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the cross, and reaching up with her chalice is the good of all these arts ? Could such to receive the blood from Christ's wounded work supply the deficiencies of Christian side, while the Virgin and St. John stand souls, or compensate for the poverty of at a distance to the right and left.” worship?" And he answers it as follows:
The refinement of taste and labor be- In the privacy of communion between stowed upon such works as these shows, the spirit of man and the spirit of his as the author says, “how deeply pene- Maker, no; but as 'a tribute of reasonable trated Christendom was with the beauty service from humanity to God, yes.” of idea which pervaded the history and Lastly, he raises the inquiry,
" What is doctrines of the faith ;." and the enthusi-wanted in religious art?"and in the course asm of artistic life which characterized of his answer, which is continued to the the “great architectural age of the twelfth end of the essay, he states that and thirteenth centuries resembles the sudden burst of joy and beauty to which only in the quietude of a contemplative spirit
can a work of really religious art be conthe world awakes, when, in April, nature
ceived. In our crowded cities or unquiet breaks the bonds of winter with the homes it is to those sacred fanes that archirush of her irrestrainable life.” This is tecture has raised among them that men owe followed by a passage which happily the precious opportunities of spiritual rest. describes the spirit of the age when A nation's temples have ever been the centre sculpture and painting worked in entire of the nation's arts. The history, the poetry, sympathy with architecture, and produced the religion of the world have been written “a grand and reposeful unity of effect.”
in them. The power and devotion of human Mr. Gambier Parry raises the question, genius have been lavished upon them, the “how far we, at the present day, should tion's faith. Former generations have come
most pure and favorite handmaids of a naresort to old styles in applying decorative and have passed away. It is now our day, arts to sacred buildings." And he justly The unceasing stream flows by us now, and remarks that the question is not to be set for our short life we direct its current. The tled off-hand. “Those styles represent in- arts are in our hands, to use or to misuse telligent principles," and "grew naturally them.
Our honor in them will depend upon in the atmosphere of national life.” He our motive; and whatever our works may be, shows how and under what circumstances we shall live in them to all time--for conthe noblest works of art were created, and tempt or for gratitude. how the various “styles and characters of This is the view taken by the author of art mark the stages of national culture, the province of art, of its duties and reand are the turns and idioms of its phrase. sponsibilities, and of its relation to the ology.' He points out the futility of con- spiritual life of inan. No one can find demning ornament on the ground of its fault with the essays for lack of enthusibeing conventional. Conventionality is asm, or for the absence of a high sense of not to be confounded with the blemishes responsibility for artistic gifts. Their of an undeveloped art. Modern art has merits far outweigh their deficiencies, erred on the side of naturalism. Ancient some of which we have pointed out — conart was conventional; but it“ was as com- sisting mainly in the careless construction plete as it was simple.” “Whatever it of sentences and misspelling of words. may be called, the monumental,' or the There are few men living who can bring
sculpturesque,' or the “heroic 'style, its to the work of art-teaching so much knowlgenius must be awakened, if ever the great edge, so sound a judgment, so much pracart of painting is to rise again to its level tical acquaintance with methods of paintof full honor, and to be again what once ing, and with the proper relation of decoit was ... a power of abstract and ideal rative art to architecture, and, above all, expression, in harmony with that greatest so high and religious a sense of the relacreation of man's genius, – architecture.” tion of art to Christianity, as Mr. Gambier
Mr. Gambier Parry passes in review Parry. the early decorative works abroad, in the We had hoped to notice in this place south and east and north of Europe, and the congenial work which we have placed then comes to England, where the Lom- at the head of this article, Sir Henry Lay: bard Archbishop Lanfranc gave the first ard's most valuable and novel edition of important impulse to art.
Kugler's “ History of Painting,” full of “Now those arts have been long, at original matter and criticism, but our lim
After an eloquent passage, deplor- its forbid, and we must content ourselves ing the “sad scenes of desolation, where with bearing our testimony to its great passion and neglect have wrought an equal value and interest as a fresh contribution ruin,” Mr. Gambier Parry asks: “What I to the history of art.
BY W. E. NORRIS.
From Good Words.
a sanguine mood that he set forth to walk MAJOR AND MINOR.
to Beckton on the following morning. If rumor was to be credited, he could hardly
expect that Gilbert would look with favor CHAPTER XLIV.
upon his project of buying back the Manor MONCKTON IS RATHER RUDE.
House. However, the attempt had to be
made; and in any case he must see his BRIAN spent a very long and very dreary brother, if only to dissuade him from takevening all by himself at the Royal Hotel, ing any measures of retaliation against tbe his solitude only being invaded for a short bellicose Mitchell. time by Mr. Pétherick, who was respect- He did not, as on the previous day, fully inquisitive, as before. Mr. Petherick adopt a circuitous route, so that, after hoped he had enjoyed his walk to Beck- mounting the hill, he found himself close ton, and had found Mr. Gilbert —“I to St. Michael's Church and vicarage, and, should
say the squire; but there! I never being there, it seemed worth while to ask can bring my tongue to it somehow whether Monckton was at home. He had pretty well. Might he make so bold as no intention of leaving Kingscliff without to ask whether Mr. Gilbert felt confident having shaken hands with his old friend; about the election ?. He did hear, but for perhaps too he thought it would be brachis part he paid no heed to such talk, that ing to exchange a few words with an honsome of the voters was uncommon bitter est man. against the squire, “ through Miss Green- Monckton was not only at home but wood being so much the favorite, you see, alone. As Brian entered his study he sir, and well deserved, I'm sure." He looked up from the papers with which his trusted, however, that there would be no table was littered and exclaimed, rioting or throwing of stones to bring dis- “ This is better than I expected! I was credit upon the place. “And what I al- wondering when you meant to answer my ways says is, there's two sides to every letter; but I would rather see your face story, and we didn't ought to be in such a than your handwriting any day. Sit down, hurry to judge. And as for what has been my dear fellow, and make yourself com. spoke of in my hearing about the Manor fortable, and tell me all about your musical House property, and Mr. Buswell being triumphs. I have only heard the most determined to get a hold of it, and the way meagre details as yet.” as he thinks as it'll come into his hands Oh, well,” said Brian, seating himself - why, I should be ashamed to repeat sideways upon the table and swinging one such things to you, sir. No, sir, I really of his long legs, "there isn't a great deal couldn't repeat' 'em - not if you was to to tell. The opera succeeded, and it beg me to it.”
wasn't much of an opera, and — and that's Brian did not get rid of the exasperat- about all, I think. At least, that isn't ing man until all that Kingscliff was say- quite all, because I believe that my sucing about his brother and Miss Huntley cess is likely to be in a sort of way perhad been made known to him, with what manent. I mean it's open to me to do the Mr. Petherick doubtless imagined to be same ing over again; and people who extreme delicacy. It was not much inore ought to know tell me that I shall make than he already knew or suspected; he money without any difficulty now. That's had not been able to credit Gilbert even something to be thankful for -as far as with the poor excuse of having transferred it goes.” his affections from one lady to another; “It goes a long way, Brian. Haven't but it was painful to him that the truth you found that out yet? about this sorry business should be made “Oh, yes; I know it's useful. In fact the subject of clumsy ridicule. Where I mean, if I can, to make use of it forthmoney is concerned rustics are apt to be with. Do you know why I came down more cynical than dwellers in cities. It here, Monckton? But you would never was easy to gather from Mr. Petherick's guess; and I expect you'll think me rather remarks that Miss Huntley was regarded a fool when I tell you. I want to buy the by the Kingscliffians as a dupe, and that Manor House back." their indignation against Gilbert for his Monckton raised his eyebrows. perfidy was tempered by a certain respect surely Miss Huntley doesn't think of partfor his supposed astuteness. Not much ing with it, does she?" he asked. sleep did Brian get in the huge four-poster "I don't know; but I presume that she which was said to have given satisfaction will after — well, after she is married. to Sir John Pollington, nor was it in at all / Monckton, old man, I am sure you know
why Gilbert backed out of his engagement | would just see Gilbert and sound him to poor little Kitty Greenwood; and
the subject." know too how I used to feel about Miss • According to you, that will be rather Huntley. I shall get over that by-and-by, a waste of breath. Your view is that he I hope; I see now that she isn't what I is about to marry a very rich woman, thought she was, and I might have seen it therefore it would hardly be for the sake before if I hadn't chosen to keep my eyes of the purchase money that he would urge shut. In the mean time I don't want to her to sell a part of 'her property to Mr. talk about her. As for the Manor House, Buswell. Would it make you very angry, I don't see why they should wish to keep Brian, if I were to say that I doubt very the place, and I have scarcely spent a much whether your purpose in coming shilling of the money that I received for here was to open negotiations for the reit. You know, Monckton, I never did like covery of the Manor House ? " parting with the old house."
“ As if anything that you could say “Well
, but assuming that Miss Hunt- would make me angry, Monckton! But ley will be willing to sell, don't you think if you doubt my having come here for she may expect some return for what she that, what in the world do you suppose has laid out on her property since she that I have come for? It isn't over and came into possession of it?"
above pleasant for me to be here just now, Brian's face fell a little. "I didn't I can assure you. think of that," he confessed. “However, “Why, I think," answered Monckton, I suppose I might raise something on a smiling, “ that you are here because you mortgage, mightn't I ?"
don't in the least believe all the rumors Monckton smiled and shook his head. that have reached you, and because you “Brian,” said he, “however long you may want to satisfy yourself that they are unlive, and whatever experiences you may true. And, between you and me, I don't pass through, you will remain sublimely believe them either.' indifferent to expenditure to the end of “ No wonder you don't!" sighed Brian. your days. I don't admire you for it; you “I only wish I could disbelieve them, but ought to know better by this time.” unfortunately I can't. I heard from her
"I don't think I'm as extravagant as I own lips in London that - He broke used to be," answered Brian meekly. “I off suddenly and, pointing to the wind ow, have learnt all sorts of economical dodges, exclaimed, “Mercy upon us, look there !” and I can live upon very little nowadays. Monckton, who had risen just in time Of course it sounds insane to invest all to catch a glimpse of Miss Huntley herone's capital in the purchase of a place self, advancing composedly towards the that one can't afford to inhabit, but surely door, began to laugh at Brian's dismayed you wouldn't advise me to look on quietly countenance. while Buswell grabs the Manor House “ Don't be so alarmed," said he;"she is and tears it to pieces.”
not likely to come in, and if she does she "I am not convinced that Mr. Buswell won't eat you.” will be allowed to grab the Manor House; But Brian had already clutched his hat, my impression is that Miss Huntley is as and was preparing for flight. "I can't little anxious as you are to hand it over to meet her, Monckton,” he said hurriedly; him. Your brother might perhaps; but " I'll slip out by the back way. Good-bye even if he marries Miss Huntley the for the present; we shall meet again beManor House won't belong to him. There fore I leave, I hope.” And without more is such a thing as a Married Woman's ado he took to his heels. Property Act, you must remember." The smile had not quite faded from
“If she marries Gilbert she will dis- Monckton's face when Miss Huntley was pose of her property in any way that may announced. She looked a little embar. please him," Brian declared confidently. rassed and also rather cross. 16 After all the sacrifices that she has “ Am I violating etiquette ? "she asked. made for him it isn't likely that she will “I suppose I am; but it can't be helped. care to dispute with him about compara. I went to church, hoping to catch you as tive trifies."
you came out; but I found a tiresome little “I should not have imagined her so curate on duty, so, as I didn't want to superior to all compromise ; but if it be have my walk for nothing, I proceeded so, you won't do much good by applying here and demanded admission. Since you
won't come and see me, I must come and “Oh, I didn't mean to apply to her, see you." directly,” answered Brian; “I thought I " Please sit down,” said Monckton. “I
will you ??
to her now,
can't often find time for paying visits; but | You see, Miss Huntley, in my trade it is I need not say that I am quite at your ser- necessary to study human nature, and vice whenever you want me.”
after a time one gets to understand the “I quite understand; that is a polite meaning of certain common symptoms. way of saying "What is your business ?' Now, I should never dream of classing I won't keep you long, I only wish to ask this man Segrave among the hopeless you one or two questions. First of all, I cases - if indeed there be any hopeless should like you to tell me - and I know cases. I believe that a good wife might you will answer honestly what you have done much for him ; for he is still think of the way in which I have been young, he is quite capable of shame, and, turning things topsy-turvy this autumn.” from what I have seen, I doubt whether
“I am not sure that I am quite in a his efforts at humbugging himself have position to judge,” replied Monckton, been very successful.” * but as far as I can understand your in- “See what comes of looking at things tentions, they have been good. I must from a professional point of view! You · confess that your way of carrying them out speak quite cheerfully of sacrificing the seems to me to have been both wrong and good wife ; you are like those doctors who foolish.”
don't mind torturing hundreds of animals She drew a long breath.."Well," she upon the off chance of prolonging one or said, “I am glad that you give me credit two, probably worthless, human lives. I for good intentions, at any rate. You are don't know, I'ın sure, whether your interthe first person who has had the common esting patient is capable of repentance or intelligence to see that much, and I dare not; but I do know - and so do you say you will be the last. Naturally you that he is capable of defrauding his wouldn't approve of my method, but really, brother, breaking his promises to his if you will think of it
, no other method father, pretending to hold political opinwas open to me, and it has at least the ions which he doesn't really hold, and merit of having been completely success. sneaking out of a marriage engagement in ful."
the hope of making a more profitable one. “ Has it?"
You may possibly understand how to deal "Well, hasn't it?. I have saved Kitty with such cases better than I do; but it Greenwood from binding herself for life does seem to me that a good wholesome to a man who is, upon the whole, the most dose of punishment is the most promising despicable specimen of humanity that I thing to begin with. Meanwhile, I de. have ever encountered.”
cline to be a party to any experiments in “ Yes, that is your opinion of him, only vivisection for his benefit.” it wouldn't have been hers if she bad mar- Monckton smiled, but made no reply. ried him. Nobody likes and respects If his studies of human nature had taught Miss Greenwood more than I do; but I him nothing else, they had most likely don't think she possesses much insight convinced him that argument with irate into character, and I fancy that her hus- ladies is seldom profitable. band's faults would have to be very con- Presently Beatrice went on, in a much spicuous indeed before she could be made more conciliatory tone, and even with a to recognize them. I will admit that I am touch of timidity : “ Mr. Monckton, I want glad she is not going to marry him; never you to do something for me, if you will; I theless, I am not in the least sure that he want you to make peace between Kitty would have made her unhappy: A nice and me. I suppose she is very angry nest of hornets the world would become if with me now — perhaps you know that we all insisted upon choosing our friends' she is?” husbands and wives for them.”
“ I don't think she is best pleased with “There is no danger of such a catas- you," answered Monckton; "it would be trophe. Most people are a great deal too rather strange if she were, wouldn't it?” selfish to lay themselves open to abuse “ Yes; but I always thought that as and slander for the sake of their friends. soon as she knew the truth she would unBesides, once does not make a rule, and I derstand, and now I am afraid well, I shall always think that in this particular had better tell you that Mr. Segrave called instance interference of any kind was jus- upon me yesterday and did me the great tifiable. How you can say that Kitty honor to offer me his hand and heart. I would have had even a chance of being made him the answer that you may image happy with that wretch passes my com- ine, and then, among other insolent and prehension.”
detestable things, he said that nobody “ I shouldn't say it if I didn't think it. I would ever believe I had done all that I
have done for Kitty's sake alone. I am for it that he is not anxious to see you ; afraid he is right; I am afraid it does for he was sitting with me just now, and sound a rather unlikely story."
the moment that he caught sight of you “I am afraid it does," agreed Monck- approaching he jumped up and Aed ton.
through the back door. I don't know “But you at least saw - for you said whether anything that he may hear from
that my intentions were good, and his brother will cause him to change his if you were to explain that to Kitty, she mind; but — would believe you."
“It is a matter of complete indiffer“ Perhaps she would. I suppose I may ence to me whether he changes his mind tell her with truth that you had no other or not,” interrupted Beatrice ; " but it object than her welfare ?"
might be a kindness on your part to warn “ You don't mean to imply that you him that anything which his brother says doubt it, I hope ?”
is pretty sure to be false. I must not take Well, you know, Miss Huntley, you up your time any longer now.". said something about punishment just “Have I offended you by what you call now."
my insinuation ? “Oh, I throw you in the punishment; “Oh, no, not at all. I think it was far be it from me to deny that I thoroughly rather rude; but never mind; I don't enjoyed punishing Mr. Segrave."
mean to quarrel with you, Mr. Monckton, But what for? Not for an offence whatever you may say to me. Perhaps which he had not yet comunitted and you will look in upon me some evening which you were trying to make him comafter you have seen the Greenwoods." mit, I presume? I wouldn't for the world I
“I will not fail to do so," answered suggest such a thing to Miss Greenwood ; Monckton. And after he had seen her to but it may occur to her that you were more the door, he sat down in his armchair and anxious to avenge Brian upon his brother laughed softly. than to rescue her. It is so easy to mis- ciso I am to tell Brian that there is no interpret motives. I can even imagine sort of hope for him,” thought he. " That her turning your own surgical illustration was what she came here for, I suppose; against you, and I don't see what rejoinder because she does not really need my inyou could make, except the one which I tervention to set matters straight between didn't make to you — namely, that it her and Miss Kitty. Well, I shall not doesn't happen to apply. Such rejoinders deliver her message, though it would serve are not very convincing.'
her right if I did. She really has behaved “I am glad that you have said that, Mr. in a most inexcusable manner; and yet Monckton,” cried Beatrice, rising and she was perfectly sincere, I am turning a face of calm fury upon her inter- There is a determined self-reliance about locutor; “ I am very glad that you have her, too, which is rather fine in in its way said it, because it gives me an opportunity and only wants directing. What a time of telling you that I perfectly understand she must have had of it during the last your insinuation (though I must own that three months, with everybody against her you are the last person in the world from and her conscience not quite at ease, and whom I should have expected to hear it), probably with a strong suspicion that her and that it is as devoid of any shadow of own happiness was at stake! Yes; all excuse as any insinuation can possibly be. things considered, Brian is a fortunate Mr. Segravé was pleased to give utter- fellow." ance to it yesterday, and it would be just like him to repeat it to his brother, who, I am told, has suddenly made his appear. ance here. Not for any man living would I go through one-tenth of the annoyance From the earliest times even until now and humiliation that I have submitted to a man who has received a blow without since the summer, and most certainly not avenging it has been held to be a man for Mr. Brian Segrave, whom I used deserving, perhaps, of pity, but certainly rather to like at one time, but whom I of contempt. Under the somewhat anomhave since found to be not at all the sort | alous social code which prevails in our of person whom one would care to make own country at the present day it may be a friend of. I sincerely hope that I shall safely asserted that there is one course, not see him while he is here.'
and only one for those who have been Perhaps you won't,” observed Monck- assaulted to pursue, and that is to hit ton quietly. "" At all events, I can answer their assailant back again as hard and as
THE LAST STRAW.