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it must be very much so indeed if spoken my sentiments, and have it was discoverable to us; a very only to entreat that my dear sister indifferent temper will uppear a will thoroughly consider and weigh good one when seen only in com the subject before she conferred
so pany, where it is a person's interest great a blessing as the promise of to appear amiable. Mr. Beaumont her heart on Mr. Beaumont.' is no doubt sensible, and elegant The dear girl said she would rein his manners and person; but are tire and consider all I had said; these the only qualities to be she left the room but soon returnsought for in a husband? A plained. I bave not taken long to understanding, joined to a good consider,' said she; the point of temper, and a knowledge of the view you have placed the subject world are, in my opinion, prefer- in has convinced me that I ought able to all the graces of a court, not to engage myself to Mr. Beauand learning of a college without mont: I will endeavour that my them. You are young and vola- atfections shall not be engaged. tile, and it is not to be wondered I hope I shall not be classed among at that you are pleased with the the romantic girls who give away attention of such a man as Mr. their hearts to external merit only, Beaumont, and feel a partiality to and plunge into matrimony, destisuch 'apparent perfections. Thattute of the means of living. I they are only apparent I will not think he should marry miss Jones even suppose; but I think a longer as well from honourable consitime necessary to determine their derations as interested ones; but reality. Surely when my Harriet I have unfortunately given him considers calmly she will not fetter reason to think that he is not inherself by engagements of so seri- different to me. Had I checked ous a nature with a young man she him in his tirst address, perhaps he has not known longer than a month. might at once hare relinquished Circumstanced as Mr. Beaumont all thoughts of me: I see I have and you are, it is for both your acted wrong, and have let myself interests that you should each en- down in his eyes, no doubt, as well deavour to overcome a partiality, as in my own.' which indulged there is little pro • It is not yeť too late,' replied spect of having a happy termina- I, to retrieve this step you regret. tion. An attachment so much in If you inform him that you have its infancy I should suppose might considered the matter, and are rebe overcome. Time and absence solved to conquer the partiality I should think would wear away you have permitted him to discover the impressions of excellencies in his favour, and if you have he known only for a few weeks. I roism enough to urge him to fulfil am, perhaps, as I have before said, his engagements with miss Jones, the last person who should speak your uneasiness will subside, and thus on the subject, yet I cannot you will bring him to the test; but think my own case different. for, if he relinquishes all hopes of An acquaintance of four years your favour and pursues his first justifies me, in my own eyes at engagements, I doubt not but you Jeast, for a conduct I am con will easily overcome your affection demning in you. I have now for him, and will have the pleasure
of reflecting that you have acted Oh! she will have a lover for honourably by miss Jones; but if a few months,' said Mrs. Wilsori, the reverse is the case you will it is time enough for her to mar-then be left at liberty to act as ry; but how shall we contrive to you please.
give you and the gentleman an She approved of this advice, but opportunity of talking this aftersaid she was sure she could not noon? I think, as I am pretty support such a conversation. I tolerable to day in my looks, I will proposed her writing, but she en- drink tea with iny sister Meadows, treated me to see Mr. Beaumont and take Mr. Wilson, miss Jones, and inform him of her sentiments. and Harriet with me.' I told her I by no means liked the I knew Mrs. Wilson's advice office; perhaps she might alter her would be of no value on the presentiments, or, perhaps, I might sent occasion, so only thanked say more or less than she could her for her intention, and requestwish. She entreated me so earnest- ed secrecy. She seemed mach ly to comply with her request, that pleased with the confidence I had I would talk with him, that at reposed in her, and we separated length I was overcome, and con till dinner, which Harriet and mysented to enter on the disagreeable self wished over. We took our task in the afternoon : in the mean seats at table with as different time I proposed acquainting Mrs. thoughts and sentiments as, perWilson with all particulars: this haps, ever occupied the minds of Harriet opposed at first, but I six people: Mrs. Wilson at the thought it absolutely proper there head, opposite a large lookingshould be no reserve, and she con- glass, had her ideas occupied by sented that I should do as I the captivating figure it presented pleased.
of her person. Miss Jones declarI went to Mrs. Wilson's dress- ed she never was more fatigued in ing-room, and was fortunate to her life than at present, having find her in high good humour from spent the morning in translating the circumstance of a becoming select passages from Epictetus, cap just put on. I dismissed her (which she had brought with her maid, desiring I might finish dress for that purpose) in order to do ing the lady, and informed her that fine writer justice after the briefly of all that had passed. She injustice done him by miss Carter, heard me with more attention than whose translation she held in conI expected, and approved the pur- tempt. Mr. Wilson (who is an posed conversation between Mr. excellent judge of cooking) was Beaumont and me. I always occupied in examinin; the stufling thought Mr. Beaumont liked Har- of a tine hare before him, which he riet,' said she, for he has once or said had not a grain of pepper or twice said to me that he thought salt in it. Mr. Beaumont, absent, ber alınost as handsome as I was and out of spirits, called for wine at her age. I am delighted to every minute, and coinplained of think how miss Jones will be mor a bad head-ach. Harriet looked tified, for I dare say he won't mar- pale one moment and blooming ry her now.'
the next; her chief soliciturle be* But, madam,' replied I, “what ing to avoid the eyes of Wr. prospect is there for my sister :: Beaumont: her own were fixed
on her plate, the contents of purposely avoided by her, but that which diminished but slowly. As she had given him hopes that if, for my thoughts, they were fully on consulting me, she found I was occupied by the expected convere not averse to his wishes, she would sation.
consent to hear him on a subject Little passed at dinner, and in which his heart was deeply inwhen the cloth was removed Mrs. terested. Wilson said she had a proposal to • And to what purpose, Mr. make to which there must be no Beaumont, should she hear you? objections made by any of the said 1: what prospect can you company.
have in uniting yourself to a wo• Upon my word,' said miss man without fortune, circumstancJones, you are very arbitrary in ed as you are? My sister, with a your proposals, you give us no frankness that does her the highoption,- quite a dogmatist.' est credit, has consulted me on the
• None of your hard words,' re- subject, and I have given her my plied Mrs. Wilson; I propose opinion, which is, that you should going this afternoon to see my sis- endeavour to conquer your parter, and I desire that you, Mr. tiality for each other, and pursue Wilson, and miss Harriet, will ac your engagements with miss.jones.' company me: Mr. Beaumont and • And is this her opinion?' said miss Vernon must entertain each he, with great earnestness; why other, for there is not room for did she give me hopes of her fathem in the coach.' I thought vour?' miss Jones looked pleased at find * That she gave you those hopes ing Harriet was going, but that is what, on consideration, she might be my fancy. Harriet blames herself for; but such is blushed extremely, Mr. Beaumont the openness of her conduct and looked at me, bowed, and said he disposition, that she found it, should be honoured by my com at the time, impossible to dispany.
guise those sentiments of regard • All settled then,' said Mrs. for you which she felt on your Wilson; "we have nothing to do declaration.' but to order the carriage. Miss * And has she so soon changed Jones said she had no objection those sentiments ? to this visit as a relaxation to her • No, Mr. Beaumont; my sister morning studies; and in about half is not fickle, although she may be an hour they set out, leaving Mr. irresolute.' Beaumont and me in the parlour. * Pardon me, miss Vernone I
We were both at a loss for a few meant not to reflect on your sisminutes what to say; at length I ter, but why did she not condebegan, and acquainted him I had scend in person to inforin me of that morning been informed by this change in her sentiments ?" my sister what had passed between • That she did not, sir,' said I, them during the last few days. is a convincing proof that the He appeared confused, and an- change arose from circumstances
, swered he was very unbappy in not not from fickleness of disposition. being permitted to have an op- She candidly acknowledged that portunity of conversing with my she felt herself unequal to the task sister, which he plainly saw was of desiring you to forget her. You
are, I doubt not, a man of too lady,' said I, you surely cannot anuch honour to take advantage of think of marrying her; but it by an acknowledged weakness; and if no means follows that, by relinie on considering your views in life quishing my sister, you plunge you are convinced it will not be in yourself into the unhappiness of your power to provide for a wife marrying a woman you dislike' in a comfortable manner I hope, I went on talking for some tive, and doubt not, that you will coin- and thought I discovered in his cide with her wishes, in rooting countenance marks of confusion from your heart a growing attach- and vexation ;' he traversed the ment where a happy termination room, seemingly at a loss what to cannot be expected. This, Mr. say, At length: Permit me,' Beaumont, is what I am coinmis- said he, to request your interest sioned by my sister to say; these with your charming sister; that are her sentiments. I informed she will not withdraw her favour Mrs. Wilson of the affair, as think- from me until I have written to ing it improper to have reserve to my mother, and consulted her on that lady, and am obliged to her the subject. I cannot, without for this opportunity of speaking. her knowledge, acquaint miss
He reinained silent some time, Jones with the change in my senthen starting, as it were, from his timents; for I promised, at her reverie,—No; it is impossible I earnest request, that if any such can forget your sweet sister! My change should take place, I would mother loves me, she has an income previously acquaint her. Why of three hundred a-year, which will she exacted this promise I know be mine at her death ; I am pro- not; but I think myself bound io mised a curacy of fifty pounds obey her.'. a-year. We will live with my mo I told him I would inform my ther.'
sister of his wishes, and if she, his I told him I saw no alternative mother, and himself, concurred in between a slender maintenance, the propriety of the union, I cerjoined to its attendant distresses, tainly had no right to be averse. and renouncing all thoughts of my He retired to write to his mother, sister. •But,' added I, 'you seem and left me, I own, not inuch not to consider miss Jones: I un- pleased with his manner or sentia derstand you
have been long en ments. That a young man with gaged to her.'
such an opinion of a woman as he I have,' replied he; but my professez to entertain for unise heart was never in the connexion, Jones should ever have formed the nor is miss Jones capable of affec- intention of making her his witte, tion for any oluject independent of seems, in my mind, to argue soineher books and learning. Her fa- thing wrong; at least a mercether, by going out of the common nary disposition is discoverable. course of things, in bestowing on His early declaration to my sister her an education suited only to a whilst 'under such an engagement learned profession, has rendered evinces no very nice regaid to hoher untit for the society of her nour. He should, in my opinion, own sex, and made her the bur- have emancipated bimscif from this lesque of ours.'
engagement before he har! pre• With these sentiments of the sunied to address another, An
engaged man or woman I look on The youngest wondered she did as married; and, in the eye of ho- not wear a lappet, and the nephew nour, they certainly are so. I like ordered a hassock to help her into not the exaction of the promise by the coach. All these particulars his mother. Why should she wish were told Mr. Beaumont and me to make herself the principal in a as soon as she was seated; with case in which miss Jones was un- the observation, that she saw not doubtedly so? If her son saw why she should put herself out of reason to alter his mind in regard the way to accommodate other to marrying her, why should she people; and she would not set her be averse to his immediately ac foot out of the house again to quainting the lady without first please any one. consulting her? The happiness • I own myself totally at a loss,' and honour of her son was delayed said miss Jones, “to conjecture and forfeited by consulting in a your meaning. For whose pleacase which only' required the sim- sure have you inconmoded yourple question-have I changed my self? Not mine, I am sure ; for I sentiments ?
have spent, as I expected, a most These were the thoughts which insipid evening; and had there arose
in my mind when he with- been a Cicero or Horace in the drew. He soon returned, and read house, I should most certainly to me the letter he had drawn up have stayed at home.' to his mother. I thought it sensi Mrs. Wilson, who knew not ble and respectful, and checked the names of Cicero or Horace, myself for, perhaps, my too hasty thought she 'reflected on the acdisapprobation of a young man who commodations she gave her visitwas at least dutiful. He mention- ors.--- I am sorry, miss, iny house ed my sister in the highest terms, is not furnished to your mind; but And declared his determination to if you will ask the housekeeper for relinquish miss Jones. In short the things you mention, I dare say it was a letter wholly unexception- she will supply you. It is fatiguing able; and after taking a copy to enough for me to entertain my show to Harriet, it was dispatched company without attending to the by a messenger, who was ordered furniture of their rooms.' to stay all night at Mrs. Beau This mistake forced a smile from mont':, and bring an answer in every face, which she perceiring the morning, the distance being was very angry, and declared she twenty miles.
would not be laughed at. By this time the party returned Come, my dear!' said Mr. WilProin their visit. Mrs. Wilson's son, ' 'f any body has reason to be goud humour had subsided. The affronted, it is miss Harriet here ; roads were so bad she would never for, I believe, her cousin Meadowy attempt going again at this season has not spoken three words to her of the year. Her nieces were the whole time, and never wished brought up so pert there was no her a good night when she went bearing them. The eldest gab- away.' bled French to her, and when she "Well, Mr. Wilson, you have found she was not understood, amply made it up to her; when supposed that language was not did you pay me the attention of night when her aunt was young. sitting on
same side of the