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ly fascinated you ? "_"Ah, Med- person, but that in our manners, as ley," said he, “ I thought I should well as our sentiments and opinions, not escape your observation, but I on every subject, there is the same am really not sorry that you have almost miraculous coincidence ; and yourself introduced the subject, as that there is not another human beit is always an awkward one for a ing in existence to whom she would man to begin himself; but to tell be prevailed on to give her hand, you the truth I am more pleased but that in marrying me she shall with Mrs. Morton than I ever was feel as if reunited to her beloved before with any woman. 'She is husband, and will not consider it certainly very handsome,” said I, as any breach of the vow of fidelity “ and beauty" “ That is not that she pledged herself to observe her attraction in my eyes,” said Sir to his memory.”—“ It is altogeWilliam ; "I have gazed on beauty ther," said I, “a very extraordinary unmoved, and, though it may have circumstance ; but how very sudden excited my admiration, it would is this resolution of yours ! I never never have gained my love. The thought that, having lived to the charm of Mrs. Morton in my eyes age of sixty unmarried, as well as is her devoted attachment to the myself, you would have altered your memory of her husband ; her aunt mode of life at so advanced a period has told me such instances of her of it." "I never,” said he,“ prelove for him while living, and her ferred a life of celibacy ; the only fond remembrance of him now that circumstance that has kept me sinhe his dead, that I venerate and ad- gle has been the difficulty of making mire her, and could not have thought a prudent choice ; I saw multitudes the female mind capable of cherish- of our countrywomen in India, but ing such constant recollection and they came thither purposely to gain fidelity.” “How, then," said I, establishments, and that of itself

can you encourage yourself in an was quite sufficient to disgust me." attachment which, if reciprocal, “Ladies in England,” said I, intermust deprive her of that meritorious rupting him, “ sometimes prefer a constancy which has made so deep journey to Harrowgate, Bath, or an impression on your mind ?"-- Cheltenham.” “ That,” said he, “ You shall hear,” said he, “and “is nothing to the purpose. I wish when you have listened to what I you would hear me without interruphave to relate, you will find those tion; I was going to observe that feelings not so incompatible as they my feelings are peculiarly delicate, may now appear to you. You no- and that I should be entirely wretchticed that Mrs. Morton was taken ed if I thought that I was chosen ill on the first day we met her, at only for the rank and wealth which dinner, and Mrs. Sims told me that it is in my power to bestow upon a the occasion of it was my wonderful wife. I am not coxcomb enough likeness to her late husband, which to suppose that, at my age, and with she said was quite supernatural ; my broken constitution and irascible my face and my form she thought temper, 1 should be likely to gain the exact prototype of his, and when the affection of a young and lovely I spoke, the voice was so similar woman : but this is a very peculiar that it produced the effect you wit- case ; and Mrs. Morton, the first

"Mrs. Morton's husband moment she saw me, felt an immemust then have been much older diate impression on her mind that, than herself,” said I, significantly ; from my surprising resemblance to “ I understand that he has been her husband, I was destined to supply dead for several years.' "That," his place, and to dry those tears replied Sir William, peevishly, “I that she had shed without ceasing did not ask, but she herself says that since his death ; and this you will not only do I exactly resemble him in observe must have been on her part


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a real and disinterested feeling, for, money enough for both, and I am as I had but just arrived, she could sure that you will think so too, and hardly have known even my name, I am therefore glad of this opportumuch less whether I was rich or nity of asking your advice.”poor.”—“You forget,” said I, “Which,” said I,"" will I suppose

your barouche and four, which re- be valued and followed in the exact mained for nearly half an hour at proportion in which it may happen the door of the hotel, and I cannot to accord with your own opinion, for quite comprehend, as this lady has that, I believe, is the usual criterion shed such oceans of tears, why she in matrimonial consultations ; but, should select Harrowgate, Bath, pray tell me, have you made your Scarborough, &c. for the scene of proposals, and is the affair settled these lachrymals, for I am credibly past retracting ?” -“I have only informed that these are the retreats yet,” replied he,“ spoken to herin which she has chosen to pass the self in general terms: all the inmelancholy years of her widow- formation that I have been giving hood; but I beg pardon, I forgot you respecting her proceeded from that I had promised not to interrupt the aunt, who is a most discreet and you, pray proceed.”—“Her having sensible woman.”—“Let me entreat been a frequent visiter at these you,” said I, “ to do nothing rashplaces,” said Sir William,“ has been ly; your acquaintance is yet but a entirely against her own wishes or few days' standing : take time to inclination, and merely in compli- see and hear a little more, and do ance with the desire of her aunt, not commit yourself by speaking dewho was really fearful of the effect cisively to her for at least a fortnight. that solitude might have on her Promise me this, I beg of you. mind in such a state of suffering ; “Well," said he, “I can, I think, but her natural disposition is of the venture to promise you as much as most retired and domestic kind; that, but mind, you only stipulate for she would never by choice leave a fortnight, for you know I have not home ; she is quite devoted to read-, much time to lose, though you are ing and sedentary amusements, and mistaken in thinking me sixty ; I am is so excellent a nurse, and so fond only fifty-nine, and perhaps, if I had of the duty of attending and watch- a comfortable home and somebody ing the sick, that Mrs. Sims says, to amuse me and to care for me,

I so far from my infirm state of health might recover my health and spirits being any objection with her niece, and be as well as ever.”—“Pershe is sure that she would infinite- haps so," said I, “but I see a parly prefer it, for she was so much in ty approaching who will put an end the habit of devoting herself to the to our conference, so we will recomfort and amusement of her hus

sume it at some future time, but band, who was always sickly and remember your promise.” complaining, that she would not feel For a week after this, all went on herself half so useful, and conse- smoothly ; my poor friend was comquently not half so happy, with a pletely in a fool's paradise ; he rode healthy one, and I really think that, on horseback, wore fashionable as my good fortune has thrown so boots, sent to town for a coat of the fine a young woman in my way, most stylish cut, and talked very sewith so strong a prepossession in riously of sporting a Brutus wig, my favor, and with tastes and feel- and I was afraid it was all over with ings that would render her so charm- him. The widow was demure, cauing a companion for a poor invalid tious, and sentimental, seldom spoke like myself, I should be greatly to louder than in a whisper, and asblame to let the opportunity escape sented to all that was said, appearme. She is not rich, but that is of ing to have neither will nor opinion no sort of consequence ; I have of her own, and I perceived that

Sir William was impatient for the her particular attention, and, I beexpiration of the time which his pro- lieve, is likely to succeed.”— mise to me bound him to wait before “What !” said Freeman, “ forgot he made his proposals in form. A the dear departed, hey! "_" Not few days only before this period altogether," said I, “ for though I would have arrived, I happened to understood that many others have be at one of the inns when the Lon- failed, yet this gentleman will owe don coach arrived, and, among the his success, and his admission into passengers, I perceived Freeman, her good graces, entirely to his aswho has been for many years my tonishing resemblance to her late stockbroker, and is a very honest as husband, which affected her most well as a very wealthy man, though alarmingly the first day she saw not exactly a gentleman either in him in this place." Here the little appearance or manner, being very stockbroker burst out into so violent short, very fat, and very forid, and a shock of laughter, that every eye having a purple nose, which speaks was turned on him, and, having in of the devotion of its master, not to his convulsion dropped his glass of the purple light of love, but to the water on the ground, in order to purple juice of the grape, to the free prevent himself from following it use of which, added to the usual he caught hold of the shawl of a city indulgences in turtle and veni- young lady, who stood near him, son, he is indebted for sundry hu- and who, with looks of extreme termors which show themselves in the ror, left it in his hand and made her form of pirnples, to remove some of escape, probably thinking that he which was probably the occasion of was seized with hydrophobia. I his visit to Harrowgate. " Ah, had enough to do to apologize and Mr. Medley,” said he-glad to restore order, but it was not till afmeet you here-left the Bear gar- ter a second burst of laughter, and den, you see, for a little Yorkshire sundry chuckles and contortions of physic-won't stay longer than I mirth, that he could compose himcan help though—making money self sufficiently to explain to me the like dirt in London, but no use with- cause of the uproar. out health ; doctor told me a fort “Do you really,” said he, “mean night at Harrowgate would set me to say that the widow has placed up again ; offered him five hundred her affections on that tall; thin, genpounds to cure me without leaving tlemanly-looking man, whose town-should make double the mo arm she was leaning when she left ney by staying, but he says it won't the walk, and that it is in consedo, so left home and lots of invita- quence of his resemblance to her tions to venison dinners, and claret late husband ? "_" Exactly so," and hock, and am sent down here said I. Why,” resumed he, after with orders to eat mutton and drink another convulsion of laughter, “I Harrowgate water. Ha! ha! ha!” was once very near being taken in

The next morning I met him at by this very Mrs. Morton myself ; the well, and joined him in the walk, I met hier two years ago at Margate, having just parted from Sir William and she was struck at the sight of and the widow, who were proceed- me in the same manner : I was the ing homewards. “Ah,” said he, express image of her departed love,

I see you know Mrs. Morton-a I spoke like him, laughed like hin, widow still, hey ! fine woman and had exactly his free and joyous though, but old birds, you know, temper, and she told me that though (winking his eye) are not caught he had been something too much of with chaff.”_"The lady,” said I, a bon-vivant, he was one of the best“ is still a widow, but not likely natured fellows on earth, and always long I fancy to remain so : the gen- the life of the company, just as I tleman who is walking with her pays was. Well, all this made some im



pression on me; not that I should for him, as my friend at Margate have cared a pin for it, if I had did for me, and really this trick of heard it in London, where I am al- resemblance is too barefaced, and ways busy from morning till night ; will soon be as common as ring or but when one leaves business and money-dropping.comes to a watering-place, one is On our return to the hotel, I always somewhat disposed to fall in communicated to Sir William all love, from having nothing on earth that I had heard, and introduced to else to do and then the women all him the little stockbroker, who look so pretty, and are so well confirmed it. Sir William's eyes dressed, and make themselves so were opened ; he thanked us both agreeable, that I have more than with great sincerity, and the next once felt disposed to make a fool of morning the barouche and four was myselt, and this time I really had a at the door at an early hour, and, narrow escape, for I thought such a while we were at breakfast, it was handsome and loving wile as she announced by some of the company would be likely to make, I might that Sir William Etherington had not meet with again in a hurry; taken his departure from Harrowbut, by the greatest chance in the gate without any intention of reworld, I met one of my customers turning to it the present season. or clients, as our agents call them, A few days afterwards, I fell in who had formerly been in the army, with General Lumley, who is, like and, as he had come into a good myself, a frequent visiter to this sum of money by the death of a re- place. I was relating the above lation, I had transacted a great deal anecdote to him, and we of business for him in our line. He making ourselves very merry with immediately recollected Mrs. Mor- this and similar stories, of which ton, whose husband had been a lieu- we could, each of us, recollect more tenant in the same regiment with than one. “ Medley,” said he at him, and he told me that he was a length, “I do not think it quite little, mean-looking, broken-spirit- fair that we should be so universal ed, contemptible fellow, despised in our satire : there are good and by most of the officers, but by no bad of all sorts ; there are many one so much as by his wife, whose hundreds of artful scheming women, insolence to him was noticed by like the one of whom we have been everybody. They lived the life of speaking ; but there are also many a cat and dog, and her shameful whose virtues and retiring excellenneglect of him in the illness which cies shed a lustre on their own terminated his life had exposed her characters, and would redeem the to the severest reprehension. She faults and follies of their sex : but was the daughter of a country shop- women of this estimable character keeper, had not sixpence of fortune, are comparatively but little known ; but had every disposition to spend a they do not exhibit themselves to large one. This account was quite the public view, but it is in retireenough for me; I took French ment, in the bosoms of their families, leave, set off by the steam-packet, that we must seek them. I can and got to town in time for a six- introduce you to a widow whose o'clock dinner, and I ate my roast. constancy has been unshaken, and ed duck, and drank my bottle of whose affection has survived the port wine, with double relish, from object of it through the changes the thought that I was still my own of half a century of widowhood. man.”'_“You will,” said I, "have “Well,” said I, laughing, “ if that no objection to repeat to Sir Wil- is the case, I may visit her without liam what you have just now said to danger ; but when you first spoke me.”'_"Not in the least,” replied I was fearful you were going to he, “I will readily do a good turn expose me to the temptation of some

beautiful Ephesian matron.' light and supshine of her felicity; The lady of whom I speak,” said the smile of welcome was no more ; the general, “ has been known to no more did she advance with light me from my earliest years ; she is and joyous step to meet those who now nearly eighty years of age, loved her and wished her well, but and, when I was a mere boy, she she stood like a monumental figure was a beautifui and admired woman. on the tomb of the dead, as pale, as She was an heiress and an orphan, cold, and almost as lifeless. She and at about the age of twenty, was spoke not of her feelings herself, situated near that of my father, in but she did not avoid the subject this county.

I can remember, when introduced by another. At when at home for the holidays, the mention of her husband, a being taken to visit at Shirley Park, slight convulsive spasm, passing and never have I seen any living across her face, showed how her creature so beautiful as was then heart vibrated to the name ; but Lady Shirley, and I have heard my hers was not the grief to find relief father say that he never witnessed in words, and those who came with a union which seemed to afford the wish to console her found that such perfect happiness. Her whole the greatest kindness they could idea of earthly felicity seemed cen- show her was to be silent. There tred in her husband; his wish was a was no parade or affectation of any law; his sentiments became hers; sort about her, and none was shown she formed her character on the in her mourning garb, or in the model of his, and the result was as time of wearing it. She wore the perfect domestic bliss, and as per- dress of a widow as long, and no fect excellence of conduct, as are longer, than is usual, and when to be attained by mortals in this she discontinued it, her appearance world of error. But this was not to was, as it had ever been, marked last ; a sever, brought on by over- by simplicity and elegance, without fatigue, and cold taken after a day show or splendor. At this period of riding, terminated the life of Sir she was surrounded by lovers ; few Robert, eight years after his mar- women, I should think, have ever riage, and he left his wife, at the had more, or more advantageous age of about eight-and-twenty, pos- offers, than she received. She sessed of perfect beauty, a splendid might have added riches to her fortune at her own disposal, and own wealth, and exchanged her the reputation of having made her own title for some that ranked high husband the happiest man in the in the peerage, but to all her ancounty. For one month after his swer was the same-polite, but death she was seen by no one ; the decisive ; every one felt that it was answer to all inquiries was that she final, and, though disappointed, few was not dangerously ill, but too were offended. One of her admirunwell to receive the visits even of ers, the Nimrod of the county, a her most intimate friends. At the man of rough manners and exubeend of that period she again appear- rant spirits, was rallied at a public ed, but how changed !-it seemed dinner on his dismissal by the that the events of a few weeks had beautiful widow, and advised not to done the work of years. Beautiful give up the chase so easily, and she still was, though in grief, and reminded of his own frequentlybeautiful she even now in old given opinion on the stability of age ; neither sorrow nor time can woman, but he emphatically dedestroy the perfect symmetry of her clared that such calm determination, form, and the matchless harmony with such unaffected sweetness and of her features ; but the face was gentleness of manner, he had never no longer radiant with happiness, before witnessed ; that the man the eyes no longer sparkled in the must be worse than a savage who

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