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In their march up the room, Camilla mentioning the thing, which I only do was spoken to by a person from the tea. in excuse for what I said last night, not table, who was distinct from every other, knowing then you was the fortune your by being particularly ill-dressed; and felf.” who, though the did not know him, An eager sign of silence from Lionel, asked her, how the did? with a familiar forbade her explaining this mistake; look of intimacy. She slightly curtfied, Mr Dubiter, therefore, proceeded : and endeavoured to draw her party more “ When Tom Hicks told me about wimbly on; when another perfon, equal- it, I said at the time, faid I, the looks Jy confpicuous, though from being ac more like to fome sort of a humble coutred in the opposite extreme of fuil young perfon, juit brought out of a little drefs, quitting his feat, formally made goori nature to see the company, and up to her, and drawing on a itiff pair of the like of that; for Mhe's not a bit like gloves, as he spoke, said, “ So, you are a lady of fortunes, with that nudging come at last, ma'am! I began to think look; and I said to Tom Hicks, by way you would not come at all, begging of joke, says I, if I was to think of hers ihat gentleman's pardon, who told me which I don't think I shall, at least nie to the contrary last nighi, when I would not be much in my way, for me thought, thinks I, here I have bought could not follow a-body much about, thefe new gloves, for no reason but to because of that hitch in her gait, for I'm oblige the yourg lady, and now I might a preity good walker.” as well not have bought 'em at all.” Here the ill-dressed man, who had al.
Camilla, ready to laugh, yet much ready spoken to Camilla, quitting his provoked at this renewed clain from feat, strolled up to her, and fastening his her old persecutor, Mr Dubster, looked eyes upon her face, though without bow. vainly for redress at the mischievous ing, made some speech about the weather, Lionel, who archly antwered: “O, ay! with the lounging freedom and manner true, fifter; I told the gentleman, lait of a confirmed old acquaintance. His night, you would be fure to make him whole appearance had an air of even amends this morning, for putting him wilful flovenliness; his hair was unto so much expence,
combed; he was in boots, which were “ I am sure, Sir,” said Mr Dubster, covered with mud; his coat seemed to “ I did not speak for that, expence be- be designedly emerged in powder, and ing no great matter to me at this time; pris universal negligence was not only only nobody likes to fool away their fhabby but uncleanly. Aftonished and money for nothing."
offended by his forwardnefs, Camilla Edgar having now, at the end of one turned entirely away from him. of the tables, fucured places for the Not disconcerted by this distance, he Jadies, Lionel again, in defiance of the procured a chair, upon which he cast frowns of Miss Margland, invited Mr himself perfectly at his case, immediateDubster to join them: even the appeal- ly behind her. ing looks of Camilla ferved but to en Just as the general breakfast was over, crease her brother's ludicrous diversion, and the waiters were summoned to clear in coupling her with so ridiculous a away the tables, and prepare the room companion ; who, without seeming at for dancing, the lady who had so strik. all aware of the liberty he was taking, ingly made her appearance the precedengroff'ed her wholly.
ing evening, again entered. She was - So I see, ma’am,” he cried, point. alone, as before, and walked up the ing to Eugenia, “ you've brought that rooin with the same decided air of inlimping little body with you again? difference to all opinion; sometimes Tom Hicks hasl like to have taken me knotting with as much diligence and in finely about her ! he thought the was earnestness as if her subsistence depended the great fortune of these here parts; upon the rapidity of her work; and at and if it had not been for the young other times stopping fhort, she applied gentleman, I might have known no bet- to her eye a near-lighted glass, which ier ncither, for there's half the room in hung to her finger, and intently exathe fame icrape at this minute.” mined fome particular person or group;
Obterving Camilla regard him with then with a look of abfence, as if me an pleasant surprise, he more folemnly had not seen a creature, the hun med an adduct: “ I ak pardon, ma'am, for cpera fong to herself, and proceeded.
Her rouge was remarkably well put on, engaged by the whisperers; nor could and her claim to being itill a fine wo. fhe, for more than a minute, deny her man, though part her prime, was as ob- own curiosity the pleasure of obferving vious as it was conscious: her dress was them. more fantastic and studied than the night They now spoke together for some before, in the same proportion as that of time in low voices, laughing immodeevery other person present was more rately at the occalional fallies of each fimple and quiet; and the commanding other; Sir Sedley Clarendel fitting at air of her countenance, and the easiness his ease, Mrs Arlbery fanding, and of her carriage, fpoke a confirmed in- knotting by his fide. ternal assurance, that her charms and The officers, and almost all the beaux, her power were absolute, wherever the began to crowd to this spot; but neither thought her exertion worth her trouble. the gentleman nor the lady interrupted
When the came to the head of the their discourse to return or receive any room, The turned about, and, with her salutations. Lionel, who with much glals, surveyed the whole company; eagerness had quitted an infide feat at a then smilingly advancing to the sloven, long table, to pay his court to Mrs whom Camilla was fhunning, she called Arlbery, could catch neither her eye nor out, O! are you there? what rural her ear for his bow or his compliment. deity could break your reft so early ?" Sir Sedley, at laft, looking up in ber “'None !” answered he, rubbing his face, and imiling, said, A'nt
you eyes; “I am invulnerably asleep at shockingly tired ?" this very moment! In the very centre “ Tüdeath!” answered she, cooly. of the morphetic dominions. But how Why then, I am afraid, I must pobarbaroully late you are ! I should never sitively do the thing that's old fashionhave come to this vastly horrid place be- ed.”' fore my ride, if I had imagined you And rising, and making her a very elewould have been so excruciating.” gant bow, he presented her his seat, ada
Struck with the jargon of wbich she ding : “ There, ma'am, I have the bocould not suspect two persons to be ca- nour to give you my chair,-at the risk pable, Camilla turned round to her of my reputation.” Nighted neighbour, and with the great “ I should have thought,” cried Lioeft surprise recognised, upon examina- nel, now getting forward, “ that omittion, the most brilliant beau of the pre- ting to give it would rather have risked ceeding evening, in the worst dressed your reputation.” man of the present morning.
“ Is it possible you could be born beThe lady now, again holding her glass fore all that was over? faid Mrs Arlbery, to her eye, which the directed, without dropping carelessly upon the chair as fernple, towards Camilla and the part;, fhe perceived Lionel, whom the honour. fuid, “ Who have you got there?” ed with a nod : “ How do you do, Mr
Camilla looked hastily away, and Tyrold! are you just come in?" But her whole fet abaihed, by so unleasoned turning again to Sir Sedley, without an inquiry, cait down the ir eyes. waiting for his answer," I swear, you
“ Hey!” cried he, calmiy viewing barbarian," the cried, thein, as for the first time hinself: most killed me with fatigue.”
Why, I'll tell you !” Then making “ Have I, indeed ?" said he, smiling. her bend to hear his whisper, which, Mr Dublier ·now, leaning over the nevertheless, was by no means intended table,. folemnly said: “I am sure, i for her own ear alone, he added: “Two should have offered the lady my own little things as pretty as angels, and two place, if I had not been fo tired myself; others as ugly as--I say no more !" but Tom Hicks over-persuaded me to
“ O, I take in the full force of your dance a bit before you came in, ma'am,' metaphor!” cried the, laughing, “ and addressing Camilla, “ for you have lost acknowledge the truth of its contrast.” a deal of dancing by coming so late ; for
Camilla alone, as they meant, had they all fell to as soon as they came; heard them; and alhamed for herself, and, as I'm not over and above used to and provoked to find Eugenia coupled it, it soon makes one a little stiffith, as with Miss Margland, she endeavoured one may fay; and, indeed, the lady's to converse with fome of her own so much better off in getting a chair, for ciéty ; but their attention was entirely one fits mighty little at one's ease or
you have al:
these here benches, with nothing to lean Indiana, indeed, flowed fimply from the one's back against."
glances of admiration which every where “ And who's that?” cried Mrs Arl. met her eye ; but Eugenia attended to bery to Sir Sedley, looking Mr Dubfter every word, and every motion of Mrs full in the face.
Aribery, with that fort of earneftness Sir Sedley made fome answer in a which marks an intelligent child at a first whisper, which proved highly entertain- play; and Camilla, ftill more struck by ing to them both. Mr Dubster, with an the novelty of this new acquaintance, air much offended, said to Camilla : scarce permitted herself to breathe, left “ People's laughing and whispering, he should lose any thing she said. when one don't know what it's about, Mrs Arlbery perceived their youthful is not one of the politest things, I know, wonder, and felt a propensity to increase for polite people to do; and, in my it, which strengthened all her faculties. mind, they ought to be above it.” Wit she pofsefled at will; and, with ex
This resentment excited Lionel to join ertions which rendered it uncommonly in the laugh; and Mr Dubfter, with brilliant, the displayed, now to them, great gravity of manner, rose, and said now to the gentlemen, with a gaiety fo to Camilla,“ When you are ready to fantastic, a raillery fo arch, a fpirit of dance, ma'am, I am willing to be your satire so feasoned with a delight in copartner, and I than't engagé myself to quetry, and a certain negligence of air nobody else ; but I shall go to t’other so enlivened by a whimsical pleasantry, end of the room till you choose to ftand that she could not have failed to strike up; for I don't care to stay here, only with admiration even the most hackney. to be laughed at, when I don't know ed seekers of character; much less the what it's for."
inexperienced young creatures now pre. They now all left the table ; and fented to her; who, with open eyes and Lionel eagerly begged permission to in- ears, regarded her as a phenomenon, troduce his fifters, and cousin to Mrs upon finding that the splendour of her Arlbery, who readily consented to the talents equalled the fingularity of her proposal.
Indiana advanced with pleasure into a When the room was prepared for circle of beaux, whose eyes were most dancing, Major Cerwood brought to Inaffiduous to welcome hu:: Camilla, tho' diana Mr Macdersey, the young enlign, a little alarmed in being presented to a who had so improperly addressed her at lady of fo fingular a de portment, had yet the ball; and, after a formal apology, a curiosity to see more of her, that wil. in his name, for what had paffed, beglingly_seconded her brother's motion. ged the honour of her hand for him this And Eugenia, to whose early reflecting inorning. Indiana, flattered and fluttermind every new character and new scene ed together by this ceremony, almost opened a fresh fund for thought, if not forgot Edgar, who stood quietly but for knowledge, was charmed to take a watchfully aloof, and was actually givnearer view of what promised such food ing her consent, when, meeting his eye, for observation. But Miss Maryland be- the recollected me was already engaged. gan an angry remonftrance against the Mr Macdersey hoped for more success proceedings of Lionel, in thus taking another time, and Edgar advanced to out of her hands the direction of her lead his fair partner to her place. charges. What me urged, however, was Major Cerwood offered himself to Cavain : Lionel was only diverted by, her milla; but Mr Dubster coming forward, wrath, and the three young ladies, as, pulled him by the elbow, and making they had not requested the introduction, a stiff low bow, said, “
Sir, I ask your did not feel themselves respongible for pardon for taking the liberty of giving its taking effect.
you such a jog, but the young lady's been Lionel led them on: Mrs Arlbery half engaged to me ever so long. The Marose to return their curtsies; and gave jor looked surprised; but, observing that them a reception fo full of vivacity and Camilla coloured, he bowed refpe&tfulgood humour, that they foon forgot the ly, and retreated. iil-will with which Miss Margland had Camilla, ashamed of her beau, deterfuffered them to quit her; and even lost mined not to dance at all ; though the all recollection that it belonged to them faw, with much vexation, upon the geto return to her. The fatisfaction of veral dispersion, Miss Margland approach
to claim her. Educated in all the har- speaking of; though I've buried them mony of contentment and benevolence, both. Why it was all along of my wives, she had a horror of a temper.fo irafcible, what with the money I had with ove, that made it a penance to remain a mo- and what with the money I had with the ment in its vicinity. Mr Dubster, how- other, that I got out of business so foon." ever, left her not alone to it; when she “ You were very much obliged to positively refused his hand, he said, it them then.”. was equally agreeable to him to have “ Why, yes, ma'am, as to that, I only a little diħh of chat with her; and can't say to the contrary, now that composedly stationed himself before her. they're gone; but I can't say I had Eugenia had already been taken out by much comfort with 'em while they livthe handsome stranger, with whom she ed. They was always a-thinking they had danced the evening before ; and Li- had a right to what they had a mind, onel, bewitched with Mrs Arlbery, en- because of what they brought me; só lifted himself entirely in her train ; and that I had enough to do to scrape a little with Sir Sedley Clarendel, and almost matter together, in cafe of outliving every man of any consequence in the them. One of 'em has not been dead room, declined all dancing for the plea- above a twelveinonth, or thereabout ; sure of attending her.
these are the first clothes I've bought Mr Dabiter, unacquainted with the fince I left off my blacks.” natural high spirits of Camilla, inferred
When India passed them, he expres. nothing to his own disadvantage from sed his admiration of her beauy. That her Glence, but talked incessantly him- young lady, ma'am,” he faid, cuts self with perfect complacency, “Do you all up, sure enough. She's as fine you know, ma’am,” cried he, “just as a piece of red and white as ever I fee. that elderly lady, that, I fuppose, is your I could think of such a young lady as mamma, took you all away in that hur. that myself, if I did not remember that ry last night, up comes the boy with my I thought no more of my wife that was new pair of gloves! but, though I run pretty, than of my wise that was ugly, down directly to tell of it, there was no after the firft month or so. Beauty goes making the old lady stop; which I was for a mere nothing in matrimony, when fool to try at; for as to women, I know once one's used to it. Besides, I've no their oblinacy of old. But what I grudy great thoughts at present of entering ined the most was, as soon as I come up to the state again of one while, at any again, as ill luck would have it, Toin rate, being but just got to be a little Hicks finds me my own t'other glove! comfortable.” So there I had two pair, when I might The second dance was now called, as well have had never a one !"
when Mrs Arlbery, coming suudenly beObserving that Eugenia was dancing, hind Camilla, faid, in a low voice, “ Do
Lack-a-day!” he exclaimed, “I'll lay you know who you are talking with ?" a wager that poor gentleman has been No, ma'am!” took in, just as I was yesterday! He “ A young tinker, my dear! that's thinks that young lady that's had the all !” And, with a provoking nod, she small.pox so bad, is you, ma'am! retreated. 'Twould be a fine joke if such a mistake Camilla, half ready to laugh, half to as that should get the little dame duck, cry, restrained herself with difficulty from as I call her, a husband! He'd be in a running after her; and Mr Dubfter, obfine hobble when he found he'd got no- serving that ne abruptly turned away, thing but her ugly face for his bargain. and would listen no more, again claimThough, provided she'd had the rhino, ed her for his partner; and, upon her it would not much have signified; for, absolute refusal, surprised and affronted, as to being pretty or not, it's no great walked off in silence. She was then fi. matter in a wife. A man foon tires of nally condemned to the morose fociety fieing nothing but the fame face, if it's of Miss Margland; and invectives against one of the bet,”
Sir Hugh for misinanagement, and LioCamilla here, in the midst of her cha- nel, with whom now that lady was at grin, could not forbear asking him, if he open war, for impertinence, filled up the was married ? “ Yes, ma'am,” answer- rest of her time, till the company was ined he, calmly, “ I've had two wives to formed that refreihments were ferved in my share already; so I know what I'm the card.room. VOL. LVIII.
Thither, immediately, every body pences of the day, with a heart panting Hocked, with as much speed and avidi- from hope of the prize, did the fame; ty, as if they had learnt to appreciate but Camilla hung back, totally unused the bleffing of plenty, by the experience to hazard, upon what was unneceffary, of want. Such is the vacancy of difti- the little allowance fhe had been taught pated pleasure, that, never satisfied with to spend sparingly upon herself, that what it poffefses, an opening always re- something might be always in her power mains for something yet to be tried, and, to bestow upon others. The character on that something still to come, all en- of this raffle was not of that interesting joyment seems to depend.
nature, which calls forth from the af. The day beginning now to clear, the Auent and easy respect as well as aid: fashes of a large bow window were the prize belonged to no one whom adthrown up. Sir Sedley Clarendel faun- versity compelled to change what once tered thither, and instantly every body was an innocent luxury, into the means followed, as if there were no breathing of subsistence; it was the mere common any where else; declaring, while they mode of getting rid of a mere common pressed upon one another almost to fut. bauble, which no one had thought worth focation, that nothing was so reviving as the full price affixed to it by its toyman. the fresh air; and, in a minute, not a She knew not, however, till now, how creature was to be seen in any other part hard it was to refift the contagion of exof the room.
ample, and felt a struggle in her self-de. Here, in full view, ftood sundry hap: nial, that made her, when she put the less relations of the poorer part of the locket down, withdraw from the crowd, prisoners to be tried the next morning, and resolve not to look at it again. who, with supplicating hands and eyes, Edgar, who had observed her, read her implored the compassion of the com- fecret conflict with an emotion which pany, whom their very calamities affem- impelled him to follow her, that he bled for amusement.
might express his admiration ; but he Nobody took any notice of them; no was ftopt by Mrs Arlbery, who just then body appeared even to see them; but, hastily attacked her with, “ What have one by one, all glided gently away, and you done with your friend, the tinker, the bow-window was presently the only my dear?" empty space in the apartment.
Camilla, laughing, though extremely Camilla, contented with having al- ashamed, said, she knew nothing at all ready presented her mite, and Eugenia about him. with having given her's in commission, “ You talked with him, then, by way retired unaffectedly with the rest, while of experiment, to see how you might Miss Margland, shrugging up her shoul- like him?" ders, and declaring, there was no end of No, indeed! I merely answered beggars, pompously added, “ However, him when I could not help it; but still we gave before we came in."
I thought, at a ball, gentlemen only Presently, a paper was handed about, would prefent themselves." to collect half guineas for a raffle. A “ And how many couple,” said Mrs beautiful locket, set round with pearls, Arlbery, smiling, “ do you, calculate ornamented at the top with a little knot would, in that case, stand up?" of small brilliants, and very elegantly She then ordered one of the beaux shaped, with a space left for a braid of who attended her, to bring her a chair, hair, or a cypher, was produced; and, and told another to fetch her the locket. as if by magnetic power, attracted into Edgar was again advancing to Camilla, almost every hand the capricious coin, when Lionel, whose desire to obtain the which distress but the moment before good graces of Mrs Arlbery, had fughad repelled.
gested to him an anticipation of her comMiss Margland lamented she had only mands, pushed forward with the locket. guineas or silver, but suffered Edgar to Well,” really, it is not ugly," cried be her paymaster; privately refolving, fhe, taking it in her hand; that, if the won the locket, she would put in yet, Miss Tyrold ?" remember the debt : Eugenia, amused No, ma'am.” in seeing the humour of all that was go “ O, I am vastly glad of that; for ing forward, readily put in; Indiana, fa- now we will try our fortune together.". tisfied her uncle would repay the ex Camilla, though secretly blushing at
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