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My husband excused us, saying that we wish- , new-married couple whom you see before you ed to reach home soon; that I was fatigued with and wish, not only for them, but for those who the journey; but that we could not pass Carls- come after them, that they may forever have fors without paying our respects to Ma chère mère. place in the garden of the Lord !"
“Nay, good, good!” said she, apparently sat- “ Skal! Skal!" resounded on all sides. Lars isfied, " we will soon have more talk within; but Anders and I drank, and then went round and first I must speak a few words with these people shook hands with so many people that my head here. Listen, good friends !" and Ma chère mère was quite dizzy. struck the back of the violin with the bow, till a All this over, we prepared for our departure, general silence prevailed through the hall. My and then came Ma chère mère to me on the steps children,” continued she, in a solemn tone, "1 with a packet, or, rather, a bundle, in her hand, have something to say to you—the hangman! saying, in the most friendly manner, “Take wilt thou not be quiet there below-I have to tell these veal cutlets with you, children, for breakyou, that my beloved son, Lars Anders Werner, fast to-morrow morning. In a while you will takes home his wife, ihis Franziska Buren, whom fatten and eat your own veal; but, daughter-inyou see standing by his side. Marriages are de- law, don't forget one thing, let me have my naptermined in heaven, my children, and we will kin back again! Nay, you shall not carry it, now pray. Heaven to bless its work in the per- dear child, you have quite enough to do with sons of this couple. This evening we will drink your bag (pirat) and your cloak. Lars Anders together a skal* to their well-being. So now you must carry the veal cutlets ;" and then, as if he can dance, my children. Olof, come here and were a little boy still, she gave him the bundle, play thy very best.”
and showed him how he must carry it; all which While a murmur of exultation and good wish- he did as she bade him, and still her last words es ran through the assembly, Ma chère mère took were," Don't forget, now, that I have my napkin me by the hand and led me, together with my back!" husband, into another room, into which she or- I glanced, full of amazement, at my husband, dered punch and glasses to be brought; then pla- but he only smiled, and helped me into the carcing both her elbows firmly upon the table, and riage. After all, I was quite satisfied to have supporting her chin on her closed fists, she look- made the acquaintance of Ma chère mère in so ed at me with a gaze which was rather dark than impromptu a manner; for I felt that, if it had friendly. Lars Anders, who saw that this review been more solemn and premeditated, her bearing was rather embarrassing to me, began to speak and her scrutiny would, perhaps, have had more of the harvest, and other country affairs; Ma effect upon me. chère mère, however, sighed several times so deep- As to the veal cutlets, I could not but rejoice ly, that her sighs rather resembled groans; and over them, for I could not tell in what state I then, as it were, constraining herself
, answered might find the provision-room at Rosenvik. to his observations.
Right glad, also, was I to arrive “at home,” The punch came, and then, filling the glass, and to see a maid-servant and a ready-prepared she said, with earnestness in tone and counte- bed, for we had travelled that day ten miles nance, “Son, and son's wife, your health !" (Swedish), and I was greatly fatigued. I had
After this she became more friendly., and said, slept a little on the quarter-of-a-mile way, bein a jesting tone, which, by-the-by, suited her tween Carlsfors and Rosenvik, and the twilight extremely well, “Lars Anders, I suppose we had come on so rapidly that, as about eleven must not say, “You have bought the calf in the o'clock at night we arrived at home, I was unsack.' Your wife does not look amiss, and she able to see what my Eden resembled. The has a pair of eyes fit to buy fish with. She is house seemed, however, to me somewhat gray, little, very little, one must confess, but little and small in comparison of the one we had just and bold often push the great ones aside.'” left; but that was of no consequence, Lars An
I laughed, Ma chère mère did the same, and I ders was so cordially kind, and I was so corbegan to talk and act quite at my ease. We dially sleepy. But, all at onee, I was wide talked for some time very merrily together, and awake, for, as I entered, it seemed to me like a I related several little travelling adventures, fairy tale. I stepped into a handsome, wellwhich appeared to amuse her. In an hour's lighted room, in the middle of which stood a time we rose to take our leave, and Ma chère nicely-arranged tea-table, glittering with silver. mère said, with a most friendly smile, “However and china, while beside the tea-table stood the agreeable it is to me to see you, I will not detain very neatest of maid-servants, in that pretty holyyou this evening. I can very well understand day dress which is peculiar to the peasant girls how the 'at home' draws you. Remain at home of this country. over to-morrow if you will, but the day after I uttered an exclamation of delight, and all come and eat your dinner with me; for the rest, sleep at once was gone. In a quarter of an hour you very well know that you will at all times be I was quite ready, and sat down as hostess at welcome. Now fill your glasses, and come and the tea-table, admiring the beautiful table-cloth, drink with the people. Trouble man may keep the teacups, the teapot, the teaspoons, upon to himself, but pleasure he must enjoy in com- which were engraved our joint initials, and pany."
served tea to my husband, who seemed happy We followed Ma ch're mère, who had gone as to his heart's core. herald, into the dancing-room; they were all And thus the morning and the evening were standing, as we entered, with filled glasses, and the first day. she spoke something after this manner:
« One The next morning, as I opened my eyes, I must never triumph before one is over the brook, saw that my Adam was directing his eyes, with but if people sail in the ship of matrimony with an expression of great devotion, towards the winprudence, and in the fear of God, there is a prov: dow, where a ray of sunshine streamed in through erb which says 'well begun is half won;' and a hole in the blue-striped window-curtains, while, therefore, my friends, we will drink a skal to the at the same time, the mewing of a cat might be
heard. * Dricka skal, to drink a health.
My beloved husband !" I began, solemnly,, cabriolet, I began to make observations on my “I thank you for the beautiful music which you own little world; but of house and enviro s I have prepared for my welcome. I conjeciure will speak later, and first say something of the you have a troop of country girls, all dressed in master of the house himself, because you, my white, to scatter twigs of fir before my feet. I Maria, as yet know nothing of him. will soon be ready to receive them.”
I have your letter before me, your dear letter, “I have arranged something much better than which I received a few days after my marriage. this oldfashioned pageantry," said he, merrily. Thanks, beloved, good Maria, for all its cordial “In association with a great Artist, I have pre- words—for all its good advice, which is well pared a panorama, which will show you how it preserved where it will never be forgotten; and looks in Arabia Deserta. You need only to lift now to your
which I will endeavour up these curtains."
to answer fully; and first of all, for my husband You may imagine, Maria, that I was soon at --for my own Bear-here, then, you shall have the window-with a sort of sacred awe drew his portrait. Of a middle size, but proportionaside the curtains. Ah, Maria, there lay before ably, not disagreeably stout and broad; a handme, in the full glory of the morning, a crystal some, well-curled peruke, made by the Creator's lake; green meadows and groves lay around, and own hand; large countenance, couleur de rose; in the middle of the lake a small island, upon small, clear gray eyes, with a certain penetrating which grew a magnificent oak: over all the sun glance, under large, bushy, yellow-gray eyeshone brightly, and all was so peaceful, so para- brows; the nose good, though somewhat thick; disaical, in its beauty, that I was enchanted, and, the mouth large, with good teeth—but brown, for the first moment, could not speak; I could alas! from tobacco-smoking; large hands, but only fold my hands, while tears filled my eyes. well made and well kept; large feet, the gait
May you be happy here!" whispered Lars like a bear: but this gives no idea of his exterior, Anders, and clasped me to his heart.
if you do not take into account an expression “I am happy, too happy!" said I, deeply of open-hearted goodness and cheerfulness, which moved, “and grateful."
inspires a joyful confidence in the beholder. “Do you see the island, that little Svano ?" This speaks when the mouth is silent, as is most asked he: "I will row you often there on a sum- frequently the case; the forehead is serene, and mer's evening; we will take our evening meal the bearing of the head such as reminds one of with us, and eat it there."
an astronomer; the voice is a deep bass, which “Why not breakfast ?" inquired I, suddenly is not at all amiss in singing. Here, then, you fired with the idea; “why not to-day, in this have his exterior. His inward self, best Maria, beautiful morning, and drink our coffee? I I have not yet myself studied. Betrothed to him will immediately
only within two months, wife since fourteen No, not this morning,” interrupted he, laugh- days, I have not had great opportunity to become ing at my earnestness; “I must go into the city acquainted with a man who is generally silent, and visit my patients.'
and whom I have not known more than half a “Ah!" exclaimed I, in a tone of vexation, year. But I trust and hope all for good! "what a thing it is that people cannot remain You ask whether I feel love, actual love, for in health !"
him; and give, half in jest, half in earnest, exWhat, then, should I do?" asked he, in a sort straordinary signs by which I may be able to of comic terror.
prove this. Whether I am sensible of an insup" Row me over to Svano," was my reply. portable want when he is absent? Whether 1,
"I shall be back," said he, "for dinner, about like Madame L., become pale and embarrassed three o'clock, and then we can-that cursed hole when he enters a company in which I am althere above," said he, “ I could not have believ- ready? Whether he has any fault, any bad ed that the curtains had been so tor"
habit, which in another would be unpleasant to " That hole shall remain as long as I am me, but which in him is agreeable ? No, Maria, here,” exclaimed I, with enthusiasm, interrupt- of all this I experience nothing; but understand, ing him; never would I forget that through dear Maria, I can very well endure him; I must that hole I first saw sunshine at Rosenvik! But have found him excellent, otherwise I should tell,” inquired I, "what old fortress is that which not have married him; but love-him! one sees across the lake there, so gray in the dis- In the first place, he is much older than I am; tance ? there, where the wood is so black ?" he is nearly fifty, and I want yet three years of
“That is Ramm,” replied he; "a great coun- thirty; farther, he has been so long an old bachtry-seat."
elor, has his good and his bad habits, and these " And who lives there ?" I asked.
last I do not find at all agreeable; but they shall “ Nobody at this moment,” he replied. “Fif- not destroy our domestic happiness; of that I teen years ago it belonged to Ma chère mère; but am determined. Thus, in the first place, he has she did not find herself comfortable there, so she a habit of spitting about everywhere, on handremoved to Carlsfors, and sold Ramm. The es- some matting just the same as on bare boards, tate was purchased by peasants, who now culti- that habit he must leave off. Secondly, he vate the land, but the fine house and park are smokes a great deal; to this I shall accustom falling to decay. People say that at present it is myself, because I know how necessary and rented for the summer by a foreigner, who wishes agreeable a pipe is to those who have made it to hunt in the country, and a fine opportunity for long the companion of their way through has he to do so in the park itself, which is above life; but we will have a contract between us, a mile (Swedish) in circuit, and in which, du- thus: “I am quite willing to see the lighted ring their long, undisturbed rest, game of all pipe, yet it shall only seldom be introduced into kinds has wonderfully increased. Sometimes the parlour, and never into our bedroom; he may we'll go and look about there; but now, my little puff away as much as he likes in his own room, wife, I must have my breakfast
, and then say and in the hall, where the fumes pass away farewell to thee for a few hours."
freely.” Thirdly, he has an extraordinary habit When coffee was ended, and he seated in his I of making most horrible faces, often to his own thoughts, and often during the conversation of but when I gave the slightest hint of that, be others; but here we will have an understanding made such terrible grimaces, that I gave up al between us - sometimes I shall say to him, attempts of the kind. So we mnounted the cab“Bear, don't make such borrible faces!" But riolet, and, in drizzling rain, drove off, under an most frequently I shall leave hinn quietly to umbrella. himself, because I know how painful it would Ma chère mère received us friendly, but she did be, how almost impossible, for him to counter- not seem to be in good-humour herself. There act such long-accustomed working of the fea- were several old ladies and gentlemen to dine, tures ; more especially as it often furnishes a all strangers to me; it was a heavy affair; and mode of speech which is very expressive, and though the dinner was magnificeni, spite of all appears more merry than disagreeable. Fourth- my attempts, I could eat nothing. ly, he has a kind of carpenter mania, and would In the afternoon, immediately after coffee, very willingly sit of an evening and chisel and Bear went with the gentlemen down into the billglue, and make dirty work over table, and chair, iard-room, leaving me with Ma chère mère, the and floor; to this I will accustom myself with old ladies, who kept talking to themselves, and my whole heart, and merely every morning a certain Lagman Hok, an old and tried friend make all carefully clean again. It always gives of Ma chère mère, who sat near her and took snuff. me pleasure when a gentleman has some little Ma chère mère was silent, played patience, and favourite occupation, and after Bear has been looked grave. I said now and then a word, but occupying himself all day, till he is weary, with every moment grew stiller, for my head ached his medical profession, this is a cheerful diver- sadly; the rain beat against the window, and, to sion of mind to him. Fifthly, he has a habit of tell the truth, I was out of humour with Lars using certain coarse words; this I will patient- Anders, who, it seemed to me, might have come, ly, and by little and little, get him to leave off; at least once, during that long afternoon, to look but that to which I am most fully determined, after his little wife, and not have gone thus inabove all things, to accustom him is, to feel him- dulging his old bachelor habits of playing bill. self happy, and io find contentment and pleasure iards, drinking, and smoking; and in this illin his own house; for, Maria, I was poor, was humour the afiernoon wore by. obliged to get my bread in the sweat of my own Towards evening Ma chère mère requested me brow—for teaching music is no light labour. I to play something. I sat down to the piano, was not young any longer, had no beauty, nor made a prelude, and began to sing that beautiful talent beyond that little bit of music; and he, little thing, “ Youth;” but the heat, my headache, from a family of consequence, of a respectable and my chagrin together, put me quite out of station in life, and universally esteemed on ac- voice. I sung at first tremulously, then false, count of his character, his knowledge, his quali- and at last out of time, although I had sung that fications, selected me from among many richer, piece a hundred times before. All was still as handsomer, and betier than I. He attended me | death in the room, and I really could have cried, during my severe fever with the utmost kind- only that at my age one cannot be so affected. ness, and when my mother would have recom-struck a few closing notes and left the piano, with pensed his trouble with the remains of our an apology, and a few words on my headache. hoarded-up money, he put it aside, and requested Notwithstanding all this, Ma chère mère seemed —my hand. Then he was kind to all who be- really kind towards me. She seated herself by longed to me, gave presents to my brothers, and me on the sofa, gave me a great cup of strong through him prosperity entered into our formerly tea, and treated me as people treat a sick child. needy house. Should I not be grateful ? should I was now really come to the crying point; for I not like him? should I not endeavour, with all all this, together with good Lagman Hok's pamy power, with my utmost ability, to make him liteness, overcame me. I thought how truly this happy? Ah, yes! that will I; with all his vir- was the completion of the deplorable part I had tues and his defects, in jest and in earnest, in been playing the whole day, and that Ma chère good and in evil, will I make him happy; and mère would think to herself
, Lars Anders has a voice within me says that I shall succeed. made but a bad choice; he has brought home a
Tuesday morning, 3d of June. wife who is at the same time old and childish, We poor mortals! What are all our good in sickly, and full of affectation! I was downrighi tentions, when we have not power over ourselves ? miserable. The day before yesterday, I sat and boasted with At last Lars Anders came, and then it was myself how happy I would make my husband ; time to leave. The weather had become fine, yesterday—but, in order to punish myself
, I will and the tea had done me good; but the mischief tell you all. I must turn back to the evening before had taken possession of my soul. I was out of yesterday, when I was so satisfied with myself. humour with myself, with my husband, with the
Bear was on a visit to a sick person, and I was whole world; and, more than this, Bear såt all writing; he came back, and I put aside my wri- the time silent, and never seemed to trouble him. ting, and, half in jest, half in earnest, the contract self about my headache; for after he had just askrespecting the tobacco-smoking was made and ed how I was, and I had answered “Better,” he signed. So far all was right, and so ended that did not speak another word. day. The next day, that was yesterday, we were When I came home, I had something in the to dine with Ma chère mère. Í had a little head kitchen to see after; and when I returned to the ache; and after I had arranged my cap and my parlour, there had Lars Anders settled himself hair, neither of which satisfied me, it seemed to into the sofa, and was blowing the tobacco-smoke me that I looked old and faded. I fancied my in long wreaths before him, while he read the husband thought the same, a hough he made no newspaper. He had not, indeed, chosen a suitsucii remark. This put me out of spirits, for I able time for the breach of our compact. I made feared I should not please Ma chère mire, and I a remonstrance, and that truly in a lively tone, knew how much Lars Anders wished that I but in reality I was angry. I took, as it were, a should do so. The weather, too, was disagree- bad pleasure in making him pay for the annoy. able, and I had the greatest desire to stop at home;' ing day I had passed.
"Pardon !” exclaimed he in a cheerful voice, , happy, what sweet refreshment had I prepared and still continued to sit with the pipe in his for the weary, troubled man! mouth. I would not allow that, for I thought The thought of my folly distresses me even at the old bachelor might have indulged himself this moment; and the only thing that can give freely enough the whole afternoon.
me any comfort is, the feeling that he and I love He prayed for permission only this once to one another better since this occurrence ihan besmoke in the parlour; but I would admit of no fore. negotiation, and threatened that, if the pipe was Beloved, good Lars Anders! before I will ocnot innmediately taken away, I would go and sit casion you another disagreeable moment, you for the whole evening in the hall. In the begin- may smoke every day in parlour, sleeping room, ning, he besought me, jokingly, to grant him quiet; yes, even in bed itself, if you will: only I pray then he became graver, and prayed earnestly, be- | God that the desire to do so may not possess you. seechingly; prayed me, at last
, "out of regard to And now I return to your letier, and to a queshim." I saw that he wanted to try me; saw that, tion which it contains, "Whether 1, as a married truly from his heart, he wished I would yield-woman, shall write as willingly and as openand I, detestable creaiure, would not. I remained heartedly as I did before?" Yes, my Maria, of steadfastly, although always cheerfully, by my this be certain; I cannot do otherwise. It is now determination, and at last took up my work in seven years since I first learned your value; and order to go out. Then Lars Anders laid down since that moment have you become to me my his pipe; oh, if he had been only angry and spite conscience, my better self. You were the dear mirful; it he only would not have laid down his pipe, ror in which I saw myself as I was; and, though but would have marched out as proud as a nabob, it is now two years since you removed from banged the door violently after him, and never me far across the sea, still you remain towards come back again the whole evening, then there me ever the same. Oh, remain ever so, Maria! would have been some "come off” for me, some otherwise I should fear to lose myself. Under comfort, something paid for and done with; and your eyes, and with your help, my moral being then I could have touched over this fatal history developed itself; under your eyes, and by your so finely and so superficially! But he did none counsel, will I also form myselt'into a good wife. of all these; he laid the pipe aside, and remained It is pleasant to me, it makes my life richer, to sitting silently; and with that I began immediate- live, as one may say, in your presence and with ly to endure the gnawings of conscience; nei- you, even though land and sea separate us; espether did he make any of his grimaces, but re- cially as my Bear does not belong to that class mained looking on his newspaper, with a certain of men who are jealous of their wives' friends. grave and quiet mien that went to my very heart. He is not of the opinion that one must renounce
asked him to read aloud; he did so, but there one's friends because one has got a husband or a was a something in his voice that I was in no wife; he is not one to narrow the breast; he is condition to hear; still, in a sort of stifled bitter- too good, too rational for that. I believe he ness against myself, I must yet tyrannize overhim. would subscribe to the words of the beloved I snatched the newspaper away from him-un- teacher who instructed me in Christianity, “that, derstand, this was in a joke-and said I would read there is a similarity between the human heart it myself; he looked at me, and let me have my and Heaven—the more angels, the more room way. I read, in a tolerably cheerful voice, of a for them.” debate in the English House of Commons; but I Ah, see ! there is my Bear! Read what I have could not hold out long. I burst into tears, flew written, and subscribe,
BEAR. to him, threw my arms round his neck, and pray
Friday, 6th of June. ed him to forgive my bad humour and my folly. Thank God! all is right between Ma chère Without answering, he held me close to his mère and me. How unlike can one day be to breast so tenderly, so forgivingly, while a tear another ! On Tuesday, so out of tune; yesterslowly ran down his cheek. Never did I love day, so cheerful. him so much as in this moment; in this moment Yesterday afternoon I proposed to my husband I felt for him real love!
to go and visit Ma chère mère; he consented. On I would have begun an explanation, but he the way I related how foolishly I had behaved, would not permit it; and now it was my turn to and how willingly I would remove any unpleasbeg of him, if he loved me, to relight his pipe, ant impression which I might have made. He and to sinoke directly at my very side. He re- laughed, made faces, looked very kind, and so fused; but I besought him so long and earnestly, we came to the place. besought it as a token of continued forgiveness, There was a great commotion and bustle in that he at last yielded. I held my face as much the whole house; everybody was in motion; Ma as possible over the smoke-it was to me the in- chère mère herself, as wing and wheel in the whole cense of reconciliation; once I was nearly cough- movement. She was busy preparing rooms for ing, but I changed this into a sigh, and said, “Ăh, her two own stepsons (Bear is only half stepmy own Bear, your wife would not have been so son) and their young wives, who are shortly exangry, if you had not forgotten her for the whole pected, and who will take up their quarters there, afternoon; she lost all patience while she was the one for a few weeks, the other for altogether. longing after you."
Ma chère mère received us in the kindest manI had not forgotten you, Fanny,” said he, ner; Bear she provided with newspapers and taking the pipe from his mouth, and looking half Virginia tobacco, and me she bespoke to assist reproachfully on me; " but I was beside a peas for the whole afternoon. I was cheerful and ant's painful deathbed in the next hamlet; this willing, and succeeded perfectly in pleasing her. prevented me from being with you.”
Furniture was removed, curtains were rehung, Ashamed to the very soul, I covered my face and all went quickly and well, under her comwith my hands-I, I, who had been fostering mands and with my assistance. We despatched such wicked and false mistrusis against him, and a world of work, and were right merry over it; now in my vanity had been revenging myself, many were the bon mots which I made, greatly to 1, unworthy one--I, who wished to make him so Ma chère mère's amusement. She clapped me,
pinched my ears, laughed and replied merrily, my Franziska. Many ladies affect a great deal, and altogether afforded me a deal of pleasure. and make themselves very important with their
There is something quite original and fresh bunch of keys, running forever into the kitchen in her disposition, and manners, and mode of and store-room: all unnecessary labour, Franzisthought, and she has, without doubt, good under-ka; much better is it for a lady to govern her standing and great natural wit. The mode of house with her head than with her heels; the managing her household appears to me strange; husband likes that best; or if he do not, he is a it is by a union of severity and tenderness; they stupid fellow, and the wife ought then, in Heavare at one and the same time her slaves and her en's name, to box him on the ears with her bunch children; and they, on their part, appear at once to of keys! Many ladies will have their servants surrender themselves, and obey her slightest hint. forever on their feet; that does no good; servants
One only time she and I were near coming to must have their liberty and rest sometimes; one a misunderstanding : it was about the toilet-ta-'must not muzzle the ox that treads out the corn." bles of the young wives, which I wished to have Let your people be answerable for all they do; a little more luxuriously supplied; but Ma chère it is good for them as well as the mistress. Have mère grew angry, excited herself over "the cur- a hold upon them either by the heart or by honsed luxury” of our times, and over the preten- our, and give them ungrudgingly whatever by sions of young women; declaring that the toilet- right is theirs, for the labourer is worthy of his tables should stand exactly as she had placed hire.' But then, three or four times a year, but them, with the same covers and the same look- not at any regular time, come down upon them ing-glasses, as they were quite good enough. To like the day of judgment; turn every stone and all this I remained silent, and therefore all was see into every corner, storm like a thunder-temsoon right again; yet, after all, I am not sure pest, and strike down here and there at the right whether the toilet-covers were not changed, as, time; it will purify the house for many weeks." soon after, Ma chere mere betook herself to her This was Ma chère mère's housekeeping doclinen-press.
trine. She next turned the conversation on my To the arrangement of the chambers succeed husband, and said, “ Yes, you can say justly, my ed several rougher pieces of house business, in dear Franziska, that you are married to a man which I was invited to take part: “For," said Ma who through the whole day will be husband; but chère mère, " it will do you good, little friend, to still in his own way he is very wilful, and you see how things are managed in a well-ordered will have to manage him pretty much in the same household. It will be necessary for you to learn way as I managed my husband. Come, we shall this and the other in domestic economy. 'Roast- see how you will do! You are little, but you ed pigeons do not fly down people's throats; and can bestir yourself, and I will tell you how you one must look if there be anything in the cellar, must conduct yourself towards your husband. if one expect anything on the table.'
You will always find him an honourable man, I followed Ma chère mère, therefore, into the cel therefore I give you this one especial piece of adlar, where, with a large piece of red chalk in. vice-never have recourse to untruth with him, her hand, she made various, and to me cabalis- be it ever so small, or to help yourself out of ever tical, signs and strokes upon herring and salmon so great a difficulty; for untruth leads ever into tubs; all which she explained to me, and then led still greater difficulty, and, besides this, it drives. me into every corner of these subterraneous and confidence out of the house." well-superintended vaults. After this we came In reply, I told her what I had sincerely deterabove ground, where I assisted in the examina- mined on these subjects; and then, contented with tion of bread-safes, delivered anathemas over rats each other, we went into the usual sitting-room, and mice, and weighed several flour-casks. Last where we found Bear sitting and gaping over of all, I must be weighed myself; and, as I proved his newspaper. not to weigh quite five pounds (Swedish), Ma Mademoiselle Tuttin, who is called Adjutant chère mère laughed at me in the most extraordi- Tuttin by Ma chère mère, set the table in order, nary manner, asserting that a woman had been and I, at the request of Ma chère mère, sang (thus burned as a 'witch, in the time of Charles the she had quite forgotten my first essay), and, as Eleventh, because she was under five pounds' I myself felt, sang very well. She laughed heartweight. All this I endured in the most philosoph- ily at many merry little songs which I sang, and ic manner; but no philosophy, whatever would I saw Bear's eyes, full of delight, glancing over prevent my admiration of her housekeeping and to us from above his newspaper. After tea, we domestic arrangements. This admiration came made up, with Tuttin, Ma chère mère's Boston from my heart; for, in truth, a house like this, party, which was one of the most amusing I ever so completely furnished and arranged, in small was at. Ma chère mère and Bear were particuas well as in great, where everything has its ap- larly lively together, and made themselves very pointed place, and stands under its own number, merry at my expense whenever I was stupid in is worthy of observation and admiration; and no the game, which being very often, produced less to be admired is the housewife, who is the much better effect than if I had played like a living memorial of all this, and who knows her master, and we all laughed till we cried, just like affairs as well as any general knows his war- children. craft.
After supper, as we took leave, Ma chère mère When all this rummaging about and this thor- slapped me heavily on the shoulder, kissed me, ough house inspection was brought to an end, and thanked me for a cheerful day. The weathwe sat down on the sofa to rest, and Ma chère er was so fine, when we came out on the steps, that mère addressed me in the following manner:"It we determined to walk part of the way, and to is only now and then, my dear Franziska, that I send the cabriolet before us. Our walk was very make such a house-review; but it keeps every-lively, and, after many mischievous pranks, I thing in order, and fills the domestics with respect. had the luck to see Bear arrive at the bottom of Set the clock' only to the right time, and it will a ditch. I cannot help laughing when I think of go right of itself, and thus one need not go about it; he looked so like a real bear, lying there on ticktacking like a pendulum. Keep this in mind, I four feet (between us two, I am not quite sure