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being struck by the simplicity and left them in the end of April, and I was quaintness of his manner, and yet the accompanied to Dublin by my young, justness and strength of his remarks. but, even then, my dear friend, who His dress, I have already said, was came to pass his second examination plain ; he wore his hair combed down at the University. over his forehead, alter the inanner of At this examination he was not sucthe Methodists, in which connection cessful. This is ground upon which, his father had occasionally ofliciated perhaps, I had better tread lightlyas a class leader or local preacher, my former statement of what was true, a circunstance from which Arthur's of that which actually occurred at one character derived much of that stern examination, has given offence, and piety of deportment which was its chief men have said that my object was to grace. The occupation in which we depreciate the University, and indulge found him, so characteristic of that hu- a malignant sneer at the expense of her mility which prevented him from being fellows. I simply told what had hapraised by his distinctions above minis- pened. The fellows of college are, I tering to his parent's comparatively need hardly say, a body of men for lowly condition, spoke more to my mind whom, as a body, I entertain the deepfor his amiability of disposition than est respect : there are many men among all the praises which I had hearil la- them whose characters and whose learnvished on him at the parsonage.
ing would do honor to the proudest The more I knew of him the more I station in which intellectual distinction felt that he was no common spirit, and could place a human being ; but there I looked forward with confidence to were- I know nothing of them nowthe time when he would prove this to there were men among them whom I the world. There is something deeply despised; there were men whom I have interesting in watching the progress of seen manifest a littleness of soul, and a genius, of which the world knows not. pettiness of spirit, that no chance elevaWe experience more than a sympathy tion to a place for which they were unin the struggles of the spirit, which we fit, could redeem from the most unquafeel assured, is yet one day destined to lified contempt. I know not how matters sway the minds of inen—we find a per- may be now, but certainly when I knew sonal interest in the progress of those college examinations, the race was powers in which we feel, if I may so not always to the suitt, nor the battle speak, that, like the first discoverers of to the strong,” and though in general unknown land, we have acquired a pro- the aidjudication of honours was boperty, because their existence is known nourably impartial, yet where all was to few but ourselves. We have a pride left to an individual, there were excepin being the first to appreciate the in- tions to the rule-aud in my intercourse tellect to which the world will one day with collige, I have known more than bend, and we look forward with proud one instance in which caprice deprived, articipation to its future triumphs, or favouritism defrauded, industrious as if, in some sense, they were to be merit of its just reward.
Arthur bore his disappointment with My intimacy with him soon increased the equanimity that I expected. It was into friendship. He made me the de- immediately after this examination that positary of his difficulties and anxieties, I advised him to become a candidate and sought from me that advice which for the place of sizar. Few of my readmy greater age and superior knowledge ers, perhaps, are unaware that the of the world enabled ine sometimes to Dublin University, with that spirit of give him with effect. But I must not liberality which so favourably distiudwell too long upon all the little inci- guishes her collegiate institutions, dents which might, perhaps, be very has allocated thirty sizarships to the uninteresting to iny readers, however, support of poor students, who are unmy fond affiction may magnify them able to avail themselves, in any other into importance. I remained two months way, of the advantages of an academic at the parsonage, enjoying the society education. The places are filled up as of good Dr. Wail and his anniable fa- vacancies occur, after an examination, mily, and every day improving my at which all persons are privileged to acquaintance with Arthur Johns. Í present themselves, and ihe successful
candidates receive their education Betsreen the duties of his situation gratis, and are entitled, for four years, and his studies Arthur's whole time to chambers and commons in the Uni- was occupied; occupied, indeed, far rersity.
more than I could have wished. I When first I urged him to present could not but observe with alarm, as bimself as a candidate at the exami- the summer advanced, that the constitunation, which always takes place on tional paleness of his cheek had assumed Trinity Tuesday, he made many oh- a still more ashy wanness, and that his jections He was apprehensive of fail- once bright eye was beginning to be are-he did not think his classical at- heavy and glazed. I urged him to take tainments sufficient to meet the com more care of bis health, and to read petition with which the places are al- less; but he used to laugh at me: he ways sought; (I have known upwards said the walk to and from the school of one hundred candidates for six vacan was sufficient exercise for him. When cies,) and it was with no little difficulty I urged on him the danger of too much I overcame his reluctance to encounter mental exertion, he used to point to the examination. I was not, however, his head, and say, “God never gave us disappointed in my estimate of his suc our brains to be unemployed, and he cess; although without any special pre. never will let us be injured by emparation for a most severe and scrutiniz- ploying them.” ing examination, he obtained first sizır And it seemed as if his confidence ship, with marks that placed him far be was well grounded. Naturally delicate, yond the reach of competition. he appeared uninjured by an applica
Having given this decided proof of tion that might have worn down the his ability and classical attainments, most Herculean frame. Winter passed and being strongly recommended by away, and at every examination he atDr. Wail, he had not much difficulty tained honours, and raised his character. in procuring a situation as assistant in Everyone now spoke of him: he beone of the first schools in Dublin, with came the subject of almost universal a salary that to him was affluence, and interest. The chief portion of his time having his chambers and commons in col was devoted to the study of the lege, he now seemed comfortably settled. classies; and set it astonished me, who
The free rooms appropriated to the knew how much he neglected his sciaccommodation of sizars are the garrets entific reading, that he bore a bigh, a in the old brick or library square, and very high character, as a scientific in one of these Arthur Johns was soon scholar. By the most strict economy comfortably lodged. Each set of rooms of his time, he had also contrived to is generally appropriated to two, but amass a fund of general information the Prorost, as a compliment to his that was quite surprising; and it may acquirements, allotted him a set to give some idea both of his ability and biaselt. This is generally considered his industry that while, for five hours as a favour. Poor Arthur seemed in the day, he was harassed by the greatly gratified by the compliment it wearying and dispiriting labours of a implied. The first evening that I sat school, he yet managed, in the hours with him in bis small and solitary cham- that were his own, not only to probers, he told me of it with pride. !
secute his academic studies with a sucdid not wish to damp his spirits, but I cess that might well have been the could not help involuntarily sighing, result of undivided application, but to as I thought the favour was to be con- acquire a knowledge of those subjects demned to the solitude of a lonely gar of general literature which the majority ret. Those who know the miseries of of academic students too generally nea “chu n' will understand that it was glect. a real favour ; but just then I thought And, as if to make the difficulties of that there was no great compliment in his situation more apparent by contrast being left without a companion, to the --as if to bring into more striking remiserable and unfriended loneliness of lief the truth of the maxim, which is as a college life. There was something old as the davs of Juvenal--as old, that was, alas! too prophetic in the perhaps, as the selfishness and the melancholy feelings with which I re- heartlessness of society--that poverty garded it.
is a drag upon genius, a weight that
crushes many a noble spirit to the cloisterlike stillness that is around you. earth—his principal opponent for ho- And yet there are men who make this nours was a young mau of fortune, and lonely place their residence for the one whose parents wisely thought that summer months, some by compulsion, their wealth was well applied in pro- and some by choice. viding for their son every facility of In the bezinning of July Arthur paid distinction. From one examination to a short visit to his parents. I would another St. George was provided with have given much to have seen this the best tutors that the University meeting. But I can concei the pride could afford, and the hours of his with which they must have received study were broken only by recreations bim to their humble roof. I can fancy that might invigorate his mind. Poor that I see his old father blessing God Arthur was thrown upon his own re for having given him such a son; and sources; and the best, because the his plain inother, with her matronlike earliest, hours of his day were taken cap and clean white apron, gazing on up in toiling, not so much to find a him with pride for the past and anticilivelihood for himself as to minister to pation for the future, as he sat by their the comforts of his parents; and yet, lonely fireside. His visit, however, was a with all these odds against him, the short one: he returned to Dublin sooner child of poverty and toil was successful even than he had intended. I confess against his favoured competitor. I thought this strange; that he should
Time passed on, and another summer thus, as it were, tear himself from the vacation arrived, with its long and shelter of a parental roof : and when I dreary days—long and dreary to those found that he had returned, after an who have ever passed them in the soli- absence of a fortnight, I feared that he tude of the city, or still more in the was getting too proud for his parent's desertion of college. In the months of cottage. I was ai first angry with him; July and August the streets of Dublin but I began to think that perhaps the are almoost deserted. The rumbling of feeling was only what might be exthe wheels of a solitary carriage rolling pected from proud and foolish human along may occasionally be heard afar nature; and I sighed for the imperfecoff in the quietness of the streetz; and tions of mankind, that alloy even the the cart of the waterman, as he goes best and noblest dispositions with the about to lay the dust, tells you that, at base mixture of mean selfishness and least, the municipal authorities calcu- silly pride. My reflections were, perlate upon the presence of some pas- haps, philosophical. I might not have sengers in the streets, for whose conive forined too low an estimate of human nicnce they are concerned: but go nature; but I did my friend deep ininto College, and you have the utter justice. picture of desolation. You find at the After his return I never saw such gate, perhaps, a solitary porter, list- intense devotion to study as he manilessly keeping his sinecure watch: but fested. His whole soul appeared conyou meet in the archway no troops of centrated in the desire of distinguishing gowned gibs hurrying to and fro, as hinself. I knew not how to reconcile they flock to or from their lecture; no his sacrifice of health, of everything, to pompons premiuin men, looking with this one object. He did not seein aman air of self-importance at the notices bitious. He was a mystery to me. It on the gates. You hear no hum of might have corrected my unjust suspivoices in the courts. You may look cions of his want of filial duty that he round and round, and see no trace of had proved his affection for his parents any living thing: nothing meets your far more substantially than by paying eye but the glare of the hot summer them long visits. Ever since he left sún, falling on the white burning pave- them he had received monthly his stiment, and Aung back with increased pend from the school where he was intensity upon the pillars and walls of engaged; and each month he transthe gray buildings. All is lonely and mitted the best part of it to his mother, deserted; and you feel almost afraid reserving only so much as was necesthat you are guilty of a crime as the sary for those wants with the supply echo of your own footsteps starts the of which the strictest economy could silence and disturbs the repose of the not dispense.
During the long days of summer- He seemed ill at ease: he rose from days in wbich, as I have already said, the chair on which he was sitting, and College is almost altogether deserted— stamped his foot hurriedly on the I often made it my business to inter- ground. I rose too, and we both, rupt his studies and force him into an almost mechanically, walked away from hour's recreation. Often, of an evening, the spot. did I bring him reluctantly from his Nothing more passed between us; books, to wander under the shelter of but I felt convinced, by the extreme the fine old trees in the College park,* agitation of his manner, that it was a and talk with me of many and of particular attachment, and not a mere strange things. He loved the moon- general liking for the matrimonial state, light of a summer night; and often did that created his aversion to the rewe carry with us two chairs from his straints of the celibacy statute—a staapartment, and sit under these old tute which is certainly one of the most trees, watching the moonbeams silver. absurd remnants of a barbarous code, ing their leaves, and an occasional bat for the maintenance of which no rational wheeling round their branches, and justification has ever yet been put forthen winging his dreary flight to some ward, and of which the only effect is, to crevice in the walls of the library. On drive from the fellowship here every one of these occasions a circumstance man of genius, unless the few--and took place which I never can forget. of men of genius they are the few I bad been speaking to him of his fu- who can bring themselves to submit to ture prospects. I had been reasoning its odious and unnatural provisions.f with him on the indiscretion of the But this is a digression. Let me concourse he was pursuing in devoting his fine myself to the history of my friend. entire time to classical studies, to the I did not wish to question bim upon neglect of scientific pursuits. I sug- the subject connected with our couvergested to him that for classical know- sation in the park; and yet it often ocledge 'the University made no perma- curred to me that he was endeavouring nent provision; while, by applying his to lead the conversation so that I time io the study of science, he might should ask for a disclosure that he ultimately obtain a fellowship—a result wished to make, but did not choose to which his abilities and, above all, his volunteer. determined to seek an habits of intense application, might opportunity of obtaining his confidence warrant him confidently to expect. He on the only point on which I had told me candidly that he did not wish reason to believe that it was withheld. for a fellowship. I spoke of its emolu- Accident soon obtained it for me. ments: he only answered by a deep I was invited, about the middle of and heavy sigh. I pressed him on the September, to make one of a party to subject. « Of what use," said he, indig. visit the Lakes of Killarney. I sought nantly, “is the wealth that fellowship and obtained permission to invite confers on you, when a regulation Arthur to accompany us. To my surwhich is the remnant of monastic bar- prise, he positively refused. I pressed barity prevents you from sharing it?" him; but, what with him was very unA deep red blush, I thought, of indig- usual, he was obstinate, without being nation, passed over his countenance. able to give a reason; and I was at last I could not help laughing: Of all the reluctantly obliged to forego my useless persons I knew I thought him the least solicitations. likely to be deterred from a fellowship The evening before we were to set by the celibacy regulation ; and I told out I spent with him in College. The him so, and rallied him on the point. evenings had shortened to their autumn
• It is usual to close the park gates at night-roll hour; but at the time of which I speak the gates leading into the park were, during the summer vacation, permitted to remain open until twelve. I do not know whether the same custom is still observed.
+ My readers will, perhaps, recollect that it was an early attachment that diverted from fellowship the views of Charles Wolfe; a man who, surely, as a fellow, would have done honour to the University. See Russell's Life of Wolfe.
length, and there was 'no' moonlight; seen her image mirrored in the bosom so we could not now go and take our of every lake.
Thirteen years ago usual walk in the park: it was, too, a thirteen years ago”—and he paused drizzling evening; the light, misty rain, upon the words--- she was a child-a or fog, was coming in at the open win- sweet innocent child, and I was a boy, dow in the attic beside which we sat and not much older than herself. I for in suinmer the garret rooms, from gathered her wild flowers when she was their vicinity to the slates, become in out with her maid walking through the tolerably hot; in wister they are, for fields, and I loved her then, and I have the same reason, proportionally cold. loved her ever since.” It was such an evening as might put He had not yet mentioned the name anyone in bad spirits. Arthur was very of the object of this wild and enthusiasmuch depressed; but I attributed it tic passion ; the story was singular, into the state of the atmosphere. Twi- deed : I need not attempt to detail it light was closing in fast. As we sat in his own burning words, but the subconversing, a pause occurred in our stance of it was this : conversation : Arthur rose and walked Matilda (I cannot give her true across the room in violent agitation. name, and there is a sacredness around “ Mr. O'Brien,” said he, “you are her in my mind which prevents me from going away tomorrow. We may never attaching a fictitious one.) Matilda was meet again; and there is only one se the daughter of a gentleman who recret I have never told you. I do not sided at no great distance from Arthur's wish to take it to my grave.”
home. When they were both children I was astonished at the sad and he had conceived for her the most robitter tone in which he uttered the mantic passion, which, unlike most words, but he did not give me time to boyish loves, had grown with his growth, interrupt him. Mr. O'Brien,” said and strengthened with his strength. He he, more loudly, “ do not laugh at me; met her in her walks through the fields do not think me a fool; I am one -] when the tenderness of both their ages am IN LOVE."
prevented the distance which the diffe. The earnestness with which the words rence of rank created between their burst, as it were, from the contending more mature years. As they grew up emotions that were choking in his he met her but occasionally, but still throat, told me that even if love might the passion lived in his heart
. He used ever excite a smile, bis was not a pas. to go wherever he thought that he could sion at which I could laugh.
catch a glimpse of her, even at a disFor years," said he,
tance ; and what was most singular was, a hopeless passion has been preying that though he had cherished this pasupon my soul; it bas roused me into sion for fifteen years, until the object energy that belonged not to me. You of his childish affection had become a have told me that I have abilities. I woman, and he himself a man, yet never have shown them, but oh! they were had he once given the slightest indis but like the maniac's strength, the un cation of its presence ; it was shut up natural excitement of the same powers in the loneliest recesses of his own that belong to other men. Love was heart, and in that shrine he was conthe frenzy of my mind, and that frenzy tent to worship, in secret, the treasured gave me new and unnatural strength, image of the unconscious object of his and like the maniac, that strength has admiration. worn me out."
There was something so singularly, These were the very words he used, so wildly, almost so unreally romantic and even if they are incorrect, I will not in the history of this passion-thus alter them.
formed in childhood, cherished for thir" When I was but a child,” conti- teen long years in secret, and now for nued he," a passion seized upon my the first time communicated to any mind, and the idol of it has never since human being—that it invested his for moment left ber shrine. I have character in my mind with a grandeur dreamed of her when asleep, I have that it never had possessed before. thought of her when awake. I have The constancy with which he had wandered over the hills, and beard her clung to his early idol, even where he voice in the music of every breeze, and bad no possible expectation that his