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as yet but little affected, and if he came smiling in her turn, “ Adieu, Catherine," again and again for many days in suc- he cried, waving his hand. cession, it was simply because the peasant “ Adieu, monsieur ;" then stopping girl was right when she averred, that the suddenly, and returning to his side, she forest rides were, by far, the most beau- added, with her accustomed graceful tiful to be found in the neighbourhood of naiveté, “but you have never told me Vienna. Thus a whole week passed your name yet.' away, each day of which saw them meet “ My name, he cried, starting and for a few brief minutes; but, as yet, no casting upon her a look of trouble and more intimate relation sprang up between despair ; “ my name,” he repeated, bitthem, unless it were the habit of meeting. terly; and then, after a long and dreadHe had learned nothing more of her, ful pause, “ I have neither name nor than that her name was Catherine, and place.” her father's, Tillman ; and that the con- At this wretched look, this incomprevalescence of this latter was rapidly and hensible reply, the poor girl started back steadily advancing. The least change of with terror, as though she thought him occupation in the young unknown, the mad, yet, with the most touching exmost trifling incident in the life of the pression of tenderness and pity; and he, peasant girl, might have been sufficient seeing the effect of his words, perceiving to break this habit, and leave to both no that even the little happiness, of which more than a vague remembrance, without he might partake, was, at every moment, emotion or regret, had not a word, which in danger of destruction upon the rock might have been sooner uttered, called of his cruel destiny,—he sorrowed for up again one of those abrupt explosions himself, for the grateful habit of forby which their first interviews had been getting his own misery in the converse broken, and which Catherine already per- of this innocent and lovely creature; and, ceived no longer. The day on which it as he slowly rode away, he exclaimed, happened was a Saturday: at his ap- in a despairing voice, “Oh, why did you proach, Catherine ran to meet him, with ask me for my name?” a charming expression of discontent upon Peace was not in his breast as he reher pouting lips.
turned that day to Vienna ; his feelings “Do you know,” said she, that I am were those of one condemned to death, vexed ? they want me to go on a party of just awakened from a dream of life and pleasure to-morrow.'
liberty. With a stern and resolute in“How is that?” asked the young man, tegrity he surveyed the aspect of his prosmiling at the phrase she had employed. bable destiny, and severely condemned
“ Madame Apsberg, you know, she himself for being turned aside even for whom you took for my mother, has in- a moment from the rigid and joyless vited me to the fête at her village, and my course he had marked out; but this confather has given leave that I shall go.” demnation had less reference to the grief
•Well,” replied the youth, still smiling. which he himself endured, than to that
“ Well!” she returned, pettishly, as if which he must cause; for at length his vexed at his want of comprehension; eyes were opened to the real nature of “well ! if I go there to-morrow, how can the relation existing between him and I come here?” To any other heart than the peasant girl. He recalled her every his, these words would have been the look, each word, each movement, and complete avowal of an attachment, of there discovered love, love from which which she who felt it was yet ignorant; he ought to fly; which could end only but to him they conveyed nothing more in despair ; for he felt that it would be than the expression of a pleasure in his a crime to link with his own hopeless society, for which his gratitude was due; destiny, the life of any other human and to shew that it was not withheld, he
He condemned himself; but did more for her than he had ever before he could only pity Catherine. How done for any other, he appointed a time should he act ? Should he return no for their next meeting; saying, with a more, and leave her to expect him, long pleasant kindness,
for his coming, waste the weary hours in “Well, then, it shall be on Monday.” lamenting his neglect ? That would be
“Oh yes, on Monday,” she answered, cruel and ungrateful. Should he meet with an air of gesture and delight; “but her once again, and bid her farewell for early, very early, for I have so much to ever?
This appeared both just and say to you."
easy; pretexts for the discontinuance of “ Yes, early,” he replied, with a cheer- their meetings could be readily assigned, ful smile; and, as she parted from him, and the poor girl would be spared the
misery of hope deferred and every day closed to him the whole extent and power deceived. He felt and acknowledged of her innocent passion; this time he this to be the preferable course, and yet was first at the place of meeting. Cahe determined to adopt the other; for, therine had not reproached him for his in probing the secrets of his own heart, delay, nor did she now thank him for his he began to fear that it would require promptness; subdued and controlled as less of courage to abandon Catherine at she was by the tyranny of a sentiment, of once, than to behold her grief, and sus- whose nature she as yet was ignorant, it tain his resolution through a parting in- never occurred to her that the object terview.
of her love could in any thing have Having thus resolved, he remained at motives and feelings different from her Vienna on the Monday appointed for the own, and she doubted not for a moment meeting, until long after the hour at that his lateness of the day before and which he felt assured that Catherine his early arrival now, were both results would have returned to her father's house; of a similar necessity. For the first time then he mounted his horse, and rode into he had dismounted from his horse, and the forest, certain of being alone at the was walking rapidly along the alley by well-known spot, the memory of which which she came to meet him. At first was henceforth to be for ever graven on she did not recognise him in this new his heart. His progress was so slow that position, and stopped short in her addarkness was around him ere he reached vance; but in a moment her doubts were the corner of the avenue ; yet Catherine put to flight, and she ran to meet him, was there. The moment he appeared in exclaiming, sight, she waved her handkerchief; and “ What are we to do? my father is he, with a mixed feeling of delight and quite well again, and I have no excuse shame at his own weakness, yielding to for coming out to meet you every day; the impulse of the moment, rode swiftly how are we to manage now?" toward the place where she was standing. Should he have replied, “ Alas! we As soon as he was near enough to hear, are to meet no more ?” who would venshe exclaimed aloud,
ture to ascribe to an unvitiated heart of “Oh, how very late you are !” twenty, this cold and miserable reply?
“ Have you been waiting for me?" he who that reads this tale will condemn said.
the weakness of him who had not strength “ Yes, ever since the morning, and and courage so to answer ?
He was I had so many things to say to you; but silent, as if he could not, or dared not now I must go, for my father is expecting propose any mode or time of future inme, and no doubt wondering what has terviews, or perhaps feared even to atbecome of me. But, to-morrow !” tempt it. She too, was silent, but it was
“ To-morrow?” said the young man only that she might the better recall, doubtfully. “ To-morrow? I am afraid ere she proposed to him, all the plans she
had imagined. “Oh,” she cried, interrupting him, “ This is what I have thought,” she “to-morrow I can wait as long as you said: “before my father was taken ill, please ; I will arrange matters on pur- he was in the habit of going out every pose."
night, and never returned till late; within And with these words she darted away the last few days he has resumed this before he had time to speak, even if habit, and now the evening is the only he had possessed the power and the will. time when I am free. Are you too at
The next day he was first at the reno liberty after sunset ?" dezvous. There is in every human event At liberty !" replied the youth, with a fatal moment, in which all is established a thoughtful and melancholy smile; "I or destroyed; if he had not seen Cathe- at liberty !” Then he seemed to shake rine on the preceding day, they would off the reflection that oppressed him, and never have met again; having seen her, added, looking affectionately at Catheit was decreed that they should now meet rine, “I will be at liberty, at least for always : and since he had permitted you.” himself to be led, by the simple witchery “ Well, then," she answered gaily, “ at of this artless girl, although unwittingly, night I can come, after seven o'clock : into the way of love, he was now pre- not here, for the vintagers all pass this pared to move forward in it, of his own way in returning from their work, but a free will, and with the boldest progress. little farther in the wood, at a soliHis heart would not permit him again tary place, where no one ever comes; to inflict upon Catherine that long and walk with me, and I will shew it to weary watching, in which had been dis- you."
THE VICTIM OF A NAME. “ My lord,” the officer began : but the
frown and gesture of the person he adAnd thus speaking, she placed her arm dressed, warned him that the title was within that of her companion, and led unwelcome at the moment; and with him gently forward; while he, yielding the ready quickness of a practised courto her guidance, and smiling on her tier, he resumed, “my lord the archduke with his melancholy eyes, could not help wishes your attendance, sir." exclaiming
A look of haughty and displeased “Ah, Catherine, how good and love- surprise gleamed for a moment in the able
eyes of the unknown; but noticing the He could not have said more, even in eager curiosity with which Catherine giving utterrance to his real thought, and surveyed them both, he checked the telling her at once how much he loved. utterance of what was passing in his They reached the secluded spot; the mind, and answered, cheerfully, “It way to it was described and pointed out; is well, sir ; within the hour I will wait and Catherine made him see how easily upon him, and I thank you for the it could be gained or left without the risk information.” The officer bowed pro. of observation, yet how impossible it was foundly, and rode off at full speed withfor any to approach without being seen out another word. The young man then by them. Then they returned in silence turned to Catherine, who gazed upon to the place where they had met; and him with an aspect of astonishment and there standing by his horse, which he fear, and in a low voice said, “ I thought had fastened to a tree, the young man he said, “my lord,' to you !". saw a mounted officer apparently waiting “ And if he had, you would, of course, his return. The blood rushed into his have been astonished ?” face at sight of this intruder, but the "I do not know; but I am very glad haughty look with which he gazed that it was not you he meant.” upon him, shewed that it was not for " You heard, then, that it was not himself or his own situation that he I?" blushed.
“Oh, yes, certainly; but still you are
a courtier,” she added, retaining the remembered that she had not a name to timid look and tone which had now murmur even in her dreams, to call upon usurped the place of her former undoubt- in her distress; “you are right, and I ing confidence.
must hasten to Vienna, and there learn “ A courtier ? no, not exactly that—" who it is that has betrayed me. Fare
“ An officer of the archduke's suite, is well, Catherine!” and as he moved away it not?” said Catherine, with some- without a parting look, she began to what less embarrassment.
weep, and answered with a sob, “ Adieu “ Yes—something of the kind.” monsieur.”
“But your rank is not very high, is He turned, saw the big drops stealing it? You are not a colonel ? Not a major? down her cheeks, and whispered ten
derly, “ Remember, Catherine, to-mor“ A sub-lieutenant, you would say, perhaps,” said the young man smiling. A bright smile, beaming through
“Oh yes,” she answered cheerfully; tears, was Catherine's only reply; and a sub-lieutenant; I thought it must be she saw him depart, relieved at once by that.”
the hope of the next day's meeting, from And he, easily perceiving why she had the doubts and fears through which she fixed upon this rank for him, that it was had just passed. Not so with the young in the hope of a not too great inequality unknown. He racked his brain in conbetween them, of a parity of station jecturing how or by what perfect system which should not take away from her of espionage he had been traced all possibility of being loved and happy, readily to the rendezvous. The thought he could not undeceive her; and they that his actions should be the subject of were about to part without another word, idle discourse, of the small talk of the when Catherine suddenly exclaimed, courtly circle, it might be of jesting and
“ But how did he know that he would laughter, excited him even to rage ; find you here?”
rather than undergo that, it were better, “ This question struck the young man he thought, to see the maiden no more; with a sudden and painful surprise; he and such would have been his resolve, cast his eyes around with a piercing and had the archduke spoken a word to indiindignant look, and repeated thought- cate that his secret was known. Such fully,
was the feeling with which the young How, indeed, did they know that ?” man entered his presence. “ You surely have not mentioned it to “ My son,” said the archduke, “I any one?” said Catherine, as if gently have sent for you, to give you a piece of chiding him for an indiscretion which she advice.” knew would never be repeated.
“I am here to receive it," was the “ Mentioned it to any one !” he cold and suspicious reply. echoed; “is there any to whom I can “ Listen to me then, and do not susspeak of you or myself?” as if she knew, pect me of wishing either to hurry you or could comprehend the secret of his on to the undertaking ot' measures which existence. Then, he added, “ But have may not have entered into your views, you not yourself spoken of our meet- or to turn you aside from such as you ing?"
have conceived. I speak to you, as with “I!" she said, casting down her eyes, the voice of a navigator who has just “ I have not even told it to my father; completed his voyage, and who makes I should not have owned even to my known his discovery of a hidden and danconfessor, that I see you every day in gerous rock, without knowing whether the forest, if he had not asked me whe- his hearer intends or not to embark.' ther I were not in love with somebody." These words, and the deep emotion
And the poor girl was so frightened with which they were uttered, at once and ashamed, and he so occupied with wrought a change in the feelings of him the single idea which perplexed his mind, to whom they were addressed, and he that neither of them recognised the com- listened, now, with deep and respectful plete avowal of attachment so openly attention. The archduke continuedconveyed in these last words.
“A man sought and obtained an “ But you did not tell him who I am interview with me this morning; as -my name ?” said the young man soon as we were alone, he placed in eagerly.
my hands a written paper, which I read “ Your name?” she answered, sadly, carefully, as he requested; when I had and with downcast eyes ;
your name?" finished, he began, my name is—;' " True, true," was his reply, as he but I allowed him to go no farther, tell.
ing him that I would forget what I had mainder of this and the whole of the read, and had no wish to know who he next day. was. He looked at me for some moments Two days afterward, an interview of in silence, took back his paper, and we nt a totally different character was held away with the simple remark, you are between the baron and that taciturn right; it is to another that I must minister of whom mention was made in address myself.' My son, you are that the early part of this history. Having other."
requested an audience, the baron march“I!” cried the youth, with a look of ed into the great man's presence, and astonishment.
in a whisper, with a look of profound " Yourself. You can, perhaps, guess wisdom, began : what the paper contained. There is Well, my lord !" no permanence in the condition of “ Well, monsieur le baron!” France, and it may be that old, faithful “ Well !” said the baron; “ he went friends
out at seven o'clock last evening, and did An exclamation of wild delight from not return till long after midnight.” the youth interrupted the speaker; Sedate as he was, the minister could proud hopes and lofty thoughts beamed not help laughing outright in the face in his eyes, as he uttered the loud cry of his visiter; and he, fully impressed of “ France! noble, beautiful France!” with the belief that his tale was no less “ It may be, too,” the archduke went than a great secret of state, which might
“that restless intriguers, without in its consequences shake the continent either power or character
to its foundations, seeing it thus received, A second cry, but one full of despair, could not resist for a moment the fear burst from the lips of the young man ;
that the minister's senses were gone, or and the archduke, alarmed and astonish- that he intended to get up a general war, ed in equal degrees at the violence of or perhaps even that he was about to behis rapidly changing emotions, hastened tray his imperial master. The truth to add,
never flashed on his mind; to wit, that “My son, my son, I have said more he himself was a fool, and was treated than I meant; situated as I am, I can as such. But a fool is always a dangergive no opinion; I am utterly power- ous animal; a blockhead kills you by less, except to inform you of facts. accident, rashly handling the gun which When the man left me, I looked from perhaps would remain undischarged in the window, and saw him pass to the the hands of an assassin ; a blundering other side of the court; there he was fool disconcerts oftentimes the deepest met by another man, with whom he laid schemes ; and so it befell with stopped to speak for a few moments; the shrewd minister and the idiot courthat man is a monk of the abbey attier. Kleusterneubourg, a well-known tool of “ Well," said the former, “he went the minister. Your frequent absence out last night, and he will go out again toalarms me; I know not how your time night, and to-morrow, and every day, if is employed; but I thought myself bound he thinks proper.” to tell you what I had seen, and I have If he had stopped here, all would done so, with as little delay as was pos- have been well; but a moment of vanity sible.'
intervened, not unmixed with contempt, “ And I can ask nothing more,” said and he went on : the youth, in a sorrowful tone; "the • Things must take their natural future has but two issues for me, France course; after meetings in daylight, come or the grave; and who can tell whether meetings in darkness; it is the way of the choice will be left to me?"
all love-adventures ; and what is there The old man and the youth whom he alarming in this, especially when the had called his son then parted. But this fair-one is perfectly artless, and tells conversation had driven all thoughts of what passes to her father-confessor, who Catherine from the mind of the latter ; tells all, his turn, to me. Go baron, it continued long to engage his thoughts, you are almost a simpleton to be so and he soon came to the conclusion frightened at nothing. that it had no reference to the events in The courtier expressed his thanks for the forest, but that the messenger of the this confidence by a profound bow, and archduke had found him so readily only withdrew, thinking himself one of the by chance, or by the aid of some casual trusted and favoured few, from whom indications. In these and a thousand nothing was kept secret; and events conflicting ideas, he passed away the re- shewed, in time, how a word in the