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Will not forsake me still, but bear me on, Right where the trumpet of the angel calls. [He speeds her out.
That scene is above our praise. What law, human or divine, forbids that the innocent-the religious-the
Ron. She will not have me stay himresigned and the unhappy-should, I dare not-My own house too— See, she
before parting for ever in this world, be assured from each other's lips-which yet meet not even for a moment-that since on earth love may not unite their lives, they hope to recognise one another in heaven?
goes with him.
Da Riva. Call in the neighbours
Ago. She's with me still! She's mine! Who stays us!
Olym. and Diana. Ginevra! sweetest friend!
Ago. Who triumphs now? Who laughs? Who mocks at pandars? Cowards, and shameless women!
Gin. (bursting away from him.) Loose` me, and hearken!
Madness will crush my senses in, or speak :The fire of the heavenward sense of my
wrongs crowns me;
The voice of the patience of a life cries out
of me ;
Every thing warns me. I will not return.
Loveless, remorseless, never to be taught.
The convent walls-Bear me to those-Io secret,
If it may be; if not, as loudly as strife,—
One, my dear friend, (to DA RIVA.) Which was the corse to be?
Da Riva (looking at it.) There's not a heart here but will say, 'Twas he. [Curtain falls.
And are we satisfied with the catastrophe? Yes. Agolanti, it is manifest, would have murdered her over again in a few months. There was madness in the family-we happen to know there was-though Mr Hunt does not seem to have heard it during his stay in Florence. The greater glory to his genius for letting many an outbreak of the old hereditary taint appear in conduct attributed by him to mere perversity-but mad he was, and had he not been tickled in the midriff by Colonna, he would have ended his days in a lunatic asylum; and, in that case, Ginevra must have gone into a convent, and Antonio to the wars.
If ever woman deserved to be happy as a wife, Ginevra did; and all Italy could not have furnished a better husband than her own Antonio. And happy they were-for a few yearsexpiring not on the same day, but in the same week,—Antonio being of a shortlived race, and Ginevra, no wonder, having been all along in a rather delicate state of health, till one night, as her dying husband looked on her face by the moonlight, he found she was lying without breath in his
sir, (to Officer;)
THE NAMELESS MAN.
In the little village of -, on the coast, there is an inn, the comforts of which can only be appreciated by those who have chanced to locate themselves there; but, lest it should be suspected that the writer of this sketch is only the landlord in disguise, wielding his grey goosequill to puff his manand-horse convenience into notice, I shall not particularize further, and consequently avoid any protracted descriptions of its excellencies. I was in the habit of resorting thither of an evening, during a temporary sojourn in the village a few summers since, to smoke my cigar, enjoy the genuine decoction of malt and hops served out by the proprietor, and mingle in the general conversation of the parlour. I thus became acquainted with the following curious particulars:-One day a person of gentlemanly exterior entered the house, covered with dust, and apparently fatigued by a long pedestrian journey. His dress, a suit of elegant and fashionable make, consisted of a coat with gilt buttons, which the residuum of the road scarcely allowed to be distinguished as a blue one, black trousers, and white marcella waistcoat, in the same condition, as were also his shirt and cravat. He carried over his shoulder a small travelling-bag, which he tossed carelessly, as he entered, upon one of the parlour seats.
might have been between thirty and forty; but some furrows, which care appeared to have wrought on his countenance, made this rather a matter of doubt. He ordered refreshments; and, having satisfied his inward man, he desired to be shown to a private room, in order to the refreshing of his outward one. All this took place without any thing extraordinary having occurred. He shortly after began to make some observations to the waiter concerning the beauty of the prospect from the room in which they were; and ultimately requested to be informed as to the charges for board and lodging, adding he might stay some days, perhaps some weeks. All his remarks were made in tones and manner of kindly, though not undignified condescension, with which the waiter was so enchanted that he flew, with more than
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extraordinary speed, to execute the stranger's behests. The landlord and his lady, no less delighted with their man's account, were equally in haste to satisfy the stranger's gratifying curiosity. As the latter was retiring with his answer, the landlady ejaculated with a thankful voice," Enquire the gentleman's name, Ben." Meanwhile the new comer had stationed himself at the window; and, with his eyes fixed upon the waste of waters, on which here and there a vessel was to be seen careering on its course, as if rejoicing in the peaceful zephyrs which were urging it onwards, he was absorbed in meditation, which at first prevented his noticing the return of the attendant, till the reiterated sound of the expressive monosyllables,"There, sir, if you please," accompanied by the bill of charges, roused him from his reverie. He received it in his hitherto courteous manner, glanced his eye over it, and saying, Very well, I agree to them," he motioned Ben to leave the room. Ben, however, true to his vocation, tarried while he begged to know the gentleman's name. To his amazement, the stranger's countenance instantly loured, and his astonished ears were greeted with a sharp and surly exclamation of "What the devil do you want with my name? Begone!" Ben would have explained; but perceiving something of an ill-boding cast in the expression of the stranger's looks, he hastily retreated, in the first place, to inform his master and mistress of the issue of his errand, and then to confer with his friends, ostler and boots, upon the phenomenon. Boniface received the tale with some degree of wonder and incredulity, as some tradesmanlike conjectures entered his brains: he, moreover, suspected that his man, by some ill behaviour, had affronted the gentleman; perhaps all was not as it should be. Strengthened in his considerations by his spouse, he determined to investigate the matter himself; and for that purpose ascended to the room, where the gentleman was found sitting at a table with a number of papers before him, and apparently engrossed in deep reflection. At the
landlord's approach he raised his head, and gently bowed without rising. The latter made an humble obeisancehoped he was served to his satisfaction; that he was refreshed after his fatigues -dusty roads-warm weather-a little rain acceptable with other remarks of the same kind, which all acquainted with inns will readily conceive. all of them Mr B. (the landlord) obtained such polite replies, that he internally threatened vengeance against Ben for his supposed misconduct. Mrs B., whom a certain well-known feminine quality had impelled to ascend likewise, at this instant made her appearance, and was received as her husband had been.
"Your good lady, I suppose?-very comfortable, I dare say ?"
These common topics having been run over, Mr B. found the time was come to ascertain if Ben's tale was correct, and cunningly prefaced the question by observing Your honour, this is about the post time-does your honour expect any letters, because Ben shall fetch them?"
"No!" was the only answer. "Or if any parcels arrive, how shall I distinguish them?"
"None will arrive," said the unknown, manifesting symptoms of impatience.
Mr B., finding that his insinuations were useless, resolved with some hardihood, considering the risk, to plump upon the main point at once; so, assuming his most obsequious air, he asked, "And by what name shall I attend upon your honour?"
The same astounding exclamation struck his auricular nerves which had struck those of his servant before.
"What the devil do you want with my name?" bawled the stranger in an interrogative accent, starting at the same time from the chair-a motion which caused both Mr and Mrs B., almost without their own knowledge, to progress, crab-like, nearer to the door.
Perceiving, however, that the nameless one did not move from the table, the former returned to the charge, carefully observing that the stairs were within available distance. "Because, your honour, it is convenient for booking."
"I haven't got a name-I won't have a name!" interrupted the unknown, with increasing anger. "If it suited
This was decisive; the tone and manner in which these last words were uttered, showing that the stranger was impatient of further discourse. B. and his wife therefore withdrew; both sympathetically and doggedly resolving that no credit ought to be given to a man who had no name. B. entered in his daybook the nameless man so much, and was making out the bill in all expedition, intending to dispatch Ben up stairs with it, and an intimation that no credit was given; when the bell sounded to a fresh parley. As Ben was not immediately at hand, having, as I have before said, skulked off to discuss and surmise upon the matter with his friends in the stable, Mr B. was obliged to re-ascend himself. The stranger, who was still standing, received him to his surprise with his first bland demeanour, and mildly observed, "I suppose, sir, you are fearful of my solvency—it is natural. There is payment for this day's board and lodging-give me a receipt -and see that you serve me well. Mind, I am giving you credit now;" and, as he spoke these words, he pulled out a seemingly well-filled purse from one pocket, a memorandum-book from a second, a portable inkhorn from a third, and presented to Mr B. the materials for furnishing him with the desired receipt. B. felt some strange misgivings; but a reflection, something like that of Vespasian upon a certain inodorous tax, crossing his mind, he thought he might as well have the money. This business settled, the stranger added, "Send in your bill every morning, and don't trouble me;" on which Mr B. returned to his wife to inform her of what had taken place, while Ben, who had resumed his duties at the bar, listened to the particulars, occasionally joining in the talk, and all agreeing that it was very odd.
At this period I was engaged in an easy tour, with a view to recruit my health, which had been impaired by my exertions in a cause conducted by a law firm in London, of which I had lately been admitted a partner; and the long vacation having commenced, I was not much restricted as to time. On my route, the agreeable situation of the village induced me to make a lengthened stay in it, and I had been there several weeks previous to the arrival of the nameless man. As intimacy is not difficult to form in a small place, where each one knows the other. I had become tolerably sociable with Mr B., who was a very reputable character in his way, and from him I obtained the account which I have already given in what remains I am directly concerned myself.
and ale. A dull, unsteady eye was strongly symptomatic of a mind diseased; nevertheless I followed his example, and after a few common observations, we commenced a more general conversation. His remarks displayed the most refined taste and sensibility, as well as much varied knowledge, and clearly evinced that he had mingled in good society. I carefully refrained from any expression which might be construed into a curiosity to learn who or what he was, and therefore said nothing concerning my own pursuits, which might have appeared as an invitation to his confidence; for I have invariably found that the only mode of becoming the confidant of an eccentric is to humour his conceits. I thought I could perceive that he was pleased with my apparent uninquisitive temper, and augured favourably of the result, as by this time I had become really and sincerely desirous of rendering him any assistance in my power, and anxious to cultivate his friendship; for he seemed worthy of my exertions to attain it. An accident brought this about sooner than I had anticipated. The evening was far advanced before we thought of parting, and when we did, he gave me a friendly shake of the hand, and an invitation to dine with him next day.
From his manner of acting, it was evident that the stranger had not come on a kind of Dando speculation; and further consideration afforded me no ground for believing that he was a debtor avoiding his creditors, or a rogue endeavouring to evade the hand of justice; because the least experienced in villany must have been aware, that such remarkable conduct in regard to his name, would certainly attract notice, and consequently defeat any intentions of that kind. In short, I set him down as one of those eccentric beings who seem placed on earth to show what extraordinary turns the human mind can take, and who are perhaps not inaptly to be compared to those celestial orbs whose erratic movements almost defy calculation. I have a fancy for eccentrics, whom I have always found to be a harmless class enough; and as I flat-coveries had caused the arrest; for I ter myself with the possession of a peculiar facility in forming an acquaintance with them, I determined to exert my efforts for this purpose on the present occasion.
The first night the stranger did not show himself, and I could devise no excuse for intruding on him. On the second evening, however, he entered the parlour, where I was sitting alone; and as it was the market-day at the town a few miles off, and we were thus not likely to be interrupted by a very full attendance, I set about prosecuting my object alone. On observing me he bowed, which civility being returned by me, he took a seat at the same table, and ordered cigars
The following morning, after breakfast, as I sat at my lodgings ruminating upon the strange fellowship into which we are occasionally thrown in our progress through life, I was informed that my companion of the preceding night had been taken into custody. Startled at the news, I hastened to Mr B. to ascertain what dis
instantly concluded that there must have been serious reasons for such a proceeding. From Mr B. I learned that the constable of the village had that morning called at his house, and desired to see the man who would not give his name. Whereupon Ben was dispatched to intimate to the stranger that he was wanted below. He came down accordingly, in no very agreeable mood, muttering, as he descended, "Who the d-1 can want me here? This was soon learned by the constable demanding his name; a question to which the other answered hastily, "What's my name to you?"
"Very well-you won't give your name, won't you?” rejoined the man