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With unusual discretion, she did not What could it be ? The others reconfide the above remark to her com- turned ? No, the road was never impanion, aware that it might be ruminated passable, even in a spring.tide; and if upon more than would be advisable, but anything had happened to the horses, confined herself to general subjects, after news must have been heard of it long a passing word of commendation to Mat- before. They had had time to reach tie's thoughtfulness in coming at once Rimnin and come back again, Mattie when summoned to the meal, instead of calculated. But what should the carriage waiting for further alterations in her ap- return for? There was a carriage, she pearance. It could do her pretty dress made out, as in some curiosity she hung no more harm to wear it on this quiet over the staircase, listening and peering occasion, tban to take it out and have it through the open door into the portico. crushed among a crowd of people. She How very odd ! It must be their carliked to see her children nice, and so riage, of course, and what was it doing seldom had that pleasure, that really it there? Come for her ? did her good, — and so on, and so on. But, alas! after dinner the headache re- Boyd was leisurely ascending the stairturned, so that even books and music case ere the thought had had time to do could not be thought of with any satisfac- more than dart into the listener's mindtion. No, she must go to bed; she was ere she had had a minute wherein to canvery sorry; it was vexatious, now that vass its merits, and school herself for its they might have had a nice, cheery even- rejection if necessary. And once more ing together, but it was of no use hearing in that eventful evening she had to learn up any longer. “And don't sit up late that the wheel of fortune had turned. yourself, little one,” exhorted the parent, “Sir Frederick's carriage come to fetch as she left the room. “You will not have you, Miss Mattie, by master's orders,” above an hour or two alone, for it is said the old man, with cheerful sympathy nearly eight now, - you might have come in his eye and tone. "Her ladyship into my room, but I must try to get a hopes to find you in the drawing-room sleep. Don't go on with the story to when they come out from dinner.” yourself, Mattie; that would be too bad And accordingly, a pale, silent girl was of you, when we are both so much inter- sitting in a distant recess of the great ested. I think I shall take it with me," drawing-room at Rimmin, listening, or laughing, “ to put it out of the way, for feigning to listen, to a companion of her fear you should be tempted. Good-night. own age, pretty Isabel Wray, who was Dear, that wind!

But I don't think it is bearing her company, when Frederick quite so bad as it was."

cast his eyes around to see whether the Not a sound now broke the silence in day was like to be his own or not. He the house, save the dull moaning of the came in last of all the stragglers from the blast without, and the occasional patter dining-room. He stood still in the door. of a shower on the window-panes. The way, as though he had no particular de. servants were too far off in their own sire to enter further, pulling his long regions for voice or laugh to penetrate moustache, and speaking to no one; but the passages above ; and in the weird still something in the gesture, in the pause ness which prevailed, the striking of the and halt, ineant to Mattie that her cousin hour by the great clock outside made the had seen her. Next she became aware, solitary watcher start.

and that without once raising her head or She started still more when immedi- turning from her companion, that he was ately following the last note of eight there coming. rang through the liouse the sharp, im- “How do you do?” said Fred. “ What perative peal of the great door-bell. At a long way off from everybody you two such an hour, on such a night, who could have fown! Did you come here to es. be thus seeking admittance? Tenants cape from us all ?" did occasionally come of an evening, * Miss Wray," continued he pleasantly, when business obliged them to speak to after a while,“ how good it was of you her father, and a message from the farm not to have been singing before we came was a thing of frequent occurrence, but in! I was afraid we had been missing a such visitors or despatches were usually great deal. May we hope you will now conveyed through the back door; and even -ah - delight us all with a ballad ? " the parcels sent up by the village trades. It was too late, another lady had been people found their way into the house prevailed upon. without passing through the entrance-hall. “ Have you seen these new prints?”


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. We have only just got the book. Go into my mother's little room," said My mother is tremendously taken with Fred, with his back to the company, and them.

bis head still bent over the broken jar. In fact, Lady Turner had already in- "Go out at this door, and no one can flicted the volume on all present, and it see, you won't refuse me? Wait till had at length been made over to the girls. you hear. I will be with you immediThey had dutifully gone through the whole ately.” set, and everything that could be said bad How she got out, or whether she were already been exhausted between them; really unobserved or not as she stole but under Sir Frederick's guidance, to be away, Mattie never knew. Fred declared sure, they were nothing loath to coin. afterwards that she did it admirably, but mence the task afresh.

then he allowed at the same time that he He was bent on finding entertainment had neither looked nor cared; he knew for both, directing his attentions to Isabel, she went, and that was enough for him. but keeping by the other's side. Yet he He found his own way out by the prinscarcely spoke to Mattie, leaning across cipal entrance at the other end of the her even, to point out beauties to her room, taking, as it were, a casual stroll companion; and she began at last to towards it, with a word here and a word wonder whether she was really happy or there to one and another of the company wretched, and to commune with herself whom chance threw in his way, and then as to whether she had not better take the seizing his opportunity to escape when all first opportunity of rising and leaving a were engaged. Within a very few minseat which, although by her cousin's side, utes he was keeping his tryst. yet brought her no closer to him.

But the light was so partial in the little At length the sounds of inusic ceased. room, only a single bar of moonshine

“Miss Hamilton is tired,” said Fred, having shot through the mullioned winshutting the book briskly; "and she is dow, that to the first survey no figure was not in voice to-night. We must not allow discernible anywhere within. her to be tasked again. Now it is your He stopped short. “Mattie!” turn." And he rose, resolutely address- “I am here." ing Isabel.

She was nearly hidden from his view Naturally she stood up also.

by the curtain, even when her voice diA table which had been drawn in front rected him where to look; her dress might of the trio for the heavy book to lie upon have been one of its folds, in the deep was pushed aside by the gentleman, shadow where she stood. pushed right in front of his cousin, that "I am here." But she did not turn Miss Wray might pass by the more con- round, nor move towards himn. veniently, and in the movement a clumsy The waves were booming over the accident occurred a valuable vase of rocks below, but there was no longer the Lady Turner's was thrown down and angry roar of a flowing tide to aid their broken.

clamor; the wind had subsided with its “Oh dear !” cried both the horror- ebb, and a sullen swell had succeeded to stricken damsels, in consternation. the tumult of the waters.

Pray go on,” implored the more hard- Even so was Mattie's breast heaving ened offender. “ Don't stop, or it will be with departed passions, conflicts, griefs, noticed. I will pick up the pieces. In and bitterness. All these were over now; the name of charity, Miss Wray, rush to she scarcely trembled she was calm, the piano, and save me from my mother.” solemn, wrapped in a sort of trance; a

Miss Wray obeyed, and the coast was sense of wondering awe held her still, clear at last.

and quieted the beating of her heart. Mattie,” said Frederick, very softly, What had happened, or what was going “help me, will you?”

to happen, she could but dimly realize. She stooped in search of the fragments, Yet was she neither confused nor bewiland he, like a blockhead, took the same dered, only conscious of a deep, strange moment for stooping also, at the risk of peace, and then of a voice in her ear, a the two heads crashing together. Was it presence by her side, some one holding that which made her start, and the china her in his arms. Why, Mattie! My fall from her hand again? No, it was not darling!” a blow, but a whisper from her cousin. “I must see you for a moment alone. I Mattie did not swoon away, she only must speak to you to-night."

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wards, before she was caught and upheld; what of that? Was it for him to be backand since even fainting people can do ward because the woman of his choice without water when it is not to be had, it did not fling herself into his arms ? Cold, is to be presumed that Frederick con- indeed! Were she to all appearance as sidered this to be a case in which that cold as ice, was that to say there was no restorative might be dispensed with. warmth within, - no smouldering volcano

He did not go in search of it, he tried beneath the snowy surface ? How could other means; and so successful were he tell if he never tried ? He would have these, that tears were flowing and cheeks it out, yea or nay, and know her mind were blushing rosy red again, long ere he from her own lips. If she loved him, had done: and so much had to be said, well; if not, if she would have none of and vowed, and sworn, and the speaker him, the worst was out, and there would was so fervent and impetuous in his mode be no more beating about the bush, disof saying it, and so resolute in claiming appointments, vexations, and heart-burn. his right to add appropriate accompany- ings ever recurring. He would bear his ing actions, that his fair companion was rejection if need be, like a man, but he in no danger of mistaking reality for would at least meet it face to face. In dreamland again.

short, our lover made a second dash “ But, indeed, you gave me a fright through the quicksands, and a second when first I saw you to-night,” said Fred, time reached the shore in safety. Would at last. “I could not understand that that more were like him! pale, sorrowful face. I thought we had But Mattie's ups and downs were dragged you here against your will, scarcely over for that eventful evening Why, did


father not tell you all even now. She had to go back to the about it?"

great saloon presently, to run the gauntMy father ?” said Mattie, raising her let of inquisitive glances, of affectionate eyes.

anxiety, and of sisterly frowns. Even " Who else ? Did he did you not with fred by her side, these could not know? I waylaid him this afternoon, got but be felt, even with his shadow between his consent and his promise to bring you. ber and the lights, her lip must quiver Then I went home and made my mother and her eyelids droop. While the rest write."

of the company remained, the hour must “ And when I did not come ?"

have its drawbacks. Ay, indeed, when you did not come, I But at length came happiness, complete thought it was all up with me; but my and unalloyed. She was cleared in the uncle had the charity to take me aside eyes of all; her father smiled, her sisters before dinner and explain how it was. stared, she was taken to her aunt's heart, So I sent for you. Why, the tide was and she was Fred's forevermore. nothing; that coachman of yours is an Now, was there ever likely to be anold wife for thinking of such rubbish. other evening in Mattie's life like unto But, do you know, my little cousin, I had this ? not the pluck to ask whether you had obeyed the suminons or not! Upon my word, Mattie, I was such a craven, that I sat still in the dining-room, though I heard the carriage pass the window, and could

From Macmillan's Magazine. not muster enough spirit either to make THE WIT AND HUMOR OF LORD BEACONSan excuse for going outside to meet you, or even to inquire if you were there. DEATH is the gate of criticism: the Until I beheld you with my own eyes, 1 grave is, by a strange law of natural comhad no idea what I was to expect.' And pensation, essentially memorial. Once

let it close over an eminent person, and And now the victory was his, as he de- the justice of perspective is restored : served it should be. Like a right bold we remember much that we have forgotgallant, he had gone straight on his course ten; we forget much that we have remem

whatever of weakness he might choose bered. More especially is this the case to confess in a tender moment and the on the decease of an author whose life event had justified his temerity. His implies eloquence before a prejudiced or cousin, he had argued within himself, had preoccupied audience. His words seem certainly been cold, constrained, and dis- to return in a sequence, connecting and tant to him - but that was all he could characterizing his work, and the man reallege against his hopes of her. And vives in the manner. Above all, how.



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ever, do these remarks concern Lord mirth turned philosopher - humor, pbiBeaconsfield. His individuality was so losophy at play. emphatic that impartial criticism has been If this account be correct, it is clear hitherto impossible. On the one hand, that humor is at once the more real and there have been those who could not be the more dramatic agency of the two. lieve that a brilliant statesman might also | Yet wit has been infinitely the least frebe a great author, just as many argue from quent, particularly among the Western a woman's beauty against her ability; on races. They, like their Gothic architecthe other, those who believed that rare ture, delight in rough, grotesque, exuberliterary promise had been blighted by ant animalities; but, if we except the rarer political success.

Celtic race, it is to the East that we must To estimate Lord Beaconsfield's posi- turn for proverb and simile. The “ Hagtion in the empire of letters is a task far gadah ” contains more absolute wit than beyond our present space. We might even Aristophanes, the prince of humorhave chosen the marvellous consistency ists, sprung too as he was from an Asian of his sentiments, or the remarkable civilization. The wisdom of the Koran method of their development in his ro- is wittily formulated. Holy Writ itself mances, or the invention by him (for such contains many examples of wit, though it is) of the political novel as our theme. none of humor ; while the Moorish and But all these are not his most peculiar Jewish schools of mediæval Spain furnish features, nor will they perpetuate him wit as subtle and supple as the flashing most. His wit and his humor are his and fantastic arabesques of their Alhamstyle, and he himself bas declared that it bra. If, we repeat, the Celts, who are is on style that fiction most depends. both humorous and witty, be excepted,

We ought first, however, to distinguish wit is of the Eastern, humor of the Westaright between wit and humor, for these ern temperament, while the conjunction terms indicate qualities and results by no of both, the existence of what might be means identical, and seldom co-existent. called Westorientalism, is extremely unWe remember to have heard an acute common. thinker sum up the difference between Almost the sole examples of wit pure them by terming wit a point, and humor a and simple in post-Shakespearian times straight line; but this epigram is inade have been Voltaire, Molière, Rochefouquate. Wit is no resumé of humor; the cauld, Sheridan, and Heine: four were two qualities differ in kind. Wit is a de Celts, and the last a Hebrew, and in their partment of style; it is the faculty of company is to be enrolled Lord Beaconscombining dissimilars, abstract and con- field. But Molière, Sheridan, and Heine crete alike, by the language of illustra- were also humorists, and humorists again tion, suggestion, and surprise. Like mis- typically different. The humor of Moliery, it “ yokes strange bed-fellows,” but ère and of Sheridan is, like that of Dickwith the link of words alone. It is best ens or of Hogarth, direct and mainly when intellectually true, but its requisite didactic, pointing to the follies and foiis fancy.

bles of mankind, the first chiefly by situHumor, on the other hand, is an exeration, the latter chiefly by speech; the cise, by whatever means, of perception; humor of Heine, like that of Sterne, and it is the faculty of discerning the incon- often of Thackeray, indirect and inclined gruities of the concrete alone, particularly to the sentimental, insinuating with all of human nature; it " looks on this pic- the machinery of playful surprise the ture and on that;” it is most excellent inconsistencies that enlist feeling or when ethically sound, but its essence is awaken thought. The former is the analysis.

broadsword of Cæur de Lion, the latter Wit works by comparison, humor by the scimitar of Saladin. It is of this contrast. The sphere of wit is narrower latter species that Lord Beaconsfield's than that of humor; the subject-matter finest humor must be reckoned. of humor more limited than that of wit. Let us begin with an instance from We laugh at humor, at wit we smile. “Tancred." He is describing the HeTalent is capable of the former; the per- brew Feast of Tabernacles : fection of the latter is reserved for genius. Wit is, as it were, Yorick, with cap dingy suburb or the stolid quarter of some

Picture to yourself the child of Israel in the and bells; but humor unmasks him with bleak northern town, where there is never a a moral. To define wit and humor one

sun that can at any rate ripen grapes; yet he ought to be both humorous and witty, but must celebrate the vintage of purple Palestine. we may epitoinize by saying that wit is He rises in the inorning; goes early to

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some Whitechapel market, purchases some ciously in the corner. The leaven of the willow-boughs for which he has previously idealists, a pupil of the celebrated Fichte ... given a commission, and which are brought the first principle of this school is to reject all probably from one of the neighboring rivers of expressions which incline in the slightest deEssex, bastens home, cleans out the yard of his gree to substantiality. Existence is in his miserable tenements, builds his bower, decks opinion a word too absolute. Being, principle, it even profusely with the finest flowers and and essence, are terms scarcely sufficiently fruit he can procure, and hangs its roof with ethereal even to indicate the subtle shadowvariegated lamps. After the service of his ings of his opinions. Matter is his great Synagogue he sups late with his wife and chil. enemy. My dear sir, observe how exquisitely dren in the open air as if he were in the pleas. Nature revenges herself on these capricious ant villages of Galilee beneath its sweet and and fantastic children. ... Methinks that the starry sky. Perhaps, as he is offering up best answer to the idealism of M. Fichte is to see the peculiar thanksgiving of the feast of Taber- his pupil devouring Kalte Schale. nacles, praising Jehovah for the vintage which

And this from “ bis children may no longer cull, but also for

Endymion : his promise that they may some day again en- The chairman opened the proceedings, but joy it, and his wife and his children are joining was coldly received, though he spoke sensibly in a pious “Hosanna,” that is “Save us,” a and at some length. He then introduced a party of Anglo-Saxons, very respectable men, gentleman who was absolutely an Alderman to ten-pounders, a little elevated it may be, though move a resolution condemnatory of the Corn certainly not in honor of the vintage, pass the Laws. The august position of the speaker house, and words like these are heard -I say, atoned for his halting rhetoric — and a city Buggins, what's that row ?Oh! it's those which had only just for the first time been incursed Jews! we've a lot of them. It is one of vested with municipal privileges was hushed betheir horrible feasts. The lord mayor ought to fore a man who might in time even become a interfere. However, things are not so bad as

mayor. they used to be. They used always to crucify little boys at their hullabaloos, but now they only

Of a like character is the remark of eat sausages made of stinking pork.To be Lothair after the opera servant's “ Thank sure,replies his companion, "we all make you, my lord,” had attested the overprogress.

powering honorarium :" We are at once remined by this blended He knows me, thought Lothair ; but it was pathos and humor of the sudden transi- not so. When the British nation is at once tion at the close of Heine's “Moses grateful and enthusiastic they always call you,

Yet another example from the my lord. same Palestinic portion of the same book: Or, again, Lord Monmouth's indignant

Mr. Bernard is always with the English advice to Coningsby :bishop, who is delighted to have an addition

with your family, sir, like a gentle. to his congregation, which is not too much, man. You are not to consider your opinions consisting of his own family, the English and like a philosopher or a political adventurer. Prussian consuls, and five Jews whom they have converted at twenty piastres a week, but Í know Or Waldershare's account of England's they are going to strike for wages.

ascendency: And once more Barizy of the Tower, a I must say it was a grand idea of our kings

The Jew, one of the lifelike group of Jerusa- making themselves sov igns of the sea. lem gossips, is made to say to Consul greater portion of this planet is water, so we at

once become a first-rate power. Pasqualizo:“I don't think I can deal in crucifixes.” “I

Or the Homeric simplicity of the Antell you what, if you won't your cousin Barizy sary tribe, who believe London to be surof the Gate will. I know he has given a great rounded by sea, and ask if the English order to Bethlehem." The traitor,exclaimed live in ships, and are thus corrected by Barizy of the Tower. Well, if people will the would-be interpreter, Keferinis : purchase crucifixes, and nothing else, they must be supplied. Commerce civilizes man."

The English live in ships only during six

months of the year, principally when they go And indeed we shall find this same spe. to India, the rest entirely at their country cial vein of humor in his first novel alike houses. and his last. Take this from “ Vivian Similar too is the oblique sarcasm of Grey.” The speaker is M. Sievers, the Fakredeen :German statesman :

We ought never to be surprised at anything We have plenty of metaphysicians if you that is done by the English, who are after all mean them. Watch that lively-looking gentle. in a certain sense savages. Everything man who is stuffing Kalte Schale so vora- | they require is imported from other countries,


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