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at Oxford he had narrowly escaped a heavy stances would do so. His pride could not collegiate censure for his daring avowal of bear the thought that ever be had offered the infidel opinions. With wonderful tact, how- homage of his heart where it had been reever, he now accommodated himself to the jected. He determined to appear indifferent feelings of those whom it was his object to he rejoiced that never had a distinct avowal conciliate. He professed a deep respect for of his affection passed his lips. Ho resolved religion ; with great candor, however, he ac- to make Ellen believe that any past attentions knowledged that it had hitherto occupied but had not been serious upon his part; he wished little of his attention. He assumed the atti- her to believe that he had trifled with her tude of an inquirer, and, if things must be affections, so false is the passion which men called by their right names, he played the call pride; he had rather that she should have part of the hypocrite most admirably. On a just cause for reproach, than an unjust cause Mrs. Irving he completely imposed on her of triumph. daughter partially.
And he almost succeeded in conveying to Ellen and Charles had never interchanged a her the impression he desired, and he made word on the subject of their mutual attachment, her miserable ; his visits gradually became and yet, in the inmost recesses of their souls, fewer and fewer at the cottage, until even his each had long regarded the other as the object aunt remarked to him that he was neglectful of a conscious love. To Ellen's pure mind of his friends. Occupation, and the necessity this feeling carried with it all the sanctity of of intense study, furnished him with an an engagement; and, although she could not excuse. plead this in reply to her uncle's persuasions In the mean time her uncle, and even her to encourage the addresses of Mr. Leeson, to mother, urged upon her the propriety of reher own heart it was in itself a sufficient rea- ceiving the attentions of Mr. Leeson, which son why she should refuse them.
were so marked as no longer to be capable of Not that she needed this motive to determine being misunderstood. Mrs. Irviug had been her. With that intuitive perception of char- imposed on by the artfulness of his hypocacter which often seems an instinct of the risy; she believed that he was such a man female heart, she felt that there was an un- as her father would have chosen for Ellen ; definable something about him which she and, while she was not altogether dazzled by could not like, and, with all his winning the worldly advantages of the match, so as to manners, and even his appearance of regard overlook higher considerations, she certainly for religion, she distrusted him. She felt, or did feel proud of seeing her daughter pccupy fancied, her dişlike was an unreasonable one, that exalted station which she knew she was and, therefore, an unjust one ; and, there- qualified to adorn. fore, she tried to overcome it, but in vain ; Poor Ellen was greatly perplexed ; she there are untaught and unreasoning antipa- feared that Charles, if he had ever loved her, thies of the heart, which are under the guid- no longer regarded her with feelings of affecance of something higher than either reason or tion. She could find no rational grounds for experience.
her dislike, or rather distrust of Mr. Leeson ; Charles, however, could not see what was but she felt that she could not love him. Had passing in her mind. It was natural that he she been a girl of less high principles, she should feel a jealousy of the addresses of one would not long have hesitated; but she shrunk who had over him so much advantage in ex- from solemnly pledging, at the altar of her ternal circumstances — in all that men re- God, the tender of feelings wbich her heart gard as calculated to bribe the female heart told her she could not fulli. into regard. Born of a family far higher She told her feelings to her mother ; Mrs. than his circumstances, Charles had all that Irving was not altogether capable of undersensitiveness of pride which such a position standing their depth. “My child," she said, is calculated to nurture. He dreaded the “ if your heart tells you that it will not go character of an adventurer above all things. with the vows you make, let nothing ever Had Ellen been destitute of fortune he would tempt you to make them ; but Ellen, my long since have plighted to her, in words, dear, do not be led away by the notions of a those vows of constancy and love which he romantic attachment which young people so had registered in his heart.
often believe should be the foundation of mar. Upon such a disposition, the sensitiveness riage. Esteem is the real source of the only of which was aggravated hy a morbid ner- love that will last; it is almost in itself the vousness of temperament, the result of sleep- love that a wife owes to her husband. Do less midnight hours, and intense application not, Ellen dear, refuse a man whom you to study, the presence of a rival' like Mr. esteem, because you do not feel that wild, girlLeeson produced effects almost amounting to ish sentiment which perhaps your education madness. He fancied that Ellen encouraged has not fitted you to form ; but consult your his addresses, perhaps because he thought it own heart, and pray to God to guide you to most probable that any woman in her circum-/ what is right."
The mother affectionately kissed her child ; | her hand, she looked over the sea, where the Ellen made no reply. She might have an- wind was sleeping along the waves. swered her mother's argument by analyzing She had sat for some time ; the shadows her feelings towards Mr. Leeson, and question of the clouds were getting darker on the ing whether the distrust she felt for him was waters, and the Kish light, shining distinctly consistent with esteem. But her own heart on the black horizon around. Ellen was just suggested a more sufficient reply; she had thinking of returning home, when her attenbut to compare her sentiments towards him tion was attracted by a female figure that had with those with which she still regarded her been apparently making its way along the cousin, to know that she did not love him. rocks upon the sea-shore, and was moving up
In sadness and sorrow she went out alone to the cultivated grounds about the cottage. to a favorite seat which overhung the sea. The female stopped, and looked carnestly at
Clontarf is a little village on the sea-shore, the cottage, for a few minutes, not many yards at the distance of about two miles from from where Ellen sat; she had, therefore, Dublin. The magnificent bay spreads its concealed herself by the trellised paling that broad waters before it; far across them, on surrounded her, an opportunity of scanning the opposite side, rise the romantic hills of the singular figure that presented itself. Killiney, and further still behind them, the The figure was tall, and, even amid the Wicklow mountains repose upon the sky; the disfigurement of a large gray cloak that was city itself lies to the westward, like a German wrapped around her, singularly handsome. metaphysician, almost always obscured in the The head was fastened round with a red dun atinosphere of its own smoke ; a little to band, and a profusion of the most luxuriant the north-east rises the Hill of Howth, and far black hair streamed half way down the back, away to the eastward you can discern noth- outside the cloak. Her feet and legs were ing but the blue and apparently boundless quite bare ; the cloak was manifestly inbillows of the Irish channel ; except, indeed, tended for a shorter figure, and so, indeed, it at eventide, when, like a solitary star on that appeared was the red petticoat which apwild waste of waters, you can see glimmering peared under it, for the legs were uncovered afar off, the lanthorn of the light-ship, a nearly to the knee, and the skin, which vessel which is moored on a sand-bank many was of a delicate whiteness, appeared torn miles out at sea ; bearing, even on the bosom by brambles. Her back was partly turned of the perilous element itself, the starlike towards Ellen, so that she could not see the signal of safety, or, to speak more correctly, face ; but the form appeared to have her of danger to the mariner, presenting this finger in her mouth, and to be gazing intently really romantic object, and performing these on the cottage, and muttering to herself. important services under the unromantic Ellen thought she distinguished her own and unpretending designation of "the Kish name. Light.'
" Ay," cried the figure in a louder tone, The residence to which Mrs. Irving had ay; little she knows about him; little retired was situated on the sea-shore, some little — little —," The rest of the senlittle way farther down than the village of tence was lost in muttering. Clontarf. The grounds, confined as they were, The beating of Ellen's heart was so loud as reached down to the beach. Just on some almost to prevent her from listening; she rocks which breasted the billows of the deep, caught by the trunk of the beech tree which a rustic seat had been constructed, so as to was close to her. command a view of all the scenery of the bay. “ Little she knows ; little - little ;'' again It was a favorite retreat of Ellen's ; and, in resumed the stranger, “maybe, little she her present frame of mind, there was some cares that he has forsaken one, and made the thing attractive in its sequestered situation. light heart a sad one ;' again she fell into
It was almost the dusk of an autumn even the low muttering. Ellen could distinguish ing; the clouds hung heavily in the sky, and nothing but the word “ Glenvale.” A mist cast their dark shadows over the sea, along came over her eyes ; she thought she should which the waves were running in troubled have fallen. Her mind instantly reverted tw and irregular succession. The tide was near Charles : she knew not what to fear; a its height, and the spray was dashed high thousand thoughts were in that moment. upon the rocks. One or two leaves from the Her agitation made her move so as to attract trecs, which grew down to the water's edge, the notice of her mysterious visitant. She were now and then whirled round and round turned round with a glance of fire from eyes in the eddies of the rude blast. Ellen of the deepest black. There was an expreswrapped her cloak close round her, as she sion of wildness in the countenance. Ellen walked rapidly along the gravel walk. There felt as if she had seen the features before. was a melancholy in the aspect of nature, Indeed, even through its wildness, there was suited to the state of her own mind. She sat a beauty that made it not easy to have down on the seat, and, leading her head on seen and have forgotten. She rushed, or
rather sprung, towards Ellen — " Ay, then, she bared her bosom and pointed to her Miss Ellen, I'm glad — glad to see you ; it is heart. for you I'm looking; maybe, darlint, to save She sat down at Ellen's feet, and seemed you from a sore heart - a sore heart, Miss more collected. Ellen, it's a sore thing. Maybe you don't “I've wandered far to-day, Miss Ellen, to know; - put your hand here, Miss Ellen;" tell you this story; and when I did come ! and the poor creature flung open her bosom, wandered in my mind — I can't think of and placed Ellen's hand upon her heart. anything."
“ Miss Ellen, you don't know me;" she con • How is your father, Sally?" inquired tinued, looking up earnestly in her face, and in Ellen, hoping that the question might recall the earnest gaze Ellen recognized a face wbich the scattered recollections of the poor creashe had not seen for years. My readers, per- ture. haps, bave before this recognized Sally Browne. She looked up full in her face, and an ex
* I did not know you at first, Sally; I did pression of deep meaning passed across the not expect to see you here,” replied Ellen, wildness of her features. She clasped her startled at the manner and appearance of her long, lank hands; and her only reply was by old friend ; still more startled at a thousand a troubled moan. For some minutes she conterrible thoughts with which her appearance tinued this low and dismal sound, while she was associated.
rocked herself backwards and forwards with a “ No wonder,” replied the other ; “Do motion that kept a sort of time to her moans. wonder. I'm not like what I was when I She continued this motion for some time : used to catch the lambs for you at Glenvale. at last she started to her feet. She grasped I used to be light-hearted. I am light-headed her head wildly with her hands, and then now - my brain's not right, Miss Ellen, caught Ellen's with a violence that made her dear."
shrink. A sudden fire seemed to light up the It needed not these words to assure Ellen maniac's eye. " Listen to me, Miss Ellen,” of the truth. The poor maniac put her hand she cried, while her voice appeared to assume to her head and tapped several times with her new energy; “ listen to me -I must tell it. finger on her forehead.
A woman does not like to tell her shame; but * I might tap long, Miss Ellen," she said ; the vow of the dead is upon me;" and as she “but they're in it - whirling about--ay-continued to speak, her breathing rose higher ever since the day I saw them both — the and higher. " Be warned, Miss Ellen ; it sod's over them — and white daisies are on was Edward Leeson that made me what I am ; them — you know his hair was white it was he that broke my father's heart; be white, white — like the snow;" and she warned, Miss Ellen. He wants to marry walked away, apparently forgetting her com- you; I know he does. Come, listen to me"; panion altogether.
there is no one near us, but them that you Ellen recalled her with a voice trembling don't see. Come, now, here give me your with agitation. She raised its tone almost solemn oath that you 'll never marry him.” to a scream,
before the other heard it. She She paused - an unearthly fire lit up her eye started.
- she squeezed Ellen's wrists with a painful “Who says Sally? O, ah, Miss Ellen, and convulsive grasp. “Swear it, swear it," dear !"
she repeated, with a violence that was “ Did you not say, you had some- becoming alarming, “as you would miss thing to tell me ?" said Ellen, scarcely know- the curse the curse - the curse, Miss ing what she said.
Ellen !" she screamed. “They're here to * Oh, Miss Ellen !” replied Sally, “I have curse you - do you see him there, there to tell you - look at me, darlint; you swear -- look at him-he's beckoning me would n't like to be like me - you would n't - his hair is all white-swear." Her eyelike to wander the world - you would n't, balls were straining on some point by the seaMiss Ellen, dear - now take care, Miss Ellen, side. A cold shudder passed over all her don't trust him - he loved me too." frame, while Ellen was literally compelled to
“Who?" interrupted Ellen, in violent emo give the required vow. The maniac became tion.
calm. “Did you see him, Miss Ellen ?" she “Who!” exclaimed the other, looking with said, in a low and fearful whisper—“my a piercing stare into her features ; " are not father - he was there ;' and she pointed in you to be his bride - won't he make you a the direction in which her eyes had been pregrand countess - did n't he say it to me?" viously directed. “I saw him standing on that
The maniac paused; Ellen breathed free- rock.' ly.
She paused for a long time, overcome by “Ay, Miss Ellen, he will put diamonds in excitement; she resumed, in a subdued tone: your hair, but they will turn to serpents, “ Poor old man ! he was always fond of and they will get about your heart - 80 you, Miss. Ellen. Do you remember, long don't take them — they ’re here ;" and again ago, when you were at Glenvale ; and wo
were both children; and then I was the bonniest you all, Miss Ellen ; and keep your promise, child in all the country except yourself; and darlint, and sometimes think of me. "Maybe, Master Charles used to vex you, saying I Miss Ellen,” she added doubtfully, “you bad blacker eyes than you, and the old man would sometimes pray for me ; pray that my would take you on his knee, when you would wanderings may be short." She hesitated, begin to look downcast, and tell you that you as if it were almost impious in her to ask had the sweetest face in all the country side; prayer for the only blessing she seemed to and that you would yet make a ice wife for regard as possible for her. Master Charles. Even in death he did not *. The tide 'g full in,” she began again ; forget you. You have all my story, Miss " and one might fall in along the rocks, but Ellen, darlint. My father and my child are I'll be watched; my time is not all in yet. in one grave ; his white hairs are in it; but Would n't I make a pretty corpse, Miss Ellen, when he was cold under the sod he came to dear, if they found me with my long hair me in his winding-sheet, and he sent me all wet with the salt water?" to you; and I have to tell you — he-he- They were startled by the sound of Mrs. Miss Ellen – he forsook me - he left me to Irving's voice, in gentle tones, exclaiming, die by the road-side, if I chose, when my “ Ellen, my love, why are you out 80 father put me out; ay, and the old man's late ?" heart was broke, and he never looked up Sally started; “I must be off," she cried more. I bore it all until I saw him die
wildly; " my business was with you." and my child, too. I was with him when he Ellen almost mechanically held her. died; I saw him as the breath went from It is my mother, Sally - tell — tell her him ; and he forgave me, and he blessed me ; all." ay, and he blessed the baby; but that, Miss Mrs. Irving was now quite close to them. Ellen, went hard with bim; but be did bless She was surprised at the strangeness of the it, and he died ; and I sat day and night be- figure which she saw wildly held by her side the corpse. I talked to it all night. daughter ; she had no time, however, for inThey wanted me to quit it; and before the quiry. The maniac suddenly disengaged hermorning light the child had gone to him. self with violence from the gentle grasp that The dead man's blessing was on it; and it had detained her. Her eyes glared with fire ; took fits and died. Then something passed she raised herself up with proud dignity to an through my head ; and from that morning elevation that gave her fine figure a look of oat - they say I'm mad - but I saw him com
ommanding energy; and while she raised He came to me in his white her voice to a shriek, expressing the mingled shroud ; and he laid the row upon me to emotions of terror and triumph, she cried out come to you, and then I was to wander the in an unearthly tone, “ There !" wide world, a desolate creature, to go near Ellen looked in the direction to which her neither kith nor kin — to disgrace them out-stretched arm pointed ; there stood, mothat was what he put upon me. But maybe tionless and breathless, Mr. Leeson ; her there is good for me in the next world ; there's uncle was following a few paces behind. none in this. But I've done one row, and There was, perhaps, fortunately for all parI'll keep the other, though it's a hard one ties, little time for thought or reflection. too, to be desolate in the earth - desolate - The maniac moved towards the object of her desolate - desolate !” and, repeating the word bate, as if she would have scorched him with with bitter emphasis, she turned to depart her just indignation. down towards the sea.
“Edward Leeson," she cried, “I have now almost dark, and the tide had found you! Edward, do you know me; do risen so high that there was no passage along you know the mother of your child ? When the rocks. The mad girl stood just upon the last you saw me you told me I might go with edge of the water ; her dark figure clearly it to hell ; but it's in heaven, where you 'll discernible amid the white spray that was never be. Listen to me, villain, listen! The dashing round her. “Look, Miss Ellen!" very dead have come to warn me about you. she cried ; " look!" pointing out towards the The blessed dead don't come back for nothing; light that glimmered on the horizon from the If there is a God in heaven, vengeance will light ship; " look! it's all black but that overtake you. You broke my father's heart. one star — all, all, all !"
Let this lady ask what of the old sexton of She stood for a moment gazing on the Glenvale. Well she knew poor Sally when she light; then turned round, having discovered was a child ; she would not know her now ; that there was no egress by the way she had | but she's promised ; and listen
the curse oome.
of the light heart that you have made heavy She once more advanced towards Ellen. is with you wherever you go !”. "Good-by, Miss Ellen ; if I have said any A wild peal of laughter, such as none bat thing queer don't be angry with me — re- maniacs laugh, closed this address, in which member my poor brain is turned. I're told no one bad ventured to interrupt her. She
rushed down towards the sea, and disap-1 I understood the shortness of his reply as a peared apparently into the wave.
reproof of my impertinent inquiry ; and like “Good God, she 'll be drowned !” exclaimed most persons who have received a deserved Mr. Irving, as he rushed to stop her; but rebuke, I was very well inclined to be silent. her movements were too rapid; she had passed Conversation altogether fagged at our table ; with a light step along rocks that seemed but the others appeared well inclined to make almost impassable; and before he reached the up for it by their noisiness. water's edge the same fearful laugh was Their leader commenced calling for chamechoing from a place which he knew to be pagne ; and I could not help thinking that he one of safety.
did so in a pointed manner, as if to ridicule
the less aristocratic call which Charles had just From the incoherent ravings of poor Sally, that instant made for two tumblers of punch. my readers will gather as much as they can It was not, however, pointed enough to justify wish to learn of the dismal tale of the trans- a notice. Charles' face colored, and he again actions in which she was concerned. They vehemently picked a bone. can have no difficulty in conceiving the natu The others commenced a conversation in a ral result of her terrible disclosures.
tone so loud that most of what they said Of all these occurrences I knew nothing at could be heard at our table, particularly as the time. My readers may therefore conceive our humble beverage by no means appeared my astonishment, as I was accidentally present as exhilarating in its effects as the champagne, at the scene which I must now describe. of which their libations were certainly not
Charles Wilson, I have already mentioned, stinted. had obtained a scholarship in tho University ; The officer talked of cock-fights and horseand he made his rooms his residence up to races; the fat-faced gentleman of fighting the time of his being called to the bar. An bull-dogs, in a tone, and with a zest that intimacy subsisted between him and me for seemed to confirm my guess us to his occupasome time. I remember, it must have been tion. The other was generally silent, alwithin some days of this strange interview, though occasionally he joined with the others we had made a plan for a day's excursion into in boasting of exploits of a character eren the county Wicklow : we returned late in the more disgraceful than those of the heroes of day by one of the evening coaches; we both the cockpit and the dog-fight. were tired, and as we passed a tavern in At last he said to his companions, “ Boys, street, Charles proposed that we should have I must tell you of my last adventure. Only supper.
think of it; an old rascal thought to hook me I do not now remember by what accident into matrimony with his niece.” we were shown, not into the coffee room, but “ Into matrimony !” exclaimed the officer, into a small room set apart for more private incredulously. parties. There were two tables in it; at one · Ay,” he said, “ an old Jew of a Dublin of which Charles and I seated ourselves, and merchant, who thought his money would be were soon engaged in the discussion of our well spent in buying even the contingency of supper with the appetite of hungry men. a coronet for a vulgar-looking niece that he
While we were thus engaged, a second has taken as his child ; she was the daughter party entered the room and took possession of of some country curate; but I humored the the other table. One of them, who seemed thing, and had a month's sport out of it, feastto be the leader, was a handsome young man ; ing with the uncle and flirting with the niece. at least he would have been both handsome I had them all in high tune; but, egad, the and gentlemanly in his appearance, if he had plebeian wretches took the matter too serinot both the manner and look of a roué. He ously, and I have been forced to cut it short." was accompanied by a dandy-looking young Charles' features underwent a thousand officer, who was smoking a cigar, and a bluff changes of color and position during this and vulgar-looking, middle-aged man, who speech, which the speaker rendered still more had something the look of a dog-stealer, but disgusting by language and insinuations of was also engaged in the gentlemanly occupa- which no gentleman could be capable. I felt tion of the cigar.
anxious to escape the contamination of such A strange glance passed from the leader to society. Charles. Charles was evidently confused ; " Who were the wretches that bad the imthere was, however, no sign of recognition. pudence to try to take in your lordship?" ex
“Do you know those chaps ?" I asked, claimed the dog-stealer, as he thrust repeated thoughtlessly.
spoonfuls of some made dish down a throat " I don't want to know them,” he an- which gaped like the crater of a volcano, swered, shortly, and began vehemently to which, indeed, he made it resemble in other pick the leg of a turkey, which had consti- respects by being guilty of a certain practice tuted a portion of our supper ; he showed, to which volcanoes are said to be addicted. however, no other symptom of agitation. “Honor bright,” exclaimed the officer, in