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him back to childhood, which the wrestle against hunger, despair, and sight and voice of his injured father thoughts that whisper sinking men had called forth with spasms and with devil's tongues. I will try—I throes, as a seer calls the long-buried will try; if I succeed not, keep your from a grave. And as the old man threat-accuse me- e-give me up to extended his arms pleadingly to- justice-clear yourself; but if you wards him, Jasper, with a gasping would crush me more than by the sound-half groan, half sob, sprang heaviest curse, never again speak to forward, caught both the hands in me with such dreadful tenderness ! his own strong grasp, lifted them to Cling not to me, old man ; release his lips, kissed them, and then, gain- me, I say ;-there—there;-off. Ah! ing the door with a rapid stride, I did not hurt you? Brute that I said, in hoarse broken tones, “Share am-you bless me--you-you! And your refuge ! no-no-I should break I dare not bless again! Let me your heart downright did you see me go-let me go-let me go!" He daily-hourly as I am! You work wrenched himself away from his for both !-you-you !". His voice father's clasp—drowning with loud stopped, choked for a brief moment, tone his father's pathetic
soothings-then hurried on: “As for that girl- out of the house-down the hillyou-you-you are—but no matter, lost to sight in the shades of the I will try to obey you-will try to falling eve.
Gentleman Waife does not forget an old friend. The old friend reconciles Astrology to
Prudence, and is under the influence of Benefics. Mr Hartopp hat in hand to Gentleman Waife.
Waife fell on the floor of his thresh- is all this? You here, too, Mr old, exclaiming, sobbing, moaning, George! But-but there was ANas voice itself gradually died away. OTHER. Gone! ah-gone-gone! The dog, who had been shut out lost, lost! Ha! did you overhear from the house, and remained ears erect, head drooping, close at the “We overheard you—at that windoor, rushed in as Jasper burst forth. dow! See, spite of yourself, heaven The two listeners at the open case- lets your innocence be known, and ment now stole round ; there was in that innocence, your sublime selfthe dog, its paw on the old man's sacrifice.” shoulder, trying to attract his notice, “Hush ! you will never betray me, and whining low.
either of you-never! A father turn Tenderly-reverentially, they lift against his son !-horrible !" the poor martyr-evermore cleared Again he seemed on the point of in their eyes from stain, from ques- swooning. In a few moments more, tion;-the dishonouring brand trans- his mind began evidently to wander muted into the hallowing cross! And somewhat; and just as Merle (who, when the old man at length recovered with his urchin-guide, had wandered consciousness, his head was pillowed vainly over the whole town in search on the breast of the spotless, noble of the pedlar, until told that he had preacher; and the decorous English been seen in a by-street, stopped and trader, with instinctive deference for accosted by a tall man in a rough repute and respect for law, was kneel- great-coat, and then hurrying off
, ing by his side, clasping his hand; followed by the stranger)--came back and as Waife glanced down, con- to report his ill success, Hartopp and fusedly wondering, Hartopp exclaim. George had led Waife up stairs into ed, half sobbing, “Forgive me; you his sleeping-room, laid him down on said I should repent if I knew all! his bed, and were standing beside I do repent! I do! Forgive me,I him watching his troubled face, and shall never forgive myself.'
whispering to each other in alarm. "Have I been dreaming? What Waife overheard Hartopp proposing to go in search of medical assist- and in full possession of his reason. ance, and exclaimed piteously, "No, To George's delight, Waife's first that would scare me to death. No words to him then were expressive doctors—no eaves-droppers. Leave of a wish to return to Sophy. "He me to myself-quiet and darkness; had dreamed,” he said, “that he had I shall be well to-morrow."
heard her voice calling
out to him to George drew the curtains round come to her help.” He would not the bed, and Waife caught him by revert to the scene with Jasper. the arm. “You will not let out what George once ventured to touch on you heard, I know ; you understand that reminiscence, but the old man's how little 'I can now care for men's look became so imploring that he dejudgments; but how dreadful it sisted. Nevertheless, it was evident would be to undo all I have done- to the Pastor, that Waife's desire of I to be witness against my Lizzy's return was induced by his belief that child ! I–I! I trust you—dear, dear he had become necessary to Sophy's Mr Morley; make Mr Hartopp sensi- protection. Jasper, whose remorse ble that, if he would not drive me would probably be very short-lived, mad, not a syllable of what he heard had clearly discovered Sophy's resimust go forth—'twould be base in dence, and as clearly Waife, and him."
Waife alone, still retained some hold “Nay!" said Hartopp, whispering over his rugged breast. Perhaps, also through the dark-“Don't fear too, the old man had no longer the me; I will hold my peace, though same dread of encountering Jasper ; 'tis very hard not to tell Williams, at rather,
perhaps, a faint hope
that, least, that you did not take me in. in another meeting, he might more But you shall be obeyed."
availingly soften his son's heart. He They drew away Merle, who was was not only willing, then-he was wondering what the whispered talk eager to depart, and either regained was about, catching a word or two or assumed much of his old cheerfulhere and there, and left the old man ness in settling with his hostess, and not quite to solitude, -Waife's hand, parting with Merle, on whom he forcin quitting George's grasp, dropped ed his latest savings, and the tasteful on the dog's head.
contents of his panier. Then he took Hartopp went back to his daugh- aside George, and whispered in his ter's home in a state of great excite- ear, “A very honest, kind-hearted ment, drinking more wine than usual man, sir; can you deliver him from at dinner, talking more magisterially the Planets
!--they bring him into than he had ever been known to talk, sad trouble. Is there no opening for railing quite misanthropically against a cobbler at Humberston ? the world ; observing, that Williams George nodded, and went back to had become insufferably overbearing, Merle, who was wiping his eyes with and should be pensioned off: in short, his coat-sleeve. “My good friend,” casting the whole family into the said the scholar,“ do me two favours, greatest perplexity to guess what had besides the greater one you have come to the mild man. Merle found already bestowed in conducting me himself a lodging, and cast a horary back to a revered friend. First, let scheme as to what would happen to me buy of you the contents of that Waife and himself for the next three basket; I have children, amongst months, and found all the aspects whom I would divide them as beirso perversely contradictory, that he looms; next, as we were travelling owned he was no wiser as to the hither, you told me that, in your future than he was before the scheme younger days, ere you took to a craft was cast. George Morley remained which does not seem to have prosperin the Cottage, stealing up, from time ed, you were brought up to country to time, to Waife's room, but not pursuits, and knew all about cows fatiguing him with talk. Before mid- and sheep, their cure and their malanight the old man slept, but his slum- dies. Well, I have a few acres of ber was much perturbed, as if by glebe-land on my own hands, not fearful dreams. However, he rose enough for a bailiff-too much for early, very weak, but free froin fever, my gardener-and a pretty cottage, which once belonged to a school- simply; "I see you won't let me master, but we have built him a stand in my own light. And what larger one; it is now vacant, and at Gentleman Waife says as to the vulyour service. Come and take all gar, is uncommon true.” trouble of land and stock off my This matter settled, and Merle's hands; we shall not quarrel about future secured in a way that his stars, the salary. But, hark-ye, my friend or his version of their language, had --on one proviso--give up the Crys- not foretold to him, George and Waife tal, and leave the Stars to mind their walked on to the station, Merle folown business."
lowing with the Parson's small carPlease your Reverence," said pet-bag, and Sir Isaac charged with Merle, who, at the earlier part of Waife's bundle. They had not gone the address, had evinced the most many yards before they met Hartopp, grateful emotion, but who, at the who was indeed on his way to Prosproviso which closed it, jerked him- pect Row. He was vexed at learning self up, dignified and displeased- Waife was about to leave so abruptly; " Please your Reverence, no! Kit he had set his heart on coaxing him Merle is not so unnatral as to swop to return to Gatesboro' with himself away his Significator at Birth for à astounding Williams and Mrs H., mess of porritch! There was that and proclaiming to Market Place and forrin chap, Gally-Leo-he stuck to High Street, that, in deeming Mr the stars, or the sun, which is the Chapman a good and a great man same thing--and the stars stuck by disguised, he, Josiah Hartopp, had him, and brought him honour and not been taken in. He consoled himglory, though the Parsons war dead self a little for Waife's refusal of this agin him. He had Malefics in his kind invitation and unexpected deNinth House, which belongs to Par-parture, by walking proudly beside sons."
him to the station, finding it throng"Can't the matter be compromised, ed with passengers---some of them dear Mr George ?” said Waife per- great burgesses of Ouzelford – in suasively. "Suppose Merle promises whose presence he kept bowing his to keep his crystal and astrological head to Waife with every word he schemes to himself, or at least only uttered; and, calling the guard—who talk of them to you ;-they can't was no stranger to his own name and hurt you, I should think, sir And importance-he told him pompously science is a sacred thing, Merle ; and to be particularly attentive to that the Chaldees, who were the great elderly gentleman, and see that he star-gazers, never degraded them- and his companion had a carriage to selves by showing off to the vulgar. themselves all the way, and that Sir Mr George, who is a scholar, will Isaac had a particularly comfortable convince you of that fact."
box. “A very great man,” he said, "Content," said George. "So long with his finger to his lip, "only he as Mr Merle will leave my children will not have it known — just at and servants, and the parish gener- present.” The guard stares, and ally, in happy ignorance of the future, promises all deference - opens the I give him the fullest leave to discuss door of a central first-class carriage his science with myself whenever we ---assures Waife that he and his friend chat together on summer noons or shall not be disturbed by other pasin winter evenings; and perhaps I sengers. The train heaves into movemay
ment-Hartopp runs on by its side "Be converted ?” said Waife, with along the stand-his hat off-kissing a twinkling gleam of the playful his hand ; then, as the convoy shoots Humour which had ever sported under yon dark tunnel, and is lost along his thorny way by the side of to sight, he turns back, and seeing Sorrow.
Merle, says to him, “You know that "I did not mean that,” said the gentleman-the old one ?" Parson, smiling; “ rather the con- Yes, a many year.” trary. What say you, Merle ? Is it “ Ever heard anything against not a bargain ?"
him ?" “Sir-God bless you!" cried Merle, “Yes, once-at Gatesboro.'”
“At Gatesboro' !-ah! and you did
“I envy you,” said Hartopp; and not believe it?”
he went off with a sigh. “Only jist for a moment-transiting."
Jasper Losely in his Element. O young Reader, whosoever thou art, on whom Nature
has bestowed her magnificent gift of physical power with the joys it commands, with the daring that springs from it-on closing this chapter, pause a moment
and think-"What wilt thou do with it?” Shall it be brute-like or God-like? With what advantage for life—its delights or its perils—toils borne with ease, and glories cheap bought-dost thou start at life's onset ? Give thy sinews a Mind that conceives the Heroic, and what noble things thou mayst do ! But value thy sinews for rude Strength alone, and that strength may be turned to thy shame and thy torture. The Wealth of thy life will but tempt to its Waste. Abuse, at first felt not, will poison the uses of Sense. Wild bulls gore and trample their foes. Thou hast Soul! Wilt thou trample and gore it?
Jasper Losely, on quitting his now in that seat of dignity, and, refather, spent his last coins in pay- fusing surlily to yield it at Jasper's ment for his horse's food, and on rude summons, was seized by the fiery drink for himself. In haste he scuff of the neck, and literally hurled mounted-in haste he spurred on to on the table in front, coming down London; not even pence for the toll- with clatter and crash amongst mugs bars. Where he found the gates and glasses. Jasper seated himself open, he dashed through them head- coolly, while the hubbub began to long; where closed, as the night ad- swell—and roared for drink. An old vanced, he forced his horse across the man, who served as drawer to these fields, over hedge and ditch—more cavaliers, went out to obey the order ; than once the animal falling with and when he was gone, those near him-more than once thrown from the door swung across it a heavy bar. the saddle; for, while a most daring, Wrath against the domineering inhe was not a very practised rider ; truder was gathering, and waited but but it was not easy to break bones só the moment to explode. Jasper, strong, and though bruised and dizzy, turning round his bloodshot eyes, saw he continued his fierce way. At Cutts within a few chairs of him, morning his horse was thoroughly seeking to shrink out of sight. exhausted, and at the first village he “ Cutts, come hither,” cried he, reached after sunrise, he left the poor imperiously. beast at an inn, and succeeded in Cutts did not stir. borrowing of the landlord £l on the “ Throw me that cur this way, pawn of the horse thus left as host- you, who sit next him.” age. Resolved to husband this sum, “Don't, don't ; his mad fit is on he performed the rest of his journey him; he will murder me-murder on foot.
He reached London at me, who have helped and saved you night, and went straight to Cutt's all so often. Stand by me." lodging. Cutts was, however, in the “We will," said both his neighclub-room of those dark associates bours, the one groping for his caseagainst whom Losely had been warn- knife, the other for his revolver. ed. Oblivious of his solemn promise to “Do you fear I should lop your Arabella, Jasper startled the revellers ears, dog,” cried Jasper," for shrinkas he stalked into the room, and to- ing from my side with your tail bewards the chair of honour at the far tween your legs? Pooh! I scorn to end of it, on which he had been ac- waste force on a thing so small. customed to lord it over the fell After all, I am glad you left me; groups he treated out of Poole's I did not want you.
You will purse :
biggest and most find your horse at an inn in the redoub Family was vi]]
I will pay for its
hire whenever we meet again. Mean- meddle with your secrets-did not while, find another master–I dis- touch your plunder. I owed you charge you. Mille tonnères ! why nothing. Offal that you are! to me does that weasel-faced snail not bring you owed drink, and meat, and goodme the brandy? By your leave," – fellowship. I gave you mirth, and I and he appropriated to himself the gave you Law; and in return ye brimming glass of his next neighbour. laid a plot amongst you to get rid of Thus refreshed, he glanced round me ;-how, ye white-livered scounthrough the reek of tobacco smoke; drels? Oho! not by those fists, and saw the man he had dislodged, and knives, and bludgeons. All your who, rather amazed than stunned by pigeon breasts clubbed together had his fall, had kept silence on rising, not manhood for that. But to palm and was now ominously interchang- off upon me some dastardly deed of ing muttered words with two of his your own, by snares and scraps of comrades, who were also on their false evidence-false oaths, too, no legs. Jasper turned from him con- doubt-to smuggle me off to the temptuously - with increasing con- hangman. That was your precious tempt in his hard, fierce sneer, noted contrivance. Once again I am here; the lowering frowns on either side but this once only. What for?the Pandemonium ; and it was only why, to laugh at, and spit at, and with an angry flash from his eyes spurn you. And if one man amongst that he marked, on closing his survey, you has in him an ounce of man's the bar dropped across the door, and blood, let him show me the traitors two forms, knife in hand, stationed at who planned that pitiful project, and the threshold.
be they a dozen, they shall carry the “Aha! my jolly companions,” said mark of this hand till their carcasses he then, “you do right to bar the go to the surgeon's scalpel.” door. Prudent families can't settle He ceased. Though each was now their quarrels too snugly amongst hustling the other towards him, and themselves. I am come here on pur- the whole pack of miscreants was clospose to give you all a proper scolding, ing up, like hounds round a wild boar and if some of you don't hang your at bay, the only one who gave audible heads for shame before I have done, tongue was that thin splinter of life you'll die more game than I think called Cutts ! for, whenever you come to the last "Look you, General Jas, it was all Drop !"
a mistake your ever coming here. He rose as he thus spoke, folding You were a fine fellow once, partihis sinewy arms across his wide chest. cularly in the French way of doing Most of the men had risen too-some, business — large prizes and lots of however, remained seated; there row. That don't suit us; we are might be eighteen or twenty, in quiet Englishmen. You brag of beatall. Every eye was fixed on him, ing and bullying the gentlemen who and many a hand was on a deadly admit you amongst them, and of not weapon.
sharing their plans or risks; but that “Scum of the earth !” burst forth sort of thing is quite out of orderJasper, with voice like a roll of no precedent for it. How do we thunder, “I stooped to come amongst know that you are not a spy, or could you—I shared amongst you my not be made one, since you say you money. Was any one of you too owe us nothing, and hold us in such poor to pay up his club fee – to scorn? Truth is, we are all sick of you. buy a draught of Forgetfulness, You say you only come this once : very said, “Brother, take !' Did brawl well, you have spun your yarn-now break out in your jollities — were go. That's all we want; go in peace, knives drawn--a throat in danger and never trouble us again. Gentle--this right hand struck down the men, I move that General Jas be uproar, crushed back the coward expelled this club, and requested to murder. If I did not join in your withdraw." rogueries, it was because they were “I second it,” said the man whom sneaking and pitiful. I came as your Jasper had flung on the table. Patron, not as your Pal; I did not “Those who are in favour of the