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Theatricals: By E. H. Malcolm : 44, 102, 163, 220, Voyage, A, through the Strait of Magellan to the
Pacific: By Lieutenant J. R. Hamilton :
Whittier: the American Poet : 139
Christmas Lay, A: By J. P. Shorthouse : 329
On a June Morning: By R. S. Chilton : 250
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Rose, A: By J. P. Shorthouse : 31
Roses, Two: By Lily Shorthouse : 69
Song : By A. T.: 36
Spring: By Lily Shorthouse : 128
To a Little One: By the late Mrs. C, V. Bartholo.
mew : 127
Tomb, the Templar's, in St. Mary's Church, Shrews-
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Wood-violet, The White : By F. E. W.: 31
Wreck, The, of the Blanche-nef: 73
world must come, as it has done, to be
in harmony with my inward self. LOOKING WITHIN. AN INVITATION. understand?"
“Partly, at least. Your outward world The Midsummer holidays have for the pre- means principally the persons whose companionsent brought Helen's studies at Mrs. Thoma- ship affords food for your mind and your affecson's to a close, but she will come to me as tions. Your inward self more essentially your usual, and once in a fortnight Miss Ainslie has own being—the being that loves and reasons; promised to give her two hours.
the feeling, thinking, suffering soul." On Wednesday instead of my pupil coming “ Yes, that is what I feel to be little changed, to me, I went to Darliston and spent the day. and when I speak of what is changed, of my
After the course of dictation and reading, I outward self, I mean that which has most sat beside her in a shady corner of the orchard to do with my outward world, which is much while she sketched from nature. We purposed moulded by it ; the self which I think of in a ride on the marsh, but, the day being warm, relation to others, and which aspires to be to deferred it till evening. During dinner the old them this or that of excellent. My innermost gentleman mentioned that he had just received self aspires to what is excellent because it is exa letter from my friend abroad, and should think cellent—that is, to my perceptions, and not over the request it contained. He came up because it is commendable in the eyes of others. with us to the drawing-room for a short time and I should think all souls had those aspirations, I then went to his hay-fields. I sat in a very believe Grant had when a boy in some degree. contented mood listening to Helen's singing, I suppose they gave way to the tide of circumand thought how much she was iinproved since stance; he too readily brought himself down to Richard saw her. I reminded her of the occa barmonize with the influence of some of his sion, and she laughed and said she was afraid companions. I cannot tell what I might have Captain Gainsborough must have thought her a becomeif I had fallen into bad hands. As it was Fery rough girl. “Grant had the power of I know before you came I was tending ill for a working me up in passions then," she said. young lady; though not, I hope, badly in any
" It is not so long ago, and yet I look back moral sense; for my grandfather and Nanny and feel the world is so changed for me—so Cargill were pretty safe guides in broad matters happily changed—that I wonder when I think of right and wrong Grant and Mr. Hawkins the time is actually so short. Oh, I was very were the only persons I saw at all frequently unhappy at that time; very. It seems,” she here, so my world was very limited. It is true continued thoughtfully, “as if I had two selves: I went to school, but the fact of the girls there the one for the outward world, the other for quizzing my oddity, 80 set my feelings on edge, myself. Now the latter I do not feel is much I could not feel inclined to copy them." changed-the other very much indeed. At that " If they were rude or sarcastic you did better time the two were fighting—now they are at not to try." peace. I should not wonder if that is the main There were one or two I liked better than difference between happiness and unhappi- others, so my pride would allow me to consider nets ?”
them, and I think I may have acquired some I did not speak; she went on.
good from them. But just think the difference "Miss Ainslie was quoting a French proverb the last four months has made in my world ! the other day, 'Quand on n'a pas ce que l'on You, dear Mrs.
Gainsborough alone would have aime, il faut aimer ce que l'on a. There is a been worth all I ever had before put together. little something in that I do not altogether like, Then the Ainslies—they are such a nice family; but there is truth as concerns happiness. Either fit I should think for any society.”. I must have brought my inward' self to be in "Well, dear Helen, I will say this, somehow harmony with my outward world in order you have improved very rapidly. You have to be capable of happiness, or my outward advanced wonderfully in your studies, but what
strikes me most is the improvement in your time I felt I must distrust all pleasant imagi. manners, or rather I should say manner ; for it nations. I have not got over that feeling was more in respect to the manner of doing entirely, so you may suppose that loving and kind or polite things than in any want of feeling honouring and delighting in-you know whoor inclination to do them that you were I still at times have little qualms of fear; of disdeficient. You were abrupt, hasty, even a little trust. My visit to Cardington Castle, as yon harsh, as well in your words and tones as in know, brought me many such. But they are your actions. I noticed this more when you not troubling me now.” spoke to others than myself.”
“I do not feel that you are wrong in taking “I believe I have very much the inclination to a high view of the character of Arden Maincatch the tone and manner of those about me.” | waring. Yet, in regard to him, your former
“It occurred to me just now, when you were at hard lesson may prove to have been useful; you the piano that the rapid progress manifested in will think less of slight short-comings. Real you put me in mind of those northern countries persons have all defects of some kind; but from where, a few days after the snow disappears, the time our eyes are opened in some degree to vegetation springs and summer
our own, if we are conscious that in sincerity A proverb I have somewhere read in one of we desire to be something nobler and better Miss Bremer's works also came into my head, than we are, we can make allowance for others "There grows much corn in the winter nights. and give them credit, as it is but fair, for like That inward self of which you speak must have aspirations. I do not think it is necessary, in been working I should think for years past: not order to love a person, that he should come up making much manifestation perhaps through to our ideal of perfection; but that he should the outward, but still in its days of darkness and hold a similar ideal and make some effort at it, poverty labouring within you on something; does seem necessary. Without the fellowship gaining in vigour. Had it not been so, you of heart and mind this implies there could be would not have been able to maintain the fight no enjoyment in companionship." you speak of. You would have submitted to “ I feel so too; though I suppose people may the course events seemed taking; aspired no be attached and suit each other in some longer, or only so feebly that your actions would pects who have very different views on others." have been uninfluenced."
Yes; and of course any pursuit in common “I used to have fits of thinking, certainly; gives a measure of companionship. I was or something between dreaming and thinking. thinking especially of a lifetime union." I really believe that books were my best supports Our discourse had proceeded thus far when it in cleaving to what is good. I mean goodness was interrupted by the sudden appearance of of the kind that is called greatness, refinement, Mrs. Cargill. With such a display of exciteor the beautiful. Sometimes what I read would ment as would have much surprised most stir me up to some practical step in the way of mistresses, she announced that a gentleman was improvement. It was through reading a novel coming to the Hall—that he was on horseback, I felt urged on to go to Mrs. Thomason's. My and she thought it was Mr. Littington. grandfather would never have sent me, and "He is coming to invite you, Helen," I said. required some persuasion to be induced to con- So it proved indeed. Mr. Littington had sent. Certainly another thing that made me rightly considered he was more likely to prevail desire to work out some improvement in myself with Mr. Wainwright by coming in person than was the disappointment I felt in Grant. I was writing. Mrs. Cargill sent off a messenger to aware that in education-school education I inform the old Squire; the visitor was conmean-he was greatly my superior, and yet I ducted to the drawing-room, and at once spoke had a consciousness within me that I ought to to Helen on the subject of her joining the combe above him in that, as I felt myself to be in pany who were to assemble at his house for a appreciation of the good and great. I was a strawberry feast. It was to take place pic-nic careless happy girl, before Grant came to the fashion in Harby Park, the General's permission Rood Farm. A vague-looking forward kept me being freely granted for their roving over his satisfied with present imperfections as well in grounds on the occasion. Speaking of this myself as in things about me. My spirits were matter led to Mr. Littington's informing me he capital; I was more light-hearted then than I had also obtained leave for Alfred Merrivale to I had no anxieties of any moment."
copy a certain picture in the collection at Harby “ But you do not desire to go back to those Hall. Then I told of the unforseen difficulty times?"
met with in the matter of the Dulwich com“No-oh, non-what, and give him up ? | mission, about which circumstance we were Not for the world, the best world I ever still conversing when Mr. Wainwright entered. dreamt of! I am happy; sometimes, oh, very The old gentleman certainly has the repuhappy; and often gay and light-hearted too ; tation of being of a ticklish temper. Mr. but certainly I am often anxious and sometimes Littington I perceived recognized that it was so ; depressed. You must not think my marriage refraining from mention of the purport of his has brought this about, at least it is in no way visit until he had ascertained and possibly imto blame for it. My troubles began as I have proved the humour of his visitee. told you, when Grant's hero-ship melted away He began by recourse to that invaluable in the broad daylight of reality. From that I assistant, the weather ; proceeded to the crops ;
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then the current news, which comprehended a wood, my sister and her children. Why, what robbery within the vicinity. A house near Mrs. happy fellows we should be! we should have Wellwood's had been broken into the preceding the field all to ourselves, unless we count little night and the plate carried off. Some com- Willie for a beau.” ments on the police followed ; then the pre- " Thank you, Mr.Littington, I don't care much eautions most proper to be taken to discourage for strawberries nor for roving over any ground such attempts. Mrs. Wellwood it appeared, but my own. However if you want Helen, I being a lone lady, was considerably alarmed and daresay she will be ready enough ; you won't had immediately sent her plate, for better keep her late I suppose?” security, to Harby Hall.
"Why there ?" I asked.
“Mrs. Wellwood is a niece of the old Generals" Mr. Littington answered ; and of course her valuables will be safer there than
Chap. XXXII. in her own house." "I should not feel certain of that," I ventured
A STRAWBERRY PEAST, WITH SOME ENTERTAIN to say. “The house may be a strong one, but for its size there are few servants and some of them are old. The coachman, I understand, does not sleep in the house ?"
Helen called for me on Friday and drove “Lately he has done so. The robbery here me in the gig to Mr. Littington's residence. induced some extra precautions. The alarm His nieces had been with him early, to assist bell, I know has been refitted. Consider the in gathering strawberries. Mrs Ainslie, with situation of the house, with the sea-coast on one her youngest, Willie, came about the same side and the village defending great part of the time as ourselves, and a little later a carriage other boundary. The bell would rouse the drove up bringing Mrs. Wellwood. whole neighbourhood. M‘Kinnon the steward, Our party being complete, Mr. Littington the gardeners, and several other men are living handed each of the ladies a pretty bouquet, and within the park wall, and just beyond the
we crossed his garden, entered a long green trestern boundary the Leyton farm people, lane. and soon found ourselves close to Harby the Whitecrofts and myself. I don't think Park. Mr. Littington was provided with a key they would try it.”
to a low door, which gave us admittance to a "That Mrs. Wellwood ought not to be a plantation, and when we emerged thence into the timid woman," observed Mr. Wainwright. open park, Harby Hall became visible at about “She went through a good deal in India in hali-a-mile distance, and
beautiful her husband's time I have heard.”
glimpses of the sea were obtained between trees. “Yes, and went through it well; but he was I would rather paint views than describe such a noble fellow, just the one to sustain her them with pen and ink, so shall say no more courage. She is constitutionally nervous, but concerning these woods and glades than that I such women will sometimes endure hardships should like free permission to stray about them and perils in a surprising manner, if they have and sketch at will. I would prefer to record a brave man near them to whom they are some of the merry nonsense talked, but must devoted."
not tarry long over it, feeling a necessity to push “Some one told me three years back you onwards to some graver matter following. All were going to marry her, Mr. Littington; but were very gay, including Mrs. Wellwood, there are always such reports going.”
whose face, very beautiful in its traits, and full " Ah-yes; they did me too much honour. of sensibility, much took my fancy. Mrs. Wellwood will never marry again. The
Laura had heard from her uncle some account wonder is she survived the loss of her husband. of Alfred Merrivale’s disappointment concernI believe the necessity there was for her nursing ing the commission : she now asked who was General Wetheral, who was severely wounded the stupid gentleman who had caused him so in the action which cost her hero his life, was much perplexity. I explained as far as I could the only thing which sustained her.”
about Mr. Witham; and Laura declared she “She was a very lovely woman some thirty recollected seeing him when he was in the years back, and she is a very interesting one neighbourhood. Appealing to Alice, she DOW; a perfect lady."
recalled an occasion when he assisted them “Yes, and much loved and venerated by all over a stile. This brought forth reminiscences who know her. I am quite proud to say
she as well from Willie as Alice; the former inquiris partial to my nieces. Such a friend 'is an ing if he were not a fast-looking individual with honour indeed, and gives a sort of guarantee red whiskers and a thick gold chain ; Alice which insures them a good reception anywhere. asserting she had met him in the lane we had She can be very cheerful too among young peo- just passed along--that he had bowed to her ple. I wish you would fallo, her example, Mr. and stood waiting her approach. She felt she Wainwright, and bring your grandaughter to dared not pass him, and ran back to her uncle's my house on Friday. I am assembling a party garden. to roam in Harby woods and eat strawberries. “Oh, Alice,” said Laura, you
should not be I have secured Mrs. Gainsborough, Mrs. Well- I such a little silly; remember you are not a
child now. I am sure he was very polite that | subject; and very opportunely Willie cried,
“It's a young gentleman,” said Harriet. “ I was afraid it was," said Alice. “ I don't
“Not young Coalhurst?” cried Mr. Littingknow what there was about him, but I knew he ton, starting up: “He said he could not come was going to say something, and I did not think till evening. No, this is some one from the he was a good subject."
Hall." There was a laugh about this, Laura declaring “Is it Mr. M'Kinnom ?" I asked. he must be a bad one if Alice thought so, for “No; I don't know him, but he is coming she seldom distinguished her acquaintance in this way. He sees us.”. such a way. Willie, who patronizes Alice rather All were in doubt until he was in front of our amusingly, but I believe is really very fond of group; then we recognized Mr. Alfred Merriher, raised his voice to declare that Alice was vale, in a new suit of clothes, which certainly most likely right; for he had once come upon tended to give him an improved appearance. Mr. Witham when he was skulking under a He raised his hat to the company, and Mr. hedge, and looking for all the world like a Littington bade him welcome in a very kind and poacher.
friendly manner, enjoining him to take a place Mr. Littington would not suffer us to tire our
among us. I made a gesture for him to sit selves with too much walking, but led us soon beside me, and he came up and shook hands, to where our repast of strawberries and cream replying to Mr. Littington. “I will do anywas spread. There were besides most of the thing you bid me sir, if you will only presently usual adjuncts of a pic-nic, and no little season. spare me a few minutes of your time. ing oi jest and fun for the good things before us. “ Certainly, certainly,” Mr. Littington an
By-and-bye we became romantic, Willie in- swered. Only you see neither of us can be cluded. He announced himself as "all the spared just now, with all these ladies to attend ladies' pages," and wished to be taught his upon. duties. Laura concisely told him “to wear Perhaps the apparition of Alfred Merrivale buttons,” whereat he was very indignant, reminded Laura she might have been too veherepudiating the idea of being other than “ a page ment in her defence of Lady Althea. Her manof the olden time."
ner became quieter, and she evidently desired, Mrs. Wellwood, who had been speaking to by more special attentions to myself, to erase me of Merton Brown, here remarked: “I think any impression I might have taken of her having the most perfect impersonation of a page of the been unduly combative. olden time I can remember, was to be found in Mr. Littington endeavoured to incite us to be Arden Mainwaring when he returned from the musical, and his sister setting a good example, continent seven years ago. He could not have other ladies were encouraged to raise their been much over fourteen, but appeared older voices. than he was ; rather, I think, from a certain I noticed much change for the better in courtly bearing than from any diminution of the Alfred's appearance besides that I have already simplicity of mind or gaiety of heart we look for mentioned. There was revived spirit in his at that age. He was the most beautiful youth aspect. As an observer, at least, he shared in I ever saw."
our gaiety with apparent satisfaction; but at Did she suspect anything in regard to Helen? | intervals he seemed abstracted—even anxious, I fancy so.
and I began to consider whether the matter he Helen was taken by surprise by this sudden wished to communicate might not be something mention of her Mr. Mainwaring. A flush came apart from Mr. Littington's commission. over her face. I think Mrs Wellwood noticed While a general laugh was going round, I said it.
apart, “Any news of Mr Witham?” “I wonder how he gets on with Lord St. He nodded, and in an undertone began, “I George,” said Mr. Littington; “and whether be am seriously anxious, and must speak either to and his lady cousin will marry after all. They you—" are together at Vienna, I understand. I can't Mrs. Ainslie from the far side of our group make those young people out.”
here interrupted, “Mr. Merrivale, we hope, if Mrs. Wellwood spoke.
you cannot sing, you will tell us a story. Do “Merton Brown assures me the engagement think of something." is off; and I think, from all I have observed, The request appeared at first rather to emthat Arden Mainwaring has outgrown what was barrass, but the next minute, with sudden aniindeed at commencement very romantic mation, Alfred spoke thus : boyish attachment. They are not calculated for “I could indeed tell some sort of a story, but each other."
it must be very incomplete ; and the whole “I don't understand people outgrowing their matter, though strange, and to some here I affections,” said Laura. "I call it fickleness. know not without interest, is hardly romantic People talk of Lady Althea being a coquette, enough in character for the present occasion. perhaps all the time she has been driven to it. Unless the facts are thought of sufficient importI think Mr. Mainwaring has a great deal to ance to excuse me, others may think me tedious answer for, I hate, of all things, male coquets !” and egotistical.”
I was not sorry for an interruption to this Mrs. Ainslie declared she should like it all the