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have a public funeral, because it would indifferent poet, and destitute of that philcost a little inore, "a few pounds to the osophic turn which is necessary to the best prebendaries, and about ninety pairs of criticism - a popular critic“ with a lamengloves to the choir, etc.;” and “because table shallowness, which is seen when we Dr. Johnson had no music in him.” He have read Locke, Hume, Helvetius, etc.” attacks Johnson for“ seeing no promise in Pindar (“not Peter”) he holds to be Milton's juvenile poems, and feeling no "very unequal, often very tiresome, very beauties in Mr. Gray's odes." For Gray obscure, and, to us moderns,, very uninhe has a Cambridge inan's enthusiasm, teresting;" and “cannot understand how any one not Enough has been said to enable us to utterly bovine and prejudiced should scout form a tolerable idea of the Fordham and Gray's • Bard,' and yet pronounce Dry- Colchester life, with the quiet domesticity, den's Ode on the Death of Anne Killi. the musical parties, and the eager, if pargrew' to be the noblest in our language.” tial, interest in the great outside world. Pope's Homer," he is sure, Johnson People sneer at the deadness" of the overrrates; yet Cowper's “Homer” he Georgian age; and certainly there are in pronounces * sometimes flat, queer, and these volumes very few signs of spiritual. dry. Pope has risen with me since I be- ity. But what the Bishop of Southwell gan to compare the two." One is glad to said not long ago about the disadvantages, find him praising Milton's prose. Of the moral and intellectual, of a man set down passage on liberty in the " Areopagitica,” for life in a small country parish, was far
" Read this whole tirade aloud, truer in that age of slow communication it is something beyond writing. I had it and restriction in intercourse. It is greatly once by heart, and I remember spouting it to Thomas Twining's credit to have kept abroad in Twickenham Park to my father at such a comparatively high level. We and Sir J. Hawkins." Lord Chesterfield may even wish that all country parsons he duly detests: “What pages of trite nowadays, even all ex-fellows of colleges, trifling stuff for now and then a little wit! showed as keen and intelligent an interest And his immoral advice one may dislike, fin anything as our author did in music and not as homme de Dieu, but as homme travel. Sydney Smith once complained d'homme.”
that he was becoming a holy vegetable, Among the very few hints of his reli. It was a strange complaint, whichever gious feeling, is his agreeing with Bishop word we think of, for Sydney Smith to Butler, that “prayer is a dutiful direction make. To a good many in these times of the mind to God as present." Of his one fears that the substantive alone is relations to his flock, there is next to noth applicable; one may vegetate, and yet be ing. Here is the account of a tithe din- wholly worldly. Mr. Twining was as retiner: "I rode to Notley to dine with some cent about his work and his calling as he four-and-twenty farmers, for which I made was about his affections. Nor would we them pay me £100. It was fairly worth wish it otherwise, for in this worldly age, the money.” We have already noticed his it is well to be reminded that a man may superficiality; to this must be added a be spiritual without always having spiritwant of insight. He advises his brother ual phrases in his mouth. (in August, 1786) to see the Bastille, without a suspicion of the fate which was in store for that building ; neither has the brother, at Pau or elsewhere, any inkling how near at hand is the break-up of the
From Good Words. society which so disgusted him; yet he
MAJOR AND MINOR. has a John Bull's desire to see the French fleet weli thrashed. The same feeling which drew his mind towards mountain scenery, led him to admire Percy's “Rel
GILBERT MAKES PROGRESS. iques ; Balow, my babe,” he sets far above Simonides's “ Danae." And it also The more Gilbert thought of it the made him certain that Chatterton did not more he became convinced that he had wholly invent the Rowley poems, but been guilty of a lamentable error in judg.
found some old fragments which gave ment in proposing to Kitty Greenwood. him ideas. . . . I find them full of genius, It is not with impunity that a man who with touches here and there that Mr. Gray has taken cold reason for his guide through would not have been ashamed of." Addi- life allows himself to be swayed by a gust son, on the other hand, he holds to be an ! of feeling, and even if Miss Huntley had
BY W. E. NORRIS.
never crossed his path again the day would were exasperating. The only thing that full surely have arrived when Gilbert could be said for such conduct was that it would have repented him of his rashness. made Gilbert's path a little smoother for But Miss Huntley had come, armed in all him, by causing him to doubt seriously the suggestive panoply of wealth, beauty, whether he ever could have been really in and worldly wisdom, and this had caused love with so stupid a woman. Yet he lame Nemesis to put her best foot fore. could not bring himself to tell her in so most — had, perhaps, as Gilbert now told many words that he no longer considered himself without any circumlocution, ren- her to be a suitable wife for him. To do dered it possible for him to escape Neme- that would have been to incur an amount sis even at the eleventh hour. The means of public obloquy which he dared not face, by which she had accomplished this end and which he could hardly expect to live have already been indicated, and it is down under a year or two, backed though neither necessary or agreeable to dwell he might probably be by all the power of further
upon them. She had an apt dis- Miss Huntley's riches and social influence. ciple and an easy task.
No! by hook or by crook, Kitty must be By no means so easy was that which, forced to give him his dismissal. It will before the month of October was out, be observed that he had made progress Gilbert had determined to undertake. It since the time when it cost him a sleepless is no light matter to be a traitor to love, night and much expenditure of casuistry honor, and duty, to desert the girl of your to resolve upon cheating his brother. heart without the shadow of a plausible Then he had been sincerely desirous of excuse for so doing, and to brave the scorn effecting some sort of a modus vivendi of your friends and neighbors. Yet doubt. with his conscience; now his sole anxiety less the thing may be done, if only all was to save appearances. scruples be resolutely cast to the winds, Miss Greenwood may be acquitted of and this latter feat was more within Gil- the accusation of stupidity brought against bert's capacity than it had once been. He her. That she did not suspect the man did, indeed, repeat to himself certain glib whom she loved of a baseness which, if and conventional phrases, as, for example, proved, would have made it impossible that a mistake ought always to be cor- for her to love him any longer, is the less rected, no matter how, while correction surprising because thé evidences thereof remains practicable; that in Kitty's inter- had not been brought very directly under est as well as his own it would be wise her notice; but she was perfectly aware and right to terminate an engagement that a change had come over him, that which had been entered into without suf- he had ceased to take pleasure in the ficient consideration, and so forth; but kind of conversation which, however silly these things he said rather for form's sake it may be in itself, is generally found and because he disliked a raw style of pleasant by lovers, and that her total ignoargumentation than to quiet an uneasy rance of politics, which, during the sumconscience. Besides, it is a waste of time mer-time, he had been wont to laugh at to seek out reasons for doing what you and treat as a joke, had now become a have already made up your mind to do. vexation to him. She was not a clever The really difficult question was how to girl, but she was a modest and a sensible do it. Now a lady who has thrown over one; so instead of upbraiding him, she her betrothed sometimes has hard things set to work to correct the shortcoming said of her; but everybody must concede which she judged to be the cause of his that ber position is preferable to that of a displeasure, and began to read the daily lady who has been thrown over. Clearly, papers diligently, with a view to rendering then, every facility should be afforded to herself more fit to become the wife of an Kitty for taking the initiative in this deli- earnest politician. As the admiral took cate affair. Nor would there have been in the Times and the Daily News, while much trouble about the rendering of this Mrs. Greenwood (who was a Conservative service to her if she had been a little less at heart) took the Morning Post, this wilfully blind. She either did not see, or method of study did not tend to free her did not choose to show that she saw, what from bewilderment; and when, after careany other girl must have seen in her place; fully weighing all that she had read about her lover's evident preference for Miss the state of Ireland, she took upon herself Huntley's society did not, apparently, to propound a truly ingenious scheme for shake her faith in him for a moment; her the pacification of that luckless island, she cheerfulness, good-humor, and insensibil. was properly rebuked for her temerity. ity to neglect were as admirable as they Gilbert gave her one look of profound
astonishment and then said quietly : “My which the inconsequence must often have dear Kitty, do you happen by any chance been ludicrously apparent to one of the to know what a contradiction in terms is? disputants, but which Kitty's patience You can illustrate it, at all events, if you prevented from ever degenerating into a can't define it. I grant you that it is quarrel. Gilbert could be ironical, bitter, sometimes employed effectively by public and even covertly insolent, but he could speakers; but then they don't usually not be brutal ; and it seemed as if nothing make it quite as plain as a pikestaff. If short of downright brutality would serve you are ambitious of excelling in that line, his purpose. you had better take a few lessons from Help reached him at length from a your friend Monckton, who is past master quarter in which help was assuredly no in the art of humbugging his audiences.” expression of good-will. The time was
This was only a random shot, but it approaching for the first representation of went homne. Kitty did not mind being Brian's opera, and Miss Huntley, to whom snubbed, because she thought that very the date had been duly notified, was delikely she deserved it; but not even from termined that Kingscliff should be well Gilbert would she listen to a word against represented in the audience. However, her beloved vicar.
Admiral and Mrs. Greenwood, after prom"Mr. Monckton never humbugged any ising to be present, begged off. They body in his life,” she declared vehemently, hated leaving home; the admiral had "and what is more, I don't believe you caught a cold in his head, and his wife think it of him."
could not trust him to take care of himself Then she jumped up and left the room, if he were left alone ; so they gladly aclest she should be compelled to hear more cepted Miss Huntley's offer of a bedroom than she could bear.
in Park Lane for Kitty. Kitty herself was Perhaps this little scene may have delighted at the prospect of this outing shown Gilbert where to look for the until she discovered that, for some reason weapon of which he was in search. At or other, Gilbert was opposed to her takany rate, from that day forth he never ing part in it. He suggested that it might missed an opportunity of sneering at St. be disagreeable for her to stay in the Michael's, its elaborate services, its guilds, house of a lady with whom she was not its heterogeneous congregation, and the acquainted, and who was not always polite doctrines which he assumed to be pro- to strangers; he alleged that nothing but mulgated from its pulpit. In this way he a sense of fraternal duty induced him to certainly managed to give Kitty a good undertake what was sure to be a tiring and deal of pain ; but he might have known tedious expedition. The truth was that better than to imagine that such a device he objected, partly because he had of late would cause her to shrink away from him. taken to objecting to everything that She was something of a zealot'; like most Kitty wished to do, and partly because he women, she was intolerant of any form of dreaded the conclusions which Brian faith save her own, but disposed to be might draw from watching him and Beaindulgent towards indifference, especially trice and Kitty together. And yet, Heaven towards the indifference of men. Gil- knows that Brian's eyes were not over bert's attitude had hitherto been indiffer- quick at discovering infamy. ent, but not hostile, and she had secretly The upshot of it was, that when Miss hoped that when he should be all her own Joy incidentally asked Kitty, whether the she would be able to bring a beneficial matter was settled, the girl replied that influence to bear upon him; but if, as he she had not quite made up her mind, addnow gave her to understand, he rejected ing innocently, “I don't think Gilbert not only Mr. Monckton's views, but Chris much wants me to go.” tianity itself, it clearly behoved her to put Now Miss Soy was neither a reticent off no longer the work which seemed to nor a prudent woman, and for some weeks be especially marked out for her. She past she had been bottling up her emotions felt herself on firiner ground here than on until she was like to explode with the the quicksands of politics, and did not effervescence of them. Nothing more fear ultimate failure, because she was sure than this comparative trifle was needed to that Gilbert was noble, virtuous, and con- set her free from the restraint of her bet. scientious, and that his scepticism only ter judgment. arose from that lack of humility which “Want you to go! I should think not! was but natural in one of his vast intel- she cried, a fine accession of color coming lectual capacity.
into her cheeks. “And that is just why Thus began a theological contest of you ought to go, and stick to him like a
leech the whole time! If I were you Iployed than in the acquisition of cvidence wouldn't leave him alone for one moment, bearing upon that point. Gilbert, who was either bere or in London, or anywhere driving, only threw an occasional remark
over his shoulder to the three ladies beWell, the moment that the words were hind him, and they for their parts were out she regretted them, and then, of intimate enough to be absolved from the course, she had to explain, and equally, of wearisome obligation of racking their course, her explanation did not mend mat- brains for subjects to talk about. Their ters. There was no real harm done yet, way lay along a rather rough road, which she declared; all would come right; she sometimes skirted the sea and sometimes had spoken too lastily. Beatrice, without took an abrupt turn inland, passing perhaps quite intending it, had a way of through sleepy little villages of whitetaking men up and monopolizing them, washed houses, overgrown for the most and if the man happened to be conceited part with climbing fuchsias, dipping into or easily flattered – as almost all men are deep lanes, where glossy hart’s-tongue - trouble was apt to ensue. Kitty did ferns clothed the red soil, and crossing not say much, but the revelation was far hills, as west-country roads commonly do, more of a shock to her than her informant by the simple old Roman expedient of would have believed possible. Not once going straight up one side and straight had it crossed her mind that Beatrice down the other. During the summer seacould be guilty of the conduct ascribed to son Halcombe and its caverns are visited her, still less had she supposed that Gil. daily by herds of those holiday-makers bert's recent coldness could be due to such from whom Kingscliff will never again be
Even now she did not believe free, and probably does not wish to be the assertion which Miss Joy had carefully free. All along the road you meet or pass left unuttered. It was inconceivable to them - four or five of them generally, her that Gilbert could be false; it must be packed into an open one-horse fly. _ Not Beatrice, and Beatrice alone, who was to unfrequently they sing as they go. Every blame. That one who professed to be her now and then they pause, leap out of their friend should be trying to do her a deadly vehicle with one consent, and make a furiinjury (for, simple though Kitty was, she ous onslaught upon the ferns, which they saw through Miss Joy's euphemisms) was tear up by the roots and afterwards throw bad enough; nor was it without great diffi- away. The course of their passage is culty that she forced herself to greet the marked by broken victuals, empty gingertraitress as smilingly as usual on the fol- beer bottles, and fluttering scraps of lowing day.
greasy paper. It may be hoped that they Beatrice appeared as early as eleven enjoy themselves, though it cannot be said o'clock in the morning, she and Miss Joy that they contribute to the enjoyment of having been driven over in a wagonette their neighbors. But on this still, soft by Gilbert, and whatever may have been November day the quiet country had reher sins they did not, apparently, weigh gained possession of itself ; the last of the heavily upon her conscience.
tourists had long since gone back to na“We have come to carry you off for tive London or Bristol, and the equinocthe day, Kitty,” she announced; "so if tial gales and rains had made a clean you have any parochial duties on hand you sweep of their traces. Soon - in a day or will please to neglect them. Old women two perhaps — winter would set in, the and schoolchildren can be attended to in yellow leaves would fall in showers, and all weathers, but Halcombe caves are only the sun would retire behind a grey veil to open to the public when there is a light show himself no more, save by faint and breeze from the north-west, and we can't feeble gleams, until the return of spring. expect to have many days like this in No- But for the moment the air was as mild as vember.”
if it had been midsummer, the sky overKitty did not attempt to excuse herself. head was of an Italian blue, and Kitty, She was not precisely in the mood to en. whose spirits, like those of ninety-nine joy a party of pleasure ; but escape seemed mortals out of a hundred, depended to a hardly practicable, added to which she great extent upon the weather, could not was anxious to have the testimony of her for the life of her help hoping that the own senses as to whether Beatrice was or worthy Miss Joy had discovered a mare's. was not the false friend that she had been nest. Miss Joy was a dear old thing, but represented to be.
nobody would ever think of calling her a Her senses, during the eight-mile drive very acute observer; and really the whole to Halcombe, were more pleasantly em. Istory was utterly improbable. It was not
in the least like Beatrice Huntley to play At the end of an hour they all got into so ignoble a part, nor was Gilbert at all the boat again, and, stooping low to save the sort of man to let his head be turned their heads, passed into the twilight of the by a little attention or flattery.
echoing cavern. It was not very far, howAnd so, when they reached the small ever, that the boat could take them, and as fishing.hamlet of Hálcombe, where Gil- they were bent upon penetrating, some bert put up his horses and where they little distance into the unknown depths, embarked in a roomy rowing-boat, she they stepped out upon a strip of shingle was ready to dismiss all her fears and and lighted the candles which they had was somewhat ashamed of having enter- brought with them. tained them.
Now, what is a single man to do when The Halcombe caves are hardly to be he has to look after three ladies, all of compared with the blue grotto of Capri ; whom require to be assisted over boulders still their natural picturesqueness, their slippery with seaweed? Having but two reputed vast extent, and the difficulty of hands, it is evident that he can only be of visiting them (for they can only be en- use to one of his charges, and perhaps a tered at low water, and not then unless the very good and impartial man would feel wind be off shore), have earned for them a bound to select the one most stricken in certain local celebrity, enhanced by the years; but Gilbert, instead of placing his usual legends which have smugglers and services at the disposition of Miss Joy, the crews of revenue cutters for their he- attached himself resolutely to Beatrice,
It was easy for Beatrice Huntley, and Kitty, who was a little in advance, who had the knack of ingratiating herself had the mortification of hearing, her say, with all sorts and conditions of men, to “Oh, never mind me ; go and help Kitty." draw deliberate narratives of this descrip: To which there was a muttered rejoinder tion from one of the stalwart rowers; and too indistinct for her to catch. Naturally, if, in his polite anxiety to interest his she plunged forwards at once and floun. hearers, he made some startling asser- dered on at some little risk to her limbs tions, these were accepted without a symp- - for the surface of the rocks was really tom of incredulity; for Halcombe is in- treacherous — until she was stopped by a cluded in the Kingscliff division, and there chasm over which not even a very angry are voters who dislike to be accused of lady could leap without aid. Gilbert, mendacity, notwithstanding the direct en. when he caught her up and perceived her couragement thereto afforded by the Bal- dilemma, jumped across and, taking her lot Act and advocated by some of the ad-hand, pulled her after him — with unnecmirers of that measure.
essary roughness, she thought. At any The water at the mouth of the caves rate, her foot slipped on landing, and she being still too high to admit of the en- came down on her knees, extinguishing trance of a boat, it was agreed to disem- her candle and receiving some slight abrabark, spread out the luncheon upon a sions. broad, sunny rock, and wait for the ebb. Mind what you are about!” he exMany years ago there appeared in Punch claimed sharply; "you'll be spraining the representation of picnic at which your ankle or something presently:". one of John Leech's large-eyed, crinolined There are limits to everybody's payoung ladies was made to tell her Edwin tience. Help me back again, please, reproachfully that he could not truly love said Kitty; “I shall not go any farther. her, since he had helped somebody else You and Beatrice had better go on by to the liver-wing of a chicken and had yourselves." handed her the leg. Kitty Greenwood Beatrice, who had managed to negotiate, was neither greedy nor exacting ; yet she unassisted, the obstacle which had puzcould not help observing that some such zled her predecessor, entered a formal marks of attention as this were paid by protest; but Gilbert said nothing, and Gilbert to Beatrice at her expense; she Kitty, whose suggestion was adopted after noticed, too, what was more significant, a brief parley, sat down in much bitterthat his voice in addressing Beatrice was ness of spirit to await the return of her soft and low, whereas it took a distinctly more adventurous companions. She did harder intonation when he spoke to her. not care to join Miss Joy, who had already self. These were trifles; but in spite of beaten a retreat to the boat, but chose ber determination to be reasonable, she rather to crouch down in a most uncomwas disquieted by them, and before the fortable attitude, grasping her candle and repast was over it seemed to her that the listening to the voices of Gilbert and Beasun no longer shone so brightly. trice, who appeared to find scrambling