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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by
TICKNOR AND FIELDS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Mr. Hosea Biglow to the Editor of the Atlantic Monthly James Russell Lowell
0. W. Holmes
RECENT AMERICAN PUBLICATIONS
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ATLANTIC MONTHLY .
A Magazine of Literature, Art, and Politics.
VOL. XV. — JANUARY, 1865.
ANOTHER SCENE FROM THE DOLLIVER ROMANCE.*
E may now suppose Grandsir Dol-font, — the love-name, whereby, if the
, fast, with a better appetite and sharper hearts, or by which, if it dies, God seems perception of the qualities of his food to have called it away, leaving the sound than he has generally felt of late years, lingering faintly and sweetly through the whether it were due to old Martha's cook- house. In Pansie's case, it may have ery or to the cordial of the night before. been a certain pensiveness which was Little Pansie had also made an end of her sometimes seen under her childish frolbread and milk with entire satisfaction, ic, and so translated itself into French, and afterwards nibbled a crust, greatly (pensée,) her mother having been of enjoying its resistance to her little white Acadian kin; or, quite as probably, it teeth.
alluded merely to the color of her eyes, . How this child came by the odd which, in some lights, were very like the name of Pansie, and whether it was dark petals of a tuft of pansies in the really her baptismal name, I have not Doctor's garden. It might well be, inascertained. More probably it was one deed, on account of the suggested penof those pet appellations that grow out siveness ; for the child's gayety had no of a child's character, or out of some example to sustain it, no sympathy of keen thrill of affection in the parents, other children or grown people, -- and an unsought-for and unconscious felici- her melancholy, had it been so dark a ty, a kind of revelation, teaching them feeling, was but the shadow of the house the true name by which the child's guar- and of the old man. If brighter sundian angel would know it, - a name shine came, she would brighten with it. with playfulness and love in it, that we This morning, surely, as the three comoften observe to supersede, in the prac- panions, Pansie, puss, and Grandsir tice of those who love the child best, the Dolliver, emerged from the shadow of name that they carefully selected, and the house into the small adjoining encaused the clergyman to plaster indeli- closure, they seemed all frolicsome alike. bly on the poor little forehead at the The Doctor, however, was intent over
* See July number, 1864, of this Magazine, for the first chapter of the story. The portion now published was not revised by the author, but is printed from his first draught.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864, by TICKNOR AND FIELDS, in the Clerk's Office
of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts, VOL. XV. - NO. 87.