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bly pre-disposed to accept it, for there and my cellar of well-selected wine, to my son. are passages in this book which none but I leave twenty pound a-year to my valet; and a true Christian could have written-at I defy any man after I am gone to say anyleast it seems so to us. Here are two
thing against my character.' Or suppose, on
the other hand, your swan sings quite a differtaken at random. A poor widow is about
ent sort of dirge, and you say, 'I am a poor, to part from her child, whom she has not blighted, disappointed old fellow, and have made the means of supporting :
an utter failure through life. I was not en
dowed either with brains or with good fortune, “ That night Amelia made the boy read the and confess that I have committed a hundred story of Samuel to her, and how Hannah, his mistakes and blunders. I own to having for mother, having weaned him, brought him to Eli, gotten my duty many a time. I can't pay the High Priest, to minister before the Lord what I owe. On my last bed I lie utterly help And he read the song of gratitude which Hannah less and humble; and I pray forgiveness for sang; and which says, Whois it that maketh poor my weakness and throw myself with a conand maketh rich, and bringeth low and exalteth? trite heart at the feet of the Divine mercy.' how the poor shall be raised up out of the dust, Which of these two speeches, think you, would and how in his own might no man shall be be the best oration for your own funeral ? old strong. Then he read how Samuel's mother Sedley made the last ; and in that humble frame made him a little coat, and brought it to him of mind, and holding by the hand of his daughfrom year to year, when she came up to offer the ter, life and disappointment and vanity sank yearly sacrifice. And then, in her sweet sim- away from under him.” ple way, George's mother made commentaries to the boy upon this affecting story. How After reading such paragraphs as these, Hannah, though she loved her son so much, we feel bound to believe that it is mere gave him up because of her vow; and how
ειρωνέια when Titmarsh she must always have thought of him, as she
he would sat at home, far away, making the little coat; accept any great bad man's invitation. and Samuel, she was sure, never forgot his We don't believe that he would have mother; and how happy she must have been dined with the Marquis of Hereford's misas the time came (and the years pass away tress, as Croker alias Rigby used to do very quick) when she should see her boy, and after slanging the immoral French novelhow good and wise he had grown.”
ists in that bulwark of orthodox princiThe same widow's old bankrupt father ples, the London Quarterly.
But to return to the amiable Becky. dies.
Under the patronage of the old roué whom “ Emmy stayed and did her duty as usual. she contrives to entice and wheedle withShe was bowed down by no especial grief, and out doing anything to compromise herself, rather solemn than sorrowful. She prayed she actually obtains a footing in “ the very that her own end might be as calm and pain- best society.” less, and thought with trust and everence of
“ Her success excited, elated, and the words she had heard from her father during bored her. At first no occupation was his illness, indicative of his faith, his resignation, and his future hope.
more pleasant than to invent and procure " Yes, I think that will be the better ending the latter a work of no small trouble and of the two after all. Suppose you are particu- ingenuity by the way, in a person of Mos. larly rich and well to do, and say on that last Rawdon Crawley's very narrow means,) to day, 'I am very rich; I am tolerably well procure, we say, the prettiest new dresses known; I have lived all my life in the best so and ornaments; to drive to the fine dinner ciety, and, thank Heaven, come of a most re parties, where she was welcomed by great spectable family. I have served my king and my country with honor. I was in Parliament people; and from the fine dinner parties for several years, where, I may say, my
to fine assemblies, whither the same peospeeches were listened to, and pretty well re- ple came with whom she had been dining, ceived. I don't owe any man a shilling ; on the whom she had met the night before, and contrary, I lent my old college friend Jack would see on the morrow—the young men Lazarus fifty pounds, for which my executors faultlessly appointed, and handsomely crawill not press him. I leave my daughters with vatted, with the neatest glossy boots and ten thousand pounds a-piece-very good por: white gloves—the elders portly, brasstions for girls. I bequeath my plate and furniture, my house in Baker street, with a hand buttoned, noble looking, polite and prosya some jointure, to my widow for her life; and the young ladies blonde, timid, and in my landed property, besides money in the funds, | pink—the mothers grand, beautiful, sump
tuous, solemn, and in diamonds. They polka. We wonder how the Bostonese talked in English, not in bad French, as do these things. The cúverol say that they they do in the novels. They talked about have metaphysical cotillons at the modern each other's houses, and characters, and Athens, and discuss Wordsworth amid the families; just as the Joneses do about the mazes of la Trénis. Awful and stunning Smiths. Beeky's former acquaintances idea ! hated and envied her; the poor woman Rebecca is apt to be bored, as all peoherself was yawning in spirit. 'I wish I ple who live merely to amuse and gratify were out of it,' she said to herself. 'I themselves are. If she finds town-society would rather be a parson's wife and teach stupid, she is not more pleased with mora Sunday-school than this; or a sergeant's alizing at her brother-in-law's. lady and ride in the regimental waggon ;
66. It isn't difficult to be a country gentleor O, how much gayer it would be to wear
man's wife,' Rebecca thought. I think I spangles and trowsers, and dance before a
could be a good woman if I had five thousand booth at a fair.''
a-year. I could dawdle about in the nursery Not being at all in the diplomatic way and count the apricots on the wall. I could and very little in the fashionable way, we water plants in a green-house and pick off dead have had small personal experience of leaves from the geraniums. I could ask old " the very best ” English society—the women about their rheumatisms, and order Almacks and Morning Post people to wit
. shouldn't miss it much out of five thousand a
half-a-crown's worth of soup for the poor. I So far as we did see any of it
, we thought year. I could even drive ten miles to dine at it marvellously slow, and by no means à neighbor's, and dress in the fashions of the distinguished for taste, a great deal of year before last. I could go to church and solid material and resources badly devel- keep awake in the great family pew; or go to oped, beautiful diamonds on uglý dowa- sleep behind the curtain with my veil down, if gers, ugly dresses on handsome belles- I only had practice. I could pay everybody if
I had but the money. That is what the confor, regle générale, all the English women
jurers here pride themselves on doing." dress badly, and all the men dress alike, namely, in brass-buttoned blue coats, And yet there is much enjoyment in the white ties and waistcoats. In the easy, life of a country-gentleman's wife, or a natural, frock-coat-and-no-straps part of country gentleman in England or America ; life, honest Bull shines out; but in all but it is enjoyment only for those who like matters of fashionable elegance, he is no- simple and natural pleasures—and Becky where in comparison with his neighbor did not like simple pleasures. She disCrapeau—nay, can hardly hold a candle liked children, as we have mentioned. А to his young brother Jonathan whom he terrible trait that even in man—unless, sometimes affects to despise as a semi- like William Pitt, he is a great statesman barbarian. By the way, what a chapter at twenty-one, and has to defend his counor two an American Titmarsh might make try against the world, when he may be of our
upper ten thousand !” [keep excused from possessing any of the doquiet, N. P. W.; we haven't the remotest mestic affections in consideration of the idea of alluding to you: you couldn't do work he has to do. The man who, having it ;] the handsome little silly girls just leisure to love children, hates them—that from boarding school; the little-men man we would not trust with our purse, they call themselves—equally silly but our secrets, our character, our life. But not equally handsome, just from boarding- how much worse in a woman! school too, only it is called a university ; It would take too long to follow Becky here and there a juvenile lion who has through her chequered career-her grand brought the last variety of vests and vices catastrophe, her exile, her ultimate partial from dear, delightful, dissipated Paris, recovery. Many of our readers were more or perchance a real Parisian, baron or or less familiar with her before seeing these marquis, sent by subscription of a club remarks of ours; and such as are not, must with three changes of linen, to marry an have been tempted ere this to resolve that heiress if he can get one-not forgetting they will go to the fountain-head for inthe four great facts of a Gothamite ball, formation about her. We have only to champagne, oysters, charlotte-russe and observe, before taking leave of her, the
skill which her biographer displays in borne and Amelia Sedley, are designed to lightly passing over some of the diabolical carry out still further the attack on what scenes she is concerned in, such for in- formed one of the strongest topics of destance as “ her second appearance in the nunciation in the “Snob Papers,”—that character of Clytemnestra.” Your true heartless system (flourishing to perfection artist will produce infinitely more effect in France, but deep-rooted enough in Eng. by just hinting at a horror, than a second-land) which considers matrimony as the rate man can work by going into the most union, not of a young man to a young elaborate details.*
woman, but of so much to so much. Ă Some notice should be taken of the splendid theme for indignant declamaOsbornes and Sedleys who make up the tion, and one in which the satirist is sure to underplot of the story. We have some meet with much sympathy from the young suspicion that Thackeray finished up old of both sexes. But we must remember Osborne, the purse-proud merchant, more that the principle of union for love has, carefully than he had intended at first, in like all principles, its limitations. That opposition to Mr. Dombey, to show his two young people, long and fondly attachview of such a character in opposition to ed to each other, should be afraid to marry that of Dickens. If such a comparison is because they would be obliged to drop a litchallenged, there can be no doubt that so tle in the social scale, and deny themselves far as verisimilitude and nature are con some of the outward luxuries they enjoy cerned, Mr. Osborne, Sr., has it by long separately; that they should sacrifice their odds. There never was such a merchant hearts to those abominable dictates of or man of business at all as Mr. Dombey. fashion which Titmarsh has summed up in His calm, icy pride is not the pride of a his Snob Commandment, “ Thou shalt not merchant at all ; it would be in character marry unless thou hast a Brougham and a for a nobleman or a gentleman of old man-servant;" this is truly matter of infamily. We wonder Dickens did not make dignation and mourning, against which it him one or the other. There was nothing is not possible to say too much. But we in the exigencies of the story to forbid it. must also protest against the opposite erNoblemen are ruined easily enough now
treme—the inference drawn from an era-days-witness the Duke of Buckingham, tension of our principle—that love ought who has just been sold out as completely to overcome and exclude all objections, as the veriest Wall-street speculator, to want of principles and character in the the great joy of all radicals. Nor is Mr. man for instance; or utter want of means D. let down and made to relent in a natu- on both sides to support a family; or even ral, gradual and plausible way, as Mr. O. -what is generally the first thing to be disis ; but taken off the stage as melo-dramati- regarded in such cases—incompatibility of cally as he was brought on.
relations and friends. Sentimentalists talk The loves and fortunes of
Os as if love were to be the substitute for, or
at least the equal of religion, it is the only
religion of the French writers,) whereas, in * We noticed a remarkable instance of this ten truth, it is no more infallible in its decisyears ago. No one who has read Oliver Twist ions or imperative in its claims than ambican forget the tremendous power with which the tion, or courage, or benevolence, or varilast scenes in the life of the miserable old Jew, Fagan, are worked out; but of the very las tscene
ous other passions, which, either indifferof all-of his actual execution--there is not a ent or positively laudable in themselves, word. Contemporary with Oliver Twist, ap are liable to sad perversion and exaggerapeared an Irish story by one of the Irish novel. tion. The lover makes great sacrifices for ists, which terminated with the execution of the his mistress; so does the ambitious man principal villain. Every attendant circumstance for his ambition ; the covetous man for his was minutely worked out, and “the agony piled up” uncommonly high ; but after all the thought fortune; and, to take a passion wholly struck us immediately, “ How much less impres- and unmitigatedly bad, the vindictive man sion is made by all these terrifying minutiæ than for his revenge. In all these cases the by the half dozen lines in which Boz informs us sacrifices are made for the same end-the that Mr. Brownlow and Oliver, in coming out of Newgate, saw the sheriff's preparations for the securing of a desired object for self; but day's tragedy."
because, in the first case, the object of de
sire is not the possession of a mere ab- same things which we had read a dozen straction like fame, or of a mere material times—but there was no resisting. And like money, but of another human being, when we resolutely turned our back to his therefore love has the appearance of being people, it was only to think, and reason, the most disinterested and self-sacrificing and argue about them. How many of the of the passions, while it is, in reality, hundreds of novels, published every year, generally the most selfish. Is this view a leave any impression in your mind or give soulless and worldly one? We appeal to you one afterthought about any character your own experience, reader. Of all the in them? It is easy to take exceptions to pur sang love-matches you have known— the book-we have taken our share ; we matches where one or more of the impedi- might go on to pick out little slips, indents we have mentioned existed-how stances of forgetfulness, as where we are many have turned out happily? Nay, we told first that Amelia Sedley is not the appeal to Titmarsh himself and his own heroine, and two or three pages after that characters in this very
book. Would it not she is; or when the climate of Coventry have been a thousand times better for Island is so bad that no office will insure Amelia if she had married Dobbin in the Rawdon's life there, yet in the very same first place? And might not George as number it is mentioned how much his well have taken Miss Schwartz as wed life-insurance cost him. But, say what Amelia one month and been ready to run you will, the book draws you back to it, away with another woman the next ?* over and over again. Farewell then, O
We must take leave of Titmarsh ; for he Titmarsh! Truly, thou deservest better is carrying us off into all sorts of digres- treatment than we can give thee. Thy sions. We never were so long filling the book should be written about in a natural, same number of pages as we have been on even, continuous, flowing style like thine the present occasion, for whenever we own, not in our lumbering paragraphs, opened the book to make an extract we that blunder out only half of what we were tempted to read on, on, on--the mean to say. And do thou, O reader,
buy this book if thou hast not bought it ; * This is an element that never enters into the if thou hast, throw it not away into the sentimentalist's calculation-if sentimentalists
chiffonier-basket as thou dost many
brownever make calculations--the inconstancy of love. Could the continuance of a first passion be in paper-covered volumes; but put it into a sured, there would be more excuse for putting it good binding and lay it by--not among above prudence, and duty, and filial affection; the works “ that no gentleman's library but alas I it often vanishes in what D’Israeli not should be without”—but somewhere easy unfelicitously calls “a crash of iconoclastic surfeit," and then, when that, for which everything
of access; for it is a book to keep and was given up, becomes itself nothing, the reaction read, and there are many sermons in it. is awful.
C. A. B.
The weather in England, during the few capture. Instead of a general rising being the weeks preceding, and at the time of har consequence, the guns and pikes were hidden; vest, has been exceedingly unfavorable, so and the people even hesitated to give shelter to much so that it is anticipated the crop will be the leaders for fear of bringing themselves short in quaniity and of an inferior quality on within the provisions of the law. Smith O'Brien, the whole. The potato disease has also again wearied with fatigue and disappointment, after made its appearance in Ireland to a very con- being hunted from place to place and finding siderable extent, and large quantities will doubt it difficult to procure shelter, resolved to return less be entirely lost; but as the amount planted to his home, and endeavor to conceal himself is very far greater than that of any previous there until a chance of escape should occur. year, it is hoped the quantity secured will be Being chased from one retreat to another by enough to prevent any serious results. This parties of military and police, and in constant is, however, still a matter of considerable doubt. danger of arrest, he entered the town of Thurles The full returns of the harvest are looked for on the evening of the 5th of August, and prowith great anxiety, and the experience of re ceeded to the railway station. Having been cent years was sufficient to produce great alarm recognized in the town, he was arrested just as at the bare idea of scarcity.
he was proceeding to take his place in the secThe British Parliament has closed its session, ond class cars for Limerick; and by six o'clock and the Premier, Lord John Russell, has gone on the following morning he arrived at Dublin, to Ireland to consult with the Lord Lieutenant when he was immediately sent to Kilmainham on the present state of that part of the king-jail on a charge of high treason. At the time dom; and from personal observation and inqui- of his arrest he had not changed his linen for a ries made on the spot, to prepare such measures week, and must have walked twenty-five miles to be submitted by the Government at the next from his place of concealment in the Keeper session, as may appear advisable. In the mountain. A very large number of arrests have event of the scarcity of food being so great been effected, in which are included Meagher as to cause serious ground for apprehension, “ of the sword,” and Messrs. O'Donoghoe and the Parliament will be called together at an Leyne, who were seized at Rathcahill, near early period. The Chartists have been busy Thurles, disguised as peasants. Some Ameriin various parts: on the 16th of August, a cans have also been arrested, but several of small party who were armed with pistols, those implicated as leaders have succeeded in xwords, &c., were captured by the police at a making their escape. The law courts have small public house in London, and like arrests also been busy. O'Doherty of the Tribune have been made in various other towns. The has been tried for sedition, when the jury could numbers congregated on these occasions have not agree; he was again tried, but the jury was been small, and the police appear to have such discharged without returning a verdict, in conaccurate information of their movements, that sequence of the illness of two of the members; there is hardly a chance for them to perpetrate a physician, who was called in, having declared mischief to any extent. All those who have that further confinement would affect them se been arrested have been committed for trial, riously. Martin, of the Felon, has been conand a considerable number of those previously victed of sedition, and sentenced to ten years' prrested have been found guilty, and sentenced transportation. The carelessness of Smith to various terms of imprisonment. No diffi- O'Brien is likely to prove serious to some of culty has been found in bringing the guilty to his friends, for at the time of his arrest a large justice; and the physical force doctrines are portion of his correspondence was in a carpetrepudiated by a great many who profess them- bag at Cashel, which was discovered through selves favorable to the six points.
means of a letter sent by him to his corres The energetic measures of the Government pondent there. A letter from Duffy of the have completely rendered abortive the intended | Nation was also found on O'Brien's person at rising in Ireland ; indeed, the result has shown the time of his arrest, in consequence of which that the disaffection was confined to a much the charge against the latter for felony is smaller portion of the population than was im- abandoned, and he will have to meet the graagined, and that there was but little real enthu ver charge of high treason. The latest acsiasm to support il. On the announcement counts from Ireland state the country to be that warrants were issued under the late act, tranquil, and that a large portion of the military the leaders scattered themselves through the and naval force is about to be withdrawn. country and used all possible means to eyade A forced tranquillity is maintained in France;