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the musical low murmur, moreover, of the stream of That is but reasonable,' I said; and seating myself, eloquence with which I was favoured, obliging me to I moodily awaited the termination of the unfortunate place my ear as close as politeness permitted to the business. sweet lips through which it welled, my upright legs The shopwomen had run in with lights, lifted and sharply inclined body formed two sides of an Sicard from the floor, placed him upon the canapé, irregular square, of which the salient angle was towards and sent off immediately for a surgeon. The coming the door leading from the magasin. The reader will of that gentleman was not long delayed; and after now have realised my position vis-à-vis the amiable carefully examining and probing the wound, he Clémence and the door opening into the shop, when exclaimed: uttering the interrogative exclamation of Plait-il ?' “Reassure yourselves, my friends ; the wound is

•True,' resumed the damsel, in continuation rather nothing—that is to say, it is not in the least dangerous. than reply—'true, you have a right to be surprised that Maître Sicard is only stunned, and will be well as ever one so inferior in position and other social advantages, to-morrow, I answer for it.' should have forestalled you in the affections of one This was an immense relief to me-infinitely more whom a combination of romantic circumstances has so to Clémence, as her rapturous sobs abundinvested, in your partial eyes, with imaginary charms; antly testified. Upon my word, thought I, the but in excuse, remember, dear William, how true, how favour that magnanimous damsel proposed conferring devoted he was to me when I was in reality but little upon me to-morrow morning—her hand, whilst her better than a poor ouvrière, with no prospect beyond heart was that blustering bootmaker's—was a highly Ha! Ciel!'

flattering one. By But swearing is of no Simultaneous, and mingling with the young lady's use. Yet that ever Mrs Waller's daughter should abrupt exclamation, was a sudden rush of feet, furious be enamoured of a vulgar cordwainer ! Still, what cries of Scélérat!' • Coquin!' Sacré Tonnerre!' can be said ? It is proverbial that misfortune brings and the application of the toe of a boot to the seat strange bedfellows together.' of my pale-blue pants—the before-mentioned salient “There is nothing, then, to detain me here any angle-80 vigorously administered, as to pitch me longer,' said I. into the arms of the screaming girl in the most Nothing whatever, monsieur, that I am aware of," indecorous manner.

replied the surgeon. My comprehension of it all was as instantaneous as Maître Sicard,' observed the officer, who left the the uproar and assault. I recognised by a flash of house with me, 'is a really good fellow at bottom, but thought that it was the 'true,' devoted' Jacques at the same time, it must be admitted, rash in temper, Sicard who had 'forestalled' me in the affections, and which has also been unusually tried this evening. kicked me into the lap of a damsel, who, I had been He had already crossed swords with your relative, gulled into believing, was pining to death with unre- Monsieur Jacques Le Gros, before leaving the Hôtel quited love for my precious, booby self. All this, I de l'Empire.' say, with the correlatives, rushed in a moment with 'Indeed! Pray, how happened that?' my flaming blood to the tips of my ears and fingers, “They had a dispute at the table d'hôte, and Sicard, and I sprang round with the rage and yell of a tiger. who had been drinking freely, insulted and challenged

The white wrath, under such circumstances, of an your uncle. Bah! It was over in a twinkling. athletic young man, must have had a somewhat Monsieur Le Gros, a lapin, as one can easily see, terrifying aspect; certainly it at once took the bounce borrowed my sword, and that of poor Sicard was sent out of Master Sicard, who was, I saw, accompanied by flying out of his hand the instant the blades touched a 'National' officer, with whom I had a slight speaking each other. Your relative,' added the officer, "has, it acquaintance. The bootmaker leaped backwards with must be confessed, a tongue which stabs like a poniard, a cry of alarm, and whipping out his sword, poked at, and I was not surprised at poor Sicard's rage at finding whilst he dodged me round a table. I had no weapon, himself not only so easily disarmed, but mocked at not even a stick, nothing but my bare hands, with over the market.' which I could not reach him; no missile, but the brass He should bear himself more discreetly, if he would lamp, was available, and seizing that, I hurled it, after avoid such hazards.' one whirl round my own head, with all the strength It is true. Cupid, at all events, favours him, if that rage supplied, at Sicard's cranium. The fellow Mars does not. The sentiments of Mademoiselle turned away his face avoidingly, and the blow, which Clémence towards him are no longer doubtful.' must else have descended upon his brow or temple, • Possibly. I think my road lies in this direction, struck the back part of his skull, and he fell upon the does it not ?'. floor as if struck down by a pole-axe.

"To the Hôtel de l’Empire ?-Yes; but the distance A torrent of blood gushed from the wound, and I is considerable, and I have thoughtlessly brought you thought I had killed the unfortunate bootmaker. So out of your way.' did Clémence, whose agonising grief as she clasped 'I do not mind that, now that the rain has ceased. the insensible Jacques in her arms, and called upon all Good-night, monsieur.' the saints in heaven to save him, was decisive of the Au plaisir, Monsieur Jean Le Gros.' hold he had obtained upon her heart; and although I walked hastily on, but, absorbed in thought, missed I had not felt, did not feel, the slightest love, in its the right direction for the second time that evening. conventional meaning, for the girl, I could at that Providentially so, a superstitious person would say, moment have torn him to pieces--so fierce, so demon- for again I caught sight of Fanchette with her straplike, under certain conditions, is outraged personal ping woman-companion-and-yes--my eyes did not vanity.

deceive me, Captain Webbe had joined them! They Monsieur cannot go away for the present,' said my crossed the street a considerable way ahead, and acquaintance, the officer of the national guard, mis- walked swiftly from me; I followed with eager yet taking a movement of irritability excited by the girl's cautious steps ; it was, I felt forebodingly, to be a wild ravings.

night of strange revelations. I have no desire to go away,' I replied. The Captain Webbe and his two associates stopped before insolent fool, as you cannot but bear witness, brought a respectable cabaret, and presently went in. I crossed the misfortune upon himself.'

to the opposite side for the purpose of reconnoitring 'I do not say the contrary,' said the officer. "Still, before attempting a closer approach. In a few minutes monsieur, justice must take legal cognizance of the there was a light in one of the rooms on the first floor, affair before you can be free to depart.'

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their shadows on the blinds, were presently ushered, sleeping at the cabaret and returning to Dol on the They took seats close to each other, and were about, I following morning, said with absolute tone and doubted not, to enter upon a conference, at which it emphasis : was highly desirable I should make one, unseen by the Remember, Captain Webbe, that I will not be speakers.

juggled with; that you cannot play your own game It might be managed, I thought; and crossing over, out successfully without first winning mine. This I entered the lower, or, as we should say, the bar-room marriage first, or, by all that is sacred or infernal, of the cabaret, and called for a glass of liqueur. I'

Can I speak privately with you for a minute ?' said Madame, your suspicions are absurd, childish,' I, addressing the garçon, who brought an order for interrupted Webbe. 'Do you suppose I need to be wine and oysters from the party in the first floor. reminded that we are both embarked in the same boat,

*Certainly, monsieur,' replied the man readily, and must float or founder together?' though with some surprise. This way, if you please.' Well, I merely remind you that I will not be

The negotiation, marvellously quickened by the fooled, happen what may. And now, before you go, transfer of two Napoleons from my purse to that of as to'the garçon’s, resulted favourably, and I was placed I did not catch the remainder of the sentence; and without loss of time in a dark closet close to the part at the end of another ten minutes' low-toned dialogue, of the room where he proposed laying the supper; and of which I could hear a confused murmur only, Webbé the partition between being of thin wood-panelling, I and Fanchette left the house: I did the same soon could hear pretty distinctly for a time all that passed, afterwards, reaching the Hôtel de l'Empire a few subdued as was the tone in which Webbe and his minutes before Webbe. companions conversed.

First, I discovered that Madame de Bonneville had been no further off than Dol all the while, there await- "THEY MANAGE THESE THINGS ing in ambush, as it were, the fruition of the plot

BETTER IN FRANCE.' concocted by her and the privateer captain, with the active connivance of Fanchiette. The precise bearing This is almost a proverb, and applicable to many or purpose of that plot was not so easily gathered from things on this side of the Channel : in none is it more the scraps of discourse relating thereto. Madame's true than in that of the Nail-manufacture. sudden arrival at St Malo was, I also found, prompted As long as nails and tacks were made by hammers by a misgiving as to Webbe's fidelity, of which she alone, things were pretty much on an equality. thought to more thoroughly assure herself by a Thousands of anvils resounded night and day in personal interview before he went away.

smoky Brummagem, at which men, women, and boys “So many promising schemes,' said Louisa Féron, in toiled with large hammers, or with small, producing English-Fanchette having, I supposed, been only every variety of work, from the tiny 'twenty penny partially admitted to the conspirators' confidence- and upwards, down to the little saddler's tack,' so * So many promising schemes for utilising the bold minute and beautifully finished that it was

a real deed you and I carried through fifteen years ago, have marvel of female handicraft. Now, nearly all this is been wrecked almost as soon as launched, that my the work of the steam-engine; and in both countries, anxiety-my suspicious anxiety, if you will—for the the anvil with its clinking sound is, so far as nails success of this last one, is quite excusable. It is full are concerned, silent for ever. time, too, that the business should be brought to a It is true that so much of our work here in conclusion. The state of my affairs, and of yours too, England is performed with soft wood, in which it captain, demand its speedy settlement.'

makes but little difference which end of the nail That settlement-a marriage-settlement,' replied goes foremost, that the bits of sheet-iron cut off from Webbe, 'will, I repeat to you for the hundredth time, the edge of a sheet by machinery, and which have no come off before forty-eight hours have passed away.' points, and often no heads, may answer the purpose

"That is everything. If Clémence be once married well enough. Thus, in nailing down the floor of a to young Linwood, I shall have taken hostages of room to the joists, and in similar rough work, these fortune.'

clumsy nails may answer the purpose; but if it be "No doubt of it: and Clémence will be a fortunate desired to clench such nails, or to use them in putting girl too. Linwood, though easily led by the nose as together anything of hard wood, or of slender dimenasses are, is a trump of a young fellow, as young sions, it will be found that they are vastly inferior to fellows go.'

the old sorts, or to the wire-nails so extensively used He will be rich-that is the main consideration. on the continent. The great fault of all nails cut And, dites-donc, Monsieur le Capitaine,' added the by machines from sheet-iron, is this one of extreme woman in French, "what is all that I read in the brittleness; but it is also greatly against making neat newspapers of your son, who had slain one Le Moine, work when the bluntness of the point, if it comes being detected in the disguise of an American naval through the timber, breaks away a large splinter of officer at a banquet given at Avranches in honour of the wood, just as a bullet would do. Captain Jules Renaudin ?'

The foreign nails, on the contrary, are beautiful That is a droll story,' said Webbe, 'which I will specimens of their kind. Being made of bright wire, relate to you after we have finished the oysters.' cut into lengths, pointed, and headed in the same

Their conversation during the consumption of the machine, they can be had of any length or thickness said oysters referred to matters of no interest to me; desired. and supper done, they removed further off, so that I Every one at all accustomed, even as an amateur, could only hear what was said when their voices were like myself

, to the workshop, will easily know that unusually raised. I knew by the frequent occurrence the varieties of nail required for different work and of the names of Linwood, Le Moine, Harry, and, as I different woods are almost endless. Thus, the pointes fancied more than once, that of Maria Wilson, that de Paris' may be had of a given thickness, and four Webbe was relating my adventures, no doubt with his or five various lengths: the same wire will be seen usual ad libitum variations. Thé narrative greatly as a short stump, or as a long brad,' requiring & amused his auditors, and the entente cordiale appeared nice hand to guide it straight to its resting-place. to be re-established between the mutually mistrustful The chief advantage of these 'wire-brads’ is, that confederates.

they hardly ever split even the most difficult sorts Webbe rose to go, and then madame, who intended of wood. Avoiding altogether the wedge shape of the

you dare

other nails, except within the narrow limits of the Till, ceasing, by degrees, to miss each habit, aim, and

haunt of you, actual point, they confine the space within which the wood might be disposed to give way, to a length repre. You give up wondering how the world at home gets on

for want of you; sented by that of the point itself. This, in a nail an inch long, would not exceed, probably, a twentieth And, imitating folks around, resolve to make the best of

'em, part of the whole, while the remaining nineteen parts are exerting their natural tenacity in resistance. It Become soon as industriously idle as the rest of 'em; seems puzzling why they have not been adopted in And to one thought devote yourself-you 'll scarcely be

too bright for it England. The principle of the machinery employed in manufacturing them is the same as that used for what you'll have for dinner, and, how best, to get an the solid-headed pins, which have so completely super

appetite for it!

Bow! wow! wow! seded the old form ; but to which of the two nations the honour of the discovery belongs, is a question I Then out you'll stroll to see if there is any one you am not competent to decide.

know, about It may interest some of my brother amateur- You don't care who—you only want someone with mechanics to hear that these wire-brads may be whom to go about; manufactured at home, and at a very cheap rate, And chat with those amphibions men who want to go to quite sufficiently well for all ordinary purposes. The sea with you mode of doing this is to take a coil of wire of the A proposal you dissent from, for you know it won't proper thickness, and let an assistant supply it as agree with you; required to a small iron anvil set on a block or bench. You get your toes run over by Bath chairs, until you Suppose nails an inch long are needed, I take a very frown again, cheap "cold chisel '—that is, a steel chisel of hard And wish that man you owe a bill to would go back to temper-and cut the wire with it at an inch from the town again; end, but holding the chisel as much as possible in a On the tailors of the men you meet enjoy a quiet criticisslanting direction. This forms two sloping points, -m; Or listen to the nursemaids' objurgations of their and a cut straight across being given at the proper

missises ; distance, two nails are thus formed. They sometimes And conclude with a conclusion, that you won't be long a

coming to, require to be gone over with the hammer afterwards, and the points arranged a little ; but in rough work, That Ladies' faces do exist that Hats are not becoming to!

Bow! wow ! wow! I have used vast quantities of them just as they were after the chisel. As they have no heads, I Then you fancy that at breakfast you 're beginning to be always turn down a small portion of the nail upon

great, to-day; the wood. This makes an excellent bond for boxes, And ask the waiter why on earth the Times should be so packing-cases, and all sorts of ordinary work, where late to-day; the absence of a sightly head to the nail is of no con- Then take a canter on the Downs, on horseback if so be sequence. So superior, in point of convenience, are these nails, that some friends of mine actually pur- You may do it, for there's room enough for nobody to chase all the fig-boxes they can lay their hands on, see you there, quite as much, or very nearly so, for the sake of the Then shudder at the gale, at night, that makes some sad wire-brads they contain, as for the wood.

hearts weep again, The change of system, so general now throughout And sympathetically sigh-and turn-and go to sleep again! Europe, from hand-made to machine-made nails, must All these are merely things of course! In these, there's | have created quite a revolution in the trade, and dis- nothing new to us; placed thousands of industrious hands; but I have as It's merely change of scene and life; and much good yet met with no statistical information on that subject. may it do to us!

But there's something else, I think, that we must all

agree together to, A WET DAY AT BRIGHTON.

Although we bring our weeds from town, we needn't When London's growing dark and dull, the atmosphere bring its weather too. with vapour rife,

Bow! wow! wow! So heavily consistent you might cut it with a paper

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noodledom; And Rotten Row is a morass, Belgravia a Boodledom;

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districts, praying for the bestowal of posthumous honours beat about; And the lamplighter and linkman are the only men you distinction consists in her inconsolable grief, as manifested

fell fighting against the rebels in Hupeh. Her claim to meet about; Defiantly you rush away, and take the train to Brighton, in The emperor expresses pity and commendation, and directs

by suicide (apparently by opium), for her deceased husband. The hope, by change of scene and air, the intellects of the Board of Rites to deliberate on the proper designation lightening!

for the heroine. The object of the petitioners in this case Bow! wow! wow!

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mean.' "Well, Charles,' said my dear Kate to me the other "Why, what should I mean, but that this is a evening, when our parlour-maid had brought in the striking instance of what your dreadfully lax notions tea-tray—'well, Charles, I should hope that even you, must inevitably lead to. Now, you may see that we in spite of your ridiculous ideas on such subjects, will were right when we said that it would go on from bad think that going a little too far.'

to worse, although you laughed at us in your sneering, Upon my word, my love,' replied I, looking up contemptuous way. We always said how it would from my newspaper, 'I really don't know what the end. We always knew that you were in the wrong; " that” is at which, it seems, I ought to be so indig- and now you may be convinced of it if you will only nant; and, to say the truth, I would rather not know, take the trouble to open your eyes, and not hide for strong emotions, with the thermometer somewhere yourself behind that horrid newspaper.' near eighty degrees, are not to be indulged in with Why, what can have happened, my dear?' said I, impunity. I am quite disagreeably warm at the very now really anxious to know. 'I hope that nothing'thought of being indignant about anything. Don't 'Ono; nothing at all, Charles; only that that tell me—there's a good girl—till the weather becomes creature, Caroline, wears a hoop!' cooler, and But since you look so angry, what is 'Is that all, my love ?' said I, quite relieved. 'I the matter?'

certainly did not observe that; and as for my horrid Matter indeed! That's right, Charles ; pretend, as paper, if you had been reading this splendid article you always do, not to see, and you'll soon find what about Palm'will be the consequences. There are none so blind as And, pray, what more would you have?' said my those who won't see, Charles ; and that is your case wife, remorselessly cutting the premier in two. It whenever I am in trouble with my servants. I am would be very much better, Charles, if, instead of sure that no woman in the world has more to contend thinking so much about those stupid politics, you with than I have in that respect; and as you never would learn to think a little reasonably on matters interfere to support my authority, it is wonderful, as which interest us all much more nearly, and have my dear mamma says '

much greater influence on our comfort.' At the mention of my dear mamma,' I at once saw 'I wish, my dear Kate, that you would learn to the necessity of treating the matter, whatever it might take trifles like these a little more quietly. We cannot be, seriously. Whenever my wife begins quoting alter them, if we would-of that I am persuaded, and I dear mamma' in our little domestic differences, I really don't think we ought to try.' know that she is in earnest ; 80, adopting a conciliatory “Of course not, Charles, let the creatures go on tone, I replied:

until they dress as fine or finer than their mistresses. * Really, my dear, I was so much interested in what Perhaps you, with your horrid liberalism-vulgarity, I was reading when you first spoke, that I did not dear mamma calls it-would like to see your servants observe what was passing in the room. In fact, how dressed out in the latest fashion, while your wife looks could I do so? Look here—when I am lying on my like a provincial dowdy. But I won't permit it. Dear back, with the newspaper held up so, I cannot even mamma says, that when she began housekeeping such see so far as where you sit. But tell me what has things would not have been tolerated for a moment. occurred to displease you.'

Caroline, I am determined, shall go this day month, "If you liad been sitting up like a Christian, Charles, for I will no longer be subject to such humiliation in instead of lolling on the sofa like a Turk, and dirtying my own house.' it with your nasty boots, you would have seen better, Come, come, my love,' replied I, don't allow your I daresay; but you must have seen Caroline bring in temper to be ruffled by a matter of so little importthe tea.'

You would be much more comfortably situated On my honour, my dear Kate, I did not. I was with regard to your servants, if you would shut your certainly aware that the tea was brought in by some eyes to what is inevitable now, whether we like it or body, but I did not see by whom I presume, how- not; and would look on such changes in our manners ever, by Caroline, as that, I believe, is part of her a little more philosophically.' work.'

'I have no patience with you, Charles. What in the “How provoking you are, Charles. Surely you must world, I should like to know, has philosophy to do have observed'

with my parlour-maid's sticking out her petticoats "No, indeed, I observed nothing; and I assure you with a hoop?'

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• It has very much to do with it, my dear. Parlour- Caroline, the “creature," and her class, are women like maids didn't follow the fashions fifty years ago, and yourself; that they, too, have the love of dress, so now they do. That is a fact which none can deny; strong in your sex; and that so long as they only and it is a phenomenon which undoubtedly marks a spend the wages they fairly earn, you have no more very considerable change in the social conditions right to despise them and call them “ creatures," than affecting large masses of the people. In this view of they have to despise you and your mamma for studying the matter, then, the change, whether we like it or not, as you do the Magasin des Modes.' ought to be looked at in a philosophical spirit, and not But, Charles, you surely don't mean to compare summarily condemned, as if the cause of it and the Caroline's station with mine? Things which are thing itself were wholly evil. A little rational inquiry harmless in my station of life, may be very unbecoming won't be thrown away on the subject, take my word in hers.' for it.'

A sensible remark, Kate, but it won't do to con"I am sure, Charles, I always endeavour to do my strue that principle too strictly—an error of which I duty by my servants, and to make them happy and think you are guilty. Now, when you call Caroline & comfortable, and no one can say with truth that I am “creature," you don't say whether you think that the a harsh mistress. But, as dear mamma said only the wrong she has done consists in the desire she has last time she was here, this kind of thing I neither can to stick her petticoats out with that strange machine nor ought to put up with.'

of wadding and tape, or whether it lies in her doing • Who denies, Kate, that you are a kind mistress ? so in your august presence. Which is it?' I am sure I should be the last to do 80; but, I must * Don't sneer, Charles. It is a bad habit you have, say, that on the subject of servants' dress, you are particularly when you know you are wrong. I mean, often, like most ladies, both unjust and unreasonable. Of course, that a creature like that has no business to How is it that you can't see that it is most unwise wear it.' to attempt enforcing the discipline of your mother's “Just so, my love. Another cup of tea, if you youthful days upon the domestics of our own ? If please. Our little dispute has made my throat quite my good mother-in-law had to deal with young women dry, I declare. Just so. You say that she has no instead of with those veterans, Jane and “Old Hannah,” business to wear a hoop. But why? Unless we who have lived with her these five-and-twenty years, are a little more precise, we may talk till midnight she would soon find how impossible it would be to without getting any further.' carry out her ideas. The ideas of the maids having Well, then, Charles, since I must be so very careful undergone a great change in the matter of dress, the of my words, I say that such things are ridiculous ideas of the mistresses must adapt themselves some- for one in her station of life.' what to the new state of things, or perpetual changes I see, my love,' said I, that you know how to and collisions will be the result. This anti-stiff- make use of the ladies' favourite argument, that a petticoat feeling of yours is pure Toryism, an unphilo- thing is because it is; but answer me this: do you sophical reluctance to marcher avec le siècle.'

mean to imply some moral turpitude on the part *For goodness' sake, Charles, don't give me any of Caroline, when you call her a "creature;” or do scraps of French. Your accent, you know, is not you mean to imply merely that her crime consists in good; and if there is one thing I detest beyond all wearing a hoop in your augu-Ahem! before her others, it is to hear a man eking out his poverty of mistress ?' words with the odds and ends of another language. “Why, Charles, how absurd you are. I mean of In spite of your philosophy, I still say that servants course that she ought to be ashamed of herself to come ought not to dress as they do. To see a girl like into the drawing-room with that thing on; and I also Caroline, with a tray in her hand, and her skirt mean, as dear mamma says, that for girls in her rank sticking out like a balloon, is utterly absurd and of life to fill their heads with such things is perfectly very improper-very improper indeed.'

ridiculous.' But you know the old saying, my dear Kate : "And why, pray, is a love of dress more ridiculous • What can't be cured must be endured;" and unless, in them than in you? I fear, Kate, that you ladies in these days when everything is made for the million, want to keep all the finery to yourselves, and that a we can bring ourselves to look calmly on fashionably feeling of jealousy is at the bottom of your hostility dressed domestics, we must always expect to be in to smart maid-servants. Ducks of collars, loves of hot water. As for the humiliation you were talking bonnets, darling mantles, sweet little caps, gay dresses, about just now, if you mean that you will be eclipsed and bright ribbons, you would monopolise as luxuries by your servants, I don't think you need feel much to be enjoyed by your class only; and if you could, alarm on that score. I will not be so rude as to say you would even forbid those beneath you to admire that you ever appear absurd, but I do say that, these things, much more to wear them. But what, I although you have no tea-tray in your hands, your ask you, is there in domestic service which should so dress sticks out like a very large balloon indeed. change a woman's nature that she should be insensible

How can you talk so, Charles ? Why, the last to dress ?' dress I had made, that French foulard you admire so, "A sense of propriety, Charles—of what is becoming had only nine breadths in it, and’

in her station, and of what is due to those above her.' "I don't care how many breadths it had, my love. ‘A sense of fiddlestick, Kate! Your idea of the I only know that the bill tells me that you cram as connection existing between you and your servants much material into one dress as would have sufficed appears to be the feudal notion of dependence, to clothe your paternal and maternal grandmothers whereas that connection is a purely commercial one. both together, and have made your two grandfathers Kindly feeling and good offices, not bargained for, a waistcoat apiece into the bargain. While, as to are not excluded on either side-God forbid that they crinoline and things of that nature, there is no end ever should be; but L. 8. d. is your bond of union ; to them.'

and unless at the hiring you stipulate for a particular 'I am sure,' said Kate, quite in a miff, you cannot style of dress, paying accordingly, you cannot reasoncall me extravagant. I only have my dresses made in ably expect that, out of mere awe of our aug—that is, the fashion, and surely you would not have me look of us--our servants should forego their own tastes and particular.'

inclinations.' 'I would have you continue to do, my love, what 'I'm sure I don't know, Charles. Why should not you have always done—that is, please yourself. I women dress in a sort of livery like men ? I think it would have you remember, however, that poor would be a very good plan.'

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