Abbildungen der Seite

such a prize to any man in the three ; by the superb Augusta de Sans Sonci, that kingdoms."

they may think theniselves sufficiently Seeing I was mistaken in treating with || honoured in being permitted to scramble gravity a mere compliment, I smiled in for seats in the lower regions of her iny turn; and adding, that I was too am. || theaire." bitious of instruction not to be willing to I was so surprized at tbis account that I profit by the poetry of the collegian and could not help exclaiming:"Surely such the prose of the Baronet, asked the latter l arrogance can only arise from a sort of what was meant to be represented on the madness!" curtain ?

“ You remember the old adage, I sup. " A nuptial solemnity," Teplied Sir Bing- pose," returned the Baronet; “ Set a beg. ham. " not to be found in any one of my lgar on horseback, &c. I would not offend brother's classics. It is a long time since a lady's ear with saying where he would ride I was whipped at school for inis-translation 10; but we see enough to know that the and want of meinory, but I do not re

pretty enchant: ess of these revels has taken collect any account, from Homer to Ovid, li a gallop that way." of a marriage between Flebe and Apollo. “I do not like your insinuations, Sir You will observe, there stands the God of Bingham," interrupted Lord Castledowne; Wit, giving his hand to the Goddess of l“ on your premises we should infer that Youth, and all the nine Muses are endow- ll the follies of certain persons suddenly eleing the bride; but Meipomene and Tha- || vated to stations beyond their birtlı, arise lia stand forth most prominent; both from the circumstance of their being what ladies crown Hebe with their mask, -and is called lowly born. This conclusion is certainly the beauteous bride of Sans Soucill one of the common places which the unis grateful for the donation!"

reflecting eagerly adopt, as it saves them I then looked down upon the pit and the trouble of thinking, and yet gives the lower bixes, crowded with the gay audi- | power of making a broad assertion posence, and towards the private boxes, whosel sessed of the effect without the constituent fronts were ornamented in the style of qualities of a sound argument. Drawing theatres of old, with embroidered yelvet, general conclusions from particular cir. enriched with the gayest fowers, and deep l cumstances, is the usual refuge of a pregold fringes.

judiced or a careless mind; and as I am The centre box," continued Sir Bing-fold enough to whip the offending Adam out ham, “in the fashion of the theatres of you my vounger contemporaries, you, abroad. is appropriated to the sovereign of my lively Baronet, must bear a little with the place. And as the Duke of Sans Soucill my flagellant in the present instance." is certainly sovereign in his own theatre, I “Let it be inflicted by the fair hand of it is fitted up for himself and Duchess with l your Lady, or of Miss Wellwood," re. appropriate honours, as you see, splendidl turned Sir Bingbam; "and I will kiss the canopy, coronets, &c. &c. On the right il red!" hand of the Duke's box, you perceive, is 1) “ That would be to reward and not to the one we now occupy; and this is dig. ll punish," answered the Earl. nified with the name of the lleir Apparentl" Then instruct as well as condemn," of England. On the left range are seats cried the Baronet; "and if you do not like for the Princes of Bourbon, and for what- l my premises, give me some of your own. ever other foreign princes or princesses If the begyar will not ride to the certain may chance to visit this country. Oppo.

| black gentleman with horns and iail, where site are the boxes for British Dukes, || does your Lordship say he will go-te Duchesses, and Ambassadors. All per- ll heaven;" sonages beneath these illustrious degrees af nobility are considered as such canaille

(Te be continued.)


(Concluded from Page 64.)

ALBERTO was now in the hands of the !! “ Yes, Signor," replied the fellow; soldiers of the Roman Governor ; and as". we did overtake Sigoora Angelica, the merchant Stephano had offered a and in the disguise of a page; and we liberal reward for his apprehension, upon were just upon the point of seizing the suspicion we have related, there an. her, when she escaped us by entering into peared no hopes of bribing the soldiers | this very forest. We were at the top of a by higher offers to permit bis escape. It hill, and she was in the road at the but. was true, indeed, that Alberto was innocent tom of it.. Upon seeing us she spurred of the fact with which he was charged, but her horse, and entered into one of the he knew enough of the Roman police to l cross roads which leads from the heath put no confidence in this innocence. It into the wood. We lost her when we had would be difficult to persuade the mer- li arrived at the point of the cross-ways. She chunt Stephano, that his suspicion was took one road, and I suppose we took false ; Angelica, it appeared, had really another. We do not therefore know what eloped from her father's house, and had has become of her. She may have fallen been traced and pursued in the same road a prey to the wolves with which the with himself. These circumstances were forest abounds.; or she may have fallen sufficient before a tribunal, where pre-ll into the hands of the banditti." sumption was evidence, and probability « May the Virgin protect her!" exwas certainty. There appeared, therefore, claimed Alberto. no hope for Alberto, yet did the benificent “In that," replied the fellow, “the genius of love lend its ready hand, and Virgid mav do as she pleases; to be sure with what efect will now appear. -The lit is not so lawful to protect fugitives; but fellow who had arrested Alberto, and who the holy Virgin, I suppose, is as absolved appeared the chief of his companions, from all law as the holy Father himself. replied to his demands of the fate of Ange- | As to yourself, Signor, you had better lica, and his reproaches to them as her make a friend of this same Virgin for your. murderers, that he had invented the false. self, fur I fear it will go hard with you. bood merely to play upon the credulity of My Lord Colonna, the Lieutenant of the the old man. “We remarked his eager. province, lives within three leagues of this ness, Signor, and began to suspect that it house; it is too late to carty you before his, was not without cause, and that he knew i Lordship to-night, but you must attend something either of Signora Angelica or us in the morning. You have heard my yourself. We said this, therefore, that we || Lord's character, I suppose. His severity might try him still farther. It had its lj is known almost as far as his name, and as effect, you find, Siguor. We must be that is one of the noblest in Italy, it sharp to succeed in our trade. A man is known far enougl. My Lord Colonna, may be a prince or a goveruor without | however, is so severe that he is the dread any brains at all, or with as little as a mule

of all the banditti in the province. He is driver; but he must have soine, aye, and not like the other Roman Barons who will a tolerable portion too, to be a good thief spare a bandit through terror of the re. taker. Yes, yes, Signor, I warrant you we i venge of his companions. No, no, Signor, know our trade."

you have nothing to hope from my Lord " Then you did not see Angelica,” re-i of Colonna but law and instant execu. sumed Alberto, somewhat relieved by this lion. They say, indeed, my Lord's sereply, and losing all remembrance of him- li verily is owing to a misfortune which has self in the sudden transport he received imbittered bus life. He was always de. from this assurance of the safety of Auge- sirous of an heir; Heaveni, about fivea lica.

Hand-twenty years ago, gave him one; buc. No. XVII. Vol. III.-N.S.

the child was stolen from him whilst yet coquetry and idle vanity of manifesting in his infancy. My Lord has never re- her power to distress her lover, though covered his loss even to the present day." I she might suffer herself as much in the

Whilst the fellow related these circum- l effort. O vanity, how dost thou govern stances of the Lord Colonna, there was the weaker sex! At how great an exsomething in the manner of the old pea- pence will they purchase thy gratificasant which attracted the attention and tions, and to thee what sacrifice will apexcited the wonder of Alberto. He knew pear too dear! Angelica felt and acknow. not to what to attribute the emotions | ledged the truth of this effect of vanity, which varied his countenance; it could and now it had lost ber her lover, she began not be any terror of anything which to perceive her folly. Her grief produced threatened himself from the severity of the effects which the officer of the police this magistrate. The old man, indeed, had related to Alberto. It had lasted, howþad showed a partial kindness to him ever, but a short time, when it was sucthroughout the whole adventure ; but it ceeded by a resolution which at once was not natural to believe he could feel banished it, and replaced her despair wit la this violent apprehension at the fate of renewed hope. With a spirit of which one who was thus an entire stranger. 1 none but a prude or heroine could be These thoughts, together with the fight capable, she resolved to follow her lover, and fate of Angelica, occupied the mind the scheme was no sooner determined of Alberto. The soldiers drawing round than executed. With little difficulty, by the fire, and calling for everything the assistance of her maid, and upon prethe house could furnish, with the juso- tence of a carnival-masquerade, she ob. lence of petty power, declared their intained the babits of a page. Having tention of remaining there during the habited herself in this disguise, purchased night, and conducting their prisoner upon a horse, and provided herself with money. the following morning to the Castle of, she left the city, and by the guidance of the Lord Colonna.-We will leave them fortune, or perhaps of the same beneficent here then, and seek Anglica, whom we gevius of love whom we have hitherto appear to have almost forgotten. Angel mentioned, happened to take the same lica then, as the fellows had related, bad road with Alberto. We know not from really arrived at her father's house almost what cause she did not overtake him, exe in the same moment in which Alberto, l, cept that as Alberto pursued his journey disgusted at her cruelty, had left it, and on foot, he wandered from the high her emotions had been nearly the same as road, in which her horse compelled her the officer hac mentioned. The cause to persevere. She had gained, towards indeed was somewhat different to what be the close of the evening, the point had imagined, for instead of being assumed where the cross roads led into the to conceal a concerted plot of escape be. i forest, and in which same forest Alberto tween herself and Alberto, her grief was had already entered by another way. sincere, and proceeded from no other Here, as already related by the soldiers, source than the loss of her lover. The she was seen and followed, a circumstance love she entertained for him was nothing she no sooner perceived, than she spurred inferior to the passion with which she had her horse, and entering one of the cross inspired him, we might say, perhaps, that roads, escaped from their sight into the it exceeded it; for the passion of a prude thickest part of the wood. The fellows is stronger in the proportion as it is more taking another of the cross ways, arrived endeavoured to be concealed. Nature at the peasant's dwelling, and surprised, as never fails to vindicate her injured laws, li we have related, Alberto." and punish those who endeavour to con- In the mean time Angelica had escaped trovert her dictates. Angelica had already from one danger but to run into another, felt this. Her visit to her relation, upon of a nature still more menacing. It was the first declaration which Alberto had so now night, and such a night as we have imprudently niade of bis passion, had pro- before mentioned, when we related Al. cceded from no other source than the berto's situation as he entered upon the plain which lay on the other side of the night, nor the horrors of the darkness, forest. The wind howled, and the forest which by its common effect upon a timid crackled, and winter appeared to hover || imagination, excited forms still more apin person over the wood. Angelica, in palling to the fancy; not the redoubled the first moments of ber terror, be- fury of the tempest, and the awakened lieving lier pursuers at her heels, still con- || rage of the wild beasts, could so far daunt tinued to urge her horse. The beast for the soul of Angelica as to inspire her with some time continued to proceed with full s any regret for the measures she had speed ; at length, however, wearied with taken, and had it been to be again rethe length of his day's journey, and Ange- | newed, even this foretaste of the attendant lica, without thought, still continuing to horrors would not have withheld her urge him forwards, he fell to the ground, from the same resolution. Let the histhrowing his rider some paces before him. torian, partial to his own sex, applaud, in All efforts to raise him were vain. Ange all the pomp of language, the courage to lica therefore found herself on foot, in the which the proud sense of honour inspires middle of a forest, and in the mid-hour his worthies, a woman, impelled by her of a night thus unseasonable. Nor was lown inclinations, has more resolution than the fury of the weather the only circum their most gloried warrior. If Greece, stance she had most reason to dread; for the repossession of the ravished Helen, she was exposed to a danger which, by Il dared the sword of Hector, and the rage presenting her with something of greater of the combined gods, did not Helen, in horror, caused her even to forget that she her elopement with her lover', dare all the was exposed to any inferior inconveni- | danger of dividing seas, and in the arms ence. The forest was infested by wolves of her Paris, forget all the prophetic mein a greater multitude than any other in paces of Nereus ? Italy, being situated in a country where li Angelica remained thus resolute amid habitation was less frequent, the peasantry such increassng forms of terror; the howl, having either perished or emigrated in the however, of the wolves, which now ap. Italian wars. The season, and the late 'peared to be approaching to the place kour of the night, had now summoned | where she stood, led her to consider of those from their dens and recesses in some means of escape. She was now which they had remained concealed dur. beneath a tree, whose branches continuing the day, and impelled by the rage of ing almost to the root of its trunk, allowed hunger they were now wandering in troops her a facility of climbing, whilst its thick through the forest, which re-echoed to || foliage promised her some shelter from their dismal howlings. What a night was the tempest. Into this therefore she this for Angelica ! For one whom opu-mounted, the love of life which still relence had effeminated even beyond the mains even in unhappy love, infusing a patural softness of her sex! and who, per- || strength of which her slight frame aphaps, before this adventure, had never lpeared incapable. Nor was this means of wandered a league froni the shelter of her safety too suddenly adopted; for she paternal roof! The reader will think, per- || had hardly gained the refuge of the tree, haps, that such accumulated horrors led when she saw a whole troop of them apher to repent her hasty fight, and oc. proach. The forest resounded with their casioned her to form a wish that slie had united howl, a cry rendered more terrible not thus rashly deserted the security of by a rage of prey which excited it. Anher home to follow a flying lover. If such, l gelica herself trembled, and such was the however, are his sentiments, he is de pressure of her apprehensions, that she was ceived. Angelica was a woman, and pos- li compelled to redouble her efforts to mainsessed that resolution with which love tain her seat. The horse, terrified at their always inspires them; and of which those approach, bad risen from the ground; he who assume to themselves the praise of attempted flight, but the wolves sursuperior heroism, as if attached by na- rounded him, and thus intercepted all ture to their stronger sex, are but little li escape. The tree in which Angelica was capable. Not all the real dangers of the now in refuge, was in the centre of this

conflict; the horse, impelled by natural | neral carrol of the forest. The image of instinct to seek the trunk of the tree as love again arose in her fancy, and her defending him from behind, whilst be rising hopes promised her that Alberto made his resistance before. The wolves was not lost for ever. “ And thus," said therefore surrounding the tree, included in | she, “shall I think all my wandering one circle both tree and horse, and thus more than repaid. My fatigue, my rendered Angelica a spectator of the un- dangers, my terrors, will all be forgotten, equal combat. The horse, however, by llor recalled only as I relate the story of his teeth and heels for some time kept his my love, and only remembered with pleaenemies at bay; this fortune, however, was sure as the means of restoring me to my pot long; the wolves, spurred on by Alberto, and with him the happiness hunger, and the sight of a prey which which without him I must never hope to promised to gratify it, continued the as- taste. Oh, my Alberto ! why hast thou sault. The horse, therefore, was at length thus deserted me! Or rather, Oh, An. pulled to the earth; the whole troop gelica! why has thy ill-fated hypocrisy, rushed upon him, and his limbs, thus torn | why has thy useless prudery compelled from his carcase, were seen in the same him thus to fly! Yet I will follow thee, instant quivering in the mouths of the land my vanity thus humbled, shall give wolves. Is it necessary to attempt to de. thee the revenge my folly has so well 'scribe the terror of Angelica, as well merited !" Thus, like the love-lorn Phi. through the whole of this terrible conflict | lomel, amid the surrounding shades of the as at the bloody termination? The confi wood, did Angelica lament and repent her dence which the poor animal seemed to cruelty. The powers of Love listened to have shewed in seeking refuge from the the soft complaint, accepted the sincere tree in which she herself was scated, and penitence, and hastened the final accomthus, as it were, imploring it at her very feet, | plishment of her wishes. The pressure excited in her a lively emotion of regret, ll of hunger made Angelica now eager to that the weakness of her sex rendered it find some house or hut where she might impossible for her to obey this seeming ap relieve that want. Her wish was soon peal. Her horror, however, upon the con gratified; for she had wandered but a ciussion surpassed every description. It ll short distance from the tree, when the inis needless therefore to add, that in such a

crease of light penetrating through the situation, and thus circled with circum

wood, discovered to her that she was now stances, each more appalling than the

upon some outlet of the forest. A few other, she neither enjoyed nor atempted minutes verified her conjecture, and con. any sleep. In this manner, in this sleepless | ducted her to an open field. terror, did she pass the remaining part of dered the wood. For some time she conthe night. The morning at length dawned, | tinued to proceed through an open counand she descended from the tree. The || try, and no sign of habitation as yet ap. tempest had now either exhausted itself, ll peared ; at length, however, she arrived or passed over to vent its remaining rage at the extremity of a park, and the ascendin some other clime. The morning was ling smoke of the neighbouring castle unusually fine, the wind having dissipated | directed her footsteps to its gates. She every vapour, which on the preceding bere blew the horn, which hung susday had clouded the horizon. The sun, ll vended for this purpose: the

Il pended for this purpose; the gate was rising with a lustre unusual to the season, opened, and her dress as a page obtained had now diffused a cheerfulness over the li her immediate admittance. She demanded face of pature; the forest appeared to l of the porter to whom the castle belonged? smile with its kindling light, and creation | And was answered, “ to Lord Colonna, itself seemed to revive in the renewal of | Signor."-" Lead me then to his lady," the suspended melody of the birds. An- | added Angelica; “ I am a stranger, it is gelica, as she walked forwards, felt this true, but I need her protection, and her influence of nature, and in despite of her knowledge of my family will not admit Jate borror, and her present want of re. || her to refuse it.” Saying this, she followed Sreshment, her heart seviyed at the ge. Han attendant, who came forth at the por.

« ZurückWeiter »