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sorrow be ?--she could not bring her. one idea that seemed to excite his rage self to ask him, and yet she would and indignation, he traversed the have been so delighted to have been apartment with great rapidity, and in able to share it with him. But that one of his turns threw down a little

was a happiness she did not dare to vase made of shells, which broke into 45 hope for-and yet she shared it though a thousand pieces.

she did not know what it was. So “Oh, what a pity !” exclaimed when the Count asked her, as he often. Judith, forgetting at that moment the did, “ What is the matter, Judith ?- state of her toilet. have you any grief to vex you ?"-if “ Yes, indeed," echoed the aunt she had dared she would have answered, « it cost five hundred francs at the • Yours!”

least." One day a horrible idea occurred “ Not for that! not for that!” said to her-she muttered to herself, in Judith_but because it came from despair, “ He loves another--yes ! him. yes, he loves another! and yet, if he “ Well, are you ready?" cried does, why does he bring me here ?- Arthur, impatiently, who had not what can be his object? It is from no heard a word of their reflections on love to me-because, if he loved me

the vase. -Judith fixed her eyes on a large « In one moment Aunt, my shawl; mirror, and she certainly looked so now, my gloves." young, so blooming, so beautiful-no

“ And your mantle,” said Arthur, wonder she remained sunk in a reverie. “ you have forgotten it-and you will The door of her boudoir was opened find it cold." quickly ; Arthur walked in-hê had « Oh, no!" an air of trouble and chagrin, such as “ Your hand is burning,” said she had never seen before.

Madame Bonnivet; "you are feverish, “ Judith,” he said, “ dress yourself my child—I don't think you ought to immediately. You shall go with me to the Tuileries."

“I am well-quite well,” said Ju“ Is it possible?"

dith, hurrying on- Let us go-let us “ Yes. The weather is delightful- go: I would not stay at home for all all Paris will be there."

the world.” “ And you will take me there!" The carriage was at the door--they cried Judith, enraptured ; for the got in, and drove down the Boulevardes Count had never walked out with her, -at noon-day-together! And, to or given her his arm in public. complete the happiness of the elated

“ To be sure! I will take you there Judith, she saw two of her compan. before the whole world!—in the great ions in the Rue de la Paix, and bowed avenue," said the Count, hurriedly to them with the gracious condescenwalking about the room • Come sion which extreme happiness proalong, Madame Bonnivet,” he added duces-two principal performers, who quickly to the old aunt, who at that on that occasion were trudging humbly moment came in—" Dress your niece

on foot. as splendidly as you can; and above The carriage stopped at the gate of every thing be quick !"

the Rue de Rivoli. Judith took the Madame Bonnivet made prepara- Count's arm, and they promenaded in tions for taking off the morning dress the principal allée. It was a fête day that Judith wore; but she blushed, and all the rank and fashion of Paris made a sign that Arthur was still in had assembled the crowd was imthe room.

“ Tush, tush !” said the aunt- are In a moment Arthur and his com. we to be on such ceremony with panion were the objects of universal Monsieur the Count?"-and without observation. They were both so handany more ado she unlaced the gown some it was impossible to avoid reand it tumbled on the floor.

marking them. Every one turned Judith did not know where to look, round to look at them, and ask who or what to do- and was quite oppressed they were. with shame.

“'Tis the young Count Arthur de But, alas ! her modesty was alto. Vgether useless on this occasion. Arthur « Are they married ? never looked near her. Absorbed by Judith trembled at the question with

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a sensation of pleasure-and of pain not doubt the reality--it was signed at the same time, that she could not « The Bishop of " and was in account for.

these terms :“ No, indeed," said a grand-looking - Mademoiselle, You appeared old lady, in a disdainful tone-while publicly yesterday at the Tuileries she caressed a little spaniel in her with my nephew, Count Arthur de arms, and was attended by two foot- V-, and by so doing put the finishmen in superb liveries-- " Monsieur ing-stroke to a scandal, the consethe Count is not married ; my lord, his quences of which are incalculable. uncle, won't hear of it.'

Although, in punishment for the sins • Then who is that beautiful creature of men, God has permitted our an. with him ?_his sister, perhaps ?" cient powers to be diminished, we

O, you wrong him, I assure you, have still enough left to enable us to she is his mistress—an opera girl—at punish your audacity. I therefore least I think I have heard so.

give you notice, that, if you do not Luckily Judith did not hear the old put a stop to any similar scandal, I dowager's remarks; for at that moment have sufficient credit with the Lord the Baron de Blangi, who walked Chamberlain to have you dismissed behind them, said to his brother the from the Opera; if, on the other hand, Chevalier-"'Tis little Judith." you give up my nephew at once and

• What! the girl Arthur is so fond for ever, we offer you (for the motive of?"

will sanctify the means) two thousand “ He has gone mad about her-he louis and the absolution of all your ruins himself.”

sins," &c. &c. &c. “ He is quite right," replied the Judith was at first annihilated on Chevalier Who would not do the perusing that dreadful letter; but she same ?-how beautiful she is !

soon took courage, and, collecting all “ Take care-you'll fall in love her energies, replied in the following with her."

words: " I'm that already. Come, and let - My Lord,- You use me harshly, us see her close."

and yet I can declare before God and o If the crowd will let us."

to you, that I have nothing for which And the crowd that kept following to reproach myself. 'Tis so, I deher went on making remarks of the clare most solemnly; and yet, my lord, same kind, and Arthur heard them. in this there is no merit attributable For the first time he looked at Judith

to me. I owe it entirely to him who as she deserved to be looked at, and has spared and respected me. Yes, was astonished to find her so beauti. my lord, your nephew is innocent of ful. The walk, the company, and, the wrongs you impute to him; and if above all, the consciousness of being to love be criminal in the sight of admired, had given her cheeks and Heaven, it is a crime of which I am eyes an unusual glow; and then she guilty, and in which Arthur is not an was sixteen years old, and loved, and accomplice. fancied, for the first time, that she “ Hear, then, the resolution I have was loved in return; and these are taken. admirable reasons for looking one's “ I shall say to him- what I have best. The sensation created by her never ventured to say to him for my. appearance was immense ; but when self_but for you, my lord, I will take she saw the look of admiration that courage and say to him, " Arthur, do Arthur fixed on her, all her triumph you love me?'— And if, as I believe, sank into insignificance, the praises as I fear, he shall answer, “ No, Juof the crowd were forgotten, and she dith, I do not love you,' then, my went home that day exclaiming - lord, I shall obey you, I shall separate “ What a happy girl I am!”. myself from him, I shall never see

Next morning Judith received two him more ; and I hope, my lord, you letters. The first was a carte blanche will think of me too highly to offer from the Baron de Blangi; she threw it me any thing as a reward, and that into the fire and forgot it in a mo- you will not add degradation to de. ment.

spair. The latter is sufficient for one The second bore a signature which who resolves to die. But if Heaven, Judith read over twice, as she could if my good angel, if the happiness of hardly believe her eyes; but she could my life shall lead him to say, I love

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you, Judith,'-ah! 'tis a sinful thing and misery, which she felt was more I am about to say to you, and you will intolerable than the worst that could most justly pour your maledictions on befall her.

my head; but mark me, my lord, But in the morning the chasseur of - there is no power on earth that shall the Count made his appearance with

binder me from being his-from sacri. an apology from his master, on the ficing every thing to him. I will brave plea of business of the most urgent all, even your indignation ; for, after importance, and with an intimation all, what can you do ?-at most you at the same time that he would come can take my life ; and why should I that night to supper-To supper! he hesitate to die if I could only feel as- who had always taken his leave so sured I have been beloved ?

early. The aunt seemed wonder“ Pardon me, my lord, if this letter fully pleased with the arrangement, should offend you. It is written by a and Judith remained sunk in deep poor girl who is ignorant of the world thought. and of her duty ; but who hopes to At eleven o'clock the most elegant find some mitigation of your anger in little supper that could be procured consideration of that ignorance-the was all ready by the zeal of Madame

openness of her confession-and, above Bonnivet. As to Judith she saw noi all, in the profound respect with which thing—she heard nothing—she ex

she has the honour to remain," &c. pected. She expected! All the facul&c. &c.

ties of her soul were absorbed in that Judith sealed the letter and sent it one idea. But eleven o'clock camewithout consulting with any one upon half past eleven-twelve-and no ArI the subject; and from that moment, thur. The whole night elapsed-he 3 being determined to know her fate, came not-and she expected still ;

she waited impatiently for the next and the next day passed, and the folvisit of the Count. She saw him in lowing days, and yet Arthur came

his box, but he seemed sombre and not. She heard nothing of him-she 3. pre-occupied. He made no sign to saw him no more. What then was

her-he never looked near her. She the meaning of all this? What had was in despair. At last, on the fol. become of him ? lowing night, he made the usual sig. " Gentlemen,” said the little nonal, and Judith now felt certain that tary, interrupting his narration, "the she should see him in the morning, curtain is just rising—After the next and put an end to the state of suspense act.”

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“ GENTLEMEN," said the little no- family in the south. His mother, left tary, when the third act of the Hugue- a widow very young, had no child nots was concluded, “ I suppose you besides, and was poorly provided for ; are anxious to make out what has but she had a brother who was imhappened to our friend young Arthur; mensely rich. This brother, Monand, above all, to discover exactly who seigneur the Abbe de V, was one he is."

of the most influential prelates at the “You should have begun with that,” court of Louis XVIII., and afterwards said I.

at that of Charles X.; and we know “I have a right to arrange my story very well what was the influence of as I choose."

the clergy at that time--an influence 6 And, besides," added the profes- that governed the kingdom, the sovesor, one shouldn't be very critical reign himself, and even the army. on the conduct of a story at the Opera The Abbe de V- was of a cold and -nobody attends to it.”

haughty disposition, selfish and see “ A very lucky ng for the au- vere, but an excellent relation not. thors of the words," said the little no- withstanding; for he was ambitious for tary, with a bow to me; and, satis- himself and for every one that be. fied with his hit, he went on with his longed to him. He charged himself account.

with his nephew's education, introCount Arthur de V. is descended duced him at court, and procured the from a very ancient and distinguished restoration to his sister of some por

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tion of the property that had been tried to force him against his will. confiscated during the emigration. But this was not so easy a matter as The mother died, blessing the name might be supposed. Whether it arose of her brother, and enjoining her son from Arthur's natural disposition or to be obedient in all things to his from his education, he had a fund of uncle. Arthur, who adored his mo- moral feeling that prevented him from ther, swore obedience to her injunc. being a libertine; and Arthur took as tions when she was dying ; and it was much pains to make himself a rake as the more easy for him to perform his might have sufficed to make him a vow, from the circumstance that, from bishop. But he had a number of his earliest years, he had always been friends who introduced him to their accustomed to receive his uncle's com- gaieties. The racketing and sprees mands with the most unhesitating of his companions were insipid and submission.

disgusting ; and he turned his atten. Sedate, quiet, and bashful, yet full tion to the ladies of the court as a of courage and generosity, Arthur better means of gaining what he wished. had always had a strong inclination But the ladies of that court avoided for a military life-partly for the the slightest appearance of improuniform and the epaulettes, but prin- priety-not that they extended their cipally, perhaps, because in the palace dislike to any thing beyond the appearof his uncle he saw nothing but gowns ance-and a glaring, unmistakable and cassocks. He ventured one day, impropriety was all that Arthur debut with great shyness, to make his sired. A ray of light broke in upon uncle acquainted with his wishes ; but his despair, when one of his friends the prelate knit his brows, and an. said to him, swered, harshly and decidedly, he had « Take an opera girl for your other views for him.

mistress-every body will know it." The Abbe de V had been ad- “ What! 1°” exclaimed Arthur, vanced to a bishopric, and he hoped flushing with indignation at the first for more. He had a good chance for thought of such a proceeding" I mix the hat of a cardinal; and he was myself up with such a set !" desirous of making his nephew share “ You need have nothing to do in his good fortune, and felt sure of with them. These matters are easily being able to secure him the highest arranged ; the eclât of a mistress is all dignities of the Church. In short, the you require. Take one; you may do Church was at that time the surest as you like afterwards, but your point avenue to wealth and power. Arthur will be gained at once.” did not dare openly to resist the ter. « Well, I consent." rible ascendant of his uncle; but he You know already how the matter secretly vowed that he would never be was arranged between Arthur and the a bishop. The King, in the mean aunt. Measures were taken to have time, had been spoken to on the sub- the Bishop informed of the scandal. ject, and had expressed his warmest He took no notice. He was told that approbation. Arthur was to enter the every night his nephew's carriage was seminary in a few months as a matter stationed in the Rue de Provence; and of form, to take orders, and go through Arthur hoped every day for a blow-up the lower offices to the highest dige with his benefactor, when he had revities of his new profession as rapidly solved to throw all the blame on an as possible. He remembered the pro. uncontrollable passion which rendered mise he had given his mother, and, him unworthy of the sacred office, and besides, every body would have ac- he could by no means account for his cused him of ingratitude if he ran uncle's sang froid and placid forbeardirectly counter to the wishes of his It was the calm that precedes unele; and as he therefore did not the storm. dare to oppose his designs at once, he One morning his lordship said to endeavoured to find out some method him, “ The King has been displeased of forcing the Bishop to resign them with you for some time; I know not of his own accord. He could think of wherefore." no better means to effect his purpose “I guess the reason," replied the than some good dashing scandal, that nephew. might render him unworthy of the är I have no wish to know it, sir. venerable profession into which they His Majesty has deigned to overlook

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it, but insists on your entering the irritation into which he had worked seminary within two days."

himself, he revenged himself for the "I? uncle!--imp"

Revolution of July on his unfortunate “ They are the King's orders, and nephew. Arthur, still weak from his your objections must be made to him, wounds, arrived in Paris; and it is not to me," said the prelate haughtily, here that I become connected with and turned away.

the story, (said the notary, somewhat “Arthur, almost out of his senses elevating his voice.) The Count came with rage, hurried off to Judith-took to me about the succession-I had her to the Tuileries--paraded her as long been his notary, and that of his his mistress before all the world, on family-we proceeded first to break the very evening before he was to the seals. I will not trouble you with start for the seminary. This time it professional details; but in taking an was impossible to pretend ignorance inventory of all the papers deposited of so very glaring a scandal, or to in his lordship’s escritoire, a letter think of forcing the hero of it into the struck my eye, with the signature Church—at any rate for a long time. * Judith, danseuse a l'Opera.' The The Bishop wrote the letter I have letter of an opera dancer in the desk

repeated to you to Judith, and the of a bishop !--I would have destroyed "King sent an order to the Count to it out of respect to the church; but

leave Paris within twenty-four hours. Arthur had already got hold of it,

It was impossible to disobey. Luckily and from the emotion it produced, I * he was acquainted with one of the fancied for a moment-Heaven forgive

sons of M. de Bourmont, and went off me for the thought !—that the uncle on the following night with the expe- and nephew had been rivals unknown dition to Algiers.

to each other. “Since the choice of the place of “ Poor girl, poor girl!” exclaimed my exile," he said, “ is left to me, I Arthur, “ what nobleness ! what gen.

shall choose one where glory is to be erosity! what a treasure I possessed ! Es gained.”

-There, there!” he said to me,“ read He went off at night with the ut. that ;" and when I came to the sen. most secrecy, for all his motions were tence-" If to love be criminal in the * watched; and, if they had suspected his sight of Heaven, it is a crime of which

destination, he was afraid they would I am guilty, and in which Arthur is have hindered his departure. He not an accomplice": wrote a few lines to Judith, to tell her "'Tis true!"exclaimed Arthur, who he was to be absent only a few days; had tears glistening in his eyes—“She but that note, insignificant as it was, loved me with all her soul, and I never was intercepted, and never reached perceived it, and never thought of her. The Bishop had great interest loving her—and she was sixteen years with the police. "A week afterwards old! and pure and beautiful! for you Arthur was at sea. On the twentieth have no idea, M. Baraton, how beauday he disembarked in Africa, was tiful she is--the most beautiful woman

one of the first at the storming of the in Paris.“ & fort, and was wounded at the side of 66 I have no manner of doubt of it,"

his gallant friend, young Bourmont, "I replied; "but if you please we will who was killed at the moment of vic- go on with the inventory.". tory. Arthur was for a long time in " As you please"-and he condanger. For two months his life was tinued to read fragments of the letter despaired of; and when he reco- aloud. -- If Heaven, if my good an. vered, his fortune, his hopes, and those gel, if the happiness of my life shall of his uncle, had all disappeared, in lead him to say, I love you, Judiththree days, with the monarchy of ah! 'tis a sinful thing I am about to

say to you, and you will most justly The Bishop could not bear up against pour your maledictions on my head; such a disaster ; ill, and suffering in but mark me, my lord, there is no mind and body, he was unable to follow power on earth that shall hinder me the exiled court as he desired. Disap- from being his—from sacrificing every pointment and vexation inflamed his thing to him!” blood; a dangerous fever was pro

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