« AnteriorContinuar »
indulge himself in indolent habite IIARRIET VERNON;
which stupefy him he would really be an agreeable man. He takes
a long nap after dinner, from CHARACTERS FROM REAL LIFE. which he is sometimes rouzed by
Harriet, who, when it don't rain, A NOVEL.
insists on his walking on the In e Series of Letters.
terrace. She has laughed him out
of many of his dull airs, as she BY A LADY.
calls them. I tell her she must
not make so free with him, for I (Continued from p. 412.)
think I can discover a tincture of
jealousy in Mrs. Wilson; but this LETTER XXXI.
discovery of mine so diverts Harriet that she declares she shall be
freer with him than ever. Miss Maria Vernon to Mrs. Ambruse.
pent telling her, for I fear her vi? Dear Madam,
vacity will carry her too far in
this particular. ACCEPT my best thanks for We have a young lady and gen+ your very kind and affectionate tleman on a visit here: the form
letter, every line of which cannot er a most disagreeable woman, but interest and afford me plea- proud, conceited, and ill-temper,
sure: but I know you might ac- ed: the latter a genteel, sensible V cuse me of affectation did I refrain young man. They are lovers,
from acknowledging that the lat. but strange ones; for he seems to ter part of your letter was perused avoid her company as much am with peculiar satisfaction. To possible; behaves to her with a hear of Mr. Wentworth's health forced politeness, which I think and prosperity will ever afford me seems to increase daily; while shę pleasure, independent of any in regards him as a swain her large terested reflections.
fortune has secured to her, and We have been nine weeks at this pretends to no other than a plaplace, but I must own a further tonic love for him: I, however, acquaintance has not removed my have no doubt but he will shortly dislike to Mrs. Wilson. She be- prevail on her to bestow her hand haves as well to us as she is capable in wedlock. I find he is the son of of behaving to any one. She is a clergyman lately deceased, whose very pressing that we spend some living of five hundred a-year was months longer here. We have promised by his, patron to be ber engaged to comply with her re- stowed on the son ; but no soones quest, and I have written to our was it fallen in by the father's brother for his consent. As we death, than the man in power behave received no answer, we infer stowed it on another, and poor frorn his silence that he has no Mr. Beaumont experiences the objection.
fate of many others who trust to Mr. Wilson improves much on the promises of the great. His further acquaintance. He seems father, by great economy and a partial to us both, and did he not good fortune with his wife, left
three hundred a-year for the sup- O certainly,' replied Mr. Witport of his widow; but the young son, it is out of the question; man, now six-and-twenty, is to- they do not, I dare say, expect tally unprovided for until his 'mo: it. ther's death. In such a situution • Dear! what makes it out of the it is no wonder he should cast his question, Mr. Wilson?" said Mrs. thoughts to his rich neighbour, Wilson. miss Jones, with whom his family • Nay, if you like it, I should be had been long acquainted, nor is very well pleased to accompany it any wonder that his inother you ; it would look very pretty to should be anxious for the union see a man and his wife dancing which would set her son above together.' dependence. This is the situa- Now you are sneering at me, I tion of Mr. Beaumont's affairs; suppose; I saw you "tip the wink but the situation of his mind, 1 at Mr. Beaumont, so, for that reafear, is very unhappy. I am cer- son, I am resolved to go, though tain that his heart is not interested I shall not dance.' in the business, and most sincerely As you please; I only wonder do I pity bin. Mrs. Wilson has you should think of going at your taken a fancy to Mr. Beaumont, time of life.' whom she
she used to dislike. • At my time of life! what do This alteration in her sentiments you mean, Mr. Wilson? I danced I think proceeds from his having as good a minuet five years ago as made her some compliments gra- ever you saw.' tifying to her vanity; for, being • Well, madam,' said Harriet, a young man of sense and pene- as you intend going, who shall tration, he soon discovered her be of your party? I suppose you weak side.
alone.' Harriet informs me that there Mr. Wilson, miss Jones, and are cards of invitation to a ball Mr. Beaumont, will be just a coach given by a gentleman in the full,' replied Mrs. Wilson. neighbourhood on his coming of • No woman of sense,' said miss age, but Mrs. Wilson says we Jones, can be fond of dancing ; shall none of us go. Harriet is I shall not be of the party I assure much vexed on the occasion, and you.' has engaged Mr. Beaumont and • 'Pray Heaven I may never be a Mr. Wilson to coax Mrs. Wilson woman of sense then !'exclaimed into the humour of accepting it: Harriet.. I suppose they will attack her on • The prayer is unnecessary,' reher weak side Lam summoned to torted miss Jones
will not go
miss Jones choose to stay at home, experience. I am requested by I wish you and your sister would Harriet to write to you on a subaccompany me and Mr. Beau- ject which she feels a reluctance mont.'
to enter upon herself. I inentionThe point was now gained: ed Mr. Beaumont as a sensible, Harriet was so delighted that she agreeable young man :
you are could scarce refrain from betray- now prepared for what is to follow. ing herself: I whispered her not He is fallen in love with Ilarto talk lest she should spoil all. riet, but he is engaged to miss Mr. Beaumont seems as much Jones. The utmost of his expectpleased, happy, I suppose, to es- ations is a curacy promised him of cape for one evening from miss fifty pounds a-year. He had not Jones.
been here many days before I disa Harriet desires me to say that covered his partiality to my sister. she is much obliged to you for sa- I was uneasy, for I feared he was tisfying her curiosity; we could too pleasing not to be agreeable in not but adınire your spirits. Ah, the eyes of a woman disengaged in madam ! were all our sex like
her affections. I want to resige my pen to Har- • This Mr. Beaumont,' said she riet, but she tells me her whole at to me, yesterday, is a charming tention is engaged to keep Mrs. young man! what think you sisWilson in good humour, and contrive her dress, which is to be very • He is certainly very agreeable,' gay. As I know you can be en- said I, . but I wish you were not so tertained with trifles when occur- sensible of it. I fear miss Jones
rences of consequence are wanting, will be displeased at seeing you ✓ I make no apology for the length so much together; and I fear
of my letter, which was at first only shall I say all I fear, dear Harintended to express my gratitude riet? for your last favour, and request a • Oh, yes; let me hear all your repetition of the same kindness. fears, and then I will tell you all
I conclude with respectful com- my hopes.' pliments to the colonel, in which She turned from me to fetch Harriet joins with your much her work which lay on the table, obliged,
and I discovered strong marks of M. VERNON, confusion in her averted face. She
sat down, and in her intelligent
countenance I read all I feared. LETTER XXXII.
• Mr. Beaumont,' continued I,
has been here a month; he is enMiss Vernon lo Mrs. West.
gaged to miss Jones; he is a My dear Madam,
youpg inan of no property ; his mother has set her heart on seeing
same observation. In 'proportion the arm, and expressed a surprise as he has shunned her society I at finding me alone, and in 50 have observed that he has sought profound a study. There was yours. During the last week his something in his manner inexpresinarked attention to you has, I am sibly tender, and in short, Maria, certain, been noticed by miss he that morning declared he loved Jones. That he prefers you to me. This declaration was deliverher I have no doubt; but circum- ed with such warmth, and at the stanced as you both are, it is, iu same time with so much respect, my opinion, high time that you it was impossible to doubt his sinshould refrain from receiving those cerity. I have told you my sentiattentions from him which are due ments of him, tell me how I should only to miss Jones. My Harriet have acted on this unexpected is above reserve, and I know will declaration.' answer me with her usual sincerity • Undoubtedly,' replied I, you when I ask her if she has not given should have reminded him of his Mr. Beaumont too great a share engagements to miss Jones.' of her regard and
She never entered my head at • Stop, stop, dear Maria ! inter- that time. I could make him no rupted she, I will tell you every answer; but after a silence of a thing. It was never my intention few minutes I told him that his to conceal from you what has mother must be consalted on the passed between Mr. Beaumont and subject. “ And may I then," said me, although I know I shall incur he, “obtain your consent to conyour anger.
mother? Have I been so Impossible,' said I; “your happy as to gain your favourable frankness will cancel, in my eyes, opinion ?"-I recollected myself, all your faults.'
but it was too late ; for he es. She then proceeded thus : claimed, taking my hand, “Yes;
• I never in my life saw a young I am that happy being !". I withman so agreeable as Mr. Beau- drew my hand, but was wholly inmont; I found my partiality in- capable of knowing what to say: crease every day, and felt that I what could I say, Maria? He had envied miss Jones. I was pleased now formed, indeed, the right conwith every attention and prefer- clusion. Had the world been deence I received from her lover. pending I could not have contraSure, thought I, if I were beloved dicted him. I believe he had as by this man I should be happy; well as myself forgot miss Jones, but it is not likely he should think I, however, recollected myself, and of me when miss Jones' thousands mentioned her. Name her not,' are glittering in his eyes, though I said he, “I detest her; never shall cannot but think he likes ine best. my heart be enslaved by golden
the room, and have since avoided place I think miss Jones should be being alone with him. He this wrote to, or soinehow informed as morning accused me of shunning you and Mr. Beaumont may think him. How can I do otherwise, best: Mrs. Beaumont no doubt I replied, when I consider your should be consulted.' engagements to miss Jones.' '“ I And then,'interrupted I, smilonly,” said he, “want your per- ing, the wedding may take place mission to lay all before her, yet between you and her son. why should I want permission ? my word, Harriet, you lay down a My heart informs me that she has very easy plan, but I must confess no place there : this day will I I see many difficulties in the exemake to her that avowal." • I cution; I fear Mrs. Beaumont's am a poor weak girl, Mr. Beau- consent will not easily be obtain, mont,' said I, but I have a sister ed for her son'x union with a wowho is capable of advising ine; ran destitute of fortune, more esto her I will communicate what pecially considering his situation has passed, and will request her with miss Jones.
But suppose to talk with you on the subject.' her consent and even approbation He urged me to stay longer with could be procured, how are you to him, but I told him I would not be supported?'. hear another word until I had •You talk, Maria,' replied she, informed you; and now, my dear 'as if an immediate marriage was sister, I have told you all. my wish: how can you entertain
Dear, ingenuous girl! How did such an idea. The utinost I think her artless tale affect me: what a of at present is the obtaining Mrs. lustre does a frank and open mind Beaumont's approbation of her reflect on the character of a young son's choice; the emancipating woman. I see, dear Harriet,' him froin his engagements to miss said I, this gentleman has im- Jonas; and a mutual promise of pressed your mind too deeply for being united, some years hence, me to hope that my persuasions when circunstances will admit.' against indulging your passions • I was going, dear Harriet,' said will avail any thing: indeed I am I,'to give you my advice as weli the last person
pro- as opinion ; but, as I before obo priety, advise you to a conduct served, I fear the former will be I am myself incapable of pursu- too late. You interrupted me, ing. We are too apt to ask advice and I thought by your manner too late. Had you and I reflected you was unwilling to hear it. on the consequences of indulging • By no means,' replied she; 'I a partiality for persons we? promise attention to all you may
• Do not recriminate,' interrupt- say, and, if possible, a compliauce ed she, ' I trust we shall neither of with all you wish.' us repent our past conduct; for Well then,' said I, your ac my part I am gone too far to re- quaintance with Mr. Beaumont is cede. I have not acted prudent. very short. His character, as we