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tions; putting great stress on the great fortin he would have, and the ogenteet line of life he was in, as well as on her own genteel connections, and the great business and consequance, and gentility of her fon Brownjohn, who the faid was look'd upon by people of the first quality, and dined very aften with my Lordand Sir Robart, and once had even passed two days at the cauntry house of the Marquis of she did not know what I might think, or what fart of pedple I had been used to in America, but she could infarm me that few Englith young ladies of ever so great fortin illook'd higher than to Captain Darnell.is, I feized the only occasion the allowed me to tell her, that to some of those who lo looked, I begged the would advise him to recommend himself, for that he wasutterly disagreeable to me, and if instead of being as she was, he could offer me a diadem, he would still be the object of my abhorrence and deteftation. i I am sure it was not without confiderable etforts that
the Aturdy widow checked the violent in: clination fhe felt to strike me; for à moment: she even lifted up a fift, the apparent prowess of which a butcher inight have envied; and I saw that het fon, who had probably felt what it was capable of, turned of a more cadaverous hue-as she uttered words which I only recollect as being words of reproach and menace. It would be endless were I to relate the whole conversation; I thought, during its progress, I discovered that this woman, acted from other motives than those which appeared on the surface; that she was aware her son had hazarded so much, that he must either go through with the undertaking or be liable to a punishment which might cost him a great deal of that fortune she now fo proudly boasted of. After a most wearisome and long dialogue, which would with more propriety be called a monologue (for her, fon seldom was an interlocutor, and I spoke not) she told me, that though such condact as mine might well disgaft and alarm any young man, and fright away love, yet fince her poor Dicky had still the weakness to feel an unfartinate affiction far me, she shoud confidar harself as my mather. The odd manner in which the put an a almoft always in place of an o, and which I found was the dialect of the common people of a great part of Hampshire, where she had been brought up (not far from Portfmouth) had the effect, I hardly know why, of leffening my apprehenfions, by rendering her menaces ridiculous. I thought it abject to fear fo ignorant and vulgar a woman, not sufficiently confidering that such only, and one who had befides a bad heart, would act as she acted; and that it is from ignorance combined with avarice and malevolence that there is always the most to apprehend.
“ I believe she was now irritated by difcovering how little I feared her; for when she left the room, and told me she would fend her housemaid to fhew me to mine, she had the countenance and voice of a
fury, fury, only that the was too plump for onė of those monsters of poetical antiquity. The houfemaid came, and I followed her up an daken staircase of great width, which was kept nicely waxed and rub. bed, so that it was like the fine maliogany of an indefatigable housewife, and it might have been skaited upon with great füccefs. The room I was shewn into was in the same style as the rest of the house. My imagination could people it with nothing but ghosts, but of them I had no fear; my apprehensions were much greater of Master Dicky Darnell, against whose intrusion 1 guarded with as much care as pofsible. There were two doors in the room where I was left to my contemplations ; one from a passage by which I entered, the other I unbolted, and found it led into a closet which was lined with arras, while the room adjoining, where the bed stood, was of dark wainscot in little pannels, and ornamented only with two full length pictures of some former squire and his fpoufe, poffeffors of the man
fion, he in blue velvet with skirts sticking out and a tie wig, his fair companion
in a fine yellow robe, ornamented with - jewels, and holding a very full blown red
rose to her bofom; they were superb, and probably it was expected they would impress me with veneration, but the only featiment they inspired was fearful curi: osity to know, if they did not conceal behind them any door or entrance to the room. I thought, after the best examination I could make, that they were merely what they appeared, monuments of impotent vanity; but in regard to the arras in the closet I was far less easy. It was nailed down so that I could not move it, nor could the wind perform any of those operations upon it which constitute great part of the terror in fome novels I had read at Upwood, little imagining then that I should fo foon be: come involved in adventures, and really be in one of those situations which I have sometimes thought, rather ingeniously imagined than really pollible.'iuit