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and whisper in her ear that the Saracen has initiated me into her secret."

“You will not do so, when I earnestly entreat of you to desist,” answered the young man, as it seemed with great earnestness; " besides, if I may venture to conjecture, it is Leah Oppenheimer, the sister of the minister. And now, farewell! When you meet me in the rooms, do not notice me; and, Reelzingen, if my father asks

"I know nothing of you, I understand," answered the other. The Saracen rose and went away. The friends now looked at each other, but none of them seemed to know whether they had heard aright, a whether they must doubt what they had heard.

“Has the Jew, then, a sister?" asked Pinassa.

“Some time ago it was said he had taken a sister home. She was believed to be very young, because she was nowhere seen," answered Reelzingen, thoughtfully. “ And,” as he coloured,“ brother, you may perceive that Satan once more is at his silly tricks with this sensible youth.”

CHAPTER III. When Lanbek left his friends he wandered through the rooms; his look shot restlessly through the crowd-his face glowed behind the mask —he often panted for a breath of air, so oppressive was the heat, and so heavily did expectation, desire, and anxiety lay upon his heart. The crowd was still more dense and boisterous when he entered the middle of the second room; for a while he toiled laboriously through it, but at length the stream bore him involuntarily along, pressed him to one side, and before he knew where he was, he stood beside a gamingtable, where Süss was playing cards with some of his counsellors of finance. Large sums of gold lay upon the table, while the curious multitude gazed upon the most distinguished man of their country, sharing with each other their whispering and murmuring observations upon the immense amounts which he lost or won with unaltered countenance.

Gustavus had never before observed the man of power so closely as now, when, rooted fast by the crowd which formed around him like a wall

, he became an unwilling spectator. He confessed to himself that the countenance of this man was nobly and finely formed by naturethat, moreover, his brow and eyes, from the habit of command, had in them something very imposing; but repulsive and malignant lines lay betwixt the eyebrows, where the open forehead joined the finely formed nose, while the small beard upon the upper lip could not conceal the malicious expression of the mouth; and it was truly horrible to the young man to hear the forced hoarse laugh with which the Jewish minister accompanied his losses and his gains alike.

While these gentlemen continued to play, surrounded by the crowd, which appeared to be waiting for something, a man in a peasant's dress came from the passage, and joined the ranks of the inquisitive observers; an old hat upon his head, a coarse blue jacket, a red vest with large tin buttons, yellow leather breeches, and black stockings, formed his unpretending costume; but he wore, withal, a very handsome mask. He supported himself, in the manner of the country people, with his hand upon

man.

a knotted stick of five feet in length, and said, in the well imitated dialect of the Steinlachthal, “ You have much money lying there, sir; have you deserved it all?”

The minister looked round, and tried to smile at this masquerading familiarity. Perhaps he was glad of the opportunity of making himself popular, for he answered in a friendly manner, “Good evening, country

“ Your countryman I certainly am not,” answered the peasant, with great tranquillity “such as I am, do not usually produce Jews.”

A suppressed laugh ran along the line of observers. The minister did not seem to perceive it, for he continued, very affably—“You are witty, my friend."

“God preserve me from being your friend, Herr Süss,” rejoined the peasant. “Were I your friend I should not be in this bad coat and hat full of holes. You make your friends rich.”

“ Then all Wurtemberg must be my friends, for I make all rich," said Süss, concluding his speech with a constrained and disagreeable laugh.

“You might be an alchemist to all the world,” replied the peasant. “How beautiful are these ducats! How many drops of the sweat of the poor are in each heap of gold ?”

“You are a capital fellow!” exclaimed Süss, quietly continuing his game.

Just as the peasant was about to begin a new sentence, another form drew the attention of all upon it. This was a man, whose costume was nearly the same as that of the other, except that he had a long and pointed beard upon his chin, and wore a laced coat. The peasant looked at him for a while in surprise, then grasped his hand, and exclaimed “ Hans, whence came you, and thus so gay and stately? Certainly no longer like one of us !”

“That may be," answered Hans, while he took snuff from a silver box. “I have entered the service of a master of high rank."

“ Who, then, is your master?" asked the peasant.

“A public flayer, but still one of high rank. You think, perhaps, that he flays common cattle_horses, dogs, and such like? No, he is a flayer of men, and, moreover, a card manufacturer.”

“A card manufacturer !” exclaimed the peasant.

“Yes; for every card in the country must be bought from him. He is also a coiner.”

“ Howl-a coiner?”
“ Yes, he makes all the money in the country.”

“ That is false,” said the peasant. “ You mean to say, he turns all that is in the country to gold. Yet, for all this, he is no coiner. There is only one coiner in Wurtemberg who has impressed his name on the country."

The crowd until now had only murmured applause, but at the last allusion to the mint, they burst into laughter. The brow of the man of power became dark, yet still he quietly continued to play.

“But why have you allowed your beard to grow so pointed?” continued the peasant.

“That looks quite Jewish." “ It is considered the fashion," replied Hans, "since the Jews became masters of the country. I will soon become altogether Jewish."

As Hans spoke the last words, a voice distinctly exclaimed from among the crowd, "Wait a few weeks, Hans; then you may become a good Catholic."

Whoever has looked upon the fearful sight, when in a street crowded with people a barrel of powder, kindled through carelessness or design, has burst, scarce beheld such a singular scene as that now occasioned by these few mysterious words. The minister, pale as a corpse, leaped from his seat, and, with an enraged countenance, flung the cards upon the table. “Who says that? Seize him, in the name of the duke?” he cried rushing through the crowd, as if impelled by an invisible power. His companions, more prudent, though not less alarmed, seized his arm and drew him back, while they endeavoured to pacify him. His dark eyes seemed to pierce the crowd, as if to seek out the object of his wrath, while the masks around murmured indignantly, and forced themselves back into their places; and, as the dreaded man next extended his hand towards the peasant, crying, “ You shall answer to me for the other!” he was suddenly surrounded by threatening numbers. "Masquerade liberty, Jew!" was heard in sullen, menacing tones; the peasant and his companion were in an instant liberated from his grasp and vanished, when, as quickly as he had been surrounded, he was again abandoned ; for the crowd, put to flight by secret fear, now dispersed on all hands.

The multitude bore away Lanbek with it; his thoughts became confused, and he could not with any clearness imagine what had given rise to this extraordinary scene. He had stood thus for some moments, endeavouring to recall his thoughts, when he felt his hand grasped by that of another person. He looked round, and the fair Oriental stood before him.

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“ Where grew the rose that is in your turban mask?” said she, in a trembling voice.

“Beside the lake of Tiberias,” answered the Saracen.
“Quick! follow me!" exclaimed the lady, threading the groups

with difficulty, while her turban alone now and then showed him the way she pursued. His heart beat; his ear still heard the last sound of that sweet voice, and his eyes beheld no other object than her. In a darkish corner of the second apartment she stood still and turned round.

Gustavus, I entreat of you, tell me what has happened to my brother? People whisper his name everywhere. I know not what they say, but I think it is nothing good. Has there been a quarrel? Ah! I know well these people hate our nation!”

The young man was painfully embarrassed. Ought he at once to destroy the innocent illusion of this fair creature—ought he to tell her that the curses of the Wurtembergers rested upon her brother—that while they prayed for all mankind, they excluded him from their supplications —that it had become the custom to pray, “ Lord, deliver us from evil, and from Süss the Jew?"

" Leah,” replied he to her, much embarrassed, “your brother was disturbed by some masks while playing, and there were words exchanged, which perhaps reached even here ; but do not be uneasy."

“What a foolish girl I am!” said she. “I have had such terrible dreams, and all day I have been melancholy and depressed. I am so sensitive that everything frightens me. I continually fancy that some misfortune may

befall

my

brother.” “ Leah,” said the young man, in a low voice, in order to dissipate these thoughts, “ do you remember what you promised when we met at the carnival? Will you not grant me a single hour, that we may talk of many things together.”

“ I will,” said she, after a pause. Sarah, my nurse, will accompany us, but whither?”

“ That is cared for,” answered he. “Follow me-do not lose sight of me-straight towards the entrance."

The inventive mind of the Jewish minister, when he arranged the carnival of Stuttgart, and with great expedition erected these wooden apartments, had so-planned them that, as is usual in extensive buildings, small rooms should lead out from larger ones, wherein limited groups might partake of their evening's refreshment, without being obliged to abandon their incognito in the common refreshment-room. The actuary had procured the key of one of these apartments from a third hand, by means of ample remuneration.. A little collation was set out here, and Leah rejoiced at the skill of the young Christian, who had done his best in this to satisfy the taste of a fastidious dame, although the narrow chamber, after all, contained merely a table and some seats of simple wood, and boasted of little convenience.

“How glad I am to take off this troublesome mask,” said she, as she entered with her nurse, looking around for a mirror, and, when she beheld only the bare walls, adding, with a smile, “ You must tell me, Gustavus, whether that suffocating crowd has not destroyed my head-dress?”

With a kindling glance, the youth looked at the fair girl, whose countenance might have been termed the perfection of eastern beauty. The proportions of her finely-chiselled features—those wondrous dark eyes, shaded by long silky lashes—the boldly-arched black eye-browsand the dark shining locks, which were in such pleasing contrast to the white forehead and beautiful neck—while the thin red lips and white teeth rendered this still more prominent; the turban which was intermixed with her locks, the rich pearls which hung around her neck, the dazzling yet chaste costume of a Turkish lady, combined with such a countenance, caused so complete an illusion, that the youth thought he beheld before him one of those splendid beings described by Tasso, as the excited fancy of the traveller depicts his return home. « You look like the enchantress Armida, or such as I have thought the daughters of your race, as you dwelt in Canaan. Such were Rebecca and the daughter of Jephthah.”

“ How often have I said this,” observed Sarah," when I looked at my child—my Leah in her splendour. The hooped dress, the high-heeled shoes, and the fashions of the day, never became her so well as this dress."

“ You are right, good Sarah,” replied the youth. “ Place yourself here at the table. You have lived too long among Christians to draw back from this punch and this pastry. Amuse yourself for a while with these things."

Sarah, who was well acquainted with the wishes and manners of her neighbours, did not long resist, and enjoyed herself over the skilled productions of the confectioner; the young man seated himself some steps distant beside Leah.

“ And now to be sincere," said he—“you are sad; yesterday your tears were never dried, and to-day there is still a cloud upon your brow, which I would gladly disperse. But perhaps you think, you unbeliever, that I am not your friend, and would not do my utmost to restore your serenity ?

"I know you would; I see it constantly. To-day I see it still," said she, restraining her tears with difficulty, “and it makes me happy. When you saluted me for the first time beside our garden hedge; when afterwards, at the beginning of October, you spoke to me across that hedge, and since then have always been so kind and consoling, so different from other Christians towards us, I knew well that you meant what was good to me; and this is now my only, my silent happiness !” As she spoke, tears streamed from her fine eyes, while she tried to smile and seem cheerful.

" But why?” asked Gustavus.

"I am not happy-not quite happy. In Frankfort I had my own little amusements, my own world; I cared nothing for the rest of it. I thought not of our condition; it did not annoy me that the Christians did not respect us. I sat among my

friends in my little room, and knew nothing of what went on out of doors. My brother brought me here to Stuttgart beside himself. People told me that he had become great, that he governed a country, that in his house there were both splendour and joy, and that Christians lived with him as we lived with each other. I confess I was delighted when my friends described such a dazzling future

Who in my place would not have been so ?” She wept afresh, while the young man, though full of sympathy for her sorrow, yet felt that it was better to let her tears take their course. There is one feeling in the human breast which causes more grief than any other sorrow; we may call it sympathy with ourselves, and it nearly overpowers us when we must lay our ruined hopes, as it were, in the grave, while these hopes yet appear to be alive, as we recall the joy with which we approached a bright future. Such a bitter contrast has plunged many a stouter heart into misery than that of the fair Jewess.

" I have found all to be the reverse of this," continued Leah, pause. “ In my brother's house I am more solitary than even during my childhood. I am not allowed to enter when he gives his grandest entertainments; the sounds of the music reach my lonely apartment, refreshments and wines are sent to me as if I were still a child, not old enough yet to join society. When I lately besought my brother to permit me to take some interest in such affairs, if only for once, he coldly refused me, and at another time, when his humour seemed very strange, actually terrified me by his answer.”

“What was his answer?” asked the youth, anxiously.

“He looked at me for a long time, and sighed; his eyes were restless, his features dark and sad, and he replied, 'I must not too be lost; I must entreat unceasingly the God of our fathers to keep me pure and devout, that my soul might be a chaste offering for his soul."

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