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My Maleca, my betrothed,
[He rushes out.
DON LOPE DI FIGUEROA, who had obtained it from a soldier, who had himself won it by gambling. Several soldiers enter, disputing about a diamond Cupid, which had also been taked st the gaming-table. TUZANI is requested to act as umpire between them. He inquires how the ornament came into their possession. They are about conducting him to the person from whom they received it, when GARCIA enters, defending himself from several soldiers. TUZAXI, seeing one man attacked by so many, places himself by his side, and attacks the soldiers in turn. They are all placed under arrest. TUZANI and GARCIA are conducted to the same prison, when the following scene takes place.]
Tuz.—God preserve thee!
So, in fine,
Tuz.-Indeed, I did expect as much ;
Gar.-May, at least, the name repeat
Gar.–Your friendly courage well deserves
I do not know.
His appearance ?
To find him, then,
Tuz.-And yet, an hour ago, without
Gar.—These enigmas are too great
THE REVENGE OF TUZANI. TUZANI having arrived at the camp of Don JOAN OF AUSTRIA, disguised as a Spanish soldier, commences his search for the murderer of MALECA. He is startled at seeing the collar of pearls which he had presented to his betrothed, round the neck of the Prince himself; it having been presented to him, a short time before the arrival of TUZANI, by
* GALERA, the name of the town where those events take place, also signifies á galley.
In good and evil, from this hour
curst? Gar.-Because from that unlucky hour That first I placed my foot therein, I know not for what deadly sin, Misfortune, with malignant power, Or Fate, or some stern star malign, Or Retribution's wrath, has shed Its baneful influence o'er my head, And all goes wrong with me and mine.
Tuz.- Why art thou thus so much dis
Tuz.-Was she so beautiful ?
'Twas in this way.
Tuz.- I was somewhat absent, thinking Of my own affairs-continue.
Gar.-In effect, I hurried onward,
Full of anger, full of fury,
Tuz.-Those, indeed, are but mementoes Of a similar misfortune.
Gar. Do not heed the lost occasion,
Tuz.-You speak truly. Pray continue.
Gar.-I pursued her; she was covered With so many sparkling jewels, With a dress so rich and splendid, That she seemed a bride expecting Her beloved--not a victim Waiting for the coming death-stroke. I, beholding so much beauty, Wished to save her life, provided She would give her heart as ransom. Scarcely had I dared to touch her Snow-white hand, when thus she prayed me: ** Christian, if you are desirous More of plunder than of glorySince a woman's blood doth ever Stain the sword man's blood doth brightenLet your thirst be satiated By these jewels that I carry; Leave untouched my faith, my honour; Touch not this poor breast that carries Many mysteries within it, Which itself doth comprehend not.” In my arms I seizedTuz.
Gar.- Piercing cries aloud she uttered
And that one of two rich conquests
[Draws out a dagger, and stabs him.
Gar.-Oh! heavens !
Die, thou traitor!
Tuz.-Yes, for this poor murdered beauty,
Tuz.--. Vengeance never
Gar.--Ah! why hast thou given me life
THE REAPER'S SONG.
J. 0. B. * The night-flowering cactus—it blows only when the moon is at the fall, for one night, and closes again before morning.
† The Arcadians worshipped the moon, and whenever an eclipse occurred, beliering her bewitched, bcat drums and cymbals, and lighted torches, to ease her labors: THE NUN AND THE CARDINAL.*
AN HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE TIMES OF THE ORLEANS REGENCY,
Is the last years of Louis XIV., when the hypocritical piety of Madame de Maintenon had rendered devotion fashionable, and had restored to the Tartuffes the influence of which they had been deprived by the satire of Moliere, there resided in a dilapidated chateau near Grenoble, a family named Guerin, which, in spite of straitened circumstances, maintained all its pretensions to gentility, and took the title of De Tencin, from the moderate es. tate on which they vegetated rather than lived. The family consisted of a widowed mother, two sons, and four daughters, two of whom were marriageable. The eldest son obtained a diplomatic situation ; the eldest daugh, ter married a rich financier ; the second son, called the Abbé de Tencin, was destined to enter the church; and the second daughter, Claudine de Tencin, was warned by her mother to procure a husband within twelve months, or else to prepare herself for a convent.
Claudine, though pretty, was poor, and dowries were as great objects of consideration in Grenoble as they were in Paris; moreover, she had a decided taste for contradiction and repartee, so as to be called Mademoiselle Nenni throughout the country, from her habit of always replying in the negative Her brother the abbé was notorious for assenting to everybody, and was, in consequence, admitted to every table where flattery would pass as cur. rent coin in payment for food. Not withstanding this difference of dispo. sition, the brother and sister were warmly attached to each other, and had vowed to share any benefits which fortune might have in store for them. Both had boundless ambition: the abbé aspired to the highest dignities of the church ; Claudine more vaguely fixed her hopes on acquiring political
influence, either as a wife or a mistress.
The alternative presented by the mother alarmed Claudine ; she represented its injustice, if she was to remain in the country, where no eligible partner was likely to appear. Madame yielded to the reasoning, and removed for a season to Grenoble, where Claudine was presented to fashionable society, in a robe made from her mother's well-preserved wedding-gown. At her first ball she captivated M. de Chandennier, a young man of good family and tolerable fortune. He was the cousin of the Marquis de Chandennier, of the ancient house of Rochechouart, whose obstinate resistance to Cardinal Mazarin, and voluntary exile from court, are now almost forgotten, though they were deemed the most extraordi. nary instance of personal independence under the despotic reign of Louis XIV. The marquis was the first captain of the household troops, and was highly respected for his valour, talents, and singular probity. These qualities did not suit Mazarin; he wished to have a more flexible officer, who would implicitly obey his commands, without inquiring too nicely into the morality or legality of his injunctions. Mazarin commanded Chandennier to sell his commission to M. de Nouilles, who, without waiting for the marquis's consent, assumed at once the functions of his post. Chandennier refused to send in his resignation, or to accept the purchase-money; he was arrested and imprisoned in the Castle of Loches, where, as he was known to be poor, it was hoped that he might be starved into submission. The marquis, however, lived contentedly on the prison allowance, receiving, however, occasional presents of better provisions from the inhabitants of Loches, who honoured bis spirit, and detested the
St. Simon's Memoirs have supplied the greater part of the incidents in this sketch, but we have also consulted Duclos, Villars, and the “Gallery of Female Portraits," by Paul de Musset. VOL. XXXII.--NO, CXCI.
cardinal. Two years elapsed, during This unexpected repulse discouraged which the prisoner made no complaint, the lover, but he sought to gain the and offered no sign of submission. At favour of her brother, and he invited length the court, ashamed of its own the abbé to a supper, where the most violence, granted him his freedom, but fashionable young men of Grenoble at the same time banished him from were assembled. Paris. It was notified to him that the Among the guests was a young price of his commission was ready to financier, of more wealth than wit. be paid whenever he chose to accept Enraged at finding himself eclipsed it, and that, so soon as he signed a re in conversation by a poor abbé, he ceipt for the money, he would be re- began to mock the mean dress and stored to royal favour. Chandennier poverty of Tencin. The abbé de. was as obstinate in exile as he had fended himself with so much wit, that been in prison ; it was hoped that le- the rest of the company ranged them. niency would have a better effect than selves on his side; and when, with a severity, and he was permitted to re triumphant joke, he asked the finanturn to Paris. Still unsubdued, he cier to lend him five hundred pistoles went to reside in a small cottage near on his note of hand, all present inSainte Genevieve, and gave himself up sisted that the wealthy blockhead to devotion. This suggested the last should comply, under pain of personal attempt to overcome his obstipacy; chastisement. On the following morn. his confessor was induced to representing, Claudine received a letter from to him that, in justice to his creditors, her brother, enclosing half the sum he ought to accept the purchase-mo he had so strangely gained, declaring ney of his commission, and apply it to that with the rest he would go to the payment of his debts. Chandennier Paris in search of fortune, and advise so far yielded, as to have an interview ing her to lose no time in coming to with the younger Nouilles, who had an arrangement with her suitor. succeeded to the disputed post on the Claudine had already repented her death of his father, but no agreement refusal of her lover's proffered politecould be arrived at; to the last hour of ness; she had even gone the length of his life, the Marquis de Chandennier inviting him to pay her a visit, whenretained his titular rank as first cap- ever his taste led him to make a rural tain of the royal guards.
excursion. Five or six days after the M. de Chandennier, the hero of the ball, it was announced that a brilliant ball at Grenoble, was said to have in- band of cavaliers was approaching the herited his cousin's noble qualities, dilapidated castle of the Tencins; and the marquis, indeed, had nothing else all the preparations usually adopted to bequeath-he was preparing to visit by pride to hide poverty, were hastily Paris in search of fortune, when he made for their reception. A ploughboy, was caught by the fair form and lively in an old livery, enacted the part of wit of Claudine de Tencin. He at first porter ; the farm-servants, unprepared meditated nothing more than a little by previous drill, were suddenly transflirtation with the rustic beauty, whom formed into grooms, ushers, footmen, he hoped to dazzle and overawe by his and feudal retainers. Several amussuperior knowledge of the world, but ing blunders were made- the porter, he soon found that he was beaten with dazzled by the dresses of the guests, his own weapons ; long before the ball exhausted himself in mute salutations ; had concluded, Chandennier had aban- the groom was so charmed with M. doned all his plans of a wealthy mar- de Chandennier's horse, that he comriage, for love and a cottage with the pelled the gentleman to tell him the beauty of Grenoble. At the conclusion price of the animal before he assisted of the ball, as Claudine and her mother him to dismount; and the footmen, were about to return home in their instead of marshalling the way, ran modest carriage, the gallant lover of- against each other, and knocked their fered the services of his footmen to heads together, so that Chandennier light them with flambeaux to the gates in the end entered the saloon without of the city. Claudine yielded to her being previously announced. natural instinct, and without any re Claudine and her mother had too flection replied “No, sir, we thank much tact to notice the confusion you, our servant knows the way," which the polite Chandennier affected