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smiling prospect is seen from the upper windows of the kind not to despise at once those persons in the middle house, well-fed cattle abound in the yard, and numerous ranks of life who may chance to be torn from their signs of rural industry are scattered every where around. station, and placed for a few hours in their company,

My journey hither the day before yesterday was even though they do conduct themselves tediously and delightful, and still more so the conversation I had awkwardly. At home, and among their own affairs, with my friends on my arrival, accompanied as it was they are probably active and intelligent, conversational, with the prospect of a week's unrestrained enjoyment and pleasing; while, in a new order of things, they beneath their hospitable roof. But, as the farmer would know as little how to conduct themselves as rightly says,

" thistles spring up among the finest would the most accomplished courtier if he were sudwheat;" so from one rosy week I must subtract five denly transported from a German castle into the palace thorny hours, and these I am about to describe to you. of the Emperor of China. Some such thoughts as these

Yesterday morning the secretary of the prince called passed confusedly through my head as I stood before upon my friend, to speak with him, in the name of his these two gentlemen ; but my thoughts did not help to master, concerning the measurement of some land. restore my composure, for I judged, perhaps unjustly, When that business was concluded, the polite gentle that they were not likely to bear this in mind. Their man turned to me, addressed me by name, (for he had coolness and my warmth, their composure and my already heard of me and my village,) and inquired if agitation, formed so striking a contrast, that I became he had the honour of speaking to the author of the more and more silent and disheartened. Twice did I moral tales and the work on education. “ The prince attempt to collect my scattered thoughts, but failed. knows you, and has more than once mentioned you in All that I said, even that which I uttered with warmth, terms of admiration,” said he, in reply to my affirma- appeared to me constrained and empty, pointless and tive answer to his question; and then, after many fat, because it was accompanied with the feeling of friendly assurances, he departed.

internal restraint; and so I lost all self-satisfaction, Directly after dinner I received a short note from without which a man can seldom contribute to the him, stating that he had told the prince of my being satisfaction of others. here, that his royal highness expressed a wish to make “Probably you admire beautiful prospects," said one my acquaintance, and if I would be at the castle by of the two gentlemen, opening a window for me, and three o'clock, the sentinel would conduct me to his (the then turning away with indifference. With such a secretary's) room, and he would introduce me to the prospect before me, if I had only been left to myself prince. There was not much more than an hour left for a single quarter of an hour, or, still better, had had for me to dress, and to think over the part which I had you, my dear friend, by my side, I should have recoto perform. I felt very anxious to support my literary vered my senses, and have been myself again. The character with dignity, and at the same time to con- prospect was too beautiful to leave me unmoved. verse with the freedom and familiarity of a private Within the graceful curve of the distant horizon were gentleman. That the prince would speak of my writ- included several towns, and many hamlets, with the ings was certain. I therefore thought over a number territories peculiar to each. On one side were richly of important subjects, from which I drilled a whole wooded hills; on the other, wide-spread pasture lands; regiment of ideas, which I proposed to pass in review and directly beneath me was the castle garden, tastebefore the prince as an entertainment worthy of the fully and scientifically adorned, near which the broad kind attention he had showed me. My toilet was river peacefully glided along, creeping artistically round finished before my ideas were satisfactorily arranged, a little wood, and finally, in one magnificent sweep, and I set out more sleek, well brushed, and whitely encircling the town. Then the numerous houses which powdered, than I had been for a long time, while the so prettily dotted the landscape awakened a yet stronger farmer's eldest son, who accompanied me to the castle, sympathy within me, while the incessant changes in the could scarcely keep up with my rapid strides.

degree of light which illumined it excited a slight feelWhen we arrived at the castle gate, the friendly boy ing of pensiveness. Whilst one side of the landscape left me, and I received a somewhat energetic challenge was glowing in the bright sunshine, the thick clouds of from the sentinel as to who I was and what I wanted. evening clothed the other side in obscurity; so that I requested to be conducted to the secretary. Unim- between the two resulted a most beautiful play of light portant as this interruption was, yet it made me pain and shade. fully conscious that I was out of my proper sphere, in Full of inexpressible emotion, I turned my gaze into which, being known to every one, I could come and go the room. The two gentlemen were standing near the without being questioned. On this account I felt less door, conversing about the bas-reliefs which adorned it. at ease with the secretary, and more at a loss for words It did not occur to me that those who were in the than I was in the forenoon. The man sat buried in daily habit of seeing this prospect were not likely to papers, and hastily told me to follow him into an fall into raptures at its beauty; but the excitement I adjoining room, where I should find two distinguished was in, and perhaps also a secret wish to show by my gentlemen, whom he named to me, and with whom I conversation that I really was a man of some feeling, should pass my time most agreeably until the prince I drew from me a speech, which I felt almost before I had was ready to speak with me, which would be before the uttered it to be inflated and cold. "Truly," exclaimed concert, in about an hour's time. With this he sprang I, “when such a glorious landscape does not seize the hastily before me, opened the door of the apartment, imagination and captivate the senses, man must be and closed it with equal haste when I had entered. The destitute of mind or of feeling, and as such worthy of magnificence of the walls and the ceiling, the multitude pity !" One of the gentlemen looked up at me oddly, of ornaments, and the splendour of the furniture, bewil. with eyes full of curiosity, waiting to hear something dered me, so that I could observe nothing quietly; more, equally extravagant; the other laughed; and I while the torrent of words which the two gentlemen stood rebuffed and terrified, like a child who has just poured forth, one after the other, and sometimes both broken a glass. “That was stupid," thought I, and I together, upon me, exposed me between two fires of felt as if I would say as much. I stammered out somepoliteness, which I could return only by a mute and thing by way of limitation to my sweeping condemnasomewhat bashful succession of bows. To add to my tion, which, as far as I can remember, did not much perplexity, I had entirely forgotten their long, and, to mend it; and I now felt so thoroughly abashed, that I my ears, most unfamiliar tities; and fearing to offend did not even look again upon the rich landscape, by addressing a cold Sir to each of them, I became whereby, as it afterwards occurred to me, the gentlemen more and more embarrassed and helpless.

must have thought that my sentimentality had very Oh, that all those who move in high and splendid soon evaporated. stations had enough of charity and knowledge of man- Nevertheless, they gave themselves some trouble to


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make the conversation general: they asked me about regiment of ideas which I had so industriously, but so
this one and that one, and, what must have been quite vainly drilled, was of no use to me. I had supposed
indifferent to them, about my station, my place of that the prince would of course say something about
abode, my acquaintance, &c. My replies were very my book on education: I was therefore prepared to
unready, and but little to the purpose. At one time I add to his remarks a statement of my own experience
so far forgot myself as to speak of one of my neigh- as to the necessity of making better provision for the
bour's affairs with as much zeal and particularity as if education of the poor, by the further distribution and
the man had been their cousin. I then remembered general improved management of schools. But it was
that I was getting too discursive, and directly after my too bad-he did not honour my education book with
talk was, on the other hand, too restrained. In short, one word, but merely asked whether I was not soon
every moment I was forgetting the position I was in; going to bring out something new. I now fell into the
my mind led me from the company of strangers into same error as I had committed with my former com-
that of old acquaintance-from the castle to my own panions. I was either too discursive or too abrupt. I
village. To maintain a discourse was therefore impos- gave as minute a detail of my negotiations with my
sible. " These gentlemen were not made for me !" publisher, as if the prince had been a bookseller. I
thought I; but now I see how unjust I was, for it then bethought myself that such details were not
might also have occurred to them, “The man was not decorous, and began to talk about my unpublished
made for us !" and if they did think so, they thought work in as familiar a manner as if the prince himself
right. Our intercourse now became monosyllabic, and had fairly copied the manuscript from my hand.
it was evidently kept up only to prevent yawning. One My unsuitable expressions, my familiar address, my
of them stood before a picture; the other walked incoherent remarks, all that escaped from my lips only
slowly up and down, with his hands folded behind him, served to constrain me more and more. I glowed as if
or pulled now and then at his neckcloth, or adjusted I stood before a furnace, and compressed my toes
his shirt-frill; while I, with inward misgiving, looked until they ached. My increasing perplexity and the
towards the sky, which was becoming more and more distress of my situation were more and more apparent
clouded, and longed to be again at Kronow's cottage. to the good-natured prince-his questions therefore be-

When we fail to make acquaintance with a man by came more simple and considerate, while the throbbing
attempting to exchange thoughts and feelings, we may of my heart and the earnest desire for deliverance from
often succeed by means of a pinch of snuff. So seemed this scene increased every moment.
to think the walking gentleman, for he suddenly At this juncture the secretary suddenly entered,
stopped and held out his snuff-box to me. I declined approached his highness, and said something to him,
with a bow. “But it is very unseemly in me,” thought of which I only understood the words, "just arrived.”
I, “to slight his kind offer," so lifted up my hand to The prince made me a very friendly bow, and hastened
take a pinch. He had withdrawn the box, but politely away accompanied by the secretary. There stood I
held it out again. My hand was already lowered, and alone. I uttered a deep-drawn sigh, wiped the per-
I gave a second declining bow, but, as before, extended spiration from my forehead, and began inwardly to
my hand a second time to take a pinch at the very lament my awkwardness. But why did I not then
moment that he withdrew his. He tried it again, and think as I now do, that after a few days all this would
80 did I, but the attempt failed; and there arose afford me amusement rather than vexation? That
between us a most extraordinary seesawing of hands- which causes a man pain and displeasure can often be
a suitable image of our whole interview, in which igno- looked back to as a subject for laughter. But I could
rance on the one side to give was met by equal igno- not think so then ; indeed, something within me
rance on the other side to take.

seemed to whisper, that my adventures were not at an In truth, I did not succeed in taking; for, during end. Alone and undecided, I looked round the large our attempts, the door suddenly opened, and a servant room, which echoed my footsteps, and knew not which entered to conduct me to the prince. I felt like a way or where to go. I remembered the secretary to young man who is just going to deliver his maiden have told me, that directly after my interview with the speech. I followed the servant through several rooms prince I might go into the concert-room, where I might and balls, my heart beating violently; but, at the same expect a great treat. But where, in this huge wide time, I was collecting all my resolution to be calm, in castle, was I to look for the concert-room ? order that my presence of mind might control my feel. 1 crept away on tip-toe, as if treading upon forbidden ings. And, perhaps, all might yet have gone well, for ground, and went whither chance conducted me. I the noble yet kind expression of the prince's counte- passed through many rooms which I had not yet seen nance filled me at once with confidence and esteem, -entered many corridors which led I knew not whither: had it not been that, on entering his highness's apart- at one time I walked forwards then turned back ment, the highly polished floor caused my foot to slip, again--cruised about hither and thither-tried all four and I nearly fell down. “Take care,” said he kindly, points of the compass-paused to consider, and became “ the floor is slippery." And here unfortunately my quite convinced that I had lost my way. Then I resolution not to express what was uppermost in my impatiently began my wanderings over again, and tried mind gave way.

Please your highness," said I, “it all the paths I had already given up as hopeless, until, is indeed slippery at court.” “That may be,” returned without knowing it, I got into another wing of the he,“ but it is not my fault: I have not made it so castle ; but when I discovered it, it did not help me. smooth.” This answer, which made me feel how in. I had already knocked gently at many a door and tried decorous my remark had been, threw me at once into many a handle-many a door had I opened in vain, the condition of a confused orator, and made me as dull when at length I gently put my head into a room, and awkward in this room as I had been in the other. where my head was of all things the lcast expected.

You have written some excellent books," began the Two ladies' maids, as they appeared to be, stood busily prince anew.

occupied in adorning themselves. They both fled to Yes !" said I.

one corner of the apartment, and I drew back equally The prince smiled.

startled, while one of the pair, a gaily dressed creature “I am stupid already the beginning," thought I- with roguish black eyes, sent after me an unrestrained I felt that I only meant that I had written some books volley of laughter. -- not that they were excellent. Awkward, very This was the first time that I had been openly laughed awkward is it, to hear a remark to which you must give at, and I retreated from it more quickly than a rogue both yes and no in the same answer. All my self- before a police officer. In the hope of escaping at last possession was gone-it was of no avail to attempt to from this labyrinth, I hastily entered a ehamber through recover myself-I must remain a passive sufferer. The an open door, and thence into another chamber, and


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here my progress was stayed, for it led no further. I But twice, as the prince seemed to be looking some stood in the midst of a bed-room, in which was an what steadily towards the place where I sat, it occurred unmade bed and abundance of litter. My superlative to me that his highness was offended at my behaviour. ideas of the refinement and splendour of every thing in Without considering that the prince was most probably this castle were somewhat corrected by the ordinary thinking on far more important affairs, or if he thought appearance of this room. • Was I not a fool,” thought on my strange behaviour at all, his easy politeness would I, to entertain such undue veneration for every thing readily forgive it, I reviewed the whole of my conduct, here, and thus to behave so timidly? Am I not here and could not conceive how I had come to be so excessamong men who go to bed and sleep-get up again and ively awkward. “Oh, that I could now recall the time wash, in no better state than 1; and some of whom use that is past !" thought I, "I should succeed better." much dirtier linen ?"

Greatly did I lament that I had lost so many favourable Whilst I was making these observations, the occupier opportunities; the encomium of one might have been met of the room suddenly entered, and seeing a stranger with such and such an ingenious return; to the remark there, started, and with a mistrustful and angry look, of another, I might have given this or that appropriate asked, “What are you doing in my room ?".

reply; on more than one occasion I could have put in I answered with a bow, “I am only looking for the this or that witty repartee; and had I been ready concert-room."

enough to seize my opportunities, there was really no “The concert-room, why that is in the other wing ! reason why my well-selected, nicely arranged stock of No, sir! that excuse won't do."

ideas should have been so utterly destroyed. I was I explained to him as well as I could, or rather as occupied with these gloomy reflections, through which, confusedly as possible, who I was and how I had lost however, the prospect of a pleasant evening's chat, and my way My dress, my respectable appearance, and supper with Kronow, came like a ray of light : I was my white leathern gloves, which I still wore, seemed at also more or less attentive to the sound of the music, length to pacify him, and with a little less threatening and afterwards to that of the rain, which was more in air he pointed out the way I was to take. Confused at unison with my farmer's wishes than with mine. All the awkwardness of the adventure, I left his room this occupation brought me to eight o'clock, and to the without feeling able to profit by his directions. This end of the concert. Everybody left the room, and advice, which was to keep the little ball-room on my whither everybody went, I followed slowly. Unforturight, and then to go by the blue room on the left, was nately the busy secretary was nowhere to be met with; not of much use to a poor lost fellow, who was so little else he would probably have taken care of me. The used to these things as not to know where the little greater portion of the audience dispersed to different ball room or the blue room might chance to be situated. parts of the castle ; the rest hastened away with rustling " It is just the same," thought I, “ in the castle as in the umbrellas in different directions, without taking any street-men have not sufficient perspicacity to give notice of me, until I found myself standing alone, and plain directions to a stranger.” I was even going to be undecided, within the principal entrance of the castle. angry about it, but it occurred to me that on the sub- “Who knows how long the rain may last? Hasten, ject of perspicacity I had not much that day to boast that thou may'st fall into the arms of hospitality, for of. For my consolation I now caught sight of the thy soul yearneth for condoling friends, and thy body secretary. He took me readily under his guidance, for meat and drink !" With this I fixed my hat securely began to chat in the most friendly manner, and at on my head, buttoned up my coat, made a sally, and length brought me to a door, at which I remembered Iran (in a style that, perhaps, had not been seen in the had already stood twice hesitating.

castle square for many a day) in the direction of the Yes ! yes !” said he, when I told him so ; "a man lodge. often misses the right way by over-carefulness about Was it this unusual, scandalous running, or was it it;" and so he conducted me into the concert-room. that the very worst luck accompanied me to the last? I

Here I began to breathe freely, under the hope that know not. Just before I had reached the lodge, an enjoyment would supersede perplexity. But the grati- enormous dog started up, sprang at me, placed his paws fication of my ears was not likely to allay my thirst, on my breast, and bellowed and howled in my face with and my parched tongue began to remind me, that it the voice of a lion. “Help! murder ! help !” bawled I, would be pleasant to drink first and listen afterwards as loudly as a man with sound lungs could bawl. The "Only think that in such a splendid castle no one porter roared with laughter. this both consoled and should offer me a cup of coffee !” mused I. “How vexed me, but I implored his assistance. “ Augh--the refreshing would it be, especially with such milk as the dog don't bite !" drawled he. “Help! help !" roared farmer's cows yield—such as my kind hostess brings 1. At length I was released, trembling in every limb. to me in the honeysuckle bower !” During these I took off my hat, partly in gratitude and partly in cogitations, I noticed a general stir among those about | displeasure, and hastened forward without looking on me. Suddenly the prince, the princess, and some one side or the other, as if I was fleeing from the dog. members of the royal family appeared. I stepped a “Oh! it is a wearisome life at court,” thought I; "and little forward, as I thought it my duty, to make a bow I am a poor dull simpleton who knows not how to dito the prince, but in my awkwardness I had well-nigh rect or help himself: I really think I am no longer the run over him. “Does the man want any thing?" said same man!" In the midst of such thoughts, I found some of the attendants softly, yet so that I could hear it. that I had lost the way which the farmer's son had I looked around me as if I had just awakened out of a shown me, and saw to my great astonishment that I was dream. The people laughed and I returned, I knew not in the midst of a lonely place bounded by a few poor how, back again to my seat. “That was superlatively huts. stupid ?" thought I, rubbing my forehead full of I hastened to the nearest hut to ask my way; but anguish that I should again be such a bungler.

the scene which suddenly met my eyes kept me back. * Does the man want anything ?" seemed to ring in Before a handsomely dressed youth, stood an elderly my ears: but the really excellent music now began : woman with clasped hands, her face directed upwards, all eyes were turned, not on me, as I had feared, but on and her eyes overflowing with tears. “You make me the performers. The stillness and breathless attention mourn less for the loss of my good son who supported of the audience were contrasted by the lively expressions me,” sobbed she. “May God bless you for what you of delight in the vicinity of the conductor. These, with do for me! but, dear, noble sir are you not indeed robthe splendid decorations of the hall, diverted my atten- bing yourself?' You have no parents, and your place tion, and helped to soothe my mind, and made me forget at court must cost you much." this last blunder sooner than I had done my former Never fear, good mother," answered the young man. mishaps.

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can be spared from my superfluities; I make no use of medy all that had gone wrong with his vassals during strong drinks, continued he, “so that the money which the absence of their lord, his sincere piety-all had preis allowed me for wine, I can spend how I like.” possessed her mind in his favour, and she had more

“God reward you, and our good prince also, for sup- than once caught herself wishing that she were in her porting a poor woman like me !” My eyes were wet original station, and wondering whether they would with tears, and I felt that I was myself again.

then have met, or if he would have remarked her if “ It is well for me,” thought I, “that I have been to they bad. She tried to check these thoughts as vain court. The court is not to be blamed because I am and idlo, but they grew upon her, and his kindness in unacquainted with its fashion and its state ; there are helping her with the pitcher, which for the first time good men at court : there are good men every where— brought her close to him, and allowed her to see his they only differ in appearance according to the station features clearly, added to the uneasiness, which she did in which they move. In my own station, I think, I not suspect was love, though she found herself really behave tolerably well; I am now the man that I was, unhappy in the reflection that her menial station comand thankful am I that I have recovered my position." pletely separated them, and that she could have no

In the meanwhile the young man had left the hut, hope of exchanging it for another. She remembered, and having heard my request, politely offered to accom- too, that, though nobly born, her father's rank was pany me. His friendly, intelligent, conversation made hardly equal to that of the young count; and besides the road appear very short, and before I was aware of she thought with pain how different his life and repuit, and almost before I wished it, he pointed out Kronow's tation had been from those which first drew her attenbeloved farm-yard. I pressed warmly the hand of the tion to Count Henry, and that, even should he ever noble youth when he left me. I longed to embrace him, know her name, he would probably hear it only with and stood gazing after him till he was out of sight. abhorrence. All these reflections proved to her how

My peaceful shelter was glowing in the soft rays of hopeless was the dawning affection she sometimes feared the sun, then setting amid the clouds of evening. A she felt, and she struggled against it till she hoped it beautiful rainbow adorned the sky, one limb of which was conquered; but the pain she felt at the arrival of seemed to rest upon the farm-house. A graceful boy the decree from Rome, by which the count was released now hastened towards me shouting, “Quick! quick ! from his vows, and free to seek a wife, opened her eyes. supper is ready!" My host, waiting for me at the en- Rumour, she knew, had been premature in the first trance to the farm-yard, grasped my hand firmly, and announcement, though there was no doubt of the diswelcomed me with a look full of kindness. The cattle pensation being ultimately granted; but now she inight were lying about the house ruminating-greedy ducks any day see him the husband of another. She almost were crowding round a trough-and a shagsy dog came made up her mind to leave the castle, and see if she wagging his tail and whining a welcome. Within the could find an asylum in some convent, as a lay sister, porch I was met by the blooming wife of my friend, but unconsciously she deferred it from day to day. At a smiling infant in her arms: “Welcome! welcome !" length the whole castle was in a bustle, preparing for a said she, "from the court to a rustic meal. Come in, grand ball, which the young count had determined to it is all ready."

give, to return the civilities of his neighbours. The Joyfully did I enter the room. A large dish full of day fixed for it arrived,-Maud had much to do, and white asparagus was sending forth a pleasant steam-an not a little to bear, for in addition to her own heavy inviting salmon displayed its bright red flesh-a tin, heart, the old housckeeper had been so much worried full of roast pigeons, was hissing on the wood ashes, that she was crosser than usual. However, when the and a flask of wine was sparkling on the table. I forgot dinner was over, she told Maud that she could now all my vexations, and two hours afterwards slept away spare her for a couple of hours, and she might go up all remembrance of them; and now I am, as always, a stairs and look at the dancers. A sudden thought friend with all the world and you.

struck the poor girl-she ran to her room, seized her musk ball, which she had almost forgotten, half unscrewed it, and wished for a splendid dress. Instantly

she heard a rustling of silks, and a magnificent white THE NYMPH OF THE FOUNTAIN.'

brocade, embroidered with rose-buds and violets, lay beside her, with all ornaments to correspond, and

shoes, stockings—all she could need to appear in the After some weeks of bustle in repairs and prepara her godmother, and hastened to wash the stains from

ball-room. She uttered an exclamation of gratitude to tions, the new lord arrived, and a succession of feast- her skin-and, thanks perhaps in part to fairy power, ings and gaieties began; not such, however, as to prevent his giving the minutest attention to the wants herself completely, and put her peasant's cloak round

she found its whiteness unimpaired. She then dressed of his vassals and dependants, and diligently fulfilling her, that she might reach the ball-room unobserved, in all the duties of a feudal lord.

which she succeeded. Leaving her cloak behind a It was several weeks before Maud saw him except at a distance, but one evening he was crossing a court pillar in the ante-room, she entered the great hall, yard alone, on his return from hunting, when she was

where all the rank and beauty of the district were astrying to lift a heavy pitcher of water to her head. The sembled. She heard a buzz of wondering admirationcount saw she could not manage it, and took hold of it

, every body asked every one else who she could be—and

soon the count came to her, greeting her as an honoured as she supposed, to raise it for her; but he carried it across the yard, and only put it on her head when she guest, and begged to know who it was that so graced

his festival. Maud intimated that, for the present, she was close to the door she was taking it to. As he turned away, he excused his condescension to his own

wished to remain unknown, and as this whim was not mind by telling himself that no knight could see a

without precedent in those days, the count politely woman so overloaded, and not help her-though the acquiesced, and led her to the upper end of the hall

, thought crossed his mind that it was a pity she was

where his step-mother, the Countess Hildegard, his such an ugly, crooked thing. Maud's thoughts were

father's widow, was doing the honours of the castle.

The old countess, who was noted for her pride, received very different; all she had heard from the old housekeeper of his ehildhood and youth, all the steward and her with much dignity, not ungraciously, but with some the new servants said of his exploits in battle, all she reserve, as she felt doubtful of the stranger's rank. As baw of his kindness to the poor, his liberal and judicious dance, and was so much delighted with her wit and

soon as he possibly could, Count Henry asked Maud to alms, his high sense of justice, and his anxiety to re- beauty, and her modest, unassuming demeanour, that (1) Continued from page 332.

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was again and again at her side, till she suddenly re- been looking eagerly for her, came towards her immembered that the time the housekeeper had spared mediately, and led her at once to the old countess, her was more than elapsed, and she must hurry away. whose haughtiness was not lessened, either by the sucShe watched an opportunity, and contrived to slip out cess with which the stranger had kept her secret, or by unperceived-she threw her cloak round her, ran to her son's evident admiration of her; but the magniher litle room, took off and hid her dress, put on her ficence of her dress made some impression, and she servant's clothes, not forgetting the hump, and, having received her politely enough. The count led her out to again coloured her skin, she ran down stairs to the dance, and then sat beside her conversing, without kitchen.

noticing any one else, till half the ladies in the room She found Dame Gottfried very much vexed at her were affronted, and poor Maud's head was so turned, delay; and the scolding which followed was difficult to that time flew by unnoticed. The striking of the clock, bear in the moment of half-intoxication she felt at the more than an hour beyond that at which she should great admiration she had excited, at her first ap- have been in the kitchen, roused her : she started up, pearance in the society of her proper rank. But she but could not escape the count. To go then was to took it patiently, and so diligently set about the work reveal herself, which she had not courage to do, the she was ordered to do that the housekeeper left off more because she had discovered that the countess scolding, and at last went to bed, before the ball was Hildegard was of a family whose hereditary enmity completely at an end. Maud stole back into the ante- to hers she well remembered. It was long before she room, in reality to have another glimpse of the count; could find an opportunity of getting away; at last she or, as she said to herself, that she might see if the guests succeeded, at a moment when the count's attention was were likely to go away soon. She stood among the purposely fixed by the Countess Hildegard, who much servants, and hcard all their conjectures about the disliked his devotion to the stranger. With an aching beautiful stranger, who had disappeared so unac-heart Maud changed her dress, almost convinced of the countably; and it gratified her much to learn that the count's affection, and now unable to close her eyes to young count had sought her everywhere, and had made her own, but more than ever fearful that her name and all sorts of inquiries about her equipage-how she had family would be an insurmountable bar between them, come, and whence-(of course without success; no one even should the obstacles of her want of fortune, and had seen her arrive or depart)--and that, though her present menial condition, be overlooked. obliged to dance repeatedly during the night, he had Dame Gottfried was excessively angry at her long seemed, the servants remarked, to have lost all pleasure absence, and asked where she had been, declaring she in the ball, and to be thinking only of discovering the had twice searched the ante-room in vain for her. Maud unknown lady.

truly replied that she had not quitted the castle, but Soon after this the guests began to depart,--and ere had been twice in her own room ; however, the old long all was silent, and every one gone to rest but poor woman's scolding continued more bitter than ever, and Maud, who turned and turned on her truckle-bed, and poor Maud could not help shedding tears. But everywondered how she could be so foolish, and tried to still thing comes to an end, pain as well as pleasure, and at her mind, which seemed all in a whirl, and prayed for last the guests were gone, and Maud was alone in her help, and guidance, and courage, till at last, from very little room, weeping bitterly as she knelt by her bedweariness, she dropped asleep. She woke late the next side. Gradually her thoughts arranged themselves into morning, but luckily got down stairs before the old prayer, and soon she became more tranquil, though she housekeeper, who had been much tired.

saw no release from her sorrow. She fell asleep, deFor some days she did not see the count, but she bating with herself whether she ought not to leave the heard that he was much from home, and that, in fact, castle next day, at any cost ; but when she awoke in the he was searching everywhere for the unknown lady ;- morning, she was as undecided as ever. In truth, and at last that, despairing of seeing her again other though she was hardly herself aware of the motive, the wise, he had determined to give another ball, in hopes count's evident admiration gave her a hope, which she she might come to it. Accordingly, the castle was could not resolve to abandon, and she determined to again all preparation, and on the appointed day it was wait the course of events. once more filled with guests. Maud had worked very That day was one much trial, for Dame Gottfried diligently all day, hoping the housekeeper would again had not forgotten her crime of the night before, and give her leave of absence, but at first she refused, saying, lost no opportunity of finding fault. Poor Maud had she had stayed too long the last time, but Maud never yet suffered so much: but the day wore on, and, begged so hard, that the old woman, who was really fond tired to death, in mind and body, she fell asleep almost of her, yielded, on condition she would not exceed the the moment she laid down in bed. It was some comtime specified. Maud flew to her room, washed off the fort to her to learn, on the following day, that the count stains, and seized her musk-ball, wishing, as she un- was indefatigable in his efforts to trace her, and, very screwed it, for a dress yet more splendid and becoming soon after, he once more determined to try whether a than the last. As she made the wish, a pang shot third ball would obtain him another interview; when through her mind that she had wasted the second of he promised himself not to lose sight of the mysterious the three gifts the ball was to grant her-she had but stranger for a single instant. one left! Would not her first dress have done very The ball was given, but no entreaties of Maud's could well ? and might there not be many events of life in prevail on the housekeeper to let her go and look at it. which she would more need her fairy godmother's No, she said ; she was determined to punish her for help? Even now, was the dress all, or even the chief staying so long the last time; and she kept her at thing she wished for? But even to herself she shrunk | work, at one trifling thing or another, till just before all from acknowledging her love for Count Henry. How was over, when, moved by Maud's good temper, she de. ever, repentance came too late, for a magnificent dress sired her to come with her, and stand beside her, to see of pink cloth of silver lay before her, trimmed with theguests depart. Accordingly they went to the entrancelace and embroidery, such as a princess could hardly hall, and there Maud saw Count Henry leading to her wear, and with every thing else, even jewels, to cor- litter a beautiful young lady, with whom she rememrespond ; and Maud forgot her regrets in the delight of bered he had been dancing when she entered the room seeing herself look lovelier than ever, and in anxiety to on the night of the first ball. The whispers of those know what the count would say and do.

around soon made her know that this was an heiress of She was quickly in the ball-room, and again her high rank and great wealth, whom his step-mother entrance was unperceived till all risk of discovery was wanted him to marry. It was some comfort to learn, over-most likely by the assistance of the Nymph of at the same time, that he had paid little attention to the Fountain, though unseen. Count Henry, who had | this lady, or to any one else, all the evening, but had

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