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lawyer and the rising, painter were Suppose, my dear Lionel, that we old fellow-travellers along the same light, one idle day, on a beautiful road of life. Darrell was really an novel, a glowing romance-suppose exquisite judge of art, and his praise that, ' by chance, we are torn from was the more gratifying because dis- the book in the middle of the intecriminating. Of course he gave the rest—we remain under the spell of due meed of panegyric to the female the illusion-we recall the scenesheads, by which the artist had be- we try to guess what should have come so renowned. Lionel took his been the sequel-we think that no kinsman aside, and, with a mourn- romance ever was so captivating, ful expression of face, showed him simply because we were not allowed the portrait by which all those vary- to conclude it. Well, if, some years ing ideals had been suggested—the afterwards, the romance fall again in portrait of Sophy as Titania. our way, and we open at the page
“And that is Lionel,” said the where we left off, we cry, in the artist, pointing to the rough outline maturity of our sober judgment, of Bottom.
'Mawkish stuff -is this the same "Pish!” said Lionel, angrily. Then thing that I once thought so beautiturning to Darrell - “This is the ful !--how one's tastes do alter !"" Sophy we have failed to find, sir- DARRELL.-“Does it not depend is it not a lovely face ?”
on the age in which one began the “It is indeed,” said Darrell. “But romance ?” that nameless refinement in expres- LIONEL—“Rather, let me think, sion--that arch yet tender elegance sir, upon the real depth of the interin the simple, watchful attitude- est—the true beauty of the these, Mr Vance, must be your addi- VANCE(interrupting).-"Heroine ? tions to the original."
-Not at all, Lionel. I once fell in “No, I assure you, sir,” said Lio- love-incredible as it may seem to nel ; “besides that elegance, that re- you—nine years ago last January. finement, there was a delicacy in the I was too poor then to aspire to any look and air of that child, to which young lady's hand-therefore I did Vance failed to do justice. Own it, not tell my love, but 'let concealment,' Frank."
et cetera, et cetera. She went away “Reassure yourself, Mr Darrell," with her mamma to complete her said Vance, "of any fears which Lio- education on the Continent. I renel's enthusiasm might excite. He mained 'Patience on a monument.' tells me that Titania is in America ; She was always before my eyes yet, after all, I would rather he saw the slenderest, shyest creature-just her again-no cure for love at first eighteen. I never had an idea that sight like a second sight of the be- she could grow any older, less slender, loved object after a long absence." or less shy. Well, four years after
DARRELL (somewhat gravely).- terwards just before we made our "A hazardous remedy-it might kill, excursion into Surrey, Lionel), she if it did not cure."
returned to England, still unmarried. COLONEL MORLEY.-“I suspect, I went to a party at which I knew from Vance's manner, that he has she was to be-saw her, and was tested its efficacy on his own person.” cured.”
LIONEL “No, mon Colonel “ Bad case of smallpox, or what?" I'll answer for Vance. He in love! asked the Colonel, smiling. Never."
VANCE. — “Nay; everybody said Vance coloured-gave a touch to she was extremely improved that the nose of a Roman senator in the was the mischief-she had improved famous classical picture which he herself out of my fancy. I had been was then painting for a merchant at faithful as wax to one settled imManchester – and made no reply. pression, and when I saw a fine, fullDarrell looked at the artist with a formed, young Frenchified lady, quite sharp and searching glance.
at her ease, armed with eye-glass and COLONEL MORLEY. “Then all the bouquet and bustle, away went my more credit to Vance for his intuitive dream of the slim blushing maiden. perception of philosophical truth. The Colonel is quite right, Lionel; the romance once suspended, 'tis a and you'll tease me no more to haunting remembrance till thrown give you that portrait of Titania at again in our way, but complete dis- watch over Bottom's soft slumbers. illnsion if we try to renew it; though All a Midsummer Night's Dream, I swear that in my case the interest Lionel. Titania fades back into the was deep, and the heroine improved arms of Oberon, and would not be in her beauty. So with you and that Titania if you could make her- Mrs dear little creature. See her again, Bottom.”
Even Colonel Morley, knowing everybody and everything, is puzzled when it comes to
the plain question—"What will he do with it?"
"I am delighted with Vance," said sapientia.' Yet I can scarcely beDarrell, when he and the Colonel were lieve that you have ever been in again walking arm-in-arm.“His is love." not one of those meagre intellects “Yes, I have," said the Colonel, which have nothing to spare out of bluntly, “and very often! Everythe professional line. He has humour. body at my age has-except yourself. Humour-strength's rich superflu- So like a man's observation, that,”
continued the Colonel, with much "I like your definition," said the tartness. “No man ever thinks anColonel. And humour in Vance, other man capable of a profound and though fantastic, is not without sub- romantic sentiment !” tlety. There was much real kind- DARRELL.-" True; I own my ness in his obvious design to quiz shallow fault, and beg you ten thouLionel out of that silly enthusiasm sand pardons. So then you really for—"
believe, from your own experi“For a pretty child, reared up to ence, that there is much in Vance's be a strolling player," interrupted theory and your own very happy Darrell. “Don't call it silly en- illustration ? Could we, after many thusiasm. I call it chivalrous com- years, turn back to the romance passion.
Were it other than com- at the page at which we left off, we passion, it would not be enthusiasm, should it would be degradation. But do COLONEL MORLEY,-“Not care a you believe, then, that Vance's con- straw to read on! Certainly, half fession of first love, and its cure, was the peculiar charm of a person bebut a whimsical invention ?”
loved must be ascribed to locality and COLONEL MORLEY. — “ Not so. circumstance." Many a grave truth is spoken jest- DARRELL.—“I don't quite underingly. “I have no doubt that, allow- stand you." ing for the pardonable exaggeration COLONEL MORLEY.—“Then, as you of a raconteur, Vance was narrating liked my former illustration, I will an episode in his own life.”
explain myself by another one, more DARRELL-“Do you think that a homely. In a room to which you are grown man, who has ever really felt accustomed, there is a piece of furlove, can make a jest of it, and to niture, or an ornament, which so mere acquaintances ?”
exactly suits the place, that you say COLONEL MORLEY.—“Yes; if he be - The prettiest thing I ever saw !' so thoroughly cured that he has made You go away-you return—the piece a jest of it to himself. And the more of furniture or the ornament has been lightly he speaks of it, perhaps the moved into another room. more solemnly at one time he felt it. it there, and you say-Bless me, is Levity is his revenge on the passion that the thing I so much admired !' that fooled him."
The strange room does not suit itDARRELL. "You are evidently an losing its old associations and accesexperienced philosopher in the lore sories, it has lost its charm. So it is of such folly. Consultus insapientis with human beings — seen in one
place, the place would be nothing effect a prolonged absence might prowithout them-seen in another, the duce on your good resolution.” place without them would be all the “No!” said Darrell, with sudden better!”
animation. “Before three days are DARRELL (musingly):- “ There are over, my mind shall be made up.” some puzzles in life which resemble “Bravo !-as to whom of the three the riddles a child asks you to solve. you would ask in marriage ?” Your imagination cannot descend low “Or as to the idea of ever marrying enough for the right guess. Yet, again. Adieu. I am going to knock when you are told, you are obliged at that door.” to say-'How clever!' Man lives to “Mr Vyvyan's ! Ah, is it so, inlearn."
deed? Verily, you are a true Dare-all.” “Since you have arrived at that “Do not be alarmed. I go afterconviction,” replied Colonel Morley, wards to an exhibition with Lady amused by his friend's gravity, "I Adela, and I dine with the Carr hope that you will rest satisfied with Viponts. My choice is not yet made, the experiences of Vance and myself; and my hand still free.” and that if you have a mind to pro- “His hand still free!” muttered pose to one of the young ladies whose the Colonel, pursuing his walk alone. merits we have already discussed, you “Yes—but, three days hence–What will not deem it necessary to try what will he do with it ?"°
Guy Darrell's Decision.
Guy Darrell returned home from began to pace the room with his Carr Vipont's dinner at a late hour. habitual restlessness when in solitary On his table was a note from Lady thought-often stopping—often sighAdela's father, cordially inviting ing heavily. At length his face Darrell to pass the next week at his cleared-his lips became firmly set. country house.
London was now He summoned his favourite servant. emptying fast. On the table-tray was “Mills,” said he, “I shall leave town a parcel, containing a book which on horseback as soon as the sun rises. Darrell had lent to Miss Vyvyan Put what I may require for a day or some weeks ago, and a note from her- two into the saddle-bags. Possibly, self. In calling at her father's house however, I may be back by dinthat morning, he had learned that Mr ner-time. Call me at five o'clock, Vyvyan had suddenly resolved to and then go round to the stables. take her into Switzerland, with the I shall require no groom to attend view of passing the next winter in me.” Italy. The room was filled with The next morning, while the streets loungers of both sexes. Darrell had were deserted, no houses as yet astir, staid but a short time. The leave- but the sun bright, the air fresh, Guy taking had been somewhat formal- Darrell rode from his door. He did Flora unusually silent. He opened not return the same day, nor the next, her note, and read the first lines list- nor at all. But, late in the evening lessly; those that followed, with a of the second day, his horse, reekchanging cheek and an earnest eye. ing-hot and evidently hard-ridden, He laid down the note very gently, stopped at the porch of Fawley again took it up, and reperused. Then Manor-House ; and Darrell flung he held it to the candle, and it drop- himself from the saddle, and into ped from his hand in tinder, “The Fairthorn's arms.
“ Back againinnocent child,” murmured he, with back again--and to leave no more !" a soft paternal tenderness; " she said he, looking round;
Spes et knows not what she writes." He Fortuna valete !"
THE FIRST BENGAL EUROPEAN FUSILIERS AT LUCKNOW.
(Continued from our June Number.)
" Soldiers, wake! the day is peeping;
Honour ne'er was won in sleeping."-Scott. TAE route came on the afternoon wasté;" literally, “to blow them of the 26th January 1858 to march away." next morning. We started about 8 We encamped close to the two A.M., but the day was so cloudy barracks in which Sir Hugh Wheeler and foggy that it was almost impos- had made his stand, and nothing sible to see to strike our tents, and could be more wretched than the for obscurity, quite resembled one in aspect these presented. You are of favoured England. Moving on the course aware in England what the high-road, we passed over the scene place is like, both by verbal descripof the action fought on the 5th tion and photography; yet everyJanuary by the troops under the thing must fall short of the truth. command of his Excellency the Com- Standing amidst the ruins, we no mander-in-Chief, and saw many me- longer wondered that our brave men mentoes of the cavalry pursuit still had been at last obliged to come to remaining on the roadside.
the real wonder was, how We halted at Khodagunge, and, men could possibly bave made a following the high-road, reached stand in such a place. The question Cawnpore by the regular marches on must have occurred to every mind, the 3d February. From the last “where are the defences ?” and as march to this station I rode to see nothing had been altered when we Bhithoor, the abode of the wretch were there, the reply was, there Nana Sahib. The place was occu- were really none !" The shallow pied by some of our troops and a ditch, perhaps two feet deep, had company of Sappers. The residence not been completed round the two of the Nana is “not," – a heap of barracks, which, completely riddled ruins marks the place where it once by round-shot, alone afforded any stood.
protection; and nothing could more The town looked miserable enough, distinctly prove the want of real and but for the filth of the place I courage on the part of the mutineers should have thought it deserted; than their having been effectually all the country round, however, was resisted for even one day. cultivated with the usual care, and While here, we were joined by covered by the most luxuriant crops. Captain Sallusbury, Lieuts. Maxwell, But nearer Cawnpore this state of Magniac, and Hall
, who had returned things altered considerably; and for from England; the latter had, howsome miles from the city the fields ever, formed part of the garrison of were either left without culture, or Lucknow, and returned with the the crop had been entirely destroyed. Commander-in-Chief's army from
Just as we were entering the can- that place. The former of these tonment we were surprised to see a officers brought up a large draft number of natives, evidently recruits, of recruits for the regiment-an inundergoing instruction quite in the crease much required to fill the vaold style, under their havildars and cancies in our ranks. native officers. The sight itself The regiment left Cawnpore on seemed so strange to us in such a the morning of the 6th, crossing the place, that one of our officers rode Ganges by the bridge of boats into up and asked one of the drill instruc- Oude, moving towards Oonao. On tors for what purpose these men this march, though the land seemed were being drilled. The reply, as fully cultivated as usual, there coming as it did from a man of one was no longer that degree of attenof those regiments who had fought tion to agriculture so remarkable on for us to the death at Lucknow, the right bank of the river, and was most ominous — “Oorāné ké which has been long under British rule. The villages, too, more re- wiry grass, forming the landscape; sembled peopled forts than an while the mirage, this day frequently assemblage of houses occupied by seen, only tended to delude the imacultivators, and are quite strong gination with false ideas of extended enough to resist the attacks of troops lakes and fruitful groves; where unprovided with artillery.
crops existed, they were, with the We reached Oonao about 1 P.M. exception of a few favoured localion the 6th, and remained there until ties, markedly inferior to those on the 11th. At this place the Rifles the Cawnpore side of the Ganges. had formed quite a strong intrenched Having marched some miles through camp, simple in detail, yet most effi- thisuninteresting country, we reached cient. There was a ditch some four a deserted village ; on passing a little feet deep, the earth from which beyond which we came in sight of the formed the curtain of the work, camp of the army under Sir James while small bastions, armed with Outram. There, within those tents, light field-guns at the corners, well were the gallant few who had held loopholed, enabled the defenders to the thousands of Oude and rebel pour in a flanking fire on any Sepoys in check so long; yet, who assailants. Altogether the work could fancy it was an army in front of was most creditable, and showed a large city occupied by à numerous how strongly, and with how little enemy? Now and then a shot was trouble, a small camp might be fired from heavy guns, but these fortified. On the 11th we marched were such exceptional events that to Nuwabgunge, halting until the nothing could have seemed more 21st. It must not, however, be quiet than when we marched in. thought that these were days of The camp was formed to the right rest. The men were constantly em- of the high-road, and our tents ployed in escorting trains of carts pitched next to the Engineers, about or camels, the materials intended for a mile distant, and in rear of the the siege of Lucknow passing con- main body. The fort of Jellallabad tinually on the road for that place. was to our left; and as that post, in
On the 21st of February orders which all supplies for the siege were were issued for us to be prepared to being collected, had been attacked a march to Bunnee when relieved by day or two before our arrival, it was the Rifles ; but, early on the 22d, we probably with the intention that we were directed to make no stay at that might protect that post, should it be place, but march on to Alumbagh. necessary, that we were encamped in The regiment moved out of camp at our present situation. 9 A.m., and reached Bunnee at 12 On the 24th the enemy came out o'clock; here the band of the 79th. in considerable force ; but being Highlanders came out to meet us, obliged to make a detour to the right, playing in advance as we marched so as to avoid the batteries along our past their camp. We also received front, they exposed themselves to a most cordial invitations from the cavalry charge, and although they officers to partake of their hospi- could not be pursued to any distance, tality; however, though much grati- yet two guns were captured by our fied, we were unable to accept of horse. On the 1st, the Chief rode their kindness. We had heard pre- into camp, and we heard that the viously to this that we formed part whole of the artillery and siege-train of the Fifth Brigade, composed of was in park a few miles to our rear; H.M.'s 23d and 79th regiments, and early on the morning of the 2d, commanded by Brigadier Douglas, H. M.'s 420, 38th, 530, 93d, a Sikh and glad were we to find ourselves regiment with cavalry, and a large in such good company.
train of artillery, moving across our The country appeared to be still front, told us the final move was being less cultivated as we advanced into made. In about two hours the reOude; but on leaving Bunnee the ports of cannon made us aware that term barren could hardly be mis- they had come in contact with the applied, extensive plains of sandy enemy; the firing soon ceased, and soil, sparsely covered with thorns or the glad news was brought in, that