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The Embroidered Handkerchiefs.

persuade myself to think on, when I recollected an end; dear Alice remitted me a bank note of the rapidly declining health of my dear mother; fifty pounds as the value of my handkerchiefs.” besides, my accomplishments were on a very « Noble, generous girl !” exclaimed Cranfield moderate scale, and I trembled at the idea of involuntarily. coming into competition with the advertising “ After writing to her my earnest thanks," nonsuches of the “ Times.” However, even continued Isabel, “I defrayed every debt that I before my uncle's letter arrived, I had thought owed, and repaired to my uncle's house well of a mode by which I might improve our slender dressed, and in possession of a trifle for immefinances. I was very skilful in fancy work, I diate expenses. He received me with kindness, knew that embroidered handkerchiefs were much and in a few weeks placed me in the situation prized by the belles of fashion, and I resolved to which he had alluded in his letter. The lady to work several, not doubting that I should be in question was a neighbour of his own, and able to dispose of them at a high profit. I had was indeed, as he had represented her to be, scarcely, however, completed my second hand- wealthy and respectable. I cannot say much kerchief when I was called to the trial of parting more in her favour; however, she did not, like from my dear mother. Unwillingly I wrote to some patronesses, sentence me to solitary conmy uncle; it was necessary to conciliate his finement while she enjoyed the pleasures of good offices. I was not only penniless, but very society, but allowed me to mix with her guests. much in debt. He returned me an answer Among them was my beloved Darnley; he written in a tolerably kind spirit, and enclosed sought my heart and gained it, and our marriage me a cheque on his banker, which he said was honoured with the full consent of my uncle, would be amply sufficient to pay for funeral ex- coupled with a hint that he did not mean to penses and mourning; of other debts he knew forget me in his will. My early cares thus that I could have none, my mother's annuity merged in my present happiness, can you wonand his own recent present having been quite der that I associate familiar and delightful sufficient to defray all the charges of sickness. images with the sight of an embroidered camHe desired that I should arrange all my affairs, bric handkerchief?” and come to his house in the country without “And Alice Dorien," asked Cranfield, “what loss of time, as he foresaw that he might have do you hear of her present situation?”. a speedy opportunity of placing me as com- “I have never seen her,” replied Isabel, panion with a lady of wealth and respectability. " since the solitary interview which I have deAlas! the cheque that my uncle evidently deemed tailed to you, but I have exchanged several letso liberal, was quite insufficient for the demands ters with her. She, like me, has suffered from caused by long illness; it scarcely defrayed the the loss of a parent, but she is in easy circumfuneral expenses. My mourning, the sum due stances, is resident in a beautiful village, and to our medical attendant, and the accumulated beloved and respected by all who know her. I rent of our small apartments, rose before me in heard a report that she had been deserted by a a fearful phalanx. At lengih I joyfully recol. contracted lover, who professed to say that her lected the handkerchiefs, and took my way to a disposition was not congenial with his own ; but celebrated warehouse, fully satisfied that I should I own that I am sceptical on this point. I can dispose of them for a large sum. I will not scarcely believe that any man would be weak weary you by an account of my disappointment and worthless enough to cast such a treasure at this, and similar establishments; suffice it from him.” that I bent my weary steps homewards, still in “ Do not doubt it longer," exclaimed Cranpossession of my handkerchiefs, and with an field, in uncontrollable agitation ; " you see beaching heart and sorrowful countenance. I had fore you the false lover of Alice Dorien ; and nearly reached my own door, when I unex- the generous deed to which you have so pectedly encountered a favourite school-friend, touchingly referred, was the cause of our sepaof whom I had lost sight of for some years. ration.” Alice Dorien accosted me with the kindest sym- Darnley, who had entered the room just in pathy; my deep mourning had led her to antici- time to hear this speech of his friend, stood pate my loss; she accompanied me home, and transfixed with astonishment, and Isabel dropped I detailed to her all my trials and difficulties. her needle, and evidently considered that her She looked at the handkerchiefs, and sat some visitor's senses were disordered. Cranfield was little time in apparent deliberation. Will you determined to make no half-confidences; ratrust me with them?' she said at length. • Per-pidly and energetically he poured forth the haps I can secure you a purchaser,' 'Most whole history of his desertion of Alice Dorien. willingly,' I said, and deposited them in her Isabel was deeply affected; she now for the first care. After her departure, my spirits felt a little time became sensible of the extent of her oblirevived, yet I did not venture to be too sanguine. gation to her generous friend; she had imagined I imagined that Alice Dorien had probably that Alice had successfully disposed of the wealthy friends, but the sum which would ex- handkerchiefs to some favoured daughter of tricate me from my einbarrassments was so affluence; she little imagined that Alice, from considerable that I feared she might not speedily her small means, had contributed so munificent meet with any one disposed to expend so much a sum; still less did she imagine that the noble on articles of mere trifling ornament. The next girl had paid for them the far more costly price morning, however, my doubts and fears came to l of her prospects of wedded happiness.

“ You have deeply and bitterly wronged dear | Cranfield agreed to everything she said, and Alice Dorien,” Isabel said; “but take comfort- blamed himself so bitterly, and asserted so posireparation is in your power.”

tively that he was quite unworthy of such a " And to promote it,” said Darnley, with a treasure as Alice, that it was really moving to smile, “ I am quite ready to speed the parting listen to his self-depreciation. This deep humi. guest.' Cranfield, you must seek out the resi- lity, however, did not hinder him from urging dence of Alice, and make your peace with her ; that Alice would name an early day, from whence can you not invent an excuse for visiting your the aforesaid undeserved bliss was to date ; and friends who live in the same village?”

Alice, after a little hesitation, complied with his Cranfield remembered that his friend, in the request. postscript of a letter which he had received from " Well,” said Mrs. Hatfield to Mary More. him on business, had given him a general invi- ton, as they returned from paying a wedding tation to his house, which he forthwith resolved visit to Mr. and Mrs. Cranfield,' “ I should like to convert into a particular one.

to know by what legerdemain the cards have The succeeding evening he arrived, an unex- | been shuffled into their proper places againpected guest, at one of the best houses in Alice our friend Alice seems to be as happy and conDorien's very pretty village; astonished his tented a bride as if her engagement with Cranfriend, alarmed his friend's wife, electrified the field had never been broken off.” cook, and awakened divers hopes in the minds Mary Moreton, who was not quite so goodof the three unmarried daughters of the family. tempered as she had been two years before, hayThese hopes, however, were very soon annihi- | ing failed in her attack on the deaf old bachelor, lated ; for on the ensuing morning, Cranfield | replied in rather a splenetic tone, “ I am very inquired his way to the cottage of Alice, declin- much surprised at Alice's want of spirit: broken ing all companionship in his visit to her. Alice vows may be cemented, like broken china; but was sitting in a neat pretty little parlour, full of it will require a vast amount of care to prevent the tokens of elegant and busy occupation; a second fracture. Then Cranfield has the chabooks, work, writing, drawing materials, an racter of being a good deal too fond of money ; open piano—all betokened that if Alice still suf- the house and appointments seemed all in a very fered from the troubles of love, it was not “ love ordinary style, and Alice was a very plainlyin idleness.” Disappointments of the heart ren- attired bride.” der some people slothful and indolent, but dis- “Excepting the beautiful embroidered handpose others to increased activity and energy; kerchief that she held in her hand,” said Mrs. you may wear your willow, like your rue, “ with Hatfield, “ did you not remark it, Mary? I a difference.” Alice looked excessively sur- was delighted with the elegance of the work; deprised when Cranfield was announced; but in a pend upon it that it was Cranfield's gift to moment she regained her self-possession, and her; she never would have purchased it for herreceived him with freezing politeness. Cran- self.” field, however, was not disposed to lose a mo- " That may be the case,” replied Mary; ment in his vindication of himself; the names when miserly people make gifts, they are of Darnley and Isabel were instantly pronounced, always unnecessarily profuse ; such a handkerand prepared her for what was to follow.

chief appears to me quite out of keeping with “And now, dearest Alice,” said Cranfield, the usual style of Alice's equipments." after forgiveness had been accorded to him, tell The newly married couple soon after dined me, why did you not vindicate yourself from the with Mrs. Hatfield, and Alice bore another suspicion of extravagance? Why did you not handkerchief in her hand, quite as magnificent at once tell me your reason for purchasing the as the former one. Her friends soon grew tired embroidered handkerchiefs which have been the of admiring the twin-handkerchiefs, and saying cause of so much disquietude to us?”

that they were much out of place in her modest “You allowed me no time to do so," replied wardrobe; but she never failed to rejoice that Alice, with a smile. “I did not wish to become she possessed them. Cranfield was very dull in the immediate chronicler of my own charitable understanding the mysteries of dress, he condeeds ; but had we not been suddenly inter- stantly confused glacé-silk with satin, lace with rupted by visitors, you would probably have blonde, and muslin with barege ; but “one paruttered some very severe strictures on my prodi- ticular species of vanity" was always sure to gality, which I should have been able imme- interest him-he never omitted to recognise and diately to refute; you did not, however, give me to welcome his wife's Embroidered Handkerany opportunity of doing so ; your letter, reject- chiefs ! ing my hand, contained no specific accusation against me; you merely spoke of general incompatibility of habits and tastes : no instance of dissimilarity was particularised; what more, then, could I do than bear your desertion with all the fortitude I could command ? It would have been degrading alike to the dignity and delicacy of woman, if I had come forward and requested to be furnished with a categorical list of all my failings and short-comings.”

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Gaze round; are they all near

The kindred hearts and dear?
Is there no vacant place, no missing tone ?

Hath not the grave or time,

Since the last midnight chime, Snatched from our arms one form we call’d our


Not so: the hoar-frost lies

Where flowers in summer rise, Mantling the graves wherein loved bosoms rest;

And we have said Earewell !

When only tears could tell The fear, love, anguish of each struggling breast.

I.-(ExoteRIC.) On the fair borders of a mighty stream

Rises the noblest City of our land;

It's palaces, and docks, and streets command Our wondering awe, and set our minds to dream

What agency could thus have called to life So much that's beautiful, and great, and high.

Viewed from a lofty point, how free from strife Appear its dwellings outlined on the sky,

Just veiled by misty haze which serves to hide Their cracks and wrinkles from a searching eye:

As men of old who kept a fair outside
Were halo-crowned, their powers to magnify.

Great City! offspring of a People's will!
Got by their needs, and fostered by their skill!




Weep not, my mother, though these eyes

No more may look their love on thee! 'Tis sadder far to hear thy sighs,

Than that this world is dark to me.

"Tis true I cannot see the smile

That bade my childhood's griefs depart; Yet thy dear voice can still beguile

The sorrows from this wayward heart.

Approach more near, my subtle friend, and see

Some of the inner things which crowd this hive,

Where millions perish, and where millions thrive. True 'tis a giant city, but there be

Within its walls gigantic woes and wrongs; Here a proud dome, and there a fætid cell, Their tales of tyranny and crime can tell ;

Here princely halls resound with cheerful songs Near festering grave-yards rank with human clay ;

Here empty churches and vast crowded marts

Too plainly shew the secrets of our hearts,
And prove that Mammon holds no weakly sway.

Spirit of Love! descend mysteriously,
And make our lives and homes more worthy thee!
-From the KEEPSAKE, 1850.

They say 'twere better not to have seen

The sunshine, and its blessed light, Than be deprived as I have been,

And darken'd when 'twas all so bright.


(From the French.)


Chap. I.

her) was too ignorant to afford her the solace of

conversation, at all events the old woman lent a In the year of grace 1740 the good town of willing ear to her young mistress's prattle. Nantes was the theatre of numerous painful scenes, Of affectionate heart and confiding temper, as the Regent had there convoked the tribunal, Mauricette easily consoled herself by thinking to judge the many noble gentlemen of Brittany that, having no one to talk with her, at least she who adhered to their ancient Parliament, and had some one to listen ; she was, besides, blessed were therefore held disaffected, and treated as with such a happy flow of spirits, that sometimes rebels, wherever they could be taken. It was even Charlotte's heavy countenance beamed into soon known that the ancient blood of Brittany a smile. Mauricette chatted constantly of the would be little cared for, as the State executioner studies she had pursued at her convent, of the accompanied into the town the members form- amusements she partook while there, and the ing the tribunal, or chambre ardente, as it was dear friends she had left on quitting it; and called.

then would suddenly drop out the name of a At this time there lived in Nantes a father handsome young man; and Mauricette forgot and daughter, inhabiting a vast old edifice, of i all the rest to talk about Edouard. appearance most austere: attached to their ser- i Let us hasten to put an end to all false convice was an elderly female, who performed all ljectures by stating that this Edouard, so fondly the domestic concerns of the house; silent from spoken of, so often thought upon, was her elder stupidity, and awkward from the same cause, brother. Master Honoré Fauvel, the rigid she obeyed to the letter every order received counsellor of Nantes, was the father of two from her master, rather from excess of fear than children, but his son (the elder) was the object anxiety to perform her tasks so as to give satis. ' on which concentrated all his affections; if his faction. Such, however, was the very creature heart (to all appearance), so hard and cold, reto serve this identical man, whose despotic tem- ' tained any spark of tenderness, it belonged to per was better pleased by mechanical subjection Edouard alone-one thought, one image, alone than intelligent zeal.

had the power of unbending his brow, of softThe father and daughter, though inhabiting ening the iron expression of his rigid countethe same house, lived as much strangers to each nance, and this was his son; the only ornament other as if separated by immeasurable space : permitted a place in Master Honoré Faurel's days and weeks often passed without their meet- study was his picture; and it was only by gazing ing, even by accident, as Mauricette was never upon it, at least a hundred times a day, that he permitted to see her father without a special in- could in any way console himself for the absence vitation from him to that effect; so that she of this dearly beloved son, from whom he had would as soon have thought of razing the house been compelled to separate for a season, that he with a silver bodkin, as presenting herself in his might pursue in Paris the studies befitting him presence uncalled for.

for an ornament to the long robe! The existence she was thus condemned to by! So long as Edouard had remained at home, Master Honoré Fauvel was exceedingly mono- Mauricette-who had been sent at six years old tonous: to say more would be passing the truth; to a convent fifteen leagues from Nantes, for for such was Mauricette's happy disposition, education—was not once thought of; but when, that she found amusement for herself where for the furtherance of his profession, he was many others would have found nothing but obliged to part with his son, he once more ennui ; and if not quite resigned, she was at least bethought himself of his daughter, and sent for subdued to the mode of life her father imposed her to the convent, where she had resided ten upon her. She was not quite a prisoner either, years without his having once seen her, in the for every morning she went, escorted by old | hope that her presence might in some degree Charlotte, to hear mass; and during the re- replace Edouard. This, however, was not to be: mainder of her day she found enough in do- Honoré Fauvel, although feeling in himself the mestic occupations, needle-work, and the care great injustice he was guilty of towards his unof her modest wardrobe, to employ some of the offending child, was unable to overcome the talents she had acquired during a ten years' feeling of aversion with which he had beheld her residence in the convent, where her education from the hour of her birth; hence the unkindhad been conducted; besides, she was not ness with which she was treated. The having always alone in the apartment assigned for her passed ten years without once beholding her, use; and if Charlotte (who every evening brought and now that he had fancied his antipathy up her knitting, and sat a couple of hours with deadened by long absence, the sight of her

A Marriage for the Other World.


brought with it the assurance that it had only, with success, and recompensed by marrying the slept; but for shame's sake, he would have said young lady, who had as it were saved him from to her, “Mauricette, return to the convent, and himself! The birth of a son augmented the never let me see you more!" But the burst of happiness of the young couple, and seven happy affection with which she threw her arms round years flew-rather than passed, over their heads, his neck, and called him her dear, dear father, when Mauricette, coming into this world of care perforce stayed the words on his tongue, and and pain, cost the life of her mother; and the he only stopped with a frown this outbreak of cup of bliss being thus suddenly snatched from natural feeling.

his hand, he could not bring himself to look Honoré Fauvel did not then send her back to upon his innocent child in any other light than the convent, but he did not on this account live that of a being who had rendered his existence the less alone in his own house; and, to his mind, I a blank. Hence arose, then, the unconquerable the void occasioned by his son's absence re- feeling of aversion which the sight of her ever mained in full force. The day after her return, recalled in his memory, and which sixteen Mauricette penetrated to her father's study to years had not sufliced to place in less vivid give him the morning salutation, and was dis- colours before his mind's eye. “I am well missed with these words :-“For the future, aware,” he would often gay to himself, “ that it Mauricette, remember that you never take the was the will of God my wife should be taken liberty of intruding upon me; my avocations from me, and not the fault of this poor child; are too important, and my clients too numerous but my reason speaks in vain-it cannot form to admit of your breaking in upon. Whenever I my heart to love her! I cannot look upon her wish to see you, Charlotte shall bring you word. / without thinking of all of which her birth Do not forget, Mademoiselle!” Then, as if re- deprived me!” proaching himself for this harshness, he added, Having thus shown the circumstances giving * You will not forget, my dear!" So that Mau- rise to the harsh treatment poor Mauricette rericette retired, only very much confused. She cer-ceived from her father, let us pursue the narratainly did not find home what she had fancied it tive, and relate a scene which took place between would be; but her convent education had trained | Master Fauvel and his daughter. her to obedience, and her cheerful temperament Charlotte, having obeyed a hasty peal from sustained her against all unpleasant surmises. her master's bell, one fine morning, was desired Sometimes, too, M. Fauvel reviewed his conduct to summon Mauricette into his presence forthtowards her with painful reproaches to himself, with; which she accordingly did with all the and then he would send for her to dine or take speed she could put forth, informing her that coffee with him; and these events Mauricette her father desired to speak with her instantly. looked upon as bright gleams, promising better It was the first time that week the magistrate things for the future; and the young recluse of had notified a wish to see her; and as the week seventeen reckoned one more happy moment was nearly at an end, she had ceased hoping for amongst those already stored in her memory. , a summons. “I feared this week would close And besides, they had spoken of her brother without a bright day for me, Charlotte,” said this inexhaustible subject of conversation to she, “but now I may add this to my calendar." Mauricette; and the father, who had no thought, And throwing aside her work, she hastily re. no love, no pride but for his son, felt almost adjusted her hair, and with the sweet smile of a grateful towards the young girl, who responded contented heart on her face, ran light as a fawn to all his feelings on this dear subject. For, down the stairs, and entered her father's study; though so many years separated, this fraternal but scarcely had she glanced at him when her affection had not diminished on either side; but countenance fell, her heart seemed to stop its on the contrary, seemed to increase with every | pulsations, as if a bolt of ice had fallen on it; revolving season.

and the eyes, which a minute before were lighted In order that this repugnance towards one of up with gladness, now sought a veil under their his children, and overweening love for the other, long fringed lids. may be in some measure accounted for, it is! The position in which M. Fauvel placed himnecessary to go a little up the current of Master self as his daughter approached, and the exHonoré Fauvel's preceding life. In his youth pression of anger visible in every lineament of he had been of an ardent spirit and excitable his harsh countenance, fully justified the terror feelings, and just on the verge of being carried and apprehension which had seized upon Mauaway by the whirlwind of turbulent dissipation; ricette as she entered the study. She stood his headlong downward course was suddenly trembling before him, anxiously awaiting the arrested by the magic of a few words pro- first dreaded word that should fall from his nounced by the lips of a lovely girl, to whom, lips; he remained, however, silent, but fixed his though adoring her in his heart, he had not dared eyes upon her with an intensity that she felt to lift his hopes, so much was she in rank above more than saw; and which, from its lengthened him. “I am grieved,” said she, “to see you duration, had the effect of acute pain, as if a taking a wrong bias, for- I love you!" These sharp dagger pierced her heart's core. words showed him at once the folly he was At length the poor girl, wholly unconscious guilty of, and brought him back to the point why she was thus tortured, timidly raised her from which he had started; and the exertions he head, and imploringly demanded, “Father! what made to recover lost time were at length crowned | have I done that you look upon me so terribly?"

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