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A NOVEL.



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IN THREE VOLUMES.



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LONDON:

HENRY COLBURN, NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

1826.






SHACKELI-.ARROWSMITH



& HODGES, JOHNSON S-COURT, FtEET-STREET



GRANBY,



CHAP. I

Passions are likened best to floods and streams ;

Tbe shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb ;
So when afl'ections yield discourse, it seems

The bottom is but shallow whence they come. "
They that are rich in words must needs discover
They are but poor in that which makes a lover.

Sir Walter Raleigh.

Among other places of resort where it was
probable he might meet the Jermyns, Granby
went one morning to the Exliibition at Somer-
set-house. He found there, as usual, a mot-
ley crowd of spectators ; many of them listless
and uninterested ; some appearing to have no
object in coming, except that blind, gregarious

VOL. II. B



2 GRANBY.

feeling which always prompts them to follow
the crowd ; others probably drawn thither by
some such pressing motive as to look at Mrs. A's
likeness, or the plaster cast of Mr. B ; while
here and there was an occasional connoisseur,
who, by right of a recent walk in the Vatican,
went " pishing^' and " pshawing" his way
through the room, in utter contempt of British
art.

The sight of a large assemblage of pictures is
a fatiguing pleasure, and cannot be enjoyed for
a long time at once, with unabated zeal, even by
the most ardent ; and Granby soon began to feel
that painful weariness which generally comes on
after an hour's survey of an exhibition-room,
and was just turning over for the last time
the leaves of his catalogue, when his eye was
caught by " Portrait of Miss Jermyn, J. Jack-
son, R. A." — which picture he had somehow or
other unaccountably missed.

Here was an object — an interesting one ;
and, forgetting his fatigue, he went in search



GRANBY. 6

of it, and was soon successful. The por-
trait was extremely like ; preserving much
of the simple grace of the original, and agree-
ably set off by the artist's somewhat pecu-
liar, yet pleasing colouring. The expression
was slightly smiling ; her eyes, as he stood before
it, seemed turned upon him, and the smile on
her countenance forcibly recalled her last look at
Mrs. Henley's. Debarred as he was from the
sight of the original, he could not refuse himself
the pleasure of gazing on this attractive repre-
sentation, and looking earnestly on features
which in no other way could he now so freely
contemplate. Wrapt in this pleasing meditation,
he did not at first perceive that he was obstruct-
ing the view of two ladies who stood behind him.
He turned round to quit his station, and afford
them an opportunity of seeing, when he found,
to his no small embarrassment and surprise, that
the objects of his civility were no other than
Lady Jermyn and her daughter.

Their surprise was as great as his own ; for as
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4 GRANBY.

his back was turned towards them, and then- atten-
tion otherwise engaged, they had not recognised
him until that moment. All the pecuharities of
the rencontre rushed upon Granby's mind at once.
He saw that they must have been^ witnesses of
his fixed attention to the picture — that silent but
eloquent indication of his feelings ; and this
thought at the moment tended rather to confuse
than gratify.

The same thought occurred to Caroline,
who drew back and blushed at this indirect
homage, and after the bow of recognition,
tried to gaze at the objects around her.

Lady Jermyn, to her credit be it spoken, con-
ducted herself at this trying moment with equal
judgment and address. She dexterously sub-
dued her demonstrations of surprise, and con-
trived (which in such a case was of all things the
most difficult,) to look neither pleased nor mor-
tified at the meeting, but to mould her features
into an expression of civil indifference. It also
struck her, that the civility of moving from



GEANBY.



before her, though slight, and not paid personally
to her, could not with propriety pass unnoticed ;
she was therefore the first to speak. A subject,
though a dangerous one, was ready at hand in
Caroline's picture, and vnih. seeming unconcern
she boldly adverted to it

" A good picture, Mr. Granby," said she.

" A very good picture," was his reply.

" And like," she added, in a steadier tone than,
considering the subject and the person addressed,
might have been expected.

A complimentary denial, and something
about not doing justice, lay ready for utter-
ance upon Granby's lips; but prudence and
good taste suppressed this piece of idle gallantry,
and substituted a quiet acquiescence in the truth
of her remark. Lady Jermyn then made a
slight movement, as if to pass onward, and put
an end to the conversation ; but Granby stop-
ped her with an enquiry after Sir Thomas Jerm}Ti.

" Quite well, I am obliged to you ; he came



6



GRANBY.



with US here; but he has gone over the way to
the stamp-office."

Granby ventured to say that he was sorry to
have missed this opportunity of seeing him ; but
it was said not only faintly, but with coldness
and restraint, and secured no other answer than
a formal inclination of the head. A lady, ac-
quainted with Lady Jermyn, now came up and
spoke to her ; and Granby took this opportunity
of addressing Caroline for the first time. No
topic appeared so safe and obvious as the present
scene, and a few common place questions and
answers passed between them on the subject of
the exhibition. But their minds were too full of
other things to talk freely upon such a topic.
It did not interest either of them, and they felt
that it was introduced merely as an opening to
other conversation; and after having forced
themselves to utter a few trite remarks, they
dropped it by mutual consent.

"I think," said Granby, "it was at Mrs.



GEANBY. 7

Henley's that I last had the pleasure of seeing
you ; it was a pleasant ball."

*' It was indeed," said she, and blushed as
soon as she had uttered it, for she recollected
that it was there she first met him. She hastily
added, " that is — I mean— it was a good ball."
Granby would not appear to notice the cor-
rection, but added, " You are no enemy to the
gaieties of town.''

*' Certainly not," she said with a faint smile,
and in a more assured lone. " Indeed at present
their novelty alone would make me like them."

" I beheve," said Granby, " novelty is their
best friend ; for I think we find, that upon the
whole, society in the country is more agreeable."

Caroline assented, but looked confused, and
Granby's countenance soon presented in some
degree the reflection of her own. Society in
the country brought its separate associations to
the minds of each. Carohne thought of the
visit to Hemingsworth, and Granby of the last
days he had passed in her company at Brack-



b GRANBY.

ingsley. He therefore returned to society in
London.

^^ You have hardly been out, I believe, since
i had the pleasure of meeting you at the ball
we were speaking of."

^' No, I have not indeed," said she, " but I
should not have thought you would have ob-
served it. — I mean," she added, and again co-
loured slightly, fearing lest her meaning should
be wrongly taken, — " I mean to say, that in so
extensive a place as London, the absence and
presence of any one can be observed but by very
few."

" Except in some cases," said Granby, with a
smile. " But you have been absent from society,
you say ? Not, I hope, on account of illness ?"

He said this in a tone of livelier interest than
he had yet hazarded in his short interview. It
caught the quick ear of Lady Jermyn, who, not
suffering Caroline to answer, interposed with, —

" A cold, Mr. Granby, merely a cold — colds
have been very prevalent lately — everybody



GRANBY. 9

seems to have them. — By the bye, my dear, you
had better move — you are standing now in a
draft of air ;'' and, drawing her daughter's arm
within her own, she walked away, with a bow to
Granby, which civilly intimated that he was
not to follow.

Thus ended the long-expected interview — the
first in which they had actually conversed. He
had long looked forward to it, as an event on
which his fate depended, and which would de-
cide the progress of his fortunes. It was now
past, and it had decided — absolutely nothing.
In fact, as he afterwards thought, how should
it ? and how was it likely that either party
should plunge at once into embarrassing expla-
nations ? When all was over, he was angry at
himself for having pre-imagined scenes and con-
versations which were never likely to take place,
and for thereby preparing for himself a great deal
of needless disappointment.

Still there were some points of negative im-
port to be gathered from the recent scene, which
B 3



10 GKANBY.

were not totally without their value. There was
no avoidance on the part of Lady Jermyn, and
no displeasure on that of Caroline; but there
was in its stead a good deal of embarrassment,
which, if he pleased he might construe favourably.

These thoughts came across his mind, as he
watched them quickly pursuing their way to-
wards the staircase. Some young man accosted
tjiem, as they were turning out of sight, and
seemed to offer to accompany them to their car-
riage. He looked like Courtenay; but then
Courtenay, as Granby thought, was not ac-
quainted with them ; and he stood puzzling
about the identity, (every thing relating to them
being to him a subject of interest) when Cour-
tenay came up to him, and told him he had
just parted from the Jermyns, with whom he
had become acquainted at a dinner party the
day before— called Lady Jermyn a good-na-
tured woman — and added a long and acceptable
enumeration of Caroline's attractive qualities.

Granby was glad to find that his friend had



GEANBT. 11

become acquainted with them, and that he
seemed disposed to improve this acquaintance.
Cut off from personal intercourse ^nth the Jer-
myns, he wished to communicate with them
through a friend, and he thought, with some
reason, that he might find in Courtenay a
zealous advocate, and perhaps an useful ally in the
workof reconcihation. But the same reserve which
had hitherto restrained him from betra3dng his
sentiments to Mrs. Dormer, now induced him
to guard them with equal secresy from his
friend Courtenay. He therefore assumed a tone
of indifference in mentioning their names, and
disguised, as well as he could, the interest with
which he listened to Courtenay's remarks. In
this line of conduct he so well succeeded, that
Courtenay was not only kept in ignorance of his
attachment to Miss Jermyn, but was even inclined
to accuse him of a want of taste, in being so in-
sensible to her many attractions.



12 GRANBY.



CHAP. II.



Give me more love or more disdain
The torrid or the frigid zone ;

Bring equal ease unto my pain :
The temperate affords me none.

Either extreme of love or hate

Is sweeter than a calm estate.



CABfiW.



Henry met Lady Jermyn and Caroline the
night after his visit to Somerset-House, at Lady
Charlev'iile's, where three weeks before he had
missed seeing them, through the singular mis-
take which has already been mentioned. Whe-
ther or not Caroline entertained the notion that
he had purposely avoided her on that night,
Granby could not tell, but he intended, at all
events, to explain the circumstance to her this
evening.



GRANBY. 13

He had not been long in the room before he
saw Lady Jermyn and her daughter, at no great
distance from him. They were not, however,
within speaking distance ; and he had leisure to
compare his former agitation with his present
composure, and to be agreeably sensible that the
few words which had passed between them at
the Exhibition, had considerably removed all
former difficulties, and paved the way to a more
unembarrassed aud famiUar intercourse. He
felt as if he could now meet them with a plea-
sure less alloyed by anxiety and doubt. At this
moment he caught their eyes, and bowed. The
bow was graciously returned by both ; but so
unreasonable was he become already, that with
this very graciousness he was incHned to quar-
rel. He thought there was too much forced
civility in the inclination of Caroline's head ; and
besides, there was no emotion on seeing him —
no rising colour — no indication of embarrass-
ment ; and though he had been congratulating
himself on the increased calmness of his own



1 4t GBANBY.

feelings, he was not willing that she should share
the same advantage.

But all these thoughts gave way to pleasure ;
for in a few minutes he saw them approaching —
actually approaching, of their own accord. He
had lately been suspecting them of wishing to
avoid him. How unjust had he been ! Here was,
indeed, an opening for reconciliation — an open-
ing voluntarily offered by them. He felt much
pleased, and was about to extend his hand to
Lady Jermyn, who led the way, and to catch
the first friendly glance of her eye, when he saw
it fixed, not, alas ! on him, but either on vacancy,
or on some person immediately behind him.
Never did high hopes fall more suddenly ! she
sailed by him with cruel composure — seemed
quite indifferent to his presence — and, as he fell
back to let her pass, acknowledged the civility
with another bend, and a cold *' how d'ye do,''
and drew her daughter after her.

Caroline, meanwhile, quietly and composedl;^
turned her face towards him, steadily uttered



GRANBY. 15

the usual greeting, bowed again, and slightly
smiled. But, what a smile ! cold, forced, insipid,
unmeaning, and how different from her last!
He was instantly struck by the contrast : her for-
mer heartfelt, beaming expression flashed across
his recollection, as he viewed the present stiff
and studied cast of her features ; and, however
well it might be intended, in all her present de-
meanor towards him, nothing pained him like that
smile ; it seemed to poison his recollections of the
first, and with a momentary feehng of strong dis-
appointment, he actually turned his face away.
Many bitter thoughts crowded on his mind. He
sadly contrasted her present cold civility with.
the natural emotion and conscious dehcacy ex-
pressed in her manner on the preceding day ;
while, aX the same time, he wondered at his own
change of feeling, in being now so pained at
a reception, from which, a fortnight thence, he
would have drawn the happiest auguries.

On turning, after this mental soliloquy, he
saw them still at a short distance from him ; but



16 GRANBY*

he made no effort to approach. He was suddenly
chilled into cautious reserve; and, instead of
following them, he stood with an assumed air of
unconcern, his eyes directed towards the dancers,
beating time with his fingers on the breast of his
coat, to a waltz which the band were then play-
ing. He afterwards walked about the rooms, en-
deavouring to join in the gaiety around, but, in
reality, in a state of comfortless apathy towards
every object save one, and that object now a
painful one ; utterly at variance both with him-
self and the scene around him, yet under the in-
fluence of a sort of fascination which would not
permit him to quit it.

He frequently passed Lady Jermyn and Caro-
line in the course of the evening; but as the first
salutation was over, they generally allowed him to
pass unnoticed: only once again did Lady Jermyn
speak, and then her remark was a mere reitera-
tion of the hackneyed comment on the fullness of
the ball. With Caroline he had no conversation :
she did not seem to wish it ; her eye seldom met



GKANBY. 17

his, but when it did, it bore a dull, disheartening,
lack-lustre expression, in which he could read
nothing but indifference. He watched her coun-
tenance, as often as he could do so unobserved,
while in conversation with her various partners ;
and many a pang did it cost him to perceive that
the features, which stiffened into formality w^hen
met by his, could brighten up into careless gaiety
at the trivial address of the acquaintance of an
hour.

'* 'Tis well," he muttered to himself, " I know
my footing now at last, and the estimation in
which I am held. The prating puppy, who has
just made his first bow to her, is more accept-
able than I am — is listened to with greater inte-
rest — is looked upon with greater pleasure. Fool
that I was, to fancy I was anything to her ! — to
receive her girlish surprise as the index of real
affection ! No, I am an object of indifference to
her ; and she, if possible, must be the same to me."

Caroline at this time was standing up in a
quadrille, and talking and hstening, with appa-



18 GRANBY.

rent interest, to the gentleman with whom she
was dancing. Granby saw her, and drew near,
probably with some design of putting her indif-
ference to the test. The effect of his approach
was marked and immediate : she did not look at
him, nor attempt to break off the conversation ;
but the smile with which she listened to her
partner lost all its character of ease and gaiety,
and became in an instant fixed and unnatural.
The attitude of attention was still presented, but
it was plain that, even if she heard the words,
their sense at all events was lost. And yet she
had not the air of absence ; the countenance bore
too restless an expression; she was intently oc-
cupied with something, but certainly not with
the person who addressed her. This did not
escape that gentleman's observation — for, after
a surprised and inquiring look, he ceased to
speak.

Granby noted all that passed, and was
brought back to the happy conviction, that Ca-
roline had that evening assumed an indifference



GRANBT. 19

which she did not feel. He was satisfied with
this conchision, and having no farther object,
left the house. A faint grey light through the
window-blinds, indicating the fast approach of
the unbewitching hour of morn, warned Lady
Jennyn also to depart.

" You have behaved admirably indeed, my
love," said her Ladyship, after drawing up the
glass of her carriage, on their way home ; " you
have been very attentive to what I said."

Carohne answered only with a sigh.

" Are you tired, Caroline ? " said her mother.

" Not much," was her faint reply ; and the
rest of the drive was passed in silence.

Perhaps our readers may be curious to know
what Lady Jermyn did say; and on this ac-
count, and in order to explain the conduct of
Caroline, we will lay before them the following
conversation, which had taken place in the course
of the preceding morning.

" You know, my love," said Lady Jermyn,



20 6EANBY.

" that, under all circumstances, considering Ge-
neral Granby's behaviour to your father, and
some other things that I could mention, though
we should be very sorry, on account of their re-
lationship, not to be upon speaking terms, — yet a
certain line must be drawn ; and it really is a
duty we owe to ourselves, to show in some de-
gree, by our manner, that we were not quite
pleased at what h^s happened. I only say this
to you, my love, in order to explain to you
(which I have never done sufficiently yet,) the
sort of manner which it will be proper to adopt
towards Mr. Granby, now that we are in the
prospect of meeting him daily. I never would
behave with the slightest incivihty ; we should
never give offence if we can help it ; but I need
not say this to you, my love, who never give
offence to any one. Therefore, with respect to
Mr. Granby, I would not have you do anything
to hurt him ; but merely treat him as a common
acquaintance, and keep out of his way as well as



GRANBY. 21

you can ; and do not talk to him more than is
necessary. You understand me, Caroline."

" Yes, Mamma, I understand what you
mean, and I will try to act accordingly. I will
endeavour to avoid him.*"

^' True, my love, but understand me. I don't
wish you positively to avoid him. I would not go
away, for instance, if I saw him coming, or even
turn my head that I might not see him as he
^passed. That would be too broad and marked.
People might notice it. It would look particii-
lar. We should never do any thing that looks
particular. No, I would answer him civilly and
composedly whenever he spoke to me, and then
pass on, just as you might in the case of any-
body else. But I leave all this to your own
tact and discretion, of which nobody has more
for her age. I am sure you can enter into all
these niceties, and that my observations will not
be lost upon you. And now, my love, let me
mention another thing. You must get over
that little embarrassment which I see you show



22 GEANBY.

whenever you meet him. It was very natural
and excusable the first time, considering our
long acquaintance with him and the General :
but we must make our conduct conform to cir-
cumstances ; so try to get the better of this
little flutter ; it does not look well, and might
be observed. There is no quality more valu-
able in a young person than self-possession. So
you must keep down these blushes,*" said she,
patting her on the cheek, " or I believe I must
rouge you; — though it would be a thousand
pities, with the pretty natural colour you have.
But you must remember what I have been
saying. Be more composed in your behaviour.
Try to adopt the manner which I do. It may
be difficult ; but you see I contrive it, and I
have known Mr. Granby a great deal longer
than you have, Caroline."

*' Yes, Mamma, but — "

^' But what ?" said Lady Jermyn ; " there is
a difference in our ages, you mean. Certainly,
my love, I can make those allowances. I do



GEANBY. 23

not expect the same degree of conduct from a
young person as from those who are older. I
am the more particular in these directions, be-
cause I should be sorry, and so would your
father, to have the world suppose that there
is any serious quarrel between ourselves and
the Granbys. We might in that case be obliged
to enter into explanations, which had always
better be avoided. No, my dear, let us preserve
all proper decorum. And, besides, I am the
more desirous of maintaining a guarded, distant
manner, because, from our old acquaintance,
and the regard we once felt for them, we should
always wish to preserve some sort of intercourse ;
— and yet any renewal of former intimacy," she
added, with a significant nod, " would lead to a
positive rupture."

This concluding observation had more weight
in Caroline's mind than any which had gone
before it ; and she determined to school herself
to a strict conformity with her mother's directions.

Lady Jermyn saw the effect of her last



524 GBANBY.

remark ; and, like an able orator, forbore to
weaken its impression by following it up with
less cogent arguments. It was part of her
policy, as the above conversation will in some
degree have shown, to assume an ignorance of
Caroline's feelings towards Granby, and to take
it for granted that the attachment was entirely
on his side, and that Caroline regarded him
merely with that sentiment of sober friendship
which is due to an old acquaintance. Under
this veil she was able to say many things to her
daughter, which, without the cloak of such con-
venient blindness, mutual consciousness would
have rendered difficult. She was like a person,
who in order to see the better, throws the
shadow on his own face, while he turns the
light to the object before him. Meanwhile she
was as perfectly acquainted with all that passed
in her daughter's mind, as the fullest confession
could have made her ; and it was part of her
system, never to extort a confidence when she
could learn the truth without it.



GEANBY. 25



CHAP. III.



Come then the colours and the ground prepare,

Dip in the rainbow, trick her off in air ;

Choose a firm cloud before it falls, and in it

Catch, ere she change, the CjTithia of the minute.— PoP£.


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