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the first duty. Another tent was built with the from the wreck. Our young lieutenant, Lepine, mainsail, of greater dimensions than the former, in took charge of this laborious duty, and, by his zeal which the beds were so arranged as to be at some and activity, sustained the courage of the sailors distance above the surface of the ground. The both on the ship and among the islands after she spot fixed on for the erection was the entrance of was broken up. Meantime the month of Septema wood which overlooked the whole bay, and in ber drew on. The carpenter had finished the rethe first days of July* we took possession. The pairs of the long-boat, which was covered with a old tent was left standing, in which, although the deck, and rigged as a schooner, as well as was materials at our disposal were very scanty, we possible in our state of privation. Although the managed to build an oven.
weather remained unseasonable, we always hoped Certain unequivocal indications had led us to it would change for the better. The captain, believe that the island was occasionally visited by however, resolved on puiting his project into imsavages. We had seen in different places a rude mediate execution—to sail with a few men for kind of hut, constructed of branches of trees, in San Carlos of Chiloe, to seek the means of rescuwhich we found the remains of shell-fish and the ing the whole party from their perilous situation. bones of animals. Shortly after we entered on the necessary preparations were made in conseour new habitation, the captain's dog, which had quence, and on Tuesday the 3d September our been saved along with us, growled all night in little vessel was launched, in order to be ready for spite of our efforts to pacify him. We were all the first favorable wind. But what was our dison the alert the next morning on learning that the appointment when we saw that she filled with prints of naked feet had been seen on ihe sand : water before our eyes! We tried at first to stop none of our party went barefoot, and the traces the leaks while she was afloat ; but this being imwere those of persons running from the wood possible, we were compelled to haul her again on were our tent was situated. This circumstance shore, where we took away a portion of the lining, led us to suspect that we were watched; and in- and carefully examined the seams, and then deed, on the 9th July, while our party had gone caulked and stopped every chink by which it was on the usual salvage trip to the wreck, one of the possible the water could enter; and on Saturday passengers who had wandered to a distance re-evening, at high water, she was again launched. turned hastily, telling us he had seen the savages. The next day we found her again half full of We armed ourselves immediately with all the water ; for her timbers were old and crazy. The offensive weapons within reach ; and the captain, captain, however, persisted in his resolution, and having advanced with a few men, soon came in gave orders for her to be baled out-replying to sight of what he was in search of. There were those who expressed uneasiness that the wood nine of them, unarmed, their only clothing being would swell up in the water. A quantity of sailthe skin of a seal hanging over their back. At cloth was used for ballast, which at the same time first they hesitated to move ; but seeing that we served for beds, although, in order to prevent their approached with friendly demonstrations, they be- complete soaking, the baling was kept up incescame familiar. We gave them some presents ; santly. The provisions, calculated for eight days, but prevented their going to our tent, which they with wine and spirits, were put on board ; and a seemed greatly to desire. After staying a short generous allowance of wine was given at dinner to time they left us, but soon repeated their visit, ihe master and four men who were selected to bringing with them their wives, whose clothing accompany the captain and Lieutenant Lepine. At did not differ from that of the men. Subse two in the afternoon they set sail, with fine quently, we permitted them to enter our tent, and weather and a stiff breeze from the south. went several times to visit them upon the different Seven of our number had left us ; thirteen reislands to which they transport themselves in mained behind. We watched for a long time,
Their huts were similar to those we had from the top of the cliffs and rocks, the departure seen in our island, but were covered with skins. of our companions in misfortune, on whom our fate These savages are generally of middling height, depended.' The day was far advanced when we strong, and well formed. They are evidently the lost sight of them, and we returned to our tent same race as the Indians of Chiloe, and are always with a feeling of sadness, justified by our actual accompanied by great packs of dogs, which they position ; for, leaving out of sight the probability use for hunting seals, on whose flesh, with occa of the loss of those who had gone away-an event sional supplies of shell-fish, they principally sub- but too possible-how much was there, in our own sist. This food, however, often' fails them in position on the island, to give cause for uneasirough weather, when their canoes cannot put to ness. Was it not to be feared that the savages,
In their visits to us they were always asking who, until then, had been inoffensive, would befor food, which was most probably their principal come emboldened on seeing our diminished numobject; at the same time they often stole some ber; and that their greediness, or possibly want of our things without being detected. In short, alone, might lead them to attack us, and lake by they appeared to us to be very miserable, and lazy force our little remaining provisions, as well as to excess. The wreck of the Delphine was a for- other things in our possession which had excited lunate event for them, as they picked up many their cupidity? These reflections, however, were articles floating about among the rocks.
soon banished by the majority of our little band. During the earlier period of our residence on the Those who had drunk farewell to their companions island our time passed in a very uniform manner. in a pitcher of wine, were not sorry to drink a few The shore party provided wood for the fire, of more bumpers to their prosperous voyage : conwhich the consumption was indispensably great, viviality, in short, was ihe prevailing feature of on account of the continued rainy weather, and for the moment, when an unexpected incident drew us the prevention of sickness. Another party was all out of the tent. small hut, built of wood regularly einployed with the yawl in saving ihings and moss by one of the sailors and a passenger,
not far from our tent, had taken fire, and was * A winter month answering to the January of Europe. I nearly consumed, with all its contents, before
we could succeed in putting it out. This event others were as persevering in their labors on the finished the day, and each one threw himself, vessel, which went on very slowly, as much from dispirited and melancholy, on what was called his the weakness to which our privations had reduced bed.
us, as from the bad weather which often prevented Next day, nothing else was thought of but what our working, and the want of proper tools. Thus was best for us to do under our present circum- the time wore away until the middle of November, stances. Just before the departure of the long- all of the party suffering more or less from attacks boat, the daily ration for each man was eight of dysentery : still, in spite of the continual rain ounces of biscuit. At this rate our stock would and prevailing humidity, and the want of shoes, no not last more than three weeks, and we could not one was so ill as to be detained in the tent. The expect to be released at least before a month. We hope of eventually succeeding in our efforts to therefore reduced our allowance to six ounces, and escape from this dreary life supported our courage, of wine one quart a-day. We had a great quan- We could see that, although slowly, our vessel tity of spirits, and were thus enabled to continue approached completion : the slips, with the nethe usual allowance to the sailors. In this way cessary inclination for the launch, were securely we hoped to go on for more than a month. The placed; the head and stern-posts were fixed on the savages came to visit us as before, and soon saw keel; the greater portion of the ribs were made, our diminished strength; but their demeanor and we cut others every day in the woods, to comtowards us did not alter. The first thing they plete the number. did whenever they landed was to come and warın If we were deceived in the hope of saving our. themselves at our fire, so that we were careful selves, and in the means for its prosecution, the leave some one to keep guard when we went out resolution of attempting it never failed us. Such to fish.
was our situation when, on the morning of the The month of September went by; our biscuit 12th November, we heard a sailor who had just diminished rapidly ; we reduced the ration to four left the tent cry“ Sail, ho! sail, ho!" with all ounces a-day. Towards the middle of the first his might. Although this same sailor, deceived week of October we began to feel uneasy. We by a false appearance, had raised the same cry a remembered that, on the third day after our com- month previously, we all ran precipitately towards panions sailed, a heavy gale had set in. Was it the shore. This time the report was not false; not to be feared that they had perished? And, we saw a vessel anchored in the bay. A heavy without taking the worst view, it was still possible shower prevented our seeing distinctly, but we that the captain might not find the expected suc- thought she belonged to some ship of war. The cor at Chiloe. In this case, as our abode on the yawl was afloat in a moment, and a few men island would be lengthened, we decided on another jumping in, were soon on board, not the boat of a reduction of our ration of biscuit to two ounces ; man-of-war, but a lanche of San Carlos. Those just sufficient for a little daily sop. We succeeded on board of her were not strangers ; they were in making the savages understand that, if they Captain Coisy, Lieutenant Lepine, our sailors and brought us food, we would repay them with the companions, who came to deliver us and bring us things they must desired ; from which time they provisions. It would be useless to dwell on the began to bring us the eggs of sea-fowl. Thus we universal joy that prevailed, and the eagerness went on until the middle of October, the sixth with which both parties inquired about what had week since the long-boat sailed. Our anxieties transpired. now augmented, and many of us began to think of The long-boat had left the island on the 6th the means for our own rescue.
September in so leaky a condition, that two men We had already, as a precautionary measure, were constantly engaged in baling ; during the collected the planks and pieces of wood of the first night the sea broke over her repeatedly, shattered vessel. The idea occurred to us of con- threatening to carry all to the bottom. On the structing a boat capable of carrying the whole fifth day they passed Cape Taitachaoun, and inparty, and we recommended to those who went tended to double the island lying to the north of out fishing to bring in the masts, yards, planks, it, but were prevented by a gale, which obliged or other portions of the wreck which they might them to lie to for better weather. After some find floating. By this means a great quantity days, alarmed by the diminution of their proof materials was collected ; and the carpenter be- visions, they made sail, keeping as near their gan to work upon the keel, which was ihirty feet course as the wind would permit, and two days long.
asterwards entered the great channel which sepa. On the 15th October our little ration of two rates the Chonos Archipelago from the Cordilleras. ounces of biscuit failed us entirely, and we were Thus they continued, with alternations of fair and reduced to the indifferent shell-fish, and the eggs foul weather, sometimes rowing, at others driven —which were almost always addled when the back, or landing to collect shell-fish for food, for savages brought them to us—and to some birds twelve days, when one afternoon they saw sinoke which we occasionally killed. We wished the at a distance, to which they immediately directed natives to bring us some of the flesh of the sea- their course, taking precaution to look to their wolf, which we had seen them eat; but whether arms, for fear of savages. The smoke was found thiq season was unfavorable, or they caught no to rise from a fisherman's fire, who, as soon as he more than sufficient for themselves, we could understood their critical situation, set off to fetch never obtain any. They gave us some dogs, and provisions from his casa, three leagues distant, appeared greatly astonished when they saw that while they waited his return. After this they we had eaten them ; for, notwithstanding the re- crossed to the islands of the Chiloe group, at one pugnance of some among us to eat dogs' Alesh, our of which, marked Valasco Port, they were detained hunger was so great that we devoured them all. nine days by stress of weather, and were driven At the end of October we had ceased to hope, back in another attempt to cross the channel : but except in ourselves. Some of us were always on the 3d October they again set sail, and on the occupied in seeking for wood or food ; while the 4th happily arrived at Chiloe, where they landed,
for the purpose of procuring provisions at the first moderate. We were quite uncertain as to our inhabited spat they saw. On the 10th, thirty- position, and steered for some land that was in five days after their departure from our island, sight: but what was our astonishment to find, they reached San Carlos, having had incessantly when we drew near, that it was the island from rainy weather during the whole of this perilous which we had so recently sailed. We must have voyage.
drifted sixty leagues during the four days that the The captain lost no time in his endeavors after gale continued. In our present circumstances, we his principal object; the consular agent gave him were glad to reënter a place we had so much deall the assistance in his power ; but, unfortunately, sired to quit eight days previously. Having lost no ship of war or merchant vessel was lying in the the yawl, we were forced to make a rast, which port; there were only the miserable lanches of the we drew from the shore to the lanche. The savcountry, quite unfit for such a voyage as that to ages had not, as we feared, destroyed out tent; the place of our detention. Everything in the it was still standing. The miserable creatures had shape of a vessel was examined, in the hope that dug up the potatoes which we planted, with the one might prove serviceable, but in vain. The view of leaving them a resource in the article of captain then heard of a large and commodious food. We divided our party: one half went every lanche at a place twenty-five leagues higher up the night to sleep on board the lanche, as a measure channel, and, without a moment's delay, he took of precaution. The weather seemed to grow worse a whale-boat and started for the settlement indi- as the season advanced. We were covered with cated ; but what was his disappointment to find, vermin, and dreaded that we should again be withon arrival, that the vessel was yet on the stocks, out provisions. On the 2d January, 1841, the and only half completed. He returned immedi- weather moderating, we were enabled once more ately to San Carlos, and determined, as nothing to put to sea. No sooner had we cleared the bay better was to be had, to hire a lanche in good con- than a heavy sea broke our rudder, and forced us dition which had arrived during his absence. This to lie to. We secured it as well as possible with kind of vessel, which is used only for the trans- lashings, which quickly wore out and snapped. port of wood or potatoes from one island to the We then cut a few fathoms off our small chain, other, is not decked, and a deck for the voyage to with which we secured the rudder from further the open sea was indispensable. In spite of all danger. The weather continued stormy; but as the diligence that could be used, it was the end of the wind was in our favor, we shortly after passed October before she was ready. Provisions for two the peninsula of Tres Montes; and once among months, in the mean time, had been collected, with the islands, we looked upon ourselves as saved. the consul's assistance; and on the 30th, the cap After this we had fine weather. On the 14th, tain, with the lieutenant and four men, sailed from we landed for fresh provisions, of which we were San Carlos in the lanche, which had been rigged in great need ; and on the 20th, to our great joy, as a lugger. The master was left behind, as we arrived at San Carlos, eighteen days after our fatigue and privation had rendered him incapable last departure from the island, and seven months of undertaking the return voyage : the others em- and one day from the date of the wreck. We had barked, confiding in the generous hope of saving great reason to congratulate ourselves that, during their companions. They took a whale-boat in this long period of privation, suffering, and danger, tow, for convenience in landing; but, after beating not one of the party was lost. The captain had about among the islands for some time, when they neglected nothing in his power to prevent such a reached the open sea it labored so much that the misfortune, not only while we were on the island, seams opened, and they were compelled reluctantly but in moments of danger, never hesitating to exto cut it adrift. Finally, after repeated delays, pose himself the first to whatever might happen. vexations, and dangers, they recognized the ap. To his courage and perseverance must be attribproaches to our island, and at seven in the morn- uted the success of his great object-the safety ing of the 12th November, as already described, of all. they were at anchor in the bay.
On our arrival at San Carlos, the French conThe unexpected return of the captain, after sul, M. Fauché, who had so generously assisted seventy-three days'absence, when we thought him the captain on his former visit, hastened to supply lost, placed us immediately in a state of abundance our wants. To him were we indebted for the as regarded provisions ; but we were not the less means of pursuing our voyage, and eventually redesirous of quitting a place where we had been so turning to our native country. long detained in spite of ourselves. It was impossible, however, to go off in the teeth of the north wind, and we were obliged to wait three weeks New MANURE.—The German papers give curfor a favorable change. On Thursday the 3d rency to the statement that M. Liebig, the celeDecember, we sailed at three in the afternoon, brated professor of chemistry at the University of towing our yawl, whose preservation had cost us Glessen, has discovered a mineral substance, which, so much labor. We did not keep it long, for when when combined with guano, will produce one of the off Cape Taitachaoun it broke loose, and drifted most fertilizing manures known. It is added, that away in a squall. This was a serious misfortune, a joint-stock company, with a capital of 120,0001. as it deprived us of the means of going on shore sterling, composed for the most part of leading Engto cook our provisions, and of the chance of escape lish capitalists, was, immediately on the discovery in case of wreck. The squall was the precursor being made, formed for the purpose of carrying on, of a furious gale, from which we incurred the upon a large scale, the manufacture of the new comgreatest danger; the waves breaking over us from pound. Among the subscribers are, however, sevstem to stern, and pouring down into the confined eral eminent professors of agriculture, who, acspace below, where we were crowded one on the cording to the Impartial du Rhin, give out that other. Our situation was indeed a terrible one. the application of this substance to the culture We had given up all hope of safety, and resigned of land will produce an entire revolution in the ourselves to the worst, when the storm began to agricultural system.
From the North British Review.
first rude idea of the trial and condemnation of The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. Fagin the Jew; in " the Parish Beadle” we reBy CHARLES DICKENS. London, 1844.
cognize the original of Mr. Bumble, and in one A Christmas Carol in Prose, being a Ghost Story of the delectable Mrs. Gamp.
corner (vol. i., p. 33) we trace the distinct outline of Christmas. By CHARLES DICKENS. London, 1844.
The Sketches, however, would soon have been The Chimes- A Goblin Story. By CHARLES
lost in oblivion had they not been followed up by DICKENS. London, 1845.
“The Pickwick Papers.” There, amidst an infi
nite diversity of fun and frolic, of merry satire and The career of Mr. Dickens has been a singular biting sarcasm, of serious description and the and splendid one. Ten years ago he was toiling broadest farce, the genius of a master has drawn obscurely in the service of the London daily press; the inimitable portraits of Pickwick and Sam but a series of sketches, contributed to the columns Weller. They are depicted with the most perfect of a newspaper, and afterwards published in a truth, consistency, and humor; and while they separate form, received so much praise that their represent general classes, stand before us in the author was stimulated to greater efforts. The clearest individualily. Who does not know Mr. Pickwick Papers at once established his reputa- Pickwick, his bald head and circular spectacles, tion, and ensured for him fame and affluence in a and those tights and gaiters, which, had they literary career. He has now given to the world, clothed an ordinary man, might have passed withbesides smaller compositions, six voluminous out observation, but which, when Mr. Pickwick works of fiction, each nearly twice as long as clothed them, inspired involuntary awe and reWaverley. These have been circulated by tens spect ?" who is not fond of this simple-hearted of thousands at home, and have been translated man, so unsuspicious of vice and imposition, but into foreign languages. They have been eagerly so unaffectedly indignant at them when disread by all classes of his countrymen, from the covered ; so indomitably sincere, that when, to polished lady of rank to the astute man of busi- vent his anger at Dodson and Fogg, he attempted, ness, from the grey-headed philosopher to the for the first time in his life, to call up a sneer, he schoolboy. They may be seen, not only in every failed most signally to accomplish it; so fond of drawing-room, every club, and every tavern, but personal comfort, yet so ready to forego it to do a lying unhidden on many a merchant's desk, and service to any human being; placed in so many lawyer's table, and student's shelf, and even lurk- ridiculous situations, and getting into so many ing in the chamber of the judge, and the closet of laughable adventures, and yet always retrieving the clergyman. They have relieved, with the himself by his persevering kindness, delicacy, and play of fancy and feeling, the gloomy languor of honor? Yet who would recognize Mr. Pickwick many a sick-room. Their author has been honored without the faithful Sam Weller as his attendant, and caressed ; criticism has never worn a frown ; whose attachment to his master is perhaps the best the great and learned have assembled in festive feature in the character of both ? 'This model of halls to do him honor, and the voice of praise from the ready-witted, impudent, imperturbable, Lonhis native land has been loudly echoed from the doner of the lowest class, is thrown into a hundred other side of the Atlantic.
various situations, and is equally cool and ready in It can scarcely be doubted that, with so large them all. With scarcely any coarseness, he has and so enthusiastic an audience, his works are ex- the most racy peculiarity of dialect, and the most ercising very considerable influence; and it is not diverting variety of jest and banter. Whether, perhaps surprising that Mr. Dickens, perceiving as at his first appearance as boots at the White this, should, in his later publications, have assumed Hart Inn, he describes the company in the the tone of a public monitor and moral teacher, house :with somewhai too ostentatious and dictatorial an “ There's a vooden leg in number six, there's air. It may be interesting, therefore, as it is now a pair of Hessians in thirteen, there 's two pair of several months since his last work of any magni- halves in the commercial, there's these here lude was circulated, to glance rapidly over his painted tops in the snuggery inside the bar, and writings, dwelling chiefly on the most recent, and five more tops in the coffee-room. Stop a bit ; endeavoring to estimate iheir influence, as a class, yes, there's a pair of Vellington's, a good on the public taste and tone of feeling.
deal vorn, and a pair o' lady's shoes, in number The “Sketches by Boz” are written by one five”well acquainted with every phase of the low life or telling stories of the rogueries and follies of his of London, and are graphic, lively, and varied ; venerable parent-a topic on which he runs on, he but they are nearly all of an unpleasant cast—they tells us, “like a barrow vith the vheel greased;" depict chiefly vice, vulgarity, and misery. The or as a witness, foiling Sergeant Buzfuz; or drunken clerk “making a night of it;" the de- copying with Job Trotter; or inditing a lovegraded and desperate female convict ; the aban- letter ; or communicating to Bob Sawyer his doned drunkard hurrying on his own fearful end ; theory of dead donkeys and post-boys ;-- he is the retired shopkeeper making a fool of himself by never once tiresome or dull. About all the other falling in love ; the contemptible squabbles and numerous characters there is great life and energy; intrigues of a city boarding-house ; the over-tasked and the whole book, although having little story youth expiring in the arms of a widowed mother; or plot, is full of animation, except some occasional ---such are the principal subjects of his pencil. tales, which, we venture to say, no one ever read But his lighter wit is also sometimes conspicuous, a second time. We have some glimpses into the as in the very amusing description of a balloon haunts of London wretchedness; but the chief ascent from Vauxhall. It is interesting to find merit lies in the pleasantry of the numerous playhere the quarry from which he has since dug the ful caricatures or parodies, where the absurdities material for all his best figures, and to light on and humors of provincial politics, the courts of many a rough block, since hewn and squared. law and dishonest attorneys, lionizing ladies, and Thus, in a scene at the Old Bailey, we have the scientific societies, are shot at in the election, the
trial, the fête champêtre, and the club, with contrasted; while it yields to none in the vigor pointed, but not envenomed, shafts of ridicule. and power with which many of the scenes are There have been few happier hits than Mr. Blot- drawn. But, on the other hand, the main interest ton of Aldgate's apology :
is made to depend on the most debased and villan“ He had no hesitation in saying he had used ous agents; and the work has done much towards the word in its Pickwickian sense. Personally, creating in the public a morbid interest in such he entertained the highest regard and esteem for heroes and their mode of life. A relish for such the honorable gentleman; he had merely con- writing speedily becomes a craving, and the pubsidered him a humbug in a Pickwickian point of lic learn to demand an insight into the haunts of view."
crime, and to desire a familiarity with the habits The still life and scenery are painted with quaint and adventures of the profligate and brutal. With accuracy, not descending to extravagance; as the what an array is the reader here brought into conlarge melancholy parlor at the Great White Horse, tact! Fagin, and his den of thieves and cutIpswich, where “a small fire was making a throats; the ferocious Sikes, with his crimes of wretched attempt to be cheerful, but was fast sink- violence and blood; the wretched Nancy, and her ing beneath the dispiriting influence of the place.” dreadful life and shocking fate; the melo-dramatic There is a vein of good, manly, and flexible, if not villain Monks, with the sensual Noah Claypole, elegant, English writing, which we wish the and the selfish Bumble, are the prominent figures, author had continued to cultivate. It is not and are minutely described with all the author's wonderful that this work was hailed with a burst ability and power. If we laugh at all, it is at the of admiration, and we may safely class it as comic adventures of Master Charley Bates and the a most original and valuable addition to our litera- Artful Dodger. We almost imagine the author ture.
an incipient Eugene Sue, and that Oliver Twist is In his next publication—"Nicholas Nickleby” but the English version of “The Mysteries of -Mr. Dickens turned his power of graphic and Paris.” There is some pleasant writing in the humorous description to good account, by awaken- other parts of the book, and some pretty little ing sympathy for the unhappy inmates of certain touches of pathos in the scenes between Oliver Yorkshire schools. His portraiture of Wackford and Dick; but none of the good characters are Squeers and his amiable family was so happy, the remarkably graphic, or indeed above mediocrity, internal economy of Dotheboys' Hall, and its while Mr. Grimwig, who is always threatening 10 weekly distribution of brimstone and treacle, so eat his head, is rather below it. Oliver is a nice inimitably depicted, and the story of poor Smike enough little boy-very unlike what would be told with so much delicate and touching pathos, natural amid such scenes, and very perversely, by that while his readers laughed and cried almost in his persevering goodness, doing credit, contrary the same breath, we rejoice to believe that the to the author's intention, to the training he had author's purpose was attained in the exposure of received under Mrs. Mann and the “parochial authe shocking system, and that he has earned the thorities.” Mr. Dickens' prejudice against these blessings of many an emancipated little victim. personages has, it must be owned, much the air But although Squeers and his academy formed the of an unreasonable and narrow-minded antipathy; principal and most original feature in this tale, it but there are some excellent scenes in which they abounded with other spirited delineations. Who are satirized—such as the pauper's funeral, and can forget Mrs. Nickleby, the garrulous, sense- the consternation at the workhouse when “ Oliver less, yet withal respectable, English matron of the asks for more. middle ranks ; or her generous and dutiful son ; The names of " Master Humphrey's Clock" and or her daughter, the gentle, assiduous, and high- the “Old Curiosity Shop" bring with them the minded Kate? Who would pass over the brothers recollection of litile Nell. It is, perhaps, hard to Cheeryble-although, as characters in a fictitious call her unreal, when we know that she was meant narrative, they have the fault of being too truly to represent the once living and beloved object of individual portraits, and have, it is to be feared, no the author's affection ; but we cannot conceal that, class to correspond to them ; or the eccentric non- to our mind, there is something vague, undefined, descript, Newman Noggs? Can any one repress and abstracted about this little heroine. It is difa smile at the remembrance of the rare fun with ficult, indeed, to give individual character to the which the Mantalinis are described ? and Mr. description of children in romance, and Mr. Crummles, with the infant phenomenon, and the Dickens has here scarcely done more than embody, rest of his company of strolling players ? The in a shadowy form, the general qualities of youth, more sunny passages stand in pleasant contrast to innocence and sweetness. Nell is too good and the dark shade thrown by the grim, iron-hearted pure-there is a want of human passion and imRalph Nickleby, and the profligate Sir Mulberry perfection ; and while we weep, and admire, and Hawk, with his patron and victim, Lord Verisopht. love, we refuse to conceive the object of our feelThere is sometimes, however, a little prolixity, ings as a living thing of the same earthly mould. and the mere dull vulgarity of the Kenwigs She might be an allegoric Una, or a Peri from an family, Miss Petowker, and Mr. Lillyvick, and aërial paradise ; but not a sister child of clay. the low baseness of Arthur Gride and Peg Sli- Nevertheless, there are many beautiful passages, derskew, are blemishes on the work. There where the strokes of the same magic pencil which is much less playful caricature and quaint satire so often moves our laughter, melt us in unbidden than in the Pickwick Papers, but more earnestness tears ; such as the anxious watching of the child and a higher tone, with the same good, expressive, over her grandfather when lured away by the unaffected style of composition.
gamblers, and the sad but peaceful scene of her “ Oliver Twist” is the shortest of these tales, deathbed. The gradual ebbing of mortality in the and the most compact. It has fewer traces of old man is also touched with a feeling hand, and having been written in monthly portions. The we are compensated for much that is painful and story makes more regular and rapid progress, and even unnatural in his feverish and wild career. the characters are more strikingly grouped and Quilp, still more unreal than his poor victim Nell,