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breakfast-time, I would fain even have proTHE LODGINGS THAT WOULD N'T SUIT. longed the ministering of the dirty maid-of-all
work, by asking questions. But Molly had My landlady was a little, spare,
neat, clean- doubtless been ordered not to speak to the looking old woman, with the kind of superfi- lodgers, and therefore she answered curtly; cial sharpness of eye that bespeaks a person and, slamming down, or whisking off the whose mind has always moved within the things, went her way. I had at length resame small circle. When, or at what age she course to my landlady herself, and found her began the business of letting furnished apart- so much more communicative, that I suddenly ments, or whether she was born in it, and conceived the wild idea of being able to select grew up of nature and necessity a landlady, I from her reminiscences the materials for å do not know; but there she was, as intimate story - with which I had already resolved to with her house and everything that concerned delight the public, if I could only think of a it as a limpet is with its shell, and as igno- plot. She was not at all disinclined to speak. rant, too, as that exclusive animal is of the Indeed, I believe she would have made no outside world. Her connection with that scruple of telling me the history of all her world was of a peculiar kind. She never lodgers, from the epoch when things began to visited it but when driven by the force of cir- settle down after the Norman Conquest; for cumstances, and then it was as a beleaguered it was to some such period I referred in my garrison makes a sortie against the enemy. own mind the first appearance in her window Her natural foes were the trades people who of “ Lodgings to Let.” But somehow her dealt in anything she wanted, and the result lodgers had no history to relate. Her farorite of a conflict between them, if it involved but hero was a gentleman, who every now and, the fortunes of a half-penny, colored her whole then brought her in news from the world that day. It was not frequently, however, that Parliament was going to impose a tax upon she was driven to this aggressive warfare, for furnished lodgings. This was a very excitmy landlady was a great dealer at the door, ing subject. So far as it went, she was so and lived in a state of perpetual hostility with unscrupulous a democrat, that I began to be the venders of sprats-0, and live soles. fearful of political consequences if we were
Her house, or at least the parlor floor overheard ; indeed, she did not hesitate to set which I inhabited, bore a curious resemblance the whole boiling of them at defiance, saying, to herself, being a little, spare, neat, clean- in answer to my caution, that if she was took looking old floor. It consisted of a sitting- up in such a cause, she would soon let them room and bedroom in excellent preservation. know they had got the wrong sow by the What the age of the furniture may have been, ear! it was impossible even to guess; but for all But since my landlady had not a story, why practical purposes, it was as good as new. not tell it? There was in it a young gentle There was no gloss on it — there never is in a man-- and a young lady - and a mother lodging-house — but neither was there a and a journey - and a legacy: all the reqsingle grain of dust. Though kept constantly uisite materials, in short — only not mixed. dean, it had never been rubbed in its life; It would be something new — would n't it? – and that was the secret of its longevity. The to give a love-story without a word of love, carpet, though as whole as the rest, was not without an incident, and without a dénouein other respects so fortunate. Its color was ment. Such was my landlady's no-story; so completely faded, that you could not tell and we will get it out of her. what it had originally been; the pattern “ The lady and her daughter ?" said she. might have been inatter of endless controversy;" Well, I don't know as there is anything and it exhibited a decided gangway from the particular to tell about them. They were redoor to the fireplace. Its dimensions might spectable people, and excellent lodgers; their be thought scanty, for it did not cover the rent was as punctual in coming as the Saturentire floor ; but then it must be considered day; they stayed fourteen months, and then that this carpet was intended for the comfort they went away.' of the lodgers' feet, not of those of the six • You have not mentioned their name ?" enne-bottomed chairs ranged at wide intervals “ Their name? Well, surely I must have along the walls. On the mantel-piece there known their name when I went after the refstood a lion of Derbyshire spar, and flanking erence; but as they knew nobody, and were him on each side vase of stoneware ; the known to nobody, I soon forgot it. We called background being formed by a long narrow the mother the Parlor, and the daughter the horizontal mirror, divided into three compart- Young Lady; for you see, at that time there ments, with a black frame.
was no other young lady in the house. Their These apartments, for which I paid twelve occupation? As for that, the mother marshillings a week, were not particularly cheer- keted, and the daughter sewed, sitting in the fal. They had, indeed, rather a cold, solitary chair at the window. Sometimes they walked, look; and sometimes in the morning at sometimes they rerd, sometimes they chatted. They did nothing else as I know of. They I went out for a couple of chops, for their dinlived on their means, like other lodgers. All ners. Well, I was ever so long gone. for I lodgers that stay fourteen months have means. was not to be done so easily out a ba'penny a You be so green, mister, you make me laugh pound - but in coming home, as the young sometimes!"
lady was still sewing away, I thought “I only wanted to know what was their would just pass by the other side before crossstation, how they lived, and”.
ing over. And so, mister, while going by “ Lived ? oh, very respectable! A baked the house, I looked in at his window promis shoulder, we shall say, on the Sunday, with cuous — and there was a sight to see ! He potatoes under it; Monday, cold; Tuesday, had retired to the other end of the room, hashed; then, maybe, a pair of live sole for where he was sitting with his back to the the Wednesday ; Thursday, a dish of sassen- wall, his two elbows on a table before him, gers ; Friday, sprats-0 ; and on Saturday, and his chin resting on his knuckles; and bread and butter in the forenoon, with a save- thus had he been staring for an hour right loy or a polony at tea, made up the week- across the street, unseen and alone, with that respectable. I know what a lady is, mister” young lady before him, like a vision of his
- here the landlady fixed her eye upon me own calling up. As for the meeting of the severely — " and them were ladies!”
two" “ I have no doubt at all of it; and the Stop, mistress! Before you come to that, young man was of course something like describe the young man. themselves ?”
" The young man, if he were a young man, " He was like nothing but a mystery at the was a grave, steady, sedate, quiet individual, Coburg! I don't know as even he were a who might have been all ages from twentyyoung man. He might just as well have been five to fifty. He wore black clothes and a à middle-aged or an elderly man. There he sat white cravat; his hat was always as smooth at the parlor window opposite, with a book in as satin ; his boots looked as if they had been his hand ; but it was easy to see that it was French polished ; his hair was brown, and our window he was reading, where the young combed smooth ; his face gray; and he walked lady was sitting, as I have told you, sewing as if he was measuring the pavement with in her chair. Day after day, week after his steps. He left the house at one hour, and week, month after month, there was he look- returned at another, neither a minute earlier ing, and looking, and looking; till the pic- nor later; and he indulged his poor heart ture, I daresay, gathered upon his eye, and with the young lady for the very same space he could see little else in the world." of time every day
"The young lady, I hope, returned the " And the heroine ?" looks?"
“ The what, mister ?" “She, poor dear! Lor' love you, she was “The young lady – I beg pardon." 80 short-sighted, that she could not tell “ Oh, she was a nice sort of
person, of two whether it were a house or a hedge on the or three and twenty ; light-hearted, but quiet other side of the street. She did so laugh in her manners ; with a good complexion ; when I told her there was a young man a- pretty enough features, taking them altolooking at her! Then, when she turned her gether ; and light blue eyes, with the bazy poor blind eyes in the direction, promiscuous appearance of short-sight." like, how he snatched away his head, as if he Then, go on to the meeting !” had been a-stealing, something! It was a “I'm a-coming to it. It was one day that great misfortune for him that I had put my the Parlor and the Young Lady were out; oar in, for all his long, lonely, quiet looks and the live sole being fried beautiful, I was were now at an end. The young lady could standing at the window, wondering what not refrain from turning her head sometimes ; ever could be keeping them, and it just one. and every time she did so, it gave him such a So, as the church-clock struck, I sees my spasm ! but when, at last, she got up, now young man, as usual, open his door and como and then, as if to look, full-length, at some out, and after a sweeping glance with the tail thing in the street, he fairly bolted off from of his eye at our window, walk away down the the window. He could not stand thal by no street, so steady that one or two stepped out manner of means; little knowing, poor soul ! of his line, thinking he was a-measuring the that the eyes that had bewitched him did not pavement. Well, who should be coming, right carry half-way across the street.'
in his front, as if for the express purpose of “That is excellent, mistress,” said I, for meeting him, but our two ladies ! I declare, we were evidently coming to the pith of the it put me in mind of the appointment in the story ; “but they no doubt met at last ?” paper for the sake of Matrimony with some
“ You shall hear — you shall hear,” replied body as has honorable intentions and means my landlady; "but I must first tell you, that secrecy. The young man went on for a while, one day, when he had been driven away out as if he meant to cut right through between of sight by the full length of the young lady, I the mother and daughter; but his courage
failed him at last, and he stopped at a win- at everything minutely, but without moving dow, and stared in at the bill, · Day-school from where he stood near the door : at the for Young Ladies,' till they had passed some table, the chairs, the fireplace, the chimneytime. He then set off again, and disappeared glass; I am sure he noticed that the tail of without turning his head.”
that lion was broken (but the hussy tramped “ And is this the meeting, mistress ?” said for it, I can tell you !) - nothing escaped I with some indignation.
him ; and at last he looked at the window, “ To be sure it is,” said my landlady, and at the chair the young lady used to sit in " and the only meeting they ever had ; for as she sewed; and then, turning quietly round, that very day the Parlor received a letter from he walked out. France, or Scotland, or some other place " . What do you think of them ?' asked I abroad, which made her give me a week's anxiously, as I followed him. warning; and at the end of that time they "Would n't suit,' said he ; and so he went off, and I never saw them more.” went his way. I was a little put out, you
“ And is this your story, mistress ?" said 1, may be sure” getting into a downright rage.
"I'll take my corporal oath of that!” re" I told you from the first, mister,” replied marked I. my landlady, flaring up, “ that I had no story “But not so much as you think, mister,” to tell ; and if you don't choose to hear the said my landlady ; "for I could not help feelend of it, you may do the other thing!” ing sorry for him. But yet I own, when the
“ It is the end, my dear madam, that I am very same thing occurred next year". dying to hear. You have so interesting a way with you, that really"
“On the very day, hour, minute, second : “Well
, well. It was eight months before the same knock, the same look in my face, I heard anything about the ladies; but then the same inspection of the room, the same I had a few lines from the Parlor, telling me gaze at the young lady's chair, and the same that she had given up all thoughts of return- answer: Would n't suit!' The next year". ing to London, as her daughter was now well “My dear madam! - how long is that married, and she was to live with her. I ago?" hardly knew at first what the letter was about, - Well 1- a matter of twenty year.". or who it was from ; for the young man had I was glad it was no worse ; for a misgiving gone too, soon after them — to one of the had come over me, and my imagination was midland counties, I heard — and what with losing itself in the distance of the past. crosses of my own, and the tax that was “ T'he next year,” continued my landlady, agoing to be laid upon lodgings, I had forgot- and the next, and the next, and the next, ten all about them. By the end of a year, were as like as may be. Sometimes the parthings were very dull with me. The parlors lor was let; but it was all one — he would were empty, and the two-pair-back had gone see it, ' as it might do for another tiine;' and off without paying his rent. One day I was the lodgers being out, he did see it, and still sitting alone, for the girl was out, and think it would n't suit. At last, I happened one ing to myself what ever was to be done, when year to be out myself, forgetting that it was all of a sudden a knock came to the door, that the young man's day; and iny! as the thought made my heart leap to my mouth. Not that struck me when coming home, it gave me it was a loud, long knock, clatter, clatter, such a turn! I felt as if I had n't done right. dlatter; nor a postman's knock, ra — — tatt; I was by this time accustomed to the visit, nor a knock like yours, mister, rāt-át-ăt-āt; you see, and always grew anxious when the it was three moderate, leisurely strokes of the time came. But it was of no consequence to knocker, with precisely the same number of him; only he stared twice as long when the seconds between them; and I could have door was opened, and he saw a strange face. sworn the strokes were knocked by the young But he went in all the same, looked at everyman, for many a time and oft had I heard thing as usual — Would n't suit. At all them on the door on the other side of the these visits of inspection, his stay was of the
same length to a minute; and when he went “I hope to goodness you were right?" said I. away, I found – for I did watch him once –
“Never was wrong in my life,” said my he walked straight to the coach-office. landlady, “when I felt anything. Black “Well, mister, you may think, as years coat, white cravat, smooth hat, glossy boots, passed on, that I saw some difference in the brown hair, gray face — all were unchanged. young man's appearance. But he did u't He looked steadily at me for some seconds grow a bit older. His hair changed, but bis when I opened the door, and I was just going gray face was still like granite stone. His to ask him how be did — when at last he pace became slower ; but for that, he only said : Lodgings?'
came the sooner, so that he might have the " • Yes, sir,' said I, please to step in ;' same time to look, and get back to the coach and I showed him into the parlor. He looked l at the proper moment. Then he seemed to
tremble a little in his walk; but he had now like. The girl was out; we had hardly any a cane to keep him stiff and upright; and he lodgers ; things were very bad with me -1 still looked as if he was a-measuring the pave- was sore cast down. But business is busi ment, only taking more pains to it. I cannot ness; and I opened the letter, which was no think what it was that made me care so much doubt about the apartments, for I never got about that old young man, for I never in my any other. This time it was from a country life exchanged more words with him than you attorney, telling me of that Death, and of a have heard. But once, when the clock was clause in the will, leaving a hundred pounds fast, and he had n’t made his appearance at to me for my trouble in showing the lodgings the hour, I sat quaking in my chair, and grew that would n't suit. Mister, I was touk all of a 80 nervous that, when at last the knock came, heap! The whole twenty years seemed to be I started up with a scream. But this was upon my brain. The young man after we had been well-nigh a score of years lady – the long, long love-louks across the accustomed to each other. Earlier, I was street — the meeting he could n't stand, that sometimes cross; that was when we had was like Matrimony in the papers
the visits hardly any lodgers, and the parlor never would to the parlor, where she had lived, and sat, suit. But it was all one to him. He did n't and never saw him — the gray face — the mind me a pin — not even when, being in bet- sinking, limbs — the whitening hair tbe ter humor, I once asked him to sit down. empty lodgings — the hundred pounds! I He just looked as usual - - as if there was was alone in the house ; I felt alone in the nobody in the world but himself. I was so world ; and straightway I throws the letter nettled, that I thought of repeating the in- upon the table, plumps me down in a chair vitation, and pointing to the young lady's and burst out a-crying and sobbing." chair ; but it was a bad thought, and I am Flere my landlady stopped ; and here ends glad now I kept it down.
a tale that wants, unethinks, only incident, " He grew more and more infirm ; and at plot, character, coloring, a beginning, a midlast, when one year he came and went in a dle, and an end, to be a very good one. But coach, although he would not make use of all these it receives from the reader, who is coachee's arm either in coming down or going acquainted with the inner life of that old up the steps, I had a sore heart and dim eyes young man, and is able, if he chose, to write looking after him. The next year, you may his history in volumes ; and whose memory be sure, I was at my post as usual ; but when brings before him some unconscious image, it came near the hour, I was so fidgety and which gave a tone and direction to the nervous, that I could not sit down, but kept thoughts of years, and supplied a Mecca of going from the parlor window to the door, the heart for his meditative visits, without and looking up at the clock. The clock affecting in any sensible degree the cold calm struck - there was no knock. Poor old young look, and the measured step with which he man! In ten minutes more, there was the paced through the cares and business of the postman's knock, and I took the letter he world. gave me into the parlor — slow and desolate
THE CONDEMNATION OF MARIJ ANTOINETTA ; either of technical art or of the proportion due to PAINTED BY DELAROCHE. - A picture of this the subject ; but that face and figure will comgreat historical subject, just painted by Paul pensate for much. With only faint traces of its Delaroche, has been on view at Messrs. Col- old auburn in her whitened hair, with eyes red naghi's ; and is about to be engraved in line, by from watching and endurance, but unchanged the engraver of the “ · Napoleon Crossing the by any immediate emotion, and unswerving from Alps” — M. A. François, of Paris — under the their forward gaze, her head erect on her ereot superintendence of the painter himself. The neck, she walks straight on. There is silence on inoment selected is when the discrowned queen, her face ; to her judges and her enemies she has having just heard her sentence of death pro- spoken for the last time ; and now scorn is nounced, turns to leave the Convention, followed stamped there final and supreme - a scorn not by the republican guards, amid the howls and indicated by any movement of the features, but menaces of the spectators. In one face alone are the expression of her whole self. It is the scorn there distinct traces of sympathy - that of a too of a queen at bay ; which will produce reyoung girl to the extreme right of the composi- volt and rage in the popular heart, and the tion, who gazes tearfully at the queen. This determination to bring it down anyhow, rather bead is earnestly expressive ; but it may be said than remorse or compunction. Such is the main that in Marie Antoinette's face and figure centres espression ; but it is complicated with nicer the whole interest of the work. The other per- shades of feeling – disdainful pity and strong sonages, some dozen in number, are kept back self-mastering effort ; and all are subdued, ag by conventional tones of color and an artificial well in the undemonstrative action of the figur disposition of the lights and shadows, and are, in- as in the countenance, beneath the calm mask deed, of themselves comparatively valueless. We of dignity. In virtue of this figure the picture is cannot acquiesce in this system on the grounds a grand one, truly and highly historical. -Spect.
From the Examiner.
| least among the multitude of other wonders, Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Baby- we are told of a clay seal, now in the British
lon; with Travels in Armenia, Kurdistan, Museum, attached probably to a treaty of and the Desert. Being the result of a Second peace between Assyria and Egypt, displaying Expedition undertaken for the Trustees of the on one piece of clay the signets of the two British Museum. By AUSTEN H. LAYARD, great kings, side by side, Sennacherib and M. P., Author of Nineveh and its Re- Sabaco. mains.” With Maps, Plans, and Illus
But endless as are the topics for surprise trations. Murray.
and admiration in this volume, there is also
something to suggest regret. Although wo We know no fairy tale that more excites are very far indeed from underrating the imthe imagination than a narrative of the dis- mense value of the wall sculptures which ouveries that have been made within the last enable us to see the old Assyrians in their few years upon the site of Nineveh. Told, as habits as they lived, getting in harvests of here, by the chief discoverer himself, in a praise and glory, yet we cannot but regret most pleasant, easy, graphic way, yet also very much that the extreme inadequacy of with a genuine earnestness, it is the inost de- the means placed at Mr. Layard's command, lightful reading in the world. The account should have compelled him almost wholly of Mr. Layard's second expedition now before to confine and limit his attention to the walls us forms a work less striking than his former of those rooms which he entered. That 80 volumes upon Nineveh and its Remains only much should have been done with so little, because the topic is no longer absolutely new. and so many grand results obtained, is not The details, however, are new; and in every one of the least wonderful portions of the tale essential respect the present work is more of wonder which is brought to us from important and more interesting than its pre- Mesopotamia. Cheap as labor is in a region decessor, inasmuch as it begins where that where the camel-load of wheat (480 lbs.) costs left off, and guides us with a strange cer- but 4s., it would have been impossible for tainty, before impossible, among the stupen- any man not gifted with Mr. Layard's rare dous records of the old Assyrian kings. combination of energy and tact to have econo
The scholarship of Col. Rawlinson, Doctor mized his means so well, or to have produced Hincks, M. de Saulcy and others has by this out of the slender material resources placed at time begun to tell with good effect on the his command a tenth part of the results now Assyrian inscriptions; and there occur so many before us. As it is, however, Mr. Layard has modes of testing, in one place and another, been compelled to restrict his operations ; to the correctness of a reading, that of many tunnel round the walls of chambers for their most important fragments we may now say sculptured tablets, and to leave the mass of positively that they have been thoroughly earth and ruin untouched, over the floor of read and translated. Nor is there any fair almost every room. And when we consider reason to doubt that continued study of the the gains that have rewarded an examination subject will result in an almost complete reve- of the floor of the two small record chambers, lation of the knowledge that still lies hidden it seems to us most probable that under the beneath the undeciphered arrow-heads. There huge masses of ruin now covering the paveis material enough to work upon. Mr. Lay- ments trodden by Sennacherib, there must be ard's present volume relates chiefly to explor- hidden many an object which, like the throne ations at Kouyunjik in one palace, the palace of the great king of Sennacherib. The glories of Assyria were carved upon its walls, and in that one palace More touching far than aught which on the walls
To all living, mute memento breathes alone two miles of sculptured wall have been Is pictured. already discovered. Seventy-one of its balls, chambers, and passages have been entered, The reader will at the same time underand twenty-seven portals formed by colossal- stand that we think the course actually taken winged bulls and lion sphinxes have been laid in all respects best adapted to make the most bare by Mr. Layard during his researches. of the means afforded. For the limited
Two of the chambers so explored contained amount of excavations he was authorized to state records on tablets and cylinders of clay. undertake, Mr. Layard most properly and In the great fire by which the palace was wisely selected his field. He could not afford destroyed, the shelves on which these records to dig to waste, and therefore made his chief may have been arranged would of course business to trace along the walls, which, have been consumed; at any rate the records from the outward signs already visible, it were discovered, in a mass of fragments strewn was quite certain contained a rich vein of upon the floor – a layer of historic treasure, a historic ore. But what treasures are yet to foot thick. In the volume before us we also come out of the great Nineveh mines, when read how the Arab excavators dug their way our national sense of their value shall havo to the very throne of Sennacherib; and, not | been expressed by a less niggardly allowance