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“A man in the business of his life must
encounter labour and grief and disappointANTON TRENDELLSOHN had learned ment. He should take to him a wife to give from his father that Nina had spoken to her bim ease in these things, not one who will aunt about the title-deeds of the houses in be an increase to his sorrows." the Kleinseite, and that thus, in a round- " That which is done is done." about way, a demand had been made for My son, this thing is not done.” them. “Of course, they will not give them “ She has my plighted word, father. Is up,” he had said to his father. “Why should not that enough ?” they, unless the law makes them ? They have Nina is a good girl. I will say for her no idea of honour or honesty to one of us.” that she is very good. I have wished that The elder Jew had then expressed his opin- you might have brought to my house as your ion that Josef Balatka should be required to wife the child of my old friend Baltazar make the demand as a matter of business, Loth; but if that may not be, I would have to enforce a legal right; but to this Anton taken Nina willingly by the hand — had she had replied that the old man in the Klein- been one of us.” seite was not in a condition to act efficiently " It may be that God will
her in the matter himself. It was to bim that eyes.” the money had been advanced, but to the “ Anton, I would not have her eyes Zamenoys that it had in truth been paid; opened by anything so weak as her love and Anton declared his purpose of going to for a man.
But I have said that she was Karil Zamenoy, and himself making his de- good. She will hear reason; and when she mand. And then there had been a discus- shall know that her marriage among us sion, almost amounting to a quarrel, between would bring trouble on us, she will restrain the two. Trendellsohns as to Nina Balatka her wishes. Speak to her, Anton, and see Poor Nina need not have added another to if it be not so. her many causes of suffering by doubting “ Not for all the wealth which all our her lover's truth. Anton Trendellsohn, people own in Bohemia! Father, to do so though not given to speak of his love with would be to demand, not to ask. If she love that demonstrative vehemence to which me, could she refuse such a request were I Nina had trusted in her attempts to make to ask it ?” her friends understand that she could not “ I will speak a word to Nina, my son, and be talked out of her engagement, was nev- the request shall come from her. ertheless sufficiently firm in his purpose. “ And if it does, I will never yield to it. He was a man very constant in all his pur- For her sake I would not yield, for I know poses, whom none who knew him would she loves me. Neither for my own would I have supposed likely to jeopardise his world. yield ; for as truly as I worship God, I love ly interests for the love of a Christian girl, her better than all the world beside. She but who was very little apt to abandon aught is to me my cup of water when I am hot to which he had set bis hand because the and atbirst, my morsel of bread when I am voices of those around him might be against faint with bunger. Her voice is the only him. He had thought much of his position music which I love. The touch of her hand as a Jew before he had spoken of love to is so fresh that it cools me when I am in the penniless Christian maiden who fre- fever. The kiss of her lips is so sweet and quented his father's house, pleading for her balmy that it cures when I shake with an father in his poverty; but the words when ague fit. To think of ber when I am out spoken meant much, and Nina need not among men fighting for my own, is such a have feared that he would forget them. He joy, that now, methinks now, that I bave was a man not much given to dalliance, not had it belonging to me, I could no longer requiring from day to day the soft sweetness fight were I to lose it. No, father; she shall of a woman's presence to keep his love not be taken from me. I love her, and I will warm ; but his love could maintain its own keep her.” heat, without any softness or dalliance. Had Oh that Nina could have heard him ! it not been so, such a girl as Nina would How would all her sorrows have fled from hardly have surrendered to him her whole her, and left her happy in her poverty ! beart as she had done.
But Anton Trendellsohn, though he could “ You will fall into trouble about the speak after this manner to his father, could maiden," the elder Trendellsohn had said. hardly bring himself to talk of his feelings
" True, father; there will be trouble to the woman who would have given her enough. In what that we do is there not eyes, could she for his sake have spared trouble ?"
them, to hear him. Now and again, indeed,
he would say a word, and then would frown | towards ruining his son if he were so mindand become gloomy, as though angry with ed. himself for such outward womanly expres- Dreams of a high ambition had, from very sion of what he felt. As it was, the words early years, flitted across the mind of the fell upon ears which they delighted not. younger Trendellsohn till they had nearly “ Then, my son, you will live to rue the day formed themselves into a settled purpose. in which you first saw her," said the elder He had heard of Jews in Vienna, in Paris, Jew. " She will be a bone of contention in and in London, who were as true to their your way that will separate you from all religion as any Jew of Prague, but who did your friends.
You will become neither not live immured in a Jews' quarter, like Jew nor Christian, and will be odious alike lepers separate and alone in some loathed to both. And she will be the same." corner of a city otherwise clean. These
“ Then, father, we will bear our sorrows men went abroad into the world as men, together."
using the wealth with which their industry “Yes; and what happens when sorrows had been blessed, openly as the Christians come from such causes? The man learns to used it. And they lived among
Christians hate the woman who has caused them, and as one man should live with his fellow-men ill-uses her, and feels himself to be a Cain - on equal terms, giving and taking, honupon the earth, condemned by all, but by ouring and honoured. As yet it was not so none so much as by himself. Do you think with the Jews of Prague, who were still that you have strength to bear the contempt bound to their old narrow streets, to their of all those around you ? ”
dark houses, to their mean modes of living, Anton waited a moment or two before he and who, worst of all, were still subject to answered, and then spoke very slowly. “If the isolated ignominy of Judaism. In Prague it be necessary to bear so much, I will at a Jew was still a Pariah. Anton's father least make the effort. It may be that I shall was rich – very rich. Anton hardly knew find the strength."
what was the extent of his father's wealth, “ Nothing then that your father says to but he did know that it was great. In his you avails aught ?”
father's time, however, no change could be Nothing, father, on that matter. You made. He did not scruple to speak to the should have spoken sooner.”
old man of these things; but he spoke of them “ Then you must go your own way. As rather as dreams, or as distant hopes, than for me, I must look for another son to bear as being the basis of any purpose of his own. the burden of my years." And so they His laiher would merely say that the old parted.
house, looking out upon the ancient synaAnton Trendellsohn understood well the gogue, must last him his time, and that the meaning of the old man's threat. He was changes of which Anton spoke must be postquite alive to the fact that his father had poned — not till he died but till such time expressed his intention to give his wealth as he should feel it right to give up the and his standing in trade, and the bus- things of this world. Anton Trendellsohn, iness of bis house to some younger Jew, who knew his father well, bad resolved that who would be more true than his own he would wait patiently for everything till his son to the traditional customs of their father should have gone to his last home, tribes. There was Ruth Jacobi, his grand- knowing that nothing but death would close daughter — the only child of the house the old man's interest in the work of his life. who had already reached an age at which But he had been content to wait - to wait, she might be betrothed ; and there was to think, to dream, and only in part to hope. Samuel Loth, the son of Baltazar Loth, He still communed with himself daily as to old Trendellsohn's oldest friend. Anton that House of Trendellsohn which might, Trendellsohn did not doubt who might perhaps, be heard of in cities greater than be the adopted child to be taken to fill his Prague, and which might rival in the gran place. It has been already explained that deur of its wealth those mighty commercial there was no partnership actually existing names which had drowned the old shame of between the two Trendellsohns. By degrees the Jew in the new glory of their great the son had slipt into the father's place, and doings. To be a Jew in London, they had the business by which the house bad grown told him, was almost better than to be a Chrisrich had for the last five or six years been tian, provided that he was r.ch, and knew the managed chiefly by him. Bat the actual ways of trade, - was better for such purresults of the son's industry and the son's poses as were his purposes Anton Trendellthrift were still in the possession of the fa- sohn believed that he would be rich, and ther. The old man might no doubt go far, was sure that he knew the ways of trade ;
LIVING AGE. VOL. III. 27.
and therefore he nursed his ambition, and sion in his father's wealth as detrimental to meditated what his action should be when bim. He had been willing that it should be the days of his freedom should come to his father's while his father lived, knowing him.
that any division would be detrimental to Then Nina Balatka had come across his them both. He had never even asked his path. To be a Jew, always a Jew, in all father for a partnership, taking, everything things a Jew, had been ever a part of his for granted. Even now he could not quite great dream. It was as impossible to him as believe that his father was in earnest. It it would be to his father to forswear the re- could hardly be possible that the work of his ligion of his people. To go forth and be own hands should be taken from him begreat in commerce by deserting his creed cause he had chosen a bride for himself ! would have been nothing to bim. His am- But this he felt, that should bis father perbition did not desire wealth so much as the severe in the intention which he had
expresspossession of wealth in Jewish hands, with ed, he would be upheld in it by every Jew of out those restrictions upon its enjoyment to Prague.“ Dark, ignorant, and foolish,” Anwhich Jews under his own eye had ever ton said to bimselt, speaking of those among been subjected. It would have delighted whom he lived ; " it is their pride to live in him to think that, by means of his work, disgrace, while all the honours of the world there should no longer be a Jews' quarter in are open to them if they choose to take Prague, but that all Prague should be enno- them!” bled and civilised and made beautiful by He did not for a moment think of altering the wealth of Jews. Wealth must be his his course of action in consequence of what means, and therefore he was greedy ; but his father had said to him. Indeed, as rewealth was not his last or only, aim, and garded the business of the house, it would therefore his creed did not utterly destroy stand still altogether were be to alter it. No his heart. Then Nina Balatka had come successor could take up the work when he across his path, and he was compelled to should leave it. No other hand could conshape his dreams anew. How could a Jew tinue the webs which were of his weaving. among Jews hold up his head as such who So he went forth, as the errands of the day had taken to his bosom a Christian wife ? called him, soon after his father's last words
But again be shaped his dreams aright - were spoken, and went through his work as so far aright that he could still build the though his own interest in it were in no castles of his imagination to his own liking. danger. Nina should be his wife. It might be that she On that evening nothing was said on the would fo'low the creed of her husband, and subject between him and his father, and then all would be well. In those far cities on the next morning he started immediately to which he would go, it would hardly in after breakfast for the Ross Markt, in order such case be known that she had been born that he might see Karil Zamenoy, as he had a Christian; or else he would show the world said that he would do. The papers, should around him, both Jews and Christians, bow he get them, would belong to his father, well a Christian and a Jew might live to- and would at once be put into his father's gether. To crush the prejudice which had hands. But the feeling that it might not dealt so hardly with his people - to make be for his own personal advantage to place a Jew equal in all things to a Christian them there did not deter him. His father this was his desire; and how could this bet- was an old man, and old men were given to ter be fulfilled than by his union with a threaten. He at least would go on with his Christian? One thing at least was fixed duty. with him— one thing was fixed, even It was about eleven o'clock in the day though it should mar bis dreams. He had when he entered the open door of the office taken the Christian girl to be part of himself, in the Ross Markt, and found Ziska and a and nothing should separate them. His fa- young clerk sitting opposite to each other ther had spoken often to him of the danger at their desks. Anton took off his hat and which he would incur by marrying a Chris- bowed to Ziska, whom he knew slightly, and tiền, but had never before uttered any word asked the young man if his father were approaching to a personal threat. Anton within. had felt himself to be so completely the “ My father is here," said Ziska, “but I mainspring of the business in which they do not know whether he can see you." were botb engaged - was so perfectly aware ** You will ask him, perhaps," said Trenthat he was so regarded by all the commer- dellsohn. cial men of Prague — that he had hardly re- “ Well — he is engaged. There is a lady garded the absence of any positive posses- ! with him."
Perhaps he will make an appointment " This purchase was made by contract, with me, and I will call again. If he will and the price was paid in full before the name an hour, I will come at his own time.” houses were put into our hands.”
“ Cannot you say to me, Herr Trendell- “ They are not in your hands sohn, that which you wish to say to him ? "
as I know.” “ Not very well.”
“ Not the one, certainly, in which Balat“ You know that I am in partnership ka lives. Motives of friendship”with my father."
Friendship!” said Madame Zamenoy, “ He and you are happy to be so placed with a sneer. together. But if your father can spare me “ And now motives of love," continued five minutes, I will take it from him as a Anton, “ have induced us to leave the use favour.” Then, with apparent reluctance, of that house with Josef Balatka.” Ziska came down from his seat and went “ Love!” said Madame Zamenoy, springinto the inner room. There he remained ing from her chair; “love indeed! Do not some time, while Trendellsohn was standing, talk to me of love for a Jew." hat in hand, in the outer office. If the “My dear, my dear !” said her husband, changes which he hoped to effect_among expostulating. his brethren could be made, a Jew in " How dares he come here to talk of bis Prague should, before long, be asked to sit love? It is filthy - it is worse than filthy down as readily as a Christian. But he - it is profane." had not been asked to sit, and he therefore “I came here, madame,” continued Anstood holding his hat in his hand during ton, “not to talk of my love, but of certain the ten minutes that Ziska was away. At documents or title-deeds respecting those last young Zamenoy returned, and, opening houses, which should be at present in my the door, signified to the Jew that his father father's custody: I am told that your huswould see him at once if he would enter. band has them in his sate custody." Nothing more had been said about the lady, “ My husband has them not," said Madand there, when Trendellsohn went into the ame Zamenoy. room, be found the lady, who was no other Stop, my dear — stop," said the bus than Madame Zamenoy herself. A little band. family council had been held, and it had “ Not that he would be bound to give been settled among them that the Jew them up to you if he had got them, or that should be seen and heard.
he would do so; but he has them not.” So, sir, you are Anton Trendelsohn," “ In whose hands are they then ?” began Madame Zamenoy, as soon as Ziska " That is for you to find out, not for us to was gone
for Ziska had been told to go tell you." - and the door was shut.
“Why should not all the world be told, so " Yts, madame; I am Anton Trendell, that the proper owner may have bis own ? sohn. I had not expected the bonour of " It is not always so easy to find out who goeing you, but I wish to say a few words on is the proper owner,” said Zamenoy the business to your husband."
elder. “ There he is; you can speak to him.” “ You bave seen this contract before, I
“ Anything that I can do, I shall be very think," said Trendellsohn, bringing forth a happy," said Karil Zamenoy, who had risen written paper. from his chair to prevent the necessity of “ I will not look at it now at any rate. I having to ask the Jew to sit down.
have nothing to do with it, and I will have " Herr Zamenoy,” began the Jew, “ you nothing to do with it. You have heard are, I think, aware that my father has pur- Madame Zamenoy declare that the deed chased from your friend and brother-in-law, which you seek is not here. I cannot say Josef Balatká, certain houses in the Klein- whether it is here or no. I do not say seite, in one of which the old man still as you will be pleased to remember. if it lives."
were here it would be in safe keeping for Upon my word, I know nothing about my brother-in-law, and only to him could it it,” said Zamenoy –“nothing, that is to say, be given." in the way of business ; ” and the man of "But will you not say whether it is in business laughed. “Mind I do not at all your hands ? You know well that Josef deny that you did so — you or your father, Balatka is ill, and cannot attend to such or the two together. Your people are getting matters." into their bands lots of houses all over the “ And who has made him ill, and what town; but how they do it nobody knows has made him ill?” said Madame Zamenoy. They are not bought in fair open '
market." “ III ! of course he is ill. Is it not enough
to make any man ill to be told that his / us. You have heard all that we can tell daughter is to marry a Jew?”.
bad better go." “I have not come hither to speak of that,” “ You have heard more than I would said Trendellsohn.
have told you myself,” said: Ziska, “had I “But I speak of it; and I tell you this, been left to my opinion.” Anton Trendellsohn you
shall never mar- Trendellsohn stood pausing for a moment, ry that girl.”
and then he turned to the elder Zamenoy. “ Be it so; but let me at any rate have “What do you say, sir? Is it true that that which is
these papers are at the house in the KleinWill you give her up if it is given to seite ?" you ?"
" I say nothing,” said Karil Zamenoy. 6. It is here then?”
“ It seems to me that too much has been No; it is not here. But will you aban- said already." don this mad thought if I will tell you where " A great deal too much," said the lady. it is?"
“ I do not know why I should have allowed “ No; certainly not.”
myself to be surprised into giving you any “ What a fool ihe man is !” said Madame information at all. You wish to do us the Zamenoy. “He comes to us for what he heaviest injury that one man can do another, calls his property because he wants to mar- and I do not know why we should speak to ry the girl, and she is deceiving him all the you at all. Now you had better go." while. Go to Nina Balatka, Trendellsobn, “ Yes; you had better go,” said Ziska, and she will tell you wbo has the document. holding the door open, and looking as She will tell you where it is, if it suits her though he were inclined to threaten. Trento do so.”
dellsohn paused for a moment on the thresh“ She has told me, and she knows that it old, fixing his eyes full upon those of his is here."
rival; but Ziska neither spoke nor made “ She knows nothing of the kind, and any further gesture, and then the Jew lelt she has lied. She has lied in order that she the house. may rob
you. Jew as you are, she will be “I would have told him nothing," said too many for you. She will rob you, with the elder Zamenoy when they were left all her seeming simplicity.”
alone. “ I trust her as I do my own soul,” said “My dear, you don't understand; indeed Trendellsohn.
you do not,” said his wife. “No stone “ Very well; I tell you that she and she should be left unturned to prevent such a only knows where these papers are. For horrid marriage as this
. There is nothing aught I know she has them herself. I be- I would not say; nothing I would not do. lieve that she has them. Ziska," said Mad- “ But I do not see that you are doing ame Zamenoy, calling aloud, “ Ziska, come anything." hither," and Ziska entered the room. • Leave this little thing to me, my dear ka, who has the title-deeds of your uncle's - to me and Ziska. It is impossible that houses in the Kleinseite?” Ziska hesitated you should do everything yourself. In such a moment without answering. “ You know, a matter as this, believe me that a woman if anybody does,” said bis mother; "tell is best.” this man, since he is so anxious, who has got “But I hate anything that is really disthem.”
honest." “I do not know why I should tell him my “ There shall be no dishonesty, cousin's secrets."
in the world. You don't suppose that I “ Tell him, I say. It is well that he want to get the dirty old tumble-down should know.”
houses. God forbid! But you would pot “ Nina has, as I believe,” said Ziska, give up everything to a Jew! Oh, I hate still hesitating,
them!" I do hate them! Anything is fair 6 Nina has them !” said Trendellsohn.
against a Jew.” If such was Madame “ Yes ; Nina Balatka," said Madame Zamenoy's ordinary doctrine, it may well be Zamenoy. “We tell you to the best of our understood that she would scruple at using knowledge at least. At any rate, they are eapon against a Jew who was meditatnot here."
ing so great an injury against her as this " It is impossible that Nina should have marriage with her niece. After this little them," said Trendellsohn. " How should discussion old Zamenoy said no more, and she have got them ?”
Madame Zamenoy went home to the Wind“ That is nothing to us,” said Madame berg-gasse. Zamenoy." “ The whole thing is nothing to Trendellsohn, as he walked homewards,