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shop of the ingenious Italian opposite the should see it unlock itself, and hear the stage-door of Drury Lane theatre. many secrets of which it was the deposi
Rome he liketh not; nor taketh pleasure tory; but another look convinced me it was in its remains. For he careth not for the motionless, and I was disappointed, for I ancients, his associations being alone con- well knew its antiquity, and longed to hear nected with dogs'-eared Virgils, and ink of its experiences. stained Commentaries. But his hand-book As I continued my scrutiny, I was startdirecteth him to see every thing, and he led by observing the eyes of the portrait laboriously obeyeth it; albeit, he findeth opposite me move, the breast heave, and a nothing so agreeable as our own Colosseum slight murmur escape from the lips; and in the Regent's Park: and wisheth that such lips! the Pope would engage Mr. Bradwell to It was a beautiful portrait of the last renovate the city. In his heart he voteth century, of a lovely young girl, whose peRome a 'sell,' and hateth the ruins, from culiar feminine beauty, and dove-like exrecollection of the cane and Latin mark. pression of eyes, I had often gazed on with
And thus he yawneth and fatigueth him- pleasure, and yearned to know the lights self for three months about parts of Europe, and shadows of such a creature's life. having become footsore to attain glory at When first its soft murmuring voice fell home, as pilgrims go to Mecca to be put on upon my devouring ear, my heart beat rathe free-list of the Prophet's paradise, and pidly, and I seemed like a person just strughe remembereth nothing that he hath seen, gling out of a slumber. For a moment it no more than the passenger by an express-appeared indistinct, but gradually became train can call to mind the stations that he clear and palpable. It spake as follows: shooteth by. But he believeth that he hath Good friends! since we are doomed to attained a higher rank in life, by being be packed together in our possessor's cuable to talk of where he hath been: and he riosity shop, I think it but polite to call it remarketh, at dinner-parties, ' Once, when so—I have listened to your beguiling adI was crossing the Simplon,' or ' During ventures with pleasure, for they tend in my residence at Florence,' whenever an some measure to drive away the ennui, to opportunity occurreth, and sometimes when which, as passe things, we are condemned. it doth not. And if by luck he encountereth Inspired therefore by your example, I will a tourist, who hath not been to Florence, try to recall to my memory some few pasbut speaketh highly of Danneker's Ariadne sages of my life, that is, in the life of the at Frankfort, he sayeth forth with, 'Ah, - creature I represent. That she was beaubut you should see the Venus de Medici.' tiful, I believe it is unnecessary for me to Yet he recollecteth it but slightly, and the say. Look at me! I represent her faithother he hath no notion of beyond that fully! Her beauty was only skin deep furnished by Madame Keller.
like mine, but not so lasting. Age has But the greatest pleasure, after all, that made me more valuable, whilst it destroyone tourist knoweth is to talk down another : Jed her power. and to this end chiefly doth our traveller When I was created by the painter's look for distinction.
master hand, I was pronounced a living likeness! It was true; for I grew into lise under the limner's magic skill, and beheld my beautiful original before me, and felt
the tremulous touch of the young painter From Bentley's Miscellany.
as he looked abashed into her deep blue
eyes, for the bright light that he dared to THE PORTRAIT.
hope to transfer to me! that look made the BY ALFRED CROW QUILL.
eloquent blood rush even to his noble fore
head, whilst the fair sitter's fringed lash I TURNED my eyes round the chamber, sank over her dangerous orbs with soft wondering what would be the next to speak; timidity, but even then there was a scorn. I watched intently from gauntlet to broad- ful curl of triumph on her lips, that belied sword, from Indian bow to cumbrous match the language of her eyes. lock, and as a gleam of moonshine flicker- At the conclusion of her sitting she rose, ing through the woodbine of the casement and swept with grace unparalleled from the sparkled for a moment on a small steel cas-room, the painter's gaze followed her, and ket, I fancied almost that it moved, and I a deep sigh escaped from his very heart; he then turned to me, and afterwards flung Fatal indeed was the indulgence of this himself into the chair she had quitted, and mad passion for this divinity, although of gazed with a painful intentness upon me; a good family he had no broad lands to lay he was young and nobly handsome, so he at the feet of the proud and haughty beaunaturally had his day dream, and the world, ty; yet without hope to wear the prize, he and worldliness, were alike forgotten in the still dared to love. It is astonishing how thoughts that rushed through his impetuous little fame will keep up love; a smile, or an mind. One moment a dark frown sha- accidental pressure of the hand will last for dowed his brow, which some sunny thought weeks; full well did the young heartless instantly dispelled ; anon it returned, and coquette know and see the net she had was again chased away by a bright triumph- thrown around her victim, nor appeared ant smile. What were his thoughts ?' 1 she conscious of the cause of the pale could well guess! he sat thus entranced cheek and trembling voice of the young until the twilight shut him from my sight, painter, who lived but in the poisonous and I saw no more, but I heard his plain- fascinations of her presence. tive sighs.
Pallid grew the cheek, and more brilMaria Leslie, the being I represent, was liant the lustre of the eyes, as month after an only child, born to inherit great beauty, month rolled on, and found him still by his and large possessions; she was kindly pupil's side; his steps became languid, his loved by her parents, who could not behold smile dejected, and art seemed no longer in her the slightest fault; she was admired the object of his enthusiasm. by all who came within the magic circle of One early dawn he stood in the gallery, her charms, for the brightness of her beau- and with careful hand made a copy of me, ty so dazzled the hearts of her beholders, but this was done stealthily, and in secret. that they could scarcely think it possible Foolish boy! he bore it to his humble roof, that aught of evil could be so enshrined. with bright visions of future glory, to em
Vanity was her besetting sin. As a child bitter his hours with vain and feverish her little coquetries and vanities were only thoughts over the counterpart of his dessmiled at by all, as being exceedingly droll : troyer. the continual praises of menials, and the Unavailingly did he struggle with his betfond indulgence of her parents, who laugh- ter feelings, but the strong passion of youth ed at her little womanish ways, when but is not easily mastered; yet often did he reyet a girl, had drawn her from society of solve to break his dishonorable thraldrom, children like herself, and made her ape the but when she bestowed on him a bewitchmanners of grown up people; she was a ing smile, how soon his resolution was bro little actress !
ken, and how soon he became again her She was about eighteen when I was made willing slave. the almost living likeness of her, by the Love is a sad flatterer, and whispers young and enthusiastic painter, who had strange impossibilities to his votaries. With much better have bestowed his love upon these he beguiled and deluded the young me, for I was all his own, and would al- painter, bade him hope, taught him to inways have remained the same; I was interpret her downcast eyes, and read her deed superior to my original, for beneath very smiles until he believed there was a my beauty a cold heart was not hidden; all reciprocity of feeling between them. Vain her love was engrossed by herself, and con- yet how happy felt he, to think thus ! sequently she had none to bestow on others; One evening when twilight gradually put day after day did the young painter stand an end to their labors, during which her by her easel, and endeavor to infuse some almost tenderness towards him had made of his soul into hers, and rouse her to excel the hours fly like minutes, they sat near to in the most glorious of arts, but in vain ; each other watching the calm blush of the her vanity prompted her only to seek ac- evening sky giving place to the silvery hue complishments of an easier cast, that should of the rising moon. A dangerous moment dazzle and enchant others; she found that for those who love! Thoughts at such to conquer in the painter's mystery and moments are raised far, far above the sorcunning, was not so easy; it must be a did things of the earth, and the world's true love that can ever woo any of the sis- weight seems lifted from the heart to give ter arts with hopes of success. With di- full play to its purest feelings. vided thoughts you must never kneel at If she but loved him, thought he, how their shrine.
he would strive to become great, to be worthy of her! What would toil be? no-his feelings as unfashionable commodities; thing ! for him, time would have no terrors, but brought in their stead his family-deeds if she were the prize at the end ! With and rent-roll, which were, he believed, the thoughts like to these rushing through his sure passport to a lady's heart. The perbrain in answer to the quick throbbings of fect nonchalance of the titled suitor put his heart, he fell at her feet, and burst forth hors de combat all the little coquetries of in all the eloquence of his nature, upbraid- the lady. He looked upon her as a fine ing himself, but yet claiming her pity, pro- creature, but hated the trouble of courtmising to fly from her, until he was more ship, lesi the old people to make love to worthy, praying for hope to cheer, his path her for him, and requested a definitive as an incentive to his ambition and exer- answer to his proposal, as he did not wish tions. His glowing words came from his to miss the season trip to Italy. lips with poetic grace, but met no kindred Having sickened himself at the pleasures response ; she now beheld all that her heart of the world, and found himself' used up, less coquetry had effected, and rising in- he paused in his senseless career, and dignantly from her seat, with cheek cold looked out for an estate, with a presentable and colorless, and with eyes of scorn, and wife tacked to it, so that bis constitution drawing the rich folds of her dress closely and property might both at the same time around her beautiful form, as though she be repaired. He had come, therefore, to feared the contamination of his touch, she see the fair Maria ; liked her manners and bade him, in a tone that threw back the her unincumbered estate, and determined impetuous blood to his heart, to rise, and to take the desperate leap of marriage. never more dare to enter into her presence, He was a man of the world, and therefore or insult her by his plebeian rhapsodies. it was impossible for him to make himself
What art thou, said she, but a hired disagreeable, for nothing is easier than menial ! had it not been for the absence of insincerity; and etiquette, strained to the my parent, thou wouldst have been flogged nicest point, forbade any thing like an apfrom the house by the horse boys, for thus proach to familiarity, which is a very old forgetting thyself and station.
fashioned, troublesome thing at best, and Stunned by the change in the beautiful often endangers the continuation of the creature, who, a moment since, was all best acquaintance. angel, but who now appeared, as the Seen only through the medium of his moonlight played on her convulsed fea- gentlemanly address and stylish manners, tures, almost a demon, he arose from his aided, too, by his magnificent establishprostrate position, as if in a dream, and ment and a coronet, it was no wonder that without one word, but with fixed eyes, and he found himself successful. The proud mournful mien, saw her slowly depart from girl consented to be his wife. They were the chamber.
married ; and she became a countess ! A year rolled on, and the painter was
as. The last of the glittering pomp of maronly remembered in the family of his quon- riage wound its way through the embowerdam patron as a bold and enterprising ing trees, and vanished in the evening young man, who had sought by dishonora- sunlight. The parents felt for the first ble means his own aggrandisement by an time that their labor of love was ended, alliance with his daughter, and they felt and that their child was their child no proud that the adventurer had failed in his more, for another now claimed her who purpose, and had not, notwithstanding his would stand before them in her love, and talents and fascinations, for one moment her thoughts,—the little world of endisturbed the pure mind of their child. chantment which was created round the
She soon had many suitors for her hand, child of their affections faded like a rainfor her lands were fruitful, and her dowry bow when the worshipped idol of the shrine large, and all the family possessed would departed from it, and left them desolate. eventually fall to her sole disposal. They The tears of parting still glistened in their came, and were refused, and thus were her eyes as they stood before me to gaze once triumphs swelled. They strove to touch more upon the face of one they loved too her heart when they should have aimed only well. When they beheld her again, she at her pride.
was not like to me! At last a suitor came, of proud and Italy! land of sunshine and blue skies ! haughty race, with armorial bearings, and land of elegant vices, and romantic rascali. a title. He had long since parted with all (ties ; beautiful even in your feebleness, how full of butterflies art thou ! How they | their victims were ready-made to their futter in the eternal sunshine! How full hands, and that no exertion on their part art thou of the noblest works of art! Be was required to create differences between hold the creations of thy chisel and thy then, pencil! See the lazzaroni crowding in Her suitors became bolder as they saw their dirt, and defacing the marble steps of her natural protector leave her unguarded; thy palaces ! How full of sharp, bright and left to her own resources, many snakeeyes, and sharper and brighter poniards ! like whisperings prompted her to revenge How quick to love, and how quick to hate herself for the open infidelities of her abanare thy fierce-blooded children!
doned husband. But she had too lately In a few weeks after their marriage, the left the home of her childhood; and the fair Countess and her chosen husband found halo of her mother's virtues still hovered themselves in Italy, where he was as well faintly around her, and preserved her from known as the Pope himself, and where he her baffled tempters. Where was that was welcomed with enthusiasm by the mother now? How needed to guide the crowd, who knew his vices and his bound. steps of her child, who had ever been the less extravagance, which, now he came so slave of her own passions and pride, and well-freighted, promised them another har- now, in the moment of danger, was saved vest. His charming wife soon became the alone by the natural instinct inherent in admiration and the toast of the gay circles woman, that recoils even from the semthat had nothing else to do. She was blance of vice. charmed with the flutterers whom she cap- One of her most pertinacious followers, tivated, and who whispered warm flattery who, from the beauty of his person, and his into her ears; but sometimes they became high rank, had never met with a rebuff, so bold in their advances, that her un- kept his place at her side, in the full confifashionable feelings prompted her to shrink dence of success, which he ever looked back from their too ardent address, fearing upon as his sure reward; but in the young that her husband's haughty spirit might English woman he found a most obstinate feel offence; but he, whenever he heard of pupil; and he could not prevail over her them, seemed to count them as nothing with such ease as he did with the proud more than bon-bons thrown in a Carnival, signoras of his own land, where vice and sweet, but harmless. He was guilty of the virtue are mere names, and where to be same offence to other women; so he let it virtuous is to appear so. pass unnoticed, and the ardent puppies He had one night, at a grand fete, seated remained unreproved, and sought with himself, as was his custom, by her side, greater avidity to gain the favor of the with a full determination to bring to a close beautiful English Countess.
the long love-siege which began rather to The fashionable neglect of her husband pique his vanity, and tire his patience. soon, however, began to show itself, and The usual common-place, in such cases gave her votaries plenty of opportunities to understood, the Countess bore with all the pour forth their enamored strains. He coldness of her disposition, and she permitbecame entangled in the depraved clique to ted him to run ou unchided through his which he had been a victim before his hopes and despairings, and other poetical marriage ; and was often brought home by descriptions of the torments which she had his servants (through wine and excitement) made him. endure. At last, grown confiin a state of unconsciousness. This could dent by her silence, he dared to place his not long be kept from his wife, who, own arm around her slender waist. She although she had no love for him, felt most sprang from his side. A stinging reproach severely his pointed desertion, which made had hardly fallen from his lips, when a genher the talk of her aristocratic friends. tleman who had hovered near them, and who Her pride was hurt at the idea of being had overheard her words, selled her insulter chained for life to a roué and a drunkard ! to the earth as he was in the act of seizing
Frequent scenes of recrimination destroy- her hand. She turned for one moment to ed even the appearance of consideration look at her rescuer, in whom she expected for each other; and hate being too violent to see her husband; but her eyes fell on au exertion where there never had been the pale and convulsed features of the any love, each soon began to have the ut- youthful painter. After whispering his most contempt for the other. The world name in the ear of the enraged noble, he --that is, their world—soon discovered that slightly bowed to her, and coldly passed on. Months passed on, and she never beheld intentionally unfastened, and entered with him, although she heard of his fame, which silence and caution. stood high even in the city of the famous. A few minutes had elapsed, when a faint Her husband, as of necessity, met the in-scream was heard, and almost instantly after sulter of his wife, and they fired at each the three men appeared, bearing a muffled other as long as their seconds thought fit, figure between them. In the scuffle to exand then, after a great deal of mutual pedite their flight, the wrapper which enpoliteness, returned home to breakfast. veloped it slipped aside, and discovered the
But the hot Italian blood of her husband's form of the Countess, who screamed immeadversary was not so easily cooled; he felt diately for help. This brought in a moment too deeply the ignominy of the blow, and to the succour two or three half-dressed and the scorn of the proud Englishwoman, who frightened dimestics, who were intimidated he thought entertained some tender feeling from further advance by the threatening for the young painter, whose early history gestures of the brigands. They were, howhe soon traced out. Deeming the painter ever, soon reinforced by the appearance of a successful rival, he was doubly desirous the Earl, who, in his dressing-gown, sword of revenge upon him. He quickly sought in hand, and but half recovered from his midout, and found with facility,—for ready in- night debauch, staggered wildly forward, atstruments are easily found in the Holy tempting to encourage the tired grooms to City,-creatures to carry out his vengeance, attack the robbers. He had hardly advanced which he was too dastardly to do himself. ten paces, when the foremost of the briHe purposed at once to crush the hopes of gands, who was masked, approached him, the young painter, and the vaunted honor and, striking up his sword, passed his weaof the woman who had dared to refuse pon through his body. The unfortunate him.
husband fell, with a deep groan, dead upon The riches of the Earl and his wife, and the marble pavement of the terrace, which the splendor of their beautiful palace, was crimsoned with his blood In the briwhich stood in the suburbs, had long been gand's struggle to free his sword from the the talk and wonder of Rome. The char- entanglement of the Earl's dress, the mask acter of its owner was also no secret. His dropped from his face, and showed the feasplendid fetes were the resort of all the gay tures of the libertine noble, who had so and beautiful, as well, also, as the bad and basely attempted the honor of the Counvicious, who found his purse-strings always tess. The appalled domestics, who were ready and open to supply their pandering unarmed, rushed back into the mansion to sycophancy with funds, of which they did alarm the rest of the household, who were not fail availing themselves when, half-mad quickly on the spot; but the villains had with drink, he sought another fatal excite-fled with their prize, leaving behind only a ment in the dice.
paper, stuck with a dagger on the windowOne night, or rather morning, for the post, to the following effect :-That the faint streaks of light were seen in the hori- Countess would be carried to the mountains, zon, betokening the night almost spent, the and if not ransomed at a heavy sum, in less guests had departed, and the host had been than twenty-four hours she would meet with borne by his servants to his couch, the fair dishonor and death. Countess pressed her pillow alone. Here Pursuit was immediately set on foot by and there in the splendid saloons a few the authorities; the murder and the abducJamps were left to die in their sockets by tion were upon every tongue. Parties scourthe careless and inebriated servants of the ed the woods in every direction ; but in household, in which no order or regulation vain. Troops were despatched towards the was kept. The whole place was now wrap- mountains, in hopes of intercepting the ped in repose, and three figures were seen fugitives before they gained their hidingstealthily approaching through the trees in places. the garden, evidently aiming at conceal- Evening approached without any trace of ment. Slowly, like the motions of a snake, the unfortunate lady or her abductors. did they wind their way through the dark Many returned to the city, broken down foliage and luxuriant flower parterres. At with toil and fatigue, fearing, as night adlength they gained the upper terrace, where vanced, to proceed farther into the mounfor a moment they hesitated; but after a tains. One spirit alone flagged not--the short consultation approached one of the young painter's ! who, almost frantic, was lower windows, which seemed to have been the first to start upon the alarm. Well