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Again, “ what can make up to him for all ter right to the distinction, though he was the anxiety and distress he has had to not going to marry his daughter to a dying suffer ? "

man, but rather to the freshest and liveliest Eric had no satisfactory answer to give; of noblemen. he could only say that this was another Pranken smiled his thanks, but replied that proof of the fact that the best things in life this priority of the Wine-count, - it could could not be supplied by money.

hardly be called precedence- was rather advantageous than otherwise, as it made the

conferring of titles appear not so much a matter of private negotiation.

“ Your difficulties are greater than those THE NEW ALLIES, AND A SUMMER FETE.

of the Wine-count,” he added: “ for the Hardly two weeks had gone by before Prince-cardinal stayed in his house on his the lessons were interrupted again. Frau last circuit, so that the Wine-count has on Ceres, who was generally very quiet and his side the church party, which is as distook no interest in anything, often referred creet as it is powerful, while you, I would to a promise she had made to take Roland say we, have no party. So much the betto see the Cabinetsräthin, (wife of the cab- ter; the victory will be all our own." inet-minister), whose acquaintance she had They reached the capital. formed at the Baths.

The Cabinetsräthin was delighted, and A grand excursion to the capital was de- expressed to Pranken, whom she constantly cided upon, which Eric alone was not invited treated as the head, in fact the president of to join. The party set out in two carriages. the party, her great pleasure that a waterFrau Ceres, Fräulein Perini, and Roland in ing-place acquaintance should have ripened one, and Sonnenkamp and Pranken in the into a new friendship. other.

Pranken insinuatingly remarked that they Pranken began at once to express his sat- might become neighbors too. isfaction at the friendly interest Sonnen- The country-house was glowingly dekamp had shown in the Church; he had on scribed, and the fact cautiously yet emphathis side already put things in such a train ically stated, that Sonnenkamp had already that they could count upon the co-operation bought the place for the sake of inducing of the higher clergy, who were very intlu- some noble friends to settle there by letting ential at court, in carrying out their plan. them have it at a moderate sum. He felt some compunctions at profiting by The lady was delighted; she knew the his frequent and intimate intercourse with house very well, it having once belonged to the Prince-cardinal, as a piece of diplomacy; friends of hers whom she had been in the but he was vain enough to wish to pass off habit of visiting there. She quite envied upon the world in general and Sonnenkamp the people who should live in such a home in particular, as a stroke of worldly wisdom, and have such noble neighbors. She had the inward illumination which he secretly told her husband, she said, that it was a disgloried in. He rejoiced at the relation grace to the State that such a man as Herr ihus casily established with the Cabinets- Sonnenkamp should have no title. räthin, upon whom outside pressure could Having thus prepared the way, Pranken be brought to bear in a way hardly possible disclosed his plan to the Cabinetsräthin, who with her husband.

assured him it could not but be a most deAs they drove by a handsome villa, whose sirable thing for society, to have a man of shutters were all barred, Pranken suggested Herr Sonnenkamp's importance admitted to that Herr Sonnenkamp should buy it in order a higher rank. Sonnenkamp assumed an to sell it again at a low price to the Cabinets- air of great shyness and modesty., A maidräthin who, as he knew, had long cherished en receiving her first offer, which she was a strong desire for such a residence. Son- quite prepared for, could not have looked nenkamp consented, on the condition that it more bashfully on the ground; he actually would accomplish his object. It would be blushed. one of the levers, Pranken assured him, They drew their chairs nearer together, though not the only one.

as if now for the first time a right friendly Although the two were alone together, and confidential intercourse was established neither of them, singularly enough, men- among them. The lady begged that nothtioned their plan by name, till Sonnenkamp ing might be said to her husband upon the said that the Cabinetsräthin had told him a matter at present; she would manage that title of nobility was to be conferred on the part herself; but it would be a good plan wine-merchant, and that he wished he might to set some other influence at work; if get one first; for he thought he had a bet- Count Wolfsgarten, for instance, would start


the subject at court, it would be easy to play boy were suddenly admitted to the nobility into his hands.

while in the school, there would be no end Pranken laid great stress upon the cor- to the jokes he would bave to endure from dial friendship that existed between Clod- his companions. wig and Sonnenkamp, but urged that a mat- The Cabinetsrath spoke of the rebuilding ter of this kind needed to be handled with of the ruins, of Sonnenkamp's well-known the greatest delicacy, such as only a lady of skill in horticulture, and of the complimenthe Cabinetsräthin's acknowledged tact tary manner in which he had often heard was capable of.

them spoken of in the highest circles. Sonnenkamp declared that he did not ask Sonnenkamp craved permission to send for a title; it must be offered him; his some of his products occasionally to the friends must see to that. He rejoiced in royal table, especially his beautiful bananas, the delicacy with which the Cabinetsräth- which were now particularly fine. Pranken in handled the matter, and he handled thought Herr Sonnenkamp's success in grape it in like manner; his whole demeanor said, culture the most remarkable, for he manThis is something quite out of the common aged to have fresh grapes upon his table

every month in the year. He moved his hand quietly, as if he were The Cabinetsrath replied that this courtstroking the back of a very soft cat. esy would no doubt be very acceptable,

" Are there vineyards attached to this bnt he had no authority to speak in the matcountry-house ? " suddenly asked the lady. ter. The Marshal, who was a cousin of

“ Toʻthe best of my knowledge,” answered Herr von Pranken, would unquestionably Pranken, “ there are three acres most favor- accept the offer. ably situated."

Pranken at once took Herr Sonnenkamp He winked at Sonnenkamp, as much as to to see the Marshal, while' Roland rode out say that these must of course be purchased with the cadet. Frau Ceres remained with also.

the Cabinetsräthin, and apparently caused Sonnenkamp at once lost his character of that lady great surprise by urging her to acmodesty and bashfulness; here was a ques- cept the coral necklace which she wore upon tion of money ; here he was master, He her neck, and which her friend had so much wanted to tell the lady that he could not admired. deal in any other than a business-like man- The lady was obliged to accept it, but ner; when he had fairly got his patent of begged Frau Ceres to consider it as a tonobility she should take possession of the ken of the intimacy of their private friendcountry-house and vineyards besides; but ship, and not to mention the gift to any one he was afraid to say it before Pranken, and else. She repeatedly declared that she used besides it seemed hardly necessary to come her interest for her friends without the least out with it just yet. When it came to the motive of selfishness. She laid great stress point, he would be man enough not to allow upon this point, being convinced that Frau himself to be cheated. There was a trium- Ceres was a party in the plan for gaining her phant smile upon his face.

by presents. The Cabinetsrath entered, saluted Son- Frau Ceres looked at her in amazement, nenkamp with formal politeness, and ex- and thought herself again horribly stupid; pressed his thanks for the courtesies shown the woman was speaking of things of which his wife at Vichy:

she knew nothing. The party went into the hall, where were The party had not proposed to spend the Roland and the son of the house, a cadet. night in the capital, hut on the minister's Roland's beauty immediately attracted all wife proposing an excursion to some pleaseyes, and made him the centre of the group. ure-grounds, Pranken insisted on their reThe Cabinetsrath congratulated him on hav- maining till the next day. It would be a ing for a tutor such a finished scholar as great advantage to have the two open carEric, although he was somewhat eccentric riages, with Frau Ceres and the Cabinetsin his theories, and as Roland answered some räthin in one, and Sonnenkamp, Pranken, question that were addressed to him by say- and the Cabinetsrath in the other, drive ing he should like to be an officer, advised through the streets of the capital to these him to enter the school of cadets as soon as pleasure-grounds, where the best and most possible.

select society would be assembled.

The Pranken said in an aside to the Cabinets- best society should see that Sonnenkamp räthin that he entireiy approved of Herr was alrcady admitted to close intimacy with Sonenkamp's plan not to let Roland enter Count Pranken and the Cabinetsrath. the school till he bad received a title, thus On the way the Cabinetsräthin was seized sparing him many embarrassments; for if thel with an idea as amiable as it was wise.

Both these merits delighted her, and not less | kamp's noble horses attracted great attenher own good-nature. She should win an tion. Pranken quickly gave the necessary ally and help a poor woman. With great directions, and established his party at one condescension and pity, she spoke of Eric's of the best tables, towards which many eyemother, who had with a foolish enthu- glasses were instantly directed. Pranken, siasm sacrificed her position to a so-called after speaking with his comrades and shakideal love. Here the Cabinetsräthin looked ing hands with one and another, soon retowards Pranken, between whom and her- turned to Sonnenkamp and his party. self so close a league was already established The Cabinetsräthin leaned in the most that she did nothing without bis approval. friendly way on Sonnenkamp's arm; PranA scarcely perceptible nod from him showing ken escorted Frau Ceres ; Roland and the her that she might continue, she appealed cadet shot arrows at a target, Roland always to Herr Sonnenkamp to do something for hitting the bull's eye. Eric's mother; if possible, even to receive Sonnenkamp was introduced to the Genher into his house. Aunt Claudine also was eral, and received from him a promise soon spoken of in terms of the highest praise. to visit Villa Eden. Pranken was glad to

The Cabinetsräthin imagined that her be able to show a new recruit in the person lations with the Sonnenkamp household of Roland. would be much more easily maintained, if As evening came on, the bright-colored the Professor's widow and the aunt formed lamps were lighted. Suddenly there was a a part of it; then her intercourse would be firing of cannon, a beating of drums, and a in a manner with them, and not with this shouting of huzzas, in honor of the arrival man. In fact it would be her duty to see of the Prince from his estate to grace the as much as possible of these noble women, banquet of the officers. Both bands struck in order to soften their position of depend- up, Hail to the Chief,” and all was reence; and that advantage, with many others, joicing. Happiest of the whole company, would be easily secured when she had es- perhaps, was Sonnenkamp, who had been tablished herself in that country-house, presented to the Prince and received a few wbich of course had several acres of vine- commonplace words from him. Though yard attached to it.

the words were nothing, the world had seen Thus there was a mingling of motives, the Prince speak with him and give him a with a good and animating result.

friendly greeting. Sonnenkamp smiled blandly, but all the They drove back to the capital in a high while was saying to himself, — These nobles state of delight. The colored lamps kept hold together more closely than a band of shining and the music sounding. thieves; in fact they are thieves, for all this - The next morning it was announced in impoverished nobility wants to bolster itself the papers :up by me.

Yesterday evening the cuirassiers of the He acceded politely to the lady's propo- guard celebrated their annual festival on sition, with the inward reservation, You Rudolph's Hill. His Highness, Pripce Leonhave not that estate yet, and the Profes- hard, graced the entertainment with his sor's widow may sit for a while longer at presence. Among the guests was Herr her sewing-machine.

Sonnenkamp, of Villa Eden, with his highlyThey drove by the country-seat of the respected family." Prince, who had lately returned from America. Here everything was in perfect order, and a table, with servants in attendance, was spread in a long, narrow pavilion erected in a grove by the roadside. The WHILE the Sonnenkamp family was at the sound of military music came from a public capital, Eric rode to Wolfsgarten. He garden, and the trees were hung with bright- had fought down every traitorous, unholy colored lamps. The officers of the Guard thought within him, or rather had prevented were holding a summer-fête here. Bands such from rising, and thought only of the of music followed each other in quick suc- obligation that rested on him to show his cession, one beginning to play the moment appreciation of the noble friendship which the other ceased. The officers were already Bella had certainly manifested towards him, seated at a table spread under a great tent by speaking to her of the excellence and in the middle of the public garden; while at truly admirable elevation of her husband's smaller tables near by sat the dignitaries of character. That was his sole purpose, and the capital, with their wives and daughters, with a clear and happy spirit he rode on his in gay summer dresses.

way: The two carriages drawn by Sonnen- He found Clodwig alone, Bella having







driven out to make a visit. Clodwig was was such as only a French tongue was capaglad to have Eric for once all to himself; in ble of. former visits he had too often had to amuse After separating for a short time, the himself with the boy, while Eric walked party reassembled for a second breakfast with Bella. Clodwig told of the son of a in the room opening on the garden. friend of his, the Russian Ambassador at Clodwig must have strongly impressed Naples, who had come to pursue under his upon the Russian the advantages he would guidance the study of husbandry in Ger- derive from intercourse with Eric, for the

The fact of the abolition of serfdom young man addressed him at once by sar; by the Emperor of Russia was producing a ing, “ I should be very glad if


would great moral and economic effect. The let me learn something from you." landowners would have to increase their own He said it so contidingly, and with so resources, as well as those of the soil; from much of a child's submission, that Eric gate mere landowners they must become hus- him his hand, saying, bandmen. The young Prince, like most “I am sure I shall be able to learn some other princes, had been a little wild in thing from you too." Paris, but there were the germs of good in Except whist, which every one says I him, and a power of will which encouraged play exceedingly well, I am afraid there is the most favorable hopes. A sort of sacred nothing to be learned from me," laughed zeal for self-sacrifice and devotion to the the Russian. lower classes was not uncommon among the Then, as a man who at once looks to the Russians, and often took such strong pos- producers for a knowledge of the products session of the gay and dissipated as to re- of a country, he said, – call the conversion of those saints we are “I hear that philosophy has gone out of told of, who, from the wildest debauchees, fashion in Germany; can you tell me any have suddenly been made conscious of their reason for the fact ?"" moral responsibilities.

Clodwig nodded; the topic was well “ But be on your guard,” he said, as if chosen, and the question modestly put. instructing Eric. No aristocracy in the Eric suggested as his opinion, without world is so eager for knowledge as that of having any definite information to give on Russia; but unhappily their zeal and aspir- the subject, that perhaps philosophy was ations run themselves out in a year or two, regarded less as a separate science, and had and they easily fall back into lazy indiffer- become the groundwork of all the sciences. ence. They have a great talent for imita- “ Are you of opinion,” asked the Prince, tion, but how persevering it will be, or • that the categorical imperative of Kant, and whether they can produce anything new, the French Revolution, bave tended to the remains to be proved. Perhaps this free- same results ?." jing of the serfs is a great moral turning

Bella laid back her head, and looked up

into the blue sky. The men were entering Eric thought it a glorious proof of the upon themes which, in deference to her, free spirft of the age, that this enfranchise- ought to be postponed to another time, but ment was the work not of the clergy, whose she would be patient and listen. office it might seem peculiarly to be, but of Eric explained that the principle of Kant, pure and simple humanity, having no eccle- “So act that you can wish the rule of your siastical stamp.

actions to be the rule of all human actions," " That idea had not occurred to me," established the same ideal as the French answered Clodwig, expressing his gratitude Revolution, with its equality before the law; in word and tone.

there are to be no more privileged classes. The two men were still engaged in far- “ But does not this equality destroy all reaching discussions concerning the power greatness, all genius ?” asked the Russian.

of the spirit, and Clodwig was just express- Bella thought this a good opportunity for ing his pain at the power which brute force breaking her silence, and quickly choosing exercises over the spirit, so much greater her side, she added : than man is willing to acknowledge to him- “I would go further, and ask if richly self

, when Bella entered. Her face glowed endowed natures do not make new laws in as she greeted Eric, and her companion, an the intellectual and political world, as well elegant but rather blasé-looking young man, as the æsthetic." gave him a gracious salutation. He was Clodwig smiled to hear his wife thus trotglad, he said, that Eric spoke French so ting out her hobby-horse, but Eric answered, fuently, for his own German was very smilingly, " That is the miserable mistake

clumsy; and he added that Eric's French for which Jesuitism in the Church, and fri..descent was apparent in his accent, which volity in the world, are equally answerable.


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Peculiar natures have been granted by the Prince leaning familiarly on Eric's arm, he world, and have come to claim for them- asked if Eric was acquainted with Herr selves, certain exceptional privileges and Weidmann, to whom Clodwig intended to immunities, which, if generally allowed, send him. would be subversive of human society. Eric replied that he had only seen him What are called superior natures bave once or twice, but that he was universally greater responsibilities than others, but no esteemed. exceptional rights. Before God and the “ If you should happen to have any friend moral sense of humanity, we are all equal, like yourself,” said the Prince, pressing as Christianity exhaustively expresses in the Eric's arm as he spoke, “if you should words, we are all children of God.' Chil- know any one whom you could recommend dren are equal before their father. But the to be my guide and instructor, I could make Church grants indulgences; the State, rights provision for him for life, or — excuse the of primogeniture; sophistry, moral exemp- question would you yourself perhaps —?” tions. No single man of iron will come to Eric declined the honor, but promised to establish the new kingdom of equality; the bear the subject of an instructor in mind. kingdom is at hand; its road is the iron rail, Bella joined them, and Eric walked by its horse is the steam."

the side of the other two, his mind agitated “You speak well; it is a great pleasure by a variety of emotions. He had pondered to me to have made your acquaintance," so carefully on the best way of drawing himsaid the Prince to Eric. “ I pray you to self and Bella back from that dangerous come often to see me; or will you let me boundary line of friendship, and here his come to you?”

pains had been thrown away, for another Eric, who, in his excitement, had said already occupied his place. His vanity was more than he intended, expressed his thanks, secretly wounded that this man of the world, saying at the same time that he must conse- with his prettily-dressed nothings, should at crate his time and strength to his pupil. once have become a greater favorite than he He was angry with himself at thus speaking with his tiresome solidities and all his hisout his whole heart on every occasion, in- torical luggage. At heart he was indignant stead of adopting the light conversational at Bella's familiarity with the Russian, and tone of society. He thought he knew what a strange confusion of feeling arose within the young noble meant by his compliment. him. Should he be glad to think this woA beautiful


of speaking, indeed! A new man nothing but a coquette, trifling now dish, a new sauce, new music, charming ca- with one man and now with another ? or did priccios! None but a fool would expose Bella thus act only to make less marked the treasures of his heart to them.

her intimacy with himself, which she desired Eric was struck with the expression of not to display before others ? Bella's face; it was set and hard. What His mind was harassed by opposite emohave I doné, she thought, that he should tions; one moment he was glad of the lesread me such a lesson about no one claim- son he had received, for now he could go ing exemption from the rule of morality ? back to his work with an unburdened mind; She was thoroughly angry, and with diffi- the next he was again angry with himself culty forced a smile to her face. She soon for his ignorance of the ways of polite socicontrolled herself, however, and managed ety. to make the two young men enter upon a

The Doctor's arrival changed as usual the little passage of arms before her. current of the conversation.

One sharp The Prince had the advantage of Eric in glance embraced Bella, Eric, and the Rusa knowledge of current events, and in prac- sian, and seemed to reveal to him their retical experience of the world. Eric readily spective positions. Bella and the Doctor granted the victory to be on his opponent's always had a little private warfare going on side in many instances.

between them. As they were walking in the garden, the

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