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and daughter mingled their cries, and wept, | my information, to proceed, not with the in pity more for each other than for them- | wing of fancy, but with the plume of plain selves ; but their agony was drowned by | matter-of-fact. In short, then, Captain the roar of the flood, and the crowd at the S- used every means in his power to ferry were too much absorbed in their own win the love of Yamma. He corresponded views, and too distant had it been other with her through the medium of fakiers, or wise, to afford them aid.
religious mendicants, and fortune-tellers. At this awful moment Captain S He loved her to distraction; be offered to was galloping from the fort; and, hoping marry her; for S— had a soul too noble that he should be in time to cross the to ruin the object of his adoration. She rocks, he made directly for the course of listened to the magic of his addresses; she the hackery, saw the life-struggle of the forgot all the customs of her tribe; she men, beard the piercing cry for help by the afforded her lover opportunities of seeing women, and plunged in to their assistance. I her: he visited her in the disguise of a His horse was a strong, docile Arab, and Hindoo astrologer, and she agreed to leave Captain S—, being exceedingly fond of | father and mother and follow him for life. field sports, had accustomed him to swim Unfortunately they were discovered, and rivers, and even the lower part of this ferry, so promptly followed by three stout and though a quarter of a mile wide. The well-armed Parsees, that S was nearly horse, therefore, swam as directed to the killed in an unequal contest to preserve his hackery, and Captain S— having perfect || prize; and poor Yamma was returned to confidence in his strength and steadiness, || her enraged and disgraced family. placed the daughter, who was as light as the reader may conceive her terror and a fairy, before him, and with the mother confusion-how she protested her purity clinging behind, gained the shore in safety, | and innocence—how she was disbelieved while the hackery and bullocks were swept and upbraided-how S— stormed and away by the force of the tide. The terror raved-how he offered her family every reof the animals preventing their effectual paration that an honourable man could struggle, destroyed them; for, a moment make, and how they spurned his terms after the perilous escape of the ladies, the with contempt and indignation. hackery was upset, and the bullocks were He cannot, however, so easily picture drowned.
what followed; for he may not have beMany battles and dangers require a lon- | lieved or known that such scenes occur in ger time in description than in action. It the world. Well, I must briefly describe was just so in this case. Short, however, it-No-I cannot dwell upon it I will as the time had been, a crowd was gather- hurry over it, merely sketching the outline, ing, and not only the ladies, but all tongues and turning with horror even from my own were loud in thanking Captain S faint colours. for his gallant conduct. Meanwhile, he The heads of the tribe were assembled, gazed on Yamma with wonder, and she on and an oath of secresy having been taken, him with grateful surprise. Many of the the fair Yamma was introduced arrayed as Parsees have fair complexions, and Yam- | a bride, and decorated as the daughter of ma's was transparently so: indeed she the rich jeweller, Limgee Dorabjee. After looked, though pale with fright, and drip-certain ceremonies, her mother and grandping with brine, so much like Venus rising mother approached her, where she sat like from ocean's bed, that S-pronounced || a beautiful statue, and presenting a poisonher in his own mind the loveliest of crea-ed bowl and a dagger, said, in a firm tonetion. He galloped to the fort, procured |“ Take your choice." “ Farewell, mother! palankeens, and saw the fair Parsees con- Farewell, father! Farewell, world !” reveyed home in safety.
plied the heroic Parsee daughter, taking I wish, for Captain S's sake- I wish the deadly cup; “ fate ordained that this for the sake of a happy termination to my || should be Yamma's marriage”-and she story—that his acquaintance with Yamma | drained its contents ! Her leaden eyes had here terminated; but I am impelled, were watched till they closed in death: she by the laws of history, and the nature of I was then stripped, arrayed as a corpse, and
conveyed to the receptacle of the dead, as | Away went horse and rider--far behind I have described.
ran the groom. He heard the hoof thunder When Sheard that Yamma was on the ground and his master's voice gone, and suspected that she had been urging his spirited steed towards the foammurdered, according to the customs of the ing surf-then a loud explosion as of breakParsees, the noble fabric of his brain gave | ing billows—and on gaining the sea-shore way, and reason fell from her throne. he saw a black point on the stormy surface
My horse! my horse !” cried her_and as of the ocean, but he never saw the brave he patted his war neck, the scise saw thes-- and his Arab more. fire of his tear-starred eye and trembled.
TAKEN FROM LIFE.
“ Imagination fondly stoops, to trace
passed them without taking off his hat, or My grandfather was a farmer in Derby- | stopping to drop a curtsy. shire who cultivated an estate, consisting My grandfather was a ruddy, handsome of a hundred acres, which had descended to | young man, of greater polish than his him from his ancestors. The village in neighbours; for he had been to London, which he dwelt was a compact one, com and, on Sundays, wore a cravat, the ends posed of four streets which ran out from a of which were fringed, and hanging on his centre, and in this centre was a square breast : in a word, he“ at church and at cross, formed of large rude stones; the market was reckoned a beau.” At market, second story being laid within the first, || he met with a beautiful young woman, and the third terminating in a single block. whom he loved, wobed, married, and con
The population of the village included ducted to the paternal mansion. It is true several farmers, inferior to my grandfather ; || it was still occupied by his father and a parish clerk, who cobbled shoes six days mother, and two unmarried sisters : but in the week, said Amen on Sundays, || these formed no obstacle; it was the cusand taught children to read and write in tom of the village for fathers and mothers the church in the evenings; and an old to retain their station; for where could schoolmistress, who was an excellent | they go ? the land which had hitherto supsempstress. Besides these, were those || ported them must sustain them still, and necessary appendages to a village, a public- the sons must wait their turn to be master. house and a shop; the former of which My grandmother was cordially received sold ale only; the latter eatables, wearing || by the parents of her husband, and she apparel, hardware, and drugs for men and proved a great acquisition to the family, cattle. Labourers, with their families, || for her prudence, industry, and good tem, made up the remainder of the inhabitants
per were equal to her beauty. Though of the village. At a small distance from it the daughter of a farmer, she had had the were a 'squire and a rector; but, though || advantage of a good education ; for, living their habitations were near, they and their only a mile distant from the county town, families were at an immeasurable distance she had there learned to read and write at from the villagers; none of whom ever one school ; to embroider muslin, and work
silken strawberries on canvas purses at occupations of men-servants and maid-ser-, another; and to raise fabrics and make vants, pigeons and cheese, wheat, malt, flourishes in pastry at a third : yet, with and apples. all these attainments, she made no innova My grandmother added a handsome tion, suggested no improvement, in the parlour to the family mansion, with a house of her husband's family; but per- handsome chamber over it, and placed formed her share of the domestic duties in beds in both; in the former for the accomthe precise way they had been performed modation of her husband and herself; in by his mother. Indeed, her discretion was the latter for that of a guest. For the such, that though she wore a muslin head, first time, in that house, beds had four and laced pinners, on a Sunday, she never posts, and were wholly surrounded by curcarried her head above her neighbours ; | tains. These, which were of woollen, with and though her 'manteau was of the finest the blankets, bed-linen, and ticken, were faradine, she never looked down on their | spun on domestic wheels, and the feathers camblet.
were furnished by home-bred geese. NoI must not omit a circumstance in which thing, for family use, was imported that the information of my grandmother shewed the productions of the farm, aided by itself superior to that of the family with household labour, could supply. Bread which she was incorporated. All had was made from the wheat of the land, malt heard of tea—as who had not? but none from the barley, cheese and butter from had seen it. In the absence of my grand the cows; poultry and eggs were taken mother, a pound of tea, a present from a || from the farm-yard, and hogs from the friend, arrived from London. The daugh- || stye. Wine was unknown, and tea was ters were impatient to taste it; the mother not to be found. Rich cake was always in said, “ I know nothing about it, I cannot the house, and this, with mead made from cook it; let it be till Sarah comes home.” the honey of the hives, or a posset milked The curiosity of the daughters, however, under the cow, was given to visitors. was not to be repressed ; they slily took a Clothing was derived from the same handful, which they boiled in a kettle, and, source as provisions. The linen of the after draining the water from it, they but- | family was supplied by the flax of the tered and ate it; at the same time de- farm, the outer garments by the fleeces of claring to each other that tea was the the flocks, and all was spun at home. worst stuff they had ever tasted in their Hats and shoes, cravats, caps, and handlives. My grandmother, at her return, set kerchiefs alone were purchased. I must all right by discarding the tea-leaves, in-not, however, for the honour of my family, stead of the water in which they had been | forget to mention, that my three aunts, boiled, and filling the porringers of the when grown up, were the first in the vilfamily with the bitter decoction, ameliorat- || lage to wear gowns of printed linen. Beed with sugar and cream.
fore this time, their gowns of fine scarlet In process of time death carried off the stuff of their own spinning, and their black father and mother, and husbands carried || velvet hoods, had produced a great sensaoff the daughters. My grandmother, now tion among the daughters of the other sole mistress of the mansion, began to turn | farmers; but when the linen gowns, with her thoughts towards its improvement. | large stripes of blue flowers, appeared at The house was composed of wood and || church, they created general envy and plaster, and covered with thatch. It con- | astonishment. Even the 'squire's lady tained five rooms on the ground-floor, || viewed them with some displeasure, as she ranged along the farm-yard like a rank of stood up in her pew; and afterwards said, soldiers; the left-hand man next to the as her maid, Mrs. Busy, told my aunt “town street,” and from the right ran an Mary, she wondered what farmers' daughexcrescence called the buttery. Stairs || ters would come to. there were, which led to chambers above; Time rolled on till my grandmother was but some were ill lighted; others quite left a widow, my three aunts were married, dark; and all were open to the beams and and my two uncles settled on farms at the thatch. These were in the several some distance; each child having received
a portion of one hundred pounds, and a been expected from the silver button-holes, large stock of homespun linen; the family | my mother began her improvements. She estate being reserved clear for my father. I took the scanty curtains, of thick and This was the time for him to marry; but ancient woollen, from her own bed, conthe young woman of his choice made some verted them into carpets, and supplied scruples to enter a house in which she their place with curtains of blue-and-white should not be mistress. My grandmother striped linen, spun by her own hand. She gave way to this unusual instance of fasti- || had a recess in the house formed into a diousness, and exchanged the dominion, closet, in which she placed her tea china, which should have lasted for life, for an her silver cream jug, and her plates and annual pittance which would not have dishes of earthenware.
My father, how. maintained her in a lodging. Happily, her ever, set his face manfully against the daughter-in-law gave her no cause for re earthen plates, so far as they regarded himmoval or repentance.
self, and it was many years before he could MY MOTHER.
be persuaded to part with his trencher. My father brought his bride home on his A heavy oaken arm-chair, which was mare and his pillion; and she was found probably coeval with the mansion, and had, to be a neat little woman, in a dark blue for the same length of time, claimed the camblet habit of her own spinning, with chimney-corner as its right, was deprived vellum button-holes, covered with silver of its dignity by my mother, and placed thread. My father, on this momentous behind the door, to make way for an upoccasion, wore a suit of broad-cloth, and start couch called a squab. My mother the first pair of boots which had entered always liked to be like other people ; and it the family.
happened that the wife of a farmer in the Mistress though my mother was, and village, whose estate consisted of only fouralso mistress of some refinement, her pro score acres, had lately got a squab in her ceedings were regulated by due respect for chimney-corner; a squab was, therefore, the feelings of my grandmother. In what declared by my mother to be indispensable. was called “the house,” that is the spa- | I cannot help suspecting, however, that in ciouš room in which the family lived || addition to the necessity of being like other throughout the day, my mother left the people, my mother had a secret motive; dresser with drawers, and the rows of pew- for she had, in her maiden days, formed a ter, from the dish which held the sirloin || magnificent piece of patchwork, composed to the plates from which it was eaten, that of stars and circles of silk and velvet, shone above it. She left the four-legged which exactly covered the cushion and oaken table, from which the servants dined | bolster of the squab. My grandmother in the presence of their master and mis- | did not see the removal of the chair, in tress; each continuing to eat his broth || which her father-in-law and her husband from a wooden noggin, or little pail, and had dozed away their latter days, without cutting his meat on a wooden trencher, some concern; but she was too wise to with a clasp knife taken from his pocket. | complain ; and she was somewhat comfortThis table never moved from the wall, and ed to see that the langsettle, an ancient attached to it were some buffets, or high || oaken seat, with high back and solid arms, oaken stools, which were drawn from and capable of accommodating three perunder it, for the servants' seats at meal sons, was permitted to retain its station in times, and shoved under it when the meal the family apartment. was ended. My grandmother left in the Though tea, with all its appendages, was place it had occupied for ages, an oaken | formally introduced, it made no part of the table far more ponderous, which moved | family aliment, but was provided for visionly, with the pewter plates and dishes, at tors. Posset was forgotten, and mead was Christmas and the wake, when all the col-discarded for wine, which, with the rich lateral branches of the family assembled in cake, was served at the entrance of the the family mansion.
guests; a bottle of port, and one of mounHaving made these concessions, which, | tain, being always kept in the house for perhaps, were full as great as could have this purpose.
The spinning-wheel was not laid aside, and every woman cheesecake and cowslip but it did not move with its former activity. | wine. I did not, however, quite like the It supplied the house with bed and table-looks of my sister-in-law, who was frelinen, and my father, to the day of his quently troubled with head-aches; and, at death, refused to wear a shirt of bought such times, she would sit silent, leaning cloth, even at church ; but silk and cotton, her head on her hands, during several in great variety, were seen on the persons hours. At length I lost my beloved and of my mother and her daughters; and respectable mother, and circumstances, homespun woollen was not worn by my | over which I had no control, prevented father, or his sons.
me from visiting my native village for some After the death of my grandmother, the years. buttery was called the dairy, and the ad
MY SISTER-IN-LAW. joining room, which had been appropriated As soon as it was in my power, I went to washing, brewing, baking, and auxiliary || ipto Derbyshire. Ah ! said I to myself, cooking, at good times, by a fire of sticks as I approached the village, there is the on the hearth, was denominated the kit- | church in which reposes the dust of my chen, and made the domicile of the ser ancestors ! Under that roof lie all that vants. The oaken chair underwent a far- | remains of my father, my mother, and a ther exile, and was sent hither; its last long line of progenitors to me unknown. remove towards the fire. My father did | There, not far distant, in its park, inclosed not altogether like to see his ploughman by pales, is the hall, which once appeared in the seat of his ancestors; but it being to me as the summit of architectural the custom of our family, from time im- | grandeur. Its inmates were, in my apprememorial, for the husbands to let their hension, a race of superior beings; and wives do what they pleased, he did not now, by one of the common turns of foroppose it.
tune, how nearly do we approximate ! In due time, I and my sisters married, How the people I pass bow to my carriage and my two younger brothers took wives | as to theirs ! As I advanced, here, said and farms in the neighbourhood; my | I, is the old sign of the coach and horses, father giving each of us a portion of five the symbol of the landlord's former pro- . hundred pounds. He died soon after, fession, when he lived with the 'squire, having been severely injured by a fall from and the invitation hung out to the tipplers his horse. My brother did not wait long and newsmongers of the village. And before he married a young woman to whom there is the cross, the summer resort of be bad been some time attached: but my the aged and the idle, and the rendezvous mother did not see the expediency of giving of the young and active, when the labour up the farm to a son, on his marriage, of the day, and the athletic sports which which she had seen when she married her- succeeded it, were ended. self; she therefore kept the reins in her The village seemed nearly in the state own hand. This was greatly to the morti- || in which I had left it, till, on turning a fication of my sister-in-law, who had even | corner, I saw that a bow-window had hesitated some days before she consented || sprung from the dwelling of my fathers, to marry my brother ; but her fortune and the sober grey paling, which divided being small, and her person not very at the farm-yard from the town street," tractive, she thought it prudent not to had become a bright red. carry her scruples too far.
The sound of the carriage brought out Every year I visited the paternal man- | my brother, who received me affectionsion, and was cordially welcomed by my || ately. His wife, who was standing in the mother and brother. No alteration ap- || passage, in slatternly attire, thought only peared; for the most powerful of all rea- of apologizing for her dress. As I prosons—that none could be made without || ceeded along the passage, “ Ah !” said I, my mother's consent. The same hospi- || looking on my right, “there are the welltality prevailed : every cousin who came known, and well-remembered kitchen and to visit was offered a bed; every man who dairy, which have sent forth such a proentered the house had ale set before him ; || fusion of good things." Then turning to