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his shirt sleeves, and tugging at the oar, was Walter would one day be the man of upright his younger brother, Walter. These two and steady usefulness, of strict punctuality, boys (or young men, as they were more like- promptness, and integrity in the common afly to have called themselves,) were each fairs of life. Arnold never called a servant born to an inheritance as different as the dis- or ordered a horse, but they were ready on positions which they carried along with them. the instant. Walter hated that any one Arnold was heir to an entailed estate, which should do for him what he was able to do for would, at some future time, afford him the himself; but when he did require service possession of an almost princely fortune : from his mother's domestics, he could obtain Walter had no other dependance than upon it as readily for love, as his brother could for a clear head and ready hand. Gladly would fear. Arnold held no communication with Arnold have shared half his wealth with what Walter was accustomed to call the useWalter; but Walter, since he was not born ful classes of society; but Walter listened with a title to it, scrupled to receive the to their complaints, redressed their grievanslightest pecuniary obligation from his bro- ces as far as he was able, and showed them ther. Perhaps, had their hearts been laid respect by a thousand little acts of consideraopen, pride would have been found the only tion, richly worth their cost. Arnold's face quality in which they resembled each other; was of a handsome, proud, and melancholy but Arnold's pride was of an open domineer- cast, finely moulded, but cold and inanimate; ing character, while his brother's was so and the glance of his beautiful dark eye was deep and hidden, as to be scarcely discerni- generally directed to distant objects, or wanble in his outward actions. Arnold's charac- dered on in listless and dreamy vacuity; teristics, as a boy, were indolence and indif- while Walter, much below his brother in ference; the one arising partly from consti- stature, was equally inferior to him in all tution, partly from the knowledge that he that could strike the attention of the superfishould never be called upon for exertion; the cial observer. His eyes were blue and clear, other from a general distrust of kindness, and usually concentrated in their look, as it and latent suspicion that his money, not him- the faculties of his mind were fixed upon some self, was the object of attraction. Walter powerful image, or strong focus of light, rewould have been enthusiastic almost to mad vealed only to his inward vision; bis lips ness, had it not been for the common sense were thin, firm, and compressed, and all his and correct feeling which kept all the exuber-movements decided, prompt, and energetic ; ance of his mind in check: thus he was ac- he had, besides, in very early life, an uncomcustomed to pursue his favorite employments mon flow of animal spirits, so that, before he in secret, to rise early, and sit up late, to la- began to think deeply, he played with more bour and endure, with a pertinacity that was vivacity than any other boy. At the time almost certain to ensure success. What his of the fishing party, the change in his favourite employments were, and what the character had but just appeared. Some degree of mental power he was capable of rude attempts at mechanism, closely conexercising, few people suspected, and none cealed in the remotest corner of his private knew; for he was careless at school, and closet, bore testimony to earnest and grave made little progress in the beaten track of thought; but he had too much of the boy learning. Arnold was more successful in about him still to sit long at any employment his aquirements, as he was solicitous that no- and he now laughed, shouted, and rowed with thing should be wanting to complete the dig- unrivalled strength and determination. nified and imposing character to which he It was a glorious day. The sun shone aspired. Every one might discover, at the out in cloudless light; the boat glided swiftly first glance, that Arnold was the gentleman; over the waters; the trees bent down their and it needed as little penetration to see that I feathery boughs as if to soothe the rippling

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stream that foamed and fretted against the Arnold looked upon his brother and his rocky shores, and the birds sung sweetly in fair cousin with the same sneer of contempt the distance, until startled from the branches, with which he had first regarded the group they winged their rapid flight away from of idlers and the patient solitaries farther up this region of peace and beauty. All things the stream. He made no remark; but his above, around and beneath, wore the garb countenance and his character were so well of nature's holiday; and even Arnold, known to all, that they bore along with them charmed out of himself, sent forth his deep- an influence more readily felt than explained. toned voice in a wild and melancholy song. Agnes laid down the line and said she was At length they reached the basin or broad weary; Walter took it up and walked off space in the river, where their sport was to with an air that showed his will, if not his begin. Lightly every foot sprang from the power, to catch every fish in the river; the boat, and Agnes, no less eager than the rest, idlers rose and wondered when the party seizing the line which Walter had prepared, would think it time to eat; the solitaries took her place beside a drooping birch and gave up their fruitless task and gathered waited for her prey.

round their friends; while Agnes, ever the Arnold alone, of all the party, declined to first to perceive and turn away the dark enter into their amusement. Striding from spirit of discontent, ran for the baskets of rock to rock, he quickly disappeared from provisions, and began to place around upon their sight, and, winding round a high point the rocks the welcome viands which Mrs. which jutted out into the stream, seated him- Percival had prepared; and fortunate it was self like an eagle upon its height, exalted, in for her endeavours to maintain good humour his own ideas, to as great a superiority over and good will, that they were backed by the the merry creatures he had left, as this soli- keen and healthy appetites of the whole tary rock was above the shallow waters rip-group. Even Arnold could eat; and Walpling at its base. On his difficult and circui- ter, after being summoned by the shrill notes tous path he had gathered handfuls of fern of the bugle, came wandering up from his and wild flowers, each little group a picture retreat. of woodland beauty, enough to send the spirit Agnes had chosen for the place of refreshup to Heaven in the incense of gratitude; ment a sort of picturesque cave or hollow by and now the misanthrope amused himself by the side of the stream, where they were casting them one by one into the stream be- shaded from the sun by the branches of the low, moralizing as they dropped from his feathery birch, and lulled by the ripple of the fingers and fluttered in the summer wind water at their feet. upon the emptiness and worthless of all “Is it not happiness to be here !" exclaimed things. Wearied as man must naturally be the delighted girl, as Arnold took his wonted with that system of reasoning which tends place beside her; but there was no answer to establish the non-existence of useful ends, in his face to any voice that spoke of happiand wise purposes in the creation, Arnold at ness, and she appealed to Walter the last of last descended from his height and joined the a row of boys seated on the opposite side of party below. Some were reclining in laugh-their sylvan temple. He answered from his ing indolence upon the rocks; some pursu- clear blue eyes with such a look as the ing their amusement in solitary silence; and wounded and weary, the deceived and the others exulting in the triumph of a first bite; deceitful, try in vain to assume ; a look that while Walter was busily employed in lead- lasts but seldom beyond the days of our ing Agnes away from the deceitful and slip-childhood ; a look that reminds us of a pery shore, to some safer standing-place, ar- higher and purer state of existence, and tells ranging her tackle, and doing every thing more of what we might be than what we for her except draw out her luckless victims.


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The seast was ended, the songs sung, and much in its defence, and therefore, I will all were ready to renew their sport.

never do the like again." Are you weary ?” asked one.

At this instant, a loud splash was heard in Weary ? never !” exclaimed Walter, the water, and a general cry arose from the and he bounded forth again like a young party. “Walter, poor Walter, has fallen in!" fawn

upon the dewy plain. Arnold and Ag. Arnold did not stay to hear more. He nes were left alone to their meditations, for was an excellent swimmer, and from the Agnes knew that her grave cousin was no first impulse of a naturally kind heart, he favourite with the boys; "and therefore,” | leaped into the stream. The hollows said she to herself, “ as no one wishes for his amongst the rocks were so deep and deceitcompany, I will stay with him, that he may ful, that it was some time before he sucnot be left entirely alone."

ceeded in finding and dragging his bro“So you really like the sport of fishing," ther to the shore. Agnes was at his side in said Arnold.

a moment, chafing his temples, his hands, “Oh! yes,” replied Agnes, “I like to and his feet, but apparently without avail. look into the bosom of the clear water where "Let us carry him," said she, “ to the it is shaded from the sun, and to see the nearest house;" and directly all the boys ofrocks and pebbles and wild weeds on the fered their services, for Walter was the shore. As for the fishing, I don't care much pride, and the joy, of every heart, the prince about that, only it makes an object.” of comrades, the king of good fellowship

“What a pity,” said her cousin, “that and glee. you cannot find a better object. I was Arnold took upon himself to direct who thinking, as I looked down upon you from should assist and who should not, walking the rock, that amongst all the savage won- at the head of the party, and pointing out a ders of creation, man was the only animal cottage at a short distance from the river. who had refinement enough in his cruelty to Here he stood over his brother in a calm make one living creature a bait for the des- and collected manner, ordering such means truction of another. The tiger, the cat, and to be tried as he believed to be most rational all that relentless tribe, are accustomed to and efficacious; but no sooner did the glow sport with their victims before they devour of life return to the cheeks of Walter and them; but when we see the lion catch the joy to the watchful eyes around him, than butterfly and hang it out as a lure for the Arnold withdrew from the group, and only birds of the air, that he in his turn may prey returned to reassure himself of his brother's upon them, then may we truly say that the safety, and recommend to the boys who had lion in his nature is noble and generous as had excitement enough for one day at least, man. I watched you this morning for hours, that they should seek the boatmen and make as I sat alone ; but with most amazement the best of their way homeward. “And for my eye dwelt upon the figure of a fair young you, Agnes,” said he, “I give you your girl, who snatched out in triumph the poor choice: If you prefer remaining with my inhabitants of the stream, and left them on brother, you shall; if not, I shall endeavour

I the sandy shore to pant away, in lingering 10 supply your place.” On which Agnes agonies, the miserable remnant of their decided at once to stay, and Arnold walked lives."

off with the rest. Agnes bent down her head, and blushed When Walter had fully recovered the in silence. At last, after many fruitless at possession of his faculties, his gratitude was tempts to smile, she said, “You are too se beyond bounds. Starting from the bed vere, Arnold, upon a small matter; yet now upon which he had been laid, he. dressed that I think of it seriously, I cannot say | himself in a grotesque suit of clothes belong

ing to the cottager's son, and then placing a girl-no! when she raises her head, and chair beside the fire for Agnes, assured her fixes her grave and earnest eyes upon the over and over again, that he was perfectly countenance of her aunt, you see at once, well, and that she alone was in danger of that Agnes Forester is no longer a girl. But suffering. All her kindness and care only why that “ sable stole," and meekly braided redoubled his protestations that he felt no- hair,-and why the absence of all those orthing but health and gladness, and when the naments with which her doating father used carriage sent for them by Mrs. Percival, ar- to delight to see his child adorned? The rived at the door, he assisted his gentle cou- fact, that Mr. Forester had been called away sin with as much alacrity and politeness as if to his long home, must account for one part his recent exploit in the water had been no- of the change, and the melancholy truth tbat thing but a dream. The time before they he had left behind him but a scanty pittance reached home was spent in mutual congra- for his daughter, now thrown actually upon tulations that things had been no worse : for the kindness and protection of her aunt, must “Oh!" said Walter, “it might have been account for the other. The anguish of the you dear Agnes, instead of me !"

first grief which ever assailed her heart, had given to the once happy face of Agnes a tinge of melancholy, while certain difficulties arising out of her present situation with a

feeling of dependance, and a strong desire to CHAPTER II.

adapt herself in every way to what a strict

sense of propriety might require, added a Perhaps the kind reader will not unwil gravity to her look and general deportment lingly pass on with me over the space of a somewhat beyond her years. Her aunt, too, few short and uneventful years, supposing though of a disposition naturally kind, frank by a slight effort of the mind, that according and generous, had just that prompt decided to the usual course of time, the old will have matter of-fact way of speaking, which, acgrown more grey, the young more grave; companied with a vein of dry sarcastic huthat a few venerable heads will have been mour, has a direct and powerful tendency to laid in the quiet tomb, and a few warm seal

up the fountains of a young and tender hearts have awakened to the conviction that heart. To magnify small grievances, and life is not altogether a garden of flowers, brood over half conceived anxieties, and hat the sun of human happiness does not “ weep we scarce know why,” are amongst always shine, and that the pictures of imagi- the weaknesses of youth, while our portion nation to maintain any claim to truth, must, is yet so pleasant, our summer so bright, and ike the world which they flatteringly repre- our hopes so little scathed, that we can afford ent, have their revolutions of night and this expenditure of feeling without any adeay.

quate cause. But when watched with critiIn the next place, let us look in upon the cal inspection, and coolly questioned as to arlour of Mrs. Percival, where a comely the direct origin of our tears, we learn not to Datron with whom time has had none but cease to weep,-alas, no! but to weep only entle dealings, plies her quick needle, ever in private, and to wear for the public a mask, nd anon glancing round to ascertain the whose unmeaning and impenetrable aspect, erfect and systematical adjustment of books, bids defiance to that ecrutiny which time and ctures, and vases of summer flowers, with experience have not yet prepared us to bear. hich her elegant apartment is profusely Thus Agnes Forester, in the presence of her Horned. At the opposite side of the table, aunt, was a correct, amiable, and well-be

pale girl dressed in deep mourning is haved young lady, but little more; for the ending over a half-finished drawing. A full tide of her warm feelings was only per


mitted to flow without restraint in secret and “That's very true, and I should be unsolitude.

grateful indeed if I did not miss him sadly; “Which of your cousins do you like best?” but if he went out into the world, I should asked Mrs. Percival, all on a sudden, and have the happiness of knowing that he would fixing upon her niece a look, sharp as the always make friends, and obtain good will needle she had just drawn from her work, from every living thing around him. While while Agnes, startled no doubt by the ab- for Arnold I should feel such dreadful anxieruptness of the question, blushed the deepest ty, lest his character should not be properly crimson.

estimated. Besides, who would be find to "Why do you hesitate, child ?" continued love, or to love him, amongst the multitude ; the aunt, “as if I had plunged you into a or who would ever dive into, and discover, metaphysical dilemma."

the excellent qualities that lie buried in his “It is a subject I never thought of before,” heart. said Agnes, “and it requires time to decide “ And pray, may I ask what those excelupon."

lent qualities are ?" “But which could you best spare ? for, as “Oh! a deep, mysterious. Byron-like sort they are both likely to leave me soon, I am

of virtue." constantly weighing and balancing the losses "I am equally in the dark,” replied the I shall sustain.”

aunt, “ with regard to the virtues of the no“Both likely to leave you ?” said Agnes, ble poet. Perhaps you will enlighten me." looking up

“A wild, recklessness, disinterestedness, “ Yes, both. You know Arnold must go something, I hardly know how to to college ; and Walter, poor fellow! will give it a name.” be obliged to pursue some employment that “And the names you have chosen, my will afford him a maintenance for the su- dear niece, are so little adapted to my preture."

conceived notions of moral excellence, that I “I knew,” said Agnes, " that Arnold was confess I hardly understand you. But, passconstantly talking of college, but I did not ing over his wildness and recklessness, as understand that he really meant to go." qualities which I, as a mother, am not capa

“I hope he does,” replied the mother. ble of appreciating, let me ask in what way “He wants knowledge of men and manners; he has ever shown his disinterestedness ?" he wants association with the world, to give “ Oh! in a thousand ways, dear aunt,

if him a better opinion of it. But this is no- you did but know him better. Was it not thing to my purpose; I want to know which he who saved his brother from a watery

I of them you could best spare. I have weigh- grave ?" ed the matter myself, and drawn my own “ And would not your Newfoundland dog conclusions ; and now I ask you, just to know have done the same ?" whether you agree with me."

“I cannot talk with you," said Agnes, Agnes leaned back in her chair; and half vexed and half amused, "you turn while playing with her pencil, and fixing her everything to ridicule.” eyes upon the fire, gave her mind up to “Ah! do not mistake me,” replied her itself, more than she was wont to do in the aunt; “nor think that a mother can turn to presence of her aunt."

ridicule the melancholy infatuation of her “Why, Arnold,” said she at last, " is more own child, and of one whom she loves my companion; he rides and walks with me dearly as her own. I thought you had been more than Walter does."

better taught, Agnes Forester, than to call “And yet Walter trains your horse, and that virtue which glitters only in the distemtakes care of your dog, and feeds your birds, pered dream of a delirious poet. Depend and does ten times more for you."

upon it, there is little virtue in those charac


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