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“ do not disappoint me ; Agatha can go with me, this tree; and she will be very angry with me if I and you know she always takes care of me." let you go beyond it."
“ You do not always mind Agatha, my dear," “I thought I would make you talk," said Aileen, answered her mother, “ and I suspect you will ex- and she bounded past her like a young fawn. tend your walk too far. You cannot bear much Agatha in attempting to pursue her, entangled fatigue.”
her foot in the root of a tree and fell to the ground: Indeed and indeed, mamma, I will not go a quar- in endeavoring to recover herself, she lost sight of ter of an inch beyond the old elm at the foot of the her charge, who, discovering the advantage she had mountain, and you always let me go as far as that." gained, and being bent on mischief, darted into a
Her mother, however, did not consent, and Ai- thicket of hazel bushes and set herself down very leen betook herself to a distant corner of the room, complacently to enjoy the chagrin of her perplesed and there she sat in a very sorrowful mood. Her wailing-woman. mother became very uneasy and directed a servant She did not, however, enjoy herself long, for in to get the perspective glass and show Aileen the peeping through the leaves, to see if Agatha had pictures.
discovered her hiding-place, her eyes rested on a “I don't want to see them," mumbled Aileen. large serpent, coiled in an attitude of assault. In
“ You cannot walk this evening, my love ; let her alarm and confusion to hurry from a place Eva get your doll; I will give you a new dress for which had caused her so much terror, she emerged it of this pretty blue satin, and Eva will assist you in an opposite direction; and found herself in a in making it."
small meadow encircled with trees and carpeted “Take that old baby away!" screamed Aileen, with long silken grass interspersed with flowers of as Eva approached her. “I wont have it I want various hues. From the midst of this meadow to walk, I say."
there issued a fountain of clear water, bubbling Her mother still objected to her leaving home, through rocks of alabaster whiteness, meandering and several other amusements were offered, but gently in a limpid stream, forming at the bottom a all in vain; nothing would do but the walk. At small lake, or pond, the sides of which were studlast, wearied out with her importunities and the ded with shells of curious form, and shining pebheadache, her misguided mother rang the bell for bles of changing color, glistening and sparkling in Agatha, and after giving her many injunctions for the light of evening like so many little suns. The the safety of the child, permitted them to set out border of the lake was adorned with a hedge of on their little excursion.
rose and myrtle bushes, intermingled, with vines The gloom soon disappeared from the face of dipping their long branches in the water beneath, Aileen; she had gained her point, and she tripped as if sporting with the little silver trout which across the lawn with buoyant step and heart light played on its surface. The fragrant atmosphere, and playful as the passing zephyr, which now and pure and balmy as the breath of spring, emitted a then disturbed the sunny curls on her brow. light resembling the adamant in brightness. Pur
“ Agatha,” said she, " I knew mamma would let ple and golden winged butterflies revelled on the me come; for I was determined to cry until she sweet petals of the flowers, while the harmonious
I can always lire her out when she has melody of birds added to the enchantment of the that headache.”
Agatha loved the child-she sighed deeply, but Aileen forgetting for a few moments her fright, remained silent.
stared in mute astonishment at the objects around · Agatha !” said Aileen, and she almost jerked her; she then stepped to the fountain, played with the servant's sleeve from her arm,“ why don't you the water, and applied some of it to her lips with talk? You are in one of your mum, mum humors the palm of her hand. She had taken but a few now, and you always are when I want you to talk : sips, when her desolate situation rushed into her come, tell me some of your pretty stories," and she mind and she began to cry most piteously. pulled her sleeve again.
At this moment her attention was arrested by Agatha made no reply, and Ailcen with a mena- approaching footsteps, and turning hastily around, cing look, said, “I'll pay you for this, madam ; I'll expecting to see Agatha, she found herself in the be bound you'll be sorry for this before we get presence of a stranger. She involuntarily retreated home again.”
a few steps and took a survey of the being before When they reached the Elm, Agatha sat down her. to rest, and invited her companion to do so also, She beheld a lady of placid countenance and but she refused to stop. “I intend to go the other very light airy figure, habited in a dress of seaside of the mountain,” she said; “I never was green interwoven with silver; across her shoulthere, and maybe I can find some wild strawber- ders was thrown an azure scarf of so fine a lex
ture it might have been taken for a floating cloud; “ Indeed you must not, Miss Aileen,” answered on hier head she wore a diadem of pearls ; her ear. Agatha ; " you promised your mother 10 stop at rings and bracelets were composed of gems rich
and rare-her feet dressed with sandals curiously " Take this,” she said ; "the day thou art eighwrought with corals and shells.
leen hang it up, and the effect will be wonderful." Aileen gazed a short time on the stranger, and Do take this hateful glass, Agatha,” said Aiagain cried louder than before. The lady ap. leen after they parted from the fairy, “and never proached sofily and patting her on the cheek, said let me see it again. I despise that woman, and in a tone of commiseration, "Why weepest thou, want none of her presents.” sweet one?"
“ I think you have little reason to dislike her, " “Oh, madam! I have left my nurse, and lost Miss Aileen. I'm sure she was very kind in bringmy way, and know not what to do."
ing you 10 me; and but for her you might have “Why did'st thou leave thy nurse ?” asked the been this night devoured by beasts, not 10 say anylady.
thing about myself, for I'm very sure I would not Aileen in her childish manner related the adven- have gone home without you." tures of the evening. “ And oh !” said she clasp- Agatha, she told me I was bad, and that my ing her little hands, “what will become of me? mother did not love me. She can't fool me and and my poor mother-she loves me so much." make me believe thal, and besides, I hate any one
“Why dost thou think shy mother loves thee?" who tells me I do wrong; and if I did, it was none
“Oh, because she humors me so much, and gives of her business." me every thing I want, and tells me I'm good and Agatha concealed the mirror; and they hastened pretty."
home. “ Thou hast mistaken the nature of true love, As Aileen advanced in years, the evils which my child ; thy mother loves thee noi, and tells thee had been suffered to infect her childhood became false—hou art not good, and hast behaved very more and more ingrafted into her character. badly this evening in disobeying thy mother and Froin being a petulant, troublesome child, she bedistressing thy nurse : knowest thou not it is an came a haughty, tyrannical woman: and the death unchangeable law, that the pain we wantonly in- of her mother made her the sole imperious mis. Alict on others will, at some time, recoil with iwo-tress of her father's household. fold violence on ourselves." “ How dare you,” said Aileen, stepping back
Time rolled on. The celebration of Aileen's with an undaunted air—and her cheek reddened eighteenth birth-day engrossed her atteniion. All with anger, “ How dare you say I am bad, and the gentry around were invited, and great prepaand that my mother loves me not-she allows no rations were making for a grand fèie. one to tell me thal ;-you don't know my mother- The day arrived, and all the arts that fashion I never heard her speak of you—you were never and taste could devise were employed on the occaat our house, and I don't even know your name. "sion. After superintending the decoration of her
• Thou hast a bit of curiosity, 100," smilingly roonis, Aileen retired to her own apartment to preanswered the stranger ; "it belongeih i thy sex. pare herself for the receprion of her guests. She Thy mother ought to know me: my name is Fe- rang the bell several times for Agatha, but no Agamaqua : I am the fairy who presided at thy birth tha appeared ; this threw her into a violent pet, and have ever hovered about thy path."
and she began the business of the toilette alone. “ A fairy !" cried Aileen, clasping her hands with She ihrew off one thing and put on another-yet surprise." Agatha has told me many stories about nothing seemed to become her ;-the fact is, her the fairies : are you the woman who gave Cinde. features were distorted with passion, and she ai last rella the pretty glass slippers."
sealed herself in total despair of gaining that even“No, I am not ; but I am the Lady of the Crys- ing the admiration she so much desired. lal Spring, -and it is a boon granted to each one While thus employed, Agatha bolied into the who tastes of its waters for the first time, to have room exclaiming, “La! Miss Aileen, you have a wish gratified :—thou hast sipped at that foun- forgot-ihis is the very day the fairy told you to iain : name thy wish."
hang the looking-glass. I have been hunting it “And will you, indeed," said Aileen with an one hour and found it at last in the very bottom of incredulous air, "give me what I want ?'' my chist-and I am in such a fidget to see how it
• Certainly: I would not deceive thee.” will be. You know she said ihe effect would be • " Then take me to Agaiha-it's all I want in wonderful." this world.”
“ You would have been better employed helping The fairy instanıly granted her desire, much 10! me to dress, than looking for that old fusiy glass ; the relief of the distressed nurse, who was search. l'm sure I thonght it was lost long ago : do put it ing every nook and corner for the lost child, in a down and come to my assistance. We'll try the state little short of distraction.
esperiinent some other time-I'm too perplexed Before Femaqua lest them, she pulled from her now to attend to it.” bosom a small mirror confined in a gilded case and But. Miss, this is the very time she set and no presented it to Aileen.
other under the canopy will do; any other day
might break the charm-and another thing, she'll | mild and Jucid as the clear blue sky of eveningbe mad, and these witches have powerful ways : her hair becaine luxuriant and glossyI would'nt offend her for the world-she might en
Part, on her head, in shining ringlets rollid, chant the house and make you sleep a hundred
Part, o'er her shoulders, waved like meiled gold;" years. I've hearn of such things-lei me entreat you--here's no knowing what might turn up." and there she stood, the personification of loveli
"Agatha, I always disliked that woman, and ness, transfixed to the spot, triumphantly gazing on would rather have nothing to do with her or her her own image in the broad face of the Magic glass."
Mirror." “Dear me," said Agatha, impatiently : “ who
She could scarcely believe her senses, when knows but she might bring you a coach with silver Femaqua gently tapping her on the arm, said, “ Aihorses, or some other curiosiry-do try it.”
leen, art thou satisfied ?" “I see plainly,” said Aileen pettishly,
" Perfectly,” she answered ; "nothing can be gel dressed to day unless I humor you : just hang
more beautiful. Oh! Femiaqua, why did I doubt it and then assist me in dressing."
your power. Grant one more request-make me as
rich as I am handsome." “ Merciful Goodness, Miss Aileen, I musn't hang
“ Thou art both foolish and unreasonable," reit; why it must be yourself, or she won't do a
plied the fairy; thou hast already enough of this thing ;—like enough she may take us up to the sky world's goods 10 satisfy a grateful mind and dost and show us how they make rainbows and all the
ask for more! I cannot find in my heart to give it pretty bright clouds."
thee : learn to be satisfied, and know that a con“Pshaw !" ejaculated her mistress, "you're the tenied mind is as the gold of Ophir ; nevertheless, biggest fool I ever saw. Hand me the mirror, as
thy wish shall be gratified at a future day : one of nothing else will do."
the richest monarch's of the East will hear of thy The glass was no sooner suspended to the wall, resplendent beauty and solicit thy hand in marthan it began to expand, and finally became so large riage. Thou wilt roll in wealıbı—but mark me! that Aileen could view herself from head 10 foot Aileen-IIappiness will be a stranger to thy boon its bright surface. She ultered an exclamation of surprise, and lo! the fairy stood before her.
" My husband will be old and ugly then." “ 'T'is well, Aileen,” she said with a complacent
“No. He will be young and handsome." smile, " that thou hast complied with my request “ Then I suppose he will treat me ill ?" obedience rarely loses its reward; and I will at “ No, he will gratify thine every want." this lime grant you another wish.
Perhaps I may be diseased ?" “Will you, or can you give what I so much
“ Not so," replied the fairy, “thou wilt enjoy need at this time ?" asked Aileen, incredulously the most perfect health.” staring her in the face.
“ What in the name of wonder," cried dileen, "'Twere but an ill requital to doubt my power," can disturb me, with all the blessings you promreplied the fairy ; " it becometh not the Lady of ise ?" The Crystal Spring to hold vain parlance with sin
* It cometh of evil to enquire into futurity,” anful mortals like thyself—ihou mayest be quick, or swered the fairy; " but be assured I speak truthI will leave thee."
remember"-here the Lady of the Crystal Spring A crimson flush of anger glowed for a moment waved her wand ernphatically—" no earthly blesson the face of Aileen; but for the first time in her life she controlled her passion, and very modestly
ing bringeth true pleasure if misused ;-by an im
proper use, our dearest blessings may become correquested Femaqua to make her so beautiful that
ses :-howbeit, when thou hast been a wife twelve none could be more so.
months, if called for I will visit thee again." The fairy impressively waved her magical wand three times around the passive girl; and, as the and the Magic Mirror had resumed its former size.
Aileen turned to reply, but Femaqua was gone, cheering light of day gradually breaks through the shadows of night, dispelling in ils course every vestiye of darkness from the face of nature, so surely and perceptibly did the soft power of beauty
Part SECOND. steal over the person of Aileen, destroying in its progress each trace of ugliness and irregularity. The prediction of the fairy was verified. AtalHer form became symmetry itself. Her features bert, a rich and powerful prince, sought and won the seulled into perfect regularity-her complexion as- fair prize for which brave knights and noble cavasumed a transparent whiteness. A delicate ringe liers had contended; and grand and imposing was which might have graced the wild rose of sum- the retinue which escorted Aileen to the far dismer, suffused her cheeks--the lustre of her eyes, tant empire of her illustrious husband. Jis royal softened by the shade of long silken lashes, beamed 'palace was magnificent beyond description, and
there its proud mistress enjoyed every delight which|and instead of loving my companionship, I see it wealth could purchase.
gives relief when he can with propriety leave me ; A year transpired in all the luxury of sensual and of late he pursues with eagerness those mas. gratification, and the young couple still basked in culine amusements, of which he knows I cannot the sun-beams of earthly prosperity.
pariake. Besides, Femaqua, when one is loved, The anniversary of their wedding was celebra- one knows it ;-coldness too is fell—and there are ted with feasting and merriment. Yet while the those among the ladies of my court, who can draw gay crowd still revelled in the stately halls, Ai- forth a blander smile from the Prince than his own leen retired to her chamber, and dismissing her wedded wife. My courtiers and servants pay me attendants with the order that she was not to be the most profound attention and are obedient to my disturbed, threw herself on a superb couch weary commands: yet there is a sphere around them and dispirited. The room in which she reclined which convinces me theirs is not a willing service. was furnished with all the ornamental taste and I know I am disliked, and my proud soul disdains true magnificence which belongs to oriental style, altentions which are not sincere—my lofty and ambut Aileen heeded not the grandeur by which she bitious heart revolts at service paid by those who was surrounded. The air was impregnated with a hate me. My father and my mother and good Agapleasant odor exhaled from the rare exotics and tha, they loved me—but now, alas ! they are no aromatic shrubs which adorned the court yard— more ; and could I have retained Aialberi's heart, but Aileen enjoyed it not. The sound of music it might have filled the void they left behind ;-fell indistinctly on her ear, but it only added to her thus, vain regrets, distrust, and jealousy engender inquietude. The rich attire and cosily urnaments thoughts which rankle in my heart and still destroy which adorned her person, all sparkling in the lus- my peace. Oh! Femaqua, all I ask is that you tre lights, seemed but a mockery to the desolation will make those around me warm and affectionate. which reigned in her bosom. While absorbed in You do possess some charm to rule my husband's gloomy reflections, the words of Femaqua at their love." last interview rushed forcibly on her recollection, “ Thou desirest more than I can bestow," calmly “ Thou wilt roll in wealth-but Happiness will be a answered the fairy. stranger to thy bosom."
How truly," thought she, "has that prophecy - Nought but love can answer love and render bliss secure." been fulfilled.” She reineinbered, too, the promise of the fairy to visit her, if required, twelve months Thinkest thou canst retain the affection of oihafter her inarriage ; and she irembled, she knew ers, whilst thou art governed by a principle of not why, when she suspended the Magic Mirror to self-love? I could not, would not force thy hus. the wall. The reflection of her own undiminished band's love--and were it done, 't would make a beauty in its enlarged face somewhat soothed the mere machine of thy conjugal partner-for liberty turbulence of her spirit, and for the first line she is all that makes the man.
Love is the spontanewas pleased at behulding—the Lady of the Crys-ous growth of hearts sincerc;— with proper trealtal Spring
ment and judicious care it may be trained to Heaven. “Oh, my friend !" she exclaimed, bursting into But yet, alas ! when rudely bended by the hand tears, "your power is unlimited ; make me happy, of scorn, or chafed by servitude, or forced 10 yield, for I am miserable."
il rarely keeps its verdure, but withers, droops and “My power is great, Aileen, but thine towards dies, so tender is its nature. Know, foolish wothyself is greater," said Femaqua ; " if thou be- man, wouldst thou be beloved, thou must become Jievest thou canst obtain true happiness by arbi- a form of love thyself.” trary means thou reasonest falsely ; real delight * Is not that a form of love ?" asked Aileen, exists only in freedom. Were I to force thee into proudly pointing to her own beautiful portrait in a state, which I would deem the greatest bliss, the Magic Mirror." 't would prove ihy veriest misery; but why should “I grant," said the fairy that is a resemblance the wife of Alalbert be unhappy? she whose word of love, but it is only an appearance which will is but the mandate of his kingdoin."
quickly pass away : this fair outside, of which thou • Not all the wealih and power he has conferred art so very vain," pressing the tip of her forefinger can satisfy my aspiring mind, when I know too on the snow white brow of Aileen. “Yes, this well that he has ceased to love me."
fair outside of which thou art so vain, is natural, " He inconstant, Aileen--sayest thou that of and all natural bodies will be decomposed_even Alalbert, the noblest of Princes ?"*
this fine form must fade and die by the hand of “ Yes, even of Alalbert, and I speak the truth. Time, and become food for worms; but there is an When first we married, he seemed to live but in existence or form within, which will survive the my presence ; but now, although he seeks 10 hide wreck of malier.' This beautiful external is but it, I know and feel he cherishes no longer that soft the covering of the mind, or soul, that dwells within and tender passion which once reigned in his bosom ; it, which is thy real sell, and which must live for
ever-symmetrical, or deformed, according to your worshipped self. He infringed not on thy rights state. Aileen, couldst thou see thyself as thou and thou hast well repaid his liberality by the most really art, methinks it would convince thee that unreasonable requisitions; thou art ever on some thou art not a form of love, or a form to be be- scheme of self-love, regardless of his comfort, or loved."
convenience; thou hast treated his mild counsels “ The mind, or soul," replied Aileen, “has not with scorn and contempt—and so imperious is thy a form. I have been taught to believe it is a vola- disposition, (to use a mortal phrase,) he “scarcely tile substance which gives life to mortal bodies, and calls his soul his own" since thee he wedded ; for, when they decay it becomes ethereal ; how, Fe- were it possible, thou wouldst command his very maqua, would we apply shape or size to ether?”! thoughts, and thus the soft connubial tie has been
“ Thy teaching is fallacious," returned Fema- converted to a knot of bondage. Wearied out qua, “and flows from mundane light. We call the by thy continual chiding, Atalbert now seeks other soul immortal, and if it live, it would require a real means to divert his mind than thy companionship. form to make it a distinctive being; but I can con- Know, dear Aileen, thine own most vicious heart vince thee:-this mirror possesses a quality of which has been the barrier between Atalbert's love and thou hast been hitherto ignorant. The plate before thine. This barrier can be removed. I have been thee is viewed in natural light and shows the ex- thy guardian spirit from infancy, until the present ternal only ; but there is a plate behind which beams day. Closely did I watch the steps of thy childunearthly light, and in it one may behold one's in- hood, but thy mother's bad management prodaced terior or lasting character--it reflects the image around thee such a dense atmosphere of falsehood of the soul."
and evil, that it was with difficulty I approached As she finished speaking, the fairy inverted the near enough to do thee good. I have borne with glass and there emanated from it a light both soft thy manners and indulged thy fancy to gain access and silvery, and yet, so clear and bright that it to thy heart : having succeeded thus far, I counsel seemed to eclipse the brilliant lamps which illumi-thee as thou wouldst be happy, to amend the evils nated the chamber of Aileen, and she started with of thy life. Yet I would not deceive thee-the dismay and horror at the very hideous form reflect- process of this change will be long and painful ; it ed by that light in the Magic Mirror.
cannot be performed in a few moments as an ex“Look !" said Femaqua, “that is Aileen as she ternal change can be. No-it will require time, is. Dost call that a form of love ?"
patience and forbearance too. Let love of rule “Oh, you cruel woman!" cried Aileen, with the extend towards thyself, and learn to govern that keenest anguish depicted in her countenance, “why, impetuous temper of thine. To others exercise oh why did you reveal that secret ? It has ren- the golden rule of doing unto them as thou wouldst dered me more wretched than ever."
have them do to thee. Delay not this repentance. " It was revealed for thy benefit, my daughter: On, Beware! thy own volition is the pivot on evils cannot be removed unless seen, and it is that which turns thy fare. I leave thee free. Reflect the fiend-like spirit of thy mind may be reformed, deeply on what thou hast seen and heard this night, that this painful disclosure hath been made. The and profit by it. A year from this, if thou art wilLady of the Crystal Spring inflicts no wound that ling, I will be with thee again—then this Mirror cannot be healed. There is not a defect or defor- will show what change that time has effected. mity in that dreadful figure, but what corresponds Fare thee well." lo some interior evil by which thou hast been gov. Aileen attempted to detain her, but she vanisherned, and which cannot be changed by thine owned. She then turned to view herself once more exertions. That husband of thine is not an ordi- in the Magic Mirror, but it was safely concealed in nary man-Atalbert, the generous, the noble, and its gilded case. She fell, overpowered, on the the good, possesses a mind too profound to be long rich Mosaic floor, transfixed with grief;-there she allured by merely external show. When he mar- sat, in her grandeur, and pride, and misery. The ried thee, he vainly supposed that fascinating form poorest subject in her kingdom would not have enwhich attracted his attention was the prototype of the vied her at that time. She had seen herself for spirit within. The bland expression of thy face the first time, in the light of Truth, and she felt deceived him; and he attributed to thee qualities that she abhorred herself. It was a fearful sight; foreign to thy nature. Great, very great was his yet she did not entirely despair. Hope, that bright disappointment, when he found in thee no conge- beacon to the human soul, radiated her mind, and nial spirit to meet the glow of virtue which warmed she did not resist the appeal of the fairy. She did his heart. His generous nature hath been pained reflect—and her reflections prompted her to action. and distressed at thy narrow-minded selfisliness. She commenced a combat with her evils with Thou hast trampled on the sacred principle of con. all the ardor and sanguineness which marked her jugal love, hy indulging in freaks and tempers which character, and oftentimes she became victoriwould have wearied an angelic spirit. Thou hast ous. Her husband roamed abroad no longer for counted him as nothing in comparison with thy'amuseinent and often lingered near her to catch