in what a situation was thou hast not gained the affections I! Left alone with Maria, agitated of a girl! I am really ashamed for beyond description, I seized her hand thee. She does not love thee, that is with
eagerness.-0! happy colonel certain, or she would not have been Ambrose,' said I, that is so soon in such haste to have accepted the to be intitled to this! She looked colonel. For thou mayst say as confused, but made no answer.-I thou wilt, but thy face is too faiç recollected myself. May you, my an index
an index of thy mind for her not to dearest madam, meet with the hap, see what was passing there, if she piness you deserve !'-'I thank you, had a grain of penetration. I could sir,' said she ; and, in return, I wish not refrain from laughing at the you every success. You will let parting scene, though I am horridly us hear, I hope, of your welfare.' mad with thee for saying so much.
• Will then miss Vernon remem- Never, Charles, let a woman know ber me?'
her consequence. Now by thy ac, • Most certainly,' said she; "I count of these sisters, I like Harriet hope you do not doubt it.'
best, ten to one. Why didst thou I was silent; I knew not what to not transfer thy affections? So thou say. She arose.
didst venture to salute them both; You leave me, then.'
I wonder at thy courage. I was in • To what purpose should I stay' a dreadful panic for thee just then,
I clasped her to my bosom with and heartily rejoiced to find the an ardour I could not resist.--' I go,' gipsey at the door, kissing her hand said I, “and leave behind all that my
with inimitable grace. But I will soul holds dear. She looked more have compassion on thce, and say confused, and, I believe, was unable no more just now: when I write in to speak. Had she stayed a minute the same style, take the revenge. longer. I had lost all command of At present. I say with Castalio
yourself, though from a different the age of forty-five. I likewis: cause. My uncle is ill, and the spoke of the eldest miss Vernon as faculty say he is not long for this a young woman, who, from the little world. I have the tenderest affec- I had seen of her, seemed to comtion for the good man, and shall prise all my ideas of female excelconsider the independent fortune he lence. I stayed but ten days with will leave me by no means an equi- Mr. Vernon ; for his 'manners were valent for his loss. I have informed so disgusting, that it was really a him I was writing to you ; and he pain to be in his company. For, desires to give you a piece of advice absorbed as he is in calculations from himself. I am not,' said he, and economical pursuits, my pre
fond of young men's going to In- sence was a 'visible constraint' upon dia; I have observed but few return him. I, however, paid constant with the same amiable dispositions visits to his lovely sisters, who every they possessed on leaving their native day won upon my esteem, as every country. Whether it be the company day convinced me more and more of they fall in with, the nature of their their worth. employment, or the customs of the You
are now prepared for what country that corrupt them, I cannot is to follow. I offered my hand and determine: but I hope your friend heart to miss Vernon, an- accepted, will guard against the corruption, and obtained a promise that she be it what it may, and prove an ex
would be mine at the end of twelve ception to my observation.' Permit months. I urged, as you may supme, Charles, to enforce this advice pose, an earlier day, as, at my time of my uncle ; for I have made the of life, there is no time to lose; but same observation in many instances. in vain, the urging it gave her une I suppose you will write to colonel easiness. Nor can I blame her. Ambrose, and I trust I need not No prudent woman would marry on add to your friend Johnson, very so short an acquaintance. often: I will be punctual in my an Although this lovely woman has swers. Heaven prosper you! and I accepted my offer, yet I discover a hope you will drink deep of the dejection in her that alarms me, and waters of Lethe, but not so deep makes me fear I do not possess her as to forget your faithful friend, heart with that entire affection I hope John JOHNSON, for in a wife. And how can I ex.
pect, I sometimes say to myself, to LETTER XIV.
possess the affections of so young a woman? Can she marry
any conColonel Ambrose to Mrs. Lucy Am- sideration but interest a man old brose.
enough to be her father ? - But a
truce with these reflections; I proMy dear sister begins to wonder ceed to the main purport of my at not seeing me ere this; but I de- letter. ferred my visit, or letter, until I was I have taken a house at Windsor; come to some determination as to but the present occupier does not my future plans. I informed you quit till Christmas. I have therein my last that it was my intention fore resolved on continuing in my to marry, if I could meet with a wo present lodgings in Portland-place man every way suited to my taste. If till next spring, when I hope to I had not been rather difficult in my settle myself and charming wife in choice, I had not been a bachelor at my new house.