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A NOTE ON THE AUTHOR OF

The Wandering Jew

EUGENE SUE
(1804-1857)

Time and

tations as novelists.

again physicians and seamen have made noteworthy repuBut it is rare in the annals of literature that a man

trained in both professions should have gained his greatest fame as a writer of novels. Eugene Sue began his career as a physician and

surgeon, and then spent six years in the French Navy. In 1830, when he returned to France, he inherited his father's rich estate and was free to follow his inclination to write. His first novel, Plick et Plock, met with an unexpected success, and he at once foreswore the arts of healing and navigation for the precarious life of a man of letters.

With varying

success he produced books from his inexhaustible store of personal experiences as a doctor and sailor. In 1837, he wrote an authoritative work on the French Navy, Histoire de la marine

Francaise.

More and more
his gifts.

the novel appealed to his imagination and suited

His themes ranged from the fabulous to the strictly historical, and he became popular as a writer of romance and Actionized fact. His plays, however, were persistent failures. When he published The Mysteries of Paris, his national fame was assured, and with the writing of The IVandering Jeic he achieved world-wide renown. Then, at the height of his literary career, Eugene Sue was driven into exile after Louis Napoleon overthrew the Constitutional Government in a coup d'etat and had himself officially proclaimed Emperor Napoleon III. The author of The Wandering Jew died in banishment five years later.

CONTENTS.— VOLUME

I.

PART
chapter
PROLOGUE.
I.

FIRST.

—The

Transgression.
PAG*.

—THE

LAND'S END OF THE WORLDS

1

Morok
The Travellers The Arrival

4

II.

III.

10 19

IV.

Morok and Dagobert
Rose and Blanche

V. VI. VII.
VIII. IX.

The Secret The Traveller
Extracts from General Simon's Diary

25 36 44
51 61

X. XI. XII. XIII.

The Cages The Surprise
Jovial and Death

70
77

XIV.

XV.
XVI.
XVII. XVIII. XIX.

The The The The The

Burgomaster Judgment
Decision Despatches

82 88
95 102 110 119
131

Orders

XX.
XXI. XXII. XXIII.

XXIV.

XXV.
XXVI.
XXVII. XXVIII.

INTERVAL. THE WANDERING JEW'S SENTENCE The Ajoupa The Tattooing The Smuggler M. Joshua Van Dael The Ruins of Tchandi The Ambuscade M. Rodin The Tempest The Shipwreck The Departure for Paris Dagobert's Wife The Sister of the Bacchanal Queen

137 143 146 153 160 168 178 192 198

XXIX.

XXX. The
XXXI.
XXXII. XXXIII.

Agricola Baudoin Return Agricola and Mother Bunch

The Awakening The Pavilion
Adrienne at her Toilet
iii

XXXIV.

208 217 223 230 241 250 258 272 279

IV

CONTENTS.
XXXV. The
Interview
Jesuit
,

CH AFTER

XXXVI. A Female XXXVII. The Plot
XXXVIII.
XL.
XLI. XLII. XLIII.

PAGE 292 302
31! 321 329

Adrienne's

Enemies

XXXIX. The

Skirmish The Revolt Treachery The Snare A False Friend

XLI V. XLV. XLVI.
XLVII. XLVIII.

The The

Minister's Cabinet Visit

Presentiments

The Letter The Confessional

334 346 349 358 367 377 389 396
405 417 422 427 438 446

XLIX.
L. LI.

My Lord and Spoil-sport Appearances The Convent
The Influence of The Examination
a Confessor

LII. LIII.

PART SECOND.— The
PROLOGUE.
I.

Chastisement.
VIEW OF TWO WORLDS
452 456 466
475 485 492
501

—THE

BIRD'S-EYE

II.

III.

IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. XII. XIII.

The The The The

Masquerade
Contrast

Carouse Farewell

Florine

Mother Sainte-Perpetue

The Temptation Mother Bunch and Mdlle. De The Encounters The Meeting
Discoveries

Cardoville

510 518 528
539 546 553 563 573
581 585 598

The Penal Code
Burglary

XIV.

XV.
XVI.
XVII. XVIII. XIX.

The The The The
The The The The The The The

Eve

of a Great

Day

Brothers of the Good Work House in the Rue Saint-Francois Debit and Credit

Two

Thug

XX.
XXI.
XXII. XXIII.

Heir Rupture Change

Red Room
Testament
Last Stroke of

XXIV.

Noon

XXV.

Deed

of

Gift

603 612 624 632 641 647 653 662

CONTENTS.— VOLUME
PART SECOND. — The
rilAPTER

II

Chasti:

{Concluded.)

PAGE

XXVI. XXVII.
XXVIII.

A

XXIX.

Good Genius The First Last, And The Stranger The Den
Aii

1

the Last First

XXX.
XXXI. XXXII. XXXIII.

Unexpected Visit
Services
.

10 23 33 40
4<i

Friendly

The Advice The Accuser
Sympathy
Suspicions

53
61

XXXI X". XXXX XXXXT.
T
.

Father d Aigrigny's Secretary

70

79
89 97 106 114 122 130 138
147 155 163 174 181 188

XXXVII.

Excuses
Revelations Pierre Simon The East Indian in Paris Rising

XX XXIII.
XXXIX.
XL. XLI. XLII.
XLIII.

Doubts

The

Letter

XLIY.

Adrienne and Djalma

XLV. XLVI.
XLX'II.

XLVIII.

XLIX.
L. LI.

The Consultation Mother Bunch's Diary The Diary Continued The Discovery The Trysting-Place of the Wolves The Common Dwelling-House The Secret
Revelations

LIL
I.

194 206 217 224

PART THIRD.— The
II.

Redemption'.
233 237 240 245
251

III.

IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX.

The The The The The The

Wandering Jew's Chastisement Descendants of the Wandering Jew Attack Wolves and the Devourers Return

Go-Between Another Secret

The Confession
Love The Execution The Champs-Elysees
Behind the Scenes Up with the Curtain Death
Constant Wanderer

X.
XI. XII. XIII.

XIV.
XVI. XVII.
XVIII.

XV. The

The Luncheon
Rendering the Account

XIX.

XX.

The Square of Notre Dame The Cholera Masquerade The Defiance

259 268 273 280 287 296 302 307 312 323 328 336 348 357 362

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CONTENTS.
PAGE

CHAPTER

XXI. XXII.
XXIII.

Brandy to the Rescue Memories

The Poisoner
In the Cathedral

XXIV.
XXVII. XXVIII. XXIX.

XXV. The
XXVI. The

Murderers
Patient

XXX.
XXXI. XXXII. XXXIII.

The Lure Good News The Operation The Torture
Vice and Virtue
Suicide Confessions Confessions The Rivals The Interview

XXXIV. More

XXXV.

XXXVI. XXXVII. Soothing Words XXXVIII. The Two Carriages XXXIX. The Appointment
XL.
XLI. XLII. XLIII.
Anxiety Adrienne and Djalma

"The Imitation"
Prayer

XLIV. XLVI. XLVII.

Remembrances
Blockhead

XLV. The
The The XLVIII. The XLIX. The L. The LI. The LII. The
LIII.

Anonymous

Letters

Golden City Stung Lion Test Ruins of the Abbey of Calvary
Council
,

St.

John the Baptist..

Happiness

LIV. LV. LVI. LVII.
LVIII.

Duty

The Improvised

Hospital

LIX.

LX.
LXI. LXII. LXIII.

Hydrophobia The Guardian Angel Ruin Memories The Ordeal Ambition

To

a Socius, a Socius and a Half Faringhea's Affection

LXIV. LXVI.
LXVII. LXVIII.

An

Evening

at

St.

Colombe's

LXV. The

A A

Nuptial Bed

Duel to the Death Message The First of June

368 372 379 386 392 399 407 413 420 426 431 439 445 452 458 464 472 480 488 496 498 504 513 524 527 532 540 546 554 560 562 565 575 582 587 592 598 604 611 617 622 628 632 639 646 654 663 665

EPILOGUE.
I.

II.

Four Years After The Redemption

677

682

THE

WANDERING JEW
VOLUME ONE

THE WANDERING JEW.
FIRST PART.— The
Transgression.

PROLOGUE.
THE LAND'S END OF TWO WORLDS.

The Arctic Ocean encircles with a belt of eternal ice the the utterdesert confines of Siberia and North America most limits of the Old and New worlds, separated by the narrow channel, known as Behring's Straits. The last days of September have arrived. The equinox has brought with it darkness and Northern storms, and night will quickly close the short and dismal The sky of a dull and leader blue is faintly polar day.

lighted by a sun without warmth, whose white disk, scarcely seen above the horizon, pales before the dazzling brilliancy of the snow that covers, as far as the eyes can reach, the boundless steppes. To the North, this desert is bounded by a ragged coast, bristling with huge black rocks. At the base of this Titanic mass lies enchained the petrified ocean, whose spell-bound waves appear fixed as vast ranges of ice mountains, their blue peaks fading away in the far-off frost smoke, or snow vapor. Between the twin-peaks of Cape East, the termination of Siberia, the sullen sea is seen to drive tall icebergs across a streak of dead green. There lies Behring's Straits. Opposite, and towering over the channel, rise the granite masses of Cape Prince of Wales, the headland of North

America.

These lonely latitudes do not belong to the habitable world for the piercing cold shivers the stones, splits the
;

1

2
trees,

THE WANDERING JEW

and causes the earth to burst asunder, which, throwing forth showers of icy spangles, seems capable of enduring this solitude of frost and tempest, of famine and death. And yet, strange to say, footprints may be traced on the snow, covering these headlands on either side of Behring's
Straits.

the American shore, the footprints are small and thus betraying the passage of a woman. She has been hastening up the rocky peak, whence the drifts of Siberia are visible. On the latter ground, footprints larger and deeper betoken the passing of a man. He also was on his way to the
light,

On

Straits.
It would seem that this man and woman had arrived here from opposite directions, in hope of catching a glimpse of one another across the arm of the sea dividing the two worlds the Old and the New. More strange still the man and the woman have crossed

!

solitudes during a terrific storm Black pines, the growth of centuries, pointing their bent heads in different parts of the solitude like crosses in a churchyard, have been

the

!

uprooted, rent, and hurled aside by the blasts Yet the two travellers face this furious tempest, which has plucked up trees, and pounded the frozen masses into splinters, with the roar of thunder. They face it, without for one single instant deviating from the straight line hitherto followed by them. Who then are these two beings who advance thus calmly amidst the storms and convulsions of nature? Is it by chance, or design, or destiny, that the seven nails in the sole of the man's shoe form a cross thus:
!

* * * * *

Everywhere he leaves this impress behind him. On the smooth and polished snow, these footmarks seem imprinted by a foot of brass on a marble floor. Night without twilight has soon succeeded day a night

of foreboding gloom.

The

brilliant

reflection

of

the

snow renders

the

white

THE WANDERING JEW

3

steppes still visfble beneath the azure darkness of the sky; and the pale stars glimmer on the obscure and frozen dome.

Solemn

silence reigns.

But. towards the Straits, a faint light appears. At first, a gentle, bluish light, such as precedes moonrise; it increases in brightness, and assumes a ruddy hue. Darkness thickens in every other direction the white wilds of the desert are now scarcely visible under the black vault of the firmament. Strange and confused noises are heard amidst this ob;

scurity.

They sound

now flapping descending. But no cry
This

like

the

flight

of

large

heavily
is

skimming over the

night-birds steppes

—now —now

heard.

approach of one of those imposing phenomena that awe alike the most ferocious and the most harmless of animated beings. An Aurora Borealis
silent terror heralds the

(magnificent sight!)

common

in the polar regions, suddenly

beams

forth.

half circle of dazzling whiteness becomes visible in the horizon. Immense columns of light stream forth from this

A

dazzling centre, rising to a great height, illuminating earth, Then a brilliant reflection, like the blaze of a sea, and sky. conflagration, steals over the snow of the desert, purples the summits of the mountains of ice, and imparts a dark red hue to the black rocks of both continents. After attaining this magnificent brilliancy, the Northern Lights fade away gradually, and their vivid glow is lost in a luminous fog.
Just then, by a wondrous mirage, an effect very common high latitudes, the American Coast, though separated from Siberia by a broad arm of the sea, loomed so close, that a bridge might seemingly be thrown from one world to the other. Then human forms appeared in the transparent azure haze overspreading both forelands. On the Siberian Cape, a man, on his knees, stretched his arms towards America, with an expression of inconceivable
in

despair. On the

woman

replied to the

American promontory, a young and handsome man's despairing gesture by pointing

to heaven.

$

THE WANDERING JEW
For some seconds, these two
tall

figures stood out, pale

and shadowy, in the farewell gleams of the Aurora. But the fog thickens, and all is lost in the darkness. Whence came the two beings, who met thus amidst polar glaciers, at the extremities of the Old and New worlds? Who were the two creatures, brought near for a moment by a deceitful mirage, but who seemed eternally separated?

CHAPTER
MOROK.

I.

of October, 1831, draws still day, a brass lamp, illumines the cracked walls of a large window is closed against outer light.

The month
Though
it

to its close.

is

with four burners,
loft,

whose solitary ladder, with its top rungs coming up through an open trap, leads to it. Here and there at random on the floor lie iron chains,

A

nails,

spiked collars, saw-toothed snaffles, muzzles bristling with and long iron rods set in wooden handles. In one corner stands a portable furnace, such as tinkers use to melt their spelter charcoal and dry chips fill it, so that a spark would suffice to kindle this furnace in a minute. Not far from this collection of ugly instruments, putting one in mind of a torturer's kit of tools, there are some articles of defence and offence of a bygone age. coat of mail, with links so flexible, close, and light, that it resembles steel tissue, hangs from a box, beside iron cuishes and arm-pieces,
;

A

good condition, even to being properly fitted with straps. mace, and two long three-cornered-headed pikes, with ash handles, strong, and light at the same time, spotted with lately-shed blood, complete the armory, modernized somewhat by the presence of two Tyrolese rifles, loaded and
in

A

primed.

murderous weapons and out-ofstrangely mingled a collection of very different objects, being small glass-lidded boxes, full of rosaries, chaplets, medals, agnus dei, holy- water bottles, framed pictures of saints, etc., not to forget a goodly number of those chapbooks, struck off in Friburg on coarse bluish paper, in which you can hear about miracles of our own time, or

Along with

this arsenal of
is

date instruments,

THE WANDERING JEW

5

"Jesus Christ's Letter to a true believer," containing awful fictions, as for the years 1831 and '32, about impious revolutionary France. One of those canvas daubs, with which strolling showmen adorn their booths, hangs from a rafter, no doubt to prevent its -poilt by too long rolling up. It bore the follow-'
'

ing legend

:

"The Downright True and Most Memorable Conversion of Ignatius Morok, known as the Prophet, happening in Friburg, 1828th year of Grace." This picture, of a size larger than natural, of gaudy color, and in bad taste, is divided into three parts, each presenting

an important phase

in

the life of the convert,

surnamed

In the first, behold a long-bearded man, the hair almost white, with uncouth face, and clad in reindeer skin, like the Siberian savage. His black foreskin cap his features express terror. is topped with a raven's head Bent forward in his sledge, which half-a-dozen huge tawny dogs draw over the snow, he is fleeing from the pursuit of a
;

"The Prophet."

pack of foxes, wolves, and big bears, whose gaping jaws, and formidable teeth, seem quite capable of devouring man, Beneath this secsledge, and dogs, a hundred times over.
tion, reads
:

"In

1810,

Morok, the Idolater, fled from Wild

Beasts."
In the second picture, Morok, decently clad in a catechumen's white gown kneels, with clasped hands, to a man who wears a white neckcloth, and flowing black robe. In a corner, a tall angel, of repulsive aspect, holds a trumpet in one hand, and flourishes a flaming sword with the other, while the words which follow flow out of his mouth, in red letters on a black ground "Morok, the Idolater, fled from Wild Beasts; but Wild Beasts will flee from Ignatius Morok, converted AND BAPTIZED IX FRIIU'RG."
:

Thus,

in the last

compartment, the new convert proudly,

boastfully, and trimphantly parades himself in a flowing robe of blue; head up, left arm akimbo, right hand outstretched, he seems to scare the wits out of a multitude of
lions, tigers,

and masked
missive.

teeth,

hyenas, and bears, who, with sheathed claws, crouch at his feet, awestricken, and sub-

6

THE WANDERING JEW
:

Under Ihis, is the concluding moral "Ignatius Morok being converted, Wild Beasts CROUCH BEFORE HlM." Not far from this canvas are several parcels of halfpenny books, likewise from the Friburg press, which relate by what an astounding miracle Morok, the Idolater, acquired a supernatural power almost divine, the moment he was converted a power which the wildest animal could not resist, and which was testified to every day by the lion tamer's performances, "given less to display his courage than to show

his praise unto the Lord."

Through the trap-door which opens into the loft, reek up puffs of a rank, sour, penetrating odor. From time to time are heard sonorous growls and deep breathings, followed by a dull sound, as of great bodies stretching themselves heavily along the floor. man is alone in this loft. It is Morok, the tamer of wild beasts, surnamed the Prophet.

A

forty years old, of middle height, with lank limbs, he is wrapped in a long, blood-red pelisse, lined with black fur; his complexion, fair by nature, is bronzed by the wandering life he has led from childhood his hair, of that dead yellow peculiar to certain races of the Polar countries, falls straight and stiff down his shoulders and his thin, sharp, hooked nose, and prominent cheek-bones, surmount a long beard, bleached almost to whiteness. Peculiarly marking the physiognomy of this man is the wide-open eye, with its tawny pupil ever encircled by a rim of white. This fixed, extraordinary look, exercises a real fascination over animals which, however, does not prevent the Prophet from also employing, to tame them, the terrible arsenal around him.
is

He

and an exceedingly spare frame

;

;

;

Seated at a table, he has just opened the false bottom of a box, filled with chaplets and other toys, for the use of the devout. Beneath this false bottom, secured by a secret lock, are several sealed envelopes, with no other address than a number, combed with a letter of the alphabet. The Prophet takes one of these packets, conceals it in the pocket of his pelisse, and, closing the secret fastening of the false bottom, replaces the box upon a shelf. This scene occurs about four o'clock in the afternoon, in the White Falcon, the only hostelry in the little village of

THE WANDERING JEW

7

Mockern, situated near Leipsic, as you come from the north towards France. After a few moments, the loft is shaken by a hoarse roaring from below. "Judas! be quiet!" exclaims the Prophet, in a menacing tone, as he turns his head towards the trap-door. Another deep growl is heard, formidable as distant
thunder.

A

"Lie down, Cain!" cries Morok, starting from his seat. third roar, of inexpressible ferocity, bursts suddenly on

the ear.

"Death! will you have done!" cries the Prophet, rushing towards the trap-door, and addressing a third invisible animal, which bears this ghastly name.
Notwithstanding the habitual authority of his voice notwithstanding his reiterated threats the brute-tamer cannot obtain silence: on the contrary, the barking of several dogs Morok is soon added to the roaring cf the wild beasts. seizes a pike, and approaches the ladder; he is about to descend, when he sees some one issuing from the aperture. The new-comer has a brown, sun-burnt face he wears a gray hat, bell-crowned and broad-brimmed, with a short jacket, and wide trousers of green cloth his dusty leathern gaiters show that he has walked some distance; a game-bag

;

;

is

fastened by

straps to his back.

devil take the brutes!" cried he, as he set foot on the floor; "one would think they'd forgotten me in three days. Judas thrust his paw through the bars of his cage, and Death danced like a fury. They don't know me any

"The

more, it seems ':" This was said in German. Morok answered in the same language, but with a slightly foreign accent. "Good or bad news, Karl?" he inquired, with some uneasiness.

"Good news." •You've met them!" "Yesterday; two leagues from Wittenberg." "Heaven be praised !" cried Morok, clasping
with intense satisfaction.

his hands

"Oh, of course, 'tis the direct road from Russia to France, 'twas a thousand to one that we should find them somewhere
between Wittenberg and Leipsic."

"And

the description

':"

(J

THE WANDERING JEW
"Very
close
:

horse, white girls in mourning has long moustache, blue forage-cap, gray topcoat, and a Siberian dog at his heels." "And where did you leave them?" "A league hence. They will be here within the hour." "And in this inn since it is the only one in the village," said Morok, with a pensive air. "And night drawing on," added Karl.

two young

;

;.

the old

man

"Him

"Did you get the old man to talk?" you don't suppose it !"
!

not?" "Go, and try yourself." "And for what reason?"

"Why

"Impossible." "Impossible

—why
know

?"

all about it. Yesterday, as if I had with them by chance, I followed them to the place where they stopped for the night. I spoke in German to the tall old man, accosting him, as is usual with wayfarers, But, for 'Good-day, and a pleasant journey, comrade!' an answer, he looked askant at me, and pointed with the

"You

shall

fallen in

end of

his stick to the other side of the road."
is

"He

a Frenchman, and, perhaps, does not understand
;

German."

"He speaks it, at least as well as you for at the inn I heard him ask the host for whatever he and the young girls wanted." "And did you not again attempt to engage him in conversation ?"

"Once only; but I met with such a rough reception, that for fear of making mischief, I did not try again. Besides, between ourselves, I can tell you this man has a devilish ugly look believe me, in spite of his gray moustache, he looks so vigorous and resolute, though with no more flesh on him than a carcass, that I don't know whether he or my mate Giant Goliath, would have the best of it in a struggle. take care!" I know not your plans: only take care, master "My black panther of Java was also very vigorous and very vicious," said Morok, with a grim, disdainful smile. "What, Death? Yes, in truth; and she is vigorous and vicious as ever. Only to you she is almost mild." "And thus I will break in this tall old man, notwithstand;

ing his strength and surliness."

THE WANDERING JEW
'"

V
are

clever,

be on your guard, master. You you are as brave as any one but, believe me, you will never make a lamb out of the old wolf that will be here

Humph! humph!

;

presently."

"Does not my lion, Cain does not my tiger, Judas, crouch in terror before me?" " "Yes, I believe you there because you have means "Because I haye faith that is all and it is all," said
:

— —

Morok, imperiously interrupting Karl, and accompanying these words with such a look, that the other hung his head and was silent. "Why should not he whom the Lord upholds in his
in his struggle struggle with wild beasts, be also upheld with men, when those men are perverse and impious?" added the Prophet, with a triumphant, inspired air.

Whether
inability to

front belief in his master's conviction, or

from

engage in a controversy with him on so delicate a subject, Karl answered the Prophet, humbly: "You are wiser than I am, master what you do must be well done." "Did you follow this old man and these two young girls all day long?" resumed the Prophet, after a moment's silence. "Yes but at a distance. As I know the country well, I sometimes cut across a valley, sometimes over a hill, keeping my eye upon the road, where they were always to be seen. The last time I saw them, I was hid behind the water-mill by the potteries. As they were on the highway for this to get place, and night was drawing on, I quickened my pace here before them, and be the bearer of what you call good news." "Very good yes very good and you shall be rewarded " for if these people had escaped me The Prophet started, and did not conclude the sentence. The expression of his face, and the tones of his voice, indicated the importance of the intelligence which had just been
; ;

— —

:

;

brought him. "In truth." rejoined Karl, "it may be worth attending to; for that Russian courier, all plastered with k.ce, who came, without slacking bridle, from St. Petersburg to Leipsic, only " to see you, rode so fast, perhaps, for the purpose
interrupted Karl, and said: arrival of the courier had anything to do with these travellers? You are mistaken; you should only know what I choose to tell you."

Morok abruptly
told

"Who

you that the

10

THE WANDERING JEW

"Well, master, forgive me, and let's say no more about it. So! I will get rid of my game-bag, and go help Goliath to
feed the brutes, for their supper time draws near,
;

if it is

not

already past. Does our big giant grow lazy, master?" "Goliath is gone out he must not know that you are returned above all, the tall old man and the maidens must not see you here it would make them suspect some;

thing."
to go, then?" "Into the loft, at the end of the stable, and wait my orders ; you may this night have to set out for Leipsic." "As you please I have some provisions left in my pouch, and can sup in the loft whilst I rest myself."
;

"Where do you wish me

"Go." "Master, remember what I told you. Beware of that old fellow with the gray moustache I think he's devilish tough I'm up to these things he's an ugly customer be on your guard !" "Be quite easy I am always on my guard," said Morok. "Then good luck to you, master !" and Karl, having reached the ladder, suddenly disappeared. After making a friendly farewell gesture to his servant, the Prophet walked up and down for some time, with an air of deep meditation then, approaching the box which contained the papers, he took out a pretty long letter, and read it over and over with profound attention. From time to time he rose and went to the closed window, which looked upon the inner court of the inn, and appeared to listen anxiously for he waited with impatience the arrival of the three persons whose approach had just been announced to him.

;

;

!

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CHAPTER

II.

THE TRAVELLERS.
the above scene was passing in the White Falcon Mockern, the three persons whose arrival Morok was so anxiously expecting, travelled on leisurely in the midst of smiling meadows, bounded on one side by a river, the current of which turned a mill and on the other by the
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While

at

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highway leading to the village, which eminence, at about a league's distance.
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was

situated on an

The sky was beautifully serene the bubbling of the river, beaten by the mill-wheel and sparkling with foam, alone broke upon the silence of an evening profoundly calm. Thick willows, bending over the river, covered it with their green transparent shadow whilst, further on, the stream reflected so splendidly the blue heavens and the glowing tints of the west, that, but for the hills which rose between it and the sky, the gold and azure of the water would have mingled in one dazzling sheet with the gold and azure of the firmament. The tall reeds on the bank bent their black velvet heads beneath the light breath of the breeze that rises at the close of day for the sun was gradually sinking behind a broad streak of purple clouds, fringed with fire. The tinkling bells of a flock of sheep sounded from afar in the clear
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and sonorous air. Along a path trodden
girls,

almost children

fifteenth

meadow, — for the grass of thecompleted — were riding theya had but of medium on white horse year
in

two
their
size,

just

upon a large saddle with a back to it, which easily took them both in, for their figures were slight and delicate. A man of tall stature, with a sun-burnt face, and long gray moustache, was leading the horse by the bridle, and ever and anon turned towards the girls, with an air of solicitude at once respectful and paternal. He leaned upon a long
seated
staff
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his

still

robust shoulders carried a soldier's knapsack

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his dusty shoes, and step that began to that he had walked a long way.

drag a

little,

showed

One of those dogs which the tribes of Northern Siberia harness to their sledges a sturdy animal, nearly of the size, followed closely in the form, and hairy coat of the wolf steps of the leader of this little caravan, never quitting, as

it is

commonly

said, the heels of his master.

Nothing could be more charming than the group formed by the girls. One held with her left hand the flowing reins, and with her right encircled the waist of her sleeping sister, whose head reposed on her shoulder. Each step of the horse gave a graceful swaying to these pliant forms, and swung their little feet, which rested on a wooden ledge in lieu of a
stirrup.

called

These twin sisters, by a sweet maternal caprice, had been Rose and Blanche; they were now orphans, as might

carnation. might serve them for both of them . akin to maternal for Rose was the eldest for the day. which present a delightful blending of can- A dor and gentleness. and the innocence of their age. Rose. rosy. Not only did the orphans idolize each other. floating down their necks and shoulders. in which are depicted the sweetness of their characters. . from beneath which strayed a profusion of thick ringlets of a light — chestnut color. the old soldier carefully wrapped them both in a large pelisse of reindeer fur. who. complete these graceful countenances. contemplated her with an expression of ineffable tenderness. so closely did their young hearts beat in unison all ingenuous . on the threatening of rain or storm. dimpled chin. being an old soldier of the empire. frequent with twins. and of the same size. the wood violet's tender blue would appear dark beside the limpid azure of their large eyes. already much worn. it was necessary to be in the constant habit of seeing them. But now the evening was fine and calm. satin-like cheeks. and an elder sister is almost a mother. the only slept not. bathed in dew. and setting. that Rose was awake and discharging for that day the duties of elder sister duties thus divided between them. Greuze would have been inspired by the sight of those sweet faces. is of no richer softness than their blooming lips. small nose. still encircling with her right arm the waist of her sleeping sister. . when. by a psychological phenomenon. a pure and white forehead. as in a frame. firm. and pulled over their heads the ample hood of this impervious garment then nothing could be more lovely than those fresh and smiling little faces. difference at the moment being. had judged fit thus to alternate obedience and command between the orphans. coifed in close caps of black velvet. sheltered beneath the dark-colored cowl. they were almost always simultaneously affected the emotion of one was reflected instantly in the countenance of the other. Extremely like in feature. . the heavy cloak hung in folds about the knees of the sisters. but. and the hood rested on the back of their saddle. according to the fancy of their guide. the same cause would make both of them start or blush.12 THE WANDERING JEW be seen by their sad mourning vestments. You should have seen them too. to The portrait of her who distinguish one from the other. and a martinet. their round. .

a watchful kindness. . had been nicknamed DagoHis grave. In their infancy. : . guide of the sisters. and thick eyetanned as parchment. the unchangeable coolness of Dagobert never failed him: and. of coarse gray cloth. like . This soldier. and languished together but together also had they again found the pure. gray. when parted by a barbarous hand. distinguished by his miliary air and gait. could not have been broken without striking a mortal blow at the existence of the poor children ? Thus the sweet birds called love-birds. The guide of the orphans. : in Stoically calm. who became. and repressing all emotion. Once endowed with the strength of Hercules. they had drooped. in one campaign. . stern countenance was strongly marked bert. were carefully shaven . and shared in a moment between them. because he was . fresh hues of health. and their hope. when the rulers of their choice place in them confidence. simultaneously attacked by a severe illtwo flowers on the same stem. courageous and strong his rougfr exterior. with a red tuft falling on his left shoulder. despond. and formerly a horseness. the first soldiers in the world to prove what the people can do. motherly for the heroism of affection dwells alike the mother's heart and the soldier's. he was now and then highly comic. only living in pairs. and having still the heart of a lion kind and patient. a man of about fifty-five. overhung and shaded his light blue eyes gold ear-rings reached down to his white-edged military stock his top-coat. preserved the immortal type of the warriors of the republic and the empire some heroic of the people. as if endowed with a common life. and united with a large imperial. brick-colored. evinced for his orphan charges an exquisite solicitude. have done. brows. . which almost covered his chin his meagre cheeks. grown pale. covered his bald head. Need it be said. by reason of the imperturbable gravity with which he did everything. — — grenadier of the Imperial Guard. strength. still black. and thick moustache completely concealed his upper lip. and will renew. notwithstanding Yes. that those mysterious. indissoluble links which united the twins. and die. pine. — — Dagobert. his long. though few were less given to drollery. all 13 bitter griefs were mutually felt. was confined at the waist by a leathern belt and a blue foraging cap. and a tenderness almost maternal.THE WANDERING JEW joys.

and hastened to set him down again. one on the flank and the other on the chest. the brass stud of which was still adorned with an embossed eagle. and his bulk moderate. understanding that existed between the twin sisters. proved that his horse had been present in hot battles nor was it without an act of pride that he sometimes shook his old military bridle. The little caravan proceeded on its way. the horse. by playing mischievous trick. to be perfectly accus. the old soldier. careful. lifted him from the ground.joie). as they journeyed on. submitted to all this with stoical complacency save that. Dagobert looked around him. This latter. this excellent animal carried the orphans. performed by short stages. Ever and anon. Dagobert would turn to bestow a caress or friendly word on the good white horse upon which the orphans were mounted. The dog. who from time to time nipped him delicately by the nape of the neck. was called Spoil-sport (Rabat. the abundant foam. found himself within the reach of Jovial. details will give a notion of the excellent . he would turn his head and growl. His pace was regular. his coat sleek.14 THE WANDERING JEW From time to time. Jovial would gently bite the knapsack of the soldier. and steady. Its furrowed Two deep sides and long teeth betrayed a venerable age. and the dog. and carried him thus for a moment. as freely as on the day . but not excessive. If teeth we have spoken of length — —the unquestionable the excessivegreat ageof the evidence of horse's chiefly it is because he often displayed them. labor of a long journey. being always at his master's heels. which covered his bit^ bore witness to that health which horses acquire by the constant. At other times. of which the dog was the victim. who seemed. when he thought the jest had lasted long enough. Jovial understood him at the first hint. Although he had been more than six months on the road. they started. before night. for the sole purpose of a acting up to his name (he was called Jovial). as well as the dog. protected by his thick coat. doubtless for the sake of contrast. and seemed to be gathering up old recollec- tomed to These his pleasantries. anxious to reach. and no doubt long accustomed to the practical jokes of his companion. scars. which was now visible on the summit of a hill. the village of Mockern. with a tolerably heavy portmanteau fastened to the saddle. who. just to avoid monotony.

he added the spot. placing her little white hand on the shoulder of their guide. whose back was turned towards her. yes. then colonel and who afterwards but one day in the service of Russia you shall know all. pointing with his staff to the "Yes. his countenance became clouded. worse luck ? why. and drew his and thumb. the noise of which had arrested his attention. — hand across voice. The orphans just chanced to be at the foot of a little mound. and lost itself in his thick moustache. a renegado! By a Frenchman an emigrant marquis. Yonder are the heights where your brave father who commanded us and the Poles of the Guard overhis eyes. with his hands clasped and resting on his long staff. having stopped short behind his master. "Whatever is the matter with you. on whom she smiled sweetly. we beseech. and was at a little distance from the mill. Jovial. my poor children and yet what I'm going to tell you has something sacred in it." The veteran paused then. then both exchanged glances of surprise. . Rose leaned over her saddle. : — — . which traced its humid furrow down his tanned cheek. I can recognize village of Mockern. long moustache several times between his finger the only sign which revealed in him any strong and concen- when he' trated feeling. the soldier brushed his horny . Dagobert?" The veteran turned to the great astonishment of the sisters. Perceiving that Dagobert continued motionless and absorbed in thought. a musket-ball in his shoulder and it was here that he and I who had got two thrust of a lance for my share were taken prisoners and by whom. Well. — — — — — . they perceived a large tear. Blanche. "You weeping you!" cried Rose and Blanche together. whilst and said to the orphans in a faltering he pointed to the old oak beside them "I shall make you sad. what is the matter?" After a moment's hesitation. said to him. : .THE WANDERING JEW tions . deeply moved. eighteen years ago. apparently affected by some painful and deep emotion. and. . planted half way down the slope. He had two sabre-cuts on the head. raised her head her first look sought her sister. I carried your father to this very tree. awakened suddenly by the shock. 15 by degrees. the summit of which was buried in the thick foliage of a huge oak. — . on the eve of the great battle of Leipsic. in a soft voice. on seeing Dagobert motionless. he stopped. "Tell us.

rushing on in a desperate charge in the thick of a shower of shells there was nothing like it not a soul so grand as he!" Whilst Dagobert thus expressed." said he. sort of anniversary. When she lived in Poland. "it is true your mother was the best of women." said he softly. he saw tears run down the blooming cheeks of Rose and Blanche. when. the best advice. No — —no!" The voice of Dagobert faltered he paused. the two orphans by a spontaneous movement. "I wish you had seen your brave father. shall only see again in heaven. standing behind them. went together to kneel at the foot of the old oak. my children. because this day is a . glided gently from the horse. "Perhaps we may find General Simon in Paris. Dagobert. And there. "You must not give way thus. as was his habit. in his own way. and gazing from one to the other with ineffable affection. at the head of our brigade of horse." "We Rose. but without grieving?" . to tell you many things about your father it was an idea of mine. closely pressed in each other's arms." The soldier raised the orphans. "I will explain all that to you this evening at the inn. whom we added Blanche. after a pause of a few minutes." he resumed." said "Of our mother. eh?" "Yes. rendered still the more touching by the contrast of his rude features. with his hands crossed on his long staff. "Listen. utmost simplicity. his regrets and recollections.16 THE WANDERING JEW threw the Russian Cuirassiers. they began to weep whilst the soldier. when he had mastered his emotion "your mother could give you none but . still on their knees. and drew his long gray moustache between finger and thumb. front upon it. come you must not fret. weep because we think also of our mother. rested his bald — ! — — . what instructions did she give you before she died? To think often of her. I purposely waited for this day. my girls. and holding each other by the hand. my children !" continued the soldier." added he. they called her the Pearl of Warsaw-*it ought to have been the Pearl of the Whole World for in the whole world you could not have found her match. . with the iery." "Well. "Come. after having carried the batAh. took each by the hand.

though he did not share in the consoling faith of the two sisters." Come. much moved. Yes. common to every simple. if it amuses you. always good to poor mothers whose children are left on earth." And the orphans dried their eyes." "You are right. which contrasted with the tears that yet filled their eyes. with that beautiful faith thou seest us? natural to their age: "Is it not so. In Spain. Dagobert. yes. and exclaimed. bearing crucifix in one hand. instead of being so much engrossed with your own talk. honest heart." The sisters colored. replete with the most touching grace. selves. and exchanged a subdued smile. and my — as you did answer- ing me when I speak. rest your"Well. fought not for the Inquisition had strangled her centuries ago but libert\ for their monstrous privileges. and we have to reach Mockern before night. in the opinion of the devout. who. by a spontaneous impulse. permit her to hear us from ahove. a few moments more. We will not cry any more. would have passed for a very heathen. so that we may be early on the road to-morrow. and then we must start again for it grows late. with a little embarrassment. Dagobert had witnessed so many sublime and awful scenes he had been so many times face to face with death that the instinct — — — — — — — of natural religion. Therefore. assure you. had always remained uppermost in his soul. she told us that our Father in heaven. mother? thou hearest us?" "Since your mother sees and hears you. my little ladies! you seem so to have had famous secrets together these last two days much the better. "do not grieve her by fretting. well. and poniard in the other. Yet. joined hands. I don't wish to know it. he had found pleasure in cutting down those monks of all orders and colors. and Rose "No. raised their innocent looks to heaven. would Blanche." — . And the two. he would have held as criminal any attempt to weaken its influence. this morning and yesterday laughing at times.THE WANDERING JEW "It is 1 7 true." said "And that her eyes would be ever fixed upon us. Dagobert. less Seeing them downcast." said Dagobert. . Dagobert. in forty years. he thus resumed: : "That's I prefer to hear you chat pretty ones right. I said to the soldier. we talk of nothing in particular. She forbade you to do so." added Rose.

for we must." said Dagobert. my children. "What. a straw mattress and a blanket at your door for me. to save still more. there will be a little singe. yes you can iron well very well. good Dagobert !" if you think that I know my trade as a washerwoman. The medal bore on its faces the following inscriptions "We "Then. with Spoil-sport on my feet. : : . our papers and the medal you wear I hope so. and. let me continue to have your custom it is cheaper. you.18 THE WANDERING JEW "Have we still a long. because you two together don't eat more than a mouse. Zounds! I may bring as near my cheek as I please my skin is so tough that I don't feel the heat. are only jesting. good Dagobert. long way to go?" asked Rose." "Therefore. you do all the us. and I have learnt in Egypt and Spain to be hungry only when it We . and a clean litter for old Jovial. to reach Paris? Yes. chap your pretty little hands in soap-suds don't a soldier on a campaign always wash his own Clumsy as you see me. from time to time." cooking for "Not forgetting that. but we get on and days' march. with imperturbable gravity. "Hah! when the iron is too hot." "And to think. that you wash almost at every evening " to our resting-place. : — . because we have a light purse. As if it were not for us "I allow ! "You you to !" said the soldier. poor people like us should save where we can." "Only sometimes. I was the best washerwoman squadron and what a hand at ironing Not to make Pooh linen in ! ? — my ! a brag of it. take great care that you do not lose it see. at least." said Blanche. these are our whole traveling expenses. on a journey. closet for we travel cheap. interrupting Blanche. at all events. children. some hundred don't travel quick. A suits. keep enough to reach Paris. that you have it safe." will do the rest "This medal is sacred to us mother gave it to us on her death-bed. and will not even let us assist. as she drew from her bosom a small bronze medal. it — — ." said Rose. I say nothing about food." "Here it is. Once there. which she wore suspended from her neck by a chain of the same material." "Yes. smiling.

once more look at the mound where your brave i\-. In a century and a half me ! vou will be. the dog On his his by the meadow was growing more and more marshy advancing a few steps. to look out upon the inn-yard. and Dagobert. At Rue J. who had comfortably established himself in the meaof between his fore-paws. for the . in order to regain the high-road. indeed. with the consummate forethought of a veteran. and away Come. 1X32. before the somewhat envious eyes of Spoilsport. "Mother was not able it "What does tell to us." observed the soldier. This venerable animal had not for one moment dreamed "We we sleep. Pray for me! mean. with his snout protruding the signal of departure. yet nearly an hour's march to arrive at quarters. D. THE ARRIVAL Already had Morok several times opened with impatience the window-shutters of the loft. and. he was obliged to turn long staff. C. Dagobert ?" resumed Blanche. February the 13th. Pray L. No. trying the ground with the end of dow'. led the horse carefully along bridle. but. he had made the best use of his time. On — CHAPTER III. sive inn.THE WANDERING JEW Victim of 19 Paris 3. Dagobert asked for the least expenand was told there was only one in the village the White Falcon. Paris February the 13th." ! — — — moving. watching for the arrival of the orphans and the soldier. Put up the medal carefully. with his aid. remounted Jovial. "Let us go then to the White Falcon. 1682. resumed his post behind master. by taking from that foreign soil a large contribution of green and tender grass." will discuss all that this evening. after off to the left. my poor pets. as she examined the mournful inscriptions. Not seeing them. at the place where answered Dagobert. "It grows late: let us be We have moving. reaching Mockern. he began once more to walk slowly up and . for Saint Francois.ther fell and then to horse! to horse!" The orphans gave a last pious glance at the spot which had recalled to their guide such painful recollections.

a religious house at Friburg. from his boyhood. that the least caprice of the despot hurls in a frail sledge through the immensity of the empire. The three persons whose arrival he so imHis patiently expected had not yet made their appearance. Notwithstanding his ferocious appearance. men accustomed to such a It is the vigor. In fact. The ideas which possessed his mind. His ear was quick as a savage's. 5jc Sjt Morok continued to walk up and down the loft. He afterwards followed him vicissitudes of fortof the imperial couriers those iron automata. . with his head bent forward. leaned his head towards the window. they either be broken to pieces. in 1810.20 THE WANDERING JEW down. must One may conceive the boldness. after which. being duly and properly converted. affectation of austerity. he had been. a solemn and mystical style of speech. Petersburg. for his countenance grew even more gloomy than usual. "They are here !" he exclaimed. and at last to enter. later. He had caught the sound of footsteps a man's and a horse's. Morok became one — obstacles. The courage displayed in (which he gravely attributed to his ^iis taming exercises recent conversion). with his menagerie of unknown origin. of life. to serve as guide to a Russian engineer. For these men. born in the north of Siberia. who travel night and day. who was charged with an exploring expedition to the Polar regions. he had abandoned this profession. and his arms folded on his bosom. by what series of singular circumstances Morok was induced to exchange this rough pursuit for another profession. fatigues nor dangers living projectiles. On a sudden he stopped abruptly. as catechumen. he was by no means deficient in intelligence. and the resignation. Night had come. from Persia to the Frozen Sea. Long before his conversion. he began his nomadic excursions. or reach the intended mark. doubtless. one of the boldest hunters of bears and reindeer. $ $ $ $ $ useless to relate here. Hastening to the window-shutter of — . of a painful character. and listened. were. and his fox-like eye shone with diabolic joy. walk became more and more nervous and irregular. meditating on the best means to carry out the plan he had conceived. had given him a and a hypocritical species of influence over the people he visited in his travels. as may well be supposed. and there after some une. Morok had been familiar with the habits of wild beasts. with the rapidity of lightning there are neither seasons nor to St.

that fashion. gave his features a between his broad jaws. he engaged himself to perform the prelude to the exercises of . and called. Goliath unclasped his fan: tied his mouth. which was here and there slashed by the sharp claws of the animals. The night had set in. which bent beneath his weight. other mountebanks. His tions. no doubt. of thoroughly digesting his he leaned over the aperture from which projected projects the ladder. this giant need not have feared to wrestle He wore an old pair of blue single-handed with a bear. had been well-named Goliath. and the vast bulk of his arms and legs. When he was fairly on the floor. armed fangs. a high wind made the lights flicker in the lanterns which were used to But the description given to Morok receive the new guests. barbarous food. The new-comer. finding it. Sure of his prey. enter the inn-yard together." The steps of the ladder creaked as an enormous head appeared on a level with the floor. easier to carry in hands to ascend the ladder. Like many licking his blood-stained lips with greediness. and uniting pleasure with profit. that it was impossible to mistake them. and the old soldier who served them as a guide. and let fall the great piece of beef. thick and coarse as . he closed the window. and saw the two young on horseback. or rather cuirass. squinting eyes were deep set beneath a low and projecting forehead his reddish hair and beard. At length the whole of this tall and huge body issued from the aperture. with teeth which resembled piece of raw beef weighing no doubt. dark and cloudy. whilst he used his stamp of bestial ferocity . and a vest. horse-hair. — — "Come up "Here I to am me.THE WANDERING JEW the loft. he opened girls 21 it cautiously. he held by one corner a ten or twelve pounds. and gifted with herculean proporHe was hideous. the astonishing breadth of his chest and shoulders. had been so exact. trousers with red stripes. "Goliath !" "Master !" replied a hoarse voice. Having remained in meditation for another quarter of an hour for the purpose. who was more than six feet high." — just come from the slaughter-house with the meat. faced with tanned sheep's-skin. of thick leather. Judging by his bull-neck. this species of monster had begun by eating raw meat at the fairs for the amusement of the Thence having gradually acquired a taste for this public.

" "The building which overlooks the fields?" " burst of frightful "Yes. and that — makes our meals very late. where is the cleaver? Since Karl went away I have to do all the work. without attending to the — — — A . "My share and Death's are below stairs. I have a brute's strength." Then." "Did the old man remain with the young Morok. in their cages as if they'd knock all to pieces. amazed that. If I could roar.22 THE WANDERING JEW Morok." resumed Morok. he exhibited a fore-arm hairy as skin of a wolf." said Goliath. master. "Were you below when arrived at the inn?" just now some new travellers "Yes. and knotted with veins — — — as large as one's thumb." are these travellers?" "Two young lasses mounted on a white horse. you brute "If I !" am a brute. that I may cut it in chunk of beef. and interrupted Goliath. master but the cleaver roaring shook the loft. I have never seen Judas and Cain as they are to-night they leap As for Death. "Yes. regarded "Answer. yes but in the devil's name. her eyes shine more than usual like candles poor Death!" "So these girls are lodged in the building at the end of the court-yard. Goliath. the cleaver !" are hungry and so am I "Do you know where they have lodged these travellers?' "The host took them to the far end of the court-yard. where's the cleaver?" he again began. But instead of replying to this inquiry. and an old But the cleaver? my beasts fellow with a big moustache. two? No preference here beast or man every gullet must have its own. the Prophet with an increase of stupid astonishment. several pounds of raw flesh. pointing to the "Where is the cleaver. "Hark to them!" he exclaimed. as he cast round his eyes in search of that instrument. the Prophet put many questions to his disciple. rolling up one of the sleeves of his vest. . "I say. notwithstanding his girls?" asked importunities. — observations of Goliath." said Goliath. I should do as they do. his master should still appear to neglect the animals' supper. by devouring. I "Who was coming from the slaughter-house. "hunger has driven the beasts wild. in the presence of the crowd. master. and here are those of Cain and Judas.

the light of a lantern with a gray moustache paddling in soap-suds like a washerwoman it's as if I were to feed canaries!" added Goliath." "I never eat without my beasts." Goliath did not answer. "Is it "What plain is there. "But now I've anshrugging his shoulders with disdain. the Prophet said to give no food to the beasts this evening. after leading his horse to the stable. "where is the — — — — ! — — A — cleaver?" After a Goliath. asked for a tub and some water. with impatience." — "So much "It'll the better!" drive 'em mad. he added. with ever-increasing enough?" "Not feed? when our meat amazement. tha idea was so incomprehensible to him." "You must wish something bad to happen this evening. and hold your tongue.THE WANDERING JEW in 23 come a surly tone. dost hear me?" said Morok." repeated Morok. "Well. . "Obey. "The old man. but he opened wide his squinting eyes. "and brute against brute. "Well. swered you. looking round for something. of thoughtful silence. devil take me. I am as hungry as the beasts !" "Eat then who prevents it? Your supper is ready. nor they without me. moment "You will is your pleasure." "I tell you again." "So much the better !" "How. and drew back a couple of steps. as you devour it raw. master. folded his hands." "I ask it the old man remained with the girls. I have not always the worst off. took his stand under the porch and there by man he is washing out clothes. master?" said he." At first the giant could not understand these words. then no !" returned the giant. and supper is already three hours after time!" cried Goliath. so much the better ? "It is — But " enough!" "But. Hunger makes the beasts furious and me also. let me attend to the beasts' supper" and. "I forbid you to give any food to the beasts this evening. if you dare give any food to the beasts I will turn you away. that." Goliath uttered a low growl as hoarse as a bear's and looked at the Prophet with a mixture of anger and stupe- — — faction.

having given appearing to reflect. Morok slapped the giant cordially on ." n "You have no need to understand it. addressing himself to Gohe said to him liath who was still plunged in deep perplexity." "Where is he. soon come back?" "Will not Karl "He has already come back." the and manner. smiling with a stupid.24- THE WANDERING JEW his orders. Karl goes. . when And. is. "Go and ask his servant if I may be sure to gomaster early to-morrow morning. changing on the sudden his tone as cunning as Karl." "What must I do self-satisfied air. that I forbid you . "It is the panther." answered the giant shortly. Yes. and goes again. only poor Death? just I and Judas can wait." hard work?" ." said the giant. yes I am awake. where I went his wife bought some books ?— Morok. ." "Good but may I not feed the beasts before cate. her. I am sure. from eating when to understand why you prevent the beasts they are hungry. : get my passport signed to-day and a ehaplet. to "Do vou remember the burgomaster's. It is a matter with you to-day? I can make nothing of would help me pity that Karl's not here. above all. that there are ten florins to earn to-night and you will be keen enough to earn them. as a wolf you are cunning as a fox. but of you though hungry "We are not talking it suits you. "Why. have something important to leave home I go to the burgomaster's?—only the panther." what is the "By the horns of the devil !" cried Goliath. who is most hungry? a little morsel to Come." "Yes. say that I beg without seeing me. on those terms. being cunning. shoulder. . and. at ' "What for?" to communi"I may perhaps." ' find the bur- him not all events. "What! am "The proof I cunning?" — for ten florins?" "You "Is it shall see. master." "What can be going on here? There is something in the " and wind. loft walked up and down the Then. then ?" ." satisfy her Cain and to feed. _ "Off again. above all the rest. of Karl. and returns. he. it.

many times.THE WANDERING JEW "You but shall see. "Put that iron bar in the stove. IV." said Goliath. When we remember the habits of a soldier a-field. — . porch?'" "Yes. so every evening when of saving them they came to a halt he devoted himself to all sorts of But he was not now serving his feminine occupations. somewhat consoled for the delav of his supper by the hope of gaining ten florins. but. master." "Forget nothing: the iron bar in the fire the burgomasand return here to wait my orders. Therefore. master. he had industriously repaired the damage and disorder which a day of battle always brings to the garments of the soldier for it is not enough to receive a sabre-cut the soldier has also to mend his uniform. Dagobert enly thought of sparing the scanty purse of the orphans." "Yes. — — CHAPTER Goliath had not been mistaken. master." "Yes." "You will leave it there go to the burgomaster's." "Yes." added the Prophet." Morok took a step away. and all care and trouble. and return here to wait for me. in the evening or on the morrow of a hardfought engagement. master. "Yes. master. for the stroke which grazes the skin makes likewise a corresponding fissure in the cloth." So saying. "to make it red-hot. MOROK AND DAGOBERT for Dagobert was wash- ing with that imperturbable gravity with which he did everything else. he resumed: "You say the old man is busy washing under the . Morok ter descended by the trap-door and disappeared. recollecting himself. first light 25 the fire in that stove. ." Begin by going to the burgomaster's He pointed to it with — - his finger. we need not be astonished at this apparent eccentricity. during his apprenticeship in these matters campaigns. you will see the best soldiers (always distinguished by their fine military appearance) take from ." "You will keep the fire up in the stove.

"You donkey my new breeches !" the grenadier had exclaimed. "To horse!" cries the captain. and his galligaskins in his lap. whilst the others. For if he showed a stoical indifference on the subject of injury to his skin. the same evening. scissors. as he went his round. and the videttes fall back upon the detachment. which he turned the wrong side out the better to conceal the stitches. having picketed their were able to take a little rest. he began to play the tailor by the light of the watchfire. gravely seated. This partial undress was certainly a breach of discipline: but the captain. buttons. at the bivouac. to repair this accident. who. having first drawn off his cavalry-boots. without any decisive advantage. given to Francis Baudoin (the guide of the orphans) at a time when he was considered one of the handsomest and bravest horse-grenadiers of the Imperial We Guard. which he instantly avenged by running the Austrian through with a thrust scientifically administered. In the evening. Selecting his best needle and thread from the stores of his housewife. in a voice of thunder. They had been fighting hard all day. his regimental coat on his back. and also (if it must be confessed) the injured garment itself. could not find a better opportunity to explain the name of Dagobert. his boots by his side. . with a zeal that the most industrious workwoman might envy. calling to arms. thread. Our hero had charged for he valiantly that day without receiving any wound counted as a mere memento the deep scratch on his thigh. and apply themselves to all kinds of mending and darning. it was riot so with regard to the ripping up of his best parade uniform. and arming his finger with a thimble. therefore. the company to which our hero belonged was sent as outliers to occupy the ruins of a deserted village. furnished with needles. when he saw the wide yawning rent. Videttes being posted. a musket-shot is heard. half the troopers remained in saddle. Suddenly. horses.26 THE WANDERING JEW their cartridge-box or knapsack a housewife. in a squatting position. — ! He undertook. which a kaiserlitz had inflicted in awkwardly attempting an upward thrust with the bayonet. with his grenadier cap on. was sewing with all the coolness of a tailor upon his own shop-board. could not forbear laughing at the sight of the veteran soldier. and other such gear.

and our hero foamed with rage. the troopers are in their saddles. Dagobert had laid . 27 In a moment. without even stopping to put on his boots. party of Cossacks. my old comrade!" he exclaimed. and naked legs pressing the sides of his charger. it was a curious spectacle. sitting upright in his saddle. From Baudoin received and kept the nickname Xow in washing. wrong side out. Thinking of his torn clothes and lost boots." In spite of discipline. and took an officer prisoner. who killed two Cossacks. occupation of the soldier at the moment when the alarm was given. "thou art like King Dagobert wearing thy breeches inside out. in which the detachment had main- A : . Francis of Dagobert. he understood the whole mystery. with his naked feet in the stirrups. with his own hand. and his comrades were able to appreciate the brilliant valor of our grenadier. for he set much value on his equipments. to the great Dagobert was under the porch of the inn. The captain drew near in astonishment but recalling the . and leaps upon his horse. had attempted to surprise the detachment the fight was bloody. so he slips it on. In truth. as well as he can. and his sword-hilt carried close to his right thigh. tained its position. After this skirmish. profiting by the cover of a neighboring wood. when they saw this tall and stern-looking figure ride forward at a slow pace. But our friend. "Ha. Our hero could have dispensed with this ovation. that he might thank him publicly for his gallant behavior. and returned to his place in the ranks without changing countenance. and ordered the clothes-mender to advance from the ranks. occupied amazement of sundry beer-drinkers. made a half-wheel. congratulations of his — captain. the unfortunate clothes-mender having to lead the first rank there is no time to turn the unlucky garment. after he had duly received the that day. Judge of the surprise of both captain and troopers. with his left thumb pressing the well-adjusted reins. but he was not the less obliged to obey. who room observed him with curious eyes from the large common in which they were assembled. the captain drew up his men to compliment them on their success. and the day had been fatal to him. this joke of the captain's was received with peals of ill-repressed laughter.THE WANDERING JEW . he hacked away with more fury than ever a bright moon illumined the scene of action.

the Prophet conto show. Morok resumed: "If I do not deceive myself. he was rubbing away at a wet handkerchief. comrade. the end of which rested in a tubf ul of water. of Rhine-wine together. At this moment. the Prophet entered the porch. two scars. with a vigorous hand. : : ! washing. and emptying their pots of beer. then. their pipes. he said to him in French. not to say angry style for the face and words of the beast-tamer displeased him more than he cared Far from being discouraged. presence of the two girls. and good supply of soap. began to put him out of patience. tattooed with warlike emblems in red and blue colors. you have taken rather late to wear petticoats. Therefore I find. were wonder then. The Dagobert. without discontinuing his work. and made him no answer. sustained attention. and rolled up the sleeves of his shirt. bald-headed old man." Dagobert remained mute. Dagobert turned abruptly round. and talk of our campaigns. my fine fellow. my fine fellow. that. in a rather sly tone: "It would seem. "I am sure. you are French. of which he saw himself the object. while smoking distinctly visible. that you have not much confidence in the washerwomen of Mockern?" . when he was no longer in this tall.28 THE WANDERING JEW aside his gray top-coat. with which he was rubbing the linen. : . and your military air stamps you as an old soldier of the Empire. and. eyed him attentively for several seconds then approaching. Upon his right arm. can drink a glass "But we may make acquaintance. the Germans should display some surprise at the singular occupation of No moustached. with the forbidding countenance— for the features of Dagobert assumed a harsh and grim expression. that. looked askant at the Prophet. spread out on the board. and plied the soap. and said to him in a rough I don't wish to know you "I don't know you voice Chain up your curb!" And he betook himself again to his . will you not answer me ?" Losing all patience. deep enough to admit the finger. half turned his head with a frown. I also We . perceiving the soldier. Astonished at this silence. in a most hurried. but he gnawed his moustache. for a hero. The words on your arm prove it. for his employment appeared to him quite natural. that you are neither tinued deaf nor dumb why. looked Morok full in the face.

The sarcastic meaning was no longer disguised impudence and bravado were legible in the Prophet's looks." The mvstical effrontery of this peroration . Folding his arms upon his breast. he thought better o-f it. something designedly provoking. Dagobert. fingers two or three times through his yellow beard. why should you not drink a glass of wine . accompanied by several idlers from the common- A eyes . in a dry and insolent tone: "It is very certain you are not civil. will induce you to be more civil." The veins on the bald forehead of Dagobert swelled perhe saw in the look and accent of the man.THE WANDERING JEW . 29 have seen some service. and. Heaven preserve me from quarrels !" he added. the dispute might become serious. I assure you and that. Perhaps it will be necessary to give him a lesson. who wished to avoid a quarrel at any price. the taste of the idlers the fame of the Prophet Mockern. Thinking that with such an -adversary. who ceptibly thus obstinately addressed him. with his long continued in German moustache. On hearing the insults of his adversary. Dagobert could not help sayrow. hoping thus to put an end to the scene which was a sore trial flash of joy lighted up the tawny of his temper. was at first disposed to break the washing-board on his head but. Notwithstanding his coolness. Morok said to him. with time me . perhaps. —we could is talk about France. with : mock compunction . turning to the spectators. and ought to make his work respected.country abroad. remembering the orphans. I feel sociable particularly to use the soap as well as you do. I lived there a long it a fine . that he is not civil. I'd send her to your school. amazed and incensed at the impudent pertinacity of the Prophet. "but the Lord has enlightened I me — I am his creature." — . carried off his tub to the other end of the porch. He ran his crooked rounded the pupil seemed to dilate. Dagobert. my man of suds !" Then. this prelude . "I ask you. as a performance was expected was quite to had reached on the mor- much amused the company. and when 1 meet Frenchmen when they know how If I had a housewife . in token of satisfaction then he advanced slowly towards the soldier. We shall see what answer he'll make. The white circle which surof the brute-tamer. room. still he contained himself. he"Tell this Frenchman.

were justly drowned in the Beresino. had deprived them of courage their single gift. without looking at the Prophet. at peep we can meet behind a wall.30 ing in the THE WANDERING JEW German language: "I know German. Morok. that is. that stranger has no right to answer with insolence. —the understand you. when an honest man offers a glass of wine civilly to a stranger. almost choked him this song afforded him some relief. if you have any in your veins !" of our blood "What?" said Dagobert. I will be less brief. a creature. ah! to Good-bye Amanda. and to-morrow morning. Taking. — "Out of Tirlemont's flea-haunted den. turning towards the spectators. as he proceeded to rinse out another piece of linen. by two of the corners. and who affects not to " understand that I require an apology or else The silence . coldly." etc. who has insulted. said to them. and began to hum to himself the burden of the old camp ditty: . sabre in hand. and who. "Nothing!" returned Morok. and offended the Lord a hundred times a day. favored by divine grace. you answer to that?" "Nothing !" said Dagobert. who stabled their horses in churches. with an air of hypocritical restraint "We knew that the soldiers of Napoleon were pagans. you that I have seen service. the adventure had become exciting. for their sins. the handkerchief which he had just dipped in the water. and show the color of day. "Or you must give me satisfaction! I have already told — — . : . that. — . We shall easily find somewhere a couple of swords. he shook it. "that is very little. to punish these miscreants. and tell you. and I now say you are grossly rude." Great drops of sweat ran down Dagobert's forehead and cheeks his large imperial was incessantly agitated by nervous trembling but he restrained himself. in me. and joined the first comers. The Prophet resumed in German: "I said that you were What do not civil. like so many Pharaohs but we did not know that the Lord. We to ride forth next With day of the sen. and a ring was formed around the two persons most concerned. wrung it. which Dagobert had condemned himself. Here is a man." rest will Speak in German New spectators now arrived. and deserves to be taught manners if he does so.

"To get "What. is only fit for a ." "Would you be so mean as to denounce us?" asked added another. We "What would you do with two swords?" asked Dagobert. and scanning from head to foot with bitter insolence. soldier given to his orphan charge such a proof of tenderness and devotion. Indeed.THE WANDERING JEW 31 This challenge began to frighten the spectators. a pull upon as if a sudden thought had restrained him the mohimself ment he was about to rush on the Prophet. of Tirlemont. certainly not. the burgomaster would shut you up in jail. and put it carefully into a little oil-silk bag then. For a man of his character to lei r. "When you you'd honor see. The Prophet frowned would not be accepted. — whistling his favorite air he began to fear that his challenge He advanced a step or so to encounter Dagobert. if you think fit. and I one in mine.imthe sacself be insulted with impunity." "What care I for prison?" exclaimed the Prophet. but becoming fearfully pale." "If they were to find you with arms in your hands. fight? a very fine idea!" said one. who were not prepared for so tragical a conclusion. he refuses to fight. !" have one in The Lord commands us your grasp. as if to interhim cept his passage." Morok. Napoleon. dried his soap. folding his arms. are only giving you a friendly piece of advice. as it were. yourself both locked up in prison: the laws against duel- — ling are strict. "do as you like. and. said to him: "So! an old soldier of that arch-robber. and keep you there two or three months before trial. by which you may profit. had the voice. and refuses to fight !" "Yes. and refuse to fight — rifice was immense "So you are a coward ! —you are afraid of me —and you confess it ?" At these words Dagobert made. placed himself before him." cried several." "Particularly with relation to strangers or nondescripts. "Only give me a couple of swords. to have a care of his Dagobert shrugged his shoulders. washerwoman. moved to depart. in a firm Never." answered Dagobert. perhaps. quietly. and you shall see to-morrow morning if I heed what the burgomaster can do or say. made a bundle of his linen in his handkerchief. "Xo. he had — .

" "It sometimes requires more courage to refuse a challenge than to accept one. and he shall drink to your health. was so daunting. He saw a stout fellow. bathed in sweat. though rapid. you see. would have a good long imprisonment." "Oh. if he fought and was taken up. that the Prophet and the spectators drew back a step. We will make that mischief-making Prophet acknowledge that he has been too touchy. would occasion to their journey. I give way I own I was wrong. and I was not master of myself. believing it useful to his projects to hide his disappointment. ought a man to fight about If he should be killed or put in prison. and said to him. : that "the was wrong. whatever might be the result. had wounded me. "he travels with two young girls. with a frank and simple countenance. poor children ?" Dagobert turned towards the person who had pronounced these last words. and then." The German shook — : Up to this moment the brute-tamer. In such a position. with suppressed vexation Lord commands hunv'Iity and I beg your pardon. he walked up to the soldier. But the impulse of anger." "After all the Prophet was wrong to pick a quarrel about — nothing and with a stranger. Dagobert seemed to have gained the general interest. Profound silence reigned for some seconds. enraged at the issue of this scene. . with a tolerably good grace "Well. But now his features gradually relaxed and. . sir. One of the company said to those near him: "This man is clearly not a coward. looked on with savage contempt at those who had thus sided against him. too. no! certainly not.32 THE WANDERING JEW remembered the two maidens. I repeat. and said with emotion: cordially the hand which Dagobert had proffered. the soldier offered him his hand. he added "Do one thing. pale face. sir share a bowl of punch with us." "Thank you. and. and the fatal hindrance which a duel. by a sudden reaction. for he had hoped that the soldier would accept his challenge. Your frigid air to these gentlemen. for a stranger." added another. holding it still in his own. had been so significant the expresion of the stern. what would trifles? — become of them." "And then." he added." "Yes." This proof of moderation and regret was highly appreI — — .

so much the worse. when one is treated." "Yes. "He asks your pardon you cannot expect more. yes. "and I must you honestly that I cannot afford to pay for drink. but simple dignity. and they will not be long ones." The soldier spoke these words with such firm." Each his "Well. the second. in the name Dagobert by girls. return. You have not answered me do you still bear malice ':" "If ever I meet you. gentlemen." Then he turned his back abruptly on the Prophet. hoping of your to decide "Many thanks." — We "Poverty is no crime. that the Germans did not venture to renew their offer. stout man. Good-night. and I must not incur any tell useless expenses. as he directed his steps towards the stable. "Well. accept pretty we beg you. We have still a long journey to go.THE WANDERING JDW ciated ." said the veteran. feeling that accept it a man of Dagobert's character could not without humiliation. At one end rose the principal dwelling at the other was a range of buildings which contained sundry chambers. and asked your pardon. "Come." said the this argument. my brave fellow ?" said one of them. touched by the hearty advances of the Germans. and said in a voice even more humble than before: "I have acknowledged my error. The inn of the White Falcon formed a parallelogram. to give his horse a second allowance of provender. we make you it. gentlemen. who walked slowly out of the yard. "I should have liked to clink glasses with you. will pay for the first bowl. he must offer drink in people. and all fair. "you are very worthy But." "Good-night. let us all drink together in the . and mine host of the Falcon will soon turn us out of doors. my brave trooper good-night for it grows late. in a suppressed and hollow tone. 33 and loudly applauded by the spectators." replied he. addressing Dagobert. Morok approached him. I will just say two words to you. . . "when my children have no longer need of me. we will accept it that's understood. you for turn." answered Dagobert." said the stout man. this offer frankly —accept it same little spirit." replied Dagobert. let at ! — — .

Yes." Notwithstanding the caresses and the voice of his master. and. sniffed audibly. remained perfectly motionless. a low price to the poorer sort of travellers a vaulted passage opened a way through this latter into the country. instead of turning towards his master a look of intelligence. "You don't know me !" cried Dagobert. black. he had drawn tight his halter. finally. struck with this singular contrast. he saw the poor animal in an attitude which implied terror his legs half bent. By the dubious light of a stable-lantern. his nostrils quivering." The soldier looked around him with uneasiness. as he put down the basket. Alarmed. Dagobert. as if he doubted it were he. in order to get away from the partition that supported his rack and manger. and his coat altogether looked dull and bristling. were the three strong. It was a large stable. the horse continued to give signs of terror." he added with "you are like thy master afraid bitterness. abundant cold-sweat had speckled his hide with bluish stains. — . lastly. "Why. shook it as he approached Jovial. his ears down. "you are afraid though no coward in general. as if he wished to break it. on either side of the court-yard were sheds and stables. from time to time. he pulled some- — — ! — — less violently at his halter. To his great astonishment. More and more surprised. faintly lighted by the lantern suspended from the roof. the soldier went up to him. and approaching his nostrils to the hand of Dagobert. and impatiently striking the ground with his fore-feet. his body shook with convulsive starts. took from off a chest the portion of oats destined for his horse. separated from Jovial by some stalls with bars between. he called Jovial with a friendly voice. pouring it into a winnowing-basket. entering one of these stables. his old travelling companion did not respond with a joyous neigh to the rustle of the oats rattling on the wicker-work. which was covered with innumerable cobwebs at the further end. horses of the brute-tamer as tranquil as Jovial was frightened. "Something what extraordinary must be passing here. with lofts and garrets erected over them. old Jovial !" said the soldier. but the animal.34 THE WANDERING JEW . Dagobert. in order to soothe his horse with more freedom. his head stretched forward. of which he . as he thought of the offence he had himself endured. instead of standing out sleek and glossy from the dark background of the stable.

and he can scent the animals of that insolent scoundrel. come. mornin." But the horse. The terrified horse. Just then a frightful roaring. returned to them no more. "I understand it now. and rushing at ! the open door. appetite. licked his hands. no more of these foolish fears about nothing! If was here. Tis the first time this has happened since our departure. leaped over the bar that marked his place. them in my absence. is how like to see my old Jovial !" Dagobert. so near that it seemed to come from the stable in which they were. having just touched the oats with his mouth. eat ! instead of staring at me in that way. Dagobert had himself started at the suddenness of this wild and fearful sound. . as he carefully collected the oats from the manger "once in another stable." said the soldier. and takes care of . that with one effort he broke his halter. and the animal." added he. rubbed his head against him. again caressed his horse. and there must be others in this place. The three horses of the prophet.THE WANDERING JEW 35 was soon to have the explanation. who wa:. and we shall be able to start early to-morrow . "Come. gradually reassured by his master's presence. You have generally such a good appetite. gave so violent a shock to Jovial. as if in obedience to his master. and began to nibble at the sleeve of Dagobert's coat. and poured its contents into the manger. my poor Jovial there is something the matter with you. Spoil-sport. for we have a long day's march to-morrow above all. "Good!" said the soldier. and now you leave your corn. this his usual tokens of affection. recovering himself. uttered a low I neigh. It is enough to frighten him. cupied by the itinerant menagerie of the brute-tamer. he will no longer leave his peck. as he took up the winnowing-basket. come. which at once explained to him the The adjoining stable was occause of his horse's terror. and was only separated by the partition which supported the mangers. after running and galloping about the . said and gave him "Come. "Now eat with a good and. Come. accustomed to these howlings. Jovial has heard another such roar before. escaped into the court-yard. for the issue of his journey greatly depended on the health and vigor of his horse. now growing seriously uneasy. had remained perfectly quiet. heart but he is along with the children. he would keep you in thy comrade.

they still retained the ingenuous gayety of their age.36 THE WANDERING JEW yard. The remembrance of their mother would some- . which was now lighted by a lamp. AND BLANCHE. orphans occupied a dilapidated chamber in one of the most remote wings of the inn. were clad in and wrists. having pointed out one that was only intended for a single animal. whom CHAPTER ROSE V. buttoned at the neck They wore no caps. Completely reassurred on his account. which. gave to their fresh and blooming faces a still more candid expression. if the latter had not been fully engaged in admiring the eagerness with which Jovial despatched his provender. had already twice uttered a deep growl and turned his head towards the window but without giving any further effect — to this hostile manifestation. a table. The The great Siberian dog. but their confined at the temples by a broad piece of tape. These white garments. as quickly as possible. beautiful chestnut hair was The orphans laughed and chatted. half recumbent in their bed. and the white fillet that like a halo encircled their brows. The two sisters. he reproached himself with having left so long. and proceeded to get his supper at the tricks. retreat. returned at the voice of the soldier. who was lying close to the door. with a single window opening upon the country. A bed without curtains. for. so that it might not get tangled during the night. composed the more than modest furniture of this On the table. thanks to his might have afforded immediate occupation for his master's needle. whom Dagobert asked if there was another vacant stable. Jovial was comfortably installed there. was deposited the knapsack of the soldier. which stood near the window. in spite of some early sorrows. the soldier shut the door of the stable. and even amused himself much expense of Dagobert's top-coat. in order to rejoin the orphans. who easily caught him by the broken halter. and a hostler. When delivered from his ferocious neighbors. long white wrappers. the horse became tranquil as before. and two chairs.

to be sought inhunned. For them. Now. and infused a restless and dreamy langour into the soft blue of their large eyes. felt. Thanks to . He promised us yesterday. had so said. and said "Do you think he will come again to-night?" "Oh. which often quickened the beatings of their innocent hearts. with regard to devotional exercises. a great secret. a creed sufficient for such pure and of Rose and Blanche make them it bitter .this guileless illusion. bless God that He has given you one soul. persuaded that their mother. What others seek elsewhere. looked at her smilingly. ested them much. but this sorrow had in it nothing was rather a sweet melancholy. since some days. and to forfeit the proThis was the entire theology tection of the good angels. — — — — loving souls. as was already that God. this evening. on the evening in question. incessantly watched over them. that he allowed them to look down upon them from to see them always. ! it . Rose. that to do wrong would be to afflict her. occupied the edge of the couch." "He is so good. when he says to by the hand 'My children. just and good. with his long fair curls. 'only make one. yes certainly.' to remember his words. with her rounded arms crossed behind her head. : ! — ! — suits his face. sister!" pleasure are so attentive When I see you listening to him. changed to bright scarlet the roses on their cheeks.THE WANDERING JEW times 37 sad. he would not break his promise. the orphans. which was half turned towards her sister Blanche. for in the desert where they had lived there was neither church nor priest. this adored mother was not dead she was only absent. the two sisters chatted Their theme intertogether whilst waiting for Dagobert. often agitated their budding bosoms. taking us smile and soft voice. their faith. to hear them always. Almost as ignorant as Dagobert." us. for." "And so handsome.' "What "We " he added." "And his name what a charming name how well it . consisted in this much pity for the poor mothers whose children were left on earth. highest heaven and sometimes to send fair guardian angels to protect them. they had a secret.' " 'Since your two hearts. you " : "And what a sweet will find in yourselves. with her elbow resting on the bolster.

" where every one must be happy. without loving Blanche?" ! rise within us If generous. — — — ." "How could he love Rose." has yet told us nothing of Paris." "Do not be afraid they will remain in our hearts." "We are so much like one another. you know. since we have but one heart between us. Dur lips moving as if we repeated every word after him." "Oh. so noble. — people will look at us!" "He "He ." "So. "Well when laughing." "They will love us." has not thought of it we must speak to him about it this very night. too we must see him there also." "And in Paris. he . to save himself that trouble. dare so much as to enter it? How "Yes but every one there is happy. and "Then.38 is THE WANDERING JEW as if saw myself. I he speaks. us Only think. too in that great city." "And. "Paris how ! — "A city it must be. Blanche. every one must be good also. like little birds in their mother's nests. that he loves us both at the same time!" "He could not do otherwise. your or rather our eyes are wide." "And is it not the best way? He is alone to love us." "But ought we. and kissing her sister's forehead." "Only he must not leave us till we reach Paris." "And how lucky it is. my dear little mirror !" said Rose." must be like a city all of gold. neglected one?" "And then again he would have found it so difficult to choose. besides. since beautiful it it is so beautiful." he goes on talking. poor orphans. Often. "he has chosen us both. we shall be with our friend with the fair hair and blue eyes. laughing. Rose. we are two together to think of him. wide open. what good we could but always keep them "What would have become of the poor." "If he is in the mood for talking. above all at Paris it will be good to have him with and Dagobert." said Rose. my sister." "And what he says is so grand. It is — — — no wonder we forget nothing that he says. as ! thoughts in mind.

as we told everything to mother." "We tell him everything." . " At this moment the dog gave an- "Sister. "What makes you growl so. intelligent looking growled deeply. In those moments. "eh." "Yes." said Rose. and came to lay his head on the counterpane." said Blanche. the certain sign of extreme purity of race. in the centre of which was a remarkable bump. nately casting a sidelong glance at the window the sisters bent over him to pat his broad forehead." "It is true: one would think he knows that he then has a double charge over us. "You are right other deep growl." ." "See what a vain thing it is!" said Blanche. What can be the matter "there is the dog growling again. when we are so much beloved. do not growl striking with her little hand on the side of the bed. still obsti. our hearts beat quicker and stronger?" "Yes. as she sees it all. my good dog?" pulling him gently by the ears "Poor beast! he is always so uneasy when Dagobert is — away." "And." "The reason why is plain enough our friend fills up a good space in them. they seem to be more full. with him?" Come hither. how pleased she must be at what has happened to us !' "Because. his look recalls to me the gaze of our dear mother. since we have known our friend." "Well. Spoil-sport?" said Blanche. we must. smoothing with her slender fingers the parting of the hair on her sister's forehead. ! The dog rose." — "Do you not find that. again great. deserve it. Why should we conceal this from him?" "Especially as it is something which gives us so much pleasure. After a moment's reflection. as she pressed closer to Blanche. we will do best to tell Dagobert what a lucky star ours is.THE WANDERING JEW likes best to 39 gaze on us in silence his eyes on our eyes. let us do it. Rose said to her: "Don't you think we should relate all this to Dagobert?" "If you think so. I hope. "Spoil-sport.

barking furiously." "I am sorry for it. Dagobert is is late in coming to say goocl-night. Spoil-sport." little "How "What rest. — ! ! . The orphans. continued to bark with violence. and defend us !" cried the two sisters at once. "Alas! what can it be?" murmured the orphans. always thinking of us." "No doubt he "That makes attending to Jovial." "Dagobert has promised to tell us all. for two of the window-panes flew to pieces with a loud crash. clasping each other in a close embrace. and a singular kind of rustling was heard along the thin partition that divided Then a ponderous the chamber from the landing-place. in their extreme fear. motionless with affright. my sister we shall never be anything but poor orphans. The boards of the wooden staircase really creaked beneath the weight of unusually heavy footsteps. with a cry of terror. the two sisters held their breath." "Oh. with his forepaws resting on the sill. whilst the dog rushed towards the window. suddenly seizing Blanche by the arm. else we should not have made this long journey. there's the medal!" "Doubtless. Do you not hear what heavy footsteps?" "Quick come. "And Dagobert not here !" "Hark!" cried Rose." me think that we did not bid good-night to dear old Jovial. in an agony of alarm. One would think that he thanked us for our visit. they durst not even cast their eyes in the direction of the window." She was prevented from continuing. "hark! some one coming up the stairs!" "Good heaven it does not sound like the tread of Dagobert." "Poor beast! he seems so glad when he licks our hands. there is some hope attached to it. it THE WANDERING JEW seems to me. Pale. to give him a ! ! "We rich Alas. The dog. trembling. How he and he has all the trouble." can we prevent it?" a pity that we are not rich.40 "Sister." him good-night for "Good Dagobert! he spoils us ! is We remain idle. threw themselves into each other's arms. this evening." "Luckily. Dagobert will have wished us.

He saw nothing. if you only knew !" said Rose. and now and then uttering a low cry like a hound at fault. and leaned out. They heard him go backwards and forwards. He listened. that's clear. looking at Blanche. pointing to the open window. Two of our window panes have just been broken. old fellow. at the very height of terror. opened it quickly. falling against the door of the room. my good dog." Without answering a word Dagobert flew to the window.THE WANDERING JEW 41 mass. snuffing on every side. for both her own heart and her sister's beat with violence." said he to his dog. not to have of that !" said Rose. and gesture: — — "There is no one. The door opened. old fellow. At the sight of him Rose and Blanche joyfully exchanged a kiss. raised only about eight feet above the ground. "leap out. pushed back the shutter. It was Dagohert. Dagobert. "Oh. shook it violently. and search !" The faithful animal took one mighty spring and disappeared by the window. "What makes Spoil-sport bark in that direction. That is what first frightened us so much. sister. "What is the matter? why are you afraid?" asked the soldier in surprise. and the girls. together re- sumed their natural During this scene the dog. search! If there is any one there. "We do not know. panting as she spoke. did not "If yon knew what has just happened! and thenrecognize your footsteps they seemed so heavy — We — that noise behind the partition!" I could not run "Little frightened doves that you are! up the stairs like a boy of fifteen. but heard only the moaning of the wind. And their — ! thought pretty faces. still resting against the window did not cease barking a moment. pin him your fangs are strong and hold him fast till I come." "Bless me how foolish we must be. pale. to sleep there as usual. encouraged his dog with voice "Search. my chili dren?" said the soldier. still leaning over. "Spoil-sport. as if they had just escaped from a great danger. which had together grown color. looked at each other without the power to speak." But Spoil-sport found no one. seeing that I carried my bed upon my back a straw mattress that I have just flung down before your door. or you would . it was a dark night.

yes that is it." said he. speaking to Spoil-sport. Rose "I is right." Then." added Rose. your countenance there is — is quite changed. "how were these panes broken? Did you not remark?" "No." said Rose. "Be quite easy. Dagobert. "I believe you. you were absent longer than usual. my I pets? Oh. then. were very "Thanks. Yes. turning to the maidens." said he. for he was still under the painful influence of the brawl with Morok "how pale you are !" . nothing. But now I think of it. designed to fasten it on the inside. he set off at a gallop to make the circuit of the buildings. this draught is likely to give you cold. for he continued: "Well. — ! — — court-yard. and then the glass fell into the room. using the skirts to stop up as closely as possible the two openings made by the breaking of the panes. "Yes. my children !" said the soldier. as he again drew near the orphans "it was only the wind. which the soldier no doubt understood as a negative. and come back by the . After growling for a few seconds beneath the window. and observed a long movable hook. "the wind must have swung round the shutter. my good fellow. he asked. We . "Well. and this hook broke the window." assure you. But what is the matter with you?" added Rose. come back Make the round you will find some door open you are never at a loss." "Yes." answered the . how good you are! uneasy at not seeing you." And seeking to remedy this inconvenience." The animal followed this advice. "It blows hard. "Me." Dagobert examined the shutter. suddenly against the window.42 THE WANDERING JEW have had him by the throat ere : this." "We were a good deal frightened. What interest could anybody have to play such a sorry trick?" Then. "as if a shutter had struck . only just then perceiving that his countenance was disturbed and pallid. Dagobert we were talking together when we heard a great crash." "It seemed to me. and suspended it from the spring-catch of the curtainless window. who listened to his words and watched his movements with uneasiness "My girls." tell you nothing the matter. is there no one?" The dog answered by a bark. he took from a chair the reindeer pelisse.

as he forced a smile. from shutting besides." "Ah. sister. is for duty. smiling in their and opening their blue eyes to the utmost extent. "Faith! I should think so. he added: your fright that has "If I do look at all uncomfortable." resumed Rose.*' •Your fault!" "Yes. What concerns the one Are you not always. Come. I should have been here when the window was broken. and a very great secret !" added Rose. You are to-day on and such an important thing as telling a you talk of belongs of right to the elder sister. for if I had not lost so much time at supper. since ! a secret there is." said the soldier. not without some embarrassment. to be sure. when you put our heads under the great hood of your pelisse?" said Rose. after exchanging glances with her sister." secret?" "Yes. I am listening to you. you are here now. and have spared you the fright. secret like that how much he tamer. it is made me so." said it Rose. the better to conceal from the maidens "No. how can it be otherwise. miss. "Are those large eyes properly open?" turn. Dagobert. for we have to talk together. for indeed it was my fault. as the always concerns the other. as he drew a chair close to the head of the bed. as eldest. . " saying goes. and we think no more of it. trying to smile in order to reassure them. "they are yet far enough. Come. One never has "There they are again. quite seriously. "Well." have something to tell." "Anyhow." added the soldier. laughing. "Look. still felt the unpunished affronts of the brute- . ladies. your secret." resumed Blanche. it is only nine o'clock. for he was little used to deceive. "A secret which concerns us both. well. Dagobert!" cried the two girls.THE WANDERING JEW 43 soldier. you to speak. finding an excellent excuse for his emotion." "Speak. "Now tell me." said Dagobert. "Indeed!" also "We "A "A secret to tell you." "Why don't you sit down?" "I will. are you quite awake?" he added. 'two faces under one hood ?' "Truly. till. my children. mocking-birds the last word with them.

my children. — : denly in his chair." said Rose." Completely reassured by this luminous decision. "Zounds they might be as long as that. or else you were things must be. indicating the whole length of his arm from the elbow "they might be as long as that. placing the tip of one forefinger about the middle of the other. that. with a start. good Dagobert. after reflecting a moment on this case of conscience "one of two Either you were right. will you?" added Blanche. SECRET." resumed Rose. — "Because we ought perhaps to have told you sooner what we are going to tell you. for two successive nights we have had a visitor. as Dagobert said." "You will not scold your darlings. a charming visitor he is so very fair. and it would have nothing to do with it. "Granted !" replied Dagobert gravely "particularly as but why should I should not well know how to set about it I scold you?" — . CHAPTER THE VI. in a gracefully caressing manner." "A visitor!" cried the soldier. if you were wrong. Fair." said the veteran. drawing himself up sud. ! — —blue and "Yes. very well. Dagobert. "Yes." said Dagobert sententiously. Rose resumed. If you were right. Go on I am all attention. blue eyes —as long as devils !" — — Dagobert again bounded — ." "Listen. "Blue eyes on his seat. it is done so let's say no more about it. wrong. "Yes. "First of all. young ladies?" and Dagobert rose from his seat Vvith a severe and painfully unquiet look. and with blue eyes.44 It THE WANDERING JEW was Rose (who. while she exchanged a smile with her sister: "Only think. was doing duty as eldest) that spoke for herself and for her sister." added Blanche." "Fair the devil !" cried Dagobert. to hide this from me. "as we are going to tell our secret you must promise not to scold us. fair and with blue eyes. in a no less coaxing voice. Pray what may this mean.

The two who he countenance." added Blanche. he has a name. in — — — come. taking in her little hand the coarse. he added in a gruff voice: "Yes. if they had tried it. children! pray. innocent faces gracefully animated by a frank. sharing in the hilarity of her sister. "ommencement what. speak to the purpose." Then. They exchanged a glance. Dagobert. thinking that was not precisely the way in which he ought to treat the singular confession of the young girls. looked gravely from one to the other of the two "All we hope we ask is. selves !" Explain your- saw. It is Gabriel. by the expression of Dagobert's no felt really uneasy. ingenuous laugh. young ladies! Come. should last forever. But would have received their visits after our fashion. do not plague yourwill tell you all about the visits of our friend." ! He has a name. said to him: "Come." said Rose. the dog and I. but when he saw their sweet." "Nay.THE WANDERING JEW have to 45 scold us "There now." added Rose." "You know we never tell stories. laughing like mad. "They are right —they never fib. that it Dagobert maidens. who have both of us quick ears. and he felt in the midst of their prepleased at seeing them so merry carious position. my children!" he said. is there to be a sequel? a ! — finish?" "A finish? not. I like to see you laugh but not when you receive fair visitors with blue eyes. "I like so much to see you laugh. what we tell you is quite true. determined longer to trifle with his kindness." — . — — — "But how the devil is such a visit Spoil-sport sleeps under possible ? I sleep before your door vour window and all the blue eyes and fair locks in the world must come in by one of those two ways and. as if trying to guess this enigma. "Laugh on. broad palm of the veteran. self sisters. acknowledge that I'm an old fool to listen to such nonsense you are only making game of me. renewed perplexity. then?" "There you are again "Certainly. and Rose. you begun already !" "Just at the very commencement." said the soldier. that ! We Gabriel. he reflected that they would not be so gay if they had any serious matter for self-reproach." added Blanche.

Dagobert. and with our little growing Agricola on her hands. as we do. Continue. we had just fallen asleep. with the face of a cherub. — . Blanche and I were seated together. I first know is " : "It queer. he added may be. "that Blanche holding each other by the hand." "What! both the same?" "Yes. I have often seen you in your cradle." resumed and I are accustomed to fall asleep." "Well. will I ?" said the veteran. you will see and love. then two nights ago. then?" — "You is shall "Well. I was never tired of looking at you it was so pretty. it was in a dream !" how else would you have it?" "Certainly." "You know. we both dreamt the same thing. our beautiful Gabriel !" "I'll shaking his head it love your beautiful Gabriel. when "And . "Love your beautiful Gabriel? that's as — — must himself. Rose." "Yours but who is yours ? I am on thorns ! know — that by and by. " when we beheld "Oh. interrupting That reminds me of something." — . my little Rose. on his return from France. poor as she was. — — ! — . brought me from my wife. and what was this dream all about ?" "In our dream. "Since you were asleep. she told me that. in a dream "Pray let my sister go on with her tale!" "Ah." "Once asleep.46 "Is it THE WANDERING JEW not a pretty name. Dagobert?" "Fifteen years ago. well and good !" said the soldier with a sigh of satisfaction "well and good To be sure. I was tranquil enough in any case because but still I like it better to be a dream. and the name of Gabriel and only a short time since I heard of him again." own till —there tell you tne. she had taken in a poor deserted child. yes. they were exactly alike." "Yes. Dagobert for the next morning when we awoke we related our two dreams to each other. in the last letter that your father." "That's odd enough. Dagobert? Oh. then since you have a Gabriel of your the more reason that you should love ours. it was in a dream !" cried Dagobert." "Of what." "And from whom. my children. Then.

that you were whispering all along the road this morning.THE WANDERING JEW we saw locks. or to go to our hearts. "And make his dream as fast as possible." "Yes. such noble counsels. Judge with what impatience we waited the moment of sleep. in a soft voice." "But he is only one between both of you!" "Was not our mother one between us?" "And you. in recalling every word of our guardian angel — — and his look " "This reminds me again. as you would so your to Spoil-sport: 'Lie down. by turns. bending his fair face over us. you could not say to me. Dagobert. to At length." "And. true being jealous of that Gabriel?" " "You are our friend by day he is our friend by night ! — . ever since. Dagobert. and that he would never abandon us. we were thinking of Gabriel. fair and so handsome and benign a countenance. young ladies. and. to see if our friend would return. and to get to your . then. to our great attract us." "Yes. Gabriel quitted us." resumed Rose. do you know. and that when I spoke of white. blue eyes. it was all to send me away the sooner." "And. and this time he talked to us a great deal. having told us that we should we see him again the following did he night. in the name of our mother." "Yes. I shall finish by "True. sorrow." "Humph !" said Dagobert. 47 enter a beautiful angel. we love him as well as he loves us. and visit us in our slumbers. — goodness. that he was called Gabriel that our mother had sent him to be our guardian angel. looked at us for a long time in silence. told us." appearance?" "Certainly. you answered black. young ladies. Dagobert!' Well friend Gabriel came back?" "Yes. and pretending to be half asleep. I wager. such touching. that you kept on rubbing your eyes last evening." "The reason being. with so much goodness with so much ." added Blanche. "and his look seemed. "he took us each by the hand. Then he that we elapsed our hands as if to pray to him. that the next day. that could not withdraw our eyes from his. and gave us. Dagobert are you not also one for us both?" — And yet. with a long white robe. scratching his forehead "this reminds me. Rose and I spent our whole time and his face.

don't scold me: I know I am wrong. what will there remain for me?" "There will remain for you your two orphans. "I am quite satisfied with my lot. with a grave air. though serious. have always . it is why. my . and that is more to be depended on. whom you love so much. that they would be poisoned by the monks If you continue to dream of this fair angel happened. in the style of old Jovial. coax the old man over! children. there is nothing so astonishing in what ycu tell me. but we think our mother sends them to us. Dagobert always jesting!" you can laugh at everything. comrades of mine. dreamt. dear children. and dream of him all night. and he will protect you also. children. he . . — Come. I am astonishingly gay I laugh with my teeth true. your first dream struck your fancy. tenderly." "Very kind of him to think of me but you see. "dreams In Spain." added the soldier." added Blanche.4& THE WANDERING JEW "Let's understand it clearly. — — . it will concern your mother promise ! me "Be satisfied when not to be sad. as you have none too many pleasures in the daytime. my . Dagobert do not make a jest of it They are only dreams. Did she not tell us that orphan children were watched over by "Humph! humph! Nay. for the matter of defence. I felt sure that Spoil-sport and myself could take our rest in quiet." "Oh. it is Gabriel. If you talk of him all day. "And who have only you left upon earth. it is. shut. Gabriel is our guardian angel. Besides. that's right. because you are amused by it and. and you do well to speak of it seriously. I prefer the dog he is less fair than your angel. After all. dragoons. my children. But. you may as well get an agreeable sleep at night. now. The remembrance of your dear mother is mixed with this dream. — . I have also much to tell you. I can afford to let you have your Gabriel. believe me." "Yes. the night before their and so it death." said Rose. and you talked so much about it that you had a second nor should I be surprised if you were to see this fine fellow a third time. but he has better teeth. in a caressing tongue." added he. Well. ! ! guardian angels? will protect us. For fear of grieving 3^011." we think of her we I are not sad." "That is well. two of the Empress's will sometimes come true." "How "It is provoking you are.

who was afterwards promoted to be king. J put could. he was one of the best and bravest generals of the army." "We listen. taking for pretext came to the field of battle it I . at this game. After a moment's silence. "Kings of the first water. You wish to play at royalty you shall be kings. we would ch?_* if Heaven had . And so. your father became count but. and that which delayed the moment to have confided I off this have to tell broke her heart as communication as long as — I would say nothing till we where your father was made prisoner." responded the two maidens. was the son of a workman. count or not. . just for the sake of saying to the 'Here. tered us. during which he appeared to reflect. with an attentive and melancholy air. You may suppose. the old man was obstinate in not He had a heart of gold and a head of quitting his trade. the veteran thus addressed the young girls "\our father. who looked splendid in his full uniform. that iron. became a general and a count of the empire. he was no niggard of his I had a bed-fellow of mine. which the Emperor gave over and above the promotion. longer. General Simon." — : ! ! — ! — ! . Oh.Till-: WANDERING jew 49 of telling what your poor mother would you as soon as you were no longer children. is. Picture to yourself a fine. people. Dagobert? mother always said so. yes indeed he was but quite another thing from your fair guardian angel. when your father. a brave crowns. it was not without toil or without glory. With him itself have charged up into Heaven — to lead. Dagobert?" "Flummery a title. was he not. whom he loved because he was one of them children you wish to play at nobility you shall be nobles. "He was handsome. notwithstanding all that the : . But she died before she had time to do so. it was the other. dark man. if it was not one. Take what " you like nothing is too good for you enjoy yourselves !' !" said the two girls. Dagobert." "Oh. joining their hands in ad"Kings miration. That gave me time but the moment is now come I can shuffle it off no that nearly did mine. just like his son. our Emperor This flatsoldier. my children. general could say or do. who remained a workman for." "A count of the Empire! what is that. for. who had enlisted as a private soldier. and could put ! — — fire into the soldiers' hearts.

— . . who had not been wounded that day. With strength and courage like that. who admired all that is good and beautiful. that is saying everything." he continued. Now he. my children ? Yes. he mounted Jovial. to a countryman!' man. our brave father!" "Ah. and the day he was taken prisoner he had cut down the Prussian artillerymen on their very cannon. Dagobert. and a rich crimson mantled their cheeks. and said to the 'A Frenchgeneral: 'Surrender. 'is no longer my countryman. She was called the Pearl of Warsaw. how could he be otherwise than good? It is then about nineteen years ago." added Dagobert. and pointed in terror to the window. not wishing to wound in any the religious beliefs of the orphans. as he proudly twirled his moustache. saying 'I surrender to you my brave fellow !' The marquis became pale with rage at it. fell from his horse." permitted way ! — — — — — "A Frenchman?" "Yes. I should say so bend a horse-shoe in his hand as you would bend a card. and delivered him his sabre." said Dagobert. when this marquis advanced towards us. "And father was as good as he was brave.' replied the general. dangerously wounded. cry.bU THE WANDERING JEW it." The orphans looked at each other with pride. not far from this place on the spot I showed you before we arrived at the village that I the general. was following him at the time. arrived at Warsaw. and there it was that the general first saw your mother. wounded though he was. with bitterness. "we were now prisoners. he dragged himself up to a Russian grenadier. Russia. who fights against France. he is a traitor." He could "Good." answered Dagobert. sir. Rose uttered a piercing — : ! . Five minutes after we were made prisoners and by whom think you? by a Frenchman. fell in love with her almost immediately and she loved him in return but her parents had promised her to another and that other was " the same Dagobert was unable to proceed. The general's last horse had been killed under him and. "One sees they have soldier's blood in their veins Well. those children. a colonel in the service of "And so. We . to perform the journey. and ran to his assistance. and I'd never surrender to a traitor !' And. as they exclaimed: "Oh. an emigrant marquis.

" "I must have been deceived. "Be satisfied. there would not have been time to remove it for. Jovial. he shaded the flame with his hand. "and to see. my children. no. . It was still dark night. my good Dagobert. had any one used a ladder." "There was nothing clear enough." "Oh. children The wind is very high it is that which lifted the corner of the pelisse. Returning to fetch the lamp from the table. and will have called in to bid him good-night on the road. is I saw is nothing. pointing to the window." ! . THE TRAVELLER. . when I held out the light. nothing. I could see . Dagobert rose abruptly. Now. "You may be Blanche. is the matter. of it." cried the maidens "we are too much afraid. and that would have quite tranquillized But he no doubt scented the stable of his comrade. Upon "What — The soldier listened. but could hear nothing. Still he saw nothing. Dagobert do not leave us alone. I ran to the window. the cry of the young girl. watched the window. thought I saw a hand move the pelisse." said Blanche. and strove to throw the light outPersuaded that a gust of wind side." "Never mind!" replied the soldier musingly. sister. and the wind was blowing hard. "I am only He would have sorry that Spoil-sport is not come back." "Yet methought I saw plainly the fingers which had hold ! ." added "Then I beg pardon for having disturbed you. 51 CHAPTER VII. I have half a mind to go and fetch him. had disturbed and shaken the pelisse. tearing down the mantle which had been suspended from the fastening. he again shut the window. as soon as Rose cried out. the thing The window at least eight feet above the ground none but a giant could reach it without a ladder." She had not concluded these words before Dagobert rushed to the window and opened it. Rose?" "I '"There there!" she said. still trembling. and that Rose had been deceived by her own fears. it said Rose. "I was looking at Dagobert. and.THE WANDERING JEW. you. was only the wind." said Rose." sure.

as he again seated himself near the head of the bed. the banishment of the Emperor to the Isle of Elba. and conveyed them to her In one of those letters I feel proud to tell clandestinely. whom they wished to marry to another. concealed in the neighborhood of your mother's house I received the letters. as she looked he. the dog is not likely to remain away much longer. so we will continue our story. Learning all this." continued "and in love with your mother." "The Emperor —what a fine golden face he has on the . your mother said to the general 'The war is finished you are free. they had exiled the Emperor. !' — : . . and the return of the Bourbons. who was with — I I have not forgotten him my own hand at vow." said Dagobert. but I shall never marry any one but you. you of it my children the general informed me that the Emperor himself had remembered me. I am yours till death Before he set out the general called me to him. In concert with the Prussians and Russians. "A I flatter father. and I am sure we shall soon hear him scratching at the door." said Rose. the general joined the Emperor at Elba. and said 'Dagobert. 'a horsegrenadier of my old guard a soldier of Egypt and Italy.52 THE WANDERING JEW "Well. with emotion. and tell them you are my friend. — — your 'Oh! Dagobert!' said he to talking to him about me. we learned the finish of the war. remain here Mademoiselle Eva may have need of you to fly from her family. at Paris. I will comfort them." added Blanche. — — — Wagram— myself !' I tried like a fool. In 1814. I shall see your wife and son. children. "To love one was to love them all." "What. I remained at Warsaw. but this time with his face towards the window. in his misfortunes. You owe everything to him. affectionately at Dagobert." replied the soldier. battered with wounds an old dare-devil. "As faithful to the father and mother as to their children. : "Now . when your mother read that to me. whom I decorated little. but your Emperor is in trouble. if they should 'press too hard upon her our correspondence will have to pass through your hands. go and join him I know not when we shall meet again. did he know you?" . who had brought them back. "Well. the general was prisoner at Warsaw.' "Always the same.

to the joy of the whole army. but wonderfully courageous. he had left the Isle of Elba with the Emperor the war had again broken out. the peasants killed so — He many told me that. But. or talked with her about him much oh. "How happy we are to be the children of so brave a father !" cried Blanche. too. made your father Duke of Ligny and Marshal of France. dren. "That cross — — my — . pagne. The orphans. in Cham- of those Prussians. stones. mattocks. my children for the evening of the battle of Montmirail. to return to your mother it was a great consolation to her. your father fought like a It was no lion. It is there in knapsack. "Duke of Ligny !" added Blanche with equal surprise. — — . but felt their cheeks glow. : — A .he veins swelled on the soldier's forehead.' you resigned. longer valor it was frenzy. the Emperor. silver cross 53 with the red rihbon that you would sometimes show us when we behaved well!" given by him is my relic. — .THE WANDERING JEW. One day she received a letter from the general. and their hearts beat hunt!" — tumultuously. I can tell any one but General Simon. especially at Montmirail. so much! In vain her parents tormented and persecuted her she always answered T will never marry spirited woman. It was a true wolfT. "It is a happiness and an honor too. for this popular heroism recalled to his memory the sublime enthusiasm of the wars of the those armed risings of a whole people. and heightened by In that campaign of France. daughters of a soldier and a brave woman. women. from which republic dated the first steps of his military career. and his division followed his example. when I took her letters from the for she suffered general. with whatever we have of value our little purse and papers. as the triumphs of the Empire were the last days of his service. all served for the slaughter. Pitchforks. and his cheeks flushed as he spoke. Men. did not shrink from the rough energy of these words. all rushed upon them. my chilsoldiers' devotion. without understanding the exact meaning of the words. children. that their fields were manured with them for years." "Marshal of France!" said Rose in astonishment. but as fierce as ever. a short campaign.

the people were devoted to him. when. prefer the cannon. is — . There was in these simple words of Dagobert an expres- — — — : . "there are orphans. It was all very fine to tell them 'Your Emperor makes you food for cannon. "Alas!" resumed the soldier. believe me. That same day. king or invalid . the son of a workman. with a which seem to have a curse on them. . to torture him at their leisure for if he was very fortunate in the first instance. duke and marshal when I say duke and marshal. at Waterloo. after Montmirail. who are no fools. with the chance of becoming captain or colonel. my children. at the head of a division of the Guards. the general engaged in a con"There ! my poor children. — ! — sion of such deep sorrow. for the title and the rank were not recognized in the end because. I come back to the point the cannon is better.54 THE WANDERING JEW "Yes. I am partly right and partly wrong. that beautiful city do you mean to say there are poor people who die of hunger and misery. the general was not with him at St." cause enough for it the Emperor suffered so much He bled cruelly at the heart. When he was nearly cured. a day of great mourning. after toiling forty years for others.' We — "Even in France even in Paris. the general fell. proudly. he had to go through a deal of hard rubs at last." "If you talk in that way. therefore. Dagobert?" "Even in Paris? Yes. was Waterloo !" battle. wept That day. came a day of gloom. old on the evening of a soldiers like myself wept yes. he would have been one more to console him but they would not allow him to go. exasperated. 'another would make : us food for misery. Peter Simon. marshal. that it thrilled the hearts of the sigh. days — . he solicited permission to go another island at the far end of the world. Unfortunately. and age. my children. With it. that's better than to perish with hunger. "That's how the Emperor — treated the sons of the people. like your father. and. Helena. Then. against the Bourbons.' 'Stuff l' replied the people. Helena to which the English had carried the Emperor. which was not for a long time. to St. as the general has told me. you will make us cry. covered with wounds. Dagobert. cold. like so many others. on " straw in a garret. therefore. became duke and marshal there is nothing higher except a king!" resumed Dagobert. one has the chance of becoming.

Arrested the moment of general was taken before the colonel of the this colonel. was a Pole in heart and soul she spoke out boldly what others did not dare speak in a whisper. nor even for his son. "who do too long to tell you all. — . And pause. however. good heaven!" "There was some luck. When he found himself face to face with him. . the son of the He relied regiment. In fact. She had written to him 'The Not able to do anything Emperor first. but. nearly all composed of his old and he went down to a place in Picardy. and all the unfortunate called her their proThat was enough to excite the suspicions of tecting angel. they were then in garrison but the conspiracy had already especially . the happier they were themselves. the more they felt for the sorrows of others and there was quite The Russians had enough to grieve them at Warsaw. and would only make you more sad but it was a man whom your father had many reasons to hate. in the midst of his troubles. ind gave your father his liberty till the morrow. you will give me one hour's liberty. though of French origin." "You are right. Your mother had kept her promise bravely. the midst of great misfortunes !" "Yes. where soldiers. — spot. Dagobert that was great happiness in : "What !' .THE WANDERING JEW spiracy to recall 55 Emperor. . The duel was a desperate one. and told him he had only just time to save himself. on one regiment. they were married and I am one of the witnesses to the marriage. as it happened with all good hearts. and me next more for the Emperor. the colonel was left for dead on the ! been divulged. happily for a fortnight after. set out for Warsaw. the . he said: 'if you are not a coward. again begun to treat the Poles as their slaves your brave mother." said the soldier." — — — misfortunes. after a brief you think it was again ? Bah it would be his arrival. they were very happy. Your mother had lost her parents. banished from France. and we will fight to the death." "Merciful heaven!" "The general was yet wiping his sword. he was condemned to death as a conspirator. and was still waiting for him. I hate you for this. when a faithful friend came to him. he happily succeeded in leaving France yes. the general. The colonel accepted the challenge. and was now free. I despise you for that' and so on.

I entrust to thee my wife and child for it wanted yet some months of the time when you were to be born. a party of Cossacks. Not content with banishing . heaven what did they mean to do with him ?" "Conduct him out of the Russian dominions. house. During the next night. lar — — . which happened to your father during his last French campaign. where. after several unsuccessful efforts. they confiscated all her property could obtain was. and. with two children. with her on horseback. they rouse the general from his sleep and take him away with them. to cut down the men at their guns. and followed by a travelling-carriage. you poor little things were born !" "And our father?" "It was impossible for him to return to Russia. a friend of the general's. better. formerly a colonel in the lancers. she did too much good at Warsaw. One day. It was thus. the only favor she her. impossible for your mother to think of flight. that we arrived at the poverty-stricken village. Well. my children once we had news." "So. three months after. that I should accompany her.56 THE WANDERING JEW the Russian governor. and I leading her as I lead you. they exiled your mother to Siberia. you have had no news of him?" "Yes. the general put himself at the head of a regiment of cuirassiers. had it the general had given to me. His last words were: 'Dagobert. she not been for Jovial." — "And by whom?" After a moment's silence. and lay hid there. and ! !' — they feared her accordingly. arrive at our door. intending. but his retreat was discovered. it was an opportunity to get rid of her. as he knew not where she was. my children. with a charge never to return. was condemned to be exiled to Siberia for a military plot He took refuge in your father's against the Russians. and charged the battery. as was his custom. on pain of perpetual imprisonment. commanded by an officer. since that time. I will relate to you an extraordinary adventure. whom would have had to make the journey on foot. which was playing heavily on our army. Dagobert resumed with a singuexpression of countenance: "By whom? by one who Yes that you may understand me is not like other men. notwithstanding that. a brave and worthy man. impossible for the general to write to her. lie had been ordered by the Emperor to carry a battery." "Oh.

who. I lost sight of this man.' as he often repeated to me. so that he seemed to have a black — streak across his forehead." "Unfortunate creature! what a horrible death!" so.' as added your father. which seemed as incredible as it was true. was the tall figure of this man. about thirty ! for he remarked. and to apply the lighted match to the touchand that when your father was about ten paces in !" as a peasant. who appeared. and the gun go off but. 'I shut my eyes by an involuntary movement. thoughtfully.'' "Oh what a peril for our father ! — horseback. that his extremely black eyeyears of age brows were joined together. he said. with one knee on the — ground. standing erect and calm on the same spot. one line from temple to temple. a man of tall stature. that I might not see the mutilated body of the poor wretch who had sacrificed himself in my When I again opened them. one of them still found strength to raise himself one knee.THE WANDERING JEW He was on where all 57 when upon hole front of the loaded piece. Dagobert we shall not forget it. you will soon see why. becoming more and more astonished as he proceeded. my children. and his body thrown backward. threw himself in front of the cannon. and whom he had not before remarked. ''Never. "What do you tell us?" "What the general told me." said Dagobert. that he had never been able to explain to himself this Moreevent. had he run such imminent danger for he saw the artilleryman apply the match. just before the mouth of a cannon. at the very nick. dressed — — "Yes. he told me." "Oh. your father must have been greatly struck with the countenance of this man. ! . gazed on him with much terror as if he had been the devil in person." said the orphans. and casting a sad mild look on the artilleryman. in the tumult of the battle. Remember this. the midst of the smoke. over. "it should have been He ought by rights to have been blown into a thousand But no nothing of the kind !" pieces. the first thing I saw in place. as it were. 'At the moment when the gun went off. the artillerymen had been either killed or wounded." "Bless me Dagobert how can this be possible?" "That is just what I said to the general. He answered me. and formed. Afterwards.

that we could not dream of the calamity which that. — France. did our father never see this man?" "Yes. quite stupefied. Dagobert! And since then. Dagobert." answered Rose. black streak across it. and make this campaign of — — — . or fancied he saw. it appeared that after such a defeat. in a sort of delirium brought on by the fever of his wounds. instead of replying. no more than you did." "But. "is it not a long time since these battles ?" — . with a high and open forehead but his eyebrows met. expecting. very pale. I Milosk?' looked at him attentively. it only remained to die as if this man replied to. The general had. of which our mother was so fond. senses were still wandering. him 'You must live for Eva !' meaning your mother.58 THE WANDERING JEW "Is it not strange this man with a black seam on his forehead ?" "Well. and. and using But as your father. thoughtfully. awaited us before night." said Rose. you Fedora?" "Yes. fell back — : two steps. Well. as I was singing at my work. and seemed to form one . During the night which he passed on the field of battle. been left for dead at Waterloo. "You remember went to the pine-forest with old . on a sudden I heard a voice ask me in French 'Is this the village of I turned round. stanching his wounds. whom the general had left at Warsaw. whose every effort to revive him." "Poor mother !" added Blanche "she appeared so well that morning. why?" "He was of tall stature. my children. as I told you. I sang and worked that morning in the garden. with a look of great mildness and deep melancholy. repulsed his kindness saying." "Ah. you shall hear. he saw him for it was he who brought news of the general to your poor mother." "True. what was to happen." "When was that? never heard of it. he saw." "Then it was the same man who had twice been with our father in battle?" "Yes it was he. "to fetch some heath." — — We on the day your mother died." "How stravige. mournfully. this same man bending over him. and saw before me a stranger. to join the Emperor.

' Then looking at me general's wife?' for some seconds in silence." "Was he handsome?" "Yes. of General Simon his best said: friend?' Judge of my astonishment. and received good news of the general. how do you know?' 'You have seen the general then?' 'Yes." "Your mother had been closeted with him for some minutes. after a moment's silence. a Frenchman?' he. who sixteen years before." "But did you ask him.THE WANDERING JEW 59 "About sixteen year-. he was beside her. . I am also his friend him to his wife. he remained so short a time. 'but how do you know that I am heard you singing as I passed. being father's friend. if he had not formerly relieved our father?" "At first I was so surprised that I did not think of it. he asked me for the village of Milosk. so that the surprise might not do her harm five minutes after. if it were the same. and a fur cap." "Poor man! he had doubtless known some great sorrow.' I bring news of time ago. — : — "Yes. and had long black hair. the 'She lives here. whom I knew to be exiled in Siberia. . and afterwards. "The good traveller I love him already. Dagobert?" "He was very tall he wore a dark pelisse. but with so mild and melancholy an air. opportunity. 'He has often spoken of you with sir. as I answered: 'But. whence I come." said Dagobert." "And what kind of man was this traveller.' 'I said I." '"Then how can it be the same man. that I had no Well.' replied tell me the house of Madame Simon. At Tobolsk. that it pained my heart to see him. . 'You are there. 'could you sir. and shrugging his shoulders: "I may have been deceived " and yet y a chance likeness "Or. when she called me to her and said that she had just She was in tears. I learned that she inhabits this " Conduct me to her !' village.'' "And of what age was this stranger?" '"Hardly more than thirty. my children —very handsome ." said Rose. sir. some gratitude. he could not have got older all 1 — that while. he took me by the hand and 'You are the friend. in India. had been with our father in the war-?" "You are right. whilst I went to inform your mother." "I begged him to wait an instant.

to catch hold of the leaves that Dagobert had taken from his pocket. should be called Gabriel. for in harming them he served a just cause. Read. and your father did not miss this opportunity. what happiness ! To read the pages written by our father. children. and the war was a doubly good one. you will find in them a name which you ought always to remember." "What cause did he serve then?" "That of one of the poor native princes. "You will see also. they pressed the writing of their father in silence to their lips. no doubt. And the girls stretched out their hands with eagerness." nal. whose territories the English. by a simultaneous movement. But come. children. In India he made fierce war against the English. in two encounters. Moreover. is almost to hear him speak. my possession of them against law and right. in the knapsack. Dagobert?" "There." added Blanche. as you say. at the I my was surprised that . and tortured the Emperor at St. which your father had written every evening to console himself not being able to speak to her. had in their reckoning left out your brave father. had before her a large packet of papers it was a kind of journal. that's why I chose this passage. You will see why." said Rose." "Oh! where are these papers. and who. they had murdered our prisoners in pontoons. lay waste. after fighting for the Greeks against the Turks for he always liked to side with the weak against the strong. that. they cut to pieces the English sent against them. : father been long in India?" "I gathered from the few words which your mother said. your guardian angel. he told the paper all that he would have told her." . with my cross and our purse. One day I will give them to you but I have picked out a few leaves here and there for you to read presently. full of touching grace. In a few months he had so well-trained and disciplined the twelve or fifteen thousand men of the prince." added the soldier. it was once more the weak against the strong. that the general had gone to that country.60 THE WANDERING JEW . you shall read some pages of his jour- "Had our — which will tell you more and better than I can. till the day when they can take You see. why end of this letter. Then. Helena. "It is as if he were close beside us. read. "Oh. my children.

to which you can return no answer How many times shall I continue to ask it? But you will teach our child to speak and love the ! — ! — somewhat savage name of Djahna. February the 20th. . But go on. 1830. though a very young one. that. but only to herself." "Djalma !" said Rose. when he wrote this. with her head resting on her sister's shoulder. you may never read I experience a sweet. "Only I ought to tell you. took the leaves. does he resemble ? Is 'he like you? Has he your large and beautiful blue eyes? that I am "Still. have I already asked the same idle question. unable to see or speak to you. we shall never forget that name. — — — ! ! Whom — Madman that I am how many times. "Blanche. it must be ence would be yours amid the horrors of exile Dear soul he must now be fourteen. written now in the heart of India. my children for it seems to be the name of a famous soldier. of her . alas my beloved Eva. in this long day-book. CHAPTER "VIII. if these pages should ever meet your eyes. "Oh. by the slight motion of her lips.THE WANDERING JEW 61 observing the puzzled air of the orphans. as with moist eyes she ing. that she too was reading. for else. my little Rose !" "I have told you in the preceding pages. what an existYes. although to converse thus with you is a consolation. and began to read in a soft and trembling voice. followed attentively every word. sitting up in her bed. left off read- "Djalma!" repeated Blanche. your generous heart will throb at the name of the intrepid being. my dear Eva. EXTRACTS FROM GENERAL SIMON'S DIARY. the general had not yet fallen in with the traveller who brought the papers. Bivouac on the Mountains of Ava*. who shared the emotion of sister. poor wife." Rose. yet painful emotion for. where the fortune of my wandering and proscribed existence has thrown me a journal which. "Each time I add some pages to this journal. to whom I am this day indebted for my life. and to whom I may thus perhaps owe the happiness of seefor of course our child ing you again you and my child lives. it brings back the bitter thought — ! — . One could even see." "And you will do well.

and the English reinforcements consisted of fresh troops. along the edge of which I was riding. and was prepar- European We ing to act on the offensive. "Poor father!" said Blanche. they would make short work of the prince's arrrfy. and his cool intrepidity saved my life. and carried away by their ardor. in these parts. old friend the prince. as he always fights. morning. we received information from our scouts. which they had invaded in contempt of all the rights of justice. but Djalma never left me. the father of my deliverer. an engagement became inevitable. and which they continue to ravage without mercy. He leaped into the ravine to my assistance. and obliged them to abandon a portion of this unhappy country. was impatient to march to the attack. my horse was killed under me. his son. threw themselves into it to despatch me. — — Surrounded by fire and smoke. intrepidly. have performed wonders. The old prince was in the My . and massacre. he killed the officer on the spot. after a toilsome march through a rocky and mountainous district. as we were separated from them by a distance of a few leagues only. Dagobert. nothing more dangerous ensued thanks to Djalma! You see. beaten the English. which daily make fresh advances in have discipline. for they were inferior in number. with the other he broke the arm of an . irregular. happily. that for an instant I thought my thigh was broken. if they could kill me. and rolling over into a ravine. pillage. The troops of my old friend.62 THE WANDERING JEW the two glorious days we had this month. Djalma. scarcely eighteen. that the enemy had been reinforced. The action began about three o'clock it was very bloody and furious. "This time." centre. who had already pierced my left hand with his . did not leave my side. So a Sepoy officer. for. I found myself so awkwardly entangled beneath him. our mountaineers had not seen me fall." added Rose. as brave as his father. I charged at the head of our weak reserve of cavalry. fighting." And she continued to read: "The English thought and a very flattering opinion it was that. He had held the fire of his double-barrelled carbine with one load. In the hottest part of the engagement. the prince. warfare is This another name for treachery. and. ferocious plunderers seeing me down the ravine. with five or — — — roll six irregulars cowardly. Seeing that our men wavered for a moment. "that I remember the name.

placed the barrel between two branches. Formerly." observed Dagobert. and when only . drew from his belt a huge. by means of this narrative at least. and took deliberate aim at Djalma. though with severe loss but the fires of the English camp are still visible. slowly lowered his long gun. whilst all my efforts to disengage myself were paralyzed by the excruciating pain in my thigh. I witnessed for some moments this unequal struggle." continued Rose. who. as the general calls it. wiping her of his heavy carbine as a club. his wound occasions "us no uneasiness the ball only glanced along the . With one word. he used to call wounds." "The brave boy might have said the general. my dear Eva. borne towards the spot by the irresistible current of the battle. which did not disable a man from fighting. . Feeling himself hit. I was released. me wounded. "Take courage!" said Dagobert: "I dare say it was only a scratch. and to-morrow the conflict will be decisive. it is a will paint for you his noble and valiant nature custom of this country to give surnames. Before my shouts could apprise him of his danger.' like "Now. and. " : 'A blank wound." resumed Rose. sheltered behind a clump of bamboos which commanded the ravine. inciting his comrades with his voice. Happily. seeing eyes. and dropped one knee but he still remained firm. endeavoring to upon : "made use cover me with his body. . my beloved Eva. in a quarter of an hour. clasping her hands together. "Djalma was losing blood rapidly. Djalma was rescued in his turn. his strength of arm began to fail him already one of the irregulars. I perceived a new assailant. when a dozen of our mountaineers made their appearance. The fortune of the day is ours.THE WANDERING JEW 63 But do not be alarmed. he fell back involuntarily two paces. and drove back the soldiers. ribs in a slanting direction. dear Eva. heavy kind of bill-hook. There was no one like him for such sayings. and interrupting her sister. the brave youth had received a ball in his breast. it is nothing bayonet. I was able to mount a horse. with the inHe is but just eighteen. You may conceive my rage and despair." "Wounded again wounded alas!" cried Blanche." — — — "Djalma. I owe my life to this youth. only a scratch. "you must become acquainted. Thus. . Powerless and disarmed. I trepid Djalma. blank wounds. At that instant.

' the Emperor set up for his once saw a Prussian officer prisoner. on to the cannon king he only had one idea As soon as they began to cannonade. be called 'The Just. while other warriors of his country (who.' he answered. my Eva. This young Indian is so proud. indeed. no less touching than whimsical. 'My whole such is his rights. so heroic in his bravery. and have devoted myself. who is called 'The Father of the Generous. bargained for the relinquishment of sovereign power. of meant generous in heart and mind. or a grave in my native mountains !' motto. the mark was there.' for this old Indian is a rare example of chivalrous honor and proud independence.' I have said to him 'My friend. And this is no empty boast. a thick." "That's another of those kings I was telling you of. breast. to the ever — — — — sacred cause of the weak against the strong. he 'fights with his breast bare. ! . a black and blue stripe. and submitted to brute force but it was not in his nature. 'No one can break through a square of infantry. that." said Dagobert. it's because he was fond of repeating. He might. like so many other poor princes of this country. The rash daring of this youth reminds me of Murat. whom amusement. — reverted to his parent. one would have thought the guns were calling him with all their might. I should rather think so That devil of a 'Forward. and shoulders uncovered) wear. usually have arms. impenetrable vest. and that a sabre-cut would have been preferable. have humbled himself before the execrable despotism of the English. The Prussian swore he was dishonored. King of Naples. 'what if. THE WANDERING JEW he was called 'The Generous' by which was. : !' . you were told to yield or die ?' From that day I understood him. I have so often told you. You see. that Djalma shows himself worthy of such a father. to force you to a disgraceful act. this name has course. if " General Simon or I can't do it. mind and body.' and who might. for he was soon up to them with his 'Here I am!' If I speak to you about him. 'But you will be crushed in the struggle. it springs from the conviction of what is right and just. who. By another custom. with equal propriety. my children. like a young Greek of Leonidas' age. I have seen a hundred times leading the most desperate charges with nothing but a riding-whip in his hand. in time of battle. "I whose face had been cut across by that mad-cap King of Naples' riding-whip.64 fifteen.

things which appear very ex* resemblance traordinary. I. is youth. believe that both conceal from me some sad family secret. nor the genera' either. still reading. "you two are so much alike. since the French cam- that extraordinary adventure. my dear Eva. will one day receive this commonplace I when optical illusion or heated fancy. which see. ." "For example. my dear Eva. With prove doubt not." said Dagobert. my . that the things. a time must come." increasing excitement and curiosity." continued the maiden. you. "Your mother never spoke to me of that. in have observed with pain. whom. children this is as strange to 'me as it is to you. looked at the soldier. ''It relates to some strange event. "And vet. after a moment's reflecwho was tion. which. we must believe it. Rose continued: "After all. you and I have no longer the right to smile at the credulity of others. she had seen at her mother's "And house forty years before. I am quite unable to understand "This refers to the man who threw himself before the I when met with mouth of the cannon. which their vivid imag- inations have invested with a supernatural character." things appear marvellous. truly since it will all be explained one day. I singular import." "As our father relates this. notwithstanding his often subject to fits of deep melancholy At times. and not "You — at — be astonished — — eh. since the visits of that young and beautiful woman. will to be the most simple and natural event in the world. my love. " to this day." The orphans. "you. may often be explained by a chance Marvels being always the result of or a freak of nature. therefore. Djalma so far as I can judge from expressions which have dropped from them by chance. I have seen him exchange with his father looks of In spite of our mutual attachment. as your mother asserted." said Dagobert. that any one. my children bottom are quite simple though for a long time we understand nothing about them. paign. sister?" "Yes. in amazement. that which appeared to be superhuman or supernatural. solution.THE WANDERING JEW Rose continued "I : that. which we denominate our prodigies.

is of French origin. on the eve of battle. so to speak. within me. written by the light of a watch-fire. might easily take one for the other. There was indeed a fatal coincidence between the fears of General Simon and the sad reality and what could be more touching than these outpourings of the heart. loss of the wife whom he adored. he has long — — had to mourn the "See. and long settled in a foreign land has only served to augment my sympathy for him. my Eva. instead of one." And Rose continued . His father married. even as our father says." "You are right. . some years ago. Dagobert in this way many things may be explained. have I learned that Djalma has French blood in his veins. I am every way unfortunate but. to read: "Not without pride. to happen to me —Oh. and our child's !" Rose could hardly finish this passage for some seconds her voice was broken by sobs. two hearts still beat for me with affection yours. these sinks child without thee — ! — — : — . Well if they did not know that you are. my beloved Eva my hand trembles as I write I am weak I am foolish but. which he felt bitterly. ! . Unfortunately. of French origin. a young girl. but knew not would be eternal ? "Poor general he is unaware of our misfortune. This similarity of circumstances between my old friend and myself for your family also. words. That will be at least some consolation. my gentle Eva. by a soldier who thus sought to soothe the pangs of a separation. when free from them. . I can at least say to myself I am proscribed. They are the cause of my worst moments for.' they might think an imp was at work instead of such good little angels as you are. Blanche do go on reading: I fear that this dwelling on grief fatigues your without his the very fear ! such a misfortune were —what would become of our father— barbarous If in that . my Eva. 'doubles. "but neither has he heard that he has two children. alas my heart — ! — ! my God ! But no country ? is madness and yet what a horrible torture is Where may you now be ? What are you uncertainty What has become of you? Pardon these black doing? thoughts. whose family. which are sometimes too much for me. But come. at the other end of the world." said Dagobert. after a moment's silence. had long been settled at Batavia in the island of Java.66 THE WANDERING JEW ! not in the habit of seeing you daily.

still proud of his order. pass over that! little Agricola. should take your share of its pleas- . when he raised himself. This letter is dated in August of last year. to which he alludes. — to still faithful his austere 'the republican is at ideas.' and he underlines those words. my dear Eva. as you will see. I have news of my father. He gives me also. stooped down. "For he says to me.THE WANDERING JEW sister. ! when I think added the old "I still soldier. and am no longer anxious on his account. which had arrived from outposts. and. have either been delayed or lost for I had not received any for two years But my exbefore. that this excellent man is with you. rightly has he guessed that you would love us !" Let's come to the "Well. he drew his hand across his moustache. . . my dear Eva. having dried her eyes. that in three months perhaps Poor woman —but come. and appeared to be seeking on the ground the little red and blue check-handkerchief spread over his knees." Blanche took the letter. Besides. still hoping hand. and was extremely uneasy about him. France at Calcutta at length. Yesterday evening. : affected by it. his health as robust. that several other letters. who thus continued "I am calmer now. that you ure and its sorrow. one of our people (a trusty fellow) rejoined our He brought me a letter. after all. 67 and she is too much it is only just. that these pages child . ! ." to conceal his emotion. laid in her turn her sweet head on the shoulder of her sister. wishing hope against hope. my wife's adopted child. read. He remained thus bent for some seconds. Let us resume our conversation After discoursing so long about India. and strove to banish those black presentiments. it soothes my grief to think. read. time — — — ! How Here Dagobert coughed two or three times. cellent father is the same as ever Age has not weakened him his character is as energetic. ! . and of part where the general speaks of "How "How well father knows you!" — my Gabriel. well. as in times past still a workman. and Rose. children. I will talk to you a little of Europe. I see by its contents. good news of the family of old Dagobert. my dear Eva I left off writing for a moment. our friend for in truth. that he will have accompanied you in your exile for I know him a kernel of gold beneath the rude rind of a soldier he must love our child !" much.

a tall and vigorous lad. ." this name of Gabriel. — . . and strong. fair. and his lays have the power to warm the coldest and the most timid hearts. the girls of the young was greatly excited. Rose said to him. Dagobert.'' said Rose. . to have some news of his family. it is all very fine but what pleases me best is." The orphans looked at each other in surprise then. Gabriel. who is enDagobert. and therefore I wish to insert in them all that can be interesting to Dagobert. and this does not lis the best workman on the establishment prevent him in the evening.' or a 'Marseillaise. his fellow-workmen sing nothing else. chanted with him. as you will see. He is. has the aspect which belongs to his character.' he will have had to beat a good deal of iron but where can this rascally sweet Agricola have learned to make songs at all? No doubt. Moreover. — his At adopted brother Gabriel. and active. after his hard day's work. for they have both excellent hearts but Gabriel is as thoughtful and melancholy as Agricola is lively. he tells me. on the contrary. with . . adds my father.68 will THE WANDERING JEW one day reach you. tall. Hardy's. is weak. that he is good to his mother. which reminded them of the im- aginary being curiosity whom they called their guardian angel. As for the songs. so to speak. He and is light-spirited as he is intelligent and laborious. Blanche continued in these words "The adopted brother of Agricola the poor deserted child whom the wife of our good Dagobert so generously took in. "Have you heard. where he went. and that he handles the hammer with a will. tells me that worthy man has also taken into his house the son of old Agricola works under my father. who is still foreman at Mr. timid as a girl.My father. in admiration "he writes songs. forms. as they turned towards the soldier their ingenuous countenances. who wields the heavy forge-hammer as if it were a feather. and his face wears an expression of angelic mildness. when he returns home to his mother. : With redoubled attention. Agricola is dark. it was at school. It will be a consolation to him. before he makes a 'Rising of the People. with a gay and bold air. from making songs and writing excellent patriotic verses." "How proud you must be of your son. my father tells me. a great contrast with Agricola." "Certainly. each of them. whom he truly loves. Dagobert? Father . not in heart. His poetry is full of fire and energy. joyous.

it is that which surprised in your dream. blue or black. yes. . every one to his taste there are good people but I prefer that it should be Gabriel who in all trades I'd rather see my boy with has chosen the black gown. Now finish your letter. Duke of Ligny for. . is a priest. I "As my children. about it. my children the father of Marshal Simon. He intends devoting himself to foreign missions. looking is an angel.THE WANDERING JEW says. Why. I heard very well is fair. "Adieu Again adieu. feel sure. if this journal should ever reach its destination. where he went with Agricola and other children of his quarter." said Rose." added Blanche. and you will see why. He slept peacefully. arms bare. only proves that yours is a step higher than mine. and his father watched beside him with a smile. whom he left for our How can we ever repay such a sacrifice? But I sakes. my dear." And she proceeded "Thus. for to-day. marshal and duke he is by the grace of the "While ours "Which . my beloved Eva I left off writing for a moment. after all." for that. hammer in hand. who. me. struck with his intelligence and good disposition. Gabriel is a priest. that 69 angel. that your good and generous heart will have alas. though the general says nothing* your fair boys have^always blue eyes." yes!" said Blanche. becoming interested in the lad. spoke of him to a person of consequence. . Well. "Soon. since the last two years. will answer for it: . One of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. you will be able to satisfy Dagobert as to the position of his wife and son. But. to visit the tent of Djalma. This intrepid young ! — . if he has also blue eyes. he will not use them to stare at young ladies go on. your Gabriel exactly like ours!" "Yes. placed him in a seminary for the clergy." Blanche resumed "His face wears an expression of angelic mildness. loving Eva. and. : found some means of compensation. and will soon set out for America. : "Your Gabriel at Dagobert." "I should like to know. — — Emperor. 'tis and has the face of an . neither more nor less than your old grandfather. "there are only a few lines left. he banished my fears. and a leathern apron round him. it appears?" said Rose.

and his feet in iron-bound buskins. which. and our poor mountaineers repose after this bloody day I can hear. CHAPTER THE IX. clothing his arms and legs in their proper armor. and concealing all this defensive equipment under loose trousers and an ample pelisse carefully buttoned. what importance rest? But why add this sorrow to all the Unfortunately. as hard as diamonds next. in time. a strange and mysterious scene transpired in the menagerie of the brute-tamer. and this last hope. my gentle Eva! the night is silent and calm the fires of the bivouac are slowly dying out. separated from you and from my . my beloved Eva child to your bosom. whilst the daughters of General Simon were reading with such deep emotion. . perhaps. May he still be spared in the combat of to-morrow! Adieu. — after the battle!" this The reading a long together. Over his deer-skin vest he had drawn the coat of mail that steel tissue. was Without doors. these fragments of their father's journal. with his absorbed in painful reflections. . But. grief they remind me of what I sometimes forget in writing that I am far away. CAGES. that medal. child Poor. of touching tears The of Dagobert. man — ! . Morok had prepared himself. you might. letter was followed by Rose and Blanche flowed head resting on his hand. Adieu.70 THE WANDERING JEW is no longer in any danger. and cover it with all the kisses which I send to both of you from the depths of exile !" : ! "Till to-morrow silence. the fatal day will arrive. or at least for you know of to send our child there with Dagobert ! ! Ah if I . a heavy rain began to beat on the sounding panes the most profound silence reigned in the interior of the inn. obtain leave to visit France. in which I live for you. as pliable as cloth. . beloved beings what will be your destiny ? could only send you. the distant all'sThose foreign words bring back my well of our sentinels. by a fatal accident. from hour to hour. the wind had now augmented in violence. I carried away with me from Warsaw. the years are passing away. he — . will also be taken from me but I will not close the evening Clasp oui by so sad a thought.

their master could make them crouch and cower at his feet by the least movement of a little wand covered with flamecolored paper. so that they could easily be removed to the large covered wagon in which they were placed during a journey. so as to give ingress to the animal each den rested on two axle-trees and four small iron castors. and a lion. tition separated this shed from the stable that contained his A horses. formed their sides. Completely black. They were four A . a panther. by her grim. obscurity which surrounded her. had sometimes. to try their fangs and claws on his person. their terrified submission reached to such a point that. but. and endowed with strong memory. attempted. threw a vivid light on the wide iron grating in number. The panther. in the nighttime. Though long ago daunted by the 71 took in his hand a long bar of iron. set in a skill and energy of the and his black Prophet. a tiger. nothing was distinctly visible but fixed and glaring eyes yellow balls of phosphoric light. his tiger Cain. — . thanks to the armor concealed beneath his pelisse. shrivelled flesh. the beasts soon learned that their teeth and claws were powerless when directed against this invulnerable being. and holding in his hand the iron made hot by Goliath. Hence. originally from Java.THE WANDERING JEW wooden handle. Finding the inutility of their efforts. whilst their master's metallic wand left a deep furrow in their smoking. white-hot. thus armed with care. they blunted their claws upon a skin of steel. in his public representations. lantern. and her dark hues mingling with the . A cages. as already intimated. One of them was empty the other three contained. for it is the nature of all the animals of the feline species to enjoy entire clearness of vision but in darkness. his lion Judas. seemed to merit the gloomy name of Death. in which were mere wooden pardeposited the cages of his animals. and notched their a slight touch of fangs upon arms or legs of iron. which only kindled. The Prophet. turning at one end upon hinges like a the bottom of door. ferocious aspect. with a reflector. in a moment of panther Death. as it were. descended by the trapdoor of the loft into the large shed beneath. she lay crouching and rolled up in the bottom of her cage. rebellion.

angry howl. she kept them fastened immovably on those of the Prophet. she felt of the panther. to whom Morok's back was turned. gave effect to the sharp proportions of his bony and savagelooking figure. threw its rays full upon this man. as if jealous of the attention which his master paid to the panther. which was flattened like a the skin of her forehead became convulsively viper's wrinkled. opposed to the deep shadows around it. The white rim. the lantern. as if in spite of herself. reopening her eyes. with rings of ebony. and his broad chest of a dirty white. placed at some height his above the ground. And now her rounded ears clung to her skull. but so dragged herself along that her She was belly and the bend of her legs touched the ground. with his iron wand still extended in the direction of the cage. . Morok. The Prophet extended his glowing bar towards the cage. . seemed to be established between the man and the beast. appeared to dilate. the nerve and muscle in her short. The panther made a stride towards the Prophet. At this moment the tiger. the sinews of her thighs as well developed as those of a race-horse. which encircled his eyeball. two or three times she dropped her eyelids. bounded violently in his cage. streaked with black. then. and. already the fascination of that glance. her enormous jutting shoulders. and strength with agility. of his sides his tail. now te^h^A them with a . and the strong light. Judas. like a huge red serpent. made a step towards the panther. showed the under-part of his redoubtable triangular jaw. and nearly five in length. imperious tone "Death come here !" The panther rose. in a sharp. but silky muzzle. now clung to his flanks. she drew in her bristling.71 THE WANDERING JEW The Prophet : entered the stable in silence the dark red of long pelisse contrasted with the pale yellow of his straight hair and beard. and said. three feet high. her deep chest. Morok stopped Death . thick paws all announced that this terrible animal united vigor with — suppleness. with which blended the copper color. He approached the cage slowly. with a low. raising his head. stopped also. and twice silently opened her jaws. her elastic and : ! fleshy spine. garnished with formidable From that moment a kind of magnetic connection fangs. He growled hoarsely. and his look rivalled in motionless brilliancy the steadily sparkling gaze Still crouching in the shade.

him very attentively during some seconds. The appeal was useless the lion did not move. had raised himself sideways to face his master. and examined deep. To assure himself of it. but. thrust between them his enormous fore-leg. The panther. Prophet being at the angle of the cage. Scarcely did the light track of smoke appear on the reddish hide of Cain. no . His lips. as at his own temerity but his respiration continued loud and Morok turned his face towards him. he said in a quick and firm voice "Cain !" The lion did not change his position. he turned and threw himself against the grating. as large. he applied the end of the glowing bar to the haunch of the lion. The but at a single bound upright. terrifying. leaning his huge flank against the bars. A by and the curving of that he was making forepaws. not crouching. His thighs were gathered under him. and. But Morok touched those lips with tusks of a wild boar. Cain. . notwithstanding his orders. back to crouch slunk longer subject to the influence of her master's look. displayed fangs as long.THE WANDERING JEW slow and continuous movement brilliant green. who. of a transparent. ! — . But the tension and movement of the muscles of his loins. fearing that. influence of this Such was the man over his animals. in his fury. in the shade. was as large as Goliath's thigh. continued. "Cain! come here!" said the Prophet a third time. curling with and as pointed as the rage. which. with a spring of incredible agility. it was easy to perceive violent efforts with his throat and his The Prophet approached the cage with some uneasiness. his backbone. Goliath had given the lion some bones to gnaw. like that which great animals make in gnawing hard substances. 73 his eyes. "Cain down !" said the Prophet. and his thick mane served entirely to conceal his head. approaching briskly. and the noise : ! . with his swollen muscles. It drew the attention of the Protowards the other denphet. were fixed upon the Prophet. "Cain come here !" repeated Morok in a louder tone. leaving the tiger. advanced Nothing could be seen of the lion but his monstrous croup of a reddish yellow. sharp cracking. when. was now heard from the cage of the lion. in sudden breaks. superb. The lion did not obey immediately. that if frightened Judas almost immediately ceased growling. as he pronounced these words.

went from one cage to the other. I 'took the shutter in one hand. saying: 'J um P out!' I went and hid myself at — . they thought it was the wind." "Yes. that made nine. with his hands behind his back. "Not without trouble. uttered a hollow growl. haste. the old man opened the window. just under the window of the lasses. when I whistled to you. observing the animals with a restless." "That man's not built to remain long at supper. the end of the burning metal and. master. it was well I had made "None. . and called his dog." said the "Some moments after the panes giant. the 'brute' is not such a brute after all. You see. It was one of the planks from the floor of his den. contemplative look. I pushed the shutter with all my might. The Prophet took down the lantern to see what Cain had been gnawing. When you whistled to let me know it was time. That done. At length this door turned on its hinges. . and whilst I broke two of the panes.74 THE WANDERING JEW . The door of the cellar opens on the fields. contemptuously. followed by an unexpected summons of his master. Luckily. had been broken. I heard the voice of the old man. not daring to roar. and the haft of my knife in the other. as if he hesitated to make between them an important and difficult choice. as he felt the smart. and Goliath appeared. and was crunching between his teeth in the extremity of his hunger. the lion. and his great body sank down at once in an attitude of submission and fear. "Well! is it done?" said the Prophet. The Prophet. For a few moments the most profound silence reigned in the menagerie. I thought he would have been longer. his clothes dripping with water." "Then there is no suspicion?" Your information was good. he had just entered the supper-room." "And they thought it was the wind?" "Yes. which opened on the court-yard of the inn. it blows hard. I crept back into my cellar. I crept out with a stool I had provided I put it up against the wall. From time to time he listened at the great door of the shed. the night is dark. carrying my stool with me. and it pours with rain. and I could lean my elbows on the window-ledge. In a little time. which he had succeeded in tearing up. and mounted upon it with my six feet.

as the dog was no longer about." "Go upstairs and fetch me the longest pike. and again mounted upon but it. I came replaced my stool. and screamed out." "The wolf has become a fox. One of the lasses saw it." of the knapsack. so that I could hear them open the window. I could have reached it table. the light." "The dog is now shut up in the stable with the old man's horse. pelisse opposite to to me. The old man said he had some papers in it the letter of a general his money his cross." You — . and got back into the cellar. Unfastening the shutter. the two broken panes were stopped up with the skirts of a so I moved I heard talking. and the window was too high ! for any man will of common size to reach it !" it "He wind. I opened it without noise. like the first time." " "Stop a bit there is nothing broken yet. and then I could see the two lasses in bed the Go on !" "When I heard them my cellar. that the old man was looking out with the lamp. out of close shutter and window. have thought. I left the door and see.THE WANDERING JEW 75 the further end of the cellar. by the by stretching out my arm. and not being able to do more for the moment. hold of it again. I put my hand too much forward. or that infernal dog would have scented me through the door. becoming pale with rage." "The knapsack was near the window. on a side of a lamp. pointing to the window. as you said." "Dolt !" exclaimed the Prophet. that was the are less awkward than I imagined. it slipped through my fingers. and the old man sitting down with his back where I stood. I remember what concerns the knapsack. I came away and here I am. by ajar." "But the knapsack—the knapsack ?—That is the most important. but he could find no ladder. Knowing where the knapsack was to be found with the money and the papers. I jumped down from my stool. a little." "Good what next?" "As it was difficult for me to keep the pelisse away from "What did you hear said?" "As you told me to think only can only — — — — In trying to get the hole. "you have ruined all. . but I could see nothing pelisse. When I heard the scream.

looked out into the yard. she puts it account. "Now what must I And "Return to the cellar. what now?" "The roof of this shed is not very high." "Ay. swearing to himself. master. why not a serpent ?" is yet something. It was not for me to hesitate. throw down the lamp. after a long silence. to execute his instructions." said he." yourself easy! The wolf turned into a fox. Morok opened the of the shed. "these means are sure. I know not the motives of the — A . "may I not bring down a bit of meat for . and listened. cloth!" repeated the Prophet. as he the ladder with the articles. the pike and the cloth. yes. in an whilst Goliath.^6 THE WANDERING JEW "Yes." "The girls will that they will remain "Make "There be so frightened by the noise and darkness." "Well. the night is dark instead of returning " by the door "I will come in at the window. master." said the giant. as soon as the old man leaves the room. and if you accomwhat remains to do the ten florins are yours— plish cleverly you remember it all?" table next to the knapsack." Vyell." "And the red blanket." "Go!" Goliath began to mount the ladder half-way up he stopped. "Master. " and when the old man leaves the room "Who will make him leave the room?" "Never mind he will leave it." ! "What next?" "You say the lamp "Quite near " push open the window." "Yes. —on the is near the window?" — "Yes. mount once more by the window. the window of the loft is easy of access. and on the first "The pike and the imperious proceeded great door "Here's descended do next?" tone. dumb with terror. "Yes!" said the Prophet to himself. she never forgets. then. Death?—you will see that she'll bear all down to occasion my " me malice." "Like a regular snake !" and the giant departed. and without noise. blind and obscure instrument.

contemplating the leaves yellowed by time. "we will ask him to watch over Djalma as over "Djalma! we if "And ourselves. by a latch. was easily opened. The crazy At he closed the door. *'I am the arm which acts it is for the head. and pensive. my children you see what a brave father you have. my children : I am nothing that concerns good feeling." said Rose. which thinks and orders. Think only of the pleasure of greeting him. and thus addressed the orphans "Courage. The orphans. Taking the leaves from the hand of Blanche. will owe that pleasure for without him your — to whom you father would have been killed in India. how can — — : — — — — door." shall never forget him. after reading the journal of their father. SURPRISE. and hoped soon to see again." Soon after the Prophet left the shed. sure that you will forget But to return to the . took Jovial by his halter. Dagobert. which had lasted for several minutes. sad. to answer for its work. but his teeth encountered iron leggings of the Prophet. who. threw the blanket over his head to prevent his either seeing or smelling. carrying with him the red cloth. he folded them carefully. and led him from the stable into the interior of the menagerie." this wretched soldier represent such interests? added he. The soldier was the first to break the silence. and directed his steps towards the little stable orders I have received but from the recommendations which accompanv them but from the position of him who sends them immense interests must be involved interests connected with all that is highest and greatest upon earth! And yet how can these two girls. from whom he had been so long separated. with humility. and re: ! member always the name of the gallant youth. almost beggars. CHAPTER THE X. remained for some moments silent. of which that contained Jovial. put them into his pocket." "Very well. imperfectly secured sight of a stranger Spoilthe sport threw himself upon him. also plunged in a reverie. our guardian angel Gabriel should return. in spite of the efforts of the dog. thought of his wife and son.THE WANDERING JEW 77 No matter." added Blanche.

we must be at No. my children. 1832. and you must accompany them. in the presence of the stranger. for never. 'now may my been miserable. Should they refuse. You shall set out immediately. by fifteen . if you were not to arrive before the 13th of next February. Dagobert?" "And what is the meaning of these words engraved upon it?" added Rose. having no means of communicating with us. as she drew it from her bosom. for much time has been already lost. and with tears of joy in her eyes. 'Now. I will remain here. It was then that your father entrusted him with the papers and medal. 3. Paris. and. "Why it means. Dagobert. had I seen your mother so happy. in the should pass through which I have done. Since that time the general had been unable to send it back." — first town we ." "But of what use will this medal be to us. of great importance to us?" "Unquestionably. when he was removed by force from Warsaw." "And how did our father get it?" "Among the articles which had been hastily thrown into the coach." "This medal is. as on the day the traveller brought it back to her. years of exile. and not even knowing where we were. that she was unable to tell me. that illness. he had seen the general a month after the events of which you have read. to put into the post for France.' said she to me. during fifteen years." "But what are we to do there?" "Your poor mother was seized so quickly with her last All I know is. THE WANDERING JEW who came to visit your poor mother in Siberia. this cruel separation and toilsome journey would have been all in vain. haps children's future be brilliant as their life has hitherto I will entreat of the governor of Siberia permission to go to France with my daughters it will perbe thought I have been sufficiently punished.78 traveller. but they will at least allow me to send my children to France. and the confiscation of my property. letter. it would be too late. then. and at a moment when he was about to enter on a new campaign against the English. Rue Saint Francois. was a dressing-case of your mother's.' "Suppose we were one day after?" "Your mother told me that if we arrived the 14th instead She also gave me a thick of the 13th. this medal came to her from her parents "and that it had been a relic preserved in her family for more than a century. in which was contained this medal. that on the 13th of February.

were themThe news must reach India. "How beautiful are those words!" added Blanche. whilst I listened to him. who had banished him. but whether called Jack or John. one would think that this and I watched stranger had never either smiled or wept !' She seemed band and I to be — — . selves turned out last year.THE WANDERING JEW 79 "And do you think we shall be at Paris in time?" "I hope so." shall ! "And where "Poor children I understand how we may hope to see him. with tears for all his kindness and devotion to the general." Rose with a sigh. not return to France. and that without accident. but now he can do so. because he expects that you and your mother will be there on the 13th of next February. and said to her. thoughtfully. he When he left your mother. . talk has affected me even to tears growing better I seemed to love my husmy children more and yet. but he pressed her hands in his. and your father will certainly come to meet you ot Paris. " \nd whither was the traveller going?" "Far. herself. and it is better to be a little beforehand. the general could to learn. of "I whom know nothing about ." "And why is that?" "Because the Bourbons. sad "Yes. and they were the last he spoke. she said to me: 'His mild. as he told your mother. very far into the North. and condemned to death if he return to France. when shall we see him?" — we see him?" there are so many things you have yet When the traveller quitted him. if you are strong enough. Dagobert?" ! "Ah now said — did the traveller speak?" it only the manner in which he pronounced those words struck me. still. we must sometimes make forced marches for. When she saw him depart." "Love one another!" repeated Rose. she thanked him is a good sort. my children. "Do you know the name of this traveller. if we only travel our five leagues a day. in so gentle a voice that I could not help "Why do you thank me? Did He being touched by it: not say Love ye one another!" "Who is that. we shall scarcely reach Paris until the beginning of February. Dagobert?" "No. to judge by the expression of his countenance. and the children." "But as father is in India.

I remarked yet another thing." . and his walk was slow. because of the overflowing of the little spring. It was a courier from the governorHe brought us orders to change our general of Siberia. perhaps self. before that. and I saw that he had nails under his shoe in the form of a cross. in spite of myyes. and be removed with them four hundred Thus." "How in the form of a cross?" "Look !" said Dagobert. You had not yet returned. when I heard the gallop of a horse. the mark of the traveller's footsteps remained in the clay. within three days we were to join other condemned persons. placing the tip of his finger seven times on the coverlet of the bed "they were arranged thus beneath his heel ." "Well.80 THE WANDERING JEW him from the door as long as we could follow him with our eyes. And. then. they redoubled in cruelty towards your mother. another piece of ill-luck. this — — — ! . residence." "Alas the death of our mother !" "Yes but." "What was it. . after fifteen years of exile. it would have been too far for the medal and "Chance." "What could it mean. talking of steps. and she was writing her petition to ask leave to go to France or to send you there. chance confounded cross left behind him struck me as a bad omen. Dagobert?" and yet. he carried his head down." "Why did they thus torment her ?" "One would think that some evil genius was at work A few days later. calm. for hardly was he gone when misfortune after misfortune fell upon us. leagues further north. Dagobert?" "You know that the road which led to our house was always damp.. : * * * * * You see it forms a cross. and firm one might fancy that he counted his steps. longer have found us at Milosk and if he had joined us further on. "Yes. the traveller would no against her.

you watched there all night." A strange. and cried "It is Jovial my horse What are they doing to my horse? With that. when you returned quite pleased and gay from the forest. after a moment of painful silence. my children it was that infernal cholera.THE WANDERING JEW 81 papers to be of use since. Notwithstanding the danger. children from going to some interest to prevent me and — my France. When she was gone. — — . we shall hardly arrive in time at Paris. that they saw not an enormous hand pass through the broken panes. push it violently open. mingled with ferocious roarings. it was impossible to tear you from your mother's bedside you remained with her to the last. He grew pale. with your large bunches of wild-flowers for your mother. Dagobert paused abruptly. To banish us four hundred leagues further. Three traveller hours after the traveller had left us. wild neighing. : ! ! ." "Perhaps it was this unexpected sorrow that was the cause of her sudden illness. whilst the orphans embraced him sobbing. had broken out in the village. my dear little Rose. opening the door he rushed down the stairs precipitately. ! . and hardly to be recognized. about your neck.' said your mother. made the soldier start from his seat. .' And the idea overwhelmed her with grief. according " to the last wishes The soldier could not finish the sentence he covered his eyes with his hand. she was already in The cholera the last agony. you closed her eyes. of which the term is fixed. and you would not leave the village till you had seen me plant the little wooden cross over the grave I had dug'for her. is to render impossible this journey. with pride. and that evening five persons Your mother had only time to hang the medal died of it. to recommend you both to my care. who for he too is a great arrives without giving you notice and strikes you down like a thunderbolt. "it was then that you showed yourselves the brave daughters of the general. and throw down the lamp ! . unfasten the catch of the window." "Alas no. havihg set out almost immedi'If they had ately. "Oh but. so terrified at the sudden departure of the soldier." resumed Dagobert. 'they would act just as they have done. and to beg that we should set out immediately. The two sisters clung together. the new order of exile could not apply to you and I obtained permission from the governor to take my departure with you for France.

panther did not roar. and struggled violently in tiger uttered fearThe their dens. : when the horse. his neck stretched out. still mute. Morok was half way up the ladder that communicated with the loft. and panther caught a glimpse of him than they threw themselves. appalgrating. halffamished. appeared as if nailed to the ground an abundant icy sweat rolled sud. his eye fixed. and rubbed his nostrils against the opening left between the ground and the bottom of the door.82 placed on the sack. THE WANDERING JEW little table. lion. and struck out violently with his fore-feet. she sprang from the back of the cage against the bars then. then. but her mute rage was terrific. in another second. With a tremendous bound. more and more affrighted. mingled with the neighing of Jovial. as if he wished to inhale the air from the outside. Finding it closed he hung his head. and. Scarcely had the tiger. he began to neigh with redoubled force. bolt which secured the grating was pushed from its staple by the pike of the brute-tamer. now resounded through all parts of the inn. still furious. CHAPTER XL JOVIAL AND DEATH. at the risk of breaking her skull. as impetuous as it was blind. The panther had again thrown herself furiously on the . she crawled back to the extreme corner of the den. The roaring of the lion and tiger. neighed long and loud. the Prophet approached her cage. Morok had led Jovial into the middle of the menagerie. and trembling through all his limbs. The lion and the roarings. against the bars of their dens. and then removed the cloth which prevented him from seeing and smelling. and rushed in desperation at the door by which he had entered. passing from the immobility of stupor ling to the wild agony of fear. — — At the moment when Death was about once more to ^nake The heavy her spring. and with a new spring. bent his knees a little. she again strove to force out the iron Three times had she thus bounded silent. The orphans on which was the soldier's knapthus found themselves plunged into com- plete darkness. The horse struck with stupor. denly ful down his flanks.

strove to turn its head whence came the accents of his master. The panther. crushed him with all her paws. and. answered him with a plaintive neigh. I "Courage. as if calculating the distance of the leap by which she was to reach then suddenly she darted upon him. For this an instant she remained motionless. at the moment when Death took her leap. the at its last gasp. as though he would force it down. Jovial Suddenly these words resounded the horse . : ! — am at hand! Courage!" It was the voice of Dagobert. and time yielding with one spring. "no arms "Take care ! !" at the window of exclaimed the brute-tamer. On . Then. whilst she dug into his flank with her claws. who appeared the loft. Then his half -strangled neighing became awful. in spite of some last faint kicks. Help help !" At the sound of that friendly and well-known ! poor animal. he reared up in almost an erect position but she. rapid as lightning. and. "And no arms!" he added with rage. and still prevented its being opened. And now all was finished. "Help! help! my horse!" cried Dagobert. so that its backbone lay right across the door. seeing her break from her cage Jovial had thrown himself violently against the door. and laid bare the palpitating flesh. as he vainly shook the door.THE WANDERING JEW grating. squeezed her victim up against the door. sinking beneath the efforts of the panther. whilst at the same time she buried the sharp claws of her fore-feet in his chest. had fastened upon his throat and hung there. then upon its flank. "I am here. almost in the direction voice. with her head close to the floor. fell prostrate. The light of the lantern was reflected from the glossy ebon of her hide. "Jovial !" cried the soldier. and leaned against it with all his might. first on its knees. . buried her bloody snout in his body. squatting down upon the horse. "do not attempt to enter — . spotted with stains of a duller black. she was in the middle of the shed. who was exhausting himself in desperate exertions to force open the door that concealed this sanguinary struggle. The jugular vein of the horse opened a torrent of bright red blood spouted forth beneath the tooth of the panther. who. now supporting herself on her hind legs. which was made to open inwards. crouching upon her thick-set limbs.

who from At . who. "What is the row here?" said he. with a menacing air "for I shall have to run the greatest danger. repeating in harsh. The roaring of the animals and the shouts of Dagobert. Here and there lights were seen moving and windows were thrown open hurriedly. breathless. so much to tie a horse to the manger the worse for you you should have taker. more care of it. he stood listening." cried the soldier." "But my horse! only save my horse!" cried Dagobert. as he approached Dagobert. had roused from sleep every one in the White Falcon." Instead of replying to these reproaches. and Dagobert did not perceive Goliath. the soldier. continuing to shake the door. The soldier's anguish may be conceived. "What a hubbub in my house! The devil take wildbeast showmen. crawling carefully along the tiled roof entered the loft by the attic window. inquired of him what had happened." in a voice of might you your life. The Prophet disappeared from the window. and nothing was heard but low growls.84 it THE WANDERING JEW cost is furious. with his ear close to the chink of the door. agony. By degrees the roaring had ceased. At sight of him the panther must have broken out of her cage and seized him. . fled from the spot and ran to inform the host. and negligent fellows who don't know how If your beast is hurt. "My horse is there. accompanied by the stern voice of the Prophet. as pale. already terrified by the frightful roaring. "and one of that scoundrel's animals has escaped its cage. The servants of the inn soon appeared in the yard with lanterns. may ensue. ! . to make Death return to her den. in a tone of hopeless supplication. and the landlord of the inn appeared. he advanced with precaution his people carried staves and pitchforks. Armed with a carbine. And now the gate of the court-yard was again opened." these words the people of the inn." added the brute-tamer. abrupt accents: "Death! come here! Death!" The night was profoundly dark. My panther "But my horse! my horse!" cried Dagobert. followed by a number of men. You are answerable for all the mischief that . "He must have strayed from his stable during the night. and pushed open the door of the shed. and surrounding Dagobert.

The# Prophet. made listened attentively to what a sign to entreat silence. upon the ashen jetting his anger. forgetting the deplorable consequences of this accident. lay the dead body of Jovial. my Preserver. was kneeling some paces from the cage of the panther. twice wounded like himself.THE WANDERING JEW still 85 in the shed. in the . The spectators of this scene." Dagobert was about to answer. and Goliath appeared on the threshold. Dagobert stood motionless. the faithful animal. few steps behind him stood Goliath. dangerously wounded. Suddenly a ferocious roar was heard. tinued to utter plaintive howlings. and scarcely able to conceal his agitation beneath an apparent air of calmness. he rose. At sight of the host and the people of the inn. with haughty brow and imperious glance. were struck with astonishment and admiration at the intrepidity and almost supernatural power of this man. in the attitude of one absorbed in himself the motion of his lips indicating that he was praying." Then folding his arms. he seemed to enjoy the triumph he had achieved over Death. "You are no doubt the cause of some great accident. At sight of the blood-stained and torn remains. "did you not hear that cry? Morok is. "You may enter now. and attributing the cries of the panther solely to fear. con. Finally. by the strength which Thou hast given me. once so bright and as they turned towards a much-loved master. the ancient companion of his fatigues and wars. glassy. "the danger is over. and half -closed eyes." The interior of the menagerie presented a singular spectacle. when the door opened. ignorant that the pelisse of the brute-tamer covered a complete suit of armor. and from whom . not far from the cage. the intelligent. throwing himself on his knees. stretched on the bottom of her den. almost immediately after. was going on the frightened host to the soldier. who." said he. and said in a solemn voice: "I thank thee. pale. midst of a pool of blood. ier could not suppress an exclamation of bitter anguish. perhaps. followed by a loud scream from the Prophet and. A leaning pikestaff. the panther howled piteously. he lifted the head of and when he saw Jovial those dull." said . and his rough countenance assumed an expression of the deepest grief: then. so fatal to the interests of the two maidens who would thus be prevented from continuing their —he journey thought only of the horrible death of his poor old horse. that I have been able to conquer.

It was necessary above all to obtain the price of his horse. which he tried to make as calm as possible. he rose. and threw himself on the Prophet with one hand he seized him by the throat. "I had not the same patience as before. they succeeded in separating the two champions. "You expose this good man to be devoured by his beasts.86 THE WANDERING JEW for so many years he had never been separated. Morok. and then you wish to beat him into the bargain. heavy blows. the success of which might be compromised by a single day's delay. light and sinewy. how the mother of the orphans had formerly (like her daughters) undertaken a toilsome journey with the aid of this unfortunate animal. as the fact of his being a stranger might augment the difficulty of his position. It needed new efforts to prevent his seizing the pike to attack Dagobert. addressing the soldier. he succeeded in restraining his wrath. in — an agitated voice. After some moments. "It is abominable !" cried the host. "You are right I was too hasty. aided by his tall stature. who. he thought how Jovial had also been the companion of his exile. Is this fitting conduct for a graybeard? Shall we have to fetch the police? You showed yourself more reasonable in the early part of the evening. as they gazed on the tall veteran kneeling beside his dead horse. fury succeeding to grief. With a violent effort. and the landlord to rescue the Prophet from the hands of the old grenadier. so as to be enabled to continue his journey. still displayed exIt needed the intervention of Goliath traordinary vigor. But ought . Morok was white with rage. that the landlord and his people felt themselves for a moment touched with pity. could not struggle with advantage against Dagobert. when following the course of his regrets. with anger flashing from his eyes. as he continued his correction. This poignant emotion was so cruelly. He regretted his impetuosity the more. therefore. who pressed his clinched fists in despair against his bald forehead." said he to the host. Then. the fatal consequences of his loss presented themselves on a sudden to his mind. and with the other administered five or six . "Rascal! you shall answer to me for my horse's death!" said the soldier. But. so affectingly visible in the soldier's countenance. which fell harmlessly on the coat of mail." These words recalled the soldier to himself.

after to you." answered Goliath. The cages were well shut. evidently taking the part of the brute-tamer.THE WANDERING JEW not this 87 be responsible for the loss of my horse? I make you judge in the matter. haps be disabled for life. remember it. to be disturbed so late.*' "Well." is the Prophet who has the most right to complain. You tied up your horse badly. that the beasts might have some air in the night. "It "No matter what this or that person says." "Very true. the host said to the hostler only one way to make a finish. "It was only the sight of the horse. then. and there was no danger. and I must therefore beg you to gc "The burgomaster . run to the burgomaster's !" and the hostler started in all haste. and he strayed by chance into this shed. I left the door ajar. '"It was "I can just as you say. I is right or "for. It is to call the burgomaster. cannot take the law into own hands. as judge. "that man made the panther furious. of which no doubt the door was half-open. whose he had — my papers : neglected to ask for will on his arrival. / have no wish to suffer by it. fearing to be compromised bv the examination of the soldier. All this has been your own fault." he added "see what a wound the panther has made here !" Without having the serious character that the Prophet ascril>ed to it. the wound was a This last pretty deep one. "I say." said the soldier. who had kept you that must indemnify me. I am not of your opinion. on the instant unlucky house. argument 'gained for him -the general" sympathy. now Morok. said to him be in a very bad humor." it "Fritz. to secure the winning of a cause regarded as his own." "I was just going to propose all. His master. so as to break out of its cage. and who left hand all bloody. that I must have either money or a horse on the instant for I wish to quit this yes." observed a third." cried this stage-trick for the last. having hitherto con- no doubt upon that he Reckoning : now is "There this incident. it exhibited his cealed it beneath fhe sleeve of his "I shall perpelisse." said the host." — is — "And I say. . whose patience was beginning to fail him." returned Dagobert. up who He will decide wrong." added another. and beg him to step here." said one of the standers-by.

think this soldier in the wrong. I could not do more for I was forbidden to do more I was to act with as much cunning as Now every one will possible. 11. however just. Fully determined to conceal. I can at least answer for it. The address of this letter was as follows: "A Monsieur Rodin. — — — — of the quarter of an hour after this reflection of the brutetamer. and "There he goes! without horse. and set out for Leipsic. he went out to rejoin the sisters. on his arrival. since that he will not continue his journey for some days such great interests appear to depend on his arrest." "They are upstairs in my knapsack you shall have them. Dagobert's anxiety increased every moment. after vainly trying to prevent the Prophet from leading . and preserve appearances. which had befallen them." and which Karl. The Prophet followed him with a glance of triumph. as long as possible. with a letter which Morok had written in haste. A Paris." answered the soldier and turning away his head. would depend on the good or bad humor of a judge dragged from his slumbers and who might be ready to condemn upon fallacious appearances. Rue du Milieu-des-Ursins. he was proceeding to open the door of their chamber. Goliath's comrade. when he stumbled over Spoil-sport for the dog had run back to his — post.S8 THE WANDERIISTG JEW and fetch me your papers. that his cause. Karl." CHAPTER XII. without papers. but he sought in vain for the motive of this wretch's animosity. left the hiding-place where his master had concealed him during the evening. when you arrived here in the evening. to see if they are in rule. was to put immedi- ately into the post. and that — . he attributed the event which had taken place to the spite of the brute-tamer. from the orphans the fresh misfortunes. No. as he passed the dead body of Jovial. Certain that his horse had not entered the shed of its own accord. and he reflected with dismay. without said to himself: money. A young girls. I ought to have made you show them. and putting his hand before his eyes. France. THE BURGOMASTER.

the soldier knelt beside the bed. it is not surprising.'" said the soldier. which faced the window. she exclaimed "Oh. the room was in utter the door. running to fetch his gourd. sister!" and threw herself into the arms of Blanche. "now we . the poor little Jovial. "Blanche ! Give me some answer you frighten me. turning tosoldier's care. "My children. not immediately recognizing Dagobert. again sharing the fright without knowing its cause. and threw sufficient light into the little room. courage! you are better. In terror he groped his way to the bed.the \yamu. my ! children !" cried he. . and yielded passively to his touch." exclaimed Dag"Poor things after a obert. he added: "Well. The exclamation — — . ." moistening the corner of a handkerchief with a few drops of brandy. wet with the spirituous liquor." Still the same silence continued the hand which he held remained cold and powerless. "Rose. and held the linen. gently chafed the temples of the two sisters. and.rim. jew away 89 "Luckily the dog has returned. "why are you without a light:'' There was no answer. ! And day of so much excitement.shall soon get rid of these foolish fears. Just then. "They must have fainted through fear. Still on his knees. and opened her eyes with an expression of astonishment and alarm. . Dagobert !" The orphans made a hasty movement. the hand was cold as ice. and upon the bed. and bending his dark. for the The bluish soldier to see that the two sisters had fainted. things have been well guarded. "They've come to that's the chief point. the moon emerged from the black clouds that surrounded her. and took the hand of one of the sisters. and she clung to her sister. It is I who am here me. to their little pink nostrils. he waited some moments before again resorting to the only restorative in his power. my children." said Dagobert. Rose gave him renewed hope the young . but." Then softening his voice. : The the latter also was beginning to experience the effect of of Rose completely roused her from her lethargy. darkness." cried he. as he opened To his great surprise. slight shiver of A girl turned her head on the pillow with a sigh then she started. light of the moon added to the paleness of the orphans they held each other in a half embrace and Rose had buried her head on Blanche's bosom. anxious face over the orphans.

By the by. "So you have my much frightened during my absence?" "Oh. I have no good opinion of this inn but. well it is over now. goodness! if you knew "But the lamp is extinguished why is that?" "We did not do it. Do you know where I put my flint and steel last evening ? Well. which were still full of dismay and agitation." . "And we were — : — — and see Dagobert run to the staircase. and tell me all about it." "Come recover yourselves. taking their in his. papers I require." "Then our courage other. there was no other in the village. poor children. persuaded that it was the violence of the wind which had already broken the glass. we shall soon leave it. Dagobert —then we are saf e "Yes. for failed we thought we we screamed and clasped each could hear some one moving in the — room. ! — . when the window flew open violently. extended their arms to him and cried "It is you. we must Jovial neighed have a light here. frightened to death !" " "If you knew oh. too. Dagobert ?" "Yes. and don't think of it any more." so frightened. he feared to answer them. — crash. It was an ill wind that blew me hither though. Dagobert attributed this second accident to the same cause as the first. with a confused air: "Yes but it was nothing. and the lamp and table fell together with a loud — — — ." said he to them "Calm yourselves. thinking that he had not properly secured the fastening and that the orphans had been deceived by a false alarm. and pressing them joyfully. and said.90 THE WANDERING JEW wards the soldier their sweet faces. it is I. which I am going to light. : !" hands been children. Luckily." Unfortunately. and shaken the window. I have lost my senses it is here in my pocket. luckily. But what has happened?" "You were hardly gone. we have a candle. "Well. to be sure. I want to look in my knapsack for some sister. by a graceful impulse. they both. now I remember did we not hear a great noise." said the veteran." "But why did you leave us so hastily. crying: 'My " horse what are they doing to my horse ?' "It was then Jovial who neighed?" These questions renewed the anguish of the soldier. that we fainted away.

yielding to a vague hope for so cruel a reality did not appear possible he hastily emptied the contents of the knapsack on the table his poor half -worn clothes his old uniform-coat of the horse-grenadiers of the Imperial Guard. and his cross.THE WANDERING JEW that the 91 Dagobert struck a few sparks. . his two children. and began to unbuckle this last in order to take out his portfolio. turned out all his pockets nothing! For the first time in his life. the letters of General Simon. and the lamp lying by the side of the knapsack. a sacred relic for the soldiers but. nor the portfolio that contained his papers. The straps had been readjusted with so much care. the loss of which he could not yet bring himself to believe. the table thrown down. He made her no Motionless. Blanche and Rose felt the big tears start into their eyes thinking that the soldier was angry. which had been deposited along with his cross and purse. not understanding his silence or his movements. they durst not again address him. He shut the window. in a kind of pocket between the outside and the lining. he took the knapsack by the two ends. had spoken to him without receiving a reply. as he called them. turn and return them as he would. he leaned against the table. and took from it the portmanteau of the orphans. — ing his hand to his forehead. it contained a . perhaps. The orphans looked on with uneasiness. and saw window was indeed open. and shook it vigorously. nothing came out. he found neither his purse. he found it Struck with consternation. retreated a step. obtained a light. and empty. for his back was turned to them. "No. he grew pale. with his hand still buried in the pocket. placed the knapsack upon it. Then. Dagobert searched his own person. that there was no appearance of the but when the soldier knapsack having been disturbed plunged his hand into the pocket above-mentioned. Blanche ventured to say to him in a timid voice "What ails you you don't answer us What is it you are looking for in your knapsack ?" Still mute. In vain. — Nothing!" — — — — — — — : — — . He ran to a chair. crying: "How is this? "What is the matter?" said Blanche. with that serious childishness which always accompanies a hopeless search. no! it is impossible no!" said the veteran. A sudden beam of joy Hashed from his eyes. and seeking in his memory where he might have put those precious objects. set the little table on its feet again. pressanswer.

energetic man felt himself giving way. Catching at a last chance absurd. you would not thing to afflict you do us any harm. . and stick into my body!" "Alas you are so good pardon us if we have done anyYou love us so much. fell on his knees before the bed of the orphans. — : — for me? speak?" Instead of answering. The little she possessed had been seized by the Russian government. His face was burning. the reality presented Then itself to his mind with all its terrible consequences. and a small box of white in which were a silk handkerchief that had belonged to wood. distracted man. and the expression of his countenance. yet bathed in a cold sweat his knees trembled under him. and a black ribbon she had worn round her neck. — — mured Rose. as the delusion passed away. Dagobert searched and researched every article peeped into all the corners of the portmanteau still — — nothing This time. that drowning men will catch at straws and so it is with the despair that still clings to some shred of hope. looked at them with haggard eye. Rose and Blanche. the cause of which they understood not. two black dresses. he clasped his hands together. It is a common saying. in pursuance of the confiscation. "Have you got them not — yes. without even seeing till. insane. uttered a "Good heavens! what is the matter with you?" murery. leaning against the table. — "If you have it I'll take the ! first knife : meet with. as they stretched forth their hands in supplication towards the ! soldier. terrified at his paleness. the two sisters wound their arms about his old gray head. impossible and said to them. and amid for the man of iron sobbed like a child his convulsive sobs He them . — —these broken words were audible Forgive me— forgive — do not know how can be! —Oh! what a misfortune! —what a misfortune! — Forgive me!" : ! I it At this outbreak of grief. without considering the alteration in his "I did not give them to you to keep voice and features ! . two locks of her hair. their mother." The orphans began to weep.^2 little THE WANDERING JEW linen. but which in such a man was heart-rending. and . leaned his forehead upon it. he turned abruptly towards the orphans. completely worn out. or I no?" cried in a voice of thunder the unfortunate. the strong.

the noise of footsteps stairs. for the host was heard "Hollo you there Call to cry out in an angry tone It is Mr. I say? caused trouble enough in my house? I tell you." "They are coming upstairs —a number of people. and resolute. Burgomaster who off your dog. so to express it. calm. for he has finished with Morok. and a day. Men of strong minds." "Dagobert do you hear? Rose. and render useless this long and toilsome journey. and completed. He therefore dried his eyes with the sheet. the more furious became the barking: it was no doubt accompanied with hostile demonstrations. continued to dispute the passage. who had remained outside the door. clasped the collar of his top-coat. and brushed the sleeves with his hand. that his only resource was now in the justice of the burgomaster. Dagobert understood at once. prefer great perils. this instant. rose from the ground. : ! ! At is coming up. and the veteran was of the number. still detained on the stairs by Spoil-sport." : . — the burgomaster. Burgomaster is waiting to examine you in your turn. a single day's detention. who." resumed it — is said Blanche. my children it is our deliverer who is at hand. and that all his efforts should tend to conciliate the favor of that magistrate. in order to give himself the best appearance possible for he felt that the fate of the . the The word burgomaster recalled whatever had happened tc mind of Dagobert. the picture of his terrible position. and said to the orphans "Fear nothing. or speak to him. positions of danger accurately defined. don't you tie him up? Have you not mad. Why Dagobert drew his fingers through his gray locks and across his moustache. It was not without a violent beating of the heart. as a vigilant sen"Is the animal tinel. The nearer the steps approached. that Mr. erect." "Will you call off your dog or no?" cried the host. Guided by his good sense and admirable devotion. orphans must depend on his interview with the magistrate.Till-: WANDERING JEW : 93 ! N exclaimed amid their tears what is the matter with you? —"Lookour Is it at us Only tell us fault?" resounded from the mingled with the barking of Spoil-sport. might defeat the last hope of the sisters. to the vague anxieties which precede a settled misfortune. he had neither papers nor money. that he . His horse was dead.

it would be a proof of your good heart to examine me where I am. Dagobert. saying to the young girls. are in bed in that room secondly." Then." asked the judge. I have no such pretension. he added "Put your lantern upon this bench." "And by what right. and went down. who were growing more and more frightened by such a succession of events: "Hide yourselves in your bed. and leave us. Behind the judge. it will not make any difference. before he would abstain from all This latter. But. having turned the dog into the room. it shall be the burgomaster alone. and already much frightened. lantern in one hand and his cap in the other. whose magisterial proportions were lost in the half shadows of the staircase. examination?" "Oh. but with manifest repugnance. was surprised to see Dagobert close the door of the chamber. The burgomaster. with a hostile movements towards the host. my children. if any one must needs enter. "Sit down upon this bench. so be it I will examine you here." Thereupon. turning to the landlord." "Humph!" said the magistrate. and had in one corner a wooden bench with a back to it. fearing above all things to prejudice the judge against him: "only. truly me in the middle of the night. opening the door. "First. with a displeased air." replied Dagobert. and said "Down. Mr. as he ascended the last stair. which was sufficiently spacious to hold several persons. because your examination would alarm them. and advanced two steps on the landingplace. with ill-humor. and a few steps lower. as the girls are in bed. whom I have the charge of. Burgomaster. as though he wished to forbid his entrance. and examine me here.94 laid his THE WANDERING JEW hand upon the door-knob. come. His master had to speak twice. the inquisitive faces of the people belonging to the inn were dimly visible by the light of another lantern. "do you pretend to dictate to me the place of your : ! — . Mr. shut the door after him. : . "Why do you shut that door?" asked he in an abrupt tone. "a pretty It was much worth while to disturb state of things. respectfully preceded the burgomaster." The innkeeper obeyed. because two girls. I should think. Burgomaster!" said the soldier hastily. the soldier stepped out on Here !" the landing-place. followed by his ! — . Spoil-sport The dog obeyed.

THE JUDGMENT. with a submis. Burgomaster. had never quailed before the eagle-glance of the Emperor. He sat down heavily on the bench. He. calm and serene. 95 from mag- CHAPTER The XIII." replied Dagobert in a firm voice. as dissatisfied as they were at being excluded the examination. and was enveloped in a cloak. because sincere and tried. the poor soldier summoned to his mind. about sixty. his hero and idol now felt himself disconcerted and trembling before the ill-humored face of a village burgomaster. and trying to read in the sullen physiognomy of his judge what chance there might be to interest him in his favor that is. Dagobert stood bareheaded before him. respectful air. holding his old foraging cap in his hands. he made haste to answer with submission: — — — "Pardon me. I have ill-explained my . critical juncture. eloquence and resolution. "Do you think you are to teach me in what terms I am to put my questions?" exclaimed the magistrate. Wishing to pacify his judge. with an arroand he frequently rubbed with gant. The veteran was left alone with the istrate. fat fist. to the insults of the Prophet that he might not compromise the sacred mission with which a dying mother had entrusted him thus showing to what a height of heroic abnegation it is possible for a simple and honest heart to attain. reason. in so sharp a tone that the soldier reproached himself with having begun the interview so badly. "What have you to say in your justification? Come. In this all aid his presence of — — impassive and resigned. a few hours before. morose countenance his red. sive. — in favor of the orphans. I have to make a com'T have not got to justify myself plaint.THE WANDERING JEW people. with a yawn of impatience. he had submitted. Even so. He was a corpulent man. be quick!" said the judge roughly. eyes that were still swollen and blood-shot. Mr. Burgomaster. who had twenty times braved death with the utmost coolness who. Mr. worthy burgomaster of Mockern wore a cloth cap. from his having been suddenly roused from sleep.

" "I cannot say anything upon that subject but you are too just. in order that he might stray into the menagerie you will then acknowledge that it was not my fault. in a still more affable and conciliating voice. malice." "You are right. It is not a man like you that would do an injustice. "The Prophet is a pious and honest man." said the soldier. Burgomaster but "You do not know well nor I either. "a respectable judge like you." hastily added the soldier "I have no right to dictate to you in anything. it is very true but consider. "incapable of falsehood. and have too good a heart. happened. and strove to give to his austere countenance a smiling.96 meaning." resumed the judge. Burgomaster. Burgomaster. Dagobert softened as much as possible his gruff voice. to condemn without hearing me. the carcass of an old horse !" The countenance of the soldier." "Not so it is your fault. though mine smart as if I had rubbed them with nettles. Mr. Burgomaster. — — ! — — : . agree. with an air of doubt. but eyes and. he answered in a grave voice. full of emotion "My horse is dead he is no more than a carcass that is true but an full of life and intellihour ago. all this would not have . Mr. losing on a sudden its expression of forced suavity. became once more severe." "Yes. — . Mr. with a frightful wound on it. oh. certainly. never shuts his ears to one side or the other." he added. You should have fastened your horse securely to the manger. able. he was . one can see that at a glance!" In resigning himself thus to play the part of a courtier. Mr. with redoubled suavity of manner." said the burgo"Zounds what a many words about master impatiently. ." "Ears are not in question. you will acknowledge it if you think fit. I have seen the hand of the brute-tamer. "A man like you. . if he had shut his cages and his door." I THE WANDERING JEW only wished to say that I was not wrong in this "The Prophet says the contrary." "The Prophet?" repeated the soldier. That is. and flattering expression. affair. "It is not for a poor devil like me to contradict But supposing my horse was let loose out of pure you." "And why the devil should any one do you this ill-turn?" " "I do not know. though very old. you are right.

. they should find themselves in the position of my two little orphans with no wealth. you are good. Burgomaster for I loved my horse !" By these words. what can I do for them? Come. "but what is to be done? It is a misfortune. that the loss of my horse is irreparable? answered the burgomaster. and then. Burgomaster and now that my horse has been killed. Mr. the) will throw him to the dogs. BurgoWould you master. by the death of their horse. and an old horse to carry them along if. a very great misfortune. he licked the He —and. were too weak to undertake a long journey on foot. very unfortunate. Mr. The girls. : — — — — — - ' . no resources in the world. They are twins. too poor to travel in a carriage and yet we have to arrive in Paris before the ning. and "It is natural that you should regretted his hasty speech. Burgomaster. if this would not touch your heart? not rind. I promised her to take them to France. Mr. and who could not help taking part in Dagobert's emotion "I now understand the importance of the loss you have suffered. and all will he finished. as I do. the burgomaster was moved in spite of himself. one day." " "You are then their "I am their faithful servant. who accompany me. And then your orphans interest me: how old are they?" "Fifteen years and two months. — — — — — of February. r 97 neighed joyously at my voice every evehands of the two poor children. pronounced with noble and touching simplicity. who was not ill"Certainly. for these children have only me to take care of them. Now he will never carry any one again. that journey become impossible tell me." "A misfortune? Yes. in a less impatient tone.THE WANDERING JEW _ encc." month ." — that is about the age of "Vou have a young lady of that age?" cried Dagobert. my "Fifteen years and two months Frederica." said he. after being very unfortunate from their birth yes. for my orphans are the daughters of exiles they should see happiness before them at the end of a journey. Mr. be sorry for your horse. you have perhaps children of your own if." natured at bottom. but an old soldier who loves them. You need not have reminded me harshly of it. whom he had carried all the day as formerly he had carried their mother. When their mother died.

' I "You make me speak better than my own account. : erously. in this affair. Then he said to me (very gen- — said the soldier." • could ever speak on humble. the duty. on both sides. how the most just and able persons are subject to be deceived. Burgomaster. interrupting the "Exactly The Prophet who is soldier. for I did not conceal from Morok that I gave it in his favor. "your reasons are excellent." answered the judge with good humor. with chaplets and amulets of the best manufacture. Mr. master soldier. I fully intended that you should make compensation for the Prophet's wound. becoming once more the courtier. at less than the prime cost. before I heard your reasons. my horse " being my whole fortune. For I will not hide . eh." "See. gaining more and more confidence. then.' You answer says 'My horse has been killed and. as you say yourself. All this. he 5s an old acquaintance. like "Apparently so a generous enemy. and the brute-tamer left his door open. Mr. Mr. really once more awaking to hope "ah. and then. Mr. I by telling you certain things "What him against . Dagobert." am will do us After all. Burgomaster f t no longer uneasy about my poor children. for a thousand reasons." "Really. We are nearly all zealous Catholics here. you see. a good and pious man withal has related the facts to me in his own way." resumed the magistrate. you will say. when I told him damfrom you. "but 'tis and. "it is not unlikely." said Dagobert. Burgomaster. Mr. and he sells to our wives such cheap and edifying little books. the loss justice is faults are about equal : "To do my — : of my horse is " irreparable. me ?" but. trying to assume a prodigi- that I should most likely condemn you to pay ages. you were not quite awake.98 THE WANDERING JEW . with a what I meant to express — — . it is only fair so. You justice. he said no more about it. Burgomaster?" said "You see. Burgomaster. He 'I am wounded in the hand. that. and your justice had only one eye open. insinuating smile. has nothing to do with the affair and you will be right in saying so still I " must needs confess that I came here with the intention "Of deciding against me. You tied up your horse badly. by the will way) : 'Since his not ! aggravate " ' position you condemn my adversary.

replied ! in the "Ha ha ha you are right the Prophet is out prophecy. same jocular in his faults on both sides are equal. — — . Mr. so you may In other words. after my poor Jovial. and the desperate efforts of all kinds he was making to conciliate the good graces of — — The burgomaster did not at first see the pleashe was only led to perceive it by the self-satisfied mien of Dagobert. I could get a beast very cheap from some of the peasants and. eh? I am astonished at it myself. and he cry quits. owes you nothing. "of what money. Xow do you understand?" Dagobert. and that he owes you nothing !" "He owes me nothing?" "You are very dull of comprehension. therefore. in the environs of Leipsic. and by his inquiring glance." The magistrate began. I am sure. and have done with it.THE WANDERING JEW 99 ously knowing look. remained for some moments without answering. whilst he looked at the burgomaster with an ." "But how much then. He has been wounded. confounded. you owe him nothing. "Hey-day!" cried the burgomaster. interrupting Dagobert. that. spirit : ! nodding his head. Mr. what donkey. I must tell you one thing. which seemed to say: "Is it not good. that." This poor attempt at a jest the first and only one. that Dagobert had ever been guilty of extremity to which he was reduced. Burgomaster. that. before you decide. what sum will he have to pay me? Yes but. he added: "But such persons find out the truth at last. whatever prophets may say. between ourselves. the soldier. "I Tow much?" "Yes. I think I shall be entitled to spend only part of the money in buying a horse. the company of another " horse would be painful to me. antry . if I the Prophet's animals have killed your horse. and what other horse are you talking? I tell you. my good man. and. I will own to you. that you owe nothing to the Prophet. You shall not pay him any damages. the Prophet himself has been badly wounded. if I could meet with only a nice little donkey I should not be over particular I should even like it just as well for. your horse has been killed so you may cry quits. Burgomaster. do you think he owes me?" asked . The ! . — izing air. repeat. perwill show the haps. with singular simplicity. I must also tell you — . to smile with a patronhis judge. and are not to be made dupes of. and the injuries balance one another.

there. and make haste in a hurry to get home. Let " us have the means to continue our journey. Mr. like the Prophet. Your "Enough." Dagobert's position was the more distressing. to have pity on those two children. Burgomaster." resumed he. — papers ?" "Yes. and "I have done all I could for you more than I perhaps. in not making him responsible for the wound of the Prophet. The soldier's pertinacity." The judge considered he had already done a good deal for Dagobert. offended the magistrate. . we will speak about my papers but I beg of you. if you refuse to show me your papers. The last blow to all the veteran had suffered since the .iOO THE WANDERING JEW saw that his He expression of deep anguish. therefore. Once again. judgment "But. Burgomaster Let us go to the next subject. Mr. continuing my journey." " "But. Mr. as we have already said. he ought to indemnify me. "you are too just not to pay attention to one thing: the wound of the brute-tamer does not prevent him from continuing his trade the death of my horse prevents me from . Now. I wish I were wounded in the hand. in a chilling tone: "You will make me repent my impartiality. reassuming his lofty air. so that I could but continue my journey. Let me see your papers. and also that from its being known he was supported by some persons of eminence. as for a "No — — — ! — moment he had was now added indulged in sanguine hope." "But. in an agitated ^oice. Mr. I have pronounced sentence there is no more to say. — ought. your papers "I must first explain to you !" " ! Or would you like me explanation your papers to have you arrested as a vagabond?" "Me arrested !" "I tell you that. who. enough. I ask only for what is just. replied. would again destroy all his hopes. exercised a certain influence over the Catholics of the country by the sale of his devotional treasures. those people who have no papers we take into custody till the authorities can dispose I am of them. you ask for more. it will be as if you had none. How is this? instead of thanking me. Burgomaster." "We are not talking of what you wish. who. Burgomaster.

this of the old soldier presenting as it were to his judge the graceful children. by a sudden reaction. with countenances full of innocence and beauty. that " an honest man who travels with two young girls — — — — . he advanced towards him. ." said he. — — Though naturally rough. ought not to inspire any great dis- . still holding the orphans by the hand. hut rough and absolute for a long time a soldier. — — candor. when the magistrate said in a rough voice more words! Your papers!" Rose and Blanche. that a man thus accompanied. and a victorious one. faithful. do I ? And yet you will understand. By a spontaneous movement. found himself once more disposed to sentiments of pity. and said in a feeling voice: "Look at these poor children. Burgomaster. tor a man of his character upright. had risen and dressed themselves so that just at tha. At these words "your papers. The orphans. and hearing Dagobert still talking upon the landing-place. "I will tell you all about it. Dagobert perceived it and. struck with surprise and admiration. It was so touching a picture. I do not look like a beggar and a vagabond. which their poor mourning vestments only rendered more interesting." Dagobert became very pale hut he tried to conceal his anguish beneath an air of assurance. "Nothing can be clearer. came forth from the chamber. which he thought best calculated to gain the magistrate's good opinion. He perceived at once. hut obstinate a man who. growing more and more uneasy. had acquired a certain despotic manner of treating with civilians. "No instant. that the burgomaster. each sister took a hand of Dagobert. Mr. -Mr. and rendered still more testy by the interruption of his sleep. that the tears were starting to his eyes. the burgomaster rose from his seat. At sight of those charming faces. in spite of himself. — "No more words At ! Your papers !" this juncture two powerful auxiliaries arrived to the soldier's aid. 101 which was a cruel as well as dangerous trial. overcome by so many painful sensations restrained. holding each other by the hand. the burgomaster was not quite deficient in sense of feeling. Such a thing might happen to any one. yet following each other in quick succession Dagobert felt. and pressed close to him. whilst they regarded the magistrate with looks of mingled anxiety and .THE WANDERING JEW commencement of this scene. Burgomaster! Could I show you a better passport?" And.

for he felt his blood boil against Morok. he had listened to this conversation. Concealed in the shadow of the staircase. It is now more than five months that we have been travelling on by short stages hard enough. as he examined them with growing interest. along with my purse and cross for you must know. I could not find in my knapsack the portfolio in which they were. At sight of the repulsive countenance of the lion-tamer. could not be so bad a fellow. "orphans so young. — last. the cause of all his difficulties though he was yet ignorant that Goliath. . evening before . saluted the burgomaster respectfully. It for them is for them that I ask your favor and support for. only against whom everything seems to combine to-day just now. Mr. drew back a step nearer to the soldier. where their mother was an exile before their birth. and did not undo the knapsack. Burgomaster." "And where then has the knapsack been kept ?" " "In the room occupied by the children but this night Dagobert was here interrupted by the tread of some one mounting the stairs it was the Prophet. : : CHAPTER THE XIV. Morok. Burgomaster pardon me.102 trust. you see. affrighted. Mr. Mr. for children of their age." "How and where did you suffer this loss?" "I do not know. at bed-time. at the instigation of the — Prophet. and saw the portfolio in its place yesterday I had small change sufficient. who wore his left arm in a sling. if I say it 'tis not from vain glory but I was decorated by the hand of the Emperor and a man whom he decorated with his own hand. though he may have had the misfortune t& and his purse. THE WANDERING JEW "Poor dear children !" said he. I took a little money out of the purse. when I went to look for my papers. you will say. iind he dreaded lest the weakness of the burgomaster should mar the complete success of his projects. Rose and Blanche. had stolen his portfolio and papers. The brow of the latter grew dark. having slowly ascended the staircase. I am sure that the — — — — — — — . DECISION. and they come " from far "From the heart of Siberia. Burgomaster. and made me so pressing about the damages. That's what has happened lose his papers to me.

the object of this mute scene." "Well. a great service. Morok. and his fears. one has not always presence of mind. What could I have been thinking of? But you see. and spoke to him for some time in a low voice. what could I have like a gull into the snare been thinking of ?" "It is so difficult to be on guard against certain appear. into a sentiment of distrust and hostility. Mr. a false pity astray. Burgomaster. "J told the landlord that I did not wish to be interrupted. confused. and not understanding at the By the expression of moment more unquiet.r reat service you came to render me. was gradually changed. You said well it is a i. and searching. going "May give you Once more. but what have you to tell?" Morok approached the judge. — : . rising abruptly "all this never occurred to me." My '"Your conscience?" "Yes. whilst he glanced covertly group formed by Dagobert and the two young girls. Burgomaster. told led it you all that I had to tell me reproaches me for not having about this man. his countenance. Morok?" said the burgomaster. returned with redoubled force. it was easy to perceive that the interest which the magistrate had felt* for the orphans and for the soldier. by the secret communications of the Prophet. when one is roused up in the middle of the night. with an air half friendly and half displeased." . which had been appeased for an instant. or I should not have ventured to disturb you. And here was I. but "No matter 'tis a thousand to one that you are right. which grew ever}' severe. Mr. the burgomaster became by degrees deeply attentive and anxious." "It is only a suspicion founded upon divers circumstances." "I have come to render you a service." "A service?" "Yes. " but even a suspicion scent of the truth. every now and then be allowed some exclamation of surprise or doubt to escape him. "The devil !" said the burgomaster. looked at the soldier with increased perplexity. ! — ances. conscience reproaches me.THE WANDERING JEW "What KT5 did you want." " "I assert nothing positively. Rose and Blanche. Dagobert saw this sudden revolution. At first apparently much astonished.

in an angry tone." "I affirm nothing.104 THE WANDERING JEW not tell "You need tell me so. hastily "it is a mere supand he again brought his lips close . then." "And. you need not me so. with indignation. why not?" resumed the magistrate. He says that he brings them from the heart of Siberia why may not But I all this prove to be a tissue of impudent falsehoods ? am not to be made a dupe twice." During this mysterious conversation. Morok again approached the judge. : — capable of having beguiled his compassion. this man is doubtless a French spy or agitator. It is a mere measure of precaution they will not die of it. am deceived ! — In any case. Besides. Yes. the law will pronounce upon it and if they should prove innocent. horror of falsehood. the more it seems probable. recommenced speaking in a low voice. for that reason." "And. upon that theory. lifting up hands "such people are capable of anything. after a pause. "After all. I need not hesitate." cried the burgomaster. my dear Morok. his Morok. he was without pity for those whom he thought . he saw vaguely that a violent storm was about to burst. for. "you go too far now. like all persons of a weak and shifting character. Dagobert was on thorns. the more I think of it. perhaps I may so act without knowing it. Well who lives long enough will know —and — may heaven forgive me if I . "I am unhappily placed — in so false a position with regard to this man" Dagobert "that I might be thought to have — —pointing acted to from private resentment for the injury he has done me." resumed Morok with a hypocritical affectation of humility. and glancing at the "Oh!" orphans. while I fancy that I am only influenced by love of justice. and respect for our holy religion." said " position founded on to the ear of the judge. students at Frankfort. he added . especially when I compare these suspicions with the late demonstration of the . He thought only of how he should still keep his anger within bounds. cried the burgomaster. they will be released in a month or two. nothing is better fitted to excite " and stir up those hot-headed youths than He glanced significantly at the two sisters. "Do not be in a hurry to decide don't give to my words more weight than they deserve.

why you did not speak out loud to Mr. a3 he stood looking Morok full in the face. his self-command. clenching his fists. "Hark ye. "Dagobert good heaven ! — ! grasping his hands. Mr. "Satan does not care by what means he works out his ends !" "Certainly. he repeated in a sterner voice: "I ask you. but well-devised. and drew closer to him. "It are becomes you. losing patience. "Why did you not speak out loud?" Having said this. grinding his teeth with rage: "bid that man go down. the almost convulsive movement of his thick moustache. Till then Dagobert had kept his arms folded he now ." cried the children. you were whispering to Mr. look at him attentively: you see that this man has a dangerous face." answered Morok insolently. of the all conversation between bearhis efforts to conciliate was becoming no longer besides. quite beside himself. Burgomaster. Burgomaster?" "Yes. felt that the restraint he had imposed upon himself. when you were talking of me?" "Because there are some things so shameful." "And will see In continuing thus to speak in a low tone. he saw cleariy that the favor of the judge were rendered completely null by the fatal influence of the brute-tamer so. Mnce his arrival at this unlucky inn. Seeing that his adversary preserved a contemptuous silence. "or there will be mischief!" be calm. looking fixedly at him. Burgomaster. haughtily. in a returned . "do you dare to give orders to me?" "I tell you to make that man go down." resumed Dagobert. or I will not answer for myself !" "What!" said the burgomaster. extended them violently. and above all then. This sudden movement was so expressive that the two sisters uttered a cry of terror. ha advanced towards him with his arms folded on his breast. gave evidence of a severe internal conflict." to certainly — —miserable the vagabond that you burgomaster. Burgomaster!" said the soldier. Morok had The latter. —not say worse. the commencement the burgomaster. notwithstanding evidently pointed to Dagobert. and said to him in a subdued voice: "Was it of me that ." said Morok.THE WANDERING JEW 105 with a sigh. that on& would blush to utter them aloud. it would be odious. You will " Mr since Morok and able .

locking the door. When the burgomaster saw his cap at his feet. The burgomaster stood near the bench. with his arm in the sling. who. becomes you to give orders to me Oh you rage to impose upon me. Taking the children by the arm before they could speak a word. after struggling so painfully against it for some hours. burgomaster though — — you are I would spurn that dog. gained the topmost steps of the staircase. he looked at the brute-tamer with an air of stupefaction. nor justice you that. "Just now. do you mark me ?'' "Hats off when you speak of the daughters of the Duke of Ligny. in a corner of the landingplace. because you seemed for a moment to interest yourself in those poor children. regretting his violence. I have heard patiently all your idle talk. and feeling that no means of conciliation now remained." pointing again to the Prophet. who. to give the — more serious appearance to his wound. and. "that if I happen to mention two adven" i ! own —you dare child — Now. threw a rapid glance around him. as if he hesitated to believe so great an enormity. in any other way than you would I will — — ! spurn you as speak of your "What mering turesses to say. with so terrible a voice and gesture that the official did not dare to finish. "if you have the misfortune to mention those two young girls. seizing the judge by the arm. and putting the key into his pocket. are perhaps after all "Wretch !" cried Dagobert. Dagobert. the soldier pushed them back into the chamber. in spite of their ! ! — think — your carry inno- "Listen to me !" said the soldier." cried the burgomaster. was close beside . But since you have neither I tell bouI. Dagobert had at length yielded to the violence of his anger. whilst Morok. nor pity. then. frightened at the menacing air and attitude of the veteran. that scoundrel insulted me I bore with it for it only concerned myself. Morok could not restrain his joy. he returned precipitately towards the burgomaster. On this act of aggression. retreating several paces. by telling me you have lost It will not serve your turn. for which you papers about with you these two girls. stamwith rage. snatching the cap of the burgomaster and flinging it on the ground.106 : THE WANDERING JEW "it ! " cent looks. retreated a couple of steps. Exasperated and losing all hope. and held by one hand to the rail of the staircase." cried the soldier.

he now rushed quick as lightning on the burgomaster. which was completely dark. "you think to to lift hand against me! Old villain!" — escape. and unable to ik a word or utter a cry. "go down The burgomaster was unable to finish. "All means are alike to those who wish to set Europe in flames. For some minutes Dagobert had only sought to gain time. rascal! You would begin again to smooth me over with your coaxing ways. I am no You shall see that we have good longer your dupe dungeons at Leipsic for French agitators and female vagrants.THE WANDERING JEW him. and hanging his head humbly. "No pity for thee. puffing out his before me —and as cheeks with an important for you. after daring "Forgive me. clasped him with hands of . speak a upon me do not bear malice word in my favor to Mr. in a very diplomatic tone. that have that I was not able to control. Mr." added ! — he. "you. turning towards Morok. "Oho you can look foolish enough now. pulled him back. streaming hair. and dashed him with such violence against the door in question. the soldier caught him by his long. deceived by the backward movement of Dagobert. Morok " air. that have been the cause of all this have some pity You. with his arm encumbered by the sling. Burgomaster! 3 It I was a burst of rash- sorry for it. advancing towards Dagobert. seized him by the throat. for your damsels are no better than you are. you old vagabond Did you think to impose on me with lamentations?" resumed 'And you." added — ! — — ! ! the burgomaster. turning towards Morok. Come. stupefied by this sudden attack. who." answered the Prophet ironically. Burgomaster you." gobert in a repentant voice." "I am only a poor devil. "Thanks be." added the magistrate. a good heart. that the magistrate. Then." "I have spoken to him what I was bound to speak. You are not what you appear to be. rolled over to the further end of the room. ! show me some mercy. just opposite to the chamber occupied by the orphans: finding the moment favorable. am ." "What when you have pulled off my cap?" will the soldier. and had cast many a side-glance at a half -open door on the landing-place. made a rush for the staircase. Mr. but I have penetrated your secret designs. and there is perhaps an affair of state at the bottom of all this. a holy man. 107 "So!" cried the magistrate. Burgomaster.

To bolt the door of the passage. and put the key in his pocket. "Good heaven. THE WANDERING JEW clapped his hand over his mouth to stifle his outcries. the noise of the wind and rain would have drowned his outcries. to The veteran next took . The gate of the inn was shut. tied them strongly together. recovering from all his surprise. and there was no possibility of escape on that side. Dagobert had about an hour before him.'08 iron. Dagobert! what has happened?" cried "My children. "What do you wish us to do?" added Rose. Without answering. floating on the outside. the host and his people waiting for the decision of the burgomaster. and so shut it in. for it would require some time to elapse before the length of his interview with the magistrate would excite astonishment and. on the floor of which the burgomaster laybruised and stunned. and that of the room in which the burgomaster and the Prophet were conMorok. but. The second half of the window was left open. The rain fell in torrents. Dagobert descended the stairs at two bounds. and found himself in a passage. to afford a passage to the fugitives. was calling for help the distance had permitted him to be heard. made a knot at one end. and the reindeer pelisse. Having double-locked the door. the children's portmanteau. it soldier's blood in Blanche. Thus made fast by the size of the knot. it would be necessary to break open two doors that which separated the passage from the court-yard. that opened on the court-yard. tore off the sheets. and notwithstanding his desperate resistance. the soldier ran to the bed. — fined. making a sign to Spoil-sport to follow. if with his might. the sheets. He could see through the window of a parlor. and he hastened upstairs again to rejoin the orphans. which could not slip through. and threw them all out of the window. suspicion or fear once awakened. his knapsack. dragged him into the chamber. was for the soldier the affair of an instant. in which a fire was burning. even . as he entered abruptly the chamber of the young girls. is now time to prove that you have a your veins. touched the ground. passed it over the top of the left half of the casement. who were terrified at the racket they had heard for some minutes. and thus intercept all communication with the yard." said Dagobert.

" pointing to the window. pale from the effect of so many painful emotions. founded on the blind faith they reposed in the devotion of the soldier. and slid gently down according to the recommendation of the soldier. and the pup is waiting for you. though I have to beg my way. without uttering a word. Rose and Blanche looked at Dagobert in amazement." said Rose. "that we must pass if we would not be arrested. children. I will carry you. children. and I in the other and have our journey altogether knocked on the head. my little Rose!" As light as a bird." "It is for me to go first I am the eldest for to-day. and. at a single 109 The dog did not hesitate. . "Separated from you !" exclaimed Blanche. "Now. and try to reach Leipsic when you are tired. but disappeared bound. Dagobert easily guessed the cause of this eagerness. Come. Come you are light as feathers. "I was sure of it. leaning out his whole body. . encouraged her — w. Quick. as though they would meet the danger united." — — — — — By a sympathetic movement. the sisters joined hands.ih his voice. tha sheet is strong. and all will be lost. have show that the daughters of General Simon are trust in me no cowards and there is yet hope. in a firm voice. and assisted by Dagobert. my poor children! They have killed Jovial we must make our escape on foot. in a no less resolute tone. were now expressive of simple resolve. it is hardly eight feet to the ground. "the doors of the inn are shut. who. in order. ! — . to expose herself to it before her sister. "Yes. I have myself fastened the sheet. and it is by this way. "Dear children!" said he. "Be satisfied. took hold of the sheet." cried Rose. But fear nothing for one another there is no danger. put in prison you in one place. when she had tenderly embraced Blanche and she ran to the window. we will go through with it. Their sweet faces. the young girl mounted the ledge of the window. Dagobert! we'll not be frightened. "We will do what must be done." cried Dagobert "good blood is ever thicker than water. if there were any danger." said he to them. But a quarter of an hour later." — — — "Arrested! put in prison!" cried Rose. "I understand you." added Blanche.THE WANDERING JEW ivatch over them.

and cried "Mr. Then. torches — —arm your people—open the doors —We must ! pursue the fugitives. 2. licking my hands. Thanks to his tall stature. — ! "Dagobert." 1 will them. we are waiting for you come quickly !" said orphans in a low voice. "Don't be afraid. ment of p. doubt. who had made use of a heavy table as a battering-ram." cried Dagobert. they cannot escape us. the miserable tramps!—. as courageous as her sister. they ran to the chamber of the orphans. in the rules of the order of De formula scribendi (Institut. "My honor? Much more is concerned than that. landlord bring us lan! ! ! — terns. the soldier rather leaped than . they cannot be far. now deserted. when a long crash resounded through the house. sweet face of the young girl disappear amid the gloom of the dark night. as soon as she touched And the ground "it is very easy to come down this way. 129). Mr. from beneath the window. with heavy heart." Blanche did not long keep her waiting. 11." answered the Prophet. Burgomaster. under the title 125. we shall catch ! be revenged cerned as well as mine." "No Oh. them alive or dead!" — we must have CHAPTER XV. as. which violent squalls of wind and torrents of rain rendered still more dismal. Spoil-sport is here. Burgomaster. Guided by the light. the 8th part of the constitutions. she descended with the same success.110 THE WANDERING JEW . he opened the door of the court-yard. rapidly descending the stairs. Morok saw the sheets floating from the casement. When we read. Quick. they have escaped by the window they are on foot in this dark and stormy — : — night. the glided to the ground. and shouted in a voice of thunder: "Goliath unchain the dogs and. the Jesuits. sister !" said she. in a tone of great irritation. "Dear little creatures what have they done to be so unfortunate? Thousand thunders! there must be a curse upon the family. THE DESPATCHES. the developwe are appalled by the . The door had yielded to the efforts of the burgomaster and Morok. Morok your honor is con. Dagobert and the two young girls had not fled from the inn of the White Falcon more than a quarter of an hour. he saw the pale.

at the bottom of a dark and narrow court-yard. from the rising to the setting sun. which was painted on a large scale. from the most barbarous countries. edited by Paulin. and thinking it was thus out of his power to continue his journey. this secret inquisition. and how general of the Jesuits could say to the Duke de Brissac: "From this room. with arched doorway. the lion-tamer. as the constitutions have it. so persevering in its projects. from the most distant isles. Paris. carried to such a degree of perfection. The walls of this apartment were lined with old gray wainscot. and reproached them for their great and laborious curiosity. There was not a single country which did not present some spots marked with these this About the middle of below the ate far level of the . a host of little red crosses appeared scattered over all parts of the world from the North to the South.) — — horse. 1843. Rue du Milieu des Ursins. the tiled floor was painted red. opposite to the fireplace. Nothing could be more simple than the interior of this quiet dwelling. your grace. This police. as was sufficiently shown by the furniture of a pretty large room on the ground floor. The address of this letter was as follows: "A Monsieur Rodin. situQuai Napoleon. despatched Karl to Leipsic. raised on a pedestal of massive oak. seeing Dagobert deprived of his his money and papers. there stood a house of unpretentious appearance. but China not only China. previous to the arrival of the burgomaster. separated from the street by a low building in front. stood at one end of the room." (Constitution of the Jesuits. so powerful by its unity. may give some idea of the strength of a government. as the bearer of a letter which he was to put immediately into the post. narratives. to France itself. It is a police infinitely more exact and better informed than has ever been that of any state. and carefully polished curtains of white calico shaded the windows. Upon this globe. by the union of its members. Even the government of Venice found itself surpassed by the Jesuits: when it drove them out in 1<>06.Till-. it seized all their papers. and two windows protected by thick iron bars. which it joins not from the Rue Saint Landry. Paris." Morok. and writings of all kinds. to the centre? of civilization. WANDERING JEW 111 number of letters. what im- mense force must belong to the heads of the this society. It is not hard to understand. preserved in the archives of the society. I govern not only Paris. and stripped of obscure and solitary street. A sphere of about four feet in diameter. registers. — . had. so well-informed. but the whole world and all without any one knowing how it is done. and.

This was M. he wore an old. shabby. or serving as points of reference. black eye. were hardly distinguishable from the wan hue of his lean visage. naked-looking apartment. olive greatcoat. was a large walnut-wood desk. M. . cold. a snuff-powdered cotton handkerchief for a cravat. Rodin. The dull sound of the knocker at the outer door was heard. At the end of the month of October. tracing his mysterious characters in the midst of profound silence. rested on a petty piece of green baize upon the red. he scratched along with his pen. the brutetamer. and sat down again to his work without utter- ing a word . The clock struck eight. stuck his pen between his teeth. Further on. from its maintaining a death-like immobility. then a bell tinkled twice. About fifty years of age. surmounted by shelves full of pasteboard boxes. the correspondent of Morok. Whilst the darkness of the day increased the gloom of the large. he was copying certain passages from a long sheet full of writing. a chair stood empty.112 THE WANDERING JEW red crosses. about eight o'clock in the morning. several doors opened and shut. loaded with papers. in a manner quite unintelligible to those who did not possess the key to the system. there was something awful in the chilling aspect of this man. absolutely colorless. . with a greasy collar. evidently indicative of stations. M. His feet. singular. His gray hair lay flat on his temples. and waistcoat and trousers of threadbare black cloth. with its pointed nose and chin and this livid mask (deprived as it were of lips) appeared only the more . half concealed his small. Rodin rose from the desk. between the two windows. Before a table of black wood. Rodin might have been mistaken for a corpse. On seeing him. bending over the desk. and polished floor. 1831. like the membrane which shades the eyes of reptiles. and resting against the wall near the chimney. a man sat writing at this desk. Had it By the aid of a cipher (or secret alphabet) placed before him. His thin lips. bowed with a deeply submissive air. sharp. as. and a new personage entered the chamber. buried in loose varnished shoes. not been for the rapid movement of his fingers. flabby and overhanging. encircled his bald forehead his eyebrows were scarcely marked his upper eyelid.

brilliant as His nose. from the most frivolous to the most serious. who. strength of body. The piercing glance and broad forehead of this man revealed a powerful intellect. the perfection of his gloves and boots. polished steel. was never But. this smile became either kind or sly. write. broad at the commencement. even as the development of his chest and shoulders announced a vigorous physical organization whilst his gentlemanly appearance. the grace and ease of his least movements. and the bluish tints of his close-shaved beard were contrasted with the bright carnation of his lips. "I shall only be quite reassured by a letter from my health. This rare combination of strength of mind. the secretary of the newcomer. once seen. that whatever there might be of haughtiness or command in the upper part of that energetic countenance. as occasion served. and left the impression that he had sought or might still seek every kind of success. the doubt occurred if the influence was for good — for evil. cordial or gay. continued to letters "Are there any his master. Rodin. M. His figure was tall and shapely. and few could have encountered the brightness of his large gray eye. would have passed for thirty-six or thirty-eight years of age at most. the whiteness of his fine teeth. The newcomer. the light perfume which hung aboul his hair and person. He was dressed in a long frockcoat. his chin was prominent. was in this instance ren. Rodin?" inquired uneasy as to my mother's since she was already convalescent. or pathy. and extreme elegance of manners. was softened down and tempered by a constant but not uniform smile for. "Without "Post not yet in. and thus augmented the in- — sinuating charm of this man. from Dunkirk." resumed the other. discreet or prepoesessing.THE WANDERING JEW The two formed 113 a striking contrast to one another. dered still more striking by the circumstance. formed a well-cut square at its termination. he displayed a quantity of light chestnut hair. in yielding to this involuntary symagain forgotten. betrayed what is called the man of the world. and When he took off his hat. buttoned up to the neck in military fashion. to change it for a black velvet cap which he found on the small table." being positively . though really older than he seemed. not yet silvered by time.

"Certainly it is to be desired. I formerly served as fifty louis captain in his regiment." Rodin's master began to walk up and down the room. the Princess de Saint-Dizier." "To be examined. ." "Very well file it. approaching the desk." "Read to me the notes of this correspondence. and thus began: "Don Raymond Olivarez acknowledges from Cadiz receipt of letter No." "To be examined." "Let Duplessis send him Ardouin. he will conform to it.114 THE WANDERING JEW I excellent friend. I hope. Spindler. he added of the foreign correspondence complete?" "Here is the analysis." "The letters are still sent under envelope to the places named. I will tell you." "Take note of it. Spindler sends from Namur the secret report on M." resumed his master. 19. expurgated for the use of the faithful they require some more of the same sort. Ardouin sends from on M." "M." "Count Romanoff. and write to Duplessis. Go on. if there And are any letters for me to answer. finds himself in a position of . with his hands crossed behind his back. Had it not been for that 'I must navg gone down to her instantly. and he has since given us good information." "M." "They have received at Philadelphia the last cargo of Histories of France. : pecuniary embarrassment." "Is the summary Then. as humble and submissive as he was laconic and impassible. and are then brought here as I directed?" : "Always. and deny all lhare in the abduction." said the secretary. "for one of the brightest days of my life was when the Princess de Saint-Dizier announced to me that this sudden and dangerous illness had yielded to the care and attention with which she surrounds my mother. though my presence here is very necessary. dictating observations of which Rodin took careful note." "It is to be desired. of Riga." the same town the secret report . shall have good news this morning. The secretary turned to a pretty large pile of papers.

I may furnish a few but you must not pay Dumoulin till after delivery will for. in which the French would be represented as impious and debauched." said the other.THE WANDERING JEW tial 115 "Doctor Van Ostadt. and will answer them with her own hand. sends a confidennote on the subject of Messrs. his master. What next?" "Don Stanislaus has just quitted the waters of Baden with He informs us that her majesty Queen Marie Ernestine. with a start. where their eyes in the direction of sundry agitators France. spite." "Take note of it and go on!" — "The merchant announces that the clerk is about to send the banker to give in his accounts. Rodin continued "In consequence of the state of the : public mind have turned distribute in certain parts of Italy. You must employ Jacques Dumoulin to We write it. might turn to good account the excesses committed by our troops in Italy during the wars of the Republic. will receive with gratitude the promised advices. It was thus we had to pay him twice over for his virulent attack on the pantheistic tendencies of Professor Martin's philosophy. Father it would be of importance to profusely in that country. Besides.000 francs is signed. and venom : the pamphlet . he would be drunk for a week in some low den." "Make a note of it. Spindler and Ardouin. You understand ?" added Rodin. and stood contemplating it for a moment with a pensive air. after pronouncing these words with a marked emphasis. found himself opposite to the globe marked with little red crosses." "To be compared." "Inform Duplessis. What next?" "they are bul . "Perfectly. some little book." Whilst Rodin was inscribing a few remarks on the margin of the paper. that "The idea is excellent. announces that the donation of 300. continuing to walk up and down the room. of the same town. of Turin. notes of the manuscript. if we were to pay him beforehand." "That is well understood: be scorching. Go on !" "Count Malipierri. the expressions agreed on." Orsini writes from Milan. rapacious and bloody. He is full of gall. I will myself write to the queen.

to revenge himself for the preference bestowed upon his son. two maid-servants of Ambrosius. whom we placed in that little parish in the mountains of the Valais. then. without any one knowthird has just met with ing what has become of them. the work of a party that never shrinks from monstrous inventions. . "announces that his father has just died of the cholera. "is restrained by a last scruple. and. has at length succeeded in procuring for Justin the place of agent or manager to Lord Stewart. let him read once more the list of cases in which regicide is authorized and absolved. The Protestants of the country are roused — " talk of murder with frightful attendant circumstances "Until there is proof positive and complete of the fact. a rich Irish Catholic. he thus resumed: "They most continue to act on the clerk's mind by silence and solitude." resumed Rodin. in a little village at some leagues from that city: for the epi- . of Vienna. she has avoided giving the preference to one or the other but. whose head grows daily weaker." "But the continued the secretary. Make a note of it for Duplessis. of Liverpool. same fate. and Thompson shall have of fifty louis. has she yet been able to glean the information required." premium "Frantz Dichstein. she fears it may rouse their suspicion. Go on !" "The woman Sydney writes from Dresden. have disappeared." After a moment's silence.116 THE WANDERING JEW clerk. Ambrosius must be defended against these infamous calumnies. Hitherto." a "Let the fact be once verified. The — — next?" "Within the last three years. be prolonged. should this situation . during which the features of Rodin's master worked strongly. he will perhaps tell what they have both such an interest to conceal. Which ought she then to choose the father or the son?" "The son for jealous resentment will be much more Violent and cruel in the old man. nor from the confidential communications which each has made to her against his rival. Proceed. Go on !" the A "Thompson. have again taken place between the father and son but neither from these new bursts of mutual hatred. that she waits Violent scenes of jealousy on her account for instructions.

the more we must show firmness. but that she is herself governed by her lover (condemned in France as a forger)." "No condition! either a frank adhesion or a positive refusal." "Boc"Boccari! is it possible?" cried Rodin's master." "The same also announces." resumed Rodin. that the king new establishment. but on the his master conditions previously stated. The more unfavorable the circumstances. "says that his two brothers are determined to contest the donation made by his father. is the mistress of the reigning prince she has the most complete influence over him. and overbear opposition by confidence in our- — selves. in consequence of suspicions excited in their minds by Fra Paolo himself. Make a note of it. the patriot Boecari so dangerous a person !" cari "The patriot Boccari. Go on!" "Fra Paolo announces that the Prince Boccari. that the whole of the corps diplomatique continues to support the claims of the father . in despair at seeing his friends accuse him of treachery." Either full and absolute acceptance or "No reserve : else war —and ! — (mark me well) war without mercy — —on him a and his creatures. coming from the north of Russia by way of Poland." repeated the impassible secretary. has committed suicide. accede to them ! ! .THE WANDERING JEW 117 demic continues to advance slowly." will authorize the "The Duke d'Orbano announces." "Let Hausman get hold of this man if his claims arc and learn if the girl has any reasonable." "Frantz Dichstein. and it would be easy through her means to arrive at the end proposed. chief of redoubtable secret society. and France be spared. "The Cardinal Prince d'Amalfi will conform to the three first points of the proposal he demands to make a reservation upon the fourth point. Albertine Ducornet. interrupting him. Let us know our friends from our enemies. and that she does nothing without consulting him." "Hausman informs us that the French dancer. "Tell Duplessis to send an order for five-and-twenty louis to Fra Paolo." "It is true." "Consult the two persons that are charged with all matWhat next?" ters of litigation. — — relations in Paris. "may its terrible march he stayed." said Rodin's master. but that he is of an opposite opinion.

all the countries of the earth. thoughtfully up and down. With haughty brow and scornful lip. The artist. as with an immense net." had recovthe postman. in profound silence. that he felt sure of governing this globe." said he held in his hand his master is . which seemed to extend over the whole world. But now he no longer smiled. "See who it is. the innumerable little red crosses. then. Nothing?" cried his master and his painful emotion formed a strange contrast to his late haughty and implacable expression of countenance "nothing? no news of my mother? Thirty-six hours more. and leaned his strong hand upon the pole. he drew still nearer to the globe. unless it be to marry her lover against her father's will. energy. and daring. and his forehead was clad with a formidable scowl. till. he stopped short before it." "It seems to me. that the spiritual power has nothing to do with the temporal. the face of ordinary expression. as of one taking possession. coming near to the huge globe. could not have chosen a more suitable model. and on which he rested his hand with so lofty and audacious an air of sovereignty. continue to answer. his nosswelled. flecting doubtless on the invisible action of his power." said Rodin's master and the secreThe other continued to walk tary rose and left the room. "there <« is showing the letters which nothing from Dunkirk." "Then. seemed to indicate. his large gray eye sparkled.*18 THE WANDERING JEW of that young Protestant girl. that. the features of this animated. His eye threatened. an imperious movement." "Ah! the corps diplomatique continues to remonstrate in the father's name?" "Yes. "It Rodin. which appeared to cover. on which he looked down from the height of his tall figure. and his manly countenance assumed an indescribable expression of pride. the bell of the outer door again sounded twice. trils man became This powerful pressure. Re. if the princess had bad news to — — — . When ered its Rodin returned. For some time he contemplated." At this moment. who had wished to paint the demon of craft and pride. who refuses to quit the convent where she has taken refuge. large the infernal genius of insatiable domination. of anxiety.

so active. third is from Leipsic. which showed how much importance he attached to this affair. as he continued to walk: "Well these letters whence are they?" Rodin looked at the post-marks. goes on.THE WANDERING JEW 119 Probably. in accordance with his orders. Morok. and of all the considerable persons. Drawn up for the purpose ." "You are doubtless right. and no doubt relative to Gabriel. Rodin but no matter I am far from easy. who resides at Rome. The correspondence of the Jesuits. are immense registers. the news should not be completely satisfactory. the improvement give. the daughters of General Simon would not be able to continue their journey. If. which serve to check one In the central house. they are also in direct communication with the General. I fear. Djalma. in which the lion-tamer. and no doubt concerns the Indian." After a few moments' silence. whether friends or enemies. the General receives a host of reports." At the name of General Simon. informed us. of their adherents. various. she would have written. with whom they have any connection. principal houses correspond with that in Paris. Every day. the secret errors of a statesman. and organized in so wonderful a manner. to-morrow. graphical collection that has ever been formed." "Thank heaven provided the news be favorable. agree with her. he added. that. the facts reIt is the most gigantic biolating to the life of each individual. hatred or passion. and replied "Out of the four there are three relative to the great and important affairs of the medals. another." answered Rodin "this other from The Batavia. and will probably confirm that re. — — — — : ! — "One is from Charlestown. Why would my mother pass the autumn in that part of the country? The environs of Dunkirk do not. a cloud passed over the features of Rodin's master. ceived yesterday. the missionary. I set out for the estate of the princess. are chronicled in this book with the same cold impartiality. with an expression of uneasiness. in which are inscribed the names of all the Jesuits. ORDERS. at Rome. and without his being compromised in any way." cried his master. CHAPTER THE The XVI. without alteration. In these registers are reported. The frailties of a woman. has for its object to supply the heads with all the information they can require.

. his friends. " Tt is supposed that only seven descendants remain of this family. must to any one society It is not lightly that I speak of these give I have facts from a person who has seen this colregisters sacred ties. Rodin's master said to the secretary: "Do not yet open the When name or remembrance from Leipsic. and who is perfectly well acquainted with the Jesuits. ." said the master." rejoined the other. who admit freely into their houses the members of a community that carries its biographical researches to such a point. his most Conceive. The latter continued "Have you finished the note relating to the medals ?" letters — my it is. these biographies are necessarily exact. is matter to reflect on for all those families. "I was just finishing interpretation of the cipher. "Here their right place. "whether this note is not forget that the person it is intended for ought not to know all ?" "I bore it in mind.) the he had conquered the involuntary emotion which of General Simon had occasioned. his projects. his faults. and some in America. his character. When the Jesuits wish to influence an individual. which includes the whole world. in the order of the facts." "Read." "Read it to me. foreseeing the speedy revocation of the edict of Nantes. in order to avoid the the memjust and rigorous decrees already issued against bers of the reformed church those indomitable foes of our " M. others in Germany some in England." "I wish to see. Here.t20 THE WANDERING JEW of being useful. and Batavia. " 'Some members of this family sought refuge in Holland. a French Protestanl family. Charlestown. went into voluntary exile. slowly and deliberately: fifty years ago." replied the secretary." The secretary looked inquiringly at his master. which underwent strange vicissitudes since. and drew up the paper accordingly." "True. his parts. You can append to it the news contained in those three letters. Rodin 'A hundred and — holy religion. and they know immediately his life. immense ! . and afterwards in the Dutch colonies others in Poland. (Libri. they have but to turn to this book. his family. clear and fully explanatory you did . my lection. its . read as follows." said Rodin "in that way the letters will find . Member of the Institute. the information they contain will doubtless find its place presently It will save our going over the same ground twice. Letters on the Clergy. what a superior facility of action this police-register. then.

a descendant of the said family. 'General Simon married. a descendant of the — — ' said family. which is considered as the most vital and most important of the age. Duke of Cardoville. in the Island of Java. 3. 1832. priest of the foreign missions. daughter of the Count of Rennepont. married or single. No. from the sovereign to the mechanic. married. "These descendants. or to render their presence of no effect. then settled at Batavia. near Paris. a century and a half ago. in 1802. 'Francois Hardy. 'At all hazards.' : ' . In a century and a half ! At Pray for me Paris. at Warsaw. whether they are minors. not by proxy. therefore. direct or indirect. King of Mondi. mechanic. priest of the foreign missions. February the ' 13th. son of Kadja-sing. 'Prince Djalma. 1832 and that. Paris. 1682.THE WANDERING JEW 121 present representatives are found in all ranks of society. are: " On the mother's side '* 'Rose and Blanche Simon minors. or should possess. on account of its " probable results. " 'All the members of this family possess. 'Adrienne de Cardoville. C. D. vou will be. except Gabriel Rennepont. but in person. — Victim of L. February the 13th. Gabriel must be the only person present at the appointment made with the descendants of this family. " 'Gabriel Rennepont. manufacturer at Plessis. " 'Jacques Rennepont. much has been already done but much remains to be done to ensure the success of this affair. . Kadja-sing. " 'To prevent the other six persons from reaching Paris on the said day. " 'But other persons have an immense interest that none of the descendants of this family be at Paris on the 13th February. Rue Saint Francois. Pray for me! 'These words and dates show that all of them have a great interest to be at Paris on the 13th of February. a bronze medal bearing the following inscriptions : Dutch colony. a " " 'On the father's side " surnamed Sleepinbuff. J.

but capable of enthusiasm. interrupting him. that appearances must be skilfully main- tained. by a deplorable mistake. who then said. that the measure only affected the wife of General Simon personally. 'all possible during several years. and shaking his head pensively. " 'Note. a woman of strong mind and diestical sentiments. on the 13th of February. . even now. would be prevented. the Governor of Siberia.122 " -*THE WANDERING JEW 'Tis but too true. and there is no forseeing what may follow failure. " No I. much more distant than the one first allotted her. that the consequences of success are incalculable. by sending their mother to a place of exile. under the guidance of an old soldier. ters. "And." observed Rodin's master. which the names of the persons stand will be observed. In case of need they might be completed in the most minute degree for contradictory information having been given. means must be employed. very The order in lengthened evidence has been obtained." Rodin read on " 'To forward or secure the affair in question. is not aware. mild and timid disposition. " 'General Simon. and events that have happened up to the present time will only be mentioned. " 'It was hoped that their presence in Paris. therefore. moreover. "Continue. it is : necessary to give some private and secret particulars respecting the seven persons who represent this family. unfortunately allowed the girls to return to France. 'Rose and Blanche Simon. ." said Rodin. separated from his wife before they were born.' except. " 'The truth of these particulars may be relied on. one might be taken for the other. however. twin sisters. Nothing must be shunned. they are wholly ignorant of our holy religion. Brought up in Siberia by their mother. that he lias two daugh. In a word. supposing. but their mother dying. who is wholly ours. about fifteen years of age very pretty." "I have written his it. having added the words master had just dictated. so much alike. it almost involves a question of existence or non-existence To succeed.

TiIE " " WANDERING JEW 123 'This man is enterprising. that the girls will not be able to be here on the 13th February. honest." resumed his master." "It is almost certain. on fair grounds. may easily be turned against him. rich." "Go he then added. and against him. This man has been marked and watched for a long . II. intelligent. 'Franqois Hardy. well-informed man. If other means of action on his account." added Rodin's master. He noted down as dangerous. that he is completely deceived as to the interests it . idolized by his workmen thanks tq Never numberless innovations to promote their welfare. especially in M. " 'He has been so effectually misguided with respect to the medal. manufacturer . No. the soldier. — time. on. and exclaimed "Excellent news The maidens and their guide had succeeded in escaping during the night from the White Falcon Tavern. is accused and condemned of resisting the authorities. le Baron Tripeaud." " " 'Note. "Append this to the note on the back. They have been transferred their to Leipsic. the evidence may be consulted minous. but all three were overtaken and seized about a league from Mockern. saying "Now. read the letter just received from Leipsic. are it is very volunecessary. where they are imprisoned as vagabonds guide. attending to the duties of our holy religion. considering the tedious mode : : ! . of proceeding in Germany (otherwise we would see to it)." Rodin read it. his competitor. and using violence to a magistrate. and determined. then. that they are now detained in the neighborhood of is " Leipsic' Rodin's master interrupted him. it may complete the information. and endorsed "An abstract of Morok's letter. Noted down as a very dangerous man: but the hatred and envy he excites among other manufacturers. It is hoped. a steady. "It is written." The secretary obeyed. active. 'The Simon girls are inoffensive. Rodin continued reading. faithful. near Paris. forty years old at Plessis.

"regrets that he has not been able to prove his zeal in this case. provisionally detained as a prisoner of state in an Indian fortress." Rodin read. Djalma is mentioned only by way of reminder. constantly watched. "Now read the letter from Batavia. " however." "Van Dael.property of Djalma's mother. THE WANDERING JEW He is. it one of his dearest . Kadja-sing. In return. while her parents were living. he could scarcely reach Paris by the month of February. merchant at Batavia (he was educated in our Pondicherry establishment). In that case. ." said Rodin's master. respecting the fortune of M. surrounded. On the death of the latter.124 represents. claimed their little propIt is. deprived of the paternal throne. or having effected his escape. grave interests connected with the possession of the medal in question. without suspecting friends deceives him. " ' : "Good news again. Supposing Prince Djalma set at liberty. Djalma eighteen energetic and generous. . and then observed 'Prince ." are at the end of October. therefore." "We "Answer that point evasively. Joshua Van Dael. which formed part of the. and through secret thoughts. for his mother died young. haughty. No. Djalma. Van Dael as yet has onlv ." continued Rodin. you may rely on Van Dael's devotedness." Rodin's master interrupted him. neither Djalma nor the king. his father. is lish. in the struggle maintained by the latter against the English in India. who commanded the troops of his father. he solicits very precise information. III. since he has nothing else left him in the world. They resided at Batavia. and complete the information respecting Djalma. with whom he has business trans"If actions. his means we know his 'Note. certain that they are ignorant of the erty. Prince Djalma were to leave India now. independent and wild favorite of General Simon. learns from his correspondent at Calcutta that the old Indian king was killed in the last battle with the EngHis son. it is certain he would come to Batavia to claim his inheritance from his mother. le Baron Tripeaud. and governed. banker and manufacturer. by the next post.

on whom we rely. She is an excellent creature. ' ' . standing 'Gabriel is five-and-twenty disposition as angelic as his countenance. In a few moments Rodin said to him: "I have done it. the agent has formed such ties with him that he may even now be considered beyond the reach of the interests that ought to insure his presence in Paris on the 13th of February. 125 complete the information respecting Djalma from those new tidings/' Rodin wrote. drunken. honest. unfortunately he was brought up with his adopted brother. priest of foreign missions. and prodigal but idleness and debauch have ruined him. 'Should this soldier. Rodin's master was silent." " 'Note. distant relation of the above. fond of his mother. 'Gabriel Rennepont. has become acquainted with his mistress. surnamed "Sleepinbuff. No. ignorant and credulous. over whom we have long had unlimited control. notwithhis repugnance. Agricola." singular expression "Does not Van Dael mention General "Go ' on. of exemplary piety. and paced the room. Dagobert's son. Cephyse Soliveau. She prevailed on Gabriel to take orders. nicknamed the Bacchanal Queen. rare and solid virtues. noisy. has imbibed the most detestable doctrines. reach Paris. Through her means. — ." said the secretary. contrary to expectation." i.THE WANDERING JEW shown zeal . his wife would be a powerful means of influencing him. clever agent. Lienaked. then. 'Jacques Rennepont. he is employed by M. idle. A " ' 'Note. the wife of a soldier going by the name Dagobert. Hardy. continuing his task. No. This artisan is he is not without sense. IV. An he was adopted by Frances Baudoin. But in a few minutes : his master said to him with a Simon in connection with Djalma's imprisonment and his father's death?" "He does not allude to him. workman in Baron Tripeaud's factory. c. orphan foundling. . This Agricola is a poet and workman but an excellent workman. V. but he is alike ignorant of the existence of his relative and the relationship.

126 THE WANDERING JEW Marked as very laborious. is written. which cannot (they write) be later than the middle of this month. one fiding in him fully. we have consented to his taking part in the American mission. at least a month or two before February 13th. and see what it tells you in order to complete the information upon this point also. but without religious feeling. he will be shipped off for France. on his presence in Paris at that time. men. since. his superiors at Charlestown have received the orders not to endanger. the most attractive person in the world extraordinary a mind remarkable for its origbeauty. mis- She will soon be twenty-one years of age. especially till the 13th of February.' Rodin's master again interrupted him. though red-haired — — . for he unites with angelic sweetness of character a calm intrepidity and adventurous spirit which could only be satisfied by allowing feared. on him." replied the secretary. " 'Among other precautions. sionary priest. a few moments "Proceed. This causes his intimacy with Gabriel to be dangerous. as he himself announces his speedy return to Charlestown. No. so precious They are to send him " to Paris. too. " A him to Luckily. strictest life. and said: "Read the letter from Charlestown. As soon as he arrives." When he had read the letter. depend immense hopes and equally important interests. whither he had absolutely insisted on going alone upon a mission. related 'Distantly (without Rennepont. "It later." said Rodin's "What imprudence !" "He has no doubt escaped master. notwithstanding his excellent qualities. of the most dangerous. we repeat it. " " 'adrienne rennepont de cardoville." a : all danger." said his master. sometimes causes uneasiness. engage in the perilous existence of the missionaries. " Rodin continued: 'Note." "Add this to the note which concerns him. knowing it) to Jacques and Gabriel Rennepont. Much precaution must be used then. Rodin went on "Gabriel is expected every day from the Rocky Mountains. 'The latter. VI. We have even delayed confalse step might make him. alias Sleepinbuff. on any account.

mained a moment without. Mother mother !" will take nearly "Alas ! ! cried he. wringing his hands. Happily. dejectedly. redoor. — immense fortune — all We does not fear to avow and which. and almost in the dependcount. to oppose and repress the singular. it hopeless state. her appointed guardian. for she ! calls for me two days." replied the other. is quite in the interest. went to see who knocked. cannot be turned to account in the interest of the affair in question — —for ' " Rodin was here interrupted by two discreet taps at the The secretary rose. and said to the old servant that opened the door: "Just put what is indispensable into the portmanteau of my travelling-carriage. ence. Oh. "My mother!" he cried. that she may die in peace. unheard-of designs which this young person. formerly agent to the late Count of Rennepont. The inality incredible independence of her character makes one tremble for the future fate of this young person. His master rang the bell violently. And yet the doctor might save her. without leaving "At length. with a look of alarm. with reason. and his features took an expression of painful astonishment and poignant grief. and then returned with two letters in his hand. as the servant departed in haste. "I shall have !" had scarcely read the first few lines of the letter. when he grew deadly pale. Within an hour. Not to grant it would be matricide.THE WANDERING JEW 127 the animal instincts. I must be on the road. as he rose at the exclamation of his master. news of my mother the letter!" cried his master. "The symptoms of improvement were fallacious. Duke of Cardoville). saying: "The princess has profited by the " departure of a courier to "Give me him time to finish." what a misfortune !" said Rodin. "Not to see her . "she has now relapsed into a nearly ! He thinks my presence without ceasing. Let the porter take a cab." he added. that wish is sacred If I can but arrive in time! Travelling day and night. Baron Tripeaud (a baron of 1829 creation. heavens my mother !" "What misfortune has happened !" asked Rodin. unfortunately. and raising his eyes to heaven. and on the Baron Tripeaud. upon this worthy and respectable relative. of the young lady's aunt. "oh. and go for post-horses instantly. as resolute as independent. She wishes to see me for the last time.

" — — said Rodin. You will write to Batavia. quitting Leipsic . and answer it." And this man. as he showed him the second letter: "This. he appeared to repent of — ! — A the violence of his regrets his face. Rodin ventured to say to his master. Leipsic.oh. overwhelmed his hands. . the countenance of Rodin's master assumed an indefinable expression of respect and fear. set out and come. also. it would be matricide. replace you. presenting it to "I dare not open it. and work with him. and without only the following words letter is confidential. unalterable and pure. though still sad. Simon from in Paris . that we count on his zeal and obedience to keep him there. with sorrow. has just been brought from M. his master resumed: "You will take orders from M. Duplessis. while his dying mother called to him in . He has orders. and said to him. : M." At sight of this mark. "Leave all business. wrote a number upon it. his eyes rested on the sudden revolution huge globe. Joshua Van Dael. "Set out before It is frightful." "The his master. hasten the arrival of Gabriel and should Prince Djalma come to Batavia. After a moment's silence. . he covered his face with This great grief was sincere he loved tenderly his mother : that divine sentiment had accompanied him. You will deliver to him the note on the affair of the medals he knows to whom to address it. who. tell M. the daughters of General agreed. Duplessis will losing a minute. whilst he stifled a sigh: "To be classed under its proper number. It is very important " very pressing "See what it is. at any price. seemed to take place within him. as you may see by the mark on the cover. and Charlestown. through all the phases of a too often guilty life. He handed the fatal letter to his secretary. !" Whilst he uttered these words. marked with red crosses. With The note contained a trembling hand he broke the seal.128 — again. After a few minutes." "Great God !" cried this man in despair. I have no head for business. it THE WANDERING JEW would be frightful !" And sinking upon a chair. and placed it in a particular box. Duplessis." Rodin took the letter. became once more calm and grave. impossible I have seen my mother it would perhaps kill her yes. in the sense Prevent.

as it were. "you will send a courier on the instant.W 129 vain." said he to Rodin. but fearfully pale. till now impassible. Those were his last words. pale lips. and transcribed them in cipher." Rodin nodded. contemplated it in silence. entered his own apartments. drew his coarse finger along its polished surface. the horses started at full gallop. Batavia and Charlestown. The old servant again entered. In about three quarters of an hour. cold. went to knock at the door of the inner room. increased in dimensions. His master appeared. could thus preserve his presence of mind." replied the secretary. and embracing it. turning round on his saddle. dirty nail on three of the places dotted with red As bow . His features. You know it. he departed without even attempting to see his mother. bending over it. and the servant withdrew. after discreetly knocking at the door. his glance. he In turn. and gait of this personage seemed to He appeared to have have undergone a sudden change. The secretary. with so deep a sigh that it almost resembled a sob. "Let the three letters for Leipsic. became suddenly animated with an expression of diabolical craft a sardonic smile curled his thin. sir?" asked the postilion. and holding a letter in his hand. the bells of the posthorses were heard jingling without. In turn. whilst Rodin husied himself with the answers he had been ordered to write. still grave and cold. hitherto subdued. They are of the last : importance. "The road to Italy!" answered Rodin's master. he gloated with his reptile-eye on it for some moments. He was no longer an automaton. in his arms. His secretary accompanied him respectfully to his carriage. ******* . leave to-day by the ordinary channel. bare apartment. Rodin made a low then he returned to the large." "( »n the instant. even as his master had done. and tapped his flat. moved by the mechanism of humble obedience. and said "The carriage is ready. countenance." Executing merciless orders with a merciless obedience. in his turn. The attitude. he stopped before the huge globe.THE WANDERING J l-. "This for my mother. Then. . and a look of grim satisfaction relaxed his cadaverous face. "What road.

with his livid and their actions — new instructions. tinually." recently published by the elder Dupin. we have friends at Leipsic. Tell the Cardinal Prince that he may rely on me. and which will be inexorably executed for an interest is at stake. Charlestown Batavia. Rodin approached his desk.* * Having cited the excellent. whilst he thus pointed to three towns. with a sneer. — We . The clock struck ten. there exist persons who little think that — — here. and he exclaimed 'Not to go to my mother would be matricide !' but he hesitated. his dying mother had just sumto her. it is our duty likewise to mention many bold and conscientious writings on the subject of the "Society of Jesus. but I hope for his active aid in return. Charlestown. — death-like countenance. sordid. THE WANDERING JEW And. which he seemed desirous of subjecting by the strength of his pride and courage. old. in which the fatal theories of the order are admirably exesteem ourselves haopy." "Leipsic "In each of these three places. that hovers above his prey the other the reptile. and the curious work edited by M. Luckily. Quinet. works of high and impartial (renin." This funny. and wrote the following epistle in a cipher unknown even to his master his : he hesitated! he received the order. he named them aloud.130 crosses. courageous letters of M." "He is "When gone—but moned him : — — When he had folded and sealed this letter. . all — recesses of this chamber. ill-dressed man. Rodin put it into his pocket. I keep my eye upon him con"Still. in this obscure street. that envelops its victim in its inextricable folds. Paulin. had imperiously laid his hand upon that globe. appeared still more awful than his master. brushed his old greasy hat with his sleeve. thus crawling over the sphere before him. and Batavia. and went out. The one resembled the eagle. erect and haughty. He arranged and locked up his papers in a drawer. rubbing hands briskly together. he is gone These lines will reach Rome at the same time as himself. save her by his presence. they told him. from the wakeful eyes are upon them followed. if w*» can posed and condemned. Libri. when the latter. of which he carried away the key. He might. M. which may have a powerful influence on Europe on the world. Rodin's hour for breakfast. that all their movements are known and that hence will issue which deeply concern them. S. "distant as they are from one another. — After some minutes. in verydifferent parts of the world." he added. and the Count de Saint Priest intellects. "P. Michelet. took a patched umbrella in his hand.

THE WANDERING JEW'S SENTENCE. spires. and curl up — But now. — INTERVAL. appears concentrated in that lugubrious and far-sounding vibration. Whatever there is of activity. every cottage window brightens to the joyous crackling of the rustic hearth. at midst of this valley for many villages are spread about it.nil WANDERING JEW 131 Whilst these two men. were thus framing a plot. the tufts of bushy trees. resembling the reflection of a great fire. the fields from which the ripe corn has been gathered in. Stranger and more fatal still. which was to involve the seven descendants of a race formerly proscrihed a strange mysterious defender was planning how to protect this family. west. And then these lights do not remain motionless. all blend together in one dark. which was also his own. whilst clouds of smoke issue from the chimneys. for the most part. It is a lofty eminence covered with huge houlders of sandstone. or life. S. between which rise birch trees and oaks. They are as red as the fires of the herdsmen. Steeples of gray stone or slate lift their pointed from the intervals. their foliage already yellowed by autumn. The rich meadows. and. but they rise not from the cheerful and pleasant rustic hearth. movement. Lights begin to show themselves in the dark villages. strange to say. The site is wild and rugged. They creep slowly towards the churchbring one stone towards the erection of the strong. shady. hearth in the country seems cold and deserted. which the sun has left in the west. It is the hour of repose the hour when. uniform tint. in the depths of their obscure retreat. — . every slowly towards the sky. every steeple rings out a funeral knell. which contrasts with the limpid azure of the heavens. durable. and half -veiled in light vapor by the evening mist. seen at night through the midst of the fog. embankment which these generous hearts and noble minds are raising against the encroachments of an impure and always menacing Hood. fertile. we hope. bordering a high-road which leads from the north to the . E. These tall trees stand out from the background of red light. and shines afar through shade and foliage. From this eminence the eye looks down into a deep valley.

to dig those other furrows. during those fatal years. though sinking with fatigue. many ! . from one pole to the other from the depths of India and Asia to the ice of from the ice of Siberia to the borders of the seas of Siberia — — France. Louder sounds the death-knell. was the Cholera ! The tolling of bells and the funeral chants still rose from the depths of the valley to the summit of the hill. During day the survivors are chained to the earth by hard but necessary toil and only in the evening. towns. For. in which their brethren are to lie heaped Hke grains of corn. slow as eternity. And this valley is not the only one that has seen the desolation. when they return from the fields. Why so many interments? What valley of desolation where the peaceful songs which follow the hard labors of the day are replaced by the death dirge ? where the repose of evening is exchanged for the repose of eternity? What is this valley of the shadow. and buried by the lurid glare of torches. the glare of the funeral torches was still seen afar through the mist of evening. the air trembles beneath the strokes of so many bells. where every village mourns for its many dead. at rare intervals. implacable as fate. mysterious as death. have seen. their hearths deserted and cold this valley. it was the hour of twilight that strange hour.132 THE WANDERING JEW yard of every village. which gives to the most when solid forms a vague. many cities. hill. and. This traveller. many villages. the funeral chant rises faintly to the summit of is the this. like in this valley. like the complaining of a mighty voice. indefinite fantastic appearance the sound of firm and regular footsteps was heard on the — — . an awful wayfarer had slowly journeyed over the earth. terrible as the hand of heaven. many great countries. During a series of fatal years. knell substituted for the noise of festival —have and the —have wept deaththe them at night same day for their many dead. like seen. mourning take the place of joy. and buries them at the same hour of the same night? Alas the deaths are so sudden and numerous and frightful that there is hardly time to bury the dead. are they able.

and name! "Oh for this family. gentle. His figure was tall. the daughters of proscribed parents a dethroned prince a poor missionary priest a man of the — — — It is known that. "Go on! go on !" said the Jew. S. pushing details. passed before the house of the artisan. repose and happiness. and asked him to be allowed to rest an instant on the stone bench at his door. . what misery and what glory By how many crimes has it been sullied. like a fatal mark on his forehead. "the day approaches. according. and which he now left behind him. between the black trunks of the trees. — through which he had slowly passed. what obscurity and what splendor. * harshly. the blood of my sister has transmitted itself to this hour. for the third time. Alas! it is now a hundred and fifty years since. a few days before. absorbed in his own reflections. "The 13th of February approaches.* what grandeur and what abasement. in which the descendants of my beloved sister. in a stern him away. of the saint and the atheist. the last scions of our race. through all its migrations and exiles. the Wandering Jew was a shoemaker at Jerusalem. a man passed slowly onward. persecution scattered this family over all the earth this family. descended from the sister of the poor shoemaker. apthe magnificent poem of "Ahasuerus. extended from one temple to the other. and sad uniting in the midst.to the legend. mourning and desolate. health and joy. Quinet— E. "What scions of this family are now remaining? Seven history of the ! only. of the coward and the brave. had reigned in those villages . that I have watched over with tenderness for eighteen centuries. For further and learned notice by Charles Magnin." thought he. and. But the traveller continued on his way. its changes of religion. through the veins of the poor and the rich. carrying his cross. "Two orphans. should meet in Paris. fortune. This man did not seem to hear the distant tolling of so many funeral bells and yet.THE WANDERING JEW 133 stony soil of the rising ground. pended to see the eloquent "Thou shalt go on till the end of time. by how many virtues honored The history of this single family is the ! — ! ! human race "Passing. of the sovereign and the bandit. his countenance was noble. answered the Saviour." though sorrowful tone. of the wise man and the fool. his head was bowed upon his breast his eyebrows. . The Saviour. in the course of so many generations." by Ed.

my crime was An artisan. and the voice speaks in my ear: 'Go on Go on !' 'Go on !' sin"Oh. the splendor. devoted to privations and misery. and no one comes to help me will give none. too late I learned repentance and charity. when. invisible the whirlwind carries me away. from the North to the South. they comprise in themselves the virtues. my door. His feet were bleeding. for so wills the . the miseries of our species ! "Siberia places —India— America— France—behold fate has the divers where thrown them ! "My instinct teaches me when one of them is in peril. He answered. the poured from His forehead. in a mild. Too late I opened these eyes to the light. with a deep sigh of pain. "Reviled. covered with blows. and He said to me. 'love ye one another/ "And . in spite of my incessant labor. as I bent over my work. and suffer. He was well-nigh sinking with fatigue. and spake this sentence 'Verily. ! ! : Father which art in heaven !' so my punishment began. Then. "Oh. the courage. He asked me to let Him rest a moment on my stone bench. Yesterday amid the polar frosts to-day in the temperate zone to-morrow beneath the fires — of the tropics —but — ! presence might ! often. as with harsh anger I pushed Him from the place I find no pity. cursed. — — girl of a great name and large fort- "Together. alas save them. the degradation. from the East to the West.134 THE WANDERING JEW middle class a young une a mechanic. I go to seek them. cursed be the day. insulted. hardly able to sustain the weight of his heavy cross. thou shalt go on till the day of thy redemption. If it is great. words which should be the law of the whole human race. sullen with hate and despair. because. I and mine wanted for everything.' I reheart-piercing voice: T suffer!' 'I plied. the at the moment when my hand impels me. that I might only finish my task 'Go on !' Alas I gle hour only a single hour of repose 'Go on leave those I love on the brink of the abyss Go — ! — — ! ! — — —A ! ! on!' "Such greater is ! still my punishment. my misfortunes had made me cruel. Go on go on !' Then. too late I understood those divine words of Him I had outraged. The sweat Saviour passed before 'And I too suffer.

For me the day of mercy has not yet dawned! "And even as the first man. when. by inspiring many a soul with a sacred horror of oppression and injustice. had consigned the whole race of artisans to endless sorrows. when I see these wretched multitudes consigned without respite to profitless and oppressive toil. It is immense. and will wander on. they and I have continued to struggle forward and to suffer. Maury. as two planets draw nigh to each revolutions. the son of a laborer. bearing their heavy cross. have not yet been delivered. John the Baptist. . go in search of that woman like me accur that daughter of a queen. and no charitable voice has yet pronounced the word 'Enough!' "Alas! such is my punishment.THE WANDERING JEW 135 "In vain through successive ages. it is twofold. till the day of her redemption. it would seem as if I. wanders. gathering strength and eloquence from those celestial words. then my thoughts. sinking with fatigue. when I foresee some danger from which I cannot preserve my own.' 'Go on!' 'And if we perish in our pain. the workman. by his fall. And after in their this interview. I suffer in the name of humanity. — E. have I lahored to earn my pardon. have answered in the bitterness of their grief 'Oh. we are worn out with toil. for having asked for the death of St. travelling over the world. the powerful and the happy of world have said to the toiling people what I said to the And imploring and suffering Saviour: 'Go on! go on!' the people. what will become of our little children and our aged mothers?' 'Go on! go on!' And. and as if they were expiating my crime: for they alone. S. But. filled with terrible remembrances and bound- * According to a legend very little known. during these eighteen centuries. for eighteen centuries. by filling with commiseration and love hearts that were overflowing with envy and bitterness. for pity's sake! a few moments of repose. when the sorrow is above my strength. devoted his posterity to misfortune. I am permitted to meet this during the dread week of the Passion. who.* this : "For eighteen — — — "Once other in woman a century. I am unable to bring aid to the descendants of my dear sister. the learned sub-librarian of the Institute Herodias was condemned to wander till the day of judgment. like me. I suffer in the name of my family. for which we are indebtec to the kindness of M. poor and wandering. centuries.

who alone shares my terrible destiny. the whirlwind carries her away. 'Go on !' 'A single hour only a single hour of repose V 'Go on !' T leave those I love on the brink of the " 'Go on! Go on!' abyss. and long. . and carried his steps him forward in the opposite direction. the light evening breeze increased almost to a gale. At this moment. the detestable passions are again awake. many of those whom I love the descendants of my dear sister suffer. like me. 'What the end of every century. in those American solititudes where thou now lingerest and may we arrive in time !" Thereon an extraordinary event happened. Night was come. the storm burst forth in its murky like ! — — — — majesty. a vivid flash streamed across the sky. THE WANDERING JEW wandering stars of eternity. who could no longer weep or smile. One of those whirlwinds. thou that hearest me thou. and the voice speaks in her ear 'Go on !' 'Oh that I might finish my sentence !' repeats she also. No physical pain could reach him. Some in the centre of India some in America some here in Germany. On a sudden this doomed man. and shake the foundations of the rocks. we pursue our infi- this woman. the only one upon earth who. and are in great peril. she too loves. rushed over the hill rapid and loud as thunder. started with a shudder. Oh. has chosen to share also the only interest that has consoled me for so many ages. and exclaims another?' this woman responds to my thought. This hour. which tear up trees by the roots. The man made a movement. — — — — ! myself wandering and accursed Herodias help me to protect them May my invocation reach thee. She. from the furthest extremity of the world. For them she journeys likewise from East to West and from North to South. "But alas the invisible hand impels her. The struggle recommences. as though he had experienced a cruel pang. Those descendants of my dear sister. to retrace but an invisible force prevented him. nite course. she too protects them. and yet he pressed his hand hastily to his heart.' "And sees : ! ! — — — : — — — — Whilst this man thus went over the hill absorbed in his thoughts. .136 less griefs. deep whistlings announced the coming of a tempest. "Oh !" cried he "I feel it. precipitately.

. not far from the city of Batavia.THE WANDERING JEW 137 — In the midst of the roaring of the hurricane. Thes< quaintly spires. THE AJOUPA. formed trees. whose glittering verdure resembles green porcelain. are so thick in foliage. or hut. one of the correspondents of Rodin. the residence of M. rises in the midst of the bluish shadows cast by a tuft of trees. or carried along by the whirl of a frightful wind. which spreads a sheet of dazzling light over the deep blue enamel of the skv. 1831. no fan moving so rapidly as the great perfumed wings of this is — bat sucks the blood of monster ! The month noon October. deeply interesting to these different personages. where the most admirable flowers conceal hideous reptiles. suspended from long bamboos. pointing like overspreading like parasols. after quitting as fugitives the White Falcon. The tread of this man was no longer slow. where grow splendid trees. in the island of Java. by surrounding them with a fresh and balmy air. made of cane mats. —an hourofwell nigh mortal draws near encounters the him who its close. like that of one impelled by an irresistible power. were detained prisoners at Leipsic along with Dagobert other scenes. firm. and steady but painfully irregular. It is to fiery heat of the sun. in the furthermost parts of Asia that is to say. despatched his cosmopolite correspondence Rue du Milieu des Ursins. CHAPTER While Rodin fnun his retreat in the XVII. hy the glare of the fiery hashes. Joshua Van Dael. the man with the hlack mark on his hrow was seen descending the hill. where the brightest fruits contain subtle poisons. and between trees bent beneath the efforts of the storm. In vain he extended his supplicating hands to heaven. rounded into arches. at the — ! whose very shadow death where the gigantic vampire its victims whilst it prolongs their sleep. which are driven far into the ground. at the other extremity of the world. stalking with huge strides among the rocks. An ajoupa. Java magnificent and fatal country. were passing. in Paris while the daughters of General Simon. n he disappeared in the shades of night. and amid the roar of the tempest. almost as it were — — same moment.

but much bent. His attitude is simple and graceful his right arm sustains his head. encircle also this trunk. shaded inside leafless stalks. perfumed calyces. that seem always ready to fly from their frail and long. . still standing. about the thickness of a large its flat and five or six inches long. rises from the midst of the brushwood. lies serpent. that their etrable to the rain. of a brick-red. . mixed with these trees and creepers. heavily laden with moist exhalations like the steam of hot water. almost fantastic flower. notwithstanding the insupportable disappears beneath an inextricable mass of creepers. and impregnated with the strongest and sharpest scents for the cinnamon-tree. have no more grotesque forms than these specimens of the orchis winged The heat. and with its summit reaching to the roof of the ajoupa. ever marshy. more polished . on which a ray of sun is playing. covers the cabin. These flowers emit a strong scent of A quill. roof. of a freshness and vigor of vegetation almost incredible. reaching nearly to the top of the ajoupa. ferns. and tufted reeds. The huge trunk of a dead tree. the wing of a butterfly is not of a finer tissue. Nothing can be more suffocating than the atmosphere. rugged. closely curled up. half protrudes from one of those enormous. From every crevice in its black. impen- soil. and clothe it with their bunches of silvery white. . in head which it Within the ajoupa. of a more brilliant purple. A — flowers. which serves for a window. His complexion of a clear golden yellow. springs a strange.13& THE WANDERING JEW dome is so entangled one with the other. so as to prevent the reptiles and venomous insects from creeping into the ajoupa. stephanotis and Cape jasmine. which might be taken for reptiles. vanilla. spread around in puffs their penetrating odors. leaves uncovered his chest and arms worthy of the Antoinoiis. of a more glossy black: those unknown birds we see in our dreams. flexible stems of the cactus. shut in with a fine lattice-work of vegetable fibres. ginger-plant. with hanging sleeves. mossy bark. formed of large Indian fig-leaves. The with bright orange. at one end is a square opening. a little raised and turned on one side his ample robe of white muslin. a young man is extended on a mat in a profound sleep. gives him the appearance of a statue of pale bronze. Marble is not more firm. which lies hid like a nest among the grass.

and all is again motionless. But. Holding his breath. he wears a medal similar to This Indian is that in the possession of the two sisters. dead tree. rose almost entirely from amongst the brushwood. advancing upon his hands and knees. after having again listened. to move almost imperceptibly. With' the exception of white cotton drawers. begin stirring. This man. the father of Rose and Blanche. parted upon his forehead. a human head appears in the midst of the jungle. Without. From time to time. . Stretching himself along the huge trunk on the side furthest from the cabin. and nervous limbs were overlaid with a thick coat of oil. His hair of a blue black. to whom it belonged was possessed of a grim countenance. which cover the soil. Not a breath of air i? Yet now the tall ferns. boldly and yet delicately defined. fastened around his middle by a parti-colored sash. with a complexion the color of greenish bronze. and thus sheltered by Lughardars ( . Suspended from his neck. eyes brilliant with savage fire. and an expression remarkable for its intelligence and ferocity. Djal ma. this trifling oscillation suddenly ceases. falls — waving. the golden hue of which contra c ts strongly with the whiteness of his garments. red lips are slightly apart. and he cheek. he arrived cautiously and slowly at the trunk of the dead tree. long black hair bound about his temples. His features are at once very noble and very beautiful. he was completely naked. that not the slightest noise could be heard. the silence is profound. that cast their shadow upon his beardHis bright. supple. a little distance from the trunk of the . Upon his broad manly chest a deep scar is visible the mark of the musket-ball he received in defending the life of General Simon.THE WANDERING JEW 139 than his skin. of Malay origin. His bronze. belonging to the sect of the The man . but not curled over his shoulders whilst his eyebrows. as though their stems were shaken by the slow progress of some crawling body. after several of these alternations of rustling and deep silence. breathes uneasily his sleep is heavy and troubled. the summit of which nearly touched the roof of the ajoupa. Stranglers). pushing aside the leaves so gently. he remained quite still for a moment then. for the heat becomes every moment more and more suffocating. are of as deep a jet as the long eyelashes.

beneath that thick dome of moist verdure. in the restrained vigor. was heard the shrill. from behind the tree. filed sharp like the points of a saw. there was some resemblance to the stealthy and treacherous advance of the tiger upon its prey. for.140 THE WANDERING JEW the whole breadth of the tree with its surrounding creepers. thinking he had discovered the cause of the noise which had aroused him for an instant. still holding by the trunk of the tree. and as he drew back swiftly. the man uttered a low cry. This note was soon repeated. he was only separated from the window by a distance of about a foot. darting forth it twisted itself rapidly round the wrist of the Strangler. stretched out trated heat — . but more faintly. and dyed of a shining black. he must be instantly awakened. wishing to examine more attentively the interior of the cabin. a nervous contraction. Djalma was lying in such a manner and so near the door of the ajoupa. in the flexibility of his move- ments. or rather a mute. and in order to maintain his balance. to see how he might best find an entrance. sonorous note. he began to climb silently. with his body still sheltered by the tree. Hardly had he moved. In the undulations of his form. which opened inwards. had half opened his eyes. as though the brilliant bird were already at a distance. leaned very forward. Djalma. The young Indian. and. At sight of Djalma in his deep sleep. Whether from pain or surprise. within which the little serpent lay curled. which fully put forth would have been alarming. and turned his head towards the window. This movement shook the large cactus-flowers. the inclined portion of the tree. and exposed rows of teeth. Having reached. he perceived that Djalma had moved. drew them up towards the cheek-bones. curling the corners Df his mouth. which the bird of paraa cry which resembles dise utters when it takes its flight that of the pheasant. though retaining his supine posture. that. the Thug's bright eyes glittered with increased brilliancy. which almost touched the roof of the cabin. ferocious laugh. brief. Cautiously advancing his head. when. lightly rested his hand on the ledge of the opening that served for a window. completely unperceived. he looked down into the interior. The Strangler. the concen- was intolerable. whilst his breast heaved with a deep-drawn sigh. were it moved in the least. with as much patience as caution.

descended the tree with the same precautions. whose wings extend six or eight inches in length. of the form and size of an egg having fastened the other end of this cord to his right wrist. and nearer to the cabin. though his left hand was somewhat swollen from the sting of the serpent. the slave. fluttering from leaf to leaf. from which he was now scarce forty paces distant. which the reptile hite had forced from him.THE WANDERING JEW the 141 his head had rested. The latter unwound from his waist a long thin cord. and silver rings in his ears and about his wrists. The slave stopped in his song. and went to sleep any change of position. himself. who. and seized the butterfly. and offer to the eye two streaks of gold on a ground of ultramarine. by his skilful imitation of the hird. the Strangler again listened. to one of the ends of which was attached a leaden ball. Arriving at a place where two paths separated. advanced first a foot. then a hand. For some minues. He was bringing a message to his master. had repaired the imprudence of that exclamation of surprise and When he pain. At that instant a song of monotonous and melancholy The Strangler raised cadence was heard in the distance. and then disappeared. passing through an open space in the jungle. and. an Indian. thought all was safe. who still advanced slowly. without interrupting his soft and plaintive song. . within the arm upon which again. The Strangler. . which stood at some distance from the house he inhabited. alighted on a bush of Cape jasmine. stood still. He was a young fellow scarcely twenty. his vest of blue cotton was confined at the waist by a parti-colored sash he wore a red turban. without hesitation took that which led to the cabin. during the great heat of the day was reposing in the ajoupa. in a few seconds. crawling through the tall grass in the direction of the Indian. the slave of Djalma. and disappeared in the jungle. and saw Then he the young Indian once more plunged in sleep. reach of the young Indian. and his face took an expresThe song came nearer sion of surprise and deadly anger. with scarcely . he again advanced his head. One of those enormous Java butterflies. and everything remained motionless. approached the spot where the Thug lay concealed. the most profound silence once more ned in this solitude. with a bronzed complexion. and listened attentively.

and murmured some mysterious words. Immediately after. This was done with such quickness. made in the matting an incision of three feet in length. After listening attentively. a single groan. fastened it round his own body.142 THE WANDERING JEW . — — struggled for a moment and all was over. without attempting to rob it of its silver rings. The hyena and the tiger-cat. before devouring. the veins of his neck and temples were swollen. and. which was to serve . by means of this opening. have not a wilder or more sanguinary look than this man. and pulled the cord so The victim violently. again displayed his pointed black teeth. the murderer. and he fell upon his knees. he drew from his girdle a knife. . kneeling before his victim. thrown with as much rapidity as force. almost in the same instant. he returned to the contemplation of the dead body. and. till he arrived at the cabin of Djalma structed of mats suspended from bamboos. and watching with ardent eye his least convulsions. crouch beside the prey that they have surprised or hunted down. the sharp-pointed blade of which was wrapped in a fig-leaf. which a nervous trembling of the jaws made to chatter. Then the Strangler threw him quite down. remembering that his task was not yet accomplished tearing himself unwillingly from the hideous spectacle. convulsively moving his arms. he unbound the cord from the neck of his victim. Then the Strangler again began to creep on his knees and that cabin conbelly. But soon he crossed his arms upon his heaving breast. seemed plunged into an ecstasy of ferocious joy. He the Strangler gave a vigorous pull at the cord the tottered bronzed countenance of the slave became purple. concealed it in a thick part of the jungle. Seeing. But. During his short but intense agony. dragged the corpse out of the path. Suddenly he sees a dark figure rise before him he hears a whizzing noise like that of a sling he feels a cord. which sounded like an invocation or a prayer. which had curled his lips at the aspect of the sleeping Djalma. — bowed his forehead. that the blood spurted from the skin. encircle his neck with a triple band. that the light touch of the diamond cutting glass would have made more — noise. His nostrils dilated. and the same savage laugh. that Djalma's servant could not even utter a single cry. who. This attack was so abrupt and unforseen. and with so fine a blade. the leaden ball strikes violently against the back of his head.

so as to occupy as little space as possible. Twice did the Strangler. XVIII. slightly shaken by electric currents. then the leaves. lurid vapor. life was at the mercy of the Strangler. The Strangler glided like a reptile along the sides of the ajoupa. still plunged in enervating sleep* for it no longer resembled rest. might perhaps be as fatal to the young Indian as death itself. resting only on his left hand. it. till now of transparent a greenish tint. this phenomenon. the craving for the enjoyment of murder. From time to time there was a passing odor of sulphur. beside which he squatted himself. with his neck stretched forward. The weight of the burning atmosphere. became almost intolerable. though the design. and the sun was This strange light gave to every by looking object a weird appearance. arrived at the sleepingmat of Djalma. that Djalma was Thug. continued motionless as a wild beast about to spring. Then began a fearfui scene. Large drops of sweat stood in pearls on the forehead of Djalma. Only a slight nervous trembling of the jaws agitated that mask of bronze. with incredible temerity. with look of flame. . Djalma's But soon his hideous features revealed a violent struggle was passing within him a struggle between the thirst. with an increase of burning heat. saturated with sharp perfumes. and. — rounded latter. by reason of the mystery and silence which sur. and the orders he had received not to attempt the life of Djalma. when united glass.THE WANDERING JEW nim for a passage. the CHAPTER The heavens. of which one might form an idea. but a painful stupor. The resting upon his hands and knees. which the recent assassination of the slave had made still more active. crawling on his belly. THE TATTOOING which had been blue. would tremble upon their stalks till again all would return to the former motionless silence. became gradually of veiled in red. which brought him to the ajoupa. seize with his right the rope's end and twice that — . into the cabin. glided still 143 fast asleep. at a landscape through a piece of copper-colored In those climates. his eye fixed and dilated. always announces the approach of a storm.

the sweat. Watching him with his restless and burning eye. It was first necessary. more and more oppressed by heavy . At length the Thug made up his mind with a suppressed sigh of regret. although too light to rouse him. and. annoying sensation. Whereupon Djalma. with the same address. would have to remain many minutes in the cabin. fell back upon his chest. he began. might awake from . When this kind of magnetic incantation had lasted for some seconds. as if he would have brushed away an importunate But he had not strength to do it almost immediately insect. that the contact of the two skins was hardly sensible. with the tips of his supple. still sleeping. to oblige him to turn his face towards the right (that is. well-oiled fingers. and eyelids of the young Indian. degree of intensity. temples. which bathed the forehead of Djalma. he set about accomplishing his task. after. which the murder yielding to a powerful Malay acknowledged the irresistible empire. in case of his being halfroused. The Strangler saw. but no longer able to bear this vague. In him.H4 his THE WANDERING JEW hand of fell —the instinct of will. without waking him. skill. . yet caused in him a feeling of indefinable uneasiness. This task would have appeared impossible to any one else. for the strokings. the homicidal craving must have amounted to madness. that Djalma. everything combined to increase the torpor of the sleeper. the eyelids. though unarmed. to accomplish his projects. his sleep. and the muscles of his face gave several twitches. Djalma. and temples. became more abundant: he heaved a smothered sigh. so that. for. towards the door). Kneeling down close to Djalma. the Strangler continued his manceuvers with so much patience. with his face turned towards the left. and so favor the Strangler's designs. brow. Djalma. his first glance might not fall upon the Strangler. The reader may judge. his hand. he lost much precious time: at any moment. that he was attaining and continued to stroke. this symptom. whose vigor. he would prove a terrible adversary. to stroke the brow. but with such extreme lightness. and cour- age were known and feared. The latter. raised his right hand mechanically to his face. inert and heavy. in these hesitations. The heavens became darker the heat arrived at its last . leaned his head upon his curved arm. by his object.

as fine as a hair but such was the slowly corrosive powe" of the juice. he rapidly moved his extended hands about the burning face of the young Indian. render as profound as possible the sleep he had half interrupted. at first in characters of a pale rose-color. the long wide sleeve of white muslin that covered the left arm of the sleeper. so as to cause a fresh sensation of coolness then. Alive to a feeling of such sudden and delicious coolness. All was performed so cleverly and the point of the needle was so hne and keen. because it had been at first disturbed. soon appeared on the surface. to pursued him. which the Strangler had traced. To some mysterious and symbolical signs. ceased by degrees the process of fanning then. that Djalma did not feel the action of the acid upon the skin. his half -opened lips drank in the grateful air. which fell languidly upon his right shoulder. the countenance of Djalma brightened. glutinous liquid. crouching at his left side. with the point of his needle. mechanically turned round his head. his bosom heaved.THE WANDERING JEW 145 sleep. When the Strangler thought the needle sufficiently impregnated with this juice. sharp-pointed needle. the Strangler could more freely. and a piece of a black-looking root. from which he took a very fine. The signs. seeking by this change of attitude. He pricked this root several times with the needle. he bent down. . sleeping youth this . he succeeded in rolling up. and began to blow gently over the inner surface of Dj alma's arm. he now strove to imitate the vampire. act escape from the disagreeable sensation which The first point gained. the Strangler hastened to complete his task. and having neither strength nor will to raise his hand to his face. in the height of suffocating heat. He next drew from the pocket of his drawers a copper box. and on each occasion there issued from it a white. A sudden Hash of lightning illumined the shady dome that sheltered the ajoupa: fearing that the first clap of thunder might rouse thf young Indian. as it worked and spread beneath the skin. that. and. . and his left arm extended: the Thug. and he fell into a sleep only the more invincible. with incredible dexterity. he traced almost imperceptibly on the skin of the . feigning the action of a fan. with his head resting on his right shoulder. and was now yielded to under the influence of a pleasing sensation. above the elbow. Djalma lay on his back.

146 THE WANDERING JEW red. and another imitates the call of the same animal in the distance. it would be fatal the dagger strikes him to the heart. without interrupting your sleep. and ends by turning round. will gather up the sheet in very little folds. down close to your couch. and leaving the sheet folded behind him. "to rob you. and dissipate the effect of any accidental noise by raising the yelp of the jackal or note of some bird then are silent. This is not 'a traveller's tale. He is perfectly naked." Count Edward de Warren. so as to obviate all suspicion. and as The Strangler. expresses himself in the same manner as to the inconceivable address of the Indians "They have the art. which we shall have again occasion to quote. Should he awake. he catches at a slippery form. he disappeared just as the thunder began to rumble hoarsely . The sun verging towards the horizon. for the Asiatic will not long resist_ the attraction of repose. The movements of the bheel are those of the serpent. — — ." says he. THE SMUGGLER. which slides through his hands like an eel." E. where he can hear the breathing of those within. in some shady corner.* CHAPTER The is XIX. with regard to the incredible dexterity of these men "They crawl on the ground. in his excellent work on English India. and the assassin disappears. and just large enough to admit him. should he even succeed in seizing him. they would become in a few hours of a violet apparent as they were now almost invisible. * read in the letters of the late Victor Jacquemont upon India. he falls bathed in his blood. and strive to seize the robber. whom he seems to magnetize. and all his body is rubbed over with He will squat oil. Some hours have elapsed. If you sleep in your tent. with a servant lying across each entrance. tempest of the morning has long been over. with incredible coolness and dexterity.' but a fact. : We — : . he feels sure of success. so as to occupy the least surface possible then. the bheel will come and crouch on the outside. closely uniting the edges of the incision. without making the least grain of sand creak beneath his tread. At the proper moment. on the spot where he happens to be. As soon as the European sleeps. in the distance. and creeping away from the mat. a two-edged knife is suspended from his neck. he will lightly tickle the sleeper. and make his body and limbs take any position which suits their purpose. They can molest a sleeper by all sorts of noises and slight touches. He glides through like a phantom. ditches. he makes a vertical incision in the cloth of the tent. passing to the other side. S. imitate a hundred different voices. having so perfectly succeeded in his project. regained the opening by which he had entered the cabin next. threw a last look of ferocious longing on the slumbering Indian. till the latter shrinks back involuntarily. and. of the very sheet in which you are enveloped. in the furrows of fields.

at an extraordinary depth. Not one of those admirable riders. his eyes sparkle with joy. by help of their hooked beaks. is radiant with serene happiness.. full of fire and vigor. as a frame to the young and brilliant rider. sculptured so masterly on the frieze of the Parthenon. others gleaming with azure and vermilion so still were they that they looked as if set in a mass of bluish crystal. and tattooed him with a mysterious sign during his sleep. whose fine face. limpid waters. many fish were visible. It was Djalma. with headstall and reins of twisted scarlet silk. a thousand birds salute the splendid evening with songs and circlings red and green parrots climb. were mirrored the variegated tints of the aquatic plants on the bank. which served. and his dilated nostrils and A . A thousand insects living gems. to the top of pink-blossomed acacias large Morea birds of the finest and richest blue. . spreading trees. the topaz and sapphire. of slender make. who was advancing along the avenue. narrow red cloth serves instead of saddle. are gently cooing by the side of the birds of paradise. fine as a thread. horseman advances rapidly down a long avenue of Sheltered by the thick and verdant arch. In the calm. of a changeable violet hue. luxuriant in the sunlight. colors. as they dwelt motionless near the surface of the pool. are chasing the clothed in their glossy feathers of black and prince-oriels. whose throats and lomr O tails change in the light to a golden brown.. A «. which reflected at intervals the green shade of tamarind trees. He had not yet perceived the indelible marks. . To moderate the impetuous bounds of the animal. in whose brilliant plumage are mingled the prismatic colors of the emerald and ruby. sits his horse more gracefully and proudly than this young Indian. which the Strangler had traced upon his left arm. This avenue. with light wings of flame glided. so to speak. and perfumes. fluttered and buzzed over the transparent wave. illumined by the setting sun. they revelled in the enjoyment of the dazzling ray and heat. Kolo doves. some with silver scales and purple fins. a little raised. — — It is impossible to give an adequate idea of the exuberant nature of this scene.. His Japanese mare. commanded a view of a small pond.THE WANDERING JEW 147 since the Strangler introduced himself into Dj alma's cabin. . Djalma uses a small steel bit. and. is black as night. on which played a of the sun. orange. in which.

similar to that worn by the Greeks. Should General Simon find a . this property. was expressed in some degree by the pace he imparted to his horse now bold and precipitate. in all this fantastic course. Joshua Van Dael had written to M. surmounting the black locks of Djalma. . 1832. which he presses tightly between his muscular calves.148 THE WANDERING JEW unclosed lips inhale with delight the balmy breeze. in the hope of finding a vessel that would make the passage to Europe for it was now necessary that. this discovery. is shod with a sandal of morocco leather. Abandoning the continent of India. But. like the reflection which succeeds an idle dream. so long despised or forgotten by his father. independent and somewhat savage grace. to collect And inheritance of his maternal ancestors. sets off to advantage the golden tint of his complexion his throat is bare he is clad in his robe of white muslin with large sleeves. confined at the waist by a scarlet sash very full drawers. but which also seemed to promise great advantages for the future. that brings to him the perfume of flowers and the scent of fresh leaves. the young Indian also should be at Paris on the 13th February. who had lingered hard by the prison of his old friend's son. Dispossessed of his paternal territory by the English. the young Indian — — — — came next amongst the modest to Batavia. red cap. in white cotton A . like the flight of unbridled imagination now calm and measured. to terminate some business there. and still accompanied by General Simon. Leaving Djalma at Batavia. stuff. he found some important papers. Rodin) had fallen sword in hand Djalma had at length been restored to liberty. The rush of his thoughts. leave half uncovered his tawny and polished legs their classic curve stands out from the dark sides of the . his foot. the birth-place of his mother. . he had gone to the neighboring island of Sumatra. a medal exactly General Simon was not more surprised than pleased at which not only established a tie of kindred between his wife and Djalma's mother. by turns impetuous and restrained. and at first detained by them as a state-prisoner after the death of his father who (as M. horse. and similar to that worn by Rose and Blanche. He has no stirrups . for the trees are still moist from the abundant rain that fell after the storm. . cost directly and rapidly what it might. his least movements were distinguished by a proud. small and narrow.

he to fetch Djalma. In Paris— that enchanted of which. to the great as extreme had been determined journey Mi. confiding good almost to a complete forgetfulness of himself. he had followed him to the stern bloody war. Such a man. without form a verv doubt. tiger hunts. to blindness. such as fans. 149 was to return immediately now going of kose A few words of expecting him daily was to the pier of Batavia. whilst yet a child. in a word. he was— which no means follows —a prince indeed. even in Asia city of natural feelings. lost his he certainly carried his good qualities to their Obstinately faithful to his pledged word devoted to the death. curious subject for speculation. he was inflexible towards ingratitude. raise this hypothesis because since his to France He was. Born a prince. and the latter. he had accompanied his father. which he waged in defence of his country Ihus living. for example. Djalma had one fixed. which he had only quitted to' pass a few months in prison. Without its exactly amounting to limits. tricks deceptions. or He would have perfidy. the man and entire. dangerous as battles and. in the midst of forests and mountains and continual mother very young. felt no compunction to sacrifice a traitor. absolute into contact with the temperaments. brought We — . falsehoods. falsehood. restrictions.THE WANDERING JEW vessel ready to sail for Europe. because. Having thus been always accustomed to a patriarchal life or to a war ot mountaineers. in the first dawn of youth. During the period by his of captivity the silent dignity of his bearing had overawed his jailers Never a reproach never a complaint—a proud and melancholy calm was all that he opposed to a treatment as unjust as it was barbarous. and hollowness of a refined society. and Having brought up with rude simplicity. from the time of his mother's death. ardent desire— to be in Paris. hoping to see the father and Blanche arrive by the mail-boat from Sumatra are here necessary on the early life of the son Kadja-sing. until he was restored to freedom. could he himself have committed a treason. he would have thought it & only just to expiate it with his life. a defect combats his vigorous and ingenuous nature had preserved itself pure and he well merited the name of "The Generous" bestowed on him. Djalma knew nothing. calculations. so to speak of civilized society. would.

Djalma uttered exclamations of joy. he was informed. rosy fingers. For several minutes. who eclipsed. at the end of the avenue. which accelerated the pulses of his young fiery heart. Just then a sunbeam. It seemed to him as if. in the brightness of that warm and splendid evening. Djalma soon felt stealing over him a sentiment of He raised his hand to his soft. who covered her red bridle with her foam. was dressed nearly like European sailors. surrounded by the intoxication of flowers and perfumes. and made his vigorous courser bound under him in the excitement of a mad delight. undefinable melancholy. shone full upon him. vivid imagination of the young Indian. Mahal the Smuggler. in the midst of a blaze of dazzling lustre. green arch. a man had been advancing rapidly along a path.150 the land of told. in the midst of that sheet of golden light. gayly and lightly seated on his proud black mare. which. so many marvelous tales were What chiefly inflamed the fresh. joyous. white and sylph-like. But. miracles of elegance and grace. that threw him kisses from the tips of their Unable to restrain his burning emotions. stretched out its long neck. was the thought of French women those attractive Parisian beauties. which. eyes. to behold. THE WANDERING JEW enchantment. whom it could see approaching — through the coppice. and sonorous. capitals of the civilized world. deep. and whose long tail and thick mane floated on the evening breeze. at its termination. instantly stopping. so handsome. he could see pass and repass. He stopped a moment in the shade. and turned its head in the direction of the personage. carried away by a strange enthusiasm. which the trees encompassed with their full. He wore jacket and trousers of white . This man. ing sight. with that reaction which takes place in all human desires. now dimmed with moisture. intersected the avenue diagonally. whom his fancy loved to clothe in the most ideal garbs. and ardent. even the magnificence of the And at this very moment. this youth. manly. lookIt was indeed a charming at Djalma with astonishment. and allowed the reins to fall on the mane of his docile steed. a host of adorable and voluptuous phantoms. piercing the dark vault of the avenue. clad in his white and flowing vestments. Djalma was dreaming of those exquisite creatures.

with strongly-marked features. and to execute the orders I have received. what would you?" "The friend of General Simon ?" "General Simon?" cried Djalma. "You are going to meet him. "Are you sent by him?" "Perhaps. as a shade of sorrow passed over " called the 'Father of the anGenerous. with a distrustful you really the son of Kadja-sing?" "Yes. he was quite beardless. "But are General Simon? seen your surname?" "If you are the son of Kadja-sing. His face was brown. and a very low-crowned straw hat. "You are the son of Kadja-sing?" hand respectfully very good to his hat. but how do you know all this?" said the Indian looking at the Smuggler with as much surprise as curiosity he not to land at Batavia.THE WANDERING JEW 151 duck. in not French' raising his "Yes. I was informed that you would be mounted on a " black mare.' These words appeared in part to convince Mahal of the Djalma. I tell you— but where have you air. In another moment. es "To "From whom?" "From General Simon. wishing doubtless to be still more resumed: "You must have received. with a red bridle. written from Sumatra?" identity of certain. Mahal was close to the young Indian. _ swered the young Indian. since you expect his return from Sumatra?" "What would you?" said' the Indian. But I "When "By the soul of tell my "I will you all — if mother! speak what you have to say!'' you can tell me what was the printed . two days ago. but. a letter from General Simon. sing. I will tell you." resumed Mahal. a broad red sash." "But where is he?* 5 have proof that you are Prince Djalma. "what is "My sire was his fine countenance. to-day or to-morrow?" ^Is "Once again." said Mahal. and. though forty years of age. "1 ou are Prince Djalma ?" said he. continuing to regard Djalma with a suspicious eve." . he i but why so many questions ?" assure myself that you are really the son of Kad. as you have gone every evening.

152 THE WANDERING JEW paper. "I don't know But do you know the ruins of Tchandi ?" "Yes. exiled like him. meet you. after reflection. that landed him in the night on a lonely beach." "The general expects you there. during his absence. —a duel. — — countenance expressed increasing surprise and anxiety." "It was a cutting from a French newspaper." said the Smuggler. ." "Obliged to hide himself !" repeated Djalma. General Simon landed last night in Java." "But where is he?" asked Djalma." "On a desert part ?" "Because he has to hide himself. as they had done for others of his brothers — in arms. that is what he ordered — — me to tell you. but on a desert part of the coast. to wait for him I was almost sure ." said the Smuggler. in amazement "why?' "That I don't know. growing pale with alarm." "So you came with him from Sumatra?" "I was pilot of the little smuggling coaster. Djalma thought After a the suspicions of the Smuggler not unfounded. contained in the last letter that General Simon wrote you from Sumatra." "Did it announce good or bad news for the general?" "Good news for it related that." made me suspect Knowing the mettle of General Simon." are indeed Prince Djalma." "But he did not self?" tell you why he was obliged Certain words to hide him- "He what I told me you told nothing. he would have that I should written. "He is three leagues hence near the sea-shore in the ruins of Tchandi. I think it is because of a duel he fought in Sumatra. "I may speak. they had acknowledged the last rank and title bestowed on him by the Emperor. "Without being certain. He knew that you went every day to the mole. If he could have found the means of writing. and his "You a moment's ." "Hide himself !" exclaimed Djalma. He gave me details about the letter you received from him as a proof that he had sent me. "A duel with whom?" I am not at all certain on the subject. mysteriously.

reserved. commonly called "tem- poral coadjutor." man of probity that passed for stainless of accuracy in business. educated at Pondicherry. long established in that place." Djalma sprang lightly to the ground. Joshua. on which were the ruins of Tehandi where he could not arrive before msht CHAPTER XX." or lay M. in a celebrated religious house. threw the bridle to Mahal. without inspiring sympathy. the capital of the island of Java. his financial operations were almost always successful. took out a silk purse and gave it to the Smuggler. Here !— it is a trille— " but I have no : had not met you. leading Djalma's horse Ihe young Indian. in the "I know where you live. on the contrary. was born at Batavia. The religious house of was interested in his Pondicherry Joshua was a . and remarkably skill ul and sagacious. never disputing. careful. In ascending the mountain of Tehandi." belonging It "Society was there that he was initiated into the order as of the three vows. he directed his course towards the mountain. there. erous. and to the of Jesus. unrolled one end of his sash. bowing with respect and gratitude. strict affairs the produce of having charged him with the exportation and exchange of its large possessions in this colonv. M. his parents had sent him to be "professor member. saying "You have been faithful and obedient. Joshua van Dael. JOSHUA VAX DAEL. if General Simon told should have gone there me Give I I your horse. a Dutch merchant. and correspondent of M. Speaking the little. Rodin. polite in but with choice and purpose- commanded generally . extreme—giving seldom.THE WANDERING JEW moment's lead silence he said to 153 to him: dwelling home my horse? "Can you undertake is My without the town- midst of those trees— bv the side of the new mosque. my horse would be in my way I shall go much faster on foot?' . for a protecting power gave him ever in time. plunged into the coppice and. He took the road to Batavia. hearing much. knowledge of events which might advantageously influence his commercial transactions. walking with great strides. me more Kadja-sing was rightly called the 'Father of the Gensaid the Smuggler. cold.

commenced some time before. Leaving this gate unfastened. he regained his cabinet. "Half-past nine. — — . cautiously entered the court (so as not to be heard by the people in the house). or rather statement. The was on M. after he had successively and carefully closed the two Dther doors behind him. studded with nail-heads. Joshua next seated himself at his desk. it. which is always paid to the rigid moralist for instead of yielding to the influence of lax and dissolute colonial manners. passing through an antechamber. It is superfluous to observe. while Djalma his way to the ruins of Tchandi in the hope of meeting General Simon. The only window of apartment. and his exterior had something of austerity about which tended to overawe. and huge ledgers and cash boxes lying open upon desks. opened a second thick door. from the pressure of the circumstances. and took from a drawer a long letter. looked out upon a narrow empty court. as addressed to M. he went out. larity. of which I had The : been informed by intercepting his letters I have already told you. present statement was also addressed to M. and rendering at the same time a signal service to humanity. Joshua. in the Dutch fashion. in which were many shelves filled with paper boxes. that the letter already mentioned. . and was protected externally by strong iron bars instead of glass. and Van Dael thus went on with it "Fearing the return of General Simon. that I had succeeded in being employed by him as his agent here having then read his letters. which last reason chiefly decided me. "Mahal this . I felt myself obliged. it was fitted with a Venetian blind. M. having placed upon his desk a taper in a glass globe. because of the extreme heat of the climate." said he. and sent them on as if untouched to Djalma. which was on the ground floor. he appeared to live with great regu. and drew back the secret bolt of a gate six feet high. looked at the clock. M. to have recourse to extreme measures taking care always to preserve appearances. Rodin." Saying this. following scene took place at Batavia. and continued day by day. ought soon to be here. Rodin. Joshua had just retired into his cabinet. was anterior to the liberation of Djalma and his arrival at Batavia.154 THE WANDERING JEW that cold respect. formidably garnished with iron spikes.

because. Prince Djalma might then be in France by the commencement of the of January and according to your instructions. as rapid as it is direct. that a band of hereditary assassins by profession lived in .' these murderers do not shed blood. will not take more than seven or eight weeks. his departure must be prevented at all hazards. Here is the extract it is the colonel who speaks " 'From 1822 to 1824. in British India. a community whose members call themselves 'Brothers of the Good Work.' or 'Phansegars.' you an idea of this horrible sect. The report in question was published about two months ago. and go on board another vessel at Alexandria. the others taking at least four or five months to reach Europe. Europe via the Arabian Gulf her passengers will disembark at Suez. "They have just discovered. as I hope. but which I execute with zeal and submission. you tell me. not the least robbery was committed by an . than in obedience to a homicidal vocation. of which I know not the motive. to detain Prince Djalma means I am yet uncertain it is well that you should be acquainted with the following facts. in yesterday. but strangle their victims. which will bring them to France. Now.' which signifies simply 'Thugs' or 'Strangles . and sails to-morShe is to make the voyage to . This voyage.THE WANDERING JEW 155 these measures. cross the Isthmus. — — ity named by them 'Bowanee. in making him miss this opportunity of the 'Ruvter' it will be materially impossible for him to arrive in France before the month of April for the 'Ruyter' is the only vessel which makes the direct passage. month young Indian if I in Paris before the 13th of February. "Before telling you the means which I have thought right of the success of which to employ. who has hunted out this dark association with indefatigable zeal. than by transcribing here some lines from the introduction "I cannot better give of a report by Colonel Sleeman. "A new danger imperiously commanded The steamship 'Ruvter' came row in the course of the day. some of the gravest interests of the Society would be compromised. We are now at the end of October. but if any one had come and told me at this period. and to the laws of an infernal divin. succeed. : ordinary criminal. without my being immediately informed of it. by the arrival of this . not a murder. less for the purpose of robbing them. when I was charged with the magistracy and civil administration of the district of Nersingpore.

having succeeded in making their escape. or one who had been imposed upon by idle tales. blindly obedient to their chiefs. one of the chiefs of the Stranglers. they lie concealed in a thick — * This report is extracted from Count Edward de Warren's excellent work. at the very time I was supreme magistrate of the province. at no great distance from our island a smuggler. formed one of the most frightful marts of assassination in all India that numerous bands of 'Brothers of the Good Work/ coming from Hindostan and the Deccan. they think themselves for some time in safety as.'* — — . even to heroism. when. who is also something of a pirate. following the advice of the smuggler. had arrived at the Straits of Malacca. flying from the determined pursuit of the English governorgeneral. customs. I shall never forget. regarding as enemies all who do not belong to them. Devoted to each other. human and divine. and by name Mahal. to exercise their dreadful vocation upon all the roads which cross each other in this locality I should have taken such a person for a madman. — "Three of their principal chiefs. S. where . . who had turned informer against them. duties. to convince me of the fact. . caused thirteen bodies to be dug up from the ground beneath my tent. met annually beneath these shades. and offered to produce any number from the soil in the immediate vicinity."— E. which has its laws. within about four hundred yards of court of justice that the beautiful groves of the village — of Mundesoor. And yet nothing could be truer hundreds of travellers had been buried every year in the groves of Mundesoor a whole tribe of assassins lived close to my door. who profess themselves the immediate representatives of their dark divinity. gaining recruits everywhere by a frightful system of proselytism these apostles of a religion of murder go preaching their abominable doctrines in the shade.156 THE WANDERING JEW my the village of Kundelie. took them on board his coasting vessel. as at a solemn festival. "British India in 1831. and one of their adepts. and brought them hither. and spreading their immense net over the whole of India. attached to their association. opposed to all other laws. within a day's march of my residence. "These few words of Colonel Sleeman will give some idea of this dread society. and extended their devastations to the cities of Poonah and Hyderabad.

the HinThese conditions are a considerable doo. my intimate relations with a person who has great influence with our governor. knowing. two chiefs are a Negro and a Hindoo: the adept is a Malay. "The smuggler. in which I announced to you the death of Djalma's father. and I promised Mahal to arrange matters for him with the governor. who has an agency at Calcutta. in the event of .THE WANDERING JEW forest. in order to escape the implacable vengeance of the Thugs. — — must plans include in parentheses a "In my last letter. innocent in themselves. the half-caste. Two days ago. a very flourishing estab- me and our . and his own imprisonment by the English. in 157 which are many ruined temples and numcr subterranean retreal there these chiefs. banker and manufacturer at Paris. I will explain myself more at length I shall soon know the result. I the success of my subject of some importance. on certain conditions. has long inhabited towns in which are European facThe other tories and speaks English and French very well. by opposition. I asked for some information as to the solvency Baron Tripeaud. "This house at Calcutta owes considerable sums both to colleague at Pondicherry. all three remarkably intelligent. Tripeaud has involved himself to a dangerous extent in attempting to ruin. "I joyfully seized the occasion to hand over three such redoubtable. to deliver up the Negro. — murderers to human justice. turn out to be correct. and which concerned Djalma. half -white and Hindoo. for I expect Mahal every minute. he offered me. came to me. whose extraordinary energy and eminent qualities make him every way "Amongst is He is of the mixed race. sum of money. which are to go tomorrow by the 'Ruyter' in which vessel I have alsc engaged a passage for Mahal the Smuggler. and a free passage on board a vessel sailing for Europe or America. Should my project succeed. one in particular. unfortunately. Mahal. and it will be for you to act according also to circumstances. This information will now be useless. if what I have just learned should. named Faringhea. "But before I close these despatches. considering that he could obtain a large reward by giving up these three chiefs and their adept. and the Malay. but also on certain conditions. as all the world knows. and it is said that M.

they say. in the hands of our enemies. founded some time ago by M. we could completely discredit and break down the house of M." Here a slight noise interrupted M. by the employment of the powerful means of every kind at our disposal. soon regain all he has lost the ruin of his rival would insure his prosperity. which I quoted. the outside of one of the slats of the blind. would be very desirable if. in a low voice. "And the Malay?" "He has succeeded. in order to devote them to the greater glory of God whilst. convinced him . Joshua. Francois Hardy. Joshua. it is sad. seeing that he owes a : . in these days. and went attention from his work. Franqois Hardy but he has also. . with all I possess. and our demands would be securely covered." "Really!" cried M. already shaken by M. TriIn that case. Mahal?" asked M. "After all it is merely a humble proposition that I submit to you. Joshua. Franqois Hardy. also in a low tone. the latter would peaud's violent opposition. own. I should do nothing of myself. are we not surely justified in sometimes using the arms that are incessantly turned against us? If we are reduced to such steps by the injustice and wickedness of men. were he to fail. Three gentle taps were given on straight to the window. to be obliged to have recourse to these extreme measures. : "And Djalma?" "The parts of the letter. "Is it you. with an expression of great "are you sure of it?" satisfaction "Quite sure there is no devil more clever and intrepid. "It is I. those very goods are the dangerous instruments of perdition and scandal.158 THE WANDERING JEW Hshment. "In "Doubtless." was answered from without." . Were it in my power to take an active part in the will is not my matter. the effects of his disaster would be very fatal to us. — large sum of money to me and it to us. and drew his He rose abruptly. My . It belongs. Tripeaud has already sunk and lost a large capital in this enterprise he has no doubt done a great deal of harm to M. I am assured that M. to those whom I have sworn absolute obedience. seriously compromised his own fortune and. it is painful. only to get back our own but. we may console ourselves with the reflection that we only seek to preserve our worldly possessions. this state of things . an eminent manufacturer.

I shall have to be up all night To-morrow I will add a few just going to the governor's. and if all succeed your pardon and ample reward are assured to you. — > deliver those three great criminals to justice. Joshua rang the bell loudly.'' "Mahal if you have told the truth. which he had before commenced: "Whatever may now happen. Heaven will bless you Go and wait for me at the door of the governor's ! — ! house: that I I will introduce you. Youi berth has been taken on board the 'Ruyter. It Malay.THE WANDERING JEW that I 159 came from General Simon. lines to this long statement. You may rest quite steps of The be at Paris by the 13th of next FebI am foresaw. this evening before he went to join them for he had remained hidden — — . Providence having chosen you to — all. One of the stones of the ped- estal of the statue turns will do." that he would find him at the ruins of "Therefore. and. Having locked up We ." where he and the Indian. went in all haste to the residence of the governor of the island. now conduct the reader to the ruins of Tchandi. on my Mahal were distinctly audible. who would follow you hither to revenge the death of their chiefs. and Tchandi. I The matter him thus side. black. not accustomed to see him leave home in the middle of the night. As I — will convey to Europe. appointed to meet the his sleep. not daring to go there in the daytime." is so important do not Go quickly — hesitate to disturb will follow late in the night. and then silence reigned once more in the house. the half-blood. as he withdrew precipitately. it will be impossible for Djalma to leave Batavia at present. which the steamship 'Ruyter' satisfied: will not he ruary." his papers.' you will sail to-morrow you will thus be safe from the malice of the Stranglers." upon itself. the stairs are large. and hastily added these words to the despatch. Joshua returned to his desk. at this moment " "Djalma goes to the ruins. it "And the three chiefs have no suspicion?" "None I saw them in the morning and — the at Malay came to tell me the ruins of Tchandi amongst the bushes. who encounter the there they have tattooed the prince during will is "Have you been "I to examine the subterraneous passage?" went there yesterday. to the great astonishment of his servants.

high walls of brick. he bears an elephant's head. about three leagues from Batavia. fretted away by porticoes covered with parasitical vegetation. To the storm in the middle of the day. Here and there. has four extended arms. Againsi one of the walls of this ancient temple. and . the expression of the countenance is ferocious. buried among thick trees of a dark green. covered with frightful emblems. in the midst of a thick wood. very boldly cut. a hideous swarm is there dimly visible. leans a brick. of stone. situate on a hill. and a bird resembling a heron. broad girdle. with a head three feet high. encircles the body of this The giant statue. and. and brambles. is frightful to behold. deep reptiles have made their nest between the lips of stone by the light of the moon. A fragments of stone bas-reliefs. the other. moss. and fastens a long sword to its right side.[60 THE WANDERING JEW CHAPTER XXL THE RUINS OF TCHANDI. gliding through the opening on one of these porticoes. in the midst of the deep silence of night. The moon. one of those in the best preservation represents a man with the head of an elephant. broken in the middle. eyes of brilly concealed The fragments liant slaty black are set beneath gray brows. the large. adorned with symbolic ornaments. lie strewed upon the ground. the approach of which so well served the Strangler's designs upon Djalma. in his great hands. and the wings of a bat. a twisted serpent. serves to augment the weirdness of its aspect. dedicated to some mysterious and bloody Javanese divinity. of one of these statues. enclosed in the half -crumbling walls of mouth gapes immoderately. Some rays of the moon. Nothing can be more gloomy than these ruins. a human skull. which remains whole and standing. are . fall upon two colossal statues at the foot of an immense staircase. and seen by the moonlight. devouring a child. It represents a man of gigantic proportions. the loose stones of which are almost entire- by grass. shedding her light on the profile of this statue. The disk of the moon rises slowly behind a mass of lofty ruins. has succeeded a calm and serene night. stand out boldly from the sheet of silver light which blends the horizon with the limpid blue of the heavens. Long ranges time.

announces that he belongs to the mixed race. "What man?" "Do you not remember." proceeded Faringhea. and stretched on a mat in the corner of the hovel. vigorous shoulders. . The second is a robust African negro. "in executing our orders. this morning brought every reptile out of and serve the good work. under the guidance of Mahal the Smuggler. the door. he has perhaps been killed by . his turban striped brown and yellow. contracted by terror. with a air. The first of these three. and stands close beside the Indian. "one must know how to brave death. His beardless face. and a red light streams from it." added the negro. The third personage is asleep.THE WANDERING JEW 161 kind of hut. about forty years of age." "The storm of the earth. how. named Faringhea. but his words were brief and broken. complexion. These three men are the three Thuggee chiefs." bitten." "And to inflict it. showed that he belonged to the pure "To said the negro. copper color. is poorly clad in the European fashion. followed by some inarticulate words. with thick lips." said the half-blood. obliged to fly from the continent of India. the most redoubtable chief of this homicidal sect. "the Malay must have his body ere now a nest of serpents. rudely constructed of fragments of brick and stone. five years ago. being offspring of a white father and Indian mother. his robe of coarse stuff. of a bright thirty years old at most. here drew the attention of these two men. is open. that savage. Djalma. who. His sleep appeared agitated by some painful an abundant sweat streamed over his countenance. stifled cry. "The Malay does not return. have taken refuge in Java. almost white. around a clay-lamp. and accompanied with convulsive Hindoo . and lank legs his woolly hair is beginning to turn gray he is covered with rags. vision starts. who hastily turned their heads in the direction of the This latter was sleeper." been gloomy A race. his pale. with a wick of cocoanut fibre steeped in palm-oil. . made of woven rushes. Three men are assembled in this hovel. he spoke in his dream. which throws its rays on the tall grass that covers the ground." to the negro. "Again that dream!" said Faringhea "Alwavs the remembrance of that man.

of which he himself supplied both questions and answers. fell irony. or serve with us on Thuggee. You have suffered ?' 'Yes. made a better day's sport than he did." said the negro "and we three. and the brothers of the good work offered up their fine prey to our goddess Bowanee. his horses. stretching from one temple to the other? It is a mark of doom and your look is sad as death. I have greatly suffered. — — — will hate. recommenced talking in abrupt and he pointed "And even when he sentences traveller.' "Brother. in the agitation of his dream. to hunt the tiger. 'Traveller. butcher of the Indians." elephants. and his numerous servants did not but we got ours. since that time. with grim get their tiger "Yes Kennedy. that tiger with a human face." added Faringhea.162 THE WANDERING JEW Colonel Kennedy. his elephants. forgives." . that render one and and good for " time." And. "the remembrance of the murder of that man pursues our brother in his dreams. again pointing to the Indian. "he has not forgotten the words of the traveller before his death. in fact. .' evil?' loves. the Indian repeated aloud in his sleep. suffers. and it was necessary to make away with him. He had seen gave the us. His mind is still impressed deeply impressed-— — —'You suffer even —'Yes. then. Have you been a victim? Come with us Kallee will avenge you. even now/ very long — 'What do you reserve for those now?' injure you?' —'My who — 'Will you not render blow for blow?' —T — return love for are —T am 'Whowho you. came to the banks of the Ganges. for a '' .' with those words. with twenty horses." said the negro. four and fifty servants?" "Yes. who. it was just at the moment when we last tug to the cord round Kennedy's neck. Kennedy." he added. a sort of mysterious dialogue. hunters of men. is awake. looking at Faringhea with a significant air.' said he. "Listen !" said the other. that we perceived on a sudden a traveller close at hand.' pity. yes. do you hear?" said the negro to Faringhea.' 'For a long time?' 'Yes. into our ambush. Now." to the sleeping Indian. — . 'why that black mark on your forehead. "If you remember. in a voice broken by sudden pauses. . "listen ! he is repeating the answers of the when we told him he must die.

we have your our hands you have seen us sacrifice to the good work. I have just come from Java. gazing at him with eyes stopped.' he replied. it was . ! we are three. and. and awoke with a start. firm. on plains of fire or plains of ice. we dug ." "I knew him by the black mark on his forehead. you have a weak head." added Faringhea." said the Indian. only a — — — — I — "A "A vision. Still pale he is !" the Indian continued: How Listen he will speak again. waiting for one of our brothers was setting behind the pagoda. 'why shouldst thou aghast. I am going end of the world. In spite of myself. nedy's? under the sand and the rushes ?" said the negro. he looked round him with a bewildered eye. Luckily you have a strong heart and arm. as if to keep off words. "Did we not dig his grave by the side of Colonel KenDid we not bury him with the English butcher. some approaching object. in his gentle voice." said the negro "always the same vision !" vision. shrugging his shoulders. bending upon me his calm. "and yet. to a country of never-melting here or there. Since all whom thou killest must needs live again. as I turned round my head I saw him coming out of the town." The other remained a moment silent." "Is he not dead?" said Faringhea." replied the Indian shuddering. to the other snow. He — kill? — Hear me! but. I was seated one evening at the the sun gate of Bombay. I could not help exclaim'Yes. we are brave. life in — — — — ! . Be one of us. his face buried in his hands then he replied "It is long since I last dreamed 'Traveller. "For a bold hunter of men. brother?" said Faringhea." "Yes. passing his hand over his moist forehead. under the influence of his dream. that look Not " thus do not look at me thus !' As he uttered these last the Indian made a sudden movement. to the right of the little hill —the scene is all before me now I was seated under a figtree when I heard a slow. Then. "What! again this dream. : of that traveller. his grave. trembling year ago. "Did you not yourself throw the cord around his neck ?" "Yes. "or a vague resemblance. ing: 'It is he!' 'it is I.' and he pointed to heaven as he spoke. or die die die! Oh. none but he. remained motionless with fear.THE WANDERING JEW "The vision 163 follows him. even step. I . sad look.

"the knot round the traveller's neck got jammed. Even so is it with the souls of those beneath thy kalleepra. is nothing compared to the immense heap of dead and dying. "the of victims that the children of Bpwanee have sacrificed since the commencement of ages. in this garb or in another. and was going towards the north. " T am going towards the north. and we learned sometime after. without being able to move at the moment the sun set. he came from Java. Oh it was he !" added the Indian with a shudder. "Yes. walking slowly. and tremble When I met this traveller at the gates of Bombay. still "Hear me further !" resumed the other. "Perhaps. I watched him as he went. he was standing on the summit of the hill." number cried the negro and Faringhea." "No." "Now "i I know it!" 'What do you know?" 'Listen!" said the Indian. with downcast eyes. after a long pause "it was none but he. shaking his head. and some breath was left him. to a country of eternal snow.164 shall still THE WANDERING JEW fall be the same. the soul must still be a soul thou canst not smite it. he went on his way.' said . who — . or at least of inducing them to seek some natural cause for this apparently superhuman event. though he had -often entertained his companions with the same mysterious This persistency on his part had the effect of adventure. his and so he disaptall figure thrown out against the sky peared." said the negro." said the Indian. after a moment's reflection. in this world or up above. : — ! : shaking their incredulity." ! "He ?" — "That is true. the air may have penetrated the rushes with which we covered his grave. The very next day. the town was a prey to the cholera." said Faringhea. "Hear me that made its impression upon his companions. no." "Explain. Why then kill?' and shaking his head sorrowfully. with a convinced accent. he ascended the hill of the pagoda. in a solemn voice. in Java. he said. and so life have returned to him. whom this terrible traveller leaves behind him in his murderous march. "this man is not of our race. that this plague had first broken out here. he I" repeated the Hindoo." In this story the Indian had never varied.

" So saying. "this awful wayfarer passed through Java the cholera wasted He passed through Bombay the cholera wasted Java. and to scatter round his Rememsteps that death." At the mention of this strange coincidence. mysterious. ''only travelled or six leagues a day a man's tramp never appeared two places at once but swept on slowly. Yes—for this also is an established fact there have been in India members of an abominable who killed — — community." said Faringhea. which has never been known to travel more than five or six leagues a day. fear-in- as a man — — — — — — — — — spiring march. The words of the Hindoo. The negro and Faringhea were seized with gloomy astonishment. which offers to the astonished eye all the capricious incidents of a tourist's journey." resumed the Indian. by drawing attention to these dreadful eccentricities. than to trace out. and then continuing its slow. the Hindoo's companions looked at each other in amazement. brought 1 y horrible doctrines to the monomania of murder. steadily. on the maps prepared at the period in question. the slow. Passing this way rather than that towns selecting provinces in a country in a province one quarter in a town one street in a quarter one house in a street having its place of residence and repose. becoming thoughtful. with gloomy enthusiasm. or to appear simultaneously in two spots. ber!" added the Indian. the Indian fell into a profound reverie. After a silence of some minutes. from which he is himself secure. has been commissioned to bear this terrible scourge over the earth. Nothing can be more curious. He went towards the north the cholera wasted the north. progressive course of this travelling pestilence. 165 The cholera also went towards the north. the awe-struck negro said to the " last speaker: "So you think that this man "I think that this man. restored to life by some infernal divinity.THE WANDERING JEW the traveller to me. passing through Muscat Ispahan Tauris till it overwhelmed Siberia. its five — — — Tiflis — in \nd the cholera. The Indian spoke the truth as to the mysterious march (still unexplained) of that fearful malady. ." "True. Bombay. made a strong impression upon the minds of the negro and Faringhea wild natures. even — — — — proceeds. whom we killed.

and punished but until this last epoch. have been perpetuated in these regions. a religious and economical society. is the mysterious bond. allies. loses itself in the attempt to penetrate the causes of these monstrous phenomena. a science. but even to the native governments. as the only possible protest of slavery against despotism? May not an inscrutable wisdom have here made Phansegars. to strangle). but for them there is neither country nor family they owe no allegiance save to a dark. ! — wound up by oppression? May not this homicidal sect. "Until 1810 their existence was unknown. they had been rejected and de: . whose origin is lost in the night of ages. with chiefs of their own. have men been induced to devote themselves to this priesthood of destruction? Without doubt. had appeared too monstrous to obtain the attention or belief of the public. not only to the European Between the years conquerors. By what incredible series The mind of events. without passion — — killed for the sake of selves declared in one of their examinations. invisible power. which specits origin is lost ulates with the human race by exterminating men in the night of ages. even as are made tigers to its highest pitch — and serpents? What is most remarkable in this awful sect. to the most atrocious slavery. and in whose name they . forming an organized society.166 without THE WANDERING JEW for the pleasure of murder to substitute death for killing life to make of a living man a corpse. there is a class of assassins. emissaries. is it not the hate of exasperated Such a creed humanity.30.* make corpses. which uniting its members amongst themselves. 1816 and 18. which has its fanaticism and its devotion. such a religion could only flourish in countries given up. They have laws and customs of their own. according to * The following are some passages from the Count de Warren's very curious book. to own savage expression. a slang-language. and to the most merciless iniquity of man to man. their spread themselves abroad. they support and help each other. and even a religion. "British India in 1831" "Besides the robbers. and phansna. a free-masonry. like India. who contribute their money to the good work. This is the community of the Thugs or Phansegars (deceivers or stranglers. whose decrees they obey with blind submission. its militant forces. who kill for the sake of the booty they hope to find upon travellers. : . separates them from all other men. its agents. from thugna. all the revelations made on the subject by officers of great experience. to deceive. several of their bands were taken in the act. as they have them- — — motive. and its passive adherents.

his celestial mission. whose life was spared on condition of his denouncing his accomplices. energy and courage to display. and so draw the prey into one's net— that is a glorious chase it is a delight. the moon continued to throw great masses of white radiance. and tall bluish shadows.THE WANDERING JEW 167 For some moments the three Stranglers had maintained a profound silence."— See "British India in 1831. The destrucspiscd as the at the — . a faint breeze rustled through the thick and varnished leaves of the bananas and the palms. a gloomy divinity. the tiger. the old man.' said one of those that were hunting of men 'in tracking the wild beast to his condemned. intrigue. not belonging to his community the diminution of the human race that is the primary object of his pursuit it is not as a means of gain. which the discovery of this vast infernal machine spread through all classes of society. What springs to put in motion what plans to develop To sport with all the passions. to his fellow-religionists. Paris. for though plunder may be a frequent. all must be called into action courage. the most captivating of all sports this 'You find great pleasure. cunning. because he expects his reward. woman and child whilst. and detests above all things the human race. . because there is danger to brave. he dies with the enthusiasm of a martyr. and the more of these her disciple may have offered up in this world. by women always beautiful. devouring the population from the Himalayas to fully Cape Comorin. they are the ministers and adopted children of Bowanee. The basis of the Thuggee Society is a rethe worship of Bowanee. and ' without betraying itself. very least for half a century. laid bare the whole system. A preat number of magistrates and administrators of provinces refused to believe in it. tion of his fellow-creatures. must remember the stupor and affright. eloquence. when it is man that is to be destroyed. and from Cutch to Assam. the more he will be recompensed in the next by all the delights of soul and sense. If the assassin meets the scaffold in his career. Her most agreeable sacrifices are human victims. to touch the chords of love and friendship.— E. like himself. when the contest is with man. To obey his divine mistress." by Count Edward de Warren. 2 vols. he murders. I tell — — . who is only ligious belief pleased with carnage. Think how this attraction must be redoubled. in 8vo. this social wound had been frighton the increase. without anger and without remorse. dreams of a heated imagination. he may be charitable. and doubtless an agreeable accessory. and may share all in common with them. Destruction is his end. foresight. under their eves as it were. Outside the hut. . ! — — — ! ! — you !' "Whoever was in India in the years 1831 and 1832. S. Instead of the single faculty of courage. because. silently. and could not be brought to comprehend that such a system had so long preyed on the body politic. his calling: it is also a delicious passion. generous. And yet for many years. 18-14. it is only secondary in his estimation. humane. . den. and joys eternally renewed. "It was in the year 1830 that the revelations of a celebrated chief. devoted. over the imposing fabric of the ruins the stars sparkled in the heavens from time to time. in attacking the boar. a rapture.

with an inspired air. our prey is everybrothers. the last steps of the subterranean staircase. he ascended. still seated thoughtfully in the hut. a man. you shall have America !" said he to the Hindoo. rested upon large flagstones. itself protruded without noise. wishing doubtless to escape from the dark thoughts which the words of the Indian on the mysterious course of the Cholera had raised within him. shone with lurid fire. and terrible. courage! The English may force us to quit India. tremble upon the tall grass. which. "Brothers. and Seeing the rays of the lamp. and soon. and his countenance took an expression of savage enthusiasm. us. there must be hearts swollen with hate It •us to inflame that hate with all the ardor of vengeance! will take Europe! must be — — . half hidden with brambles. as black scorpions. Suddenly. three chiefs where. leave there our but what matter? of the good work brethren. formed listened. with the greatest silence and precaution. there oppressors and victims wherever there are it is for victims. accompanied by two other soldiers. CHAPTER The XXII. looked carefully around him. secret. one of these stones appeared to fall in and from the aperture. Brother. intrepid hunters of men The world is large. you shall have Africa!" said he to the negro. as he cried "Bowanee will al: ways watch over Courage. their moving amongst the ruins. numerous.168 THE WANDERING JEW pedestal of the gigantic statue. the Indian. did not perceive what was passing. His eye abruptly changed the subject of conversation. shadows were thrown upon the moonlit ground. and went gliding For a few moments. then they disappeared behind some fragments of broken wall. I Wherever men are to be found. "Brother. dressed in uniform. half his body. left side of the portico. ! — We whose presence will Exiles is only known by their mortal sting. the heads of many other soldiers might have been seen lying close in the excavation. which thus The stood on the . widen our domains. which lighted the interior of the hovel. The half-caste. he turned round to make a signal. still entire. and the negro. At the instant when the large stone resumed its place and level. THE AMBUSCADE half-blood Faringhea.

"Yes. for us. fell never to rise again. over whom Faringhea generally exercised considerable influence. . . Lolling in his palanquin. On this cry. there must he neither country nor family. "I was on the banks of the lake. There are mothers here who kill their children out of pity. let us stand alone in the midst of all. which held this little old give them food. whom he had bought. support! That all who are not with us may be our prey. Let us rival each other in devotion and sacrifices." This kind of savage eloquence made a deep impression on the negro and the Indian. Before we depart. "the world is ours. She kissed it three times. It uttered one wail. servants of Bowanec. and audacity may be useful to the cause. for here also is great misery. For Our family us. and said to it: 'You. . and hunger. and in spite of all. to people his harem. "whilst they tore the flesh of one of his black slaves with whips. let us leave some trace of our passage. and disappeared. a withered old merchant of Batavia left his country-house to come to the town. fatigue. behind a rock a young woman came there a few rags hardly covered her lean and sun-scorched body in her arms she held a little child. and the Dutch are rapacious as the English. whose zeal. men whom absolute want forced to the deadly task they were livid as corpses some of them worn out with sickness. Even here. at least. the good work said the half-caste. the alligators. — will prosper in this country!" "This morning. which she pressed weeping to her milkless breast. Brother. I have seen in the marshy rice-fields of this island. sharing the enthusiasm of Faringhea. leaped joyfully into the water. in Java. brother!" cried the Indian. against all. — — — country !" — Brothers. his intellectual powers being very superior to theirs. you are right. with languid indolence. let us lend each other strength. always fatal to those who cultivate them. the sad caresses of two of those Lrirls. "The other evening. he received. the good work will prosper in this ducing wiles." — — . help. is composed of our brethren our country is the world. from parents too poor to The palanquin. hidden amongst the reeds.THE WANDERING JEW is 169 us. shall not be so unhappy as your father' and she threw it into the lake." said the negro. Brothers. to all draw towards by se- courage. let us establish the good work in this island it will increase quickly. though they were themselves two of the most eminent chiefs of this bloody association.

" said the Indian. — slaves that that carry other like beasts of — — — distress. as Mahal the Smuggler advised. and slavery. you see." "But if he refuses to join us. . and that he knows. "He will soon be here. instead of killing him as he might have done. "I have my plan. "our voyage to Java would doubly profit us for we should then number among our band this brave and enterprising youth. and he will understand what he has to hope or fear from such men. sell their own daughters men. and. he must needs be our own." "What interest would Mahal have to betray us?" said Faringhea. said suddenly: "Brothers." said the black. There are here. with a gloomy look. the cunning and obedience of our brethren. who had remained for some time lost in thought. "he gave us an asylum on board his bark he secured our flight from the Continent he is again to take us with him to Bombay." "Remind him of his "Of the massacre of father's death his people!" "His own captivity !" "Only let hatred inflame his heart." "Well. "he promised to get Djalma to come hither this evening." "Could we but induce Djalma to join us. Europe. and he will be ours. Africa. the good work will prosper in this country!" "Yes. . almost with indignation. mothers who in their misery are scourged men burden. and. Brothers. he must become one of us. who has so many motives to hate mankind. let us envenom !" his resentments.170 THE WANDERING JEW man. in this country and in every land of oppression." "Was it not the Smuggler who told us to order the Malay to enter the ajoupa of Djalma. corruption. where we shall find vessels for America." The negro." said Faringhea. to trace the name of Bowanee upon his arm? Djalma will thus learn to judge of the resolution." . Be it through admiration or through terror." — . was carried by twelve young and robust men. once amongst us. notwithstanding the reasons he has to hate mankind?" "Then Bowanee will decide his fate. "Nothing could save him from the vengeance of the sons of Bowanee. suppose Mahal the Smuggler were to betray us?" "He?" cried the Hindoo. to surprise him during his sleep. and the girls.

I was work. he added: "Brother. "try to persuade him." "He must not see me yet. listening in his turn "it is also the signal of our brethren." In a few minutes. . "There is none nobler. He approaches the cabin. the Malay appeared at the door of the hut." said Faringhea. project." said the negro. what we may do This time. when Djalma arrived at the door of the hovel. more dexterous. saying these words." "The Malay has succeeded !" exclaimed the Indian. he said in a low voice: "Here is Djalma." "And Djalma not awake?" said the Indian. Mahal has not deceived us. Then. you obey. He killed the dam. listening to a singular kind of hoot.THE WANDERING JEW ''But will the 171 Malay succeed in surprising Djalma during his sleep:" said the negro. another you will again to-morrow. "Had he awoke. you have done to-day what we did yesterday. — command. his face was turned towards the door of the hut on a sudden. calmly. "Yes. He had wound around him a broad length of cotton." Whilst he thus there yet to do? spoke. "Well. it is the scream of the vulture seizing its prey. near the ajoupa. con- founded by the Malay's adroitness. than the Malay. I am ready. which sounded through the profound silence of the night and of the woods. "He once had the daring to surprise in her den a black panther." said the negro. anxiously. more agile. I Bowanee a man who crossed my path have left his body under the brambles." replied the other. in risking life for the good work. and hiding himself under a mat all "We "What is — . "have you succeeded?" "Djalma must bear all his life the mark of the good "To reach him. addressing the Malay. and took away the young one. "I should have been a dead man as I was charged to spare his life." Hardly had Faringhea disappeared." said the half-caste. proudly. At sight If he resists — ." said Faringhea. as she suckled her cub. which he afterwards sold to some European ship's captain. Mahal the Smuggler forced to offer up to first to — was the know did it. after they have seized their prey. adorned with bright colored stripes." said the Malay. retiring to an obscure corner of the cabin." "Because his life may be more useful to us than his death." answered the Malay." belong to Bowanee. But Djalma is marked with the sign. I have my .

"I have no need of you nor you of me." At ened." Guessing by Djalma's question the means which Mahal had employed to draw him into the snare. "You knew this Frenchman?" asked Djalma of the Phansegar.' and he was well Will the named. "He appointed us to meet here. in a country where there are no inns. and a bitter smile curled his lip. made you a captive. who stared fixedly at each other. "You will know when he arrives. which gnaws at your heart. and he accosted him in the Hindoo "I thought to have found here a European a language " : — Frenchman "The Frenchman . General Simon. with a look of suspicion. began to give him some uneasiness. he continued to advance towards them. or beneath the shelter of some ruins. be without fruit?" called . Djalma started in surprise. he perceived by the complexion and the dress of one of these men. that he was an Indian. There was a moment's pause. He —they Phansegar continued "Your father was just and brave : —beloved by his subjects him 'Father of the Generous. if you will be ours. "We are yours. proscribed you. as he did you. After the first moment. the Indian hoped to gain time by prolonging his error." — "Who knows?" know it. more and more astonished. a king.172 of THE WANDERING JEW those three personages with their forbidding aspect. "For what?" inquired Djalma. Will you leave his death unavenged? hate. travellers often pass the night under a tent. and knowing that. "but he will not be long." "General Simon told you to be at this place ?" "Yes. is not yet come. for the gloomy silence of the Phansegar's two companions." answered the Indian. this cruel reminder." answered the Indian. "And who are you?" asked he." replied the Indian. during which Djalma sought in vain to explain to himself this mysterious adventure. you have lost "I all your possessions." "You are deceived. The English killed your father. But ignorant that these men belonged to the Phansegars." replied the Indian. the countenance of Djalma darkThe started.

that it would now be madness to attempt to When they save recover my territory from the English. are not a man!" We "I. what the bold hunter is to the wild beasts. Will you glut Will you be. ne^ro. who were men. told me. when Djalma turned round. to the rest of the human race. which they run down in the forest. Are there not other men. and with one bound was out of the cabin. threw off abruptly the mat which covered him. safely for all the evil done you?" "Your words become more and more obscure: I have no "When an enemy is hatred in my heart. Faringhea. The muskets of several soldiers." "Those who despoiled you. and the Indian.TITE WANDERING JEW 173 "Mv father died with arm. 1 swore never again to set foot in India me my —and I keep the oaths I make. ascertain the cause of the negro's cry of alarm. surely." said Djalma. who has death 'on the English whom I killed in war. the Malay. Faringhea had already disappeared. and offere-d . are more than men. like us. who speak thus of men. sirux. Then. libertv. started up like a tiger. seeing the impossibility of resistance. and were standing in one corner of the hovel. that. who took you captive. whilst others went in pursuit of Faringhea. drew his crease.. are. worthy of me. pointing with rapid gesture to the door. I either for brave men despise him. who had not been perceived by Djalma. I fight with him when he is unworthy. exchanged a few rapid words. to instantaneously. and those who resemble me. more than a man? the hate which devours your heart. he dealt one of them a mortal stroke." "Treachery!" cried the negro on a sudden. largely. crowding to the door were immediately pointed at Djalma and the three StranThe gles. threw down two others. So that I have no hate — — . seeing a body of soldiers advancing cautiously in a circle. in his hand. — or cowards. on killed your father whom' you can avenge yourself! Let your hate fall upon them !" "You.been a father to me. and disAll this passed so appeared in the midst of the ruins. and who fought also in the same cause. I revenged his lie. for Djalma and the Indian had now withdrawn a little from it. At the shout of the negro.

the cabin at this moment. with so natural a movement and expression of horror." "Why — — . "We come to him next. "are you afraid of him ? Tie the cord tight about his wrists there will soon be another about his neck." said Djalma. The Dutch captain. "It will not be sufficient to say that you are tranquil. would we bind you. sir I am perfectly at ease. and rushed towards the door where stood the officer. in this case. with the noble and dignified air of the son of Kadja-sing. who had supposed that Djalma would submit to his fate with the same this impassibility as his companions. we now replied the officer know by what mysterious signs to recognize the Thugs." "You are mistaken. — —Who ." "Not a Phansegar like them? will believe the falsehood ?" "Them!" cried Djalma. The soldiers." "thanks to their confessions. ! ! — ! . pointing out Djalma to the soldiers. with a smile of disdain. who commanded the squad." said the young man. . with which some of the soldiers had provided themselves.174 their THE WANDERING JEW hands to the cords. that with a sign the officer stopped the soldiers. captain !" said an old sergeant." Djalma had remained petrified with surprise. who understood that language from his long service in the Dutch colonies. speaking to the soldiers. What?" added the officer in Dutch. he repulsed them with violent indignation. entered "And this other one?" said he. when he saw the sergeant and two soldiers approach with ropes to bind him. I came here to meet a Frenchman. "Why would you bind me like these men?" cried Djalma. who were occupied in binding the three Phansegars. not under: standing what was passing round him but. "Each in his turn. being struck in spite of themselves. who were again advancing to bind the son of Kadja-sing. wretch? because you form part of this band of assassins. addressing himself in Hindoostanee to the officer. and recoiled some paces. were astounded by resistance. "these men form part of that horrible band of murderers and you accuse me of being their accomplice Oh. with a dignity and calmness which astonished the officer "I have hardly been in this place a quarter of an hour I do not know these men.

of the grave.THE WANDERING JEW 175 "I repeat. the name of the Bowanee." "Yes he is like us. irritated at the horror which Djalma had manifested on learning that they were Phansegars. Phansegar. or make the least movement his powers of : . and displayed his naked arm." "You do not understand me. you do not bear on your arm the mysterious symbol (we are going to assure ourselves of the fact). took a savage pride in making it believed that the son of Kadjasing belonged to their frightful association. for he bears on his left . that I hold these murderers in the greatest " horror. me hour has come we give our necks to the cord. were likewise so marked. ! arm the name of Bowanee. who lies upon the brink . you may — — be at liberty within two hours. a "What audacity!" cried the officer. and if you can explain your presence here in a satisfactory manner. and that T came here The negro. misinterpreting the words of the negro. said to Djalma: "It is quite clear." said the Indian. wide left sleeve. the sons of the good work do know each other by marks tatooed on their skin. "Wretch!" cried he." added he to the soldiers "like a cowardly assassin. Often enough have we twined it round the necks of those who served not with us the good work. was distinctly The officer ran to the Malay. arm he saw the same word. for on the inner part of the fore-arm. who for some moments had kept his eye riveted on the fatal mark. Now. "What have you to answer?" said the officer to Djalma. and look at the arms of this youth !" The officer. !" added the Malay. for his execution will not be long delayed. he assured himself that the negro and the Indian . the same signs." Struck with stupor. look at our arms." said the negro to the officer "Prince Djalma is one of us. The latter again gave a look of disdainful pity. was unable to pronounce a word. interrupting Djalma. "you inspire even more horror than your accomplices. sir. turning furiously towards Djalma. Not yet satisfied. and uncovered his visible. as this negro tells us. said to the officer with a ferocious joy: "You have hit it. Djalma. The three men. a little below the bend. For us. raised with his right hand his long. Bind him like a cowardly assassin. a son of Kalle "He is like us. in bright red Hindoo characters. that if.

by doing everything to render clear as day the innocence of Prince Djalma. where the escort of the prisoners had arrived before him. addressed to M. then. it is a very small evil for a great good. let them at least show me some gratitude. . and the temporary arrest of Djalma will only serve to make his innocence shine forth with redoubled . an excellent man. 'when I came yesterday to inform the governor. Most certainly. must. but allowed himself to be bound and removed with mechanical passiveness. and. "Already this in favor of our morning I went to the governor. that the Phansegars would be found assembled in the ruins of Tchandi.' I added. with whom I have had for some time the most honorable relations. "Soldiers. that I could not act otherwise and. — — . "I cannot deny what I see what is. hoped still to discover Faringhea amongst the ruins but his search was vain. Some hours after these events. with indignation. after spending an hour in fruitless endeavors. 'As it was through me. M. The officer. for his own sake." Almost believing himself the sport of some wild dream. Rodin. I would not ask for any favor on his behalf. discover the inconceivable mystery that has placed Djalma in this We and. so interesting by reason of his misfortunes and noble qualities. 'so convinced am I of his innocence. in presence of this incompre- "Would you dare deny this sign?" said the officer to him. of Paris: "Circumstances were such. Three murderers are delivered over to justice." said Djalma. lustre. with part of his soldiers.' I continued. "It is lucky that you confess at last. taking all into consideration. Djalma offered no resistance.176 THE WANDERING JEW fail thought seemed to hensible fact. him. quite overcome. at any cost. that. He will have sufficient courage dangerous position . to protest young prince. 'that those three great criminals fell into the hands of the authorities. I was far from anticipating that any one would confound with those wretches the adopted son of General Simon. keep watch over him and his accomplices you answer for them.' I said. Joshua van Dael thus finished his long despatch." replied the officer. he set out for Batavia.

At the same time. before closing the . we become corpses with regard to the will. I have been what we all ought to be in the hands of our superiors a mere instrument since. and discovering by what unaccountable fatality that mysterious sign was tattooed upon "The governor answered me as felt he as certain as I . wished to see the governor this morning. for nobody in the world is more convinced than I am of Djalma's innocence. because it would be the only way of demonstrating the falsehood of the accusation. and the last letterBut I bag for Europe was made up yesterday evening. that morally did of the innocence of the young prince. is summed up in those terrible w rds of the dying Loyola: "Every member of the Order shall be. "Mahal the Smuggler. that. so have I acted according to the means at my disposal considering only the end which for you tell me a great interest of the justifies them society is concerned. : times appear opposed to us we are ever the same. then. •It is known that the doctrine of passive and absolute obedience. and. who alone could enlighten on to this subject.THE WANDERING JEW 177 and dignity to wait patiently in prison for the day of In all this. therefore. — — "In your hands. even as a corpse (Perinde ac Cadaver). for the 'Ruyter' is to sail in an hour. to certify that he is the person for whom I engaged and paid the passage. for the greater glory of God. you see.* Men may deny our unity and power. is Prince Djalma enforcedly detained for a month. and the — . he will be the bearer of this long despatch. the main-spring of the Society of Jesus. I spoke nothing hut the truth. justice. go on board the 'Ruyter.' and had not to reproach myself with the least deception. Djalma's arm. even as you ordered. it is materially impossible that the young Indian can be in France by the 13th of next February. but circumstances only change .' which will take him to Egypt for he has a note from me to the captain. in the hands of his superiors. this opportunity of the 'Ruyter' once lost. You see. and would treat him with all possible consideration but that it was necessary for justice to have its course. present." — . "Thus. will in justice another hour have quitted Batavia. I expected.

which has arisen during the night frequent formidable noise. were of no avail. In this apartment. being driven on shore by the northwesters. whither he had gone to take boat to join the r-essel. they found the corpse of the smuggler. CHAPTER XXIII. not far from Saint Valery. craft and these become us. M. . Neither was there any trace of the note which Mahal was to have delivered to the captain of the "Ruyter. commencement of the month of February. RODIN. in Cardoville Manor House. Mahal the Smuggler set out with this despatch (sealed) in his possession. the dead body of this same Mahal. The following scene takes place in France. the searches and bushwhacking ordered throughout the country for the purpose of discovering Faringhea." in order to be received as passenger. Daylight is not yet visible through the windows of a large room situate on the ground-floor. The dangerous chief of the Stranglers was never seen again in Java. strangled by Thuggee.178 THE WANDERING JEW "Obedience and courage. thunders in the distance. to board the "Ruyter. . Joshua sought in vain for the voluminous packet. ******* ! — — J. after the departure of the steamship. a dangerous coast on which almost every year many ships are totally wrecked. an old feudal habitation standing upon the tall cliffs of Picardy. Three months have elapsed since Djalma was thrown into Batavia Prison accused of belonging to the murderous gang of Megpunnas." About ten o'clock in the morning. It is about seven o'clock in the morning. 1832. Finally. M. secrecy and patience. lay concealed beneath some reeds on the edge of a desert strand. who have audacity. which he had entrusted to his care. in which a lamp is at the ." An hour later. which render the navigation of the Channel so perilous. From the interior of the Castle is heard the howling of a a violent tempest. union and devotion the world for our country our brethren for family. When at a subsequent period. Rome for our Queen V. and is repeated by the echoes of the shore it is the sea breaking with fury against the high rocks which are overlooked by the ancient Manor House. like the discharge of artillery.

" . I have rarely heard such a hurricane. twisted into all sorts of grotesque shapes plete the decorations of this apartment. enlivened by a touch of rustic humor he wears a shooting-jacket of green cloth. picked out a very bad day for it. in truth. my dear! This M. Rodin the greatest attention. A A — — ! father. which half conceal his black velveteen breeches. The face of this white-haired man is intelligent and open. If M. and throws its joyous light on the carefully polished floor. bailiff of Cardoville manor. is seated at a large table. dressed as a rich farmer's wife of Picardy.THE WANDERING JEW 179 burning. who is to come here this morning. as the Princess de Saint-Dizier's steward announced to us. Dupont.work. "what dreadful weather. Out-doors. Rodin. and long gaiters of tan-colored leather. or shake the fastenings of the windows. is already occupied with her needle." "What can it be that brings this M. a woman of about sixty years of age. as the land belongs to her since the death of the duke her . The terrible storm which rages without renders still more agreeable the picture of this peaceful interior. the gale continued to howl furiously. The steward tells me in his letter to show M. the husband of this woman. and the panels over the door painted with pastoral scenes in the style of Watteau. since he comes on the part of the princess. Rodin. notwithstanding the early hour. It will be for him to explain himself. sorting and putting up in bags divers samples of wheat and oats. about the same age as herself. nothing can be more cheerful than the old-fashioned chintz hangings and curtains with red Chinese figures upon a white ground." "Bv rights he should come from Mademoiselle Adrienne. announcing good sense and honesty. and to obey him as if he were my master. rousing fire burns in a broad chimney-place faced with white marble. with a simple and honest countenance. he may feast his eyes to-day with the sight. Rodin has never seen the sea in its fury. and rosewood furniture inlaid with green quaint and portly comfurniture. clock of Sevres china." "Why. my dear?" "Faith I know nothing about it. The man who was occupied in sorting the samples of grain was M. "Holy Virgin!" said his wife. Close by. and sometimes a gust of wind would rush down the chimney. and for me to execute his orders.

I heard her say to her servant 'Stir your stumps. of which she had heard speak. my poor Dupont. to that stout lady who came from Paris last week on to see the chateau appeared to have a great wish — At Irery these is words the bailiff began to laugh with a sly look." "Madame de la Sainte Colombe need not play the great ! — lady. and without her knowing it. she had a diamond band round her head-dress of false. a creature. but not famous for intelligence or penetration. Though. to be sure that's the first thought of your upstarts to play the great lady of the parish. light hair." but the princess being aunt to the young lady. she appeared quite vexed not to have a "No—but Do you ." "Oh. when she took off her bonnet. her managers Mademoiselle Adrienne's affairs so one or the other. who the devil would call themselves Madame de la Sainte Colombe — Mrs.180 THE WANDERING JEW . and diamond rings on every finger ! . and violet gloves like a bishop's. "to think of the face and figure of that enormous womna: with such a look. And. and. like your titled people." hard on her you are. you are yet very green in some things. is not the lady's it is her fault to call herself Sainte Colombe. if she has a beard. She even said that she would make some embellishments in it and. and diamond ear-drops as large as my None of your thumb. "Yes steward whether "May be sure. —only lady? she was dressed. are well read in slander! This lady seems very respectable. Rodin means to buy the estate. has gray moustachios like an old grenadier. because she is one. "I laugh." "While you. purpose *or it. with the voice of a town-crier. it amounts to the same thing. a body don't choose it one's name. Holy Dove? A pretty saint." be M. truly! She is round as a hogshead. imagine it her true name? Ah. Dupont ." answered Dupont." "She "Yes great Oh. my poor Catherine. Dupont?" asked his wife. curate in the village. The first thing she asked for on arriving was the chapel of the Castle. when I told her we had no church in this little place. and a pretty dove. my hearty!' and yet she calls herself Sainte — : Colombe !" "How fault. how ! a lor' !" see in scarlet gown. "What good there to laugh at.

which our late master never rebuilt. will you be sorrv to remain as her — bailiff. good. let's drop it you will make me say some folly. my dear. 'our allies. What I regret is. besides having a famous little will of her own. and marquises. Dupont.' 'Oh. when the count brought her down here one summer? what an imp of mischief! and then what eyes! eh? how they sparkled. should Madame de la Sainte Colombe buv the estate." "Good gracious. don't think yourself a conjurer!" "Catherine. 'What are those ruins there?' and I answered: 'Madame. against the will of the princess. Dupont is it not very extraordinary that Mademoiselle Adrienne should have the disposal of her large fortune so early in life?" "Faith simple enough. dear allies! they and the Restoration began my fortune So you see. it is all very well but because you have been three years at Paris. Dost remember." "I cannot tell what you are driving less at.THE WANDERING JEW tuppenny beauties would wear so many diamonds middle of the day. — !' women who "Madame ing heartily. having no father or mother. which perhaps we should not find. my good Catherine . and very rich gentlemen. my . it was in the time of the Allies that the pavilion was burnt. is mistress of her property. and are her most intimate friends and then. : you need never know. half -burnt by the Prussians. even then !" it ! to sell ! — — . after all. only try to be slanderous for. that Mademoiselle Adrienne should not keep the land it seems that she wished — . fled abroad ' " bailiff." "Do you mean to say there's more?" "She talked of nothing but dukes. who visit at her house.' cried she. Our young lady. at our age." in 181 the "You are a pretty judge!" "That is not all. ten years ago. good creatures like de la Sainte Colombe!" cried the "Oh. it would be hard to seek another place. I said to myself directly: 'She was no doubt one of the noble . and we have been too honest to provide for our old days by pilfering and truly. we have lived here twenty years. when she saw the summer house in the park. and there are certain things which dear. she asked. poor wife!" "Oh. laughpoor. and counts. eh?" I "Not — for we are getting old.

so sunny. an excellent heart but headstrong terribly head! — — . but what are they?" "Why. which would be a blemish in any one else. Once I remember she gave her shawl and her new merino frock to a poor little beggar girl. and scratches them very often. they would have called it red. aggravating her governess. but lives in a kind of heathen temple in her aunt's garden. that avery night she plays on a hunting horn of massive gold . that now this very color of her hair. and it is not speaking ill of her to say she has red hair." said the worthy dame. that in truth I would not have had it other than it was. what a good heart !" "Yes that she certainly had. instead of a young lady of high birth. "they say. she must be very pretty by this time. and bare arms. it always appears to me so fine." "I grant you. and I am sure. notwithstanding the for. playing all manner of naughty tricks. she really was a vixen always running about the park. — — — strong !" "Yes —that she was . and 'tis likely to finish badly. On the contrary. She must have such a sweet vixen look!" "Oh to be candid. because she gets tipsy without mentioning. and above all. and to suit so well her snowy complexion and black eyes.182 "It is THE WANDERING JEW — true that Mademoiselle Adrienne had in her look—an expression a very uncommon expression for her age. "What — — . which showed how much she was shocked by such enormities." "There again more slander. Mademoiselle Adrienne was a chip of the old block but then what wit. so bright. between ourselves." "What! against Mademoiselle Adrienne? Heaven forbid! I always thought that she would be as good as pretty. luring face promised." "If she has kept what her witching. for seems that she does things at Paris —oh! it such things " things?" " "Oh. if she had peculiar color of her hair been a tradesman's daughter. must only add to the charm of — — ! Mademoiselle Adrienne's face. with a sort of embarrassment and confusion. and came back to the house in her petticoat. my dear I can hardly venture "Well. climbing the trees in fact. what engaging v/ays." "Oh. where she has masked women to dress her up like a goddess. that Mademoiselle Adrienne never sets foot in a church.

Fifteen years ago. a fine piece of goods that Grivois! once she was a regular bad 'un. The colonel spent whole time here." "Xot a his bit — — really too back- I only speak the truth. who is now so stiff and starched. Rodin." Here the bailiff hurst into a fit of laughter. "where did moiselle Adrienne?" me. The princess herself." "M. there is a person here that wants to speak to master. M. Rodin made his appearance. entered in haste. What a fellow that colonel was. Rodin?" said the bailiff rising.Valery." "Yes. Every evening. how well he could act a play to proceed. her godmother. to see Madame — . knew how to carry on a lively game in her time. who is now such a saint. they say. With an air of great humility. to set things going " ber . when this first access of hilarity you get these fine stories about Madewife. "Show him in directlv moment after. he saluted the bailiff and his A ******* !" . but you are biting. — house. and every one said he was very warm with this same princess. he was dressed even more than plainly. whom the Bourbons gave a regi: ment on the Restoration?" "Yes. According to his custom. which interrupted his wife. : ! — remem- The bailiff was unable A stout maid-servant. and he says that he is M. — Now House. Oh I ! those were the jolly times. but now she professes to be as over-nice as her mistress like master like man. chamber woman to the princess and she it was who told her all this and surely she ought to know. yes I remember him." said he. he has come in the postmaster's calash from Saint. "Now was tell over. she called at Saint-Dizier Madame Grivois is first bedGrivois. "From Rene's who went to Paris to look for a child to nurse.THE WANDERING JEW all 183 which causes the utmost grief and despair to her poor aunt the princess. wearing the costume and cap of Picardy. being in the. who was in garrison at Abbeville? an exiled noble who had served in Russia. and thus addressed her mistress "Madame. some new entertainment at the chateau. she was no such prude do you remember that handsome colonel of hussars.

one is struck with the good order and perfect keeping of everything in it which take of it. he said to him "Is it to M. Rodin that I have : the honor to speak?" "Yes. which." "Well. give at the same time some notion of a character. as soon as one enters this chateau. and I shall not . his curiosity was at fault." "Pray. The honest bailiff looked at this . so much sincerity and good-nature his words were so affecthat the disagreeable feeling tionate and subtly penetrating of repugnance. and tells me to attend implicitly to your commands. wore good and fair. Rodin. whilst I just see what is in The weather is so bad. my dear sir. draw near the fire. Dupont read. this letter. THE WANDERING JEW and at a sign from her husband." proves. M. sir. his almost in- his little reptile eyes. and he almost always finished by involving his dupe or victim in the tortuous windings of an eloquence as pliant as it was honeyed and perfidious for ugliness and evil have their fascination. yet this man knew how. sir. on this occasion. and the sordid style of his dress. M. for. when it was necessary. sir. man with surprise. which the first sight of him generally inspired." "It will be no trouble. sir. I know how much your time must be occupied." thousand thanks. dear sir. I am off again in an Whilst M." continued the bailiff. revealing a taste or habit. and. Rodin threw inquisitive glances round the chamber like a man of skill and experience. they will amount to very little. but an honor. trouble you long. "Very good. when he thought of the pressing recommendation of the steward of the Princess de Saint-Dizier he had expected to see quite another sort of personage. what excellent care you — . with diabolical art." "Nay. obligingly. however. The cadaverous countenance visible lips. when he had finished reading "the steward renews his recommendation. rendered his general aspect far from prepossessing. he had frequently drawn just and useful inductions from those little appearances.184 wife. — — off little by little. hardly able to dissemble his astonishment. my . half concealed by their flabby lids. to affect. as well as what is . "may I not offer you some refreshment?" — "A hour. and here is another letter from the steward of the Princess de Saint-Dizier." said the bailiff. the of latter withdrew.

let us talk of something else: this subject is too painful. "Is she ill?" 'No. my dear sir. "Alas. no she — "Cnfortunately !" — — . and the lawyers took the keys with them to Paris." said M." will have the goodness to take me there. with silver clasps — You come —do and happen you it to look for papers?" also for a small mahogany to know it?" "Yes. it is not in my power to do so. used for a study. have often seen must be in the large." you? a poor old man like myself has something But to come to business: there is a room here which is called the Green Chamber?" the room which the late Count-Duke de Cardo"Yes. contrition selle above worldly things.THE WANDERING JEW "Oh. as if to stop a rising tear. in surprise. the princess continues in good health?" "Perfectly so. which only become so many causes of perdition. and health are joined to an evil spirit of revolt and perversity to a character which certainly has not its equal upon earth it would be far better to be deprived of those dangerous advantages." "In fortunately. Rodin. But I conjure you. with a voice of deep emotion. youth. sir." with a sigh of deep and grief. my dear sir!" said M. lifting the tip of his little finger to the corner of his right eye. sir. certain papers I casket. sir. 185 you flatter me. The bailiff did not see the tear. "Oh. and he was struck with the change in Rodin's voice. a number of papers were shut up in a cabinet in that room. sir has any calamity happened to MademoiAdrienne?" "In what sense do you mean it?" unfortunately." "You will conduct me to this chamber. She lives altogether "And Mademoiselle Adrienne?" "Alas. Rodin. "Yes — for ! sir that is different. showing to the a large and a small key tied together. of on the count's writingwhich you have the key." cried the bailiff." bailiff said M. Rodin. yes! for when beauty. It sir. He is. as well as she is beautiful." ville "You "Here are those keys. table. "Flatter — else to think of. ! "Good heaven. as authorized by \he Princess de Saint-Dizier?" "Yes. After the death of the Count-Duke. lacquered cabinet. and when the seals were removed. but he saw the gesture.

whose only fault has been too much kindness. spent some time in this house.186 THE WANDERING JEW "Pardon . let us talk of something else. in that part of a drunken soldier and then. notwithstanding his name. — — — cardinals. He was of the house! how well he could perform plays ! I — — In the Tzvo particularly the character of a scapegrace. rich. sir. sing sir — —better than they could it at Paris!" Rodin. answered him. with such an air of conviction. with regard to her niece by which she has encouraged her but. the Marquis d'Aigrigny (whose private secretary I have now the honor to be) left the world for the church. Rodin expressed himself with so much goodness. my dear sir that which relates to the Green Chamber I have now told you. I must remind you of a circumstance you have perhaps forgotten namely. he said to Dupont: "One part of my mission. that some — — — — — fifteen or sixteen years ago. sir! is it possible? That fine officer!" "That fine officer brave. said to him "You doubtless know that. his reputation as a great preacher. my dear sir !" After a moment's pause. one General Simon. and flattered abandoned all those advantages for the sorry black gown and." : "No. Dupont could not help exclaiming: "Well. that M. the Marquis d'Aigrigny. having listened complacently to the bailiff. with what a charming voice he sang Joconde. sir what a dashing ! just now." M. therefore. that the life officer was there It was only was talking about him to my wife." "Oh. too much — — weakness. that is splendid conduct!" . he would make you die with laughing. as I have. however. Rodin seemed to recover from his emotion. after a fierce duel he had with a furious Bonapartist. who have neither his merit nor his virtues. Edmonds. during which M. but there is yet another. with much sympathy: " my indiscretion. high connections. and the facts he cited appeared to be so incontestable. the despair of that excellent princess. position. noble. esteemed. sir I really did not know "It is I who should ask pardon for this involuntary display of feeling tears are so rare with old men but if you had seen. are archbishops and — . then colonel of the hussars in garrison at Abbeville. once more. Before coming to it. for instance. he is still what he was fourteen years ago a plain abbe whilst so many.

during his absence. it was a cruel grief to him but we must all resign ourselves to the will of Providence !" "And with regard to what subject did the marquis do me — — — — ! . I am particularly desirous that you should keep " this place.THE WANDERING JEW . if not there now. sir that renews all my uneasiness. interrupting Rodin: "what grati"Ah. Dupont. He went to Italy about three months ago. you must know that this house is sold. d'Aigrigny's. is an old lady in every way worthy of veneration Madame de la " Sainte-Colombe is the name of this respectable "Oh. he received a very sad piece of news the death of his mother. he has particularly that of never forgetting worthy people people of integrity.'' " "What. Rodin. Knowing the interest which the marquis feels for you. the most noble marquis deigns to remember "Three days ago.' "Is he then at Paris?" "He will be there soon. "I why ':" am afraid that the new proprietors may not choose to keep me as their bailiff." " "Is it possible "Certainly. honor. that I'm obliged to annex a small condisupport." >h. he has not forgotten you. But amongst all his good qualities. conscience and therefore. and. no!" said M. by — ." "Xow see what a lucky chance! It is just on that subject that I am going to speak to you. who was passing the autumn on one of the estates of the Princess de Saint-Dizier. my dear ought to tion to tell my sir. my dear M. First of all. I received a letter from him." "' I was not aware of it. if sir!" cried Dupont. sir name it !" "The person who is about to inhabit this mansion." "Oh. you flatter me in your turn. and I will do all in my power to serve vou." ! "Pray. . indeed "Yes. but I you." ! all means Only name it. The bill of sale was signed the day before my departure from Paris. It is Heaven that sends vou to tude do I not owe you ': ! me!' "Xow. 18> "Splendid? Oh. in which he mentions your name. the honor to mention my name ?" "I am going to tell you. with an inimitable expression of simplicity "it is quite a matter of coursewhen one has a heart like M.

lived in these parts. the other parish. and what I promise I perform." "And why. Madame de la Sainte-Colombe. you will be certain to keep your place as bailiff." the noblemen. Now to make the good work sure and effectual. worthy of veneration. if you and Madame Dupont succeed la in I persuading Madame de Sainte-Colombe to make the choice I wish. I believe she was neither more nor less than a milliner." what you must not say to Madame much praise. under one of the wooden porticoes of the Palais Royal. for information respecting them. they came However. sir?" dame de . ^ive you my word of it." so?" "You must. There is no church in this village. which stands at an equal distance from either of two parishes. the fact is. The in! cumbent of Danicourt is "Now de la that is precisely one of the best of men." sir! what can I do in it?" and I will explain to you how. my that. '-'MaSainte-Colombe the lady who has bought us out?" "Do you know her?" "Yes. Madame de la Sainte-Colombe is far from being a great lady. the curate of Roiville. as I told you. interrupting Rodin. that I "And she boasted of all who used to visit her !" "No doubt. — — "You are full of penetration. we shall need your assistance. on the contrary. without ceasing. my dear M. so as to decide this good lady to trust herself to his care." "Oh in that case the choice will soon be made. she came last week to see the estate. to French and foreign. because nothing is so respectable as a sincere repentance always providing it to be lasting. who have long "Mine. Dupont. deal openly with you. their wives buy bonnets for having gained a large fortune and. Dupont." .188 THE WANDERING JEW la said the bailiff. — — — — t ! — — dear M. "How "Why? —because. wishing to make choice of one of the two clergymen. You see. to him rather than to the other?" Sainte-Colombe. sir. will naturally apply to you and Madame Dupont. after being in youth and middle age indifferent alas more than indifferent to the salvation of her soul Madame de la Sainte-Colombe is now in a likely way to experience grace which renders her. My wife between ourselves persists that she is a great lady but " judging by certain words that I heard her speak "What. "A great deal . sir.

Though very poor. moreover and what more?" "Well. Xow. is a man for whom M. "you are so frank and obliging. d'Aigrigny feels a deep interest. I should be grieved if you saw in all this the shadow of an intrigue. sir. remembering you. that the bailiff was quite struck dumb with amazement for the countenance of M. after a moment's reflection. with redoubled my — !" ." say these words. "They then. man of sense. The curate of Roiville. will not remain without a recompense. he has to support an aged mother. When —there you I see is the knew that this lady was disposed to buy an I friend's parish. come I wager." "Well. For I tell you once more. they say "Come. whom you wish me to prefer to him. Rodin burst into so hearty a laugh. desired me to ask you to render him this small service. that I will imitate your sinIn the same degree that the curate of Danicourt is cerity. ected and loved in this country. "but him "I will and tell you why I insist on the preference which I beg you to support. he would do more good than any one else. if he had the spiritual care of Madame de la Sainte-Colombe."' said Rodin. can y<>u believe such the Jacobins. hobgoblins of the old freedom Come. because he is full of zeal and patience and then it is clear he would reap some little advantages. you have read about them in . that you have this power. interrupting deal openly with you. Dupont. convinced by Rodin's manner. . and" the authority of his words . for a hilarity. experience. It is only for the purpose of doing a good action. that I have the power to keep you in your place as bailiff. . what do they say?" he is a Jesuit. which.THE WANDERING JEW 189 "I do not doubt. . as you see. sir. M. wrote about estate in the neighborhood of our it to the marquis and he. dear M. for whom I ask your influence. Rodin took a singular expression — Upon — when he laughed." said Dupont. how can you believe such idle stories? are there such people Jesuit as Jesuits? romance of lovers ? in the Constitutionnel — our time. above all. and I will prove it. by which his old mother might profit secret of this mighty scheme. "a Jesuit! really. — " "Why." replied Dupont. the curate of Roivillc. is dreaded for his intol" erance and. "One word I should like to know more. — "A Jesuit!" — Xow —A he repeated. and intelligence.

if this lady. should prefer him to your friend. prudent men like you. hearing a great deal in praise of the other curate. I tell you frankly. my dear — — "But. that should you not succeed in getting the preference for my man. giving the most exact detail of all that you have remarked in the character. a good place. "And they say- 'Good heavens! what will they not say? But wise men. without doing injury to any one. offer you the certainty of doing so it is for you to consider and decide. connections. "it will not be my fault. without his being aware of it or. in order to discharge my responsibility and yours also. Dupont !" said Rodin. however much — — I may regret it. of Madame de la Sainte-Colombe for the influence of a confessor. we have seen clergymen take advantage of the age and weakness of their peniI tents. sir — that "Pshaw." lived in — whom — would be calumny!" cried Dupont. you will not remain bailiff here. if anything blameable were to strike you." "But.190 THE WANDERING JEW yet. pursuits." "But. she will see every day tell Madame de la SainteColombe a great deal of good of my friend. with an air of sorrowful and affectionate reproach. sir. sir " "One word more or rather one more condition as important as the other. You wish to remain bailiff on this estate. she will prefer the former. and a great deal of harm of the other curate. persons who have long ! the neighborhood persons worthy of confidence. sir. on the other hand. "how can you think me capable of giving you evil counsel? I was only making I •a supposition. for the sake of nonsense. you see. I should be immediately informed of it by this weekly — — — — : — — — correspondence." said poor Dupont. and they never sacrifice. and I should wish to be fully edified by the proceedings of my friend. Unfortunately. do not meddle with what is said they manage their own little matters." "Ah but if. as you I must request will have contributed to his appointment that you will write to me twice a week." . habits. and you will continue bailiff. which secures them a comfortable provision for the rest of their days. reveals itself in the whole conduct of life. unfairly to benefit either themselves or others believe our protege incapable of any such baseness but. M.

" cried Dupont. Rodin. Dupont! how can you thus brand the most wholesome of human desires mutual confiask of you nothing else I ask of you to write to On confidentially the details of all that goes on here. — — ! — — . "Now. "If they are driven upon the reefs. entering abruptly. it is terrible!" cried the bailiff. Dupont. which was almost instantaneously repeated by the echoes of the cliffs." said M. which is so bad a counsellor !" ". taking his hat and preparing to go out. you are really a great child: you must reflect upon this. cordials ." said the bailiff. Colombe. "In such a storm." said Dupont." "Oh. poor creatures Light large fires in several rooms I scarcely get ready linen. "be generous without any conditions! I and my wife have only this — place to give us bread. addressing his wife. "What is that?" said M." "My dear. sir. I other. Hardly had he spoken. or signalling for a pilot. sir I implore you interrupted by a loud report. and be able to do nothing !" "Can no help be given to these vessels?" asked M. rising. no human power can save them since the last equinox two ships have been lost on . "from the terrace. inseparable one from the bailiff. there is but little chance for the crew no matter. and we are too old to find another.THE WANDERING JEW "But.My dear M. "to look on at a shipwreck." "Lost with all on board? Oh. "no doubt a ship in distress. Rodin. this coast." The conversation was here "Oh." said the bailiff's wife. very frightful. you remain with grief and regret. I dence? — — — me these two conditions. otherwise. with emotion. "I will run down to the rocks with the people of the farm. "It is the sound of cannon. Rodin. my dear M. sir unfortunate sweetest. clothes. and try to save some of them. 191 — that would be to act as a spy?" exclaimed the bailiff. and give " me your answer in the course of a week." "I beg you. when the same noise was again heard more distinctly than before. Do not expose our probity of forty years' standing to be tempted by the fear of want. we can see a steamer and a large ship nearly dismasted they are drifting right upon the shore the ship ! — is firing minute guns — — it will be lost. to recommend some one else to Madame de la Sainteshall be forced.

for I am in great haste. before he quite disappears in the great clouds. driven by the violence of the wind. who was by no means anxious to encounter the storm. from the broad streak of red light. whilst a few lighter clouds of a reddish gray. The pale winter A ous coast. which extends along the horizon." said Rodin. stand out. Half-way up a rugged promontory.192 THE WANDERING JEW we must do our best. whose courage she well knew." answered Catherine. and he started at a full run. but I too old and feeble to be of any service. Mountainous waves of dark green. along the line of the reefs that bristle on this danger- murky sky. I will set out immediately for Paris. : ! — . "but do not expose yourself." "Very well. M. Rodin?" "I should think it a duty. sir." said the bailiff to his servant the farm meet me at the foot of the cliff. dare hope to save any. and when I have found the articles I require. rises Cardoville Castle . but Will you come with me. rush across the sun. deep undulations. — CHAPTER XXIV. sir. in high. and gilds band the transparent crest of some of the tallest waves. if I could be at all useful. behind which he is slowly mounting. casts here and there some oblique rays upon the troubled sea. Ring the big "let all the people of bell. levers. "Your good lady will be kind enough to show me the Green Chamber. juts pretty far a ray of the sun glitters ." said M. marbled with white foam." "Yes." replied Catherine. Rodin. THE TEMPEST The sea is raging. Above are piled heavy masses of black and sulphurous vapor. Catherine will show you. always impassible. my dear. crying "Quick quick by this time not a plank may remain of the vessels. ot snow-white foam boils and rages as far as the eye canreach." "My dear madam. "will you be obliging enough to show me the Green Chamber?" "Please to follow me." "Kiss me it will bring me luck. drying her tears for she trembled on account of her husband. with ropes and am . which into the sea." said the bailiff.

scarcely perceptible in the midst of the roar of the tempest. had gone to touch at the Azores. in the same direction as the ship. But the latter. A lision between the two vessels became imminent— -a new danger added to all the horrors of the now certain wreck.THE WANDERING JEW . with mere shreds of sail still fluttering from the stumps of broken masts. followed by a dull sound. who arriving from India and Java. Now she rolls her monstrous hull upon the waves now plunges into their trough. she also drifted towards the shore. That gun is the last signal of distress from this lost vessel. presented a greater surface to the wind and sea. di>abled ship. for Hamburg to Havre. These two vessels. had disembar at the Isthmus of Suez. a steamer. 193 upon its windows its brick walls and pointed roofs of slate are visible in the midst of this sky loaded with vapors. driven along by tide and tempest. A flash is seen. leaving the the At black smoke. though further from the breakers. the sport of enormous rollers." homeward bound from Alexandria. which is fast forging on the breakers. drives dead upon the coast. in the last place." She headed Gibraltar." quitting the Straits of "Ruyter. breakers on her left. via the Red Sea. by way of the Elbe. second white-cap. and so increased the damage that. one of the wheels rendered useless. with its long plume of is working her way from east to west. were now rushing upon the breakers with frightful speed. A large. — same moment. no longer answering to the helm. with passengers. and so gained upon the steamer in swiftness that a col. and must some time Suddenly. from on board the steamship The '"Black Eagle. . the paddle box stove in. The steamer was the ""William Tell. at the mere}. towards the rocks. drifting tide.of the wind right ahead of the steamer. when she was overtaken in the Channel by the northwester. The dismasted ship. and bound. following the first. The deck of each offered a terrible spectacle the loss of crew and passengers appeared ." coming from Germany. The ship was an English vessel. . making every effort to keep at a distance from the shore. again struck the vessel amidships. the rush of a heavy sea laid the steamer upon her side the enormous wave broke furiously on her deck in a second the chimney was carried away. thence for Portsmouth. the "Black Eagle.

waiting for the moment to make a last effort. and perfectly regular and handsome features. to dispute their lives with the fury of the waves. struck with a kind of stupor. or rolled upon the deck Here. whose cries and terror augmented the general confusion. others renouncing all hope. contemplated this scene of dismay and horror with that sad calmness peculiar to those who have often braved great perils. issued his last orders in this fearful extremity with courageous coolness. Knowing the imminence of the inevitable danger. — . and gold in her hand. The smaller boats had been carried away by the waves it was in vain to think of launching the long-boat the only chance of escape in case the ship should not be immediately dashed to pieces on touching" the rocks. went supplicating from sailor to sailor. mother. and offering a purse full of gold and jewels to any one that would take charge of her son. with her child in her arms. and terror contrasted with the . holding her child clasped tightly to her bosom. awaited their doom in a state of stupid insensibility. some of them stripped themselves of part of their clothes. was to establish a communication with the land by means of a life-line almost the last resort for passing between the shore and a stranded vessel. at the foot of a perpendicular cliff. touching or awful episodes rose in relief if one may so express it. wrapped in a cloak. might not see the awful approach of death. These cries. Here and there. . copper-colored complexion. with his feet resting Suddenly. prepared to meet death with stoical indifference. women knelt down uttering horrible imprecations. to beg them to save her boy. Some. with shiny black hair. The captain of the "Black Eagle. pale as a spectre. perceiving the young . had in vain addressed herself to several of the mariners. to pray there. holding by the remnant of a spar. from this dark and gloomy back- ground of despair. for before them a tremendous sea broke on jagged rocks.194 THE WANDERING JEW almost certain. others hid their faces in their hands. who. The deck was covered with passengers. Others wrung their hands in despair. and tears. A young man of about eighteen or twenty." standing on the poop. A stern and silent resignation of the sailors. he leaned his back against the bulwarks. the unhappy against one of the bulkheads. that they young mother. and clinging convulsively to the shrouds.

and encourage others. pointing to the One might almost have taken him for an angel. to which he held on by means of some remaining cordage. A grim. large blue eyes. and bathed it with her tears. the nearer the ship came to the breakers. sent sky. and lifted her child towards him with The young man took it. and pointed to the furious waves but. The more the danger augmented. and serenity. was impressed a calm and sacred intrepidity. Further on. there was another being. similar to that in Mrhich soldiers carry their leave of absence. in language full of unction. at least die with them. He wore only a shirt and linen drawers: from his neck was suspended. one would have supposed him unaware or . and. or to a collision with the steamer. this man looked down upon the terrible scene that was passing on the deck. wild joy lighted up his countenance of a dead yellow. mournfully shook his head. as if to thank God for having called him to one of those formidable trials in which the man of humanity and courage may devote himself for his brethren. seized the hand of the youth. another passenger of the "Black Eagle. tenderness. he appeared to promise that he would at least try to save it. a cylindrical tin box. threw herself on her knees before him. he went — from one to the other. and ineffable charity. Strange contrast not far from this young man's angelic beauty. mild features. Applying himself to comfort the most desponding. he raised to heaven his restrial thought On . He wore a black cassock and white neck-band. his fine. One would hardly have given him five-and-twenty years of age. His long. in a mad transport of hope. down to render less cruel the strokes of inexorable fate. with a meaning gesture. a religious abstraction from every terfrom time to time. indifferent to the perils that he shared. who resembled an evil ! spirit ! Boldly mounted on what was left of the bowsprit. . Then the young mother.THE WANDERING JEW man 195 ivith the copper-colored complexion. a burst of inexpressible agony. fair locks fell in curls on either side of his angelic countenance. that tint peculiar to those who spring from the union of the white race with the East. love. if not able to rescue them at all. beaming with gratitude. by a cord. and spoke to them pious words of hope and resignation to hear him console some." seemed animated by sentiments of the most active pity.

which would probably cause the two vessels to founder before even they touched the rocks the more did the in- — — fernal joy of this passenger reveal itself in frightful transHe seemed to long. and every time bore away with them some fresh victims. a tall old man. At the moment when. dripping with water. half enveloped in a pelisse of reindeer-skin. the terror. as it were. the broadside of the steamer was turned towards the bows of the ship. as though they expected to be saved by the intervention of some supernatural power. far from being lost in pressed close to each other terror. for ports. These girls. had lashed himself to a stanchion. sus. the moment when the work of destruction should be acTo see him thus feasting with avidity on all complished. this large opening. had also carried away nearly the whole of the bulwarks on that side the waves." driven by the wind and waves. they raised their eyes to heaven. Siberian dog. one group was especially worthy of the most tender and painful interest. These passengers were no longer numerous. frightful shriek of horror and despair. fallow. A . entering every instant by . was heard suddenly above the roar of the tempest. one might have taken him for the apostle of one of those sanguinary deities. two girls of fifteen or sixteen. in barbarous countries. remained.l96 THE WANDERING JEVv which she was now rapidly approaching a terrible collision. stood close to their feet. Amongst the passengers. whilst he clasped in his arms. swept the decks with irresistible violence. came so near the "William Tell" that the passengers on the deck of the nearly dismantled steamer were visible from the first-named vessel. the latter. by winding a piece of rope round his body. clasped in the arms of the old man. who. also but. and held fast to his breast. who seemed only to have escaped this danger to be hurled against the rocks. which stove in the paddle-box and broke one of the paddles. with ferocious impatience. or crushed in the encounter of the two vessels. and the despair of those around him. full of confidence and ingenuous hope. raised by the passengers of both vessels. The heavy sea. lifted to a prodigious height on a mountain of water. with bald forehead and gray moustache. Taking refuge abaft. and barking furiously at the waves. the agony. By this time the "Black Eagle. A large. preside over murder and carnage. plunging deeply between two waves.

together. There are sights of so sublime a horror. ready to cast himself into the sea to save some victim. striving to make their way to the reefs along the shore. swift as thought. Thus. waving locks bent over the prow of the ship. at the risk of being crushed to death by the shock of the furious after. struck down by the fall of Soon all disappeared a plank. . the A few moments — breakers. ina cry of agony stantly foundered. seemed to invoke him as their expected Saviour. when the "Black Eagle. prayer. as if by a flash of lightning. To the dreadful crash of the two great bodies of hands clasped in A wood and iron." the young man with the angelic countenance and fair. lay helpless on the deck. on which he looked down from the summit of the immense wave. one loud cry was added and death the cry of a hundred human creatures swallowed — once by the waves up And then — nothing more was at ! — visible ! fragments of the two vessels appeared in the trough of the sea. in approaching shipwreck. which splintering against one another. and on the caps of the waves with here and there the contracted arms." in the midst of a cloud of boiling foam. The features of the young man were expressive for the maidens with their of sudden and profound pity . the livid and despairing faces of some unhappy wretches. Yet. and gazed on him with a sort of ecstacy and religious homage For a second. was about to crash down upon the "William Tell. he perceived on board the steamer. the looks of those three beings met. Suddenly.THE WANDERING JEW 197 pended over the "William Tell. The old man. They appeared to recognize him. one catches sometimes a momenillumined. ! spite of the in spite of the horrors of the tempest." poised aloft by the flood. tary glimpse of a picture. in the midst of these catastrophes. that it is impossible to describe them. fearful mass of water dashed the "Black Eagle" down upon the "William Tell. the two girls extending their « arms towards him in supplication. rapid and fleeting." during the second which preceded the shock of the two vessels.

for. it he found nobody there. it was with marked satisfaction that he thus communed with himself "All goes well. the time approaches when we shall have no more need to fear her. the bailiff was gone to the sea-shore. Having placed the casket upon a table. When he entered Under his arm he held a casket. THE SHIPWRECK. The course of all such gross and stupid women is . to render help to those of the passengers who might escape from the inevitable shipwreck. I will answer for the result. independent characters are at it must be so. Rodin returned to the chamber commonly occupied by the bailiff. just then. the bailiff is sure to act for us between what the fool calls his conscience. conducted by Catherine to the Green Chamber. Her fate will be a cruel one. who : appears to guess instinctively what it is impossible she should know. very indif- ferent to the fate of the shipwrecked persons. Rodin. Those proud. his having been here twenty years will prevent all suspicion — — . have him because he will serve us better than a stranger. While After passing two hours in this apartment. M. Once in the hands of our man at Roiville. and the dread of being at his age I wish to deprived of a livelihood. with silver fastenings. had there found the articles that he was to take with him to Paris. he was under the influence of the most agreeable thoughts. for one must always be on guard against the diabolical spirit of that Adrienne de Cardoville. a room which opened upon a long gallery. whilst one end of a large red morocco portfolio projected from the breast-pocket of his half-buttoned great coat. Had the cold and livid countenance of the Abbe d'Aigrigny's secretary been able to express joy otherwise than by a sarcastic smile. Fortunately. on the part of that dull and narrow-minded woman.198 THE WANDERING JEW CHAPTER XXV. which alone absorbed the attention of the inhabitants of the Castle. his features would have been radiant with delight. almost black from age. he will not hesitate. It was prudent to keep these papers here till this moment. all times our natural enemies they are so by their very essence how much more when they show themselves As for La Sainte-Copeculiarly hurtful and dangerous! lombe.

then goes well. of General Simon will he detained at Leipsic for at least a month longer. I very much regretted that my age and weakness did not permit me to assist your excellent husband. I also regret not being able to wait for the issue of his exertions. All our foreign relations are " As for our internal affairs in the best condition. "Now. if once he thinks he can be of any service. I will see about it directly. "I have here at hand my hot heaven grant it may all be of use!" linen. they serve the devil. my moments are precious. my cordials impatiently . or I must have received letters from Batavia. the 13th of . Rodin was interrupted in the current of his reflections by the entrance of Madame Dupont who was zealously engaged in preparations to give assistance in case of need. "light a fire in the next room put this warm wine there your master may be in . so imprudent. in riper years. and excellent judgment. my dear madam. will make us an excellent college." "Well. sir. from All its isolated position. — The daughters every minute. good Madame Dupont." said Rodin to her. his situation as " bailiff of the estate "One word." resumed Catherine. without news from Joshua evidently. sir." You are a dear." "Well. in their old ai^e. He is so courageous. and to wish him joy if successful for I am unfortunately compelled to depart. ." "Courageous even to imprudence." said she to the servant. they are horribly afraid of him and this fear must continue till she has left us the Chateau de Cardoville. — "We may at least hope so. Here M." — "Yes. my dear madam. "do they hope to save any of these poor creatures?" "Alas! I do not know. "I do not like that. I have put your husband in the way to keep. I am terribly uneasy on his account. they make others serve him. if he will. February approaches.Tin: WANDERING JEW 199 traced beforehand: in their youth. My husband has been gone nearly two hours. woman of sense. As for the affair of the medals. my Now "Is it possible? What gratitude do we not owe you I . I shall be much obliged if you will have the carriage got ready." said Rodin to himself. which. Prince Djalma is still kept prisoner by the English in the heart of India.

"There I have thee. missus he is alone. longer. only three?" said Catherine. I ran on before to console my wife. on two little conditions "If there were a hundred. "And where are these who could "They interesting sufferers. indeed parts. Only." of "Yes. sir. Think what we should be without this place pen- — — ! niless —absolutely ! — penniless ." . !" "I reckon upon you then for the interest of your husband. you will try to persuade him. my moment three saved. my dear sir?" not avoid remaining a few instants are mounting the cliffs. my dear. As First of clothes." " "You are too good. "Up least to the present "God be praised." cried a servant. "Quite alone. "at your efforts will not have been all in vain. we should gladly accept them." "Missus I say. "I have been so uneasy his !" wife. A his in by his gaiters were covered with chalky stains. which was knotted under his chin ." "Ah." few moments after. and to take the necessary measures for their reception. "Has he many with him?" "No. other parts of the coast. Dupont !" said Rodin — . ." all." "Three.200 THE WANDERING JEW this place Without life?" what would become of us at our time of "I have only saddled my promise with two conditions mere trifles he will explain all that to you. rushing into the chamber. . "Gracious heaven!" "I only speak of those I saw myself. the shore is not equally steep in all asked Rodin. sir we shall regard you as our deliverer. M. he had tied it down to his head means of his cravat." "Alone! alone?" ! . happily." dear M. missus here's master come back. supported by our people. near the little creek Let us hope there may be more saved on Goelands. they cannot walk very fast. my dear love !" cried tenderly embracing him. Dupont entered the room clothes were streaming with water to keep his hat on the midst of the storm. you must get ready some women's the persons saved?" "There is then a woman amongst . missus.

I was telling you that the person who saved these young girls was a hero and certainly his courage was beyond anything one could have imagined. little things!" said Rodin. Well. and arrived at the foot of the cliff near the little creek of Goelands. but still with an air of . "only one in the habit of seeing them could tell the difference." Rodin generally maintained a very stooping posture but at these last words of the bailiff. we descended the little winding path. he drew himself up suddenly. he said to him in a slightly agitated voice." resumed the bailiff. no doubt." "I'll not refuse. the tip of his little finger to the corner of his right eye. these symptoms would have appeared of little consequence. after being is withdrawn from tha "Dear children! quite touching!" said M. In any other person. "One of the poor things." some it one. raising. whilst a faint color spread itself over his livid cheeks. they announced no ordinary excitement. in a swoon. Rodin. When I left here with the men of the farm. what should we find there? Why. for I am almost frozen to death. — placed there by sea." "Twin-sisters. Approaching the bailiff.THE WANDERING JEW 201 years of age at — "There are two or sixteen the most — mere children —and so pretty girls fifteen !" "Poor interest." said Madame Dupont. which was very seldom visible. . as though they had been . "What struck me was their great resemblance to each other. but in Rodin. "held between her clasped hands a little bronze medal. with an affectation of to !" "The person whom " they owe their lives is with them. and take some of Just slip on this dry this hot wine. which was suspended from her neck by a chain of the same material. warm dressing-gown. and their bodies resting against a rock. as usual. You are wet through. He is a real hero "A hero?" "Yes. the two young girls I spoke of. with their feet still in the water. as though to dry a tear. only fanc\ "You can tell me all this by and by. fortunately somewhat sheltered from the waves by five or six enormous masses of rock stretching out into the sea." continued the bailiff. accustomed for long years to control and dissimulate his emotions.

. could those sisters be amongst the number of shipwrecked passengers ? How could they have escaped from the prison at Leipsic? How did it happen.202 THE WANDERING JEW Did you see indifference: "It was doubtless a pious relic. But how indifferent to this conversation. Rodin. The two girls. were swallowed up in the one fact: "the daughters of Gen- . which he was trying to climb. It was of him I spoke "As they had to a place . While we were busy about this. what was inscribed on this medal?" "No. who had just been saved. only increased upon reflection. which offered themselves in crowds to the mind of M. were fifteen years of age were dressed in mourning were so like. you say?" "So like. . and had actually gone back amongst the rocks and breakers but his strength failed him. we carried them further on where the sand was quite dry. not content with having saved by his admirable courage. two young — dung. . for. that one might be taken for the other one of them wore round her neck a chain with a bronze medal he could scarcely doubt that they were the daughters of General Simon. were like one another —very in that one would hardly know which was which." "And the two young much like. I did not think of girls it." "He must indeed be a fine fellow !" said Catherine. and. for he was clean worn out. he would certainly have been washed away from the ridge to which he I when the talked of a hero girls . or had they been set at liberty? How was it possible that he should not be apprised of such an event? But these secondary thoughts. clinging to it by one hand we ran to him. Rodin. without the aid of our men. with another wiping "Alas! orphans so young!" said her eyes. for said Probably they mourning. sir. we saw the head of a man appear from behind one of the rocks. mourning?" M. seemed quite The dismay and stupor. Madame Dupont. in which he had been plunged. and luckily in the nick of time. orphans. that he had not been informed of it? Could they have fled. with his head bowed upon his breast. Rodin. fainted away. he had attempted to rescue a third person. ." are in they are dressed "Oh! dressed start. and fell exhausted into the arms of our men.

His . for he had curling locks. and without remarking M. and. sweet face." black worsted stockings "Why. was to see the do. it is our shipwrecked guests !" The bailiff and his wife ran to the door of the room that whilst Rodin. . and packages. full Though he was countenance of twenty-five years of age. they fell sobbing into each other's arms." "Besides. though the ship was English. it was certainly not a sailor's dress. as I hope. walking with great difficulty. they threw themselves at his feet." "What a dreadful thing it is! How many poor creatures must have perished !" quitted the rocks. only lighted on one side by several windows. and they and if. in 'thing on but his shirt. for he speaks our language as well as we I "When resumed the bailiff. they are to be brought here. three persons. and seemed to Then look up to him and thank him. "you are expecting no doubt Ikto see a Hercules? well. and the intrepid young man to whom they owed Rose and Blanche were on either side of their their lives. they cast their eyes around them. as if in search of some other person. As soon as they saw him. Rodin's absence of mind. when they came to themselves. From the end of the darksome gallery. having exchanged a few words. besides fragments of the wrecks. maidens. and light. who. I believe my hero is a Frenchman. and a pair of which struck me as singular. any will remain all day on the look-out more should escape with life. — His plan. touching picture soon presented it-elf to his view. black knee-breeches. awaited with angry impatience is the sound of voices ! — — — the arrival of the strangers. he is altogether the reverse. which opened on the long gallery convulsively his flat nails. the juvenile this man made him appear younger. — — What brought the tears to my eyes. advanced slowly. so speak of the deliverer of these young girl addressing his wile. the sea had already cast ashore seven dead bodies. as one would pray. is almost a boy in look. young girls. I left him a cloak to cover him. supported himself lightly A on their arms. with fair. biting door. Simon are here !" was thus entirely destroyed. conducted by a This group consisted of the two peasant.THE WANDERING JEW eral 203 laboriously laid. deliverer. I spoke to some of the coast-guard. "When we But surely that yes.

a narrow cicatrix. in our days. soldiers. by one of these young and valiant missionaries. to try and propagate their faith. obscure and unknown. in the midst of the solitudes of the two worlds And for these humble soldiers of the cross. and rendered still more visible by the effect of the cold. two or three years ago. How many of them. with which he had been covered. the priest attached to the He foreign mission. there are still martyrs. go to all parts of the world. have perished. from eyes limpid and blue as those of an archangel. if he now walked with so much difficulty. streamed wet ana smooth over the collar of a large brown cloak. in our days. the adopted son of Dagobert's wife.* * always remember with emotion the end of a letter written. and (still more sad!) his hands had been his feet had suffered the cruelly pierced by a crucifixion same injury and. of a martyr for a blood-red halo already encircled that beauteous head. Yes. from a wound inflicted many months before. who have nothing but their faith and their intrepidity. fair hair. there is never reserved on their return (and they seldom ! — do return) the rich and sumptuous dignities of the church. or of a martyr ascended to the skies. the We . because it is courageous and sincere. the children of the people for it is almost always amongst them that heroic and disinterested devotion may still be found the children of the people. as he struggled over — ! ! — — the sharp rocks. they die forgotten. was a priest and martyr for. appeared to encompass his fair forehead with a purple band. This young man was Gabriel. mild face. Yes. as pure as the most ideal creations of Raphael's pencil for that divine artist alone could have caught the melancholygrace of those exquisite features. It would be difficult to describe the adorable expression of goodness in his pale. the serenity of that celestial look. Piteous sight to see just above his light eyebrows. as in the time when the Caesars flung the early Christians to the lions and tigers of the circus. parted on the forehead. victims of some barbarous tribe.204 THE WANDERING JEW long. Never does the purple or the mitre conceal their scarred brows and mutilated limbs like the great majority of other . and brave both torture and death with the most — — — unpretending valor. it was that his wounds had reopened. led by an honorable conviction.

and they ar carrying him on a litter made of branche .— E. and. are only the more touching from their very simphcitv. . Just then "Sir sir good news a farm-boy entered the room. was essential to the success of Rodin's projects. : ! '! . The bailiff and his wife. hastening towards "There is one who can walk. are they?" asked the bailiff. addressed from the centre of A-ia to P"->r peasants in a let of France. their laces were deadly pale. and the soldier had been carried away by a retreating wave. and is following behind me with Justin the other was wounded against the rocks. they tremhled hoth from agitation and cold. my dear mother Pray for me. "Blessing and praise to God for it !" said the missionary. "I will run and have him placed in the room below. The sight of Gabriel was a fresh surprise for Rodin. approached them with eagerness. . was a little softened." words. tunately the strength of both had failed. It must not be forgotten. with sad. caused by the view of General Simon's daughters. on the 13th of February. they say there is much danger where I am now •ell all our good neighbors that I think of them very often. and felt themselves ahle to ascend the cliffs. who were greatly moved at sight of the orphans. that the presence of Gabriel in Paris. and he felt so much joy in beholding the missionary safe after such imminent peril. and expressive of deep grief : the marks of recent tears were on their cheeks. the daughters of General on. that they should never again see Dagobert. would not leave to any other person the care of sustaining the faltering steps of him who had rescued them from certain death. that the painful impression. and thus concluded his letter "Adieu. who had retired on one side. The hlack garments of Rose and Blanche streamed with water. to assist him to climh the rocks. as soon as they recovered their senses after the shipwreck. in order to observe all but this surprise was of so pleasant a nature. S. He was writing to his mother from the heart of Japan." said son of poor parents in Beauce. downcast eyes. as the agonizing thought recurred to them. their friend and guide for it was to him that Gahriel had stretched forth a Unforhelping hand. crying two more saved from the wreck 1" — : ! ! "Where the door.THE WANDERING JEW 205 Tn their ingenuous gratitude.

and said to him in Franch. falling back in "M. In spite of the observations of the bailiff's wife. THE WANDERING JEW as he went out. licked their hands. and had not yet perceived Rodin. "M. his head fell backward. when he had clasped the orphans in his arms. was leaning upon a chair. Rodin!" exclaimed surprise. who man.206 the bailiff. by another peasant. and . he took such great strides. who was carried fainting into an adjoining apartment. the missionary. in a voice of thunder for. who had just bor- "What does that man say?" cried Rodin. you can look to the young ladies. pointing to some one who came rapidly along the gallery "when he heard that the two young ladies were safe in the chateau though he is old. Rodin's face was again violently contracted. when Rose and Blanche. and he would have sunk down altogether. His first word was to ask for you. flew to the door. trousers. springing up by a common impulse." asked the the shipwrecked man who can walk where is he?" bailiff's wife. but for the care of the peasants. at the name of Djalma." : new personage. At sight of the soldier." Hardly had the peasant pronounced these words. and." said the peasant. "Catherine. and extended his arms to the daughters of General Simon while Spoil-sport. "Here he is. This rowed a smock-frock and a pair of A now dead yellow complexion. worn out with fatigue. approached the missionary. But the emotion was too much for Dagobert." cried the other shipwrecked person. that it was all I could do to get here before him. running to them. and wounded in the head. accompanied pointed out Gabriel to him. but with a foreign accent "Prince Djalma has just been brought in here. Rodin. a man with a entered the room. on their state of weakness and agitation. unable to utter a syllable. — Dagobert. two young girls insisted on accompanying Dagobert. fell on his knees at the threshold. for he had till then believed that the guide of General Simon's daughters was dead. the . The soldier. They arrived there at the same moment as "And — . The missionary. he had sprung with one bound to Gabriel's side. .

addressing Rodin "here. and Rodin sank confounded into a chair. and being likely to remain for some time. Van Dael.' where I met Prince Djalma." answered the other. and from thence my intention was to proceed to France. where I then was the ship that brought me . ous tone. not unmixed with '"What did that man say to you?'* repeated Rodin. WANDERING JEW his eve fixed 207 from that moment. The man with the sallow complexion still lingered in a corner o* the room. This new shock had completely paralyzed his thoughts. This man was Faringhea. and in which we have just been wrecked. unperceived by Rodin." Rodin did not care to interrupt Gabriel. "You " have no orders to give me? "Will you be able to leave this place in two or three hours. on the correspondent "You an here. I embarked on board the 'Black Eagle. but they will not be mortal. while the missionary went out with the peasant. the half-caste. We were bound to Portsmouth. This :hed at the Azores. sir?" said Gabriel." said Gabriel. he said to Gabriel "Can you tell me who this '" Prince Djalma is "A young man as good as brave the son of an East : ? — Indian king. in a quick. notwithstanding your fatigue?" be necessary— yes. one of the threi chiefs of the Stranglers. is another saved. Rodin with air of deference. approaching fear. "Did he not utter the name of Prince Djalma ?" "Yes." Then. submissively. he kept of M. turning towards the other shipwrecked man. you see. said the missionary. the missionary said to him with anxious interest: '"flow is the Prince? are hi^ wounds dangerous?'' "They are serious contusions. dispossessed of his territory by the English. imperi- "I will go see him. which he knows beforehand to be vain. At length. sir. "Heaven be praised!" .THF. from Charlestown having been obliged to put in there. on account of serious damage." Gabriel only bowed in reply. like a man who catches at a last hope." necessary. Prince Djalma was one of the pa board the English ship. Having escaped the pursuit of the "If it "It is . You will go with me. in an excited tone." observed Rodin. which came from Alexandria." "So much the better.

203 THE WANDERING JEW had killed soldiers in the ruins of Tchandi. too severely hurt to be carried upstairs. as The most profound they wash heavily the shore. much !" And alarmed trembled Faringhea. Djalma. Joshua Van Dael to Rodin. . starting. laying his hand familiarly who on quietly approached him and his shoulder. Paris?" "Nothing now. once more. did not perceive the half-caste. the other. after his escape (which we shall explain by and by). he had not been seen by Djalma and the latter. when he met him on shipboard. ing mother had placed her child in his arms. as also of the letter by which the smuggler was to have been received as passenger on board the "Ruyter. who scarcely anything. and nothing is heard from afar but the hoarse murmur of the waves. and when thrown upon the rocks. CHAPTER XXVI. and raising his "Your name "Yes. he was almost . Rue du : Milieu-des-Ursins. he Mahal the Smuggler. had quailed before the dark look and retiring. his countenance of a livid hue. He had failed in the attempt to snatch this unfortunate infant from certain death. treated him during the voyage as a fellow-countryman. brother But." When Faringhea left the hut in the ruins of Tchandi. a weepin a room below. What do you want?" live in the "You "Yes. grim visage of the Strangler. and robbed him of the despatches written by M. not knowing that he . belonged to the sect of Phansegars. what do you want?" hereafter. biting his nails to the quick in silent rage. silence reigns throughout Cardoville House. has remained At the moment of the shipwreck. The tempest has lulled by degrees. at at with slow steps. Rodin. but his generous devotion had hampered his move* ments. with his eye fixed and haggard. THE DEPARTURE FOR PARIS. is Rodin?" repeated Faringhea. left Rodin what had passed for this man. . Dagobert and the orphans have been lodged in warm and comfortable apartments on the first-floor of the chateau. said to him: "Your name is Rodin?" "What now?" asked head abruptly.

he has fallen asleep in a large. and now curled naturally round his neck and shoulders the paleness of his complexion was the more striking. and the two sisters entered timidly. his irresistible propensity to bite all the white horses he has met with. to lie down and warm himself at the hearth. by the side of which the missionary is sleeping. completely screened him from view but the orphans. feeling still some uneasiness with respect to Dagobert. that he thinks habitually of poor old Jovial unless we recognize as a token of remembrance on his part. not daring to advance or recede. J I \\ 209 Faringhea. with his nose resting on his outstretched paws. Spoil-sport. he enjoys a feeling of perfect comfort and repose. . . Presently one of the doors of the chamber opened. they saw Gabriel fast asleep. of whom they could make further inquiries about him. has reascended to the chamber allotted to him. remains to watch over him. and stood still in confusion. We will not venture to affirm. thought it was Dagobert reposing there. high-backed arm-chair. who has been able to convince him of his affection. he has not gone to bed.THE WANDERING dashed to pieces. but. having dried his clothes. placed in front of a bright coal-lire. for fear of waking him. His apartment is situated near those occupied by Dagobert and the two sisters. though before. Gabriel. after administering consolation to Djalma. still they hoped to meet some one belonging to the chateau. expressed a profound melancholy. though the bailitT's wife. To their great astoni>hment. seeing their canine friend lying quietly at . The high back of the old-fashioned arm-chair. faithful to the promise he made to Rodin. and hastened towards him on tip-toe. his feet. probably quite at his ease in so respectable a dwelling. to be ready to set out in two hours. after so many perils by land and sea. had returned again to tell them that the village doctor found nothing serious in the hurt of the old soldier. he was the most inoffensive of dogs with regard to horses of every color. There. they had risen and dressed themselves. either caused by the infill. after showing them to their room. light hair of the missionary was no longer wet. fi the contrast afforded by the deep purple of the damask His beautiful countenance covering of the arm-chair. ever since the death of his venerable companion. has quitted the door of Rose and Blanche's chamber. The long. in which Gabriel was sleeping. Awake for some minutes.

" dreams." "And these other marks on his hands?" "If he has been wounded." our dreams his countenance shone with light. blushed simultaneously. and seemed endowed with an inexpressible charm. who. how can he be an archangel?" "Why not. "He sleeps. you know it dazzled us to look at him. sister? If he received those wounds in pre! venting evil." we durst not do so. which revealed themselves without his knowledge when he was Notwithstanding this appearance of bitter grief. young girls cast down their eyes. had he then that bright red scar round his forehead ?" "Oh." "And he has not failed us." "What a pity that he does not open his eyes!" "Their expression is so good. no we should have certainly perceived it." "That was because he came then from heaven. it seems to me. or else that he was in the habit of keeping down. for hither." replied Blanche." this "Without him. and exchanged anxious glances. his .210 THE WANDERING JEW ence of some painful dream. him well." "Not as it was in the prison at Leipsic. when awake. sister. during night. for nothThe two ing is more touching than suffering goodness. that in morning. in coming from the sea "Look! what a sweet countenance!" "He is just the same as we saw him in our "When he promised he would protect us. he is visible. were about to perish?" "You are right. making a sign of caution "we shall now be able to observe Bleeping." that dark "And so —he has again rescued us. some sad regrets. we should have perished "And yet." "Yes." said Rose in a low voice. like us. it would be less noble. "So much the better." "And then he had not so sad a mien. sister." "Yes. sister. features preserved their character of angelic sweetness." "But here. at least. now he is upon earth. or in helping the unfortunate. so tender!" . also in a whisper. as if to point out to each other the slumbering missionary." "But. If he did not run any danger for those he protects.

for he recognized the young girls he had saved." — — ." was now Gabriel's turn to blush. —when you came from our mother. "Who his head. and their young bosoms heaved gently beneath their black dresses. one to the right the other young priest. unable to comprehend the words of the orphans. "You are right. we have not forgotten "Who told it you?" "Yourself. holding each other by the hand. It is as if some happiness were going . to the left of the Turning their lovely faces ! It was a charming picture. "Oh." my sisters?" said the missionary. well suited to their youthful appearance: "Gabriel speak to us of our mother!" On this appeal. having approached the arm-chair on tip-toe." "But in our dreams?" "Yes do you not remember? in our dreams. and. and raising is Blanche and Rose. they said in a low whisper. beheld those two beauteous faces turned towards him." "If we were to pray to him to speak to us?" The orphans looked doubtingly at each other. my sisters!" said he to them "you should kneel only unto God." "It It . between sleep and waking. rousing himself. and heard two gentle voices repeat his name." "Oh. it seems. sister! our hearts beat so!" said Blanche. that Rose felt exactly as she did. sweet voice. believing "And yet it rightly. the missionary gave a slight start." "But now we arc alone. down with clasped hands. seems to do us good. and were soon beside him." it!" "I?" "Yes "I. "You are mistaken. Let us kneel down to him. said the missionary with a smile. towards him. to befall us. still in a state of semi-consciousness. halfopened his eyes. "Rise. with charming simplicity a bright glow suffused their cheeks. by the way?" "We were not alone with him he did not like to do so. Jl \V 21\ •''Why did he not speak of our mother. calls me?" said he." knelt The sisters. 2 saw you to-day for the first time. with a soft. "You know my name.THE WANDERING ." The orphans obeyed.

when we were not able to see you ?" ." added he. Look Gabriel could not help smiling at the simplicity of Rose and Blanche. "I !" and other but you would thus have come to our help. we had hardly to that of "What any fear. and Dagobert made his appearance. it is twice blessed. my sisters. taking them "dreams." "Angels are not visible?" said the orphans. looking sorrowfully at each other. I could not. in that dark night. sent by our mother from heaven to protect us. affectionately by the hand come from above. I am only a poor priest. At this moment a door opened. because he loved us. have let you out of prison. my sisters it pleased heaven to send me to your assistance. with a benevolent smile. Tell me." "Was it not you. Since the remembrance of your mother was mixed up with this dream. I was coming from America. and whom you could not see in any other manner for angels are not visible to mortal — — — eye. he repeated: "In your dreams?" "Certainly when you gave us such good advice. although he would not believe in angels. that I bear some resemblance to the angel you have seen in your dreams." "And this morning. your wox'ds. who expected him to remember a dream of theirs." "And when we were so sorrowful in prison." "This morning yes. in their innocent ambition to be protected by an archangel. therefore. our old friend?" "We told him. during the tempest. It is by mere chance. consoled us. "No matter.Zl2 THE WANDERING JEW first "In Germany—three months ago. like everything else. but I have never been in Leipsic. and gave us courage. which we remembered." . my dear sisters. Up to this time. no doubt." "Because we expected you. "for whom do you take me?" "For a good angel. that you would love him." time. growing more and more perplexed. who delievered us from the prison at Leipsic." said Gabriel." "My dear sisters. the orphans. had quite forgotten the circumstance that Dagobert's wife had adopted a for- . for the at us well. whom we have seen already in dreams.

and now wore a black bandage. the young priest had fruitlessly endeavored to come to his aid. This surprise was natural. and added to the natural grimness of his features. was not dangerous. and vainly striving to cling to the rocks. — "How told us it is your wound?" asked Rose. who had risen from his seat. but whose countenance he could not well distinguish. tossed about by the waves. it is only a blank wound. And when. In the midst of the storm. The soldier. I could not have more wrappings. to cast a suspicious glance at the missionary. as we have already stated. and to cover him with filial caresses His anger was soon dissipated by these marks of affection. after the shipwreck. can you he so unreasonable at your ag "Well. "No." "They "Does it still pain?" added Blanche. and " I have a good mind to And therewith the soldier rai one of his hands to the bandage. the surgeon of the village would band me up in this manner. emotion. drawing the sisters to one end of the "How — . entering the room. he fell. who was called Gabriel. he was not a little On surprised to see a stranger holding the hands of Rose and Blanche familiarly in his own.Till: WANDERING JEW 213 saken child. and who was now a and missionary. well! don't scold! I will do what you wish. at the moment when. though obstinate in maintaining that his hurt \ a blank wound reneral Simon to use a term of was had allowed it to be carefully dressed by the surgeon of the village. "Will you leave that alone?" cried Rose catching his arm. at beholding a stranger so familiar with Rose and Blanche. gray brows. which concealed one priest i > : 1 1 i < half of his forehead. from time to time. children. for Dagobert did not know that the missionary had saved the lives of the orphans. the soldier had only seen Gabriel very imperfectly. Dagobert had found the orphans in safety beneath the roof of the Manor House. caused by fatigue. If my head was carbonadoed with sabre cuts. and keep it on." Then. anxiously. having snatched the sisters from certain death. and had attempted to save his also. though he continued. but the sisters ran to throw themselves into his arms. into a swoon. They will take me for an old milksop. and the effects of his wound so that he had again no opportunity of observing the features of the missionary. The veteran began to frown from beneath his black bandage and thick.

whilst he looked at the young from the corner of his eye: "Who is that gentleman who was holding your hands when I came in? He has very much the look of a curate. my strength failed me. "we must have perished this morning in the shipwreck. "It is our guardian angel. But what heart and courage !" added the soldier. • your aid also?" "Gabriel !" said Dagobert interrupting Blanche." resumed Blanche. we should not now be here to kiss you. "A priest of the foreign missions." "Gabriel !" repeated the soldier. and gazing full at the missionary. "our Gabriel came to . joyfully. you must be on your guard because "He?" cried both sisters at once." "What's that?" cried the soldier. turning towards Gabriel. suddenly drawing up his tall figure." " "Ah it is he. sir. and I had the anguish to see you fall back into the sea. with increasing astonishment. "And a priest !" added he. who Dagobert could say no more." cried Blanche. he cried: "Stop when I was trying to cling to a rock. "Is your name Gabriel?" "Yes. was it not you that held out Yes that light hair that youthful your hand to me? countenance yes it was certainly you now I am sure of ! — — — — — it!" "Unhappily." "I can say nothing more in the way of thanks than what I have already said. "Without him. ! : — includes everything!" Then. with admiration "and so young." who brought you up?" asked the soldier. with touching simplicity. he said to them in a low voice. sir. my " children. as if struck with a sudden recollection. with such a girlish look !" "And so. "in preserving these children you have done more for me than if you had saved my own life. "Who— . . he ran to the missionary. more and more surprised. With swelling heart.214 THE WANDERING JEW priest room. "Without him. I owe you I feel what a debt that the lives of these two children. I will not say more because it service lays upon me. You see. offered him both his hands. and addressing himself to the priest." said Rose. and exclaimed in a tone of gratitude impossible to describe "Sir. so as not to be carried away by the waves. and tears in his eyes." answered Dagobert.

. was a reason for it. is too much!" to proceed his feelings stifled his fell back exhausted in a chair. "Yes." Then." after all thou has done for "Does my adopted mother know of your return?" asked Gabriel. but -aid that I should come alone It by and by. from the most admirable far from his devotion. which I will explain Does she still live in the Rue Brise-Miche? was there Agricola was born." "No." The veteran was unable words. with : THE WANDERING JEW and generous woman. sir. is even now passing his life in exile wife far from his son. then they — happines-'" cried Rose. mv brave bov give me vour hand !" We ! "Oh. and of their cried Dagobert. my dear brother for I am proud to " call him by that name "My Agricola! my wife! when did you leave them?" — — — — — — "What! is Oh I knew ! it possible! until You all the father of Agricola? I — not. addressing Gabriel. in a trembling voice. "It was. eh?" continued Dagobert. "But how do you know this?" "The wife of a soldier. "I wrote to her five months since. astonished in his turn. and treated me ever as her son." cried Gabriel. were excellent. "Our Gabriel is the same as yours what which related to the child named the wife of Dagobert had adopted. it is too much." . of a brave soldier who. anxious to escape from the praises of the soldier. have all our part in him.I revere as "An excellent for she had pity on me." "Frances Baudoin was it not?" said the soldier. whom also yielded to transports of innocent joy. "Yes. And now Rose and Blanche father's letter recalled to mind that portion Gabriel. clasping the gratitude that his hands together. three months ago. a deserted the best of mothers infant. my children! he belongs to you as well as to me. now. the soldier added with affectionate warmth: "Your hand. "Yes us!" — sir! you are too good it that's —thank to me! — me. "how are they? have you news of them?" "The accounts I received. "I knew not heaven !" owed to "And mv wife! mv child!" resumed Dagobert." answered Gabriel. there . "it . whom 215 — deep emotion.

! ! ask in return." "I was right in disliking the phiz of that man. pointing with a smile to Rose and Blanche. whose countenance he found singularly "What the mischief does he want?" repulsive. he added ' to : "A thousand pardons I shall be ready in a moment." "From prison! . he's in citizen's dress." not obliged to wear the ecclesiastical garb. which made the missionary start. in a tone of sorrowful constraint. These little ladies. will be a real treat for me." said a stern voice. by my "going the very instant we have just met? I have too much to tell you. stupefied with amazement." "What!" cried Dagobert. and to faith you shall not go. and there is no " provost-marshal in your troop. send him to the not hesitate a minute. for I cannot explain it to myself." answered Gabriel. whilst the dog uttered a deep growl. will make the journey together. He stood in the doorway leading to the His features were calm and impassive. darted a rapid. though." "In that case. piercing glance at the soldier and sisters. Then. and I should be still at Leipsic. very little prepossessed in favor of Rodin." "Your superior? —why. but he corridor. I wished it from the prison at Leipsic. by the Elbe and Hamburg. and I must obey him." he added." "It is We It impossible." muttered is "He . It was Rodin. she must have received write to her my letter. I would possible to remain. if it were "Believe me.116 THE WANDERING JEW still "She to lives there. No. Have you just come out of prison?" "Yes I come straight from Germany. turning to Rodin. I am waiting for you. "pretended to know more about it than I did." "What do you mean? Pray explain to me. and were continually repeating: "It was the angel that came to our assistance. They all turned round instantly. "I must go with him. but for an event which the Devil must have had a hand in a good sort of — devil. but was impossible. He is my superior." "Rubbish! since he is not in uniform. "Who is that man?" said Dagobert." "That would be difficult. Dagobert the good angel we told thee of though you said you would rather have Spoil-sport — — " defend us "Gabriel.

" "Well if it must be. not wishing." said Gabriel. to desert a fellow-coun- the Castle for Paris. conduct the reader to the residence of Dagobert"> wife. on the morrow of the day when the shipwrecked travellers were received in Cardoville House. for they tell me I can be in Paris by to-morrow evening. "( >ne must put a good face on bad fortune. But I say there seems to be a strict discipline with you fellows!" "Yes." said Dagobert. As soon as you arrive in Paris. "Adieu. . much moved. Agricola. my boy. I will come and see you. I have been a soldier. the The following scenes occur in Paris. my sisters!" said Gabriel and he left the room with Rodin. DAGOBERT \s WIFE. We now ******* CHAPTER XXVII. the day after to-morrow. "Come. shake hands and let's say farewell for the present. After all. So. Faringhea. my adopted mother." answered Gabriel. and my dear brother. 217 air Then he added. with an "Shall I tell him that he will of impatience and vexation: much oblige us by marching off by himself?" "I beg you not to do so. and with tears in their eyes. much annoyed. as less . Two hours after. and a stilled sigh. twenty-four hours will soon pass away. Dagobert and the orphans had quitted injured to proceed on his The half-caste. remained with the journey. and we set out almost immediately. sighing also. "it would be useI know my duty. in the Rue Brise-Miche." "Adieu! adieu!" replied the missionary. and know what subordination is. being still too knowing that Djalma was left at much tryman. whilst he returned the friendly pressure of the veteran's also — — — hand. and have no will but my superior's. Rue Brise-Miche. young prince. "Adieu.THE WANDERING JEW Dagobert between his teeth. he said. with a shudder. it is strict and severe. Gabriel !" added the orphans. not Cardoville. who had not lost a word or an incident of this — scene.

birds.biver. "you understand them enter No. sure "And when you see 'em enter so as to make quite " ." "And to give you steam. if possible— like important. muddy dilapidated walls. "Yes." room— little — girl. by the reddish light of the street lamp. . of the game. 5." said one. m the laini. humpbacked the Queen of -Yes—and you must try and find out her address also— for it is very from her humpbacked sister. one end of which leads little square of the Cloister. well—good luck the little passage next to the dyer's shop. "So. It was about eight o'clock in the evening. Merry and the other into the near the church. exchanged a few words together." to wat'ch in the street. ." ." two men separated. of a few straggling beams whilst. or rather alley— shut in between for it is not more than eight feet wide— is immense the excessive black. two men." cold. You are all about it. my boy! a distributor of chair at the church-door. till you see "All right!" answered the other. I will do my best with Humpy. stopping at enormous walls. hardly visible through the angle of one of those haze. the street. go up to Frances Baudoin's "Under the cloak of asking where the workwoman lives—the sister of that gay the Bacchanals. your return. a chilling fog. for the night is deucedly This morning the water friz on my "Don't mention it in my as stiff as a sprinkling-brush. air and light. you have the pickings Don't forget the . . hardly. to yourself easy learn where her sister hangs out. "I'll not refuse. I'll wait for you at the tavern and we'll have a go of hot wine on opposite the Cloister. winter. to you! "Well. and I turned Ah. holy water is not always upon roses'"^ " "Luckily. yes all right !" and the One proceeded to the Cloister Square the other towards "Make ! mummy . during the cold damps to penetrate everything. At this end. Women of her feather change their nests _ and we have lost track of her. which seems of this species hangs 'constantly above the miry pavement of oblong well.218 THE WANDERING JEW the aspect of the Rue Nothing can be more gloomy than into the Rue SaintBrise-Miche. during height of which excludes both is the sun able to throw into it the^longest days of the year.

THE WANDERING JEW the 219 led further end of the street. surrounded by several branches of consecrated box-tree. where it into the Rue This latter soon found the number of the Saint-Merry. trickled down the dark and filthy staircase. marbled with brown. single candle. from damp. The few openings. the brick floor. had preAt one end of this room was a served its natural color. 5 was. Up four flights of stairs was the lodging of Frances Baudoin. running upon an iron rod. a poor and wretched appearance. round iron stove. being now quite rotten. In this quarter. having. On the wooden table. the work of Agricola Baudoin. with a closet adjoining. the gloom and squalor of the interior cannot be described. not polished. stood a miniature house made of iron a masterpiece of patience and skill. Agricola occupied a garret in the roof. and unhealthy. Between the windows stood A . house he sought a tall. cut at rare intervals in the walls of the staircase. and was now lighted by a . which oozed from the wall. — If the exterior of these buildings was uninviting. tion was of the number. poor. painted yellow. On the second floor. and from the putrid exhalations of the drains. The house No. wife of Dagobert. cheerless. the deleterious vapors arising from his vats added to the stench of the whole building. with a large pot for culinary purposes. narrow building. The water. broken here and there by the cracks. such houses as these. which arose from want of air. dirty and dilapidated. It consisted of one room. like all the other houses in the street. plaster crucifix hung up against the wall. against which rested the bed scanty curtains. but often washed. the man commenced walking backwards and forwards in front of the door of No. a wisp of straw had been laid on the narrow landing-place. are generThe house in quesally inhabited by the working classes. . When he saw he was right. Dagobert's — son. concealed the windows. On the upper stories. only the feet on served to augment the sickening odor. one of the most populous in Paris. bore witness to the habits of the soldier's wife. for wiping but this straw. covered the crazy wall. in a special degree. very coarsely colored. several artisans lodged with their families. could hardly admit more than some faint rays of glimmering light. and various images of saints. or carried on their different trades. 5. A dyer occupied the ground floor. Old grayish paper.

she wore a close jacket of blue cotton. anticipated the strength of later life. completed the furniture of this room. with admirable devotion. and a work-table on which lay several bags of coarse. at all events. . Dagobert's wife was about fifty years of age. and. and had received such an . In her youth. Frances Baudoin. by sleepless nights and constant labor. one of those old walnut-wood presses. in bringing up not only her own son Agricola. with white flowers on it. but also Gabriel. was busied in preparing her son Agricola's evening meal. badly secured by a worm-eaten door. a few rush-bottomed chairs. and her strength nearly exhausted but. morover. resource but her labor. she had. Dagobert's wife occupied all to herself a room as large as those in which numerous families. At the end of these twelve years. or if the sheets and blankets . clean sheets. and accompanied by such privations as made it almost suicidal. Then (for it was a time of splendid wages. brown cloth. compared to the present). of whom. and expressive of It would have been diffiresignation and great kindness. it would not seem so to the greater number of artisans. rendered lucrative by the most violent exertions. With no cult to find a better. as it were. she had succeeded. . and a warm counterpane the old-fashioned press contained linen. and a a white handkerchief was tied round her stuff petticoat Her countenance was head. for the bed was supplied with two mattresses. a more courageous mother. and fastened under the chin. in the cold and damp weather. the poor deserted child. often live and sleep huddled together only too happy if the boys and girls can have separate beds. The adjoining closet contained a few kitchen and household utensils. by twelve years of incessant toil. curiously fashioned. seated beside the small stove. she had ventured to take charge. covered with green cotton velvet (Agricola's first present to his mother). by unwearied energy. and almost black with time an old arm-chair. belonging to honest and laborious workmen. her health was ruined. which.220 THE WANDERING JEW . she contrived to earn about two shillings (fifty sous) a day. the features regular. pale and meagre. her boys had wanted for nothing. yielded but little warmth. and with this she managed to educate her son and her adopted child. — are not pledged at the pawnbroker's. Mean and poor as this interior may perhaps appear.

She took from the press a small leathern bag. Frances Baudoin was one of those pure. but uninstructed and credulous beings. very much battered. without knowing the instruments of much evil. Francois Hardy took Agricola as an apprentice. Rodin. so worn and thin. unable to work more than two or three hours a day. pushed the coarse bags ai which she had been working to the further end of the table. containing an old silver cup. was the invincible determination she displayed in yielding to the commands of her confessor. in whom the instincts of the heart supply the place of the intellect The only defect. that the latter cut like a knife. become. For some time ticularly bad state of her health. and who devote themselves in obscurity to a life of martyrdom pure and heavenly minds. under the active patronage of M. M. to whose influence she had now for many She regarded this inyears been accustomed to submit. as for the associa- . with maternal care and solicitude. to a forced repose . human — — in skilful it. — ! . and laid by the side of her son's plate. had conpast. consideration. she consumed the rest of her time Frances rose from her seat. who may sometimes. In a word. About this time. not to be tion. like the latter. her only plate (the wedding present of Dagobert) she rubbed and polished as well as she was able. and a fork and spoon. not so much for what little intrinsic value might attach to them. the demned her at church. could have prevented her from obeying it. or rather the necessary consequence of this extreme simplicity of character. whose communications with the confessor of Frances Baudoin had become very frequent about the year 1820. and parthe increasing weakness of her sight. Did any dispute arise on the subject. no ness. . They were the most precious of her possessions. and Gabriel prepared to enter the priest's seminary. and proceeded to lay the cloth for her son's supper. endowed with extreme good' whose self-denial approaches to heroism. fluence as most venerable and sacred no mortal power. calm as her conscience shaken. nothing could move her on this point she opposed to every argument a resistance entirely free from passion mild as her disposibut. These. This woman (whose piety had always been excessive) was one of those simple natures.THE WANDERING JEW 221 education as children of the people can obtain. and dangerous hands.

and her gains thus amounted to threepence (six sous) It makes one shudder to think of the great number of unhappy females. that all the labor of which they are capable. from the lower shelf of the press. Frances had an efficient support in her son. which had been growing weaker and weaker. Thus do their gains diminish in exact proportion to the increasing wants which . Happily. Originally an excellent hand at her needle. under the pressure of illness or want of employment. would soon be so much impaired as to prevent her working even the two or three hours a day which had lately been the extent of her labors. After long and painful uncertainty. whose strength has been so much exhausted by privations.222 tions THE WANDERING JEW . so wonderfully economical that she denied herself even some of the necessaries of life. ! age and infirmity must occasion. or sickness. profiting by the just scale of wages adopted by M. which took about four yards of sewing. Admitting therefore that his mother were to gain nothing. first-rate A workman. by the redness of her eyes. that . being very hard. they recalled and she had often shed bitter tears. Frances next took. and were paid at the rate of two sous each. the poor woman had just arrived at the conviction that her eyesight. Though Agricola was not much later than usual. had of — . as her eyesight gradually failed her. she had been obliged. he could easily maintain both her and himself. and her earnings had she had at length necessarily diminished in proportion been reduced to the necessity of making those coarse bags for the army. . hardly suffices to bring them in daily this miserable pittance. she had been compelled to carry these sacred treasures to the pawnbroker's. when. at most complete three such bags in a day. to watch the cooking of the supper. the countenance of his mother expressed both uneasiness and grief one might have seen. old age. Hardy. she having to find This work. But the poor woman. which she also placed near her son's plate she then returned to the stove. she had been weeping a good deal. and one of wine about three-quarters full. she could her own thread. to abandon the finer for the coarser sorts of work. a bottle of water. his labor brought him from four to five shillings a day more than double what was gained by the workmen of many other establishments.

THE WANDERING JEW late 2^ sacristy. thin. or tapers burnt." said Frances. with seeing her dispense with comforts she : might have enjoyed. Though miserably clad. very pale. that he never complained when he saw a great part of his week's wages (which he paid regularly over to his mother every Saturday) disappear in pious forms. therefore. she wore a scanty frock made of print . and very much deformed. and her head deeply set in the shoulders. THE BACCHANAL QUEEN. and considered her actions in this respect inspired by so touching a sentiment. would have been venturing on a subject which Agricola. that it pained him to see her enduring privations injurious at her age. answer could he make to this excellent mother. By a strange freak of nature. person who now entered was a girl of about eighteen. in. 'tis for the salvation of your father and yours too. never discussed. through respect for his He contented mother's religious faith. Her blue eyes beamed with kindness and intelligence. himself. A discreet tap was heard at the door. become ruinously liberal on tbe score of tbe since she had adopted the habit of visiting daily the parish church. because she But what preferred incurring these devotional expenses. The person came CHAPTER THE SISTER OF XXVIII. when she replied with tears "My child. Agricola had so excellent a heart. Though not exactly a hunchback. her spine was curved. "Come in. her breast was sunken. the handsomest woman would have been proud of the magnificent hair twisted in a coarse net at the back of her head. Her face was Jar. with as much respect as tenderness. Scarcely a day passed but she had masses sung. either for Dagobert. or for the salvation of her son Agricola. the care and neatness of her short. and pitted with the small yet it expressed great sweetness and melancholy. Yet now and then he ventured to remark to Frances. from whom she had been so long separated." To dispute the efficacy of masses. : The dress revealed a powerful struggle with her poverty. so loved and revered his mother. Notwithstanding the cold. but long. whom she considered on the high-road to perdition. She held an old basket in her hand.

she had the lively. Cephyse was intelligent. In her resigned. She was about fifteen. and she was vulgarly called "Mother Bunch. had concentrated all her affection. every description of taunting. was born in the house in which Dagobert's wife had resided for more than twenty years and she had. — listening at first to Frances's good advice." Indeed it was so usual to give her this grotesque name. Mother Bunch had a very pretty sister. There are wretches fatally doomed to misery. had ever pursued her. but it had been sa often washed. on this account. and. to Frances. of warm temperament. unable to endure any longer the bitter privations her incessant toil. which every moment reminded her of her infirmity. for about a year. Mother Bunch. brought up with Agricola and Gabriel. girl enough. been We . and decent raiment. instead of imitating other children. by any other name. resigned herself to her lot. spotted with white . Accustomed to pity her by their mother's example. pretty. on whom Perrine Soliveau. have said that she was very deformed. and her sister Cephyse was about seventeen. their common mother. as we shall therefore call her in future. ridicule ing. and in the long evenings amused her by teaching her to read and sew. who tried to console her. that its primitive design and color had long since disappeared. often come. since they offered food to Kitisfy her hunger. worked like her sister. for her. the widow of a ruined tradesman. Agricola and Gabriel liked her. and surrounded by brilliant offers and seductions brilliant. yet suffering face. indeed. but foolishly spoiled by her mother. clever. as it were. hoydenish character which requires air. alert. young. But. leaving them both in utter poverty. active. shelter from the cold. having learnt to sew. though they felt as much compassion as other people showed contempt for her. might be read a long familiarity with every form of sufferFrom her birth. but different to her sister. while she treated her deformed The latter would child with contempt and unkindness. and used to protect and defend her. that Frances and Agricola. exercise and pleasures a good Cephyse.224 THE WANDERING JEW of an indefinable color. her insignificant earnings. without being obliged to work fifteen hours a day — — — . however. never called her. weeping. when their mother died. who always taunted and sometimes even beat her. notwithstanding exposed her to privations which often bordered on starvation Cephyse.

and especially her wild. That is to say. She Mother Bunch only heard of her sister still mourned for her. In a word. students and clerks and acquired such a reputation at the balls on the Hampstead Heaths of Paris. forsook in turn for a bagman. she succeeded in keeping herself alive. And the case of this poor girl was neither accidental nor uncommon. Mortification would be a ing — of . with three-and-four a week.THE WANDERING JEW in 225 listened to an obscure and unwholesome hovel —Cephyse the after. shirts for the provided with collars and wristbands. vows of a young lawyer's clerk. work as well as men because they are more weak and delicate and because their need may be twofold as great when they become mothers. and makers no doubt because women can of gloves. whom she afterwards cast oft" for other favorites. Cephyse. From to toil that time poor at rare intervals. They are paid not half as much as men who are employed at the needle such as tailors. when at work twelve and fifteen hours a day. she rarely succeeded in turning out more than fourteen or sixteen shirts a week an excessive amount of toil that brought her in about three shillings and fourpence a week. and unwearied ardor in all kinds of pleasures. because the remuneration given for women's work is an example of revolting injustice and savage barbarism. cold. in the course of one or two years. and poverty were her privations. and and at the most. or waistcoats. Mother Bunch fagged on. sufficient and nourishfood and warm clothing. noisy gayety. And this. toiling hard for twelve or fifteen hours every day. They had to be hemmed. hard to gain her three-and-six a week. who forsook her soon She formed a connection with another clerk. For these she received half-a-crown a dozen. royalty. and proved herself in every way worthy of this bewildering . No! The word privaPrivations? tion expresses but weakly that constant and terrible want all that is necessary to preserve the existence God gives. whom she (instructed by the examples set her). that she was termed the Bacchanal Queen. in stitched. by her decision of character. button-holes . buttons. and continued nate girl. namely. Well. etc. was the idol of a set of grisettes. made coarse common people and the army. wholesome air and shelter. The unfortuhaving been taught sewing by Frances. what with changing and being forsaken. original turn of mind. — — — — : so numerous spite of exposure to hunger.

honest and workwoman since civilization has disposjustly a them of all territorial right. and will enable •disease? And to show how far the mortification which society imposes thus inexorably on its millions of honest. but he has. . may.. - THE WANDERING JEW word to describe that total want of all that is essentially —yes—ought which workman sessed organized state of society ought necessarily to bestow on every active. considering the rights of property as sacred. hunger. the horrible existence which leaves them just sufficient life to feel the worst pangs of humanity. extend... the fowls of the air.(£6 better vital. oir of the question) 8^ 2 5 0)4 3 A A bushel of charcoal quart of dried vegetables . we will describe how this poor girl contrived to live on three shillings and sixpence a week. demand wages that him to live in the enjoyment of health: nothing more. society thus organized...04 2 2 7 Three quarts of potatoes Dips Thread and needles . in return for his hard daily labor. and his native woods for shelter and for fuel. 3J4 2yi .. perhaps. For is it living. and the fruits of the earth... which enriches his country. to drag along on the extreme edge which separates life from the grave. the beasts of the field. second quality Four pails of water Lard or dripping (butter being Coarse salt . may then feel its obligation to so many unfortunate wretches for supporting. and nothing less. whether it price is virtue! tolerates or imposes so much misery. and even there continually struggle against cold. and left them no other patrimony than their hands.... Yes to live at such a Yes.. loses all right to blame the poor wretches who sell themselves not through debauchery. but because they are cold and famishing. Society. to feed The him. with resignation. The savage does not enjoy the advantage of civilization. the fish of the sea. at least. disinherited of these gifts. .. industrious laborers (by its careless disregard of all the questions which concern the just remuneration of labor). . civilized man. This poor girl spent her wages as follows may : : — Six pounds of bread..

which are scarcely sufficient to keep her from starving. as male lodgers are by far the most abundant. cries out against the depravity of the lower orders! And yet. On other days she ate it cold. — . it is Should work fail her for one day. . to make up the actual rent of the The poor girl had garret. . for which the sempstress had to pay five shillings a But Agricola. which was twelve and sixpence. and at night patronize the "twopenny rope. gradually. paid the balance. Yes. in a wretched room containing five or six beds. and are still less sufficient to clothe her? Nol no! The poor wretch must resign herself to this repugnant cohabitation and so. porter. though not so danger. however meanly. vice appears to be the only means of improving her intolerable condition.THE WANDERING JEW To 227 save charcoal. and the first "man made of money. painful as the condition of the working woman is. some of which are always engaged by men." who can afford a governess for his children. a chair. out of weekly earnings of a couple of florins. she must submit to it for a lodging-house keeper cannot have separate rooms fof females. Mother Bunch prepared soup only two or three times a week at most. By rare good fortune. Should sickness come sickness almost days. thus about eighteenpence a month left for her other But many workwomen. buy a piece of bread and some other food to keep them through the day. she yields. To furnish a room. fortunate than hers. and in spite of the disgust that a poor and virtuous girl must feel at this arrangement. that he might not wound her delicacy. want of fresh air. in fulfilment of his agreement with the year. two relatively fortunate. the poor workwoman must possess three or four shillings in ready money. But how save this sum. . since they have neither home nor family. and hired a garret for her. Agricola. her situation was in one respect an exception to the lot of many others. There remained nine or ten pence a week for clothes and lodging. what then? always occasioned by unwholesome food. the instinct of modesty becomes weakened the natural sentiment of chastity. whose position is less expenses. just large enough to hold a small bed. that saved her from the "gay life. on a stove that stood on the landing of the fourth story. and good rest sickness." one with another. and a table. necessary attention." becomes extinct. often so enervating as to render work impossible. had come to a secret arrangement with the housekeeper.

that this was owing to the example of Agricola Baudoin. but the wretchedness which afflicts whole classes. notwithstanding the advantages she unknowingly enjoyed through Agricola's and her health. is general.22& THE WANDERING JEW ous as to procure the sufferer a bed in an hospital what becomes of the hapless wretches then? The mind hesitates. gifted with strong natural intelligence. who had just read some verses to her. timidly communicated to him also a poetic composition. and shrinks from dwelling on such gloomy pictures. and among women often of so many is vices. but they were simple and affecting. From that day Agricola and she held frequent consultations they gave each other mutual encouragement but with this exception. with smiles and blushes. in her turn. the workwoman. was now wholly undermined by these constant . perhaps. Her verses wanted rhythm and harmony. because she knew the limited means of Frances and her son. no one else knew — . then. after a day of hard toil. rendered still more sensitive by so many sorrows and humiliations. and because it would have wounded her natural delicacy. — many evils. the type of which we endeavor to develop in Mother Bunch. already generosity. how great a resource this would be to her in her lonely and despised condition. . This inadequacy of wages. singular as it may appear. felt. to Agricola's great surprise. It exhibits the moral and physical condition of thousands of human creatures in Paris. with extreme delicacy. again this . >fc H1 * H= >fc But. though ignorant of the little sacrifice already made for her by Agricola. : . Mother Bunch pretended she earned more than she really did. this deformed body cona mind cultivated even tained a loving and generous soul to poetry and let us add. in order to avoid offers of service which it would have pained her to accept. lived very miserably shattered. with whom she had been brought up. one terrible source only of so not private wretchedness. the sewing-girl. obliged to subsist on a scanty four shillings a week. . Yet. This poor girl was the first confidant to whom our young mechanic imparted his literary essays and when he told her of the charm and extreme relief he found in poetic reverie. as a non-envenomed complaint entrusted to a friendly hearer. This poor workwoman. One day. and who had naturally the gift. hardships. especially and. %.

is obliged to hide her affection in the depths of her heart. but gentle ing. thank you." Then . free from all envy or bitterness. generous heart. Dagobert's son. "Is it you. like others. . Agricola. after fighting intrepidly for the people's flag. my girl: my himself with work for me. mv child. alas! many were the verses of hers that Agricola — — — had never seen. on this point. "I have not seen you since morning: have you been ill? Come and kiss me. though not strictly handsome. this love for him. . had an open masculine face was as courageous as kind possessed a noble. mother. But. my poor love. She did not seek to combat her love to what purpose should she do so ? No one would ever know it. and was destined never to suspect. to bear the double burden of poverty and deformity. It is half-past eight. she admired beauty as she admired the sun. — she added. glowing. who." said she." The young girl kissed Agricola's mother. Her . after a sigh : "He kills Ah. pleasing gayety of spirits. well known . But I am very uneasy. when. In . This soul must have been great and beautiful. no. it was especially the language of deep tenderness of mournful sympathy of angelic charity for all poor creatures consigned. and replied: "I was very busy about some work. in 1830. and Agricola is not come home. sisterly affection for Agricola explained the interest she took in all that concerned him so that no one was surprised at the extreme grief of the young workwoman. The young mechanic. Such was the poorly-clad girl who entered the room in which Frances was preparing her son's supper. and which he was never to see. Yet she often expressed a sincere free-spoken admiration of beauty. I am very unhappy. I did not wish I am going to lose a moment I have only just finished it. whose mild timidity made her often pass for a person of weak intellect. and adopt reserve and deep dissimulation. brought frank. sight is quite going. loved him as an unfortunate creature can love. was brought bleeding home to his mother. had never suspected. deceived.THE WANDERING JEW 229 anything of the girl's poetical essays. for in all her unlettered strains there was not a word of murmuring redespondspecting her hard lot: her note was sad. dreading cruel ridicule. up with him. and a The young girl. a superior mind. but resigned. like her. down to fetch some charcoal do you want anything while I'm out?" "No.

. Hardy offered cling to the house in which he was born.' with a view of the garden. he would enjoy. workmen. in the building put up — — ! . His resemblance to Dagobert was rendered more striking by the thick brown moustache which he wore according to the fashion and a sharp-pointed imperial covered his chin. a blue blouse. airy in summer. warm in winter. about four-andtwenty years of age. with ruddy complexion. blush- ing. and aquiline nose. expressive countenance. sonorous. bronzed by the forge smoke. his good and worthy master instead of living in this dull garret." my child . ma'am. and an open. I hear him. joyous voice was heard singing on the stairs." A "At — CHAPTER XXIX. if Agricola heard you say that "I know the poor boy thinks of nothing but me. at very little ex-i pense. . where it is scarcely light at noon. that it is quite a toil to him to get to it. dark hair Our and eyes. he knows how you M. blacksmith poet. when he embraces you he forgets his fatigue. I cannot see at all not even to sew sacks. a cloth cap with a narrow vizor." said Mother Bunch "besides. was alert and robust. Mrs. drying her tears. Only I think that rather than leave me. and that augments my vexation. tied carelessly round his muscular neck." "This is the only said the good mother. however. His cheeks. least. don't." said the hunchback. And he is so fond of trees not to mention that this place is so far from his work. I can't easy. The idea of being a burden to my son drives me distracted. Baudoin. AGRICOLA BAUDOIN. composed his The only thing which contrasted singularly with his dress." " "Oh." "Oh. to settle you at Plessy with Agricola. that. Olive color velveteen trousers. but then I must give up church. were shaven.^30 THE WANDERING JEW a quarter of an hour after I begin working. moment of rest and ease from toil he has I must not make it sad to him. he gives up the advantages that his fellow-workmen enjoy at Hardy's. like the other workmen." do "But —be 'Yes. a good light room. I'll not let him see that I have been crying. a black cravat. for the . a tall young man.

" done." said he. . sharing in Frances's curiosity. taking the flower to You her." rejoined Agricola. child." "I'll swear. Mrs. mother. mother !" "Oh. smiling"do you think folks pick up such things between the Barriere du Maine and the Rue Brise-Miche?" "How did you get it then?" inquired the sewing girl. Let's see what it is. my child. Goodness how handr tome!" said Frances. he added. "Good-evening. talking of Saturday." "Anxious about me. in a tone of mild reproach. you'll make me upset the "That would be a pity. In winter. with which he held in his hand. eh?" So saying. just as Agricola was about to put away the money." "See there. dear mother?" said Agricola. now. "what a handsome flower you have in your hand. for fear it should be spoilt. mother. dear!" cried the young sempstress." "Being Saturday." "You are very late. "True. a blending of vanilla and can't have a sweeter perfume orange blossom. I never saw a finer. admire it. and especially smell it. "Have pan. "The deuce! you won't excuse me for keeping the nice little supper waiting that you get ready for me. Mother Bunch. approaching the little stove on which her son's simple meal was simmering: "I was getting very anxious. "look at it. with a friendly nod. exchanging a smile of innocent cunning with Mother Bunch "but." . of course!" said Frances. or about my supper. for it smells delightfully. you naughty boy. gayly. put the money in the cupboard. my good mother!" repeated Agricola. ! ly: "Find it. child. Baudoin. admiringly: "where did you find it ?' . mother. here are my wages." said Frances. "Thank ye." "Yes. Then." said Agricola. too! Do look at it. mother.THE WANDERING JEW silvery pistils. it does smell nice. you have some of the fried potatoes and bacon I'm so fond of." "Wait half a moment. the blacksmith tried to kiss his mother again." "Indeed. as he came tc kiss Frances immediately. 231 working habiliments was a handsome purple flower. "Good-evening. Agricola.

even adventure. scarce bigger than my fist. "Oh! you would like to know? and explain why I came home so I'll satisfy you. I saw 'No. and in a few minlittle door with a grated slide. that you would have ! taken her for a beautiful portrait of past times. Taking the little animal under my arm. promise you. "You've hit it. 'Frisky belongs to Hon. . spent." said Frances. 7. belonging no doubt to the large mansion at the other end of the park. and it began to lick my hands. when I heard a low. 7. the gate opened." "Lost. Before I could say a word. "For all the world it does. Rue de Baby" lone." "Why. 'Ah dear me. no doubt. "First. No. .' newly painted over a I rang. which seemed to have no end." "Well." fairy tale?" said Mother Bunch. in observing me through the bars (for I am sure I saw a pair of eyes peeping through).' "Just so. made of a gold plate and small gold chains. I warrant.232 THE WANDERING JEW Well. my child?" like a fairy tale. and ears that covered its paws. you were "Why "A not. Round its neck was a red satin ribbon. for something else It has been an evening of adventures. smiling at the curiosity he had excited. as if she was really her namesake of elfish history. And now. "a young lady opened the door to me." said Mother Bunch. I detained me. it is like the remembrance of a now. looked about just in the street. so deeply interested that she did not perceive her son's supper was beginning to burn. utes. So. poor thing. gentle barking at the corner of the Rue de Babylone it was just about dusk. and saw a small collar." said the worthy mother. at it "Because seems my dream. and I could see a very pretty little dog. I took up the poor thing.. you'll not believe a word I have to say. I looked beneath it. I was hurrying home. so beautifully and gracefully dressed. she exclaimed." said the blacksmith. and found a small door of a summer-house. I am quite astounded. Miss Adrienne de Cardoville. with long. for this garden looked just like a park. let us have it. but so lovely. looking up. and striking a light. So I took a lucifer match from late . I me till I came to a long garden wall. black and tan. you . sir. tied in a large bow but as that did not bear the master's name. silky hair. my 'bacco-box. I read.

Agricola. and brought him Dack. but she had red hair. the magnificence I it is quite out of I my power to tell you all passed through a small saloon. perhaps. though I must confess with some hesitation 'Xo doubt. as I said before. — ! ! ! for. it gave you some trouble to bring my pet back. and door The young woman walked too quickly. This is all I can and her skin seemed white as snow. Agricola. smiling sadly. no doubt.' said the young lady with the golden hair. It would be imposfull of perfume! partially lighted. I was so dazzled. sir. you will ac- recollect : — — ' — cept this flower." said the girl. I never saw such hair before. . sible.' " "You are right. concluding from my dress that she ought to thank me in some other way than by words. Seeing by my looks that the offer of the purse hurt me." said Mother Bunch. in a sweet silvery voice. and. that left me room to guess that she was vexed at having wounded me. Oh. notwithstand- . addressing me in a tone full of grace and kindness. how happy Miss Adrienne will be Come. she took up a silk purse. amidst all this brilliancy. she said 'At least." "Oh. crystal and flowers and. mother? But just as flower. dear mother. as — A . sir. she took a magnificent porcelain vase that contained this flower. and said to me. wiping her eyes "how well she understood my Agricola!" "Did she not.' Then.' 'Oh. found him. a young lady of extreme beauty ideal beauty." "Worthy young lady. I seemed to be looking through a veil.' said the young woman.THE WANDERING ! J L\V 233 ha/e brought back Frisky. or Oh it was charming to look at rather hair shining like gold She had black eyes. ber nothing but a great glare of gold and light. You have. and you will perhaps forgive the young lady." said Frances. ruddy lips. she beckoned me to follow her. without daring to raise my I was taking the eyes (for. sadly. "how people may be deceived !" "Hear the end. 'Madame. sir. such a sight! I was so dazzled I can rememopened. saw. Oh. whom I never should have taken for a lady's-maid. she was This gentleman dressed so elegantly. lost some valuable time allow me She held forth her purse. pray come in instantly she would so regret not having an opportunity to thank you in person!' And without giving me time to reply. 'what thanks I owe you! I am foolishly attached to Frisky. : "an involuntary error could not be repaired in a nicer way. 'here is Frisky.

wealth. 'He is here. mother. from her beauty. you are right. and delicacy. affected the sempstress deeply. She could not restrain . did not forget me for it. my child. it is like a fairy tale. She felt no jealousy. I shall never forget that I am indebted to you for a moment of much pleasure." resumed the young man smilingly. 'A thousand pardons. Yet such were the humility and gentle resignation of this noble creature. towards this young stranger. "What affected me most. as many would have done in her place. —Adrienne de on all occasions. was doubtless very precious to Agricola. making an involuntary comparison of this girl's vision fortunate condition with her own. but then the charming way in which the young lady had atoned for her error. more absent. Is it not. not? Indeed. and dressed to the top of fashion. there was something very imposing about her) another handsome girl. and — . and took no notice That shows delicacy and feeling. came in and said to the red-haired young lady." replied the sempstress. Yet her heart was ready to break. address and name I Pray remember. that the young lady. which. my poor girl?" "Yes." rejoined Agricola." "Yes. Madame. that I should not hesitate to have recourse to her in any important case. does it of it before me. that the only thing which made her feel ill-disposed towards Adrienne de Cardoville was the offer of the purse to Agricola. the poor thing had never felt more cruelly her deformity and poverty. more and suffered extremely. "Now. given by a charming hand. The poor girl her tears as she contemplated the magnificent flower so rich in color and perfume.'34 THE WANDERING JEW young lady's kind manner. my Cardoville. no hatred. And there I stood in the Rue de Babyfone. in an absent manner that Agricola did not observe. tall and dark. who.' She iming the mediately rose and said to me. sir. and curtseyed f o me very politely. same young woman showed me to the door.' Thereupon she could not find a word to say in reply. The disappeared. "was." said Mother Bunch. as dazzled and astonished as if I had come out of an enchanted palace. on seeing her little dog." "Indeed. seemed to belong to a sphere too splendid and elevated to be even within the reach of a workbut. ma'am. I believe this young lady to be so kind and generous.

took the flower. You see the day has been a happy one. and very happy to be able to give you it pleases you." So saying. _ — — young lady so kindly and graciously gave you?" And the poor thing repeated. with growing astonishment. and. Just now. "On my word. which a lovely rich : me unaware of the painful emotion of the other bystander." "Do you give it me?" cried the sempstress. I met the dyer at the foot of the stairs. the young blacksmith washed his hands. Agricola?" said Frances. laughing. to return to his cellar. with an air full of importance. what is that to you. "There is my fine flower for your trouble. "Do you give it to me?" the deuce should I do with it? Wear it on my it set as a pin?" said Agricola. Agricola. and surprise. trembling with pleasure. "It is true I was very much impressed by the charming way in which the young lady thanked me. I have told you one of the causes of my delay and now for the other. while a vivid blush colored her pale and interesting face. Agricola went and placed the little leathern sack." "Thank you. I don't know and scarcely care. whether a spy watched him or not. as I was coming in." While Mother Bunch. with emotion. that he thought he had seen a chap sneaking about the house like a spy 'Well. in the cupboard. "Do you give me this handsome flower. How kind you are!" Then with a most unaffected gesture and tone. filled a basin with water. since it could signify as little to him as to me. Stopping . said to him in a gentle tone "Agricola for your hands. on a shelf. his arms a beautiful pea-green. little sister. emotion.THE WANDERING JEW 233 he said. recovering fr'om her reverie. said to her in a whisper. mother. taking it to the blacksmith. "you have had the cream of my adventures first. he added. with which you are dyed up to the very elbows ?' "But who could that man be. smiling. I tried to persuade Daddy Loriot. since dog. "What have I found her little this flower. Daddy Loriot ?' said I 'are you afraid he will nose out the way to make the beauti" ful green. Mother Bunch. so black with smoke and steel filings that the ivater became dark in an instant.— . I am delighted to think heart. containing his wages. who chatters like a magpie. pointing out this change to the sempstress. As Frances put down the saucepan on the end of the table.

" "Oh. "What tyranny!" I "Well. do you find ! It is better for my health to dine earry. call it excellent! Oh." You ought at least to rest after your hard said Agricola gayly. preach like . "Thank you. I —"Our away. Since I sat down on the throne in the Tuileries. after all. if you dare! Come. and intelligence." Frances Baudoin. Agricola." replied the sempstress." as much and it is late. "Come." arm-chair "So. Agricola wiped his hands naturally on the front of his blouse. "Goodness. "I have only just dined. There was something affecting in the filled his silver mug. it will be all the better for a little cooling to-night." — — . — . so beautiful in its candor." Am Frances made no reply but. while Mother Bunch. "Nice! — it nice?" Stockfish and parsnips. and kissed him repeatedly on the forehead. "Won't you sup with me?" said Agricola to the girl. looking down. I will read them to you. a good apostle but I am quite at ease in your arm-chair. shrugging her shoulders. on the other.236 THE WANDERING JEW ! I finished somei "Here's cheap ink for us paper-stainers verses yesterday. ." said Frances. standing on one side of the table." With this. mother? let us see you. which I am rather satisfied with. child Well. won't it? I Scold me. shall be quite "No. I only ask you for form's sake you have your whims we can never prevail on you to eat with us just like mother she prefers dining all alone and in that way she deprives herself without my knowing it. cut a slice of bread for her son. resolution . sitting down." said she. and laid the flower against the side of it. while Mother Bunch replaced the basin on the chest of drawers. disobedient. she surveyed him for a moment with maternal pride. your — — said it Agricola. placing her hands on either side of her son's head. I have never had a better seat. attentive eagerness of the two excellent creatures. "instead of wiping your hands on your blouse?" "After being scorched all day long at the forge. "Can't you ask for a towel. no! toil. then. again !" usual quarrel every evening take at ease on another. for him whom they loved so tenderly. "sit down you stand all day at your : forge.

" said theatre. forgive me. do to-morrow Sunday. too." "I am obliged to you. do they like?" "True. during his story. on the contrary. no. if it should with Mother Bunch on months since she went without us. a little burnt as it had been. dear mother. am — affected to enjoy his meal observed with satisfaction: "Oh. but he knew he pleased his mother by observing the fast without complaining. but that is a kind of child. let us talk of you know — — ! — — — ! . . Agricola. my dear child you the pattern ofProve to me that you are happy. but they say there is a conjurer to be seen whose tricks are very amusing. enough. blushing up to the eyes. then? I don't propose the theatre. with this paltry stew." "Oh. in the evening.THE WANDERING JIW I 237 very fond of stockfish I should have been born a Newfoundland fisherman. I see you like it. was but poorly refreshed. dear mother." added Agricola. as you did last time. and the good woman accordingly dear boy . Enjoy your Sunday. well taking a little amusement." "You know very well." gets tired of luxuries. "that I ought not to go out with you and your mother again. then. my dear what we shall ! "Thank you." This worthy lad. this is I unreasonable!" ever hinder others from doing what "My dear child. for the last few days you seem very sad. Well. then. my Friday and Saturday next we'll have some more. "I have the prayers to attend all day. It is nearly three out with us and she never goes out . we will simply take a walk the Boulevards. One And now. my son. you know." 'tis "No. only not two days together. Frances to her son." said the sempstress. mother. and she made no reply. bowing to Mother Bunch. He . little my child. be fine. We must be very merry. The latter blushed and looked down her face assumed an expression of bitter grief." . go alone." "Dear mother. Perhaps you will do us the honor of accompanying us.. and I can't make it out I fancy you are not satisfied with me. "Well. by 'Well. after a hard day's toil.

Taking their last walk. had the patience which force and courage give to the truly brave." "Forgive me. holding out his hands. such as the powerful arm and huge fist of a blacksmith never before inflicted on human face. like his father. and force. and. may conceive the blacksmith's regret at having thus unwittingly revived the memory of this circummore painful. The poor girl smiled sadly.. and Agricola repeated the correction. and her Notwithinfirmity had been the cause of that quarrel. in a tone of sincere grief. but he was extremely quick when it became necessary to avenge an insult. in a brotherly tone. Agricola. in order to save him any occasion of quarrel. "Forgive my heedlessness Come. — stoopid ?" Agricola.238 THE WANDERING JEW "Why not. The five or six days of holidays. "What are you rolling your hump in my way for. and replied. who was of his own age. Agricola was childishly sensitive." said Agricola. The villain attempted to return it. Many days and nights had she toiled hard to procure a decent bonnet and shawl. thinking how painful that thought must be to the poor girl. for she loved him passionately. a large tear filled his eyes. and he struck his forehead vexedly. Irritated at the vulgarity of this man. out with Agricola and his mother. and the fellow slunk away amidst a deluge of hisses. to the amusement of the crowd. without impropriety. Agricola left his mother's arm to inflict on the brute. kiss me. size. thus spent arm in arm with him whom she adored in secret. alas! for Mother Bunch than Agristance. the cause of this refusal?" said Agricola. . but very rarely. We — standing his strength and resolution. "Because I will not expose you to a quarrel on my account." And he gave her thin. for she observed punctilious discretion. madame? May I ask. This adventure made Mother Bunch say she would not go out with Agricola again. indeed. cola could imagine. and. The poor girl's lips turned pale at this cordial caress and ! . he said. formed the sum of her happy days. To this Mother Bunch alluded sometimes. that she might not do discredit to her friends. two vigorous blows. pale cheeks two hearty kisses. and the man retorted it by saying. The girl had gone Such occasions were. holidays for her. a coarse. gayly. vulgar man elbowed her so rudely that the poor girl could not refrain from a cry of terror.

with a sigh. Oh. "God grant it. "but the recollection of that quarrel pains me I was so "Come.. you forgive me." "Agricola. it is because I can't help it and shaking her head sadly. and. ''Yes! yes!" she said. I should think. He will grant it." Tis your turn now "Well. gives you. "do not speak in that way Besides. my child. trying to change a conversation which had now become disagreeable for the sempstress. in his letter that is. that I might go and meet him." rejoined Agricola. Forgive me. when I do let out on certain subto-night. positively. or going crazy. you are talking of your father. said Agricola. "for the wife of a horse grenadier of the Imperial Guard." said Frances. my child and February is come. my brave father.THE WANDERING JEW 239 her heart heat so violently that she was obliged to lean against the corner of the table." — . and would send US word. mother! forgive! That's the only word I can get out You know that. if the crowd had sided with that man !" "Alas!" said Frances." "But we have not heard from him for four months. in the letter which he dictated (for you remember that. . coming to the sewing-girl's relief." "You do not offend me. "I was never so afraid in all my life!" "Oh. by what road he expected to arrive. my poor. and no news yet. I do not see that we have any cause to doubt it. you have not much courage. interrupting her son I am growing stupid." "You know. misguided boy. trying to subdue her emotion. dear. Lord knows. for I know well the pain jects. mother. . with respect to what I said ." "True. mother. he told us that. that he expected to be in Paris about the end of January. in that letter he said we were not to be anxious about him." said Frances." "It comes to the same thing and there is nothing so bad as to offend one's mother. . if he could read tolerably well. it about father's return. I can't believe he is The very thought turns really coming! me topsy-turvy!" "Heaven grant he may come. I'm in for it this evening. three or four days before. with the candor of an old soldier. he could not write) well. you have had masses enough said for his return. . do you not?" — alarmed on your account. mother. without knowing it.

thrusting in an arm of a pea-green color. will you? enable father to have tobacco to smoke." "Do you remember your father. trust me. my good mother. What pleasure. since we are talking of domestic affairs. that nothing but the red ribbon of his cross of honor. Agricola?" inquired Mother Bunch. Instead of doing so. Agricola. should all the family be together!" ! It would be a happy day for me. could pacify me. But I'll tell you more: I should not be surprised if our good Gabriel were to come back about the same time. "Impossible." "What do you mean?" "Alas I earn nothing now. that saving will tapers burned for them. which used to frighten me so." knocking at the door disturbed Agricola. like so much. Daddy. imparting increased tenderness to his tone. " 'Tis old Loriot. made signs to the blacksmith. and the shining handle of his But what is the sabre. the pattern of dyers. and." "Without joking. that he might not shock his mother. on Sundays. "And that my child day will "To tell the truth." . when I think that he comes home only to change one kind of poverty for another. "Come in. yes. I must speak to you imme- diately. His last letter from America makes me hope so. A "come in. and Well." added the ! ! — ! ! ! ." "Why. I remember most his great grenadier's shako and moustache. my heart breaks. and his bottle of wine every day." said Agricola. what's become of me ? Isn't there a room here for you and for him and a table for you too ? Only. my lad I am dripping with dye from head to foot I should cover missus's floor with green.240 THE WANDERING JEW "The greater reason why we should wait patiently. we will take a nice dinner at the eating-house. no ceremony." soon come." "So much the better." . "Oh. Then." said he. It will remind me of the fields I . on the white facings of his uniform. blacksmith. some one halfopened the door. "when he and Gabriel come home. you won't want to have any more masses said. mother. could it. mother? matter ? You are weeping !" "Alas poor Baudoin What he must suffer at being Alas my separated from us at his age sixty and past child.

at any rate. He stood at the door for a moment. my child what is it?" she inquired. but the deuce take me if out. you must try and command your feelings. Agricola. on the contrary. "and only concerns you. drying his eyes "you will be so happy. THE I. — ." said the artisan. what's he to us?" "Xo. for toe much joy is as hurtful as too much grief. mother. astonish you but promise me you will be calm. I think he's gone. Frances's sight was so bad that she did not immediately perceive the change her son's countenance had undergone. with surprise. "You weep. Agricola how pale you are! Whatever is the matter?" "Mother. took both her hands in his "you must you do not " know." said But. Before the blacksmith could reply. who had more discernment. again. kneeling before Frances. but The blacksmith could not go on. with a mysterious look." — . leaving his mother with Mother Bunch. What terrify me!" "Oh. Mother Bunch. only?" said Agricola. CHAPTER XXX.v five RETURN". "Well.THE WANDERING JEW 241 'About the spy." said the dyer." "My kind mother !" and Agricola. exclaimed: "Goodness. Mother Bunch was right you are quite pale. minutes Agricola returned." said Frances. and his hands tremagitated bled but his countenance expressed extraordinary happiness and emotion." "Me. as if too much affected to accost his mother. But that's not it come. "What can it be? — ! "Go and see. Tears of joy interrupted — — — — his speech. my child. hastening to Frances. be easy." "What do you mean? How you tremble! Look at me! — — — . no. I would not terrify you. eh? Oh. without "mother. his face was pale and his eyes glistened with tears. expect news that will replying to the sempstress. the fog is so thick I can't see him. my dear is the matter? —you child ! Your tears alarm me." I can make it And the blacksmith left the room. come quickly It IS very important. "Yes.

the actors of this scene stood silent and motionless.242 THE WANDERING JEW I "What?" he would come?" She rose from her seat but her surprise and emotion were so great that she put one hand to her heart to still its beating. for Frances changed color thinking she might be useful more and more." arrive any minute —to-morrow—perhaps — to- "To-day !" "Yes. had stood discreetly apart." Frances could not articulate the word. But she now drew near timidly. my father. when !" cried Frances. Agricola. Mother Bunch." . "He may -lay. During a second. I will tell you when you may see him. Dagobert. Instead of rushing to her husband's arms. mother. "Oh. you have only to enjoy the pleasure of seeing I said "Did "Father not say true. heaven !" "And now. downstairs just now. true?" "So true. is the dyer to apprise me that I might prepare you brave father feared the surprise might hurt you. waiting! Oh. Before coming up. and then she felt her strength fail. bursting into tears." "Soon may I not?" "Yes soon. and thus accepting her offerings." cried the blacksmith. . I cannot believe it. indeed. Oh." And running to the door. She thanked heaven with profound gratitude for hearing her prayers. stood on the threshold. ." said Frances. Her son sustained her. — — he threw it open. witnessing from a distance the scene which completely engrossed Agricola and his mother. mother "He he "He was — I must tell you all he has arrived. "Is it true? Is it. that if you will promise me to keep as calm as you can. courage. till now." "My poor man! after eighteen years' absence. by a sentiment . for my in an accent of inde"he is there." said the blacksmith "now the shock is over." "But when will he arrive?" — . and assisted her to sit down. . Frances fell on her knees in prayer. mother! for the scribable joy last ten minutes I have scarcely been able to contain myself my heart is bursting with joy. he sent ! " Well. "Come. holding Rose and Blanche by the hand.

feeling that she was a stranger. looked up. joy at the thought of Agricola's happiness. perhaps. which struggled violently with his waited affection. terest Rose and Blanche. did not dare to fall on his father's neck. my dear Frances I have brought them from afar not without some difficulty but I will tell you that by and . "Now for us. "this is my good and worthy wife. forgot. "Yes. their expression was calm. you will treat us as your children. — . too much the creature . ! — We . "The daughters of General Simon!" cried Dagobert's wife. Nothing could be heard but a few sighs. There was a moment of solemn silence. approaching Frances with her sister. with constrained impatience till his mother had finished her prayer. and the crushing grip of their hands." "Then. who received her in his arms. and took a step towards her husband. serene for ding in silence tears of . she will be to the daughters of General Simon what I have been to them. And. who. — for the Creator. turning to his son. The soldier experienced the same feeling as the blackThe first glance exsmith they understood each other. when the aged couple mingled with sighs of joy. Dagobert and Frances said not a word." cried Dagobert. confused and affected. by." rejoined the latter. Frances rose. in tones of emotion. madame. withdrew into the most obscure corner of the room." said Rose." said the soldier. contemplating the orphans with as much interest as admiration. looked with inon the kneeling woman while Mother Bunch. must renounce all attempts to describe the wild joy of Dagobert and his son. and necessarily out of place in that family meeting. exactly alike !" said Frances. after her first agitation. the /till and sentiments agitation. changed by father and son expressed their affection their veneration for that excellent woman. "At last. complete enjoyment never leaves behind a of simple and pure feverish and violent "My children. who in the fulness of her religious fervor. presenting the orphans to Frances. shed. radiant. had surveyed them with astonishment. more and more astonished." "Poor little things One would take them for two angels.THE WANDERING JEW He 243 of respect and delicacy.

where the charcoal and wood were kept. — — — — was she taken up in devising how she could lodge the maidens for Dagobert as we have seen. Suddenly a loud bark was heard three or four times at the door. presuming that the orphans required some warm drink. "Hallo ! there's Spoil-sport. only perceived the fire when she felt its warmth diffusing round. going to the cupboard. but could not do so. "Dear children They are cold their little hands are frozen. and robust frame. kneeling before the stove. This phenomenon of itself did not astonish Dagobert's wife then. From their humble mourning revealing that they were poor. ! . . so wholly . The sempstress did all this with so much dexshe was naturally so forgotten terity and so little noise amidst the emotions of the scene that Frances. the fire is out. entirely occupied with Rose and Blanche." said Frances. would be an intrusion. unfortunately. . She wished to withdraw unnoticed. while Dagobert and his son gave themselves up to the feelings of affection. by the aid of a few embers that remained. she placed it on the stove. so long restrained. had not given her notice of their arrival. "He's a fine fellow well-built what a good-hearted look he has!" — a corner of the room Mother Bunch enjoyed Agribut she feared that her presence. while he rested his hands on the young blacksmith's broad shoulders that he might see to more advantage his frank masculine countenance. succeeded. Then. and. As soon as Frances said that the fire was out. Filling a coffee-pot with water. had never seen anything so winsome and the extraordinary resemblance of the sisters increased her surprise. Mother Bunch hastened to make herself useful. exclaiming. and. she took some small pieces. till then unheeded. Dagobert and his son were between her and the door and she stood unable to take her She eyes from the charming faces of Rose and Blanche. in relighting the fire. letting in his . She tried to warm the orphans' hands in hers. and heard the boiling water fire rekindling singing in the coffee-pot." said Dagobert. cola's happiness . Mother Bunch involuntarily felt more sympathy towards them.244 THE WANDERING JEW — which Dagobert interrupted only to look in Agricola's face. as an excuse for her presence and. . Then he shook his hand again. which soon began to draw and blaze.

To-morrow. these young ladies are drilled into not being hard to suit on . she patted her impulse. "that the lodging daughters of General Simon will not have a better " than this poor room for with Agricola's garret "It composes our mansion. thin." he went and licked the hands of the young workwoman. General Simon's friends have secured him the title and rank which the emperor gave him at the battle of Ligny. at M. who stood apart. . he perceived Mother Bunch." said Agricola to Dagobert. Hardy's factory. it and I '11 answer for "To-morrow. "you not find at the factory either M." to 245 come in to brush acquaintance with the in with a hound. his wife.THE WANDERING JEW dog. he won't walk the more upright and straight of the two. finding that she could be no longer useful (for she had done all the little services she deemed in her power). it is just and when the emperor said a thing. he went in turns to greet Rose and Blanche. and but seeing that they took hut also Frances and Agricola little notice of him. this action affected the girl to tears. "Poor Frances. ." "Indeed!" cried Dagobert." said the soldier. . By a singular The dog came home. white hand several times on the head of the intelligent dog. Hardy or Marshal Simon's father. after all. I and my boy will go arm and arm. and find out General Simon's father. . and went away so disAfter this creetly that no one noticed her departure. began to think of the realities of life. the least they can do is to let it abide. "the Marshal!" "To he sure: since 1830. glancing at Rose and Blanche. in an obscure corner of the room. at . with emotion. "you did not expect such a pretty surprise!" "I am only sorry. and carrying out the popular saying. "but that ought not to surprise me for. "the friends of our friends are our friends. Dagobert. opened the door gently. Then." "What is that you sav. and in a second was quite After having rubbed Dagobert's hand with his muzzle. my lad?" cried Dagobert. But be at ease. hastily. will father. and son. she took the handsome flower Agricola had given her." interrupted Dagobert "there are handsomer. to talk about business. my friend. long." that score. "he wants family too. exchange of mutual affection." replied Frances. it must be confessed. who was just then forgotten by all.

As yet. they expect Marshal Simon every moment. but why shall we not find M. they know where to write to him. indeed. you "but no matter ought to be finely surprised. my children. my poor little duchesses all will go well. my ! . "Besides. my lad.246 But it THE WANDERING JEW goes all the same to my : heart . "That hope gives you patience. they wert to lish mill established in the south examine and study an Engbut we expect them back . After all you have heard about it." in shall always be well off with you and said Rose. to Rose and Blanche. that his granddaughters are arrived." added Blanche. for the last letter from India announced his departure. you have not found it the golden city of your dreams." . eral's father. ! lad ?" "He titles told us he would renounce . "Heaven be praised! These children rely on his return. you'll find Paris not so bad as it ! looks. my children? You arrive in Paris the daughters of a Duke and Marshal of France. by any means. to But patience see you in this room. One would hardly think it." "The deuce vexing I relied on seeing the genover some important matters with him. In the mean time. I know. children." Addressing the sisters. At any rate. Poor things they will not be worse off here than they were on the ! that's ." "You know we madame. Paris." At these words Rose and Blanche looked at each other and their eyes filled with tears." added the soldier." said Dagobert. to talk ! journey. we since only think of the pleasure of being at length here we are to find our father. Hardy and father Simon at . patience. all kinds of ranks and for it was during the general's to see his son again But absence that his friends obtained this act of justice. So to-morrow you will let him know. father Simon must have been very glad to hear that his son was restored to his rank eh. But. the factory to-morrow?" "Ten days ago. it makes me jump again. Ah. "my good wife will give you her bed. he said "Do you hear that. every day. patience. and you must put up with the chances of war.

but by. that there are not days set apart for to meet him. father?" by and by. about when and how we met Gabriel for if you expect to sleep. Spoil>P<>rt will stay outside of this door." "Dear me. Oh. at such a moment." "You and will take a little wine and water. too. at the same time. thank you. "Gabriel!" cried Agricola and his mother. and a fine chat we'll have.Till: WANDERING JEW 247 Simon "Besides. I'll go to my boy's room. my dear young ladies. "Yes. I will come hot. I think of nothing. "you have. nice little. my brave." "You are right. Dagobert. brave wife!" said Dagobert." added Blanche." said Rose. But. and latterly. "you did a good thing." said Agricola. if you and the young ladies wish to sup. sweetened. to warm you a . — I'll make you amends for it by and Tis down to your account." simple thing. indeed." "Don't talk so much about it. Agricola. in the mean time. . we often talked about you with Dagobert. I have nothing else to offer you. "who'll say. Agricola will fetch something from the cookshop." "You are right. and. we are too happy. sleep at the children's door. how we chanced to meet with Gabriel. Agricola. taking the unfortunate child and bringing him up with your own. with a smile." "What do you say. "unfortunately. "I am sure the arrival of Marshal in Paris will change it for you into a golden city. my dear. guessed us." replied Dagobert. and want to go to bed: while they do so. children ':" "No. with Gabriel. You'll give me half your room. he is quite as good as my boy (I shall never be tired of saying 'my boy') and they ought to love each other like brothers. the dear children are tired. All I can now say is that. before Rose and Blanche are awake. he is accustomed to happiness? "I'll tell . poor as you were. . making a sign of intelligence to "we have lots to tell you for a fortnight to come and among other things. you will be sure to see him to-morrow morning. love. "My dear brother arrived too!" cried the blacksmith." -aid Frances. we are not hungry. How came you you all." "You are right. after this. with emotion." "What! do you know my name?" "Certainly. it was such a the orphans. you are mistaken. in his way. Frances.

" "Go and see who it is. looking for a moment at Rose and Blanche.'" added Frances. entered the room. will be assured that- ——"young the ladies. . and the good girl left lest she should be an intruder: she is so thoughtful. madame and gent. "I hope. sir. "It is very late. Call to-morrow." if down and converse with A knock was now heard at the door." said Agricola." said Agricola. "Right. taking a step towards the "Enough. just to give Agricola a respite. while Dagobert rubbed his moustache with pride." said the man. upstairs. as well as this "If you go on much longer making excuses. very politely. with low bows. "Allow me to observe. I again beg you to excuse sir." "But I think she was here when my husband came in. "Really." said Agricola. before you entered. what is your business?" "Pray excuse me." "But said Agricola." Before the blacksmith could reach the door. Pray. But no no it is not she who knocks so loud. patience." cried the polite man. does not Miss Soliveau. a man decently dressed. you will have to excuse the length of your excuses and it is time this came to an end !" . mother. "It is good Mother Bunch come to see said Agricola. here?" sir. a deformed needlelive woman. Rose and Blanche smiled at these words of Agricola. and speaking slowly.248 THE WANDERING JEW you. sir. as one of our family." said Agricola. sir. you ought to be. door. sir." is that young person . with a respectable air. you cannot see her to-night she is gone to bed. with im- "what do you want ?" "Pray. then." " "Then. perhaps to prolong his stay in the room: "I beg a thousand pardons I regret my intrusion I am " ashamed — — — — "Well. sir. and glanced rapidly round. sir. you might have waited till the door was opened. "No. with surprise. "that after knocking. we want her. sir. Agricola. sir. : a very respectable party. "I am I thought this was the room of quite abroad at my blunder I brought her proposals for work from that young person.

in an inquiring tone." "Oh. having again directed a long inquiring glance to the sisters. passed before the door of Mother Bunch's room. "What — speech. wrapped in a cloak." learnt that . who preceded his father with a light. During this to Agricola and Dagobert In a few minutes after. denly." and the soldier. the old man with gray moustache will share the to-night young blacksmith's room. said to him rapidly. In this carriage lounged Rodin. "I did not dare insist on seeing the deformed workwoman this evening on the subject of the Bacchanal Queen I intend returning to-morrow. boy. the sisters will sleep with her. after his inquiries about Mother Bunch. stand at ease about that I have the legs and eyes of fifteen to-night .THE WANDERING JEW wit the boy has!" said he aside to his 'But that does not astonish you you are used to it." 249 wife. what is it?" "Nothing. "Well?" said he. to learn the effect of the letter . half concealed in the shade. : you. He advanced towards a hackney-coach drawn up on the Goitre Saint-Mery Square. turning round. . in a low tone I must speak to "Agricola." said Rodin. father. and put bed for the orphans." said the blacksmith. "Well. in that room. "I feared I did not light you well. On leaving the house. I . with a start. assisted them solicitude. the over-polite Paul Pry slunk along to the end of Brise-Miche Street. the ceremonious person withdrew. not noticing his son's surprise. the latter." These words were uttered in so hasty and low a voice that Dagobert did not hear them but as Agricola stopped sud. Dagobert and Agricola and having spread a mattress the whitest sheets on her to undress with maternal having previously withJust as the blacksmith. . "The two girls and the man with gray moustache went directly to Frances Baudoin's by listening at the door. the old soldier said to him. went into the little room where they were both to pass the night. Frances on the ground for herself. great danger threatens you: drawn to their garret. "Very well.

AGRICOLA AND MOTHER BUNCH. a table. late as it is you will tell him that I am waiting for him at Rue du Milieu des Ursins he must not Do you come with him. as the coach drove quickly away. he will wait for me. listened with painful eagerness. usually very pale. were feebly The semplighted by the rays of an attenuated candle." said the ceremonious man. diffusing its sweet odor around. opening upon a narrow and obscure passage. The magnificent and precious flower that Agricola had given to the girl was carefully stood up in a vessel of water. inclining towards the door. unless one of them sat upon the side of the bed. which played . returned. an old portmanteau." "All shall be faithfully executed. and which had — . so nearly filled this chilling abode. letter which she held in her hand. one hour after the different scenes which have profound silence reigned in the A flickering light. gray and damp. — CHAPTER XXXI. placed upon the table on a linen cloth." ! evening by the post about the "Do not fail And now you will call. on Frances Baudoin's confessor. through two panes of glass in a door. except by this door. Within just been described the most soldier's humble dwelling. without air or light. . was seated upon her bed her looks were downcast. cringing to Rodin. betrayed that Mother Bunch had not yet gone to sleep for her gloomy recess. a letter that had been delivered by post in the course of the evening. and expanding its purple calix in the verj closet. who had taken off no part of her dress. the bolster and. You will tell him it is on a matter of great moment. . and her eyes full She supported herself with one hand resting on of tears. and a chair. that two persons could not possibly be seated within it. A sorry bed. was impenetrable to the rays of day. her face. for me. was now partially violently so exciting was the emotion by which she was flushed Sometimes she cast her eyes with terror upon a agitated. Should I not be lose a moment. stress. every instant hoping to hear the footThe heart of the young sempstress beat steps of Agricola. — . connected with the roof.250 THE WANDERING JEW this she must have received young blacksmith. whose plastered walls.

" . I never trouble self with politics. papers of a secret society?" Agricola disdainfully threw !" "Nonsense Am the letter upon the table. lying in wait for you coming home. entitled '"WorKing-men Freed. clasping her Agricola resumed reading.THE WANDERING JEW 251 been placed by the housekeeper (the dyer) upon the table. her voice trembling with emotion. my curiosity than uneasiness. Do not torment yourself. very near her own. was. and read what follows : reasons for concealing himself." "A person who has "I !" exclaimed Agricola. That young and worthy workman will probably be arrested in the course of to-morrow. '*I waited till my father went to sleep. Mother Bunch heard a door. softly opened. but who knows the sisterly interest you take in the welfare of Agricola Baudoin. who was observed by the dyer. warns you. !" at an all air of "What Mother Bunch with is the meaning of this?" "Read on hands. How your countenance is changed! You good sister? What has happened ? About what danger would weep you speak to me?" ! "Hush! Read this!" said she. a spy. while she hastily presented to him the open letter. "read on.' has been declared libellous." The all. Agricola held it towards the light. Numerous copies of it have been found among the papers of a secret society. the leaders of which are about to be incarcerated. in a low voice. quickly replied the sempstress. "There he is at last!" she exclaimed." "Alas!" said the girl. as being concerned in the Rue des Prouvaires conspiracy. if they have been found among the thropy. The man who was quite ridiculous! "This accusation is exclaimed Agricola. doubtless. "now I see it lurking about below. My verses breathe nothing but philanI to blame. this evening." said the blacksmith. "Read! pray read!" said the other. After some seconds. looking stupefied amazement. and Agricola immediately entered. melting into tears. scarcely believing the evidence of his eyes : — song. while she was rendering some trivial domestic services during the recognitions of Dagobert and his family. his physiognomy evincing much more "But what is the matter.

nothing more is necessary to compromise you in the plot. the blacksmith raised his head : his countenance resumed its serenity. whose sole support he is. It is plainly an attempt at making an April-fool of me before the time." said the other. but it will be well if he screen himself for a time as much as possible from pursuit. There is doubt of his innocence being sooner or later made clear. — "A Sincere Friend. till political ." replied Agricola. . "that It is not in it is two months since my song was published. in a "treat not the warning thus lightly. in the Rue des Prouvaires." After a moment's silence. these jokers have made a mistake by trying their games on me." "I tell you again." "Agricola. of . miseries among men you recommend. without hope. in order that he may escape a confinement of two or three months previous to trial an imprisonment which would be a terrible blow for his Diother. indeed. supplicating tone Believe in my forebodings." "Compromise me!" said Agricola." "If you wish said Agricola. "if the verses. who is compelled to remain unknown. "my verses! in which To arrest I only praise the love of labor and of goodness me for that! If so. against the selfish and the wicked life.' He tio resumed the reading of the "A warrant is about to be issued against Agricola Baudoin. indeed. devoted as they are. and listen to my advice. overwhelmed with anxiety and terror on hearing the blacksmith jest at such a moment. any way waited arisen. good Mother Bunch. "I will. have now been found in the possession of the persons apprehended for this conspiracy. for the love of heaven !" said the girl. . he said: "Reassure yourself. my good girl. at the same time. And. and laughing. it would be necessary to furnish her with a dog and a pilgrim's staff to guide her steps." continued she." resumed Mother Bunch." ! i "Agricola. That she might grope her way.iS2 THE WANDERING JEW it." "But. "you forget that new events have It is scarcely two days since the conspiracy was discovered. if it were. "I conjure you to listen to me! No doubt you uphold in the verses the sacred love of labor but you do also grievously deplore and deprecate the unjust lot of the poor laborers. they would not have now before coming down on me. justice would be but a blind noodle. letter : no time 8 is lost. though perhaps hitherto unnoticed. in this very neighborhood. to all the . only fraternity but your good and noble heart vents its indignation.

is not the less cruel. who reasoned from her heart and he began to view with more seriousness the advice which she had given him. Agricola. impatiently "What you have said casting the letter upon the table. and poor mother.workman. you fervently hasten on. "Yes. Hardy for employer. then. a letter in itself quite insignificant. was found in the house of a person arrested last year for conspiracy and Remi. . remained a month in prison. have not generous M. an involuntary error though it be. cumstance.Tin: WANDERING JEW 253 In fine." These words made a powerful impression upon Agricola. concerning Remi is too true. And two. but the injustice of his implication was easily shown. the sewing-girl went "And then. bear your fellow. the emancipation of all the artisans who. with the ardor of your wishes. in on to say : : recollection. month or he have a wife . and your mother." after a if Mother Bunch. think of that. 1 and that has furnished the motive of the person who advised A month in prison Good heavens you to conceal yourself Agricola. bitterly "and then. which cannot be naturally accounted for. and hear him afterwards. "a letter of his. He took up the letter and again read it attentively." "'That is true." said Agricola. who is incapable of earning anything." "But they arrest him. is there anything more necessary to compromise you than that numerous copies of your song have been found in possession of the persons who " have been apprehended: Agricola was moved by these affectionate and judicious expressions of an excellent creature. they restore him his liberty. ! ! ! "And the man who has been lurking all this evening about "I constantly recall that cirthe house?" proceeded she. Agricola: but not till he had lain a month in prison. Alas what a blow it would be for your father." resumed the sempstress. Perceiving that she had shaken him. But they don't commit a man without hearing him. Remi." "Remi!" said Agricola. in these times of trouhle. He was as innocent as I am: ! — yet an error of justice. Are you not now their only resource? Oh! consider. . said first. in consequence. less fortunate than you. what would become without your labor!*' of them without you "It would indeed be terrible. Say. anxiously. and he was set at liberty/ "Yes.

what is to be done ?" "My brave father. perhaps they would give up their persecution?" "Unfortunately. Hard)'' is absent. whose only means of living is his daily labor. "The young lady. I had rather await what may come. Agricola trembled. "M. Agricola. Marshal Simon. you are saved !" "What say you?" he asked. affrights me !" "suppose "Agricola !" exclaimed the girl impetuously you apply to M. Suddenly. if he offered bail for ! . and his character is so much esteemed and honored. Hardy he is so good." said Agricola to himself. That of their father. what an awakening it will be for him. and they weep !" At these simple and pathetic words. I'll at least have the chance of proving my innocence on my first examination for indeed. striving to sur"But no I cannot give credence to mount his fear. . my good sister. you. he is on a journey with Marshal Simon. ladies who make part of our family until the arrival in Paris Oh you are right. whether it be that I am in prison. which bore the impressions of an indefinable expression of constraint. this letter. that. my working for my family will be equally prevented. thought. for it will be recollected that at that epoch of the year 1832. the tained for girl broke the silence which had been main- some seconds. before and after the Rue des Prouvaires conspiracy. they endure cold. and hope. grief." "Alas that is true. what becomes of them while their only supporter is in prison? They suffer hunger. or that I fly to conceal myself. so good. "if this misfortune happen to-morrow. who gave you this flower" (she showed it to the blacksmith) "who has known . who came here to sleep so joyously !" The blacksmith buried his face in his hands. with a sad and thought"And my mother. and the two young ful air. so beautiful. added After all. in consequence of a violent reaction against demo: ! : ! ." After a silence of some time. a very great number of arrests had been made among the working classes." replied Agricola." he said." said the poor girl "what is to be done Oh.254 THE WANDERING JEW and children. Unhappily Mother Bunch's fears were too well-founded. A blush colored her features. ! cratical ideas. and father. in spite of myself. "A month without work. "Agricola.

and above all do you understand ? above all. my father "Listen. "But what could he done with this young lady?" " "Did she not say to you. Agricola. poor creature. She will comprehend your position. what it is vou wish me to do? I remember that. Believe me." "But tell me. . in former times. by becoming surety for him. that she will be induced to become surety and after that. "This young lady. Agricola. will have nothing more to fear. The required surety vill be as nothing to her while to you it will be everything. You " must apply to her With these words which seemed to he wrung from her by a violent effort over herself. to me r "She did indeed!" replied Agricola. told us that he had saved one of his friends from being put It will be easy for in prison. was powerless and wretched." said the other sadly. you . "Do you think so?" exclaimed Agricola surprised." "Believe me. and request her support." answered Mother Bunch. and in all circumstances address yourself to idolized . my good sister. great tears rolled down her cheeks. . — upon your part. Go to her to-morrow morning tell her frankly what has happened. "I would never counsel what could possibly lower you in the eyes of any one. ' . in the eyes of this young lady. ought to have powerful connections who will be able to protect and defend you. that such a request is in no respect inconsistent with what is noble and becoming — . "to ask so great a service whom one is almost unknown is hard. so that the family may not be without resources." a person to "My from poor child!" said Agricola. cannot but have a generous heart. The heart of the young lady is generous. I do not propose that you should ask money from her but only that she should give surety you. in her exalted position. in order that you may have the liberty of continuing at your employment. For the first time in her life she experienced a feelAnother woman was so happy as ing of grievous jealousy. 'Rememher my name. have the power of coming to the relief of him whom she while she herself. you so to convince this young lady of your innocence.THE WANDERING JEW how made 255 to make reparation with so much delicacy for having a painful offer.

but a lowly is an affair of the heart. "You my good sister. the very type of resplendent youth. tenderly. will experience the same feelings that I do in this affair. ness and dejection.256 THE WANDERING JEW will and even be the very are right. the sempstress forgot almost everything she had suffered. that which I would do. and I can do nothing. They are those of a soul the most elevated I have ever known. infirm and miserable. "I can do nothing more than advise. she will at once comprehend that your position is a cruel one and she will do with joy. and if giving surety will indeed preserve me from prison." with sadperhaps worth while to risk young lady consent to render me taking this step. no!" added he." "And your counsels shall be followed out. good feeling. like me. ! consume myself with regrets. holding out one of his hands to the speaker. rising. so exquisitely sweet and consoling were her . I shall be prepared for every event. of nobleness. Agricola. you have won me over into making this experiment. Agricola. she pronounced the last words with an expression so heart-breaking there was something so moving in the comparison which this unfortunate creature. and delicacy !" "Unhappily. so very far above me. yes. obscure and disdained. he said to her. to her What right have I to do so ? What is the insignificant service that I rendered her. I am nothing. it is true. and opulence that Agricola was moved even to tears and. life to those who depend upon you. But no. that a generous spirit measures the services which ought to be rendered. by those previously received? Trust to me respecting a matter which I am. when compared with that which I should solicit from her?" "Do you imagine then. with thankfulness." In spite of herself. "How very good you are how full — — ." said Agricola." said the weeping girl. this service. creature. . and ought not to compare myself with any other person. alas I could do anything more than uselessly I am — — who is . "It If the is ! sure yes. I am sure that this young lady. by persuading me that the heart of Miss de Cardoville is perhaps equal in value to your own !" At this charming and sincere assimilation of herself to Miss Adrienne. made of herself with Adrienne de Cardoville. beauty. "I'd never dare to make the request. Nevertheless. my sister dear. if. with happiness. Yes.

"I have been to fasten the shutter of a loft that the wind agitated. that he and the sempstress. too. "Here I am." "Go quick. If 257 creatures. it is the hungering of it . and distrust of themselves. my is not noise that wakes me. first over . "The quarter in which the young lady dwells. sleep is thus that you sleep. exclaimed ing emotion.THE WANDERING JEW emotions. to see if there be anything suspicious. but even to desolating doubts. The least word of true tenderness and affection." said Agricola suddenly. "it is Oh. my tongue itches deucedly. and entering the garret. Agricola. boy . "And. father. lest its noise should disturb you. they sometimes. is so deserted. but said Dagobert." said the hunchback. quite furious." said the smith. is ineffably blissful for these unfortunate some poor beings. On no account go out to-morrow morning. you are not here?" resumed Dagobert. Agricola !" said Mother Bunch "your absence would disquiet him. anything suspicious. experience griefs of which the world knows naught." an appetite. heard Dagobert say in the dark: is it my boy? Why." "Why. In truth. habitually consigned. which elevates them in their own estimation. and my . to-morrow morning Mother Bunch. trembling with a new-born hope. are cheered by humble and timid joys. the little apartment was so near Agricola's garret." "Thanks." "Good. "It will be necessary to endeavor to set off before the wakening of your father. in a louder voice." "I think I hear the voice of my father. that the mere going there will almost serve for your present concealment. to his father. of which the world is equally ignorant." she quickly added. not only to hardships and to disdain. excellent girl!" exclaimed Agricola. chat with y my >u. while going out of the sempstress's apartment. listening. fatally devoted to sufferings. before I inform you whether or not I shall have seen "Agricola. "at break of day I'll go down to watch at the street-door. gayly . for a dear boy. and to apprise you of what I perceive. with increasit "Then this is to young agreed that you lady's house?" will go.

over the deal table upon which Agricola wrote his poetical inspirations. painfully awaiting the appearance of clay. that would be luxurious. who has not seen his son for eighteen years." "Shall I light a candle. Dagobert and Agricola had already risen. and descended the staircase with little noise. father?" "No. had she possessed some share of charms and beauty had she been loved as she But soon sinking loved. a portion of the weather. For its sole ornament. no. It will be a new pleasure for me to see you to-morrow mornIt will be like seeing you for the first ing at daybreak. in spite of her vivid anxieties for the morrow. Mother Bunch heard nothing more. and closed not an eye during the night. she sometimes allowed herself to sink into the reveries of a bitter melancholy. CHAPTER The night. Through the glazed skylight of Agricola's garret. THE AWAKENING. Although the day had only begun to dawn. XXXII. let us chat in the dark. time twice. threw herself upon the bed. where he lay with his father. she found consolation in the hope of At the dawn of day." The door of Agricola's garret being now closed. without undressing. a corner of the blue sky could be seen. there hung suspended from a nail in the wall a portrait that immortal poet whom the people revere of Beranger and cherish. with what that conversation might have been. because his rare and transcendent genius has — and delighted to enlighten the people. in order — ! to see if anything menaced Agricola from without. She compared the conversation she had just had in the silence of night. softly.258 THE WANDERING JEW a proud old man of a father. with the man whom she secretly adored. she rose being useful to Agricola. with a chaste and devoted flame into belief that she should never know the ravishing sweets of a mutual pas'sion. became The apartment of the young blacksmith had an aspect as poor as the sewing-girl's. and to sing their glories their reverses. The poor girl. However. damp and foggy during clear and cold towards morning. in order that she might watch over the safety of Agricola. The latter had sufficient self- .

Like rusty old carbines. numerous copies of Agricola's song. but to be put in a corner of the chimney. upon the edge of their mean little bed. And I think this is but the beginning! What I am like the famished wretches who say you. The recent outbreak in the Rue des Prouvaires had caused a great number of precautionary arrests and the discovery . had dressed and shaved with military care. his countenance radiant with joy. But good time I have lost nothing. to the good. the old soldier." replied Dago"but as for the cheering." We "Yes. morning and evening. I believe. Seated by the side of his son. he now held between his hands both those of Agricola. Now. What a splendid horse-grenadier you would have madel Tell me. with a voice profoundly softened and agitated. as I now see you. one of the chiefs of the disconcerted of his boy. No. look ye. dear boy. "That's right." said Agricola with excitement and then he added. suspected not his secret anguish. that thought dazzles and perplexes me. calculated slightly to compromise the young blacksmith.Till.be so. His father. your days of heroism and of glory. Here is another silliness of mine it delights me to see you wear moustaches. "I thought of mother!" : "and besides. in truth. and devoured during the day. for renewed reflection had again increased his fears. It is but by little and little that they recover themselves. "it is something good and cheering to be your son!" . old fellows are now good for nothing. in order that all in might gaze upon you in full day." said Dagobert to devil. you may expect to be tasted. "You his son I . and can eat. by break of day." said Dagobert after all. Agricola? have been some days without food. and I am no longer myself. I know nothing of that. I wish not to think that not all the day no. it ought to. bert — — . as we have already mentioned. and unable to discontinue the contemplation of in the plot. we have had our day. for I lovfi you proudly. however. command possession of was. I my "but wished the night to the ." These words of Dagobert caused a painful feeling to "As . WANDERING JEW 259 to conceal his inquietude. will laugh at me. have you never had a wish to be a soldier?" . that the time of the sword has gone by. my boy.

"No father." said Dagobert." iov what affection. how they will must rig yourself up something extra moustache I wager that in beholding your black stare at us behold father and son folks will ^ ! ! ! ! you have suffered. mother and I will both try to make a stifling of wonders. He has known for the how to render labor pleasant and attractive. "Well. nor good mother!" you. ings in _ and salubrious lodgings expense than elsewhere. cian. or more equitable Compared wonders he has brought about in his factory < ! to all others. are quite happy. sigh. I feel myself quite a young man again Yon I bet that I tire you out! shall see me march soon: Lord. what upon the countenances of who work with an ardent pleasure." observed Dagobert. father. are displayed . all "My you forget that the deuce has "Suffered!" see if I have a suffered? Look me well in the face. "He is.260 THE WANDERING JEW He believed that they sprang Agricola. informing and that it is necessary his grand-daughters have arrived. it is a paradise beside the smithies of Lucifer ! resumed Agricola. him that write to the father of Marshal Simon. whence you portion of his profits according we go to work." exclaimed Dagobert. of the separation with which he from a presentiment was menaced. a very great magician. we will never separate again. . . cheerful But which they enjoy all the advantages erf an association. "what welfare. for he has charged that he should' hasten his return to Paris. let my gray one. to our deserts. "you Hardy is always good to you. "who and But You will us settle what we are to do with the day. over and above good wages. you shall see— I repeat—you shall see !" that Paris "They have good reason to say." continued Dagobert. and Since I have put Bombs and bayonets look of suffering Yon my foot here. in which all his workpeople find. Hardy of yours must be an out-and-out magi- "Indeed !" said Dagobert. said Agricola. may judge of the eagerness with which buildAnd that is not all: he has caused large. As he accords to us a pleasure. is the region never more to quit "Well. M. . handsome at less to be erected. all whom he employs "This M. say. behold me here again at last. "You shall see." world "Oh'" replied Agricola: ''there is none in the and generous! If you knew what better.

who[ it was notary. "that I sent from Russia by post." "How! out of your power?" said "recollect Dagobert. with embarrassment. it it amuse her! and during her absence.THE WANDERING JEW 261 himself with matters which are of great importance for them. I will go down to say goodmorning to my wile. "this morning it is out of my power to accompany you. the old soldier my Agricola and. If I fail to do' so. "let us speak of business. And yet no I am unjust." M. While you are writing. to a hurry. Know you where I find the addresses of all the notaries in Paris?" "I don't know. Hardy. Your mother will go to mass. to attend all the morning in the said finish a job that is required in I shall inflict some "but I have workshop. of which. This seemed another omen of evil to the blacksmith for he dreaded one moment to another lest the fears of Mother Bunch should be realized. gayly slapped his son's shoulder." "Yes. will then eat a morsel. my duty to s c this notary had written bis name and immediately upon my arrival. and by order of the mother of the two children that I have brought here. for I perceive that she likes to be regular at that: the good soul! no great harm. without daring to reckon very much upon it! Oh' I am but a Vive l'amour et cogni— I mean— silly old fool !" to console himself. promised Agricola. some important papers ! . hesitatingly. but nothing is more easy than to discover it. and to the dear little ones. It is sacred since it is that which sustains your mother. regret. "Now that I have recovered myself." said Dagobert. See how quickly one gets habituated to and spoilt by happiness. : "That alters the case." said Agricola. But I'll soon vexatious. this is Monday!" father. . injury upon said be at liberty. it is vexatious. laughing." "Father." "My reason is. with a sigh of "I thought to make my first parade through Paris with you this morning but it must be deferred in favor of your work. . we We will make a raid together. I growl like a true grumbler at a walk being I do this put off for a few hours ! ! Dagobert. I have been ." — I during eighteen years. his address in a portfolio." resumed Dagobert. devilish Nevertheless. ( to a Parisian As 1 . however. have only hoped to see you once more.

now that we are all . felt his eyes become moist.262 THE WANDERING JEW ." "And my good mother?" asked Gabriel. in their truly touching in the affection of the young men hearts so much alike. and yet of characters and aspects so very different— for the manly countenance of Agricola contrasted strongly with the delicacy and angelic physiognomy — of Gabriel. and said with a loud voice "Come in !" The door opened. "Agricola!" cried Gabriel. Such were the words exchanged between the blacksmith and the missionary. Gabriel has the courage of a lion I have already it . robbed during my journey and as I have forgotten his devil of a name. "I was forewarned by my father of your arrival. To recognize his brother by adoption. were two movements performed at once by Agricola as quick as thought. It was Gabriel. found her in good health. that if I should see it again in the list of notaries. my brave boy !" replied Dagobert "and her health have become a hundred times better. and to throw himself into his arms. who at the sound of the knocking turned round his head." will "Yes. and my happiness has been a hundred times the greater. Nothing himself to Agricola. while they were locked in a close embrace. because I have had all the pleasures of hoping for it. that. had not perceived his emotion. blacksmith at length. "Let . with the soft cheek of a young girl. moved and charmed by these fraternal endearThere was something ments. in affectionately "I trust that you have grasping the hands of Dagobert. so healthful as joy. He involuntarily thought of a warrant for his apprehension. who. "My brother !" exclaimed : — — Agricola. forgetting his fear of being arrested." said the "I have been expecting to see you. His father." Two knocks at the door of the garret made Agricola start. "Gabriel !" responded the blacksmith." Then addressing together. regarded the missionary with an expression of ineffable affection. "To behold you again!" rejoined the other. Dagobert added is : be remembered. He wore a black cassock and a broad-brimmed hat. Dagobert. it seems to me. I might recollect it. "After so long an absence!" said the one.

" "But. indeed! how came this scar upon your brow?" "And on his hands. and tried to save mine also." then? "Unfortunate youth. had not perceived the scar which seamed the forehead of the young missionary. too. and left him to die of Ever afterwards he bore scars hunger. which extended from one was therefore distinctly visible. exactly similar to this upon your hand. see. taking the other hand of the missionary. one of my comrades was found and taken down alive from a cross. and of the exciting events which so rapidly followed the shipwreck on the rocky coast near Cardoville House. upon his hands. however. during the short interview he then had with Gabriel. and agony. while he seized one of the hands which the young priest held out towards him : eyebrow to the other. reddening with the embarrassment of modesty. having thrown aside his hat on entering. the bright light through which shone upon his sweet. "My ! "Do not think about it. explain this to us!" added Dagobert. of the surprise of his son. Now. Dagobert said: "Aye." said Gabriel. now countenance and the round scar. "who has wounded you thus?" and in his turn. You had not a sufficient escort for your protection ?" "It is not for such as me to carry arms. thirst. and then added. "In Spain. In the midst of the powerful and diversified emotions. that father is right!" exclaimed Agricola. pale Gabriel." in ''Gabriel. order to tranquillize his fears. upon which the monks had crucified. when Providence snatched me from their hands. they crucified me. Dagobert. who for a few seconds had been attentively examining the missionary. my brave boy. and they had begun to scalp me. partaking. erected at the junction of several roads." said Dagobert. with renewed surprise. dear father!" exclaimed the blacksmith. he examined *he scar upon it with the eye of a judge of wounds." said Gabriel. "It is evident your hands have been pierced through My poor brother!" and Agricola became grievously agitated. was directly beneath the skylight of the garret apartment.THE WANDERING JEW told 263 with what intrepidity he saved the lives of Marshal Simon's daughters. Gabriel! what has happened to your forehead?" suddenly exclaimed Agricola. "without arms. "Having gone as a missionary amongst the savages of the Rocky Mountains. .

" by any "Well. "and escort. then. with enthusiasm. Gabriel. how came it that they did not defend you?" impetuously asked Agricola. alone. my dear brother. "that these wounds are as glorious are more glorious than our than all ours. don't you know that the brave wounds there" (the veteran took with transport both of Gabriel's hands). pitying those who have rejected it. Dagobert was in his own nature too courageous not to comprehend a heroism thus calm and resigned and the old soldier." said Gabriel. as warriors by profession !" "Yes! yes. said to Dagobert. "It was sublime !" said the young blacksmith and poet. which was uttered with simple and touching pathos. now contemplated Gabriel with the most earnest feelings of mingled admiration and respect. seemed quite unconscious of the emotions which he had excited in the breasts of his two friends and he therefore . for such priests — — — ! How . "I was alone. "what do you mean? What have I any man. "cannot be implanted by force or violence. It is only by the power of persuasion that the gospel can be spread amongst "You ! ! poor savages. and almost distrusting his own sense of hearing. without even a guide. and he added. and who have refused the blessings it offers to mankind. I had imagined myself to be about as courageous as ails : "What "What ails you?" me !" exclaimed the brave And now I find I have a master And that master is yourself !" "I!" said Gabriel. but your companions. as well as his son." "Alone!" "Yes." "But when persuasions fail !" said Agricola. dear brother. "Why." There was a period of profound silence after the reply of Gabriel. those who were along with you. my father speaks truth!" exclaimed Agricola. one has but to die for the belief that is in him." alone unarmed in a barbarous country !" exclaimed Dagobert. .. "Oh. "The Christian faith. scarcely crediting a step so unmilitary. old soldier. ! done?" "Thunder.264 THE WANDERING JEW we are never accompanied sweetly smiling. entirely free from the affection of false modesty. with "After having been for thirty years in the great emotion wars. with mild simplicity.

"yes. their resignation!" "1 entreat you not to extol me thu>. Thanks to all these causes." said Gabriel. unarmed. "his kindness to me makes him magnify what was quite natural and simple!" gallants i. where no one could witness your magnanimity none could behold you and without other desire. without remonstrance. made in ! sand times more game than I. without a wish for vengeance. without reckoning the excitement of the shouts and tumult of battle. But are you not a thouFair enough I passed for game. very rare. had I not the instinct of self-preservation to spur me on. in recompense for a hole being extol shouldn't. would give me a bit of lace or a ribbon. without anger. the flourishes of the trumpets. bomb-shells. without complaint. as plaster for the wound. to preach charity and Christian brotherhood. — squadrons. the ardor of my horse. shot ?" supported by artillerv.rare. forgiveness issuing from your mouth. yes. and you await death and partly endure it. with his eye upon every one the emperor. which bounded beneath me as if the devil were at his tail? Need I state that I also knew that the emperor was present. and case- "Excellent father!" cried Agricola. my brave boy going alone. They seized you. natural for who have hearts of the true temper: but that temper "Oh. who. "Hanged if 1 you!" replied Dagobert. their courage." said Agricola. rush into "Not When — my tough hide.THE WANDERING JEW I 265 I love them ! How I venerate them ! How am elevated by their charity. to confront enemies a hundred times more ferocious than those whom we attacked we. dear brother. did 1 Was I not under the eyes of my comit alone? manding officer? Were not my comrades there along with me? In default of true courage. Most bravely did you seek almost certain death. the thundering of the cannon. without hatred. "how noble of you to render to Gabriel this justice!" "Oh." said Gabriel with embarrassment. bearing the cross in hand our only weapon. 1 have gone into the heat of action. who fought in whole ." "Xatural!" said the veteran soldier. and a smile of pity beaming upon your lips and this in the depths of forests. the smell of the gunpowder. tortured you. after were rescued than modestly to conceal blessed wounds . "for that kind of courage is the most admirable of all. — — : . alone.

and said. "I do not understand it. "This is most surprising!" just than to undervalue Your courage must be very — . I maintain it. worthy. all generous hearts ought to demand enfranchisement! Sons of common people. addressing himself to Dagobert. Gabriel ? You will not contradict it for you have told me. who are inhumanly treated pitiless — and the blind devotedbut ! obscure. that your ambition would have been to obtain a small country curacy because you understand the good that . Do I justice ought to be rendered both to them and to us. "What "What is?" inquired Agricola. and to change the conversation. that my old cross of honor would be at least as deservedly affixed to your cassock as upon my uniform. and useful as we are." the same." said Agricola. Agricola. a Like us. he." "But these recompenses are never conferred upon humble priests like Gabriel. Gabriel has just told us. great very great for. that his wounds will never change his humble black robe of a priest into the rich robe of a bishop!" "I am not so disinterested as I may seem to be. like ourselves. curates. "If I am deemed Gabriel to Dagobert. dear father. "and if you did know. how much virtue and valor is among those the highest orders in the priesthood insolently call the whom inferior clergy the unforseen merit ness to be found amongst worthy. by Jove can you still contend that you are not as brave as he?" "And besides. at least. though we may be killed." resumed Dagobert." replied Dagobert. also. the soldier drew himself up erect. and I will not argue about it. We." said Dagobert. smiling meekly." At these words of the missionary." said Gabriel sadly: "but and then. a great recompense awaits me on high. after a battle. say right. "brings .266 THE WANDERING JEW ! !- under your black robe My father is right. . added: "Believe me: be more "My desire is still " your own courage by exalting mine. too. looked upon Gabriel with astonishment. those poor yoke by the lordly lawnsleeves priests are worthy laborers in their vocation and for them. "the dear boy did all that for a thankless paymaster for it is true. you could work within it. do not kill." said ." "As to all that. country to and subjugated . the spectacle of the carnage must be truly terrible to a generous and feeling heart. my boy. as if he wished to escape from unfortunately a painful thought.

Listen. 'I'have killed !—killed !— killed !'" and. well understood as it was. what have these men been killed? for what for wiiat?' But this feeling." replied the missionary with altered voice. when the profound silence has restored me to my senses from the thirst for bloodshed and the my mind what field in — — — : sword (intoxicated like the rest). from rushing once more to the slaughter. alone by night amid the moonlight. when the intoxication of glory has subsided. on the night after a general engagement." "And that should prove. have never abandoned you. my brave boy." rejoined Dagofor those noble bert. But how the deuce did you escape from the claws of the . either from you or from my brother. already crucified you?" Dagobert. I have been mounted as a vidette.THE WANDERING JEW to 267 I experienced in warfare on the battleproportion as I advanced in years." said Gabriel. on the following morning." "How is that?" asked Agricola with surprise. when the trumpets again sounded the charge. for what The missionary and the blacksmith exchanged looks on delirious whirling of my I have said to myself. let us say no more about it. "Alas!" said Gabriel to him. I have said to myself. my children: more than once. ! ! ! ! ! ! hearing the old soldier give utterance to this singular retrospection of the past. Gabriel started and reddened "If you ought so visibly. on the field of battle which remained in our possession. during that abstracted moment in which I awaited death with resignation. . "that you are greatly better than I * * * * instincts. that the soldier said to him: not or cannot answer my request. "all generous hearts feel as you did during the solemn moments. "Only. But the same thought always recurred when my arm became weary with carnage and after wiping my sabre upon the mane of my horse. hindered me not. 'for — — . "I must have been deceived by a fallacy of my senses. reddening more deeply. and man is left alone to the influence of the good instincts planted in his bosom. as you call them." "I have nothing to conceal. it will be difficult for me to make you comprehend what J cannot comprehend myself. infuriated savages who had At this question of "Surely. and upon which lay the bodies of seven or eight thousand of the slain. amongst whom were mingled the slaughtered remains of some of my old comrades and then this sad scene.

had for- . "Of what woman do you speak?" asked Agricola. with a entering. drew back into the dark passage." was the reply." resumed Agricola. in spite of me. "A woman saved you from the hands of the savages?'* said Dagobert. "and she departed. . "in what manner or by what means did this woman come to your assistance?" ******* The missionary was about to reply to the last question. "Yes. addressing himself to Gabriel. which renewed the fears that Agricola brother.' she replied. "I wish to speak with you as soon as possible. "Of her who saved me. she replied. sister 'I am the of the distressed " !' "And whence came she? Whither went she?" asked Dago- bert. also to have become more and more absorbed. going towards the north of America towards those desolate regions in which there is eternal snow. when there was heard a gentle tap at the door of the garret apartment. who seemed "But. voice of anxiety: "Agricola. "Agricola." gotten since the arrival of his adopted said a sweet voice outside the door. must have been cheated by an illusion or that." replied Gabriel. would have been more slowly developed and I should have known with greater certainty " that it was the strange woman while listening to the missionary. from the prison at Leipsic. was perfectly Dagobert. though absorbed in his reflections. "I know not. and said. and But the young sempstress. When I asked her. enfeebled mind." The blacksmith recognized Mother Bunch's voice. who had become very thoughtful. where the nights are without — end.268 THE WANDERING JEW . young and beautiful !" "And who was this woman?" asked Agricola. " 'I go wheresoever there is suffering." said Dagobert. instead of opened the door. it is an hour since broad day. which to the present hour has remained inexplicable." answered the misionary. amazed for he also had vainly tried to account for the unexpected succor which had freed him and the two orphans My ." "As in Siberia. "a woman. singularly interested.

with sweet surprise." quickly. "You — ." said Agricola "it is indispensable that should depart while near Gabriel in spite of my anxiety." resumed Mother Bunch. Your mother has requested me to give you this letter for your father." "Gabriel here!" said Mother Bunch." answered Agricola. Not a minute should be lo "Had it not been for the arrival of Gabriel. She has just received it. But I could not resist the happiness of remaining some little time with him. my boy." "I return to watch at the door. do not dc ! Mother Bunch hurriedly deBe easy. 269 ! ! How imprudent I have in the street.THE WANDERING JEW and you have not yet departed . she had been brought up with him . and I'll come down. as has been stated." And Agricola read . do not delay long. of Miss de Cardoville. then." said "He doubtless came upstairs while I had the sewing-girl. But pray. quite at ease both as to yourself and us. and Agricola." "Well. "for half an hour he has been with my father and me. be for your father." he to Dagobert. my fears were forgotten. If I perceive anythiI'll come up again to apprise you." "Very well read it for me. and if Mi-s de Cardoville should grant this favor. good sister. and she requests you to read it. until now. "my mother has just received this letter. "Dear father. "now that you have seen Think what a blow it would Gabriel." "Thanks. — I are right. perhaps in a couple of hours you will return. "Yes." "What happiness I shall have in seeing him again." "Go "True! a very few minutes more. your departure for the abode you. I should have been gone. I conjure you. gone for a brief space to your mother. and have seen been watching nothing alarming but they may come any instant to arrest Hapten." scended the staircase. for. if they came to arrest you in his very presence mon Dicu!" . to ask if I could be useful in any way on account of the young ladies but they have been so fatigued that they still sleep. to resume her watch at the stre< and Agricola re-entered his garret. is follows: .

" said Agricola. "this is the notary to you transmitted some papers. with you." "But his name was not Durand and I distinctly recollect that his address was Paris. for some time. and ought not. not Chartres." . and said to him. during which time his (Agricola's) fate would be decided in one way or other. and to no other person. request him to come to my office I am instructed to deliver to at Chartres without a moment's delay. and Gabriel. besides.270 "Madame. "Who can have told this gentleman already of my arrival in Paris?" "Perhaps. Notary at Chartres." affair of sadly." replied his father. I leave Rose and Blanche with my good wife. as they call him. suppressing a sigh "but from now. for I counted upon passing the day However. my In twice twenty-four hours I shall importance. lads. unfortunately." said the missionary. "if he has some important documents. secretly rejoiced that this circumstance would withdraw his father for about two days. conic again into this house. Gabriel. thoughtfully. their angel. himself. it is not for me to fear a journey from Paris to Chartres. father. 'duty before everything." said Gabriel. yes!" "You start already on another mission?" said Dagobert. "That is." Now !" exclaimed Dagobert and "A farewell visit ! Agricola both at once.' Having come happily from Siberia to Paris. But the deuce take me if I expected to be back again. Luckily. Will you." said Agricola. "Your counsel is good." Dagobert looked at his son with astonishment. "Durand. when it is required on an "Rather. "This visit on my arrival is also a farewell visit. leave Paris for Chartres to-day. impossible. and whose address you have lost. some documents indispensable to the interests of General Simon. . "Alas." said the soldier. as soon as your husband arrives in Paris. — THE WANDERING JEW I understand that your husband has been charged by General Simon with an affair of very great importance. I cannot. "surely it is not possible?" "I must answer no question upon this subject. will be here to keep them company. "This thwarts your intentions in some degree?" asked whom . why didn't he transmit them to me?" "It seems to me that you ought not to neglect going to him as soon as possible. And.

with emotion. but were the owners of the castle there time?" "No for the steward. struck with the identity of the name with that of the young lady of the "was it in Cardoville Castle that you were golden hair received after your shipwreck?" "Yes. This party is adjourned till my return from Chartres. the missionary said to him solemnly." \t Cardoville Castle!" exclaimed Agricola. whom I saw tor some moments after the shipwreck at Cardoville Castle.THE WANDERING JEW 271 "Why. my boy. and I ought : . my father permit me so to call you). "How! you speak thus to us!" exclaimed Agricola. and in a tone of decision that astonished both the blacksmith and the soldier: "My dear brother. workshop by eight o'clock.abriel. when I applied to him for an opportunity to return thanks for the kind hospitality we had : experienced. does that astonish you?" asked . has a bad look." resumed Dagobert with emotion. Embrace me once more. and I am sorry to see you enrolled under such a commander." thought Agricola." Since Dagobert had spoken of constraint and oppression At the moment . why. He you call of oppression." "That is too true. one word I have come here to say to you also that within a more. my hoy. at the Dagobert." added Gabriel. as he turned round to Dagobert. "what is the matter?" "Yes. superior. "Nothing. "there is something in thy conduct that savors of constraint. with a grave voice. informed me that the person to whom the house belonged was resident at Paris. I know something of men. my brave boy. — . father. and to bid him adieu. on i to be in the — — . Let us go. excuse me but it is already late. and take care of yourself. few days hence I shall have need of you: and of you also. he said to Dagobert "Dear father." "What a singular coincidence. "I need the advice and assistance of two men of honor of two men of resolution and I can reckon upon you two can I not? At any hour." replied Gabriel. when Agricola approached him to shake hands. "if the young lady should be the proprietor of the dwelling which bears her name !" This reflection having recalled to Agricola the promise which he had made to Mother Bunch. the latter had continued pensive.

Several immense windows. CHAPTER XXXIII. THE PAVILION. filled with small squares of glass. It was surmounted in front by a pediment it had an elevated ground floor." resumed the soldier. . If he should be a prisoner when his brother should require his assistance. more imposing. whose anxiety was continually increasing. Agricola felt an oppression of the heart. This dwelling bore a resemblance to all the others that had been erected in the same quarter towards the middle of the last century. "Yes it may be a uncommon and fearful at which it is necessary to duel have two witnesses such as you a father and a brother !" — — — — . from the manner in which you have spoken to us. in Paris.272 whatever day it THE WANDERING JEW may his be. make your "Thanks. Agricola. 1 ." — said Dagobert. "you set me quite at ease. thanks." said Gabriel. Some instants afterwards. painted a grayish white. will you come?" son regarded each other in silence. blackened by time. set off in haste for the dwelling of Mademoiselle de Cardoville. that you are about to be engaged in a duel in a mortal combat. astonished at the accents of the missionary. you Dagobert and may depend upon us. or more depressing than the aspect of this old mansion. the Dizier House was one of the largest and handsomest in Rue Babylone. I should believe. my brave boy. One of the fronts looked on an immense court-yard. which was reached from the outside by a circular flight of broad stone steps. starting. on each side of which an arcade led to the vast interior deoartments. upon a word from me. what could be done? "At every hour. "were it not for your priest's robe. by night or by day. to which we now beg leave to take the reader." "I'll tell you what." interested "You have own use of them." "In a duel ?" said Gabriel. as much surprised as a father and a brother. increased the sombre effect of the massive layers of huge stones. Nothing could be more severe. of which the fabric was composed.

like Parian marble and its renovated. which was very striking.is composed of a ground floor. the black exterior of the pavilion had been scraped and renewed. coquettish aspect contrasted singularly with the gloomy mansion seen at the other extremity of an extensive lawn. of great beauty. concealed in the upper story. what the owners and occupiers of each called the lesser mansion. and the entire structure The white stones of which it was built glistened repaired. there might be seen at the extremity of the garden. w. with the daughters of Marshal Simon. on which were planted here and there gigantic clumps of verdant trees. quarter. and. which was reached by a small vestibule led to a circuperistyle of several steps. The door in the vestibule opened. of that breed of spaniels called King Charles's. garlands of flowers. in the Rue Brise-Miche. wings. lighted from the roof. of twelve or fifteen roods. The name young girl was . and the other a tiny English dog. in every part possible for the stones to be cut. where it was A lar hall. This extension was a Pompadour summer-house. which in summer formed a dome of verdure over the summer-house. taste of the era of its erection. on this side. and the rays of the morning sun beamed . In plain terms two individuals. one of them a young girl. and chubby This pavilion. for the second one. inhabited by Adrienne de Cardoville cupids. or transformed into irregular conservatories but. met here . though filling a modest place in the scale of creation. . church a brilliant winter sun arose to brighten a pure blue sky behind the tall leafless trees. with the charming though incorrect It presented. The hour of eight had sounded from the steeple of a neighboring . The following scene occurred at this residence on the morning following that of the arrival of Dagobert. made their under the appearance of the peristyle of the rotunda. Four principal apartments and ranges of smaller rooms. formed a couple of lateral Like nearly all the other great habitations of this galleries. upon a charming creature. by an uncommon exception. was not less distinguished by a beauty of its own. knots of ribbons. a profusion of endives. or rather park. served for minor purposes. These dependencies of great habitations are in our days disused. approaching the principal part of the structure. built in the form of a rotunda.THE WANDERING JEW The 273 other front overlooked the garden. or rather upon two charming creatures.

in a laced half-boot of satin. the blackFrisky. the beautiful little spaniel's was Frisky. trimmed below by three large hems. and the beginning of the plump calf of a fine leg. ran. an eye more quick. of gray levantine. or decked with rose-colored flap-band. as well as her muzzle. encased in white Turkish silk. was inconceivably pug. in order to descend more quickly the steps. teeth tish. fringed with long silken fur. were of a the nose of which bright and fiery tan. displayed her figure elegantly rounded. surmounted by a Vandyke-row. defended from the bottom of her rigor of the cold. niece of the Primcess Saint-Dizier. She was not much bigger and frolicked upon the turf. Never had Florine or gette was in her eighteenth year. of half peasant fashion. cheeks feet smaller. ribbons. vious evening had introduced Agricola to the pavilion. under the broad. when . white as snow. Though it was yet very early. she ex- hibited to Frisky's indifferent eyes a beautiful ankle. than one's fist her curled hair.274 THE WANDERING JEW GeorGeorgette. This bewitching and nimble lady's-maid. red satin ribbon her neck. and a charming little foot. vivid glances sparkle from her eyes of bright when a joyous excitement suffuses her of transparent skin. never had a lady's maid of Marivaux. and a cambric neck-kerchief. which was as round and flexible as a reed her short. she is more resistless for the conquest everything before her than a brunette. Georgette was carefully and dressed. and bounded. a more mischievous face. tastefully more roseate. Manton. figure more coquetform smarter. surrounded her fresh and piquant face a robe . plain sleeves. and her curly ears so long that they the ground. a smile more roguish. allowed her plump arms to be seen. so happily found and brought back by smith. When a blonde like Georgette sets herself to be en- snaring yet tender blue. reaching to the elbow. and stuck a little backward upon bands of beautiful fair hair. a hollands apron. who on the pre. lace. fastened to her bosom by a large tuft of rose-colored ribbons. edged with bone. A tiny Valenciennes cap. Georgette seemed to be as brisk and petulant . When Georgette raised the dress. uttered weak but joyful barks. encircled her waist. and enticing. attractive. her large eyes were full of inteltrailed upon ligence. shone like which encircled ebony. with flaps and more white. of lustrous black. was first waiting woman to the Honorable Miss Adrienne de Cardoville. which her long Swedish gloves. her paws.

a woman of about middle size. of slow and discreet gait. and even advanced towards him with an air so decidedly hostile." His mistress. and altogether he had an expression singularly forbidding and vindictive. . who advanced with gravity. This matron. held herself firmly upon her nervous paws." answered to the name of "My Lord. and shared her scampering after the happy little spaniel. re. . There were similar differences between Frisky and Lord. since the apparition of ly. deliberate . of the color of coffee and milk his tail was twisted like a corkscrew he was pot-bellied his skin was sleek his neck was turned iittle to one side he walked with his legs inordinately spread out. steps in advance of Georgette. and fiercely awaited the coming up of the enemy. florid cheeks. black silk mantle. accompanied by a very fat dog. with a look of defiance. a gette was gay and showy. her black eyes. corpulent and of dressed in a costume as gloomy and severe as that of GeorIt consisted of a brown robe. and bold as the devil. Georgette and Frisky were suddenly The little King Charles. Grivois. though of ivory.THE WANDERING JEW 275 as Frisky. at the sight of a second person. which were still very lively.^. displaying at the same time rows of little teeth. first My My . showed two fangs sallying forth. as between Georgette and Mrs. some stopped in their diversion. which. scarcely accorded with the peevish and austere physiognomy which she tried to assume. who had not retreated one Lord. When the latter perceived the little King Charles. . and turning up from the left side of the mouth.irded him valiantinch. This disagreeable animal. His black — now sportiveness. . that the cur. Not only did the age. a perfect type of what might be called a "church-goer's pug. quarrelsome and scowling. and stepped with the air of a doctor. which escaped not the notice of the young lady's maid. the face. but the contrast extended itself even to the animals which attended them. faithful to her name. in order All at to be pursued upon the greensward in her turn. was fifty years of age. Frisky. and the dress of these two women present a striking contrast. and a hat of the same dye. muzzle. she could not restrain a movement of surprise and repugnance. was Madame Augus- her woman to the Princess Saint-Dizier. The enemy consisted of a w 'man of mature age. her correct eyebrows. once. The features of this woman might have been agreeable in her youth and . were none the less pointed and sharp. though thrice tine Grivois. and now retreating.

whom Frisky continued to snarl at with a very At menacing aspect and Georgette. who bit- "It seems to me. having quickly overcome her temporary emotion." "It was doubtless for the purpose of protecting this respectable but ugly animal from similar alarms.276 as big as the THE WANDERING JEW little King Charles. She has forbidden me to enter her apartment before mid-day." "How do you dare refuse me permission to execute the . miss. which I am to communicate only to herself. that you might dispense with exciting your dog thus. in pursuance of her commands. who was occupied with watching over the safety of her pet. Georgette." said the matron. madame. unable to conceal a smile of triumphant satisfaction. But fortunately an honest young man found Frisky in the Rue de Babylone. : . Grivois. do I owe the pleasure of seeing you "I this morning?" am commanded by the Princess. and setting him upon mine. "Florine and Hebe will not admit you." said Mrs." replied Mrs." "That is very possible: but as the present business is to obey an order of the Princess her aunt. with affected grief ''Miss Adrienne no longer respects her aunt's orders. "Then I shall go myself. which happily escaped Grivois. ! orders of the Princess?" "Yes I dare to commit the great crime of being unwilling to awaken my mistress !" "Ah! such are the results of the blind affection of the Princess for her niece. Indeed. miss. by driving her into the street through the little garden gate. who. you will do well if you please. and could not repress a slight start of disquietude. "immediately to see Miss Adrienne. Grivois." "My mistress is subject to no one's orders in her own house and I will not disturb her till mid-day. : . It regards a very important affair." replied Georgette." these words Georgette became purple. uttered a howl of distress terror. "to what. and sought refuge terly said to Georgette: and behind Mrs. and However. from . here is the key of the saloon and through the saloon only can the apartments of Miss Adrienne be entered. to awaken your mistress immediately." continued brought her back to my mistress. . and «he is surrounded by young hare-brained persons. firmly answered "Miss Adrienne went to rest very late last night. Grivois. that you tried to make us lose Frisky yesterday.

"stopped at a few paces from the house. become certain of the arrival in Paris of General Simon's daughters. mysterious personage. as having been handed down from time out of mind. the cab was still stationed in the street. Grivois had not been instructed as to a visit the he had night. shrugging her shoulders disdainfully: "I know not what you mean madame. waiting for the mysterious personage in the cloak who. and directly tapped. wrapped up in a cloak. or' will you not introduce me to the presence of Miss Adrienne?" W made to the Princess Saint -Dizier by Rodin (for he was man in the cloak). or whether Mrs. was. madame. it is the utmost if they remain two or three years in the Princess's house. doubtless. for. but on the glass of the porter's lodge window and at one o'clock in the morning. who has too for the 1 "How! from many tempers poor girls!" to speak thus of mistress." "However. madame! how came you tering of still who were flut- unto ours the Princess's women. I have not come here to listen to your impertinent stuff. during all that time. not at the door. she replied. by generation to generation. even all formerly the greatest coquette and the most frisky and !" generation to generation! do you mean to insinuate that am a hundred years old. that' is what is spoken oi you in the hotel." continued Georgette. Once again I ask you— will you. in the middle of the after "I repeat." said Georgette. at half-past eleven "Last night?" "A four-wheeler. for ball-going. dress themselves out as to revile dress.THE WANDERING JEW the first 277 if dawn of morning. that has forbidden me my to enter her mistress sleeps. whose name some people ought not to pronounce but on their knees. alighted from it. At least. and that she bed-chamber before mid-day " . Miss Impertinence?" "'I speak of the generations of waiting-women. Grivois thought it necessary to appear ignorant of the visit. hether Mrs. as you say prothe name of her nouncing Highness the Princess on his A . except you." "Oh. knees. "if one wished to ill "I forbid you my of " speak "Do you dare !" "No longer ago o clock " than last night.

still I can scarcely believe it !" "Since you've gone so far. at a spot from which the peristyle could be seen at the end of a grand avenue. exclaimed "Great heavens is it possible ? what have I seen ?" "What have you seen?" said Georgette. I perfectly recognized her by her gait." said Mrs. All at once Mrs. Grivois. madame. yes. that your eyes have deceived you !" "Oh. See to what her weak It is indulgence of her niece's caprices has led her so monstrous. I now insist upon conducting you into the apartment of my lady.278 THE WANDERING JEW This conversation took place at some distance from the summer-house. "I saw her run up the porch steps. you are : : ! ! ! ! : mad "I !" I? because I have a pair of good eyes! gate that opens on the street lets one into the quincunx near the pavilion. you came to see her !" and Georgette burst out into fits of laughter and then said "Oh I understand you wish to out-do my story of the four-wheeler last It is very neat of you !" night "I repeat. "Yes: what was it?" "Miss Adrienne. and by her mantle. what shameful conAh her presentiduct what will the Princess say to it ments have not yet been mistaken. extending her hand in that direction. turning round. Grivois: : ! "it is perfectly incredible !" "See my lady? Why. terminating in trees arranged in form of a V. you are very cunning. my dear. I believe you you are certain that by this time I shall find her in her apartment !" " "But. by your own senses. "What have I seen?" repeated Mrs. nor ! ! : : . I assure you "All that I can say to you is this that neither you. Grivois. in order that you may convince yourself. Grivois if you speak seriously. that. To come home at eight o'clock in the morning!" cried Mrs. doubtless. Grivois. that mademoiselle has re-entered. with amazement. It is by that door. by her hat. am The little ! ! ! ! — ! with my own eyes. "that I have this moment " seen "Oh adone." "Where?" asked Georgette. but not more cunning You propose my going now than I Yes. Mrs. ma'am. though I have seen her monstrous am mad. Oh.

The Princess will put an end to this horrible scandal for I shall immediately inform her of what has passed. It will astonish nobody Assuredly ! ! ! not ! All those to whom I am going to relate it. with coloring and beauty. I am all in a whirl! Certainly. It is for the purpose. but of rendering intelligible. it what was to be expected. active and light. the melody of instruments. Georgette. followed by her fat pug. And it was not only the pleasures of sight which this lady loved to gratify: the harmonious modulations j. feel not more than Adrienne did the noble enthusiasm which the view of perfect beauty always excites in the chosen favorites of nature. or fancied she had seen her. towards the pavilion. Grivois returned precipitately towards the mansion. as that which she involuntarily Passionexperienced from the sight of a hideous object. and to an insatiable desire of being surrounded The painter most by everything attractive and beautiful.s herself. ran. the following scenes. . CHAPTER XXXIV. ! will say. that it is deemed necessary to bring out into the light some striking peculiarities in the truly original character of Miss de Cardoville. About an hour had elapsed since Mrs. Grivois had seen her. if I had not seen it with m\ own eyes.he same painful impression. furtively enter by the little garden gate. that it is not at all astonishing a blow to our respectable Princess! What a blow for her!" Mrs. on her part. nor Hebe. the cadences of poetry. Grivois had seen or pretended to have seen Adrienne de Cardoville re-enter in the morning the extension of Saint-Dizier House. afforded her infinite pleasures while a harsh voice or a discordant noise made her feel . To go out in the night Re-enter at eight o'clock in the morning Why. the sculptor most charmed by proportions of form. delighted . in order to apprise Miss de Cardoville that Mrs. shall remain here twenty-four hours. This originality consisted in an excessive independence of mind. ADRIENNE AT HER TOILET. not of excusing.THE WANDERING JEW : 279 Florine. who appeared to be as embittered am a. I ! Oh what quite sure. I could not have believed it is only Still. or one nearly as painful. joined to a natural horror of whatsoever is repulsive or deformed.

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and of their sweet scents, there some perfumes which she enjoyed equally with the de-

ately fond of flowers, too,

are

It is necessary, of plastic beauty. lights of music or those in alas, to acknowledge one enormity: Adrienne was dainty She valued more than any one else the fresh her food!

of a golden pheaspulp of handsome fruit, the delicate savor of a generous ant, cooked to a turn, and the odorous cluster
vine.

reserve.

But Adrienne enjoyed all these pleasures with an exquisite She sought religiously to cultivate and refine the She would have deemed it black ingratisenses given her. tude to blunt those divine gifts by excesses, or to debase them by unworthy selections of objects upon which to exercise them; a fault from which, indeed, she was preserved of her taste. by the excessive and imperious delicacy The beautiful and the ugly occupied for her the places which good and evil holds for others. had Her devotion to elegance, and physical beauty,
for if the exrender uncomely the most pression of a low and bad passion beautiful countenances, those which are in themselves the most ugly are ennobled, on the contrary, by the expression of good feelings and generous sentiments. In a word, Adrienne was the most complete, the most ideal not of vulgar, ignorant, nonpersonification of sensuality
;

grace, led her also to the adoration of moral beauty

intelligent, mistaken sensuousness ful and corrupted by habit or by

which

is

always deceit-

the necessity for gross and ill-regulated enjoyments, but that exquisite sensuality which is to the senses what intelligence is to the soul. The independence of this young lady's character was exCertain humiliating subjections imposed upon her treme. success by its social position, above all things were revolting and she had the hardihood to resolve to withdraw to
her, herself

from them.
is

She was a woman, the most womanish

a woman in her timidity as a woman in her hatred of the as in her audacity brutal despotism of men, as well as in her intense disposition herself, madly even and blindly, to him who to self
that well
it

possible to imagine

-devoting should merit such a devotion from her a woman whose a superior woman, piquant wit was occasionally paradoxical in brief, who entertained a well-grounded disdain and conor greatly tempt for certain men either placed very high whom she had from time to time met in the drawadulated,

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Big-room of her aunt, the Princess Saint-Dizier, when she
resided with her.
the reader into the presence of had just come out of the bath.

These indispensable explanations being given, we usher Adrienne de Cardoville, who

It would require all the brilliant colorings of the Venetian school to represent that charming scene, which would rather seem to have occurred in the sixteenth century, in some of Florence or Bologna, than in palace Paris, in the Faubourg Saint-Germain, in the month of February, 1832.

Adrienne's dressing-room was a kind of miniature temple, seemingly one erected and dedicated to the worship of in gratitude to the Maker who has lavished so beauty, many charms upon woman, not to be neglected by her, or to cover and conceal them with ashes, or to destroy them by the contact of her person with sordid and harsh haircloth; but in order that, with fervent gratitude for the divine

wherewith she
all

gifts

is

the illusions as to glorify the divine eyes of all. Daylight

endowed, she may enhance her charms with of grace and all the splendors of apparel, so

work

of her

own

was admitted

perfections in the into this semicircular

apartment, through one of those double windows, contrived for the preservation of heat, so happily imported from Germany. The walls of the pavilion being constructed of stone of great thickness, the depth of the aperture for the windows was therefore very great. That of Adrienne's dressing-room was closed on' the outside by a sash containing a single large pane of plate glass, and within, by another In the interval or space of large plate of ground glass. about three feet left between these two transparent ensures, there was a case or box filled with furze mould, whence sprung forth climbing plants, which, directed round the ground glass, formed a rich garland of leaves and flowers. A garnet damask tapestry, rich with harmoniously blended arabesques, in the purest style, covered the walls'; and a thick carpet of similar color was extended over the floor: and this <ombre ground, presented by the floor and walls, marvellously enhanced the effects of all the harmonious ornaments and decorations of the chamber. Under the window, opposite to the south, was placed Adrienne's dressing-case, a real masterpiece of the skill of the goldsmith. a large tablet of Upon lapis-lazuli, there were scattered boxes of jewels, their lids enpreciouslv

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scent boxes of rock crystal, and other implements and utensils of the toilet, some formed of shells, some of mother-of-pearl, and others of ivory, covered with ornaments of gold in extraordinary taste. Two large figures, modelled in silver with antique purity, supported an oval swing mirror, which had for its rim, in place of a frame curiously carved, a fresh garland of natural flowers, renewed every day like a nosegay for a ball. Two enormous Japanese vases, of purple and gold, three feet each in diameter, were placed upon the carpet on each side of the toilet, and, filled with camellias, ibiscures, and

cape jasmine, in full flower formed a sort of grove, diversified with the most brilliant colors. At the farther end of the apartment, opposite the casement, was to be seen, surrounded by another mass of flowers, a reduction in white marble of the enchanting group of Daphnis and Chloe, the
chaste ideal of graceful modesty and youthful beauty. golden lamps burned perfumes upon the same pedestal which supported those two charming figures. coffer of frosted silver, set off with small figures in jewelry and precious stones, and supported on four feet of gilt bronze, contained various necessaries for the toilette; two frosted Psyches, decorated with diamond ear-rings some excellent drawings from Raphael and Titian, painted by Adrienne herself, consisting of portraits of both men and women of exquisite beauty several consoles of oriental jasper, supporting ewers and basins of silver and of silver gilt, richly chased and filled with scented waters a voluptuously rich divan, some seats, and an illuminated gilt table, completed the furniture of this chamber, the atmosphere of which was impregnated with the sweetest perfumes. Adrienne, whom her attendants had just helped from the bath, was seated before her toilette, her three women surrounding her. By a caprice, or rather by a necessary and logical impulse of her soul, filled as it was with the love of beauty and of harmony in all things, Adrienne had wished the young women who served her to be very pretty, and be dressed with attention and with a charming originality. have already seen Georgette, a piquante blonde, attired in her attractive costume of an intriguing lady's maid of Marivaux; and her two companions were quite equal to her both in gracefulness and gentility. One of them, named Florine, a tall, delicately slender, and

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elegant girl, with the air and form of Diana Huntress, was Her thick black hair was of a pale brown complexion. turned up behind, where it was fastened with a long golden Like the two other girls, her arms were uncovered to pin. facilitate the performance of her duties about and upon the person of her charming mistress. She wore a dress of that gay green so familiar to the Venetian painters. Her petticoat was very ample. Her slender waist curved in from under the plaits of a tucker of white cambric, plaited in five minute folds, and fastened by five gold buttons. The third of Adrienne's women had a face so fresh and ingenuous, a waist so delicate, so pleasing, and so finished, that her mistress had given her the name of Hebe. Her dress of a delicate rose color, and Grecian cut, displayed her charming neck, and her beautiful arms up to the very shoulders. The

physiognomy of these three young women was laughterOn their features there was no expresloving and happy. sion of that bitter sullenness, willing and hated obedience, or offensive familiarity, or base and degraded deference, which are the ordinary results of a state of servitude. In the zealous eagerness of the cares and attentions which they lavished upon Adrienne, there seemed to be at least as much of affection as of deference and respect. They appeared to derive an ardent pleasure from the services which they rendered to their lovely mistress. One would have thought that they attached to the dressing and embellishment of her person all the merits and the enjoyment arising from the execution of a work of art, in the accomplishing of which, fruitful of delights, they were stimulated by the passions of love, of pride, and of joy. The sun beamed brightly upon the toilet-case, placed in front of the window. Adrienne was seated on a chair, its back elevated a little more than usual. She was enveloped in a long morning-gown of blue silk, embroidered with a leaf of the same color, which was fitted close to her waist, as exquisitely slender and delicate as that of a child of twelve

Her neck, delicately years, by a girdle with floating tags. slender and flexible as a bird's, was uncovered, as were also
her shoulders and arms, and all were of incomparable beauty. Despite the vulgarity of the comparison, the purest ivory alone can give an idea of the dazzling whiteness of her polished satin skin, of a texture so fresh and so firm, that some drops of water, collected and still remaining about the roots

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of her hair from the bath, rolled in serpentine lines over her shoulders, like pearls, or beads, of crystal, over white marble. And what gave enhanced lustre to this wondrous carnation, known but to auburn-headed beauties, was the deep purple of her humid lips, the roseate transparency of her small ears, of her dilated nostrils, and her nails, as bright and glossy, as if they had been varnished. In every spot, indeed, where her pure arterial blood, full of animation and heat, could make its way to the skin and shine through the surface, it proclaimed her high health and the vivid life and joyous buoyancy of her glorious youth. Her eyes were very Now they glanced, sparkling large, and of a velvet softness. and shining with comic humor or intelligence and wit and

;

extended themselves, languishing and swimming between their double fringes of long crisp eyelashes, of as deep a black as her finely-drawn and exfor, by a delightful freak of quisitely arched eyebrows
;

now

they widened and

nature, she had black eyebrows and eyelashes to contrast with the golden red of her hair. Her forehead, small like those of ancient Grecian statues, formed with the rest of

her face a perfect oval.
slightly aquiline
;

Her nose, delicately curved, was the enamel of her teeth glistened when
;

the light fell upon them and her vermeil mouth, voluptuously sensual, seemed to call for sweet kisses, and the gay smiles and delectations of dainty and delicious pleasure. It is impossible to behold or to conceive a carriage of the head freer, more noble, or more elegant than hers thanks to the great distance which separated the neck and the ear from their attachment to her outspread and dimpled shoulders. have already said that Adrienne was red-haired but it was the redness of many of the admirable portraits of women by Titian and Leonardo da Vinci, that is to say, molten gold present not reflections more delightfully agreeable or more glittering, than the naturally undulating mass of her very long hair, as soft and fine as silk, so long, that, when in it, she could wholly envelop let loose, it reached the floor At the herself, like another Venus arising from the sea.
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present moment, Adrienne's tresses were ravishing to behold Georgette, her arms bare, stood behind her mistress, and had carefully collected into one of her small white hands, those splendid threads whose naturally ardent brightness was doubled in the sunshine. When the pretty lady's-maid plunged a comb of ivory into the midst of the undulating
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and golden waves of that enormously magnificent skein of silk, one might have said that a thousand sparks of fire darted forth and coruscated away from it in all directions. The sunshine, too, reflected not less golden and fiery rays from numerous clusters of spiral ringlets, which, divided upon Adrienne's forehead, fell over her cheeks, and in their elastic flexibility caressed the risings of her snowy bosom, to whose charming undulations they adapted and applied
Whilst Georgette, standing, combed the beauthemselves. tiful locks of her mistress. Hebe, with one knee upon the floor, and having upon the other the sweet little foot of Miss Cardoville, busied herself in fitting it with a remarkably small shoe of black satin, and crossed its slender ties over a silk stocking of a pale yet rosy flesh-color, which imprisoned the smallest and finest ankle in the world. Florine, a little farther back, presented to her mistress, in a jeweled box, a perfumed paste, with which Adrienne slightly rubbed her dazzling hands and outspread fingers, which seemed tinted with carmine to their extremities. Let us not forgel Frisky, who, couched in the lap of her mistress, opened her great eyes with all her might, and seemed to observe tha different operations of Adrienne's toilette with grave and reflective attention.

A

silver bell being

sounded from without,

Florine, at a sign from her mistress, went out and presently returned, bearing a letter upon a small silver-gilt salver.

Adrienne, while her women continued fittting on her shoes, dressing her hair, and arranging her in her habiliments, took the letter, which was written by the steward of the estate of Cardoville, and read aloud as follows
:

generosity, I venture to address you with respectful confidence. During twenty years I served the late Count and Duke of Cardoville, your noble father, I believe I may truly say. with probity and zeal. The castle is now sold so tha» I and my wife, in our old age, behold ourselves about to be dismissed, and left destitute of all resources which, alas is very hard at oui time of life."
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!

"Honored Madame, "Knowing your goodness of heart and

"Poor creature!" said Adrienne. interrupting herself in reading: "my father, certainly, always prided himself upon their devotion to him, and their probity." She continued
:

"There does, indeed, remain to us a means of retaining our place but it would constrain us to be guilty of baseness and. be the consequences to us what they may, neither I nor my wife wish to purchase our bread at such a price."
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same"Good very good," said Adrienne, "always the a flower, it is the sweet perfume of dignity even in poverty— in a meadow. not the less sweet because it has bloomed
the unworthy task ex"In order to explain to you, honored madame, inform you, in the first place, that M. acted from us, it is necessary to Rodin came here from Paris two days ago."
f

Rodin'" said Mademoiselle de Cardoville, interanew; "the secretary of Abbe d'Aigngny! him being engaged in a perfidious I am not at all surprised at or black intrigue. But let us see."

"Ah'

M

rupting herself

the estate was Rodin came from Paris to announce to us that our continuance m and that he was sure of being able to obtain a priest not of good charour place, if we would assist him in imposing as her future confessor and if,. the acter upon the new proprietress consent to calumniate another priest tetter Tattain this end, we would much loved and much respected m the a deserving and excellent man,

"M

sold

;

twice or thrice Even that is not all. I was required to write country that should occur Rodin, and to relate to him everything a week to that these in-

hX famous
was

M

and dissimulated proposals were as much as possible disguised notwithstanding t he aspe ct underSufficiently specious pretexts; but, to give to the affair, it which with more or less skill it was attempted of what I have now had the honor
precisely and substantially stating to you."

house/

I

ought to acknowledge, honored

madame

false and treacherous impeach"Corruption, calumny, and "I cannot think of said Adrienne, with disgust: '." mind shocked wretches without involuntarily feeling my such ot ideas of black, venomous, and vile reptiles, bv dismal ao I love to most hideous indeed. How much more aspects honest Dupont and his dwell upon the consoling thought of wife!" Adrienne proceeded

ment

:

quit Cardoville which hesitated not an instant. "Believe we shall quit it like has been our home for the last twenty years ;-but of our integrity. And now honest people, and with the consciousness Lnofed'maWme, if, in the brilliant circle in which you for us by your find a place jnove-you are so benevolent and amiable—could to you, we shall escape recommenSadon, then, with endless gratitude from a position of most cruel embarrassment.

me, we

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shall not in vain "Surely, surely," said Adrienne, "they To wrest excellent persons from the grip ot to me. appeal it is at M. Rodin, is not only a duty but a pleasure: for do and a dangerous enterprise and dearly once a righteous went oowerful oppressors!" Adrienne again I love to brave on reading;
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''After having thus spoken to you of ourselves, honored madame, permit us to implore your protection for other unfortunates; for it would be wicked to think only of one's self. Three days ago, two shipwrecks k place upon our ironbound coast. few were

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saved, and were conducted hither, where I and my wife gave them all All these passengers have departed for Paris, ssary attentions; except one, who still remains, his wounds having hitherto prevented him from leaving the house, and, indeed, they will constrain him to remain lor some days to come. He is a young East Indian prince, of

passengers only

about twenty years of age, and he appears to be as amiable and good as he is handsome, which is not a little to say, though he has a tawny skin, like the rest of his countrymen, as I understand."

"An Indian prince twenty years of age young, amiable, and handhome!" exclaimed Adrienne, gayly; "this is quite delightful, and not at all of an ordinary or vulgar nature! Oh! this Indian prince has already awakened all my symBut what can I do with this Adonis from the pathies! banks of the Ganges, who has come to wreck himself upon
! !

the Picardy coast?" Adrienne's three women looked at her with much astonishment, though they were accustomed to the singular eccentricities of her character.

Georgette and Hebe even indulged in discreet and restrained smiles. Florine, the tall and beautiful pale brown girl, also smiled like her pretty companions; but it was after a short pause of seeming reflection, as if she had previously been entirely engrossed in listening to and recollecting the minutest words of her mistress, who, though powerfully interested by the situation of the "Adonis from Ganges' banks," as she had called him, continued to read

Dupont's

letter

:

"One of the countrymen of the Indian prince, who has also remained upon him, has given me to understand that the youthful prince has lost in the shipwreck all he possessed, and knows not how to get to Pans, where his speedy presence is required bv some affairs of the very greatest importance. It is not from the prince himself that I have obtained this information: no; he appears to be too dignified and proud to proclaim of his fate; but his countryman, more communicative, has confidentially told me what I have stated, adding, that his young compatriot has already been subjected to great calamities, and that his father, who was the sovereign of an Indian kingdom, has been killed by the English, who have also dispossessed his son of his crown."
to attend

"This is very singular," said Adrienne. thoughtfully. 'These circumstances recall to my mind that my father often mentioned that one of our relations was espoused in India by a native monarch; and that General Simon (whom
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had entered into his service." they have created a marshal) Then interrupting herself to indulge in a smile, she added, "Gracious! this affair will be quite odd and fantastical! Such things happen to nobody but me and then people say But it seems to me that that I am the uncommon creature
;
!

it is

not

itself

in truth, sometimes shows I, but Providence, which, But let us see if worthy Dupont gives very eccentric
!

the

name

of this

handsome prince ?"
:

we

to you should have thought ourselves very selfish, if, while stating is with us a our own griefs, we had not also informed you that there In fine, lady, brave and estimable prince involved in so much distress. much experience of men and it trust to me I am old and I have had the sweetwas only necessary to see the nobleness of expression and enable me to judge that ness of countenance of this young Indian, to I have taken the liberty to request he is worthy of the interest which him a small sum It would be sufficient to transmit to in his behalf. for he has lost of money for the purchase of some European clothing in the shipwreck." all his Indian vestments
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"We

trust

honored madame, that you will pardon our boldness

but

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gayly
;

"Good heavens European clothing !" exclaimed Adrienne, "Poor young prince! Heaven preserve him from Chance has sent hither from the heart that and me also have worn the of India, a mortal so far favored as never to and abominable European costume—those hideous habits,
! !

the men so ridiculous, so ugly, frightful hats, which render to be disthat in truth there is not a single good quality covered in them, nor one spark of what can either captivate There comes to me at last a handsome young or attract where the men are clothed in silk the
!

prince from

East,

and cashmere.

Most assuredly
!

Ell not miss this rare

and

to a very serious unique opportunity of exposing myself No, no not a European dress and formidable temptation But the name— for me, though poor Dupont requests it! Once more, what a singular the name of this dear prince cousin from event is this! If it should turn out to be that so During my childhood, I have heard beyond the Ganges much in praise' of his royal father! Oh! I shall be quite his son the kind reception which he merits! ravished to
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give

And

then she read on

:

are so kind as to "If besides this small sum, honored madame, you the means of reaching Pans, you give him and also his companion, this poor young prince, who is at will confer a very great service upon present so unfortunate. j. be aware that it I know enough of your delicacy to "To conclude,
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would perhaps be agreeable to you to afford this succor to the prince without being known as his benefactress: in which case, I beg that you

command me; and you may

rely

upon

my

discre-

contrary, you wish to address it directly t" himself, his has been written for me by his countrymen, 'Prince " Djalma, son of Radja-sing, King of Mundi.'

on
as

tiie
it

name

"Djalma!" said Adrienne, quickly, and appearing to call up her recollections, "Radja-sing! Yes that is it! These

are the very
telling in the

names

that

my

me

that

there

was

father so often repeated, while nothing more chivalric or heroic
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world than the old king, our relation by marriage and the son has not derogated, it would seem, from that character. Yes. Djalma, Radja-sing once more, that is it such names are not so common," she added, smiling, "that one should either forget or confound them with others. This Djalma is my cousin Brave and good young and charming above all, he has never worn the horrid European This is quite And destitute of every resource dress

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!

It is too much happiness at once! Quick, quick! ravishing! let us improvise a pretty fairy tale, of which the handsome and beloved prince shall be the hero! The poor bird of the golden and azure plumage has wandered into our dismal climate but he will find here, at least, something to remind him of his native region of sunshine and perfumes !" Then, addressing one of her women, she said "Georgette, take
:

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paper and write,
gilt,

girl went to the illuminated table, which contained materials for writing; "I await and, having seated herself, she said to her mistress

my

child !"

The young

:

orders.*'

Adrienne de Cardoville, whose charming countenance was radiant with the gayety of happiness and joy, proceeded to dictate the following letter to a meritorious old painter, who had long since taught her the arts of drawing and designin which arts she excelled, as indeed she did in all ing others
; :

dear Titian, my good Veronese, my worthy Raphael. can render me a very great service, and you will do it, I am sure, with that perfect and obliging complaisance by which you are

— You

"My

ever distinguished.
It is to go immediately and apply yourself to the skilful hand who But the present designed my last costumes of the fifteenth century. affair is to procure modern East Indian dresses for a young man yes, sir for a young man, and according to what I imagine of him. I that you can cause his measure to be taken from the Antinous, fancy or rather, from the Indian Bacchus; yes that will be more likely.

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necessary that these vestments be at once of perfect propriety and correctness, magnificently rich, and of the greatest elegance. You will choose the most beautiful stuffs possible and endeavor, above all things, that they be, or resemble, tissues of Indian manufacture; and you will add to them, for turbans and sashes, six splendid long cashmere shawls, two of them white, two red, and two orange as nothing suits brown complexions better than those colors. "This done (and I allow you at the utmost only two or three days), you will depart post in my carriage for Cardoville Manor House, which you know so well. The steward, the excellent Dupont, one of your old friends, will there introduce you to a young Indian Prince, named Djalma; and you will tell that most potent grave, and reverend signior, of another quarter of the globe, that you have come on the part of an unknown friend, who, taking upon himself the duty of a brother, sends him what is necessary to preserve him from the odious fashions of Europe. You will add, that his friend expects him with so much impatience that he conjures him to come to Paris immediately. If he objects that he is suffering, you will tell him that my carriage is an excellent bed-closet; and you will cause the bedding, etc., which it contains, Remember to make to be fitted up, till he finds it quite commodious. very humble excuses for the unknown friend not sending to the prince for alas either rich palanquins, or even, modestly, a single elephant palanquins are only to be seen at the opera and there are no elephants but those in the menagerie, though this must make us seem strangely barbarous in his eyes. "As soon as you shall have decided on your departure, perform the journey as rapidly as possible, and bring here, into my house, in the Rue de Babylone (what predestination that I should dwell in the street of Babylon, a name which must at least accord with the ear of an Oriental), you will bring hither, I say, this dear prince, who is so happy as to have been born in a country of flowers, diamonds, and sun "Above all, you will have the kindness, my old and worthy friend, not to be at all astonished at this new freak, and refrain from indulging in extravagant conjectures. Seriously, the choice which I have made of you in this affair, of you, whom I esteem and most sincerely honor, is because it is sufficient to say to you that, at the bottom of all this, there is something more than a seeming act of folly."
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!

In uttering these last words, the tone of Adrienne was as serious and dignified as it had been previously comic and But she quickly resumed, more gayly, dictating to jocose.
Georgette.
I am something like that commander of "Adieu, my old friend. ancient days, whose heroic nose and conquering chin you have so often made me draw I jest with the utmost freedom of spirit even in the moment of battle yes, for within an hour I shall give battle, a pitched to my dear pew-dwelling aunt. Fortunately, audacity and courbattle age never failed me, and I burn with impatience for the engagement with my austere princess. "A kiss, and a thousand heartfelt recollections to your excellent wife. If I speak of her here, who is so justly respected, you will please to understand, it is to make you quite at ease as to the consequences ct
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running away with, for my sake, a charming young prince, for it is proper to finish well, where I should have begun, by avowing to you that he is charming indeed! "Once more, adieu !"

Then, addressing Georgette,
writing, chit ?"

said

she,

"Have you done

"Yes, madame." "Oh, add this postscript."
I send you draft on sight on my banker for all expenses. "P.S. Spare nothing. You know I am quite a grand seigneur. I must use this masculine expression, since your sex have exclusively appropriated to yourselves (tyrants as you are) a term, so significant as it is of noble

generosity."

"Now, Georgette."
and the
ville
letter, that I

said Adrienne, "bring

may

sign

it."

me an envelope, Mademoiselle de Cardo-

took the pen that Georgette presented to her, signed the letter, and enclosed in it an order upon her banker,

which was expresed thus

:

"Please pay M. Norval, on demand without grace, the sum of money he may require for expenses incurred on my account. "Adrienne de Cardoville."

During

all this

Hebe had continued
and was

scene, while Georgette wrote. Florine and to busy themselves with the duties of

their mistress's toilette, who had put off her morning gown now in full dress, in order to wait upon the princess,

her aunt. From the sustained and immovably fixed attention with which Florine had listened to Adrienne's dictating to Georgette her letter to M. Norval, it might easily have been seen that, as was her habit indeed, she endeavored to retain in her memory even the slightest words of her mistress.

"Now,

chit,"

said

Adrienne

to

Hebe, "send

this

letter

immediately to M. Norval."

The same silver bell was again rung from without. Hebe m<»ved towards the door of the dressing-room, to go and inquire what it was, and also to execute the order of her mistress as to the letter. But Florine precipitated herself, so to speak, before her, and so as to prevent her leaving the
apartment and said to Adrienne I "Will it please my lady for me to send this letter? have occasion to go to the mansion." "Go, Florine, then," said Adrienne, "seeing that you wish
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Georgette, seal the letter."

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the end of a second or two, during which Georgette had sealed the letter, Hebe returned. "Madame," said she, re-entering, "the working-man who brought back Frisky yesterday, entreats you to admit him for an instant. He is very pale, and he appears quite sad." "Would that he may already have need of me I should be too happy!" said Adrienne gayly. "Show the excellent young man into the little saloon. And, Florine, despatch this
!

At

letter

immediately." Florine went out. Miss de Cardoville, followed by Frisky, entered the little reception-room, where Agricola awaited
her.

CHAPTER XXXV.
THE INTERVIEW.

When

Adrienne de Cardoville entered the saloon where
her,

Agricola expected

she

robe of deep blue, perfectly fitted to elegant simplicity. her shape, embroidered in front with interlacings of black silk, according to the then fashion, outlined her nymph-like

A

was dressed with extremely

and her rounded bosom. French cambric collar, fastened by a large Scotch pebble, set as a brooch, served her for a necklace. Her magnificent golden hair formed a framework for her fair countenance, with an incredible profusion of long and light spiral tresses, which reached nearly to her waist. Agricola, in order to save explanations with his father, and to make him believe that he had indeed gone to the workshop of M. Hardy, had been obliged to array himself in his working dress he had put on a new blouse though, and the collar of his shirt, of stout linen, very white, fell over upon a black cravat, negligently tied his gray trousers allowed his wellpolished boots to be seen and he held between his muscular hands a cap of fine woolen cloth, quite new. To sum up, his blue blouse, embroidered with red, showing off the nervous chest of the young blacksmith, and indicating his robust shoulders, falling down in graceful folds, put not the least constraint upon his free and easy gait, and became him much better than either frock-coat or dress-coat would have done. While awaiting Miss de Cardoville, Agricola mechanfigure,
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examined a magnificent silver vase, admirably graven. small tablet, of the same metal, fitted into a cavity of its "Chased by Jean Marie, antique stand, bore the words working chaser, 1831." Adrienne had stepped so lightly upon the carpet of her saloon, only separated from another apartment by the doors, that Agricola had not perceived the young lady's entrance. He started, and turned quickly round, upon hearing a silvery

A

ically

and brilliant voice say to him: "That is a beautiful vase, is

it

not, sir?"

"Very

beautiful,

madame," answered Agricola

greatly

embarrassed.

"You may see from it that I like what is equitable," added Miss de Cardoville, pointing with her finger to the "an artist puts his name upon his paintlittle silver tablet ing; an author publishes his on the title-page of his book; and I contend that an artisan ought also to have his name
;

connected with his workmanship."

"Oh, madame, so this name?" "Is that of the poor chaser who executed this masterpiece, When the latter sold me at the order of a rich goldsmith. the vase, he was amazed at my eccentricity, he would have almost said at my injustice, when, after having made him tell me the name of the author of this production, I ordered his name to be inscribed upon it, instead of that of the goldIn the smith, which had already been affixed to the stand. absence of the rich profits, let the artisan enjoy the fame of Is it not just, sir?" bis skill. It would have been impossible for Adrienne to commence the conversation more graciously: so that the blacksmith, already beginning to feel a little more at ease, answered "Being a mechanic myself, madame, I cannot but be doubly affected by such a proof of your sense of equity and
:

justice."

"Since you are a mechanic, sir," resumed Adrienne, "I cannot but felicitate myself on having so suitable a hearer. But please to be seated." With a gesture full of affability, she pointed to an armchair of purple silk embroidered with gold, sitting down

upon a tctc-a-tctc of the same materials. Seeing Agricola's hesitation, who again cast down his eyer with embarrassment, Adrienne, to encourage him, showed
herself

him Frisky, and said to him gayly:

"This poor

little

animal,

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lively remembrance of this visit seems to

attached, will always afford me a your obliging complaisance, sir. And me to be of happy augury; I know not what good presentiment whispers to me, that perhaps I shall have the pleasure of being useful to you in some affair."

which

am

very

much

said Agricola, resolutely, "my name is blacksmith in the employment of M. Hardy, at Pressy, near the city. Yesterday you offered me your purse and I refused it to-day, I have come to request of you perhaps ten or twenty times the sum that you had generously proposed. I have said thus much all at once, madame, because it causes me the greatest effort. Two words blistered my lips, but now I shall be more at ease."

"Madame,"
a*

Baudoin:

:

Adrienne; "but

delicacy of your scruples, sir," said you knew me, you would address me without fear. How much do you require?" "I do not know, madame," answered Agricola. "I beg your pardon. You don't know what sum?" "No madame and I come to you to request, not only the sum necessary to me, but also information as to what that

"I

appreciate

the

if

;

sum

is."

"Let us see, sir," said Adrienne, smiling, "explain this to me. In spite of my good will, you feel that I cannot divine,

what it is that is required." in two words, I can state the truth. I have a good old mother, who, in her youth, broke her health by excessive labor, to enable her to bring me up and not only me, but a poor abandoned child whom she had picked up. It is my turn now to maintain her and that I have the hapBut in order to do so, I have only my piness of doing. If I am dragged from my employment, my mother labor.
ill at

once,

"Madame,

;

;

will be

without support."
for anything now, for
her,
sir,

"Your mother cannot want

since

I

interest myself for her." "You will interest yourself

madame?"

said

Agricola. "Certainly," replied Adrienne. "But you don't know her," exclaimed the blacksmith.

"Now

I

do; yes."

"Oh, madame!" said Agricola, with emotion, after a moment's silence. "I understand you. But indeed you have a noble heart. Mother Bunch was right." "Mother Bunch?" said Adrienne, looking at Agricola

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with a very surprised air; for what he said to her was an enigma. The blacksmith, who blushed not for his friends, replied
frankly.

"Madame, permit me to explain to you. Mother Bunch is a poor and very industrious young workwoman, with whom She is deformed, which is the I have been brought up. But though, on reason why she is called Mother Bunch. the one hand, she is sunk, as low as you are highly elevated
on the other, yet as regards the heart as to delicacy oh, lady, I am certain that your heart is of equal worth with hers That was at once her own thought, after I had related to her in what manner, yesterday, you had presented
!

me

with that beautiful flower." "I can assure you, sir," said Adrienne, sincerely touched, "that this comparison flatters and honors me more than anything else that you could say to me, a heart that remains good and delicate, in spite of cruel misfortunes, is so rare a treasure while it is very easy to be good, when we

;

have youth and beauty, and to be delicate and generous, when we are rich. I accept, then, your comparison but on condition that you will quickly put me in a situation to deserve it. Pray go on, therefore." In spite of the gracious cordiality of Miss de Cardoville,
;

was always observable in her so much of that natural which arises from independence of character, so much elevation of soul and nobleness of sentiment that
there

dignity

Agricola, forgetting the ideal physical beauty of his protecrather experienced for her the emotions of an affectionate and kindly, though profound respect, which offered a singular and striking contrast with the youth and gayety of the lovely being who inspired him with this sentiment. "If my mother alone, madame, were exposed to the rigor which I dread, I should not be so greatly disquieted with the fear of a compulsory suspension of my employment.
tress,

poor people, the poor help one another and my worshipped by all the inmates of our house, our excellent neighbors, who would willingly succor her. But they themselves are far from being well off and as they would incur privation- by assisting her, their little benefits would still be more painful to my mother than the endurance even of misery by herself. And besides, it is not only for my mother that my exertions are required, but for my

Among

;

mother

is

;

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father, whom we have not seen for eighteen years, and who has just arrived from Siberia, where he remained during all that time, from zealous devotion to his former general, now

Marshal Simon." "Marshal Simon
sion of

!"

said Adrienne, quickly, with

an expres-

much surprise. "Do you know the marshal, madame?" "I do not personally know him but he married
;

a lady of

"then the two young ladies, his daughters, whom my father has brought from Russia, are your relations !" "Has Marshal Simon two daughters?" asked Adrienne, more and more astonished and interested. "Yes, madame, two little angels of fifteen or sixteen, and so pretty, so sweet they are twins so very much alike, Their mother died in as to be mistaken for one another. and the little she possessed having been confiscated, exile they have come hither with my father, from the depths
;
;

our family." "What joy!" exclaimed the blacksmith,

of Siberia, travelling very wretchedly but he tried to make them forget so many privations by the fervency of his devotion and his tenderness. excellent father you will not believe, madame, that, with the courage of a lion, he has all the love and tenderness of a mother." "And where are the dear children, sir?" asked Adrienne. "At our home, madame. It is that which renders my position so very hard that which has given me courage to come to you it is not but that my labor would be sufficient for our little household, even thus augmented but that I am about to be arrested." "About to be arrested ? For what?" "Pray, madame, have the goodness to read this letter, which has been sent by some one to Mother Bunch." Agricola gave to Miss de Cardoville the anonymous letter ivhich had been received by the workwoman. After having read the letter, Adrienne said to the blacksmith, with surprise, "It appears, sir, you are a poet!" "I have neither the ambition nor the pretension to be one, madame. Only, when I return to my mother after a day's toil, and often, even while forging my iron, in order to divert
;

My

!

;

;

;

and relax my attention, I amuse myself with rhymes, sometimes composing an ode, sometimes a song." "And your song of the Freed Workman, which is men-

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in

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disaffected

letter, is, therefore, very dangerous ?" "Oh, no, madame; quite the contrary. For myself, I have the good fortune to he employed in the factory of M. Hard}-, who renders the condition of his workpeople as happy as that of their less fortunate comrades is the reverse; and had limited myself to attempt, in favor of the great mass of the working classes, an equitable, sincere, warm, and earnest claim nothing more. But you are aware, perhaps, madame. that in times of conspiracy and commotion, people are often incriminated and imprisoned on very slight Should such a misfortune befall me, what will grounds. become of my mother, my father, and the two orphans whom we are bound to regard as part of our family until the return of their father, Marshal Simon? It is on this account, madame, that, if I remain, I run the risk of being I have come to you to request you to provide arrested.
I

this

—very

surety for me so that I should not be compelled to exchange the workshop for the prison, in which case I can answer for it that the fruits of my labor will suffice for all."
;

Adrienne, gayly, "this affair Henceforth, Mr. Poet, you shall draw your inspirations in the midst of good fortune instead of adversity. Sad muse But first of all, bonds
will

"Thank

the

stars!"

said

arrange

itself quite easily.

!

shall be

given for you."
continue,"

"Oh, madame. you have saved us!"
said Adrienne, "the physician of our intimately connected with a very important minister (understand that, as you like," said she, smiling, "you will not deceive yourself much). The doctor exercises very great influence over this great statesman for he has always had the happiness of recommending to him, on account of his health, the sweets and repose of private life, to the very eve of the day on which his portfolio was taker. from him. Keep yourself, then, perfectly at ease. If the surety be insufficient, we shall be able to devise some other

"To

family

is

;

r

meam." "Madame,"

said Agricola, with great emotion, "I am indebted to you for the repose, perhaps for the life of my mother. Believe that I shall ever be grateful."' "That is all quite simple. Now for another thing. It is proper that those who have too much should have the right of coming to the aid of those who have too little. Mar

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Simon's daughters are members of my family, and they will reside here with me, which will be more suitable. You will apprise your worthy mother of this and in the evening, besides going to thank her for the hospitality which she
;

has shown to

my

young

relations, I shall fetch

them home."

At this moment Georgette, throwing open the door which separated the room from an adjacent apartment, hurriedly entered, with an affrighted look, exclaiming:
"Oh, madame, something extraordinary
the street."
is

going on in

Explain yourself," said Adrienne. conduct my dressmaker to the little gardengate," said Georgette; "where I saw some ill-looking men, attentively examining the walls and windows of the little out-building belonging to the pavilion, as if they wished to spy out some one." "Madame." said Agricola, with chagrin, "I have not been deceived. They are after me."
"I

"How

so?

went

to

"What

say you?"
I
:

was followed, from the moment when I left and now it is beyond doubt. They enter your house and are on the watch to arrest me. Well, now that your interest has been now that I have no farther unacquired for my mother, easiness for Marshal Simon's daughters, rather than hazard your exposure to anything the least unpleasant, I run to
"I thought the Rue St.

Mery must have seen me

;

deliver myself up." "Beware of that sir," said Adrienne, quickly. "Liberty is too precious to be voluntarily sacrificed. Besides, Geor-

gette

you not

mistaken. But in any case, I entreat to surrender yourself. Take advice, and escape That, I think, will greatly facilitate being arrested. measures for I am of opinion that justice evinces a great

may have been

my

my

;

desire to keep possession of those upon whom she has once pounced." "Madame," said Hebe, now also entering with a terrified
look, "a

man knocked

young man

in a blue blouse

that the person whom and that he has something to

and inquired if a has not entered here. He added, he seeks is named Agricola Baudoin,
at the little door,
tell

him of great importance."

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"That's my name," said Agricola "but the important information is a trick to draw me out." "Evidently," said Adrienne; "and therefore we must play off trick for trick. What did you answer, child?" added

addressing herself to Hebe. answered, that I didn't know what he was talking about."
she,

"I

"Quite right," said Adrienne: "and the
question?"

man who

puts the

"He went away, madame."
"Without doubt to come back again, soon," said Agricola. "That is very probable," said Adrienne, "and therefore, sir, it is necessary for you to remain here some hours witl I am unfortunately obliged to go immediately resignation. to the Princess Saint-Dizier, my aunt, for an important interview, which can no longer be delayed, and is rendered more pressing still by what you have told me concerning the daughters of Marshal Simon. Remain here, then, sir since if you go out, you will certainly be arrested." "Madame, pardon my refusal; but I must say once more
;

that

I

ought not to accept

this

generous offer."

"Why?"
"They have tried to draw me out, in order to avoid penetrating with the power of the law into your dwelling; but if I go not out, they will come in and never will I Now that I am expose you to anything so disagreeable.
;

no longer uneasy about my mother, what signifies prison?" "And the grief that your mother will feel, her uneasiness, and her fears, nothing? Think of your father; and that poor work-woman who loves you as a brother, and whom I value as a sister; Besay, sir, do you forget them also? lieve me, it is better to spare those torments to your family. Remain here and before the evening I am certain, either by giving surety, or some other means, of delivering you from these annoyances." "But, madame, supposing that I do accept your generous offer, they will come and find me here." "Not at all. There is in this pavilion, which was formerly the abode of a nobleman's left-handed wife, you see, sir," said Adrienne, smiling, "that live in a very profane place diere is here a secret place of concealment, so wonderfully

;

well-contrived, that

it

can defy
will

conduct you to

it.

You

all searches. Georgette will be very well accommodated.

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will

even be able to write some verses for me, if the place inspire you." "Oh, madame how great is your goodness how have I merited it?"
!

You

!

Admitting that your character you to any interest admitting that I may not owe a sacred debt to your father for the touching regards and cares he has bestowed upon the daughters of Marshal Simon, my relations do you forget "Frisky, there, Frisky, sir?" asked Adrienne, laughing, whom you have restored to my fondlings? Seriously, if I taugh," continued this singular and extravagant creature,

"Oh, sir, I will tell you. and your position do not

entitle

;

— —

"it is

because
that
I

I

know
an
;

that

you are entirely out of danger,

and
sir,

of happiness. Therefore, quickly your address, and your mother's, in this pocket-book follow Georgette and spin me some pretty verses, if you do not bore yourself too much in that
feel

increase

write for

me

;

prison to which you fly." While Georgette conducted the blacksmith to the hidingplace, Hebe brought her mistress a small gray beaver hat with a gray feather for Adrienne had to cross the park to reach the house occupied by the Princess Saint-Dizier.

*******
;

quarter of an hour after this scene, Florine entered mysteriously the apartment of Mrs. Grivois, the first woman of the princess. "Well?" demanded Mrs. Grivois of the young woman. "Here are the notes which I have taken this morning," said Florine, putting a paper into the duenna's hand. "Happily, I have a good memory." "At what time exactly did she return home this morning?" asked the duenna, quickly.

A

"Who, madame?"
"Miss Adrienne." "She did not go out, madame.
at nine o'clock."

We

put her in the bath

"But before nine o'clock she came home, after having passed the night out of her house. Eight o'clock was the time at which she returned, however." Florine looked at Mrs. Grivois with profound astonishment, and said

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"I do not understand you, madaine." "What's that? Madame did not come

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home thi> morning you lie?" and did not come down till nine this morning, in order to assist Georgette and Hebe help our young lady from the bath. I know nothing of what passed swear to you, madame." previously, "That alters the case. You must ferret out what I allude to from your companions. They don't distrust you, and will
at eight o'clock ? Dare "1 was ill yesterday,
I

tell

you

all."

"Yes, madame." "What has your mistress done this morning since you saw her?" "Madame dictated a letter to Georgette for M. Norval. I requested permission to send it off, as a pretext for going
out,

and for writing down all I recollected." "Very well. And this letter?" "Jerome had to go out, and I gave it him

to put in the
it

post-office."

"Idiot!" exclaimed Mrs. Grivois: "couldn't you bring
to

me?"
;

"But, as madame dictated it aloud to Georgette, as is her custom, I knew the contents of the letter and I have written
it

in

my

notes."
It
;

"That's not the same thing. to delay sending off this letter

likely there was need the princess will be very
is

much

displeased." "I thought I did right, madame." "I know that it is not good will that fails you. For these But this time six months I have been satisfied with you. you have committed a very great mistake."

"Be
ful !"

indulgent,

madame

!

what

I

do

is

sufficiently

pain-

The

girl stifled

a sigh.
at her,

Mrs. Grivois looked fixedly
tone:

and said
it.

in a sardonic

"Very
scruples,

well,

my

dear,

do not continue

If

you have

you are

"You well free, madame," said Florine, reddening and with tears in her eyes she added "I am dependent upon M. Rodin, who placed me here." "Wherefore these regrets, then?" "In spite of one's self, one feels remorse. Madame is so " good, and so confiding
;

Go your way." know that I am not
free.

:

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!

"She is all perfection, certainly But you are not here to sing her praises. What occurred afterwards?"

"The working-man who yesterday found and brought back Frisky, came early this morning and requested permission to speak with my young lady." "And is this working-man still in her house?" "I don't know. He came in when I was going out with
the letter."

"You must contrive man came about."

to learn

what

it

was

this

working-

"Yes, madame." "Has your mistress seemed preoccupied, uneasy, or afraid
of the interview which she is to have to-day with the princess? She conceals so little of what she thinks, that you

ought to know." "She has been as gay as usual.
the interview!"

She has even jested about

has she ?" said the tire-woman, muttering without Florine being able to hear her: 'They laugh most who laugh last.' In spite of her audacious and diabolical character, she would tremble, and would pray for mercy, if she knew what awaits her this day." Then addressing Florine, she continued "Return, and keep yourself, I advise you, from those fine scruples, which will be quite enough to do you a bad turn. Do not forget !" "I cannot forget that I belong not to myself, madame." "Anyway, let it be so. Farewell." Florine quitted the mansion and crossed the park to regain the summer-house, while Mrs Grivois went immediately to the Princess Saint-Dizier."
!

"Oh

jested,

between her
;

teeth,

'

CHAPTER XXXVI.
A FEMALE JESUIT.

During the preceding scenes which occurred in the Pompadour rotunda, occupied by Miss de Cardoville, other events
took place in the residence of the Princess Saint-Dizier. The elegance and sumptuousness of the former dwelling presented a strong contrast to the gloomy interior of the
latter, the first floor

of which

was inhabited by the

princess,

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for the plan of the ground floor rendered it only fit for giving parties and, for a long time past, Madame de SaintThe gravity Dizier had renounced all worldly splendors. of her domestics, all aged and dressed in hlack the profound silence which reigned in her abode, where everything was spoken, if it could be called speaking, in an undertone; and the almost monastic regularity and order of this immense mansion, communicated to everything around the princess a man of the world, who joined sad and chilling character. great courage to rare independence of spirit, speaking of the princess (to whom Adrienne de Cardoville went, according to her expression, to fight a pitched battle), said of her "In order to avoid having Madame de Saintas follows: Dizier for an enemy, I, who am neither bashful nor cowardly, have, for the first time in my life, been both a noodle and a coward." This man spoke sincerely. But Madame de SaintDizier had not all at once arrived at this high degree of importance. Some words are necessary for the purpose of exhibiting distinctly some phases in the life of this dangerous and implacable woman who, by her affiliation with the Order of
;

A

had acquired an occult and formidable power. For there is something even more menacing than a Jesuit it is a Jesuitess and, when one has seen certain circles, it becomes evident that there exist, unhappily, many of those affiliated, who, more or less, uniformly dress (for the lay members of the Order call themselves "Jesuits of the short robe.")
Jesuits,
:
;

de Saint-Dizier, once very beautiful, had been, years of the Empire, and the early years of the Restoration, one of the most fashionable women of Paris, of a stirring, active, adventurous, and commanding

Madame

during the

last

She was greatly spirit, of cold heart, but lively imagination. given to amorous adventures, not from tenderness of heart, but from a passion for intrigue, which she loved as men for the sake of the emotions it excites. love play Unhappily, such had always been the blindness or the carelessness of her husband, the Prince of Saint-Dizier (eldest brother of the Count of Rennepont and Duke of Cardoville. father of Adrienne). that during his life he had never said one word that could make it be thought that he suspected the actions of his wife. Attaching herself to Xapoleon, to dig a mine under the feet of the Colossus, that design at least afforded emotions sufficient to gratify the humor of the most

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During some time, all went well. The princess was beautiful and spirited, dexterous and false, perfidious and seductive. She was surrounded by fanatical adorers, upon whom she played off a kind of ferocious coquetry, to induce them to run their heads into grave conspiracies. They hoped to resuscitate the Frondcur party, and carried on a very active secret correspondence with some influential personages abroad, well known for their hatred against the emperor and France. Hence arose her first epistolary relations with the Marquis d'Aigrigny, then colonel in the Russian service and aide-de-camp to General Moreau. But one day all these petty intrigues were discovered. Many knights of Madame de Saint-Dizier were sent to Vincennes but the emperor, who might have punished her terribly, contented himself with exiling the princess to one of her estates near Dunkirk.
;

Upon the Restoration, the persecutions which Madame de Saint-Dizier had suffered for the Good Cause were entered to her credit, and she acquired even then very considerable influence, in spite of the lightness of her behavior. The Marquis d'Aigrigny, having entered the military service of France, remained there. He was handsome, and of fashionable manners and address. He had corresponded and conspired with the princess, without knowing her and these circumstances necessarily led to a close connection between
;

them. Excessive self-love, a taste for exciting pleasures, aspira-

and lordliness, a species of evil symthe perfidious attraction of which brings together perverse natures without mingling them, had made of the princess and the Marquis accomplices rather than lovers.
tions of hatred, pride,

pathy,

This connection, based upon selfish and bitter feelings, and upon the support which two characters of this dangerous temper could lend to each other against a world in which their spirit of intrigue, of gallantry, and of contempt had made them many enemies, this connection endured till the moment when, after his duel with General Simon, the Marquis entered a religious house, without any one understanding the cause of his unexpected and sudden resolution. The princess, having not yet heard the hour of her conversion strike, continued to whirl round the vortex of the world with a greedy, jealous, and hateful ardor, for she saw that the last years of her beauty were dying out.

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estimate of the character of this woman may be formed from the following fact Still very agreeable, she wished to close her worldly and volatile career with some brilliant and final triumph, as a great actress knows the proper time to withdraw from the stage so as to leave regrets behind. Desirous of offering up this final incense to her own vanity, the princess skilfully She spied out in the world a young selected her victims. couple who idolized each other and, by dint of cunning and address, she succeeded in taking away the lover from his mistress, a charming woman of eighteen, by whom he was adored. This triumph being achieved, Madame Saint-Dizier retired from the fashionable world in the full blaze of her After many long conversations with the Abbeexploit. Marquis d'Aigrigny, who had become a renowned preacher, she departed suddenly from Paris, and spent two years upon her estate near Dunkirk, to which she took only one of her

An

:

;

female attendants,

viz..

Mrs. Grivois.

the princess afterwards returned to Paris, it was impossible to recognize the frivolous, intriguing, and dissiThe metamorphosis pated woman she had formerly been.

When

as complete as it was extraordinary and even startling. Saint-Dizier House, heretofore open to the banquets and festivals of every kind of pleasure, became gloomily silent and austere. Instead of the world of elegance and fashion, the princess now received in her mansion only women of ostentatious piety, and men of consequence, who were remarkably exemplary by the extravagant rigor of their religious and monarchial principles. Above all, she drew around her several noted members of the higher orders of the She was appointed patroness of a body of religious clergy. females. She had her own confessor, chaplin, almoner, am' even spiritual director but this last performed his functions

was

;

The Marquis-Abbe d'Aigrignv continued in partibus. reality to be her spiritual guide; and it is almost unnecessary to say that for a long time past their mutual relations as to
in

had entirely ceased. This sudden and complete conversion of a gay and distinguished woman, especially as it was loudly trumpeted forth, struck the greater number of persons with* wonder and respect. Others, more discerning, only smiled. A single anecdote, from amongst a thousand, will suffice to show the alarming influence and power which the princess
flirting

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had acquired since her affiliation with the Jesuits. This anecdote will also exhibit the deep, vindictive, and pitiless character of this woman, whom Adrienne de Cardoville had
so imprudently made herself ready to brave. Amongst the persons who smiled more or less at the conversion of Madame de Saint-Dizier were the young and charming couple whom she had so cruelly disunited before she quitted forever the scenes of revelry in which she had

The young couple became more impassioned and lived. devoted to each other than ever they were reconciled and married, after the passing storm which had hurled them asunder and they indulged in no other vengeance against the author of their temporary infelicity than that of mildly jesting at the pious conversion of the woman who had done
;
;

them so much

injury.

Some time after, a terrible fatality overtook the loving The husband, until then blindly unsuspicious, was pair.
dreadsuddenly inflamed by anonymous communications. ful rupture ensued, and the young wife perished. As for the husband, certain vague rumors, far from distinct, yet pregnant with secret meanings, perfidiously contrived, and a thousand times more detestable than formal accusations, which can, at least, be met and destroyed, were strewn about him with so much perseverance, with a skill so diabolical, and by means and ways so very various, that his best friends, by little and little, withdrew themselves from him, thus yielding to the slow, irresistible influence of that incessant whispering and buzzing, confused as indistinct, amounting to some such results as this

A

says one. "No!" replies another. "People say very vile things about him!"
!

"Well

you know

!"

grievously affecting his honor !" "The deuce! That's very serious. It accounts for the coldness with which he is now everywhere received !" "I shall avoid him in future!"
!
!

"Do they? really! What then?" Rumors Bad reports "I don't know

that very often nothing more than brand a man whose groundless surmises are necessary to So it was with very happiness may have incurred envy. The unfortunate man, the gentleman of whom we speak.

"So will I," etc. Such is the world,

poor young girls. who. I will fight you !" The unhappy man could not find one Finally. Observant people remarked that the favorites of the religious clan of Madame de Saint-Dizier rose to high distinction with singular rapidity. and killed himself. without having ever obtained an felt. he for not once pecting the princess. he demanded satisfaction. — ! explanation of the reason for forsaking him suffering keenly for the fate of the wife whom he had lost. — Madame de Saint-Dizier remarked and necessary that one who had lived so shamefully should come to an equally shameful end. in which they found themselves strangers without support. he at length sought an explanation from an old friend. but he received only a disdainfully evasive answer. could not seemly otherwise terminate his wretched life than the day of his death. were married to rich orphans of the Sacred Heart Convents. feeling (so to speak) the earth crumbling from beneath his feet. knew not where to find or grasp the impalpable enemy whose blows — had the idea occurred to him of suswhom he had not seen since his Anxiously desiring to learn why he was so much shunned and despised. as if beatified and convinced But this was not all. The virtuous young men.THE WANDERING JEW 307 seeing the void around him extending itself. In the parlor of Madame de Saint-Dizier were appointed ! — . His adversary replied "If you can find two persons of our acquaintance. at which. such as were religiously attentive to tiresome sermons. who were held in reserve for the purpose. forsaken by all. he became mad with grief. learning too late what it is to have a pious husband selected and imposed upon them by a set of devotees. and despair. human and divine. that it On was fit by perpetrating a last crime suicide! And the friends of Madame de Saint-Dizier hawked about and everywhere repeated these terrible words with a contrite air. crushed by it if they dared to complain of the marriages to which they had been condemned. often expiated by very bitter tears the deceitful favor of thus being admitted into a world of hypocrisy and falsehood. and that he who had so long jested at all laws. rage. being exasperated. adventure with her. Along with chastisements there were rewards.

we shall manage to make it a blank communion for you. who did not make profession (as the holy fathers call The it). and of the him highly salutary example which the resolution to adopt it would afford to the public. an amusement. Abbe. that is. — isolated fact. — to profess by any means (whatever the means might be) the effect would be what was desired. for after all. treasurers. deputies." Marquis-Abbe. which requires the bitter and vengeful irony of Moliere or Pascal to do it justice. which was very agreeable for the abbe was the most amiable man in the world. believe me. but to wear a pious gloss. and above all. "M. thought that if he could only bring . The following is an historical fact. "I have a greater respect for religion than you have. He only spoke of the suitableness of the step. a blank crated wafer ! communion means breaking an unconse- The Abbe-Marquis retired with his offers." "Nonsense! you inflexible man! you frowning Alcestes. and above all." replied the person sought to be influenced. The Abbe-Marquis d'Aigrigny was therefore despatched to him and he knowing the honorable and elevated character of the non-communicant. moreover. what is it that we ask? only said the — the appearance!" Now. by listening to me. . In short. "Your profits and your scruples will go together. from required in return for the all-powerful support bestowed upon them. academicians. smiling slyly. splendor amid which he moved was calculated to give the weight of a very injurious example to his indifference. the most obliging. colonels. .308 THE WANDERING JEW whom nothing more was prefects. the most witty. swear furious war against everything impious or revolutionary. I should consider it an infamous mockery to go to the communion table without feeling the proper conviction. Like a man of intellect. which were rebut then. the refractory man was jected with indignation This was but a single dismissed from his place at court. who did not communicate at the altar. correspond confidentially upon "different subjects of his choosing" with the — Abbe d'Aigrigny. Woe to all who found themselves opposed to . the abbe prized the dogma but cheaply himself. During the last year of the Restoration. sometimes publicly take the communion. bishops and peers of the realm. there was one of the mighty dignitaries of the court a firm and independent man.

handsome ot - would have vainly unassuming in appearance." and. that the Prince of Saint-Dizier. Let us mention. Paintings of scriptural and other ( of distinguished elegance. and he. contributed to give the apartment a lugubrious and austere aspect. At the time of the Revolution of July 1830) she had "rallied. The Princess of Saint-Dizier awaited her niece in a very large room. others in their official functions. decorated with gray ribbons. people ruck With her dignified though and an ivory crucifix thrown up from a background of black velvet. Advancing years had somewhat thickened her shape. and — all by secret action. Her headdress. etc. and latent. having died many years i»ince. people still attributed to the princess much influence and power. strangely enough. has just tmished putting the seals on numerous letters. that young lady found herself to be the last and only representative of that branch of the family of the Renneponts. the father of Adrienne de Cardoville. covered with similar stuff.. rendered dismal by its gloomy green damask. 1 hough then aged about forty-five she was still fair.THE WANDERING JEW 309 the interest and principles of Madame de Saint-Dizier or her friends! Sooner or later. until the moment when all sunk forever into the abyss. which invisibly undermined reputations. they felt themselves cruelly stabbed. having died eighteen months ago. directly or indirectly. his very large personal fortune had descended to his younger brother. noiseless. others in their credit: some in their honor. It will now be conceived how under the Restoration the Princess de Saint-Dizier had become singularly influential and formidable. was stili sufficiently to be seen to advantage under the straight folds her black dress. most positions the solidly established. amid the surprise and terror of the beholders. allowed her fair sleek hair t<> rx in broad bands. arranged At first look. which formerly religious subjects. for she had a very extensive and very diversified correspondence. verv simple. continuous. were of carved ebony. The chairs. seated before a large desk. Madame de Saint-Dizier. fortunes. and tried to discover her phvsiognomy . generally irremediably some in their dearest connections. in time becoming a terrible and mysterious dissolvent. at last. by preservsome relation of family and of ing 'society with persons faithful to the worship of decayed monarchv.

wound by "Here are Florine's notes. which soon changed into an air of grieved offended chastity and disdainful pity." said Mrs. the cabinet. "There ventory is is no fear . Grivois entered trayed a cold but implacable malignity. Grivois. opposition?" _ . "For the rest. that people could not believe and gallantry. the princess. is my niece coming? which she is to be present." "Yes. beinterests. holding in her hand Florine's report of the manner in which Adrienne de Cardoville had spent the morning. viz. when requisite. if by intrigues and adventures chance she ever heard any lightness of conversation. You will take care that nothing is omitted for that is of very great importance. and was treated joyed great privileges under her rather as a companion than as a tiring-woman. madame. you will conduct into her house a person who will soon be here. her the heroine of so many she. But should Georgette or Hebe make any . Moreover. Was still retained about her it from choice that the princess had witness of the numerous follies person this so-well-informed moof her youth ? The world was kept in ignorance of the that Mrs. to have known of her mistress in lady's-maid could or ought the days of her sowing of wild (being a lady) flowers. good-nature. giving the paper to the princess." immediately expressed candid but astonishment. Her large blue eyes. But if any one dared to or ruffle her pride. madame. that when they know him. Grivois entive." said the princess. gainsay her orders or harm her and serene. since she had come to believe herself ''mother in the Church. any trace of the agita- now marked So naturally grave and reserved was tions of her past life. her countenance.310 THE WANDERING JEW with repentant calmness. to inquire for you by my desire.. "I will examine them presently. her a kind of countenance. was still full of and resistless sweetness of grace. usually placid Mrs. "but Pending the conference at tell me. her smile." "Well. madame?" "This man will make an exact inventory of everything contained in Adrienne's residence. and even of the seducing on fit occasions. but one thing was evident. Mrs. the man charged with taking the in- of such a stamp. seeming became affectionate and caressing. they . Grivois had been about twenty years in the service She knew everything that a of Madame de Saint-Dizier.

this Adrienne. rested on a . THE PLOT. whence he had departed from Rome. and from me !" An old footman opened both of the folding doors. he entire absence of beard.K)lished. There was nothing in his entire cos:ume. going out with the servant. so insolent and so haughty. exactly fitted with lace boots." "Do not have the slightest doubt.THE WANDERING JEW will 311 not dare to oppose either his making the inventory. "If Miss de Cardoville present herself. newlv shaved. that revealed the priest." "Yes. will be crushed and compelled to pray for pardon . And all traces of his tonsure disappeared in the nidst of the slight baldness which whitened slightly the »ck part of his head. and his waistcoat. CHAPTER XXXVII. The marquis was >ed in deep mourning. and announced the Marquis-Abbe d'Aigrigny. It will be necessary not to fail. brilliantly . but with his usual elegance. the more remarkable upon so gathered nanly a countenance. except. madame. "you will request her to wait an instant. then. madame. as the reader has easih was the person already seen in the Rue du Milieudes-Ursins. His his black coat. Madame de Saint-Dizier and D'Aigrigny remained alone." said the duenna. Grivois." said the princess to Mrs. The Abbe-Marquis divined. d'Aigrigny. in which city he had remained about three months. perhaps. The reports have all the consistency of truth. set off to great advantage the ilegance of his figure: his black cassimere pantaloons dissed his feet.ined to confirm the reports which you have spread for some time past. of his other steps. tightly in at the waist. as you go along with him." "Very soon. not a priestly robe . to be careful to obtain certain peculiarities '. His chin. or aspect.

she believed that you had not yet had time to come All the sad details which I wrote to you upon this to her. my conscience ought to be easy for I have fulfilled duty in sacrificing my mother. having been suddenly mitted to him from Rome. no. that city though not without hesitation. shaken." "Tell me for the last time. no.312 THE WANDERING JEW tied with a military ostenlarge and elevated black cravat. have you not concealed something in your In her last moments did not my mother curse me?" letters. She had anxiously Her ideas soon became confused. which was remarked and denounced by Rodin. Frederick. When the servant had discreetly withdrawn with Mrs. compose yourself. for the love of M. had died near Dunkirk." said the marquis. the marquis quickly approached the princess. But in her delirium it was still for you that she called. Yet I have never been able to arrive at that complete detachment from natural affection. upon an estate belongfor her ing to Madame de Saint-Dizier. painful subject are strictly true. distinguished his life. the marquis had not seen the princess since his mother." "Yes. that this abbe-marquis— now one of the most active and this celebrated preacher influential chiefs of his order. and said with a voice of emotion "Herminia. "her maternal instinct doubtless assured her that my presence could have saved her "I life. while vainly calling son to alleviate her last moments but the order to which M. Again." entreat you to banish these sad recollections. tation which reminded the beholder." said the princess. which is commanded to us by those awful words: my ." "Yes. I beg of you to compose yourself. and had fought in aid — of the Russians against France. d'Aigrigny for his mother had been the only pure feeling that had invariably . he had immediately set out for . held out his hand to her. : "No. Returned to Paris only this morning. had commanded a regiment of hussars upon the Restoration. bitterly. d'Aigrigny had thought fit to sacrifice the most sacred transfeeling and duties of nature. truly. "this misfortune is irreparable. the Dowager Marchioness d'Aigrigny. I assure you. desired your presence. did not my absence that a more cruelly affect my mother ? Had she no suspicion imperious duty called me elsewhere?" Even when her reason was "No. Grivois. .

institutions. tlt / Jc . he becomes but a human shell its kernel of intelligence. mind. that man once thinks." said the princess. J am always swayed with admiration. even with "Doubtless.THE WANDERING JEW 'He who hates not soul." . it is wise no to say a en brother. shrivelled within him. believes.' and his cannot he my "* mother. soon ours. or by faith. 29.' but to say. what intluence. 313 this his father disciple.'" l »" 1 in the T I C .. them Thus do they become mere limbs of the gigantic whose impulses they mechanically carry out while W/Lh£f 5 ?/ } tkc Z„l? may age . what power ! evermore trunk. co Id and motionless as corpses. Thence can our workings be embraced in their full extent. tins power is yes! great. who lord it in full day? This journey to Rome.' though only within the limits which are circled round mon view formidable power For' Herminia it is Rome which is the culminating point overlooking the fairest and broadest quarters of the globe made so by custom. like the stonecutter who shapes out i stone. and tree will." said the marquis. by tradition. p.£ nZ'J' Par" come thi teX 1 a COT ' Allows: "In order that the habit of V to the help of the sentiments. : ! ignorant of the design. acting and executing. from which I have just returned has given me a new idea of our to see is from an uncom- its personalty continually .. whose absorbed into the immovable personality of our Order. But. Frederick. incredible ur of proud and domineering haughtiness. after a moment's silence W hat ought not to he sacrificed in order to reign in secret over the all-powerful of the earth. and acts as he alone lists. l'^ P™" t:iry upon Jt wil1 be . What a might we possess! Verily. until. aye almost frightened. "these renunciations are . conscience. height the myriad tools. 1 had parent. in return." observed the ffincess and the more formidable because it moves in a nystenous way over minds and consciences. reason. "< »h.painful. It is "It is true. dry and withered by the habit of mutely. the breath of our Order. wishes. unaware if it " be for cathedral or bagnio In so the marquis's feature wore an speaking. and o! the dry bones stand up and walk. J ft M°I \ h Examination. most great. speechless. fearingly bowing under mysterious tasks which shatter and slay everything spontaneous in the human on\ Then do we infuse in such spiritless clay. -Piv&m.

! to retain . like what contempt do we not think upon the past! 1. — robed or move and obey. at the I intrepidity. over the surface of the globe. . and then what satisit with the present you. replied are right. according to my will. living manifesto Is not the services. burning with courage. Very often have I of comexperienced the energetic and exquisite enjoyment mand At my word my squadrons put themselves in action in golden embroidery. by wildest ambition. "You the . holding as I obeyed my signal and I felt proud did (so to speak) in my hands. militia. glittering orders: all my brave galloped everywhere to repeat my cicatrized by battles. from palace to the papal What career in all the world presents such splendid openscorn ought I not feel for the bright ings? what unutterable when we made so many envy us? butterfly life of early days. made to kindle or glut the the laborer's as it reaches from the cradle to the grave. into family affairs by hearing conscience of a —up to the throne through the quaking the chair of the credulous crowned coward. Pope. the force and valor of each and all combined into one being of resistless strength and of all of which I was as much the invincible . I feel myself a thousand times more ready for action. who only think and wish. rendered him or imposed by him. perfectly right. from chair? hovel to the royal palace. Herminia?" he added. gliding stealthily into households under the guise of confessing the wife or teaching the the dying avowals. indeed. Herminia. On a sign they scatter mechanically. more authoritative." said the marquis: had under master. with a bitter — Don't you remember. more head of our mute and blackstrong and more daring. my officers. "Aye. even to of the Godhead though he is. children. as mastered the rage and fire of my war-horse! in spite of the misforAye! that was greatness.314 THE WANDERING JEW "I have my command ! a magnificent regiment. bugles blared. soldiers. tunes which have befallen our Order. aye. and and strong. having been beautiful and surrounded by have vainly striven could' I have done at this hour? I should around me a selfish and ungrateful world of gross j . faction I feel at having followed your counsels and ridicwithout you I should have played the miserable her decline from ulous part which a woman always plays in VVhat admirers. himself. this secret rule. But now. Frederick! "How little soever we may reflect with princess quickly. often compare For. . smile.

her regrets in spite of herself. "as if we were not. thanks to you. who look upon the luxury and brilliancy with which one surrounds them. as they have devoted .— yes. remained to me have being together. in order to entertain them. to afford opportunities of meeting to amorous voung couples." she continued. that of harboring those bioomin^ laughing. and to tneir impudent amours!" Her words were so stinging. no. But ictivity. Instead of the dissipated men whom I ruled with nvolity superior to their own. "After a last and brilliant triumph. they will become >etter. I broke forever with the world. and all-powerful. that they agine that we are struck down. It is true that there would the resource of what is called keeping an for all others. we shall have at our disposal ." "There are some madmen. . d'Aigrigdisdainiully. or to the gratification of their vanity. which would soon have abandoned me." said M. it is nearlv certain that in a few lays (the 13th of February).I HE WANDERING JEW who 315 court women only that they may turn them to the service of their passions. to them I to me! It is now onlv that I reallv eniov that happiness. I now find myself surged by men of high consideration. and. of which I ever dreamt. that she betrayed the intense bitterness of pretty pleasure. be visited by a crowd of the indifferent. Frederick. and some so blind. come not to ir house hut for the purpose of a reeable house and shameful men. organized for every struggle. as it they' were their due upon bonds to minister to their pleasure. above all others. "No. ly. te. as you know. ndom. have exercised a powerful intluence over the greatest interests of the world. and such hateful envy sat upon her face. •unded. I have been initiated the most important secrets I have been able to strike. because we ourselves have J to struggle against some misfortunes. of redoubtable character. amorous youths. who each other from parlor to following parlor. very truly. I have taken an active part and. k ected and obeyed me. whosoever scoffed at or hated me and I have been' able to elevate beyond their hopes those who have served or themselves have devoted myself. many of whom have governed the a. and drew lot from our very struggles a new and n Doubtlos the times are bad. though I was so its idol and its And I have only changed my queen.

. I saw Rodin. was deemed certain that the young girls were at Leipsic. wounded dangerously. "that one would indeed. by means of that friend. Rodin is a man resumed the princess. think an invisible power protects this family. Precautions were so well taken." said the princess. who." resumed the marquis." jf "And the result of your consultation is excellent. two persons. a very great "But you are aware of the fatality which has once again overthrown projects the most laboriously conceived and matured?" "Yes immediately on arriving ?" "And he told you . Gabriel. is no longer an "That man. doubtless this affair of the medals portant. in Paris on the 13th ot interests. with an expression outraged modesty. after a of Picardy though wreck. upon whom our vast object of inquietude. "He came here last night. for us. ought not to be found We February. Lastly. and of General double shipSimon's daughters at Cardoville Castle. event." is most im"Yes. surnamed 'Sleepinbuff ^ !' ot exclaimed the princess. still. for." continued the princess: "there for our without reckoning my niece. for . ?j "The inconceivable arrival of the Indian. ." and intimate tnend "Yes. . drawn M. added out of the way the marquis "the old soldier is to be kept been posted the for two days and his wife's confessor has To-morrow. and the Indian in Java. for a and certain hope reposes." of resources and activity. are "But that is not all. you "Fie!" single . Hardy: but his most dear we have has betrayed him. and have plenty of time for action." perhaps. rest will : . the girls need no of itself. "Happily. longer be feared. . and we had it a long conversation. "were it not to act in what will be. whence it is impossible miserable vagahim to return before a month. resumed the abbe." added the marquis in vexation. Hardy into the South. will not be left by himself minute until the great day. proceed the Indian remains at Cardoville. which threw them upon the coast .316 THE WANDERING JEW a means of action sufficiently powerful for re-establishing our influence which has been temporarily shaken. "I should not have made so much haste to return hither. As for that " bond workman. M. Everything seems.

in the dominions of his master. that servile and brutal submission. then." _ "Nay. and it is Necessary to obtain this success at any price. that it is possible to treat " "Well?" for. after all. everything in his power. winch assures the repose of states bv the immobility 6f the mind. will have to solicit support and But at present he has protection from us. duke alone. if happily issue." said the princess. and he can. and he has completely prepossessed the It is with the royal mind. They don't reflect that mosl of the upper and middle classes fear and hate us." .THE WANDERING JEW see. the fools hesitate' Uiose who govern see not. in his turn. thoughtagain: these five millions that Orbano demands be but an advance. and there saw the Duke d'Orbano. service s. that this very Duke d'Orbano.—that in abandoning education to us (which is what we wish for above all things) we mould the people into that mute and quiet obedience. Hi> influence over the mind of the king is all-powerful— indeed. that sufferers must give up hope of relief :nat it is a crime to sigh for welfare in this world <\nm i that . And vet. assure to us a legal existence. more so than ever. after two or three vears in that "What is the condition?" "Five millions down and an annual pension of a hundred thousand francs. we shall promptly selves of that sum. that in doing our own business. by reason even of the increase of influence that we >hall acquire from the education of children through Whom we have their families. highly protected. ought to assure to the Order. is scarcely of what the affair of the medals. but our foot once repossess ouran eighth part brought to an "Yes. They will be returned to us in voluntary gifts. to 317 promise success. It is for us a question of life or death . with full charge of popular education. absolute. I know it." little if it be considered that planted in that country. which. and he puts an absolute condition upon his "D'Orbano has gained strength. indeed." country we shall become so deeply rooted. I stopped at Forli. nearly forty millions. Thanks to such advantages. "'It is very much. we do theirs also. in returning. don't understand will "And (when we have persuaded the mass that their wretchedne« eternal law.

Like a lever in your hands. very morning we will begin to act. not only brave all eventualthe affair of the medals. incalculable. "since. millions. have to fear. which ought. such a very great things. suspicions increased she certain that she is more instructed than ^ . which made smothered. in times means of action would be of incalculable power." resumed six persons whom we order to succeed at any price." preparations^ "Have your "Yes: I am since your last letter. d AigngAh the 13th of February !" added "And : . a g?eat day is at hand. give an increased as you "It signifies not." We during air with a thoughtful then. thanks to the immense to prolong itself. know that There remains then only my niece and you us arrival in order to take my last I have waited but for your are completed. Of the to hur five are or will be out of any condition new life!" "And nothing must be . the happy of the world only some appearances of their own corruption to if they had only the knowledge stimulant to their pleasures. a date perhaps to us (so to say) as that of the council which gave our power a the princess. and the volcano-blasts so dark? They see not the future of rulers so horrid and faith which we demand in truth. d'Aigrigny." resumed M.318 THE WANDERING JEW reward for misery the crown of glory on high is the only wallow in then the stupefied people will resignedly here) for better days the mire. . furnishes their rulers with whilst we ask from which both to conduct and curb them. resource of Thus. ! M ny after a moment of silence. we can establish ourselves. say. that this blind and passive a bridle with from the mass. in spared. and shaking his head : the fortunate and famous tor 13th of February. of France is "here the reaction continues the example maintain In Austria and Holland we can rarely everything the Order dimmish from ourselves while the resources of have arrived at a crisis but it can be made dav to day." resumed the princess. bringing nearly forty the happy sucof which the Order can become possessed by certainly can attempt cess of the affair of the medals. all their impatient aspirations blown aside. (( . and this All my resolution. thanks ities but we can again powerfully which we accept. We . which all men buy and sell one another. and to the offer of the Duke d'Orbano. our radiations will be then from that inassailable centre.

)Oint. •nvois saw. that demand of emancipation." said the marquis." 'Such has always been my opinion. sub-guardian. Adrienne come in by the ttle garden-gate. Mrs. Tripeaud ?" "They }f will asked he. fixedly regarding the marquis. Grivois went. offends me. we shall not have a more dangerous enemy. who has known how. therefore. I am certain that this ng girl may become a dangerous enemy for us. pect up to a certain to preserve her confidence. it is necessary that she may be rendered incapable of exciting further fear. the consequences of which now render quite easy that which would have been impossible without it. I! I to have borne so much now! for this Adrienne has made it her business (imprudent as she is!) to irritate me against herself! "Whosoever offends you. Mrs nportant business. Tims it is six months :e I advised you to take in all cases the measures which have adopted." "And you yourself!" said the princess.THE WANDERING JEW 319 wishes to appear. be here this morning." said the princess. Ts there any- . on her part. or thought she saw. with a voice painfully broken into short monotill "At ia>t. with an expression of joy. Baleinier. upon proof of it me? Is it possible? ?" cried the marquis. a voi: find Did — vluch appears to me inexplicable has "W bat do you allude to?" " I Moreover. "this indomitable spirit will be broken! I am at length about to be of the many insolent avenged asms which I have been compelled to swallow." them well disposed to act against her?" and the best is." said D'Aigrigny. lest I 'ables. "how many times have you been the butt of her poignant irony !" "-My instincts seldom deceive me. "my hatreds are yours. "Have you seen Dr. and if so. you know it." "What do you ositive tell noon. Adrienne does not at all rfectly so the doctor. come to circumstance our aid." h. hateful and bitter. and the M." responded Madame de Samt-Dizier.s '•mind morning. "And. in order to provoke. As she approached the pavilion." : Should awaken her suspicions. I have informed them everything. according to Adrienne that I expected her at my orders.

we shall perhaps Grivois affirms she saw. The time no delay." . We thought. If our suspicions should be realized—it armor's defect. "The same as this creature is entirely in Rodin s hands. there is no other proof than the spontaneous said declaration of Mrs. This very day must see all set at rest. and master. informed her at the same knows that the stay of the Indian prince at the castle. every day. She he is her relation." that "The one Rodin succeeded in introducing into t your niece's service?" . Norval. one of makes to me.320 THE WANDERING JEW : "Till now. and make an end it "Yes. Grivois but whilst I think of it. "Though I am as sure as you are of touch under present circumstances. the eagerness for this relation hither. for wavering is past." the note. In this she has hitherto answered our purpose very well. is Tnpeaud are ours. having written to my niece to time of ask her recommendation. She is 'posted' she may ruin all. tor informed of what it would be so dangerous is she really and above all her to know—then we must have no scruples. all is this very morning. possible. find the confirmation of what Mrs. : room to hesitate. and said to Mme. we must not Tripeaud. resolutely. than she Hardly had the Princess glanced at "What do I see? Why. the doctor. hastily. exclaimed almost in terror: Adrienne is ." said the princess. must carry things further than we . them at first—until after our interview with your to find out her will be easy. de Samt-Dizier she "If this be not merely one of her whims. report. taking up a paper that lay before her. notwithstanding her cleverness. Have a care— "there is no "In that case. proves thatshe displays in sending on knows more than you even suspected." The marquis grew pale. to frighten on the question of acting—which will be sure it niece. a very demon !" "What now?" "The bailiff at Cardoville." The doctor and M. Adrienne's women is the report." said the princess. almost impossible. and has just written to her old drawingEastern dresses. which. the affair of the medals. to set out post with hither—the man that must be kept bring Prince Djalma away from Paris at any cost. or ot m. though "Nay." "here the Princess.

" said the man in a faint. piping voice. He cannot be long. I suppose." moment a low knock was heard at the door." said the marquis to the "We must have him in first. : ." "There is also a gentleman that M. Beg him to walk in. Twould be useless princess. has already informed you of what is to be done?" 'Y. making at the same time a low bow. ['Abbe appointed to be here at noon. A'hich was only separated from the other by a curtain hune before a doorwav. He carried under his left arm a long black morocco ^ The writing-case." said the princess. except Mdlle CHAPTER adriexxe's XXXVIII. He At this "Come him in similar as skilful as discreet." "Dr. conducting him to the adjoining apartment. dressed in black. Baleimer wishes to know if her Highness the Princan receive him. I am at home to Adnenne. vou will I the oratory. It is separated from the smaller parlor by a curtain only. Alter that. Princess de Saint-Dizier's valet soon returned. Baleinier to walk this and. bring him here no one. you will beg Dr." asked the valet-de-chambre. and wearing spectacles. tor Dr. Baleinier to see him at present. by whose orders I have left him waiting in when wav also. l'Abbe. — we to be depended on?" have often emploved "Show this person in first. He was to be here at noon." Tis the person in question. The princess said to this man "M." "I thought this room would do very well for our purpose. "next ring the bell. your highness. shrill. behind which your man may be stationed." The servant went out. pale man. ts "I ertairtly." "Capital "Is he a !" man so is "Unite matters. after a moment's silence. in. "Shall you be in this room?" asked conveniently placed the princess.THE WANDERING JEW Have you been 321 able to *em\ for the person agreed on?" asked the princess.-." said the princess. enemies. it Baron Tripeaud should call. showing in a little.

led by the folexample and enthusiasm of Madame de Saint-Dizier's Baleinier. as he unfastened the loops of the curtain. ." The heavy the man in spectacles. at the high mass in Saint Thomas Aquinas Church. golden buckles. waistcoat. very closely of his costume did not plaited. black silk breeches. l'Abbe. the door opened. and soon must add. the gravity seem to exclude a shade of foppery. polite to obsequiousness. perhaps because he had a well-formed leg his garters were fastened with small. some moments after. fell flat over his temples. supple. cated once a week. suddenly provided with two medical sinecures most valuable. the doctor began under the We patronage he communiscrupulously to observe his religious duties. his coat. with a full shining. been long neglected. At the year's end. as were his shoes of polished . his small gray eye announced rare penetration and sagacity. Baleinier was about fifty years of age. completely concealed The princess touched the bell. drapery. and the servant announced a very important personage in this work. Baleinier was one of Thanks to this gational set of the Princess de Saint-Dizier. white hand was half hidden beneath a cambric ruffle. found "himself. morocco leather. its cause unknown. with great publicity. lowers. of the princess.322 "I shall THE WANDERING JEW in spectacles. sir. parted by He had retained line in the middle. M. ruddy countenance. that. adroit. on the whole. wearing short. His rather plump. "In that case. under the Restoration." added the marquis. A man of the world and a man of pleasure. a straight gray hair." "I shall wait your highness's order. a certain class of patients. and cravat were black. the doctor. the oldest favorites of the congreating. once after with numerous patients." answered the man with a second and still lowei bow. in spite of real skill and incontestable merit. as it fell. His face was acute and smiling. do nicely here. I will let you it know when is time." "And pray remember my instructions. please to step in here. very smooth and rather long. your highness. witty in insinuconversation. which gave him rather a clerical appearance his sleek. Dr. who had powerful support. middling size. "You may be perfectly tranquil. a delicate epicure. would have no other physician than Doctor and his practice was now increased to an extraordinary . the fashion of.

Like the priest. and render mutual aid for the advancement of a It may be conceived how degree. and as I made some observations to her. A doctor has in some sort a priesthood of his own. -Now." "I am not quite easy." "Always eager and happy to attend to your highness's orders. he has the ear of the sick and the dying. "we are the best friends in the world. he hastened to kiss the prin- : ( had any suspicion ardoville is coming." replied the other. we laughed a good deal. on her eccentric mode of life. The day before yesterday." resumed :he doctor. Mdlle. and on •the singular state of excitement in which I sometimes found her " Baleinier never fails to insist on these circumstances. 'Mdlle. my dear doctor. when he who cares for the health of the body. — When hand with the most finished gallantry. there is nothing (with certain exceptions). he added "Here we have you then at last. "Always punctual. which they may not extract from the weakness and fears of a sick man at the last gasp— not for themselves (the laws common he knows. guesses. to haw amongst its ••plain clothes members" one of the most popular practitioners of Paris. interest. Adrienne has always had great confidence in me. "M. important it was for the order. that three months' absence appears verv lonob to your friends?" "The time is as long to the absent as to those who remain. that Mdlle. and he who takes charge of the health of the soul. You know. in short. my dear M. Baleinier. understands each other. Baleinier. whose hand he pressed cordially." said Madame de Saint-Dizier to the marquis with a look." said the princess. Well! here is the great dav.' Then turning towards the marquis. in appearance so insignificant. Admitted at all hours to the most secret intimacy of families. Do you know. de cess's 1 he entered the room. as usual.THE WANDERING JEW 323 forbid it) but for third parties belonging more or less to the very convenient class of men of straw/ Doctor Baleinier therefore one of the most active and valuable assistant members of the Paris Jesuits." said M. and is able to effect much. Adrienne answered my observations. "suppose she ?" "That's impossible. meaning ''They are indeed very essential. "by laughing at me in the gayest and most witty .

" said D'Aigrigny. madame?" observed he . were at stake " said D'Aigrigny. answer for everything that concerns myself. "no weakness !" Instead of answering immediately. always ready. "Weakness. is not that. I It might almost complain of having . "and you need not be at all uneasy. Adrienne." Madame de Saint-Dizier. understand the responsibility of what I undertake but such "Your highness I "that am . "interests of the first con- sequence. that this young lady has one ot and most accomplished minds I know. brushing some grains of snuff from his shirt-front with his plump white hand "did I not have the honor of volunteering to extricate you from this embarrassment?" "And you are the only person in the world that could render us this important service. for it concerns the la person who bought Cardoville Manor. you told me. which only relates to her indirectly. opened it. looking all the time at the princess with so significant an air." too "On the contrary. manner for the aptest I must confess. many boarders. M. sees." resumed the doctor. exchanging a glance with D'Aigrigny. thanks to Rodin's able management. allow me to render homage to the charming qualities of Mdlle. Adrienne when the time for action comes. I wish I could be as tranquil on every other point." "Therefore I did not hesitate. and took slowly a pinch of snuff. that moment may be nearer than we thought. "Perhaps." proceeded M. that she appeared quite reassured. "I "I am.324 THE WANDERING JEW . you will find me quite as willing to do my work. with a half said — smile. immense "Yes. Baleinier. one Madame de Sainte-Colombe. But. accustomed to good society. at last. As a man of taste. and will be." interests. therefore." ." "Doctor." said the doctor. Baleinier drew his gold snuff-box from his waistcoat pocket. I will mention another subject. doctor!" said Madame de Saint-Dizier." "Is not your asylum still as fashionable as an asylum can well be?" asked Madame de Saint-Dizier. whilst we are waiting for Mdlle. who has taken me for a doctor. I perfectly not likely to show any weakness.

He is adroit. to the great advantage of the soul's peace and health of some of our patients being extremely innocent. entitled to. you are 1 " also? is doubtless painful.THE WANDERING JEW subject 325 "True. If. added to the desire the woman had to play 'lady of the parish. unslipped little Philippon on her. on the contrary. and he was to keep me informed of the variations in the moral state of his penitent. 50 that might be able. These alternations never exceed the difference betwen "pretty well. Rodin renounced the task of saving her soul. that Rodin thought night get Philippon to advise the country for his penitent.' induced her to buy Cardoville Manor. I was not to appear to know him the least in the world." said D'Aigrigny. which is a certain proof of the powerful influence of faith. according as her director had reason to be satisfied 'You see. not only on the soul. and above all patient in the extreme the very man that was wanted. to rescue perverse souls from perdition but we must needs proportion our modes of action to the intelligence and the character of the individual. We agreed upon our plan." and "not quite so well. who was at first considered easy to lead. a good investof Madame .*' said D'Aigrigny." Vet small as are the variations." "Tyhese are the tacts. It was thus with ly "It — de la Sainte-Colombe. "to be obliged to have recourse to such means. Philippon asked my aid. Two spiritual directors have already In despair. When got Madame de la Sainte-Colombe for a which he was naturally patient. "Rodin wrote to me on the but without entering into details. you feel immediately some physical ail. so that he might say to her or displeased — : good way Spiritual grace acts upon your bodily health. Mary's Convent. both moral and physical. by the use of very inoffensive for there was nothing dangerous in the illness medicines de la — I I — — to keep my patient in alternate states of improvement or the reverse. "that I have often pursued this plan at St. "This Madame — enough Sainte-Colombe. they act most efficaciously on certain minds." resumed the doctor. but on the in the ! madame. has shown herself very refractory on the head of her conversion. She was in such a fair way recovery. with perfect coolness." "By-the-bye. tenacious. fearing that Paris air might occasion a relapse. the princess knows. and you are already better.'" resumed the doctor. This advice. you fall back into evil courses.

let me see Yes. whose property he has managed. of course for her tell respect. "and his presence here is absolutely indispensable. though it is often painful to see principles we respect defended by such a pen. de Cardoville. here it is almost noon. so that he may be on his guard against the dark designs of this rascal." will find great changes then. I really beg a thousand pardons for having so long occupied you with such a paltry affair but. with disgust. I must own." said the marquis. nobody can guess how. He is a writer full of gall. that we employ while we despise." "Well! though Madame de upon sixty. and M. he has introduced himself to her. addressing the princess. The wall that was next asylum has been taken down. the old one being too small. for they are going to build a new wing and a chapel. as former agent of the countduke. "that she promised me a copy of one of Raphael's Madonnas for this chapel. qualities that give him a certain unmercifully cutting eloquence. "is one of those men. me. envy. it — : ! week ago. my dear abbe." "This Jacques Dumoulin." "But "Really? very appropriate!" said the princess." added the doctor. with evident anxiety." said the marquis. Mary's Convent. Tripeaud has not come. For this wretch lives like a vagabond is constantly in taverns almost always intoxicated but. I must say in praise of Mdlle. and he is well versed in the most abstruse theological controversies. appears to have been occasioned by an interview she has But yesterday. so that he is sometimes — — — la Sainte-Colombe is hard appears that Dumoulin has matrimonial views on her large fortune." "He is the deputy-guardian of Mdlle. "may I take the liberty of asking if your highness has been there lately?" The princess exchanged a rapid glance with D'Aigrigny. Adrienne" continued "You to my the doctor with a singular smile aside. I was there about a very useful to us. and hate. talking of St.326 THE WANDERING JEW in ment came any to lbout to The said relapse physical health is now desperately good. You will do well to inform Rodin. and answered "Oh. We pay him largely to attack our enemies. unfortunate Philippon Madame de la Sainte-Colombe was have an awful relapse moral. It is greatly to . that — — had with one Jacques Dumoulin. his power of abuse is inexhaustible. whom they tell me you know.

because this calumny forms an excuse for their barbarous — selfishness. ami drawing a small pamphlet from "' his pocket. after forty years of wars and hard service. which are published called the 'Scourge. On the strength of his well-filled mounted on his right of the candidate. " 'Once up in the world. of those to anonymous It is from time time.jobbing. lvxxonly to listen. you have ~es to be satire. who has consumed his strength in the discharge of stern and sad duties. if the death of his mother could influence the price of stocks. not like those whom honest and patient labor has — — — nobly enriched." said the doctor. doctor?" asked the princess. but like those who owe their wealth to some blind caprice of fortune. safe. they hate the people because the people remind them of a mushroom origin of which they Without pity for the dreadful misery of the are ashamed." "It is unlucky that his portrait will not do as well. that it cies. faith or conscience. who would speculate for a rise or fall on the death of his mother. 1 'And this is not all. is "What >ne that. smiling maliciously. The sketch is entitled: 'type of the j sheets. masses. who may be here at any moment. ardoville. who is as basely humble towards his social superiors. as he is insolent and is the living. mercial aristocracy without heart. and who is not better • made his country illustrious by useful labors: or the professor who has initiated entire generations in the various branches of human knowledge has remunerated in his 'Of the learned ' latter days — man who — . who.THE WANDERING JEW 327 be desired that his coming should precede that of Mdlle. Baron Tripeaud insults the poverty and political disfranchisement 'Of the officer. " 'Such persons have all the odious vices of men suddenly elevated. This man. " 'The Baron Tripeaud. frightful coarse to those who depend upon him incarnation of the worst portion of the moneyed and comone of the rich and cynical speculators.' and Baron drawn with such faithfulness. is just able to live on a scanty pension ' — — the magistrate. or some lucky cast of the net in the miry waters of stock. Tripeaud's portrait is It is really quite life-like. they ascribe it wholly to idleness or debauchery.

" "Your highness may be assured of my concurrence. Baleinier put his pamphlet into his pocket. see themselves deprived of the rights which he enjoys. Still. in charitable." "Mademoiselle has just arrived from the summer-house . whose proud and noble poverty cannot be too much revered and honored: "Buy an estate and you too may be electors and candidates !" " 'But to come to the biography of our worthy baron Andrew Tripeaud. The baron entered the room. hastily making a sign to the princess. and we meet to-day "They on that subject. Tripeaud. overwhelming every one with salutations. and particularly under present circumstances. "I have the honor to attend the orders of your highness the princess. and democratic tendencies. the son of an ostler. their intelligence. " . whose interests alone We must draw out her sincerity guides us in this affair. how should our shoddy baron of in-dust-ry not feel the most soverign contempt for all that stupid mob of honest folk. M. and glancing at the place where the man in spectacles was hidden "we are all perfectly in harmony. I have already promised." "If the intentions of your highness the princess are still " the same with regard to Mdlle. as. their mature age. the pure its representative of the gospel. severity must at length be employed. M. I think that the greatest indeed. fraternal. made the most cordial bow to the financier. that — • inn ' " were thrown open." "I do indeed rely upon you. who. Tripeaud. because he has gained a million by unfair and " 'It is illegal transactions ? your optimists say to these pariahs of civilization. by every possible means. and the valet announced "The Baron Tripeaud !" Dr. for the sake of the young lady herself. " 'In such a state of things. and even rose to give him his hand." said the marquis. de Cardoville are still the same. and that even if it were necessary "That is also our opinion. we must not leave any point doubtful. having given to their country their youth. etc. their blood.328 " THE WANDERING JEW 'Of the modest and virtuous country curate. at a roadside true. their learning. She knows that she may this instant the folding-doors : At always count upon me.

Mine. de Cardoville threw down upon a chair the gray beaver hat she had worn to cposs the garden. as if they had a vague fear of hei In about a minute. the different actors in this scene appeared uneasy and embarrassed. bore no traces of restraint.THK WANDl KINti JEW 329 and wishes to see your highness. without being larly in girls of her age. again entering. falling on either side of her face in long. She presented herself without boldness. but during the short space which preceded Axirienne's arrival." said the valet. It is singular. a . or formality. absolutely to no one. straightforward. she passed Baron Tripeaud by without looking at him. :h. "Say I that at 1 wait for her. and freshness and one could easily divine that so ant. but with perfect ease her countenance was gay and smiling her large black eyes appeared even more brilliant than usual. and twisted in a broad knot behind her head. entering. You understand me. and decided a nature had never >een able to conform itself to the rules of an affected rigor. de Cardoville were extremely elegant. de Cardoville entered coming. though he was a man of the world. ibrupt. After nodding graciously to the doctor. Though the walk and bearing of Mdlle. When she perceived Abbe d'Aigrigny." Thereupon. : On . They were frank and free as her character. CHAPTER XXXIX. . approaching the curtain behind which the man concealed. after having knocked at the door. full of life. she started in surprise.'* am home to — — the presence of her aunt. and saluted the princess with stately obeisance. and displayed her fine golden hair. and particuHer movements. light ringlets. now answered the princess: "and no one without exception. THE SKIRMISH. in the most fashionable style. Strangely enough. stiffness. there was about her an air of resolution and independence by no means common in women. de Saint-Dizier gave him the cue after which she returned to her seat. Mdlle. and full of propriety and truly feminine grace. and her rosy lips were just touched with a mocking smile. Mdlle.

Now. aunt. We . so accustomed to exercise great power who (in the name of his Order) had often treated with crowned heads on the footing of an equal. Dr. de Saint-Dizier was seated in a large arm-chair one side of the hearth. and. he made such efficient use. she said to them. as men who are accustomed to impose their will upon others generally hate those who. ing the marquis." "I am at your service. Marquis d'Aigrigny was standing fire. madame. in general. breaking the silence which had reigned in the reception-room since her entrance. Baleinier seated near a bureau. Marquis d'Aigrigny experienced an involuntary. a churchman distinguished for his eloquence. "Yes. whilst the baron appeared to be very attentively examining one of the pictures of sacred subjects suspended from the wall. walk into your library?" can talk here. and the baron. far — — from submitting sport of them. taking refuge in that icy sphere of haughty dignity and rigid austerity which completely hid all those amiable qualities with which he was endowed.330 THE WANDERING JEW of man great talent. . He generally so much the master of himself. a person of influence and authority. as remarkable for her frankness as for her biting irony. contrary to his usual habit. almost painful uneasiness. the reader will understand the divers sentiments and interests which animated the by Madame before the different actors in the following scene. address"It is not necessary. felt himself abashed and lowered in the presence of this girl. incredible. the doctor. hamper it and make was no great degree of affection that the niece. to talk upon matters of importance ?" said Adrienne. — From these preliminary observations. and of which. aunt. it to their influence. Perhaps we had better . and thereby showed her imprudence for the most vulgar motives often engender the most implacable hatreds. he had ceased to try upon Adrienne that fascinating address to which he had often owed an irresistible charm towards her he had become dry. "You sent for me. serious. curt." answered the princess. marquis bore towards the Princess de Saint-Dizier's For a long time past. in presence of Adrienne de Cardoville. with a cold and severe mien "upon matters of the gravest importance. Adrienne was much amused at all this. was again turning over the leaves of Baron Tripeaud's biography." Then. above all.

d'Aigrigny for our family: I have still less of the profound and disinterested devotion of M. aunt." and they all 331 took their place? round the table. "How . as confidants of our interview. "I have long been accustomed to the freaks of your independent spirit. about it. aunt?" asked Mdlle. Your character is self-willed. And. "These gentlemen are old family friends. then. Tripeaud M. among your many singular pretensions." "I have no doubt. and as you take advantage of my weak compliance with your caprices.THE WANDERING JEW ''Pray. once for all." . that t-rue or false." said Madame de Saint-Dizier. be seated. I . and their advice ought to be heard and accepted by you with respect. aunt. upon what subject?" "It is not an examination but. "I thought that. Baleinier ne of my old friends still. if you will. before accepting these gentlemen as spectators. on the subject have never any — for have never even dream* I I had notion. instead of yielding to your should have made you sooner feel my authority. can the subject of our interview interest these gentlemen. than you have to sincerity and goodness." said Adrienne. or. you have hitherto had a very false and imperfect notion of : my i lower over you. in a dry tone. for. de Cardoville. first. with surprise." "I assure you. the severe censures of my friends have enlightened me in time." is my own fault. I wish to know what we are going to talk of before them. stubborn it must change "That fancies. "I have no more pretensions to frankness and courage Let us admit." "Really. aunt. as I have a right to watch over you. in presence of friends of the family. that we are what we are without pretension. that. and tell you my irrevocable resolutions for the future. you will not be afraid to speak before such grave and respectable persons as these gentlemen what you would speak to me alone?" "Is it a formal examination that I am to submit to? if so. but the moment has come to submit yourself. independent. I mean to put an end to what has lasted too long. smiling with mock humility. all that concerns you must interest them. . you had at least those of frankness and courage. gentlemen. of the bosom friendship of M. I suppose." "Be it so. courageous and frank — is you say you are.

as she pronounced these words. Adrienne. understand me. madame. "you forget that I have the " honor to be your deputy guardian. you reproach me of being independent and resolute suppose I were to become hypocritical and wicked? In truth. do not know what I might be. not now the time to guess enigmas. "that M. We hear of such odd conversions. I should not be astonished at it. aunt. plan of conduct that you will have henceforth to pursue. that herself." said Baron Tripeaud. I wish to know. gathering courage from a glance of the princess. and if you refuse to submit thereto. and forms an excellent example. meritorious. "A sincere conversion can never be called odd. Adrienne tossed her head proudly but. " — . aunt. as you term it. "It is. with a severity which did not seem at all justified by circumstances. restraining "You say. madame." "But you must acknowledge. I will explain myself You shall know the in a very clear and precise manner. madame. she answered with a smile: I shall change. aunt. madame?" cried the princess. with still more haughtiness. I "that a conversion "I believe. pronounced harshly before strangers." said Abbe d'Aigrigny. with the obedience and respect that is due to my orders. Tripeaud is well versed in the conversion of all sorts of property into aH sorts of profit. "I am speaking of myself. Mdlle. with a self-conceited and sententious air. Tripeaud has that honor. ." said Adrienne. and not even looking at But as it is the baron "I could never tell exactly why." "Excellent?" answered Adrienne: "that depends! For instance. the object and the end of this meeting?" "You shall be satisfied. coldly. on the contrary." "But." At these words." It is impossible to give an idea of the imperious tone and stern look of the princess. what I am . I shall at once see what course to take.332 THE WANDERING JEW by fair — either' means or by force. by all sorts of means but he knows nothing of this matter. what if one converts defects into vices?" "What do you mean." resumed the financier. and that "It is true that M. . disdainfully." The princess bit her lips. faults." said Adrienne. I prefer keeping my dear — little I know which I love like spoiled children. it shall change.

also declare. aunt?" ! — — . madame. you are so much you are really too severe upon a jest indebted to 'war." "Certainly. as if offended by the expressions of Mdlle. until 35o now accustomed to live in a great measure as she pleased: yet. "Now. You speak of audacity yours is indeed great. "perhaps very audacious and audacity pleases me. for you know I am in the habit of saying. I acknowledge I was wrong. at all but and perhaps. and your defiance of ali authority. As it required some time to prepare for its execution. Still. the determination that 1 have come to. that our views are precisely the same." the presence of these gentlemen. fighting so long against France the strength and the weakness of her enemies. — — . harshly." . I have not spoken of it sooner. the marquis colored he was going to answer." said the Abbe d'Aigrigny. laughing: war. Proceed. your behavior is quite intolerable!" "Well. under pain of (interrupting herself) what. in "Well." said the princess. "I acknowledge at least the courage of your pride.THE WANDERING JEW which were calculated to startle a girl." will. you seem so well disposed to hear and receive it. I had intended only to inform you of my determination at a later period but I cannot resist the pleasure of doing so to-day. which recalled painful remembrances. I ought not to have said this is very amusing for it is not so. after a moment's silence. de Cardoville." "I like better to see you thus." "We are not talking of declarations of war. I would beg of you to speak first: it may just so happen. I'Abbe !" returned Adrienne. It's becoming very amusing. As we are upon this subject. I should like to know. — — "You "I shall know. but the princess exclaimed: "Really. Adrienne looked her full in the "This is a perfect declaration of face.' which gave you a French regiment after in order to learn. of course. aunt. in a very plain and precise manner. and said. instead of answering impetuously. "for an old colonel. — . and it is just this habit of culpable independence of which you must break yourself. contrary perhaps to the expectation of Madame de Saint-Dizier." added the young it is at least very curious girl. 'I will do so and so!' but I do it. and you talk of a plan of conduct to which I must conform under pain of myself. M." On these words.

in a cold." —but whichdo I that which others This. But soon. But she could not understand how her aunt could hope to impose her absolute will upon her: the threat of coercive measures appearing with reason a mere ridiculous menace. the independence of her ideas. but made no reply. if that were possible. Mdlle. showed that these encounters. CHAPTER "Madame. for the habitual arrogance and irony of' your language. knowing the vindictive character of her aunt. more or less brilliant in themselves. Yet. Some moments of and some rapid glances exchanged between the princess and her three friends. as well as to these gentlemen.334 "I THE WANDERING JEW am at least decided to weakness dare not and precise. to exaggerate. that men in the position of the marquis and the doctor would not have come the to attend this interview without some weighty motive young lady paused for a moment before she plunged into the strife. severe tone. gave her new courage to brave the worst. exchanging a glance of satisfaction with the other actors in this scene." said the princess. in a few words. the modesty and respect becoming a young — — lady. the events that . clear "Very clear." XL. far from weakening her. and uphold. the determination that she was about to signify to the Princess de Saint- — — Dizier." Adrienne smiled. in your own simplified. "The positions being thus established. "I owe it to myself. city. a serious combat. come what might. I in their is dare. is to substitute. very precise. to recapitulate. matters will be much I have only to give you notice. de Cardoville had too much penetration and saganot to remark. moreover. that the Princess de Saint-Dizier attached the greatest importance to this decisive interview. THE REVOLT. said the princess to Adrienne de Cardoville. and the terrible vengeance she had sometimes exacted reflecting. that this is a very serious affair you imagine and that the only way to dispose me to indulgence. the very presentiment of some vague danger. hope. were to be followed by silence. the secret power at her disposal. much more so than interest.

" said she. and for emancipation from control. refusing to see any one. You quitted the house. Six months ago. asked for the management of your fortune." "These facts are therefore admitted. that he has felt seriously uneasy with regard to your health. Baleinier. Is all this true?" "The picture of my past is not much flattered. by rearing in the centre of it a species of pagan altar. whims have been without end and without limit not only have you never fulfilled your religious duties. costumes of Your foolish fancies and unreasonable ages. the only one of my friends in whom von seem to have retained some confidence." "So you admit. but a work in the highest degree unsuitable to a person of your age. at the end of the mourning for your father. and established yourself in the extension. being eighteen years old. by in every possible way. smiling. "but it is not altogether unlike. You pass whole days entirely secluded in your pavilion. your will to my authority. I' Abbe." said Abbe d'Aigrigny. ." said \drienne. that. each one more extravaInstead of being satisfied with one or gant than the last. you. "Yes. You have taken delight in opposing. in the solitude of your pavilion.THE WANDERING JEW 335 have taken place for some time past. You have always insisted on going out alone. M. without rendering any account of your actions to any one. to wear. "I live openly enough to "ender this question superfluous. on which is a group in marble representing a youth and a girl" the — princess uttered these words as if they would burn her lips "a work of art. Unfortunately. but you have : actually had the audacity to profane one of your rooms. far from all superintendence." said »y. different It is you yourself chose true. having succeeded — much persuasion in gaining admittance. Then began a train of expenditures. Abbe d'Aigrig- turning towards the doctor and the baron. two waiting-women. madame. one after another. "that all the facts stated by your aunt ire scrupulously true?" Every eye was turned towards Adrienne. if you will. 1 had the weakness to consent. and Dr. as if her answer vould be of extreme importance. whom you dressed in the most ridiculous and costly fashion. laying stress on his words. taken from that class from which they are generally selected. you chose governesses for lady-companions. has frequently found you in so very excited a state.

madame. in a curt. aunt duty and obedience come to me in a shape that I can — respect and love. in a pompous voice. Your character " one of those inclined to revolt — "I freely acknowledge until and it will always be so. They must be intended to cover something formidable. madame." "Really. The doctor raised his eyes to heaven. angrily at her niece. it. and deserve a different reception. In one word. fledged to live with the mole in darkness?" "Madame. and : determined it shall be." "Whether you respect and love my orders or not. harsh voice.336 THE WANDERING JEW "These facts are completely established. Your aunt's words are serious. and clasped his hands over his waistcoat with a sanctimonious so I am sigh. and then burst into so free and sonorous a laugh. "such fits of laughter are highly unbecoming. such mysterious proceedings are a little in the style of the answers of the Cumaean Sybil. mademoiselle for to certain characters nothis so formidable as duty and obedience." answered Tripeaud. learn to submit blindly and absolutely to my will. I insist upon it." Adrienne looked at her aunt for a second. D'Aigrigny and Baron The princess looked Tripeaud started in indignation. D'Aigrigny affected to stare at members of this kind of family council with blank ment. sir !" said Adrienne. staring in his turn "A . aunt. you will do nothing without my permission it is necessary. from to-day. "what is the? good of this long preamble?" "This long preamble." ing is "Perhaps. I laugh. which the latter understood." "Oh. accustomed to fly upwards and enjoy the sunshine. from this moment. aunt. "you will. "Will you tell me." asked Adrienne. that it rang for quite a time through the vast apartment. "I do not know. the baron the other astonish- swallow? what does she mean?" asked the abbe of making a sign. How can I maintain my gravity." said Abbe d'Aigrigny." resumed the princess with dignity. when aunt talking of blind submission to her orders? Is the swallow." said M. "it is not fault if my I hear my At this answer. recovering herself." said the princess. Tripeaud. "exposes the past in order to justify the future.

that mademoiselle does not seem to comprehend the serious nature of this conference. de Cardoville." "I can conceive that your attachment makes you indulgent ! "Come. Your emancipation terminates. in my position of an old friend." "She spoke too of a mole. charge of all your expenses." 'And certainly your resolution can only be applauded. even to the ordering of your clothes. 337 It is heard-of — incomprehensible. I have told her so a hundred times. Such is my resolution. madame." "Let us hear these orders. astonished herself that they should pretend not to understand the simile of which she had made use. doctor. dimpled chin in the hollow of her pretty hand. "that such answers to serious are most questions extravagant. as if reproaching him for taking the part of Mdlle." resumed quit the and modestly dressed. with an air of graceful mockery. harshly." said the princess. in consequence of your prodigality I will take duly proven. "this is the reply that you make to me?" "Certainly. you will have no money at your own osal." replied Adrienne. aunt." said Dr." answered Adrienne. Adrienne has naturally so uncommon and excitable a nature She is really the most charming mad woman I know." said Baron Tripeaud "we can but encourage . madame. opposite to the princess. You will accompany me to the services of the church. . "you summer-house which you at present inhabit. charming to behold. quite un- "Ami so. you will discharge your women.THE WANDERING JEW at the doctor. "we must be indulgent. humoredly. Baleinier." " The evil is. accustomed as she was to in speak figurative language. and come and occupy two rooms in this house. to which there will be no access except through my apartment. come. not the less true. smiling goodMy dear Mdlle. appearing to share in the surprise of the others. as. by means of the intervention of a t'amily-council). seated on the other side of the table. it —but is I the princess. nadame." said D'Aigrigny." said the prin"She will perhaps understand it better when cess. have given her my orders. so that you may be properly will "From to-morrow forward. she leaned her small. which allows such freedom. Until your majority (which will be indefinitely postponed. You will never go out alone.

— "No doubt. «he said to her aunt in a cutting tone: "You have spoken of the past. . and D'Aigrigny had just now given their full consent to the words of the princess. it because I saw there." "Madame. her eyes flashed fire. like other people. with a movement of pride that was natural to her. and her gayety was at once replaced by an air of bitter irony and offended independence. "tell me what examples did I meet with in my aunt's house?" . "Madame. and colored a little her rosy nostrils dilated. every day her conversion keep pace with your own?" "Madame.338 THE WANDERING JEW to you show the is greatest firmness. that is all. the requisite measures must be taken with such characters. for such disorders to put a stop to must have an end." replied the princess dryly to Baleinier. "Excellent." ventured to observe the smooth-tongued doctor. After a moment's silence. madame I also will speak a few words concerning it." added the abbe. I had no relation of whom I could ask an asylum. "such words are as violent as they are unreasonable. "Excellent. She rose abruptly. Adrienne began to perceive that something very serious was in contemplation. Tripeaud bility of putting her threats into execution. sir." . because it was impossible for me to live longer in this atmosphere of dark hypocrisy and black treachery." "Since you interrupt me." said D'Aigrigny. though I may regret the necessity. "Eccentricity and exhaltation of temperament may excuse many things. you forget yourself !" cried the princess. than to see . she gently shook the fine. hastily. wavy golden hair. since you force me to do so." Madame de Saint-Dizier had expressed herself in a firm and precise manner she appeared convinced of the possiM. becoming pale with rage. I wished to enjoy my revenues I wished to live alone." "It more than time such scandal." said Adrienne. as she raised her head. examples. as she fixed her eyes on the abbe. . doctor. and. because I chose rather to spend them myself. I do not forget I remember. . sir? Was madame." — — them wasted by M. Tripeaud. who played his part to perfection "but then. I quitted your dwelling.

"It is then. the contempt:lfish. ill-taught servants. free above all. noble and grand because. "according to — I embellished the retreat that I had chosen." cried the baron. pretty and well brought up. the enchanting perfidy. because I like whatever is young and fair. she had lost sight of all that my own — — — — — . I find refuge in the future it is then that magical horizons spread far before me it is then that such splendid visions appear to me. I wished to spend my income. though I have endeavored to make their situation easy and agreeable. as make me feel myself rapt in a sublime and heavenly ecstasy. that I have raised a pagan altar to youth and beauty. though poor. — — surrounded her." she continued. I know. with spirit soaring higher and higher. WANDERING JEW 339 "Madame. cause I like to follow my fancy. tastes. but I am obliged to them nice distinctions that your highness will not understand. free and so salubrious. but render me service I pay them. my heart repeats the fervent and sincere prayer: 'Thanks. concerns only my looking-glass. because I adore God in all that He has made fair and good. if I had still a mother. Instead of seeing them badly or ungracefully dressed. reviving and free yes. so resplendent did it become. In that moment. beother. reducing him to silence by a gesture of overwhelming lordliness. Instead of ugly. "that I breathe a pure air. Their education forbade their being subjected to any humiliating servitude. so grateful to the soul! instead of seeing my sisters painfully submit to Yes. the caressing falsehood. her countenance appeared transfigured. escaping in thought from yes. "I cannot imagine how you " can presume "Sir!" said Adrienne. — — — — them the seductive vices of humiliating. I would explain to her my devotions. It is true. it is true all that renders the present odious and painful to me. . as if I no longer appertained to earth!" As Adrienne pronounced these last words with enthusiasm. a prey to a strange excitement: for it is then that.Till-. I have given them clothes that suit their charming faces well. and she would kiss me none the less tenderly. morn and evening. Whether I dress myself one way or the I go out alone." she resumed. which entails upon slavery. They do not serve me. "'I speak of you not to you. my Creator! thanks!' Your highness says that M. I do not go to mass but. I selected girls. Baleinier has often found me in my solitude. brutal dominion. the graceful fraud.

because they have no master to — — because they govern or to flatter cherished and respected. as you "You Upon which. in the presence of persons incapable of understanding This would give you a fine opportunity to make game of me. in spite of herself. I shall quit the pavilion that tell you mine. moment for. madame. for a house which I have arranged am very about to cast off good my . my sisters! my sisters! I feel it. than to yield to the current them. reasonable as she is charming?" doctor.340 THE WANDERING JEW uous resignation." Carried away. when will she be as are likely to lead you. she did not perceive that the other actors in this scene were looking at each other with an air of delight. she continued: now have imparted to me your resolution. madcap. that there is nothing more of certain thoughts. and speak shall hear. faithful and devoted because they have liberty to choose neither imperious nor base. by the excitement of her feelings. the matter in hand seems But you see. Oh. verily. good M. when an idea comes into my reI can no more help following it out. These are not merely consoling visions they are sacred hopes. I will Within a week." murmured the doctor in the princess's ear. smiling are passing through your brain. loyally bestowed." "And heaven only knows whither these brilliant butterwith an air of flies of all colors." replied Adrienne. Baleinier. than I could speak differently. Adrienne paused for a moment. paternal indulgence. the hateful obedience I behold them. Baleinier. "were "It "that is we of Adrienne had it seemed as if the vexed emotion been dissipated by the contact of the generous sentiments she had just uttered." desired point. my noble sisters! worthy and sincere because they are free. Addressing Baleinier with a smile. frain from running after butterflies when I was a little girl. to my taste. I inhabit. my "I plain and reveries for realities. addressing her aunt. — — "What she says there is excellent. can withdraw from a disloyal hand their hand. next to she in league with us. "that Oh. she would not whom he was seated. "This instant. in order to return to earth. she said: "I must own." shall bring her to the But ! — head." added D'Aigrigny." said M. ridiculous. that exaltation of mind for which you sometimes reproach To let myself be carried away by transports at so serious a to be serious." positive language. doctor. only by excessive harshness.

madame. "what opinion must you entertain of so many poor pirls. hideous disdain. is to carry immorality and imI how my final resolve. here "Now. and purify the heart. "and yet vou oblige me to listen to such speeches!" .*' 341 I my own fashion." began Tripeaud. madame. a refined education. which we are bound to enforce. if I were a man. the harsh and humiliating guards lanship you have in view. and I any but myself. with an expression of anger and 'Madame. without noticing the baron." These words of Adrienne made D'Aigrigny and the princess start. madame. I modesty to their utmost limits." said the princess. really. Is it because M. but thus continued: "To have done with your demands! is think that. have neither owe no account of my actions to "So madame. and M. I shall live where and please. at my age. "you talk nonsense. Adrienne did not seem to perceive it." said Adrienne to her aunt. calculated to raise the soul. They have not wealth. that represent the morality of society! This appears to me very fine." madame. freely. cried "If so. d'Aigrigny. no one would impose on me. who live alone and free. that would venture to speak thus before you. I think. as I have. depend upon it. You forget that society has inalienable moral rights. as I have. I shall have to ask you for explanations with regard to certain interests. and generously. orphans like mvself. you would turn away a lackev. to protect them from the evil temptations of misery and live honestly and proudly in their distresyet they "\ ice and virtue do not exist for such tag-rag vermin!" . "To wish to live thus alone. Tripeaud has considered (1 must acknowledge it) my fortune as his own? Is " it because "Upon my word. mademoiselle." 'This idea is absurd! is madness!" cried the princess. "In good time." said Adrienne. been concealed from me. which have hitherto. and then rapidly exchange a glance of uneasiness and anxiety. and M." Baron Tripeaud. it is you. unable to conceal her disgust. And we shall not neglect them." said Adrienne to her aunt.THE WANDERING JEW where I shall live after father nor mother. for living as I have lived till now —honestly. shrugs ging her shoulders. "as the occasion offers. as I wish to live? They have not received. Tripeaud. in the sight of all.

. Tripeaud with The Marquis d'Aigrigny touched him that he must not exknee under the table? to remind ee same in the in the princess's parlors p?e s s himsdf fanner of the Exchange as he would in the lobbies There is no thus continued: baron's coarseness. "Oh!" said M. in a treble key. and brutality rivet for cSain. I came home this morning at eight o'clock." ever aid the princess. but I cannot bring myself to believe such madame." . but that is will frighten away o^ in my independence. which selfishness that heavy about our necks. d'Aigrigny. "Ah !" said the baron. . M. 1°^™ . for I another reason for persisting have the very worst I only hope that they may test\vooe-s. all "So you confess "I confess it?" cried the princess. mademoiselle." "You hear gentlemen?" ejaculated the princess. name and a young lady of your rank. may tend wTsh to lead in opposition to Your family may one day Serious cons. an enormity. madame. that object." manner I beg pardon for having ""Before you. that madame. especially. But. l'Abbe. my of any matrimonial hunting serve me from the annoyance resumed "You will be quite satisfied on that head.all de- and there is no better means of effecting opinion of me. that distinction is not ™For a Catholic priest. for it is quite true. which also appears to me reaI will choose for myself.quences for you. in a bass voice. if I marry "I will spare my family that trouble. should Madame de Saint-Dizier. in truth. " verv Christian. to such So I am told is the caseei?ht o'clock in the morning. You fear that my independent shocked your highness! wooers. my follies. that you have carried the forgetfulness a height. madame answered "I know the purport of my words." "You are wrong. all I am very little tempted by sonablTenough. wish to see you married at sir." replied Adrienne. . ? life that you "besides the independent the abbe dryly to very all reason. living .-J42 THE WANDERING JEW his M. >S lightly of such an institution. than to appear sweet faults to preI rely upon my whims. "if unfortunately the report of all rain credit. madame. T^do. as to return home at duty and decency. to speak so "It is indecent. to live as they live themselves. the abbe between people of the class you comparison. .

it were cowardice to defend mvself from a revolting accusation. He will arrive in two or three days. and then again." "What does all this mean?" said Mme. madame? and what?" "Madame. to go and live where I please. "So it is true." me more for impu- "And where had you been. I doubted the possibility of such conduct. It required your impudent and audacious reply to convince me of the fact. ^It "Alas"" observed the doctor.Madame. interrupting her aunt. surpasses all one could imagine!" exclaimed the baron." said the princess. "I never speak false but neither do I speak more than I choose. It — : ! two complete sets of apartments have let them for some time. Now for another matter this mansion As I am about to leave belongs to me I am indifferent whether it. ". Adrienne seemed about to speak. that I wish to offer a generous hospitality to a young Indian prince. Which of u* two will yield. continue to live here or you not. looking at D'Aigrigny with intense surprise. "Oh. lying has always appeared to dent than to speak the truth. mv kinsman on mv mother's side. "the # impulse is generous in itself— but the mad little head crops out?" "Excellent!" said the princess.THE WANDERING JEW "Oh!" muttered 343 the doctor. gentlemen'" said D'Aigrigny to the doctor and Tripeaud. which showed that she disdained to stoop to any explanation. but her lip speedily assumed a curl of contempt." "Indeed!" said the princess. and I wish to have the rooms ready to receive him. . Let us sav no more about it: your importunities on this head will be altogether vain. On hearing these lamentable exclamations. "I cannot prevent you. de more and more astonished. you had accustomed me to be astonished' at nothing but." said Adrienne. remains to be seen. "You hear. be- "To three members of my familv. "It means. have you disposed of them ?" I sides the reception-rooms. wretched girl. but the ground floor is uninhabited. with an affectation of profund stupor. benignantlv. perhaps to justify herself." she added ironically. I wish to quit the house I inhabit. -And to whom." Saint-Dizier. with a deep sigh. To resume: you wish to impose me a harsh and humiliupon ating restraint. at my own fancv. contains.' nevertheless. madame." .

before But to return to these to astonish you still more. de Cardoville was informed of the coming This discovery was like a Marshal Simon's daughters. your highness. D'Aigngny and the and staring at princess could not help starting suddenly. 1 turn. on beautiful. I formed.344 THE WANDERING JEW madame. hope will underdaughters of Marshal Simon: your highness in charge that it is impossible for me to leave them stand. a temporary of the good people who have afforded them is honest. and prove that they have present his daughters I shall been treated as they deserve.. . as angels—but I will endeavor to make little Cupids of them. I learned this morning. and hard-working. . "fortunately. so that they may his rewant for nothing." said Adrienne. "Not quite." from Adrienne. calm and cold semble his mental anguish. "You are no doubt astonished at seeing me so well inI have done. you must have in a sardonic and deeply disin appearance. lt JVI said the finished? whilst irritated tone princess. each other with affright. Adrienne continued Your fail to arrive at Paris shortly." ' "At last. I desire their surprised father. madame." MarWithout a word to Tripeaud. thunder-clap to them. so far were they from expecting of that Mdlle. They are pretty. To-morrow morning send for milliners and mantua makers. . from announcing the most extravagant designs. Is that all ?" . and lodge them in apartments who will do very well to take along with the soldier's wife. hither. Though this family I shall go and fetch them it 'is not the place for them. _ of her head. could hardly D'Aigrigny. asylum.1 . care of them. on the ground-floor. also on my mother's side—poor Simon children of fifteen—orphan daughters of Marshal now with arrived yesterday from a long journey. and the baron exclaimed "Decidedly. to be able to highness perceives how pleasant to him. D'Aigrigny and the she s out each other. that two of my female relations. and are to France the wife of the brave soldier who brought them from the depths of At these words Siberia." baron looked at Upon these words. to find them every way am told. : it will be. in so fair a but it is presumable that you will not stop short path. shal Simon cannot : .

madame! when affairs of interest are concerned. and the daughters of the Duke de Ligny. I must request you to change the subject. " "What. for the princess believed that she had destroyed every vestige of those papers of Adnenne's father. had called in his services to forward immense though interests. JN either had Tnpeaud been informed of it. are pleased to Though my already connothing to what may come to our family at You will perhaps excuse." D'Aigrigny's dilemma became more thorny.THE WANDERING JEW ' ! 64$ n continu ed the u \" Try agai Are there no more relations interesting " princess. therefore." " I wish to Right! give my family a royal reception such as is due to the son of a king. that you wish to add to this family-group? Really a queen could not act with more magnificence. addressing Adrienne. The princess. it not of affairs of interest ? 1 do not surprise and embarrassment. It is well to unite other luxuries of life with the luxury of the hospitable heart. that I also wished to speak to your highness. madame! are we not here a family Is partv? not sufficiently evident by the somewhat ungracious really understand your ." that of this had concealed it even from Dr. "it is only a pity that you do not possess the mines of El Dorado to make it practicable. it is perfectly useless to speak of them without the documents laid before every one." said the princess. therefore." "It was on the subject of a mine. he Baleinier. de Cardoville might be informed of this secret. things that have been here said?" "No matter. without exactly understanding to what you allude. The abbe. madame. said to be a rich one. Could I find a better fortune is opportunity ? siderable. what you call my royal prodigalities. and. it assuredly generous. which might have put him on the scent momentarily more and medals was so important. sharing the alarms of D'Aigrigny interrupted her niece by exclaiming: "Madame. "And of what have we been speaking this hour. is any moment. that he The affair of the discovery. but he trembled lest she should divulge it. there are'certain family affairs which ought to be kept secret. was not only greatly alarmed that Mdlle." — "The maxim is becoming more and more agitated. which are more or less disputable.

The Princess de Saint-Dizier. I command you to be silent." cried the princess. princess bore such marks valet entered the room his countenance exclaimed as soon of fright and agitation. "We will see rightly?" she added. for obliging know what the presence of this commissary of police may is full to speak with you instantly. — no longer mistress of herself. TREACHERY. determining cident measures the opportunity thus afforded. He is below stairs. and said to I do not as to accompany me. for interrupting but a police inspector deyou against your express orders. madame!" said Adrienne. after "Madame. Tnpeaud and the doctor. your highness. the princess. you have obliged me to that a little amaze is many new and extravagant things. stopped room to that hi which had remained Adrienne. accompanied by D'Aigrigny. you compromise general so much command yourself strangely. A . D'Aigrigny followed the speaker . . a pause. mands the yard of policemen and soldiers. madame. who has m "Oh." said Adrienne. listen to so for the last two hours." into the next room. rose. M. CHAPTER XLI. d'Aigrigny also which confirms certain suspicions Have I then guessed that I have not had the time to clear up." aid ot the Providence (as some will have it) came to the and the Abbe d'Aigrigny at this critical juncture.346 THE WANDERING JEW but "I am neither surprised nor embarrassed. ." much "I beg your highness's pardon. but you are very at her aunt. very permissible. Dubois! what is "I have to beg pardon. d'Aigrigny. looking fixedly "and M." this new inNotwithstanding the profound surprise which to profit by occasioned her. "for a person of her feelings. and signifv. embarrassed. that the princess the matter? as she saw him: "Why. to concert prompt s threatened with D'Aigrigny on the subject of Adrienne the abbe: "Will you be so revelations. short in the next and followed by the servants.

"the doctor must any hazard.Till- WANDERING JEW 347 princess of the her the arrival "Where is the commissary?" asked the servant. it "So. What shall we do?— what?" voice. Frederick. thoughtfully." cried the princess in a hurried knows all. by habitual foresight. and we could act immediately nothing would be ready down try at "No — there. d'Aigrigny' whose countenance. with a fixed look. then." said is M." said M. d'Aierignv b J ' "But how?" ' cried the princess." matter. and beg him to wait for me a few The man bowed and withdrew." "How princess. As soon as he was gone de Samt-Dizier approached hastily M. usually firm and haughty." said the abbe. d'Aigrigny. "her confidence in the doctor is one of our greatest resources." "There is a way.and find one. 'This disclosure is a terrible blow to us " "Is all." said the abbe quickly. lost?" and absent 'There only —"the doctor." "Be satisfied: they are always ready there." "Of course." replied the' abbe. "and we must avoid that before everything." answered the princess. will be too late. was now pale and agitated." one means of safety." "In the blue saloon." "My Madame moments. after to-day's examination. "I will write a few words in haste to Baleinier. instruct the doctor on the instant?" resumed the "To send for him would be to rouse the suspicions of your niece. who had just hefore announced to of that magistrate. this fernal girl will have seen "But— Frederick!— it never consent. one of your people can ." "Suppose you were to find a pretext. "You see." impossible! is M. quickly. sudden? this very in- day ? "Two hours hence. madame." compliments. Baleinier will ought to have been prepared beforehand-^ as we intended. ere then." "But under what pretext?" "I will try. I Marshal Simon's daughters. "Adrienne "I cannot tell.

" It is impossible to describe the expression of deep rage and implacable hatred with which D'Aigrigny uttered these last — words. Dubois. Frederick we shall Madame de yet be too much for that ungovernable girl." Write then to the doctor I will send you "It is true. "and this evening to fetch General Simon's daugh- may perhaps no longer find them. on the inplete certainty. Adrienne Saint-Dizier added. going beyond our hopes. "You are right." said the princess. come to the worst. by fencing himself round with all sorts of clever precautions." "Well — it is at least a chance. you. taking up the pen again. which our man. Here upon this table there is everything necessary for But will the doctor succeed ?" writing." she "We . has faithfully taken down in shorthand thanks to the violent scenes. as she clasped her hands strongly around the abbe's. with concentrated rage Adrienne! you shall pay dearly for your insolent sarcasms. Courage.348 THE WANDERING JEW if it take the note to him." "Oh. It is impossible that Rodin's We should orders should have been so quickly executed. in a tone of bitter and profound irritation: "At the very moment of success to see all our hopes destroyed Oh. and the anxiety you have caused us." cried the princess with anxiety. to carry your letter. — ! — niece will be the cause of the greatest mischief oh! the greatest injury to us. hidden behind the curtain. which would necesthe sarily have occurred to-morrow and the day after doctor." said the abbe. I scarcely dare to hope it. "Thanks to sitting down at the table with repressed rage. "Should it Adrienne go ters." said die marquis. Your ! — — — ." cannot hope for that. as came from without — from a patient dangerously ill. Let us at least make the at! — tempt. this — — stant Herminia it is folly to think of !" The marquis threw down the pen which he held in his hand then he added. Quick quick "In truth. do not despair and he is so devoted to us." "An excellent idea!" cried the princess. "Frederick. the consequences of all this are incalculable. — ! — — examination. have been informed of it. ! : ! . "I conjure The doctor is fertile in resources. would have been able to act with the most comBut to ask this of him to-day.

On hearing of the commissary's arrival. de Cardoville was far enough from the baron. When Mdlle. drawing near to the physiin a low voice with the baron. you are my friend. as we have said. Adricnne had remained in her aunt's apartment with M. with a trembling hand. Just now. de Cardofor there could be no ville had felt considerable uneasiness doubt that. this magistrate was come to search the hotel and extension. of one of the most influential ministers of the day. who. notwithstanding the difficulty of your position. he stationed himself before one of the sacred pictures. waited for her to explain: "My good doctor. an intimate friend. M. dreaded the young lady as he did fire. T will tell you and said to him meaning of this visit of the police. Though she looked upon Agricola's hiding-place as a very safe one. in order to find the smith. To keep up appearances. she said to the physician. as he rose to follow Adrienne to the recess. who was conversing him in said to : . all smiles and benevolence. So. she her softest and most coaxing manner "My good M. "I am at your orders. Tripeaud. and began again to contemplate it. I wish to speak a few words with you." She pointed to the deep recess of one of the windows. CHAPTER After the departure of XLII." answered the doctor. was not sorry for this diversion. Adrienne was not quite tranquil on his account so in the event of any unfortunate accident. no longer sustained by the abbe's presence. as Agricola had apprehended. Mdlle. and we will go in princess disappeared. she thought it a . together. Baleinier. as if there were no bounds to his admiration. Baleinier and Baron Tripeaud. the : 349 she went out. whom he believed to be concealed there. d'Aigrig"Wait for me here." cian.THE WANDERING JEW As ny. the princess turned towards M. THE SNARE. vou had the courage to show yourself my only partisan. good opportunity to recommend the refugee to the doctor.'' The D'Aigrigny dashed off a few words. as you were my father's. madame. Madame de Saint-Dizier and the marquis. not to be overheard by him. who. .

and. and the servant went out. "they do not leave you a moment's rest. what is it?" "At this instant." "You speak no doubt of some poor patient.350 THE WANDERING JEW at all. — promises. . affecting a pleasant kind of anger. Baleinier. charming little demon that you are!" "Do not be afraid. and have monopolized the health which they so . — . de Cardoville answered by a graceful nod." "Put me to the test and you will see if I do not keep "Not ! madame . With your permadame. Marquis d'Aigrigny's letter was not long the doctor read it at a single glance. "Do not speak of it. who has his shoulders. and said to him: "A footman has "I just brought this letter for you. quickly. much need. "Plague on't you would get me into a pretty scrape so pray be Vade retro Sat anas! which means: silent on that subject. Mdlle. as he recognized the writing of D'Aigrigny "these patients think we are made of iron. mission. He is . "This is one of the inconveniences of merit." said Adrienne. who could not conceal a start of amazement. notwithstanding his habitual prudence." said the physician. Get thee behind me. smiling. He likes it better. They have really no mercy. the valet entered the room. it's and said hastily "To-day !— mad." said Adrienne." The physician took the letter. sir it is very pressing. "Capital What can I do for you?" "Are you still very intimate with your friend the minister?" "Yes I am just treating him for a loss of voice." added M. do not go and say such things !" cried the doctor. Baleinier. looking at Adrienne before he unsealed the letter. "I will not compromise you." want you to obtain from him something very important for me. ! ! my . delivered a letter to M." "For you? pray. with a smile. madame. then give me a proof on the instant. : impossible. this is how I like to be taken at my word. Only allow me to remind you. my poor doctor. the day they put questions to him in the house. and spoken to me of your devotion. that you have often made me offers of service." . he shrugged v/hy." "Well." answered Adrienne. which he always has.

son of the worthy soldier who brought Marshal Simon's heart of Siberia.' The going to confidential communication which make to the doctor. as he replied a great deal too much patients. Come. and his projects seemed now forever annihilated. Baleinier. my dear M. "My poor child." She pointed to her niece. who. and these words of commiseration which she spoke in a touching voice. in a soft. written just before by Adrienne's most implacable enemy. beneath a semblance of extreme indignation. who counts much upon me for he asks me to do an impossibility. ! must tell you all about it —the this is support of his family. The abbe bit his with silent rage.THE WANDERING JEW all 351 waits and calls for you at hopes placed this moment. -What he is "An honest workman. "Gentlemen. "gentlemen. d'Aigrigny threw rapidly. notwithstanding the new blow which the princess had in reserve for Adrienne. I know enough to interest me. There was at once so much analogy. with a look of ineffable hatred and disdain. was quite as little known to me I must tell you. Baleinier. M. but I how the affair took place. as he entered the apartment. was visible in her countenance. at Mdlle." daughters from the " his in : — you who — — . Baleinier himself could not help being struck with it. followed by M. de Cardoville with an almost embarrassed "I am indeed speaking of one of my air. before he left the window an ! . wheedling tone.ier. doctor answered by a shake of the head. opened abruptly An expression of infernal joy. on the subject of this young lady. that Dr. d'Aigrigny. he had built his last hopes upon the lips doctor. in a sharp. was cut short by Adrienne was Madame Saint- Di/. that he is the deepest interest in him. He looked. hardly concealed the door. and such contradiction. between the object of this letter. Baleinier." prayer." said Madame de Saint-Dizier. But why do you feel so interested in an unknown person?" "If he is unfortunate. what is the matter now?" said M. pray be seated and curious things to tell you. hurried voice. The inquiring and anxious glance at M. do not reject his It is so sweet to justify the confidence we inspire. for she was nearly choking with wicked I have some new pleasure. The person for whom I ask your assistance with the minisand now I take the ter.

her glance half veiled by a tear of indignation. and exclaimed "What are you doing. hastened towards her niece. and said in an agitated voice to M. looking at her disdainfully from head to — foot. madame !" exclaimed Adiienne. said Madame de Saint-Dizier. my dear doctor. and irritated at the new attacks with which she was menaced. she threw down the hat upon the chair. and I have told you mine. Tripeaud. d'Aigrigny and M. and make her victim suffer as long as possible. on which she had left her hat. engaging her arm from her aunt's grasp. It is enough. madame?" : You know "I am about to retire. madame I am listening !" With her head raised. "Remain !" arm with "Fie. The princess rose abruptly. Madame de Saint-Dizier. . her color somewhat heightened. "this has I was told that the commissary of police wished occurred I went to receive this magistrate to speak with me he : : . With these words "you are afraid. the poison with which she was swelling. Your highness has expressed to me your will. wished to infuse. — : that I wish particularly to speak with you. "Gentlemen. with an accent of painful contempt." feeling certain that she could not escape. and her little foot beating convulsively on the The princess carpet. with a gesture full of nobleness and pride." you could have made DisAdrienne de Cardoville walk into a fiery furnace." She took her hat. and bade her. count upon me !" himself between M. seeing her prey about to escape. she advanced to thf table where the princess was seated. which heaved in spite of herself with deep emotion. in a forced voice." Adrienne made one step towards the arm-chair. drop by drop. in defiance of all propriety.352 THE WANDERING JEW where he was standing with Adrienne. "Whatever hapAnd the physician went to seat pens. and. The blood rushed to her face. said imperiously to the princess "There is something even stronger than the disgust with which all this inspires me the fear of being : — ! accused of cowardice. At her aunt's insolent address. and returning to the table. seized her violently by the a convulsive grasp. Baleinier "I shall expect you to call on me as soon as possible. her arms folded over her bosom. Adrienne looked steadily at her aunt. Go on. "have we sunk so low?" "You wish to escape you are afraid !" resumed Madame de Saint-Dizier. Mdlle. de Cardoville had proudly lifted her head.

madame." said Tripeaud. for the nature of the man." continued the princess. Grivois. had heen seen to enter the garden-house.THE WANDERING JEW 353 excused himself. honest girls!" thought Mademoiselle de Cardoville." resumed Madame de Saint-Dizicr. full of joy. with a You were in rather too triumphant air. to learn if any man had. there could be no doubt that Agricola was meant. silence. with their knowledge." "Fortunately. great a hurry just now. magistrate. that she was in any way entered my mixed up with this police business. At my request. had accompanied me. with a trouhled air. "The ." Adrienne. Baleinier will do the rest. madame?" cried Adrienne. whom they sought. "the poor workman is safe! the protection of Dr. and strove to conceal her uneasiness." continued sent to the princess. when she thought of the security of the hiding-place she had given A him. search the hotel "You shall know all. listened in . bowing "it is well that the authorities should be informed of such matters. head for a moment. too much interested in the fate of the workman to think of answering Tripeaud or the princess. Notwithstanding the improper conduct of Mademoiselle. I confess. and accompanied him. to show yourself so proud and I satirical. "The magistrate. "asked my con- and extension. "began by a severe examination of these young girls." "The true-hearted. the fact was noted in the official report for it is well to reveal such extravagances to all whom it may concern. been introduced into the house with incredible effrontery. three creatures dressed up like actresses. Mrs. to discover this man. against whom a warrant duty he had to perform. Well accompanied the commissary in his search we came to the summer-house I leave you to imagine the stupor and astonishment of the magistrate. I was deceived. . was out." "The princess acted very wisely. remembering to have seen Mademoiselle return home at eight o'clock in the morning. that the man. I begged him to commence with the garden-house. it never." said the princess. . "in good time." Adrienne carted. they answered that they had seen nobody enter. But she recovered her tranquillity." "What do you mean. This excellent person. might . remarked with much simplicity to the magistrate. on seeing ! . It was his right. "one of my women.

I give the possible interpretation of a fact. and were just about to quit the bed-chamber. and innocence was alarmed a little too soon. reif a stranger to this scene. for we had taken this Abbe mained as — We . in the report." said Adrienne "but M. de Cardoville and Marshal Simon's daughters for there seemed no possibility of using force to prevent Adrienne from going out that evening. Madame de Saint-Dizier went on: "The fact which so greatly scandalized the commissary is nothing compared to had searched what I yet have to tell you. "that : is opinion." said the doctor. madame. left open." was not mine. however. Baleinier has been kind enough to speak a word in my favor." "The excuse. by the confused and troubled countenance of the magistrate. in a firm voice. Tripeaud." "Certainly. "to have caused to be noted also in the report. if I had gone out at "It . Baleinier. that your mutual You might. he was too much occupied with his fears at the consequences of the approaching interview between Mdlle. losing patience. how painful it was to register the scandalous conduct of a young person placed in so high a position in society." "But. my six. that Mademoiselle had returned home at eight o'clock in the morning. "I do not excuse myself. which it would not become me to explain in your presence. madame. his forehead resting on his hand. tardy. ." ." "I do not see the necessity for this." "It would have been well." said Adrienne." said Tripeaud. "I believe your modesty to be about equal to that of this candid commissary of police but it seems to me. by Mademoiselle. ought to have reflected. is at least cunning." resumed M. gentlemen. "it would have been quite foreign to faithful to his part the search carried on by the commissary. doctor." said the princess "like M. that there was nothing extraordinary in my coming home at eight o'clock. "But. spitefully. all parts of the pavilion without finding any one. though somewhat said the princess." said Tripeaud." as d'Aigrigny. baron. doctor." "The fact will stand. "until the explanation is given. madame. accidentally.354 THE WANDERING JEW little probably have entered by the garden gate. and I saw. I considered it important to establish the fact by an entry in the report." said Tripeaud.

for. and very rich." "It requires one. I am no longer astonished at the sympathy which was It is the more just now proteased for the lower orders. though she saw with the utmost grief the retreat of Agricola was discovered." "The man is a working smith he confessed it. however. "I hope this also was inserted in the report." said Adrienne. I "Then I dare." "A man concealed the princess. which only covered a cruel joy. with a disdainful smile. baron. with an air of extreme It really disgust. no! " is too odious. M. handsome. "but not to be unjust — — fellow. madame. resolutely." "You are wrong." said the princess with a triumphant air. "I will spare your highness's candor the recital of this new scandal." "A blouse!" cried the baron. istrate to this circumstance." said the he is really a good-looking princess. his men examined. enough !" said Adrienne suddenly. the panel (lew open! felt and then can you guess what We — — it — we discovered: dare not even But. "A man! in the bedroom of Mademoiselle!" added Baron Tripeaud. Baleinier. dryly. It was doubtless that singular worship which Made" moiselle pays to the beautiful "Enough. "Mademoiselle does not raise her views so high. "then he is one of the common people? makes one's hair stand on end. "a man concealed by you in your in her bedroom!" cried the Marquis d'Aigrigny.THE WANDERING JEW room obS the last." said the doctor. "must have been a robber? Any other supposition would be in the highest degree improbable. i . Grivois pointed out to us that one of the golden mouldings of a panel did not appear to come drew the attention of the magquite home to the wall. in a hypocritical tone. This explains itself. raising his head with apparent indignation. as the man concealed by her was dressed in a blouse. too revolting. "We know the sort of thieves. touching and affecting." resumed Madame de Saint-Dizier. madame." said Madame de Saint-Dizier." "Your indulgence deceives you." said Tripeaud. when Mrs." "Yes." answered own bedroom. sir. and yet what I am ahout to say is in nowise intended as a justification. touched. "But this man. She proves that a dereliction from duty may be ignoble as well as criminal. yes. "they are generally young men.

I forbid you addressing herself to Adrienne: leaving the house !" D'Aigrigny said to the speaker." "What. a peculiar inflection of the voice — : we may trust the lady to the doctor's care." said the doctor. Then. "You will be good enough to accompany me immediately to the minister's. flashed across his countenance." "Yes." "Is your carriage below?" "Yes. look of intense satisfaction below. or rather the act of justice. Does not that pierce your heart?" sneered the princess." replied Adrienne. she said to the doctor "M. in an angry tone." "It confounds one. BaleiI asked you just now for nier.556 THE WANDERING JEW listened to her aunt "I was just now on hitherto disdaining to answer. he has been arrested and taken to prison. "Your tender pity for this interesting smith must indeed be very great. he saw the latter respond to it by twice closing his eyelids in token of comprehension and assent. putting her hat on. and tying the strings. madame. : inster. D'Aigrigny started. without my orders. mademoiselle." "Yes. and it will give me great pleasure to act on your behalf. he will not refuse me the favor. whose eyes grew dim with tears at the thought of the cruel hurt to Agricola's family. after what has just . much surprised. . she had with growing and painful indignation. that I have to solicit. madame for I have something better to do than to satirize that which is utterly odious and ridiculous. and he could hardly repress the violence of his delight." added Tripeaud "but we must not be surprised at anything. under a strong escort. A When therefore the princess resumed. One word only." The marquis pronounced these words in so significant a . madame has this honest and worthy artisan been arrested?" "To be sure." The moment Adrienne asked the doctor if his carriage was . with "I think. darting. Introduced by you." said the princess "do you dare take such a course. a rapid and significant glance at the doctor. passed? It is really quite unheard-of. with a triumphant air. since it deprives you of your sarcastic assurance. your interest with the min- — . madame. your highness. when. "Madame. the point of defending myself against insinuations but I will not a second one of your odious time descend to any such weakness.

" Tripeaud. who was about to speak. that the princess. absorbed in painful thoughts with regard to Agricola. madame. Madame de Saint-Dizier resumed "Though the doctor seems to me to be far too indulgent to mademoiselle. she said to her in a slow and measured tone.THE WANDERING JEW 357 manner. "What! will you let her go?" "Yes. with a stupefied air." taken place. mademoiselle one last word in presence of these gentlemen. for : — : will assist in a noble action. who was not in the secret of the new plans of the doctor and the abbe. Advancing towards her niece. I might not see any great objection to trusting her with him. "I do not think I have been too indulgent to madbut only just. making a sign that he should listen to the princess. did not perceive the different signals exchanged between the princess. you my authority ?" "Notwithstanding the scandalous exposure which has just still persist in withdrawing yourself from . but the night was already almost come. I am at her orders. yes. or making me support a recommendation undeserved. for hence forward she must have no will but mine. extended her hand cordially to the doctor. in a low voice faltered to the latter. my excellent friend. and her countenance grew radiant with joy. to take her to emoiselle I do not know what she the minister if she wishes it. intends to solicit." answered D'Aigrigny abruptly. and said to him "Rest assured. and the abbe. Not only did this pass with extreme rapidity. having looked by turns at the physician and D'Aigrigny. so that Adrienne. much moved. understood it all. they would doctor. have been incomprehensible to her. are you still determined to resist my formal commands?" you — : ! "Yes." "Madame." Adrienne. that you will thank me for the step I am taking. the Even had she done so. but that I do not wish to establish such a precedent." said the physician gravely. laying a peculiar emphasis on every word "One moment more. Xiv wishing to have the appearance of yielding too readily the suggestion of the marquis. feigning to be somewhat shocked by the words of the Princess de SaintDizier. Answer me Notwithstanding the heavy charges impending over you. but I believe her incapable of abusing the confidence I repose in her.

. madame. replied Adrienne. and then called out in a loud voice to "To the house of the minister." "Is that your final decision?" "It is my last word. and the door was closed upon them. and I never speak it twice. "I have tried in vain all that was possible to conciliate. One : CHAPTER XLIII." So saying. my dear I diately. When. left the room precipitately with the of the servants called for M." ! "Be it so. de Cardoville. .358 THE WANDERING JEW decent "Yes. Beware !" "I have given your highness my last word. she said doctor . that I am about to quit this dwelling in order to live alone and after my own fashion. madame." "Gentlemen." "You refuse positively to submit to the regular and mode of life which I would impose upon you?" "I have already told you. quickly to him : Then. Baleinier's Assisted by the doctor. in circling eddies. which had the sun went down. Adrienne mounted the step. by the private the coachman entrance!" The horses started at a gallop. he was seated by the side of Mdlle. addressing "Come. however. Mademoiselle will have only herself to thank for the measures to which this audacious revolt will oblige me to have recourse. carriage. Baleinier. he waited for about a second. Night had been clear till set in dark and cold." "Reflect the matter is serious. you hear all this?" resumed the princess. madame. was now covered with gray and lurid clouds a strong wind raised here and there. Let us set out immeEvery minute lost may occasion bitter tears to am an honest family. A FALSE FRIEND. The sky. the snow that was beginning to fall thick and fast. Adrienne physician." M. dying with impatience. without perceiving that he said something in a low whisper to the footman that opened the coach-door.

in Adrienne de Cardoville. my dear Mdlle. "what! you. which she always dissembled." answered Adrienne. drying her tears in silence. . . Her and elegant figure. which was now filled with that sweet. Yes Adrienne wept. no one could have been less She masculine. which hangs about the garments of young women of taste. proud in her disdain. weeping . she knew how to exercise great empire over herself. faintly illumined by the lamps beneath the shade of her little gray hat. was full imprisoned in her high-necked dress of blue cloth. Adrienne was yet endowed with the most acute sensibility. delicious. for she now felt the reaction from slight of grace. truly surprised at her emotion. with which. had succeeded a sorrowful dejecResolute in her independence.THE WANDERING JEW The lamps threw a dubious Baleinier's 35^ light into the interior of Dr. and almost voluptuous perfume. she dried her eyes. the painful scenes through which she had passed at SaintDizier House to the feverish and nervous excitement. but as a woman. to the great astonishment of M. Baleinier. in an agitated voice "I weejj oh never. your stinging replies "Ah me! do you think that I resigned myself with pleasure till had tion. now filled with tears. the moment that the least mark of weakness on her part would have rejoiced or em boldened her enemies. which carpeted the bottom of the carriage. In her hand. however. rested upon a thick bear-skin. which . looked doubly white and pure in contrast with the dark lining of the carriage. audacious in her resistance to unjust oppression." in presence of a friend but. seated next to the doctor. carriage. . which he was seated alone with The charming countenance of the latter. was essentially womanly. Notwithstanding her courage. Baleinier. — . in the presence of her aunt and those who surrounded her. The carriage had rolled onwards for some minutes. implacable in her irony. than Mdlle. she held a magnificently embroidered handkerchief. before my aunt " "And yet. and stretched rather forward. which was ungloved and dazzlingly white. \nv Adrienne. .'" "Yes. in that long interview. that were jus( now so courageous. "What. less of a virago. crossed one upon the other. to the doctor's greal astonishment. imprinted its wavy outline on the soft cushion against which she leaned her little feet. had not yet uttered a word. then sustained her. Cardoville. ! . Adrienne?" said M. The attitude of the girl.

penalty. with indignation. "yet I am fond of life. affecting a profound indifference. and that which you bestow upon others. by taking my part to-day. cowardly." As he pronow. and see those about me happy. alas for evil. in a voice full of the softest unction." : — — in the presence. and have only asked to be allowed to live alone. Baleinier! Mme." "As for that. that accuses me in this revolting manner as if she did not know me proud and honest enough never to make a choice ! — if I ever love. . "I know you are my friend. "we medical men are pretty safe from personal : — ! enmities. to which I am forced by the necessity of defending myself from this woman and her friends. I assure you. which are as absurd as they are odious ?" So saying. de Saint-Dizier and her friends never forgive. of people that "And it is my aunt. and perfidious. nounced these last words. my dear M. Baleinier. my innate horror for all that is base. after all. she again pressed her handkerchief to her eyes. in the display of wicked but in the feelings power to repress and hide all that I suffer. I have never done them any harm.360 to that THE WANDERING JEW war of sarcasm? Nothing is more painful to me than such combats of bitter irony." "That's where it is they envy your happiness. "of what use are truth and honor." said the doctor. I shall for love. my dear Mdlle. is the most glorious feeling in the world. with one of those graceful smiles which gave such a charm to her beautiful countenance. with redoubled bitterness. "It needed all my invincible aversion. "Come. I could not hesitate and yet. if I have to . whose whole life has been one long scandal. which is very great. too. "my aunt." "Nay. alas !" continued Adrienne. Adrienne. "be calm it is all over You have in me a devoted friend. you exposed for I am not ignoyourself to the resentment of my aunt rant of her power. But." she added." said the young girl." cried Adrienne. when I hear my: — self treated so grossly I hate and despise when. to induce me But if death itself were the to break so openly with her. freely and quietly. with a shudder." said Adrienne "I shall never forget that. he blushed in spite of his dia- of which I proclaim it. as I understand it. should be ashamed I shall be proud of ! Oh : ! it — bolical craft." said M. You speak of my courage it does not consist. if they do not secure you from suspicions.

for he now wished to tranquillize Adrienne at any cost. to inform me ( . and hopes to succeed by persuasion. grief. between ourselves. would die of hunger. d'Aigi igny or a M. "I told you what reasons I had to interest myself in that This morning he came to me in great that he was compromised by some songs he had written for he is a poet).THE WANDERING JEW reproach myself with anything. you know. Tripeaud could have influenced me? And then she talked of rigorous measures. by means of your recommendation." "In two words. and if they put him into prison." resigned to but then. here's the mystery. I am more tranquil. and dreams of your conversion. I am my "Well. thinking of your interest with the minister: tor. though innocent. I promised immediately. we ought always avoid grief. and that. we shall have plenty of time to talk over it. as they were already in pursuit of the poor lad. Now tell me. "but let us think no more about it. what can she do? what is the meaning of this kind of famih council? Did she seriou-ly think that the advice of a M. ought I smile. and yet. and you know how my aunt has twisted that action." answered Adrienne. that. gayly. his family. the minister will grant me the freedom of this workman. She has the misfortune to fancy herself a mother of the Church. do you think. to fascinate the minister that we — are going to see. But here am I. too harmonious faults. for it has the disadvantage of making us forget the sorrows of others. I chose to conceal him in my residence." said the doctor. Therefore he came to beg me to procure bail for him. do you know?" "I think. whose sole support he is." said the doctor." "It is often the wisest course. 361 is that I would have it too bright. without even telling you what I require. maliciously. Your fine eyes must shine with all their lustre." "You are right. availing myself of your kindness. There will not be the shadow of a diffir honest workman. so that he might be left at liberty to work. for our statesman lives at some distance. come." "Luckily. he was threatened with an arrest. "for you smile that is a good sign. What measures can she take. after thj threats that my aunt has held out to me? Still. dear doctor. too fair. that the princess only wished to frighten you. bail being given for the same?" "No doubt of it. it .

and restore justice a worthy youth to liberty." calumnies which my — ." said the doctor inhaling But at the same time. kill two birds with one stone or rather. you will have this pleasure. "How true that in life. my dear Mdlle. good mother may learn from you the release of her son before she even knows that he has been arrested. Baleinier. you know.162 THE WANDERING JEW — culty especially when you have explained the facts to him. why I have taken the resolution (which is perhaps a strange one) to ask you to accompany me to the minister's?" "Why." "All this. Adrienne. frankly and openly. Baleinier. if the motive were not so serious. to the aunt will be sure to spread with regard to me. by a decisive step. who will believe me. who is now perhaps in a state of cruel anxiety. my light heart has returned." "Come." said the doctor. "Really. at not seeing her son return home !" ! "Yes." "How kind. and had so blind a confidence in the doctor. to recommend your friend in a more effective an end." Adrienne was so completely ignorant of the forms of a constitutional government. But I know your heart. because truth has an accent of its own. with a smile "for we will solicit and intrigue to such purpose. how obliging you are !" said Adrienne. You will. my dear M. . and which she has already. is wisely planned. sincere attachment." said M. laughing. that she did not doubt for an instant what he told her. "everything depends on the point of view. had inserted in the report of the commissary ot police. my a pinch of snuff. he cast an uneasy . as the saw says. She therefore resumed with joy: "What happiness it will be when I go to fetch the daughters of Marshal Simon. to be able to console this workman's mother. with that eloquence of the heart which you possess in perfection." "Do you know." "I have no other wish. Baleinier. you will obtain by one act of kindness two acts of you will destroy a dangerous calumny." also to put "Yes —but manner. I have preferred to address myself at once. placed in a high social position. doubtless. to a man I will explain all to him. than to prove to you my profound that the devotion. I should be ashamed of making you lose so much precious time. philosophically." said Adrienne. "thanks to this pleasing prospect. my dear Dr.

I believe. and in spite of the snow. who had just turned her head towards that side. anxiously.THE WANDERING JEW 363 glance through the window. smiling in her turn. dr Cardoville. "I do not wish to find fault with the minister for being proud. one of his adopted titles. who rejoiced to see that the carriage had now entered those dark streets which lead from the Place de l'Odeon to the Pantheon district. and feed full the gluttonous vanity of your friend. Baleinier gave a cunning smile." "What is the matter. I will remember Moliere's M." "What is it. my dear M. "I will even go so far as Your Excellency. and the first impression would be unfavorable." "These petty devices are innocent enough." said he." said Mdlle." "I thought so too. Baleinier?" said Adrienne." "Not now but that is no matter." "Is that all. Now Adrienne. turning hastily towards him. the doctor exclaimed suddenly: "Bless me! I had almost forgotten. he could see the front of the Odeon theatre brilliantly illuminated. M. What wind what snow! In which quarter are we?" "What are you so ungrateful. might perhaps he astonished at the singular road they were taking. for I know he will be in good hands. since his pride may be of service to us on this occasion. Baleinier?" said Adrienne. leaning forward as . which is. she added "Gracious how sad and dark are these streets. "and I confess that I do not scruple to have recourse to them. leaning towards the door-sash. M." said the physician. our business would be done at once. "has his weakness ministers even more than others. In order to draw off her attention hy a skilful diversion." replied the physician. in regard to the success of our petition." "I give him up to you. for the carriage was just crossing the Place de l'Odeon. if you could even slide in a Lord or two. "Every man. Jourdain. that you do not recognize by the absence of shops. please?" asked the young girl. "I had forgotten a thing of the highest importance." "Be satisfied since there are upstart ministers as well as City-turned gentlemen. if you did not lay great stress on the Minister. The one we are going to visit has the folly to attach the utmost importance to his title. your dear quarter of the Faubourg Saint Germain ?" — — My ! : ! ! ! "I imagine we had quitted it long ago." Then.

My poor coachman. Baleinier. though quite determined to serve the projects of D'Aigrigny. It is easy to understand. The latter had spoken of important interests. Guillaume not the gayest of streets by the way but. who was an acute and skilful observer. When they left the Saint-Dizier House. I perceive we are in the Rue Saint right again. and which. in — — — ten minutes. for fear of endangering himself in the eyes of Adrienne. answer. speaking slowly "Nay — — — . I entreat you. for that very reason. in whom she reposed the utmost confidence. that she dici not doubt for a moment the statements of Baleinier. the existence of which had been concealed from her. had quite clearly remarked the embarrassment and anxiety of the princess and D'Aigrigny. Baleinier. in submission to the will of the Order— related to interests which had been concealed from him." Mdlle. and finding the opportunity favorable. "but we are still there. after a moment's silence: "I am going perhaps to ask you a very If you think it such. he said to Adrienne. de Cardoville. which is beating against his face. and no time to be lost. he burned to discover for every member of the dark conspiracy to which he belonged had necessarily acquired the odious vices inherent to spies and informers envy. was so little acquainted with certain sireets of Paris. which had hitherto been concealed from you. of some great interests. like most carriage-people. must have gone wrong just now but we are all Yes." "These words. was yet very anxious to learn what had been kept from him." "Yes. as well as with the customs of men in office. The doctor. I did so. pray do not indiscreet question. I think." "Just now a few minutes before the arrival of the commissary of police was announced to your aunt you spoke. therefore. Conquering his irresolution. the doctor had upon his lips a question which he hesitated to put. for intimate friends like myself enjoy the privilege of escaping the honors of a grand reception. we shall arrive at the minister's private entrance." go on. and — ." continued M. — jealous curiosity. suspicion. He no longer doubted. that the plot directed against Adrienne one in which he was the blind agent.364 if THE WANDERING JEW to ascertain where they were. blinded by the snow. that Dr.

those from whom we are descended were dispersed in foreign countries." said Adrienne. and." said the doctor. in a oft and melancholy tone. she thus answered Dr." resumed M. there are some things that I do not know others again that I must keep others that I may tell you from you but you are so kind to-day." said Adrienne. which remarkably contrasted with the habitual vivacity of her conversation. Baleinier this subject. after a silence "On of some moments. becoming extremely interested." Adrienne became serious and pensive. Baleinier." "Really !" cried the doctor. — is this inheritance. it is only to offer you my services. in whose hands?" "I do not know. "for I should have the appearance of accepting a kind of reward whilst I am paid a thousand times over. be divided between the members of my family. . at no very distant period.THE WANDERING JEW 365 and emphatically. that I am happy to be able to give you a new mark of confidence. my charming friend. "that sundry suspicions ol mine were changed to certainty." "But how did you find out the existence of this inheritance?" "That also I may not tell you." "Xow how will you assert your rights?" "That I shall learn soon. with an air of humble deprecation. by the pleasure I feel in serving you." "I need not tell you. I have circumstances connected been with i . propriety in letting me know more forget that I have said a word." returned Adrienne. "It is a secret a strange secret and in those moments of excitement." "Who will inform you of it?" "That I may not tell you. and experienced a great variety of fortunes. "that if I remind you of this circumstance. in "Where — — which you of have sometimes thinking extraordinary surprised me. without attending to the delicate "I have powerful reasons for scruples of Dr. — — : — — : ." "An impression so deep. in case they If not and there is the shadow of imshould be required. Baleinier believing that an immense inheritance must." "Listen. all of whom I do not know for. after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes." "Then I wish to know nothing. "appeared to make a deep impression on the princess. in a bland tone.

and the least suspicion roused in the mind of Adrienne by any inadvertence on his part. my dear Dr. the doctor was not sorry to ponder over what he had just heard. dreadfully cold it is that when I have been to fetch my poor little relations from the house of our workman's mother. and the streets had become more and more deserted. Mdlle. and he resolved instantly to make a secret report on the subject either M. therefore. looked white The silence was deep and mournful. for the carriage now rolled over a thick carpet of snow. seen through the snow. de Cardoville did not perceive the direction the coach was taking secondly. with a smile. it would reveal one." "Be sure I will do my best. Baleinier. The critical moment approached. "Here we are at last. Adrienne did not notice the circumstance. already fatigued by the painful emotions of the day." said he gayly to Adrienne. . he first gave two rapid knocks. then she added. shivering in spite of herself: "How I must confess." Adrienne paused and was reflections. silent. With his usual perspicuity. Notwithstanding his crafty treachery. in the one event. . the doctor was not quite tranquil as to the result of his machinations. absorbed in her own Baleinier did not seek to disturb her. you must be yourself. doctor had immediately begun to speak. Adrienne. might ruin all his projects. d'Aigrigny was acting under the instructions of the Order. the lady and Dr. she had neglected to take either shawl or mantle. . "you must be very winning that is. For some time. which. Baleinier remained perfectly silent. and then one other at a long interval." replied Adrienne. I shall be truly glad to — ! . to drown with his voice this species of signal. notwithstanding his audacity and the blindness of his dupe. or by his own impulse.366 this secret. shuddered from time to time. he saw that the Abbe d'Aigrigny was concerned in this inheritance. and the . as the cold became more and more piercing in her haste to accompany Dr. For some minutes the coach had followed the line of a very high wall. and the footman went to knock at a large gateway. against a black sky. the report of the doctor would confirm a fact in the other. no longer even disturbed by the noise of the wheels. for the noise was not loud. Suddenly the carriage stopped. THE WANDERING JEW which awakened within me lofty and magnificent ideas. In the first place. Baleinier.

"Yes. opening the door of a room which communicated with the vestibule. THE MINISTER'S CABINET. physician got down first. and a globe lamp.' " Mdlle. de Cardoville was now introduced into an apart- ment hung with furnished with the floor tureen embossed paper. gallantly. to offer his arm to Adrienne. "I feel deadly cold. covered with yellow velvet. which most a third of its proper light. Adrienne leaned upon the doctor's arm. and the carriage had entered a court-yard. was suspended (at a . the sanctum sanctorum." said the doctor. CHAPTER XLIV. who covered his secret agitation with an appearance of gayety. Baleinier. "It is what you call the minister's private house." added he.THE WANDERING JEW 367 find myself once more in the warmth and light of my own cheerful rooms." "It is quite natural. "Pray come in!" and he pushed open the door of a large hall." resumed Dr." she added. I came out without a shawl. man not a page. "Dear me! how you tremble. for you know my aversion to cold and darkness. which were somewhat slippery." said Dr." Whilst the doctor and Mdlle. de Cardoville exchanged these few words. Xot a foot"that a minister's house is like nobody else's. which led to a vestibule lighted by a lamp." replied she. The carriage had stopped before some steps covered with snow. was carefully polished. completely empty. But how gloomy this house appears. I know the secret ways. and very simply gave at mahogany chairs. with a smile. pointing to the entrance. The better to ascend the steps. — — " 'In this seraglio reared. In my haste. "the most charming f.owers require the most light and heat. whither our statesman retires far from the sound of the profane. shuddering. a heavy gate had turned creaking upon its The hinges. I should say to be found in the antechamber. Baleinier. Luckily. "They are right in saying." said he.

profound and mournful silence reigned in this habitation. curtainless room and as.' does it not? If you knew what a thing constitutional economy is ! Moreover. by which he instantly disappeared. the movement and the activity. Only. Unable to "Have they so little confirepress a smile. Finding the appearance of this habitation singularly plain for the dwelling of a minister. Adrienne. she exclaimed dence in the statesman in whose house I am. Already astonished by this singularity. She then discovered that the back of this piece of furniture. and return immediately. as well as that of all the other chairs. that they are obliged to fasten the furniture to the walls?" Adrienne had recourse to this somewhat forced pleasantry as a kind of effort to resist the painful feeling of apprehenfor the most sion that was gradually creeping over her : much — . Though she could not have explained the cause of her impression. But please to wait for me an instant. who had involuntarily pressed close to him. guessed the cause of her astonishment. you will see a 'my lord.' who has almost as little pretension as his furniture. naked. which usually surround a great centre of business." Gently disengaging himself from the grasp of Adrienne. : . could not suppress a movement of surprise and paused a moment on the threshold of the door. the physician opened a small side-door. I will go and inform the minister you are here. she was about mechanically to draw towards her an armchair placed against the wall. and said to he" with a smile "This place appears to you very paltry for 'his excellency. which she had not at first perceived. though she had no suspicion. she was seized with an indefinable feeling of uneasiness. she perceived with surprise that an iron grating completely enclosed the opening of the chimney. Approaching the cheerless hearth. and that the tongs and shovel were fastened with iron chains. by degrees. Adrienne de Cardoville was left alone. M. cold.368 THE WANDERING JEW greater height than usual) from the ceiling. she noticed certain peculiarities in the furniture. by whose arm she held. from time to time. where nothing indicated the life. the young lady heard the violent gusts of wind from without. . there was something awe-inspiring to the young lady in this large. was fastened to the wainscoting by iron clamps. Baleinier. when she found that it remained motionless.

and listened. this profound silence. and tried to argue away her fears. In her impatient anxiety. "I must have been deceived. Drawing nearer to it. thanks to the half obscurity of the room. that she reproached herself with her own fears. Suddenly. she found none. since her arrival. and M. as well as a clock. she found it was fastened on the outside. in order to call some one. wishing to struggle with the terror which was gaininvincibly upon her. that she was struck with a vague terror. Baleinier did not return. Baleinier. loosened. Yet. In certain dispositions of mind. but she perceived. and at which she had just been listening. saw some particles of the plaster fall from the ceiling. heavy sound.THE WANDERING JEW More than 369 a quarter of an hour had elapsed. but heard nothing. was in reality a large sheet of shining tin. persuading herself that the causes of them were after all of no real importance. no doubt. by the shaking of the floor above. She held her breath. a dull. "it was only a fall . and applied her ear to it. Adrienne called to her aid all the firmness of her character. the young girl flew to the little door by which the physician had disappeared. and that it was unreasonable to feel uneasy at such trifles. this glass replaced by a tin sheet. this furniture fastened to the wainscot. though she thus strove to regain courage. No longer able to resist the feeling of terror. had such an effect upon Yet Adrienne. was fixed to the marble of the chimney-piece. her anxiety induced her to do what otherwise she would never have She approached the little door by which the attempted. such was her implicit confidence in the doctor. Still. hastily. . To her great surprise. She raised her eyes to look for a bell-rope by the side of the chimney -glass. and this. This immovable candlestick. Adrienne ran to the door by which she had entered with the doctor. the most insignificant circumstances often assume terrific proportions. doctor had disappeared. she accidentally touched a bronzed candlestick. Adrienne wished to call some one to inquire about the doctor and the minister. that what she had hitherto taken for a glass. More and more alarmed. was audible just above her head she thought she could even distinguish a stifled moaning. Raising her eyes. This door also was fastened she on the outside." she said. like that of a falling body. Still. and the prolonged absence of M. she had heard no sound of a key turning in the lock.

. like the noise of a Struck Violent struggle. Adrienne struck the door several times. Baleinier has therefore deceived me. and some one will doubtless answer. But this certainly seemed so horrible to the young girl's truthful and generous soul. except in There are a thousand reasons for believing imagination. — : . in a firm voice: it is useless to try to blind myself to my real situation. But for what end? has he brought me hither ? Where am I ?" The moaning had no my . for until the last extremity. against all weakness yet I think that any one in my position . She said to herself with bitterness: "See how weakness and fear may lead one to unjust and odious suspicions! Yes. It is evident that I am not here at a minister's house. burst furiously from the room just above. shuddering "I do not know if it is the excessive cold. then she added. that she still tried to combat the idea by the recollection of the confiding friendship which she had always shown this man. that she was the victim of M. and soon after a sort of stamping of feet. these locked doors ? They. last The two questions appeared It insoluble. that it was not a person who fell down. On the contrary. it is not justifiable to believe in so infernal a deception and then only upon the clearest evidence. She ran to the other door. do not know that I am here they may have thought that there was nobody in this room. There was the same appeal on her part." said Adrienne. Adrienne looked round with "No weakness! anxiety. I endeavor to guard but I tremble in spite of myself. perhaps. the same profound silence without only interrupted from time to time by the howling of the dull. or rather savage and dreadful howlings. But. loud cries. No answer was returned to the young girl. delicate hand. then. shook the ceiling of the apartment. would find all this ." At this instant. Why to Adrienne both equally only remained clear. remembering that pletely satisfying these doubts. no end of reasons prove it beyond a doubt M." there was no bell." As she uttered these words. "I am not more timid than other people. I will call some one it is the only way of comThen. I must look it well in the face. she added "No matter I will knock. .370 that I THE WANDERING JEW heard. The that it — wind. . existence. very strange and frightful. heavy sound which came from the door showed was very thick." With her little. Baleinier's perfidy.

and was about to call aloud for help. This woman carried. These women. one large. robust : and masculine. de Cardoville yielded at length to the full influence of her fears. and soon extinguished the flickering and smoky light of the lamp. Adrienne uttered a loud cry of terror became deadly pale. which straggled rough and shaggy from beneath her dirty white The other. They both entered silently by the little door. Adrienne remained as if fascinated by that fatal vision and. and abruptly threw it open. ing-cap over a parchment visage. After a few seconds. unperceived by Mdlle. tainless panes. Her eyes fixed upon this window. pitted with the small-pox. and reaching down to their feet. when an unexpected apparition rendered her for some minutes absolutely mute with terror. dragging after it a sort of shroud. Thus.THE WANDERING JEW . at the mo^ . two tall women entered the room in silence. . Through the curlighted window was distinctly visible. beat against Adrienne's face. red. she called for help with all her might. shining face. small green eyes. stood at no great distance. withered. cut sloping from their necks. gaunt and ghastly. without quitting the bars of the window to which she clung. 371 with const r nation. Adrienne perceived a white figure. stood for a moment motionless with affright. had a broad. a large pimpled nose. a garment of strange form. One of them. and some long gray hairs that overshadowed the upper lip. Another wing of the building. Through the midst of the black darkness. who was still clinging to the window. with her hands clinging to the bars that were placed across the window. wore a mourncap. half unfolded in her hand. plunged in profound darkness. and then rushed to one of the windows. like chambermaids of the lower sort over their clothes they wore large aprons of blue cotton. and bony. A violent gust of wind. shining through the darkness. were negligently and shabbily dressed. as the spectacle filled up the measure of her fears. sallow. made of thick gray Stuff. de Cardoville. whilst she was thus crying out. with an abrupt and restless motion. which filled the space between. mixed with melted snow. Mdlle. and passing and repassing continually before the window. of about forty to fifty years of age. and rendered still more repulsive by the thick black eyebrows. so long restrained. and tow hair. opposite to that in which she was. who held a lamp in her hand. swept roughly into the room.

addressing the two women. exchanged a leer of madame. "Gone!" cried Adrienne. and laid her great bony hand upon Mdlle. was grasping the bars of the window. I wish to leave this — place." at each other. intelligence. one of them went to place the lamp on the chimney-piece. who was called Gervaise. Baleinier." called "Come. in alarm. since at each other. : Baleinier?" The two women looked mutual "I ask you. unable to utter a word. in an agitated voice . she began to feel less afraid hideous as was this woman. and trembling with fear." "And where you must not put out the lamp as you have done. "where hither? I is M. exclaimed." "To go is really to bed !" cried Mdlle. come." resumed Adrienne. she added: "What is this house? where am I? answer!" "You are in a house." added the other woman. "I entreat you.372 THE WANDERING JEW : ! ment when Adrienne. who was "Tomboy. instantly. Then. "to fetch me a coach M. "it is time for you to go to bed." said Tomboy. Baleinier is gone without me. in the excess of her terror. looked in a kind of stupor from one to the other of . Adrienne uttered a new cry of terror at the sight of this grim figure. "where you must not make a row from the window. with forced calmness in her voice. de Cardoville's shoulder." Then. she resumed. "Please to fetch me a — coach. who brought me wish to see him "He is gone. but did not answer. "or else we shall have a crow to pick with you. whilst the other (she who wore the mourning-cap) approached the window. madame. and shrugged their madame. therefore." said the tall woman. "This enough to drive one mad. ." said the big woman. Turning round." Adrienne." continued Adrienne. Cardoville. in a rough voice." The two women looked shoulders. after a moment's reflection. and crying out "Help help !" Pointing out the young lady to each other. it was at least some one to speak to she "Where is M. as you did just now. the first moment of stupor over. "gone without me! Gracious heaven! what can be the meaning of all this?" Then." without appearing to listen to what Adrienne asked.

Gervaise they all sing the same song. the tone of the poor girl's voice — was '. It is not enough? I will give you tentwenty— whatever you ask. and menaces are all said Adrienne gathering energv from her desperate position. is this house." resumed Adrienne. madame. "Do vou not hear those cries? What. hoarse cries. therefore. of you two thousand francs. I do not understand how. You take me for some one else.. use of telling us all this rubbish?" the tone of harsh impatience.THE WANDERING JEW these horrible 373 her reason strove in vain to comprehend what was passing around her. no one in the world has the right to detain me. who wished to try every means." added she . I am rich only let me out— for heaven's sake.eartrending. ain't it ' then? since reasons." "Twenty thousand francs !— that's the usual figure. "Oh! what screams!" said Adrienne. Saint-Dizier House. the wild. then. this time they were not accompanied : So And over there. in a "Listen to me. have you finished?" said Tomboy. Suddenly she thought she had guessed it. enough to employ force against me." As she said this. "if you detain me here by force. let me out!— I cannot remain here— I am afraid. me out this place." resumed Adrienne. If there are no'ne in this quarter. will and you reward such a person ''What is also. women that I am at liberty to leave this house . 'T declare to you that I will go out and that will see if you are bold instantly. . Do you know who I am? My name i. We one hears such things? movement of feet. yes or no?" said Gervaise. and I will give each precipitately. then.Adrienne de Cardoville! You see. Adrienne advanced resolutely towards the door But at this moment. liberally. but there is a mistake. too. I command you. prayers. "let "Take care. m her terror drawing nigh to the two stopping short and women. in which Dy the saying. which had preceded the noise of the struggle that had so frightened her gain resounded only. and exclaimed: "I see there is a mistake here. to fetch me a coach immediately. lomboy? ''Let be. it will be very us." ! "Wdk ' m vain. let me have some one to accompany I me home to the Rue de Babylone. You do not know to what " you expose yourselves "Will you come to bed." "Well.

was surrounded by an iron grating. a mahogany chest of drawers. madame. A greenish paper covered the walls. where the lighted windows shone through the darkness. de Cardoville as if she had been a sleeping child. "one of the folks who. fixed in the chimney-place." and robust Tomboy took up Mdlle." "Oh!" cried Adrienne. This chamber. which forbade a near approach." We Tomboy . "I will take the lamp. "They put this on them. she would have fallen upon the ground if the two women had not run towards her. "Oh. The young girl felt her strength give way. stood in one corner a stove. and a rush-bottomed arm-chair completed the scanty furni- . de Cardoville. and "Carry her. ! the strait-waistcoast. Capping the violent emotions of the day. terrible discovery had flashed suddenly upon her. and casting a terrified glance at the strait-waistcoat. the head of which formed a kind of shelf. carried her in her arms. have not behaved well." said Tomboy. A She understood it all. showing the garment that she had held under her arm." "What do you say?" cried Mdlle. "that's not dangerous. I will do whatever you wish. this will can undress her. though perfectly clean. no: not that for pity's sake." And. and sinking upon her knees. she was just able to falter in a feeble voice.374 THE WANDERING JEW almost beside herself. clasping ! "Heavens what is this house ? What do they do to them?" "What will be done to you. 'over there do you see ? What is it ?" "Oh! that 'un. Baleinier had made his exit." said Gervaise. little iron bedstead. then. and the white figure continued to pass and repass before it. be all nothing. was cold and bare." answered Gervaise. and also clamped to the floor. tall . and followed her companion into the chamber through which M. all her limbs trembled. and received her fainting into their arms. — — — "A fainting fit. "they clap 'em into her hands in terror. Her hands fell powerless. if you are naughty." said Tomboy. hiding her face in her hands with horror. her face became fearfully pale. the effect of this last blow was dreadful." said Let us carry her to bed. like you. her strength quite failing. The a table fastened to the wall. a chair placed before this table. and refuse to come to bed. as she pointed to the other wing. and a low.

she gathered up -ienne's magnificent hair. which served to protect the panes from being broken. or Hebe that arranged the beauteous locks of their mistress with so much love and — ! pride the ! And young as she again felt the rude touch of the nurse's hand. tance of Gervaise. of as pure and exquisite a form as that of Diana Huntress. whose long black lashes threw their shadows on the transparent whiteness of her cheeks. "I could hold them both in the hollow of my hand. red. less fresh. placed the inanimate who. 'Twould be a pity to cut it off. which lay like a statue of alabaster in its covering of lace and lawn.THK WANDERING JEW ture. And soon. large tears trickled slowly from her closed eyes. horrible hags felt the arms and shoulders of the young girl with her large. 375 the inside The curtainless window was furnished on with an iron grating. Over her neck and breast of ivory flowed the golden waves of her magnificent hair. "so long and soft! She might almost walk upon it. horny. It was into this gloomy retreat. light hand of Georgette. who. with the form on the bed. was soon exposed to view. was employed in drawing off Adrienne's stockings. "Hasn't she little feet?" said the nurse. Though in a swoon. only more frequently and strongly than before. less soft. The lamp was deposited on the shelf at Whilst one of the nurses held her the head of the couch. which had come down at the time of her fall When. whose head drooped languidly on her bosom. up. the other unfastened and took off the cloth dress of the young girl. that Adrienne was carried by Tomboy. Alas it was no longer the fair. here and there ed with azure. as was also a with pink knee and ankle. magnetically excited during her swoon. smooth as a child's. Florine. and chapped hands. whether by a sort of instinctive repulsion. less white than the virgin form beneath. or from the effect of the . a small." In fact. girl was once more seized with the same nervous trembling. "And what hair!" said Tomboy. rosy foot. and twisted it as well as she could behind her head. as they unlaced her satin corset. kneeling down. to put ice upon her skull !" As she spoke. Though she did not completely recover the use of her senses. which formed so painful a contrast with the charming little summer-house in the Rue de Baby lone. one of the. she started involuntarily from the rude and brutal touch.

. ironical and serious. You shall have the strait-waistcoat on this very night. she uttered a cry of shame and terror then to escape from the looks of the women. smiling." regular fury. she had prepared a magand fairy-like surprise for the young Indian prince. de Saint-Dizier. in the midst of the darkness. regard to the two orphans brought home by Dagobert in her interview with Mme. for. laborious artisan. — ! ! gave you fair warning. At first. in spite of her soft look. she had shown herself by turns proud and sensitive. she drew down the lamp placed on the shelf at the head of her bed. And now. and chaste indignation. covering herself with the bed-clothes. as. horror." light. bathed in tears. rapid as thought. loyal and courageous finally. unfortunate girl. haste. Adrienne again started and slowly herself. in the midst of all the wonders of luxury and art. happy. and surrounded by the delicate attentions of the three charming girls whom she had chosen to serve her. The nurses attributed Adrienne's cry and violent actions to a fit of furious madness. is it?" cried Tom"Well I boy. suppose." We shall have to sit up all night with her. de Cardoville felt her delicate — — .'." "That's I go and fetch a "Make said the other. as she felt her way in the dark. I That morning. she had come to this accursed house to plead in favor of an honest and . she had also taken a noble resolution with her relation . the . we'll soon master her.0 cold night air. angrily. After which. Tommy. melancholy and gay. while Between us. she must be a it. "hold her fast. thrusting aside with both her hands the numerous curls that covered her face. so that it was extinguished and broken to pieces on the floor. burst into passionate sobs. by a movement.376 THE WANDERING JEW came . ! nificent In her generous and fantastic mood. like the mad gal upstairs. Adrienne had Sad and painful contrast risen free. she saw herself half -naked between these filthy hags. in the evening delivered over by an atrocious piece of treachery to the ignoble hands of two coarse-minded nurses in a madhouse Mdlle. It is impossible to describe her alarm. "Oh you begin again to break the lamps that's your partickler fancy.

so overpowered Adrienne that she was unable to break the silence. The alteration in her features. still smiling with an air at once benevolent and paternal. voice. but they trembled so much that it was impossible for her to utter a word. with a sign. Baleinier enter the room.THE WANDERING JEW limbs imprisoned in that abominable garment. yielding to Mdlle. to her promises of good behavior. and. whose clence has been basely betrayed. the convulsive trembling which ever and anon shook her frame. in a bland. without interfering. my poor child! how have we spent night?" she pressed her hands to her burning forehead. "Well. which a strait-waistcoat is $77 called Mdlle. in the softest tone of affec"Well. She felt a kind of giddiness at the thought of the audacity of the man. indignation. Then. Adrienne remained petrified. above all. who dared to present himself to her! But when the physician repeated. affectionate spent the night?" CHAPTER XLV. my "how have we dear child?" said he.he . At sight of Dr. and. contempt. who. the liitter and acutely painful feeling of a generous heart. THE VISIT. The keepers. what was the young lady's stupor to see Dr. had only left on the canvas jacket a portion of the time. de Cardoville's prayers. she half opened her lip-. her dreadful paleness.i . Adrienne was seated on the edge of her bed. at nine o'clock. showed already the fatal effects of this terrible night upon a susceptible and highstrung organization. staring at the doctor. they had allowed her to rise and dress herself. Anger. above all. The next morning. the lurid fire of fever shining in her eyes. tionate interest: '. Baleinier. made Gervaise and her mate leave the room. 3 if in doubt whether she was awake or sleeping. Towards morning. de Cardoville passed a horrible night in company with the two hags.

and your eyes so feverish. Baleinier. that one day you may feel towards me as much gratitude as you now do aversion. sir." resumed M.378 THE WANDERING JEW his ''Come. whilst her upper lip curled slightly with a smile disdainful bitterness. passing in angry silence before M. "Open that door for me !" dear Mdlle. in which was a Adrienne turned little wicket. she lifted proudly her beautiful of head. "you are very much displeased with me is it not so? Well I expected it. Baleinier: "only be bed." replied Adrienne. my — — inflamed your face is. as I said before. with an imperious — ! gesture . in a voice trembling with this place to-day?" indignation. her large eyes sparkled." And he inhaled slowly pinch "It appears. my dear child. come! I see how it is. "be calm. shaking head sorrowfully. a your friend. she answered have done all this for my good?" M. "Oh. Adrienne returned with a slow step. In such a state of excitement if you knew "Come. "let is it not so?" to make me pass for mad "I wish. air of a natural could not lip curled : clear. and." — — formance Baleinier sighed. like reasonable. not to aggravate your symptoms by how agitation. then." After looking fixedly at the doctor." said the physician. that for a moment Adrienne while her repress a movement of surprise. as he said this. with such conviction. we must resign ourselves to it. Let us talk like good friends for you know I am of snuff. then. pronounced with the most hypocritical Her pale cheek flushed. effrontery. and said to him." said the doctor. sir. towards the doctor." These words. let us talk together good friends. she directed her swift and firm steps towards the door." "You say well. This door. pulse must be at least eighty this fatal my dear child. made Adrienne start up. your to the minute— I conjure you. The latter but. my dear child. it's very with a bitter laugh. and again took her seat on the edge of the "That is right. however painful may be the perI had fully foreseen of certain duties. perfectly calm voice." said Adrienne. my dear young lady—have design than to be useful to you?" I ever had any other . in a collected and You wish us talk like friends. Adrienne. "I am not to leave "Alas! no. who retained his seat. was fastened on the outside. you "Really.

sir.. for which I was fully am the head physician of this asylum. a man of science. shrugging his shoulders with a grieved air. in their report of the night's proceedings. in their report of the' night. "treachery. whom misfortune has forced to undertake a painful employment but to you." resumed M." Adrienne had heard M. I should return this — meet your indignation. sir a man of the world. sir. my poor child. you will do well to exhaust at "Your you "nee your attempts at corruption. let am . sir— in the name of friendship. indeed! Only reflect. Baleinier. I offered them what might be acceptable to poor women. There is treachery at all prices. who felt himself. like myself— and might have left them to take care of you— I could not consent to it but. as you rich. in your interest. recovering all his coolness. a man' of great abilities that is quite different the Day must be a great deal higher. my poor child do you think. stung in spite of "You know you. whelming disdain Come.THE WANDERING JEW "I do not know. at my threats vain !" cried Mdlle. Tell how much do want ':" me have it- — — — — me— keepers." continued Adrienne. if I were not acting with good faith." "Your keepers. sir. how much do they pay you to make me pass for mad?" morning to prepared? I — — — "Madame!" cried I M. your nature. Baleinier without interrupting him: she now looked at him fixedly. conscientiously. that you made similar propositions to them. and (leaving out of the question the interest I feel for you) I can treat your case better than any one. and said: "Pray." "So you deem ville. have also Spoken of threats. with the same coolness. . so do not found your refusal on the smallness of my offer to those wretched women." "Pardon me. "have informed me. which belongs to me hut I have two of my pupils here. and your vain threats of shall then come to the true state of the vengeance. Baleinier. no I knew your character. your previous history. doctors. de Cardo- length giving way to the full tide of her indignation." said M. without education. Baleinier. with over* "I will double the sum that they give call the pleasure of outbidding them. "have you any of those likewise to address me? Believe me. Baleinier. We case. if your impudence be not odious than your cowardly treachery!" still 379 more "Treachery!" said M.

it seems. the report of your yesterday's conversation. that purpose. Adrienne. like a young bachelor. as you threatened me just now. fully taken down in shorthand. No one enters here that I cannot perfectly depend upon. am completely indifferent to your threats of vengeance because law and reason are both in my favor. which was faith- out a number ! "Oh ! . I know that there are laws in this country." "What! have you the right to shut me up here?" "We should never have come to that determination." "Unfortunately. The fantastical eccentricity of your manner of living. all my intelligence "Permit me to interrupt you. between you and me will be hate and war to the death ! and all my strength. 2. the adventure of the man found concealed in your bed-chamber. Hencefor you. much indignation . : " . your base conspiracy with Madame de Saint-Dizier ? Oh! do you think that I will conceal the frightful treatment I have received But. too many. and for those who have employed you forth. finally. to whom you offered a royal hospitality. your extravagant expenditure. mad as I may be. and punishment. 3. than to cherish idle hopes: they will only tend to keep up a state of deploris best to put the facts fairly before able excitement it you. It is impossible for you to leave this house. we should be obliged to state them. You can have no communication with any one beyond its walls. that you may understand clearly your position." there are reasons for it." "You will perhaps inform me of them?" "Alas they are only too conclusive and if you should ever apply to the protection of the laws. the story of the Indian prince. my dear Mdlle. with as as surprise. still perfectly calm and affectionate: "nothing can be more unfavorable to your cure.380 til! THE WANDERING JEW then restrained. sir. your whimsical mode of dressing up your maids. your unprecedented resolution of going to live by yourself." by a person employed for ''Yesterday?" cried Adrienne. by which I will demand a full this place this ! — for "Do you think. outrage must have an end that I will not proclaim aloud your infamous treachery? Do you think that I will not denounce to the contempt and horror of all. that when — I leave reparation for myself. withI of reasons of the most serious kind. 4. and shame." said the doctor. "1. disgrace.

with contempt. we had all your answers reported by a man who was concealed behind a curtain in the next room and really. for my aunt has long ago tried to effect that benevolent purpose. we may hope to see a radical cure. one day. by means of a treatment at once physical and moral but the first condition of this attempt was to remove you from the scenes which whilst a calm so dangerously excited your imagination . when you come to read over quietly the particulars of what took place. I bring about a complete recovery *'So. do not hope to leave this place before your complete recovery. will gradually " I the interest that "I think. retreat. but which. considering am mad. with a simple and solitary life. sir. You see. but at least we will attempt it. in a calmer state of mind. acknowledged. might seriously comNow. "the love of a noble independence. in my promise the happiness of your future life. we may perhaps not succeed. combined may say." I sir. such are the maladies of which you wish to cure me I fear that my case is desperate. "The facts J have cited being thus confirmed and Mdlle." "Mad! no. that. thank heaven. paternal care. you will understand. that I am and shall ever be safe from your resentment. This being once admitted. quite enough to justify the determination come to by the family-council." "Well. . which at present only shows itself in idle whims. which puts me completely at my ease with It is to that I wish to return a regard to your menaces. detestation of what is base and odious. ment of mind." said Adrienne. my dear Adrienne. that your friends are perfectly free from responsiIt was their duty to endeavor to cure this derangebility. opinion. my poor child. you are not mad . you speak to me very reasonably. and rest assured. there is a mass of serious facts. in case you should misinterpret the interest we take in yon. then. sir." said Adrienne. you will no longer be astonished at the resolution we have been forced to adopt. and you can readily understand what saying to you just now. . the worship of the beautiful.THE WANDERING JEW 381 "Oh. ." "Go on. In a word. were it to increase. man of my age and condition never acts lightly in such was circumstances. yes! to be prepared for every event. the repose of my anxious. you naturally inspire. with a bitter laugh. generosity. let us talk of your actual state with all .

Is it a new : — — — — . One day or the other. the doctor thus continued "I see. monstrous. you will never be so. Baleinier !' emotion. It care. she felt herself more alarmed than ever. cious deception.382 THE WANDERING JEW I —and yet is . Baleinier was speaking. clothed in such forms. that one must take it in time and believe me. that have . . "that is a great step. you are still suspicious of me. I shall not leave this place. should I hate you? What have you done to me? or rather you will perhaps attach more value to this reason from a man of my sort. my good M. I made use of stratagem to bring you hither. hate is it not so? Hate you? why. which seemed to come from the very depths of his heart. dear child for you would never have come hither with your own good will. Adrienne had so little the art of hiding her emotions. "Come. which you yourself offered." added M. On hearing this man talk in such a natural manner. I hastened to avail myself of the oppordoubt. instantly perceived the impression he had produced. and of your singular whims and fancies ? No It is true. hope that. tunity. of the dangerous excitement of mind in which you were. I would ask ? What can me ? I think of her at this moment than I thought yesterday. Doubt will come next. Fright has succeeded to disdain and anger. a skilful and profound physiognomist. fraud. in heaven's name. we must have found some pretext to 'Her interest before all get you here and I said to myself " Do your duty. Baleinier. by to prevent your becoming mad." said he to himself. ! : ' To what end. hypocrisy. that she believed it almost impossible. "or rather. what interest can I have in talking to you thus? Is it the hatred of your aunt my — that I wish to favor ? she do for neither me or against more nor less language that I hold to yourself? Did I not speak to you yesterday many times. Adrienne's countenance. it is full time. All I can say to you is falsehood. You look at me with such an air of surprise now tell me. assumed an indefinable look of anguish and horror. which had hitherto expressed alternately indignation and disdain. and with such an appearance of sincerity. that the doctor. let whatever will betide !' Whilst M. justice and An atroreason. till she has said to me 'Return With a voice of sorrowful soon. bitterly. what interest have I to hate you? You. . frightened her a hundred times more than the avowed hatred of Madame de This audacious hypocrisy seemed to her so Saint-Dizier. my poor. I did so.

she called him to her last prayer of a parent in the agony of death. the blackest. a moment. and the sweet confidence of the young girl in return. Adrienne was too interesting. . that an independent spirit may sometimes exhibit as much inIt does justice and intolerance as the most narrow mind. for the doctot not to feel some pity for her in his heart the tone of sympathy. Thus the Marquis d'Aigrigny had idolized his mother. as he thus expressed himself. from an excess of good qualities you can bring yourself coolly and deliberately to accuse an honest man. Beleinier. If a lofty spirit looks down into the abyss of evil. not incense me no it only pains me: yes. In few words." his moist eyes. or the greatest actor in the world. And then the most perverse of men have a day. — — — — — - It is impossible to give the accent. I assure you And the doctor drew his hand across it pains me cruelly. I call it a crime because the audacious deception of which vou accuse me would not deserve any other name. the most abominable N crime. — — i . he felt all the horror of his own perfidy but he felt also that Adrienne could not believe it for there are combinations of such nefarious character. Baleinier hesitate to sacrifice — . the look. carried away by the influence of the situation. an hour. it is seized with giddiness. Reallv. es. beyond a certain depth. Baleinier.THE WANDERING JEW 3S3 only been reduced to the state in which you are by an over-abundance of the most generous instincts you. planted in the heart of every creature. After such an example. no one could have played it so well M. my poor child. to implacable necessitv. who has never given you any but marks of affection. able and practised lawyer. it is hard very hard and I now see. how could M. appear in spite of themselves. as it were. — — . the gesture The most of M. that are suffering. of which a human being could be guilty. and he turned away from the dying. was in too cruel a position. . which for some time past he had been obliged to assume towards her. in which the good instincts. was himself half convinced of what he said. of the basest. that pure and upright minds are unable to comprehend them as possible. had become for this man habitual and necessary But sympathy and habit were now to yield gratifications. and no longer able to distinguish one object from the other. could not have played this scene with more effect than the for doctor or rather.

Then. the anguish of the past night. Baleinier finished his fervid address to door was Mdlle. such an error. no. with a convulsive laugh: am me to confess that I " wanting to your triumph to bring mad— that my proper place is here that I owe you at "Gratitude. Remember those moments of strange excitement." "To me!" replied the young girl. her feverish agitation. — to yourself. in " a kind of stupor. and a pair of eyes peered attentively softly pushed the chamber. in a grave and sorrowful "Let me speak to you in the name of that skill and tone. of which he formed more a part. Baleinier. Baleinier might perhaps be it in good faith. moved in spite of herself by the depths accent of sorrow. and making a violent effort the not to yield to a weakness. she added. of which she partly foresaw "No. for ates terrible and indissoluble ties. you while above the earth—and. you do owe it me. as you have told me. Adrienne could not withdraw her gaze from the physi- The moment M. — — I the commencement words may be reflect my of this conversation. For the first time. cian's. overpowered. which you me but for a moment. experience. my dear child and then I will appeal . half feigned and half real—the young lady had a momentary feeling of doubt. the dark seized with a vague terror. unable to penetrate of this man's soul. while it is yet time— yourself. sir. that M. your —and you be afraid your own thoughts at will my dear past of seemed to soar during which. with trouble and indecision. She looked at the physician with ever increasing surprise. but there are fire. Yes. de Cardoville. I cannot believe it. cruel. me^then: wounds which can Listen to and only be cured with steel child life weigh conjure —throw back one impartial glanceyou. above all. she exclaimed: You have too much skill.384 THE WANDERING JEW Adrienne? The members of the Order. to commit "An error!" said M. it came into her mind. unperceived by the doctor. interrupting "This only is herself. I will dreadful consequences. the slide of the wicket in the into back. were bound to him—but he was perhaps still a long partnership in evil crestrongly bound to them. Hear are pleased to ascribe to me. committing a frightful error committing the dangers of her Besides. . which seemed to fascinate her. too much not. all concurred to fill her mind position. even as I told you that "you wish to persuade me. Mute." experience.

but you do not know. you only indulge in conduct. believe me. my child! growing care?— As of yet." cried Adrienne." "Like the woman yonder." continued M. that." "I have never had such stupid pride. "Then. then ! "Sometimes." continued the doctor. develops itself and strangles up the rest.' and imprints its stamp upon all your extravagances. I entreat. in an agitated voice. looking at the doctor with terror! you preserve enough clearness of mind to compare and judge —compare. the unfortunate creature who is attacked by it. sordid hideous delusions. and displays itself in furious and savatre * transports. Baleinier. alarmed himself at the terrible consequences of his own words." reveries— but the tendency charming originalsweet and vague irresistible. your manner of living with that of other ladies of your age ? Is there a single one who acts as you act? who thinks as you think? unless. indeed. of your intelligence has spiritual portion yet the upper hand. Take madness— for we must pronounce the dreaded word— gets the upper hand. Then we have no longer graceful eccentricities. like yours. she raised her finger towards the ceiling. at a given moment." said Adrienne. with what frightful force the insane portion of the mind. in all That which such a being its is life — is obliged to be confined still all. "Oh you frighten me.THE WANDERING JEW 385 ine yourself so superior to other women. preserves nothing human but the shape— has only the instincts of the lower animals—eats with voracity. "sometimes madness takes a stupid and brutal form." "Like the woman upstairs. to what are we to attribute your strange and inexplicable mode of life? Can you even persuade yourself that it is founded on reason? Oh." said the unfortunate girl." murmured Adrienne. poetical eccentricities. then the last rays of intelligence are extinguished. is fatal. you can justify a life and habits that have no parallel in the world. and moves ever backwards and forwards in the cell. you imag- take ities "Then. with a . graceful. as with fixed and eager look. but ridiculous. my dear child. take care !— the healthful. you know it well. but yielding to the inexorable fatality of his situation. as she passed her trembling hands across her burning brow. in virtue of that supremacy. the downward course care.

grew. Am know—yes. "Like you. but what does all this prove? Only I Have I a bad heart? I am different from others. I their tendency I confess it— but then. fair. unhappy Baleinier. de Cardoville. then !—you weep !' Baleinier. do not tell me such getting confused with terror "mercy Take me from this place— oh take things !— I am afraid. "something ville. with a heart-rending accent . envious or selfish? My ideas are singular. errors life done one malicious action. and grew. is not !" cried Adrienne's supplicating good. sight of these nameless "You weep over me. yes. not having been destroyed until it overspread and destroyed larger' and ever larger. which. their reason. did you not take pity on (ne. but like in them the fatal germ of insanity. and I do not if you are mad. I shall end by going mad! No with the terrible agony which assailed I have I shall not become mad. child. She looked anxiously at his cynical philosophy. ! "Why— . from others. ! Bu I will thost . Why. while her tears flowed abundantly. Is it madness to wish to see everybody about one too happy? And again. and sensible. struggling ! tell think Doubtless. with an accent of the deepest despair. Baleinier. as she slowly raised her arm towards the that was visible on the other side of the building. that know whether I ought to believe you— for all this may be a such terrible Why ware—but no." whose head was "Oh. if I she. I live differently from others. de Cardothings better than I. noble !— Oh "I have never voice. notwithstanding could not restrain his tears at the tortures. am shocked by things that do not differently that offend others. those women were young. M. do not hope it I am not blind enough to believe what you all my reason. me. added remain here. alas! they had in time. you. is true. who. if you felt an interest for ought to have been done. my worst in have arisen from excess of generosity. her. me from this place !" she added. "no. ! "for." said M.386 THE WANDERING JEW window wilder look. generous." added Mdlle. you must feel it yourself— my tell me f ee l it—and yet— I scarcely know—you You ought to know these things of those two women! But then." she continued "so it is true not be somethmg done? (good heaven!) must there like do all that you wish—all— so that I may not be . mercy !" cried Mdlle. did you wait so long? I do not me' sooner? But the most frightful fact is. no ! you weep—it M.

were visible in his countenance Alas! they were too visible. In spite of my boasted courage.n Adr.THE WANDERING JEW women. full of mournful resignation and almost hope ess reliance. I give you my word and you know that I hold it sacred— you have therefore no longer any interest to keep me here. at your mercy. without counsel. His resolution had almost failed ln. I trust myself blindly to I know not whether I you. you see— I did not know !" should be too late? no. it not too late. I confess myself hatever is required of conquered. Baleinier. without friends. is » apprehend as you assure me. my good M. Already deeply moved by this scene and without reflecting on the of what he was about to do. and rushing torth in a sort of feverish excitement. am have again collected myself. Terror' I think t To I in deliver me from you a friend? I will it. Suddenly she again lit ted her head. address myself to a deliverer or a destroyer— but I say to you-here is my happiness— here K my life—take it— I have no it with strength to dispute hereafter become madness—or are you rather the accomplice in some infernal machination? You alone can answer. gave the finishing stroke to the indecision of M. but frightful doubts— tell it me. Baleinier if it not too Oh now in—but made me wander 1 know that I am . a low but sharp . animated the physician. during which the deeply affected physician dried his tears. succeeded a silence of some minutes. on the contrary.enne hid her face in her hands. I will subscribe to. interrupted by sobs. Sentiments of remorse and which now pitv. her countenance was calmer than before. with' touching dignitv "J nardly know what I said to you just now. he determined atconsequences all events to dissipate tne terrible and unjust fears with which he had inspired Adnenne. you really think my reason in danger—and I own that you have awakened in my mind vague.' If. eccentricity W These touching words. late— say 1 3S7 is ! But it is ask your pardon tor what I said when you came then 1 did not know. "M." she resumed. Baleinier. these few broken words. . de Cardoville. though agitated by a nervous trembling. whatever it may be. I am alone. and I will believe you. Hear me your power. The moment he approached to take the hand of Mdlle. that what Do you now really me—you understand. I know that nothing can Are you an implacable enemy? or are not able to determine.

overwhelmed with woe." Her head fell upon her bosom. We have enlarged upon it may . my You will be allowed attentive care. with the utmost depression. Baleinier! my only hope rests in you now. with your situation. Baleinier!" "Rodin !" muttered the startled doctor to himself "he's been spying on me!" "Who calls you?" asked the lady of the physician. will see you have another. voice exclaimed from behind the wicket: "M. the doctor replied.388 THE WANDERING JEW . — : — reflection. pale. — "Come. a proper regimen. during which he turned his face towards the wicket. "Mad!" she said when M." she added." Then. in a voice of been a friend deep emotion: "I am what I have always incapable of deceiving you. motionless." answered Adrienne. come! be of good courage. "Perhaps mad!" ******* than this episode much less romantic Many times have motives of interest appear. ^ "my dear M. St. Mary's Convent. hand to M. with an air of the deepest dejection. which is close at hand. extending her Adrienne became deadly pale. Solitude." "And what answer have you to give me?" said Adrienne with mortal anguish. to despair." There is no reason with the shadow "Perhaps you natter me. she said to him in a voice that she "Thank you I will have courendeavored to render calm — — age but will it be very long?" "Perhaps a month. After a moment's solemn silence. of or vengeance or perfidious machination led to the abuse in the imprudent facility with which inmates are received their certain private lunatic asylums from the hands of families or friends." said Adrienne. of a smile." "No this or another— it is of little consequence. Baleinier had disappeared. I attention will be paid you. "A person that I promised to meet here this morning/' "to go with him to replied he. Every everything that is compatible If this room displeases you. Baleinier. her hands upon her knees and she remained sitting on the edge of the bed. may do much. "Return soon.

was dark rni. by the crown or the civil 1C pen '" !.n .. whilst' she "aved with fervor on behalf ed lr° f7 of her son. in the very faint hope tha he might have returned home some hours before Rose and Blanche had just risen.? °.g had Just struck at St Mery hu. with °i most n h the anxious uneasiness yielding at length to fat. nit passing about the same hour at Frances Baudoin s. . and dressed themselves !. that.THE WANDERING JEW 389 neries ot subsequently explain our views. ng U .for them also.vinm other scenes were as>Ium.and a ^ ood P-t of the night.ch the day and gloomy. as to the estabhshment oi a system of inspection.n li UP aml fjMUn 00W taMn ^ ""^ *~* l 1 "^SS/rf 7 - Ine day before. gainst S ' P^edmg events took place in Dr. ' ye fA m ign If °uf °/t eT the SOn ' ^d . PRESENTIMENTS. Ke^heT^r ^ V* **« ^ert'swife^T^ slept little Having but during the night ' thev had ner JS >ttn S herself. now n t o the least noise that came up the staircase and ef ° re the at he 'room T» e hans w rP . These latter are the nun- We shall Zf S£? . which we will presently have an example CHAPTER XLVI. f no and n others of less importance. T - s arrest Frances waited PrCCeding eVem ". not aware.. But she rose with the first dawn of day to ascend to Agncola's garret.gue and sleep. about three o'clock in the orn mg. this excellent an w pra v. she had thrown herself on a mattress beside the bed of Rose and Blanche. at present placed beyond the reach of all superintendence. and the sleet rattled the windows of the joyless chamber of Dagobert s m .caI *°™* of these institutions. the Rue Brise-Miche en Cl Ck ln thc rbM^ . when Dagobert had set out for Chartres. . For the state of tlW „ f? ' ° f their •ouls filled her with anxiety and alarm. Baleinier's a.

that golden city of their imagination had conceived But soon this natural astonishment was replaced dreams . own fervent prayers she implored celestial mercy for her the desperate these orphans. had Frances. you may Placing one's self in the position understand how much she was grieved and alarmed. since the orphans answered they did not think they had. that they did not know any. When she went to her usual Sunday devotions.390 THE WANDERING JEW to rise. confirmation. she had clasped them in her arms. understanding nothing of such talk. their charming faces seeming even more pensive Dagobert's Though they \vere accustomed to a life of misfortune. terrified in matters of religion. scandalous. communion. derly. They were still dressed in mourning. having asked them same time explaining to them the nature of that sacrament). they had been struck. where they there was neither church nor priest in the village were born. position of their ot Rose and Blanche were now left alone. had not thought of having them baptized by the Dagobert Now. struck with painful surprise. in their presence at church. Dagobert's wife of the young girls the more so believed their souls to be in the greatest peril. who did not themselves know souls. so charmed were 'nothing but poor heathens. if they had ever been baptized (at the as. of Frances. that this notion had never way. than usual. the spoke to them of catechism. and of Paris. When Frances. she already loved tenin her eyes. Frances as their had not dared to take Rose and Blanche with her. So. unable to restrain her tears. promising and regretting that immediately to attend to their salvation. or her horrors. since their arrival in the Rue Brise-Miche. these young girls. if not useless. for. would have rendered complete ignorance of sacred things but. during their mother's exile in Siberia. who and that they never more than addressed their mother. once occurred to the ex-grenadier. innocently doomed to eterconceal nal damnation. it must be confessed. was in heaven. whom was she with their sweet disposition. which with the painful contrast between the poor dwelling the wonders which their young they had come to inhabit. having assisted Rose and Blanche answered invited them to say their morning prayer: they with the utmost simplicity. sisters opened widely their large eyes with astonishment. at the ignorance According to her simple faith. in the absence wife.

ing it." '"I am almost afraid to guess. so frank. but Assisted by their admirable ing women. sister.failed her. hat she could not go on. templation of such honest and laborious poverty 391 The conmade the orphans have reflections no longer those of children. remark m the night.THE WANDERING JEW by thoughts of singular gravity for their age. sister! yesterday Madame Baudoin tried to those sacks of coarse cloth there on the table. by a character at once delicate and courageous they had observed and meditated much during the last twentyfour hoir is Did very uneasy." "Nor I either. bv their r heart.he could not see clearly. indeed! he is the worthy brother of our ngel Gabriel!" f*So that she 'Xo— but . He looks o i:ood. rible danger as she said we did. perhaps. she told us sorrowfully." work "Yes. and so happv to devote himself for us mother. cause of her uneasiness?" S ' Perhaps we mav be the pravers. "Dagobert's wife when Frances had quitted poor be the cause. and of sympathy for all that is good. We have always tried not to dis* please our mother. M. Oh. tell Because we cannot say '^ hy it we have ever been baptized?" sister? . I was quite touched by it.ned to whatever may happen to us. but in about an half-hour." "We?" "Yes.'. spirit of justice. we hate nobodv we are . so gay. "That seemed to give her a good deal of pain. because her eve. nor i .—how agitated she 'was ? how she you wept and prayed:" "I was grieved to see it. But. for it proves that she loves us But I could not understand how we ran such tertenderly. and wondered what could "Sister." said Rose to Blanche. and . we mav do some without mean." "We love those who love us. sister. works for her. it is true. So. who sees and hears us." is not able to earn her livi: her son." We mav perhaps be the "How it so?" "Listen. and therefore I thought: cause of her uneasiness. the room. who can reproach us with any harm ?" "No one. Agricola.

like his children." "That is true. when Dagobert's sorrowwife saw poor Spoil-sport at his dinner. ar< "Well we must not be at the charge of any one. pretended not to know they after a moment's silence "Sister. . sister?" I am about to say would make other people laugh . obliged to remain a burden and who honest family." "I had not thought of that. let u young and have courage. what can a poor old soldier like him do?" "You are right. as we possess nothing . while Spoil-sport were talking of his voracity. when we arrived here. . him . family by himself. so that I could as a man!" fully "Alas! he eats as much almost have cried to hear her." True. for our father to well Marshal of France.392 THE WANDERING JEW will see my reason for speaking of this." "Now both he and his wife are unable to earn their living. They must be very poor. only a few pieces of money left. It must be so proud do you pause. I understand." said Rose. that. Yesterday. and tako care of us. Blanche?" "He is obliged to work for us also. Agricola who will have to support nothhis father for Gabriel is a poor priest. and can render will have to support the whole So M. — in the world. he only knows how to love us. " find it so hard to live." "What do you say. as Dagobert tells us. she said. Till our After all. who possesses no assistance to those who have brought ing. to whom we already owe so much. "You . fate is decided. Our good he had old Dagobert told us. ? grandfather a workman and happy to ear: earn our own living. it is all very but as long as for us to hope great things from this medal." "It must then be M. sister. and our hopes are not realized. and he will do it "Yes. we shall father is not here. to this be merely poor orphans. is not ou of workmen. "Doubtless— he owes it to father and mother—it is bis M with a good wfllduty. Agricola up." The sisters looked sadly at each other. sister but he owes us nothing. that "Why "What but you will understand it. fancy ourselves daughters Let us find some employment. — We w one's living!" ." . . be Duke and "It is all very well. and yet we have come to increase their poverty.

" resumed Rose. have forestalled my thought. "What is it? quick!" "You know the young woman they call Mother Bunch. you are not fitted for such work. to tell you my plan. if we coax him wellies. you must hunt for it. that when Dagobert has made up his mind " to anything "Oh! even then. they will add 'Well. and waited till we were alone. : : t is just as his doing so when upon the much for us. only I wished to surprise you. kiss me!" low so "Your project is mine exactly. "And. "an excellent vho appears to be so serviceable and persevering?" "Oh yes and so timid and discreet." added Blanche. that tears ame into mine at the very sight of it. which reminded me of my own. She seems alwavs to >e afraid of giving offence. I looked into your large eyes. when I heard Dagobert's wife complain so sadly that she had lost her sight. What." ! . as not to be able to sew up great sacks of coarse cloth though it mav — chafe their fingers a little. Dagobert and his wife will be sure to sav to us 'Young ladies. kissing Rose. but in others he is immovable. bags !' we have no work to give vou. Yesterlay." "Yes. even if she looks at one.THE WANDERING JEW "Good "1 little J*> '"What sister. . she did not perceive that I saw her but her eyes were ixed on you with so good and sweet an expression. if we insist upon it." strikes journey. daughters of a Marshal of France sewing up great ugly And then. in certain things. idea !" an idea me. smiling in her turn. "the young ladies in question are not so very awkward." happiness! You ':" said Blanche." "So we had both the same thought." "What is that?" "First of all. and said to myself: 'Well! this poor old woman may have lost her sight. as usual. but there is something teases me." "Well. Yesterday. If you want any. with a clearly' — smile. for certainly he lives by her labor. we wished to prevent "Sister. after all. but Rose and Blanche Simon can see pretty which is a compensation. we must ask her how she gets work.' What would Misses Simon do then?" "The fact is." cried Rose.

as he says himself. as you say. as if it wer of us." "We this one day be "It will say to rich." "And when father comes home. with our courage. would indeed be What would become This cruel thought made Their sweet faces. "aftec tears. I am sure. we must show some spirit! We will prove blood in to him. as she exclaimed "Oh. and ask her for information." cloud of On these words of her sister. : A me— why— was # this thought? You alarm me." she said. we must make her our confidant. now does this thought. I know not in the world—a frightful thought struck misbut feel how my heart beats—just as if some fortune were about to happen us." "That is it. Afte sad. is it not." "But if. Rose uplifted her eyes. It without help. when arrived here. he will be pleased. any accident had parted us "When we were from Dagobert — if we had been left alone." But what "It is true. almost of alarm.' The first time we are is agreed then. we shouid remember good Dagobert. Rose? alone with Mother Bunch. they did " a kind of us. besides. before glowed with a noble hope." "And will as approve our wish to support ourselves. grew pale and filled witl a pretty long silence. or try toinake great ladies of us. my him: 'Suppose. "Why us so deeply. kind heaven?" the girls remain for a momeiri really to happen to us. in this great town?" "Oh. She is so good a person. what a horrible "What is the matter? your look frightens me. trembling. your poor heart beats violently. Dagobert may scold us. countesadness. if we were alone in the world." not at least separate prisoners. we shall only ' time with the more pleasure. that we have soldier's our veins." "At the moment I heard you say. though shared with you. sister? My heart sinks within me. that our father would as if we were alone approve our wish to support ourselves. She will tell us all about it. passed over her charming idea II nance. and when we know.j94 THE WANDERING JEW "You are right. that she will not refuse us. which had jus speechless with emotion. Rose started. sister! do not terrible. but we will be as obstinate as he is." . sister. speak of that. and. the prison was ^shelter "A sad one.

what would become of us?" "Do not let us give way to such ideas. my clear sister ?" •Impossible!" said Rose. my dear sister It frightens me. "If the day before we reached that village in Germany. when justified by the event ippear. Is not Dagobert here to protect us what have we to ^ ever be left alone in Paris? indeed— why? Are we not here in the midst of ? Plow could we suppose that we should *r And . thanks to our labor. the orphans took one another by the hand. strange. And when. we are no longer a burden to any one. in the midst of "And yet. tact deep. sister. you will be in pnson—we should have answered as now: It is impossible. Alas were we both to be lost in this immense city.' what more can we need until the arrival of our father?" "\\ e shall want for nothing there you are right but still.ng with all the attributes of an awful ! "Oh do fatality! * The daughters of Marshal Simon were 9 still absorbed -aance. when Dagobert's wife." said Rose. these singular thoughts had wakened. yet. and yet lowering—one of tnose dark presentiments which come over us. as it good people?" air. "it is per- shall now find this affords a shelter from all our fears. inexplicable. returning from her son's entered the room with a namber. with a pensive haps good for us to have had this thought.THE WANDERING JEW ! ^95 "I feel as frightened as you yourself. sister. Blanche! Are we not here in Dagobert's house. the day after we were ! in prison at not speak thus." By a sympathetic impulse. and looked around with The sensation they felt was involuntary fear. where poor Jovial was iHed. shuddering. painfullv agitated coun- mournful in reverie which . which throw a lurid light on the mysterious profundities of the future Unaccountable glimpses of divination! often no sooner erceived than torgotten— but." "Why so?" "Because we better. while they pressed close together. in spite of rurselves—those fatal gleams of prescience.any one had said to us: 'To-morrow. why did this thought occur to us. and why does it weigh so heavily on our minds?" poor lodging all the — "Yes friends that love us It is impossible that such a misfortune should happen to us— is it not.

madame. in not return. THE LETTER. how would this family live? would they not." easy about the poor young woman room. Alas! some misfortune must have to him Perhaps he has been injured at the forge. . had a faint hope). if my have just been to see (for I still " . I who lives upstairs." "Oh! no. at last. that . minsee how much I suffered. "Since it him. Fortunately. because he knew what uneasiness he would cause me by stopping out. I in the morning. had find her in the little closet where she lives. my poor boy and. I threw myself down upon the mattress. son had come in this morning "Well. Agricola "But. ! ! happened he is so persevering at his work. . as am also unif I did not feel enough anxiety about him. and he never I continued to expect him. if Agricola should . Oh. about three o'clock step. for they counted much upon them in the resolution they had taken. remained too late at his work to return home last night. my dear young ladies! from you. ute after minute. such an event. perhaps. Rose and Blanche looked at each other with emotion the same thought filled the minds of both. slept never goes out?" Rose and Blanche looked at each other with fresh uneasi Mother Bunch to nek ness." said Blanche. to tell her my for she is almost a daughter to me but I did not my grief. become doubly burdensome? "M." said Frances. listening if I could hear his But he did not come and.?96 THE WANDERING JEW CHAPTER XLV'II. Frances' agitation was so perceptible that Rose could not what is the matter?" help exclaiming: "Good gracious. I went into hers. madame?" son's I left . drying her eyes. and the bed Where can she have gone so earlyin. not even been "Why "When so. no! he would have returned in the middle of the night. I expected my son to supyesterday I have not seen came but I would not let you per as usual. bursting into tears. madame !" "There is no sign of him !" said the poor mother. I can no longer conceal "Alas. for ten years he has never gone up to bed without coming to kiss me so I spent a good part of the night close to the door. botl she.

"What you see him?— Did you speak danger. "Just now. the cold had given a livid appearance to her thin. but I know where he is." "I bring "Of my son to you news of Agricola. perceiving that Frances grew very pale. who has pity on a poor sinner '—who yesterday restored me my husband. but now we will do so " Surprised and affected by the kindness of Marshal the hunchback. trembling all over. Sleet and snow had been falling incessantly since the evening before. young ladies: but I am accustomed to the cold. Frances knelt down upon the floor. the gingham dress of the young semptress." !" has happened to him? — Where him? Did he?" is cried Frances. it was only in the fire of her blue eyes. saying: "Can I come in. and the sempstress's voice. ten others to the least mark of kindness. they and Frances were soon to be satisfied on this head for they heard two low knocks at the door." Madame . with an expression of touching inter*: How wet you are! you must be verv cold. 'lake care ou do not get ill. assures me of the safety of my „° :nil<i So saying. and said her in a low voice. and tn moreover so anxious that I do not feel it. white hands. "I did not see him. which.THE WANDERING JEW 397 casion. leaving uncovered two thick bands of chestnut hair. in to see if my Km had returned. We did not venture to ask 'ranees to light the fire in the stove. caused by this pious acRose and Blanche approached Mother Bunch. my good Mother lunch?" said Frances. who was more sensible junons daughters. Rose and Blanche ran to the door. r During the moment of silence. I opened your door. were all dripping wet. that one perceived the extraordinary energy which this frail and fearful creature had gathered from the emergency of the oc- "Dear me! where do you come from. and opened it to the young girl. and to-day. her scanty cotton shawl and the black net cap." Then. generally so soft and timid. encircled her pale and interesting countenance. answered them nth a look of ineffable "I am much gratitude: obliged to ou. and :rossed herself with fervor. the girl added: '"He is well he is in no S ion. ." "Blessed be God. Bandoin?" By a spontaneous impulse. Mrs. going was and quite astonished to find you gone out so early. after a f "uel anguish.

" you. is well "I assure that for some time "Well?" "You must have courage." I watched all night. "Alas. with anxiety." honest. rising after she had reout mained some moments on her knees "why did he stay And could you tell me where to find him. mother. to him her services. tor. "but it is a "Father' Thy will be done!" Arrested! for what? He is so good and great misfortune. that there must be "I "The day before yesterday. This morning. and ask her to procure bail for him." "Arrested !" cried Rose and Blanche. I expected counting on the generosity When he did not come yesAgricola back every moment. a tear gin Mother Bunch •ered in her eyes. According to what my son ^ told us. my good girl?" able "No I was too uneasy. Yesterday u _ to go to the young lady's. "So you did not go to bed either." "And neither of you told me anything of all this—why did you hide it from me?" "That we might not make you uneasy. "And my son?" said Frances. I was informed received an anonymous letter. and he did not him. as she continued : "It was still dark when . my all night? is he so long?" good girl? Will he soon come? why but I must inform you. some mistake. What has hap- not see him?" pened? why shall I „." were "Oh. not being I remember* out before dawn conquer my fears. he is arrested. 'Perhaps the necessarj terday evening. with attnght. Agricola " ." resumed Mother Bunch. well!" said Frances. mother." shook her head sorrowfully. "you that youn ihe right. I said to myself detained him. I went Rue de Babylone. ladv appeared very good and generous. by which on account that Agricola might be arrested at any moment. We agreed together that he should go to the of his song. an the address of the young lady in the I t< ran thither. "Oh! the blood runs cold in my veins.398 THE WANDERING JEW . morning he set out prevent his going to prison. who had offered rich young lady in the Rue de Babylone. said Frances. of that young lady. formalities with regard to the bail have make his appearance the time passed on. expecting : So.

it was "I ventured to ring daylight. answered the young ine- "You should have my good Mother Bunch." m is *nat this young lady." she resumed door of the little summer-house. opened the door to 'I come in the name of an unfortunate mother in : -air. "according to learned from her weeping maid. hearing that he was in danger ot . unfortunately. lot Dagobert's wife. when she knows that my son is the only ul support of a whole family. you have heen a real daughter to me!" "Has not Agricola been like a brother to me!" said Mother Bunch. pale countenance. his retreat was discovered. and in this dreadful weather!— Oh. a charming young but with a sad.»eing arrested. to great ° "Alas!" said Mother Bunch. and. 'Alas ! 'my mistress was going to interest herself for him.' said I to her immediatelv. What will become of us without my I ! ! "But — . who are so weak and timid/ said Frances. and begged her abandon my son. and that for him to go to worse than for another. and her protection might save us from calamto see her. young girl listened to me with kindness. "to go so far. he was arrested and taken to prison. the sorrow and anxiety depicted in their countenances. and for us also for there is no hope. at 'four " o clock. the day before. with a slight blush. I waited come. she concealed him here. because it will reduce us to the greatest misery. but seeon the contrary." dayligh* was "1'oor child' you. with bitter grief renounce this last hope. "When at the girl. for I was so poorly drosed that I feared to be sent awav as a beggar. I asked her if. a voting workman had not come to solicit a great favor of her mistress. was taken last eveung to a lunatic asylum: it appears she is mad.' Though the orphans took no part in this melancholy conition." "we must "Why?" said Frances. She is so rich that she must have influence." "Mad Oh it is horrible for her. "If this young ladv is so good. that the mi:. and yesterday afternoon.THE WANDERING JEW arrived at the 399 till Rue de Babylone. showed how much thev felt for the sufferings of girl. "But the young lady?" cried Frances. softly. she will have pity upon us. with deep feeling." replied the girl.

— for all suffering deserves pity. to as deplorable a position as that of Dagobert's household by Agricola's arrest an arrest. Now. That position was indeed a cruel one ! Often. or by the unjust reduction of wages (the result of the powerful often are whole families recoalition of the capitalists) duced. the rich man. Mother Bunch. his occupations. the poor ? Not only has he no rigors sists of his daily labor whole capital conupon him chiefly that the of preventive measures must fall with a terrible and bail to give. as will afterwards appear. profound silence followed this heart-rending outburst. we cannot be too much impressed with that It is well for the rich man that he can indulgent maxim. tedious hours. driven to the necessity of combining together by the Inorganization of Labor and the Insufficiency of Wages. Thus. Nothing can be better an accused person is innocent till he is proved guilty. of ease For the rich man. sank exhausted on a chair." of which the victims are almost always honest and industrious mechanics. for they perceived that their presence augmented the weighty embarrassments of this family. and reflected A on their desperate position. and trembling with cold in her wet clothes. and the pain of separation from his family distresses not unworthy of interest. imprisonment is merely the privation and comfort. and the sweet delights of his family. and goes back to his pleasures. pledges his word to appear on a certain day. for his . refuse to strikers what it grants to masters because the latter can dispose of a certain sum of money. under many circumstances. Rose and Blanche exchanged mournful glances. by a measure of preventive imprisonment. with regard to this "precautionary imprisonment. and the tears of the rich man . or of agitation amongst the laboring classes. worn out with fatigue. which ought to be equal for all. a prey to painful emotions. avail himself of the mercy of the law. caused by want of work. it is painful to see the law. merciful heaven!" The unfortunate woman hid her face in her hands. in times of political disturbances. But how is it with — — — . can escape the annoyance and inconveniences of a preventive incarceration he deposits a sum of money.400 THE WANDERING JEW son? Oh. which. was entirely owing to Rodin's arts. but it is fatal force. . by giving bail.

those who are dear to him. should he afterwards be acquitted. and suddenly wanting for three or four months will this family will together. these little — And ful if winter adds the rigors of the season to this fright- and inevitable misery? will the imprisoned artisan see in his mind's eyes. an old. we could only lament over all such victims of Rut since the law individual and inevitable misfortune. to those most dear to him. he will find it difficult to return to his old employers. these will be carried to the pawnbroker's. many days will be lost in seeking for work and a day without How ! is a day without bread! Let us repeat our opinion. sometimes death. and the incurable maladies caused by exhaustion and misery. father or mother. he is unable to find bail. the law did not afford to the rich the facility of giving bail. imprisonment means want. wan. it is ruin and desolation that he finds on his return to his poor Then dwelling. gaunt. infirm prison. unable to gain their daily bread? If they chance to have a little linen and a few spare clothes. why should it deprive of this advantage those very persons. exhausted. or children in the cradle? What will become of this unfortunate family? They could hardly manage to live from day to day upon the wages of this this only resource will be man. for whom liberty is indeed indispensable. his family to hunger and cold. these wives. wages almost always insufficient. and thus they will but afterwards? exist for a week or so What become of these infirm old men. as it often happens. on the contrary.THE WANDERING JEW 401 separated from his children are as bitter as those of the But the absence of the rich man does not condemn poor. or huddled close together to warm their frozen limbs. during the long and sleepless nights. What course ? do? To whom will they have re- sickly children. And then. a sick wife. and he goes to But if he have. For the workman. misery. under various circumstances. And. as it involves the existence of themselves and families? employment . does provide the means of setting provisionally at liberty those who possess a certain sum of money. -. after that long cessation from labor.ing nothing. haggard. that if. stretched almost naked upon filthy straw.

from those who have no capital requires of an honest labor and their integrity—to accept the word man to appear upon the day of trial ? Would it not be great and moral.402 Is there THE WANDERING JEW any remedy for this deplorable state of things? We believe there is. hundred francs. of which France may that her magistrates (although miserably paid It proud is. we feel certain. as the army itself) are generally wise. six months' is also about If he have a wife and two children (which for him to have the average). to enable So. age. them might be safely are so often brought in contact. not only not have with the warmest gratitude— for his family would ot the law. it is evidently quite impossible Now saved any such sum. of their own . to those cases in which a moral granted the power of fixing upright humane. upon the francs. because of the disastrous he' entails upon others. and exalt man in his own eyes. to ask of such a man five him him to continue to support his family. Would in every case where bail is allowed tary example. though. on the day of gagement taken by the accused to appear with fidelity but trial would be always fulfilled. and if officers and soldiers are not brothers of the working- man? in Without exaggerating the virtue of promise-keeping that an enthe honest and laborious poor. conseits protection. suffered by his absence. thanks to the indulgence well be There is also another fact. quences which his imprisonment a noble and saluit not be equitable and humane. by showing sufficient security? promise was held to be treat this Will you so degrade the dignity of man. as an impossible and Utopian dream? proposition how many prisoners of war have ever broken their parole. as to We ask. moral guarantees. of the accused could be hon(and where the good character in the absence of orably established). The law has fixed the minimum of bail at five hundred aver- five hundred francs represent. and independent. more than any one else. they have the true feeling how to appreciate the useful and sacred mission. they know with whom they wants and distresses of the working classes. in these days. to raise the value of the plighted his him that word. labor of an industrious workman. but their material ones. to accept. is in fact to put bevond the pale of the law.

" said Dagobert's wife. practical intellect. Let them take as their lowest limit." *e * In another work. The dyer. we have he excellent hook of Work and Wages" nd n enlightened love of humanity ever called forth from generous heart." said Father Loriot. who. that the excellent mother thought less of herself. This time. let them at least so reduce the minimum of bail. At this moment there was a knock at the door. as to render it available for those who have most need to escape the fruitless rigors of imprisonment. must be confessed. his arms' were no longer of a bright apple-green. in consequence of the preventive arrest of Agricola. rescued from frightful misery. "It is me Father Loriot. appeared at the door of the room. but of a magnificent violet. the pawnbroker's. clear." reflected The anguish on her — "Come in. as it is very pressing. were now reduced to an almost hopeless state. with a request that I would bring it up o you immediately. who also performed the functions of a porter. —one of Prosper and mostProcureurproductions that the best sterling upon' mentioned. "Mrs. than of the grief which her son must feel in thinking over her deplorable position.THE WANDERING JEW security. "here is a letter that giver of holy water at Saint Mery's has just brought from Abbe Dubois. "Who is there?" said Frances. many families would be sugges- — — let us return to Dagobert's family. This sum would still be exorbitant. with the aid of friends. the more she situation. of Dagobert's wife increased. should be received as sufficient. and some little advances. with respect and svmpathv . at all events. Tarbe. M. if those who make the laws have so low opinion of the people as to reject with disdain the tions an we have ventured to throw out. including the marshal's daughfour persons were left It absolutely without resource.* Finally. the month's wages of an artisan say eighty francs. Having made these observations. the only 403 one that can be given by the honest and necessitous man. but. eighty francs might perhaps be found— not but always. it is true still sometimes— and. for. Baudoin. du Roi. however.

Father it.?04 THE WANDERING JEW letter "A from my ment. : "Certainly. and will send him half of the little sum we get take that . and yet so guilty. The latter soon resumed. and. Father Loriot. anxious to learn the contents of the missive in "Yes. "Alas only too conscious of the necessity of going there today. "You do said Frances." confessor?" said Frances. fork. and in prison he will perhaps want some. Poor dear souls. notwithstanding the trouble and grief in which I am plunged. that my heart bleeds for you as much as for my son." "My respects to the ladies!" and the dyer went out.' a week !" cried Dagobert's wife. that Agricola gave me on my birthday. addressing herself to the orphans. and my wadded silk shawl." Then. Therefore "My pay his . girl read as follows: 'My Dear Madame I am in the habit of hearing you Tuesday and Saturday. and spoon.— . but I shall not be at liberty either to-morrow or week you must then come to me this morning. without any fault of your own! Heaven is my witness. my dear young ladies this very day I shall be able to consult a good and holy man with regard to the great dangers to which you are exposed." Rose and Blanche looked at each other in confusion they could not understand the fears with which the state of their souls inspired the wife of Dagobert. will you read this letter for me?" question." husband took Agricola's week's wages with him to journey to Chartres. unless you wish to remain a whole week without approaching the tribunal the last day of the of " penance. the two pair of sheets remain over. as she took Loriot. will you render me yet another service?" ! "Good heavens ! I am . It was all the money I had in the house I am sure that my poor child had none about him. addressing the young semptress "My good girl. . my silver cup." " —and the young Baudoin. in astonishadded: "Thank you. and carry them all to the pawnbroker's. mother. not want anything?" "No. she continued: "Heaven has heard the prayers that I made for you. "Mother Bunch. I will try and find out in which prison my son is confined. that are so innocent.

with an expression of impatient and bitter grief. lugubrious spectacle. Dagobert's wife proceeded to St." said Frances. on this dark and snowy winter's day. with moist eyes. . "No." "Yes. at least for But immediately reproaching herthose belonging to me?" self for this outburst. and I have lost my sight. if not for myself. Madame Frances I could not sleep.THE WANDERING JEW : 405 upon the things the rest will serve us till my husband comes home. "Agricola is innocent." "But now I think of it. what shall we do? What a blow for him and only more misery in prospect since my son is in Almighty Father !" cried prison. she added. or punish only myself!" "Be of good courage. where her confessor was expecting to see her. at least. and will not remain long in prison. amuse me. I "Never mind. mother !" said Mother Bunch. in soiled surplices. And then. no! I ought to accept with thankfulness all that Thou sendest me. mv poor — — girl. she hastened out of the room. knowing you in such trouble. with an absent and sullen air." So saying." resumed Dagobert's wife. "for you are the very best creature in the world. Work will . CHAPTER XLVIII. While a priest was mumbling some words in a low voice. the unfortunate mother. THE CONFESSIONAL Nothing could be more gloomy than the appearance of Mery Church. "Kiss me." "I can make up that in the night. "to go to the pawnbroker's will make vou lose much time. am Rose and Blanche were left alone with Mother Bunch at length had arrived the moment for which they had waited with so much impatience." said the poor girl. telling a falsehood. were chanting the prayers for the dead. Forgive me for these complaints. Frances stopped a moment beneath the porch. to behold a St. two or three dirty choristers. . Mery Church. but the candles " a little beforehand with my work. "why am I thus afflicted? Have I not done enough to deserve some pity.

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round a plain deal

man and

a sobbing old coffin, followed only by and the sacrisa child, miserably clad. The beadle disturbed for so wretched tan very much displeased at being on their liveries, but, a funeral, had not deigned to put waited for the end of the cereyawning with impatience, At establishment. so useless to the interests of the

mony,
coffin

length

on the a few drops of holy water being sprinkled and retired. the priest handed the brush to the beadle, the necesThen took place one of those shameful scenes, an ignoble and sacrilegious traffic, so sary consequence of cannot to the burials of the poor, who frequent with regard or violins— for now bt. afford to pay for tapers, high mass, for the dead Thomas Aquinas' Church has violins even to the sacristan to The old man stretched forth his hand "Come, look sharp !" said that official, receive the brush.
, blowing on his fingers. and his weakThe emotion of the old man was profound, without stirring a moment ness extreme; he remained for in his trembling hand. while the brush was clasped tightly mother of the ragged In that coffin was his daughter, the heart was breaking a the child who wept by his side-his and his farewell he stood motionless, thought of that last bosom heaved with convulsive sobs
;

to sleep here?" you think we are going He made tne The old man quickened his movements. down, was the cross over the corpse, and, stooping sum of when

-Now,

will

said the brutal beadle. you make haste?"

Do

hand of his grandson, about to place the brush in the had lasted long enough, sacristan, thinking the affair th the child and made a snatched the sprinkling-brush from which was imthe bearers to carry away the coffin— sign to

^^tZt

beadle said old beggar a slow coach?" .the as they went back to the sacristy to his companion, breakfast, and to dress,<** shall hardly have time to get That:*M funeral of this morning. selves for the bang-up the trouble. 1 like a dead man, that's worth be something 1 in style !" shall shoulder my halberd to throw dust in the ''And mount your colonel's epaulets, rasold that let out the chairs—eh, you eyes of the women a sly look. cal !" said the other, with has a fine figure "What can I do, Catillard? When one the beadle, with a triumphant it must be seen," answered

We

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"I cannot their hearts!"
air.
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407

blind

the

women

to

prevent their losing s

made devoutly the sign of the cross advanced some steps into the church, and knelt down upon the stones to repeat the prayer, which she always offered up before approaching the tribunal of penance. Havin^ said this prayer, she went towards a dark corner of the m which was an oaken confessional, with a black church curtain drawn across the grated door. The places on each side were vacant so Frances knelt down in that the right hand upon and remained there for some time absorbed in bitter
irreverent speaker,
;

the two men reached the The sacristy. had only increased the gloom of Frances hen she entered the church, seven or eight persons scattered about upon chairs, alone occupied the damp and icv One of the distributors of holv water, an old ieb building. low with a rubicund, joyous, wine-bibbing face, seeing Frances approach the little font, said to her in a low voiceAbbe Dubois is not yet in his box. Be quick, and you will' have the first wag of his beard." Though shocked at this pleasantry, Frances thanked the
:

Thus conversing

sight of the funeral
\\

reflec-

tions.

priest an air of interrogation. '"It is she." said the clergyman Well in two or three hours, thev will expect the two girls at St. Mary's Convent. I count upon it," said the

In a few minutes, a priest of tall stature, with gray hair and a stem countenance, clad in a long black cassock, stalked slowly along one of the aisles of the church. short old misshapen man. badly dressed, leaning upon an umbrella' accompanied him. and from time to time whispered in his ear when the priest would stop to listen with a profound and respectful deference. A. they approached the confessional, the short old man perceivm- Prances on her knees, looked at the with

A

old

man.

"I

priest;

lne short old man quitted the church. This old man was Rodin. It was on leaving Saint Mery's I™ 1 J? e went \° the lunatic asylum, to assure himself that Dr. Baleimer had faithfully executed his instructions with regard to Adrienne de Cardoville. Frances was still kneeling in the interior of
,

hope so, for the sake of their souls," answered the and bowing gravely, he entered the
confessional,

the confes-

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One

voice began to speak of the slides opened, and a sional last twenty years had of the priest, who, for the t was that over wife, and exercised been the confessor of Dagobert's
influence. her an irresistible and all-powerful

"You
"Verv

received
well
e

my

letter?" said the voice.

"Yes, father.'
"Bless

Frances I have sinned!" said formula of the benediction pronounced the her "amen," as was proper said Daeobert s wife answered an account of the manner confitcor to "It is my fault," gave then penance, and whkh she had performed her lastnew sins, committed the to the enumeration of proceeded 1irP che had received absolution. of industry "Tor "his excellent woman, a glorious martyr herself sinning, her con and maternal love, always fancied had tormented by-the fear that she science was incessantly This mild and some incomprehensible offence. committed after a whole life o courageous creature, who, remained to her in calm to have passed what time ou-ht as a great sinner and of souf looked upon herself sal

I

listen to you.

me father— for

The vo ?

£

.

I

J™no^

Sty

lived in continual anxiety, doubting

much

her ultimate

"I accuse before yesterprayer the day mvself of omitting my evening for dav My husband, from whom I had been separated home. The joy and the agitation nSny y^rs returned

^"Father"

voice said Frances, in a trembling

great caused by his arrival, made me commit severe tone, which "What next?" said the voice, in a redoubled the poor woman's uneasiness. into the same sin yes"Father I accuse myself of falling for my I was in a state of mortal anxiety, terdav evening. and I waited for him minute son did not come home as usual, had passed over. after minute, till the hour „ "What next?" said the voice. told a falsehood al "Father I accuse myself of haying him think that on account this week'to my son, iy letting
this

sin.

of his reproaching

a

left it for him, I bad \^ wine for my dinner—whereas he works so much. who has more need of it, because "Go on'" said the voice. want of resigna"Father" I accuse myself of a momentary learned that my poor son was this morning, when I tion
little

me

for neglecting

my

heal

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409

arrested; instead of submitting with respect and gratitude to this new trial which the Lord hath sent alas I

me—

'

of this I accuse myself." bad week," said the priest, in a tone of still greater "a bad week— for you have severity, always put the creature before the Creator. But proceed!" "Alas, father !" resumed Frances, much dejected, "I know that I am a great sinner and I fear that I am on the road to sins of a still graver kind."

rebelled against

it

in

A

my grief— and

;

even baptized, father not even baptized'" "They must be heathens!" cried the voice, in a tone of

"Speak "My husband brought with him from Siberia two voung orphans, daughters of Marshal Simon. Yesterday morning I asked them to say their prayers, and I learned from them' with as much fright as sorrow, that they know none of the mysteries of our holy faith, though they are fifteen years old. ihey have never received the sacrament, nor are' they
!"

angry surprise. ha S what S0 much rieves me, father S for, as I and 'T l my husband are in the room of parents to these young orphans, we should be guilty of the sins which they might & commit
'
-,
;

—should we
if

not, father ?"

to

nis nock,

"Certainly,— since you take the place of those who ought watch over their souls. The shepherd must answer for
said the voice.

they should happen to be in mortal sin, father I and my husband would be in mortal sin?" "Yes" said the voice ; "you take the place of their parents S and mother s ar e guilty of all the sins which r 6" C mit W u 6n th0SS Sins arise f rom th e want of ot a Christian education. -, fath Wl at am vou Jr T u . heaven ? t0 d0? * address vself to you as I would to l itself. Every day, every hour hat these poor young girls remain heathens, may contrite ab ° Ut th6ir etem " it not, father aid /l damnation, may' ^Frances, in a tone of the deepest emotion. answered the voice; "and the wei-ht Yes, of this fcrnb e responsibility rests upon you and your hu ' band; you y nave the charge of souls !"

"And

S TV J T A
!

S

m

£f

;;Lord,
.

in a softer tone;

mercy iou must not grieve yourself

have

said Frances, weeping thus." answered the voice "happily for these unfortunates,

upon

me P

they

W

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and your met you upon the way. They will have in you that your husband good and pious examples— for I suppose now practices husband, though formerly an ungodly person,
his religious duties
!"

said Frances, sorrowhas not yet touched his heart. He is like my fully "grace been called to holiness. Ah, poor 'child, who has also not her tears, "these thoughts father!" said Frances, drying

"We

must pray for him, father,"

are

neither your husband nor your son practises, "this is serious—very the voice, in a tone of reflection; The religious education of these two unfortunate serious In your house, they will have ever crirls has yet to begin. Take care, before them the most deplorable examples. You have the charge of souls—your have warned you.

my

heaviest cross."

.

tt

"So

resumed

responsibility

immense!" 1 am at a "Father it is that which makes me wretched— counsels .or Help me, and give me your loss what to do. has been to me as the voice of the twenty years your voice
is
:

^

T

husband to send these you must agree with your house where they may unfortunate girls to some religious be instructed." „ ,.
"Well
'

"

A "

and are too poor, father, to pay for their schooling, been put prison for songs unfortunately my son has just that he wrote." „ , the voice, severely, "Behold the fruit of impiety," said and is now "look at Gabriel he has followed my counsels,
, ,

.

,

"We

m

.

.

,

.

!

virtue." the model of every Christian father, he is "My son, Agricola, has had good qualities, so kind, so devoted !" "Without religion," said the voice, with redoubled severity vain appearances at 'what you call good qualities are only will disappear— for the the least breath of the devil they no religion. devil lurks in every soul that has 1 pray tor son !" said Frances, weeping "Oh
.
;

;

'

my

poor

;

him every

you "I have always told you," for have been too weak with him. God now punishes you and should have parted from this irreligious son, You it it him as you do not sanctioned his impiety by loving hand offend thee, cut it off,' saith the Scripture. thy right know it is the only time I have dis"Alas father
" !

day, that faith

may

enlighten him.'; resumed the voice

that

you

THE WANDERING JEW
obeyed you; but
son.
ful.
I

411

could not bring myself to part from r
is

mv J

•'Therefore not
i

is

your salvation uncertain— but God
into the

merci.

fall

same

young girls, whom Providence save them from eternal damnation.
into
it

by your

own

religion As tor that, father," said Frances, with simplicity, ^'thev are gentle as angels, and my husband, who has not quitted them since their birth, declares they have the best hearts in the world.

"Oh, father! I 'That is not sufficient. These unfortunate children can. not have any notion of good or evil. Their souls must be an abyss of scandal and impuritv— brought up as thev have been by an impious mother, and a soldier " devoid of

Do not plunge them culpable indifference." have wept and praved for them."

fault with regard to these has sent vou, that you might

come
done

only and then my poor husband, in his blindness, makes game of sacred things, which my son, at least, respects in my presence, out of regard for me. once
to
?

dwelt all his life in mortal sin," said the voice, harshly; -how can he judge of the state of souls ? 1 repeat to you, that as you represent the parents of these untortunates, it is not to-morrow, but it is to-dav, and on the instant, that must labor for their salvation if you you would not incur a terrible responsibility." "It is true— I know it well, father— and I suffer as much from this fear as from grief at my son's arrest. But what is to be done? I could not instruct these young girls at home— for I have not the knowledge— I have faith—

"Your husband has

my

aid, I

conjure you!

Then, more, fatherAdvise me: what is to be

"We cannot abandon these two young souls to frightful perdition," said the voice, after a moment's silence- "there are not two ways of saving them: there is onlv one. and that is to place them in a religious house, where thev may be and
^surrounded by good

"Oh
work

father!
I

if

we were
I
;

would try and do for them as
quite lost
souls,

to gain sufficient to

pious examples." not so poor, or if I could still pay for their board

my

sight

and n you could get any of them to " selves for these poor orphans " "'Where is their father?

did for Gabriel. but you, father,

know some

Unfortunately

I

have

charitable interest them,

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THE WANDERING JEW
in India; but,

"He was
would make
by

my

husband

tells

me, he

will

soon

be in France.
our misery—

Besides, it That, however, is uncertain. share heart bleed to see those poor children my live which will soon be extreme— for we only

"Have

the voice. these girls no relation here?" asked "I believe not, father." them to your husband, "It was their mother who entrusted

my

son's labor."

to bring

to set out yesterday for "Yes, father; he was obliged me on some very pressing business, as he told Chartre's, had not thought fat It will be remembered that Dagobert which the daughters of to inform his wife of the hopes of the medal, and Marshall Simon founded on the possession not to mention these that he had particularly charged them hopes, even to Frances. some moments after a "So," resumed the voice, pause^of in Pans." duration, "your husband is not return this evening or "No, father; but he will doubtless

them

to

France?"

,

,

to-morrow morning." another pause. "Listen to me," said the voice, after is a new "Every minute lost for those two young girls At any moment the hand ot step on the road to perdition. hour of our God may smite them, for He alone knows the now to die in the state in which they and were
they death; are they would most probably be lost to
all eternity.

This

their eyes to the divine very day, therefore, you must open and place them in a religious house. It is your duty light, —it should be your desire !" I am too poor, as 1 "Oh, yes, father but, unfortunately, have already told you." zeal or faith—but even «I know it—you do not want for the impious were you capable of directing these young girls, of your husband and son would daily destroy your examples the name ot must do for these orphans,
;
'

work

Others

m

Christian charity, that which you cannot do, though you are answerable for them before heaven." this good work could be "Oh, father! if, thanks to you, how grateful I should be!" accomplished, I know the superior of a convent "It is not impossible. as they ought. where these young girls would be instructed considerThe charge for their board would be diminished in it must be paid ation of their poverty but, however small,
_ ;

Till.
an,!

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to

413
All
that

there would he also an outfit would he too dear for you." "Alas! yes. father." "But. by taking a little from

furnish.

iftg to one or two generous persons. I think I shall" be able to complete the necessary sum, and so get the young girls b h received at the convent."

my

poor-box, and bv api.lv-

"Ah, father you are my deliverer, and these " children's 1 Wish to be so— but. in the interest of their salvation and to make these measures really efficacious, I must attach " some conditions to the support I offer you '•Name them, father; they are accepted beforehand, lour commands shall be " obeyed in everything "First of all. the children must be taken thievery morning o the convent, by my housekeeper, to whom you must bring 5 them almost immediatelv.
!

•Xav. father; that is* impossible Impossible ? why ?" "In the absence of my husband
:

!"

cried Frances.

"

"Well?"
"I dare not take a such a step without consulting him." Not only must you abstain from consulting him, but the must be done during his absence." thing

"

"What, father? should I not wait for his return?" No, for two reasons," answered the priest, sternly "first because his hardened impiety would certainly lead him to oppose your pious resolution secondly, because it is ndi, " pensable that these young girls should'break off a onn c tion with your husband, who, therefore, must be left ,n ignorance of the place of their retreat " "Hut. father," said Frances, a prev to cruel doubt and
;

1

would

ren^tTd^InVt be-^'

'T

"* th children Sp ° Se ° f them without his consent

*£*
at

^

"Can you instruct these children nor interrupted the voice. "No. father, I cannot." "Are they exposed to fall into a
by remaining with

nouse— ves your house—>es or

" 'Yes, father, they are so exposed Are you responsible, as vou take the place of their f ° r th 10rtaI S, nS they ma >' commit-Jes or no>" '""At; f H T Alas, father! I am resoonsible
'

you—yes

or no?"

state of final impenitence

7

before God."

414
"Is
it

THE WANDERING JEW
in

the interest of

their

them this very day enjoin you to place father. "It is for their salvation,

to if I have the.right you, father of my husband? of them without the consent dispose but it is your "The rieht! you have not only the right to re cue Would you not be bound, I ask you sacred duty. a unfortunate creatures from these Well you must now vour husband, or during his absence? the that will only consume them, 'not from" a fire burn to all one in which their souls would

SKi

I eternal salvation that in a convent?

**y&fj£™\£

Sue

Dody but from

said the poor ^'"FoSve me I implore you, father," mmute; and anguish increased every W lie ^mdedsion when I have doubts !-How can I act thus, "satisfy my f

woman,

sworn obedience

to my husband Y never *° r "Obedience for good-yes-but s salvation of these orphans it left to him the fess, that, were and perhaps impossible. wnuld be doubtful, " "when my husband sa d Frances, trembling, °'Rut father Must

^ °^
that

returns!
1
t
i

if will ask me d e m
ce^st "?a
l

where are these children?
tell

"Sile n

sehood; you will
of

him

you can-

^^s^T^^estHe
will drive

him almost mad.
terrible,

Tnger wUl be
th

men; but such an answer has been a soldier and his at father," said Frances, shuddering

more terrible you his anger a hundred times the in so sacred a cause! cried should be proud to brave it P think that salvation is to voke with indignation. "Do you Since when does the sinner be so easily gained on earth? 7 turn aside for walk in the way of the Lord,

^nd

Ug were

that'would

the stones and briars that

"Pardon

Z,° aBtH youT noTguide 0"
way r

f

t

a

with the resign* father, pardon!" said Frances, one \l\l "Permit me to ask one more question, me, how shall I find the

may

bruise and tear

him

r
p

"W hen
my "When

P

husband.

ask Marshal Simon arrives, he will hen What answer can he then give to father will let me know Marshal Simon arrives, you
-

his children of

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then —

415

I will see what is to be done. immediately, and The rights of a father are only sacred in so far as he makes use of them for the salvation of his children. Before and is the Father in heaven, whom we Reflect upon all this. By accepting what propose to you, these young girls will be saved from perdition; they will not be at your charge; they will not of your miser}-; they will be in a

above the father on earth,
first serve.
I

must

partake

brought up

sacred

institution, as. after all, the daughters of a Marshal of and, when their father arrives at ought to

be—

France Paris, if he

your husband's anger?" Though rude and fettered by intolerance, the confessor's language was (taking his view of the case) reasonable and
just,

be found worthy of seeing them again, instead of finding poor, ignorant, half-savage heathens, he will behold two girls pious, modest, and well-informed, who, being accept-' able with the Almighty, may invoke His mercy for their father, who. it must be owned, has great need of it being a man of violence, war, and battle. Now decide! Will you, on peril of your soul, sacrifice the welfare of these girls in this world and the next, because of an dread of impious

what he said a blind instrument of Rodin, ignorant of the end in view, he believed firmlv, that, in forcing Frances to place these young girls in a convent, he was performing a Such was, and is, one of the most wonderful pious duty. resources of the order to which Rodin belonged—to have for accomplices good and sincere people, who are ignorant of the nature of the plots in which they are the principal actors. Frances, long accustomed to submit to the influence of her
:

because the honest priest was himself convinced of

to his care. But, according to the priest's opinion the more terrible this anger might appear to her. the more she would show her pious humility by exposing herself to it. Is will be done, father!" said she. in reply to her confessor. -Whatever may happen, I will do my duty as a Christian in obedience to command-."

cnfided

confessor, could find nothing to object to his last words She resigned herself to follow his directions, though she trembled to think of the furious anger of Dagobert. when he should no longer find the children that a mother had

dying

the Lord will reward you for what you may have to surfer in the accomplishment of this meritorious act. You promise then, before God, that you will not answer of

"And

your

any

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when he asks you for the daughyour husband's questions, ters of Marshal Simon?"

said Frances, with a shudder "Yes, father, I promise!" Marshal "And will preserve the same silence towards before his daughters Simon himself, in case he should return, in the faith to be restored appear to me sufficiently grounded
to

a still fainter voice. scene that "You will come and give me an account of the return his takes place between you and your husband, upon I bring the orphans to your "Yes, father; when must
"Yes, father," said Frances,
l

him?"

m
.

.,1

r

a trusty person, and letter with my the young girls to the convent. will conduct of her confessor After she had listened to the exhortations on condition ot absolution for her late sins and received wife left the confessional. performing penance, Dagobert's P An immense crow The church was no longer deserted.
housekeeper.

°"In an hour

I

will write to the superior,

and leave the

She

is

nressed into

Ceral
3m

the grand drawn thither by the pomp of it, to the sacristan two of which the beadle had spoken that It was with the greatest difficulty hours before. with ch the door of the church, now hung Frances could rea

that

Xt ctXst'to morning
a
C

the poor and humble train beneath the so timidly presented themselves
in full clergy of the parish,
coffin

which had

P

advanced majestically to receive the stuffs of vdvet pall -the watered silks and
Itoles

°T he numerous

covered with a
their

P^skm

tt

tapers. of and flashing epaulets; on the aforv of his brilliant uniform the sacristan carrying side walked in high glee oppose o the a magisterial air; the voce hfc whalebone staff with in white surplices, rolled out choristers now clad in fresh, blare shook the windows burs s of thunder; the trumpets' those who were to have and upon the countenances of all rich corpse, this excellent corpse, a shared he spoils of this visible a look of satisfaction was this first-class corpse, with the air n Lse and yet subdued, which suited admirably fellows with and attitude of the two heirs, tall, vigorous the hunts who, without overstepping florid
.

.copes embroideries, sparkled in the their splendid silvered The beadle strutted in all he a thousand
,

.and

complexions,

THE WANDERING JEW

417

confined.

presence of death and eternity spectacles she had witnessed, tended stiH further to depress the spirits of Frances. Having succeeded with no small trouble in making her way out of the church she hastened to return to the Rue Brise-Miche, in order to fetch the orphans and conduct them to the housekeeper of her who was in her turn to take them to St. confessor, Mary's Convent, situated, as we know, next door to Dr. Baleinier's lunatic-asylum, in which Adrienne de Cardoville wa«
!

ever

comfortably mourning cloaks. Notwithstanding her simplicity and pious faith, Dagoberts wife was painfully impressed with this revolting difference between the reception of the rich and the poor man's coffin at the door of the house of God— for if be
surely,
real,
it

of a charming mock-sty of enjoyment, seemed to cuddle and hug themselves most in their

is

in the

equality

The two sad

CHAPTER
MY

XLIX.

LORD AND SPOIL-SPORT.

quitted his

The moment Frances turned to go back, a hackney-coach stopped in front of the house she inhabited. The coachman
box
to

wife of Dagobert. having quitted the church, arrived Rue Brise-Miche, when she was accosted the distributor of by holy water; he came running out of breath, to beg her to return to Saint-Mery's, where the Abbe Uubois had yet something of importance to say to her.
at the corner of the

The

open the door.

"Driver,"' said a stout woman dressed in black, seated in the carnage, and held a

who wa»

pug-dog upon her knees, ask U .Mrs. h ranees Baudoin lives in this house" "Yes, ma'am," said the coachman.

The reader will no doubt have recognized Mrs. Grivois head waiting-woman to the Princess de Saint-Dizier, accompanied by My Lord, who exercised a real tyranny over his mistress The dyer, whom we have already seen performing the duties of a porter, being questioned by the coachman as to the dwelling of Frances, came out of' his workshop and advanced gallantly to the coach-door, to inform Mrs!

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Grivois, that Frances Baudoin did in fact live in the house, but that she was at present from home. The arms, hands, and part of the face of Father Loriot were now of a superb gold-color. The sight of this yellow Lord, and at the moment personage singularly provoked the dyer rested his hand upon the edge of the coach-window, the cur began to yelp frightfully, and bit him in the wrist.

My

"Oh! gracious heaven!" cried Mrs. Grivois, in an agony, whilst Father Loriot, withdrew his hand with precipitation "I hope there is nothing poisonous in the dye that you have about you my dog is so delicate!"
;

saying, she carefully wiped the pug-nose, spotted with Father Loriot, not at all satisfied with this speech, yellow. when he had expected to receive some apology from Mrs. Grivois on account of her dog's behavior, said to her, as with "If you did not belong to difficulty he restrained his anger: the fair sex, which obliges me to respect you in the person of that wretched animal, I would have the pleasure of taking him by the tail, and making him in one minute a dog of the brightest orange color, by plunging him into my cauldron,

So

already on the fire." pet yellow !" cried Mrs. Grivois, in great wrath, as she descended from the hackney-coach, clasping Lord tenderly to her bosom, and surveying Father Loriot with a
is

which

"Dye my

My

savage look. "I told you, Mrs. Baudoin is not at home," said the dyer, as he saw the pug-dog's mistress advance in the direction of the dark staircase. "Never mind I will wait for her," said Mrs. Grivois "On which story does she live?" tartly. "Up four pair!" answered Father Loriot, returning And he added to himself, with a abruptly to his shop. "I hope Father Dagobert's big chuckle at the anticipation growler will be in a bad humor, and give that villainous pug a shaking by the skin of his neck." Mrs. Grivois mounted the steep staircase with some diffi; :

stopping at every landing-place to take At looking about her with profound disgust. reached the fourth story, and paused an instant of the humble chamber, in which the two Mother Bunch then were.
culty,

breath, and length she
at the door
sisters

and

The young sempstress was occupied
ferent articles that she

was about

to

in collecting the difcarry to the pawn-

THE WANDERING JEW R a " d BIa " che seemed ltf unLv °nf Appier, )OU the tuture: for the } had
,

419

V\u Bunch Mother u
l

assistance to the family he presence of Mrs. Grivois in Baudoin's dwelling was occasion