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and tractable. They startle our Eng- daughters into the train, and comes lish Peregrine by their huge, long up joyfully to take a house in some backs, and the four horns, or chim- street not far away from the leading neys, which grow out of their backs, “squeares.” The Earl of Tumbleand discourse murky vapours. They towers and his family come up from roll across the billows, and their steel Tumbletowers to the ancestral town viscera move harmoniously, with a mansion, and the family coach, with sort of peristaltic motion. Peregrine, the faces of the Hon. Misses Shindysitting afar off, hears the clank of the man looking from the windows, may steel viscera, uttering their chant be seen in the streets. Everything monotonous.
tends, by a natural, social gravitaThe sea monster has done its work, tion, towards Eblana and its season, and lies gasping and blowing along- Taking it, then, to be this most side, secured by a halter from its neck favourable time, and that it is a to the shore. Peregrine has stepped bright, clear morning (perhaps an unon to the land-to King's land-the reasonable postulate, for, in respect of special town which was rebaptized rain, Eblana is held to be suffering an after the First Gentleman of Europe. eternal douche), Peregrine goes forth A little granite pawn marks this con- upon the streets, beginning with the secration; and Peregrine's heart Belgravian quarter, and wanders into thrills with a sort of First-Gentle- the decent solitude. Naturally, he is manly sensation as he sees the affec- confounded by the spectacle of a tionate tribute to this great and good gigantic private square, which is ex
actly one mile round, holding twentyEBLANA at last! Peregrine de- four acres of ground, and which, as bouching from the railway, adrift, as may be conceived, cannot be easily it were, upon the city, and uneasy matehed in Europe. He will be under the responsibility of luggage, told of some enthusiasts who are would have a dim instinct of where anxious further to develop this ornahe was from the children of the whip, ment, and by the agency of statues, who with wild cries and a pleasant fountains, walks, and planting, imanimation, compete for him, as though port a little French refinement, and he were a prize belt. The sort of create a sort of Irish Place de la Congisy vehicle, wild and irregular, too corde. There is no impediment from --the shelf-car of the country-so absence of the root of all evil ; that characteristic and agreeable-brings esculent is offered in plenty. But the with it certain recognition. Else- old dilly, with six insides, basket where the stolid drivers sit placidly and all, complete, still lumbers along aloft, scornfully ignoring the over- the road, and stops the way; and so tures of a single traveller beside the a really magnificent project, indentimore profitable claims of a numerous fied, too, with a memorial for the family, crushed under mountains of dead, is on the verge of miscarriage. luggage. But here there is personal With this, too, was associated an importunity, cheerful gibe, lively Hibernian Rotten-row and a mimic joke, vehement gesture, and flourish “dwive"--a concentration of equesof whips; and then Peregrine again, trians and vehicles at the legitimate if he has ever stood in the Piazza hour. That elements are not wanting della Minerva, thinks of the lively for a suitable display may be gathercocchieri on that “stand," who, when ed from this :-of a brilliant day, he lifts up his finger, charge at him a train of between five and six hun. en masse, like a troop of horse. dred mounted ladies and gentlemen
A little comfortedat a restaurateur's may be seen galloping over the pleaand hostelry, Peregrine goes forth sant slopes of the “ Phaynix.” upon the street to see Eblana for the
Here, too, is the quiet majesty of first time. He has taken, it may be the Belgrave-square of Eblana, and supposed, Eblana at its most favour- which has yet a sort of therapeuticoable time-at the end of the month of legal atmosphere ; for it is growing January, when her “ season is “on” gradually to be the quarter of those
-a festival which endures from that two great learned guilus-and Galen, month until June. Rusticus, down F.R.C.S., rising rapidly, and Rebutat Ballingarry, on the family “esteet,” ter, now a virgin Q.C., looks fondly puts Mrs. Rusticus and her three towards a mansion in this sacred
quarter. No wonder. Here are stately traffic shall accumulate on the quarter
. All the public Some are barracks-some, public in- buildings in Eblana are of the same stitutions ; but all attest a rich and Grecian order, and have a certain costly taste, and a boundless expense. uniformity. He will note, too, how Some had their theatre attached. they form part of the street everyArtists and carvers were brought from where, and are not jealously cut off, Italy and France to do the painting or separated by paling. The lawyer and decorative work. It has been in Eblana walks under Grecian porwhispered, however, that the mere ticoes and Corinthian capitals, and drudges, who did the contractor's pediments crowned with statues by work for the noblemen with the ro- Flaxman. As for the quiet grace mantic names, have not been paid for and beauty of the ancient House of it to this hour, or have been expunged Parliament, architects of all nations in the grand balance sheet of the have vied with each other in its Incumbered Estates Court.
praises. It now performs the more Now Peregrine plunges into Irish prosaic duty of a bank; but it is a Bond-street-narrow, winding, and bank such as no bank in Europe can hilly, yet very rich and opulent, and compare with. where nearly every hour of the day Going steadily forwards, and crossthere is a perfect blockade and stop- ing the river, all quayed, like Paris, page. This, of course, must be ac- and crossed at every two or three cepted as the inevitable law in all hundred yards, or so, by a bridge, le climes and cities, that the glut of gets into that famous causeway which
ranks with the New York Broadway, hogsheads between the nations; and and the Russian Nevskoi parade-its a special growth was always destined breadth and spaciousness unsur- for “ť Hibernian shore”-a distincpassed, and, when planted with rows tion which tradition has kept up to of fine old limes, which a barbarous this hour. There are cellars of wonmunicipality cut away, must have drous efficacy in Eblana. So with had a unique effect.
tobacco. You will with difficulty No wonder these foreigners have light on the luxury of a penny cigar. their own associations recalled to And Peregrine, or any unknown them, when we think of the odd, ex- wandering Particulier, entering ceptional look of the actors before stall and laying down upon the counthis scenery ; the national vehicles ter the smallest silver coin known to spinning about, and the easy Neapo- our cuteney, will have handed to litan attitude of those who ride on him, not, indeed, a fragrant regalia, them; the bright cloaks of the West, but a sound, acceptable, genuine, copied from the peasants, of deep smokable cigir, that will not give him blue and Spanish scarlet ; the fresh a nausea, or have any arrière pensée cheeks; the bright eyes; the guy of the kitehen garden. The careless ring of voices chattering like chil- stranger will, in taet, receive a fair dren ; the platoons of the reaping cigar. In Babylon, alas ! it is but interest, in the chargeteristie stage too certain what eruel treatment will dress which Mr. Boucicault ware for befall the careless stranger entering a sv many nights and wiro are hurrying gaudy temple of this sort, are laying away to the ships; the ballad singers, down a large silver evin, which brings and the dreary fuueral processions this resuit-tiat many leading Bri: wuieb, at all hours come tralung tens send regularly to Evlana for all dowu the bromi street, with all the corrorts in these two directions. sudden effect of a Misericordis pro- Peregrine has noted tue sperial cession at Fiorence; and the strance, beck of carriages about Malame raasu tiyures of the American tire Mantiinis Temple of Position-a brigade, in their scarlet shirts; white sort of polite rute of miniature breeches and boots, always kuug- broughalus.andtashyopen barnuches, ing together in twos and threes - inside of which, as it were, in s dainty all this makes up a wonderful picture tower-pot upou wee's boom the for one whose eye loves cuivur and precious ket-bouse pirtside garsuirting exeets, and which has in- denies and seraniums of the upper deed, somethng veryjug on the to- circles of Enna. Pereyrice Eas reign. But what does not verze upen come towards the latter days of June the foreiyu are the troops of brigut, ury, wluca aceounts for the mains fresh taces, wonderful eyes, and rien, of vehicles towarus Mudane Mantishining hair-articies cheap tom lini's That unbury artiste, speak mere plenty-05 the mere rustic ing French with a sivut“ suspinion" charms of a ruoust health, but strik- of a richer native Duric, bas but a iny Spanish-looking creatures-coil miserable time of it. ber nichts are (tren of the 10 leti), am with wretchel: her days are like the 1.2which this capital aboumis.
pies of the riving whale-a ceaseless For two special blessines of human “Hurry." Gepriestranger, Peregrine! existence, whica verge in the direc- these things are signs ami wirus, taun of wines and cigars, has Eblana as it were, in the heavens is you a particular notoriety. She has a wrt came aiony, you markın tile baro of of prule in purveying these comforts, the late revered Sumuei Junason. of the best am wunuest quilty, in LL.D., author of the Englisu Dietheir deyree. In the more
tionary and other works wiccounperols, when there was a bujalie tai, et out in the windows of tallindiferente aorval as to the seal is with the corresinin ruhs of the revenue, a sort ut attees strei tine i the thermodalaneeri un tionate sympatuv nail rW!! ip be its point. Thenient and tisu-like tween wine-exporting "untries and sprei wusilet, too, a little travel the ansurong Harta vi Eblanit, wuen ami tarnisüred, with amant resuited in a mutuai respect and win xpiaci lere ami here is trou toe miration. Henceforta there was a wine cup. WIINt mailoyany, strany, anorokau cain * ciarer milele zurment where is Laculus
now, erst measured for that finery? which sat in Eblana was bought up Where? Were this a Roundabout a piece of public morality which, if Paper, how easily we might now adopted by the House of Hapsburg mount the pulpit, and with the old toward its Hungarian Diet, would waistcoat for a text, what an affecting excite a scream through Europe), it sermon might be preached! The was felt that some little compensaConsul Plancus (that is under–when tion was due to the despoiled natives, the Duke of Dorset was Lord Lieu- and it was bargained and covenanted tenant); and the locks of hair of our that, henceforth, this semi-royal instimistresses ; and the "faded old let- tution should be preserved inviolate. ters;" all fished out of the pocket of The men and women of Eblana do the old waistcoat—"On an old Court not bow down before the Molochs of waistcoat!" It would sound prettily. cotton or iron. They are a little Gallic For why should there be a monopoly in their temperament, and prefer of letters patent for these things? a little scenic effect, and the exhibi
If Peregrine has read this hand- tion of this semi-royalty, even though writing on the wall aright, he will Cynicus and his brethren snarl at it, know that a grand ceremonial is im- as being “sham” or Brumagem; minent—"THE LEVEE” and TAE they do not want the dead provinDRAWING-ROOM," or what, by an ex- cialism-in tone and thought, at least cusable provincialism, is more familiar --of Cottonopolis, and Navipolisas “the Levy" and "Drawn-room.” on-the-Mersey: Sham? Wherefore Hence the crowding in the streets; sham? Vice-king at home is but a hence the block of broughams; hence nobleman of England; but sitting on the temporary insanity of the hapless a throne at Eblana Castle, is goverMantilini. For what gives Eblana nor of six or seven million of lieges, this peculiar attraction is that it is with powers of giving titles and high the seat of a Court-miniature, if offices, of pardon, of life and death, you will
, yet complete and perfect in of proclamations, of making laws, and all details. Very different from the what not. He is “Depute" for the feeble dulness of the reigning Duke Queen of these Islands. of Pumpernickel, or the Landgrave of 'Levys” are pretty much the same Selbzerbrunnen. Eblana has its pa- all the world over. But let the gala lace or “Castle,” well known every- night of the “ drawn-room” have where, with its banqueting halls, room, and let Peregrine, the stranger, ball rooms, reception rooms, galleries, either recklessly purchasing, or pruand “Royal Chapel," and suitable dently hiring--for both these operafinery, complete. It has its court- tions are within his power--one of yards and guard-house, where the the becoming suits of the courtly ceremony of guard mounting,” with period, with the attendant spike of military music, is performed, as at a defence or offence, go up magnificently greater palace. Here dwells the Vice- •to Eblana Castle. With his florid King and his court-chamberlains, waistcoat of the period, and his lower gentlemen-at-large, and of the bed- limbs so heartlessly exposed, with an chamber, aides-de-camp, masters of effect generally suggestive in the the horse, all complete. Cynicus, who jackdaw direction, he will yet prehas been listening scornfully, here sent a less conspicuous image of bursts out with Mr. William M. degradation by lamplight. He will Cornhill's well-known remark (fresh have journeyed up in broad noon-day out of the aloe jar), to the effect to the “ Levée," enter his qualifica" that a court calendar is bad enough; tion in an effete vehicle, a fossil but a shum court calendar, how in- “job,” which the rest of the year has tolerable !" Yet, pace tanti viri, lain, like Mr. Sterne's desobligeant, there is something to be said. The “in the corner of a coach-yard,” a sort institution is of a prodigious anti- “of vampt up business," for the quity, and has, therefore, the respec- whole year, and now, like everything tability which long standing imparts that can at all trundle upon wheels, to other institutions. When, too, is dragged forth and brings gold. sixty years ago, by an unblushing However feeble and decrepid, a few traffic in peerages, pensions, and ready streets progress at a funeral is no money, and at an outlay of more than great intrusion upon the retirement a million sterling, the parliament of an honourable old age. In Eblana,
ton, there is a strange and unique like lines concentrate into one. Loud vehicle-a square, sombre, packing and hoarsely in the ear rings out the case-into which light penetrates by cries of mounted policemen, in sepulfour cell windows, and which is chral military cloaks, prancing hither clererly balanced upon a pair of ani thither, and intimidating drivers wheels. A strange oubliette-or di- with a fierce and superfluous declaminutive prison ran-moring with mation. Towards Irish Downingspasmodic jerks, and which by the street, the causeways are filled with action of the horse imparts a charm- an idle and eager crowd, who spend ing motion to the prisoner within the night peering into the wheeled It has a certain undignified aspect, to jewel, and criticising pleasantly and see a gentleman of the period of epigrammatically the contents of the George the Third looking from the wheeled jewel caskets. As the train window ; so, therefore, Peregrine will toils up the steep hiil, and when it not take up" one of these triumphal stars is kept from receding by a cars.
skilful corps of "blockers," Eblana But as the conditions on which Castle comeranges of windows all Melrose is to be seen aright are suf- abiazz--shadows flitting past--courtficiently famiñar to the public and pani thronzed and sounds of milimoonlight is indispensable to a primer tary music wartel to the ear. Many eiiect, so, after ail, the natural and a young heart, about to debuter, flutappropriate condition fitted to a ters as we rell in. *Drawing-room" is by the flare of This is the hall of Eblana Castle, wax-light. “They orier, then, this spacious dazzling, almost--at least to matter" better in Eviana. Tonder, debutante, who flutters timorously in Babylon the Great, it seems a alone, sheltered behind the parental frigid and piteous spectacle to see the magnificence, between rows of soltrain of beauties fluttering up to diery, up the grand fight, a mass, of court, with all their trappings on, in what seemstedetutante-a mass of inthe ruthless and unfeeling light of distinct menials and powder confused day. There is a monstrous discord- together; magnificent and sumptuance in the effect. It is as chilling ous menials, courily creatures, with a as a rehearsal at the Theatre Roral, palatial darour. Then this long corBank Smiths--when a cold streak rider, then through this chamber of blue darlight falls on the faded menials still abounding, then into a scenery and the dull tinsel, and the large room-one mass of passing feafor:dghts hare not been lighted. thers diamonds, jewels, gold, silver Diarnords, and buquets, and lace, lace, stiit moire trains, fans, and uniand tulle, and feathers and may it be forms, and a perfect Babel of tongues. just whispered. anything in the diree. A sort of crush-room, where all wait tion of artificial complexion, belong their turn, which becomes, for the to a distinct element, and seem to nence, a sort of garden of rare and farie and lie in this unnatural atmo. choice flowers, where the anxious sudere. But in Ebiana they are wiser stranger will see many that he would in their generation. The daughters like to pluck for his button-hole. We of that picturesque generality, who hear of the “violet eyes" of Eblana, always sits with a harp at her knee, and of glowing Magenta complexions ; kaow what theatre best suits their but here is the best opportunity for elcarins.
haring these charms focussed. For The wayfarer of this festire night, mans are drawn hither, fresh from van iering towanis Irish Downing, the prorineial hiils, before the bloom Strees, will find his progress cut off has been brusiied from their cheeks be long lines of caskets or jewel cases by the sleeves of a hundred waltzers. on wner's waiting patiently, and con- Here we marse Vrs Dolan, of “Kesverging steadis on Eblana Castle, tle Dolan," from the west-south, a from all points ; and, dark though it gross and earthly creature, possessed be, ne will see, nestling within each by her serendemens of vulgarity; and casket, something glittering-tege- ret, after her walks something so mether with clouds of vaporous tulle, tropolitan--s0 retined--that it would with a little female humanity, and seem incomprehensible how there eyes that light up all. From north, shenld be any relationship between east, west, and south, do these snake them. Here, in this direction, coming,