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From the Edinburgh Tales. tained only the needful. I was aware of being LITTLE FANNY BETHEL.
upon ticklish ground with Mr. Bethel.
While he was pondering our information at There is not a more weather-proof man in all Baden, the Indiaman, by which the little orphans London than myself, though I say it; nor one were coming home, was encountering heavy who, in all seasons, has more contempt for the gales in the channel ; and, though not absolutely cockney comforts of omnibuses, cabs, and all wrecked, the vessel was so much damaged, that it chance lifts whatsoever; from the dignity of "a was found necessary to lighten her, as she lay off friend's carriage,” to a “set down” in the family Margate. As many of the passengers as could get apothecary's snug one-horse chaise. Yet, in one off in the pilot boats had landed; and the captain or two days of every year—those few days which and subordinate officers, too much occupied by have a sensible effect in thinning the rolling human their onerous and responsible duties, had sent tide which sets in from Temple-Bar, through their little passengers to a hotel in Margate, toFleet-street and the Strand—I am sometimes—in gether with their Ayah, or Hindoo nurse-maid; spite of the protective powers of my famous um- and, by a hasty note, informed my brother that brella-induced, knowingly, to give Nurse Wilks' they must immediately be taken away! Ay, remonstrances the credit of a temporary confine- taken away! But whither ? Baden was mute; ment; and to remain for a whole morning in my and the Rectory of Stockham-Magna gave no sign. apartment, with no better society than a good sea- In it resided another family of Bethels—“ more coal fire, nor more amusing companion than my than kin and less than kind.” old “ Diaries." My readers know that these are “No independent provision for the poor little kept in useless ledgers, crossed and re-crossed in things at all!" sighed my ever good-hearted, inchoice hieroglyphics of my own invention. Idulgent sister-in-law. “But military men can trust none of my admiring friends—to vindicate now save so little in India, with reduced allowthe credit of their own sagacity in having distin- ances and increased expenses." guished me-will, after my death, present these “I shall never forgive Tom Bethel, though, for tomes to the British Museum. They would as- not ensuring his life," said my brother. “I suredly puzzle future antiquaries more than the urged him to it before he embarked, five years celebrated Rosetta stone. The key to that has, I ago. Were it but a thousand pounds, it might believe, been found; but I defy any future Cham- have educated the boy at some cheap Yorkshire pollion to discover that the violet and the oak sap- school ; and surely the friends will take the little ling, which illuminate my page 486, signify Little girl!". Fanny Bethel and somebody else.
“ The friends!" I repeated; for this name for In running over this aforesaid ledger, I am the aggregate Bethels of the hall and the recsometimes tempted to believe that I shall have a tory sounded at this time oddly to me, in relation long account one day against my thriving brother to the children at Margate. But they must be James, the rich solicitor, for trouble taken and taken away; and I was upon the road in the next anxiety endured in his matters. He gets off by hour. alleging that I never undertake any job for him The Bethels of -shire were one of those unless I first take a fancy to it myself. He would stanch, far-descended families of wealthy English insinuate that, in business affairs, I am little more commoners, who, from pride of birth and Jacobite than an amateur performer, and that I will play politics, had disdained io veil a name so long disnothing save my own favorite pieces, and those in linguished in county annals under a modern title. my own time; and that, in the particular case of They had even shunned the alliance of new-made the little Allahbad Bethels, upon which I raised a nobility. But they had been much less successful special claim, I was certainly a volunteer. It in warding off the inroads of modern habits of may have been so.
The protracted silence of expense. Notwithstanding their large estates, the relatives of two very young orphan creatures their church livings, and their West India propergave scope and leisure for anxiety upon their ac- ty, the Bethels had been a struggling family for count to any one who chose to take interest in two generations; and, in the third, this began to them. I had undertaken to communicate to their be severely felt. It had been a family customuncle, Mr. Bethel, then at Baden, the death of existing from the reign of Henry VIII., which his brother in India. This event had been fol- had brought the Bethels a liberal share of the lowed, in a few days, by that of Captain Bethel's general “spoliation” of that period—to reserve widow; and the children, through the kindness the best of the family-livings for the younger sons of friends in the regiment of their father, had of the family—the second son being, in general, been sent to England by a private subscription. preferred. But, in the last generation, my gay They were now on the high seas, consigned to the acquaintance, Tom Bethel, between admiration of care of their late father's agent in London, Mr. a dragoon uniform and saddle, and some compuncJames Taylor. The gist of my epistle was: tious doubts about his own vocation to the church, “ Rich and powerful elder brother, what is to be had committed the indiscretion--as this college done with your younger brother's orphan chil- friends called it—of allowing the third brother, dren? You are head of the house ; its fortunes John, to take orders, and step into the living of have devolved to you in consequence of your Stockham-Magna, which, of itself, was worth rights of birth ; but you have the feelings of a above a £1200 a-year. Christian and a brother, and the principles of an “ Indiscretion,” and “great indiscretion,” were honorable man. You know your duty.”-It was the phrases of Tom's mother and sisters, with a well-worded epistle enough; but having been whom his fine temper and handsome person made three tiines read and admired, and having received him a favorite. This act was afterwards called in the praises of my sister Anne, I had the discre- the family,“ Tom's generosity;" for John, though tion to burn it, notwithstanding; and to adopt, much more cautious, had imprudently married a with slight alteration, that concocted officially by young woman of birth equal to his own, with my brother's clerk, George Roberts, which con-exactly nothing between them, save the hopes derived from Tom s vocation to glory. In due ters of the whilom principal surgeon of Wincham, time, the Reverend Juhn, who, his mother soon who, when attending the lady at the hall in a discovered, had a decided calí, settled soberly sudden illness, had, as the reward of his skill and down in the rectory; gave up fox-hunting, to assiduity, obtained a half promise of the living for which, as a -shireman, he had been born; his son and their nephew :-it was, therefore, exchanged the trifle of chicken-hazard, into which liable to question, if not to doubt. No one in he had been seduced by his elder brother's fash- Wincham would or could believe that Mr. Bethel, ionable guests, for a quiet, earnest rubber of with his high-church principles and high gentlewhist, with a few pleasant neighbors; and, had manly feelings, could wink at an arrangement the family interest been as good as in the reign of which spared his own purse, by fixing his brother's the Charlesses, bade as fair to die a bishop as any family upon the new incunibent. It was not to be preceding Bethel of the stock.
credited. But, at the same time, it was agreed, The Dowager Mrs. Bethel informed those of on all hands, that Mr. Whitstone, the new rector, her Cheltenham correspondents who were of a was the most generous of cousins, and that Mrs. serious character, that her son, John, was a most Dr. Bethel and her children still lived in the same exemplary and pious clergyman; and they recip- comfort and elegance which they had enjoyed rocated, that he was, indeed, an ornament to the during the life of her husband. Church of England, and one who, by his piety Sales by piecemeal, and mortages by wholesale, and learning, would adorn the mitre. His sermon had nearly eaten up the family estates of the at Brighton had made the proper impression in the Bethels; but Mr. Bethel still derived a very large proper quarter.
income from the estates which his lady, also a When Captain Bethel, about two years after Bethel, of a younger branch, had brought into the his love-match, visited his relations previous to family; though the tenure by which they were embarking for India, his young wife, who, though held constituted the greatest cross which he and she still thought Tom “divinely handsome” in his his wife were destined to bear. At her death, dragoon uniform, had also felt ihe slightest possi- without children, they went to yet another branch ble pinch of poveriy, exclaimed, as they drove of this far-spread stock; and Mrs. Bethel had from the rectory, "What pity, dear Tom, that given no heir to the united properties. The want you conceived such an aversion to the church?- of children, in a great and ancient family, like Stockham-Magna would have been a paradise to that of the Bethels, is always a subject of infinite us—and so near all our friends!”
interest to the kindred, and of concernment to the “I chose rather to die a general—and to plunder whole neighborhood. In ordinary circumstances, the enemy, instead of fleecing my flock, Frances, ” Mrs. Dr. Bethel, of the Rectory, might have subreturned Lieutenant Bethel. And, with hopes of mitted to the will of Heaven, under a misfortune being a general, he did die a captain. Mrs. Bethel which brought her own son next in succession ; after gave a long, lingering, farewell look to that charm- “ Tom's boy in India," indeed—but a child there ing place, where she could willingly have left her was hardly worth reckoning upon. As the famlitle girl, the infant Fanny; but, as she told us ily stood, however, she would far rather that a in passing through London, neither her mother-in-cousin-german of her daughters' should be at the law, the dowager, nor Mrs. John Bethel, had head of this fine property, than that it should pass once spoken of her infant, deadly as India was to away to a lad in the north, whom no one knew children.
anything about. Her sincere sympathy in the People will die in England as well as in India, family affliction of Bethel's court, had advanced even though living in a comfortable rectory, draw- her in favor there; but it was her aversion to the ing great tithes and small, and in momentary ex- unknown heir presumptive, sometimes laughingly peciation of golden prebends. The family vault insinuated, and at other times seriously betrayed, was again opened to receive the Rev. Dr. Bethel, as if by accident, when prudence and good-breedshortly after he had followed his mother to that ing were conquered by strong feeling, that conresting-place, and some months before the death firmed her influence at the hall. of his brother iu India. His wife, though she had Mr. and Mrs. Bethel, still a fashionable, but not rashly entered the family, had gained the esteem now a gay couple, had lived a good deal on the of its leading members, Mr. Beihel and his lady; continent for several years ; during which period, and, when she was left a widow with three young their clever sister-in-law was their confidant and children, things were arranged pleasantly for her, manager in all domestic affairs. It was, therefore, by the appointment of the same young cousin to to her that Mr. Bethel wrote, upon receipt of my the living, who had preached Dr. Bethel's funeral brother's letter, regarding the disposal of the
She continued to reside at the rectory, orphan children. We were afterwards told that as before ; and the intimacy between the family at he was much affected by the death of his only Bethel's Court and that at the parsonage, became remaining brother, whom he had always loved more cordial and intimate than it had ever been better than the Rev. John; and that, in the first during the life of the excellent and venerated per- impulse of tenderness, he proposed to take the son, as he was called in the funeral sermon, who children home; but his lady prudently referred had formed the bond of union. It was whispered to her sister-in-law. in the tea and card circles of Wincham-the In the mean time, I reached Margate without neighboring market town, a place of great eccle- any remarkable adventures. These are, indeed, siastical antiquity, and, until the era of schedule become as rare in England as the wild boar or the B, of great political consideration—that Mrs. Dr. wolf. Bethel had a still deeper concern in the great and What a pretty image is that of Campbell !small tithes of Stockham-Magna, than arose from
Led by his dusky guide, her continued residence in the rectory. But this
Like Morning brought by Night. amounted nearly to that ill-defined crime called simony; and the rumor had clearly originated I prevented it being literally realized to me ; for I with one or other of the five Misses Roach, sis- ran up stairs to the parlor, where the fair little XLVIII.
people whom I sought, sat upon the carpet, in the this passed, the Ayah was gesticulating even to lap. of their dusky guide—the amusement and sputtering, and addressing me in those shrill tones, delight, with their strange speech and pretty voices which, had I not been well accustomed to overhear and ways, of all the chamber-maids and waiters the colloquies of my fair neighbor, Mrs. Plunkett, of the establishment. The little English speech the Irish orange-woman-a title, by the way, this among the three was possessed by the lovely fairy of Orange-woman, Peg has, of late, mightily recreature afterwards known among us as “Little sented— I should have imagined arrant scolding; Fanny Bethel." She was, at this time, not more especially as, in the course of her appeal, her than six years old, small and delicate of her age; dark eyes continually flashed from me to the chiland with tender pale-rose tint of children who dren, and shot out lurid fire. So far, however, as have been born, or who have spent their childhood Fanny could interpret Hindostanee, the discourse in India. She started up on my approach, ad- of the Ayah was the very reverse of hostile. It vanced a step, and then timidly hung back, rais- was compassionate and complimentary of herselfing her mild and intelligent gray eyes with a look a daughter of Brahma-upon her sacrifices for the of doubt and deprecation. I was more struck sake of the children, and her exceeding condescenwith the remarkable expression of the countenance sion in coming into contact with a vile, degraded, of the little maiden than with the loveliness of her and filthy hog-eating race of Europeans. features, and the flood of silky fair hair, which By the kindness of the landlady, I procured contrasted so singularly with the bronzed complex- some warm clothing for the half-naked children; ion and dark eyes of the squat attendant upon and we set out for London, to which I intended to whose shoulder she shrunk back. Her heart, re- return by Chatham, that Mrs. Walpole, and my vealed through her eyes, gave oat meanings friend Governor Fox, might see their old friend which it was impossible that she could herself Tom Bethel's children. If I was not legacy-hunthave apprehended. Her feminine instincts, child ing, I was friend-seeking for my pretty charge. as she was, had far outstripped her understand. The Ayah sat in the bottom of the carriage, by ing; and she looked at me with a perplexed con- her own request; and Fanny keeping constant sciousness that her fate was in my hands—that possession of my hand, looked from one window, she was a friendless orphan among strangers. while Tom hallooed from another, as we bowled Happy confidence-or be it credulity, still thrice throngh the rich meadows and farmy fields of the blest credulity of childhood, which throws itself, Isle of Thanet, ag light-hearted and happy, as if in boundless trust, into the bosom of whatever the fondest parents and the most genial home were approaches it wearing the smiling semblance of awaiting us at our journey's end. kindness! Little Fanny's brow and eyes cleared Tom, by this time, did me the honor to suppose and brightened at my frank accost, and she volun- I could play the lom-tom very well, and to comtarily continued to hold by the hand which she mand a specimen of my powers when we should had kissed in a pretty fashion of her own. Poor get home; and with his sister's aid as interpreter, little thing ! my heart already yearned over her; he communicated many things very interesting to her kiss was more loving than a lover's.
himself, which had taken place at Allahbad, or In a very few seconds, nothing seemed to affect upon the voyage: Without anything approaching 'Fanny, save a feeling of sisterly responsibility for the grace, sweetness, and infant fascination of the manners and bearing of her little brother, in little Fanny, Master Tom was a manly and intelliwhose behalf she wished 10 bespeak my kindness, gent child, and, as the brother and sister, having while she introduced him to me.
sung a Hindostanee air and said their prayers, fell Tom, who, from the lap of his nurse, had been asleep in my arms, worn out by their own vivacanxiously eyeing the visiter, was a bold, resolute ity, I could not help philosophizing upon the state looking urchin, with a square and very broad tore- of society, or rather of factitious feeling, which head, which he knitted into a most martial frown, made a horse, a picture, or a necklace, any mark · when I attempted to take the hand that he clenched of conventional distinction--yea, the merest trifle, i and drew back. Master Tom's attitudes were as be considered so important by their high-born re· valiant in defiance as his sister's had been gentle lations—and those lovely and engaging creatures, i in deprecation; but, as I am not apt to fall in love gifted with such admirable powers and wonderful with strangers at first sight myself—nor fond of faculties, be considered a burden and a plague. your very civil and demonstrative people—I winked There is nothing of so little real value, save for a at Tom's repulse, and wisely forebore pressing few years to the original owners, as those small my attentions until they might be more welcome. germs of the lords of the creation. The value of I was already amused by the little maiden, who, every other commodity is better maintained in polwith a look of indescribable childish blandishment, ished society, than what is surely, in mistake, whispered in Hindostanee, and caressed the little called the noblest and most valuable of all. Had fellow, as if coaxing him not to throw away his Tom and Fanny been a brace of spaniels, or cockfriend in foolish passion, until Master Tom laughed ers of the King Charles or Marlborough breed, out with returning good humor, and looked so how much easier would it have been to dispose of much handsomer when showing his white teeth, them. and a mouth wreathed with smiles and dimples, Governor Fox kept us a day, and treated us that I made a second attempt to introduce myself, with the utmost kindness and hospitality. Black which again instantly overclouded him, and grieved Sam whose amusing tricks probably reminded Fanny.
Tom of his Indian bearer, ingratiated himself • Poor Tom is so young-dear little fellow!" | with the Ayah and the children ; and the Governor she whispered in her liquid infant voice, and in a yielded so far to the infantine fascination of little i tone between apology, coaxing, and entreaty, Fanny, as to present her with a lapful of his · which might have melted a savage. I felt thai, favorite African curiosities; while he privately ; if all the world were like myself, the faults of tur assured me, that, if Madam Bethel and the rest
bulent Torn stood a good chance of being forgiven, failed to do the handsome thing by Tom's babies, | were it but for ike sake of sweet Fanny. While why then he was a bachelor without chick or
child, and he would show them Northampton-circle ; nor did Tom want friends and admirers, shire! This he again solemnly repeated as he who were willing to place his faults to an Indian put us into the coach for London ; and I was not education. Along with little Fanny's singular disposed to forget it; for the governor was none sweetness of nature, was the fascination of her of your sinooth-lipped professing persons. His ever-wakeful and watchful affection for her little word was his bond-and it carried interest, too. brother. She already seemed his unconscious
The orphans were received with genuine muther- guardian angel, whose salutary influence over ly kindness by my sister Anne, to whom Tom at his wayward moods was daily upon the increase. once gave that place in his affections and confidence Though Tom, in his violent fits, would meet a which it had 'taken me three days to acquire. sugar plum, a sugared promise, or a menace, Even yet he admitted of no personal contact, but alike with a blow, he would look serious and try returned a salute as often with a blow as a caress. to command himself, when he perceived how The first trial of the children in London, was much he afflicted Fanny. parting with their dark nurse, for whom we found While the children were displaying their natuan opportunity of returning home with a family ral characters in such childish ways, Mrs. Dr. going out to India. It was Tom's boast that he Bethel was making her calculations at Stockhamcried first when Moomee sailed away home ; but it Magna; the result of which was, offering to take is certain that Fanny cried longest. The quick charge of Fanny, and to educate her along with sensibility of this child was less remarkable than her own two daughters. But, for the boy ! the tenacity of her grief, which broke out afresh" She was indeed at a loss what to do with her when thus reminded of the loss of “ poor mamma," own son-women were so inadequate to training by the absence of Moomee. Time, the gracious boys even in their infant years." balm-shedder, usually does his work of healing It was not unreasonable to imagine that Mr. rapidly with patients under seven years of age- Bethel would charge himself with the education but it was not altogether so with Fanny Bethel ; of both his nephews ; and it is certainly easier to and Tom's perverseness was almost welcome to receive a little girl into a family where there are us as a diversion of her sorrow. Yet Tom's already girls, than to maintain a youth at school rebellion scarcely deserves so hard a name. Ac- and college. In the following week, I escorted customed to a train of Indian attendants antici- the children and my sister, who made a long-prompating every wish, studying every glance, and fol- ised visit, to Stockham-Magna. We had a charmlowing every movement like silent shadows, Mas- ing excursion. It was now near midsummer ter Tor, in a London nursery, felt like a deposed —the pride of the year in the pastoral and woodprince, and was quite as ready to play the tyrant land country we traversed. And then the Rectory when an occasion offered. The turbulence, ca- of Stockham-Magna itself! I had never seen so price, and open rebellion in which he had been picturesque, so natural, so perfectly English a encouraged by the Ayah, had threatened to sub- resting-place for the musings of divine philosophy vert the mild despotism of Mrs. Gifford, my sister's --for dignified intellectual repose and calm medconfidential nurse, who, for eighteen years, had itation. Neither the district nor the particular been as supreme above stairs, in her legitimate spot boasted any bold original feature of scenery. territory, as was my brother's will in the parlor, A grassy vale, or, as probably, a rushy one, a or his wife's pleasure in the drawing-room. Mas- stream, and a few knolls and slight inequalities of ter Tom had, in a rage, torn her best lace cap, surface, formed the groundwork froni which this threatened to throw her shawl on the fire, and abode of learned leisure and pastoral care had kicked her shins. The free-born spirit of an been fashioned out centuries before, and gradually English nurse coul not brook such treatment. moulded int its present beauty. Episcopalian “ Did Master Tom fancy she was one of his black superintendence had preserved and perfected what nigger slaves?”_So, if he kicked, she cuffed ; ; Popish taste had projected and so far completed ; while poor little Fanny was the deepest, if not the and Time, with his ripening and mellowing only sufferer of the three. What was sport to touches, had harmonized the whole. Gifford and Tom, was to her death. Soothing The buildings were of what is called the Elizadown Tom's passion, pleading and apologizing to bethan age-a phrase which I defy any man to Gifford, and weeping, while, like the Sabine define; though, popularly, it is very well underwomen, she threw herself into the strife, little stood in its application to whatever form of dwellFanny would clasp her brother and address the ing, be it manor-house, farm-house, or parsonage, nurse, whispering, in that voice which no one could that is irregular and antique, graced with call resist—"Poor Tom is so young, dear little fellow clustered chimney stacks, quaint windows, and an --and he has no mamma now to make him good.” infinity of intricate adjuncis, forming a picturesque It was then the subdued Gifford's turn to apolo- whole. But, if those arched and lancet windows gize; while Tom himself would volunteer a frater- and doorways, glancing from the rich sylvan garnal kiss, as if already manfully conscious that the niture of ivy and trailing plants, like ihe bright slightest atonement, on his part, ought to be thank- face of a young beauty half veiled by her dishevelfully received by Fanny. This is a lesson which led ringlets, were of the happy age of Elizabethlittle brothers learn with astonishing facility, even for I hold them of much older date--surely those when it is not directly taught, and sometimes when magnificent trees were of more ancient growth. the very reverse is apparently inculcated. Both looked as if they had flourished in undisturbed
“Gentle and easy to be entreated," Fanny tranquillity for centuries. The old walnut trees, appeared the obliged party upon all such occasions of prodigious size, which stood near the house, of general reconciliation ; for, to her sweet nature were probably finer specimens of their kind than sullenness or unkindness was the bitterest form those avenues of beeches leading to the “ willowy of suffering. To live surrounded with cold hearts brook” and piece of water, (beyond the massy and scowling or averted eyes, was blighting and garden walls,) in which the swans, at this hour, misery. In the few weeks the children remained appeared floating as in an inverted sky, or as if with us, Fanny endeared herself to our whole nestling among the trembling shadows of the
and at every
bordering trees. And everything was so trim, The ladies were now engaged in conversation ; and and in such high yet easy and enjoying habitable it was from me, to whom she sidled up, that Fanorder—there was such entire freedom, with unob- ny entreated leave to follow" poor Tom.” The trusive neatness.
leave was instantly granted by Mrs. Bethel ; and My pretty companions were enchanted, as I the children, in the glow of novelty, went out in a imagined, with the first view of their future home ; group. It was now that my sister eloquently exbut I subsequently discovered that the small deli- patiated upon the sweet disposition and affectionate cate spaniel and the greyhound had attracted my nature of little Fanny, her gentle docility, and refriend Tom's regard, while Fanny rejoiced in markable attachment to her little brother. those troops of doves that, on the roof of the porch little creatures! they love each other the better for
coigne of vantage, were cooing, having nothing else to love !” was her concluding in drowsy murmurs, as they luxuriously basked in observation, while tears glistened in her eyes. My the sun. Truly some small portion of that part of good sister, perhaps, showed more tenderness than the national wealth called the great tithes of discretion, in thus addressing the future patroness Stockhain-Magna, could hardly be better expended of Fanny ; but that lady, a rigid and zealous worthan in preserving the beauty and order of this shipper of all the family of the Decorums and Proccclesiastical abode, had it been no more than as prieties, performed her part to admiration-neither a picture and ornament to the neighborhood. overdoing, nor yet falling short of what ought to Dear, good, and haply honest and enlightened be expected from her, or was due to position and church reformer, wheresoever your zeal may carry circumstances. the besom and direct the ploughshare, do, in the Our stay, which was 10 have been for a fortname of natural taste and gentle antiquity, spare night, was with difficulty prolonged to a week. me the Rectory of Stockham-Magna! By the My sister, upon hearing that some of her children memory of the hundreds of solemn festivals and had colds, affected fully as much home-sickness as holyday tides, and of the wakes and processions she really felt ; for the studious observance of which it has witnessed by the ever fresh beauty every right of hospitality, and the most scrupulous of that terraced garden-by those clipt monster politeness, did not compensate for a certain feeling yews, and that box-hedge, broad and high as the of restraint, a lack of ihat frank, social, cordiality walls of ancient Babylon, the wonder and pride of which it is much easier to understand than to exthe county—by that quaintly.carved, heavy dial, plain. Our mutual sympathy on these points, and with its rich and cumbrous masonry :-by all this, our affection for the orphan children, made us both and by the mightier conjuration of the memory of sedulous though tacit observers of the characters good men's feasts, and of those social charities of those among whom they were thrown. which, long gathering in a hundredfold, dispensed In the disputes which early arose between the at the rate of ten or five-spare me this one cosie boys, though Mrs. Dr. Bethel, like a female Brunest of the life called holy and the leisure named tus, gave judgment against her own son, on conlearned ;-this pleasant land of drowsyhead, where sideration of Tom being a spoilt child, of little il succession of mild, gentlemanly persons for more than half his age, it was easy to see to which generations lived a tranquil, elegant, semi-sensual side her heart inclined. Then Tom, with his life, undisturbed by Methodists, Ranters, Radical tricks and wilfulness, kept her in a state of perpetprints, and the Schoolmaster :-spare me but this ual nervous apprehension. He was forever in one memorial of the times when as yet the reveren- perils or scrapes, and seducing his cousins into like tial peasantry had not surmised, that warmer affec-adventures. "Nature had stamped him a bold, restion for their pigs and corn-sheaves emanated olute, daring imp; and his five months' voyage from the Rectory, than for either the comfort of had confirmed the tendency. Now he was tumtheir bodies or the care of their souls.
bling into the pond ; now embarking in tubs on The appearance of a lady's cap, at one of the voyages of discovery ; next plunging into the dog, embowered lower windows, must have recalled the kennel, or running among the horses' feet; and wandering attention of little Fanny, and the noise encouraging Henry to climb the walnut trees, up of the chaise-wheels on the instant brought all the into which the unbreeched urchin would leap like Bethels of Stockham-Magna to the porch, to wel a squirrel, laughing at the screams and remoncome the orphans of Allahbad. “Oh, Tom, do strances of nurse-maids and cousins. be a good boy!" whispered Fanny, kissing him, But Fanny was naturally as tractable as Tom as she anxiously adjusted his shirt frill, and shaded was rebellious. It was astonishing how soon she back his hair, while the carriage drew up. learned, as if by instinct, that she was to have no
“Aunt Bethel" performed her part very well. will, no property, no pleasure, that was not at the She received the orphans in her maternal arms sufferance and mercy of her cousins; because her with good and graceful effect ; spoke not too name-sake, Frances, was “such a child, and much; and, while she gave her hand to my sister, Harriet's health “ was so delicate.” suppressed the starting tears. Fanny pressed her equally astonishing how quickly Tom, as if by a lips to the lady's hand in her own sweet fashion ; similar instinct, constituted himself her champion, and, alarmed at Tom's sturdy backwardness, whis- and did battle for her rights, in the nursery or the pered, in her pretty imperfect English, her wonted garden, in spite of herselt, and long before he unapologetic—"Tom is so young, poor little fellow! derstood the language of those around him who -and he has no mamma now to make him good." were invading them. Every one was melted. Her two cousins, Harriet Among the toys which Fanny had brought from and Fanny, affectionately kissed “ Allahbad Fan- London, was a Dutch milkwoman in complete cosny," and shook hands, almost in spite of him, with tume, which Harriet, who loved everything that Tom, whom their brother Henry soon carried off was novel, and admired whatever was not her on some boyish quest- Fanny's eyes anxiously own, appropriated without much ceremony; and following them, as if she were afraid i hat her turbu- which Tom reclaimed with even less. In the lent charge might, in some way, compromise him- struggle, the Dutch lady was denuded, and Harself with these new friends, even in the first hour. riet, who was at the age when children shed their