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find it displayed to advantage in their various Why, fifty thousand a year, a stud of elecharacters. But, by the way, there is a ball gant horses, a box at the theatre, and a house this evening in the house, and they will all be in Broadway." there of course. If the heiress is not in one "And yet he is universally acknowledged to of her lofty moods, and therefore unapproach- be one of the most licentious men in the city, able you shall have the honor of picking up very profane, very intemperate, and very illiher fan, or handing her an ice; and if the terate." divine Laura is not in one of her timid moods “But his fifty thousand covers all, and makes -for the wild fawn is not more shy-you shall amends for all pecadillos,” said Beaumont. have the rapture of discovering the color of Well, who's next ?? her eyes ;—and if the Muse --- humph!" Mr. "The M-5, of Washington Square. They Beaumont gave a most significant shrug, and give the most splendid suppers. They have was silent.
travelled through Europe, and have every room " The muse-well."
in the house furnished in a different style. "If the muse is not above your comprehen- One German, one French, one Italian, another sion, you will have eyes and ears for no other Spanish, and so on." object. But go to the ball, and study the fair And yet I think I have heard that Mr. M—'s trio to your heart's content."
father had acquired his wealth by dishonest “ The last place in the world to study a means, commencing life as a refugee from the woman's character," replied Howard. “Give alms-house, and arriving at his present elevame the woman who can throw a charm over tion by what a backwoods Yankee would call the social circle. I regard not the attractions of a circumamnibus route; but I do not mean to a ball-room, where she is nothing but a beau- be sarcastic, and would only observe that Mr. tiful puppet. Give me a woman whose conver- M— has seen fit lately to put his name on sation will enliven my tude—whose gifted the bankrupt list, perhaps to secure his promind displays itself to the few as well as the perty." many-a woman, in short
- You 're too cute for me," said Beaumont, “ The muse, to the very life,” interrupted laughing. Well, there's the H- -S, in the Beaumont. She would charm you out of your same square; real aristocrats; equal to any seven senses in half an hour. While the rest lords and ladies in Europe. Young H- has of the company are discussing ice creams and a tandem, a mistress, and nothing to do.” quadrilles, she is discussing the merits of Es- “ More's the pity,” replied Howard, “ since chyles, Shakspeare or Milton."
in a few years he may find that he has a great “What! is she a female philosopher ?" asked deal to do to procure a subsistence, as the Howard, rather aghast at the idea.
family are going to ruin as fast as they can. "You may call her what you will-an en- But I think I have had a pretty good specimen chantress, or anything else. She is a sort of of your aristocracy. Were I to give my views favorite everywhere; humph! yes, there's no on the subject, and point out whom I consider denying that; though I can't for the life of me the real aristocracy, the nobles of the land, you see what the fashionables can find in a poor would only laugh at my odd notions, so I think dependant so very charming. Some say she’s we had better obey the summons from that a natural daughter of the old Colonel; and dinner-bell, and enjoy the society of your three faith, with some reason, for she looks like him. graces." Others that she is a destitute orphan, that in “ Paint their portraits if you are able, and the proud family of the Stanbrooks, supplies study their characters at your leisure. The the place of half servant, half companion to two minors are at your service, but I intend to the aristocratic girls. Cornelia can't bear her, monopolize the belle myself; so beware of inbut Laura, being somewhat of a dunce, is glad terference, or expect a challenge." to make use of Inez's wit to get out of her love Mr. Augustus Beaumont was the son of a scrapes. However, Miss Inez Laurence, with New-York Millionaire. One of the many who all her wit and learning, is hardly considered by dint of hard labor, considerable tact and one of the aristocracy."
shrewdness, and perhaps a few of those under“Who do you call the aristocracy ?!" asked hand practices by which many arrive at disHoward, slightly shrugging his shoulders. tinction, had risen from obseurity as a humble
"Why, such persons as Mr. P—." mechanic, to a par with the aristocracy—that * Mr.P -! well, how strong is his claim ?" | is the aristocracy which sustains its claims by
the magic charms of wealth alone. He lived head at mention of the first, and laughed outin a fine house in Square, kept his car- right at hint of the marriage speculation. riage, and sent his daughters to the most fash- But finding his obstinate heir resolved to do ionable dancing-school. With the vagaries of what he liked, or nothing at all, he reluctantly Master Augustus, the old gentleman had long consented to give him $20,000 for his land ceased to interfere; so that the young gentle- speculation, and as much more should he man, left to himself, with pockets well-filled succeed in winning "the heiress,” whoever with the hard earnings of his sire, spent his she might be. This arrangement was to be time sauntering about the streets, patronizing made only on condition that Augustus should the theatres and sharing his money with those henceforth consider himself independent of his amiable and considerate individuals who are father ; that should he succeed in his plans, the called hangers-on in society, and who having profits were to be secured to himself. Should nothing of their own to depend upon, gener- he fail, nothing should induce the old man to ously relieve of their superabundance, those advance him another cent. who are not capable of keeping it. Beaumont's Elated at his success, the young gentleman tandem and bays were the admiration of Broad-grasped the long-wished for treasure, and way. His cane was the most exquisitely turned launched at once upon the ocean of speculaand mounted, his whiskers the most ferocious, tion. But, alas ! to find his frail bark wrecked and his boots the tightest of all the followers upon the shoals where so many have landed of dame fashion. The more prudent father, who in similar expeditions. His first scheme had had sacrificed both health and comfort to attain failed, and now there was but one hope rehis present enviable position, at length began maining-that of winning an heiress; and to open his eyes to the conduct of his son ; and, Cornelia Stanbrook, the reputed heiress of aware that his hard-earned wealth would soon an immense estate, had hardly appeared as a be exhausted in such reckless hands, suddenly bright peculiar star in the galaxy of beauty announced to the petrified youth his intention and fashion, than Augustus Beaumont threw of stopping the supplies in future; at the same himself at her feet, and vowed he would there time intimating that he must look about him sigh away his life, unless she condescended and choose some business or profession, where to raise him. And did she ? Were all his by he might render himself independent, and sighs, his groans, his passionate vows be preserved from utter ruin. There were six hausted in vain? Time will show. daughters to portion, and the poor old man Frederick Howard was a young man with groaned in spirit at the length of the bills no high expectations. He had been left at an which were duly arranged before his eyes early age dependent upon his own resources every quarter-day. He could not understand for subsistence. The small income left him them at all. “In my young days, girls,” he by his father—who had been a highly respectwould say, “my mother and sisters did not able and much-esteemed citizen of New Yorkspend so much in a year as you do in a month. sufficed to maintain him in comfort until his What is this? One shawl, twenty dollars; one studies were completed. He had chosen the hat, fifty dollars; one feather, twelve dollars ; profession of a lawyer, and his own natural one shawl, one hundred and fifty dullars ! talents, added to industry and perseverance, Pshaw!" He sighed deeply, shook his head, rendered him amply qualified to sustain any and gave orders on his banker.
position with honor and credit. He possessed It had never occurred to. Mr. Augustus a thorough education, elegant and refined Beaumont that so elegant a being as himself manners, and withal a faultless form, and face would ever be obliged to labor in any way. of uncommon beauty and intelligence. These Study was his abhorrence; and a mercantile various gifts rendered him a universal favorite life—the very thought of it was galling to his in the highest circles, even without the appenproud spirit. Were not young C- and dages of wealth and high rank. Many a rich
gentlemen of leisure, and must and high born lady was proud of the acquainthe slave for a subsistence ? Query-how to ance, and would have been flattered with the avoid it? It suddenly occurred to him that a attentions of Frederick Howard. Generous, good speculation in land might relieve him brave, affectionate, and gifted; easily led, and from all embarrassment-and a rich wife save and like all persons of great sensibility, easily him the mortification of being obliged to use imposed upon-his only faults arose from the bis delicate hands. His sage parent shook his impulsive sincerity of his heart, which led him
to consult feeling alone, where reason and the flight of time, and the necessity of beginjudgment might have preserved him from ning "the busy work of dreadful preparation." error. Extremely sensitive as to the opinion Fred,” exclaimed the dismayed exquisite, of the world, yet prepared to brave its censure “Do you know that it is nine o'clock ?" to the utmost when confident of his own inte- "Well, what of it ?'' grity; ambitious to excel in every thing ; bow. “What of it?—why, the ball must have ing in adoration at the shrine of genius, and commenced some time. The beautiful Laura loving with enthusiasm all that is sublime and will be snapped up in the twinkling of an eye, beautiful in nature or art; a passionate ad- and then what are you to do for a partner ?" mirer of female beauty, especially when united “Are there no ladies except Miss Laura ?" with intellectual attainments; and eager and “None worth noticing." persevering in every pursuit that interested “Not even the Muse ?" the heart or mind. Such was Howard at the “The Muse! why, you would not think of age of twenty. What he yet might become, paying her any attention !" moulded by the hand of time, and the influ- 'Why not ?" ence of society, the future alone could decide. Humph! pshaw! don't ask me. The dinner hour arrived—but the dining table care not for the ball, and will not dance--nodid not afford opportunity of cultivating much I dare say you would rather sit there and pore acquaintance with the strangers. Other par- over that collection of impositions! A quantity ties from the city had arrived in the meantime, of German ideas arranged in English words, and all were too much occupied in recognizing and passing for original! Ma foi ! if you must acquaintances and exchanging congratulations. read, why not choose something worth having! Fatigued with their long journey, the ladies the sorrows of Oliver Twist, or the trials of were not very conversible. As Howard glanced divine Kate Knickleby. Gad! if that girl were at the countenances of the three first arrivals, a living, breathing creature, I should be almost he knew not which to admire most—the dash- tempted to cut the heiress for her sake. Give ing, fashionable looking Cornelia ; the timid, me Boz, with all his pathos, wit and fun, and gentle, and exquisitely beautiful Laura; or all other books may go into the fire." she whose countenance he had hardly seen, so “I bow most humbly to your superior judgdeeply was she engaged in conversation with ment,” said Howard, gravely; "and when weathe Colonel, and whom the provoking Beau- ried of strains like these, will search those mont persisted in calling " the muse.” As for sublime pages to ascertain how many times in the dandy, he had reserved all his attractions the day a man-monster like Quilp drank raw for the evening, when he expected to appear brandy by the quart, or intellectual Dick the very pink of gentility and fashion. His Swiveler - supped the rosy,' or courted the whiskers were brushed and rebrushed, until balmy. No sir," continued the young man, they settled into the wished-for position. His while a flush of honest and indignant feeling cravat was twisted and turned into an indis-suffused his countenance _" while my native putable " Paris tie.” His moustache-what land sends forth into the field such worthy sons real dandy does not wear a moustache-turned as the author of this, (unclosing the volume up at each end like the prow of an Egyptian before him,) with minds stored with those pure galley, and his eye-brows were delicately pen- and lofty thoughts which refine and elevate ciled with India ink. He had for months not only their own souls, but those of their been torturing a particular curl, that it might readers, I am content to cast an idle glance rest with careless ease upon his white fore- at your favorite themes, and bow in adoration head-having been told that Miss Stanbrook at a shrine like this. The public taste has had expressed her admiration of this particu- become completely vitiated by your scurilous lar curl, and said it would look nicely in a ring foreign trash, while our native authors are Satisfied, at length, that his appearance would neglected, and too often left to suffer. The justify the appellation so often bestowed upon more elegant paths of literature are abandoned, him, viz., that of being a “lady-killer," he turned and society, in consequence, becomes corrupt. round to ascertain what progress his friend I tell you the works of French, German, and Howard was making in the art of beautifica- many English writers, are calculated to make tion, and to his horror, saw him seated in a more rogues, than all the sermons of good men large arm-chair, deeply absorbed in a volume can make saints; I tell you—" of Longfellow's poems, utterly unconscious of “ Nay, spare me, in mercy spare me !" cried Beaumont stopping his ears. “My delicate Howard gazed in admiration upon the beau nerves are all unstrung. How uninviting is tiful girl over whose clear cheek the blushes your discussion of books and authors, when I came and went rapidly while speaking, and have in anticipation the discussion of a fat tur- thought he had never seen any thing so lovely. key and oyster sauce.”
And yet he could not help confessing to himHoward threw down the book he held, and self that it was a beauty of features alone. laughed, not so much at the ridiculous appear. There was no lighting up of the countenanceance and remarks of his companion, as at his no change in the expression of the fair face, no own folly in wasting his eloquence upon such matter what might be the subject of discourse; a listener. But a few moments sufficed to equip it retained as calm and placid a repose as the himself for the evening, and they entered the serene image of the Madona. There might be ball-room together. The young lawyer, who feeling-there might be genius—but it was difgenerally shunned such a scene in the city, as ficult to discover either from her manner or he would a modern Babel, had made up his conversation—and though the eye might peruse mind to amuse himself during his few weeks such features with delight, yet the heart deof recreation at the springs, and therefore qui- sires something more--the mind wearies with etly submitted to be led about by his idle asso- the effort made to discover the hidden treasures ciate, on condition that there should be no in- of thought. fringement upon his chosen hours of leisure Yet there was a charm, notwithstanding, in and retirement. There was, however, an addi-the innocent naive manner with which she retional reason that now actuated him—the wish plied to his remarks, (for she seldom hazarded to become better acquainted with the three one of her own,) and her answers were mostly graces, whose different characters appeared in monosylables. He was becoming more and worth studying, not only from his own obser- more interested in his lovely listener, and quite vation, but the careless remarks of Beaumont. forgetting the scene around him, when she
Cornelia Stanbrook was parading the room suddenly raised her head and joyfully exwith a dashing captain of the army. The fair claimedLaura, dressed with exquisite taste, in white “Ah, there's Inez!-I was afraid she would silk, a single japonica in her soft, golden hair, not come." sat upon a sofa, conversing with her uncle. "And who is Inez ?" asked Howard, someThe Muse was no where to be seen, and on in- what surprised at the animation of her counterrogating his companion as to the probable tenance. cause of her absence, he was answered only by
“Oh a dear friend of mine-do not move, an expressive shrug of the shoulders, followed Mr. Howard. You must become acquainted by a long drawn breath as if Beaumont felt a with Inez—she is so much like you--I mean-sort of relief at the circumstance. Howard that is, you would agree exactly—and I am sure was disappointed-he scarce knew why. The you will like her, she is so agreeable"'--and as hints of his friend, and his singular conduct she spoke, she' lifted to Howard's face those whenever her name was mentioned, excited his eyes of celestial blue, and a bright smile played curiosity respecting her, and he longed, yet around her lips which caused him to think feared to encounter this fair magician. The others might be more agreeable, but none more dancing had already commenced, and not car- lovely than herself. ing to join the group of young men into which “Your friend must be very charming” said Beaumont instantly intruded, he stood leaning he, "to call forth so warm an eulogy." against a window, until observing that Colonel “Charming! ah you
will think so, when you Stanbrook had left the side of his niece, and know her as well as I do,” replied Laura, smiling. that she had refused an invitation to dance, he “And then it was so difficult to persuade her took the vacant seat, and after a mutual bow to come here at all. She says she is out of of recognition, entered into conversation with place among such gay people. But my uncle her.
insisted upon it, and says he brought her to “ You do not dance this evening, I perceive, drive away the blues. I verily believe he would Miss Laura."
have them all the time if she were not with “ My health has not been good for some him--for her reading entertains him.'' time,” replied the young lady.
"Oh,” thought Howard, “This is the pedant reason for visiting the springs, and my physician then. Well, I should prefer the society of her advises me to refrain from all violent exercise.” | less pretending friend, the quiet Laura, if she
This was my
I is what Beaumont describes.” Then turning "You have overheard Mr. Howard's sage
again to his companion, he began a long disser- remarks, have you not, Miss Inez, and are pretation upon Fanny Ellsler and the Opera. pared to oppose them entirely ?" said Beaumont,
"Surely you do not deny the merits of her with a sneer. performance !” exclaimed Beaumont, as he “On the contrary, I agree with him perjoined them after the dance, and overheard a fectly,” replied the lady; and the voice, the remark of Howard, in which he intimated his look, the manner with which she said this, ap
dislike of foreign dancers, and foreign actresses. peared to Howard bewitching. 1
"I did not allude either to the merits or de- “Agree with him!” exclaimed Beaumont, merits of her performance,” replied Howard, astonished; “I thought you were a great stickler quietly, “ I was only giving my opinion of the for genius, talent, and all that sort of thing." conduct and character of women, who can go "I do not know that my assenting to Mr. about the world exhibiting themselves in this Howard's opinion implies anything to the conmanner. They may be miracles of perfection, trary," answered Inez, smiling; and then turnas far as talents and beauty are concerned, and ing to Laura, she inquired, with a look of ten80 is she, for all I know to the contrary." der ,
** But if a woman "possesses extraordinary Oh not in the least
, dear Inez. Mr. How
talents, you would not have her hide them un- ard has been so good as to keep me company der a bushel, when she might astonish the in my lonely corner here, and we have amused world, and draw admiring crowds around her ourselves with watching the movements of the by displaying them publicly."
fair dancers. “ Were a woman's talents given her only for “ Mr. Howard is not then a lover of the pothe purpose of making herself a laughing stock, etry of motion ?! and exposing her to the ribald jests of a parcel " I prefer being a spectator and admirer," of rowdy pit boys ?” said Howard. "No Sir, replied he.
I will not believe it. If heaven has thus fa- - Especially in such company,” observed
vored her, it is that she may employ those tal. Beaumont, bowing to Inez with mock gravity. lents for the benefit of others; not only to be- “I am equally happy either way,” replied come wiser and better herself, but to make Howard ; "for who could help being pleased, others wise and happy. I would not give much or at least amused, in such a scene ??? for the refined feelings of any woman, who for " And yet," observed Inez, seating herself by a mere love of admiration can thus sacrifice the fair Laura, and glancing round the room; both delicacy and propriety."
“it speaks only to the senses. The pleasure “What a sermon you have preached,” said that such scenes afford is as evanescent as the Beaumont laughing. “And only think Fred,” hours are fleeting. It is but mixing a little he added in a whisper, “only think—the honey with the bitter cup of life.” · Muse' has heard every word of it. She has Howard was surprised to hear a creature so been standing near you all the time.” beautiful and bright, speak of the sadder scenes
Howard startedand colored in confusion-of life. “I should,” said he, "imagine you one not only at the rude remark which he felt con- of those who look only to the sunny side of the fident had been overheard by the lady in ques- picture, and who scarcely realize the truth that tion; but at the bright beaming, soul-illumined comes home to the hearts of others, that the glance that met his as he turned round. He golden chalice does not always overflow with had admired Laura, but he at once acknow- joy." ledged to himself the truth of the remark, that Ah, we are all the spoiled children of nathe most perfect beauty was not that which the ture," said Inez; "subject to caprices and sculptor would admit to be a faultless piece of vagaries, willing to enjoy illusion when truth clay kneaded up with blood. But that is true would be unwelcome. But look at that beautibeauty which has not only substance but spirit ful creature ! what grace in every movement!
a beauty that we must intimately know, justly What a study for painting or poetry! She to appreciate-a beauty lighted up in conversa- seems like a fine statue, animated with a living tion, where the mind shines as it were through soul.” the casket; where, in the language of the poet,
“What a beautiful idea!"
“How * The eloquent blood spoke in her cheeks
many living, breathing forms we meet And so distinctly wrought,
in society, who better resemble marble images That we might almost say her body thought.” than animated beings; and how many a statue