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•Surely," echoed Sister Ann; very Ann felt no disposition to laugh at itmuch doubting, by the way, whether felt rather like bursting out a-crying. the devil really had been circumvented. It seemed as if there were some menace
“Ha, Mistress Bowson, yes, indeed. in his invitation—as if he relied upon And ho! what a joy to be the pastor those hostages in Salem jail to force of such a blessed Hock-yea, and to be her into his church. So she sat listena sheep in such a flock. Would it not ing, submissive and silent, until he grew comfort you, sister, in your sorrows, to so famished that he could talk no longer, be one of us, and to go ’and in 'and and left the house in search of some with these dear lambkins through this more abundant hospitality. valley? Yes, indeed, I am persuaded When he was well gone, she laughed it would; as also it would be a comfort hysterically, to think of his craving to them to 'ave you with them; yea, stomach; while Hannah, in an ecstasy and a comfort to us all in Salem village. of delight, lifted her skirts and danced Which, in short, is what I mean to say ;
round the room like a lunatic. And that is, come over to Salem village and then, like a mistress and maid who had settle, at least attend lecture soft hearts and sympathized with each there."
other, they fell a crying in company The stupendous impudence of the over the names of More, Rachel, the man was certainly amusing; but Sister poor deacon, and even Teague Rooney.
THE LAST FRENCH NOVEL.
FIVE years ago, Edmund About was strewn with classic fossil remains, dug
unknown, except to his old comrades out of Lemprière and scholia. If some. of the Ecole Normal, of which he was thing of a scholar, M. About is nothing one of the most promising pupils. To- of a pedant. A man of taste and culday he is among the most read and best ture, he was not wanting in appreciative paid French writers in light literature; sentiments of love and admiration for and deservedly so.
Then he was a fine the poetry and history of the land of type of the Parisian student. A mind lost gods and godlike men. But he renot remarkably strong but very active; mained unaffectedly modern and French. a ready faculty of learning from books He carried his country with him under and men; industrious, but not drudg- the Grecian sky. His country then was ing; bold, quick-witted, and spiriluel. the Pays Latin, which is, all things conHe was called “a young Voltaire” by sidered in matters intellectual and even admiring professors, who regarded only moral, perhaps the best quarter of the his intellect, and was liked by his fel- Parisian world. For, we may say in lows for his social qualities. After pass- passing, it is not all Bohemia ; nor has ing a brilliant examination, he was sent Henry Munger described the manners by government to the school at Athens. and customs of all its denizens. In this His position there, which was in some he did but as his countrymen--not to say sort official, gave him unusual facilities travelers generally-do abroad. The for entering into society and acquiring French are little given to foreign travel, information, of which, as respects per- except in regiments; but, when they do sons, he is accused of making an occa- pass the frontiers, hold to their native sional indiscreet use, in a book published habit of thought and home standards of shortly after his return to Paris, three judgment as tenaciously, if not as ofor four years ago : "La Grèce Con- fensively, as the-English. Only John temporaine”—Greece as it is.*
It is an clutches on to his awkwardly, protrudeminently readable book of travel and ing them like a portmanteau, with which, observation; not lacking its graver value from time to time, he gores your sides, but always fresh and lively. Though as if to let you know that he carries treating of Greece, its pages are not baggage; while Jean wears his gracefully like a garment, whose becoming sincere love was the sole motive to cut and color he is confident have won matrimony; and, as the love is pure, your adıniration.
* This work has been translated under the title of Greece and the Greeks ; published by Miller & Curtis. -ED.
so, it is equally noteworthy, are the M. About next appeared in print as stories. Mr. Jenkins may read them the author of " Tolla.” In fact he was aloud to his wife and daughters without not the author. “ Tolla” is known in this raising a blush on their fair cheeks, country by translation and reprint. It is unless the girls, having been finished not so well known, perhaps, that the at Madame Chegary's, should color at French original is in large part a trans- papa's pronunciation. Yet they are lation from the Italian. It was first not lackadaisically sentimental. On the printed in that language, under another contrary, the lovers are good, cheery, title, many years ago, and was, in the sensible bodies. They and the other main, a narrative of facts, and a selection personages introduced, some of whom from a correspondence between real per- are choice originals, but not burlesques sons. It was suppressed very soon after of humanity, are such as you meet any publication, by the family, some of whose day in the streets of Paris : they are members found the greatest of libels in students, artists, professional men, manits truthful presentation of their con- ufacturers, etc. No moral is forced duct. From one of the rare copies through these clever tales, protruding spared from the general destruction, our at either end like a skewer through a author, adding, it must be confessed, goose ; but each one, giving a truthful coloring, shading, and new traits of his glimpse of society, teaches its wholeown invention, made up his interesting some lesson. little novel. Of his obligations to his Following them, at an intervel of a predecessor, he made slight, hardly few months, came “Le Roi des Monnoticeable acknowledgment. The whole- tagnes.” Under the forms of fiction, sale plagiarism was much talked of at and with such exaggeration of coloring the time in Parisian literary circles, and as is pardonable with those forms, M. finally charged and proved upon him in About claims to present a faithfully hisan article in the Revue des Deux Mondes. torical picture of robber life in modern His defense, put forth simultaneously Greece. The highly entertaining little in the Revue de Paris, was a lame one, volume forms a pendant to “La Grèce despite its ingenuity and astonishing Contemporaine." Hadgi Stavros, chief impudence. To show that he was not of a large band of Klephts, rules over a plagiary, or, if he were, that it was the highways and byways of the hills of no consequence (to him), he informed near Athens, with less disputed sway the world that “ Tolla” sold well, and than his brother king, Otho, enjoys in that a great publisher had already en- the neighboring capital. gaged his next book.
The regularly constituted authorities Accordingly, “Les Mariages de indeed, the police and many private Paris” was soon issued from Hachette's citizens, not only wink at his proceedprolific press. Of its originality there ings, but sometimes look on them with is no doubt.
Whatever we may think open admiring eyes, and assistant hands of the writer's code of conscience, we outstretched to share the spoils. The recognize its merits of style and inven- contents of the book, except the pretion, and are glad to know, for their fatory chapter-a nice bit of humor that sakes, that it counts its French readers reminds one of Irving-purport to be by thousands.
taken down from the mouth of Mr. HerIn his two earlier works, M. About mann Schultz, as he sat smoking his received the praise of competent critics long pipe in the winter garden, just refor his truthful limning of Grecian and turned from Greece. No longer ago Italian manners. It is but fair to sup
than the third of last July, Herr Schultz pose that in the third, where the scenes had been sent out by an institution in are laid in his familiar Paris, the pic- Hamburg, on a minimum salary, to botures have an equal degree of fidelity. tanize in Greece. While herborizing,
Now, it is a notion of rather general he falls into the hands of the Klephts, acceptance in England and with us,
with two rich English wothat French marriages in general, and men, a mother and daughter, with the Paris marriages in especial, are all latter of whom he falls in love.
He mariages de convenance. But here are narrates his adventures and trials of the histories of six couples with whom body and affections, with a charming naïveté, of which we are sore tempted (his son) governor of the western Afto quote examples. But we must hurry rican colonies. At the end of two on to About's last work-the third that years he obtained leave of absence, and he has put to press within the past came to Paris, where he doubled his intwelvemonth.
come by marriage. That event was “ Germaine" is the most ambitious of speedily followed by the revolution of his works of imagination. Its sub-title 1830, which threw him out of office. is - Deuxième Serie des Mariages de He refused, both from principle and inParis.” It is a novel nearly equal in dolence, to accept office under the new volume to the six tales that composed government. He spent the next ten the first series. The plot is more ex- years enjoying the pleasures of the captended, the characters are more numer- ital, in the grand style of a grand seigous and more fully drawn, and some of neur of the ancien régime : that is, them belong to classes of society that he never failed in the nicest observance he has not approached in the earlier of the conventional proprieties towards dates. His qualities of style and man- the world, and towards his beautiful ner remain the same-lightness, clear- wife. She bore him a daughter, Gerness, some wit and much vivacity, with- maine, in 1835. He wasted her fortune out impurity-although one of the per- and his own in splendid debaucheries, sonages on whose portraiture he bestows which, with extreme good taste and at much pains, is to a Parisian novelist, enormous additional expense-for noone would say, peculiarly provocative thing costs dearer than discretion at of open or allusive indecency. This Paris-he kept carefully concealed from marriage in Paris differs from the the duchess, who adored him. Though others, also, in being one of pure conve- profoundly selfish, he was neither mean nance at the outset-how it ends, will be nor cruel; though an utter rake, he was seen presently. For we propose giving not gross nor a fool. Accordingly, he a brief, but connected abstract, of the always preserved his polished elegance leading incidents of the story, thinking of manners, and was fully aware that by that means to do as much justice to he was verging to the brink of poverty. the author, and procure, at least, as For a time the gaming-table was a fermuch entertainment for our readers as tile resource; and he counted with carethough we attempted a grave criticism. less confidence on uninterrupted goodTo those, however, who lack occupation luck. The twenty-fourth of February, for an idle hour, we commend perusal 1848, was fatal to him. “My dear of the entire original, the pleasure of Marguerite,” he then said with frank which we promise not to anticipate by gayety to his wife, “ this villainous revoa too complete analysis of its con
lution has ruined us. I have not a
thousand francs.” The poor duchess, Germaine, the heroine, from whom startled by the unexpected announcethe novel takes its title, is introduced to ment, thought of their little daughter us on the first of January, 1853. She and burst into tears. is a young girl of eighteen years, living, • Never mind,” said he lightly, and or rather dying—for she is in the last courteously kissing her hand, “ the stages of consumption-in an apartment storm will blow over. Count on me. almost bare of furniture, on the entre- I count on luck. Fortune will come sol of the princely hotel at the corner again.” And so, disdaining to turn to of the Rue Bellechasse and Rue de productive account whatever small tall'Université, Faubourg St. Germain. ent he was possessed of, he idly awaitThe hotel belongs to the Baron de ed the return of fortune in the entresol Sanglié, a scion of the old noblesse, who of the hotel de Sanglié. Soon poverty partly from kindness of heart, partly began to press hardly on the fallen famfrom esprit de corps, has given the use ily. Tradesmen would trust no longer. of the apartment to the impoverished The blindly-loving wife sold and pawned Duke de la Tour d’Embleuse. The one by one, laces, furs, jewels. On duke's father emigrated in 1790. He new year's morning, 1853, she went out, was noted for his fidelity to the royal clothed in an old faded gown and worncause, and his enmity to France. He out shoes, to pawn her wedding ring. returned with the Bourbons, and had It was the only means of buying a his share of the indemnity. In 1827, breakfast for her husband. He always Charles X. appointed the present duke called for and expected a breakfast, which he always eat with a good relish; talked of, without furnishing any patent never troubling to ask how it was pro- cause for scandal. When her husband cured, or to doubt the appetite and sat- came home in 1850, after a three years' isfaction of his wife and daughter. absence, he was astounded by the magWhen he had completed his repast, he nificence of her apartment and the would kiss the duchess, playfully re- brave livery of her domestics; and primand Germaine for coughing so when his dear Honorine presented hermuch and keeping papa awake at self in an elegant morning toilette that night, and then go out for a walk-ex- must have cost as much as two or three pecting cheerily that fortune might take years of his pay, he forgot to clasp her a turn any day, and must some day. in his arms or kiss her; sheered off
Doctor Charles le Bris is young, well- without saying a word; ordered the looking, agreeable in his manners, skill- hackman to drive to the Lyons Railroad ful in his art-a favorite wherever dépôt, and embarked a month afterknown, and rapidly rising to a valuable wards for a five years' cruise in the practice in his profession. He is Ger- Indian Seas. maine's attending physician. He has Some while before the arrival of her pronounced her case to be hopeless, and husband, Madame Chermidy had made gives her not more than four months to the acquaintance of the Count Diego live. He can only alleviate, not cure. Gomez de Villanera. The count, you see A sincere regard for the duchess, whose it by the name, is Spanish. He is tall, health is giving away under the com- dark complexioned, and rather harshbined burdens of poverty and anxiety featured ; grave and dignified in his for her child, is an additional motive manners ; ardent in his passions; the for continuing his daily unpaid visits. soul of honor-all as become a Spanish Then, it would be bad policy to desert hidalgo, who traces the course of his a noble family in distress. The doctor unsullied blood through twenty generais shrewd, though he passes for being tions. only good-natured.
The astute Arlesian studied through Doctor le Bris also sometimes visits her lover at a glance. Her character Madame Chermidy, in the Rue du remained to him a sealed book. Lost Cirque, Faubourg St. Honoré.
in fond contemplation of the beautiful Madame Chermidy, née Lavenaze, cover, he never thought to pry into its had inherited the beauty of an Arlesian mysteries, nor dreamed they differed mother for her only fortune. Twenty from the promises of the fair title-page. years ago she sat at the counter of a She was so delicately sensitive that she tobacco shop in Toulon.
It was a
would not accept a ring, a brooch-the favorite place of resort for naval officers merest trifle, from him. The first preswhen in port. In 1838, Lieutenant ent she could be prevailed on to reChermidy, coming in from a long cruise, ceive, after a year's intimacy, was an went to buy a cigar there, and was * inscription of rente” for forty thouenchanted with the unwonted sight of sand francs.
The money she had such charms. Like Saul, the son of brought to Paris was nearly exhausted. Kish, who went out to seek his father's In November, 1850, she was delivered asses and found a kingdom, so the honest of a son, whom Doctor le Bris delieutenant in pursuit of a cigar found a clared, at the Mairie of the Second wife. He offered himself, was accept
Arrondissement, under the name of ed, and thought he had taken a prize. Gomez, born of unknown parents. The prize took him for the convenience Don Diego would have recognized of a marital flag to cover contraband. the child, but that it is not permitted Luckily for the worthy sailor, his life by the French laws. He could not enwas mainly on the sea, where it oved dure to think that the Marquis de los less stormy than on shore.
Montes de Hieros, the hereditary title Ten years later, with ripened beauty of the eldest son of a Villanera, should and two or three hundred thousand
one day sign himself Chermidy. In his francs that she had received neither distress, he revealed the whole case to from her husband's wages nor by legacy, his mother, and asked her advice. Madame Chermidy came to Paris. She The old dowager bears considerable took a grand apartment in the Faubourg resemblance to her son-ugly, tall, St. Honoré, drove out two blood horses proud, and noble in all senses.
Her to the Bois du Boulogne, and was much thoughts are all employed on heaven, her house, and its heir.
come to be strongly attached to the his passion for the Chermidy, which little Gomez: and he is a Villanerashe is too wise to reproach . him with ; her noble blood runs in his veins. for she knows well the world, though Doctor le Bris proposes the affair no longer of it. She takes the infant, to the duke one morning, as that worto bring up in her hotel.
thy gentleman lies in bed. And here The Chermidy sees the new hold she follows one of the best scenes in the has upon the count, and devises a bold book, where the doctor's worldly plan for turning it to the account of her shrewdness and coolness curiously but vaulting ambition. Marriage, during naturally mingled with his kindness of the lieutenant's life, is, of course, im- heart—the duke's selfishness and genpossible ; but the lieutenant, exposed tility, and conventional pride of class to the perils of the sea and of battle, and levity—the duchess's regard for will not, it is hoped, live always. One her husband's comfort, and her materday she said to Don Diego, Marry- nal love and womanly delicacy-Gertake a wife from among the first nobil- maine's devotion to her father's comfort ity of France, and condition that in the and to her dear mother's relief from the legal papers of arrangement for the sufferings of poverty, and holy sacrifice marriage, she recognize your child as of maidenly feelings to their interestsher own. By this means, little Gomez, are depicted in their varied play, conwho is now two years old, will become trast and conflict with rare skill and your legitimate son, noble on the father's (French) truthfulness. It is too long and mother's side, and heir of your to translate in full. Abbreviation would Spanish estates. As for me, I sacrifice destroy its nice shadings, and be a gross myself to the interests of our boy. I injustice to M. About. will retire to a cottage, to live on mem- We pass it over, then, as well as -and ory and weep over past happiness. for similar reasons-other scenes in This grand act of renunciation aug- which, after the proposition is accepted, mented, if possible, the doting admira- the members of the two families are tion of the chivalric Diego, who refuses introduced to each other. The count, to abandon this heroine of maternal who is punctiliously respectful, exlove. To overcome his scruples, it was changes some needful formula of words necessary
that Madame. Chermidy with his affianced bride, who passively should disclose, as delicately as might endures his presence, but hardly conbe, other features of her scheme. ceals her angry disgust for her pur
Marry,” she whispered in his ear, chaser. With the maternal instincts of “provisionally. The doctor will find her sex, however, she takes kindly to you a wife among his patients.” the little Gomez, and grows to love the
Mademoiselle de la Tour d'Embleuse old countess, who installs herself at once bears one of the first names of the old as nurse and mother, and between whom noblesse. She can live but a few and the poor duchess, acquaintance fast months. Her father is penniless, and ripens into mutual esteem. has all the tastes that wealth alone can Meantime, doubts and fears begin to gratify. For a sufficient sum of money arise in the calculating breast of Madhe will, consent to her marriage, with ame Chermidy. If this consumptive the proposed condition. When she is girl should not die presently ?-if even dead, the count will have a legitimate she should get well with ono lung, as son, and be free to legitimate his mis. the doctor confesses lies within natural tress whenever the fates remove the possibilities ?—if Villanera should, as impedimental lieutenant.
sometimes has happened, the doctor Don Diego's love for his son controls says, contract her malady? She tries his better sentiments regarding the to break the match of her own invenshameful bargain. The noble, religious tion, but in vain. Don Diego, having old dowager's love for her son, and her promised to marry Germaine, will keep conviction that he will alienate his es- his word as
a man of honor ; and tates and commit any other folly that as a man of honor will do all that he the bad woman may urge, if this plan can to prolong her life, and so long as be not followed, do not overcome her she lives, have no relations-not even disgust, but make her consent, as to the by letter—with the Chermidy. least of evils, to the shameful bargain. The marriage ceremony is performed, Withal, for she is a woman, she has and the bride and groom, accompanied