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shillaleh and dances continually what has happened. After weeks of a jig; or the grinning French danc- silent suffering, Lesbia has grown ing-master, who subsists solely on from an appealing, clinging girl

, into frogs,-are of their respective nation- a self-reliant, silent, reserved woalities. Of the ladies of Groschen- man. She moves about slowly and heim, the only one deserving of no- painfully, like one in a daze, to tice is the Countess Stadion, who the utter annoyance of her hushad formerly cherished a passion for band, who expected her to sue Dalrymple; for the more worthless humbly for forgiveness, a man, the more women are sure Nevertheless, one of her nature, to worship him. But Dalrymple, who could not live without love, though returning her love, was un- finds existence insupportable in its able to ask her in marriage, for isolation ; and one summer evening, a very particular reason that will be with many tears and much humility, duly revealed to the reader. This she seeks her husband, and begs lady, notwithstanding the court scan that there might be peace between dal, appears to have followed an them. He condescendingly grants irreproachable conduct. She had her full pardon, accompanied by a married a man twice her years, and severe reprimand, which she thankhad repaid his devotion and confi- fully receives. Prince Immensikoff, dence by wifely duty and respect. who had been following about LesOnce, and once only, she granted bia incessantly, and yet coldly and an interview to Dalrymple, under politely, is on the eve of departure, especial circumstances; and the ob- and Dalrymple is heavily indebted ject of it was a final explanation and to him for losses at cards. Dala parting for ever.

rymple was making desperate efforts Lesbia is at first very happy at to retrieve his fortune, and one eve Groschenheim ; blind, in her admira- ning whilst playing with Frank, he tion for her husband, to all his sends his wife to fetch some gold faults. But the child becomes sud- from his secretaire. Lesbia returns denly a woman, and then gradually not. The husband and Frank, after the scales fall from her eyes. Dal- a time, follow her, when they hear a rymple becomes cold and indifferent; piercing scream. The curious agreehis absences from home are pro- ment between Dalrymple and Mrs, longed; and in his own drawing- Scarsdale has been found, and room his principal occupation is eagerly scanned by Lesbia, who is playing écarte with Frank Hamilton staring at the paper with agonised and Prince Immensikoff. Dalrymple, bewilderment. Frank is requested nothwithstanding his winnings, falls to withdraw, when Dalrymple cruelly into embarrassed circumstances. and cynically tells her that she is not Hirsch and Konigswarter press him his wife ; that he is already married, for the repayment of sundry ad- and that it would be to her advanvances made to him. Driven at tage to remain in her present posibay, he desires his wife to apply to tion and say nothing. His suggestion Mr. Hamilton for the sum of £400, she indignantly repudiates. which he sorely needs. For the Frank rushes to Prince Immensifirst time in her life, she refuses to koff, and tells him all. Those two comply with his request, and resists men understood one another, for all his brutal efforts, which end in they love the same woman. It is absolute violence. She falls into astonishing what a bond that forms a swoon, in which he leaves her. at times between two beings who When she revives, she is ill and have not another thought in combruised, and she stands gazing at mon. For the boy's passion, after herself in the glass, trying to recal all, with a constancy rare at his age,

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But a heavy blow was preparing. George Hamilton's mind that his Hiz] Mrs. Scarsdale had been dismissed sweet, devoted wife, who has twined serie from Berrylands some months be- herself about his heart, is a vile km fore ; and she wanders to Groschen- sham-a degraded, lying, false woheim, where she finds Frank, and man. She declares the writing to where she flatters his vanity and be a forgery; that Frank is incapable encourages his absurd passion for of so shameful a deed. He allows Lesbia, One day Frank receives a her no chance of a justification. The letter from his uncle, enclosing a re- He hastily discards her for ever, and mittance and informing him of his she seeks refuge in Mrs. Davidson's marriage, without mentioning the arms, into which she falls--a raving lady. The female villain, who is lunatic. by the way a repulsive and scarcely So we have now Frank laid low natural creation - vows revenge with brain fever in Groschenheim, against the woman who ousted her and Lesbia afficted with acute mania from her comfortable position, and at Torquay. Frank is cured first. deprived her of the well-earned When he received a letter from his reward of years of intrigue and uncle, inquiring as to the truth of duplicity. She manages to worm the statements contained in that from Frank Lesbia's secret--which fatal document, Frank, who is not she ought to have known herself, lost to all sense of honour, indig. and when the worthy pair read in nantly repudiates its contents, and the Times the name of the bride, writes a long explanation to his rethe effect is so great on him, that lative, fully exculpating Lesbia. He by the combined influence of mental is eagerly desirous to discover the excitement and drink he is attacked calumnious writer, and is only preby brain fever-that favourite disease vented from rushing to search for with novelists. The lady does not him by the startling confession from stick at trifles. She breaks the lock Mrs. Scarsdale, that she is the auof his desk, and, after examining his thor of the epistle- his own mother papers, she commits a very pretty – Dalrymple's first wife, though Dalforgery.

rymple was not his father ! The unsuspecting Mr. Hamilton, Poor Lesbia, meanwhile, was ravto whom his wife was afraid to in delirium. When her babe is born reveal even the simple matter of to her, however, she recognises the first marriage of the scoundrel Ella, and she commences to have who had betrayed her, receives, one occasional rays of light. The whole fine morning, a letter without sig- dramatis persona, with the exception nature, apparently in Frank's hand- of Mrs. Scarsdale, of whom we hear writing The communication not no more in the book, and Prince only states the truth, but a great Philip, who perishes at Sadowa, flock deal more than the truth besides together at Torquay for the last Mrs. Hamilton was never Mr. Dal- scene, rymple's wife. Mr. Dalrymple bad The weak-minded Mr. Hamilton, been killed in a duel with Mrs. who had followed his wife to that Hamilton's lover, Prince Immensi- town, and had taken a house for her koff. Mrs. Hamilton had been there, is now smitten with remorse, engaged in a flirtation with Mr. and can hardly reproach himself Frank Hamilton, and two notes sufficiently for his credulity and were enclosed, in which she stated harshness. Whilst he is wandering that he only knew her disgrace, and about, bowed down with sorrow and entreated him not to betray her. remorse, Mrs. Hamilton's purse signs The artful concoction has its effect.

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that is Mrs. Hamilton's child having died, accept formerly, owing to her absurd

Mrs. Scarsdale's little boy had been fears as to the mercenary nature of is a mile palmed upon her as her own. When his feelings. So that we clearly false vo Frank arrives, in the last stage of a foresee that the beautiful, proud, inviting or decline, he is received most kindly dependent Ella, will have to submit incel by Mr. Hamilton, who will not allow to the inexorable, if somewhat comte alor him to undeceive her who had hither-mon-place lot of a heroine-mar

riage. At the end, we are informed As the end of the third volume that it is jealousy which is cruel as patient approaches, the prospects of the the grave, though why this should

chief characters are evidently looking have given the title to the work we

up Lesbia is gradually becoming are at a loss to conceive. vaid lw rational

, and the appearance of her As will be seen, there is enough husband in her presence, after a long incident in the novel, though sometemas separation, completes the cure, and times it is of an improbable nature.

we see before them now nothing but The action occasionally drags somesuch happiness as may be expected what, and the story would gain in in this world. As for Ella Dobree, interest if it had been in two, init is hinted by her mother that the stead of the inevitable three volumes. death of Prince Philip has set her The style is fluent, and in some parts free from what was only in reality a pleasing and amusing, but the diaromantic friendship, and that she, logues are frequently too long, and

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TRANSPORTED TO SIBERIA.

II.

THE ESCAPE.

When the hut occupied by the three journeys. He used, for the purpose, Poles was completed, their material stamped paper found in the office : condition was far from being utterly and a friend of his, a forger, engravwretched. Their dwelling consisted ed for him an excellent seal with of three small sleeping closets, and the Russian arms. A Siberian wig one large apartment doing duty for and sheepskin cloak were to serve dining room and kitchen. Their the double purpose of affording him household was composed of an heat and a complete disguise. elderly female, who came daily to Piotrowski did not conceal to cook and arrange domestic matters himself the grave risks and the serifor them. Piotrowski, besides his

ous dangers he was about to enmonthly wages of ten francs, was in counter, and he was fully resolved receipt of a similar sum, out of the to succeed or perish in the attempt; moneys taken from his person by to sacrifice life rather than be capthe authorities when arrested ; and tured; to ask assistance from no provisions being cheap, the party did one, and not to reveal his secret to not fare badly. Tea, wheaten cakes, any human being until he had and scraps of meat for breakfast; passed the frontiers of the Empire soup, vegetables, with meats boiled of the Tzars. In January, 1846, he and roasted for dinner ; tea and the was ready The epoch of the fair remains of the former repast for of Irbit, at the foot of the Ural supper, was no contemptible living mountains, was approaching, and he for convicts. But morally Piotrow- thought that an opportunity not to ski was not more satisfied than be lost. Every man is said to have a before, and not less determined chance once in his lifetime, and that N upon endeavouring to recover his was Piotrowski's. The game was liberty, especiaily since the pro- heavy, the stake was liberty; the mulgation of the new ukase of the forfeit life. On the 8th, day of Tzar. He succeeded, it is not stated February, 1846, he started at night on how, in obtaining a map, and after his perilous venture. He wore his deep consideration, he decided upon own wardrobe on his back, consistselecting the northernmost of the ing of three shirts, two pair of five routes presenting themselves to pantaloons, two waistcoats, a short him, that leading through the steppes sheepskin jacket, and a heavy cape of Petchora and the Ural mountains of the same material, thoroughly to Archangel. Indefatigably he pro- greased with tallow. Strong boots ceeded to make himself thoroughly well tarred, a woollen belt, and his acquainted with the language, man Siberian wig peeping forth from ners, and customs of the Siberians, beneath a fur cap, trimmed with a and to prepare himself for the long band of red velvet, completed his and perilous journey he contem costume. His hands were encased plated. He manufactured a formal in thick fur gloves ; his left carried passport, such as are given by the a bundle containing a pair of boots, Imperial authorities, and a local pass, some bread, and dried fish. like those issued to natives for short right held á formidable bludgeon.

His

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