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finely shaped nose, and fine complexion. I blessing, and might have said, in the words In about three years she all at once disap- of our Dacre Petrarch, peared from the beau monde : she married Let but the cheat endure, I ask not aught beside. her cousin, who was poor, and was still Lady Charlotte Campbell, but always in un. In short, Mrs. Horace Hopperton was easy circumstances. When he died, she one of those persons, who having plenty of travelled into Italy for the sake of educat- money, contrive to find some charm of the ing her children, and there she married genuine “ Duc ad me" kind (sovereign for the tutor: some of those tutors are very conjuring fools into a circle”), by which good-looking men. There was a daughter they collect princes and black-legs, cardiof the D*** of B*******, who married a nals and ribald infidels, ambassadors and tutor. To be sure they were carroty, broken merchants, English peeresses and although she was the prettiest ; but the ci-devant French actresses, under their roof, D*** would not see her for three years, with no other condition annexed, than that and at last they gave him a living. One they should be, or at least seem to be, toleof the R****** family also married a tu- rably well dressed. tor.'
Rome was by no means very full when Readers will not be surprised to be told, the delighted Robertses were first installed that, in spite of Lady H. and her biogra- among the habitués of Mrs. Horace Hoppher, we still hold by the opinions of the perton's splendid palazzo. November was Edinburgh Review and the Literary Ga- not yet over, and many of those who prozette.
posed to make the eternal city their winter residence had not yet arrived, so that in truth they were quite a treasure to her. None but ladies who give a soirée dansante every week, can be aware of the value of
such an importation as the two pretty Miss THE ROBERTSES ON THEIR TRAVELS. Robertses, and their well-dressed brother.
Mrs. Horace Hopperton had been greatly pleased also by the bonnet and cloak of Mrs.
Roberts at their first interview, nor was she From the New Monthly Magazine.
at all insensible to the name of Sir ChristoThe anticipation of brilliant results from pher Harrington, whose title, on referring the introduction to Mrs. Horace Hopperton to her baronetage, she found to be of a very were fully and immediately verified, and respectably old creation ; but when she once again the Robertses found themselves saw the whole group in full ball costume, moving in the gayest circle that the place, their white shoulders displayed to the fullest which for the time being they called their possible extent, and their peculiarly small home, afforded. It may truly be said of waists braced into such miniature dimenthem that on this and all similar occasions, sions as must of necessity set every body they very strictly obeyed the good-humored talking of them, she was perfectly enchantmaxim which bids us “look on every thing ed. She civilly lamented the absence of on its best side.” Had they done the re- Miss Harrington, who had declined coming verse they might have discovered in the with them, but was too well satisfied with brilliant-looking throng which filled that la- those who were present, to think much of dy's three saloons, several individuals whom the absent, and before the evening was half they would have run out of the room to over, it was evident that she meant to be on avoid in home-bred England ; but they terms of very affectionate intimacy with the scorned to bestow their attentions while on mother and daughters, and of pleasant playtheir travels upon any thing so contemptible ful familiarity with the son. as mere personal character, and devoting The impression of that mother's admiratheir observations entirely to the brighter ble conduct in having got them all admitted side of the picture, they perceived to their to this enchanting new acquaintance, was unspeakable delight that they were again too fresh in the memory of Agatha, to per"keeping company" (to use their own mit of her adhering to the exclusive system phrase), with persons to whom their own she had begun, respecting the Princess station in society gave them no right to ap- Yabiolporakiosky. She presented mother, proach. This was enough; they scarcely sister, and brother, to her admired new asked of the gods to grant them any greater friend, and had the pleasure of perceiving
BY MRS. TROLLOPE.
that, though they were not received with the diately becoming sensible of its flattering same full-fledged affection as herself, (which effects? Again, again, and again, did Mrs. of course she did not wish they should be,) Horace Hopperton win her not easy way to yet that they were considered worthy of a the delighted Mrs. Roberts, stating the very bewitching smile a piece. And, in wish for an introduction to her and her truth, to people who valued either princess- charming family, not only from the dancing ly smiles, or beautiful smiles, those of the gentlemen, who pleaded for the happiness Princess Yabiolporakiosky were worth hav- of waltzing with the new beauties, but also ing, for the name and rank of her husband from the still more important individuals in were of high nobility, though the autocrat whose various drawing-rooms this first obof all the Russias had thought it best, in ject of youthful existence was to be carried consequence of a bon-mot which had been on. reported to him as having been uttered by In short, the evening's amusement was the prince, to request him to take up his perfect in every feature, and when, as they abode for a few years in Siberia ; and as to drove home, Maria said, addressing her the beauty of her smiles, it would have been companions en masse,“ Did you ever spend difficult to find any more universally, or a more agreeable evening in your life ?" more deservedly popular. The Princess the word “ never" was most cordially utYabiolporakiosky was, in truth, a very beau-tered in reply by them all. tiful woman. The accident which had be So far all was well, nay, more than well, fallen her husband in the manner above despite the heavy disappointment which had related, had induced her to ask the empe. greeted their arrival, and Rome from the ror's permission to travel, which had been “ dirtiest, dullest old place they had ever graciously granted, and this was the fair seen," had already become in their estima. creature's second winter in Italy. That tion one of the most enchanting residences her salon was one of the most distinguished in the world. But, alas ! in this defective in Rome, is quite certain; but to persons state of existence, it is difficult, if not imunacquainted with the mysterious anoma- possible to enjoy any felicity, however great, lies of continental society, a detailed de- without some drawback, some alloy, which scription of the elements of which it was if it does not destroy, at least in some de composed would appear much too absurdly gree dims its brightness ! That night Mrs. improbable to be credited, and therefore no Roberts and her three children went to bed such description shall be attempted. Let in a state of perfect contentment. The it suffice to say that English fathers and past, and all its difficulties, its fears, and its mothers, when they decide upon finishing regrets, vanished from the memories of all ; the education of their daughters by a con- their dropping to sleep was delicious, and tinental tour, should not invariably receive their dreams ecstatic. But at an early hour the words distinGUISHED SALON, as a certi- on the following morning Mrs. Roberts ficate of the respectability of the assemblies contrived' to get her three children round to which it is applied.
her, and though still looking, on the whole, No previous success of the Roberts fam- vastly more light-hearted than she had done ily had produced sensations of more un- since the Lynberry, and the Montgomery, mixed delight among them, than did the had left Baden, she said to them, in an acmanner in which they were received by all cent in which considerable anxiety might to whom they were presented on this event- be detected, ful evening
The Roman winter was, as “And now, dears, what do you think we we have said, only just beginning, and a must do about a carriage? I had certainly group of young faces, even if less handsome completely made up my mind that for this than those of the Robertses, would have winter we must content ourselves with hirbeen well received by those who were self- ing one, when we absolutely could not do elected as ball givers for the ensuing sea- without it; but now, your poor father is son; and when, in addition to their good positively killing himself with anxiety about looks and becoming dresses, it was discov- the money—and yet-it really is very diffiered that they all waltzed well, it seemed to cult to decide-every thing seems to open be at once decided that they were to be before us so brilliantly, doesn't it? Do tell taken into general favor, and made the me, dears, what you think I ought to do?" fashion.
Maria looked at her elder sister, and so In whose favor was such a beneficent did Edward too, but as he did so he shrugresolution ever taken without their imme-ged his shoulders, and said, "'The question
in my opinion lies in a nut-shell-I should than others! I don't suppose that he is not not suppose there could be two opinions on much above ten years your senior, yet I am the subject."
sure any one would suppose he was twenty “Nor I either, I confess,” said Agatha. or thirty years older than you are." “As to my father's nervous vagaries, ma'am, “Yes, poor dear man ! he certainly is he has been subject to them as long as I growing old apace; I see it as plainly as can remember any thing. Don't you recol- you do, Agatha,” replied Mrs. Roberts, lect the way he put himself into, the year pitifully shaking her false curls ; " but still, before last, when you proposed my having you know, it is his signature, and not mine riding lessons ? I had the lessons though, that must bring us the supplies ; and as he a dozen of them, and he was never a bit the never ceased all the time we were at Baden worse for it. And to tell you the truth, to make a fuss about our constantly having ma'am, my own opinion decidedly is, that a carriage, I am afraid I shall find it very if your plans and views respecting us, are hard work to make him consent to it here. to be dependent on my father's whims, you And yet I confess I do not see how it is have done very very wrong to bring us possible for us to get on without it.” abroad. The doing so was decidedly a "Out of the question, ma'am, utterly out great effort, a very great effort-it showed of the question," returned Agatha. " It great courage and decision of character on would be infinitely better at once to make your part, for of course we all know that up our minds to refuse all invitations, and you were the author of the scheme ; and I to pass the rest of our winter at Rome excannot but think that if you will recall to actly in the manner in which we passed the mind the sort of society to which we were first week, than to beguile ourselves with accustomed in London, and then contrast the belief that we can associate with such it with that in which we were so flatteringly people as we were introduced to last night, received last night, you will be ready to al- without having a carriage.” low that, so far, all your hopes have been “Good gracious, Agatha ! don't say realized."
that !” exclaimed Maria, with a look and “ They have, indeed, Agatha, and more voice of the deepest melancholy. “I do -oh! a thousand times more than real think it would be quite too hard upon me, ized! Nevertheless, I won't deny that in after I have exerted myself as I have done, a pecuniary point of view the coming abroad and roused all my proper pride to bear the has not answered so well as I was led to ex- disappointment of not finding Lynberry here pect it would do. But on this point I have with proper spirit, I do think it will be too surely no reason to blame myself. I sus- hard upon me, Agatha, if you try to perpect that the people from whom I got my suade mamma that it will be best for us to information did not get into the sort of so- give up going out! I am sure that as far ciety that we have done, and this of course as I am concerned, I would a thousand is quite sufficient to account for the differ- times rather walk to the parties than not go ence."
to them at all." “Most certainly it is, ma'am," replied “Well, my dears, if you would all of you Agatha, with a little laugh that seemed to make up your dear minds together, to try throw ridicule upon the idea that there such a scheme, I won't throw any difficulcould be any doubt about it; "and though ties in the way of it. I dare say I could I never, as I am sure you will allow, make have a stout pair of clogs made that would you fine speeches, but on the contrary, keep my feet dry, and with good cloaks and speak my real opinion on all subjects with umbrellas, one may do a great deal. And the most perfect sincerity, I must say that I own I quite agree with Maria in thinking I think the manner in which you have man- that it would be much better to walk to the aged to bring us forward, and place us, as parties than not to go at all, and pass our you have done, in the very first class of Eu- time in the horrid dismal way we did last ropean society, does you infinite honor. week,” said Mrs. Roberts. And I certainly shall be very sorry, not on Had not the indignation of Agatha at ly for our sakes, but for yours, if you suffer this proposal been really too great to leave your plans and manner of going on to be her the power of speaking, her mother paralyzed by the weakness of my father's would not have reached the conclusion of character-who is evidently, poor man, very her last speech without interruption; but fast declining into old age and imbecility. having at length found breath, she said, Some people do grow old so much sooner with flashing eyes and energetic aspect,
“I must beg that I may not be forced to vinces me that when the will is firm, steadlisten to such absurdities, ma’am, as you fast, and uncompromising, NOTHING can and Maria have just thought fit to utter. I stand against it. I know not, my eyes am in earnest, and if you are in jest, as you never beheld the man capable of making were yesterday, I request that you would me change any opinion I had formed, or be pleased to tell me so. I can employ my any resolution I had taken. And I leave time better than in listening to such very you to guess, therefore, in what light I absurd plaisanteries."
must view your doubts and fears respecto “Upon my word, Agatha, I was not in ing my father's liking or disliking that a joke," replied Maria, with more courage carriage should be hired." than her mother at that moment ventured “ Yes, yes, dear Agatha,” replied her to display, “I assure you, Agatha, I mother, “I quite understand that. But mean exactly what I say. I wuld rather after all, my dear, it is not so much his a GREAT, great deal rather walk in mud- likes or dislikes as the money. I do really boots to such a party as we were at last believe that such a fine mind and noble night, and deliberately sit down in the character as yours might be capable of anti-room, and take them off before the almost everything in the world, except eyes of all the servants, than not go at all. finding money where there is none. But But I don't tell you, Agatha, that I think even you, Agatha, must confess that to be it would be wise in mamma to make us do impossible.” it. Nor do I in my heart believe it abso Upon my word, ma'am, I must again lutely necessary.”
repeat that I shall confess no such thing," “Necessary!" repeated the indignant returned her daughter. "I presume that Agatha, still pale with anger; necessary ? when you use the word money, you do not And pray, if that be necessary, why is it literally mean the sovereigns and dollars not equally so that we should lodge our- that are tossed about for daily use? Of selves with the veterino drivers, and other course you cannot be quite so childish as resuse of the people? What is the differ- that. I really do not suspect you of it. ence, I should like to know, between the You speak not of coin, but of means. one degradation and the other? I see The steadfastness of will, and the firinness none."
of purpose to which I allude, will certainly “No difference, Agatha, between lodg- not expend itself in seeking shillings and ing with stable-boys and drivers, and the sixpences in odd corners where they are not having a carriage of our own ?" not to be found. Its sphere of action is said Mrs. Roberts, reproachfully. “Oh! somewhat higher than that, ma'am. I will not Agatha !"
attempt at this moment to enter upon any “ There is no difference, ma'am, in the general explanation of the various ways by principle--none whatever. In both cases which a powerful mind is able to control we should be placed without the pale of circumstances, but will only say, what in good society. And that, that, once sub- fact is all that is necessary at the present mitted to, I should care not a straw, as far moment, that were I you, ma'am, I should as I am concerned, for any thing else that instantly commission Edward to find his could happen to me."
way to the first establishment for letting “It is impossible not to admire your out carriages in Rome; to select two of noble feelings, my dearest Agatha," re- the handsomest-looking and most commoturned her mother, touched to the very dious equipages he can find, one open for heart by such a display of high-minded the mornings, the other close for the night superiority; " and yet, my dear, if you work, and to engage the use of them for will quietly think of it for a minute, you three months certain, together with a good will see that it is not my admiring you ever pair of horses and a respectable coachman. so much that can raise the money for pay- This is what I should do; and as to the ing the carriage. Isn't that true, Agatha ? payment for them, I should trust for findNow don't be unfair, my dear girl, buting wherewithal to the same energy of confess honestly at once that what I say is character which dictated the ordering it. true.”
Do this, ma'am, without wasting any “ Indeed, ma'am, I shall confess no such superfluous anxiety upon the subsequent thing,” returned Agatha, “for I should question of ways and means, and depend falsify every feeling and every opinion if I upon it everything will go on smooth did. My knowledge of human nature con- ly.”
"Indeed, Agatha, I feel it would be this mood he had not yet fully reached, folly not to lean for support upon such a and gave proof of it by repeating with very character as yours. It would be ungrate- troublesome pertinacity, “Whose smart ful to Providence for having bestowed carriage is that?”—nay, he even exerted on me the blessing of such a daughter !" himself sufficiently to lay a restraining
And Mrs. Roberts was so much touched hand upon the lock of the door bile as she uttered these words, that she drew he mildly but earnestly said, “Do tell me, out her pocket-handkerchief and blew her Sarah, whose carriage that is ?" nose.
“Whose carriage? why the livery-man's “Go, then, my dear Edward,” she re- carriage, to be sure. What can his name sumed, “go, and do for us the good service signify ? Don't hold the door in that way, that your dear sister has suggested; and sir, but open it, if you please, directly. I you may order the carriage to come to the don't want to keep the girls waiting,” said door this morning at two. She is an ex- Mrs. Roberts, boldly. traordinary creature, Edward, isn't she ?"
Stay long enough, wife, to answer me added the proud mother, slightly passing one question," returned her husband, still her pocket-handkerchief across her eyes. resolutely keeping his hand on the lock of
“Why yes, ma'am, Agatha is up to the door, " tell me if that carriage is hired a thing or two,” replied the young man, for you? That is to say, Sarah, have we “there is no denying that.”
got to pay for it ?"
Pay for it!” cried Mrs. Roberts, in an accent of profound contempt, "what a
perfect curmudgeon you do grow, Roberts ! It did not greatly signify, for if it did I wonder you don't ask who is to pay for not come to pass one day, it certainly every morsel of bread we eat. Once for would another, but it so chanced that poor all, sir, I wish you to understand that I will Mr. Roberts happened to be standing in not be interfered with in my domestic arthe little balcony upon which the two win- rangements. Nobody yet ever suspected dows of the drawing-room opened, when me of not knowing how to manage a famthe carriage thus obtained drove up to the ily. I have been married to you five-anddoor, with Edward lounging on the front twenty years, sir, and you won't deny, I supseat of it.
pose, that I have been always looked up to “Dear me, what a gay carriage!" said by every body as one of the very best of he, stepping back into the room, and ad- managers. I never asked any of my neighdressing his wife, who, unluckily for her, bors yet what I ought to get for my family, was busily engaged in putting together the and what I ought not, and I don't mean to component parts of her last new bonnet, begin now, I promise you." which, for the convenience of packing, had “Then, Sarah, I am a ruined man !” exbeen taken to pieces. “Whose smart claimed Mr. Roberts, in a voice that tremcarriage can this be, I wonder, and how bled from very genuine emotion. “ That has Edward contrived to get into it?" desperate manner of speaking shows it as
Heartily did Mrs. Roberts wish that she clear as light. 'Tis all humbug, Sarah, all had contented herself with the dim light of that you have been saying to me about our her bed-room, instead of venturing at such affairs, for months past, is all humbug! a moment into the general sitting apart- Where are the girls' lovers that you talked ment. But her employment had beguiled about? Where is the chance of Edward's her into a complete forgetfulness of time, getting the rich young lady for a wife? and it was, in fact, later by an hour than Doesn't she shut herself up from you all, as she supposed it to be. She now gathered if on purpose to show that she won't have up her work in haste, and was hurrying him? It is all humbug, Mrs. Roberts, all from the room, seemingly without having humbug, and I am a ruined man!" heard the half-exclamation, half-inquiry of “If you are ruined, it will be your own her husband; but the worthy gentleman fault, and nobody else's,” returned his wife, had not yet reached that state of morbid with vehement indignation, arising from the indifference to what was going on around consciousness of her own enlarged views, him, which is sometimes found by such contrasted with the pitiful littleness of his. active and excellent managers as Mrs. “ It is easy enough to see the sort of way Roberts, to be the most agreeable mood of you would take, in order to keep your childmind that a husband can be brought into ren back in the world, and prevent them