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From Fraser's Magazine. | monument was out of keeping with everything THE TWO GRAVES.
| about it? There were scarcely half-a-dozen head
stones throughout the whole extent of the churchTue church itself was almost entirely overgrown yard; one of these identified the remains of a with iry, and its low square tower was even over- former curate, who died at the patriarchal age of topped by the vigorous parasite by which it was eighty-nine ; another recorded the death of a fair embraced. As I had been ciceronised over every girl, just advancing into womanhood : the last, 25 foreign country that I had visited, and was now the inscription said,-and how mournful was the resolved to follow a totally different course, I asked reflection !-the last surviving child of that same no questions, and trusted to my own talent for ex-widowed old man. She had gone before him, and ploration to discover all the lions into whose dens he had borne up for five long months after his be I might penetrate. I did not, consequently, seek reavement before he “ fell asleep" in his turn. for the key of the church and a catalogue of the I was still meditating upon this melancholy monuments, a deinand which, in this instance, I record when I heard, at no great distance, a duil, should, moreover, have considered as somewhat measured, monotonous sound, which I could not more than supererogatory ; but with Snap at my mistake. I was not alone in the death-garden. heels, I turned towards the spot where the modest It was the opening of a grave, and the work was temple stood in a shady niche between two of the going forward behind the church, where I had not hills which framed in the hamlet.
yet penetrated. I turned in that direction and As I approached I was struck by the extreme found that I had not deceived myself; a half-dog beauty and antiquity of half-a-dozen stately yews, grave was before me, and in the pit stood an ald which kept their funereal watch over the yarrow man, so old that it was clear some one must son space where
render the same christian service to himself. He
had thrown off his coat, which lay upon the gris, “The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep;"
his head was bare, and his long hair, which glitthey were, in truth, magnificen* and as soon as I tered in the light like silver, fell over his shoulders. had passed the little wicket, I was no less attracted I watched him as he worked. His son-burnt and by the extreme order and neatness of the whole muscular hands grasped the spade with a strengib enclosure. Somewhat to my surprise, for I had which seemned incompatible with his years, and be discovered no habitation in the village which could pursued his task steadily, and with a precision evilead me to expect it, I saw upon my right hand, in dently the result of long habit. After a time be the full blaze of the southern sun, a raised tomb raised his head, and seeing me observing him, of stone, surrounded by an iron railing, and evi- lifted his hand as if to withdray his cap, wburch dently covering a vault. I was about to turn my being already thrown aside, he was compelled to steps that way, when, chancing 10 glance in the substitute a grasp of some of the white hair wbicb opposite direction, my eye fell upon a grave, made had elicited my admiration. immediately under the north wall, and crushed “ You have a hard task there, my friend," I into the extreme angle of the corner, as though he said, as I advanced to the edge of the grave. who dug it had grudgingly yielded the space which “ Not so hard as you think, belike, sir," was it must necessarily occupy: while near it, as if to the quiet reply ; " the soil's kindly, and I've been contradict this soul-chilling suspicion, two white at it all my life." rose-trees had been planted, one at the head and "And that life has been a long one," I rejoined: the other at the foot of this nameless mound; and " you must have stretched many to rest in their they were both in bloom, but not kindly : the last home since you dug your first grave." aspect was unpropitious, and the soil evidently un. "You are right, sir," said the old man, ceasing genial, and thus the stems were too fragile even to from his labor, and leaning lightly upon his spade. support the dwarfed and languid blossoms which more as it seemed from habit than from necessity. they had borae, and which hang their heads, and" old and young, rich and poor, happy and heartsuffered their sickly petals to be scattered by the broken; some who were loth to die, and some who light breeze that should only have extracted their were thankful to be beyond further trial. There's perfume. I advanced slowly and reverently to- no stranger book, sir, than a church-yard. Take wards that isolated grave, and I stood long beside every one of these graves, and if you could read it. It was, as I felt at once, that of an outcast ;what's written on the hearts that are rotting in but, assuredly, not of one who had been totally them, you 'd know more of life, maybap, than unloved. There had, perchance, been error, even you 'll ever learn from the living." sin, hidden bepath ihat grassy tumulus, but I am sure of it," I answered, astonished both human affection had as clearly outlived the fault : at the words and manner of the old sexton ; "and and those white blossoms were, like the wings of as you must know all this, perhaps you will be the dove of Nah, the harbingers of a brighter kind enough to answer me a question ?" hope. I had a strange desire to learn the history "You need n't ask it, sir,- you need n't ask it, ** of the silent heart now niouldering into dust be was the somewhat impatient reply. "You want neath my fe'l, but there was not a letter, not a to know the history of Squire Darcourt, who lies clue to guide me to such knowledge ; and at last yonder in the big tornb. lle is on the sogth, you I turned away and walked across the church-yard see-matter of course, sir, matter of course the to the tall square tomb. There I read that heneath gentlefolks have bad the sunshine all their lives, that stone lay the bodies of I know not how many and they claim it after they 're dead. Thes esquires and daines of the name of Darcourt, and could o'i lie quiet yonder in the shade, where the they were all of old date sare one; that of Rich soil's damp and the sky dark--ho, no, they couldn't ard Darcourt, Esq., who died in August, 1812, | lie quiet there." And he resumed his task and in whose person the family became extinct. with a vigor which had in it more of bitterness
Who was Richard Darcourt, Esq.! And how than zeal. came he and his ancestors to be buried here, in “ You mistake me, my good friend," I said this secluded spot of earth, where their proud soothingly; "I care nothing for either that for
mal tomb or its tenant; my interest leans to the where she might have laid among the friends of very spot of gloom which you have just denounced. her youth, and the old people that she had seen I want to learn the history of a solitary grave seated about her father's hearth; and I put her planted with rose-trees. I would pledge five years there, as if, even after death, she was to be a mark of my life that it contains the most feriile page in and a stare." that book of which you just now spoke."
" What was her name?” I asked, almost in a The old man raised his head, and looked at me whisper, for I began to suspect that I could read sleadily.
her history. "You are a stranger, sir," he said, in a sub-' “ Amy, sir-Amy Saunders : and that 's a dued and altered ione, utterly unlike his late irri- name that has n't passed my lips for many a long tation," and the tale is a long one, and a sad one; year. And Amy Saunders-it seems to do my aud I might n't sell it altogether after a fashion to heart good any how to mame it now-Amy Sausplease your ears, for you are a gentleman-I have ders was only another way of talking of the preiseen enough of 'em to know one at first sight; tiest and the merriest-ay, sir, and for all that's and, perhaps, you may be, too, like the squire come and gone-the modestest girl in Thornholyonder was for a time, a parliament man. But I low, till the trial cane, and then it was who could hope not, sir-I hope not; for if they're all alike say first, that they had seen how 't would be they 'll have a deal to answer for in the next world, months before; and that people was always pulled though their tombs may be of stone and iron in down that set themselves up for properer and betthis, while the poor must be content with grass ter than their neighbors ; and that if John Saunand osiers.”
ders had n't been a fool, he'd have seen that he I cannot tell why, but I would not have admitted might just as well have sent his sister to London the fact at that moment for all the condensed wis- to live, as up to the great house.". dom of St. Stephen's.
" The great house?” I repeated, interrogatively, “ Du me more justice," I said, “and tell the “What ! you have n't seen it yet, sir?" said tale in your own way ; I should not like it so well the old man." It lies beyont, at ihe back of the in any other. And, first, who lies yonder in that hill yonder, and they do say that it's a wonderful narrow grave?”
bit of building, for it's stood I don't know how ** My only sister,” answered the sexton, without many centuries ; and I can remeniber it a grand raising his eyes.
place in my time, with gardens, and groves, and I began to regret my curiosity. I had evidently terraces, and a park of deer, and an avenue of given the old man a pang, and I could devise no beeches up to the fore-court, that looked in the beiter method of at once terminating the conversa autumn like two long lines of gold, and livery tion than by saying
servants lounging about the hall, and music and “Pray forgive ine : I was misled by the fresh- laughing ringing out through the open window'3, ness of the grave, and thought that it had been and making the yeoman's heart lighter as it came that of a young person.''
sweeping along the wind to the lone field where "And so it is, sir,-young, and beautiful, and he was at work. The curse of a broken heart, Living, with a smile or a tear for every one, friends wrung out of its shame, had n't lightened on it and fues alike. And the grave is fresh, sir-the then." grave is fresh, as you say—and it would be hard “And now, my friend?" I asked, with all my if it were n'ı: as if old John Saunders, who has sympathies awakened by the stern eloquence of spent his life in throwing up the soil for every one the old man. that would pay him for his labor, could n't keep “Now, sir,” he answered, bitterly, as he leant one little mound clean and tidy, out of love for back and supported himself against the wall of the poor thing that lies under it!"
earth behind him, “the plough has passed over I bent my head affirmatively, but did not utier a The trim park where ladies used to walk about in word ; the old man's inood was evidently soften- satin shoes without hurting their tender feet, and jag.
the beeches have been cut down to raise money to * But it was n't always as it is now, shame be spend in foreign parts, and the gardens have run uith me who am obliged to own it! If you had 10 waste and are choked up with weeds, and the come here three-and-thirty years ago), sir, you 'd fishponds, that used to look like bits of clear glass, bave seen that damp corner smothered in neules, and were full of gold and silver fish, are mudholes, Liat grew tall and strong, as if they tried to hide where the frogs and tadpoles breed at their ease. the grave that had been dug there. And it did The shutters are close shut, and the house empty. my heart good to see 'em, and I would have I wandered through it once, unbeknown to any watered and weeded 'em, had they needed it, to one, for I knew a way in, and I wanted to see the inake 'em taller and stronger still. But I learnt end of the wicked. All was dark-dark : ay, as to feel better and softer afterwards," pursued the dark as that lone grave yonder, or the big tomb sexwon, in a lower voice, as he raised his eyes that looks down upon it; and the grand chambers reverently to heaven ; " and I began to understand echoed'-and here the old man almost gave way that I had grudged her enough, and that, surely, I to a burst of cruel merriment," as if they knew tight let her lie like a Christian in the cold corner that the same feet that used to tread 'em would where I had thrust her away, without making her never tread 'em again. They would have ploughed grave a marvel to the village. Ah, sir! I might up to the very doors, sir, for land like ours about have laid her down here, under one of these yew here is too good to waste, but they could n't ; for trees, and cut her name, and her age, and the day the fore-court is shut in with tall iron rails and she died, upon the trunk, for our parson was too wide gates, with a bit of gilding on the spikes, and good a man to have hindered me. He thought the place is what they call in Chancery, and must n't that I had suffered enough, but I had n't, sir, I be touched ; for the law is iliat it should be had n't-I had n't got my pride under, and my grief left to fall into ruin quietly, and no mischief done. was choked with it. I had more to learn yet; so So there the big house stands, in the middle of I refused to dig her a grave, as I should have done, corn and potato-fields, as if it had dropped down ready made from the skies, and had no business | proud, and passionate, he had a warm heart and s there. I suppose at the end of two more lives as ready hand, and, above all, a way with him that long as mine, if it holds out, they 'll say it's won strangely upon the women. He ought ever haunted, and it's sure that many a one has been to have come to such a place as this: he was too so for less."
clever for us, sir, in all the London ways. But all "But was there no lawful heir," I inquired, was joy up at the hall. Master Richard was so " to save so fine a property as you describe from handsome, and the friends that he brought down such a fate?"
with him to fish and shoot were so fashionable and " There were two of them, sir-there were two elegant, that poor Miss Emily was delighted ; and of them, and that they say was the evil. When that's the way that she came to marry her outthe squire yonder," and he jerked his head in the landish husband, poor dear young lady! Do you direction of the vault of the Darcourts, “went know, sir, I've often wondered," pursued the sermad and died, his sister was left, and she had ton, leaning his chin upon the clasped bands that married some great lord from foreign parts who rested on the handle of his spade, "I're very often took her away to where he came from; I don't wondered if that was n't a sin that marrying of forrightly remember now where it was, to France, or eigners; for as they are all the natural-born eneto the Ameriky's, or somewhere about there, and mies of old England, it seems to me that it never as she was n't here to take care of herself, up could be intended that they should come together starts a cousin that she had never seen or heard with husbands from beyond seas." of, from t'other side of England, a long way off, "Why, you forget, my good friend, that our and says as he is heir-at-law; so poor Miss Émily fair and gracious sovereign gave her royal hand to is advised to throw it into Chancery,' I think they a German prince." call it, which means that nobody is to have it, for “That's the very thing that makes me doubt, the good of them both, and there it is."
sir, for I felt quite sure of it before, but when I "It was a melancholy death for the last of an heard of that I was staggered ; and now I'm glad old family to die," I observed.
to know that I was wrong, for I loved Miss Emily "You would have said so, sir, if you had seen like a child of my own. Though still I shril and heard it as I did. I did o't envy him his down think, as long as I live, that our young ladies bed and his satin curtains that night, for I had could find better, and fonder, and handsomer hus. seen my father and mother die in our little cottage, bands at home than ever they 'll do across the in a room with a brick floor and whitewashed water." walls, the same room that I and she were born in, “ You and I, at least, are bound to believe sa, and where I hope to die myself; there were tears Master Saunders.” and sighs there, sir, I own, and many of them, but “You are, sir--you are," retorted the old man: neither howls, nor screams, nor terror. I never " as for me, I never thought of a wife but once, knew before how little money or luxury could help and I felt it my duty not to marry her; I had anat such a time, but I learnt it then."
other duty to perform, sir, that I couldn't ask her “ Was there insanity in the family ?"
to share, though she'd have done it, as I well “No, sir, never before. The old squire and know, for my sake ; and so from that time I made madam lived to a good old age in peace and chari-| up my mind to stay as I was, and to live and die ty with all men, and for the last ten years they alone." never stirred from the hall, which folks said was “You were, then, an orphan?" all the worse for their son, for London seems to be “ There were two of us, sir. My father went but a queer place for young men, when they've no first, when he was still a fine hale man of fifty, one to look after 'em. They thought he spent a from a fall he had ; and my mother broke her heart mint of money-they owned that, but when he six months afterwards, when Amy was only two paid some thousands of pounds to get to be a par- years old. I dug both their graves with my owa liament man, that seemed to set all right at the hands, and there they lie, side by side, as they hall; and madam used to look so very eager-like lived. No, not that way, sir," he continued, folat the parson on a Sunday when he prayed for the lowing the direction of my glance, “bot out away
high court,' a-thinking, as she was, of the young yonder. I put her as far from 'em as I could, for squire ; and all the village was so glad to do her I thought she was n't worthy to be near 'em; and pleasure, that the amen' to that prayer was also, from my own wicked pride, I 've brought the ways the loudest; but it would n't all do, for it same misfortune on myself, for I shall lie by her, wasn't likely that a gay young blade that could n't and she won't be alone much longer, that's one rule hingself could be a better hand at ruling the comfort." nation."
"I understand her melancholy story," I said, "Did he succeed in making any figure?" I with all the pity that I felt; * your poor young asked, with a smile.
sister was tempted, and she fell." "I should think he did, sir," replied the sexton, The old man nodded his head, and wiped his with all the gravity of a profound con viction, which hand across bis eyes. he was too modest to put into words, " for before “And yet I ought n't quite to say so," he pur long he got turned adrift again, and he never could sued, after a pause; "for you see, sir, here's the get in after that. He said when he came down whole truth.' Amy was not only the prettiest girl home that they was all alike, for that there was a in the hamlet, but she was the best. On her * dissolution ;' but you know, sir, ignorant as we death-bed my mother put her into my arms, and are about here, we couldn't quite believe that: for bade me remember that she would soon have no one it was n't likely or natural that they should all die to take care of her and watch over her but me, and of at once, so we jnst took it for what it was good as I was almost old enough then to be her father, for, and saw clear enough that the king and the she told me that I must act as such, and keep her parliament had had enough of him."
from all evil ways, and make her happy: and I " And was he unpopular at that time!"
promised it all on my knees. And while she was "Not a bit, sir ; for though he was wild, and a child she was seldom out of my sight, but played
in the fields while I was at work, with the hedge-1 "I thought, sir, that the floor was sliding away fowers and the butterflies, searching for blackber- from under my feet; and before I could get my nies and wild roses, and making my heart glad and voice again, up sprang Amy, threw off Miss Eunimy arm strong. And when I was called here to ly's arm, let the beautiful book fall upon the floor, dig a grave, she sat beside me on the grass, making and, without even waiting to pick it up, rushed to necklaces of the daisies, and reminding me of the my neck and began to cry bitterly, saying that she duties that were, before me, and making me feel could n't and would n't leave me forever. less lonely when I happened to look towards the “Ah, sir ! why did n't I listen to that voice of place where I had laid our parents. But she nature that rung a warning in my ears? But I couldn't always be a child, and so she grew up to was young and hopeful then, and was full of wild be a tall girl, wanting more learning than I could and ambitious dreams for the baby-sister that I had give her; and though the cottage was lonely reared. At least, I never thought of myself; I enough when she was out of it, I sent her to the could n't afford to do that. The solitary cottage village school till she had learned all they could frightened me, and the long, long days and nights teach her; and I thought that was enough for one that I must pass without seeing Amy, or feeling of her station, and was happy again to have her her kisses on my lips, or hearing her clear voice with me, singing about the house, and doing all carolling through the narrow rooms. And so it that her poor mother had done before her, and, as was me that persuaded her, and soothed her, and I fancied, doing it even better. This was n't to bid her go and kiss madam's hand, and thank her last, however ; for she was so pretty and so modest for all her kindness. And she obeyed me," purthat Madam Darcourt noticed her for a time at sued the poor old man, dashing away the tears church, and spoke to the parson about her, and which were now pouring down his furrowed cheeks then had her up to the hall and talked to her. I -" she obeyed me, sir; for Amy had never till can't tell you how proud I was, sir, for I knew that that day had any will but mine, and she could n't she deserved it all; and I began to hope that be- hold out long against it. And madam, who had like they would do something more for her than I kindly shed a tear herself, told me to take my little could. "And so they did, sir--and so they did ; sister home, and to bring her back on the morrow : and it was all well meant and kindly, though they but I could n't venture that, and so I made bold to had better left her in the old cottage to live with tell her. Amy was at the hall now; and, thankher brother and to work at her wheel. When Miss ful as I was for all her goodness, I might n't, beEmily saw her she took a great fancy to her, for like, have courage to take her back if once I had they were nearly of an age; and so it was settled her at the cottage again. Miss Emily, too, was that I should be sent for, and my heart was in my crying and clinging to her new friend ; and the mooth while I was putting on my Sunday suit to squire looked up from his paper and said that I was go up in my turn; and when I got there what quite right, and that, as the worst was now over, should I see in the grand old oak room but Madam it had better not be begun again; so the lady Darcourt, sitting in her big criinson chair by the agreed with him, telling me that I need n't trouble fireside, watching the two girls, who were on their about Amy's things, for that they would give her knees before a sofa, turning over a book of pic- all she wanted at the hall, and that I might come tures, and the squire on the window-seat reading and see her the next Sunday, and have my dinner one of the London papers. I guessed how it would there. I got away at last I hardly know how, and be directly, for Amy had taken off her bonnet and found myself in the great avenue. shawl, and Miss Emily's arm was round her neck, “ It was a Monday, sir-a Monday, in the afterthat was as red as a peony; and while Amy's eyes noon—and I wasn't to see Amy till the next Sunwere cast down upon the pictures, Miss Emily day. When I remembered that, I felt as if some was whispering in her ear and almost laughing in one had clutched me by the throat-I could n't her joy. Well, sir, when I took my hat off at the breathe ; and if I had been a boy instead of a man door, the squire nodded his head, and madam I should have thought that I was sobbing. So I smiled and told me to come in; but I knew myself sat down under one of the trees and took off my better, and stood fast. It was just as I thought. hat, that the wind might blow in my face, and that First I was asked what relations I had about the did me good; and, after a time, I began to think, place, and I said none at all but Amy; for my fa- and, somehow, from one thing to another, I got on ther came from a far shire when he was a boy to till I verily believed that I had made a fortune for seek for work; and poor people, when they're Amy. I saw her riding in her own coach ; and once parted from their uncles and cousins, don't then I felt so merry that I tried to sing, but I know much about 'em a few years after; and my could n't do that I might as well have tried to Inother was an orphan brought up by her grandmo- pull up one of the old becches by the roots. So, ther, who died many years before of grief that her when I found it would n't do, I jumped up again only son had been lost at sea : so that we were all and walked on to the village. alone. The lady said that she was glad of it, and "I passed the wicket of my little garden, lifted then inquired what friends Amy had made in the the door-latch, and went into the cottage. I kept village. I told her what was the truth, that every telling myself that I ought to be very glad ; but sool in the village was her friend, from the parson somehow, when I found myself there alone, I felt downwards, but that she had no playfellow but me, just as I did the day that I came from my mother's and had never asked for one. Madam looked more funeral. I had ate nothing since breakfast, for pleased than ever ; and saying that she knew she Amy had been sent for just as she put our bit of coald trast to my word, she began to tell me that bacon in the pot; and when I went I was in too Miss Emily was in want of a companion, both in great a hurry to follow her to think about my meal. her play and her learning, and that if I would con- When I got home the fire had gone out under the sent to part with Amy, she should live at the ball saucepan, and there was no cloth laid, though it so long as she continued to be a good girl, and was nearly supper time; but I did n't heed these learn of Miss Emily's governess and be treated like things then, I only remembered them afterwards. one of the family.
I threw myself into an old high-backed wooden chair, that had been my father's, and sat there, there at least ; and now I saw that I should be thinking of nothing, but quite lost, until the morn- obliged to sit alone, and only see her a long way ing.
loff, when I caught a sight of her bright young face ** The fresh air did me good when I went to my between the crimson curtains of the pew. But work, and I began to be angry at my own folly. there was no help for it, and so I promised MaIt was hard enough, to be sure, to be parted from dam Darcourt that I would forbid her to come to Amy, and to be left alone for the first time, but me. And I did it-I did it, sir; but I don't know then it was for Amy's good, and I had promised to how I had the heart, for I began to see that they be a father to her; and all the while that pride wanted to shake me off, and that it was only Amy's was swelling at my heart, I kept telling myself innocent love that prevented it. However, I never that I had only done my duty, and that I must n't saw that Sunday-school bonnet again, and we never be thinking of my own pleasure and convenience. more sat side by side upon that narrow bench. I never shed a tear, sir, through it all; perhaps I “Well, sir, they grew up, those two beautiful should have got over it better if I had, for the wo- young girls; but Amy was the handsomest of the men seem to get rid of a deal of grief through their two and the cleverest, for Miss Emily was n't food eyes! But I hoarded up all my sorrow, and even of learning and was a spoiled child, while the poor hid it from my neighbors when they inquired into cottager's daughter gave all her miod to her the truth, and told me that Amy's fortune was books, and, not content with learning what they made and that she would be a lady. And so Sun- bid her, learned a power of other things that they day came at last, and it rained hard and the family never meant her to know. And she had such an did n't come to church ; but the rain was nothing air, sir! Many times I've put my hand to my to me, and, when the parson had gone home, I hat to pull it off when she spoke to me, if she started for the hall.
had n't hindered it with a smile and a kiss. And "I thought Amy would have ate me up; but so as I found she was getting beyond me, and that hardly satisfied me. I should n't have known would never be fit for the cottage again, I began her again, for she had got lace on her frock, and a to think that I got on badly enough with the old sash like Miss Emily's; and although I was proud woman that looked after me, and that I'd better to see her so fine, yet somehow she did n't seem to search about for a wife. There were plenty of belong to me as she used to do. And I wasn't a girls in the village, and good girls too; but Amy minute alone with her. I was asked into the had spoiled me, so I was in no hurry to make up schoclroom, where the governess never left us, and my mind, for I would n't give her a sister that she called me Mister Saunders, and told me that I might be ashamed of, and I was too poor to look ought to pray for madam every night of my life, for anything grand. However, I kept my eyes and suchlike, as if she could feel what I did. And about me ; and just then the young squire came Amy smiled and cried at the same time, and in- home, after what he called the dissolution. I quired after her poultry and the donkey that she shall never forget him at church the next Sunday: used to gallop over the hills upon, till she was re- how polite he was, looking out the places in her minded that she must leave off thinking of such prayer-hook, and putting on her shawl when they things, and think of her learning ; and then she were going home. All the village was up in hung her head and kissed me over and over again, arms; but I did n't like it-it did n't seem to me but asked no more questions. This was bad to be patural. And when Amy wished me goodenough, but when dinner came it was worse. I by at the porch, and got into the coach with had n't had tiine yet to forget that Amy was my madam, and Miss Emily, and the governess, to go sister ; but she dined in the parlor with the squire home, altogether it did n't seem to me to be right, and madam, and Miss Emily and the governess, as and I began to be uneasy about her. But Master the role was every Sunday, and I in the servants' Richard was soon off again, and I forgot all about hall. It was n't for pride that I minded it, for the it, uill the old squire was taken ill and had two servants there were all ladies and gentlemen, physicians from the county town. But all and thought themselves very obliging to accept of would n't do, and at the end of four months he my company; but I could n't bear to be parted died. from Amy, nor to have her taught to look down "That was the first time the vault had been upon me, and I really believe that I should have opened since I took up my father's trade, and I carried her back again that night to the cottage if need n't tell you, sir, how heavy my heart was she hadn't had on a parcel of fine clothes that when I set about it. It seemed to me to be only did n't belong to her.
the beginning of evil, and so it was; for madam * Next thing, sir, I was asked up once a fort- began to pine when he was gone, and the young night, and then once a month ; but, for a time, squire, who had come down for the funeral with Amy persisted in sitting by me at church on a the lawyers and such like, wouldn't leave her, but Sanday, and reading out of the same book, and she stayed on for a whole year at the hall; and at the used to wear her old bonnet and shawl that she end of it he buried her. Then Miss Emily refused had on when she left home, though I soon saw to leave the place; and so he came and went bemyself that they did n't look rational over muslin tween London and the hall, that was now his and silk frocks, for she had soon outgrown her own, and a few months afterwards the house was own. At last, one Sunday, when I was dining at full. The governess stayed on as housekeeper, the hall, madam sent for me to the big room, and and Miss Emily and Amy loved one another more told me that she was quite satisfied with my be-than ever. havior, and was sorry to say anything that might ** Before very long news came to the village hurt me, but that if Amy was to be Miss Emily's that Miss Emily was about to be married ; and friend, it was n't becoming that she should leave then my heart was full, for I didn't know what the squire's pew, or wear the Sunday-school dress would become of my sister. Madam had left her that likened her to the rest of the village girls. I five hundred pounds in her will, and she was a think I felt that saying more than all the rest, sir, match for the best fartner in the country. Det ! for I had been glad to believe that we were equal began to be afraid that she 'd never settle to work