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been worn of different colours, but the most || dress. During all my researches I have favourite was wbite. The fabric was linen, never been able to trace any indication of and so soft as to display, with modest grace, ll .fitula, broche, or belt, in the manner of those the motion of the limbs. Were I at all in ladies fastening on their mantle; but I should fected with love of the horrible, and were I I suppose from its form being oval, that an not afraid of creating a superstitious repug. aperture was made in the middle of sufficient nance in the fancy of your Ladyship to my size to admit the bead to pass through it, subject, I would say, what seems to ine to be when cast upon the shoulders. Sometimes the truth, that nothing more nearly resembles the aperture was so made as to allow of a the under garment of an Anglo-Saxon lady, ll greater quantity of drapery flowing behind than the shroud of one of her deceased than before, and on the arm. descendants in the nineteenth century.

The kerchief, by falling from the head The gown comes next in rotation.-I know | down upon the shoulders, gracefully mingled that a romance writer iu naming this part of with the mantle, and when both were of one our fair ancestors' wardrobe, would diguify it colour, much increased the simple harmony with the appellation of robe, investure, &c. of the dress. The kerchief was seldom used Any title, in short, that is not simple and easy, | hy young women for more than an out-of. and descriptive of the thing. But nothing is door babit ; within their houses they disa 'so descriptive of the modern gown as the played fine and luxuriant heads of hair, orna. ancient gown; so, without attempting ro. mented with natural Rowers, or half circlets mantic flight, I presume to introduce the of gold. Indeed beautiful hair was held in gradual fashion under its homely and proper | such estimation by their Saxon ancestors, pame. Tbe form of this exterior garment, I that we find from Tacitus, the punishment for throughout the whole of the eighth century, | adultery was to shave the head. never varied; its sleeves, indeed, were sub Having descanted thus much on the tiers ject to some difference in the mode, some- ll and robings of these fair and venerable dames, times they reached to the wrist, and sume it is very proper that I should throw myself at times only to the elbow. It was bound their feet, before I presume to inform your round the waist with a cestus, and when per Ladyship how these pretty feet are clad. But mitted to fall to its full length, descended so modest are these ladies, with all my peepto the ground, so as to completely cover lling and prying I have hardly yet been able, the under garment. The gown usually dis even in their effigies, to catch oue glimpse of played all the taste, industry, and magnifi. the tip of their toe. The only possible source cence of the fair wearer ; she adorned it ac of information I can apply to, is a few draw. cording to her talents and her means, with ings of that age, and in them I find the under needle-work of variegated stripes, borders, garment of such an envious length as to con. foliage, and fowers.

ceal almost the whole of the foot. In one or A sort of surtout was, in winter, worn over two instances, where the shoe is represented tbis. It was constructed of warmer materials, more distinctly than usual, it appears to with tbe sleeves so long that they fell over the have been fastened immediately below the bands, reaching below the fingers. Something aukles, without any larger opening than was similar to this is the castani, at present wory absolutely necessary to admit the foot. Tbese in the Greek isles, where the sleeve conceals shoes were mostly of a black colour ; but the hands as much as a veil does the face. This sometimes they were superseded by the more outer garment was possibly lined with furs. elegant hue of white, laced up the front, and The gown, during cold seasons, might be made Il perfectly Aexible to motion. of woollen cloth; in summer, the highest I know not whether your Ladyship have orders could bave it of silk; but, as that become a practitioner in the Crispin science. material was very rare and costly, the com- || Many of your sister Peeresses are as bimbie mon rauks must have thought themselves suf at the awl as at the needle ; and to them [ ficiently sumptuous in fine linen.

must refer you to make some guess at the A coverchief, kerchief, or veil, was the orna. material of which the Saxon ladies formed ment of the head; and when turned back from their shoes. Of their rarivus manufactures I the face, gave the whole female figure the air will furnish you with a list, and an analysis of a Madona.

or description in my next ; and meanwhile I I observed a little before, that the most dis remain, from the crown of my head to the tinguished garment of the Anglo-Saxon hero sole of my foot, your Ladyship's own devoted was his manile. His lady too, assumed this

PARIS. apple vestment as an essential part of ber ?

THE CHATEAU OF ROUSSILLON.

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JULIE found her mother alone, for Fran. || a glass door, through which they went together cois had not yet returned; and Madame upon the lawn. St. Hypolite, though somewhat uneasy, was Julie's eyes followed them there; she saw not agitated, naturally supposing that the them converse a few moments, after wbich her brother and sister were together under shelter brother hastened bis companion away towards of some shepherd's liut.

| a path which led to his own apartments. At Julie's hurried address quickly explained the that moment conviction of the truth burst on cause of her re-appearance with a stranger; her mind, and she hastily exclaimed:“Ab! and while she was yet speaking, the entrance he is hurt then." This exclamation roused of Francois (who had taken a different path her mother from a deep reverie into which she from his sister,) termioated every other alarm. had failen, and her inquiry induced Julie to

“How much I have to thank you for, kind confess her fears that the stranger had been Sir!" exclaimed Madame, addressing the un injured by the tree which fell at the very inknown; “ perhaps you will allow my son an

stant of his approach to succour her on the opportunity of shewing our gratitude, by be.

mountain. coming his guest while you stay in Roussillon, This conjecture was but too well founded; and taking bim for your guide in any future Francois shortly appeared to apprise them of ramble.”

its truth. The amiable stranger was then wait. While she spoke the stranger remained in ling in his apartment for a surgeon, to whom the shade, but advancing to reply, he drew Francois had dispatched a messenger, and he towards the spot where Madame and ber

feared that upon inspection bis arm would be daughter were standing. They were near an found to be broken. This painfal intelligence opened lattice, and the rising moon quivering put to fight all the agitating ideas which the through the branches of a plane-tree, threw li air and manner of their guest had conjured up its pale light over his face and figure. The in the mind of Madame St. Hypolite Julie expression of the one, and the noble grace of was grief-struck, since her deliverer had sufthe other, brought a glow of admiration into fered on her account; and till the surgeon the cheek of Julie; but Madame suddenly arrived, and pronounced upon the ultimate started, half uttered an exclamation of sur.

safety of his patient, the whole chateau was in prize, checked it, looked earnestly at bim

distress. again, then removing her eyes, sat down with The arm was set, a composing draught ad. a disordered air.

ministered, the interesting unknown persuaded The stranger having just raised his fine eyes, i to take up his residence that very night at the and then respectfully dropped themy, did not chateau, and a servant dispatched for his vaobserve any thing unusual in this reception. | let, &c. to the hotel of a neighbouring town. He proceeded to express the satisfaction he

| All was burry and uneasiness till the invalid derived from having been serviceable to Ma. had retired to rest; and after seeing him comdemoiselle St. Hypolite, and described bim. fortably established in the most agreeable self as an Italiau, travelling for amusement, apartments of the chateau, Francois came to without any motive for staying longer in a quiet the anxiety of his mother and sister. place thao while its natural curiosities re- ! Their

Their temperate fruit-supper was standing mained unexhausted; he was, however, flat- l untouched upon the table, when he called tered by Madame's invitation; anú upon its | them to sit down with him, and in bis usually renewal by Francois, frankly accepted it. ll gay accent exclaimed:-“I advise you to take

While he was speaking Julie again remarked notable care of your heart, Julie! for the ro. those uncommon fluctuations of colour in his mance has begun in due form, and threatens complexion wbich she had before noticed; she therefore consistency in all its parts. Your thought too, that bis voice became faint and preserver has broken an arm in your rescue tremulous, like one who suffers._“You are lipray Heaven he breaks no hearts eventualld. not well, Sir, I am convinced," she anxiously is likely to be just ill enough to excite ninetyexclaimed. The unknown thanked her with a vine thousand tender fears, but not so ill as to pensive smile, and confessing that he was not die; consequently, fall in love with him you quite well aud wanted air, Francois threw open must. So far all will run iu propria forma ; but for the catastrophewhether in such a, “Delightful! I tell you," answered Francase that would be merry or miserable I am cois ardently. “I swear to you, my sweet not prophetic enough to foresee."

sister, that in our short conversation upon the “ His name?-who is he?---what are his most commow.place topics, Bertolini's rich connections ?” enquired Madame eagerly and elegant mind imparted to tbem all the "Not deeming him quite in a situation to get charin of novelty. I know not when indeed I up and rob the house during the night,” re have been so pleased with any one; and so fur, turned Francois, “ I have not thought it ne- therefore, from regretting the accident, I am cessary to scrutinize too closely into his cha selfish enough to rejoice in it; as otherwise racter; I only gather from bis servant that I suspect from something which dropped from his name is Bertolini, and that he is of Ve Bertolini, we should not have been able to pice.”

have detained him beyond a day or two." Madame St. Hypolite's glow of complexion Francois now entered into a more satisfacand feeling were tranquillized by this reply: tory, because more particular, repetition of she was aslamed to confess to herself that she is their mutual discourse ; and in discussions of was disappointed to learn bis name; and still the Italian's person and manner, and conjecless willing to acknowledge to her children tures upon his rank and circumstances, the that a strong resemblance between the stran- ! remainder of the evening passed away. ger and her former lover, the Marquis Solerno, Madame St. Hypolite was attentive to all had given birth to the hope of his being that that passed between her son and daughter, nobleman's son. She, bowed to her son's an- but she took little share in the conversation. swer in silence. Julie smiled at her brother's || Her thoughts had received too forcible a bent raillery ou the romance of the evening, and from the resemblavce of Bertolini to Solerno, having replied to it in the same lively sirain, not to pursue the same track in silence, or rentuređ to express more seriously the interest rather they were busy with scenes of other ber deliverer had excited." Do not attempt Jays; and with the tenderness of a heart whose the sligbtest apology about the matter!" in. affections were all regulated but not anpibilat. terrupted the whimsical Francois ; “I tell ed by reason, the widow of St. Hypoliic thought you it would be perfectly monstrous if you did of Svierno with interest and regret. not fall in love with your hero the moment li At a late hour the family separated for their you heard of his broken arm. Now I intended different apartments. Francois bastened to to have given the romance a crooked turn, the chamber of his guest to inquire if he slept; and stalked through it in the character of a and Julie went to seat herself at her window, surly brother frowning ipon a mutual passion, there to gaze on the moon, and to fall into a through twelve quarto voluines; but the dence long reverie upon the probable cause of that is in it, this Bertolini has charmed me out of sadness which she had remarked in the counthe resolve. You know, Julie, that most tenance of Bertolini, and wbich she fancied strongly charactered minds like their oppo-was totally independent of budily pain. sites; now I am of that order. Bertolini is It was some days before the fever consequent my antipodes, sad, serious, dignified, courte- | on his accident permitted Signor Bertolini to ous, gentle, &c. and I have taken a most over | receive a visit from the ladies of the chateau; whelming liking to him. While the surgeon but no sooner bad he obtained the surgeon's vas with us he couversed, after he was gone permission to remove during the day into a he conversed ".

room adjoining his chamber, than he deputed “ Upon what subjects, my son ?”

Francois with his wish that Madame St. Hy“O! the surrounding sceuery, the moon, i polite and daughter would afford him an op, the trees, the chateau, my mother, my sister, portunity of thanking them for their various &c. &c. ; very poor materials you must needs | attentions The ladies accepted the invita. confess, yet out of them this delightful Italian tion.-Julie's interest had been at first so contrived tu concoct as pretty a conversation strongly excited by the conduct and appear. as ever these ears thrilled with.”

ance of her preserver, and afterwards so mucha “ Nay, Francois,” exclaimed Julie, colour-heightened by her brother's account of bis ing and sbaking ber head, “I never know mental accomplishments, that she entered the when you are series and when in jest; how l apartinent which contained him with an emo are we to understand this rhapsody? such a | tion perfectly new to her young and unpraç mixture of quaint words and sentimental terins tised heart. makes me suspect you of ridiculing this ge- Bertolini was lying along a low sofa, his nerous stranger. Is be pleasing, or is he head supported on one arın, with the air of a

H mau completely abstracted: vever bad Julie seen an object so interesting. His figure, should have said, insipid cup of life; it is only Joosely folded in a wrapping mantle of Spanish self-reproach which should render il bitter. cloth, presented but one single and five out. So then, dear Madame, I do not carry the air live, while bis pale but beautiful countenance, of the Adriatic in my couutenance ?" shaded by part of the thick dark hair wbich: “ You carry something better and dearer," his recliving posture bad disordered, was so replied Madame, hurried away by the mixed full of thought and sadness, that Julie's heart emotions his reply bad occasioned; “ you. again beat faintly, while repeating to herself resemble one whom I formerly kuew, and “Alas! he is not happy."

not?"

greatly valued."-Sbe recollected herself, and At the sound of Madame St. Hypolite's kind checking the tide of sensibilty, bastily turned voice Bertuli i started, roused himself with a the discourse to other topics. smile like sudden sunsbine, and after many i From that day, the deportment of Bartolini expressions of the most graceful gratitude, increased in its attraction, not only to Francois began to talk of the probable tax bis illness and Julie, but to tbeir another. In his rich would impose upon his friends "I trust it is character there was to be found some quality

character there, not necessary for me to tell you, Signior," re-l peculiarly pleasing to each of them; and his plied Nadame, “ that both gratitude and la conversation insensibly took a different tone clination will make any attention we can pay when he addressed them separately. This you a real pleasure to us. I promise you all was not the result of studied politeness or of the cares of friendship for as long a period as 'artifice, but the natural course of a beneyou can oblige us with your society; but if volent and delicate spirit, which ever was there be any relatives whose attendance and happy to contribute to the enjoyment of society would more surely beguile the tedium others in the mode they best liked, and was of in disposion, pray command this house, and equally acute in perceiving how far its own have them with you."

feelings were capable of being comprehended Bertolioi's countenance sparkled with ani- ' or relished by those to whom they were dismation while she spoke; Julie read in its played. Thus, with Francois, Bertolini was eloquent brightness the delight of a man ar- often playful, and always delighted with his. dent and benevolcnt, who suddenly discovers gaiety; with Madame St. Hypolite he was in another a sympathy of warm and amiable speculative and serious, unfolding the vast feeling. I hope,” said he with graceful he. il volume of a mind that seemed to have been sitation, “ that the extraordinary circum- '| early habituated to reflect on, and to regulate stances of our acquaintance, the mutual bond every action by principle and reason; with of good offices on each side (on mine indeed Julie be abandoned hinself to subjects of but a solitary act), authorizes me to abaudon taste, and of tbe heart, and while conversing myself to a species of romantic frankness. F with her, he proved distinctly to the listening. confess, therefore, that I feel assured I shall no Madame St. Hypolite, tbat suffering had been longer regret the absence of some far distant bis instructor, and that the early maturity of friends, whico your society and that of Ma- his mind had been dearly bought by care and demoiselle St. Hypolite is added to the Che. disappoivtment: valier's. I bave scarcely an acquaintance in 1 This couviction increased the prepossesion, France; my friends are in Italy."--He pro- she had couceived for her guest, from his re. nounced the last words with a sigh, and his semblance to her former friend, and while she resemblance to Salerno was so striking at that earnestly sought to secure the friendship of moment, that it became a species of delusion. I such a man for her less experienced son, she Madame forgot that her son had told her he was careful to guard her daughter from the was of Venice, and said with great emotion :- effects of too lively an admiration of what was “ Your family are then too distant for us to indeed admirable. For this purpose, Ma. afford you the gratification of having the dame early contrived to impress Julie with the near you. Naples is indeed very remote.” idea that Bertolini's evident sadness, arose

« Naples ! repeated Bertolini, wish evident from some attachment in his own country; surprise and agilation; "the friends I allude and Julie, accustomed to consider him as one to are of Venice. Fainily, I have none; I whose affections were evgaged, but who was have a hume, indeed ; but no father, no probably unhappy in his love, thought not mother, no si tr, or brutter; no tender, tie," for a moment of loving him herself; while, ju short, to sucelen the bitter cup of life.” in fact, her whole heart was becoming filled He was puler dan death while he spoke, and with such a mixed sentiment of tender pity paused a while to recover his virice, then and enthusiastic admiration, that it scarpe resuming with a forced gaiety, he added, "I found room for any other sentimenta

Bertolini excelled in music and design, and, shew the natural eagerness to read a friend's thongh he could not yet awake the harp or letter." guitar of Julie, he was able to draw, and to Bertolini's fine eyes sunk beneath the un. pass his mornings in that delightful occupa. usually penetrating glance of Julie's; he tion with Francois, while Madame worked, stified a sigh, and retook the letter. Julie and Julie occasionally read aloud, or practised received the action as a confession that she the music of ihe day.

had judged rightly, and with an emotion of The social party were one morning seated sudden and violent pain, she hastily retired together, thus pleasantly occupied, when from the apartment. Guiseppe (the servant of Bertolini), entered With a rapidity for wbich there was no with a letter for his master. Madame was cause she hurried into the gardens of the seated near a window embroidering some silk, chateau, and, as if anxious to reach some spot and Francois was beside her for the advantage | where interruption was unlikely, struck into of the light in copying a miniature. Bertolini a division called the labyrinth. The trees and Julie were together, at a table where he were so thick and irregularly planted here, had been giving her some instructions in and the place so solitary, that she felt conpainting a flower. As he touk the leiter soled by their shelter, and slackening her from Guiseppe, and glanced on the hand pace, allowed herself to think-hitherto she writing, he turned pale, and broke off what

bad only felt; and those feelings were as new he was saying, with an air of trouble and dis

as perplexing. She fancied herself siraugely traction. Julie observed this, but wishing to out of bumour; but what had occasioned it? avoid embarrassing him further, appeared Hot | Bertolini's conduct respecting the letter had to notice his manner. For the first time since nothing offensive in it to her; at inost it was their acquaintance she saw bersell an object

but silly, and she had unfairly taken it for of solicitude to Bertolini; her eyes were down granted that his correspondent was a dear cast, yet as she occasionally turned them from

friend, when it might be simply an acquainther drawing to its exemplar, a hasty glance ance. Yet what meant his extreme agitation? made her behold bis uneasiness. Bertolini Certainly that he expected to be moved by the bad laid down the letter, and for a few mo. leiter ; but even so, the emotion he anticiments seemed uncertain whether to open it or pated might be of a distressing nature, and he pot; his colour frequently changed; some

acted naturally then, iu wishing to defer readtimes be put his band on the cover, then with

ing what he kuew would afflict him. All drew it, then looked anxiously and earnestly

this was so simple and probable, that Julie on her, then suddenly withdrew his eyes, and

wondered it had not struck ber before; she looked down with a saddened air.

wondered still more at her feeling hurt on the A calm observer would have seen in this first idea of bis having a correspondent ca. the delicate repognance of a man to read be pable of agitating bim thus. Did she then fore one in whom he was deeply interested, a

envy that person their iufluence over his letter which being likely to agitate him, might mind 2-Ah, yes! if it were not exerted for cause, perbaps, false or too just conjectures

his happiness. Who would not envy the per. of its nature, to arise in the mind of the person son that had such an influence? who witnessed it. Julie was not that calm Quite satisfied with this explanation of her observer but she felt a confused impression feelings, Julie had nothing to lament but her of anxiety and fear, which she knew not how

precipitate, and perhaps, uncivil observato explain to herself. At that moment she

tion of Bertolini's endeavour to appear com. would have purchased a knowledge of the

posed when she saw he was otherwise. The contents of that letter by any sacrifice short

more she reflected, the more she was ashamed of honour or life. It still lay unopened before of her indiscretion, and trembled to think of Bertolini; she rose with an irresolute and

re-appearing before the man whose refined timid air; “My preseuce is a restraint on

and delicate courtesy must make bim pecu. you, Signor,” she said. Bertolini eagerly

liarly sensible to this breach of it in another. prayed her to stay, and hastily put the letter

What apology might she employ? shus aside, as if willing to renew their drawing

thought that the true one would be a sudden lesson.

fit of peevishness; yet she felt it impossible “ You will make me think your corre to say wliy she was peevish; except, indeed, spondent is particularly interesting to you," |that believing Bertolini superior to any dis. she resumed with a forced smile; “ over. ll simulation, and this slight affectation bad acted indifference rarely effects its purpose : |vexed her by proving the fallibility of her surely then, Signor Bertolini, you bad better li judgment; but while she meditated owning No. XIX. Vol. III.-N.S.

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