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Arthur to the squint the villain have been had without it; the next, I Flashy shall be paid off, and all will fear, won't come without the actual go well—I'll run up for a few days to marriage ; for the old blanket-maker town, and get a horse for Tom Her- begins to ride rusty.”rick in place of Brown Tiger, which -A pity that plans so deeply is certainly grown groggy. Another laid, shou be so completely overconversation with Sir Hilary will do thrown were those of poor Sir no harm at the same time. I wish I Wilfred ; as we are under the die had told the boy at once, I had made agreeable necessity of explaining to an arrangement for him to marry the the reader in the course of the followgirl. The last five thousand could'nt ing pages.
It is much to be lamented that ladies ing the number of guests as low as begin to require spectacles just at the possible. time when they grow most inquisitive. One day, about a fortnight after The prying propensities of fifty, join- Sir Wilfred's visit to Scarfield-ined to the clear eyesight of twenty-five, deed it was on the 15th day of August, would have made our hitherto invisi- 1838—Miss Barbara had occasion to ble friend Miss Barbara Hubble, per- go to the upper portion of the village fectly intolerable. As it was, people to inquire into certain rumours touchwere astonished at her powers of vi- ing the behaviour of one of the inhasion. With a particularity that only bitants, and was accompanied, as far belongs to an eye-witness, she could as the little stream on which the vil. describe events that occurred at the lage is situated, by her grand-niece, same ' moment at opposite extremities Mary Hope. A basket slung over of the parish ; and it was remarked, her arm, and a fishing-rod in her hand, that if a slight degree of impropriety showed that she intended could be elected in the events of
“To ply the sport which she was an observer, the per Which that sweet season gave;" spicacity of her vision seemed supernaturally increased. She could see it and Mary was indeed allowed to be at five miles' distance though invisible one of the best casters of a line that to any eyes but her own. Miss Bar. fished on the Scarfield water. In fact, bara in short, was one of those pure if you looked in Mary's face, you and happy creatures that one reads of would allow her to be anything in the in fairy tales, who have no means of world—for such faces and figures are understanding in their own persons not seen every day, and we have a what faults or imperfections may be, very poor opinion of the fish that did and are therefore forced to study them not catch hold of her hook immediatein the characters and conduct of otherly, that they might have a nearer people. It will easily be imagined view of such a beautiful creature. If that Miss Barbara, having freed her- we were a fish-but we shall not self from all the blots and blemishes mention what a lot of foolish things that human kind are liable to in this we should be inclined to do,-suffice world, had come to this conclusion that it to say, that Mary Hope was the she was a chosen vessel, and sure of prettiest girl in England; dark hair, felicity in the next; a felicity which blue eyes step like a fawn, smile like according to the old adage must be an angel--and for all other particuvery much enhanced in value, how- lars, as to shape and figure, we refer ever diminished in enjoyment, by the you to the Venus of Canova. very few people whom she allowed to “ Remember," said the old lady as share it. For heaven, according to they parted at the little foot-bridge, some notions, is something like a re- “ that I consider your conduct highly ligious tea-meeting, to which only a blameable, and"very small and select party can be ad “ Conduct, grand-aunt?” mitted; where the share of the toast “ In fishing, I mean. That man and muffins that falls to each is com- Yarrel that you study so much, and putable by simple division; and where the wretch called Christopher North each has therefore an interest in keep- with his rhapsodies in praise of fish
ing, are worthy of eternal reprobation What's that she sees!
His hand goes --for fishing as practised by you is gently round Mary's waist; the grey sinful in the highest degree; but as beaver gets into a state of the most my brother encourages you in it, I alarming proximity to the Dunstable cry aloud in vain.”
bonnet, and Heavens ! “ But how is it sinful, aunt Bar -At that very moment a slap ob bara ?"-inquired the young lady. the shoulder sent the spectacles sbe
“ At any rate, if you fish, do it with had so sedulously fixed, spinning about real flies."
a yard beyond her red tipt nose, and * Oh! twould be so cruel.”
Aunt Barbara's farther observations “Cruel ?—what is cruelty compar. were unavoidably suspended by an ined to deceit? You delude the unfor- ability of seeing any thing at the distunate fish under false appearances, tance of twenty feet. and are therefore virtually guilty of a ** Hallo ! old aunt! Here we are, lie. But go your ways. Good Mr. all alive and kicking. How are ye Whifflle will soon be here, and you old one ?how's nunky ?”. shall profit from his exhortations." “George !-you've broken my spec
Miss Barbara pursued her way af- tacles—when did you come home? ter this rebuke, and Mary followed run after Mary. Such a thing ! ah! the windings of the stream, and soon what a sinful world !" arrived at the point of the river where “ Why, what's the matter? Is this the ripples on the water promised the a way of receiving a dutiful nephew best sport. It was a beautiful nook, after the dangers of the deep, and a where a gigantic willow hung over hundred perils besides ? Cheer up, old the wide reach, and Mary laid her lady, and don't stand gazing up the basket on the ground, and was pro- brook as if you expected to see someceeding to put her rod in order, when thing wonderful under the old wi
low." -Aunt Barbara had transacted her • I've seen it, George. Where are business at the upper end of the vil. my spectacles ?—the gipsy- ths cun. lage, and administered sundry preven- ning, double-faced fishing gipsy tives of iniquity, in the shape of tracts that's the fish she's after! Oh! the against smuggled gin and other illicit wickedness of the unregenerate slut !" delectations, and was on her way home 4 What's all this? exclaimed again, when the straw-hat of her niece, George, helping the old lady to re-ad. glinting near the willow, attracted her just her peepers. observation. She adjusted her spec • Do you see nothing, George, just tacles with renewed accuracy on the under the great tree?-a white bonlong thin bridge of her nose, at sight net?-a grey hat ?-a man's grey of the well known Dunstable, and hat ?" could scarcely believe the evidence of " Neither hat nor bonnet-the devil her eyes, corroborated by her sil. a thing is moving near the water but ver-mounted Dollands, when she saw the miller's brown cow-and now, that standing by the side of her niece the I look at her, I declare the mark on figure of a tall young man. She saw her rump is something in the shape of even the bright brass buttons on his Mary's poky bonnet.' light green coat, she saw his grey “ I certainly see a cow," answered beaver-light, fancy-coloured waist- the aunt, “but I am as certain as I coat, and from his general appearance, am of my existence that I saw a man could not resist the inevitable conclu- speaking to Mary, a tall handsome sion that he was the most gentlemanman,—1 should know him again among ly, handsome looking man she had a thousand, George! I saw him with ever gazed on in the course of her my own eyes put his arm rcund Mary's Life.
waist; and his hat, George, and her Long stood Aunt Barbara on the bonnet were just going together when little eminence that overlooks the ri- your sudden attack”ver for nearly a mile of its course, “Wakened you out of your dream, watching the motions of the pair. and showed you that the whole vision They were evidently well acquainted, was nothing but a white streak on an they stood so near each other. They old cow. Come, come, aunty, don't were evidently delighted, Mary had try to set me against Mary, for I wont so entirely neglected her fishing. believe a word to her discredit-10
m': by heavens, though fifty aunts were to laid on the shoulder of the young man s'ins. wear out fifty pairs of spectacles in pry- made him pause-a flash of momenta.
da ing out hats and bonnets on all the cow's ry anger passed across his face, and 701. rumps in England.”
even a slight intention was visible of The aunt and nephew pursued their resenting the insult, but in an instant somway in silence, for George was irate all such thoughts were checked, and he
at the accusations brought against his continued, Ezek a sister, and aunt Barbara was imagin “If I have offended by speaking too ming, mischief in her heart, and only plainly the object of my master's com
waiting for a public opportunity of ac- ing, restrain your anger. Do I speak
fortunate youth ; your uncle' has fixed “ Ho, my friend," said George, “you on the great Mr. Whiffle as your tutor seem a stranger here. Where are you-he is to have the entire management off to !"
of all your actions to teach you all the * Unto the domicil of one who sciences; he has written a work on codwelleth in these parts, called Ignatius nic sections and defluxions, and is the Hubble, Esquire.
cleverest man in England ; and so “ And whose is that huge box, if I good! His books, I am told, are truly
edifying, and his very domestic speaks It appertaineth unto the good and like a true sheep." learned Jerome Whiffle, sometime a " He looks uncommonly like one, and dweller in the tents of sin but now a that's the same thing," replied the portioner in Canaan.”
nephew, hurrying on with increased " And what the devil is this Canaan- speed, as he could make neither head ite going to do at my uncle's? By Jove nor tale of the extraordinary story his I've a great”
aunt had told him, and was anxious for “ To subdue the rebelliousness of an an explanation from the lips of Mr. unlicked cub called Hope.".
may ask ?"
That worthy gentleman was so de “I did'nt like,” replied the youth, lighted to see his nephew, and had so whose thoughts reverted to the artificer many questions to ask, that the pre- of the aforesaid waistcoat and trows. sence of the thin young man with the ers in the Isle of Sky, “ to trust to the trunk was scarcely noticed.
ignorant natives, but I've brought home “ Your aunt has already told you," plenty of stuff to be fitted up by more began the senior, “ of your future hap- s cientific hands.” piness in acquiring the assistance of What?-simple notes?—We shall one of the most learned men of any age work them out with the help of Mr.
or country ; but before I resign my Whiffle, and I am highly pleased, my recharge of yourintellectual advancement dear George, that you attend to objects o answer me a few questions. I see by of such incalculable importance.”.
your tartan-coloured waistcoat and “ By Jupiter !” thought the simple plaid trowsers, as well as by a letter minded George, “this fellow, Mr. Whiflately received, that you have visited fle, is nothing but a tailor.” the northern limits of this Island. “ Another thing which in those Did you make any observations on the lofty districts is worthy of notice, is needle in those hyperborean re- the quantity of rain or moisture, gions ?"
whether in the form of dew or mist,
which falls in the course of the year. pendicular course downwards. The Have you taken
notes on the sub- same causes have been ascribed to the ject !”
rotundity of the world, namely, the “ Hav'nt I? that's all,” replied the velocity of projection, as Mr. Whiffle young philosopher. “ I've brought will explain. I expect him here every home two or three gallons of the purest moment.” dew I could find.”
“ He hath already appropinquated “ My dear boy, exclaimed the grati- to this vicinage,” snuffled the lank. fied senior, “ Mr. Whiffle, I am sure, haired young man, who had been a will be delighted with your conduct.- listener to the preceding conversaWe shall have many a happy evening tion, “ and will domiciliate himself in discussing the specimen you have this goodly tabernacle within a short brought. And the yacht, George, - space." what have you to say on the subject of “ Indeed ?" said Ignatius, “I rejace sailing?"
to hear it. Leave the trunk here, my “ Ah, sir, that's a sad story. I fell friend; some one shall take it up to in with the Western Yacht Club in the Mr. Whiffle's room, and go you into Mull of Cantyre, and a gentleman of the kitchen, where I have given
direc. the name of Nichol Jarvie challenged tions for you to be attended to." me to race."
“Gratias agimus, Vale !" replied the “ Speak in scientific language, youth with a bow, and betook himzelf George,” interrupted Ignatius, ** it to the hospitable regions ruled over by aids perspicuity of thought-proposed the buxom cook. to you, you would say, a series of ex “ He speaks Latin to0,-a good periments on the propellability of your omen, George, for you; it resolves it. respective yachts."
self, in fact, into a question in the rule « Just so ; I hoisted all sail and pull-of-three, if he teaches his servant Latin, ed hard on the wind in hopes of wea- what will he not succeed in making his thering the point. By this I saved a pupil ?" tack and left Jarvie half a league astern. * He shan't succeed in making a The breeze rose every minute ; and fool of me," muttered the doughty that fool, the cautious Scotchman, took George, “If a broken head can cure in two reefs in his mainsail and luffed him of the wish to try. But, ha! bere in the wind's eye ; I tore along, and comes Mary.” did'nt care a rush though it blew all my The meeting of the brother and canvass to rags—I hoisted more sail, sister was warm and hearty—and all and had just set my sky-scrapers, recollection of grey hats or whitewhen all of a sudden, came a devil of a streaked cows seemed banished from squall, and I found myself swimming their recollection. What a strange for life, and was only picked up after thing it would be after all if aunt Bar. half an hour's battle, by another of the bara's eyes had deceived her! George squadron—the crew were saved at the had scarcely ended his narration and same time.”
had hurried Mary off" - to some other “ Twas a noble self-devotion in the room, when the sonorous voice of Abracause of science,” exclaimed Ignatius ham Slocock startled Mr. Hubble from with enthusiasm. “ You understand a brown study by announcing Mr. the cause, I suppose, of the catastro- Whiffle. He was a tall man, solemnly phy ?"
drest in pepper and salt, with a light. She was crank built, and her spars coloured wig whose smooth combed were too high.”
locks rested on his shoulders. His “ But the process of her disappear- nose was ornamented with a pair of ing ?" continued Ignatius.
uncommonly large spectacles, and his 6 She foundered.”
whole appearance was not unlike that “ My dear boy, use philosophical of Mr. Liston in the character of Doterms. Your yacht, under the sudden minie Sampson. Though there was impulse of the wind, was unable to something ludicrous in his first address
, displace a quantity of water propor- Mr. Hubble was too much of a philotionate to the increased weight im- sopher to have a worse opinion of him parted to her by the impact, and there. on that account, and received him with fore the velocity which would other great cordiality and respect. wise have continued in a horizontal “ Your trunk has arrived some direction on the surface, took a per. time,” he said, after a few preliminary
common places, “and if you approve most deep read of mankind, or at least of the bed-room I have designated for had the most learned domestic; Aunt your occupation, it shall be carried up Barbara was fascinated with his studied to it immediately.".
compliments and attentions, and even "I have no choice of rooms. Dio- George Hope began to consider him genes lived in a tub,” replied Mr. not quite the useless bookworm he Whiffle.
had at first believed him, more par“True, sir
, and I hope you join me ticularly as he gave a very good acin my admiration of that illustrious count of the Priam colt at Newinarket, philosopher, who in a state of manners in answer to a question by Mr. Hubble the most effeminate and depraved on the nature of the Pythic games. taught the simplicities of life both by On ordinary occasions Ignatius bcprecept and example. Do you believe, took himself to his couch, or at least sir
, that his father was banished from to his bedroom, at a very carly hour. Sinope as a passer of counterfeit coin?" This night however, he prolonged his
“Iv'e no proofs,” replied Mr. Whif- sitting in the drawingroom till past nine fle. “Quinctilian, indeed”
o'clock, and even then only bade the “Well, sir, I will yield to any opin- party good night, when Abraham Sloion of the Rhetorician of Calagurris.” cock begged to speak with him for a few
“ He says," continued Mr. Whiffle- minutes alone. " But if you really want a disquisition “ I'm sorry, sir,” said Abraham, “ to on the subject, I shall be happy to fur- leave so good a master, but I must give nish you with one at some future time. you warning." Meanwhile, if you desire any informa Why, Abraham ?--has any one of tion on matters so simple allow me to fended you !-have I ?" refer you to my Famulus, whom you “Oh not you, sir ; I will say that have already seen. Are you acquaint- you are a perfect gentleman, and a ed with the ancient Punic ?"
very good master to me, though they “I regret to say,” answered Mr. say you're as great a scholar as the Hubble, “that with the exception of best.” the scene in Plautus, I don't know a Though I'm a scholar ? explain word of it."
yourself.” “ I teach it you ; but in the mean · Well, then, there a'int no use to time, will you introduce me to my pupil? mince the matter; we all know that I am anxious to begin the duties of my Latin is the devil's language, and we office."
ha'nt no doubt that that e're fam’lus, as Mr. Hubble did not altogether like he calis himself, of Mr. Whiffle, is an the cavalier manner in which he was imp of Satan.” turned over to the servant for the re “Because he speaks Latin ?-I feel solution of his doubts on the family his- ashamed at such super”tory of Diogenes, nor the boastful offer “ Ashamed or not, sir, Molly and me of instruction in Phænician, but yielded ca’nt stay in the house with him; he has with his usual good-nature, and ac- converted the morals of half the maids companied his guest in search of George already-I seed him myself a kissing Hope.
of our old cook." There was something so amusing to • Indeed? but after all, it may be that young gentleman in the grotesque only a peculiarity of the young man ; appearance of his tutor, that he did not or more likely, a translation into show such indignation at the assump- visible signs, for the edification of the ion of authority by Mr. Whiffle as uneducated, of the old proverb, Abramight have been expected; and when ham, which says “He that loves good we consider the deference paid him by dishes kisses the cook-Qui dapibus Mr. Hubble, the silent awe of Mary datur coquam osculatur.'' Hope, and the rapturous admiration “ But then, sir," continued Abraof Aunt Barbara, we must conclude ham, “ Jane Marsel, Miss Mary's hat the learned pedagogue had no maid, ain't cook, and he did exactly eason to be dissatisfied with his re. the same to her. And for the matter ception. A few hours wore off the of that, he tried the same trick with wkwardness of a first meeting under Molly herself—but she hit him such a uch circumstances, and by the time pelt on the side of the head, he'll reinner was concluded Mr. Hubble saw member it the longest day he has to learly that his new inmate was the live.”