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ant upon your favours. I scorn them. for once admit that happiness which courts othing can keep Miss Wilmot's fortune your acceptance.” on me, which, I thank her father's assi- “Sir William,” replied the old gentle. uity, is pretty large. The articles and a man, be assured I never yet forced her

ud for her fortune are signed, and safe inclinations, nor will I now. If she still i my possession. It was her fortune, not continues to love this young gentleman, let er person, that induced me to wish for her have him, with all my heart. There his match; and, possessed of the one, let is still, thank Heaven, some fortune left, i ho rll take the other."

and your promise will make it something This was an alarming blow. Sir William more. Only let my old friend here" (meanvas sausible of the justice of his claims, for ing me)“ give me a promise of settling six he had been instrumental in drawing up the thousand pounds upon my girl if ever he marriage articles himself. Miss Wilmot, should come to his fortune, and I am ready, therefore, perceiving that her fortune was this night, to be the first to join them toiretrievably lost, turning to my son, gether.” zhod if the loss of fortune could lessen her As it now remained with me to make

k to him? “ Though fortune," said the young couple happy, I readily gave a sbe, " is out of my power, at least I have promise of making the settlement he remy hand to give.'

quired; which, to one who had such little And that, madam,” cried her real lover,' expectations as I, was no great favour. We was indeed all that you ever had to give; had now, therefore, the satisfaction of seeat least all that I ever thought worth the ing them flyinto each other's arms in a transeptance. And I now protest, my Ara- sport. “After all my misfortunes,” cried men by all that's happy, your want of my son George, "to be thus rewarded ! irue this moment increases my pleasure, ! Sure this is more than I could ever have 2 1 serves to convince my sweet girl of presumed to hope for. To be possessed of 27 incerity."

all that's good, and after such an interval V:. Wilmot now entering, he seemed not of pain! My warmest wishes could never single pleased at the danger his daughter rise so high!”. te i jus: escaped, and readily consented to “Yes, my George,” returned his lovely

issolution of the match. But finding bride, now let the wretch take my forazt her fortune, which was secured to Mr. tune; since you are happy without it, so

nhill by bond, would not be given up, am I. Oh, what an exchange have I made, *ching could exceed his disappointment from the basest of men to the dearest, He now saw that his money must all go to best! Let him enjoy our fortune, I can Erch one who had no fortune of his own. now be happy even in indigence.”—“And it could bear his being a rascal, but to ! I promise you,” cried the Squire, with a want an equivalent to his daughter's fortune malicious grin, “ that I shall be very happy *35 wormwood. He sat, therefore, for with what you despise.”—“ Hold, hold, meminutesemployed in the most mortify: sir," cried Jenkinson, there are two words speculations, till Sir William attempted tothat bargain. As for that lady's fortune,

itssen his anxiety. “I must confess, sir,” sir, you shall never touch a single stiver of coi he," that your present disappoint. it. Pray, your honour," continued he to Ient does not entirely displease me. Your Sir William, can the Squire have this anoderate passion for wealth is now justly lady's fortune if he be married to another?" qurished. But though the young lady How can you make such a simple de700 be rich, she has still a competence mand?" replied the Baronet: "undoubt. scient to give content. Here you see , edly he cannot.”—“I am sorry for that, 21 bonest young soldier, who is willing to 'cried Jenkinson; "for as this gentleman sake her without fortune: they have long and I have been old fellow-sporters, I have

ved each other; and, for the friendship a friendship for him. But I must declare, I bear his father, my interest shall not be well as I love him, that this contract is not wanting in his promotion. Leave, then, worth a tobacco-stopper, for he is married what ambition which disappoints you, and already.”—“You lie, like a rascal !" re

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turned the Squire, who seemed roused by tinued he, “I find you are surprised atı this insult ; “ I never was legally married this; but a few words will explain to any woman.

difficulty. That there Squire of renok. “ Indeed, begging your honour's par. for whom I have a great friendship (k don," replied the other, “you were: and that's between ourselves), has often e I hope you will show a proper return of ployed me in doing odd little things friendship to your own honest Jenkinson, him. Among the rest, he commission who brings you a wife; and if the com- me to procure him a false licence and pany restrain their curiosity a few minutes, false priest, in order to deceive this your they shall see her.” So saying, he went lady. But as I was very much his friend off, with his usual celerity, and left us all what did I do, but went and got a tru unable to form any probable conjecture as licence and a true priest, and married the to his design. Ay, let him go,” cried both as fast as the cloth could make then the Squire; "whatever else I may have Perhaps you'll think it was generosity tha done, I defy him there. I am too old now made me do all this : but no: to my sham to be frightened with squibs."

I confess it, my only design was to kee“I am surprised,” said the Baronet, the licence, and let the Squire know tha "what the fellow can intend by this. Some I could prove it upon him whenever low piece of humour, I suppose.”—“Per- thought proper, and so make him com haps, sir,” replied I, “ he may have a more down whenever I wanted money.' serious meaning. For when we reflect on burst of pleasure now seemed to fill tb the various schemes this gentleman has whole apartment ; our joy reached eve laid to seduce innocence, perhaps some to the common room, where the prisoner one more artsul than the rest has been themselves sympathised, found able to deceive him. When we consider what numbers he has ruined, how

In transport and rude harmony. many parents now feel, with anguish, the infamy and the contamination which he Happiness was expanded upon every has brought into their families, it would face, and even Olivia's cheek not surprise me if some one of them- flushed with pleasure. To be thus re Amazement! Do I see my lost daughter? stored to reputation, to friends, and fortune Do I hold her? It is, it is my life, my hap- at once, was a rapture sufficient to stop piness! I thought thee lost, my Olivia, the progress of decay, and restore forme yet still I hold thee—and still thou shalt health and vivacity. But, perhaps, amon. live to bless me.

.” The warmest transports all, there was not one who felt sincere of the fondest lover were not greater than pleasure than I. Still holding the deas mine, when I saw him introduce my child, loved child in my arms, I asked my heart and held my daughter in my arms, whose if these transports were not delusion. silence only spoke her raptures.

“How could you,” cried I, turning to Mr. And art thou returned to me, my dar. Jenkinson, "how could you add to my ling," cried I, “to be my comfort in age!" miseries by the story of her death ? Bu

* That she is," cried Jenkinson; "and it matters not; my pleasure at finding her make much of her, for she is your own again is more than a recompense for the honourable child, and as honest a woman pain." as any in the whole room, let the other be As to your question,” replied Jenkin. who she will. And as for you, Squire, son, that is easily answered. I thougtt as sure as you stand there, this young lady the only probable means of freeing you is your lawful wedded wife: and to con- from prison was by submitting to the vince you that I speak nothing but the Squire, and consenting to his marriage truth, here is the licence by which you with the other young lady. But these you were married together.” So saying, he had vowed never to grant while your put the licence into the Baronet's hands, daughter was living : there was therefore who read it, and found it perfect in every no other method to bring things to bear, respect. “And now, gentlemen,” con but by persuading you that she was dead.

seemed

prevailed on your wife to join in the an act of justice for me to do. You are ceit, and we have not had a fit oppor- sensible, sir,” continued he, turning to me, aity of undeceiving you till now. “of the obligations we both owe to Mr. In the whole assembly now there ap- Jenkinson; and it is but just we should a red only two faces that did not glow both reward him for it. Miss Sophia will, th transport. Mr. Thornhill's assurance I am sure, make him very happy, and he d entirely forsaken him : he now saw shall have from me five hundred pounds e galf of infamy and want before him, as her fortune; and upon this I am sure d trembled to take the plunge. He they can live very comfortably together. erefore fell on his knees before his uncle, Come, Miss Sophia, what say you to this id in a voice of piercing misery implored match of my making? Will you have

sa passion Sir William was going to him?” My poor girl seemed almost sinking un him away, but at my request he into her mother's arms at the hideous proLised him, and, after pausing a few mo- posal. “Have him, sir!" cried she faintly: lents, “Thy vices, crimes, and ingrati- No, sir, never !"_“ What !” cried he 10, ciel he, “deserve no tenderness; again,“ not have Mr. Jenkinson, your beneet tbon shalt not be entirely forsaken, - factor, a handsome young fellow, with

bare competence shall be supplied to five hundred pounds, and good expecuport the wants of life, but not its follies. tations ?”—“I beg, sir," returned she, Chis young lady, thy wife, shall be put in scarce able to speak, “that you'll desist, possessan of a third part of that fortune and not make me so very wretched.” vhich once was thine, and from her ten- ' Was ever such obstinacy known?” cried iercess alone thou art to expect any ex- he again, to refuse a man whom the rzelinary supplies for the future.”' He family have such infinite obligations to, va cong to express his gratitude for such who has preserved your sister, and who Lindness in a set speech; but the Baronet has five hundred pounds! What ! not wterested him, by bidding him not aggra- have him !”—“No, sir, never !” replied me his meanness, which was already but she, angrily; “I'd sooner die first.”—“If De apparent. He ordered him at the that be the case, then,” cried he, “ if you e time to be gone, and from all his will not have him-I think I must have Gener domestics to choose one, such as he you myself.” And, so saying, he caught said think proper, which was all that her to his breast with ardour. “My love. dd be granted to attend him. liest, my most sensible of girls,” cried he,

As soon as he left us, Sir William very “how could you ever think your own poreiy stepped up to his new niece with Burchell could deceive you, or that Sir iris, and wished her joy. His example William Thornhill could ever cease to *** followed by Miss Wilmot and her admire a mistress that loved him for him. ste. My wife, too, kissed her daughter self alone? I have for some years sought for Try much affection; as, to use her own a woman, who, a stranger to my fortune, 9.33on, she was now made an honest could think that I had merit as a man. * man of. Sophia and Moses followed | After having tried in vain, even amongst 3:21; and even our benefactor Jenkin- the pert and the ugly, how great at last o desired to be admitted to that honour. must be my rapture to have made a con

satisfaction seemed scarcely capable quest over such sense and such heavenly fincrease. Sir William, whose greatest beauty.” Then turning to Jenkinson:

are was in doing good, now looked As I cannot, sir, part with this young kuad with a countenance open as the sun, lady myself, for she has taken a fancy to *saw nothing but joy in the look the cut of my face, all the recompense I 1 acept that of my daughter Sophia, can make is to give you her fortune ; and w, for some reasons we could not com- you may call upon my steward to-morrow piend, did not seem perfectly satisfied for five hundred pounds.” Thus we had Think now,” cried he, with a smile, all our compliments to repeat, and Lady

at all the company except one or two Thornhill underwent the same round of emn perfectly happy. There only remains ceremony that her sister had done before.

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In the meantime Sir William's gentleman would not refuse my assistance in my appeared to tell us that the equipages were all the company happy that morning ready to carry us to the inn, where every footman entered while we were speas thing was prepared for our reception. My to tell us that the messenger was retur wife and I led the van, and left those and as I was by this time ready, I gloomy mansions of sorrow. The generous down, where I found the whole com Baronet ordered forty pounds to be distri- as merry as affluence and innocences buted among the prisoners, and Mr. Wilmake them. However, as they were mot, induced by his example, gave half preparing for a very solemn cerem that sum.

We were received below by their laughter entirely displeased me the shouts of the villagers, and I saw and told them of the grave, becoming, shook by the hand two or three of my sublime deportment they should as honest parishioners, who were among the upon this mystical occasion, and read: number, They attended us to our inn, two homilies, and a thesis of my own where a sumptuous entertainment was posing, in order to prepare them. provided, and coarser provisions were they still seemed perfectly refractory distributed in great quantities among the ungovernable. Even as we were E populace.

along to church, to which I led the After supper, as my spirits were ex. all gravity had quite forsaken them, a hausted by the alternation of pleasure and was often tempted to turn back in indi pain which they had sustained during the tion. In church a new dilemma an day, I asked permission to withdraw ; which promised no easy solution. and, leaving the company in the midst of was, which couple should be married their mirth, as soon as I found myself my son's bride warmly insisted that I alone, I poured out my heart in gratitude Thornhill (that was to be) should tak to the Giver of joy as well as of sorrow, lead; but this the other refused with e and then slept undisturbed till morning. ardour, protesting she would not be g

of such rudeness for the world. CHAPTER XXXII,

argument was supported for some The Conclusion.

between both, with equal obstinacy The next morning, as soon as I awaked, good breeding. But, as I stood all I found my eldest son sitting by my bed- time with my book ready, I was at side, who came to increase my joy with quite tired of the contest; and, shut another turn of fortune in my favour. First it, “I perceive,” cried I, “that non having released me from the settlement you have a mind to be married, and I th that I had made the day before in his we had as good go back again ; for Is favour, he let me know that my merchant, pose there will be no business done i who had failed in town, was arrested at to-day.” This at once reduced the Antwerp, and there had given up effects reason. The Baronet and his lady w to a much greater amount than what was first married, and then my son and due to his creditors. My boy's generosity lovely partner. pleased me almost as much as this un- I had previously, that morning, gi looked-for good fortune ; but I had some orders that a coach should be sent for doubts whether I ought, in justice, to honest neighbour Flamborough and accept his offer. While I was pondering family; by which means, upon our ret upon this Sir William entered the room, to the inn, we had the pleasure of find to whom I communicated my doubts. the two Miss Flamboroughs alighted His opinion was that, as my son was fore us. Mr. Jenkinson gave his hand already possessed of a very affluent fortune the eldest, and my son Moses led up by his marriage, I might accept his offer other (and I have since found, that without any hesitation, His business, has taken a real liking to the girl, and however, was to inform me, that as he had consent and bounty he shall have, wh the night before sent for the licences, and ever he thinks proper to demand the expected them every hour, he hoped that I We were no sooner returned to the in but numbers of my parishioners, hearing who proposed that the company should of my success, came to congratulate me; sit indiscriminately, every gentleman by but, among the rest, were those who rose his lady. This was received with great ap. to rescue me, and whom I formerly re- probation by all, excepting my wife, who, buked with such sharpness. I told the I could perceive, was not perfectly satisstory to Sir William, my son-in-law, who fied, as she expected to have had the pleawent out and reproved them with great sure of sitting at the head of the table, and severiy; but finding them quite disheart. carving all the meat for all the company. ened by his harsh reproof, he gave them But, notwithstanding this, it is impossible half a guinea apiece to drink his health, to describe our good humour. I can't and raise their dejected spirits.

say whether we had more wit among us Soon after this we were called to a very now than usual ; but I am certain we had genteel entertainment, which was dressed more laughing, which answered the end by Mr. Thornhill's cook.–And it may not

as well.

One jest I particularly rebe improper to observe with respect to member: old Mr. Wilmot drinking to that gentleman, that he now resides, in Moses, whose head was turned another qualisy of companion, at a relation's house, way, my son replied, “Madam, I thank bi ng very well liked, and seldom sitting you.” Upon which the old gentleman, 2: the side-table, except when there is no winking upon the rest of the company, na at the other; for they make no observed that he was thinking of his misTronger of him. His time is pretty much tress. At which jest I thought the two Laen up in keeping his relation, who is a Miss Flamboroughs would have died with brile melancholy, in spirits, and in learn. laughing. As soon as dinner was over, by to blow the French horn. My eldest according to my old custom, I requested bler, however, still remembers him that the table might be taken away to have

i regret; and she has even told me, the pleasure of seeing all my family as. Hoogh I make a great secret of it, that sembled once more by a cheerful fire-side. Tita he reforms, she may be brought to My two little ones sat upon each knee,

-Bat to return, for I am not apt the rest of the company by their partners. dress thus : when we were to sit down I had nothing now on this side of the grave dinner our ceremonies were going to be to wish for : all my cares were over ; my exed. The question was, whether my pleasure was unspeakable. It now only daughter, as being a matron, should remained, that my gratitude in good fori sit above the two young brides; but the tune should exceed my former submission jate was cut short by my George, in adversity.

END OF THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD.

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