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" That would be all very fine if it were put into evaded daily, and twice in that April did young a book," said the Signora to her son, who had been | Pepé travel between Verona and Bologna in spite of striving to show that an Austrian, if good in him- all that Austria could say to the contrary.
self. might be as worthy a friend as an Italian ; When at Venice he and Von Vincke discussed 1 ss but it is always well to live on the safe side of the very freely the position of the country,--nothing of i pall. It is not convenient that the sheep and the course being said as to those journeys to Bologna. | Wolves sàculd drink at the same stream."
Indeed, of them no one in the Campo San Luca " This she said with all that caution which every knew aught. They were such journeys that a man
where forms so marked a trait in the Italian charac says nothing of them to his mother or his sister,I ter. "Who goes softly goes soundly.” Half of the or even to his wife, unless he has as much confidence i Italian nature is told in that proverb,--though it is in her courage as he has in her love. But of politics
sot the half which was becoming most appareat in he would talk freely, as would also the German ; the doors of the nation in these days. And the and though each of them would speak of the cause
Sizvorina was quite of one mind with her mother. as though they two were simply philosophical i Carlo." she said, “how is it that one never sees lookers on, and were not and could not become
one of these Austrians in the house of any friend ? actors, --and though each had in his mind a settled Wby is it that I have never yet found myself in a resolve to bear with the political opinion of the room with one of them ?”
other, yet it came to pass that they now and again ! "Bergrise men and women are generally so pig. were on the verge of quarrelling. The fault, I think, headed and unreasonable,” Carlo had replied. was wholly with Carlo Pepé, whose enthusiasm of " How am I, for instance, ever to learn what a course was growing as those journeys to Bologna German is at the core,—or a Frenchman, or an | were made successfully, and who was begipping to Englishman,-if I refuse to speak to one."
feel assured that Italy at last would certainly do It ended by Captain von Vincke being brought something for herself. But there had not come to the house in the Campo San Luca, and there any open quarrel.-not as yet - when Nina ; becoming as intimate with the Signora and the lover's presence, was arguing as to the impropriety Signorina as he was with the advocate. Our story of bringing Captain von Vincke to the house, if must be necessarily too short to permit us to see Captain von Vincke was to be regarded as altogether how the affair grew in all its soft and delicate unfit for matrimonial purposes. At that moment powth ; but by the beginning of April Nina Pepé Carlo was absent at Verona, but was to return on bad confessed her love to Hubert von Vincke, and the following morning. It was decided at this conboth the captain and Nina had had a few words ference between the two ladies and the lover, that with the Signora on the subject of their projected Carlo should be told on his return of Captain von marriage.
Vincke's intentions. Captain von Vincke himself “Carlo will never allow it,” the old lady had would tell him. sad, trembling as she thought of the danger that There is a certain hotel or coffee-house, or place 423 coming upon the family.
of general public entertainment in Venice, kept by | “ He should not have brought Captain von Vincke a German, and called the Hotel Bauer,-probably to the house, unless he was prepared to regard such from the name of the German who keeps it. It a thing as possible," said Nina, proudly.
stands near the church of St. Moses, behind the || ** I think he is too good a fellow to object to any- grand piazza, between that and the great canal, thing that you will ask him," said the captain, in a narrow intricate throng of little streets, and is bolding by the hand the lady whom he hoped to approached by a close dark water-way which robs call his mother-in-law.
it of any attempt at hotel grandeur. NevertheThroughout January and February Captain von less it is a large and commodious house, at which Vibeke had been an invalid. In March he had been good dinners may be eaten at prices somewhat lower barily more than convalescent, and had then had than are compatible with the grandeur of the grand me and all that opportunity which convalescence canal. It used to be much affected by Germans, ata for the sweet business of love-making. During and had, perhaps, acquired among Venetianus a the time,-through March and in the first weeks of character of being attached to Austrian interests. ¡Ayl-Carlo Pepé bad been backwards and forwards There was not much in this, or Carlo Pepé would i semua, and had in truth had more business on not have frequented the house, even in company · tent than that which simply belonged to him as a with his friend Von Vincke. He did so frequent į lawyer. Those were the days in which the Italians it, and now, on this occasion of his return home,
tere beginning to prepare for the great attack which Von Vincke left word for him that he would breakhas to be made, and in which correspondence was fast at the hotel at eleven o'clock. Pepé by that vily carried on between Italy and Venetia as to the time would have gone home after his journey, and enrolmeat of Venetian Volunteers. It will be under- / would have visited his office. Von Viucke also Etnol that no Venetian was allowed to go into Italy would have done the greatest part of his day's without an Austrian passport, and that at this time work. Each understood the habits of the other, the Amatrians were becoming doubly strict in seeing and they met at Bauer's for breakfast. that the order was pot evaded. Of course it was. It was the end of April, and Carlo Pepé had
returned to Venice full of schemes for that revolu- say better walking than sitting. Come along." tion which he now regarded as imminent. The Then they paid the bill and left the house, and alliance between Italy and Prussia was already dis- walked in silence through the narrow ways to the cussed. Those Italians who were most eager said piazza. Von Vincke said no word till he found that it was a thing done, and no Italian was more himself in the broad passage leading into the great eager than Carlo Pepé. And it was believed at this square. Then he put his hand through the other's time,--and more thoroughly believed in Italy than arm and told his tale at once. “Carlo,” said he, elsewhere,—that Austria and Prussia would cer- "I love your sister, and would have her for my tainly go to war. Now, if ever, Italy must do wife. Will you consent ?" something for herself. Carlo Pepé was in this mood, | “By the body of Bacchus, what is this you full of these things, when he sat down to breakfast say?" said the other, drawing his arm away, and at Bauer's with his friend Captain von Vincke. looking up into the German's face. .
“ Von Vincke,” he said, “in three months' time “Simply that she has consented and your you will be out of Venice.”
mother. Are you willing that I should be your "Shall I ?" said the other; "and where shall I brother?” be ?”
“This is madness," said Carlo Pepé. “In Vienua, as I hope ; or at Berlin if you can get “On their part, you mean?” there. But you will not be here, or in the Quadri | “Yes, and on yours. Were there nothing else to latere, unless you are left behind as a prisoner." prevent it, how could there be marriage between
The captain went on for a while cutting his meat | us when this war is coming ?” and drinking his wine, before he made any reply to “I do not believe in the war ;-that is, I do not this. And Pepé said more of the same kind, ex- believe in war between us and Italy. No war can pressing strongly his opinion that the empire of the affect you here in Venice. If there is to be a war Austrians in Venice was at an end. Then the in which I shall be concerned, I am quite willing to captain wiped his moustaches carefully with his wait till it be over.” napkin, and did speak.
“You understand nothing about it,” said Carlo, “Carlo, my friend,” he said, “you are rash to after a pause ; “nothing! You are in the dark say all this."
altogether. How should it not be so, when those "Why rash ?” said Carlo; “you and I understand who are over you never tell you anything? No, I each other."
will not consent. It is a thing out of the question." “Just so, my friend; but we do not know how far “Do you think that I am personally unfit to be that long-eared waiter may understand either of us.” your sister's husband?"
“The waiter has heard nothing, and I do not care “Not personally,--but politically and nationally, if he did,"
You are not one of us; and now, at this moment, “And beyond that," continued the captain, "you any attempt at close union between an Austrian make a difficulty for me. What am I to say when and a Venetian must be ruinous. Von Vincke, I you tell me these things? That you should have am heartily sorrow for this. I blame the women one political opinion and I another is natural. The and not you." question between us, in an abstract point of view, I Then Carlo Pepé went home, and there was a can discuss with you willingly. The possibility of rough scene between him and his mother, and a Venice contending with Austria I could discuss, if scene still rougher between him and his sister. no such rebellion were imminent. But when you And in these interviews he told something, though tell me that it is imminent, that it is already here, not the whole of the truth as to the engagements I cannot discuss it.”
into which he had entered. That he was to be the “It is imminent,” said Carlo.
officer second in command in a regiment of Venetian “So be it,” said Von Vincke. And then they volunteers, of those volunteers whom it was hoped finished their breakfast in silence. All this was that Garibaldi would lead to victory in the coming very unfortunate for our friend the captain, who war, he did not tell them ; but he did make them had come to Bauer's with the intention of speaking understand that when the struggle came he would on quite another subject. His friend Pepé had be away from Venice, and would take a part in it. evidently taken what he had said in a bad spirit, “And how am I to do this," he said, “if you and was angry with him. Nevertheless, as he had here are joined, hand and heart, to an Austrian ? told Nina and her mother that he would declare his A house divided against itself must fall.” purpose to Carlo on this morning, he must do it. Let the reader understand that Nina Pepé, in He was not a man to be frightened out of his pur. | spite of her love and of her lover, was as good an pose by his friend's ill-humour. “Will you come Italian as her brother, and that their mother was into the piazza, and smoke a cigar?” said Von equally firm in her political desires and national Vincke, feeling that he could begin upon the other antipathies. Where would you have found the subject better as soon as the scene should be changed. Venetian, man or woman, who did not detest Aus
“Why not let me have my cigar and coffee here?” | trian rule, and look forward to the good day coming said Carlo.
when Venice should be a city of Italia ? The Sig“Because I have something to say, which I can nora and Nina had indeed, some six months before
li this, been much stronger in their hatred of all to leave Venice till the war should be over and he
things German, than had the son and brother. It could re-enter Venice as an Italian should enter a had been his liberal feeling, his declaration that city of his own. even a German might be good, which had induced “Oh! my son, my son," said the mother ; “ why them to allow this Austrian to come among them. should it be you?” Thea the man and the soldier had been two; and “Many must go, mother. Why not I as well as Von Vincke had himself shown tendencies so another?” strooss at variance with those of his comrades that! “In other houses there are fathers; and in other he bai disarmed their fears. He had read Italian, families more sons than one."
and condescended to speak it ; he knew the old “The time has come, mother, in which no woman | bstory of their once great city, and would listen to should grudge either husband or son to the cause.
tbeto when they talked of their old doges. He But the thing is settled. I am already second Pored their churcbes, and their palaces, and their | colonel in a regiment which will serve with Gari
pictures. Gradually he had come to love Nina baldi. You would not ask me to desert my 1: Pepé with all his heart, and Nina loved him too colours ?” There was nothing further to be said. | with all her heart. But when her brother spoke to The Signora threw herself on her son's neck and
her and to her mother with more than his custo- wept, and both mother and sister felt that their
mary vehemence of what was due from them to | Carlo was already a second Garibaldi. When a ! their country, of the debt which certainly should be man is a hero to women, they will always obey
peil ber him, of obligations to him from which they i him. What could Nina do at such a time, but could not free themselves; and told them also, that promise that she would not see Hubert von Vincke by that time six months not an Austrian would be during his absence. Then there was a compact
fraid in Venice, they trembled and believed him, made between the brother and sister. · Di Sina felt that her love would not run smooth. During three weeks past,--that is, since the break
* You must be with us or against us,” said Carlo. fast at Bauer's, -Nina had seen Hubert von Vincke “Why then did you bring him here?” Nina but once, and had then seen him in the presence of
her mother and brother. He had come in one "Im I to suppose that you cannot see a man evening in the old way, before the quarrel, to take without falling in love with him?”
his coffee, and had been received, as heretofore, as a "Carlo, that is unkiod, -almost unbrotherly. friend, ---Nina sitting very silent during the evening, Was he not your friend, and were not you the first but with a gracious silence; and after that the to tell us how good he is? And he is good; no man mother had signified to the lover that he had better can be better.”
come no more for the present. He therefore came “He is a honest young man,” said the Signora. no more. I think it is the fact that love, though * He is Austrian to the back-bone,” said Carlo. no doubt it may run as strong with an Italian or
“Of course he is,” said Vina. “What should he with an Austrian as it does with us English, is not be?"
allowed to run with so uncontrollable a stream. "And will you be Austrian?” her brother asked. Young lovers, and especially young women, are
"Not if I must be an enemy of Italy," Nina more subject to control, and are less inclined to said. “If an Austrian may be a friend to Italy, imagine that all things should go as they would then I will be an Austrian. I wish to be Hubert's have them. Nina, when she was made to underwife. Of course I shall be an Austrian if he is my stand that the war was come,—that her brother was husband."
leaving her and her mother and Venice, that he * Then I trust that you may never be his wife," might fight for them, -that an Austrian soldier said Carlo.
must for the time be regarded as an enemy in that By the middle of May Carlo Pepé and Captain house,-resolved, with a slow melancholy firmness, von Vincke bad absolutely quarrelled. They did that she would accept the circumstances of her not speak, and Von Vincke had been ordered by destiny. the brother not to show himself at the house in the “If I fall,” said Carlo, “ you must then manage Campo San Lucam. Every German in Venice had for yourself. I would not wish to bind you after Ya become more Austrian than before, and every my death.” į Teaetian more Italian. Even our friend the captain | “Do not talk like that, Carlo."
nes come to believe in the war. Not only Venice "Nay, my child, but I must talk like that; and but Italy was in earnest, and Captain von Vincke it is at least well that we should understand each fotecaw, or thought that he foresaw, that a time other. I know that you will keep your promise
ci wretched misery was coming upon that devoted to me.” ? town. He would never give up Nina, but perhaps “Yes,” said Nina ; “I will keep my promise.”
it might be well that he should cease to press his "Till I come back, or till I be dead, you will sait till he might be enabled to do so with some- not again see Captain von Vincke; or till the cause thing of the éclat of Austrian success. And now be gained.” st last it became necessary that the two women “I will not see him, Carlo, till you come back,should be told of Carlo's plans, for Carlo was going or till the cause be gained.”
" Or till I be dead. Say it after me."
“I can be nothing - I shall be nothing,-unless I “Or till you be dead, if I must say it."
am your wife. Think how I must long for that But there was a clause in the contract that she which you say is so impossible. I do long for it : was to see her lover once before her brother left I shall long for it. Oh, Hubert! go and lose your them. She had acknowledged the propriety of her cause ; let our meu have their Venice. Then come brother's behests, backed as they came to be at last to me, and your country shall be my country, and by their mother; but she declared through it all that your people my people." As she said this she she had done no wrong, and that she would not be gently laid her hand upon his arm, and the touch treated as though she were an offender. She would of her fingers thrilled through his whole frame. see her lover and tell him what she pleased. She He put out his arms as though to grasp her in his would obey her brother, but she would see her embrace. “No, Hubert-no; that must not be lover first. Indeed, she would make no promise of till Venice is our owp.” obedience at all,-would promise disobedience in “I wish it were,” he said; “but it will never be stead, -unless she were allowed to see him. She so. You may make me a traitor in heart, but that would herself write to him and bid him come. This will not drive out fifty thousand troops from the privilege was at last acceded to her, and Captain fortresses." von Vincke was summoned to the Campo San Luca. "I do not understand these things, Hubert, and
The morning sitting-room of the Sigpora Pepé I have felt your country's power to be so strong, was up two pairs of stairs, and the stairs were not that I cannot now doubt it.” paved as are the stairs of the palaces in Venice. “It is absurd to doubt it." But the room was large and lofty, and seemed to “But yet they say that we shall succeed." be larger than its size from the very small amount “It is impossible. Even though Prussia should of furniture which it contained. The floor was of be able to stand against us, we should not leave hard, polished cement, which looked like variegated Venetia. We shall never leave the fortresses." marble, and the amount of carpet upon it was “Then, my love, we may say farewell for ever. about four yards long, and was extended simply I will not forget you. I will never be false to you. beneath the two chairs in which sat habitually the But we must part." Signora and her daughter. There were two large He stood there arguing with her, and she argued mirrors and a large gold clock, and a large table with him, but they always came round to the same and a small table, a small sofa and six chairs, and point. There was to be the war, and she would that was all. In England the room would have not become the wife of her brother's enemy. She received ten times as much furniture, or it would had sworn, she said, and she would keep her word. not have been furnished at all. And there were in When his arguments became stronger than hers, it no more than two small books-belonging both to she threw herself back upon her plighted word. Nina, for the Signora read but little. In England, “I have said it, and I must not depart from it. I in such a sitting-room, tables, -various tables, would have told him that my love for you should be have been strewed with books; but then, perhaps, eternal, -and I tell you the same. I told him that Nina Pepé's eye required the comfort of no other I would see you do more, -and I can only tell you volumes than those she was actually using.
so also.” He could ask her no questions as to the Nina was alone in the room when her lover came cause of her resolution, because he could not make to her. There had been a question whether her inquiries as to her brother's purpose. He knew
e should or should not be present; but Nina that Carlo was at work for the Venetian cause ; or, had been imperative, and she received him alone. at least, he thought that he knew it. But it was “It is to bid you good-bye, Hubert,” she said, essential for his comfort that he should really know as she got up and touched his hand, -just touched as little of this as might be possible. That Carlo his hand.
Pepé was coming and going in the service of the “Not for long, my Nina."
cause, he could not but surmise; but should au“Who can say for how long, now that the war is thenticated information reach him as to whither upon us? As far as I can see, it will be for very Carlo went, and how he came, it might become his long. It is better that you should know it all. duty to put a stop to Carlo's comings and Carlo's For myself, I think,-I fear that it will be for ever." | goings. On this matter, therefore, he said nothing, “For ever! Why for ever?”
but merely shook his head, and smiled with a “Because I cannot marry an enemy of Italy. I melancholy smile when she spoke of the future do not think that we can ever succeed."
struggle. “ You can never succeed."
“And now, Hubert, you must go. I was deter“Then I can never be your wife. It is so, mined that I would see you, that I might tell you Hubert; I see that it must be so. The loss is to that I would be true to you." me, not to you."
“What good will be such truth?” “No, no--no. The loss is to me,- to me." I “ Nay; it is for you to say that. I ask you for
“You have your profession. You are a soldier. no pledge.” I am nothing."
"I shall love no other woman. I would if I “ You are all in all to me."
| could. I would if I could-to·morrow.”
“Let us have our own, and then come and love amidst the mountains of the Southern Tyrol ; but me Or you need not come. I will go to you, nowhere, probably, during the war was there so though it be the furthest end of Galicia. Do not much continued fighting, or an equal amount enlook like that at me. You should be proud when dured of the hardships of military life. The task I tell you that I love you. No, you shall not kiss they had before them, of driving the Austrians from me. So man shall ever kiss me till Venice is our the fortresses amidst their own mountains, was an OV. There,—I have sworn it. Should that time impossible one, impossible even had Garibaldi been cons, and should a certain Austrian gentleman supplied with ordinary military equipments, but care for Italian kisses then, he will know where to ridiculously impossible for him in all the nakedness seek for them. God bless you now, and go." She in which he was sent. Nothing was done to enable Iade her way to the door, and opened it, and there him to succeed. That be should be successful was i nas pothing for him but that he must go. He neither intended nor desired. He was, in fact, then,
toached her hand once more as he went, but there as he has been always, since the days in which he || Tas no other word spoken between them.
gave Naples to Italy,--simply a stumbling block in "Mother,” she said, when she found herself again the way of the king, of the king's ministers, and of with the Signora, “my little dream of life is over. the king's generals. “There is that Garibaldi again, It has been very short."
--with volunteers flocking to him by thousands :“Say, my child, life is long for you yet. There what shall we do to rid ourselves of Garibaldi and i Jl be many dreams, and much of reality.”
his volunteers? How shall we dispose of them?" !! "I do not complain of Carlo,” Nina continued. That has been the feeling of those in power in Italy, ! " He is sacrificing much, perhaps everything, for --and not unnaturally their feeling, --with regard to | Tenice. And why should his sacritice be greater Garibaldi. A man so honest, so brave, so patriotic,
than mine? But I feel it to be severe, -very severe. so popular, and so impracticable, cannot but have Why did he bring him here if he felt thus ?” been a trouble to them. And here he was with
Jupe came, that month of June that was to be so 25,000 volunteers, all armed after a fashion, all fatal to Italian glory, and so fraught with success supplied, at least, with a red shirt. What should
for the Italian cause, and Carlo Pepé was again be done with Garibaldi and his army? So they * away. Those who knew nothing of his doings, sept him away up into the mountains, where his I knew only that he had gone to Verona-on matters game of play might at any rate detain him for some 1 of law. Those who were really acquainted with weeks ; and in the meantime everything might get ' the circumstances of his present life were aware itself arranged by the benevolent and impotent
that he had made his way out of Verona, and that interference of the emperor. Things did get thembe was already with his volunteers near the lakes, selves arranged while Garibaldi was up among the saiting for Garibaldi, who was then expected from mountains, kicking with unarmed toes against
Caprera. For some weeks to come, for some Austrian pricks, - with sad detriment to his feet. 1 montbs probably, during the war perhaps, the Things did get themselves arranged very much to
two women in the Campo San Luca would know the advantage of Venetia, but not exactly by the
Dothing of the whereabouts or of the fate of him interference of the emperor. i bom they loved. He had gone to risk all for the The facts of the war became known more slowly
ause, and they too must be content to risk all in in Venice than they did in Florence, in Paris, or in 'reznaining desolate at home without the comfort of London. That the battle of Custozza had been his presence ;--and she also, without the sweeter fought and lost by the Italian troops was known. confort of that other presence. It is thus that And then it was known that the battle of Lissu also women fight their battles. In these days men by had been fought and lost by Italian ships. But it boodreis were making their way out of Venice, was not known, till the autumn was near at hand,
and by thousands out of the province of Venetia, that Venetia had, in fact, been surrendered. There • 200 the Austrians were endeavouring in vain to were rumours, but men in Venice doubted these
stop the emigration. Some few were caught, and rumours; and women, who knew that their husi Bernt in prison ; and many Austrian threats were | bands had been beaten, could not believe that
ttered against those who should prove themselves success was to be the result of such calamities. to be insubordinate. But it is difficult for a garrison | There were weeks in which came no news from svatch a whole people, and very difficult indeed Carlo Pepé tu the women in the Campo San Luca,
Then there is a war on hand. It at last became a and then came simply tidings that he had been ; for that any man from the province could go and wounded. “I shall see my son never again,” said I benne a volunteer under Garibaldi if he pleased, the widow in her ecstasy of misery. And Nina i sol very many did go. History will say that they was able to talk to her mother only of Carlo. Of
were successful,- but their success certainly was Habert von Vincke she spoke not then a word. But Dot glorious.
she repeated to herself over and over again the last It was in the month of June that all the battles promise she had given him. She had sent him d that short war were fought. Nothing will ever away from her, and now she knew nothing of his Į be said or subg in story to the honour of the volun- whereabouts. That he would be fighting she preiteers who served in that campaign with Garibaldi, sumed. She had heard that most of the soldiers