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market town had met my view ! Memory could trace no of slavery, and exhibits the serf, within and without his equal extent of German territory, without being able to hut, as the victim of the most atrocious tyranny, • But,'' reckon, at the least, ten towns of consideration within the he exclaims, “ Counsellor Gretsch asks, “Does not the same compass, and a half resolution to turn back on my slave dance and sing ? Is he excluded from holiday steps, without proceeding farther in this anti-chamber to pastimes? Is he not heard shouting with wild and savage inneasurable space, arose in my mind. But Mittau ap- delight in the streets and market places ?'

Most true, peared. I forgot my desire to return, and began even to he does all this, but what then? Does not the calf fancy a Russian life no such intolerable affair. No gambol in its tether, even while the butcher is whetting thanks to Russia, however, for this, but solely to the the slaughtering knife ? Apart from all consideration of civilization and social ardour which distinguish Mittau! the degrading and brutalising nature of all slave enjoyI was there congratulated on my escape from the re- ments, is it not well-known that their indulgence is ever doubted hussar captain, who was, it seems, equally re- calculated to minister to the pride, and exbibit the stately nowned as a fire-eater among men, and as a reverential, superiority of their haughty masters ? And, notwithmost sensitive, and most successful adorer of the fair sex. standing the legalised modos by which slaves may someOne single anecdote may serve as the ecce signum of his times nominally emancipate themselves, is it not an ungallantry.

deniable fact, that every outlet from serfship is so well Madamoiselle de II—, of Mittau, sat one sultry fenced and guarded, that the born slave virtually abides summer ere, with her back to the open window, at her such to his dying hour, though under another nomenpiano, in an apartment où rez de Chaussée, warbling clature, and with less palpable though not less real forth Mehul's well-known, Vencz, venez, à mon secours ! chains ?" Lightly as a Gazelle, he bounded through the window, and The second chapter of vol. II, lays open that seemlay the next moment at the feet of the fair songstress. | ingly incurable cancer which cats into the vitals of RusThe redoubtable Captain P, was passing at the moment, sian society, viz., the police espionage, and the universal chaunting forth, .Je viens, je viens, a vos sécours ! » venality of public officers in all departments of the governOn reading such fearful examples of mingled savage

ment. This,” says our author, “is the well-spring of cruelty and insane levity, we may be inclined to comfort that frightful, all-pervading corruption and bribery, which ourselves with the thought, that our author's description has, in the lapse of ages, formed for itself a deep well of may be veracious, as regards thirty-three years since, moral depravity, sending forth exhaustless streams of and yet be wholly inapplicable to Russia in the present pestilential water to empoison every grade of society.” day. But the most recent testimony precludes the ir- Examples of the truth of this assertion are furnished in dulgence of so humane a supposition ! A Breslaw journal more than satisfying abundance, and the extent to which of the 19th March gives the following anecdote as authen- peculation is carried, both in naval and military departtically illustrative of modern Russian military discipline :- ments, furnishes some most amusing anecdotes. The “An officer in Kalisch recently desired a soldier to fetch Emperor Alexander is mentioned as having been so fully him some tobacco, commanding his return within five aware of the unscrupulously adventurous spirit of his naminutes, under the penalty of fifty lashes. The soldier val commissariat, as to have exclaimed one day, “I verily ran at full speed, but unbappily forgot, in his headlong believe they would steal my line-of-battle ships, if they laste, to pull off his cap (which is strictly enjoined,) in know where to hide them !” Chapter iii. treats of Ruspassing the dwelling of an officer. The master of the sian jurisprudence, both in thcory and practice. On this house being unfortunately at home, observed the heinous subject the author asks, “What hath inan to do in the breach of discipline, and instantly commanded the offender temple, if he hath no love to the God who is there worshipto be brought back, who received fifty lashes for the mis- ped? What avails human laws, if no respect is felt for demeanour on the spot! But that was not all, for the them, no sense of equity cherished or even pretended to ? detention thus occasioned, necessarily precluded his return IIence wo need but to examine the principles and practice within the stipulated time with the tobacco, and, accord- of a nation's code, in order to estimate the aggregate ingly, he received, in full tale, the promised fifty lashes worth of the nation itself.” Vol. III. commences by from his own officer!"

throwing some fearful light on the prisons of Russia, thoso Chapter iv. depicts St. Petersburg and its advanced Bastiles of the 19th century, in which the suddenness of port, Cronstadt, as they were a century ago, and now act, impenetrability of procedure, and secrecy of result, are; and after many graphic descriptions, and lively illus- equal, if they do not surpass, the attainments of the Intrations of society, manners and morals, whether public quisition in its most palmy days. Siberia, too, obtains its or private, aristocratic or plebeian, concludes with a com- share of notice, and authenticated anecdotes, adduced in paratire glance at the land of the author's birth, and that confirmation of all that romance over fancied of human of his temporary though long sojourn.

suffering and despair-creating misery. The following The following chapter is devoted to the Baltic Pro- chapters depict the ecclesiastical and educational arrangevinces, in which, after a rapid recapitulation of the events ments of the empire ; the public and private life of the of 1812, and some amusing anecdotes of Russian bombast bourgeoise, the noblesse, and the government officers ; and gasconade respecting the French Invasion, the author summed up with a rapid but graphic sketch of the characdeclares all his reminiscences of Courland, Livonia, and ter and reign of Nicolas I., respecting whom personally Esthonia, are calculated to inspire as much love and the author expresses himself throughout the work in terms eadem for their German-descended inhabitants, as com- of the highest respect.

Never,” says he, “is the truth miseration, sympathy, and alarm, for the fate which Rus. fairly brought before the Emperor, without meeting a skan intrigues are preparing for them.

cordial reception. Never is injustice knowingly commitVol II. commences with a portraiture of the horrors ted, or redress voluntarily withheld by him.”

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But alas, "for poor short-sighted man, when he pretends to exercise absolute, uncontrolled, irresponsible dominion over his fellow-men." lle must see with the eyes, hear with the cars, and act by the heads of others! And how little can he therefore insure that his most conscientious decision, or best intentioned order, is either founded on justice or executed according to command? The important, and, in some respects, mysterious subject of the Caucasian war, and a cursory notice of the Polish insurrection in 1830, conclude these interesting volumes, from which it is peculiarly difficult to make extracts, partly from the rich abundance of tempting anecdotes contending for selection, and partly from the intimate interweaving of argument and relation, which enforces the insertion of much or the omission of all. To be fully appreciated, the work must therefore be read as a whole, and it will be found well to reward the time of the German scholar, As far as we are aware, it has not yet been translated into English. The author's feelings and sentiments may perhaps be most succinctly given in the following verses, in which he rejoices over release from the geni and the dangers of a Russian residence

Keer, Russia! keep thy wolves and shaggy bears!
I covet nought of thine!
Not Bothnia's gulf with silver filled
Should bind me to thy shrine!
My heart the cause for long has known full well,
Which now at last my tongue is free to tell.
Keep, keep the flowers which the cold biting north
Encrusts upon thy panes !
Thy crude moss-berry wine I envy not,
Nor gold bedizened lanes,
Wouldst offer title, wealth, and diamond star,
To win ine back again-I'd bide afar!
Keep thy pine proves and fruit, whose stinted growth
The fostering tan-pit gives!
Keep thy rich mines of varied ore, with which
Old Wral's bowels heave!
Freight thy whole navy with a jewelled glow,
To woo me back to thee I'd answer, No!
In life, I never more will tread the soil
Of tyrant and of slave!
Where throned in State oppression sits,
And falsehood rules the wave.
While on each hand fell greed and envy sit,
Grudging the earth which props another's feet!
Rest in thy dream of greatness unexcelled,
St. Petersburg the proud!
Hide with the glories of thy peacock-tail
The cringing, baked crowd
Of slaves, which people thy Colossal frame,
Bat bring no blessing, and confer no fame!"

THE NAUTICO-MILITARY NUN OF SPAIN,

BY THOMAS DE QUINCEY.

Why is it that Adventures are so generally re- , about seventeen years ago a selection from the pulsive to people of meditative minds? It is for leading documents, accompanied by his palinode the same reason that any other want of law, that as to their accuracy. His materials have been any other anarchy, is repulsive. Floating pas- since used for the basis of more than one narsively from action to action, as helplessly as a rative, not inaccurate, in French, German, and withered leaf surrendered to the breath of winds, Spanish journals of high authority. It is selthe human spirit (out of which comes all gran- dom the case that French writers err by prolixity, deur of human motions) is exhibited in mere They have done so in this case. The present Adventures as either entirely laid asleep, or as narrative, which contains no sentence derived acting only by lower organs that regulate the from any foreign one, has the great advantage means, whilst the ends are derived from alien of close compression; my own pages, after equatsources, and are imperiously predetermined. It ing the size, being as 1 to 3 of the shortest is a case of exception, however, when even continental form. In the mode of narration, I amongst such adventures the agent reacts upon am vain enough to flatter myself that the reader his own difficulties and necessities by a temper will find little reason to hesitate between us. of extraordinary courage, and a mind of pre- Mine will, at least, weary nobody ; which is mature decision. Further strength arises to such more than can be always said for the continen. an exception, if the very moulding accidents of tal versions. the life, if the very external coercions are themselves unusually romantic. They may thus gain On a night in the year 1592 (but which night a separate interest of their own. And, lastly, the is a secret liable to 365 answers), a Spanish whole is locked into validity of interest, even for son of somebody,"

"* in the fortified town of St. the psychological philosopher, by complete au- Sebastian, received the disagreeable intelligence thentication of its truth. In the case now brought from a nurse, that his wife had just presented before him, the reader must not doubt; for no me- him with a daughter. No present that the poor moir exists, or personal biography, that is so trebly misjudging lady could possibly have made him authenticated by proofs and attestations direct and was so entirely useless for any purpose of his. collateral. From the archives of the Royal Marine Ise had three daughters already, which happen-, at Seville, from the autobiography of the heroine, ed to be more by 2+1 than his reckoning as from contemporary chronicles, and from several sumed as a reasonable allowance of daughters. official sources scattered in and out of Spain, some A supernumerary son might have been stowed of them ecclesiastical, the amplest proofs have away; but daughters in excess were the very been drawn, and may yet be greatly extended, of nuisance of Spain. Ho did, therefore, what in the extraordinary events here recorded. M. de such cases every proud and lazy Spanish genFerrer, a Spaniard of much research, and ori- tleman was apt to do - he wrapped the new ginally incredulous as to the facts, published

* i. e. "Hidulgo."

little daughter, 'odious to his paternal cyes, in | ter. He insisted on his right to forget her; and a pocket handkerchief ; and then, wrapping up in a week had forgotten her, never to think of his own throat with a good deal more care, her again but once. The lady superior, as reoff he bolted to the neighbouring convent of St. garded her demands, was equally content, and Sebastian ; not merely of that city, but also through a course of several years; for, as often (amongst several convents) the one dedicated to as she asked pussy if she would be a saint, pussy that saint. It is well that in this quarrelsome replied that would, if saints were allowed plenworld we quarrel furiously about tastes ; since ty of sweetmeats. But least of all were the nuns agreeing too closely about the objects to be liked disappointed. Everything that they had fancied and appropriated would breed much more fight- possible in a human plaything fell short of what ing than is bred by disagreeing. That little pussy realised in racketing, racing, and eternal human tadpole, which the old toad of a father plots against the peace of the elder nuns. No fox would not suffer to stay ten minutes in his ever kept a hen-roost in such alarm as pussy house, proved as welcome at the nunnery of St. kept the dormitory of the senior sisters ; whilst Sebastian as she was odious elsewhere. The the younger ladies were run off their legs by the superior of the convent was aunt, by the mo- eternal wiles, and had their chapel gravity disther's side, to the new-born stranger. She, composed, even in chapel, by the eternal antics, of therefore, kissed and blessed the little lady. this privileged little kitten. The poor nuns, who were never to have any The kitten had long ago received a baptismal babies of their own, and were languishing for name, which was Kitty ; this is Catharine, or some amusement, perfectly doated on this pros- Kate, or Hispanice Catalina. It was a good pect of a wee pet. The superior thanked the name, as it recalled her original name of pussy, hidalgo for his very splendid present. The nuus And, by the way, she had also an ancient and thanked him each and all ; until the old cro- honourable surname, viz., De Erauso, which is codile actually began to cry and whimnper sen- to this day a name rooted in Biscay. Her father, limentally at what he now perceived to be excess the hidalgo, was a military officer in the Spanish of munificence in himself. Munificence, indeed, service, and had little care whether his kitten he remarked, was his foible next after parental should turn out a wolf or a lamb, having made tenderness.

over the fee simple of his own interest in the little What a luxury it is sometimes to a cynic that Kate to St. Sebastian, “to have and to hold,” so there go two words to a bargain. In the con- long as Kate should keep her hold of this present vent of St. Sebastian all was gratitude ; gra- life. Kate had no apparent intention to let slip titude (as aforesaid) to the hidalgo from all the that hold, for she was blooming as a rose-bush in convent for his present, until, at last, the hidalgo June, tall and strong as a young cedar. Yet, began to express gratitude to them for their gra- notwithstanding this robust health and the strength titudo to him. Then came a rolling fire of of the convent walls, the time was drawing near thanks to St. Sebastian ; from the superior, for when St. Sebastian's lease in Kate must, in legal sending a future saint ; from the nuns, for send- phrase, “determine;" and any chateaux en Esing such a love of a plaything ; and, finally, pagne, that the Saint might have built on the from papa, for sending such substantial board cloistral fidelity of his pet Catalina, must sudand well-bolted lodgings, “ from which," said denly give way in one hour, like many other the malicious old fellow, “my pussy will never vanities in our own days of Spanish bonds find her way out to a thorny and dangerous and promises. After reaching her tenth year, world." Won't she? I suspect, son of some- Catalina became thoughtful, and not very dobody, that the next time

pussy," which cile. At times she was even headstrong and turinay happen to be also the last, will not be in a bulent, so that the gentle sisterhood of St. Seconvent of any kind. At present, whilst this | bastian, who had no other pet or plaything in the general rendering of thanks was going on, one world, began to weep in secret-fearing that they person only took no part in them. That person might have been rearing by mistake some future was “pussy," whose little figure lay quietly tigress—for as to infancy, thut, you know, is playstretched out in the arms of a smiling young ful and innocent even in the cubs of a tigress. non, with eyes nearly shut, yet peering a little But there the ladies were going too far. Cataat the candles. Pussy said nothing. It's of no lina was impetuous and aspiring, but not cruel. great use to say much, when all the world is She was gentle, if people would let her be so. against you. But, if St. Sebastian had enabled But woe to those that took liberties with her! her to speak out the whole truth, pussy would A female servant of the convent, in some authohave said :—" So, Mr. Hidalgo, you have been rity, one day, in passing up the aisle to matins, engaging lodgings for me ; lodgings for life. wilfully gave Kate a push ; and in return, Kate, Wait a little. We'll try that question, when my who never left her debts in arrear, gave the serclaws are grown a little longer.”

vant for a keep-sake a look which that servant Disappointment, therefore, was gathering a- carried with her in fearful remembrance to lier head. But for the present there was nothing of grave. It seemed as if Kate had tropic blood in the kind. That noble old crocodile, papa, was her veins, that continually called her away to the not in the least disappointed as regarded his ex- tropics. It was all the fault of that “ blue repectation of having no anxiety to waste, and no joicing sky,” of those purple Biscayan mountains, money to pay, on account of his youngest daugh-l'of that tumultuous ocean, which she beheld daily

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from the nunnery gardens. Or, if only half of what is best in its kind one admires, even though it was their fault, the other half lay in those gol- | the kind be disagreeable. Kate's advantages for den tales, streaming upwards even into the sanc- her role in this life lay in four things, viz., in a tuaries of convents, like morning mists touched well-built person, and a particularly strong wrist ; by earliest sunlight, of kingdoms overshadowing a 2d, in a heart that nothing could appal; 3d, in a new world which had been founded by her kinsmen sagacious head, never drawn aside from the hoc with the simple aid of a horse and a lance. The age [from the instant question of life] by any reader is to remember that this is no romance, or weakness of imagination ; 4th, in a tolerably thick at least no fiction, that he is reading; and it is skin—not literally, for she was fair and bloomproper to remind the reader of real romances in ing, and decidedly handsome, having such a skin Ariosto or our own Spenser, that such martial as became a young woman of family in northernladies as the Marfisa, or Bradamant of the first, most Spain. But her sensibilities were obtuse as and Britomart of the other, were really not the regarded some modes of delicacy, some modes of improbabilities that modern society imagines. equity, some modes of the world's opinion, and all Many a stout man, as you will soon see, found | modes whatever of personal hardship. Lay a that Kate, with a sabre in hand, and well mount- stress on that word some--for, as to delicacy, she ed, was but too serious a fact.

never lost sight of the kind which peculiarly conThe day is come—the evening is come-when cerns her sex. Long afterwards she told the Pope our poor Kate, that had for fifteen years been so himself, when confessing without disguise her tenderly rocked in the arms of St. Sebastian and sad and infinite wanderings to the paternal old his daughters, and that henceforth shall hardly find man (and I feel convinced of her veracity) that a breathing space between eternal storms, must in this respect, even then, at middle age, she was see her peaceful cell, must see the holy chapel, as pure as is a child. And, as to equity, it was for the last time. It was at vespers, it was during only that she substituted the equity of camps the chaunting of the vesper service, that she for the polished (but often more iniquitous) finally read the secret signal for her departure, equity of courts and towns. As to the third itemwhich long she had been looking for. It happened the world's opinion—I don't know that you need that her aunt, the Lady Principal, had forgotten lay a stress on some ; for, generally speaking, all her breviary. As this was in a private 'scrutoire, that the world did, said, or thought, was alike she did not choose to send a servant for it, but contemptible in her eyes, in which, perhaps, she gave the key to her niece. The niece, on open- was not so very far wrong. I must add, though at ing the 'scrutoire, saw, with that rapidity of eye- the cost of interrupting the story by two or three glance for the one thing needed in any great more sentences, that Catalina had also a fifth emergency which ever attended her through life, advantage, which sounds humbly, but is really of that now was the moment for an attempt which, use in a world, where even to fold and seal % if neglected, might never return. There lay the letter adroitly is not the least of accomplishments. total keys, in one massive trousseau, of that for- She was a handy girl. She could turn her hand tress impregnable even to armies from without. to anything, of which I will give you two meSaint Sebastian: do you see what your pet is morable instances. Was there ever a girl in this going to do? And do it she will, as sure as your world but herself that cheated and snapped her name is St. Sebastian. Kate went back to her fingers at that awful Inquisition, which brooded aunt with the breviary and the key; but taking over the convents of Spain, that did this without good care to leave that awful door, on whose collusion from outside, trusting to nobody, but to hinge revolved her whole life, unlocked. Deliver- herself, and what ? to one needle, two hanks of ing the two articles to the Superior, she com- thread, and a very inferior pair of scissors ? For, plained of a head-ache—[Ah, Kate! what did that the scissors were bad, though Katedoes not say you know of head-aches, except now and then so in her memoirs, I know by an à priori arguafterwards from a stray bullet, or so ? ]—upon ment, viz., because all scissors were bad in the which her aunt, kissing her forehead, dismissed year 1607. Now, say all decent logicians, from her to bed. Now, then, through three-fourths a universal to a particular valet consequentia, all of an hour Kate will have free elbow-room for scissors were bad : ergo, come scissors were bad. unanchoring her boat, for unshipping her oars, The second instance of her handiness will surand for pulling ahead right out of St. Sebastian's prise you even more :-She once stood upon & cove into the main ocean of life.

scaffold, under sentence of death-{but, underCatalina, the reader is to understand, does not stand, on the evidence of false witnesses]. Jack belong to the class of persons in whom chiefly Ketch was absolutely tying the knot under her ear, I pretend to an interest. But everywhere one and the shameful man of ropes fumbled so deploloves energy and indomitable courage. I, for my rably, that Kate (who by much nautical experipart, admire not, by preference, anything that ence had learned from another sort of "Jack" points to this world. It is the child of reverie how a knot should be tied in this world,) lost all and profounder sensibility who turns away from patience with the contemptible artist, told him she the world as hateful and insufficient, that engages was ashamed of him, took the rope out of his hand, my interest: whereas Catalina was the very and tied the knot irreproachably herself.

The model of the class fitted for facing this world, and crowd saluted her with a festal roll, long and loud, who express their love to it by fighting with it of vivas ; and this word viva of good augury—but and kicking it from year to year. But, always, I stop : let me 110t anticipate,

From this sketch of Catalina's character, the sex, and her monastic dedication. What was she reader is prepared to understand the decision of to do next? Speaking of Wellington tronsers her present proceeding. She had no time to lose : would remind us, but could hardly remind her, of the twilight favoured her ; but she must get Vittoria, where she dimly had heard of some under hiding before pursuit commenced. Con- maternal relative. To Vittoria, therefore, she sequently she lost not one of her 45 minutes in bent her course ; and, like the Duke of Wellingpicking and choosing. No shilly-shally in Kate. ton, but arriving more than two centuries earlier, She saw with the eyeball of an eagle what was [though he too is an early riser), she gained a great indispensable. Some little money perhaps to victory at that place. She had made a two days' pay the first toll-bar of life : so, out of four march, baggage far in the rear, and no provisions shillings in Aunty's purse, she took one. You but wild berries; she depended for anything can't say that was exorbitant. Which of us better, as light-heartedly as the Duke, upon wouldn't subscribe a shilling for poor Katy to put attacking, sword in hand, storming her dear into the first trouser pockets that ever she will friend's entrenchments, and effecting a lodgment wear? I remember even yet, as a personal experi- in his breakfast-room, should he happen to have ence, that when first arrayed, at four years old, in one. This amiable relative, an elderly man, had nankeen trousers, though still so far retaining her- but one foible, or perhaps one virtue in this world ; maphrodite relations of dress as to wear a petticoat but that he had in perfection,-it was pedantry. above my trousers, all my female friends (because On that hint Catalina spoke : she knew by heart, they pitied me, asone that had suffered from years of from the services of the convent, a few latin ague), filled my pockets with half-crowns, of which phrases. Latin !-Oh, but that was charming ; I can render no account at this day. But what and in one so young! The grave Don owned were my poor pretensions by the side of Kate's ? the soft impeachment ; relented at once, and Kate was a fine blooming girl of 15, with no clasped the hopeful young gentleman in the Weltouch of ague, and, before the next sun rises, lington trousers to his uncular and rather angular Kate shall draw on her first trousers, and made breast. In this house the yarn of life was of a by her own hand; and, that she may do so, of all mingled quality. The table was good, but that was the valuables in Aunty's repository she takes exactly what Kate cared little about. The amusenothing beside the shilling, quantum sufficit of ment was of the worst kind. It consisted chiefly thread, one stout needle, and (as I told you before, in conjugating Latin verbs, especially such as if you would please to remember things), one bad were obstinately irregular. To show him a pair of scissors. Now she was ready ; ready to withered frost-bitten verb, that wanted its precast off St. Sebastian's towing rope ; ready to terite, wanted its supines, wanted, in fact, everycut and run for port anywhere. The finishing thing in this world, fruits or blossoms, that make a tonch of her preparations was to pick out the verb desirable, was to earn the Don's gratitude for proper keys : even there she showed the same life. All day long he was marching and counterdiscretion. She did no gratuitous mischief. She marching his favourite brigades of verbs-verbs did not take the wine-cellar key, which would frequentativc, verbs inceptive, verbs desiderativehave irritated the good father confessor ; she horse, foot, and artillery ; changing front, adtook those keys only that belonged to her, if vancing from the rear, throwing out skirmishing ever keys did ; for they were the keys that locked parties, until Kate, not given to faint, must have her out from her natural birthright of liberty. thought of such a resource, as once in her life she “ Show me,” says the Romish Casuist, “her had thought so seasonably of a vesper head-ache. right in law to let herself out of that nunnery.” This was really worse than St. Sebastian's. It “Show us,” we reply, “ your right to lock her in.” reminds one of a French gaiety in Thiebault or

Right or wrong, however, in strict casuistry, some such author, who describes a rustic party, Kate was resolved to let herself out; and did so; under equal despair, as employing themselves in and, for fear any man should creep in whilst conjugating the verb s'ennuyer,—Je m'ennuie, vespers lasted, and steal the kitchen grate, she tu t'ennuies, il s'ennuit ; nous nous ennuyons, locked her old friends in. Then sho sought a &c.; thence to the imperfect-Je m'ennuyois, tu shelter. The air was not cold. She hurried into t’ennuyois, &c.; thence to the imperative-Qu'il a chestnut wood, and upon withered leaves slept s'ennuye, &c.; and so on through the whole metill dawn. Spanish diet and youth leaves the lancholy conjugation. Now, you know, when the digestion undisordered, and the slumbers light. time comes that, nous nous ennuyons, the best When the lark rose, up rose Catalina. No time course is, to part. Kate saw that; and she walked to lose, for she was still in the dress of a nun, off from the Don's (of whose amorous passion for and liable to be arrested by any man in Spain. defective verbs one would have wished to know With her armed finger, [aye, by the way, I forgot the catastrophe), and took from his mantelpiece the thimble ; but Kate did not] she set to rather more silver than she had levied on her aunt. work upon her amply-embroidered petticoat. But the Don also was a relative ; and really he She turned it wrong side out; and with the magic owed her a small cheque on his banker for turning that only female hands possess, she had soon out on his field-days. A man, if he is a kinsman, sketched and finished a dashing pair of Wellington has no right to bore one gratis. trousers. All other changes were made accord- From Vittoria Kate was guided by a carrier ing to the materials she possessed, and quite to Valladolid. Luckily, as it seemed at first, sufficiently to disguise the two main perils-her but it made little difference in the end, here, at

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