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make no difference in this big crowded inside, that would make a cioth larger place, if they were all here together. than our great net-cloth. There are When I came into the streets, on the some big shops, too, full of nothing top of the coach, I thought, to be sure but boots and shoes. But, no doubt, it was fair-day. So I asked a man when the King wants shoes for liis who sat next me, and he said, • Aye, army, he comes here and buys them, to be sure, man. In London, it's al- and they must wear out a power of ways fair-day for fools. Many a one them in those long marches, when of them comes here to look for a purse, they are going after glory, which, I and goes back without a pocket.' I suppose, must be all one with walking knew by his way of speaking he was against time. I judge, too, that the jeering of me. But another gentleman King must use a sight of things for spoke to me milder, and said, • It is al. himself; for I counted eleven tailor's ways the same in London, for there are shops, that had • Tailor to the King' people enough living there to crowd all written up upon them. So you may the fairs in England.' And so, to be gue s what a deal of clothes he wears. sure, there are unaccountable many of I saw, too, nigh as many cake-shops them, and carriages, and carts, and with Confectioner to the King;' condrays. Oh, Ann it is altogether a per- fectioner means a man that makes plexity! The coach could hardly go cakes; but if he eats too many tarts along the street for them, and some of and things, and makes himself sick, them were long things, like big hearses, there is at least one doctor's shop for only painted bright colours, and full of every cake-shop, with • Apothecary to live rich people ; but the poor walk the King' upon it
. I have been by along the sides of the streets, and yet St. Paul's Church too, which is the some of them are as finely dressed as biggest thing in the world, since the lords and ladies.
Temple of Solomon and Noah's Ark; "Since I came, I have walked about and I thought my eyes would never and looked at the different things and get up to the top, it is so high. It has people, and a wonder the place is to a roof like a punch-bowl, with a spike see. The crowd goes along past one, sticking out of it. Only, I think, the as many and as busy as ants, and none punch-bowl must be a good half-mile of them seem thinking of each other, round. And it is all built up with pilany more than if they were all trees lar-work, and windows, so strong, that or stones. In our country, and when it seems it would stand for ever.I go to market or fair, I know most Thought I to myself, I wonder will that of the people by look, and shake hands fine place burn in the great fire that with half of them. But here, in Lon- you know, Ann, will burn down every don, I felt quite lonely among so many thing in the Day of Judgment. What who cared nothing for me, nor I for a blaze that will be! For I am telling them. I saw many scores, ay, hun- no lies when I say, that if you could dreds of fine ladies, some of them riding lift up the church, you might set it in their carriages, with their beautiful down over Burntwood, dwellingsilk, and lace, and feathers, but none house, and barns, and trees, and all, of them said how d’ye do to me; and just as I would clap an extinguisher I would have given them all in a bun- over your thimble, and room to spare dle, and their carriages too, for a look too. Now, you must know that all of yours, though they seem so proud the while I was going along the streets, and high. I dare say they would be there was such a whirling, and a clatpretty much surprised at it. And, oh, ter, and a squeaking, and a buzzing. Ann, the shops! all the clothes, and and a smoke, quite unaccountable, meat, and wonderful things, more in that altogether it made my head turn one shop than I could tell of in all my round inside, as if it had been a milllife! I have seen eggs enough to fill stone. And I began to have ail manour barn, and frying-pans enough to fry ner of queer fancies as if I never should them all at once, and bacon enough get back home. And I saw ever so to eat with them. I do suppose, that many black kings on horseback, stuck in the front of one shop, there is glass up in different places, and looking enough to make a glass-case for our grander and fiercer than the judge at biggest rick, and silks, and satins, and assizes, just as if they had only to come shawls, and I do not know what all down from the stone places they were
on, and ride over all the people, like a vered with roses, and she stooped her donkey among the chickens. But I sup- head upon her hand, and gave a great pose they were put there to keep them sigh, and said, " But when that is done, out of mischief.
still I shall not be married to the man “ Last night an oldish sort of a farm- of my heart, but quite the contrary; er, that the people here tell me has a Suppose then I also poison my detested deal of grazing land down in Essex, husband. Then, alas! I shall no sat near me while I was taking my sup- know which of the others to choose ; per, and he says to me, quite friendly, for my heart is too tender, and cannot • Young man, will you come with me decide for either of them. Thought to the play?' So I said, “Yes, to i to myself,-Young woman, for all be sure, when I have done this plate your good looks and finery, I am glad of beef. So he told me to leave my you're not my wife. Then first her watch and my money with the land- father came to see her, and wish her lord, all but a few shillings for use, joy of the marriage, and she gave him and off we went; for, as I had had a glass of wine to drink her health ; something to eat and drink, I was as and, do you know, that very wine had fresh as a colt. When we got to the the poison in it? We should never play-house, there was a big paper stuck have thought of that down at Buratup with red letters on it, saying they wood, would we? Then he went were going to act. Woman's Miseries, away, and in came one of her two or the Victim of the Heart,” transla- lovers, and wanted to kiss her ; but she ted from the French. Well, thought treated him very properly, and would 1, if it is any thing about those French not let him touch ber; only at last she that we beat last war, it must be good whispered him, loud enough for me fun, because as how they eat frogs for to hear, that he must go kill her hus. mutton, and tadpoles for lamb. We band. paid at the door, and went into a place • Just then the other lover came in, that Grub-an odd name, isn't it, Ann? and as they were both officers, and
- he's the Essex man-told me was had their swords by their sides, they called the pit; and there we sat down drew them, and fought together, while in a big room all full of candles, and the lady fell down on her knees and people making noises and faces, and looked up to the ceiling. Then one looking as strange as could be. Then of them was killed, and fell close by the fiddles played very loud and pret- her, and he gave her such a look bety, and then the play began; and they fore he died--O dear! Then she got pulled up a big cloth, and there was up and ran to the other, and put her a place behind it for all the world likc arms about him, and said, Brave the floor of our barn. There were Henry, you have won my heart.' So gentlemen and ladies walking on it, they talked about it a bit, just as if and one of them was called Felicity – they had been bargaining for a pig at an odd name, isn't it, Ann? She was market, and they settled they would to be married to a gentleman jinme- hide the dead man under the garden diately, and it was all settled, and she seat she had been sitting on, and she seemed mighty fond of him. But after sat down on it again, so that nothing she was married, she came forward could be seen. Then the lover went close to us, and told us quite as a secret, away behind the bushes, and she that she did not like him at all, only turned up her eyes, and groaned, and she did not say so beforehand, for fear said, “Now her life was a burthen to it should stop the marriage; but that her, for she had seen the death of the she liked two other men better. Then only man she loved.' Just then her she said her father was an ungrateful husband came in, and wanted to talk tyrant, and a Saracen's head, or some. to her in a friendly way, but she thing uncommon, for not having pushed him off, and called him a faithguessed her dislike, and spared her less monster, and an oppressor of inde-li-ca.cy—that was the word—the nocence, though I thought him a very pain of telling it. So, to revenge her. nice civil gentleman; and then she sell
, she could do nothing but poison upset the seat, in the way a cow upthe poor old gentleman, which I sets a milk-pail, and showed him the thought very hard upon him. Then dead body, and said, “There is the she sat down on a green scat, all co man I loved, the true husband of my
heart. On, that you had died instead he began to struggle, but it was no of him!' Then the lover heard her use, and they were going away with speak, I suppose, as listeners never him, when the father said, “My daughhear any good of themselves, and he ter, some one has poisoned me, I hope came in and said, “What, ma'am, it isn't you.' And he fell down, and was it he you loved? Perfidious wo. rolled his eyes about, and clenched his man, then will I send you to join hands, and died. Then the lady said, him.' He was going to run her "Alas! how am I devoted to misery! through with his sword, and I never My destiny has made me wretched; saw the squire angrier at a poacher but my principles have always been than he was with her; but the hus. sublime. Henry, while you go to band came in the way to save her, death, and I into a nunnery, know and the officer killed him instead, and that my heart has always been true to said that would do as well. Then the you. We shall meet in a better world, father came in with a great many where it is not a crime to love. Take constables and soldiers to carry the this kiss. Then the cloth was let officer away to gaol. They got hold down again, and I said to Mr. Grub, of him, and took away his sword, and I wonder does all that come of eating put a chain upon his wrists, and then frogs?'
Before the end of the week James left her to her mother's care she feti returned, and with him his suffering into a deep sleep.. sister. She was too weak to stand, She dreamed that she was again a but was lifted out of the market cart child gathering cowalips' in a wellthat had brought her from the next known green meadow near the farmtown, and was received in her mother's house, and that sudưenly she saw standarms. Her own well-known chamber ing close to the high bank, two figures, had been prepared and arranged with one in a white cloak with a white hood! all the little objects familiar to her over its head, and the other similarly from childhood; the vaken cupboard, dressed in crimson. They seemed tallthe walnut-wyood chest of drawers, the er than men, and with stately looks queer oval looking-glass, and the pic: and gestures each invited her to aptures of Spring, in yellow ribbons pronch and to drink of his fountain, and of a brown Abraham about to which gushed out of the bank. The sacrifice a pink Isaac. The small fountain of the white figure she saw bed, with its cross-barred curtains of was milk, and she thought that she had red and white, in which the careless often drank ef that ;; but the other girl had slept so tranquilly, seemed stream was red wine, which she had like a quiet grave opening its arms to never tasted, and she turned to it, and receive the weary widow. Her mother drank of it from the bowl which the undressed her, and laid her down to crimson figure held out to her. Then rest, and then sat beside her and held the white figure sank down, and in her hand, restraining her own grief sinking, uncovered its face, which she at the sight of the wasted faded being saw was that of Mr. Musgrave the before her, while a long flow of tears clergyman, and the cloak spread over came from the daughter's closed eyes. him and round from him in a circle, At last she seemed about to sleep, but wider and wider, and the white stream looked up feebly, and said, — Would poured forth and foamed, and met it, and my father kiss me as he did when I the whole turned to white snow and ice. was a good child ?" The mother went But the red figure seemed all wrapped for her husband, who came in with a in red fire, and the wine-stream turned tenderness of aspect such as he never to fire, and flooded the field around showed before, and, bending over her, her, and beat against the snow; and kissed again and again her hot lips, the figure raised its hood and showed and murmured, “ Bless you, my child! the face of her husband. Then sud-God bless you!” “Oh, father!" she denly she felt herself no longer a child, said, “ can you still love me?" His but a woman, with her arms around tears mixed with hers, and when he him, and her clothes caught fire frons
him, and they both burned together, it was the silence of the grave which standing on a field of fire, while the he was pouring over them, till they red streams devoured the snow, and were buried under a hill of silent snow. blazed, but without smoke, over all the But it fell softly and pleasantly upon land.
them, and calmed their burning, and Then a gigantic Death, all whose so they slumbered in their grave, lockbones seemed icicles, glided with swift ed in each others's arms; and she felt strides over the field, and his cold that their baby slept between them; breath put out the flames and chilled yet its spirit sang, she thought, at the them through, and they shrunk and same time out of a tuft of cowslips on fell together; and the Death took the the bank. bowl that had held the fiery wine, and While she dreamed thus, a gentle filled it with the snow that still lay in smile came over her face, and her moa patch around the white fountain, ther knew that her pains had for a and poured it over them once and moment ceased. again, and yet again. She knew that
Hastings was an inveterate walker; of feeling and thinking of the country and in the course of one of his rambles people. He also told some anecdotes he found himself, after many hours' from his travels, which interested his exertion, wet and tired, close to Burnt- new friends, and made Ann open her wood farm. He went in, and was, of eyes wide, and look at him as if some course, hospitably received by Farmer preternatural being had suddenly ap Wilson and his wife, as well as by peared in the well known clothes. He James and Ann. They were going spoke of African huntings, Hindoo to dinner, and invited him to join them, murders, the witchcraft of American but proposed that he should first change Indians, and the roving robbers of his clothes, which were thoroughly Arabia and Persia ; of volcanoes, cro soaked, James offering to lend him a codiles, and gold-mines. suit of his own. Hastings gladly con The mention of juggling and magic sented, and soon appeared in the young led him to speak of many strange farmer's Sunday garb. He had been things that he had known of in difso used to wear the costume of differ- ferent countries, some of them easily to ent countries and characters, that no- be explained, others apparently unin. thing looked awkward on him. James telligible, but not the less certain
. He could not help fancying that the visiter said, for instance, that once when reappeared to much more advantage in siding in one of the West Indian is the clothes than their true owner. lands, he had bought, and taken Ann did not join in this opinion, but rather as a favourite than a servant, à she was much amused at the spectacle handsome boy, coloured or of the of another person than James in her mixed race, and eleven or twelve cousin's habiliments, and was constant- years old. He was remarkable for ly hanging down her head to conceal a the liveliest and most joyous spirits, broad smile, although she acknowledg- as well as for readiness and clearness ed to herself that Hastings looked well of head. But after some weeks, withand at ease in his new dress. The wet out any seeming cause, the boy be. clothes were hung up by the fire; and came melancholy and dull, and was the whole party sat down to dinner, evidently losing his health. His while one or other of the women went master questioned him as to the reafrequently to the neighbouring room son of this change, but he would give of Elizabeth to see how she was. none, and appeared terrified at the Hastings was delighted with his adven, thought of confessing. After much ture, and ate like a true farmer, and persuasion, however, he burst into talked so as to draw out all the infor- tears, fell on his knees, and said he mation he could from both the Wil. would tell all. For many nights, be sons, often, also, introducing a word said, he had always had the same bad for the women. He picked up many dreams, urging him to rob his master, facts as to the peasantry, and the modes and leave the money in a certain de
cayed tamarind tree near the house. boy the next day, and means were This advice, he said, was given him taken to frighten her from ever again in his sleep by different figures, now approaching the house. The boy soon by a beautiful white woman, now by recovered his cheerfulness, but would a great negro chief, dressed in green probably, in the opinion of an inteland crimson clothes, with a golden ligent physician, be liable all his life
sword beside him ; sometimes by to similar influences from those about * cloudy gigantic figures of men and him.
women playing on drums, and kind After this, Hastings was led to speak ling great fires, in which they threat- of occurrences no less strange which he ened to burn him ; sometimes by a had experienced in other countries.white preacher, with long grey hair, “Once," he said, “I made a sudden and a book in his hand, out of which journey from one part of Persia to ana prodigious bamboo grew up into other in company with several natives, the sky, with a star in the top of whom I resembled in my dress, beard,
and sometimes by a number of and general appearance. On the last little rose-coloured children, who play. day of my expedition I rode for foured round him, and all sang the same teen hours without stopping, and reachthing in his ear. His master comfort- ed in the evening the city of my destied him, told him the bad dreams would nation. As we passed through the go away, and gave him money, which gate, I saw among the crowd who were he desired him to leave in the hollow looking at our cavalcade an old man, tree. A person was then sent to who seemed to watch me with great watch, who found that the money was intentness. We were stopped for a taken away by an old negro woman, few moments in one of the streets, and, who sometimes came about the house on my looking round, he was again close from a neighbouring estate to sell to me. After we had settled ourselves vegetables and poultry. The difficulty for the night in our khan, a large buildwas to conceive how the dreams could ing designed for travellers, while my have arisen in the boy's mind. In servant was attending to my horse, and order to discover this, his master, I was about to eat my supper, the same without informing him, bored a hole old man approached me, and asked if I in the partition of his bedroom, and would come with him and share a betremained with his eye directed through ter meal than the one before me. I it. The houses in those countries are looked at him now more attentively, often not fastened, nor even the doors and, having before seen, from his dress, laid to. It was, therefore, not very that he was one of the Armenians, who surprising that early in the night, a are natives of the East, but not Mahofaint sound was heard in the boy's metans, it now also appeared to me room, and an old woman was seen to that he was of an honest and benevoenter, bent nearly double, and look- lent countenance. He looked respect. ing like some strange grizzled baboon able but not wealthy. felt that I rather than a human being. She had my pistols about me, loosened my crept to the bed side, and, after seating sword, and followed him. We passed herself, and making various signs, she through several streets, and entered at began to mutter in a low voice close last a small door in a high and solid to the boy's ear. These were some wall ; this led us into a court, and of the words which the Englishman thence we passed into a garden, at caught :-“ Now white woman come the further side of which a build. you very booful much-tell you take ing stood; into this we passed, and I massa's money-put in um tree—now found myself in a scene of wonder. she gib you um kiss very sweet much.” The light of many perfumed lamps And so the old hag went on suggests showed that the walls were covered ing image after image, while it was with blue and red silk embroidered in evident, from the boy's writhing and gold. There were several large ebony gasping, that the words took in his and japan cabinets, filled with golden mind the appearance of corresponding plate, and with pyramids of cut and things, but did not wake him from his rough jewels. The carpet was of bropainful sleep. The woman was seized cade, and the cushions that lay upon it while creeping away, and put in the of purple silk worked with flowers in stocks, where she was shown to the seed pearl. The old man made me sit