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he would honestly have laughed to scorn. I would not go down in a world where a Hitherto the latter's more obvious advan- fellow like Borroughdale - a good, welltages had rather indeed been a source of meaning creature unquestionably, but as personal self-satisfaction to him than oth every one knew an absolute dunderhead erwise. It had seemed only to broaden – was lauded to the very skies for such and deepen the gulf which in less purely a very ordinary achievement, and all for material matters yawned so palpably be no better reason but because he happened, tween them. That highly refined form of forsooth, to be a marquis and a million. self-satisfaction which arises from the con aire ? templation of another's advantages, needs Meanwhile the particular dunderhead however, it may be observed, for its en. in question was far from enjoying that joyment that the realm within which we condition of absolute beatitude which ourselves do elect to shine should be a those who have never been either marvery broad and a very well-defined one quises or millionaires might take to be his indeed, and it was just here that Farquart allotted share. The Hollands were back for the first time in his life began to feel now, and he himself — neglectful of many misgivings.
and imperative calls elsewhere — lingered The result of his first year's campaign on in London, seeing them from time to with destiny had not, it was useless to time, but not again approaching that subdeny, been quite as satisfactory as he ject at which he had once rushed with so had anticipated. His pictures, to begin indiscriminating a zeal. He had grown a with, had one and all been rejected by good deal older in more ways than one the Academy. Well, that, he felt, was during that summer, and with his growth only to be expected. To better, or at any had come a certain measure of discretion. rate to older artists, the same thing hap- If possible, he was more in earnest now, pened every year. They had also, how. more anxious to bring the matter to a ever, been rejected by other and distinctly successful issue now than he had been less illustrious exhibitions, and again by then, but his anxiety was tempered with a others of a lower and yet lower calibre, perfectly novel admixture of discrimina. to which with a sort of dogged resolution iion. He wished to feel his way; and if he had persisted in sending them. All possible in some degree test his ground, this had given a certain shock to his before again risking everything upon a aspirations in this direction, and in re single throw. How this testing of the venge upon both himself and the world of ground was to be accomplished, however, art he had taken to pen and ink, and had was what for some time be taxed his in. produced essays which certainly could not genuity vainly to discover. be said to err upon the side of a too Suddenly what he could not help re. great leniency to the faults and foibles of garding as a piece of providential good an ill-judging and pitiably misdirected fortune came to help him. Sitting late world. Here also, however, his success one cold autumnal night over his studies, unaccountably hung fire. That he was heedless of the fact that the fire had gone amazingly clever, every one - including out, Professor Holland caught a severe even those proverbially detracting indi- chill, and awoke in consequence next viduals, editors — admitted, but somehow morning with lungs considerably inflamed, the recognition of the fact did not seem to and when the doctor, who for days be ob. awaken any particular enthusiasm. Either stinately refused to see, at length arrived, bis ideas were too far in advance of those he took the matter seriously, impressing of the rest of the world, or — what was both upon the patient himself and his still more likely — his genius was of too relations the danger of allowing the mis. pronounced and too original a type, and chief to go further, and the strong advisneeded time, therefore, before it could ability of the winter being, if possible, make itself adequately appreciated. At spent in a warmer climate. The difficul. present he had embarked upon a new and ties in the way of carrying out this pro
ambitious literary enterprise, gramme were, however, great, and apwhich he had every intention of producing peared at first sight to be insurmountable. as his magnum opus. From time to time, The emoluments of science are unfortu. he was visited, however, by shrewd mis- nately small; the professor's own private givings as to whether this also would income was an inconsiderable one, indeed achieve quite the amount of success to the whole household had of late been sub. which iis intrinsic merits entitled it. sisting mainly upon Katherine Holland's How could be, how could any man, he contributions to the housekeeping, and to asked himself, judge of what would or make such further inroads upon her store
as so lengthened a sojourn abroad would “Oh, you do, do you ? " Farquart re. entail was more than either her uncle or plied, moving away towards the fireplace, aunt would agree to do. Then it was that and speaking with rather a studied amount Borroughdale came to the rescue. Was of nonchalance. " And how long do you there not his yacht doing absolutely expect to be away?” be added. nothing ? he said. It would be a kind. "Three months certainly; perhaps four. ness, nothing short of an act of positive It will depend a good deal, I suppose, upon charity to make some use of her. If, too, how the professor goes on.” the professor, accompanied by his wife Then there was a silence; and then and niece the latter merely in a paren- with bis usual headlong rush into the very thesis — would consent to spend a winter heart of his subject, Borroughdale sudin the Mediterranean, the time need not denly burst out, necessarily be lost. On the contrary the " I say, Farquart, you know — er — “ Cormorant” was, as every one knew, what my — my - - bopes are about it, well equipped with all things necessary don't you?” he exclaimed, and then as for zoological investigations, so that from suddenly stopped. a scientific point of view three or four “ Your hopes about it? Your hopes months so employed might even be about what? About your zoology, do you counted an absolute gain.
mean?" This suggestion the professor was a "Zoology? No.
Hang zoology! I man of far too self-respecting a turn of mean, of course, about Katherine Holmind to clutch at with any indecorous land.” haste. At the same time the offer was Farquart, who was still occupying him. too good, and the last-named inducement self with the fire, turned slowly round too overwhelmingly tempting, to be abso- so as to look more directly at the speaker, lutely declined. After à certain amount, whose face, always ruddy, had within the therefore, of dignified pro-ing and con-ing last two minutes become of a finely it was at length accepted, and Borrough- diffused carmine. Even before Borrough. dale posted off in high delight to get dale had begun to speak he had known everything in readiness for the anticipated perfectly well what he was going to say. cruise.
He had seen it coming on for a long time A few days before their start actually back, he told himself, and had therefore, took place he went one afternoon to see of course, been perfectly prepared for it. Farquart, who had not long returned to What he had not been prepared for, how. London, and whom he had only, as it ever, seemingly, was
to be or even to happened, met once since his own return appear to be cordial in the matter from his northern trip. This time he indefinable, some unconquerable relucwent with a distinct purpose in his mind. tance appearing to hold him back. He meant to unbosom himself, and to “ What about Katherine Holland ?” he appeal to their ancient friendship for sym- said in a tone from which all expression pathy in his new hopes. There had of was elaborately banished. late been an indescribable chill, a certain “1-1-er - mean to marry her — at sense of strain in their mutual relations, least, I – er — I hope to do so. I have of which Borroughdale himself had been cared for her for months,” Borroughdale dimly conscious, and it had kept bim from exclaimed stutteringly, getting suddenly speaking to Farquart upon the matter that up from his chair. and beginning to move lay nearest to his heart. To-day, however, aimlessly up and down the room in his exhe had come resolved to let nothing hinder citement. his doing so, and when Lord Borrough- Notwithstanding my telling you that dale's mind was once made up it was her father was only a surveyor ?” Even neither a slight obstacle nor yet a small as be uttered the words Farquart knew amount of discouragement, as we know, that they were unworthy both of him and which could succeed in turning him from of the subject, but for the life of him he his purpose.
could not keep back the gibe which rose “ Well, we start upon Tuesday," he to his lips. said, after their first greetings, sitting Borroughdale instantly stopped short down as he spoke in the nearest chair, and turned round frowning ferociously. which happened to be almost exactly op. “What, I should like to know, has that to posite the large square window, through say to it?” he said haughtily. Then as which all that remained of the autumnal Farquart did not reply — "I asked, I en. daylight was at that moment streaming in treated her to marry me last summer,” he a dull grey flood.
added, still in a tone of lofty displeasure.
“ You did. And what did she say?" her yourself all this time,” he exclaimed
“ She said that she could not then; that hoarsely. she didn't know me well enough; that if " I'm not the very least in the world in I pressed her then she must refuse; so, love with her,” Farquart replied in a tone of course, I said I wouldn't press her, that of considerable impatience. she might take three months, four months, Borroughdale breathed a prodigious any time she liked to think about it, and sigh of relief. that I would then ask her again."
" Then why can't you be more cordial “Upon my word that was remarkably about it?” he persisted, almost patheti. considerate of you."
cally. "'Tisn't like you, Farquart. You Borroughdale's frown deepened. and she are the only two friends I've ever
“What the devil do you mean by that?” made in the whole course of my life, and he said fiercely. “ Considerate! There I can't afford to lose either of you. Come, was nothing in the least considerate about speak up, inan,” he added, in a tone of it!”
urgent entreaty. “ What ails you to“ It is not at all events the fashion in day? which a Marquis of Borroughdale is sup. Farquart, to tell the truth, did not him. posed to woo.
self very clearly know what did ail him. If ever the unpretending owner of that He felt that he was behaving quite unlike highly soporous title looked like a Mar. himself – quite unlike any fashion in quis of Borroughdale it was perlaps at which he would have proposed to behave that moment. He got up from the chair under the circumstances. There was into which he had again thrown himself, something ridiculous something pertook his stick from the corner of the fire-haps even a little puerile - in this inabil. place, and turned towards the door. Near ity to summon the desired cordiality to it, however, he paused, thrust his hand his lips. What he had just said had been into his pocket to feel for bis gloves, took perfectly true. He was not the very least one out and began deliberately to put it in the world in love with Katherine Hol
All at once, he desisted from that land. He did not want to marry her, did operation; wheeled rapidly again, and not want, in fact, to marry any one; to do dropping or rather flinging away the stick so would have been to put out the whole from him with a portentous clatter, he plan and purpose of bis life. Yet none came back in two strides across the room, the less he experienced sharp twinges his band stuck out before him like a of annoyance, almost amounting to mortipump-handle.
fication, at the idea of these two being " I say, Farquart, old man, what the happy, and happy independently, as it deuce is the meaning of all this? What were, of him. He liked them - he liked
ails you to day? What makes you them both — but he liked them as they so desperately cynical and bitter ? I were. From different reasons both seemed thought you'd be glad; that you'd sympa- to him in a peculiar sense his own propthize with me about it. I thought erty, and he had something of the ag. at least I hoped you would like I should grieved feeling of a proprietor whose marry your cousin. You told me, you chattels are being disposed of without his know, first thing of all that you hadn't any sanction. He made an effort, however, to idea in that direction yourself; if you had overcome these slightly unwarrantable I should have kept out of the way. Not, sensations. I mean to say, ibat I should bave had “Of course, my dear Borroughdale, anyany chance where you were in question. thing that is for your happiness gives me Still
He stopped a moment, and pleasure, that I needn't tell you," be said, then went on, “Now, however, I can't with graceful, if somewhat tardy, cordial. pretend to give her up to you, or any man, ity. “I wish you all the success you can for, upon my soul, i love her, I
possibly desire. Katherine Holland is an can't possibly explain to you how much I excellent girl, and deserves all the good love her. I can't even begin to imagine fortune she can possibly meet with. I what it would be to me to lose her was a little taken aback when you began, lose the hope, I mean, of winning her. I but I suppose that was simply due to my should become — I-er - literally don't own stupidity; no doubt I ought to have know what I should become, I believe I been better prepared. Anyhow, I wish should take to drinking!” He paused you every possible success in your wooagain, and then, as if a new idea had sud. ing, and the best of good luck to you both. denly struck him, “ For God's sake don't Can I say more ?" tell me, Farquart, that you are in love with Borroughdale's face beamed.
"Of course you can't — of course you though he never allowed it to appear can't, old fellow,” he exclaimed, seizing again so palpably upon the surface as on his friend's hand in his own and swinging this occasion, and although after a while he it to and fro with a vehemence not a little permitted himself to be gradually drawn painful to that less indurated member. into much of his former intimacy with both “Of course not, and I was a fool to doubt of them. I have not yet heard of any of you; but then I always was a fool, wasn'this pictures having been accepted by the Í? Meanwhile I mustn't stay here any Academy, and his literary magnus opus longer now," he went on with a sort of has not yet appeared, or, if it has, an un. breathless and almost feverish eagerness, grateful public has failed perhaps to rec" for there are about a hundred thousand ognize it as such. All who know him hold things to do between this and Tuesday. unquestionably, however, that some day But you'll come and see me again, old or other so able a man will throw all his man, before we go, won't you? Mind, 1 strength into one effort, and then that the haven't told a single soul about this yet, world will possess a new masterpiece, and not even my father. It wouldn't be fair, his friends hopes will be justified. This would it, till things are settled? Besides, also I may state with confidence is his I'm not really a bit too sanguine even own view. Although so far it cannot cer. now,” he added, gripping poor Farquart's tainly be said that fame has surrendered hand again in his excitement, and shaking herself to any of his advances, he is far it up and down and to and fro with a will. from feeling that he has as yet thoroughly “Not a bit too sanguine, upon my soul,” tried conclusions with that notoriously he repeated at the door, in a tone and with tricksy goddess, indeed at the very moa look, however, which, it must be owned, ment in which I am writing, he is said to threw considerable doubt upon his own be meditating a new, and this time prob. assertion.
ably an irresistible, assault upon her enAfter the door had closed upon him, trenchments. Lord Borroughdale's adGranville Farquart sat for a long time in miration for his gifted and versatile friend the fast thickening obscurity, the smile has never suffered even a single moment's with which he had greeted poor Borrough- diminution, although since his own standdale's last remark fading away and being ing in the scientific world has become replaced by a pucker of discontent which well established it is tempered by a less sat oddly and, as it were, incongruously absolute and a less crushing self-deprecia. upon the classical perfection of his fea- tion than formerly. Farquart still speaks tures. At last, when of the big window of him to others in a tone of kindly pa. near him nothing was left but a large, tronage, never failing to do justice to the light colored blur, he suddenly got up from goodness of his heart, and the invariable his seat, pulled the blind down with a excellence of his intentions. As regards rapid jerk, and, crossing the room, rang Borroughdale's marriage with Katherine the bell violently for lamps.
Holland, however, he always privately “ Nonsense! Of course it will be set. feels that he was badly used. tled long and long before they return,” he
EMILY LAWLESS.. said aloud to himself as he did so.
In this judgment I bad better perhaps, without further circumlocution, hasten to say he was amply justified by subsequent
From Blackwood's Magazine. Before even the period of pro.
LIFE IN A DRUSE VILLAGE. bation had quite come to an end, Bor. roughdale and Katherine Holland were betrothed, and when they came back to In one of the loveliest valleys of CarEngland ihey were married.
mel, near the south-west extremity of the Mr. Vansittart was at first not a little mountain, and distant about fifteen miles taken aback at this to him very unforeseen from Haifa, stands the Druse village of climax of his son's enthusiasın about zool. Dablieh – or, as it is more properly called, ogy. Still Borroughdale was now settled Dabliet-el-Carmel, to distinguish it from in life; there could be no further surprises another place of the same name, on the in that direction, and that consideration Ruhal, or “breezy land." alone went a very long way towards rec- It is situated on an abrupt spur of the onciling him to the event. Farquart was | mountain, at the base of which two nar. less easily reconciled. For a long time he row glens unite into a gorge that ulti. maintained a certain attitude of mental mately widens into a valley winding down reserve towards the young couple, al to the sea. The village which crowns
BY LAURENCE OLIPHANT.
this eminence is composed of a congeries once watered the gardens of a now deof dwellings, scarcely imposing-looking serted village, where a solitary date-palm, enough to be dignified with the name of and a magnificent grove of figs, pomegranhouses, and yet much superior to the huts ates, and some olive-trees attest its former of which an Arab village generally con- beauty and luxuriance, which I am not sists. Indeed the traveller versed'in fel. without hope may some day soon be relaheen domestic life would be struck with stored to it. Beyond this, I look from an air of comfort, prosperity, and cleanli- my verandah over the hills swelling gently ness here, foreign to native abodes gener back, where the grain fields, which have ally. The low habitations which fank now been reaped, appear like brown islthe narrow streets seem all to have been ands in a sea of the dark.green copse that newly plastered with light yellow.colored clothes the mountain-sides. In the dismud. They are generally situated in tance, beyond the mouth of the valley, courtyards, where the neatly dressed fe- which narrows again and enters the plain male occupants may be observed pursuing through a wild, precipitous gorge, is dis. their various avocations. The streets tinctly visible the old crusading ruin of themselves are kept clean, and the only Athlit, its huge fragment of masonry eyesores are two gigantic manure heaps standing on a projecting promontory over
one at either end of the village. These the sea to a height of one hundred and heaps are common to all Arab villages, twenty and with a length of one and are generally used by the fellaheen hundred feet, forming a striking feature as fuel for their ovens: the atmosphere in the landscape, with an elevation of is, in consequence, pervaded with an odor thirteen hundred feet above the ocean, of burnt manure, the taint of which, under from which we are distant six miles. We the influence of a lively imagination, may thus command a splendid sea view, with even be extended to the bread. From a foreground of precipitous mountain, of this all-penetrating perfume Dahlieh is smiling cultivated valley, and of rolling free. The Druses who inhabit it don't wooded hills, all charmiogly blended. bake their bread in ovens, and don't use Both sides of the spur on which Dahlieh the manure for fuel.
is situated are terraced with gardens, as On a plateau at the back of the village well as the steep slopes of the hillsides are the extensive threshiny-floors which opposite, and present an appearance of belong to it, during the summer months rich cultivation not common in this part filled with conical mounds of grain, which of Palestine. The hills at the back form look at a distance like the huts of a golden a sort of amphitheatre, rising in one place encampment. At the opposite extremity to a height of eighteen hundred and ten of the little town is the Druse khalive, or feet above the sea: this is the loftiest church, a picturesque construction, with summit in Carmel. two rows of arches inside, and a broad A year ago, when in search of a retreat verandah, trellised with vines, outside. from the summer heats of Haifa, I in. It is separated, by a field enclosed with stinctively sought the bighest village in cactus hedges, from a grove of fiy.trees the mountain, which is Esfia, also conwhich crowns the edge of the spur over- taining a Druse population, but with an looking the gorge; and on a terrace in admixture of Christians of the Melchite the midst of this grove stands a white or Greek Catholic persuasion. Here I stone dwelling with a somewhat preten. was presented with the alternative of hirtious castellated roof, a generally untin. ing a native house or forming a camp: ished appearance, and suggestions of The objections to the native house seemed landscape gardening not altogether in almost insuperable. They may be summed keeping with the native surroundings. up in two words — smells and feas. The This dwelling is mine! And at the risk whole place reeked with the odor of burned of appearing egotistical, I propose to nar- manure; while the effort of perpetual rate how I came to build it, and the sort scratching produced too great a sense of of life I lead in it. But I must first con. weariness and fatigue to be endured for clude the description of my surroundings. many consecutive days and nights. On From the terrace, on which is a broad the other hand, while the nights were verandah, I look down the steep slope - deliciously cool under canvas, the days where there are more terraces, planted were oppressively hot with no better prowith vines, olives, pomegranates, and fig. tection than it afforded against noonday trees – into the rocky gorge, which ex. rays. I therefore determined to combine pands as it nears a copious spring a mile my resources. First I hired the only stone distapt giving birth to a tiny streain, that vault there was in the village. — a chan