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I ELECTIVE AFFINITIES.
TRANSLATED PBO* TSB OEBMAN OP OOBTHB.
chapter n (Continued.)
So saying, he sprang on his horse, with
out wailing theiarrlval pt the coffees,
“Here you see,” 'Charlotte,. **lhe
small service a third person Icin he, when
things are off their balancebetween Itfo
persons closel^ponbare leftist
possible, more confused and mote uncer
tain tbafi we were.”
They would hotly probably, have con
not a letter arrived from the Captain, in
reply to Edward’s last. He had made up
his”mind to aeceprone of the situations
which had been offered him, although it
was not in the least up to his mark. He
was to share tbe*ennui of certain wealthy
persons of rank, who depended on his
ability to dissipate it.
Edward’s keen glance saw into the
whole thing, and he pictured it out in
just, sharp lines.
. “Can we endure to think of onr friend
in such a position ?” he cried ; “you can
not be so cruel, Charlotte.”
“That strange Miltler is right after all,’’
replied Charlotte; all such undertakings
are ventures; what will come of them it
is impossible to foresee. New elements
introduced among us any be fruitful in
fortune or la misfortune, without oar
having to take credit to ourselves for one
or the other. Ido not feel myself firm
enough to oppose you farther. Let us
make the experiment; only one ‘thing I
will entreat of yoo~that it be only for a
short time. Ton must allow me to exert
myself more than ever, to use alt my in
fluetce among all my connections, to find
him some position which wilt satisfy him
in his own way.”
Edward poured out the warmest ex
pressions of gratitude. He hastened,
with a light, happy heart, to write off bis
proposals to his friend. Charlotte, in a
postscript, was to signify her approbation
with her own hand, and unite her en
treaties with his. She wrote, with a rap
id pen, pleasantly and affectionately, but
yet with a sort' of baste which was not
usual with her; and, most uujike herself,
she disfigured the paper with a blot of
ink, which put her out of temper, and
which she only made worse by attempting
to wipe it away.
Edward laughed at her about it,'and, as
there was .still room, added a second
postscript, that bis friend was to see from
this symptom the impatience with which
he was expected, and measure the speed
at which be came to them by the haste in
which the letter was written.
The messenger was gone; and Edward
thought he could not give a more con
vincing evidence of his gratitude, than by
insisting again and again that Charlotte
should at once send for Ottllie from the
school. She said she would think about
it; and, for that evening, induced Ed
ward to join with her in the enjoyment
of a little music. Charlotte played ex
ceedingly well on the piano, Edward not
quite so well on the flute. He had taken
a great deal of pains with it |at times ;
but he was without the patience, without
the perseverance, which are requisite for
the completely successful cultivation of
such a talent; consequently, his part was
done unequally, some pieces well, only
perhaps too quickly—while with others
he hesitated, not being quite familiar
with them; so chat, for any one else, it
would have been difficult to have gone
through a duet with him. But Charlotte
knew bow to manage it. She held in, or
let herself be run away with, and fulfilled
in this way the double part of a skilled
conductor and a prudent housewife, who
are able always to keep right on the
whole, although particular passages will
now and then fall out of order.
The Captain came, have previously
written a most sensible letter, which had
entirely quieted Charlotte’s apprehen
bensions. S) much clearness about him
self, so just an understanding of his own
position and the position of his friends,
promised everything which was best and
The conversation of the first few hours,
as is generally the cue with friends who
have not met for a lung lime was eager,
lively, almost exhausting. Towards even-
ing, Charlotte proposed a walk to the I
new grounds. The Captain was delight '
ed with the spot, and observed every t
beauty which had first been brought into <
sight and made enjoyable by the new i
walks. He had a practised eye, and at |
the same time one easily satisfied; and t
although he knew very well what was re- i
ally valuable, he never, as so many per
sons do, made people who were showing
him things of their own uncomfortable, j
by requiring more than tbe circumstanres |
admitted of, or by mentioning anything |
more perfect, which he remembered hav |
ing seen elsewhere. •
When they arrived at the summer
house, they dressed out for a holiday, on
ly, indeed, with artificial flowers and ev i
ergreens, but with some pretty bunches of j
natural corn ears among them, and other
field and garden fruit, so as to do credit to
tbe taste which had arranged them.
“Although my husband d >es not like in
general lo have his birthday or christen
ing day kept,” Charlotie said," “he will
not object to- lay to these few ornaments
being expended on a treble festival.”
“Treble y” cried Edward.
“Yes, indeed,” she replied. “Our
friend’s arrival here we are bound to keep
as a festival; and have you never thought,
either of yon, that this is the day on
which you were both christened? Are
you not both named Otto ?”
The two friends shook hands across^the
little table. '
“You to my mind," Edward
link of-&ur boyish affect
tiOlii AVfiMldren, call#
soptat when we fcame tpjbe M
itiwjas the cauisjLpf |nuch cowl
sign,'and I-ieadily mk||r
my right to the pretty laconic name.”
you were not altogether so
very Oaptain l
“fori well remember that the name oi
Edward bad then, begun to please l you
better,- from its .attractive -soumLwhen
spoken by certain pretty lips.”
They were now sitting all three round
the same little table where Charlotte bad
spoken so Vehemently again st their
guest’s coming them. Edward, happy as
he was, did not wish to remind bis wife
of that time ; but he could not help say
“There Is good room here for one .per
At this moment the notds of a bogle
were beard across from the castle. Full;
of happy thoughts and feelings as the
friends all were together, the sound fell -
in among them with a strong force of an
swering harmony. They listened silent
ly, each for the moment-withdrawing in
to himself, and feeling doubly happy in
the fair circle of which he formed a part.
The pause was first broken by Edward,
who started up and walked out in front
of the summer-house;
“Our friend must not think," he said
to Charlotte, “that this narrow little val
ley forms the whole of, our domain and
possessions. Let us take him up to the
top ot the hill. Where he can see farther
and breathe more freely."
‘‘For this once, then," answered Char
lotte, “we must climb dp the old foot
path, which is not easy. By the next
time I hope walks and steps will have
been carried right do.”
A.nd so, among rocks, and shrubs, and
bushes, they made their wayi-tothe sum
mit, where they found themselves, not on
a level flat, but on a sloping grassy ter
race, running along the ridge ot the bill.
The village with the castle behind it, was
out of sight. A.t the bottom of the val
ley, sheets of water were seen spreading
out right and left, with wooded bills ris
ing immediately from their opposite mar
aud at the end of the upper water, a wall
of sharp, precipitous rocks overhanging
It, their huge forms reflected in Us level
surface. In lhe J hollow of the ravine,
where a considerable brook ran into the
I lake, lay a mill, half hidden among the
trees, a sweetly retired spot, most beauti
fully surrounded ; and through the entire
semicircle over which the view extended,
ran an endless variety of bills and val
leys, copse and forest, the early green of
which promised the near approach of a
luxuriant clothing of foliage. In many
places particular groups of trees caught
the eye; and especially a cluster of
and poplars directly at the spectator’s
feet, close to the edge of the centre o! the
lake. They were at their full growth,
and they stood tbsre, spreading out their
boughs all arohod them, in f resh and lux
To these Edward called bis friend’s at-
“I myself planted them,” he cried,
“when I was a boy. They were small
trees which I rescued when my father
was laying out the new part of the great
castle garden, and in the middle of the
summer bad rooted them out. This year
you will no doubt see them show their
gratitude in a fresh set of shoots.”
They returned to the castle in h tgh
spirits, and mutually pleased with each
other. To the guest was allotted an
agreeable and roomy set of apartments in
the right wing of the castle ; and here be
rapidly got bis books and papers and in
struments in order, to go on with his us
ual occupation. But Edward, for the first
few days, gave him no rest. He took him
about everywhere, now on foot, now on
horseback, making him acquainted with
the country and the estate; and he em
braced the opportunity of imparling to
him the wishes which he had been long
entertaining, of getting some better ac
quaintance with it, and learning to runn
ing it more profitably.
"The first thing we have to do,” said
the Captain, "is to make a magnetic sur
vey of the property. That a pleasant
and easy matter; and if does not admit of
entire exactness, it will be always useful,
and will do, at any rate, for an agreeable
beginning. It can be made, too, without
any great staff of assistants, and one can
be sure of getting it completed. If by
and-by you come to require anything
more exact, it will be easy then to find
sirae plan to have it made.”
The Captain was exceedingly skillful at
work of this kind. He had brought with
him whatever instruments be required,
and commenced immediately. Edward
provided him with a number of foresters
and peasants, who, with bis instruction,
were able to render bim all necessary as
sistance. The weather was favorable.
The evenings and the early mornings
w t re devoted to the designing and draw
ing, and in a short time it was all filled
in and colored. Edward saw bis posses
sions grow out like a new creation upon
theptper; and it seemed as if now for
the first time he knew what they were,
as if they now first were properly his
Thus therecscame occasion to. speak of
the park, and of the ways of laying it
out: a far better disposition of things tog!
ing made possible after a survey of this
kind, than could be arrived kt/by expefl*
mentiogon nature, da partial end acci*
denttljrapresslons.' > -
make my wife understand
Edward. ' '
do the kind,” rf •
Captain, who did not like bring*
ihgllis own notions In colltsolnwith
tlbselbf others. He had learned by ex*
'beirience that the motives and ■ pnrjSoses
by which men are inflaeheed,are far top
various to be made to coalesce upon a sin
gle point, even on the moslLtolld repre
seutations. “We mast not do lij” he cri
ed,* will only be conftiaed. With ber,
nB tcithAii pcople-who^mploylhemgelrea
on such matters merely as amateurs,the im
portant that jre; shall'do
something, than that something shall be
Sudi persons feel ‘their way with
nature. Theyhave fancies for this 'plan or
that; they do not venture on removing oh*
slacles; They are not bold enough to made
a sacrifice. They do not know before hand
in what their work is to result. They try
an experiment—it succeeds—ll fails; they
alter it; they alter, perhaps, ifrhat they
ought to leave alone, and leave what they
ought to alter ; and so, at last, there al
ways remains but a patch work, which
pleases and amuses, bat never satisfies.”
“Acknowledge cfindidlyj” said Edward,
“that you do not like this hew work of
“The idea is excellent,” he replied ; “if
the execution were equal te It, there
would be no fault to find. But she has
tormented herself to find her way up
that rock; and she now torments every
one, if you must have it, that she takes
up after her. You cannot walk together
—you cannot walk behind one another
with any-freedom. Every moment your
step is interrupted one way or another.
There is no end to the mistakes which she
"Would it have been easy to have done
it otherwise?” asked Edward.
“Perfectly," replied the Captain. “She
had only to break away a corner of the
rock, which is now but an unsightly ob
ject, made up as it is of little nieces, and
she would at once have a sweep* for her
walk and stone in abundance for
the roughi masonery work, to widen
it in the bad places, and make it smooth.
But this I tell you in strictest confidence.
What is done must remain as it is. If
any more money and labor Is to be spent
there, there is abundance to do above the
summer-house on the hill, which we can
Settle our own way.”
If the two friends found in their occu
pation abundance of present employment,
Ihere Was po lack either of entertaining
reminiscences of early times, in which
Charlotte took her part as well. They de
termined, moreover, that as soon as their
immediate labors were finished, they
would go to work onthe Journal,- and in
this way, too, reprodlice the '
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