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stepped forth on to the terrace, a pleasing eternity.” smile on her lips, and a look of gratified pride in “ Too vehement by half!" said Madame her eyes, as she surveyed the handsome group. M--, shaking her finger in merry menace at

“ Ah, here is mamma," cried Rosa; now her intended son-in-law. " Take care of the she shall tell us which is right, Wilhelm or water solstice! Now, Rosa, for your next comLeopold; and who has most cause to look for- plaint. ward with dread, Julie or myself.”

“ That relates to Leopold, Mamma; he pre“That's right, my little bride; we shall not sumes to take Wilhelm up, to declare that no easily find a better umpire,” said Wilhelm as he one can answer for his own heart ; that cirstarted up, fetched an arm chair, and led his cumstances might arise which would lessen his future mother-in-law politely to it, and then re- regard for Julie; that he might become jealous, turning to his own observed, “Now, who is to and should like to shut his wife up in a cabinet, state the question?”

where no one could look on her but himself." “Why I to be sure,” replied Rosa, assuming Well, I prefer the latter opinion to the an air of mock gravity. “Was it not I who first former, although Leopold too exaggerates a proposed bringing this matter before so august little." a tribunal ? Prithee, good people, do not “ And lastly, mamma, Wilhelm says that he attempt to deprive me of the office I depute to should be proud to possess a wife whom others myself.” As no one interfered, Rosa got up envied him; and he will permit me to listen to with much dignity, and turning towards Ma- all the compliments people like to pay to me.". dame M-- said, « Good mamma and judge, “ That is wrong, very wrong!” exclaimed the thou who knowest from experience what we mother, and her playful tone gave place to a have yet to learn, solve me this question: What sober earnestness. That was not well said, reliance can be placed on the words and pro- Wilhelm, or well thought either. A man who mises of a man?”

cannot himself estimate the value of his wife, “ Thine is a somewhat ticklish question, my but requires the opinion of the world to sane, child,” replied her mother merrily. “So far as tion and uphold his choice, is of a weak and I have had the opportunity of observing, men wavering disposition; and he who would set up may be divided into at least twenty different his wife as an idol for the foolish and the fatclasses, all distinguished from each other by terer to come and bow to, exposing himself to certain characteristics; but as it would occupy ridicule, and her to insult, and merely for the too much time to describe them all

, I will con- gratification of a paltry vanity, is mad. My tent myself with selecting two of those most judgment is, that Julie has most cause to be commonly met with. The first of them consist satisfied with the opinions of her lover, and that of a mixture of fire and water, which two com- Wilhelm spoke thoughtlessly.” ponent parts are constantly at war with each Wilhelm crimsoned up even to the roots of other, and by turns gain an ascendancy: when his hair, and was about to make a rather sharp it happens that the word or promise of a man reply, when a carriage drove up, and all flew to thus constituted is given during the flaming see who the new comers were. period, or in other words when his imagination “Welcome! welcome ! dear aunt Ebba,” cried is excited, then there is every reason to fear that both the maideris as they led a stout

, good, the intensity of the fire will cause it to consume humoured looking woman towards the sofa

, and itself; but should it be given during the water vied with each other who should untie her bonsolstice, when the mind is clouded with the net, take off her shawl, and arrange her cap vapours of depression, it thaws and floats away and front, which had been somewhat disordered unnoticed, like

by the journey. “ Dear mamma, no similies. Now for the There, there, girls, do not smother aunt second class."

Ebba, but turn about and see what guest I have “ The fire of these sons of Adam is mode- brought you.” rated by common sense. Men belonging to

While Madame M- and her sister er: this class seldom give the reins to their imagi- changed embraces and greetings, the maidens nations, but stick to reality; consequently they turned round, and received and acknowledged are more to be depended on: their words and the bow of a young man whose manners, style, actions are dictated by prudence, and spoken and appearance seemed to announce him a memcoolly, therefore can a woman confidently rely ber of the second class.” on them."

“My husband's brother's son, the Baron Von “ Hem!” said Rosa, thoughtfully pushing H-” said aunt Ebba, introducing him to back the clustering curls from her brow. I her sister, who immediately presented him to am not so sure that I dare number Wilhelm in her daughters and to the young men. this class."

After all aunt Ehba’s things had been taken “ Now let me hear the points on which I to the guestchamber, tea served, and orders have to give judgment," continued the mother given for supper, all assembled together in the smiling.

salon in lively chat and concord; only aunt Why, mamma, Wilhelm maintains that he Ebba's cat, without which she never travelled, loves me better than himself ; that no circum- formed an exception to the general harmony, stances can alter his feelings; for his love is and refused to be friends with the great dog,

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but set up her back, spit, and every now and his corpse had just been carried into the hotel then, watching her opportunity, struck him when we arrived.” spitefully with her little white paw.

“ That is as it should be," said Wilhelm ; " Thy daughters are very pretty and well be “such is the mighty power of love. He loved haved maidens,” whispered Madame Hm to her more than life, and therefore could not surher sister.

vive her. To me this appears perfectly natural : " They are industrious and domesticated,” I can understand his feelings;" here his eyes was the mother's reply, as she glanced proudly rested on Rosa with a passionate devotion in at them.

their gaze. “Those who truly love, love not “Ah, if my Elizabeth had lived she would for a day, a month, a year, but even unto have been just such another !"

death !" He looked around in the excitation of “Well to be sure, what an exquisitely beau- his highly-wrought sensibility, and marking a tiful place Wermland must be !” exclaimed Rosa general smile, continued—“It is most strange laughing, as the young Baron described his that you all should seem inclined to ridicule that home in the most glowing colours. “I knew feeling which is the purest and noblest of which that it was famous for its forests and iron mines, man is capable--the best gift of the Creator to but that it was an actual Paradise I had not the his creatures—that which calls forth all our least idea.”

highest attributes—which can make a sunshine “ Believe me, I did not mean to give you any in the desert spots of this world's trials, and such impression; but I love my native place, which is in fact enjoined in the scriptures, which and hence my description may be somewhat say, “Love ye one another."" partial ; not but I confess that, in my opinion, No one smiled at this warm defence, veheEngelfors is a veritable Eden."

mently uttered as it was ; Rosa gently pressed " Which only lacks an Eve to render it per- his hand, and the subject was changed. After fect," observed Wilhelm.

supper they walked in the garden, the lovers of “ That's true, and I am now on a voyage course sauntering away in pairs, and so aunt of discovery, hoping to light upon a better Ebba and her nephew were left together, half!'

Madame M-having declined coming out. " Permit me to play father confessor, and “ Well, and what thinkest thou of my nieces, inquire if you have yet seen any one worthy of good Reinhold ?" inquired the old lady. becoming the future mistress of Engelfors ?” “I am delighted with them, dear aunt. Julie said Leopold.

is somewhat too quiet exactly to please me: a “ Alas, if I confess truly, I must own that as little more life would improve her: but Rosa is yet I have not found a fair one who could tempt enchanting !" me to resign my liberty, and taste of the apple “She is, indeed, my boy: she is a perfect of knowledge."

angel! And Julie would be just as gay, were “What in the name of goodness art thou there not reasons for her stillness. Between talking about, my dear Reinhold ?” said Ma- thee and me, her intended, who really is a very dame H

nice fellow, is a little given to jealousy, and hence “Of that which is most likely to come into arises Julie's quietness. He does not like to the head of a young man who suddenly finds see his bride talking and laughing with other himself

among people bent on matrimony, dear men.” aunt; but, apropos des bottes, have you not a "Well, I do not altogether blame him. But melancholy tale to relate?”

methinks the other is not that way inclined. “Ah, yes! I had quite forgotten. And it He is very amusing, with his boastings, and his will not prove agreeable news, the place being so

romantic devoted attachment." near."

“I do not like him a bit, Reinhold: depend " What do you mean? To what do you al- on it he is a weathercock, and may be blown any lude ?” was now the general question.

way. And as for his conversation, it is down"Did you know that the small-pox was raging right folly. How my sister, who used to be a in Kirchspiele?”

sensible woman,



* Amen' to such a "No, dear aunt! We were not at church match, I cannot conceive. last Sunday, and have not heard the least ru- “Do you not think he will make Rosa happy, mour of it."

then? Did we live in the times of chivalry, I “ Heaven grant that to you it may be no could feel it in my heart to break a lance in more than a rumour. Passing through there, honour of her beauty!" we stopped to water the horses at Mark's Hotel, “ What is that, Reinhold ?--folly is surely and there heard a very shocking relation. The catching. There, now, do not tread on the daughter of the house had been affianced to the flower-beds! I am ashamed of you! And reson of a wealthy farmer at Wik; a few weeks member, covet not thy neighbour's goods ! ago she sickened with the small-pox, and died.

“Good aunt, I should have said to you beThe intended bridegroom scarcely quitted the fore we came, 'lead me not into temptation,'house during her illness, and at her death could replied the young baron, smiling: “but see, with difficulty be torn from her body. After here we all are together again!" the funeral hé had appeared somewhat calmer ; The next day the whole party went to church ; but yesterday morning he was found in the mill- nothing was spoken of but the small-pox: three dam. The poor fellow had drowned himself; I bodies were already buried; as many more were

to be interred in the afternoon, and ten persons, and Wilhelm followed, with loitering steps and were prayed for.

a heavy heart, thinking to himself that love was “ How very sad !” exclaimed Madame M-, a very fine thing, so long as all went smooth, as she was cutting up the toast for the soup: and no sacrifices were required; and that to die “ Heaven protect my girls, and all of us. I feel for love, or even run the risk of it, was better in very uneasy."

theory than in practice: in short, his usual erl'he whole party appeared to partake of her altation of feeling on that subject was very conmelancholy, for the sound of laughter and siderably lowered; still

, he felt convinced that, merry converse was not heard: even aunt should his “beloved Rosa” die, he should be Ebba's good-humoured face was clouded. On immeasurably grieved—that such a loss would the Monday, Leopold and Wilhelm set off for surely drive him mad! But suppose she should their homes, neither of them best pleased at recover, and only be pitted with the small-porleaving a clever, handsome, young man, like only-oh, heaven! how could he drag through Reinhold, domesticated with their intended life with an ugly wife? This was too frightful a brides.

martyrdom even to be thought of! Rosa's beauBut very few days had elapsed when, one tiful cheeks, the seat of lilies and roses, to be evening, Julie complained of headache and defaced by pocks-her ivory brow scarred, her heaviness about the eyes. With anxious haste snowy lids all covered, too, and perhaps those the terrified mother prepared a detached room long lashes destroyed! Oh, such afilictions refor her beloved child, and forbade Rosa to go quired more than human strength to endure! near her sister, but desired her to keep on the How he pitied himself at the bare thought! He upper floor. Poor Julie lay all-night in a burn- could not love a woman thus disfigured; yet he ing fever, and on the surgeon's seeing her on the must marry her for pity's sake. And then, when following morning, he pronounced the disease he went into society with her, no one would to be the small-pox. Madame M—- wrote to envy him-no, men would not even waste a inform Leopold of it, and he flew to Hillinge to glance on her; but people would say, “How his suffering bride and her anxious mother. noble, how generous of young I to unite Two days afterward Rosa was obliged to take to himself to such a fright, merely because of some her bed, and now the mother anxiously went former engagement!” But this could not repay from room to room to wait on each dear child by him, for in time they would forget this, and then turns. A second message was despatched to what remained ? With such thoughts as these town to inform Wilhelmn of the dangerous state flitting, like clouds hurried on by the wind, of his bride; but evening had set in before he across his mind, it is not to be wondered at that made his appearance, pale and agitated. “How Wilhelm's steps were slow, and that Madame are they? What is your opinion?” he said to M— had to wait for him. The latch was Leopold, who was crossing the hall with a cool- gently turned, and he stood in the room, whose ing drink for Julie. “Who is that for? You half-light and smell of physic appeared to him surely do not venture into the sick room?" like messengers from Esculapius, calling him

Most certainly I do! What do you sup- to appear before his judgment seat! He pose I came for, if not to aid our mother-in-law breathed with difficulty, for his lips were closed in the fulfilment of her anxious and sad task ?” from fear of inhaling the infection.

“Yes, yes; but when there is danger of in- “Come nearer, dear Wilhelm,” said Rosa fection, surely one need not run wilfully into it!" sweetly. “Gracious heavens! how pale and alLeopold sıniled, and it was not difficult to mis- tered you are! You must not grieve so, lore; take the thoughts expressed by that smile. indeed you must not. I shall soon be better

And my beloved, my precious, my angelic again. Come, sit you down in mamma's armRosa, how is she? I must see her ; yes, I must : chair.” it is my duty to go to her, even though it cost Trembling at the touch of that little band, me my life! I confess, brother Leopold, that which before he could not clasp in his too long, my nature—that unfortunately—that, that—but Wilhelm took the seat she assigned him, and perhaps her attack is slight ?"

gazed anxiously in her face: it was flushed with “ As yet the eruption has not made its appear- fever, but as yet betrayed no sign of pock ance; but I fear that in a few days she will be Perhaps,” thought he," she will escape ;" and as much covered with it as my poor suffering this consoling idea enabled him to meet her Julie is."

arch glance with something like a smile

. Wilhelm sighed deeply: he sought Madame “Wilhelm,” she said, after a short and thoughtM— to request a permission—which he ful silence, "you are not comfortable ; you are would have been very well satisfied if she had afraid : if so, you must not, on any considerarefused-namely, to be allowed to see Rosa. He tion, remain here; pray leave me at once!" found her somewhat hurt at his having suffered “No, no, my beloved Rosa ! how can you so much time to elapse before showing himself; imagine such a thing? How can you think that and some allusion to “ fine words, which meant I can exist apart from you, and you in danger? nothing,” met his ear. He listened to her re- The uncertainty would drive me mad!" proaches with the utmost patience, and only re- These were very fine words, and very emphaplied by some imperfect excuses, as business, tically pronounced; but still there was a some&c., &c. “Well, it might have been so," she thing in the tone of the voice, and the expres, said. If you wish to see Rosa, follow me;" | sion of the countenance, which did not satisfy

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Rosa. “You are not frank with me, Wilhelm,” , almost a welcome thought, for it cut the knot of she said. “It is no crime to dread infection : do difficulties. A month passed away, and Wilhelm as I bid you; go home, and if I should get had not again appeared at Hillinge. He had worse, mamma will send and let you know.” heard that Rosa had recovered, but he wanted

There was a struggle in Wilhelm's breast, courage either to see or write to her. How was something, too, of shame in his face, as he re- he to inform her that the “ eternity" of his love plied, "Well, dearest Rosa, if you wish it, if you had passed away with her beauty? Often was feel anxious for me, I will not be obstinate, but he compelled to hear the pity of those who will quit you ; but believe me, absent or present, lamented that Mademoiselle Rosa M. was I shall weary heaven with prayers that you may much disfigured as to seclude herself entirely

recover speedily, and remain unblemished by from society; such words drew deep sighs from E this fearful disease."

her quandam lover, who looked most interestVery shortly afterwards young L-- was ingly melancholy. But things could not go on seated in his gig, not a little pleased to be speed- thus, so at last vanquishing the last expiring ing away from the abode of pain and disease. ray of honour and duty which lingered in his The daily messenger that he sent brought sad bosom, and pitying himself excessively, he wrote tidings, and on the fourth day Rosa was said to thus :be so ill that her life was despaired of. “ I suppose I must go, ,” he soliloquized ; " love and

“ Dearest Rosa,-Much cause as you have to honour require this sacrifice of feeling: yes, I be angry with me, you cannot be more so than I am must, I should despise myself if I did not." with myself. Yet were I to deceive you I must hate That same evening he reached Hillinge, just as myself even more than I now do. God is my witthe doctor came out of the door, and arresting before I could prevail upon myself to take this step ;

ness how severe has been the struggle in my heart his steps as he was about to mount his horse, you will see by my returning the betrothal ring to said, “How is my bride, doctor ?”

what I allude. Judge me not too harshly, dearest Badly, very badly!" was the reply. With Rosa ! I am weak, vain, egotistical, and I feel, God's help I hope to save her life, but her alas ! only too deeply, that I shall never be otherbeauty is destroyed for ever!"

wise. When I professed to love you more than The doctor departed, and Wilhelm stood as if myself—even unto death–I dreamed not that your rooted to the ground.

“Her beauty is de- lovely angelic countenance-oh! the thought rends stroyed for ever!” he murmured again and my heart-could become thus disfigured, that the again, and at length entered the house, and went time would ever arrive when I could not look upon up-stairs. Leopold met him, and led him to you without pain. But it was fitting that I should the chamber door, whispering,

be punished for my idolatrous worship, and I am

“ Collect your most bitterly, in thus finding my idol destroyed, my ; you will, 'tis true, behold a mere wreck of

every feeling of bliss and pride quenched. beauty; but remember that your bride had far

I seek not to excuse my conduct: there is but one greater charms than those of mere exterior. excuse for it-tbe mutability of all our feelings—that And permit me to hint, Wilhelm, that she has fact which I used to deny. Forgive me, dear Rosa, felt your absence and neglect severely; so now, if you can, the grief which I now cause you. But by proving that you loved her for herself alone, it is better thus at once to part than to drag on a life you may set all to rights, and show that your of repentance, grief, and discontent together, words and actions are in unison."

" WILHELM L." "Permit me to observe," said Wilhelm ; but Leopold's looks flashed 'scorn, and he inter

“Yes, yes, it is better at once to part!" murrupted him with—“This is no time for senseless mured Rosa, as a few hot tears fell upon this observations-mere empty words! You must letter. "Oh, Wilhelm ! I deemed thee not so act!" and, opening the chamber-door, he pushed weak: where are now thy vows, thy promises him in, and closed it behind him.

of eternal fidelity! Yet why these tears ? a man “Gracious God! and is that Rosa ?” ex

who can thus love merely the outer shell, and claimed Wilhelm, when his eyes became accus

care nothing for the kernel, is not worthy one

And tomed to the semi-obscurity of the room, and sigh. I will conquer this weakness." he discerned the frightfully disfigured counte- opening her desk she wrotemance of the maiden, who lay stretched on the

“Wilhelm,—Thy love could not withstand one bed, and feebly extended her hand towards him,

solitary test. I thank thee that thou hast opened saying, “I am altered in features, dear Wil- my eyes in time. Thou art right : it is better that helm; but my heart is still the same.”

we should part at once, than drag on a life of regret The unhappy lover cast one long agonized and grief together. Adieu Wilhelm! I forgive your look on her, and then muttering—“ Farewell, fickleness, and will endeavour to forget it. farewell! oh, my heart is riven asunder!”

"Rosa." rushed from the room and down stairs, sprang into his gig and was gone like lightning. All

In this she enclosed her ring, and despatched those intense feelings-all that devoted affection it. The next day Wilhelm set out on a long which was

to endure throughout time and journey, in hopes that change of scene would eternity, whither were they flown? Only a cold restore his tranquillity. sense of honour bound him to his unfortunate Summer had passed away, autumn had folbride, and that was but a weak defence against lowed, and the last shades of green were rapidly all the rest. “She may not live," was now vanishing from the trees; the wind had begun


to assume its bleak wintry sound and feel, as it , luntarily he caught the Baron by the arm, who, whirled the yellow leaves around in eddies. turning his enraptured gaze from the same Young - had returned but little the better object, somewhat impatiently demanded what he for his jaunt; no where had he seen any one to wanted. compare with his Rosa as she once was, and he Wilhelm marked when Rosa, withdrawing sorrowed for her as if she were dead; for was herself from the other bridesmaids, quit the not that beauty he so loved dead? A note room, and followed her. “My own, my erer lay upon the table; it contained an invitation beloved !” he exclaimed, “what torments have to the wedding of Leopold F. and Julie M. you not caused me! But the past pain does but which was to take place on the 21st of Oct. heighten the present bliss of thus finding you "And this is the 20th” he murmured, and then the same angelic being I so worshipped," and throwing himself back in his chair, lighted his he would have clasped her to his breast. Meerscham, and, enveloped in gauzy clouds of But repulsing him with gentle firmness, she smoke, endeavoured to puff away the memories replied — "Not so, Wilhelm; you rejected me, of the past, the visions of what might have been, and all is over between us." which would come thronging round him. But “Good God! Rosa, you are not in earnest ? they came but more vividly, and suddenly he you have merely done this to try me?” exclaimed, “I will go. Who knows but that the “I am in earnest, and I did it to try you, effects of that horrid disease may have worn off? Wilhelm. I was willing to test that love which At any rate, I shall see those lovely eyes, and you vaunted so highly, and so persuaded my that arch smile, and hear that sweet voice; and sister to assume my character on your second perhaps I may be able to reconcile myself to all visit, well knowing that your fears would prevent the rest yet.” It never entered into his mind, you from coming near enough to discover the that perhaps Rosa might not choose to reconcile deceit. Mamma, Leopold, and the Doctor were herself to what had passed; and impatiently did all in my secret, and of them all I alone hoped he count the hours until he reached Hillinge, and believed that you would pass victorious and was ushered into the salon where the guests through the ordeal. You know how my confiwere already assembling. Chance placed him dence in you was justified.”. next to the young Baron H, and, after they Wilhelm stood pale and self convicted. “ Dear. had exchanged a few words, he said, almost est Rosa,” at length he began, “I was wrong, involuntarily and with some feeling of jealousy, I acted thoughtlessly, selfishly, cruelly; yet “Have you seen Rosa?"

believe me that I have never since felt happy: “ I have not had that honour since she was my presence here now is a testimony of my so ill," replied Reinheld, coldly.

repentance. Have mercy on me, and permit me “They say that she is very much altered,” once more to hope.' observed Wilhelm.

“No, no, Wilhelm: we can no more be to “I heard that she had suffered from the small- each other what we once were. Beauty is perish. pox, but although I acknowledged, as all who able, and the love which depends solely on that beheld her must, the loveliness of her face, yet is held by a frail tenure; a few hours may sweep to me the mind was yet more lovely; mere it away for ever. But in future weigh well your personal beauty, if not lighted up by mental words, and let them be only such as you can acquirements, and those even more precious act up to. Now we will, if you please, return attributes, amiability and sterling worth, has to the company." no charm in my eyes, and while these remain, Wilhelm knew the firmness of Rosa's characand in such luxuriance as they are displayed ter too well to cherish further hope; he took in Madamoiselle Rosa, she will ever be most her hand, and silently pressed it to his lips, and fascinating.”

while his heart breathed a long farewell

, a At this moment the doors opened, and the treacherous tear fell upon its snowy surface. bride and bridegroom entered, followed by their In another moment he was gone, and Rosa saw attendant cortège. The countenance of Leopold him mounting his horse. “ Poor Wilhelm," expressed happiness and content, and his

eyes, she murmured, may this lesson be productive in which beamed the purest love and joy, were of future happiness to you." directed towards his bride, who turned towards Lost in thought, she stood there until a pleasing him a face beaming with grateful and devoted and well-known voice said, “And cannot my affection, but so sadly scarred as scarcely to fair cousin waste a thought on poor me?" bear any resemblance to the Julie of old ; and A slight blush heightened her colour as she yet it had such beauty of expression, and was looked on the speaker, and replied, “Who can so lighted up by all the feelings of joy, gratitude, say when or where thoughts are most wasted!" humility, and affection that crowded her heart, as to be almost angelic. Wilhelm's crimsoned with shame and repentance as he met Leopold's glance, and his eyes instantly sought Rosa.

ENIGMA. Could he believe his senses? Yes, there she

Oh! why, when I ask you to dine, stood more lovely than ever, no scar marred the

The feast do you ever declineperfection of her features, no shade dimmed the

And say, as you know I'm at home, lustre of her complexion. He very nearly had You late in the evening will come ? uttered a cry of joy as he beheld her, and inyo.

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