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eager than his own, and added it scrupulously to beautiful hypocrisy that theory will accommodate the account, and tried to persuade herself that his itself to facts, and strive to seem unaltered. The relaxations were only necessary, as long as she union between this brother and sister was never could. Her sense of her own inferiority to him disturbed : she never spoke harshly to him ; inwas so strong, that it was long indeed before she deed, she was too timid to speak as freely as she ventured on a remonstrance, and what she suffered, ought. But gradually the reproving silence of ere she did so venture, can scarcely be described. her quiet sorrow did its work, and the last month It was about three weeks after her arrival-he had that they spent together, resembled, in some faint been out all day, and she was sitting up for him. degree, the portrait of her imagination ; and the He came at about one o'clock in the morning, and time for returning home arrived. she heard his voice in the passage, calling vehemently for tea, before he would go to bed. She “ Yes, there it is! That is the church tower, hurried out to him: “George, dear! come in- George ; how kind of the moon to appear for a nobody is up-I will get you some tea, directly." moment, and show it me! We are alınost at
He came in-his manner was strange and abrupt home. In five minutes more, the horses' feet - he looked vacantly at her-uttered an oath, the will be upon the stones.” first she had ever heard from his lips—threw him- Their heads were put eagerly out of the carself on to a sofa, and before she could complete riage windows as they drove up the street, and her hasty and trembling preparations, was breath- turned the well-known corner. Soon, by the ing hard, in sudden, heavy sleep. Even Clara's light of the wayside lamps, they distinguished inexperience could not mistake the symptoms, and, the small, formal-looking, red-brick house, with instead of making tea, she sat down and cried — its green door and trellised porch, its miniature how bitterly, none but those can tell who have front garden, some thirty feet square, with a believed in, and doated upon, and worshipped an straight gravel walk up the middle, and a circuimaginary divinity, and then suddenly discovered lar border on each side, in the centre of a plot of it to be weaker than ordinary human weakness.
grass. The upper and lower windows of the To Clara's pure and gentle eyes, this was griev- house were dark, though it was already two hours ous sin—and, with the painful charity of disap- after sunset ; suddenly the gleam of a candle was pointed affection, she began to devise excuses for seen ; it passed rapidly from one window to anwhat she could not refuse to see ; but, oh! the other ; then the door of the house was thrown bitterness of the new, terrible truth, which made violently open, and a female servant, without bonthose excuses necessary!
net or cloak, rushed out, and ran at full speed up When George awoke on the following morn- the street, scarcely a second ere the carriage ing, he was still on the sofa, and his sister still stopped before the swinging gate. Quick, speechwatching beside him. It was some time before less terror came upon George and Clara, and the he thoroughly comprehended what had passed, former was out of the carriage almost before it and then, half ashamed, half angry, he made an had ceased to move-sick at heart with nameless awkward explanation ; he had been out all day fear, his sister followed him into the house. There in the open air, had returned quite exhausted, was no one in the hall. From above-stairs came and a glass or two of wine more than his habit the sound of hurrying footsteps, interrupted by a had been too much for him-he was afraid he low moaning and sobbing, as of some one in great had frightened her—what a simpleton she was, agitation, but unable to give it free vent. Clara not to have gone to bed ! &c. &c. And poor stood still, appalled. She would have given worlds Clara took this scanty balm to her aching heart, to know, either at once or never, what was hapand tried to be satisfied with it.
pening. She felt tempted to turn and run away, George was by no means very bad, only as if she could so escape what was about to come Clara had fancied him so very good that it was upon her. In another moment, the loud, unrehard to be undeceived. Her influence, patiently, strained cry of childish sorrow burst upon
her tenderly, trustfully exerted, was not without its ears, and little Annie came running down stairs, effect. And, bitter as was her disappointment, weeping bitterly, and covering her face with her she lived throngh it; the path which seems per- handkerchief. The brief paralysis which had renpendicular when you gaze at it from a distance, dered Clara incapable of thinking or acting, passed may toilsomely be climbed when your feet are away in an instant; taking the child in her arms, actually set upon it. Some half dozen times, in she asked, in low, hasty accents, • What is it, the course of Clara's sojourn with him, the scene Annie ?-what is it?" which had so bitterly afflicted her was repeated ; “ Papa, Papa !” sobbed the little girl ; but, on the whole, he improved. He tried to has had a fit—he is dying." work more regularly ; occasionally he refused an They stood together, a moment, in the dark invitation ; sometimes he laid out a plan for the hall, closely folded in each other's arms, but undistribution of his time, and once he kept to it for able to see each other's faces. Then Clara hura whole week. Clara learned to rejoice in things ried up stairs—but ere she joined the ghastly and which, three months before, she would have dis- troubled group who stood around the bed, all was dained to believe. It is wonderful what love will over, and she was an orphan. bear-how perfect is its theory, yet with what al
The course of a great sorrow is common-place charity and honest self-denial she forgave her the enough, a thing of every day. There is the wild bay-window, and reproached herself not a little incredulity and the unreal composure, half stupor, for her former censorious judgment. Every comhalf excitement; there is the struggle, more or fort and help came from or through Mrs. Middleless vehement, of the will against the adverse ton; it was she who found the situation for Emily, power which is laboring to subdue it ; the defeat and assisted Clara in arranging and carrying and the victory, the brave effort, the helpless sur- gh the whole affair ; it was she too who render. There are prayers, such as that prayer cheered George when his heart was heavy and which was once wrung from the agony of a great his hopes were low, as giving up of course his heart, and which is the voice of a new grief for intention of taking orders, he began the weariall time. “Lord ! thou hast permitted it, there- some task of looking for employment. Aided by fore I submit with all my strength.” There is her, Clara began gradually to rally from her exthe heavy weariness, and the aching resignation, treme depression, and to exert herself as heretoand the utter weakness, and the deep solemn calm, fore. Her greatest present difficulty, the mainand the holy strength, and the melancholy peace tenance and destination of her two younger brothso sweet in the midst of bitterness, when the ers, was relieved in an unlooked-for and mysterious vision of heaven dawns upon those eyes which manner. In the midst of her first despondency are too blind with tears to see any longer the arrived a letter from the master with whom the beauty of earth ; there is the slow, painful return boys were placed, acknowledging the receipt of a to old habits and ways, the endeavor, now feeble, year's payment in advance for his pupils. On now vigorous, the gradual interrupted success, inquiry it was found that the sum had been sent the shuddering recurrence of familiar images and in Mr. Capel's name ; but all exertions to discovassociated sounds—and the final closing up of a er the source from which it came proved utterly memory into the heart's inmost temple, where it futile. This bounty, come whence it might, came dwells and lives forever, which the world calls like manna in the desert; yet poor Clara was forgetfulness, or at least recovery. And the nearly as much inclined to murmur at it as were mourner goes back again to the outer world and the Israelites of old. There was in her character common life, like one who has had a fever and is a strength of natural pride, hitherto unsuspected in health again, though somewhat wan and feeble, by herself, mingling a bitterness with her gratiand needing more than heretofore to be cared for tude, of which she felt deeply ashamed. The and considered. Sorrows are the pulses of spirit- discipline which she was now undergoing was ual life ; after each beat we pause only that we specially needful to her, and therefore, of course, may gather strength for the next.
specially painful ; she had so loved to be all-suf Mr. Capel's affairs were found to be in great ficient in her family, to know secretly, however confusion. It often happens that the men whom little she presumed upon it outwardly, that she we have believed to be most cautious and least was the prop, the guide, the guardian of them all. sanguine are the very men to engage in some Now she found herself helpless, powerless, usesudden rash speculation which results in ruin. less ; one whom she had well-nigh despised was Such was the case now. He had embarked what her supporter, one unknown was her benefactor. little principal he possessed in a new railroad ; She herself was-nothing ! the scheme failed, and his family found themselves literally penniless. The poor widow and little It was Clara's birth-day; no one ventured to Annie were taken by Mrs. Dacre, whose very congratulate her, and she herself shrank from any moderate income was taxed to its utmost to main- allusion to the subject. When we are in much tain them. A situation as pupil-teacher in a con- affliction it seems natural to put out the lights. siderable school was found for Emily ; Clara and They can but show others what we suffer, or force George were, for the present, received at the vic- us to contemplate their tears. At breakfast, Clara arage. Mrs. Middleton was throughout Clara's received a note from a lady in the neighborhood, a chief support ; her warm unselfish kindness am- stranger to her, who required a governess for her ply atoned for any little deficiency in refinement. children, and requested an interview with Miss She insisted upon taking the poor dejected girl to Capel. Twelve was the hour appointed, and the her own home till a suitable position as governess writer's residence was two miles distant from the could be found for her, and she interested herself vicarage ; with many a good wish and many a most earnestly in the preliminary negotiations, salutary caution from Mrs. Middleton, who failed taking special care that Clara should not “ throw not to remind her, again and again, that she had herself away in a hurry, which would be perfectly promised not to conclude an engagement without absurd, as the vicarage was open to her for any previous consultation, Clara set forth on her solilength of time, and she would not suffer her to itary walk. As she went, she thought anxiously leave it unless the prospect were thoroughly satis- about George ; he was trying for a situation as factory." As Clara witnessed her life of busy mathematical tutor in a scholastic establishment,
which had just been founded under somewhat * This was the ejaculation repeatedly uttered by the peculiar circumstances. The founder was a man unhappy Henrietta Maria, when she began to recover of large fortune, and eccentric habits ; he had refrom the stupor into wbich she was thrown by the news of her royal husband's murder.
served to himself alone, the selection and appoint
ment of the various professors, and it was said | with your pupils. You will have perfect freethat he tried the patience of the applicants not dom, and I hope you will be very comfortable. a little, in the course of his investigation of My housekeeper will settle the pecuniary arrangetheir claims, moral, intellectual, and theological. ments with you. George's college honors had been much in his Miserable as Clara was, she yet shrank from favor, and Clara's hopes had been high till a few the future indicated by these words. days before, when he received a letter which ap- membered at a little fishing village on the seapeared to annoy him, and which he did not show coast to have seen a mule employed in carrying her. He was a long while composing his reply, sand and sea-weed; the animal had a kind of and after he had despatched it, he seemed more wooden saddle fitted upon its back, and was sent than usually low-spirited, and evaded all discus- to and fro between the carts waiting to be loaded sion of the subject with his anxious and vigilant and the water's edge, a distance of some eight hunsister. It was not possible to her nature to seek dred yards. To and fro, across this measured the confidence even of those she most loved, when melancholy space, it trudged doggedly and pathey withheld it, so she wondered and grieved in tiently, pausing at the one end of its journey to silence; and many a fear, and many a prayer, receive its burthen, and at the other end to be repassed through her heart, in the hours when her lieved of it, and pausing for nothing else. Clara aching head rested on a pillow now unfamiliar thought of the mule when Mrs. Bouverie described with sleep. Thus, more than commonly anxious, her governess' day, and felt glad that she had and with the bitter memory of former birthdays pledged herself not to decide. She replied quistirring within her, she knocked at Mrs. Bou- etly and courteously that she would send a definverie's door, and was admitted into that lady's itive answer in the evening, as she was bound to presence.
consult a friend ere she finally determined. Mrs. Clara felt too sorrowful to be shy, otherwise Bouverie drew herself up, and Clara became aware the exceeding coldness of her reception might that it was possible for her manners to assume an have daunted her a little. Mrs. Bouverie, a tall, additional coldness ; a fact which the strongest lean, hard-featured woman, of fifty-six, with keen imagination could scarcely have conceived before eyes, thin lips, and a general dryness of expres-experiencing it. However, Mrs. Bouverie piqued sion perfectly indescribable, slightly bowed, and, herself upon being always considerate, so she said without rising, motioned her visitor to a seat. She with grim civility, “ You will do what you think uttered two civil sentences, which she had learned best, Miss Capel ; and now I need detain you no by rote, about its being a fine day, and a long longer.” walk; and then proceeded at once to business. When Clara reëntered the drawing-room at the She was one of those people who are as chary of vicarage, she found George alone. His face was small talk as though they were capable of conver- fushed, and his manner perturbed ; he started up, sation, and as niggard of courtesies as though as she came in, with a nervous eagerness very unthey were ready with secret kindnesses. Now usual in him. Not a question did he ask as to the it is all very well to be reserved when you have result of her expedition ; he began at once upon got something to hide, but it is really too provok- a totally different topic. My dearest Clara, I ing to see people so careful to lock up empty cas- am so glad you are returned. This is a matter kets, and seal blank envelopes. It is an imposi- of the greatest importance. Read this letter ; tion upon society, and ought not to be tolerated. you will soon learn how much depends upon you ;
We will not weary the reader with the oft-re- and I am happy, indeed, that it is upon you that peated scene of hiring a governess. Suffice it to it depends." He placed an open letter in her say, that Mrs. Bouverie having inquired into hands as he spoke, and Clara read as follows : Clara's qualifications, and examined her testimo
Brampton, April 17. nials with apparent satisfaction, proceeded to sum
DEAR SIR-I am most anxious, in circumstances up her own requisitions in the following man- which it must be allowed are somewhat difficult, to
act with all the consideration towards yourself which “ You will have six pupils, Miss Capel, be- is compatible with justice, and with a strict adhertween the ages of seven and fourteen ; you will ence to that determination with which I have alhave the exclusive charge of their education in ready acquainted you. Common fairness requires English and French, and the two elder girls will that you should be the first person to learn the learn German.
steps may resolve upon taking. I have, thereweek, and you will be present at the lessons, and planation of the very painful reports alluded to in
fore, to inform you, that, not considering your exwill very carefully watch—I am particular about my last, però ctly satisfactory, 1 have written to this—the practising of each of your pupils daily. Mr. Middleton, (who, besides being the clergyman Drawing and fancy-work you will of course teach of your parish, is an old and highly respected acyourself. You will breakfast and dine early with quaintance of my own,) to say that if he is ready your pupils, and walk with them for two hours a to vouch for your freedom from this pernicious day ; and at eight o'clock, when the younger girls habit, I am ready on my part to appoint you to the go to bed, I shall expect the pleasure of your com
vacant professorship. I have the honor to remain, yours sincerely,
RICHARD BROOKES. pany at my tea-table. I always like music in the evening, and shall hope to hear you play and sing
* This trait is from life.
Clara looked up wonderingly and full of in- | brain, and ring dizzily in her ears. She held her quiry. Her brother had scarcely patience to wait forehead with her hand, and stood still, wondering till she had finished the letter. “Now, Clara,” if any woe could go beyond what she then felt, exclaimed he, “it all depends upon you. Mr. and feeling certain that if there were any such Middleton's conscience, it
very squeam- sorrow she should be called upon to endure it. ish in these matters ; he heartily wishes to serve She longed for death, for imbecility, for madness ; me, I do believe, but it seems he has made a rule for anything that should obliterate consciousness of never becoming responsible for any man on his and destroy the capacity for suffering. own assertion merely. But if you will assure May I speak to you, dear Miss Capel ?” said him that during the time you kept house for me, a gentle voice, at her side ; “ I have so long wished you had no reason to believe-in short, I suppose to see you. Surely, so old a friend as myself has you guess what these confounded reports are. Old some privilege.” And Mr. Archer took her tremBrookes has been told that I drank, and it seems bling hand in his, and then drew it within his arm, he has a vow not to give one of his professorships looking earnestly into her face, and adding, “ You to any man on whom such an imputation rests. are ill—is anything fresh amiss ? Can I serve You have only to free me from it, and I am secure. you? Pray tell me.” These miserable reports refer to the time that we Clara hurst into an agony of weeping ; and, as were together; and Mr. Middleton says that soon as sh could speak, tried to put aside his will pledge himself for me if you will give him questions, but he was not so to be baffled.
He your assurance that he may do so. He is in his persevered till he had drawn from her the history study. Go to him directly, there's a good girl, of what had occurred, which she gave with the less for it only wants an hour of post time.”
reluctance that she knew him to be already aware The words were poured forth breathlessly ; but of George's misconduct. Indeed, it was a hint Clara stood immovable, clasping her hands to received from Mr. Archer which had induced Mr. gether with a look misery. Then she ran to Capel to send Clara to his son. Incoherent and inGeorge's chair, and folding her arms about his terrupted were her words, but her listener speedily neck covered his face with tears and kisses, as if to apprehended their meaning. He soothed her with atone for the pain she was about to inflict. He the utmost tenderness, and once more put hope half pushed her away, saying impatiently, “Come, into her desolate heart. He knew Mr. Brookes come, what does this mean?"
well, and had, indeed, recommended George to “I cannot do it," murmured the sobbing girl ; him ; he would speak to George, and if he found “you know I cannot. Oh, my dearest brother, him properly disposed, (of which he felt no doubt,) what will become of me!”
he would himself see Mr. Brookes, and endeavor George was furious; he affected incredulity, he to induce him to accept his (Mr. Archer's) surety tried entreaties, protestations, menaces, ridicule. for George's future steadiness and good conduct. She could not be in earnest. Would she ruin her He entertained no fears. Above all, never let own brother, because some once or twice she had Clara for one moment regret that she had done seen him when he had been a little imprudent ? right in circumstances so painful. She had probAnd when he said this he positively believed that it ably saved her brother, for this lesson would be was but once or twice, and that her scruples were one that he never could forget. Clara could as absurd as they were unkind. Clara wept to scarcely express her gratitude. They walked toagony, but never wavered. It was, indeed, a mar- gether for some time in silence, her tears flowing tyrdom which had more than the bitterness of quietly and relieving her overstrained nerves. At death. And this idolized brother parted from her last he spoke again : “Do you remember a conat last with words which burned indelible traces versation we had, some years ago, about Tennyupon her heart-she did not love him-she was son's Love and Duty ?" his enemy-she had ruined his prospects forever. She looked up in surprise. Yes, she had not She felt that she had alienated from her the only forgotten it. heart which she had believed to be entirely her “ You said then,” he pursued, “ that no woman
She sat down in a kind of desperation, and could feel sure that she was beloved till she was wrote to Mrs. Bouverie, accepting the situation, and actually told it; and that it was selfishness in a man offering to come to her immediately. She did not to keep silence, because, in order to avoid the poslike to send a servant with the note ; she feared to sible humiliation of a refusal, or the pain of a scene be prevented from sending it at all if she delayed, of parting if separation were necessary, he might and yet she felt that it was the only thing to be be depriving her (mark I only say might) of a done. Inaction seemed impossible, and she hurried certainty which—which—she might wish to posout with it herself. How she walked those two sess. Clara
! all this while I have miles she did not know. Her head ached to dis- loved you !” traction, and her thoughts were all bewildered ; There was again a silence, Clara's face hidden but she left the note, sealed her own fate, and then in her hands. And so, not absolutely discouraged, set forth again to the vicarage. " I shall be very Mr. Archer told his history. He had loved her unhappy, always, all my life,” said she to herself; | all this while-for her charms, for her faults, for " but George will not care! George will not care!" | her noble struggle against those faults, for her and the words seemed to strike heavily against her / self-conquest, for herself. He believed it impossi
ble that she should love him ; he had never meant truth, so many witnesses to that inner sense which to speak of it. But those words of hers had re- was awake indeed, but unconscious and ungrateful ! mained unforgotten ; and, at last, he was doing How did she, who had so gloried in her self-dependwhat, perhaps, he might ever afterwards repent. ence, glory now, in owing all to him! Yes, all ! Did he repent it? He spoke of his defect, he ac- Her happiness, the comfort of her family, (for I cused himself of presumption, he was ashamed, need scarcely say that he was the anonymous beneafraid of what he had done. Reader, did he re- factor,) the complete reformation of George, who
distinguished himself to her heart's content, as Oh, how often did Clara Archer, the happy, mathematical professor ; and the improvement in idolized wife, recur to those days of self-deception her own character, which she verily believed to when, out of the bitterness of her mortification, have been caused, though unconsciously at the in believing that he did not like her, she' persuaded time, by her contemplation of his. In her happiherself that she disliked him! How did she delight ness as in her bitter grief, in her weakness as in to trace the marks of her secret, unsuspected, un- her strength, in her faults as in her noble qualities. acknowledged love, in her irritability towards him, she remained, from first to lasther shyness in his presence,
her unsatisfied and morbid cravings after affection, which were, in
A VERY WOMAN.
(JACOB BEHMEN'S SECOND RAPTURE.) “The Soul of man, like common Nature, ad- WHEN Jacob Behmen was in the twenty-sixth mits no vacuum; if God be not there, Mammon year of his age, he was " enraptured a second time must be; and it is as impossible to serve neither, with the light of God, and with the astral spirit of as it is to serve both. And for this there is an es- the soul, by means of an instantaneous glance of sential reason in our constitution. For man is de- the eye cast upon a bright pewter dish ;-being the signed and born an indigent creature, full of wants lovely Jovialist shine or aspect, introduced into and appetites, and a restless desire of happiness, the innermost ground of the recondite, or hidden which he can by no means find within himself; and nature. -Okely's Memoirs of Jacob Behmen.this indispensably obliges him to seek for his hap- Monthly Review, vol. 63, p. 523. piness abroad. Now if he seek his happiness from God, he answers the very intention of his frame, stance of that strange mixture of metaphysical and
“This," says the reviewer, “is another inand has made a wise choice of an object that is ad- chemical terms to which the ingenuity and learning equate to all his wants and desires. But then if of Paracelsus, and after him, of our English Fludd, he does not seek his happiness from God, he must gave some credit. The pewter dish is here reprenecessarily seek it somewhere else ; for his appe- sented as the medium of the divine influence ; and tites cannot hang long, undetermined—they are the light reflected from it is called the Jovialist eager, and must have their quarry; if he forsake the shine, because Jupiter, or Jove, was the astrologiFountain of Living Waters, yet he cannot forsake cal or chemical representation of tin, of which metal his thirst, and therefore he lies under the necessity pewter chiefly consists.” of hewing out broken cisterns to himself ; he must pursue, and at least promise himself satisfaction in
(SOUL AND BODY.] other enjoyments. Thus when our hope, our trust, and our expectations abate towards God, they do Great Nature she doth cloathe the Soul within not abate in themselves, but are only scattered A Fleshy Garment which the Fates do spin ; among undue and inferior objects. And this makes And when these Garments are grown old and bare, the connection infallible between indevotion and With sickness torn, Death takes them off with care, moral idolatry; that is, between the neglect of And folds them up in Peace and quiet Rest; God's worship, and worshipping the creature : for So lays them safe within an Earthly Chest, whatsoever share we abate towards God, we al- Then scours them and makes them sweet and ways place upon something else ; and whatsoever clean, thing else we prosecute with that share of love, de- Fit for the soul to wear those cloaths again. sire, or complacency, which is due unto God, that
Duchess of Newcastle, Poems, p. 135. is in effect our idol.”—Dean Young's Sermons, vol. 1, p. 19.
New APPLICATION OF STEAM.-A new applica
tion of the principle of steam has been successfully [FASCINATION OF DANGER.)
made during the last eight months. A few words will At the siege of Gibraltar, Lieutenant Lowe of suffice to indicate it. Water boils and gives off steam the 12th regiment, a superintendent of the working at 100 degrees, French scale. Heat the boiler to parties, lost his leg by a shot, on the slope of the 800 degrees, and the same quantity of water will hill under the castle. He saw the shot, before give off steam with an expansive power, perhaps the fatal effect, but was fascinated to the spot. fifty times as great. The heat should be always This sudden arrest of the faculties was not uncom- kept just below that at which the water takes the mun. Several instances occurred to my own ob- spherical state and gives off no steam at all. A servation, where men totally free have had their French mechanic has made a small boiler, which, senses so engaged by a shell in its descent, that under the great heat above-mentioned, runs powerthough sensible of their danger, even so far as to ful machinery. The boiler and engine occupy ory for assistance, they have been immediately fixed about one twentieth part of the space occupied by a to the place. But what is more remarkable, these common boiler of the same power. We need not men have so instantaneously recovered themselves point out the great utility of this for vessels of all on its fall to the ground, as to remove to a place of kinds, especially for sea packets, where economy safety before the shell burst.–Drinkwater, p. 156. of space is important.