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was lost in amazement. He wholly disbe- | from his father and mother, before anything lieved the statement that the document he was known of the Jew's love, that Nina desired was in Nina's hands, but he thought should be received as a daughter-in-law, if it possible that it might be in the house in she would accept his suit; and this promise the Kleir.seite. It was, after all, on the was still in force. That the girl whom he cards that old Balatka was deceiving him. loved should love a Jew distressed and dis-. The Jew was by nature suspicious, though gusted Ziska; but it did not deter him from

was also generous. He could be noble his old purpose. It was shocking, very in his confidence, and at the same time shocking, that Nina should so disgrace hercould become at a moment distrustful. He self; but she was not on that account less could give without grudging, and yet grudge pretty or less charming in her cousin's eyes. the benefits which came of his giving. Madame Zamenoy, could she have had her Neither he nor his father had ever positive- own will, would have rescued Nina from the ly known in whose custody were the title- Jew — firstly, because Nina was known all deeds which he was so anxions to get into over Prague to be her niece - and, secondhis own hands. Balatka had said that they ly, for the good of Christianity generally; must be with the Zamenoys, but even Ba- but the girl herself, when rescued, she would latka had never spoken as of absolute willingly have left to starve in the poverty knowledge. Nina, indeed, had declared of the old house in the Kleinseite, as a positively that they were in the Ross Markt, punishment for her sin in having listened to saying that Ziska had so stated in direct à Jew. terms; but there might be a mistake in this. “I would have nothing more to say to

any rate he would interrogate Nina, and her," said the mother to her son. if there were need, would not spare the old “Nor I either," said Lotta, who was presman any questions that could lead to the ent. “ She has demeaned herself far too truth. Trendellsohn, as he thought of the much to be a fit wife for Ziska.” possibility of such treachery on Balatka's “ Hold your tongue, Lotta ; what business part, felt that, without compunction, he have you to speak about such a matter ?” could be very cruel, even to an old man,

said the

young man. under such circumstances as those.

“ All the same, Ziska, if I were you, I would give her up,” said the mother.

“ If you were me, mother, you would not give her up. If every man is to give up

the girl he likes because somebody else inMADAME ZAMENOY and her son no doubt terferes with him, bow is anybody to get understood each other's purposes, and there married at all? It's the way with them all.” was another person in the bouse who under- “But a Jew, Ziska !” stood them — Lotta Luxa, namely; but “ So much the more reason for taking her Karil Zamenoy had been kept somewhat in away from him." Then Ziska went forth on the dark. Touching that piece of parch- a certain errand, the expediency of which ment as to which so much anxiety had been he had discussed with his mother. expressed, he only knew that he had, at his “I never thought he'd be so firm about it, wife's instigation, given it into her hand in ma'am,” said Lotta to her mistress. order that she might use it in some way for “ If we could get Trendellsohn to turn putting an end to the foul bethrothal be- her off, he would not think much of her tween Nina and the Jew. The elder Za- afterwards,” said the mother. “ He wouldn't menoy no doubt understood that Anton care to take the Jew's leavings." Trendellsohn was to be bought off by the “ But he seems to be so obstinate,” said document; and he was not unwilling to buy Lotta.“ Indeed I did not think there was him off so cheaply, knowing as he did that so much obstinacy in him." the houses were in truth the Jew's property; “Of course he is obstinate while he thinks but Madame Zamenoy's scheme was deeper the other man is to have her," said the misthan this. She did not believe that the Jew tress ; " but all that will be changed when was to be bought off at so cheap a price; the girl is alone in the world." but she did believe that it might be possible It was a Saturday morning, and Ziska to create such a feeling in his mind as would had gone out with a certain fixed object. make him abandon Nina out of the workings Much had been said between him and his of his own beart. Ziska and his mother mother since Anton Trendellsohn's visit to were equally anxious to save Nina from the the office, and it had been decided that he Jew, but not exactly with the same mo- should now go and see the Jew in his own tives. He had received a promise, both | home. He should see him and speak bim

CHAPTER VII.

fair, and make him understand if possible, which could not take place every week. that the whole question of the property The tall bright-eyed black-haired girls stood should be settled as he wished it — if he talking in the streets, with something of would only give up his insane purpose of boldness in their gait and bearing, dressed marrying a Christian girl. Ziska would many of them in white muslin, with bright endeavour also to fill the Jew's mind with ribbons and full petticoats, and that small suspicion against

, Nina. The former scheme bewitching Hungarian hat which they dewas Ziska's own; the second was that in light to wear. They stood talking somewhich Ziska's mother put her chief trust. what loudly to each other, or sat at the “If once he can be made to think tbat the open windows; while the young men in girl is deceiving him, he will quarrel with black frockcoats and black hats, with crimher utterly,” Madame Zamenoy had said. son cravats, clustered by themselves, wish

On Saturday there is but little business ing, but not daring so early in the day, to done in Prague, because Saturday is the devote themselves to the girls, who appeared, Sabbath of the Jews. The shops are of or attempted to appear, unaware of their course open in the main streets of the town, presence. Who can say why it is that those but banks and counting-houses are closed, encounters, which are so ardently desired because the Jews will not do business on by both sides, are so rarely able to get that day - so great is the preponderance of themselves commenced till the enemies have the wealth of Prague in the hands of that been long in sight of each other? But so people! It suited Ziska, therefore, to make it is among Jews and Christians, among his visit on a Saturday, both because he had rich and poor, out under the open sky, and but little himself to do on that day, and be even in the atmosphere of the ball-room, cause he would be almost sure to find Tren- consecrated though it be to such purposes. dellsohn at home. As he made his way Go into any public dancing-room of Vienna, across the bottom of the Kalowrat-strasse where the girls from the shops and the and through the centre of the city to the young men from their desks congregate to narrow ways of the Jews' quarter, his heart waltz and make love, and you shall observe somewhat misgave him as to the result of that from ten to twelve they will dance as his visit. He knew very well that a Cbris- vigorously as at a later bour, but that they tian was safe among the Jews from any per- will hardly talk to each other till the melsonal ill-usage ; but he knew also that such lowness of the small morning. hours has a one as he would be known personally to come upon them. many of them as a Christian rival, and prob- Among these

groups

in the Jewish quarably as a Christian enemy in the same ter Ziska made his way, conscious that the city, and he thought that they would look girls eyed him and whispered to each other at him askance. Living in Prague all his something as to his presence, and conscious life, he had hardly been above once or also that the young men eyed him also, twice in the narrow streets which he was though they did so without speaking of him now threading. Strangers who come to as he passed. He knew that Trendellsohn Prague visit the Jews' quarter as a matter lived close to the synagogue, and to the of course, and to such strangers the Jews synagogue be made his way. And as he of Prague are invariably courteous. But approached the narrow door of the Jews the Christians of the city seldom walk church, he saw that a crowd of men stood through the heart of the Jews' locality, or round it, some in high caps and some in hang about the Jews' synagogue, or are black bats, but all habited in short muslin seen among their houses unless they have shirts, which they wore over their coats. special business. The Jews' quarter, though Such dresses he had seen before, and he it is a banishment to the Jews from the knew that these men were taking part from fairer portions of the city, is also a separate time to time in some service within the synand somewhat sacred castle in which they agogue. He did not dare to ask of one of may live after their old fashion undisturbed. them which was Trendellsohn's house, but As Ziska went on, he became aware that went on till he met an old man alone just the throng of people was unusually great, at the back of the building, dressed also in and that the day was in some sort more pe- a high cap and shirt, which shirt, however, culiar than the ordinary Jewish Sabbath. was longer than those he had seen before. That the young men and girls should be Plucking up his courage, be asked of the dressed in their best clothes was, as a matter old man which was the house of Anton of course, incidental to the day; but he Trendellsohn. could perceive that there was an outward 6 Anton Trendellsohn has no house,” said appearance of gala festivity about them the old man; “ but that is his father's house, and there Anton Trendellsohn lives. I am to give, and which women often love to Stephen Trendellsohn, and Anton is my receive. At the present moment she was son."

dressed in a frock of white muslin, looped Ziska thanked him, and, crossing the round the skirt, and bright with ruby ribstreet to the house, found that the door was bons. She had on her feet coloured boots, open, and that two girls were standing just which fitted them to a marvel, and on her within the passage. The old man had gone, glossy hair a small new hat, ornamented and Ziska, turning, had perceived that he with the plumage of some strange bird. was out of sight before he reached the house. On her shoulders she wore a coloured jacket,

"I cannot come till my uncle returns," open down the front, sparkling with jewelled said the younger girl.

buttons, over wbich there hung a chain with “ But, Ruth, he will be in the synagogue a locket. In her ears she carried long heavy all day,” said the elder, who was that Re- earrings of gold. Were it not that Ziska becca Loth of whom the old Jew had spoken had seen others as gay in their apparel on to his son.

his way, he would have fancied that she was “ Then all day I must remain,” said tricked out for the playing of some special Ruth ; " but it may be he will be in by one.” part, and that she should hardly have shown Then Ziska addressed them, and asked if herself in the streets with her gala finery: Anton Trendellsohn did not live there. Such was Rebecca Loth the Jewess, and

Yes ; be lives there,” said Ruth, almost Ziska almost admitted to himself that she trembling, as she answered the handsome was more beautiful than Nina Balatka. stranger

" And are you also of the family ?” Zis* And is be at home?"

ka asked. “He is in the synagogue,” said Ruth. No; she is not of the family,” said “ You will find him there if you will go in.” Ruth. “She is my particular friend, Re

" But they are at worship there,” said becca Loth. She does not live here. She Ziska, doubtingly.

lives with her brother and her mother.” • They will be at worship all day, because “ Ruth, how foolish you are! What does it is our festival,” said Rebecca, with her it signify to the gentleman ?” eyes fixed upon the ground; "but if you “But he asked, and so I supposed he are a Christian they will not object to your wanted to know.” going in. They like that Christians should “I have to apologise for intruding on you see them. They are not ashamed.” with any questions, young ladies,” said Žis

Ziska, looking into the girl's face, saw ka; “ especially on a day which seems to be that she was very beautiful; and he saw solemn.' also at once that she was exactly the oppo- “ That does not matter at all,” said Resite of Nina, though they were both of a becca. “Here is my brother, and he will height. Nina was fair, with grey eyes, and take you into the synagogue if you wish to smooth brown hair which seemed to de- see Anton Trendellsohn.” Samuel Loth, mand no special admiration, though it did her brother, then came up and readily ofin truth add greatly to the sweet delicacy fered to take Ziska into the midst of the of her face; and she was soft in her gait, worshippers. Ziska would have escaped and appeared to be yielding and flexible in now from the project could he have done so all the motions of her body. You would without remark; but he was ashamed to think that if you were permitted to embrace seem afraid to enter the building, as the her, the outlines of her body would form girls seemed to make so light of his doing themselves to vours, as though she would 80. He therefore followed Rebecca's brother, in all things fit herself to him who might be and in a minute or two was inside the narblessed by her love. But Rebecca Loth row door. was dark, with large dark blue eyes, and jet The door was very low and narrow, and black tresses which spoke out loud to the seemed to be choked up by men with short beholder of their own loveliness. You could white surplices, but nevertheless he found not fail to think of her hair and of her eyes, himself inside, jammed among a crowd of as though they were things almost separate Jews; and a sound of many voices, going from herself. And she stood like a queen, together in a sing-song wail or dirge, met who knew herself to be all a queen, strong his ears. His first impulse was to take off on her limbs, wanting no support, somewhat his hat, but that was immediately replaced hard withal, with a repellant beauty that upon his head, he knew not by whom; and seemed to disdain while it courted admira- then he observed that all within the buildtion, and utterly rejected the idea of that ing were covered. His guide did not folcaressing assistance which men always love low him, but whispered to some one what it

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was that the stranger required. He could for retreat. Behind him the movable phasee that those inside the building were all lanx had again formed itself into close rank, clothed in muslin shirts of different lengths, but before him the wailing wearers of the and that it was filled with men, all of whom white shirts were preparing for the commohad before them some sort of desk, from tion of his passage by grasping the upright which they were reading, or rather wailing stick of their movable desks in their hands. out their litany. Though this was the chief So he passed on, making the entire round synagogue in Prague, and, as being the of the synagogue, and when he got outside so-called oldest in Europe, is a building of the crowded door, he found that the younger some consequence in the Jewish world, it Trendellsohn had followed bim. " We had was very small. There was no ceiling, and better go into the house,” said Anton ; "it the bigh-pitched roof, which had once prob- will not be well for us to talk here on any ably been coloured, and the walls, which matter of business. Will

you follow me

?" bad once certainly been white, were black Then he led the way into the old house, with the dirt of ages. In the centre there and there at the front door still stood the was a cage, as it were, or iron grille, within two girls talking to each other. which five or six old Jews were placed, who “ You have come back, uncle,” said Ruth. seemed to wail louder than the others. “Yes ; for a few moments, to speak to this Round the walls there was a row of men gentleman.” inside stationary desks, and outside them " And will you return to the synagogue?” another row, before each of whom there “ Of course I shall return to the synawas a small movable standing desk, on gogue.” which there was a portion of the Law of * Because Rebecca wishes me to go out Moses. There seemed to be no possible with her," said the younger girl, in a plainway by which Ziska could advance, and he tive voice. would have been glad to retreat had retreat You cannot go out now.

Your grandbeen possible. But first one Jew and then father will want you when he returns." another moved their desks for him, so that But, uncle Anton, he will not come till he was forced to advance, and some among sunset." them pointed to the spot where Anton My mother wished to have Ruth with Trendellsohn was standing. But as they her this afternoon if it were possible,” said pointed, and they moved their desks to Rebecca, hardly looking at Ånton as she make a pathway, they still sang and wailed spoke to him; “but of course if you will continuously, never ceasing for an instant not give her leave I must return without in their long, loud, melancholy song of her. prayer. At the further end there seemed “Do you not know, Rebecca, said Anton, to be some altar, in front of which the High “ that she is needful to her grandfather ? ” Priest wailed louder than all, louder even

6. She could be back before sunset." than the old men within the cage; and “I will trust to you, then, that she is even he, the High Priest, was forced to brought back.” Ruth, as soon as she heard move his desk to make way for Ziska. But, the words, scampered up-stairs to array herapparently without displeasure, he moved self in such finery as she possessed, while it with his left hand, while he swayed his Rebecca still stood at the door. right hand backwards and forwards as though “Will you not come in, Rebecca, while regulating the melody of the wail. Beyond you wait for her?” said Anton. the High Priest Ziska saw Anton Trendell- “ Thank you, I will stand here. I am sohn, and close to the son he saw the old very well here." man whom he had met in the street, and “ But the child will be ever so long makwhom he recognised as Anton's father. Old ing herself ready. Surely you will come Trendellsohn seemed to take no notice of in." him, but Anton had watched him from his But Rebecca was obstinate, and kept her entrance, and was prepared to speak to him, place at the door. “ He has that Christian though he did not discontinue his part in girl there with him day after day,” she said the dirge till the last moment.

to Ruth as they went away together. “I “I had a few words to say to you, if it will never enter the house while she is would suit you,” said Ziska, in a low voice. allowed to come there.”

“ Are they of import ?" Trendellsohn “But Nina is very good,” said Ruth. asked. “ If so, I will come to you."

I do not care for her goodness.” Ziska then turned to make his

way back, “Do you not know that she is to be uncle but he saw that this was not to be his road Anton's wife ?

“ They have told me so, but she shall be here. The truth is this. Everything shall no friend of mine, Ruth. Is it not shameful be settled for you, and the whole thing given that he should wish to marry a Christian ?" up, regularly into your hands, if you will

When the two men had reached the sit- only give over about Nina Balatka." ting-room in the Jew's house, and Ziska had “ But I will not give over about Nina Baseated himself, Anton Trendellsohn closed latka. Am I to be bribed out of my the door, and asked, not quite in anger, but love by an offer of that which is already with something of sternness in his voice, mine own? But that you are in my father's why he had been disturbed while engaged house, I would be wrathful with you for in an act of worship

making me such an offer." " They told me that you would not mind “Why should you seek a Christian wife, my going in to you,” said Ziska, deprecating with such maidens among you as her whom his wrath.

I saw at the door ?" That depends on your business. What “ Do not mind the maiden whom you saw is it that you have to say to me?”

at the door. She is nothing to you." " It is this. When you came to us the “ No; she is nothing to me. Of course, other day in the Ross Markt, we were hard- the lady is nothing to me. If I were to ly prepared for you. We did not expect come here looking for her, you would be you."

angry, and would bid me seek for beauty "Your mother could hardly have received among my own people. Would you not do me better had she expected me for a twelve- so ?

Answer me now.” month."

“ Like enough. Rebecca Loth has many “ You cannot be surprised that my moth- friends who would take her part.”. er should be vexed. Besides, you would “ And why should we not take Nina's not be angry with a lady for what she might part – we who are her friends ?”. say."

" Have you taken her part? Have you "I care but little what she says. But comforted her when she was in sorrow ? words, my friend, are things, and are often Have you wiped her tears when she wept ? things of great moment. All that, however, Have you taken from her the stings of povmatters very little. Why have you done us erty and striven to make the world to her a the honour of coming to o house?” pleasant garden ? She has no mother of

Even Ziska could perceive, though his her own. Has yours been a mother to her ? powers of perception in such matters were Why is it that Nina Balatka has cared to perhaps not very great, that the Jew in the receive the sympathy and the love of a Jew? Jews quarter, and the Jew in the Ross Ask that girl whom you saw at the door for Markt, were very different persons. Ziska some corner in her heart, and she will scorn was now sitting while Anton Trendellsohn you. . She, a Jewess, will scorn you, a Chriswas standing over him. Ziska, when he tian. She would so look at you that you remembered that Anton had not been seated would not dare to repeat your prayer. in his father's office — had not been asked Why is it that Nina has not so scorned me? to sit down — would have risen himself, and We are lodged poorly here, while Nina's aunt have stood during the interview, but he did has a fine house in the New Town. She not know how to leave his seat. And when has a carriage and horses, and the world the Jew called him his friend, he felt that around her is gay and bright. Why did the Jew was getting the better of him Nina come to the Jews' quarter for sympawas already obtaining the ascendant. “Of thy, seeing that she, too, has friends of her course we wish to prevent this marriage,” own persuasion ? Take Nina's part indeed ! said Ziska, dashing at once at his subject. It is too late now for you to take her part. " You cannot prevent it. The law allows She has chosen for herself

, and her restingit. If that is what you have come to do, you place is to be here.” Trendellsohn, as he may as well return.”

spoke, put his hand upon his breast, within “But listen to me, my friend,” said Ziska, the fold of his waistcoat; but Ziska hardly taking a leaf out of the Jew's book. “ On- understood that his doing so bad any special ly listen to me, and then I shall go.” meaning. Ziska supposed that the here"

Speak, then, and I will listen; but be of which the Jew spoke was the old house quick.

in which they were at that moment talking " You want, of course, to be made right to each other. about those houses ?

“ I am sure we have meant to be kind to My father, to whom they belong, wishes her," said Ziska. to be made right, as you call it.”

“You see the effect of your kindness. I " It is all the same thing. Now, look | tell you this only in answer to what you said

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