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of the house. The conceited thing rustling of the cloak, and the voice, had her canvas so swelled by this wind which I now thought not quite una of the court, that, on my entering the known, began to whisper again: 'If room, she merely looked at me over you are Limbach, stand still ! I bring her shoulder. I waited with impa- you good tidings from Ossek: he did tience till the silver-tongued fop not die of his wound: you see him should rise and be gone: but he staid now standing beside you. When where he was: I still remained, thus, of a sudden, the heavy load of though I stood upon thorns: At last murder was thrown from my conI took the liberty to call Nancy aside. science, I felt no otherwise than if, She followed me with a peevish air, by the voice of an angel, I had been and asked me partly, ' What was the raised from the dead. Quite out of matter?' Nancy, answered I, dost myself for joy, I turned round, and, thou remember that thou hast to give forgetting all animosity, flew into the me?''I remember nothing, and open arms of the Count. beg you not to use so familiar a style,' “'What fools we were,' said he, she haughtily replied: On that the 'to attack one another with fury for little creature tossed up her nose, and such a contemptible creature! Thank was about to go. I gently detained heaven that that hypocritical Rosalia her, and said, 'You're not in good unmasked herself in time. She showa humour to-day, lovely Nancy; an- ed herself to you in the naked odiousother time I shall come for the kisses ness of her soul, because she thought which cost me so dear. "Don't take she had made a sure conquest of me, the trouble,' she disdainfully said. and knew not otherwise how to main• So?' said I rather tartly, 'who made tain it. Since that time she has had me pull off the schoolmaster's wig? - a variety of lovers; for as soon as you who is the cause of my breaking a leg had fled, and iny death was deemed and an arm ?' That would make a certain, other gentlemen appeared and horse laugh,' interrupted she, titter. were received into favour. But not a ing: "Was it I who desired you to word more about her ! Our duel, you tumble so awkwardly?'”
see, has not been so fatal as you and I On the death of his father, Albert thought. Your thrust was furious, went into the army, and fell ir. love my friend ;-within a week, however, with a lady of great seeming reserve, my life was declared out of danger; called Rosalia, by whom he thought and my wound was not so painful as himself much beloved in return. He the thought, that you, without near one day, however, found her in the cessity, had fled from your country. embraces of a young Count Ossek, As soon as my cure was complete, I whom he challenged to the field, formed the resolution of going in? where he left him, as he thought, search of you. This, it is true, would dead, and, leaving his own country, have been a ridiculous thought, had hid himself in the capital of a neigh- I meant to wander like a knight-erbouring state.]
rant at random. But no; I had got 95 Here, under a borrowed name, I hints that this was the place of your lived several months like a hermit. I exile, and hither I came. I more. began, however, by degrees, to visit over, before I set out, had brought it the public walks in the dusk of the so far, by my family's interest at court, evening. I had no news from my that you may go back to your corps, native town, for nobody knew to what or quit the service with honour. place I had fled. Thus I had lived "What a monster I am !' said I, much for six or seven months, in all the an- affected,' to think of murdering a guish of a person condemned to be good_a generous man, for the sake hanged, when, walking one evening of the basest of women! This made in an alley a mile from the town, I, ness of mine I shall never forgive, and with amazement, perceived that a I shall never forget your nobleness of man wrapped up in a cloak was fol- mind. I heartily thank you for your .. lowing me close at my heels. I quick- kind application to the Prince, but I ened my pace. He in pursuit did the chuse to give up my commission; I same, and at, last whispered gently cannot think of going back to my nae , behind me, 'Limbach ! Limbach ! , tive land, where the women have so
66 I shuddered and always ran on, cruelly used me.' without looking about. I heard the “ The Count gave me his company
for several days. After his departure, disagreeable to her excellence, as she I wrote for my dismission and obtain- herself is the author.' What he said ed it. : I now gave up all connection was to me a thunderbolt. “Her exwith my native country. But I re- cellence is a poetess ?' faultered I. 'A solved to resume my sword, which I great poetess,' answered the servant, had just laid down, and to use it in and is, besides, the President of the the service of that country of which Bas-bleu society here.' A second clap I was now an inhabitant. I had the of thunder. A third followed soon: good fortune to be so well recom- The servant turned his eyes on my mended to the Minister of the War papillotes, and exclaimed, “What do department, that he promised me a I see? You have made hair papers of captain's commission in a new raised the precious manuscript! I vow to regiment."
heaven, there is the title-page! He His hopes were again blasted by pointed with his finger to my right an adventure which he had with an- curl. I pulled out the paper, and other class of ladies-a coterie of blue- found, alas! that the title, in capital stockings--whom he was in the habit letters, Lixa's POEMS, was but too of insulting, and who actually on one legible. The servant beat his breast, occasion assailed him with rods, which and hastened from the room, exclaimthey kept concealed under their petti- ing, ' Ah! What dismal news I have coats for the purpose of this attack. to carry to her excellence!' I was so This, you will see, is a piece of most flurried, that it never came into my absurd German exaggeration. What head to stop him, and secure his si. follows is not ill fancied.]
lence by a piece of money. I threw “ The matrons not only poured out on my clothes, however, and hastenupon me all the venom of their tongues, ed to certain friends of inine, to conbut threw after me a rattling shower sult with them what was to be done of rods, slippers, standishes, books, in this so critical emergence. and sand-boxcs. To have some me. “My adventure was already every morial of this storm, I picked up from where known, for the offended ladies the ground a ball of paper so hard, had sounded the alarm over all the that it met my head like a stone, and town. All, with one accord, advised scampered away. This bomb hap- me to beg pardon of the minister's pened to be a manuscript entitled lady. To that I had no inclination,
Lina's Poems. I read the per- and returned home to consider more formance, and found it such pitiful maturely what was to be done. But stuff, that I gave my friseur next on entering my room, I found a card morning a handful to use as papillotes from the minister, which superseded for my hair, and lighted my pipe with all further reflection. He wrote me, the rest. While I was just using without giving any reason for his some of it in this last way, a servant change of conduct, " That I should from the minister was announced. no longer reckon on a captain's comFull of joyous expectation, that he mission, and never more set my foot perhaps came to inform me my com- over his threshold. “As your exmission was made out, I went to the cellence thinks proper !' said I, and door, and begged him to come in. laughed so loud, that my lonely walls He had, however, no commission from echoed the sound. I was consoled in the minister, but, with compliments a moment; and as I foresaw that the from his wife, he put to me the ques- wasps, whose nest I had disturbed, tion, If at a certain place I had not would be continually flying about my found a poetical manuscript, and care ears, and never let me have one inoried it off?'
ment's peace, I resolved never more to “ I started : 'What in the world apply for the smallest favour to the can the minister's wife have to do with great, but live and die as a free and such nonsense as that?' thought I to independent man.” myself, and was just about to say, yes. [Our adventurer now married a But when I thought of what I had pretty simpleton, who first of all subdonem had so degraded poetical flights, mitted to have her cheek kissed in the I thought it best to say, no. So you dark by an old professor of astronomy really have not found the poems ?' who visited in the house, and aftersaid the servant. ' Then the work, wards, in the absence of her husband, alas! is lost. This will be extremely who went to travel for his health, she played him a much worse trick. He to my wife. The last words of it had cautioned her to use the safe word pierced my heart like a dagger. For'No' to every request which might be tunately no one at table remarked my made to her in his absence, and here confusion, for all eyes were fixed on is the result :-)
the recorder of my shame, who now " When I was about half way home continued in the following manner. on iny return, I dined in a pretty large Hitherto, gentlemen, this adventure, town, at a table d'hote. The com as a love affair, might be half and half pany happened to be in a jovial mood, excused; but now it begins to be very and many a pleasant anecdote excited dishonourable for the soi-disant batheir mirth. One of the company at ron. The villain was not satisfied last gave the following story. There with seducing the wife of an honest lately took place in
(he named man; he at last persuaded the stupid the town where I lived) a strange and goose of a woman to run away with funny event. An adventurer, who him.' wanders up and down the world, and « Now I was perfectly thundergives himself out for a baron, lately struck, and ran out of the room, as if arrived there, and took a ride one all hell had been at iny heels. • Postmorning to view the neighbouring horses,' cried I to the people of the country. On passing a genteel enough house, with a terrible voice, and lockhouse, he saw, at the window, a beau- ed myself up in my room till they tiful woman. He wished to have a were got ready. At every post-house little chat with so charming a crea- I paid the post-boys double their dues, ture. Accordingly he stopped his who gallopped full speed till I arrived horse, and asked, Can you tell me, at Rosa's abode. The door was shut fair lady, how far I am still from - and locked. With the post-boy's asThe question was answered by No. sistance I got it thrown open. Trem" You surely can tell me the name of bling all over, I tottered in, and found the village I see,' (pointing to it.) the house musty and void. Even the Again the answer was No. In short, old dragon was gone. All the apartshe answered a score of his questions ments were cmptied-every coffer and and more with the same little word. press brokeri uj,: I now was a beggar. The stranger was struck, and thought ".O wretch that I am,' exclaimed I, to himself, “ T'he lady must either be it is decreed by fate, as I now cleardumb, all to that d- dsingle word, ly perceive, that all the women I apor some mystery must be lurking in proach, whether clever or dull, are to this. He gave his questions now a inake me their sport and their dupe. different shape, and said, You are What now is left, but to fly to some not, Ma'am, displeased, that I am free desert, and never again to see one of enough to speak to you?' No, said their odious faces ? she. Perhaps you will not take it [“ I am inclined,” continued Janill that I dismount a little here?' nes, “ to read straight forward now to No. Then, without further cere- the end of my inanuscript, if you mony, he alighted, and walked, boot- have no objection.”-“I would like ed and spurred as he was, into the much to hear it,” said Jambres ; “ as house.
for the Editor there, he is enjoying a .“ Here the cunning blade, by fur- very comfortable nap.”] ther questioning, made her understand Jannes, (reading:) « While I thus his wishes. It is scarcely necessary gave vent to my grief and my rage, I to add, that the lady continued to give observed, in a corner of the room, a the same answer to every question, letter addressed to myself. In a noand that No, in her mouth, was at ment I opened it. It was from an old last equivalent to Yes, in the mouth rich relation of mine, who resided in of any other woman. It is equally · Russia, and whom I had forgotten for unnecessary to say, that, while all the years. In the letter, I was invited rest of the company were laughing, I Sto come to him as soon as I could, sat upon thorns. The country-house, as he would wish to see me once more, the beauty and simplicity of its inha- before his death, which, from his age bitant, her parrot-like repetition of and infirmities, could not be distant. the same word-in short, every thing He added, " that I should not travel answered and fully convinced me, that so far for nothing; that he meant to this story could refer to no one but make me the heir of all he possessed.
In my cruel situation, it may well be was quite incomprehensible to me, by supposed that I read this letter with what I had merited fetters and chains. the highest delight. I set out with-, I was carried out of my prison, at last, out delay, and begged my way, like a to be tried. My judge said in a me pilgrim, to the place where my cou- nacing tone, Confess your crimes! I sin resided, which lay 150 miles be- begged as a favour to know what was yond Petersburgh. I soon was a rich laid to my charge. Aha! he re, man again, for my old relation died, plied, with a devilish grin, 'we must in my arms, not many weeks after my help then to set you a going, you vilarrival, and I found myself in pos- lain? You'll wait long for that! We session of an ampler fortune than I shall give you three days more for rehad ever had.
flection: when these are expired, if “I resolved to live and die in the you do not confess, we shall give you Russian town where I was, and re- the knout, main a hermit as much as possible, at “I was now carried back to my least to the women. I got myself prison, and the third day after was dressed in the Russian fashion, and again brought into court. Will you let my beard grow untouched by a not yet make confession ?' said the razor. . It soon surpassed all the beards same tyrannical judge. What shall of the country, and at length flowed I confess ?' I answered, with tears in over my girdle.
my eyes, 'Heaven knows I am inno“ I took a poor boy into my service, cent of all possible crimes. "Yes, and had him instructed in all those yes,' said the man on the bench, household concerns which commonly that is the usual song of such pretty fall to the women. He swept my birds as you. Stay, we shall soon rooms, cooked my victuals, and wash teach you to sing in a different strain. ed my linen. Every thing, in which Away with the fellow, and give him it was indispensably necessary that the knout, till he confess to a hair his women should have a hand, was trans criminal deeds. Two fellows tried acted by my trusty Jacob, and was the strength of their arms upon me moreover to be done out of doors. No for some minutes. I suffered the pain such dangerous creature was to pass in silence. The hard-hearted man, the threshold of my house. When I by whose order I was so cruelly used. saw a woman I closed my eyes, and I stood by all the while; but I did not shut my ears against the voice of the deign to beg him to spare me. At Syrens.
last he ordered the flagellants to stop, By these measures, invariably and to lead me back to my prison. strict, I lived in peace and satisfaction Here I passed six terrible months in for thirty years. I was now a grey dreadful uncertainty as to my fate, haired man of sixty, and I firmly bee I at times asked the jailor who brought lieved that, without meeting any more me my' water and bread, ' what at of the storms of life, I should get into last they would do with me?' He the port of repose.
always gave me for answer, ‘He could “But no. "At last I was suddenly not inforın me, for in the courts there awaked, one night, outof sleep by thun- was now no question of me. At last dering raps. Ijumped outof bed, and ran he one day appeared at an unusual to the window, where I saw my dwel. hour, with unusual speed threw open ling surrounded by soldiers, who, in the door of my prison, and said to me the Empress's name, commanded me quite oụt of breath, Come along, to open my door. Jacob opened and you are now to appear before Prince let them in. They made me their Potemkin. That awful name made prisoner, dragged me away, put me me tremble : I walked, more dead in chains, and shoved me into a vehi. than alive, surrounded by soldiers, to cle, which stopped not either by night the palace of the prince. They conor by day, till it reached St Peterse ducted me into a gala-saloon, in which burgh.
a brilliant assembly was met. A mul" Here I was thrown into a dun- titude of gentlemen, with stars and geon, where being left in solitude for ribbons, crowded around me. At cight days, I had time to review the their head was a lady of dazzling events of my life. I found myself beauty. She, smiled in my face, clear of even the smallest act against stroaked my beard with her hand, the laws of the land, and, therefore, it white as snow, and said with the voice
of an angel,' what fine, what a was so much admired is not of the venerable beard ! On this the prince number; she is a weak and a cold(whom I easily knew by the homage hearted creature.' And how is universally done him) made me a that to be proved ?' asked I, a little slight and gracious motion with his offended; ? as for me, old for that I hand, and said, “Now you may gom am, I was almost in love with her.' you are free !
“«The proof is the easiest thing in .“ Full of amazement I left the sa- the world, said the Count. The loon ; the guard that had conducted following history of your arrest and me to the gate had vanished. The imprisonment will prove it at once :sacred feeling of recovered liberty About seven months ago, a young man poured new force into my frame of rank dined with Potemkin. He With the vigour of a youth I hasten- was just returned from a tour through ed down stairs, and suddenly heard the Russian provinces, and was enterinyself called by my name. With taining the company with what he terror I looked back and saw behind had seen on his travels. Among me a Russian officer, whom I had al- other things of equal importance, ready remarked in the prince's saloon, he mentioned a man he had seen
Do you not recollect me?' said he, and with a beard which was frightgave my hand a most friendly squeeze. fully long; he talked of it as of one I stared a moment in his face, and of the wonders of the world, and the then I assured him, I did not recol- lady you so much admire pertly cried lect I had ever seen him before. “And out, . O how I should like to behold yet we have seen one another very that beard of all beards! This wish close,' he replied, much closer than I raised a complaisant laugh among the could have wished. I thought and great folks at table; on which Pothought; he remained a stranger to temkin, the lady's admirer, expressed me. Hem !' said he, smiling, have a desire to hear more about Longyou really forgotten Count Ossek ? beard. The prince, in compliance, - Ossek !' cried I, and fell on his drew out of his pocket his tablets, neck! ' Is it possible? How are you read aloud the name of your town, here ?' " A short time after our duel,' and, with all due gravity, added, 'It said he, I entered into the Russian is there he lives. It is true I don't service, and many a bloody fight I know his name; one cannot, however, have had with the Turks.' And I mistake; his beard would point the with the women,' said I. O! since man out anong millions of men.' the story you know, how barbarously “ The haughty favourite now sent I have been used by the sex! They for a secretary, whom he enjoined to at last brought it so far, that I was draw up an order forthwith, and send forced to avoid them as serpents, as it in haste to the commandant of the vipers ! But yet to-day I am a little town. The order ran thus: “On readreconciled with the odious sex. At ing these presents, you will straightlast I have seen for once a good-na- way take up and send off to Peters. tured and compassionate woman ! The burgh the man with the longest beard young, the beautiful lady, who stroak- in your place.' After that time, neied my beard with such kindness, ap- ther the Taurian prince nor the lady peared to me an angel of Heaven. I thought more of the matter. It was am sure I owe my deliverance to her.' not till to-day that it again occurred . My poor friend there you are sadly to the latter at table. How is that mistaken, said the Count, with a then?' said she to the prince ; Did smile of compassion; it is to that not your highness once mean to show very angel you owe the knout, and all me a man with a beard amazingly you have now undergone.' "That long ?' That moment the prince sent jest is too cruel,' said I; '0 let me for the secretary to whom he had go to the grave with the pleasing be given the commission, and roared, as lief, that one good woman is still to he came, with a terrible voice, ‘Have be found upon earth.' 'My dear but you not had my orders to have the singular friend,' Count Ossek replied, man with the beard brought to town?' o there are thousands, and thousands, "Yes, your highness,' answered the and thousands again of excellent wo- other, and he has been for six months men, of women whom one might ac in prison, but refuses still to confess dore; but she by whom your beard the crime he committed. It was not