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young man ?
“ And you have heard nothing of Ar- ed that Bell should manage her own afthur ?" asks my lady.
Certainly, if Bell was at this time being Was the Lieutenant likely to have been pressed to decide between Von Rosen and scouring the country in search of that Arthur, that unfortunate youth from Twick
enham was suffering grievously from an evil “ It is very strange. If he found himself fortune. Consider what advantages the unable to get here by the time he expected Lieutenant had in accompanying the girl to meet us, it is a wonder he did not send into this dreamland of her youth, when her on a message. I hope he has met with no heart was opening out to all sorts of tender accident."
recollections, and when, to confer a great “ No, there is no fear, Madame,” said gratification upon her, you had only to say the Lieutenant, “ he will overtake us soon. that you were pleased with Westmoreland, He may arrive to-night, or to-morrow be- and its sunlight, and its people and scenery. fore we go—he can not make a mistake What adjectives that perfervid Uhlan may about finding us. But you do not propose have been using—and he was rather a to wait anywhere for him ?”
good hand at expressing his satisfaction “ No," I say decisively, “we don't. Or with any thing—we did not try to hear; if we do wait for him, it will not be in Ken- but Bell wore her brightest and happiest dal."
looks. Doubtless the Lieutenant had been The Lieutenant seemed to think that telling her that there was no water in the Arthur would overtake us soon enough; world could turn out such brilliant colors and need not further concern us. But my as those we saw bleaching on the meadows Lady appeared to be a little anxious about that no river in the world ran half as fast the safety of the young man until it was as the Kent—and that no light could comshown us that, after all, Arthur might have pare with the light of a Westmoreland sky been moved to give the Major's cob a in beautifying and clarifying the varied day's rest somewhere, in which case he hues of the landscape that lay around. He could not possibly have reached Kendal was greatly surprised with the old-fashionby this time.
ed streets when we had clambered up to We go out into the sunlit and breezy the town again. He paid particular attenstreet. We can almost believe Bell that tion to the railway station. When a porthere is a peculiar sweetness in the West- ter caught a boy back from the edge of the moreland air. We lounge about the quaint platform and angrily said to him, “ Wut's old town, which, perched on the steep thee doin' theear, an' the traäin a coomin' slope of a hill, has sometimes those curious oop ?” he made as though he understood juxtapositions of door-step and chimney- the man. This was Bell's country; and pot which are familiar to the successive ter- every thing in it was profoundly interesting. races of Dartmouth. We go down to the However, when the train had once got green banks of the river; and the Lieuten- away from the station, and we found ourant is bidden to observe how rapid and selves being carried through the fresh clear the brown stream is, even after com- and pleasant landscape—with a cool wind ing through the dyeing and bleaching blowing in at the window, and all the works. He is walking on in front with trees outside bending and rustling in the Bell. He does not strive to avoid her now breeze-it was not merely out of compli-on the contrary, they are inseparable ment to Bell that he praised the brightcompanions—but my Lady puzzles herself ness of the day and the beauty of the in vain to discover what are their actual country around. relations toward each other at this time, “And it is so comfortable to think of They do not seem anxious or dissatisfied. the horses enjoying a day's thorough rest," They appear to have drifted back into said Tita; for when we start again to-morthose ordinary friendly terms of intercourse row, they will have to attack some hard which had marked their setting-out; but work." how is this possible after what occurred in “Only at first,” said Bell, who was alWales? As neither has said any thing to ways ready to show that she knew the us about these things, nothing is known; road; "the first mile or so is hilly; but these confidences have been invariably after that the road goes down to Windervoluntary, and my Lady is quite well pleas- mere and runs along by the lake to Am
NEW SERIES. VOL. XVI., No. 3.
bleside. It is a beautiful drive through the The Lieutenant knew all about this trees; and if we get a day like this-” story; and it was with great interest that
No wonder she turned to look out with he went up to Elleray Cottage, and saw pride and delight on the great and glow- the famous chestnut which Christopher ing picture that lay around us, the back- North has talked of to the world. It was ground of which had glimpses of blue as if some relative of Bell's had lived in mountains lying pale and misty under this place—some foster-father or grandlight masses of cloud. The small stations uncle who had watched her youth; and we passed were smothered in green fo- who does not know the strange curiosity liage. Here and there we caught sight of with which a lover listens to stories of the a brown rivulet, or a long avenue of trees childhood of his sweetheart, or meets any arching over a white road. And then, one who knew her in those old and halfin an incredibly short space of time, we forgotten years? It seems a wonderful found ourselves outside the Windermere thing to him that he should not have Station, standing in the open glare of the known her then-that all the world at that day.
time, so far as he knew, was unconscious For an instant, a look of bewilderment, of her magical presence; and he seeks to and even of disappointment, appeared on make himself familiar with her earliest the girl's face. Evidently, she did not years, to nurse the delusion that he has know the way. The houses that had known her always, and that ever since her sprung up of late years were strangers to entrance into the world she has belonged her-strangers that seemed to have no busi- to him. In like manner, let two lovers, ness there.
But whereas the new build- who have known each other for a number ings, and the cutting of terraces and alter- of years, begin to reveal to each other ations of gardens, were novel and perplex- when the first notion of love entered their ing phenomena, the general features of the mind: they will insensibly shift the date neighborhood remained the same; and further and further back, as if they would after a momentary hesitation she hit upon blot out the palid and colorless time in the right path up to Elleray, and thereaf- which they were stupid enough not to ter was quite at home.
have found out their great affection for Now there rests in our Bell's mind a each other. The Lieutenant was quite strange superstition that she can remem- vexed that he knew little of Professor Wilber, as a child, having sat upon Christo- son's works. He said he would get them pher North's knee. The story is wholly all the moment that he went back to Lonimpossible and absurd; for Wilson died in don; and when Bell, as we lingered about the year in which Bell was born ; but she the grounds of Elleray, told him how that nevertheless preserves the fixed impression there was a great deal of Scotch in the of having seen the kingly old man, and books, and how the old man whom she wondered at his long hair and great col- vaguely recollected had written about Scotlar, and listened to his talking to her. Out land, and how that she had about as great of what circumstances in her childhood a longing-when she was buried away this curious belief may have arisen is a down south in the commonplaceness of psychological conundrum which Tita and London and Surrey—to smell the heather I have long ago given up; and Bell her- and see the lovely glens and the far-reachself can not even suggest any other cele- ing sea-lakes of Scotland as to reach her brated person of the neighborhood who own and native Westmoreland, the Lieutenmay, in her infancy, have produced a pro- ant began to nurture a secret affection for found impression on her imagination and Scotland and wondered when we should caused her to construct a confused picture get there. into which the noble figure of the old I can not describe in minute detail our Professor had somehow and subsequently day's ramble about Windermere. It was been introduced; but none the less she all a dream to us. Many years had come asks us how it is that she can remember and gone since those of us who were famiexactly the expression of his face and eyes liar with the place had been there; and as he looked down on her, and how even somehow, half unconsciously to ourselves, to this day she can recall the sense of we kept trying to get away from the sight awe with whịch she regarded him, even of new people and new houses, and to disas he was trying to amuse her.
cover the old familiar features of the neighborhood that we had loved. Once or and even warming up into a pale yellowish twice there was in Tita's eyes a moisture green, where a ray of the sunlight struck she could scarce conceal; and the light the lower slopes. Over by Furness Fells of gladness on Bell's bright face was pre- the clouds lay in heavier masses, and movserved there chiefly through her efforts to ed slowly; but elsewhere there was a brisk instruct the Lieutenant, which made her motion over the lake, that changed its forget old memories. She was happy, too, beauties even as one looked at them. in hitting on the old paths. When we “Mademoiselle," observed the Lieutenwent down from Elleray through the pri- ant, as if a new revelation had broken upon vate grounds that lie along the side of the him, “all that you have said about your hill, she found no difficulty whatever in native county is true; and now I undershowing us how we were to get to the stand why that you did weary in London, lake. She took us down through a close and and think very much of your own home.” sweet-smelling wood, where the sunlight Perhaps he thought, too, that there was only struggled at intervals through the in- but one county in England, or in the world, numerable stems and leaves, and lit up the that could have produced this handsome, brackens and other ferns and underwood. courageous, generous, and true-hearted There was a stream running down close English girl—for such are the exaggeraby, that plashed and gurgled down its tions that lovers cherish. stony channel. As we got further down We put into Bowness, and went up to the slope, the darkness of the avenue in- the Crown Hotel there. In an instantcreased; and then all at once, at the end as rapidly as Alloway Kirk became dark of the trees, we came in sight of a blind- when Tam o' Shanter called out — the ing glare of white—the level waters of the whole romance of the day went clean out lake.
and was extinguished. How any of God's And then, when we left the wood and creatures, could have come to dress themstood on the shore, all the fair plain of selves in such fashion, amid such scenery, Windermere lay before us, wind-swept and our young Uhlan professed himself unable troubled, with great dashes of blue along to tell; but here were men—apparently in its surface, and a breezy sky moving over their proper senses-wearing such comihead. Near at hand, there were soft green calities of jackets and resplendent knickerhills, shining in the sunlight; and, further bockers as would have made a harlequin off, long and narrow promontories, pierc- blush, with young ladies tarred and feathing out into the water, with their dark ered, as it were, with staring stripes and line of trees growing almost black against alarming petticoats, and sailors' hats of the silver glory of the lake. But then straw. Why should the borders of a lake again the hurrying wind would blow away be provocative of these mad eccentricities? the shadow of the cloud ; a beam of sun- Who that has wandered about the neighlight would run along the line of trees, borhoods of Zürich, Lucerne, and Thun, making them glow green above the blue does not know the wild freaks which Eng. of the water; and from this moving and lishmen (far more than English women) will shifting and glowing picture we turned to permit to themselves in dress? We should. the far and ethereal masses of the Lang- have fancied those gentlemen with the dale Pikes and the mountains above Amble- variegated knickerbockers had just come side, which changed as the changing clouds down from the Righi (by rail) if they had. were blown over from the west.
had Alpen-stocks and snow-spectacles with We got a boat and went out into the them; and, indeed, it was a matter for surwilderness of water and wind and sky. prise that these familiar appurtenances were Now we saw the reedy shores behind us, absent from the shores of Windermere. and the clear and shallow water at the My Lady looked at the strange people. brink of which we had been standing, re- rather askance. ceiving the troubled reflection of the woods. “My dear," says Bell, in an undertone, Out here the beautiful islands of. Lady" they are quite harmless.” Holm, Thompson's Holm, and Belle Isle We had luncheon in a corner of the were shimmering in green. Far up there great room. Dinner was already laid; in the north the slopes and gullies of the and our plain meal seemed to borrow a. great mountains were showing a thousand certain richness from that long array of hues of soft velvet-like grays and blues, colored wine-glasses. Bell considered the sight rather pretty; but my Lady began to That is a matter upon which she, of wonder how much crystal the servants course, ought to be able to speak. It would have broken by the time we got would be unbecoming to interfere with the back to Surrey. Then we went down to right of private judgment. the lake again, stepped into a small steam- “ Besides,” she remarks, audaciously," I er, and stood out to sea.
did not mean half I said. Don't you imaIt was now well on in the afternoon; gine I meant half what I said. It was all and the masses of cloud that came rolling making fun, you know, wasn't it?” over from the west and south-west, when “It has been deadly earnest since.” they clung to the summits of the mountains, “Poor thing!" she says, in the most threw a deeper shadow on the landscape sympathetic way; and there is no saying beneath. Here and there, too, as the eve what fatal thunderbolt she might have ning wore on, and we had steamed up launched, had not her attention been callwithin sight of the small island that is called ed away just then. Seamew Crag, we occasionally saw one of For as we went along in the twilight it the great heaps of clouds get melted down seemed to us that the old moss-covered into a gray mist that for a few minutes wall was begining to throw a slight shadow, blotted out the side of the mountain. and that the pale road was growing warmMeanwhile the sun had also got well up to er in hue. Moved by the same impulse, the north-west; and as the clouds came we turned suddenly to the lake, and lo! over and swept about the peaks of Lang- out there beyond the trees a great yellow dale, a succession of the wildest atmos- glory was lying on the bosom of Winderpheric effects became visible. Sometimes mere, and somewhere-hidden by the a great gloom would overspread the whole dark branches—the low moon had come landscape, and we began to anticipate a into the clear violet sky. We walked on night of rain ; then a curious saffron glow until we came to a clearance in the trees, would appear behind the clouds; then a and there, just over the opposite shore, the great smoke of gray would be seen to creep golden sickle lay in the heavens, the purdown the hill, and finally the sunlight would ple of which was suffused by the soft glow. break through, shining on the retreating It was a wonderful twilight. The ripples vapor, and on the wet sides of the hills
. that broke in among the reeds down at the Once or twice a light trail of cloud passed shore quivered in lines of gold; and a litacross the lake, and threw a slight shower tle bit further out a small boat lay black of rain upon us; but when we got to Am- as night in the path of the moonlight. bleside, the clouds had been for the most The shadow cast by the wall grew strong part driven by, and the clear heavens—ir- er; and now the trees, too, threw black radiated by a beautiful twilight-tempted bars across the yellow road. The two us to walk back to Windermere village by lovers paid no heed to these things for a the road.
long time—they wandered on, engrossed You may suppose that that was a pleas- in talk. But at length we saw them stop ant walk for those two young folks. Every and turn toward the lake; while Bell thing had conspired to please Bell during looked back towards us, with her face getthe day, and she was in a dangerously ting a faint touch of the glory coming over amiable mood. As the dusk fell, and the from the south. white water gleamed through the trees by All the jesting had gone out of Bell's the margin of the lake, we walked along face. She was as grave, and gentle, and the winding road without meeting a soli- thoughtful—when we reached the two of tary creature; and Queen Titania gently them—as Undine was on the day after her let our young friends get on ahead, so that marriage; and insensibly she drew near to we could only see the two dark figures Tita, and took her away from us, and left pass underneath the dark avenues of trees. the Lieutenant and myself to follow. That
“ Did you ever see a girl more happy ?" young gentleman was as solemn as though she says.
he had swallowed the Longer Catechism “Yes, once-at Eastbourne.”
and the Westminster Confession of Faith. Tita laughs, in a low, pleased way; for He admitted that it was a beautiful evenshe is never averse to recalling these old ing. He made a remark about the scenedays.
ry of the district which would have served “ I was very stupid then," she says. admirably as a motto for one of those
views that stationers put at the head of vealing no secret; but it would be a great pity if their note-paper. And then, with some any one thought that Bell was heartless or indifferabruptness, he asked what we should do if ent, a mistake that might occur when she is
written about by one who makes a jest about the Arthur did not arrive in Kendal that night most serious moments in one's life. Now it was or next day.
quite pitiable to see how the poor girl was trou“If Arthur does not come to-night, bled as we walked home that night by the side of we shall probably have some dinner at not in words, you know, for between women the the King's Arms. If he does not come least hint is quite sufficient, and saves a great deal in the morning, we may be permitted of embarrassment that she very much
liked the to take some breakfast. And then, if his Lieutenant, and admired his character, and that staying away does not alter the position been compelled to refuse him when he made her
she was extremely vexed and sorry that she had of Windermere, we shall most likely drive an offer. She told me, too, that he had pressed along this very road to-morrow forenoon. her not to make that decision final ; and that she But why this solemn importance conferred had admitted to him that it was really against her on Arthur all of a sudden ?”
own wish that she had done so. But then she
put it to me, as she had put it to him, what she “Oh, I can not tell you."
would think of herself if she went and betrayed “Nobody asked you."
Arthur in this way. Really, I could not see any “ But I will give you a very good cigar, it would be fair to Arthur to marry him while she
betrayal in the matter; and I asked her whether my dear friend."
secretly would have preferred to marry another. “ That is a great deal better—but let it She said she would try all in her power not to be old and dry.”
marry Arthur, if only he would be reconciled to And so we got back to Windermere her breaking with him ; but then she immediatestation and took train to Kendal. By the pathetic, that if she treated
Arthur badly any oth
ly added, with an earnestness that I thought very time we were walking up through the er man might fairly expect her to treat him badly streets of the old town, the moon had too, and if she could not satisfy herself that she swum further up into the heavens, and its had acted rightly throughout she would not mar
ry at all. It is a great pity I can not show the light, now a pale silver, was shining along readers of these few lines Bell's photograph, or the fronts of the houses.
they would see the downright absurdity of such a We went into the inn. No message resolve as that. To think of a girl like her not from Arthur. A little flutter of dismay danger at this moment was that, in one of these disturbs the women, until the folly of ima- foolish fits of determination, she would send the gining all manner of accidents—merely Lieutenant away altogether. Then I think there because an erratic young man takes a day might be a chance of her not marrying
at all; for I longer to drive to Kendal than they had am greatly mistaken if she does not care a good anticipated is pointed out to them. vised her to tell Arthur frankly how matters stand; Then dinner, and Bell appears in her but she seems afraid. Under any circumstances, prettiest dress, so that even Tita, when he will be sure to discover the truth ; and then it she comes into the room, kisses her, as if will be far worse for him than if she made a full
confession just now, and got rid of all these perthe girl had performed a specially virtuous plexities and entanglements, which ought not to action in merely choosing out of a milli- be throwing a cloud over a young face.”] ner's shop a suitable color.
[From Macmillan's Magazine. [Note by Queen Titania.—" I hope I am re
(To be continued)
BY ROBERT BUCHANAN.
** Pan, Pan, is dead !"-E. B. BROWNING.
The broken wine-cups of the Gods
Lie scatter'd in the Waters deep,
Over the shipwreck'd seaman's sleep;
Over the wave-wash'd ocean-hall,
“ Pan, Pan!" 'those phantoms call.