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I know! seven feet high, and weighing 'tre of the scene, and made a variety with twelve stone."
talk of horses and feats in the hunting" Yes, that is odd too,” said Mrs. field. Frederick was left in the backEastwood : people like that kind of ground, to his intense misery. He heard huge woinan. In my days now, a light one of the other visitors asked in easy elastic figure
terms to dinner that evening, with again They all died of consumption," said the thrilling prospect of the play after it. Nelly. She was herself exactly the kind He himself, it would seem, had' had his of being whom her mother described ; day. The only crumb of comfort he probut she took up the cause of the other cured from the visit was the name of the with natural perverseness. A curious theatre they were going to. He rushel sense of possible help gleamed across to Covent Garden after this, poor wretci, Frederick's mind as he listened. He and bought the costliest bouquet he could would not allow himself to realize un- find, and sent it to her. Then he dined, der what possible circumstances Nelly's miserable and solitary, at his club, speakchampionship might be useful to him ; ing no word to any man, and went afterbut his mind jumped at the thought, with wards to the blessed theatre in which she a sudden perception of possibilities which was to exhibit her beauty to the world. he by no means wished to follow out at He saw her from the first moment of her
to their full length and breadth. arrival, and watched with horrible sensaWhen he went to the office he congratu- tions from his stall the comfortable arlated himself secretly on his skill in hav- rangement of Lord Hunterston in his ing thus introduced the subject so as to corner beside her, and the large figure of awaken no suspicion and 'he went into the father behind dropping into a gentle the conservatory, and cut a lovely little doze. He sat and gazed at them in torwhite camelia bud, which Nelly had been tures of adoration and jealousy, wondersaving up for quite another button-hole. ing if she was saying the same things to It was just after the exciting moment of his successor as she had said to him; Nelly's betrothal, and the house was full wondering if Hunterston, too, was being of a certain suggestion of love-making, invited to Sterborne, and ridiculed about which, perhaps, helped to stimulate Fred-, the necessity of getting “ leave" — for, erick's thoughts ; but his blaze of sudden Frederick reflected with some satisfaction, passion was very different from the senti- “leave"
was necessary also to that disments of the others. He went to the tinguished Guardsman. As soon office first, feeling it too early to be ad- was practicable, he made his way up to mitted to Amanda's beautiful presence. the box; but gained little by it, since Mr. Happily, there was not very much to do Batty insisted upon waking up, and enat the Sealing Wax Office. He spent an tertaining him, which he did chiefly by hour or two there, in a feverish futter, chuckling references to their previous disturbing the others (who, fortunately, meeting in Paris, and the amusements of were not very hard at work), and throw-that gay place. Frederick went home ing all his own occupations into confusion. half wild to the calm house where his Ať twelve, he went out, and made his mother and sister were sleeping quietly; way to the hotel. He found Batty there, and where poor little Innocent alone but not his daughter.
heard his step coming upstairs, and “? Manda ?" Oh, she's all right,” said longed to get up and say good night to the father ; " but the laziest girl in Chris, him, though he had “scolded” her. Had tendom. Pretty women are all lazy. I she known it, Innocent was deeply haven't seen her yet, and don't expect to avenged. Amanda Batty had not spared for an hour or more. Have a glass of the rash adorer. She had “made fun” something, Eastwood, just to fill up the of him in a hundred refined and elegant time?"
ways, joking about his gravity and serious Frederick winced at this free-and-easy looks, about his fondness for the theatre, address, and hastened to explain that he and his kindness in coming to speak to was on his way to keep a pressing en- herself. “ When I am sure you might gagement, and would return in the after- have gone behind the scenes if you liked," noon, to pay his respects to Miss Batty: she said, with a laugh that showed all her At three o'clock he went back, and found pearly teeth. “ You, who know so much her indeed; but found also Lord Hun- about the theatres : how I should like to terston and another visitor, with whom go behind the scenes !” Miss Amanda kept up a very lively con- Frederick, who had made so many sacversation. Batty himself filled up the cen-'rifices to appearances, and who was dis
tinguished in society for the stateliness and enjoyed. her own cleverness in pitof his demeanour, would have been infin- ting one admirer against another - peritely insulted had any one else said this haps because the misery and earnestness
- all the more insulted for his own con- in the eyes of her new slave softened her, sciousness of those moments of aberra- she was friendly to him for the rest of tion in which he had been behind a great the evening, and wrapped his foolish soul many scenes — though never, so far as in happiness. Before they parted he was he was aware, where he could be found made happy by another invitation. They out. But a man in love is compelled, were but to be two nights more in town, when the lady of his affections is like and one of these evenings Frederick was Miss Amanda, to put up with insults, and to spend with them. does so in scores of cases with a meek- “ Be sure and find out for me the very ness which is nowhere apparent in his nicest thing that is to be played in Londomestic character. Frederick felt him- don,” she said, turning round to him as self punctured by shafts of ridicule not she left the theatre, though the rival hud too finely pointed. He was laughed her hand on his arm. The sweetness of at, he was rallied, jokes were made upon this preference, the sign she made to hin him. He was even treated with absolute as the carriage drove away, contented, rudeness, Amanda turning her beautiful and more than contented, Frederick. He shoulders upon him, and addressing Lord went home happy; he got through – be Hunterston, in the very midst of some- did not know how the intervening time. thing Frederick was saying to her. A Next afternoon he went to call on her, at thrill of momentary fury went through one moment gaining a few words, which him, but next moment he was abject in made him blessed, at another turning his endeavours to get a glance from her away with his pride lacerated ansi his heart - a word of reply.
bleeding. The succession of ups and “Don't you mind her — it's 'Manda's downs was enough to have given variety way,” said Batty, laughing as he saw the to months of ordinary love-making. Fredgloom on Frederick's face. " The more erick was tossed from delight to despair, insulting she is one evening, the nicer and back again. He was jibed at, tiarshe'll be the next. Don't you pay any tered, made use of, tormenied, and conattention : it's his turn to-night, and yours soled. Had he been a man of finer mind, to-morrow. Don't take it too serious, he might possibly have been disgusted; Eastwood ; if you'll be guided by me ." but it is astonishing what even men of
“ I fear I don't quite understand you, the finest minds will submit to under the Mr. Batty," said poor Frederick, writling force of such an imperious passion. in impotent pride at the liberties taken They console themselves by the concluwith him. Upon which Batty laughed sion that all women are the same, and again, more insolently good-humoured that theirs is the common fate. Ii Fredthan ever.
erick had any time to think in the hurry “ As you like - as you like," he said ; of emotion and excitement which swept "you are more likely to want me, I can him as into the vortex of a whirlpool, he tell you, than I am to want you."
excused Miss 'Manda's cruelties and caFrederick answered nothing: his mind prices by this explanation. All women was torn in pieces. Could he have had who possessed, as she did, those glorious strength to go away, to break those fatal gifts of beauty — all the Cleopatras of exchains which in a day – in a moment istence — were like her ; they had to be had been thrown over him, he would have worshipped blindly, not considered as done it. A sudden impulse to fly came reasonable creatures. Reason ! what had over him ; but a hundred past yieldings reason to do with those shoulders, those to temptation had sapped the strength of cheeks, those eyes ? his nature, and taken away from him all The evening came at last – the evenpower to make such a strenuous resistance ing of rapture and misery which he was to his own wishes. The self-willed, to spend by her side, but which was to proul young man put down his head and be the last. He counted how many hours licked the dust before the coarse beauty it could be lengthened out to, and gave who had stolen away his wits, and the himself up to the enjoyment, not daring coarse man whose familiarity was so odi- to forecast to himself what he might say ous to him. He turned from the father, or do before that cycle of happiness w.is and addressed himself with eager adora- ended. He dressed himself with so tion to the daughter; and, perhaps be- much care that Mrs. Eastwood, who had cause Amanda was a thorough coquette,'never forgotten that enthusiastic description of Miss Batty, felt an uneasiness for “Miss Batty — Good God, you are which she could give no very distinct ill !" reason. This time the roses in the con- “You may see that, I think, without servatory were not enough for Frederick. asking,” said Amanda ; " when
one is He had brought one from Covent Garden, well one does not show like this, I hope. carefully wrapped up in cotton wool; and The last night, too — the last time for he spoiled half-a-dozen ties before he could ages I shall have the least chance of entie one to his satisfaction. His mother joying myself, or having a little fun. Oh, peeped at him from the door of her room it is too shocking! When one is at as he went down stairs. In consequence home, with nothing going on, one does of their play-going propensities, the not mind ; it is always something to ocBattys had to dine early. It was but cupy one. Oh, go away please. Dine half-past six when Frederick left the somewhere with Papa. He is waiting Elms in his hansom, which he had taken for you outside ; never mind me. Oh, the trouble to order beforehand. Mrs. aunty, can't you be still -- rustling and Eastwood opened her window, with a rustling for ever and ever, and setting faint hope that perhaps the wind might all my nerves on edge.” convey his instructions to the driver, to A sudden blackness came over Fredher anxious ear. She withdrew blushing, erick's soul. “Dine somewhere with poor soul, when this attempt proved un- Papa.” Good heavens ! was that the ensuccessful. It was almost dishonourable tertainment offered to him after all his
like listening at a door. When one hopes ? He stood transfixed as it were, does not succeed in a little wile of this immovable in a blank and horrible pause description, one realizes how ignoble was of disappointment. The close room and the attempt.
the sudden revulsion of feeling made him Of course, if I had asked him where sick and faint. His perfect and faultless he was going, he would have told me,” costume, the delicate rosebud in his coat, she said to herself.
his tie which it had taken him so much But the truth was that Frederick had trouble to bring to perfection, his boots so often returned disagreeable answers upon which he had been so careful not to to such questions, and had made so many have a speck - all struck Amanda with remarks upon the curiosity of women, &c., relenting as she looked at him, and that the household had ceased to inquire finally roused her a little out of her abinto his movements. He was the only sorption in her own troubles. He looked one of the family whose comings and such a gentleman! Miss Batty belonged goings were
as daylight to to that class which is given to describe whomsoever cared to see.
its heroes as “ looking like gentlemen," His heart beat higher and higher as he with often an uneasy sense that the looks threaded the streets and approached the are the only things gentlemanlike about second-rate London inn which was to them. Frederick impressed her profounhim the centre of the world. When he i dly and suddenly by this means. was shown into the room, however, in lented as she looked at him. which dinner was prepared as usual, he “Dinner was laid here,” he said, “as went in upon a scene for which he was you see — but I don't think I could stand totally unprepared. Seated by the fire, it - and then when one is not dressed which had suddenly become unnecessary or anything -- it would not be nice for by a change in the weather, and which you made the little room very stuffy and hot, “ It is perfectly nice for me,” said Fredwas Amanda, wrapped in a great shawl. erick coming to life again,— “ a thousand Her usual sublime evening toilette had times more nice than anything else. been exchanged for a white dressing- Your dress is always perfect whatever it gown, all frills and bows of ribbon. High may be. Let me stay! What do I care up on her cheeks, just under her eyes, for dining or anything else ? Let me be were two blazing spots of pink. Her with you. Let me be with you. Don't face, except for these, was pale and send me into outer darkness drawn. The sound of her voice, fretful Oh, how you do talk, Mr. Eastwood,” and impatient, was the first thing Fred- said Amanda, though with a smile. “No, erick heard. By her sat a middle-aged of course you must dine. We must all woman in an elaborate cap with flowers. dine. No, now go away. I could not There was a medicine bottle on the man- have it. Let some one call Papa, and tel-piece. Frederick rushed forward, in you can go with him—" she paused wonder and dismay.
for a moment enjoying the blank misery
He face; then added suddenly, --“ On sec- told his adoration by a hundred signs and ond thoughts, after all, it might amuse inferences. And he went home in such a
Aunty, ring the bell. If you are whirl of sentiment and emotion as I cansure you don't mind my dressing-gown not attempt to describe. His lore was and the room being so warm,- and aunty frantic, yet so tinged and imbued with a being here, — and the medicine bottle, sense of the virtuous and domestic charand the big fire, — well, perhaps,” she acter of this evening of complete happisaid, pausing to laugh in a breathlessness, that he felt as good as he was blesway, -- " you may stay."
sed. She was going away; that was the If the Queen had created him Earl of only drawback to his rapture; and even Eastwood with corresponding revenues, that impressed a certain intense and ecit would have been nothing to the bliss static character upon it, as of a flower of this moment. He drew a footstool to snatched from the edge of a precipice of her feet and sat down on it, half kneeling, despair. and made his inquiries. – What was it? How was it? was she suffering ? did she feel ill ? had she a doctor, the best doctor that London could produce, Jenner, Gull, somebody that could be trusted ? Aman
From The Cornbill Magazise. da informed him that it was heart disease LOUIS NAPOLEON PAINTED BY A CON
TEMPORARY. from which she was suffering, an intimation which she made not without compla- In the year 1863, shortly after the last cency, but which Frederick felt to pierce visit paid by Mr. Senior tó Paris, he sehim like a horrible, sudden arrow — and lected from his journals the conversations that “ Aunty" here present, whom she which threw most light upon the characintroduced with a careless wave of her ter of Louis Napoleon. hand, knew exactly what to do.
Many of them were with statesmen " It is dreadful, isn't it, to think I might who are still playing a distinguished part die any moment?” she said with a smile. in public life, and could not therefore be
“Good God!” Frederick said, with published with the names of the speak. unaffected horror, “it cannot be true!” Jers. Thus their chief value would be and he sat, stricken dumb, gazing at her, lost. But the same objection does not the tears forcing themselves to his eyes. apply to the most interesting portion of Mr. Batty entered at this moment, and the book: the conversations with V3. the man who was human, and a father, dame R., a lady who was brought up as a was touched by this evidence of emotion. sister with the Emperor, and who conHe wrung Frederick's hand, and whis-tinued her intimacy with him till the Corg pered him aside.
d'état, which she, as a woman of integrity, “ It ain't as bad as it seems,” he said. and a staunch Republican, could not for“We daren't cross her. If she wanted give. the moon I'd have to tell her we'd get it
Mr. Senior made her acquaintance in somehow. We've known for years that she 1854, shortly before the Crimean War. wasn't to be crossed; but barring that, I hope all's pretty safe. It's bad for her February 17, 1854. — I went in the temper, poor girl, but I'm not afraid of evening to Mdme. Mohl's and found her life.”
there Madame R. We began, of course, Frederick spent such an evening as he with the letter of Louis Napoleon to the had never spent in his life. He sat at Czar : Amanda's feet and read to her, and talked “It was Louis Philippe," said Madame to her, and listened to her chatter, which R., “that made Louis Napoleon un wis soft and subdued, for she was lan- homme de lettres. It was at Ham that he guid after her spasms. Mr. Batty sat by acquired the habit of solitary study and most part of the evening admiring, and meditation. The lesson was so did the person called Aunty, who kept one, but it lasted too long. For fire in constant attendance. Frederick could years his health and mental activity were not throw himself at Miss ’Manda's feet unimpaired, but in the sixth he began to according to conventional form ; he could droop. He would have become stupid, not declare his love and entreat her to perhaps mad, if it had continued." marry him, as he was burning to do, for “I have always suspected," I said, he was not permitted a minute alone with “ that the French' Government connived her. But short of that, he said every. at his escape.”
“Your suspicion,” she said, “was per-| three times a day, came to pay his first fectly unfounded. The French Govern- visit at seven o'clock. Louis Napoleon ment took every precaution in its power had been complaining of illness for some to prevent it. If you like I will tell you days, and his physician, who was in the the whole story
plot, stopped the Commandant in the “ His apartment was at the bottom of ante-chamber, and begged him to go no a court; on each side of the door was a further, as his patient, after a very bad bench on which sat a gendarme. The night, was sleeping. The Commandant sentinels at the gate of the fortress al- acquiesced, and returned at two for his lowed no one to pass without calling for second visit. The same the concierge to examine him. The given : Louis Napoleon was still sleepgendarmes and the concierge were well ing. “This is very serious,' said the acquainted with his features. When he Commandant. “Do you apprehend danhad formed his plans, he did all the dam- ger?' 'I do,' said the physician, " I do age he could to his rooms, and then com- not think that he is quite safe. “Then,' plained of their dilapidated state. Some said the Commandant, “I must send a workmen were sent in to repair them. telegraphic message to Paris ; what would His servant was allowed to go to a neigh- become of us if he were to die in our bouring town, about a couple of miles off, hands ? And for that purpose I must to buy books and execute commissions, actually see him.' You can see him, of and for that purpose to hire a one horse course,' said the physician, “but, whatcarriage, which he drove himself. Through ever the danger may be, and I have not him Louis Napoleon obtained a workman's much fear, it will be increased if you dress,* and could have a carriage to meet wake him.' • Then,' said the Commandhim. The workmen were to be twenty-ant, I will sit by his bedside till he four days at work. He waited till the wakes naturally, that no time may be lost twenty-third to accustom, as he says, the in sending to Paris.' They went into the guards to see the workmen coming and room and sat at the side and the foot of going, but also, I think, from his habit of the bed, in which lay a figure wrapped in procrastination. At length, about a quar- bed-clothes and a nightcap, with its face ter to seven in the morning, at the time to the wall. After a quarter of an hour, when he supposed the two gendarmes the Commandant exclaimed, I do not would be at breakfast, sitting with their see him breathe, he must be dead.' The sides to the door, he went out with a physician was silent, the Commindant plank on his shoulder. But he was five turned down the clothes, and found a minutes too late. They had finished, and stuffed figure. their faces were towards him. He thought “Of course the telegraph was set to himself lost, and intentionally let the work, and pursuit was made on every plank strike the head of the man on his road — but Louis Napoleon had been in right. This succeeded; the man who Belgium an hour before he was missed." was struck thought only of his head the other ran to assist him, and while Wednesday, April 19, 1854. — I called they were abusing him for his awkward- early this morning on Madame R. Her ness he walked on, knowing that they brother is the architect who superintends would not quit their posts to follow and the works at the Elysée. recognize him. The soldier at the gate His story to her was, that at seven in knew him, smiled, and, without calling the morning of Good Friday, the Emthe concierge, said, “Passez.' A hun- peror and the Empress met him at the dred yards from the gate his servant met Elysée, and she told him that she must him with the carriage and his dog. The give a ball on Monday to the Duke of dog, not being in the secret, leapt on him Cambridge, that there was a difficulty in with great demonstrations of joy. This doing so at the Tuileries, and that he was seen by a sentinel on the rampart, must get ready the Elysée for it. who knew the dog, but he was as discreet But,” he said, “ there are 3.000 cubic as the man at the gate had been. They yards of stone in the court, there is no drove straight towards the Belgian fron- staircase, the walls are mere wet stone and tier, and reached it in about five hours.
mortar, nothing in fact is finished, except "In the meantime the Commandant, the roof; it is impossible ; and he whose duty it was to see Louis Napoleon looked towards the Emperor for protec
tion. “C'est un caprice de femme," said • This workman's name was Badinguay, hence one
the Emperor. “I am sure,” said the of the nicknames of Louis Napoleon. — M. C. M. S. Empress, "that nothing is impossible to