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Miss Briggs, Miss Crawley's companion.
house on Curzon St. rented by the Rawdon Crawleys. CAPT. WILLIAM DOBBIN, afterwards Major and Lieutenant Colonel,
good angel of George Osborne and Amelia Sedley. The Misses DOBBIN, his sisters. Countess SOUTHDOWN, a strong-minded woman favourably known to
the serious world. Lady Emily HoRxblower, her daughter, "author of several delightful
tracts." LADY JANE SHEEPSHAYKS, afterwards Mrs. Pitt Crawley, younger
daughter of Countess Southdown. Mr. CLAPP, Mr. Sedley's clerk with whom he takes refuge after his
failure. Mrs. CLAPP, his wife. Miss Mary CLAPP, their daughter. FREDERICK BULLOCK, of the house of Bullock, Hulker & Bullock, who
marries Maria Osborne. ENSIGN STUBBLE, ENSIGN SIMPLE, MAJOR O'Dowd, commander of Osborne's regiment at Waterloo. Peggy O'Dowd, his wife, commander of the Major. GLORVINA O'Dowd, a good-natured Irish girl who fails to ensnare
Major Dobbin. George OSBORNE, JR., son of Amelia and George Osborne. RAWDON CRAWLEY, JR., son of Rawdon Crawley and Becky Sharp. George GUSTAVUS, Marquess of Steyne, Earl of Gaunt, Viscount,
Hellborough, Baron Pitchley and Grillsby, Knight of the Most
Noble Order of the Garter, etc., etc., etc., an elderly roué LADY STEYNE, his wife. LADY GAUNT, his daughter. Mr. Moss, the bailiff. FIFINE, Becky Sharp's maid. CAPT. MACMURDO, Rawdon Crawley's friend in his affairs of honour. MR. WENHAM, Lord Steyne's confidential friend. Rev. Mr. Veal, littie George Osborne's tutor. Rev. Bellby BINNY, curate of the District Chapel, an admirer of Mrs.
Osborne. Isidor, Belgian servant of Joseph Sedley. KIRSCH, Joseph Sedley's courier. FICHE, servant of Lord Steyne. Doctors, apothecaries, solicitors, clerks, officers, servants, gate keepers,
German students, noblemen, auctioneers, school boys, etc.
subalterns in George Osborne's regiment.
A NOVEL WITHOUT A HERO
HILE the present century was in its teens, and on
one sunshiny morning in June, there drove up to
the great iron gate of Miss Pinkerton's academy for young ladies, on Chiswick Mall, a large family coach, with two fat horses in blazing harness, driven by a fat coachman in a three-cornered liat and wig, at the rate of four miles an hour. A back servant, who reposed on the box beside the fat coachman, uncurled his bandy legs as soon as the equipage drew up opposite Miss Pinkerton's shining brass plate, and as he pulled the bell, at least a score of young heads were seen peering out of the narrow windows of the stately old brick house. Nay, the acute observer might have recognized the little red nose of goodnatured Miss Jemima Pinkerton herself, rising over some geranium-pots in the window of that lady's own drawingroom.
"It is Mrs. Sedler's cuuch, sister," said Miss Jemima “Sambo, the black servant, has just rung the bell; and the coachman has a new red waistcoat."
"Have you completed all the necessary preparations incident to Miss Sedley's departure, Miss Jemima?" asked Miss Pinkerton herself, that majestic lady; the Semiramis of Hammersmith, the friend of Doctor Johnson, the correspondent of Mrs. Chapone herself.
**The girls were up at four this morning, packing her trunks, sister," replied Miss Jemima; "we have made her a bow-pot.”
"Say a bouquet, sister Jemima, 'tis more genteel.”
"Well, a booky as big almost as a hay-stack; I have put up two bottles of the gillyflower-water for Mrs. Sedley, and the receipt for making it, in Amelia's box.”
"And I trust, Miss Jemima, you have made a copy of Miss Sedley's account. This is it, is it? Very goodninety-three pounds, four shillings. Be kind enough to address it to John Sedley, Esquire, and to seal this billet which I have written to his lady."
In Miss Jemima's eyes an autograph letter of her sister, Miss Pinkerton, was an object of as deep veneration as would have been a letter from a sovereign. Only when her pupils quitted the establishment, or when they were about to be married, and once, when poor Miss Birch died of the scarlet fever, was Miss Pinkerton known to write personally to the parents of her pupils; and it was Jemima's opinion that if anything could console Mrs. Birch for her daughter's loss, it would be that pious and eloquent composition in which Miss Pinkerton announced
In the present instance Miss Pinkerton's "billet" was to the following effect
"The Mall, Chiswick, June 15, 18. "MADAM,--After her six years' residence at the Mall, I have the honour and happiness of presenting Miss Amelia Sedley to her parents, as a young lady not unworthy to occupy a fitting position in their polished and refined circle. Those virtues which characterise the young English gentlewoman, those accomplishments which become her birth and station, will not be found wanting in the amiable Miss Sedley, whose industry and obedience have endeared her to her instructors, and whose delightful sweetness of temper has charmed her aged and her youthful companions.
"In music, in dancing, in orthography, in every variety of em-broidery and needle-work, she will be found to have realised her friends' fondest wishes. In geography there is still much to be desired; and a careful and undeviating use of the backboard, for four hours daily during the next three years, is recommended as necessary to the acquirement of that dignified deportment and carriage, so requisite for every young lady of fashion.
"in the principles of religion and morality, Miss Sedley will be found worthy of an establishment which has been honoured by the presence of The Great Lexicographer, and the patronage of the admirable Mrs. Clapone. In leaving the Mall, Aliss Ainelia carries with her the hearts of her companions, and the aficctionate regards of her mistress, who has the honour to subscribe herseli,
"BARBARA PIXKERTOY. "P.S.-Miss Sharp accompanies Miss Sedley. It is particularly requested that Miss Sharp's stay in Russell Square may not exceed ten days. The family of distinction with whom she is engaged, desire to avail theinselves of her services as soon as possible.”
This letter completed, Viss Pinkerton proceeded to write her own name, and Miss Sedley's, in the fly-leaf of a Johnson's Dictionary—the interesting work which she invariably presented to her scholars, on their departure from the Mall. On the cover was inserted a copy of “Lines addressed to a young lady on quitting Miss Pinkerton's school, at the Mall; by th late revered Doctor Samuel Johnson." In fact, the Lexicographer's name was always on the lips of this majestic woman, and a visit he had paid to hier was the cause of her reputation and her fortune.
Being commanded by her elder sister to get "the Dictionary" from the cupboard, Miss Jemima had extracted two copies of the book from the receptacle in question. When Miss Pinkerton had finished the inscription in the first, Jemima, with rather a dubious and timid air, handed! her the second.
"For whom is this, Miss Jemima ?" said Miss Pinkerton, with awful coldness.
"For Becky Sharp," answered Jemima, trembling very much, and blushing over her withered face and neck, as she turned her back on her sister. "For Becky Sharp: she's going too."
"MISS JEMIMA!” exclaimed Miss Pinkerton, in the largest capitals. “Are you in your senses? Replace the Dixonary in the closet, and never venture to take such a liberty in future." "Well
, sister, it's only two-and-ninepence, and poor Becky will be miserable if she don't get one."
"Send Miss Sedley instantly to me," said Viss Pinkerton. And so venturing not to say another word, poor Jemima trotted off, exceedingly flurried and nervous.
Miss Sedley's papa was a merchant in London, and a man of some wealthı; whereas Miss Sharp was an articled pupil, for whom Miss Pinkerton had done, as she thought, quite enough, without conferring upon her at parting the high honour of the Dixonary.
Although schoolmistresses' letters are to be trusted no more nor less than churchyard epitaphs; yet, as it sometimes happens that a person departs this life, who is really deserving of all the praises the stone-cutter carves over his bones; who is a good Christian, a good parent, child, wife, or husband; who actually does leave a disconsolate family to mourn his loss; so in academies of the male and female sex it occurs every now and then, that the pupil is fully worthy of the praises bestowed by the disinterested instructor. Now, Miss Amelia Sedley was a young lady of this singular species; and deserved not only all that Miss Pinkerton said in her praise, but had many charming qualities which that pompous old Minerva of a woman could not see, froin the differences of rank and age between her pupil and herself.
For she could not only sing like a lark, or a Mrs. Billington, and dance like Hillisberg or Parisot; and embroider beautifully; and spell as well as a Dixonary itself; but she had such a kindly, smiling, tender, gentle, generous heart of her own, as won the love of everybody who came near her, from Minerva herself down to the poor girl in the scullery, and the one-eyed tart-woman's daughter, who was permitted to vend her wares once a week to the young ladies in the Mall. She had twelve intimate and bosoni friends out of the twenty-four young ladies. Even envious Miss Briggs never spoke ill of her, high and mighty Miss Saltire (Lord Dexter's granddaughter) allowed that her figure was genteel; and as for Miss Swartz, the rich woollyhaired mulatto from St. Kitt's, on the day Amelia went away, she was in such a passion of tears, that they were obliged to send for Dr. Floss, and half tipsify her with salvolatile. Miss Pinkerton's attachment was, as may be supposed, from the high position and eminent virtues of that lady, calm and dignified; but Miss Jemima had already whimpered several times at the idea of Amelia's departure;