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shall be in the habit of exclaiming, like the woman in the comedy, But what will Mrs. Grundy say?-no, no; we will have no Mrs. Grundys; or rather, you shall be my Mrs. Grundy, and I yours."
Augusta, having heard from a female acquaintance of Clermont's uncle the cause of his anger, earnestly entreated' Clermont to do all in his power to bring about a reconciliation ; " for I know," continued she, " that his anger distresses you; I have seen you occasionally depressed, and now I am sure I have found out the cause.”
Clermont owned that she was right; that he had longed for his uncle's arrival, though he had never seen him; and that he deeply regretted having forfeited his favour; “ but still, he did not like," he said, " to importune him to forgive him, lest he should think he did it more from avarice than affection."
“ If he be disposed to forgive you, he will not think so: write affectionately, and he will be glad to believe you sincere; for every one likes to fancy himself the object of affection : those indeed who wish to keep you disunited may impute to you motives of which they are conscious themselves; but your uncle himself will, at first, at least; 'be preserved by self-love from imputing them to you; write, iherefore, throw yourself on his feelings, and tiope every thing from the result."
Clerinont promised that he would write, and then suddenly exclaimed, “ But what could possibly induce my cousin Catharine to make you unhappy by telling you the particulars which you have related ? I am so angry with her that I could almost find in my heart to forbid her the house."
Augusta nt first made no reply to this speech, for she felt the danger to her peace which must accrue from the acquaintance of such a woman as Mrs. Catharine Clermont: she knew, that though she wished to live in charity with all mankind, it was impossible she should do so while this mischievous retailer of others' malice had constant access to her, and could call her angry feelings continually into action; and out of justice and mercy to herself, she was on the point of saying, “ Yes---do forbid her the house, for she is a dangerous acquaintance,” when she recollected that this pernicious woman, was a poor, old, insulated being; and that an occasional dinner at their table, and a ride in their carriage, were the one a necessary, the other a luxury to her; and to deprive such a' being of two of her scanty pleasures, was an idea so repugnant to Augusta's benevolence, that conquering the just fear and indignation which Mrs. Catharine had excited in her bosom, she desired Clermont to recollect, that though Mrs. Catharine had given her pain by her communications and, miglit do so again, yet it was but a grain of uneasiness, which she had endured, or might through her means endure again-counteracted by a store of comforts and enjoyments; whereas their indigent relation had no pleasures and few comforts to set against the pain of being forbidden their house and its indulgences; and therefore she conjured him to forget and forgive her fault, as she herself should do.
* Spoken and felt like yourself !” cried Clermont;“ be it so, Augusta; and let it still be your pride, that you have pleasure in returning good for evil.”
When Clermont had written his letter, he shewed it to Augusta, and she thought it calculated to soften the heart of her uncle, but unfortunately, it was received by Mr. Morley soon after he had heard an exaggerated account of the poverty of Augusta, and her connections, and of the pernicious expenses in which she was involving his nephew.
A man who has toiled through the best part of his existence under the burning sun of India, in order to obtain wealth, may be allowed to look on wealth as the grand altimatum in marriage-and so thought Mr. Morley : therefore, even more irritated against Clermont than when he Wrote last, he replied to his
affectionate letter in terms the most insulting to him, both as a man and a husband.
"Now I am sorry you wrote to him," said Augusta, after a long indignant silence, occasioned by reading the letter, “ but the fault was mine."
" The injury is yours," cried Clermont; “had it beendone to me only I should not have regarded it-but to dare to speak ill of you! However, we are quite sufficient to each other's happiness, so why should we mind the folly and, wickedness of others?"
" Why, indeed !" replied Augusta ; “ so burn the letter, and let us endeavour to forget that your uncle exists."
The letter was burnt, and all mention of Mr. Morley's name prohibited; but Clermont saw a few months after, in the newspaper, that on such a day was married at St. George's, Hanover Square, Richard Morley, Esq. to Lady Susan Delmor, youngest daughter to Lord S And on the same day was married Miss Blagrave, ward of Mr. Morley, to Lord Delmor, the brother of Lady Susan.” “ Augusta, my uncle is married !" cried Clermont, giving
her the paper : "May he be happy! that's all; but I doubt it, considering his age, and Lady Susan's character," and Mr. Morley's name was again forgotten.
When they had been married a twelvemonth Augusta gave birth to twins, a son and a daughter, and the happy Clermont made the whole village intoxicated on the occasion. Ani ox was roasted at the christening, and the children's christening mantles were the most superb that money could procure. In vaig did Augusta remonstrate against such unnecessary finery.
* You know, my love," said he, “ these things once bought are-bought for life: if you present me with such welcoine presents again and again, the same mantles will serve, ýou know."
If I make you many such presents, Charles," replied Augusta, gravely," and you continue your accustomed thoughtless generosity, my children may wear the magtles indeed, but the point lace, will, I fear, have been, through necessity, disposed of."
Clermont stared with almost angry surprise ; for he still imagined that a man of two thousand pounds a year, and a large sum in money, could not spend bis income; though had he exašined his accounts, he would have found that his ready money was pretty nearly exhausted.
“My dearest girl," replied he, “your confinement has weakenert you, and made you liable to gloomy thoughts.-Believe me, I have not been guilty of expenses which I can ill afford : and as to the mantles and other things,'tis but-" ::"0 Charles," interrupted Augustá," I have heard of a woman who ruined her husband by 'tis buts,' and I siocerely bope no one will ever hear of a husband who ruined bis wife and family by the same thing !"
Clermont looked grave for a moment; but, recovering his usual spirits, be went down stairs to some friends, to whom he had promised their fill of claret and champagne, but who never treated theinselves with any but port and madeira ;- no, not even on the birth of aq heir..
“ But my wife has given me twins," thought Clermont, " therefore my treat on the occasion ought to be doubly splendid
Three years after, the birth of a third child occasioned fresh rejoicings and expenses; and Clermont being in the constant habit of bringing home company to dinner, ADgusta began to fear, such was the enormous expense at which they lived, that her forebodings would soon be rea“ But, my
lized; especially when, on hearing that the city near which he lived was at the next general election to be represented by two thick and thin men, that is, men who go all lengths with the minister, whoever he may be, Clermont thought it his duty to oppose them, and to offer himself, in want of a better candidate, to receive the independent votes.
dear Clermont, consider the expense of a contested election !"
“I cannot, Augusta, and ought not to consider my own petty interests when those of my country are at stake.
" Are the interests of your wife and children petty interests, Clermoņi?-However, I respect your motives, and will say no more."
In two years more the parliament was dissolved, Clermont was declared a candidate for and his canvass was a promising one; but he was mortified to find that in proportion as his hopes increased, his wife's spirits fell; and, when he reproached her with this perverseness, she replied, faintly smiling, “ My dear Charles, I shall find it an awful thing to make great dinners in London for cabinet ministers, or opposition leaders." “What do you mean?" asked Clermont,
you gain your election, we must have a house in London."
« Welland what then?"
“Why then you will never be happy unless you invite your brother members frequently to dinner; and then, out of affection, you will invite the members of one party one day, and out of candour those of the other another day: then, I suppose, I must give a ball to their wives every year; and what with the expenses of getting into parliament, and expenses when in it-"
« Welland what then?”
" Why then, adieu to domestie comfort, and younger children's fortones!"
" You see things, Augusta, in too serious a light,” re. plied Clermont, vexed, but not convinced, and hastening to a meeting of his friends.
The day of election arrived :-Augusta, with her little boy and two little girls, appeared on the scene of action; and a most painful day indeed it was to her. It grieved her to wish against her husband's wishes; it wounded her tenderness to desire him to feel the pangs of disappoint ment and mortification ;-still, aware of the expenses and
teinptations to extravagances to which success would expose her husband, she shaddered at every shout of triumph, and felt herself turn pale when informed that Clermont was two hundred a head.
At four o'clock on the election day, Clermont followed a Jarge party of his friends, who came to congratulate-Aygusta on the certainty of her husband's being returned. Augusta endeavoured to smile, but could not, and she burst into tears; while the gentlemen attributed her emotion to joyful surprise: but a meaning glance, which Augusta gave Clermont, convinced him that her tears were not those of joy, and be looked excessively foolish, when his companions obligingly congratulated him on the satisfaction which his victory would give to Mrs. Clerinont.
How little did they know Augusta's heart !she looked at her daughters, and she sighed to think how fatally the expeéied success might operate on their future well being; but at the same time she secretly and solemnly resolved, that from that moment, though as yet the children of opulence, they should be taught the privations, which they might one day be forced to learn, as the children of comparative poverty.
At six o'clock the fortune of the day changed: the adverse party became the bighest on the poll, and at night the books were closed, and Mr. Clermont's opponent declared the sitting member..
Augusta, on hearing the news, agaiu burst into tears, and these were truly tears of joy; but when she saw the pale cheek and disappointed look of her husband, she felt a pang of something like remorse for the satisfaction which she had experienced, and, forgetting every thing but his mortification, tried every art of inventive love to beguile him of his cares.
“ Hypocrite!” cried Clermont, kindly but seproachfully, “I know in your heart you rejoice that I have failed.".
“ I have two hearts," replied Augusta, blushing, one a conjugal, the other a maternal heart in the former I grieve acutely for your failure, in the orber I rejoice at it; for, o dear Charles ! what anxiety to come does it not
Clermont's next step was to call in all bis election bills; but to his great surprise and distress he found it was not so easy a matter to discharge thew : they amounted to some thousands; and on requiring from his bankers the remain