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a kind of hazel eye, very bright, very know no other that would convey what I splendid, in which there is hung a subtle mean. I suppose it was what we, wi:o little danger-signal to all mankind. These our limited powers of expression, call are the eyes that have a spark of red in love at first sight. It was certainly adothem, flashing out now and then from the ration at first sight, which is a different warm, translucent brown, a spark which thing. tells of temper, of passion, of headstrong Well, Mr. Eastwood, here's my wild will, and impulse. 'Manda Batty had girl making fun of us both," said Batty, these eyes. They were lamps of light, without even giving me a chance of inand it seemed to the looker-on, if any one troducing you. Manda, this is Mr. Easiremarked it at all, that this fiery gleam wood, as of course you have found out.'' was necessary to give them character, “ Don't say Mr. Eastwood, papa." and keep them from losing their due im- “No, you're right. Mr. Frederick, portance in the brilliant and sweet glow that's what I mean, and a deal nicer a of colour that surrounded them. This, gentleman,” said the father. “You see, if it really was, as I think, an indication Mr. Frederick, 'Manda has been, so to of danger, was the only one. At this speak, brought up with nothing but Eastmoment her face was full of suppressed woods. All the young 'uns from Sir laughter. She had a finger lifted to her Geoffrey downwards, rode into Sterborre lip like a statue of Silence, but how un-on their ponies to have their lessons with like a statue of Silence was she other our old curate, and Manda being his wise ! or, indeed, a statue of anything; prime favourite, and partly brought up everything about her was warm and soft, with him breathing a lavish lise. When Frederick “You don't suppose, papa, that any turned round upon her so suddenly, the one but ourselves cares for all these de laughter in her face burst forth. Per- tails. Pray forgive me for laughing at haps it was louder and more uncultivated you,” said Miss Amanda, turning to than if she had been, as people say, a Frederick, “ you were so comfortable and lady. She threw herself down in a chair, so much at your ease reading your Times, and laughed till the water sparkled on What can gentlemen find in the Times her pretty eyelashes, and she put her always, morning, noon, and night? Papa hands to her waist with such a rendering is never done with his paper ; first there of “ Laughter holding both his sides” as is one thing, then another. I suppose voa never entered into any painter's imagina- had been reading it all the morning, Mr. tion. “Oh," she cried, “I shall die of Frederick Eastwood, and the first thing laughing ; come and stop me, come, you do is to take it up here.” papa.”
“ I did not know there was any one o'sIt struck Frederick with a shock of serving me," said Frederick, standing surprise and pain when Mr. Batty came confused and humble before her. He in by another door, also inarticulate with who was very losty and dignified to his laughter. The idea of this wonderful mother and sister, was ready to be abject creature being Batty's daughter appalled with Amanda. He listened to her with and struck him dumb. Not to say that absolute reverence, though all that she had he was very deeply embarrassed by the to say was common-piace enough. When situation altogether, by the laughter of he was placed beside her at dinner, and the new-comer, and his own semi-ridicu- found himself at liberty to look at her lous attitude — hier beauty had struck and listen to her undisturbed, it seemed him at once with one of those impres- to Frederick that he had never been so sions which are not to be shaken off, blessed. He took in all her chatter withwhich count, slight and superficial as is out losing a word. Miss Batty was in often the instrument, among the great full dress. Those were the days when things of life. Never before had Fred- English ladies were supposed always to erick been so profoundly moved. He appear with bare shoulders in the evendid not understand the effect, nor what it ing, and her beautiful shoulders and meant. He ceased to be himself for the arms were bare. Her dress was blue, moment, and become the subject of a with a long train, which was considerstrange and subtle experiment, which ably in her way. If there was anything stamped her reflection upon him. No, wanting in her it was this -- she moved
not himself; he was a mirror about in a manner that did not suit the of her, a sensitive plate, upon which that dignity of her beauty; her movements sulden light had painted her likeness.! were quick, jerky, and without grace; These may seem fantastic similes, but Il she bustled like a notable house wise,
rather than a fine lady. Perhaps if her a drama (I do not know it, I may be doing dress had not been much too fine for the it injustice) the chief point in which was occasion, this would have been less the terrific situation of the hero or heroremarkable, but as it was, Frederick's ine, who was bound down on the line of dream was disturbed a little when she a railway when the train was coming. It jumped up to help herself. “Oh, I can't was this lofty representation which she sit and wait if I want a bit of bread till had set her heart on seeing. Frederick the servant comes,” she cried. Fred- handed her into the cab which was imerick did not like the words, nor the tone mediately sent for. He sat by her in it; of them, but she was lovelier than ever he breathed in the atmosphere of “ Ess. when she said them. Thus he did not bouquet" which surrounded her. Now lose his senses instantly, or suppose that and then he thought with a glimmer of everything that fell from her lips was di- horror, of meeting somebody whom he vine. But his admiration, or adoration, knew; but his mind was only at intervals mastered all his criticism and swept sufficiently free to harbour this thought. away his good sense. What she said It was, however, with a certain fright that might be foolish or flippant, but how she he found himself in the stage-box, which said it was heavenly. He could not take it appeared had been provided beforehis eyes from her. He made what effort hand for Miss Amanda's pleasure. he could to keep up the ordinary deco- prefer a box,” she said to Frederick, rum, and look as if he were capable of " here one can be comfortable, and papa eating, and drinking, and talking, as he if he likes can fall asleep in a comfortable had been the day before, but the effort chair ; but I can't understand a lady was very little successful. Miss Amanda making herself happy down there.”. She saw her victory, and almost disdained it, pointed to the stalls, where Frederick it was so easy; and her father saw it, and was too happy not to be. There was, of was satisfied.
course, somebody he knew in the second “Now take me to the play,” she said, row who found him out he feared in the when dinner was over. * It isn't often I dignity of his box, where Miss Amanda am in town, and I mean to enjoy myself. had no idea of hiding herself. “She obOh, we may be late, but it does not mat- jected to her gentlemen,” she said, " takter. If it is only for the afterpiece I am ing refuge behind a curtain,” and she did determined to go.”
no such injustice to her own beauty as to “Was there ever so imperious a girl ?” conceal it. She dropped her cloak from cried her father. “You ought to remem- her shoulders, and gave the house all the ber, 'Manda, here is Mr. Eastwood. You benefit; and she kept calling Frederick's can't send away a gentleman that has but attention to one thing and another, insistjust eaten his dinner.”
ing that he should crane his neck round “ He can come too,” said Amanda. “I the corner to look at this or that. Her like to have two gentlemen. There is al- beauty and her dress and evident willingways plenty for two gentlemen to do. ness to be admired drew many eyes, and Won't you come, Mr. Frederick East- Frederick felt that he had a share in the wood ? But anyhow I must go,” she con- succès which he could very well have distinued, turning to her father, who was al- pensed with. He had experienced a most as abject in his devotion as Fred- good many adventures, but very few like erick was.
Had she been anything short this. He had always been very respectof perfection Frederick would have hesi- able under the eyes of the world ; to be tated much before he consented to show sure, he was quite respectable now; himself in public with Mr. Bitty and his there was no fault to be found with the daughter ; indeed, the possibility of such party — his beautiful companion, indeed, a thing would have driven him frantic. was something quite new, and not very But now he had no such thoughts. If he much used to her present position ; but hesitated it was but to calculate what was there was nothing wrong in that. Nevergoing on in the theatrical world ; what theless, Frederick felt that there was
here was worthy to be seen by her. He something to pay for the strange confuwas not much of a theatre-goer, but he sion of blessedness in which he seemed knew what was being played, and where to have lost himself. He felt this by inHe suggested one or two of what were tervals, and he kept as much as he could supposed to be the best plays ; but she behind the curtains, hehind her. She put him down quite calmly. She had al- was perfectly willing to occupy the cenready decided that she was going to see tre of the box, to rain down influence, to one of the sensational pieces of the day, I be seen and admired. “Mr. Eastwood, I wish you would not keep behind me. I woods behaved very nicely to us, and Do let people see that I have some one ever since he met with you Papa his to take care of me. Papa has gone to been telling me of all your good qualities. sleep, of course,” said the beauty, and You have put a spell upon him, I think." she turned round upon Frederick with “He is very good, I am sure," said such a look that he remembered nothing Frederick, stiffening in spite of himseli. any more but her loveliness, and the de- “Oh, I know,” said Amanda, with a light of being near her. She chattered toss of her head. "We are not so fine as through all the play, and he listened. you are, we don't visit with county peoShe said a great deal that was silly, and ple, nor that sort of thing. But we have some things that were slightly vulgar, plenty of people come to see us who are and he noted them, yet was not less sub- better off than the Eastwoods, and better jugated by a spell which was beyond re- blood too, so you need not be alra.d. sistance. I cannot be supposed to under- Papa has dealings with the very best. stand this, nor to explain it. In such We don't like to be slighted," said the matters I can only record facts. He was beauty, with a gleam of that red light not under the delusion that she was a from her beautiful eyes ; “and when peolofty, or noble, or refined being, though ple put on airs, like your cousin has dore, she was Batty's daughter. He presumed it sets Papa's back up. That was wig that she was Batty's daughter heart and we went against Sir Geoffrey at the elecsoul; made of the same pâte, full of the tion. But I hope you will come, Jr. same thoughts. She was “not a lady,” Eastwood; Papa took such a f.incy to beautiful, splendid, and well dressed as you." she was ; the humble, little snub-nosed “ I have just been away from the office girl in the stalls below who looked up at for a month. I fear I shall not base this vision of loveliness with a girl's ad- leisure again for some time,” said Free miration, had something which all the erick, feeling that an invitation from wealth of the Indies could not have given Batty was to be resisted, even when conto Miss Amanda. And Frederick East- veyed by such lovely lips. wood saw this quite plainly, yet fell in • How hideous it must be not to be love, or in madness, exactly as if he had 'one's own master ; to have to ask for not seen it. The feeling, such as it was, \ • leave? like a servant,” criel Manda was too genuine to make him capable of with a laugh ; which speech set ail Fred many words; but he did his best to erick's nerves ajar, and almost released amuse her, and he listened to all she said him from the syren. He withdrew into which was a very good way of pleasing the shade of the curtains, and drew to this young woman.
him all the succour of his pride. “ I hope you mean to stay in town for “ Yes, it is a pitiful position," he said, some time," he said, in one of the pauses with an angry laugha; “but I may conof her abundant talk.
fort myself that a great many people share “Not very long," said Miss 'Manda. it with me. Do you know I am afraid I “Papa likes to live well, and to do things must leave you. This performance is in the best sort of way; so he spends a endless, and rather dull.” deal of money, and that can't last long. * Upon my word !” cried Miss Bitty, Our hotel isn't like Mivart's, and that “ you are free-spoken, Mr. Frederick sort of thing: but it is dreadfully dear. To tell a lady you are dull when she is We spend as much as - oh, I couldn't doing her best to amuse you ! venture to tell you how much we spend
I spoke of the performa day. Papa likes to have everything of ance.” the best, and so do l.”
Oh, I don't care much for the per“ And so you ought," said Frederick, formance,” said Aminda, with a beaming adoring. “ Pardon me if I am saying too smile. “I like the lights and the music, much."
and the feeling of being out in the world. “Oh, you are not saying very much, But you wouldn't go off, and leave me Mr. Eastwood. It is I that am talking," with Papa asleep, and no one to talk to said Amanda, “and as for our staying
“ I have an engagement
-- at my clan." long here that does not much matter, for “Oh, if you wish to go away, Mr. EistPapa wants you to come to Sterborne. wood The beauty turned away He has been talking of it ever since he pouting, turning her lovely shoulders caine back from Paris. What did you do upon him, and tossing her beautiful head. to him to make him take such a fancy to Frederick had risen partly in the liveliyou ? We don't think the other East-'ness of personal offence, partly with an
6 Pardon me,
impulse of prudence, to escape while he have to be fought for, and held with the might. But his heart failed him when he exercise of all his powers. He felt himsaw the averted head, the resentful move- self pitted against not Lord Hunterston ment. Batty dozed peacefully in his only, but all the world. It seemed imchair, interfering with no And possible to imagine that this syren, who something tugged at the unfortunate had conquered himself by a glance, young man, who stood undecided whether should not attract everybody' that had the to tly or to stiv. To leave a lovely crea- happiness of approaching her. Terror, ture like this, the most beautiful woman jealousy, and pride, all came in to aid the he had ever seen, alone without any one strongest passion of all, which had alto amuse her: to leave the place vacant ready taken possession of him -- terror which a hundred no doubt would give of losing her, jealousy of everybody who their ears for! What harm could iť do looked at her, and all the amour propre him to stay? It was pleasant to spend and determination to elevate himselt over an hour or two by the side of anything so the heads of his rivals that could lend pretty. Come of it - what could come warmth to a young man's determination, of it? It was an accidental delight en- No prize is fully estimated until the sense tirely, without connection with the rest of that it will be hotly contested bursts upon his life ; an isolated event, without either the competitor's mind. Frederick grew origin or issue. Why should not he like half wild when the time came for him to others enjoy himself for the moment? leave the theatre. He secured her arm While he was thus hesitating Amanda to lead her down stairs, but only by dint turned her head round with a sudden of having all his wits about him, and provoking glance. “Oh, have you not taking his rival unawares. And then he gone yet?" she asked. Frederick felt as was dismissed at the cab door, with all it were, on his knees before her.
his nerves tingling, his heart beating, his Must I go? have I proved so unwor- 'whole frame in a ferment. He walked thy of my privilege?” he cried, humbly, home all the way, following the path taking his seat with deprecating looks. which her vehicle, so ignoble, and untit Miss Batty did not wish him to go, and for her to enter, must have taken ; le said so freely with unflattering plainness passed under the windows he supposed of speech.
to be hers. In short, he did everything " I should be left to listen to Papa's that a foolish young man, mud with sudsnores, which I can hear at home," she den excitement, and what is called passaid. “I always prefer some one to talk sion, is expected to do, and worked himto. I daresay, however, I should not have' self into a higher and higher strain of been left long by myself, for there is excitement, as with his head full of Lord Hunterston down below in those thoughts of her he made his way home, horrid stalls looking up. He is trying to longing impatiently for the morning, catch my eye. No; I don't care to have when he might see her again.
'I shan't see him as long as you stay." " Then I shall stay forever," said Fred
WHAT IT IS TO BE “IN Love." erick, inspired by that touch of rivalship. Lord Hunterston, however, did manage to The story of such suddens passion as find his way up to the box, whether by this, which had come upon Frederick Miss 'Manda's permission or not, and Eastwood, are common enough and well Frederick grew stiff and resentful while known. Love is a subject which conthe other foolish youth paid his homage.'cerns and interests the whole world, and Lord Hunterston pricked him into double though there is not much that is novel to eagerness, and sent all the suggestions of be said about it, it is the event or acciprudence to the winds. Amanda proved dent in life of which the gentle reader herself thoroughly equal to the occasion. never tires. Let not that kind listener be She kept the two young men in hand with shocked if I call it an accident. Someperfect skill, though she allowed herself times it is the influence which shapes or to be slightly insolent to Frederick, refer- lives, but sometimes, also, it is so slight ring again to the “ leave ” without which an episode that we are disposed to smile he could not budge. This time, however, or to sneer at the prevailing human prejuthe reference did not make him angry, dice which makes it the chief centre of but only impressed him with the fact that existence in all song and story. A pure his admiration was nothing to her, and 'and genuine love, however, has somethat every step of vantage ground would thing of attraction in it for every crea
ture. It recalls the most delicious mo- pleasant and friendly, the surprise of ments of life, those in which the dream of Nelly and Dick came to a height. As for perfect happiness, never to be fully real- Mrs. Eastwood, she had a mother's natized, is forming in the youthful imagina- ural certainty that her son's tion, and all heaven and earth thrills and were always agreeable, except woen quickens with visionary hopes and aspi- something had disturbed him. Nothing, rations ; or it suggests, more sweetly and it was evident, had disturbed him this more vaguely even than those dreams morning, and he could show hiinself in themselves, the visions that are to come. his true colours. He was very commaniThe ignoble love which it is my evil for- cative and conciliatory, and told them tune to have now in hand, would, no how he had been persuaded to accoudoubt, could I enter into it, recall its own pany some people whom he met to the ignoble yet exciting memories to the play, and that the piece was very stupid, minds which are capable of such feel like so many pieces now-1-days. ings. Frederick Eastwood scarcely slept “ That's all very well for you who were all night, and when he did drop into a there,” said Dick, “ I should like to fiod feverish doze, the image of Miss Manda, out for myself. All pieces are stupid to a her golden hair dropping warm and bright fellow that can see them whenever he upon her beautiful shoulders, the soft likes.” rose-white of her hand supporting the * You might have had my share and milky rose of her cheek, the curves of welcome, old fellow,"syid Frederick, with her face, the splendour and glow of beauty undiminished amiability. “ I didn't pay about her, haunted his dreams. Better much attention, to tell the truth. There visions, I hope, haunt the pillows of most was the loveliest girl in the box - a Miss lovers, but this was how Frederick loved, Batty. Her father is a
country-docor rather how he fell into passion and tor, I think; but such a beautiful creafrenzy, suddenly, without warning or ture !” thought over the attractions of Mr. Batty's “I don't know what tempted him to daughter, whom the day before he would make this confidence ; probably the de. have thought quite beneath his lightest sire to be talking of her. Aná then be thought. Thus Love, even when of the described her, which raised a discussion least worthy kind, laughs at prejudice and round the table. class distinctions, and at all those con- “ I am sick of golden hair,” said Dick, ventional restraints which are stronger who was moved by a spirit of contrathan the suggestions of wisdom. I do diction.
" There are so
miny of en not think that any generous or exalted in novels, great, sleek, indolent, catemotion would have led Frederick East- like wood to commit himself, to depart from “ And rather improper," said Mrs. what he thought becoming to his own Eastwood ; “ doing things that one canelevated position and character ; and not approve of girls doing. In my day this being the case there may be a certain what you call golden hair was known human satisfaction in the thought that as red. Raven locks were the right something does exist which is capable of thing for a heroine, very smooth and plucking the intellectualist from his emi-glossy nence, and the man of social pretence "Well plastered down with pomade. from his position, as well as the prince and not safe to touch," said Nelly, shakfrom his throne. Love, that conquers all ing her own brown locks.
But I agree things, conquers in this way even the with you, Frederick, there is no hair so predominant influence of self. Frederick lovely as golden hair. Is your beauty for once was superior to that determined going to stay long in town? Do we adherence to his own will and pleasure know any one who knows her ? Has she which had accompanied him through his come for the season ? " whole life. His first thought in the “ They are staying at a hotel," said morning was for her. He got up earlier Frederick, very seriously. “I met the than usual, though he had been late on father in Paris, quite by chance, when I the previous night. He had no wish to was getting better. That is how I came sleep; it was sweeter to wander about to know them. They are not quite in the garden in the morning sunshine and your set, I suppose. But she is simply think of her, which was a proceeding the most radiant dazzling creature which filled the family with consterna- “ All red and white and green and tion. When he was discovered at the blue," said the irrepressible Dick, “ with breakfast table making himself very her hair growing down to her eyes – oh,