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have substituted, — as if science and relig- may rely upon it that catechisms, whether ion were to be taught not by imbuing the Pinnock's or the Church of England's, will mind with their spirit, but by cramming be found a poor substitute for those old rothe memory with summaries of their conclu- mances, whether of chivalry or of faëry, sions. Not what a boy or girl can repeat which if they did not give a true picture of by rote, but what they have learnt to love actual life, did not give a false one, since and admire, is what forms their character. they did not profess to give any, but (what The chivalrous spirit has almost disappeared was much better) filled the youthful imagfrom books of education ; the popular nov-ination with pictures of heroic men, and of els of the day téach nothing but (what is what are at least as much wanted, heroic already too soon learnt from actual life) women.”* lessons of worldliness, with at most the To combine the presentation of an ideal huckstering virtues which conduce to get- - a true and noble ideal — with the culture ting on in the world; and for the first time of sympathy should be the aim of the writer perhaps in history, the youth of both sexes of fiction who desires that his work should of the educated classes are universally grow- be the highest of its kind. And to do this ing up unromantic. What will come in is possible.
DECEM. mature age from such a youth the world has not yet had time to see.
But the world ( Prophecy.”
* Dissertations and Discussions, vol. i.-"A
To the Editor of the Living Age : – A Soothingly fold thy counterpane few days since, looking over the number of O’er the old man's grave, O fleecy snow! your Magazine dated Nov. 25th, my attention was attracted by a notice of the death A thousand weary walks, of Joshua Ware, for many years in your And now he has gone to his rest; service. I can hardly explain why it was His aged form to his mother earth, so, but this brief notice touched me strangely, His childlike soul to the home o' the blest. though an entire stranger to its subject; and I have been led to enclose the lines A thousand weary walks hereunto appended as a slight expression of Through snow and wind and rain ; the thoughts suggested by your remarks. And now on the breast of the God o' the poor
I beg you to believe that I have no wish The wayfarer's spirit is tenderly laid. to intrude myself upon you, nor have I any thought of your deeming my humble Sleep sweetly, O traveller worn! verse meritorious in a literary sense. I ad-Thy wearisome journey is o'er. dress you simply because I fancy it may not Through toil and privation the goal has been be unpleasing to you to know how suuges- won, tive was your kindly remembrance of one And peace shall attend thee, and joy evermore. who served you so long and faithfully to a “subscriber,” and an ardent admirer of While ever thy gentle face, the “ Living Age."
And tottering footstep's sound,
Each week, as of old, when the book goes
round, Died, 9th Nov. 1865. Aged 80 years.
Then weep, O gentle rain ! For twenty years Carrier of the “Living Age." Thy mantle let tall, 0 snow!
Till over the grave where the old man's lain Fall gently, 0 weeping rain !
Green grapes shall wave, and the daisies grow. O wind ! sigh soft and low;
PART XI. - CHAPTER XXXVIII.
her youth, she named that period as the
time when she might probably begin to go It would be vain to follow Lucilla in de-off, and wculd be disposed to marry. By tail through her consistent and admirable this time the drawing-room carpets and curcareer; nor is it necessary to say that she tains had faded a little, and Lucilla had went on steadily in face of all her discour- found out that the delicate pale green which agements, with that mixture of success and suited her complexion was not to call a failure which comes natural to all human af- profitable colour; and nobody could have fairs. The singular thing about it was, that thought or said that to marry at this period the years passed on, and that she was permit- would be in the least degree to swindle the ted by the world in general to fulfil her own Doctor. Thus the moment had arrived to promise and prophecy about remaining ten which she looked forward, but the man had years at home to be a comfort to her dear not arrived with it. Ten years had passed, papa. She had been nineteen when she during which she had been at the head of beyan her career, and she was nine-and- society in Grange Lane, and a great comtwenty when that little episode occurred fort to her dear papa ; and now, if there rewith young Dr Rider, before he was married mained another development for Lucilla's to his present wife. There would have character, it was about time that it should been nothing in the least unsuitable in a begin to show itself. But at the same time, marriage between Dr Rider and Miss Mar- the main element necessary for that new joribanks, though people who were the best development did not seem at present likely informed never thought either of them had to be found in Grange Lane. any serious meaning; but, of course, the Unless, indeed, it might happen to be general public, having bad Lucilla for a found in the person of Mr. Ashburton, who long time before their eyes, naturally added was so often in Carlingford that he might on seven or eight years to her age, and con- be said to form a part of society there. It cluded her to be a great deal older than the was he who was related to the Richmonds, young doctor, though everybody allowed who, as everybody knows, were a family that it would have been a most advantage- much respected in the county. He had ous match for him in every possible point been at the bar, and even begun to distinof view. But, however, it did not come to guish himself, before old Miss Penrhyn died anything, no more than a great many other and left him the Firs. He had begun to nibbles of the same kind did. The period distinguish bimself
, but he had not, it aparrive i at which Lucilla had thought she peared, gone so far as to prevent him from might pe. haps have begun to go off in her coming down to his new property and setlooks, but still there was no immediate ap- tling upon it, and taking his place as a local pearance of any change of name or con- notability. He was not a man who could dition on her part. Many people quite be expected to care for evening parties in a congratulated themselves on the fact, as it provincial town; but he never refused to was impossible to imagine what might be dine with Dr. Marjoribanks, and was genethe social condition of Grange Lane with- rally popular up-stairs, where he always out Miss Marjoribanks; but it is doubtful paid a little attention to Lucilla, though whether Lucilla congratulated herself. She nothing very marked and noticeable. Mr. was very comfortable, no doubt, in every Ashburton was not like Mr. Cavendish, for way, and met with little opposition to speak instance (if anybody remembered Mr. Cavof, and had things a great deal more in her endish), a man whose money might be in own hands than she might have had, had the Funds, but who more probably speculatthere been a husband in the case to satisfy ; ed. Everybody knew everything about but notwithstanding, she had come to an age him, which was an ease to the public mind. when most people have husbands, and when The Firs was as well known as Carlingford an independent position in the world be- steeple, and how much it was worth a-year, comes necessary to self-respect. To be and everything about it; and so was the sure, Lucilla was independent; but then — proprietor's pedigree, which could be traced there is a difference, as everybody knows. to a semi-mythical personage known as old And Miss Marjoribanks could not but feel Penrhyn, whose daughter was Sir John that the world had not shown that appreci- Richmond’s grandmother. The Firs, it is ation of her, to which, in her earlier days, true, had descended in the female line, but she looked forward with so little fear. The still it is something to know where a man ten years, as they had really gone by, were comes from, even on one side. Mr. Ashvery dillerent from the ten years she had burton made himself very agreeable in the looked forward to, when, in the triumph of neighbourhood, and was never above enlightening anybody on a point of law. He in the idea of Mr. Ashburton, that she did used to say that it was kind to give him not know until she had almost done it, that something to do, which was an opinion she was walking straight into her hero's endorsed practically by a great many peo- arms. ple. It is true that some of his neighbours “Oh, Mr. Ashburton!” said Lucilla, wondered much to see his patience, and with a little scream, " is it you? My mind could not make out why he chose to rusti- was quite full of you. I could not see you cate at the Firs at his age, and with his for thinking. Do come bark with me, for I abilities. But either he never heard these have something very particular to say,”. wonderings, or at least he never took any “ To me ?” said Mr. Ashburton, looking notice of them. He lived as if he liked at her with a smile and a sudden look of it, and settled down, and presented to all interest; for it is always slightly exciting men an aspect of serene contentment with to the most philosophical mortal to know his sphere. And it would be difficult to say that somebody else's mind is full of him. what suggestion or association it was which "What you have said already is so flatterbrought him all of a sudden into Miss Mar- ing” joribanks's head, one day, when, seeing a * I did not mean anything absurd,” said little commotion in Masters's shop, she Miss Marjoribanks. “Don't talk any nonwent in to hear what it was about. The sense, please. Mr. Ashburton, do you cause of the commotion was an event which know that old Mr. Chiltern is dead?” had been long expected, and which, indeed, Lucilla put the question solemnly, and ten years before, had been looked on as a her companion grew a little red as he looked possible thing to happen any day. The at her." It is not my fault,” he said, wonder was, not that old Mr. Chiltern though he still smiled; and then he grew should die, but that he should have lived redder and redder, though he ought to have so long. The ladies in Masters's cried, been above showing these signs of emotion; “ Poor dear old man!" and said to each and looked at her curiously, as it he would other, that however long it might have seize what she was going to say out of her been expected, a death always seemed sud- eyes or her lips before it was said. den at the last. But, to tell the truth, the “ It is not anything to laugh about,” said stir made by this death was rather pleasant Lucilla. He was a very nice old man; than sad. People thought not of the career but he is dead, and somebody else must be which was ended, but of the one which Member for Carlingford: that was why I must now begin, and of the excitement of told you that my mind was full of you. I an election, which was agreeable to look am not in the least superstitious," said Miss forward to. As for Lucilla, when she too Marjoribanks, solemnly; " but when I stood had heard the news, and had gone on upon there -- there, just in front of Mr. Holden's her way, it would be vain to assert that a - you came into my mind like a flash of regretful recollection of the time when Mr. lightning: I was not thinking of you in the Cavendish was thought a likely man to suc- least, and you came into my mind likeceed Mr. Chiltern did not occur to her. like Minerva, you know. If it was not an But when Miss Marjoribanks had dismissed intimation, I don't know what it was. And that transitory thought, Mr. Ashburton sud- that was why I ran against you, and did not denly came into her bead by one of those see you were there. Mr. Ashburton, it is intuitions which have such an effect upon you who must be the man,” said Lucilla. the mind that receives them. Lucilla was it was not a thing to speak lightly about, not of very marked political opinions, and and for her part she spoke very solemnly; perhaps was not quite aware what Mr. Ash- and as for Mr. Ashburton, his face flushed burton's views were on the Irish Church deeper and deeper. He stood quite still in question, or upon parliamentary reform; the excitement of the moment, as it she had but she said after, that it came into her given him a blow. mind in a moment, like a flash of lightning, “Miss Marjoribanks, I don't know how that he was the man. The idea was so new to answer you," he cried; and then be put and so striking, th she turned back and out his hand in an agitated way nd graspwent, in the excitement of the moment, to ed her hand. “ You are the only creature suggest it to Mrs. Chiley, and see what her in Carlingsord, man or woman, that bas old friend and the Colonel would say. Of divined me,” he said, in a trembling voice. course, if such a thing was practicable, It was a little public at the top of Grange there was no time to lose. She turned Lane, where people were liable to pass at round quickly, according to her prompt every moment; but still Miss Marjoribanks nature; and such was her absorbed interest accepted the pressure of the hand, which, to be sure, had nothing whatever to do with the Colonel are not of the same way of love-making. She was more shy of such thinking; and then my opinions”. demonstrations than she had been in her If they are not of the same way of thinkconfident youth, knowing that in most cases ing, we must make them,” said Lucilla : they never came to anything, and at the after having such an intimation, I am not same time that the spectators kept a vivid going to be put off for a trifle; and besides, recollection of them; but still, in the excite- what does it matter about opinions ? I am ment of the moment, Miss Marjoribanks ac- sure I have heard you all saying over and cepted and returned in a womanly way over that the thing was to have a good man. the pressure of Mr. Ashburton's hand. Don't go and make speeches about opinions.
"Come in and let us talk it over,” Lucilla If you begin with that, there is no end to said, feeling that no time was to be lost. It it," said Miss Marjoribanks. “I know what Fas a conference very different from that you gentlemen are. But if you just say diswhich, had Mr. Chiltern been so well ad- tinctly that you are the best man”. vised as to die ten years before, might have " It would be an odd thing to say for been held in Dr. Marjoribanks's drawing- one's self,” said Mr. Ashburton, and he room over his successor's prospects; but at laughed; but, to tell the truth, he was the same time there was something satisfac- not a man of very quick understanding, tory to the personal sentiments of both in and at the first outset of the thing he did the way in which this conversation had not understand Lucilla ; and he was a little come ahout. When Lucilla took off her – just a very little — disappointed. She hat and sat down to give him all her atten- had divined bim, which was a wonderful tion, Mr. Ashburton could not but feel the proof of her gerius; but yet at the bottom flattering character of the interest she was she was only an ignorant woman after all. taking in him. She was a woman, and " I see it all quite clear what to do,” said young (comparatively speaking), and was Miss Marjoribanks. “You must have the by no means without admirers, and unques- Colonel and Sir Jobn, and every borly. I tionably took the lead in society; and to be would not pay the least attention to Tories divined by such a per-on was perhaps, on or Whigs, or anything of that sort. For my the whole, sweeter to the heart of the aspi- part I don't see any difference. All that has rant than if Colonel Chiley had found out his to be said about it is simply that you are the secret, or Dr. Marjoribanks, or even the right man. Papa might object to one thing Rector: and Lucilla for her part had all and the Colonel might object to another, and that natural pleasure in being the first to then if Sir John, as you say, is of quite embrace a new interest (which might or another way of thinking – But you are the mght not have very important results), man for Carlingford all the same; and none which was natural under the circumstances. of them can say a word against that,” said "Let us talk it all over,” she said, giving Lucilla, with energy. She stopped short, Mr. Ashburton a chair near her own. It with her colour rising and her eyes brightI believed in spirit-rapping, you know, I ening. She felt herself inspired, which was should be sure that was what it meant. I a new sensation, and very pleasant; and was not thinking of you in the least and all then the idea of such a coming struggle was at once, like a flash of lightning - Mr. Ash- sweet to Miss Marjori banks, and the conburton, sit down and tell me — what is the viction burst upon her that she was striking first thing that must be done?”
out a perfectly new and original line. "If I could ask you to be on my committee, As for her candidate, he smiled, and hesthat would be the first thing to be done,” itated, and paid her pretty little complisaid Mr. Ashburton, “ but unfortunately I ments for a few minutes longer, and said it can't do that. Let me tell you in the first was very good of her to interest herself in his place how very much I am obliged.” fortunes. All which Lucilla listened to with
.: Don't say that, please," said Miss Mar- great impatience, feeling that it had nothing joribanks, with her usual good sense, for to do with the matter in band. But then after I have done nothing. But papa can be on these few minutes had elapsed the meaning the committee, Mr. Ashburton, and old of his fair advisor, as he called her, began Colonel Chiley, who is such a one for poli- to dawn on Mr. Ashburton's mind. "He betes; and of course Sir John — that will be a gan to prick up his mental ears, so to speak, very good beginning; and after that” - and see that it was not womanish ignorance,
"My dear Miss Marjoribanks,” Mr. Ash- but an actual suggestion. For, after all, so barton said, with a smile, and a little hesita- long as he was the man for Carlingford, all tion, “ Sir John takes exactly the other side the rest was of little importance. He took in politics; and I am afraid the Doctor and something out of his pocket, which was his
address to the constituency of Carlingford And you know you must not lose any op(for being anxious on the subject, he had portunity of seeing people. I am so glad heard of Mr. Chiltern's death an hour to-night is Thursday. Tell me just one or two before anybody else), and choke- thing, Mr. Ashburton, before any one comes. full of political sentiments. In it he de. There is one thing that is really important, scribed to the electors what he would do if and must be fixed upon. If we were to they sent him to Parliament, as carefully as make any mistake, you
know" if their election could make him Prime Min- “ What?” said the candidate, eagerly ister at least; and naturally a man does not -" about the Income-tax ? I have exlike to sacrifice such a confession of faith. pressed myself very clearly”. “ I should like to read it to you,” he said, Lucilla smiled compassionately, and with spreading it out with affectionate care; but the gentlest tolerance, at this wild suggesLucilla had already arranged her plaus, tion. " I was not thinking of the Incomeand knew better than that.
tax," she said, with that meekness which “ If you were to read it to me,” said Miss people assume when it is of no use being imMarjoribanks, “ I should be sure to be con-1 patient. “I was thinking what your colours vinced that you were quite right, and to go were to be. I would not have anything to in with you for everything, and then I do with the old colours, for my part — they should be no good, you know. If it were to would be as bad as opinions, you know. drive papa and Sir John and the Colonel You may laugh, but I am quite in earnest," all to their own ways of thinking, we never said Miss Marjoribanks. As for Mr. Ashshould make any progress. I would never burton, he did not begin to laugh until he mind about anybody's ways of thinking, if had fixed upon her that gaze of utter amazeI were you. After all,” said Lucilla, with ment and doubt with which on many simia fine satire, of which she was unconscious, lar occasions ordinary people bad regarded “ what does it matter what people think? I Lucilla -- thinking she was joking, or actsuppose when it comes to doing anything, ing, or doing something quite different from the Whigs and the Tories are just the same. the severe sincerity which was her leading Mr. Ashburton, it is a man that is wanted," priņciple. She was so used to it, that she said Miss Marjoribanks, with all the warmth waited with perfect patience till her comof sudden conviction. She felt a little like panion's explosion of amusement was over. Joan of Arc as she spoke. When an army He was thinking to himself what a fool she has the aid of a sacred maiden to bring in- was, or what a fool he was to think of taking spiration to its counsels, the idea of going a woman into his counsels, or what cuon in the old formal way is no longer to be rious unintelligible creatures women were, tolerated. And such was the force of made up of sense and folly; and all the Lucilla’s conviction, that Mr. Ashburton, time he laughed, which was a relief, to his though he felt a little affronted, and could feelings. Miss Marjoribanks laughed a litnot but look with fond and compunctious tle too, to keep him in countenance, for she regret upon his address, yet began more was always the soul of good-nature; and and more to feel that there was justice in then she repeated, “ Be sure you tell me what she said.
what our colours are to be " “I will think over what you say,” he said, “ I am sure I don't know anything about rather stiffly, and put up his address — for colours,” said the candidate,
“ any more it was natural, when he had done her such than you do about opinions. I think they an honour as to offer to read it to her, that are equally unimportant, to say the least. he should be affronted by her refusal. It I shall adopt the colours of my fair counwas a bold experiment on Lucilla's part, sellor,” Mr. Ashburton added, laughing, but then she was carried out of herself at and making a mock bow to her, and getthe moment by this singular flash of inspi- ting his hat as he did so — for he had naturation. “I will think over what you say," rally calmed down a little from the first Mr. Ashburton continued; "and if my enthusiasm with which he had hailed the judgment approves — At all events I shall woman who divined him, and he did not not issue this till I bave thought it all over. I mean to stay. am sure I am extremely obliged to you for " The blue and the yellow are the old your interest.” And here he stopped short, colours," said Lucilla, thoughtfully, “and and looked as if he were going to get up you are the new man, you know, and we and go away, which would have spoiled must not meddle with these antiquated all.
things. Do you think this would do ?” “You are going to stop to lunch,” said As she spoke she took up a handful of ribLucilla; somebody is sure to come in. bons which were lying by, and put them