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more comical, and not less true, than the house, and run away with his nieces ? • Fairy Tales.”
Shall we break into St. Ursula's convent, “ You, captain,” said Leopold, where the blue-eyed girl is going to take little better than an atheist. You have the veil, and prevent her locking up so been trying to convert little Reichard from much beauty from the world ? Any thing the faith of his fathers to your own no
that is mad and wicked, and I'm your belief: but you can't succeed; he is a comrade." worthy pillar of the church, and defies the “ 'Tis "All-hallows Eve,” said Leopold. foul fiend. What is the matter with the " Hark how the wind blows! the devil dog, that he howls so ?” he asked, as a and all his imps are riding on the nightlarge black hound that always accom- blast! Would you walk on such a night? panied the captain whined.
Do let the dog be turned out,” he added, “ He doesn't like cant,” replied the cap- as the animal again whined loudly. tain.
“I like to hear the wind,” said Schwartz“ Then I wonder he remains your dog wald; “ and, as for the devils, surely so long; for you have been pouring the you, who defy almost every thing in this cant of infidelity (which is no less hypo- world as well as in the other, don't precritical than Reichard's) into the ears of tend to care two straws for all the fiends all the striplings that would listen to you, that ever plagued the earth.” until there is not as much piety amongst us • Schwartzwald knew very well that the as would serve a monk.”
only thing that Leopold feared-if he feared “ Piety !- You talk of piety !” said the at all ---was the agency of supernatural captain with a sneer.
beings; but he knew also that he would “ Under your favour, noble captain," rather die than confess so much. The solsaid Leopold, “I do not talk of piety in dier had discovered this point in his commy own person; I only mean to say that panion's character, and he was resolved to you are one of the most impious and mis- persist in his attack upon it. chievous incendiaries that ever got within “ Come,” he continued, “ if you really the walls of a college, to the ruin of foolish don't fear the devil, and would like to run young fellows: not that you ever did me the chance of meeting a pretty wench, take any harm ; for, although I am not vain, I a stroll with me to the house of the old do think myself a match even for you in witch, Alice, and let us have our fortunes almost all shapes of wickedness. I'mean, spelt.”. however, to take up, and mend; and as “Will you go and have a peep in the the first step towards it, since my pipe is old hag’s magic mirror ?” out, I'll empty the bottle, and away to my “ Have with you then willingly,” cried truckle-bed.'
Leopold ; and, quitting the tavern, they “ What, thou turned sneaker to !” said sallied forth into the street. the captain ; “ thou flinch from thy liquor, • It was now twelve o'clock. The night like a shoemaker's 'prentice, who fears a was totally dark; not a star was visible drubbing from his master!-Nay, then, if through the thick black clouds which thou goest, all good fellowship is gone.” palled the heavens. The wind blew in
Why, look ye, soldier,” said Leopold, fierce gusts; and, as it rushed through the “ I like drinking as well as another man; ample sky, shrill sounds, which seemed and I have been trying for the last five horrible and unnatural, were mingled with hours to see you under the table, without its fitful blasts. The old houses shook, being able to make the least impression on the signs creaked in the wind, chimneys you. By all the gods of antiquity, I think were heard to fall into the silent streets, that
every hair in those black inustachios window-shutters flapped, and watch-dogs of
yours acts as a conduit-pipe to carry off howled. The hoarse cry of the sentinels the fumes of the wine you drink, or you placed in different parts of the city were could never stand it! Now, I am as de- the only human voices to be heard; and cently drunk as any gentleman could wish these, as they mingled at certain intervals to be; while you sit there with your im- with the other noises of the night, seemed perturbable ugly black face, and, saving like the shouts of roving demons. Nothat you look more stupid, you are, for thing could be more gloomy, nor oppressive aught I can see, as sober as when you to the spirits, than this weather; and Leobegun.”
pold, more than once, wished that he had “ You do me honour, most learned never begun the adventure. flower of college wit,” replied Schwartz
“ We shall be sure to find company at wald ;
but, if I'm not so drunk as you the old crone's,” said Schwartzwald : " the would have me, I am no less a good fellow: girls will be afraid to return home while I'll join you in any plan of rational amuse- the wind blows thus." ment you like to propose. Shall we take A man need have some inducement to a walk ? Shall we storm the governor's go out on such a night,” replied Leopold;
“ I mean something beyond that old wo- abruptly, as he pushed into the cottage, man’s juggling. I look for some pretty and was followed by Leopold. wenches; and, if I find them, they shall • The place exhibited the most desolate pay for it. I won't take all this trouble appearance. On the hearth were some for nothing; nay, if I should even find scanty embers; on a table near it stood some of those fiends, which, as folks say, the homely food on which it seemed that visit the old sorceress, provided they come the old woman had been regaling when in the shape of young and pretty women, her visitors interrupted her supper. This I will boldly make love to them.” Leo- consisted of some of the coarsest bread of pold said this merely for the sake of say- the country, and a raw onion. A starved ing something, and for keeping up the black cat was lying near the fire, and was character of a dare-devil, which he had not disturbed either by the entrance of the got. He knew Schwartzwald was a man, student and the soldier, or by the black who, if he gained the slightest advantage dog of the latter, with whom she seemed over him in the way of ridicule, would not to be on very good terms. fail to bring upon him the quizzing of all * Leopold looked about in astonishment: their companions.
he was sure that he had seen lights and “ Well said, Orlando Innamorato !” re- heard sounds of rude merriment a few plied the soldier ; “ even such a cold wind moments before ; and he was sure too that as this, I see, cannot cool hot young blood; they could proceed from no other place --but here we are at the gate.” He gave than the room he was in, which now the word, which, as an officer of the guard, was as dull and gloomy as a midnight he was acquainted with ; and being, inore- tomb. over, well known, he and his companion “ Come, mother," said Schwartzwald, were permitted to pass.
we thought to have found some of the • They quitted the town, and struck intolasses of Gottingen here, who liad come a path diverging away from the road, to see their future husbands in which led them on to a barren heath. A mirror." quarter of an hour's rough walking brought “ What! on this night?” cried the old them to a low hovel, the lights in which they had seen some time before they reached “ Aye! why not?” said Schwartzwald : it. A loud sound of laughter, mingled “when were mad-cap girls to be frightened with screams, was heard, but ceased as by bad weather from what they had set the soldier and the student approached. their hearts on?" The lights, too, were extinguished; and, There is not a girl in all Gottingen," by the time the visitors were at the door, said Alice, “that would come out to. all was dark and silent.
night, even if she were sure of getting a “ This is odd,” said Leopold : " it seems husband to-morrow by doing so.”
are just too late; the revelling is “ Come, come, my good old dame,” finished.''
“ tell us where you have “ We shall make them begin again," hidden these young ladies. I am sure that replied Schwartzwald. “ After coming so I heard sounds as I came along the heath, far, and in such a night, we must enforce which could be no other than female old Alice's hospitality.”
voices. Beseech them to come forth now, • He knocked sharply at the door with my gentle Sybil; for, if you don't, I must his sabre-hilt, and his dog set up a loud begin to court you. I am pledged to make and disagreeable bark.
love to some one this night." Immediately afterwards the door was • The old hag grinned, and shook her opened, and the withered face of the palsied head, swearing over and over again wretched beldame, who called herself the that there was no female in the house but mistress of the hovel, was seen by the light herself. of a small lamp which she bore.
“ You have some wine hidden, if you “How now, mother ?” cried Schwartz- have no women,” said Schwartzwald :
“ are they robbers or goblins that come, produce that, mother, and then you fear, since you are so cautious in we'll talk about the other affairs; but the opening your doors ?”
wine in the first place, for my walk and “You are not alone,” mumbled the old the night-blast have made me as cold as a woman, without replying to the soldier's corpse.” observations, as she saw the figure of Leo- • The old woman removed one of the tiles pold beyond.
with which the floor of her hut was paved, “I am not,” replied the captain ; “ I and produced, from a hole which it coverbring a gentleman to visit you on this au- ed, a large old-fashioned Aask. She placed spicious night; he wishes to see some of it on the table with glasses. your But, zounds! why do you keep “ Come, Alice," said Schwartzwald, us standing in the cold here ?'' be said “ let us have a peep into thy mirror.”
“ What would’st thou see?” asked the fire into a heap, and covered them with a old woman emphatically.
close vessel, so that the faint light which • Nay, I care not for thy tricks,” he before streamed from them replied ; “but Meinherr there will like to wholly obscured. She next went to a review some of thy juggling ; and I can tell cess in one corner of the room, and, rethee also, by way of putting thee on thy moving a quantity of rags and lumber mettle, that he has no faith in it-he thinks which stood against the all, she opened thee an arrant cheat.”
a door, within which was seen a black • The old woman looked angrily at each curtain. She then took Leopold by the of her visitors; and Leopold, who thought arm, and, placing him directly opposite that in his character of guest, and an un- this curtain, she extinguished the lamp, invited one too, it would be the extreme of and the room was left in utter darkness. ill breeding to affront the lady of this noble “Now,” mumbled the old crone, what mansion, disclaimed his friend's imputa- is it you would see?”. tion, and assured the old woman that he Leopold had, in spite of himself, been had the highest opinion of her skill. in some degree overawed by the hag's
The hag muttered some unintelligible manner, and the caution of her preparawords between her teeth, but in such a tions. He hesitated as to what he should manner that Leopold did not know whether choose. his compliment had appeased her, or whe- “I should like,” said Schwartzwald, ther she was still indignant at his want “ to see the place of my burial, as, in all of faith in her practices. He therefore probability, when I visit it for the last time, repeated his request that she would per I shall not be able to recognise it.” mit him to see the mirror.
“ Thank you for the hint,” said Leopold ; Schwartzwald, in the mean time, seemed " it shall be so ;-show me my grave.” to enjoy mightily the old woman's anger, • The curtain was heard to be slowly and Leopold's endeavours to propitiate withdrawn, and Leopold saw a small square her. “ Come,” he said at length, pro- mirror before him, which was perfectly duce thy charmed mirror, and let us see distinct, and in which light seemed to be what is to be our destiny.'
reflected, although there was none in the “The mirror is destroyed,” said the old chamber. He looked again, and the surface woman; and, if it were not, you know appeared to be dulled, as if by some vapour it is against the laws to make use of it.” passing before it. This soon cleared away,
“ Thou dost mistake, gentle Alice,” and he saw within the mirror a sight which said Schwartzwald, “it is not destroyed; rivetted his attention. A small square en. and, when thou talkest of laws, for whom closure, surrounded by high walls, and dost thou take us ? Are we Philistines ?* thinly planted with cypress-trees, seemed: are we meek and hypocritical tradesmen ? to lie before him. The walls were like are we like the quaking citizens who come those of a cloister, and were covered with to consult thy art about stolen spoons; a climbing shrub : the branches of some and who, if they cannot find them, acacia-trees, loaded with blossoms, hung would denounce thee, or doom thee to that over; and in that part which was opposite singeing from which I once had the honour to him, and beyond them, he saw the and the happiness to rescue thee?— spires of a building, which seemed to be Come, come, my good lady, away with either a church or a monastical establishthy scruples; Meinherr is a gentleman- ment. Looking down, he perceived that the main-spring and life-blood, as it were, the small enclosure. was thickly covered of college youths-true as steel, and with graves, on each of which a small secret as a father confessor. Produce, wooden cross had been placed, and flowers then-bring forward thy wonders, and thickly planted. One grave was open, as without delay.”
if it had been just dug: he looked upon Leopold repeated his request that she the wall against which this open grave was would do so; for his curiosity was now made, and he saw upon it a marble tablet, highly excited, as well by the speech of with an inscription. He gazed upon the Schwartzwald as by the old woman's evi- tablet, and read his own name, Leopold dent reluctance to comply with their re- Von Desterreich,” in large and distinct quest,
letters. An emotion, for which he could • The hag yielded to their united impor- not account, held him fixed to the spot: he tunities; and, still muttering, while her rubbed his eyes, to be sure that he was aged frame shook with an increased agi- under no delusion; still the silent burialtation, she arose, and began to make her ground lay before him-still his own name preparations for exhibiting the mirror. She seemed to be uttered from the marble on first carefully raked up all the embers of the which it was written, and to ring in his
* In college slang it is common to call the citizens aud tradespeople Philistines.
ears as well as to pain his eyes. A cold seated near the fire, and their cloaks sweat settled upon his brow his head taken off. turned round and he would have fallen · Leopold pressed his suit very vigor. but for Schwartzwald.
ously; he was going through the forms * The hag, who knew well enough, usual on such occasions, swearing all those although she could not see, what was going oaths which he had found to prevail often on, called out, in an almost unearthly before, and which your accomplished lover voice, “ You have looked upon it once- always swears, and never means to observe, of the third time beware!"
when Schwartzwald slapped him on the "A hollow and discordant voice, which shoulder. he believed to be hers, then groaned, “ Bravo!" he said, “ you redeem your rather than sung
pledge bravely: you said that you would “ Hither, hither, shall you come ; make love even to fiends if they should
This your last and lowly home. come in your way; and who do you think Wheresoe'er your way you bend,
our friends here are ?" Hither must your travel tend :
“I think they are very true flesh and Roam the earth, or swim the deep, blood, and no fiends, but the daughters of Hither, hither, still you creep, some good Philistines of Gottingen.” In this dull cold bed to sleep.”
“To see how a man may be imposed on, While this melancholy strain still lin- now! and a learned man too-a studentgered in his ears the curtain was again a sage that is to be! But I must undeceive drawn, and the lamp lighted. Leopold you. Know, then, most renowned Bursche, felt sick at heart, and could not rally his that you have been gulled, and that you strength so as to reply to Schwartzwald. have fallen into a trap I have long laid for
Why, zounds !” said the soldier, “the you. I thought that your daring impuold woman has frightened you indeed.” dence and rashness must at some time or
• Leopold heard the taunt, but he could other yield you into my hands, and that all not reply to it.
the pains I have taken with you could not “ Here,” said Schwartzwald, pouring be thrown away. Once I was as you are ; him out a large glass of wine,
now it is my business to make such as you never-failing specific against the blue and are what I am. Your profligacy and your every other sort of devils.”
audacity have made you an easy prey to • Leopold swallowed the wine, which me; and you have this night, by dabbling was at once delicious and powerful: his in forbidden, and, as you would call them, spirits returned, his heart glowed, and even unholy things, sealed my power over you. more than his wonted animation pervaded Still I would rather be your friend than his frame. He felt a powerful excitement, your foe; and, if you will give yourself up and laughed aloud, all the fears which the to me voluntarily, I will secure to you all sight of the grave had occasioned being the happiness that, in your wildest moforgotten.
ments, you ever dreamed of. Refuse this, Why, what matters it,” said Schwartz- and it shall be my business to poison every wald, “ where a man is buried? We shall moment of your life—to drive you to all be in our graves some day, perhaps ; despair and to death by torments at which and the knowledge where they are situated you now cannot even guess. How say you?” cannot bring them one step nearer to us. Leopold was stupified. The hellish Drink, then; and, let Death come when potion he had drunk had bewildered his he will, he shall find us properly prepared senses ; the events of the night-the horror for the journey, as far as good liquor can of the open avowal of Schwartzwald, or the prepare us.”
demon, as he now seemed to be had Leopold filled his glass again, and, as shaken his reason to its very centre. He he drained it, a noise like that of suppressed looked around, and saw that the two suplaughter was heard at the door. Old posed girls were as old and as ugly as Alice opened it, and began to talk to some Alice; and they all three now stood topersons who were standing on the outside. gether in a group, with their sunken glazed It was soon apparent that the new-comers eyes fixed upon him, waiting to know were females; and Leopold, who was now whether they should hail him as a brother in very high spirits, leaped from his chair, or not. He gasped for breath, and, putting and, rushing to the door, swore that, his hand to his neck, he opened his collar. whoever they were, they should enter. As he did this he felt a small cross, which Schwartzwald followed him, and they his mother, who was a very pious, but dragged in two girls, whom they found superstitious woman, bad caused to be talking to Alice.
made from an unquestionable relic of St. 'The wenches struggled a good deal, and Anthony's staff, and which she believed seemed very averse to entering the cottage : was a never-failing preservative against but the two gallants were men not to be witchcraft and evil spirits. Upon this occadenied ; by main force the fair ones were sion it brought back to Leopold's recollection
subjects which he had but too long neglect- among the hills beyond Bergamo, he ed. He thought of his mother-of the care is among the most cheerful and vivashe had taken in training his infancy to cious of the party. The abbess repious habits : he remembered the satisfac- ceives her guests with much courtesy tion he had once taken in the practices of and hospitality, furnishes them with devotion, and a ray broke in at once upon
a delicious repast, and shows them the dark despair that had begun to over
He grasped the cross; dens of the convent. spread his heart.
through the apartments and the garhis courage revived ; and with a great effort he said to Schwartzwald, “ In the
“ There is another part of my doname of Heaven, and of the God of main,” said she, “ which, although it is Heaven, I defy thee !"
somewhat melancholy, looks so very beauA loud scream burst from the hags, tiful by moon-light, that I will show it you,
if and Schwartzwald advanced to him with a
you will permit me.” threatening gesture. Leopold drew his
By all means” was uttered simultasword, and made a fierce lunge at him. neously by the whole party. The sword glanced off his breast; and the
“ IČ is the cemetery,” she said; and, captain, or, as he should now be more
calling to the gardener, she bade him unproperly called, the demon, seized Leopold lock a door in the garden wall. by the throat. The youth felt his strength
• They entered the burial-ground, which was unavailing: he struggled, but it was
was one of the most striking that, perin vain ; he fell, and saw the eyes of the haps, was ever beheld. The moon was demon glare exultingly over him. The
now declining, and threw its broad light power of sensation forsook him ; he be- against one side of the square, while the lieved he was dying, and uttered a groan, thickly planted within the square, and the
other was in deep shade. Cypresses were with which, as he imagined, his spirit departed from him.'
white marble pillars of the cloisters which
surrounded it shone in the clear moonHe is discovered the next morning, light between their black trunks and their apparently dead, by some peasants, sorrowful motionless foliage. and proper measures are taken for
“ This cemetery,” said the abbess, “ is his restoration. His first care is to one to wbich I have almost become atobtain an explanation from Schwartz- tached; and, weak as you may believe it, wald, but the amiable captain has I should feel great pain if I thought that decamped. The curiosity of Leo- my bones were destined to rest in any pold's companions is aroused, but other. The perfect tranquillity which prehe declines to gratify it further than Jails here—the beauty of the situation
those eternal mourners, the cypressesby informing them that he had seen
the soft broad gleams of the moon's light some dreadful sights at the old
-all combine to make it, in my opinion, woman's hovel, in company
most fit for the calm resting place of morSchwartzwald. A long illness, both tal bodies, until that change which is to mental and bodily, afflicts him, on transfer them to another sphere shall take his recovery from which he seeks the place. This is, I know, a weakness, and society of his former friends, for the you must think I am wrong to indulge in purpose of diverting the melancholy it; but, when you consider how much our which still preys upon him.
He lives are swayed by fancies, you will find finds that their conduct towards him some excuse for me.” has undergone an extraordinary · Leopold assured the abbess that he change. He has become an object needed no apology.
thought her selection so good a one that it of reserve, of curiosity, of fear, and even of detestation. He at length of the quadrangle, and had passed under
• They had now walked down one side experiences an insult from a fellow- that cloister which was in shade. On student, whom, in return, he canes turning out of it a sight met Leopold's most unmercifully, and is conse- eyes, which fixed him to the spot with quently expelled the university. He astonishment. then enters as a volunteer in the * The moon, which was now at his French army: the gaiety and activity back, shone full upon the wall of the opof a military life dissipate his posite cloister ;-behind it arose the acachagrin, and almost efface from his cia-trees, loaded with their white streammemory the horrors of All-hallows the soft night-air. In the distance were
ing blossoms, and waving like plumes in night ; and, on a beautiful summer's
seen the slender white spires of the conevening, when the officers of his regi- vent, against which the moon-beams fell, ment take up their quarters at Santa and showed distinctly the richly-carved Croce, a convent of nuns, situated crochets which decorated them. In short,