« VorigeDoorgaan »
to take ads
They stanse time he
staunched his novel vari
coounds, and after
their transient encounters. Wilmi- || she went out, which was only to the na's only brother, in his nineteenth chapel; and on the fourth night afyear, was stabbed in a night scuffleter their meeting, Lady Home joined in the High-street of Edinburgh, her lamented son in a happier world. near to the entrance of a house con-Wilmina was removed to Balveny sisting of twelve stories, a height by || Castle, and all the inquiries she venno means uncommon in the ancient tured to make, procured no informacapital of Scotland. The Master of tion concerning the theme of her Home escaped from his assailants up anxious recollections. She had been several flights of stairs, as they were reared in seclusion. Some old lathen called, and he sunk with a dies and gentlemen called on Lady heavy groan near the door of a va Home; Lord Balveny was a frequent cant lodging. The owners of that visitor; but to the fascinations of lodging lived below,' and searching youth in a fine countenance and fi. with lights for the sufferer, found gure she had remained a stranger, him alive, but unable to speak. They until she beheld them on the stair of laid him on a bed in one of the waste her mother's lodging, and the effect chambers; it being reckoned unlucky was irresistible. The superb and to take a dying stranger to a dwel-novel varieties that engaged her atling - house. They staunched his tention at Balveny Castle in a great wounds, and after a little time he measure counteracted her rising pascould faintly beseech them to send sion, which grief had violently supfor Lady Home and her daughter. planted, and Lord Balveny's extreme They came. The Master of Home kindness gave rise to ambitious hopes, expired in a few hours, and Lady congenial to her earliest predilections. Home, who had been long an invalid, The potency of gold has been known could not bear up against a shock so since the time of Danaë, Atalanta, overwhelming. She perceived her Proserpine, and other belles of paapproaching end, and desired to gan celebrity: our heroine was vanbreathe her last sigh on the bed quished by the golden threads of where the dearest object of her af- embroidery. Aprons and tippets fections closed his earthly course. worked with threads overlaid by the She never left the lodging until car- precious metals were introduced at ried to her grave. During her ill-court by the queen and her Parisian ness Wilmina offered morning and ladies in waiting. Lord Balveny had evening supplications for her reco always studied to give his fair ward very at the chapel of Holy Rood. employments that might beguile the
The second week, as with down- tedium of a retired life with her mocast eyes and sorrowful heart she de- ther; and he sent her materials for scended to her pious orisons, a small the new mode of decoration but window at a narrow turn of the stair three hours previous to the untimely was so obscured, that she looked up || fate of her brother. The sad events to consider the way, and leaning on which ensued banished all thoughts the window sill, a handsome young of this gift, till her spirits rose above man was intently gazing at her. the pressure of grief, and she began Blushing deeply, she passed on; but to prepare for a gayer style of dress. he never failed to intercept her when Laying aside the tent-stitch intend
ed by her chaperon for cushions to for herself. Of late indeed she had the chapel of Balveny Castle, Wil- suffered twinges of jealousy on acmina rose with the dawn of a sum- | count of his lordship's tender assimer-day, and to gain the first rays of duities in amusing Wilmina; and supclear light, stood in an eastern win- || posing the silk was a late present, dow of the great gallery, while be- her uneasiness broke out in fierce ginning to trace gold scollops on the wrath against the sinful follies of moborder of the silken tippet so long dern dress. She ordered her charge neglected. She did not notice Lord to pack off to more useful industry; Balveny leaning on a table covered | and the helpless girl dared not diswith parchments, as he sat in ano- obey. ther window on the same side, near Lord Balveny sometimes took the a private door communicating with privilege of paying his respects to his bedchamber. The thickness of the ladies in their exterior bower the wall concealed him from her view, where they worked, and be availed and his mind was absorbed in con- | himself of the custom to release Wiltemplation of the dispatches which mina from the task imposed on her a king's messenger had delivered to by Mrs. Halyburton. When lijs him the preceding night; but Mrs. knock asked for admission, Wilmina Halyburton's stately step soon roused was struggling to repress the tears his faculties, by exciting keen, though she scorned to shed under Mrs. Hasuppressed displeasure.
lyburton's authority, and her fingers .“ Wilmina of Home," she said, I were almost unconsciously busied " how came you to rise at an hour with the chapel cushions. After the so unseemly? You stole away from morning compliments, Lord Balveny me, and I sought you, trembling with inquired, “ What cumbrous piece of alarm, all over the castle. Why do work have you here, Wilmina? I I find you here in the wide gallery, hoped you would gratify me by comand your tent-stitch and all the wor- pleting the apron and tippet so much steds packed in a basket on a bench in vogue with our courtly fair-ones. of your inner bower? What is this Be very diligent. You must be prethat employs your fingers? A silken sented to the queen in the fashion vanity you are working in threads of she has introduced.” gold! Accurst be the enemy that “Our own fashions are more betempted you with baubles to corrupt coming Scottish lasses,” said Mrs. your silly youth!”
| Halyburton, trying to soften her an" Oh! do not curse the wisest, I gry voice.-" We shall not dispute kindest, and most endearing of your taste, madam,” replied Lord friends, dear, dear Lord Balveny!" Balveny;“and of course you will be returned Wilmina. “ These are his candid to ours. I must trouble you gifts; and do I not owe all to him? to order breakfast. I have letters to and my soul shall ever bless him." write when it is over; but I shall Now the widow Halyburton had un- keep Wilmina company during your fortunately misinterpreted Lord Bal- | short absence.” veny's good-nature and courtly po- This was no very delightful intiliteness as symptoms of preference | mation to Mrs. Halyburton. She · Fol. Ir. No. XIX. .
employed a crowd of servants to ex- | wish to be treated with the familiapedite preparations for the early re-rity his incognito seemed to demand. past: yet brief as she made their Lord Balveny quickly returned to tête-à-tête, Lord Balveny obtained his castle, and was immediately unitfrom Wilmina a promise to grant himed to Wilmina at his chapel, in the the fondest claim to protect her. presence of only three witnesses, who
Wilmina, however, kept her own were sworn not to divulge the event secret, as Lord Balveny represented until the parties saw proper to give to her the propriety of strict reserve it publicity. Nearly a month elapsed on that head, until he could have an in circulating invitations to the nor interview with the king. His lord-bles and gentry within the circuit of ship was forced to postpone his jour- | many miles, and in preparing viands. ney to Edinburgh. His sons were for their entertainment; while so there, and as he did not think they little intercourse then subsisted bedeserved to be informed of his in- | tween great families, that not a sym tended marriage, so neither could hemise of the tell-tale looks of Lord be reconciled to see them without | Balveny and his ward transpired, making the communication. further than the gossip of the ser.
After a tedious interval, Lord Bal- | vants among themselves. Lord Balveny received notice that his sons veny sent a special messenger to call were gone to Angusshire, and he his sons to the revel; and, more from hastened to Edinburgh, to obviate curiosity than dutiful compliance, they objections, if any should arise in the attended the summons. They knew mind of his royal master, against his with what open-hearted hospitality marriage with the daughter of an | their father welcomed every guest; attainted traitor. James gave his ap- but formal invitations to a feast had probation in terms of cordial good-never been given from any of his will; and commanded Lord Balveny castles since the death of his lady, to tell the bride, she might expect and at his years a second hymen was the gude man of Ballengeith to look | not to be apprehended. Some poliin upon the nuptial dance. Few aretical stroke must be in contemplauninformed that, under the above tion, and they should attend to watch homely designation, King James V. the progress and result.
yea oi ai joined in the merrimakings of his
(To be continued.) sablon subjects; and they were aware of his
on... VILLAGE SKETCHES NEAR PARIS.
No. I. . You are not to suppose, good but a town. Whether it really des reader, that ours is a common village: | serves that honourable appellation no indeed; we pride ourselves upon or not, I shall not attempt to decide, its being cleaner, better built, and | my intention being merely to amuse, more genteelly inhabited, than most myself with sketching the place and of the villages near Paris. There its inhabitants. are even some among us who insist, If I could forget the tract of sea that it ought not to be called a village, and land which separates me from
my favourite part of London, the led at the idea, and protested that, New-road, 'I should sometimes fan- | however other magistrates might cy myself there as I walk down sanction such irreligious proceedings, our village. The houses are of the he, for his part, would never consent same size, are built nearly in the to such a profanation of the Sabbath. same manner, and håve each a neat There are people in our village, as in little garden before the door. It all villages, a little given to detrachas also another point of resemblance tion, who observed with a shrug, that to * part of the New-road, in the Mr. Mayor's reverence for the Sabnumber of short streets which branch | bath is considerably augmented by from it on each side. The inhabit- his fear of diminishing the profits of ants of these streets, however, being his ball. This is mere ill-nature no mostly shopkeepers, must not be put || doubt, though it must be owned, upon a footing with us residents in that his never appearing at church the main street, who are all, in our | does give some small colour to it. own opinion at least, gens comme il Our little community, like many
|| larger ones, is split into factions. Our only public building is a large Some of us pride ourselves upon our handsome church, which, for the cre- || birth, and others upon our money. dit of the inhabitants be it spoken, is | At the head of the first class is Magenerally pretty well filled. The demoiselle Mont-Orgueil, a virgin of mayor, with a laudable attention to fifty-three, one of whose ancestors, the amusement of his fellow-citizens, | as she tells us, was the bosom friend has fitted up a large hall in his own and privy-counsellor of Louis XI. house as a public ball-room, where A wag of the village had once the har. the genteel inhabitants of the village | dihood to ask her, whether the anassemble every Sunday and holiday cestor in question was his majesty's evening in grand costume, and caper provost-marshal, or Oliver le Diaaway to the music of the village fid- | ble? This sally was the cause of the ler, at the moderate prices of ten unlucky wag's expulsion from the sous for every lady and twenty for party; for mademoiselle, who has no every gentleman, refreshments (that notion of a joke, would never suffer is to say, a glass of sugar and water,) him in her presence afterwards. It included.
is certain that the family revenues We have also a theatre on the must have been for a long time in a first floor of the blacksmith's house, state of decadence, for her immediate which is fitted up, as the play-bills ancestors had no other possessions assure us, quite in the Parisian style, than a few acres of ground and an and where there is as little distinc | old house nearly in ruins, which she tion of pit, box, and gallery, as at chooses to call a château; but as Bartlemy-fair. A company of co- none of them could be convicted of medians, five in number, perform
following any trade or profession,
wisata every Monday evening, and generally || she piques herself upon having a treat the audience with the three noble and unblemished descent; and last new pieces. They strove hard | pretty frequently 'hints, that if she for permission to open the house on could have stooped to contaminate Sundays; but Mr. Mayor was shock- it by an inferior alliance, our village
would never have enjoyed the ho- | to hear him talk, to be convinced nour of her presence, for she might that in comparison with him all the have been married half-a-dozen times prime ministers in Europe are fools. at least to some of the most distin- He compliments the English minisguished among the new nobility. try, however, with having upon the
This good lady has taken upon whole a much better notion of finanherself the office of censor-general cial operations than their neighto the village; and certainly if we do bours; and he has more than once not regulate our lives and expenses assured me, that nothing but consis by the strictest rules of morality and || deration for the welfare of France economy, it will not be her fault. | has prevented his offering them his She knows to a liard the income services: but he patriotically declares, that each of us possesses, and the that his talents shall never be exerta uses we make of it. Not a singleed to raise the glory and posperity article of dress can appear in the vil- of a rival nation; and unluckily he lage, from a handsome shawl to a | cannot, at present at least, exert sixpenny top-knot, without her sit-them for the benefit of his own, since tingin judgment upon the right of the a certain great personage, who must wearer to purchase such a thing; be nameless, is too jealous of his and if any of the inhabitants hap- abilities to think of employing him. pen to have company, Mademoiselle He resolves therefore with the Mont-Orgueil is sure to prognosti- | versatility of a true Frenchman, since cate the ruin of the donor of the he cannot turn his genius to account feast, if she learns that there has in one way, to employ it in another, been the least approach to good and as he is prevented from regulatcheer. One can't help admiring the ing the affairs of the state, he occu. impartiality with which she acts up- pies himself with those of our village. on these occasions, for her being in- He is always at the head of the comvited never appears to have the ef- mittee of inquiry, regularly instituted fect of mitigating the indignation for the purpose of ascertaining whe with which she declaims against such ther new-comers are visitable: it is abominable extravagance. avagance.
peculiarly his province to impress , Monsieur Gasconade is a staunch them with a proper sense of the dig. supporter and devoted humble ser- | nity of his party, and more particuyant of Mademoiselle Mont-Orgueil, larly of his own. He is a univerfor a French lady must have an hum-sal referee in all matters of prece ble servant even at fifty-three. This 1. dence, and remarkably useful to gentleman formerlyheld a distinguish those who wish to be instructed in cd situation under government, so at the art of proportioning their civilileast he says, though there are peo- ties to the rank of the person they ple who declare that he was only a address; an art which is perhaps commis; but this assertion doubtless more necessary among us than even springs from that envy which never in the capital, for our ancient captain fails to pursue persons of merit; and of cavalry would never forgive you truly, our village may well be proud | if you did not bow at least twice as of possessing a man of such tran- low to him as to the mayor; who, scendent abilities for one has only for his part, would be extremely af