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thoughts. But if I have done ute there scarcely would have been wrong, you will pardon me, I hope, enough of them left to plough in. because I am so anxious about very But the joy of my heart—as I dismal things.”

was beginning already to myself to “I assure you,” I answered, with call her-perceived at a glance the a flourish of my hat, which I had right thing to do; and her smile been practising upon the road, and blush played into one another, “that it is of the very best Eng- as the rising sun colours the veil lish society. If we dared, we he weaves. should insist upon it upon every

“1f Mr Cran-lee will follow me, occasion, Mademoiselle.”

a step or two, I will show bim a “ You must not call me that, sir. place where the dogs dare not to I am not of the French. I prefer come.” the English nation very greatly. “ Follow thee! Follow thee ! There has only been one Wha wud na follow thee?" came given to me by my father, and into my head, with a worthier that is Dariel."

sequence than ever

was vouch“It is the sweetest name in all safed to Highlanders. the world. Oh, Dariel, am I to “Where the dogs dare not come call you Dariel ?"

-I kept saying to myself, instead “If it is agreeable to you, Mr of looking to the right or left. The Cran-lee, it will be also agreeable music of her voice seemed to linger to me; for why should you not in those words, though they have pronounce me the same as Stepan not even a fine English sound, let does, and Allai ?”-oh that was a alone Italian. But my mind was cruel fall for me .“ although I so far out of call that it went with have passed most of my life in them into a goodly parable. “All England, and some of it even in men are dogs in comparison with London, I have not departed from her. Let none of them come near, the customs of my country, which wherever it may be, except the are simple, very simple. See here one dog, that is blest beyond all is Kuban and Orla too! Will

you

others." not make reply to them ?”

Are you a Christian ?” The How could I make reply to question came so suddenly, that it dogs, with Dariel's eyes upon me? sounded like a mild rebuke—but Many fellows would have been no, it was not meant so. The glad to kick Kuban and his son maiden turned towards me at a Orla, to teach them better than to little wicket-gate, and her face exjump around emotions so far above pressed some doubt about letting them. But not I; or at any rate me come in. not for more than balf a moment; “Yes, I am a Christian," I 80 sweetly was my spirit raised, answered pretty firmly, and then that I never lifted either foot. began to trim a little—"not a very Some of Dariel's gentle nature hot one I should say. Not at all came to strike the balance; for I bigoted, I mean; not one of those may bave been a little short of who think that every other person that.

is a heathen." “Good dogs, noble dogs, what a I had made a mull of it. For pattern to us!” I had a very the first time I beheld a smile of choice pair of trousers on, worthy some contempt upon the gentle of Tom Erricker,-if his had been face. And I resolved to be of ever bashful—and in another min. the strictest Orthodoxy evermore,

VOL. CLXI.- NO. DCCCCLXXV.

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CHAPTER XIII, -SMILES AND TEARS.

But a

If any one has followed my little such a bright wink from the west, adventures only half as carefully as and so many touches, on the high I have tried to tell them, he will ground and the low, of the ensee that the time had now como couragement of heaven to whatsoand gone

for
my

second visit to St ever thing looks up at it, that in Winifred's, otherwise Little Guinib. my heart there must have been a And I would have set forth what sense it had no words for—a forehappened then, if it had been worth cast of its own perhaps that it was mentioning. But except for the going to be pleased, far beyond the medical treatment received, I might pleasure of the eyes and mind. And just as well have stayed away, for I in that prophecy it hit the mark, never got a glimpse of Dariel; and for who should meet me at a windher father was in such a sad state ing of the path but Dariel herself, of mind, that he scarcely cared to no other? Dariel my darling! speak at all. Being a most kind As yet she knew not — and I and courteous gentleman, he begged shivered with the thought that she me to make due allowance for him, might never care to know - in for this was the anniversary of the what lowly but holy shrine she most unhappy day of his life, and was for ever paramount. in truth it would have been better little blush, such as a white rose for him if he had died before he might feel at the mark H.C. in an saw that day. One of the worst exhibition, answered my admiring things of being a gentleman, or of gaze; and then I was nowhere in having high-culture like Miss Tick- the splendour of her eyes — nonor, is that you must not ask where, except for being altogether questions, or even hint at your de- there. sire to know more, but sit upon the But with no such disturbance edge of curiosity in silence, although was her mind astray. Alas it was it may be cutting you like hoop-iron "all there," as sharp as the wits on the top-rail. And this feeling of the last man who wanted to sell was not by any means allayed, when me a horse. And she did not want I saw the great henchman Stepan to sell me anything; only to keep in the court hanging his head, and her precious value to herself. What without his red cross; and when a shame it is to leave things so that with the tender of five shillings' a poor fellow never knows how to worth of sympathy, I ventured to begin ! But that was not her ask him to explain his woe, his only meaning. In all her lovely life, answer was—“Me no can."

she never meant anything that was But when another week had not kind. passed, and my next visit became “I am not quite assured," she due, the hills, and the valley, and began, after waiting for me to beeverything else had put on a differ- gin—as if I could, with the tongue ent complexion. It was not like a in such a turbulence of eyes and sunset when the year is growing heart !—“it is beyond my knowold; but as lively and lovely as a ledge of English society, Mr Cranmorning of the May, when all the lee, to be confident that I am takearth is clad in fresh apparel, and ing the correct step, in advancing all the air is full of smiling glances in this manner to declare to you at it. There came to my perception the things that have come into my

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thoughts. But if I have done ute there scarcely would have been wrong, you will pardon me, I hope, enough of them left to plough in. because I am so anxious about very But the joy of my heart—as I dismal things."

was beginning already to myself to “I assure you,” I answered, with call her-perceived at a glance the a flourish of my hat, which I had right thing to do; and her smile been practising upon the road, and blush played into one another, “that it is of the very best Eng- as the rising sun colours the veil lish society. If we dared, we he weaves. should insist upon it upon every

“1f Mr Cran-lee will follow me, occasion, Mademoiselle."

a step or two, I will show bim a “You must not call me that, sir. place where the dogs dare not to I am not of the French. I prefer come.” the English nation very greatly. Follow thee ! Follow thee ! There has only been one

Wha wud na follow thee?” came given to me by my father, and into my head, with a worthier that is Dariel."

sequence than

vouch“It is the sweetest name in all safed to Highlanders. the world. Oh, Dariel, am I to “Where the dogs dare not come" call you Dariel ?”

-I kept saying to myself, instead “If it is agreeable to you, Mr of looking to the right or left. The Cran-lee, it will be also agreeable music of her voice seemed to linger to me, for why should you not in those words, though they have pronounce me the same as Stepan not even a fine English sound, let does, and Allai?”-oh that was a alone Italian. But my mind was cruel fall for me — “although I so far out of call that it went with have passed most of my life in them into a goodly parable. “All England, and some of it even in men are dogs in comparison with London, I have not departed from her. Let none of them come near, the customs of my country, which wherever it may be, except the are simple, very simple. See here one dog, that is blest beyond all is Kuban and Orla too! Will you others." not make reply to them ?”

"Are you a Christian ?” The How could I make reply to question came so suddenly, that it dogs, with Dariel's eyes upon me? sounded like a mild rebuke-but Many fellows would have been no, was not meant so. The glad to kick Kuban and his son maiden turned towards me at a Orla, to teach them better than to little wicket-gate, and her face exjump around emotions so far above pressed some doubt about letting them. But not I; or at any rate me come in. not for more than half a moment; “Yes, I am a Christian,” I 80 sweetly was my spirit raised, answered pretty firmly, and then that I never lifted either foot. began to trim a little—"not a very Some of Dariel's gentle nature hot one I should say. Not at all came to strike the balance ; for I bigoted, I mean ; not one of those may bave been a little short of who think that every other person that.

is a heathen.” “Good dogs, noble dogs, what a I had made a mull of it. For pattern to us!" I had a very the first time I beheld a smile of choice pair of trousers on, worthy some contempt upon the gentle of Tom Erricker,-if his had been face. And I resolved to be of ever bashful—and in another min. the strictest Orthodoxy evermore, VOL. CLXI.- NO. DCCCCLXXV.

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Feeble religious views did not suit beer in their most holy places ; but her.

why should I shock her feelings so? “Christian! I should think so." Little knows the ordinary English I proceeded with high courage. girl, that when she displays her “There is scarcely a Church-tower want of reverence for the things for ten miles round, that has not above her, she is doing all she can been built by my ancestors.” Pos- to kill that feeling towards herself, sibly this assertion needed not only which is one of her choicest gifts. a grain but a block of salt.

“Dariel, you may be quite sure But Dariel was of good strong of this," I replied, after taking my faith ; without which a woman de- seat upon a stone, over against the serves only to be a man. She one she had chosen, but lower, 50 opened the gate, and let me in, so that I could look up at her; "a beautifully that I was quite afraid. place of holy memories like this is

“You must not be frightened,” the very spot especially fitted forshe said, with a very fine rally of for consideration of your dear father. herself, to encourage mine, “it is Some of my ancesters no doubt the House of the Lord, and you were the founders of this ancient have come into it with your hat on. chapel, so that I speak with some But you did not know, because authority, upon a point of that there is no roof."

sort." No roof, and no walls, and no All content has a murmur in it, anything left

, except the sweet according to the laws of earth; and presence of this young maid. I within a few yards of my joy, the took off my hat, and tried to think brook with perpetual change of of the Creed, and the Catechism, tone, and rise and fall of liquid and my many pious ancestors, if tune, was making as sweet a melody there had been any. And I almost

as a man can stop to hearken. But tumbled over a great pile of ruin the brook might have ceased its stones,

noise for shame, at the music of my “We will not go in there, be- Dariel's voice. She gave me a cause--because we are not thinking timid glance at first, not for any of it properly ;” she pointed, as care of me, but doubt of unlocking she spoke, to an inner circle of of her heart; and then the power ruins, with some very fine black- of a higher love swept away all berries just showing colour; and sense of self. suddenly I knew it as the sanctu “My father, as you must have ary, in which I had first descried learned already, is one of the greather kneeling figure. “But here we est men that have ever lived. There may sit down, without--without

are many great men in this country it is a long word, Mr Cran-lee, I also, in their way, which is very cannot quite recall it."

good; but they do not appear to " Desecration,” I suggested, and cast away all regard for their own she looked at me with doubt, as if interests, in such a degree as my the word had made the thing. father does; and although they are " But you do not think it will be

ery high Christians, they stop, or that, if I speak of my dear father at least they appear to stop short here?"

of their doctrines, when the fear I was very near telling her that arises of not providing for themwe think nothing of such old selves. They call it a question of monkish ruins, except to eat our the public good, and they are afraid chicken-pie, and drink our bottled of losing commerce.

67 1897.]

Dariel: A Romance of Surrey. "But

my father is not of that see, what else do I know! Why
character. The thing that is re- nothing at all, except that he has
commended to him by religion is wonderful taste, and sense of order,
tbe thing he does

, and trade is not and the loveliest dau--door paint-
superior to God's will. Please to ing I ever be held ; and after
take notice of this, Mr Cran-lee, that"
because it makes him difficult to "Door- painting of great loveli-
be persuaded. And now he has ness! I do not remember to have
told me quite lately a thing, which, seen that, my father has never
if be adheres to it as he always does, concealed from me I will auk
will take him away, will extinguish, him."
and altogether terminate him." "Door-nailing is what I should

She turned her head aside, that have said of course, Fleur de Lis
I might not see the tears that were flourishes, classic patterls. But
springing upon either cheek, and a what is all that in comparison with
cloud of very filmy lace from the bim? A man of majestic appear-
strange octagonal cap she wore, ance, and a smilebave you ever
mingled with the dark shower of beheld such a smile?"
her hair,

"Never!" cried Dariel, with
"Oh no, oh no! that sball never great delight," but I expected not
be," I answered as if I were master that you would already be cap-
of the world;" oh Dariel, don't let tured with that demonstrance. It
your beautiful eyes---

shows how good he was to be
"It is of my father and not of pleased with you, for he is not
myself we are speaking, Mr Cran- taken in with every one. But
Lee. And you are surprised what now please to listen, while I tell
reason I can bave for--for inviting you, so far as my acquaintance of
you to give opinion. But it is not your language goes with me, what
your opinion for which I make peti- the condition is of circumstances
tion, or not the opinion only, but tending about my father. Only I
the assistance of kind action from know not the half of it mykelf, for
you, if you can indeed be per- he fears to make me so solicitous ;
suaded. And before that can be and it would not be just for me
accomplished, I must expand to to ask questions of people of the
şou things that you may not have lower rank, in whom he has placed
been informed, concerning my confidence; though Stepan could
father, you know, do you not?” tell me many things if he thought

"Nothing, or very little except proper, and I have proved to him
what you yourself have told me. that it is his duty.
I know all about Daghestan of

“My father is the Prince, as
course "—90 I did by this time, or they call it in most countries,
at least all that was in the Cyclo- though he never takes it to him-
padia—"and that your father has self, of the highest and noblest
been a very great man there; and and most ancient of the tribes
I

can see that he has been accus- belonging to the Lesghian race.
tomed to authority and probably to The great warrior Shamyl, who
wars, and that he is worshipped by contended so long against all the
his retainers

, and that he has some armies of Russia, was of the lower, especial purpose here and prefers a the Moslem division of the ancient private life, but is kind enough to Lesghian race, which is of the first give me admission because of my origin of mankind, and has kept accident; and after that, let me itself lofty as the mountains.

never

“But my father is not of that see, what else do I know? Why character. The thing that is re- nothing at all, except that he has commended to him by religion is wonderful taste, and sense of order, the thing he does, and trade is not and the loveliest dau—door-paintsuperior to God's will. Please to ing I ever beheld ; and after take notice of this, Mr Cran-lee, thatbecause it makes him difficult to “Door-painting of great lovelibe persuaded. And now he has ness! I do not remember to have told me quite lately a thing, which, seen that, my father has if he adheres to it as he always does, concealed from me - I will ask will take him away, will extinguish, himand altogether terminate him." “Door-nailing is what I should

She turned her head aside, that have said of course, Fleur de Lis I might not see the tears that were flourishes, classic patterns. But springing upon either cheek, and a what is all that in comparison with cloud of very filmy lace from the him? A man of majestic appearstrange octagonal cap she wore, ance, and a smile—have you ever mingled with the dark shower of beheld such a smile ?” her hair.

“Never!” cried Dariel, with "Oh no, oh no! that shall never great delight, “but I expected not be," I answered as if I were master that you would already be capof the world ; “oh Dariel, don't let tured with that demonstrance. It your beautiful eyes,

shows how good he was to be “It is of my father and not of pleased with you, for he is not myself we are speaking, Mr Cran- taken in with every one. But lee. And you are surprised what now please to listen, while I tell reason I can have for—for inviting you, so far as my acquaintance of you to give opinion. But it is not your language goes with me, what your opinion for which I make peti- the condition is of circumstances tion, or not the opinion only, but tending about my father. Only I the assistance of kind action from know not the half of it myself, for you, if you can indeed be per- he fears to make me so solicitous; suaded. And before that can be and it would not be just for me accomplished, I must expand to to ask questions of people of the you things that you may not have lower rank, in whom he has placed been informed, concerning my confidence; though Stepan could father, you know, do you not?” tell me many things if he thought

“Nothing, or very little except proper, and I have proved to him what you yourself have told me. that it is his duty. I know all about Daghestan of “My father is the Prince, as course '—so I did by this time, or they call it in most countries, at least all that was in the Cyclo- though he never takes it to himpædia—"and that your father has self, of the highest and noblest been a very great man there; and and most ancient of the tribes I can see that he has been accus- belonging to the Lesgbian race. tomed to authority and probably to The great warrior Shamyl, who wars, and that he is worshipped by contended so long against all the his retainers, and that he has some armies of Russia, was of the lower, especial purpose here and prefers a the Moslem division of the ancient private life, but is kind enough to Lesghian race, which is of the first give me admission because of my origin of mankind, and has kept accident; and after that, let me itself lofty as the mountains.

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