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palm which had become very shaky by the constant lifting up of weights of brandy and water, looked hard in Pen's face, and said "Gracious Heavens, is it possible? Me dear boy, me dear fellow, me dear friend ;" and then with a look of muddled curiosity, fairly broke down with, "I know your face, me dear dear friend, but, bedad, I've forgot your name. Five years of constant punch had passed since Pen and Costigan met. Arthur was a good deal changed, and the Captain may surely be excused for forgetting him; when a man at the actual moment sees things double, we may expect that his view of the past will be rather muzzy.
Pen saw his condition and laughed, although, perhaps, he was somewhat mortified. "Don't you remember me, Captain?" he said. "I am Pendennis -Arthur Pendennis, of Chatteris."
The sound of the young man's friendly voice recalled and steadied Cos's tipsy remembrance, and he saluted Arthur, as soon as he knew him, with a loud volley of friendly greetings. Pen was his dearest boy, his gallant young friend, his noble collagian, whom he had held in his inmost heart ever since they had parted-how was his fawther, no, his mother, and his guardian, the General, the Major. "I preshoom, from your appearance, that you've come into your prawpertee; and, bedad, you'll spend it like a man of spirit-I'll go bail for that. No! not yet come into your estate? If ye want any thrifle, hark ye, there's poor old Jack Costigan has got a guinea or two in his pocket-and, be heavens ! you shall never want, Awthur, me dear boy. What'll ye have? John, come hither, and look aloive: give this gentleman a glass of punch, and I'll pay for't. Your friend? I've seen him before. Permit me to have the honour of making meself known to ye, sir, and requesting ye'll take a glass of punch."
"I don't envy Sir Charles Mirabel his father-in-law," thought Pendennis. "And how is my old friend, Mr. Bows, Captain? Have you any news of him, and do you see him still?"
"No doubt he's very well," said the Captain, jingling his money, and whistling the air of a song-"The Little Doo
deen" for the singing of which he was celebrated at the Fielding's Head. "Me dear boy-I've forgot your name again -but me name's Costigan, Jack Costigan, and I'd loike ye to take as many tumblers of punch in me name as ever ye loike. Ye know me name; I'm not ashamed of it." And so the captain went maundering on.
"It's pay-day with the General," said Mr. Hodgen, the bass singer, with whom Warrington was in deep conversation : "and he's a precious deal more than half seas over. He has already tried that Little Doodeen' of his, and broke it, too, just before I sang 'King Death.' Have you heard my new song, 'The Body Snatcher,' Mr. Warrington? -angcored at Saint Bartholomew's the other night-composed expressly for me. Per'aps you or your friend would like a copy of the song, sir? John, just 'ave the kindness to 'and over a Body Snatcher' 'ere, will yer?-There's a por trait of me, sir, as I sing it as the Snatcher-considered rather like."
"Thank you," said Warrington; "heard it nine times-know it by heart, Hodgen."
Here the gentleman who presided at the pianoforte began to play upon his instrument, and Pen, looking in the direction of the music, beheld that very Mr. Bows, for whom he had been asking but now, and whose existence Costigan had momentarily forgotten. The little old man sate before the battered piano (which had injured its constitution wofully by sitting up so many nights, and spoke with a voice, as it were, at once hoarse and faint), and accompanied the singers, or played with taste and grace in the intervals of the songs.
Bows had seen and recollected Pen at once when the latter came into the room, and had remarked the eager warmth of the young man's recognition of Costigan. He now began to play an air, which Pen instantly remembered as one which used to be sung by the chorus of villagers in "The Stranger," just before Mrs. Haller came in. It shook Pen as he heard it. He remembered how his heart used to beat as that air was played, and before the divine Emily made her entry. Nobody, save Arthur, took any notice of
old Bows's playing: it was scarcely heard amidst the clatter of knives and forks, the calls for poached eggs and kidneys, and the tramp of guests and waiters.
Pen went up and kindly shook the player by the hand at the end of his performance; and Bows greeted Arthur with great respect and cordiality. "What, you haven't forgot the old tune, Mr. Pendennis?" he said; "I thought you'd remember it. I take it, it was the first tune of that sort you ever heard played-wasn't it, sir? You were quite a young chap then. I fear the Captain's very bad to-night. He breaks out on a pay-day; and I shall have the deuce's own trouble in getting home. We live together. We still hang on, sir, in partnership, though Miss Em-though my lady Mirabel has left the firm.-And so you remember old times, do you? Wasn't she a beauty, sir?-Your health and my service to you,"-and he took a sip at the pewter measure of porter which stood by his side as he played.
Pen had many opportunities of seeing his early acquaintances afterwards, and of renewing his relations with Costigan and the old musician.
senators, English and Irish: and even members of the House of Peers.
As they sate thus in friendly colloquy, men of all sorts and conditions entered and quitted the house of entertainment; and Pen had the pleasure of seeing as many different persons of his race, as the most eager observer need desire to inspect. Healthy country tradesmen and farmers, in London for their business, came and recreated themselves with the jolly singing and suppers of the Back Kitchen,-squads of young apprentices and assistants, the shutters being closed over the scene of their labours, came hither, for fresh air doubtless,-rakish young medical students, gallant, dashing, what is called "loudly" dressed, and (must it be owned?) somewhat dirty, -were here smoking and drinking, and vociferously applauding the songs;young university bucks were to be found here, too, with that indescribable genteel simper which is only learned at the knees of Alma Mater;-and handsome young guardsmen, and florid bucks from the St. James's Street Clubs ;-nay,
The bass singer has made an immense hit with his song of "The Body Snatcher," and the town rushed to listen to it. A curtain drew aside, and Mr. Hodgen appeared in the character of the Snatcher, sitting on a coffin, with a flask of gin before him, with a spade, and a candle stuck in a skull. The song was sung with a really admirable terrific humour. The singer's voice went down so low, that its grumbles rumbled into the hearer's awe-stricken soul; and in the chorus he clamped with his spade, and gave a demoniac "Ha! ha!" which caused the very glasses to quiver on the table, as with terror. None of the other singers, not even Cutts himself, as that highminded man owned, could stand up before the Snatcher, and he commonly used to retire to Mrs. Cutts's private apartments, or into the bar, before that fatal song extinguished him. Poor Cos's ditty, "The Little Doodeen," which Bows accompanied charmingly on the piano, was sung but to a few admirers, who might choose to remain after the tremendous resurrectionist chant. The room was commonly emptied after that, or only left in possession of a very few and persevering votaries of pleasure.
Whilst Pen and his friend were sitting here together one night, or rather morning, two habitues of the house entered almost together. "Mr. Hoolan and Mr. Doolan," whispered Warrington to Pen, saluting these gentlemen, and in the latter, Pen recognised his friend of the Alacrity coach, who could not dine with Pen on the day on which the latter had invited him, being compelled by his professional duties to decline dinnerengagements on Fridays, he had stated, with his compliments to Mr. Pendennis.
Doolan's paper, the "Dawn," was lying on the table, much bestained by porter, and cheek-by-jowl with Hoolan's paper, which we shall call the "Day:" the "Dawn" was liberal-the "Day" was ultra conservative. Many of our journals are officered by Irish gentlemen, and their gallant brigade does the penning among us, as their ancestors used to transact the fighting in Europe; and
engage under many a flag, to be good friends when the battle is over.
"Kidneys, John, and a glass of stout," says Hoolan. "How are you, Morgan? how's Mrs. Doolan ?
Doing pretty well, thank ye, Mick, my boy-faith she's accustomed to it,' said Doolan. "How's the lady that owns ye? Maybe I'll step down Sunday, and have a glass of punch, Kilburn way.
" Don't bring Patsey with you, Mick, for our Georgy's got the measles," said the friendly Morgan, and they straightway fell to talk about matters connected with their trade-about the foreign mails -about who was correspondent at Paris, and who wrote from Madrid-about the expenses the "Morning Journal" was at in sending couriers, about the circulation of the Evening Star," and so forth.
Warrington, laughing, took the "Dawn" which was lying before him, and pointed to one of the leading articles in that journal, which commenced thus
"As rogues of note in former days, who had some wicked work to perform,-an enemy to put out of the way, a quantity of false coin to be passed, a lie to be told, or a murder to be done,-employed a professional perjurer or assassin to do the work, which they were themselves too notorious or too cowardly to execute; our notorious contemporary, the 'Day,' engages smashers out of doors to utter forgeries against individuals, and calls in auxiliary cut-throats to murder the reputation of those who offend him. A black vizarded ruffian, (whom we will unmask), who signs the forged name of Trefoil, is at present one of the chief bravos and bullies in our contemporary's establishment. He is the eunuch who brings the bow-string, and strangles at the order of the 'Day. We can convict this cowardly slave, and propose to do so. The charge which he has brought against Lord Bangbanagher, because he is a liberal Irish peer, and against the Board of Poor Law Guardians of the Bangbanagher Union, is," &c.
"How did they like the article at your place, Mick?" asked Morgan; "when The Captain puts his hand to it he's a tremendous hand at a smasher. He
wrote the article in two hours-in-whew -you know where, while the boy was waiting."
"Our governor thinks the public don't mind a straw about these newspaper rows, and has told the Docthor to stop answering," said the other. "Them two talked it out together in my room. The Docthor would have liked a turn, for he says it's such easy writing, and requires no reading up of a subject: but the governor put a stopper on him."
"The taste for eloquence is going out, Mick," said Morgan.
"Deed then it is, Morgan," said Mick. "That was fine writing when the Docthor wrote in the Phaynix,' and he and Condy Roony blazed away at each other day after day."
"And with powder and shot, too, as well as paper,' says Morgan. "Faith, the Docthor was out twice, and Condy Roony winged his man."
"They are talking about Doctor Boyne and Captain Shandon," Warrington said, "who are the two Irish controversialists of the 'Dawn' and the 'Day,' Dr. Boyne being the Protestant champion, and Captain Shandon the liberal orator. They are the best friends in the world, I believe, in spite of their newspaper controversies; and though they cry out against the English for abusing their country, by Jove they abuse it themselves more in a single article than we should take the pains to do in a dozen volumes. How are you, Doolan ?"
"Your servant, Mr. Warrington-Mr. Pendennis, I am delighted to have the honour of seeing ye again. The night's journey on the top of the Alacrity was one of the most agreeable I ever enjoyed in my life, and it was your liveliness and urbanity that made the trip so charming. I have often thought over that happy night, sir, and talked over it to Mrs. Doolan. Í have seen your elegant young friend, Mr. Foker, too, here, sir not unfrequently. He is an occasional frequenter of this hostelry, and a right good one it is. Mr. Pendennis, when I saw you I was on the 'Tom and Jerry' weekly paper; I have now the honour to be sub-editor of the 'Dawn,' one of the best written papers of the empire"-and he bowed very slightly to Mr. Warrington.
His speech was unctuous and measured, his courtesy oriental, his tone, when talking with the two Englishmen, quite different to that with which he spoke to his comrade.
"Why the devil will the fellow compliment so?" growled Warrington, with a sneer which he hardly took the pains to suppress. "Psha-who comes here? -all Parnassus is abroad to-night; here's Archer. We shall have some fun. Well, Archer, House up?"
"Haven't been there. I have been," said Archer, with an air of mystery, "where I was wanted. Get me some supper, John-something substantial. I hate your grandees who give you nothing to eat. If it had been at Apsley House, it would have been quite different. The Duke knows what I like, and says to the Groom of the Chambers, Martin, you will have some cold beef, not too much done, and a pint bottle of pale ale, and some brown sherry, ready in my study as usual; Archer is coming here this evening.' The Duke doesn't eat supper himself, but he likes to see a man enjoy a hearty meal, and he knows that I dine early. A man can't live upon air, be hanged to him."
"Let me introduce you friend, Mr. Pendennis," Warrington said, with great gravity. Pen, this is Mr. Archer, whom you have heard me talk about. You must know Pen's uncle, the Major, Archer, you who know everybody?"
"Dined with him the day before yesterday at Gaunt House," Archer said. "We were four-the French Ambassador, Steyne, and we two commoners."
"Why, my uncle is in Scot-" Pen was going to break out, but Warrington pressed his foot under the table as a signal for him to be quiet.
"It was about the same business that I have been to the palace to-night," Archer went on simply, "and where I've been kept for hours, in an anteroom, with nothing but yesterday's 'Times,' which I knew by heart, as I wrote three of the leading articles myself; and though the Lord Chamberlain came in four times, and once holding the royal teacup and saucer in his hand, he did not so much as say to me, Archer, will you have a cup of tea?" "
"Indeed! what is in the wind now ?" asked Warrington-and turning to Pen, added, "You know, I suppose, that when there is anything wrong at court they always send for Archer."
"There is something wrong," said Mr. Archer, "and as the story will be all over the town in a day or two I don't mind telling it. At the last Chantilly races, when I rode Brian Boru for my old friend the Duke de St. Cloud-the old king said to me, Archer, I'm uneasy about Saint Cloud. I have arranged his marriage with the princess Marie Cunegonde; the peace of Europe depends upon it-for Russia will declare war if the marriage does not take place, and the young fool is so mad about Madame Massena, Marshall Massena's wife, that he actually refuses to be a party to the marriage. Well, sir, I spoke to Saint Cloud, and having got him into pretty good humour by winning the race, and a good bit of money into the bargain, he said to me, Archer, tell the Governnor I'll think of it." "
"How do you say Governor in French," asked Pen, who piqued himself on knowing that language.
"Oh, we speak in English-I taught him when we were boys, and I saved his life at Twickenham, when he fell out of a punt," Archer said. "I shall never forget the queen's looks as I brought him out of the water. She gave me this diamond ring, and always calls me Charles to this day."
"Madame Massena must be rather an old woman, Archer," Warrington said.
"Dev'lish old-old enough to be his grandmother; I told him so," Archer answered at once. "But those attachments for old women are the deuce and all. That's what the king feels: that's what shocks the poor queen so much. They went away from Paris last Tuesday night, and are living at this present moment at Jaunay's hotel."
"Has there been a private marriage, Archer?" asked Warrington.
"Whether there has or not I don't know," Mr. Archer replied; "all I know is, that I was kept waiting four hours at the palace; that I never saw a man in such a state of agitation as the
King of Belgium when he came out to speak to me, and that I'm devilish hungry and here comes some supper.'
"He has been pretty well to-night," said Warrington, as the pair went home together: "but I have known him in much greater force, and keeping a whole room in a state of wonder. Put aside his archery practice, that man is both able and honest-a good man of business, an excellent friend, admirable to his family as husband, father, and son.' "What is it makes him pull the long bow in that wonderful manner?"
"An amiable insanity," answered Warrington. "He never did any body harm by his talk, or said evil of any body. He is a stout politician too, and would never write a word or do an act against his party, as many of us do."
66 Of us! Who are we?" asked Pen. "Of what profession is Mr. Archer?"
"Of the Corporation of the Goosequill-of the Press, my boy," said Warrington: "of the fourth estate."
"Are you, too, of the craft, then?" Pendennís said.
"We will talk about that another time," answered the other. They were passing through the Strand as they talked, and by a newspaper office, which was all lighted up and bright. Reporters were coming out of the place, or rushing up to it in cabs; there were lamps burning in the editors' rooms, and above where the compositors were at work the windows of the building were in a blaze of gas.
"Look at that, Pen," Warrington said. "There she is-the great engine -she never sleeps. She has her ambassadors in every quarter of the worldher couriers upon every road. Her officers march along with armies and her envoys walk into statesmen's cabinets. They are ubiquitous. Yonder journal has an agent, at this minute, giving bribes at Madrid; and another inspecting the price of potatoes in Covent Garden. Look! here comes the Foreign Express galloping in. They will be able to give news to Downing Street tomorrow funds will rise or fall, fortunes be made or lost; Lord B. will get up, and, holding the paper in his hand, and
seeing the noble marquis in his place, will make a great speech; and-and Mr. Doolan will be called away from his supper at the Back Kitchen; for he is foreign sub-editor, and sees the mail on the newspaper sheet before he goes to his own.'
And so talking, the friends turned into their chambers, as the dawn was beginning to peep.
IN WHICH THE PRINTER'S DEVIL COMES TO THE DOOR.
PEN, in the midst of his revels and enjoyments, humble as they were, and moderate in cost if not in kind, saw an awful sword hanging over him which must drop down before long and put an end to his frolics and feasting. His money was very nearly spent. His club subscription had carried away a third part of it. He had paid for the chief articles of furniture with which he had supplied his little bed-room: in fine, he was come to the last five-pound note in his pocket-book, and could think of no method of providing a successor: for our friend had been bred up like a young prince as yet, or as a child in arms whom his mother feeds when it cries out.
Warrington did not know what his comrade's means were. An only child, with a mother at her country house, and an old dandy of an uncle who dined with a great man every day, Pen might have a large bank at his command for anything that the other knew. He had gold chains and a dressing-case fit for a lord. His habits were those of an aristocrat,not that he was expensive upon any particular point, for he dined and laughed over the pint of porter and the plate of beef from the cook's shop with perfect content and good appetite,-but he could not adopt the penny-wise precautions of life. He could not give twopence to a waiter; he could not refrain from taking a cab if he had a mind to do so, or if it rained, and as surely as he took the cab he overpaid the driver. He had a scorn for cleaned gloves and minor economies.