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she was convinced of her identity when news with a tender brightness. “ You are glad that of Mrs. Vivian's illness came; she heard the I have Castle Vivian," said Philip; - do you wondering exclamations of Aunt Burtonshaw, know how I have it, Zaidee ?” He had never and the joyous voice of Sophy ringing a uni- called her Zaidee before, and she looked up versal chorus to every other felicitation; she gratefully, thinking the cloud had passed away. heard it all, but only as some one far off might But it did not seem that Philip could bear this hear. She was in a maze of strange bewilder- upward look, for he turned his head from her & ment – was it possible that she was at home? little, and led her down again rather abruptly, that her name was Zaidee Vivian, and not as he began to speak in the plainest and most Elizabeth Cumberland ? - that she was restored matter-of-fact style. “ Sir Francis Vivian had to her identity, to herself, and to her friends ? no son,” said Philip; “his only heir was a favorZaidee sat bending her beautiful head upon her ite adopted child, and he would not confer the hands — uncertain, wondering; then falling back lands of the Vivians upon one who bore another at last on one thing certain, pausing to ask her- name. So he bequeathed to me the house itself, self why Philip had not a word to say when on condition that I was able to purchase the Zaidee was found again.
lands attached to it for a sum he named When the barrier of a night was placed beficient sum to endow richly his adopted son. I tween her and this wonderful day, it became was able to do this by good fortune -- and now less unreal to the returned exile. While every the chief branch of our family is once more one else was still asleep, Zaidee, waking in the seated in its original place." early dawn, went out to wander about this He ended abruptly as he had began; and but lordly dwelling of her race, and with family that he kept her hand very closely upon his pride and interest admire its massive front and arm, Zaidee would have thought she was a great noble proportions. She stood within the wide, incumbrance to him, and that he wished her deep alcove of the porch, looking down upon away. that line of noble trees fluttering their yellow “When I left the Grange first, I was continufoliage in the morning sun, and throwing down ally dreaming of happy chances to bring me a shower of leaves with every breath of wind. home again," said Zaidee, “ but I wonder that I Their shadows lay across the path, dividing it never thought of this, the best way of all. I into long lines; and beyond lay the rich fore- imagined you a very great man often, and gave ground of turf, the grassy banks between which you every kind of rank and honor; but I never the road disappeared, passing out from this thought of Castle Vivian; I never thought of the retired and lofty privacy into the busy world. other family house, which we must always have The broad stone balcony from which Elizabeth even & greater pride in than even in our own and Margaret had caught their first glimpse of Grange.” her, yesterday, descended by a fight of stairs “ You gave me rank and honor, did you?” into the old rich flower-garden, still gay with said Philip, melting a little. “Well, I thought patches of old-fashioned flowers; and the great of you often enough, Zaidee; many a day. house, so large, so lofty, with its air of wealth, When he said this they were at the door, and and place, and old magnificence, filled Zaidee Philip escaped hastily with the look of a culprit. with a great thrill of pleasure and of pride. As “There was surely nothing wrong in thinking she made her way by the garden path to the of me, ,” Zaidee said to herself as she threaded other side of the house, looking up at it with those lofty passages to her own room. When simple delight and admiration, and pausing to she arrived there, and by chance saw herself in see far off the hills of Wales, and a beautiful the mirror, with the faint color of her cheek glimpse of green fields and woodlands without freshened by the morning, and her eyes full of this domain, Zaidee could not repress her ex- light and pleasure, Zaidee was struck with a ultation. " And this is Philip's -- and Philip momentary consciousness. She went away from is the true head of the house - and Castle the glass in great haste with a blush of shame; Vivian has come back to him," said Zaidee. at that moment, of all moments, Sophy's burst She spoke under her breath, but still she started of triumph "a great beauty!” flashed into Zaito see Philip bimself approaching her. A glow dee's mind. If she was a great beauty, poor of pleasure was on Philip's face, but still he Zaidee could not help it; but she arranged her drew back, and bowed, and was ceremonious. morning-dress very rapidly, and kept far away He offered her his arm with the respect of a from the mirror. Zaidee was sadly ashamed of courtier. He called her cousin; and Zaidee herself when this annoying consciousness came looked up at him timidly, afraid to say, as she to her mind. had intended to say, “ Philip, are you angry?' “May I come in?” said Mary Cumberland, The two continued their walk together in silence. as she opened the door. “ I wonder what I am She suffered him to lead her quietly, and did not to call you now; it must be Lizzy still. And ask where he was going; but where he was how could you keep such a secret from me? You going was simply out of the Aower-garden into a might have told me; indeed you might, yon noble park, dotted with grand trees, and un- secret heiress — you lády of mystery. I rememdulating into knolls and hollows, covered with ber such quantities of things now, about how the richest greensward. He led her to one of you used to talk at Ulm, and words I thought so these little eminences, and they looked back strange. Of course, if mamma had known, or together upon the beautiful pile of building Aunt Burtonshaw, your secret would have been before them, on which the morning sun shone no secret; but you might have trusted me."
“I dared not trust any one, Mary,” said | Powisland, and her father was with Grandfather Zaidee.
Vivian. Did they put it back in the Grange "And to think how slow Percy was,” con- library, Sophy? it had the same binding as all tinued Mary, who had by no means exhausted the other books. Did you see it, that strange her own self-congratulations, " and how ready legacy? I thought Grandfather Vivian was to believe that I myself, and only me, was anx- leading me then; and when I found the book, I ious to see Philip on his way home. He said I was very ill, and had a fever. I thought at first had & right to my whim — simple Percy !-- and I would have come home, but it was not enough after all, the dog was a greater assistance to him for Philip, and I never knew he had gone to than I was in finding you out; for he had found India : I thought he was at the Grange, and you out before you discovered yourself. Poor you were all happy at home." Sylvo, Lizzy, what will become of him? He will Happy at home, when we had lost you, go away to the delights of savagery; he will Zay!” cried Sophy; “the Grange was never shoot elephants, or be an Abyssinian dandy, and like its own self again. We will keep Philip's Sylvo's place will go to waste, and all the while birthday at home this year - we will keep it your cousin Philip and you will look at each at Briarford - you shall ask every one of us to other. What do I mean? I do not mean anyo come to the Grange. But after your fever, thing, my princess — but there is Mrs. Burling- Zaidee, what happened then?” ton coming to rejoice over you, and I will go “ We travelled a great deal, and then we came sway."
CHAPTER XXXIII. -SOPHY.
back to England. I was afraid to come to England," said Zaidee; “ and so indeed we had not
been very long settled here when Mary met “MRS. BURLINGTON !”
Percy. I went one evening in the carriage to Yes, indeed, it is so, Zay,” said Sophy, bring her home, and then I saw him. I could shaking her pretty head with mock melancholy not tell who he was, Sophy, and yet I knew as she came in; "everybody must be Mrs. some him; and then I heard it was Mr. Vivian, the thing, you know, and we are all very happy. great author ! and then he came to Twickenham, But Zay, Zay! I want you to tell me from the and I read his books, and I was very proud, very beginning. And are you glad to be home? you may be sure. But to hear of you all as if And you were nearly breaking your heart when I was a stranger, and to hear Elizabeth's little mamma 'was ill, Miss Cumberland says? Do girl called Zaidee, and to hear that Aunt Vivian vou think Philip is changed ? did you not wonder was ill, and Philip coming home -- 0, Sophy, to hear that Margaret was married to a Powis, I had nearly broken my heart!” after all ? and do you know Elizabeth's little girl, “ But it is all over now, dear Zay, dear the dearest of all the children, is called Zaidee? Zay!” cried Sophy, with her arms round her Dear Zay, you are our own now, you are no one recovered companion. “ And you were grieved else's
. Begin at the beginning, where you went to hear that Philip had gone to India; and you 28 a governess -- Mrs. Disbrowe's. What in the ventured to write and send the deed. Do you world did you teach the children, Zaidee? - did know, we began to be so eager every post-time you tell them stories ? for you know you never after your first letter came.
Mamma said you would learn anything else yourself.”
would be sure to write again, and at first she “I could not teach them at all,” said Zaidee, was quite confident of finding you. But never and they would not have me. I thought they mind all that — you are found now, Zaidee, and were very right at the time; but they were cruel you will never be lost again. Come down -children are very cruel sometimes -- and I stairs, where they are all waiting for us. Where wished for nothing but to die."
did you get the grayhound, Zay? - was it only " And then ?” cried Sophy. Sophy was very one of Sir David's hounds? for poor Sermo is curious to hear the whole.
not living now, to stalk after you. I think I " And then I went to Mrs. Lancaster's, and should not have known you so soon but for the met Aunt Burtonshaw; good Aunt Burtonshaw! dog. Poor Sermo pined and died when you were I should have died, and never seen this day, if gone. I have so much to tell you, and so much it had not been for her,” said Zaidee; "and I to ask you. Do you think Philip is changed? went to Ulm with her, to be a companion to But come, they are waiting for us down stairs." Mary.”
“ Here is Sophy, with Miss Vivian; and here "To Ulm! - Where is that?” said Sophy. is the whole breakfast-table in alarm, lest our " Mamma heard you had gone abroad, and they heroine should have disappeared again,” said Went everywhere seeking you, and every one of the stately Sir David Powis, as Zaidee followed them saw you somewhere, Zaidee. It had never her cousin into the well-filled breakfast-room. been you at all! for I am sure they did not go to “ Miss Vivian!” said Sophy; “ only think,
mamma, what a devastation when Zaidee comes "It is on the Danube. We were there a to be Miss Vivian? Elizabeth was Miss Vivian great many years,” said Zaidee,“ and then when when Zaidee went away. Then it was Margaret's
grew up, Mrs. Cumberland said I should be turn and mine, and now there is only the called by their name, and be her adopted youngest. There is no Miss Vivian in the world daughter. They have been very kind to me, but Zay!” Sophy—as kind as they were to Mary. But “ Zaidee, come to me," said Margaret, with a first I found that book - an old woman had it. little authority ; mamma had you all last an old Welsh servant, who was a servant at night, and Sophy has had you this morning, and
Elizabeth will have you at all times. What faults of your peasantry as to build them palaces
“So much the better for their transparency
the Times Supplement of yesterday, and began
Elizabeth, and Maria Anna will feel it a questioned at one end of the table, Zaidee at the
to tell; and though Zaidee was the greater won-
CHAPTER XXXIV. -THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE
for a day,” said Philip; “ and it is hard to sep Cumberland. Silver spoons were continually slidarate my cousin from her old life so hurriedly.” ing out by the buttery-bateh, which was intend
“But, Philip it is no worse, at the very worst, ed for nothing less innocent than broken meats than if she had been married,” said Sophy; or bread; and the benevolent dolphin of the foun“ when she married, of course, she must have tain was long since robbed of his enamelled cup. left Mrs. Cumberland. Miss Cumberland her. But, last and worst, the unkindest cut of all, self must leave home when she is married. It those urchins, for whose benefit Mr. Cumberland may be very hard, you know, but we all have to besought his wealthy brethren to decorate with do it, and this is no worse than Zaidee's mar- monograms the front of their houses, took into riage would be." But to the surprise of Sophy, their independent British minds to pelt Mr. CumPhilip regarded with considerable haughtiness berland's own monogram with clay, and, find. the prospect of Zaidee's marriage. It did not ing it an admirable butt, persevered till the phiseem at all an agreeable object of contemplation lanthropist found only bits of the dragon's tail to the head of the house. He withdrew from and morsels of the gilding peering out, unfortuthe question with great gravity and stateliness, nate memorials of the cannonade. "If these and with considerable embarrassment mingling little vagabonds had been bred in houses of crys in his usual deference, turned to Zaidee herself. tal, it would have fared better with this ornamen“ If it is only a whim, will you humor it?” tation, for which they do not yet show themselves said Philip, bending over Zaidee's hand. “I sufficiently educated,” said Mr. Cumberland, would rather have a little time elapse before we undismayed. “Sir David Powis is a very senall go back to the Grange ; our old home is very sible man, sister Burtonshaw. The next generdear to us all, but I ask for a few weeks', a very ation will be better taught. You shall see no few weeks', delay.”
missiles either of stone or clay in the hands of Zaidee became embarrassed, too, in sight of the boys of my cottages. We will refine these Philip's embarrassment; she withdrew from him uncultivated natures, sister Burtonshaw - never a little, and her eyes fell under his glance with fear!” and Mr. Cumberland retired to perfect an uncomfortable consciousness. Wondering, as his plan for the construction of cottages of iron she did, what Philip could mean, Zaidee did not and glass. inquire into it; she consented to his wish readily, “Sylvo is coming here for a week or two, Elizbat with considerable confusion. “If Zaidee abeth," said Mrs. Burtopshaw. “ Poor Sylvo, will invite us, let us all keep Philip's birthday I am sure you will be kind to him, my darling, at home in the Grange,” cried Sophy; and to and not send the poor boy away. He is a very this there was a universal assent. But when different man from Mr. Vivian, my love. I do Mary and Zaidee, with Percy for their squire, not deny that Mr. Vivian is handsome, Elizabeth, and Mrs. Burlington for their chaperone, set out and a very fine young man; but I am afraid he on a day's visit to the old family dwelling-place, always takes his own way. Now Sylvo, though Philip evaded all invitations to accompany them. he is so manly, is so easy and so good, that any He preferred not to see the Grange till his busi- one he loves can make him do anything, my dear Dess was done, and all his plans concluded. No-child." body could understand Philip, and mysterious “Sylvo is very good and very kind. I know whispers of wonder stole through the family, and he is, Aunt Burtonshaw,” said Zaidee. Sophy and Margaret held synods upon him. “Yes, indeed, my love, though I am his Could Philip be s in love," that mysterious con- mother, Sylvo is very good, Elizabeth. Now, I dition which these old married ladies were amused / am sure there is something very grand about at, get interested in? Elizabeth, for her part, Mr. Vivian; but, for my part, I always feel I only smiled when she was introduced to these would rather do his way than make him do discussions. Nobody was jealous of Elizabeth mine, and that makes a great difference in mar- yet Lwy Powis did grudge a little that the ried life, my dear child. All the ladies wanted Dewly-returned and well-beloved brother should to go to the Grange, that place of yours, my not give his confidence equally to all.
| dear; but Mr. Vivian wanted to come to LonBut, as it happened, Philip had not given his don, and therefore we came; and all your trouble confidence to any one, if he had a confidence to and vour running away was because Mr. Vivian gire. The family assembly dispersed from Cas- would not hear reason. I like him very well; tie Vivian to gather again at the Grange; and he is a very handsome young man, and I do not Philip and Percy and Aunt Vivian accompanied wonder his family are proud of him; but I do the Cumberland family to London. Zaidee was not think I should like to marry Mr. Vivian, still Elizabeth, their adopted daughter, to these Elizabeth; he is a great deal different from my kind people; she was still Aunt Burtonshaw's Sylvo. I am afraid he always takes his own dear child, though Aunt Burtonshaw's hopes for way." Sylso grew fainter and fainter; and the house at Žaidee did not dispute the fact, for in her se Twickenham was honored to receive Mrs. Vivian, cret heart she was greatly disturbed about Philip. wbo would not again lose sight of the long-lost | What Philip was doing was not at present very child. To the kind but somewhat imperious mis- well known to any of them. He lived in London tress of the Grange, Mr. Cumberland's porch with Percy, but came faithfully with Percy every was an intolerable nuisance; she had much ado night to visit the family at Twickenham. Percy restraining herself from sweeping forth its inap had made the boldest dash into the business of propriate inmates, who, indeed, made themselves his legitimate profession. Some one who know somewhat embarrassing neighbors even to Mrs. I the family, and admired the genius of it, had
retained him to advocate his cause in a plea very them after an antique fashion, which, in Philips shortly to be tried ; and Percy laughed his gay, fancy, adds the last aggravation of which it is scornful laugh when remonstrances were made capable to Zaidee's singular beauty. This lovely against his daily visits to his betrothed, and lady of romance is that same Zaidee who, with & when his time of preparation was spoken of. “I child's love and unthinking generosity, sacrificed am quite prepared," said Percy, and there was all her world of comfort and security for the no farther room to say a word. But one even-sake of Philip. This is the Zaidee who once ing, while they sat in expectation of the brothers, made a certain proposal to Philip, which roused Mr. Steele came to pay one of his visits. “Have his boyish manhood only to annoyance and emyou heard what happened to young Vivian?” barrassment; but the Philip of the present time said Mr. Steele. “The case came on before it has learned an infinite deal of humility from was expected, and he got up immediately, and those eyes which once appealed to him as the made the most brilliant speech that has been highest judge. As he steps back, he makes a heard for years ; but when the young gentleman beseeching sign to his mother, of which Mrs. sat down, what do you think he had done, Mrs. Vivian, who is not in the habit of hiding her Burtonshaw? Instead of pleading his client's son's candle under a measure, takes no notice as case, he had been pleading the opposition — and she proceeds. gained his plea !”
“What do you think Philip has been doing, It was but too true. Percy came out very Zaidee? Your cousins' portions were suddenly rueful, very comical — varying between great brought to nothing by that unfortunate will
. discomfiture and despondency, and fits of over- The children were all penniless : Margaret had powering laughter. " It was not my side, to be nothing when she married, and neither had sure, but it was the right of the question,” said Sophy, poor child, who had more need for it; Percy. They could never have gained it with and Percy has got embarrassed, you know. their blundering fellow of a leading counsel, who Well, here is Philip, who, after all, did not get could make nothing of it, right or wrong. I Castle Vivian as an inheritance so much as a can't help it; and now I suppose I am done; purchase -- what do you think he says he has they may call me ‘Single-speech Vivian.' Alas been doing? He has been settling the portions for the evanescent glory of fees! I will never of the younger children upon them more than get one again."
they could have had, had we kept the GrangeIt happened, fortunately, that Mr. Cumber- very considerable fortunes, indeed, Zaidee. He land was greatly tickled with this misadventure has made himself quite a poor man. Philip of his son-in-law elect. It struck the philoso- ought not to have done it; what do you say, pher's peculiar sense of humor; and nobody child ?” had a word of blame to say to the gay Percy, “I only remember what Philip said to me, who was already casting about in his fertile Aunt Vivian, when I found the will,” said brains for some other expedient, which might be Zaidee. more successful, to disembarrass him. Philip “ And what was that?” said Mrs. Vivian was standing by the window with his mother. eagerly, Philip made & pretence of drawing The mirror gave a pretty reflection of these two still farther back, but, like a hypocrite, while he figures — the little lady in her widow's dress, pretended to turn away, only came the nearer. with a rich India shawl which Philip had “ He said it was the office of the head of the brought, replacing the Shetland wool one which house to see that the children of the house had has been worn out before now; but her rich, dim, all their rights,” said Zaidee; and she raised to black silk gown, and her widow's cap the same Philip those glistening beautiful eyes which As of old, her waist as slender, her foot in its struck Philip with such profound humility. He high-heeled shoe, as rapid and as peremptory - turned away on the instant, afraid to trust hin her whole person as completely realizing the fairy self, but he could not help hearing the end of godmother of Zaidee's fancy as it had ever done; Zaidee's sentence. “This is Philip's inheriwhile Philip stood beside her in the easy, une- tance, Aunt Vivian. I understand it -- he is laborate dress of an English gentleman, with the head of the house!” his close curls clustering about his manly head, his cheek bronzed, his hand laid playfully upon his mother's shoulder : he has been making a report to her, laughing at some objections she “My dear love, Sylvo is coming to-morrow,” urges, and explaining rapidly and clearly some said Mrs. Burtonshaw. Mrs. Burtonshaw was thing which his mother only receives with diffi- nervous about Sylvo's coming, and told every culty, shaking her head. While they stand individual in the house, though every one al thus, Mrs. Vivian suddenly calls Zaidee to her; ready knew. Sylvo came from London, and on the instant Philip Vivian relapses into a brought with him, instead of the peaceful portstately and deferential paladin -- the most chiv- manteau which might have been expected, the alrous knight who ever worshipped his lady most marvellous stock of baggage - “ traps,' from afar- and withdraws a step back as his as Sylvo was pleased to entitle them. Among beautiful cousin comes forward to answer his these were two fowling-pieces, a magnificently mother's summons. Mrs. Vivian has put away mounted dirk, and some murderous revolvers, Zaidee's simple muslin gowns, and has dressed with one or two extraordinary plaids or blanher richly as it suits her fair form to be dressed; kets, the use of all which to a quiet country and the maker of these rustling silks has made gentleman in Essex, Mrs. Burtonshaw could not