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contrast between the glaring purse-proud osten. | refer our readers to the book itself, fully pertation of the former, and the more lofty and suaded that they will derive very great pleasure dignified remoteness of the latter. Lady Ursula from its perusal. “Vingt ans Après is a close Wainwright is another of Mrs. Gore's pleasant continuation of “Les I'rois Mousquetaires;" sketches (would that the book contained more but twenty years have now passed over our heof them, and less of matter of more doubtful roes' heads, and France is now in all the fury merit). We are told that "the inseparability of of the Fronde”—an epoch unrivalled in any two handsome women of fashion is generally nation's annals. Boudoirs were not then the precursive of a quarrel.” Lady Ursula and fashion, otherwise we should have said councils Lady Hillingdon having been friends of this of war were held in ladies' boudoirs ; hut warsort, fall out about a cap and a gown (the mil. riors did then literally combat for fair ladies' liners being always, on these occasions, the un-eyesconscious cause of hostilities), and never meet

" Pour pleine à ses beaux yeaux afterwards but to wound the feelings of each

J'ai fait la guerre aux rois other. Joddrell—the expectant peer, who is in

Je l'auvais fait aux Dieux," tended as a contrast, in every respect, to Cleve the parvenu—is a youth, who, spite of his sordid writes de la Rochefoucault to one of his friends vulgarity and coarseness, is not beyond the reach in speaking of his lady-love. As in the " Trois of reformation. Not so the Davenports, an in- Mousquetaires,” the plot is one of deep interest. crustation of pride in its worst form; not more There is but one episode to which we decidedly ready to tread upon all beneath them than to object ; that is, the one in which the Duchesse shrink from the consequences by taking refuge de Cherreux, disguised as Marie Michen, finds in the privileges of their rank.

shelter under the same roof as Attus, whom she But with all these recommendations the novel takes to be a wayfairing priest. No doubt is too diffuse. If the thought which Mrs. Gore Madame de Cherreux was a very giddy, frivowith too many of our modern novelists, deems lous person ; but still she would never have sufficient to be beaten out into half-a-dozen works, acted the part here assigned her. Oh, Monsieur were condensed into one, we might hope for Dumas, are you not afraid that the fair ghost of something beyond an ephemeral story, which Madame de Cherreux will haunt you for thus will have done its best if it be one of the thou

representing her? But turn we' from Marie sand topics of the “ season.”

Michen to the noble creation of “ Monte Christo."

This is indeed a surprising work. We do not Les Trois MousQUETAIRES; VINGT ANS intend giving any hint of the story to our Apres. 18 vols.; LE COMTE DE Monte readers, as we should be sorry to deprive them Christo. Par Monsieur Alex. Dumas. ---M, of the " impreme” of the incidents; but we canDumas has struck out for himself an original not abstain from expressing an enthusiastic adstyle of novel, which may eventually establish a miration of the powerful scenes and beautiful new " école." We confess to be, with the gene- passages with which the work abounds. The rality of our sex, familiarly alive to the charms | Abbé Faria has left a lasting impression on our of novelty; and though-softly be it said-we memory. How eagerly did we listen to the own to having often lost our sympathy for the workings of his mighty mind, which seemed to aristocratic heroines of the English novels, from burst the prison-walls, and soar in the illimitable the certainty that all their troubles would end in

How trusting the friendship between a “happy marriage,” and their “true love,” if Dantės and Faria! Then the escape of Dantés at the commencement it did not “run smooth,” -do we not seem to see the lightning flash would eventually “run” into the peaceful gulf which discovers him clinging to the saving of matrimony; hence the plots of M. Dumas rock? And then, again, when we see him behave for us the same charm as an unknown

Comte de Monte Christo,” how do and unfrequented path would for the traveller

we admire the masterly manner in which te wearied by the sameness of a well-beaten and wields those two powerful leavers, Wealth and monotonous road. In the “Trois Mousque- Intelligence! Aye, let those who will gainsay taires” there is no marriage, and scarcely any it, but we repeat, “ Monte Christo” is a noble love ; yet the work is replete with such intense production. What purity, what exquisite grace interest, that the reader finds it difficult to stop in Valentine! How affecting the scene in till the conclusion of the tenth volume. The which she brings her lover to her grandfather's affection which binds“ Les Trois Mousque- feet, imploring the protection of the unfortunate taires” to their comrade d’Artagnanis beautifully paralytic, helpless as herself! There are eig:pourtrayed. Amidst the conflicting interests of teen volumes; yet we find the work too short, civil war, yet do these four brave youths con

so intense is the interest it excites. We firmly tinue faithful to their trusting league of friend- believe the “Comte de Monte Christo" destined ship. Richelieu, Anne of Austria, Bucking; to great celebrity. -Une Inconnue. ham, all well play their parts in this animated and ever-changing scene. How do we rejoice at seeing the “ douze ferrets de diamentsPoems. By Camilla Toulmin.-(W. S. Orr sparkling on Anne of Austria's graceful and Co.)—A small volume, containing a numshoulder, and thus disconcerting the deep ber of poems which have appeared from time to malice of the revengeful Cardinal ! But we time in various periodicals, and also several

ether!

come the

Paris.

hitherto unpublished. We extract one of the latter

“ THE THREE FRIENDS.

Until, self-tortured by his hideous guest,

Day brought no peace, and night no rest! “The Oth r one walked upright as whew he First knew his friend in all equality :

There was no servile crouching ; no revoke Of differing thoughts he once had freely spoke (For e'en as discords harmony may make, So kindred minds some different views may take). The only chain the gold 'twixt them had wrought Drew them more near, and dearer friendship

brought. "God knows I would have done the same for thee!' "I know he would have done as much for me!'

Was felt-not said-by each respectively.
An unsung music to themselves most dear,

As one may silent read a page, not hear. “ The writhing slave knew nought of such sweet

peace ; His visits shorten, and at last they cease. As for the Lender, if his thoughts be told, He mourns to lose a friend, and not his gold. Unto the Other once he said, “Your words are

true :

" There were Three Friends—that is to say,

They were men meeting every day ;
Grasping each other's hands with earnest pressure

Upon the Mart, or in the hours of leisure. “ The Eldest had a large and finely-tempered heart, Thought a few thoughts in which the world had

not a part,
And, as the mountains are the first to win
A dawning glory ere the day begin,
He saw to trace his life-chart on a plan

Of simple grandeur meet for such a man. “ His acts oft puzzled worldlings, who, you know,

Bat-like are blinded by the noon-day glow
Of deeds to which they cannot find the clue
Of double motive or a selfish view.
And yet as mountain sun-crowns downwards creep
Till o'er the plain the generous day-beams sweep,
So from the height of his great soul were caught

Some peerless lessons by example taught. " • But,' says the reader, *to these Three Great

Friends,
I cannot see which way your story tends.'
Patience :--and yet perchance when all is told,
Meaning or moral you may not behold!
Of station, fortune, equal all had been,
But to the younger two came losses unforeseen.
Generous and prompt, the First with open hand
Made free his fortune to their joint command ;
Saying, “It is a gift or loan, it matters not,
According to the chances of your future lot.'
A test of friendship bravely, nobly borne ;
But though the theme be much less trite and

worn,
It is almost as hard--I own, not quite-
To take with grace, as to bestow aright
Favours like this ; which try mind-metal more

Than shielding life with life amid the battle's roar. “ One was profuse of thanks; yet you might see

He bit his lip half-peevishly,
And to his cheeks the chafed and feverish blood

Sent fitfully its tell.tale flood. “ The Other said, 'God bless thee!' fervently ; "God knows I would have done the same for thee.'

You've tested me; but I have tested you !
It pains my heart to know he could not compre-

hend
The rights and pleasures of a faithful friend.'
“It chances,' said the Third, that you and I

Do understand each other perfectly.
But frankly tell me, do not you opine
That, out of every hundred, ninety-nine
Of poor mankind do not know how
Either t'accept a favour or a boon bestow.
No matter what on Friendship's Shrine th' obla-

tion,
They shrink in horror from an Obligation !
So little are the ties of brotherhood
Between Earth's children understood,
So few who seem such thoughts to understand,
That I could count, upon the fingers of one hand,
With whom I know such bonds might be,
And give or take all equally,
Withont disturbance of our self-respect,

Or some regret the curious might detect.' "• 'Tis very sad !' the First one sighing cried, “ God's gifts we most unequally divide :

How shall we teach one human brotherhood ?" " Trust God! and trust the might of doing good!"

The Oiher answer'd, There's a dawn draws near
(May eyes grow stronger ere the noon appear,
For some I know that not e'en now can bear
Truth's struggling beams that pierce this murky

air !)
Why, 'tis a wholesome sign, you will aver,
That even You and I can thus confer !'

"" And several signs stood out in strong relief

To mark the Twain ;-but, to be brief,
The One a slave, in struggling to escape,
Broke up his household gods of every shape
To melt them-in his heart-into one figure rude
Of monstrous mien, which he called Gratitude :

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HER MAJESTY's THEATRE.

which her namesake used to sing and act so pa.

thetically, and with such gentle beauty. Her Previous to Easter, some little variety and voice, which is contralto, has a greater compass improvement in the dramatis persone was made than is usual with its family. She sings steadily, by the re-appearance of Madame Castellan, on but greatly lacks refinement; and on the stage is which occasion Donizetti's Linda was produced, but too evidently embarrassed. Signor Botelli for the first time in the present season. Signora acquitted himself by no means satisfactorily, Gaetanina Brambilla takes the part of Pierotto, promoted though he was to the honours of Il Prefetto; his style, dress, and action, are bom- | bell-like sweetness of her voice told with a magibastic to a degree. Linda has never become a cal effect. Perouse, or the Desolate Island, is favourite with the public; its beauties seem un- worthy of no particular notice. The only feature appreciated, and, altogether, it goes off lan- which has real merit in the whole production is guidly. On Tuesday, the 14th, Madame Grisi, Mr. Wieland's monkey; it is perfect, and Signor Mario, and Signor Lablache, re-appeared electrified” the "juveniles” in the boxes. It in I Puritani ; and, later in the week, in Don is a peculiar gift, that of pantomimic play; a Giovanni. Time deals gently, not only with the low one in point of grade, but intensity of lady's voice, but with her personal charms. skill raises it far above those illegitimate assumpSignor Mario is wonderfully improved, and tions of talent so often imposed upon the public. evidently has not reached the meridian of his The new ballet, Imelda, has proved very successpower as a singer. Lablache was Lablache! ful, more, we think, because of the“ getting up;" The tonelessness of Fornasari's voice in this though the skill displayed by Mademoiselle opera is remarkably observable; and the heavi- Sali as Imelda, and Monsieur Mathis as the ness which Madame Castellan has in delivering Count Alberti, was very considerable. We canher notes was painful, as it entirely separated not, however, warrant for it a long continuance these two from the other performers when they of public favour. sang in concert. Madame Castellan is, however,

HAYMARKET. improved; and her long shake at the close of the andante in “ Batti, batti” won an encore. Made- The Easter holidays have called the exertions moiselle Sanchioli was the Donna Elrira, and a of almost all the theatres into play, and the very meagre embodiment of the rôle it was. In struggle has been great among them to prothe quartette, “ Non ti fidar,” her voice mingled duce the piece of the merry season; nor in but very indifferently with Grisi’s. There is, burlesque alone have the managers vied with however, in Madame Castellan's singing great each other, but in the production of pieces intention, with which progress is a necessary of a higher character. It has been the forresult. The ballet of Catarina we fully no- tune of the manager of the Haymarket to ticed in our last.

have upon the boards a comedy which nightly

“ draws" with increasing strength. The Beggar DRURY LANE.

on Horseback has not proved the “ meteor of Has Mr. Bunn been asleep? Where are his an hour," but promises to, and has now beEaster novelties? We suppose wit and satire come in a great measure, a lasting favourite. are despised as vulgar-not suited to the refined Mr. Webster, if he does not always show good spectacle and ballet-loving andience which judgment, at least shows unabated perseverance assemble in Old Drury. Old Drury !—the in all that is brought upon the Haymarket stage. home of the national drama-

---once its throne in The author, if his play fail, can never have had the metropolis—to be usurped by an insignifi- to blame the present manager, who invariably cant company of vocalists and their meagre gives him a good chance : not unfrequently compositions! Where is the soul of real, and forcing" the production down the throats of useful, and beneficial talent ? Surely not in the public, till in time, accustomed to the taste, scenery and gorgeous stage-trappings and they have begun to like it, and, at length, even effects, or in the nymphs of the ballet? Why is to enjoy the morceau at which they had preShakspeare's statue allowed to adorn the portico viously turned up their noses, and to admire the of such a scene? He has no business there; talent of the author, who, if they had had their without Mr. Bunn-like the proprietors of cer- own way at the commencement, they would tain perambulating show-carts-exhibits this have “snubbed.” It is a well-known fact, that as a warrant for the wonders within the walls. the Love Chase, by Sheridan Knowles, was, for How woefully his “giant” dwindles to some- fourteen nights, played to houses all but empty. thing even below the average standard of The manager persevered, till, in a few nights “- respectable !" Where is his loftiness? Where inore, persons to an immense number were obhis grandeur ? The Crusaders, noticed in our liged, for want of accommodation, to be “turned last, has sufficed in the operatic department till away.” The Beggar on Horseback, however, lately, when Madame Anna Thillon made her has seized the public by the hand, put that hand re-appearance as Catarina, in the Crown in the public pocket, and the result has been the Jewels, which, it will be remembered, was effect we have witnessed-namely, crowded previously produced at the Princess's some houses, crammed to the very roof! The embotime since. She is as lovely as ever, and has diment of the rogue, the scamp, and the profliall her accustomed gaiety and sweetness of gate, by Webster, and the cool, collected man manner; and her exquisitely delicate and thril- of double-play, by Farren, alone would ensure ling voice has even improved from that which success, were they not supported, as they are, by 80 delighted her admirers last season, a great and powerful body of talent and a wellHenriques de Sandoval (Mr. Harrison) was but constructed comedy. We wish the writing had indifferently performed, and the score but ill- a little more light and shadow. It is a vivid, executed. Mr. D. W. King, as Don Sebastian well-drawn sketch ; but it wants the high-lights, d'Aveyro, was as usual, very clever, and the and the depths of shadow, to render it a power of his voice had in this rôle full scope. “ picture”-an image-a second nature ! There Miss Poole's Diana was very sweet; the clear, ) is no real wit, no real grandeur, no real pathos ;

Don

their shadows are there, but the substance is Smith, entitled Hop o' my Thumb, in which the wanting. We feel sure it is a hasty perform- “ General” performs, has nightly drawn down ance of the pen; the ink has not dried, while shouts of applause; and, from its success, has the beauties of the mind have grown, blossomed, induced the management to re-engage the dimiand borne fruit; like an impatient child, the nutive actor, whose performances are of a most author has torn the green leaves in their pale, extraordinary and talented description.

Not weak beauty, instead of allowing them to ripen only does he recite his portion of the burlesque, to the full lustre of mature growth. The Easter but sings and dances. The first discovery of the production at this theatre is The Birds of Aris- General in a cocoa-nut was good; also when he tophanes. Last season, Mr. Planché sat with is found secreted in the salt-box, in his mother's Euripides; he has this year changed about, and cottage. His review of the king's army abounds is at play with Aristophanes. But, alas ! The in pantomimic by-play, which the little General Birds do not come up to the Golden Fleece of performs with evident relish of the ridiculous. the previons Easter. He has not given himself | The scene in the wood, where he is mounted in space to do proper justice to his subject-by no

a tree, gave great cause for merriment, by his means an easy one. To use the words of a con- detaching the lamp from the end of the pole temporary, “It is done neatly—but not well.” carried by King Cole's secretary. All the scenes The liberty Mr. Planché has taken of introdu- in the ogre's residence were cleverly performed, cing Jupiter is most unwarrantable. It has especially where Hop o' my Thumb'changes the been evidently avoided by his model in the most nightcaps of his brothers for the crowns of the strict and obvious manner; and even when he ogre's children, when the little actor gave a does throw off the disguise of an inferior state, splendid performance of caution and silence, he does not, in his words, assume his place. He walking on tip-toe, with his finger on his lips. is too literal, too earnest ; and his speech lost At the conclusion, we are introduced to a room the savour of burlesque. However, there are in miniature, titted up to a nicety with chandemany good" hits" and jokes, which told well in liers, glasses, tables, chairs, &c. In this scene, a house determined to laugh; and not one died | Hop omy Thumb assumes the character of Na. away unrecognised by the holiday-making throngpoleon, in which rôle he is doubtless well known which crowded the house in every part. The to our readers. His carriage is introduced on intonations of voice through the beaks of the the stage, drawn by its miniature ponies, in various birds was often extremely droll, and ex- which, and amid shouts of applause, the General cited much merriment. We feel sure, however, takes his farewell. The burlesque is cleverly that this will be a favourite for no very limited written, and there are some very good jokes disperiod. The Irish Post, Grandfather Whitehead, persed throughout. No pains has been spared and other stock pieces, have, previous to the in its production; and not only will it add to Easter production, been at times introduced; the fame of the General, but to that of the as has the Love Chase, with a new cast, though talented author from whose pen this production Mr. Webster supported his own and old cha- has proceeded. The Marble Maiden, and Next racter, Wildrake, the sportsman.

Door, still attract, and are most cordially wel

comed by overflowing houses. ADELPHI.

Princess's. The present and latest attraction at this amusing little house has been the piece adapted Mr. Macready is again engaged at this little from the French, and entitled Industry and In- theatre, and contents himself with playing in dolence, in which Mr. Wright, as Sansonet (an the characters which, in a previous number, te amorous top-sawyer), produces great merriment, have noticed at length. Of the new drama, entiin Mr. Wright's usual and peculiar style ; so tled Ernestine, we purpose speaking in our next. also does Mr. Paul Bedford, as St. Amour (a The Easter piece, Lady Godiva, has not proved conjugal lover). The orphan Cecile, Madame quite so successful as its competitors for public Celeste performed with all the variety of energy favour. and pathos which has won for her celebrity in

SADLER's Wells. this country; and, indeed, the versatility of her genius is truly wonderful. Miss Woolgar, as It is with pain we notice the proceedings of Batifole, was very pretty, and gained her usual this management. After the present season, mead of applause from her admirers. Mr. which will be but short, Mrs. Warner quits 0. Smith acquitted himself admirably, as did the “ the boards” of Sadler's Wells; and by whom rest of the performers. Of Peter Wilkins; or, can her loss be supplied ? Reports have been the Loadstone Rock and the Flying Indians, we afloat of a reconciliation of the various parties; shall speak at length in our next. The title is but we are informed, from the most undoubted imposing enough-but, to the

authority, that such an event neither has taken,

nor will take place. Easter Monday was deLYCEUM.

voted to the production of Howard Payne's Honours and Tricks has been rendered a great tragedy of Brutus, in which, for the first time, favourite, through the exertions of Mr. Keeley, Mr. Phelps sustained the character which who undergoes a variety of transformations, in Edmund Kean rendered illustrious. Brutus is the way of costume, which he makes highly a character suited in every way to Mr. Phelps's amusing. A burlesque from the pen of Albert talents, and the performance was received

with every demonstration of satisfaction on well filled, especially the Morgrave of Mr. G. the part of the audience. Several stock farces Bennett. The piece contains some excellent have occupied the boards, too numerous to scenery of the architecture prevalent at the time; catalogue in our present notice. On the Wed- and the decorations and appointments are, as nesday in Easter week a new play, by Mr. they always are at this theatre, complete. Spicer, was produced, called Judge Jeffreys. The piece, as its name implies, is historical, although there is at least as much of fiction as

MR. H. S. MAY'S CONCERT. of history in it. Grace Pomfret (Mrs. Warner), a wealthy lady, who has passed the bloom of Mr. H. S. May gave a concert at the Southyouth, has married a young soldier (Marston), wark Literary Institution on the evening of the and conceives herself to be neglected by him. 31st ult. He was formerly a pupil of Moscheles, This suspicion is fostered by Morgrave (G. and does infinite credit to his great master. He Bennett), a discarded lover, who takes this is a pianist possessing no ordinary power. His opportunity of fostering her suspicions for the touch is at once neat, delicate, and even; and purpose of being revenged for her rejection of altogether, even in this age of steam pianists, he him. He contrives that Grace shall overhear is a very remarkable performer for one so young. part of a conversation between her husband and He played several fantasias (which seemed to the wife of De Lisle, a proscribed rebel. This find mighty favour with his audience) in a very confirms her suspicions, and she retaliates on superior and finished manner.

Various songs her husband by suffering Morgrave to make open were successfully sung by the two charming love to her. "Pomfret insults and challenges Misses Williams, Miss Binckes, Messrs. Ranshim. Shortly afterwards, seeing from the out- ford, Kench, John Parry, and others; but the side of his house a male visitor in his wife's numerous encores, added to the length of the apartments, he concludes it to be Morgrave; programme, compelled us to depart considerably and, urged by the demon of jealousy, hastily de- before it was over, that we might not break nounces the destroyer of his peace-who is also into the "solemn midnight hour.” The room among the proscribed rebels who have favoured was crowded to excess. Monmouth's invasion—to Jeffreys, but finds that he has involved his wife in the sentence. The mysterious visitor turns out to be De Lisle,

PANORAMA OF CONSTANTINOPLE. who with his wife has sought refuge with Grace. The judge, with brutal humour, insists upon it The other day we paid a visit to the Panorama that Pomfret wants to get rid of his wife, and of Constantinople, now exhibiting in Leicesterthat he shall not be disappointed. The trial square, and shall not easily forget the gratificatakes place. The unhappy Pomfret-after having tion we received. Those who have read “ The been compelled to give evidence against his wife, City of the Sultan” doubtless feel a desire to as a protector of the rebels, and the other view the spots so delightfully and eloquently prisoners—is himself involved in the sentence in described by Miss Pardoe, and we can assure an endeavour to save his wife; and all four are them they need go no farther than Leicesterled to execution, when a pardon arrives, having square to have their wish gratified, and see The been obtained by Lord Feversham from the Queen of Cities” in all her splendour. On enking. These are good materials for a drama, tering, we could have imagined that some inand accordingly the success of the piece was visible power had transported us to the top of great, and would have been triumphant, had Seraskier's Tower (whence the view before us the conclusion been equal to the rest. But the was taken), but that some old ladies near us catastrophe was weak--the expedient of a pardon were descanting in loud tones on the merits of besides, while ceking in history well materiale on the neist object that struck us was the Mosque his play, the author should not have stopped of Suleiman : this does not possess the great short of inflicting that poetical justice on the architectural beauty of either Achmet or Bajazet, head of Jeffreys that facts would have allowed but it is the largest and most imposing of the him to do. The fallen fortunes and the sad fate Mahommedan temples; the dome, supported by of the inhuman judge would have been a subject four slender pillars of Thebaic granite, is of the worthy of the author's pen. The audience same circumference as that of Santa Sophia, but seemed to feel this, and paid him a compliment of better form, being higher : close by is the even in the expression of their disappointment; burying-ground of the mosque, and the darkhowever, the dissentient voices were few, and the looking object in the centre is the tomb of applause was loud and long. The acting was Sulieman, the founder. This stupendous builexcellent. The mingled ferocity and humour

in ding stands just opposite Seraskier's Square, the Judge were very happily pourtrayed by Mr. which being the largest open space within the and played with the graceful ease that is natural numbers of soldiers in their splendid uniform, to her.' Mr. Marston-on whom the success and you can hardly feel persuaded that you did of the piece in a great measure depended-ex- not see these ladies

, with their white yashmacs, little to do. The rest of the characters were / barracks, painted blue ; the bazaars and kioska,

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