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which forbids the doing of murder, and the injunc- been the best fellow, the best brother, the kindesi tion which directly follows on the same table, have heart, the warmest friend in the world. Love been repealed by a very great number of French- prayer-repentance, thus met over the young men for many years past; and to take the neigh- man's bed. Anxious and humble bearts, his bor's wife, and his life subsequently, has not been own the least anxious and the most humble, an uncommon practice with the politest people in awaited the dread award of life or death; and the world. Castillonnes had no idea but that he the world, and its ambition and vanities, were was going to the field of honor ; stood with an shut out from the darkened chamber where the undaunted scowl before his enemy's pistol ; and awful issue was being tried. discharged his own, and brought down his oppo- Our history has had little to do with characters nent with a grim satisfaction, and a comfortable resembling this lady. It is of the world, and conviction afterward that he had acted en galant things pertaining to it. Things beyond it, as the homme. “ It was well for this Milor that he fell writer imagines, scarcely belong to the novelist's at the first shot, my dear," the exemplary young province. Who is he, that he should assume the Frenchman remarked, “a second might have been divine's office; or turn his desk into a preacher's yet more fatal to him ; ordinarily I am sure of pulpit ? In that career of pleasure, of idleness, my coup, and you conceive that in an affair so of crime we might call it (but that the chronicler grave it was absolutely necessary that one or oth- of worldly matters had best be chary of applying er should remain on the ground.” Nay, should hard names to acts which young men are doing M. de Kew recover from his wound, it was M. de in the world every day), the gentle widowed lady, Castillonnes' intention to propose a second en- mother of Lord Kew, could but keep aloof, decounter between himself and that nobleman. It ploring the course upon which her dear young had been Lord Kew's determination never to fire prodigal had entered ; and praying with that upon his opponent, a confession which he made saintly love, those pure supplications, with which not to his second, poor scared Lord Rooster, who good mothers follow their children, for her boy's bore the young Earl to Kehl; but to some of his repentance and return. Very likely her mind nearest relatives, who happened fortunately to be was narrow; very likely the precautions which not far from him when he received his wound, she had used in the lad's early days, the tutors and who came with all the eagerness of love to and directors she had set about him, the religious watch by his bedside.
studies and practices to which she would bare We have said that Lord Kew's mother, Lady subjected him, had served only to vex and weary Walham, and her second son were staying at the young pupil, and to drive his high spirit into Hombourg, when the Earl's disaster occurred. revolt. It is hard to convince a woman perfectly They had proposed to come to Baden to see Kew's pure in her life and intentions, ready to die if new bride, and to welcome her; but the presence need were for her own faith, having absolute conof her mother-in-law deterred Lady Walham, who fidence in the instruction of her teachers, that she gave up her heart's wish in bitterness of spirit, and they (with all their sermons) may be doing knowing very well that a meeting between the harm. When the young catechist yawns over old Countess and herself could only produce the his reverence's discourse, who knows but it is the wrath, pain, and humiliation which their coming doctor's vanity which is enraged, and not Heaven together always occasioned. It was Lord Kow which is offended ? It may have heen, in the who bade Rooster send for his mother, and not differences which took place between her son and for Lady Kew; and as soon as she received those her, the good Lady Walham never could compresad tidings, you may be sure the poor lady hasten hend the lad's side of the argument; or how his ed to the bed where her wounded boy lay. Protestantism against her doctrines should exhibit
The fever had declared itself, and the young itself on the turf, the gaming-table, or the stage man had been delirious more than once. His of the opera-house ; and thus but for the misforwan face lighted up with joy when he saw his tune under which poor Kew now lay bleeding, mother; he put his little feverish hand out of the these two loving hearts might have remained bed to her; “I knew you would come, dear,” he through life asunder. But by the boy's bedside ; said, “and you know I never would have fired in the paroxysms of his fever; in the wild talk upon the poor Frenchman." The fond mother of his delirium ; in the sweet patierce and kindallowed no sign of terror or grief to appear upon ness with which he received his dear nurse's ather face, so as to disturb her first-born and dar- tentions; the gratefulness with which he thanked ling; but no doubt she prayed by his side as such the servants who waited on him ; the fortitude loving hearts know how to pray, for the forgive- with which he suffered the surgeon's dealings ness of his trespass, who had forgiven those who with his wound ;-the widowed woman had an sinned against him. “I knew I should be hit, opportunity to admire with an exquisite thankfulGeorge,” said Kew to his brother when they ness the generous goodness of her son; and in were alone; “I always expected some such end those hours, those sacred hours passed in her own as this. My life has been very wild and reckless; chamber, of prayers, fears, hopes, recollections, and you, George, have always been faithful to and passionate maternal love, wrestling with fate our mother. You will make a better Lord Kew for her darling's life ;-no doubt the humbled than I have been, George. God bless you!" creature came to acknowledge that her own course George flung himself down with sobs by his regarding him had been wrong; and, even more brother's bedside, and swore Frank had always for herself than for him, implored forgiveness.
For some time George Barnes had to send but | Loder, Cruchecassée and Schlangenbad, assumed doubtful and melancholy bulletins to Lady Kew sympathetic countenances. and the Newcome family at Baden, who were all Trembling on her cane, the old Countess glared greatly moved and affected by the accident which out upon Madame d'Ivry, “ I pray you, Madame,” had befallen poor Kew. Lady Kew broke out in she said in French, “never again to address me wrath and indignation. We may be sure the the word. If I had, like you, assassins in my Duchesse d'Ivry offered to condole with her upon pay, I would have you killed ; do you hear me?" Kew's mishap the day after the news arrived at and she hobbled on her way. The household to Baden; and, indeed, came to visit her. The old which she went was in terrible agitation; the lady had just received other disquieting intelli- kind Lady Ann frightened beyond measure, poor gence. She was just going out, but she bade her Ethel full of dread, and feeling guilty almost as servant to inform the Duchesse that she was never if she had been the cause, as indeed she was the more at home to the Duchesse d'Ivry. The mes occasion, of Kew's misfortune. And the family sage was not delivered properly, or the person i had further cause of alarm from the shock which for whom it was intended did not choose to un- the news had given to Sir Brian. It has been derstand it, for presently as the Countess was said that he had had illnesses of late which caused hobbling across the walk on her way to her daugh- his friends much anxiety. He had passed two ter's residence, she met the Duchesse d'Ivry, who months at Aix-la-Chapelle, his physicians dreadsaluted her with a demure courtesy and a com- | ing a paralytic attack; and Madame d'Ivry's party monplace expression of condolence. The Queen still sauntering on the walk, the men smoking of Scots was surrounded by the chief part of her their segars, the women breathing their scandal, court, saving of course M.M. Castillonnes and now beheld Doctor Finck issuing from Lady Punter absent on service. “We were speaking of Ann's apartments, and wearing such a face of this deplorable affair," said Madame d'Ivry (which anxiety that the Duchesse asked, with some indeed was the truth, although she said it). emotion, “Had there been a fresh bulletin from • How we pity you, Madame !" Blackball and Kehl ?"
“No, there had been no fresh bulletin from | ate gentleman, that the sum of regard which she Kehl; but two hours since Sir Brian Newcome could bestow upon him might surely be 'said to had had a paralytic seizure."
amount to love. For such a union as that con* Is he very bad ?"
templated between them, perhaps for any mar« No," says Dr. Finck, "he is not very bad." riage, no greater degree of attachment was neces ** How inconsolable M. Barnes will be !” said sary as the common cement. Warın friendship the Duchesse, shrugging her haggard shoulders. and thorough esteem and confidence (I do not Whereas the fact was that Mr. Barnes retained say that our young lady calculated in this matter. perfect presence of mind under both of the mis-of-fact way) are 'safe properties invested in the fortunes which had befallen his family. Two prudent marriage stock, multiplying and bearing days afterward the Duchesse's husband arrived an increasing value with every year. Many a himself, when we may presume that exemplary wo- young couple of spendthrifts get through their man was too much engaged with her own affairs capital of passion in the first twelvemonths, and to be able to be interested about the doings of have no love left for the daily demands of afterother people. With the Duke's arrival the court life. O me! for the day when the bank account of Mary Queen of Scots was broken up. Her is closed, and the cupboard is empty, and the firm majesty was conducted to Loch Leven, where of Damon and Phyllis insolvent! her tyrant soon dismissed her very last lady-in-1 Miss Newcome, we say, without doubt, did not waiting, the confidential Irish secretary, whose make her calculations in this debtor and creditor performance had produced such a fine effect fashion ; it was only the gentlemen of that family among the Newcomes.
who went to Lombard Street. But suppose she Had poor Sir Brian Newcome's seizure occur thought that regard, and esteem, and affection, red at an earlier period of the autumn, his illness being sufficient, she could joyfully and with alno doubt would have kept him for some months most all her heart bring such a portion to Lord confined at Baden; but as he was pretty nearly Kew; that her harshness toward him as conthe last of Dr. Von Finck's bath patients, and trasted with his own generosity, and above all that eminent physician longed to be off to the with his present pain, infinitely touched her; and Residenz, he was pronounced in a fit condition suppose she fancied that there was another perfor easy traveling in rather a brief period after son in the world to whom, did fates permit, she his attack, and it was determined to transport could offer not esteem, affection, pity only, but him to Manheim, and thence by water to London something ten thousand times more precious ? and Newcome.
We are not in the young lady's secrets, but if During all this period of their father's misfor- she has some as she sits by her father's chair and tune no Sister of Charity could have been more bed, who day or night will have no other attendtender, active, cheerful, and watchful, than Miss ant; and, as she busies herself to interpret his Ethel. She had to wear a kind face and exhibit wants, silently moves on his errands, administers no anxiety when occasionally the feeble invalid his potions, and watches his sleep, thinks of made inquiries regarding poor Kew at Baden; to Clive absent and unhappy, of Kew wounded and catch the phrases as they came from him; to ac- in danger, she must have subject enough of thought quiesce, or not to deny, when Sir Brian talked and pain. Little wonder that her cheeks are pale of the marriages—both marriages—taking place and her eyes look red; she has her cares to enat Christmas. Sir Brian was especially eager dure now in the world, and her burden to bear in for his daughter's, and repeatedly, with his broken it, and somehow she feels she is alone, since that words, and smiles, and caresses, which were now day when poor Clive's carriage drove away. quite senile, declared that his Ethel would make In a mood of more than ordinary depression the prettiest countess in England. There came and weakness Lady Kew must have found her a letter or two from Clive, no doubt, to the young granddaughter upon one of the few occasions nurse in her sick room. Manly and generous, after the double mishap when Ethel and her elder full of tenderness and affection, as those letters were together. Sir Brian's illness, as it may be surely were, they could give but little pleasure to imagined, affected a lady very slightly, who was the young lady, indeed, only add to her doubts of an age when these calamities occasion but and pain.
small disquiet, and who having survived her own She had told none of her friends as yet of those father, her husband, her son, and witnessed their last words of Kew's, which she interpreted as a lordship's respective demises with perfect comfarewell on the young nobleman's part. Had she posure, could not reasonably be called upon to told them they very likely would not have under- feel any particular dismay at the probable departstood Kew's meaning as she did, and persisted in ure from this life of a Lombard Street banker, thinking that the two were reconciled. At any who happened to be her daughter's husband. In rate, while he and her father were still lying fact not Barnes Newcome himself could await stricken by the blows which had prostrated them that event more philosophically. So finding Ethel both, all questions of love and marriage had been in this melancholy mood, Lady Kew thought a put aside. Did she love him? She felt such a drive in the fresh air would be of service to her, kind pity for his misfortune, such an admiration and Sir Brian happening to be asleep, carried the for his generous gallantry, such a remorse for young girl away in her barouche. her own wayward conduct and cruel behavior to- They talked about Lord Kew, of whom the acward this most honest, and kindly, and affection-counts were encouraging, and who is mending in
spite of his silly mother and her medicines, and laggards at Baum
anxiety during But when Lady Kew arrived at that period of the illness had her discourse, in which she stated that Kew would been Lady Walmake the best little husband in England, poor ham's, so was Ethel's eyes filled with tears; we must remember hers the delight that her high spirit was worn down by watching of the recovery. The commander-in-chief of the and much varied anxiety, and then she confessed family, the old lady at Baden, showed her symthat there had been no reconciliation, as all the pathy by sending couriers, and repeatedly issuing family fancied, between Frank and herself-on orders to have news of Kew. Sick beds scared the contrary, a parting, which she understood to be her away invariably. When illness befell a memfinal; and she owned that her conduct toward ber of her family she hastily retreated from boher cousin had been most captious and cruel, and fore the sufferer, showing her agitation of mind, that she could not expect they should ever again however, by excessive ill-humor to all the others come together. Lady Kew, who hated sick beds within her reach. and surgeons, except for herself, who hated her fortnight passed, a ball had been found and daughter-in-law above all, was greatly annoyed extracted, the fever was over, the wound was at the news which Ethel gave her; made light progressing favorably, the patient advancing toof it, however, and was quite confident that a ward convalescence, and the mother, with her very few words from her would place matters on child once more under her wing, happier than their old footing, and determined on forthwith she had been for seven years past, during which setting out for Kehl. She would have carried her young prodigal had been running the thoughtEthel with her, but that the poor Baronet with less career of which he himself was weary, and cries and moans insisted on retaining his nurse, which had occasioned the fond lady such anguish. and Ethel's grandmother was left to undertake | Those doubts which perplex many a thinking man, this mission by herself, the girl remaining behind and when formed and uttered give many a fond acquiescent, not unwilling, owning openly a great and faithful woman pain so exquisite, had most regard and esteem for Kew, and the wrong which fortunately never crossed Kew's mind. His early she had done him-feeling secretly a sentiment impressions were such as his mother had left which she had best smother. She had received them; and he came back to her as she would a letter from that other person, and answered it have him, as a little child, owning his faults with with her mother's cognizance; but about this lit- a hearty, humble repentance, and with a thoutle affair neither Lady Ann nor her daughter hap- sand simple confessions lamenting the errors of pened to say a word to the manager of the whole his past days. We have seen him tired and family.
ashamed of the pleasures which he was pursuing,
of the companions who surrounded him, of the CHAPTER XXXVIII.
brawls and dissipations which amused him no IN WHICH LADY KEW LEAVES HIS LORDSHIP QUITE more; in those hours of danger and doubt, when CONVALESCENT.
he had lain, with death perhaps before him, makIMMEDIATELY after Lord Kew's wound, and as ing up his account of the vain life which probably it was necessary to apprise the Newcome family he would be called upon to surrender, no wonder of the accident which had occurred, the good-na- this simple, kindly, modest, and courageous soul tured young Kew had himself written a brief note thought seriously of the past and of the future; to acquaint his relatives with his mishap, and and prayed, and resolved, if a future were awardhad even taken the precaution to antedate a couple ed to him, it should make amends for the days of billets to be dispatched on future days; kindly gone by; and surely as the mother and son read forgeries, which told the Newcome family and together the beloved assurance of the divine forthe Countess of Kew that Lord Kew was pro- giveness, and of that joy which angels feel in gressing very favorably, and that his hurt was heaven for a sinner repentant, we may fancy in trifling. The fever had set in, and the young the happy mother's breast a feeling somewhat patient was lying in great danger, as most of the akin to that angelic felicity, a gratitude and joy of all others the loftiest, the purest, the keenest. I the fierce old mother-in-law who bad worsted Lady Walham might shrink with terror at the Lady Walham in many a previous battle. Frenchman's name; but her son could forgive It was what they call the summer of St. Marhim, with all his heart, and kiss his mother's tin, and the weather was luckily very fine; Kew hand, and thank him as the best friend of his could presently be wheeled into the garden of life.
the hotel, whence he could see the broad turbid During all the days of his illness Kew had current of the swollen Rhine: the French bank never once mentioned Ethel's name, and once or fringed with alders, the vast yellow fields behind twice as his recovery progressed, when with doubt them, the great avenue of poplars stretching away and tremor his mother alluded to it, he turned to the Alsatian city, and its purple minster yonfrom the subject as one that was disagreeable and der. Good Lady Walham was for improving the painful. Had she thought seriously on certain shining hour by reading amusing extracts from things? Lady Walham asked. Kew thought not; her favorite volumes, gentle anecdotes of Chinese but those who are bred up as you would have and Hottentot converts, and incidents from misthem, mother, are often none the better, the hum sionary travel. George Barnes, a wily young ble young fellow said. I believe she is a very diplomatist, insinuated “ Galignani,” and hinted good girl. She is very clever, she is exceedingly that Kew might like a novel; and a profane work handsome, she is very good to her parents and called “Oliver Twist” having appeared about this her brothers and sisters; but—he did not finish time, which George read out to his family with the sentence. Perhaps he thought, as he told admirable emphasis, it is a fact that Lady WalEthel afterward, that she would have agreed with ham became so interested in the parish boy's Lady Walham even worse than with her impe- progress, that she took his history into her bedrious old grandmother.
room (where it was discovered, under BlatherLady Walham then fell to deplore Sir Brian's wick's - Voice from Mesopotamia,” by her ladycondition, accounts of whose seizure of course ship's maid), and that Kew laughed so immensely had been dispatched to the Kehl party, and to at Mr. Bumble, the Beadle, as to endanger the lament that a worldly man as he was should have reopening of his wound. such an affliction, so near the grave and so little While, one day, they were so harmlessly and prepared for it. Here honest Kew, however, held pleasantly occupied, a great whacking of whips, out. “Every man for himself, mother," says he. blowing of horns, and whirring of wheels was “Şir Brian was bred up very strictly, perhaps too heard in the street without. The wheels stopped strictly as a young man. Don't you know that that at their hotel gate; Lady Walham started up; good Colonel, his elder brother, who seems to me ran through the garden door, closing it behind about the most honest and good old gentleman I her; and divined justly who had arrived. The ever met in my life, was driven into rebellion and landlord was bowing; the courier pushing about; all sorts of wild courses by old Mrs. Newcome's waiters in attendance; one of them, coming up tyranny over him? As for Sir Brian, he goes to to pale-faced Lady Walham, said, “Her Excelchurch every Sunday: has prayers in the family lency the Frau Gräfinn von Kew is even now every day: I'm sure has led a hundred times bet- absteiging." ter life than I have, poor old Sir Brian. I often “Will you be good enough to walk into our have thought, mother, that though our side was salon, Lady Kew?" said the daughter-in-law, wrong, yours could not be altogether right, be- stepping forward and opening the door of that cause I remember how my tutor, and Mr. Bonner apartment. The Countess, leaning on her staff, and Dr. Laud, when they used to come down to entered that darkened chamber. She ran up tous at Kewbury, used to make themselves so un- ward an easy chair, where she supposed Lord happy about other people." So the widow with Kew was. “My dear Frank !" cries the old drew her unhappiness about Sir Brian; she was lady; "my dear boy, what a pretty fright you quite glad to hope for the best regarding that in- have given us all! They don't keep you in this
| horrid noisy room facing the Ho-what is With some fears yet regarding her son-for this?" cries the Countess, closing her sentence many of the books with which the good lady tray- abruptly. eled could not be got to interest him; at some he “ It is not Frank. It is only a bolster, Lady would laugh outright-with fear mixed with the Kew: and I don't keep him in a noisy room tomaternal joy that he was returned to her, and had ward the street," said Lady Walham. quitted his old ways; with keen feminine triumph, “Ho! how do you do? This is the way to him, perhaps, that she had won him back, and happi- I suppose;" and she went to another door-it was ness at his daily mending health, all Lady Wal- a cupboard full of the relics of Frank's illness, ham's hours were passed in thankful and delight from which Lady Walham's mother-in-law shrunk ed occupation. George Barnes kept the New- back aghast. “Will you please to see that I have comes acquainted with the state of his brother's a comfortable room, Maria; and one for my maid, health. The skillful surgeon from Strasbourg next me? I will thank you to see yourself," the reported daily better and better of him, and the Empress of Kew said, pointing with her stick, little family were living in great peace and con- before which many a time the younger lady had tentment, with one subject of dread, however, trembled. hanging over the mother of the two young men, This time Lady Walham only rang the bell. “I the arrival of Lady Kew, as she was foreboding, don't speak German; and have never been on any