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quence a sensation whenever her They are the very same who, twenty name is mentioned, 'plucks up spirit years before, were universally believed enough, a few weeks afterwards, to run to be dying of broken hearts, because off with her father's footman—a smart they were prevented from eloping young fellow, with a glib tongue, with each other! Gentle reader, when. round, laughing face, unimpeachable ever you hear touching stories of this calves, set off to the best advantage in sort, and I know of none that are so white cotton stockings, and standing common, always bear in mind Sam six feet in his shoes !
Slick's saying, " the only broken heart Here is another illustration of a I ever heard tell of, was that of a New s broken heart.” A pretty romantic York ticket-porter, who broke it in heiress, who has only just finished her straining at a twelve stone weight!" education at one of the most fashionable Yet it must be confessed that it has polishing academies at Cheltenham or a pretty, specious sound, this same Brighton, falls distractedly in love a broken heart;" and though a mere with a briefless but seductive young cant phrase, is—thanks to the “penbarrister whom she first met at church, sive public !”—a capital catchpenny. and afterwards danced with at an It brings grist to the annual mills; Assize ball. Well, the affair “pro- enables the small poet to browze on gresses ;" but just as it is about to be something more substantial than Par. wound up by an elopement, it comes nassian herbage; forms the stock in to the ears of the heroine's parents, trade of half our fashionable novelists, who, hard-hearted wretches that they whose slim and susceptible heroines are ! instantly whisk her off to some usually die of blighted love somedistant semi-barbarous watering-place, where about the tenth line of the three on the Cornish or South Devon coast, hundredth page of the third volume; cruel catastrophe! The aggrieved brings sunshine to the heart of Bentfair one forthwith betakes herself to ley; lights up the countenance of Col. her solitary chamber; sighs and sobs burn with smiles; and bids Saunders “ from the rising of the sun to the and Otley go upon their way rejoicgoing down of the same;" reads touch. ing. Indeed, were it not for this po ing poems and still more touching pular and profitable malady, one half novels, and writes to all her acquain- of our West-end publishers would, I tances, who devoutly believing every do verily believe, be figuring in the word she says take care to circulate unimaginative records of the Insolvent the afflicting intelligence that she is Debtors’ Court; or living, separated dying by inches of a broken heart! from their anguished wives, within the Mark now the sequel of this sad story! walls of a work-house, agreeably to Years elapse, and one day a stout, the regulations laid down in the new middle-aged gentleman with a bald Poor Law Bill! head, and about as much sentiment in Is this then all that is to be said of his face as a shoulder of mutton, meets a broken heart? Is there really no at a dinner-party a buxom, red nosed, such thing in nature ? corpulent dame, the happy mother of scepticism does not carry me this six bouncing children, the two last length, for there are exceptions to twins. Observe with what cool indif- every rule; but I do seriously conference they address each other-how tend that in nine out of ten cases the comfortable they look-how_tho- thing is pure fudge. But the tenth roughly they enjoy themselves ! There case is a serious-nay, an awful-matis no nonsense—no delicate hesitation ; ter, as the painting now hanging their appetites-the lady, you per. above my head in the Picture Gallery, ceive, has been helped twice to turkey, where I write this, assures me in the and a plateful each time ; and as for most unequivocal terms. Yes, this the gentleman, he plies his knife and was no mere creation of the artist's fork with a steady determination of fancy. It was truth-stern truth purpose that might excite the envy of that lent its terrible emphasis to his an alderman. And who is this hale, pencil. The picture in question was jolly couple, who, if you were to sing a full-length portrait of a young lady them a love-song, would fall fast who was represented crossing a comasleep under your very nose, and only mon, apparently towards a turnpikewake up in time to take you in for å gate, which stood a little to the right snug rubber at whist? Can you ask ? of her. A more touching look of grief
Not so; my
-of that deep, still, fixed grief which to look more closely at the portrait, I eats its resistless way to the heart, and perceived that it was of too old a date, speaks of hope for ever gone, I never having been executed probably a dozen saw than was depicted in every linea- years, though some of the colouring, ment of the fair stranger's face. She especially the flesh tints, was as fresh was young, but the spirit of youth was as if it had been laid on but the other extinct. The features were perfect in day. symmetry, but undying sorrow had Having plenty of leisure time on my marted their beauty. Hers was really hands—more indeed than was desira and truly a broken heart-one of able-determined to illustrate this those rare but impressive cases which affecting picture while yet my mind might touch the most callous, and con was full of the subject; and accordvince the most sceptical natures. And ingly, from the hints with which it who was the painter of this striking furnished me, I composed the following portrait, which I felt persuaded was tale, the groundwork of which is drawn from the life? At first I ima- founded on an incident that took gined it was Salter, whose noble pic. place in a small provincial town someture of George III. and the Dying where about the commencement of the Gipsy, exhibited in the National Galo present century, and has bee alluded lery last year, was so pure and pro- to by Dr. Uwins in his treatise on found in its pathos ; but when I came “ Disorders of the Brain."
“ HE WILL COME TO-MORROW?!"
The Common of Carricksawthy, every where in briskest activity about which forms a portion of that district you. You hear the Sawthy chattering known by the name of the Vale of and laughing along its pebbly channel ; Towy, is one of the most picturesque the trout or the sewen leaping up from spots in South Wales. The clear, its deep, quiet pools, between the gurgling stream of the Sawthy, spanned gravelly shallows; the bee booming by a wooden bridge of the simplest heavily past you, as it starts from the construction, flows through its centre; bosom of the wild flowers that enflame cottages of a comely and cheerful the common; and the thrush, the aspect, with their small strips of chaffinch, and the linnet chirping mergarden-ground full of flowers, are rily among the shady copses that creep scattered about its borders; flocks of half-way up the downs. sheep are constantly pasturing on its It was on the noon of a day like that thick, elastic carpet of green sward; I have just alluded to, that two young and a ridge of breezy downs, redolent people, a male and a female, walked of thyme and other wild shrubs-and slowly across this delightful common beyond which rise the frowning peaks towards the high-road, which the Carof the Black Mountains, imparting marthen stage-coach passed on its way spirit and dignity to a landscape that to Gloucester, and thence to the metro otherwise might seem too tame-en- polis. They were engaged in earnest close it on all sides but one, where conversation, and a serious--not to say, runs the high-road past Llangadock, a sad-expression was visible on the a homely village, consisting of one countenance of the lady, who, when straggling street, which stands at the she reached that part of Carricksawthy distance of about a quarter of a mile which leads direct into the road, paused from the common. On a serene spring an instant, and pressing her companion's or summer day, nothing can be more arm, addressed him as follows : " And enlivening than this scene. The sun will you then promise to be back in a brings vividly out the emerald green fortnight, Charles ?". of the turf, always so refreshing an “ Can you doubt it, Fanny ?" object to the eye; imparts added neat “No, no, I do not doubt it; but I ness and beauty to the cottages; and know not how it is a gloom comes lightens up with smiles the stern, rug. over me when I think of the time that ged features of Llynn-y-van and his must elapse before we shall meet again. giant neighbours. Life too seems You, in the midst of the bustle and gaiety VOL. XLIV.
of London, will not feel the hours pass don would never be able to divert ar $0 wearily, as we shall liere in this quiet diminish the influence of this precious neighborhood.”
talisman. I have but to cast my " The gaieties of London ? say ra- eyes on it, and fancy will instantly ther, the solitudes, Fanny. What bear me back to the home where friends have I there? At whose house we have passed so many happy hours elail I be made welcome? Where is together." the society that shall recompense me The earnestness and cordiality with for that which I leave behind me? which her companion spoke, greatly Believe me, dear girl, a great city, comforted Fanny, and they moved on however full of bustle and animation it towards the turnpike, where the old may be, holds oui few attractions to gate-keeper was standing, looking one who like me must pace its streets anxiously along the road, with his hand alone, sit in his inn alone, and from held up before his eyes to shade them morning till night hold cominunion only from the glare of the sun. with his own thoughts."
The instant they came up, he said, · Are those thoughts of so very you are only just in time, master gloomy a character, then ?" inquired Charles; the coach will be here in a the lady, with a faint attempt at a minute or so; indeed it should have smile.
been here before now," he added, “ Not so, Fanny ; you mistake me glancing at the turnpike clock, " but I altogether. Ilow can I be otherwise suppose it stopped to take up a passenthan cheerful when thinking of you ? ger at Langadock." I merely meant to say, that to one “ No doubt no doubt," observed who has not a single friend there, nor Charles; "Fanny, love, what ails you? even so much as an acquaintance Why, your arm trembles within mine with whom he can converse, London like an aspen leaf !” is not the place you conceive it to be ; “ I cannot help it-indeed I cannot so cheer up, it is but a short time I -I know it is weak and childish to shall be absent; and then we shall be give way to such thoughts, but I have united, no more to part. What, I a presentiment that this parting". have won a sinile from you at last ! “ Will be for just two weeks, and Ah, love, if you did but know how not an hour longer, ” interrupted much a sinile becomes you, you would Charles, with a gay air ; " perhaps for never
even a less time; for the instant I "You will write to us the instant you have disposed of the houses, I shali reach town, Charles ?"
return ; so take care, Fanny, that I * Of course; it will be my chief do not surprise you one day when indeed my only--pleasure.”
you are reading a chapter of her “Pray Heaven this business may not favourite, old-fashioned, Sir Charles detain you longer than the time you Grandison to your aunt, or singing that mention."
ballad which you know my father is so “Never fear it, dearest. Twelve or fond of.” fourteen days hence, we will be again “ Oh, Charles, how can you talk in strolling together over Carricksawthy,” this light way at such a moment ? I said the young man, glancing back could not at the common which they had just “ No, because you are a foolish little left behind them ; “ you know the girl, who-as my grave father is conhour the coach passes the turnpike ; stantly telling you—allow your imagiwell, meet me there this day fortnight, nation to run riot. Fanny, dearest
, as you used to do when I came home dismiss, I intreat you, for both our from school at Bristol, and trust me sakes, these gloomy forebodings, and I will not disappoint you. See, Fanny," instead of anticipating sorrow, look continued the speaker, drawing a little forward with hope. Do not sit in the locket from his breast,“ here is a shade, but come abroad into the sunlock of your hair, which for the shine. As you love me, and would last year I have constantly worn have me be happy during my absence, next my heart. This is the attrac- let me know and feel that I leave a light tion which will hurry me back to the heart behind me." cottage. Were even its proudest Just as the young man finished mansions thrown open to me, and speaking, his servant appeared, bend. all its gaieties within my reach, Lon. ing beneath the weight of a portman
teau, which he deposited outside the ever, for the poor orphan thus doubly gate, at the same time bringing intel- bereaved, she found an affectionate and ligence that the coach had cleared the exemplary guardian in her father's village, and would be up immediately. maiden sister who, on hearing of her No sooner had he announced these brother's loss and consequeni melantidings, than the vehicle came in sight, choly, came to take up her abode perand a few minutes after drew up at manently with him. With this lady,
who was every way qualified to super“ Now, sir,” said the driver, jump- intend the education of her mece, ing down from his box, “ quick’s the Fanny's days glided away peacefully word, if you please ; I'm behind time and happily in the retirement of a already. Here, David,” addressing neat but humble cottage which her the gate-keeper, “ bear a hand with father had purchased shortly before the gentleman's portmanteau.” his death, in the immediate neighi
While the luggage was being stowed bourhood of Carricksawtly coininon. away on the root of the coach, Charles
At no great distance from them stood aloof with Fanny, who making dwelt the clergyman of the parish, a an effort to conceal her emotion, ob- simple kindly-natured man of recluse served, in a subdued tone of voice, “ by and studious hadits. In this gentlethis time to-morrow, Charles, you will man's sociсty, the Davises spent a be far away from us.”
great portion of their time. His son “ Yes, love, but my thoughts will in particular, a fine spirited youth, be with you still. In the morning I about three years older than Fanny, shall say to myself—now she is going was her constant companion. Togeout with my father for a ramble across ther they might be seen racing like the coinmon, or through the village; wild colts about the common, laughat noon- she has just seated herself at ing and shouting in all the irrepressible the window with a volume of our glee of childhood; or climbing with favourite Thomson in her hands; in fearless foot the steep acclivities of the the evening-she is now at tea with Black Mountains; or gathering the, her aunt, listening with a sweet smile harebells, and wild strawberry plants of resignation-Fanny, dear, you that grew thickly among the hedges of know how often you have made me Leven-gornuth ; and in the evening, laugh with that arch smile of yours ! – Mr. Griffyths, who usually finished his to some portentous anecdote about the day at the cotiage, would play the fashions of the last”.
part of schoolmaster, and seating the Their conversation was here broken young couple, one on each side of him, in upon by the coachman's pithy re- give them lessons suited to their age; quest that the gentleman would look read them passages from works calcusharp ;", whereupon Charles, tearing lated to excite their delight and wonhimself from Fanny's side, said, " good der; and instill int them those great bye, God bless you, love ; be sure you principles of reli ion and morality, meet me here this day fortnight, and without which there can be no sure depend on hearing from me the instant guarantee for success or happiness in I reach London;" and with these life. words he sprung into the coach, which So passed the time until Charles in an instant bore him from her sight. Griffyths had attained his thirteenth,
Fanny Davis, at this period, had and Fanny her tenth year, when an just completed her eighteenth year. uncle of the former, who was a merShe was the only child of an English chant in Bristol, and had neither'wife officer of dragoons, who, after a long nor children of his own, wrote to his term of military service had retired brother to request that his son might on half-pay into the cheap seclusion of be sent to him, when he would place South Walcs, accompained by his him at school, and probably provide newly wedded wife, who died while for his future fortunes. At first the Fanny was an infant--a loss which simple-minded clergyman decided on her husband took grievously to heart, refusing this liberal offer, not liking and which, preying on a constitution the idea of separation from a chilů already enfeebled by severe wounds, who formed his chief source of happibrought him to the grave within two ness; but when he came to weigh yearz from the time when he had be. the matter carefully in his mind, he come a widower. Fortunately how, resolved to sacrifice his own personal
feelings to his boy's interests and con. handsomer, kinder, or better behaved sented to his departure.
young couple never graced the vale It was a melancholy day for the of Towy. Mrs. Davis for the good Daviees, when Charles called at the lady had years since dropped the cottage to bid adieu to his playmate comfortless “ Miss"-was precisely Fanny. She hung round his neck, of the same way of thinking. She and intreated with tears that he would was anxious to see her darling niece take her with him ; and even her aunt comfortably settled before she herself shared some portion of her distress, so quitted life; and as Fanny would incompletely had the youth's frank, herit what little property she had to cheerful, and intelligent nature won leave, and dreams of worldly ag. upon her feelings. He himself was grandiseinent never troubled the not less affected than his “ little sis. minds of that contented family circle, ter,” as he was in the habit of calling she felt persuaded that the prospects her; but when, on reaching Bristol, of the young folk were quite as sunny he was received with a hearty wels as they ought to be. Accordingly, come by his relations, who took a after many long and solemn consulta. liking to him at once, he soon forgot tions with Mrs. Griffyths, the marhis grief, and became reconciled to riage was resolved on; but previous his change of life. As it was arrang. to its taking place, Charles, who had ed that he should spend his school hitherto received the rents of his cotvacations alternately with his uncle tages very irregularly, and for the and his father, he saw Fanny once last two years, none at all—his tenants a-year, and during his absence, kept being of a sad, migratory disposition, up a regular monthly correspondence and much addicted to moonlight flitwith her. Thus four years rolled tings, as his London agent took care away, when it became expedient to to inform him punctually twice a-year consider what should be done for -Charles resolved to look into mathim. His uncle, struck with the lad's ters: himself, and to come to some quickness and sagacity, so unusual final settlement, so that he might enwith those whose boyhood has been ter upon his new state of life without passed in comparative solitude, thought any pecuniary annoyances to molest of commerce! but before he could him. Besides, he had projected with come to any decisive arrangements, Fanny a variety of pleasant schemes. the increasing infirmities of his father, For instance, the cottage garden was to whom he was devotedly attached, to be enlarged ; additions were to be induced Charles to return home, where made to their little library; then they he finally took up his residence, pay- were to make a trip to Clifton, and ing, however, occasional visits to possibly even visit Snowdon and its Bristol, till the death of his uncle, romantic neighbourhood; and these who died when the young man had agreeable projects could only be carjust entered on his twenty-first year, ried into execution by the sale of the leaving him a small amount of funded cottages, from which Charles expectproperty, together with one or two ed to derive a sum sufficient for all cottages which he possessed in the his purposes. He accordingly decidneighhourhood of London.
ed on a visit to the metropolis, and From this period the union of it was arranged that the marriage Charles and Fanny was the talk of should be solemnized immediately afall the gossips in the parish, who ter his return, which he determined agreed in declaring that they were should be in a fortnight. formed for each other, and that a
A3 Fanny returned home, it was sions, and cheer her spirits by the rewith the slow step of one whose mind flection that Charles would be back is oppressed by doubts and fears. A in a few days. There are times, as presentiment of she knew not what all must have felt, when vague prehung like a heavy weight upon her sentiments of impending ill fall like a heart. In vain she tried to persuade blight upon the inind, and despite the herself of the folly of her apprehen- efforts of reason, deprive it for the