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mischief which had been going on during his absence, entered with Mrs. Selby and Eleanor. Meeting them near his lodgings, he had invited them in to see Fanny, and Mrs. Selby had accepted the invitation, glad of the opportunity of making some inquiry, without the cold formality which Mrs. Howard's manner had produced. They were received very distantly, but the recent indisposition formed some excuse, and they got on as well as they could. At first, Eleanor-as indeed she had generally been since her old playfellow's return-was somewhat timid and silent; but Charles, anxious to throw off the feeling of restraint which hung over them, rattled on, asking her whether she remembered this or that adventure of his boyhood, until at last they both almost forgot the present, and Mrs. Selby, finding it impossible to draw Mrs. Howard into conversation, sat listening, with a somewhat melancholy smile. In reply to some reminiscence of her childhood, Eleanor said, laughingly, “Oh, yes, dear Charlie !" the term which she had been accustomed to use in the time so vividly recalled to her memory---" Oh, yes, dear Charlie !”—and was going on, when Mrs. Howard started up suddenly, her face crimsoned with passion, and exclaimed:
“ This is too bad! Miss Selby, are you not ashamed to address a married man in such terms of familiarity before his wife ? And are not you ashamed, madam," addressing Mrs. Selby, “ to encourage your daughter in such unwarrantable freedoms ? Surely it is not too much to expect even Miss Selby to call my husband · Captain Howard' in my presence. I am his wife, and will not suffer any one to make love to him before my face.”
“ Fanny, are you mad?” exclaimed Captain Howard.
“ No, sir, neither mad nor blind; though had I been blind, perhaps I might have pleased you better. I can and do see what is going on; and even if I were blind, I could not avoid being made acquainted with it, unless deaf too. The whole town is ringing with your shameless conduct. They say that Mrs. Howard's sick room is deserted by her husband, and that all his time is spent with his mistress-Miss Eleanor Selby.”
“ Mamma!” gasped Eleanor, who was as pale as death, “ let us go home.”
“By Heaven ! Fanny,” cried Charles Howard, “ this is too bad! I have borne with your temper almost ever since the day when I was so unfortunate as to marry you ; but this I will not bear. Mrs. Selbymy dear Miss Selby, come with me. I deeply regret that through my means you have been exposed to such undeserved calumny from that insolent woman.”
We blush to write it, but as Charles approached Mrs. Howard, to take his hat, which lay on a chair near her, she snatched up a glass of water that stood on the table, and flung it in his face! His features, which had been before flushed with anger, in an instant faded to a deathlike hue ; he hesitated a moment, and then, wiping the water from his face, offered an arm each to Mrs. Selby and Eleanor, and left the room in silence.
Not a word was spoken, until they reached the quiet little cottage, in which poor Charles had passed so many happy days; but then, giving way to his feelings, he even wept before those whom he regarded as his mother and sister. Nelly's tears flowed too; only Mrs. Selby retained any appearance of composure:
“ I grieve at this, Charles,” she said; “ but I fear you must leave St.
Bennett's. Mrs. Howard must have heard some unpleasant remark, and for our sakes, you must leave ; Eleanor's name must not be made the theme of scandal.”
"And do not be angry with poor Mrs. Howard, Charles," said Eleanor ; “ she has been ill, is not well now, and then she loves you."
" Loves me!" replied Charles. " That dream was soon over-she deceived me- bitterly deceived me. But I was in fault too. Oh, how I regret my precipitancy now! Had I but seen you—I believe you are right, Mrs. Selby-I must, for your sake, leave St. Bennett's ; for your sake, I came, but it would seem as though I were doomed only to bring misery, where I would give the world to confer happiness. My mother-my darling sister, farewell! Pray for me, Nelly– I shall need your prayers."
In another moment, the garden-gate had closed, and Charles Howard was gone.
Hours had sped by before Charles could summon sufficient composure and self-command to return to his wife. Shall we attempt to trace his musings ? No-" The heart alone knoweth its own bitterness”-and, we fear, regret and sorrow on Eleanor's account mingled largely with his feelings of disgust and shame for his own wife-not unaccompanied by some thoughts—resisted but irrepressible—which caused more self-reproach than either.
“ I have but myself to blame," he thought; “ when my own little Nelly's beauty was destroyed, and by my hand too, I thought of her only as an object of pity and compassion. I have returned to find her glorious in her loveliness and her unsullied purity. She might have been taught to love me better than as a brother. Had she been maimed, and halt, and blind, she would still have been a treasure! But I must not think of that -for the sake of the unborn babe, I will be patient. I will leave St. Bennett's at once-to stay here now were torture."
When Charles reached his dwelling, he found Mrs. Howard still in the room where he had left her; and spoke to her calmly, but firmly, respecting her recent conduct. The first ebullition of passion over, she had herself felt ashamed of her behaviour ; but pride would not allow her to confess this, and she listened to her husband in silence : at length, however, she said,
“ Mrs. Carthew had been here telling me that your attentions to Miss Selby had attracted general remark, and I was vexed beyond endurance."
“ And you suffered that mischievous woman to speak in this way of one whom, as you well know, I so much respect! Fanny ! I must not say all I feel-but you must conquer your temper, or we must separate: I cannot, and will not endure such an indignity a second time from any one. Go to your room now, and send Mary Smith to me."
There was that in Charles's eyes which would not be disobeyed, as Fanny, somewhat subdued, withdrew.
The remainder of the evening was spent by Captain Howard, with Mary Smith's assistance, in packing ; and early next morning he went to take leave of Dr. Barfoot, Mr. Cooch, and some of his other friends. He paused for a moment to look at his former home-tears dimmed his sight, and he turned away.
In an hour after, Captain and Mrs. Howard were rolling along towards London.
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