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only the additional kindness of man- Arlescot, which were mounted in ner which an absence after such a splendid frames, there was over the parting would naturally give. But if chimney-piece a full-length portrait of it should be
And she pro- herself, as Ariel, mounting into the ceeded to sift and analyze her feelings air, after her freedom has been given as regarded him. The result of that to her by Prospero. self-examination we have already seen “ How beautiful!” she exclaimed, in her frank avowal to Sir Walter. in the first moment of her surprise
The effect of this frankness upon but then recollecting the interpretation him it is not for me to paint. We will her words might bear, she added leave them to that most delicious of quickly, and with blushes, “I mean lovers' conversations—the " compar- the painting.” ing notes,” of the dates and progress " It is all beautiful !” said Sir Walof their affection.
ter. - How often have I seen you
look exactly thus as you have sung It was just a month after Eliza- Merrily, merrily,' and I have almost beth's wedding that Sir Walter brought thought you would rise into the air.” his bride home to Arlescot. Eliza “ I will change the word to · Hapbeth herself was there to welcome pily,' now,” said Lucy, in a low tone, her, and never did welcome spring « and you need not fear that I should more strongly from the heart. The wish to leave the blossoms of this idea of the union of her brother with bower.-But hark! I hear music.” her friend had never crossed her mind “ Yes !” said Sir Arthur Leonard, -but, when he wrote to inform her of who looked from the window" there his approaching marriage, she was in are the maidens of the village come to amazement that she had not always strew flowers for you to walk on as desired and striven to unite them.
you go to the chapel-and there is Here is her bower, decked for old Crompton, with his followers, at Ariel”—said Sir Walter, as he led his their head. You hear what tune it is bride into this loved chamber, which he is playing to herald you to your was now changed from a bedroom to a bridal.” boudoir. She started : in addition to “ Certainly I do,” answered Lilher favorite flowers growing in their cy, in a low tone, " Good Sir Walaccustomed beds, and her drawings of ter!'"
BY MRS. HEMANS.
A crown of victory ! a triumphal song!
A TRUMPET's note is in the sky, in the glorious Roman sky,
Yet his chariot lingers,
* Tasso died at Rome on the day before that appointed for his coronation in the Capitol.
A thousand thousand laurel boughs are waving wide and far,
Peace! within his chamber,
And a wandering in his eyes.
Yes, for him, the victor,
For a soul about to go!
Shut the proud bright sunshine
Save the holy taper's light.
Silence !-forth we bring him,
SKETCHES OF CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS, STATESMEN, &c.
No. VI.-MR. ABERNETHY. Mr. ABERNETHy is, without excep- cluded by saying, “ And what think tion, the most celebrated follower of you of Eton ? I think I shall send Galen in Europe, Asia, Africa, or my son there to learn manners."America. He is unique, peruliar, " It would have been as well, my inimitable ; every body talks of him- dear,” responded his wife,“ had you most people abuse him, yet is he gone there too." Now, much as we sought after with trembling and with dislike to differ from any lady, more fear, and not without eagerness; and especially from a lady so highly gifted his room is crowded every morning, as Mrs. Abernethy, yet we must, on as his card expresses it, “ from May this occasion, refuse our assent to her to October, Sundays and Thursdays opinion. Had John Abernethy been excepted.” How is this inconsisten a polished man, we do not think that cy to be accounted for ? We think he would ever have been a popular we can tell. Dining once at his hos one ; indeed, it could not be. He pitable table, (for hospitable it is, and would have been then one only of a that, too, without ostentation,) he was cringing pulse-feeling race, with no descanting, with his accustomed elo- other regard for the noble science of quence, upon the advantages of a pub- which he is so distinguished a profeslic education for boys, when he con sor, than its subserviency to his own
Abernethy and incident to bodily disease. He seempoliteness are truly the antipodes of ed to me conscious of his own desert, each other; but, for those external, of the insufficiency and uncertainty of meretricious, and artificial accomplish- his acquirements, and of his own inaments, which, after all, are useful in bility to communicate what he knew their way, he possesses qualities of so and thought. He felt irritated with brilliant and sterling a character as to the opposition he had met with in esconstitute him a diamond,-rough tablishing his opinions, and still more enough, Heaven knows,-but still a by finding, when he had surmounted diamond of the very first “ water.” this difficulty, that those opinions were,
Let us just trace Mr. Abernethy's by the malice of mankind, ascribed to professional career, and we shall soon others. All which, I think, may be see why he is so eccentric, and why inferred from a single sentence, which he is so sought after. When, as a he one day addressed to me. I young practitioner, he first began that know, I know,' said he, I am but a career, his eager and active mind, in- pigmy in knowledge, yet I feel as a stead of wasting its strength in riot giant when compared with these men.' and debauchery, was feeding upon the It interested me to find among his beauties and wonders of the science, manuscripts a long extract from a to which he intended to devote all its French author, who was said to have powers. At that time physiology, and taught the same opinions relative to its handmaiden, surgery, were emerg- absorption before him. Mr. Hunter ing from the barbarous empiricism had made his own commentary upon which had till then characterized them. several of the passages; and, as it The two Hunters were then teaching seemed to him, that, by nothing short and elucidating the mysteries of Na- of a new construction of words and ture with a bold, unshrinking, and un- sentences, could any resemblance of tiring hand. Rejecting with scorn the opinion be made to appear, he was fusta dogmata of their bigoted prede- induced to add,—This reminds me of cessors, they held out to their disciples a dispute which took place between a that the study of Nature, or, to use zealous convert to the Newtonian Mr. Abernethy's own expression, “ of philosophy, and a Hutchinsonian, in that curious concatenation which exists which the latter having, by garbling in all the works of Nature,” was the and transporting certain passages from true and only sale guide to that know.. the Scriptures, seemingly made good ledge which is calculated to dispense a very absurd proposition, the former relief to the sick, and comfort to the retorted, Yea, but it is also written, suffering. One of the most forward “Judas went out and hanged himself;' and favored of these disciples was moreover, it is added, “Go thou and young Abernethy; and we inay easily do likewise.' Those who were acjudge of the influence which the talent quainted with Mr. Hunter knew full and industry of John Huņter had upon well that he had a great deal of drollthe young physiologist, by the fruits ery in his composition.” which have sprung from his example, In such a school as this, and with as well as by the great respect which such a model for iroitation—with a Mr. Abernethy always expresses for mind, moreover, so well calculated to his memory.
“ I was acquainted with search out the bidden wonders of sciJohn Hunter,” he says, “at a period ence, and, having found them, to conof his life when he must have greatly vert them into a source of extensive interested any one, who duly appreci- utility--John Abernethy becarne very ated the result of his talents and la- speedily eminent, though young, in bors, or who had any sympathy for his profession. He was the first man the highly susceptible mind of genius, who was bold enough to discard that rendered still more so by excess of patchwork system with which surgery exertion, and the perturbed feeling had hitherto been disgraced. His
enlarged views of Nature's operations, ponsibility in the Sister Kingdom, had both in health and in disease, enabled been waiting for a long time in the him to discover the uncertainty of all Surgeon's ante-room, when, seeing those empirical plans which marked those who had arrived before him the practice of his brethren, old and successively called in, he became young, eminent or obscure ; and with- somewhat impatient, and sent his card out regarding their convenience, or in. No notice was taken of the bint; even their reputation, the young phy- he sent another card—another-anosiologist, having but one duty to per- ther—and another; still no answer. form, and that an honest one, gave his At length he gained admission in bis opinion openly, boldly, and justly. turn; and, full of nobility and choler, Independence, the most uncompromis- he asked, rather aristocratically, why ing independence, characterized, and he had been kept waiting so long ?still characterizes, the practice of Mr. “Wh-ew!” responded the Professor; Abernethy; and no hope of retaining “ because you did'nt come sooner, to be a rich patient—no by-play or intrigu- sure. And now, if your Lordship will sit ing of a brother practitioner, could down, I will hear what you have to say." ever induce him to depart from that After all, now that age and much line of conduct which he considers the bodily suffering have soured bis dispoduty of an honest man to follow. sition, Mr. Abernethy is a strange “ The education and course of life of compound of eccentricity, ill-humor, medical inen,” he says, in one of his benevolence, and talent. His churllectures, “ tend to make them sober- ishness—we must say, much exaggeminded, moral, and benevolent; and rated—is familiar to all, and rarious their professional avocations equally causes have been assigned for its esrequire that they should possess such istence. Those who know Mr. Abercharacters and dispositions. On no nethy best, attribute it in some meaother terms can they be admitted with sure to affectation, and to an impatient confidence into the bosoms of those ill-humor, induced by study and illness. families which may require their me- He is certainly not enthusiastically dical aid. Whoever, therefore, incul- attached to the wearing and tearing cates opinions tending to subvert mo- drudgeries of the profession. He rality, benevolence, and the social in- would rather be consulted at home; terests of mankind, deserves the se- and, until very recently, he would verest reprobation from every member rather be employed amidst his pupils of our profession, because his conduct at the hospital, than amongst his pamust bring it into distrust with the tients out of it. Most of our popular public.”
surgeons have risen eminence, not Independence, when well directed altogether by their talent, but by exand consistent, must find favor with a treme attention, and by skill in opeliberal-minded public; and Mr. Aber- rating—two qualifications most assinethy's upright conduct soon rendered duously shunned by Mr. Abernethy. him a distinguished object of public As to the first, he is too indolent, and patronage. His splendid talents had too capricious to attend to it, exceptnow full scope for exercise ; and those, ing in cases of real and extreme urtoo, brought him into notice, and made gency; and as to the second, he rehim an object of requisition among his gards it almost with contempt. An professional brethren, which we take operation, he says, is the reproach of to be the best proof possible that those surgery, and a surgeon should endeatalents were not meretricious. Of his vor to avoid such an extremity by independence and strict veneration of curing his patient without having rewhat is right, we have many examples. course to it. It is upon this principle Among others, the following is charac- that Mr. Abernethy has acted during teristic :-A certain noble personage, the whole course of his long profesnow enjoying a situation of great res sional career; and it is astonishing
how much good he has effected by so their long and foolish fiddle-de-dee acting, to the great annoyance of the stories ; so we quarrel, and then they pupils, by the way, who used to com- blackguard me all about this large plain bitterly of the paucity of opera- town; but I can't help that.” Let tions at “ Bartholomew's.” In fact, those who wish for Abernethy's adMr. Abernethy is a man of profound, vice, and it is well worth having, obunrivalled practical science. His in- serve this rule, and they and he will timate knowledge of anatomy, and part excellent friends. Let them tell more especially of practical physiology their case in as plain and as few words and chemistry; his comprehensive and as possible, and then listen to their well-informed mind; his acute percep- adviser's remarks without interruption; tion, and his habits of deep and con- this is the only secret of managing this stant reflection, enable him to effect professional bugbear, and it is a secret that good which, notwithstanding his worth knowing. churlishness, so many have experienc That Abernethy is odd all the world ed; and those who have seen him, as knows; but his oddity is far more we have, going round the wards of the amusing than repulsive, far more playhospital, and attending to the com ful than bearish. Yates's picture of plaints and sufferings of the poor pa- him last year was not bad; neither tients with all the interest of true be- was it good-it wanted the raciness of nevolence, would lament that he should the original. Let the reader imagine so studiously withhold such attention a smug, elderly, sleek, and venerablefrom the wealthier and more respecta- looking man, approaching seventy years ble classes of society. Yet, notwith- of age, rather (as novel-writers say) standing the occasional rudeness of his below than above the middle height, manner (for, after all, it is only occa somewhat inclined to corpulency, and sional), there is no person in the pro- upright in his carriage withal; with fession whose opinion we prize so his hair most primly powdered, and much. In a case of real danger and nicely curled round his brow and temimportance, he will evince all the at- ples : let them imagine such a person tention and anxiety that are necessa- habited in sober black, with his feet ry; but it must be indeed a “ trial of thrust carelessly into a pair of unlaced temper,” to a person whose mind is half-boots, and his hands into the so constantly and so deeply occupied, pockets of his “peculiars ;” and they to be eternally tormented by the never have the “ glorious John” of the proending details and tiresome twaddle of fession before their eyes. The fola selfish and bewildered hypochondriac. lowing colloquy, which occurred not
We have said that Mr. Abernethy many days since, between him and a is only occasionally restive, and we friend of ours, is so characteristic of speak from the conviction of our own the professor, that we cannot resist experience. We hesitate not to de- its insertion. clare that, to us, Mr. Abernethy has Having entered the room, our friend always appeared full of whim and opened the proceedings,”_" I wish drollery, replete with agreeable infor- you to ascertain what is the matter with mation, always willing to lend an at- my eye, Sir. It is very painful, and tentive ear to necessary questions, and I am afraid there is some great misto impart that professional knowledge chief going on.” " Which I can't of which he possesses such an exten- see,” said Abernethy, placing the pasive store. But one thing he cannot tient before the window, and looking abide, that is, any interruption to his closely at the eye. " But-” interliscourse. This it is, in fact, which posed our friend. " Which I can't so often irritates him, so often causes see," again "said, or rather sung the him to snarl. People come here," professor. "Perhaps not, Sir, but--" ne has often said to us, “ to consult “ Now don't bother !” ejaculated the me, and they will torture me with other; “ but sit down, and I'll tell you
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