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ways of God to man. If there be one thing Whisp'ring then my wondrous merit worse than a pious fraud, it is pions fallacy.
Claim'd at court a leading place,
I at length contrived to ferret Any narrative of the affairs of the world,
First my Lord, and then his Grace. when not corrupted by the Lying Spirit of Much they said conceit to softenunbelief, sufficiently declares the superin- Promises they made a fewtending power of the Almighty. Fire and Mrs. Hope, great people often hail, snows and vapors, wind and storm, all
Humbug fools as well as you. the inanimate objects of nature, are seen of she vow'd the sex adored me, fulfilling His word: and the simple state- Conquering all where'er I chose, ment of the vicissitudes and fortunes of the Husbands, lovers, tho' they bored me,
Ne'er could such a smile oppose. kings and nations of the earth will always
Yet I scored by wives and misses, declare the terrors of His judgments, and When I came to count my game, the mercies of His love. But the Deistical Quite as many kicks as kissesphilosopher--the foolish and impotent rebel Mrs. Hope, oh! fie, for shame! against the Almighty-strives to annul the
Wedded bliss, she now reported, evidence given by the light of nature. He I should taste serene and true ; would deprive mankind of all the hope, and Trusting still, I proudly courted trust, and joy, which can sustain us in our
Quite a stylish black-eyed blue.
Though the fair could not refuse me, pilgrimage, seducing us to be his compan- What the sort of wife she made, ion in the downward path, conducting to If you wish to know, excuse methe portals of the shadow of death
Mrs. Hope's a cursed jade. Per me si va nella città dolente,
Thus with endless tarrididdles, Per ma si va nel eterno dolore,
Still the gipsy wins her way, Per me si va tra la perduta gente
Gulls us all, and fondly wheedles . . Lasciale ogni speranza voi ch'entrate'
Shallow pates like mine astray.
Lions, lords at routes to meet,
Mrs. Hope is fairly beat.
Yet, old girl, on recollection, MRS. HOPE, THE FORTUNE-TELLER.
Why should I your tricks resent,
Since I've form'd a new connexion-
That sweet, modest maid, Content.
Weary now of you and blarney,
Spug with her I dwell secure,
In my little chambre garnie,-
Mrs. Hope votre serviteur.
Mrs. Hope, the Fortune-teller,
Callid on me when I was young,
All the great and wise among.
Honors more than I can tell"
Really talks extremely well.
Push for fame and pocket pelf,
Billy Sbakspeare on the shelf.” 'Twas done—the curtain rose, I nearly
Felt the laurels deck my browDeuce a bit, I wish sincerely
Mrs. Hope had heard the row. Eloquence, at her suggestion,
Conscious too that I possess'd, I, on some important question,
Soon the sovereign mob address'd. Strange to say, such storms assail'd me,
Showers of worse than hail or rain, All my elocution fail'd me,
Mrs. Hope was out again.
From the Metropolitan.
BY MRS. TROLLOPE.
THE ROBERTSES ON THEIR TRAVELS. I thoughtless people who have brought this
stigma upon us, some of the follies by which it has been occasioned. Did I believe that
the English people as a nation, or even the From the New Monthly Magazine.
majority of them, merited the odium which A score of reasons, at the very least, has been cast upon them, I should certainly might easily be found to prove that it is a not occupy my pen upon a theme at once sin to make public any of the personal an- so useless and so distasteful; but, knowing ecdotes and observations which we have all, as I do, that such is not the fact, I am more or less, the opportunity of making in tempted to make an effort towards the reprivate; there is a sort of treachery in doing form of follies, which are not, as I conceive, so that can admit of no excuse or defence of so hopeless a nature as to be given up as whatever, and most justly does it deserve incurable. The mischief, for the most part the universal reprobation which attends it. arises from mere blunders and mistakes, Far distant, however, from any such offence which there is great reason to believe is the office performed by the moral satirist, would be gladly avoided by those who fall who, looking upon his fellow-mortals with into them, did they know a little better what an observant eye, and perceiving such faults they were about.
Those who have travelor follies, not only in an individual, but in led much, and still more, perhaps, those a class, as he thinks within reach of being who have resided for a time in any of the cured or checked by the wholesome touch continental capitals of Europe, must, I think, of ridicule, exerts all the power he has in have observed how very much more conapplying it. It is true, indeed, that in per- spicuous those English travellers, who are forming this office, he may occasionally be not of the most polished class of society, accused, by those who feel themselves gall- make themselves, than those who are. Any ed, of having been guilty of Personality. one residing for a twelvemonth in Paris, for But the answer to this accusation is too ob- instance, who would direct a little attention vious to escape the dullest, even if an apt, to this point, would be sure to find that, though homely proverb, were less certain to whereas hundreds of highly educated and suggest itself as a reply.
refined people come and go
without ever In recently looking over a miscellaneous exciting a remark, or drawing upon themcollection of old travelling notes, made at selves any disagreeable attention whatever, various times, and in various lands, I found persons less educated, or less refined, can such constantly repeated expressions of re- scarcely show themselves in any place of gret and vexation at the effect produced on public resort, without attracting both eyes the minds of all foreigners by the strange, and ears, in a manner that cannot fail to and oftentimes offensive, manners of many establish for the English nation exactly such among the multitudes of English travellers a reputation for mauvais ton as at this mowho thronged their cities, that I almost felt ment attaches to them. And thus it hapremorse at never having made public some pens, of necessity, that the better specimens of the offences and absurdities which had of our travelling countrymen form no anticome under my own observation, and which dote, in the popular judgment of the countended to account for and justify the univer- tries they visit, to the worse; for while the sal sentence of condemnation which has first pursue the noiseless tenor of their way been passed upon English manners by every without drawing upon themselves any popnation on the continent. But I well re- ular attention at all, the last, amongst all member that all, or very nearly all, such ob- the amusement they may chance to find, servations were laid aside at the time they have perhaps no pleasure so great as that of were written, because I feared that some of being conscious that they are observedthe sketches, however slightly drawn, might that they are producing a great sensationpossibly be recognized by any one who hap- and that they are not leaving their gold bepened to know what I had been doing, and hind them without the meed of being stared where I had been. But my wanderings at as rich milors, who were of too much conhave now been so various, that this danger sequence at home to.condescend to be decan exist no longer; yet, sorry I am to say, cently civil and quiet abroad. Could these that what was truth on this subject several persons but hear, as I have done, the obseryears ago, is truth still, and I think it not vations of those before whom they perform impossible that some good may be done by these tricks of noisy and consequential imoccasionally bringing before the eyes of the pertinence the evil would soon be cured, for there are few who would not willingly which bear upon this subject, and setting submit to some restraint, or at any rate, to them, from time to time, before the eyes of the same discipline of ordinary good breed- my dear compatriots, so many of whom are ing to which they yield themselves at home, daily taking wing to visit foreign lands, in rather than become the subject of remarks which they would find it infinitely more often as good natured as they are acute, and pleasant to be liked than disliked. all tending to prove beyond the hope of a I beg to observe, however, that although doubt, that the only delusion produced by I shall set nothing down which has not a fact their obtrusive swaggering, is that which for a foundation, I shall take especial care causes them to be considered as the fair type to avoid every thing approaching to personof their countrymen, instead of a bad speciality. Even my old note-book, as it lies men of a small class. For it is a positive in the original before me, might be read fact, that from the gamin who mutters his from the first page to the last, without “got dem” upon the boulevard, to the in- throwing any light upon the questions dividual of the very highest class, let it be “ Who ?” and “Where?" The anecdotes who it may, whom they have the honor to stand isolated, and although they may recall encounter, there is not one who will blun- to me, freshly enough, places and persons der so egregiously as to mistake them for alike distant, I am quite sure that they could people of education.
perform the same office to no one else, unBut what makes this national judgment, less, indeed, it were the near and dear both in France and elsewhere, the more pro- ones beside me when they occurred. voking, is, that these very offenders are not a fair specimen even of themselves. How many respectable fathers and mothers, pretty daughters, and learned sons have I seen "I wish you joy, Mrs. Roberts,” said a “ at church and market,” at the theatre, tall
, well-looking man of fifty, entering his and in the chamber of peers, at the king's drawing-room in Baker-street with rather a court, and at a restaurant of forty sous, who triumphant step ; “ I wish you joy, madam. in all of these scenes, have assumed a sort The arangements, respecting the disposal of of tone (mauvais ton, sans contredit), as the banking business are all concluded, and unlike as possible, from what the very same I am now a free man, and åt liberty to inpersons would display in similar scenes at dulge your long cherished wish to visit the home. That this is a fact, no close obser- continent.”' ver will deny ; but to account for it satis- The lady he thus addressed was his wife ; factorily, is not easy. Sometimes I have she was of an age and appearance very suitbeen tempted to believe that it arises from able to his own, being about five years bis the unwonted lightness of spirit, produced junior, and having, like himself, the remains by the change of climate. On first breath-of considerable comeliness of feature. It ing the clear bright atmosphere of France, is true that the lady was rather more en bon almost every one seems to enjoy a sensation point than she would have wished, and the of bien-être from its influence. The animal carnation of her once fine complexion had spirits rise. The customary restraints im- deepened into a coarser tint; nevertheless, posed by the habits and manners of home, she was still what many people would call and the check produced by the presence of a very fine looking woman, and in this familiar eyes being withdrawn, the gay trav- judgment both herself and her husband ellers become fantastic first, and then im- joined. pertinent, and like children invited out “ You have actually sold your share in without their governess, appear in the eyes the business, and have been permitted to of those they visit to have much worse man- withdraw your share of the capital, Mr. ners than they ever exhibited at home. Roberts ?” demanded the lady, clasping her
It is impossible to witness this sort of large, fair, fat hands in an attitude of display without mortification and regret, thangsgiving. which is only increased by remembering “I have actually sold my share of the how many amiable qualities, and how much business, and have excellent security for genuine excellence, exist behind this pro- the price, as well as for my capital, and am voking chevaux-de-frise of thoughtless folly. to receive four per cent for the whole,” he
It is said that a warning is better than an replied. "Thank God!" exclaimed his wife example; and if so, there may be use in very fervently; "and now then for the stringing together some of the recollections amount ?” "Why, my dear, it is a good
bit less than it would have been if you tled blood mounting to his temples and his could have let me remain a few years longer cars; “ don't you intend to let him stay at in the business. However, I dare say we Oxford till he has taken his degree?" shall do very well, because of what you tell “Most decidedly not, Mr. Roberts," she me about the cheapness of living abroad.” replied. “If you knew a little better what “But what is it, Mr. Roberts ? Pray don't you were talking about you would not ask beat about the bush in that way; you such a question. Edward, with his extraknow I can't bear it.” “I won't beat about ordinary talents, has already had a great the bush, my dear ; I have no thought of deal more time than was necessary for acthe kind; but if you don't give me time to quiring as much Greek and Latin as any speak, you know, I can't tell you. I reckon body can want who is not intended for a that we shall have altogether, with your rail- schoolmaster, and I certainly do not mean road shares, and the interest from your broth- that he shall lose any more time at it. er upon the mortgage, just about seven hun- Modern languages, Mr. Roberts, must now dred a-year." Seven, Mr. Roberts ? Up- be added to the accomplishments for which on my life, I expected it would have been he is already so remarkable. Modern lannearer seventeen. However, there is no guages and waltzing will render him as need of your looking so terrified ; I'll un- nearly perfect as it is within the reach of dertake to make seven hundred a-year human nature to be. Say no more about abroad, go as far as three times the sum his remaining at Oxford, if you please, for at home. Just let me have the manage- I feel it would irritate me.” ment of it, and you will see that it will do Thus warned, Mr. Roberts attempted no very well. But I hope you have not forgot- further remonstrance on the subject, but ten my positive injunctions about securing pulled out his pocket handkerchief, blew a sufficient sum of ready money to pay the his nose, and remained silent. “There, expenses of the journey ? Remember, sir, my dear, that will do now," said the lady, I will have no forestalling of the income. waving her hand; “I need not detain you I must have that from the very first, perfect- any longer, and I have myself many things ly clear and unincumbered.” “You know to do more profitable than talking." my dear, that I never forget what you say. “I will go this moment, my dear,” replied Nicholson has promised to advance me three her husband, “only I should like to know hundred on the furniture of this house,” first how soon you think of setting off ?'' replied Mr. Roberts, "and I only wait for “My dear Mr. Roberts, I must insist your orders about the time of setting out, in upon it that you do not persecute me any order to speak to an auctioneer about it." more with that question. Depend upon it
“I would rather the sum had been five you shall know in time to get yourself hundred, Mr. Roberts, a good deal rather. ready to accompany me. All you have to However, I am not going to find fault: do at present is to get the money from Mr. altogether you have done very well; I only Nicholson, and let me have it; and little regret that I did not tell you to let me enough it will be certainly; but I shall buy speak to Mr. Nicholson myself. But never nothing till we get to Paris, and I must inmind, with my management I dare say I sist upon it that you implicitly comply with shall make it do."
my wishes in this respect; I would not see “And about time, my dear,” said her you in an English coat or hat in Paris, for husband, greatly relieved by the degree of more than I'll say. There now, go my approval his statement had met with. dear, and let me have leisure to think a lit" How soon
should like tle." to set off ?"
This conversation was followed by such “I must not be hurried, Mr. Roberts. a degree of activity on the part of Mrs. I have a great deal to do, an immense deal Roberts, that in less than a fortnight from to do, and all I can say is, that you may the time it took place, herself and her depend upon it I shall get through it all in whole family, consisting of her husband, about half the time that any body else her son, and her two daughters, were all would take. In the first place, you know, safely stowed on board the Boulogne steamI have got to give notice to Edward that he boat, and careering down the Thames. Of is to leave Oxford immediately."
the younger branches of the Roberts family “God bless my soul, Mrs. Roberts, I it will be necessary to say a few words benever heard you say any thing about that fore they are launched upon the ocean of before," exclaimed her husband, the star- Parisian gayety, in order to show distinctly
the effect which it produced upon them, | out” in Bloomsbury square, they would and to be perfectly grammatical and cor- never afterwards take their proper station rect, we will acknowledge the male to be in society. But Mrs. Roberts was a sanmore worthy than the female, and begin guine, ardent-minded woman, and the prothe family picture with a portrait of the cess of improving her circle of acquaint
He was a slight, small featured young ance proved slower than she expected. man of twenty, certainly not ugly, for he But who is there from Whitechapel to Belresembled both his parents, and both were grave-square who has not the advantage of well-looking ; but in him regularity of fea- having some friends and relations who have ture was almost a defect, for there was a been abroad? Mrs. Roberts had many; preciseness of outline in nose, mouth, and and though she had listened with much inchin, which, together with his carefully difference to all the information they were arranged hair, gave him a strong resem- ready to give as long as London continued blance (though rather upon a small scale) to be the theatre of her hopes, their boastto one of the pretty waxen young gentle- ful narratives became interesting as soon as men exhibited in the window of a hair- those hopes began to fade. No sooner had dresser's shop. The young ladies were the idea of passing a few years abroad sugalso very tolerably pretty; Miss Agatha, gested itself than every other project was the eldest, being light haired, with a pretty forgotten, and so well did she know how to mouth and brilliant complexion; and Miss work upon the not unambitious spirit of Maria, the youngest, was more fortunate her husband, that, in less than a year after still, from being tall and well made, with a the idea had first occurred to her, she found profusion of dark chestnut curls, and a very herself in the triumphant situation above handsome pair of eyes. In short, the three described. young people formed a group of which As Mrs. Roberts' chief object was to entheir papa and mamma were exceedingly sure for herself and her family the inestiproud.
mable advantages of superior society, it will From the first hour in which Mrs. Roberts readily be imagined that she had not formed the project of taking her family neglected the necessary task of inculcating abroad, her mind had been made up as to her views and principles on the minds of the tone and style in which they were to her children, and she had for years enjoyed travel, and the station they were to hold in the inexpressible gratification of perceiving society in the different cities which it was that there was not one of them whose her intention to visit. Her active and young spirit did not kindle at her lessons; aspiring spirit had been laboring incessantly so that the path before her, important as it for the last two or three years, in endeavor- was, seemed really strewed with flowers. ing to improve her set of London acquaint-She felt, happy mother! that their hearts ance; she firmly believed that nature had beat in unison with her own, and that she formed her with abilities of so high an or- should only have to say “ do this," or "look der as fully to justify her hopes of taking a thus," in order to insure the most willing place in the highest circles, as soon as her and prompt obedience. husband's earnest attention to business As soon as they reached the deck of the should have acquired for her an income suf- steamboat, Mrs. Roberts took the arm of ficient to support her pretensions. She her husband, and walked with great dignity şaw many bankers' ladies holding a place in to a seat which she considered to be the society which would have fully satisfied her best on board, signifying to her son and ambition, and she determined that as soon daughters that they were to place themas her daughters left school, the family selves on a bench' opposite. Their only should remove from their residence in travelling attendant was a tall footman in a Bloomsbury square to a good house in a showy livery, and as soon as the party was more fashionable part of the town. This seated he was ordered to seek footstools for she had achieved by means of a domineer- the three ladies. Just as he had succeeded ing temper, and a steadfast will, although in obeying this command two quiet-looking her somewhat more prudent husband hinted girls, in dresses which had nothing to that he thought they had better wait a little recommend them save their being particulonger before they made a move ; but his larly well adapted for the scene and the doubts and scruples were all silenced by season, placed themselves on the same the irresistible arguments with which she bench with the Miss Roberts' and their proved that if her daughters were “brought brother ; but in the next moment they were