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A JOURNAL OF ENTERTAINMENT AND INSTRUCTION

FOR GENERAL READING,

CONYESSIONS.

FRANK FAIRLEGH;

like teeth, seemed to hint that some mysterious increase OR, OLD COMPANIONS IN NEW SCENES."

of her secret sorrow might be expected in the event CHAP. XVI.

of Oaklands refusing to communicate the results of

his penetration, “ Dear me! what can it possibly mean? how I wish

“As I make it out,” said Harry, “the first scene I could guess it!" said the youngest Miss Simper.

was Inn, the second Constancy, and the third Incon“Do you know what it is, Mr. Oaklands ?" asked stancy.” the second Miss Simper.

“Ah! that wretch John, he was the Inconstancy," “ I'm sure he does, he looks so delightfully wicked," observed the eldest Miss Simper, “marrying for money! added the eldest Miss Simper, shaking her ringlets in the creature !—such baseness! but how delightfully a fascinating manner, to evince her faith in the dura- that dear, clever Mr. Lawless acted; he made love bility of their curl.

with such naïve simplicity too, he is quite irresistible." The eldest Miss Simper had been out four seasons,

" I shall take care to let him know your flattering and spent the last winter at Nice, on the strength of opinion,” returned Oaklands, with a faint attempt at which she talked to young men of themselves in the

a smile, while the gloom on his brow grew deeper, third person, to show her knowledge of the world, and the Misses Simper were in their turn deserted; and embodied in her behaviour generally a complete the eldest gaining this slight addition to her worldly system of “ Matrimony-made-easy, or the whole Art of knowledge, viz. that it is not always prudent to praise getting a good Establishment," proceeding from early one friend to another, unless you happen to be a little lessons in converting acquaintances into flirts, up to more behind the scenes than she had been in the the important final clause-how to lead young men of present instance. property to propose.

“Umph! Frank Fairleghi, where are you? come "Really,” replied Oaklands, “my face must be far here, boy,” said Mr. Frampton, seizing one of my more expressive and less honest than I was aware of, buttons, and towing me thereby into a corner. “ Pretty for I can assure you they have studiously kept me in girl, your sister Fannyếnice girl too--Umph!" the dark as to the meaning."

I am very glad she pleases you, sir,” replied I; “But you have made out some idea for yourself; as you become better acquainted with her, you will it is impossible that it should be otherwise," observed find that she is as good as she looks,-if you like her the second Miss Simper, who had rubbed off some of now, you will soon grow very fond of her,--everyher shyness upon a certain young Hebrew Professor body becomes fond of Fanny.” at the last Cambridge Installation, and become rather “ Umph! I can see one who is at all events. Pray, blue from the contact.

sir, do you mean to let your sister marry that good“Have you?" said the youngest Miss Simper, who, natured, well-disposed, harum-scarum young fool, being as nearly a fool as it is possible to allow that a Lawless ?" pretty girl of seventeen can be, rested her pretensions “That is a matter I leave entirely to themselves,upon a plaintive voice and a pensive smile, which if Lawless wishes to marry Fanny, and she likes him went just far enough to reveal an irreproachable set well enough to accept him, and his parents approve of teeth, and then faded away into an expression of of the arrangement, I shall make no objection : it gentle sorrow, the source of which, like that of the would be a very good maich for her.” Niger, had as yet remained undiscovered.

Umph! yes—she would make a very nice addition “Oh, he has !” exclaimed the eldest Miss Simper; to his stud,” returned Mr. Frampton, in a more sar“that exquisitely sarcastic yet tantalizing curl of the castic tone than I had ever heard him use before. upper lip tells me that it is so.”

“What do you suppose are the girl's own wishes? Since you press me," replied Oaklands, "Iconfess, is she willing to be Empress of the Stable ?” í believe I have guessed it.”

“Really, sir, you ask me a question which I am “I knew it—it could not have been otherwise," quite unable to answer-young ladies are usually exclaimed the blue belle enthusiastically.

reserved upon such subjects, and Fanny is especially The youngest Miss Simper spoke not, but her so, but from my own observations I am inclined to appealing glance, and a slight exhibition of the pearl- think that she likes him.” (1) Continued from Vol. IV. p. 404,

“ Umph! dare say she does—women are always

VOL. V. No. 106.—Nov. lot, 1847.

fools in these cases-mep too, for that mat:er—or eist unnecessarily: what proof was there that Lawless really they wouid take pattern by me, and continue in a stait cared for Fanny! His atter tions-oh! there was of single blessedness," then came an aside, “Single nothing in that—Lawless was shy and awkward in wretchedness more likely, nobody to care about one- female society, and Fanny had been kind to him, and nothing to lore- die in a ditch like a beggar's dog. I had taken the trouble to draw him out, therefore he without a pocket-handkerchief wetted for oge.--there's liked her, and preferred taiking and laughing with ber, single blessedness for you! ride in a hearse, and have i rather than with any other girl, with whom he did not some fat fool chuckling in the sleere of his black cvat, feel at his ease. However, eren if there should be any orer one's hard-earned moner—nobody shail do that I thing more in it, it had not gode so far but that a though with mine, for I'll leare it all to build Czion ide judicious snubbing would easi.y put an end to Work houses and encourage the Sare Trade, by way it. - I determined, therefore, to talk to my mother of revenging in yself on society at large. Wonder why, about it after breakfast: she had now seen enough of I said that, when I don't think it—just like me- Lawless to form ber own opinion of him, and if she C'mph!”

agreed v th Oaklands and Mr. Frampton that his was "I am not at all sure but that this may prore a not a style of character calculated to secure Fanny's mere vision of our own too lively imaginations, afterall,” happiness, we must let ber go and stay with the replied I, " or that Lawless looks upon Fanny in any Colemans, or find some oiber means of separating otrier light than as the sister of his old frie:d, and an them. I had just arrived at this conclusion, wheti, on agreeabie girl to talk and laugh with; but if it should passing round the stem of an old tree wlich stood in turn out otherwise, I shall be sorry to think that it is ibe path, I encountered some person who was ada mateh which will not meet with your approral, sir." rancing rapidly in an opposite direction, meeting

“Oh! I shall approve-I always approve of erery- bin so abrup:that we ran against each other with thing–I dare say be "il make a capital husband--he's no small degree of violence. very kind to his dogs and horses. C'mph! silly boy, * Hold hard there! you're on your wrong side, sily girl-shea she could easily do better tool'mph! roung fellow, and if you're done me the saightest just like me, bot:ering myself about ciher people damage, even scratched my varnish, IT pul rou up. when I might leave it alone-silly girl though, rery!" “I wish rou bad pulled up a little quicker, yourself,

So saying, Mr. Frampton walked away, grunting Lawless," replied I, for, as the reader has doubtless like a whole drove of pigs, as was his wont wben discovered from the style of his address, it was none annoyed.

other than the subject of my late rererie with whom The next morning I was aroused from an uneasy I had come in collision. “I don't know whether I sleep by the sun shining brightly through my shutters, have scratched your varnish, as you call it, but I have and, springing out of bed and throwing open the knocked the skin off my own knuckles against the window, 1 perceived that it was one of those lovely tree in the scrimmage." winter days which appear sent to assure us that fogs, "Never mind, man," returned Lawless, "there are frost, and snow will not last for ever, but that Nature worse misfortunes happen at sea; a little stiekinghas brighter things in store for us, if we will bide her plaister will set all to rights again. But look here, time patiently. To think of lying in bed on such a Fairlegh,” he continued, taking my arm, “ I'm glad morning was out of the question, so, dressing hastily, I happened to meet you, I want to hare five minutes I threw on a shooting jacket, and sallied forth for a serious conversation with you." stroll. As I wandered listlessly through the Park, - Won't it do after breakfast?" interposed I, for admiring the hoar-frost which glittered like diamonds my fears construed this appeal into "confirmation in the early sunshine, clothing the brave old limbs of strong as holy writ” of my previous suspicions, and the time-honoured fathers of the forest with a fabric of I wished to be fortified by my mother's opinion before silver tissue, the conversation I had held with Mr. I in any degree committed myself. All my precautions Frampton about Fanny and Law less recurred to my were, however, in vain. mind. Strange that Harry Oaklands and Mr. "Eh! I won't keep you five minutes, but you see Frampton,--men so different, yet alike in generous this sort of thing will nerer do at any priee; I'm all feeling and honourable principle,-should both evi- wrong altogether, sometimes I feel as if fire or water dently disapprove of such a union; was I myself so would not stop me, or cart-ropes hold me—then again blinded by ideas of the worldly advantages it held I grow as nervous as an old cat with the palsy, and forth that I was unable to perceive its unfitness ? sit moping in a corner like an owl in fits. Last hunting Would Lawless really prize her, as Tennyson has since day I was just as if I was mad-pressed upon the pack so well expressed it in his finest poem, as “ something when they were getting away-rodle orer two or three better than his dog, a little dearer than his horge;" of the tail hounds, laid 'em sprawling on their backs, and was l about to sacrifice my sister's happiness for like spread eagles, till the huntsman swore at me loud rank and fortune, those world-idols, which, stripped enough to split a three-inch ouk piank, — went slap at of the supposititious attributes bestowed upon them by everything that came in my way, took rails, fences, the bigotry of their worshippers, appear, in their true and timber, all flying, rough and smooth as Nature worthlessness, empty breath and perishable dross? made 'em,– in short, siwed the whole tield the way But most probably there was no cause for uneasiness, across country, at a pace which rasher astonished them, after all; I was very likely worrying myself most I fancy-well, at last there was a check, and before

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the hounds got on the scent again, something seemed | used to the ways of women, exactly. Now with horses to come over me, so that I could not ride a bit, and I know every action, and can guess what they'd be kept craning at mole-hills and shirking gutters, till I up to in a minute; for instance, if they prick up their wound up by getting a tremendous purl from checking ears one may expect a shy, when they lay them back my horse at a wretched little fence that he could have you may look out for a bite or a kick, but, unluckily,

stepped over, and actually I felt so faint-hearted that women have not got movable ears." ! I gave it up as a bad job, and walked home ready to "No," replied I, laughing at this singular regret,

eat my hat with vexation. But I know what it is, I'm “ but they contrive to make their eyes answer nearly in love—that confounded Charade put me up to that the same purpose, though.- Well, Lawless, my answer dodge, I fancied at first that I'd got an ague, one is this, -I cannot pretend to judge whether you and of those off-and-on affairs that always come when my sister are so constituted as to increase each other's you don't want them, and was going to ask Ellis to happiness by becoming man and wife : that is a point give me a ball, but I found it out just in time, and I must leave to her to decide ; she is no longer a child, precious glad I was too, for I never could bear taking and her destiny shall be placed in her own hands; physic since I was the height of sixpennyworth of but I think I may venture to say that if your parents halfpence."

are willing to receive her, and she is pleased to accept "Really, Lawless, I must be getting home.” you, you need not fear any opposition on the part of " Eh! wait a minute; you haven't an idea what a my mother or myself." desperate state I'm in ; I had a letter returned to me " That's the time of day," exclaimed Lawless, yesterday, with a line from the Post-office clerk saying rubbing his lands with glee, “ this is something like no such person could be found, and when I came to doing business; oh! it's jolly fun to be in love after look at the address I wasn't surprised to hear it. I had all. Then every thing depends upon Fanny now, buit written to give some orders about a dog-cart that is how am I to find out whether she will have me or building for me, and directed my letter to · Messrs. not? eh? that's another sell.” Lovely Fanny, Coachmakers, Long Acre.' Things “ Ask her,” replied I, and turning down a different can't go on in this way, you know-I must do some-path, I left him to deliberate upon this knotty point thing—come to the point, eh?—What do you say?" in solitude.

"Upon my word," replied I, “this is a case in which As I walked towards home my meditations assumed I am the last person to advise you."

a somewhat gloomy colouring. The matter was no " Eh! vo, it is not that I'm far beyond the reach longer donbtful, Lawless was Fanny's declared suitor ; of advice, but what I mean is, your Governor being this, as he had himself observed, was something deaddon't you see-1 consider you to stand in pro- like doing business. Instead of planning with my pria quæ maribus, as we used to say at old Mild-mother how we could prevent the affair from going man's."

any farther, I must now inform her of his offer, " In loco parentis is what you are aiming at, I and find out whether she could give me any clue imagine," returned I.

as to the state of Fanny's affections.

And now " Eh! Psha, it's all the same," continued Lawless that Lawless's intentions were certain, and that it impatiently; " but what do you say about it? Will you appeared by no means improbable he might succeed gire your consent, and back me up a bit in the in obtaining Fanny's hand, a feeling of repugnance business, for I'm precious nervous, I can tell you!” came over me, and I began to think Mr. Frampton

“ Am I to understand, then,” said I, seeing an was right, and that my sister was formed for better explanation was inevitable, " that it is my sister who things than to be the companion for life of such a bas inspired you with this very alarming attach- man as Lawless. From a reverie which thoughts ment?”

like these had engendered I was aroused by Harry " Eh! yes, of course it is,” was the reply; "haven't Oaklands's favourite Scotch terrier, which attracted I been talking about her for the last ten minutes ? | my attention by jumping and fawning upon me, and You are growing stupid all at once; did you think it on raising my eyes I perceived the figure of liis was your mother I meant?”

master leaning with folded arms against the trunk of Not exactly,” replied I, smiling;

an old tree. As we exchanged salutations I was erer considered what Lord Cashingtown would say to struck by an unusual air of dejection both in his your marrying a poor clergyman's daughter?" manner and appearance. “ You are looking ill and

" What! my Governor? oh! he'd be so delighted miserable this morning, Harry; is your side painful?" to get me married at any price, that he would not inquired I, anxiously. care who it was to, so that she was a lady. He knows No," was the reply, “ I believe it is doing well

how I shirk female society in general, and he is enough, Ellis says so,” he paused, and then resumed in 1

afraid I shall break my neck some of these fine a low, hurried voice, “ Frank, I am going abroad." days, and leave him the honour of being the last Going abroad!” repeated I in astonishment, Lord Cashingtown as well as the first."

“ where are you going to ? when are you going? this "And may I ask whether you imagine your suit is a very sudden resolution, surely.” likely to be favourably received by the young lady “I know it is, but I cannot stay here," he conherself?"

tinued, " I must get away,- I am wretched, periecily " Eh! why, you see it's not so easy to tell; I'm not miserable.”

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“ My dear Harry," replied I,“ what is the matter? “ Then my fate will soon be decided,” returned come tell me; as boys we had no concealments from Oaklands. “Now listen to me, Frank; let this matter each other, and this reserve which appears lately to take its course exactly as if this conversation had have sprung up between us is not well : what has never passed between us. Should Fanny be doubtful, occurred to render you unhappy?"

and consult you, do your duty as Lawless's friend and A deep sigh was for some minutes his only answer, her brother-place the advantages and disadvantages then, gazing steadily in my face, he said, “ And have fairly before her, and then let her decide for herself you really no idea?—But why should I be surprised without in the slightest degree attempting to bias her, at the blindness of others, when I myself have only will you promise to do this, Frank?" become aware of the true nature of my own feelings “ Must it indeed be so ? can nothing be done? no when my peace

of mind is destroyed, and all chance scheme hit upon?” returned I, sorrowfully. of happiness for me in this life has fled for ever?” Nothing of the kind must be attempted,” re

“ What do you mean, my dear Harry?” replied I, plied Oaklands sternly : “could I obtain your sis“ what can you refer to ?”

ter's hand to-morrow by merely raising my finger, “ Have you not thought me very much altered of I would not do so while there remained a possibility late?" he continued.

of her preferring Lawless. Do you imagine that I “Since you ask me, I have fancied that illness could be content to be accepted out of compassion? was beginning to sour your temper," I replied. No," he added more calmly, “the die will soon be cast,

“ Illness of mind, not body,” he resumed; "for till then I will remain, and if, as I fear is only too now, when life has lost all charm for me, I am regain- certain, Lawless's suit is favourably received, I shall ing health and strength apace.—You must have leave this place instantly-put it on the score of health observed with what a jaundiced eye I have regarded make Ellis order me abrond--the German Baths, every thing that Lawless has done; what was the Madeira, Italy, I care not, all places will be alike to feeling, think you, which has led me to do so? me then." Jealousy!"

“ And how miserable Sir John will be at this " Jealousy!” exclaimed I, as for the first time the sudden determination,” returned I, “and he is so true state of the

flashed across me—“Oh! happy now in seeing your health restored !" Harry, why did you not speak of this sooner ?"

“ Ah! this world is truly termed a vale of tears," Why, indeed ; because in my blindness I fancied replied Harry, mournfully, “and the trial hardest to the affection I entertained for your sister was merely bear is the sight of the unhappiness we cause those a brother's love, and did not know, till the chance of we love. Strange that my acts seem always fated to losing her for ever opened my eyes effectually, that bring sorrow upon my father's grey head, when I she had become so essential to my happiness that would willingly lay down my life to shield him from life without her would be a void. If you but knew suffering. But do not imagine that I will selfishly give the agony of mind I endured while they were acting way to grief,—no; as soon as your—as soon as Lawless that hateful Charade last night! I quite shudder is married, I shall return to England and devote when I think how I felt towards Lawless; I could myself to my father; my duty to him and your have slain him where he stood without a shadow of friendship will be the only interests that bind me to compunction. No, I must leave this place without life.” delay; I would not go through what I suffered He paused, and then added, “ Frank, you know yesterday again for anything-I could not bear it." me too well to fancy that I am exaggerating my

“Oh! if we had but known this sooner," exclaimed feelings or even deceiving myself as to the strength I, so much might have been done, -I only parted of them; this is no sudden passion, my love for from Lawless five minutes before I met you, telling Fanny has been the growth of years, and the gentle him that if Fanny approved of his suit neither my kindness with which she attended on me during my mother nor I would offer the slightest opposition. illness--the affectionate tact (for I believe she loves But is it really too late to do any thing? shall I speak me as a brother, though I have almost doubted even to Fanny?"

that of late) with which she forestalled my every “Notforworlds!" exclaimed Oaklands impetuously; wish, proved to me how indispensable she has become “ do not attempt to influence her in the slightest to my happiness.—But,” he continued, seeing, I degree. If, as my fears suggest, she really love imagine by the painful expression of my face, the Lawless, she must never learn that my affection for effect his words were producing on me, “in my selfishher has exceeded that of a brother,—never know that ness I am rendering you unhappy.

We will speak from henceforth her image will stand between me no more of this matter till my fate is certain; should and happiness, and cast its shadow over the whole it be that which I expect, let us forget that this confuture of my life.”

versation ever passed ; if, on the contrary, Lawless He stood for a moment, his hands pressed upon should meet with a refusal—but that is an alternative his brow as if to shut out some object too painful to I dare not contemplate.—And now, farewell." behold, and then continued abruptly, “ Lawless has So saying he wrung my hand with a pressure that proposed, then?”

vouched for his returning strength, and left me. In “ He has asked my consent, and his next step will spite of my walk, I had not much appetite for my of course be to do so," replied I.

breakfast that morning.

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