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certainly more becoming than the mon- our veins. 'We followed" Who," we strosities we remember some years ago. exclaimed, “ can gaze on that dear green The short waists were our utter abomi- silk gown, nor guess what a lovely form nation. Men's buttons took post exactly is enshrouded below it? Who can see on the tip of their shoulder-bones, while that nodding umbrella-looking bonnet, their swallow-tails dangled their immen- nor guess what sparkling eyes and snowy sity of length till they tapered off below teeth and rosy cheeks it maliciously the knees like the tail of an ourang- conceals beneath it?” We saw her step outang. The ladies were equally ridi- into Montgomery's, she stood at the culous. The bend of their figures was counter —"Now, now we shall hear her entirely destroyed; and as to the waist voice, and see her beloved countenance of a very sylph of twenty years of age, again." In an instant we were beside it was in no respect, unless by its supe- her, and, with beating heart and quiverrior breadth, to be distinguished from ing lips, whispered in her ear—“Have any other part of her form. At that you come at last? have you escaped the time the backs of all the ladies in his old dragon, your mother?” Our tongue Majesty's dominions were so precisely clove to our mouth, our eyes glared like the same in appearance, that few men Roman candles, our lips trembled, and could recognize even their wives and the last thing we remember, was the daughters, unless they were gifted by voice of the servant-maid crying,“ John, nature with lameness or a hump. All John, bring some water here, a gentledistinctions of age were lost in the uni- man's in a fit!” It was her mother! versal destitution of shape. Matrons of When we recovered, the vision had forty-five were by no means to be de disappeared; but woful were the consetected; even the mature ages of sixty quences to us.
We had fallen half across and sixty-three, as long as the faces the counter; and after with our dexter were concealed, reaped all the admiration arm demolishing two dozen tumblers, due to twenty and twenty-five. Life six glasses of jelly, and a marriage cake, and admiration were a complete puzzle we had subsided with our left arm among to the most attentive observers. Im- seven-and-thirty cranberry tarts, and possible was it for (Edipus himself to finally got half choked as we sunk with discover whether the object of his praise, our head totally immersed in an enorwho so gracefully walked the whole mously wide-mouthed jar of pickled length of Prince's Street before him, cabbages. This, in more senses than was old enough for his grandmother or one, was the demolition of our suit; young enough for his child. We re- and fervently have we hated short waists, member an odd adventure happening to and watchful mothers, since that meourself. We were at that time poor, morable day. More particularly, as beand then, as at all other times, hand- fore our cheek was healed, which we cut some, good-natured, and obliging, and, among the tumblers, or our three teeth of course, very much admired. This became firm, which we loosened upon admiration, however, we are bound in the counter, our love was married to an candour to allow, was much more warm English dragoon, who, we understand, among the maids than the matrons of is going to stand for a rotten borough our acquaintance, and between us and on the strength of her Ayrshire estate. one of them, who, besides a beautiful Hundreds of similar mistakes, we have face, had an estate in Ayrshire, and no hesitation in believing, rose from the expectations from her uncle,
we confess doubtful waists, the medium anceps, of the admiration was mutual. The mother, maid, wife, and widow. Now, however, who was as watchful as mothers of rich these things are somewhat better madaughters always are, did not seem quite naged. Now that nature is left comto approve of our approaches; of which paratively to herself, it is impossible for we had a gentle hint one day, when she any one to walk towards you, creating requested our absence from her house, wonder and fear from the ghastliness and begged to have the pleasure of a and wrinkles of her face, and, as you discontinuanceof our acquaintance. Wa- turn round to wonder who has passter thrown on fame makes it only burn ed, to walk away from you, creating the stronger, and a little opposition is love and admiration from the beauty the soul of love. We corresponded and gracefulness of her back. For blessings on the black-eyed waiting- the sameness of the colours in general maid! and agreed one day to meet. We use, we are still, no doubt, much to went, and walking before us, we saw a blame. But greatly as we approve of figure which set our blood dancing in an independent exertion of each indivi
dual's taste in the selection and combin- with their own taste than their daughters' ing of her hues and shades, horrible and appearances. We called, when we were truly abominable is the search after sin- last in Suffolk, on an old friend of ours, gularity which actuates some of the ladies whom we had not seen for many years. whom we have lately seen. Low-bosom- He was an humorist in his way, and ed gowns are happily not in vogue; but was blessed with the most complete crewherefore, because every thing is not dulity, mixed with the least quantity of revealed, should every thing be totally shrewdness, of any matter-of-fact incovered up and hidden? Have we not dividual we ever knew. Old Simon's seen ladies with their necks entirely and reception of us was kind, his invitation closely buckled round in a thick stuff to stay with him was pressing, and we stomacher, and looking as starched and stayed. The room in which we saw him stiff as a half-pay lieutenant, whose mili- was remarkably well furnished; but the tary surtout is always (except on Mon- sun was shining bright-it was the middays, when his shirt is clean) buttoned dle of summer-and the whole apartment tightly over his black leather stock, for was one blaze of light. The curtains of the double purpose of shewing his chest, the windows were of the most dazzling and saving the necessity of a waistcoat? yellow—the carpet was yellow, with here Haven't we known some of them, be- and there a blue spot on it—the walls
ornaments which were useless were yellow—the grate was yellow—the were voted ungenteel, get quit even of chairs and sofas all of the same huetheir watches, sell them for the benefit and all the pictures round the room of Bible Societies, and enrol themselves were enshrined in bright yellow frames. members of clubs for the making of shirts Our old friend himself, from the reflection and flannel drawers for the poor and of the colour, was as yellow in the face destitute ? “Oh, save," as Mr. Bowles as a jaundiced man, or a new brass butsays in his beautiful, and in many places ton; and our eyes began to be affected sublime
by gazing on the same changeless, un. “ Oh, save us from the tract-mad Miss, snuff, and a yellow box containing Lun
We asked him for a
mitigated tint. Who trots to every Bible club and prates dyfoot was immediately put into our Of this awakening minister and that, hands. We drew from our pocket a She sat under !"
handkerchief, which unfortunately was A slavish adherence to custom is very of the fated hue. bad, but an absolute running counter to
“ Beautiful handkerchief !” exclaimed it is equally so. A dress which is in our friend; “such a very lovely colour, accordance with the age, complexion, Pray, sir, let me see. Ay, real Bandana; and situation of any one, can never be and such a bright glowing yellow!" wondered at as out of the way, nor “ Yes,” we replied, resolving to play laughed at as not being in the fashion, a little on the simplicity of our friend; If people go to condole with an acquaint-“it is a good handkerchief; and it is ance on the death of her husband, which sometimes right to run a little risk, happened the last week, it would perhaps though a silk of any other shade would not be quite correct to do so on their do just as well, and not be at all danway to a ball, with spangles glistening gerous.” over their gowns, and silver laurel leaves “ Dangerous ! risk !” exclaimed our shining on their foreheads. But per- yellow friend, with a slight tinge of blue haps as bad as this would it be, to go spreading over his features—“What can to an assembly dressed in the sable you be talking of? Yellow is the very suits of woe,” to waltz with a widow's best colour of them all. My gig is yel. veil upon their heads, or jump through low-my carriage is yellow_I keep no a reel with weepers on their sleeves. birds but canaries—and what do you Dresses ought to be adapted also to the talk about risks and dangers for ?” occupation the wearer intends to pursue. “ Then you haven't heard the disHow ridiculous a gentleman would ap- covery made by the German metaphysipear if he dug in his garden with white cians, that our thoughts take the colour kid gloves on his hands, and dancing of what is presented to the senses ? shoes on his feet! How absurd a lady Yellow is a most dangerous colourwould seem, mending her husband's yellow thoughts make people misers, worsted stockings, dressed all the time pickpockets, and murderers.” in her ball-room finery! But enough “God have mercy upon us all ! if of this. Fathers have odd fancies, and that's the case; for I'm sure my thoughts dress their family more in accordance must be yellow, beyond the power of
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man to change them. My wife's thoughts mediately explained ; and the ladies, must be as yellow as this sofa. And, who seemed accustomed to Simon's abMary, poor dear yellow-thoughted Mary! surdities, were easily satisfied of his what shall I do to dye them ?".
mistake; more especially as he promised “ Give them a slight infusion,” we them dresses of the colours they themsaid, as solemnly as possible, “of blue selves should prefer; and we saw the damask furniture ; and let Mary be pretty Mary, before our departure, in a feasted on a green silk pelisse.”
gown of the purest white, a deep blue “ Ah now," said our friend, “I know ribbon round the waist, with white silk you're only joking.-Curse metaphysics! stockings and black shoes; which, to the I never could understand a word of them young, the simple, and the unaffected, is in my life. Feast on a green-silk pelisse! the handsomest and most interesting dress Ha, ha! I'll tell Mary what a supper they can possibly put on. you propose.”
Blackwood's Magazine, December. “ No, sir-serious as a judge—even in the time we have been here, we feel
LOVE AND GOLD. as if ill with the yellow fever.” Fever !” cried Simon, wofully alarm
THE FALSE MEDIUM," ETC. ed; “is it infectious ? How pale you look! Shall I ring the bell, sir ? Mary, HOWEVER the moral passions are above Mary, do leave the room; the yellow the animal, as those which exalt human fever is raging here already; and all from nature are above those which lower it these confounded yellow curtains! The by meanness or depravity, both, when gentleman has swallowed a sofa-cover! urged to their utmost, are, nevertheless, -How do you feel now, sir?”
equal in the uncompromising violence “ A few yards, properly applied, of a of their results. dark green crumb-cloth would be very A young Flemish gentleman, having advantageous. A black coal-scuttle lived in voluntary seclusion the greater would also be a great relief.”
part of his life, in company with his faWe looked at Mary as we said this, ther, who had been banished for some and saw a very pretty little girl of seven- political quarrel in which he had engaged, teen or eighteen, dressed all in the ever- returned, on the death of this father, to lasting colour-yellow from top to toe, his native town, which was in her very hair being slightly golden, and Shortly after his arrival, he fell in love her sandals of yellow silk. Her mother with the daughter of a merchant in also came in, and was closely followed very reduced circumstances. He, being by servant in yellow livery. All seemed a youth of strong feeling and honorable fixed in the utmost astonishment. We sentiments and conduct, soon won upon ourself sat quietly on the sofa, after the sensibility of the young girl, and having bowed to the ladies; while Simon their affection became mutual and inwent on with a string of questions and
The father, however, refused his exclamations, which were totally unin- consent to their marriage, because of telligible to them; and ended at last with their mediocrity of means, since the a denunciation of his favourite furniture, youth had but little property, and he which seemed to give great satisfaction himself had not wherewith to give his to his wife and daughter.
daughter the least fortune. “ We were remarking to Mr. Yellow- said he to the young gentleman, “ employ ly, when you came in, madam,” we said what money you have in business, and, to the lady, in our usual bland and in- if you follow my directions and expesinuating manner, “that we thought this rience, you may, with assiduity, possess, room would be somewhat improved by in a few years, sufficient for an affluent the addition of some furniture of a dif- support; and I shall then no longer deny ferent colour, and he seems now to agree my daughter.” with us in opinion.”—“God bless me!” This advice was as good as it was uncried Simon, stopping short in his walk wise. It was the most proper thing to _“I understood you to say you had recommend, and the least likely to be been infected by the furniture with the done. The youth was of an ardent tem-, yellow fever; that the fever had made perament, and had passed his life in soyou mad, and you wished to swallow a litude, with his sensibilities and passions crumb-cloth, and sup on the coal-scuttle. yearning for an object. This he had Mary was to eat a green pelisse, and you, now found, and, having means to live, my dear, were to be treated with an in- did not care to wait tedious years for fusion of a chest of drawers." We im- the chance of doing so affluently. He
6 But go," had found his long desired object of prospect of quickly gaining all his deentire sympathy, and this he was deter- sires, and revelling in his low appetites; mined not to forego for a question of and after wandering about the fields a worldly possessions, wherein no man whole day, in a state of feverish absorpliving is happy, or justified, we had almost tion, now mounting a hill, then climbadded; for “there are secrets in all trades,” ing a tree, so as continually to take a which is only a conventional palliative view of the merchant's garden, he refor chicaneries.
paired at night-fall to the spot that Lest, however, he should lose the contained his heartfelt gold, determined young lady's society, the youth agreed to possess himself of it at any risk. to her father's propositions. He consi- The labourer had scarcely descended dered the old gentleman's postponement into the cave when the young man came of the ceremony as involving a respon- to keep his appointment. Finding the sibility for the consequences. Meantime, trap-door open, he descended also. It they were much together, and their affec- was quite dark, but hearing something tion being excessive, the young man move, he demanded who was there? frequently besought her, in the tenderest Receiving no answer, he repeated the manner, and with the most earnest en- question in an authoritative voice. treaties, to grant him a private meeting “ One who will defend his cause,” in the garden after night-fall. But she, said the labourer, setting his teeth, “be fearing
detection, could never be prevailed you man or devil :” for he thought that upon; till one day, walking pensively either the one or the other had come to through a remote bower, she accidentally seize the gold. discovered the entrance to a cave, the “ For what purpose do you come existence of which she had never before here?” demanded the youth. suspected; and, having communicated “ The same that you come for," rethe circumstance to her lover, he so re. plied the other with a sardonic laugh. doubled his entreaties, that she would At this the youth's jealousy took meet him there alone the next night, fire, and he asked fiercely, “ By what that, overcome by his ardour and her right ?" own feelings, she at length gave her “ By right of previous conquest,” said
the labourer, “ by my own will—by good It so happened, that a labourer, who luck—or any other right you please.” had been for some time at work in the At these insulting words the youth adjacent fields, came into the garden to closed with him, and endeavoured to get some fruit, on the morning of the thrust him out of the cave; but the laday on which the lovers were to hold bourer was the stronger, and could not their appointment. The trap-door of be moved. the cave having been opened by the Panting for breath, the young man young girl the preceding day, it had went to the entrance of the cave, fol. disturbed the earth surrounding it, so lowed by the labourer, who watched that the man presently discovered the every movement. Seeing by the rising entrance, and descended, In groping stars that it was the exact time of apabout he stumbled over something, and, pointment with his love, whom he moupon examination, he found it to be a mentarily expected, he addressed the large earthenware jar, full of gold, other in these words: “ Infamous and which the father of the merchant had rude defamer, think not thy gross falsiplaced there in his last illness, and, be- ties obtain the least credence from me; ing a perfect specimen of the miser, he but since you will not come out from the had died without breathing a syllable of cave, so neither will I go forth without
you, but will drag down the trap-door, At this moment a sound of voices and enclose both for ever !" alarmed the labourer, and quickly as- The labourer's will was too much incending and replacing the trap-door, he volved to give up the point; but seeing escaped out of the garden.
the youth in such a state of excitement, Now this man, who had been bred in he now began to think that this might obscurity, and surrounded with indi- be the rightful owner of the gold, and gence all his life, was by nature of an he brought himself to concede so far as ambitious disposition. He was sensual, to say, « I will not give up the hope, envious, and dissatisfied accordingly. He ay, and opportunity, of possessing what longed for power, that he might abuse my soul holds too dear to relinquish exit; and for money, as the means of de- cept with life: na'theless, if you will praved indulgence. He now saw consent to share the treasure
At this monstrous insult, as he un- ness of the grave of another of the few derstood it, to the delicacy and sincerity bright stars which yet remained to us. of his love, the youth seized the trap- We have it not in our power to offer door, crying out furiously, “Wilt thou any detailed biographical notice of Mr. come forth "
Coleridge. That he was born at Bristol, The labourer paused. “ What! " educated at Christ's Hospital, studied at muttered he to himself, “to be a beggar Jesus College, Cambridge, and accomagain, or work in the field?” Then, panied the late Sir Alexander Ball to raising his voice, he answered sternly, Malta as secretary, are facts which are “No, I will not come forth-so let death already public. His tour to Germany, put us to what use he thinks fit, for I'll (accomplished through the liberality of sweat i'the sun no more !”
the Messrs. Wedgewoods,)
his resiHe had not concluded, when the youth dence at Nether Stowey and at the dragged down the trap-door, and tearing Lakes—his marriage, and the birth of out the handle of the spring, they were
his children-his labours in the Friend, both buried alive.
the Watchman, and the Morning PostThe young lady was unable to keep his residence, during the latter years of her appointment with her lover, being his life at Highgate-are things so well intercepted on her way by her father, known to the greater number of our who, in part, guessed her intention. readers, that they call for no particular After secluding her for a few days, he mention on this occasion. His life was sent her to a convent in France, to one of precarious fortunes-the conse“get over” her girlish attachment, where quences of those singularities of character, she fell into a consumption, and died in temperament, and habits, which grew less than a twelvemonth.
out of his original and peculiar genius. It is always wrong to thwart a sincere Those who have read his · Biographia and intense affection from any worldly Literaria,' will not forget his account of or secondary causes whatever.' The re- his journey to solicit subscriptions for sult is always tragic or miserable: and his Watchman_nor his extraordinary what father or mother will admit that harangue against periodical literature, in this is their intention? But it ever
the house of one for whose patronage he
was then soliciting. It was a type of Many years afterwards, the cave was the man-a sure token that, in the hard broken into by accident when the moule business of life, its strivings, and its dered remains of two men were found amassings, he could not be successful. lying at the remote extremity, with their Another anecdote of him, no less chabones grappled together in decay. racteristic, may not be so generally
It is thus shewn how a low passion known. We have reason to believe, that may equal a fine one in its last results, during the earlier period of his life he provided it have equal concentration of enlisted as a common soldier in the drapurpose, and strength of animal will goons; of course he did not remain long to support it. And thus do all men in the service; perhaps his then democraof strong passions, however unworthy, tical principles made his officers willing feel equal with the highest; the object to get rid of him-perhaps (which is a in such case, being secondary to the sen- fact) because he could not be taught to sation of identity. It is this which pre- ride. vents those who are mean of soul from The news of his death came upon us railing at the meanness of their creation: at the very moment when a complete and herein is supreme wisdom shewn in edition of his poems (on which his fame men's varied characters, that require not will rest) was calling for some few remonotonous similarity, as necessary to marks on our part, which we had purtheir individual satisfaction.
posely delayed, in the earnestness of our R.H.H. desire to do justice to the subject. These
last tidings have invested them with a saCOLERIDGE.
credness which would make any critical
anatomy of their beauties and defects un[We snatch the following sketch from seemly and irreverent at the present mo
the Athenæum, believing that, slight ment. Yet it may not be amiss to point as it is, it cannot fail to interest our out their three-fold nature—as works of readers.]
passionate and exalted meditation (witWe have this week to record the de- ness his Sunrise in the Valley of Chaparture of another mighty spirit from mouni,'his. Lines on an Autumnal Evenamong us—the quenching in the dark- ing,' his “ Religious Musings,'his • Ode to
turns out so.