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they permit a farther supply of the manufactured bricks, and in this form sent into the desert. When article from China. The Japanese are therefore polite the Tartars, however, come into China, and drink fine and refined recluses. Every individual among them is tea out of porcelain cups, they lose their distinctive taught reading, writing, and the history of his own character in a very short time, and behave as if to the country; but all beyond the lowest classes go through manner born. So far from conquering China, as is a regular educational curriculum for many years. The commonly supposed, they yielded to its tea. They girls, in addition to literary instruction, are taught annexed their vast territory to the empire, and while needlework, useful and ornamental, and the discharge nominally reigning, submitted to the government, laws, of household duties. Morning calls and dinners are as and customs of the country-in fact, became Chinese. common as in Europe, but more especially grand tea- The fine tea of China passes through the Mongolian drinkings, at which the matrons amuse themselves desert, and is delivered to the Russians at the southern with ornamental work, and the others with singing and frontier of Siberia. Here a couple of posts mark the dancing. •Chess and draughts,' says a recent work, boundaries of the two great empires, with the little • are the sedentary games; but when forfeits are intro- town of Kiahkta on the Russian side, and that of Maiduced, the polite, dignified, and gorgeously-dressed com- mai-tchin on the Chinese. The tea travels through the pany throw ceremony out of the window, become rank whole breadth of Siberia, and at length arriving in philosophers on a sudden, and play with might and Europe, is distributed at the fair of Nishni. This main like so many boys and girls.'* There is no country lengthened land transit adds so heavily to the price, in the world where tea leads more directly than in that only the wealthy in Russia can afford to drink it. Japan to the study of the comforts and elegancies of The article is not to be seen on any respectable table at a society. The exhibition of porcelain and lacquered ware less cost than half-a-guinea a pound, and I have myself is magnificent; but in the ornaments-or rather the partaken of tea in Moscow which cost twice that sum. ornament-of the room, there are displayed a taste The consequence is, that only the noble and mercanand refinement that are absolutely unique. There can tile class drink it, while the peasants, or great body hardly be said to be anything we would call furniture, of the people, flood themselves with the abominable the carpet serving for chair, table, sofa, and bed, in one. small-beer called quass, or brutalise themselves with Neither are there jars, statuettes, or nicknacks suitable votki, the Russian gin. Tea civilises, so far as it goes, for an old curiosity-shop; but in a recess, at one end of the mercantile class ; but hemmed in as they are by the drawing-room, stands a single picture, with a vase the nobles on one side, and the serfs on the other (for of flowers before it; and this picture being always all three are castes as inexorable as those of India), changed to suit the peculiar occasion, addresses itself they cannot be expected to receive its full benefit. Still, 1 in a direct manner to the hearts and imaginations of the the merchants are an amiable, good-natured tribe, and guests. Rural parties and water excursions are another their wives and daughters are decidedly ladylike, and grand resource of the polite hermits. •The rivers, the dressed in magnificent silks and satins. They have a lakes, the innumerable bays of the coast, are thronged great value for tea, and pride themselves on its quality. with gilded barges, which lie mute and motionless under I remember having the pleasure of falling in once with some shady bank during the heat of the day, but when a Russian merchant-a princely-looking fellow, in his the bland evening comes, shoot like stars through the fine beard and flowing kaftan—who scorned the tea we water, tracked by many-coloured lanterns, and the silvery met with at the roadside inns, and invariably made use laugh and buoyant songs of women.' In a state of so- of his own private store, sharing it liberally with his ciety like this, it need hardly be mentioned that the fellow-travellers. As for the nobles, they drink 80 theatre is a principal source of amusement; although copiously of other beverages, that it is hard to distinthere the ladies are themselves the principal performers, guish the effect of tea upon them. The quantity of being accompanied to the boxes by their attendants French champagne they consume is almost incredible, loaded with dresses, the effect of which they pass their although they have an excellent champagne of their time in trying upon the audience.
own, made in the Caucasian provinces, at little more It is only necessary to add, that the Japanese are than a third of the price. fond of poetry, and that tea-drinking gives rise there, In another direction the tea of China finds its way as elsewhere, to abundance of love-making. The fol- into the empire of Annam, Siam, and the adjacent counlowing verses, extracted from the book referred to, but tries. The Cochin - Chinese have already begun to coming to us through the medium of a Dutch transla- shake off their Oriental apathy, and purchase steamtion, would pass very well in an English annual. They vessels ; but as yet the farther races have only received are supposed to proceed from a young lady who has the civilising beverage concentrated in the form of set her heart upon an inferior in station-for there is lozenges, which they melt into tea. Indeed, in some nothing more dreaded, or more dreadful, in Japan, than parts of the Burman empire, the animals use it as a a mésalliance :
kind of pickle preserved in oil; just as in the Highlands * To hear thy deep but gentle voice,
at home, it was at first looked upon as a culinary vegeThy calm and radiant brow to see,
table, and presented at table in the form of greens. Tea | Oh how it would my heart rejoice! But that is too much bliss for me.
has hitherto done little or nothing for the neighbouring One look of thine, by others known
Archipelago; but in Australia beyond, its operation is To thrill me to my bosom's core
distinctly visible. In a former paper, I described the One word not heard by me alone,
dreadful state of intemperance in which our settlements
in that valuable country grew up, and which was in a Tea has not as yet made much impression upon the great degree attributable to the monstrous practice of Tartars ; and the reason may be, that it is only the government paying its labourers in spirits. Since this coarser part of the leaves that falls to their share. was discontinued, and tea introduced in greater quanThis is beaten up, and moulded into what are called tities, a remarkable change has taken place. The cheap
And I were lost for evermore!'
luxury (for it is not burdened with the duties it bears at home) carries comfort and refinement into places which
* The British World in the East.
before were distinguished only for the squalor and bru- A story is told of our gigantic neighbour, the western tality of drunkenness. In the bush, it is of course vain metropolis of Scotland, which illustrates amusingly, and to look for the elegancies of the tea-table; but it is some- with but little exaggeration, the state of manners in thing even to find the lonely stock-keeper, instead of that city within the recollection of us middle-aged men. drowning the sense of his hardships in intoxication, An Edinburgh gentleman, then young, and not yet infusing his enlivening tea in a kettle, and drinking it sixty, being at dinner with a merchant of Glasgow, and out of a quart-pot. That intemperance still prevails to finding the company inclined to sit longer over their a considerable extent, cannot be denied; but the crisis, wine than he liked, rose from table without ceremony, thank God, is past, and the reign of tea has fairly com- and made his way up stạirs to the drawing-room, to menced.
take a cup of tea with his hostess. The large and Passing over the attempts made to naturalise the tea- elegant room was almost dark, for only a single candle plant in Java, British Malacca, and Brazil, and to turn burned on the table, and Mrs was alone, and sat to account the wild plants of the kind found in Assam cowering over the fire. When the visitor entered, the and other parts of India, more especially the British lady started up in some alarm, and rang the bell. Preprovinces in the north-west, I may now come to the in- sently recognising the intruder, she apologised, by telltroduction of the magical beverage into Europe, and its ing him that he was the first person during her married result.
life, now of some years' duration, who had entered her Tea was hardly known at all in this country till after drawing-room after dinner! the middle of the seventeenth century. We at first re- Glasgow, I need hardly say, is now in this respect ceived it in trifling quantities, through the medium of the like other places; and, in fact, the change in the manDutch East India Company; and it seems to have been ners of the country at large is quite as striking. The classed commercially with intoxicating drinks, a duty gentlemen never fail to take tea, and for that reason of eightpence per gallon being imposed on the decoction. they never fail to enter the drawing-room in a state In 1689, this mode of rating was discontinued, and a of gentlemanly sobriety. I may be told that it is not duty of five shillings per pound charged on the leaves. the tea that has effected this, but that other influIn 1711, the quantity returned for home consumption ences have driven them to tea. Be it so. But I must in Great Britain was 142,000 pounds; in 1786, it was still be permitted to think it odd that such influ14,000,000 pounds; and before the end of the century, ences should always exist in connection with tea, and it had reached 20,000,000. At present, we require an that tea throughout the world should be found to acannual supply averaging 35,000,000 pounds. Russia company civilisation. I have a strong notion that the consumes about 9,000,000 pounds; Holland 3,000,000 atrocities of the French Revolution were owing to the pounds; Germany 2,000,000; and the United States want of tea; and likewise that the kennels of Paris, 16,000,000 pounds a-year.* The consumption of France during the three famous days of July, ran wine as well and Italy is not worth mentioning : so that Great Bri- as blood. The Italian states would at this moment be tain drinks considerably more tea than all the rest of greatly the better of settling their new constitutions the western hemisphere together.
over a cup of tea ; and by the aid of the same elixir, It would not be easy to trace, in a direct manner, the Austria would be sure to see at once the absurdity of her operation of this new agent in civilisation ; for tea does pretensions. A few million pounds of tea thrown into its spiriting gently. It is no vulgar conjurer, whose aim Switzerland (and paid for by the sale of the arms and it is to make people stare. It insinuates itself into the ammunition of the belligerents), would greatly facilitate mind, stimulates the imagination, disarms the thoughts the work of mediation. In Germany, I would recomof their coarseness, and brings up dancing to the sur mend the Protestants and Catholics to empty their face a thousand beautiful and enlivening ideas. It is filthy beer casks into the Rhine, and hold a general a bond of family love ; it is the ally of woman in the tea-drinking for the settlement of their disputes. work of refinement; it throws down the conventional But if Great Britain is so large a consumer of tea, barrier between the two sexes, taming the rude strength why do crime and ignorance still prevail among the of the one, and ennobling the graceful weakness of the body of the people ? Because the poorer classes still other. At the dinner-table, there is something repul- drink bad tea, imitation tea, or no tea at all. The tea sive in the idea that we are met for the purpose of that is sold in bond at tenpence pays a duty of two shilsatisfying the animal necessities of our nature; and our lings and a penny, while the tea which is sold in bond attempts to gild over this awkwardness by a gorgeous at several shillings pays no more. Thus the poor are display of plate, crystal, and porcelain, only serve to charged at least three times more, according to value, superinduce an air of stiffness and formality. At the than the rich. This fact would be almost incredible; tea-table, on the other hand, although one may likewise but the duty on paper presents quite as wild an anoeat, he does so without the gross sensation of hunger, maly. The publishers of an expensive book, with a while he who has no appetite at all, is spared the smell circulation of 500 or 750 copies, pay a few halfpence of of smoking viands. In drinking, his excitement is duty on the paper per copy, while the publishers of a seen, not in the flushed face, extravagant laugh, and cheap publication, which could only exist through a confused ratiocination, but in an unconscious buoyancy circulation of scores of thousands, are mulcted by goof spirits, a rapid but clear flow of ideas, and a kindli, vernment in the greater part of their entire profits ! ness, amounting to warmth of regard, for all around The consequence as regards tea is, that the consumphim.
tion, though immense, is really restricted, as is proved Tea, however, philosophically considered, is merely a by the great quantities of adulterated or imitative tea rival of alcohol. The desire for an agreeable and exhi: constantly in the market ; that the horrible massacres larating drink is natural to man, for it exists in all perpetrated by the English in China, for the sake of states of society; and the new beverage, gratifying the trade, have been in vain, since tea is the only Chinese taste, as it does, without injuring the health or mad- staple capable of unlimited extension; and that an aldening the brain, must be considered a blessing to the most insurmountable obstacle is opposed to the complete human race. We are apt to look with disgust at such triumph of temperance at home, by the virtual denial of statistics as I have ventured to introduce, though spar- the genuine beverage to those classes which most reingly, into this article; but if we consider the moral quire its civilising influence. With regard to paper, the consequences attending the consumption of a few addi- duty has little or no effect upon expensive publications, tional million pounds of tea, the arithmetical figures but it closes in a great measure the door of legitimate will be invested with more than romantic interest. speculation against those who, in pursuing business,
would fain strive to enlighten the masses of their fel. * This was a few years ago; but the republic having had the low.countrymen ; while it induces persons of an opvi dom to abolish the heavy tax on tea, the consumption is pro posite character to pander to vice and folly, in order to bably much increased.
secure that enormous circulation without which a cheap
publication could not exist. There is a connection be- peasant's funeral cortège, or go and say my evening
know where to find him. He seems impelled by a spirit
but he never makes a bad use of his liberty--so watch
him, my dear abbé, but do not, I pray you, punish him.'
“I was about twelve or thirteen when these words of The name of Louis Stanislaus de Bourbon, Prince de my father met my car, and they were uttered in that Lamballe, is familiar to our ears as a household word, in tender and affectionate tone with which you are so well consequence of the untimely end of his beautiful and acquainted. I was smitten with sorrow for having disnoble-minded widow, who was one of the earliest victims quieted so good a father; my rambles became less freof revolutionary fury in France; but the personal history quent; and I never indulged my passion for freedom, of the prince is comparatively unknown, although some without lamenting it afterwards as a sort of lesser crime of its details are so romantic, as to merit at least a share towards him. of our passing interest. He was the only son of the Duke
“On my way home one summer's evening from an exde Penthièvre, a nobleman whose rare and distinguished cursion of this kind, I paused a while on the summit of virtues made him worthy of the illustrious name he bore, a craggy rock, just outside the bounds of our park, to and whose blood now flows in the veins of the royal gaze at the setting sun.
At the same moment there family of France, through the union of his only daughter passed close to me a charming little girl, who was leadwith that Duke of Orleans who, at a later period, became ing along a goat. She was not strong enough to control so painfully conspicuous in the annals of his country. its movements, and yet would not relinquish her hold of
The Duke de Penthièvre, during the greater part of his the rope, by which she was endeavouring to guide it; 80 life, was united in the closest bonds of friendship with a that the animal dragged her among the rocks, where she lady, who, by her kindred qualities, fully merited the fell down bruised and wounded. I ran to her assistance, esteem of so excellent a man; nor was the Marquise de and wiped her bleeding forehead with my handkerchief; Créquy (the lady alluded to) less beloved by the duke's but even in the midst of her tears, she smiled sweetly children, both of whom were wont occasionally to address upon me, and assured me with the most silvery voice her by the name of mother. It is from her pen that we that it was nothing-nothing at all. I insisted on leadgather the following details of the Prince de Lamballe’s ing the stubborn goat home, and the rope breaking, I early love and its unhappy results. She tells us in her untied my scarf, fringed with gold, and fastening it memoirs, that the artist Greuze having brought her some around the creature's neck, was bearing off my prize in of his paintings to look at, she observed amongst them the triumph, when I met my father on horseback with a portrait of a young girl, whose beauty was so naïve, and numerous retinue. At first I felt confused at the renyet of so elevated a cast, that she desired to purchase it contre, but told him simply all that had passed. My for her oratory, as a type of ascetic loveliness. Greuze, father desired one of his gentlemen to accompany me. however, declined selling it to her, and excused himself | • I will not scold you to-day, said he smiling. Monsieur by saying that it belonged to an eminent individual, for de Fenelon was far your superior, and I have seen him, whom it had been expressly done, so that it was no longer in his episcopal habit, driving home a cow which had his property; but the Duke de Penthièvre happening to escaped from the stable of a poor widow. Go! my son.? enter at the moment, intreated the artist with such per- “ The little girl had stood timidly at a distance all this severing courtesy to make a copy of the painting for him, while, so that she heard not a word of our conversation. that before a fortnight had elapsed, this angelic image The mother of Geneviève Galliot was suffering from a was placed in Madame de Créquy’s apartment, as a pulmonary complaint. Poor young woman!.... She cadeau from her friend. Before fixing it in her oratory, was the widow of a carter on one of our farms, and her she resolved to leave it for a while in her saloon, that husband had been gored to death by a bull. He was others might share in the admiration with which she spoken of among his neighbours as a worthy good fellow, viewed this beautiful portrait.
and one of the finest young men in the principality. * Two or three days afterwards,' she writes, 'I was The widow of Remy Galliot had no earthly possessions reading in my oratory, when a visitor was announced, save her cottage, a small garden stocked with fruit-trees, whom I understood to be the Marquis de Pombal. After some hives, and an acre of land sown with barley and a few minutes' delay, I entered my saloon, and found rye. She would have gained a livelihood for herself and there, not the Portuguese ambassador, but the Prince de her daughter with her distaff, but that her illness inLamballe, who was standing before my cherished picture, capacitated her from working. ... Pardon all these little upon which he gazed with so strange an expression. details concerning Geneviève's family, and do not be
“Dear mamma, who gave you this portrait? How does surprised, dear madame, at my dwelling on them. The it happen to be here?”
merest trifles, you know, become important when they “ It was given to me by the Duke de Penthièvre, mon- concern those we love. seigneur."
“ I told Baudesson, our gentleman, that I was weary, By my father! Is it my father?” and in another and that if he would go and order my carriage, I would moment he fell senseless at my feet.
meet him at the end of the lane leading to Fresnoy-80 *His swoon terminated in a violent hæmorrhage, which was the little hamlet called wherein stood the Widow left him in a state of utter exhaustion. As he wished to Galliot's cottage. As soon as Baudesson was gone, I pass the remainder of the day with me, I refused admit- presented to Geneviève's mother the only louis-d'or I had tance to all other visitors, and did my best to comfort about me, telling her (from an instinct of respectful love and reassure him. Poor young man! I loved him as if he to her daughter) that my own mother had sent it to her, were iny own son. In the course of the evening, he con- and that she would take care she should want for nothing fided to me the following details :
during her illness. After invoking many blessings on “ You know that my childhood and early youth were our heads, she inquired who was my mother. This simple chiefly spent at my father's château d'Armst, whose question filled me with perplexity. I felt that the answer neighbourhood was full of charms for me, because of the to it might raise an insuperable barrier between these boyish freedom I enjoyed there. Many a time I escaped poor people and me; so I replied, with some embarrassfrom my tutor, and wandered alone through our wide ment, that my mother's name was Madène, whereon the Vexin forests. There I would sit dreaming away my mid. invalid rejoined languidly, "There are so many gentleday hours on the banks of some shady rivulet, or go and folk in these parts whom we know nothing about! The eat brown bread and milk with the dwellers in some young girl thanked me with an expression of grateful lonely cottage. Or perhaps I would follow to the grave a friendliness that filled me with joy.
"Geneviève Galliot came daily, as was her wont, to the her tears. She did not seem either surprised or pleased Thymerale rocks in quest of pasturage for her goat; and on hearing of my high rank: she had always known me a day rarely passed throughout the summer without my to be a gentleman, and my title of prince did not appear meeting her there. We used to make rustic bowers a whit more exalted in her eyes. among the interwoven branches of the trees, and would “She was so anxious to remain near her mother's body, weare garlands of wild flowers, or pluck nosegays of that there was some difficulty in prevailing on her to them for each other. One day, while giving Geneviève leave the cottage; but I expressed my desire for her remoney for her mother, I told her that her present should moval with so much gravity and decision, that she yielded be a gold cross.
the point at once ; looking at me, however, with an air With a silver heart?' inquired she in a tone of of astonishment, as if struck by the difference in my tone innocent delight.
and manner from what she had previously been accus"With a gold heart like the cross!.... I love thee so tomed to. A revolution had, in fact, taken place in my much, my Geneviève, that I would gladly give thee all I existence: I had the charge of Geneviève, and although have, or ever hope to have!'
only fifteen years old, I was become a man; one who * And so would I too, Monsieur Louis ..... But I must exercise his own will, and form his own plans; and have nothing to offer you,' continued she, with an air of from that moment I have never had a single childish sadness, and yet of gentle, trustful resignation.
thought. “I remember one day her bringing me a bunch of “ 'The curate being obliged to visit a sick person at the pale-yellow primroses, which she had gathered in the other end of his parish, Geneviève departed under the hedges for me. I have always preserved this nosegay: care of the old woman, and I was left alone with the pale it is in a casket where I keep all that is most precious and lifeless body of her mother. I attempted to pray, to me---a prayer written by St Louis; a letter of our but another sacred duty seemed present to me. I knelt ancestor's, Henry IV.; a relic of the true cross; a pearl by the bedside, and addressing the remains of Susan bracelet of my mother’s, with her picture; and the prim- Galliot, I swore to respect and to watch over her child. roses of my poor little friend, my first friend, my sweet ‘I will marry her. Yes! Geneviève Galliot shall be my Geneviève!
wife. I swear it in the presence of Him who is your "One day towards the end of October she did not come judge and mine.' So saying, I imprinted a filial kiss on to the rocks, where I waited in vain for her till evening. the cold hand of the deceased.. And I have kept I returned home in a state of feverish excitement, un. my word to thee, Susan Galliot; for thy daughter's husdressed myself as usual, and let my two valets-de-garde- band is Louis de Bourbon, Prince de Lamballe and Corobe retire, under the impression that I was going to bed. rentin. Nor do I repent of my choice, for I love all It was ten o'clock; my parents were absent at Ram- things in my Geneviève, even the inferiority of her birth. bouillet; my governor playing at trictrac in a distant All that concerns her family is become dear to me for apartment with the Abbé Florian; so that I resolved to her sake: you may imagine how dear, when I tell you open my window, and to escape out of it in quest of Ge- that I have even removed the ashes of her parents from nevière. This was speedily accomplished, and in a few their humble burial-place, and interred them in the minutes I found myself beyond the limits of the park, church of Dreux, between the mausoleum of the Duchess and bounding over the Thymerale rocks like a young roe. Diana and the cenotaph of Henry II. You may infer I soon found myself close to the low hedge which sepa- from thence, madame, how I love and honour my own inrated the Widow Galliot's garden from the road. I stood estimable Geneviève.” there about half an hour, with my eyes fixed upon the • M. de Lamballe had expected happiness, but he did door of the cottage. I did not dare to approach it; but not find it. It is almost needless to say that his marriage I knew that she was there—that I was near her; and the had been a private one. He knew that it would be impainful, troubled feelings that had oppressed me, were possible to gain his father's consent to so unequal an allistilled: and truly I had need of this inward repose, for ance, therefore he resolved to keep his union with Genethe heart of a man had beat within my boyish breast, viève a profound secret, being painfully anxious not to and its power was too mighty for my frame. ... It wound the feelings of so beloved and revered a parent. seemed as if nothing more were wanting to my happiness The lovely Geneviève could not be established in Paris than to watch there until the morning, when she as- without attracting some degree of public attention, so it suredly would come forth and relieve my anxiety. was decided that she should live in the country. Accord
After a while, however, the door was opened, and an ingly, her husband had purchased a charming little resiaged woman, holding in her hand a small lamp, came dence near Clamont sous Meudon, not far from his father's out. She approached the hedge, cut off the slender twig château at Suaux Penthièvre, where he contrived to spend from a tree close to which I was standing, and returned as much of his time as possible. to the house. Some strange indefinite fear took possession “Madame de Saint Paër (this was the name bestowed of my soul. I followed her into the cottage. Geneviève on Geneviève, being derived from a fief of the principality was kneeling by the bedside of her mother, to whom the of Lamballe)-Madame de Saint Paër began by believing old curate of Rouvres was administering extreme unc- herself happy; and if the fondest love could have secured tion.
knelt down by her side, but she seemed scarcely happiness to her, then she would have been blest indeed. sensible of my presence.
Her eyes were mournfully But however poets or romancers may extol the sweetness fixed upon her dying mother. The good old priest began of stolen pleasures, yet, to a well-constituted mind, they the prayers for the dying, and while he was pronounc- involve more or less the consciousness of guilt, and coning the last solemn absolution, the spirit fled from its sequently of fear and disappointment. Earthly tenement.
• The prince was obliged, by the duties of his station, to * Depart Christian soul ! return to thy Creator,' were pass much of his time in Paris, and occasionally his visits the old man's closing words; to which I responded a to Madame de Saint Paër could not be prolonged beyond hearty amen! The curate, who had not before observed a few brief minutes. In those days the country posts me, turned his head and exclaimed, “Is it you, mon- were irregular and slow in their progress; and among the seigneur?'
whole bevy of livery servants at the Hôtel de Penthièvre, Yes, good sir, it is I;' and pressing his hand cordi- there was but one to whom the prince could intrust á ally, I begged of him not to leave Geneviève in this house letter for his wife. By way of avoiding any unfavourable of mourning, but to take her home with him, and that I ispicions concerning his beloved Geneviève, he confided would pay all her expenses.
to this man the secret of their union, and also to his “ This charitable pastor at once accepted the charge, brother, who was valet-de-chambre to Madame de Saint adding, however, that he would accept of no remuneration Paër. 'If this confidence was imprudent, it at least indifor his care of the orphan; thanking me the while for cated a generous and noble heart, willing rather to incur having suggested to him a duty, which otherwise he a risk than to injure an innocent and helpless being. might not have thought of fulfilling.
"The gentle Geneviève now found herself too often & “Geneviève smiled gratefully upon me in the midst of solitary being, and many a tedious day passed without
her seeing or hearing from her beloved. Disquietude soon from brain fever, and he was then lying in a lethargic succeeded to ennui. A noble and handsome young man! stupor, which alarmed his medical attendants. The duke -an irritated father !-a powerful and perhaps vindictive ended by saying that his door was closed to every one but family! What might she not anticipate?.... Tempt- his daughter and myself. I had scarcely finished reading offers for him ; severities for her; and then desertion ing his note, when the trusty Dupont entered my saloon,
-- forgetfulness!.... Yes; these were the images which telling me, with a disturbed look, that there was in the continually floated across her mind, until her life became antechamber an elder brother of Champagne (the Prince a prey to tears and melancholy. The prince, during his de Lamballe's confidential valet), who earnestly desired visits, endeavoured to reassure and console her; but all to see me for a moment on a matter of life or death! in vain. Then he grew impatient at her suspicions; and It was the valet-de-chambre of Madame de Saint Paër, his irritability added tenfold to the burden of her misery. who, bursting into tears, told me that his mistress was He would occasionally come and pour out in my ear the poisoned -- that he had vainly endeavoured to see the tale of his sorrows and his difficulties.
prince-and that, knowing I was his intimate friend, he “Suffer, and be patient,” was my advice; “for never thought it best to seek an interview with me. ...
You are we allowed to despise the obligations and duties of have done right,” said I to him; and sending off instantly our position with impunity; that is for you, my dear for my surgeon Baudret, before another hour had elapsed, prince; and as for Geneviève, innocent creature, whom we were at Clamont, by the bedside of Geneviève. Her you have made me love without knowing her, she too, femme-de-chambre having almost lost her senses from alas! must suffer, for it is impossible to occupy a false fright, had called in the whole village to her mistress' position without disquietude and trouble. But I beseech aid, so that the apartment was filled with a crowd of idle you to remember that it is you who have brought her into lookers-on. They were a little abashed at my presence, this state of perplexity ; for if you had truly loved, you but could not be induced to leave me alone with Madame would have carefully avoided her, instead of making her de Saint Paēr, until my servants imposed silence by tellthe unfortunate offer of your hand and heart. The fact ing them that I was the Marquise de Créquy, whereupon is, that you are a man, a true man; so you thought of they submissively retired. yourself alone, my prince : you believed yourself a gene- Ah, madame, is it you?.... What excessive goodrous lover when you married a country girl, whereas you ness!.... Ah, madame!”-and these were the only words committed only an act of egotism. But do not add to your to which the lovely Geneviève could give utterance-she error by being unjust to her who is the victim of it. I whose days I would gladly have prolonged at the expense pray you to bear with her fears and complaints, remem- of my own!.... Alas! it was too late; for the poison bering that she is a tender, lonely woman, and has no was doing its deadly work so effectually, that Baudret told other earthly stay or counsellor but yourself.”
me she could not live beyond seven or eight hours longer, About this time it happened, unfortunately, that the and that her present convulsive state would speedily be Prince de Lamballe, who had for a long while been es- followed by one of languid torpor. tranged from his brother-in-law, the Duke of Orleans, was • With earnest cries she called for her confessor, the induced to become reconciled to him, and in an evil hour Vicar of Suaux; but he could not be found.... "Your was prevailed upon to share in the Orleans revelries at husband,” said I to her, “has great confidence in one of Mousseux, from whence he was carried home in a state the priests of this parish.” of insensibility, which was followed by so severe an ill- "My husband !” she cried out with a bewildered look. ness, that the Duke de Penthièvre became alarmed for “You know, then, that he is my husband! He told his safety, and came to communicate to me his fears and you... Ah, pardon me, merciful God! pardon my anxieties. He told me that his son seemed overwhelmed crime!... Ah, if I could only have known that he had with melancholy, and was continually inquiring for his acknowledged me.... And I have doubted thy goodness, favourite valet, Champagne, who, like himself, was in a gracious Lord! Oh, pardon my blindness---my want of most deplorable state since his return from the banquet trustfulness in Thee!” Then turning round to me — at Mousseux, whither he had attended his master, and “Alas, madame, can you not get me cured? Or at least where, it would appear, they had both partaken of do not, I beseech you, let my poor body be buried on drugged potations. The Duke of Penthièvre added, that the highway! Every one knows I have taken poison. his son had received several letters stamped with the Alas! alas !" post-mark of Suaux, and that the perusal of them seemed My poor child,” I replied, “ do not let your thoughts greatly to increase his feverish agitation.
dwell on such a painful idea. But rather repent of the 'It was very painful to me not to respond to the confi- great sin, the crime you have committed, and leave the dence thus placed in me by my excellent friend; but my rest in God's hand." lips were sealed by the promise of secrecy imposed on me " And monseigneur!.... my husband?" by his son ; so I could only assure him of my truest sym
“ He is as ill as you are." pathy, and promise that I would go and visit the young Ah,"
,” said she with a faint gleam of joy upon her prince on the following day.
pallid countenance--"ah, then, we may soon meet one "On entering his apartment at the Ilôtel de Penthièvre, another again.... Look at these, madame,” continued I found him consumed by the most gloomy sadness. He she, presenting to me two letters which had been conwas too ill to go to Clamont; and Madame de Saint Paër, cealed beneath her pillow; " read them, and judge of my not having scen him for a fortnight, had written to him misery.” in a delirium of jealous agony, saying that she could no * These infamous letters bore the Parisian post-mark, longer endure the torments of suspense, and that she and their contents curdled my blood with horror and would, without delay, come and see him at the Hôtel de indignation. The writer, while addressing “ the adorable Penthièvre !.... He had replied with severity—“Ma- Madame de Saint Paër” in the most adulatory strain, dame, I command you not to come here. My honour is hinted that a certain young prince, in whom she was concerned in the matter!”
deeply interested, was pursuing a most unworthy career; “Ah ! what have you done?” cried I. “You are and that she must prepare herself for a speedy rupture wonderfully careful of your princely honour. But poor with him, as he was about to form an alliance with one Madame de Saint Paër!-methinks you might consider of the princesses of the royal family. Too well I could her a little. ... And what fearful surmises must your guess the quarter from whence this tale of calumny had conduct excite in her mind!”
sprung; but Geneviève, ignorant of the world and its ‘At this inoment we were interrupted by the entrance of wicked devices, almost a child in years, passionately the Duchess of Bourbon, and soon afterwards I returned attached to her husband, and left alone without friend home, oppressed by the forebodings of coming wo. or counsellor, had been crushed by the weight of miser
* Two days afterwards, the Duke de Penthièvre wrote to able thoughts which beset her; and on receiving the tell me that he could not call at my hotel, because the prince's severe letter (already alluded to), her reason gave state of his son's health required his unceasing watchful-way, and she swallowed the deadly draught which was ness. The prince had, during the preceding day, suffered | now consuming her vital powers.