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sort of silent reserve, which is not unfrequent where parties find themselves committed or perplexed by unexpected occurrences, or untoward disclosures.

The veteran was, however, as good as his promise and before noon next day, had performed the first stage of his journey. On the following evening he arrived at home; an event so gratifying to the feelings of the old cockswain, that had he not been too much occupied in contributing all in his power to the invalid's comfort on his arrival, he would not have failed to hoist the colours, despite of its being dark; or, perhaps, have fired a royal salute in honour of the auspicious occasion.

CHAPTER XXXI.

A CLEAR STAGE.

play one scene
of excellent dissembing; and let it look
Like perfect honour.

SAARSPEARE,

The truth must not be concealed. Although she had affected to treat his determination to return home as abrupt and ill-timed, Mrs. Crank had for some time felt the old gentleman's departure necessary.

Her schemes, while he remained, were hourly in danger of being defeated by his artless manner, and thorough disdain of every thing like disguise. The former was, perhaps, acquired in his profession, while the latter might (but for the immortal Locke's interdiction) almost be said to be an innate principle of his soul. These, and not his impiety in reviling the sect to which she belonged, were the real reasons which in an unguarded moment, had induced her to assert her conviction, that it was dangerous to be under the same roof with him. Nor was she mistaken. The presence of such dangerous materials as these rendered it very

improbable she could carry on her plans with a fair chance of success. An explosion was possible, nay, probable, every minute. His prejudices were even stronger than his predilections; and he could hardly conceal bis antipathy to some of his sister-in-law's visiters, with whom she was more than ordinarily solicitous to be on terms of intimacy and friendship. The unmitigated contempt he felt for every man not regularly brought up to those particular professions of which they affected to be members, could not fail to display itself in a cynical sneer, or sour sarcasm, whenever he considered himself bearded in his own house by the dogmatizing assumption, or pert preaching, of those i disant divines, who formed, at times, part of the eve

ng circle at Clarence Lodge. For the major, who, he puceived, was rapidly becoming a favourite, he had no such ground of dislike. He was a gentleman, easy and affable in his manners, and liberal in disposition ; but it was impossible not to perceive that Crank thought his coat was of the " wrong colour,” and, to the terror of Mrs. Crank, he had been overheard, by the major himself, on one occasion, inquiring of his confidant Tiller, - if that soger was gone yet ?

The mere removal of the reteran from Cheltenham, to bring him to which place site had been obliged to resort to so much artifice, was, for these reasons, an object of the utmost importance ; and the moment he was gone, she felt relieved from half the difficulties that interposed between her and the accomplishment of her wishes. Liberated now from all apprehensions, she resumed the field with renewed energy and confidence of success. It had been always a subject of considerable apprehension, during Crank's residence at Clarence Lodge, that he might, with his usual bluntness, allude, in a way that could not escape the observation of his visiters, (for he always spoke so as to be understood) to his friend Burton; and the claims which that individual had on the gratitude, if not esteem of the whole family. Had she even presumed to mention the subject to him, as one on which be ought to preserve silence, she well knew his hatred of disguise would have prompted him openly to profess his acknowledgments to Burton the first opportunity that occurred. Indeed, she thought it very likely that such an intimation

from her would lead him to suspect the hitherto undetected influence she had exerted over her daughter's mind and wishes; and, what would be still worse, prompt, in him, a desire to counteract that influence, or induce him to exhort Emily to consult her own understanding, as well as preference, in a case of so much importance to herself and her future happiness. Armed as the matron felt him to be so long as he made no absolute disposition of his property, she knew it was her interest to keep him in ignorance of the control she exerted over ber daughter's feelings. Her admonition, as to the necessity of secrecy on the subject of Burton's attachment, was, therefore, confined Emily alone ; and that was expressed in language more emphatical, and a solicitude the more marked, as she perceived that Major Harvey's attentions were become so unequivocal, and his preference so openly displayed, that nothing short of the offer of his hand in marriage could be anticipated, or the total interruption of that extreme inti macy which at present existed.

While matters, therefore, continued in this state, she felt it peculiarly incumbent on her to warn her daughter of the extreme impropriety, and, indeed, indelicacy, there would be in admitting to her present admirer, or even to a female confidante, that her affections had ever been, in the slightest degree, engaged by another. Her experience of the sex having given her abundant proof that there was nothing of which men were more particularly tenacious, than of an undivided preference on the part of those to whom they paid their addresses ; and that possibly nothing could more enhance the value of a young female in the jealous eye of most suitors, than the reflection, that she had never been exposed even to the attentions of any mor. tal but themselves. To all these remonstrances Emily jent an attentive ear, through a conviction that it was her duty to listen to every thing which came from her parent : with a respect proportioned to that anxiety evinced for her child's interest. Unpractised as she was in amatory politics, she felt no objection arise in her mind while acquiescing in the course of conduct enjoined. To that course she was solely prompted by a duteous compliance with a mother's wishes, without imagining it possible, that while

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innocently performing one duty, she might justly be charged with having compromised another Sincerity.

Further, it would be unsafe perhaps, under these circumstances, to push conjectures as to the state of her feelings. That fierce and indomitable passion which, in man, delights to dare, and struggles to surmount all obstacles ; is, in woman, a deep consciousness,

a keen sensibility, which, in its desire to elude observation and baffle discovery, feeds on the contemplation of its object in secret ; and instinctively shrinks from detection. Such are the widely different characteristics of the Mas

Passion of our youth, as exemplified in the opposite seres.

CHAPTER XXVI.

WILL-MAKING.

To this complexion must we come at last.

HAMLET.

HOWEVER complimentary the alarming illness of the captain might have been to the sagacity of his medical man, it failed not to excite in him a surprise, only to be surpassed by that arising from the unaccountable circumstance of the old man being the bearer of no communication, written or verbal, from that lady, to whom he had so explicitly tendered his heart and band. Ten days bad elapsed during which bis anxiety had increased, in the same proportion as he became hopeless of the veteran's recovery, The latter circumstance, awakened a train of thought, in which, as usual with him,--self predominated. What those reflections were, may be easily conjectured, from the course he adopted, with respect to his patient, whom he now failed not to apprize of the extreme danger, to be apprehended from recent symptoms of his disorder ; adding, “ that he disinterestedly advised him to lose no time in calling in a solicitor, to do what was right in his life

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time, and not leave the disposal of his property, in case of accident, open to dispute or litigation, hereafter."

Though always averse to inaking his will, considering it synonymous to signing his own death-warrant, Crank at length yielded to Senna's suggestion.

The attorney, however, was merely employed to draw up a form ; blanks being left for the sums, and names, of those whom the veteran had secretly predetermined should partake of his property.

Having so far complied with his friend's unpalatable advice, and made up his mind to die ; he, to Senna's no small inortification, seemed still resolved, that as long as the breath was in his body, the secret of the final disposition of his property, should be confided to no one living but his faithful domestic. Senna failed not, at his next visit, to throw bis eye, as if purely by accident, over the will, and was startled to perceive nothing definitively arranged. He had hardly left his patient, whose hypochondriac depression of spirit was considerably increased, by not having received, for some time, any tidings from those who were now uppermost in his thoughts, than Tiller was summoned by the old man to his cot-side.

He was lying in bed, feeble, and suffering severely from pain. His right hand was wrapt in a roll of flannel, which prevented the possibility of inditing any thing himself. There was an air of mystery about the old gentleman, which, as it was perfectly unusual, Tiller was not prepared to expect. He was not destined to be long in the dark ; for the commodore looking in his face, with a firm though feeble tone of voice, thus addressed the man who had served him with fidelity, in almost every capacity, but in that in which he was about to be employed.

“ Can you keep-keep a secret, Thomas ?"

“ Could the Boyne keep her wind, Sir?” replied Thomas, in a tone which bespoke more trust and fidelity than ever was yet evinced by the oath of allegiance.

" Ah, Thomas--she was a fine old ship she could do any thing but speak-But those days are all gone by-we shall never-never be in blue water, again!”

“I doesn't know that, Sir. Who knows, but if so he, you get over this bout, but the Lords of the Admiral

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