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take it again, and again to tell her that if she || From this evening, while Francois artfully would not pity him, he must expire at ber | carried on his siege against the mock virtue feet.- Pity! what a convenient word is that! of Aldonga, he took special note of Count What an ingenious phrase to beguile the inno- || Amalfi, whose attachment to the Marchioness cent into the most deadly snare! Aldonga || he deemed likely to give a tolerable conclukuew too well how to use it. She became all sion to his designs. Aldonga evidently strove compassion ; love of course she ought not to to conceal from Amalfi ber increasing passion listen to, since he was married, but she might for Francois. While at the same time she pity him!--she did, she would strive to soothe made no scruple of avowing her engagement his sufferings if he would promise to conquer with the interesting ward of her father. In bis illicit desires. Francois made the promise, the more advanced period of their intimacy spoke no more of love, but described it under || Aldonga confidently complained to St Hypothe name of friends bip, and with this ad. lite of this painful engagement; she de. mirable privilege, detained her hand, kissed | scribed the young Bertoliui as devoutly atit, held it to bis heart, and felt that heart
tached to her, her father as infatuated with bound beneath its pressure. At the sound him, and herself as yielding to an union from of some persons speaking in a neighbouring || pity, generosity, and a sense of duty. What walk, the fair Marchioness started, then re her lips left unfinisbed, ber eyes completed; minding him of the disadvantageous things || and Francois was made sensible that the heart that might be said of their being together, || she could not bestow op his friend was given hastily flew from him towards the bouse. At to him. At this incomparable falseness, bis the other entrance he met a party of his guests | blood was in tumults; he was scarcely able unmasked; one of them, the Count Amalfi, to restrain bis indignation, and it required a eyed himn with a look of rage. _“Your gallantry | violent effort ere he could trust bis eyes again is not perfect, Signor," said the Count, since
to meet hers. you suffer a lady to return througb the paths The entrance of Bertolipi ended their dia. you have led her, without protecting her | logue. He came with an open letter in bis back.” Francois was too kind-hearted to give || hand; tears were streaming over his aged, intentional pain to any one, he had beard it || cheeks, and his voice trembled with joy, as be insioualed that Count Amalfi, though com exclaimed " Pardon this intrusion, Signor pletely favoured by Aldonga, really doated on
St. Hypolite, but old age is unused to joy-it her, and would gladly have bound her to him overcomes sooner than grief.-My son, my by a legal tye, he therefore answered gaily || dear Lorenzo, is restored to all bis father's ho“ I protest to you, Count, that I never intrude
nours; he returns to us, the Marquis 80. my attentions upon a lady; the Marchioness | leruo."--An exclamation of surprise rose to Irivulzio was perhaps tired both of me and the lips of Francois, but he had presence of my gardens, and I am not coxcomb enough | mind to check its utterance; Aldonga caught to weary ber with them further;" – saying this, the letter in confusion, and hastened out of he carelessly joined another groupe and the room without speaking. singling out a partner, made one in a dance
(To be continued.) upon the smooth green turf.
THE MIRROR OF FASHION, IN A SERIES OF LETTERS FROM A GENTLEMAN OF RANK AND TASTE, TO A LADY
(Continued from Vol. III. Page 293.)
On, my dear Countess, what is it you your
faithful friend. You tell me no other do? You reproach me for my silence, you company than the rooks and daws of Sudleigh load me with your displeasure, when, if you | Wood have enjoyed your presence since the knew all, you would rather pity than condemn || letter box ceased to unfold to you an epistle
perfidious Paris !” You accuse hair braided up with hair-nrecies or bodkins. me of passing my mornings with the gay circle The like ornaments are now revived amongst at White's; of wasting my noons with the fair the descendants of those ladies; and I need waltzers at the Baroness Bullero's; and, to not recal to ibe memory of your ladyship how sum up all, you insist on it that I sup every many of your present female acquaintance night with a certain great and facinating per. wear diadems aud tiaras, and hair-nt edles in sonage; and captivated by the graces of his the shape of darts, daggers, &c. These splenconversation, my own ambition, and the did and graceful coiffures were always more beauties of his belle assemblée, I forget the than half shaded with a veil of Cyprus gauze, Urania of nay vows, and the epistolary history or some other transparent fabric. Aud indeed of the court of fashion I had promised to lay it must have been very interesting to have at her feet!
seen the bright jewels, and brighter eyes of How wilt thou blush, my sweet suspicious these beauteous dames, shining like the starry lady, at those charges, and when we meet heuvens through a fleeting vapoury cloud. I shall refute them all; and with a tale of The girdle was an indispensible part of the danger to thy lover tuat will “ freeze thy | Saxon garb; the men wore it around their young blood," and make thy raven “ hair to waist, for the purp-se of confining their tunic stand on end, like quills upon the fretful por- and sustaining their sword.
These girdles cupioe!” At present I will spare thy sensibi were often composed of the inost valuable lity, and proceed to open the chuicest caskets materials, and ornamented with a nicety per. of our Anglo-Saxon ancestors.
fectly marvellous. That worn by a Saxon The kings and princes of those remote ages monarch was always gold, and studded with did not, like our modern sovereigns, array || jewels; and they ofton displayed weapons apthemselves in the costume of the mob. Tbey || propriately euriched. We are told by very were never seen sauntering about the fields | venerable authority, no less than William of and big loways ju a huntsman's common frock, | Malmesbury, that wben Alfred knighted his or a slouched bat, old and husky enough to grandson Athelstan, he braced a girdle round have belonged to the miller's man. An his loins bedecked with gems, and a sword Anglo-Saxon monarch attired bimself at all sheathed in gold. times in a dress suited to his exalted station; The ladies borrowed the fashion of this robes were his garments, and a
gorgeous cestus from their lords; and we find. diadem the constant cover of his head. The in every effigy of them extant, that this comcrown was usually of a radiated shape, em partment of their dress was by far the most blazoned with jewels; and the diadem, or circle || expensive. of gold his ordinary head-dress, was elegant, Of bracelets the Saxons wore two kinds, one simple, and becoming ; amongst all the splen. sort for the arms, and another for the neck. did paraphernalia of Rundell and Bridges, you The first were common to both sexes, but the could not select for your own delicate brow, a latter were confined almost entirely to the more tasteful ornament than this band of gold, || ladies. When we travel iuto Turkey, and have which clasped the rough temples of our royal the good fortune to get a peep into the barams Athelstans and Edgars.
of its grandees, we may see bracelets or collars The ladies, from the Princess to her Maid of the Saxon description round almost every of Honour, wore a head-cincture of nearly the Sultana's neck. They were of massy metal, same fashion; it was called the head-tire. “ studded with every stone that drinks the They were sometimes of plain gold, others of | solar beam." pearls, and a few of the most costly were set The bracelet for the arm, which Saxon with precious stones. They appear to have nobles wore as Roman knights did their rings, been balf circles, elevated in front like the as a badge of honour, were usually, in the first antique tiara of the Grecian Juno. The fair assumption, the gift of royalty; hence in the Saxons of the virgin class usually wore the ballads of these ages Kings were often styled more simple fillet of vrought silk, or their Il Bracelet-givers. An arm-bracelet, mentioned
in the will of a Saxon Baron, which he be- | well as women, in those days, dedicated this queathed to a favourite son, weighed one finger to the ring, and did not, as we generally hundred mancuses of gold, that is, aboutdo, adoru the little finger in that gay apparel. twenty ounces troy-weight; and another, de Before I leave this apparently trivial subvised to a Queen, weighed thirty mancuses of ject, allow me, my fair Countess, to remongold, or three ounces and a half of our weight. strate against the absolute coat of mail with We must suppose from the ponderosity of which you ladies who have once put on the tbese ornaments, that the Elgivas and Elfri. nuptial ring, think fit to case your prelly das, though the belles of our ancestors, could hands. When in full dress, in vain do we not buast delicacy of shape amongst their attempt a peep at any part of the rosy finger charms. What arm of our modern fair ones farther than its second joint, all above is en. could possibly sustaja balf a score bracelets of veloped in a coat of gold, diamond, pearls, their hundredth grandmother's ? they would cameos, and other gems and jewellery, And be two or three pounds weight. But I must this not only happens to the third finger on presume the fashionables of Alfred's court the left hand, but to the right, and to all the were content with wearing one pair of brace fingers on both hauds excepting the fore-finger. lets at a time, whereas the ladies of our beau
Take my word for it, and look on my assurmonde insist on buckling on as many chains ance as the representation of my whole sex, of gold, pearls, hair, &c. &c. as would capari.
that such a load of finger finery is ugly in our son the bedecked bosom of a sumpter-borse in
eyes, and odious to the touch, What lover the days of knight-errantry.
or husband, when he wishes to press or put Rings for the fingers were generally used by
to his lips the hand of the mistress of bis the Saxon race. They were common to both
heart, would like to embrace a casket of sexes, and by no means confined to the nobis
baubles instead of the downy softness of the lily. Some were a plain gold hoop, and others
skiu, which is its loveliest covering ? adorned with engraving and chasing; but the
Away then, beloved Urania, with these or, most costly possessed a precious stone set in
oaments; leave the adorning of the consccrat, curious wrought work, Those gem-rings
ed third finger to me, and it shall not remaig were some for mere ornament, but others had
a day without being invested with a simple a figure cut in the stone, and were called
gold circlet, more becoming in my eyes than a signets, or seal-rings. By way of distinction,
thousand gems, and incalculably more preone of their fingers was called the gold-finger,
cious, for it will for ever link Urania to her from its being the one on which a ring was
PARIS. always worn; and this was the third finger on the left hand, the same on which our married
(To be continued.) Ladies wear the badge of matrimony. Men as
STORIES OF SEVEN DAYS.
(Continued from Page 139.)
TALE III.--THE BALLAD-SINGER. Passing one evening through a fashionable
The following evening the Chevalier Mel street, I observed a crowd of people gathered cour was called upon for his story, wbich he round two females, one of whom was singing related as follows :
in a low but sweet voice a simple air. They You know, my dear friends, that I am but were both muffled up, but particularly the recently returned from England; and some singer, whose figure was completely enveloped months since, an adventure happened to me in a large wrapping cloak, while an immense in London which may indeed be termed the bonnet, sucb as the ladies there term a poke, most interesting of my life.
prevented the least vestige of her face from No. XXIV. Vol. IV.N$.
being visible. Her voice was low and trenu The decided manner in which I spoke aplous, but there was a plaintive sweetness in parently intimidated him, for he instantly her tone tbat rivetted my attention; the
loosid his bold, and walked away. The fepeople purchased her ballads very fast, and I males now joined in thanking me for my timely observed the other female received the money interference; the ballad-singer said little, but Many comments were made by the spectators the few words she made use of, though spoken upon the ballad-singer, but they all agreed in a coufused and hurried manner, were well that she seemed much superior to beings of chosen; her companion was more profuse of her class. A fashionable looking inan pressed her acknowledgements, but they were uttered through the crowd and gave money to the l in a commou, and indeed rather vulgar way. other female; I perceived that he stationed I proceeded for some time with them, until, bimself close to ber companion, whose large at the top of the street, they both bade me bonnet completely defied the scrutiny he good night. I offered my services to escort seemed inclined to make; and I confess I en them as far as they went, but this they declinjoyed his disppointed air, when after peeping ed, and as they apparently wished me to leave under it in all directions he found it impossible them, I pretended to do so, and made a feint of to see her face.
turping down another street; but crossing the The ballads were now almost sold, and you way, I followed on the opposite side, at some will believe that I did not neglect 10 purchase distance, till I saw them turu into an obscure one, when the two females made their way court. The darkness of the night allowed me through the mob, and turned with quickness
to follow them closely without being observed, up another street, followed by the gentleman and the little ballad-singer tripping forward, I have mentioned and myself. I was engaged raised the latch of a small and mean looking to a late dinner-party, and I should not have house, and went up stairs followed by the suffered curiosity to lead me out of my way,
other girl. but that it struck me, from the libertine air
I cannot tell you the sentiment that impelof the gentleinan, it was possible they might led me, but without knowing why I did so, I bave some rudeness to apprehend; and I was
ascended after them, but with caution. They not mistaken in my conjecture. The street
sbut the door of a room into which they enwhich they turned into was a very lonely one,
tered. And now, thought I, my curiosity is and in a few minutes this ruffiaw, for I can.
completely disappointed. I was, however, -pot call him by a softer name, rudely threw
agreeably mistaken, as tbe chinks of the door bis arm roupd the little ballad-singer, and
afforded me a full view of what passed inside; saying he would see whether her face was as
and what a scene did I witness! charming as her voice, attempted to remove
“ You Reed not care a farthing for this abo. her bonnet.-" Pray let me go, for Heaven's minable mav, my dear nurse,” exclaimed the sake!” cried she almost breathless, and resist.
little bailad-singer, in the most animated tone, ing at the same time with all her strength,
lo a venerable looking old woman, who was while ber companion, grasping his arm, beg.
reclining on a clean but homely bed. “See," ged he would let go his hold.
continued she, “what a heap of money we I now thought it time to interfere, and step have got!" aud taking an aprou from her com. piog forward, desired that he would release panion, she emptied the contents of it on the the girl, who be ought, I said, to be ashamed
bed. of Ireating with such rudeness.
“But, my child, my dear Georgiana, how did “Rudeness!" repeated be contemptuously; ! you procure it?" demanded the old woman. " there is much occasion for ceremony with “Oh, I will tell you all about it,” said a person of her description."
Georgiana; and throwing aside her bonnet " I perfectly agree with you,” said I, without and cloak, sbe presented to my view the love. appearing to notice bis ironical tone; "she liest face and form I had ever beheld. She seems to me an innocent girl, and as such appeared about sixteen, and there was in her should be treated with respect,”
air and manner an appearauce of ivgenuous,
and even childish simplicity, wbich I cannot eyes, filled with tears of pleasure, wandered deseribe, but which I thought inexpressibly alternately from her ourse to the money pro. charming. The old woman had risen, and cured in a manner so eccentric. Georgiana seating berself on the bed at her The poor old woman clasped the interesting side, repeated :-"I will tell you all about it, | girl in her arms :-“Oh! my child, my Georbut you must promise," continued she, “not gianía," cried she, “ why did you do this? I to be angry with me, and above all, not to would rather have suffered any thing than you scold Martha, for indeed she is not to blame." should have so degraded, so exposed yourself;
“ Blame! my dear child,” cried the purse; and then the insults you might have met with I hope there is no blame in the case; but
too tell me how you got this money, for I am un. “Yes, indeed, mother,"interrupted Martha; easy till I know."
a gentleman behaved so rudely to Miss “Why,” said Georgiana, “I told your land- Georgiana, you have no notion.” lord last week that I would pay him as soon
“ You should not tell your mother sucha as I could, but I did not let you know how nonsense, which can only serve to vex her, badly he behaved; he said it was all fine talk. Martha,” cried the sweet girl; “ I was a little ing, but he had been put off often enough, || frightened, to be sure, for the man was a sad and if he did not receive bis money by to brute; but a gentleman came up who made morrow, you should not stay a day longer. him let me go directly." The wicked wretch swore so that I was almost “ He had then the insolence to take hold of at my wits end, for I had not any thing but you?" said the nurse. the silver I gave you, and I knew that it was “ Yes," replied Georgiana; " he wanted to of no use to ask my aunt; and so," continued see my face, and you may be sure I struggled she liesitating, “a scheme occurred to me hard to prevent him, though I fancy all my which has answered the purpose.”
efforts would have been vain but for the lucky ". But what was it, my dear child ?" cried chance which sent the gentleman to my assiste tbe purse.
ance.” “One day,” said Georgiana, “ that I was « And a very nice handsome young man be out with my aunt, we saw a poor woman sing. l was, I declare," said Martha (excuse my vanity ing ballads, and when I wanted to give her in repealing the compliment), something my aunt would not sufer me to do “I did not see him, for I did not chuse to 80 ; she said that such people always get a look from under my bonnet, but just then be deal of money, aod there was little use in re appeared to me an angel," said Georgiana; lieving them, for they threw away their gains || whom her nurse now began to lecture, but in in the most profligate manner. The landlord's the most affectionate terms, on the danger to demand was but small, and I could not belp which she bad exposed herself. The playful thjoking one might get what would pay him; 1) and charming creature declared that she would and so we have, Martha," said she, exultingły | not be scolded just then; and she began, as pointing to the money which lay upon the she called it, to coax herself into favour, by bed. You all know how attached I am to the bestowing ou the old woman a hundred ca. mimic art, and how often I have envied our friend De Brisson, who, besides bis genius and « Indeed, dear child, I ought and do bless skill, possesses feeling and taste which
you for your goodness to me,” said the nurse; alone can enable the artist to catch the charm
“ but you must promise me never to do any ing but undefinable expression which in some thing again to procure money for me without faces constitutes beauty; but not even bis my knowledge and consent.” talents could have done justice to the youthful “Well, I will promise any thing as long as and lovely Georgiana at this moment.. Never you are not angry with me," said Georgiana, sball I forget the expression of almost celestial | laying her soft cheek close to that of the ve. benevolence which animated her ingenuous nerable reprover; " and indeed I should not, and beautiful countenance, while her sweet to say the truth, like to venture such a macal