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CHAP. I.

“ I thought, Annie, you were never coining," said Dr. Campbell, we must confess in a tone

of annoyance. “I have only half-an-hour; I " Dato ad una donna il sacro titolo di sposa, tu shall be obliged to go again without seeing the devi consecrarti al suo bene, com'ella dee consecrarsi

children, I suppose. al tuo; ma l'obbligo che a te incumbe è maggiore, "I suppose you will,” was the answer, uttered perch'ella è creatura più debole, e tu, siccome forte, in that tone of perfect indifference which is, to a le sei maggiormente debitore d'ogni buon esempio e disturbed temper, like oil to flames. d'ogni ajuto.

“And that is all you care about it !” exclaimed s Qual sarà l'educazione morale da darsi a figli | the young man, looking proudly at his wife; tuoi ? Nol capiresti, se non l'acquisti egregia tu but I will have regular hours kept-remember, I medesimo. Acquistala, e la darai eguale.”—Silvio will. By the bye, I forgot to tell you I promised PELLICO: Dei doveri degli uomini.

Miss Poinsett we would dine with her to-day; it is fortunate we have made no engagement.”

.“I have made another,” said the lady, pouring Our scene lies in the breakfast-room of Fre-out her husband's tea, “which I intend to keep. deric Campbell

, Esq., M.D., a rising young I promised to go to my mother's, and I shall go physician, with a wife and four children; as the to-night. I told Harriet last night I would go.” lady is not yet down, we will for a moment look “ How dare you tell me that ?" said the gentleat her husband. A fine figure he is, for a man, looking earnestly and half sorrowfully at young man, as any one can imagine; tall, broad his wife, while his voice indicated only stern chested, with his head slightly thrown back, displeasure. “You told Ilarriet in my presence and an expression of firmness and independence that you would go Monday or Tuesday, to-day on his countenance, the physical development of is Monday; you can go to-morrow. However, Dr. Campbell is perfect; his face would be that is quite immaterial to me; I insist on your rather too severe were it not that his eyes are dining with me at Miss Poinsetts to-night.” blue-dark, tender blue-shaded by long black “ I declare,” said Mrs. Campbell, not daring lashes; his hair is of a bright dark brown. Is to make any further resistance just then, “a any one ready to quarrel with us for detaining woman might as well be a slave as a physician's them on the threshold by so minute a descrip- wife. Why must I visit a set of old women I tion of the young physician? We trust not. It detest? Oh, they are your patients. I hate is given because it will be useful to physiologists. Miss Poinsett, and her horrid parrot, and her Ye who neither are nor pretend to be such, skip wool work, and everything belonging to her.” the next paragraph, for we are impertinent “ Excepting her physician,” said Dr. Campenough to volunteer a description of his wife. bell, smiling, for he had gained his point.

What?" grumble the readers, “and then we “I don't know about that exception,” said shall have the four children, probably the ser- she, pouting. vants all at length, and possibly a slight sketch • My dearest Annie!" of the two families next door.” But stay, we Whatever Dr. Campbell were about to say really do not mean to tease you thus.

to his “ dearest Aunie" must be left to the Mrs. Campbell has a slight curl in her upper imagination of the reader, for just then the lip, and a bright glance in her dark eyes, which nurse came and opened the breakfast-room door, we have generally observed to accompany a saying, “ If you please, Ma'am, I can do nothing strong will and a quick temper. We must not, with Master Willy, he won't get into the bath ; however, be too severe at first; she is only he says he hates the bath and the water and twenty-four, and was certainly a spoiled child. everything belonging to it." As she comes down stairs she jingles the keys Very well,” said the doctor, answering for in her little basket (that degenerate successor to his wife, who looked down and blushed when the substantial pockets of our grandmothers, she heard how nearly her child, in his ill temper, which were hung, like John Gilpin's bottles, had repeated the words she used not two mione on each side, to make the balance right). nutes before, in her own. “Very well; I'll Dr. Campbell has walked three times from the come to him.” book-case to the window, and uttered one ex- The nurse left the room, and the eyes of the clamation of impatience, for it is half-past eight; husband and wife met: an irrepressible slyness at nine, breakfast or no breakfast, he will have crept into his, and a great desire to look unconfifty gratis patients waiting to see him, and by quered added brightness to hers. He put her eleven he must be ready to go out to see those arm within his own, and led her up-stairs, quite who are rich enough to be ill at their own unheeding her drawing back and saying, “ I bomes,

don't want to come.” There stood the object of

the nurse's complaint, with his little foot planted five minutes, then I shall be about three more firmly on the ground, as if he were an emperor dressing; and then I shall be ready to go.” at least : he looked at his father as defiantly as “Very well, dear,” said Annie, so meekly that he dared. Dr. Campbell did not speak, but he her husband smiled, and said to himself, as he took the child by his little white shoulders, and ran up four stairs at a time, " I do believe plunged him into the water. Willy did not cry, nothing but decision like mine would manage but he looked humbled, and was docile enough my Annie.” now. Not a word passed during this scene. The Next minute he was engaged in a game of other children were already at breakfast in another romps with his children, in which Willy, who room; and as Dr. Campbell, on looking at his had quite forgotten and forgiven the morning's watch, ascertained that it only wanted two minutes trouble, was foremost. A shout of disapproto nine, he did not go in to see them. Annie bation followed his words when he said he must fancied she saw in the determined force he had go, and six little chubby hands held his coat to used towards the child, a not feeble resemblance keep him there; while the baby, holding out her of his dominion over her: her pride rose in an dimpled arms, crowed lustily, only understanding instant, and they went down stairs in silence. that it was incumbent on all of them to make as Mrs. Campbell turned into the breakfast-room much noise as they could. The father's heart again, and her husband went to his morning leaped joyfully at these demonstrations of his work.

children's love, and after kissing them all round Annie had a very good disposition, notwith- will any one wonder that, as he went down standing her wilfulness; and after her husband stairs to his own room, his eyes were suffused had left home about an hour (he did not come with tears? in, as usual, for ten minutes before starting, In a very little time he was with his wife; she but just opened the door and bade her good had a light now, and looked rather pale, “ Cæsar" morning) she shed a few tears over her ill thought. “Cæsar” was the name Annie gave temper, wiped them away, and having spent a her husband in playfulness, when she was in little time with her children, sat to her desk to good spirits and not wilful. They were soon at transcribe for her husband a paper for one of Miss Poinsett’s: she was a good-tempered, rather the medical periodicals; not very amusing work, weak old lady, who “never lost a friend or made but her restless spirit found satisfaction in even an enemy,” as the epitaph says. This happy the discomfort of it, as constituting her present circumstance was owing to several causes. performance a sort of atonement for the an- Firstly, she was so very deaf she heard very noyance she had caused him in the morning. little of what was said to her; secondly, she

It was one feature of this lady's waywardness thought it her duty to make all her friends as that the calm succeeding it was perfectly sweet comfortable as possible ; and thirdly, as she and beautiful. After an attack of this kind she never had an opinion of her own, she made it a always required great consolations from her lord rule to agree with everybody on all subjects. It and master, and many assurances that her tem- is true that sometimes rival parties quoted to per had not lessened his love. The young man

each other Miss Poinsett : “That sensible creadid not expect the spirit of love to resume its

ture,” said number one, assured me that she place in his wife's heart quite so soon as it did, thought Fanny acted very improperly in enfor he thought as he rode home, “If it were not couraging young Forester's attentions, after absolutely necessary to preserve my authority, I having accepted her cousin." " But, answered would write and put off Miss Poinsett to copy number two, “ you must mistake; Miss Poinsett that paper, for Annie writes so slowly and so

told me she considered as long as a young well that even if she should be good-tempered woman remained single, she was at liberty to enough to begin to-morrow morning, it would alter her mind in such an important affair, if scarcely be in time.” It was dark when he came prudence, or even inclination, prompted her to home, and as darkness suited best Annie's pre

do so. Indeed we agreed that no vow prior to sent mood, she was sitting, dressed to go to

the one at the altar should be considered irreMiss Poinsett's, without a lamp. She came and vocable.” Then, did the blame fall on poor threw her arms round his neck. He felt as he Miss Poinsett? Oh no; numbers one and two kissed her that her cheek was wet, and as he quarrelled with and ceased to visit each other, gently wiped away her tears, said tenderly, “The but continued to give poor dear Miss Poinsett good angel is come back then, Annie? I am so the benefit of their company, each hating the glad.”

other the more for having misrepresented such “ And I am so ashamed," murmured Annie.

a good, innocent woman.

It “ Well, love, I dare say you don't feel parti

may be supposed that a woman who had cularly inclined to go out to-night; neither do I, her own, and who was moreover very deaf, was

no quarrels, estrangements, or disagreements of and I'must get that paper transcribed.”

not eagle-eyed in assorting her guests. There “ But,” whispered Annie slyly, “it is so im

was always a good deal of discussion at Miss portant we should go to Miss Poinsett’s ; beside, Poinsett's parties, and while the dear old lady I have copied the paper and sent it, as you told congratulated herself that her guests looked so me, to the office.”

animated, they were not unfrequently as nearly “ You are a good little wife, Annie; now I quarrelling as well-bred people can be (in com. will run up-stairs, and play with the bairns for 1 pany); and in her pleasure she forgot to read

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the names of the colours written on her wool-, which could have taken place in her family since papers; and so, worked perhaps a blue vine- her hostess last saw her guest, down to the very leaf into an interminable stair-carpet she was verge of impossibility; for her last question was, doing for a married niece: of course it had to “Can the baby talk yet—she is so very like her come out the next morning. Miss Poinsett's mother ?”. wool-work was like Penelope's web, only the “Notwithstanding the likeness, Ma'am,” said times of doing and undoing were reversed. She Annie, laughing, “she has not yet begun; she persuaded herself that she never had time to is only six months old.” work but at night, although no one could imagine Good-natured Miss Poinsett took care that a what she found to do all day after feeding an large jar of orange marmalade was hidden in the old grey parrot, whose neck under any one's carriage for the children when Dr. and Mrs. care but Miss Poinsett's would have been in Campbell left. perilous circumstances long ago.

It has frequently struck us that gentlemen of To-night the party was as small as it well could the medical profession are dependent, to a very be. Miss Poinsett, with a strange appreciation of large extent, for the comfort of their few leisure something the most foreign to her own nature, hours on their wives. Our young physician loved Annie because “she was such a queen-like thought of this as he soothed his wife, who was creature; and in a party,” she said, “I cannot drooping in penitence before they reached home. really see enough of her, Dr. Campbell; and so She poured into his listening ear a full confesyou must promise to bring her to dine on Mon- sion of her fault, and of the sorrow it had since day. My niece, Mason, from Derby, and her given her. He won a smile from her at last by husband, will be here; and you knew my niece saying, " Annie, I shall look in vain to-morrow long ago. It seems so strange how fast young night for the place where a button or a string is people grow up now; and, dear me! how very wanting, if I search my wardrobe through. For wise the children are! When I was young it I notice that always at such tiines as this you was thought quite enough that I should work atone for your fault by a scrupulous attention well and write tolerably; but the other day I to my wants, actual and possible.” had a child here, a little thing of eight or ten The smile, however, soon passed away, and years old, with her hair in that strange Swiss poor Annie lay awake a great part of the night. fashion of two tails down her back; she played The blind, according to custom, was drawn up, the piano and read French, and I gave her a that Dr. Campbell might wake betimes; and his recipe to copy for her mother (an old friend of young, weeping wife sat up and looked at his mine). Bless me, ma'am! cries Miss, looking face calm in sleep, but pale from fatigue. “Oh, at me, 'you've spelt Ipecacuanha without the h.' for goodness and strength of purpose never to * Have I, child?' said I; 'I thought it began vex him again !” said Annie. Oh, that I could with an I.' The child only laughed, but upon be sure I should never distress him again! I my word, Dr. Campbell, that shows me a little would make any sacrifice for him.” of the improved system of education. I should “I know it, my Annie,” said he, awakened have begun Ipecacuanha without the h to the by her passionate exclamations, for she had unend of my days; these mute aitches always consciously made them aloud.

You think you puzzled me at school.”

could make any sacrifice for me, and I know it. In this way the old lady ran on, quite easy to I feel that you have strength of love to cling to be unanswered, so long as she thought her com- me, if all the world were against me; I could panion listened.

leave my reputation, my honour, and the eduSo Dr. Campbell, after hearing all this one cation of our children in your hands without morning for the fifth or sixth time, ended his a shadow of doubt as to the execution of the visit by promising that his wife should accom- trust, if I were to die to-night. You do not pany him to dine at Miss Poinsett's on the distress or vex me now; I have forgotten and Monday, with whose morning our story com- forgiven all.”

Thus assured, Annie slept tranquilly a few The evening passed off very well. "Niece hours, and rose in good spirits. Breakfast was Mason” was nearly as old as her aunt, and de- ready by eight o'clock, and the index of the tailed to Annie all the occurrences of the first domestic barometer pointed to “ set fair." All hair-cutting of Dr. Campbell, during which in- went on well. After breakfast they visited togeteresting process she had held “little Frederic” ther the nursery, and noted to each other every in her arms.

And,” said Mrs. Mason, " the improvement or alteration in their children which scissors struck cold to the poor child's head, no the watchful eyes of parents could trace. doubt, for he screamed and kicked so that we The gratis patients dismissed, the doctor came were obliged to send away the hair-dresser, into the breakfast-room to his wife, and sat down telling him to call the next day.”

(as he did on calm days) for some minutes. Just “Everything bowed to Cæsar even then,” said as he was about to go, Annie held his hand, and Annie in a whisper to her husband, smiling. looking away half ashamed, said, “ Is there

He pressed her hand under the table, and nothing I can do for you? Do give me somecordially returned the smile.

thing to do.” Annie soon felt at ease, and delighted Miss “I foresaw your wish,” said he, smiling, Poinsett, who, before they went away, had in- " and have provided against it. If it be quite quired particularly about every conceivable event agreeable —

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“ If it be quite agreeable !” said Annie, her next door, occasioning a perpetual rumble in the dark eyes overflowing.

usually quiet square. By-the-bye, what a nuiWell, since I know it will be quite agreeable, sance is a party next door when you are expectwill you write to my mother, and say that we ing any one, and want to listen for theni! wish her to come and stay with us? Mr. Rivers Mrs. Campbell smiled at Annie's impatience, would take care of Uncle Henry for a week or while she loved her all the better for it. two, I am sure. Of course, my love, you will “ Here he is !” cried Annie, hastily running fix the time according to your own conve- from the window to the door at the sight of his nience."

carriage, without waiting to see him get out of “Anything will be convenient and agreeable it. She was going to run down stairs to meet to me that pleases you,” said she, kissing his him, when a servant handed her a note. She hand meekly.

opened it and read aloud“ Well, I believe it, Annie, and now I must say Good-bye,' or the commissioners of paving

DEAREST Annie,-I snatch a moment to say you will be bringing an action against me; those must not expect me home to dinner; indeed I shall horses have been paving at the road in front of I am disappointed, for I wanted to see my mother,

think myself fortunate if I get home to-night at all. the house these fifteen minutes."

and you too. “Good-bye, good-bye,” said Annie; and when he was gone, she sat down and wrote a very Annie turned away to wipe her eyes, and then affectionate letter to her mother-in-law.

said, as cheerfully as she could, “ You see what Mrs. Campbell the elder was a lady, who it is, mother, to belong to a physician; he has having been widowed in her earliest married sent the carriage home, so I daresay he is not life, had devoted herself wholly to her one child, far off.” and who had never married again, although her “ Well, my dear, I shall not see him till the beauty had commanded some, and her fortune morning then, I fear; but really, Annie, you more, offers. On the next Monday, when old look as if he had said he should not be homne Mrs. Campbell alighted from the fly that brought for a month." her from the railway station (for Cæsar's horses "Well, I am really disappointed, he seemed were busy), the house was as orderly as it could to rely so on seeing you to-night.” be, and the visitor's room a model of neatness. " And you relied on seeing him, dear; so did Annie would arrange it herself, and everything I; but we must bear it as well as we can. And but the lighting of the fire she really bad done. may I ask permission for Willy to dine with Mrs. Campbell was never happier than when us?” with her son, and she would no doubt have Willy looked at his mother as if his life deresided with him altogether had not a sacred pended on her decision. His mother said “Yes.” charge elsewhere prevented. A brother of hers, And the three went down to dinner. who, after a youth of vice and dissipation had Mrs. Campbell, being fatigued with her jourbecome a sailor, had, after an absence of twenty ney, retired early, and Annie was alone. Her years, returned, shattered in mind, to his native husband, when he had occasion to write such land. He had become attached abroad to a very notes as the one she had received this evening, lovely girl, who, on learning what his character generally desired that she would be sure not to had been, refused to unite herself with him. sit up for him. As he said nothing of the sort Not long after she died; and all poor Henry to-night, she thought she might venture. About Campbell retained of mental coherency after two o'clock he came home, and was of course this, was employed in thinking and talking of very much surprised to see her still up ^, You her. Fifteen years now had the grave closed ought not to have sat up, Annie,” said he. over his beloved, but “ Uncle Henry,” as every- “You know I always tell you not to do that." body in the village called him, was still constant “Oh, but I was so wakeful!” to her memory; he had actually set aside a sum “And oh! but I can't have it done again," of money to portion yearly six poor girls of the was the reply. village, those named Mary to have the preference. Annie laughed, and said something about

lis innocent monomania claimed for him pity imperial Cæsar, with his foot on the neck of the and kindness ; these he found in abundance world. She added, “ But you look strangely from his sister, who left him now (as her son tired; here is some coffee I have kept hot; I had contempleted) in the charge of Mr. Rivers, prescribe that, and then sleep." the rector of the village.

“ I will follow your directions; but you Annie was very happy when she saw her not yet told me how my mother is.” mother-in-law seated in the drawing-room, with “Very well ; indeed she looks better than ever Willy on her knees; her infirmity of temper was I saw her look, I think.” known only to her busband and herself; for in “That is the peculiar merit of the Campbells," her unmarried life her every wish had been gra- said her husband, affecting a look of intense tified, and her every whim indulged. She ex- self-conceit as he looked at his wife;

“ we impected her husband home to dinner at six prove in looks every day." o'clock to meet his mother, and during the ten • Oh, certainly,” said Annie, "you are an minutes preceding the hour she ran to the win- Apollo Belvidere, with the mind of a Socrates, dow at every sound of wheels : she was disap- and the heart of a Fabricius.” pointed very many times, for they had a party As the three sat at breakfast the next morn

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147 ing, they were interrupted by a repetition of the “ I should find it impossible to scold a child nurse's complaint, that she “could do nothing like him," said grandmamma. with Master Willy.”

“ We do find it almost impossible, my dear “What has he done now, nurse?” inquired mother,” answered the doctor; " but it must Annie.

be done. He is a generous little fellow ; I'll be “Oh, ma'am, he has thrown his boots out of bound he was not alone in this pillow affair ; window, and emptied the clothes out of the but you see he did not implicate any one else. baby's basket into the bath, which was full of However, he has provoked nurse's especial diswater."

pleasure by joking her.” “ Send him down here,” said his father. Certainly his passionate temper must be Annie looked at her husband to implore mercy corrected,” said the elder lady;

a bad temper for the young hero of this disturbance. He is a real curse, and he does not inherit it I am came into the room, and going to his mother's sure." chair, clung to her dress, as if for protection. Annie got up and went to the window, under

“Come here, Willy,” said his father. He pretence of looking out, but in reality to wipe went. “Why did you throw the baby's clothes away a tear or two, called forth by this coninto the water? Don't you know that your little versation, which seemed to contain quite as sister will have to be kept in bed now till more much censure for her as for her child. “He can be aired ?"

derives it from me, doubtless," said she, sighing. “ That is no consequence,” said the child,

Greatly to her son's satisfaction (for he saw smiling; nurse says the more babies sleep,

how matters stood with Annie), Mrs. Campbell the better they are.”

soon left the room. “Nonsense. Now tell me, sir, instantly, why

Come, Annie,” said he, "you are persuadyou threw the clothes into the water?"

ing yourself that this little boy has all your “I was cross."

passion; but you know I am passionate too. “ Cross!" said the father ; " you

know

Do not grieve about him, love: the energy he

very well you ought not to do it. What made

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now employs in mischief will, if we train him cross?"

properly, be useful to him in overcoming the “ Ever so many things.”

difficulties of life ; and the very passion whose « Tell me one of them."

improper displays we try to correct, may be"I didn't want to get up. I was playing with come the root of that noble enthusiasm withthe pillows, and nurse said I ought to get up out which a man can be neither great nor

good.” * Get up! I think so, indeed; it is eight think Willy so very naughty, do you?”

“ You will not blame me then? You do not o'clock."

“ Yes, papa, I know that; and she said I “ As to blaming you, love, I am as far as made the pillow-cases dirty."

possible from that just at present, seeing you “ How was that?"

want all the comfort and strength I can afford "Oh, I forgot to say I had my boots on while you, and I think this a child's trick. I was I played with the pillows."

grave with him, because if you once let a child What! a boy of six years old play in bed see that you think his faults light matters, adieu with his boots on! But why did you throw the to parental influence, and to his comfort in boots out of window?"

confession and forgiveness. But depend upon Oh, I told nurse, if they vexed her, I could it, Annie, a boy who is never troublesome to his soon get rid of them; and you know, papa, I

nurse will be a poor creature as a man.” thought as I had made the pillow-cases dirty, I

“I am so glad to hear you say that! I was might as well do all I could towards washing afraid I saw my own ill-temper springing up in the baby's clothes.”

him to torment you as I do!” " That was very naughty, Willy."

“You torment me !—why, Annie, I can tell "I know it, papa; but indeed I don't think you that, if I had been without your affection to

cheer and nurse would have been so angry with me, only assist me, I should never have overcome half the

your sympathy in all my plans to when she first of all began about the pillows, I difficulties I have overcome since you became said I'd be a doctor when I grew up, and if she

my wife-you torment me, indeed! I would had anything the matter with one of her legs, rather be tormented by you than-than be inI'd cut off the wrong." “ Willy,” said his father, very gravely, "you London !"

stantly appointed physician to every old maid in have behaved very badly this morning.'

"Indeed I hope so,” said Annie, laughing as “I really can't help it, papa," answered the gaily as a child. “Every old maid in London child, with tearful eyes, seeing his father was would be a wearying charge; for they are not really annoyed; "indeed I shall be glad when I all like Miss Poinsett." am as old as mamma and you, and never get cross."

A smile from her husband made Annie look down and blush just here. After a few more words of advice and reproof the child was sent up stairs.

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