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family breakfast, and before those who had how I do envy you, Agatha, having to dress been engaged in it met again at dinner a and make a visit! Would it be quite, quite great deal of important business had been impossible for me to go too? You need transacted.
only just say, 'give me leave, princess, to No sooner did Agatha find herself in pos- present my sister to you.' I would prosession of the two dollars which had been mise faithfully not to interrupt your talk by so reluctantly bestowed upon her, and the saying a single word. You know I never time of the man-servant at her command, do talk much if there are only ladies. than she rushed into her bed-room, and Would it be quite impossible to take me !" without another moment's delay began to “ Absolutely, Maria, so don't think of it. release the "smart things” whose impris- My dear Siandrina charged me to see her onment had been so pathetically deplored. for the first time alone, and, in fact, gave Maria had followed her, looking the picture ne a very particular message for her that of sour woe and grumbling discontent; a she did not choose to trust in a letter. So condition which she herself described, when you perceive it is impossible.” asked by her brother what was the matter “Yes, I suppose it is.
But will you with her by saying that she was “only dread. promise that if she gives parties you will sully out of spirits.”
get me asked? Think what it would be to But, to do her justice, her ill-humor was stay at home in an evening with mamma not of an obstinate character, for no sooner and papa.” did the various treasures from the at-last “ Don't be afaid. You are very pretty, opened travelling trunks greet her eyes, Maria, and I will take care she shall see than her features relaxed, and in a very few you. If she gives parties she will be sure moments she became as gay and as voluble to ask you ; and I dare say we shall get on
very well if we can but_screw out money “We must make the best of it, Agatha,” enough for our dress. But I can't stay to she said, seizing upon a favorite bonnet, talk about it now. I shall write a note to and smiling a welcome to her recovered send up with my card, and while I get it self in the looking-glass. Fortunately, ready do go and iell Stefano to dress himself Lord Lynberry is not the only man in the neatly to go out with me. world, and though, Heaven knows, I am attached to him most passionately, there is In half an hout afterwards Agatha was no good in crying my eyes out because he driving along the Corso, dressed with great has been longer coming from Baden to care, and attracting many eyes by the fashRome than we have. On the contrary, 1 ionable-looking gayety of her attire, and the think that the best compliment I can pay newness as well as the beauty of her face. him will be taking care to look as hand As soon as she had left the house, Maria some as I possibly can when he arrives. sought relief from her own very oppressive And that's what I will do, you may depend company by going to her mother's room, upon it, and I advise you, Agatha, to act whom she found engaged in unpacking a upon the same principle with Montgomery. writing-desk, for the sake of examining the They would think it no compliment, I'm addresses of one or two letters of introducsure, if we were to greet them with pale tion which had been given her at Paris. cheeks and heavy eyes."
“ I know, Maria,” she said, “ that there “I thank you for your advice, Maria, are one or two for Italy, but I am afraid though it is not exactly necessary on the that there is not one for this nasty tiresome present occasion. The man lives not for Rome.” whose sake, when absent, my complexion “Oh! what a blessing it would be if there could vary. And yet I can both see and were !" replied Maria, eagerly. “Open appreciate superiority where I meet with it. every cover, mamma! Don't overlook any These flowers don't look shabby, do they? thing, for goodness sake!" This tour de bonnet is particularly becom You may look too, if you will, child. ing to me, and my first appearance at Rome, See, here is Milan one, Florence two, Nain my own character, shall be in my green ples one; but none for Rome. I suppose silk, black lace mantle, and pink bonnet." | nobody ever does stay here, it certainly
* You can't do better,” replied Maria, does seem to be the very dullest place in the cordially. “You look so like your own world.” dear princess! That is so exactly the way " What's that cover directed to you, she puts on her beautiful bonnets ! And mamma?” said Maria. “I suppose there
must be something in it, or you would not not dress too, and set out to make a visit to have kept it."
this Mrs. Horace Hopperton directly. I'm “ It is only an old letter, I believe, from sure I'd give the world to get out." my good friend Mrs. Bretlow at Paris,” re “ It would be capital fun, Maria, to be plied her mother.
sure," replied her mother, "if you and I “Let us look at it at any rate, mamma, could steal a march upon her in this directhat won't cost money you know," returned tion, while she is pushing herself forward Maria, "and it is just possible that we may all alone in another. Where is Edward ?” find what may be useful. Drowning folks, This question immediately suggested a you know, catch at straws; and consider- whole train of hopeful possibilities, and, ing that we have been a whole week in this without waiting to reply to it, Maria rushed dirty old place without having had a single from the room and ran up a dark, narrow soul to speak to, we may be said to be as little staircase which led to that appropriatbadly off in point of society, you know, as ed to her brother. To her extreine satisdrowning people in point of air."
faction she found him in it, busily occupied Mrs. Roberts had persevered during the in parting his hair according to a new mowhole of this speech in taking out one by del which he had just been lucky enough one every paper in her desk with her right to see in the Piazza de Spagna, where a hand, while she continued to hold Mrs. very elegant looking young man on horseBretlow's letter in her left, and having in back had taken off his hat to salute a lady this manner completed her unprofitable who was stopping at the library in a corosearch, she at length graciously listened to neted carriage. the remonstrance of her daughter, and open “Never mind me, Edward,” said his sised the envelope.
ter, holding out to him Mrs. Bretlow's let“There !" cried Maria, triumphantly, as ter. • Just read that, will you ?" not only a note from Mrs. Bretlow, but an “The devil! Where did this come from?" other neatly folded and sealed, appeared “From mamma's writing-desk. This may within it," there ma'am! Rome! I was be worth something Edward, may’nt it ?" sure of it, I had quite a presentiment." “ Worth? Why it may just turn Rome
“Rome it is, sure enough," returned Mrs. into Paris for us. What upon earth made Roberts. “Mrs. Horace Hopperton, Rome. the old lady keep it so close !" Well, that is a bit of good luck, certainly.. “She forgot it; but don't scold about Let us see what Mrs. Bretlow says about that now. Let us lose no more time about her. I have had such a quantity of things it if we can help it. You know Agatha's to think of, that I had forgotten this letter selfish, independent ways. She has made altogether.” Then turning to the epistle of mamma give her two dollars for a carriage, her old acquaintance she read, “I have en- and has taken Stefano with her that she closed you a letter to Mrs. Horace Hopper. may make her solitary visit in style to her ton. She has been living at Rome for sev- intended Polish friend—the Princess Heaeral years, and, I am told, sees a great deal ven knows what. She might so very well of company. Se is a widow lady, with one have taken either you or me with her! But son (unmarried), and both he and his mother mamma says, and she was quite right, that it are very rich. As she is exceedingly good. would be capital good fun to steal a march natured, and very fond of giving balls, and upon her here; and we might do it as easily having young people about her, I think the as possible, if you would help us." introduction may be usesul.
“Help you? I'll help you fast enough,"
replied her brother. “ It was a confoundWas there ever such a piece of luck ?" ed shame for her to set off by herself, conexclaimed Mrs. Roberts, raising her eyes to sidering that we have not a single soul to heaven in thankfulness.
speak to here. I'll help you, depend upon “ Luck indeed! Now I don't care for it. Where does this promising Mrs. Horace any thing, mamma," replied Maria. “We Hopperton live ?" have had pretty good success both at Paris “Ah! that's the worst of it—the only and Baden, and who knows what may hap- direction upon the letter is Rome.” pen to us here? But for pity's sake waste “Never mind that I know all about no time about it. I do think Agatha is very finding out people now-if you and the old selfish, taking out the man for the whole lady will dress yourselves directly, I will day, this way. If Stefano was at home I run out and find where she lives, and bring don't see any reason why you and I should back a carriage to take us. If my mother
can shovel out two dollars for Agatha, she tone, saying, "Well, my dear, had you the
Maria-make yourself look as “ Was she civil, my dear ?" resumed gant as you possibly can; I shall do,shan't I?” Mrs. Roberts, meekly.
“Perfectly, Edward ! your hair is divine. “Civil, ma'am ?" echoed her daughter, Of with you, and we will be ready for you in rather an indignant accent. Civil ! in less than half an hour. Every thing is what a phrase! The Princess Yabiolparaunpacked now."
kiosky, ma'am, was every thing to me ibai I In a wonderfully short space of time after had a right to expect from the bosom friend the discovery of the precious letter, Mrs. of my dear Siandrina! She is an angel ! Roberts, with her son and youngest daugh. But I am sorry to say that I fear she will be ter, had made their way to the drawing- found extremely exclusive in her circle. I room of Mrs. Horace Hopperton. The am not without fear that I shall have some lady was fortunately not yet in it, and their difficulty in introducing you all - we are cards and introduction were sent to her. such an immense party! Perhaps I might The examination of their documents, how manage as to Edward and Maria, but as 10 ever, did not detain her long, for she made Miss Harrington, I am sorry to tell you, my her appearance before her stranger guests dear,” she added, bowing to Bertha across had had half time enough to admire all the the table, “that I see no chance for you. elegance of the aparıment into which they And as to you, ma'am," turning to her mohad been shown.
ther, we must see about it; we must have Nothing could be more courteous than a little patience.” her reception of them. She looked at the “Oh, certainly, my dear! I am quite handsome faces of the brother and sister, aware of that. Does the princess receive, and immediately decided that they would Agatha ?" do very well in a waltz; and as Mrs. Rob Yes, ma'am ; a very brilliant assembly, erts was very handsomely dressed, there I believe, once every month.” seemed to be no impediment whatever to “Once every month," repeated Mrs. her producing them, by way of variety, at Roberts, exchanging glances with Maria her weekly soirée, which was to take place and Edward. on the morrow. Mrs. Roberts failed not to “Why you don't suppose, ma'am, that a mention, incidentally, that besides a hus- person so sought, as I am quite sure the band, who did not now go much into com- Princess Yabiolparakiosky is, could stay at pany, she had the happiness of possessing home to receive every night, do you ?” another daughter, and also that Miss Har “No, Agatha, not every night; but many rington, the daughter and heiress of Sir people of fashion, you know, receive every Christopher Harrington, was travelling with week, and that, if it is well done, helps the them. This information produced a gene- society of a place amazingly. The prinral invitation for the whole party, and never cess did not happen to invite you to come to did three visitors depart from a house better her in a friendly way to-morrow evening, satisfied with the reception they had receiv- did she ?” ed in it, than did Mrs. Roberts and her son “ To-morrow evening? No, ma'am, she and daughter. There was a fine triumph- did not,” replied Agatha, rather solemnly. ant glow on the cheek of Agatha when she “ But I think it extremely likely she might inet the family at the dinner-table on that have done so, had she not been engaged, as eventful day, but there was something in she told me, to a very splendid party; to the glances exchanged between Mrs. Rob- which, dear creature, she said she would erts and her two youngest children that was give the world to introduce me, were it posperhaps more triumphant still; but each sible to do so; but till I have been seen, she party was coquetting with the curiosity of confesses, it would be more than she could the other, and the soup was done with, and venture. Mrs. Horace Hopperton, she the piéce de resistance half carved, before told me, was the most exclusive person in either began to utter what they were burst- Rome." ing to say.
Who, my dear ?" said Mrs. Roberts, At length Mrs. Roberts addressed her with increasing gentleness. eldest daughter in a gentle, humble sort of "Mrs. Horace Hopperton," repeated
Agatha, haughtily; " but I really cannot
got, child ?
conceive, ma'am, what interest you can must let me call her Yab if she be ten feel in hearing me repeat her name.” times an angel, Agatha-for I shall never
“I beg your pardon for troubling you remember her infernal name. And so the so, my dear," returned her mother; “but Yab told you that she could not take you to I thought I might have mistaken what you Mrs. Horace Hopperton's, did she? Poor said. "We are going, that is, your brother, you! I am really very sorry for you, Agatha." and sister, and I, to Mrs. Horace Hopper “If you are in earnest, and if you all ton's to-morrow night."
have contrived to get invited without me," “ You, ma'am ?” cried Agatha, becom- returned Agatha," you have used me shame. ing suddenly as red as an old-fashioned fully, and you shall be punished for it, as peony. “You ? what do you mean, ma’am? sure as I am alive; that you shall, one and What joke have you got now?"
all of yon, TRUST Mr.” “ Joke, Agatha ? What joke have you “Why, what a goose you are, Agatha !"
Do you suppose that because cried her mother, with a timely laugh; you stalk off with the footman in search of "what a perfect gosling not to understand princesses, the rest of the family are to sit a joke better than that.” still at home till you please to come back “ What, it is all a joke then !" returned again? Is that your notion, Miss Rob- her daughter, with a look of very unequivoerts ?"
cal scorn. I certainly shall not retort your Oh, that's it, is it?" replied Agatha, elegant compliment, ma'am, and call you a curling her lip. “You intend to punish goose, but I must take leave to think that me for the sin of having a friend of my ihere was but little wit in your pleasantry.” own, by trying to mystify me. I really “I don't think there was much, my dear,” should hardly have expected that Edward replied her mother, with exquisite sweetness and Maria would have juined in such an of temper ; " but who would have thought abortive attempt."
of your ever believing seriously for a single “I don't know what you call an abortive moment, that I had really suffered you to attempt," returned Maria, “ unless it was be left out of the invitation ? Did I ever that mamina's attempt to get you invited do such a thing in my life, Agatha ?” with us, might be said to be rather abor “ Was it only that part of it that was the tive, I don't think that you would easily joke?” cried Agatha, with more earnest find any adventure less so, than our visit soleninity of manner than she would have of this morning to Mrs. Horace Hopperton. indulged the jesters with, if she could have If the greatest kindness and most cordial helped it; but her feelings really overpowerreception could justify one's calling a mid-ed her too completely to permit her studying dle-aged lady an angel, I should be apt to accent. “Do you really mean that you declare that our new acquaintance was have contrived to make the acquaintance of probably quite as angelic as yours.” Mrs. Horace Hopperton, and that you have
Agatha stared at them all with astonish- seen her ?” ment and agitation.
It must be observed that at the critical “ Are you really in earnest ?" said she, moment when there appeared to be conalmost panting with emotion.
siderable probability of a serious quarrel “ Yes, to be sure we are,” cried Ed- between Mrs. Roberts and her eldest daughward, laughing. “One would think, to ter, the peaceable master of the family (who hear you, that we had never been invited was sinking with wonderful rapidity into to a party before.
What is there so very the slippered pantaloon) left the room, the extraordinary in it ?”
dinner being over, and Miss Harrington “What is there extraordinary? How rose likewise, and followed his example; so on earth have you managed to get an intro- that the conclusion of this interesting scene, duction and an invitation since I left you was not witnessed by any, save the actors all languidly looking out of the window in it. In reply to Agatha's last question, this morning ?" demanded Agatha. “And Mrs. Roberts got up, and kissed the sublime such an introduction, and such an invita- forehead of her eldest daughter, with strong tion !" she added. “I don't, I won't, I emotion. can't believe it."
“Yes, my dear love!" she exclaimed ; “ Very well,” said Edward, “ we won't yes, we do mean it; and is there any one say any more about it now: when we come for whose Jear sake, this little clever mahome io-morrow night, we will bring you næuvre on my part, has given me more a description of the Princess Yub-you pleasure than for yours? But there shall be
no reproaches, girls-no reproaches, Ed- from them in doctrine or opinion. Whether ward. We are all now going on so well, we look to the Cockneys or the Lakers, the we are in such an excellent train for re-Owenites or the Spenceans, the Della Cruscovering all we have lost, that it would be cans, or to the small phalanx led by old worse than foolish, it would be positively George Bankes, formerly member for the sinful, to do any thing but rejoice, and push ancient borough of Corfe Castle-the reforward."
sult is still the same. It is the same ex“Hurrah! mother!” exclaimed Edward, hibition of intolerant conceit, based on vehemently clapping his hands. • Upon limited views and extravagant self-worship. my soul you are, in your way, the very best The pleasant feeling of self-importance old woman in the world,”
which induced the three tailors of Tooley“ Upon my word,” said Maria, “ I think street to call themselves the people of Engso too."
land, ferments through the veins of every “ And I am sure I have no inclination to true disciple of Young England, from Bendiffer from you," rejoined Agatha, very jamin D'Israeli down to the histrionic graciously. “ If mamma's joke produced member for Evesham-gentlemen too great an effect upon me, she must re- may be regarded as the beginning and the proach her own good, clever acting for it. ending of this notable though not numerous Í certainly am very thankful," she added, clique. “that we seem at last likely to get out of But this clique includes Lord John Manthe slough of despond into which we had ners, and Mr. George Frederick Augustus suffered ourselves to plunge so desperately Percy Sydney Smythe, M. P. for Canterupon finding that our friends had not yet bury. Lord John Manners is a young noreached Rome. How differently every thing bleman of twenty-seven years of age-hopeappears now, doesn't it? I declare to you ful, generous, benevolent, and well disposthat at this moment, dearly as I value, and ed. This is something to say in favor of ever must value, the flattering attachment a scion of nobility, and what some men of Montgomery, I feel that I am capable of would account a positive recommendation enjoying the society of my fellow-creatures, as said in favor of the descendant of a terprovided they are of a proper class, as much ritorial duke. Mr. George Frederick Auas I ever did in my life.”
gustus Percy Sydney Smythe is the son of "And I assure you, Agatha, I am not Viscount Strangford, and also a young man disposed to be behind-hand with you in good of the same age as Lord John; and in adsense and proper feeling. Thank Heaven ! dition to much literary cultivation, he is I, too, have a heart capable of loving more said to possess as many extraordinary virthan one of my fellow-creatures," replied tues as he possesses Christian names.
He her sister.
is a pleasing writer of prose and poetry, a “ That is all very well, my dears," said facile and fluent, if not a powerful speaker, Mrs. Roberts, rather gravely. “I am very and very capable of taking fresh, broad and well pleased to see you looking like your- general views. His discourse delivered in selves again. But you must not forget, if Manchester, in the month of October, on you please, that noblemen with twenty thou- the occasion of the Athenian soirée, is in sand a year don't grow on every hedge." the remembrance of some of our readers,
while his inore recent speech in the Maynooth debate, whatever we may think of the soundness of some of his opinions, or the wisdom of some of his views, was dis
tinguished by a rare order of talent, and a YOUNG ENGLAND.
choice, copious, and brilliant felicity of From the British Quarterly Review.
diction. He is evidently a man of various Sybil, or the Two Nations. By B. D'Is- reading, and varied accomplishments-of raeli , M. P. London, H. Colburn, 1845. of sentiment and enthusiasm, and no mean
an ardent temperament, with a deep tinge We are no admirers of coteries or cliques share of what is called genius. -social, literary, or parliamentary. They Something of romance, gleams of sentiare always exclusive, almost always nar. ment, and fond illusion may be pardoned row-minded, conceited, and intolerant- in young men of his age and stamp, but preposterous self-praisers, and virulent when a veteran author, like Mr. Benjamin abusers of all who would presume to differ D’Israeli the younger, who, by the way, is