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* Why this emotion?' said '. Then how could he fall, mashe; and why are those tears dam ?-A ghost could do it fast suffered 'to stray down the fur- enough without your ladyship's rows of your aged cheeks? Are seeing them.'-—But did you never you hurt by your fall?''
fall, Agatha ?' ( deare me, yes Ile drew the back of his hand madain, that I have; or how across his eyes. • No, I thank should this hurt have comed to my you kindly, madam ; I'm not hurt arm?'-'And whose ghost knocked by my fall, but I am sure I'm you down ?-0, I tumbled down very sure my dear master can't in the field, please your ladyship, rest in his grave, till the villens in the middle of the day, when the are hanged who sent him there. blessed sun was shining.'- Well, Oh! if I knew where to find them, Agatha, if you fell without superI would go to Justice Woodford natural agency, in the middle of this very night, and have them took the day, in a place you knew, and up, that's what I would.'
when the sun was shining, I should Aye,' said Mrs. Howard; but think your husband might fall in a the wretches who committed that strange place, and in the dark, foul murder have received their without a ghost rising from its doom years ago : therefore, my grave for the purpose of knockgood Johnson, let Agatha make ing bin down.' --Agatha said noyou something, warm, and go to thing, but she looked incredubed. And if she has any thing to lous. spare lady Walsingham and my We rose to
I took out my self, after rambling in those cold purse: the old man held' back apartments, we shall find it very both his hands, but I was perempacceptable.'
tory: Agatha informed us that she In our walk home I asked Mrs. had some very nice elder wine, Howard what it was she gazed so and immediately busied herself in intently at in the chapel. preparing some; and while it sim Why, I thought I saw a shamered on the tire, she spread a dow gliding along under the oppolittle napkin on a neat white table; site colonnade. I would not say and brought a spice-cake, some any thing to you, lest it should pats of fresh butter, and a white alarm you; for the place certainly loaf from her cupboard.
was very glooiny; and Johnson, We helped ourselves, and found who had watched my eye, had it all very good, but insisted' that conjured up so many terrors in his they should both partake with us. countenance, that it was absoluteThey complied with great reluc- ly enongh to frighten you, if you tance, and · Agatha sat down by had looked at him with attenthe tire.Only think,' said she, tion.'
what mortal spiteful varment they • I really think it was nothing ghosts be, to knock poor Antony but one of our own shadows redown, who would not hurt a fly.' tiected by the moon. ..My good Agatha,' cried' 1, The next time we go we will you lie under a mistake, if you not have him with us.
He is so imagine a ghost knocked your prepossessed that his late lord is husband down.'
unqnict, that it is a punishment to
take him there. I wonder not the moment. I entered this house I poor soul felt, but I do how he got heard sounds which dispelled my up again. He was so full of his pain, brought me my comfort fears that he forgot to ask for the again, and reconciled me to mykeys, and I purposely omitted giv- self. Have I not reason, then, to ing them to him, as we can now go "extol that which has done so much when we please.'--She gave them for me?'-'Oh, you are an anazto me.
ing grateful creature,' said she; We entered the house through but no doubt your ride has made the garden-door.
you hungry.' The music parlour was lit up, I rang the bell, and ordered bnt nobody was returned. 'I supper to be brought ia. It was suppose,' said Mrs. Howard, we soon over, as it consisted onls of shall have this evening quite to a cold fowl, some slices of ham, ourselves: let you and I run over and a few tarts. A lively, animasome of those duets.' She took ted, conversation succeeded tili a the harp, and I sat down to the late hour, when our friends not piano. We played several airs, retvrning, Mrs. Howard advised when she turned io the coronation me, to retire. But Mr. Baderly authein, which we perforined with requested, if it would not fàtigue more than common spirit. Now,' .me too much, to hear, · Time has said she, let us have, “ Away with not thined my flowing hair,' and melancholy:"-- By heavens! me he would take the second part. lancholy cannot dwell here,' said a In the midst of our performance voice from behind. On looking the door opened, and iniss Lester, round, we discovered Mr. Baderly lord Walsingham, and the rest of standing behind the sofa: he the party, entered. bowed, and came forward.-- I Miss Lester, walking up to Bahope I have not alarmed you, la- derly, exclaimed with a satirical dies: I was drawn hither by the smile, Though time has made most potent of spells, harmony- no devastation in your hair, I hope such harmony as can chase me it has kindly renoved your headlancholy from the brow of the un- ache.' Then turning to Walsinghappy steal sorrow from the bo- ham,' “ Did I not tell your lordsom of the wretched; beguile time ship that his indisposition was a of his wings; a lover of his pain; mere pretence, to escape from our and the spleen itself from the mi- party?'—You did, my sweet girl; santhrope.'
but as Mrs. Howard was keeping • All that would be very won Caroline company, I think we derful,' said Mrs. Howard ; · but must excuse him." not more strange than your hear • As you please,' said Baderly; ing it six miles off!'
• I found your party intolerably But that I did not,' replied dull and Hat. Can you blame me, he; ' yet six miles off I found my- then, for escaping from purgatory, self so very uncomfortable, and had and flying to Elsium ? In the sosuch an intense head-ache, that I ciety of lady Walsingham and made my excuses to the company Mrs. Howard I fonnd - Cease
took my leave-inounted my your insulting language!' exclaime 'Lorse-and rode home. The first ed Helen, her face in a flame, and
her whole frame in an agitation. your friend as well as visitor ; and • Is the whole world to be compà- a young widow is mighty convered to the fiends of hell, excepting nient for a companion, as none those characters the fashionable knows which is the object of the world would not own?',
gentlemens pursuit.' • The fashionable world will Mrs. Howard rose, and taking own lady Walsingham and me, my hand, Let you and I retire, retorted Mrs. Howard with spirit, my dear lady Walsingham; miss 'as much as we wish it; and when Leşter has been so long absent we endeavour to monopolize the from England, that she seems to public attention, may we then have forgotten the characteristic meet the neglect we shall merit. grace oi ber country, and has saBut
you should not be the first to crificed her modesty to the unreupbraid Mr. Baderly with want of strained licentious conversation of politeness, unless you had set liim an Italian courtezan.' a better example yourself.'
She bowed to the gentlemen, Helen started from her chair, and I followed her out — Excuse, and swam-across the room : “Since ny friend,' said I, • the pert beyou, Mrs. Howard, are such a nice haviour of a haughty girl; her rijudge of what is polite, it is abso- diculous insinuations affect not lutely astonishing that you are not you. They only discover her own likewise a judge of what is deii- envious heart. I flatter myself I cate; but you certainly forgot both know Mrs. Howard better than to when you enticed Mr. Baderly fear that she will punish the innofrom his company to sing canzo cent for the guilty; and her quits, nets with you; though I kuow you , ting Walsingham-hall at this time widow ladies allow yourselves great would be a real misfortune to me.' scope with the gentlemen.'
She pressed my hand to her lips. • The language you make use - Fear not,' said she, “ my beof, miss Lester,' said Mrs. How- loved lady Walsingham, that she ard, calmly, is worse than impo- you honour with the naine of friend lite-it is unwomanly. If your will ever wilfully do any thing to conversation was not more ration- 'cause the sigh of regret to agitate al at lord Beauford's than it has your gentle bosom.' been here, I wonder not that Mr. My noble, generous friend,', Baaderly flew from it.'
said I, continue to love your This threw Helen (whose pas- Caroline, and she will get be sions have never been used to con- lappy.' troul) into a perfect phrenzy; and She assured me of her unabata she exclaimed, - Quit the house ing friendship, and retired : I releave my sight this moment, ma turned to the music parlour. dam;'- I stopped to her. ----Ex Miss - Lester was sitting in cuse me, miss Lester, that I re- gloomy silence. Lord Walsing; mind you, that though a welcome ham hadh bold of her hand, and visitor in this house, you are but a was speaking lew, when I enters visitor. Mrs. Iloward is my guest ed. The rest were retired : only as well as yourself, and must not Mr. Baderly was running his fina be treated with disrespect while gers over the keys of the piano. here.'
They one of them looked as if • Yes, lady Walsingham, she is they expected my return.— See !
cried Walsingham: « see! myter,' interrupted Walsinglam; if charming Lester, your power: . you are not welcome in this house, Caroline is returned, and I am and in every other you condescend sure she is grieved at having in- to honour with your presence, curred your displeasure. Then English hospitality, as well as bury your little misunderstandings English politeness, must have fled in oblivion, and mutually forgive the country.' each other.'
• You are extremely obliging, He endeavoured to join our my lord; but your lordship must hands, but she drew hers back. excuse me for saying, I can stay.
I addressed myself to Walsing- in no gentleman's house unless my ham.-- Obedience to your lord company is equally agreeable to slup's commands is both my duty the lady of it.' and my pleasure. I am the more And so it is, my dear Helen. ready to forgive miss Lester's ob- How often bas Caroline wished for lique hints, as I fear when she re- the company of her beloved Lese flects on her unprovoked attack ter; and said it was all she wanted she will hardly forgive herself. But to render her completely happy, ' for what I ain to sue for her for- long before I had the honour of giveness is unintelligible to me, your acquaintance?" as I am not conscious of giving • Well, well, perhaps I have any offence; but if I have unin- been a little too hasty; and if matentionally offended, I now ask dam Howard does not recriminate pardon, and with truth affirm my I shall not.—Lady Walsingham, offence was unpremeditated.' I trust to your generosity for for
Mr. Baderly started up— An- giveness. gelic lady Walsingham!' exclaim My temper is unhappily too cd'he; your manners, temper, warm; this evening's party was and person, are properly assimi- wretchedly flat; and I was chaa lated! An angel's spirit. encom- grined at Baderly (who is usually passed in an angel's form.' the life of the company) learing
He took my hand, and present- us so abruptly, and thought he ed it to his friend.
meant to insult me in particular. « Happy Adolphus ! to call this When we returned, to find him, angel yours. Ilappy pair!' said notwithstanding his excuse of a he, holding our hands between his: . head-ache; singing with such glee,
may your happiness never expe- it absolutely provoked me.-—But I rience an interruption; may the ask your pardon, my sweet Carosigh of anguish, nor the tear of re- line.' gret, ever corrode your hearts, or She came to me, and kissed bedew your countenances!' Ile
I embraced her: pressed my hand to his lips, and This,' said I, is like yourself; left it in
- like the noble generous girl 1 • Adieu!' said he, and left us knew at Aubry : be always thus, without taking notice of Helen, and you will have no one's pardon who exclaimed, This is English to ask, but will have an admirer politeness with a witness; but I in every beholder, and rule all will be gone from a place where our hearts as you please.'' I intrude.'
She pressed my hand to her bo-, Say not so, my dear miss Les- 'som, and curtsied to me, and thea
to Walsingham. She then with I stood irresolute wliether to redrew with one of those enchanting turn or go forward, when a distant smiles which takes one's heart be- strain of music borne on the gale fore one is aware..
surprised, but deterinined me to Malsingham caught me in his proceed in the same path, which arms, - You have charmed ine
seemed long and winding, fenced by your prudent behaviour, Carg- with a high hedge on each side.. lie, and I am inexpressibly happy The same strain carne floating on that this affair has terininated so the breeze; at intervals all would agreeably. If miss Lester conde- be silent. scends to apologize to Mrs. How At length I gained the extremity ard, that lady will not be able to of the path: it conducted me to refuse her pardon; for the slight- the banks of the stream which est concession from this fascinat- laves the bottom of the garden, ing girl seems more than sufficient and with joy, I descried the herfor any attront she can give.' mitage from whence the music
He led me to my dressing-room proceeded. It was a violin played door, and saying, he hoped my with exquisite expression. Aiter being so long detained from my a concerto of Jackson's, I was astorest would not be prejudicial to nished to hear a little air of my my health, bowed and retired.
own atteinpted. Curiosity, and a 1 opened the shutters, and desire to rest, urged ine to enter ; watched the disappearance of the but as I could form no idea who faint stars, and the rising of the this invisible inusician could be, I sun. The lark began his matin paused: when a voice from within song, and the little birds flitted exclaimed- No, that is not it I from their nests, and were hopping shall never be able to play it.' I in the paths.
knew the voice to be Mr. BaderAs my meditations were not of ly's; and, looking through the the most pleasant kind, I thought little window, I discovered him a morning's walk in the cheerful sitting on the oaken table. I openscene--now that the sacred lighted the door-- Good morning to began to dawn on the humid flow- you, holy father ; your divine ers that breathed their morning strains have drawn a straying incense, and sent up silent praise damsel from the path of error, to their Creator, --would tend to and conducted her to the mausion exhilarate my spirits. I wrapped of rest.' my cloak round me, and crossed He descended from his table,, the garden. The air was mild and and, with his usual promptitude, refreshing; I strayed through the answeredpark till I lost myself, and began to be weary, I'struck dowii a
· Then cast, sweet saint, a circle round,
Axl bless, from fools, this holy ground, winding path which I thought from all the focs to worth and sense.' must lead to the house.
I proceeded a long way, but did I smiled at the rant-Well, not recollect any object. I looked really, Baderly,' said I, you are through an opening of the trees a very smart hier nit, ‘and put me at a little distance, but all was
in mind of the adventures in Dorstrange, and I was conscious I had setshire. Though you was bore never been on that spot before. seriously engaged then in leaping