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time she had lain shining on the great table, The wooden handle broke in two, and out feli Bhe had recollected that the meat-mother was the lunup of lead. "So!' cried the master ; the only person who knew that she really was only a common wooden spoon silvered over!' nothing more than a simple wooden spoon ; « Yes,' cried the poor spoon, which, 80 and so, if her mistress took another spoon in- soon as the lead fell from her heart, grew quite stead of her, she becaine quite jealous, and light and happy — yes, I am only a common said to herself: • That is because she knows wooden spoon. Take away the silvering, dear all about me; she knows I am a wooden spoon, master ; cause me to be mended, and set me silvered outside, and with a lump of lead with in the kitchen again, to serve out meal porin me.' But when the mistress was dead, she ridge for the rest of my life. Now know I said to herself: "Now I am free, and can en- well how stupid it was for a wooden spoon to joy myself perfectly; for no one will ever want to pass for a silver one!' know now that I am not quite what I seem.' “ And so the wooden spoon should be me,' The goods, however, were now to be sold. said little Anna, pouting; "simply because I The family silver was bought by a goldsmith, know that the rich live in gladness and joy, who prepared to melt it up, in order to work and the poor suffer sorrow and want.' it anew. The unhappy wooden spoon was “ But we do not suffer want, dear child," bought with the rest ; she saw the furnace said the mother. “We have all that is neready, and heard with dismay that they should cessary, and even more. Wait a little : you all be cast therein. She was dreadfully shall see that father will have coffee and sugar alarmed, exclaimed against the cruelty prac- home with himn; yes, a whole pound of each tised towards the friendless orphans who had sort, I doubt not." 80 lately lost their good protectress, and be- “ But, mother, I heard father himself say, gan to appeal to her companions in rank and that there are people in the world who drink misfortune, who lay calmly within sight of coffee every day : they are certainly happier the furnace. They will burn us up!' she than we are.' cried. They will turn us to ashes! How “ There is a doubt of that, my girl. God quietly you take such inhuman conduct!'
divides not so unequally as we think." "Oʻno !' said an old silver spoon and fork, “God gives us always so much as ought to who lay composedly side by side — they had content us, but He cannot give us so much as been comrades from youth, these two, and had that we shall be content, for thereto He will already gone through the furnace, I know not not constraio us,” said Anders, as gravely as how often • O no! they will do us no harm. a judge. They may willingly melt us; the furnace will * Hear Anders! hear him!” cried his sisdo us good rather than harm, and we shall ter ; "he talks like the priest.” soon appear in a more fashionable and hand
“Yes; for these words the priest said last some form.'
year, when he preached down there at Björk“ The silvered wooden spoon listened, but dal, and we travelled to church." was not comforted. It did not comfort her to “ That I do not remember,” said Anna. find that silver would not burn, for she knew “Oh, thou wert but a little girl ; and then well that wood would do so.
the priest's daughter was so grand that day." Ab,' sighed the silly little spoon, I see Yes, so grand ! she had a fine necklace of it is not by brightness only, nor only by red stones, or of glass, or some sort of red berweight, that real silver is known! The sil- ries, but they shone like glass-stones.' ver was cast into the furnace; but when the “And you sat and looked at that,” said goldsmith came and took her up, she cried in the mother, " instead of hearing God's word!" great excitement, and with a trembling voice : “She was only a child, mother,” said An* Dear master, I certainly am a silver spoon; ders excusingly. that is seen both by my appearance and Just then the rapid sound of the reindeer weight; hut, then, I am not of the same sort hoofs was heard, and the jingling of the sledgeof silver as the other spoons ; I am of a finer bells coming over the frozen lake, as if keepsort, which cannot bear fire, but flies away in ing time to that regular sound, while the hoofs smoke.'
struck one against the other in their hasty " • Indeed! What are you, then? Per- progress over the hardened snow. A few minhaps tin?
utes more, and the house-father was at home. is. Tin! can the dear master think so mean- • Good-evening, old woman ; good-evening, ly of me?'
Anna. Thank you, Anders; yes, you may '". Perhaps even lead ?'
drive the reindeer to the shed. Well, all goes " • Lead ! ah, the dear master can easily right at home?" 800 if I am lead.'
“ Yes, dear Jacris, all is well.” 66. Well, that will I do,' said the master, " You may believe, mother, there were and began to bend the handle, when snap it people down there,”', continued the good went in two, fur wood will not bear bending man, as he threw aside his great goat-skin like silver, any more than it will bear melting. I pelisse, and sat down to his supper ; “yos,
say so too."
it is amusing to see folks at times, but I was before her, that she scarcely felt grieved at
II. KAMRER MILLER, “But do you know, mother," said the “ It is six years this day since the death husband, who all the time loved a journey of our dear girl,” sighed Mrs. Accountant well — " do you know, I must make a long Miller, as she drew from a drawer some small journey again this winter?”
precious articles which had belonged to her " Where, then? A long journey! Where only child. To-day she would have been to?"
sixteen years old ; a great girl she promised “Well, you see, there is a German, or an to be — but God willed it otherwise." Englishman - it is all the same — who has “Six years to-day," the Accountant echoed, bought up twenty-five reindeer, which he will " and still ”. have taken to Stockholm, in order to be sent “We miss our girl. It is just childish, out — where, I know not, but that is all the Miller,” she added, with a sorrowful smile, same. They must then export the mountain, for she knew her husband missed the child and forest, and moss, also, I said to the even more than she did. agent. And he laughed, and answered : “You should be reasonable, dear Emily. Rightly said, Jacris ; but that is not our See me now, I took it calmly and reasonably
conduct the creatures to from the beginning.' Stockholm?' So I agreed, for, you see, he “ I do not grieve, Miller ; but I love the would not trust them to any but a respecta-child's memory:' ble person.”
“ Yes, yes ; but that memory is - is“What a long journey! It will be a Come, now, little Emily, let us drive out and dreary time,” the wife replied.
take the air; the fresh air is always a good “ It will soon go over, little wife. It will remedy." be better for thee, who wilt be at home ; The Accountants drove out in their comworse for me, who must go out into that vil- fortable sledge, up Drottninggatan, and out lanous world, which I have not seen for so by Norrtull. They met a herd of reindeer, many years — not since I lived with the cap- and stopped to look at them. Bundled up in tain, and followed him once to Stockholm ; the sledge sat little Anna, in her little goatbut I shall be well paid ; and Yes, skin frock, a dark fur-cap on her head, with mother, now comes the knot. I shall take ears tied down at each side of the cheeks, Anna with me; you must have the boy at which the winter frost left as red as a rose. home, but some one must also be with me.” “Now just see! is she not like our An
Anna flew to caress her father, kissed her nette ?" said the Accountant. " What is mother, and clapped Anders.
Ack, but I your name,
little girl ?" am glad! I shall then see the king, and the “Anna — Jacris' dotter," was the reply. king's wife
the dear little queen. I shall “ Anna! Do you hear, Emily? Our litknow them all directly, for I know already how tle girl was Annette ; quite the same thing. they dress themselves."
How old are you?" “How, then, is that?” Anders slight- “ Ten years, within a few weeks." ingly inquired.
“ Ten years ? Emily, what do you say “The king wears a red frock down to his now ?" knees, with gold seams, and stands always “ The girl is truly not unlike our Annette,” beside a table, on which a gold crown lies on she replied. a red cushion. The queen wears a red petti- The truth was, that the Accountant had coat, also with gold seams; and has peaked long wished to follow a fashion very common shoes, with heels so high - so high !" in his country, and adopt a child for his own;
" And how knows little Anna all that?" he had never found one quite to please him ; “ Because there 's a picture therein in the but Norrland's Anna, as he called our little lid of mother's clothes-chest, and the king and friend, was precisely to his taste. Her queen are painted there, just precisely as they stand and go here in this world. Yes, I Sweden, and the total abolition in discourse of
* The love of titles which pervades all ranks in know all that; and I shall get to see it that useful pronoun “you,” lead to the absurd
practice of addressing persons by the title of “ Provided you do not first drop your little their office or employment, instead of their simple eyes out,” said the father, laughing: names ; and these titles have their feminines,
Eight days afterwards, Jacris and his little which must also be used. Kamrer, or Account daughter set out with the drove of reindeer ant, makes, in the feminine, Kamrerska, or Mrs. for the capital. The mother wept when she ska, or Mrs. Captain ; a priest's wife is Prostinna,
Accountant; the feminine of Kapten is Kaptenembraced her darling child; but the thought- or Mrs. Priest; or more precisely, Priestess; and less little girl was so elated with the prospect so on.
lively blue eyes, her quick concise answers, | Miller, who is at all events well-to-do in the took his fancy at once ; and he thought it world! That would be something too good perfectly unaccountable, that on the anni- for Lieutenant Hjalmar." versary of Annette's death he should meet “Who is he, then, this Hjalmar?” an Anna who so entirely resembled her. “ He is nothing but what you see — a goodThus his decision was made, and communi- looking fellow enough ; but for the rest, he cated to his wife, who willingly acquiesced is lieutenant in some land-regiment – up in it. The Accountant opened a negotiation there in Norrland, or Helsingland, or perhaps with Jacris for his daughter; the Norrland in Lapland.” settler at first plumply answered “ No;" but “Ha! in that case, such a girl could never when he came with Anna to visit Accountant think of fitting off there : so fair a flower Miller at his house ; when he saw all the must adorn the capital. Yet one might feel coinfort and even wealth that surrounded envious of that lieutenant too." him, and was assured that he would bring This conversation passed between two up the girl as his own child, and eventually young men in civil uniforms, and with glasses make her his heiress; and then thought of stuck into one eye; they were looking on at his own poor house in the mountains of Norr- that furious dancing which a ball-room in land, and of all the fortune he could hope to Stockholm displays during the winter season. leave her — a couple of reindeer at the inost, Their remarks came to a stop here, for the and a few rix-dollars-- he doubted if he ought young pair they were observing whirled out to oppose the child's good prospects. Anna's of the dancing-circle, whirling still, quite emotion was very lively; her cheeks were through the bystanders, into the clear space crimson ; her bright eyes trembled in tears beyond. There the girl stopped to breathe, and sparkled in joy; she could scarcely speak, and the young lieutenant to wipe his hair with but the round red lips seemed to utter the his handkerchief. same mixed language of smiles and tears. “Well, if he has not intentions, what The decision, however, was made ; and in makes him look with those earnest, serious, its confirmation little Anna pronounced a questioning sort of eyes, so fixedly into hers ! tearful, yet unhesitating, “ Yes.". The new- Ånd she — yes, just see now! - does she not settler of Norrland left his child with Mr. seem to be under a conjurer's spell while he and Mrs. Accountant Miller ; and Anna, of looks that way?" her own free-will, remained.
“Serious or gay,” replied the other young It became a happy house to the old couple man, “I tell you the girl is too ambitious to when the little girl grew reconciled to her think of him : he may look as he pleases, strange and grand abode - grand to her at but she will aim at being Grävinan, or Frileast when they heard themselves once more herrinan at least." * called papa and mamma, and were caressed “You think so? Now, I think he will proby the child, whom they soon loved almost pose, and that she will consent; yes, perhaps as their own. And into that little heart, this very evening,” said his companion, diguileless as it yet was, came another love, recting the glass-covered eye after the lieudormant till then - the love of the world tenant and his partner, as they retreated to ar mingled with all the love that was felt an anteroom in search of a seat. They found for Papa and Mamma Miller, and obscured the seat; but in Sweden no young girl can the love that had been felt for the poor father sit alone with a gentleman, even for a few and mother away in the hills of Norrland. minutes, and whether it were for this cause,
or from any other, the lieutenant did not
propose. " Who is that girl dancing there, in the “What makes you so silent, dear child ?” gauze dress — that light pink gauze — with asked Mrs. Accountant Miller, as the sledge white roses in her hair?"
glided homeward from the winter-bali. " Which? - there are so many pink gauze
“ Were you not amused ?" girls here."
“ () yes, mamma." That very pretty girl with the fair curls, “ You might well be contented, Anwho is dancing with that fine-looking lieu- nette” tenant."
“ Contented? Yes, mamma, certainly I 1. “Oh! with Hjalmar. Yes, I see now; am contented. Dear mamma must not imthat is Accountant Miller's foster-daughter; agine that I am not contented.”'. not a relation, I believe - in fact, there is a ** You were perhaps the brightest flower 'strange story about that some noble - it is of the ball-room," said Mr. Accountant: "it easy to see she is noble, on one side at least.” was truly amusing to see how the butterflies
I should say the lieutenant has inten- gathered round our pretty rose.” tions."
Ack, he is not a butterfly !" sighed An“ Intentions! he may have them if he will. nette as Norrland's little Anna was now A girl like that, and the heiress of that old
* Countess, or baroness.
III. EIGHT YEARS AFTER.
called — and she colored highly, and was am not really the person I seem to be ; that glad that the stopping of the carriage at the my position is a false one ; that I am only a Accountant's door prevented the words she Norrland new-settler's daughter? How that unconsciously uttered from being heard. Out thought haunts me! He, so elegant, so reof all the assemblage, one alone dwelt in her fined, evidently highly born — though that I thoughts ; and Lieutenant Hjalmar was not have never heard ; but it is so easy to know. a butterfly
Ah! if any where to see my brother beside
him, or my poor father! I used sumetimes ANNETTE'S ROOM.
to dream of my old home with pleasure, with It was a tasteful room, the pretty Annette's tenderness at least; but now how ill-placed chamber : the walls decorated with engrav- should I find myself there — how unsuited to ings, and some paintings ; the prettily-dis- I should be! Yes, I was happy there played toilet-table, with all its little elegances once," she said to herself, nodding to the for use or ornament; and the many windows picture of the Norrland lake and dwelling; of a Swedish apartment, shaded with thin happy and glad ; and I thought of it once muslin curtains, as white as the scene that with pleasure ; but now, now I fear continglay glittering beyond them But what was ally. I fear when he gazes at me with those rather curious, was to see, in a hidden spot, a questioning, serious eyes, which seem to pretty sketch of the lake and red wooden reach my very heart; I fear he may be thinkhouse in Norrland, of which we have already ing of this. And now, if my father should spoken in the commencement of our narrative come here — the good, rough new-settler ; or
the scene where the story of the wooden my brother, with his long hair down the sides spoon was related. It had been put up to of his face - if he should come up here and please the Accountant, who had got a travel- embrace me — - the cominon peasant! ab! I fing artist to make the sketch, and had pre- should die of shame. And yet he is my fasented it to his foster-daughter on her name- ther; and I have a mother too. How the day ; but it was almost hidden, and kept as memory of childhood will return! It is much as possible out of sight.
strange that it does not quite die out. Once “Why do you keep that little picture 80 it would come like a butterfly, futtering out of sight?" asked the good man once. round the soul, to draw some honey from its
“ It is so dear to me," said Annette, color- flowers. Alas ! I believe the flowers are ing, “ I wish no one else to see it.”
dead ; there is no honey for memory to feed A beautiful sentiment!" murmured the on now. How happy I used to be when Aofoster-mamma, much moved.
ders brought home some fish in the basket, or “ A pretty thought!" said the foster-papa, a hare that was taken in the snare! Then we gravely.
had a feast in the house, and none of the It is now the morning after the ball. The great parties I mingle in now make me bapyoung girl sat on a sofa, just before the open pier. "Now I hear many whisper my name, door ; she had sat down there in a moment of and I fancy they may be saying: "She is sudden thought; and thought had followed only called 80 ; she is nothing but a laborer's, thought, so that she forgot to rise. Her un- a new-settler's daughter.' And if he should employed hands, interlaced in each other, say that -- if he should hear it! But my rested on her knees, her eyes looking earnest- mother, my poor mother! I loved her once ly forward, only fastened on the floor of the so inwardly, so warmly ; I can remember sit
Annette was much prettier in this ting on her lap and learning to spin, when thoughtful mood than when she laughed and she was at the spinning-wheel; and when I talked ; she was much prettier in a simple so often broke the thread, how patiently she morning-dress than in ball-room attire ; there would join it! Ack! And at the weavingwas something about her appearance that loom, also, how she used to make me believe suited with simplicity better than finery; and I was weaving the piece for my own frock, or there was more sensibility in her face when it for father's or Anders' wear. Yes, all that I was serious than when it was merry. Per could think of once, and without pain; but haps the reason of the latter was that, when now that I have gone out into the world, that she was serious, she thought of things which I have been presented in society; now – yes, drew out all the hidden sensibilities of her Annette, be sincere with thyself — now, since nature. “ What does he think of me? Does thou hast known him, since thou hast seen he think of me at all?". Annette was now his eyes fastened upon thee, since thou hast mentally asking ; " Does he think of me more wished to be his equal — his "- The than of others? If not, why does he look at girl's thoughts dared not syllable to herself me so earnestly, so inquiringly, as if there the word ; she started from it. were always soune question in his mind con- But Mademoiselle Annette had not been at corning me which he longed to make, or which all aware that for one full minute at least she he wished himself to answer ? What if he had been intently, perhaps admiringly, reshould know all ? — if he should know that Il garded through the open door. Lieutenant red ;
ITjalmar had come into one of the adjacent and more public room of a Swedish dwelling, rooms, and when introduced into one room of round which the other apartinents usually a Swedish dwelling, you generally have a congregate ; it is the room of first entrance, view of others. He stood and looked at the and generally commands a view of some young girl, sunk in deep and serious medita- others, so that privacy in such a home is tion, and looking so unlike his pretty and nearly unattainable. The young couple sat lively partner of the evening before. Never on thorns for the space of nearly half an hour; had she seemed so pretty in Hjalmar's eyes, but the visitors seemed not at all conscious and never had she felt so dear to his heart. that they had given them the thorns to sit on. “ How lovely she is ! how sweet, how earnest, Their stay was the more provoking, because while she sits there alone, communing with the lieutenant had to announce that soine her own good heart! Yes, with such a face, military duty called him out of town that afsuch a brow, such eyes, there must be a ternoon, and he should be absent for a week heart: she cannot be triling, worldly, am- or ten days. He lovked at Annette when saybitious.”
ing this, as if he would imply that his halfNow, had good Lieutenant Hjalmar pur- told tale must remain in that unsatisfactory gued his reflections for five minutes instead of state until his return; and then be rose, to one, he might possibly have acted less precip- make a great many bows, and retire. itately than he did ; but just at that instant Annette's cheeks were very but when Annette, starting away from the thought, or her blue eyes glanced for one instant at his, the word, that brought a blush to her cheek, they grew bluer and darker than before ; for looked up to meet the very eyes whose expres- a whole stream of love and hope and happision dwelt continually in her mind, regarding Dess poured over her heart, and those pretty her just as if asking if such indeed were the eyes were suffused by emotions that deepened current of her thoughts. Hjalmar advanced, their color. making one, two, three, profound bows. He And Lieutenant Hjalmar went on his way, could not enter the rooid where she sat; but strong in hope, and deeply in love. He loved her extreme confusion, her deep blushes as Annette truly, passionately; but he loved her she came tremblingly forward to meet him, as a man ought to love ; he would not, if he her sudden, involuntary exclamation, showing could, make her his wife, unless he knew he that he himself had been the subject of those could make her happy in all respects, even by “cominunings with her own good heart," means of his circumstances and position in which he imagined made her look so full of life; neither would he make her his wife, unsensibility and loveliness, this pushed the less he was persuaded she possessed the quallioutenant's resolution to the point; and for- ities calculated to render him permanently getting the caution, the reserve, he meant to happy. He had had doubts in each of these practise, he seized her hand, exclaiming : cases. The truth is, that Lieutenant Hjalınar, * Annette, dear Annette, let me speak to you; elegant, polished, fascinating, as Ånnette I have longed, anxiously longed to do '80:"' considered him - - as indeed others as well as Tears dropped from Annette's downcast eyes, Annette might consider him — was himself a and fell down her burning cheeks ; it was well peasant's son. It is true his father was no they did so, or surprise and emotion would longer poor, and had already been twice have overcome her. " Hjalmar loved her ; Hjal- elected to serve as member in the Peasant's mar asked her to be his wife ; and she con- | House of the Swedish Parliament; thus be sented. This was the way in which she un-bore the highly honorable title of Rix-man, or derstood his eager request to be allowed to Parliament-man, conferred on all such mem. speak. A faltering " Yes” was pronounced hers for the term of their natural lives, and in answer to that request, and she could have by which they are always addressed. But wopt many tears upon his breast, for her though this was the case, he lived just as doubts, her fears were over.
peasants do : he worked for his daily bread, But Hjalmar's mind had stopped far short and his good wife did so likewise. They were of Annette's conclusion. He was anxious to a worthy couple, and brought up their son speak with her, for he had long desired to well ; spared no cost to advance him in life, give her a brief history of himself; but he and now were reaping the reward of their pahad intended to do so more cautiously, and in rental care and love, in the honest pride they a manner that should ascertain what her own felt in seeing him. Lieutenant Hjalmar loved mind was on a subject of doubt and anxiety and honored his parents ; was still his to him. He had only led her into the outer greatest happiness to visit them in their humroom, when the door of the great salong ble but comfortable home, and to roam with opened, and Mrs. Accountant Miller, who had his good father through the fields, where he been hurrying out to roceive him, entered it had often worked at his side when a child. with a troup of visitors, who had just encoun. Hjalmar's wife must love and honor these tered her. * By the barbarized word salong, good parents, even as he himself did ; withfor the French word salon, is meant the large l out this, she could not make him happy; and