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under her brother’s displeasure, not only on account of her present attachment to Philip, but from her conduct relative to Stephen, on which St. Oggs undertakes to pass an unfavorable judgment. She, berself, being condemned by the major part of the female voices, and being stigmatized by him with insincerity and double dealing, is at length actually turned out of his house by her implacable brother. In this condition she recurs to her former spiritual adviser, Dr. Kenn, who has previously interested himself in her case, and who, though friendly and sympathizing, endeavors but in vain to afford her substantial relief. As a last resort he prepares to leave St. Oggs, when a letter comes from Philip completely exonerating her from all attempts at equivocation or deceit in the transaction; too late, however, to repair the mischief which bad already been inflicted on her bodily and mental health ; another, also, from Stephen, pressing urgently his suit. To those who hare traced the story up to this point, and have perused the barrowing details till the interest has become almost agonizingly painful in this utter wreck of health and hope, though vainly wishing it otherwise, a feeling of relief even comes over the mind in presence of the "mutual forgiveness and joy connected with the final catastrophe.”
Returning to Dorlcote Mill, Maggie finds herself once more in sight of home and in company with her brother Tom, over wbom as also berself many changes have passed since they last met, yet his face is still turned away from her, and she feels in the desperate state in which she is placed as if her last hope was gone. Not thus, however, for her mother's arms are open to receive her, though herself in miserable destitution. Both find a temporary refuge with Mrs. Jakin, whose husband, Bob Jakin, is an old acquaintance of Tom, and who at different times has reappeared on the stage, affording them such help as was in his power. The rains have now commenced and the Floss is swollen with an unusual current, and fears are entertained and expressed of a repetition of destruction experienced in past years. Suddenly, however, it comes, and the angry river bursts its barriers and sweeps everything before itpenetrating Maggie's apartment, and in one night the cottage where she has taken shelter is borne away-Maggie herself is providentially saved in a boat, in the management of wbich she exhibits great skill and resolution and goes to seek her mother and brother Tom, who are in equal danger. The former cannot be found; the latter she discovers and words of reconciliation and forgiveness are just uttered, when a ner danger awaits them in the debris of the mill, floating down abreast the current directly in their path-the eventful moment arrives, and clasped
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in each other's embrace they sink beneath the waters, which close over them, giving a touching significance to the motto prefixed to the work itself, “in their death they were not divided.” Lucy and Stephen are united in marriage in after years, while Pbilip remains a solitary man lamenting a lost love.
Such is the material of the story, the plot of which the reader will perceive to be quite simple, and the wonder is, how in chronicling the words and actions of people insignificant in themselves and moving in a humble plane of life, to whose characters and conduct we even feel a degree of repulsion, the author has contrived to weave so charming a tale, giving an actuality to the scenes described and investing her personages with a human interest. The wonder ceases, however, when we ascribe the phenomenon to the inspiration of genius, which, in its creative embodiments and marvelous instincts, and in its ability to dramatize powerfully not only the incidents of the situation, but the conduct and language appropriate to it, produces an effect like the enchanter's magic-wand to which mere talent is never equal. The main fault in the volume is that there is too much of a leaning to minuteness of detail, the figures on the tapestry are too much overworked, calling attention to themselves rather than harmonizing with the bold and massive strokes of a grand outline to which they should be necessarily subordinate. The latter was the case with “ Adam Bede," and was undoubtedly one great source of its popularity with most readers, who are attracted by what is vigorous and novel, rather than by what is elaborate and finished, in a composition of this kind. Yet this, after all, has its merit, and it is only the same as saying that an author may have a different style of writing in different productions, and both be entitled to praise as promoting the end in view. The faulty excess of this tendency is seen in the epithets bestowed on the various personages who figure in the story, or, as we may term it, the side lights in which their character is revealed to us, where we have not only the worils uttered, but the tone and manner and all the accompaniments of the situation, which may be called the author's private mark, (as a single turn of the head or glance of the eye reveals the idiosyncracy of the individual in the conduct of every day life,) and which distinguishes the writer of the present fiction. Still further, we may mention as a defect in this volume, together with irrelevant digression, an undue inclination to moralizing and philosophical reflection. As compared with “ Adam Bede” the work is a decided advance on the latter, indicating in the author more vigor and maturity of intellect. The characters of the two children, Tom and Maggie, are exquisitely drawn, and the skill of the author in plunging the fortunes of her main personages, first in, and then conducting them out of the labyrinth in which tbey seem to be hopelessly involved, without doing violence to our human nature and sympathies, is worthy of especial comment. The book is characterized by a truer philosophy than that of “Adam Bede;" it has a more healthy and elevated religious tone—it is a book, in short, and this is the best thing we can say of it, which, thoroughly studied, cannot fail to improve the intellect and amend the heart.
STEDMAN'S LYRICS and Idyls.* _We have in this volume a collection of lyrics which were received with no little popularity when they first appeared in the New York Tribune. Among them we readily recognize “The Diamond Wedding,” and “How old John Brown took Harper's Ferry.” In addition, there are a large number of sonnets and odes which display some merit, and are now given to the public for the first time.
Lucile.t-This very readable poem, by Owen Meredith, the author of “The Wanderer,” and “Clytemnestra,” has been published by Messrs. Ticknor & Fields, in “ blue and gold."
Tylney Hall.I- This is one of the earliest productions of the genius of Thomas Hood. It was written before his pecuniary embarrassments, before the failure of his health, when the world was all bright before him. It was first published in 1834, and dedicated, by permission, to his Grace the Duke of Devonshire, who remained the warm friend of the poet to the last. This new American edition will be welcomed, we doubt not, by all who have learned to feel an interest in the works of one of the most popular of English writers.
* Poems, Lyrical and Idyllic. By Edmund CLARENCE STEDMAN. New York: Charles Scribner. 1860. 12mo. pp. 196. 75 cents. [T. H. Pease, New Haven.)
+ Lucile. By OWEN MEREDITH. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1860. 94mo. pp. 352.75 cents. [T. H. Pease, New Haven.)
I Tylney Hall. By Thomas Hoop. Poston: J. E. Tilton & Co. 1860. 12mo. pp. 479. $1.25. [T. H. Pease, New Haven.]
Miss Gilbert's CAREER.*_Dr. Holland, who is so well known as the author of "Bitter Sweet," and “Timothy Titcomb's Letters,” has bere made a first attempt in the department of prose fiction. In “Miss Gilbert's Career" he has given the public "an American story.” For this he has some unusual qualifications, among which are a fine appreciation of whatever is peculiar in our New England and American character, manners, and customs; and a ready tact in describing it. This it is which has given him much of his popularity; for people are never so well pleased with an author as when he describes such characters as they see every day, and such scenes as they are familiar with. We hope Dr. Holland will go on in the path upon which he has entered. American society presents a fine field for his good humored satire.
Odes or Horace. “BLUE and Gold Edition."4— Messrs. Ticknor and Fields have published a translation, in English verse, of the “Odes of Horace,” in “ blue and gold.” The translation is by Theodore Martin. The volume contains a sketch of the life of Horace; and a full supply of notes, which are illustrative rather than critical, and quite interesting from their literary character. The edition will be found to be a very convenient one.
BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.
The Book and its Story.f—The writer of this book published some time ago a little volume, to which she gave the somewhat singular title, “ The Missing Link.” We furnished some account of it on page 274 of the present volume. It was a simple narrative of her efforts in sending female colporteurs, or “ Bible women,” among that wre:ched class of people in London, who swarm in “tenement houses ” in such places as “ The Seven Dials." The success which these female colporteurs met with in circulating the Bible was such that her account of it has
* Miss Gilbert's Career. An American Story. By J. G. HOLLAND. New York : Charles Scribner. 1860. 12mo. pp. 476. [T. H. Pease, New Haven. Price $1.25.]
+ The Odes of Horace, translated into English verse, with a Life and Notes. By THEODORE MARTIN. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1860. 24mo. pp. 358. 75 cts.
t The Book and ils Story. A narrative for the young. By L. N. R., author of The Missing Link.” New York: R. Carter & Brothers. 12mo. pp. 463. VOL. XVIII.
been rapidly but quietly working its way into public favor and notice; and in July last, the London Quarterly made “ The Missing Link" the basis of its leading Article.
Another book now appears from the pen of the same authoress. It relates, however, to a different subject, and is of an entirely different character. It is written especially for young people, though many older in years will doubtless read it with interest and profit. It is the “Story” of the Bible; ils compositon and translation into all languages; the means by which it bas been circulated by individuals and hy societies; together with the sketches of the lives of those whose names are in any way identified with it. The book contains a great multitude of facts respecting all these subjects to which most persons do not have easy access.
Home Dramas For The DRAWING-Room.*_ This is a book which will afford many good bints to those who are interested in providing such amusements as will make bome attractive for young people, in the long evenings of winter. Some of the “ charades” in the collection are capital.
The Bobbin Bor.t-This is a capital story for young people. It professes to be the history of a poor boy, who by energy, industry, perseverance, application, and enthusiasın, achieved success in life. The intimation that the story is founded on fact, and that the account of the fortunes of " Nat, the bobbin boy," as here narrated, is the history, substantially, of the early struggles of Governor Banks, of Massacbusetts, has already obtained for the book very great popularity.
Our Bible Class, AND THE GOOD THAT CAME OF 11.1-This is a novel which professes to give the history of a village Bible Class, composed of young people of both sexes. The story is told of its foundation and its progress during several years, and we are allowed to see the "good that came of it,” by some account of the lives and fortunes of
* Home Dramas for Young People. Compiled by ElizA LEE FOLLEX. Boston : James Munroe & Co. 12mo. pp. 450. 1860.
+ The Bobbin Boy; or, how Nat got his Learning. An example for youth. By WILLIAM M. THAYER. 1860. Boston: J. E. Tilton & Co. 12mo. pp. 310.
Our Bible Class, and the good that came of it. By Miss CAROLINE E. FaisFIELD. New York: Derby & Jackson. 1860. 12mo. pp. 352.