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all appearance of modesty, urged his horse up to them

“She dashes bravely forward !” exclaimed he of the where they stood by the body of the dead steed, and blue eyes. “Ay, by the mass, and is as beautiful as she taking off his cap and bells, held them out with mock is bold,” he continued, as she neared the ford, so as to gravity to the younger.

give him a perfect view of her person. " What means this fooling ?" exclaimed the young She was, indeed, a creature of singular beauty; tall man, laughing and pushing the cap from him.

and Juno-like, but dressed even more rudely than the “ Take it, take it," said the jester with unmoved | female peasants of the neighborhood. A skirt of coarse, gravity, “ for truly, brother Charles, thou must be the blue stuff, scarcely reaching to the ankle, and a bodice of greater fool to stand whining over a dead horse, and inferior scarlet cloth, laced over her full bust, so as to Bedford's 's men sounding their bugles in the hills.”

expose the spirited curve of her neck, and fitting tightly “Peace, sir fool!" exclaimed Dunois, suddenly rous- | to her round, and well-proportioned waist, composed her ing himself. “And, if thou canst, tell us how we are to entire raiment. Her arms were bare to the shoulder, reach the camp without horses, in a road infested with and though brown from exposure, displayed a healthy English soldiers.”

roundness and beautiful proportions. Her lips though “In faith, my wits carry me not so far, yet I misdoubt finely cut, were feminine, and deeply red, while the color if they have not picked up what thy wisdom has failed in her cheeks was like rich wine glowing through a cup to warn thee of."

of Arabian onyx. Her black and shining hair was drawn "What is that, sirrah ?"

away from her face in the form of an ancient helmet, and “Why, that a troop of Bedford's men are either in flowed down her back in long glossy waves, which caught close pursuit, or have swept round the hill in order to the light like the plumage of a raven, exposing a forehead intercept us at the village ahead."

full of intellect and rare beauty, while an eye, bright and * By the mass, no!" exclaimed Dunois, stepping hastily piercing as a wild eagle's, gave a character of commandforward to gain a distinct view of the village alluded to. ing, nay, of almost terrible beauty to her face.

The gorge in which the travellers halted, command The horses came forward at the top of their speed, ed a fine view of an emerald valley, hedged in by | and plunging into the stream without checking their force, broken and irregular hills, with here and there a frown- sent a shower of spray over themselves and their graceful ing old rock, cutting against the sky on either side, or rider. Without seeming in the least annoyed by this unshelving down in a picturesque precipice, to the quiet || ceremonious deluge, she urged them through the stream vale it seemed to guard. A clear stream swept down up the opposite bank, and then with a bold evolution, one side of the valley, and with a sudden curve, crossed plunged down again, forcing her horses to prance and the highway, a little from the gorge where it formed a curvet in the water, and sending a shower of spray into tortuous ontlet. At the farther extremity of the valley, the sunlight, till the air around seemed alive with shootappeared a village, half hidden by trees and bedded in ing diamonds. After indulging in this strange exercise vineyards; and about midway between that and the for awhile, she suffered the horses to drink, and rode gorge, a small hostelry with rude stables and out-houses, | slowly to a side of the gap, opposite to that on which stood directly on the highway. The whole valley was

our travellers were standing. Wheeling her horses evidently the domain of some nobleman; for, on the face around at the foot of one of the cliffs which formed the of one of the most picturesque of the hills, a chateau, now jaw of the gorge, she remained gazing toward the vilin ruins, reared its antique turrets, flanked by a natural lage, occasionally turning a keen look to the pass, as ore battlement of rocks, and divided from the stream by an stationed to give warning to a friend, or to detect the undulating descent, clothed with long, uncut grass, and approach of an enemy. As she sat, with a huge peak blossoming shrubs. Nothing could have been more quiet cleft almost in twain, looming against the west, at her than the strip of green verdure over which the travellers back-a heap of gorgeous clouds piled up behind, and gazed. The village lay still and beautiful in the bosom pouring a flood of glory on the spot she occupied, till her of the valley, without the least appearance of life or long hair, as it stirred in the wind, seemed impregnated bustle, which might betray the presence of an enemy; and woven with flickering gold-the boughs of a great yet the very repose was suspicious.

oak waving to and fro in the crimson light, like triumAs the three stood concealed by the boughs of the phal banners drenched in the blood of a battle-field-her chestnut, deliberating on the best means of reaching the spirited horses pawing the turf, and she, unconsciously, French encampment, an exclamation from the jester, 1 curbing the one on which she sat, till his mouth almost drew their attention to the little hostelry before men- | touched his chest, while her eyes were fixed with absorbtioned. Hitherto, it had displayed no signs of life; but ing earnestness on the village--as she sat thus, there now, a female appeared, issuing from the stables, riding came a sound of approaching hoofs, and a troop of Eng. a young horse and leading another. The fiery young horselish soldiers swept through the gorge. which she rode was without saddle or other accoutre “What has chanced here?” exclaimed the leader of ments, save a halter of twisted deer-skin ; yet she reined the party, reining his horse up by the stiffening form of him with a careless grace which seemed almost super- the traveller's steed, and stirring the coarse saddle-cloth human, as she came swiftly forward, her knee resting with his sword. “Holy saints! but this must belong to lightly on his glossy shoulder, and her small foot in its the party we are in search of. See, here are housings of buskin of coarse, untanned leather, pressed to his side, velvet, and stirrups of beaten silver. Push forward! the unsupported by strap or stirrup.

carcass is scarcely cold ; they cannot be far ahead," and

putting spurs to his horse, the speaker rode in a brisk | ness of the old chateau for receiving guests, but made trot toward the village, followed by his men. One sol no further opposition to his cousin's wishes. dier, a heavy featured, ruffianly fellow, lingered behind The young traveller whispered a few words to his till his companions had crossed the ford; then, throwing jester, and then turned into the bridle-path before menhimself heavily from his saddle, he slipped the bridle over tioned. Dunois followed on the slain soldier's horse, but his arm, and proceeded to dismantle the dead horse of moodily, and with a frown upon his brow, his trappings, After tearing the weapons from the sad The jester remained, standing under the chestnut until dle-bow, he looked with a rapacious eye on the rich hous- | the travellers disappeared in the underbrush, which lined ings, now fully revealed.

the face of the hill; then breaking into a low, chuckling "By the holy Saint Gris !" he muttered, lifting one of laugh, he mounted his horse and rode toward the inn, the stirrups and striving to tear it from the strap, “it muttering, “ He will never stir hence till he learns more is a pity to rend such goodly furniture; if I had another of this she-eagle, unless he prefers the rilling of his beast, now, to bear the prize, this dead carcass were cousin's dove-cote yonder. Beshrew me, but here is better worth stripping than a dozen beggarly Frenchmen.” | dainty mischief brewing."

As he uttered the last words, a slight noise drew his The Jester had scarcely reached the ford, when two attention to the strange female, where she sat like a horsemen—the one a stout serving-man, the other, a young eagle watching the ravages of a hungry vulture. handsome little page, gaily dressed, but somewhat awks He dropped the stirrup, and springing to his saddle, ward in his movements, came swiftly down the hill, and urged his horse rudely forward. Before she could pre were about to pass him. They had reached the brink of pare herself for the outrage, his heavy beast rushed be the stream, when the page checked his horse, and taking tween her and the led horse; the halter was forced from off his cap, let a shower of rich tresses fall over his her hand, and the brutal wretch galloped back to secure shoulders, as he bent a fair forehead to the saddle-bow in the coveted horse-furniture ; but, before he had time to

mock salutation. dismount, she touched her spirited horse, which bounded “Agnes Sorrell!" exclaimed the Jester, in a voice of forward with the leap of a deer, till he came on a level angry surprise, “what means this masking? why art with his stolen companion. His fearless rider bent for- thou here, in this garb?" ward, and without checking his speed, stripped the loose

The disguised girl shook back the curls from her bright, halter from the head of the disputed animal, and calling young face, and her merry laugh rang up the stream like him by name, galloped down the hill as fearlessly as she the melody of a bird. She glanced an arch look around, had ascended it. The freed horse sprang forward at her and then said in a voice still rich with laughter, “ Ques, call, and kept by her side, as if still subject to her gui- tion me not, most sapient uncle; I seek a higher than dance.

thou. Where is thy master?" With a brutal oath the soldier buried his rowels into

The Jester hesitated in his reply; but she gaily interhis charger; it plunged forward, but was instantly rupted him, thrown back


its haunches by a strong arm, and a “Nay, no frowning; I must know; for, to say truth, heavy blow seni his rider with a crash to the ground.

fair uncle, Charles left me in ill humor this morning. I “ Bravely done!" exclaimed the younger of the travel- had stolen his signet-ring, and refused to yield it up, out lers, advancing from behind a thicket, where they had of pure mischief, though he entreated most earnestly. I concealed themselves with their horses, on the first ap- repented of my silly obstinacy after his departure ; so, proach of the soldiers. “Finish thy work, Dunois, then borrowing a dress from my page, I rode forward to mount, and let us push for yonder chateau."

return the jewel, and to make my peace with its angry “ Had we not better keep the road ?" inquired the owner,--now, that I have talked myself breathless, other, with a strange confusion in his manner.

speed me on my errand that I may return to Chinon in “No, they would be on our track like blood-hounds; || time to laugh at the delightful scandal my absence will secure yon heavy brute, his master will never feel the excite in that dullest of all dull places.” loss; mount, and let us away! I saw a bridle-path

“ It is useless to contend with thy hair-brained folly," little back; it will doubtless lead us to the ruin." said the Jester, with ready falsehood, as she ceased

“It is a gloomy pile, and appears altogether disman speaking. “My master and the Count Dunois, took a tled,” still urged Dunois.

cross road from Vancouleurs; they are at the camp by " And therefore the better calculated for concealment,

this hour." We are yet several leagues from the camp, or I have

“Nay, then,” exclaimed the gay creature, turning with lost all knowledge of the country. Now I bethink me;

an air of comic distress to her servant, “ we may even yon village is Domremie, and the ruin-holy saints, return as we came, though in truth, I am sorely tired." cousin! thou art chary in thy hospitality; this domain is

The Jester seemed to reflect a moment, and then adthine by our uncle's gift."

dressed her. Ay, chary enough to one set,” muttered the jester in Proceed with me to the hostelry yonder. I will bean under tone.

speak thee a night's lodging, for the English troops are Dunois seemed confounded; the blood flushed up to abroad, and thy way back will be full of danger." his temples, and he bit his nether lip with the impatience * Cease thy croaking, and let us forward to the inn; of a chafed lion; he muttered something about the unfit- my poor nag is ready to drop with fatigue; Jean, there,

is nearly famished, and I can scarcely keep my seat from while the other was lighted by a lofty arched window, excessive weariness."

set in heavy stone work, and crowded with small diaSaying this with a cheerfulness which belied her pro- mond shaped glass. Trophies of the chase, with curious fessions of extreme fatigue, the seeming page put spurs weapons, garnished the walls, catching the dim light and to her jaded horse, and led the way to the hostelry. Be- flinging their fantastic shadows over the chequered marble, fore dismounting, she ordered her attendant to saddle the with gloomy and picturesque effect. Dunois crossed this horse by the first dawn of day, as she intended to break hall, and was about to usher his cousin into a half furher fast far on the road to Chinon, whither she had re nished banqueting room, but he carelessly touched a solved to return without prosecuting her wild adventure neighboring door, and entered the apartment thus exfarther.

posed. It was twilight, and the volumes of rich velvet, The two cousins rode forward unmolested, and in falling over the only window of the room, rendered every silence, followed the path which led to a back entrance | thing indistinct within. But there were flashes of gildof the ancient chateau. Docks and thistles were rife, in ing, with the shadow of gorgeous hangings, while here what had once been a spacious garden; here and there, and there a silver sconce, with its mirror of steel plate, a solitary flower struggled up through the rank weeds, li gleamed out from the ceiling like fragments of winter while grape-vines, neglected, and burthened with fruit, moonlight. A marble slab in one corner was more trailed over a broken gravel terrace, and nearly choked clearly revealed, by the light of a burning censor, with up the gateway.

a pedestal of silver and a bowl of snowy agate, through " I will go forward and prepare for your reception,” which the perfumed fire glowed like blood in the cheek said Dunois, dismounting.

of a northern beauty, emitting a delicious odor through "Nay,” replied his companion, “methinks it would the apartment as if the flame had been fed from the prove but a thriftless errand, if this pile be, as it hearts of a thousand crushed roses. seems, untenanted. Let us even go forward, and leave An angry flush shot athwart the brow of the younger Black-heart to crop these vines; see, how daintily he traveller, as this unusual splendor burst upon him. treads among the purple clusters, while yon heavy Eng. “ Thou art dainty in thy house garniture, Count Dulish brute tramps them down as his master would have nois," he said, turning to his companion with a sarcastic crushed yon glorious maiden, but for thy gallant aid. In smile. "Mary of Anjou, queen though she be, is fain faith, cousin, that was a lusty blow; the beef-eating churl to content herself with bare walls and leathern chairs." -his skull was clearly driven in by thy battle-axe.” Dunois would have answered, but at the first sound of

As the young man uttered these broken remarks, they his voice there was a faint exclamation of joy, a rustling were picking their way through the rank herbage to the of drapery, and then a young female rushed forward and grounds which lay directly under the windows of the threw herself upon his bosom. chateau. There all traces of neglect disappeared, and “My lord, my own dear lord,” she said, raising her a small cultivated garden, well stocked with healing face to his with the eager fondness of a trusting woman. plants and choice flowers, lay nestled between a wing of “Oh, I have been so impatient-so weary with watchthe building and the wilderness of weeds luxuriated ing!" beyond. Rozes of every tint clambered up to the low, Dunois pressed his lips to her forehead, and interruptnarrow windows, and trees, full of ripening fruit, threw ed her affectionate greeting by a few whispered words. their graceful foliage over the rough walls. The wing She started from his arms, and a faint blush, like the reitself bore traces of recent repairs; the rubbish which flection of a rose wreath on the marble brow of Venus, surrounded other parts of the building was here carefully stole over her face. She cast a timid glance at the removed, and in the centre of the garden a fountain, stranger, and, with a graceful inclination of her slight which had been choked up, poured its waters with a

person, stood shrinking beneath his gaze of mingled surcheerful gush through the jaws of a huge stone bear, prise and admiration. into a basin of unfinished mason work. A lute, with a

“We crave pardon, fair lady,” he said, after a moment lady's scarf, lay on the grass which surrounded the foun- of mutual embarrassment. “ Had we been informed that tain, and a bouquet of fresh flowers blushed at the feet of a lady graced this ruin, our entrance should have boasted the crouching monster.

somewhat more of courtesy." Dunois led the way, trampling the blossoming shrubs

The lady returned this gallant address with a few low under his feet, and pushing back the branches which hung words, and a gentle smile ; then observing the travelover his path with reckless violence, till he reached a

worn appearance of her guests, she left them to order emall postern door; here he turned, and made another

refreshments. efiort to leave his companion.

Well, most sage and monkish cousin, solve me this “The day has been warm,” he said, pointing to the female riddle; thy prodigality is forgiven, for, in faith,

the fountain, “ rest awhile, I will return forthwith."

cage is but fitly gilded for so sweet a bird," said the The other burst into a broad laugh. “Nay, nay,” he gay young man, glancing good humoredly round the said, “I have a fancy for exploring, so let us proceed.” sumptuous apartment, as the fair occupant left it.

The blood again rushed up to Dunois forehead, with The story is a long one,” replied Dunois, with emoan impatient gesture he pushed open the door, and led tion, “I would fain have kept it secret even from you, the way into a low, stone hall. A huge fire-place, chisell- | my best friend and most indulgent—" ed over with armorial bearings, yawned at one extremity; “Nay, nay—-no more of that; forget that fate has

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cumbered us with any title, save that of thine over-hasty “ It is even as I say ; these eyes saw her rub down a but ever loving cousin. Let us be seated, and then pro- heavy English roadster.” ceed to solve me this mystery."

The youth turned in his chair with an expression of Dunois seated himself, and after a few moments of disgust, and motioned the Jester to leave the room, but rapid explanation, stood confessed as one who had gained without heeding the command, he remained looking the love of a young Italian, during a visit to Rome the keenly into his master's face. After a few moments’ preceding year. When too late to recall his affections, silence he murmured, in a low, silky voice, he had learned that she was an orphan, the heiress of “Yet she is very beautiful. Such eyes! They fairly great wealth both in lands and money, and that she had showered fire on the brutal soldier, when he called the been placed under the wardship of his holiness the Pope, king of France a sparrow, whom his master had wellwho had expressed his determination that she should nigh plucked to the skin.” marry a noble of her own country. Urged forward by A rush of blood to the traveller's face, and an impahis own passion, as well as by the encouragement of the tient motion of the hand, told how fully the last speech lady, Dunois fled with her and her immense portable had taken effect. The Jester appeared not to notice his wealth from Rome, leaving her lands to enrich the Holy emotion, but proceeded, as if carried away by the inSee. The chateau had been repaired for her reception, terest of his subject. and she had been concealed there during several months, “ 'Sdeath! how her haughty lip writhed-how eagerly willingly surrendering her wealth to the necessities of her those little fingers clutched the dagger!" adopted country, and submitting to remain the unacknow- “And did she strike him?" exclaimed the young man, ledged wife of Dunois, rather than embroil his master, half-starting from his chair, and fixing his flashing eyes the young king of France, with his Holiness, by calling on the crafty Jester. on him to sanction a more public ceremony than that “Ay, that did she! The sharp steel ran clean through which had already bound them.

It was glorious, her look of disdain, when she “And it was from this source the exchequer was sup- tore it out, reeking as it was, and dashed it down, as if plied, after the last sous had been drawn to meet the loathing the sight of the blood her own hand had expenses of the wars,” exclaimed the young traveller, drawn." grasping his cousin's hand with sudden energy. “By * And the wounded churl, did he seek to revenge the this right hand, Dunois! thy claim on this lovely piece hurt ?" of Eve's fesh shall be sustained, though the crown of “ That did he not. His companions raised a laugh, France crumble in the contest. To-morrow she shall be and he shrunk away ashamed, for the flash of her fierce sent, with all fitting honor, to the court; not openly as eyes were even more terrible than the blow of her dagthy bride—that cannot be yet, a rupture with his Holiness ger. The troops soon passed forward, and I saw no would be ruinous, in our present weak state; one fair more of them.” victory over the English braggarts, and we will brave “ But the maiden, what of her ?" even the haughty Pontiff in thy behalf. Meantime, the

“She supposed herself alone—for I, from the first, had Queen of France is a fitting protector for thy fair wife." || concealed myself--more than a minute she stood, with

Dunois was about to utter his thanks, when the object, her hands clasped, and her eyes fixed on the reeking dirk of their discourse returned to the apartment.

where it stuck, quivering, with its point buried deep in The young traveller had occupied his sleeping apart- the ground. Then she fell upon her knees, and prayed. ment but a few minutes that night, when the Jester A prayer like that might inspire a whole nation with a knocked for admission. His face still bore the familiar | thirst for action; might instil valor even into the dissmile, which, from constant practice, seemed to have be- couraged troops of France! It was the outpouring of a come a portion of his features, but when the door was spirit too highly excited for its own endurance. The closed a change came over his whole person: the muscles burning words fell from her lips, like sparks from heated about his mouth fell, his eyebrows, which were lifted steel; each glowing sentence is sounding in my brain, almost to an expression of silliness, drooped to their even yet, like the voice of a war trumpet. A creature natural heavy curve ; his lips became more firm and de- like that, placed in the midst of a discouraged soldiery, termined in their expression; and his air of comic ef-| would accomplish more by her fearless eloquence, than frontery, gave place to an erect front and a respectful whole armies arrayed for battle, with the thoughts of demeanor. Taking off his cap, and folding his cloak so former defeat freezing their courage." as to conceal his gaudy apparel, he stood at a respectful “ This strange eloquence must be contagious," said the distance as if waiting to be questioned.

youth coldly, fixing a keen and suspicious look on the face “Sit down," said the young man, pushing a stool for- of the Jester. “ Thou art not wont to waste words to ward with his foot, and assuming a show of indifference.

no purpose, even in thy seeming folly. To the point at “Sit down, and tell us how thy errand has speeded.”

What wise project hast thou framed, touching 'Indifferently well,” replied the Jester, taking the this fiery maiden? Mark me—one who has defended the proffered stool, “I came to speech with the damsel.” honor of her sovereign, to the shedding of blood, is no “ And what learned ye ?"

game for meaner followers !" “That she is quick of wit, full of fire, and the scullion “I know that full well,” replied the Jester, humbly, or hostler of yonder inn."

“nor do I seek to mate with eagles, though they be found “ Impossible! A creature of such beauty the menial in kites' nests." of a low inn? Tush, man, it cannot be !"

A cloud disappeared from the brow of the youth. “It



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is well," he said, in a kinder tone. “ Now unfold thy

Original. project, for some scheme thou had'st, I'm certain.”

ELDERLY GENTLEMEN. The Jester drew his stool close to the feet of his master, and unfolded his design in a low and rapid speech. A rich glow gathered in the cheeks of the youth, his eye brightened, and he now and then interrupted the speaker

READER mine, hast thou ever, in thy mortal cogitawith broken exclamations of pleasure. By degrees, the Jester's voice became lower and more insidious ; as he tions, been tempted to indulge in feelings of compassion proceeded, a frown darkened the face of his master, and, be termed Elderly Gentlemen? Or hast thou ever, in

or contempt for those of thy race, who may appropriately more than once, he started back with an angry exclamation. Then he would gradually incline his head, and his || ticular part of thy lot as from a period bereft of all com

contemplating thy possible destiny, shrunk from this

pardeepening color told bow skilfully the subtle adviser was playing upon his passions. As if carried away by the fort, and the very acme of human ills? If so, I beseech

thee to take shame and confusion of face to thyself, for interest of his subject, the Jester at length spoke aloud

thou art already convicted of the very climax of human in a firm voice.

folly. I will scarcely believe thou art able to discern “a “There are women,” he said, “whose lives are as a hawk from a handsaw." quiet stream; passions may disturb them for a moment,

Rest thee in thy Cretanism, and I will, if so be there as winds ruffle the limpid waters, and then their life is stuff enough in thee, essay to convince thee of thy passes on as quietly as if no evil had oppressed them, great error, and to enlighten thee as to the many privieven as the stream resumes its glassy smoothness, when leges thou art still to enjoy: or of which, perchance, thou the breeze which disturbs it is hushed. With such, joys mayest already have begun to partake, albeit unconor sorrows never penetrate beyond the surface of the scious of thy felicity. heart, the core remains untouched and impervious. There First, let us review the successive periods of thy life, are others—and this damsel is one—bold and visionary, || each with its peculiar and not to be avoided perils, and with the energies of men, joined to the tenderness of the verily, thou wilt perceive that as thou hast approached weakest woman; with passions and aspirations, which, this haven, thy felicity hath increased. once lighted, burn on for ever and ever, till the heart is

Look, then, at thy firm and well-turned limbs, (for the consumed by its own unquenchable desires. Excite

Elderly Gentleman hath no experience in the shrunk these energies and this tenderness, at the same time, and pantaloon,) thy well formed foot, which thou art wont to a creature is formed such as this damsel may be made: a

display in the best of Day and Martin's polish; thy lion in the face of an enemy, a dove in the bosom of one

cheek, with its strong manly lines, which thou art fain on whom she lavishes affection; a being, who, once en

to consider as evidences of thought and force of characgaged in a course of love or glory, will concentrate her

ter, a position from which I will not attempt to dislodge strength and contend with difficulty, danger, and even

thee; thy whiskers, scarcely sprinkled with grey, and death, but who will never yield till her object is accom

matching the short curly locks that mantle thy high, plished. To win such love, to awaken such powers, is a

rather intellectual looking, brow-for no other word will task worthy even of thee, my master.

But beware of

suit thee, suggestive as it is of those of Jupiter, Mars, arousing them for a slight purpose; of trifling with a

and a whole Pantheon of Gods and Goddesses—thy brow heart like that, for the simple amusement of a day; it then, which thou hast fondly persuaded thyself is no would be like uncapping Vesuvius, to be amused by the

mean counterpart to that of Napoleon, (a harmless phansparkle of its flames, and the rush of its burning lava.

tasy, in which thou mayest freely indulge ; elderly gentleLeave her here, in the solitude of her own green valley,

men do, or ought to look intellectual.) Look at all this, to indulge the fiery strength of her nature by curbing and then consider, I beseech thee, that thou wast once a travellers' horses, and breaking young colts; or take her

sprawling babe, mewling and puking" in the arms of th: hence, as I but now proposed, place her among the sol

nurse, thy bare feet and shapeless legs kicking back and diery, and make one more mighty effort to arouse the forth, to the most disreputable of all sounds, inasmuch as energies of France.” Here the Jester's voice again sunk it is nothing certain, being neither language, bark nor mew, to an under tone, he spoke long and earnestly, apparently i neither a low nor a squeal, but that nondescript of all explaining with more minute exactness, the project which

sounds, a baby cry. occupied bis mind.

Then think of thy bald head, and dropsical cheeks, “Well, be it so,” said the youth, at length, as his wily i and that aperture in lieu of a mouth distended to its servant arose to depart,“ but, on thy life, be prudent largest possible dimensions, exhibiting thy red, toothless and secret."

gums and quivering tongue, all for the laudable purpose The Jester promised obedience, and left the apart- of emitting the before spoken of sounds, that delight none

After leaving the ruin he proceeded to the hos- but thyself, and two nameless objects, who witness the telry, where he had left Agnes Sorrell. He held a operation with the greatest possible pleasure. protracted interview with her, and then, mounting his

Thy very cheek tingles with shame at the recital, but horse, rode off toward Vancouleurs. It was deep in the I am not yet done. I will suppose thou hast passed night when he returned, with his horse in a foam, and through all the preliminary steps to walking; that thou with a heavy bundle tied to his saddle-bow.

hast looked interesting upon all-fours; that mama has To be continued.

been duly pulled and hauled, mortified and enraptured;


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