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led him immediately to her mistress friends. Do not be afraid. I do not and retired. The first object which his reproach you. I was insane at Paris, eyes fell upon, as he entered the room, but the voyage has changed me. I was the poniard of which the duke had come as a father to comfort you. Do spoken.
not kill yourself: I could not survive Mantoux, in answer to eager ques- you.” He stopped and listened intioning from madame, could only report tently. He heard nothing but the that her name had not been uttered at beating of his own heart. A fear dinner, and that Count Villanera had seized him. Honorine,” he cried, adretired at his usual hour. Her disap- vancing again,
dead ?" Death pointment at hearing such report was itself made answer: his foot caught only equaled by her anger; her former against a chair, he stumbled and fell devotee not only renounced his idolatry, in a pool of blood. but made mock of the idol : the threat When the femme de chambre entered of suicide then did not move him. But the room in the morning, she found him she will have vengeance. She engages
then on his knees beside the corpse, Mantoux to kill her rival. He demands dabbled with her blood, monotonously fifty thousand francs as the price of the babbling an articulate cry in a low, crime: she accepts those terms. But wailing tone. The girl, who had never asks the prudent Mantoux, has she the had but one human sentiment, blinded money at hand; for if he is not paid on by grief and rage, could only see in the spot, he would not care to go to this idiotic wreck of humanity the murParis to seek his wages. Yes, she has derer of her adored mistress. She beat a hundred thousand francs in her sec- him, bit him, tore him with her nails retaire. He asks five minutes to reflect like a wild beast; but the duke was on the matter. Very good, reflect, said insensible to physical pain. Madame Chermidy, so sure of her man Mr. Stevens, the English magistrate that she did not even look at him while resident at Corfu, had dined the preawaiting the result of his deliberation. ceding day at the Villa Dandolo, where
The shadow that had followed Man- he was always a welcome visitor, and toux was the old Duke de la Tour had long since become a valued friend. d'Embleuse. When the other entered He had passed the night there. In the the house, he hid himself in the garden morning he joined the family group in and patiently watched the window the garden--the old and young countwhence shone the light. He knew that ess, and Don Diego, and the doctor-was her room. When the light was who were amusing themselves with the extinguished, and he saw Mantoux como infantile sports and graces of the little out and run rapidly away, he left his Gomez. The duke had not yet aphiding-place and went to the window, peared : his windows were still closed, against which he pressed his lips in and they respected his morning slumecstasy. He knocked softly against bers. Mathieu Mantoux was near by, the panes to attract attention, but re- zealously occupied in the performance ceived no
He gazed with of some domestic duty. The smiles straining eyes through the darkness, and jests of the party were interrupted and thought he saw Honorine kneeling by the arrival of Mr. Stevens's servant, by the bedside ; again his diseased fancy who came to call his master.
A murseemed to show her asleep on her couch. der had been committed in the neighAfter waiting a long time, and feel- borhood, and everybody was calling for ing of the window wherever bis hands the judge. All he knew of the affair could reach, he began with extreme was, that people said a French woman caution to loosen one of the panes, which had been found dead in her bed in the were set in lead; and finally, after in- house, a half mile distant. finite pains, succeeded in inserting one Capital !” said the doctor, with a of his hands, all cut and bleeding, and laugh. • My dear M. Stevens, the turned the espagnolette. He groped breakfast-bell is ringing; you had betcautiously across the floor, which was ter take your coffee. I think I know encumbered with trunks and furniture the case: it is not pressing. It is only lying about in confusion, whispering at an unsuccessful suicide. You have been each step: “Honorine, are you there? sent for in the hope that the message It is I, your old friend—the most un- would bring another member of our happy, the most devoted of all your company in your train.” M. de Vil
lanera bit his moustache and kept silent. how cold it is! And the day when the He had loved Madame Chermidy for boy was born-do you remember? Who three years, and had believed that he cried—who laughed then ? Who swore was sincerely loved by her. His heart fidelity till death? Come, now, kiss was bitterly pained at the idea that she her-kiss her now!" had possibly killed herself for him, and The count, motionless, unresisting, memories of the past rose up in fresh horror-stricken, colder than the corpse revolt against the mocking levity of the he gazed upon, expiated in a moment doctor. Impelled by different motives, three years of illegitimate pleasure. they both accompanied the magistrate, It was evident from circumstances who, regardless of the doctor's incre- that Madame Chermidy had not com. dulity, immediately proceeded to the mitted suicide, and that the duke could scene of the murder.
not have committed the murder. AcciMadame Chermidy lay upon the bed dent soon revealed the true assassin in the dress she wore the preceding in the person of Matthieu Mantoux. evening. Her beautiful features were After two or three years passed in horribly distorted. Through her half- reign travel, of which the Parisian open lips her teeth were visible, clench- world never knew the incidents, the ed in the convulsion of her last agony. Count and Countess Villanera took Her eyes stared wildly open. It was possession of their hotel in Faubourg evident from the marks of blood on the St. Honoré three months ago. The exfloor and furniture, that she had been cellent Duchess de la Tour d'Embleuso struck near the fire-place, and after- lives with them, and takes part in the wards dragged to the bed. The femme management of the household and the de chambre, whose strength had been education of a fine little girl some two exhausted by the first violent outbreak years old, who resembles her mother, of her grief, sat crouched in a corner and is, consequently, much of the room, silently and fixedly regard. beautiful than her deceased brother, ing the corpse. But when the inquest the late Marquis de los Montes de began, and she heard the testimony that Hieros. seemed to confirm the idea of suicide, The marquis and the old duke died in she burst out in passionate eloquence the arms of Doctor le Bris, who is still of denial; and then first perceiving the the family physician--the duke at Corfu, count, who had thrown himself into an the child at Rome, where he was atarm-chair and was silently weeping, she tacked with a typhoid fever. seized him by the arm, and, dragging It is said that the little marquis had him toward the bed, cried out in a wild a large fortune in his own right, bevoice, broken by sobs : " Look! look! queathed by a distant relation. After See the beautiful eyes that used to gaze his death the family sold his estate, and so tenderly on you; the pretty mouth dispensed the proceeds of it in works of you used to kiss; the great long locks charity. you used to twine your fingers among ! Such is the last French novel, which Do you remember the first time you will doubtless be soon translated. The came to the Rue du Cirque? How,, interest of the story and the skill of the when they had all gone, you went down narration confirm About's placo in conon your knees to kiss that hand! But temporary French literature.
LIFE AT AN ENGLISH WATERING-PLACE A HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS AGO.
UT whom have we here? Who is How animated look his train, his out
this ? Right regally he approaches riders, and the fellows clustered leg -right royal is he in his appointments. and wing behind his carriage! How His six spanking grays whirl his chariot enlivening the music of the band which along in dashing style.
accompanies him ; how brilliant the tone “Curriculo pulverem Olympicum
of those horns, which startle the air Collegisse juvat."
with their clangor. How the people stop on every sido to gaze on the cor- dirty, and expensive; the public rooms tége as it passes ! How the sick poor, were desecrated by all sorts of vulgarity creeping homeward to the hospital, and rudeness. Under the direction and clasp their hands and utter benedictions authority of their new monarch, the on him by whose exertions it was raised! corporation of Bath reédified their city, How others, ladies and gentlemen of all and noble streets, beautiful squares, degrees, offer him courteous homage, verdant gardens, soon combined their wbich he as courteously acknowledges. attractions with the medicinal waters And now another carriage meets his, of the place, to render it the most and its occupant-a prince of the blood, fashionable city in England. He drew by'r lady !--pulls his check-string and up a code of ceremonial laws which he thus invites to conference. After a rigidly enforced, and which were imfew moments' conversation, the hats plicitly submitted to by the inhabitants are raised from the heads (not, reader, and visitors of the city. the heads taken out of the hats), the Like all popular monarchs he became Prince of Wales proceeds, and then the
very absolute. horns reawaken their clamor, the pos- "I pray your majesty to permit us tillions crack their whips, the fiery one dance more," said her Royal Highgrays spank onwards, and in this guise ness, the Princess Amelia, to King the monarch of Bath, King Nash, ar- Nash, as the clock was striking eleven. rives at the pump-room.
• Impossible, madam; my laws are The monarch himself was heavy in like those of Lycurgus, immutable.” figure, coarse in feature; he had a long “But just one, Mr. Nash,” persisted curled peruke-wig, surinounted by a the princess. white, or, more frequently, a yellow three- “I regret to deny your royal highcornered beaver. He had high-heeled ness anything, but it cannot be.” shoes and large buckles, blue silk stock- The disappointed princess was comings (with silver clocks) and breeches; pelled to acquiesce. a waistcoat reaching to his knees, and “Your grace seems to have forgotten a coat with cuffs to the elbows, both my mandate,” said he to the Duchess profusely covered with silver lace. of Queensberry, pointing to her apron.
This was the monarch of the eight- Oh, Mr. Nash, it is such a love of eenth century, and an absolute monarch an apron ; look at this edging, the finest was he; his laws were like those of the Brussels point: the shape, too, altoMedes and Persians, unalterable ; but gether new, and quite the ton, I assure it must be conceded to him that he you." never abused the “ right divine.” Sur- " It is, I doubt not, all that your vey we this monarch in his rule.
grace describes; and in the morning, in Though Nash governed as if born to your domestic apartments, I shall be empire, the throne of Bath was not his happy to note its beauties; but now" by right; he had no hereditary claim : and he held out his band for it, he was merely a citizen of the world, " But, Mr. Nash" an idler of London, an impoverished "Madam-"' persisted he, firmly, and Templar, a man living as multitudes of not without a touch of rudeness. men did then, and do now, by his wits, The duchess colored, hesitated a when he was summoned by the voice moment, and then quietly resigned the of the people to take upon his shoulders apron, saying, with much good-humor : the sovereignty of Bath. He obeyed "I believe I was wrong; your majesty the call, and, like the last King of the must forgive me.” French, became the king of the people. The king bowed, took the apron, and
Like all popular monarchs, King gave it to the care of an attendant. Nash was a strenuous advocate of re- An intimation of his royal will carried form, and at Bath promoted it with all with it the form of a mandate with all the influence of his potential voice, and the gentle sex—the other was often reenforced it with all the weight of his fractory. The king, however, was firm, supreme authority. His first care was and invariably, in the end, successful. to improve the accommodations of his The gentlemen's boots, it is said, made seat of empire. When he first under the most obstinate stand against his took the government of Bath, it was a authority-for our readers must know mean, dirty, and incommodious place; that up to the era of this king's reign, the lodgings for visitors were shabby the fashionable assemblies of Bath wore held in a booth, where the ladies wore chairs, attired in their bathing-dresses, aprons and hoods at pleasure, and the but with their heads dressed as if for gentlemen went equipped with swords, an evening assembly; and while their boots, and tobacco-pipes.
bodies were receiving the benefit of the were banished, as we have seen, though healing waters, their beaming countenot without some demonstrations of op- nances were turned to the surrounding position on the part of the fair sex: the gallery, whither the gentlemen duly retobacco and the swords disappeared, paired to pay their morning complibut the boots were obstinate. The inents to the fair. Soft music played good-natured king, who did not like to around; and that no luxury might be proceed all at once to the last extremity wanting, no sense ungratified, each lady with his misled and refractory subjects, had a small floating dish by her side couhad recourse to stratagem to effect his taining her pocket-handkerchief, nosepurpose. About this time, the rep- gay, and a snuff box. Could the gods resentations of Punch were the delight in Elysium have more ?—Ye powers! a of the fashionable world, and the king finely-dressed head, a warm bath, a of Bath announced to his loyal subjects crowd of beaux, a band of music, a that, for their especial recreation, the bunch of flowers, and a snuff box ! celebrated proprietor of Punch, then in Then the water had to be drunk, and the city, would exhibit a new scene in the gay invalids and fashionists of both that hero's life. Full of eager anticipa- sexes assembled in the pump-room, tion, the fashionable world of Bath where three glasses, at three different crowded to see the show; and intense, times, were drunk by each hygeist, soft indeed, was expectation as the new music still filling up the intervals bescene opened with Punch and a beauti- tween swallowing water and emitting ful lady preparing for their night's re- scandal. Oh, the charm of this assempose; but, to the horror of the fair one, bly! talk of scandal broached at an old Punch was stepping into bed with his maids' tea-party! why that is milk and boots on. She desired him to remove honey compared to the wormwood and them—he refused; she remonstrated, verjuice diffused in the aqua-solis of but Punch was firm.
the pump-room at Bath. Madam,” said he,“ do you, a stran- From the pump-room, the ladies adger, presume to instruct me, an inhabit- journed to the toy-shop, the gentlemen ant of this polished and fashionable to the coffee-house. Then came public city, in etiquette ?-My boots! Remove breakfasts, concerts, or lectures upon my boots ! why, madam, you may as art and science, delivered to the subwell tell me to pull off my legs : I never scribers to the rooms. " These lecgo without boots—I never ride, I never tures," says one historian, are fredance without them; and this, at Bath, quently taught in a pretty superficial is considered true politeness."
manner, so as not to tease the underThe lady, however, would not be ap- standing, while they afford the imaginapeased, neither would Punch submit to tion some amusement." the wonted refraction, so the lovers And then separated in anger. We need hardly say that this ingenious lesson was Mr.
“Some for chapel trip away,
Then take places for the play; Nash's contrivance.
Or they walk about in pattens, The historian adds, that few, there
Buying gauzes, cheap'ning satins," after, ventured to appear in boots.
Would our readers like to know for now it is time for prayers, and when something of the usual daily routine they are ended it is noon; and some near a century ago in
play cards at the Assembly House, and
some walk on the Grand Parade, and " -This adorable scene, Where gaming and grace
others drive and others ride ; and thus Each other embrace,
two hours are disposed of, and then Dissipation and piety meet:
comes that ceremony, in the due and And all who'd a notion
regular performance of which all peoOf cards or devotion, Made Bath their delightful retreat."
ple in all places pique themselves, and
which has never yielded (in itself ) to At this time the bath itself was the the versatility of fashion. We mean first fashionable resort in the morning, dinner. Everywhere people eat dinwhither the ladies were conveyed in ner (if they can get it), and yet it is
pointed out in the list of the diversions The strictest etiquette was enforced, of Bath, as if the pleasant occupation and the claims of precedence were rigidappertained to that place alone. But ly adhered to. In the due adjustment this is owing to the undue partiality of of these, Nash was unrivaled, and, local historians.
doubtless, derived therefrom no small Well: after dinner people went to portion of the respect and deference church again, and thence to the pump- with which he was uniformly treated; room ; from which they withdrew to and a great addition was made to the the walks, and thence to drink tea comfort of the vast number of respectat the Assembly Houses, and the even- able middle classes who resorted to ings are concluded with balls, plays, Bath, in the courteous treatment which and mutual visits ; so that Bath yields the monarch of all exacted for them, a continued round of diversions; and from those titled individuals who had people, in all ways of thinking, even hitherto arrogated somewhat too much from the libertine to the Methodist, to themselves from the circumstance of have it in their power to complete the their rank. lay, the week, the month, nay, almost the At eleven o'clock, even in the middle whole year, to their own satisfaction.” of a dance, the King of Bath advanced
Our readers need hardly be told that up the room, raised his finger, and in those were the days of minuets and an instant the music ceased. country-dances; quadrilles were The following rules, written by Mr. known, even the parent cotillon had not Nash, and placed in the pump-room, appeared, gallopades were unheard of, are characterized by the historian of his mazurkas were hidden in the womb of life as being drawn up with an attempt time, polkas were an impossibility, and at wit; he adds, however, that the wit as to the exotic waltz, graceful though was fully as elevated as that of the it be, young Englishwomen of those persons for whom it was intended. A days, how wanting soever in some of writer in the Gentleman's Magazine the refining characteristics of these, perhaps more truly understood them, had not learnt unblushingly to confide when he said that they were “ artfully themselves to the arms of mero ac- contrived to make a kind of penalty the quaintance of the other sex, to bear necessary consequence of a breach of their close and not always respectful them,” and added, that they were "unigaze, to feel their breath on their very versally complied with, because they necks, their cheeks, fanning the hair could not be violated, without renderthat strays on their face! English- ing the offender ridiculous and conwomen can do this now, ay, and deem temptible." They will be read with themselves modest, but it is the some interest now, as giving us a key to fashion.
the state of society generally, when we The ball in King Nash's time began find that in the very focus of fashion and at six o'clock, and ended at eleven. ton, such rules were not merely endurThis was a rule to which the master of able, but were peremptorily called for, the ceremonies most rigidly adhered, and were admirably well adapted to the and from the worthiest motives, viz. : manners and habits of those-viz. : out of regard to the comfort of the in- the élite of the fashionable worldvalids, with whom the city always for whose behoof they were promulged. abounded. The minuet which opened
They are here: the ball, was usually performed by two
“1. That a visit of ceremony at first com. persons of highest distinction at it, and ing, and another at going away, are all that when concluded, the Bathonian King are expected or desired by ladies of quality (or master of the ceremonies) con
and fashion-except impertinents. ducted the lady to her seat, and led a
“ 2. That ladies coming to the ball, appoint
a time for their footmen coming to wait on new partner to the gentleman ; that them home, to prevent disturbances and in. minuet over, both retired, and a second conveniences to themselves and others. gentleman and lady stood up, and thus
“3. That gentlemen of fashion, never apuntil the minuets were over, every gen
pearing in a morning, before the ladies in
gowns and caps, show breeding and respect. tleman dancing with two ladies. The “4. That no person take it ill that any one minuets usually lasted about two hours ; goes to another's play, or breakfast, and not then came the country-dances, in which theirs-except captious by nature.
“ 5. That ‘no gentleman give his ticket for ladies of quality, according to their
the balls to any but gentlewomen.-V. B. rank, stood up first.
Unless he has none of his acquaintance.