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like teeth, seemed to hint that some mysterious increase OR, OLD COMPANIONS IN NEW SCENES.?

of her 'secret sorrow might be expected in the event CHÄP, XVI,

of Oaklands refusing to communicate the results of

his penetration. CONFESSIONS, " Dear me! what can it possibly mean? how I wish

“As I make it out,” said Harry,“the first scene I could guess it!' said the youngest Miss Simper. " i

was Inn, the second Constancy, and the third Incon"Do you know what it is, Mr. Oaklands?” asked stancy." the second Miss Simper.

"Ah! that wretch Jolin, lie was the Inconstancy,” " I'm sure he does, he looks so delightfully wicked," observed the eldest Miss Simper, “marrying for money! added the eldest Miss Simper, shaking her tinglets in the creature !—such baseness! but how delightfully a fascinating manner, to evince her faith in the dura- that dear, clever Mr. Lawless acted; he made love bility of their curl.net

with such naïve simplicity too, he is quite irresistible.” The eldest Miss Simper had been out four seasons,

“I shall take care to let him know your flattering and spent the last winter at Nice, on the strength of opinion,” returned Oaklands, with a faint attempt at which she talked to young men of themselves in the a smile, while the gloom on his brow grew deeper, third person, to show hier knowledge of the world, and the Misses Simper were in their turn deserted; and embodied in her behaviour generally a complete the eldest gaining this slight addition to her worldly system of." Matrimony-made-easy, or the whole Art of knowledge, viz. that it is not always prudent to praise getting a good Establishment," proceeding from early one friend to another, unless you happen to be a little lessons in converting acquaintances into flirts, up to more behind the scenes than she had been in the the important final clause--how to lead young men of present instance. property to propose.

Umph! Frank Fairleghi, where are you? come "Really," replied Oaklands, "my face must be far here, boy," said Mr. Frampton, seizing one of my more expressive and less bonest than I was aware of, buttons, and towing me thereby into a corner

. “ Pretiy for I can assure you they have studiously kept me in girl, your sister Fanny--nice girl too--Umph!" the dark as to the meaning."

"I am very glad she pleases you, șir," replied I; “ But you have made out some idea for yourself; become better acquainted with her, you

will it is impossible that it should be otherwise," observed | find that she is as good as she looks, --if you like her the second Miss Simper, who had rubbed off some of now, you will soon grow very fond of her,-everyher shyness upon a certain young Hebrew Professor body becomes fond of Fanny." at the last Cambridge Installation, and become rather * Umph! I can see one who is at all events. Pray, blue from the contact.

sir, do you mean to let your sister marry that good"Have you?" said the youngest Miss Simper, who, natured, well-disposed, laruin-scarum young fool, being as nearly a fool as it is possible to allow that a Lawless?" pretty girl of seventeen can be, rested her pretensions "That is a matter I leave entirely to themselves.upon a plaintive voice and a pensive smile, which if Lawless wishes to marry Fanny, and she likes him went just far enough to reveal an irreproachable set well enough to accept him, and his parents approve of teeth, and then faded away into an expression of of the arrangement, I shall make no objection: it gentle sorrow, the source of which, like that of the would be a very good match for her.” Niger, had as yet remained undiscovered.

“Uinph! yes—she would make a very nice addition Oh, he has!" exclaimed the eldest Miss Simper; to his stud,” returned Mr. Frampton, in a more sar“that exquisitely sarcastic yet tantalizing curl of the castic tone than I had ever heard him use before. upper lip tells me that it is so.”

“What do you suppose are the girl's own wishes ? “Since yoù press' me," replied Oaklands, " Iconfess," is she willing to be Empress of the Stable ?” I believe I have guessed it."

Really, sir, you ask me a question which I am “I knew it, it could not have been otherwise," quite unable to answer-young ladies are usually exclaimed the blue belle enthusiastically reserved upon such subjects, and Fanny is especially

. The youngest Miss Simper spoke not, but her so, but from my own observations I am inclined to appealing glance, and a slight exhibition of the pearl, think that she likes him.” (1) Continued from Vol. IV. p. 404

• Umph! dare say she does—women are always

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fools in these cases—men too, for that matter--or else unnecessarily: what proof was there that Lawless really they would take pattern by me, and continue in a state cared for Fanny? His attentions—oh! there wa of single blessedness,” then came an aside, “Single nothing in that—Lawless was shy and awkward in wretchedness more likely, nobody to care about one- female society, and Fanny had been kind to him, and nothing to love—die in a ditch like a beggar's dog, had taken the trouble to draw him out, therefore he without a pocket-handkerchief wetted for one,--there's liked her, and preferred talking and laughing with her, single blessedness for you! ride in a hearse, and have rather than with any other girl, with whom he did not some fat fool chuckling in the sleeve of his black coat feel at his ease. However, even if there should be any over one's hard-earned money-nobody shall do that thing more in it, it had not gone so far but that a though with mine, for I'll leave it all to build Union little judicious snubbing would easily put an end to Work houses and encourage the Slave Trade, by way it, I determined, therefore, to talk to my mother of revenging myself on'society at large. Wonder why about it after breakfast: she had now seen enough of I said that, when I don't think it—just like me- Lawless to form her own opinion of him, and if she Umph!"

agreed with Oaklands and Mr. Frampton that his was “I am not at all sure but that this may prove a not a style of character calculated to secure Fanny's mere vision of our own too lively imaginations, afterall,” | happiness, we must let her go and stay with the replied I,“

or that Lawless looks upon Fanny in any Colemans, or find some other means of separating other light than as the sister of his old friend, and an them. I had just arrived at this conclusion, when, on agreeable girl to talk and laugh with; but if it should passing round the stem of an old tree which stood in turn out otherwise, I shall be sorry to think that it is the path, I encountered some person who was ada match which will not meet with your approval, sir." vancing rapidly in an opposite direction, meeting

“Oh! I shall approve—I always approve of every- him so abruptly that we ran against each other with thing—I dare say he'll make a capital husband-he's no small degree of violence. very kind to his dogs and horses. Umph! silly boy, “Hold hard there! you're on your wrong side, silly girl—when she could easily do better too-Umph! young fellow, and if you've done me the slightest just like me, bothering myself about other people damage, even scratched my varnislı, I'll pull you up." when I might leave it alone-silly girl though, very!" “I wish you had pulled up a little quicker, yourself,

So saying, Mr. Frampton walked away, grunting Lawless,” replied I, fur, as the reader has doubtless like a whole drove of pigs, as was his wont when discovered from the style of his address, it was none annoyed.

other than the subject of my late reverie with whom The next morning I was aroused from an uneasy I had come in collision. “I don't know whether I sleep by the sun shining brightly through my shutters, have scratched your varnish, as you call it, but I have and, springing out of bed and throwing open the knocked the skin off my own knuckles against the window, I perceived that it was one of those lovely tree in the scrimmage.” winter days which appear sent to assure us that fogs, “ Never mind, man," returned Lawless, "there are frost, and snow will not last for ever, but that Nature worse misfortunes happen at sea; a little stickinghas brighter things in store for us, if we will bide ber plaister will set all to rights again. But look here, time patiently. To think of lying in bed on such a Fairlegh,” he continued, taking my arm, “ I'm glad morning was out of the question, so, dressing hastily, I happened to meet you, I want to have five minutes I threw on a shooting jacket, and sallied forth for a serious conversation with you." stroll. As I wandered listlessly through the Park, “Won't it do after breakfast?" interposed I, for admiring the hoar-frost which glittered like diamonds my fears construed this appeal into "confirmation in the early sunshine, clothing the brave old limbs of strong as holy writ” of my previous suspicions, and the time-honoured fathers of the forest with a fabric of I wished to be fortified by my niother's opinion before silver tissue, the conversation I had held with Mr. I in any degree committed myself

. All my precautions Frampton about Fanny and Lawless recurred to my were, however, in vain. mind. Strange that Harry Oaklands and Mr. “Eh! I won't keep you five minutes, but you see Frampton,—men so different, yet alike in generons this sort of thing will never do at any price; I'm all feeling and honourable principle,-should both evi- wrong altogether-sometimes I feel as if fire or water dently disapprove of such a union; was I myself so would not stop me, or cart-ropes hold me—then again blinded by ideas of the worldly advantages it beld I grow as nervous as an old cat with the palsy, and forth that I was unable to perceive its unfitness ? sit moping in a corner like an owl in fits. Last hunting Would Lawless really prize her, as Tennyson has since day I was just as if I was mad-pressed upon the pack so well expressed it in his finest poem, as "something when they were getting away-rode over two or three better than his dog, a little dearer than his horse;" of the tail hounds, laid 'em sprawling on their backs, and was I about to sacrifice my sister's happiness for like spread eagles, till the huntsman swore at me loud rank and fortune, those world-idols, which, stripped enough to split a three-inch oak plank, -went slap at of the supposititious attributes bestowed upon them by everything that came in my way, took rails, fences, the bigotry of their worshippers, appear, in their true and timber, all flying, rough and smooth as Nature worthlessness, empty breath and perishable dross? made 'em,-in short, showed the whole field the way But most probably there was no cause for uneasiness, across country, at a pace which rather astonished them, after all; I was very likely worrying myself most I fancy-well, at last there was a check, and before

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