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CHILDREN OF THE ABBEY 



BEGIN. V MARIA ROCHE. 






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'*A oiatebleM pair; 
AVith 4'qual rirtue formM uid equal grace, 
Tk« Mine. diHlingnipb'd by their aez alone: 
Ifeni the mild luiitre of the bloondng moro, 
And hi« the radiiiuqa of the riien day." 



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I iDtrm the ooltage hid mws'd, 
idbLDv crept nabtalf tovadt 



P Sut, iweet uylnm of 107 intho^ ! Oontent and InnoceDce reaide 
Weath your hamble roof, and Oharity onboostful of the good U 
readers. HatI, ye venerable trees! mj happieat honra of cMldisb 
gaiety were passed beneath your shelter; then carolesa as the bird* 
that acng upon joor boughs, I bnghed the hoars away, nor knew of 

Here Bnrely I shall be guarded from duplicity, and, if not happy, 
at least in some degree tranquil. Here unmoleBted may 1 wait, till 
the mde Btorm of sorrow ia overblown, and my father's arma are 
again expanded to receive me. 

Snch were the words of Amanda, as the chiuse (which alio had 
hired at a neighbouring village on qnitting the mail) tnmed down a 
little verdant lane, almost darkened by old trees, whose tnlerwovea 
branches allowed her scarcely a glimpse of her nnrse's cottage, till 
■he had reached the door. 

A number of tender recollections mahing upon her mind, rendered 
her almost unable to alight ; but her nnrse and her hnsband, who had 
been impatiently watching for the arrival of their fondling, asaiatet: 
«r; and tlie former, obeying the dictatea of nature and affeotion, 



10 CBILDRIII or THB IBBBT. 

tbose thej sung came in Uieir niitling winds, and were teen to ben!) 
with joy towards Uie sound of their pnuse." To proceed in the 
boantifti! lonpinge of Ossian: "the aonnd was monrnful and low, liWe 
the King of tbo tomb; ancb ns Fingnl beard when the crowded siglis 
of his bosoiii rose;" and, "Bome of mj heroes are low," said the 
grey-haired king of Morvon: "I hear the sound of death on the 
liarp. Ossian, touch tlio trorobling string. Bid the sorrow rise, that 
their spirits inay fly with joy to Morven'g woody hills." He lonched 
the harp before the king; the aonnd was rnonrnful and low. "Bend 
forwards from yonr elonds," he aaid; "gboats of my fathers, bend. 
Lay by tlie red terror of your coarae. Receive the falKng chief; 
whether he comes from a distant land, or rises IVom tbo rollii^ sea 
let his robe of mist be near, his iipear that is formed of a olond; 
place a half-eitinguished meteor by his side, in the form of the hero'a 
sword. And, oh ! lot his conntenance be lovely, that his friends rosy 
delight ia his presence. Bend from yonr clouds," he said, "ghoete 
of ray fathers, bend." 

The sweet enthusiasm which aroyie in Amanda's iilud from her 
preeent situation her carefd nnrso soon pnt an end to, by reminding 




fiflKn; to BiiD tfierefore, U> Hiin be niaei Uie fervent prs;er (or 
I fBdering abortive ever; iclieme of treachery." 

8h» prajed with &11 the ferveac; of devotion ; ber vandering 
I ^woghU'were nil redtraioed, &ad her passions gradaallj Bubaided into 

I "ffamied by a pare and ardent piety, that saored power ivhicb 
I ^omee with lieaiiiig on its wings to the afflicted children of humanity, 
1 ifae felt a placid hope epring in her heart, that whispered to it, all 
I wonld yet be well. 

Bbe rose traoqnil ond animated. Tbe inhabitaDts of the cottage 
I v*^ retired to repoM ; and Bbe heard do sonnd eave the ticking of 
1 tbe old clock troin the ontaide room. 8be went to the window, bdi- 
[ iwaing the white oalico curtain, looked down the valley; it'wa* 
I lllnininated by the beams of the moon, which tipt the trees with a 
I ahculowy Nlrer, and tlirew a line of radiance on tbe clear rivulet. 
I All waa still aa if creation slept npon the bosom of aerenity. Bere, 
I while contempUtiDg tlie soeao, a sodden flatter at tbe window 
I flUrtUd ber; and abe saw in & moment ailer a bird flit across, and 
I |wrch on a tree whose bongbs diaded tbe easement : a soft aerenail* 

Rls immediately begnn by tbe sweet and plaintive bird of sight. 
Amanda at lei^gtb dropped tbe curtain and songht repose ; it sooD 

bleat hec eyelids, and ahed a aweet ohUidon over all lier cares. 




FtnaLAI, the father of Amanda, was tbe iesoendant of oi 
Ihib bail;, whiah bad boweTer', nmbrtuiiately, attained the 



tS uaiLiiitEK or THE iDDsr. 

of iU prosperity long before hla entmnoe inlo life; eo that little tnOTt 
than the name, once dignified by iUaaCrious actions, was loft to itp 
posterity. The parents of Fitiftlan were supported by an employ- 
ment under goTsmment, which enabled them to wive a smiUl snra for 
their son, an only child, who, at an early perioJ, became ite soI» 
ir.aster, by their dying witMn a short period of each oUier. As soon 
w he had in some degree recovered the shock of snob calamJtiM, he 
laid out his little pittance in tlie purchase of a commission, as a pro- 
fession best sniting his inolinationa and finances. 

The war between America and France bad then just commenced; 
and Fitzalan's regiment waa amongst the first forces sent to the tail of 
the former. The scenes of war, though dreadlidjy affecting to a sonl 
of ciqnisite sensibility, such as he possessed, had not power to damp 
the ardour of his spirit; for with the name he inherited the hardy 
resolution of his progenitors. 

lie had once the good fortune to save the life of a British soldier: 
be was one of a small party, who, by the treachery of their guides, 
were suddenly surprised in a wood, through which they were obMged 
to pass, to join another detachment of the army. Their only way in 




CRILDRSn or THE AUBET IB 

Tlteflrst appeonince of tbe officers at the Abbey, was at a ball give»> 
bj laily Diioreath, in coiiseqnence of their nrrival nenr il; the goltito 
■parttnunts were Oecorated, and lighted up with a eplendonr that at 
once diepUfeiJ taste and inogmBccDce: the Ughls, the mniilo, tha 
brilliancy and onoaaal gaiety of the company, all gave to the spirit* 
of Melvina an agreeabte tlnlter they had never before experienced; 
and a brighter biooin than usual stole over ber lovely obeek. 

The young co-heiresBea were eitremely admired by the military 
heroes. Malrina as the eldest opened the ball with the oolonel: her 
farta had attracted the eyes of Fil^atan, and vainly be attempted to 
withdraw them, till the Uvely oonversation of Angnsta, who honoured 
him with her hand, forced hini to restrain Im glanceB, and pay her 
the sprightly attention aa generally eipeeted — when he came to turn 
o Holvinft, be involuntarily detained her hand for a moment; ehd 
blosbed, and the timid beam that stole from her h^-averted cyea 
agibited Ma whole sool. 

Partnere were changed in the course of the evening, and he seized 
the 6ret opportunity that offered for engaging her; the softncsa of 
her voice, the siraplioity yet elegance of her language, now (snptivated 
Ills beert, as much as her form had charmed bis eyes. 

Kever had he before seen an object be thought ball bo lovely or 
engaging; with ber he could not support that lively strain of conver- 
sation he bad done with her sister. Where the heart is mach inter* 
eetcd, it wiQ not admit of trilling. 

fitcalan was now in the meridian of mmiliood; Ills stature waa< 
above tlie common size, and elegance and dignity were conspicnouaia 
it ; liis features were regularly bondsome, and the fiurness of bis foro- 
head proved what his complexion bad been, till change of ollmata 
and hardship had embrowned it ; the exprewdon of bis conntenanos 
WBi somewhat plaintive; his eyes bad a sweetness in them, thai 

1 spoke a aonl of the tendorest feelings; and the smile that played 
around liis moutli would hare adorned the face of female beauty. 
When the dance wiUi Ludy Malvina was over, Lady Augustn took 
rare for tlie remainder of the evening to engro^ all his attention. 
Slie Uiought him by far the handsomest man in t)ie room, and gava 
Itim no opportunity of avoiding ber; gallantry obliged Uiin to return 
hw aaeldnitiea, and he was hy'hls brother otlicers set down in the list 
pf her adorers. This ini'lahe lie enconiagcd; he ronM bear raillery- 






ID cniLDDKN or the adbbt. 

on flo iudifTprcnt Eubjoct ; and joined in the miitli, whicb the idea of 
tuB lapng siege to tbe jonng heiress occAsioned. 

He deluded Limself with no falae hopes relative to tbe reid object 
of his passion ; lie knew the obslAcles between them were insuperable ; 
but his heart waa too proud to oompldn of fat«; ho ahoiik off all 
appearance of melancholy, and eeemad more animated than ever. 

Hi:) visits at the Abbe; became oonstant ; Lady Augusta took them 
o herself, and encouraged liis attentions ; as her mother rendered her 
lierfect mistress of her own actions, she bad generally a levee of red 
ooats every morning in her dreesing-room. Lady Jlalvina seldom 
appeared; she was at those times almost always employed in reading 
a her father; when that was not the cose, her own fiivourite avooa- 
ions often detuned her in her room ; or else she wandered out, abont 
the romantic rocks on the sea sliore ; she delighted in solitary ramMos, 
and loved to visit the old peasants, who told her tales of her deported 
mother's goodness; drawing tears of sorrow from her eyes, at the 
irreparable loss she had sustained by her death. 

Fitzalon went one morning as usnal to the Abbey to pay his constant 
visit; OS he went through the gallery which led to Lady Angnslu's 




CHICDRIX or THit ABBET 17 

li>d««il," saiil Malvina, with a more pen^ve voice than usuul, luid loil 
tlie wHy Ui her sister's dresgiDg-room. 

LftdfAagaatawasapangling some ribbon; bnt at FitzaLm's entrance 
ebe threw it asi^e, and asking if he hud been admiring her picture. 
Tea, he Eaid, 'twas that alone had prevented hia before paying bia 
homage to tlie original. lie proceeded in a etrain of compliments, 
vhich bad more gallantrj than sincerity in them. Id the c< 
of their trifling, he snatched a knot of the spangled ribbon, and 
pinning it neit hia heart, declared it should remain there as a toll: 
■gainst all future impressiona. 

Be stole a glance at Lady Ualvina, — she held a book in lier hand; 
tint her eyes were tnmed towards him, and a deadly paleness i 
spread her conntenance. 

fltzalon's spirit Tanished ; he started and declared he moat be gODO 
immediately. Tlie dqecCion of Lady Malvina dwelt npon liia heart; 
it flattered its fondness, but pained its sensibility. Ue lelt llie fort it 
the evening imraediotoly after he had retired from the mess; he 
strolled to tlie seft-side, and rambled a coDGiderable way among the 
rocks. The scene was wild and solemn ; the shadows of evening v 
beginning to descend ; the waves stole with low mnrmnrs upon 
fhore, the soft breeze gently agitated the marine plants that grow 
amongst Uie crevices of the rooks ; already were the sea fowl, with 
harsh and melancholy criea, flocking to their nests, some lightly skim- 
ming over the surface of the water, while others were seen, like dark 
olonds, rising from the long beatb of the neighboring hills. Fttzalan 
pQiBOed his way in deep and melancholy meditation, from which a 
plaintive Scotch air, anng by the melljng voice of harmony itself, 
roused him. Ue looked towards the spot &om whence the sonnd 
proceeded, and beheld Lady Malvina standing on a low rock, 
projection of which afllbrded her support. Nothing could be more 
pictnresijne tlian her appearonc* : she looked like one of the beautiful 
tbrms, which Ossian so often describes ; her white dress flattered 
with tlie wind, and her daik hair hnng dishevelled around her. 
FiiwdHH moved softly and stopped behind her; siie wept as she sung, 
and wiped away her tears as she ceased singing: and she sighed 
heavily. "Ah, my mother," she e»olaimed, "why was Malvins 
briiind yout" 

''To blew and improve mankind," cried Fitzalau, She acreanedj 



18 CHILDREN or rax ABStr. 

and would bare lUlen, had be not caught her iu hii arms : he pfuvailm) 

on her to sit donn upun the rook, and alloiv him to support her, liU 
tlie ugitalion bad sntuiided. "And whf," cried be, "sbcuUd lady 
Ualvina give way to inelanohol]', bleased as she is with oil Chut cou 
render bl'e desirable I Why seek its indnlgence by nunbling abont 
tbeee dreary rocks," fit haunts uloae, he loiglit h&ve added, for tvreloh- 
e-iness and nie) "Can I help wondering at your dtjettion," (contio- 
ued be) "when lo all appearance, (at least) 1 iieeyou posscs^ied of erery 
thing requisito to constitote felidtyl" 

" Appearances are olten dcoeitfiil," said Malviua, (forgetting in that 
moment tlio cautiou ehe had hitherto inviolably observed, of never 
hinting at the ill, treatment she had received from the ooantesB rf 
Dunreath and her daughter.) "Appearances are often deceitful," she 
•aid, "as I, alasi too latally experience. The glare, the ostentation 
of wealtli, a soul of eensibility would willingly regigQ for privacy and 
ptainnesa, if tbey were to be attended with real friendship and 
sympathy." 

"And how few," cried Fitzalan, turning his eipressive eyes njion 
her face, " can know Lady Ualvina without feeling ftiendHhip for her 
iHthy for her Borrows." Aa he spoke, be preesed her 




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CB1I.08KN OF THE iBBIT- IB 

Kueqttible, 1 am not sspiring," He then presented Lis band to 
UttiTJosi Bhe deecmded from her seat, and the; walked towahjs the 
Abbe;. Ijidj Uolvioa's pa«t) woa slow ; mnd hsr blushes, had Fitzalan 
looked «t her, wwld have eipreaaed more pleasaro tbui rcseniiDent; 
Khe e«eiiuNl to expect & itill farther JeohLration ; but Fitulan was too 
confiued to Bpeak; nor indeed was it his ioteotion Rguo to indulge 
himoetf on the daogerons BUlfject:. They procaeded in ailcnc«; &t the 
Abbe; gate they stopped and he wiaiied her good night. ^' Shall wb 
not noon see yoa at the Abbej ?" exclaimed Ladj Malvina in a flurried 
voice, which seemed to eB; she thonght her adieu rather an hoatj 
one. "No, my lovely friend," cried Fitialan, pauaicg, -whiio be 
looked OD her with tho mo«t oomfiasBionbte tenderness, '^ In future I 
^all cliiefly coDfioe myself to the fort." "Do yon dread an inva- 
'■iont" atked she, smiling, vrbile a stolen glance of her eye gave a 
pe<^]iar meaning to her wordti. " I long drended that," cried he, in 
tbe same strain, "and uiy fears were well founded; but 1 must now 
muster all my powers to di-tlodgo the enemy." Ue ki&sed her hand and 
then predpitately retired. 

Lady UalrinB repaired to her chamber in eooh tnmnlt of pleasure 
■a she had never before e!i|<crienced, She admired FitzaliLU from the 
-first evening she beheld him; though bis attenUona were directed to 
her sister, the language of his eyes to her contradicted any attauh- 
'luent these attentions niigbt have intimated ; his gentleneHs and 
•rauibility seemed congemul to her own. Hitherto she had been the 
tlave of tyranny and caprice ; and now, for the first time, experienced 
tbat sootiiing tendcrneHS, her wounded feelings had so long sighod 
tor. She was agitated and delight«d{ she overlooked every ol«tacle 
to her wishee, and wai»d impatiently a fiulher explanation of Fit«- 
alan's Mntiments. 

Far different were his feelings from here ; to know he was beloved, 
could scarcely yield him plsasure, wlicn he reflected on his hopeless 
aitoatioii, whicli forbade Lis avaihng himself of any advantage lliflt 
knowledge might have aflbrded. Of a union indeed, he did not dare 
to think, since its conseqncno<M he knew must be destruction ; for, 
rigid and anst«re as the earl was represented, he conld not flatter 
himself he woold ever pardon snch a step ; and the means of support- 
ing Lidy Malvina, in any degree of comfort, he did not posseaa him 
He determined, as mncL as possible, to avoid her piemooe, ar.d 



to 



LDRia or 



r^^retted oondnuBllf having yielded to the impulse or his heaH, uid 
revealed hU love, since he believed it had augmented hers. 

By degrees he discontinoed hia viaits at the Abbey; but often mot 
Lady Malvina at parties in the neighbonrhood; caotiui:, however, 
always sealed hia lips, and every appearance of particnlarity van 
Rvoided. The time now approached for the departnre of the regi- 
luent to Scotland ; and Lady Molvina, instead of the ezplaoatiou she 
BO fondly expected, BO ordeatly desired, saw Fitzalan studions to 
avoid lier. 

The disappointioent this condnot gave rise to was too mach for the 
tender and romantio heart of Malvina to bear, without secretly 
repiuiog. Society grew irksome; ahe became more than ever 
attached to solitarj rambles, which gave her opportonities of indnlg- 
ing her sorrows withont reatraint; sorrows, pride oi\en reproached 
her for experiencing. 

It was within a week of ibe change of garrison, when Malvina 
repured one evening to the rock, where Fitzal&n had discloaed his 
tenderness ; a siinilarity of feeling led him thither ; he snw his dan- 
ger, but he had no power to retreat; ha sat down by Malvina, and 
they conversed for some time on different snttjecta; at last, after a 




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•bonliler and wept, " Good Heavens," oried FitiBlan, almost Irc^n- 
bling beneath the lovel; burden he supported — "'Wliat a cruel flitu- 
ktion it miael But, Malvioa, I will not, caiinot plunge jou iut/t 
deetructioo. Led b^ necessit; as well us cboioe to eitibraca the pro 
fuwion of a soldier, I Lave no income, but wbat is derived froia that 
(irofeesion: though my own diBtreeses 1 could bear with .".jrtitude, 
j-otirs would toUllj nnnian me; nor would m; hononr be leea injured 
than my peace, were jou involved in diffionlties on mj account. 
Our separation is therefore, alas, inevitable." 

"Ohl DO," oxolaimed Malvina, "the dtlScolties jon have men- 
tioned will vaniiib. My father's affections were early alienated from 
me; and my late is of little consequence to him — nay, I have reason 
to believe he will be glad of an eicuse for leaving fais large posses* 
aions lo Augustai and ohl how little shall I envy her those poflseti- 
aiona, if the happy destiny I now look forward to is mine." A» 
ehe spoke her mild eyes rested on the face of Fitzolan, who cLisped 
her to his bosom in a sudden transport of tenderness. " But though 
my laliier is partial to Augusta," continued she, "I am sure he will not 
be nnnatnral to me ; and though he may withhold alfluence, he will, 
] am confident, allow me a competence — nay, Lady Dnnreath, I 
believe, in pleasure at my removal from Uie Abbey, would, if ho 
beaitated, in that respect become my intercessor." 

The energy with which Malvina spoke, convinced Fitzalan of th« , 
strength of her affection. An eitsfy, never before felt, pervaded his 
soul at the idea of bring BO beloved; vainly did prudence whisper, that 
Malviua might be deluding hereelf with false hopes; tlie eugge»tions 
of love triumphed over every consideration, and ngnin folding the fair 
being he held in his arms, to his heart, he soft y asked, wonld she at 
all events unite her destiny with liis. 

Lady Udvina, who firmly believed wbat she had sold to him would 
really happen, and who deemed a separation from him the greatest 
ntiafurinne which could possibly beliiU her, blushed, and faltering, 
yielded a willing consent. 

The means of accomplishing their wishes occupied their thonghta 
Fitxalan'a Ima^nation was too fertile not soon to suggest a scheme, 
which had a probability of sncoees; be resolved to intmst the cliap' 
loiu of the regiment with the affair, and request bis attendance tba 
eawiing night in the chapel of the Abbey, where Lady Malvlna pro-^ 



....^.-.- uL jcnptii rcniin<lo(l tliom 
niir: Fitznlaii t'onducted Malvinu to the Abbf'V 
tiiv-'i]. each iiivolvtMl in a tmniilt ot' hope-', loai*s, 
L' iK'xt iiioriiinj Lady Malvina brought her worl 
iiig-room ; at last fitzalan entered : he was atta> 
is long absence, which he ezoosed by pleading i 
After trifling some time with her, he preraiied 
L to the harpsiohord; and than gjUmdng at MalTi 
romiaed aignaL 

r oonadons eyea were instantly bent to the gn 
was suddenly aacceeded by a deadly paleaesa; 
her bosom ; and her agitation mnst have excited > 
en perceived; bnt Fltsalan purposely bent over . 
gave her an opportunity of retiring unnoticed ft\ 
on as she had regained a little compoeure^ she eal 
!ter receiving many promises of seorecy, unfolded to 
It was long past midnight hour ere MaMna t 
ing to the dhapd ; when she at last rose for that 
'ed universally; a kind of horror chilled her hei 
* she was about doing wrong, and hesitated; 1 
td on the noble generosity of Fitzalan, and that si 
tated him to the measure they were about taktaj 
a over ; and leaning on her maid, she stole thrai 
eries, and lightly descending the stairs, enteied 
terminated in a dark arched pasfvum *^^-^ 



Tlie lljbt which the m&id beld produced deep thadEiwB that hetglit- 
l Aed the solmnnltir of the {dace. 

" Tbej are not here," scud Uolvino, eneting her fearful eyes nronnd. 
I She went lo t)ie door which opened into the llitck wood; but here 

f only heard the breeze mstling amongst the trees; fhe tamed 
I tnm it, and sinking opon the Bteps of the altar, gave way to an 
I Hgnnj of tears and lamuntAtiona. A low mnrmnf reached her ear; 
I Ae st&rt^d Dp ; the chapel door was gentlj pnshcd open, and Iltzalan 
mtered witli the chaplain ; they bnd been watching in the wood for 
I tte pppearanoo of light. Malvina was supported to the altar, and a 

tr minates made her the wife of Fitzalan. 

She had not conrage, till within a day or two previoua to the 

■ nglment'a departore from Scotland, to acquaint the earl with her 
' marriage; the connteaa already knew it, through the means of 

Halvina's woman, who waa a creatore of her own. Lady Dunreath 

exulted at the prospect of MalTlna'a min; it at once gratified the 

malevolence of her gonl, and the avaricioas deures she had of 

^increasing her own danghler's fortune: °he had, hesidea, another 

KTMson to rejoice at it: thia woa, the attachment Lady AngQsta had 

■ liMTnod for Fitzalan, which, her mother feared, would have preci- 
Bfiltated her into a et«p as imprndcnt as her siHtcr'H, had she not been 
■iafore with her. 

m This fear the impetnons passion of Lady Angn.<ita natnrally excited, 
vflhe really loved Fitzalan : a degree of ttantio rage possessed her tt 
■Ml marriAge; she cnrsed her sister in the bitterness of her heart, 
hM joined with Lady Dnnreatb in worlung up the earl's natnrally 
■^rte r e and violent passion into sach a paroiysm of tViry and resent- 
UMnt, that he at last solemnly refused forgiveness to Malvina, and bid 
MttB sever more appear in his presence. 

B- She now began to tread tlie thorny path of life; and thocgh ber 
Bplde was tender and atfectionate, nothing could allay her -anguish 
Hbv IiKving Involved htm in difflcultiea, which his noUe spirit could 
■1 brook or strnggle agunst The first year of their nnion she had s 
Bpw, who was called alter her father, O^icar Dunreath : the four yearr 
i- lh*t mraevded his birth were passed in wretchedness that baffles 
I dtaeriptinn. At the tipimtion of this period their debts were m 
l-|MrMeed, Fitzalan was compKllsd to sell.ont on half-pay. Ladf 
BJttJrIna now expected an additiDO to her family; her situslioo, (he 



t4 CHILDRBS OF IHE ABBET. • 

bop«d, wouM move her fother's heart, and slie rcsdlved to cawy 
ovory tiling wliich aSbnied the Bmalleat prospect of obtaining comfort 
for her husband aotl bis babes: therefore lUie proTailed on him to 
carry her to Scotland, 

They lodged at a peasant's in the neighbonrhood of the Abbey; ha 
informed them that the earl's infimiities were inorcasing, and lha.t 
lady Danreath had jnst celebrated her danghter'a marriage with the 
marquie of Roeellue. This nobleman had passionately admired Lady 
Malvina: an admiration the countess always wiaheJ to tmnsfar to 
her daughter. On the marriage of Malvina he went abroad: hi* 
passion was conquered ere he returned to Scotland ; and he disdained 
not the OTurtures made for Lis alliance from the Ahbey. His 
favourite propenFities, pride and avarice, were gratified by thi) earl 
of Dunrealh's sole heiress. 

The day after her arrival Ladj Malvina sent little Oscar, with tho 
old peasant, to the Abbey: Oscar was a perfect cbemb. 




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jtn to met" uiid tlio earl. "Because sbe said," ericd 0«c&r, "IhM 
jva are my grandpapa — and she bids me love jou, and teacbcs lue 
BTery dny to pray for you." "'neaTen bleeeyon, my lovoly prattler," 
excluuied Che earl, with sudden enj^tiou, paitiug his bead aa be spoke. 
At this moraeDt Lady Dunreatb niahed into tbe apartmeTit; one of her 
favoarites had followed Iier, to relate the scene that was going 
forward within it, and she retorced with aJ! poeaible eipeditiOD to 
connuract any dsngeroos impressions that m1(;bt be made upon the 
tarVs mind. Eage inflamed her conntenanee: the earl knew the 
vloleaoe of her temper; he was unequal to contention, and Laatily 
motioned for the peasant to retire with the child. The account of hii 
reception eiclted the most Sattcring hopes in the bosom of his 
mother; she counted the tedious boors, in eipeetallon of a kind 
> the Abbey; bat no snch siunmons came. The next 
g the child was sent to it ; but the porter refused bim admit- 
i, by the cipress command of the earl, he said. Frightened at 
kta rudeness, the child returned weeping to bis mother, whose blasted 
expectations wi-ung her heart with agony, and tears and lamontationi 
broke from her. The evening was far advanced, when suddenly her 
fntnrei brightened; "I wil! go," cried she, starting ap — "1 will 
■l^n try to melt his obduracy. Oh I with what lowliness should a 
{^■Qd bend before an offended parent. Oh I with what fortitude, what 
uice, shoold a wife, a motljer, try to overcome difficulties, which 
a of Laving precipitated Iho object of her tomicresl 

'Tht night was dark and tempestuous : she would not snSer Filzatan 
■ to attend ber, but she proceeded to the Abbey, leaning on the peas- 
ant's arm. She wonld not bo repulsed at the door, but forced her way 
into (he bail : here Lady Dunreatli met her, and, with mingled pride 
ud cruelty, refused her access to her father, declaring it was by bj( 
_terire she did bo. "Let me but see him for a moment," said the 
'tly Buppliaat, clasping her white and emaciated hands together — 
'"dy all that is tender in humanity, I beseech you to grant my 
fvqueet." "Turn this frantic woman from tie Abliey," said tlie 
implacable Lady Dnnreath, trembling with passion — "at your peril 
fuffor her not to continue bore. — The pence of year lord is too pre- 

fcdolIS to be disturbed by licr otcluiiiations.'' 
This Impeririti* ordpr Wftii hWnnilv "Ipt-ved, Iboufrb, ii Cordelia 
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MjB, " it was a niglit when one n'oold Qot h&ye (nmed an enemj'i 
dog from the door." The ruin poured down in torrents: the sea 
roared with awful violence : and tlie wind raged lhroii(;!i tbe woimI bb 
if it would tear np Iho trees b^be roots, Tbc peasant ciiiivi tably 
Sang hia pkad over Mnlvina; sm moved inecbanicolly along; liur 
ieoses appeared quite stupefied; Fitzalan wat^jhatUur Iter at tlw dour; 
she niebed luto bi» eit«n<lE!d arms, and fainted, and it was long era 
■be showed any symptomB of retnming life. Fitialan wept over her 
in the aeguiab and dietraction of hia goal; and scarcely could lie for- 
bear eiecratiug the being who had so gricvonsly afflicted lier geiitla 
q Tit ; by degrees she revived, Bud as she pressed liim feebly to her 
breast, exclaimed, "The fatal stroke is given — 1 have been turned 
from my father's door." 

The cottage Id which they lodged aSbrdcd but few of the necessa- 
ries, and none of Iho camfurts of ttfe ; «uch at least, aa they had been 
accustomed to. la Malvina's present situation, Fitzalan dreaded tlie 
loss of her life, shoitid they continue in their prcseut alKidc; but, 
whitlier ooiild ho take bcr, wanderer ns ho was upon the face of tlia 
earth? At length the faitliAd Edwin occurred to bis recollection; his 




caiLDsiK or IBS a o s z y ST 

I (vproachin); Iter bHrhnritj. "Oh cniell" the ghastly fignre seemed 

j' lu My, " is il you, wlioni I foatereJ in my biwoin, ihnt liove June 
iloed — driven forth my child, a fui'luru aud wretchod wiui- 

Uli Cunscieace, how awful are ttiy terrors I thou art tlie vice];erurit 
bof benven, and anticipate its vengeance, ere the GdiiI hour of rutrilMi- 
rrivos. Guilt lany be triatiijiliant, hut never, never I'lili l^f 
: it RmU no shield against iJiy j(ting» and arm wa. The hi-ur' 
ruitest hlevds in every pore, and siiflia amidst guiuty anil :«[ilvii- 

Tl.e unfortnDnte travellers were welooraeil with the truest hospiial- 
If by by the graiel'ul Edwin; ho hod marrleil, soon utter his return tri>iu 
T Auieriofl, a young girl to whom, from hii earUest youth, he was 
l-tMiaclied. Ilis parents died soon after hia anion ; the whole of thifir 
1* Utile patrimony devolved to hiu). Suotlied and attended with the 
it tenderness and respect, Fitzalnu hoped I^dy Mutvioa n->uld 
u bere r^nin her Ijenllh and [leace: he intended after her recovery, to 
^«ndenvunr to lie put on full pay ; and trusted he should prevail on 
o continue nt tlie (arm. 
1- At laugth the hour oame, in which aha gave n daughter to liis arms. 
I from tlio beginning of her illnesa, the people about Iier were alirm-id ; 
J toil soon woa it proved tlieir alarms were well fnundud ; she lived 
iMifter tli« birtli of her infant hut a few minutes, and died embracing 
[ tier husband, and blessing bis child. 

Fitzalon's feelings cannot well be deacribed ; they were at tirst loo 
I tnncli lor reason, and he continued some time in perfect etu|iefiiotion, 
i When tie regained Ids sensibility, his grief was not oulrogeons ; it 
19 tlint deep, still sorrow, which fastens on the heart, and cannot 
VTent iteelf in tears or lamentations ; he sat with calmness by the bed, 
irliere the remaioa of Molvina lay ; he gazed witliont shrinking, on 
vlier pale lace, which death, as if in pitj to his feellnifj, had not disligi 
^<1ired ; lie kiksed lier cold lips, continually ozcluming, '^ Oh I lind we 
r met, she might still have been living." His language wa* 
kissiaetkinglike that ofa poet of her own country; 

Wh, modflt. DrliaBQn-l]pp«d Saver, 
I mat ibH Id a lucliku lioor. 

Itwaa when he saw them about mruiiviBg her that all the temrwEt 



SB CIIILDKHN OF THE ABBBT. 

'if Ilis griof broke forth. Oh ! Low impossible to deacrilio the nnpjisli 
of the I'oor widower's heart when he retiimod from seeing his Mal- 
TiUB kid in lier lni<t receptacle I lie shut himself ap In tlie rttuiu 
where she had expired, Rud ordered no one to opproaeh liira ; lie 
threw himself npon the bed; he lud his cheek upon her pillow, he 
BT:i''<|>e<l it to his tiosom, he wetted it witii tears, because slie lind 
tuiMlhcd npon it. Oh how etill, how drearj, how desolate, did ult 
iip|)ear around him 1 " And shall this desolaiioo never more be 
enlivened," he exclaimed, "by the soft mnsio of Jlalvina's voice? 
sliidl these eyea never more be cheered by beholding her angello 
face?" Exhausted by his feelings, he snnk into a slumber; he 
dreamed of Mulvina, and thought she lay beside him ; he awoke witJi 
sudden extasy, and, under I^e strong impression of the dream, he 
stretched ont liii arms to enfold her. Alas I all was empty void : he 
started up : he groaned in the hitt«n]eas of his son! : lie traversed the 
room witii a distracted pace; he sat him down in the little window 
frora whence he could view the spire of the church (now glistening 
in the moon-beams), by which she was interred. " Deep, still, and 
profound," cried he, " is the sleep of my Malrina — the voice of love 




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traried," he said, "as the w[|« ot' a wretched xildier, uot as the 
daughter of a wiioltliy pevr." 

She had reqaesteil her inf^int migljt l>o colled utter her own mother; 
. her reqaest was sacred to Fitznlno, and it was ba[itized b; the anited 
L;||aiQe» of Amanda Molviaa. Mrs. Edwin was tlicn aursing her flret 
l^rl : hnt bLe sent it out, and touk the iulont of Fitzaiiui in its platv 
^ Id her boMm. 

The 'none/ which Fit^alon hod procured b; disposing of bis com- 
B.SUreiuD, was now nearlj oKliaitsled; bat his miad was loo enervated 
B to allow birn to think of an; project for future support, Ladj Ual- 
B'Vitia was deceased two montlis, when a nobleman caiiio into the 
idghboiirhouJ, with whom Filzalan had once be«a intimately 
[acquainted; the acquaintance waa now renewed; and Fitzalun'a 
I appesrance, with the little history of bia misfortunes, so much 
affected and interested hia friend, tliut without Btriicitatiim he pro- 
cured him a company in a regiment, then stationed in Englnnd. 
Thus did Fitzalan again enter inin active life; but bis spirits were 

Ibrofcen, and his constitution injured. Four jrenrs he continned in the 
ifrmy; when pining to have hh children (all tliat now remained of a 
iroman be adored) undet' hia o^i care, lie obtained, thmutth the 
|llt«reet of a friend, leave to sell out ; Oscar waa then eight, and 
Amanda four ; the delighted father, aa be hulil them to his heart, 
vept over them tears of mingled pain anil pleasure. 
He had seen in Devonshire, where be was ijuartereJ for some time, 
• little roniantio aohtude, quite ailapted to Us taste and finances: he 
proposed for it, and soon became lis proprietor. Iljtber be carried 
Jus children much against tlie inclinations of the Edwins, who loved 
diem aa tlieir own ; Iwo exaellent achools In the neigh bo orhood gave 
them the usual advantages of genteel education ; but as they wore 
only day scholars, the improvement, or rather forming of their 
morala, was the pleasing task of their father. To his assiduous oare, 
too, they were indebted for the rapid progress tbey made in their 
etodies, and for the graceful siijiplicity of their manners; U«y 
rewarded bia care, and grew up as amiable and lovely as his fonde* 

tvinlies could dcaire. — As Oscar advanced in life, his ffitber began to 
Mpedencv new cares; fur he had not the power of putting him in 
He way of mnliing any provision for himself. A military hl'e was 
what Oscar appeared Bti»it>us fc)r ; !io bod early conceived n preililec- 



tion for It, from Iieoriog bis fuiher apeak of the services be bod seen: 
but tbougb he possessetl qnite the ^irit of a hero, lio IjeJ the tmcsl 
tenderoess, lliemost engnpog BoOneaaof disiKJsilion; his temper wua, 
[nileed, at Dnce, mild, artless, and afi*ectLoiiate. He was about eighteen, 
When tlie proprietor of the estate on whicli his father held bis farm, 
diod, and bis heir, a colonel in the anny, immediately came donn 
from London to talce fonna] possesEion; he soon bccnmo ac<iaaiiitad 
with Fitzalan, who, in the course of conversation one day, expressed 
the anxiety he sufTcreil on his son's occonnt. The colonel said he waa 
a fine youth, and it was a pity bo was not provided for : be left Devon- 
shire, however, shortly after this, withont appearing in the least 
ioterested about bim. 

Fitzolnn's heait was oppresacd with anxiety; he conid not piiruhasfl 
for his son withont depriving himself of support. With tlio noUo- 
tnan who bad formerly serrci] him so essentially, lie liad kept np 
le be quitted Ibe army; bnt be frequently hcani of 
s told bo bad bocoirie quite a man of the world, which 
lientiun of bis having lost all feeling: nn application ta 
re, be feared would be unavailiug, and ho felt too proad 




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Jiunnne happened to tnrn on the Dunreatli family-, and hy degree* 
**> FilzaUn, w)io tvos severely liUitiod and picied fur Lis coonexioD 
ir=tL ii; tbe subject was, in tho opinion of Culonel Belgrove, m 
Ajirojioa, he could not forbear describing his present eitnalion and 
infiuietode about his son, who, bo snid, be fancied moat, like a secoui 
Ciucinnaia!!, lalte the plough-share instead of the sword. 

l-ord Cherhnrj lost no part of tliis discourse; tliongh iiiiinerBed in 
politim and other intrinsic concerns, he ;et retained, and ivas ready 
to ubef, the dictates of hnmanitf, particidarly when titey did not 
Interfere with his own interests; be therefore directly conceived the 
desigD of serving b!» old (riend. 

Oscar soon qaitted Devonshire B,tieT his appointment, and bronght 
a letter fnnu hi)i father to the colunul, Jn nhicli he was strongly 
recoiDiocndoil to his pniteetion, la one unskilled in the ways rif men. 

And now all Fitealan's cere devolved upon Amanda: and most 
amply did she recompense it. To the iniproveniont of ber geniuo, 
tho onltivaiioD of her talents, the' promotion of her father's Lap|^ 
neas eeemed her first incentive; without hiin no aMnuement wai 
enjoyed, ivithmil liiin no sindy enlered npon; he iva^ lier friend, 
gnardian, and |iroieetor; and no hingnage can express, no heart 
(except s pateninl one) ooucElve the rapture be felt, at seeing ■ 
creature grow under 



Some yeora bad elopaed since Oscar'a departure, ere Colonel BeU 
■cnve returned Into their neighbourhood', be came soon nttcr his 
anptiula had been celebrated in Ireland, with a lady of tliat country, 
wliom Oscar's letters described as possessing every personal and 
mental eliann, which could please or captivate the lieart. Colonel 
Beltrrave oonie nnaccoinpnnied by bis fair bride. Fitzalnn, who 
bell«ved liim bis benefactor, and eonsei|nently regarded bim as ■ 
friend (still thinking it was through lii« means Lord Cherbnrj- litid 
nerved him,} immediately waited upon bim, and invited liim to hit 
Imuic. Tlio invitation after Botne time was accejited; but had ha 
imagined what an attraction the house eontained, he would have long 
hwitoled abont entering it; he was a tnan, indeed, of the ino#t 



OBILDBBX or 



deprftTed prindplea, and an otject he admired, Qo tie or titaaUiiD, 
hnwever sacred, eoutd guard trom Lib puriiuit. 

Amanda was too inncli a cliild, wLen he was lost in tlie connlry, to 
alCid^t liis ob»iervatjon : he liod therefore no idea that the Llo^win he 
Uicu 80 careleesly overlooked had since eipaudeJ in auch beauty. 

How great was tlien liis rapture and surprise, when Fitzalaa led 
into tlie room where he liad received him, a tall, elegantly formed 
sir), whose rosy eheok!i were dimpled with the iiofle3t suiile of com- 
pliiccnee, and whose fine hlne eyea beamed with inodesly and grati- 
tude npou him. He iu''t,imly marked her for hi^< prey, and blessed 
Ills tucby stars, nhieh had inspired Filzulan with the idea of his 
being his benefaetor, since tiiat would give hiro a freer access to 
the house tl^an lie could otherwise have hopeJ for. 

From this lima he became almost an inmate of it, eicept when ha 
ehoBS to contrlre tittle parties at his own, for Amanda : ho took every 
opportunity that olferod, without observation, to try to ingratiata 
hiniaelf into her favour ; those opportnniUes the nnsu^pecting temper 
of Fitzalan allowed to he frequent; he would as soon have tnisttJ 
Amanda to the care of Belgrave, as to that of her brother, and 
, therefore, prevented her walking out with him, when ho 




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Sulgrare was prnvoked acil mortified: tliu Bnftness of 

Iiad tempted bim lo believe he wsa Dot indJfibreDl to her, ani tliat 

die would prove an easy cuuiucst. 

Poor Amanda would not appear in the prasenco of her fiitbor, till 
le hail in Kiine degree regained comix isu re, u she feared tlio 
oftheftfluir mjglit occaaion faUJ oonsoquenoes : 
II, ti ietiei- was brought Ler; alia could uot lliink 
'e tlie elfronler}' to write, And opeaeU it, supposing 
acqaainlanco in tlie neighbourhood. How great 
finding it from him! having tJirown 
longer to Bsscine any diignise. Her 



I anialleit ii 
\ u slie eat wil 
I Belgi-ave won! 
it rnme from 
I was the shotlc ehe snstained 
I off tlie mask, be determined 

I paleness an<] confusion fUarmed her father, and he instantly dera: 
I tlie cause of htr ngilaiion ; she found longer concealment was impossi- 
I Ue, and tlirowin^ heracif at her Cither's feet, besought him, as fihe 
I pnt llie letter into tila hands, to restrain his passion. Wlien he 
I perused it, he raided her up, and eoinnianded her as she vnlued his 
I love or happiness, to inform him of every particular, relative to the 
1 Insult die hod received ; she obeyed, thougb terrified to ijehold het 
[ftllier trembling with emotion. Wlien she conohided, hu tender!} 
I «inbrnMd her, nnd blddiog her confine herself to tlie bouse, i-use, and 
I took down his lint; it was easy to guess whither he was going; her 
I terror increased, and in a voice scarcely articniiite, she besought him 
a risk Ids safety. lie comtnandod her silence with n steriinei« 
Mver before a^umed ; his manner awed iicr ; but when slie saw him 
leaving tlie room, licr feelings could no lunger be controlled; aha 
rushed ftfter him, and flinging her arms round his neck fainted on it. 
. ia tliifl situation, the nnhappy fiither was compelled to leave bur to 
L tlie core of a moid, lest her ]iathot!c remonstrances sitoald delay tlte 
I Teng«anoe lie rc«olved to take on a wretch, who had meditated a 
(I of Boch atrocity against his pcsoo. Bat Belgrave was not to be 
I (band. Scarcely, however, had Fitzalon retarncl to his hulf-dist meted 
L dau^itcr, ere a letter was brought him from the wretch, in which he 
I made the most degrading proposals, and biil Fitadaa beware- bow ha 
L answered them, as his situation had put hlin entirely Into Lis 

TMb was a fatal irulb ; Fitzalan had been tempted to moke a large 
) bi^ farm, from nn idea of Uirnliig the little money ha . 
o advAntoge. but was more ignorant of ogri culture tlian bo 



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1111% .cil; mid iLia ignomnce, joined to liis own iti&.'gi'it; of heart, 
remk-rmg liiin the dujio of BOTiie designing wrutclica in liis neigliliour- 
liood, his whole Htock dtvinilied a.vay in unprotiuible eijierimetita 
and he was nuw considembly in arrears with BelgrOiVe. 

The ungeneroua 8dvniit4igi) bo strove to talie of liis aitaation, 
incr?ii$e(I, if possiL>1o, hia indignation; and again iie songht hlio, bat 
si ill without success. 

Ittlgrave soon foand no temptation of jirosperity would prevail on 
llie fatlier or dauglitcr to accede to his wisiios; he therefore resolvea 
til try wlieiher the pressnre of adversity weald render tliem mora 
complying, and left the country, liaTing first ordered his steward to 
proceed directly against Fitialnc. 

Tbo conseqnencii of his order wn£ on immedislA execQtion on his 
etTecta: and, hut for the assistance of a good-natnred fiirnaer, he 
wonld have been arrested. ISy tliis uicana, ani under favour of 
night, !ie and Amanda set out for London ; they arrived there in safety, 
and retired to obscure lodgings. In tliis honr of distress, Fitudan 
conquered all talse pride, and wrote to Lord Cberbnry, entreating 
him to procure some einjiloyuiuot which would relievo his present 




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CniLUBI;.v or TUK ABUKV. 30 

q>P«hrBnce, pecoliarlj &dapled fur etuilj and contempUtiou; 
around was aulitude aud ailence, save the boH rnstliiig of the treea, 
whose dark fuUai,'B caot a boIcihd shadu npon tho windows. OpposiW 
the entrance was another foldiug door, which being a little upened, 
Amanda coald not re&ist tlie dedre she felt, of aeeing wlint was 
beyond it: she eatered a large vaulted apartnieat, whoso airj light- 
ness formed a pleasing ooatraat with the gloomy one she had left: 
llie tnaaner in which it was fitted op, sjid the musical iustrumeuta 
declared ibis to be a musio-room. It was hang with pnle green 
damaak, sjxitled with silver and bordered with festoons of roses, 
intermingled with light silver sprays ; the seats corresponding to the 
fasQ^ngs; the tables were of fioe inlaid wood; and eaperb lustres 
were anpended from the ceiling, which represented, in a ninsterly 
a^Ie, scenes from some of the pastoral poets ; the orchestra, abont 
the centre of the room, was enclosed with a light balnstrading of 
white marble elevated by a few steps. 

The windows of this room cominondiug a pleasant prospect of « 
deep romantio dale; the liills, through which it wound, displaying a 
beantifiil diversity of woody scenery, interspered with green pasti 
and barren points of rocks : a fine liUI of water fell IVom one of Uia 
highest of the hills, which, broken by intervening roots and branches 
of trees, nm a hundred diifereut ways, Hparktiiig in the sunbeams u 
they emerged from the shade. 

Amanda stood long at the window enjoying ttiis delightful prospect, 
and admiring the taste wtiicli bad cliosen this room for amusemeut; 
tbns at once gratifying the eye and ear. On looking over the insi 
ments, she saw a piano forte unlocked; she gently raised the lid and 
touching the keys, found them in tolerable order. Amanda adored 
mosio , her genius for it was great, and had received every advan> 
t«ge her Hither could possibly give it : in cultivating it he hnd laid op . 
a Aind of delight for himself, for " his soul was B stream, that flowed 
■t pleasant sounds." 

Amanda could not resist the prmont opportunity of grtitiljing her ^ 
bvonrite inclination. " Harmony and I," criod slie, " have loni; beea 
■trangers to each other." Bhe sat down and played a lender littlt. 
ur : those ber father loved rocnrred to recollection, and alie played t^ 
few of them with even more than usual elegance. " Ah dear aiid 
volned oliject," she mmimfulK fiirbpd. "why an von not hen 



dhare my pleflsiirel" She wiped away a atartiaj? t 
reiuembrance, and began a simple air. 



Tow melta bcfor* th j • 









Add Ilnj csch ftUiag tear. 

Amoniln saw a nnmbcr of rauaic books lying about; hbe exumiBcd 
a few, and fonnd Ihey conlainpd coinpositions of pome of tlio most 
eminent mnaters. They tempted her tii continue a lillie longer at the 




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CHAPTER IV. 



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Amanda went svery morning to the llftH, where slie nUernalely 
I pla<red anil read ; in the evening lilie agnin returned to il ; but instead 
Of stajiug in tlie librarj-, general] j took a book from thence^ and read 
M Itie foot of aome old mosa-covercd tree, delighted to hear its 
brancbea gently roatliiig overhead, and myriads of snmnier flies 
bamng in the ennny ray, from wbicb she was sheltered. Wlien she 
could no longer see to read, she deported her book in the pkce alio 
had taken it from, and rambled to the deepest recesses of the grove ; 
this was the time she loved to saunter I'Arelessly along, while all tlie 
jarring passions that obtmding core eidted, were hnshed to peaoo 
by the solemnity and silence of the hour, and the soul felt at ouoa 
I composed and elevated; thie was the time she loved to think on days 
departed, and sketch those scenes of fuliclty, wbicli, she trusied, tlie 
days to come wonld realize. — Sometimes she gave way to all the 
enthnsiasu of a young and romantic fancy, and pictured to bcrBelf 
the time, when the shades she wanderad beneath, were 






Ber health gradnally grew better as the tranqnillity of her mind 
increased; a funt blush again began to tinge her check, and her 
lovely eyes beamed a placid Instre, through their long silken laslie«. 

Sli« retnmcd one evening from her u^naJ ramble with one of those 

tnnttccountable depressions on her spirita, to whioh, to a greater or 
Ie«er degree, a!ino*t every one is atib.ject. When (ihe relirwl !<■ bed, 
ler sleeping thoughts todk tlio tincture of liw waking ones, and 
Imaget of the mort affectiaft n.itnrc anwe in 'it mini) ; *!io wonl 



OBILDESH 



A BBSr. 



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tlirongh tbe whole story of her motlier's sufferings, and suddenly 
ilreanit she bolidJ Lor ei[iiriQg under the greatest turture"; aud Uiat 
while she v;e[<t lier l'aU>, tlje duiiUd opened, and discovered lier 
ndurned with Berai)hio beauty, bemliiig wiih a benignant luok 
toivarda her child, aa if to assure tier of her present hapiiimwi. 
From this dreoin Amanda was roused, by tlie sufYest, sweetest sirwns 
of luusio she hud ever heard; efae started witli aniazeiuent; siie 
opened her cyeii, aod saw a light around her, far eioeeding that of 
tiviiigbt. Her dream had made a deep ini]ires<iiun on her, and A 
Bolemn awe diffused itself over her mind; she trembled universally; 
but soon did the emotion of awe ^ve way to that of iur|irise, when 
itiie heard on tlie outside of the window the following liaes from 
Cowley, sung in a iiiaiily and exquisitely melodious luioe, the uiciiie 
whioli woke her buiug uu!y a sympljony to them. 



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Ere the volue ceased, Amsndn hnil qnile shaken off ihe effect? cf 
lier dream ; and, when ell agnin n-as siknt, she drew tiuck ths 
tain, and saw it was the iui>i>n, then at 1^;!!, wlibli, heaming 
oiigli tlie cahco window uartaiiu, cast such a li^ht around her, 
Tlie remainder ot tlie night was passed in raiuinnling on this strange 
iiieiOent; it was evident the serenade was addressed to her; bnt she 
not seen any one since her arrival <n tlie ncighlitmrliooJ, fTOin 
wliom ahe could have eipected snch a coiiiiilltneot, or, indeed, 
beUered capable of paying it; that tlje persun who paid it waa one 
lo mean aecoraiilishments, from liia perfuruiance she could not 
doubt. She resolved to conceal the incident, but to make snch 
inquiries ttie iioit morning as might possibly lead to a ilisoorery. 
From the aniwer those inquiries received, ilie clergyman was the 
only person whom, with any degree of proliubility, she conid fix on; 
■lie had never seen him, and was at a loss to conceive liow he knew 
anycliing of her, till it occurred lie might have seen her going to 
Tudor Hal], or rambling about it. 

From Uic moment this idea arose, Amanda deemed it impmdcnt to 
go to the Hall; yet so great was tlie pleasure slie eiperienced tliere, 
■lie could not think of relinqniiihiiig it without the greatest rchie- 
lance. She at last considered, if she lind o companion, it wuidd 
remove any appearance of impropriety : Elltn wiu generally employed 
at knitting; Amanda therefore saw that going to the Hall could 
iDIerfere with her employment, and accordingly asked her 
attendance thitlier, whidi the other joyfully agreed to. — "Wliiie yon 
loiik over the books," siud Elteii, as tliey entered tlie libraiT, "I will 
just step awny about a little business." "I beg you may not be long 
absent," cried Amanda. Ellen assured her she would not, nnd Hew 
off directly. She had, in troth, seen in an enclosure near the l!n!l, 
Tim Chip, the carpenter, at work, who was ilie mral Adonis ofihesa 
Bliade«; he had long selected Ellen for the fair nympli of his afleo- 
; which distinction excited nut a little jealousy among tho 
village girl", and considerably incrca'^d the vanity of Ellen, who 
t-iuiiiphed in a conquest that at once gratilied her love, and einlled 
Iier aliDVe her companions. 

Amanda entered the musio room; the melodions strains she had 
Lean] the preceding night dwelt upon her memory, and she sat 
down to the piano, and Btlempt«d them ; her ear soon informed h« 



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l!mt the altempt was sncceesibl ; and lier^roico (as the words were 
fHiiiUiar to her) tlien sccompanied tlie instrument. "Heavooly 
eoundsl" eiolaimed Bome one behind her, as she concluded ginging, 
Ariiftiida started in terror and confusion from the clioir, and beheld & 
tidl and elegnnt joung man standing bj it. "Good heavt-n!" cried 
she, bUbiliing, and haalll)' moving to Uie door, Bcarcel; knowing wlint 
^tie s.iid, "witere can Elleibbei' "And do yon tliitik," nnld the 
birun^'fr, springing fonvard, and intercepting her passage, "I Blinlllet 
you escape in thia manner! No, really, my chnriiiing prl, I slionld 
be tlie most insensible of boiiig^ if I did not avail myself of tba 
happy opportunity chance afforded, of entreating leave to be intro- 
duced U) you." As he spoke, he gently seized her hand, and cnrriod 
it to bia lips. " Be assured sir," said Amanda, " the olmnce as you 
[■all it, whjcli brouglit ns together, is to mo most unpleasant, as I fear 
it has expo^d me to greater fn^edom than I have been accustomed 

"And is it possible," «»'d be, " yon really fael an emotion of angerl 
Well, I win relinqnish my lovely captive, if she condescendingly pro- 
e here a few minutes longer, and grants me permis- 




cfULtiiEtK or ivK Aoasv. iS 

e liM made yoyll," he Boid, " and 'tis your l.nsta to avoM 

I me bis ivcuvtii'iiod tliis di«urder. Could yon look into i)iy lienrr, yoa 

foulJ llieti find tliere was no reason to fly from ine; tlie emDlimis 

. that lovely (ace excil«s in a Huul of sensibility, oould never be iiiimi- 

»! Ill your dttlety." 

At t!ii» luoiiient Ainandn perceived Ellen leaping over n stile; she 

mA Hi last l^ft Mr. Chip, Rfter pri)mi»in^-to meet Liin in tlie eveiiiiie 

I at the Gotia;^ where the blind haritur wna to attend to give them m 

n forward, but on seeing the stmnger started bftcl; in 

I the utmost BinAxoment. "Blews rae," Haid Amanda, "I thought Ton 

would never corao." 

"Von gn then," said tlie stranger, "and give me no hope of t 
■econd iuterview. Oh say," tnkitiK her hand, " will you not allow 
me to wait npon you)" " It is ntterly impossible," rc|>lied Amanda, 
"and I shall be quite dislressed, if longer detained." 

*'8e« then," eud he, oponitig n gate wiiich led from tlie grove into 
the road, " how like a courteous ktilght I release you from parnfiil cnp- 
tiHty. But tliink not, thon beautiful though cruel fair i 
tJQUed gajly, "I ehall resign my hopes of yet cuDi)aenng thy obdn- 
[ racy." 
^u>Ob Lord 1" cried Ellen, as they quitted the grove, " how did yon 
VLOrd Mortimer?" "Lord Mortimer)" repeated 

sel^ indeed," said Ellen, " and I think in all my porn days 
ir more surprised, than wiien I saw him with yon, looking 
•o H>ft and so sweet upon you ; to be sure he i;* a beautiful man ; and 
besides that, the young lort of Tudor Hall," Amanda's spirits were 
greatly flurried, when she heard he was tlie master of the mansion, 
where ho liad found her Bested with ns much coni|)Osure as if pos- 

As they were entering the cottage, Ellen, twitching Amanda's 

IdMve cried " Look, look." Amanda, bastlly turning round, perceived 
Lord Mortimer, who had slowly fbllowed them half way down the 
Une; on being observed, he Hiniled, and, kissing his hand, retired. 
Nurse was quite delighted at her child being seen by Lord Morti- 
mer (which Ellen inlbnued her of:] her beauty, she was convinei'd. 
bail exrited hia warmest admiration; and aihuiraliun miglit lead (she 
did not doubt) to something more important. Amauda's heart flut- 
ttfod with an agreeable sensation, as Ellen described to her mothef 



4S OHILDBIX OF TBI AJXSr. 

tlie tender looks nith which Lord Uortiraer regnrtlcd her. Slie wu 
al tirst inclined lu believe tiiat in liia k^Idlilp alie liad found Uib 
[tcrson, whose iiieludy so sgreeablj dislurlied lier sinruiierd; Uiit A 
miriute'H reflection convinced her this belief iiiust he ernmcoio; it 
WHS evideut (fur she would liave liCiard il) tliat Lord Uurtiiiivr luul 
onl] arrived tliut day at Tudor Hull ; and even bad he seen her bel'urc. 
uix^n con^iileratioQ she thonghC it improbable that lie^sliuuld liuvv 
taken tlie trouble of coining in such a manner to a ]iei«on in s slat ion, 
to lUl appcarazK^e, so infinitely beneath bis own. Yes, it was plain, 
clioiice alone had letl liini to the ajiartinent where she BUt; and the 
comniim-jiiace gallantry fasiiionable men are accostonied to, hud 
dictated the language he addressed to her. She half sighed, as site 
settled the mutter thus in Iier mint], aud again Qxed on the curate as 
tlie serenador. Well, she was delcriuiued, if e\er he coine in lior 
way, and dropped a hint of on attach'jieiit, she would iminedintel;' 
crash any Uo|te« lie might liAve the va':Uty to entertain. 





l»f tbej wont, AmBinln rambleil to the village ; and ieeiiag hersdl 
Itiguod, lurued into tlie obiircli-;ard to rest u|K>n one uf tlie I'ai^d 

Tho grnves were omainented with gariimds of cat paper, inter- 
woven with flowers; tribntas of love from the village nutids to tlie 
mor? of dieir departed f]-ien<!s. 
As Anianda rested herself, ehe twined a garland of the wild flowcTS 
krtie had gathered with Bol^ej, and bung it over the grave of Ladj 
alviua ; her fine eyes raised to bcaveD, oa If invoking at the moment 
iC npirit of her motlier to regard the vernal offering of her cliild ; 
bila ber white bands were folded on ber heart, tmd she sofUj 
Kclaimed, " Alasl is tide the only tribnte loft for me to pay!" 
A low mnrmar, as if from voices near, Bturllod her at the inslAOt; 
e turned with qnickiies?, and saw Lord Mortimer, with a young 
l^rgviuan, half bid by some trees, attentively obi^erving ber. liliiAb- 
; and confnsed, she drew her hat over ber fooe, and, cntcbicg 
I* BetKcy's hand, hastened to the cottage. 

Lord Mortiuier bad wondered about the skirta of tlie cottage, in 

. liopcs of meeting her in the evening: on seeing the direction she 

had token from it, be followed her ; and jost as she entered the 

church-yard, Doexpectedly met the carato. His company, at a 

noment so propitloua for Joining Amanda, he could well have dia- 

[^pensed with : for ho was more anxious tliao. be cbuse to acknowledge 

Hd himself to become acquainted with ber. 

B Lord Mortimer was now in the glowing prime of life : bis pci-son 
^ was strikingly elegant, and his manners insinuatingly pleasing ; 
MilQcing sweetness dwelt in his smile, and, as be pleased, bis expres- 
■ire eyes could sparkle with intelligence, or beam with sensibility, 
tad to tlie eloquence of his language, the harmony of bia voice 
imparted a charm, lliat seldom failed of being irresistible ; hut sonl 
was naturally the scat of every virtue; but an derated rank, and 
■plendid fortune had placed him in a sitnation somewhat inimical to 
tbelr interoatit, fur lie liad not always strength to resist tljo strong 
teinplolious nhicli suriitunded him ; but though he sometimes wan- 
dwed fr«in the buuudories of virtue, he had never yet entered upon 
tli« confines of vice, never really in,] ired innocence, or done a deed 
which would wound tbe boacm of a friend : his heart was olive (o 
•Tvj noble propeiuity of natare; compaMion was ooe of its strongest 



ftling;, And never did bia l.^od refniie obedience to tbe generom 
jl^e. Among tiie vnrionj flccoii]|i11slimeDU le posaeMed, was an 
lisite ta&te for music, wliioii wilb every otLer talent, bad beeo 
vated lo t!ie liigbesl degree of possible perfectiun ; hifl npeoding 
y jenra alroad, bad given Lira every requiBite advantage for 
'oving it. Tbe mh, melodioaa voice of Amanda, woald, of itself, 
)6t bave m»de a conquest of Ids heart; bat, aided by tbe cliarma 
er face and penson, was allogeiher irrosislible. 
a had come into IValea, on pui'pose to pay a visit to an old 
id in the Isle of Anglesea: he did not mean lo stop at Tndor- 
; but witliin a few miles of it, the phaetfln in which ho travelled 
n tlie fineness of tbe weather) was overturned, and be severely 
. He procured a hired carriage, and proceeded to tbe HnJl, to 
it himself into tlic bands of the good old honaekeeper, Mrs. Aberg- 
lUy; who, posseting as great a stock of medical knowledge as 
r Bountifiil herself^ he believed would cure bis broisca with 
I nincb, or rather niore oipodilion, than any oountry surgeon 
He gave strict oi^lura, that hia being at the Hall should 
id, as be did not choose the few days, he hoped and 



■ CHItOtiBKOFTUEADDur. 49 

^pruM liiiu jeU* of Ilis rectiver; to gratify it, b,y taking a Into anil 
MMreuBding bis lovelj cottage girl, lie oould no lunger riisliain tua 
Hlmpatieaco to be knuwn to ber^ anO Ibo next day, lilenling from bid 
■Mttreoieat, snrpria«d her, u alreadj reluted. 

I Ai!! be oould not, without an utter rioktioo of gond manners, shake 
Witt Howell, he contented himself with tallowing Amanda into the 
nfaDrcfa-yonl, where, etuided b; the trees, be and bis eoinpunitm alond 
HVatcbing her imnoUced, till an involuntary esclnmiiiiou of rtijiUire 
Wftom bis lordabip discovered their eitoation. TFticn she depkrteil, lie 
■tfaad llie inscription on the tomb-atoDe; but, from the difference of 
Hbame«, this gave no insight into any coanexion botweeii her and the 
■person it mentioned : Uowell could give no infonnation of either : he 
BiraB bnt a young man, lat«ly a|>i>ointed to the parsuno^o, niid bud 
l|Mever seen Amanda till that evening. 

I. Lord Uortiner was solicitous, even to ■ degree of anxiety, to leora 
mtbo real situation of Amanda: as Howell, in his pastoral function, 
■^•d free aeceae to the houses of his parishioners, it oceuvred to Urn, 
bbat be would be an excellent peraon lo discover it; ho therefore, as 
bf from curiosity alone, expressed bis wish of knowiog who she ww), 
Kad requested Uowell, if convenient, to follow her directly to Edwin's 
H6ott«(,'e, (where, he sud, by chance be heard she lodgeil,) aitJ endeav- 
Wkmr to find out from the giKid people erery thing about Iter. This 
mequest IlnweU readily oompliecl with ; the fute, tlie Bgnre, the 
■toeluicboly, andabove all the employment of Amanda, had interested 
Bail MDsibility, and excited bis cnrio«ty. 

Wt He Arrived soon atter ber at the cottage, and found her laughing ot 
Mber mine, who was telling her, she was certain she thonld see bi-r n 
Bp«al laty. Amanda rose to retire at bis entrance; but he, perceiving 
Hbei intention, declared, if he disturbed her. ho would immediately 
Pui art; ibe accordingly reseated herself, seci-etly please) at doing 
mn, aa she thought, either from some look or word of the curate's she 
Bnlgbt discover if he really was the |»crson who had serenaded lier^ 
Mum this idea she nliewed no aver-iene^ to enter into conversallon 

M> The whole family, nurse cxee|ited, had fnllowed Kllcn to the danoe; 
Bad that good womsm thought she could do no less for the boQonr of 
B|nw«ll'« »i»it, thon prepare a Utile comfortable supper for him. Th» 
Bl«iieV'-leni-e .■!' hin di.]»-iij.>ii, and inn-Kwil. p.ieiy of his t«ri>er. 



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lin'l r-:'. lereil liiru a ^u&t fuvjurite amoiigst his m.^tic ucngUiuuifl, 
wli'-ir. ^L f»-|ueuL!^ amused iiith simplo btJlad» aiid pleasant Utlos. 
Aiu.ii.ila aiiii he were left t£te-i-l6te, while tlio iiurt^ was hii$ie<] id 
pre|>anng ber ?nIor>aii)i[ient ; and she was eoon as inuoli pleased wiiii 
the cVgani's iTiil sijii]ihcitf uf his maimijps &s he vro? irith Uih 
ioDOCisTice OJid itW[«tness oi hers. The olfjecte about tliem luitarailf 
leu to rural nuhji:.'.!!^ anil from litem to what might olninst oe tenneil 
a diiixortatioii on poetry: thia was a thauie peculinriy up^wable to 
llawell, who wcno'l tlie pensive nmse heneath Ute sylvan shade; nor 
WB» it less w to .Viimmla : she was a leuiona worshipper of the Mosea, 
tliough diffideueo mailc her coiioeal her inrocfitions to theiii. She 
was led to poinr out the beanlies of her favonrit* authors; sod th« 
son scoiibility of her voice raised a kind of tender enthofiasm In 
Eowdl's Eoiil ; he gazed and listened, oa if his eye conld never be 
■atijSod with kcuing, or hU cor with hearing. At his partioular 
reijtieat, Amanda recited the pathetic desoription of the curolii iLd hia 
lovely daughter, i>om the Beaerled Village; a tor stule dowa her 
*' cheek as sho prneeedeil. Uowell softly laid liia hand on hers, tmd 
ejcloimed, "Guod Ucavcns, what an angel I" 




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w>D who had been at tbe onl^da of tbe window. After hia compid- 
SAQce lo her, she coald not rc^fuso him aoe Boug ; the melodious aouuda 
■unk into his heart; lie seemed feaoinated to the spot, nor thought of 
moving, tiU the nurse gnire him a hint for that purpose, being afraid 
of Amanda's sitting up too late, 

Uc sighed as he entered his humhla dwelling; it was perhaps Iba 
Brst sigh he had ever heaved for tbe narrowness of his fortujio, 
"Yet," cried he, casting his eyes aronnd, "In this abode, low and 
fanmble as it is, a soiil lite Amanda's might oiyoy felicity." 

The purpose for which Lord Mortimer sent him to the cottnge, and 
Lord Mortimer himself, were forgotten. Ilis lordship had engaged 
Howell to snp with hiia afl«r the performanee of his enibussy, and 
impatianUy wailed his arrlrol : he felt displeased, as Uie hours n 
■way without bringing him; and, nnahloat last to restrain the im| 
nosity of his feelings, proceeded U> the parsonage, wblah ho ent« 
a few minutes after Howell. lie asked, witli no great complacency, 
the reason he had not fulfilled hia engngeiiient. Abscrtied in one ideai 
HoweU felt confused, agitated, and unable to IVame any excoae; 
tlierefore simply said, what in reality waa tme, that he hod utterly 
forgotten it. 

"I suppose then," exclMmed Lord Mortimer, in a rufSed voice. 
"yon haTe been very agreeably entertained." 

" Delightfitlly," eaid HoweU. 

l.ord Mortimer grew more displeased; hut his anger was i 
levelled agtunat himself as well as Howell. He repented and regret- 
ted the folly which hod thrown Howell in the way of such tempta* 
Idon, and had perhspa raised a rival to liiraself. 

"Well," cried he, after a few ho&ty paces about tbe room, "and 
pny, what do yon know about Miss Dnnfordt" 

"Abont her?" repeated Howell, as if starting from a reverifr— 
"why nothing." 

"Nothing!" re-echoed his lordship. 

"No," replied Howell, "except tliat she is an angel." 

l.ord Mortimer was now thoroughly convinced all was over witl 
the poor parson; and resolved, in consequence of this conviction, t< 
lose no time himself. He conid not depart, williout iminirinp lion 
tbe evening bad been spent, and eiivie'l Howell tlie linpiiv inirntea h« 
had so eloquently 'le«cTibeit, 



OnAPTER VI 

£ffiM; t]i« uiklUbftf If Ihi^r biutf At 

Hij nrUuI loclo, dlHloBld^ lu ki t 
WHb aLrr •annEU rrDm Uu mubli 



■Wiiii* A.mar.(ln whs at breakfast tlje nest mortiing, BetROy bronglit 
letter to ber; especting In hear from ber fatlier, ebe eogerly opeiieJ 
t, and to ber great euq)rue perused tbe following lines: 




retnmed to the rooin, the nurse bitterly lamcnteil her not wrill.ig, 
"Great nisttera," she said, "ha'! often arisen fnmi Binall bii,'iiiiiin),'s. 
She couhl ntil conceive why liis lortehip should be treated ia such a 
manner: it woa not the way elie boil ever served her Edwin. Luix, 
she remembered, if she gut but tlie scrawl of a pen from liiiii, she 
nvcd to ait np to answer it." Amanda tried to persaade her it was 
iitidier necessary nor pnipor for her to write. An hour passed in argu- 
nienta between Iheui, when two servants came froni Tudor Hall to tha 
cotliige with a small bouk-coso, which they sent in to Amanda, and their 
lord's compliments, that in a few minutes he would have the bononr 
of pajiug his reepecta to her, 

Amanda felt agitated by tliis message, bat it was the agitation of 
involnntary pleasnre. Her room was always perfectly ueat, yet did 
ilie nurse and her two dau^tera low busy tlieni»elves with trying, if 
posailtle, to pat it into nicer order; the garden waa ransacked for the 
cbuice«t flowers to ornament it; nor would tliey depart, till they saw 
Lord Mortimer approaching. — Amanda, who had opened -the book< 
case, tlion snattheil up a hook, to avoid the apps.irftuce of sitting 
in expectation of his coming. 

He entered with su air at once eaay and I'espectful, and, taking her 
hand, besoaght forgiveness for hia intrusion on the precedin;; day. 
Amanda bluahed, and faltered ont something of the ooufii.sion she had 
experienced from Lieing ao surprised : be re-seated her, and drawing » 
chair dose to bers, said he had token the liberty uf sending a few 
books to aiunso ber, till shu nguin condescended to visit the library, 
which be entreated her to do; promising that, if she pleased, both 
it and the mosic-rooin sbonld be eoored to her alone. She thanked 
him for his politeness; but declared she mnst be eioused Irom going. 
Lord Mortimer regarded her with a degree of tender admiration; an 
admiration hdghiened by tiie contrast he drew in hia mind between 
her and tlie generality of fashionable women he had seen, whom 
he often secretly censured for sacrificing too largely at the shrine of 
art and fashion. The pale and varied blush which mantled the clieek 
of Amanda, at once announced itself to be on involuntary siifiiision ; 
and ber dress was only remarkable for itd simplicity ; she wore a plaic 
rithe of dimity, and an abbey cap of thin mnslin, that shaded withont 
laling her face ami gave to it the soft eipre^sioii of n &Indi>nna ; 



bi 



her [jeantSful hair Ml in long ringlets down her book, and carled aiiOD 
lier forehead. 

" Good heaven !" cried Lord Mortiuier, '' how Los jonr idea dwelt 
ui<oii my tiiiud since lajjt night! if in the morning I viaa uharmed, in 
the evening I whs enraptured. Yoor loolcs, jonr attitnde, were then 
hejond all thnl imiiginiitJOQ ix>u]d conceive of lovelinexs and grace : 
yw> nppejircd as a being of another world, mourning over a kindred 
spirit. 1 felt 



Contused by tlie energj' of his words, and the anient glances La 
directed lowarda her, Anianda scarcely knowing what she did, tnmed 
over tlio leaves of tiie book she still held in her hatid ; in doing ao, sh« 
fiiiw rtritteo on the title po^ tlit Earl of Cherhurj. — " Cherbury I" 
repeiat«d she, in ostuniahtnenL 

"Do you know hiriii" asVeii Lord Mortimer. 

"Not personally; but I revere, I estutiii him; he ia one of tho 
best, tho truest fricr-dg my t'nl.her ever Ijad." 

"Oh liow happy," Bicluimwl Ixird Mortimer, "would his son be. 





tna — let tbia," taking her soil hsnil, and pressiD? his .ips to :[, " b« 
the pleilge of aniitj' between u^." lie iiow inquired wlien th« 
intimacy between her t'i.ther anil liis liad comineuceil, and where tfaa 
former was ; bo! from those inquirieii Amanda slirnnk. She reflected 
that withoot her btbpr'H jienuissiou she Lad no right to answer 
them ; and that in a ejtnaiion 1ilE« his and liora, too much caiilion 
^•Ddli) not bu observed. Besidl^9, botli pride and delicacy ui tide h«r 
a at present to conceal her falhcr'n red aitoation from Lord 
rr^ she cocld not bear to tliiolc it alionld bo known his h>Iii 
[i«ndence wiu on Lord Cherbury, nuc^Hain as it woa, whetlier liiot 
(obleman n'onid ever answer big eipectotions. Slie repentral hating 
•T dropped a hint of the intiniacj sabaiHting bEiween them, Hliii'h 
rpli«« alone had riiade her do; ood tried to wave the BuhjiH'T. In 
tbia design Lord Hi)rliiner aesisttJ her; for he had too miicli pene- 
tration not inntantly to perceive it confnsed and distressed liur. He 
reqne«te<l perinij^lon to renew liis visit; but Amanda, though well 
I Inclined to grant hia request, yielded to pradunce instead of iiu-lma- 
an, and bv^ge<l he would exuiisc liKr; Ilie seeming diKpaiiTy (:-ba 
it lielpmying) In Ilieir situatiuns wotild render Itvery jinpru 
n her to receive sncb \iails; she bln^licil, liali'-^iglied, and bent 
a the ground as she spoke. Lord Mortimer contitiiieil 10 
ntt. but ahe wa^ steady in rei'using; he would not depart, how- 
:, till he had obtained permission to attend her in the evening to 
■ part of Tudor Grove, whioh slie had never yet aeen, and lis 
dceeribed as parti ctilarl)' beHUtiful. lie wanted to call for her at the 
Sp]»intcd hour, but slie would not suffer this; atid lie was compelled 
to he contented with leave to meet her near the cottage when it 
cklne. 

With a l<cutiTig heart she kepi her apiMiintrnent, and found liia 
lordsliiji not niiuij yards dittant from the eolla^e, impatiently wait- 
ing her approach. A brighter blooia tlian nsiiul glowed upon her 
clieek, as she listened to his ardent expres'-ionu of admiration ; yet 
not to eucb expressions wliich would soon have saleil an eur of 
iclicncylike Amanda's did I.ord Mortimer conlioe himself; he iKin- 
vnrions subjects; and the eloqnence of his langnoge. tlie 
f his iniogi nation, and the justness of his rcmnrks, equally 
Intised and interested his fair companion. There was indeed, in ilit> 
tUpi<^>tit'n and manners of I.ord Morlimcr, liiai iiapl'y miiinre ef 



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iiiiiji:ulioo untl 9ullnos>:, nhiob at once niiiuws t]i4 bincv ftUd alCraet* 
ilia licort; iu)d nevei- bad AmiLa(I& experienced snob niinuua ns shs 
now psBseil with him; so deliglitful iii then progress, no r^iid in 
'heir ouiirae. On ^nlering tlie walk lie liftd m^tioDed tA her, sho 
•4IW Iw had nut oxoggeratcd itH beantjes; anei* {loaiiiig through maay 
hiuic and slinded ulle;*, they ctimo to n smooth green lawn, obunt 
'\liii'h llie troes rose in the ii>nu of an ainpliitheuire, Diid their dark, 
iLi\iiri:iiil, mid die<|iii-red Bliadea prockiinod that nmongst tliem 



Tli-> liiH'ii ^'iitly sliipL-d to II winding stremii, bo clear as [M>rfect1y 
!o rcHcpt the liuiiiiifiil scenery of hratven now glowing with the gold 
and purple of tlic setting Biin ; from the opposite bank of (lie atroam 
rose a Etapendona tnonntain, diversified with little verdant hills and 
didw, aod skirted witli n wild shrabbery, whose blossoms ijprfnrned 
'Jie air with the most balmy fruRTanco. I/ird Moi'liiner prevailed 




f ruii. UKK.iui'iuuAiiBEir. 57 

I he Uiiusell' liaU litNtrd her e i id i anting puwers iii it. Aiiuuida alarutd, . 

I and Mgerlj inquired wlien or hy wliat means. It wan too late f).t 

I Us lurdBliip to rcceilii; (uid lie nut unl; confessed his conuealioant 
]ie«r Ibe niDtait-riKira, but bis vi^it to lier winilow, ~ A siifl couinsinn, 
intemiiiiKled with ^le(uur«, iwrvadcd the soul of Ainanila at tliis 

I canressioo: and it wua M>iiie lime ere she was auffloieully composed tn 
ooroply wiCJi Lord Uortimev's stilii'itatiuiu fur )ier lu tiint-; flie at last 

> allowed him to U-ad lier to the centre (rf ii little rustic bridge thrown 

I orer the Btreom, from wbenc« her voiue could he sufficiently dtxtin' 
gaiahed for the luuno to k^p time to it, as l^rd Mortimer liad 
directed. Her plointise and harmonioUB invocation, answered by tba 
low breathing of tlie clarionet, which up|>CBred Hke the softest echo 
of the monntain, liad the finest effect iraa^nable, and "took tb« 
Impidsooed soul and wrapped it in Elyeiuni." 

Lord MorUnier, for the first time in his life, found liimself at a loss 
to ezpreu what ho felt: he oonduct«d her back to the sent, where, to* 
her astonishment, she beheld frnita, ic«, and creams, laid oct as If 
by the hand of mngic, for no mortal appeared near tlie spot. Duskf 
twilight now warned her to return home ; but Lord Mortimer wouW 
not saSbr her to deport, till she had partaken of this collation. 

He was not by any means satisfied with the idea of only beholding 
ber for an hour or two of an ereiiing; and wlien they catne near the 
cottage, desired to know whether it was to cbance alone he was in 
fatnre to be indebted for seeing her. Again he entreated permission 
tu viiiil Ler sometimes in the tnaraing, promising he would never 

I diiitnrb her avocations, bat would lie satisfied merely to sit and read 

, to her, whenever she chose to work, and felt herself inclined for that 
amusement : Amanda's refusals grew fainter, and at last she said, on 

' the above mentioned conditions, he might sometimes eome. That ha - 
•vailed himself of this permissioo is scarcely nonessary to say ; and 
from this time few honn passed witliout thdr seeing eaitb ottier. 

The cold reserve of Amanda by degrees wore awny ; from her 
knowledge of hid family, she considered hitn more tlian a new or 
common acquaintance. Tlie emotion she felt for Iitm, she tlionght 
■anctioned by that knowledge, and the gratitude she felt for Lord 
Clierlniry for Ids former conduct to lier father, which claimed. 
the tlioiigliT, hei- rospeet and esteem for so near and vsliiahle a 

1 f>iine*ion n( M,.. the w-rlli. slic could not liflp ii.knowkdfeitu; v\ 



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henel' of Lord Hanimer, would of itself alooe have uathiii-hed 
tliem. llor licBrt folt he was one of the most amiable, the moat pleas- 
ing of muo: tihe ouuUl scarcel; disguise, in any degree, the \iyely 
plcasum she enjioriunced in liis Booiety ; uuy, she Sl^B^celJ thought it 
neteasary In disgiiiae it, for it reaulted as innth from innocence u 
Hensibility, and v/ut pliiued to Che account of friendship. 

Bitt Lord Mortimer \vas too penetrating, not soou to perceive ho 
■night ascribe ii to a softer iiupul^; with the most delicate attention, 
tlie must teodi^ regard, he daily, nay hourly, in^iouated himself into 
)ier heart, and secured for himself an interest in it, ere she was aware, 
wiiich the efforts of subsequent resolution could not overcome, Hd 
was the companion uf her rambles, the aUeviator of her griefe; the 
care which bo often saddened her brow always vanished at his pre- 
sence ; and io conversiog with him ahe forgot everj caose of sorrow. 

He once or twice delicately hinted ot those circnmstanoes which at 
Ills first visit she had mentioned, as aufSctentlj distressing to bewil- 
der her recollection ; Amanda, with blushes, always shrunk from the 
subject, sickening at the idea of his knowing, that her father depend- 
u his for future sannort. If he ever addressed her serionslv i 




CHILUHKN or TUB ABBKr. 59 

faiiuiceaca] of viewjug tbeni, be vould aofUy sigb, and wish le wu 

to bd her guide to them, a^ to point oat beautiea to b reflQeil and cuI- 
Uvaied taste Vtlsa hor^ would be to liim the greatost pleasare be could 
I pofisiblj experience. 

S««il«il sometimes on the brow or a sLrnbby bill, aa they viewed 

[ the sestt^red bamleta beneatli, be woiilil eipalJal« OD tbe pleasure he 

OcinMivod there innat be in passiag a trtinqnil life with one Igrely and 

[ tMluved ot^t: hie insidious eyes, turned towunls Amanda, at tliese 

I iniiimes seemed to say. she was the being who coald realize all tlie 

I ideas he entertained of snch a life; and when he naked her ojiiniDn 

of hiit sentiments, her disordered blushes, and faltering accents, too 

|)Uinl; betrayed her conscious feelings. Erery delicacy which Tudor 

) lliill contnined, was daily sent to the cullngc, notwitlintnnding 

I Aniandn's proliiliition lo t!ie contrary ; and soTUctimes Lord Mortimer 

[ wan T'crmiiled to dine vritli her in tbe recess. Three weeks sjient in 

[ tJils fniiiiliar manner, endoareil and attached tbora to each otlier more 

Hiontlis would Invc it()[ie, passed in situations liable to iuterrnp- 



CII AFTER VII. 



TrowELL was no stranger to Uie timnner in which hours rolled away 
I ftt llie cottapc; he hoTered round it. and seized every inlervBl of 
I Ijird Mortimer's absence, to present liimseir before Amanda : his 
I cmotiona betrayed his feelings, and Amanda aflvcloil reserve towarda 

lira, in l«>pea of mpjiressiog his pamion ; n passion, she now !i©g»a 

think, when hopeless, lunst be dreadful. 



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Hovrell vu a prey to luelaacholj ; bat not for hinuelf atoQS did 
[lo rnonm ; Tenra for the safety and happiness of Amiuida added tn hii 
d<geetion ; lie dreaiied that Lord Mortimer, perhaps, like too many of 
Ihe fiLshioaahle men, miglit make no scruple of avftiling himself of 
any a<Ivaniage wliiuli conld be derived from a predilection in bis 

Qe knew him, 'tia tme, to be amiahle: hat in opposition to that, 
lie knew him to be volatile, and sometimes wild, and he trembled for 
tlie unsuspecting credulity of Amfinda. "Thou|jh lost to me," 
e;icluiiiied the Qnliap|iy yonng man, "oh never, sweetest Amanda, 
inayest tlioii bo lost to tliyself." 

Ho hod received many proofe of esteem and fiiendship trom I^rd 
Miirtiiner; hothereforestudiodliow hemightadinonishwithotit offend- 
ing, oud save Ainntida without ipjnring hiuiscli'. It at last occnrred 
that the pulpit woidd be th? surest way of effecting his wishes, where 
tliH subject addressed to all, might particularly strike the one for 
whom it was intended, without appearing as if designed for that pur- 
pose ; and timely convince him, if indeed ho meditated any it^urious 
dt>sigii against Amanda, of its Uogrance. 




f (^ lo Ikt Creeuir fur conifort, wbose supportiog aiil ia no paitiunlarl v 
L proiuised to ofUioUd Wi>rtli. Cheered by them she id able toeieittli^ 
I llttlo talenU of geiiiiis and taste, and draw U[raniDtliiHtry foi- her future 
i npiwrt ! lier active virlutj, she thinks the best proofs of iscibmission 
I Bbe can giv» to Ihn will of h«aven : uid iu lliese kiidable eieitiuiis 
(sfae linds a cout^oiuiiA peoco, which the mera poiiseeaioii of tbrtune 
T could besttiw. While thus euiphiyed, a sun uf pcrtidj se^ and 
I nwrks her for his |>rey, because slie is si once iovcly and lielplew; 
i her nu3iia|>evtint{ ci-odulilj kys her open to his ftrls, and his bkiidiah- 
I muuta lij degrees allure her heart, the snare which he bus spread al 
)a her : with tlie inconstancy of libertiiiitiin he suou deserti 
Lhrr, and again she is jjhiDgml into distress. But nutrk the diU'urunce 
(sf Iter first and second lidJ; conacienue no longer leuda its opposing 
il to Bton lier sorrow ; dospair, instead uf liope, nrisea; without 
« frieml Ui wiotlie the pains of death, one pitying soul U> wliisper 
ace to lice deporting spirit ; iniialteit too, pertiaps, by suiiio unfeeling 
I baitig, whota want of siinilni' Unnptations alone, perliDps saved from 
I aimilar imprudences ; slie sinks an early victiin to wretchedness. 
k Stiwell paused ; the fUUiiess of his heart ntonnted to his eyes, which 
fatTolantarily tnrned and rested upon Amanda ; interested by his sim- 
ple and patliotic elociuenoe, she hud risen, and leaned over the pew, 
bar head rented on her band, and her eyes fuetencd on his fuoe. Lord 
Mortimer lind also ri»ii, and alternately gazed on IIuwcU and Aman- 
da, parliotiUirly waCcLed the Iatt«r, to nee how the subject wonld 
I aSect her. He nt last saw the t«nrs trickling down her cheeks ; t!ie 
» of her '.wn situation, and ttie stratogeuis of Uelgrave, made 
e ns'i'iKM, perceive llie I'erairibUnce l«tween herself and 
I the picture lluwcll liad drawn. Lord Mortimer was iinntterolily 
I nffiKted by her tiNus, a. faitil Mckness seized him, he sunk upon his 
t, and covered his face witli his handkerchief to hide his emotion ; 
I but by the time service was aver, it was pretty well dissipated, 
I Amanda retumct home, and Lord Mortimer waited for Itowcll's 
I Doming onl of church. " What the devil, Ilowell," said he, " did 
n by giving sodi an exhortation I Have you discovered any 
I Ultle ol&ir going on between some of yoor mstio ncit;libour8 J" T!:e 
1 paraoo coloured, bnt remained sll^t; Lord Mortimer rallied him a 
I Ultle mora, and tlien deported ; but his gaiety wu* ojdy assumed. 

On his Drftt arqualntAnee wilh .\inanda, iu cim-fqiience of whal 



lie lieuTil fratn Mrs. Abergwilly, and observed himscli^ lie hod beffli 
leinpleil to think her involved in mystery; and what btit impropriety, 
te thought, could oconsioa mystery. To eee eo yoting, eo lovely, so 
e>giLiit a creatnrc, an inmate of a sequestered oottnge, nssooiating 
with people (in niaiinem nt least) so infinitely Ircneath lier; Co see her 
treriihJiug and blushiog if a word was droppeii thot seemed tending 
II inquire into her motives for retirement; all these circninatances, 
I say, considered, naturally excited a snspioion ipjnrioue to her in the 
mind of Mortimer; and he was tempted to think some deviM.iun 
n prudence had, by depriving lier of tlie fbvonr of her friends, 
made her retire to obscurity ; and that she would not ditilike an 
opportnnity of emerging trom it, he could not help tliinking. In 
eoiise<iiienuD of tliese ideas, he Dould not thiid: himself very cnlpabla 
n euL-ouroging tlic. wishes lier loveliness gave ri^ to: besides, lie bad 
'i;i)ie reason to suspect she desired to inspire him vritli these wishes; 
Vir Mm. Abergwilly told liim she had informed Mrs. Edwin of his 
irrival; an information he conld not doubt her having immediately 
coinmuuicjited lo Amanda; therctbre, her continning to coinu to tho 
Uall seemed as if she wished to throw herself in his way. Mrs. 




in iiitimocj between tlium, pariiuiila-ly 
Bobject WHS mentioned, sliriokin^ nntn 



b; and, faltering liijiiself it 
9 prcseut at leust, u> luimuur 



^B c tf I L II R E K 

^V 'fee given hi lier n^nerUoii of . 

^Vi M be raw her, whenever the 

^B It la the greatest f'Dnfiiirion. 

^1 Her reserve he impnted to jircleui 

^V' wonld soon wetir off, detemiined, for i.l 

^P' Iwr affecUttion. 

* With snch idens, such BsntimeutM, liml Lwd Mortimor's first visit 
to Afflftnda commenced ; but they experienced an immediate change, 
M the decreasing reserve of her manners gare him greater and mora 
frequent opportucitiea of dJBCOverilig her mental perfectionB; "he 
■trength of ber imderBtoiidiDg, theJnstnesB of her remarks, Iho live- 
SneMof her fancy; above alt, the poritj whiith mingled in every sen- 
timent, and the modesty which accompanied every word, filled him 

► irith delight and oinaxement; hia dnnbta gradually lessened, and at 
bet vanished, and with tli«m every design, wbioh tbey, alone, bod 
•Terpven ri»e to. Esteem was now nnit^ to love, and renl respect 
to admiration ; in her society be only was happy, and thought not, 
or ratber, would not suffer himself to tliink, on the eonsAiitence of 
BDch an attachment. It raiglit be said he was entranced in pleasure, 
from wbich Howell completely roused him, and made him seriously 
Hk bis heart, what were its intentions rebtive to Amanda, — Of suob 
views aa tie perceived Howetl snspocted bim of barbouriug, his con- 
Mienoe entirely acquitted bim ; yet su great were the obstacles be knew 

tin tbe way of an union between him and Amanda, that bo almost 
regretted (as every one does who acts against Uieir better judgment) 
'fliat be hod not fled at the flmt intimation of hia danger. So truly 
fiirmidable indeed, did these olatjicles appear, that be ut tiniei 
resolved to break with Aroando, if be could fix upon any pluu fur 
dtring so, witboot injuring bis honour, after the great attention he 
tiad paid ber. 

Ere he came to any fiual ilelenniiiatioD, however, lie resolved to 
try and discover ber real eitnation; if he even left her, it woidd ha 
■ oatiafaction to liis heart to know, whether his friendship conid be 
■erviceable; and if an opposite measure was his plan, it oonld never 
be put in exeention, without the desired inri>rmation. lie acoord* 
Ingly wrot« to hia sister, Lruiy Anmiiiita Donner, who wns then in 
llie country with Lord Cherbury, to request she would inriuire fWim 
^.Ui father, whether he Vmw a jn-i-Mm of tbn naiJio of Diiiiford; «nd. 



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1 ilid, what his Bituatiun and family were. Lurd Mortimer tagged 
Ler J^dyehip out to mtntion tlie infjuiries being Oiulstcd by liitn, 
and prmiiised, at s<mio future iieriud, to es^iilaiii the reHson uf them. 
He still contiutied liis ftKHidoitiea to Amuida, and at tlw expected 
B I'eccived mi answer to his ktt«r ; but how waa he sbiwked and 
alarmed, when informed, Lord Cherbury never knew a person of the 
naiDU of Duntiirdl His doubts began to revive; but before he 
yielded entirely to thtm, he resolved to go to Aniando, and inquire 
from lier, in the most exjiiicit terms, how, and at 'what time, her 
father and the earl bad become acquainted ; determined, if she 
iVi'ered him without embarrassment, to mention tJ> his sisler what- 
r circunistancea she related, lest a forg;etf^lness of them Lad alone 
mmle the earl deoy his knowledge of Dunford. Just as be was pass* 
iiig the grove with this intent, he espied Edwin and his wife coming 
down a cross-road from tlie village where they had been with poul- 
try and vegetables ; it instantly occurred to liim, tlial these people, in 
the simplicity of their hearts, might noftild the real sitnatioD of 
Aiaando, and save him the painful necessity of making iuijuirioB, 
which she, perhaps, would not answer, w ifliout his real motives for 




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I fiihik ns over ftn<1 above getiteel, wtien she heard we iia<l aided 
I 7enimy Hawthorn for it, when he came down rrom London wiLh her. 
I All we Toiist do is jost to drop wirae hints, as it were, of her sitan- 
I tioii, &nd then his lordship, to be saro, will make hia advantage of 
I them, ani] ask her every thing opont herself, and Ihon ith« will tell 

■ him ail of tier own accord: so, David, tnind what Isay, I charge yoii." 
I "Ay, ay," ericd David, "leave me alone; I'll warrant yon'll alwayi 
I fin'1 an old eoldier cute enongh for any poty.'' When thej readied 
I the Hill! they were shown into u parlour, where Lord Mortiroe; was 
I «3pecting them ; with difficnlty he made them sit down at the table, 
I irhere meat and wine were laid ont for them : after they had par- 
I taken of them. Lord Mortimer began wilh asking Edwin some qnea- 
I tioDB about his ftkrm (for he waa a tenant on the Tndor estnt«), and 
I whether there was any thing wonting to render it more ooinfortahlB. 
I "No," Edwin replied, with a low bow, thanking his hononrablo lord- 
I Bhip Ibr his inqniry. Lord Mortimer fpoke of his family. " Ay, Cot 
I pleiis the poor things," Edwin said, " they were to be sure a fine 
I thriving set of children." Still Lord Mortimer had not tonehed on 
I the mbject nearest his heart; he felt embarrassed and agitated: at 
I hat, wilh as mnoh composure as he could assume, he aski'd bow 
I long they imagined Miss Dnnford wonU! »Uy with thorn. Now wa* 
I the nurse's time to speak ; she had liithcrto sat simpering and bow> 
I Ing. *'That depended on circomEtaucee," she said. "Poor tear 
1 yonng laty, though their little cottage was so obscure, and so unlike 
I any thing aho had before been aecnatomcd to, she made herself qnita 
Irhappy with it." "Her father ranat miss her sodety very much," 
B adaimed Lord Mortimer. "Tear heart, to be sure he docs" cried 

■ imrse. "Well, strange things happen every tay; but stJU I never 
B tiionght what tid happen would have happened, to make the poor 
B dd gentleman and his daughter part." "What happened t" eirclaimed 

■ Lord Mortimer, starting, and suddenly stopping in the middle of the 
I room; for lutherto he had been walking backwards and forwards, 
m ^was not her business, the nurse replied, by no manner of means, to 
I be speaking apout the affairs of her petters ; but for all that, she 
E oould not help saying, because she thought it a pity his lonlaliip, 
B «ho was so good, and so affable, should remain in ignorance of 

■ **ery thing, that Miss Amanda was not what she appeared to I* ; no, 
l.tf the truth WMfiiid, not 'lieperewi -lie pOfsed for nt all; "Imt h-rt. 



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sLe would uever forgive me," cried the nurse, " if yoar lortsliip told 
tier, it was from me joar lort^ip heard tbis. Poor UMt thing, sha 
is very aaivilling to hsve her situation known, though she is not the 
firet poty who has met with a pad man ; and shama and sorrow be 
upon him, who tistrest herself and her father." 

JLor'l Uortimcr liad heard cnongh; every doubt, every enspiciun 
was realized ; and ha was eijuaUy unable and unwilling to inquire 
I'urthei'. It was plain ilmaiHla was unworthy of his esteem: and to 
[□quire into the circnmatancea wliich occasioned tliat un worth iuuas, 
wotdd only bnve toriured him. He mng the bell abruptly, and 
crduring Mrs. Abergwilly to attend tbe Eilwius, withdrew ianiiedi- 
iitelj to another room. Now was there an opportunity for Lord 
ii'ortiwer to break with Amanda, witimnt the smallest imputation on 
iiis huiiuur. Did it give him pleasure! No: it filled him with 
sorrow, disiippointmeut, and anguish; the Boltaesa of hw manners 
even more tljan the beauty of her person, liad faMinated hie soul, and 
made him determine, if ho found her worthy (of which indeed be had 
tlien but liille doubt,) to ceoso not. till every obstacle whioh coald 
impede tlieir union should he overi.'ome. He was inspired with 




ft Am- amilfl of iiuiocence and love, entivenei] aU her festnrcs. She 
I acemnl guddeul; to forgot ber ba:id was detdoed by Lord Uortimer, 

JoDgcT did she attempt to free it; elie nffered bitn gently to 
I draw it wiClun his, and lead her to the favourite hannt iu Tudor 

Fleoacd, jet bloabing and confused, she beard Lord Mortimer, with 
I more energy than he bad ever yet exprevsed himseir witb, declare 
I tfie pain he Bu&red the days be saw her nut. From liis ai-dent — Ids 
L pRSBionate eiprwsiomi, what could the innocent Amanda infer, bnt 
1 tlmt be intended, by nniting bis destiny to bers, tn scenre to himself 
I. Sfivcicty he to highly valued! What could xlie infer, but tbnt he 

1 immediately to speak in explicit terms? The ideit wiu too 
I jleasiDg to be received in tiaiiqaillity, and her whole sonl felt 
k^tated. Wliile tbey pnnsued their way through Tndor Grove, tlie 
r«ky which had been lowering the whole day, became auddcniy more 
r darkened, and byita increasing gloom foretold an approacbiug storm. 
^'Lord Uortimer no longer ojiposed Amanda's returning home; Mt 

carwly had Uiey turned for th.it purpose, ere the vivid lightning 
|l flashed across their path, and the tbiinder was awfidly reverberated 
Unony^t the bills. 

The Hall was mnch nearer than the cottage, and Lord Mortimer, 
throwing his onn around Amanda's waist, linrried her to it; bnt ere 
they reached the library, whone door was the first they came to, the 
k jain began pouring with violence. T>ird Mortimer snatched off 
P Amanda's wet hat and cloak (the rest of her clothes were quite dry,) 
l#nd immediately ordered tea and «oftee, as she refused any other 
ft .teTreslimont ; be dismissed the attendant*, that lie might, witboat 
m observation or restraint, enjoy ber society. As she preoided at the 
■ .tn-table, his eyes, with tlie fondest ragitare, were fastened on her 
Vjbce, which never had appeared more lovely: eierejso bad beightenpd 
W the polo tint of ber cheek, over wbirh ber glossy hair curled in bcau- 
I Cful disorder; tlie noiisuol glow gave a greater radiance to her eves, 
I whose soft confiision denoted tlie pleasure she experienced from the 
B klieniioDS of Lord Mortimer. 

I He restrained not, he could not restrain the feelings of bis soul. 
I "Oh what bappinessi" he ercldmed. "No wonder I Bmnd all 
I mcicty tasteless after having experienced yours. Where could I fliii' 
I «nch softness, vet snch sensibilitv; such sweetni'fs yet ""icb btvw*- 



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tioD i aacli beauty, vet such apparent unooosdousDMS of it. Oh, my 
Auiaada, sntootldy must tnat Ufa glide on whose destiny you sliall 
eliwe." AmjiiJa cndeaviurfct' to check these Iraiwports, yet sccreLly 
thay filled her with delight, for she regarded them ijb the sincero 
cffusioDs of Lonorulile love. Present happiness, howovur, conld not 
roider her forgetfnl of prooriety; by the lime ton vaa over, the 
evening begnn tu jlear, and sl-e protested she inuBt depart; Lord 
Mortimer prolo^'isl against this for some time longer, and at last 
liroaght her to the window, to convince her there was still a slight 
rail! Mllng. lie promised to see lier home as soon as it was over, 
and entreated, in the mean tirne, she wonld gratify him with a s«nng. 
Aniauda di<l not refuse ; bat the raptures ho expressed whUe singing, 
she tlioni;ht Iw violent, and rose from the piano when she had eon- 
clud'td, in spite of his entreaties to the contrary. She innisted on 
gottjtii,' her hut and ohtak, whicii hod been sent U> itn, Aborgwilly 
to dry; l.onl Mortimer at last reluctantly went ont to obey her. 

Amanda walked to the window ; the prospect from it was lovely ; 
the e/u'uinj was now perfectly serene, a few light clonds alone floated 
in the sVy, their lucid skirts tinged witli purple rays from the dwti- 




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L- AlDSnda 1>lns}ie(1, and averted her head, unatilc to apenk. 
I» "Ah, whj," lionliaiied he, pursuing her averted eyes wiu his 
■i^'riiould we create unta'^iMess In ourselves, by agato separating 1 " 
m^ Aoianda hiofced ui>at these wi>rils, with in VDluiitary surprise in lie.' 
B»POT|[itnmiir f Ixird Mnrtiiner understood It : tie «iw she had hitljeru> 
lldslrded herself with thinking his intentious towards her verv diSir- 
Ei^t iroin what the; reall; were; to safier her longer tu decuve lior- 
litelf, noold, he thoug:ht, be eruclt;. StrftoinK her lo his heating 
I iboft, he imprinted a lua» on lier tremuloua lips, and Eoftly tvld her, 
■ that the life which without her would lose haU' its ciiarnis, shoald b^ 
ftdbvoted to hor serrioe ; and that hia fortune, like hh Ixeail, should 
K^ in her poaeeesioo. Trembling, while she stnigglud lo free hcrHelf 
M'J hini his amis, Amanda demanded what he meant; her manner soiiiO- 
■jirhftt Hurprieed and confosed him: bat, reeoUecting that thia was tbj 
■TtnoineQt fur eiplanatioo, he, thongh with half averted oje«, declared 
BChis bo|>e!), hiii wishes, and inteDtiuns, Surprise, horror, and iudigna 
Vijon, fur a few minnl^s overpowered Amanda; but, eaddeuly recover- 
I Jng her scattered tenses, with a strength greater than she hod ever 
I kefore felt, she burst from him, and attempted to rush Irum the room. 
ftJLrOi-d Mortimer caught hold of her; "Whither are you going, 
l^mandat" exclaimed he, affrighted bj her manner. 
I. "From the basest of men," cried she, struggling I^ di3et>gage 
nerself. 

^ He shut the door, and forced her hack to a chair ; ho was shocked, 
■■mazed, and confounded by her looks : no art could have Bssnnted 
Epoch a semblance of sorrow as she now wore; no feelings, but those 
^M the most delicate nature, have expressed snob emotion as she now 
Fpetrayed : the enlivening bloom of her cheeks was fled, and 
Bflacoeeded by a deadly paleness ; and !ier soft eyes, robbed of their 
BlliHtre, were bent to the ground with the deepest expression of wo. 
^^«rd Uortiner began to think he had mistaken, if not her cbaraci«r, 
^^er disposition; and tlio idea of having insulted either purity or 
yp enitence was like a dagger to his heart. "Oh, iny level" he 
Hpclaimed, laying hia hand on her trembling one, " what do yon mean 
^^ de[jarting so abruptly f" 

B" "My meaning, my lord," cried she, rising, and shaking his bond 
B^m bers, "is now as obvious as your own: I seek forever to quit a 
B^*" who, under ihe appearance of delicate attentinn. meditated so 



bafe 8 scheme ag^at me. M; credulity may have fiulded yoa 
ftmii!>i.'mcnt, bnt it has afforded yon do Iriumph ; the tenderness 
wliicli 1 know jou tliink, which I Ehall not deny yoii have inspired 
me with, ns it was excited by iuinginnry virtaes, rd it viuiishcs with 
the illusioD which gHve it birth: what then was innocent, woald 
now he guilty. Oh heaven!> !" continned Amanda, clasping her bands 
toother, in a snddeD agony of tears, "is it me, the hfljilf^s i;liild of 
sorrow, Lord Mortimer eAight aa a victim to illiuit love I Is it the sou 
of Lord Cherbiiry dpstined such a blow against the niifortnnUa 
J'itzalan I" 

Lord Mortimer htartod. " Fitzalan I" repeated he. " Oh I 
Amanda, why did jon conceal your real name? and what am I to 
infer from your having done bo?" 

" What you please, my lord," cried she, " the opinion of a person 
I de^piee can bo of little consequence to me. Yet," continued she, 
as if suddenly recollecting herself, " thai you may have no plea for 
extenuating your conduct, know that my name wna coocealed by the 
desire of my father, who, involved iu nnaipectod distreiss, wished 
le to adopt another, till his affairs were settled." 




Im^ ■ttempted to prevent her ijnltting the apartmenr ■ lie followed 
her. bowerer. frotn it, '^ What do you mean, tny loi'd," aaked she, 

by coming after met" 

"I niesn to bm jau ufelj bome," replied be, in a tone of proud 
illeiuies*. 

"And i. It Lord Uortimer," said slie, looking stoadfiully in liis 
loe, "pretends to eee me aare?" 

Hit suinped, struck Lin tiand violently against bis forebeod, and 
laidoiined, "I seu — I sec — I am despicable in yonr eyes; but, 
Amonila, ! conuot endure your reprooclies. Pnuife fur a Cay minutca, 
and yoa will b'nd I uii not so desorving of them as yon imagine." 

titio mode no reply, but qnickenod lier pace; within s few yards of 
the cdtto^. Lord Uortinier caught her with a distracted air. 
"Anionilu,'' uid be, "1 cannot boor to part with you in this manner; 
fQu ihink trio Ilie veriest villain on earth; yuu tvill drive tiie Iroui 
four lieurt; I sliall become abliorrent to you." 

"UiHt iis4ired]y, my lord," replied she, in a solemn voice. 

'*CaDiM compunction tlien extenuate my error?" 

"Ti-i not c^nipunctiun, 'tis rvgret you feel, for tinding your lidaipH 

" No : by oil that la saci-cd, 'tin reniarsc, for evir having meditoUd 
ImkIi an injury. Yd, I iig-^iin repeat, il' you li.-'^;n to me, you will 
I am not su culpable a^ yon believe. Oh I let me beseech you 
to, do so: let lua lio|>« that my life may be devoted to yon alone, and 
I inny thus have Uia iipponutiity of apn'.o^xing for my conduct. 
Oil ! dofire*! Aniaiiila,'' kneeling before liei, '' drive me not from you 
in the liour of [lenitence." 

"Vou plead in vuin, my lord," cried she, breaking from him. 
He Bloiteil in an agony fivm lie ground, and again seized her. 
**Ia il tlius." he cietaimud, "with such unfeeling coldness I am 
ibandoDed by Amanda ) I will leave yon, if yon only any I am not 
letc«I«d by yon; if yim only say the roiiiembi-nnco of tlie sweet 
loura we have ejtent togcllicr will not become ImtelU to yon," 

lie van pale, and truinbied; a tear wet hia cheelc. — Amanda's 
legan to flow. Slie averted her head, to hide ber emotiun ; b-^t he 
nd perceived it. 

"You weep, my Amcnda," said he, "and you feel the inflacDri' of 
HIT I" 



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'■Uo, DO," tried the, iii a time nunriMly urtioulal*. — -■ 

''I will noknowledge," continued she, "I bolieve yoa poawiued of 
■tansibiljly; and an nnticJiintion of the painful fecting.-i U wiU exutc^ 
on Ihe reflection of yonr conilnct tu ine, now slops my fiirllier 
rvpro^lic!). All ! my lord, timely profit by mental currection, nor 
eT«r again encmrage a jioaslon, 'n-liich virtue caonut danction, ot 
reason justify." 

^ ffokp Ihe chtrub; nod lh( r»rt robuk* 
Efvtrt Id r"il>i(<d btiutr, wiArd irtn 
iDiiBclbla. 

Amniidn ()arti>(1 from Lord Mortimer; nnd, entering t)ie cottagv, 
Im^tily closed the door. Utt looka tcrriSed t!ie nuntc, who vas tlia 
only one of Ibe faroily np, and who, by fneaoB of one of her sons, li&d 
diicovered that Amanda bad taken refuge from Ilie thunderstorm in 
Tudor Hall. 

AinanJft had n<>iih«r hat nnr clonk on ; her faoe wa^ pule aa death; 
her hair, blown by the wind and wet from the rnin, hnng disheveltw] 
about her ; and to tlie inquiries of the nnrse, could only Gnawer by 
tohf mill leni-^. " l-ickalny," said tlic nurse, ''what aibi my em el 




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n of virtue: itelicocf sbrinking froiii one, timne<liBt«ly aniioiuie9<l 

t danger; hut ioiiocunre i[i:)])ired conDdonce in the other; and 

Mlulitr, iiiBicftd of suspicioD, occupied the mind. Aiq I OiMined lo 

« rictim of deception? end, eieept thy honest, tender heart, my 

I every other franght with deceit and troacliery to met 

tk the early Heason of youlh, perpetual jwrfirty makes us 

' rdiuqisL eandour and hojie, whnt dieriuB cau Ilie world rulaint 

The Kiul, Bjukeniug, recoils within itaelf, and no longer atartles at 

dissolation. Bdgravc ninied ut my peace — But Mortimer alune had 

fower to pierce the 'vital, vulni<rab!c heart.' Oh! Mortimer, from 

1 aluue the hlon* ie severe — yon, who In divine language I may 

r, Wert my guide, my companion, and my familiar friend." 

* Lord Uortituer was now a prey to atl the pangs which an inirannuns 

ind, oppressed with a coii!>eioii»neB9 of error, must ever feel; the 

it inipiarable vcugeaoec could not dcvi^ a gn-ater pnniahment for 

I than Ilia own thoughts inflicted; Ihe empire of inordinate 

Kion was orerthrown, and honour and reason regained their full 

d natural ascendency over him. Wlieii he reSected on the anifonn 

earance of innocence Amanda had always worn, he wondered at 

OS in over having doubted its reality; at his audacity, in 

r having inanlled it; when he reflected on her melancholy, hs 

thnddered, aa if having aggravated it 

"Yoor sorrows, as well as purity, ray Amanda," he cried, "ahonld 

c rendered you a saoreil object to me," 

' A ray of consoktion darte<l into liia mind, at the idea of prevwling 

B her to listen to the circumstances which bad led him into a coo- 

o anworthy of her and himself, snch an explanation, he trusted, 

d regain her love and confidence, and make her accept what he 

it immediately to ofier — Ida hand: for pride and ambition could 

3 obstacle to oppose this denign of reparation; his happineaa 

ed on its being accepted. Amanda was dearer to him than 

d hope eonld eketcli no prospect, in which site was not tlie 

!t object. Impetuous in bis passions, the lapse of the honm 

IS inauppitrtftbly tedious; and the idea of wiuting till the morning 

« hid penitence, his intention, and ngnin, implore ber forgive- 

I, fiUed him with agony : lie went up to the cottage, and laid his 

d Dpon the latch; he hesitated; eren from the rustics he wished 

9 concml his ahiime .ini! conAteion. All within ami with< ut tiM 



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cottage was Rtill; the rnoon-bmms Beamed la deep apon tLe thatoh, 
anil the treei U'eru imagitated by s breeze. 

"liappy rustics," eiclairaeil Lord Martimer. — "ChilUrdu of con- 
tent, and undeviating intepity, sleep presses sweetly on your eyel'tdi. 
My Amanda too rests, fur abe is innocent." Jle descended to tlie 
valley, and saw a lijjht from lier window ; he advanced wilbin a fuw 
yards of il, and saw Jiei plainly walk about with an agitated air — 
her liandLercbief raised to licr eyes, as if she wept. Wis feelings rose 
alinoKt to frenzy at Ihia siglit, and he execrated himself fur being the 
(lecanion of her tears. Tlie village clock struck one. Good heavens, 
liow many honrs must intervene ere lie could kneel before the lovely 
mourner, implore her soft voice to accord his pardon, and (as hA 
flatt«red hiiuself would be the caee) io the fidness of reconciliation, 
press her to bis throbbing heart, as the sweet partner of his future 
days! The light was at last ertinguiahed : but he could not rest, and 
continued lo ivamier aboat like a perturhwl spirit, till the day bigan 
to dawn, and he saw some early peasants coming to their labors. 




klone oongeiiial lu her feelings, Illtbrrto the morning hai' 
[latictitl^ expected ; fur with Mortiujcr i>lis enjoyed iu 

" Cwl. Ill fntTUil. ud IU lUent hour " 

But no Mortimer was now ilesired. In the evening lie r 
annthcr ailenipt, and, liriJiiig Hlen alone, sent iu ft su[ip!icaturj 
inessnj,*e by her to Aiiian<)a. Slie was jost risen, and Mrs. Edwin 
luuking tea t'ur her: a flush of indigmfflon ovurspread her pale fao«^ 
on receiving his moasage. "Toll hiin," saiJ she, I nm natonished at 
liis reiiitiHt, and never will grant it. Let him seek ebowbere a heart 
more like his own, ami trouble my repose no more. 

lie heard her words, and in a fit of pa^ion ond disappointment 
dew out of the house. Iloweil entered auon aller, and heard from 
Elleu ftu account of the quarrel ; a secret ho[)e sprung in Lis heart at 
Ihii intelligence, and lie desired Ellen to meet him in about half k 
hour In the valley, thinking by that time Le could dictate some met* 
sag« to send by her to Anianda. 

Ab tlie parson bad never paid Mias Fitznian any of those Bttenliooi 
which strike a vnlfiar eye, and had often laughed and fiuniliarly chat- 
with Ellen, she took it into iier head lie wn^ on adniirer of hersj and 
if heing the otject of Chip's admiration excited the envy of her neigb- 
boon, how much would that increase when the parson's predilection 
was known. 61ie wt akunt adorning herself for her appointment; 
nnd while Iliii> CNipliiyeil. the lioneai, faithful Chip entered, attired is 
bit holiday cloihea to efcort her to a little dnncc. Ellen bridled up at 
the first iiilimntion of it; and, delighted with the meessigo Amondjk 
bad sent to Lord Moitimer, which in her opinion was extremely d(H 
qneiit, she resolved now to imitate it. 

"Timuihy," mid she, drawiitg hock ber heail, yonr re([ue«t ti 
the raiMt imi'miierest that enn be oonoeived, and it is by no Dieauj 
conretilent fur tne lo adhere to it. I tell yon, Tini," cri«d she, waviiMi 
the comer of her white apron, for while band kerchief she bad not. * 
wonder at your preaomptionnera in making it; cease your tlatierlu 
esprewions of love ; look out amongst the Inferiority for a heart men 
like yiinr 'iwn : and trouble my pleasure no more." 

Cliip pntisod for a moment, as if wantinfr to roinpreliend her nieail' 
inif. 'TheBhort nnd the long of it then. Nell." snid he, '■is, tlutt y«| 
■nd 1 are tr, have n-tliing more to say to each other." 



78 OUlLbHIF Q W IBB AIBKT. 

'■'Tnic,' cried Iiia coquettisb mis'.Tera. 

"Well, well, Nell," said lie, half crjing, "Ihe time may conie, «L«i 
you will repent ever having serred a Iroe-hearted lad in this uuuuier." 
So .uj-iDg he run from the house. 

Ellen survejed herself with great admiration, and expected nothing 
haa J:an tlie iiaitiediale oSer of the psi»on'« hand. She found liiiu 
p'jnclu.tl to his apiKiintmcnt, and oAer walking bome time nliont the 
Tulley, the; sat down together npon a little banL '"Ellen," aaid lie, 
rnking her hand, "do jou tliink there is any hope for me?" 

" Nay, now, intced, Mr. ITowell," cried iihe, with affected coyneui 
"that is such a strange question." 

" Bnt tho quarrel pcrhups," said he, " may be toade np," 

" No, I assure yon," replied she witli quiiJcness, " it was entirely oa 
jonr account that it ever took place." 

"Is it possible 1" exclaimed he, pleasnro sparkling in hiii eyos, 
" then I inny renrge my passion." 

"Ah t«ttr now, Mr. Unwell, you ore so very (iresEing." 

"Do yon thint," asked he, "she ia to ill to »ee me!" 





eoDtoliiig Lei><]I[' wit)i llie uid sajiiig, of bnvint; muro Uiun one ilt'iog 
n hfr bow ; and tliuC if Cliip wmi iiiit Hi gentev!, he was ijmle t» 
J>ersoiiabI« a man as t!ie curulc. Walking duwn the lone eKd uinl 
a liiUe boy, wh.. gave her a letter from Ohiii. Full of tbo iicn of iis 
containing eome overturei uf reconciliation, t>he hn^tily broko it ojicn, 
•nd read to the following elfuct : 



riius aid lh« vanity uf Kll.!n rL>c«ive a ^i^-tMly |miii»limui.t. Uof 
)4Wrus fur boiuo ilnys whb anubated, bnt at Inst yielded ti) It.e mi!d 
I ' argaiuents of Amanda, and llic hopes nhe iuspired of seeing the wan- 
dpring hero agnin. 

Uowell at IflHt i>tilninvd an intervii-w, and vcnturtid to gileiid liii 
pfiRiion, Ainanda tbankvd him fur bis regard, but declared iier ina- 
iHliiy of returning it an be wifihed ; assoriug him, howevci*, nt the 

I. same time, of bersini^re frieudsbip. 
Tbia, then, shall liut&ee," said b«. "Xeithcr Borrow o<ir dJMippoint- 
meat are new lo me ; and when tbey oppress me, I w[ll tiU'n to th* 
Idea of my angL-1 friend, and forgvt (for some momcnbi at least) my 
'* lieavy barthen." 
Lonl Mortiiiicr made several attempts fur again si-i'ing Amanda, 
* hot withoot succcwa ; be llien wrote, but his lettei"!! were not mora 
■UGoe«-t\il. In de'puir of finding neither letters nor luussagefl 
ft-iewiviHl by Amanda, he nt last, by siratat^u, elfeetMl on iiiUrview ; 
• meeting one of the young Eilwinji returning from the puHt-tuwn with 
» letter, be imguiriil, and huai'd it it was for ^\>m. Ftlzulan ; a little 
> iferxiiaHiiui jirrt-iiile<l »n the young man lo relimjiiJHh il, and I.unl 
i Uortinier 8uw dircelly tu tlic oottagc— " Now," criej be, '■ tlie inex- 
orable gjrl must appear, if she wii^bes to recdve her letter." The 
anrse iciiinned Amanda of it ; but i>he, suspecting it to bo a scheme. 
ralitTCil to nppmr. " Thdce<l, I do net deceive lier," exclninieil I^rU 
^v 'Morlitner, " nor will I eive Ibc letter into any hands but hoi?" 
^h* " Ttuj, my lor'l,'' fniil Aiir.imln, rnming frnm her clinuvl";t, '' v» 



so GHiLUHifa on lUk Aimer. 

TQoil; crael ; but g;ive lug the lol[«r," iinpAtientl^ stretcliing ont licr 
liiind fur it. 

" Auuther condition renidiw to he oonipllei) «ith," (.•riwl iio, seiz- 
ing lier soft hand, which she, however, inataoUy withdi-ew, "you 
roast rend it. Miss Fit«Uan, in mj jireaence." 

" Good henTens I how yon torment me I" she eiclaimod. 

" Do jou comply, tben ?" 

" Yes," she replied, ond received the letter from liim. 

The pitj and cumpunctioD of Lia JLirdahip iocrerisod, as he gnanli'D 
her pnle face, while her eyoa eagerly ran over the contents of a letter, 
which WAS as follows : 




CMILDlir. S or THE AUBEV, 81 

tatT Miiglit licr liand. '■ Tliink not," criwJ lie, " 1 will lose Uie present 
opjMirtuiiity (H'liicli I huvu go Inng doaired, and with sitc-ti ilillicult^ 
obt«ncd) of unieriti^' Into u viiidiailion of my ctmdact : liowover it 
may be received by yviu, it is ti jiiatii* I owu my own cliai'ncler li 
niAke ; for as I never wilfully injured innocuiicc, so I cBiinot buar I 
lie oonaidereil its violutor. Aiiddot the wilditets, the citrava^aQCO of 
yoDth, wlkiuli witli compunction I ouknowleilf^ being tuti uitun led 
into, my heert Btill acquitted mo of ever committing nu net which 
could entail upon mo the p.tngs of conscience. Sacred to me 
virtue ever been, how lowly soever in flitnation,'' 

The idea of his being able to vindicate himself scarculy ulTorded 
leas jileosure to Amanda, than it did to Lord Mortimer. She suirnred 

a to reseut her, while he related the dreiimiilances which had led_ 
tiira aatray in hiii opinion of her. Oli ! how fervent was the ruptura 
lliat pervaded Amanda's heart when, as fihe listened to him, i' 
fonnd he was Btill the amiable, the nollle, the generous oharatter lier, 
fancy had first ctinccired him to be! Tears of |duaaiire, a^ exqiii^ 
as th-nc she hud lately shed, again fell from her ; for oh 1 n bat delight 
U there in knowing, that an oljject we cannot help loving n e muj . 

1 esteem I " Thus," cootinoed Lord Mortimer, " I have ntcuuntod ' 
fur niy error ; an error which, except ou account of your displcosura, -' 
I Ilhua not whether T should regret ^ a» it boa convinced me, n 
forcibly than any other eironmstjuice could have done, of the perfec-*' 
tions of j'our mind; and lias, besides, removed fhim mine, prcjudicei*'' 
which, not without cause, 1 entertained against your sex. T 
every wcunsji in a tlmiliar (.ituatlon to act like you, 



I cat! you mine iij the hei|;hl of my u ishes : on yonr dociait 
T liappint»9. 01 my Amaudn, \vt it be a favoiiralile decision, 
■nd siUfer me to write to Mr. Httaliin, ami re>iueiit him tu be.->luw on 
ne llie greatest pleasure one being can poMibly receive from anutheff 
I woman lovely, and educated as you have been." 

When lie menlioned appealing to her father, Amanda could n 
linger ihiubt iJie sincerity oi his Inlenlluns. Tier own heart plemlod 
>■ jiowvrfnlly as hii Holicitniions did fur panloning him ; nnd if nha 
V elicr.d lier hHiiiI, shi- lit \vntl sutl'.-rwl \\. Vi\K VJwva, 



Vtthout aaj reliictoQce. 
pnaiiDg Ltr t 



'I Euii furyivea then," tiiud Lonl MortiiDei, 
I boaoiQ. " Oh, my Amanda, jean of Undel 
tttWltion COQ never moke nj> for Diis gooUnoss." 

Wbon Lis truiLsjiarU were u little abttlod, he tajUted on vrrittng 
InnUMliati-ly to Fitxaluu : as ha sealed the letter, he told Aniauda ba 
hftd reqae£l«d on expeclitiona answer. The hapjiioess of the joutUfu] 
I)l4f «-iis commmiicoted to the honest mstici', ivhom lord Mortimer 
!)i>frAlly rewarded for their fidelity to his Amandii, oiid whom she 
nflfdily excused for their ombiguooB expressions to him, knowing Ibey 
jirooeeded from simgilicity of heart, and a with of serving licr, yet 
wltliout injuring thetnaelves, by betraying the manner io whicli tbey 
procured inlelligence of her siloatioD. 

The day after the reconciliation, Lord Mortimer told Amanda ho 
WU compelled fur a short time to leave her ; with what rdiielujice, 
h* Iioped, bho could easily perceive; but the visit he bad come iiitti 
Wales for the purpose of paying, hod been so long deferred, hia friend 
WW growing impatient, and threatened to come to Tndor Hall to see 
what detained him there. To prevent such a measure, which he 
Idiew M'uuld be u tolul inteiTuplion to the iiappinctis he eiiJoyt-U in her 




n«Iual Such were Amnnda'B antiuipations of what alie termed th« 
blcFdo^n of aa affluent fortooo: felicity, iu her opinion, wa» to bs 
(liffiisei! lo be eiijovod. Of Lord Cherliury's sanction to tlie attach- 
ment of his son, aho entertained not a doubt; her birtli was littla 
iitfrrior to lii», and fortune was entJrelj out of the question; for ft 
liltvrMl nviud, I'lie tliouglii, could neror Iwik to tlmt, when on one aids 
was already possecsed more than sufficient for even tlie luxuries of 
:il'e. Such were the ideaa of Ihe innocent asd romantic Araonila; 
ideas, which made her seem to tread on air, and whicli slie entertained 
. (ill aubaoixueDt azperienco couriuced her of their fallacy. 



CHAPTER XX. 



Bf tiflnf up hli couDHla I 



A VA.vDA was flitting in the recess in the (;ardeit, the fourth tr' 
of Lord Mortimer's absenoe, when huddenly she henrd the rattling of 
a carriage ; ber heiirt bounded, and she flew into the houoe ; n 
very mumciit a chaise stopped at the door, from which, to her 
presaible amaxemeut, her father descended. 

TraottGied to the spot, it waa many miuutes ere ahe had power t9 
bid him welcome, or return the fond careopcs he bestowed upnn lieh 
"I am come, Amanda," said be, eagerly interrupting the joyAd 
(peecbee of the Edwins, " lo take you nwuy with me ; and one 
is all I can give you to prepare yourself^" 

"Oi>od Heaven 1" said Amanda, starting, "to take me away ii 
dialely ? " 

■■ Immediately." lie repealed, " and as I know jou are attached ti 
Ihia gijod girl," (turning to Ellen,] '■ I shall be happy, if her parenti 
|>ermit. W procure her attendance for you." 

The Edwins, who would have followed themselves, or allow«^ ii. 
of lliuir family to (uUuw FitiaUii and his daughter lound the worli^ 



RB5 OP TUB 



glxL^ Dtniseiited to her going; Bud tLu girl, exc)Dsiv« of her atUiA- 

ta«nt U> AmoQila, which was very g3*ost, liaviug piuod «rer einoe hM 
bver'ii departure, rqoicod at the iJea of a diange of scene. 

Not so Amanda; it raado her autTer ngonv ; to be lorn from Lonl 
Mortimer in tlie hour of reconciliation find expliuiation, wm niurt 
than HJie ooold snpport with furtiti'.de. Her Cither, perliaps, liiul not 
received hU1eIt«r; but it wai but jrtstice then tohiinand Lord Mnrti- 
nicr to reveal her situation. She !-sft lior trunk lialf-pncked, and wont 
out for tliut por^ioM; but its aha titood before liiin with quivering lipa 
and liutf-a verted eves, at a kws to begin, he took her hood, and joftl^ 
ejiclairned, "Hy lore, let as for the ]irei«t;ut wave every snlyect ; th« 
innmentfl are precious, Ikasten to put on your habit, or we shall bt 
loo lale at the stnge where I*proi)08e resting lo night." Anuuda 
turned in silence to her cliaml>er lo comply with the desire; teon 
no down her cheeks, and fur the first time she conoeivetl the idea of 
being harried away to avoid Lord Uortiiner; but why, she could not 
think. Honour m well as t«ndernca», she thought, demanded ber 
acquainting hiai with the cause of her precipitate Journey : bnt wlien 
she took np a pen for tliat pnqjo^c, her hand was unsteady, and she 




I tiot (he inii>r«»iiona they left upon tlieir mind were n.jt so pwily 

endieutnl. FiUalan was the flnt U> break Uie unsocial silence, and 

it seeiaed is if he did ih> for the purpose ot' roasing the d^ectiun of 

, his daughter. A croM roitd tsom the cottage eltortlj brought theni 

to CoQwaj ferr7, wliicti they vera utilifp^ to paaa, and here, had 

Amnnda's mind been at etse, bhe would have felt trulf grutiSed by 

viewing tlie remains of gutbio niitgni licence which Cnstla Conway 

eihibit{>d; as it wad, she could nut 1>ebold tliem UDinoved, and, whilst 

the admired, she gave the passing tribute of a sigh to grandeur and 

I decny. They only continued in Conway till a carriage was provided 

fur them, and soon came beneath tho stupendoad projections of 

Penmaenniawr : tliia was a scene as new aa awful to Amanda. 

•* Well, Cot in heaven plesa their soulu," Ellen said, " what a tefll of 

% way they should he in if one of them huge stones rolled down 

Upon the carriage." They stopped not again till tbey reached Bangor 

Tbrry, where they were to rest for the niglit. Amanda's slrengtb and 

I cpirilB were now bo entirely exlionsted, that hod not a gloss of wine 

I been immediately procured her, she would have fitinted from wenk- 

i nebs; ibisalitllo revived her, and the tears she shed relieved in some 

degree The oppressions of her heart; her father left her and Ellen 

together, while he went to give directions about the journey of th» 

Risning day. 

Amanda went to the window and threw np the eash; the air 

' from the monntalns she ihooght refreshed her; the darkneas of the ' 

hour was opposed by a bright moon, uHiich coat a trembling radiiuic« 
I upon the water, lind by its partial gleams exhibited a beantiful scene 
I of light and shade, that, hnd Amanda bncn in another frame of tnind, 
I the woold infinitely have admired ; the scene too was almost as silent 
I u it was lovely, for no voice was heard, except a low murmur from 
I TTNces below Mairs. While she stood licre in a deeg) reverie, the pad- 
f .Siuig ufooni suddenly roused her, and she beheld a boat on tho oppo- 
t ,rile shore, which in a few minutes gained the one where she was, 
I "and alio saw coming from it to the inn a large party of gentlemen, 
I vhosc air and attendants announce<l them to be men of fashion ; they 
I KCtned by their discourse to be a convivial party; tho light was ton 
I dim bf aQow their faces to be discerned, but in the flgure of one^ 
I Amanda thought slie perceived a strong resemblance to I«rd Morti- 
I ln»r: her hem I throbbed i siie leaned forward to endeavour to diitin- 



OF rus 



giilsh COIF plainlj-, and ftt the momont heartl his well Icdowd voice 

urJering hi* groom to have Uie hore«9 resilj at twelra o'clock, ns be 
wonU Cuke the ailTnntago ofsnch fine weatlter to set off at Uiat honr 
for TuJor lliill. The partj were tlicn iiihe-reil into a nxnn coutiguons 
to the oue occupied b; Amanda, wlilk ihe bustling of tlie waiters, and 
llie claltering of knivtia, forts, and plates, announced Ihe preparations 
tor a late diunrr. Oh! what were now the a^tatiotu of Amanda, to 
tliiuk tliat in one iiiomenl she could infnrtu Lord Mortimer of ber 
I but the transport the ideii gave was relinqnUbed almoat 
s r';lt, as such a measure she tliouglit might perhaps for ever 
disoblige her father. In (his tumult of doubt and perplexity bo foniul 
her, and by hia condact conrinced her that be not only know of Lord 
Mortimer's being in the house, but wished her ti) avoid him, for h& 
iiutantly led her fi-om the window, and, shutting it down, darted, for 
the tirst time in bis life, a severe frown at her: adagger in tbebreaat 
of Amanda coald ecarcelj have given her itiore pain ; a cold horror 
ran tlirouj^h her reins, and she was oppressed by as nmnj fears as if 
the had been conscious of ofTemling him. Tlio supper he had ordered 
wiLS a lillle retankd by the late dinner of his gny neighbours; he 




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f, ia tlie n>«y Oougliitr ft some ixmr curate in this \-iciuitj-, nho 

— "Bewniv," int«rrit)jtvd Lurd Murlimer, in an agitated Toictt 

j-ou soy ; givu me no reason tu repent having introiliioed a 

fl so voliieil iutii tliin coingiaDy ; tbe Eitnation of Miss Fitxalan U 

. eiaotl; wluit you siipptise ; but let this auffloe for you, to kuow it 

9 Muiirue her froiu every species of impertinence ; anil was 

"ss protected, her own elegance and propriety would elevate 

IT above receiving any." Tlie face of Fitzalun during tliis oonver- 

ja was crimsoned over, and lie ngain darted a frown at the trem- 

g Amanda, wliich ohiiost petrified tier ; he tolil bcr tiiat she and 

must retire immetliately to rest, as they had a long joiimej 

e them the ensuing day, which would require Ilieir rising early. 

^Amanda for tlie tirtl time in hec life wished to bo relieved from his 

iwnce, and gladly rose to obey bim: he attended her himself to 

-iHim prepui'cd for bur, whicli was directly over that where the 

leiiieii sat: to think of rest was icnpossihle; the severity of her 

jr's looks, and her prccipitolo journey — die know not wliilher 

It evidently for the iiiirjiofH] of avoiding Lord Mortimer, filled tb« 

koughts uf Amanda wiUi uonl'uaion and distre^. Ellen essayed art 

m consulation. 

" Whal t)ie tefd do yon think," said she, "if I was to go down and 
e bisi lordii1ii|i an intima^ou of your peing here ! You could easily 
t see him in the garden, or else we could [>ring him up here, 
I if tlie cni>tiiin surprised ns, we coold pop liim in a moment 
Iliad tlio curtain." Amanda motioned her to silence, unwilling to 
> the tmiallecil eound of Lord Mortimer's voice, and determined, 
s as the was to tee biju, never to act in opposition b) her 
At length the burned were led from the stable, and the con- 
inal pnrty descended lo them. Amanda softly nusod the window, 
d eaw Lord Mi>rliiiicr eagerly vault npon the saddle. lie gave a 
isty adiea to hix fi'iuiids and gnlloped olF. They mounted at the 
, but IiHik a contrary direction. Aman4a leaned ont till 
no loiiirer hear the clattering of (he horso'a hua&; her 
; Us the sound died upon her ear; she wept ns nlie retired 
a tlie window ; tlie idea of Mortimer's disappomtiueni aggravuieu 
' grief; she no longer o|>[K»cd Ellen's cSurls to undress her; 
liiiuiud by fatigue, sleep soon closed her eyee, and tier fancy agaia 
innporied her lo Tudor Hall, nnd Moriiiner. 



M CH-Li. KBS OV IHB ABUir. 

B) Uie first iIhwii of iky a kiii>r.t al Iier uliiiniber door ronsod her 
froiQ Ihh pk-ONing illusion, and she lioard lier fatlier desiring her tf. 
rise imniediatelj ; drowsy as ithe ws.", ohe instantly ubBved lh» 
Hiimtnons, and awaking Ellen, they were rcaJj to att«ud biiii in ^ 
few miotites ; a boat wiw alr«ady prepared, and on gaining the oppt- 
•its aide they fonnd a carriage in waiting;. I>ny was non- just dawn- 
ing; a (p-ay mist enveloped the laountwnB, and cast a ahaile of 
obscurity npon all the inferior objects; at length the atmo^phertt 
began to brighten : the Incid clouds in the ^aat were tinged w^ith 
golden radiance, and the sun in beantifid and ret^ilgent in^«$ty arose, 
gladdening the face of nature with his poUnt beams; the trees, the 
ihmbii, seemed waving their dewy heads, in sign of grateful hom^ifra, 
while thw" winged inliabitanl«, as they soared in the air, poured 
forth the softest notes of melody, Amanda, in spite of »sdnoBs, beheld 
the charming scene with admiralion, aiid Fitialon onntcmplated It 
with delight. "All nature," be exclaimed, "points out to man the 
gratitude doe to the dirino Dispenser of good ; hnrdeneil must that 
heart be against tlie feelings of sensibility, which the lianiiony and 
froj^nce of tliia early hour awakens not to a perfect sense of it.'" 




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rw to b« dune ; his lardsliip soon farincd a iilan lliat at once 
J uio witli gratiiade aiid pleiwure, as it prouii^d ine cum- 
I, without del 'living '"* '>f independence: this wna to accc-pt 
Hf it^'uc.v (if n coDiiidfrablc uitiite in tlie norlli uf Iri'lanil, wW.Ai h« 
I ID riglit of liiv wifv, the kte Countess uf Clii^rbiirj', viha 
u liisll beireaa: he proposed my residing in Uie lucmaion imusc, 
uaAuring to advance a sam sufiicieul to answer all deiuands and exi- 
gviiciCB; and atriving to lighlun tl)e obligfttiifiu lia conferred upon me, 
Lij deuiuring he liad long been seekiag a msn of irell-linawn probity, 
M Ida liist agent liad gone off considerably in nrreara with liim. I 
accepted ]ii» generous offer, and soon ft'ced myself from the power of 
Bdgrave. 1 now felt a tranquillity I was long ft stranger to, and was 
bmied in preparing to come down to yon, when Lord Mortimer's 
latter, like a clap of thander, broke the liB[>py colin I hod eigoyed. 
Gracions Heaven ! I shuddered to think that at the very period Lord 
Clierbury woa building np :ny fortunes, the hopes he enteruuiied for 
' Ids dnrling soil were in a wny of being deatroyed, through means of 
a connexion of mine. lie hod liiul«d to me his having already 
settled upon a splendid alliance fur Lord Munimer, wliicli lie also 
hintod his heart was set on: this the infatuated yonng man hod tiim- 
S(4f some knowledge of, for In bis rash letter lie entreated my secrecy 
relative to his proposal for yon, till beyond the reach of inorluls to 
separate you. No doubt he would never have asked uiy consent, hod 
he Ihooglit he could have procured you witliout it; he took me, 1 
suppose, for some needy and ainliitions creature, wlio would, tltough 
at tlie eiipease of integiity, grasp at the opportunity of elevating a 
child to rank and fortune; bnt never was an erring 11101101 more mis- 
taken ; though dearer to uie than tlie air 1 breatlie, though the 
lovely child of my lost Molvina, though a cherub whose inuoocnt 
ecdotnncnts utlen raised in me, as I'nispero says — 



SI woidd rather see you breathless at my fw;l. tiian, hy consoioxu nnd 
apparent meanne^, daaerve luid incur itie iiudevolence of calumny. 
1 committed tlie letter to the flames, and reque«tml Lord Cherbiry's 
Unal commands; being desirous to commence my journey without 
y. u yonr delicate ftAtc of health, I said, mada ae aniioai 



to hava you itnmedlately uudor m; ohu cure; lie complied with mj 
rei)uest, and I travelled post, resulved to separate you and Lord Mor- 
timer, even if prepared for the altar ; aur wa.t I alone actuated tJ tlLs 
by gratitude lo Lord Cherbnry, or cunsideratioti for my own hcnour 
— no, with theoe, a regard for joar peace eijnally inQnonceil me; a 
■oul of sensibility and refinement like jours could never, I knov, ba 
liftpi'y if treftl«d with repuklvo coldaesa by tha family of her 
hiiabund ; partleiilarly if her conscieoce tuld her she merited that 
coldueas by entering it clandestinely. Could I bear to Chink that 
villi, so lovely in [)erA>n, so amiable in luiuinerB, bo illaslrioiiB in 
>lL'M.'eiit, $li(>ii]d ba cidled an artful and neoeniiitoiu contriver; an 
Imputation whioh, most undonbtedjy, your iimun with Lord Morti- 
mer would have incurreil. No I to the Goil who gave you to my 
Cflrc, I holil inyftelf reapondiblc, as fur as iu my [inwcr, for proaerviug 
your jfeacc; to Hie niotlier, whose last words implored my tender- 
ness fur ber ofi^prinp| I hold myself Bc<»>un table ; to ina ahS'ttiU 
existK; I think her ever near, and ere I net, always reflect whether 
I would incut her apjmibalion: such is the rteport 




OaiLUUIt.l or Il(> ABDBT ffl 

l^tnre; she started np and flang horself intu his anns. "Dearest, bedt 
■a," she eiclaimed, in a voioe broken bj subs, " whftC is all the 
nio ID compiriaoD'jf ytiu? Khnll I put Lord Mortiiiier, bu 
[*l»tely a stranger, in oom]>elilion with jour happiness? Oh, nol I 
l»iriU hanceforth try to regulate every impulse of my heart according 
Into jonrwiKhee." Fitzolan bunt iDto Icara; the eatliusjasm uf rirtuu 
d ihorn U>tli : hallowed are her raptures, and amply do tlusy 
lenwj the puia attendant on her saorifices. 
iJinaer was brought in, to which they xat down \a their osnal 
uiuer, and Amauda, Lappy in her father's smiles, felt a ray 
^ rettimiag cheerfuloess. Tlie evening was delightftdly serere 
1 they went on hoard, and the vesM'l, with a gentle motion, 
d over tJie the gltteritig waves ; sickness soon compelled Amanda 
I Ellon to retire from tlie deck ; yet, without a sigh, the former 
t rclinqnieh the receding prospect of the Welch mountains. 
y the dawn of next, morning the vessel entered tlie buy of Dublin, 
I Fitznlan shortly after brought Ainanda from the cabin to con- 
a scene which fur surpassed all her ideas of suhliinlty and 
1 ^ene which tlje rising sun soon heightened to the moat 
lowing radiance. They landed at theMariue Hotel, whi'.'elhey break 
hsled, and then proceeded in a carriage to an hotel m Oapel-street, 
c they pro|iosed slaying a few dayn, for the porpose of enjoying 
r's company, whose regiment was quartered in Dablin. and 
ng »ome requisite purchases for their jonmey to the north: as 
« carriage drove down Capcl-streel, Aniimda auw a young oftiuer 
jiding at the comer of Mary's Abbey, whose air very much 
rubied Oaenr's : her heart palpitated ; she looked otit and per- 
iled the reiseiiiblanee a joat one, for it wiw Oscar himself; the car- 
> poswd too swiftly for bim to rec<ignize her fiice, but he iru 
Mtoiiished to see a fair hand waving to him ; he walked ilawa tht 
Pet, and reached the hotel Just as they were entering i*. 



Tin rnptares of Uiis nu^eting Burp.issed ilencriplion ; to 0»car UiPJ 
were lieiglitcned bv anrprise; ha veax, iinfi>rtiiniUel7, tlint day on 
gnaril at tlie bank, therefore, cnnlil only pny them a few slmil. and 
stolen TiAit!>, bat Ibe next muming the moment he vat relieved. )ia 
came lo thein. FitMlsn had given Anuinda inoney to ptirohw* 
■whatever whe deemtii neoeiisary for lier ■■onvenicnce and aiiiiue- 
nieiil, nnil Ostwr nttendi'd Iier In the most cvlebrateil shops, to iiiitka 
hri- [luri'liAsex ; having snpplied lier^elf with a pretty fuhionaiila 
n-'siirtiiient fur her wardrobe, sh« procured a aiiudl culttiction of books, 
siiffloicnt, liowever, fhnn tlieir cscelleiipo, to form a liiile libniry in 
tlirmcelves, and every reijnisile fur dniwinp ; nor did she forjtet the 




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I lie hnd anfortunately perceir©*] it) that it was not derircd 

iiiiprudcuce ; lie preleuded to nay it A'aa but a sliglit cliuf^iiii, 

'liich would aoon n-ear away of itseif if not renewed by inquiries. 

iUalan, bon'orer, was loo much atTectcd bj tlie subject to drop it m 

ilj as Oscai' wiBlieil. After regarding lum for a few niiiiuics, 

aa attention as tnonrnfui a^ fixed (wliile they sat round tlic tnblii 

dinner), he suddenly exclaimed, "Alas, my dear boy. 1 lunr 

s are worse within, than yon will allow," " Now indeed, ft*car." 

led Amanda, sweetly guiiling on him, aniiotis to relieve liirii I'ruiu 

Uic enibarrassnient thefie words lind involved liim in, and to dissi|>aie 

the d(e|i gluuni of her father's brow, " though never in the wura, I 

I'atipy you are not quite heart whole." Ho answered her witli an 

■ft'ected gaiety ; but, as if wishing to ohunge the discourse, suddenly 

,^oke of Colonel Beigrave, who, at present, tie said, was nbsent IVuin 

tht regiment ; occupied by lii* own feeling, lie observed iic)t ihe glow 

.'irliicli mantled tlie ctieeks of his father and tester at tlint name. 

*" You know Ura. Belgrave," said Amanda, endeavouring to regiiiii 
■Bdnipoaure. " Know her 1" repaied lie, with an inviilnniary aijtii, 
"flh yeitl" Then atler the pniije of a few ininiiles, luriiiug to hia 
filtlier, " I believe I have ah'eady Informed yon, air," said he, " ll.nl 
the daughter of yonr brave old friend. General IloncywiMid, 
[ Bs^re yon, paid ine no little 'attention on your account; li!» 
is qnite the temple of hospitality ; and she the little presiding 
gmldew." "She is happy, I hope," said Amanda. "Oil, surely!" 
replied Oscar, little thinking of the secret motive liis sister had for 
■eking sneh a question; "she possesses what the world thiu^i 
XtMory to constitute felicity." 

Fit&dan had accounted lo Iiis son fbr leaving Devonshire, by raying 

■jQle air had disagreed with Amanda : he tolil him of tlie fdcnd^Jiip of 

lord Clierbury, from which he said he irusted thorily to bo al)k' to 

lave hiin promoted. "He assured, my dear Oscar, moat williiijjly 

wonid I reliiiquisii numy of the cuiuforts of hfe to attain Ihe ability 

lastoning your advancement, or adding to your happiueoB." " My 

Oscar mournfully re]ieate<l. Tears filled his eyes; lie 

lid no longer rest-ain ihem, and starting up, hurried to a window, 

landn Rillowed, unutterably aflected at his emotion. " Ot^oar, iiiy 

O^car," (aid ahc, as i>!te ftung her amis round his neck, "yoo 

me bfyond eipresoon." Ua tat down, and ko&ing \i\a\>«tA 



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ipoD her bo!M>ni, as sbe stood Lerore him, his teora fisit Uinragh bv 
hoiidkerciiii-f. " Oh heavens!" exct^med FlttaJan. cloapiag hia IibihIb 
Logetber, " what n sight is Uiis I Oh ! mj cliildreD, from juai fvlieitf 
alone could I ever derive anj ; if the hope I entertained of that 
ilisap[HiJnte4], the lietut which chorrshed it must soon l<e 
wlcnt." He arose and went to them. " Yet," conUnncd be, "amidst 
the augiiisli uf lliis moment, I led a ray oT pleasure at iierceivlug an 
affection so strong and icndur between yon ; it -will bo a mutual 
eonaolalion and snpport when tbe feeble help and protection I can 
give is finallj' reuiored ; oh t then, my Oscar," he proceeded, wliile ha 
folded their Qnil«d haiid-i in ]iU, " bemme tiie soothing friend and 
guardian of this dear, tJiia amiable, this too lovely girl : let her not 
00 severely feel — too bitterly nionm— the loss of an unhappy father." 
Amanda's tears began to stream, and Oscar's for a few nilnnte:' 
rere increased. " ExcuM' nie,'' at last he ^aid, making an effort tc 
lert hiinscir, to his bther, '' and he assured to the ntinost of my 
.bihty 1 will ever obey your wishes, and fnlfil your eipectations ; I 
ashamed of the weakness I have lietraved ; I will yield to it r 
lierefiire vour haviiLa see 




Th« neit day was devuleJ lo visiting Ihe public buiWiiigi, ths 

K^ark, and a few of th« most beat;Iiful \ila/xa in its vicinnge. On tho 

KtBaning niai-niiig Fltzalao and Amanda oontititied their Jonrnej to 

north, wbero Oscar o^ured Ihein he expected leave to visit them 

« following samiuer, after the reviews were over; as be helped his 

o the carriofK', she pat a pocket-boiik into bis hand (given by 

IT fatlifr for tbat purpose,) which contftiiied somctbiTig to replenisli 

e attend the travellers, or rather while they are jonrncying 
e shall euJeavoar to account for the d^Mtion of Oscar. 



CHAPTER XI. 



Not ibuDrt ihtj ruM'j ( 



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I Oboab'b regiment, on Lis first joining it in Ireland, vos qnarlcrcd 
BEnniskelkn: the corps wm agreeable, and the inbahitants of the 
DspiCable and polit«. lie felt al! Ihe delight of ayonng and 
IBtvrprisi iig mind, entering to what appeared to him, the rond tc 
lory and pleasure. Many of his idle momitsgs were spent in 
tnUing abont the conntry, sometimes Hcconipnninl by S pnrly of 
I, and aometiroes alone. 
. In on« <>f his solitary excnrsions along Ihe benntifiil banks of 
iMigb Erne, with a light fuse« on his shonlder, ij» the woods, that 
t d«acended to the edge of the water, abounded in game, aft«r 
ocpeding a few mil(^s, be felt qnile ealjansted hy the heat, which, 
low llie ntiudle of auminer, was intense ; at a little distanc* 
« perireivcd an cirrbard, whose glowing apples prondsei] a dclighlfu) 
fapMl; knowing iliat lh« fruit in many of Ihe n^ighhriuring phiCM 



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was kept for sale, he resolved on trj-iiig if tiny was to be pntcliaaoil 
here, mill accoriliugtj- u[>enetl a STiiall gate, ftnd &sceii(Ia<i t!iruiij(ti a 
gross-gmwu imCli in the orcliard lo a very [>ltuo, white fottnge, which 
slooJ oil H geutly Bloping Iftwn, surrounded by a rude poling. lie 
knocked against the door with hia fusee, and immcdialely a little voiy 
girl appeared. " Tell mo, my pretty laus," cried iic, " wliether I con 
pui'eliOAC any of the tiue apples I see liere." " Anan I" exclaiiiied the 
girl, with B fooUali stnre. Oiicar Bl^nc'^E ^^ ^^ inoiiieiil into the 
poKinge, saw from a liatf-closed lioor nearly opposite tlio one nt 
which he stood, a beautil'ul fair face peeping out. lie involuntarily 
started and ]>ui^iling tuiide the gii'l, mode a step into the passage. The 
rooTU directly o|pened, nnd an elilerly woDi/in, of a. genteel ligure, 
and i>leasing eounlenanpe, oppeareil. " Good lieavens I" cried Oscar. 
taking off his hat, nod retreating, "I fear 1 have been guilty of the 
highest impertinence; the ouly B])ology I can otl'cr is by saying it 
was not intentional. T am quite a stranger here, nnd having b«en 
informed most of the orchards hereabouls contained fmit for sale, I 
intruded under that Idea." " Your mistake, sir," she replied, with a 




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F'Wme<itii» fancied he luw an ftrch rmilo plivjing orer lier features at 
L (be involuntary glancoa lio directed towarJs ber. 

A fine bottet uf upples and eome dclieiooa cider were brouglit to 
r Osc&r, and ha fjund hia entertaioer u ho«pitable in disj>OBitioa U 
lhe vrsA pleasing in convoTnatiDn, 

Tbe betLutiful interior of the cottage by no means corresponded 

vitL the plainneB* of the exterior ; tbe furniture wm elegantly neat, 

Alid ttie room ornnmenled iritL a variety of fine printi and land- 

I scapes: a largo folding glus door opened from it into a plooBurs 

Adelo, so wm tlie ohaniiing young stranger CAlleil, obatted in the 

k puin lively and (iiaiiliar terms, and at last ruiuiing over to the b.vket, 

F tosl lite appks all about the table, and picking ou tbe finest, presented 

tbem to Oscar. Tid scarcely ncocsiuu-y to say be received them witii 

•motion: but how ti'Hnsietit is all nutjlunary bli^l A cuckoo dock 

r Otoor's liead, by striking three, reminded bim that be bail 

' fiaased near two hours in tbe cottage. '' Oh, he&veni," cried bo, 

■larticg, " I have made a moiit unconscionable intrusion ; you see my 

dear lodiet," bowing redpecifully to both, "tbe cunsequeuce of being 

too polite and too fascinating." He repeated his tljanks in tbe most 

ftniinaled mouner, aud snatching up bis hat deported, yet not without 

cutiag 



Tbe sound of footsteps after hiin in the lawn made him turn, and 
b« {>eroeiv«d the Udien Lad fullowed liini thither. lie stopped again 
to speak to them, and extolled the lovely prospect tlicy had from that 
•ainence, of the lake and ltd scattered Islands. "I preeome," aaid 
JLdeht, handling the ftisee on which he Uant, " you were trying yonr 
■access to-day in fowling!" " Ve^ but as you pen eive, I have been 
nnancoessAil." '"Then, I assure you," sdd she, with an arch smile, 
*' there is choice game to be found in our woods." — '■ Delicious gnme 
Indeed I" cried be interrupting the archness of her look, and animated 
by it to touch her hand, "but only tantalizing to a keen sportsman, 
■who sees it elevated above his rencli." "Come, come," escloiuied ^ 
tlie old loiIy, with a sudden gravity, "we are detaining the gentle- 
mail." Shu took her fnir companion by the arm, and hastily turned 
tu the cottngo. Omklt gazed alter tlieiii a momenl, theti vrilb a halt 



VS caiLBatnurTBCJiBtr. 

«DunbereJ sigk deac«D(M l« tb* road. If « CDBld not bcl|> llunluag 
thia inuidenl of the moniinc rerj like the note! ftdientarM be had 
Mometimet rea^ to hi* Biat«r Anunda aa alie Hit &t vork, and to com* 
pletc liic rercmblance, thougbt h«, 1 uun fall in loie iriib ihe little 
heruiup. Ab I 0«c*r. beirare of itiich imprudenue ; guard jour bfsrt 
with all vmir mre ngainvt t«iid«r iinptfrsiioni>, tiil fuHune hat Lern 
man pr«piii<ia« (o ;f>ti ; tba* would mv fatbei fpeak, tnu?«i) Oscar, 
and set his o«n misfurtum in i^rnble array b*f)rc mc, were he ouw 
preBent. Well, I must endeavour to act as if ha were hero to exhort 
inc. Uci^h ho! proceeded he. abotilderiiig hia fusoe, glurv fur sume 
lime to coiDB must be my miatreea. 

Tlie null momiDg the fiuee was again taken down and he sallied 
ont, tftrefully sToiding the officers, lest any of (Iiera ^iionld oflfer to 
BcooinpHDj htm, for he felt n strADge relactanee to their participating 
I'iihvr the »m]\e» of Adcla, or the apples of the old Itulr. Upon hii 
an-ivul at thu orclianl, finding the gate open, he ad^anceiJ a few tttpa 
np Iho path, and had a gliitipsa of the rotcage, but no object waa 
TJsiblp. 0»car was Io<i modest to atlemgit entering it uninTitfd, bs 
thprefore turned back, vet often «wt a hwk behind him ; no one how- 




wne ra!t«d to h^rs vitb the moit ftrdent ftdmirmtion : ^et not to 
them alone could he confine the eipreMioo of his feelings; thay 
broke in half-formed scotcDces from his tips, which Adels beard witb 
the moat perfect composure, desiring him either to eat or pocket hw 
apples quickly, as she nanlod her boDoet. being ia a grent hurry to 
returu to the cottage, from which aha had made a kind of stolen 
march. The apples ware instantly committed to his pocket, and htt 
was permitted to tie on the bonnet. A depraved nan might faara- 
mieinterpreted the gaiety of Adela, or at least endeavoured to take 
Advantage of it ; but the sacred inipreision of virtue, irhich nature 
and education had stomped upon the heart of Oscar, was indcliblj 
filed, and he neither suspected, nor for worlds would bave altomptod 
injuring the innocence of Adela ; he beheld her (in what indeed was 
ft true liglit) AS a little pkyt'iil nymph, whtue actions were the oCf- 
■priog of innocence, 

" I assure you," eiclaimcd she, rising, " I am very loth to quit thli 
pleasant seat, but if I make a much longer delay, I shall find tlie lad; 
of the cottage in aniious eipeotation." "May I advance!" said 
Oscar, as be pushed open the gate for ber. " If you do," replied she, 
"(he lea«t that will be said from seeing ns together, is that wo were 
in Boarch of each other llie whole of the morning." " Well," cried 
Oscar, langhing at this careless speech, "and if they do say so, it 
-would not be doing me ii\jnstioe." *' Adieu, adieu," aaid she, waving 
her hand, " not another word for a kin^om." 

What a compound of beauty and giddiness it is, thought Oscnr, 
watching ber till shu c.itered the cottage. As he returned from the 
Bweet spot, he met some labourers, from whom he inquired concern- 
ing ibi owner, and learned she was a respectable widow lady of the 
name of Mrj-lowe. 

On Oscar's retnrn from Ennisliellin, he heard from tlie officers that 
General Uoneyivood, an old veteran who had a fine estate about 
fourteen miles from the town, was tliat morning to pay bis cnnipli- 
menta to them, and that cards had been left for a grand (i^te and ball 
which be annually gave on the first of July, to commemorate one of 
. the glorious vicloriea of King William. Every person of any faahioa 
in and a^out the neighbourhood was, on such occasions, sure of ao 
invitation, and Uie officers were pleased with theirs, as they had fo» 
wme time wished for nnopporlnnity of seeiuK Hie gennrars dangliltr 
who was ver}' nmcli aiimhvd. 



pillar 



100 e a 1 L b R ( N . T n » * . B E T . 

The KWiBrftl, like k Irue votnran, rctttincd an enthuBinrtic attncti- 
niinl for Ui« profcBuioo of arm>, to vrhiuh. not only tlia motmng. bol 
Iha ninridiaii uf bi« lifo had beeo devoted, and which he hud not 
quitted till oompellod by a debilitated constitution. Senlcd in bi» 
t,\ mansion, he brgnn to BipericBce the want of a faithful com- 
who would heighten the cnjoyroeiits of tlie tranquil hour, 
ftnd aoothe (be infirmllioa of age ; thii want wiw Boon supplied by hia 
union with a young lady in the noighbnurhood, whose only dowry 
waa innoaeiK-e and beauty. From the great disparity of their ogoa, 
it wa« concluded she haii married for convenience ; but the lonoF of 
bar oonduat chanfc»d this opinion, by proving the general posseiwod 
her taoderest sflectiona. A bappicr ooaplu wei-e n«l Lnown; hut 
till* hitpjilnuHS WM lorminated ab Huddcmiy as fatally by her death, 
which lin|ii>«ned two years nftei' tlie birth of her daoghtcr; all the 
(teneral's love was liien centered in her child. Many of the ladice in 
the nelghbuurb(HHl, induoed by the well-known felicity his Jady had 
•i\]uyed, or by the largeneita of Ills fortune, made atteiupta to engage 
blin In nialriiiionial toils, hut be fought shy of theia all, aolemnly 
fleolaring, " he would never bring a al«p-mother over his dear girl." 
In her liifiuioy she was his pUiything. 




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s enteriainmeot smved, 
jiarty, set off eviy- tor 



, At iKigth the (layfurGeuiTnl Ilniieywdo 
jaid the ot&c«ra, accoTii[)anio(l by a Inrgt 

Miillswii, tbe nsme of the gooerai's seat ; it was aitnated 

rdera of Llie lake, wbere they found barges waiting to eoivtsf them 

a H BinaU island, which was tlie «e^ne of the inoming's. anmsement. 

e bn-nkfost was bud out aioidst thti ruins of an anbieot buildings 

rbicb, from the renerablu remains of its G<ith!u olefajut, was, idobC 

probably, in tlie days of religious enthuHiasni, tli« seat of sacred 

; the old trees in groupa formed a thick c^pp^ overhead, and 

) ivy that crept along the walls filled up luanji^^-tlie nicheB where 

indona bad formerly been; those that SttU.' remained open, by 

■sceoding to tlie ground, alfurded a must emihai^ting prospeui of the 

[e; the long succession of ardies whirb* -ot^iiliioited the body of the 

iiipel were in tuany places mvereil vilji creeiiing mrma, atid scat- 

with wiUl-fliiwcrg, blue hare-bcils, and iilhcr fpontaneoua 

K of nature, while between them were pLiced seat« and 

rvakfiu-t-inblen, onuuiieuted in s fanciful manner. 

'he iillicera experienced a most agreeable surpi 

T itiferiur were their feelings to the seiuatioi 

in, iiiiruduced with tlie jmrty by the gonerul 

ehl ill Miss Iloneywood the luvtly AdeU. She Beetncd [o ciijuy 

sarjiriae, and Ura. MarUiwe, IVoiii the op|Kisitc side of the tulile, 

bckiHicd Liiii to her with on nrch look ; he flew round, nnd she 

Je romii fur liim by herself. " Well, ray friend," cried slie, " do 

I Uiiiik yini sliult find the general'^ fruit as tempting as mint.!" 

.!i!" eidaiined OsciLr, half-sigh lug, half-smiling, " [lc«)H.-riun fruit, 

nr, wliic'lt I can never ho[ie to obtain." Adela's stieiitiun, duiing 

|tiikl'ii*l, ivas too much engrossed by the corn|iniiy to uUow liur to 

e Oiciir mure than by a few hasty words and smilee. There 

; no daneing tJU the evening, the company, after breakfast, dis- 

Krsed accordiog to their various inclinations. 

t ii-liuid WAS diversified with tittle acclivities, and Bcnttcred over 
wild sbniUs, wliicli embalmed the ulr ; temporary nrbuure of hiii> 
L, intermingled with lilies, were erected and laid out with fruits, 
IS and otiier refreshments; upon the edge of the water a iiianguee 
pitcbeil for tlie ref^inental band, which eulonel Uvlgrave bad 
dy LMUipliinented the general with; a flag was huitited on it, and 
■ few small flcld-piecei wuru mounted-, w^Kn^ 



e on entering, bnt 
which Oscar felt, 
daughter, he 



IM 



aata were everj vbere dtapeised, dressed in wlitte Blreflmera, oni» 
raeEll^ witli a provision of orange-col uiu-cd ribbons; tlie britinan 
were dressed io the same livery, and the bsrgea, in whicli several af 
the party'were to viait tbe otber i^l&nds, made a picturesque Appear- 
ance with tbeir gaj »tre&iiiers finttering in the breeze ; tlie iiinsic now 
softly djing »way upon tiie water, now gradnnllv swelling on the 
breeze, and iMbued back by tlie u.'iglibouring hill, added to the 
pleasure uf tbe scdne. 

Oiicar followed th* steps of Adelo, bat at the very moment on which 
be saw her disenj/^gefl from a lai^ party, the general hallooed after 
him from a ahady bauk on which be sat. Oscar coidd not refuse tha 
Hnmmons, and as he ap^'roacbed, the general, extending his hand, gave 
him a cordial squeeze, ai>b vulcomed liini as the son of a brave man 
he had once intimately kr^uwR/ "I recollected the nnine of FitzaUn," 
said he, " tlio moment I heard it mantioncil, nnd liad the liap|)iiicesof 
learniug from Colonel Bclgrave I was not mistaken in believing you 
to bo tlio son of my old friend." He now made several inqnirica 
ning Filzalnn, nnd the aHi-cIiunate m^mncr in which 1 





proclaitnod by sound of truDipel. and oDBwcrod b; nii inimeJiata 
4i>cJiBrge from tlis mount. At tix, the Udlos rolurnt^d tuWuu41uwn 
Cb change their drcueii for the ball, and nuir 



Tea Bt)d coffee were served iu the respectivo roami, and by eleroa 

le ball-room was completely crowded with company, at onco brilliant 

mpd lively, particuinriy the ^^flntlemcn, who were not a littlo elevated 

if the cnnerara potent libationa to th« glorious memory of hiui whoso 

livictory they were celebrating. 

Adela, adorned lu a style superior to what Oscar hnd yet wen, 

l^ppeared more lovely than he Lad even first thonght lier; her dre»B, 

which was of Ibin muslin spangled, was so coiitrived as to idve a kind 

)tt aerial lightncM to lier ti^nirc. Oscar reminded her of the pminise 

the morning at the very moment tlie colonel approacliG<l r<>r ilie 

purpose of engitging her : she instantly infonued liim of Iht engugc- 

lent to Mr. Fitzftlan, "Mr. Fitzalanl" repeated tlio colouc!, with 

ie haughty wr of a man w)io thought ho liad reoison to tw utfended: 

he has hwn rather pi-ecipilate indeed, bnt though we may envy, 

%lio ohall wonder at his anxiety to engage Miss TlDueywoud." 

Dancing now commenced, and the elegant Rgiire of Adein never 

greater advanloge : the lranBporte<l general watched every 

ivemeni, and "incomparable by Jove! — wliut a sweet uugel fhe 

'' were eipresaians of admiration which (nviiluntarily broke from 

a in the pride and fondness of bin heart. Oscar too. wboae figore 

j-n.s remarkably fine, sliareil his adnuration, and he declared to Colo- 

ISelgrnvo, he did not think the world could produce such another 

iple: this aimcrtion was by no means pleasing to the colonel ; he 

isessed an mncJi vanity, perhaps as ever fell to the share Oi n young 

us of iiertVetlon, and detested the idea of havini* any 

fWmpetitnr (at least such a powerful one as Oacor) in the good ^ncca 

f tlie lodieo. Adela having concluded the dance, complaiunl of 

itigoe, and retired to an alcove, -whither Oscar followed her; the 

coTumnnded a view of the lake, the little iblsn'I and the 

icJ abbey; the moon in full splendor, cast her silvery light over 

lioae objects, giving a sotlness to tbs landscape even morejilcositg 

the glowing charms it had derivpd from lh(i rndinncyof day 



lot caiLbRixoriiiBABiiir. 

Adela in dancing hai dropped the bandeau from her hftir. Oa»r took 
it up and «til! rotnined it ; Adela noir stretchad Turth her hnnd Co take 
It ; "Allow me," cried he, gently taking her hand, " to keep it; to- 
lootTow you would ca«t it away as a trifle, but I would treasure it as 
a relique of inegCirnabla value ; let me bare lome memento of the 
charming hours 1 have passed to-day." "Obi ft truce," said Adela, 
" \rith luch eipressioDi, (wbo did not, bmrever, oppose his putting 
her bandeau in bis bosom) they are quite coinnii'ii place, and have 
alrco'lj been repealed to hundreds, and will again, I make no doubt," 
— " This is your opinion T " — " Yes, really." — '■ Oh I would lo heaven," 
oiolainied Oscar, "I durst convince jou liow mistaken a one it is." 
Adelo, Isngliing, Msnred him that would be B difficult matter. Oiicsr 
grew pensive; "I think," rried he, "if oppressed by niisfortime, I 
kIiuuM of all places on eaKb, like a aecliiBion in the old Abbey,'" 
" Why, really," said Adela, " it is tolernbly calculaied for an henni- 
togc, niid if you take a sulilary whim, I beg I may be apprised of it in 
time, as I thoiild receive peculiar pleasure in preparing your mossy 
eoucii aud frugul fare." "Tlie reason for my liking it," replied he, 
" would be tiie pi%)spect I ahoald have from It of Woodkwn." " And 





I ^AMl&ring it waa b trophy of the liappiucas he had enjoyed tbai d&j, 
wd that the genarnl should have informed her a Boldier Dorer rriin* 
[ qnished ajch a glorious memealo." " Rssigu miue," replied Adela, 
f'and procure oue from Miss O'Neal. " — "No/'eriod ho, "I would not 
I f^j ber charmi and my own ainoeril; so bad u comptlment as \a &tk 
I what I should not in Iho least degree valuo." AdcU'o Bpiritti revived, 
I KDd she repeated her request no more. 

The dancing continued afwr supper, with little in terminal on, till 
Nven, when the company repaired to the saloon to breakfast, aftor 
[ iriiich they dispersed.— The general particularly and affecionatsly 
J bid Oscir farewell, and charged him to ooneider Wood lawn as his 
I knd-qsarters. " Be assured," said the good-naturoi old man. " tha 
I son of my brave, worthy, and long- respected friend will ever ba 
I wliuble to my heart and welcome to my home ; and would to h^roti 
Ffa the oaim evening of life, your father and I had pitched our t«ula 
tr each other." 

jm this period Oscar became almost an inmate of his houw;. anu 
■ ^e general shortly grew so attached to bim, (hat he felt unhappy if 
ed of his Dociety. The attentions he received from Oecar wen 
s an aSectionale son would pay a tender father ; he supporlc<1 
lerable friend whenever ho attempted to walk, attended him 
Pjn all the excursions he made about his domain, read to him when 
e wanted to be lulled tj sleep, and listened, without betraying any 
mploms of fatigue, to his long, and often truly tiresome stories of 
' battles and campaigns: in paying these attentions Oscar 
Qftieyed the dictates of gratitude and esteem, and also gratified a 
VJMueTolent disposition, happy iu being abis 



Qut bis time was not so entirely enprnssoil by lbs goiiernl, na to 
rovent bis lisving nmny hours t<i devote Id Advln; with her be 
lately conversed, read, and sung, roinUad with ber tlirongh 
tomjintic putba, or rode along the beautiflil borders of Lougb Erne, 
a almost bor constant escort to all Ilio parties she went to in tlio 
eigliboarbood, and freqneatly accompanied her to the bovcb of 
Irrctcbodnnss, where the woes which extorted the soft tear c~com> 
fcisor.ition be saw amply relieved by ber gi>neriiLis band ; ndii-riig 
K ta I'C dill bcPjrc, hov iiiii^ittiblo was ii fnr O-car. in ili.^r.. daii 
ii» 



lOfl cniLDKsii or t»i abbbt. 

gcroua tate-i-tetes, to resist the progreu of a tendtr passion — a p«s- 
■bn, Udwever, conGaed (lu {m at Iciist as sileDoe could cuafloe it) lu 
bit onu heart. — The cunfidence tchiuh bo thiiught the geueral repused 
iu liim, bv Bllowitig siich an interourse with his daughter, wus too 
snored in bis estimation lo b« abused, but tliough honour reaislcd. 
Ilia heultL jielded to his feelings. 

Adflu, fnim delighling in company, auddenlj took a pensiro lurn r 
(ho deuliaed the r^natoDt socielj she bod hitherto kepi up. und 
fceeaifd in a solitary ramljle with Oscar, to enjoy more pleasure than 
the cavcst parry appeared to afford hor ; the farouriie spot ibuj 
tiaitoil alnioEt every eveuiog, was a path on the margin of the luke, 
at the foot of a vuudy mountain ; bore often seated, they Tiered the 
eun sinking behind the opposite liilU, und while thvy ct^oytd the 
bentgn&nay <ii his departing bconis beheid him tinge the trembliog 
waves vi^i gohl and purple; the low whlBtlo of t]ie plonghiuoa 
rQtQrtiin«; to his hanible cottage, tlie ]i)iiiiiIivo carol ofbirda from Uie 
Bt^aCf'it fft^Te, and the low bleating of tlio cattle Ihiiu pasturca 
wbich ewelleil above the water, all these, by giving tlie aonnesa and 
most pleasing ehorms of nattirc to the hour, eutitvivcd to louob yet 
more sensibly, hearts already prepossessed iti favour of each otl]i:r. 




rniboBiNoriaiABDiT. 107 

fed jo; t,aA lerror ; her csrcues soon r«viv«d him, and n» he relumed 

ni. his ejes eagerlj tvugbt his deliTerer. Oacar stoud near, with 

Kfaingled teodernviH and anxiety id his looki, the general tool( hi» 

tend, and whilet he pressed it along with Adela'g lo his bosonii taara 

■in them. — "You are both tny cbildrenl" he exclaimed; "the 

Aildren of m; love, and from juur felicity I must derive mine." 

LThia expression Oacar coneeired lo bo a mere effusion of gratitude, 

"ittle thinking what a project relatlre lo him bs4 entered the gene- 

fal't head, wlio bad first, howerer, consulted and learned from his 

Ikughter it would be agreeable hi her. This generous, some will «nj 

l*nauuitia old mnn, felt for Oscar tlie most nnbonnded love and grati- 

I (fade, and aa the best proof of this, he resolved to bestow on this 

t'^ung soldier his rich and lovelj heiress, who hod acknowledged to 

er her predilection for him. He knew botb bis birtb to be 

I feoble. his disposition amiable, and his spirit brave ; besides, by this 

I teion l« should secure the society of Adola ; he wished her married, 

it dreaded, whenever that event ti^ok place, he should be deprived 

of her; but Oscar, be supposed, bonnd to him by gratitude, would, 

vnlike others, accede to his wishes of residing at Woodtawn during 

his tifetime: his project ha resolved on communicating to Colonel 

Bdgrave whom, on Osmr's auconnt he regarded, as Oscar had ai^d 

(what indeed he believed) that he was partly indebted to him for bis 

commission. 

What a tiiunder stroke was this to Belgrare, who arrived at Wood- 
lawn the morning after the resoluLiun was finally settled, aud was 
■died to accompany the general about a tiltle business, lo the sum- 
mer-honse in the garden; poor Oscar trembled; he felt a presenti- 
ment he should be the subject of disuourw, and liad no donbt but 
the general meant to oompkin to Ooloncl Bclgrave, as a person who 
had some authority over biro, atwut his great pai'ticiilnrity to liisa 
Hooeywond. 

Bftge, envy, and snrprise, kept the cdlonol silent some minutes after 
ihe general had ended s|>eaking; dissiinuiatiun tliun eonie lo his aid, 
nd be attempted, though in Altering accents, to express his adtnira- 
ioc of Biicb generosity; yet to bestow sncli a treasure, so inestimable, 
ft FUch A man, when so many of equal rank aud fortune sigbeil Rii 
H possession; upon a man too, or rather a bov, froru whose age il 
I.Ci[;ht he eipcctei!, his affuctious would be variable. "Let me t«U 



108 CHILDRBN or THK 4BBEr. 

jou, colonel," laid the geoerHl. haBtil; interrupting him, and Btrilfing 
hia Blick upon the ground, as he aroao to return lo the house, " there 
can bo but Httla danger of his DfTeclions changing, when eucb tt girl 
as Adela is his wife ; bo touch no more upon that subject, I entrent 
you ; but jou roust break the affair to the young fellow, for I should 
bo in Buch a confounded flurr;, 1 ahould sot nil in confusion, bud bent 
an alarm at the firiit onset." 

The gloom and cmbnrrassmoBt which Rppenrcd in the countenance 
of the colonel, filled Oncar with alarmB, lio imagined them eicited bf 
friendehip for him ; after what the general had said, he sighed to 
hear Darticulara, and longed for the first time to quit Woodlawn. — 
The colonel n'&x indeed in a atato of torture; he had long medilat«d 
ihe concjuest of Adela, whose fortniie and beanly rendered her a truly 
desirable object; to resign her without one ctTort of circumventing 
Oscar, was not to be thought of: to blast his promised jojs, even if 
it did not lead to the accomplishment of his own wi.thes, he felt 
would give him some comfort, and he resolved to leave no meana 
nniried for so doing. 

They set oft' early in the morning for Enniskellen, and Belgrave 




C>1ILD»«» Uf IKK iBBgr. lOfl 

f *t tiani; him. ha hu not generoflit; enough to reiTard that brarer; 
bis daiighlsr or any of her treasure," — '■ Ilenvea is my witneM 1 " 
vxclaimed the unsuspicious Oncar, "I ncTCr aspired to cither; I 
hlwavB knew m; passiim for his daughter as hopeless us ferTent. aud 
«l«iMn for him m disinterested as siuccre : 1 would have sooner 
8ied than abused the confidonce he repoiied in me by revealiDf; my 
attachment; 1 see, however, in future I must be an exile to Wood- 
lawn." "Not BO, neither," replied the colooei. "only aToid such 
particularity to the |;irl : I believe in my soul she has more pride 
than BUBceptibility in her nature ; in your next visit, therefore, which 
'fcr that purpine 1 would bavo joi soon tiutlte, dticlare, Id a cavalier 
taaiuier, ^onr alTections were engaged previous to your coming to 
Ireland; this decloralioD will set all to rights with the general, be 
no lunger dread you on hia daughter's account, you will be as 
•relcome as ever to Woodlawn, and enjoy daring your oontinuanco in 
the oonnlry, the society yon liavo liitherto been accustomed to," 
," said Oscar, "I cannot assert au (treat a falsehood." — "How 
ridiculous," replied the colonel: "fur heaven's sake, my dear boy, 
drop each romantie notions ; 1 should be the lost man in the world 
to desire yon to invent a fabehood whicli could injure any one, but 
no priest in Christendom would blame you for this." "And suppose 
I vtr.iiiriv w!iftt will it do, bnt bind faster round my heart chains 
klrently loo gallini;, and destroy in the cnil all remains of peac«." 

'■Faitli, Fitzalsn," said the coionel, "by tlio time you hove had a 

few more love afliurs with some of the pretty girls of tlii» kingdom, 

you will talk no more in this way; consider (and be not loo scrn- 

pnlous) how disagreeable it will be to resign the general's friendship, 

uid the pleasing society yon enjoyed at Woodlawn; besidijs, it will 

■ppear strange to those who knew your former Intimacy ; in honour 

too yon are bound to do as 1 desire you, fur should the ^rl liavp 

been imprudent enough to conceive an attachment for you, this will 

. nertoinly remove it, for pride would not allow its continuance after 

I bearing ofafAvonrite rival, and thegeneral will be essentially served." 

I " My (Joor colonel," said Oscar, his eyes suddenly sparkling, " do yon 

tlilnk nlie has been imprudent enough to conceive a partiality for 

met" "I am suns," said the colonel, "that is a question I cannot 

I |>ositivelj answer; bnt to give my opinion, I think from her gay 

1 vnofibnrmfu^d innnner, slifi hjinot." "I suppose not, indecil," fj'.td 



110 



■ T, 



OKnr, muurnfull J sighing, " whj thea sliould I be & guilt; of afaW 
homJ fur B pQnua who in already indifferent Id nie f " "I have tuld 
ji)u my reaioa," replied the colunel coldlj. "do an juu please." 
They were now both silent, but ibe uoDrer^alion wts hmd rcnon-ed, 
&dJ many arguments paused on both side OHcaHa heart secrelljr 
favoured the culonel's plan, as it prumlted the iodulgence af Adela'a 
Rooiety ; tu be an exile from Woodluwn was insupporluble Ii> bis 
lliDUghts. reason yielded to the vehemence of paseioD, and he at liut 
fell into the xnare the perfidiouH Belgravo had spread ; thus by a 
deviation friiin tnith, forl'eiling Iho biuasing a boautaiiod pmvideuce 
had prepared fur liiin. 

Ob I never let the child of integrity be seduced from the plain and 
nndeviating path of sincerily ; oh I never let him hope by illicit 
means to attain a real pleaBnre; the hope of obtaining any good 
throngh snch means will like a meteor of the night, allure but to 
deceive. 

Soon after this fatal promise to the colonel, a self-devoted victim, 
be accompanied him to Woodlawn : on their arrival Mis9 Honey wood 
was in the garden, and Oscar trembling went to seek her; he found 





my »torj- — " then pausing a minute, ho Btarted up, " no," continued 
he, "I Hiid it impossiblfl to tell it~let tbU dear, this eatimnbtcol^oct, 
(drairiiig n aitnlnture i>f his lister rrom liis bdsumj, npeak fiir me mid 
declare, wEiether he who bvcn tiui^h a beinp: can ever lii»c thnt Inre, 
or help being trrelched at knowing it is without hope." AdtU 
soalched it hnstily from him, and by n andden siarl betraved her 
gurprige : words are indeed ioadequnte to exprcM her heart-rending 
cmoiions, as she contemplated the beautiful oounlenanae or her 
iiunginary rival ; and waa Oicar then — that Oicar whoa she sdorsd 
— wlios« lisppiness tihe had lioped to coiutitule — whose fortune ehe 
dtliahtud to think the should wlvanee — really attached to onotlier; 
■las too true he waa — of the artachment &he held a convincing proof 
in her hand, she examined it again and again, and in it« inllil beauljea 
tlionglitshebeh«ld a striking proof of the superiority over lliechnmu 
abe tientetf possessed ; the rosea forsook h«r checks, n iiiist nvengireutl 
her eyes, and with a Khivcring horror she dni]>i>ed it frtira her hand. 
Oscar bad quilted the arbour to conceal his a^fonii^s. " Well," said 
he, now returning, with forced caliiinaiki, "is it not worthy of inspir- 
ing the passion I f«elt" Unable to answer liini, s)ic could only point 
to the place where it lay, and hastened to th« bouse. "Swe«t 
imago," cried Oscar, taking it trom the ground, "wljat an unworthy 
purpose have I made you answer — alaal all in now over — Adela — my 
Adelal — Is lost for ever — lost — ah heaTensI hud I ever hopes o( 
poaaeaslng her — Oh nu! to such happiness never did I dare to look 
forward." Adelo, on reaching tlie parlour which opened into tba 
garden, found her father there; "Ab: you little baggage, do I act 
deserve a km for not disturbing your tcte-u-lL-tel Where is tltat 
young rogue Fitzalan;" "1 beg, I CTilicnt, sir," «aid Adcla, wl,os« 
teare wmld no longer b« ««r:ii;!eil, "jou will never menlion him 
npnln to i!io, iiw imich l.ac iilrviidy 1>ccil stud nbont him." "Nayt 
]<r'ytli«r, my liltlo girl," cxetiiiincil tlic general, rggnrding her witli 
«ur|>i'iac, "eeiM lliy Mglis and tcni-s, and tell me what's the ninlter." 
" 1 Hill hnrt," replied slie, In a voice scarcely articiihtle, " thntso innch 
tiiw U'uii Miid about Mr. FiUnlon, who 1 con never rcgiird in any 
oiliiT li(:lit iluin that of a common acqualniance." The colonel, who 
liail I'liriMtpvly lingered about tlie wood, now entereil, Adcla Htiirtcd 
And pn.'r:i|iiliitely retreated tiirouuh oiii^lher dour: — "Fnitli, my deul 
fM-Wi,'' wiiJ llio gwioral, " I tin (jhid you arc comfj, Uie boy anil j[ir 



Imre had b littlo skirmiili, but lilce utlicr Iutc quarrels, I BUppose it 
will soon be made up, ao lot me knuw how the hid bor« the snnouDCB- 
ment of his good fortuiie," '■ It fllla a raiiimal mind with regret," 
cidaimod the colonel, oeoting himself graTnlj, and inwardly rejoicing 
at the success of his Etratagcm. ''to find such a fatalitj prevalent 
nmoDg mankind, as makes them reject a proffered good, and sigii for 
UiaC nhich is unattaiuublo ; like wayward children neglecting their 
sports 1(1 pursue a rainbow, and weeping as the airy pageant mocks 
tlieir ftrasD." "Very true, indeed," said the general, " vary eicellent 
upon my word ; I doubt if the chaplwn ol' a regiment ever delivered 
such a pretty piece of morality ; but, dear colunel," laying bis band 
on his knee, " what did the boy eay ?" " I am sorry, sir," he rejjlied, 
" Iliat what I have ju^t said in ao applicable to him ; lie acknowledged 
the lady's meril, citolled her generosity, but pleaded a prior attach- 
iiieni against ncceplicg your offer, whicti even one more eialted 
would not tempt him to forego, though he knows not whether ha 
will ever succeed in it." "The devil he didt" exclaimed the general, 
as soon as rage and surprise wijuld allow him to speak, " the little 
imi^rtinent puppy ; the nngraleful young dog ! a prior attachment — 




lis 



!. and the dot 

in tiJB brciWt; 



a delighl lu Umt 

1 proaperoua kiid 

1 ifae fii'Bt tho 

H or 700 th 



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l«e<1 her ]iaMinn fur hint wu of ths tenderant nnl 
|]tr»oH' wirh Imvin); inspired one efiimllj urdi 
oned liy ber Tutlier, alis thought it wuuld cum 
thcii iJre^ and looked forward irith a gonerou 
'idd wben sbe should render ber bei»ved Fitiaiai 
Icpeftdent 1 the ditappointmeDt sbe experienred, 
met, «nt hea'T on her bonrt, aod the ga; 
• moisent cloaded by melancholy ; hut her pride vtu kt 
grcnt an ber scnttibility. ftud 08 its powerful Impulse pervaded her 
jnind, she resolved to afford Oscar no triumph, b; letting him wit- 
her dojeotiun ; ihe therefure wiped away ali tracei of learn from 
eyes, ched(cd the vain sigli Uiat sti'ii^luil at htr beiirt, nod 
d herself witli as tniicb attention ea ever; her heitvy eyes, hor 
lurless checks, however, denoted her feelings j the tried, as she 
table to appear clieerl'ul. hut in vain, and on tlie removal of the 
ith immediately retired, an no ladies were pixaent, 
The general was a stranger to dissimulation, and as he no lunger 
full, he no longer treated O^car witli usual kladiieaH; when )iate, 
trembling, and disordered, lie ap|>eared before hiin, he received liiin 
frown, an air scarcely oonipiaisant; ilii:' increased tlie 
itation of Oscar: every leeling of his soul was in coinniotion, he 
longer the lite of the eom|H»nyi tlieir hajipiuBss and mirth 
led a sttiking contrast to liis misery t ad dejection ; he (vlt a fur- 
wretch, a mere child of sorrow end dEpeoiI«nc«i scalding tear* 
;)ped Chain hjru as he bent over Ids plate, be could have cudumI 
iself ftir such weakness; fortunately it was nnnoticed. In losfiift 
general's attention he teemed tu luso that of liie (.'nests; bis tiiu- 
Wiim grow too irkAinie tn be borne; he row nDmrr.rdod, and a Hocrut 
impiiI>o led bim to t!ie drawing rooin. livre Adeln, opprebsed hy the 
il^eclii'iioi hcrlo^vspinl*, had tliiiig liur^eii' uponawuch, andgrudo- 
stink into a nlumber. Oscar stepped liylilly forward, und (;u<i>d on 
witb a tendemeiv as ei'iniute as a motlier woidd have fJl in 
iwing her deeping babe. Her cheek, which rented on her fuir 
liand, was tinged with a bhi.sh, by tlie reflection of a cnmsoD curtrJi 
throngh which the sun darted, and the traces of a tear were yet dis' 
cerrjble upon iL — "Keverl" cried OecAr, with folded hands, as ^u■ 
hong over the iotereetiog figure. " never may any tear, excf' 
" toft NitiibUity for th« 



s of otliert, bedew th« obndc of Adala 



— perfect ai ber goodii«M be her felicity — mayeveiybleMing aatnam 
enjoys be rendered permanent bj that power who amilei beniji^ly 
upoD ianocence lilce herg. — Ob I Adula, he who Dow praji for yoat 
felicity, Dei'er will lone jour idea ; be will cheriiili it in his heart, to 
incli'Tate his eorrowa ; and, from the dreary path which may ba 
appiiinteil for him to treati, iiometiniea look ba«k to happier scenea." 
Adetn began to Htir, nhc murmured out nome inartinukte wordi^ aod 
suddenly rising from the cuucb, beheld the motionlenH form of Fit*- 
alan ; haughtily regarding him, she axked the meaning of Guch ait 
iiitroHion. " I did nut mean, indeed, to intrude," laid he, " but when 
I came and found you, cfiu you wonder at iny being fowiinatod to th* 
BI>ot t" The plaintive tone of hisvoioe annk deep into Adda's heart; 
she eighed heavily, and turning away eoaled herself in tlie window. 
Oscar loUowed ; he forgot the character he had assomed in the morn- 
ing, and gently seiiing her hand, pre&scd it to his bo80tn: at IM* 
critical luiiiute, when mutual syinpatiiy appearing on the point of 
triumphing over duplicity, the door opened, and Colone! Belgrave 
appeared. From the instant of Oscar's departure lie had been on 
Ihoi'na to follow him, fearful of the cocisequences of a t£te-il-t6te, and 





not ipeak, bowed to Iho general, and hurried frum the room ; the 
tear» bo had psinfuUv nupprpBsed gushed forth, and at tbe buKom of 
the slaira be leaned agaimt the bauiatem fof support ; while he MBt 
his eyes around, u if bidding a melnnoholy farewell to the scene of 
former happinera, a hitnty fuutstep advanced ; he started, and wa* 
precipitately retreating, when the Toioe of tbe butler stopped him; 
this was aD old veteran, nnch attached to Oscar, and his osnal 
atteadant in all hia fowling and Gahing parties; as he waited at tea, 
he beard Oscar's declaration of departing with gurprise, and fiilloited 
him for the pnrpoae of eiprenaing that and his concern ; — ■' Why, lord 
now, BIr. Fiwalan," cried he, '■ what do you meaD hj leaving as so 
oddly t Itut if you are so positive of guing to Ennlskellcn to-night, 
let Tiie order a standard to be prepared fur yon." Oscar for some 
time bail bad the command of the stables ; but knowing aa he did, 
that ho bad lost the general's favour, he could no longer think of 
taking those liberties which kindness bad once invited him to: be 
wrung the hand of bis bumble friend, and snatching his hat from tha 
hall table, darted out of the house ; be ran till be came to tha 
mountain path, on tiie margin of the lake; "Never," cried he, dis- 
trarte^ly striking his breast, " shall 1 see her again I ob I never, never 
my iraloved Adala! shall yonr unfortunate Fitzalan wander with you 
through tliose eacbsnting scenes; oh I how transient was hid gleam 
of felicity I" 

Exhausted by the violence of bia feelings he fell into a kind oi 
tarpid state against the side of the mountain; the shadows of the 
night were thickened by a coming storm, a cold blast hunlud 
amongst the bills, and ogitatetl tbo glooniy waters of tlie lake; the 
rain, accumponiod by sImL, began to fall, but tlie tempest raged unre- 
garded around the child of sorrow, tlie wanderer of llie night. — 
Adela alone 



W^' 



■nded every tlionght. Some fishermen approaching to secure 
boats, drove him from ths aitoatioo, and he flew to the woodi 
which screaned one side of the bonse; by the time he reached it th» 
storm bad abai«d, and tJie moon, with a wstury lustre, breaking 
IbmiJgh the cloads, rendered, by her feeble rsj?, tbe surrounding and 
Just visibto. 




Aiicla'r chamber looked into the wood, and the light frnm it riveb 
O.^nr ta a Hprit exactly opfKigJie the -irlDdow. " Mj Adeta," ha « 
claimed, extending his arms ni If she wuuld have heard and flura 
iuEii them, then dejectedly dropping them, " abe thinks nut oa s 
lurlorn wreti:h an me : oh t what oomfort to laj my poor dialrouled 
Lead for one moment on her euft bosom, and hear her Rweet 
speuk pity U> my turtured heart." Sinking iritb iTeakaean from tha 
L'liDtiiutB uf hia mind, he sought an old rooflefts root house in tb« emtr*' 
sf the wood, whete he and Adeia had often sat. 

" Well," Ksid he, as lie flung ldni"elf oti the dan.p gronnd, " manf 
a hrave fellow hos had a worse bed, but Giid particularly pmt«c<U 
Ihe unnliellered heail of the soldier, and afflicted." The twittering 
of the birds ronaei! Iiini from an uneasy slumber, or rather lethargy, 
into vrlilcli he had fallen, and starting up, he iia«tcneil ti> the nin^ 
fearful, as day waa beginning to dawn, of being seen by an 
General Honey wood's workmen : it van late ere he arrlvwl at Eiinfc 
okellen. and befiiro be gained Itia room ho was met by sonieuf tha 
oflieer', whn viewed him with evident astonialitnent ; his rcgimcntab 
were quite spoiled, his line liair, from which the rain had-wulied )ti< 
the powder, liung dishevelled about his siiouldors, the fcatlier of hit' 
bat was lm>ken, and the disorder of his countenance wa« no 
RUs|iicii>ns Umn that of his dress ; to their in<iniries he Btnminered olK 
wunctliiiig of a fall, and extricnted himself with difficulty from tbem 
In an obncnra village, fifteen miles Irom Ennishellen, a detaoliineni 
of tbe regiment Iny; the otRcer who commanded it disliked hisslttu^ 
tion extremely, but conipany being irksome to Oscar, it was Jiut' 
inch an one as he dosired, and he obtained leave to relieve him; tha' 
agitation of his mind, aided by the efibcta of the storm he liad be* 
exposed to, WAS too much for hia constitution ; immediately i 
arriving at his new quarters he was seized with a violent fever, aa.- 
officer was oliligeil to be sent :o do duty in his [dnee, and it was loof: 
ere any Bymptoiu appeared which could Halter those who att" 
liim with ho[>es of recovery ; wlien able to sit up he was ordered t» 
retiiru to Enniskellen, wliere he conld be immediately under the a 
of the regimenlnl surgeon. 

Oscar's servant accom|>anied him in the canHage, and as it drow 
slowly along be was agreeably surprised by a view of Mrs. HarlowA 
ordiard; he oonid not resist tbe wish of seeing her and in 



n|b)umM Telative to the inhftbitnnti of Woodlawn ; for with Mm. 
nbrliitre, I shuuld prcrioufitjr sn;, he had cot only furmvd an inti- 
nW'^v, but B BiDoere friendship ; stie was a womnn of the must pleiLsitif: 
B.^anncrH, nnd to her auperiuModin); care Ailela wilb imlvlited fi>r 
Btun? of the f^ces the posEeEsed, and at her cottage passed muny 
Bfclrchtful hours with Oscar. 

I , Tlie evening was far lulv.inivil when Oiicar reached III'' orchard, 
Hnd leaning on liia scrvntit slowly walked np the hill. Had a ^pcetio 
Klpi>eared hofore the old la<iy site cnnid not have Buemcil timro 
Iwncked tlian she now did at the unexpected and eTiiaciatcil nppcar- 
Enee of her yoang: friend — with all the teiidemesa of a fund niulher, 
Bne pn»sed his cold Iianda between lier own, and seated lijni by the 
HbrcHiil fire which blazed on her hearth, then pruci'red him ref^C8l^ 
Rieiiu, that, joined to her ronvenation, a liTile ruvivtsi hia spirits ; 
Hj^ at this n1l>l^t^^t tlie recollection of the tiri4 interview he evur 
^Xftd with her, recurred with [inin to liU heart; "Oar O'l^nda at 
■Voodland I liojie," cried Ijc, he i>nn*iid — hnt his (yes eiprcascil the 
BlKi|iiiry his tongue was unable to ituike. — " They are wi-ll and Imjipy," 
H%liei1 Mrs, Mwlowe, "mid yon know, I snppiae, of all tlmt has 
^BUely happened there." "Nu, I know nothing, I am as one awoke 
Bpntii tlie sliinditrs of the grnve." "Ere I inform yoa then," cried 
Hv«. Vnrlowe, "lut me, my noble Oscar, express my approbation, my 
JPrnlntlion, of your conduct, of tliat disinterested natnre which pre- 
^■nvil tha prMervDtion of consbiney to the splendid Independency 
HfflSered to your acceptance." " What splendid independency did 1 
BkAise !" Bskeil Oscar, wildly storing at her. "'Tliat which the general 
Hffbred." "Tlie generalj" "Yes, and appointed Colonel Oolgmvo 
BEd declare his intentions." " Oh, heftveni< I" exclaimed 0«ar, sl.-irting 
Hnxn his chair, "did the general indeeil form such intei<tiiins. imd 
Uw n»l^Tnve then deceived nie! he told me my attcnilous to MIsh 
HpiiDcywood were noticed and disliked — he filled my sonl wilh 
Btouttcralile angubh, and persuaded mo to a f^sehood w1ik)i Una 
M l u Bifcd me into despair !" " He is a wonstor," cried Mm. ^lariowe, 
Bkftnd you arc a vicUm to Ms trea^erj," "OIi, mil I will fly lo tlm 
■j^Dura] nod ojien my nhule soul to him, at his feet I will dccliira the 
^nliw idvu of honour which misled me, 1 shall obtain bid forpvcncss 
Mnd Adala will yet be mine," " Alas ! my child," said Mm. Mnrkiwe, 
Bkopp'*V Him a» he V^ n'.rrying from tJie room, " it is now too late. 



Ad»U can uerer be jovn, aha is mBiried, v>(l married nnio Bd* 
gnvp." Oscar aUggered book ft few pacea, ottered & deep BTOant 
and Toll MDselew at her feet. tin. M&rlowe'* criei brought in hia 
aervitnC ns weU aa her own to her Msiitonce i he was laid upon a bed, 
but it WHS long ere he showed anj aigus of recoverj: at length, open- 
iog hia hearj ejes, be sighed deeplj, and exolaimed, " She is lost to 

The Berrant* were dumUaed, and the teodet-bearted Mra. Mar- 
lowe knell b«e)de him. "Uh, my fiiand," said she, "my heart 
aympatltiEOa in yoar sorrow, but 'tis from your own fortitade, mora 
tiian my syinpalhy, yon mnst now derive resonrcee of snpport." 
"Oh liorrililel to know the cup of happiness waa at my lips, and 
that it was my own luuid dashed it from me." "Such, alasl" said 
Ure. Uarlowe, si^'hing aa if tonched At the moment vrlth a similar 
pang of sell-re^ret, "is the wayvrudness of morlals; too often do 
they deprive themselves of llie blessings of a bouoteom Proridenoa 
by their own folly and imprudence — oh! mj friend, bom as yoH 
were, with a noble ingennily of soul, never let that sonl again ba 
sullied by the smallest deviation from sincerity." " Do not aggr^ 




^weTer thut husband may b«: or that tbe old general, irho so fondly 
planned your folicily, would forgive, if be could Burfive the eviln of 
tiou'w occaoiiinoJ by you?" The aword dropped from the trem- 
bliof; hand of Osoftr: " I have been blamable," cried he, "in allow- 
ing mrioti' to be trunxporled to Rucb an eSTort of revenge ; 1 forfcoi 
Werjlhing but that; and a« Ui my own life, deprived of Adfila, It 
Bppenrit »o gloomy as lo be scarcely worth preBerving." 

Ui-H, Uarlowe aeiicd Uii« moTcent nf yiolding aofbiMii, to iwlvisQ 
wd resaoD with him : her l«ara mingled with hia, an sliu llstvoMl to 
. hi* relation of Uelgrave's perfidy ; tears augmented by rcSecting, that 
' Atlols, tlie darling of her care and affections, was also a victjm to it: 
rabe oonvinceil Oscar, however, that it would be prudent to confine 
t the filial secret to their own breasts. Tbe a^tation of his mind was 
-.too tnuuh for tlie weak state af hia health, tbe fever returned, and he 
□niiUe to quit tlie cottage ; Mrs. Mnrlowe prepared a bod for hiin, 
» tmaling hu would soon be able lo rernoro, but slie was disappointed, 
, it W88 luiig ere Odcnr could qnit the bed of sickoess ; she watched 
r him with maternal teudernew, while he, like a blasted flower, 
.■Mmed haetcniug to decay. 

The general was atong to Iba soul by the r^ection of his offer, 
^ which be thought would hove inspired the sou] of Oscar with ropturo 
god gratitude; never had his pride been so severely wounded, never 
before bod be felt hnmbled in his own eyes : his mortifying reflec- 
tions the colonel soon found means lo remove, by the most delicato 
Sattery and tbe mo«t sasidaous attention, assuring the general that hi« 
conduct merited not tlie censure, but the applause of the world ; the 
•ophistry which can reconcile us to ourselves Js tndy pleasing, the 
colonel gradually becoming a favonnlc, and when he insinuated bis 
AttacliineDt for Adela, was asanred he should bnve all the general's 
Interest with lier; he was now more anrions than ever to have her 
sntageonsly settled ; there wos something so humiliating in llio 
idea of her being r^cct«d, that it drove him at times almost to mad- 
nesB ; the colonel possessed all the advantages of fortnne, but these 
weighed little in his favour with tbe general (whose notions we have 
eady proved very disinterested) and much lees with bis danp'l.tdr ; 
. an the first overture about him slie re<|aested the subject mi^lit be 
•ntirely d-opped, tlie mention of love was extreme!? pwnfnl to her 
sroundod bi iior di>iiippoiiil>nen( in the •everwt manner, tier heart 



hor; she now resolveil to iafiinn Fitzalaii she kjittw the baseness ct 
Jiia coDiliict, and sting bis heart witb keen repronchoa, now rcsoived 
to jia.-'s it over in silont coute[n)it; wliile thiia IlncCufttiiig the coloQel 
eofti; advanced and stood before her ; in the tumult of her inind ahs 
hail quite forgot tlio pntbobilily of his returning, (uid invoinntarily 
Bcri'iiiaeil and started nt hiii nppcarance ; by her confusion, she 
doubled not, bnt he would suspect her of liaviug pcrnsed the (kisl 
letter; oppressed bj tlie idea, her head sunk on her bouoni, aiid Ler 
face was covered with blushes. "What a careless fellow I am," said 
the colouel, taking op the letter, which he then pretended U> perceive ; 
he glnnced nt Adeln, " curse it I" continued he, " I woald rather have 
had all the letters read than tlils one." lie suspects lue, thought 
Adulo, her blusheii faded, and ahe fvll back i>u her !<eflt, nnabio to 
BUpi>ort the oppressive i<1eA of bitvlug acted tigainst the rules of pro- 
priclj ; IJolgrave flew to support her. " Lovelicat of women," he 
ezciaJ4r.ed, witli nil the softness lie could assama, ''what means tliii 
Bgitatlou ?" " I have been Buddeniy affected," answered Adela, n 
little recovering, and rising, she motioned to retnrn to the houses 
"Thus," resumed the eoloncl, "jou nlwaj-s fly me; but go, Uisa 




P cB:i,ni,ENoiTni;*BBET. 128 

pride ur^eH her to <i step vrtiic^li wnuld prove to Fitzalun his condnet 
had Dol affected her: iha gnnernl rejoiued at obtaining her eonBent, ' 
and received a protnise tlmt for BOme time the nuuld not be eepo- 
d from hiin. Tlie mogt splendid preparations were made for the 
biptiala; but though Aikla'a resentment remaioed unabat«d, she 
Nin beg&t] to wisb she bad Dot been so precipitate in obejing it- an 
tvolantarj repagnnnce roee in lier mind against the cunnootiun site 
m Abont forming, and honour alone kept ber from dacliniog it for 
Her beloved friend, Urs. Uarluwe, suppurted her throagboot 
ie trying oceasion, and in an inauspicions moment, Adela ga-ve her 
tnd to the perfidious Belgrave. 
^ AboDt a fortnight after her nuptials she beard from some of tlia 
•i of Oscar'9 illness. She blushed at hie name. "Fuilli," cried 
on« of them, " Mrs. Marlowe m a chanoing Woman ; it is well he got 
into 8^<^h snog (luartcrs: I really believe elsewliere he would have 
given np the ghost." " Poor fellow," sighed she heavily, yet without 
being sensible of it. Belgrnve rose, he caught tier eyes, a dark frown 
lowered on his brow, and lie looked as if be would pierce into tbe 
KoDseea of her heart; she shuddered, and for the first time felt the 
tyranny she had imposed upon herself. As Mrs. Marlowe chose to 
t« titeut on the subject, she resolved not to mention it to her, but 
■he sent every ilay to Invito her to Woodlawn, eipeeting by this to 
hear something of Oscar, but she was disappointed. At tlie end of a 
fortnight Mrs. Marlowe made her appearance; she looked pale and 
thin. Adela gently reproved lier Ibr bcr long absence, trusting this 
woold oblige her to allege the reason of it; but no such tiling. Hn. 
I "M arlowe began to converse on indifTerent subjects: Adela suddenly 
V peevish, and sullenly sat at her work. 

1 a few days after Mrs. Marlowe's visit, Adolii, one evening iinme- 

tely after dinner, ordered the carriage to tlia oittage. l(y tliis 

i she snpiHised Oscar had left it, and flattered behsclf, in the 

e of conversation, she should learn whether he was jHTfcerly 

Mvered ere he dq>arted. Progioaing to Eurpriso her frii'iiil, ^he 

B by a winding patli to the cottage, and softly openwl the [larlimr 

1 bnt what were her feelings when she perc«ived Om-ht silting 

_ _* the fire-side with Mrs. Marlowe, engncwl iii a deep ronvcrsaiiim ' 

obe stopped, unable to advaneo. rfrs. Marlowe cmbroci-'d and loJ 

her fiirwnrd. The emotions of Oscar were cot inf«rii>r to Adela's; 



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be altemiitcd to ariso, bnt coiild not. A glance from tli« exi>rc'-^!v« 
eyes of ilrs. Marlowe, wliicli seemed to conjure bim not to yield to A 
weatnesa which would betray tiis real sentinieatB Ui Adelft, souiewhjit 
reanimaltiii liim; he rose, aud trei]ibliD|;lj upproacLed her. "Allow 
me, iiiadaju," cried he, " to " — The seutence died noflniahcd on liU 
Iip9 ; he bad not power to ofTtr con p-atiiUl ions oo an event which 
hud probdhly destroyed the bappiuesa of Adela as well as bis own, 
"Obi a tnicti with conipliment«," said Mrtt. Marlowe, forcing herself 
to assume a cheerful air; "pritliee, good folks, let ua be seated, and 
eitjuy, this cold erentng, tbe comforts of a good fire." She fomed 
the trembling, the almost fainting Adela to take some wine, sod, bj 
degrees, tbe lluttor of her spirits and Osuar's abated; but tbe sadness 
of their countenances, tbe anguish of their souls increased; the cold 
formalitj, tlie distant reserve tliey both assumed, filled each with 
sorrow and regret; so pale, eo emaciated, so wo-begoue did Pitzalaii 
appear, so much the son of sorrow and despair, that, bad be half- 
murdered Adela, abo could not at that moment have fi;!c for biu any 
other sentiments tlian thoKe of pity and compassion. Mrs. Marlowe, 
in a laughing way, told her of tlie trouble she hod had with him, 




CHILDREN orTDBADBET. 125 

trill Tsniab long before mjurcbnrd reaasumcs ita umiling appearance, 
•nd liaplj attract another smart red-coat to visit an old wt>man." 
*■ Oh 1 with wLat an enthusiasm of tendernep»," cried Osoar, ■• gliall I 
ever remember the dear though dangerous mumont 1 6rst entered 
tbia cottage'." "Now, no flatter;, Oscar," said Mra.Marluwe; "I 
know 3rour fickle sex too well to buliere 1 hare made a deep impres- 
■i.m ; why. the very first fine old woman you meet at your ensuing 
<)uarter», wiLl, I dare tay, have similar praise bestowed on her " — 
** No."' replied he, with a languid smile, '■ I can aesure you solemnly, 
tlie impression wbioli has been made on my heart will never be 
effaced." Ue stdle a look at Adela; her bead sunk npon her bosorn, 
•nd her heart began to beat violently. Mrs. Marlowe wished to 
cliange the subject entirely; she felt tlie truest coriipiiaaioD for the 
unhappy young couple, and had fervently deaireit their Doiun; bul 
■inoe irrevooably separated, she wished to clieck a'ly intiuiittiim of & 
mutual attachment, which conld now answer no purpose but that of 
Increasing their misery. Bhe rung for tea, aud onOeavoured by ber ' 
oonversinloD to enliven the tea-table. Tbe ellbrt, however, was not 
seconded. "Ton have ofleu," cried phe, addresBing Adela, as tlicy 
■gain drew their chairs round llie firo, " desired to hear tlia exact 
particulars of iiiy life. Unconquerable feelings of regret hitherto 
prevented uy acquiescing in your di^ire; but, as nuUiing better now 
ofTeni fur passing away the hours, I will, if you please, relate thera." 
"Yon will oblifg ine by so doiug," cried Adela j "my curiosity, yoo 
taow, Ima been ciciied." 



CUAPTEK Xin. 



To begin then, oa they say in e novel, without ftinhpr prefncy. 
was ihe only child of a country curate, in Ihe Mnlliorn pari <,I 
Gugland, who, like his wife^ wns of a good but reduced family. 



Contorted dispositions, and an agreeable neighbourhood, randy «mi 
<^very uuciuiun to oblige them, rendered them, in their humbla 
Bilualjoii, cuiaplctelj happj, I iras the idol of both their heart*. 
Every one lold my mother 1 should gruw up a beauly. and she. poor 
flimple woman, believed the flattering tale ; naturally ambitious, and 
nomewhnt romantic, she expected nothlog teas than nty attaining by 
my ctinrms bo elevnied situation ; to fit me for it, therefore, according 
to her idea, she gave mc all the showy, instead of solid, adraotagea 
of education ; my father being a meek, ur rather an indolent man, 
submitted entirely to her direction : tfans, witbeut knowing tbo 
Iframmaticol part of my own language, I was tangl.t *o gabble bad 
Fri.'n<.'h by herself, and instead of mendiug or making n.y clotheis to 
lioiirish upon culgut and embroider satin; 1 was taught dai^eing by 
u MiHii iiJio kept a chenp school for that purpose in liie Tillage; 
luusii: I could iu>[ a-'inre to, my mother's finances being insufficient to 
I'DTL'liaie an instrnmeut; she was therefore obliged to content herself 
Willi my knowing t!io vocal part of that delightful science, and 
i;uitructed me in singing a few old-fo^LioQcd airs, with a thousand 
graces^, in her ojiinion at IciLst. 

J make ma excel by my drpsp, i» well as my accomplish irienta. 




jUw pklinuiioD of Diy lieort nt Lin approucb: oi-cry girl expurieiiced 
tin- aemo, ercry diuek w.ib flu.'!ieil, ni>il averj eye spnrkleil with Lop« 
■rd expectation, IJu wuikwl rouiiJ tbe rtwiii *il.li aii easy and 
uiienibBrrassed air, u if to taken siirvi-y of tlie siniipsD]'; Le stopped 
by a very prelty girl, Uie railler's dangiiiur. Good Leuvcns! what 
yren my agonies; my mother too, wlio eat b««itl<: iite, birncd pnie, 
aud would actually, I Lielieve, hnve f4ilDted, liad La taken any lortlier 
notice of liei'. Fortunately he did not, but advaBced; my eyea 
cunglit his; be again paosed, looked cmrpi-tsed and pleased, and, after 

■ inonient ];ik?sod in seeming consideration, bowed with the ntmost 
cleganoe, aud rei^QeBted tbe bononr of my hand for the ensuing danca. 
My politeness had hitherto been only in theory ; I arone, dropped 
hitn a profound courtoiy, a«snred him the honour would be all d 

I my aide, «nd 1 was happy to grant his reqnest. He Bniile<^ thought 
ft little ofulily, and conglied to avoid iaiigliiog. I bliialieil, and felt 
eiiibarrassecl, but he led mo to the bead of the room to call a donco, 

< snd my trinmpli over my conipuuioDd so eihilurated my spiiila, t 
J immediately lost all cuiifuaioii. 

1 bod been engaged lo a yoitiig liii'incr, ai:d ho was enraged, not 
Auly at my breaking my engi^iuent without his permission, but at 

' the superior grai'es of my partner, who threatened to be a formidable 
rival to Iiiia. "By jingo;" swd Clod, coming up to me in a aurly 
mauner, " I think, Miw Fanny, yon lutve not used me genteelly ; T 
don't see wjiy this berelitio spark should lake the h-att of us a. 

I "Cr«iiure!" cried I. with an ineilablo look ui ooiitcn.pt which ha 
C'lld not bear, and retired fnuublinfi;. Uj partner could uo longer 
TOfrai;) IWtm laughing ; the .'invplicity of my mnnuere, notwitli- 
dlanding the airs I (^udcavou^ed to assume, highly delighted him. 

■ •■No •■onder,'' wied he, "'the poor swain sliouid be mortified at 
'lobing the band of his ciiarmiog Fanny." 

'fbe dancing over, we rcjoiaed iny mother, who was on Iborns ta 
-begin a canveraatioii with the stranger, that alio inigbt let hintltn 
we were not to be ranked Willi the present company. " I am si 
' tir," said she, "a evntlcman of your elegwit appearance miiat i 
rather awkward in tlie present party; it is so with m, aa indeed it 
u.iist bo with evury person of fashion ; but in on obscum Utile villa^ 
I tike this, « u muet nut be loo nice in our society, except like n hermit, 
weoiinld do wlihout any." Tlie slinngcr oMcctoil lo whiilcver 



Baiit, and accepted an iovitatina to sup nith us; my mother insUntl; 
RCiit an iutiniation of her will to my father, to have, not the rBttr>d 
calf iadeeJ, but the fatted duck prepared : aod he and the maid used 
sucli eipodilion, that hy the time we returned, a neal, oiniiftirUihla 
snpper wm ready to lay on the table. Mr. Marlowe, the Btranger's 
name, as !ie iufonned as, was all aniiuatiun and affiihility ; it is 
uunecosaary to say thai my mother, fatlier, and myself, were nil ooiii- 
plaiiiance, delight, and attention. On departing, he asked, and 
obttuneU permifision of conrsa to renew his risit next day, and mj 
raotln>r immediately Bet him down as her fiitnre son-in-law. 

As everything is speedily communicated in such a small village as 
WQ resided in, wo learned, on the preceding evening he had Btopped 
at the inn, and hearing music, lie hod iniinlred from whence it pro- 
Qec<lei1, ^d had gone oat of cnrio«ty to the dance; we also learned 
that his aliuiidants rejx>rted him to l>e heir to a large fortune. This 
report, vain as I was, was almost enough of itself to engage mjr 
heart. Judge then, whether it was not an ea^y conqnest to a person 
who, hesides Ilio ahove meutioDed attraction, poesesscd those of a 
gritcefii! figure and cultivated ruiiid. IIu visited contiaually at our 





Uifartanatc Tanit^' bt^trnyod tlie secret it iras eo nmterLnl for me to 
uep; I burnpd inili'cJ tu njveaJ it; ono morning a yuuu^ ;;irl, itlio 
nd bcea aa iotimaM ocr[uaiataDco of mine lill I luew Murluwe, 
■ICO to see me : " Why Faacf," cried she, " you bave given m all up 
M Ur. Unrlowe ; tuke ciire, my denr, Jie niukes yuu amende tbr the 
JEMB of aU jour friends." "I sJiall take yoor advice," eiaid I, with a 
jpi]l« and a conueited tuss of my head. "Futfa, for my part," cou- 
iniied she, "I think you were very foolish ont ti> secure a good 
Mtlement for yonrself with Clod." " With Clod !" re[>«ute<l I, with 
lie ntmoBt haughtiness; " Lord, child, yoa forget who I ami" " Whw 
ttvyonl" exclaimed she, provoked at my insolence; "oh ym I to ha 
be I forget tltst you are the daughter of a pour country caruti% 
rith more pride in your head thao money in your jinrse." " Neither 
fc I forget," said I, " that your ignorance is equal to your iniperti- 
Mnce. If I am the daughter of a poor country curate, I am the 
UBsnced wife of a rich moo, and as much elevated hy expectutiou, aa 
biriti, above you." Our conversation wns repeated throughout tha 
Bulage, and reached the eara of Harlowe'a attendant, who instaully 
nreloped the real motive whicli detained him eo long in the village; 
H wrote to hia uncle an account of the whole affair. Tlie conse- 
penoe of this waa a letter to poor Marlowe, full of the bitterest 
igtroacliea, cliarging Liui, without delay, to return homo. Tliia wai 
|k< a Ihunderslrolte to us all, but there was no alternative between 
weying, or forfeiting his uncle's favour. "I fear, my dear Fanny," 
■ied he, tta he folded me to his bosom, a little before his departure, 
Fjt will be long ere we shall meet ag^n : nay, I also fear, I ehoU W 
jUiged to promise not to write ; if both tliese fears are realized, 
npnte not either absence or siienca to a want of the tendcr&st 
BKtion for you." He went, and with him all uiy Lap|iineHB. Uy 
■other, shortly after his departitre, was attacked by a nervous feriT, 
Hiiuh tcrmioated lier days; my thther, naturally of wea!; i]iirit6aud 
pUeatc constitution, was so shocked by tlie sudden deatli of his 
muiett and fuithAd companion, that he sunk ben<jath his grief. Tlie 
Frnm of my mind I cannot describe; I seemed to stand atnuc in tht 
n>rlil, without one friendly hand to prevent my sinkiag into tha 
Mve, wliicli cnntjdaed the dearest objects of my love. 1 did not 
umr where Marlowe live'l, Bod, even if I had, durst not venture an 
B|.hMti.in. nl.i.-h .itii,'lil Ijo iIi« tnenti* of niinins t-im. Tlie f-U^m of 



my npighboars 1 had forfeited by my conceit ; they paid no attention 
but wlint cammun humanity dictated, merely to prevent my periah- 
ing ; and thnt the; mnde me i^enHiblj feel. In thia dlstrca^ I received 
AH invitation from a school* fellow of mine, who had maj-rieil it rich 
amier, about forty miles from onr village, to take np my residcnc« 
■with her, till 1 was anlHciently recovered to fii on some plan for 
fhtnre Bubsislence. I gladly accepted the nlTer, and afler paying a 
Airewell visit to the grave of my regretted parents, I set off, in th« 
cheapest conveyance I could find, to hci liahitatioD, with all my 
wordly treasure packed in a portmanteau. 

With my friend I trusted I should enjoy a ealra and hopjiy asylam, 
till Marlowe was able to fulfil his promise, and allow me to reward 
her kindnesa ; but this idea she scon put lo flight, by informing me, 
U roy health rettimed, I most tliiok of some method for supporting 
niysclf. I started, as at the ntter annihilation of all my hopes, for 
vain and ignorant of the world, I imagined Marlowe would never 
think of me, if once die^graced by servitude. I tu)d her 1 nnderstood 
but little of anything, except faney work; she was particularly glad, 
she said, to hear 1 know that, ns it would in all probability, gain 




CntLDRE\ OF Tfll ABBEr. Ul 

fDmml plantatioDB ; two aUtueB, aa&t id the Bamc mould, and raaem' 
bling DotbinK either in beaven, earth, or tea, stood grinning horriblj 
upon the pillars of a miteBir gute, as if to guard the entrance from 
KtepertiDeDt iotruBion. On knocking, an old porter appeared. I gftTS 
m my mriuiagf, but he, like (he atatues, eecmed BtalionHr;, ind 
Wld not, I believe, have ntirred from his situation to deliver ut 
DbniiBj from the king ; ho called, however, to a domestic, nbo hap 
ining to be a little deaf, waa full half an hour before he heard him 
.1 IBi^t I WM ijihered up stairs into an apartment, from the heat of 
e might have conjectured it was under the torrid zone; 
longh in the middle of Jul;, a heavy hot fire burned in the grat«; A 
lick carpet, representing birds, beasta, and flowers, was spread OH 
te floor, ood the windows, closely serewed down, were heavy with 
ood-work, and darkened with duet; the master and mistress of llie 
IBnsion, like Derby and Joan, sat in arm chairs on each aide of the 
re; three dogs and as many cats slumbered at tbeir feet; be was 
■ning on a spider table, pouring over a Toluminous book, and she 
w atitching ■ conuteqione. Sickness and ill-nature were visible ia 
Ji ooonteuance, "Sol" said she, raising nhiige pair of speotaclus at 
If eatntnce,Budeiainini[igmerrom headtofoot, "ytiu arecomu&\»n 
[n. Wilson's: why, bltr^ me, rl'Kl, you are quite too young for any 
uinesa — prny what Is your iiHiut-, and where did yon co(ne frorat" 
ir>» preiiareil for tiiese quention^, and told her tlie truth, only con- 
BtJiog my real name, and the place of my nativity. " Well, let me 
I thoM works nf jour«i," cried she. I produced them and tJiQ 
peotodes were again drawn down. " Why, they are neat enough, to 
• sore," said she, " but the design is bad, very hod indee<l : there is 
itel there ts execntion!" directing me to some pictnrea in heavy 
It frames, hung round the room. I told her, with sincerity, I had 
irer seen any thing like them. "To be sure, child," exclaimed she; 
eased at what she considered admiration in me, "'tis numiog a 
eat risk lo take yira, but if yon think you cnn coiifonn tc the regu- 
SonB of my house, I will fkim compasaion, and as yon are reconi- 
iended by Mrs. Wilson, venture to engage you ; but remember, I 
)Ht have no gad-ahont, no fly-flapper, no cluillerer in my family ; 
D toast be decent in your dresa and carriage, discreet in your words, 
iduatrlona at your work, and satisfied with the indulgence of foiog 
jchnrolionSnniiuy." I. saw I was about enteringon a painful servi 
ide. hut the idet of it* being nwretaued by tlie »vki'(u1V\'^ q^ >Lu- 



lowc. a little rccooclled ma to it. On promiainj^nll she desired, everjr- 
thing vta settled for m; admiMiou into her familj, nnd ebe look care 
1 should perform the promises I inado her. I shall not recapitulat« 
the Tarlous trials I underwent from her BUfit«ritj and pecvishnusB; 
suffice It to en;, mj patience, as w«ll as taste, undenrent a pi^rfect 
miirtirrdom. I was continuallj seated at a frame working; pictures 
of her owTi inTention, which were everything that was hideous in 
nature. 1 wad never allowed to go out, eicept on a Sunday to church, 
or on a thaucB evening when it wan too dark to distinguidli colours. 

Marlowe was absent on m; entering the fajnily, nor durst 1 oak 
when ho was expected. My health aod spirits grodu&lly decUncd 
from my close confioement; when allowed as 1 have before eoid a 
ohanee time to go out, instead of enjoying tlie fresh air, I sat doim 
to weep over scenes of former happiness. 1 dined constantly with bha 
old housekeeper. Slie informed tne, one day, tliat Mr. Marlowe, her 
master's young heir who had been absent some time on a visit, vas 
6i|iected Lome on the ensuing day. Fortunately the good dame waa 
too busily eni|iloyeU to notiee my aptation. I retired as soon aa poa- 
sible from the table, in a state of indesci-ibable pleaiinre. Never 
shall 1 forL'ut my emotions wlien I hennl the trampling of his horse'* 




cniLDBis or rum jcb«t. 133 

^embling Qiouae, The raptures the old lodj eiprcucU at accing her 
It derign bo ftblj executed encouraged me to ask pcrmisKino M 
amWoidor a picture of my own designing, for irhioh I had oilks Ijing 
b; mo. Sb* complied, and I sat about it witli alaccitjr. I copied mjr 
bee and figure u eiactlj as 1 could, acid iu moumiog draperj and 
ft peneive altitude, placed the litUe image hj a ru»tic grave in tha 
dinrcL yard of mj native village, at tbe bead of wiiiuh, tiolf eiubow- 
lend in treea, sppe&red tbe lowly cottage of iny departed paronU; 
&e well-kouwn objects, I thoQgbC, would revive, if indeed she waa 
ftbs«nt from it, the idea of |>Dor Fanny io the mind of Uarluwe; I 
preseoled tbe picture to my mistress, who was i>lcased with the pres- 
ent, and promised to have it trained. Tbe next day, wliile I sot at 
' dioDer, the door suddenly opened, and Uarlowe entered the room. I 
ILought I sboidd have fainted ; my companion dropped her knife and 
ibrk, with great precipitation, auU Marlowe told ber he was very ill, 
■nd wauled a cordial from ber. She rose with a dissatisiivd air to 
comply with bis request He, taking this opportunity of approaobing 
ft little nearer, darted a glance of pity and tenderness, and solely wliis- 
pered. "To-oight, at eleven, meet me iu the front parlour." Y<iu may 
conceive bow tArdily the hours passed till the apiHiinted time came, 
when stealing to the parloar, I found Uarlowe expecting me ; ba 
folded me to liia heart, and hia tears mingled v-Uli nunc, as 1 relutod 
my mcbinuholy tide. "You are now, tny Fanny,' lie cried, "entirely, 
minel dcprivedof the protection of your tender jioitiita, I sballendea^' 
our U> fulfil the sacred trust tbey reposed ia my bonour, by securing 
iDiD« to you, as far osIil'j in my power. I wosiiotiiiistakeu," conlin- 
oed h«, "in the idea I bail formed of the treatment 1 bbould receive 
Irom my flinty-beorted relations on leaving yon. Had I not promised 
to drop all corresixiudence with you I must have r('tiuqui^bud all 
bopca of tlieir favour. Bitter indeed," cried he, while a tear started 
in bis eye, "is tbe bread of dependenoe; ill contd my soul sub- 
mit to llie indiguities I received ; but I consoled myself through- 
out Uieiti, by the idea of ftitnre happiness with my Fanny, Had I 
known ber situation (wliicb indeed it was impossible I should, aa my 
cnctu's Hpy attended iito wlierever 1 went,) do dictate of pntdeoct 
would have prevented my flying to her aid!" " Thank lieavca, then, 
you were ignorantiif il," «tid I. "Jty aunt," be proceeded, "sliowed 
lue yiur work, IsTisbirig IliS bitbesl eni-oitiiiiini on it. I glsuwl mj 



134 caiLDEiM or tbi asset. 

eje cnrelaBslj upon it, but in » inoment, how wu tbat careless eyt 
sttrtwoted by tlie wel!-knowD objecta presnnted to it I This, I said t 
my heart, can only be Faonj'g work. I tried to discoTor from mj 
KUDt vhelher nij conjectures irere vrong, but nithoat encceM. 
When I retired to dress, 1 aaked my Herrnnt if there had been any 
addition (o the fiimily during my ahsence. ile auld a young iroman 
iros hired to do fine norks, hut she never appeared auiuog tha 

Marlowe proceeded to say, "bo could not bew I should longer 
oontiune in servitude, and that wilhoDt delay he was reaolved to 
unite Jiia fate to miue." I opposed this resolotion a little, bnt soon, 
too self-ill ttret-t«d I fear, acqoiesced in it. ll was agreed I should 
inform his aunt my health would no lunger percnit my cuotiiining in 
her family, and that I shoold retire to a village six milaa o^ where 
Uartowe undertook to bring a yonng clergyman, a partioular friend 
of his, to perforin the (ceremony. Our |>lun, as settled, w^s carried 
>ntO execution, and 1 became the wife of Horlowe. I was now, you 
will suppose, elcvate<l to the pinnacle of iiappiness. I was so, itideed, 
Liut my own folly iireciii'lated me from it. The secrecy I win imiiii« 
pelled to Observe nmrlilied nie exceedingly, aa 1 panted to emerge 





T 



EN- OF THE ABB tr. 135 

iBpIetely, by asEuming nil the sire I had heretofore bo ridiuuloUBl; 
~: to; lolling in my chnir, with nn air of the moft careless indjf' 
I I bid her no longer peirifj nie with her discourse. Thi« 
d all tJie violonee of rage, aud she plainly told me, " from my 
rt with Murlown, I wna unworthy her nutit'e." " Therefore," 
i I, forgetting every dictate of prudence. " hia wife will neither 
n future." " His wife 1 " site repeated, with 
I look of seorti and incredulity. I proilnced lie certificate of my 
Miriago: Ihos, from an impnlue of vanity and resen Im en t, putting 
i\{ ID tbe power of a woman, a stranger to every liberal fueling, 
whose mind wsa inSamed witli envy towards me. The hint 1 
reed myself at parting to givo her, to keep the affair a secret, only 
Keruiincd her innro strongly to reveal it. The day after ber visit 
arlowe entered my appartincnt. Faic, agitated, and hreathleea, be 
tnk into H chair; a pang like conscioas guilt smote my heart, 
[ I trembled os I approacljed him. Ue repulsed me when I 
impted to touch his liand; "Cruel, inconsiderate woman," he 
said, "to what drcadl\il lengths has yonr vanity hurried you, it has 
ilratm destruction njion yonr bead as well as mine." SImme and 
remorse tied my tongne; had I spoken, indeed, I could not have fin* 
[floated myself, and I turned aside and wept. Marlowe, mild, tender, 
HBd adorin;,', could not longer retain resentment ; ho started from hia 
Hfa^r, and clasped ine to his bo»oin. "Oh Fanny!" lie cried, 
HPtliongh yon liave mined mc, yon are still dear as ever to me." — 
Hpis tenilomeBS aileoied ine oven more than rcproaclict, and tears and 
Hilgbs declared my penitence. Uis expectations relative to his uncle 
Bfcere Bnally de«troreil on being informed of our marriage, which Mrs, 
RVilliion lost no time in telling him. He barned bis will, and immedi- 
■Aaly modu another in favour of a distant relation. On hearing this 
^fttelligeiico, I was almost distracted; I flung my.-«lf at my husband'e 
Bket, imploring bis pardon, yet declaring I could never forgive 
Bbyself. He grew more composed npon tbe inoroafo of uiy agitation, 
^b if ptirposely to suotlie my »pirit«, assuring mo that, though liis 
Bj^tde's favor v/aa lost, he bad other friends on whom he greatly 
^■^wDded. We set off for London, and fonnd bis dependence was not 
B9 ptno^d : for soon after our arrival, bti obti^ned n [il^toe of eonsidcra* 
■b emoluDient in one of the public offices. Uy hnsbnnd dclight.^d in 
Bk>l>li''"B ""-'i U'cngli I ^1^ "11';" t'vlli I'xtravfigiini umi wLinL-ieal, auj 



13iJ 



l[ ILD 



n F TUB 



n D esr 



almost ever ou tbo map for admiration and aunuernent. 1 Hm reck- 
ODud a pretty womaQ, and recuived ivitli rupture die uo&seiiDe acd 
aduIntioD addreased to me. I bocaice acquainted with ayonng-widoi» 
wbo concealed a depraved heart onder a specious appeoniQcu of iiuii- 
c6Qc« and virtue, and, by aiding the vieeB of oOiem pnicured 1I14 
iiieaos of gratifying her own : yet bo secret were all lier transaclions, 
timt calumny liad not y«t attacked her, and her house was the 
rt'odeiTOUa of the most faahionable [jeople. My husband, who did 
not dislike her manner, encouraged our intimacy, and at her partieit I 
was noticed by a young nobteman tlien at the head of tlie ton ; ba 
declared 1 was one of the most cliamiing olijecta he had ever belield, 
and, fur anch a declaration, I tIiODj2;]it Iiim tlie most polile 1 had ever 

known ; as Lord T condescended to wear my chains, I must 

certainly, I thought, bocnmo quite the rage, Ky transports, howovor, 
were a little checked by the grave remonstrances of my huslMind, who 

assured me Lord T was a famous, or rather an infamons, liberUnei, 

and that, if I did not avoid hiH lordship's particular attentiona, ha 
miwt insist on my relinqniahing tlie widow's society. This I thought 
cruel, hot I saw him reeoluie and promised to ad as be desired; 





ing. 



iltiee ofton fell astnnished ot the cold indifference with which I 
repirdcl MarloTTfl am! onr lovely baLe, on Trliom he dimted with all 
the enthusianin of tenderness: stafi ! vatiitj h&d then Khearbod nij 
henrt, nnd deadened every feeling of nature and ecnsibititT ; it is 
the parent of self-love and upathj, and degrades those who harbour 
it below hninnnity. 

L'lrd T — now returned from tlie continent, lie swore my idea 
hiid never been absent from his mind, and that Itras more charming 
Ih&u ever; while I thunght him, if possible, more polit« and engag- 
Again my husband remonatrated ; sometimes I seemed to 
ird these remonstrances, Bometirnes protested that I would not 
to such iinuecea^ary control ; 1 knew, indeed, that my inien- 
ere innocent, and I beliered I tniglit safely Indulge my vanity, 
irltboutr endangering either my reputation or peace. About this 
time Mariovre recoiveii a finnimona to attend a dying friend some 
miles from London ; oar little girl was llien in a slight fever, which 
had alarmed her father, and conflned me, most nnwiUingly, 1 mast 
the house. Mnrlowe, on the point of parting, pressed me 
at. "My heart, my beloved Fanny," swd he, "feels nnn- 
ly heavy; I trnst the feeling is no prefontiraent of approaching 
Dl. Oh I my Funny, on you and my babe I rest for happiness ; taka 
care of our little chemh, and above all (liis meek eye encoontering 
mine) of yoniself, that, with accustomed rapture, I may, on m; 
return, receive you to my arms." There was aomething so solemn, 
and so tender in tills address, tliat my heart melted, and my tear* 
mingled with those which trickled down Lin pale cheeks. For 
two days I attended my child aHsidaouHly, when the widow made 
faer appearance. She assnred mo, I should injure myself by such 
,doae confinement, and that my cJieeks were already faded by it; she 
itjoncd B delightful masquenuie which was to be given that night, 
which Lord T — had preseuled her witli tJokets for me and 
iif ; hot she dealarod, eioept I would aecompany her, she would 
o, I had often wislied to go to a masquerade ; I now, however, 
leO this opportunity of gratifying my inclination, but so fuiitly 
prompt a renewal of her solioit&tions, to wluch I at lait yielded, 
wmniitling mj habe to the care of a servant, set oft with th» 
IT tu a warehonse lo choose dreiwes. Ij>rd T — dined with lu, 
I* were all in the Iiighost spirits iniSKinaMe. Abont t*i>lve w* 



138 ctm-uasii or tbb AXAxr. 

weat in liiji cbariot to the Uajmorket, nnd I was absolutelv intoiU 

rated with bis Batter;, and the dottling objeclfl around me. At Gra 
ne qaittGd tha ecene of gaietj ; the nidtm took a choir; I would 
have r<)lloired her eiample, but m; lord abaalutely lifted me into hia 
chariot, aad there began talking m a alraio nhiub pruroked my coo- 
Umpt, and excited m; apprehousiona. I expreaeed m; diepleaaura 
iu terms which checked his huIdneEH, and oonvincod him he had some 
ilifljcuhiea jel to overcome, ere he completed hie deeigng; he made 
liis apolo^es with au much liurr)ility, that I was soon appeai^cd anil 
pi-evailcfl on t<) accept them. We arrived at tlii^ widow's house iu 
lis much liarmony as we loft it; the flags were wet, and Lord T — 
iuaisled on carrying me into tlie house. At the door I observed a 
uiau lanffled up, bnt as no one noticed him, I ttiought no mora aboot 
it. We aat duwn to supper in high spirita, and chatted for a eon- 
tlderuble time abimt our piut aniu.°emeiiU. ILi^IoriLdiip said, "after 
a little sleep, we should recruit ourselves by a pk-asnat jiiiint to Sicli- 
inond, where he had a charming villa." We agreed to Lis propOEtiL, 
and I'etired to rest; about noon we arose, anil while I was drewing 
luyscif for Uie jirojected excursion, a letter was brouglit iu to me. — 
'• Good I/jrd ! Halcot," exelainied I, tai'uing to the widow, " If Mar- 




^DOlW I Could Dot 



■ lltUt bib^ InMua of bting mUmd lo bxllh bj > Botliff'f aw, nnri)' niplh 

'banUHllrniiliiiulIar pualCD hul lulKUnJ, I IVtt Ibtt, irUbDDI 7*1 •Inmgn 

HT, Ibroagb jroui jiilJ)' raund till I nw jou boon In tb> uiiit ot Ih* >lle Lord 
till bnuH of hit ti]« pinmaDF. Yoa win vi»ii)i>r. pirliKpi. I dy nol lur tdb 
(Tup. OoBld Foch ■ prnrMiir* bin nsUnvd you to mo nub ml! foor uniulllfd 
I, I ihaoM not hiTi beijuuil. bni tbit >•■ loipiivlbl*: ind miiM itu th*a 



Bd br cvo, whdfl joar nit Is enfeebled bj dt 






1 In tbs G 



1, uid mjtjr jod j^et five Jnjr to tbe a&fels of boitTea, who, we jirg tiqght 
lo bdlere. Fcloico OTcrlbun th4t An Imlf rcptnuotl TLfet wiat tUculd itrtir no thoru 
In ibe paib of p<qiwii». mil tbit I coiilil likt rroni aj bibe I have lulpicd to jou. Oh I 

liwt, (re iparcd tbo hlllcr lor ot uiulita neb u I aim ibid. ud. er« too latt. oipliM 
Tour irron. In the i>olIti»l> to iriUcb I un hulcDlni, I ibill codiIdubU} tnv I'" y"^ 

(or tb« mntlo ol ow H ntv. Ilnge lU InisoiHiiii coonlenincs. Utj Uw ilMerll]' o' 
joor npentuin nMorv^thu pqAC« ud brlghtncu to jour life, vbleli, ml jtrenent. I Ihlpl 
f ounuBt bAvo fDrf^lmt. odeI support fou wllb fori Iriule through lU clD«lDg period I A* h 
frIoDdi DDoe dear, fou vHI crer fxln In Uie mcmorr of 

MAMtowt" 

As I concluded tlie U-tter, my npirits, 'wliiub hud been gradunllj 
receding, entirely rwrsook idp, and I Ml »euBoIo»s on tlie fliwr. Mrs. 

lldlcot and Lord T took thla opportunity of gmtifying tlielf 

fiirio«ily by perusing the letter, and, when I recovered, I found 
niywilf aupporttd between tlieiu. " You aee, my dear oniiel," cried 

I^nl T , "yonr erne) luiRlinnd lias Bbandoned you: bnt grifvo 

ni>l. fur in my arms yon shoU find u kinder aaylum than he evur 

• Horded you." "True," said Mrs. Uulcot, "for my parti tliink Bh» 

lia» r«i«in to rejoice at his desertion." 

I shall not attempt 'a repeat all I said to lliom, in the height of my 

Wiiulion ; snfliL'o il to say. 1 rerroaplic^ 'honi iK-th ns Ihe outhon 



140 cBiLDKBD or Tns AlBir. 

of Toj ahamo and miaerj, and while I Bpnmed Lord T indignaatlT 

from my feet, accused Mrs. Hali-ot of puBBeaeiog neither delicacj nor 
feeling. Alaal nccuEation or reproach could not lighUin^ie weight 
on my heart. I felt a dreadful coDBciousnoss of having oooiuiiotied mj 
on-Q misery ; I eeomed as if awakening from a disordered dream, 
Trbich had confused my senses: and the more clearly my perceptioiL 
of whnt was right returned, the more bitterly I Imneuted ray devitt- 
lion from it : to be reinstated in tho esteem and nSection cf ic.y 
bi^abaod was oil the felioi'y t ci>Tt1J desire to possesa. Full of the 
idciL of being able to elFect a Tec inciliatioo, I started op, but ere I 
reached the door snok into an 8gi>ny of (cars, recollecting that ere thld 
he was probably for distant from me. My base companions tried to ■ 
assuage my griel^ a&d moke me in reality the wretch poor Uarlowe 
supposed ine to be. I heard them in silent contempt, unable to move, 
till a servant informed me a gentleman below Bt^rs desired to see ine. 
The idea of a relenting husband instantly occurred, and I flew down-, 
but how great wa8 ray disappointment oidy t« see a particular frii;nd 
of his I our meeting was piunful in tlie extreme. 1 a'ked )iim if be 
know any thing of Marlowe, and ho solemnly assured me be did not. 
coufuaion and distress bail a litllo subsided, lia 




141 



from imprudence, but the conimon vbisiitudeB of life, was bone 

withuut Ihsl degree of anguiah mioe nccaaiuned. As the period 

opproaehed for her return to her native cciuntrj, I felt the deepest 

regret at the prospect of our aeparntion, which she, however, remiiTed, 

br o-iking me to reside eotirel; n-ith her. Eight years had elapsed 

aiuee tlia lou of my hu band, nod no latent hnpe of liia retom 

niialtied in niY heart Baffioiently strong to tempt me to forego the 

■•dTontages of such Hociety. £ru I departed, buwever, I wrote to 

B-^veral of his friends, informiug them of the step I intended taking, 

■Aid, if any tidings of Marlowe occurred, where I was to he I'ound. 

Kjlve years 1 pasaed with iny valuable frieud in retirement, and had 

B jileaiiiirB of Uiiiiking I liad wmtributod lo the ease of her loat 

■Itionienls. This cottage, with a t«w acres of^uinlng it, and four 

Inndretl puimd», wa.s all her vveidlh, and to tne slie bequeathed it, 

htvittg DO relations whose wants gave them auy cluni upon her. 

lUta I have just related will, 1 hojie, streugtben the moral 
) many wish to impress upon the ndnds of youth, namely, that 
pthont a Elrict adherence to pnipriety, liiero can be no permanent 
ire; and that it is the actions of early life must give to old aga 
' b.ippineBS and comfort, or sorrow aud remorse. Hod I 
anded to the admonitions of wisdom and esjierience, I should havo 
Bcbed my wanderings fron] prudence, and preserved my happiness 
Mm being sacrificed at the shrine of vanity; then, instead of being 
> solitary being in the world, 1 might have had my little tireade 
enlivened by Ihe partner of my heart, and, perhaps my children's 
children sporting around; but suffering_,is tbe proper tax we pay for 
. ifUj. The frailty of Iium^ nature, tlie prevalence of example, the 
iDorements of the world, are mentioned by many as oitennations for 
wndoct. Though virtne, say they, is willing, she is often too 
[, to resist the wishes they excite. Mistaken idea; and blessed 
t that virtue which, by opposing, ends theml With every templ*- 
u we have the means of escnjiu ; woe be to us if we aeg!eet those 
r hesitate to disenlnngie ourselves from tlie aQiires which 
vice or foUy may have spread around ns. Sorrow and disappointment 
are incident to mortality, and, when not occasioned by any coiisciona 
imprudence, should be considered as temporary trials from heaven to 
ive and correct ns, and therefore cbeerftiUy lo be home." A 
|dgli stole frum 0»^ar as sb^ (poke, and a tear trickled down the soft 



oheeli of Adola. "I have," continued Mrs. Marlowe, "given you, 
like an old woman, a tedious talc ; but that tcdiousnens, vrith eveiy 
other imperfection I huve acknavileilgod and ma; betray, I ra«t upim 
your fiiendship and candour to eicuse." 



OHAPTEH XIV. 



Denied hv ilibt, Ik onei cr 



Thi night ^T^a waning fast, tiiid Adi-Oa ro^e la depart as lier friena 
concluded her ptory r yet it ri^cniircil mi oft'ort of resi>h:tion to rt'tir-. 
Kra. Marlowe, bowever, was too well convinced of the eijicdicncy 
«nd propriety of ihis to press her longer stay, though the eycj of 
Oscar, suddenly turned to lier, seemed to entreat she wotild do su. 





B view of bar pale lively cheeks, and he saw she was wMping, 
Ciiuruied at ihe idea oT belriijing her distress, she nrerted her head 
and httstilj ascended the iteps; jet, for B. mument, her trembling 
hand rested upon Oscar's, hs if, in this niHancr, ahe would hare given 
tiie adieu Kbe had nut the power of pronnuneing. Lost in Bgotijr, bo 
remained like a statue on the spot whore she had left him, till roueed 
by the friendly TOico of Mrs. llatlowc, who, alarmed by his long 
absence, eame lo E««k liim. Soothed by her kind eolicitnde, be 
directly returned with her to the honae, where Mb indignatjon against 
the perjidioiis Belgrade again broke furtb. He execrated him, not 
ooly as the destroyer of hia peace, bat a peace iufluitely more 
precious than his own, that of tlie charming Adda. 

Mrs. Marluwe essayed every art of consolation, and, by sympathy 
and mildness, at lost subdued the violence of hia feelings ; she 
ackuowtedged the loss ho sustained in being deprived of Adela, bur, 
siiioe irrevocable, both viilne and reason required him to struggle 
against his grief, and conceul it ; by their sacred dictates she entreated 
bjni to avoid seeing Adela. Ue felt she was right in tlie entreaty, 
and sotenmly promised to comply with it ; her friendship was balm 
Ui Ids wonnded heart, and her sueiety the only pleasure he was capa- 
ble of enjoying; whenever he couM abaenC himself from tjuarters, 
he retired to her, and frequently spent three or fonr days at a time 
in her cottage. By discontinuing his visits In the gay neighbour* 
hood of Woodlawn, he avoided all opportunities of seeing Adelo, 
ytrt oflen on a clear, frosty nijj;lit has he stole IVom the fireside of 
Ura. Marlowe, to the beloved and beautil^l haunts about tlie hike, 
w|]ei'e be and Adela post so many hnjipy hours together; here he 
indulged iu all the loiury of woe, and snch are the pleasures of 
vinuouB melancholy, tliat Oscar would not have resigned them for 
lUiy of Llie common-place cnjoymenta of life. 

t Often did ha wander t't tiio i!ro>e, ti'om wlience he had a view of 
lek's chamber, and if a lucky chance gave bim a glimpse of her, 
■be passed tliMogh it, a sndden ecstasy wonld pervade hU bosom; 
weiild pray for her felicity, and relnm to Uis. Marlowe us if his 
heart was lightened of an oppressive M'eigbt. Tliat tender friend 
Dattered licrsel^ A'om youth, and the natural gaiety of his dispoaition, 
is attachment, no longer fed by hope, would gradually deduie ; but 
mistaVen : the bloom of bis youlh wa" faded, snd bii gsiptj 



lliousuud or two lu belp llie prumutiuii uf Ojcnr. Uulj^raTa, wba 
coulil uut bear that Uie nian vriiora he had injured sliould have a 
chance of obtaimog equal rank with himself^ op|>oaed this tni^ 
^ii(>rou£ desigD, bjr saying, Oscar was tali-JD Quder the patronnge of 
Loril CUcrhnry, and tbat the general's bonnty might therefore, at 
iouie future period, be better applied In Berving a person without bis 
interest. To this the genf ral assented, declaring, " that he never yet 
met with a brave soldier, or his ofbpring, in distrosa, without feeling 
and au^wcriag the claim they had upon his heart." 

Osi;iir obtwaed a ready promise ftom lire, itailowe of correepond- 
ing with him ; be blushed and faltered, as he besought her soni^ 
tim^s to acquaint hiro with the health of their frionda at Wnudlawu. 

ChoDge of scene prodooed no alteration in him; still pining with 
regret, and langnid from ill health, his father and 9lst«r found him. 
The comfurtfi of sympathy could not be his, as the angmish which 
preyed opon his heart he conajdirfldof too sacred a nature to divulge, 
he hoarded up his grief like a miser lioflrdiug uji his treasure, feariiU 
that the eye of suspicion should glance at it ; as he pressed his lovely 
eister to his heart, had ho imagiiied she was the object of Colcitel 




¥ 



datiotu of WBT, as well aa time, ware discemibla on its exterior ; some 
of its lofty batll^meTiIa were broken, sad others mouldering [o deaij, 
while about its anciuol towers, 



¥ 



It stood upon a rocky eminenca overhanging the seo, aud com- 
msndiDg a delightfal prospect of llie opposite coaat of Scotland; 
aboQt it were yet to be traced irregular tbrtiflcations, a raoat, and the 
remains of a draw-bridga, with a welL long since dry, which had 
been dag in the rock, to supply the inhabitants, in times of siege, 
with water; on one tide rose a stupeuduve hilL, covered to the very 
Munmit with trees, and scattered over with ralics of driiidical anti- 
qnity; before it stretched an eitansive and gently swelling lawn, 
sheltered on each side with groves of intenningted shade, and ^ 
refreehed by a clear and meandering rivulet, tlial t<x>k its rise from 

!lhe ailidining hills, and murmured over n bed of pebbles. 
_ After a pleaaaDt Journey, ou tha eietiing of the fourth day, onr 
■■Tellers arrived at their destined hflhttation. An old mun and 
Iroman who had the care of it were apprised of their coming, and on 
the first approach of the carriage opened the massy door, and waited 
to receive them ; they readied it when the sober grey of twilight had 
clad every object. Atnanda viewed the dark and stupendous edifioa, 
who^ gloom was now heightened by the shadows of evening, with 
venerable awe; the solitude, the silence which reigned around, tho 
melancholy murmur of the waves, as they dashed against ttie feet ot 
the rocks, all heightened the sadness of her mind ; yet it was not 
quite an unpleasing sadness, for with it was now mingled a degree of 
that enthnsiasm which plaintive and romantic spirits are so pccu> 
liarly sahject to feel in viewing the venerable gnmdenr of an ancient 
fabric renowned in history. As she entered a apacioas hall, curiously 
waiiiscotted with oak, ornamented with coats of arms, spears, lances, 
and old armour, she could not avoid casting a retruepectivc eye tc 
foniier times, when, perhaps in this very hall, bords sung the exploits 
of those heroes, whose useless anus now hutig upon the walls; she 
wished, in Iha romance of the moment, some grey bard near her, to 
tall the deeds of other limes, of kings renowned in our land, of chieA 
behold no more. In the niches in the hall were figures of obinf 



t&ina, large as life, and rudely carded in oak ; their frowning oono* 
tenancee strack a sudden panio npun the heart of £llco. — " Cot'pkn 
their eoub," she said, "what tlio ti-fil did they do there, except to 
frighteu the people from going into tue honael" 

They were showTi into a large parlour, fiirnished in an old-faaliionod 
manner, and found a comfortable auppor prepared for tliem ; oppressed 
with fatigue, soon aiter they had partaken of it, they retired tn rest. 
The next nioming, immediately after breaJcfaat, Amanda, attended by 
the old woman and EUen, ranged over the castle. Its iut^^rior was 
quite aa Gothio as its exterior; the staira were winding, tiie galloriea 
intricate, the apartments numerooa, and uiostEy httng with old 
tapestry, representing Irish battles, in which the chiols of Csatle 
Corberry were particularly distingnished. Tlieir portraits witli thoM 
of their Indies, ocenpied a long gallery, whose arched windows cast 
a dim, rehgioiia "light npon them; this was terminated by a sranll 
«partment in the centre of one of the towers that flanked tbe 
bnildjng; the room was an octag^>Q, and thus oommanding a sea and 
land prospect, nniting at once the sublime and beautiful in it. The 
fhmiture was not only modern, but elegant, and excited the particu- 




SlLUUEMOrTHBAIIOKr. 149 

1 noB» of the family." "Did yon over see the yoang lonlt" 
Iteil AmoQila, Kith iuvoUiiitary precipitation. "Seeliiml ay tbst 
t tUd, when he was abont eight j'ears olJ. Tliere is his pictnre 
tfpoiotiag a> une which boog over the cLininey); luy laily liad it done 
1 fine English paint«r, snd brought it over with lier ; it is tho 
torn] uf wliM lie tbfcn was." The eager eyea of Amanda were 
aiitly tnrueti to it, and she traced or ima^ned ebe did ao, a 
■emblaace still between it and him ; the painter aeemcd as if he 
d the description of Pity in his tnind, when he drew tlie picture, 
r Lord Uortimer was pourtrayed aa ahe is represented in tlie beau- 
il aUegury, shellering a trembling duve in hU boaoiii from a fero- 
Oh! Mortimer, thought Amanda, thy feeling nature ia 
« ably delineated ; the distressed, or tlie halpleaa, to the utmost of 
jonr {lower, you would save from the gripe of crnelty and oppreesioo. 
Her fatlier bad dealred ber to choose pleasant apartments for ber own 
immediate use, and abe accordingly Qzcd on thia and the room 
. A^oining it, which had been Lady Cherbiiry'a chamber ; her things 
3 brought hither, and her books, works, and implements for 
nwing deposited in rich inlaid cabinets. Pleased with the arrange- 
t ahe had made, she broagbC her latlier as soon as he was at 
leisure to view them; he was happy to hnd her spirils somewhat 
cheerl'ul and composed, and deuUrci that in future ho would rati this 
Amanda's Tower. Accompanied by him she ascended to the battle 
oienta of the castle, and was delighted with the estensive and varie- 
cated prospeot she beheld from them : a spncioua edifice at some 
distance, embowered in a grove of venerable oaks, attracted ber 
admiration; her father told ber that was Ulster Lodge, a seaf 
belonging to the murquis of RoHlinu, who was an Iris*' as well as a 
Scots peer, and hod very exlcnirive piieseasions in Ireland; Fitzalan 
added, he had been inquiring of Uie old man almnt the neighbour- 
hood, and learned from liiui tLii'. at the expiration of every three or 
four years, the niorijuis usually oairio over to Ulster Lodge, but had 
never been accompanied by the mafchioness. or Lady Euphrasia 

P'''-"''erlnnd, who was Ills only child. 
e d'lmestic eoonomy of Castle Curlierry was soon settled ; a 
g man and woman were hired, as Johnoleu and his wife Kate 
considered little more thari eupernunierarlBB; Ellen wso 
inl«d to attend Ariiaiida, nud do whulover plain work wu 



^V*^ h 
^Hnwin 
^Vent a 



IfiO ciiiLDREK or Tua abbit. 

required. FitzaJan felt a ploasioj; serenity diffused over bis mind 
from the idea of being in eoine degree independent, and in tiie wi^ 
of iiiaiiiig floiiie [irovisiou for his cliildren. — The first abock of k 
Bopnrittion from Lord Mortimer being over, tbe cbeerfulness of 
Amanda gradnoilj returned, the Tisions of liupe again revived in her 
mind, and »]ie indulged a secret pleasure at livicg la the boose h« 
had once oocupied; she considered her father aa particularly con- 
nected with big tamily, and doubted not, from this circamBtance, aba 
should eotnetimea hear of lirin; she judged of bia constAnc; b; her 
own, and believed be wonld not readily forget her; she acknow- 
ledged her father's motivea for separating them were equally just and 
delicate, but firmly believed if Lord Mortimer (as she Uattered her- 
self he would) confessed a partiality in her favour to bis father, that 
in;~"ienced by tenderness for his eon, friendship for her father, and 
the icnowlcdge of her descent, he would iruiuediately give up everj 
idea of another connexion, and sauotion theirs with his approbation ; 
no olistncle appeared to such an union but want of fortune, and that 
want she could never suppose would be considered as one, by the 
liberal-niindi'd Lord Cherbnry, who bod himself an income Huffioiont 




101 



b; li«re, on n mUJ ilay, hLu luved to rcitU and li^Un Ui tli« 
s of the tide; tho opposite Soottiali hiUs Kiuung \rlii«h 
h«r mother first dreir breath, often attracted and fixed tier sttenlion^ 
freqneotlj dmwing tears from her eyes, bj awateuing ia her mind 
the reooUections of that inother'H saffuriogs, 

Od a morning, ■when she aat at work in her apaitraent, Elian, who 
WM considered more aa a friend tjian a servant, Eometiincs eat vrith 
Jon not unfrequently turned on nurae Edwin's cot- 
I, Irom which Gllvn, witli an arch Bim^^city, woold advert to 
hldor HiUl, tiience naturally to Lord Mortimer, and conclude with 
T Chip, eichuming what a pity true love should ever be crossed. 



C U A P T E R XVI. 



Tlut kuHVa do work wltb. cftU'tt m fool, 

Voola km ngvs b; IsoUuf ■]■«. 

it seta Dad wDodcudu b; Ibelr titi. Uvd, 

TiiR solitude of Castlu Carberry waa interrupteil, in Ikhs tiian a 
fortnight, bv visiU and inviutiona from the neighbouring families. 
Tlie first they accepted was to dine at Mr. Eilcorban's ; he was a man 
of larse fortnne, which, in the opinion of many, compensated for the 
want of polished nianners and a cutUvated mind ; but, to otiiers of ft 
more liberal writ of thinking, could not {msMbly excuse those dcS- 
deneies, which were more apparent from hi» pretending to every 
excellence, and more intolerable from his deeming himself antliorixed 
by his wealth anil consequence, to say and do almost whatever he 
pleased. His lady was like hiinselt a compound of ignorancei, pride, " 
and vanity; their ofiitpriiig was cumerons, and the three wIlo were 
tiiSicienlly old to make their appearance, were considered by H-eir 
(inreuts and tlieinselvea as the very models of elegance and perfocUon. 
, The ynnng heir iiad been sent to tlie university, but, being pci-mitted 
I his own master, he hnd^rofited little by his residence there; 
i^h, however, perhaps he thought for a ninn of fortune, whc 
ed not profesfional knowled;;e; his face was coarw, his pcMioa 
Wlt^anl, and hi^ lasle in adorning hinittelf prepontei'(iu..ly lidio'ilna*. 



Ib3 cniLURKX ov -lum Aansr. 

fasliioa, Iloyle, ftcid the lookiDH-glase wera Lis chief etudiex, lad by 

Lis fniiiil; oQil sel^ he wu considered qnite tlie thing. 

Tlie j-omig Indies were sapposed to be very accomiilisded, beci om 
tticy had inatnicturs in ahnost eTery brftni^h of education ; but, in 
reality, they nnderstood little more tlian tLe namea of -what Vivf 
V. vru attempted to he tanght : nature had not been lariah of her ^Jts ; 
lit' lljip, howoTer, they were conscions, and patched, pmrderuil, ami 
[laiiitml in the very eitremity of the mode. Their mornings were 
tteiiiTdly epeiit in rolling abont in a coach and six, with titdr 
uianimo, collecting news and paying visits ; their evenings wore coo- 
i^tautly devoted to company, without which they declared they could 
not exist ; they sometimes affected languor and sentitoent, talked of 
friondtliip, and professed for numbers, the most sincere; yet, to th« 
very girls tbcy jiretended to re^^ard, delighted in exhibiting their 
finery, if ccrtuiii they could not purchase the same, and would feel 
mortilieil by tteeing it. 

Mr. Kilcorbnn had indulged liis family in a trip to Bath one 
autumn, aud iu so doing, had afTordwl a never-failing aubject for 
i-ouversalion : upon every occasion this delightfnl eicursion was 
lentioncd — the nordtiefl thev saw, the admiration they eicited. the 





fiirmed themselFes mto a group quite ilislant from the rp«t. Otia 
geDtlemao swore "slio was k deviliBh fine girl!" he was s^coDdeJ in^ 
the remark by (inoi.her, who eitnUed her complexion. " Ynii are a 
simpleton," crieJ a young lady, who wag reckouiid a grent wit ; " I'd 
engage, for half a crown, t« get as fine a colntir in Dublin." Her 
cumpimiooa laaghod, and declared she only «p<'ke truth in Hnjitig so. 
Mr. liryan Eilcorban, who leaned on her ehair, said, "A bill bIiouIiI 
be broDgiil into the house to lax snch compleiions; for kill ine," 
ooDtinued he, "the Indiea are so irreeiatible from nature, it is qtiit« 
mncooscionablo to call in art as an auxiliary," lie then stalked over 
p Amanda, who sat by Lady Greyetock ; lolling over her chair, ho 
"he thonght the tedious honrs wonld never clnpac, till 
a Ueased with her presence; of her," he said, "it was siilliciunt 
{■ have bat one glimpse to make hlui pant for the racond." A siim- 
i dinner relieved her fVom his nonsense: luxury aod o^ten- 
rere conspicuoua in the fare and decorations of the table, and 
ykmanda never felt any bonrs so tedions as those she passed at it; 
1 the ladiea returned U> the drawing-room, t)ie Miss Ellcorbans 
I their cumpaniona began to examine and admire her dress. 
•^What a pretty pallem this gown is worked in," said one. "What 
a avreet, becoming cap this is," cried a second. " Wei), certainly the 
English milliners have a great deal of taste ; my dear," said Misi 
Kiloorhan, whispering Amanda, "I have « monstrons ftvonr Ifl ask 
of yon," drawing her at the same instant to the window, "I am 
I nre," said Amanda, "any in my power to grant, I shall with plea- 
"Oh, really, then, it is in your power; 'tis only to refhse the 
n of yonr cap to any girls mho m.ij ask yoo for it, and to give 
ne and my sister; yon can't conceive how wo doat on being the 



tt time in the fashion ; on 
ything when it becomes 

d every sommer, when ' 
B always make it a point 
KWoIi I played a friend of 



stareil at, and so envied; I detest 
yon can't think bow we are 
return Irom Dublin, for fashions, but 
refuse. I must tell yon a delightfol 
she reoeivej a large present of the 
It beantiftl muslins from India, which she laii! by till 1 returned 
SB, Bupporing I would let her see my things, as 1 always told 
la extremely fond of ber; well, I lent her a gown, ivliieh wnn 
d •fashioned, but »*snred her it was the very npwr^t mode : 
irdingty had her bcnnlifnl inusjlitj cul in imilatiou 'if it. ani! 



Itfi 



oaiK 



TDK ADflzr. 



(•o spoiled them Trum raalnng any other lialiit; well, we met b< (9 
xiieiiie bull, where nil the ele^^nt people of the conntrj were KSiTti- 
liled, and, I ileelare I never mw «o riiliciili)a» a fignre as she m»de>, 
ivhen she found lifrself Dolike everj one in the room ', I re&lly 
Iliutight she would have fKiDled, and that ray slater and 1 abouH 
hare eijiired with laughing; ]ioor tiling, the tears ahaulnlcly trickled 
down her clit'eka : don't yon think it wa9 n charminit trick I" " Vvrj 
mndi so," Huid Aiiinndo, '^ I tliink it gare & alriking speeimeo of your 
humour." " Well, my dear," eiclairaeU Miss Eilcorban, ■withoal 
minding tlie marked eniphaais of Amanda's last words, "if yon allow 
ns, iiij siater and I will call npon yon to-iiiurrow, and look over yonr 
tilings." " It nrould be giving yourselt-e» a great deal of unneeessary 
trouble," replied Aiuaoda, coolly, who did not by any means reHuh 
lliis forward proposal; "my things eaa boast of little bnt simplicity, 
and I am always my own miUiner," "Really, wall, I protest you 
have a gi'eat deal of taste ; my maid, who is very handy, would, I 
lliiok, be able to make np tilings in [irelty much the ^me style, if 
jou were obliging enough to give lier patterns; if you do, )>erhapa 
you will add to the favour, and allow nx to mj they are the nowe«t 




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r agreed amnng the fair coterie, that tbcyabould coutinuc Id thedraK- 

ing-room to be in ilalu quo, iat the rcappenrance of the beaux. 
I Lady Grejsbick dow beckoned to our beruine to take a seat b; ber; 
I ibe g]D4]; obeyed. "Well, my dear." said her ladyship, "1 hope 
jrou have had enough of tbese couDtry missee, tbeae would-be miaBCa 
I of the ton." Ajnanda smiled asscDtingly. " Heaven defend me or 
I kny one 1 like," contioued her ladyship, " from their clock ; the cod- 
I fusion of Babel was, I reall; belieTe, inferior to that their tongnei 
I ffeatc ; yet some people have the absurdity to reckon these girli 
[ (KcnnipUshed. Poor Mrs. Kilcorban tonneatB one with the perfeo- 
[ tioDs of ber dnughtcrg; againut the; are disposed of (which she 
imagines will be very soon) she has a new brood of graces training up 
1 to bring out ; mercy on me ! vhat a set of hoydens I I'd lay m; life, 
[ ftt this very instant thej are galloping about the nursery, like a parcel 
I of wild colts, ttsaring or tormenting an unfortunate French governesSi 
I who was formerly filU dt ehambre to a woman of quality, and does 
i not even onderetand the grammatical part of her own langunge." 
I " Mrs. Kilcorban's opinion of her children," said Amanda, " is nntu- 
I nl, considering the partiality of a parent." "Yes; but not more 
I bearable oa that accouitt," replied her ladyship, " and I should 
I rodeavor to open ber eyes to her folly, if I thought her acquaint- 
I *nce would furgive my depriving them of such a fund of amiua- 

I Mr. Bryan Ki'icorhan, with some gent'emen, now entered tlie room, 
1 vd advanced to Amanda. "So," said be, "yon have got by ''Jie 
I dowager ; liang me, but I would let my beard grow, if all women 
I naemblMl her in ttieir dispositions." " By way of appearing saga- 
I Otis I inppose," said her ladyship, who was eitremely quick, and had 
I canglit the last words ; " alas ! poor youth, no embellishments on the 
I wterior would over be able to make us believe the tenement within 
I well fumitihed." Her ladyship was now summoned to a whist table, 
I ud Uiss Kilcorban inunediatcly tncib lier vacant scRt. " My dear 
■ tteatnre," said she, " are yon bored to death ! Lady Orcystunk is a 
\ queer piece 1 can assure yon : 1 suppose she was u«fcing some favour 
K from yuD, Bucli as to work her on apron, or handkerchief: she iji 
I notfd everywhere for requesting snch little jobs, as she culls thotii ; 
I) indeed we should nsver put uji with the tnnible nhe gives ns, but tliat 
wriM is Twtlj riob^ Atkd papa's ralation, and has no one to nearly 



connectod with her as va are." " All verj good rcaaoDH for jonr 
coinplaiaaoue," replied Amnnda, "but aliuuld ;Du not be careful in 
CQucealiDg theiD?" " Oh I Lord do: everj one knows them aa well 
as we do ouraelvea ; she was here lost Huiuiuer, and took a fane; to 
the pattern of an uprua of mine, and mude me the reasonable request 
of working one like it for her; all this she pretended iFaa to prevent 
mj being idle. Well, I said I would, and wrote up to the Morsviaa 
liiiuse, in Dublin, where 1 had got mine, for one exactly like it ; in 
duo time 1 received it, and presented it to the Dowager, certain that 
in return 1 should reueire a few of ber diamond pina, which she bad 
often heard nie admire ; they are the prettiest I ever saw, and quite 
unfit for her, but she had the eruelty to diauppuint mo." " Upon my 
fuitb," cried Mrs. Kilcorban, who had taken a uhair at the other side 
of Amanda, and listeued with evident pleasure to her daughter's 
voluble speech, " Lady Oreystock is an odd being ; I never mot with 
any one like her in all my travels through England, Ireland and 
Wales ; but she is a great orator, aod possceaoa the gift of the gab in 
e, wonderful degree." 

Ay. indeed, thought Amanda, and you and your fair daughters 
mble ber in that respect. After tea she was prevailed on to sit 








TnK following evening th* y were engnged at a farmer's ; the invita- 
tion was given with euch hamillly, jet pressed nilh such narrnth, that 
they could not avoid Hccepting it : and Bornrdingly aoun after dinner 
walked to the hnaBc, which was about a mile from Castlo Carberry. 
It waa a lav tJiatched building ; every appendage to it bespoke neat- 
nesa and comfort : it wse aitunted in a beautiful meadow, enclosed 
fVom the road by a hawthorn hedge, and on the oppositA ade lay an 
extenaive common, on wbioh stood the stupendous and venerable 
rains of an abl>ey called St. Catharine's ; they appeared a melancholy 
aoonment of the power of time over atrength and grandeur, and, 
frtui« they attracted tlie ubacrvaiion of the cariona, eicited a sigh in 
boeora of scnaibility. 

The farmer's family consisted of three daughters and two aoua, 
now dressed in tlieir best array ; they had assembled a 
number of their neighbours, among wliom was a little fat priest, 
called Father O'Callaghan, considered the life of every party, and a 
Uiad piper ; tlje room was »iiiall and crowded with fnmitnre, as well 
company i it was oidy dividt-d fmni Ijie kilclien by a abort passage, 
the steam of Iiot cokes, atid the sinoko of a tnrf Gre, which issued 
ice, soon rendered it dintresaingly warm. Amanda got as ocar 
the window as posaible, bnt still could not procure sufficient air, and 
■• every thing for tea was not quite re.idy, at.kiHl one of the Miss 
O'Flanaghatts if she woold accompany her to St. Cntbartne's. Sho 
answered io the affirmative. The priest, who liad been smirking at 
her ever since her entrance, now shook hia fat sides, and said ha 
wished he could get her initialed there, " for it would do my sou] 
good," cried he, " to canfetis ench a pretty Uttle creature as you ore, 
though, faith, I believe I should find yon like Faddy M'Denough, who 
used come to confession every Easter, though the devil a thing tlte pooi 
mail had to confees about at all, at all ; so tiaya I to bim, Paddy, tny 
^wel, *BJH I, 1 believe I mu;il make a snint of voir, and lay yon on 



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the «]t«r." "Oh I hooer, father," cried he, " not yet a wliile, till I 
get B. new snit of clothes on, which I iihall bj neit MiohaelmM." 
Amanda led them all laughing at the Storj, and her father engaged in 
cflnveruBtion witli Home farmere, who were desiring hia interest with 
Lnrd Uherhurr, for new lenses on moderate terms. 

Amanda liad about a qnarter of a juile to walk across the commoD : 
the ground was marshj and uneven, and nnmerous stamps of treea 
deauted its bavijig ouce been a noble forest, of which no meinortal 
but tlie^e stiimpfl, and a few tall trees imnicdistely near the abtwy, 
remained, tbat stretched their Tenerable anus around it, as if to 
sliade that ruin whose progress thej had witnessed, and which 
Amanda found well worthj of inspection. She was eqnaltj astoa* 
iahed at lis elegance and extent ; with tiacrcO awe tiavereed epadona 
cloisters, the former walks of bol} meditation ; she pnraned her way 
through winding poseages, where vestiges of cells were yet discerni- 
ble, over wbo>te mouldering arches the gross waved in rank loxuri- 
ance, and tJie ci'e«ping ivy spread it^ gloomy foliage, and viewed 
with reverence tlie graves ol" those who had once inhabited tliem. 
Tlioy suiTonmk'd that of the foiinikT's, which was distinguished by 




firo windings, when 
) her grcnt snrpriiie, 



n informed 



OaiL'lREN OF TUX ASSET. 169 

kn-'d » favooritu broU icr was iuterred Ujere. Tlie girl moved from 

e epot, bnt Ainaniia, ijclnined bj an irreprcsftiMe einouQii, BtoJd a 

^nute longer Co coutemplnla the awfii] Bueae ; oU wm sileot, Had, 

jbd Boiilorj, the graa9-[^>wn aislea looked long uatrodden bj htiman 

;jfaot, tlie gre«D and moulderiug wdls appeared ready to cromblo iato 

toms, u)d the wind, whicb howled thruugh their crevices, soDuded 

lb the ear of tsaoy, as sjgbs of Borrow for tbo dwoktioiu of the 

,]^l»ce : full of morollxuig melsDcholy, the ycmag, the lovely Ai " ft ndft, 

Bug over the grave of her companion's youthful brother, and t&king 

p tlie withered flower, wet by tlie tears of sisterly affection, dropped 

iflwlher on it, and cried, "Oh I howitt an cniblem is Uiis oflife, how 

^tnstTalive of these words: "Unn comes forth aa the flower of tha 

jftdd, and is soon cot down." 

Misa O'Flnnnghon now led hor through Mme a 

(Middenly emerging from them she fiinnd Iierself, t 

In a large garden, entirely encompnssoil by the ni 

e of it titood a large low bnilding, which her < 

ir was a convent: a folding door at the nidu opened into the cliapel, 

1|:]aieli they entered and foind a nun prn3ing. 

Amanda drew bock, fearful of disturbing her; but Uiss O'Flana- 
Imd accosted her withont ceremony, and the nun returned the soiii' 
IlioD, with themost cordial good liomoar. Slie was filly, aa Amanda 
Ite'wards beard, for she never could, from her appearance, ha^e 
conceived her to be bo mnch: her skin was fair, and perfectly free 
from wfinile, the blooni and down upon her cheeks as bright and 
BoH as thnl upon a peach ; though her accent at once proclaimed her 
country, it wdb not unharmonious, and the clieerful obligingness of 
her nwimer sioply compensated the want of elegance; slie wore tha 
relipoDs h*hit of the house, which was a loose flannel dress, hound 
round her waist by a girdle, from wliich hung her tieaila and a crose; 
a vedl of l>.e same stufT descended to the gronnd, and a mob cap and 
forehead cloth qntte concealed her hair.* Miss O'Flanaghan presented 
Amanda to her, aa a etranger who wished to see every thing onriona 
I tha chapel. "Ahl my honey," cried elie, "I am sorry she liui 
a time whe~i she'll see lb all in the dismals, for you know 
n nioumingfor onr prioreas (the altur was hung with block;) 



100 CUILDRINOrtUBABBIT 

Imt, m; deu. (turning to Amanda,) do you mean bo come here nest 
Sunday, for if you do, you will find us all bright agsin." Upon 
Amanda's anawering !□ the Dogative, she continued; " Faith, and I 
nin sorry for that, for 1 have taken a great fancy to you, and when I 
like a person, I always nieh them as great a chance of happiness as I 
bave niyeeir." Amanda eniiling, said she believed none could desire 
a greater ; and the nun obligingly proceeded lo show her all the relics 
and finery of the chapeU; among the former was a head belonging to 
one of tlio eleven thousand virgin martyrs, and the latter, a chest full 
of rich silks, vrhiuh piuua ladies had given for the purpose of dressing 
the altar; pulling a drawer from under it, she displayed a quantity 
of artifi<:ia.l lowers, which she SEud vere made by the sisters and their 
Hcholirs. Amanda wished to make a recompense fur the trouble she 
had giren, and finding they were to be sold, purchased a number, and 
having given some to Miis O'Flanaghan, whom she obsetrod viewing 
them with a wishful eye, she left the rest with the nun, promising to 
call for them the ensuing day. " Aj. do," said she, " and you maj' 
be euro of a sincere welcome ; you will eeo a set of happy poor crea- 
tures, and none happier than myself. 1 entered the convent at too, 
I took vows at fifteen, and from that time to the present, which is a 








the society consiBted of twdre nuns; their little fortaneSi 
though ii^ik in one oommon fanil, were iasafGuient to suppi; theit 
necessities, wltith compelled them to keep a day suhool, in which 
the reighbouring chililren were instructed in reading, writitig, plaia 
IT ork/ embroidery, and artiBuial flowers; she also added that the 
ttllowed to go nut, but few aviuled themselves of that 
^iberly, and that, except ia fasting, thej were strungera to the austm- 
prncticed ia foreign conrenta. 
For anch a eocietj Amanda thonght nothing could be bett«r 
adapted than the present situation sheltered bj the ruins, like the 
litiog entombed among the dead, their wishes, like their views, were 
bounded by the mouldering walk, as no olyect appeared beyond 
them which could tempt their wandering from their usual limits ; the 
dreary common which met the view, could not Iw more bleak and 
iahos|>itable than the world in general would hare proved to the 
children of poverty and nature. 

Father O'Gallagbon met the ladies, at the door, and, familiarly tak 

ing Amanda's bond, said, " Why yon have staid loiig enoagh tu be 

made a nan of; here («aiil he), the cakes are buttered, the tea mode, 

and we ail waiting for you : all I jou little rogue," smirking in bor 

face, " by tie bead af St. Patrick, those twinklers of yours were not 

g^ven for the good of yonr aoul ; here yon arc come to play pcll-mel' 

among the bearta of the honest Irish lads ; ah I the devil a doubt bni 

^on will have mischief enoagh to answer for by and by, and then I 

ipose you will be coming to me to confess and abeulvo you ; bu*. 

ibur, my little honey, if yon do I niu.st be paid beforehand." 

Ida disengaged her band, and entered the parlour, where th* 

ipany, by a display of pocket-handkerchiefs on their laps, seemed 

lared to make a downright meal of the good things before tliein; 

Mi«8 O'Flanogbans, from the toils of the tea table, at lust grew aa 

red as Uie ribbon with whicli they were profosely ornamented ; tlia 

table at length removed, the choirs arranged, and tlie leuches 

placeil iu the passage for the old folkn, tlie signal for a dance waa 

^vcn, by the pipcr'^ playing an Irish jig ; the farmer's eldest eon, 

ted in a new skj-blne coat, bis hair combed Bleek on bis forehead, 

his complexiau as bright as a fall blown poppy, advanced to our 

line, and begged, with muiih modesty, and many bowit, she 

told do him the favor to stand up wiih him ; she hesitated a lit'le 



im CRILDRKX or TUB i.DBBr. 

when Fatlier O'Gftllaghan, pTing her a tnp, or rather skp, on the 
flionlder, mado lier Etart suddenly from her scat ; lie langhsd lienrtily 
at tliia, decloriug, be hked to eee a girl alive and merry ; as he could 
not join in the dance, he consoled himself with being ma9t«r of th« 
epremoniea, and insisted on Amanda's dancing and leading off the 
I'riest in hie bootfl; ebe felt littje incliiiBd to comply, hut she was ono 
tf^ tliose who cau sacrifice their own iuclinations lo that of others ; 
Mag direiHied in the figare hj the priest, she went down the dance, 
but the floor being an earthen one, by the time she concluded it, she 
bc|^d they would encuae her sitting the remainder of the evening^ 
she felt BO extremely fatigued ; she and Fitzalan would gladly havo 
declined stayiup to sapper, but this they found impossible, witbont 
either greatly inortirying, or absolutely offending their hospitabla 



The table waa covered with a proftision of good country fare, and 
none seemed to enjoy it more truly than the prieat : io the intervals 
of eating, his jests flew about in every direction : tlie scope he gare 
to Lis vivaeity exhilarated the rest, so that, lihe Falstaff, he was not 
only witty himself, hut a prompter of wit in iilhers. " Pray, father." 




CBILDK&M OV run ABaiT. 161 

Wkod th« man. "Oh I 'liat yoa shaU and welcome," nulled lie 
BHiiiing, " Why tlien, fatLer," i-oturueO tho other, '■ I ■Koalit reftwe 
It if joD forced it apon me, for d'je see, bad il been wurtli one (&r- 
'filing yon would have rcfOEed it to me.'' 

" Too have put me in mind of a very cnrionii story," eickimed 
Knother young man. lu this one confludcd bit. " A young knight 
went into a ohapel in Spain one moruiiig, wliere he observed ■ mcyik 
ftendiDg In a sappiioatiog attittide, with n box io his hand : oe 
•aked him wLM this was lor, sod learned, to collect money fur pray- 
ing tlie souls c: fifty Oliristians out of pnrgatory, whom the Moon 
Juid :uardere(l : the koight threw a piece of money into Ilie box, and ' 
tile monk, atter rq>estiag a short prayer, exclaimed, " tliere ia one 
■onl redeemed." The knight threw in a second, and the priest, aClei 
the same ceremony, cried, '' there is luiotiier free." Thus tliey both 
vent on, one ^viug and the other praying, till, by the monk'e account, 
all the Eoula were free: "Are yon snre of this?" inqnired the knight 
*• Ay," replied tlie priest, they are all assembled together, at th« 
gale of Learen, which St. Peter gladly opened for Ibeni, and they 
■re now joyfully seated in Paradise." " Frort whence Uiey cannot 
be removed, I suppose!" said the knight. "Removedl" repeat«d 
^e astonished priest, " no the world itself might be easier reiiiorud." 
** Tlien if you please, holy father, relnrn me my dncato ; Ibey have 
4eiwmplislied the purpose for which tliey were given, and as I am 
•nly a poor cavalier, without chance of being as happily situated, at 
least fur some years, aa the souls we have mutually contributed to 
release, I titand in great need of tbein." 

Filxalnn was auqirised at llie freedom with wliicli they treated tht , 
.priest, but he laughed as merrily as the rest at their stories, for h« 
.ktiewlhal though they sometimes allowe^l themselves n little latitude, 
ttiey neither wished nor attempted to ajiake otf hiii power. 

Filzahin and Amanda withdrew as early as possible ft'om tlie party, 
which if it wanted every otlier charm, bad lliat of novelty, at least to 
tliem. The next morning Amanda repaired to the convent, and 
Inquired tor sister Mary, the good-natnred nun she had seen the 
{•receding evening; she immediately made her appearance, and waa 
delighted at seeing Amanda; she condneted her to the school-room, 
'Wlietw the r^st of the nniis and the pupils were assembled, and 
Amanda waa delighted wiib tho content and regiilarity which 



UO cBiLDKiv or «!■ ^.kiir. 

thnragh them ; a flight of rugged itepa, ant ht tfaa lifing rook, li9 to 
ft wve OD the innimit uf one of the highest; » oroM, mdelj oftmd 
upon the wall, and the remwni of a matted oottob, denoted thia having 
formerlj been a hermitage ; it overhung the eea, and all ahont it 
wen tremendoua eragi, agunat whioh the wftTM beat with rialenM; 
over a low and arched door was a amooth done, with the following 
lines engraved upon it : — 

At dHd of Blfht 'mid hta Drtani bwi 



TBtnblLDA all piwIplUE* down, d 



Under Amanda's superintending care, the garden soon loet ita mde 
appearance, a new couch was procured for the hermitage, which shr 
ornamented with shells and sea weeds, rendering it a most delightfnl 
recess, the trees were pruned, the alleya cleared of opposing bramble*, 
and over the wall of the Quthic temple she hung the flowers she bad 
Vnrchaaed at St. Catherine's, in fanciful wreaths. 

Bhe <)n«ii asrendtHl the denous path of the monDtafii, which 





■cd refr«e)iitig dewg, and almost ever; plant enriohee the soil from 
wLiob it gpriing; Nature, indeed, in all her works is a glorious pre- 
oedent to man, but while eoalaved b; ilissipatioD, he cannot tblln\r 
her example, and what e;iqDisite Boaroes of enjoyment does he lose — 
to lighten the toils of labour, to obeer the child of poverty, to rni^e 
the drooping head of merit! — Oh I how superior to the revels of ilia- 
aipatioD, or the ostentatioa of wealth. 

'■ Real happineaa is forsaken for a gandy phantom called pleasure; 
abe it seldom grasped but for a looment, yet in that moment htta 
power to fix envenomed stings within the breast; the heart widch 
•leligbtfl in domestic joys, which rises in pious gratitude to Ileaven, 
which melts at human woe, can alone eiperience tme pleasnra. 
The fortitode with which the peasants bear their sofferlngs, should 
care discontent of its murmurs, they support adversity withoot com- 
plaining, and those who possess a pile of tnrf against the severitf 
of winter, a small strip of ground, planted with cabbage and potatoes, 
a cow, a pig,and some poultry, thiulc tbcmselTes comjiletely happy, 
though one wretolied hovel sheliers all alike. 

Obi how rapturous, thought Amanda, the idea of Lord Mortimer's 
fe«liag recurring to her mind, to change such scenes, to see the clay- 
built hovel vanish, and a dwelling of neatness and convenience rise in 
its stead ; to wonder, continaed sberWith Lim whose soul is franglit 
with sensibility, and view the project of benevolence, realized by tha 
hand of charity, the faded cheek of misery regain the glow of 
health— 



d content and oheerfolneas sport beneath its sliadea. 
^fh>m SDch an ecstatic reverie aa this, Amanda wss roused one 
ning, by the entrano© of tlie Kilcorbans and I^dy Greystock, into 
the dreaaing room where she was working. "Oh I my dear," cried 
tlie eldest of the yonng ladies, "we have such enchanting news to tell 
yon : only think who is coming down here immediately, your nncle, 
and aunt, and cousin : an express came this morning from Dublin, 
where thej now are, to the steward at Ulster Lodge, to have every 
tiling prepared agtunst next week for them." " 1 deckrc," said Miss 
_Alida, " I shall quite envy yon the delightful amnsement you shall 
Fith them." Ainaftda blushed and felt a little confused : " You 



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OHILDRIX or THB ApBIT. 



wfll hkTe no reBSon then, I lutej,'^ repKed die, "ftr mJtj I 4»'MI 
know them." ' ''' 

"Oh Lord Peidairoed lire. Eiloorban, " well that ii Tuy ottntel^ 
not know yonr own relationB ; bnt perbips the^ elwrnyi Hnd tn 
Bootland, uid yon were afraid to onwa the m* to pay them ft tUC* 

"If UiRtwu the only fear Rhe had," said Lady Oieyrtoek, with' fc 
■atirical smile, " she conld easily have snimoonted It'^bestdea, wttM 
It not havo held good with reepeot to one place aa well ■■ anoUietf* 
"Well, I never thought of that," cried Via. KUeotban; "bat pii^, 
niisa, may I ask the reason why yon did not know them by Mterf' 

" It oan be of very little oonseqn«toe to yon, madam," ngpBdS, 
Amanda, ooolly, " to hear It" 

"Tliey tay Lady Enphroda Bntherland la Tery BMOVplisked,* 
•xnUitned Miss Kiloorban, " so a correepoodenoe with her wonid Iuit* 
been delightftil ! I dare say yon write sweetly yoorself ; so if erer 
j'OD leave Oastle Carbeny, I beg yon will &Tonr me with letters, ftir 
of all tilings I doat on a sentimental oorrespondenoe." 

■'No wondiT," BvdLady Qreystook, "yon are sopaitietdarly wd 
qnalified to snpport one." 





; tut,'' rising witli their inamtua, and Bolatiog lier iiiuoh e 
rurmall; than tLey bad done at tbeir eulrunue, '^sLe is the itest Judge 

of OlAt." 

Fit2«lAn had never seen the marchioiiem sinoe his marriage, nor did 
Ii« dver again wish to behold her; the iohuinanttj with which alie 
had treated her luvely slater; the imdice with which she tuul aug- 
mented her father's resentment agmnat that poor sufferer, liad so* 
•trougl; prepossessed his mind with the ideas of the si^lfisSiuess and 
iiaplacability of here, as to excite sontiuients of dietaato and aversion 
fur her ; he considered lier as the usurper of his cliildren's rights ; aa 
accedsarj- to the death of his adored Mtdvins, and consequently the 
author of liie agunies he eudurtid — agouiiu which time, aided by reli' 
gUiK, »>uld auaruely cuuqner. 



1 A P T E R XIX. 



I( At th« eipected time, tlie marquis and his family arrived, with great 
Kuidaur, at Ulsier Lodge, which was i id oied lately crowded with 
1) of the first TODaeqiience in the country, auiung whom were 
ilie Eilcorbans, wboae aftlueut furtuue gave them great respeclability. 
lir. Eilcorban wished, indeed, to bo llrst in paying his complimeDta 
to the marqnis, who had a bomugh in his disposal, he was deeirons of 
being returned for: disappointed the last time he sat op as one of tlie 
candidates for the county, this was his only chance of entering tlia' 
liooM be bad long been ambitious for a seat in ; he knew, indeed, his 
oratorical powers wore not very great, oflen saying he bad not tlid 
f(ift of the gab like mniiy of the hououralile gentlemen: but then 
i'S aboold stamp and stare, and loot up to gods and goddesses," 
fjr their approbation with the best uf them; and beBidos, bis being a 

UdlH u* ftJiilllid iDlu 111* iillHyDr Ilia Irlili Boiu* jrCoDmoH. 



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UX TUX ASSBT. 



meinber of pai-lionienl, would iucreasa liis oouaeqiwiKa, tt kart ^ 
the country. 

Tlic rviiiJu ]<Art uf his riuiiilf wcot from Ulster Lodge to Cwtk Gkfr. 
berry, wliU-li llicy entered with a more ooDaeqnenlJal air than aw, 
M il' thi'v ilt^rived Dew conseqQeaoe, tnam the rlait they kid bev 
p(Lyi[i(;: iiisteu'l of flying np to Amuulo, u oinal, the fanng ladiw 
iwain into the room, wilh vliftt tliey ima^pned % moit towltoUai 
elegance, and making a alidiog courCctiy, flang theouelTee upon > aab 
eioelly ojipu^^itt) the glass, and alternatelj viewed tbenitdT*!, ind 
ponued tlivir reinarka un IddfEaphnaia'adiew; " Well, oenaiBl):, 
Alii:ia," suid Mias Eiloorbaa, "I will heTe e moroing gown nuMh 
in iiiiiliiliiiii ofher l&dysliip'e; tliat frill of fine lace about the seek, b 
the must Leeuniing thing in nature ; and the pale blue lioiiig wwtij 
ndajiled fur a deliunte complexion." — " I think, Charlotte," cried IQa 
Alic-a, " I will have my tambour muiilln in tlie same style, but UmA 
wilh i^iiik tr) sut off llie work." 

"liii- :;uut of your,*, my doar,"" excbiragd Mm, Eilcorbao, "b 
r<>ully :\ inrsoiiuble locking wouian onoDgb, and her daugbter a 
pretty lii.llt sort <if body." 




CBILDueK OV THE ABBIT. HI 

lapped up stnlra like ao H>r eqnin. Tbe mapchionesa advuicei] 
'ihout two 3li'|H fruiii hor ooiioh to reoeive uh, and LaJy Eiipbraiia lislf 
%tlao Tram her seat, »tler ocncuinplnling us fur & niiuiitt), to know 
WiDether we were to Le conaiilered aa bainaii creatures or not, aaok 
fhcK tnlo lier fcinuer uttituiie of elegant languor, and ooDtinned hei 
bMverution willi a young noblnuion, who tuu occompouied them 
n Engiand." 

Well, I tiiipa yon will allow he is a divine creature," ewlniioed 
I Kilcarbkn, in an accent of rapture; "Oh, what eyes he hai," 
Med lier tijter, " what All hannoDlous voice, I reidly never beheld auy 
tes one BO exquisitely liandnunie." 

** Lord Uortimsr, indeed," said Lady Oreyatock ; Amanda 9tartc<1, 

hhiBhed, tnmeil pale— pan tc<] aa if for breatli, aud started as if iu 

InuemenU "Blesa me, Miss fitzalan," asked her ladyship, "ara 

^flM illl" — "No, madam," replied Amanda, in a trembling voice 

1^*0» oalv — 'tis only a hltle palpitatiou of tlie heart I am sul^eot to . 

»ye intirnipted yoor ladyship, pray proceed." — " Well, continued 

If Greyitoek, "I was saying that Lord Mortimer wbb one of the 

elegant and eogaging young men 1 bad ever beheld ; his eiprei* 

eyes seemed to reprove the folly of his fair companion, and her 

iglect mode him doubly essldnoiis, whiuh to me wu a moat ood> 

Being proof of a noTile mind." 

Eow did the lieart of Aiuanda swell with pleaenre, at tliis warm 
flogism on Lord Mortimer : the (ear of delight, of refined afiectioD, 
tuDg to her eye, and oonld scarcely be prevented falling. 
"Lord, madam," cried Miss Eikorban, whose pride was mortified 
I Amanda's hearing of the cool reception they had met with; "I 
n't oonceive the reason yon ascribe suoh mdeDces and ooDoeil to 
tdy Enphrasia: 'tis really qaite a miaconstrnotion of tlie etJqnetta 
tCCBsary to be observed by people of rank." 
"I am glad, my dear," replied Lady Greystock, "yon are now 
Iginning to proQt by the many lessons 1 have given you 00 
Bnility." 

**! asmre yon, miss," said Mrs. Eileorhan, "I did not forgot to te!l 
• marchionesa abe bad a niece in tbe oelghbuurhood: I though^ 
ahe seemed a little shy on the subject, so I suppose there has 
a difference in the familios, particularly as you don't visit ber; 
ill: U our ball, perhaps every thing may be settled." Amanda made 
» reply to this *].r<Tli, an>l tlie l«rtlcs dopnrled. 



173 ciiii-DHEK or TUB ABiir. 

Her bosom, m nuijr well be nippoaed, wm iglUteJ irith &m raatt 
violent pertDrbations, on faearing of Lord Hortimer'i being ia tt* 
nefgbbonrbood ; tbe pleaKore she felt at tbe flmt intelligenoe, gtwAaaif 
■ubdded on refleoting be was la inmate, probably • Mead, to tboM 
relationa who bad contributed to tbe deatrnotloD of her motbK-i 
•ad who, from tlie character she had heard of them, it waa aol 
uncharitable to think, woald fool no great ragrot, If ber oLdUnn 
experienced a deatJoj eqoall; eerere; might thej not tmUbtt aouM 
pr^odlces agunst her into his boaom ; to know abe wn tbe ddU df 
the nnfbrtonate Ualyino, woold be enoogb to provoke tbdr enml^; 
or if they were silent, might not I«]f Eufdiraaia, adorned vMi 
ever; advaiUage of rank and fortone, have wcoi, or at leMt aoen irla 
hia afiectioDB. 

Tet acaroely did tbeee ideas obtrude, ere abe reprosched benalfftv 
them, ae injurious to Lord Mortimer, from whoae noUe nature ah* 
thought she might believe his constancy never wonld be ■^■^■''t 
except she heiself gave him reason to relinquish it. 

She now cheered her desponding apirito, by recoiling the ideot (ha 
had long indulged with delight, as her reeideOM was still a eaoret to 





warriors bad stepped oat of tiis niche, anH ttie tcfil t&ke them all^ 
[■ay, for tliey grir. sio horribly, they affrigliten me oot of my wila, if 
i^go througli tlio ball of a clnrk evening; bo ifone of tliem old foUows 
fi I was saying, had jani|)od out, I coald nut liave been more atar- 
fled; and bank I ran into the little parloar, and there I heard hia 
'Iprdship inqniring for my tnasler; to be enre the sonnd of his voice 
did my heart good, for he is an old friend, as ooe may say; so as 
soon as he wont into the stody, I stole np stairs; and one may guess 
,lrt)at be and my master are talking abuul, I think." 

The emotion of Amanda increased ; she trembled so she conid not 
^^nd : she felt aa if lier destiny, licr futnre happincaii, depended on 
<^iia minnte. In vain she endeavoured to re^^n composure ; her spi- 
(Ha were wonnd np to the highest pitch of expectation, and the a^- 
^tioDS inseparable from anch a state, were not to be represt. 

She oontinoed near an bour in this situation, when the voioe of 
Jlortjmer struck her ear; she started np, and standing in the centra 
of the room, saw hini walking down the lawn with her fatlier, who 
him when he hail reached the gate, where his servanta and hortiea 
TKBTD. The ciiill of disappointment pervaded tlie heart of Amanda, 
tnd a shower of tears fell from her. Ellen, who had remained in the 
as almoet as maeh disappointed aa her mistress; she mattered 
■Dmethlng abont the inconstancy of men ; they were all, for her part, 
fbe believed, all alike; all like Mr. CI)ip, capUona on every occasion. 
Jtlie dinner bell now summoned Amanda; she dried her eyes, imd 
fied on a little straw hat, to conceal their redness. With much con- 
[kiaion, she appeared before her father; his penetrating eye was 
iBBtanlly struck with her agitation and pallid looks, and he coi^jeo- 
Inred that aha knew of the visit be had received; on receiving that 
jri^t, be wondered not at the strength of her attachment; the noble 
aod ingenuous air of Lord Mortimer had immediately prepossessed 
j^tzal&n in hia favonr ; he saw him adorned with all those perfec- 
tions which are calculated to make a sfTong and permanent impresfiion 
^ a heart of sensibility, and he gave a sigh to the cruel neoeeaity 
Vbich compelled him to separate two beings of such congenial loveli- 
it aa that necessity neither was nor could be overcome, he 
^oioed that Ix>rd Mortimer, instead of visiting him on account of hlf 
4ftnghter, bad niurcly come on account of affairs relating U> the castle 
Jnid h.id inijiiired for her willi a ooolness which bcemcd to declare bis 



IT4 CBILDKIV or TBI ABBST. 

ion toUll; nibdned; not tiie amallegt hint rdativs to &• lattv, 1b 
wliioh ho I<tu1 propobed for lier, dropt from him; uid Ktulan on^ 
eluded Iiis affections were traiuferrod to soma oI))Mt, men tfaft 
laromito of fortune thtui bb portionlew Amanda. 

This object, 1m was inclined to believe ladf Enphnala fiotheriaa^ 
team vliut Lord Cherbory had loid, oonoeming the qdcndid f^"fwt 
he had in view for bia eon, and &om Lord Uo(tim«r'a aeoonpaoTl^ 
the Soslin fauiilj to Ireland. 

He felt he had not fortitnde to mention thoae eoi^eetiirM Is 
Antanda; he rather wished she should imbibe them from ber own 
obiterratitHi, aod pride, he then tmsted, would ooraa to ha aid, aod 
■tiniulate her to overcome her attachment. Dinnar pawed In aHeoMt 
when the Bervant was withdrawn, ho resolved to reliere the anrta^ 
which her looks informed him preaied npon her heart, by mentionlag 
the visit of Lord Uortimer; he came, he told her, merely to Mt tb* 
■tote the castle waa in, and thas proceeded: "Lord Uortlniar ia, 
indeed, an ek^nt and sensible young man, and will do b<»oar to 
the house fVora whence he is descended ; be hod long wished, be told 
met to visit the eetato which was endeared to bim by the lemam* ~ 
brancc of liis iiivrL-iiilo duTa; but particularly by ita being the plaoeof 




— AuuukIh blushecl, and lier fatlier Etill perceivin;; ospccinlion in hor 
L 4;e8, tbua went oa: "Ili« loi^liijj laokinl at some of c!ie ailJao«nt 
I grounds, sud as bu luu meutiuued wluit improvemeuto be tbi.>uf;bt 
I IteeeEsary Ui be muilc Id theio, I faucj lie \iUl not rupe&t bis viaic ur 
rafa; mach longer in tbe kingdom." 

fc _ In « few minutes aftar tliia convarsBtion, Fitzalan repaired to hia 
■HbrBTy, uid AmundB to the garden ; a)ie Lutoned t« tbe temple — 
Pie rcr bodsbe before thoiigbt it so pictaresque, or such an addition ta 
nbe landscape; tbe silunce of Lord Mortimer, on entering it, sbe did 
Bipti like ber fatber, believe proceeded altogether fmtn retracing 
niMeneB of former Lappiness with bin mother : no, said uhc, in Ibid spot, 
Bfb also, perhaps, thought of Amanda. 

H True be liad mentioned ber with indifference to ber father, but tlial 
BBlght, (and she would flatter herself it did.) proceed from resentment, 
Hxcited by ber precii)ated flight from Wales, at a period when bia 
Bffe oeived addresses gave him a right to ia&rmaUon about all her 
^Bjtdons: and hy her total neglect of him since; tlieir Onit interview, 
Bm trusted, would effect a reconciliation, by prodQcing an eijiluna- 
■Hon ; her father then, she flattered LeniDlf tender as ha waft, depend* 
Hblg on her happiness, anil prc|>o«aessod in Lord Mortimer's faTour, 
nroold no longer oppose their altadiment, bat allow Lord Clierbory 
wta be informed of it, who, she doubted not, would in this, as welt as 
Bknry other inataoce, prove hiiuscif truly feeling and disinterested. 
H* Time did Amanda, by encouraging ideas agreeable to her winhes, 
^^n to soften the disappoint ment she had experienced in the morning. 
Hnlzslao oa meeting his daughter at tea, was not sur|>rlsed to hear 
HKe had been in tbe Gothic temple, but he was to see her wear so 
faeerfnl on appearance; he was no slranger to the huii'ao bcort, and 
f fie was convinced sunie Battering illusion uould alone have ciifiblcd 
mSi/r to tboku off the soduesj with which but an hour bclurc, she had 
|K«n opprest; the sooner such an iUuuon woe removod, tiie better; 
BE d to allow her to see Lord Mortimer, he imagined uouid be the 
Bnost effectual measure lor such a purpose. 

^f Tbe more he reflected on that young nobleman's manner, and what 
^Ka liiuiself had Imard from Lord Cherbury, the more be was con. 
HRiuhmI Lady Euphrasia Satherhind was not only the object dcdtinoi! 
Hpr Lord Mortimer, but tlie one who now possessed hit^aflcctions; and 
Hkbeiietrd his visit to Ca.<t!e Carbcrry bud been mudf, lo nunnunca 



17« 



RKX or IDE ABBST. 



the klteration of his sentiiiieiits b^ the ooldiMM of tdl aoadoat, mA 
check anj hope* which bis appeennoe in the nal^boBriKwd mi^ 
have created. 

He had heeitated ebont Amands's aoeeptlng tbo tnTttadw to <!• 
KikorboDs* ball, bat be now determined ehe ahcrald go, linpnrt nVk ' 
the idea of her being there convinoed of the ohanga In Lord UortbMA 
setttimoDta, a oonTiction he deemed neoeMory to prodneo on* b km 

Amanda impatiently longed for thli oi^t, -wiUL eho ballnrci 
would realiie Mther her hopes or feara. 



CHAPTER XX. 

A crinuoD bhah b<r beanteou fka oViptwili 
TirjUif b*t stiMki by tDm wUb wUMtBlndt 

Rod ben uid Ihen, sod Hudi kDd fkda ^mtsi 





17T 



not At least surpass uiy Ainiuiiiai roeeknasB and iimcKeDce dwell ii|inc 
the brow of ray oliild — bttl the hanghty mardiioneas will itJioL lu'ido 
lo lower npon Lody EnphrsBliL" 

AmantU, on reaching Grangcville, foand the avenue full ni' <yir- 
riiges; ibelightodispersed through the hoiwe,gHveit quiw the (iii|»?ar- 
once of an iUamination : it Beenied indeed the mAiisinn of guietj niid 
tpkndoar ; her knees trembled aa she osoeuded tJie bljiin>, nbc wislicd 
for time to compoBe herself, bat the door opened, lier nniiiO was 
annouDced, and Mrs. Kiloorban came forward to reoeive her. Tlia 
room, thongh gpacioos, was extremely crowded; it was decorated iu 
a &Dcifnl manner with foBtoons of flowers intcrminfcled witli vui-iega- 
ted lamps; immediately over the entrance was tiie on:be«lra, aiid 
opjiomte to it sat the marchioness and lier party. Tho heart of 
Amanda best if possible with iocroased qiiiuknesa, on the approach of 
Mra, Kilcorban, and her Toioe was lost in her emotions; reoolleutiug, 
however, the scrutiniziDg eyes of Lord Mortimer and her imperious 
relatJona were now on her, she almoet immediately recovered compo- 
sore, and with her nsnnl elegance, walked up the room. Jlofit of th» 
company were strangers to her, and she heard a geuoral biizit of 
"''Who ia she}" accompanied with expressions of admiration from tlie 
gentlemen, among whom were the officers of a garrison town uvar 
Grangeville. Contused by the notice she attracted, she hnateuoj to 
the first seat she found vacant, which waa near the raarchiiine.ss. 

Universal, indeed, was the adiniratiou she had excited among t)ie 
male part of the (ompany, by her beauty, nuafFeoted graced, and 
Gimplioity of dress. 

Bhe wore a robe of pale white lutestring, and a crape turbnn, orna- 
monted with a plnme of drooping feathers : she liad no Rppanranin 
of finery, except a chain of pearls abont her bosom, from which 
littng her motlior's picture, and a light wreath of embroidered Innrei, 
intermingled with silver blossoms round her petticoat. Her hair in 
its own Dative and glossy hne, floated on her shimlders, and partly 
sliadcil a cheek, where tlie purity of the lily was tintal wilh Ihu 
softest bloom of tiie rose; on ginning a seat her courusion sulwidcd: 
she lookeil np, and the first eyes she met were those of Ixird Morti- 
mer (who leaned on Lady Euphrasia Sutherland's chnir) &sten[:J im 
lior face with a scmtinizing caniestness, as if ho wiahwl to peno^to 
tlif rocesjcs of her heart, and diiicnver whether he yet rdiiiiied \ 



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COILDBCK OF TBI ABBBT. 



place in it; sLe bloabed, and looking Cram him, perui'rad di* vip ^ 
olject of critical attention to tbe marchioneH and Ladj EaphnflK;' 
there was a maliguant «zpr«wion in thtir GonntenanoeB whldi aoa»^ 
Intel? shocked her; and die felt a sensation at borror at b«bol^Iiq[ 
the former, irho had so lerKelf contribnted to the aonowa of Iter 
mother, " Can it be pcaoible," said Lady Eux>braala, rqdyiiig to B 
f onng and elegaut officer who stood by her, la a tone of aflbptatioa, 
and with an impertinent sneer, "that jod think Iwr handioqwr' 
"IlBiiiIsomel" exclaimed be with warmtl^ aa If invohuitafitf nniaiti 
ing her lAdyahip'i words, "I think her bewitching Irrwbdbla; t)v^ 
told me I was coming to a land of saints ;" but glft"'^"g bis ■pw**'^ 
ejes aronnd, and finng them on Amanda, '^I find that It la ilia lanii" 
of goddesses." 

The marchioneas haughtily frowned— Lady Enpbra^ mO*! ■9'^' 
rieally, toseedber bead and played witb her fan; tbe propeonfiM *t 
eayy and ill-natnre, which the marchioneee had shown in ber yooPif 
were not leaa viable in ^e : as they were then esdted on bar own 
account, bo were they now on her daughter's, to engnMs pralaa aa^ 
admiration for her, she wished beanty blasted, and merit estbpiitoil; 




komea inGniuly below Lt-i in nuk aad fortone, more notioeil ilian 

^ At tlie ball nliu supposed she elwolJ have appeared as litlle less, ai 
faist thac a deiui-gixideati; art and roshiou were ei]uLual«d in wlorn- 
|pg btr, luid !>lie entered Uie room wUli artlie ioBuleace ut cunsclutv- 
nok an<l oSectntion of beaiit;. Aa she walked abe appeared BcaroeI> 
^e to supiwrt bur delicate frame, and her 'langaisliing eyes wen 
^alf-dos^. She uoQld, however, see tbera was a nuitibcr of protl.^ 
konien present, and felt disconcerted; the reapect, however, whioli 
die was paid, a little revived her; and having contrived to detaiu 
ifud Jfurtimec by her chair, sod Sir Charles Biaglef, the young 
ofioer already mentioDed, who wad a colonel of a regimeut quartered 
b an a4jacent town, she soou felt her spirita imooramonly exhiUratod, 
]m the attentiona of two of tlie most elegant men iu the room : and 
Ike a proud aultano, in the midat of her slaves, was e^joyiug the 
Mmpliment^ afie eitorCetl from them by her prefatory epeeuhes, when 
|lte door opened, and Amanda, like an angel uf light, appeared, to 
Hisolve (Jie mists of vanity and solf-irnportancc. Lord Mortimer wan 
Btent, but his sjieoklng eyes confe&sed hia feelings, Bir Charles 
Hsgley, wlio hod no secret motive for concealing hia, openly avowed 
Ife admiration, to wliicb Lady Euphrasia replied, as has been already 
Kentioneil. 

L All Hie rapture Sir Charloa cipveased. Lord Mortimer felt; hia aoid 
tnmed on the wing t» By tii AnianJo, to utter its feeling to discover 
pin, and chide lier for her conduct. This (imt emotion ui tendeniesa, 
ipwever, quiiJily snbvided, on recolletting wlint Uiat oau 1uot hod 
Ijpeik— how nruelly, bov ungratefully she had used him,— lieu in tha 
Ijbry moment of hope and eipeototion, leaving Iiim a prey to distrust, 
pnxie^ and regret : bo druidod liome fatal iiiyatery, some improper 
phachment, (experience had rendered hiin siispiciouaj which neither 
Bm nor her father onuld avow: for never did he iuiagine that Iht 
hr-pulous delicacy of ritznlun alone hod effected their separation ; 
Kp atHl adored Amanda : he neitlier could or destrcal to drive her from 
Ui thon^hta, except well assured she was nnwonhy uf being barbour- 
b in them, and felt unutterable impatience to have her mysterious 
Hndnct ei|)laiiied. — From Tudor Hstl be bod repaired to London, 
batles* and unhappy; »«m after hia arrival there, the marqui* 
Mopo^ed his accompanying lilui lo Imliind : this be decUned, having 



180 OHILDKIH or THE ABBXT. 

TMSon to think Lord Ofaerbarr m«dlUtod on alHaiiM Ibr Uni vM 
bis fiunilf. Th« mrl expresMd regret &t hia nfml; ha wld ha 
wished lie would Jain the m&rq'ais't partj, u ho wuttd hit opintoD 
rebldve to the stato of Oa«lle Cnrberry, where a mm of Integri^ then 
redded: who wonld make any alterations or retain ha ad^t Uilok 
neoewvy, execated in the mmt elegant manner. He mentioDod tha 
name of Fitcalan; Lord Uortimer waa sbk-prised and a^tatod; ha 
concealed hia emoticna, howerer, and with appnvaX cardemotm, 
adked a few queations aboat him, and found that ha waa indeed the 
father of Amanda; she waa not mentioned, ncT did he dan to Inqidra 
concerning her; bnt be immediately declared, that rince hla &Uur 
wished it ao mnch, he would accompany the marqnia. ^lia wm 
extremely pleasing to that nobleman, as he and Lord Oherbnry had, 
in reality, agreed npon a onion between him and I^y Enphnria, 
and meant, aoon, openly to avow thdr Intention. Lord Kortbnar 
anapected, and Lady Eupbrasia was already apprised of I^ and thm 
Tanity waa pleased at the idea of being oonnected with a man ao 
nniversally admired: love was ont of the qneation, fbr ahe had not 
anfBoient sensibility to experience it. 




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1 was to support 
a anil tlie giUiantry of Sir 
IB to break tlirougb the 



The character of & perfect strangET, wu 

KtllToiighoDt the evening; but her loreline 

»r)es Bingley, tempted him a thousand t) 

itraiot he hod imputed on himself. 

The marchioDeBA and Ijujj Enphrasia were not the only perBoni 

Hapleaeed by the charms of Amanda; the Miaa Kilcorbans saw, with 

Bficlcnt mortificatioD, the admiratioa she eicil«d, which they had 

^flattered themselves with chiefly engrossing; their dissppointmeat 

» dunbty severe, after the pain, tronble, and eipeose they had 

^Cndergone, in oniamenting iJieir persons : — after tlie saggestions of 

' vanity, and tlie flattiiring encomiums of tlieir iiifluima, who 

eaided hersell' at tlicir toilet, every moment exclaiming, '' Well, 

1, heaven help the men to-night, girls." 

lliey Unttered serosa the room to Amanda, sweeping at least two 

yards of painted tiffany after tliem : osanred her they were extremely 

glad to see her, but were afraid she was unwell, as aha never looked 

so ill. Amanda assured tliem she was conacions of no indisposition, 

and the harmony of her fealnres remained undisturbed. Uiw 

Kilcorbon, in a bolf-wliisper, declared the marclitonesa had never 

Hiniled since she had entered the room, and feared lier loamma had 

coroiiiitted a great mistake in inviting tliem tcigether. Tlie rudeness 

of thin speech shocked Amanda ; an indignant swell heaved her 

bosom, and she was about replying to it as it deserved, when Miss 

. Alicia stopped her, by protesting, slie believed Lord Mortimer dying 

Ubr I^y Euphrasia. Amanda involuntarily raised her eyes at this 

■ifpeech, but instead of Lord Mortimer, beheld Sir Charles liingley, 

fwho was standing behind the young ladies. "Am I pardonable," 

cried he, smiling, "for disturbing so cliarming a trio; hot a soldier 

id tnoght never to neglect a giwd opportunity, and one so propitions 

as the present for the wish of my heart, might not again offer." The 

Miss Kilcorbans bridled up at tills speech; played their fens, and 

smiled most graciously on him, certainly ooncloding he meant lo 

en^uge one or the other for the first set; passing gently between 

them, he bowed graccl'ully to Amanda, and requested the hotionr of 

her hand; she gave an assenting smite, and he sealed himself beside 

her, till the danoing commenced ; the aiaters east a malignant glance 

o»er them, and swniii oT witli a eontemptiions indifference. 

Jjidy Euiilirasiit l.:i(l uxpecleii Sir Charles and Lord Mortimer 



k 



in CBtLSKIM O-r IBM ABBXX. 

VonU iMve been competitors fw her hand, mi wm Infinttalj pi^ 
Toked by the desertion of the former to her ]ordy coodn; h» wm* 
foahloDable and animated young man, whom aha had aftas bowml 
with her notice in England, and wished to enliat in tha tnin of b^F 
■upposed ailororo. Lord Uortimer coold aoarcdy reaton W goqd 
bnmonr by engaging ber. Almost immediat«Iy attar hiiq youg 
Kiloorbui advanced, for the lame pnrpoea, and Lotil HottitBar 
iiDceiely regretted he bad l>eeD beforeliand with him. Iha little Ibp 
<raa quite chagrined at finding her ladyship engaged, bnt entnptal 
the next Mt he might have the anpreme honour, and eztatio ftUci^, 
of her band ; this, with the meet impertinent aSeotadoD, iha pn>- 
mised, if able to endure the fatigne of another danoe. 

Amanda was next oonpla to Lady Euphrasia, and eDdMTOtmd^ 
therefore, to cahn her epirits, which the rudeneat of IGm Kilcorban 
had discomposed; stie attended to the lively oonvenation of Sir 
Charles, who was extremely pleasing and entertiuning. Lprd ]Iot> 
timer watched thorn with Jenlatis attention; his wandering glaoMa 
were soon noticei] by Lady Euphrasia, and her frowns and larcaatlo 
speeches oriaced her dispkoaui-e at them. He tried to readleafc 
himself, and act as politeness rcquire<I ; she, not satisfied with fixing 





■teadiog Dp), to leek a pnitnsr, Al iLe same mom^cit Lord Mc-rlimer 
'<{Qitt«i] La*)}' ZupliraHiH ; nUI haw tlio bosom of Amanda tlirubbed, 
iiTljeii sLe saw him aiiproach aadlook at her; he paused — n fointoess 
Mma over her — he oast another glance on her, and ]>ftS3(jd on ; — licr 
qn followed hitn, and she saw liiui take out Mies Eilcorban. 

TbiB, indeed, was a (U&a[iointmunt ; proprietor, she tboughl. 
(lematided hh dancing tlie lirsl set with Lady Euphrasia: but if not 
totally iudifferent, anrelj ho would not hare neglected engo^Dg her 
for liie Bucond ; " Yea," said she t<.> herBtH " be has totally forgotteu 
me ; La<1y Euphrai^ia ia now the otjcct, aud he only pays attentiuD to 
ttiuse who can cotitiibiite to lier umnsenient.'' ISeverol gentlemen 
endeavoured to prevail on Iter to daiicc, bat she pleaded faiigne, and 
Mt aolitarj ia a window, apparently rtsarding the gay Bssembly, but 
in reality, loo much engroaaed by painfid thoughts to do so. The 
Vooda, silvered by the boaiua of the moon, recalled tlio venerable 
•hades of Tudor llall to meinorj, where she had so often rambled by 
the same pale heoiua, and heard vows of nnoliangeahle regsxd — vow* 
roistered in her heart, yet now without thij hope of Laving them 
ftlfillod. The dancing over, the company repMrod to another room 
tar rufreslinients. Amanda, absorbed in thought, heeded not their 
■Imost total desertion, til] yonug Eilcorban, capering np to her, 
declared she looked an lonesome as a hermit in his cell, and laughing 
in her face, turned off with catcIcss iinperlinence ; be had not 
'BoUoed ber before tliat night; he was indeed one of those little 
fluttering insects, who bask in the rays of furtnue, and coart alone 
her favourites; elated by an acquaintance n-Hh the marcliionesB ant] 
Iddy Enphraaa, he parljcolarty neglected Amanda, not only for 
'deeming them more worthy of his attention, but from perceiving he 
eould take no stop more certain of gaining their tavoor. His words 
tnade Amandu sensible of the singnlarity of her situnlJoD ; she arose 
lediately, and went to the other roo'n. Every settt was already 
;«cciipied; near the door sat Lady Euphrasia and the Ui^a Eilcor- 
tans; I/ird Mortimer leaned on the back of her ladyship's chiur, and 
^ung Kiloorban occupied one by her side, which he never attempted 
'DfTering to Amanda; she stood, therefore, most unpleasantly by the 
^or, and was exceedingly confused at hearing a great many, in a 
Vhiapering way, remarking the strangeness of her not being noticed 
^ an n^iar a relation as the iDar;hioue8.s of Rix^linc- A general litt«( 



IM cniLDKEN OF TUX ABBET. 

at her ■itaalioD prevailed among Lady EuplirwU'i par^, Iiord 3lfir> 
timer eiceiited. "Upon m; word," tali jotmg Eileorban, iwnHn^ 
at AmuidA, " some ladies stiulf atUtudes, wljich wonld be as well lei 
aloDo." — " For the study cf proptiet]'," replied har ladyahip, wha 
appeared to have unbended from ber hsuglitiacas, "'she would do 
admirably for the fignre of Ilope." "If she had bat one aoolior to 
reoline on," r^oinad he. "Yes," anBvrered her ladytliip, "witJl faw. 
floating locks and die-away glancee." " Or eUe Patience on a noni^ 
ment," cried he ; " Only die has no grief btn to acnUe at," tetamad 
I.ady Euphrasia. " Pardon me there," eaid he, "she has the gria^ 
not indeed that I believe she wodd smile at It, of bung totaQj 
eclipaed by yonr ladyship." , 

" Or what do yon think," oHel Lord Mortimer, whoee qyea q>arUed 
with indiguatioQ dnring this dialogne, "of likening her tc Wisdom, 
pitying the folliee of hnman-kind, and smiling to see the ahafb of 
malice recoiUng from tbe bosom of innooenoe and modeaty with (!an- 
teuipt on those who levelled them at It." 

Amanda heard not these words, which were delivered in rather ■ 
low voice ; her heart swelled with indignation at the impertlnenoo 
directed to bor, and she would liave quitted the room, liut tbat tiie 




CUILOHElt or 'IDS ABBCT. IBS 

%ba8e ill qualities she declared her looks annonoced ber to poaiiees, 
I endeavoiired to depreciate her in his favour, but that wm 
Impossible. 
**Lord!" said Ladf Enphrasia, rising as she spoka, "let me pass, 
is scene is sickening." Lord Mortimer remained behind ber: be 
Mtered abont the room and bia looks were ofUn directed towards 
Anianda; ber bopes began to revive: tbe lostre rekindled in berures, 
and a soft blnsb again etole over ber cheek : though engaged to Sir 
Charles, she felt abe coold be pleosed to have Lord Mortimer maVe an 
Overtwe for lier hand. Tlie company were now returning lo the 
ball-room, and Sir Charles took her bond to lead her after tljem. At 
-this moment Lord Mortimer approocbed ; — Amanda paused, as if to 
actjost some part of her dress: be passed on to a very beantifii) girl, 
irhom he immediatclj engaged and led her from tbe room; shefolbwed 
a with her eyes, and oontinned withont moving, tiH tbe fe«-vent 
■e Sir Charles gave her hand restored ber lo recoUectJon. 
When tbe set witli him was finished, ehewonld have left tbe boose 
'directly, bad her servant been there : but after putting np tbe horses, 
•iM had returned to Castle Carberry, and she did not expect him till a 
J late hour. She declared ber resolatlon of dancing no mora, and 
■Bir Charles having avowed the same, tbe; repured to tbe card room, 
M tlie least crowded room they couHI find. Lady Greystock was 
Splaying at the table, with tbe marquis and marchioness; sbe 
(beckoned Amanda to her, and having bad no opportunity of speaking 
before, expressed her pleasure at then seeing her. Tbe marquis 
MAmined her through his spectacles — tbe marcbione^ frowned, aod 
declared, " Sbe wonld take care in future, to avoid parties, subject to 
teeb disagreeable intruders." This speech was too pointed not to be 
tamarked : Amanda wished to appear nndisturlied, but her emotions 
rew too powerfnl to be suppressed, and she was obliged to move 
ftaetily from the table. 6ir Charles followed her; "Cursed malig* 
Wty," cried he, endeavonring to screen ber from observation, while 
tears trickled down her cheeks; '^but, mj dear Miss FiUalan, was 
g/oai beantj and merit less conspicnous, you would have escaped it; 
Ms the vioe of little minds to hate that eicellenco they cannot reach," 
is cmel, it is shocking," said Amanda, " to enSer enmity to out- 
bre the object who excited it, and to bate the olBtpring on acccnnt 
r the parent; the (iriginol of this picture," and sbe loake<1 at bet 



IM CBII.DEKI OF THE ABBIT. 

taMttr'*, "oMrited not nch eomlnet." 8r Chsriw pmi n U; fe 
WM vet with the letn at Amanda ; he wiped tbem (^ »^ V^"^*^ 
the handkerchief to his lips, put it in his IxMom. 

At this initant Lord Mortimer q)peared ; be had, indeed, bMB Ar 
tome time an annotioed obeerrer of the progna of tliie ttto-A-tttn 
AsuonuheperMiredhehadattnctM tb«ir ngud k« qnitlad Ito 

" itii lordriiip is like e tnnbled apirit to nlitit, mnd^ng to aod 
fro," Mid Sir Cliarlu, "I really believe everjiuiif H not ligbt 
between him and Lady Eophruia.'' "Bwnethiiy tbeo," <tM 
Amanda, " !■ in agitation between him and her UTiUp." "B» MfB 
t)ie world," replied Sir Cliarles, " bat I do not alwqv pre Im p lW t 
credit to ila reports: 1 liaFe known Lord Mortimer thia long :in% 
anil from mf knowledge of liim, should nerer haTe mppoaed Isij 
EnphMKiBi Butlierland a woman capable of pleeaiDghim: nay, togivB 
my real oiiiniun, 1 tliink him quite Qnintereeted ^loiit her ladjahlp ; I 
will not laj n much si to all other femalei pre w nt ; I mlly 
Imagined lercral times to-night from liis glsuMa to yon, he waa OB 
the point of requesting an introdactioo, which wonld not hsTb 




B CUlLUftKM or TBX tSBKT. l&T 

baen at Iier departure trom Castle Carberrf; pale, treioblmg, and 
lasKaitl, lier fatLer received her into hia aims; for till niie returned, 
be could Dot tikink of going to rest, aod instimtlj gue:«e4i the canso 
of ber d^ectioQ. His heart luoQi'iied for the pao^ tnfiicted do hla 
cliild's. 'Wben she beheld liim gazing cm her witli lulugled woe and 
tenderness, she tried to reorolt her siilrita, and relating a few pnrticn- 
lara of the ball, answered the minoie inquiries be made relative to tfaa 
oondnct of the marchiouess and La<ij Euphratila. He appeared 
DnutterabI; afibctad on hearing it; "Ueroiflil power," esclaiuied he, 
"what dispoidtiona : but yoa are loo lovely — too like j'our mother, 
my Amanda, in everj perfection, to escape their malice — oh I may It 
never iryure yon, as it did ber ; may that Providence, whose protec- 
tion I daily implore fur the Bweet child of my love, the aourca of 
«irthly comfort, render every scheme which may be formed against 
her abortive ; and oh I may it yet Wese me with the flight of ber 

Amanda retirad to her ohamber ioexpresaibly affected by tho lan- 
guage of her father : " Tea," cried she, her heart swelling with pity 
and gratitude to hiui, "my sorrow ia future shall be concealed, to 
avoid eioiting his; — the pain inflicted by thy inconstancy, Mortimer, 
ahaU be hid withiu tlio reoedsee of my heart, and never shall the 
peace of my father be disturbed, by knowing tho logs of mine." 

The grey dawn was now beginning to advance, bat Amanda had 
no inclination for reyoee : as siie stood at the window, abe heard the 
aolctun slillnetM- of tlie SMne frequently interrupted by Uie distant 
noitfe of carriages, carrying home the weary bodi and dflQghten of 
diasipotion. " Bat a few hours ago," aaid she, '' und how gay, how 
animated wns my soul: how dull, bow cheeriesa now: — Oh, Morti- 
mer, but a few hours ago, and 1 believed myself the beloved of thioe 
heart ; but the flattering illusion is now over, and I no lunger shall 
be^e, or tbon deceive:" she ohanged ber clothas, and fliuj^irg herself 
K the bed, from atere tatigne sunk into a alumber. 



w 



OBILDKXX O* 



TBI ABBBT. 



■Igli hMrad hsrlMnam; but it iru rather llia rigk of iCgret ttaa 
plewnre ; with inoh an aeranl h this, Lord Kortinur wu woot to 
addnm her at Tudor Hall, but she bad now naaon to thiak it tmlj 
auuined, fur the pnrpou of disoovering whvUiar ibe jtit retaioed a^j 
feiuibility for him. llad be not ti«Med ber witb tha moat poioMd 
ne^«ot: waa be not tbe declared admirer of lAdyEnphnuia I haihc 
not confeaaed, on entering the room, lie oama to aMk not bar, bot ber 
&tliert Theee ideas nwhing throngfa her mind, detarmlned hm to 
eomlnne no longer witb him : delicacj aa wdl aa pride urged bar to 
thla; for ihe fisared, if abe longer liiteaed to bia trt'n"eting '""fTp, 
it migbt lead her to batraj tbe fieeliiige «f ber heart; dM tbweAM 
aroae, and aaid she wonld aoqnaint her father bla hvdablp waited fcr 
Urn. 

"Cold, insendble Amaodfi," cried he, anatohlDg ber hand, to pi»- 
Tent her departing, "is it thna job leave met Wbm we parted la 
Vales, I could not have believed we should ever bave bad meh b 
meeUng na this." 

"Perluqis not, mj lord," replied elie, wmewbat ban^tllji "ktt 
e botli ihongltt more praJently aincp tliat pcrii)d," 




101 



isUkcn i 



d," cried sbe, (tartlag Had itmggling to witliilraw har buul. 
VI^oiui»e, tl<«n, To dic^I iu«," he said, rJii« ereulng, r1 St. Catharine'*, 
f Bevcii, or I will Dul let jon go ; my eonl will bo in turlure till I 

joar Mliona ei plained." " I do prornine,'' saiil Auiaiidn. Lord 
mer releasci) ber, and Hh« retired into ber duiinber juet liiiio 
h to Nvold lier fnther. 
tin Ler Lopee began to revive; egola she believed ihe wu not 

1 Boppiisiiig Lord Uorlimer bad come JoU) Irelaud on tier 

nt. Hie being uieiilioned as tbe admirer of Lndj EEiphrouo, 

Bappoeed owiag to Lis being a residant in the home with h«r. — 

iC berselt', bod lie beon indiflereut, he Dever conkl have betrayed 

enMitUiDs; his looks, ae well as hia language, expressed the feel- 

if a heart l«ndorly altaolied and truly distressed. l*it any cir- 

e had happened, nhich would prevent a renewal of that 

chment, she felt oa mach impatience aa he manifested, to give the 

d ei{ilanUi(iu of her conduct. 

> His lordship was Hcarccly gone, ere Lady Greyatoeli made bar 

Amnnda siippused, as nsofd, ahe only came to pay a 

jring viitt; how great, Uien, was her mortiSeation and surprise, 

□ ber ladyship told her she yraa come U> spend tlie day quite iu 

t family vay with her, as the ladies of Qrangevllle were so busy 

Mpariog for a splendid entertainment they were In be at Uio ensu- 

g day, that they had esuluded all visitors, and rendered the house 

^te disigrewble. 

loda endeavoured to appear plooaed, but to couvcrae she fonnd 
oat imposible, her tlimights were so engrossed by an absent 
Ml; happily her ladyship was so very loqnacioua bersell^ as at all 
■ Ui require > hatener more than a speaker; she was therefore 

1 salisHed with tlie tAcitarnity of ber fair companion. Amanda 
o derive some comfort fl-om the bo|je tliat her ladyship would 

't early in the evening, lo which she fiattered herself she would 

{^induced by (be idea of a comfortable wbist party at home. Bnt 

[ o'clock Etmdc and she manifested no inclination to move. 

leanda waa in agony; her cheek wia finsbed with a^tatioa; ahe 

« and walked to the window, to conceal her emotion, whilst her 

IT and Lady Greyetock were convenung; the former at la«t sai^ 

d some letters to write, and begged her ladyship to eictise hi* 

• for a f*w minute.''. — Thii she most p^cioii>ly promiMwl Oi do 



ISa CMILDUBH or TBB ABBItr. 

ud pnlliDg out her knotting^ reqnested Amanda to read U 

time. Amandu look np a book, but was so confused, dbe Bcoroe)]' 

liuew what, or how she read. 

"SufUy, softly, my dear child," at last oxulaimed her ladyship, 
whoBO attention could by no roeam keep pace with the rapid manner 
in wbioh ehe read. '4 protest yon poet on with as raueb espeuitioa 
a» my Lady Blerner's ponies on the circular." Amanda blushed Mtd 
bet;aa to read iduwly ; bnt when the ciook struck seven, licr f«eliD|^ 
could no longer be repressed. " Good heoven," cried she, letting tba 
book drop trom her band, and starting from her chair, "tiiu is too 
much." " Bless me, uy dear," said Lady Grcjstock, staring at her, 
^ What is the matter j" " Only a blight boad-oclie, mulaio, answered 
Amanda, continuing to walk about the room. 

Her busy liuioy represented l«rd Mortimer now impatiently wut- 
ing for her — tbinkitig in every sonnd which echoed among the diMO- 
late ruins of St. Catliarine's ho heard her firatsteps, his sool mating 
with tenderoess at tlie ides of a perfect reconciliation, which an 
unsatisfied doubt only retarded. What wonld he infer from her not 
keeping an a;>poiiit[nent so ardently desired, so solemnly promiaed. 




bcr befaftvjour, and aiiologizing for the manner in wRicL b)« Lai] 
aoted, took lier seat with some degree of coiuposore. FiCziiIiiu scon 
after entered the room, and t«a wob made ; when over, Lady Gref- 
stock declared they wer« a anng party for tbrec-Landed wbist. 
Amanda would gladly have eicneed beraelf irom being of the party, 
bat poll tenosa made her conceal her relnctance; her estreme d^ec- 
tioD wu noticed both by Fitzalan andber ladysltip; the latter iu)|iu> 
ted it to regret at not being permitte<l by her father to accept an 
LuTitatiou she bad received for a ball the enaning evening. 

"Don't fret abont it, my dear creatare," eoid she, laying doivn Uii» 
oarda ti> administer the consolation she required, "■ 'tia not by freijaent- 
ing balla and public places a girl alwaya stands the best chance of 
being provided for ; I, for my part, have been married three timei, 
yet Dover made a couqtieet of any one of my husbanda in a publia 
I'lace: no, it was the privacy of my lU^ partly obtained for me ao 
loany proola of good fortime.'' — Fitzalan and Amanda laughed. " I 
shall never bo disiuitisEed witb staying at home," Bn.id tlie latter, 
" though witliuut either expecting or desiring to hiiTe my retirement 
recompensed as your ladyship's was," 

"One prize will satisfy yon then," Bwd Rtzalan. "All I" cried 
Lady Greyetock, " it is Lady Euphrasia BulherJand >rlio will obtain 
the capital one; I don^t know where such another young man as 
Lord Mortiiner is to be found." "Then yoor lailyshlp sapposeii," 
lud Fitzalan, " there is some truth in the reports circulated, relativfl 
to bim and Lady Enphraaia." "I assure you there is," said aha, 
"and I tlunk the connection to be a very eligible one; their birth, 
their fortones are equal-" But oh i thought Amanda, how unlike 
their dispositions. "I dare say," proceeded her ladyUiip, "Lady 
Enphraaia will have changed her title before this time next year." 

Fitzalan glanced at Amanda; her &ce was deiuily pole, and dIia 
pnC him and Lady Greyslock out in tlie game by the eri-ora she com- 
ntitttid. At lost the carriage frora Grasgeville arrived, and broke up 
a parly Amanda could not much longer have supported. Iler father 
perceived the painful elTorts ahe made lo conceal hor diatreaa: he 
pitied her from his son], and pretending to think ahe was only iudia- 
posed, entreated her to retire lo her chamber. Amanda gladly com- 
plied with this entreaty and began lo meditate on what Greystock 
bad said: Was there not n probabillCy of its being true! Might not 



184 1. ]i I 1. iiiiKS or TiiK ABarv. 

the IniliSbrdnuo Lurd Uxirliiuor Iisil monirtated on bis lint Utlvp 
Uio ni-igbboarUooJ, Ituve rtiatly originated &am a clianpa of aflb^ 
HudbI iniglit not the tenJcrti#» lie displajud iu the inorauig, him 
be«n concerted with the hope of its induciug hor to gratify his taai- 
o«t;, bj ralatjug tho retktoa of ber jonnie; from Wales, or plcue 
hia vanity by tempting her to give some proof of attachment! But 
she soon receded from this idea, lady GrejBlock was not iolaUihtA 
In her judgment: it'iMrta of appronobing onptiab Amanda knew had 
of>,en Ixiou riusod without any foundation for tham ; tlie preMDt 
report, relative to Lord Uurtimer and Lady Euphrasia, ml^it ba one 
of that naltira; she could not believa him so egrcgioualy vaia, or M> 
deiiberiitcly ba^e, as to counterfeit teDdernewi, merely for the purpoaa 
of Imviug his cariosity or vanity gratified; she telt, however, troljr 
Bcliappy, aud uontd derive no couBotation bnt from tiio hope that her 
MisperiHe, at least, would soon be terminated. 

She pR«.->ed a restle.^ nigbt, nor was her luorning more oompoaad j 
■he i;uul'J nut settle to any of ber usna] avocations; every at«p ab* 
hoird, shu started in expectations of instantly seeing Lord Uortimar, 
but ho did not appear. After dinner, she walked out alone, and took 




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^^Uad jHfit turned the cloisters, trbcii I heard a quiet foot pacin); titer 

^HBlB : well, I, gnpposing it to be one of the sisters, w&lked hIowI; thaV 

^K 'Ae migljt easily overtake mo ; but jou may guess my surprise when 

I waB overtaken, not by one of them indeed, but by one of the flneat 

and most beaotifol young men 1 evor beheld. Lord how he did 

aUtrt when he saw me, just for all the world as if I were a ghost: 

P looked quite wild, and flew off muttering something to himself. 
ill, I thoaght all thJB atrange, and was making all the haste I coald 
the oonvent, when he appeared again, coming from under that 
Drokeo arcli, and he bowed and smiled so sweetly, and held his liat 
in hb Land so respectfully, whilst he begged my pardon for the alarm 
he had given me; and then he blushed and strove to hide his conf^- 
■ion with bia handkerobief, while he asked me if I bod seen e'er a 
yantig lady about the rains that evening, as a particalar friend had 
Informed him she would be there, aud desired him to esoort Ler 

^^^ "Why, my dear sir," says I, "I have been about this place the 
^^Ppbole evening, and here has neither hei.'n man, woman, or child, bat 
^^Bod and myself; so the young lady changed bcr mind and took anoth- 
^Hlr ramble." " So I suppose," said he ; and he looked so pale, and so 
^^RpelBnchuly, I could not help thinking it was a sweetheart he had 
^^Haen seeking ; so by way of giving him a bit of comfort, " Sir," says 
^Hl " if you will leave any marks of the young lady yon were seeking, 
^BWth me, I will wateh here myself & little longer for her, and if she 
^H-tttmea, I will lell her how nDcasy yon were at not Ending her, and bo 
^Blibre to despatch her after you." "No, he tlianked me," be said, 
^HVbut it was of very little consequence, hid not meeting her, or indeed 
^^HAether he ever met her again," and walked away. 
^^m, "Did h«!" said Amanda. 
^Hj "Bless met" eiulainie^. tl.e nun, "you are worse instead of 

^H] Amanda acknowledged she was, and rising, reqnestod she would 
^^BlVinse her for not paying her compliments that evening at the 

^^F,Bister Uary pressed her to drink tea with the prioress, or at least 
^^^ba some of her excellent cordial; but Aimmda refiised both 
^^Haqneeta, and the affectionate nan saw her depart with reluclanM. 
^^F flnarcely had she regained the road, ere a coaeli and six, ^twjfAiA 



tea cuiLUiiE:* or thh abukt. 

and followed by i number of sttendants, approaofaed vitb auela 
qoiclmess, that site was obliged to step aside to avoid it : looking in 
mt the window as it passed, she saw Lord Mortimer and Lady EuphrA' 
Bia seated in it, opposite to eocb other; she saw tbey both perceiTed 
ber, and that Lady Eapbrasla laughed, and pnt ber head forward to 
slAre imperciiienlly at her. — Amandsi was mortified that tbey had 
•een ber ; there was HoiuetblDg at the mouient huinillaliiig iu tba con- 
trast between their aitHBtlon and bers; she, d^ucted and solitary; 
they, adorned and attended with all the advantages of fortune. But 
in the eatimatJOD of a liberal mind, cried she, the want of sncli advan- 
tages can never lessen nie — such a mind as I Batter myself Lord 
Uortimer possesses. Ah, if be thinke as I do, be would prefer ft 
lonely ramble in the desolate spot 1 have Just quitted, to aJI tli* 
parade and magnilioence he is about witnessing. The night part 
heavily away, the idea of Lord Mortimer's devoting all Ids alleDtion 
to Lady Enphraaie, could not be driven from ber mind. 

Tba neit morning the tirst object she saw, i^ going to tlie window, 
was a large frigate lying at nucliur near the castle. Ellen entering her 
chamber, sighing heavily, as she always did, iudeed, at Uie bigbt of « 
ship, said, she wished it contained ber wandenng sailor. Amanda 
indulged a hope that Lord Mortimer would appear in tJie course of tha 
day, but she was disappointed. She retired after tea in the evening 
to her dressing room, and seated in tbe window, ei^oyed a calm and 
beautiful scene ; not a cloud couc<?aled tbe bright azure of the flrma- 
ment ; tbe moon spread a line of silver radiance over the waves, that 
Stole with a roolanciioly murmur upon tbe shore; and the nlence 
which reigned around, was only interrupted by the faint noise of Iha 
mariners on board the frigate, and their evening dram. At last 
Amanda heard the paddling of oarf, and perceived a large boat 
ooming from the ship, rowed by edlors in white shirts and ti'owser^ 
their voices keeping time to their oara. The appearance they mad* 
was picturesque, and Amanda watched them till tbe boat disappeared 
among the rocks. The supper bell soon after summoned ber from th« 
window ; but scarcely had she retired to her chamljer for the nigh*, 
ere Ellen, amiling, trembling, and apparently overcome with joy, 
appeared. 

"I have seen him," cried she, hastily, "oh, maUm, I have been 
poor Chip himself and he is as kiod and as lriic-hefirt*d oa ever 





I S went thJA evening to the villnga to Bee old Norob, to whom 7011 
I'WBt tbe lioeii, for abe is a pleading kind of pot;, and does not laagh 
f Ska the rest at one, for their Welch tongue ; ho when I waa reluming 
r^me, and at a guot tistonoe trom her cabin, I saw a great DDiuber 
I Jtf men coming towards mo all dressed in white j to be sure, as I 

^d a great teal apout te white p«}'3, 1 thongbt these wore notldog 
and I did so quake and tremble, for there were neither hole, or 
f ^osh, or tree, on the epot, that wtiuld have aholtered one of the little 
I tbity Curies of Poiimaontnawr. — Well, they came on, shouting and 
K jai;ghing, and merrier than I thought snch rognes ought to be; and 
Kue moment tlioy eapied me, thej gntherod around me, and began 
Efcdliug me apout ; bo I gave a great scream, and tlrectly a voice (lort, 
Kjww mj heart jumped at it,) crieil ont that is Eilen ; and to b« snra 
KJxoor (JLip soon had me in his arms; and then I heard they were 
nitilora fkim the Irigatc, come to get provisioua at the village; so I 
ElRaiiad paok with ihem, and Uicy had a great powl of whiakey pnnoh, 
K#nd ■ whole sight of cakes, and Chip told me all his adventures ; and 
■jhs was so glad when he heard I lived with you, because, be said, jou 
WMW^ B sweet, mild young lady, and ho woa sure you would sometimee 
HpnuDdoieof liim, and he hopeasoon to get his discharge, and then — 
K , " You are to be married," said Amanda, interpreting the blushes and 
npitatiun of Ellen. 

WS " Tea, matam, and I assure yon Chip is not altered for the worse by 
Km flea-faring life ; his voice, indeed, is a little of the roughest, but hi 
IJbald me that was owing to his learning Uiepoabiwuiu's wliistle; poor 
Kfcllnw. he sails to-morrow niglit; the ship is on the Irish station, and 
MJJuy are to coast it to Dublin." 

■^ "Happy Ellen," aaid Amanda, as she retired from her chamber, 
■jythy perturbations and disquietudes are over; asanred of the affection 
B^tby village swain, peace and clieerfulaess wiU reuume their empire 
Hpi thy breast." 

kT "The next evening, at twilight, Amanda went down to the beacb 
Ij^fh lier father, to see the fishermen drawing their seines on shore, 
Vhn i/hivh their hopes and the comfort of tlieir family de[>end. 
RWhilst Fittalan conversed witli them, Amanda rested liorself on a low 
HDdc, to observe their motions; in the murmnr of the waves there 
Phns a gentle melancholy, in unisoi. with her present feelings; from a 
■VCDsive medilalion, which had gradually rendered htr inatWDlive lu 



US 



OMILDSax 



ow Tsa ABBsr. 



ths .Mm bafiue her, ihe vm raddanlj ranad bf tiIni hMti -(Nil 
Bhe itarUil from har seat, tat in on* of than riM Inmtiifl As jRJlb 
tiogiililicdtheBMeiitof LordUortbtwr; norTM dia oditalMa|||^ 
wu (MeDding » winding patli near hor, aMOi^aalad I7 a B>rd lifff 
««r. To pua witfiont sMing b«r was impo«ibla; aad «&■ in)iMri>f§ 
h«r,F« stopped, appaniitlyliwUtiiigwhetbar or ant htdiaaU«Mtatf 
her. Id m few minute^ hU b«lt»a<M vaSai witb wniat U« lii|<r 
k«r^tf M if to bid her mdien, whlkt ha praiMdad taaaiHfll|«g| 
wbicn bftd been for rame ttma lying in • emek h 
which, on reoetTing him and Ua o 
thefHg»t«. AmMida tMmbM, her heart beat Tfata4;r. BNiM 
■infor.n»d b«r Um ftigate wm to sail that n]^; and lAat. «f4 
Indnoe lord Moitimw to riritit ataocb an hoar, auNfitaata 
of depdrtiog la it. 

Unoertunt? la dreadnil ; alte grew alok witfa anxiety brfbra kar 
&ktherT«lwii«dt« theCMtle; 00 entering It, abetinmaiHat^y wfiha^ 
to her ohamber, and oalUng £Uea haatilj, demanded tf Obifft iiMJb 
genoa «4a true. - ,> 

■Alas I yoe," replied Ellen, necpiiig liolenllj-, "and I know tlia 





kin^ont at the warea and lislenii.g to tlie winds. "Wdl, liasteo 
" criwl Le, " aud tell licr ahe a ill oblige iiie greatly by raeetlag 
s unmediatel; nt tUc rtraks beyond tlie castle." I promised him I 
raid, and lie put, nay, int«<id, forced Gve guineas into my liand, and 
d oft anutber roud, charging me not to forget, pat as I was uear 
jforah'e, I thought I might jnst atep In to soe how she did, and when 
JtUtt her 1 met poor Cliip, and lort know* I am afraid he would have 
le forget my own t«iar lather and aiotLer." 
"Oh, Ellen," cried Amanda, " how conld you ierre me ai)." 

w," said Ellen, redoubling her tears, " I am certainly one 

t the most miaibrtiinal« prla in the world; hot- lort, now, Miss 

k, why should you be ao Borrowfnl ; for oertan, tuy lort lore* 

a too well alwayi) M be angry; there i» poor Chip now, though he 

aght I loved Parson Howell, he never forgot me," 

I £Ilea's efforts at coneoiation were not BDccessl'ul, and Aniauda din- ' 

d tier, that nnnolioed and nnrestrained she might iuilulge the 

a which flowed at the idea of a long, laatiag separation, perhaps, 

a Lord llortiiiier; olTeuded, justly offended, as he suppotied, with 

■r; the probability was, she would be baiiiidied hie thoughta, or 

If remembered, at least without esteem or t<?nderiie-ss ; thus might 

■ heart soon be qualified for making another choice. Slie walked 

p the window, and saw the ship already under weigh ; she «nw the 

) sails fiutteriiig in the breeze, and heard tlie shouts of (Jie 

lers, " Oh Mortimer 1" cried she, is it thus we part ? is it thus 

« expoetatioos yon raised in my heart ore disappointed t Yon go 

ince, and deem Amanda anwortliy a farewell ; you gaze perhaps ai 

on Castle Carberry without breathing one sigh fur it< 

lKbitju]l«; ah, had you loved sincerely, never would Ihe impulse of 

■entnioiit have conquered the emotion of tenderness ; no, Mortimer, 

n dei^eived me, and perhaps yourse11\ in saying I was dear to yon: 

) 1 boco so, never conld you have acted in Uiis manner." Her 

8 followed the course of the vessel, tilt it appeared like a spct^k in 

e borinm. " He is gone," said she, weeping afresh, and wlthdraw- 

g herself (ram the window ; " he is gone, and if I ever meet him 

ii will probably be ae the hnsbaod uf Lady Euphrisia " 



CHAPTER SXII. 



Lord Mdbtimeb bmj, !□ reality, departed with seDlimentB i 
nnfaTourable to AtaaQJa; he liad waited iinpetieotly at Bt. O&l 
fine's, in fund eipcntation of having bH hi9 donbta removed b 
candid eiplonation of tlje motivee which caused her predpitatejoi 
ney &oni Wales; his buuI siglied for reconciliation; bis U 
waa redoubled by being so long reatraine<] ; the idea of folding h 
beloved Amanda to his boBom, and bearing that she deserved ail tl 
lenderness and sensibility which glowed in that bosom for her, | 




CItiLDIlEN or T 



hood. Th« iinexpect«d sight of Amanda, as sba Btood on & iitUe 
*lefiited bank, to uToid the carriage caused a sudden eruoCiun of 
surpriM and delight in bis bosom; the abnost powers of uIlh^uuiim 
coold not hare pleaded her caaae bo successfully as her owo iijipetir' 
ance at that minate did ; the languor of ber face ; its uiilJ and 
seraphic expression; her |>0!iBive attitude, and the tiuiid inodtsty 
w^ith whioh abe K^mo'd sliriuking from obaerrstion, all tooc^hc-d the 
■eiiHibility of Lord Mortimer, awakened his aotlcst feeliuga, revived 
hia hopes and made him resolve to seek anotlier opportunity ol 
demaniliBg an explanation from her. The sadden ooloor which 
flashed in his cheeks, and the sparkling of his eyes, as he looked from 
the carriage, attracted the notice of bis companions: Ihcy smiled 
maliciotialy at each other, and Lady Eaphrasia declared she supposed 
the girl was stationed there to try and attract admiration, which, 
perh«pE, her silly old father had told her she merited ; or else to meet 
with adventures. Lord Uortimer drew iik his bead, and tlie contrast 
between her ladyship and lie feir Ijeing he bad been looking at, 
never sCmck him so forcibly aa at that moment, and lussent*) oiii; as 
much aa it elevated the other in his estimation. 

lie wandered near the castle the next evening', in hopes of me«tiug 
Amundo; bis disappointment was diminished by seeing Ellen, who 
he was confident would be fnithfol to the message intrusted to her; 
with this Qonfidonoe he baetened to the rocks, every moment expect' 
ing the appearance of Amanda. Her image, as it appeared to liim 
tbe preceding day, dwelt apon bis ima^nation, and he forcibly felt 
how eHSoDtial to bis peace was a reooncilation with her. An hour 
elapsed, and his tenderness ag^n b«gan to ^ve way to reeeutment: it 
wfts not Ellen, but Amanda he doubted. He traversed the beach in 
an agony of impatience and ansietyi a feverijsh heat [lervadud his 
frame, and be trembled with agitation. At length he hedid Iha 
distant BODBd of the sapper hell at Ulster Lodge, which uovor rang 
till a tatcboar. AH hopes of seeing Amanda were now given up, tiiid 
every intention of meeting her at a future period relinquished. B!ie 
avoided him deugnedlv, it was evident I he could have curst himsell' 
tor betraying trndi anxiety about her, and his wounded pride revolted 
friHO tbe idea of seeking another interview. " No, Amanda," hn 
exclaimed as he paaaed tlie castle, "you con no longer have any t'luiin 
cpon mc ; niysteri'nis sppcarancos In ihi; nwdt c4Uidiil iwlw\ *"" 



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B BET. 



■ospicions : in giving vou on oppoiiunit; for iu;coiint:Lg fiir ■ 
appearances, I lilU all tliat caudow, temierBeaa, scnsiliilitj, 
honour could dictate ; and initead uf again nioLin^ efforts Ui oonven* 
iritb j'OD, 1 mast non make others, which I trust will b« uur* 
Buccoeeful, entirely to forget you," 

The next moming lie accompanied the tnarqnis in his barge to the 
CrigntE, where lie wbb agre>e&blj snrpriaed to filid in ^hr fommandar 
an old friend of his. Captain Somerviilo returned to IJlstGr Lodgw 
with his Tisitora, and there, in n half jesting, half serions nuutn«} 
B&ked Lord Mortimer to accompany him in his inteoded cmiM. ^HiIk 
Ilia lordtihip instantly promised he would, with pleasure : he w 
pletely tired of the Rosiine faoiily, and he waa besides glad of an oppocw 
tnnity of convincing Amanda, he was not quite so fascinated to h 
ae she perhaps believed, by his quitting the nelglibonrbood e 
departure. As be descended to the boat, the sight of Aotanda diodbf 
his resolation ; she seemed des^nod to croas liis pnth, merely to g( 
him disqotetnde; an ardent wish sprung in his btart to nddr«SB herg 
but it was instantly enpprcased, by rofiectii^ how prcmeditat«]j al 
jToided hini : pride therefore tromptcd him to rasa bcr la 





Atr/ obserred bim ^oar, aiid frequeolly saw liim contoinpkto Cacitlfl 
Carberry, u if iL cpatainod a being infinitely deur to him; to 
Amanda, tliareTore, the; faired he waa attaobcd, and supposed tho 
ihment comtneocod at Kiloorban'a ball where they Iiad noticed 
BiuDed glances at this Imtud, though because too lovel;, 
The roost unbounded roge toult possession of tboir sonla ; 
Cbe; regretted having ever come to Ireland, where they (Opposed 
i.ord Mortimer bad first seea Amanda, as Lord Chorburj had men- 
tiuued the children of fltzolan being strongen to him and his fomilj. 
Tliey know the passions of I/)rd Clierbnry were impetuons, and 
that ambition was the leading principle of his soul: anxions for an 
aJIiance between his &niily and dieira, they knew he would ill brook 
any obst&cle which shonld be thrown in the way of its completioa, 
and therefore resolved if Lord Mortimer at their next meeting 
np|>eared arene to tlio wishes of bis father, to acquaint the earl witii 
the occasion of his son's disiuolinatitm, and represent Ht^an and 
his donghter as aiding and abetting each other, in an insidious scheme 
to entangle the afTecUons of Lord Mortimer, and draw iiim into a 
roarriaga : a scheme which, to a man of the world (as they knew 
Lord Chcrbnry to be,) would appear so very probable as to gala 
implicit credit. This they knew would convert the esteem he felt for 
Fitzolan into hatred and contempt: his favour would consequently 
be withdrawn, dnd the father and child agoia sink into indigent 
obsomity. To think that Amanda, by dire necessity, should tra 
reduced to servitude; to think the elegance of her form should be 
disguised by the garb oF poverty, and the charms of her face laded by 
laisory, were ideau bo grateful, no eostatic to their hearts, that to have 
them realiiod, they fait they conld with pleasure relinqnlsh the fttten- 
tioOB of Lord Mortimer to have a pretext for injuring Fitrolan with 
his father; though not quite aasnred their suspicions were well 
founded, they wonid never have hesitated communicating them as 
snah to Lord Cherbury ; but for ttieir own antisfactiou they wished to 
know what reasons they had to entertdn them. Lady Greystock was 
tlie only person they observed on a footing of intimacy with Amanda, 
and through her means flattered themselves they might make tlie 
desired discovery. They therefore began to unbend from theif 
l^oughlines!), and make overtures for an intimacy with her: over- 
ive<l Willi delight, and U' their i-rMPnt allonlion forgo/ 



SM gsiLSftx* or >be as»«v.. 

tiieir pMt neglect, Thioli iMd given hat neh AgHL Af t^ 
beoMDfl iDtunate with hu, thej wen nraoli iWMid bf k Awami 
manner she poeseeaed of telling atoriee, aod pUcnng tba.foiUM nC 
imperfeotioDB of their visiton in the moit oo&iplmioiu and ladian||k 
light, partioaUrlriuch Tieitozeu were not •greoftblo to lfa«& WUh 
the foiblce of homan nature ahe waa well aeqoMBted, wimt with Ms 
vt of tuning those foibles to her own adTBDtage. Bhcpcnehad^ 
^regiona Tuiit7 of the marohionesa and I«df Xaj^amU, wiLbl 
adminiateriiiig large portions of what Sterna styki dia dalWpif 
essenoe of the aonl, soon became an immenaB bTooritn. Aflv «^ 
ij^unotion of aeoreoj, the marchiooees oommimleated her flaan ip)%r 
tive to Lord Hortimer and Amanda, whioh aha pwtendcd rvpid fm 
one, and pity for the other, had ezoited ; aa an attaduiMnt (fthw qf 
an houonrabte or diahononrable natnre^ she knew I^trd O 
never pardon. To know, therefore, how far mattan had p 
between them, would be Bome saliii&otion, and ml^t pertup^ b» Ay 
means of preventing the iU oonaeqaenoea ahe dreaded. I^ij On^ 
stock was not to be imposed onj she peroelved U waa not pilfer 
Amanda, hat envj and jealousy which had excited the llDBrB of &m 




ILDBEV or THI 



30i 



IMicac; HMkd th« lips of Aiiuuidn, and gn&rded her secret. Bhe 
Delii'V€il her paiisioD U> be liop«leag, and fdt Uiftt to be odered conso- 

in ou Hucb a subject, nould, to W fe«liaga, be tnilj Lamiliatiog. 
But ibuugh she could corainaad her words, sbe could nut hor feelings, 
aod tticjr were visibly expressed in her cuantiin&Dce; she bliulied 
vbeoever Lord Uortimer waa mentioned; looked abockod if an 
nition between hiiu and I^j Euphrasia was hinted at; and smiled 
If a probabOitf was suggested of its never Uking place. — Lady Gre;< 
Mode at last relinquished her atteinpta at betrayli^ Amanda iui^ a 
ooufession of her saitJiiientB : indeed, she thought such a.cunfc^on 
Hot very requisite, as her countenanae pretty cleady developed what 
they vere; and she deemed herself authorised to inform the mar- 
chiuneM, that she wiks sure something had pused between Lord 

timer and Amanda, though what she could not discover, from 
the drcumspection of tl.o latter. The marchioness was enraged, and 
more determined than ever on inTolricg Amanda in detttmctioD, if 
Lord Uortimer heaiinied a uiomeut in obeying the wishes of bia 
lather, by uniting himself to Lady Euphrasia. 



CHAPTER XXIII. 



But 'Ub Jdui beltvr pKTl, jnui 



I 



A uo.iTn afl«r the departare of Lord Uortimer, the Roslinc family 
left Ulster Lodge. Amanda sighed as she saw them pass, at the idea 
of the approaching meeting, which might, perhaps, toon be followed 
by an event that would render her fond remernbranne of Lord Uorti- 
mer improper. Many of the faraOies about tlie castle were already 
gone to town for the winter. Those who remained in the country 
CU after Cluiatmas, among whom were the Kiloorbans, bad bc 
entirely n^loctei] Amandii, from the time the niarchi'iness arrived ia 
the ntiglibourhoi d, Ihnl tliey could nut think ofronuniiig thair vwiM 



MC caiLBkia or thb abbxt. 

•mfidtet «■ ther wer^ from tha proper digni^ flf bir Md 
ouuuwr, that they woold be nnweloome. 
. Ibe weather «•• now often too MT«ra to panalt HwBik 
bar naiul nmblH ; and Um eolitnda of 0» OMtIa WM hrigkti 
bar own meluioholj idaaa, aa well aa bj the dwarinw «f tba 
Ho DMHw the magio hand of hope aketehad 
neas, to dlMipate the iJoomineM of Om prcetot mea. Tha 
of Aiuaoda'a heart were aa drcarf, aa deodat^ aa thoaa dw t 
from the windows of the oaaUe. Her oanal BTOoattana no 1 
yielded delight ; tferj Idea, erarj oocnpataon, waa MuMtterad, ' 
refleotion of being Iwiened Id the eetimation of Lord MortliiNC. 
health declined with her peace, and again ntadan had tiie 
seeing sorrow nipping hii lorelj bloMbm ; tha km 
and her form aunmed a fi-agile delioaoj, whieh threat—od tha 
t]on of hia earthly happineai. He waa not ignorant of Oa «i 
her d<{JectiDn, bat he would not shook her feeUngs hj Un) 
Ereij eSbrt which tendenMsa oonld snggestf be easajed to oha 
hot withoot any dorable eflbot; for thou^ aha amiled iri 
eipreued a wish to see her oheerfol, it wm a amOe tmuleDt 




CIIILDBES OF raK .BBET. SOT. 

fihSf Biiiilirasisi and in either of these characters, he was ccrtiaof 
Truui thu roctitiide nutl [luntj' of her prinoiiiles, «he nonld be more 
thftoever iiapresaed with the ueceasitir of conquering her attachment ^ 
voUdt the pais attenditig soch a oonversBtJon would be lessened, and 
probably soon removed b; surrounding objects, and the gny so 
!iba must engnge in, from being tlie company of Lndy Gre}-atook, wh» 
otd a noinerous and elegant acquaintance in lA>ndoa. 

Iler ladjiship appeared tii him, as she did to man; others, a plea 
ing, rational woman; one to whose care his heart's best treasnr* 
might eofelj be consign ed.'-He wa« induced to accept her proteotitm 
for hia Amanda, not only on account of her present but future welfiira. 
His own health was eitremely delicate ; he deemed his life very pr»-. 
oarioas ; and flattered himself Lady Oreystock, by having his belored. 
girl under her oare, would grow so attached to her, as to prove a- 
ttiand if he should be snatched away, ere his newly obtained iodepeiH 
dence enabled him to make a provision for her : in indulging this hope^ 
his heart could not reproach him for anything mean or selfish. Her 
hdyship bad frequently assured liim all her relations were very distant' 
ones, and in afSuent circumstances, so that if his Amanda recei 
any proof of kindness from her, she could neither injure norencroaohi 
on the rights of otiiers. 

This, however, was not the ease, though careftilly concealed from 
Um, as well as many others, by her ladyship. Her education had 
either given birth to, or strengthened the artful propensities of har 
disposition. She had been one of the numerous oSlipring of a gentle- 
man in the southern part of Ireland, whoso wife, a complete hoi 
wife, knowing his inability of giving his daughters fbrtunca, detei^ 
miDud to bring tliem up so as to save one for their future husbands. 

At the age of nineteen. Miss Bridget, by her reputation for dome^ 
tic cleverness, attracted the notice of a man of easy independence 
the neighbourhood, who, being a perfect Nimrod, wanted soroebody- 
to manage those concerns at home, wliich he neglected fur the fieldi i 
and kennel ; and in obt^ning Miss Bridget, he procured this valuabia 
acquisition. Uis love of sport, with his life, was fatally terminated > 
tlie second year of his marriage, by his attempting to leap a five-bar 
gate. A good jointure devolved to his widow, and the olhoe of c 
soling her to the rector of the parish, a little fnt ulderly man, i 
■nigbl hnvo aat very well for the jiicture of Buiiifau* So succesafi-l 



I SOB CUILUltEll OF THE ABDXT. 

wera his argiiineuts, tbaC he Dot 011I3' expelled aarrow trMn )icr hwrt^ 
bnl iutrodnced LiuiBtilf iuto it, and had tlie felioitj of receiving bat 
bud, as Boon as bar weeds were laid uide. Fuur ytarti they bwl 
Uved ID tuiiDt«rrBpted peace ; bot loo free an d^oymeut of tlio good 
Uiings of thia life DDdermiDed the cooBiitution of the rector : he wa* 
ordered to Bat^, wbere bis mortal career was shortly tenuioated, an£ 
bia whole fortune was loft to hi* wiie. 

In the house where she lodged was an ancient baronet, wlio Itftd 
BeTer been married ; his fortune was con^ideruble, but Lis miumer m> 
Blrange and wliimsics!, that Le appeared incapable of ei^ojing tht 
advantages it woold have afforded to others. Notwithstanding his 
oddities, he was compassionate; and aa the JUr relict woa nnaocom- 
panied by a friend, he wwted on her for tlie purpose of offering oooa^ 
lation, and any service in bis power. TMb tDtentJan instantl; inspired 
her with an idea of tricing to make him feel tenderer senliiiienta tb*n 
tboae of pity for her. Bia title and fortune were ao attractive, that 
neither hie capricious disposition, nor the disparity of their ages, h« 
being sixty, and she only eight and twenty, could prevent her ardently 
desiring a connexion between them. Her elforta to effect this wera 
long unsaccesafol : bat perseveranoe will almost woik wiraclea: bc9' 
constant good hnmonr, and unremitted solicitode about Ixim, who 
was in general an invalid, at last made an iiapreesioo on hia flin^ 
heart, and, in a sudden fit of gratitude, he offered her his hand, which 
wu eagerly accepted. 

The presumptive heir to the baronet's large possessiona wiw th* 
son and only child of a deceased sister. At the period this ouiaK- 
peoted alliance took place, be was about twenty, pleasing in hia 
person, and engaging in bia manner, and tenderly beloved by bia 
uncle. This love. Lady Groystnck saw, if it eonlinoed, would tVos* 
trate her wish of posaeasiug the baronet's whole property. Variotui 
BohemeB Sactnate<l in her mind, relative to the manner in which aba 
could lay the foundation for Eoshbrook's ruin; ere slie could detail 
mine on <jnc, cliance discovered a secret, which oonipletely aided het 
intention. 

lu the noighbonrhood of tie baronet's country residence, Hnsb- 
brook hod formed an attachment for the daaghter of a man, against 
wimni hie niicle pplertsined tl)e most invoterafo enmity. An union 
ivilU ibis girl, s'le bub well convinced, would ruiu hitn. f^be thor» 



ton guti him t>> DQilcralanil she ktiew of lii:^ attochiDeot. aatl 
•iccorolr pilied his Hituatioa ; encouragwl Lis lave by Uie mosl flatter 
lug enlugiums on bis adored Emily; declared ber regret that hearts 
BO oongenial eliould he eeparat«d; and at la?t intimated, that if thej 
wisbed to Qoite, she was coaviu^d she woald soon be abk to obtniD 
Sir Goofirj'e for^veness for snch a atep. Her artTiil insiunntjona 
linrried the nnsQspicious pair into the stiore she had aproad fur thera ; 
the conHquence of this was what elie expected. 

Sir Geoffrj'B rage was unappcaBftble, and he Holemnly vowed neTer 
mure to behold his nephew. Lady Grejatocfc wishe<l to praferve, if 
possible, appearances to the world, and prevailed on him to pv« her 
five bandred poands for Rusfabrook, to which she added five of her 
own, and presented the notes to him, with an assurance of pleading 
tiis cause whenever she found a favonrablo opporCnnity of doing ao. 

Ue ptu-chaaed an ensigncy in a regiment on the point of embarking 
tor America, where be felt he would rather encounter distress, than 
ftmoDg those who had known him in afflaence, 
. Ber ladyship now redoubled her attention to Sir Geoifiy, and at 
last prepossessed him bo strongly with the Iden of her affections for 
him, that he made a will bequeathing her his whole iortune, which 
■he flattered herself with soon enjoying. But tlo conatitution of Sir 
Geoffiy waa stronger than she imagined, and policy obliged her to 
idhere to a conduct which had gained his favour, as she knew the 
least alteration in it would, to hie capricious temper, be sufficient to 
tnake him crash all ber hopes. 

Fifteen years passed in tijis manner, when a friend of Rnsbbmok'i 
■dviacd Lim no longer to be deluded by the proniises l^dy Greystock 
«tjll oontinned to make of interceding in his favonr, bnt to write him- 
to his uncle for forgircnees, wiiioh the dnty he owed hi^ family, 
snd Che distress of his situation should prompt bim to immediately. 
Snshbrook accordingly wrote a most pathetic letter, and hh friend, 
IB he hod promised, delivered it hims-^lf to the baronet. The ood- 
tents of the letter and tlie remonstmnce of hia visitor prodaced a 
great change in the sentimeiiU of the barvnet. Tenderness for a 
nephew lie had adopted as his heir from liis infatwy. hegim to revive, 
anil he aerionaly reflected that by leaving his fortune to Laily Grey 
Block he sliould eorich a family unoonnecled with him, whilst ilio Ian. 
tratch of bis own was left to obscurity and wretchedness. IMdi 



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recoileal from sDcb an idea, and lie told the gentleicaii he n 
sHer about a reconciiitttion witli his nephew. 

TIte ooDTera&tion betwe«u them, which Laily Grcfstock ti»d coo- 
tfired to overhe&r, filled hw with diaiDHj: bnt this was iDL'rea»ed 
aimoM to dtstraelion, wbeo an altorne; b«ng sent for, ahe repaired 
agaia to her hidiag-pUce, uid beard a new will dJiAated entiralj in 
Rnahbrook'e feroar. 

Sir Geoifry was soon prevailed on to see his nephew, but Hra. 
Kuslibrook and the ehiUrea were not Buffered to appear before him: 
they were, hciwever, supplied with ever; rvqninle for making a gen- 
ImJ appearance, and acoomptuiTiug the regiment (again order«d 
abroad) with oomfort. 

Soon after their deyiertnre. Sir Seoffrr neok into a i-tate of inaeoei- 
bility, tl-oin which no hopes of bia ever recorering could be CDlertained. 
The litDatiun wai propiUone to the deagns of I«dj Greyftook : noue 
but creaturoa of her own were admitlod to his chamber. — An altoi^- 
(ii^j was Bent for, who had often traiisaoted bnsinefc* for her, rdntir« 
to licr ufiaira tn Ireland ; and a good bribe easil; prevailed on him to 
draw np a will she dictated, similar to that before made i 





remiodsd bar of their aSoit;, and rifd with eaoh otfier in pacing Lai 
olteiilion. This wna eitremelj pleaaiug Ui her ladjahip, who wai 
fond of pleamire at oilier pecple'a eipense. For lieraelf, aiie hod laid 
down rulcB of the most rigid eaonom]', wliiah she strictly adiiered U>. 
Ftom Ibe many inTltatioiiB alie received, she wa» seldom a resident 
in her own honse: she Judged of othcra by heraelf, and aacribed iJi« 
Atteatjons slie received to their real eouroe, eelf iulereet, which ehe 
^ianghed teoretly lo think she should dlsappMDt. 

■ ' She was remarkable (aa IBas Kilcorbau informed Amanda) for jak- 
EJng young people to do little matters for her, HQch as mukjug her 
KB rtJ'iiierv. working rufHes, aprons and handkerciiiota. 
^F" The trnnquiUily she enjoyed for two years after 8ir Geoffry'a dtatli, 
^Vas a little interrupted by his nephew's arriving from America, dod 
conmiendng a Buit directly against ber, hy the advice of his fliend* 
and some eminent lawyers, ou the Buppositi(>n that tlie will, by which 
Flie inheril«d, had been made when his nacle was in a state of imbe- 
cility. 

Ijidy Greystock, lioweTer, received but a trifling shock from tLis; 
she knew he hod no money to carry on soch on affair, and that his 
advocates would lose their zeal in his cause when convinced of the 
i;lat« of his finances. On being obliged to go to London to attend the , 
euit, it immediately occurred that Amanda would be a most pleasing 
(wmpanion to take along with her, as she would not only enliven ttie 
lioors she must sometimes pass at home, but do b number of little 
things in the way of dress, which would save a great deal of eKpenae. 
Amanda, on the Srst proposal of accompanying her, wannly 
opposed it: she felt unutterable reluctance to leave her father, and 
assured liiin she wonld, by exerting lierself, prove tliat a change of 
wiene was not re^iniiute for restoring her clieerfulnesa. Fitzalan 
know her sincerity in making this promise, but he also knew bar 
inability of pe "forming it; hia happiness he declared depended on 
hir eomplj-ing with his request: he even said his own health would 
probably be eatablislied by it, and daring ber absence he would partake 
of the amu-wroents of the country which lie had hitherto decline^ on 
hiT account. This assertion prevwied on her to consent, and immedi- 
ate preparations were made for her journey, as the invitation had no! 
been given till within a few days of her ladyship's intended depar- 
Ae Bhe wont to Holyhead, Fitzalan delonnined on .lendiup) 



Ellen to bcr pnronta, till Amanda retumod from England, whick | 
dutenainntioD pleased Ellen oiceedingly, as eba longed tii see her 
familj, and tell them particulars oi Chip. Aa the hour approached 
fur quitting her father, the regret iLiid ivljctsnce of Aiiionda 
increased: nor were hii feelings less oppressive, lliongh better con- 
coolod ; but when the moment of parting came, the; could no longer 
be supprest; he hold her with o tremulous grasp to bis heart, as it 
.lie n-oidd forsake it. On ber departure, the gloom on his mind 
iieemed like a presentiment of evil ; he repented forcing her from 
liim, and scarcely conld he refrAin from sajing they must not pArt. 

Lady Greyatock, who in every scene, and every situation, preneired 
her composure, hinted to bim the injury ho was doing his daoghter 
hj siicli emotions, and mentioned how short their separation would 
be, sod what benefits would accrue to Amanda from it. 

Tbia last consideration recalled to bis mind inslantty composed bim, 
and he handed them to her ladysbiji's chariot, which was followed 
by a hired chaise, containing her woman and Ellen; he then sighing 
ber a lost adien, returned to his solitary habitation to [iray, and ia 
«pite of all his efforts, weep for bis darling diild. 





Tbr dq'ection of Amaoda gradiially declined, aa Uie idea of teeing 

Iivrd Uortimer again revived. It revived not, however, niUioat 

hcpea, fears, and agiUUons. SometinieB she imagined ebe sLonld 

find him devoted to Lad; Euphrasia : then again believed bia hononr 

— Wd sincerity would not allow hitn to give Iicr np »o unddenlj, and 

BsAt Ilia apparent indifference proceeded from reaentnieiit, which 

' nld vanish if an opportnnity once offered (and ahe trusted there 

Dnld) for explaining her iMndiict. She endenvoared to calm the 

lotions these ideas gnve rise to, bj reflecting that a short time now 

fonld most probably terminate her suspense, 

^ Jhej stopped for the niglit, abont five o'clock, at an inn about a 

e from Tndor Hall. After dinner Amanda informed Lady Grey- 

mIc, she wished to accompany Ellen to her pareutf. To this her 

^yship made no objection, on finding she did not want the carriage. 

8he charged her, however, not to forget the hoor of tea, by which 

lime ahe would bo refreshed by a nap, and ready to engage ber at a 

game of piquet, 

Tliey set oat unattended, os El]en refused the hostler's offer of 

rtylng her portmantean, saying, "she wonld eend fur it the next 

This she did by Amai'da's desire, who wished, unobserved, 

I pnrsne a walk, in which she promised herself a melunclioly 

>dnlgenoe, from reviewing the well-known scenes endeared by 

foder nvolleotions. 

A mncmful yet not nndetiglitAit sensation attends the contempla- 
tion of sccnca where we once enjoyed feliraty : departed joys ore ever 
ranembered with an entbuHiiutm of teodemees, which sooilies the 
fioiTowa we experience for their loss. 

. Such were the present feelings of Amftada; while Ellen, undis- 
»rl*d by Kfinti for the pnst, ponted out, with pleasnre, the dwell 



S14 ouiLDnis or the aubit. 

Inga of lier intimates and friends. Yet when she came to Chip'i 
deserted eotlage, she stopped, and a tear ttole from her eye, oeconipk- 
DJed Ht the same time by a smile, wliieh seemed to eaj, thon^ thou 
art now lonely and cheerlem, the period is approoohing when comfon 
and gpaiety shall resume their stations witliin thee, when the blaze ol 
thj fire and thy taper shall not only diffnse oheerfnlnesa within, bol 
without, and give a ray to the desolate or benighted traveller, 14 
guide him to thy hospitable shelter. 

Amanda, leaning on Ellen's arm, proceeded alowly in her waJ: ; 
the evening was delightful ; the bine vault of heaven was spanned 
with stars, and the air nithont being severely cold, was dear and 
refreshing. The road, on one aide, wtu skirted with the high woodi 
of Tudor Hall. Amanda gated on them with emotion: bnt wheft 
she came to the gale which Lord Hortmjer liad opened for hvt 
departure at the first interview, the soitnesa of her heart (ould no 
longer be repieted; she stj:ipped, leaned pensively upon it and wept. 
The evergreens with which the woods abounded, prevented th^ 
■wearing a desolate appearance: she wished to have pierced into theli 




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earth for Uie eUiere&I roOduera ot the BpriDg, jon «eek aad enjoj a 
calm repose." 

Id the Iwie which I«d U> her DQree'i cotUge, Amsiida paused for a 
moiDent ; dona this lane Lord Mortinier had once pursued her; sh^ 
looked toffuds the mannon of Tndor Hall; she endeavoured to diit- 
cero the library, but all was dark and dismal, except the wing whit^h 
Ellen informed her was occupied by the doraostics. — Throagh the 
wjnduw of Edwin'a cottage, tliey saw all the faroilj seated roond 
n blazing fire, chatting and langhtag. The transports of Ellen's heart 
ovcrcan;e every ide« of caniion ; ehe liastily nnlatched the door, aod 
flang herself into lier parenta' anus ; their sarprise and joy was 
nnbounded, and Amanda was received and welcomed with ea mnoh 
tenderness as their child, without ever a»king the reason of their 
sudden appearanoe. The first question was, " Wonld she not stay 
with them!" and her answer filled them with regret and disappoint- 
ment. Perceiving them abonl procnring her refresliments, "aha 
dodared she had not a minnte to stay : the time allotted for her walk 
was Jready exceeded, and alio feared Lady Greyatook would be 
ofieaded at being left *o long at an inn by lierself ;" she therefore 
luistily presented some Utile presents she had bronght for the family, 
and w»« bidding them farewell, when poor Ellen, who, from so long 
reaidina with the yonng lady, almost adored her, saddenly flnng her- 
self inlu hut arms, and clinging ronnd her neck, as if to prevent a 
ae[iBration, whi<ih, till the moment of ita arrival, she thought she 
cocld haio supported, eiciaimed, " Oh, my tear young laty, we nru 
going to part, and my heart muks within me at the idea; even Chip 
himself. If he was here, coidd not console me. I know yon are not 
hnppy and that increases my sorrow ; yonr sweet cheek is palei, and I 
have olten acen yon cry, when yon thon^ht no poty was minding 
you ; if yon, who ore so goot, are not happy, how can a peing like mj 
hope to pe so. Oh may I soon pe pleat with seeing you retam the 
mistress of Tudor Doll, married to the aweeteat handsomeet nobliv 
moa- who I know in my eoul loves yoti, as well inteed be may, fcr 
where whould he see the fellow of my yonng laty. Then Chip and I 
will beao happy, for I am sure yon and my lort will shelter onrhnm- 
b'-e eoURge." • 

JLmoiKla pMst the affectionate girl to her breaot, and mingled tears 
1 lurs. whila she softly whisper«d to her not to hint at aucb 




Sl« 



OBILPRIX or TBI A»BBr. 



ui vreot; " but, ba aatttred, taj dorat Bkn," coNHMlBftife^ ^Mlt 
lahaUever r^oioe at j-otirfefioit;r, wU^to ttMntanoitaf BV^M^i 
er I wonld promoM, huI haps looa to hmt cf yvn mtiamlUt^ 
Chip." -bM-^ 

'*AlaokftU7,"saidtli«niirM, "arsjoiigi^isamrwIiMlttal^A 
fou ooDM to atay mmong iu ; and tlMn, pariiifa, mj krt mnlB MMP 

iiiiiiii. mil n iiiiiiii I Ill 111 I mm h iimnij iiiiiiiiiin I B t^yf 

ferily tlion^t be would htra gona dittnetod when b* fiMid y«M( Hi* 
•m may tay, mn a.m,j ; and to pe nira I did idly him, md iMM^ 
hara nude uo (ample to tall him when fos mrt, bad I IhMk 
it mywU; wbiob he nupeoted, tat be oflbnd me a ri^ OTBNMflMi 
would ducoTer. Then time ia FanoB Howall, wby, ba tm-^/tHV 
Ilka unto nothing put a i^koat dnoa joa mat nnj;iad ka-Mn 
ao (i^) — and be oomes almoit aTei; t*f to aak ma ivoot J9tf tl0l' 
whether I think or know lort Mordmar ia with yov; he vffl-flP 
In each grief to think joo were here without hia aadiig jroa." ;><n^ 
"Well," said Amanda, endearoiuing to qipear cfaea(fld,*'wB^^^> 
all yet hare a bappy meeting." *u.'t^. ' 





f;f»Ta baa on«u been die ec«iie of peiuive meditation ; norha^it iranted 
lU romoi ofTeriiigi the loveUest dowers of nj- garden I have wore 
into wreadiB, and bong tbeio o'er it, in fond remembrance of ]>er angel 
dangliter." 

Tlis plaintive sonnd of Howell's voice, the dq'eclion of hia ooante- 
[unee, excited tbe Boftetit fKelings of B«nBibilitj in Amundu't Uiaom; 
bnt she grew confused by the lenderneas of his expression, and snying 
olie waa h&ppj to see liiiu. tried to dieengnge bar band, Uiat slio might 



"Surety,'' taid lie, still detuning it, " a few iDoments yon might grant 
me witbuiit reluotanoe; you who are going to enjoy every bappinesa 
■ntl pleasure, going to meet Ibe favoured — " 

Amanda atillcipated the name be was abont nitering, and lier con- 
Auriun redoubUd. She attempted again, yet in vtun, to withdraw ber 
band, and turned to see wlietbor any one was observing tliein; bow 
great waa ber mortification on |)ercdving Lady Greyjtoi'k Ivaniug 
from a window exactly over tbeir bends. &be smiled significantly at 
Amanda, on being seen, and tbe carriage being ready, snid she wonld 
attend her below stairs." Howell now relinqnisbed Amanda's band ; 
lie uw she looked displeased, and expressed snch sorrow, acoompatiied 
widi such Mbmissivc apologies for ollending her, that abe could not 
avoid a<x»rding bim bur pardon. Ue handed both her and l^dy 
Greystock into tbe carriuge, and looked j melaneboly adieu as it 
4lro*eoff. 

"Upon my word, a prelly stosrt young fellow," said Indy Grey- 
■toek; "Uiough itupatieut Ibis long lime to set ont, I coubl not think 
ut intarrapting tbe Interesting t£te-i-t£te I saw between yon and him. 
I ntqwse yon have been a rewdent in Ibis part of tbe country before, 
ftma your seeming to know tbis tender swain so well." 

Amaads wished to avoid acknowledging tbis ; if known, she feared 
it wonld lead to a discoTcry, or, at least, excite a suspicion of lier 
Intimaej with Lord Mortimer, which she was desirous of concealing, 
while in this nneertainty concerning lilm, 

"Tour ladyship boi heard, I believe," replied she, "that EllcnV 
notber nnrsed me." 

" Yes, my dear," answered her ladyship, with some smartness; "bnt 
If yonr acquaintance even commenced with this youth in Infancy, I 
Cwcy il bw bepn renewed since tbnt ppriod."' 
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I 



-ilP caiLuiiRN or JHB *DBKy- 

Amruida bliuUed ileepl}', luul tu biilu hvi' coQftision;}italaiid«i'l«a 
be looking at, tlie girof pect from t\\e window. Loii; tiruyslock's eyetf ■ 
puniijed hem. Tudor Hall tvas conspicaous fruin the roftd, Dud A 
invulimCarily sighed as she viewed it, 

" TliQt is a line donuiin," said I^sd; Grejstocic, " I [ii'«suino ^n 
hare tislted ir, and know its owner." 

Ainajida r»iild not assert a falsehood ; neither eonhl sb« evade tb» , 
inquiries of Ltidj Greystock, and tliercfore, not only confessed Ib^ J 
heiog tlie ratate of Lord MurlJincr, hot her own rosiilunc 
preceding Hummer. Her lodyEhip immediately eotyocturod it wait I 
ilien the (Lttmihment between ber and Lord MorUmer commenoed^ 1 
and Ilie bhisiies, (lie hesitations, and tlie unwiUingneas of Atuulda tih I 
owning her visit to Wult-s, all u»nfiriuod this caiyettnre. tjlie trie*!, ' 
however, to iiislnuato lierwlf into her full oonlidence, hy w 
expressions of e)ilf>«[n, and by hinting that from the diBpoaiiion at 
JjinX llnniiiicr, she cnnlil not believe he evur did, or ever woolt) 
tliiiik Kriously of l^<ly Eii[i]>rasia; tiii>i she hojieil would eitJter 
iiiJiice or betrny Anmiidit to oi>eQ her whole henrt, but blie wan 





'tfoulfl not miUt; entreatio?,'' bIio added, with a ugQitloant liiok, "she 
believed Le liad good reason for cuKking." She tlien relaied all she 
atis|iected, or rather had disi^uvercd, relative to tlie altachuent 
between Lord Mortimer and Amanda, having commenced the pre- 
'Ceding Bnnimer in Wal«ti. 

The marchioness sod I^dy EophrssiK instantly concladed f=he was 
■KDt to London for the purpose of baring it oonipktod by a tnarriage. 
■Thii, however, Ihey detennined to prevent. The marchioness felt 
•ttie moat inveterate hatred agunst her, and also that to prevent her 
■being Bdvantageously settled, even if that settlement threatened not 
'to interfere with the one the Lad projected for her daoghter, she 
flould undertake almost any project. Though ehe abhorred the idea 
'«f noticing her, yet she wita tempted now to do so, from the idea 
Ibat it wonld better enable her t^i watch her actions. This idea she 
oommnnicated in a liaaty whisper to Laily Euphrasia, who approving 
«f it, the told I^d; Greystoek, "as MiHs Filzulan was her guest, she 
^ronld, on that bcconnt, permit her to be introduced to them." 
^Amanda wa* accordingly sent for. On entering the room, Lady 
Oreyslock took her hand, and presentfd her to the marchioness and 
'ijuly Enphrosia. The former, half rising, with a coldness she could 
►tot conquer, said, " Whenever Lady Greystock honoured her with a 

it, she should l>e happy to see Hiss Fitzalan along with her." The 
Ittt«r only noticed her by a slight bow; and when Amanda drew a 
'<ahiur near the solk on which she sat, or rather inclined, she continuwl 
•taring in her face, and alternately humming an Italian air, and 
'«r««sing a little dog she had brought with her. Tlio uneinba.Tassed 
of Amiindn'9 air and manner surprised and niortilied them ; 
'ta they expect^ to have seen har covered with conJiision at an 
'Introduction bo uneipected. To tJieir haughty souls nothing was 
-VoTe delightful than the awe and deferonoe which vulgar and illilieral 
:'Bind9 are so apt to pay to rank and fortune. They were provoked 
'to see in Anumda conscious dignity, instead of trembling diffidence. 
'A» slio sat by Lndy Euplirasin, the tiiarcliiouesa could not hel|> 
•ecrctly confessing she was a dangerous rival to her dnoghter; for 
'fiever did her lovely features and ingenuous countenance appear to 
'iwch advantage, as when contraHted to Laily Enphrsflia's. Tlie mar- 

lonees withdrew soon afler her entrance, nnablo longer to restndn 

it mallgnBT^t pa^ions whii-h envy and hatred had exrileiL 



m"J CUM. t.Ki;\ or Till AUUIV. 

IloUi she and ludj- Enphrcisiii were oanTinced tbnt to comniimieat* 
their 9ns|>icio[is at proscDt ta Lord Chcrbnry, abuul tinr uid bis mil, 
would not answer the eod proposed ; for it could be of little caDW- 
qneuce, they reflected, to withdraw the esteem of the fsllier, if that 
of the son cootiDued : who, iDdepcndcnt in hU notions, sod oertAJa 
of the fortunes of liie anccBtorH, might not hesitate to gratify himseUL 
The point tlierefore was, by soiue ilwp luid scbeitie, to ruin Atuaudn 
in the CBtimation of Lord Mortimer; and if in the power of mortola 
to contrive and eiccute such a scheme, they gave tbemselvea credit 
fi^r being able to effect it. 

The blow at her fond hopes they resolved should be followed by 
one against Llio peace of Fitzalan, on ivhom they knew, wlienever 
they pleased, they <iolild draw the rceentment of Lord Cherbury; 
thus should they completely triumph over the lovely Amanda; 
plunge two beings they detested into poverty and wreicliedneM; 
destroy expectations which interfered with tlieir own, and seoore an 
alliance with a man they hod long wished to unite to tljcir family. 

From tlie unaltered indifference of Lord Mortimer to Lady 
Euphrasia, they were convinced of his predilection for anoiLcr. 



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m 



To BTa\d a disB^To^al.Ie flrfpiment witli o son he not onl; loved bat 
wpwipd, lie Boiijrht rnllitr, by initiruct moans, In irn-nlse liiin in nn 
eii'.nDgleniciit wiUi the Rosline rMtiily, Uioji conic tu aii open ox|>1nti- 
in with him. For tliis purpow, he oootrivc<i pitrticii ns oik-ii as 
IWssible with them into public; when, by Lord Mortimer's being 
■e^D with LaAy EujibroBio, reports miglit be r^seii tif an lotvudud 
flUilDM between tliem ; reports which iie, hiusel^ propugtiU)d (imi>ng 
nroe partioular frivnda, with a de»ire of haviDg tbera cirmibitt.'d : 
but ho injanotion of se>;rec; oa to their author; these reports wonlo, 
be trusted, on rcAcbing Lord Mortimer, lead to a discuBsion of tlic 
affair; and tben be meant to m^ as Lord Mortimer had parti; con- 
tributed to raise them himself, b; bis attendance on Lady Enphraaia, 
be oonld not possibly, with honor, recede froin realiziog them : yet 
- often did his lordship fear bis scheme would prove abortive ; for well 
b« knew the cool judgment and keen peuetrntion of his Eon : this 
fear always inspired liim with horror, for he had a motive for desiring 
the union which he duret not avow. 

lord Mortimer quickly indeed discerned what his father's views 
vere, in promoting his otten<lAnco on Lady Enphrosia; he tlierefura 
ftToided her society wlienover it waa possible to do so, withoat 
Mtsolnte mdcnesB ; and contradicted tiie reports be almost coDtinnally 
bcani, of an intended alliance between Ihem, in the most soleran 
ICaniii^; lie bad always disblied her, but latterly that dislike was 
Bonvcrted into hatred, from the malevolence of her conduct towards 
AmBodii ; and lie felt, tliat even were liia heart free, he never could 
[iCe his to her or give bis hand where It most he unaccompanied 
^th est«cm; be wished to avoid a didngreeable conversation with 
Lord Clierbiiry, and flattered himself, bis unalterable indifference U> 
Imf lailyship would at, length convince Ids lord.ahip of tlie iinpos- 
ribility of accomplishing bia projected scheme, and tliat consequently 
It wonld be dropped ere openly avowed, and he saved the painful 
•eoeMitj of absolntely n^ecting: a proposal of his father- 
■ Id the evening Lady Greystook and Amanda received cards foi 
dinner the next day at the Mnrqnis of Boslinc's. Amanda made ni 
etioii to this invitation ; her father had onen declared if the n;ar- 
inets motle an overture for an intimacy with bia children, b* 
M not reject it, as be always deemed family qnarrelrt highly pre- 
judicial to botli parties, with regard to tlie oitiiiion of tin. world 



timo OD I*dj Ei^litnia, and »he eacaaragti lib MMdi 

(if cAbeliDg ■ change in LonlMoTtimer'aiiiauQdr; but bad U 

nrcn been a paiiioiiate lover, poor'FrecloTe was not c 

tMpira bin with Jealonsr. "I declare," cooIiiMud 1 

Amanda tbnmgh an opera ^aas vlu(^ danced from his battixi htit^ 

" if Ler lather has notbing to nipport liim, bat Ibe hoi)C uf her >'in'''"g 

a coDgaett of importatiGe, be will be in a sad wav, fur 'pon my aoal, 

i can see nothing the giii has to reoommend her, except noveltjr, and 

tbat, yiia knoir, is a charir' which will lessen eveij day : all she eaa 

ponilily expect is an estabUabmeat for a few montiu with aomo 

tasteless being, who may like the aimplicity of her country look — — " 

"Aailroure than she merits," ei claimed Miss Uakobii ; "Ihara 
no patience witli wiL creatures forcing tlieuueliee into society qiiit« 
above them." 

"I aSKureycu," said Lady Eaphra.sU, "yuu would be ostoniBbed at 
her vanity and conceit, if yon knew ber : she considers herself a firsa 
rate beauty, tbough poaitiiely any one may »ee she is qaite tbe re- 
Tcnc, and prelends to the greatest gentleness and simplidiy ; tbea 
■lie has made eooie Btraogo kind of people, to be sure they mont be. 




I enndrd with companjr, liut Lord Mortimer appenred not among th« 
brilliftnt Msemblj ; jet the pnng of diBappointment wm softened to 
I Amanda by bU absence intimating tbat he was not anxions fur the 
L aocietj of Ladj Euphmnia : — true, huflinesa, or a pri^r engngemont, 
might have prevented his coining, but she, as is natural, fiicd oa the 
' idea most Battering to herself. 

Lady Euphrasia, in pursunnce of the plan laid ngiunst Amandn. led 
[fae way to the matic-room, attended by a large party ; as Freelovo 
bad intimated to eome of the boaui aod belles, her ladyship and he 
were going to quii an ignorant Irish country girl. Lady Eupbmaift 
■at down to the barpftichord, that ehc might have a Letter pretext for 
Msking Amanda to play. — Frcelove seated himself hy the latter, and 
began a converuition, whioh he thought would effectually embarrass 
ber; but it had quite a contrary effect, rendering him so extremely 
I ridiculous, as to excite a universal laugh at his expense. Amanda 
fioa perceived his iDtentlon in addressing her, and also, that Lady 
Enphrama and Miss Ualcolm were privy to it, having ciiu^lit Ibe mg- 
Dificaot looks which passed among them. Though trembling alive to 
tvcry feeling of modesty, she had too mnch sense, and real nobleness 



of soul, to allow tlie illiberal Millies of impertii 
KiTii]>aaure. 
" Have you seen any of tlie 
I exclaimed Freelove, lolling buck 



e to divest ber of 



of I ondon, my lear," 
chair, and contemplntiU(f the 



lustre of his buckler, uucoDscious of the ridicule lie e: 
I " 1 tliink 1 have," said Amanda, somewhat archly, and glancing at 

Um, "quite an original in its kind." Her looks, as well as the 

emphasis on her words, excited another tangb at his expense, which 
, tiirew him into a momentary confusion. 

"I think," said he, as he recovered from it, "the Monument and 
I ijte Tower would be prodigious tine sights to you, and 1 make a par- 

ticokr request tliat 1 may be included in jour party wbeuevur you 

visit them; particuhirly the lust place." 

" And why," replied Amanda, " should I take tlie trouble of visiting 
' wild beosta, when every day I may we ■ninmTa equally strange:, and 

not half so niisctuevoaa I" 
I . Freelove, insensible as be was, could not mistake the meHnin;; of 

Amanda's words, and he left her with a mortified nir, being, to an. 

(■in own phrn^e, " I'oniplelely done np" 



Liidj Eu[i)iriitiA,unvri>liigfrom tliebarptichnrd, requested AtBiituljt 
to take ticT plnud at it ; KBjiog, with an irouiuul mir, '' ber pvrl'umtki 
(nbioh indeed triui Hhuvkiog) would make bsra appear tu itiiuiMiig 
aJvnntnge." 

DiSid'^Dt of b«r own Abilitieii, Amanda begged lo be excasM] ; but 
wltva Mius Mnlci'lm, with aa «artieatiiess eron upprcuiTC, jiiinad her 
f ntre»U«8 to Lad; Euphnuia's, she could ao longer reluse. 

" I bujspuse," eaid her liidjsbip, following bcr lo tlie inetmmeiir. 
'' ibcso eungB," presenting ber Borne trifling ones, "will iui«w«t you 
bi*tler tbim the Italian music before ;ou." 

Ajuonda made do reply, but turned oier the leaves of a book lo n 
te^sun niucb mure difficult than that Lady Euphraeia bad played. 
Her touch at first wna tremulous and veaV, but sbe vaa loo Bueoepti- 
hle of the powen of liannony, not soon to be in^iiired by It ; acil 
k'raduslly her style became so masterly ai>d dcgant, a9 to cxdt« nni- 
x'ereol admiration, except in the bosoms of tlic£« who had hoped to 
place her in b ludicrona situation ; their indiridiud Khem°^ instead c^ 
ilepreasing, had only served to render excellence coospiptious, and 
th.it mortifiuation they destined for another fell upon thewsel-efl. 




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4r[ng twaj at one or tlio theatres, for no peraon of fiuhlmi tvoald reollj 

Intraxt their children to ho confident a erentDre." 

■ The fair object of their diafjnietude gladly accompanied Lddy Ara- 

mintA into another room; several gentlemen followed, and crowded 

• 'tbout her chair, offering that adulation whidi tliey were acoitstoaied 

>* lt> find acceptable at the shrine of beauty; to Amanda, however, it 

was irksome, not only from its absurd extravagance, bnt as it inter- 

tttlited her conversation with lAity Araminta. The marchioness, 

"however, who oritically watched her motions, soon relieved her from 

the troublesome assiduities of the beam, by placing them at card 

las; not, indeed, from any good-natured motive, bnt she oonld not 

bear that Amanda should have so much attention pud her, and flattened 

Lerself she would l>e vexed by losing it. 

In the course of conversation Ijtdy Araminta mentioned Ireland. 
"She hod a faint ivmembrance of Castle Carberry," she said, "and had 
been half tempted to accompany the marqnis and his family in their 
iBleexcDrsioc: her brother," sheadded, "had almost made her promise 
' to visit the caatle with him the ensuing anmraer. — Yon have seen Lord 
Ifortimer, to be snre," continued her ladyshijt. 

"Yes, madam," &ltered Amanda, while her fkce was overspread 
■with criinsoQ hue. Her ladyship wa» too penetrating not to perceive 
' her confairioa, and it gave rise to a conjecture of something more than 
ft alight acquaintance between his lordship and Amanda. The melan- 
choly he had betrayed on his return from Ireland, liad excited the 
niillery of her ladyship, till convinced, by the discomposure he showed 
enever she attempted to inquire into the occasion of it, tliot it 
proceeded from a source tmly interesting lo hia feelings. She knew 
of the alliance her (ather had projected for him with the R^isline 
family, a project she never approved of, for Lady Euphrasia was tmly 
disagreeable to her; and a soul like Mortimer's, tender, liberal, and 
unoere, she knew could never experience the smnllet^t degree of hap- 
pineaa with a being so imcongenial in every respect a» was Lady 
Enphrasia to him. She loved her brother with the truest tendemcas, 
and secretly believed he waa attached in Ireland. She wished to gain 
liis confidence, yet would not solicit it, bfcanse she knew she had it 
not in her power essontiidly to serve liim; her argnments, she was 
Oinvinoed, would have little wdght with Ix>rd Cherbnry, who had 
oft«t expreaaed to her hia aniiely for a connexion with ibe R,>slic\* 



fiimily, Wich the loTcUneaa of Amanda's person, witU the elegnnOB 
nl' her mnnupr, she was immediately chomied ; as she conversed with 
her, o'^ti^tD vros adijcd to odiiii ration, and she believed that Mortimer 
ivould not have omitted mentioQing to lier the beautiful danghler of 
hid father's agent, hod he uot feared betraving too much emotioo at 
liername. Bbeajipeared, toLady Aramiola, jubI tbekindofawoinaii 
he would adore, jost tlie being that would answer all the ideas of 
porfection (romantic ideas she had called them,) which he had 
declared necessary to captivate hia heart. Lady Araiiiinta already 
folt for her unspeakable tenderness; in tlie soltnesB of her looks, in 
Lhe sweetness of her voice, there were resistless charms j and ahti 
felt, that if oppreiiscd by sorrow, Amanda Fitzolan, above all other 
beiuga, was the one she would select to give her consolation. The 
coofujiion she betrayed at the mention of Mortimer, made her ladyship 
tiQspectfhe was the cause of this dejection. She iuvolanlarily fastened 
lier eyes upon her face, as if to penetrate the recesses of her heart, yet 
with a tenderness which seemed to say, she would pity the secret aha 
might there discover. 
Lord Cberbury, at this moment of embarrassment to Amaodo, 







CHILDnEN OT TUB ABDRT. 3Z9 

what a chnnning, polite iniin his lordship waa ; and, in short, threw 
unt Kuch bints, and entered into such s warm eulogiiim on his merita, 
that Amanda began to tliinV- he vonld not find it very difficult to 
prevul on her ladyship to enter once mora the temple of Hymen, 

Amanda retired to her cbamher, in a state of greater bappioesa 
than for a long period before she bad experienced ; bnt it was happi- 
ness whioh rather agitated, than soothed the feelingis, particular!]! 
bera, which were so susceptible of every impression, that 

And lumlnf , lntioU«d loo. 

Iter present linppiress was the ofiapring of hope, and therefore 
peculiarly liable to disappointment ; a hope derived from the atten- 
tlona of Lord Cherhury, and the tendemeaa of Lady ArmniiitA. Chat 
tlie fond wishes i>f her heart might yet be reohzed; wishes, again 
believed, from hearing of Lord Mortimer's dejection, (wliieh his sister 
had tooched npon) from his absenting himself from the marquis'^, 
were not anoongenial to those he himself entertained. She sat down 
to acquaint her father with the particnlare of the day she hod passed, 
for her chief consolation in her ahaonce from him, was, in the idea of 
writing and hearing constantly ; her writing Gnislied, she sat by the 
iire, meditating on the interview she expected would take place on 
the ensuing day, till the hoarse voice of the watchmen proclaiming 
past thrc« o'cloek, ronsed her from the reverie; elie smiled at the 
mbstroction of her thonglits, and retired to bed to dream of felicity. 

Bo calm were her dlumbers, and so delightfiil her dreams, that Sol 
bad long shot his timorons ray into her cbamher ere she awoke. Her 
■pints still continued serene and animated. On descending to the 
dc&wlng-room, she found Lady Oreystock just entering It. After 
breokfkst, they went out iu her ladyship's carriage to difi'erent porta 
of the town. All was new to Amanda, who, during her former 
reKidence in it, had been entirely confined to lodgings in a retired 
street. Slie wondered at, and wna amused by the crowds continually 
passing and repassing. About four they returned to dross. Amiinda 
fcegan the Inhoura of the toilet with a healing lieart; nor were its 
qoifJt pulsations decreased or. enlering Ijidy Greystock's carringe, 
which in a few raiwitcs conveyed her lo Lord Clicrbnry's house ia 



8L JwDfti'e Sqnate. She followed her ludyitliip witb tottering eUpM; ' 
and ilie first abject she suw, un entering tbo drawiux-roam, was Uor- 

timer standing; near t>io <lcK>r. 



OHAPTEB XXV. 



Ik tlie drnwing-room were already assembled the tnarqnts, mar- 
ohiooess, Lady Eniihrasia, Mias Malcolm, and Froelove. Ladj 
Araminta pe'ceived, m tbe hpei'.ttini; voice of Amanda, llie emotions 
which agjlatwl he, ar.d which were not diminished, when Lord 
Cherbiiry taking her troiiiblinit tinnd, said, 

"Mortimer, I pre9Di.t> -.-''. i hare idready seen Hiis Fitzalaa ia 




CHILD It EN or Tur iBBEr. S3 1 

■di'oncaa Anil J*i\y Euphnuija Fegftr(]ei1 her, shu ezei'ted lier •pint*, 
.tnd van BooD a.'iLe to Juio tbo general coDTeraatiou, whiob Lord 
UortiiQcr protjuiIiKL 

le iineipcoteU erriTii] of Amiuida in Loudon, astonished tad 
notwithstanding bis re^eotmeat, deliglited him. His sister, when 
thnj were alone in tlie nioroing, liad mentioned her with all the 
fervency of praise; her pluuditA pAve biui a sensaLioa of satisfied 
pridn, wliich oonTiDcod him ho woa tiot less than ever intereated 
ahoDt Ainaiida. Since liia retam from Ireland, he hud been distracted 
\)j iDc«rtitade and anxiety about Ltr; the iunoceni^e, pnritj and ten- 
demers she bad duplaved, woreperpe'aally reourring to his memory; 

. it Tiu impnwiblo, be thouglit, thej could be feigned, and he began to 
'lliink the apparent injstery of her conduct slie eould satisfactorily 

t bave explained ; that deiiignedly she hod not avoided him : imd that 

. bat fwr the impetnoMty of his own passions, which hod induced hia 
preeipitate departnre, be might ere this ba^o had all bis doubts 
removed. Tortured with inc-es&ant regret for tlils departure, be 
ipould have returned immediately to Ireland, but at ttiid period found 

.,it impos»b1e to do so, without exeitiog inquitiea from Lord Cher- 
bnry, which at present be did not choose to answer. He had planned 
n eicur^on thither the ensuing sammer, with Lady Aramintji, deter- 
mined no longer to ondore his Huapense; be now ainioat believed the 
peculiar inter])OsitioD of Providence had brought Amanda to 
town, thus afibrdiug him anoClier opportuully of having his anxiety 
Kheved, and the ctiief obatoule, perliaps, to bis, and, he flattered 
himsell^ also to her happinef«, removed : for if asaured her precipitate 
journey from Wales woa OMOsioned by no motive she need biusb to 
tTow, he fdt be should be better enabled to combat the difficnltiee he 
was convinced his father wonld throw In the way of their miion. 
Sotwit^s tending Lady Amniinla's endeavoum to gain Lis implicit 
lOonfidenM, ho resolved to withhold it Ihtm bor, lest she should incur 
1 the lempornry di^pleiicuro of Lord Clidrbnry, by the warm 
intereal be knew ibe woii.d l.tke in hia nJain, if ouce informed of 
them. 

Amauila looked thinner and palor than when be had seen her in 
Ireland, yet, if possible, more in(ore?rting from Iho^e drcnmrtaiicoB ; 
ttnd, from the soft glance slie bad involuntarily directed towards Ii!io 
nt thi> enlvanee, he was tempted to L'link he ha^, in sume degree, con^ 



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CHILD B«M or TBE 



tribstod ti> rob her loTely olMek of its bloom ; ind tbla IdM n 
berdeow Uun ever to him. — Soaroely oouldhe ratnin thsTaptan. 
he felt OD M^g her, within l^e necesauy boondi; aoaroalj oould b* 
belieie the loene which hwl given rise to hii bi^pbuM nal; Ui . 
heartat theinouMDt,meltingwithtonilemeH,iigfaad{br thepariodtf . 
Biplanaljon, whiob be trusted, wluch he hoped, wonld tlaa b« th* 
period of reoondliation. •■/; 

The gentlemen jtdned the lodiea «bi>nt ted time, ud u no additlnul 
oompany were expected, Ladj EnpLrasia propMed » putj to tb» 
tantheoD : this was immediately agreed to, Amanda waa deligfatad:- 
•t the proposal, aa it not onljr promised to gr«til|f her coriosi^, but 
to give Lord Mortimer an opportonitj of addreaiiDg ber, aa aha MiT' 
he wished, bnt Tainljr attempted at liome. Tha MarqnU and Lovd 
Oherhnr; declined going. I«dj QrejBtook, who hjKl not orderad - 
her oarritge till a mnoh later hour, aooepted a plaoa in the n>Br< 
ohioneea's. 

Keither Lady Enphrama, nor Uibs Maloolm, ooold bear the idea of 
Iiord Uortimer and Amanda going in the same oarri^e, aa U>e pt«* 
(if Ijidy Arnminta, thej ivere conviiiceJ, wonlii ii 





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orereprearl the couuteaance of Amanda; her Land Irembied Id hia, 
[ And she fdt in tLiit moment recoiiipetiBed fur her former digappoiDt* 
. rtnt, and eievnted above the Utile insolence of Freelove. Lord Mor- 
I tin.er hooded her to his sister, who vaa waiting to receive her, and 
I thej proceeded to the room. Lady Eophrssin entered it with a tem- 
per nnfllted for enjoyment; she was convinced the whole sonl of 
I- llortimer vrns deroted to Amanda, and she trembled, from tlie vio- 
\ Wt and malignant feelings that conviction eiciled. From the 
I moment Le entered the carriage till he quitted it, lie hod remained 
i, notwithstanding all her efforts, and Miss Molcolni'a to force 
I liitn into conversation. He left tliem as aooa as thcj reached the 
FontheoD, to watch the marchioness's carriage, which followed 
I theirs, and on rejoining Amanda, lie attached himself entirely la her, 
i 'Jrithout Boj longer appearing aniloas to conceal his predilection for 
He hod, indeed, forgotten the necessity there was for conceal- 
ing it; all bis feelings, all his ideas were engrossed by ecstasy and 
tenderness. The novelty, tlie brilliancy of the scene, exdted snr- 
prise and pleasnre in Ajnaoda, and lie was delighted with the ani- 
mated description she gave of the effect it prodnced npon her mind. 
In her he foand united, exalted seiise, lively fancy, and an nnoor- 
I npted taste: he forgot tliat the eyes of jeiUonsy and malevolenoe 
I were on them; he forgot every object bat herself. 
I But, alas I poor Amanda was doomed to disappointment this evati' 
I lag. Lady Oreystock, according to a hint she had received, alter a 
I few rounds, stept np to her, and declared ehe mnst accompany ber to 
I ■ seat, as she was convinced her health was yet too weak to boar 
I Hioch fatigue. Amanda assured her the was not in the least fuligned, 
I and that she would prefer walking: besides, she had half promised 
I Lord Mortimer to dance with hira. This l.Ady Greystiick absolutely 
I declared she would not consent to, though I..ady Arominta, on whose 

■ Aim Amanda leaned, pleaded fur ber friend, assuring her ladyship 
I "abe would take care Mins Fitislsn should not injure herself." 

I "Ah, yott young people," said Lady Greystock. "are so carried 
Imray with spirits, jou never refiect on consequences ; but I declare, 
ftaa she is intrusted to my care, I could not onsner it to my conscience 

■ to lot her run into any kind of danger," 

I Lady Aramiuta remonstrutod with ber ladyship, and Amanda 
^ would have joined, but that she feared hor real motive for so duing 



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wonid Lave !i6on diacoTereJ. She percei red tlie parly \r 
n-utn proceeding on ber account, and iuujie<]iueel}' offered her arm to 
l-aiy Greystock, and aooompanied her and the marchioness to a seat, 
TjLdj Euphrasia, catching hold of Ladj Araminta's arm, hurried 
ber, at the Baine instant, into the crowd ; Mies Malcolm, as if bf 
clajice, laid her hand on Lord Mortimer, and tbns compelled him to 
attend her jiarty. She saw him, bowever, in the coarse of the ronnd, 
preparing to ll; off; hut when they had completed it, lo her ineiprea- 
eible joy, the situation of Amanda made hini relinqniih his intentvon, 
OS lo converse with her was utterly impossible, for the marchioness 
bad placed her Iwtween Lady Greystoclc and herself; and, onddr tba 
pretence of freqnentiy addressing lier ladyship, was contianally lean^ 
iug Bcroaa Amanda, so as to exclude her almost &om oliserraticm, 
thus recdering her situation, exclusive of regret at being eeparatad 
from l.ord Mortimer and Lady Araminta, highly dUagreeahle. I^a 
marchioness enjoyed a malicious joy in the nneasinesa she saw sh» 
^ve Amanda: she deemed it but a ttlifcht retaliation for Uie uneasi- 
ness alie had given La<ly Enphraaia ; a trilling pnuishment for the 
admirntion she had excited. ' 




^ CHILDRK.V or IMS AbUBT. '245 

all interested about eitLer, wouW linvo been tmly flattering. Aa 

thin, however, was not the j'oung bixoncl's case, afiiT pajing Lis 

•wmpUioentfl, in & general way, to llm whole party, ho was making 

■lis purtitig bow, when his companion, pnlling him by the sleeve, bid 

Ijm observe a beautiful girl sitting opiHisite to them. They bad 

(topped near the uutrchioneas'f seat, and it was to Amanda Sir 

CSuHm's eyes were directed. 

ft-— "Orackms heaven," cried he, Btarting, while Mb cheek was siiffoBed 

■Mtli a ^ow of pleasnre, " can this be possible ? Can this, in reality," 

Brisandng to bor seat, " be Uias Fitzalan ? This surely," continued 

bn, "is ■ meeting aa fortunate aa nnexpected ; but for that, I shunld 

■tare been posting back to Ireland in a day or two." 

B Amanda blushed deeply at thus publicly declaring her power of 

KMgnlatiiig hia aotiuna. Her confusion restored that recollection bis 

■Joyful surprise had deprived him of, and he addressed tbe mar- 

■Uhloness and Lady Groyalock. The former haughtily bowed, without 

Biyiiiliiii[ and the latter, laughing sigoificaittly, aaid, "sbe really 

■tengined eosUsy on Uiss Fltzalun'a account, had madu him forget 

■{My one eixe was present." Tlie situation of Amanda waa tantalizing 

■tfl. an extreme degree to Sir Obarka: it precluded all con\-crsatiuii, 

■■id frequently hid her fVoin his view, as tlie innrcLioncas and Lwly 

npteyatock adll continued their nretendcd whi3|ien. Sir Cbiirles bad 

■wme knowledge of tbe marcldonesa's disposition, and quickly per- 

BHidved the motive of bcr present londuut. 

^s "Tour kdjsbip is kind," said lie, "in trying to hide Miss Filzalnn, 
mm no doubt yun are conscious 'lis not a i^light heari-arlie the would 
■Mve to some of the belles prese-nt tliiji evening; but why," continued 
mb^ taming to Amanda, "do you prefer sitlinj to \inJkingi" 
Bk Arnanda made no answer; Imt a glance fniiu Loj' eipresaire eyes 
U* tbe kdios, informed him of the reason. 

H^liody Enphraiiia and HL'»> Vakolm, provi ked at the abrupt dcpar- 
Bttre of Kr C%nrle9, had buTiod on ; bat scortjcly had they proceeded 
Uf tow yardii, ere envy and curiofily induced thorn to tui'u back. 
B|^y Arnminta perceived tlutir cliogrrn, and sweetly enjoyed it. Sir 
BSharles, who liad been looking iiupaljenily for their approach, the 
IkmTient he perceived Ibetii, entreated Amanda to join llieui. 
^V "Let me," cried be, ^reseating liia hand, "be your knlglit un the 
KjWflcnt ocarion, and tlulirer you fiiim wliat may he callt'J ab&ulutH 



site liesiuteJ not to acoept bi3 offer; the conlioual buu 111 Ite 

room, will] tLe pastdng and re-paasing ol'tliQ oonipan;, Itnd made hor 
Dead giildj' ; she d««ined no epukigy r«tiiusite to her companions, 
uud, qaitting her eeat, hastened forward to Lad; AraiiuDta, who ha^ 
ftopi>cd for her. A crowd at that mouient luterToniog betwees 
tlieai retarded her progress. Sir Charles, pressing her bond with 
t't'rvour, availed himself of this opportiinit; lu express hie pleasure ft 
their unexpected meeting. 

" Ah I how little," cried he, " did I imagin* there woa such happi* 
Tieas la store for me tliis eTeningE'' 

"Sir Cliarles," said Amanda, eDdearoaring, thoDgb in vain, to 
withdrew her hand, "yon have learned the art of flattering uno». 
jour return to England," 

" I wish," oried he, " I had kaniod the art of expressing as I wiali 
the sentiments I feel." 

Lord Mortimer, T-ho had made way through the crowd for tb« 
Indies, at thi^ instant ajipeared ; he ficciried to recoil at the sitaatiun 
of Amanda, whose hand waa yet detained in Sir OLarles's, while tiia 




■ VBiLSRi:! or T U S ABBir. ?3T 

I fany herkdyBhip, as they believed Lnnl Ifordmer ulreaily gone, and 
I Ae and Amanda, therefore, returned alune. Sir Charles was inviud 
I to fliipper, an inritation be joyfully accepted, and promised to follow 

■ ker btdyBliip as noon as be bad appiiaed the party be came witb of 
W b* intention. 

I Lady Araminta and Amanda arrived eome time before the reit. of 
I* llie party ; ber ladysbip snid, " tbat her leaving town was to attend 
I Hie nnptialfl of a particnkr friend," snd was eipreneiog ber Lopes, 
I that on ber retnrn, she sboold often be favoured with the mmpany of 
K Amanda, when tlie door suddenly opened, and Lord Mortimer 
■'Mtered. He looked pleased and surprised, and taking a seat un the 
KMb between them, exckinied, aa he regarded tbem with nnntterablo 

■ fanderness, " Surely, one moment Uke this is worth whole hours, 
■'■Mb M we have lately spent. May 1," looking at Amanda, "say, 

■ tbat chance is now ])rupltiun8 to lue, aa it was some time ago to Sir 
KOIurle* Blngley f Tell me," continued be, " weje you not agreeably 
■ilBrpriscd U>-nighti" 

■ • "By the Pantheon? Undonhfedly, njy lord." 

■ • "And by Sir Ohorles Bingley I" 

^ " No ; he is too slight an acquaintance, either to give pleasure 

■If Ills presence, or pain by his absence." 

■"'Tills was jnst what Lord Moilimer wanted to bear. — The loots of 

KAjnando, and above all, the manner in whieb she had received the 

Mllentions of Sir Obarlc^, evinced her sinoerily. The shadow of jeal- 

Mny removed. Lord Mortimer re<'^vered all his animadon. Nerei 

KSms the mind feel ao light, so truly happy, as when a painful doubt 

Fl> banished fi-om it. 

I " Uiss FHzalon," said Lndy Arnniinta, reenrring to what Amandr 

Brlwd Jnst aaid, " con soo few beings like herself capable of e.tcitinf 

Kfaunediste esteem : for my part, I cAnnot persuade myself that she it 

^^ Be<)naintanee of but two days, I feel snch an interest in ber vel- 

Hfere, such a sisterly regard." She paused and looked expressively on 

Hktr brother and Auiando. Ills fine eyes beamed the liveliest 

BiMtBnre. 

■~ ' " Oh, my sister," cried he, " encourage tliat sisterly nffi?ction : who 

ho worthy of posseting it as Miss Fitzal&n t and who but Amanda," 

BlDiiiinaed he, patoing bis arm around her waist, and sotXly wliisiierin^ 

ttoJia', "atiall hare a right to daiin itt" 



2.18 0Hll.DB««OrT.lttABBK*-. 

The stopping of the Cftrriagcs Dow BonoDnced the return of thi 
party, and tenninated a scene whicli, if much longer protraotad, 
might, by iucrcaaing their agitation, have produced a full discovery of 
their feelings. The ladies were attended by Sir Chariea and Fr«e- 
love. Tlie marquia and Lord Cherbury had been out, bol retomed 
about this time, and Boon after supper tlie oompany departed, Lady 
Aramiota tenderly bidding Amanda farewelJ. 

The cares which bad so long preyed iijwn the heart tif Amanda, 
and diaturbed its peace, were now vanished; the whisper of Lord 
Mortimer had assured her, that ahe was not only the object of his ten- 
derest affectiona, but most serious attention ; the regard of Lady 
Aramlnta flattered her pride, as it implied a tacit approbation of ber 
brother's choice. 

The next morning immediately after breakfaat, Lady Greystook 
went out to her lawyer, and Amanda was ntting at work in the 
dressing room, when Sir Oharles fiingley waa announced. He now 
expressed, if po9sil)le, more plejisure, at seeing her, Uian he had done 
ihe preceding night; congratulated himself at finding her alone, and 
repeatedly declared, from their first interview her image had n 




C "So, till her Iftiljiship was read;," cried Sir Cliarlea, with qiiioknesil, 
■f^.that no time might be lost, jon came to Miss Fitzulan ?" 
9 Ix>ii] Uortimer made no rcplv ; he fronoed, aad rising directlj, 
■■tightly sainted AmBnila and retired. 

K Convinoed, as she was, that Lord Uortimer had made the visit for 
•^ purpose of speaking mure explicit!; than lie had jet doue, she 
floold not entirely conceal her chagrin, or regard Sir Charles without 
if^me displeasure. It had not, howcx'er, the effect of innking him 
. rioit ; he continued with her till Lady Greystook's return, 
fit whom he proposed a party that evening for the opera, and 
^toioed pennissioD to wait apon her ladyship at tea, with tickets, 
iJ^tvrithstanding Amanda declared her dlsincli nation to going: abo 
irbhed to avoid the pnblicas well aaprivateattentiouB of Sir Charles: 
|)iit both she found it impossible to do. The impresgion which the 
of her mind and form had made on him, was of too ardent, 
pennsnent a nature to bo craved by her coldness : generons and 
his notions, affluent and independent in his fortune, he 
ilher required any addition of wealth, nor was nnder any control, 
lUrhicb could prevent bis following his inclinations: his heart was 
^eot on an anion with Amanda; though Imrl by her indifference, he 
would not allow himaelf to bo discom-aged by it ; time and perseve- 
rance, be trusted and believed, would conquer it, Unaccustomed to 
disappointment, be could not, in an affair which so materially 
ooncemed hia happiness, bear the idea of proving ansucceasfiil. Had 
Amanda's heart been disengaged, he would probably have sncoeeded 
ts he wished ; fbr he was calculated to j'lease, to inspire admiration 
jAd esteem ; and Amanda felt a real friendship for him, and !>incerely 
ived that his ardent regnrd could not be reduced to oa temperate 
medium as hers. 

Lady Greystock hod a numerous and brilliant acquamtance in 
idon, amongst whom she was continually engaged. Sir Charlus 
well known to them, and therefore almost continually attonde'l 
LndA wherever she went. His unremitted and particular nltentinu 
«d nniveraal observation, and he was publicly declared the 
ifcssed admirer of Lady Oreyatock's beautiful companion. The 
lellation was generally bestowed on her by the genOemav; as 
ly of I.acly GreystDck's female inmates declared, from the appear- 
of thp giri, as wpII ti* Jier distressed sitnnlion. Ilioy wi ndpr".! Sii 



ClisriM Binglej uonld ever tLlnk abont her; for her la(l_\'sMp hiS 
represented lier as a perann in tlie most indigent circumstanoes, on 
■wliicli account she bnd taken her under her protection. All Ih«* 
envy, hatrtd, and m^ce cniiM Bng^;«8t against her, Miss Malcolia 
Boid. The niarchioneaa and Lisdj- En[i!ira«in, judging of her b- them- 
Belvea, anpposed, Iluit, as she waa iwit sore of Lord Mortimer, sh« 
wonld accept of Sir Cliarles j and though this raeasare would remoTS 
alt apprehensions relative to Lord Mortimer, jet tlje idea of th« 
wealth aud oonsequence she would derive from it, almost distracted 
them; thus does envy ating the bosoms which harbonr it. 

Lord Mortimer ngiiin resumed his reserve : he was freiineotly In 
company witli Amanda, but never even attempted to pay lier any 
att«ition; yet hU pyes, which she so oflen caught rivetted on her, 
though (lie moment slie perceived them they were withdrawn, seemed 
to say, that (he alleratiun in liis manner was not produced hj^iiny 
diminution of tenderness : he was indeed determined to regnlste hii 
conduct by hers to fiir Oharles: though pained and irritated by Mb 
assiduities, he had too moch pride lo declare a jirior claim to her 
regard ; a woman who eoidd waver between two object*, he deemed 





strauger nu aboDt ilie iiiiddlo p«rIuJ of Ule; his ilrcss uiinoaDoed 
Lim a military man, aiid hid llireod-bero oouC secmud tu dwlure, tliaC 
whatever Jaictls be Lad gathered, Uiej were barren onea. Ilia form 
aiid luce were intereatiog: infirmity ajipeared to preus upon one, nod 
sorruw hod deep')' marked the other, yet without ilcapoitiug It of a 
certain expree^iun whidi indicated the liihLrity nature liod once 
stomped Dpun it; ' ii lemplea were sunk, aud lii^ ciieck fmloil to & 
aickl; hue- Aiiiandi felt immediate reajiect aud sensibility fur the 
interesting fignro bufai her ; the feelings of her soul, the early lesaona 
of her youth, luiil tauglit her to reverence distress ; and never perbapa, 
did Jic think it so peculiarly aftacting, as wheu in a mihtary garb. 

The duy was imcmnmoul/ severe, and Ihe stranger shivered with 
the cold. 

"1 derluro, yoiiri^ lady," cried he, as he took the clioir which 
Amanda uad placed fur him by the fire, " I Ibink I shotild not trem- 
b!e more tiefore an enemy, than I do before this <Uy: I don't know 
but what it is as easentinl fur a subaltern officer to stand cold oa Bre." 

Aifimda amiled, and rej^inned her work; she was busily employed 
imiking a trimming ofuriilioinl llowera for Lady Greystock to present 
to a young laily, from whose family she bad received some oblignliona, 
'nUs was a clieap mode of Kturuing them, as Amanda's materials 

" Your employment is on entertaining one," said the stranger, "and 
jour rosos Ltei'ally without iborns: such no donbt as you oipeot to 
gather in y&ur path throng' liie." 

" No," replied Aiitoiidii, " I have no Bticli espectation," 
P. J , " And yet," wtid he, "how few ut your time of life, particularly if 
^Bjinesaed of your advantoees, could moke such a declaration." 
^V -** Whoever Lad rcflectioit undoubtedly wonld," replied Amanda. 
"That I dlow," cried he, "bi-t how few do we tin J with reflection 1 
— from the young it is haiiished as the rigid tyrant that wonld forbid 
the enjoyment of the pleasure they pant after: and from the old it is 
tnc often expelled h9 on enemy to that forgotfulnesa which can alone 
cnsaro their trflriuiHity." 

" Bnt in botli, I trust," said Amanda, " yon will allow there are 
esoepti( 



^p' 



" Perhaps there are ; yet often when conswence has not reaa 
rUty liHS cause to fear reflection: wliidi not only n 



tbe TMolIeution of happf hourB, but inspiret such a tegttl tw 
InsE, h» almost uofita the Boul for <idj exertions ; 't is iadeed bcftull- 

full; describoil in tliese linefl : 



Liid thoagtit irhat lin eaii 
himself, ta his cmintnnane* 
e TcviYRd, hiivevcr, in a htrl 



And tuniiig iLJ thfl pusC w 

Amauiln atw-ntivply waltbed him, 
-ili|)uiirvd lo lie particularly applkalilo b 
raduincd a mure dejected expressinn. 1 

" I hove, m; dear jouog ladj," continued he, Bmiliog, " bpgnil*^ 
yiiu most Bubcrly, aR Lady Graoe anja. into ciinTetsaiion : 1 barsf 
however, given you an opportunity of amusing ytiuc fancy by draw- 
ing n oompariaon between an old veteran and a joong soldier; ttok 
though you mny nlloir him more animation, I trust you will no: 
tno w) niiich injustice as to allow iiim more tawie; while he inerplj 
extolled the lustre of your nyea, I ghoulil admire tlie mildness wliinh 
tcnipcreil that luatre ; while he praised the glow »f your eheek, I 

luld adore that BenBJbilitv which bad v 




f fai« Inrgc family; >ui<I from bis nppmraiiee, she conjectured tlipj 
lasl be ID distress. There ivbs a kiod of huniurous Fadnci^s Jn liix 
BUiDtier, which affected her even more tlian a settled nielanuhdly per- 
haps would hare done, as it implied the efforts of n, noble heart to 
fepet dorrow ; and if there cannot be a more noble, neither nurcl; nan 
e be a more affecting flight, than that of a good and bravo man 
■tntgglitig with adverBity. 

8 ehe leaned peneively against the window, refiectiog on the 
Tftrioui inequalities of fortune, yet still bclieTing the; were desiftned 
' lij a wise Providence, like hill and Tallpy, tnutually to benefit each 
other, ehc saw Rushbrook eroaa the street: his walk was the slow 
knd lingering walk of dejection aud diaappointment : he raised his 
hand to his eyea, Amanda euppoaed lo wipe away his tears, and her 
'tfiTD fell at the supposition. — The severity of the day had increaaed ; 
B heavy shower of scow was falling, against which poor Euelibrook 
oo Bhelter but his threadbare coat. Amanda waa unutterably 
■■ffected ; and when he disappeared from her sight, she fell into a sea- 
fimental euliloquy, something in the stvlo of Yoriek. 

'* Was I mistress," eiclaijncd she, as she beheld the splendid c(tr- 
<>iag08 jiaEBing anil rcpojiiaing, "wasi mistresa of one of these carriages, 
«ti olO suldier, like Ruslibrook, shuuld cot be exposed to the Jnclem- 
'inoy of awintrj eky; neither should his coat be threat! -bare, nor hia 
'%Mrt 0[ipre8Bed with angoisli ; if I saw a tear upon his cheek, I 
would say it had no business there, for comfort wa* about revisiting 
tain." As she spoke, the idea of Lord Uorllmer uconrred ; her twia 
' Were sns])en<Ic<l, aud lier check liegan to glow. 

" Tea, poor Rnshbrook," she esclaJmed, " perhaps the period is not 
r distant, when a bonnteous Providence, through the bands of 
''Amanda, may relieve thy wants ; when Mortimer himself may be 
her assistant in the office of benevolence." 
Lady Grejstock's woinnn now appeared, to desire she would come 
' 'down to her lady. She immediately obeyed the summons, with a 
•ecret hope of hearuig something of the Donference. Her ladyship 
teceived her witli on exulting laugh. 

•' I have good news to tell you, my dear," eiclaimed she: " that 
or wretch, Rusbbrook, has lost the friend who was to have sup- 
ported him in the lawsuit ; and the lawyers, finding the sheet uni'hor 
ipne, hare steered off. and Inft him to shift for himself; the miaera- 




and bis family must cortdoly etarre; only tliink i^b^a 
assnnince ; he came to saj-, indeed he would now bo wljified with A 

" Well, madam," said Aiaaoda. 

" Well, raadam," repented her ladyship, mimicking her Ciiinaar, " I 
Uild liim I must be a fool indeed, if I ever coimeuted to »iicli a tiling, 
urter his Bffronterj in attempting to litigate the will of Lis mnch 
abused nocio, mj dear good Sir Geoffry. No, no, 1 bid Itlin proceed 
in the suit, and all my lawyers were prepared ; aud alter so much 
trouble on both sides, it would be a pity liie thinn iMius to nothing." 

"As your ladyship, however, knows his extrbiueJisne^ no doubt 
you will relieve It.'' 

" Why, pray," said her ladyship, smartly, " do yOB think lio lias 
any claim upon me!" 

" Yes," replied Amanda, "if not upon your justice, at least utxm 
your humanity." 

" So you would advise me to fiing away my money upon Liin J" 

"Tea," replied Amanda, smiling, "I would; and as yimr Udyshlp 
likes the expression, have yon fling it away profusely." 




cuiLDRBir or Tue abbet. 245 

Amanda mule no replj ; yet as »ho beheld her ladyship seated in 
an easy chair, by n blazing fire, with a liirjre howl of ricli soup before 
her, whiyh she took every morning, she cimld not forbear secretly 
exclaiming, — nord hearted noman, eiigroased by your own gratili- 
eatiouB, no ray of compassion can aoften your nature for the misfor- 
tnnes of others; sheltered yourself from the tempest, yoa see it falling 
trithoat pity, on the head of wretchedness ; and while yon foaat on 
laiarics, thiut without emotion, on those who want e 



• In 'he eveuiiJB tl)ey went to a lai^e party of tlie marchioness's; 
Init tlii-'.igh the srcQe was guy and brilliant, it could not remove the 
pontiTcmaa of Amaoda'a spirita; the emacial«d fomi of Rushbrook, 
fCturaing to his deMtlate family, dwelt upon her roiod. A little, she 
tlionght, OS she surveyed tlie magnificence of tlie apartmenta and tbo 
fqileudour of the company which crowded tliem : a little from thii 
parade of vanity and wealth, would give relief to many a child of 
IndlgMice; never had llio tnitU of the following lines so forcibly 
^Iruok her iraagir.ntion ; 



U, lltik mfnk Che mj, UccnUm 

ill. IIHU Uilnk thej, >rtilli thty 
How mtrj ILd, llili rery nooiei 
And lU Oir. uA rarlFlf of piln : 



i Id fflddjr mirth. 



Of t» 
OfmlMir; I 



From moll reflections aa these, she was disturbed by ihe entrance 
tf Sir Oharles Bingley ; an as«al, he took his station by her, and in 
i tbv minutoa after him Liinl Mortimer appeared. A party for 
^ngtno war formed, in which Amanda joined, from a wiali of avoid- 
fbg thi. absardiliea of 8ir Charles; but he ttxik care t<) aecore a seal 
Wit her, and l^r-l Mii'r.mer sat opposite to them. 

" Uingley,'' said a genilemin, after they hud been sometime at tht 
mle, "yori are certainly the most changi'nble fellow in the world. 
Abont threo wectt ap> yon were hnrryinjt everv thing fnr a jinmoy 



0BILDKKK 0> FBI AftMX* 



to Irdtud, H ir lift and daath depended on 7 
here 1 still Sail f on loitering aboat the town." 

''I den; the iDipntadon of changeabkneM," rapUed ti 
" all my actions are regnlated," and be gjaneed at A-'fHa. ** fay OM 
aonroe, one ottjeot." 

Amanda bloabed, and oanght, at that rnonuB^ • poaatntini laolt 
from Lord Mortimer. 

Her dtnation iras eitremelj disagreeable : du dnadod Ida atta^ 
tioQs would be imputed to encooragement from her: clie had <Am 
tried to snppreas them, and she resolved btt next tUbrt* ebunld bt 
more reeolate. <^ 

Sir Gharlea reached Fall Mall Hie next noming, Jnut aa Ub 
Grejetook wea Btepping into her clisriot, to aeqnaint har lawyer cj 
Rnehbrook's visit. She informed liim that IDm Fltnlan waa in Hbft 
drswing room, and he flew up to tier. 

"Ton End," said he, "by what, yon heard last night, that mj 
conduct has excitedsome surprise; I assure yua my fiienda think Z 
must absolutely be deranged, to relinquish so aoddenlj a Jounqf I 
appeared so aniions to take : suffer me," continued iw, taking her 




347 






"I will Dot, Miss FitziiLui," suiJ he, r&taming hit seat agu'n, 
** believe you InSextblt); I will Dot bulieve that yna uio tUi'ik I ahaii 
ao eosi If resign an idea, which 1 have so long ciieriahed nitii rapture," 
' " Snrely, Sir Oharfes," aaid Amanda, somewhat alarmed, " j'oa 
eannot accuse me of having eDcoaragcd the ideut" 

"Oh, DO," sighed he pan^iooatelv, " to me vou were alirajs iiu< 
Ibrmly cold." 

"And from whence tlien proceeded auch an idea?'' 

"From the natural propensity we all have to deceive our.:elve«, 
And to believe that whatever we wish wiU he occompliahed. Ah 1 
Um Fitzalan, deprive me not of so sweet a belief; I will not at 
^Keent urge you to any material step to which you are averu; I 
will only entreat for perrai;>sioa to hope that time, peraeveranoo, 
■oremitted attention, may muke some impresGion on you, fiid at >adt 
produce a change in my favour." 

" Never, Sir Charles, will I give rise to a hope which I thiuk 
Cannot be realized : a little reHectioD will convince yon, you should 
liot be displeased, at my being so explicit. We are, at tliis moment^ 
both, perhaps, too much diBcompoaed to render a longer conference 
desirable; pardon me, therefore, if I now terminate it, and be assured, 
xsball never lose a grateful remembrance of the honour you intended 
ne, or forget the friendship I professed for Sir Charles Bindley." 

She then withdrew, without any obslrnctioii from hita : regret awl 
Wsappointmcnt seemed to have BD!<])ended his faculties ; but it was a 
momentary suspension, and on recovering thetu, he <]tiitled the house. 

Bis pride, at first, nrged bim to give op Amanda forever; bat his 
'■enderuees soon repressed his rawluUon. lie had, as he himself 
^knowledged, a propensity to believe, that whatever Us wished WM 
accomplish : this propensity proceeded from the cosmess with 
which his iudlDations liad hitherto been gratitiod ; Battering himself 
^at the coldness of Amanda proceeded more fii>m natuml reserve 
vBuui particular indilFureuce to him, he still hoped she might bu 

Inoed to favour him. She was so superior, in his opinion, to every 
woman he bad seen ; to truly calculated to render him happy, that 
violence of offended pride abated, he rcsulved, without another 
vBurt, not to give her up. Without knowing it, ho had rambled to 
James's square, and having heard of the friendship snbeisting 

wnen Lord Clierbury and Fitialan, he deemed his iorJcliip a prcje* 



perstpD 10 apply to on ihe present ocpwion ; tliinkiof^ that if ht 
inte'.-eatcJ biinaeir in his favour, be miglit 3-et be sncceAsful. fit 
oc«ordiTii;ly repured lo hia house, and was shown into aa aportnteot 
wlicre tlie earl and Lord Mortimer were sifting together. After 
paying the usual com pit meats, "I am come, m;^ lord," said he, 
Boniewhat abruptly, "to entreat your interests id an affair which 
materially concerns my happiness, and trust your lordship will exciM« 
my entreaty, whan I inform yon it relates to Uiss FitialaD." 

Th« earl, with mAich politeness, assured him, "he should fed 
hapof in an opportunity of serving him," and ssiil "be did him 1>nt 
Jiutice in supposing him particularly iotcrested about Miss Hualan, 
Dol only as the danghter of his old friend, but from bor own great 

Sir Charles then act]uainted him with the proposals ha had Jost 
made her, and her absolute r^e<:^on of tiiem ; exprettsing liia hop* 
tliat Lord Cherbnry would try to influence her in his favour. 

"Tis very eilraordinary indeed," cried his lordship, "that SGss 
Fi^iudin should decline such an honorable, such an adrantageaas 
projiosal ; are yon sure, Sir Charles, there is no prior attaohment In 





CHAPTEr: xsvir. 



ftilx as emotian of snrpriHi ftt so tmexpecteil a visit, the buoV ib« 

«fl rcadicg drtijijied frutii Auiaiuln, and sbo nruse ia visible agitalioD. 

" I few," sfud Ills lorA'iliip, " I iiave intrnded eomewliat abraplly 

foa yon: but my ftpologj for Juing so, must be ray ardent wiah of 

ing an oppurtmiity bu propitious for a motual eclalrclssemeot ; 

I opportnnUy I might, perhnpg, vainly Boel: again." 

He took ber treubURg liand, and leading ber to a sofa, placed him- 

ilf by li«r. As a means of leading; her to the desired cclaircisseinent, 

^ dedareil Uie agonies be bad siiflered at retnrniag to Tudor HoU, 

wad lir.diDg ber gone — gone iu a manner bo ioeiplicable, that the 

he r^eoted on it, tlio more wretcbed he grew. He described 

lie hopes and feard which alternately llnotnated in his mind daring 

corlinnance in Ireland, and which oflen drove him into a elate 

rly bordering on distraction : he mentioned the resolution (though 

flpinfal in the extreme) whioh he had adopted on the lii-st appearanoa 

'4f Sir Chorlta liingtey's paiiiciilarity ; and finally concluded, by 

iparlng her, notwithstanding all his inoerlJtnde and anxiety, h\» 

i^eraeas bad never known dimi nation. 

Enconragkd by this asflnrance, Amanda, with roslored composnre, 

Mbrmod him of the reason of ber precipitate journey from Wales, 

the incidents which prevented ber meeting him in Inilond, as he 

b*d expected; thongli delicacy forbade her dwelling, like Lord Hot- 

i the wretchedness occasioned by their Bc^anvtion, and 

MaCtuil miaspprcbanBiona of each other, ahe conld not avoid touching 

i\ REifEciently, iud(>ed, to conriitce bim sbo had been a sympa- 

at>fc pa<-ticipatur in all tlie nnensineas he had auffered. 

Beetoied to tho confideno nf Mortimer. Amanda appear-id dearer 

1 a\l Mul tl,*n ever; iilcamre h*nmor' frr>in his eye* as he pr<>s««i', 



»C0 cuiLDnisorTiiEAUne*. I 

ber to Ilia l>osoni, and eicliiinicd, "I may nigtua call yuu my ow 
Amanda; o^nin tiketdi Gcencti of felicity, unJ call upon you bt 
realize tliem." Tct in Ibe inid^t of IIjii tracsport, a guJden gloom 
cloutletl his coaDtenanc«; mid after goziog un Iier ^oroe minates wilt- 
pensive tenderness, lir: fervently exclaimed, " wo Id t" lieaven, in thia 
Iionr of perfect rooondliotion, I could say, 1' xt (Jl obstacles to oar 
fbliire linpijicea? were removed." 

Ainniida involnntarily ilmdilered, nnil ocutinQtil Mlent. 

"Tliat my fatlier will throw JifficnlUwi io the way of our anion, 1 
cannot deny tlie apprehension of," aaiil Lord Mortimer; "though 
ITi])y noble and gen^niag in his nnturo, ho U xnnetiiii'n, like the rot 
of mankind, indaenced by interested iiu>tire3'. li« has Log, from wft 
motives, set his heart on a connosion wiHi the Manjuis of Rosline'a 
family; thongh ftilly determined in my intentions, I have liittietlo 
furborne an explicit declaration cf them tu liiui, ti'ii^ting that sops 
propitious chance would yet second my wlalies, and sa^e me t*.* 
poinfbl necessity of dii^tarbing the harmony which lia£ ever snbflistod 




Wdght properly be termed the cnp of false, inftead of res! p'coniire. 
TTiinkinp, therefiire, as I do, that att aciim, willioat love, is abhorrent 
to probity and sensibility, and that the dissipated pleasures of life ore 
Dot only prejadicial, bnt tiresome, I naturally wished to Koure to 
%Byself domestic happiness, bat never coiilJ it be exiicrii.n;eil except 
;]Diiited tu a woman whom my reason thorooglily apiituvod, who 
iliQuld at once possess my cnboandod confldeuco and tondereet affeo- 
MoD, who should be, not only the promoter of my Ji'ys, hat tlie oa- 
teager of my cares ; in yon I have fonnd such a wiinian, sncli a heing, 
TfB I caDdidly confess «ome time ago I thought il impossible to me«i 
Vth ; to yon I am honnd by a sentiment even strong;er than love, bj 
pononr; and with real gratitude acknowladge Tny obligations, in 
peing permitted to atone in some degree, x >i my errors relative tc 
Von. But I will not allow my Amanda t ■ suppose tliese errors pri>- 
Meded from any settled depravity of soul ; allowei! to be, as I have 
^cfore said, my own master, at an early [leriod, from the natorol 
SwnghtlesBD'iss of youth, I wns led into scenes, which the jmlgincnt 
jDf riper year* has since severely condom ed; liorp, lao, often I met 
pith women, whose manners, instead of clicoking, ,jave a latitade to 

RMcIom: women, too, who from their situations ir life, had every 
[vantage tJiat couUl be requiaite for improvtug tai] refining thuir 
inds; from conversing with them, I grad 'ally imbibed a prqudioe 
jgainit the whole sex, and ander that prejutlii ■• &ni beheld you, and 
S)«red either to doubt or to believe tlie rea.ity of the innocence yon 
upcored to possess. 

"Convinced, at length, most fully, most h«ipily conrincetl of iia 

llJity, my prqndices no longer reiiiaii'edi th«y vnr.ihlied like mists 

^fore the sun, or rather hke the ihuMons of falHchouil hd'ore tho 

« of troth. Were those, my dear Aioa ids, of yonr bux, who, 

e yon, had the resistless power of pleasing, to use tlio faculties 

isigned them by a huunteoua Provlcienca in the cause of vii'tue, tliey 

woold soon check the diasipation of the times. 

""ns impoasihle to e)q)ress the power »' eaotiftil fiinn has over a 
ihind; Uiat power might be eierteil f.ir 'obler prrpoces; purity 
miking bum love-inspiring li]>», would, iihe O.e rtice of Adam's 
Mavenly guest, so sweetly breatlie upon the ear, as insensibly tn 
I^SDencc the heart; the Lbertine it eorrectwl, wonl.', if not utl*rly 
Mrdcned, reform; no longer should h« giory i'l hh vices, hat 
tonclied nnd nhiuhed, in«lend of dwt roving, wi»r*iMV Ttnu^s! iXtVat, 





" But I wander from the purpose uf my hodI; oonviiiced aa I un 
of the diseimilaritj between my father's incHaatiODS and mine, I 
thiolt it better to give nu intimatiuu of m; prenent intentions, Hhiah 
if permittoil by yuu, I am un&itorably dstermined on fulfilling, sa I 
shuuld consider it as bighljr insulting to him, to incur his prohibition 
and then act in defiance of it, though my heart would glory in dtow- 
ing its choice. The peculiar circumstances I have just mendoned, 
will, I trust, induce my Amanda to excuse a temporary coDoealmant 
of it, till beyond the power of mortals to ecparate ua ; a private and 
immediate union, the exigence of siruation and the seouritj of fe- 
licity demands ; I ahaU feel a tremtiling apprehension till I call you 
mine ; life is too abort to permit the waste of time in idle scruples 
and uumenning ceremonies ; the eye of suspicion has lon|; rested ob 
us, and would, I am convinced, effect a premature discovery, if we 
took not Mome measure to prevent it. 

"Deem me not too precipitate, my Amanda," passing his ann 
gently round her waist, " if I ask you. to-morixiw night, for the last 
sweet prvKif of confidence you can give me, by putting yourself under 
my protection ; a journey to Scotlac 
t r shall make for it, all that is dut 





26.1 



Lord Mnrtimar hiutil^- demiiudnl iu source, and the reoson of iLo 
vvidfl which hadjuBt escaped her. 

■' Because, my lord," replied ahc, " 1 cannot consent to n clondsBtine 
pKaaure, dot bear joq sLould incur the disploiiBureof LordCherbury 
Ml my account. — Though Lady Euphmsia Sutherland ig not agreen- 
Ue, Lhere are many women who, with eijunl rank and foKune, 
|iiMi!Rfi« the perfection suited to your taste ; seek for one of ihene ; 
ehiHiee from among them a happy daughter of pninpcrity, and let 
F^Awandn. untitled, uoportloned. and unpleosing to your father, return 
to an obsuurity, which owes its comforts to his fiislering; bounty." 
.fi.DoBS this advice," asked Lord Mortimer, "proceed from Amandn'i 
tearti" "No," replied she, hesitatingly and smiling through her 
Itan, " not from her heart, but from a better counseilor, her reown." 

"And «hatl I not obey ihe diclatea of renson." replied he, " in 
uniting my destiny to yours ; reason directs us to seek happincsa 
ibningh virtuous means : and what means are so adapted for that 
■Mrposc, BM an union with a beloved and nmiablc w 
4k, no titled daughter of prosj>erity, to use your 
r attruct my affections fmni you. — " Imaglna 
•bape besides your own to like of," a shape which even if despoiled 
^ its grnces, ■wonid enshrine a mind so tnwscendontly lovely, as to 
wcure my admiration. In chuoKing you ok a partner of my future 
Mys, I do not infringe the moral obligation which eiists between 
Ihther and son : for as on one band, it doeft not demand implicit obe- 
ice, if reason and happinem must be sacrificed by it; nothing 
diould have tempted me to propose a private union, hut the hope of 
MCaping many disagreeable circnmslances by it: if yon persist, haw- 
^rer, in n^eoting it, I shall openly avow my intentions, for a longer 
asntinuance of anxiety and suspense I cannot support." 

"Do you Ulink, then," said Amanda, "I would enter your family 
Wnidit confusion and altercation f No, my lord, rashly or claudes- 
tinely I never will consent to enter it," 

"Is this the happiness I promised myself would crown our reeon- 
dliationF" exclaimed Lortt Mortimer, riniog hantily. and traversing 
tbc apartment: "is an obstinate adherence to royal punctilio, the 
Qily proof of regard I shall receive from Amanda ? Wilt she make no 
tnflJng sacrifice lo the man who adores her, and whom she professes 
Id eateera V 



nJ No. Aman- 
n words, nhall 



tM 



BR5 or TH 



"Auj Mcrit^re, my Ion], compatible ivith virtne and filial AvtJ 
luost witliii^ly iTonUI I inuke ; but bejund these limits, 1 tuiutt nut, 
wnnnt, will not step. CoiJ, jojlca, nud unwortliy of yoiir acoeja. 
ance would be tlie liond jou wotild receive, if given sgniDftt my cori- 
viction nf n-liat waa I'igbt. Oli, never tuny tiie hour arrive, fn 
wliicli I should blash tu see my futher ; in wbicli 1 slionld be occuioi! 
of injuring the lionour intrusted to niy cl'nrge, and feel oiiprcsl vrith 
t!ie cunscionaness of baviug planted lliuiiis iu tlie bmut Ibat depend- 
ed on ine for liiippineosl" 

"Do not be too iufleiible, my Amanda," cned T.nrd Mortimer, 
resaming his sent, '^Dor sutTcr too great a degrcu of refitiemfot to 
involve you ia wrelchedoeas; felicity is seldain Bltnlowlwithont wms 
pain; a little resolution on your side, noajd ovi-rtNiuie any difBcuTliea 
that lay betwceii as anil it; when the act was past, my father would 
natiimlly lose his resentment, from perceiving its inoj^oauy, and 
family concord would speedily be restored. Aramiuta adores yon: 
will) rapture woulJ she receive her dear and lovely Gi8t«r to her 
bosom 1 your futlier, happy in your happiness, wouid he convinced 
his notions licretofore were too scrupulous, and that in complying 




"Are tliesB leaw," suid lie, "to enforce me t" tlie imlj c^xpivlient 
yfm say remains? Ah, mj Amanda," olnapfng lier.to liia brewt, 
"tlie ta»!t of forgetting youoould nerer be occorapliahei], onuld never 
ba attempted : life would be tasteless, if not spent w<tb joa ; never 
Trtll I relinquish ilio delightful hope of an onion yet taking plane, A 
•ndden thoii^'ii,'' roeumed he, after pausing a few minutes, "Las Just 
aocnrred: I hovo on nnnl, the only remaining sister of Lord Cher^ 
fcnry, a generons, tender, eialted woman; 1 have ever been her par- 
ticular ravourile ; my Amanda, I know, is the very kind of being she 
♦onld select, if the rlmice devolved on her, for my wife; she is now 
fa the country; 1 will wiite immediately, inform her of oar sitna- 
'tlon, and entreat lier to come np to town, to use lier influence witb 
^ny father in onr favmir. Iler fortune is large from ttie bequest of a 
lieh relation ; and, fn-m the generosity of her disposition, I have no 
fcfcnbt ebe wxuUl render the lose of Lady Enplirasia's fortune very 
nmaterial to her linther, Tliis ia the only scheme I can possibly 
'devise for the completion of onr happineas, according to your notions, 
nd 1 hope it meeta your approbation." 

' It appeared indeed a feasible one to Amanda ; and as it oonid not 
"foreibly "T^ite any ideAS nnfavonrable to her father's integrity, she 
pve her uiosent to its being tried. 

Her heart felt relieved of an oppressive loail as the hope revived 
AiBt it might be accomplished. Lonl Mortimer wiped away her 
I ttofji, and the cloud which hong over tliem both being dispersed, they 
stalked with pleasure of fiitnre days. 
' 7x>rd Mortimer described the various schemes be had planned for 
tteir minle of life. Amanda smiled at tlie easiness with which he 
Antrivcd them, and secretly wished he might find it m easy to real- 
a as to project. 

"Though the retired path of life," said he, " might be more agreen- 
B to us, tliac the fVequented and public one, we must make som« 
le sacrifice of inclination to the community to which we belong. 
n elevated station and affluent fortime, there are claims fWim snb- 
,'VrdinAte ranks, which cannot he avoide<l wilhont itijiiring them ; 
'Mither should 1 wish to hide the benntiflit gem I shall possess ic 
Aeonrityi hot, after a winter nf what I call moderate dissipatian, 
%e shall hasten to the sequestered shadee of Tudor Hall." He dwelt 
ffith pleasnre on llie calm and rational joys they should ezpeHanca 



ttiere: nor oould forbaar hiatjng itt the period wbn ■ 
■WW t^pKhie^ would be awikeiwd In tbeir snlt: wImb litdt firt* 
tUng htixfft ihonld frolio baton tbem, Nid liUnllj akvm namim 
tlMir patbs. H« ezprvmed his with of bxriag HI^iIu ft MoMafe 
rMtdant with them: sod was prooeeding to nxatioti «aiiM dtaMtntr 
h« intended at Todor Hall, wheo Iha ntom of laUj C.i7>todi% «■*<«•-. 
riage efibotnall; diatnrbed him. - < • 

Lord UortiiDer, however, had time to aHon Aiaaiid% tn A* 
entered the room, that he had no doubt bat evrrjr Uilag T«dd mow 
be settled aooording to th^ wudiee, and that h« wuald tak* wntfi 
opportonitj her ladyship's ahauiee gare him <rf vtritiug b*r. . \:- 

"So, BO," said Lady Oreysto^ oomiog into th« ntiiD, "flna kwr 
bocu Miee Fitxalan's levee day; whj, I declare, my ibar, now that L - 
know of the agreeable tM«-&-tMee yoD can aitJiiy, I thaU fed ■» 
uneasiness at leaving yon to yonrsel£" 

Amanda bloshed deeply, aod Lord Moraraer thoa^ 1r fltb t^wmk 
he ]wro«Tei1 & degree of irony, wliich teemed to My all wm mrtrigU 
in the speaker's heart towards Amanda ; asd on tUe Maamtt ha Ml' 
man anxions tiian erer to tiave her nnder his owii protactton^ aai* 





f: 



CHiLDRiN or TUB ADsar. 227 

fetttantly rMoIleetcd to he t!ie person, at whose Iionse she awl het 
hther liail ludged oa quitting Devonsbire, lo secrete theinnelves from 
Celonul Belgraie. This woman hod been bribed to sen'e him, and 
JiAd fitrce<I nevertki letters upoti Amanda, who, tlicrefure, natursJIj 
lUiorred the sight of a person that had Joined in bo infamous a plot 
inst her ; and to her exclamation of anrprise and pleasnre, only 
id a cnol Loir, and directly left the room. She wa» vexeA at 
Dg this woman. The coodact of Cotonel Belgravo had hitherto 
feMQ concealed, from motiTea of pride and delicacy; and to lady 
'.'Oreystoct, of all other beings, she wiahed it not revealed ; her only 
kope of its not, being so, was, that this woman, on her own account, 
irotild not mention it, as alio mttat be conscious that her efforts to 
sre not nndlsco'O.ed. 
Mra. Jenningo had been housekeeper to Ijidy Greystoclt daring her 
natdence in Eiiglaod, and so snccesefhlly ingratiated herself into her 
inr, that thoiigti dismissed from her service, she yet retained it. 
ly Qreystock wu surprised to see she and Amanda knew each 
:, and Inquired minutely liow tho acqunintanca had oommenoed. 
manner in which she mentioned Amanda, onnvinced Mrs. Jen- 
Wngs she was not high in her estimation, and from tliis conviction, 
she thonglit sije might safely assert any falsehood she [ileosed agunst 
her. As slie knew enough of her lady's disposition, to be assnredsbd 
never would contradict an assertion to the prejudice of a person sh* 
taliked ; by what she designed saying, she trusted any thing Amanda 
ight say against her would appear malicious, and that sheshouldalao 
re»enge<l for the dindainfol air with which slie hiUI regarded her, 
Bhe told her ladyt^hip, " that, near a year ba(^k, Miss Fitialan had 
been a lodger of hers, as nlsn an old officer she culled her father; but 
had she known what kind of people they were, she never would hare 
admitted tlieru into her hnuae. Miss was followed by each a sat 
of gallants, ahr really thought the reputation of her house would hara 
lieen ruined. Among them was Ctiloncl llclgravc. a sad rake, whn 
she believed was a favourite. Slie was determined on making them 
decamp, when suddenly Miss went olF, nob<«ly knew where, but it 
might easily be gaewed (■]. did not travel alone, for tbe culunel disap' 
peared at tlie same time.'' 
The character of Fitialan, and the nniforra propriety of Amanda'i 
forbid LadT Oreystook'a girind implicit eredlt to what Un 



•68 CHILDIIKN or lilK ADBBr. 

Jcnain^ wiul; she perceived iti it ilie exa{rgoi'at'um$ of mnlke and 
Cnlseliooil, accaaiuned slie atii)iiose(l by dLwppoiuWd avarice, oi 
oQeaded pride. Slie resolved, liowever, to relate all slie be&rd to th« 
marohiunesa, witlioiit betraying the smallest doubt cf its veradty. 

It may appear strange that Lady Greystock, hA^t tnking Amanda, 
iinsulicited, under her protection, shoaid, without any cause of ciinii^, 
£eck to injure lier: bnt Lady Greystock was a woman devoid of prin- 
ciple; from selfish motives she bad taken Ama.H]a, anil IVoiii a«Ifiah 
motives she was ready to sacriSce her. — Her 'o.lyship bad ajoyed so 
much happiness in iier matrimonial connection]), that she h&d BO 
objvoUou oguin to enter tlie lists of Hymen, and Lord Cherbury VM 
Uio object at which her present wishes were pointed. — The mar- 
cLioneSB bad liinted, in pretty plain terms, that if she coontersctod 
Lord Mortimer's intentions respecting Amanda, sbo wonld forward 
here relative to Lon! Cherbory. 

She thought what Mrs, Jennings had alleged wjold effectnsUy toe- 
ward their piniis ; as /ihe knew, if csllcd uf.on, slic wonld enpport iL 
The next tnorning she went to Portman Square, to a 
important inteUigeuce to tlie marcbionoss and Lady Enphn 





■ CHILDRBK or T U S A 

thoSr plot, tLat Lad; Grejntock qdiI Amanita slioald immediately 
rRTTitive ti> ItiO marchiuness's boiiso; by tliis chango tif aboiie toti, 
Luril Mortimer would be prevented taking auy material step reliitive 
lo Anianda, till the period arrived, wben his own incLioaUoa wuuld 
most probab'y, render aoy farther trouble on tbat acconnt unnece*. 

Lady GroyEt«.,k, on her return Ui Pall Mall, after a warm enlo- 

gium on tb« fhondi1ji{> of tlie morchiones.*, mentioned tlie invitation 
eIib had pviiU tlioni lu Ler house, tvliicb hIib declared slie conid not 
reluse, en it was made from an ardent desire of enjoying more of 
liieir Bocioly tbau sbe had hitherto done dnring their abort stay in 
London. Sno also told Ainanilo, tliat botlt tlie marchioness and Lady 
Euphrasia had enpreh^ed a tender regard fur her and a wiiib of prov- 
ing to tiia wor>a that any coolness wliich existed between their fomi- 
lies, WW removed by her becoming their gnesL 

This pnjeoted removal viaa extremely ditagreealile to Amanda, as 
it not only terminated the morning interviewa whicli were to take 
place be'.wocn her and Lord Mortliiier, diiring the abaence of Lady 
Orey«t nn with her lawyers, bat threatened to impose a restraint on 
her lookd as well aa actions, being confident, from the views and 
audpicions of Lady Enpiiratia, she should continually be watched 
with tiie oluscst circwnsiJection. Her part, liowever, was aequieft- 
cenoe; the lud^ngs were discharged, and the next morning they 
took uji their re^iideiice under the Marquis of Rosline's roof, to the 
uiliuite surprise and mortifii^tion of Lord Mortimer, who, like 
Amanda, anticipated tiie diaagrceable consequences which would 

Tlie atti.'red manner of the marcliiones-i and Lady Eupliraaia sni^ 
prified AoianJa; they receivtd her not merely with politenena, but 
aiFeC^on rer4ti>itulat«d all Lady Greystoclc hail already said, ooneern- 
iiif tiuJi ii^i-d; bid her consider herself entirely at homo in their 
hoiL'^ and aj-ri-'inted a maid solely to attend her. 

Kotwilhataiuling their former cool, even oonteraptnous conduct, 
AmajMli, the child of innocence and simplicity, could not believe the 
Blter'at:un in their manners feigned, she rather believed tltat her own 
I'ationLB and humility had at length ooncillated llieir regard; the 
p^Msed her, and like ever)- other, which the sopptsed could givo 
atber sntisfaction, it was instantly communicated to him. 



CBILDKKK or 



T8K A.BBir 



^bu r^nnd herself most agrecnMj miEtaken, relative to the r«ntraiDt 
she liad fesred; she was perfect mistresa of her r-wn lime uai 
unions; and wlien slie saw Lord Uonimer, do loweriai; I'loLs, no 
siudied interference, aa lierotofnro, from tlie marcliU nsaB or i^tdf 
Euphrasia, prevented their frequenCl; convereing t.>eother. Ths 
nmrchiouess made her severo! elegant jiresents, nn<l f>i<if SiipliraiiU < 
fretpientlf dropped the fonnal appellation of liiiss Fiiralao, for tlie 
iiinre familiar one of Amanda. 

Sir Charles Binglcj, agreeable to his resolution of not relinqnishiag 
Amanda without another eObrt for her favour, (tiiU porulutod in Iila 
attentions, and visited constantly at the marqiiiB's. 

Amanda had been abont a furtuiglit in Purtmon SqnofC, <rhan slw 
■went one niglit with the marchioness, Laily Euphraaio, Mi^s VnU'olm 
and Ijidy Grey^toek, to the Pantheon. Loni Itortimer had told her, 
that if he could possibly leave a particular party he was engaged t«^ 
he woold be there. She therefore, on tliot tux-iumt, wished to Lcep 
hereelf disengaged ; bnt immediately on her entrance, she was Joiueil .. 
Ijy Hir Cliarlea Bingley, and she found she miist cithur atnee vnlh 
him, ft* he reijuesied, or consent to listen to bia usuid epn.-4-j-.-(a!ioa; 





L Bel 



her a conveyBnce home. Her optatiou now became contagiong; it 
wad visible to Sir Chortes that it proceeded from seeing Coloael Bel- 
jm^e, nnd lie trembled as he supported her. 

BclgraTc offered hia Be^vice^ in assistiDg to support her from tho 
bat she motioned witli her hand to repolse hini. 

At the door the; met Lord Uortimer entering. Terrified by the 
iitnalion of Amanda, all cnution, all reserve foraook him, and his 
rfijiid and impasuioned inqniries betrayed the tender interest eho had 
in his heart. Unable to answer them heraeli^ Sir Charles replied for 
her, saying, "eho had been token extremely ill o^r dancing," and 
added, " he n-ould resign her to hia lordship's protection while be 
went to proem* her a chur." 

Lord Mortimer received the lovely trembler in his arms ; he eoftly 
colled her Lis Amanda, the beloved of his so^il, and she began to 
revive: his presence was at once s relief and comfort to her, and his 
language soothed the perturbations of her mind ; but as she raiaed 
her head from hia shonlder, she beheld Colonel Belgrave standing 
near ttiem. Ilia invidious eyes fastened on her; she averted her 
head, and saving the air would do lier good, Lord Mortimer led lier 
forward, and took this op|>orturiity of expressing his wishea for the 
period, when he should be at liberty to watch over her with guardian 
care, soothe every weakness and soften every care. 

In a few minates Sir Charles returned, and told her he bad-pro* 
cured a cliair. She thanked hiw with grateful sweetness for his 
attention, and requested Lord Mortimer to acquaint the htdies with 
the reason of her ahmpt departure. Eis lordship wished himself to 
have attended her to Portman Sqnare, bnt she thought it woidd 
appear too particular, and wonid not suffer him. 

She retired to her room, immediately on her return, and endeav- 
oured, though Dnsntieessl'ully, to compose her Bpirits. 

The distress she suffered from Belgrave's conduct bad left an 
Impression on her mind, which could not be erased ; the terror bia 
presence inspired, was too powerful for reason to oonqner, and rai^eil 
Ihti nuist gloomy presages in her mind; she believed him capable of 
anyvillnny: his looks had declared a continuance of illicit love: sho 
trembled at the idea of Lis stratagems being renewed: her appre- 
henniona were doubly painful, from the necessity of concealment, lest 
tliote dearer to her Iban eiistencc, aboold be involved in danger on 
l>«r anoooDt. To heaven alie looted up for pTotecUtm, «mk\ Cbxs \i«T^ot« 



of her htait i 



iLBRis or TMi Aiaav. 



•oraawhat 1h 



Md,«HlMiDI 



leader the unu of BelgraTs agalnat hor pewN^ H sbortiT* an 4m> 
■gaiut h«r innooenoe h«d been. 

Or OharlM Bing^ pvtad from l4rd IbirlliMr inudlatt^ iA* 
Amanda's departure, and rotamed arm in am with Ttilgiail tt H* 
room. "BelgraTB," aald ha afamptlj, afiv mi^iic aaaa/niimtK^ 
"70D know Huh ElUelant" --^ 

Balgnve answered not hastilr; he appaarad m U dt Ub ma U w^Mm 
tiMnpljb* ahonld g^n; atUat, "I do know IOh Sttaiai^ «iii 
ha, "hw fotber waa mj tenant in DeTonaUn; iha la ooaaf It* 
lorelieat girk I «r(r knew." ^ 

" Lovely indeed," uid Sir Obarlea with m imp lad inroliatav 
d|^ "bvt it ia aomewhat eztraordinary to ma, tat tnataad tt 
noticing yon as a friend or aoqnaintanoe, ahe ahonld look ilanwadaJ 
a^tated, as if the liad seen an enemy." 

"Uydear Bingley," ezcl^med BelgntTe, "anreljat tUa tbaa-flf 
day, yon cannot 1m a stranger to the nnaoeonntaUe o^rinKlf Hw 




Ilia visit, when a letter was brought him, whioti ooataiaed the fuUoir- 
Ing iines: 

'* II' Sir Charlea Biagloy baa the least regard for his liooonr oi 
tronqnillitv, be will immediately relinquish his attentions rdaliva 
to Uiss FitialaD; tbis caution comes from a gineere friend, from a 
^rson whoae delicacy, not want of veradty, nrges to this secret 
mode of giving it." 

Sir Obarles perused and re-peruaed the later, as if doubting tbe 
eTidttioe of Ilia eyes; he at last flung it from liim, and clasping bis 
hands together, eicloimed, -'Tbia ia indeed a horrible explanation:" 
ho took up tbo detested paper: again he examined tlie cbaraclera, 
and recogniied the writing of Colonel Belgrade. He hastily snatched 
lip bis liat, and witli the paper in bis hand, Bew directly to his house: 
the u'lonel was alone. 

" lielgrave," said Sir Oliarles, tn almost breathless agitation, "are 
TOii tlii> antbor of this letter!" presenting it to him. 

Iklgrnve took it, read it, but continued silent. 

" Ob I Belgrava," exclaimed Sir Charles, in a voice trembling with 
tgnnj-, " pity and relieTe my anspense." 

'' I am the author of it," replied Belgrave, with solemnity, " Miss 
FifTa^nn and I were once tenderly attached ; I trust I am no deliberate 
iihertlne; but when a lovely aedncing girl was thrown purposely in 

" Ob, stop," said Sir Cliarlas, "to me an extenuation of your 
comluut is unnecessary ; 'tis sofBcient to know that Miss Fitzalon and 
I trc forever separated." His emotions overpowered hii" ; ho leaned 
oti a table, and covered hi« face with bis handkerchief. 

"The shock I have received," said be, "almost unmans mo; 
Amanda was — alas, I must say, is dear, inexpressibly dear to my soul: 
I ihongiit her tlie most lovely, the most eatimaMe of women, and the 
_ nuguish I now feel, b more on her account than my own ; I oaanot 
bear the idea of the contempt which may bll upon her: Oh Belgrave, 
'tis melancholy to behold a human being so endowed by nature as she 
IS, inwn»ble or unworthy of her blessings. Amanda," be continued 
after a pause, " never encouraged me, I therefore cannot accnso bar of 
rniendiag deceit." 

" Sue never encouraged yon," replied Belgrave, " because she wa» 
Vubitioiu uf a higher ti'le ; Amanda beneath a apecions appearaiuw 



of ionncenoe, iwDceBla a light ilisposilion and n deigning Itaui; ■ 
aspii'M to Hortiruor's haud, and ma; probflbly BDcoeeit, ^br ] 
Lui^Bge axid attentiona to her last night, were tho«e of ^ tendw 

"1 Biiall return immediately to Ireland," said Sir Charles, "■ 
endeaTour to torget I hod ever seen her ; she has made me in 
experience all the fervoney of love and bitterness of diaaiijiointiiientl 
what I f«lt for her, I tliiuk I tihall never ugain feel for aiiy wt)ii.na.1 



To tam ftU beamy liito Itiougliti of harm, 
Ajii oerer more ib^ It Jk (raclDUL 

Sir Charlea Bingley, and Colonel Belgrave, in early life, 1 
contracted a friendship for each otlier, n'bich time had strengtheoat: 
in ODC, but reduced to a mere shadoiv in the other. On meeting t 
colonel nneipectedly in town. Sir Charles had informed Lim of fa 
fatentiooa relative to Amanda. DIb heart throbbed at the mention of 
her name, he had long endeavoured to discover her; pride, love iind 



ieDa«: 
if faia 





KodadouA, or infficienti; baae, as to meie Buch on assertion u 
Uelgravo li«il d(iii« against Amanda, witliout truth I'ur its supijort. 

'I'iui errors of lUs Irii^iid, tliougli the murw of uiitii>eakiLlilQ atigijah. 
to tiim, were more pitied tlion condeiuned, oa he ratlier lieliov« ttioj 
proceeded luore tram Uie imp«tuo^tjr of passioD than tlie ddib«ratioa 
of deBiga, and that thaj w«re loiig riooe siuoorcly repent«d of. 

Amanda oould not be forgutlen, tlie liold she had on liis heart 
ooald not oo.'iit; be shal^ea off, and like Uie reoording sngel, h« was 
often f r:j.i>ted to drop a lear over her IaiiIls, and obliterate tliem for 
•rer (r.>i', hia meinorj' ; tliU, bowever, woa considiired the mere 
■Egt>^''' '<' ol' v«akiies», and tie ordered luuuedisla preparatioiu to be 
o vie tiir his rotoro to Ireland. 



I 



CHAPTER XXVIIi 



Tlultcr. uid b&jtilj HU]« anj m 



OtWAI. 



Lobs IfonruixB, diatrest bf the indispoeilion of Ainanda, hastened, 
at an earlier hour than asnal (for hia morning vieits) to rorUnaa 
Uquarc, and noa oaliered into Lad; Eiiphrasia's droesiog room, vbera 
eti« and Uiss Ualcolm, who had continued with her the preceding 
night, were sitting t6te-^t6te at breakfast. His lordship was a wel- 
come visitDr, bat it was soon obvions on whose accoant he had made 
hia appearance, for acarcely were the uauul vouipliineats over, ere be 
inqnired about Uiss Fitudon. 

Lady Eapbrasia eoid, ahe was still onwell, and had not jet left her 
apartment. 

"She has not yet recovered tlie surprise of Inat night," exclaimed 
a Ualoohn with a molicioiu smile. 

^What surprise t" asked his lordsldp. 

"Dear me," replied Miaa Ualcohn, "was not your lordship preacnl 
< met Colonel Belgravet" 

"No," uid Lord Mortimer, changing colour, " I was not proientj 

la 



ita CIlILIlRES or TKK ABBkr. 

Bnt vhai has Colonel Iklgrttve to say to Miaa Fitzdan ?" uk«(] ImM 
RD sgitoted voice. 

" That is a i]ue8tioa your lordship most put !o the yonng Indy li 
Belf," answered Miss Malcolm. 

" Now I declare," cried Lndy Euphrasia, addressing her fiien^^ 
" tig very probable her illneM did not proceed from swing Culootf 
Itelgrave; you know Ehe< never meationed being acqnaintcil witliliiMV 
tlioogh her father was Ilia tenant in Dovonsliire." 

Lord Mortimer grew more disturbed, and rose abruptly. 

Lady Eaphraaia mentioned tlidr iutention of going tliat evening 1 
the play, and invited him to be of the party : he accepted h?r u:v)fa 









Ilia visible diatress waa a source of infinite mirth to tlie yonnf 
ladies, which they iudnlged, the moment he quitted Uie room. Thtt 
circumstance relative to Belgrave, the marchioness hail irJ'oi 
thcin of; as she and Lady Greystock were near Atiiiuidn -.flion ah* 

Lord Mortimer waa unhappy : tlie mind which has once lisrbonred 




OltlLDRlS or T]ia ASBBT. SST 

',£• Icncneil in hU opiuion ; her tendenieM, hor pnritj, )ie said to Mm- 
•oif, cunlil nut bo ft;ign>.-d; no, sIjo was a treasure ^'cater tliaa ha 
deseTT«i1 to i>usEe8» ; nor would be, like a wajwurd auu of error, fling 
■jiTiif the ImppineKS he bud ao long desired to obtain. 

The calm ilila resolutiiio produced wm but transient; doubta hsu. 
been ruiLcd, aud duubu cnuld not be baniabed; be was inclined to 
it!iink tlifiJi Dtijuat, jet had not power to dispel iJiem. Ytuiilj li(t 
qiptied to tbo ideoit wbich had heretofore been each conaolntory 
recoiiruea of comfort to bim. nnitiely, that his father wonld consent 

• to lu9 union with Amanda, through the interference of lii» aunt, and 
»Ae folidty he should ei^oy in that union : an □nnsual lieavinesn clung 

19 heart, which like a gloomy sky, cost a shade of Badness over 
, sverj prospect. Thonghtful and penitive be reached home, just as Kr 
Charles Bingley was entering the door, who informed him Jje had 
Jnst received a note fi'oni Lord Cherhury, desiring his immediate 
presence. 

Lord Mortimer attended him to the earl, who acquainted hira that 
I he had received a letter from Mr. FitKnliuj. in which he expressed a 
m sen^e of the honour Sir Charles did his family, by addressing 
JCiss Filzalan : and tliat to have lier united to a cliaracter so trnly 
' ntimable wonld give him the truest bftppiness, from a conviution 
,t hers wonld bo secured by such an union. "He has written to 
Ilia dnnghter, ei)>ressing his sentiments," continned Lord Cherbory : 
■**I have tlierefore no doubt, Sir Obarlos, hut what every thing will 
'•noceed to yonr wish." 

" I am sorry, my lord," cried Sir Charles, with an agitated voice, 
d a cheek flushed with emotion, '* thai I ever troubled yonr lord- 
> ihlp in lliis affliir, as I have now, and forever, relinquiahod all ideas 
a union with Miss Fitzalan." 

"The resolution is really somewhat eitraordinary and snddcn,'' 
replied the earl, " sTler the conversation whiob so lately pasMd 

* between ue." 

"Adopted, however, my lord, from a thorongh conviction that 
luppinea^ eoulii never bo attnined in a union with that yonng litdy." 
' £ir Charles's tenderness for Amanda was still undiminished : he 
' -Wished to preserve her IVom censure, and thus proceeded: 

" Your lordship must allow that I conld have little chance of bap- 
< jtlneas in alljinff myself lo a womaJi who has resolutely and nid&eaiL^ 



8«B CHlLUlll S u» I hi; A 1. L K F, 

treated me witli IndiSk^ncef passion Uin<1i.i1 mj tvtsan, wlien I 
lildreitsed jonr lurObliip tvUtire tu Uiss FlEEnla:!, tint its mints tro 
cow ilU[>orscil, luid Bober rtflectioa obliges me 1<> rfliii<)ni<ih a BCheiiM, 
wlinse Rccaiii|>l!tiliinent cuuld nut possibly give nie satia&utioii." 

" You are oertoiuly the best judge of four own actioiu. Sir Cbarle^'* 
jrepUed the earl ; "my aotiog in tJie offitir pniceeded rrom s wish to 
■orre you, as well aa from lu; friendship to Captaiu Fitzulan : I most 
anppose your condnot will never disparage your own honour, or cast 
n slight upoD Misa Fitzalan," 

"Tbnt, my lord, you may bt assured oV Baid Sir diaries, Trith 
riome warmth, "luy actions and their motives hare hitlicrto, and will 
ever, I trust, bear tLe strictest investigation. I cannot retire ^"iHiont 
tbaoklng your lordsLip fur the interest you took in my favour ; had 
things succeeded aa I then hoped and exiiected, I cannot deny but I 
abould have been miicti Itappicr than 1 am at present." He then 
bowed and retired. 

Lord Mortimer had listened with astonishment to Sir Charlea'a 
lelinqDisbment of Amanda: like his father, he thought it B auddNi 
tnd extraordinary rettolution : he was before jealous of Amanda's 
love — he was now jealous of her honour. The agitation of Sir 
Charles aeeraed to imply even a cause mora powerful than her cold- 
ness, for resigning her; he recollected that the baronet and the col- 
onel were intimate friends: distracted by apjirehensions, he rushed 
out of the house, and overtook Sir Charles ere he had quitted the 
square. 

"Why, Bingley," cried he, with affected gaiety, "I thought yon 
too TnlioHt a knight to be easily overcome by despair ; and that with- 
out first trying every effort to win her favour, yon never would 
give op a fair lady you had set your heart on." 

" I leave such efforts for jour lordship," replied Sir Charles, " or 
ttioee who have equal patience." 

"But aeriously, Bingley, I think this sudden resignation of Hisa 
Fitzalan somewhat strange : why, last night 1 could have awom yon 
were as much attached to her as ever. From Lord Cberbury's friend- 
ahip for Captwn Fitialan, I think her in some degree under his 
protection and mine ; and as the particularity of jour attentiona 
attracted observation, I think your abruptly withdrawing lh«n 
requires explanation." 




OHILDKBN OF I UK AUDEY. 269 

As Loni Cherbnrj irai th« pcrsun I a|)|i1i«<I to, relative to UiH 
fhzalui," exclaimed Sir Charles, " and as tie uas saliafied with tJie 
I ii::fiigued for my conduct, be assured, my lord, 1 shall never 
■0v« another U> jou." 

' Toiir words," retorted Lord Mortimer, iriih wanatb, " imply 

A there nu anotlier motive for jaxit condact, than the one yon 

jBToweil : what hnrrid inference may not be drawn from aaoh an 

Iniiauation f Oh, BJr Charles, repuiaiiun ia a fra^le Sciwer, whioli 

Pw sliKlitest breath may injore." 

My lord, if Miss FituJan's reputation is never injured but by my 
as, it will eTvr continue imsuUied." 

I cannot, indeed," resumed Lord Mortimer, "style myaelf her 
(gBBTdicn, but I consider myself her friend ; and from the feelings of 
Alonddhip, shall ever evince my interest fn her welfare and resent 
Miiiilaot which can possibly render ber an object of censure to 
fuy bdnK." 

" A!!<iw TOO to aak your lordship one question," cried Sir Charles, 
Uid froini^ie, on yonr honour, to answer it." 
a "I ill) priimise," siud Lord Mortimer. 

" Then, my lurd, did yon ever really wish I should sooceed with 
JDuFitadanl" 

Lord Uorlitiiur coloured, " Ton expect, Bir Charles, I eliall answer 
■you on my ]i«noDr t Then really 1 never did." 

" Your passions and mine," continued Sir Charles, " are impetnona ; 
fn had better ohcclt them in time, lest tliey lead us to lengths we 
■nay lierentter repent of. Of Miss Fitzalan's fame, be assured no mai, 
-Muld bd more tenacions than I shonld : I love her with tlie truest 
.■rduur ■ — her su«eptance of my proposals would have given me 
jUicity : — my suddenly withdrawing them, can never liyure her, 
when I decUre my motive for so doing, was her indifference. Lord 
pberbury is salisiied with the reason 1 have assigned for resigning 
ber; he is conijciona tLat no man of sensibility could eipurience 
Jhsppinojs with a woman, in whose heart he knew he had nn interest; 
, 1 soppofv, your lordUiip will allow." 
C rlalnly," replied Lord Mortimer. 

Then it strikes me, my lord, that it is your conduct, not mine 
^rt>ich lias a tendency to iignre Miss Fitzalan : tliat it is your words, 
nifia, whirh convey an insinualinu agiuusl her: you rekU) 



274 



Indeed 1 i«nDOt blame hor so lauch for entertaiuJng aspiring nottoi^' 
U Uiri&e will) in^Iillcd then latii li«r mmd. 

Lord Cherbnry atartw], oiid reqnested an explanation of ber yrotia. 

" Why I declure, my lord," cried she, " I do nept know liot that it 
wiU bo more friendly to eiplain tiifto conceal my mcntiing; vliat 
once informed of the yunug l&dy'a vievn, your lordsliip uiay hi able 
to convince her of her fallacy, and prevail on ber not to lose onoUiw 
good ujiportnnity of settliag herself in oonseqnence of tlieia ; in aliorti 
uiy lord. Miss Fitzalan, prompted by her father, has uu>t her eyes on 
t^rd Mortimer; pre«aiuing on yoar friendahip, he tliought anniun 
between them might easily be accomplislied. I do not Wlieve Lord 
Uortimer at tnt gave any encnaragcmcnt to their designs ; bnt whcu 
the girl was thrown continaally in his way, it was im-Missible not to 
notice her at Lost. I really expressed a lliorougli dlEop robalion to 
lier coming to London, knowing their motivoa for dislring (he bscot- 
BioD, bat her father never ceased persecating me, till I consented to 
take her under my protection." 

"C|>on my word," cried the mnriiiiiii, who was not of the ladies' 




^r OHILDREN OF THS ABDET. STS 

Hv Tlie litdies irere enniptared at the success of their Eclieme. TIiq 

B pitssioa of Lord Cberburjp could acaroelj' be stnothered in Ibeir 

pTCMDoe. On tlie liead of Fitzaian lliey knew it would burst with 

full Tiiilonce. Tliej did not mention Belgrave; relative to him Ihej 

re^iiilved to ■Iftict profound ignorance. 

The pusioDs of Lord Cherbury were impetuoa)i. lis had, as 1 
have olreud; hinted, secret tsotirea fur deoiring n connection between 
bis fttinilj aad the marquis's; and the idea of that deaire being 
defeated drove him almost to dietraction. He knew hin aon's pa>- 
sioan, though nut bo easily irritated as his own, were, when once irri- 
tated, equally violent. To renonfttratit with him concerning Miss 
Fitiolan, he believed, would be unavailing; he therefore resolved, if 
possible, (o have her removed out of his way, ere he apprised him of 
the discovery he had made of bis attachment. lie entertained not a 
doabt of Lady Oreyitock's veracity ; frt)m his general knowledge of 
■nnnkind, he believed self the predominant consideration in everj 
breast. His feelings were too violent not to seek an immediate vent, 
aad ere he went to bed, he wrote a bitter and reproachful letter to 
Fitialan, which oonoluded with an entreaty, or rather a command, t» 
send without delay for bis daughter. A dreadful stroke this for 
poor Fitialan. 



h« hoped he had at lu«t found a spot, where hia latter days might 
olote in iranqaillitj. 

The innocent Amanda wiis received tlie noit morning with smiles, 
by tluwe who were prc[>arin(* a plot lor her destruction. 

WLiUt at breakHsBt, a servant informed Lady Greystock a yoong 
woman wanted to ep«ak la her. 
"Who is iihe?" asked her ladyship; "did ahe not send up ber 

"No, my lady, but she said ahe had particslar bnsiness with your 
Udy»lii|)." 

The marcliiimeas directed she might be shown np, and a gir! abont 
MTunt«eu wus aocorjingiy ushered into the room. Her ligare ww 
<Mcate, and her face intereeUng, not only from its innocence, but th* 
ptMtiK expression of tj^elancboly di(l\ised over it. She appemd 



f 74 OUILDKKli OF rai jtDKir 

tumbling irith confiuion and timidilj, and the poTertj of bw 
apparel implied the sonvce of hor d^jeclJun. 

"So, child," sAid Lady Grcystock, &f1«r giirreyiug Ler froin bwd 
to f»ot, " I am told you tiftve bneinew with loe." 

" Veil, lUDdAm," replied she, ia an accent su low as ecnroely to be 
beard ; " my father, CH|itaiii Buahbrouk, desired me to deliver a leHar 
to your ladyship." 

She presoDted it, and eadeavoiired to screen herself from the tern- 
UiLiiiu;; ^Qil con tern ptuoite glances of Idtdy Euphrasia b; paUiag bsr 
bat uver her face. 

'■ I wonder, child," aaid Ladj Grcystock, as she opeoed the letter, 
" what yuur father can write to me about. I don't luppoM it cMi bs 
about the affair he mentioned the other day. — Why, realty." contin- 
ued she, after she hod perused it, " I believe he (&keg me for a fool | 
I am astonished, after his insolent conduct, bow he can possibly txKva 
the assurance to make application to me for relief; no, DO, child, ba 
neglected the opportunity he bad of securing me nshia friend ; it woald 
really be a sin to give him the power of bringinj; up his family in 
idleness ; no, no, child, be must Icam you, and the other little dain^ 




CBILDIIS !( 



277 



•■ "Ton mnat not encourage inch deapodding thoughts," Biud 
" Provideni'e, all bouateons, and all powerl'ul, is al^is in ■ 
ttort lime to change the gloomiest scene into one of briglitnesa. Tell 
'toe,'' she oontioaed, after a paose, " where do you raaidel" 
At Eensiiifrton." 

Kensington," repeated Amanda, "stirely in your present titn^ 
Hon, you are anable U> take mch a walk." 

C Bttonipt it, howeTer," replied Miss Bushbrook. 

4 Amanda walked from her to the window, revolving a scheme 

Wliicb liftd just darted into her miod ; " If you know any house," 

id she, " where you could stay for a bhort time, I would call on yon 

Sb a carriage and leave yon at home." 

This Oder was truly pleasing to the poor, weak, trembling girl, but 
M modestly declined it, from the fear of giving trouble. Amanda 
lught lier not to waste time in anoL nnnecessary Bcruples, but to 

fve lier the desired information. 
Bbe accordingly informed her there was a haherdasher'a in Bond- 
ib«ct, mentioning the name, where the could stay till called for. 
This point settled, Amanda, fearful of being surprised, conducted 
IT softly to the hall-door, and immediately returned to the drawing- 
here she found Lady Euphrasia juat begining to reud Huah' 
<Ook's letter, tor her mother's amosement. 

Ila style evidently denoted tlie painfid conflicts there were between 
pride and distress, ere the former could be suSicicntly subdued to 
allow OD application for relief tc the person who had occasioned the 
latter ; tlie sight of a lender and beloved wife languishing in the anna 
of sickness, surronnded by a family under the pressure of the severest 
want, had forced him to a Bt«p which, on liia own account, no neces- 
sity could have compelled him to take. Ue and his family, be sud, 
had drank the cup of misery to the very drcgi : ho waved the elaima 
(if justice, he only asserted tlioso of humanity, in his present applica- 
tion to her Udyahip ; and these he Dattered himself she would allow ; 
be had sent a young petitioner in hia behalf; whose tearful eyes, 
^Ithose faded cheek, were sad evidences of the misery he described. 
' The raaruhioness declared she wa.'s astonished at his insolence in 
king such an application, and Lady Euphrana protested it was the 
it ridicnlona stuff she hod ever read. 
' Amanda, in this, as well as many otiier instances, differed Irom hor 




CUILDHKH or t t 

ladj«hip ; but her opinion, like a littls project abe had in Tiew abdot 1 
Uke Rushbrooks, was corefullj concealed. 

Out of the allowance ber father made her for clothes, and oths | 
expenses, about tea guineas remiuniid, which she had intended kfinf 
out in the purcljsse of some ornaments for her appearance at a ball to 
be given in the course of the enining week, by the docbess of 

B , and for wliich at the time of iuTitation, Lord Mortimer had 

engaged her for bispartoer: to give op (piing to this ball, to ooiu»- 
a charity the money deroted to vanity, was her project; and 
it fortunate did slie deem the application of Roshbrook, eta her 
purchase was made, and she consequently prevented froi|) giving htt 
initn. Ilur soul revolted from the inhntnanity of the mnrobionees, bar 
daughter and Lady Greystock. Exempt from the calamities of want 
themselves, they forgot the pity due to those calamities in others. If 
this coldness, this obduracy, she cried within herself, is the eSeiit of 
jn-osperity : if thus it closes the avenues of benevolenoe and comps.** 
sion, obt never may the dungerons visitor approach me, for iUshouM 
I tliink the glow of oompassioD, and sensibility exchanged for all its 
gaudy pleasures. 

The ladies had mentioned their intention of going to an aoctioo, 
where, to n^ Lady Euphrasia'! phrase, " tbey expected to see all tbo 
world." Amanda excusedberself from being of the party, saying, ahs 
wanted to tnake somfa porohaaes in the city. Her excuse was r«adity 
admitted, aud when tbey retired to their re^iiective toilets, she leuL 
for B carriage, and being prepared against it came, immediately stop^ 
into it, mid was driven to Bond street, where «Iie found Miss Boah- 
brook with trembling anxiety waiting ber arrival. 

In their way to Kensington, the tenderness of Amanil.') at onco 
conciliated the affection, and gained the entire confidence of ht>r 
yonog conipaniou. She related the little history of her parcnt'j 
sorrows. Uer father on returning from America, with bis wife and 
■ii children, had been advised by Ur. Heatbfield, tlie tHend who hod 
effected a reconcihation between hltn and his tuicle, lo commence a 
sail againat Lady Greystock, on the presumption that the will, by 
which she enjoyed Sir Qeoflty's fortune, was illegally executed. H« 
offered biTii bis pnrse to carry on the suit, and Ilia house for a habita- 
tion. Buabrook gratefully and gladly accepted both offers, and having 
diapoaed of hi* coiimiisaion. to diMhnrge some present detr*iids 



C U ! L t! 1! E .V O > 1 II S A n B E » . 27« 

i^ainnl him, he nnd lii>< fnmilir touk up their resilience undbr Mr. 
13 efill I fluid's hiispitftblo roof. In tb a midst of the felicity enjoyed 
^en«ni)i <t; in the inid«t of the hopes of their ovn Enngniiie teiu|>era, 
and the lluttxring aaggeetioCH tlie lawyers had eiuited, A violent fever 
CArriud oH* tlieir heuevoleut friend ere the will was eiecuted, la which 
jte bad proiiused Urgel; to consider Btishbrook. Bib heir, niuTow 
and illiberel, tiitd long fenred that bis interiHt would be hnrt by 
tho afiectioD lie eDtertained for Rnshbrook ; and aa if in revenga 
for the pain this fear bad gii'eti, the momciit he had power lo show 
Ilia maliguant di^positioD, sold all the famitore of the house at Ken- 
yington, and, 49 a great fuvoor, told Rn^hhrook he niight contiuQe in 
it till the expiratiDH of the half rear, when it was to t>e given up to 
the iatidiord. Tbc In'wj-ers understanding the state of hia finances, 
toon informed Idm lio could no longer expect their asHi.itanoe. Thus, 
citnost iji one nioment, did uil ids pleiusing prospects vanisb, and, 

Llks UiB bHalHl f»bria of > tIiIdd, }ttt sol • wncll brhlnd. 

Wc Ab a duty he owed his family, ha tried whether Lady Greystock 
^%0ti1d make a compromise between justice and aTarico, and afford 
bim some means of support. Her in»olence and inhumanity shocked 
him til the aonl ; and as he left her presence, he reNDlvcd never tu 
enter It ngaio. or apply to her: this last resolution, however, only 
cDutinuod till the distrcHs of bis family grew so great as to threaten 
their eiistonce, particularly that of bis wife, who, overpowared by 
grief, had Bunk into n languiahing illness, which every day increased 
for want of proper ussistanoo. 

In hopes of procuring her some, he was templed again to apply to 
Lady Oreystock. The youth and innocence of his daughter would, 
be thought, if anything could do it, soften her flinty heart ; l>esideB, he 
believed that pleasure, at finding his pretensions to the fortune entirely 
withdrawn, would influence her to administer from it to his wants, 

"We have," said Miss Rushbrook, as she concluded her simple oar- 
ration, " tried, and been disappointed in our last resource : what will 
bacomc of us I know not ; we have long been strangers to the com- 
furte. but even the necessaries of life i[e cannot now procure." 

" Comfort," cried Amanda, " often arrives when least expected : to 
I duEpair ih to doubt tlie goodness of a Being who has promised to pru- 
It all bis creatures." 
' The carriaf:e had now reached KcDBln^on. and withiu «i C«« i^^xi^a 



\ 



sen ClIlLllllBN QT JItK 4BHKT 

of Rnshbrook's liabitalion, Amanda slept it ; she twV Misa RiKb- 
brook's baud, and oa she slipt a ten pound tiole inUt ft, oiJ(uue«l. ^I 
trnst tbe period is not Jar distaiit, wlien the friendsliip wo h\K 
ouDceived for each other, ma; be cultivated under ni'iii. fuflu- '.U 

Miss RaeLbrook opened the folded pnper; she started nnd "th« 
hectic of a moment flai-hed her cheek." "Oh t loaOiuu," ihe cr>«d, 
" yonr goodness — " tears impeded her further utteranc*. 

"Do not distress me," said Amanda, agnin taking her hxai, "by 
mentioning such a trifle; was mj ahility equal to nij incliD^tioD, I 
should blush to offer it to yonr acceptance: an It i)^ consider it but ■> 
the foretaste of the bounty which heaven has, I doubt not, in ^tore fcrf 

She then desired the door to be opened, and told her compaoitHt 
abe would no longer detain her. Hisa Eushbrtiok nfibctionotelj Ussed 
ber hand and eickimed, " You look like an a.igel, imd your goodocM 
is correspondent to your loots, I will not, madnm, ruftise jour bounty; 
I accept it with gratitude, for tliose dearer to mo tlinn myself: bat 
ah I may I not indulge a hope of seeing you again ? yo<' nro so kind. 
BO gentle, madam, that every care ia lullt->'. into forgeifiti^Aw whiLt 
conversing with you." " I shall certainly see you ag>t><i r> coon ■■ 
possible," replied Amanda. 

Uisa Rnshbrook then quitted tbe cAnitu'e, witich Aiiuo:(!h ordered 
oaok to town, and bid tbe ooAchnau drive aa fast as piissiUe. Thef 
had not proceeded far, when the traces anddcnly gave way ; UiA U>t 
man was obliged to dismount, and procuru assistaoce fiom a pnblia 
house on the road, in repairing tlieut. Thi.i occasioned a delsy, 
which greatly distressed Amanda; tJio wished greatly to get boma 
before the ladies, lest, if this was not tbe case, her long abaeaoa 
should mate I*dy Grcystoct, who was remarkahlj inqnisitiT^ 
inquire the reason of it; and to tell her she hod a strong objection, 
convinced as slie was, that her ladyship's knoiving she relieved 
uhjerta so ciiremely disagreeable to lier would occasion a quarrel 
Vietween tJiem, which would either render a long ree(d..nce together 
imp<issible, or highly disagreeable ; and to leave Ixindoc at tlio pre^ 
ent crisis, when everything relative to Loid M<irtiraer was drawing 
to a conclusion, was not to be thought of wilhont l)i? grcaleft jiEln. 

At length tbe coachman remounted his boT, er.d the vclndty wltt 
ivhioh lie drove fluttered ber with the hnpe nf reric>i!iig h"Wi •!• lUufl 





aa flhe wiih»l, Traoinillized by this hope, she again indulfted hei 
iriiaginBtiuQ nitb ideas of the comfort her little bouatj hrid probably 
given RnslibrooW anil his deJMted family; so sweet to lier#)til waa 
the necret approbation which crowned her charity, so preferable tu 
any pleasure she could have experienced at a ball, that even tha dis- 
appointment *h« bolievod Lord Mortimer wonld feel from her declin- 
ing it, vaa overliHikud in the Batisfaction she felt from the action aha 
performed. She wm coiivinced he wonld inquire her reason for not 
going, which slie determined at preaont to conceal ; it wonld appear 
like ostentation, she ilionght, to say that the money requisite for her 
appearing at t1i« ball was expended in charity, and iierhaps eicil« hia 
generosity, in a maimer which delicacy at present forbid her 
allowing. 

She asked the footinon who handed her from the carriage whether 
the ladies were returned ; and, on being answered in the afSrmatdv«, 
Inquired the liuur, and learned it woajnst dinner time. Flnrried by 
this intelligeoco, alie hastened to her ohamher, followed by the maid 
uppolnt«d to attend her, wlio said Lady Greystock had inquired for 
hur as aoon as she come home. Amandu dressed herself with nnnsoal 
expedition, and rciuured to the drawing-room, where, in addition to 
the family party, she found Loi'd Mortimer, Freelove, Misa Malcolm, 
and some other lailiea and gentlemen, assembled. 

" Bless me, diild," said Lady Greystock, the niomoot she entered the 
room, " wlierc have you been the whole day 1" 

"I deolore, Misa Fitialan," exclaimed l«dy Euphrasia, "I believe 
yon stole a march somewhere upon as this morning." 

"'Weil," cried Mi&s Malcolm, laughing, "your ladyship must know 
that people gcncrnl^ have some important reason for stolen marchei, 
which they do not clmose to divulge." 

Amanda treated this malicious insinuation with the silent oontempl 
it merited : and on Lady Greystock's again asking lier where she bad 
been, said in a low, hesitating voice, " In the city." 

"In the city?" repeated Lord Mortimer. 

Tbia sudden exclamation startled her; she leoked at him. and per- 
ceived bim rogardini; her with the most Bcrutinizirg eagerness. She 
lilu«he<l deeply, as if detected in a falsehood, and immediately bent 
bcr eyes to the ground. 
"TTbe oonveraatinn now changed, but it was some time ere Amanda'a 
pftinnn iubaided. 



Lord Murt m d d h d Tor bin oiclamation eLe liHle 

tliuught (jf.ii llhdtntbni U iie»s and her ooiupBitiaiu, \if 
■[ipointment t th L t (w, grew weary of his aiuistion, 

which (he p f Am d Id lona have rendered tolerRUfu I 

IIo pleaded 1) as ra f withdrawiDg, and hurraing J 

home, ordered hia phstoD, and proceeded tuwardH KensingUin. A* | 
he passed the carriage in which Ainanda sat, nt Uie time the trkcw 
■acre luending, be carelcsalj looked into it, nod directly recogniECd 
her. Larly Euphraaia hnd informed him libe excused herBoIf from 
their party un account uf eonie Iiuainens in the city. He never beard 
of her having any acquaJnuinceB in or about Kensington, and waa at 
onci alarmed and eurprised by discovering her. He drove to aOBM ' 
distunoe from the carriage, and as soon as il began to move puraued ' 
it with equal velocity till it reached town, and then giving; his phi^ 
ton ia charge of the servant, followed it un foot till he saw Am&ad^ I 
alight from it at the Marquis uf Rosline's. Amanda had escaped I 
ieeing hie lordship, by a profound meditation in which she wu | 
engaged at the moment, as she pensively leaned against the aide of 
the cnrringe. Lord Mortimer walked back with increased disorder ta 
ipniached it he saw Colnnel Bel) 





Ltdj Oreystock and Lad; Eof hrasia dwelt vrith wonder on the 
length of Aniandn's morniDg oxenrsion. When she entered Che room, 
he tliought she appeared embarrassed ; and that on Lady Grejstook'a 
addressing her, this embarrassment increased; bat when she said she 
Lad been in the cit;, her doplicitj, as he termed it, a|)|>eared to 
monsti-ous to him, that lie conid not forbear an Jnvoliintar; repetition 
of her words; Bo great indeed was the indignation it excited in bis 
breast, tliat he coidd ecaroel; forbear reproaching lier ns the destroyer 
of liis and her own felicity. Tier blush appesrod to him, not ths 
ingcDQDUs colouring of inoocence, bat the glow of shame and guilt. 
It was evident to him that she had seen Bcigraro that morning ; that 
ho was tlie occasion of all tlie mystery which appeared in her 
couihict, and that it was tlie knowledge of llie improper influence he 
bad over lier heart, which made Sir Cliarlea Bingley so suddenly 
resign her. 

"Griicioiis heaven I" said he to himself, "who Ihat looked npon 
AmoniLi, could ever suppose duplicity harboured in her breast; yet 
that too surely it is, 1 have every reason to suppose ; yet ■ little 
longer I will bear this tormenting suspense, nor reveal my duubtd, till 
thoroughly convinced tliey are well founded. 

no sat opposite to her at dinner, and his eyes were directed 
towards her with that tender sadness wliicb we feel on viewing k 
beloved object we know ourselves on the point of losing for 

Hia melancholy was quickly perceived by the penetrating march- 
ioness and Lady Enphraaia; they saw with delight tiiat the poison of 
suspicion infused into his mind, was already beginning lu oiicrate ; 
they anticipated the success of all their schemes ; their spirita grew 
uncommonly elevated, and Lady Kuphra.'^iB determined, whenever 
she hud the power, to revenge on the susceptible nature of Uortimer, 
nil Ilie uneasiness he had made her suffer : and to add, as far as malic« 
could add to it, to the misery about tu be the lot of Amanda. 

The dejection of Lord Mortimer was also observed by Amanda; it 
CTrited her fears and affected her Hensibility ; she dreaded that his 
hunt had reCiised complying with his request relative to her interfe- 
rence with hia father, or that the earl had been urging him to an 
iininediaie union with Lady Euphrasia: [lerbaps he now wavered 
nlnve and duty: the thought struck a cold damp upon he" 



384 cuiLDRBN or THE miiBr. 

heart— jet do, cried she, it oftanot be; If iuolioixl u ohuigo, Loti 
Uurtimer would at once hare infunueJ me. 

Id the evoniDg Ibere v«s a large sdiliLion to the part;, but Loft^ 
Uortimer bM pensivotj apart trom tbo oompan;. Amanda b; vIib) 
procured a seat next hia. His paleness alarmed ber, and ahe oodl 
uul Tiirbear hintiog her t'oars that be va» JU. 

" I am ill indeed," said he heavily : — be looked at ber as he tpoM 
and belield her regarding him with the most eiquiaite teuiicroMi 
hut tbe period was past for reoeiring deli^^t from suoh an app^arani 
of alFectioD ; an alftiotioD be bad reason U> believe was never moi 
than feigned for bim; and a!»o from his eiuotiooB irhen witlitu 
that he should never ceece regretting tbe deception; 
eihaosted by thur own violeaoe, had anuk into a calm, and aaitiM 
was tbe preduminaal feeling of his soul. Though he « 
Iniuented, he could not at tlie moment have reproached hor portal 
lie gazed on her with moomt^l tendernen, and to tbe lovoluotir^^ 
exprcgaioo of regret wbioh dropped from her, on hearing he waal 
only replied, by saying, "Ah I Amanda, the man thai really «s«M 
yunr tenderness must he happy." 



CBiLi>HK> tir \ a r. abbkt. CS5 

Lftdy Enphrasi* conld lali of uotbing elsu but the apprt^ohing enter- 
Iniuinent, wljich she said was uipected to be the moat brilliant thiug 
thai had been givea that niattr. 

"I hope your Indjahip," said Amanda, who had not yet declared 
her intention of staying at home, " v\]X be able to give a good 
^eecriptioD of ii." 

"Wh/, 1 unppose," pried Lady Euphrasia, "yon do not intend 
going wiOioul being able to see and hear yonreelf." 

" Certainly," replied Amanda, " I should not, bnt I do not intend 
ecting." 

■■ Not go to tho ball ti>-niglit !" eiclaimed Lady Enphrnsia. 

"Uless me, c!ii;i!," said Lady Grej'stock, "wliat whim haa entered 
your head to prevent yoor going !" 

" Dear Ijidy Greystdck," said I^dy Euphrasia, in a tone of nmunal 
good hnmonr, internnlly delighted at Amanda'* resolution, "don't 
trazo Uiiis Jitzalun with questions." 

And yon really do not go?" eiclaimed Lord Mortimer iu an 
int eipressiro of auqirise aud disappoiutment." 
I really do not, my lord." 

"I dudarci," said the mnrcliione^is, even more delighted than her 
daughter nt Amanda's resolution, as it fayonred a scheme she had 
long boon projecting, "I with Euphrasia was as inditftrent about 
amusement as Miss Fitzalan : here she liaa been complaining of indis* 
position the wliole morning, yet 1 cannot preTail on her to give np 
the ball." 

Lady Euphrasia. w!jo never felt in better health and spirits, would 
have coDtmilloted llio ninrcl lioness, had not an expressive glance 
assured her there was an important motive for this assertion. 

"May wecothope, IDsfl Fitzolun," said Lord Mortimer, "that a 
resolution bo suddenly adopted as youra, may he as suddenly 
changed )" 

" Nu, indeed, my lord, nor is it so suddenly formed aa you seem to 
suppose." 

Liird Mortimer shuddered, as he endeavored to account for it in 
hi* own mind ; bis agony became almost insupportable : he arose nnd 
walked to the window where she sat, 

Amanda," said he in a low voioa, " I fear you forgot your engage- 






Amanda, sappostog this ulliidud to her engagement fur the U^^ 
replied, "she had ni>t forgotten it." 

''For your inability, or disiuclioalion to fal51 it then," said lia, I 
" will jou not account I" 

"Most willingly, my lord." 

"WhiMi!" asked Lord Mortimer, iinpationtly, for niuiMe longer to 
support Lis torturing suspense, lie determined, contrary Ut hla flnt 
intention, to come to an imiuediate eiplanatii n relative to Belgrava. 

" To-morrow, my lord," replied Amanda, " ehice yon desire it, I 
will account fur not keeping my engagement, nnd 1 trust," a mudeit 
blush inoutliug her cheela us she spolie, " that your lordship will mil J 
disapprove of my reasons for declining it," 

The peculiar earnestness of his words, T^rd Mortimer imis^ne^ 
had conveyed tlieir real meaning to Amanda. 

" Till to-morrow, Uieo," sighed be heavily, "1 must heex my lUl 
quietude." 

His regret, Amanda supposed, proceeded from (lisn]i]ii>liiimi;!it ■ 
not having her company at the ball; slie was ti.itt'-'rcd by it, u^ 
pleased at the idea of telling him her real motive for ii'it going; 





CHILL.KBS ur IHfc ABBKr. BS? 

M1U7 when a sndilec noise maile her hastily ttirn her head, anil with 
eqiiul Lurror and surprise, Hhe bebeld Colonel B'Aff^va coiuiu); 
brword. 8be atart«d op, and was springing to the door, when rusli* 
ing between hor and it he caught her in hia arma, and forcing her 
back to the sofa, rudely stopped licr month. 

" Neither cries nor struggles, Amanda," said h«, ' will he availing ; 
withoQt tlie assistance of a friend, yon may he oonvinced, 1 could not 
Lave entered this bonse ; and the some friend will, you may de]>end 
on it, take care that onr t^[e-il-tete, is not intemipled." 

Amanda shuddered at the idea of treachery, and being convinced, 
fKini nhiit be said, ebe could not eipect assistance, endeavoured to 
recover Ler fainting B])irit8, and exert all her resolution. 

" Your BcNeme, Colonel Belgrave," said she, " is equally vile and 
fiiUle; tliongh treachery may have brought you hitber, you tnust be 
oonvinfod, that u1.1I. r the Marqois of Roeline's roof, who by relation- 
ship a» well as hospitality, is hound to protect me, yon dare nnt, 
with iiiipiiuily, o<T>ir me any insult. The caarquia will be at borne 
itu mediate'; ; if therefore you wish to preserve the sembhmce of 
honour, retire withoat further delay." 

"Not to retire so ea.«!y," exclaimed Belgrave, "did 1 take soch 
pains, or watch so anxiously for this interview. Fear not any insidt; 
lull till I bftve revealed the purpose of my soul, I will not be forced 
Truin you; icy love, or ratlier adoration, has known no abatement 
Ly yonr Ion;; concealment; and now that chance has so happily 
Ihrqjrn you it. my way, I will not neglect using an opportunity it 
may offer." 

"Graciooa heavensl" si^d Amanda, while her eyes flashed with 
indignation, "bow can you have the effrontery Iji avuwyour innolcnt 
fntoiitions; intentions which, long since, you must have known would 
e«'?r pn)ve abortive I" 

"And why, my Amanda," said he, again attempting to strain hiT 
to his hreai>b, while she ahronk from his grasp, "why shoold tliey 
prove aoorfcTut why should you be obstinate in refusing wealth, 
tiappinera, the lincere, the ardent afiections of a man, who in pro- 
moting your felicity, would conatilute hia own t My life, my fortune, 
vroul'l beat your command; my elemal gratitude would be yoora for 
«ny trl&ng sacrifice the world might think yon made me; heeitate 
•jj loQitar about rju'sing yourwlf to sfflnenw. which, t 




■pint like yonrs, must be so peooliArlj pleabing: Ilesitats not ta 
luleijeiidence to your Iktiier, promotiuo to your LirutLer; and 
he assured it the connection I funned ie an ill-l'al«d bonr, deceived 
by ft sp«ciuu!i iL|>eariLnce uf pertectioo, elioold ever be di^Hilvei), mj 
hunrl, like my Lcart, sliali be yours." 

"MoQStfirl" exy'.uimed Amanda, beholding him wiUi borror, "yonr 
biuid, WHS it at yonr disposal, like yoiir ulLier offers, I ahoiild (porB 
with contempt; cease to torment nie," slio contiunml, "leat, in luj 
nirn defence, 1 call upon those wlko have power, ae well as inclinv 
don, to cha^lise yonr iowleoce. Let this consideration, joined to the 
certainty that your pursuit muat ever prove unavailing, iiiflueuoa 
yonr fotnre actions : for be assured that you are in every respect, U 
object of abhorrence to mj soul." 

As ihe spoke, exerting all ber strength, site burst from bjm and 
attempted to gain the door. He flung himsdf between tier and il^ 
his tiLce inflsmed with passion, and darting the m»!it uialigDatit 
giauces at ber. 

Terrified by his looks Amanda tried to avoid hitit, and when Ii« 
caoght her again in his sj-ms, she Bcreamed aloud: — no oat 
appeared: — ber terror increased, 

"Oh Belgravel" cried she, treinbUng, "if you have one priadplc 
of honour, one feeling of humanity remaining, retire: I will pardoB 
and ooncea] what ia past, if you comply with my refjuest," 

"I distress yon, Amanda," said he, assuming a softened accent^ 
"and it wounds me to the soul to do bo, though you, cruel and inex- 
orable, care not what pain you occasion me; hear me cnlmly, and b« 
assured, I shall attempt no action which can offend you." 

Be led her again to the so&, and tbns contiuoed. 

" Uisled by false viewe, you shun and deteat the only man who hai 
faiul suffieient eiuLerity to declare openly hiii intentions ; ineiperienoa 
and orednlity have already made you a dope to artifice. Yon imagined 
Sir Charles Bitigley was a fervent admirer of yonra, when be assured, 
in following you, he only obeyed the dictaUa of an egregious vanity, 
which flattered him with the hope of gdning your regard, attd being 
distinguished by it ; nothing was farther from his thoughts, aa b« 
himself confessed to me, than seriously paying his addressee to yon, 
and had yon appeared williog, at laat, to accept them, be assured h" 
would soon hare contrived some scheme to disengage himself froiB 




s uf I>urd Uurlitiicr Drc jironipled bj ■ inQtWe 
much more dangerous lliiui UiaC which instigated Sir Clinrkn ; lie 
reallf admireB jon, and would have yon UelicTe hia riewa nro 
hoQuursUe ; bnt, beware of his duplicity, ho seeks to toko julvaiilage 
of the tiH) i^reat cuofideiK^e jon repose in hiin : his ptirjiusc unco 
uccomplialirU, lie would t^c^rifice jrou bi Lady Euplirosia: auO I kiiuw 
enough of her malevolent dis pool tion to be convimx-J hIio wouUleiijuj 
her lriuiu|)li over eo luvely a vii'iiiti. All! my dear Amanda, evc-ti 
beauty and elegance, like youra, would iiui, od tlie generality of iiiaii- 
Idud, have power to make Ihem lurego the odTantogei annexed to 
wealth; on Ltird Uurliraor, particularly, they would fail of tliat 
effect: hia ambitiou tutd avarice arecqual to hiafatber'a; and though 
his heart and soul, I am oonfident, revolt from the person and mind 
of Lady Eophrasia, be will niiile himself to her, for the sake of pw- 
ttessing her furtane, and tliua increasing his own power of prouD- 
riiig the gratili cations he delights in. — As luy fiituaCion is luiown, I 
cannot he accused of deception, and whatever 1 pronii^o will ho 
strictly IMfiUod: deliberate therefore no longer, my Amanda, on the 
course yon ftball pnrsoe." 
" No," cried sbt, ' 1 eiiall indewl no longer deUberate about it." 
As she spoke, si.e iituni.-4l trom her seat. — Belgrave again siezed her 
hand. At this moment a knocliisg was heard at the hall door, 
which echoed through the bouse. Amanda trembled, and Uelgrave 
paused in a speech be had begno. She Bupposed the marquis bad 
retorned: it was improbable he woold come into that room; and 
(ircn if be di<], from his ilistnialfiil and malignant temper slie knew 
not whetlier she would have reason to rejoice or regret his presuuCM^. 
But how great was her confu=ii)n, when instead of Ids voice, 
kIic heard thoae of the iiiarubioness And Jier party. In a moment 
the dreadful con30i|uencit3 whidi might enaite from her present 
situation, rushed ujHjn btr mind.— Ity the forced attentions of 
the marchioness and Lady Euplirasia, she was not long deceived, and 
Itad reason to beheve, from tlie inTettrnte dhJike they bore her, timt 
they would rejoice at an opijortonity like tlie present for tradu- 
cing her fonie; and with horror she saw that appearances even in the 
''yes of candour, would he against her. She had positively and unci- 
inctedly refuied going to the ball: she had ezprest delight ai the 
ilka of stnyiug at home. Ahis I woold not all these oircumstoticn b» 



21MJ c u 1 L u B E s or r n 1- ,i ii b K t . 

dwelt ill.'..li; Wl.nt iilfii- '.il-lit ll,.-y m>w .-(i ii... il l/.r.i Mortiuwr, 
■who alroadj- sliowed a tendency to jealouay t 

IlfLlf ^Tilll at the idea, ebe clasped ber handa together, and sid^^ 
ed iua v>iicc tremliliDg with angniah, " Meniifiil hMTMi I sn nlMi 

" No, no," cried Delgrave, flinging hitnwif at her ttdt, "pnAoo 
inc, Amarid.t, and 1 never more will molest yua; I Ms 7007 |iiliBi1[iw 
areiavir.cible: [admire, I revere yoar pnriQ', and nerar Duvt wJD I 
attempt to injure it ; 1 was on the point of ^*fl'iT*''g ao, irtMD ttt 
cnned knock came to the door ; oompose TDimdf , and oonridir^ThA 
can be done in the present emergency; 70V irUl be rained If I wm 
seen with yon; the malidoDS devjta yon five irith, wonld lOT* 
believe OQT united aaBeverationa of yonr inoooenoe : eonoed nw Umw- 
fore, if possilile, till the family are settled : the penon who let nw ti^ 
will then Becure my retreat, and I swear solemnly never man to 
trouble you." 

AinaTxIa liGsJtated between the cunfldenoe tier inBOoeitae inqifaied^ 
and lltc drrnd of the unpleasant conatmctioD malioemi^tptit«aber 





I 



When I rfturoed Louie ulmtiC lui hoar ago, I seut to rcqacat her 
Mmpuij ia tbe parlour, which bonour, 1 assiiro you, I wna refosod.'- 

Tbe mesaagv indeed hod been sent, bttl never delivered lo Aniauda. 

" 1 assure yoa, my lord," said alie, " I have heard of no such 
vsqaest." 

And praj child, how hare yon been employed all this licieJ" 
artkcd Lady Greyjjtock. 

" In readiitg, iniultiin," fanltered out Amanda, while her dealli-lilce 
poleneas was suooe^ded by a deep bluali. 

"Yon are oeiioinly ill," said Lord Mortimer, wlio sat beside her 
ill a voice expresMive of regret at the convicliun: "yoo liave been 
indulging inelanoLoly ideoii, 1 tsAt" continued he solUy, and taking 
h(rr hand, " for surely — surely to-night yon are Dncommonly affected.'' 

Amanda attempted to speak : Ihe contending einoIIuDS of her mind 
[irevMited her ntterance, and the tears trioLled tdlentty down her 
cheeka. Lord Mortimer saw she wished to avoid notice, yet scarcely 
could he forbear requeeliog some B«8)Btance for her. 

Lady Euphrasia now complained of a violent head-ache ; the mar- 
chioneiM wanted to ring for her reiiiodice: tliis Lady Eiiphravia 
opposed; at lB«t,as if sTiddenly recollecting it, she said, "in the doset 
there was a buttle of eao-de-luoe, which she was certain would be of 
service lo her." 

At the mention of the closet, the blood ran cold throngh the veina 
of Amanda; bat when she sow Lady EapliraslB rise to enter it, had 
death in its moat frightful form stared her in the fsoe, she oonld 
not have betrayed more horror. She looked lowanls it with ■ 
countenance as ext>re«sive of wild affright,, as Macbeth's when vieW' 
ing the chtur, on which the spectre of the murdered Bonqno nat. 
Lord Mortimer observing the disordur of her looks, began to tremble ; 
he grasped her hand with a convulsive motion, and exclaimed 
"Amanda, wliat means this agitation?" 

A Icmd scream from Lady Euphrasia broke upon their oars, and 
(be nisbed from the closet, followed by Belgrave. 

Oracious heavens!" eicl^med Lord Mortimer, dropping Aman- 
hand, and rising precipitately. 

Amanda looked aronnil— «lie beheld every eye fasteneil on hi^i 
amazement and contempt; the shock was too much for bee Xci 
confiuecl idea ihirtud into ber qiind, that a deep-laid flot 



904 cuiLUKXN or the Asaar. 

jonr eMiduct, is here required. I lure D»ltb«r ri^t aor lufiariliB 

to interfeni ia Mui FiUiJiUi's coDcenut." 

Tiie colooe. bowed to tbe circle and wm iniiring, whta 4-y^ 
flew to biin aud canglit his ann. " Snrelj, Mmlj," add tbm, alnoM 
gaiiliiDg for brealJi, " joti cannot be to '"''"""■'i M to nttn vi^hMU 
exjilaiiiing tbig whole a^r. Oh I Belgnve, 1mt0 BW not s pr^ li 
ulaudur ; by all your hope* of mtxvy sad fiu^veaM* heraillMr, I m^ 
jure jou to clear my &nie." 

" My deur creatnre," said he in a low voice, jet lond «Doa^ ti bi 
heard by the whole party," any thing I conld ny would be van^ 
iiig ; you find they are detemined not to wtt thing* In tha U^U v* 
wIkIi tbeiii viewed ; compose yonraelf, I beaeaoli ysQ, and b« aMm^ 
witilc 1 ciist, you never slioll want comfort or offlnenoa." 

Ifc gvotly dihengnged himself as tie spoke, and qidtted tha m^ 
leaving ber riveted to the floor in amMftmnnt at hit Intnhnna wj 
perfidy, 

"I am Bure," said I^y Greyatock, "I ahall r^rot all my liktka 
hour in wliicb I took licr under ray protection: tboo^ tatdaad, ftoH 
ivhol I lienrd mum adtr uiy ai'nvul in Loudon, 1 sbmild Iiave dis- 





* It niar, lioiver^r,*' eaji Aiiiaiiclu, " ha J'et revivoil, lu ni\tr iviUi 
iQUiit'nsiiiQ ita ctiDtrivcca: U> bcaveii I tuava tha viudiculiuu of iny 
IniiocaDoe; iu jiUitioii ie Hure, liiuu^li suineUiuos slow, and tiie Lour 
f retnbutiun often urivce when knU exiwcted: mucli as I haro 
:ifiiffertsl — much M I may still sutler, I tliiuk my own situaliun pre- 
1b»bte to tliein, who bare set tLeir snores smund me: iLe injarer 
*SKiNt reoetre greflter ji&ngs tLon the ii^ured — tlie pangs of guilt and 
fCiuorse. I aliall return tu my obscniiCy, happy in the ounsuionsneKa, 
I not a shelter frum shame, but a refuge from cruelty I seek : 
'lurt eaa I be rarjirieed at meeting cruelty frcMn those, who liave long 
« waved ilia tks of kindred ; — from those," and she glanced at 
■dy Greystock, " wbu liave set aside the claims of jiutk-e and 
IpwuMntCy." 

I Hie morcliionesg trembled with rage at tbiti >i£icei.'li, nml us Amanda 
IMred tVoin tbe room, excbiimed, " Intolerable assoriiuue." 
* Amanda re[)ajred immediately to her chamber; she l(itL(^rcd as slie 
iMked, anil Uie boiisekae]ier aud Urs. Jane, who, with some utber 

Rvonts, had Odsembieil, out of eurioaity, near \he door, fulluivcd her 
ther. 

Tlie emotiwis s1i« liod so jmisftiUy supprcst, now burst fiTtli wiib 
loltHiM; fhs fell into an Bgony of tears and sobs, whith iuipedeil 
er breathing. The housekeeper and Jane loosened lior cloiheK, and 
npported her to the beiL In n short time she waa sulBcienlly 
•ecrered to be able to sjieak, and requested they would engage a 
krriage tiir ber against the ncit day, at an early hour, tliat she tuiglit 
tonmu,iu!e her Journey to Ireland; this they protuisvu, and at her 

f 6uce«ss, and not lta;>pino>ui, liad crowned the marchioness's schemft; 
B trinmphed in the disgrace slie had drawn npon Amanda, but 
ired that disgraoe was only temporary ; she had entaogled her id a 
Bifv, 1)nt dreaded doI having secured lier in it ; slie diutrujlod those 
i> Itad asattod ber dnigns, for tlie guilty will ever suspect earh 
pr; they mi(:ht hetmy her. i.r Colonel Belgrave might repent; but 
iith evils, if lliey did ever Hriive. were probably fur distant; iu the 
erim, all she deTircd tu ai!<'ouiplish, might be etivciwl. Long had 
I beat nteditating an soma plan, whtcli should ruin Amanda 
ever, not only in the oyiininn of Li>nl MoHiiuer, hut in Ibe rstima- 
D ..r the woriii. With the profliga/-y of Cnhui.-l I1.4-r^ivo fbL- ww 



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ABBBT. 



well Bcqnainted, and iaclined from it to beliere, that he woeU 
readily Join in anj scLeme which oonld give him ■ chanes (tf po^ 
ffesing Amanda. On diBcovering lier roaidenoe, he bad orderad Ul 
valet, who waa a tnuty agent in all his rillatuea, to endeavor to gkb 
tuxQsa to the home, that he might disoover whether fher* •wtti I 
chance of introdocing him there. Tite valet obeyed hla ordea^ Mid 
Koon attached himself to Urs. Jane, whom the marohionMB hafi 
placed about Amanda, from knowing ahe wak oapahls of waj 
deoeiiful part. She waa introduced to Belgrav<^ and a bandaoom 
proseut aecared her in Ids interest. 

She comtnimicaled to the marchioneaa partianlara d Quit Inter 
view : from that period they tiad been seeking to Mng about anoh fe 
Bcone OS was at lost acted ; for the conduct of Amanda bad bllliarto 
defeated their attention. Her staying from the ball at l»t gare th* 
wished for opportanity. 

Lady Euplirasia was apprized of the whole plot, and the hint flf 
her iudispoiiition was given in the morning, that no sas|ridoD ml^it 
Ixi entcrtaioed in tlie evening, when mentioned as a plea for retnnlng 




I 



CBILDHISN OF TaB AUUBV. 2Si1 

AAer traversing several streets, in an QgoDj- no iongne could 
describe, he returned to Portmiin Sqaare. Hi:! (auoj preaeoted 
Amanda to bU view, ovei-whelmed ^ith Bhame, bdiI mcking beoe^h 
tbe keen reproaclies levelled at b«r. In tlie idea uf Ler suftVriugs, all 
lesentment for her supposed perfidy was Ibrgottcn. lluinati nature 
wu liable to err, and the noblest etlbrls that nature could iiiOike, ttaa 
to pardon such errors. To apeak coniibrt to this fallen aiigcl, ho felt 
'oold relieve tlje weight which prest iiiwc hia own broaiit. — Pole and 
liisordored, he entered Ilie room, and found tlie hidles apparently 
trsch aS'uoted. 

"Mj dear lord," said the nutruhioncea, "t ain glad jou are come 
back ; as a triend of the family, joa may perhaps honour us with 
your advice on the present occasion." 

" Indeed," eiclEumed l-ady Greystouk, " I suppose hia lurdshtp Is 
at OB great losa to know wliat con be done as we are. Was the colo- 
nel la A eitoatiun to moke any reparation! but a married man, only 
think how horrible I" 

"Execrable monster!" cried Lord Mortimer, starting from iiia seat, 
and traverBtng tbe room ; " it were a deed of kindneea to numkind to 
extirpale bim from the earth: but say," continued he, and bis voioa 
Ddterwl as he spoke, "where is the nurortuoat&— " lie oouiU not pro- 
nounce the nai[)o of Amanda. 

"In ber own room," replied tbe marchioness : " I assure yoa, aha 
behaved with not a little insolence, on Lady Grejatock's advising Ler 
tw retnm home. For my part, I aliall let her act is sbo pleases." 

She tben proceeded to mention the marquis's resolution of leaving 
the house till aha had quitted it, and that he insisted on their accom- 
panying him. 

"To return to her father, ia certainly tbe only eligible plan she con 
pursue,'' scud Ixird Slorlimcr, "hut allow me," couiinued be, "to 
request, that your ladyship will not impute to insolence, any eipre»- 
■ion which dropped from ber; pity her wounded foeliag?, and soflen 
Iier BorrowB," 

"I declare," cried Lady Euphrasia, "I tJioiglit I shonld Lava 
fwnted from the pily I felt for her." 

" Yon pitied lier, then," said Lord Mortimer, wtting down by Lei 
lailyship, "you pitied and sooth«d ber afflictions i" 

" Yoa, indeed," replied she. 

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OF Tni AiBcr 



]f eT«i Lailj Euphrasia Bppeared pleasing in theeycs of loidltar- 
timer, it waa at this moment, when be vm jcredaloiu — "™g^ to 
belieTS sLe had slied Uie tear of pitj over his lost Amantiii 

lie toolc her hand. " AL I my dear Lady Eaphraslk,^ lud he, b 
an accent of melting Kiflnoss, " perhaps evea now she needs oouolfr 
tion; a gentle female fHend mmld be a oorafoii to her wcmndad 

l.ai1f Eujibrasia immediatetf took the hint, and aaid she wcnfld go 
to lier. 

He led her to the door. " Yon arc going," cried he, " to perfbim 
the office of aa angel; to console the afflicted: >hl «ell dnas H 
become the jonng and gentle of yonr sex, to pity snoh misfbrtunaK." 

Her ladyship retired, bnt not indeed to the ohamber of the fbdbn 
Amanda ; in her own she vented the rago of b«r son], in aomathiiig 
little short of execrations against Lord Mortimer, for the aSbcUon dM 
KDW he still retained for Aninnda. 

On her ladysliip'a retiring. Lady Greystook mentioned erery parti- 
cular sbe hod heard from Urs. Jennings, and bitterly lamented Iwr 




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adothoc^ vbea a innid entered the chnmber, auJ siiiil, " Loi'i3 M^ortimer 
was below, and wialicd to speak to her." 
TutiiuliJii.'ua juj pervaded the mind of Amandn; alio had bclicTeil 
iit proliblile she tbowld not see bim again before her departure for 
'.Jrolttod, from wlisnoe she had detennined writing to him the partion- 
■ibu^ of tliB affair. His visit seemed to anoounce he tliought no' 
unfavourably of her: she sup]>osed be corae to as^nre lier, that his 
lioD of bor intogritj was mu^hakeo, "and I ehnll yet trimiipli,'' 
i«ied sh?, in the traoBport of the idea, "over malice and treachery." 
3he sprung past the toaid ; ber feet Hcarce touching the gronnd, and 
a moment she found herself In the arms of Lord Mortimer, which 
'Jn voluntarily opened to rcoeive hor, for trembling, weak, and diaor- 
'iidered, she wonld else, on aeeing bim, have sunk to the floor. 

e supported her to a sofa; in a little lime she raised ber head 
ftom his ahonlder, and wclaiined, 

" Oh I yon are come, I know you are come to comfort me." 
" Wonld Vo heaven," he answered, " I were capable of either giving 
^receiving! com fort; thoperiod, however, I trust, may yet arrive, when 
■Ttra shall hotb, at least be more cumposed : — to mitigate your sorrows, 
would lessen niy own ; for never, oh never can my lieart forgot the 
^love and esteem it once bore Amanda." 

"Once bore berT' repeated Amanda, "once bore her, Lord Mor- 
timer, do you say t— then yon wisli to imply, they no longer eiist." 

The tone of angnlsh in whieh she spoke, pierced the heart of Lord 
Ifortimeri unable to speak, be arose, and walked to the window to 
^de bis emotion. 

His words, his silence, all conveyed fl Ma\ tmlli to Amandn; she 
Hcvr a dreadful and etemiJ separation eSl-cted between her anil Lord 
jMorlimer; — She beheld herself deprive<l of repntntion, loaded with 
OiJnrany, sjid no longer an object of love, bnt of detealation and con- 

Iler anguish was almost too grent to bear, yet ihe pride of injured 
Innocence made lier wish to coucenl it ; and as Lord Mortimer stood 
$t the window, she determined to try and leave the room without hi* 
iwleilpB, bnt ere she gained the door, her bead grew giddy, ba 
Mpength failed, she staggered, faintly screamed on finding beree"' 
JAdling, and simk npou tlie floor. 

l/>rd Moitiiner wildly called for assistance ; be raised miil rinT>'!. 



200 



ORILDREK or THE 



BAIT. 



bw back to the «>&; h« •traiMd bcr to liis botou ; kiM«] Lit pifa 

lips, and we[)t over her. 

" I have wonnded ;oar gentle eoul, m; Amande," he cried, " bat I 
have turturod mj own by doiug m> ; &b I still d;«reat cf womsn, XA 
the WDi'Id compaaitioDato yonr errors, ai I oompasdcnata Unpi, 
ncitiier contempt nor calaiuny wonld ever be your portion. How 
pale Bbe look^," said he, raising his lie«d to gaM upon liar hat. 
"how like a lovely flower, nntiiuelj- faded; yet were It happincaa flir 
her never to revive: a eoul like hers, originally nobl^ moat be 
wrcti^hed nndcr the pressure of acom. Exeorobla Belgnvel tha 
fairest work of heaven is deetrojcd by you. Oh I my *""''^", my 
distreas is sorely severe, thougli sngoish rives my heart for yonr Ioml 
I must corit^l it: tlie sad luxury of grief will be denied me; tbrllw 
world WDuld eiiiile if I should say, 1 now lamented yon." 

Siicli were (he cfiiisions of sorrow which bruke from JjotA Hortinief^ 
over tlie iusetibible Amanda. The liou^eeper, who had been liatcoinf 
all this <i">n. uow appeared, aa if in obedience to hie call, and oBtni 
1 r«<M)vt.'rinK Amanda. Heavy ligba at length ga«v 




aunt, on fiuding it oontiuiled ■ back Dole for live Lundred pouuds: 
tbe ytotih were aa followB : 

inaldsrme, Aiiiiindm,lattull(titaf kbroLfaf-r: u SBch iccepi nj mttIcu : lo HtT> 
Udlowme. TUneuaarTfoailiiiuldrHinlmnHdludrtarDartiilharTlMdUM 



What ft BBm," eried the hongefceepw, m ibe esaniMd tbe note, 
*f what a nice little iudependenoy ironld this, in addition to what I 
fcare already Mved, be for aa boneBt woiuim 1 Wliat a pity it is such 
jature as it is dueigned for, should posHSB it?" The house- 
keeper, like her lady, was fertile in invetitiun: to be snre there was 
•oniu danger in her prefect sobeme, bat for sncb a prize it wsa 
vorUi her while to nm some ri^. Could she bat get Amanda ofi^ 
the carriage from Lord Mortimer arrived, she believed all wonld 
succeed aa sbe could wish. Amanda, ignorant as she was of Lord 
Uorttmer's intentions, wonld not, consequently, be influenced bj 
Ibem, to oppose anything alie could do. Fall of this idea, she ran 
and calling a footman, high in her favour, desired him immedt- 
:Rtelj to procure a travdUng chuse for Mini Fitzalan. Slie then 
Mturoed to Auauda, who was Juut beginning to move. 

" Come, come," cried sbe, going to her, and roughly shaking her 
■boulder, " have done with tboee tragedy iuri, and pre|>are yonrself 
l^aiust tlie carriage you ordered, conies : it will be at the door in t 

Amanda looked around the room, "Is Lord Mortimer gone then I" 

^d she, 

' Lord, to be etire he is," cried the houaekeeper, " be bos left you 
tlie floor, and aa he went out, be sud yon should never have 

another opporLunity of deoeiving liim." 

A Builden phrenzy oeemed to frei^e Amanda : slie wrung her hands, 

wiled upon Lord Uortimer in tlie imposfeiomtte Imuguogo of despair, 

Had flung herself on tlie grouud, exdoiniiug, " this last stroke is mor« 

thsn 1 can bear." 
The housekeeper grew alarmed, leat her nictation eliould retard 
9T departiire ; ebe raised her forcibly Irom the ground and said, 
the (11(1=1 ciniiposc herself to b^nber journey, whieb was unavoid 



309 CBILDHETa OF THE ABBET. 

kblo, as tlio m&rchioneas bad given a))soIate orders to have bar w 
from the house early in the morning." 

" Accursed houaol" said Amanda, whose reason waa restored bj 
the strenaons remonstraiiMa of the housekeeper, " Ob I that I had 
never entered it." She tlien told her companion, " if ahe would 
B-isist her, as she was almoat t«> weak to do anything heraeH chs 
wontd ho ready against the carriage came." The housekeeper Azi 
maid accordinglj attended her U) her chamber ; the former bron^ht 
her drops, and the latter assisted in putting on her habit, and packing 
np her clothes. Amanda baring secured her tmnks, desired tLey 
might be sent hy the first opportunity, to Castle Carberrj ; she bad 
left a great many clothes there, so look nothing at present nitb I 
but a small quantity of linen. She had but a few guineas in her 
pnrso, her watch, however, was valuable : and if she had money 
enough to carry her to Dublin, she knew there she might pracnre ft 
BUihcient sum on it to carry her home. 

At last the carriage came; with a trembling fi>rm, and a half 
broken heart, Amanda entered it. She saw Nicholas the footouui) 
■who had procured it, ready mounted to attend her. She told him tl 
was nnneceasflry to do so, but he declared he could not think of letting' 
BO jotm^a lady travel unprotected. She was pleased at his attention; 
she had shuddered at the idea of her forlorn ailnation, and now dropt 
a tear of sweet sensibility at fiodiug she was not utterly deserted b; 
every human being. The carriage took the road to Park-Gate, a 
Amanda chose to embark from thence, the journey being bo much 
nearer to it than to Euiybead. It was now about eight o'clock ; after 
travelling shout fonr hunrs, the chaise stopt at a small house on tha 
rood side, which appeared to be a common ale-house. Amanda was 
unwilling to enter it, but the horses were hero to be obsnged ; and 
she was shown into a dirty parlour, where almost sinking with 
weakness, ehe ordered tea to be immediately bronglit in. She 
much astonished, as she sat at the tea-table, to see Nicholas enter 
wjora, with a familiar air, and seat himself by her. She Stared nt 
first, snppofling him intoxicated; bnt perceiving no sign of this on 
Donntennnoe, began to fear the insulin she had received at the nwrqnts'* 
made him think himself authorited to treat her with this in9ole»c& 
Sbe rose abruptly, and summoning all her resolntion «o lior aid, 
de«rei] him to retire, adding, "if his atleiid.tnce was re'i'ii^'ite. sha 
would ring for liim." 




CniLDRE.N OF TUS ABBItr. H03 

■ Nicliolfts nbo quitted hia seat, ftii<] following her, caught Iier in b!> 
■rms, eiclairaing, " bless ur, bow boifj tflity yon arc grown." 

Amanda RhrJeked, ftQil Blamped on the floor, in an agonj of terroi 
fcnd indignation. 

' " Well now really," eaid be, after what happened at home, I tbink 
Jfan need not bo bo coy with tne." 

" Oh ! save Tne, heaven, from this wretch," waa all the B&ighted 
?jtwida could artienlate. 

^ The door openei!, a waiter appeared, and told Nicholas he wna 
tranied withont, Nivholaa released Amanda, and ran directly from 
fee room. Amanda sunk npon a diair, and her head tnmed giddy at 
fte ideo of tlie dangers with which she waa snrronnded. She saw 
ierself in the power of a wretch, perhaps wretches, for the honse 
aeemod a proper place for scenes of villany, withotit the means of 
delivering herself. She walked to the window: a conned ides of 
ftitting tbroagh it, and mnning from the honse, darted into bermind, 
Imt she turned from it in agony, at seeing a namber of countrymen 
A^nking before it. She now could only rMse ber feeble bonds to 

«Tan to supplicate its protection. 

She past Miirte minutes in tliis manner, when the lock turned, and 
jbade her shudder ■ but it was the landlady alone who entered ; she 
ifenie, she s^d, with Nicholas' respectful duty, and be was sorry he 
obliged Ui go back to town, without seeing her safe to her 
■ftnmey's eud. 

" Is he really gone ?" asked Amanda, with all the eagerness of Joy, 

* ''Yea," the woman said, "a person had followed him from London, 
•n pnrpose to bring him back." 

* " Is the carringo ready J" cried Amanda. 
' Blie was informed !t was. 

' "Let me fly, then," said she, running to the dour, "Let me fly, or 
Be wretch may return," 

* The landlady impeded her iirogreas to toll her the bill was not yet 
fcttlcd. Amanda pulled out her purse, and bcsouglit her not to 

in be-. This the woman had no desire to do; things were there- 
settled without delay between them, and Amanda was driven, 
Vitli as much erpedidon aa she could desire, from the terrifying 
tntiision. The ohatsa had proceeded about two miles, when in the 
middle of a solilnrr road, or ratlier lan% by the side of a nwd, it 



JWB 




■Dddeoly Blopt. AomutU, alarmed at every iucideot, baatU; kxricad 
out aud inquired wliat was tJi« inattei'; but how iiii|>osiiible todeocribc 
ber terror, wlien site tielield Colonel Belgravo, and. Xicboloa Etotidiiig 
bj Lira, She shrunk back, and entreated tlie postiUioo to diive on; 
bat he beeded not Ler entreaty, Niubolas opened tbe door, and 
Belgrave sprang into the carriage. Amanda Btlempted to bhrst open 
tbu door at the opposite side, but be cauglit her to his boaom and tba 
horses set off at ftiU speed. Colonel Belgrave's valet bad been 
eocretod by Urs. Jane the preceding night in tiie house, that be utight 
Da able to give bis master intelligeuoe of all that passed witliin it, ift 
xnseqacnce of bia being discovered in tbe closet. On bearing t*uA 
tbe &raily were gone to the marquia'd TiUa, Belgrave believed b« 
ooald eadly prevul on tbe domestics, to deliver up Amanda to bim. 
Elated with tbia hope, lie reached tbe bouse, attended by bia valol^ 
JuhC after she had quitted it, The boiisekeoper hesitated to infora 
him of tbe road she bad taken, till sbe had procured wliat she knew 
would be tbe conttequence of her hesitation, a large bribe. Horaea 
were then immediately procured, and Belgrave and Ids servant set oC 
in |>ursiut of Amanda. The sight of a travelling cliiuse at the liitia 
inn already mentioned, prompted their inqniriea; and on finding iL* 
cliaiite waited for Ainanda, tbe colonel retired to a private room, aent 
for Nicbolus, and secured bim in bis interest It was settled tbot 
they shoold repair to the wood, by wliii^h the [Mistillion was k'ibed ta 
pass, aud from thence proceed to a country bouse t! the oulund'si 
Their scheme accomplished, Nicholas, happy in tlie servi<« be h^ 
done, or rather the reward he bad obtaiuud for that s«rvici>, ^jSla 
turned his face towards London. 

Ttie carriage and attcndante Lord Mortimer procured for Amanda, 
arrived oven earlier tlian the housokeeper bad expected, and aha 
blcBsed her lucliy stars for the precipitancy with wbicb she liad 
liurried otF Amanda. 

Tliey were followed by bis lordsliip bijnBclf, whose wretched beart 
coold not support the idea of letting Ainauda depart witJiout one* 
more beholding her. GreAt was bis dismay, Ms ostonialiment, wbea 
Ihe honsekeeiier infoniied bim she was gone. 

"Gonei" be repealed, clmngiag colonr. 

The bousekeeper said, that without her knowledge Miss Fitulan 
bad a ubaisc hired, aud tJie momtut it came^o the dour, stopped into 




3oa 



1^ notwl thstanding she wag tulJ his lordship meant to provide erery 

g proper for her journey liiraself; "bol she eaid, mj lord," cried 

e hou)i«ke«p«r, " she wonted none of yonr care, and tbat ehe oonld 

r ^t fast enough from a hoaae, or from people, nhere and by 

III jihe had been so ill treated." 

t> Ixird Mortimer asked if she bad auj attendant, and whether she 

M>k Uie Iett«r. 

► The housekeeper answered both these qnestiona in the affirmative ; 
•■Troly, my lord," she continued, "I bulieve yonr lordship said 
■omething in that letter which pleased her, for she smiled on opening 
it, and Raid, '"Well, well, this U sotnethiof like comfort." 

"And was she really so mean," he was on the point of asking, but 
he timely checked a question which was spriD^n^ from a heart that 
Nckened at ^ding the object of his tondercst affections unworthy in 
every respect of possessing them. Every idea of tliis kind soon gave 
way to anxiety on her aoconnt; his heart misgave him at her under- 
taking 90 long a journey onder the protection of a common servant; 
and anahle to endora his apprehensions, he determined ini^tanlJy to 
pnrsne, and sec !ier safe himself to the deatinod port, 

man who had liitherlo sat in the chaise, was ordered home; 

■ ka entered it with eagerness, and promised liberally to reward the 

bstillions if tliey nsed expedition. They had changed horses bnt 
tMce, when Lord Mortimer saw Nicholas approaching, whom, at the 

■ Bnt glance, he knew. He slopped the carriage, and called out, 
-• "Where have yon left Miss Fitzalan I" 

"Faith, my lord," cried Nicholas, instanliy stopping and taking 
[-«ff his hat, " in very good company ; I left her with Colonel lielgrave, 
o was wdting by appointment on the road for her." 
• "Ohl horrible infatuation I" said Lord Mortimer, "tliat nothing 
D snatch her from the arms of infamy." 
The postillion desired to know whether hi ehoold return to 

- Lord Mortimer heutated, and at last desired nim to go on accord- 
ing to his first directions. Jle resolved to proceed to Park-gate, and 
discover whether Amanda had retnmeil to Ireland. They had not 
proceeded far, when they overtook a travelling chaise. Ai Lnrd 
Mortimer passed he looked into it, and beheld Amanda reclining on 
the iMMom at Belgrave. He trembled unireraalty, closed his ejH, 



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and iighed but the name of the pertidioiu Aiaontla. Wliea thty hid 
got aume itay before the otiier chaide, ha desired tlie poetiUioo to 
Blrike iilT into wiotlwr rodd, wLicli, by a circuit of a few milea, would 
biiog theni back to London. Amanda, it wai) evidaot, had pat 
hertwlf under the proleotioQ of Belgrave, and to know wlietker ebe 
went to Ireland was now of llttlo cun»ec|ueiioe to ,.iui, as Its soppoeed 
her unreclaiiuable ; but how hnpoiuiible to da«;ribe his distreas and 
confu»iun, when ahnosl, the firat object he beheld oa alighting in BL 
Jooiea' Square, waa his auut, Ladj Martlia Dormer, who, in oompU- 
Mice with his urgent request, liad hastened to London. Had » 
spectre crossed his siglit, lie ooul<l not have been more sbooked, 

" Well, m; dear Frederick," eud her ladysliip, " ;oa see 1 lost no 
time in obeying jour wishas: I tuiTe flown hither, I msj indeed s^, 
on tbe wings of love; but where is tliis little divinity of tbinet I 
long to liave a peeji at her goddess-ship." 

Lord ICoTtimer, inespreseibly allocked, turned to the window. 

"I shall see, to be enre," cried her hulyship, "quite a little 
paragon : positiTslj, Frederick, I will be introduced this very evai> 
ing." 

"Uj dear aunt, my de&r Lady Uartlia," said Lord Uortimer, 
iinixitientlj-, " for liearen's sake sjiwe tne." 

" But tell me," she continued, " wbeii I ahaU couunonoe this atlAok 
npoD your father's heart." 

" Never, never," sighed Lord Mortimer, half distracted, 

" What, you suppose he will prove inflexible I but I do not despur 
of conrincing jou to the contrary ; tell me, Fredoiiut, when the Ut£'« 
charmer can be seen." 

" Oh Ood t" cried Mortimer, striking his forehead, " she is Icet,** 
sud he, " she is lost forever." 

Lady Martha wa.i alnrmed ; she now, for the first time, noticed th« 
wild and pallid looks of her nephew. 

"Gracious heavens!" she eidaimed. "what is the matter!" 

The dreadful esplanation I^rd Mortimer now found himself under 
the neoeeslty of giving: tlie shiune of acknowledging he was eo 
deceived: the agony he euflered from that deception, joined to thfl 
eicesaiie agitation and fiktlgne he had suffered the preceding Eigh^ 
aud the present day, so powerfully assailed him at this monienl, that 
his scuj>(\ suddenly gave way, and he autnally faiuted on the iluur. 



^P CUILDKSK OF TUK ABUEY. 3U1 

^K? What * sight for Iha tender Ijtily HftrCha; site saw some tiling 
^^^jlraull'ul had Lairpeniiil, uud wliat tliui icag, LurJ Murtimer, ll4 «ouii 
■■ ke rocQVtireil, ialuruted ber. 

Ha thea retired to hia chamber; Ite coiM neitlier Kiaven«, nur 
bear to bo cooveraeil with : ha ioudmt h<ii<m were blasted ; nor 
u,iu!d he forego the sad ioduigenoe of nwnraing over tliem in soli- 
tade; he felt almiMt oonvinoed tliat the bold Amimda bod on bis 
kfibctions ounld not be vritbdrawn ; be had Hmsidered her ae euarc ely 
]«(« than hia wife, aud had sba l>een really aiiob, her prwetit iMindout 
coald not havo girca him more angmsb. Had she bma snatulied 
tVom liim b; the baud of death \ htul slie beeu wedded to a worthf 
ohsrocter, he could have H[iminoDe<) fortitude to hia aid, bat to find 
her the proy of a villain, was a stroke too horrible to bear, at leait 
for a lu[>g period, with patieace. 



CnAPTER XSX. 

7d M K BuVl ItiT pity iharc, 



Ur Ama51>a hod fainted »oon un«r Oolone] BclgraTB entered the car- 

^ilfa^, and she was reelining on his bosom in a state of iDsensibility, 

iNrbrn Lord Mortimer past. lo this situation she continued, till tbey 

gained a solitary road, when tlie carriage stopi, and wntcr pro- 

■ed hoax an adjaoeoi cottage, being sprintlod od her fiwe she 

<rered : bat utber by arguments, or iictluii, elie was now unable 

» oppose Belgrove ; she felt a weakness tliron|f)i her whole Ihune, 

ich she believed the forerunner of death ; and a lonpjor on her 

ind that almost deprived it of the perception of misery. 

The refresliinents ordered to her, she could only refuse by a motion 

' her head ; and in this manner they proceeded till about nine o'clock 

I night, when they entered an witensive wood, in the very centre of 

ich atnod Colonel Belgi'ave's mansion. He carried Amanda him- 

iolo it, and laid her npon a so& in a brga parloor, Buuie feiuBlo 




doinestica appeared with drops and cordials, to try to r 
from the almost lifulesa state Id 'wliicli slie lay. One o( ihem pro** 
eDt«d a letter to Oolonel Belgrave, irhidi excited no little pertarbatiait 
in his mind; it <sine express to inform liim that his aiuAa, wIumb 
estate and title he was heir to, lay at the point of death, and tbathii 
presence immediately waa required. 

Th« colonel was not so abaolntely eugropsed by love na to be inc« 
])able of attending to his interest. An addition to his fortune wi 
extremely agreeable, as his affairs were aomewhat deranged ; and a 
Amanda was not in a aituation at present to comply with any over 
torea he should make, bis reaolution waa immediately formed to aet 
off without delay, and agdnst his reinra, he trusted Amanda would 
not only be recovered, but willing to accede to liis w 

ne dismisaed the woman who had bronght her a little to herself 
and taking her hand, informed her of tlie painful necesaity he wal 
under of departing for a short time : he abo mentioned hie hopes, that 
on his retom he should have no obstacle thrown in the way of hli 
Jiappiness by her. " Yon must be sensible, my dear Amanda," a 
he, with coolness, " that your reputation ia as much gone aa if y 
had complied with my wishes : since it is sacrificed, why nut eqjoy 
the advantages that may, that will certainly attend the reality of tb^ 

"Monster I" cried Amanda, "your arts may have destroyed my 
fame, but niy innocence bids defiance to your power." 

" Conquer yonr obstinacy, Amanda," replied be, " against I retnm, 
or I ehall not promise bat wliat I may at last be irritated. As yon 
will have no occasion for money here, yon mnst esciise me, my d««r 
creature, if 1 lake your purse into ray own keeping: my domestica 
may be faithtiil, when they have no inducement to the contrary; but 
no bribery, no corruption, yon know." 

lie (lien deliberately took Amanda's purse and watch from her 
pocket, and deposited them in his own. He had already given direc- 
tions to his servants concerning the treatment of Amanda, and now- 
ordered tliem to carry her to a chamber, and make her aome rcfresh- 

"Beflect, Amanda," «aid he, ere she retired, "on yonr prearait 
Ntoation, and timely estimate the advantages I offer to yocr a 
tnnce ; wealth, pleftsnre, the attention of a man who adoree you, ar« 



CHILDRKK or TUB ABBST. 30 It 

not to be despiwd. Dpon my wu.' it grieves me to leave yon, bnt tho 
yjH of meeting will I trust, pay the pangs of sbsenco." 

As he spoke, ho attempted to embrace her, bat she faintly shrieted, 
find shrunk from hii grasp. He looked provoked, bjt as he had no 
time to lose, he reserved a decloratloD of bia tmgor fur another oppoc- 
tunily, and directly set off for his uncle's. 

AiimuJa was supported t« a chamber, and lay down in her clothes 
on a bed. They offered her bread and wine, but she was too sick to 
touch any. To remonstrate with the insolent looking vreatures who 
■urriunded her, she knew nonld be unavailing, and she tnmed her 
face on the pillow to stifie her sobs, as she believed tbey would eiult in 
her distress. Death she thought approaching, and the idea of being 
Bcpai'ated from the dear objects who woold have soothed its last 
pangs, wan dreadful; her father in agony, and Oscar, her beloved 
brother )>ew<iiling her with tears of sorrow, were the images Gincy 
presented to her view. 

" iX:ar objecta of my love," she eofUy eidumed, " Amanda shall 
no more behold you, bnt her last sigh will bo breathed for yon. Ah I 
why, why," she cried, " did I soli'er myself to be separated from my 
father !" 

A yonng woman leaned over Amanda, and snrvoyed her with tha 
most malignant acrntiny; ah o was daughter to Belgrave's steward, 
end neither she nor her father posaeased snffiuient virtue to make 
them reject the offers Belgrave mode them oa her account. Bis 
attachment to her was violent, bnt transient, end in the height of it 
he made her mistress of the mansion ahe now occupied, which char- 
Dcier ehe maintained with tyrannic away over the rest of her domee- 
tica. Belgrave was rcftlly ignorant of the violence of her temper, and 
hod no ides she would dare dispnte bia incUnations, or disobey his 
orders ; he believed she would be subservient to both, and from, this 
belief gave Amanda particnlarly into her charge. 

lint scarcely had he departed, ere she swore, "that let the cogse- 
iiuence be what it would, the vite wreteh he had brought iuto the 
house to insult her, shfluld never remain in It: she shall tramp," cried 
she, " though I follow her uiyselt^ when he returns, for such a little 
hussey shall never triumph over me." 

The servants, ignorant and timorous, did not attempt to oppose 




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''Come, mftd&m," aud Bhe, suddenly teidog Amssda's arm, snS 
pQUiag her from the pillow, "h&re done with theee Uogubhiug aiit, 
add mwch." 

"What do joD meant" cried i^maDda, trerobliog at bcr Inflamed 

eonntenanae. 

" Wliy I mean that you sliall qnit tiiis honse dircrtly, and I wunder 
Ooloiiel Belgrave c«uld have Ihe assaraiioe to briug sach a oreatnre ai 

"You mistake, indeed," sud Amanda, " treachery, not imOinatioa, 
brought me into it, and I am not what you suppose; if, ns y-M wy, 
yon allow me to depart, I ehall ever regard yon as a fin«iiil, and 
io every prayer I offer up to heaven for myself, yon shall be remem' 
bared." 

"Oh dear, bnt you slioU not impose upon me so easily; come," 
oODtinned she, turning to her maid, " and help me to cotiduot this 
fine lady to the hall door." 

"Graciooa heavens," said Amanda, who by tliis time was tAken or 
rather dragged from the bed, " what are yon about doing wili me I 
Though I r^oice to quit the hoa«e, yet surely, surely," she cried, and 
Ler soul recoiled at the idea, "withoat a guide at this hour of Om 
night, you will not turn me from it." 

She then mentioned Colonel Belgrave's having deprived her of tha 
pnrse and watch, and besought the woman in the most pathetic term*, 
to supply her witli a small sum, vrliicli she solemnly aisored ber 
shottid be returned, as soon as ehe readied her frienda; and ended 
with saying, she should depart with gratitude ajid joy, if slie oompliei 
with her request, and allowed some one to goldc her to a place whert 
she might procure a oarrioge. 

" Such madams as yoa," replied tlie iro]>erions woman, are never ol ' 
a loss for means of procuring m<mey, or a plac^' to go to : I see tliroQfi^b 
your art well enough ; you want me to pity yon, that I may let yon 
■tay till year oolond retnms: but who would be fool then I wonderf 
the tables, I warrant, would soon hetnmed upon me: No, no, only 
go this moment." 

Bo saying, she rndely seiwd Amanda, and assisted by nnoiher 
woman, hurried her down stnint, and out of the lionse directly: tliey 
earned her to an intricate part of the wood, and then ran back, Itvr 
ing the helpless mourner Ivauiiis agiiinst a tree. 



CHIL 



^^ AmaD'la lookeJ aronnd her; ilark irad nwfnl wore tlie sIiaJM of 
B|bo WW d: no ligbt appeared but what came from a few waiidiTiog 
Btara, wliioh only served to render darknosa riaible. "Havo raercj 
upon me, heavon,'" groaned Amanda, as she felt herself sinkmK to tha 
earth. The cold acted as a kind of r^ 9torBtiT& and almost iiniiiediat&- 
]j reviTCd her. Bhe rested her head against a iittle lank, and as eho 
thus reclined, a tender sadness pervaded her amd, at the idea ot her 
father's sorrow when he lieard of her fate. '-When he hears," cned 
she, " that I was driven tiom Uie honse. as nnworthy of pity or pro- 
teotioQ from any being ; that his Amanda, whom he cherished in his 
bosom as the darling of his age, was denied the pity ha wonld have 
ahewn the greatest wretch that crawls vpon the earth ; and that she 
perished without shelter, it will hreak his heart entirely. Foot Oscar, 
too, alns I T shall ba a sotirc« of wretchedLesa to both. Will Lord 
Mortimer lament when he hears of my fate ? Alas 1 I cannot believe 
that ho will : he tliat could leave mo in the ari.is of in«en?ibi1ity, and so 
readily believe ill of me, most have a heart steeled against oomposMon 
for my aulferings. Bnt my nnhappyfi-tlicr and hrolher will never donbt 
my innocence, and by them I shall bo tenderly and tnily Tn.mrned." 

kThe ides of their snAerings at last recalled her wandering thoughts, 
and pity for those snfferinga, made her endeovonr to support her own, 
bat she might be able to make some efTorts for preserving a life so 
preeioiis to them ; besides, as alie reflected, she conld not but attribute 
her expnluoD from the honse of infamy, to the immediate interposition 
of Providenoe in her favoar; and whilst hei heart swelled with 
gratitude at the idea, her fortitude gradually returned. Bin; kos», 
but the vigour of her nerves was not eqnn to the ardour of her 
intentions: she walked on, and as she proceeoed, the glo^m grew 
more profound : the paths were iuti-icat*, and her progress was often 
1 tmpeded by the roots of trees and ttie branches which grew about 
^K.lhem. Aiter wandering ahont a considerable time, she at last began 
^Elo think, that instead of gaining tlie skirts, she had penetrated inM 
^P'ttie very oeutre of Uie wood, and that to qnit it till morning would be 
^Pjtnpossiljle. Yielding to this idea, or rather to her excessive woori- 
^K|nss, she was seeking for a place to sit down on, when a faint light 
^pjlHinmered before her; she instantly darted through the path from 
' whence it Reamed, and found herself at the extremity of the word, 
ifai that the ligh'. proceeded from a small hamlet contiBUoni to It. 



812 CBILURBK or THE inUET, 

Thither she watted, as last as her trembling Utnbs wtrali! oany ku 
A profonnd litillacda reigoed around, onl; iatermptud by Ihe IiouM 
mod bollow luLrking of some dLstant doga, which, iu such ao huur, bai 
something parlionlarly solemn in it. Tlie stillDosa, and sudden tliaq>> 
peer3iic« of lights Irom viiric)us TCiodow;:, cimviuced Amanda tint ' 
every cottage was closed for the night ; " and were the)- open," aH 
■he, "I porhagis sboajd be denied access to any, df'i'rived aa 1 sm, of 
the means of retrnrdlug kiudneas." She shuddered at the id*A at 
passlag a night nnslieltered. " It is now, indeed," said she, " I ratUf 
know what it is to fed for the honsclesa cidldron of want." Sha 
mored soMy along; the echo of her own stepn alunned lier, she litd 
nearly reached tlie end of the hiunlel, when befiire a neat cottogei, 
divided Irom the others by a clamp of old trees, she enw a veoenble 
man, who might well have pns^xl for an ancient hermit; his graj 
locks thinly shaded hia forehend ; an expression of deep and pcoflivs 
thought was visible in his coimteuanee ; his arms were folded on tits 
breast, and his eyes were raised with a tender melancholy to hearun, 
as if that heaven he contemplateil, was now the abode of sonut 
kindred and lamented spirit. Surely sneh a being, thought slio, will 





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Id wve ber from destruction, aad reproached Mortimer for siJing to 
OTerwbetm ber in disgraco. She continaed in this eituatlon tlirea 
days, during whidi tlie old mun and liia fuithful Bcrvant ivatched tior 
will] unremitted attention. A nQighboitriog apotbecarj' wiu sura- 
itiooad to Ler aid, and a ^j'1 from one of tiie cottagca proi^ured to git 
□p witli Iter at niglit. The old man freqneutly knelt bj the bod side, 
watchiug tvitli aiiiictj, for a faroorable symptom. Her incobereitt ' 
oxpreB^ona piercod bim to t!ie heart lie felt, from iDonrnfuI sympt- 
Uij, for tlie father she io patlietically meatioiied, and invoked LeAven 
to rfifltoro her to bim. 

The afternoon of the third day, Amanda after a long Blnmber, 
awoke, perfectly restored to her senses; it wna many minutes, 
however, after her awaking, ere slio reoolleotcd all the cironmstanow 
tbat bad caused ber present gitnation. 

She at last opened tlie curtain, and perceived tba old woman, whom 
we shall hereafter call Eleanor, seated by the bed side. 

" 1 fear," said she ivitli a languid smile, " I have been tbe ocoasion 
of a great deal of trouble." 

" No, no," replied the kind Eleanor, delighted to hear her speak so 
caltaly, and drawing hack a little of tbe curtain at the some time, to 
otiserve her looks. 

Amanda inquired Itow long she bad been ill. Eleanor informed 
lier, and added, " heaven, my door child, was kind to you, in tlirow- 
iag jon in my master's way, who delights in befriending Ibe help- 

»." 

"Heaven will reward bim," eiclainied Amanda. 

The chamber waa gloomy ; she requested one of llie shntters might 
be opened. Eleanor complied with her desire, and a ray of the 
declining sun darting tbrongb the casement, cheered her pensive heart. 

She perfectly remembered the venerable figure slie had beheld on Uie 
threshold of the cottage, and was impatient to caress tier gratiindp 
to bim. The next day, she trusted, would give her an opportunity 
of doing BO, as she then resolved, if possible, to rise. Tlie wi^ of her 
Bonl was to be with her father, ere he could receive any intimation 
of what had liappencd. Slie resolved to communicate to lior benevo- 
lent host, the incidents which had placed ber in such a situation; and 
she fiattered herself, on hearing them, he would accommodate ber 
with tbe means of returning to Ireland; if nnable (nnwilting she 
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tmaid not tliiuk she should Sad hlio) to do tlia, tiia ti 

irritdDg to Lcr father. — This meuore, howeTer, ■ 

tnuited, she should bftre no occasion to talce, u die well knew 01* 

Bboclc such a lettor would ipve him. 

Contrary to the inclinationa of Eleanor, ahe roM ths next d^, mi 
as eoOD 89 she was drest, sent to reqnest iir. Howell'i """^nj 
Eleanor had infurmed her of her master'a name. 

The diamber was on a grouod floor ; before the wiadoir wen • 
row of neat white cottages ; and behind tiiem row a range cf lol^ 
hills, covered to the yerj Bommit with trees, now Jn«t bnndng Intrt 
verdure ; before the cottage ran a clear murmuring rlTole^ at whloh 
eotne jouDg ^rls were washing clothu, whilst othera ipraad ttwm 
npon liedgee, and all beguiled their labour with singing, chattiiig and 
Jangbing together. 

" Ah I happy credtnres," cried Amanda, "screened by your n»tlT« 
hills, you know notliing of the vices or miseries of the great world : 
no Buares lurk beneath the flowery paths yon tread, to wring your 
hearts with anguish, and nip the early bloBsoms of your yonth." 

TLe old miin apT>eiU'ed and interrupted her meditntioiia. When bo 




f ou have reason, indeed, to regret jonr knowledge of Belgrave, but 
Uie sorrow he has uccasiooed jod, I believe and trost, nill be but 
ironsieDt: Uml which lie liiu gireamewill be as kKling as mji life: 
fou look astoaiebed: — alas! but for liira, I might now have beoo 
blest with a daughter aa iovolj and as amiable as Fitzalan's. I see 
joQ are too delicate to eipre«a ths curiosity 1117 words have iiiEpired 
but I sliail not hesitate to gratify it; mj relation will draw the tcAT 
of pity from yonr oye: bnt tJieaorrowa of others often recoouile ua to 



CIIAFTER SXXI. 



ID whflcalnc tpin, 






OoLLa*! Ona 



Ma^y jears are now elapsed since I t«ok up my residence in this 
leqneatered hamlet. I retired to it io distaste with a world, whitse 
vicea had robbed me of the dearest treasure of my heart. Two diild- 
ren cheered my soiitude, and in training them np to virtne, I lost the 
remembrance of half my cares. Ify son, when qaalified, was sent to 
Oxford, us a friend had promised to provide for him in the church; 
hut ray danghter was destined to retirement, not only from the nar- 
rowness of my income, but from a thorough conviction it was beat 
calculated to ensure tier felicity. Juliana was the child of innocence 
and content, she knew of do greater happiness than tiiat of promoting 
mine ; of no pleasurea but what the hamlet conld afford, and was one 
of the gayest as well aa the loveliest of its daughtets. One fata] 
evening I soSered her to go, with some of her young companiong, to 
a rustic ball, pven by the parents of Bdgrave, to their tenants, on 
coming down to Woodhooae, fh>m which they had been long absent. 
The graces of my child immediately attracted the notice of liieir son : 
though yoong in yearn, he was already a profeet libertine; the oondncl 
at hlafiitherhadset him an eiampleofdissipation, which the voUtUitj 



tU CRiLDRZK or mm aibbt. 

of his own dispodtion too readily iaeliaed him to Iblloir. HIi hiMt 
burned iatelj conceived the basest acliemes ■gsiost Jnlionm, whieh tnt 
obacnritj uf her situation prompted him to thluk might ItmSlj W 
kCGOmpUEhcd, 

From Ibis period he took erery opportonitj of throwing hfanMH 
in her way; m; Buspiciona, or nther my fbars were Boon exdted, br 
I knew not t]ien Che real depraritj of Belgr&Tfl ; but I Imew that n 
sttAchment between him and mj daughter would prove • lOiaM of 
uneasiness to both, from the disparity fortnna had plaoed t 
tnem. Uj task of convincicig Juliana of the improinietyof cf 
ing such an attachment, was not a difficult one ; hot alai 1 I aaw tlM 
conTiction was attended with a pang of angoiah, which pierced m* to 
ihe sooL 

Belgrave, from the assumed softness and delicacy of his mwmen, bad 
made an impression on her heart, which waa not to be erased ; bywj 
efTort, however, which prudence could snggest, ahe resolved to matka^ 
and in compliance with my wishes, avoided Belgrava. This o 
toon convinced him that it would be a difBcolt matter to Inll my o 




0B1LDRB.N or TUE ABUBI'. 317 

tor come tiuie, unable to attend to hia raptures. WLon aLe grew com- 
posed, he told her lie was rcturued to tmtke her liooouroUly Lis; but 
to effect tbiB intention, ajourne; from tlie hamlet was requisite, 

Slie torned pnie at tlieso wor<)fl, and dedared she never would coa ■ 
lent to s clandestine measure. 

Tliis declaration did not discoarnge BelgniTe; lie knew the Inter- 
est he liud in her lieart, and tliis knowludge gave an enen^ to hia 
arguments, which gradually' undermined the resolution of Jidiana. 
Alread}r, he said, alio biid made a snfficient sacrifice to filial Halj; 
surely something was now due to love like his, which, on her account, 
wonld cheerfully submit to ionnmerable difficnlties. As she was 
under age, a journey to Scotlaad was unavoiduble, he said, and he 
would have made me liis confidant on the occasion, bnt that he 
feared my scmpnlons delicacy would have opposed his intentions, oa 
contrary to parental authority. He promised Jullaua to bring her 
back to the hamlet immediately after the ceremony; in short, the 
pUuBibility of his arguments, the tenderness of his persuBsions, and 
the secret impulses of her heart, at lost prodnced tlie effect he wished, 
and he received a promise from her, to put herself nuder his pro- 
tection ttiat very night, 

Dut oh I bow impossible to describe my ogoniej the enaJng 
morning, when, instead of my cliild, I foand a letter in her room, 
inforuiiue me of her elopement; tlioy were snch as a parent irem- 
bling for the fame and happiness of his rjhild, may conceive; mj 
aenaea must have sunk beneath them., had Uiey long cootiaued; but 
Belgrave, according to his promise, hastened back my child, and aa 1 
•at solitary and pensive in the aparticent she so oAen had enlivened, 
I laddeoty beheld her at my feet, anppoited by Belgrave as his wife. 
8a great a transition from despair to comfort, was almost too fiower- 
Ail for me to support. 1 asked my heart, woa lla present happineai 
real; I knelt, I received my child in my arms; in tliose feeble arras 
I seemed to raise her with my heart to henvcn in pions gratitude, fbr 
her rotoniing nnsnllied. Tet when my first tmnaports wor< nliatod, 
I could nut help regrelting her ever having oiiiKentod to a clandca- 
tioe nuiun. I entreated Belgravo tc write in the moat submitt'ive 
manner to his father. He promised to comply with my entreaty, yel 
lilDl«d his fears, that his compliance would be uQattcoded witli Iht 
MflNiat I hojied. Ho ri>queated, if this shoiiM lie i.hc i-aiie, I wcnld 



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sit caiLOBBH or ths ASBitr. 

allow hia wife to reside in the oottage till be was of age. Olil how 
pledging s request to :jij heart; a raontti paaaed away iu happioeiB, 
only allayed by not hearing from his father. At the expiration at 
tliat Ihne, he declared be mast depart, having received orders to Join 
Ilia regiment, but promised to retorn oa soon as possible; he « 
pronii^ied to write, but a fortnight ela[>aed, and do letter arrived. 

Juliana and I grew alarmed, hut it was an alarm that only pn>- 
eeedcd from fears of his being ill. We were flitting one moroiiig > 
U'ealifast, when the stopping of a carriBge drew ub from the table. 

tie is cornel said Juliana, be is cornel and she flew to open 
tlie door, when, instead of her expected Belgravo, she beheld hia 
father, whose dark and haughty visage procjaitned that he came oa 
no charitable intent. Alas! the occasion of his visit was too soon 
explained ; he oame to have the tics, which bound hia sod to Joliam, 
brrikea. My child, on hearing this, with firmness declared, that sli« 
was convinced any scheme hia cruelty might devise to separate tliem, 
the integrity, as weU as tenderness of his son, would render sbortiTe. 

Be not too confident of that, yonng lady, orted he, Broiling 
maliciously. lie then proceeded to inform her, that Belgrave, so 
beiored, and ia whose integrity she so confided, had himself anUior- 
iiti his intentions, being determined to avail liimself of Don-ago, to 
have the marriage brote, 

Jnliana ooidd bear no more: aha annk fainting on the bosom of bar 
wretched father. Oh I what a situation was mine, when, as I cIbi| 
her wildly to my heart, and called upon her to revive, tiiat heart 
whimpered me, it was cruelty to wish she shouldl Alas] too m 
she did, to a keen perception of misery. T)je marriage was dissolved, 
and health and happiness fled from her togcUier: yet, from compw- 
eion to me, I saw she stniggted to support the burthen of existence 
Every remedy which had a chance of ]iruloDgiog it, I administertd; 
but aIbs I sorrow was routed in her heart, and it -wee only removal, 
which was impossible, that conld heve directed her recovery. OhI 
how often have I stolen from ray bod to the door of her apartment, 
trembling, Icat I should hear the lost groan escape her lips I how often 
have I tlion heard her deep convu'^vo sobs, and reproached myself 
for seilishnesa at the moment, for wishing the cnntinnance of Itei 
being, winch waa only wisJiing the oontinuanoe of tier misery! Yea, 
I hare then said, I resign her, my Orentor, nnto Ihee : I resign b 



1b>ui & certainty that only wiili tliee she can eujoj frlicily. Bnt 
"sTasI 'mainnmcnt fniil naturtj has triumiihetl over such a resiguation, 
•ind prostrnte u;ran the gruand I have implored heaven eitUer to span 
the oLil<l, or take the father along with her. 

She saw me imiistial'.T deprest nne ilay, and proposed a walk, with 
the hope that any excision from lier might recruit mj8]'irita: but 
when I saw my child in the very Uuom of life, unable to sostcua her 
foelilo frame : when I felt lier leaning on my almost ncrveidsi arm for 
Gnppurt, oh ! how intolerable wiu tlie aogaish that rived my heart I 
In vain by soft endearments, she alrove to mitigate if. She motioned 
ta go towardi Woodboiue; we bad got within sight of ttie wood, 
nlien slie complained of faligae, and sat domi. She had not been 
many mill u tea in thia situation, -when she beheld oomiiig from the 
wood, Uulgrave aai a young girl she knew to be the steword'a 
dang)it«r. The familiar manner in whiah they appeared converaing, 
left little room to doubt of the footing on wliitih they were. The 
hectic glow of^aliana'a complexion, gave place to a deadly puleneaa: 
)he arose and returned with me in ailenoe to the cottage, Irom 
whenue, in lese than a week, she was borne to her grave. 

Eight years, continued he, after a pause of some minutes, have 
eJ&pacd since her death, yet is her worth, her beauty, and her suffer- 
tngs Btill fresh in the remembrance of the inhabitants of the haml«L 
In mine, oh! Misa Fitialan, how painfully, how pleasingly, do they 
ttJU exist; no noisome weed is allowed to intonnin^le in the high 
I *^^rasti which has overgrown her grave, at the head of which soma 
i* kind hand has planted a rose tree, whose roses blossom, bloom, and 
ile upon the sacred spot. Uy child is gone before me to that earthly 
o which I hoped she would have smoothed my passage. Every 
in and about the cottage, continually recalls her to ray view: 
B cmoraenta of this little room, were ail the work of that band, 
e mouldered into dnst : in that bed — he stopped, he gronned, 
Md tears burst from him — in that bad, resumed he, (in a low 
krinntea, tbough with a broken voice) she breathed lier laat sigh ; in 
.t spot I knelt wkI recvived the lo-it pressure of her clay cold lipa. 
I night when nil is hashed to repose, I love to contemplate 
that heaven, to which 1 have given bu angel r an angel to wliom, T 
>, ahorUy to be reunited : without such a hope, surely of all men 
Wlhing, I sbonid be tlie nioBl wretched : oh. how cruel is it t!i*u 



9S0 CHILDHKir OF TBI ABSBT. 

In ttiose who, hy raining ilonbts of ftti hercnncr, attempt to dcatroj 
aiicb a liojie. Yo soiis of error, lii Jo the iiii|iiou« duulilit witJitn jour 
hearts, nor wiili wanton barbarity endeavour to deprive ilie muer^le 
uf tbeir lust cuinfort : wbcn tliis worlil pre-^ciits nutbing but a drearj 
]irospeet, liow ebeering to tbe afflicted to reflect in t'lat flitnra one, 
wliere all will bo briglit and bappy. — 'Wben wo mourn over tlie lost 
friends of our tenderest alTuctions, obi bow consolatory to think wa 
■liall be re-unitcd to tliem again ; bow often lias tliis thoaght 
luspendcd my tears and stopped my sigtiB; inspired by it with 
eudJen Joy, often Lave I risen from tbe cold bed wbere Juliana liea, 
and esclaiined, "O death, ivliere is thy stingi grave, where i* thy 
victory {" botli lost in the certainty of again beliolding n)y child. 

Amanda lihed tear:^ of soft eompiUision fur tlie fate of Juliana, umI 
the siirniivs of ber father, and felt if i>ossib]e, her gratitude to he»TMi 
incri'ascd, for preserving her fjuni t!ic liuarcs of snch ■ monster of 
deceit and biirbmity as Beigra^e. 

Iliiu't^ll rtUevcd the nnxicty ehe laboured under about the means of 
retiirriini- Iiouil', by assnrinf; her be would not only supply her with ■ 





SSI 



■ The grave was ilii^tioguiBbed by the rose tree U ila hen<] : tbe 
Kniing breeie gentif ngiuted tlio higli and liixuriaQt grass vhich 
Wwed it. Amanda gazed on it with ineipressible udnoss, but do 
Botjona it ucit«d in ber breast, she endesToiircd Lo ctieck in {dtjr 
D the wretched father, wb<i eiclaiuted, while tears tricbled down his 

e and furrowed cheelM, "there lies my tressare." 
. Sbo tried to divert hiin ^om hia sorrow, by talking ot his sou. 
IfijBha described hia Lttle reai<I«nce, whicii he bad uever seeu . thui, by 
.:f«ciUliQK to bis reoollecIJoti tbe blesaings he yet possessed, cheoking 
his angnisb for those be bad lost. 

The weakness of AmiLodn wonld not allow them to travel expedi- 
tionsly. They slept one night on the road, and the next day, to hei 
great joy, arrived at Park Gate, as ube had all along (treaded a pur- 
suit from Belgrave. A packet was to siul about four o'clock in the, 
afternoon ; she partook of a slight repaet with her beuevolei'.'. friond, 
who attended her to the boat, and with storting tears, gave and 
received an adien. She promised to write as eoou as s'.ie reached 
home, and assured him hia kindness would never be obliterated from 
her hesn. Ue watched her tjll she entered the ship, then rcturnei] 
U> Uie iuD, and immediately set off for the handet, with a mind some- 
what oheered by the oonsciousness of having served a felli>-y erta- . 
tore. 



CHAPTER SXXn. 

Tliv hnaj emU of tnocoBe breftUtlDfl moi 



K weakness which Amanda felt in cooaequenpc of her Utu illiipss. 

.end the excessive sickness she always suffered at sea, made her retire 

.40 bed immediately on entering the packet, where she conlinaed till 

ii evening of tbe second day, when about Are o'clock she was 

f i^dtnl at the mariue hotel. Bbe directly requested tlie waiter u 

T tn go into town, whii-h being done Klie imtI 




to engage a plaw in the nortliem mail coach, Ihat went williin Htw 
miles (if Caiitle Ciirberry. If a place could uot be procared, sha 
ordered a chaise night be bireil, that would imniediatelT set unt wrth 
her, as tbe nights were moon-light, hut to her grent joy the man 
epeedilj retomed, and informed her he had secured a seat Id tbe 
coach, whicli «he thouglit a niuoh safer mode of travelling for her, 
thin in a hired carriage, without an; attendnnt. — She took Mnne 
ii'ijht refreshment, and tlien proceeded to the mail hotel, from whenot, 
at elfcven I'cltck, she set ont, in compnnj- with one old genlleman, 
■who very composedly put on a largo woolen night cap, buttoned op 
hia gfeat coat, and full into S profound sleep ; lie was, perhnp*, juat 
■acl) a hind of companion as Amanda desired, as be neither tcazed 
her with insipid conversation, or impertinent questions, but loft her 
nndisturjed to indulge her meditations during the journey. The 
aeconl ^vining, about eight o'clock, she arrived at the nearest tows 
to Cistli noi'borry, for which slie directly procured a chaise, and wt 
off. 

Ber epir.ts were painfull; agitated: she dreaded the shock her 
father wjuld receive from heoring of her fiulTeringa, which it wonld 
be impossible to conceal from him ; she trembled at what they would 
both !bi\ on the ap|)n>acliing interview : sometimes she feared he bod 
already .loard of her distress, and a gloomy presage rose in her mind, 
of the anguish she shonld find him in on her account: yet again, 
when she reflected on the fortitude he had hitherto displayed In hi* 
trials, under the present, she trusted, he would not lose it; and that 
he wonld not only support himself^ but her, and bind up those 
wounds in her heart, which perfidy, cruelly, and ingratitade had 
made. And oh ! thought slie to herself, when 1 find myself again in 
his arms, no temptation sliall allure m" *rom them ; allure me into a 
world, wliere my peaoo and fame hove alreadf suffered such a wreck. 
Thus nllema'e'y fitietnnting between hope and fear, Amanda pnrsued 
tlie rood to Castle Carberry ; but the btt-ir sensation was predominaul 
In her mind. 

Ttie imcommon gloominess of tlie orening added to her d^eotton , 
the dark ^ud lowering clonds threatened a violent stomt; already a 
djower of sleet and rain waa falling, and every thing looked cold nud 
peerless. Amanda thought the cabins infinitely more wretched than 
(Then fhr had first eeen litem: many of ihcir miserable inbabitmta 



i yrtre now gathering their tittle fiucka together, and driving tiiem 

L^^der shelter from the coming atorni. The labourers were de«n ha;:- 

ning to their respective homes, whilst the jilongh-boy, with ft low 

lod melancholy whistle, drove his slow and wearied tenm along, 

JiTliBsea looked rongh and blnoli, and as Amanda drew nearer to 11, 

e heard it breaking with fory against the rocks. 

She fdt herself extremely ill : she had left the hamlet ere lier fever 

s Buhdued, and fatigue, joined to wont of rest, now brought il 

ftlback with all its fomier violence. She longed for rest and qniet, and 

fa^uted aod believed these wonld conquer her malady. 

The chsiiw atopped at the entrance of tiie lawn, as she wished to 
have her father pretiared for her arrival, by one of the servants. On 
■lighting from it, it retnmed to town, and she atrack into a grove, 
aod b; a winding path reached the coatle. Her limbs trembled, and 
she knocked with nn unsteady hand at the door. The sound was 
Bwfullj rererbernted through the building: some minates elapsed, 
and no being appeared; neither coold she perceive a ray of light 
from any of tlie windows; tbo wind blew the rain directly in her 
face, and her weakness increased eo she conld scarcely stand. 5he 
recollected a small door at the bock of the castle, which led to the 
apartments appropriated to the domestics; she walked feebly to tliis, 
to try and gain admittance, and found it ojica. She proceeded 
through a long, dark passage, on each side of which were small 
rooms, tili she csme to the kitchen ; here she found the old woman 
sitting (to whom tlie core of the castle was usually consigned), befbre 
a large turf fire. On hearing a footstep, elie looked behind, and when 
fke saw Amanda, started, screamed, and betrayed symptoniB of the 
utmost terror. 

" Are you frightened at seeing me, my good Kate t" cried Amanda. 
"Oh holy virpn," replied Kate, crossing her breast, "one cuuld 
I jot help being frightened, to have a body steal nnawarea upon them." 
" My father is well, I hope ?" said Amanda. 
" Alack-a-day," cried Eate, " the poor dear captain has gone 
F ttiroiigh a sea of troubles since yon went away." 
" Is he ill !" encloimed Amanda, 

" m, ay, and the Lord knows he has reason enough to be ill. Bat 
f jpy dear jewel, do you know nothing at all of what has liappenod at 
[ fte Oftstle sicce yon wont away ?" 



IM IIILHIII OI III A.»M> 

** No, nothing in the world." 

" HeoveQ help you Uien," suid Kate ; " but mj dew winl, »it down 
DpoD tliis little stool, And wami joureelf before the fire, for yoa look 
pale Eud cold, and I will tell joq ai! obont it. Yon must know, 
sboaC three weeke ago my JuboateD broD(;ht the cnptain a letter from 
the pofit-offico ; he knew by the niork it was a letter from SngiMii] ; 
and »o when he comes ioto the kitclion to me, Kate, says he, th» 
Ntptain has got Gomethiag now to cheer his spirits, for he has heard 
from Miss I am stire. So to be »iire I said I was glad of it, for yon 
mnst know, my dear, he wm in low spirits, and peaking, as one maj 
•ay, for a few days before. TV ell, it was always my custom when he 
got a letter from England, to go to him as &oon as I thonght he had 
read it, and adc about yua ; so I put on a dean apron, and np I goM 
to the parloar, and opened the door atid walked iu. ' Welt air,' mji 
I, ' 1 hope there is good now* from Miss V 

" Tlie captain was sitting with the letter opoD before turn on tb» 
table ; he had a handkercl'ief to his eyes, hut when I spoke lie took 
it down, sod I saw his face, which generally looked so pale, now 
quite till! 




wen ^t tlien 



CU t LDRS » 



«M 



giving them both characters, which I warrant will 
od places ng^n. Well, he said he inusl eet off for 
t day, so everj thing was got read;; but io the 
middle of the night he was seized with apBeme in hla atoniaoh ; be 
;|faouglit himseif djing, and at la.'-t rung the bell, aad as good lack 
nrouiJ have it, m^ Johnnten beard it, and went up to him directl; ; 
tl^^ ji been withoot relief much longer, 1 think he would have died. 
JoUcatcn called me up ; I hod a choice bottle of old brandy lying by 
me, so 1 BDOD blew up a Sre, and heating a cup of it, gave it to him 
diieoily. Ue grew a little ea^er, but was (oo bad id the moniing to 
thmk of going on Lis Journey, which grieved him sadly. He got up, 
ha'flever, and wrote a large pacquet, which he sent by Johnatea to 
the t>ost-office; pnclied np aome tilings in a trunk and put bis m«I 
Dpon bis desk; be «aid be would not eiay in Uie castle npon any 
account, bo he went out as soon as Johiiaten came bock Oom the poat- 
office, leaning upon his arm, and got a little lodging at Thady Bryue'a 

"Merciful baavenl" exclaimed the agonized and almost faiuting 
Amanda, ''support and strengtlieu me in this trying hourl enable ma 
to comfort my anfortanate father; preserve me from sinking, that I 
may endeavour to assist bim." Tears accoinjianied this fervent ^aou- 
tioa, and her voice was lost in sobs. 

" Alack-a-day," said the good uatursd Kate, " now don't take it so 
aadly to heart, my jewel; all is not lost that is in danger, and thera 
ia aa good &^ in the sea as ever were caught ; and what though tbia 
is a stormy night, to-morrow may be a line day. Wby the very firat 
sight of you will do the captain good. Come dieer up, 1 will gn^A 
you some nice hot jiotatoes for your supper, tor yon see the pot is Jaat 
boiUng, and some fresh cliurued bntter-milk, and by the Ume you 
have eaten it, Johnaten perhaps may come back ; hu bos gone b> 
town to get some beef for onr Sunday dinner, and then I will go with 
you to fhody's myself." 

"Ko, no," cried Amanda, "every minute I now stay from luy 
fikiher seems an age: too long lias he been neglected: too long 
without a friend to sootli or attend hira. Oh grant, gracioua hearen, 
grant," raising her clasped bauds, " that 1 may not have returned Ljo 
IaL« to l>e of use to him." 

Kate prL-st her to «tRt for Jobnal«n's return; but the agnnj of 




OBILDKIH D 

e ecidared till she eaw her father, made her regftrdlcniC 
walking nloDe, though the hoar was late, d&rk and tcuipestcoiA 
£r>te lindiog her entreatiea vain, attended her to the door, aB»iiiriiig 
ber if Johnsteu returued soon, tihe would go over herself to the caluu, 
ud Bee if she oonld do luijthiiig for her. Amanda preat her hand, 
but was nnabje to Bpeak. Ill, weak, aod dispirited, she had flatiereit 
herself, on returning to her father, ahe should receive relief, buppott, 
ud oousoktion: in!«C«ad of whiclj, heart-brukui as she was, ehenuir 
fooDd she must give, or at least attempt giving them herself. Sho 
had before experieoued distrea?, but the actual pressure of poverty 
■be had never yet felt. Heretofore she ha>t alwa;?s a iMinfnttttUt 
Mylum to re[)air to, but now she not only found herself deprived of 
that, but of all means of procuring one, or even the ueoessariea of Ufa. 
But if she mourned for herself, how much more severely did iba 
mourn for her adored fktlierl Gould she have procured bim oomfortt 
could she in any degree have alleviated bis situation, the liorrora of 
her own would have becu lessened : but of this she had not tbo 
Hllgbtest means or prospect. Her father, she knew, posseaiwd tho 
I aliort a time, to be enabled to save any money. partioulariT 





otiiLDiiKS or riiK Annicr. »27 

Treltb',^ u it wa«, she was glad wheu she readied it, fiir the vioIeiicM 
of t'.e ,*ti>nii, cfi llie lnuelineas of th« road, Lad terrified bar. Th« 
coliio was but a few jarda from the beach i tliere ware two wi&dowa 
in twat; OD one side a pile of turf, and on ttie otber a eiied for tJia 
pi)^ ill trliioli ttie^ now Iny gmnting: the Bhatters were fiutaned OC 
tie windows to prevent tlieir being aiiakoD b; die wind; but throngh 
the crevicea Anintida saw light, which consineed her the inliabitanta 
were not jet retired to repose. She feared her Buddenly appearing 
t>fore her father, iu hie present weak »tHte, might liaro s dangiorona 
effect npon biio, and she stood before the cabin, considering how she 
fh'-ild have her arrival broke to him. Slie at laat tapped gentlj at 
the dour, and then retreated a few steps from it, shivering with the 
vet and cold: iu the beautifnl language of Solomon she might have 
aiud, " her head was filled with dew, and her locks with the drops of 
the night." A» she expected, the door was almoat instantly opened; 
a boy appeared, whom she know to be son to the pour people. Bha 
held iif her liandkcrdiief, and beckoned him to her ; !ie hesitated as If 
afraid to advnnce, till nbe called hiin softlj b; his name ; this assured 
him ; he approached and expressed astonishment at finding she wei 
the person who called him. She inquired for her father, and heard 
he was ill, and then asleeji. She desired the htij to enter the cabin 
before her, and cantion his parents against making any noise that 
might disturb him; he obeyed her, and she followed hirn. 
■ She lonnd tlie father of the family blowing a tnrf fire, to hasten 

e boiling of a large pot of potatoes. Three ragged children were 
letting before it, watching impatiently for their supper. The mother 
^■B spinning, and their old grandmother making bread. The plaoe 

IS small and crowded : half tlie family slept below, and the other 
lialf up aloft, to which they ascended by a ladder, and upon which e 
Vtmber of fowls were now tamiliurly roosting, cnckling at every 
ItolM made below. Fitzolan's room was divided tVom tl;e rest of the 
D by a thia partition of wood, plastered with pictaree of suntd 



aid the 1 



IS of the n 



' "Save yon kindly, madain," i 
Iftmaada, on entering it. 

Bryoa gut Dp, and with many iicrapea, offered her his little slouJ 
^Jlfore tlie fire. She thanked him, and accepted it; bis wife, nut. 
Wthitaadlng the obligaljuni ahe lay imder to her, saemnd tn think as 



niQcb reep«ct was not dne to her as wtien nuKtrcas of th« rjudt, i 
UiensTcire nevor left her seat, or quitted her spinning, on her enttatioft. 

■' My poor father is very ill," said Amanda, 

" Wbj, indeed the captain hts hatl a bad time of it," onawod 
Mrs, Bryoe, jogging her wheel ; " to be sure Lo Uaa eaSeraX some lit 
tie change; but your great fulka, as well oa your simple Tolka, mMt 
iook to that in Ihig world; and 1 dim't know why they should c}\ 
for they are do better than the othera, I believe," 

" Arra, Norah, now," said Bryne, "I wonder yon are not shy ri 
ipeoting 80 to the poor yonng lady," 

Amanda's heart was surcharged with grief; she fi-lt mfibcating; 
■he arose, nnlatched the door, and the keen oold air a Uttle revived hw. 
Toara burat forth : she indulged them freely, and they lightvned thj 
load on her heart. She asked for a glass of water : a glass was not 
reaililT to be procured. Bryne told har she had better take a noggit 
of butter-milk. This she refused, and he brought her one 

She now conquered the reluctance she felt to speak to tha nniiu 
Ifra, Bryne, and consujted her on the html method of lueutiuQing her 
arrival to her father, Mrs. Bryne said he had been in bed sometime, 
but hi« sleep was on«n interropted, and she would now step into 
chamber, and try if he was awake; she accordingly did so, but 
returned in a moment, and said he iilill ulept. 

Amondn wished to see him in his present situation, to Judge how 
iar bis illness had aflbcted bim ; she stepped ttoiUy into his ronai 
was small and low, lighted by a glimmering rush-light, and a ileclin- 
ing fire. The forniture was poor and scanty, in one oomer stood a 
wooden bedstead, viithoQt ourlaiiis or any shade, and un this, uodar 
susersble bed-cluthes, lay poor Fitxalan. 

Amanda ahaddered aa she looked roimd this chamber of wi etched* 
ness. " Oh, my fatiier," she cried to herself, " b this the only refiige 
you could findt" She want to the bed, she leaned over it, and 
beheld hia face ; it was deadly pale and emoriated ; he mooned in 
klee]), aa if his mind was dreadfnily o[ipressed. Suddenly he began ia 
move; he sighed — "Amanda, my dearest child, shall 1 never mure 
behold you?" 

Amanda was obli^ to hssten &om the room, to give vent to hat 
Mnotiooa ; she sobhed, «he wrung bcr bnnds, and in tl e billemcM of 



ridb 



l%iBr!ViQl eicliumed, "AUsl Bias] I have returned too late to m 



I 

■ T1]e7 soon after heard him stir. She requested Mrs. Brjne to go 
H Nb, uid oauiioiislj infonn him she was come. She cunipUed, and in 
H % moment Amanda heard him saj, "Thank heaven, my dai'ling b 
^ ■*«nnied." 

" Yun may now go in, Miss," swd Mrs. Brjne, coming from the 

Amaada went in : lier Tatber was raised in the bed ; his arms wero 
eitenilfcd to receive her; slie threw herself into them; langnage waa 
denied them both, but tears, aveu more expresaive than worda, 
evinced their feelings. Fitzalan lirst recovered his voice. "My 
prayer," e^d be, is granted; heaven has restored m; child, to 
smooth the pillow of sickneKS, and aooth the lost nomenta of exist- 
ence. " 

"Oh, my father," cried Amanda, "have pity on me, and mention 
not those moments; exert yonrself for your child, who, in this wide 
world, ha9 she bnt thee to comfort, SDpport, and beirieDd ber?" 
"Indeed," said he, "for yonrsake I wish tliey may be far distant." 
He held her at a little distance from bim; he snrveyed her face, 
her form; her altered complexion, her fallen features, appeiired to 
■hock him; he clasped her again to bis bosom. "The world, my 
ehild, I fear," cried he, " baa nsed tbee most unkindly." 

"Oh I most omelly," sobbed Amanda. 

' "Then, my girl, let the rofiection of that world, where innocenoe 

Tirtue will meet a proper reward, console yon ; — here they are 

n permitted to be tried; but as gold is tried and pnrilied by fire, 

b tn they hy adversity. Those whom God loves he chaatises. — Let 

a Idea give you patience and fortitade, ander every trial; never 

a your dependence on him, though calamity should pursue yon 

b the very brink of the grave ; but bo comforted by the assuraiioe he 

B given, that those who meekly bear the cross he lays upon them 

U be rewarded : that be will wipe away all tears from their eyee, 

bd swallow np death in victory. 

"Tliough a soldier fkim my yonth, and accustomed to all the liiei> 

3 of oimpx, I never forgot my Creator, and I now find the 

aflt of not having done so: now, when my friendB desert, the 

ns npon me ; when sirkoess and sorrow have overwlielmed 



390 CUILDKEN UP IBB ABBET. 

me, reli^on stands me in good stood ; consolra me for wlibt I lost, mtt 
0on«iui the remembrance of the past, by prcAentiug prosp^ts of tbtim 
■brightness," 

Bo spoke Fitzolaa the piotu Benlimente of his soul, and thejcaJioed 
the ogitAtioDS oi Amanda. Ue found her ulotbea were wet, and 
insisted on her cliunging tliem diroctlj. la the bundle inc good 
Eleanor gave her, was a change of linen and ft cotton wrapper, -which 
she now put on, iu a small closet, or rather shed, ai^joluing her father's 
room. A good fire waa made up, a lietter light bronght In, and mhoo 
bread and wine Iroin a email cupboard in tlie room whiidt contained 
Fituhiu's tilings, set before her, of-which he made her immedUtely 
partake, tie tooic a glass of wine hitnself from her, and tried to oheer 
her spirits. "Ua had been daily expecting her arrivul," UeAald, ''and 
had had a pallet and bed clothes liept ^ring for her; im hoped she 
v'onld nut be disBatislied with sleeping in tlie closet. 

" Abl mj iiathor," Mho cried, "can jou ask yonr dnnghter such a 
qnestion J" She expressed her fears of itguring liim by having du- 
tarbed bi« repose. "No," hesajd, "it was a delightful intermption ; 
it was a relief from pwn and anxiety." 

Lord Oherbnry, he informed her, had written him a letter, whitih 
pierced bim to the soul. "He accused me," said he, "of endearoar- 
ing to promote a marriage betweien you and Lord Mortimer; of 
treacherously trying to counteract his views, and take advantage of 
his unsuspecting friendship. I wna shocked at tliese accusationn; 
but how excruciating would my anguish have l>een, had I reaUj 
diaerved them; I soon determined upon the conduct I shooid adopt, 
whioli was to deny the justice of his oliarges and resign hia agency, 
fur any farther dealings with a man, who could think me capable of 
meanness or doplicity, was not to be thooght of. My accuuntd wera 
always in a state to allow me to resign at a moment's warning. It 
was my intention to go to England, put them into Lord Cherbary'a 
hands, and take tny Amanda from a place where she might meet 
with indignities, as little merited by her, as those her father had 
received were by him. A Hodden and dj-eadful dinonJer, which I am 
convinced tlie agitation of my niiud brought on, prevented my 
executing thia intention. I wrote, however, to his lordsliip, arqnaint- 
ilig him with my resignation of his agency, sad tronsmittitg my 
srrears. I *ent • letter to you ri thu M-roe time, and a 



OHiLDRBN or TJiic ADBsr. Sai 

11 remiltonce, for your immediata retorn, and then retired Inna 

» castle, for I felt a longer continuaDcw in it would dogrado we to 

a diameter of a mean degtendant, imd intimated a lia|te of being 

ostattid in mj former atation; wbicli, should Lord Cberbur; now 

'. I slioutd r^eot, for ignoble roast be the mind wliioh could 

'■ooept of favours from those who doubted its integritj. Agoinat 

axvAi condiuit mj feelings revolt ; poverty to me, is more welcome 

tliui indepeodence, when purchased with the low of Bell'-esteein," 

Ainanda perceived her father knew nothing of her auflerijigs, but 
inppoaed her return occasioned by his letter; abe iJierefure resolved, 
iJ' puseible, cot to undeceive bim, at leaat till his health was better. 

The night was far advanced, and her father who saw her ill, and 
■bnoat siidciog with tatigne, requested her to retire to reat; she 
accordingly did. Qer bed was made up in the Utile closet; Mn. 
firyne assisted her to undress, and brought her a bowl of whey, 
which, she trusted, with a comfortable sleep, would carry off her 
feverish symptoms, and enable her to be her fatlier's nurse, • 

Her rest, however, was far from being comfortable ; it was brokeo 

by horrid dreams, in which she beheld the pole and emaciated £gure 

of her father, suffering Ibe most exquisite tortures ; and when she 

started from these dreams, she heard hia deep moans, which were 

like daggers going through her heart. She aroeo oDce or twice, snp- 

pusing him in pain, but when she went U> his bed she found him 

asle«p, and was convinced from that ciroumstonoe, bii pain was 

more of the meatid than the bodily kind. She felt extremely ill ; ber 

bonea were sore from the violent motion of the carriage, and she fiui* 

oied rest would do her good ; hat when, towards morning, she wu 

inclined to take some, she was oiitnpktely pi'event«d by the noise the 

children mode on risitig. Fearful of negiootiug her lather, she arose 

soon after herself; but was scarculy able to put ou her clothea from 

_ AKCessive weakness. She found him in bed, but awake. He wel- 

KMBatied her with a languid smile, and ertending hia hand, which was 

J fctdnced to mere skin and bone, said, " that joy was a greater enemy 

I repose than grief, aud had broken bis earlier tlian usual that 

loming." 

B W'H<^ mode her sit down by him; he g(wed on her with unutterable 

B ^mderoCBS : " In divine tongaage," criti'] he, " I may say, kl one ser 

"^.eoanlensnoe ; let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and 



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Uiy countenanoe ia oomelj, and my aonl baa ploa 
(iQ it." 

Tlie kettle was already boiling: he had prooorod a 
for himseU^ encb as tea-thinga aod glares. Aniaiula placed the tea- 
table by the bedside, and gavs bim bis brealdiuit. Whilst receiving 
it from lier, his eyes were roiaed to beaven, as if iu thankful gratitods 
fbr the tuestimable blessing be still posiiessed in snch a child. Aft«i 
breakfuat be B»d he would rise, and Amanda reUred int« the gardei^ 
till be was dressed, if that could deserve tlie appellation, which -wn* 
only a slip of ground, planted with cabbages aud potutoisa, and 
enclosed with louse stones and blackberry bushes. The spring wai 
already odvanced: the day was fine; the light aud fleecy clonds wer« 
gradtuilly dispersing, and the aky, almost as far as the eye could 
reach, was of a clear blue. The dusky groen of the blaokbeny 
buehes was eulirened by the pole purple of their blossoms ; tufts of 
primroses grew beneath their shelter; the fields, which ruse with k 
gentle swell above the garden, were covered with a v 
spangled with daisies, buttercups, and wild honey-suckles; and tha 
trirds, as they flattered from spray to 8)>ray, with notes of ghkdnes^ 
liiuled the genial season. 

But neither the season nor its cliarnis could now, as lieretofote, 
deliglit Amanda; she felt forlorn and dittconsolate; deprived uf the 
comforts of life, and no longer interested in tlie objects around bar, 
Abe sat down upon a stone at the end of tlie garden, and she thought 
the fresh breeze from the tea cooied the feverish heat of her blood. 
" Alas I" she said to berBcIf^ " at this seusun last year, how different 
was my situation from the present V Though not in affluence, 
neither was she then in absolute distress; end she had, besides, tba 
oomfurtalile hope of having her father's ditfii-ulties removed ; liks 
Burns' mountain dusy, slie had then uheerfully glinted forth amidal 
tlio Etorm, because she thought that storm would be o'lirbluwn; bat 
now she saw herself on the point of being finally crushed Uenoath tbt 
rude pressure of poverty. 

She recollected the words whioh had escaped her when she laat 
aaw Tndor Ilall, and she thought tbey were dictated by something 
like a prophetio spirit. She bad then said, as she leaned upon a litU* 
gate which looked into the domain, "when the^ woods again glow 
with vegeiation ; when every shade reaounds with harmony, aniL tb« 



CniLDRKX or THB ABKE«. 8^3 

flowen and tbe bli>seom9 spread their foliaga to tlie bqd ah 1 ati, 
nhcre will Amanda be? far distant, in all proliability, from these 
deSightful shades; perhaps deserted and forgotten ly Ilicir master." 

Slie was indeed tkr distant from them ; desertoc, 3Ld if not f»r)^t- 
tea, at least only remembered with contempt b^ the^r inastep! 
remembered iritli contempt bjr Lord Mortimer. It was on id« 
of intulemble anguish ; his name was no more repeatijd as a clianii 
to eootlie hor grief; this idea increaaod her misery. 

She orntiDued indulging her melancholy meditation?, till informed 
by cue of the children the captain was ready to receive her. She 
b&Btenod in, and foond him in na old high-backed choir, and the 
ravages of care and ticknesa were now more visible to her tlian tbi^ 
hod beet the night before ; be was redaccd to a mere skeleton; "lbs 
Or^na! brightness of his form" was quite gone, and be EeetiMtd 
already on tlie very brink of the grave. The agony of Amanda's 
filings was expressed on her conntenance; be perceived and guessed 
its source. He eudaavonred to compose and comfort Iter, She lueii- 
tJoned a physician; he tried to dissuade her from the idea of bring- 
ing one, but she besought bim, in compassion to ber, to consent, and, 
overcome by her earnestness, he at last promised tlie ensuing day she 
should do as she wished. 

It was now Sunday, and ho desired the service of the day to bo 
read. A small bible lay on the tabic before him, and Amanda com- 
plied with bis desire. In tbe Britl lesson were these words : " Leave 
thy fatherless children to me, nnd I will be their father." The teara 
gushed tVont Fitialan ; he laid his hand, which appeared convulsed 
with aptalion, on the book. " Oh I what words of comfort," cried 
he, "are these; what transfKirt do they convey to tbe heart of a 
parent burthened wilh aniiety 1 Yes, merciful Power I will, with 
grateful joy, commit my children to thy care, for thou art the friend 
who wilt never forsake them." He desired Amanda to proceed; ber 
voice was weak and broken, and the tears, in spite of her effoits to 
reitirain them, stole down her uheoka. 

When she hnd condi'dcd, ber father drew towards him, and 
Inquired into all that h(d past daring her sla? in Londi-n. She rein- 
:°d tL' CIm, witliout reserve, <Jie variocs ?nuidunta slia bjd Titec with 
previous toiler going to tbe inorobionesi'B: acknowledged the hopet 
acd fears sheexperienoed on Lord Mortimer's account : nud die argn 



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BUQls hi had made nne of to indnoe her to a clsruleitfine nnio» irltti 
her positive refusal ,0 such & step. 

A beajn of pluajQro illaijuned the pallid face of Htxalnn "yJ3 
acted," eajd he, " aa I expected, and I glory iu jnj :Jiil<], snd feet 
more indignation than ever agaiuat Lord Oherbury fur iiia mean eob- 
l^dons." — Amanda vas convinced those auipicions bad been infuseil 
into his mind \>j those who had struck aX her peace and &me. Tbia 
idea, however, as well as their injuries to her, she meant if jioesiblet 
to oonceaL — When her &tber, therefore, desired berto proowd in he 
narratiTe, her voice began to falter, her mind became distoriied, vid 
her coQUtenance betrayed her agitation. The remembrance of tlw 
droulM «oene8 she had gone tliruugb at the mnrchiouess'j ruade ber 
Involuntarily Rhudder, and she wished to conceal them forever from 
ber fattier, but found it impoijsible to evade his minute and uomrH 

" Gracious heaven," aaid he, on hearing Ihem, "what complicated 
cruelty and deceit 1 inliuman monatere! 10 have no pily on one 
M yoQng, au innoeenl, ao hopeless; tlie hand of sorrow baa indeed 
preat heavy on Iliee, my child ; but after the marohioness'a former 
conduct, I caimot be aurpriaed at any action of hers." 

no gave her a note to discbarge her debt to Ilowell, and bc^ed 
■he would immediately write, and return his graCefnlacknowldganients 
fbr Ilia benevolence. — She feared he inconvenienced himself l>y parting 
with tbe note, but he assured her he could apare it extremely well, 
M he had been an economist, and had still sufBdent money to support 
lis longer in their present situation, 
aqnired when he had heard from her brother: ilie 
^wored her last letter, aud that his sileoce bod m*da 



iicl.iimed Fit7.alan, "he has n< 



them a few montl 

Amanda now ii 
i^d he had not ai 
her very uneasy. 

" Alas, poor Oscar 1 " . 
from Ilia portion of disi] 

He took a letter, aa he spoke, from his pooketr-book, and presented 
it to Amanda. Sli ■ opened it with a trembling hand, and read aa 
follows : 
Mt Du* rinn. 



: been pxompC 




femvUColo 


■J .-dgr 


to, APIIIH 


rferen 




olLed bl> 1 


.<>■ 


IcDcE ud malignll;; n 


cUIkt tiUw 


rda nn looki ircn beinble. ind I w 




w 




unidw 


lh-d(.;htd 








'p 


mUHIULHOM 


ued, «n 




mrm 


klD(ll,bulFU>lol.b]lddcdn:j 


eeeoo. and 


II. 


jkUllDg lO 1U 














UBlly hL> 




an had long dedrwl, o[ nrkini 0.7 n 




bj 


I,l.ort«.pul 


nderan 






A cDun isuuii iTH bdd, uiii 


nebrolu 


rnr 


dl.r«|>«LU. 


.uperlo 


DBcui ba 




a Uti>K>t>Ed hj Ibe wtolit Mipi 


I Auuldb 




brtBwwreil. 


I.howe 


»ct. Know 10 










be tbc cue : t> 




luinhelrlm 


nphin 


h* dfttrtM be hu noKd. bj w 




I 


IwTe »tr«dT "iMol ™ 


Uk eoame 


•h>U 




e.r«>I«f 


laU 


ham 4>lii«l 1117 nuiie 


kluidam. For(ln 


ua. Dij dear 8lr, IDr nat eoDi 


Ulogyean 


da- 






lr««dlf 


dM, 




Wptcfeo 


»> 


or leid 7en 1 


dlotnu 


joancUo 




CDOuol; ud U Uilak Uial fon 






iTedof 


lticm>Mt« 




by my UKaaa. *auU be a Kurc 


sriDlDlera 




»VU>.i,loB.. 


Heit u I UD -nh 


routt. 


be.llh.a>:.dronllnda. IhaTe 


edDuMtn 






irvU- 


oU|h Ih. n. 


gKcd pulh of 1«» eltromd^ well. A 


IHTtlnETlei 


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ide, 1 fut^thln ipjeelf joui aAcUoiu 



This letter waa a crnnl shock to AmanJa; she bojwd ti> have pro- 
cured lier broth«r'>« company, and tliat ber father's inelanohol.y aiA 
lier own would have been al]e«ial«d by it. Seiuible of the difliGnltiGa 
Obcv mnst andeTgo, without friends or fortune, the teat's stolu down 
her cheeks, and she almost dreaded alie shoald no more behold fiixn. 

lier lather beaooglit her to spare him the misery of Moing those 
tears; he leaned npoii her for comfort sod support, he aiud. aiul Ind 
her not disappoint bim. She hastily wiped awa; her tears: uid 
though ahe could not conquer, tried to fupprese her angniah. 

Johnaten and Kale coUed in the course of the da}', la know if tlioy 
could be of any service to FitaUan. — Aninndn engaged Johnnteii tc 
go to town the next morning for a pbysiciatL, and gave Kat« the Itey 
of a wardrobe, where s)ie had left some things, which she doaireu hei 
lo pack D]), and send to the asMu in the evening. Urs. Bt7ne gavt 
ibem one of ber fowls f'lr 'tinner, and Fitzalan atanmed an aproar- 



91< 



ftooe of cheerfulDess, and the ereuiug wore nn-ay somewliot botU^ 
than tbc precediog ]iart of the day bad done. 

JohaatDu woa ]>ui><:tLiBl io ubeyisR Amanda's ooinm&ads, and 
brongtit a pbysiuian the oext morDlng to tbe cabin. Fit^olun Bi>peiLr> 
ed mucli woree, aiid Amanda rejoiced that uLe had beca riuolnte 
ID procuring bita advice, 

6be witlidrew from the room good after the pbj'aiciao tad entered 
it, aud waiud without ia trembling onxiely for hi* apiiearanoe. 

WIieQ be came out, she asked, with a faltering voloe his opinion, 
and besoQght him not to deceive her, from pity to her feelings. 

He shook Uis bead, and assured her he would not deviate from 
trnth for the world. "Tbe captain nas, indeed, in a tii^iah sitna- 
tiun," be said ; *' bat tbe medicine he bad ordered, and sea batbitig he 
doubted not, would set all to rights; it was fortunate,'' he added, 
"ahe delayed no longer sending for him;" mentioned twenty mintou* 
loua cures he hod performed; admired tlie iinmeiise fine prospeot 
before the door, and wisbed her a good morning, with what he 
thought qnite a d^agfe and irresiatiblo air. 




S8T 



with hie daughter, IliB coaversation wax tlien calcokte^] to strengthen 
her forthndo anil resignation, and prepare her for an approaching 
meliuicholy effent. Wlienever she receivej a hint of it, her agony 
wa« iDcipre^ible : bat pity for her feelings could Dot prevent her 
father from using CTory opportunity that 5ooarred for bying down 
mle» and f scepta, which might be gerviceablo to her wlicn wilhont a 
l^ide or protector. Sometimes he adverted to the past, but tlm wns ' 
onlv done to make her more cantioua of ttie flitnre. 

He charged her to avoid any further intimacy with Lord Mortimer, 
as an esseatiul meunre for the restoration of her peace and preserva- 
tion of his fame, and the removal of Lord Cherbnry's nnjnst Bnspi- 
cions, yrho will find at lost, continned he, how much he wronged me, 
and may, perhaps, foel compaaotion, when beyond hla power to make 
reparation. 

To all he desired, Amanda promised a religions observance ; she 
thought it nnnecessary in him, indeed, to desire her to avoid Lord 
Mortimer, convinced ts she was that he Iiad utterly abandoned her ; 
bat the grief this desertion occasioned, she believed, she slionld soon 
•vercome, was her tatlier once realnred to healtli, fur then she would 
have no time fur useieas regrela or retrospection, bnt be obliged to 
pass every hour in active exertions fur his sopport and comfort, 

A week passed away in this manner at the cabin ; a week of 
wretchedness to Aroando, who perceived her father growing weakei 
and weaker. 

Bhe BHBiste<l him, as usual, to rise one evening, for a few minutee ; 
when dreitsed, lie complained of an oppression in his breathing, and 
desired to be anpported to the sir. Amanda, with diOlcnlCj, led him 
to the window, which she opened, and seated him by it : then knelt 
before him, and putting her arms round his waist, fastened her eyee 
with auiioUB tenderness npon his face. 

Tlie evening was serenely fine ; the sun was setting In all its glory ; 
and the sea, illumined by its parting beama, looked like a slieet of 
liurnished silver. 

"What a lovely scene!" cried Fitinion, fdinlly; "with what 
iiifljesly does the snn retire from the world; the calmness which 
'iTi«nda its departure, is such, I think, m mnet attend the exit of a 



heaven, 



aaa childeo- or rm: abbet. 

exclaimed, " Uercifiil Power I bad it pleased tbee, I could hare wl«1ie4 
jet a little longer to have been spared to this yuUDg creature ! but thj 
nill, not mine, be done; confiding in tby mercy, I leave ber with 
some degree of fortitude." 

Amanda'd tears began to flow as be spoke; he r&ised hiit hand on 
wliicli tliej fell, and kissing them otf, exclaimed, " precious drops : 
my Amanda, weep not too bitterly for me; like a weary traveller, 
think that rest muat now be acceptable to me." 

&ha iuterrapted him, and coiyered him to cbange the discoursti. 
He shook bis bead moomiuUy ; pressed ber bands between bis, and 

" Yet a little longer, my child, Ijeor with it;" then bid her assnra 
her brother, whenever they met, which be trusted and believed 
woald be soon, be bad his fatlier'a blessing; " the only legacy," b« 
cried, " I con leave him : bat one I am confident be meriu, and will 
value ; to yon, ray girl, I have no doubt be will prove a friend and 
guardino ; you may both, perhaps, be amply recomjNtnsed for ail yonr 
Providence is just in all iia dealings, and may yet rendw 





CHAPTER XXXIII. 



Bn reomined a coQaidersble time In b state of inseiisibilit;f, sail, 
when recovered, she found herself in & bed lain npon th« floor, in 
a corner of the outaide room; her sensM were at firat confused; she 
r«lt as if waking from a disagreeable dream, but in a few rainQles a 
jierfect recoQectioa of what had past retumiug, she Haw sorae one 
Hitting by the bed: she raised herself a little, and perceiTed aister 
Uary; "This is indeed a eharitable visit," cried she, extending her 
hand, and speaking in a low brolfen voice. The good-natured nan 
janiped from lier seat on hearing her speolt, and embraced her most 
tenderly. Ilor carettses affected Amanda ineipressiblj: elie dropped 
her Jiead n]>on her breast and wept with a vehemence whieh relievM 
the oppression of her heart. 

Sister Mary said, she had never heard of her return to the oonntry, 
HU Mrs, Bryne came to 8t. Callierlne's for a few spriga of rosemary 
to Btrew over the poor caplaio ; she had returned with her then to 
the cabin to try if Hhe could be of any service, and to invite her, in 
the noiue of the prioress and the whole sisterhood, to the convent. 

Amanda thaiilied lior for her kind invitation, which, she said, she 

must decline accepting for a few iay«, till she had performed all her 

daties, which, in a voice lialf stiSed by sobs, sh^j added, "the grave 

would Boon terminate; ahe was sorry," she said, "that they tiad 

undressed her, and requested sister Mary to assist her in pntting oQ 

her clothes." Tlie sinter tried to dissuade her fh>m thii, bnt soon 

p-ibmid she was determined to spend the remainder of the night in her 

er's apartment ; she accohlingl; dressed her, fbr Anuuida'a 

I trembling bands refused Iheir accustomed office, and made her take 

us of wine and water ere she soflTered her to move towards the 

'. Amanda was astonished, as she approached it, to bear a violDDt 

I noise, like the mingled sounds of laughing and singing; her whole 

\ wnl recoiled at the tumult, and she asked sister Mary, with a coimu- 

X of terror, "what ii meant 1" She replied, "it wai only soma 

I ftiends and neighbours doing hononr to the captain." Amanda 

r fcMtiiy opened the door, aniions to terminate the suspense tliesa 

1 words occasioned ; but how great was her horror when she perceived 




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I Mt of tlie mcaDust rustics ossomLled roaiiO tho bed, with t 
^ipearaaco of iucbrieij, kngbini;, sbuuting aud siiii>kiiig. Wliat a 
cavage scene for a cliiiil, whoHe heart was bursting with grief! Slia 
Blirieked witli horror, and Hinging hersalf intu Ibe a 
Marj, Qoiijured ber to bave tbe room clearud. 

Sister Mary, from being acoustomed to Bucb sceaee, felt neituei 
liorror nor Uiegust; she coniplied, however, with Uie request of 
Amanda, and i>esougbt tliera to depart, saying, " ibtit Miss Fitzolao 
was a Blranger to their cnstoniB, and bBsides, ]K>ur tiling, quil« 
beside henielf with griof." They began to grumble at the propmol 
of reinoTiDg, they bad made prcparHtions for sjieuding a uierry night, 
and iica. Uryue said, " if she had thought thiuga would have turned 
out iu this way, the captain might have fouad some other piaue to 
die in — for the least one could have, aft«r his giving them «o mudi 
troahle, was a little ei\juyinent with oue's friends at the hitter end." 
Johnat«Q and Kate, who were nmong the party, joined Ibeir 
entreatice to sister Uary's, and she, to tempt them to compliance, 
•ud, "tliat in oil probability they would soon have another and % 
better opportunity for making merry than t)ie prettent." They at 
length retired, and sister Mary and Amanda were left alone ia tbe 
obarober of death. The dim light which remained cast a glimmering 
Hhode upon the face of Fitzalan, that added to its ghofttllDesi 
Amanda now indulged in all the luxnry of grief, and found In sister 
Hary a truly sympathetic friend, for the good dud was famed 
throughout the little circle of her acquaintaoce for weeping with 
those that wept, and r^oiciug with those that r^olced. 8ho 
obtained a proniise from Amanda of Bccompanying her to St. 
Catharine's as eoon as her father was interred; and in retam for 
(Lis she gave on assurance for continuing with ber till the last mehu>* 
oholy offices were over, and also, tliat, with tlie assistance of Johna- 
ten, sliu would see every tiling proper provided ; this was some com- 
fort to Amanda, who felt herself at pre^nt unequal to any eiertiim ; 
yet, notwithstanding her fatigue and illness, she persevered in hef 
reeolutioQ of sitting up with her lather every night, dreading tliat, if 
■be retired to bed, a ncene of riot would agmn etisue, which, in her 
Opinion, was sacrilege to the dead. She went to bed every morning 
■nd was nursed with tbe most tender affection by sister Mary, who 
■lie insisted on being her companion at night. Tliis, however, wai 



cHiLDRia or Taa arbht 341 

hvt m mere flatter of form, for Uie good sistci' was totally miable '/> 
keep Lur eyes open and «lej)t aa coinfurulile ttp^in the eartlien dour, 
with ber go-wD made into a. pillow fur her head, as if laid iifMin the 
do'wn; Iheu iroa poor Amanda left to her own reflectiuna, and th« 
melancholy conteinplatioD of her beloved father's remalna. The 
evening of the fourth day after his decewie was fixed npoo for hia 
interment ; vith streaming ejea (md a breaking heart, Amtinda beheld 
Lini pnt into the oofBn, and in that moment folt aa if he bad agfun 
dieil before her. A arnall procession attended, conaistdng of the 
people of the hooso, Johnaten and Eate, and a few rrapectahle 
fuinera, to whom Fitzalan had endeared himself dnring his short 
a'oode at Castle Carberj: the men had scarfs and hat-bauds, and thi 

Jiihnaten, who had been a soldier in bia jonth, resolved to paj 
■onie Diilit'u-y honour, and placed his hat and sword upou Ilie cofBo. 

Amanda b; the moat painful efforts, supported the preparations for 
hta removal : but when she saw tlie coffin actually raised to be taken 
Dot, alio could no lunger reetrain her feelings : she shrieked in ths 
■gonjr uf her aoul, a sickness almost deadly seited her, and 
binling upon Mater Mary's bosom I 



CHAPTER XXXIV. 



Brnt—rair Pn. 

SrniR Mart recovered ber with difBcnIty, but fonnd it impossible 

love tier ft'om the cnbin till she was onee more compufed. In 

I dtont two boura ita inhabitants rotnraed, and the car havinir nrrivvd. 

which she had ordered to convey Amnnda to St. CiilhariTie'H, sh( 

9 placed ii|ion it Is a slate scarcely anitnnto, and BUp[iorted hy ii* 

ter Mary, wu* conveyod to that peviccful asyliiin. 



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On Bifiring at it, she was carried iramedinloly into the prioraM' 
kpiu-tiiietit, wlio received and welcomed lier wilii tlie most t^nilH 
olTictlDii aud BBDHitiiUty — a tenderuesa wliiuli roused Amanda from 
tLe stupefactioD into wliicli she appeared einkiog and made her weep 
Tiolunlly. She felt relieved from doing bo, and as some return for 
the kiadncaa ahe received, endeavoured to ap]>ear beneStl«d by it; 
riie tlicreforo declined going Co bed, but lay dowa npon a little matted 
(■oucti in the [irioreas' room, tlie teo-lable was cloee by it; aa she 
refoaod any other refreahmont, slie obtuioed this by a protuiue of 
•ating ■DUicChiiig with it ; none of the Eiaterhood, aiater Mary except- 
ed, were admitted, and Amanda felt thia delicate atI«i.',!on Mtd 
respect to ber sorrows witli gratitude. 

She arrived ou the eve of their patron Saint at the convent, wliiob 
-was always celebrated with solenmity : af1«r tea, therefore, the pn- 
oress and sister Mary were compelled to repair to the chapel, but ehe 
rciiuuved tlie reiitctanue tbey felt to leave her alone by complaining of 
being drowsy. A pillow being laid under ber head by sbter Mary, 
•oon aner tbcy quitlod ber, she fell into a profound sliiinber, in wtiioli 
ehe continued till awoke by distant miuio, so soil, so clear, so banno- 
DioUH, tliat tlie deiigbtfui sei^saUon it gave ber, «be could only 
Gomriare to thoite whiuli abe imagined a dlntressed and peiulve Boul 
would feci, when, springing Irota the shackles of mortality, it first 
heard the heavenly sounds that welcomed it to the realms of eternal 

bliss. 

The cliapel, from which those celestial sounds proceeded, was at 
the extremity ol tlie liouse, so that tbey sonietimes swelled upon her 
ear, sometimea fainliy sunk upon it. Tlie pauses in the organ, which 
was finely played, were filled up by the sweet, though less [lowerful 
■truDS of the sisterhood, who sung a liyiiiu in honour of their Saint. 



*tis a foretonte of heaven, thought Amanda. She heard a deep ugh 
behind her. B!ie tamed her bead Imatily, and perceive<) a figure 
standing near, which bore a strong reeemblance tJi Lord Mortimer. 
■ Bhe was alarmed --she could not believe it was hira. Tlie light which 
the small heavy-arched winduw admittud was inipci fuct, and slie ro.^ 
from the couch to bo belter aiWDred it was or was not him ; a second 




» oouvinued lier «]i« niiglit lidvo belJeveJ her e;^ ui flr't. — 
I n«mbliiiK will tLsh-uUlieil tilie duuk apoo a e^at, siclniiiiiag, "Grn- 
{ flloua heaven I wtiaC urn havebruught Lord Mortimer liilLcr!" 

He ra&Ue oo rcpl;, but kneeling before her, took hi^r benils in hii 
J and presdeU tliem to iiis forehead and li[ia, uid laid hU head apoo 

Why," cried Amanda, unutterably affected bj the emotions ba 
'fcetraj-ed, " why, my lord, are you oome luther I" 

To try," he replied in a voice scarcely srticulata, " whether U)n 
AtutlaD will yet cousider me as ber friend 1" 

"That, my lord," mid she, "depends npon oircumstauces ; but 
•tule yoor lordship reiuaiua in yoar present position, what tLcy are 
I cannot cKplain." 

Lord Mortimer instaatly aroae, and seated Iiimself by hur ; " Now 
teU me," said he, " what those circumstances ere." 

"ITie first, my lord, is to eictilpate my father in the opinion of 
Lord Cherbnry, and by declaring the commeucement and pro^'ress of 
our acquaintance, eradicate from tila lordship's mind the iigurioai 
anepioions he entertained against him. This, perhaps, you will eaj is 
tueless, oonaidering those suspicions can no longer wound him; but, 
-oy lord, I de«m it an incumbent duty on me to remqve from his 
•nemory the obluquy on my account oast on it." 

"I promiMe you most soleranly," said I^nl Mortimer; "you shall 
be obeyed. This is a debt of jusljce, whiuli I had resolved to pay ere 
i received your iiunnction for doing so ; it is bol lately I heard of the 
ilUtjnst charges made against him ; nor do I know what fiend gave rise 
to them." 

"The same, perhaps," eiclnimed Amanda, "who spread sQch com- 
plicated snares for my destruction, and involved mo in every horror 
'fent that which proceeds from conscious guilt Oh I my lord, the seo- 
lODd circumstance 1 allude to is, if yon should hear my name treated 
with scorn and contempt by those few, those very few wlioin 1 Lad 
veseon to eeloem, and believed esteemed me, that you will kindly 
■■interpose in my justification, and say, I merited not the a.«pereioni 
■«a«t njion me. Believe me innocent, and yon will eaaily persuade 
aOtlicra tliat 1 am so. You slioke your head, as nincli us to b!^ 
■^n cannot think me so after the proo& you have seen !(> the conU* 
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to niia me in the wtimation of my frienils, acd by perfidy U> fn^rc* 
into crime, of which 1 already bMi Uie ajipearance and Btignw, 
Biireiy in UiU Holema hour, which has seen my beloved father otm- 
aigned lo his kindred aarih, when with a mind liara«ied by aorruw 
and with B body worn out witlt fatigue, I fuul as if standing oc 
tiie verge of the grave, I shouid be the moat abandoned of wretches, 
if I could aasort uiy innocence withont the consciouauess of really 
poBseftiiing it : No, my lord, by such a falaehood I should not only ba 
wicked, hut foolish in depriving myself of that bappineaa hen»ner, 
which will so full]- recoropenso my present miseries." 

" Oh I Amanda," cried Lord Uortiiner, who had been walking 
baekwarda and forwards in an agitated manner while she spoke, "you 
would almost convince mo aguinst the eridence of my own eenses." 

" Almost," alio repeated ; " then 1 gee, my lord, you are determined 
to disbelieve me, but why, since so pr^udiced against me, have you 
oomo hither? Was it merely to be assared of my wretchedness) To 
hear me say that I stand alone in the world, without one beiug inter- 
ested aboot my wol&re, that my present asylum is bestowed by 
uhari ty, and that if my life be prolonged it must be s[>eat in Btrogglini 
■gainst constitution, sorrow and ill fame to procure a subsistence." 

''No, no," exclaimed Lord Mortimer, flinging himself at her teet. 
"never siiall you Buffer such misery ; were you even the being 1 ww 
tempted to think you some time ago, never would Uortimcr sufier 
the woman his heart dooted on to feel such calamity. I do not, I 
cannot believe yon would deceive me. Tliere is an irrcistible elo- 
quence in yonr words, that convinces me you have been the victim 
of treadiery, and I its dupe ; I cannot give you a more oonvincing 
proof of my confidence in yon, th.in by ftgnin renewing my ontrenliea 
lo have one fame, one fate, one fortune ours." 

The resolution which Amanda had forced to support her thraogh 
the painful scene she guest would ensue the moment she saw Lord 
Mortimer now vanished, and she burst into a flood of tear*. 

She saw liU conduct in the most generous, the must enalted ligrlit : 
notwithstanding appearances were so much against her, be was will- 
ing to rely solely on her own asseveration of innocence, and to mo 
every risk on her account ; that by a union he might shelter her from 
the (lislrcaa of her pre«ent aitoation ; But while her sonsihili^ wm 
■fleeted hr hi" eiprpsticini, her prtdj wai alarmed l«t ha shonU 



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■mptite tier ftfdent deaire of rindicsting herself to the espcciation of 
having bis addre!iHes renewed. In broken aecenU aha endearoitred to 
remove Buuh ta idea it' it had risen, nod to convince him that all fur- 
ther intimacy between them most now be terminated. Loi-d Mortimer 
ascribed the hitter part of her speech to the resentment she ftlt against 
him for ever entertaining doubta of her worth. She desired him to 
rise, bat he refused until he was forgiven. Uy for^veness ia yoiiTS 
indeed, niy lord, swd she, thongh yonr suspicions wounded me to the 
Houl ; I con scarcely wonder at yonr entertaining tbem, when I reflect 
on the different situations in which 1 woa found, which, if yonr lord- 
ebip can spare a little longer time, or deem it worth devoting to such 
a purpose, as well na I am able I will account for being involved in. — 
Lord Mortimer declared hia ardent desire to hear those parlicnlars, 
which nothing but a fear of fiitigoinj or agitating her conld have 
prevented his before eipressing. He then seated himself by her, and 
taking her cold and emaciated hand in hia, listened to her litllo nar- 

She briefly informed him of her father's residing in Devonshire 
after the deutli of her mother, of the manner in which they became 
acquainted with Colonel Belgrave, of his having ingratiated himself 
into their friendship, by pretending to be Oscar's friend, and then, 
plnnging them in distress, when he found they not only resisted but 
resented his villanuus designs. 

Slie related the artful manner in which Lady Greystock had drawn 
)icr from her fblher's protection, and the cold and insolent rem-'ption 
she met with from the rosrcbioneea and her daughter, wlien intro- 
duced by the above mentioned lady; tlie enmity the niarcliione^s bore 
her father, the andden alteration in her behaviour, the 
her house, eo unexpeoted and ODnecessary, all tending to ii 
belief that she was concerned in contriving Colonel Belip-ave' 
tance to tbe honse, and had also gireii Lord Clierbury re 
iuspect the integrity of her father. 

I.ord Moniraer here interrupted Amanda to mention tlie c< 
tion which parsed between him and Mrs. Jane in tbe Hall. 

6Iie raised her hands and eyes to heaven with astonishment at snrh 
wickediieas, and said, "though she always snapected Ujc girl'.i integ- 
rity, fi-om a certain sycophant air, she never imagined she could Im 
capable of such baseness." 

Ixvnl Mortimer sgain interrupted her I" loenHon whu*. ^bA^ <Vtt«- 



■took had told liim ctmcemiug Urs. Jenaiogs, an also wliat the huiiM> 
keeper bod said of the nute he gava fur Amoiido. 

"Good GodI"iiaid Ainniidii, "when 1 hear uf all the enemioa I bad, 
I almost wonder I escaped so well." Slie tliuu leauraed h«r narra- 
tive, occoimted for the dislike Ma, Jennings had to her, and ei|i|ained 
the vny ia wliich she was entrapped into Cuiunel lieltjrave'a power, 
the aluiiut iniraoulons manner in which uhe was freed from his home, 
the friendship tihe received from Uowell, and tlie situation in whiuh 
bhe arrived at Castle Corherrj, and found her fatlier. The cWing soeno 
she could not describe, for eighs and sobs impeded her utterance. 
Lord Martimer gen tlj folded her to his breast; he colled his dear, 
his unfortDDBte, his lovely girl, more prccioui than ever to his licart, 
and declared he never again would qnit lieruntU she had given biiua 
right to esponse her quarrels, and t>ecure her from the macbiuanona 
of her enemies. Ilcr wunii tears wet his cheek as uhe exolaiiucd, 
"that could never he." 

"Jly promise is already past," cried she, that which was given tu 
the Lving shall not he forfeited to the dead; and this, my lord, by 
design, is the last time we mo^t ever meet." 

'* What promiaei" cxdaimed Lord Mortimer, "snrely no one could 
be so inhumaa as to eitort a promise &om you to give me up." 

''It, woa sot inliomantty extorted it," replied Amanda; "bnt 
honour, rectitude, and discretion; without forfeiting those, never 
Ma I violate it. There is but one event could make me acqui- 
esce in your wishes, tliat is, having a fortune adeqttate to yours 
;o bri;ig yon, becuuso llien Lord Cherbury would aaeribe no 
s'dfish motive to my conduct; but as auch an event is utterly 
improbable, I might almost ray impossible, it ia certain we shall 
Hdvcr be united. Any further intercourse between us, you must 
•Jierefore be convinced would injure me. Disturb not, iliereJ'ore, my 
'.•nd, my retirement; but ere you depart, allow me to assure you, you 
have lightened the weight on my heart by cieditiug wliat 1 have said : 
.■ihoitld 1 not recover from the illuess which now preys upon me, it 
will i!hcer iny departing spirit to know you lliiuli me innocent; and 
'f 1 live, it wiil support me Uirongk many difficulties, and often, per- 
haps, after the toils of a busy day, shall comfort myaelf by reflecting, 
that those I esteem, if they think of me, it is with their wonted 

LdrJ ifortimer wa» offeclcd hj ll.c u,:inntr in h licli .he sp"'"'. ''i» 



mftm b^an to gUsten, and he was sgaio declaring he would not 
tatfer lier to sacrifice tiappiness ttl the dlirine of h too scriipnluus hdi] 
roiaantic generosity, wh«p tlie door opened and the priorewi and nia- 

R ^ Mnr; (who hail been detained in tlie olia;)el by a long discuiiree 

Hlfroin the priest) entered, bearing lights. 

^ Ixird Mortimer stArted in inuuli confusion, reireate<l to one of tin- 
windows, and drew out his handlcerahief to conceal the emutinii' 
Amanda hikd excited. She was unable to speak to the priorc^> nnd 
sliiter Mi&y who BtAred round them, and then at each other, not cei- 
tain whether tliey should advance or retreat. Lord Mortimer in a 
-fcw moments recovered his composure, and advancing to the priorcsa 
■fwlogi^ed for his intrusion into her apartment ; but said he had the 
bonour of being a friend of Miss Fitzalan'a, and coidd not resist hia 
^isb of inquiring in person after her health, as soon as he arrived in 
the country. 

The prioress, who had once seen a good deal of the polite worid, 
received this address with ease and complaisance. Bister Mary went 
Orer to Atnanda, and found her weak, trembling, and weeping. Bho 
«pressed the ntmost concern at seeing her in snch a situation, and 

\ Immediately procured her a glass of wine, which she insisted on her 
taldng. The lights now gave Lord Mortimer an opportunity of con- 
templating the depredationn which grief and sickness hod made npon 
her. Her pale and sallow complexion, her heavy and sunken eyes, 
Btrnck him with horror. He conld not conceal his feeling. "Gra- 
cious heaven," cried he, going to the conch, and taking her band, " 1 
.fear you are very ill." 

She looked mournfully in his face withont speaking; but this look 
was sufficient to assure liijn he was not mistaken. The efforts she had 
made to converse with him, and the yet greater eftbrts she had raada 
to banish him forever from her, quite eihausted her; after the vari- 
ons miseries she had gone through, how soothing to her soul would 
hare been the attentions of l«rd Mortimer, Tiow pleasing, how 
delightful the ayslnm she would have found in his arms I Bat no 
temptation, no distrees, sbe resolved, should ever make her disobej 
the injunction of her adored father. 

" Slie is very bad indeed," said sister Mary, '' and we must get hei 
<n bed as soon as possible." 

"She re<inire« rest and repose indeed," said Lord Mortimer ; " bnf 



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tell roe, mj dear Uiss Fitzalaa," Uking her hand, "if I haTs thuw 
good laiUcs' pennisaioD for oaUiiig here lo-morrow, will jron, it abl* 



"I cauDot imleed," said Amanda ; " I have aJrenJy declftred thia 
mnat be our last iDUrview, and I sliall not retract from what I hare 

" Then," eielaiined Lord Mortimer, regardless, or rather furgetM 
cf thone who heard him, from the agitation and warmth of his foel- 
Ltigs, "I aliall in one respect, at least, acense yon of disaitnalatiMi, 
that of fcigniog a re^rd for me jou never fult." 

" Such an nccuiatioD is now of little consequence," replied Amanda; 
** perhaps you had better think it just." 

" Cruel, inexorable giri, to refuse seeing me, to wish to have tie 
MUJety which preys upon inj heart prolonsod." 

" Young man," said the prioress, in an accent of displeasure, sea- 
ing the tears streamiDg down Amanda's cheulis, "' respect her 

"Heapeet tbom, niailam," repealed lie; "0 heaven! I respect, I 
venerate tliem : but will yon, my dear lady I when Uiss Fitzolon ia 
able, prevail on lier to oommunicato the particulars of our aoquaint- 
BQce; and will yon then becoiue my advocate, and persnade her t) 
receive my viaite!" 

"Impossible, sir," said the prioress; "I sliall never attempt tii 
desire a larger share of oonfidence from Miss Fitzalan than she deeiret 
to bestow upon me. From my knowledge of her I am convinoed her 
conduct will be always guided by discretion ; she has greatly obliged 
me by cboobing tiis humble retreat for her residence; she has put 
herself nnder my protection, and I sliall endeavour to f\dfil that 
aaored trust by securing her from any molestation." 

"Well, madam," said Lord Mortimer, "I flatter myself Miw Fiu- 
alan will do riie Justice in declaring my visits proceeded from wishM, 
which, though she may disappoint, »he cannot disapprove, I shall no 
longer intrude upon your time or hers, but will sUtl hope I shall find 
you bo til less inflexible." 

Ho took up his hat, he approached the door; but when lie glanoei 
■t Amanda, he conid not de[>art without speaking to her, and SffaiQ 
o the coucli. Ho entreated her lo compose and etert herself; 
h* tlutired her forgiveuess for any warmtb he had betrayed, end U* 



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1 her now 



irldspercd to her that all his eortbl; happiness depended o 
loratioQ to health, and her becoruing bu. He iouist^d o 
giviag him her hitnd as a pledge of amlt; between thera. 6he com- 
plied: but when presuming on tida, he aguin asked her consent to 
■ npeat his risits, he found her inesorable aa ever, and retired if not 
with a displeased, with a disapjwiutcd ooantenance. Siat«r Mar^ 
itl«Ddcd him Irom the opartmeui. At the door of the convent ho 
nquested her to nall< a few pauea from it with him, aajing he wonted 
to speaK to her. She consented, and remcuibering he was the peraoa 
tho frightened her one evening amongst the rnina, detertiiined now, 
if she had an opportunity, to asic what had then brought him hither. 

I«rd Mortimer linew the poverC; of the convent, and feared Am and* 
night want many things, or its inhalutante be distressed tt> prooura 
Qiem fur her; he therefore pulled oat a parse and presenting it to 
Hster Itarj, reqnested alie would apply it for Miss Fitzalan'a n»e, 
wilhont uentioniog any tiling abont it to her. 

Sister Mar; shook tlie parse, — " Oh I Jesu Maria," exclaimed she, 
" bow heavy it is I" 

Lord Mortimer was retiring, when catddng bold of him, tlie cried, 
"Stay, stay, I have a word or two to say to you: I wonder bow much 
there is in this purse?" 

Lord Mortimer smiled. "Jf not enongh for the present emergencies, 
■ud he, " it sliall soon be replenislied." 

6iBl«r Mary sat down npon a tomb-stona, and very de1iberat«lj 
counted the money into bur lap. " Ob I roerov," said ahe, " I sever 
o many guineas together before in fJl my lifel" 

Aguin Lord Mortimer smiled, and was retiring, but again stopping 



him, she returned the g 
vonld or durst Iceep it. 

Lord Mortimer was ] 
replying to it walked oi 
the purse at his feet, was 

When she returned t 



) the purse, and declared she neither 

'oked at this deolaratioa, and witboat 
She ran nimlly after him and dropping 

i of sight in a moment, 
the prioress' apartment slie related tbe 



incident, aad tcwk much merit to herself for acting eo pmdenlly 
The prioress commended her very much, and poor Amarila, with a 
Unt voice, «aid she had acted quite right. 

A Utde room, 'amda the prioress' chamber, wa< prepared fo> 
Amanda, into wbicb aha wat now conveyed, and the good natnr«4 
ritter Mary brought her own bed, and laid it boslde bar*. 



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It will uuw be necessary to nccoiiiit for lite sudden B|ipear»DM 
of Ixird Mortimer at tlje ccnvetit. — Our readur may recollect that w» 
left iiiiii ill London, in the deepest atBiction fur the supposed perfidy 
of Amanda: an affliction which kuew no diniinution from time. 
Neither the tenderness of his aunt, Lady Martha Dormer, or Die kind 
consideration his father showed for hini, who, for ilie present, ocniied to 
importnnahimahoutl^y Euphrasia, conldhave&iiy lenient effect opon 
him; he jiined in thotiRht, and felt a distaste to all society; he at last 
began to think, that tbongh Amanda had been nnhappily led astray, 
she might ere this have repented of her error, and forsaken Colonel 
Belgrave; to know whether ahe had done so, or whether she conld 
he prevailed upon to give him ap, lie believed would bo on allevintioo 
of hit sorrows. No sooner hod he persuailed himself of this than he 
determined on going to Ireland without delay, to visit Captain 
Fitzalan, and if she was not returned to 4iis [irotection, advise with 
him about «ome method of restoring her to It. 

Be told Lord Cherbury he thought an excursion into Wales woihl 
be of servi(» to him. Ilis lordship agreed on thinbing it might; end 
secretly delighted that all danger relative to Amanda was over, 
(dadly ooncurred in whatever could please his son, Aattering himself, 
that on his return U> London, he wonld no longer raise any objections 
to an ollianoe with the fair Scotch lieiress. 

Lord Mortimer travelled with as much expedition to Holyhead, aa 
if certain that perfect happiness, not a small alleviation of misery, 
wonld be the recompense of his jonmey. He concealed tVom his aunt 
tlie real motive which actuated him to it, blusldng even to hiinself at 
the weakness he still felt relative to Amanda. 

Wlieu he crossed the water, ho again set off post, attended on bors«- 
back only by his own man; witliin one mile of Castle Carberry he 
met a little monrufol procession approaching, which was attendini 
poor Flliiikn to his laat home. The earring stopped to t«t theu 



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poaa, tuA ij tiiti last of the group hp perceiveil Julinatcn, wtio ut tha 
»Aa6 iiiuiiiont recugiiixed liim. Joliuaten with imidi sui-prbe in hit 
loacieiiflri™. stopped up to Ihe carriage, and oftur bowing, and hura- 
>i'f b'l^piiig hig lordsLip was well, with a melancliuly siiake of bis 
Lead, informed liiin nhiMU remaina he was following. 

"Oaptwn Eltzalaa dead I" repeated Lord Mortimer, with a face ai 
pale an ileatli, and a faltering voioo, while liia heart sunk within him 
at itie idea, tlial hia futher was to some degree accesEarj to the fatal 
event; Ibr jUBt belbre he left lAindoa Lord Charhury hod iofunned 
liiin of the letter he wrote to Fitzalan, and this he belioTed, Joined 
to bio own immediate family nilsfortanes, had precipitated liim from 
tliB world, "Oapajn Fitsalan dead I" ho Molaimed. 

" Yes, and please yoa my lord," said Jobnaten, wiping away a tear, 
"and he has not left a better or a braver man bcbiiul bim. Poor 
gentleman, tiie world pressed bard upon him." 

"Had he no tender friend about bira?" asked Lord Mortimer. 
" Wei-e neither of bis children with himl" 

" Ob I yes, my lord, poor Miaa Amanda." 

"She was with him?" said Lord Mortimer in an eager aceuit. 

" Yea. my lord, she returned hero about ten days ago, bnt uo sadlj 
sltere<t, 1 think she won't stay long behind him. Poor thing, slie ia 
going fust, indeed, and the more's the pity, for she is a sweet 



Lord Mortimer was inexpressibly shocked ; be wished to bide his 
emotions, and waved his band to Johnaten to depai't; bnt Jobnaten 
either did not, ur would not nndersUnd Ibe motion, and tie was 
obliged in broken accenla to say, he would no longer de.ain him. 

The return of Amnnda was to bim a conviction that she bad seen 
her error in its true light ; he pictured to himself the aJecting scene 
which mnat have ensned between the dying father aud a penitent 
daughter, so loved, so valued as was Amanda, her situation when 
ahe received his forgiveness and benediction ; he represented her to 
himself Hs at onca bewailing the loss of her father, and her otTenees, 
endeavouring, by prayers, by tears, by sighs, to obliterate thom in tbs 
sight of Heaven, and render herself fit to receive its awful fiat. 

lie heard she was dying ; his soul recoiled at the idea of seeing her 
Rhronded in her native clay, and yet be ouuld not help believing tiiit 
the only peaceful osjliim she could find, to be "Vccd {fun the shaft* 




of contempt, aad mulice of the world. He tremblEil lest he sboold 
not behold the lovely penitent while the was capable ol' observing 
him: to receive a last adieu, though dreadful, wonid yet he thought 
lighten the horrors of an eternal separation, and perhaps too, il wonld 
be aorae comfort to her departing spirit to know from him he had 
pardoned her, and conscious sure)}', he thought to himself, she icust 
be of needing pardon from hlin, whom ahe had so long imposed on 
by a specious pretest of virtue. He had heard from Lord Cherbury, 
that Captain FitziJan had qoitted the castle; he knew not therefore 
at present where to find Amanda, nor did he chooM ui make any 
inquiries till he agun saw Johnaten. 

As soon B3 the procession was out of eight he alighted from the 
carriage ; and ordering his man to discharge it on arriving at Csella 
Carberry, he look a path across the fields, which brought him to tli« 
ride of the uhnruh-jard where Fitzalan wa^ to be interred. 

He reached it jost as the ooflia was lowering inio Iliu eartb ; a yew 
tree growing by the wall against which he leaned hid him from 
observation. He heard many of the mstics mentioning the merit* of 
the deceased, in tenne of warm, though artless commendation, as bo 
saw Johnaten receiving the hat and sword, which, as military tro- 
phlee, he hod laid npon the coffin, with a flood of tears. 

When the obnrch-jord wua cleared, Le stepped across the broken 
trail to the silent mansion of Fitzalan ; the scene was wild and dreary, 
Ukd a lowering evening seemed in nnison with the sad objects around. 
Lord UorlJmer was annk in the deepest despondence; he felt awfiiUy 
convinced of the instability of human attainments, and the vanity of 
hnmon pnrsnits, not only from the ceremony be bad Just witnessed, 
bnt bis own situation; the fond hopes of his hearty the gay expeota- 
tions of his youth, and the hilarity of his sool were blasi«d — never, he 
feared, to revive. Virtue rank, and fortune, advantages so highly 
prized by mankind, were unable to give him comfort, to remove tha 
malady of liis heart, to odniiniHler one obvious antidote to a mind 
diseased. 

*' Peace to thy shade, thon uufortnnatc soldier," exclaimed he, after 
standing some time by the gmve with folded arms; "peace to tby 
»^liadel peace which shall reward thee for a life of toil and trouble. 
ipy sbiiuld I hnve deemed r 



i myself, I 



J my l( 



lightened Ihy grief, or cheered thy closing hour>; but tb^se who 



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ouiLDKBn or iBK ABBCi. 86t 

•feis Nearer to thee than oiiatence I may yet serve, and Ihns unaka 
tLt only atooem^Dt now la my power fur tbe injiistiee J Tear wa« 
[lono tiiee : thy Amanila and thy gallant son fiball he niy care, and 
bis path, I trust, it will be in my power to amootii tliroogh life." 

A tear IVdl from Lord Mortimer apon the grave, and he turned 
mournfully trora it towards Cantle Carberry. Here Jobnaten wu 
srrivad before him, and hod already a large fire llglitud in th« 
''.reasing-room. poor Amanda, od coming to the castle, bad ohoien 
'br herself. Johnaten fixed od this for Lord Mortimer, as the pv- 
'.onrs had been sliat up ever since Captain Fit^alau's departure, and 
ccold not be put in order till the neit day | but it was Llie worst 
place Lord Mortimer oould have entered, as not only itself, but every 
thing is it reiiiinded him of Amanda, and the grief it excited at hit 
first entrance was ao violent, as t^ idorm, not only his nian who was 
spreading n table with refreshments, but Johualeo, who waa asslrjttng 
him. lie soon checked it, however; but wlieu be attain looked 
round the room, and beheld it ornomeuted by works done by 
Amanda, ha could scarcely prevent another burst of grief as viuleut 
as Uie Srat. 

He now learned Amanda's residence, and so great was bia Impa- 
tience to see h«r, that, appreliensive tbe convetit would soon be 
closed, ho set off, fatigued as he was, without taking aiiy rctresh- 

He intended to ai^k for one of the ladies of St. Catliorioe's, and 
entreat ber, if Amanda was then in a eituatiori to bo seen, to 
announce his arrival to her; but, after rapping repeatedly with a 
rattan against the door, the only person who appeared u> him wna a 
•ervant girl. From her he learned that the ladies were ail in the 
chapel, and that Miss Filzabn was in the prioress' apartment. Hs 
asked, "Was she loo ill to be seen?" The giri replied "Ko;" for 
having only entered tbe room lu leave the kettle in it, at a time when 
Amanda was composed, she imagined slie was very well. 

Lord Mortitncr then told her his n^me, and desired ber to go op U> 
Miss Fitzolan and inquire whether she would see him. The girJ 
attempted not to move; she was in reality so struck of a heap, by 
bearing that she bad been talking with a lord, that slie knew not 
whether lUe was standing on her bead or her heels. Lord Muiliwer 
JTDpDting her silenca to disinclination to comply with his request, put 
aifulnea into htr bnn<', and entreAtod her to b« ex|>ediliou«. Thi« 



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restored ber U> animation; but ere she re&clied the rooia she forgot' 
his title, and being aslioined to deliver a blundering message to Misa 
Fitzalun, or to appear stupid to Lord Mortimer, she returned to hitn, 
pretending that she had delivered his meeMge, and that be might go 
np. She filiowed tiim the door, and when bti entered he imputed the 
tlleiice of Amanda, and her not moving, to the effects of ber grief. 
Ue advanced to the coitcb, and was not a liti]e shocked on seeing her 
eyes closed, conclodiDg from this that elie bad fainted ; bat her easy 
respiration soon convinced him thnt \lu» woa a mistake, and he 
linmediately concluded that the girl hod deceived hint. Ee leaned 
over her UU she began to stir, and tlieo retreated behind h«r, lest liia 
presence, on her first awaking, ahould alarm her. 

What took place in tlie interview between them Las alruadj been 
related. Notwithstanding appearances were so much against her, 
and no eiplniiation had onsned relative to iliem, from tlie moment 
the asserted her iimocence with solemnity, he ooiild no longer aoufat 
It, and yielding at once to his conTiction, to his love, to his pity for 
her, he again renewed hii overtures for a anion. Hearing of th' 
etratagems hud for her destruction, the dangers she liad escaped, U)s 
distresses she had experienced, made him more anxions than ever 
for completing it; that hy his constant protection he might aecnre 
her from similar trials, end by his tenderness and core, restore her to 
health, peace, and happiness. He longed for the period of her tri- 
umphing over the {>erfidions msrohionesa and the detestable Lady 
Euphrasia, by being raised to that station they had so long attempted 
to prevent her attuning, and thus proving to them that virtae, 
sooner or later, will oounleroct the designs of vice. He felt a degr** 
of rapture at the idea of being no longer obliged to regret the ardent, 
the nnabated affection he f^t for her. 

His transports wore somewhat ohecied when she solemnly declared 
B Dniou between them im])Oseible, and forbade his seeing her again. 
He was piqued by the steadiness with which she repealed this reso- 
lution, but her present weak state prevented his betraying a^y resent- 
ment, and he flattered himself he would bo able to conquer her 
obstinacy; he could not now indeed despair of any event after the 
Duexpected restoration of Amanda to his esteem, and the revival of 
those hopea of felicity, which io the oertdnty of having lost her had 
bded away. 

He retnrned, as Johnaten said, nu altered mat; Io the cwtle; he no 



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longer &iperienoed horror at estering Ihe dressing room, wliiuli diu- 
p^jed BO nian; TMtJgea of lus AiDondu's taste. 

He Tttsolved on on immediate union as the earest proof he could 
K gtio of his perfect confidence in her siaceritj, not allowing himself 
to suppose abe wonld continne Ann in tlie resolution the had recently 
. trowed to him. He then intended setting off for London, and spar- 
lag ndther time, trouble, nor expense, to obtftin from the inferior 
I Sfenta in the plot laid against her, a full avowal of the part they had 
dieuiselv«a acted in it, and all they knew relative to those performed 
.fcf oth^ni. This was not designed for his own aatitfaotion; be 
wanted no confirmation of what Amanda had aiiserl«d, aa hi« meaolng 
Id uarry her immediately demonstrated ; it waa to cover with conft- 
< ^D those who had meditated her destruction, and add to tiie horron 
they would experience when tbej found her emerging from obscurity, 
IS Misa FiUalnn, but La>ly Uortimer. Such prooQ of her mno- 
1 would also prevent malice from saying be was a dupe of 
Art, and lie was convinced, for both tlieir sakes, it was requisite to 
, procure tliem ; be would then avow Lis marriage, return for his wife, 
Introduce her to his friends, and, if his father kepi np any resentment 
ftinst them longer than he expected, he knew, in Lady .Martha 
Dormer's honse, and at Tudor Ball, he would find not only an eti^ble 
'but pleasant reGidence. Those delightful schemes kept him awoke 
luJf the night, and whun hcrTell asleep it was only to dream of hap- 
piness and \inanda. 

In t!ie morning, notwithstanding Ihe prohibition he had received 
O the contrary, ha went to inqnire how she wa«, and to try to se« 
ler. Tlie girl wlio had answered his repeated knocks the preceding 
•rening, appeared, and told Lim Miss Fitzulan was very bad. — He 
began to think that this must he a pretest to avoid seeing him, snd 
e at the truth, was slipping a bribe into her hand, when slater 
Jlary, who had been watching tLen from on adjoining room, 
' tppeared and slapped this measure. She rejieated what the girl had 
-jsst said, and, in addition to it, dealared that, even if Misa FitzaUn 
was up, she wonld not see him, and that he most Mime no more to 
Bt. Catiiarine's, aa 1>nth Misa Fitzoliin and the priorees would resent 
inch rondnct exceedingly, and that, if he wanted to inquire after llM 
health of the former, he might easily send a servant, and it would be 
. moch better done than tc come trisking over there every moment 



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Lord Uonimer woa 8erioD.--ij dUi'leawd with tliia uiiceremoQiim 
speech. "Sti 1 anppuse," cried he, "you want W make areul UQii of 
Mias Fitznlun, and Co keep her from all con versa Mod." 

"And a happy oreatnre she would he were she to beomne one of 
ns," replied aiater Maryi "and as to keeping her from conversation, 
ehc might have aa mocb an she pleased with an; one. Indeed I 
believe the poor tiling likea yon well enoogh, the mure's her miiiror* 
line fiT doing bo." 

"Itliank yon, madam," cried Lord Mortimer; "I unppose it onn 
of yonr vows to ipeak truth; if so, 1 mast acknowledge you keep it 
rellginciHly," 

" 1 have JQst heard her," proceeded sister Mary, without minding 
what Hho said. " tell the prioress a long story about yon and herself^ 
by which I find it was her father's desire she should have nothing 
more to say to yon, and I dare nay Ihe poor gentleman had good 
rcaMODS for doing so. I beg, my lord, yon will come no more here, 
anil, indeed, 1 think it was a shame for yon to give money to tbt 
aimpleton who anawered you. Why, it was enough to turn the girl'a 
bend, and set her mad after one fallal or other," 

Lord Hi>rcimer ooold not depart without an effort to win sist«T 
Mary over to Wis favour, and engage her to try and persnode Mias Fiu- 
alan to permit his visila ; but she was inllexihle. He Clien entreated 
to know if Amanda was so ill as to be unable to rise. She aaanred 
him she was; and as some little consolation lo the distress she per- 
ceived this Rssnraace gave him, aaid he might send when he pleased 
to inignire after lier health, and she would lake care to answer the 
raeeaenger herself. 

Lord Morl'Tier began noT?(o be serionsly alarmed leat Captam Fitx- 
alan had prevailed on his daughter to moke a solemn renunciation of 
liiin: if this was iIiecaAe, he knew nothing cunid prevail on her to break 
her promise. He was half distracted witli doubt and anxiety, whiofa 
were scarcely supjiortable, when he reflected that they could not for 
some time be satistied, since, even if he wrote to her for that pur- 
pose, she could not at present he aide to answer his letter ; again ha 
fult convince*] of the instability of earthly happiness, and tlie dose 
ODiui«xion there has ever been between pleasure and pais. 



or TMt ABB 



CHAPTEB SSSVI. 



Tei iLtigue, distress, and agitation of Amanda could no longer lie 
•Crc^^ed witb ; she auak beoeath their viulcnce, and for a week was 
Conttn:d ',i lier bed by tlie fever, which seized her in England, and 
had "iveF since lurked in her veins. The whole sisterhood, who took 
it in turn to attend her, vied with each other in kindnesu and care to 
the poor invalid. Tiieir efforts for her recovery were aided by a skil- 
fnl [diysicinn from the neit town, who colled wilNout lieirig sent for 
at the convent. He uiid liu had known Cajitaln FilzaUn, and tlint, 
'leariiif; that Miss Fitzidan was indisposed, he had coins in liupet ha 
might he of service to the daughter of a mau he »o much esteemed, 
lie wonld accept of no fee, and the prioress, who was a woman of 
Eagacity, suspected, as well oa Antanda, that be came by the direction 
of Lord Mortimer: nor were they mistaken, for, distrooted with 
Bpprelienstone about her, he had taken this method of lightening bii 
fears, flattering himself, by the eicellent advice he had pntcnred, her 
recovery wonld be mnch expedited, and of coarse bis suspense at least 
tenrinnted. The doctor did not withdraw Ills visits when Amanda 
wax able to rise: he attended her punctually, and olten paid her long 
vit^its, which were of infinite service to her spirits, as he was a man 
of much information and cheerfi linens. In a few days slie was 
removed from her chamber into a pleasant room below stairs, which 
opened into the garden, where, leaning on tlie friendly doctor's arm, 
or one of the nnna, she walked at different times a few miniiles enoh 
day. Lord Mortimer, on hearing thia, thought he might aoir soliuil 
an interview, and accordingly wrote for tliat purpose. 



•■Lonl HDnlmir prcmiU kin «m|iUiiicDU lo >fl» FIiuIid, flatUn blnrwir •!» w» 
Urn. Be anaw think ibi XU nfUK hlin in reuoDible ■ rcqnnt: b« 1i iiluio;l r-uti:ef< 



hu eipeiiuiced on her mo 



" Cailit Oarbirry, lOlA May," 

This letter greatly diatressed Amanda. Blie hod hoped Uie pain of 
■gun I'eJeDting his visits aad requests woald liave been spared her. 
mie guessed &t the expression he alluded to in hia letter; tliey wer» 
those she hod dropped relative to the promise to her father, and, 
fi^m the impetuous and tender feelings of Lord Mortimer, she easilj 
conceived the agon; he would esperienoe when he found this prooiise 
inviolalile. — She felt more for his distress than her own ; her heart, 
seasoned in the school of adversity, oonld hear its sorrows with calm* 
ness; hut this was not hla case, and she paid the tribute of tears to a 
love so fervent, so ftutliful, and so hopejess. 

Bhe then re<(oested sister Mar;, to acquaint his messenger that she 
received no visits ; tiiat, as aha was tolerably recovered, she entreated 
his lordship would not take tiie trouble of continning his inqairies 
•bout her health, or to send her any more written messages, as she 
was nnable to answer them. The priorees who was present when sba 
reodved the letter, commended her exceedingly for tlie fortitude and 
discretion she had manifested. Amanda had deeined it necessary to 
inform her, after the conversation she beard between her and Lord 
Jtortiraer, of Uie terras on which they stood with each other, and lis 
prioress, who doubted whether his lordship was in reality as honoara- 
bte aa he professed iiimsell^ thougbt Amanda on the sure side in 
declining his visiti>. 

Tlie next morning the doctor called as nsnal. Uc toid Amanda be 
had brought her an entertaining book, for no such thing conld he pro- 
cured at St. Catharine's; and, as she had espre^ised her regret at this, 
from the time she lind been able to read, he had supplied her (ram 
bis library, which was eilensive and well chosen. 

lie did not present it to her till h* was retiring, and then aaid, 
with a signiEcanl smile, she would find it contained something wor- 
thy of her particular attention. Amanda was alone, and immeiliatcly 
opened it. Great was her astonishment when a letter dropped from 
it into her lap I She snatched it up, and perodving the direction in 
Lord Mortimer's band she heHitated whether she ehonld open a letter 
Mfifeyed in this manaM"; bnt to return it unopened was snrely • 



lUght Lord Mortimer merited not, imd she broke the seal wlUi i 
trembliog band aod a palpitating hearL 



•■ To comptl Bic Id arr MnilKt«>« i" wrillat U run. KDd to i1(Mrr>T III* 4ellgh<fal bapH 

vhleh had ipronj; In my k>uJ m the prospect oT b^ag kbont Id reeeir« a mnrd tor nf 

\ tuffurLEigf' Am I CTiT to be iDToiTed tn doubta Aod perplexltj dd foar ftcdouil F Am 1 

'• Tan moBL be Hoelble of the unklrTy I ihaU rod oalQ ji^ur untlguooe expreRtfcma lire 

' tiitlf elpldoed, ud j-el 71111 reftue Ihli eipUnUliin 1 Bui you bkirc no pl>r fat aj 

} fKllDfi. Would 11 not be niDce generooi Id roq to penult bji biUtrle* tfau U> keep me 

^H Tul baprlDoa In chlmcrkul ideu of IbeiD. Borelj I iliiill act be loo prenimpluaiu In 
^^ UT^ni. lh><i V >be refird Amiodi once daltered me wtUi, li undlntlDlibed, th« ■III. bj 
rdtullug B union vtlh me, leaie me not Die onlj mArer. 



nrar jou. Qh I my Auandt, from neb ■ iHm 
bj ItklDB refq^e In blT vm, who will b« Co joi 
baforfl ne^ ctUIi the oUifmtlone for keeplnr n 
larly wben Uw mollTej which led to nch n p: 
hnrt by Iho DnfbrtiiuM Eetlcf be TeeelTed from 
•on, uil coUed npon yon. wllbout lellectUiK r 
|lvo me up. Thie U Itaa only reuon I cu coi 
hul I but (rrlTed whUe he could baie lliteoed 



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Id Hudj to CTlnat hig Inlilude for neb a 





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This letter <ie«pl; afiucted the seasiLility, but could not shake the 
reBolntioD of Amonds. She would not Lave answered it, as she 
conaidered an; currespon deuce an infringement on tlie promisea ghe 
bad pvca h«r father to decline any further intitDBo; with him : hat, 
from the warmth and agitation displayed in his letter, it wa» evident 
to her that if he did not receive an immediate anawer to it, he would 
oome to St. Catliarlne^e, and Insiat on seeing her : and she felt Basurod, 
that ahe would much better deliver her sentimentB upon paper than 
to him. She aceordinKly wrote as fulluws; 







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Iw, IBj hnn linlu wltliiD n 


10.— Ohf 


bid 1 b«D tho i^nl; luArer, I iJiouia d«[ 


an rdt » 


(mi ■ difrn or igDOj u 




nduK. Bui I irlll DOL (I«pm1t .bout mj d 


uiOuui 






kind lo hli ilrWr, iFhlch m nnuiKdcUr 


r«Hwl hw 






bcrWU •tiprlrsd of «U ttnUj cuiDFiirt, m 


.y 10 hl» 


l.»c IwcD equiOJ J nwn^uJ. 








liul I wlibud lo be eipllcll. 








□t. Tuo Hon know mjr t» 


Ira ;rau site knomjrMUiipi In pllj lo Umm 


■pinma 


•Br mnhcr codOIcu. Kij 


Um lr.DtuU b^.t>lMH rm » Wuij itxtrn Hon 


berouni 


ihi DBl, nr lord, beuuc dlHppaln 




W«Ww.»l.h-hld>yoa.r 




dtd i II. ndflUliif lb. BUlmt irbieh jaur Wnrt^ row 






w how irii1]t foa merit ihoH bleulnp , and 


bulifaiU 


uilcn KfTEli from your h 




«i. lOT lard 1 luoer no unnuliKu on n>T 




UtaTcn |Tul<i>x my urt. 1 HiLK no 




ttenmi -):<», conKlou. 




Kled ucordlnc lo Ux |>nucl|.^u of tlgl". I 


htUrnlor 


Il>t».l.llj«hlch««'.<l 


Dd,KL( 







blbll Ufa win, I Iruit. irer mi 



Slie deapnlclied tliis by on oltl niui, who wu employed in iLe 

I gATilen lit St, Catharine's ; but her spirits were so niuch affi>cte<I by 

writing it, she was ohligcd to go np and lie on the bed. She coneid- 

I veil herself as having taken a final adieu of Lord Uortimer, and tho 

I idea was too painful to be supported with foriitnde ; tender and fcr- 

f Tent as hi» attachment wn» now to her, sbe believed the horrj and 

battle of tlie ttorld in which he tnn/it he engaged would Boon erodi- 

Mte it ; a tracbfer of his affections to one equal to himself in rnnktuid 

r fortune was a probable event, and of course a total expulsion of her 

I from his memory would follow ; a deadly coldness stole npun her 

I beart at the idea of being forgotten by bim, and produced a SoM. tA 

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tun. She iLeu began to accnse hi^rself uf incun^i^Uiucj. 5bu bail 
oftea thought, if Lord Mortimer was restored to happiness, she should 
feol more tranqnillity ; and now, when the means of efTectlng this 
restoration occnrrei!, she ti'embled and lamented as if it would 
increase her miserj. " I am aelfish," said she to herself, " Id defiiring 
the prolongation of an affection which mnst ever be hopeleHH: I am 
weak, in regretting the probabilitj of its trousfer, as I can never 
retnm it. 

To conijuer those feelings, she fonnd she niiirt banish I/>ri! Morti* 
mer from lier thonghts. Except she snc.eedediti some degree in this, 
she ft>!t she never ahoold he nblo to exert tlie fortitade her present 
Bitnation demanded. She now saw a prohahilitj of her esist«aoe 
hciug prolonged, and the bread of idleness or dependence euuld never 
be EWeet to Amanda FitTJiIan. 

She had liiin abont an hour on the bed, and was about rising, ami 
retnrning to the parlour, when sister Uary entered ilie ch.iruber, and 
delivered lier a letter. Ere Amanda looked at tlie snpencriplion, her 
agitated heart foretold her whom it came from. Slio wns not mista- 
ken in her ooi^ectnre ; hut as she held it in her hand, she liesitate«l 
whether sheahould open it or not, "Yet," said she to herself, "it 
con be no p-eat harm ; he canuot, alter wliat I liave deelare<], siip|iuM 
my resolution to be shaken. lie writes to assure me uf )iis perfect 
acquiescence to it. Sister Mar; lett her at llie instant her dulibera- 
tions ended, by opening the letter. 



irnbleAiDudil Bat 



Ibis laconic letter astonished Amanda. By its style it was evideni 
Lord Mortimer had recovered his cheerfnlness ; reci>vcrc<! it not fr nn 
a delemii nation of giving her np, hnt from a lifpe of tlnir again 



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meeting, as they could both wish. A sodden traoiiptirt rushed npon 
her heart at siieli an idea, I'Ut quickly died away when she reflected 
!t wBB almost beyond tlie [loaslbilily of things to bring about a pleaa- 
iDg interview between them. — Slie knew Lord Mortimer hitd a 
■anguine temper, and Uiough it might mialced him, she rt^solved it 
abonld not mislead her. She could not form the most distant Htiriniae 
of what he had now in agitation ; hut whatever it was, she firmly 
believed it would end in disappointment. — To refuse every request of 
his woa painfnJ ; but propriety demanded she should not aOJede to 
the last ; for one etep, she wiiiely considered, from tlje I'oe st pru- 
dence she had marked out fur herself to take, might plunge iier in 
difficulties from which she would flud it impoasihle toextricute her»elf. 
With an unsteady hand ahe returned the following answer. 

"Mr Lou; 
"1 cuiDOT eomplj wlUi t^"^ re^Ht: rem Brnj* If roB plcftK, ntitKt Inexorfcbtp 



rlDii'i la Id miTHir udI 
mr lordflhtp** pawer 



'MfiyW*. a. 






Scarcely had Klie sealed this letter when ahe was called to dinner; 
bnt though she obeyed the summons, she could not eat. Tho exer- 
tions lier writing 1o Lord Mortimer required, and the agitation hia 
letter had thrown her into, quite eiliauated her strength and spirits. 
Tlie nuns witlidrew soon after dinner, and left her alone with the 
prioress. In a few minutes after their departure, th" cla /ftra*i er 
returned from Caatle Corberry, where he had been delit-eriiig li«r 
letter. After informing her he had put it anfely 'nto his lordxliiti'i^ 
hbnds, lie added, with a look which seemed to indicate a (ear le^t »l.e 
ahoold be distressed, that he had received ndthei letter nor inees^Ke 
from him, tliough he waited a long time in expectation of reieiving 
either one or the other; but be supposed, he said, his lurdahtp waa iu 



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too great a Ijurrj' just tlien to pve any anavrcr, as a cbtuse and ftmi 
was waiting lo curry hiin to Dublin. 

Atnaticliil)i}r»t into tenra as tLe man retired [^orn the runtn. Sha 
aaw eLe liad wntten to Lord Mortimer for ibe lost time, and abe 
•ouH ni' supiiress tliia tribute of regret. Slie was tiriuly convinced, 
fndeec', ^be sliould bebold bim no more. Tbe idea of vi»iiJng her, 
atie was sore, nity, slie hoped he would relinqiiisb, wlien be fuuud 
(wliich abe BU|i[HMed would soon be tJie cane) tbe auhemes ur bopes 
which Duw buoyed up hia spirits iiDposgible to be realised. 

'ilie prioress sympathized in her sorrow ; though Dot from her own 
uperieoue, yet' fi oiu the experience of others, she knew how danger- 
ous and bewitching a creature uisn in, and huw difflcnit it is to 
rvmove tne ohtuns which he twines around tiie female heart : to 
remove tbiise which lay so heavy upon tbe delicutu and tu-sceptlble 
heart ol her young friend, without leaving a curroHive woanil, was 
her (dacere wisli, and ly strengthening her resolution, sbe boj>ed sno- 
veas would ciiiwn Ihcir endeavours. 

T*o hours were ela|>sed since her messenger's return iVom the 
caatle, when sister Mary entered the room witl> a large packal, whioh 
she pnt ioto Amanda's banda, saying, it was given her by Lord Mor- 
timer's servant, who rode olf tlie moment he delivered it ' 

Sister Mary made no scruple of saying, she should Uke to know 
what such a weighty packet contained. 

The prioress chid her in a laughing manner for her ourio^ity, and 
drew her Into tbe garden, to give Amanda an oppurtnnity of exuuin- 
iog the cnntonts. 

She was surprised, on breaking the seal, to perceive a very band- 
some pocket-bouk, in a blank cover, and found, unsealed, a letter to 
this effect : 




tti* alBi:fln belong ni Ui Ibe rcflmeot, I d^U^r injrHlf 



mlifartuDe. Hj hlond baUi with IndlffiUln 
lie 10 Kiln mno lulelU. 



•Her jou nDUld b* iniLy ImuppormblB, Too hitn lUreiuij raftaed to Infonn qk of joor 
dMcnulnaDan retnllie u Ihli uiiwr; niralj I nuj Tenuin U roqanl II nay ba w I 

*<Ttr tola Inio jnur pi«MDn him, Irbi, Icl Uilnja luro out u tfaoj un;. miut anr 



ir hi Ih fill 



"Jloni 



"Grucioa» IieavenI" B&id Amnnda to herself, " wliat ciui he nieiuit 
whuC scheme can he liave in ogilnlinu which will removo ttio obsta- 
cles to our anion? ile Lere Mems to agieBk ol' a certainty of sitcoees. 
Oh I grant ineraiful power I" site coiUimied, raiviiig her meol: eyes to 
houven, whilo a niaj bJiiHh »Uile iipoo her checks, "grant that indeed 
lie may b© soocesaftil. He tulks of returuiug to Irelioid. Still," pro- 
Cfleded she, rending over the letter, "na[uiririg Bomething more 
powerfnl clmn my assiiranc* to convince liira of the fallauy of hU 
hopflu ; BUtvlj Lord Mortimer would not be so oruBl as to raise 
eipcctHtiiiiij in niy bosom, witliout iiu»e in bis own were well 
lliunded. No, dear Mortimer, I will not call you a romtuittc 
visionary, but the most amiable, the moat generoog of rnen, who, for 
poor Amanda enconntcni difficulties, and aacrificos every splendid 
expectation." Bhe rejoiced at the intention he had declared of 
seeking ont Oscar, She looked forward either to a speedy interview, 
or sjioedy intelligence of this beloveil brotlier, as she knew Ijord 
MortiTiier would seek liim with the persevering spirit of bcuovolence 
and leave no moans untried to rei«toi-e him tn her. 

Bhe now examined tlie contents of tlie poeket-book ; it contained i. 
I number of smtUl bills K" >l>e auioont of two hundred jhi inds — a luriw 
, pre.icnt, hut one so delicately presented, that )ven ber ideas of pro- 
priety oould scarcely raise a scruple against her acecptia(^. TV,>f^ ^Vv- 




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Iiowerer, enggeat ono: nnoerUUn how matters woald jet termin&to 
bviwecn lier and Lord Uurtiiner, she was anwilling to receive any 
pepiitiiary oblinations frora him ; but, when she reflected on his noble 
md I'eeliug beajt, slie knew she shonld severely wound it by retum- 
t.ig his [irescnt: she 'berefore roaulved un keeping it, making; a kind 
of coniproniise with her feelings abaut the matter, by detormining 
tliat, except entitled to receive tliera, she would ucrer mure aooept 
ihvoiire of ibis nature from his lurdabip. 

TtiD prexcnt one indeed was a most seasonable relief, and removed 
from her heart a loud of anxiety which Iiiid wclgbed on it. AJler 
paying lier father's fiinsral expenses, the peojile with whom be lodged, 
aiul Ibe a|ii>thecftry who had attended him, sbe found herself miatrest 
of but twenty gumeas in tlie whole world, and more than half of th!* 
alio wHisidered aa already dne lo tlie benavolent aistcra of St. 
Ca'.liiirini's, who were ill able to aSbrd any additional expense. 

She bad reM>lved to force tlieiu to accept what indeed she deemed 
A pcnr rotDrn for Iheir kindnesa to ber, and she then intended to retire 
tn M me obneure hovel in the neigbboiirhood, as better snited to the 
btate of her finances, and continne there till ber health was snffioiectly 
restored, to enable ber to make exertions for her livelihood ; but she I 
shiicldered nt the ide>a of leaving 8t. Cntbarine's and residing among 
a set iif boors ; ihe felt sen^utions something similar to those we iiiay 
snppiMe a person would foci, who was about being comn'itte>^ to A 
tempeKluona ocean, without any means of security. 

Loi'd Miirlimor had prevented the necessity which bad prompted 
her to think of a removal, and she now resolved to reside at leait for 
the time he had meniioncd in the convent, during wliioh she supposed 
ber uncertainties rtlaiive to him wouM bo over, and that, it it was 
not her fate to be hi;^, she should, by tlie perfect re-establishment of 
her health, )« cnahleo to nse her abiUtit^ in the manner her situation 
required. Tears of heartfelt gralitade and aensibility flowed down 1 
bercbeefcs for him who iiad ligiitened lier mind of the care which had 
Ml oppressed it. 

She St length recollected the prioress bad retired into the gai'ilcti 
from eoinplusance to her, and yet continued in it, waiting, no doubt, 
to be Bummoned hack by her. Bhe hastily wiped awny ber tears, anil I 
folding up the preoioas letter, which was t>eden'ed with tlioni. ] 
reyiaired to the (ardon, resolving not to commnnicalo its conteutK, as | 



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die diviilKcment of expecUitiutia (cuuaitleriDg how liiLbld ivll Luiiiau 
wiiea are to be disappointed) abe ever wmsidered a picre of foil)-. 

Slie found Llie priori.«3 and sister Uary seated nnder a brokun and 
ivj-covered arub. " Jeau I my dear," Boiil the latter, " I Ihoiiglit Juu 
wirnld never come to us. Onr good niolher bas been lit«pirig m.'- 
Iiere in spite of my t«eth, tbough I told lier tlie Eweet vakat I iimdo 
fur lea would bo burned by this time, aud tLnt, supposing jou were 
reading a lettur from Lord Mortimer, there could be no liiinii in ni^ 
seeing you.'' Atnaada relieved the impalteut Mary, aud she <«ok her 
Bfcat, — The prioress cast her pierdug eyea wpou her. She jier'jeived 
she had been weeping, and that joy, rather than sorrow canned tier 
tears. She was too delicate to inqnire into its source, but she took 
Aninndfl's hand, and gave it a pressure, which seemed to sny. "I see. 
my dear child, you have met with sometliing which pleases you, and 
my heart sympathizes as mach in your happiness ob iu your grief." 

Amanda retnrned tlje aSVctionate pressure with one equally tender, 
and a starting tear. Tliey were soon called by siiiter Mary to partake 
i>r the hot cokes, which she had made indeed in hopes of templjng 
Ainanda to cat bSUt her bad diimer; the whole commnuity were 
Hsseijibled at tea, when the doctor entered the parlour. Amanda . 
blushed and looked grave at hia first entrance; but he soon rallied 
her out of her gravity, aud when the prioress and the nnns, yconling 
to custom, had withdrawn to evening vespers, he said, with a signifi- 
cant smile, " he feared she had not attended as much as he wished 
*he should to the contents of the book he had hut brongli^ her." 
She saw by his manner he was acqutdnted with her siiuation rehitiTe 
to Lord Mortimer, and tlierefore repliud by saying, " that perhnpn, if 
he knew the motives which influenced her conduct, he would not 
tliiiik her wrong in disregarding wtiat he had just meiitiuned." — Sba 
also said "she detested all kinds of etratagems, and was realty 
displeased with hitn for practising one upon her." i 

"In a good cause," he smd, "he should never hesitate using one. 
Lord Mortimer was the finest yoang fellow be bad ever seen, and hail 
wi)n his favour and the bast wishes of his heart, from the first moment 
that he beheld hini. He made wie contrive," continued the doctor, 
*' a story to gain admission to your ladyship, and when I fuand him 
■o dreadfully anxious about yon, I gave yon credit (as I had then nu 
opportunity of judging for myself ) for all ltiet\'rt,"w* a'Av;'''*"*'^* 



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ascribed In jon, and which I have since perceiveil j-oit to jxnuw^ 
Ton tmilo, nad locik as if you called me a flatlerer ; aerjuiisly 1 assnre 
jou I am not one : I really thiol! you worthy of L<ird Mortimer, and, 
] vsnre yon, that h as great a compliment as could be paid to utj 
womun. Tlii mind was troubled with grief; he reveidcd his ironblei 
and perplexities to me, and, after heuring tlieni, uo good christian 
jTer prayed more devoutly for another, than 1 prayed for yonr 
rec'very, that all juur Borrows, like a novel, migbt terminate In 
iuarriage." 

" You are ohllging in yottr wishes," said Amanda, smiling. 

'Faith, I ara sincere in them," exclaimed be, "and do not knuw 
■rhen I have been so disconcerted at things not turning out sinootblv 
between you and liis lurd^bip ; hut 1 will not despair: in all my own 
troubles, and Heaven has glTen me my share, I ever looked to the 
bright side of things, and shall always do so for my friends. I yet 
Aspect *« see yuu settled at Castle Carberry, and to be appointed 
myself physician-general to yonr ladyship's bonsehold.'' Tlie mentioD 
of ^n event, yet so uncertain, greatly agitated Aii^anda; she blushed 
Bid fumed pale nllemately, and convinced her (iiood-nntnrei], but 
loquacious friend, he bad touched a chord which could not hear vibra- 
tion. Ee hastily changed the discourse, and, aa soon as he saw bet 
composed, rose to take bis leave. Amanda detained him for a minute, 
to try an^ prevail on him to take a ten-^inea note; but he wu 
Inflexible, and said with some archness, "till ihe disorder which 
preyed upon I,ord Mortimer's heart was in some decree alleviated, he 
'WOUid receive no recompense for his visit«, wliich be as.<:nred Amanda, 
fnm time 'o time, be should continue to pay her; adding, a certun 
, erson had enjoined him now and then to take a peep within the hulj 
walls oi8t. Catharine." 

The next morning Amanda set about a temporary arrangement of 
^er affltirs. Sbe (iresentcd thirty guineas to tlie sisterhood, whioli, 
witli much difHcnlty, alie forced them to acnept, thongh, in reality, it 
wu muish reqnired by them ; bnt when she came to speak of paying 
hr a contionance, they positively declared ibey wonld agree to do 
•Qoh thing; as she had already so liberally rewarded them for any 
aspease tbey might have incurred od lier accoimt. She told them, 
~ ,t if they would not agree to be pcud for lodging and board, ah* 
wvnld certainly leave them, lliongh *xuh a M«p was Mintrnry tahti 



•ndjuation ; elie osBureil them siso, aha was at presi^iit well nlile to 

pBJ. 

At last it was settled glio should give them at tlig rule of forty 
poonds a jear — a salary they thought estreinely aiiii»If, ciiDsidering 
tlie plain manDer in -which they lived. She then iioil all the tliingi 
which helonged to her father and herself brought to tlie conveut, and 
bad the former, with whatevershe did not immediatt'ly want,na!lodup 
in a large chest, that on a short notice they might be roiuoved. Her 
harp and piilar she had in her distress projiosed sending back to tha 
person inDnblinfrora whom tliey were pnreliased, to sell for her; bat 
Bhe now determined to keep these presents ofher iicloveJ father, exoept 
again nrged by neoeasity to part with thern. She bad a variety of 
materiala for piling and working, and pmpoeed emjiloying herself 
In eiecnting pieces in each way, not only as a means of amusing ber 
time, bnt as a resonroe on an evil day : thus wisely making nse of the 
present gonahine, lest another storm should arise, wliich she sboiilj 
not be M> well able to straggle against. 



OHAPTEH XXXVil. 



Thb turbnlence of grief, and the agitation of flnsjiensc, gradually 
lessened in the mind of Am&nda, and were sacceeded by a soft and 
pleasing melancholy, which sprang from tlie roust iotisneas of having 
always to the best of Iicr abilities, [icrfoniied the duties imposed 
upon ber, ant! snfjportcd ber miaforttmcs with jilai'id resignation. 
She loved t« th(nk of her father, for amidat ber sighs for bis loss, 
were mingled tbe delightful ideas of having ever been a sonrco of 
comfort to bim, and she believed, if departed spirits were allowed to 
review this world, his wonld look down npon her with delight and 
approbation, at beholding ber nndeviating in the path he marked ont 
for her to take; the calm derived from mth rneditationa she consid- 
I, CKd «■ a recompeDse f^ raanv norrowi; it ^as vni^, \w^\k«!^ i> 



DoUiiug eartb'y ^vea, or can destroj, and what tlie good iniist ttnx 
eipericnca, 'IiongL ^'viiiiUt the wreck of umtUr and tlie orusli of 
wt>;!ds." 

(4)ie tried to prevent liet thciglits from ntunlecing to Lord Murtimer, 
•IS die surest meana 5f TetAiniiig 'jer conipLBiiro, wliiuU Utd wlieuevef 
aIib rcdected iu the doub^ul balance in ivhi(;L Ler fate jel hung cun- 
<«rniiig him. 

Thu solitude of St. Gathaiine's was well adapted to her present 
fiituution nod frame )' tniaJ. She was neither teazed wilh iinperti- 
iient or inmeanin^ icremojy, but, perfucl mistress of her own tune 
and actions, veeti, worked, and walked, an most agreeable to liendf. 
litie did ^ut eitend her walks bejoud the convenl, as tlie scenea 
arouiid .t would awaken remeiubniacea she Lad not sufficient forti- 
tude to bear; but the space it covered was ample enough to aSbrd 
her many dilTerent aud eitecHive ramblus; and of a slitl evening, 
^'Iteu notliiug but the lowing of the cattle, or tlie bnziing of the sum- 
iiier-ilie'j, w^ to he heard, she loved to waoder through the sulenin 
and romantic ruius, aometimee accompanied bj a nun, but much 




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li« Bore, tt.« rery first tliiog I hmxi ivrs of the pcM^r mptniu'R daath. 
Don't cry, mj dear, we must all gn uiie time or aniiilier; thine an 
things of course, u the doctor soys in his semioii ; so when 1 heani 
ot yiiiir tuiher'e death and yoar distrae?, I began to caet nbout in my 
hroin Huiiie plnn for helping yon, and at Ills'! 1 hit upon one, whinh, 
snjH I to the giria, will delight the pour bduI, as it will give her an 
«[)|n)rtmiiiy ol' eai-ning decent bread for herself. You must know, 
[iiy dear, the tutoresa we brunght to town would not come back 
witu na — a dirty trollop, by the bye, and 1 think Ler {ilacfi would be 
quite the thing tor you. You will have the four young girls Xa learn 
French, and work to, and I will eipect you, oa you have a good taste, 
to assist the Meat Uiss Eilcorbana in making up their things and 
dressing. — I f(ive twenty guineaa a year. When we have no oom- 
piiiiy, the tutoress always eits at the table, aud gets, besides tliis, tha 
boat of treatment in every respect," 

A hluiih of indignation had gradnnlly conquered Amanda's pale- 
ness, during Mrs. Eilcorhan'a hiag and eloquent speech — " Tour 
inCentivna may be Irieadly, madau," cried she, " bat I must declino 
your proposal." 

" Ble..j me, and why must you decline it I Perhaps you think yonr- 
Bolf not qualified to instruct: indeed this may be the case, for people 
often ge'b credit for acoomplishmenls ihey did not possess. Well, if 
this is so I am still coolant ti take you, as yoa were always a dec«nl 
bvhaved young body. lnde«<d you cannot expect I should give yoa 
twenty guineas a year: no, act, 1 must make some abatement in tlie 
salary ; it I am forced to get master" to help in learning the girla." 
"MUs Fivtalan, madam," excUtiiiieil tlie prioreis, who had hitherto 
continued silent, "never got credit fur accomplishments which she 
did not poiiesa ; her modesty baa rather obscured than bluzonod forth 
her perfections; she does not, llierefure, madani, decline your otfer 
frura a consciousness of inability to undertake the office of instructor. 
but from a conviction she never could support impertinence and 
foily; should her situation ever require her to exert her talents for 
subsistence, I trust she will never experience the mortification of 
associating wil'i those who are luseo.'tible of her worth, or unwillinfi 
to pay her the respect she merits." 

"Hoitj toity," cried Mrs. Eilcorban, "wliat aaanrancel Wliy, 
inadftTn, many a betiv man's oLild would be glad to ^uuiv li. '«'a.<^V la^ 



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373 cHiLDRKS (J IT iiiK AHcar. 

" HeRT rasiJiiTii," Kail! Miss Kilwirban, " purliaps the yoQng ladj hu 
K bettor settlement m rien*. We IbrgcC Lord Mortimer bas beon lat«ly 
ftt Cautlo Cnrberrj-, aiid we all know his lunUliip h a frieni] to Oaptain 
Fitailan's daughter. ' 
I " Or, perhaps," orieil Misa Alicia, in a giggling tone, " she mesns to 

"Indeed, I Enppose she ineons to be nothlni; good," rejoined Hre. 
Kilcorban, "and I suppose it waa bj some impertiDence or other aha 
hod B tiff with Lady Greystock. Lord I (looking ronnd llie nwm) 
only see her music books — her harp — her guitar — as if slio had noth- 
ing to do but sing and Uimm away the whole day. Well, miss," 
rising from her chair, "joo may y el be sorry your friend Bald bo 
DiQch about you. I did not come merely to offer to take you into my 
honsc, but to offer yon also a good eum for your barp and gaitar, 
supposing yon bad no business with such things now-a days; but 1 
dare soy you would have refused this offer." 

"I rortninly should, ma:Iaii]," said Amanda; "it must be strong 
necessity, which compels ma lo part with my beloved father's pro- 

"Well, well, child, I wish lliis pride of thine may not yet b« 
bumbled," Bo saying she fiounced out of the room, followed by her 
daughters, who, ander an affectation of contempt, evidently showed 
tliey were chagrined by the recep'.ion they had met. 

The prioress indulged herself in a lotig fit of laughter, at th* 
pas&ion in which she had tlirowo Krs. Stlcorban ; and Amanda, who 
considered the lady and her daugliters as the most insignificant of 
. beings, Eooa recovered from Uie discomposure their visits had 

In the course of the eveiiirg a l^'.ter was delivered her hy tlio 

u T^nt, who said the m'wsengB." who brought it waited for an 

Amanda, in » nniversal trepidation, broke the seal; but, 

Instead of I^o.d Mortimer's, as she expected, a hand, to hor entirely 

struck lier ciew. 




[■KKATCRE. 

"1 think I WHS never so diverted in my life as 
loy iiiolliLT and nistors gave of the reception tliey 





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^m CHILDREM or TRR ABDET 

H <4>vilisli fine girl as you are, would sacrifice ytmi time io iiistracting 
^^ A parcel i>r cliita, when it can be devoted to ao much better purpose. 
^^ To be brief, my dear girl, I will taite yon immedrately under my pro- 
teotion: if not yonr own fault, bring jou to Dublin, settle jou in 
elegaut lodgings, with a handsome allowance, and not only make yon, 
but declare you, to be the grand snltana of my affections, a sitnation 
which, I can assure yon, yon will not be a little envied enjoying. In 
your anawer Io this, I shall eipect to hear when I may have the feli- 
city of bringing you out of oteeurity, to the brilliant scene you were 
formed to ornament. Adieu my dear. 

" Believe me yonr devoted, 

" B. XlLOOBSAK." 

The indignation which filled Amanda's breast, at reading this scroll, 
cannot be eipressed. Her blood seemed to boil in her veins; it was 
some time ere she conld sufficiently compose herself to acquaint the 
prioress with the cause of her agitation ; it was then agreed that the 
letter iibould bo retnrued, with the following lines written on it. 



"Thfiulhorsr Ui 



d iipperUatDi 



dltfa* 



That a repetition of this tind would be the case she did not believo. 
From Kilcorban, she had no rea»on to suspect either tlie perseveroncs 
or designs of Belgrave ; one was a libertine from principle, and the 
other she believed from fosliion, and that to pique bis pride would be 
ft sore method of getting rid of him. 

But the calm she had for some time experienced was destined to bo 
interrnpted. The neit morning brooght fatlier O'Gallaghan, the little 
fat priest (of whom we have made mention before in oor pages) to 
the convent, he was not the officiating priest, but notwithstanding 
this paid many visits to the sisterhood, with whom he whs a great 
fcvourite ; he had been ranch concerned al)oot Amanda's illness. She 
was sitting alone in the parlour, drawing, when he entered it. He 
'leated himself by her, and the expression of his countenance seemed 
'a declare his heart was brimful of something pleasant. 

" You won't be offended now, my dear aowl," said be, smirliing np 
in her face, "with a body for asking you how you would like U- 'eave 
this dismal Bolitude, and have a comfortable home of your I'Wj, 
where JOU might see your own friends, and have evory thing vnrra 
and Bosy about you." 



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THE ABBST. 



I nut coHHider this ftdiamal aoli- 
oUjectiori to a pleasant settled 



" Why," Mid Amanda, " though I 
tnde, yet, to be Mte, I sbauld bave i 
liabliaiion." 

" Ay, I always thought yoa a sen^ibla yoang body. Well, Mai 
what would you say to tlie persoQ tbt^n who coulU point ont snoh ■ 
habitation ; ay, you little rogue, wlin raudd tsaj they had just anch B 
one in their eye for you 1" 

Amanda stared at him with ostoniehmeDt. She had at first b«ltflTed 
liim jestiiiR, but now found him serious. 

" Ay, faith, my dear rreatore," cried ho, continuing hia diBoonnc^ 
n'ith a look of the most {lerfect saiisiuction, " I liave an offer to maka 
yon, whicli 1 iieliere would make many girls jump out of tlieir lAioa 
witli juy t»> benv." 

" Yt n remember the O'ETonaglisns, 1 am sure where yon look te« 
last Bt-'umur. Well, the oldrat of the sons (as honest n Ind as ever 
bruke bread) cost a aheep's «yo upon you thon; but what witL yoiut 
going trim the conntry, and some oll)er matters, he thought titer* 
wn3 no use tlicn in revealing his tlntno ; but now, when you are ctmxo 
p In his way again, faith lie pln«ked up hia courage, and t<ilil hia 




OUILDREK 1 THZ ABBET, 37S 

numner site wit'lied; she therarure stoppett and turuiiig to hlra said, 
'' He could QuL wonder at her beiiig olfeiidcHl at his preteudiiig to 
answur BO (tveiy for her, in nmttcra so important as religiun ; but to 
prove how preuumptuoiu he was ia every thing he said about lier, sjie 
must assure hiiii, hia embassy to lier wa« eqnally fruitltss and di»- 
Kgreeable : and that if Ur. O'Flanagli&a conauited his owa happineas, 
br would seelt to unite Liuiaelf with a woman brouglit up iu his own 
sphere of life." So saying, she quitted the room, with a iook of 
dignity, which quite coufuunded the poor pricat, nho enaldied np 
b)B hat in a great hurry, and waddlod away to the farm, to oommnni 
eate the ill succeaa of faie vibit, which had quite (^niehed his ezpeciA- 
tiona of wedding presents, and pudding feasts, which he had oonlem- 
plal«d in idea with delight. 

It was Bome time ere Amanda recovered &ora Uie discomposurs 
Into which the impertinence of the Kiicorbans and the priest bad 
thrown her. From what slie suffered in consequence of it, she wu 
fbrcihly convinced how ill qualified she was to etrn|;gle with a world 
where she would be continually liable to such shocks: she had yet a 
hope of escaping them — a hope of being guarded by the tutelary ean 
of Lord Mortimer and of being one of the happiest of her aez. 



CHAPTER XXrVill. 

WILh Jui^u] IldlDgi— WE ibKU ]>ul no more. 

But a shock more severe thnn those she had lately experienced 
was yet in store for our hapless heroine. About a fortnight after tho 
Tisit of tlie Kilcorbans and the priest, as she waa rambbng >>ne eTnr- 
ing, acconling to oustou, amongst the solitary ruing of St. (Jai barmo'ei, 
bdulging the pensive meditations of her soul, the figore of a maa 
•nddenly darted from under a .broken arch, and discovered to he? 
Tiew the featnres of the hated Betgrave. Amanda pave a faint cry, 
[ luid in Ttnntterafale diamay tottered back a few paces against a wall. 
KCntel Amanda," nolainied Belgrave, while hi* loik seamcl ta 



imply he would take advantage of Ijer eiluation ; his look, liis volet 
operated like h charm to ronae her friirn the kind of stupefaction into 
vhicli she had fallen at first sight of him, and, ta he atlemjited to laj 
bold of her, she spraug past hini, and, Avith a au'iftness whit'h mockad 
bia speed, flew tJirough tiie intiicftte windings of the place till sbe 
re&cbed the convent. Her pale and distracted look, us she rushed 
into the prioress' apartment, terrified the good old ladj, who hastily 
iiiterrognted her as to Uie canae of her disorder; bnt Amanda waa 
unahlo to epeak. The appearaoco of Belgrave she thought an omen 
of every ill to her. Her blood ran cold through her veins at his 
eljht, and terror totally subdued her powers. The prioress snm- 
moned sister Mary lo her relief; drops and water were administered, 
and the overloaded heart of the trembling Amanda was relieved Uy 
tears. The prioress again asked the cniise of her agitation ; but, per- 
ceiving Amanda did not like to speak before sister Mary, she lmm»> 
diately pretended to think it proceeded iVom fatigue; and Uary, who 
was simplicity itself, readily credited the idea. The prioress ioon 
sent her upon some pretext from the room, and then in the gentlest 
t«rtns, begged to know what had bo pmelly alarmed her young friend. 
Amanda bad already confided to the prioress the events of her life, so 
that the good lady, on hearing Belgrave now mentioned, no lunger 
wondered at the agitation of Amanda; yet, as her fears, she saw, 
were too powerful for her reason, she endeavoured to convince her 
they were QDueceeEary. She called to her remembrance the singular 
protection she had already eiperienoed from Heaven, and the proleo- 
tion which, whilst she was innocent, she would still have a right to 
expect. She also mentioned the security of her present eiiuatioti, 
encompassed by friends whose integrity could cot bo warped, and 
whose ntmoBt zeal would be mauifeeled in defeating any stratagems 
which might he laid against her. 

Amanda grew composed as slie listened U> the prioress; she wm 
cheered by t'e voice of piety and friendship, and her heart again felt 
f^rm and elevated. She acJinowIedged that, after the singular, nay, 
almost mtracutona interposiljona of Providence she had experienced 
in her favoar, to give way to terror or despair was sinfnl, since it 
•'flowed a distrust of tlie Power, who has promised, with gnardisr 
oirB, to wnleh the footsteps of the innocent. 

It was, however, ngreed that Amanda should venture no mirs 



from iho LVDVenl, but ounilue her rambles to the garden, wliioh v/u 
enclosed with a high wall, and had no plaoea of concealment, Fiva 
weoki jut remaioed of the period Lord Uortimer hod rciuested lier 
to stay at St. Catharine's; before it waa expired, she trusted and 
odieved Belgrave would be weAry of wntoliing her, and wuold 
Ocuatiip; if then she neither saw nor heard li'ura Lord Mortimer, she 
resolved to relinqulah all hope concerning biu, and iiuinediutel; 
think Dpon som« plan, whioh would put her Id a naj of priwuring 
kubeisteucQ. 

Her paintings and embroiderj still went ou; she had eiecnteil 
some elegant pictures in both, whicb, if obliged to dispose ot, she ■am 
Bare would fetch a good price; jet, whenever coQipelleu hy reflectioa 
to Uiis idea, the tear of tender melancholy would fall ujion her lovelj 
cheek, a tear whicli was ever luutlily wiped away, while she endea- 
voured to fortify her mind with pious reaignatiuu to wIiateTer iihould 
be her fiiture fate. 

Three weeks more elapsed without any event to dipi-ompose Uieir 
tranquillity; but as the teniiinatiunof lliedestiaed [leriod '^iproaclied, 
the agitation of Amanda, in spite of all her ellijrts to the contrary, 
increased; she deemed the awl'ul crisis of her fate at hard, and she 
treiubled at the retleotion. 

Bhe now, for the first time, avoided solitade; she wa''ted to 6j 
from herself^ aod sat constantly with the prioress, who hrd notlilug 
_ nf Ilie gloomy recluse, save the habit, about her. 

I They were chatting logetlier one evening ofler tea, when sister 
lUry entered the room, bearing a lai'ge iMicket, which she rather 
loeaed than presented to Aiuauda, exclaiming, 'Trom Lord Morti- 
mer. I wish the truublesome fellow hod not come back otfS'u; here 
we shall bai-e him frisking or storming ountinually, and agai:i plagu- 
iug ns out of our lives." 

"From Lord Mor:imer!" exclaimed Amanda, starting fn 'u her 
chair, and clasping the letter between lier hands; "Ulil gracious 
heaven']" She saiil no more, but flew (rum the room to hi>r cham- 
ber. She tore open the seal; the envelope contained two h'ters; 
the firat was directed in a hand unkuown to her ; iier heart sii-kerieil 
sj slje dropped it OD the ground ; the other was tlie «ui<isr:n;ri| linn of 
I.onl Mortimer. She opened it with revived spirits, and tiad lu 

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"I Bin retnmed, retamed to toll my Aiiinnda that nothing bnt tl 
awful fiat of Uettven Bliall purt ua more. Yes, my love, a aweet 
reward for all our difficulties, our trials, let nio add, our peraeTerinj 
cuTiAtaucy is at hand, and one name, one interetit, one tatc, I Irns^ 
will aoon be ours," 

TeftTS of joy gushed from Amanda aa she exclaimed, " Can tbis — ■ 
can tliU be true) la I^ord Mortimer, eo long, so hopelessly beloved, 
indeed returned to toll me w<\ shall part no morel 'Tis trne, ti» 
trne, and never con tny grateful heart BufEciently ausnowledge Um 
goodnesB it eiperiencea; but how was tJiis event brought aboatt" 
Bhe wiped away her tears, and resumed tlie letter. 

" Your solemn refusal to unite yonrself to roe, threw me mt« d)(o- 
nie« ; hut true love, like true courage will never despair, will nerar 

iield to difficulties, without first trjmg every ellbrt to conquer them I 
soon, therefore, roused myself from the heavv weight wbitJi 
oppressed my spirits at jour resolution, and ere long oonoeived a pro- 
ject so feasible, so almost certain of success, that my jrapatieiice to 
realize it cannot be described ; yet you luay oonueive some idea of it 
from tliB abrupt manner in which I quitted Castle Carberry, withoot 
dediring to hid you adieu ; but, ere it conld bo accomplish ed, 1 plaint; 
saw I bad many difliculties to encounter; difficulties which it wu 
absolutely eesentiol \o overcome, that 1 might prove to tlie world 1 
was not the dupe of love, bat the friend, the lover, and the Tindic»- 
tor of real itmoccnce and virtne. From what I have said, yon may 
suppose the difficulties I allude to were such as I exi>ected to 
enconnter iu my attempt to unravel the whole of the deep and exe- 
crable plot which inrolved you iu a situation so distressing to your 
foelin|;s, and injurious to your characterl and, ohi with what 
mingled pride and pleasure did I meditate on being your champion, 
clearing your fame fVom each dark aspersion, and proving, clearly 
proving, tiint your mind was m lovely, as angelic, as your personl 

" I was hajipy, on my arrival in London, to find Lady Martha Dop- 
mor slill at Lord Oherbury's house. I have already told you that I 
left town on pretence of visiting my sister in Wales. My ftther, I 
BOOD perceived, suspected that had not been the real moUve of 1117 
departure : b'tt I soon perceived he did not desire to reveal his siu- 
picions, as he asked me some qneslions concerning Ijidy A.aminlo, 
which, yon may be sure, 1 answered uwkwni'dly enough, and had n 
comic writer been present, he might have taken the hint of a goml 
blundering scene &um us both. 

"The Marijuis of Rostino and bis family, I learned, continued at 
Itis villa. I'lieir absence from town rejoiced me, as it not noW 
tji'iiipted 1110 flora society I abhorred, but as it gave me nn oj'poF' 



tortty of int«rrc^ting their hoaselioH, amongst whom [ was pi,n- 
Tinccil 1 should diauuver the trusty Bgecits thu nmiiLble uiarcliiDne^a 
hsd mode use of in her acheine ujjainst you, Tbu iiiDniiii^ Mler in; 
arrival, I accordingly set off to Porlman Sinare. TIkj tiian w.o 
ofiened the door kiitiw me not, whiab 1 conaidered a luoky cirouin- 
staiioe, for, not being able to mention my name to tlie huuM-keeper. 
whom I desired him to send ma, she was not so mucli on her guati 
aa sliu would otherwise have been. She started oil she entered the 
parlour, and lifted np Iter bands and eyes with unfeigned Bstuuiah- 
tueiit. Soon, however, recovering herselK she addressed me In Iha 
most obsequious manner, and spoke as if she supiHttied I was coino 
purposely to inquire after her I*rd and Lady ; an artl'id way of try- 
ing to terminate her own suspense by learning the uaiuro of my 
visiC. I Boun gave iier to uuderetand it Via» not of tlie moi>t luu'oab o 
kind la her: 1 came, I naid, to demand either Ihe letter, or an 
aucoiint of the letter which I had entrusted to her caru fur Hisa 
Fitzalan, which contained a note of large value, and which I 
found had never been received by that young lady. Her counte- 
nance In a moment condemned her: it spoke stronger than athon< 
sand tongues against her. She first grew deadly pale, then fiorv red, 
trembtud, faltered, and hang her head to avoid my eyes. Her lookfi| 
1 told her, confirmed the suspicions I was foi^^ to entertnin of her 
integrity ; yet, shocking as the action was whioh ebe had ctiiumitted, 
being not only a breach of trust, but homanity, I wa» willing to 
come U> an eaer and private occoiumodatioo shout it, provided she 
would truly and fiilly confess the part she had taken, or know otliers 
to have taken. In injuring Miss Fit£alan, while she resided in the 
marquis's house, by bringing Colonel Belgrave into it. I paused for 
Iter rvply. Slie appeared as if considering bow she should act. 1 
tluinghi I saw something yielding in her fiu'e, and eager tii take 
advantage of it, I proceeded: What I have oli'eady said, 1 am going 
again to repeat; that is, if you confess all you know relative to the 
plot which was contrived anil e-arried into eiecniion in this houM 
Hgainst Miss Fitzalaa, I will settle every tiling relative to the letter 
Slid its oonlents, in a manner pleonng to yon. Her Innocence is 
unquestioned by me; bnt it is essential to her peace that it should 
also be so to the rest of her friend*, nnd they who regard her -velfiin) 
will liberally reward those whose allegations shall jnstity her. 

"Upon this she turned to me, with a conntenanis: of the utmost 
eTronteiy, and said she would not tell a lie to please any one. I will 
not shock yon by repeating all she said. She ended by saying, as lo 
the letter, she set me at Usance; true, 1 bad given her one for Miss 
Fitzainn ; but I might remember tCsa Fitzalon was in a lit on the 
ground at the time, and she had called in other servants to her assist- 
ance, she said; and in the hurryand bastle which ensued, slie knew 
nut what became of it; others might as well be called U[)<)n as her, 
I could no longer oomninnd niy torojwr; I told her she wan a wretch. 
And only fit for the diabolical nervice in which phe was etnployeil, 
Tlie note, which I enclosijd in the letter I had {ivea ivef t« i^.'s^' 




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s agant in tlie cauntry ; as a post iwte | 
lie number id lay p<icVet-bo(iK; I tliN*- 
t'oro left Purtman Sc)niire with a resolution of going to l^e Uank, and 
If nitt Hlreoily received, stopping payinent; I si«ii|hii] into llie flnt 
liauknei-conJi I met, and hod tli« satisraclion of tiiidiag it bad not 
l>c<«n offered nt the Baiik. I Bug|fected she nonld be glitd to exoliaoaa 
it for cusii oa soon aa possible, Bnd tlierefore left mj direction, ra wSH 
lu requectt for tbe detentina of any person who slioiild presetit it. 

"In oontieqneDce of this a olerk caine the fuUowing morning, to 
inform me a woman haa presented tlie note at tlie Bank, and wa>, 
agreeablo to ut; rotuest, detained till I appeared, I imniediatelj 
returned with liiin, and had the f>atisftiction of seeing the hoiuekMper 
caught in the Hnare. She bnrst Into lean, at mv appearance, and 
coniinfc up to me, in a low voice said, if I would hare mercy upon 
her, slie wnald in return make a full cunfeasiou of all she knew awnt 
tlio attiiir I hull iiietitiuned tu her yoAterduy. 

"1 told hor, thiMigh she (le.ser^'eil no mercy, jet, an I had promJMd 
on encli condition to ahiiw her ienitv, I would not violate mj word. 
I received the note, sent for a aoacn, and handing the lady into i^ 
soon conveyed her to Pormian Square. She no sooner entered tha 

Cnrlour than she fell on her knc«i^ and beeou);ht mv forgiveneas. I 
id IktH^, ^iid Ittse no time in revealing all she knew concerning 
the aclieiiie ajxain:,! yon. Slie then confessed, tliat both she and llra> 
Jaou, tlie attendant who had been placed about yonr perAon, wer« 
ncqufunteil ond concerned in all the contrivances the marchioneea 
had laid njisinst you, who scrupled not acknowledging to them tha 
inveterate hatred she bore yon. Their scmples, for they prel«aded 
to have .-«me in abetting their suiiemes. were over-rnled, by knowing 
how mii^l. it was In lier power to injure them In any fatare estate 
liitlimeii, had they diHobliged her, and by her liberal promisea of 
reward, vhlch 'Jie housekeeper atldeil she had never kept: but thit 
brief and iinoircumstantial accnmit was by no means astisfboionr to 
me. I crtlltsd for iiiateriulii f<ir writing, and iiwiated Bhe ■Iioultl, to 
the bc^t it her reviil lection, relate every word or circumstance which 
Itad aver panted l<c>tween lier and the marchioness, and thair other 
aasuoiate*, relative to yon. She hesitated at tliis. On those terma 
(inty, I mid, I would gmiit her m;^ fi'reiveness, and by her complying 
Willi thetik, not only thnt, hut a liiieral recompense should ba hers. 



vrave was brought into the house by her and Mrs. Jane, how tfaer 
had stationed IhemKclvea in a place of concealment to listen, by which 
luettns they knew what passed between you, which she now, in almost 
the very uune wordx yen innile use of, repeateil to me; as she spokft J 
I wrole it, and made her sign the paper nnder a immgraiih, pnrport- f 
tnff that it was a true confession of the part sIih had taken, aud knew ] 
olliors to luive taken, in attempting to ii^Jure Wisa Fitzolan. I 

"I now mentioned Mrs, Jane, wiicse evidence I wished for to 
eorroborUe hera, Thi* ibe aaiDred me I might procure by promising 




% reward, as M™. Jane was mtwh dissntislied with the mftrohionwH 
urA Liuly Eii|.lii'[isii), iieitliur uf whom hod rccninpensud Iter aa she 
BX[H?i;tiitl, I'lrr \iKT laJthfiil serfices to them. She woa now at tliQ 
vjllii; hilt the hunsekuopcr added, that she would strike out MMue 
oxiH.>dioDt U> hring her U> town to Ilie course of the week, and would 
iiiloriu lue iiauiudlately of her arrival. I t«ld her the affuir of the 
note ihmdd be ou more tiietitiuned, and gave a bill for Btty yunndi as 
the reward I had [iruniiiied, and ttlie eHtrei-ly Hvcepted. I tu.d her nlie 
might promise a Bimililr one in mj name to Mrs. Jane, pMvided she 
'ilw tuld truth. I bLio told her I would take care she diould Hulfer 
:iii di:itress, b; quitting the mnnjuitt's familj", wliiuli she l.jnented 
would be the oon»equenee uf what she bod done. 

" Mrx. Jaue did uot come to town as soon as I expected ; but on 
receiving a sQn.mona to infomt me of her arrival, I hastened to the 
lijtiae like an inquisitor-general with my soroU ; prepared to take the 
cuulerisiou uf tlie fair oulprit, which exactly ourrenponded with the 
housekeeper's, and I had tlie felicii; of seeing her ealMcribe her name 
to it. I gave her the pmnuied recoiii[>ensc most cheerflilly, an I had 
not half so much tniuUle in uialdng her tell tmtli, a^i f had with the 
liounukee|>er. Mrs. Jeiinings, your old lundltidy , and Lad^v Uref stock'ri 
faithful friend, was the uext and last person whoise malice 1 wanted 
to refute. I mwle my servant iii<|uire W cliarocter in the neighbonr- 
hood, and learned it was considered u very aui^iiciouH one. I went 
to her one muroing in my carriage, well-knowing that the nplieoraiioe 
of ruuk and HplenJimr would have a greater weight in intlueuciug a 
bein^ bke her to Justice than anv plea uf oonscience. She appeared 
lost in astonishment and contiismn at my viuit, and, 1 saw, waited 
with trembling expectation tn have the reawin ot it revealed. 1 kept 
her out long in suspeni^e. 1 waa the l^iend, I teld her uf a young Uuy 
whose character she had viluty and falsely aspersed. Her oundcienee, 
I told her, I believed would whimper to tier heart the nnme of this 
lady, and send its ciimson current to her face at the mentlun of Ulss 
Fitxuku. 

"The wretch seemed ready to sink to the earth, I repeated to her 
all she had said concerning you to Lady Greystoek. I told her of the 
consequences of defamation, and declared she might eipect the utmost 
rigour of the law, except she confessed her assertions were infamooa 
laisehoods, and the motives which instigated ber to them. She 
trembled with terror, and supplicated mercy : I desired her to deserve 
it by her confession. Bhe tlien acknowledged she had grot«ly and 
cruelly wronged you, by what she hod siud to Lady GreyHiock, and 
thai ahe had uiany opportt nitiea ot being convinced, while you resided 
in her liouse, that yout vii'tne and iimoceuce were of tlie purest 
nature ; but that she was [irovoked to speak maliciously against yo-i 
from resentment at losing all the rich gifts Colonel Iklgraie nail 
promi'<ed lier, if slie brought you to comply with his wi»li«. Slie 
related all the straliigeiUB they had mutuidly coniitrlpil for yiiiii 
duot ruction, and she brouglii uio some letters, whii-h I have kv|il, 
from him to you, and which ahe pretended you bad i«c«v<«>^V«aX ^uf. 




shoiiM lose the taoaej be always gave wlicn ihi was B[ic<cvssf\il lit 
deliver! iig odq. 

"I bid her beware how she evar ottempied to vilify innncence, ItM 
the friends of tliose a1 wliom she levelled her arrowit of defaiiiutiua' 
afaould not be :;a merciful to her Ba Hiss Fitza^'s bad been, nnJ wag, 
the tale of Iho elanduror llius ever to be minutely investigated, th* 
evi! might die Away by degrees, and man; hapless victims escape wbw 
are dai'y Kdcrilijed lo malice, revenge, or eovy. 

"OLl mv j^manda, I cannot e:(tiress the tran^rts I felt when t 
foand the (UtBcaltits, which I drcadud as iotervoning between mo and i 
happiness, thus removed. I felt myself the happiest of men; mj' 
heart acknowledged yunr worth, I was convinced of jour love, and 
in my bands I lield the refutation of falsehood, and the confirmatioit 
of your innocence. 

The period for mentioning my project was now arrived: I desirwl, 
the morning after my visit to Mrs. Jenniof^ to be indulged in a t6ta- 
A-t6te in Lady Martha's dressing-room; I believe she half-gucMcd 
what the subject would be: she saw by my counlenanco there wa« 
joyful news at hand. I shall not recnpiinlate our conversation; 
Buttice it to aay, that her excellent feeling heart partjcl pilled largely in 
my satisfucLiun : it did more than participate, it wished to increasB A, 
and ere I could mention my pnyect, she declared luy Amanda aliouU ■ 
henceforth be considered as her odopteil daughter, and should from , 
her receive such a fortune as such a title cliunied. Yes. my Amatld^, 
the fortune she ever destined for me, she said she should now cotu^ 
crate to the purpose of procnring me a treasure, the most valuable 
heaven could bestow — the richest — the most valuable indeed — ft 
treasure deare^ far dearer to my sonl for all the dangers it lias 
eocounteredj I fell at Lady Martha's feet, in a transport of gratitnde, 
and acknowledged that ehe had anticipated what 1 was goin^ to aay, 
as 1 had been determined to throw myself on her generomiy, from 
tlie time I was convinced of yonr inflaiible resolution, not to units 
yourself to roe without yon brought a fortune. 

" It was now agreed we should keep Lord Oherbury a little longer-, 
ignorant of our intentions; we proposed taking the niareliioness and' 
lidy Euprasia hy surprise, and hoping by so doing, lo be able to 
runiovo from bis eyes the mist which partiality had hiiherto sjireact 
before them, to obscure the defects of the above-mentioned ladies. 

■' lie had hinted laore than once bis wishes for my paying my 
compliments to tlie marquis's villa. I now propo^ going thither 
myself the ensuing day. He looked equally surprised and pleased. 
At bis proposal Lady Martha agreed to accompany me, and bis lord- 
ship, you may he sure, determined t4i be one ot the i>8rlv, ibat he 
might supply the deficiencies of bis son, which he had neretofort; 
found pretty manifest in such society. 

'* We had the happiness 10 find sU the family at home when wc 
reached the villa. The tadie? all expressed themselves delighted at 
itfy uneipected appearance, and quite charmed by my reeovered looks. 
Ilie marquis, with his u.'^nnl *ia\g froid, declared himi>e1f glad to *e« 




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mc. Te Brailhig deceiTers, I cried to myself, a» I siirreyeil tlie 
marclii-:>nesg and IaIj Eaphrasisi, ynar triumph over innoceooe ai:d 
bua'Jty will auun bo over. After passing half an hour ia uninleresl- 
iiii; cliit-cliat, I biok the cpportDoity of one of those paosos ia conver- 
sntion 'Which so frequei-Ur bitppen, to commenoe m; attack : it would 
be as pninfnl to yea as me, to recapitolate all which ensued Id 
coDHMjnence of it. Rugii, giiilt and oonnisiou were conapieuoas in tlie 
iniirchiunens and Lady rEiiphraaia: tlie marquis and I^dy GreysUick 
loiiked with astoniahmeBt, and uiy lather seemed overwhelmed witk 
diirpnse and consternation. 

" 1 naid (addresiiing the marcl lioness) T now trusted the resPDtment 
her kdyithip enterltuned against hernnoffending niece was suffidently 
ap]>eB9vd by what she had mode her BOffer, and that she would rather 
rejoice tlian regret the opportunity that presented itself of vindicating 
her fame. I wished, I said, as much as possible, to spore her lady- 
ship's feelings, and, provided she would dear Hiss Fitzako ttcr the 
obhiquy whieh the transat: lions in her house CAst npou her, I was 
willing to conceal the share her lodysliip bad in them. In a voice of 
sniothered rage, and with a look into which she threw as inii'^h oon- 
tempt as possible, she replied, " She thanked me for th-. rttention I 
priifo9.:ed myself inclined to pay her foehngs; but sbt fancied I hod 
orerliHiked all inaliiiation of this kind, when I undertook to bribe her 
servants to asperse her character, tliat Miss Filzalnn might be donred. 
She waa sorry, she said, to find I coidd be capable of such complica- 
ted baseness and weakness. Miss Fitzaltui, she perceived, had made 
me her dope agiun ; but this was not snrprisiug, as she was the pro- 
fessed piipil of art ; too ]ate I should behold her in her native colonrs, 
and find the disgrace, which, by artifice, I now attempt to remove 
li'Om her character, thrown back apon her, perhaps to overwhelm nie 
also by its weight." — " She has infatuated him (said Lord Cherbnry,) 
she will be the bane of his life, the destruction of my hopes." 

" Not Miss Fitzolon, (cried I, assuming as much couhie^ as possi- 
ble, though, like the marchioness, I found it a difBcult task,} not Miss 
Fitzolan, but the enemies of Miss Fitzalan deceived me. I own I 
was the dupe of the sdieme contrived against her : anytldng so 
horrid, so monstrous, so execrable, I did not tliink conld have 
entered the minds of those who were bound by the united ties of 
kindred and hospitality to protect her, and I rather believed I owed 
my misery to the frujlty than the turpitude of liaman nature." 

" You see, my lord, (eiclaimod the marchioness, turning to I>ird 
Cherbury,J Lur<i Mortimer acknowledges his passion for this wretched 
giri." 

" I do, (cried I,) I glory in confessing it. In loving Miss Pltzalan. 
I love virtne it^eif; in acknowledging a passion for her, 1 violate no 
faith, I break no engagement; my heart ever resisted entering into 
any which it could not fiilfil." 

" Dnfitrtunate proposition (siud Lord Cherbnry, sternly!) but why, 
why when vou beliereil her guiltv, were you so iofatoatod as to fo'l- 
low her ti> Ireland ? Wliy not calmly resign her to the iiifaiw^ Aw. 





" I followed her, m; Inril, (T replied) ia liope to wilbdrnw her fron 
tier geiluoer'a nriii-s iitid pluce her in her f&ther'it.^ I Iioixh), I troatMl, 
1 Hhuuld be iible, uLsii, tu alleviate tlie bitlor desliiiy ul' |Hiur t'ltMlna'a: 
' ' dE la tlie ariiis nf a my, aucceaBfiil seducer, but a]>|mreatl; in 
.s or death, did 1 find Auuuida. 1 saw her at the HoteiiiD hon^ 
which consigned Lt:r parent to his grare, and U> have doubted hof 
proteatationa of innocence then, would hnve Men oliuoHt iiiipiouak 
Gracious Ueaven 1 how impossible t'O disbelieve her truth at tlie vaj 
moment her gentle spirit seemed about to take its flight to lieaveal 
From that period she has stood acquitted in lay tiiiu<l, and from thM 
period 1 detennined to develops, to the ntuiost of my power, thf 
machinations which had made me donbt her innocence. My suocen 
In their development hsa been beyond my ex{>ectstions.' but Pro- 
vidence ia on tlie side of eu&ring virtae, and assists tliose who stan-l 
up in itAsnpport. 

"Ountrary to my first intention, my dear Amanda, I have given 
)-on a sketch of riart of onr conversation. For the remainder it sliali 
Nufllcn TO lay, tliat the marcliionesa |>eraevered in declaring [ liaj 
bribed r.er servantj to blacken her cnaracter, in order lt> eli'ar Ml<(S 
Fitzalan's . ui attempt which she repeatedly assured me 1 would tiiul 
DU6'''Cc««sfu.. 

" The icun|nis talked in high terms of the dignity of his honaa, and 
how i-opossible it was the marchioness should ever have disgraced it 
by «noh a(^til1na as I accused her uf committing. I answered liim in 
% iniJiner ei|nally wann. that my accusations were too weil grounded 
and aopponed to dread refntation ; that it was not only due M injured 
Innocence, but essential to iriy own honour, which would soon b« 
materially concerned in whatever related to Miss Fiiznlan, to hava 
those accuxatiomi made pnblic, if her ladyshin refused to contradict 
th« OHpeniun wluch might be thrown upon Miss Filzalao, in couse* 
quenoe uf the scene which passed at his lordship's hoiuK. 

"This the marchioness, with mingled rage and contempt, ref\]s«d 
doing, and Lady Euphrasia, atler the hint I gave of soon being nnited 
to yon, left tiie room in convnlsive agitation. 

''Lord Clierbury, I perceived, suspected foul play, by some 
■peecbes which drojiped from himj such as if there had been anj 
misunderstanding between her ladyship and Miss Fitzalan, it waa 
better surely to have it done away ; or certaiidy, if any mistake waa 
proved relative to the atfair which hapoened in her ladyship'e boiue, 
It was but justice to the young lady to nave it cleared up. 

'* Yet, notwithstnnding the interent he felt in tlie caose of auflcring 
Innocence, it was obvious to me that he dreaded a rii]itnre witli iho 
marnuis's family, and Bp[>eared shocked at the unequivo<cal declaration 
1 baa made of never being allied to it. 

" Lady Uai'tha Dormer look the cause. The testimony Lord Mor- 
timer had reneived, she sud, of Miss FitEalan'i; iimocencc, was incan- 
trovertible, and exempted him alike from bring stJgmalized eitlier u 
the dupe uf art or love; bnnianilf, she waa couviuced, exclusive of 
everj warmer feeling, would havsmfluenced him to have uadenakon 
Jfiat FiUalsn's cause: U was ifae catis^ ol looo^'eace aud virtue, a 



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•« in wliich every detester of scanJal and treactiery sliculil join, 
M Dot nnly the defenceless oqihan, but tite proteutud cliild of rank 

frOfp«ri(j were vulaerable to their Hhat^. 
again repealed the evidenc* of her servants, and the reftitniion 
of Mrs. Jentiings to her former story ; I produced to etrougtijen it, the 
unopened lettars of Colonel Belgrave — thns contiuDing to put proof 
upon proof of jour innocence (as Sancho Ponzu aafa) upou the 
•boulders of demonstration. 

" The passiooa of the marchiooeM rose at last to (raatiu violence. 
She persislitd in alleging her integrity and viltifying yours ; but with 
A countenance so legibly impressed with guilt and coufnsion, that a 
doubt of her falsebwid oontd not be entertAinud, even by those who 
wished to donbt it. 

" The scene of violence we now became witnesa to, was painful to 
me, and ebocking to Lady Martha; I therefore ordered the horses 
immediately to her ladyship's uhariol, in which, accompanied by me, 
sbe bad preceded Lord Ctierbury'a coach, from the idea that onr 
coultnuance at the villa might not b« quite so long as his lordship's. 

" As we expected, his lordsl.ip staid behind, with tlie hope, I per- 
ceived, of being able to calm tiie peiiiu-batioDj of the marcbioneas, 
and lessen (he breach between us. Jle returned the next day to town. 
I have so long dwelt upon disagreeable scenes, that to go over an? 
others wonld be dreadful; nor should I bint to you tbnt I had such 
scenes to encounter, was it not to excuse and account to you fur my 
absence from Castle Carberry ; our difficulties (yon see I already unite 
your interests with mine) began to decrease, and are at last hapt>ily 
overeotue. Lady Marllia made me write her intentions relative i'l 
}'on, and his lordship was quite satisfied with them. He autliorife* 
me to assure you be longs to receive yon into his tiunily, at once a 
boast and acquisition to it, and lie says, be shall consider himsel/ 
under obligadons to you, if you liasten, as much as possible, the 
period t>f becoming one of its members, tliiiB giving biin an opporta- 
iiity of making early amends, by attention to the danghter, for tlie 
injasiice be did the father. 

"Lady Martha Dormer's intmtions I have only hinted to yon; in 
tlie letter, which I have the pleasure uf enclosing, she is more explidi 
concerning them. 1 have given yon this long narrative on paper, 
that when we meet, onr conversation tuny be nnembittered by any 
paJnAil retrospect, and that we may e^joy uriintermpied the bright 
prospect which now lies before us, 

" But, ere I close my letter, 1 must inform von tliat knowiog you 
could never be selfishly wrapped tip in your own enjiiymenls, I made 
every possible inquiry relative to your brother, and was at length 
referred by the agent of his late r^ment to an officer in It: wiiJi 
some difficutly 1 found be liad quitted bis quarters on leave of absence. 
I wrote iramediolely to his family residence, and, after waiting long 
and impatiently for an answer to my letter, I dispatched n special niet- 
wnger to learu whether be was there or not. llio courier returned 
wfii a polite rote from the otfioer's I'alUet, Wonmn^ \ni No* waifc 
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of [ileosure with soine fi'iciitls. oud that it. 
be kiiew irbcre to lind liini ho wonld ti&Te tronsmitbiil my letto^ 
-which I mii^hC depend od heing answered the inomeut he reliiTDed. 

" I have no duubC but we ^hull receive intelligeace frinn h[m wa- 
mruing Mr. Fitzalan ; it shall then he oar hosiutss, if his situation ia 
not already pleuing to change it, or render it as much mure so ■ 
poBsihle to him. 

"Keep lip your spirits therefore ahoiit him, for hv the lime w 
onive in Eugluod I expect a letter from hi« tirieud, and let me m>t b_ 
any more pained by seeing your cuaDteniinoe cloaded witli cora or 

" Aaa reward for reining in my impatience to «eeyun Uiia aveaing; 
be propitious to my request for early adiaittsion to-morruw ; if objirl- 
tuble, you will allon uie to bi'eakfiutt with yon, fur I eliall take ntms 
eI(^ept with yon, and, wltliont an express command to the conUnry, 
ehail take it for granted I am Bipecl«a. 

■' 'Tis anid that contrast heightens pleasure, and I believe the ray* 
ing. I believe that without having felt pain in all its ocuteneM u I 
liare done, 1 never should have felt such pleosuie ns I now erijoy. 
After so often pving yon ap, so often lajneutitig yun lu lost forever, 
til tliink 1 Biinll wmn call you mine is n source of Iriinsjiort wiiich 
words fonnot eipresa. Mine, I may say, is the reBUrrctstion (>f lutmiir 
neas, for hiia it not been rerired from the very grave of deaMirl 
But I forget that yon have Ijtdy Uarthn Dormer's letter Htill tn 
peruke. 1 acknowledge that, for old friend»hip'M sake, I AappuBed jnq 
would give mine the preference ; but in all reason itis time 1 tJiuuT' 
resign my plooo to her ladyship. Bnt ere 1 bid yon aiiiev, I miMt U 
you that Araminta is a sincere participator in our liappiuMM; ^ 
arrived from Wales bnt a few minutes previous to my leaving I>on- 
dun, and I would not allow her time, as she wished, to write to you, 
1 almost forgot to tell you, that the raorquis's family, amongst WDum 
Lady Greystook is still numbered, instead of returning U> town, set 
out for Brighthelmstone : I hate learned, contrary to my and iliNr 
ejipeetations, that neither the honseiieeper nor Mi-s. Jane' have been 
dismisseil, bat both sent to a distant seat of the marquis's. As we 
know till.' marobiuness's revengeful disposition, it is ]dain she has 
some scci'^t motive for not gratifying it immediately by their dismis- 
sion ; but wlint it i», can bo of Utile oonsequonce for ns to leiarn. 
since we are both too well guarded to snlTer fmm any future plot (rt 
hera ; like everv other which was fonned apunst my dear Amanda, 
J trust they will ever proTe abortive. I was disturbed, wiihin A t«w 
milea of Castle Carbcrry, by a gentleman passing on horseliack, who 
eiiber strongly re«embled, or was Colonel Belgrave. My blmHl Uiited 
in my veins at his sight; I left the carriage, moDnlcd one of my ser- 
vant's Loises, .«nd endeavoured to overtake him. He oerl^lily 
avoided me by lakiug Nume cross-road, as bis sjwvd i<ouId not li'iv^ 
outatrippnd mine ; my efibrts to discover hl<t babitntiou weru e<|iiiilly 
iinHuccvfisftil. As to yoar personal soenrity I. had no appreheneioiM, 
living heard constantly from my good friend 'be docriur aUmf jftii; 




CUILDKEX OF THE AUDir. Zhi 

bot I dreaded the wretch, if it were resUy hjm, might disturb your 
tranqoillity, eitlicr by fordng into your presence, or writing ; tlionk 
lienVQu, frum all intrusions or ilsngera of this kind, uiy Amanda will 
now he guarded ; but again am I trespasi^ng on tlie time yoo should 
devote to Likdj Marthas lett«r. Adieu, auil do nut distqipoiul my 
hopea of being allowed to visit you early. 

" MOBTUIBB." 

Amanda perused Ibi* leltor with emotiona which can he better con- 
ceived than descrilietl. She conld scarcely have parted with it witti- 
out a Hecond reading, hod not Laily MarLha'a demanded her ultention ; 
«he snatched it liaslily from the ground where it hitherto lay 
neglected aud read to tlio following purpose. 

"Tliat 1 warmly and sincerely congratnlnte my dear and amiable 
Miss FitwUan on ine happy revolntiun in her affairs she will readily 
believe, peranaded as slie must be of tlie deep intercut 1 take iu what- 
ever concerns a person on whom the happiness of biiii whom 1 liavo 
lovod from childhood so materiaUv, bo entirely, 1 may say, depends. 

" Yet do not suppose me, my dear Miss Fiizalon, so Mlfish, an not 
to be able to riyoiue at yonr happiness on your own account, eiolnsici! 
of every consideration relative to Lord Mortimer : long since I wna 
taught by description to esteem and admire yon, and even when the ' 
hope of being connected with you bec-ame extinct, I could not so 
totallv forego that admiration, oa to feel uninterested about yon. 
Oil I how trnly do I rejoice at the revival of the hope 1 have just 
menCioneil, and at its revival with every prospect of ita lieing speedily 
realized! I shall consider Lord Mortimer as one of the most fortunate 
of nien in calling yon his, and to think I have been able lo promote 
his bapniness ^vc^ me a. satisfactioo which never was, nor ever will 
he equalled by auy circnmstauue in my life. 

"Tliough I cannot give my adopted daughter a fortane by any 
means e<]nal to that which Lady Euphrasia Sutherland will possess, 
Lord Cherhury is fully sensible that her perfections will abundantly 
make up for any deficiency in tliis respect. Ten thousand pouodn, 
and one thousand a jrear, is at present to be her portion, and the 
reversion of the remamder of my fortune is to be secured to lier and 
Lord Mortimer; the final adjnstment of all affiiirs is to lake place at 
my bouse in the country, whither I propose going immediately 
accompanied by Lady Araminta, and where we shall Ixith moqt impa- 
tiently eipect your arrivid, which we mutnully entreat may he lios- 
tened as much as posdihie, consistent with your health and 
convenience : Lord Cherbury has promised to follow us in a few days, 
so that I suppose ho will also be at Tborubury, te receive yoo. 
Would to heaven, my dear Miss Fitzoloa, ii|jured virtne and innocence 
may always meet with such cliain]}ions to vindicate them as Lord 
Mortimer! was that the case, we should see many InveW vxcUtwe vS. 
scorn and rcpnincli raising tlifir liwidB with lv\n\n^\* MiA *9!iv.l^*;'?,'ja 




But p»r(1on rny involontarily adverting to pMt sd-oes, thooglv at ths 
wnie liiue 1 lliiiik yon liure reasun tu rt^uice at your Criala, wliioh 
■orved as so uiariy luals ami proolk of tlie estiiuut)le qunlitiea joa 
posaesa. Fwewell, my dear Miss Fitzalan ; I have buon brief in mj 
letter, beoBuse t know I nbould not be pardoned by a certain pccsoii 
if 1 engroe-'ied too mudi of your time. I told him I would giv« y oa 
a hint of tlia impetuosity of his diBpusition ; but he told me, perliapa 
to prevent tbin, Uiat you were already acquainted wiUi it. Id oue 
.nstanco I slioll oomtnend liiin fur displaying it, Uiat is in bbwtcniug 
)'uu tu Tliiirnbuty, tu tbe anna of your affectionate friend, 

MXBTIU DOBMEK." 

Amonda'a bappiness was now almost as grent as it covld be in tUs 
Vurld ; almost I say, for it received alloy from the melanofaoly oon* 
sideration tliat ber father, that faitbful and allectJODate &ieud who 
bad shared her troubles, could not be a partaker of her joyi; but 
the sigh of unavglting regret which roae in her niind, she checked, 
by reflecting, that hapjiiuess all-perfect was more than humanity 
could either support or expect, and with pious gratiUide ahe bent to 
the fower who bad changed the discoloured proniiect, by which sbs 
had been so long surrounded, into one of cheerfnlnesa and bcsuty. 

If ber pride was woonded by the hint, though so dehcately co&- 
Teyed, wliich Lord Mortimer hud given of the difficnltiet) he enoonn- 
tered in gaining Lord Cherbury's approbation, it was instantly relieved 
by the flattering commendations of Lady Martha Dormer, and to ba 
connected with her and Lady Araminto, she looked upon amongst 
the mo«t valuable bleesings ahe could enjoy. 

To express what she felt for Lord Mortimer was impoa^b1« ; 
language could not do justice to her feelings : she felt love, gratitade 
and admiration for him, all in the fulleat extent, and all nnited, and 
abe wept in the fulness of her heart over the joyflU assurance of 
being his. With tho two letters in ber hand she repaired to Uw 
prioress's apartment, whom she fonud alone. The good old lady saw 
the traces of t«ars on Amanda's face, and eicliumed. In a voice which 
evinced her Bym|iathy in her cimwrns, " Oh I I fear, my child, some- 
thing has happened to disturb yoo!" Amanda presenied her the 
letters, and bid her judge from tliem whether she had not reason ti. 
be agitated. As the prioress read, her sndden and broken exclatiia- 
tiotis manifested her gurpriso and pleasure, and IVeqnen'.ly were hw 
^>cctacles removed to wipe from off them the tears of joy by which 
tliej- trerc bedewed. When the bad &uishcd the welooms jiackeV 



■he l&rned h) Aniniida, wlio ]i&<l hv^n Atluntively waColiiug the 
variom tnroB in liei oonDteoaoce, siid gnve licr u cuitgrUulatory 
embrace. ''Lord Sli'rlimer is wurtliy of you, my thilil," said the 
priorees, " and tbat is the highest eologiDiu 1 can pusB on him." 
Aft^r commanting upon differeat parU of the letter, she Bsked 
AiDwda, a little archly, "whether she intended sending flu express 
comnwDd to his lordxhip egwnst coming early in the tnorningt" 
Amanda honeatly oonfease<i iih« liad ao aiich intention, and expressed 
her wish to behold him. The prioress said she wonld have bretikfaat 
prepared for tliem in the garden parlour, and that she would take 
care lliey should not be interrupted. Slie b^m promiaed to keep 
•very tidng seoret, till matlera were arranged for Amanda's removal 
from St. Oathariue'a. 



CHAPTER X5SIS. 



n mX nil thW'l mlu. 



Jot is as great an eneniy to repose S9 anxiety. Ar:iniida posMd an 
almotit sleepless night, but her thougbta were too agteeahly employed 
to allow her to suffer for want of rest ; early as nhe rose in the morn- 
ing, she wa^ but a short time in tlie parlour befoie Lord Mortimer 
arrived. He appeared with all the transports of his soa] beauiiog 
^ni hla eyes, and was received by Amanda with tender and 
L Jrembliug einotloa. He oaught her to his heart an a treasure restored 
w,fp him by the inimedia.te hand of Heaven. He pressed her to it with 
■ ,^l«ut exstacy. Both for a few moments were unable to ^iieaik; but 
T'jtbe tears which burst from Amanda, ajid tbn»e ttlat stopped on the 
■IglowiDg oheeks of I»rd Mortimer, expresseil their feelings more 
' rcihiy than any language oould have done. 
Amanda at length funnd utterance, and begnu to thank his InriMiip 
IT aU the difficulties be had gone through ii. viiidicaliiig her faiuA 



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lie hnilllj stopped tbuse effatioiu of gmlilnde, bf biiliUa^ Iier ndt 
lier hforl wheLlier be had not been fiervjng hinis^ as veil u bar b; 
nlint be hul done. 

From the soft conftnoa into wbicb bis tno^ports threw her, 
Aiuauda endeavoQifd to recover berself bj repaiiiug to the broakbst 
table, on which the good risters had spread ail the niceties (ad^i;«d 
[o a inomiiig repast) which tlie coarent could prodace; bit her haad 
was Dtifiteadj:, abe spilt tSe tea in ponriiig it out. and committed 
Iwentf blanden in helping Lord Mortimer, lie laughe^l a litllo 
archly at her eiut)aiTaaimenl, and insisted on dr>ing the bononrg of 
the lable himself to which Amanda wiili a llmh consented; %nt 
hreaicfs^t wu little attended to. Amanda's hand was detaJn«d ta 
Lord Uortimer's while his eyes were continnall]' taming towards her, 
as if to assnre bis heart that in the lovelj eridenoe of hia b^ipineai 
there was no deception; and the tenderness Amanda bad no longer 
reason to restrain, beamed from her looks, which also evinced b«r 
perfect sensibilit; of her present felicitv — a felicity heightened by 
het approving conscience testifying she had merited it. Tlie pare, 




I^Ktmiscd, whenever sLe came lu Uiwn, vihich wah bill soliloin, sL* 
fironld m&ke their Louse her huine, (irovided tlit>y wuulil piiimise to 
tpend every ClirisUnaa, and three uionlhii at leant in eumniur, witli 
-lier at Thornbnry : Lord Uortitoer said he had liis choice of aiiT of 
the Earl's seats, bnt chose nona, fVom an idea of the Uoll being mora 
'agreeable to Aiiiaiida. She assured him it wa", and he proceeded to 
mention the jiresents which litdy Uartha had [ireparad for her; also 
the cftTTisfCs and retinue he had provided, and expected to find at 
Thombarj H^faijidt she reached it, still atikiug If the arrungciuents be 
had mode niet her approbation. 

Ainimda was aflectod, even to tears, by the solicitude he showed to 
pieBM! lier. mid he, perceiving lier einotiuns, changed the discourse to 
tnlk about her removal (nun St. Catharine's; he entronted her not to 
delay it longer than was absolutely necessary to ailjusl matters for iL 
She promised compliance to liis entreaty, acknowledgiug tliat she bnt 
obeyed her iDclinatloiis in doing so, as she longed to be presented to 
tier generous patroness, Lady MnrtliA, and to her atuiuble and beloved 
'Lady ArHniinto. 

. Lord Uurtimer, delieately consiiteratc ab<tut all wbieli concerned 
her, begged ehe would 8[ieak to the prioress to procure u decent 
ftmole, who ahotild be a proper attendant for her journey; tliey 
■hould travel together in one chaise, and he would follow them in 
Uotber. Anumda prontiMd she would lose no time in making this 
ireqnest, wbioh, she had no doubt, wonld be Bucce^iil. 

Lord Mortimer presented her with b very beautiful embroidered 
.puree, contdning notes to the amoant of five hundred pounds. 
lAmanda bhiahed deeply, and felt her feelings a little hnrt at the idea 
g oliljged to Lord Mortimer for everything. He preesed her 
nd, in a voice of soothing tendemeai, told her he shoold be 
iffended if she did not from this moment consider her interest insepa- 
Ible from his. The notea, lie Baiil, of right belonged to her, as Ihey 
monnted to but the iudividuid niiiii he had already devoted to hw 
He requested she would not curb in the least her geiieruoa 
t, bnt fulfil in the utmost extent all the claimii which gratitude 
I npon her. The benevolent Bisters of St. Catliarine's were the 
in tJie list of those who bad conferred oblignlions npiin her, 
|nd he desired she would not only reward thea liberally (it prnsenl^ 
it promise Iliem an anmial sli]iend of fitly pounds. 




Amatiila 'n'os tralj iidiglit«J at tLis; t« l>e able to contribute to 
tlie comfort of tliosa who Imd ao Largely promoted iiors, \vm a soarov 
of eiqaidite felicity. — Lord Uortimer presented ber with hta piotnra^ 
ivhicb he had draim in London for that purpose; it was a striking 
likene&s, and most elegantly set with brilliaots wliich fonned a oypbef 
upoQ a pliut of hair at Che hack, lliis vta indeed a precious present 
to Amanda, and she admo'wledged it was snch. Lord Mortimer Bnid, 
Uiat in return for it bo should expect hers at some futnre time ; but 
added, smiling, " I shall Lot heed the shadow till I procore Ihe sub- 
Blauua." lie also gave her a very beaulifnl ring, wjlh mi eni*'leiu- 
atical device, and adorned tu the same manner aa bis picture, which 
Lady Martha bad sent as a pledge of future friendship; and he now 
infurmed her, that her lodyahip, accompanied by Lady Arainiota, 
intended meeting tbem at Holyhead, that all due honoar and attctitioQ 
might be pdd to her adopted daughter. 

In the midst of their couTersation, the dinner bell rang from the 
eoDvent. Amanda started, and declared she bad not snppHMed it 
half so late. The arch smile which this speech occasioned in Lord 
Mortimer, instantly made her perceive it had been a tacit confeuioit 
of the pleasure ahe enjoyed in their ttte-ft-t&te. 

She blushed, and telling him she coald not stay another moment, 
was hurrying away. He hastily caaght her, and hulding bolli ber 
hands, declared she should not depart, neither would he to his soli- 
tary dinner, till ehe promised he might return t« her early in t)ia 
evening. To this she consented, provided he allowed her to have 
the prioress and sister Mary at least at tea. This waa a coBdition 
Lord Mortimer by no means liked to agree U\ and he endeavonred 
to prevail on her to drop it ; but, finding her inllexible, he etiA she 
■was a provoking girl, and asked her if she was not afraid tiiat, when 
he had the power, he would retaliate npon her for all the trials slie 
liad pat bis patience to ; bat since she Vviuld have it so, why it most 
be BO to be sure, he said ; bat he hoped the good ladies would have too. 
mnoli conscience to sit out the whcJe evening with Ibem. Tlial was 
■II cliance, Amanda said. The bell again rang, and ho was foroed to 
depart. 

She took the opoortnnity of being alone with the prioress thr a few 
miontes, to speak to her about procoring a f^m^e to attend ber tn het 
journey. The prifurws said »he donMed not bit she fonM prwor* 




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herui eligible pcrsiiii from the neighbouring town, and proiniijed to 

write Uiere tliat very evening, to a family who would be ablu to assist 
her inqniriee. 

Ikilh fiha «nd sister Marv were ranch pleased by being invital 
to drink tea with Lord Mortiinci'. He came ev«n earlier tlinn wili 
ciipctted. Poor Amanda wm terrified, lest her coinpatitoii^ slionld 
overhear him repeatedly tisking her whether they would not retire 
trninediately after teal Though not overheard, the prioress had too 
ninch ai^acity not to know her departure was disired; she therefore, 
niider pretence of basiness, retired, and took Mary along wilh her, 
Amanda and Lord Mortimer went into the garden, lie thanked her 
fur not losing time in speaking to llie prioress about her Eurvant, an<i 
Mkid tJiat be hoped, at the end of the week, at farthest, elie would be 
able h) begin her jonmey. Amanda rendily promised to nee all pos- 
sible despatch. They paused some delightful hours in rambling about 
tiie garden, and talking over their felicity. 

The prioress' expectation was answered relative to a servant; in the 
course of two days she produced one in every respect agreeable 
to Aiaanda, and things were now in auch forwardness for her departs 
nre, that she expected it would take place as soon as Lord Mortimer 
liad mentioned. Bis time was psased almost oontinnaily at St 
Ontharine's, never leaving it except at dinner-time, when be went to 
Castle Carberry; his residence there was soon known, and vi.sitors 
and invitatioDB without number came to the csHtle, hut he found 
means of avoiding tbem. 

Amanda, langhing, would oltea toll him be retarded the prepara- 
tion for her journey by being always with her; this, he said, was only 
a )ireteit to drive liim away, for t]iat he rather fnrwanled tlietn 
by letting her lose no time. 

Lord Mortimer, on coming to Amanda one eveuing tus usual, 
appeared uncommonly discomposed; his Dace was flushed, and his 
whole manner betrayed agitation. He scarcely noticed Amanda; 
but, seating himself, placed his ann npon n table, and leaneti ilejacl- 
cdly u[>on it. Amanda was inexpressibly shocked, her heart panted 
with apprGheasioQ of ill, but she felt too timid to make an in<)i]iry. 
He suddenly knit his brows, and muttered between bii> tenth, ''i-urM 
un tJto wretuhl" 



sa o> THE 



Amonda could no longer keep eilenra: "What wrctehl" th» 
eidnimed, " or wliat is tlie meaning of this ilisorder I" 

"First tell mc, Amanda," said he, looking very «teaiil»atly at her, 
" have yon seen aiij stranger hero lately !" 

"Good heavensl" replied ihe, "what can you mean by Boeh k 
question ? but I sol^nnij aBsnre yoa I have not." 

'^EnoDgh," eaiJ he, "eoch an assiuance restores me lo quiet; bnt, 
my dear Amanda," coming over to bor, and taking her hands in bia, 
"sincd.yon have perceived my a^tation, 1 niDst accntrnt to yoa for it. 
I liHVC juHt «eeD fielgrare ; he was liDt ■ Few yards &om me ou tho 
f imimon when I saw him ; but the mean, despicable wrotch, 1oad«d an 
lie is with ooDSCions guilt, dnrat not face me : he got ont of my way 
by leaping over the hedge which divides tlie common trom a lao« 
with many intricate windings : I endeavoured, bat witbont success, to 
diacover the one he had retreated Ibrough." 

"I Bee," said Amanda, pole and trembling, "he b destined tamak« 
me wretched. 1 had hoped indeed that Lord Mortimer would no inor« 
have Enfiered his quiet to be interrupted by bini ; it impiiei such a 
doubt," sdd she, weeping, " an shocks mj soul I If snspidua ia thus 
continually to bo revived, we liad belter separate at once, for miaery 
must be the consequence of a union witbont miilnul oon£deiice." 

" Gracious heaven I" eaid Lord Mortimer, "how unfortunate I am 
to give yon pain I Yon miatoke entirely, indeed, my dearest Amanda, 
the cause of my uneasiness ; I swear by all that is sacred, no doubt, 
no suspicion of your worth has arisen in my mind. No man can 
think more highly of a woman than 1 do of yon : but I was disturbeil 
lest the wretch should have forced himself into your presence, and 
Iwt yon, tbrongh apprehension fur me, concealed it from me." 

The e:[damBtion calmed the perturbation of Amanda; as an atone- 
ment for tlie uneasiness lie had given her, she wanted Lord Mortimer 
to promise he would not endeavour lo discover Belgrave. This pro- 
mise he avoided giving, and Amanda was afraid of pressing it, lesl 
the spark of jealousy, which she was convinced e.Yisted in tlie dispo- 
eilion of Lord Mortimer, should be blown into a flame. Tliat Bel- 
gmvo would studiously avoid him she trusted, and she resolved, thai 
if tlie things she had deemed it necessary to order from the neigh, 
louring town were not finished, to wait no longer for them, a 



longed n >w more thai: ever to qnit a place she thought (langeroos to 
Lord Mortimer. The eusuing morning, instead of seeing his lortlahip 
at broatfftst, a nnte was bionght to hvT, couched iu these worda. 

"to vim mzALAti. 

"I am nnovoidably prevented from waiting on my dear Amanda 
this morning, but in iba course of the day she inny depend on eiilier 
seeing or hearing fVoin me again. She can liave no escnso now on 
luy account abonC not hastening Ihe preparations for her Juurney, and 
when we meet, if 1 And her time has not been employed to this par- 
poM ab« may eipeot k severe ohiJing from her faithtiil 

"MOBTIIIBB." 

This notn filled Amanda vith the most alarming disqniet. It waa 
eridenttohertholhewasgonein pursuit of Belgravo, She ran into the 
hall to inquire of the messenger abont hia master, bnt he was gone. 
She then hastened to the prioress, and commnnicated her apprehen- 
sions to her. Tlie prioress endeavonred to calm tliem, by assuring 
her she might be convinced that Belgrave had tiiken too many pre- 
cautions to be discovered. 

Amanda's breakfast, howerer, remained untouched, and Ler tltinga 
nnpacked, and she continaed the whole morning the picture of 
anxiety, iropatienlly expecting the promised visit or letter; neither 
came, and she resolved to send, after dinner, the old gardener to 
Oastle Carherry, to inqnire after Lord Mortimer. While she wa» 
tpeaking to him for that pnrjKwe, the maid followed her into tlie 
Binrden, and told her there was a messenger in the parlour from Lord 
Mortimer. She flew thither; bnt what words can express her sur- 
prise, when the supposed messenger, raising a large bat which 
shadowed his face, and removing his handkerohief which he had 
hitherto held up to it, discovered to her view the features of Lord 
Oherbury 1 She could only eiclalra, " fSracious hoaveD, has anything 
happened to Lord Mortimer?" ere she snulc isto a chwr in breatliles* 
a«it«tioD. 



CHAPTEIt XL. 



TbB propbilw gf woe, foi 



i.uBi> OnsKBtmr bBaUiied 
Bssurii)^ Iter Lord Mortimer i 
tlu by tills asaertioD, sbe aal 
answered, because he had se 
by him, about on iionr ago. 



iiipport and calm her a^tAtioa, I 
was in perfect safety. Becoveriug » U^ 
'd liira how he was nssurad of Uiis. 
!V htJD, tljou^h without being peniuived 
AinaDda, restored to her facilities, bj 



I 



; assured he was uoiitjared, began to reflect on the suddenness 
of Lord Clierbitry'a visit. She would have flattered herself he cams 
to introduce lier to tiis farnilj himself^ had not his loolcs almost for- 
bid aiich an idea; the; were gloomy and disonlered; hia eyes were 
faslonod on lier, yet be appeared unwilling to speak. 

Amanda felt herself in *.oo awkward and crabarro-tsing a sitnatioD 
to breaic tlie unpleasaut silence. At lost Lord Cherbury suddenly 
exclaimed : " Lord Mortimer does not, nor must not, know of mj 
being hero." 

" Must not 1" repeated Amanda in inconceivable astooislimcnt. 

" Gracioua heaven ," said Ix)rd Cherbnry, starting from the chaii 
on which he had tlirown himself, opposite to her, " how shall I beipu, 
how shall I ti'll her? OhI Miss Fitzalon," bo continued, appmncliing 
her, "I have mncb to say, and you have much to bear, which will 
ebock you ; 1 behoved I could bettor in an interview have informed 
yon of particulars, but I find I was mistaken. 1 will write to you." 

" My lord," cried Amanda, rising, all pale and trembling, " tdl m» 
now; to leave me in snspense, aftor receiving such droadl'u) hints, 
would be cruelty. OhI surely, if Lord Mortimer b« safe; if Lady 
Martha Dormer, if Lady Arominta is well, I can hare nothing so varj 
Hbocfcing to hedr." 

"Alas!" replied lie, monmfully shaking bis head, "yon are TDts- 
taken. Be satisGed, however, that the friends you have mentioned 
are all well. I have said I wonld writo to you. Can yon meet roa 
this eroning amongst the minsi'' Amnnda gave an assenting how. 
**! shall then," pnrsnctl he, "have a letter ready lo deliver you. In th« 
mean lime, 1 mini inform yon, uo poi-son in tin- world Liiows of my 



CHIUOREll or THE ABBGT. 8B7 

VlBJt liero but joureell^ and, of aJl beings, Txird Mortimer U the last I 
sboulU wish to know il. RomeTober, then, Miiss Fitinlan," taking 
her bnnd, which he grasped with violenc-e, as if to impress his words 
Upon her heart, " remember, that on aecreey erery thing most estima- 
ble in life, even life itself, perhaps, depends." 

With tlie«e dreadftil and nijsterions words he departed, leaving 
Amanda a pictnre of horror and siirjiriae ; it was many minutes era 
■he movetl from the attitude in which he ]eft her, and when ahe did, 
il was only to walk in a disordered manner about tlie room, repeating 
bis droadfnl words. He was come perhaps to part her and Lord Mor- 
timer ; and yet, after eonsenling to their union, surely Lord Uherbnry 
coidd not be guilty of such treachery and deceit. Yet, if thia were 
not the case, why conceal his coming to Ireland ih>in Lord Morti- 
mer! Why let it be known only to hert And what conld be th« 
■ecreta of dreadfnl import he had to coinmunical« t 
-. From these self-interrogations, in which her reason was almost 
bewildered, the entrance of Uie prioress drew her. 

She started at seeing the pale and distracted loots of Amanda, and 
asked " iJ' she had heard any bad tidings of Lord Mortimer." 

Amanda aighed heavily at this qnestion, and said, " No." Ths 
Becreoy she had been enjoined .ihe durst not violate by mentioning 
the myslerioua visit to her friend. Unable, however, to converse on 
any other subject, she resolved to retire to tier chamber. She placed 
her illness and agitation to the account of Lord Mortimer, and scud a 
little rest was absolutely necessary for her, and begged, if his lordship 
came in the conrae of the evening, be miglit l>o told she was too ill to 
aeo him. 

Tliey then pressed her to stay for te.1. She refused, and, as ahe 
retired from the room, desired notliing might be said of the peraon 
who bad just seen her, to Lord Mortimer; saying with a faint smile, 
■^she would not make him vain, by letting him know of her anxiety 
About him." She retired to her chamber, and endeavoured to con- 
trol her pertnrbatioDS, that she might be the l>etter enabled to sup- 
port what abe had so macfa reason to apprehend. Kcither the prior- 
nor the nuns, in obedience to her i^jonetions, intruded upon her, 
1, at the appointed hour, she softly opened the chamber door, and. 
' every place Wtng clear, stole aofily from the convent. 

She fc'ind Lord Cherbury waiting fur her luuidiit the ■'jlltary rums 



t 



cHiLDRsa or 




a his hand, whicli be preteDted to her Uie 



«e 



He hw! a letter 
■lie a)i] -eared. 

" III this len«r, Miss FiUalan," enid he, " I h^ve opened lo jcn iny 
wliole Iiearti I have disburthenut) it of eetireU whivh have loo^ 
op|iressed it; I have entrusted mj honour to jour care. From what 
I have said, that ita Mioteatt are of a Mcred aatnre, yun may beliere ; 
ahould tliey bu OMiaidered in an; uther light b; jou, tlie oonseiiuencM 
may, nay uiust 1>e fatal." — He said this with 
Amanda shrink. "Ifeditate well on the coutentB of that leller, 
Misa Fitzalan," continned be, in a voice of deep aoleranity, "for it it 
a letter which will fix jour destinj aiid mine; even should the 
reaaest oontained in it be refused, let me be Ihefirat ooijuainted with 
the refusal ; then, indoad, I shall urge yon no more to secrecy, for 
what will follow, in coD»eqncnce of suuh a refbaal, mnst divulge all.'' 

" Oh ! tell me, tell me," said Amanda, catohing bold of his ann, 
"TtJl me what is the request, or wliat it is 1 am to fear: Ob! t«ll me 
at once, and rid me of the tortarliig suspense I endnre." 

" I cannot," he cried, " indeed 1 oaauot. To-morrow night I ahall 
eipect your answer here at the same bom'." 

At this moment Lord Mortimer's voice calling npon Amanda waa 
beard. Lord Chcrbury dropped her hand wliicb he had tokeo and 
iostAOtly retired amongst the windings of the pile, from whence Lord 
Uorlimer soon ^ipeared, giving Amanda only time to hide the fata] 
letter. 

"Good heaven I" exclaimed he, "what coold have brotigbt 7011 
hither, and who was the person who just departed from yon f" It ww 
well for Amnnda that the twiliglit gave but an imperfect view of ha 
tace; she felt her colour come and go; a cold dew overspread her 
forehead; she leaned against a rude fragment of the building, and 
iWntly eiclaimed, " the person — ^" 

"Yes," said Lord Mortimer, "I am sure I heard retreating foot- 

sps." 

" Ton ore mistaken," repeated Amanda in the same faint aooeot. 

"Well," said he, "thongb you may dispute llie evidemw of my 
ears, yon rannot the evidence of my eyes ; I see yon here, and atD 
astonished at it." 

' I came here for air," uid Amanda. 

' For air," repeated Lflid Mortimer, " I own, I »hoald have tnoDf(fii 




CHILD II BS or IHK ABBBT. 899 

flie garden better ndnpleil for sueb a purpose ; but why some liitfaer 
in a ckniiestine niannar! Why, if yon huve fears yon wcrald per- 
BUBde me yoa have, expose joarself to dnuger from tbe wretch who 
b&unts ttie place, by comiog here alone Wlien I wont to tlie con- 
vent, I was told yon were Indispose^ and coidd not be disturbed : I 
oonld not depart, liowever, witliout mftking an eflbrt to see you ; but 
you can easier imagine than I describe the consternation I felt when 
yon could not be found. It was wrong; indeed, AmaDda, it waa 
wrong to ooniB here alone, and aflfect ooncealment." 

" Gracious heaven !" eaid Amanda, raising her hands Ba<) eyes, and 
bursting into tears, " bow wretched am I !" 

" She WIS, indeed, at thia moment superlatively wretched. He* 
Leart waa oppressed by the dread of evil, and she perceived auspi- 
cions in Lord Mortimer which she conld not attempt to remove, lest 
%u intimation of tbe secret she woa m awftiUy enjoined to keep 
should escape. 

" Ah ! Amanda," said Lord Mortimer, losing in a moment the 
aspenty with which he had addreased her at finst; "aht Amanda, 
like the rest of^-our ser, you know too well tlie power of yonr tean 
not to nse them. Forget, or at least forgive, all I have said. T was 
disappointed in not seeing you the moment 1 espeoted, and that put 
Die out of temper. I know I am too impetuotis, bnt you will in time 
mbdne every unruly passion ; I pat mysalf into yoor hands, and yon 
shall make me what yon please." 

He DOW prcaaed her to hts boaoni, and finding her trembling 

nniversally, again implored her forgireneas, as he imputed (be agitft- 

tloD she betrayed entirely to the nneasiness he had given her. She 

I Usnred him, with a (altering voice, he had not offended her. Her 

•pirila were affected, sbe Haid, by all ahe had suffered daring the day; 

Lord Mortimer placing, as she wished, those sutftrings to his own 

L iecoant, declared her anxiety At once pained and pleased him, adding 

L he would trnly confesa what detained him th>m her daring the day, 

Boon UA they returned to the convent. 

Their return to it relieved the aIst«rbood, who had also been »eek- 

! Amanda, from many apprehensions, Tlie prioress and sister 
[ Mary followed them into the parlour, where I»ru Mortimer be^nfed 
v ttiey would have compassion on biin, and give him something for b'l 
r, •« he had seareely eaten anrthing for the whole day. 




400 ClItLDRRN or TUB ADDBT. 

&Ut«r Mary inataatlj replied, "He would be gratified, and, H 
Aman<Ia was in the name predion me at, hIis tiopcd he wmild now ba 
■hie to prevail on her to eat." The cloth was acconlingly laid, and K 
few trifles placed upon it. Sister Mary would gUilly hava staid, bot 
tlje prioresa had understanding enough to tliiuk the supper would b> 
more palatable if the; were absent, and Bccordiuglf retired. 

I-ord Mortimer now, wlli the moat sootliing tenderness, tried to 
(ilieer his loir companion, and make her take some refreshmeut ; but 
his efforts for either of these purposes were ansucceesfiil, and sIm 
besonglit liira not to tliink her obstinate, if she could not in a moment 
recover Iier spirita. To divert his attention a little from hereeU^ sli* 
asked him to perform his promise by relating what kept luin th* 
whole da; from St. CatJiarine'e. 

He now acknowledged he hod been in soaroh of Bolgrave ; but the 
prccantions he had taken to conceal himself baffled all inqniriwi 
"which convinces me," continued Lord Mortimer — "if I wonted 
conviction about such a matter, that lie bai not yet dropped bis vil- 
laiuons designs upon you. Bnt th« wretch cannot always escape tli* 
vengeance be merite." ^ 

"May he never," cried Amanda, fervently, yet involuntiirily, 
"meet it tram yoarhandsl" 

" We will drop that part of the Bulyect," said Lord Mortimer, " if 
you please. Ton mast know," continued he, "after scouring the 
whole neigbboorhood, I fell in, about four miles hence, with a genlJc- 
man, who had vi^ted at the Marquis of Hnsline'a lost eutnmer. He 
immediately asked me to accompany him home to dinner. From hit 
residence in the country, I thought it probable he might be able to 
give some account of Belgrsve, and therefore accepted tlie invitation; 
but my inquiriea were as frnitless here as elsewhere. When I found 
it BO, I was on thorns to depart, particnlarly oa aii the gentlemen 
were set in for drinking, and I feared I might lie thrown into an 
improper situation lo visit my Amanda. 1 was on the watch, how< 
ever; and, to use their sportiTO term, Utorall; stole away." 

"Tliank Henveu!" said Amanda, "your inquiries proved fmUJens. 
Oh I never, never repeat them; tliinlc no more about a wretch m 
despicable." 

" Well," cried I^rd Mortimer, " why don't yon hurry mo from the 
liiiighbourh')"d I Fix Uie day, the moment for our departare: '. have 



OHiLOHaN or TUH Aesur. 401 

Men here already fire diya ; Liidj Martha's pntienoe is, I dare say, 
fjuite enhausWd by this time, and, should we ddiiy much longer, 1 
mpiicise she will think we have both bceoine convurts to the liuly 
I'ileM of thi9 oonvent, and that I, ioatead of taking die vows which 
tihould make ine a Joyful bridegroom, am about taking thi«e whidi 
*hall doom me to celibacy ; seriously, wliat bat want of inclination 
con longer detain you?" 

" Ah !" said Amanda, " yoa know too wall that my departure can- 
not be retarded by want of inclination." 

" Then why not decide immediately npon the day?" Amanda was 
Bileat; her sitaation was agonizing; how could sho fix npon a day, 
uncertain whether she did not possess a letter which would prevent 
her ever taking the projected journey t 

" Well," said Lord Mortimer, after allowing her some time to 
Hpcak, "I see I most fix tlie day myself: this is Tuesday — let it be 
Thursday." 

"Let US drop the snhject this night, my lord," said Amanda; 
" I am really ill, and only w^t for yoar departore to retire to rest." 

Lord Mnrtime* obeyed her, but with rcluctanue, and soon after 
nttred. 



CHAPTER XLI- 



Td brwk hi* dtmUuI fk 



Lttoherchamber the moment Lord Mortimer departed; 

9 were already retired to rest, so tliat tlie stillness which 

I Migned throngh the house added to the awfblness of her feelings, aa 

Ijdw sat down to peruse a letter which she had been previously 

1 informed would 6x her fate. 




" To destroy a prospect of fell clly, at tlie vorj moment 
-re dispened, is indeed lie lonrce at pangs n 




\ot (Tuch ftra tlie liotrors of my OcBtiny, thnl nothing but iatcrrcoltig 
iieiween jon, Mortimer, and bappiuoss, cod save tiie from perdition 1 
Appalled at tliia dreadful BESertiuii, the letter drops t'rom vonr trem- 
bling lianda ; but, oti I dear Miss Fitzalan, oast it not utterlj aside till 
■yon pemse the rest of tlie contents, and fijt the destiny of the mott 
tri-etched of mankind, wretched iu thinking he "liall Jnlermpt 
Dot only your peace, bat the peace of a son, so noble, so gtvdoiki, 
BO idolised as Mortimer is by him. But 1 will no lotiL'er turtnre yonr 
feelings by keeping voii iji 8ns[>ease; tlie preface 1 hove already 
given is siiflieient, ana I will bo explicit; (pimbling, that bone of fluna 
and fiirtune, has been my ruin ; but whilst I indulged, so well did I 
conceal my priii>cnsity for it, that even those I culled my fiienA 
are ignorant of it. With shame I confess, I was ever foremost to 
rail agtunst this vice, whieh was continually drawing snnia in seeral 
from me, that would have given comfort and afflneuce to many A 
child of want. For some time my good and bod fortnoe were M 
equal, that my income sulfeivd no oonsidurable diminution. Abont 
five years ago, a Mr. Freelove, a particular friend of mine dieil, and 
left to my care liis "only son, who, I dare say, yon may rocullert 
having lieen at my hoiue last winter : tliin young man's property wu 
consigned to ray care to manage ns much fur his advantage us I cotdd; 
it consisted of a large-estate andfilly thousand iionndii, At the period 
Freelove became my ward, I had liad a constant run of ill lack tix 
many months. The ardour of gaming (anhke every other pasMOn^ is 
rather increased than diminished by djsap[>ointinent. Withont beinc 
warned therefore by ill success, I still went on, till all I cunid touoE 
of my own property was gone. Did I tlien retire ashamed of my 
folly! No; I could not bear to do so, without another effort for 
recovering my losses, and in that enort risked something motv 
precious than I had ever yet don& namely, my honour, by nsing the 
money which lay in my hands belonging to Freelove. The lonf 
period which was to elapse ei-e he cnmo ot age, emboldened me to 
this. Ere that period I tnwted I should have retrieved my loaaea, 
and be enabled not only to discliarge the princi[>al, bnt wbatfiver 
interest it would have bronghl, if applied to another purpose, I 
followed the bent of my evil genino, suTn after snm was token np, and 
all alike buried in the accursed vortex which had already swallowed so 
much from me. But when I found all was gone, oh, iih/a Fitialan I 
I Htill tremble at the distraction of that moment. 

" All, as I have said before, tliut I ooold touch of property WH 
gone; the remainder was so settled I bed no power over it, excwt 
Joined bv my son. Great as was the injury he would sastain hr 
mortgaging It, 1 was confident he never would hesitate doing so If 
acquainted with my distress; but to let him know it was worse t^aa 
a death of torture could bs to me ; his early excellence, the noblcne^ 
tif his principles, minslcd in the love I felt for him a dc)n'E<e of awe ; 
to confess myaolf a villun to such a character, to acknoivlodge iny li^ 
hnd been a xrene of deceit; to beabn.'diod, confoimded in the preeenc* 
of my son, to meet his piercing eye, to see the blush of sliaine maclM 



OHILDKBH OF ma ABBKr. 403 

hia oheelcR, for Lis father's criniea — oh horrible — most horriblel I 
ravt:<l at tlio itleii, and rewilved if driven hy oeocssity to t«ll Liin of 
nij hnseae^ not to survive Che confiMKioD. At tliiB critioal junulare, 
d(0 Marquis of Roaline came from Scotland, to reside in London ; an 
iniiTFifloy which had been dormant for years, between our families 
waii then revived ; aod I eooa found that an ollianoe between them 
wnnlU be pleasing. TLe prospect of it rased ine from tlie very depth 
of deejtur; but [uj transports were of short continuance for Mortimer 
iiot only showed, bat. expressed the strongest repugnance to such a 
cuniiuxlou. 

" Time and daily experience, 1 trusted, would so forcibly convinoe 
hini of the advantages uf It, as at last to oonoaer this ropagnauce : 
ni>r did the hope of an oiiiaoce taking place entirely forsake my heart, 
till informed be waa already bestowed upon another object. My 
leelinfct at this information 1 shall not attempt to describe : all hope 
of paving myself from dishonour was bow cnt off; for tliongb dntiful 
aticl attentive to me in the higheiit degree, I could not Hatter myself 
that Mortimer would blindly sacrifice his reason and iucltnation to 
in^ will. The most fatal intentions again ;ook possession of my 
mind, but the nncertaiotlM be suffered on your account kept me ic 
Imrrible suspense as to their execution ; alter some months of torture, 
1 bcpan again to reviye, by learning that you and Mortimer were 
mevitiibly separated; and such is the sclfish nature of vice, so aban- 
doned is it to all feelings of humanity, ttat I rather rejoiced at, than 
lamented the supposed disgrace of tbe danghter of my friend. 

"But tbe persevering ooc^tAncy of Mortnner, rather, let me say, 
tlie immediate interposition of ProvldetiCt, soon gave her reason to 
rriiimjjb over the arts of her enemies, and I was again reduced to 
despair. Mortimer, I dare say, &om motives of delicacy, has oon- 
ceajod from you the opposition I gave to bis wishes, after your inno- 
cence was cleared, and the intentions of I*dy Martha Dormer, relative 
to yon, were made known; at last I found I must either seem to 
ncqtiiesce in these wishes imd intentions, or divnlge niy real motive 
for opposing tlieni: or else quarrel with my son and sister, and appeal" 
in tlieir eyes, tbe most Kltiab of hnman beings; I, therefore, to 
ai>[iearance, acquiesced, but resolved in reality to throw myself Dpon 
vour mercy; believing that a character so tender, «o perieet, so heroio- 
iike, a« yours boa been, through every scene of distress, would have 
coijipas^ion on a fallen fellow -creature. — Was iny situation otherwise 
tlian it now is, were you even portionleas, I should rejoice at having 
YOU united to iny family, from your own intrinsic merit. Situated as 
I am, the fortune Lady Martha Dormer proposes giving yon, can be 
vfI no con»e<;ueB06 to me; the projected matdi between yon and Mor- 
limer is yet a secret from tbe pnblic, of course it bas not lessened his 
interest with tbe RosUne family. I have been ali'eady so fortunate as 
Id a4li>at tlia nnlucky difference wbieh took place between them, and 
.-emove any resentment ihev entertained against hiin, and I urn 
eoiilidenl the first overture tie should make for a nnion with l^dy 
Enpbraaia wonid be succGasfnl. The fortune which wonld tnmediab^ 



I 



That Lord Mortimer wo olil impute withdrawing herself Auiu Us 
to on atWchmeot for Bolgrave slie waa convinced ; aiid tliat her famtif 
Bd wull as peace should be foorificed to Ixird Cherbary, caused such % 
whirl of coateoding passions in her mind, that reason and reQc>ctio« 
for a few minutea yielded lo their violence, and she resolved to vindt 
cate ber8<:lfto Lord Mortimer. Thia rcaolution, however, wan of 
short ooDtinnanoe; as her sabaiding passions again gave her power 
to reflect, she was convinced that b; trying to clear herself uf a^ 
iniai^nary crime she shonld commit a real one, since to save her owti, 
character. Lord Cherhnry'a ninst l>e stigmatized, and the eonseqnwnoij 
of such an act he iiad already declared, eo that not only by the wurld 
but by her own conscience, she should forever he accusej uf acoetlerr 
ating his death. 

" It must, it mast be made," she wildly cried, " the sacrifice moidi 
be made, and Mortiiner is lost to me forever." She flung Iier^ 
self on tlie bed, and passed the hours till morning in agonies too gresi 
for description. From a kind of stupefaction rather than sleep, inttf 
which she had gradually sunk towards morning, she was aroused by s 
gentle tap at tlie clianiber door, and the voice of sister Mary iofumi«4 
her that Lord Mortimer was below, and impatient for his hreikfut. 

Amanda stArled from tlie bed, and hid her tell his lordshtp sb*'- 
would attend him immediately. She Uicn adjusted ber droas, iried ttf' 
calm her spirits, and, with uplifted hands and eyes, besought beareii' 
to fupport her tlirongh the trials of the day. 

Weak wid trembling she descended to the parlour. — ' 
she entered it, Lord Mortimer, shocked and surprised by her alterea 
looks, exclaimed, "Oracions heaven! what is the matter F" Then* 
feeling tlie feverish heat of her hands, continued, "Why, why, 
Amanda, had yon the ornelty to conceal your illness! Proper oi 
tance might have prevented its increasing to snch a degree." With 
Duutterable tendemcHS he folded his arms abont her, and while hee ; 
drooping head snnk on his bosom, declared he would imniediBtely' 
send for the physician who had before atiendod her. 

"Do not," said Amanda, while tears trickled down her cheeks.' 
"Do not," continued she, in a broken voice, "for he could do m 
good." 

" No good," repeated Lord Mortimer, in a terrified accent. 

" I mean," crie*! she, recollenting herself, " he would find it Qi 




ocBs&tr to prescribe Anything fur me, as luf illness only pniceeds bom 
the ii^ilalioD 1 sufierud yeaterilay; it made loe paiiii an iuditlereiil 
a'.i,ui, but quietness Uwiay will recover me." 

Lcird Mortimer was with difficulty persuaded to give up his Inten- 
tiou, nur would ho relinquish it till ihn bad promised, il' not better 
bcl'oro ibe ovimiug, to inform him, SiUd let the pUysician be sent for. 

Thoy ni)W sat down tu breukl'ast, at nhicb Amanda was nuable 
either to preside or eat. When over, sba told Lord Mortimer she 
innst rutjre to ber cbiuuber, us rest was essential for her; but 
between nine and ten in Ibe evening she would be happy to see liim. 
He tried tu persuade ber ttiat she might rest as well upon Uie sofa in 
the parlour as in ber cliainber, and that be might then be allowed to 
sit wilh her: but abe could not be peraoaded to this, she said, and 
begged be would excuse seeing her till the time she bad already 
mentioned. 

lie at last retired with great reluctance, hut not till she had several 
Uuies desired him tu do eo. 

AniHiidu now repaired to her chamber, but not to indulge in the 
Hiipinaness of grief, lliough her heart I'eit bursting, but to settle upon 
some plan for lior futura conduct. In the tirst place, she meant 
immediately to write to Lord L'bei'bury, as tlie best method she coiild 
lake of acquainting him with her compliance, and preventing any 
couvorsation botwt-t-n them, which would now have been insnpport- 
alile to ber. 

In the next place she designed acquainting the prioress with the 
snddoD alteration in her affairs, only concealiug (rom her the occasion 
of that alteration, and, as but one day intervened between the present 
and the one filed for her joamej, meant to beseech ber to tliink of 
some place to which aha might retire Irora Lord Mortimer. 

Vet soich was the opinion she knew the prioress entertained of 
Lord Mui'tiiner, that she almost dreaded she would impute her rteig- 
nalion of iiiiu to some oriminal motive, and abandon her entirely. If 
this slionld he the cnse (and scarcely could she be surpriiied if it was) 
she retulved, without delay, to go privately to the neighbouring 
town, and from thenco proceed immediately to Dublin: bow abe 
ehoiild act there, or what would become of her, never entered he." 
tbout'his; they were wholly engrossed about the mar.niir in which 
she should lenve St. Oatharine's. 



I 



ibS CHILDBBHOrTHIABBgr. 

But aDe hoped, mucli as appearances were aKHiitst her, 
not b« deserted by tlie prioress. Providence, she trnsted, wo'Jd bl 
so compassionate to ber misery, as to preserve her tfais one fHen^ 
trho ctitild Dot only asdet but advise her. 

As soon as she had settled tbe line of condnct slie should panooj 
ehe sat down to pen her reniinciation of Ixird Mortimer, which ibv 
did in the followiDg words : 

"to tbb kasi. oe cmbkbtdit. 

"To your wishes I resiga my happineai; niy liapfiiness, I miinl^ 
for it ia due to Lord UorUmer to declare, that a aoion with aa<^) a 
character as his must have prodaced tlie highest fulicitj; it ia alsq 
due to my own to declare, tIJat it was neitlier his rauli nor fortaat^ 
bnt his rirtneSj which inflaeaced my inclination in his livonr. 

"Ilappy bad it beeo tiir ds all, toy lord, but particularly for ra^ 
Iiad vou continued steady in oppoaing the wislics uf your ton, H|. 
e for paternal authority is too great ever to hare alluwed dk 
1 opposition to it. I should not then, by your e«einiD| 
'Dce to them, have been tempted to think my trials all oveK 
" But I will QoE do away with ftny httle merit your lordship maf peN 
hapfi ascribe to my immediate compliaQce with your re>]U eat, bydweUiiu|| 
upon the fiuffijrings it entails upon me. May t!ie reuimciaiinn of my 
hopM be the nfieaoa of realizing your lordship's, and may soptrio^ 
fortune bring euperiur hoppiuees to Lord Uortimerl ■ 

"1 thank your lordship for your inteutions relative to me: but 
whilst I do so, must assure you, both now and forever, I shall deeUnf 
having them executed for me. 

"I ahstl not disguise the truth; it would not be in your lordship^ 
power to recompense the sacrifice I Lave made you, and bea)d«% 
pocuDiiry obligations can never sit easy upon a feeling mind, eXMp^ 
they are conferred by those we know value os, and whom we valiM 
ODMclves. 

"] have the honour to be, 

"Tour Iord:ihip's obedient servant, 
" AuAiiDA F]TU.Laja," 

Tb« tears she had with difficulty restr^ned while fhe was writing 
now burst forth. She rose, and walked to the window to try if tba 
air would remove the funtishnesa which oppressed her; boia it ah« 
perceived Lord Uurtimer and the pr-loress in deep conversation at ■ 
little distance fl-om the convent: she conjectured she waa thdr 
■Direct, for, as Lord Mortimer retired, the prioress, whom sh* had 
not wu) that day before, came into her chamber. After the mnM 




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SiilDUtiom — "Lord Uonimcr Las been Ulling ma joii were ill," gaiiI 
she: "I tniaCed a lover's fuurs liail ma^&ed the danger: but trnly, 
mj dear cbild, I am sorry to say this is not the case; tell me, mj 
dear, what ia tbe matter! Sorely now, more than ever, you sliould 
be careful of your health." 

"Oh I DO," said Ainanda, with a convnl=ire sob — "oh! no," 
wringing her liandis "you are sadly mistaken." The prioress grew 
alarmed, Iilt liiubs began to tremble, she was anable to stand, and 
dropping on the nearest choir, besought Amanda, in a voice ciprcssWe 
of her feelings, to explain the reason of her distress. 

Amanda knelt before her ; she took her hands, slie pressed tliem to 
l;er burning forehead and lips, and bedewed them with her tears, 
whilst she eicltumed she was wretdied. 

" Wretchedl" repeated the prioress ; " for heaven's aako be explicit, 
keep ine no longer in BUfipense: you sickei:, my very liearti by your 
agitation it foretells something dreadful I" 

"It does indeed," said Amanda: "it foretells tliat Lord Mortimer 
and 1 will never be anitedl" 

Theprioreas started, andsnrvejed Amanda with alook which seemed 
to say, "sliu believed she liad lost her senses;" then, with assumed 
composure, begged '" alio would defer any fnrtlier esplnnation of her 
distresa till her spirits wore in a calmer state." 

"I will not rise," cried Amanda, taking the prioress's hand, which 
in her surprise, she hod involuntarily withdrawn — " I will not rise 
till you say, thai, notwithstanding the mysterious situation in which 
I Am involved, you will continue to be my friend. Ohl such an 
assurance would assuage tlie sorrows of my heart" 

The prioress now perceived that it was grief alone which disordei'ed 
Amanda ; but how elie had met with any cause for grief, or what could 
occasion it, were matters of astonishment to her. "Surely, my dear 
child," cried she, "yon should know me too well to desire Eoch on 
assurance : bnt however mysterious her situation may appear to 
others, she will not, I trust and believe, let it appear so to mo. I 
wait witli impatience for on explanation." 

" It is one of my greatest borrows," exclaimed Amanda, " that I 

cannot give snuh an explanation : no, no," she continned, iu an 

cgony, "a death-bed confession would not authorizo my telling yoo 

tlie occasion of Lord Uortimer'» sepaxatioit Mid mine." The prioress 

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now indsted on her tsking a chur, and tlten Ite^ged, u fiir n li 

Fonlil, wiihuut thrther delay, she would let hor into Let ^cn 

A-Dinnda immediBtely complied. " An unexpected obstacle to hai 
DDioi) 'n-ith Lord MortJiaer," she wid, "had arisen; an obstocW 
wMoh, while compelled to attbtnit Co it, aha was bound most solemnlr 
to couceal: it was expedient, therefore, she shoold retire (hnn Lord 
Mortimer without giving him the anmllest intJination of sach t 
iotenlion, lest, if he atupected it, be should inquire too niiniitely, ani^^ 
by ao doing, plunge not only her but himself into irremediBble di»-' 
tress. — To avoid tbia, it woa necessary al! bnt the prioress sboutd b*' 
ignorant of ber scheme, and by her means she hoped she shonld t 
put in a way of finding aacb a place of secrecy and sectirity as sliC 
required. She besongbt the prioress, with strMtioing eyes, not to 
impnte her resignation of Lord Mortimer to any unworthy motiTer^ 
to that TTeaven, wbiuh oonld alone console her for bor loea, sfaf 
appealed for her innocence; she besonght her to itelleve her ^oer«; 
to pity but not condemn her; to continae her IViead now, when faer* 
friendship was most needful In this her deep distress; and aba 
asMired her, if it was withdrawn, she beheved she could no lougvr 
struggle with her sorrows. Tlie prioress remuiried silent afew minatesi^ 
and then addressed her in a solemn Toioe. 

" I own, Misa i'itzalao, your conduct appears so JneipliMble, so 
ftBtooiahing, that nothing but the opinion I hare formed of your' 
thar&cttr, from seeing the mano^ in which you have acted, e 
left to yourself, oonld prevent my esteem from being diminished ; bnt^' 
I am persuaded you cannot act from a bad motive; therefore, till 
that pereuaaion ceases, my eateem can know no diminution. From 
this declaration you may be convinced, that, to the utmost of n 
power, I will serve you; j'et, ere yon finally determine and reqnirff 
Hucb service, weigh well what yon are ahont; consider, in the tyea' 
of the world, you are about acting a dishonourable part in brvakinf' 
your engagement witli Lord Mortimer, without assigning some re 
for doing so. Nothing short of a point of conscience shonld inHuenoc' 
you to this." 

"Nothing short of it bas," replied Amanda; "therefore pity, and* 
do aot aggravate niy feelings by pointing onl llie consequences wliiol 
will attend Uie imrrifice I am compellod to mnkc; only prntalso,*" 



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tajciog the prioiess's hand, " only pfomise, in this great and and emer- ' 
geney, to be my friend." 

Her louki*, li«r words, her Bgonles, stopped Bhort all the prinrvso ' 
WM going to say. She thongbt it would be barbarity any longer U 
dwell upon the ill conseqnenccia of an ftctiun which slie was n> 
Tinced some &tAl necessity compelled her to; she therefore pive In i 
all the consdlution now in her power, by nssurinit her she sbc.iili) I 
immediately tliink about some jilace fur her to retire to, and wonlcf 
keep all which had poased between them a profonnd setrret. Sha 
then iiiBi9t«d on Amanda's lying down, and trying to compose hop' 
self; she bronght her drops to take, and drswing the carlains aboul' 
her, retired from the room. Tn two honrs she returneil; though she 
entered the chamber softly, Amanda immediately dr«w back the enr^ 
tain, and appeared mnch more composed than wlien the prioress h«il' 
left her. The good woman would not let her ri.fe, bat sat down oi^ 
the bed to tell her what she had contrived for her. 

" She had a relation in Sootiand," she. said, " who, from redooaS. 
circumstances, had kept a school, for nuny years ; but, as the iuflrsM 
ities of age came on, she was not able to pay such attention to befl 
I'apils fts their friends thought requisite, and she had only been abW 
tu retain them by promising to get a person to assist her. As sb^ 
thought her cousin (the prioress) more in the way of procuring si 

ne than herself, she had written to her for that pnrpose: a clever^ 
woll-beJiaved young woman, who would he satisfied with s 
salary, was what she wanted. 

"I Ehonld-not mention such a place (o yon," said the prioress, "but 
that the necessity there is for your immediately retiring from Lor^ 
" timer, leaves mo no time to look out for another; but do noi) 
Imagine I wbh you to continue there; no, indeed, labould think it ■ 
pity sQch talents as you possess shonld be bnried in snch ohscarily^ 

hst I think is, that yon can stay there till yon grow more roin* 

rMf'l, and can look out lor a better establishment." ' 

"Do not mention nty talents," said Amanda, "my mind is W^ 
enervated by grief, that it wilt be long before I can make any gfo«S 
tion; and tlie place you have mentioned is, from its obsQUri'jv 
just snch a one as I desire to go to." ' 

"Ttiere is, besides, another inducement," said the priori-"!*., ' 
" n*mely, its being but a few miles from Port Pa.tridt,\r 



■ : a devay 

h a smad 



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413 CHILDHBN OF TllR ABBEV, 

B fair vind will bring ns in a few lionn from this. I knnvr tlw 
maxter uf a little nlieiry, ivhich is perpetaally iioins liorkwnnls and 
forwards; be lives in tliia nciRlibourbood, and both he ami liia wife 
consider themsclvea under obligations to me, and will reJi'ice, I am 
Bare, at an opportunity of obliging me; I shall therefore, send for bim 
this evening, inform him of the time yon wish to go, and desire hia 
)«re till he leaves yon himself at Mrs. Macpherson'?." 

Amanda thanked the prioress, who proceeded to «ay, "that, on the 
presumption of her guing to her coTwin'a, she had dready written a 
letter for he to take; but wished to know whether she wowld be 
mentioned by her own or a flotitiona name?" 

Amanda replied, "By a fictitions one," and after a little condder^- 
tion, filed on that of Frances Donald, which Ilie prioress accordingly 
inserted, and then read the letter. 

"to MBS. WACPIIKHeOS. 

"Db*r Codhis, 
"Tlie bearer of tliis letter, Trances Donald, is the yonnc person I 
hare procured you for an assistant in yonr suhool. I have known tier 
•ome time, and ean vooch for her cleverness and discretion. She la 
well bom and well educated, and has seen better days ; but the wheel 
of fortane is continually Inming. and she bears her misfortunes with 
a patience that to me is the best proof slie eonld give of a real good 
disposition. I liave told her yon gire but ten pounds a year; Jinr 

Eing proves she is not dissatisfied with tlie salary. 1 am soiry to 
ar yon are troubled with rheumatic pains, and hope, when yon 
have more time to take care of yonraelf, yon will grow better. All 
the sisters join me in thanking yon for yonr kind inquiries after 
them. — We do tolerably well in tfie little school we keep, and tmat, 
oar gratitude to Heaven for its present goodness, will obtain a eon- 
tlnuAnce of it. I beg to hear from yon soon, And am, my dear 
eOQsin, your sincere friend, and affectionate kinswoman, 

" St. Cathariiu'i Euzabeth Dsbvot." 



" I have not said as mnoh as you deserve," said the prioress ; " tint 
if the letter does not meet your approbation, I will make any altera- 
tion yon please in it." Amanda assnred her "it did," and the prioress 
then said, " tliat Lord Mortimer had been sgnin at tlie convent to in()iiire 
after her, and was told she was iwtter." Amanda said, she would 
not see him till the hour she bad appointed for liis coming to sa|>|>«r. 
The prioreaa agreed, "that as tilings were changed, she was tight In 
Iwin^ Ichis oompanyas little as possible, and to prevent her being in 



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OHILDRBH or TBE AUBET. 419 

Ilia iroy, slie would hare Uor ilinner and tea ta her own roum/' Tlie 
clotli was acoorJingly laid in it, nor woulJ tlie good-natured prioress 
de|iart till she saw Amanda eat somelliing. Sister Mary, slie snid, 
was quil« sniioua to coma io, and perform the part of an attendant, 
but was prevented by her. 

The diatraotion of Amanda's tiiougliis was now abated, from having 
everything adjusted relative to her fuCare oondnct, and tb? company 
«f the prioress, wiio retnrned to her as soon as slie had dine'I, pre- 
vented hor losing the little composnro stio had niib Bach difficnlty 
Dcqnired. 

Kite besonght the prioress not to delay writing after her departnre, 
and to relate fiuthfully every tiling which happened in consequence of 
her tliglit. She entreated lier not to let a mistaken compassion for 
her feelings influence her to coDceol an; thing, as any thing like the 
appearance of concealment in her tetter would only torture her with 
anxiety and snspeose. 

The prioress solemnly promised she would obey her reqnest, and 
Amanda wiUi tears regretted that she was now unable to recompense 
the kindness of the prioress and the sisterhood, as she had lately 
intended doing by Lord Mortimer's desire, as 'neJI asboron-n inclina- 
tion. The prioress begged her not to indulge any regret ou that 
account, aa ihey considered lliemselves already liberally reconipensod, 
and hod besides quite snfficiont to satisfy their humble desires. 

Amanda said she meant to leave a letter on the di'essing-table foi 
Lord Stiirtimer, with tlie notes wliich he had given her enclosed in 
it. "The picture and the ring," said she, with a falDng tear, "I 
cannot part with." For the things which she had ordered from the 
neighbouring town, she told the prioress she would leave money in 
her hands, also a present for the woman who had been engaged to 
attend lier to Englond, as some small recompense for her disappinnt- 
mer.t. Shu meant only to take some linen and her monniing to 
Siviilund, the rest of ber things, including her muiiio and books, at 
some future and better period, might he sent after her. 

Amanda was indebted to the sisterhooil for tlirce months' board 
and lodging, vliioh was ten guineas. Of the two hundred pounds 
wliich Lord Mortimer had given lier on leaving Castle Curberry •Jtic 
hundred and twenty pounds remained, so that Ihnngh nnahie te 
■nmror the I'taims of graiitode, i^ie thanked Heaven she wiw b.^^V. 




fijlfil tiiose of jnstico. TbU the told the prioress, wLo ini 
UeclareJ " iliat, iu tlic name of the whule siuterliood, she woold tAka 
□pon ber to refuse any ttiiiig from ker." Amanda did not coiiteat th« 
[mint, beiug secretly determined hotv to act. Tbe priorera drank t«ft 
witli ber — when over, Amanda said sbe would lie down, iu ord«r to 
liy and be composed agwrat Lord Mortimer came. Tbe prioress 
m'itirdingjy withdrew, saying, "sbe sbonlil not be distnrbed tijl then." 

By tliis means Amanda was enabled to be in readiness for delivering 
her letter to Lord Cberbnrj at tbe proper lioiir. Her heart beat witli 
ajiprel tension an it approached ; she dreaded JmtH Uori.inier again 
surj'riitiag her amongst tlie roins, or some of the nnns following her 
to tJiein. At last ttje olook gave the aignol for keeping ber appMDt' 
UKUt. She arose treinbliug &om llie t«d, and oi>ened the dour ; she 
listened and no noise announced any one's being near; the momenta 
were precious ; she glided tbruuKli tbe gallery, and had the good 
forltme to find the ball door open. She ba^tcued to Ilie ruitu, and 
found Lord Chorbury wailing there. She presented bim the letter in 
dleuue. He received it in tJie same maimer; hut when he saw hw 
turning DWay to dcgiort, he euatrbed her bond, and in a voice that 
denoted iJie most violent agilAtion, exclaimed, "Tell me, tell m«, 
iliu FitEulan, is tlii« letl«r propitious." " It is," replied tite, in s 
faltering voice. " Then may heaven ettmnlly bless jou," cried ha, 
falling at her feet, and wrapping bis arms abont her. His pnstur« 
■hooked Amanda, and hia dot«n.tion terrified lier. 

" Let ine go, my lord," SEud she : " in pity to me, In mercy to your 
•elf, let me go, for one moment longer and we may be discovered." 

Lord Clierbory started np. " From whom," cried ho, "con I li«w 
about yon ?" 

" From the prioress of SL Catlmrine'''," replied Amanda Id n 
trembling voice, "she only will know Ihe secret of my retreat." 

He again snatched her hand, and kissed it with vehemence, 
"Farewell, thon angel of a womani" be excliumcd and diwppeared 
amonR tlie ruins. Amanda hurried back, dreading every moment to 
meet Lord Mortimer ; bnt she neither met him nor any other peraon. 
She bad scarcely gained I'er chamber ere the prioress CAUie to iTiionn 
her, bit) lordship was in the jxirlonr. She Iii8t*nily repaired to it. 
The (ur had a little clianged the dea<lly hne of lii>r ruiiijiteiion, to 
that from her looks be HiippoBcd her liBlter, and livr worJB strength' 



•nod (lie tti|)pi>sitiuii. Slie lalkcil nilh liiin, furtcil Lcrself to est 
sutne sQpt<er, and chucked die (enni from blliog wliicli s|ii'iiii|{ lo ber 
«TCB irliencver lie laentiunett tli« Iia|i|iiae9« Ihey must experienco 
wlitD united, tlie pleasure tliej sbonld eiuoy at Tlioriilinry, and tho 
diJi);lit I.adv Uailli& aud Lady Arunirita wuuld <ix|)eritiucc wliuDcver 
tbcT met. 

Amnnda deairod Iilro not to come to breakric^t tie next inoniing, 
tior lo t!ie convont till after dinner, as sLe woald be so basy prepmiug 
for bet journey, sfie would have no lime to derote lo liim. lie 
wanted to convince bcr he could not rutard bor preparaliona, by 
coniiiig, bnt ahe would not a.low this. 

Anivida pastied another wretched night She breakta>tcJ in the 
nioriiltig with tlie nuns, who eipresged their regret st losing her — & 
regret however mitigated b; the hope of shortly seoitig bcr ogain, as. 
I^rd Mortimer had promised to hring her to Castle Carbtrrj as booh 
aa she had rioted Lis li'tends in England. This wiis a trying moment 
lo Amanda; bIib could scarcely conceal her emotions^ to keep herself 
from weejiing alaad, at the inention of a promise never to be fiilfilled. 
She swallowed her breakfart in haete, and withdrew to her eliamber 
on pretence of settling hor things. Here slie was iminedintely fullowed 
by tlie nuns, entreutiDg tliey might eeverally be employed in nssi.^ting 
ber. She thanked Ibem with her UBnal sweetness, bnt aascred them 
uo assistance was nocessarj-, as she had but a few things to pock, 
never having unlocked Uie chests which had come from CastJe Cor- 
berry. They retired on receiving this sssuranM, and Amanda, 
fearful of anotlier intemrption, sat down lo write her farewell letter 
lo Lord Mortimer. 



" Mt Lokd, 

" A destiny which neither of us can control, forbids our union. 
In vain were obstacles encountered and apparently overcome, one 
nas rineo to oppose it, which we never could have liionghl of, and in 
fielding to it, us I am compelled by dire necessity to do, I find myself 
M))iiraled from yim witljout the remotest .hope of our ever meeting 
lig.iin — without being allowed to justifv my conduct, or oSlt on« 
Yxcn^e which might, m some degree, palliate the abominable ingrati- 
tude and d«eenl I may appear guilty of; appear, 1 say. for in reality 
my heart is a strati(rer to either, and is now agonized at the sncrifloe 
;', ia oompelleJ to make : bnt 1 will not hnrt your lordship's feelings 
I'y dwelUut! oi my own sufferings. Already have 1 ciuteA ■^■wi "u*! 



410 CDILDRIN or Till ABBKT. 

mucli !>nin, Imt never nfraln 5lia1l I cros,? your path to di^tnrb jnm 
I'.'jtro, iii»! >\\m\v yiiiir |in>ii>C('l uf fulicity : no iii_v lord, removed ta ■ 
U-i<iuii£ illstiiut'e, iIju naxwb I liive no inure will mdIc upon iii; ear, the 
(li'Iii>ive tiircii uf lin]ii)iiicds no more will iiii>ck me. 

"Had every tiling torned out aeconling to my TrUhos, perhaps 
hnppiiii.'^:', so {preat, so nncxpected, might have proiluced a dangermu 
rcvutiiiion in my sentiments, and withdrawn my thouglits too mncJi 
from liL-uven to earth; if so, oh! blosscd be ttie power tliat enatclied 
iVoin my \\\i* the cup of juy, tliciugh at the very momeat I waa tasting 
the lieliiililfnl beverage. 

•■ I I'iinnot bid you pity me, tliongh I know mysdf deserrjny of 
c-<mi':(^:;loji ; I caimot hid yi>u forbear condemning me, thongb I know 
myself iinileserving of censure. In this letter I enclose the niit«s I 
receive<l fnuit your lordship; the pictnreand therinf;! have retained; 
thi-y will MHm be my only vestijrcs of former happiness. Farewell, 
l./>nl >[cirtimer, my dear and valuable fiiend, farewell for ever. May 
tliiit peat-e, that happini-ss yon so truly deserve to possess, be yours, 
anil iii:iy tlii>y never nj^in meet with sucii interruptions as they bava 
recL-ivi'd I'rum the untbrtunutc 

"Amaxda M. FiTULAx." 

This h-ttcr wM blistered with her tears; she Iwd it in a drawer till 

[ii'ticeeded to p.ick whatever eho meant |i 





"to MBS. VtBMOT. 

" Wua ray aitiution otUerwise Uian it now is, be assnred I ue^w 
Bliould Lave offered the trifle you will find in this puptr aa any way 
adequate to the discharge of my debt; to you, and your amiaWu com- 
panions, I regret my iuabllity (more Uian I can eipress) of proving 
• iiiy (cratitude to yon, and thvia for all your kludDeas : never will they 
be obliturated from my remembrance, luid He, who bad {iroriiisod U> 
regard those tbat. bofViend Uio orphan, will reward you for tliera. I 
liave abo left five guineas for the woman yi>a wure so good as to 
eiicftge to att«nd me to England. 1 trust she will think thein a 
sufficient recompense for ooy trouble, or disappuiutmeut, I may Luv« 
occasioned her. 

"Farewell, dear Mrs. Derrnot, dear and ami/ible inhabitants of 
8t. Cfttliarine'a, farewell. As Amnndu will never forgte yon in hers, 
to lot her never be forgotten in your oriscins, and never caase to 
believe her 

" Gratefbl, sincere and fifTeottoimte, 

"A. M. FiTZALiW. 

By this timo aha was anmmoned lo dinner. Her spirits were sunk 
in tlie loweDt d^ectdoo at the idea of leaving the amiable woman 
ivbo had been so kindjn her, and, above all, at Uie idea of tlie last 
Kid evening she was to pass with Lord Mortimer. His lordship came 
early to the convent The d^ceted looks of Amanda immediat«ly 
struck him, and renewed all his apprehensions ahont her liealtli. Bba 
answered his tender inqnin'es by saying she was fatigued. 

"Perhaps," edd ha, "yon will like to rest one day, and not eom 
mence your journey to-morrow)" 

"No, no," cried Amanda, "it shall not be deforred. To-morrow," 
continued site, with a smile of anguish, " I will commence it." 

Lord Mortimer thanked lior for a resolution he imflgiued diol.ited 
by an ardent desire to please him, bat at the same time again 
expressed his fears that she was ill, , 

Amanda perceived that if she did not exert herself, her d^ection 
wonld lead him to inqniried she would find it difficult to evade ; but 
OS U) eiert herself was impossible, in order to witlidraw his attention, 
in some degree, from beraell^ she proposed that as this was the last 
aveoing they would be at the convent, they would invite the nuns to 
fliink tea with them. Lord MortJmer immediately acqoiewed in the 
proposal, and the invitation being sent was accepted. 

liut Um coDvarsatitw of the whole parly was of & vatVv^ifvw'i 
18« 



kinJ. 

ijf loii 



CHILD 

Aniaiuk was s 
IS licr lilk-il tlie 

R'l-, IjQd Ije not 



or TUB ABDXT. 

much beloved among thom, that the prospect 
ivitli n regret, wliioli, even the idea of nccing 



would Hi 



ot banish. About nine, wliicb was their lionr 
to retire, and would Jinvo taken leave of Lord 
iiifonncd tlicm, tliat on Miss Fitzolan'd account 
J tlio Journey nest day till ten o'clock, at 
n have tilt iiliiaaure of seeing tlieni. 
AVIieii tliej withdrew he endeavoured to cheer Aiuondo, and 
liCi'UU^lit iier lu e^ert her spirits. Of his own accord, he said, be 
woulil leave Iter enrly, that she might get as much rest aa possible against 
the ensuing liay. Uo accordingly rose to def>art. What an aguoiziag 
n)unient for Atnauda — to hear, to behold the man, so tonderlj 
beloved, fur the last time: to tliinl: that ere that bonr tbe next aiglit 
bhc should be far, far away from liim, considered as a treachcrons aud 
nnt;iMtL'l'ul c real tire, (ic--|iised, jierhaps ciecroled, oa a source of 
I.cii.flii.d di,<f|uiot and sorrow to him! Her heart swelled at thoae 
ideas Willi fillings she thought would burst it, and when lie folded 
her III his bo-oiii, imd bid ber he cliccrfnl against the neil morning, 





ther inquirisB, told him, " she only wriwd for hia depurture to redre 
to ^ell^ ntiicti j)te t'u convinced would do ber good." 

I^rd Mortimer listantly rose from his kneeling poHtora : " Fir»- 
wll, then, my denr Amanda," cried he, " farewell, and be well •nd 
cliHcrt'til against the moroing." 

Siie pressed his hand between hers, and laying her cold wet cheek 
U[>i)ii it : " Farewull," said she, " when we next meet I shall, I trnai, 
be well and cjieerful; for in heaven alone (Uioagbt she at that 
moment) we shall erer meet u^in." 

On Che fipot in wliioh he left her, Amanda stood motioDless, till alio 
beard the hall door close alter him; all composure then forsook her, 
and, in an agony of tears and sobs, she tlirew herself on the seat he 
had uccnpiud. The good {irioresa, gnesGiog what her feelings at this 
minnte must be, was at hand, and came in with drops and water, 
wliich she forced ber to tal;e, and mingled the tear of sympathy 
with hers. 

Her soothing attentions in a little time hod the effect she desired. 
Tliey revived in some degree her nnhappy young friend, who 
excliuined, "that the severest tiiil she could ever posdbly experience 

"And will, I trnst and believe," replied the prioress, "even in 
this life, be yet rewarded." 

It was agreed that Aratmda should pat on ber babit, and be pre- 
pared against the man came for her. — The prioress promised, as soon 
as the house was at rest, to follow her to her chamber. — Amanda 
accordingly went to her apartment, and put on her travelling dress. 
She was soon followed by the prioress, who bronght in bread, wine, 
and cold chicken; but the full heart of Amanda would not attow hei 
to partake of tliem, and her tears, in spite of her efforts to rostrwn 
tbeni, again burst forth. " She was Eure," she said, " the prioress 
would immediately let her know if any intelligence arrived of her 
brother, and she again besought her to write as soon ss possible after 
ber departure, and to be minute." 

She left the lot^er3, one for Lord Mortimer, and the other for thb 
prioress on the table, and then, with a kind of melancholy impatienee, 
waited for the man, who was punctual to the appointed hour ol 
Ihroe, and annonnced his arrival by a tap at the wicduw, 8h« 
Itutaotly roM and •mbraoed the prioress in •ilence, who^aIn«nX. «c 



420 



I 



tnnoL affected as herself, li&d oolj power to saj , " God blew joo, 
dear cliild, aud mate jou as happy as you dcaerve to he." 

Amnnda nhook her head mourufully, aa if to say, " alie ei]>ect£d no 
happioesa," and than BofUy Btepping along the gallery, ojiened t 
liall dour, where she found the nion waiting. Ilur little tronk vm 
alraaily lying in the halt: aha pointed it out to him, and U iiooi 
be had token it ho departed. Never did any being fed more forlorn 
tliati Amanda now did; what she felt wUen quittiog the nuLTcbiiH 
veas'a wua eoiiiparativbly happiness to what abe uow endored. I 
tlien looked forward to the protection, comfort, and eupporl of a I 
der parent; now she hod nothing In view whluh could id the li 
cliecr or alleviate ber feelings. She caitt her monmful eyes around, 
aud tlie objects ebe beheld heightened, if jiosslble, her aoj^uir^. Slia 
beheld the old trees which shaded the grave of her father waving la 
the uuruing breeze, and ohl bow ferveutly at that moment did si 
wish that by his side she was laid beocatb their shelter! sh^ tonied 
from theut with a hearlrrpuding sigh, which reaobed tbe ea' of tlie 
man who trudged before ber. lie instantly turned, and see'ig lier 
pale and trembling, told her he had an arm at her service, which 
she gkdly accepted, being scarcely able to support her»elf : a «i 
boat was wailing for tboni about half a mile above CasUeCarber-y; !t 
conveyed them in a few moments to the vessel, which tlie master 
previously told her would be nndor weigh directly; she was pi'wsed 
to find his wile on hoard, who conducted Amanda to the oabiu, 
where she found brealcfast laid out with ocatness for her. Slie VkiIc 
some tea and a little bread, beijig almost eibausled with fatigue. Ber 
cutiipaoion, imputing her dejection to feat's of crossing tlie sea, awired 
her the passage would he vei'y short, and bid her observe how plainlf 
they conld see the Scottish hills, now partially gilded by the beams of . 
tlie rising sun; but beautiful as they appeared, Amanda's eye^ '^w 
turned from them to a more beautiful object. Castle Carberry. Bh 
then Bsked the woman if abe thought the castle could be seen from 
the opposite coast, and she replied iu the negative. 

"I am sorry for it," said Amanda mournfolly. Slie contiuuM kt 
the wiadow for the melancholy pleasure of contemplatlDg it, (ill 
compelled by sickness to lie down on the bed. Tlie woman atteniled 
her with tlie most assiduous care, ami about four o'ljock in the afle^ 
iioon iiiformed her they bad reacho! Port Patrick. Arnauda arose, 



and teaJiog for the muter, told Lim, " As ahe did oot wiah to go tc 
an inn, lilje would thook hlu lo hire a.chttise to carry her diroctljr to 
Mrs. Macpheraou'd.'' He wid ebe Bbould be obeyed, and Aniinda 
having settled vritli him fur ber pastsoge, he weut on shore for th»t 
jiorjioae, aod soon retuTDod lo inform Ler a carriage was ready. 
Amanda, haiiog tluutked bis wife for her kind aiieniion, atuppctj ioio 
the boat, and entered the chaise tlie moment «he landed. Ucr com- 
panion told her he was well acquainted with Mrs. MacphersoQ, h«T- 
in^ frequently carried paojuetn from Mrs. DemioC t« her. She lived 
ihout fire milea from Port Patrick, he said, and near the Bea-ooast. 
Tlicy accordingly soon readied her habitation; it was a small low 
house, of a greyish colour, aitoated in a field almost covered with 
t^iLjtles, and divided from the ruad by u rugged looking wall ; the se* 
lay at a small distance from it; the coast heroabouts was extremely 
rocky, ajtd the prospect oa every side wild and dreary ia the 

Anuioila's companion, by her desire, went Brst into the house, to 
prepare Mrs. Macpherion for her reception. He returned in a few 
minutes, and telling Iter she was happy at her arriral, oonducted her 
into tlie house. From a narrow poss^e Ilioy turned into a small 
gloomy parlour with an clay floor. Mn. MacpLeraon was aittlng 
in an old fashioned anu choir, ber face was abarp and meagre, her 
stature low, and, like Otway'a ancient beldame, doubled with age; 
ber gown was grey atutf, and though she wis ao low, it was not long 
enougli to reach ber ankle; her black silk apron was curtailed in th« 
tame mauner, and over a little mob cap she wore a handkerchief tied 
under ber chin. She Just nodded to Amanda on her entrance, and 
putting on a pair of large itpectaclea, surveyed her without speuking. 
Amanda presented Mrs. Dermot's introdncCory letter, and tlien, 
though unbidden, seated hers^ on ttie window-seat till she had 
pernscd it. — Ilcr trunk in the meantime was brought in, and she paid 
for the carriage, requesting at tlie same time the masler of the vessel 
lo wait till she had heard what Mrs. Macphersoo would say. At 
Itngtb the old kdy broke silence, and her voioe was quite ds ahar[i ai 
her face. 

"So, child," said she, again eorvojing Amanda, luid elavotino: lier 
spectacles to have a bolter opportunity of speaking, " why, to iip sure 
I did desire ray cousin to get me a yonug peraoD, but not one uO 
yoimg, 10 very young, as y>ro appear to b«." 



423 OHiLDKBN or TBm asset. 

" Lord Lies* yoa," stud the man, " if lliia ia a &ult, whj it b o 
that wi!l mend every day." 

"Ay, ay," cried the old darae, "but it will mend a little too ilow 
for me ; however, child, aa yon are ao well recommended, I will try 
yoQ. My consin aaya Boniclhing abont your being well born, and 
having »ecn better days: hon'WDr, child, I tell you beforehand, I 
shall not consider what you liave been, bat what you aro now: I ahaH 
therefore expect you to be inild, regular, and Bti«otive ; no flsunUng^ 
DO gadding, no chattering, but staid, sober, and modest." 

" Blesa yon heart," said the man, " if yon look in her face, you will 
Bee ahe'U be all yon desire." 

" Ay, ay, so yon may say ; but I Bhonld bo very eorry to depend 
apon the promise of a face; like the heart, it is often treacheraoK 
and deceitftil; ao pray, young woman, tell me, and remember Z 
expect a consclontioiiB answer, whether you think yon will be able to: 
do as I wish t" 

"Tea, madam," replied Amanda, in a voice almost choked by ih.% 
variety of pwnful emotions she experienced. 

"Well, then we are agreed, as you know the salary I give." Th» 
master of the vessel now took hia leave, never having been asked bf 
Ifrs. MaepherEon to take any refreahment. 

The heart of Amanda sunk within her, from the moment all 
entered Mrs. Macpherson'a door; site shuddered at being left with ■ 
unsocial a being in a place so wild and dreary; a hovel near S 
Catharine's she would have thonght a palace in point of real comfortL 
to her present hnhitalion ; aa she then eonld have enjoyed the aootb-i 
ing society of the lender and amiable nuns. The presence of th» 
master of the vessel, from the pity and concern he manifested for her^, 
had something consolatory in it, and when be left the room she bunt. 
into tears, as if then, and not till then, she had been ntterly aban>' 
doned. She hastily followed him ont; "Give my love, my bert, 
love," said alie, sobbing violently, and laying her trembling hand m|! 
bis, " to Mrs. Dermot, and toll her, oh ! tell ber to write directly, aud 
give me some comfort." 

" You may depend on my doing so," replied he ; " bnt cheer n 
my dear young lady, what though tJie old dame in the parlour ia • 
little cranky, she will mend, no doubt; so heaven blosa yon, aiij^ 
make yon aa happy aa you deserve to ba." 

Bad and ril«Dt, Amanda r«lnrn«d to t.h« parlour, and ^oaiinj 'lar 




Eclf In tho winOov. strained her ejes after the carriage, which haJ 

bri)U(:lit lier to tliis dismal spot. 

"Well, child," said Mrs, Maophoreon, "do yon choose onythingf" 
"I thank jou, madam," replied Amanda, "I eboald like a liillc 

'■Oh, aa to tea, I have jtiat taken my own, and the thinfja are a'.I 
irnshed and pat by; hot if you would like a glass of spirits and 
iT.iier, and a croat of bread, yoa may have it" 

Amanda eoid she did not. 

"Oh, very well," cried Mra. Macpherson, "I shall not preaa yoa, 
for supper will soon be ready. She tiien desired Amanda lo draw a 
uliair near hers, and began torturing her with a variety of minnta 
and trifling questions, relative to herself, the nuns, and t)ie neigh- 
Dourhood of St, Catharine's. Amanda briefly said, her fether had 
been in the anny, that many disappointments and losses had pro- 
' vented his making any provision for her, and that on his death, 
wliich had happened in the neiglibonrhood of the convent, the nnna 
hod taken her out of compassion till she procQred an establishment 
for herself." ■• 

"Ay, and a comfortable one yon have procured jonraelf, I promise 
yon," said Mrs. Macpherson, "if it ia not your own fault." She then 
told Amanda, "she would amnse her by showing her her house and 
other cuucerns." This, indeed, was easily done, as it consisted bnt 
of tlie parlour, two closets adjoining it, and the kitcticn on the oppo- 
site side of tlie entry: the other concerns were a small garden, 
planted with kale, and the Held covered with thistles: "a good com 
fortable tenement tliia," cried Mrs. Macpherson, shaking her head 
with mucli satisfaction, as she leaned upon her ebony-headed oane, 
and uLst her eyes around. She bid Amanda admire the fine prospect 
before the door, and calling to a red-haired and bare-legged girl, 
desired her to cut some tliistles to put into the fire, and hasten the 
1>oiling lit the kale. On returning to the parlour she nnlocked a 
press, and look out a pair of Coarse brown sheets to oir for Amanda. 
She herself slept in one closet, and in the other was a bed for 
Amanda, laid vn a half-decayed bedstead, without curtains, and 
covered with ablnestnff quilt: the closet was lighted by one small 
idtidow, wliith looked Into the garden, and its Aimilure conaiated of 
■liroken oJiair, and a piece of looking-glaw stock to 0» -vd^. 



424 0BI1.DBES ojr riiK iBBKr. 

TIm promised anpp«r w»3 at lengdi served ; it consisted of ■ 1 
heads of kale, some oaten bread, a jog of water, &iid a email [liiM 
half full of spirila, which Ainaoda would not t&ate, and tbe ul<l Udf 
herself took but epariogl; ; tliey were lighted by a, amoll ( 
/which, on retiring to their closets, Urs. Macpbersun cnt b^tWMK 

Amaada felt relieved by bciog alone. She could now '•fitbcmfc' 
reiitraiiit indulge ber tears, s>nd her reBeotion; tlmt she ooold o 
eryoy auy satisfaction with a being ao imgracioua in ber inftimera, and 
ao cjDtrocted iu ber notions, sbe foresaw; but disagreeable as ber 
situatioD must be, she felt inclined to contiuae iu it, from tlie idea g|~ 
its giving her more opportunities of hearing from Mrs. Dorioot tluq 
she should have in almost an; other plaue, and hj those opportaniti4|i! 
alone could she expect to boar of Lord Uurtimer, and to hear of bi^ 
oven the most trifling airuimiBtaiiee, though divided, fur ever dividai' 
from him, would be a source of exquisite though melancbolj pleasa 

To think she should hear of him, at oncu soothed and fed 1 
melancholy, it lessened the violence of sorrow, yet withoot abatilig 
its ioten^eas, it gave a delicious aadnesa to ber eonl, she tlioagfat j| 
would be ill exchanged for an; feeUngs short of tliese alie 
experienced if her wishes had been occompUsbcd ; she ei^oyed | 
penave luxury of virtuous gi'ief^ which mitigates tlie sharp 



OfCMdliUl 

■Dd which Aienaide so heantifnily describes; nor can 1 forba 
quoting the lines he bos written to illustrate this truth : 



Fati^ed by the ruDt«ndJng emotions she experienced as welt a> tl 
Eicknius she wL'ut through at ten, Aimnda soon rt-tirud to lier Soj 




Iie<1, niid Tell into a profonnd alumber, in which slie continccd UH 
roii^etl in tlie nioming by tlie shrill voice of Mrs. Miicpl.ei 
excliii tiling, as she rapped «t the door, "Come, come, Francts, it ia 

Aioanda started from her sleep, forgetting both tlie name she bad 
adiipted, and tlie place whore alie was : but Mrs. Maepherwn again 
calling her to rise, restored her to her recollection. She replied slie 
would attend her directly, and hnrrying on her clotliea was with her 
in a lew minutes. She found the old lad; Mated at the hreokfaat 
table, who, instead of returning her satutatioo, said, "that on account 
of her fatigue she eiciued her Iving so long in bed this morning, for 
it was now near eight o'clock ; hut in f^itnra she would expect her to 
rijK before six in summer, and seven in winter, adding as there was 
no clock, she would rap at the door for that purpose every morning." 

Amanda assured her "she was fond of rising early, and alwayi 
accustomed to it." The tea was now poured ouL, it was of the worat 
kind, and sweetened with coarse brown sugar, tiio bread was oaten, 
and there was no butter. Amanda, unosed to such anpalatnhle fare, 
swallowed a lillle uf it with diFBculty, and then with some hesitation, 
said, "she wiiuld prefer milk to tea." Mrs. Mncpheraon fhiwaM 
exceedingly at this, and, after continuing silent a few minutes, said, 
"she had really made tea for two people, and she conid not tliink oi 
having it wasted ; besides (slie added) the economy of her house wai 
so settled she could nut infrioge it for any one. She kept no cow 
herself, and only took in as much milk as served her tea and oa old 
tabby cat." 

Amanda replied it was of no consequence, and Mrs Macpherson 
Kiid, indeed she supposed so, and muttered something of people 
giving themselves airs they had no pretension lo. The tea table was 
removed before nine, when the school began; it consisted ul' about 
thirty girls, most of tliem daughtem to fkrineraiu the neigh bourhoo'I. 
Amanda and ihey being introduced to each other, and she being pre- 
vionsJy informed what tlioy were tought, wa» desired to commence 
the task of instmcting Uiem entirely her^ielf that day, as Mrs. Muc- 
pherson wanted to observe her manner — a most unpleasant task 
indeed for poor Amanda, whose mind and body were both harassed 
by anxiety and fatigne. As sha bad nndertaken it, howevei', she 
m)oWe<l to gn through it with ■■ mnoh nheerfiilQeia aii<l ^wtva-^ «& 



I 



420 OHILDRKK OF TUB iBBBY. 

pmaible; fihe occordinglj acquitted herself to tli« HHtisToctiQii of' 
MaupLcrsoB, wbo only found fault witli lier too macb geuUeDwa, ai 
iiig, tlie children would never fear her. At two tho »chuol broke i 
and Amanda almost as de1i|;hted as the children to be at liberty, n 
running into the gardun tu try if the air woidd be of use to s violi 
lioad-ache, when she was called back, to pot iJie funuu and oil 
tilings in order ; she eolourcl, and stood motionless, till r«OoUeoti 
llmt if she refused to obey Mrs. Macphersoa, a qoarrel would ; 
biy eusue, which, drcitmHtanced as she was, without knowing i 
to go, would be dreadfid, she silently performed what she bod 
de-tired to do. Dinner was tiien brought in; it was as simple and 
eporiug us a Dramin could de'iire it to be. ^'hen over, Mi 
pherson composed herself to take a, nap in the large chair, 
ruukiug a.Dj kind of apology to Amanda. 

Lett at liberty, Amanda would now have walked out; but !t 
just l>egsn to rain, and every tiling looked dreary and desolate: 
the window in which she pensively sat, she had a view of the i 
hioked black and tentpostuooe, aud she could distinguish ita 
and nielancholy roaring as it dashed against the rocks. The lit 
Burvant girl, as she cleaned the kitchen, sung a dismal Scotch ditty, 
tiiat all conspired to oppress the spirits of Amanda with a d^octi 
greater than she had ever before experienced : all bop« was at 
extinct, the social ties of life seemed broken never more to be ro-u 
ted. She had now no father, do friend, no lover, as heret^re, 
soothe her feelings, or alleviate her sorrows. Like tlie poor Belvit 
she J night have sdd. 



Eas'd ber decUalnif ht 



Her bcarL viuidar, lb* Is dUrfifirdsd," 

Like a tender sapling transplaaled from its native soil, she M«m«d 
« Bland alone eiposed to every adverse blast. Her U'nrs gtufwd 
.'orLli, and fell in showers down ber pale cheeks. Shu t^iglic^ fiirth 



OBILDREN or Tax ABBIT. A2'l 

(Jie name of her failjer ; " Oh I dear and moat henignaot of men," it)]0 
ciclaimcd, " mj faUier and my friend, were jou liTiug I should not 
be flo wretched; pity and tonsolatioii would then be mine: Oh I my 
fatlior, one of the drearieat caverns in yonder rocks would be aa 
asylum of comfort were yoa with mo; but 1 am aellish in these 
regrets, certain as I am, that yoa ezdianged this life of wretchedneas 
[i>r one of eternal peace, for one where you were again united to yonr 
Mai Vina." 

Her thoughts adverted to what Lord Uortimer, in all probability 
uuw thought of her; but this wai too dreadful to dwell upon, con- 
vinced aa she was, that from appearances, he must think moat 
unfavourably of her. nig picture, which Lang in her boBora, slie 
drew out : she gazed with agonizing tenderness upon it ; she pres^d 
it to her lips and prayed for the oiiginal. From tliis indulgence of 
sorrow she was disturbed by the waking of Mre. Macjihersan. She 
hastily wijied away her tears, and hid the beloved picture. The 
eveuiug post must disagreeably. Mrs. Macpberson was tedious and 
imiui^jtivu in her discounie, and it was almost as painful to listen as 
lo answer lier. Amanda was happy when the hunr of retiring to 
lied arrived, and relieved her from what might be called a kind of 
mental buudiige. 

Such was tlie first day Amanda passed in her new habitation, and 
a week elapsed in tlie sacue manner without any variation, except 
that on Sunday she had a cessation from her laboura, and went to 
the kirk with Mru. Mncpherson. At Uie end of the week slie foand 
heraell' so extremely 111 from Uie fatigue and confinement slie endured, 
as ties. Mocpherson would not let tier walk out, saying, "gaddera 
were gt>od I'ur nothing ;" tluit she told her, " eicei)t allowed to go oat 
every evening she must leave her, as she could not bear so sedentary 
a lile." Mrs. Macphcrson looked disconcerted and grumbled a great 
deal ; but as Amanda spoke la a resolute maimer she was frightened, 
lest she should put her threats into execution, she was »o extremely 
u.-ieful iu the scluMil, and at last told her, "she might take as much 
exerdse as she pleased, every day after dinner." 

Amanda gladly availed herself of this permission ; she explored all 
tlie romantic paths about the house, hut the one she chietly delighted 
r'j take was that which led to the sea ; she loved to ramble ahuut the 
Uaoli, when fatigoed u> ait dowa upon the fragmeat of a ruek, uid 



429 oaiLSaii* of tsb iBBsr. 

looted towards tlje opposite shore ; vainly tliea would she tr]r 1 
ili.icover bohib of the olgects she koew so well ; Castle Carbetrj wi 
QtWrtf nndistiagaisliable ; bat abe know tlie spot ou whioh it 
and derived a melanolioly pleasure from looking thst way. 

In these retired rooiblea she would freqaentlj indnlge her 
and gaze upon the picture of Lord Mortimer. She feared 
tiun, the rocks formed a kind of reuesa about her, and In going 
llietn slie seldom met a creatare. 



CHAPTER XLII. 



T paiised in this way, and she began to feci 
w at not hearing from Mrs, Dermot : if ranch longer sQal 
Bho retiolved on writing, feeling it itnpoBsible to enilnre maoh longt 
the agony her ignorance of Lord Mortimer'a proceedings gave fa 
The very morning previona to tlie one she had flied for writing, a) 
saw a sailor coming to the house, and believing he was the bearer i 
a letter to her, uhe forgot everyttiing but her feelinga at (lie n 
and starting from herseat ran from the room — shemethimafew ju 
from llio house, and then perceiving ho was one of the sailore «rf ti 
Tcssel siie had come over in — "You haven letter fur me, I hopel" 
said Amanda. The man nodded, and fumbling in his bosom for « ~ 
moment, pulled out a large packet, whicli Amanda anatohed with 
eager transport from him ; and knowing she could not attempt tu 
bring him into the house fur refreshment, gave him a crown lu 
procure it elsewliere, which he reoeived with thankfulneaa, and 
departed. She then returned to the parlour, and was liastening to 
her closet to read the letter, when Mrs. Macphenon stopped h». 
" Hey-dey," cried slie, "what is the matter? What is all tbu fim 
about? Why, one would think that was a lore-letter, yon ore so veij 
eaitor to read it." 

" It is not, tlien, I can assure yon," said Amaudn. 

"Well, well, and who is it fhnnt"— Amanda reflected, that if ibe 



caiLDain or lui abbet. 429 

said from Mrs. IHrmo^ a nnmbor of impertinent qneations would lie 
ssKed her, she therefore replied, from a rery partiooJar friend!" 
''From a very particular fnend! Well, I suppose there is nothing 
about life or deatb in it, eo yon may wa't ".ill after dinner to rea<i ii, 
(ind pray ait down now, and liear tiie cliildrcn llieir ipcUing lessons." 
This waa a tantalizing moment to Amanda; she Btood heal latin;; 
whethershe should obey, till refleoting.thut ifshe went now to read tlic 
packet, she would rcost probably be intermpled ere bIib hud got 
tliroiigh half tlie contents, she resolved on putting it up till after diu- 
ner. The moment at last came for Mre. Mi>c[ herson's usual na|i, and 
Amanda instiintly hastened to a recess amongst the rocks, whei'e 
mating herself she broke tlie seal ; tlie envelop contained two letters : 
■,Ke first ehe cast her eyea n|>on was directed ia Lord Cherbury's hand. 
See t.nmbled, tore it open aud read as follows: 



, do yoQ say yon never will receive 
j-eiuniary favours from me. ll is not yoii. but I, should lie under 
ot.igutioiu from their am^ptanoe, I should deem myself the most 
U[./r;ttcfnl of mankind, if I did not insist on carrj-iiig [Ids point: I 
ft.n just returned to LoLiduii, and shali immediately order my lawyer 
to Jraw up a deed, etitit.ltng you to three hundred jionnds a year, 
which when completed 1 »hall transmit to the prioress (as I have this 
iettcr) to send to you, I am sensitjie, indeed, tliat i never can 
recompense the socrlGce vun have made me, the feelings it has 
uxuitei] i shall not attempt to express, because language conid never 
do them jastice ; but yon may conceive what 1 mnst firel for the being 
who hsi preserved me from dishonour and destmction. laminformed 
Lord Mortimer has left Ireland, and theretbre daily expect him in town. 
I have now not oi^ every bo[ie, hut every prospect of his complying 
with my wishes ; Tins, I imagine, will be rather pleasing to you to 
hear, that j'ou may linow tliut the sacrifice yon have made is not 
made in vajn' but will be attended with all the good conscouences I 
expected to derive from it. I should again enjoy n tolerable degree 
of |>eace were I assured you were happy; but tiiis is an assurance I 
will ho[« noon to receive, for if you are not happy, who has ■ right 
lo expect being so? you, whose virtoo is so pure, whose generosity ia 
SI) noble, so heroic, so far superior to any I have ever met with. 

"Thai in this world, as well as in the neit, you may be rcwnrdrd 
frr ,L is, dear madam, the sincere wish of him, who has Uie lionoui 
III BuWribe himself 

' Tonr most grateM, most obliged, 

"And moit obedient hmnble Kervani^ 




430 OBILDRSK or TUB ABBBT. 

"Unfeeling man!" escluraed Aicanda, "howHtlle is jmw he 
interested in wbat jou write, and fcow slight do yon make of I 
Bttcrifioe I liave made you, how cnelly mention yoor hopes whidi i 
derived from the destruction of nuQe. No, sooner wonld I wanil 
from door to door for charity, than lie indebted to yonr ostentAtifl 
gratitude for support, yon whose treachery and vile deceit have mtn 
my linppiuess." She closed the letter, and oommitling it lo t 
pocket, took op the other, whitrb she taw by the direction woa fr< 
her dear Mrs, Bermot. 



"Ah! my dear ohild, why e*tort a promise from me of 
minute in relating every thing which bnppened in oonsequeoce 
your departure, a promise bo solemnly givt^n, that I dare ool roo 
from it; yel most unwillingly do I Keep it, sensible as I am tbat 
imelligenoe I have to commouicate will but aggravate yuir sorrow 
Metliiiiks I hear you ejolaira at this; aurely, niy dear Mra. Derma 
yon who know my disposition and temper so well, might suppo^ 
would receive such intelligence with a fortitude and patience thi 
would prevent its materially injuring me; well, my dear, lioping "' " 
will be the case, I begin, without further delay, to commnuii 
pttrticnlors. 

"You left me, you may remeniber, about three o'clock; I t 

went to be«l, bnt so fatigued and oppressed 1 could scarcely sleep, 

and WAS qnite nnrefreshed by what I did get. After prayeni' 
repaired to the parlour, where the assiduous care of sister Ifary bl 
already prepared every thing for your breakfast and Lord HoRjiner 
I told the Bisters not to appear ^U they were sent for. I had 
been long alone when Lonl Muirtmer come in, cheerflit, bl 
animated. Never did I see happincsis so rtrongly imprused in 
countenance sa in his; he looked indeed the lover about rvcdi 
the precions reward of constancy. He asked me had I seen y 
I answered. No. lie soon grow impatient, said you were a iozy i 
and feared you would make a bad traveller. Ho then rang the 
and desired the maid to go and call yon. Oh I my dear ^rL 
heart almost died within me at this moment ; 1 averted my head 
pretended to be luuhing in Uie garden, to conceal my confusion. ' 
maid retiimed in a few Tninufcn, and said you were not above. Tl 
said Lord Mortimer, the is in some other apartment, pray searcfi 
hasten her hither, in a few minutes after she departed, sifter Uair, 
all pale and breathless, mshed into Uie room. "Oh, heaven'sl" cri«l 
she. " Miss Fitzalan cannot be fonnd, but here are two letter* I fbond 
on her dressing table, one for yon, madam, and one fur Ltird liloni- 
mer." I know not how he .boked at this instant, I'ur a gnilcy qod. 
e over his mind, which prevented my roiaing my exw 
I took the letti?r in silence, opened, but bad no power* te 



rfnil !t]. Sister Mary stooi] hj me, wringing hor hands and weeping, 
HH stio e-TclaimB'!, "What — what does she say to toq)" I coiilil 
Tititlier aiiawor her nor move till a (laep sigh or rather groan from 
Lord STonimer rnnsed me. I started from ray soot, (ind porceiveil 
him pnle and motiuDles.*, the letter open in his hand, upon which his 
evo^ were rivetted. I threw open the garden door to g^ve him air; 
tfiis a little revived him. 

" Be comfi)rted, my lord," snid I. He shook bis head monmfiilly, 
niid waving his hand for me neither to speak or follow him, piuseil 
into the garden. "Blessed heaven I" said sister Hary agiun, "what 
iloes she say Ui yon ?" I gave her your letter and desired her to road 
i^ aloud, for the tears which flowed at the afibctiog ai'tnation of Lord 
Mi'L'Iimer, quite ohsciired my sight ; and here my dear child, I must 
ili!i'1nre rhatyon have heen too generons, and sIeo, that the sam you 
Vtrnyod gb into takintf, is but eonsdered as a !o8n foros; but, to 
return to my first subject, the ftlnrm concerning yoa now became 
general, and the nuns crowded into the room, grief and consternation 
in every countenance. In abont half an hour I saw Lord Mortuner 
retnriiing to the porlnnr, and I then diaroisaed them. He had been 
eniie^ivnitring To compose himself, bnt his efforts for doing so wore 
'iieffectual. He trembled, W(u pale us death, and spoke with a falter- 
in;; voice. He gave me your letter to read, and I put mine into his 
|]:ind. " Wall, my lord," said I, on perusing it, " we mast rather pity 
til an condemn her." 

" From ray soul," cried he, " I pi^ her — I pity such a being as 
AitiEinda Fitsnlan, for being the slave, the prey of vice ; but she has 
been erne! to me, she hns deceived, inhomunely deceived me, and 
bi.isteJ my peace forever." 

■• Ah, my lord I" I repKed, " thongli appearances are agair.jt her, I 
.^an never believe her guilty; she who performed all the dutiM of a 
child as Amanda Fitzalan did, and who, to my certain knowledge, 
was preparing herself for a life of poverty, can never be a victim to 

" Mention her no more," cried he, " her name is like a dacf^r to 
my heart; the snspioions, which but a few nighta ago 1 ooaid it&va 
liir.ed myself for ontertdnlng, are now confirmed; they intrnded on 
my mind trom seeing Iklgrave haunt this place, and IVom finding her 
secreteil amidst the ruins at a late hour. Ah, heavens! when I 
noticed her coiifiLiion, how eittjly did she exculpate herself to a lieart 
prepossessed like mine in her favour. Unhappy — onfortuoate girl — 
tiad and pitiable is thy fato ! bnt may on early repentance snatcli thee 
fniiQ the villain who now trinmphs in thy rain, and may we, since 
thus iepamlod, never meet aRaiu. 9o well," continned "he, "aio I 
convinced of the cause of her night, that lihall not make one inqniry 



cinld touch nothing, and said he must return directly to Oo.ttle Oar- 
berry, but jiroiiiiHed in the course of the day to see me again. I fol- 
lowed him into the hall; aithe sight of yooc cotdKA^i.«i\i* *»««&- 



\ 



i-J2 cniLDEBK or thc ibdb 

and shrunk back with ttist kind of melsnclioly horror 'Wfiieh wef 
iiivDiiintnrily fuel wljen viewing any tiling lliftt beli>iigei] to ft dtU' 
\oil Meliil. I HfLW his etnutious were sgonizhig; he lijtl' bii Jsce irilkf 
lii« hiuii!l:ercliiet ami with a liasly slep ttswrndwl to bii 
whiuli, Willi A IravolUnjf ohdse, was waiting at tlie dtwr. 

" I i)WD 1 wan often terapted, in tha ctmrae of conrerMitina, to tdi 
Iiiin all I knew about you ; bnt the promise I had i^ven yon still TVMf 
tu my view, and I felt, witlioat your iiormisaion, I cmM [uit break it]' 
yet, iny dear, it is siiooting to me to have such inipmatiuns ca!4 oo 
you. We cannot hlanie Lord MiTtinier for tham ; situutcil an 
are with liim, your cund^ial, has naturally excited the most ii^jut 
iinanicions ; sureiy, my oliild, thongli not allowed to solve the tay^Xberf* 
which has separated you frcm him, you n ay ha allowed to viuiiliamA 
your condncl, the saarifioe of fame and hapinnesa is too mnoli; c 
aider and weigh well what I say, and if possible, anthorize loe 
I inform Lord Mortimer that I know of your retreat, and lliat yoa' 
have retired neither to a. lover or to a friend, bnt to indigence andj 
obsDurity, led tliitlier by a fatal necessity which yon are buUBil Mt 
congeal, and feel more severely from tliat circuinstnnce ; be w<mld,.£* 
am conlident, credit my words, and then, instead of condeiiinittgiff 
vrould join me in pitying you. Ttie more I reflect on yonrunaccunn^ 
able separation, the more am I bewildered in conjectures relutlre b 
it, and convinced more strongly than ever of ttie frailty of lilt ~ 
ioy, which, like a smniner cloud, is bright hut transitory in ib S| 
dour. — Lord Mortimer had left the convent about two hours, *ii" 
his rnan arrived to dismiss the traTelimg chaise and BttendnnDs : _ . 
went oat and inquired after liis lor<l. " He is verv bad, madanti*' 
said he, " and this has been a sad rooming for ns all." Never, rift 
dear Miss Fitzalan, did I, or the sisterhood, pass so melnncholy ■ (Lqp>J 
About five in the afternoon I rec«ived anotltcr visit from Lord Mmu 
timer; I was alone in the parlour, whicli he entered with an appearu 
ance of the deepest melancholy; one of his arras was in a abng; \m 
was terrided, lest he and Belgrave had met-^He conjectured, I boOT, 
the occasion of the terror my ooantenance expressed, for ho unmewi 
atelv «ud he hod tieen ill on retnrning to Castle Carberry, and WM 
bled. He was setting otT for Dahlin directiy, he said, from wh 

be intended to embark for En^^lnnd; but 1 coald not depart, my 

good friend, (continued he,) without bidding you farewell : bealdci £| 
want to assure you, that any promise winch the unfortnnnte fft 
made yon in my name I aliall hold sacred. I knew he alluded to thi 
fifty ;ionnda which he desired you to tell me should be annuAllj 
remitted to onr honse; I instantly therefore replied, that ^ra h« 
already been rewarded bevond onr expectation or desires for an^ 
little attention we showed Miss Fitzalan: but iila generous rtsolatioai 
waa not to be shaken. lie looked weak and exhausted. I begnd-i^ 
permission to make tea for him ere he commenced bis journey, lifl 
consented. I went out of the room to order in the things. Wl 
returned he was standing at the window which looked into the nt* 
den, M absorbed in metHtation, be did not bear m«. T board U^ 



Lccunn^ 
itlre ti9d 
liitinaM 
AsplaM 



CBiLbBSS or mi mnEir. 438 

•or, " ctnel Amonilal is i( tLns you liave rewarded my siitTiTings 1" 
I Votreate'l lest lie should be conftLied by supposing liiuiself over- 
heard, and did not retain till the maid brought in the lea tiling. 

" When he arose to depart he looked wavering aiid agitated, as if 
thero waa Bomething on hia mind he wanted cotirage to say. At last, 
"■ '' I deadly paleness of liis compWioii gave 
aid, "I left Mis* FiUalan'* letter with 

"Ah! my dear! never did man love woman better than he did, 
than lie now lovea yon. I took the letter from my pocket, and pr^ 
seuied It to him. He put it in \m bosom with an emotion Ibni 
shoot his whole frame. I bailed Ihia aa a favourable opportunity for 
og^n speaking in yonr favour : I hid him retrospect your post actions. 
nud judge from them whether yon conld be gnilly of a crime. — He 
s-iopped me short; and begged rae to drop a subject he wa% unable to 
tiear. Had he been leas t^radnloos he said, he should now have been 
much happier: then wrin^ng my hand he bid me farewell, in n voice 
nnd witJi a look, that drew tears from me. " Ali, my dear matlaml" 
cried he, "wlien thb day eommnicod, how differently did I think it 
would have terminated." 

*' 1 attended him to his ctorikfrat he was obliged to lean upon his 
man as he ascended it, and liia kiolc^ and agitation proclaimed the 
deepest distress. I hare sent repeatedly to Castle Carberry since his 
departure to inquire about him, and have been informed, that tliey 
cTpect to hear nothing of him till Lord Cherbnry'e agent cornea fnut 
the country, which will not be these tliree months. 

"I have heard much of tlie good he did in the neighbourhood: ba 
WM a honDteous and benevolent spirit indeed ; to our commuDity ho 
liM been s liberal benefactor, and our praters ore daily omred 
up for his restoration to health and tranqnilhty. Among his other 
actions, wlien in Dublin, about three months ago, he ordered a monn- 
ment to the memory of Captain Fitialan, which has been brought 
down since your departure, and pot into the parish church where he 
'.s interred. 1 sent sister Uary and another of the nnns the other 
evening to see it, and tliey brought me a description of it; It is a 
white marble urn, ornamented witli a foliage of laurel, and standing 
upon k pedestal of gre^', on which the name of the deceased, and 
words to the following tfltct, are inscribed, namely, " That he whose 
uemor}' it perpetuate^ performed the duties of a christian and a 
loldior, with a fidelity and leal that now warrants hia eujojiiig a 
blessed recompense for both." 

'• ! know this proof of respect to your father will deeply affect tou ; 
but I would not omit teUing it, because, though it will aflccl, 1 am 
confident it will also please you. Tbe lute erenle have nast a gloom 
ir spirits. Sister Mary now prays more thsn ever, and yon 



know I have often told her she' 
It is a bad world ahe says 






3nlv fit for a religious v._ _ 

onJ ahe is glud she has so little 



u longing to bear from you. Pray t«ll ta^Ww ■^wi.XCsJi'M.t^ 





UacpherwD; 1 have Dot seen Iter since iier youth, and j«mt ol 
produce aa great a change in tlie temper as ihe t'ace ; at any rAl« jr 
present eitnatioD is too obscure for ;oa to coutinue in, ami as eooi 
your thoughts are collected and composed jou must look out 
aoothof. I hope joa nill he conatant ta writing; but I tell ; 
beforebiuid, jou mtist uot expect me to be punctual in inj anawen 
have beea ao long disused to vriting, and my eyes are grotrs 
weak; thia letter has been the work" of many daj^ be^iilas, 1 h. 
really nothing interesting to eomrauuicalo : whenever 1 Jiave, ; 
may be assured I shall not lo^e a moment in inforiuing you. 

" The woman was extremely thankl'id for the five guineas you ' 
her. Lord Mortimer sent five more by his man, so that itlie lUii 
herself well rewarded for any trouble or disappoiutmeut she eiyi 
enccd. — If you wish to have any of your thlngn sent to you, actios 
me, you know I shall never want an opportunity by the master of 
vessel, lie speaks largely of your geiierttdty to liitn, and ezpr«8 
much pity ot seeing so young a person in such melancholy. 1 
heaven, if it does not remove the source, at loast leascu thia mel 

" If possible, allow rae to write to Lord Mortimer, and vindic 

£oa from t]>e unworthy auspicinns he euterinJn)! of yon: I ko 
e would believe me, aud I should do it without distuvering y 
retreat. Farewell, my dear girl; T reoommend yon constantly ta 
oare of heaven, aud b^ yuu to belicTe yon will ever be deAr i 
interesting to the heart of I^ij^ahrtk DanMOV.' 

"St. CatharimU." 



Poor Amanda we|>t over this letter. "I have ruined Ilie hea! 
the peace of Lord Uortimer," she exclaimed, "and he now exccrt 
me as the eource of bis unhappiness. Olit Lord Cherbr.ry, L 
severely (to I suffer for your crime 1" Slio began to think her vir 
had been too heroic in the sacritice she had made; bat this ^ 
a tr.iiisient idea, for when she reflecteil on the diepoaition of L 
Cherbnry, she was convinced the divulgetnent of his secret wo 
have been followed by his death, and great as was licr present wr«i 
«dnea^ she felt it light compared to the horrors she knew aha wu 
experience, could ahe occuao herself of being accessary ta sr^ch 
event ; she now drank deeply of the cnp of misery, but consia'vtis i 
litnde, in some degree, lessened ita noxious bitterness. She reso!' 
to caution Urn. Dermot against mentioning her in any manner 
Lord Mortimer, She was well convinced he would believe no nse 
mtition of her innocence, and even if he did, what end ooulc 
arswer? Iheir union wat opposed by an obstacle not ta be snrmoi 
»l if he poiicht and discovert'd ber retrent, ir ivmihl rmly l.-n. 




435 



new sorrows, porliapa occflsion aome dreadful catastrophe. "We are 
»o[iarated," cried site, folding ber liands together, " forever separated 
id tliia world, bm in heaven we ahall again be re-iinitcd." 

Absorbed in the reflectiona and norrow this letter gave rise to, she 
remuned in her seat till Mrs. Macjiherson''s Utile girl suddenly 
ap[>eared before her, and said her mistress hail made tea, and was 
woriderini^ what kept her so !ong. 

Amanda inalaiitlj arose, and carefully pulling up ihe letter returned 
to tlie house where she found Mrs. Macpberson in a very bftd 
nnmour. She grumbled exceedingly at Amanda's staying out so 
long, and taking notice of her eyes being red and swelled, said, 
*' indeed she believed she was right in supposing she liad got a love- 
letter." 

Amanda made no reply, and the evening passed away in peevish* 
nesa on one side, and silence ou the other. 

The charm which had hitherto rendered Amanda's situation tolera- 
ble, was now dissolved, as Mrs. Dermot had said ahe woold write but 
seldom, and scarcely eipected to have anything interesting to relate ; 
she would gladly, therefore, have left Mrs. Mflcpheraon immediately, 
but she knew not where to go. She resolved, however, ere winter 
was entirely set in, to request Mrs. Dermot to look oat for some other 
lilaie for her ; aa she had connesiona in Scotland, she tlionght aha 
might recommend her to them aa a governess, or a fit peraon to do 
Gae works for a lady. 

She arose long before her nsnal hour tbe next morning, and wrote 
a letter expressive of her wtsbee and intentions to Mrs. Dermot, 
whicli she sent by a poor man who lived near the house to the poet- 
Ir.wn rewarding him liberally for hi) trooble. 




THE iBBSr 



CHAPTER XLm. 



ho]tiyio(WHi«iti!p, 



The Imift tecurlfj'^ kDd muluAl teatteTnai 

FiieQdHhJp, our onlj- vcihlih. aur tut reircfct uiil fltrcnftb, 
Bccore ftcalnvL Ul fortuiw aaU tb« world t 

Auosa Mrs. Macphereon's pupila were two little girls, who p.eosed 
uid interested Amaada greatly. — Tlieir Tatlier, for whom they wera 
in mourning, had purialicd in a violent storm, and tlieir mother hsd 
jiined in health and spirits ever since the fatal nrcident — the kindueu 
ivitli which Amanda trenlcd tliein, ihuy re|>aid wiUi grntttnde and 
itteniion ; it had a double effect upon their httle hearths fKiin btuig 
cuniraste<l with the sour antterity of Mrs. Macpherson; they told 
Amanda, in a whi9|)er, one morning, that their maiuuia was coming 
to see tlieir dear, good Fronoea Donald. 

Accordingly, in the course of the day, Mrs. Duncan canie; sne wm 
jonng and pleasing in her appearance ; her weeds and deep d^cctioa 
rendered her a most interesting ohject. She sat hy Amanda, and look 
AH opportunity, while Mrs Macpherson was engaged with some of 
the children, to teli her in a low voice, " she was truly obliged ta htf 
for the groat attention and kindness ebe slio'nred ber little girls, ho 
unlike their former treatment at the school. The task of instmcting 
them was hers," she said, " till her dechning health and spirits ren- 
dered her ^o longer able to bear it." Amanda assured her, "it wai 
a pleasure t^i Instruct minds so docile and sweet tempered as theirs." 
Mrs. Doncan, as she rose to depart, asked her and Mrs. Macpherson Ut 
tea that evening, wluch invitation was instantly accepted by Mrs. 
Macpherson, who was eitretnely fond of being sociable every where 
but in her own bouse. Mrs. Duncan hved bnt a little distance, and 
every thing in and about the bouHe was ueat and comfortable, tihe 
had an old neighbour In the [larlonr, who kept Mrs. Macpherson in 
chat, and gave her an opportnnity of conversing freely with Amanda. 
Slie mai'ked the delicacy of her looks, she fiatd, "She believed shs 
■wu Ul qualified to endure so fatiguing a liTe an her prauut." Sli* 




HI 



mentioned her own lonely and nielanoliolj life, and the bappineas shB 
TToiild (I'Hvo frbm liaviag such a ooinpaniou, and Bxpre^sed her bopei 
of often ei^ojing her society. Amanda sud 'liis woold be iin]>o3sibIa 
without disobliging Hrs. Hacpherson, and Urs. Dnncan on reflectiun 
aUowod it wuQld be so. Slie tlien iDijuired if she ever walked: 
Amanda replied she did, and was asked where she generally rambled ; 
by tjie sea side slie replied. 

Mrs. Dancati sighed deeply, and her eye^ filled with tears: "it it 
Lbere I generally ramble loo," said she. This led to ttie mention of 
lier late loss ; " Mr. Dmican had been tlie kindest, beat of husbands." 
the said ; " the first years of their marriage were attfioded with dilH- 
nultles, which were jost removed when he was lost on a party of 
iileasure with several others. It was some consolation, however," 
continued Mrs. Duncan, ''that the body was oast upon the shore, 
u. J I had the power of paying the last ritea of decency and respect to 
dim." 

In short, between her and Amanda there appeared a mutual fiym- 
pathy, which rendered them truly interesting to each other. From 
this period tliey met generally every evening, and passed many hunrs 
on " t!ie sea-beat shore," talking and often weeping over "joys 
departud never to return I" Ura. Duncan was too delicate to inijuire 
into Amanda's former situation, but was too well oonviuced it had been 
very different from her pi-oseut one. Amanda, however, of her own 
accord, told t:er what she bod told Mrs. Macplierson, respecting her- 
telf. Mrs. Duncan lamented her misfortunes, but since she had met 
them, blessed the happy chance which conducted her near her habi* 

A month passed in this manner, when one evening, at the UKnal 
place of meeting, Mrs. Duncan told her, "that she beheved sha 
should soon be quitting that part of the country." Anionda started, 
and turned pale at this disagreeable intelligence. She ha<l received 
no answer to her tetter thtm Mrs. Dermot, oonsetiuently dreaded that 
Decessitj would ct)mi)el her to remain in her present situation, nni! 
on Mrs. I)uncan^s luuiiity she lind dfpcnded for rendering it bi-arahlc 

'' I have bxen invited, my dear girl," said Mrs. Dnncan, leaning ou 
arm, as they walked np and down the beach, "lo reside with an 
I knot, who has always been kind, and was particularly so to ma ia idt 



438 



distrcs?. Slie lives itboQt ten miles from tlila, nt an o!J placi 
Danre«tli Abbey, of wliich she is hou.wkeeper, Have yon e-^er heard 
cf it!" Amaada'a agiUIion, at hearing her mother's native hab;ta- 
liaa mentioned, is not to be described; her Letirt palpitated; she felL 
her colour cliauge, and said Ye«, and No, to Mrs. Duncan, witliout 
knovrint; wbat she answered ; then recollecting herself, she replied, 
"slie had heard of it." 

" Well, Ibeo, my dear," continued Mrs. Duncan, " mj aunt, as I 
have already told you, is housekeeper tliere; elie lives in great gtaa^ 
denr, for it is a magnificent old teat, and has the absolute co 
of everytlung, aa none of tJie fiunily linve resided at it since the £ar] 
of Da breath's decease. 

" My sunt is lately grown weary of the profound solitude in whicL 
Hbe Uvea, and has luked me, in a letter which 1 received this a 
ing, to go immediately and take up iny reaidenoe with lier, promiung 
if I do she will leave everything she is worth to me ai>d my ohildnn, 
and as her salary is very good, 1 know she muat have saved a good 
deal; this is a very tempting offer, and I am only witbhdd from 
accepting it directly, by the fear of dopnTing my children of tha 
advantages of education." 

"Why," said Amanda, "what they learn at Mre. UacpheTson'a 
they could easily learn anywhere else." 

"And I intended, when they were a little older," replied iin. 
Dunoan, " to go to some one of tlie neighbouring towns wit^ Lheto ; 
if I once go to my annt, I must entirely relinquish sach an idea, utd 
to a boordiiig-aliool I oould not send them, for 1 have not fottilud* tr 
bear separation Irom tijcin; wliat I wi.sli, therefore, is to procniWA 
person who would be at ouoe a pleasing companioa for me, and an 
eligible gnverness for them ; with such n iiereon, Uie aolitiide of Dsn- 
reath Abbey would be rattier agreeable tliun irksome to me." 

She looked camet^Ily at Amatiila as she spoke, and Amanda's heart 
began to throb with hope and agitation, " In short, my dtor girl," 
continued she, "yon. of all others, to be expicit, are the person I 
would choose to bring along with mo; your sweet sodtty lroal<5 
alleviiito my sorrows, and your elegant accomiilislimeuls give to toy 
children all the advantages I desire theni to possess." 

" I am nut only flattered, but happy by your prepussMrfon i> ay , 
favour," replied Amanda. 





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"I mil jileitsiiil »« ajfreo iu |>«iiic onitcliuatiwu," uuid ilj^, Duiieau, 
"but 1 must D«w iulunn ;i>u llikt niy auut Ubs lUwitya butiii bvur^e li: 
■dmit any strftng^r lo Uie Abbey: wliy, I know ciut, uico;;>l il. is by 
<lie couiNiitiiils uf th« Ikuiily. and aha leUi me in her leitcr. llm^ If I 
accept her invilutiuu, I muet not, on ouj auoonut, kt it be kauwn 
■vliere I am removing to; I dare not, tlierofore, bring yuu with me 
witliout her permission; but I shali writ« immediately, and request 
it. In the coorse ol' a day or two, I may expect an answer^ in tlie 
mean time, give Mrs. Macpherson no intimation of our present 
intentions, lest they sliould be defeated. AmtuiJa promised Nhti 
wonld not, and tltey Beparated. 

She was uow in a state of the greatest ngitalion, at tlie piohiibility 
there was that she might Tiait tlie seat of ber ancestoi-d. blie diitaded 
a diMppointiitent, and feit tliat if alie went tliere a& the (.>om)iaiiion of 
M.n. iHinuan, she sliould be better uinated than, a few hours before, 
sfae bod ever ex^ieoted to be again. Two eveoings afler bor conver- 
sation with Mrs. Duncan, ou going to the beach to meet ber, alie «aw 
Iier Bpiiroauliing witli an open letter in her liond, and a smile on Iter 
iiico, which iafunned her its coul«nt£ were pleasing. Tbey were ao, 
indeed, as tliey gave permission to have Amanda bronglit to the 
'Ab1>ey, provided she promised inviolable secrecy as to where shewai) 
going. This Amanda cheerfoliy did, and Mrs. Duncan uud, she had 
coma aillura to settle, which would prevent their departore for a few 
Aayi: at whatever time she appointed, her aunt was to send a car- 
riage for them, and it was agreed that Mrs. Macplicr»on should be 
informed iirs. Dnncan woa leaving that part of the country, and had 
engaged Amanda as a governess to ber children, 

Mrs. Duncan then mentioned her own torma. Ainfltido awnred 
her an idea of them had never entered her thot;ghts. Mrs. Duncan 
said she was sure of tliat, but at the same time tliought between Ibe 
most intimalo friunds eiactoess iibonld be preeerve<l. Every tiling 
l>eing settled to their mutual Mtis&ction they sepuraied, and the 
following day, a^er schixil broke up Amanda informed Mrs, Mac- 
fherma of ber intended departnrv. The old dame was thunder- 
ruck, and for some time nnable to speak, but when she recovered 
B« of her tongue, expressed the ntraost rnge and indignation 
it Amanda, Mk. Duncan, and the Prioress; ngaiiiBt the first for 
hinkiug of leaving her, the second for inveiKling hit ownj, and tbe 



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t[;ird f'.r reporameinling tt person wlio conld eerrt her tn esd) • 
mjuier. Wtien she stupped, «xlma9[<.-d tij Ler viulunoa, AidmiiU 
UK>k the <ip]>ortuiiil7 of assuring her tliat she had do rea&on to oai>- 
demn any uf them, as for her part, jirevinUH to Hn. l)aneaii't otSti, 
sb« inleDdi,-d to leavo ber, being unable to bear a life of sncb fatifw : 
ibnt, an Ijer removal would Dot be iminedialo, Vn. Uaupbersu'C b>i:lJ 
iotftir no iUGODVunteDre by it, iLere bclog tiuie «nuugb To look ont !V>t 
anoElier person ere it t<iok place: but tbt truui now broke fron ittt. 
Macplierson, angry as abb wub with Amanda, sbe could not help eo«- 
fessing, that slie never again expected lo meet nitb S p4M^03 to tnH 
(jualilied to pieaf« her, aud a torrent of bitter repruacbea o^it bani 
forth for ber quitting btr. 

Amanda relented tiioiii not, but did all in her power to nu>!Jfy 
her; as the most efiecluol method of doiug so, she declaivd i>ht 
meant to lake no recompense for the time ebe bad been with liv, 
■od added, if she had her permission, sbe would writs Ihftl Tcrj 
evening to Urs. ])ennot about a wotuan ehe bad seen tA the o<>iiv«nt, 
whom ulie tlioiigbt well qualified to be ou asuistaDt in ber nhooL 
This Was the woman who bod been engaged to attend Ler to ^"gUlHI. . 



compuiion, and two iloj*s after the receipt of tlie letter, Mrs. DnnMui 
lold Amanda their juuruej nos Sxed for the ensuing du;, and begged 
Amaoda to sleep ut lier house that niglit, to vhich she gladly ooa- 
■ent«J ; according); afler dinner she took leave of Mi's. Uacpherson, 
who g.-^iubled out a ferett'ell, and a hope tliat gho might not have 
reaaou to repent quitting her, fur the old todj nan so iDcensed to have 
tlie phtue Mrs. Duncan waa goicig to, concealed from her, that all her 
ill humour had retuined. Amanda with a pleuaure «ho could Gcurobly 
ooDceol, quitted her luhospitaLle mansion, and attended by a man 
who carded her trank, Boon found herself at Ura. Duncan's, where 
she was recBiveU with every demonstration of joy. The evonin;; 
p&9»ed Etocinbly away ; they arose early in the morning, and bad jnEt 
breakfasted when the ei[)ected carriago flram Dnnreath Abbey arrived; 
it wait a heavy, old- fashioned chaiae, on whose faded panel;^ the arms 
of the Dunreath family were atill visible. Mrs. Duncan's luggage 
had been sent off the preceding day, so that there was nothing now 
lo delay them. Kra. Duncan made Amanda and the children go into 
the cluuse before her, but detained by an emotion of the moat painful 
nature, she lingered some time ujmn the threshold ; she lould not 
Indeed depart from the habitation, where she Lad part su many happy 
days with tJie man of her tendereat affections, without a llood of 
tea's, ■»hic!i spoke the bitterness of her feehngs. Amanda knew too 
well l!:e nature of those feelings to attempt restraining tliein ; but Ihc 
Bttle children, impatient to begin their Jom'ney, called out tti their 
mamma to come into the cmrjage. She alarted when they spoke, 
but instantly complied with their desire: and when tliej exprosaeti 
Iheir grief at seeing her cheeks wet with tears, kissed them both, and 
taid she would soon recover iier sjiiiits ; she accordingly exerted her- 
»alf for that purpose, and was soon in a condition to converse with 
Amanda. The day was fine and serene: they travelled leisnrely, for 
the hor«e« had long outlived Uieir mettlesome days, and gave ihem an 
opportunity of ationtively viewing the prospects on each side, whieli 
wiire various, romantic, and bentitifid ; the novelty of tlie Bv«ues, the 
Uiiiagreeable place she had left, and tlie idea of the place slio was 
going to, helped a tittle to enliven llie pensive soul of Amanda, end 
slie enjoyed a greater degree uf trampiillity than she had befo.t; 
eiporionred nioee her sepAraliou from Lord Mortimer. 



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'* Mt <!car, ilcw Finny," aaid Mrs. Dunoaa, addrassiDg our tiCfmM 
li^ Iicr borrowed name, "if at all iLclincil tu eupMstitiao, joa ir* 
now guing to d plnco which will call it forth. Donreatfa Abbq; U 
Uutlilo and gloomy In the extreme, and recolk to one'a mind tH the 
atoriM Uiejr evei board ol liannted hoases and »pp&riUoDK tba ^w 
tlun or iJia natire inhabitants haa htutcned Uie depredatioua of tiiat, 
whoiiD ravages are unrepaired, eieept in the part immediately noeapM 
by tlio doineslicBi yet what ia tlie duuige of the bnilding coin|>and 
to the revolution whicb took place in the fortnces of her wlig odm 
behold a prospect of being its mistress ; the earl of Dnnreath'a eldat 
tlaughter, a» I liave often heard trom many, was & Mlebraled bean^ 



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Earl's death she belra}-ed a partiality fur a man every waj bllerior 
to h«r, wl ich [ittitiality, people liave not scrupled to say, oomtnenced, 
u)d was iniiulged to a urjimnal degree during the lire-time of her 
husband. 8tie wculd have married hiia had not ter daughter, the 
Marchioness of !loE!in«, int^rfervd. Pruud and ambitioaa, her rage 
St the prospect of anoh an alliance knew no hounds, and seconded by 
the iniu-qui«, whose dupositiun was cuugonial to her own, thuy gut 
the unfortunate mother into their power, and hurried her off to a 
ODDvent in France. 1 know not whether she is yet living; indeed I 
believe there are few either know or care, she was ao much disliked 
for her hanghty disposition. I have eornetimes asked mj aout abont 
her, hat she would never gratify my curiosity. She has been brought 
up in the family, and no doubt thinks herself bound to oouceal 
whatever they choose. 

'' She lives in ease and plenty, and in absolute roistreas of the few 
dumestitJ! that reside in the Abbey; but of tliose domestics I 
oaution yon in time, or they will be apt to fill your head with fright- 
Ital stories of the Abbey, which sometimes, if one's spirits are wwik, 
In spite of reason, will make an impression on the mind. They pre- 
tend that tlie Earl of Dnnreath'a first wife haunts the Ahhey, venting 
the most piteong moans, which they ascribe to grief for the anfortu- 
Bate fate of her datighter, and that daughter's children being deprived 
of their rightful patrimony. 

"I honestly confeaa, when at tlio Abbey a few years ago, during 
wme distreaws of my husband's, 1 heard strange noises one evening 
at twilight, B» 1 walked insgallery. I told my anntof them, andahe 
was quii« anfnr at the involantary terror I expressed, and said it waa 
nothing but the wind whistling through some adjoining galleriea 
Whioh I hjard. But this my dear Fanny," said Mrs. Duncan, who on 
■oconnt of her children had contiaued the latter part of her discourse, 
ioalow voice, "is all between otirselves; for my aunt declared sha 
would never pardon my mentioning my ridioalous fears, or the yet 
more ridiculous fears of the servants, to any haman being." 

Amanda listened in silence to Mrs. Duncan's discourse, fearful that 
if slie spoke the should betray the emotions it eicited. 

They at \mt entered between the mountains that enclosed the 
valley on which the Abbey stood. The scene was solemn and solilorj. 
Every prospect, eiMpt one of tb« >es, soea throngh an aiiorturc in one 




of themoimUJiis, wa» exuludod. Scraeof tbeun: 
oraggj and projecting; others were akirted with ti-ees, robed with 
vivid green, and crowned with whit« acd yellow furic: soma w«r< 
all a wood of inMnningled shades, and others covered with long sod 
purple heath; varionii Btreoma Uowed from them into the vallaf, somo 
stole gentlj down their sides in silver rills, giving beauty and vigour 
wherever they meandered; others tumbled from fragment to frag- 
ment, with a noise not undelightfiil to the ear, and formed fur them- 
selves a deep bod in the valley, over which troef, that appeared ooend 
with the building, bent their old and leafy heads. 

At the foot of what to the rest was colled a gently swelling hill, !aj 
the remaios of the extensive gardens which hod once given tUe loxn- 
riua of the vegetable world to the banqueta of llio Abbey : bit eh* 
hDJldlngs which had nursed Iboae luxuries were all gone to decey, 
and the gay iilantatlons were overrun with the progeny of DOgJMnind 
sloth. 

The Abbey was one "f tlie most venerable looking bni'ding* 
Amanda bad ever beheld ; bat it was in meloochu'.y giAddsnr abe 
now saw it. In the wane of its days, when ila glory was passed 
away, and the whole pile proclaiiued desertion and decay, aoe saw ft, 
when to use the beantifnl language of Hutchinson, its pade was brci^ 
low, when \ti magnificeDee was sinking in the dast, when iribulatioD 
had taken the seat of hospitality, and solitode reigned, vhere rooe 
the jocund guest had laughed over Uie sparkling bowl, whilst the 
owls sung nightly their Gtrains of melancholy to the moonshine that 
slept upon its mouldering battlements. 

The heart of Amanda was full of the fond idea of her parents, and 
tlie liigli of tender remembrance stole from it. '■ [low little room,"" 
thotight she, "should there be in the human heart fur iLe worldly 
pride which so often dilates it, hahle as nil things are to chang* tbe 
distress in which the deajendants of noble families are fo ut'le^ eata, 
the decline of such lamilies themselveB should check 'hat anvfgsnt pr*- 
sumption with which so many look forward to having tlicir grealceM 
and prosperity perpetuated through every branch of their poaterity. 

The proud possessora of this Abbey, aurrotiiided witli aHliience, and 
living in its full cDJoymont, never perliapa admitted the idea SB at all 
iir^ibable, that one of their descendanls should ever approach Uie «rtt 
of her ancestors without thut pomp and clfBsntE which herwltrfw*? 



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dutiugulahed its tlitugliUre. Aiiul une now ftpproaokes it nerlhur U> 
iKspluy or uunteuipkla the pogSAotr; of weoltli, but meek ar.d lunly; 
not to receive ihe smik of love, or tb« embrace of reUtirea, bal 
>fSict«il Aud ankuuwii, glad to Had b ibelter, &ud procure the bread 
of depeodence Iwaeath its decapog roof. 

Ura. DuDcaa happily iiiarkod not Amanda's eraotioD aa she gazed 
Ttpoa t^e Abbey she was boailf eraplojed in anawering her childreo'H 
questions, who wanted to know whether ehe thought they would be 
able to dimb up the great big hill the; «aw. 

The carriage at last stopped before the Abbey. Urs. Bruce waa 
already at the door to receive tliem : she was a smart little old woman, 
and welcomed her niece and the children with an appearance of the 
greatest pleasure. On Amanda's being presented to her, she gaunt 
aicadCistly in her face a few rainutea, and then eicJairoed, " Well, 
this is very strange — though I know I never could have seen thij 
foung lady before, her face is quite familiar to me." 

The ball into which they entered was large and gloomy, paved 
with block marble, and supportwl by pillars, through which the 
arched doora that led to foiioits apartmenta were seen ; nide imple- 
ments, such as the Caledonians had formerly nsed in war and hunt- 
ing, were ranged along the wallj. Urs. Bruce conducted them into 
A spacious parlour, tenniuBte<l by an elegant aaloon; this she told 
ihem Lad once been the baoque ting-room : the famitnre, though 
foded) was still magnificent, and the windows, though still in the 
Gothic style, from being enl.trged considerably beyond their original 
dimensions, siTorded a moat delightful view of the domiui. 

" Do yoQ know," said Mrs. Duncan, " tliis apaitracni, thongh ona 
of the pleasantest ia the Abbey in point of fiitnation, always niakea 
me melancholy: the moment 1 enter it, I think of the entert^nments 
once pven in it, and then its present vacancy and stillness ahnost 
instantly reminds me, that those who partook of these entertainments 
are now almost otl humbled with the dnstl" — Her aunt laughed aud 
Wud, " she was very romantic." 

llie solemnity of the Abbey was well calculated to heighten the 
awe whidi stole apon the spint of Amanda troin her first view of it ; 
DO noise was heard througbont, except tlie hoarse creaking of tlia 
massy doors, as the servants passed from one room to another 
ai^usting Mrs. Duncan's lliiug', and prci'triug the dinner, iiie. 



oniLDBCs or tux 



DtmnnwaadnwDinIoaoonierof theroombyheriiimt,toooawu 
iu a low voice, Bboul family ulTBLrs, bdiI the children were ramblicj 

about the bull, wonderiiig aod inquiring oboot every ililiig tbej- law, 
Tbud left to herself, a suit languor grBdauUf stote ov«r the tujnd of 
AmaDdo, wbiob wa^ almost t^iliaDiited froca the emolioos It had 
experi«iic«d. Tb« niamiuriiig aoimtl of walerMla nod the biuziDg or 
the dies, that basked in the 6iuu; rajs which durUd throsgh \it» 
e»A«ment4, lulled her into a kind of gjeneive lran<(iiillity. 

" Am 1 reollf," she aaked harself^ " in the MUt of niv anoertont 
Am I really in the babitAtlou where my mother was bbm.'wLerv her 
irrevocable vow» were plight«d to ipy tkiher! I am — BU<],bhI within 
It maj 1 at loat iiad an aasylum from tbe vic«s and dangem of tb* 
world; within it may m; sorrowiQ)^ spirit lose ita agitation, and 
subdue, if not its affections, at least its murmurs, at the iliaappoiot- 
meiit of those affections." 

The appearauoe of diuner interrupted her. She made exertions !n 
overcome any appeai'ouce of d^ection, and the conversation, if not 
UTely, was at least cheerftd. After dioner Urs. Duncan, who had 
been informed by Amanda of her predilection for old buildings, ahked 




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portraita. She Badikiilj alopjied before one: — "ihot," oried she, "w 
the MarchioDGsa of GunliDe'e, drawn for her when Ladf Aogualu 
Uunreath." AroanJa cast her eyes upon it, and perceived in tiie 
conQteDauca the same buaghtineGt as aiill distingaiahed the mar- 
ohionesB. Slie louked at the next panel, and fuund it empty. 

" The pictare of Ijidj Malvina DanreBth hang there," flaid Mrs. 
Broce ; " but after lier unfortunate luarriage it was taken down." 

" And deatroyed," eiclaimed Amanda, monmfuUy. 

"No, boj it was thrown into the old Ciinpel, where with the re»t 
of the Inmber (the aonl of Amanda was atruck at theae words) — il 
has been loclied np fi>r years." 

" And is it imptBsible to see it I" asked Amanda. 

" Impossilie indeed," replied Mrs. Bruce, " the Chapel and th« 
whole eastern part of the Abbey, have long been in a minons eitoo- 
tion, on which account it has been locked np." 

"Thla is the gallery," whispered Mrs. Duncan, "in which I heard 
ihe strange noises ; but not a word of thciu to my aunt." 

Amanda could scarcely conceal the disappointment site felt at 
finding she could not see her mother's picture. She would hare 
entreated the Chapel might be opened for that purpose, had not she 
feared eiciting suspicions by doing so. 

They returned from tlie gallei7 to the parloar, and in the coarse of 
eonrersation Ainando heard many interesting anecdotes of her aoccn- 
turs from Mrs. Bmce. Iler mother was also meutioned, and Mrs. 
Bruce, by dwiiUing on her worth, made amends in some degree, to 
Amanda, for having called her picture lumber. She retired to her 
chamber with her mind softened and elevated by hearing of her 
mother's virlaes. She called npon her, upon her father's epirit, upoo 
tbem who$e kindred souls were re-nnited in heaven, to bless their 
cl:ild, to strengthen, to enpport her in the thorny patli marked out 
[>r her to (akt; nor to cease thdr tntelary care till she was Joined ic 
iheiii by Providence. 



CHAPTER XLV. 



w kw h> Ungnld heiul» 



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' ExpBioBNUK convinced Amanda that the cliange in her aitnanoa 
wan, if poeuble, more pleasing tlian aba ex|>eoted it would b«. Mra. 
Dnncan wna the kindest &ud most atteotive of trjends — Mrs. Bi-uoa 
was civil and ohli^ng, and her little pnpila were docile and affection' 
ate. Could she have avoided retrospection sLe wonld have been 
happy ; but the remembranoe of past evente was too deeply impressed 
npoD her miud to bo erased ; it mingled in tlie visions of the nighti 
In the avocations of the day, and in the meditations of her lonelj 
bonrs, forcing from her heiirt the sigha of regret and tendernoss ; her 
raoroingB were devoted to her pnpils, and in the eveninga she aomo- 
timee walked with Mrs. Duncan, aometimes read aloud whilst aha 
and her aunt ware worldng; but whenever tliey were wigaged to 
chatting abont family affairs, or at a game of piquet (which was often 
the case, as Mrs. Brace nei titer loved walking or workioi::) she alvay* 
took tliat opportunity of retiring from tlio room, and either rambled 
through the dark and intricate windings of the Abbey, or about tlM 
gronnda contiguous to it ; she sighed whenever she passed the Clu^Wl 
which contoined the pictui-e of her mother; it was in a niiooas con- 
dition; but a thick foliage of ivy partly liid, while it proclaimed its 
decay ; the windows were broken in many places, but all too high to 
admit the possibility of her gainiug admittance tliroiigh them, and 
the door was atrongly secured by masay bara of iron, as wu evei7 
door which had a communication with the eastern part of ttie Abbfiv 
A fortnight passed away at the Abbey without any thing bappoair^ 
to disturb the tranquillity which reigned in it. No one appniacheil 
it except a fbw of the wandering children of [loverty, and its inhabit- 
ants seemed perfectly content with their aeclusion from the world. 
Aninnda, by Mrs. Duncan's desire, had told Mrs. Dcrmot to direct 
herlt-tfers to a towij about five tniles from the Abbey; thUher a nuu 
weui cicry diiy but uoD^lanlly reEorued wlttiout one for hnr. 



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" Whj,'^ sha askod lieraelf, " ihia anxietj for & letter, tint disap- 
pointmeiit fur not receiving one, when I ueitber expect U> tiesr aaj 
tliiiJg interesting ur agreeable? Jfra. Darinut baa alreadj aaid abe 
b^ no means of hearing about Lord Mortimer, and if she had, wbj 
ili.'ulU I desire sncb iiit«lligeaoe, torn aa I am from him fureTert" 

At tlie eiqtimtioD of anolLer week aa intndent bappenod, vliioh 
again destroyed tha tumposure of our heroine. Mrs. Bruce one iDor- 
cing hasiily entered the room, where ihe and Mra. Dunt^an vera ait- 
ting with the little girls, and begged tbe; would not stir irom it till 
abe told tiiera u> do so, as tbe Marqnis of Roeline's steward was below 
■tairs, and if he knew of tbetr residence at the Abbey, she was con- 
fident Le wotild reveal it to his lord, which ehe had no doubt would 
occasion her own dismissiun irom it. The ladiea assured ber iJie; 
would not leave tbe apartment, and she retired, leaving them aalon- 
Ished at the agitation bbe betrayed. 

In about two honm she returned, and aaid sbo came to release tbem 
from contincment, as tbe steward bad departed. " Ha has brought 
unexpected intelligenoe," aaid sbe ; " tbe marqnis and liia family are 
Goining down to the castle; the season is so far advanced, I did not 
anppose tbey would visit it till next summer: I must therefore," 
continaed she, addressing ber niece, " send to tbe neighbouring towu 
to procure lodgings for yon till the family leave the country, as no 
doubt some of tbem will coma to tbe Abbey, and to find yon in it 
would, I can aaaure yon, be attended with unplesflaot consequenoea 
to me." 

Urs. Duncan begged sbe would not eufler tbe least uneasinees on 
her account, and pn>;)0scd that very day leaving tbe Abbey. 

'^No," Urs. Bruce replied, "there was no necessity for quitting it 
Ibr a few days longer ; tbe Ibmily," continued she, " are ooming down f 
upon a joyful ocoa^ion, to celebrate tbe nuptials of tbe niarquis'a 
daughter. Lady Enphraaia Sutherland." 

"Lady Eupbrasia's nuptials!" exclaimed Amanda, in an agitated 
voice, and forgetting her own situation, "to whom is abe going to bo 
married?" 

" To Lord Mortimer," Mra. Brooe rejilied. " the Earl of Churbnry'a 
only son, a very fine young man. I am t«ld tbe affair hoa been bng 
talked of; but—" here aha was interrupted by a deep sigb, m ralber 
groan ftom tlia nnfurtunate Amanda, who at ilie same nwiMnt bCl 



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tmok on her cbnir, pale, and witliont motion. Mre. Diuican iinream«d, 
and flew to her assiatance; Mrs. Brace, equally frightenwi.thoagh leM 
affi^oted, ran for reslorativea, i>ud the chililren clasped her knees and 
wept. From her pensive look and manner Mrs. Duncan suspected, 
I'rom their first ftaqnaintonce, that her heart had experienced a. diaai^ 
jioinfnient of the tendereat natnre. Her little prla too hnd told lier 
that they had seen Miss Donald crying orer & pictare. Her suspi- 
cions concerning sncli a disappointment were now confiiTaed by tho 
indden emotion and illness of Amanda ; but she had all the delicacy 
■which belongs to true sensibility, and determined never to lot Aman- 
da know she Got^e«tared the nonrce of her sorrows, certain as she w» 
that they bad never originated from any misconduct. 

Mre. Brace's drops restored Amanda's senses ; but she felt weak and 
trembling, and be^ed she might be supported to her room to lie 
down on the bed. Mrs. Bruce and Mrs. Duncan accordingly led h« 
to it. — The former almost immediately retirL-d, and Uie t«ars of 
AniAuda now borst forth. She wept a long time without intemd^ 
siou, and as soon aa her sobs would permit her to apeak, begged Mra, 
Duncan to leave her to herself. Mrs. Duncan knew too well th« 
luxury of secret grief to deny her the enjoyment of ea melanebotf 
a feast, and directly withdrew. 

The wretched Amanda then asked herself if she bad not known 
before, that the sacrifice she had made Lord Oberbury, would lead t» 
(he event she now regretted? It was true she did know it; but 
whenever an idea of its taking place occurred^ she had so sednlonslf 
driieu it from her mind, that she at last almost ceased to think about 
it ; was he to be united to nny other woman but I^dy Euphrasia, ahe 
thought she wonid not be so wretched. " Oh Mortimer I beloved of 
my Gout," she cried, " were you going (o be united to a woman senBi> 
Ho of your wortii, and worthy your noble heart, in the knowledge of 
your ha[>pines3 my misery would be lessened; but what an imiOD of 
inlsery must minds so uncongenial as yours and Lady Eiiphraslu'a 
firinl Alas I am I not wrelobed enough in ooiilemplating my own 
prospect of onhnppinesa, but that yours also must he obtruded on 
m^l" 

" Yet, perhaps," she continued, " the evils I dread on Lord Knrtt- 
mVs account may be averted. Oh ! that lliey may," said she wiH 
ft'ri our, and roising her hands and eyes. " Soften, grocions Hekroar 



M.^«3 tlie fliiitj nature of Laily Euplirasia : Oh 1 render her sensible 
u! Itie blessings jou bestow, in giving ber Lord Uortimcr, and render 
her iiot only capable cf inspiring, but ot* feeling tenderness. May she 
prove to Liru tlie tender friend, the fiil^ful, the nSectional^ coniiiao- 
ici, *iie luforbmate Amondu would have been. — Ob I may she build 
ter bappuiesg on bis, uid maj bis be great as hiii virtaes, extensive as 
bia chirities, and maj the knowledge of it sootbo mj oSicted 
hesn." 

n^r epiriCa were a little elevated hj the fervency of h«r language; 
Lut it was a traii«ent elevation ; the floeb it spread over her cheeks 
»oon died away, and her tears again began to flow. 

Alas I" she cried, " in a few days, it will be criminal to tliink of 
Lord Mortimer as I have hitherto dune, and I fhall blush," coDtinae-i 
she gazing at his picture, " to contemplate this dear shadow, when I 
reflect it« original is the husband of Lady Eupliraisia." 

The dinner-bell now sonndcd tlirough the Abbey, and almost at the 
iame timp she heard a tap at her door. 81ie started and reflected for 
the first time, tliat her deep direction would naturnliy excite sospi^ 
cion !ia to ica source, if longer indulged. Shocked at the idea of 
incurring thetu, she haetlly wiped away ber tears, and ojiening tlie 
dooi, found tier frisnd Mrs. Duncan at it, who begged she would 
come dowa to dinner. — Amanda did not refuse, but was obliged to 
use the tupportiug, arm of lier friend to reach the parlour. She oould 
not eat; with ditticulty could she restrain bar tears, or answer Iha 
inquiries Mr^ Bruce made alter what she supposed a mere bodily 
indisposition. She forced bereel^ however, to continue in the par- 
•onr till after lea, when cards being produced, she had on opportunity 
of going out and indulging her anguish without fear of intermpUon. 
enable, however, to wallc far, she reptiii'cd to Uie old chapel, and 
■ittiiig down by it, leaned her head against its decoyed and ivy- 
eurered wotlfi. She had scarcely sat in this manner a minute when 
Uie stitnea gave way with a noise that terrified her, and she would 
bftve foIlcD bookwards, had she not caught at some projecting woud. 
'?he hastily ruse, and found that the ivy entirely concealed the 
b^fBch. She examined it, however, and perceived it large enough to 
•dnit h^r tnto llie chapeL A sudden pleasure pervaded ber heart at 
tke idea of being able to enter it, and ciatnine the picture xhe had k 



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long wisbed lo behold. There was nothing to oppose her 
but the ivj. I'liiu glie part^il with difficulty, but »o as not 'a atrip it 
l'(t>in the wall, and after ateppiag over the rallea mbbiiib, she found 
herHJf in the body of the chapel. The Bilent hcmr of twilight ttm 
I1UW advunoud, but the mooaheoms that darted thrungh the broken 
rouf, prevented the chapel from being involved iu utter darkneae. 
Alrtad; had the owla began their melanchol; strains on its Diocld^i- 
iiig piUarfl, while the ravens oroated amongst the luioriant trees iJi.*t 
rustled oroond it: dusty and moth-eaten huiinera were suspenJei 
froin tlie walls, aud rustj oasi]iie9, shields, and spears were prumisco- 
oaslf heaped together, the nselasa armour of those, over nhoaa 
remain* Amanda now trod with a light and trembling foot. She 
looked for the picfnre, and perceived one reclined against the wall, 
Dear the altar. She wiped away the dust, and perceived this was 
indeed the one she sought, the one her father had bo often described 
to her. The light was too imperfect for her lo distingoisli the feat- 
nres, and she resolved, if pusaible, to come at on earlier hour th* 
ensuing evening. Bhe felt impressed with reverential awe aa she 
stood before It. Bhe recolleuted the pathetic manner in which hir 
father liud mentioned his emotions as he gazed upon i1, and her tearj 
began fo flow for the disastrous fate of her parents and her own. Sha 
sunk inio an agony of grief^ which mournful remembrances and pr«a- 
ent calamiLies excited, upon the steps of that altar, where Fttialan 
and Malviua had plighted their irrevocable vows ; she leaned hw 
arms on the rads, but her face was tnrned to the picture, as if it oonld 
Hee, and would pity her disti-ess. She remained in this situation till 
the fltriking of the Abbey clock warned her to depart. In going 
ttiwurds tlic entrance ehe perceived a small arched door at tlie oi<|>omI« 
side, As the apurtnieuts Lady Ualvina had occupied were in thli 
jiart of the building, she reeolved on visiting them before she left tha 
Abbey, lest the breach in the 'wall should ho discovered ere abs 
returned to it. Bhe retnrned to the parlour ere the Udfea hod Saisbed 
their game of piquet, and the next evening, immediately after tc^ 
repaired to tbe ohapel, leaving them as usual engaged at curds. Shf 
st»ud a few minutes before it to see if any one wa« near ; bi.t perceiv- 
ing no object, she again entered it. She bad now sufficient light to 
I the pioture : tliongh fodud by the damp, it yet retained thfel 




CBILDKER O* THE &BBIT. 4ft8 

irreliaesa for which its original was so mnoh Admired, and which 
AmHoda liad so often heard eloquentlf dmoribed bj her father. Slie 
ooQtemplaWd it with awe und piiy. Uer heart swelled with thd 
emotioiw it excited, aitd gave waj to its feelings in tears. To we«p 
betbre the shade of hor mother, seemed to assuage tbe bili«rDess of 
those fe^Qgs. She pronouDced the osme of her parents, she called 
herself their wretched orphan, a stranger and a dependant, in the 
maoiaoo of her snci>storH. Slie pronoonced the name of Lord M' rti- 
mer in the impassioned ooceuts of tenderness and diiitress.' Aa shj 
thna indulged the eorrowe of her soul iu tears and lamentatJoni^ 
she suddenlj' heard a faint noise like an advancing footst«p near ber, 
6he started up, for she hod hetn kneoliug before her mother's piotore, 
t«rritied lest her Tieit to the ohapel had been discovered, which 
ahe linew, if the case, would mortally disoblige Mrs. Bruce, tliongh 
whj she should be so averse to any one's visiting it sht oould not 
conceive. She listened in trembling anxiety a fewmiautea; all again 
waa atiil, and she returned to the parlour, where she found the ladJiLi 
as she liad letl them ; determined, notwithstandin^i lier late (Hglit, 
to return the next evening to the chapel, and vlut the a^iartiueala 
that we"^ her mother's. 



CHAPTER XLVl. 



iDTilet mj ncpit 



Tub neit evening Amanda's patience was put to the test; for aftei 
tCA, Mrs. Duncan proposed a wallt, which seerned to cut oil' her hopes 
of visiting the chapel tliat evening; hot after strolling some time 
aboat the valley, complaisance for her ani t made Mrs. Dunc.in return 
U> the parlour, where she was expected to take her usual hand at 
piquet. The hour was late, and the sky so gloomy, that the moon, 
I lliuugb at its foil, could DCaroel; penetrsto the darknaij, notwiUi- 



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etondiug ali Uii«, Amaada resulved on going to tfas cliapel, owiitf 

iug tills as, in all probaljility, tiie only opportunity she wotild hav« 
of visiting Uie apartments her motlier had ooonpieil (whicli elie liMl 
BD ineipressible desiru to enter,) as in two dajg she vras to aowiupaRy 
Mrs. Buncau to lodgiugs in the ndgbbonriug town: slie oooordiagljr 
nud she liad a miod to walk & tittle longer, lin. Brace bid li«r 
beware of catching cold, and Mrs. Duncan fiMd she was too fuud u^ 
iolitary rambles; bnt no opposition being made to her intention, sliw 
hmried to the clia[>el, and entering the little arched dour, f<.iund lieir- 
Si.lf in a lofty hall, in the oentre of which was a grand staircase^ tlte 
wbole enligbtened by a large Gothic window at the bead of the HtaJrs. 
— Slie ascended them with a trepidation, for her fuotstepii prodncal s 
bollow echo whicli added BometLing awl'ii] to the ^loom that envel- 
' oped her. On gaining the top of the Btairs, she aaw two large luldiog 
doors on elllier eide, both closed. Slie knew the direction lo tako, 
and by a small esertion of strength, pulled tlie one on the kft nidi* 
open, and perceived a long gallery, wlilcb aha knew was terminated 
by the aimrtments she wanted to visit Its almost total durkiiHv 



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|)icliire, btit by tlie real form of « woman, wiUi n death-like coonte- 
DBnci;! SLe screamed wildly at the tenifjing spectre (fur tiiich she 
believed it tu be,} and as quick as lightning flew from ibe room. 
ignin was the moon obacnred by a cloud, and she involved in niter 
darknesa. She ran with enob violence, that as she reaohed the door 
■t the end of the gallery, ehe fell against it. Extremely hurt, slic 
bad not power to move for a few minutes, bnt while she involantary 
paused, she heard approachipg footsteps. Wild with terror, she 
instanlly recovered her faculties, and attempted opening it, bot it resia- 
ted all her efforts. — " Protect me. Heaven I" she exclaimed, and at the 
moment felt an icy hand npon hera ! Her senses iusUntly receded, 
and she suuk tutheHoor. When she reiOOveredfh)mberinsensibility, 
■he perceived a glimmering light around her. She opened her eyea 
with feorl'ulness, hut nu object appeared, and to her great joy she s«w 
the door (Standing open, mid found that tlie light proceeded from a 
large window. She instantly rose and deeoended the stdrcase with as 
much ha'ite as her tremhllng limbs could moke, but again, what wiu< 
her horror when, on entering the chape), the first olyeot ahe belield 
WA-i the same that had already alarmed her bo much 1 8be made a 
spring to escape through the eotrntioe, hut tlie apparition, with a 
rapidity eqnsJ to her own, ghded before her, and with a hollow voice, 
a» she waved her emaeiai«d hand, axclairaed, "Forbear to go." 

A deadly faintness Again oame over Amanda; she sunk upon n 
broken seat, and put her baud over her eyes to shut out the frightful 
tision. 

" Lose," continued the figure in a hollow voice, " lose your snper- 
■titionii fean, and in me behold not on airy inliabitant of the other 
world, but a sinful, sorrowing, and repentant woman." 

The terrors of Amanda gave way to this uneipecteil address; but 
her surprise was eqnal to what these terrors had been ; she witlidruw 
her band, and gazed attentively on the form before her. 

"If my eye, if my ear deceives me not," it continued, "you are 
a descendant of the Dunreath family. I heard yon lost night, when 
you imagined no being near, call yourself the unfortunate orphan of 
Lady Malvina Fitzalan." 

"1 am indeed her child," replied Amanda. "Tell me then, by 
jWhat means you have been brought hither; yon called jonrsell' n 
L|fp«nger, and a dependant in the honse of ynur anee<>torf." 




4H CBILBftlX or SBI A.BBST. 

fninMiiiti'f pccnliulj illiti iiim, ud I ham baaa lin^fct to Ito 
Abbej an iMtnut«« to two «Uldna nbtad to tho pwioa wbo IAh 
MW <rf it" - - 

"Mj pnfcn >t langth," wtchlmrf tlM ^laiUr flgv*, ralibif im 
hollow ajtm and —""'■**■' honda, "mr pnvcn !>«▼• iM^iad tfaa 
thraiw of BMf^, lod M a proof that mj ropentanM ii aBniftB^j 
Mwer !■ ^nm ma to maka wparathai fiir the mnriaa I bna 



"(Al thoa,** dM tried, tonlnc to Anaada, "wboae ftmu nvlfw 
ia Bij m~""*— ™- the foalh and baan^ bbaled b; my iiiiwia. If 
thy Bind, M weQ at baa, taaamUaa I^r lUriiia^ thoa wilt, to 
^9 to nj wflhriiHi, fiwbaar to rapraadi inj erimta. In nw," d* 
enUiatied, " yoa behold the gnilfyi but oonMt^ widow of the Kad 
of Dimnath." 

Amanda itarted, ^Gb, (raeloaa HeaTeDl" ahe aoUnwd, "ciH 
tbiabapoadbler 

"Hare jon not been tangfat to exemrt* ■; namat" aak«d tha 
anhappT woman. 

"Oh I no," replied Amaadib 

'*No," replied Lady Dniiraath, "beonae jow mother was aii 
angeL But did ahe not leare a aoo t" 

"Yea," laid Amanda, " And doea he lirel" 

"Alaal I do oot know," replied Amanda, melting Into taan; 
"dietreai aeparated db, and he is not more Ignorant of mj iliialliii 
than I am of hia," 

"It la I," exolaimed I^j Dnnreath, "hare bean the eanae of lUi 
diatreea; itlal,iweet and Minted Halvina, have been the eaaaaef 
ealaml^ to ;onr ehildrea; but blessed be the wonder^woridng lund 
of ProTidenoe," (he oooCinued, "which has glren me an oppottonlty 
of making some amends for mj emelty and ii\|nstioe : bnt," aha pi^ 
eeeded, " as I know the chanoe which led yoa to tlie ohapel, I iimA 
to det^n jon longer, lest it abonld lead to a disoovet?. Wm II 
known that jon aaw me, all my intentdona wonld be defeated. Jl» 
aeoret, then, I oot^nre 700, more on yonr own aooonnt than on ^^ 
own, and let not Un. Bmoe have the smalleet iatimatioa at wtal ^ 
kai pataed : but retom to-morrow nl^^t, and 70a shall reoaiv* feMV^ 
ma a seared deposit, which will, if afflnenre am do it, rwiftor aw 




ooinpI«i«ly hiippy. la the meau time Otf jon tlirDW npoti paper a 
brief uoootuit of jonr life, that [ uiii; know tlie tncideaU wtiicti an 
providentiailj bwnght yoo to the AbLwj." Anianda promised to 
obey her in every respect, and the unlbrtonato woman, uoable longer 
to Hpeok, kisaed her hanil, and retired through the little arched door. 
Am&ads left the ohapi:!, and fall of woader, pity, and expettatiuii, 
tnoved meoliaDically to the periour. Ura. Brace and Urs. Duncan 
Itad just riaeu from eards, aud lutii were iastaatly sirack with her 
pallid aud disordered Looks. They inquired if she wa«iO: their inqui- 
ries roused her from a deep rererie. Site recullectecl the danger of 
oiciliog sDapiciona, and replied, "she was only fatigued with walk- 
ing, and b^ged leave to retire to ber chaiuber. Mrs. Dancan 
attended her to it, and would have sat with het till she saw her in 
bed, had Amandft allowed ; bat it was not her int«Dtion, indeed, to 
go to bed, for some time. Wlien left to hersell^ the surprising and 
ioterestiag diticovery she had made tmd «o agitated lier, tliat she 
could scarcely compose herself enougit to take ap a pen to iiarriLIe 
the particulars of ber life, as Ijidy Dunreath had requested. She 
Bkotched them in a brief yet h^ty manner, suf&cieutly strong, how- 
ever, to interest the feeling of a ayinpathetic heart: the tender and 
|>eeuliar sorrows of her own she omitted; her life was repreaented 
Kuffidently calamitous, witliout mentioiuog the incurable sorrow 
which disappoioted love hod entailed upon it. She was glud she had 
vxcoDted her task with haste, as iln. Elnocan called upon her in the 
courae of the next day to asust in packing for their removal to the 
iieighbooring town. The evening was far advanced ere Bhe had au 
opportnnily of repairing to the cbnpel, where she found the nnfortu- 
■'.ate Lady Dunreath resting, iu oii Attitude of deep detipondence, 
against the rails of the altar. 

Her pale and wo-worn countenance; her smaoiatad form; her 
■olitary situation, all inspired Aniaiida with the i«adere«t compaa- 
Hoo, and she dropped a tear npon the cold and withered hand whioh 
was extended to hers as she approached. " I merit not the tear of 
pity," said the unhappy woman ; " yet It oasis a gleam of comfort on 
my heart to meet witli a being who feels for Ita sorrows ; but the mo- 
ments are precious." She then led Amanda to the altar, aud etoopiiig 
4own, dekired her assistance in removing n small marble flog beneath 



4r>li t'HILllRKN OP THK ABBET 

it. TIiU being eSucted with diffioQUy, Aniamla [fercMrt^d an iroa ' 
* ifhich ebe lUso asaistwl in riusiug. Lndy DunreatU then took ■ kc^ 
from her boaom, with which nhe opened it, and toolc from tbenea a 
sealed pu[>er. ''' Receive," said she, presenting it to AmnndK, "rec^va 
the wil! of yonr grandfather, a eacred deposit, entrusted to yonr car* 
for yonr brother, the rightfiil hoir of the Earl of Dnnrenth. Oh, tnay 
its rc^lorntion, and mj ancero rcpentanoc, atone for its long deten- 
tion and coneeolinent : ohl may the fortune it will beatow npon yoB, 
OS well as your brother, be prodnctiTe to both of tbe jmrest ha^ 
pinessl" 

Trembling ■with Joyftil snrpriae, Amanda received the paper, 
"Graciona Ileftvenl" excliumed she, "is it possible^ Do I rvtiHj 
hold the will of my grandfather — a will which will entitle my brotbir 
to afflnence? Ohl ProTidenee, how inysterions are thy ways I Oht 
Oscar, beloved of nny heart," she continued, forgetting at Miat 
moment every consideration of aetf, "conld tliy sister have poesiU^ 
foreseen Iier sorrows would have led to snch a discovery, half thar 
bittorneas would have been allayed. Yes, my father, raie of thjoh^ 
dren may at least be happy, and, in witnessing that happin«m, tte 
other will find a mitigation of misery." Tears bnrst firom her as d 
■polce, and relieved tbe strong emotions that swelled her heart almo 
to bursting. 

" Oh I talk not of yoar misery," said I^ady Dunreath, with m en 
Tnlsivo sigh, "lest yon drive me to despair. For ever I mnat aeca 
myself of being the real sonrce of calamity to Lady Malvina and h«r 
children." 

"Excuse me," cried Amanda, wiping her eyes; "I should b* 
nngraleful to Heaven and to joa if I dwelt npon my sorrowa ; boi 
let me not neglect this opportnnity," she oontinnod, " of intjniring if 
there is any way in which I can possibly serve yon. Is there H 
fiiecd to whom I coold apply in your name, to have yon reloMod 
from this cruel and nnjnatifiable confinement?" 

"No," said Lady Dunreath, " no snnh friend exists; wlie«i I had 

■er to do so, I never conciliated friendship, and if I am uill 

inhered in the world, it is only with contempt and abhonvtMik 

Tbe laws of my country wonld certainly liberate me at once [ bMtf 

^ things tmra oat as I e^>ect, Qien will be no occasion for mi apt^nf- 




turn to tLem, and any step tiAliat kind at preBent, raiglit be atteutlod 
with the moat unpleasaul consequeoces. Your future prosperity, my 
present safety, all depend on a secrecy for a ahort periitU. In this 
pB]ier," drawicig one from her pocket and preeentiog it lu Amanda, 
" 1 have expliiined my reason for desiring snoh secrecy." Amanda 
put it with Uie will into her bosom, and ffive in return the little nsr- 
ra',i''a she had sketched. They both assisted in replacing the boi 
uu<i flag, and then scaled themselves on the steps of tiie altar. 
A:u;mdii informed Lady Duureath of her intended departure the next 
<lay from the Abbey, and the occasion of it. Lady Dnnreath 
expressed the ntmost impatience to have everything put In a proper 
train for the arowal of the will, declaring that the siglit of the right- 
ly heir in possession of the Abbey, woiild calm the agitation of a 
spirit which she believed would soon forsake its earthly habitalion.— 
Tears of oompassion fell froin Amnnda at those words, and she shud- 
dered to think that the untbrtunal« woman [utght die abandoned, and 
berelt of contfort ; again she nrged her to tliink of some expedient for 
procuring immediate titiertj, and again [jid; Unnreath assured her it 
was Impossible. 

AbMDrbed in a kind of sympathetic melsnoholy, they forgot the 
danger of delay, tjll the Abbey clock chlroing half an bonr post ten, 
which was later than Mrs. Bruce's nsual hour of supper, startled and 
alarmed them both. ''Go, go," cried Lndj Itnnreath, with wild 
exprcesion of fear, "go, or we are nndonel" Amanda premed 
her hand in silence, and tremblinf; departed from the chapel. Bho 
stopped at the outside to listen, for by her ear alone could she now 
. receive any intimation of danger, as the night was too dark to permit 
any object to be discerned ; but the breeze sighing amongst the treei 
of the valley, and the melancholy murmur of the water falls were the 
only sounds she heard. 6he groped along the waS! of the cliapel to 
keep in the path, which wound from it to the entrance of the Abbey, 
and doing so, passefl her hand over the cold face of a hnman being ; 
terrified, an involuntary scream burst from her, and she faintly art!' 
(lulated, "Defend me, Eeavenl" lu the next moment she was seized 
ronnd the waist, Iier senses were receding, when Mrs. Duncan's voicf 
recalled them. She apologized to Amanda for giving her snrh n 
fright: bnt said, that her uneasiness was so great at her long uliseooe 
that, attended by a servant, she had come in quest of her. 



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400 PIllLPKe?l Of IHR ABBEV. 

Ure. Dnncan's vgice rpUevod AtimnJa from the liorror of tbfnUlig 
she had itiet with a. person who would insult h«r; bnt it lind girtai 
rise to B new alarm. Sho teared she had been Iraooid to thu oha[i«i| 
tiisC her discourse witli LmI; Dunrettth htul been overheard, Hod of 
ooone the secret of the will discovered, and that Mrs. Duncan, amia< 
ble HB she was, might aacriSce friendsliip to interest and consang^oin.- 
ity. This idea overwhelmed her with anguish; her deep and heavy 
■ighs, her violent, trembling, alarmed Mrs. Dudcsd, who baalil; 
called the servant to assist her in 8iip|iorting Amanda home; drop* 
were then admitii-'itered, but they would have wanted their iisoal effi- 
cacy with the poor night- wanderer, had she not been rou>lnced hf 
Mrs. Duncan's manner she had not made the dreaded discover;. 

Amanda would hare retired to ber chamber before anpper, boi 
that she feared distressing Mrs, Dnnwin by doing so, who would bav* 
imputed her indisposition to her fright. She accordingly remiUned 
in the parlonr, and witli a mind so occupied with the intereetin; 
events of the evening, that she soon forgot the purpose for whiofa s! 
•at down to table, and neither heeded what she was doing or saying 
Froro this reverie sbc was suddenly ronsed by the sonnd of a nam* 
forever dear and precions, which in a moment had power to renJl 
her wandering ideas. Bhe raised her eyes, and with a sad ioten^eneM 
filed them on Un. Drnc«, who continued to talk of the approacbinr 
□nptiala of Lord Mortimer. Tears now fell irom Amanda in «pit« Ot 
ber efforts to restrain them, and while drooping ber head to vip* 
tbem away, she flaught the eye of Mrs. Duncan listened on ber with 
an expression of pity and cariosity. A deep crimson suffused tba 
fioe of Amanda at the consciousness of having betrayed the aeei 
Iier heart; bnt her confuwon was inferior to her grief, and tb« rtA 
■ofFusion of one, soon gave place to the deadly line of the other. 
** Ah t" thought she, "what is now the acfiDisition of wealth, when 
happiness is beyond my reach ?" Yet scarcely bad she conceived tl 
thoDght ere she wished it buried in oblivion. "Is the oonLfortof' 
Independence, tlie power of dispiensing happiness lo oClicn, nothinf ff 
she asked herself. " Do they not merit gratitude of the most pi 
thankfulness, of the most fervent nature, tfl Providence I Tbey di 
■be cried, and paid them at tlie moment in the silei.t tribnie o( 1 
beart. 

It was lute ere Ilie ladies separated for the night, and as MOB 




AmiLDiJa L 
bosom tlie 



] necnrod iLe door of her cJiamber, she drew from hot 
iKjiera so carefully dii]it>ial«d IB Uiein, and aat duwn tn 
utrative of Lady DanreatU. 



CHAPTER XLVir. 



" AnOBixo tiie Poirer who hu given me means of making res tjtatimi 
for my injusCloe, 1 takb up my pen to disclose to your view, oiil lovely 
orph&u of die iujnred Malvino, the frailties of a he&rt which has long 
heen tortured with Uio retrospect of past and the pressure of present 
evil. Cunvinoed, as I have already said, tliat if your mind as well as 
form resembles your mother's, youwiU, while you condemn the sinner, 
commiserate the penitent, and touched b; tbut peniteocc, offer up n 
prayer to Heaven (and tlie prayers of the iDDocent are ever availing) 
for its forgiveness unto me. — Msjiy years are now elapsed since the 
commencement of ray confinement, years which diminished my hope 
of being able to make reparation for the injastice and cruelty I had 
dune Lady Malvina Fitzalan, but left onabated my desire of doing so. 

Ah I sweet Malvlnal from thy aofl voice 1 was doomed never to bear 
my pardon pronounced; but from thy child I may, perhapEi, have it 
accorded: if so, from tliat blissful abode, where thou now enjoyeet 
felioitj, if the departed souls of the happy are allowed to view the 
transactions of this world, thine, I am convinced, will behold with 
bonignancy and compassion the wretch who ouvers herself witii sliaraa 
to Btone for her ii(juries to thee. 

Unt I mast restrain theee effusions of my heart, lest 1 encroncli too 
inuch on tlie lirail«d lime allotted to make what 1 n)ay oall mj doa 

iMon and uifuriii ,vou of panaoulari noc«asary to be known. 



i&'i CIIIIDBES or TUK ABDET. ■ 

M; cruelty and insolence to Lmly Mulvina ;on no donbt Mir 
kiiow, tQ my condnct to her, I forgot the uWigntions her Tnothei 
ciiiiferred npon me, whose patronage and Idod protection lsi6 
foundation of mj proepority. I r^oiced at her marriage - 
Captain Fitzalan, as a at«p that would deprive her of lior fati 
favour, and place her in a state of poverty which would om 
obanna 1 det««ted for bciog Buperior to my daughter's. — The < 
was violent at first : but with e-^^a! HUrprise and con 
perceived it gradually Bul>si(ling; tlie irrevocableness of 
deed, the knowledge that he wanted no aci]uiB)tioa of fortune, al 
bU, Fitzolan'a noble descent, and the graoes aud virtues he poasei 
worthy of the liigheat station, dwelt npon the earl'a im^iiiatioii, 
pleaded atmngly in extenuation of bis daughter: alarmed lest 
Bchemes against ber should be rendered abortive, like an evil tifai 
contrived to re-kindle, by means of my agents, tlie earl's -eeento 
they presented the flagrant, the dariug contempt Lady Maltins 
shown toparen^autbority, and that looeasyaforgiveDesa toitm 
inflaence her sinter to similar condnct with a person perhajia 
wortliy, and naore needy, if possible, than Fitzalan. — This last aof 
lion had the desired effect, and Lady Malvlna be declared iu fu 
■bould be considered as alieu to bis family. 

hoped my ambitions views relative to my daughter w 
ba Bccomplisbed ; I had long wished her united to the Marqui 
Bosline; but he had for years been Lady Ualvina's admirer, and 
to much attaciied to her, that on her marriage he went abroail.- 
tlien tried to prevail on tlie earl to make a will in 1 
Angnsta's favonr; but this was a point 1 could not aooompUah, a 
lived in continual apprehension] lest bis dying intestate abonld 
Lady Malvina the fortune I wanted t<i deprive her of. Am 
however, to procure a splendid eat»l>li.->htiient for my ilaaghti 
everywhere said there was no donbt but she woold bo solo byre 
the earl. At the expiration of three years tlie mar<|ui9 returae 
country; his unfortunate passion was subdued, he h 
and believed the re|>orte I circulated, and stimulated by avarice 
leading propensity, offered bis hand to my daughter and was aoe^ 
The earl gave her a large portion in ready money, but notwitlistan 
alluiy endeavours, would not makeasettkincnt of any of hisedtate»i 
her; I however bliini>pcd, aud Ibe marquis frciui what I. 




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t)Mt sh« would possess all bia fui'tune. Uy daughter's nu|>lifilK uilde.i to 
my Dilural Iwughtiness; tliey tUo inureased my love of pleasure, l)y 
aUbrdiDg DW moru aiojily the iDeaas of gmtifyiiig it nt the pre«uiiip< 
tuo3a enlertainiuents ttt tlie marqnia's castle; engaged continually iu 
tbeiii, the «arl, whose infirmitiea ooitiiDad him to the Abbey, waei left to 
Bulitttde, and the care of hli domestics. My neglect yon will say wu 
impolitic, whiUt I had tiiy point to carry with liim, but Protidenoe 
iiaa so wi^ly ordained it tliat vice should stU] defeat itself. Bad I 
always acted in uniformity with the tenderness I once showed the 
earl, 1 have little doabi. bnt what at last I shoold have prevailed on 
Ijim to act as I pleased ; but infatuated by pleasure, my pradeoce, no, 
it deserves not SQch ID appallatioo, forsook me: though the enrrs body 
was a prey to the inHnnities of age, hia mind knew none of its imbe- 
cilities, and he sensibly felt, and secretly resented my negk-ct: the 
more Le reflected on it, the more he contrasted it witli the attention 
lie was acL^istomed to receive from his baniahed Mulvina, mid tL« 
resentmeut I had hitherto kept alive in his mind against her eruduiUly 
Bulisided, 8o tliat he was well prepared to give a fuvounible recejiliou 
to the liitle innocent advocate she sent to plead her caoso. My terror, 
my dismay, when I surprised the UttJe Oscar at tho tnce of his 
grandfather, are not to be described. The tears wLioh the agitated 
parent shed npon the infant's lovely cheek, seemed to express affec- 
tion for itfi mother, and regret for his rigonr to her ; yet amidst tliese 
(ears I thought I perceived an exulting joy as he gazol upon the 
child, which seemed to say, "Thoo wilt yet be the pride, the prop, 
the ornament of my ancient bouse." AAer circumstances proved I , 
was ntfhl in my interpretation of his looks; I drove the IJtUo Oscar 
trom the room with frantio rage. The earl was extremely nlFecIed. 
lie knew tlie violence of my temper, and felt loo weak to enter into 
any altercation with me; he therefore reserved hia Utile remaining 
strength and 8t>iHt3 to arrange his affairs, and by passiveness seemed 
yielding to my sway; but I »oon found, Oiongb silent, Le was teso- 
Jnte. My preventing your brother from agun gaining lu'cens to his 
(rrandfaiber, and my repulaiug your mother when she requested an 
interview with tlie earl, I suppose yon already know. Uraeiouii 
lieaveul my heart sickens, even at this remote period, wlien 1 reflect 
■Ktn the night t turned her from her paternal homo, from that mnniiiun. 
l^Oiuler whose rt-of her benevolent mother had ihelttit'd tnj- lender 




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yean from the rode storms of adverse life. Oh ! blouk Mid bMa 
ingratitude, dire return for the beoefita 1 had rec^red, yet dmost at 
the verj ioatanl I committed so cruel an action, ehe was BTenjed. 
No language cao describe my liorrora as oonscicuce represented to idi 
tlie barl)arity of my oonduot. I trembled with iiiTolainary fsMV 
aoimds hud power to terrify; ereir blast wliich shook the Alibe^ 
(and drendliil was the tempiest of that night) made me shrink as H 
niitial to intet with an instantaneonB panisbment. 

I knew lite eari cx|:eoted rather U> see or hear from yonr niotlwr: 
he was ignorant of the reception she had met from nte, and I ww 
determined, if possible, bo should continue so. As soon as certi&ed 
of Lady Malvine's departure from the neighbourhood of the Abbej, I 
O'Qtrived a letter in Captain Fitzalan's name, to the eari, filled with 
tlie most cutting and insolent reproaches to him for hia condact lo 
his danghter, and iupating her precipitate departare from SoolLsnd 
lo it. These unjust reproaches t trnsUtd would irritate the earl and 
work another revolution in his mind, but I was disapptunted : bs 
either helieTed the tetter a forgery, or else resolved the obildrsn 
should not aiifi^r for tlie fiiult of the parent; be nccordingly sent for 
bis agent, an eminent lawyer in one of tlie neiglibonring towtia. Tbi( 
man was lately deceased, but his bcu, bred to liia profession, obeyed 
tlie aniitmoni! from the Abt«y. I dreaded bb coming, bnt ecaroeljr 
had I seen him ere this dread was lost in emotions till then nnknown; 
« Bolt, a tender, an ardent i)asaion took possea^on of my heart, OD 
beholding a man in the very prime of life, adorned with every oatnra) 
and acquired giitce that could please the eye and ear. Married at ao 
earty period, pusseteed of all the advantages of art, said and beUeviny 
myself to be handsome, I flattered myself 1 might on his heart tnak* 
an impreflNion equal to that he liad done on mine; if sol thought how 
easily could the earl's intentions, in favour uf tiis duugbler, ba 
defeated, for tlint love will readily midie sacrifices I bad on^o beard. 
A will was made, bat my new ideas and scheme» divested mc of 
uneasinees about it. Melrosa coniinued nt the Abbey mncb loagev 
'Uian he need have done, ami wben be left it bis absence was of ilioii 
contimtBni.'e, Hjc eaiVs husinms was IiIk preleict f«r his long tud 



I! U I L D R E N OF 1 H E A U L b V . 40S 

Crequeut riaiU; bnt the real motiTe of them lie soon cliscrirered tr> 
me, «noourHged no doubt by the ]iartialit; I betrayed. I shall not 
dwell on tliis part of ray story, bnt I completed my prime by violat- 
ing my oonjtigal fidelity, and we engaged to be ncited whenever I 
'Was at liberty, which from the inOna atnto of the earl I now 
(•elieved would shortly be the case. In coosequonce of this ; Melross 
agreed to pot into m; hands the earl's will, which had been intrnsted 
•o his care, and he acknowledged drawn np entirely in favour of Lady 
MaivluaFitzaliui and her ofiapring; it waa witnessed hy friends of 
h\f whom he had no doubt of bribing to ailence. Yon may wonder 
that the will was not destroyed as soon as I had it in my possession ; 
but to do 80 never was my intention ; by keeping it in my hands I 
tmsted I ehould have a power over my daughter, which doty and 
kffeotion had never yet given me. Violent and imperious in her dis- 
position, I doubted not bnt she and the marqais, who nearly resem- 
bled her in these particulars, would endeavonr to prevent from pride 
and selfisliaess, my union with Uelross; hut to know they were in 
my power wonld cmsh all opposition I supposed, and obtain tlieir 
must flattering notice fbr him— « notire, from my pride I found 
««BeoIial to my tranquillity. The earl requested Uelross to inqnire 
about Lady Halvina, which he promised to do; but it is almost 
unnei!essary to say, never ftilfllled sneh a proniise. In about a year 
after the conimencemenC of Diy attachment fur Melross be expired, 
and the niarohlonesa inherited his pussesdona by means of a forged 
will esecuted by Melross, Ignorant indeed at tie time, that it was 
by iniquity she obtained them, though her conduct since thiit period 
lias proved she would not have suffered any compunction (hiin such 
■ knowlvdge. I removed from the Abbey to an estate about fifteen 
milN ft'oui it, which the earl had lefl me, and here, mncti sooner 
flian decency would have warranted, avowed my intention of marry- 
ing Melross to tlie marquis and marchioness of Kusline. Tlie con- 
sequences of this avowal were pretty much what I liad exj)ected. 
The ii.arquis, more by looks than words, expressed his contempt ; but 
the luarchioncss openly deolared her indignation ; to think of milling 
aiTseif to a being so low in life and fortune, she said, as Melross was 
□ Insult to tlio memory of her father, and a degradation to big illus- 
I (rioQS hotwo; it woidd alsii bo o conCrmntion of IhoacnndaluuH reports 
«bic^ had alrciuly been cucolated to the pr^udice of <.i\^ 0(^u%s^«^^' 
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uboat him. Her words ronBed all the violence of my •onl; [ 
upbruded ber witL iugratilude to a pftreot, who had stepped bejor.d 
the bouiida ol' rigid propriety to give ber an increase of fortnue. iij 
words alanaeit her aud liie DiBrqnis. lliej hostilj' demanded sn 
CijilaDalioD of theiu. 1 did not liedtate in giving one, protesting at 
llie same time that 1 would no longer burl aij feeliagu on their 
Account, as T toaud no Gomiilaisaoce to tn; wisbes, but immediately 
•row I^f MalviiiB Fitznlao tbe lawfnl heiress of the £«u-l of 
Duureatb. I'ho marquis and Ibe mardiiouess changed eolouri I aaw 
ibey U'embled lest I should put mj threats into execution, tboogh 
with consummate art tbe; pretended to disbelieve that such a will h 
1 mentioned existetl. 

" Beware," cried I, rising from my chair to quit the room, " lut I 
give you loo convincing a proof of its reality; except I meet with tb* 
altontion and oomplaiaanoo I have a right to eipect, I shall do knigw 
act contrary to the dictates of my conscience by concealing it. 
Vnlituited mistress of my own actions, what but affection for my 
daughter could moke me consult her on any of tbem t Her disappro- 
batiou proceeded alone from seUJsbneas, since an alliance with Uel- 
ross, from Lis profession, accomplisbments and birih, would not 
disgrace a house even more illustrious titan the one she is descended 
from or connected to. I retired to my chamber, secretly eiulting at 
the idea of having conquered all oppositjtm, for I plainly perceived bj 
tbc marquis and marobiuness'e manner, that they wore convinced It 
was in my power to deprive them of tlieir newly acquired posaesaioaii, 
which to secure, 1 doubted not their sacrificing their pride to my 
wishes: 1 exulted in the idea of bnving my nuptials with UelroM 
celebrated with that splendour I always dulighted in, and tbe pro^>ee> 
of having love and vanity gratified, filled me with a kind of intoxi- 
cating happiness. In a few hours after I retired to my room, Uia 
iiiarchionefts sent to request an lolerviow with me, which I iwdUy 
granted. Bbe entered the apartment with a respectful air vwy 
nntisital to her, and immediately made an apology for ber late con- 
duct. Bhe acknowledged 1 had reason to be olTunded ; but a littii 
reflectif n had convinced her of her error, and both she and the nur- 
iiuis thanked me fur consulting them abont the change I was about 
innking in my sitnation, and would pny every attenliun in theit 
I'oiver to the m.-m I had honoured with my choicti. Thiil I di'.l oat 






CHILURICK or THE A B fi K T . 46T 

thiak the morchioiieiis sincere in her professioos you ma; b«1iev«, bnt 
OompliusBnce weis oil I reqoired. I socompanied her tu the msrqaii; 
i geaerai reonncihatiun ensned, and Melross was presenUd to them. 

In about two days after this the marchionesa came into ray drenaing 
room ooe moriiiDg, and told me she had a proposal to make, which 
the lioped would be ngreeable to me to comply with ; it was the 
niarqiiU'» intention and hers to go immediately ti> tlie continent, and 
they had been Uiinkinft, if Melrosa and I would favour thera witli our 
oompaiiy, that we had better defer our Duptiala till we reached PariH, 
which was tlie first place they intended viBiting, and their solcmniza- 
tion in Scotland no soon after the earrs decease mi^^it displease hia 
friends, by whom wo were Bnrroanded, and on their retnm, which 
would he soon, they would introduce Melross to their connoiiona, u 
■ man e?ery way worthy of their notice. 

After a little hewtalion I agreed to this plan, for where it interfered 
not with my inoUaationB, I wished to preserve an appearance of pro- 
priety to tlie world, and 1 could not avoid thinking tliat my marrying 
■o Boon after the ewl's death would draw censure upon ine, which I 
wontd avoid by the projected tour, aa the certain time of my nuptial* 
could not then bo aacerlained. Melross submitted clieerfnlly to onr 
new arrangements, and it was settled, farther to preserve appearances, 
that he shonld go before na to Fans. I cnpplied liim with every 
tUng re<ioisit« fur inulfiog an elegant appoaraiite, and lie departed In 
blgh spiriu at the prospect of liia splendid establishment for life. 

I counted tlie moments with Empntience for rejoining liim, and, as 
Iiad been settlcil, we commenced our jonrnoy, a month after his 
departnre. It was now tlie middle of winter, and ere we stopped for 
the night, darknees, almost iiiipeaetrable, had veiled the earth ; 
fatigued and almost oxiiansted by the cold, I followed the marquis 
through a long [lassage, lighted by a glimmering lamp, Co a parloar 
which waa well lighted and had a comfortable fire. I started with 
amazement ou entering it, at GodiDg myself in a place I tlionght 
fluniliar to me; my surprise, however, was bnt for an instant, yet I 
oonld not help eipresnng it to the marquis, " Tonr eyes, madam," 
cried he, with a cruel solemnity, "have not deceived you, fur you are 
now in Dunreath Ab.>ey." 

"Dunrealh Abbey 1" I repeated; " GraoioM Ileaven I what con bo 
I ibf' meaning of this ?" 



408 CUILUKKS0irrll8.AB»ir. 

"To hide your folly, yonr ira|)rndance, yonr deceit, from Uk 
■world," he exclaimed, "to prevent Tour exeunting the wild projecu 
of 1 depraved aud dUleinperediniDd, by entering into a nnion aiohm 
contemptible and preposteroos, and to save those, from whom iilon* 
you derive jonr oonseqnonce, by yonr conaerion with them, farther 
monificfllioii ou yonr acoonut" 

To describe ftJly the effect of tUis speech upon a heart like mine is' 
impossible ; the fury which pervaded my aonl would, I believe, hava 
harried me iutn a deed of dire revenge, had I had the power of «o- 
ooting it ; my quivering lips coald not express my strong iodignntion. 

" And do you then, in a coantry like tlm," I cried, " dare U> think 
yon can dejirive me of my liberty t" 

"Yes," replied he, with insnlting coolness, "when it is known yon 
are incapable of making a proper nso of that liberty; you ehouM 
tbank me," he continued, "for pnUialing your late condact, by 
iniputiug it rather to an iDtellcctual denini^ement than to total depm- 
vity : from wliat other sonrcethan the former eonldyoa have U8«rt«<] 
that tliere was s will in Lady Malviua Fitzalan'i fcvonrl" Th«aO 

wnnla nt onna rlavslnned tlie cstase of Ma uniuatifiahla oondoct. md 



cuiLDBEN or TUB mBEr. 469 

" YoQ kDiw,"rrieil!ie, with a tBoIidoua look, "you have do fiiendi 
b> ioqairo or interfere about yon, and eveu if yon Iiiul, wlien I told 
them what I beli«T»d to be tlie case, that yoar senses were disordered, 
they would never desire to have you released trom this confinement.^ 
I called for ray danghter. "Tou will see her no more," he replied, 
"tlie passions she has ho long blushed to behold, she will no more 
■reitneas," 

" Rather say," I etolaimed, " that she dare not behold her injured 
(larent, bat let not the wretch, who has serered the ties of nature, 
hope to escape unpunished ; no, my sufierings will draw a dreadful 
WNght npon her head, and may, when least eipecled, torture her 
lieart with anguish." Convinoed that I was entirely in the marquis's 
power, convinced that I had nothing to hope from him or my 
danghter. rage, horror, and ngony, at their ni\jnst and addacions 
treatment, kindled in my breast a sudden frenzy, which strong oon- 
volsiona only terrainated. When I recovered from them, I found 
myself on a bed in a room, which at the first glance, I knew to be 
the one the late Lady Dunrenth had occupied, to whose honours I ao 
unworthily auoceeded. — Mrs. Bmco, who had been housekeeper at the 
Abbey before niy marriage, sat beside me; I hesitated a few roinutM 
vrhetlior I should address her as a suppliant or a superior : the latter, 
however, being most agreeable to my inclinations, I bid her, with ■ 
lAUglity u.r, which I hoped would awe her into oljedience, assist ino 
tn rising and procure some conveyance from the Abliey without 
delay. The marquis entered the chamber as I apoko. " Oomposa 
yourseltj madora," said ho. " Your destiny, I repeat it, is irrevocable ; 
this Abbey is your future residence, and bless those who liave afforded 
your foiUea such an asylum ; it behoves both the marohioness and me, 
indeed, to seclude a woman who might cast imputations on oar 
tdiaracters, which those unac^iaainted witli them might believe." I 
started trom tba bed in the kose dress in which they bad placed me 
on it, and stampicg round the room dtmanded my hberty. The mar- 
quis heard my demand witli contemptuous silence, and quitted the 
ronni. I attempted to rush after him, but he pushed ine Imck with 
violence, and dosed the door. My feelings again brought on coa- 
fnisiona, which terminated in a delirium and fever. In this situa- 
, Onn the marquis and marchiunees obandoned me, hoping, no doub^ 
■ 4hat my disorder woulil iom lay me in a prison, even more secura 




470 HI LO KB 



tiiui tbe ODe thej hsd devoted me to. Uuiy ireeka Alspi 
•liDWed any symptom of rocuvery. On regwui&x m; seniws, I ae> 
u if snabiug from a tedious sleep, in which I had been wrb 
with frightful visions. Tbe first olyect my eyes beheld, now bl* 
with the powers uf clear perception, was Mrs. Bruoe bendiug 
my pillow with a look of BJiziaty and grief, which implied a, vriab 
a, dciibt of my recovery. 

" Tell me," said I, fainUy, " am I really in Dimreath Abbey I 
I really confined within iu walls by order of my tihijdt" 

Mrs. Bruce aighed. "Do uot disturb yourself with <ia«et 
now," aaid she, " the reason heareo has so iiicrvifully restored, w 
be ill employed ia vain murainrs." 

" Vaio mnrmurs 1" I repeated, and a deep desponding wgh I 
from my heart. I lay sileut a luug time after tliia ; tlie gloom w 
encompastted me at length grew too dreary to be borne, and I dei 
Mrs. liruoe to draw bock the ourt^us of tlie bed and windowii. 
obeyed, and the bright beams of the san darting iulo the room. 
played to my view an object I could not behold without shudder 
this was the portrait of Lady Donreath, exactly opi«)site tJie 
My mind was softened by illness, and 1 felt in that moment &s if 
Baiale<l spirit stood before me, to awaken my conscience to remi 
and my heart to repentance ; the benevolenoe whieb had irrodiatec 
oounleuance of the original with a celestial expression, wae po' 
fiiUy 'ex]irossed npoa the canvaas, and recalled, oh 1 how affeoli 
I4> my memory, the period in wliiuh this mo^t amiable of wo 
gave me a refuge in her honse, in her arms, from the Btorms of 
and yet her child, I groaned, her child I wu accessory in destroy 
oh! how eicruoiaUng were my feelings at this period of aw«k< 
conscience; I no longer inveighed against my sulTeriuga ; I ooi 
ered thein in the hght of retribution, and felt an awful reafgiu 
lake possesion of my souL Yea, groaned I to myself, it is fit tfai 
the very Bput in whld) I triumphed in deceit and cruelty, 1 ah 
mcL-t the punishment due to my misdeeds, 

The change in my disposition produced a Bimilar one la my i 
per, so that Mrs. Bruce found the task of attending on me, ei 
than sLe tad imagined it would bo; yet I did not submit li> 
conSnement without many efforts to liberate myself tliruoiffa. 
mcftns-; but bor fulolity to her naiiuturjil citiployors 




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■baled : liliubiag, however, at mj peat enormitieB, I should raUiet 
linvt DbruLik fruni UjU »uUcit«d ndmissioQ agaiu into the world, bsd 
aot ii.y urdeut d>wire of making T<i]>aralioii to the deeoendHnts of 
lady Dimrcfttb ioliuenced me to doaire my freedom, OhI never did 
tLat desiri) oea-HS — never did a moniiDg dawn, an evening close, 
without entreating Honven to allow me Uio means of reatoring to tlie 
Irjured, tlieir inlioritaiioe, Mrs. Bruce, though steady wns not crnel, 
b:i<) nori'ed nte with the tenderest attention tili my health was re- 
eetablislied : fahe then ceased to see me except Ht night; but took care 
1 should he always amply stocked with necessaries. She supplied 
me with religious and moral books ; also niatoriala for writing, if I 
chose to amuse myself with making oummenta on them. To those 
books I am indebted, for being able to endure, witli some degree of 
calmness, my long and dreadfnl captivity: tlipy enlarged my heart, 
they enlightened its ideas conoerning the Supreme Being, they 
iinpreesed it with awfnl anbmisaiou to his will, they conviuced me 
mure forcibly than my transgressioos, yet without exciting despair, 
for while they showed me Uie horrors of vice they pruved the effi- 
cacy of repentance. Debarred of the common enJoymenta of life, air, 
exercise and society, in vun my heart assured me my pnuishmenl 
was indaqneate to my crimes, nature ripened and a total laognor 
'■eized me. Mrs. Bmoe at last told me that 1 should be allowed the 
I'auge of that part of the building in which I waa confined (for I had 
hitherto been limited to one room) and consequently air from the 
windows, if I promised to make no attempt for recovering my free- 
Jom, an attempt which she assured me would prove abortive, aa 
none but people attached to the marquis lived in or abont the Abbey, 
who would immedialoly betray me to him, and if he ever detected 
suuh a sl«p, it was hie determination to hurry me to France. 

Certain that he would be capable of snch bsseness, touched by the 
smallest iodiUgenoe, and eager to procure auy recreation, 1 gave her 
llie most solemn assurances of never attempting to make known tny 
situation. She accordingly Dulooked the several doors tlial had 
hitJierto impeded my progress from one apartment to another, and 
removed the iron bolls which secured the sliutterB of the window. 
Oh ! witli what mingled pain and pleasure did I ooiitoiiiplatc the rioh 
prosiieot stretched before them, now that I was debarred from enjoy- 
ing it; nt liberty, I wondered how 1 iHiuld e-ci" Have wmtemvlatail vt. 



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473 CBILD8EK OF THE ABBST, 

wilh a careless eje, and my sgiiriu, nhich the air Lai revi-ro^ 
Buddenlj sunk inlo (ies[iondence, when I rsflwted I enjoye<l tliil 
common blessing but by Bt«altb ; yet who (crinl I with at^iiy) ci 
blame but uiysHlf? The choicest gitU of Heaven were mine, I lort 
Iham by my own meuna; wretch as I was, the first temptation Unit 
assailed w&rped me from integrity, and my error is marked by tin 
(leprivatioQ of every good; with eager, with enthusiastic delight^ | 
g&zud OD sreneaArhich I had oi^n before regarded with a oaretoii 
eye; it seemed as if I had ooly new perception to diatiugoiab theit 
beanties ; the season's diOerence made a material change to me, a» tH 
tlie windows were shut ap in winter, except those of the apartiuent 
1 occupied, which only looked into a gloomy court j ali I how weloomt 
to me then was the return uf spring, which again restored to ms tht 
indulgence of visiting the windows; how delightful to my eyes tbs 
green of the valley, and the glowing bloom of the monntaia shmba 
just bursting into verdure; ah 1 how soothing to my ear the lulling 
sound of water-falls, and the lively oarol of the birds; how refreshing 
the sweetness of the air, the fragrance of the planU which Mendlf. 
icphyrs, as if pitying my confinement, wafted through the windowaf 
the twilight hoar was also hailed by me with delight; it was !b 
tnmed my eyes from earth to heaven, and regarding -Is blue and' 
spangled vault but as a thin covering between me atid myriads ofi 
angek, felt a sweet sensation of mingled piety and pleasure, whicb' 
for the time hod power to steep my sorrows in forgetlulnwsl But in 
relating my feelings, I wander Irom the real purpose of my namtiT%- 
and forget that I am describing those feelin^'a to a person, who troa 
my itiJQrions actions, can take but little interest in them. 

The will I shall deliver to yon to-night: I advise yon, if y 
brother cannot immediately be fotmd, to put it in tlie hands oC 
■oine man, on whose abilitiee and integrity yon can rely ; but dU yoa 
meet with such a person beware of disoovering yoa have it in your 
posBsesioQ, lest the marquis, who, I am sorry to say, I believe c^wt 
of almost any basenms, should remove fivni your knowledge C 
penitent, whose testimony to the validity of the deed will go cheev 
fully be given, and is so materially essential : be secret then, I again' 
ecmjnre yon. till every thing is properly arranged for the avowal of' 
your righlfi; and oh I may the restoration of all thoso rightj yon shall 
cJaiiD be to you and to your brother, productive of every felicity. 



CHlLDRKKOFmBiBBKT. 473 

From f cor biuids, mny ttie wealth it puts into them bestow relief and 
eomftirt on the cliildreu of Bdversily; ti.as fielding 14^ jonr hearU a 
pure sud p«nnanent satisfocUon, which the mere poeseeaion of riuiies, 
or their eipenditure on idle vanities can never bestow. Ah much as 
possible 1 wish to have my danghter saved from pnblio diigraoe; 
l>om lue j-ou will saj nhe merits Dot this lenient wish ; but alasl I 
hold myself aoeounUble fur her miscondnctj intrnsted to my care by 
Pt^vidence, I negleated the sacred charge, nor ever cnrbed a posiino, 
LT laid the foumlatioQ of a virtue. Ah I may her wretched parent's 
proje™ be yet availing, may penitence, ere too late, visit her heart, 
and tecch her to regret and expiate her errors. Hod she been nsited 
to a better man, I think she never wonid have swerved so widely 
from nati-re, and from duty ; bnt tlie selfish sou) of the marqnia, 
ta'jght her to r^ard self as tbe first consideration of life. 

Ifrs. Briioa informed me that the marquis liad written Melross, 
informing him that I had changed my mind, and would fhink no mora 
about liira, and she supposed Le bad proonred aouie pleasant eetab- 
lisLnient in France, u no one had e<rer heard of his rel'xraiag from 
it. She made several attempts to prevail on tno to giro up tbe will 
to her; but I resisted all her arts, and was rejoiced to think I had 
concealed it in a place which would never be suspected, iiy narra- 
tive now concluded, I wwt wltJi ti'cmbting putienc"" for yonr 
expected visit ; for that moment, in which I tdiall moke some repara- 
tion for my injuries to your mother ; I am alao anxious for the 
moment in which I ahatl receive the promised narrative of your life, 
from your tears, your words, your manner, I may expect a tale of 
sorrow ; ah I tnay it ooly be that gentle sorrow which yields to tha 
iotluence of time, and the sweets of friendship and < 



1 cannot forbear dee«ribing wbat I felt on first hearing yonr voice 
— a voice so like >a iu harmonious tone to one 1 knew had lung been 
siknt; linpreuied with an awful dread, I stood upon tbe stairs which 
I was desceudiug to vi^t the chapel, as was my constant custom at 
the close of the day, shivering and appalled, I had not tor a few 
minutes power to move ; but when I at hiHl ventured nenrer the door, 
and saw yon knevling before the dust covered shade ol her I had 
injured, when I heard yon call yourself her wretched orphan, ah* 
wbat were my emotiotis ! &ti awful voice seemed sounding ir mj 



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474 CIIILDHEN UF THE ABBET. 

ear. — Boboia the hour of restitotion is arrisedl Behilil a beisf^ 
whom the hand of Providence liM cooduoled hithnr W re 
reparation for the injaatioB yoo did her parents ; »dore that migh^ 
band that thns affords jon means of Diaking ati>neine>)t for yonr 
flffencee, I did adore it; I raised mj streainiiig eyee, my trembling 
hands to Heaven, and blessed the gracioos power which hid gntnlM 
my praj'er. The way hy wLioh I saw yon qait my retirement prcv^d 
to me yonr entrance into it was unknown, witli an impatience bor- 
dering: on agony I waited for the next evening; it cania wilauat 
bringing you, and no language can express mj disappointmoitt 
dejected I returned to my chamber, which yon entered soon aRet, 
and where you received so great a fright; yet be asanred, n 
)creater one llian I experienced, for the gioom of moonlight which 
displayed me to yon, gave yon full to ray view, and I beheld the ler^ 
form and face of Lady Malvioa, In form and face you may b!om 
resemble her; different, tar different, be yonr destiny from beia. 
Soon may yonr brother be restored to yonr arms. Should he tbcl 
shudder at my name, oli I teach him with a mercy like yonr own, ti 
accord me forgiveness. 

Ye sweet and precious descendants of this illustrions house — ;• 
rightful heirs of Dunreath Abbey — may yonr futare joya amply 
recompense yonr past sorrows! May those sorrows be forgotten, 
only remembered to temper prosperity, and teach it pity for the w< 
of others I Uay yonr virtues add to the renown of your anoeetoi^ 
and entail etumal peace upon your sonlal May their line by yon ba 
tontinued, and continued as a blessing lo all around I Uay yoor 
names be consecrateil to posterity by the voice of gratitnde, ■ 
exdte in others an emulation to pursue your conraea I 

Alas 1 ray unhappy child t why do I not exjiress such b wish ftr 
you f I have expressed it — I have prayed for its Brcompl1shinent--I 
have wept in bitterness at the idea of its being unavailing; lo«lto- 
the noble propensiUes of nature, it is not from virtue, bat tVoiu p 
and vanity, yon seek to derive pleaaure. 

Oil, lovely orphans of Malvinul did yon but know, or oonld yoh 
but conceive the bitter anguish I endnre on my danghter's oocoiurti 
you would thinlc yourwlses amply avenged for all yonr injnriea. 

Oh, God I ere my trembling son) lenves ila frail tenement of ctlJi 
Itt it be cheered by the knowledge of my child's repentance. 



Oh I y.TO jonng and tender pair, wlio »re sbont entering into the 
dnngorOQs po»ession of riches, learn from me that their misarplica- 
tioHj llie perrersion of our talenta, and the neglect of onr duticB, will, 
even in tliia world, meet tlieir pnniEhment. 

Resolute in doing justice to the atmost of my power, I ain ready, 
wlieneTsr I am called apon, to bear evidence to tlic validity of iLe 
will I rliall deliver into your posgeaaion. Boon may all it entitles yon 
U\ be restored, ia the sincere prayer of her who Bubseribes herself 
Tlie trnly penitent 

Ankadeli.a Dukbeatb. 



CHAPTER XLVIIl. 



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Till emotions AmandB eiperienoed from reading this narrative, 
deeply al!ectri, bnt gradually Bnbsided from her mind, leaving it only 
occupied by pity for the penitent Lady Dnnreath, and pleasure at the 
pmsgiecC of Ottoar's independence, a pleastire bo pare, bo fervent, thai 
it hiid power to eteal her IVom lier sorrows, and when the recollec- 
tion of tlieui again returned, eLe endeftvcinre<l to banish it, by thinking 
of the necesaity tlieve was for immediately adopting some plan lor 
tlic disclosure of the will, Lady Dunreath had advised her to pnt into 
the hnnda of a friend of integrity and ahiiltiea. 

" lint where," cried the digcoa»o1ate Amanda, " ran J 6nd si.ch a 
friend f The few, the very few whom rfie had rea»on to think 
r--giifdBd her, had neilber jiowcr nor ability to assist her in what 
n oulil probably be an ardnons demand for reetitntion, After sitting 
a CJinsidurable time in deep meditation, tlie idea of Tinslibrook 
Rudiienlj occnrred. and she started, aa if in joyfhl snrpri«^ at the 
rewe<nbrnuce , she oonsidcKd t'lat, though bIuio^I n Eirangrr tj hnu. 



i7fl OUILDHKM or TIIB 4BIIT. 

*n Applicatiua of eucb & nature most rather b« nturiti » • tMOfllit 
• muut llian a Libert}', from tlie great opiDtoa it wunltl prove sli« ha4 
or his honour b; iDtnutiog bim with such h secret. From hxa toehi 
anil manner she was convinced he wonid not onlj deeply feel fijt t^ 
injured, but ably adiise how these iiyuriea eboukl be radnow^, 
Prom his years and his aitoatiai) tbore could b« no iuiproprietjr l^i 
odilreasing liiin, tiud she nJready in ima^aatioD b^ield bim ber fti 
advocata, luid adviser ; be alao, elie trusted, woold be alUe U> pat bw 
in a way of inakiog inquiries after Oacor. Ohi how duligbtfol 
prospect uf diaooveruig that brollier, of discovering but to put 
in possraaion of even a splendid icdcpendenoe. Ah I baw dW«ot Otn 
idea of being again folded to a heart interested in ber wcUkr«, aiUr 
fo long a solitary monmer treading the ragged path of Iifa, 
bending as she went Ijeneath its adveraa storm. Ah\ how jiVMt 
again to meet an eye that should beam <«itli tendemera on hers 
ear, which should listen with attentive raptnre to her accents, and ft 
voice that would soothe with softest sympathy, her sorrows; 
only thD9<i, who, like her, bare known tlie social ticu of life in aB^ 
tlieir sweetness, who, like her, have mourned their losa with all 



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and Bensibilitj, on viewing the rural beanties of natuie. 8be lufl the 
aharroin^ scene to tcy and get a little reut, but sbe tbonglit not of 
nndresging ; abe soon sunk into a gentle Bleep, and awoke witb reno- 
Tsted spirits near tbe break&st boor. 

Mn. Brnce eipresaed the utmost ro^vt at the neceesitj' there was 
for partiig witb her guests; bnt aildeo, that she believed, as well as 
hoiied, their absence from her would be but short, an she was »nre the 
marquis'^ family would leave Scotland almost Immediatvly atter Lailj' 
Eiiphra'na'B iinptials. In vaia did Amanda straggle for fortitude to 
■npporl the lucntioD of those nuptials : her frame trembled, her heart 
aioken"^ whenever they were talked of; tbe spirits alie had endeft- 
Tourei) to cullect, from tbe idea that the; would all be retgniiite in 
the important affair she must undertake, fleeted away at Mrs. BroM'B 
wurd<, and a heavy languor look poxseaiion of her. 

Tb^y did not leave the Abbey till after tea in the evening, and the 
idea that she night soon behold Iter brotlier, tbe acknuwled^'ed heir 
of that Abbey, cast ogNn a gleam of pleasure on the sad heart of 
Amanda, a gleam, I say, for it fhded before tbe almost iDstantaueona 
rocolleetioD, that ere that period Ix)rd Mortimer and Ijidy Euphrasia 
would be united; sank in a profound melancholy, she forgot her 
situation, lieeded not the progress of the carriage or remarked any 
object ; a sudden jolt roused her from her reverie, and she blashed aa 
she thought of tlie suspicions it might give rise to in the mind of 
Mrs. Duncan, whose intelligent eye, on tlie precediug night, had 
more than half-confeesed her knowledge of Amanda's feelingx. She 
now, though with some embarrassment, attempted to enter into con- 
versation, and Mrs. Duncan, who with deep attention hod marked her 
pensive companion with much cheerfulness, rendered the attempt K 
Euccesafol one. Tbe chaise w^ now tnming from the volley, and 
Amanda leaned from her window to take another view of Dunreath 
Abbey, The ann wna already snok below the borison, hot a tract of 
glory still remained, that marked the spot in which its daily conrse 
was fioisbed ; a dnbiona lustre yet played aronnd the spires of the 
Abbey, and while it displayed its vast magnifiGeuce, by contra.^ 
added to its gloom, a gloom heightened by the dreary solitmle of itM 
aitnation, for the valloj waa entirely overshadowed by the dark prp- 
Jectjon of the mountains, on whose snmmits a few bright and linger- 
ing beams y-^t remained, that showed the wild shrubs waving in tho 



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4TB omi. DRSH OF ths abgby. 

ATemiift breeze. A pensive spirit seonied now to hsve tiikDn pMM*> 
non of Mrs. Buncui, a spirit ooDgonial to the scene, and th« rec 
the little journey was past almost in silenoe ; their lod^ngs nei 
the entrance of the town, and Mrs. Hruce bad tnken care thoj' shoitll 
find every requisite refreahment ■within them. The woman of the 
boQse had already prepared a coiofortable supper for tiiem, wliiob 
was served tip soon after their arrival, Wben over, Urs. Dunca^ 
■ssialed ay Aiiinnda, put tbe children to bed, as she knew, IJll accO*' 
tomei' to her, tbey would not like the attondaaco of the maid of tht 
house. Neither she or Amanda felt sleepy; it was a Sne rnoonligM 
night, and tbey were tempted to walk out upon a terrace, to which % 
glass door from the room opened ; the tcrraoa overhimg a dei'p valjej 
wliicb stretched to the sea, and the rocky promontory that tcrminawd 
it, was crowned with the ruins of an ancient castle, the moonbeatni 
seemed to sleep upon its broken battlements, and the waves thatstolo 
murmuring to tlie shore cast a silvery iipnty aronnd it. A pensin 
pleasure porvtided the hearts of Mrs. Uimoau and Amanda, and, oon^ 
versing on the oliamis of Uie scene, they walked up and down, whett 
suddenly upon the ttoating air they distjnguisbetl the siiand of a 
tant dnmi beating the tattoo: both stopped, and leaned upon a fng- 
ment of a parapet wall, which had once stretched along the terrace^ 
and Mrs. Duncan, who knew the situation of tlie country, said that 
the sounds they Iieard proceeded from a fort near the town. Th^ 
ceased in a short time, bat wore almost immediately snoeeeded bf 
martial mtiaic, and Amanda soon distingnished an admired maroh d 
her father's. Ahl how alFectingly did it remind her of liim. SM 
recalled tlie moments in whicli slie bad played it for him, while U 
hung over her chair with delight and tenderness, she wept at tU 
tender remembrance it excited, wo|it at listening to sonnds which liiit 
80 oRen given to his pale cheek the fiush of ardour. 

Tliey did not return to the house till oonviiiced by a long intervif 
nf silence, Uiat the masic had ceased for the night. 

Amanda having furmedaplan relative to the will, determined not ti& 
delay e:e<mting it. 6be bad often mentioned to Urs. Dnnr«n L<^ 
uueasinees coueuming her brotlier, as an excnse for the melanchof^ 
that lady, in a holf-serlous, half-jedting manner, so otten rallied h*^' 
about, and she now intended to assign her journey to London (whldK 
she was resolved should imniedintely take pincr) to her nnxicoi wist' 




of di^coveriij^f, or at least inqniring about him ; the ni'Xt morning she 
aor;oriliugly meotiouod her inleDtion. Mre. Duotan was not only 
HUrprised but conperned, and endeavoQred to diaauade ber from it, by 
ru]irr3tw[itiiig, in the most forcible manner, the dangers she migbt 
eiperience in so long a jonrney without a. protector. 

Amanda assnred ber hlie was alretuly aware of these, bnt the appre- 
ben.siona tbey excited were less puoful than the anxiety -ibe eiiftbreil 
on her brother's acconnt, and ended by declaring her resohiticm 
unalterable. 

Mrs. Duncan, who in ber heart could not blame Amanda for snch 
a rosotation, now expressed her hopes tliat slie would not make a 
longer stay in London than was absolately necessary, declaring that 
her society wonld be a loss she conid scarcely sapport. 

Amanda thanked her for lier tenderneaa, and smd, "she hoped they 
should jet enjoy many happy days together." She proposed Iravelling 
in a cliuisc to the borders of England, and then pnrsning the remainder 
of tiie jonruey in a stage cimcli : the woman of the honse was sent 
for, and roqnested to engage a carriage for her ngaiuat the morning, 
wIiidU she promised to do, and the intervening titno was almost 
entirely pnssed by Mrs. Dnncfvn in lamenting the approaching loss of 
Amanda's society, and in entreaties for her to retnrn as soon as possi- 
ble. Till this period she did not know, nor did Amanda conceiTe^ 
tlio strength of ber friendship. She presented her pnree to our 
heroine, and in the impassioned language of sincerity, entreated ber 
to consider it as the purse of a sister, and take from it whatever was 
necessary for her lung journey and nncert^n stay. 

Amanda, who never wialied to lie under obligations, when she coald 
possibly avoid thoin, declined tlie offer ; bnt with the warmest ex pre»- 
sious (if gratitude and sensibility, dc-claring (what she thought indeed 
wonld be tliti cni^) that she liad more tlion sufficient for all her pur- 
poses, ail therefore she would accept was what Mrs Duncan owed her. 

Mrs. Duncan begged Iier to talte a letter from lier to a family, near 
whoso house her first day's Journey would lenuiiiate: tliey were 
relations iif Mr. Duncan she said, and had been extremely kind lo 
him and her ; she bad kept up a correspondence with them till her 
removal to Dunrealii Abbey, when she dropped it, lest ber residence 
there should he discovered; but such an opportanity of wntJng to 
•j'Cji bj- a person who woiiH answer all their inqniriee oonoemiog 



*30 CIIILlHtKS OF TilK JBBEY. 

her, she ooold not aeglect ; beeides, she coutinunl, ttiey were ihe n 
ogreeftble and hospiuble people sbe Lad ever kunwa, and ahei 
cunvinoerl would nut eaSar Amajida to sleep &t nu inn, but woid^ 
probably ke^ ber a few days at their houae, and then eucnrt her pM 
of her way. 

Arerse to llie society of BtrnDgere, in her present frame of mind 
Aniftnda said she wuuld certainly take the letter, bat iMold Dot p 
bif present it hersdf. She Chauked Mra. tluucau fur her sulitutva 
cure about her; but added, whether she lodged at an inn or privoli 
honae, tor one night, was of little conseqnence, and a.' I« liur JoiiriM) 
being retarded, it wsr what ahe never oonld allow. 

Urs. Duncan declared, "she was too fond of soUCude," but did boI 
argue the point witii her; she wrote Uie letter however. i 

They took leave of eaoh other at night, as the chaise mts t 
at an early Lour. As Mrs. Dnncan folded Amanda to her heart, alMf 
again heHought her to hasten hock, declaring, " tliat neither slie a| 
her little girls would be themselres till she returned." > 

At an early hour, Amanda entered the chaise, and as ahe steppti 
into it, could not forbear casting a sad and lingering look npon ■ 
distant prospect, where tlie foregoing evening a dusky grove of fia 
had been pointed out to her as encompassing tlie Unrquis of Boalina) 
Castle. Ah! bow did her heart sicken at tlieidea of the ev< 
either liad, or was so soon to take place in that castle t Ah ! hoa 
did Hbe troiiihle at the idea of Ler long and lonesome journey, and lb 
diffl'niltJeB she migjit encounter on its terminalionl How sad, ho' 
(oliUrj did she feel herself; Ler moumfOl eyes filled with tean M al 
I'Aw the matic families hastening to their daily Inbonr, for her nun 
utvolunlarily drew a comparison betwe^i tlieir situation and bar owal 
And, ah I how sweet would their labour be to her, «he ttiongbt, i| 
she Uke them was encompassed by the social tie« of life, feRTB befon 
nntbought of rose in her mind, from whidi her timid nature si 
appalled, should EusLbrook be absent Ironi London, or slionld ha B 
ansner her expectations; but " I deserve disappointment," oriedd 
" if I thus anticiiiate it. Oh I let lue nut be over ei>]nisit« 



oppressed as I already am with real ones ;" she endeavoured tu en 
her spirits ' ahe tried to amuse then: by attending to the objects ■] 



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]iMt, ftiid grkJunlly tlie; lost somewliat of tlie'ii 
arriving in LoDiion, she ile«igned go'iDg to ttje liitberdasLcr's wliore it 
jaay be renieliiber«d she )iad onue met Un. noshbrook; here f\m 
hoped to procure lodgiDgs, niso a direction to Riialibroiik. It ww 
ebunt five wlieu Uiey stopped fur the night, as tlie sliortesi daj'» of 
ontumn woulil not permit a lunger journey, lisd Il« til's"! horse!, 
wbioii wiu luyt the oaee, been able Co proceed. Thej ^top|>ed at tiie 
l3n, which Ur^. Duncan had taken care to know would be Che laat 
■tage of tJie lir$t da}'''s Journey, a small but oeat and cooifortabla 
bcHteci, ruiiuuiticoUy situated at the foot of a Bt«ep hill planted 
with »iicieiit firs, and crowned with the slrnggling remaina of 
wliat appeared to have Imeti a reLigiuui bouae, from a small croM 
which \iA i>tood over a broken gatuway ; a stream trickled from 
the hill, tlioDgli its niunmir throogh the thick nnderwood alone 
denoted its rising there, and wandering round tlie inn, flowed in 
lueanders cJirough a spacious vale, of whioh tli« inn was not the lono 
iuhabiCant, fur cottages appenreil on eitbar tiide, and one large man- 
dion stood in the eeotre, whose superior size and neat planlatjona, 
prociairned it master of the whole. This was really the cose, for 
imntediately on eoteriog the inn, Amanda bad inquired about the 
Macqucen family, to ivbom Urs. Dii(icuu'« letter was directed, end 
learned tliat thej inhabited this house, and owned the ground 
lo a large extent surrounding it. Amanda gave Mi's. Duncan's letter to 
the landlady, aiul begged she would tend it directly to Urg. Uacqneen. 
The iuD waa wiiliouC company, and iCa quiet retirement, together with 
the apjicaraoce of the owners, an elderly pair, soothed the ablated 
fifjirits of Amanda. Her little dinner was soon served up; but when 
»v«r, and slie was lelt to herself, all the painfid ideas she hod so «edu- 
luDsly, and W'ith some degree of success attempttid to banish from her 
mind in the morning by attending to the oljects ihe passed, now 
returned with full or rather aggravated fiirue. Books, tliose pleasing, 
and in affliction, alleviating resources, she hod forgotten to hHng along 
with her, and all that the inn contained she had been shown on a 
sbell'in the apartment she occupitid, hut without finding one that could 
]H)S«ibly til har utteiilion, or change it« melancholy ideas : a ramble, 
ihaugh the evening was DuinviCiug, she preferred to the passive 
liidulgenre of IftP Borrow, and having ordered tea agiunst bcr return, 
and invited the laodliidy to It, ttia wv conducted to the garden 
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of Iho iun, fi'cm wlicuce bbo ascoudei) Uie liiU li; a wii 
pallu Blie mnde ber way with difficalty, througli a path i 
BeHom truddtn wss Ualf choked with weeds and brambles ; ttia 
blew culd and sharp arouDd lier, and the gluoui of dusing daj 
liei),'liteiied by tbe tbiclcand lowering; clouds that insolred Uiedi 
inonntaiiKi in oue dark shade. Near those iiioanioiiu she ', 
the dumnin of Rosline lay, and from the blcnk suinuit of the liil 
BiiiTeyed them an a lone mourner would survey tbe sad spot ia v 
the pleasure of his heart was buried ; forf^ttiDg tbe i^nriios 
wliicb sbe bad walked oat, she leaned in melauuholy rererie ft| 
the A-agment of the mmed building, nor heard appruacbiug iboti 
till ibe voive of her host anddenly broke upon her ear. title at 
and perceived him aoeompanied by two ladiee, who he dh 
infuiiiied her were Mrs. and Miss Mooqueen. They both weot i 
Atoanda, and after the usnal compliments of iDlrodnction wer« 
Mnt. Macqneen took her hnnd, and with a Rmile ot cordial good ni 
invited her to her house for tite night, declaring tliat the {^ 
she had received from Mrs. Doncan's letter was bciglitened by 
introduced through ita means t« a person that lady mentioned i 
particular friend. Miss Macqneen seconded her mother a inriti 
and said " the momaat they bod read tbe letter they had come o 
the purpose of bringing her back with them," 

" Ay, ay," said the host good hunmaredly, (who was hii 
descended from one of the inferior branches of the Mac([ueen9) 
is the way, ladies, you always rob me of my guestii. In good fa 
think I niUHt soon change my dwelling, and go higher np the ra 

Conseious, from her otter dejection, that she would be unable, i 
wished, to participate in the pleasures of converaatian, Amanda d«( 
the invitation, alleging t» an excuse for doing so, her intenti< 
proceeding on her journey the next morning by dawn of day. 

Mrs. MocquBcn declared, that she shonld act as she plenaod li 
respect, and both she &nd ber daughter renewed th(>ir entrealii 
iier company with such eamestness, that Amanda eould no ? 
refuse them, and they returned to the inn, where Amanda b 
tbey would excuse her absence a few minutes, and retired to pa 
entertainers, and repeat her charges to the postillion to be t 
house as soon as he should think any of the family stimng. 6h 
tetnmod to the ladiefi, and attended them to their ininuon, 



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raiglit wel! be tenned ttie sestof hoqiitiJity. The family conBisted of 
Mr. and Mrs. Macqueeo, four sods and six duDghters, all now past 
diildhood, and united to one another by tlie atrii]t«at ties of duty and 
affection. After reaiJing a few years at Edinburgh I'or the improve- 
ment of tlie yonug people, Mr. and Mrs. Mitcijueen retamed to their 
maQBion in the valley, 'where a large forlmie was spent in the 
eignyment of agreeable society and acta of benevolence. Mrs. 
Macqneon informed Amanda during the wallc that all her family 
were now assembled together, as her Bons, who were already engaged 
tn different professions and iii businesB in variouH parts of the kingdom, 
made it a oonstant rule to pay a visit every antnmn to their frienda. 
It was quilu dark before tlie ladies readied the hon^H^ and Ihe vint 
was sharp and cold, so tijat Amanda found the liglit and warmth nf 
the drawing-room, to which she was mnducted, extremely agreeable. 
Tlie thick window-ourtaina and carpeting, and the enlivening Are, hid 
defiance to tlic sharpness of the inountain bla'it which howled without 
and r-ndered the comforts within more delectable by the effect of 
contrwt. In the drawing-room were Mr. Macqneen, two of hi; 
daughters, and half a dozen ladies and gentlemen, to whom Amanda 
was presented, and they in i-elurn to her. In the countenance of Mr. 
Mac(]uecn, Amanda perceived a benevolence equal to that whielt 
irradiated his wife's. Both were past the prime of life, but in hiin 
only was its decline visible. He was lately grown so inSrm as to be 
unable to remove without assistance, yet was his relish for society 
nndiminisbed, and in his arra-chair, his legs mnffled in flannel, and 
BQpported by pillows, he promoted as ranch as ever the mitth of his 
family, and saw with delight the dance go on in which he had onco 
mixed with his children. Mrs. Macqucen appeared but as the elder 
sister of her daughters, and between tliem all Amanda perceived a 
strong family likeness; they were tall, well bnt not delicately made; 
handsome, yet more indebted to Oie animation of their conntenanooa 
than to regularity of featuree for beauty, which was rendered luxuriant 
by a quantity of rich auburn hair, that nnroalraincd by siiporfluoiH 
nrnanients, fell in long ringlets on their shoulders, and curled with a 
sweet simplicity on their white polished foreheads, 

"Bo the boys and girls are not yet returned," s^d Mrs. Mocquoen, 
tddressingonenf her daughters; "I am afrud they have token ttieir 

ends too fkr " She hail scarcely spoken, when a partj waa W.^a^ 




antler th* wimlowi, laughing sod talking, wlio a 
iniiri6di(il«ly inakind ofgay Luinult. Tliedrnwing-rooiDdooroj 
and a tody entered (ofa most preposaestdag appearanoe, tlK>ughadruiefl 
in life) and was followed by a nninber of young people. 

Bnt, ob I what were tbe powerful emotione of Am&ndft's eoul, when 
amongst Uicra nhebtheld I^ady AramintaDonneraiid I»rd MurtimH! 
— Shocked, confosetl, confounded, she strniucd an e3-e of agony nfivn 
them, as if with ahopeof det£>ctingikn iltusiun, then droppnl h«rbead, 
aniioos to conceal herself, though tdje waa tktall; conviDCtd t>h« nhU 
be but a few mimites nnubserv»l by them. Never, aiuidat tbc rnan/ 
trying moments of her life, hr.d shi! eiperienced one more drc«dft||r J 
To behold Lord Mortimer, when she knew his esteem for tier wm Ici«£>| 
at a period, too, when he wa» hastening to be united to another wonm 
ohl it was agony, torture in the extreme: vaiDly did Hha reflect l! 
deMrv(»d not to lose Ida esfe«tn. Tliis oonsdoaene^ ooulJ not i 
present inspire her with fortitnde; her Leart throbbed aa if it ti 
tiDTst her bo«om, her fraroe trembled, and ahe alternately experienet 
the glow of confasion, and the chill of dismay — dismay at the Idea ^ 




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(Inughing and describing their ninblp, which Lad; Aramiata add 
was in the »tjle of Will-o'-tbe-whisp over brakes and through briers) 
were sometin^i) before they ubserved Amanda ; biit soon, ah I hov 
iimcli loo BOOH aid she perceive Mrs. Maonneen approaching to intro- 
<lTice those of her family, who were jnst returned. 

"Tlie trying moment is oome," cried Amanda, "oh I let me not hj 
my oonfudon look as it' I really was tlie gnilty thing I am sQpposed 
to be." She eadefivoarod to collect herself, aad rose to meet the 
young Maoi[tieeii$i, by a timid glanoe peroeiviog tlutt they yet hid her 
from the eyes she most dreaded to eacoonler ; ahe was unable however 
to return Uieir com pli meats, except by a faint smile, and wa« a^n 
sinking upon her seat, for her frame trembled nniversally, when Mrs, 
MiMKinetu taking her liand led her forward, and presented her W 
Lady Uartha and Lady Araniinta Dormer. It may be regiembered 
that Liuly Martha had never before seen Amanda, she therefore gave 
lier, AS Miss Donald, a benignant smile, which had she supposed hei 
Miss Fitzakn, would have been lost in a contemptoiia frotm ; seldom, 
indeed, had she seen a form more interesting than onr horoiae's; her 
mourning habit set off the elegaooo of her form, and the tangnid 
dehcacy of her complexion, whilst tlie sad expression of her couate- 
nance denoted that habit but the shadow of the unsem grief which 
dwelt within her soul; her larg« blue eyes were half concealed by 
Oieir long lashes, but the beams that stole from beneath those (ringed 
ciirtuns were fall of Bwectness and sensibility ; her line hair, discom- 
posed by the joltjog of the carriage and the blowing of the wind, had 
partly escaped the braid on which it was tamed nnder her bat, and 
hung in long ringlets of glossy browD upon her shoulders, ind oarelesB 
(^urU about her face, giving a aweet simplicity to it wliicli heightened 
its beauty. Ilow different was the look she received from I^y 
Araminta to that she bad received from Lady Martha! in the 
expressive canntenance of the formecshe read Hnrpri8e,oont«mptajid 
Htiger ; her cheeks were flnshed witli imuiitial colonr, her eyes sparkled 
with uncommon Instre, and their quick glances pierced the palpitating 
heart of Amanda, who heard her repeat, as if involuntary, the name 
of Donald. Ali! how dreadful was the sound to her ear,'— Ah I how 
sod a confinnatinn did it convey, that every suspicion to her prqjndic* 
•rooid now be strengthened [ — " Ah ! why — why," laid slie to berseli 
I tempted to lake thb bated name? Wlij did I not j refu» 



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iucnrring anv danger to which my own might have exposed i&c^ i 

thuia.seiitLie8ny tliiug like deceit i" Happily the parly ire. e Ico 
«n(^osiwd hy una uouthor to heed the words or maauei' of 
Arnm'mtA. 

Amanda withdrew her hand from Mrs. Maoqueen, and ir 
trembliugly to her seat; but that lady, with a politeness poor An 
had rt«son to thiult officious, stopped Iicr. — "Mj«s Donalds- 
Mortimer I" said Bhe. Amanda raised her head, but not her ejei 
neither saw or heard his lordship. The scene slie had dreadeii 
over, and she felt a httle relieved at the idea. The haughty glai 
Lady ^raminta dwelt upon her mind, and when her agitation I 
little subsided she stole a look at Ler, and saw Mrs. Macijneeu si 
between her and Lady Martha, and from tlie altered couatenam 
the latter, she instantly conjectured she had bocc iufonned hi 
niece of her real name. Slie also oo[|juctured from '.he gu 
directed towards her, that she wua the subject of c^nversalion 
concluded it was begun for the purpose of disoOTCring whether 
Mac<joeeD knew anything of her real history, 

from these glances she quickly withdrew her own, and one oi 
young Macqueens drawing a chair near hers began, a confers 
with all that spirit and vivacity which distingoished his family, 
mind of Amanda was too much occupied by its own concerns ' 
able to attend to any thing foreign to Iliom; she scarcely kne-v ■ 
he said, and when she did reply, it was only by monosyllahxea. 
lost a question, enforced with pounliar earnestness, roused her 
this inattention, and blnsliing for it, she looked at the yonng 
and perceiving him regarding her with Humething like wonder 
now for the Urst time, considered the strange appearance she 
make amongst the company, if she did nut collect and ■impose 
Bjiirits. Tlie family too, to whom she was (&he oould not help tl 
ting) BO nnfortunately iutrwiuced, fnun tlieir hos[iilality, me 
attention oud respect from tier; she resolved, therefore, to sin 
with her feelings, and, as an apology for her absent manner, . 
planed, and not without trtith, of a head-ache. 

Young Macijneen with a friendly wormth said he would acqi 
hiH mother or otie of his sisters with her indisposition, and [in 
snine remedy for it; but slie insisted ho should on no aeoonnt §; 
tlic company, u'-suring him she would soon Iw well : 




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vsilcavoured tu BapjMirt n uoavurimliuu witii biui; but aU! I>«w olten 
did slie I'Qiue iu tlie uidnt of what she was luyiiig, aa Hie atveel 
iasinuating t'oice uf Mortimer readied lior ear, who with hU native 
elegance aud spirit, wiu participating in tlie liveiy converaAtion then 
guiug forward. Id hers with young Macqueeu, she was soon inter- 
rupted hy luJ! futher, who, in a good hainoDred inauner totd his Bon 
lie wiwld no lon^r sufler biui to engross Miss Donald to himsellj and 
d^ircd hiiiJ Ui lead her to a chair near his. 

Young Macqiieen immediutcly arose, and taking Aniiiiida's bund 
led her to his fsther, hy whom he seated her, and by whom on the 
ottter side snt Lady Maf tiia Dormer : then, with a modest gallaotry, 
declared It was the lint time he ever felt reluctanoe to otiey his 
father's ootniiia]id><, and hoped bis ready acqniesceaec to them woald 
lie rewarded with speedy permission to resume his cuuversation with 
Uiss Donald. Amanda had hitherto prevented her eyes Trora wander- 
lug, ttiou^i they could not eii'lude the form of Lord Mortimer: slio 
had uut yet seen hii fiiue, and still strove to avoid doing so, Mr. 
Mttciiueen begoii ivith various inquiries relative to Mrs. DaQCUU, to 
whivh Amanda, as sbt- n'as [irepared for them, answered wilit tolera- 
ble eonijwsure. Suddenly he dropped the nolijeet of his relation, and 
asked Amanda, " fVom what branch of tlie Donalds she descended 1" 
A question so unexpected, shoekrd, dismayed, and overwhelmed her 
with TOttftasion. She made no reply lill the question was reiteatod, 
when, in a low and faltering voioe, her face covered with hln&hc<i, and 
almost buried in her bosom, she said, "she did not know." 

"Well," cHed he, again changing his discourse, after looking at her 
a few iniuutea, " I did not know any girl but yourself would lake 
ench p^as to hide such a pair of eyes as yon hare ; 1 suppose you am 
consaions of the misehief they have the power of doing, and therefore 
it is from eompaasion to mankind you try 'o conceal them." 

Amanda blushed yet more deeply than before at finding her down- 
cast looks were noticed. Slie turned hera wilh quit'kne^s to Mr. 
Kacqneen, who having answered a question of Lady Munlia'i;, thus 
ii.-oueeded; " And so yon do not know* from which branch of the 
Dounldfl joQ are deseended) Perhaps now you only forget, and it" I 
v-K to mention them one by one yonr memory might bu refreshed; 
^ '><i)t tirst let me nab yonr father's sir-name, and what country womiti 
lurried, for the Donalds generally maiTy amonst enili oilier i" 



OdI liuw forcilly wae Amanda nt Uiis tnameal isjurinoej (tf 
indeed her pure soul waatad ench conviction) of ibe fm'm, tba aIimm 
of deception, let the motive be whit it may wliinh prDwiM It. 
TnvoIontBrily were her eyes turned from Mr. UuuqUGon, w h« |iWMil 
for a reply to Ids \mt, qnestion, and ai Che niutueut «iiominl«t«<1 ll>flw 
xf I^rd Mortimer, who sat directly oppo^ittt ti> her, and with dMp 
nitcution refording her, u if Mixions to hear bow she wmii] «xtrteit* 
honelf from the embarrossinent her aBswned name hud plunged Utr 

Her oonnision, her blushes, her too evident distresfl, were all 
inipnted by Hn. Maacfieea to fatigae at listfuhig to such udlooa 
iiiqniriei ; she knew her httsbsnd's only foible was an fUget de«ir« (a 
trace erery oneV pedigree; in ordt;r, therefore, to rvlieve AnuuiiU 
fhxti Iter priMent situation, she proposed a iHiily of whlut, at wliittb 
Mr. Macijoeen often amused himself, and for whidi tha tabls auil 
eiu'ds were already laid before him. As she twik op the canla to 
hsod them to those who were to draw, she whiBpored Amtuula to go 
.iver U) the t«4i-tahle. 

Amanda required no repetition noir, and Uiiinkinit Urn. Mannxm 



caiLunKs or the abbkv. 400 

■to bas vthtt wilt nuike her be considered very bandaome in the nya» 
of many, namely, a large fortune. They only stopped to breakfast 
hero, and ever aince we have boen on the watch for tho rest of tba 
party, who arrived this oiomiiig, and were, on Lady Martha's 
■Monnt, whom the journey has fatigned, |)revailed to stjiy till 
to-niorrow. I nm very glud you cnine whilu Ihey are here; 1 Uiint 
both ladies charming women, and Lady Arsioiuta ([nice as bnodeome 
w her brother; but see," she continued, touching Amanda's hand. 
_ "the oomjuering hero coniea." Lord Mortimer with ditCoulty made 
Itis way round tlie table, and aooepted a seat from Miss Mac^uoen, 
which she eagerly offered hiui, and which she contrived to procure 
by sitting oloser to Amanda. To her next neighbour, a fine lively 
girl, Amanda now turned, and entered into conversation with her; 
bat from this ebe was soon called by Uias Hacqoeeo, requesting her 
to pour out a cup of coffee for Lord Mortimer. 

Amaiida obeyed, and ho arose to I'eoeive it ; her hand treniWeci as 
she presented it. She looked not in his face, but she thonght his 
hand was not quite steady. She saw him lay the cap on the table^ 
Bud 1>end his eyes to the ground. She heard Uisa Maoqneen address 
hiro twice ere she received an answer, and then it waa so abrupt that 
It seemed the effijct of sudden recollection. Miss Macqncen grew 
iibuost as inattentive to the table as her sisters, and Mrs. Macqneen 
was obliged to come over to know what they were nil about. At 
length the bn^neas of tlie tca-tabio was doclared over, and almost at 
the same moment the sonnd of a violin was heard tram an adjoining 
room, playing an English country dance, in which stylo nf dancing 
the Macqnecns had been instructed in Ediubnrgh, and chose this 
evening in compliance to their guests. The mnsic va» a signal for 
universal motion; all in a moment was bustle and gny confnsinn. 
The young men instantly selected tlieir partners, who seemed ready 
to dance from one room to another. The young Marajueen, wiio had 
been so assidions about Amanda, now came, and taking her liaixl, as 
if her dancing was a thing of course, was leading her after the rtst of 
the party, when she drew Lack, declaring she could not dtmcc. Sur- 
prised and dia^poiuted, he stood looking on her in silence, o*; if irre- 
■olote whether he shoald nut attempt to change her resolution. .At 
it lie s[)okc, and rciuestod rlie would not mortify htm by .1 ref^ifal, 
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forwird siJ Jt-i 



4W C II 1 L I. 11 K K o » t M * * 

Uts. l£fto>]ueeti faeiu'lDg her eoo'e request., a 
In it. Aninnda pteaded her beadiiclie. 

"Do, my dear," swd Mrs. Macqueen, " try onp dauoe, tr 
tell yuu dancing i» a sovercigo remedy for (tvcrj-tiiinE." 1 
ful U) Ammda to refuse; but ecarcelj a\A« to stAnd sli« wm u 
nuttblu U> iIoiim; bad even ber strength pcttnlUod I)pr lo i 
>lic could not have sappnrted the id«A of mlDgtiog in the wl « 
Lonl Monimer, the glances of irbuse eye she never cau^t witbonta 
ihrob in '..m hoart which shook tier nliolu lraim«. One or Ui« Xiw , 
Sfaoqiiccns cow ran iato the room, excliuming, "Lcrd, Oi^n, wfaal 
;ira yoD ftboutt Loid Vortiincr and my eislciT have nlreiuly )c<1 «tff i 
do pray make hoxte and join oa," and away she raa agBio. 

"Lut ma DO hiiiger detain yon," snid AtnandA, tritbdrawit^ h 
band, — Yoaug Uacqaeen fiading ber inflexible, at lai^h went off ll 
•ocb a partner. IIv waa aa fond of dimcing ta bb Nstera, ai 
be elionld col procure one ; but Inckily there were f«nr«r g 
than ladies present, nud a lady having stood vp with his y 
ter he easily prevailed on her to change h« paKner. 

" Wti will go into the dandng room if yon pbnue," mU Xn. 1 




tdi 



and tlicf wear DOthing ornBiuentn] Trhich tliov do nrit make Ibem- 
ddveri; sssiHtod by tlieir good oeiglibonra thej are enabled to divereUy 
[heir iimuseinents 1 t!ie dance succeeds the concert, sumetimee email 
playp, and now and then littla dramatio entertainments. About twi> 
yesrs ago Uiey performed the Winter Tale; their poor father was nut 
than in his present sitiiation," Mrs. Hocqiieen sighed, paused amin- 
Ole and tben proceeded; "time mnst t*ke something from as; but 1 
•huuld and do blt-ss with heartfelt gratitude, the power which only by 
its stoolinf liand, Urn made me feel the !ot of hnman nature. Hr. 
Msuqucien (ountiniied she) at tbe timo I mentioned was full of spirits, 
ond pertonnod the part of Aulolycna. Tliey made me take the char' 
acter of the i;ood Paulina ; by thus miiing in the amusements of oar 
ohildren, wo bnve added to their love and reverence, perfect con- 
fidence and est«eui, and find, when oar presence ia wanting, the 
diversien, tet it be what it may, wants something to render it 
complete, — Tliey are now abont aclirg the Gentle Shepherd. — Several 
raheaiBsis liavo nlready taken plac« in onr grent bam, which is the 
tlieatre. Ou tliese occasions one of ray bods leads the band, another 
paints the scene, and Colin, your rejected pnrUier, acts the part of 
prompter." Qere this converaation, bo plesfling to Amanda, and 
iotaresting to Mrs, Macqneen, was intermpled by a message from tho 
drawing-room, to inform the latter tho robber wns over, and a 
new set wanted to cut in. 

"I will return as soon m posaihle," said Mrs. Macqneen, as she was 
qnittinii^ lier seat. If Amnnda had not dreaded the looks of Lad; 
Martha almost as ranch oa those of Lord Mortimer or Lady Aremlnta, 
Blie would lisve followed her to the drawing-room. As this was tho 
I'sse. she resolved on reniainirg in her present situation; it was some 
lime ere the was observed by the yonng Mneqaeens. Atjast Miss 
Ma&iaeen came over ta her ; " I'declare," said she, " you look so sad 
and solitary, I wish yoa could be prevailed upon to dance; do try 
this, it is a very fine lively one, and take Flora for your partner, who 
yon Ore has sat in a comer quite discomposed since she lost her part- 
ner, and by the next set Oolin will be disengaged." 

Amanda declared she could not dnnce, and Miss Macqueen being 

Mllvd to her place at the instant, elie was agdn lett to herself; Miss 

Ifftcqneen, however, eontlnixed to come and chat with her, wheuever 

Bmm cotdd do so without lu«ng any part of the dance. At Inst Lord 



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Hortiawr biknnd bcr. Tbe *ya of Am; 



wm icTQtcntarilr 
r iiim Bpiiniarl] : " Yoa w* an atm^ 
krta rcft^mg'," ctied ba to Hias lUfqawa, *• htnr do jv9 aoppuM I 
will «]«»• jonr froitieDt desenion)" 

"- Why, iiim Donald is io lonesome," aaid sbe. 

'* S««," crte4 be, with quickness, " your uvur bedwa* jnju to !i«t ; 
aolKir toe (taking bez hood) Ui ksd 70D to her/' 

Aimuula lookt4 op h tber inored from her, uul lan Lard Vorti- 
mer'a head half turned hack; bat Ibe iostant she perceived Mm li» 
averte<l it, and took no Guther notice of her. When tin m| wm 
finished, UJM Macqueen returned to Amanda, and wm fidU>w«d if 
■ome of her bnithm and neters; some of the ganllwaiw iIm 
approached Amanda, and rojnested the hononr of her hand, tmt p)m 
wad Eteadj' tn refOsiitg ail. Kich wines, Hvreetiueals, and worn 
lertioitade, wc^re now buided about io profOMon, and (Jie strains of 
■he liolin were &D(^ceed«I br tbu»e of the bngpipo, plajed bytti* 
famit; mosii-iiui, venerable in bis appearance, and habited In tin 
ancient Highland dress; with an mach aaiefaclion to hlioseaf as his 
Bcotch andilora, bo plajed a lively Scotch red, which in a n 




! floor; thither, witliont ceremony, whoever was next the 
door first proceeiled. Mr. Mftcqiieen was already seated at tlie tfthle 
Id his ann-ulisir, and Lud; Martha Dormer on his right hand; the 
eldest son was deputed to do the honours of the foot of the table; 
the conipany waa chequered, and Amanda found heraelf seated 
between Lord Hortiioer and Mr. Colin Uacqueea; and in converting 
with the latter, Amanda sought to avoid noticing or being noticed by 
Lord Mortimer ; and his lordship, by the p&rtioular attention which 
he paid Miss Macqueen, who sat on his other aide, appeared actuated 
by the same wish, The sports of the morning had furiushed the 
table with a variety of the choicest wild fowl, and the plenty and 
beauty of the confectionery denoted at once the hospitable spirit and 
elegant taste of tlie mistress of tlie feast; gaiety presided at tb« 
board, and there was scarcely a tongue, except Amanda's, whiuh did 
not utter some lively sally ; the piper sat in the lobby, and if his 
nrains were not melodious, tliey were at least cheerfnl. In the 
coarse of the sapper I^rd Mortimer was compelled to follow the 
universal example of drinking Amanda's health; obhged to tnm her 
looks to him, oh I how did her heart shrink at the glance, the 
expressive glance of his eye, as he pronounced Miss Donald; unoon- 
scioQS whether she had noticed in the usual manner his diatreseing 
ooropliinent, she abruptly turned to young Macqueen, and addressed 
some scarcely articulate question to him. The supper things removed, 
the strains of the piper were silenced, and toiuits, songs, and senti- 
menU succeeded. Old Mr. Macqueen set the example by a, favourite 
Scotch air, and then called npon his next neighbour. Between ths 
songs toasts were called fur. At lost it come to l.ord Mortimer's 
turn. Amanda suddenly ceased speaking to young Macqueen. She 
Raw tlie glass of Lord Mortimer filled, and in the next moment heard 
the name of Lady Euphrasia Satlierland. A feeling, like wounded 
pride, stole into the soul of Amanda: she did not decline her head 
as before, and she felt a faint glow npon her cheek. The eyes of 
Lady Martha and X«dy Araminta she thought directed to l.er with an 
expressive meaning. "They think," cried she, "to wltUMS inorti- 
Scation and disappointment in my looks, but they shall not, (it 
indeed they are capable of enjoying such a triumph) liave it.'' 

Al length the was railed upon for a song. She declined tlie call ; 
^J^t Mr. Macipicen dorlared, except assured she c<<nld not sing, thi 




e tliao ODce had heard frotn 
o soDg wliioh at some time OF 
le simple ajr she bad cboMO 
oice, whose modnlatioos war« 



KhoiLd not be excaB«d. Thia assnraiice, wilhoot a breaoh of troth, 

nhe fodd not give ; she did not wish to appear angrateful to bar kioa 
enturtAiaor^ or uosucial in the miilst of mirth, by refiiuof; what si 
WW (old would be pleading to tliem and their company ; she also 
wished, from a sudden iiopnUe of pridei, to appear cheertiil in thuM 
ef es, siie knew were atlcntively obt-erving lier, aod therefore attof a 
little hesitiition, consented to aing. The first song wliich ocomred ta 
bist was a httle simple but patheUo air, which her father used to 
dalight in, nod which Lord Mortimer n: 
her; but indeed site could reoollect d 
other she had not sung fur him. Tl 
eeeiued perfeolly adapted to her soft v 
inexpressibly affectJDg. 6be had proceeded through half the Becoad 
Terse when her -voioe began to taltcr; the attention of the oompanj 
became, if powible, more flxed; but it was a vain atteoUon, no rich 
strain of melody repaid it, for ttie voice of tlie Bongatress had totally 
ceased. Mre. Macqneon, with the deliency of a susceptible mind, 
feared increasing ber emotion by noticing it, and with a gboee of 
lier expressive eye, directed her company to silence. Amanda's eye» 
were bent to the ground. Suddenly a gloss of wai«r was preaented . 
to her by a trembling hand, by the hand of Mortimer binudf. She 
declined it with a motion of hers, and reviving a little raised her 
head. Toung Maoqueen then gave her an entrea^g whisper to 
finish her song; she thought it would look like affectation to roqnira 
farther solicitation, and, funtly smiling, again began in straioa of 
liquid melody, strains that seemed to breath the very spirit of aemi- 
biUty, and came ova each attentive ear, 



Tlie pUodits Bh« reoeived for her singing gave lo her nheeki snob 
a faint tinge of red, as is seen in the blossoms of the wild rose. 8h« 
wns now autborized to coll for a song, and, as if doomed lo eiperienea 
cause for agitation. Lord Mortimer was the person from whom in tha 
foljition of tlie table, »be was to claim it. Thrice ebe was requested 
lo do this ere she aonld obey. At kst she raised lier eye* to bii 
ftipp, which was now turned towards hvr, nuj she jhw in It a oonfu- 



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sjoii eqna. to tliat she herself trembled under. lale and riid by tami 
lie apjienri^ to licr to wait id paiafiil agitation the sound of her voioe ; 
her lii>:^ moved, bat alie oonld not articulate a word. Lard Mortimer 
bowed, as if iie had lieard wliat ihey would hare said, and thou 
tnmiag abruptly to Hi«s Maeqneeo, began speaking to her. 

" Oomo, come, my lord," snid Hr. Mooqneen, " we must not be put 
off in this manner." 

Lord Mortimar laaghed, and attempted to rally the old gentleman ; 
bnt he seemed unequal to the attem^it, for with a sadden geriooBnesa 
he declarod his inability of complying with the present demand; all 
farther solieitfttiOD on the subject was immediately dropped. In tha 
rotmd of toasts tliey foi^t not to oall on Amanda for one ; if she bad 
liatened attentively wlien Lord Uortimer was aboat giving one, no 
less attentively tlien did lie now listen to her. She hesitated a 
moment, and tlien gave Sir Charles Bingley. Afler the toast had 
paaoed, "Sir Charles Bingley t" repeated Misi Mncqneen, leaning for- 
ward, and speaking across Lord Mortimer. "Ohl I recollect him 
very well, his r^ment was qnartered some year» ago at a little fort 
eome distance from this, and I remember his coming with a shoot- 
ng party to the monntains, and Bleeping one night here ; wo had a 
delightful dnnce that evening, and all thought him a charming yonng 
lan. Pray, are you well aoqn^nled with him?" 

" Yes — no," replied Amanda. 

" Ah I I believe yon are a aly girl," cried Miis Macqneen, laughing. 

Pray, my Lord, doee not that blash declare Miss Donald gniltyl" 

" We are not always to jndge from the countenanoe," said he, dart- 
ing H penetrating, yet qnickly withdrawn glance at Aioanda. " Eipe- 
'," continued he, "daily proves how little dependence is to be 
placed on it." Amanda tnmed hastily away, and pretended, by speak- 
) yonng Macqneen, not to notice a speech she knew directly 
pointed at herj for ot^en had Lord Mortimer declared, that "in the 
lineaments of the hunum face divine, each passion of the sonl might 
well be traced." 

"MiK Macqneen laughed, and siud, "she always judged of the 
countenHnce, and that her llldngs and di^Ukings were always the 
effect of first sight" 

Tlie company broke np soon after this, and much earlier than the 
□tuat hour on account of tlie travellers. All bnt those thee luiinit 



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diatelj beloDging to tlie fELmil; h&Ting deputed, tome Buida ofti 
house appeared to show (be ladies to Uieir re^peotive chain btn. Lbjj 
Uartha And Aramlota retired tirst: Amanda wan fo'Jcwing tbcn, 
when Ura. Maajneeo detained her tu liy and provul on bur to slaj 
two or three days along with them. Thti Hiss Uaoque«aa Joined 
their mother, but AruaniU assared them she wold not ooiuply witli 
their request, though she felt with grntitade its friendly wannlh. 
Old Mr. UocijueeD hod his ohsir turned U) the fir«, and hig sons aiui 
Lord Mortimer were anrrounding it, " Well, well," eaid he, c«IUug 
Ainsada to him, and talking her hand, " if you will not stay witli la 
DOW, remember on yonr return we shall lay an embargo on yniii in 
tlie nieantime, I shall not lose the privilege, which my being nn old 
loarriod man gives me." So saying he geoUy pulled Amanda to him, 
and kissed her cheek. She could only smile at this innooent tVealoin, 
hot she attempted to withdraw her hand to reljre, " How," *wd 
Mr. Mac<]ueea, still detaining it, " are all these young men half ibbiI 
with envy I" The young Macqoeen.'f Joined in their fiither's gaUonUy, 
and not a tongue was silent o^icept Lord Uorlimer^a^ his head rest* 
on his hand, and the cornice of the chimney supported his a 



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throving liei'self into a ch&rr, BToIled herself of solltnde to fpre vent 
to the tears, whose p&ioful EQppr««tuon had 90 loug tortured lier he«rt. 
She had out sst long in Uiis situalion, wheu ehe heard a geotte tap Bt 
the door. Bhe started, had believing it to be one of the Miss 
MocqueenH, hastily wiped away the ti^ara, ond opened the door. A 
female alranger appeared at it, who, cnrtsjing reepeotfully, said, 
" Lxly Martha Dormer, her Lady, desired to lee Uiss Donald fur a 
lew minutea, if not inooDTanietit to her." 

"See ine I" repeated Amanda, with the utmost enrprise, "c*n it be 
powiUel" She suddenly checdied lierself and said "she would attend 
her ladyship immediBtely." She B.ccordingly followed the maid, a 
Tariety of strange ideas crowding upon lior mind. Her oondnotrwa 
retired as she shut the door of the room into which she showed 
Amanda; it was d awali anti-cliamber adjoining the apartment Lady 
Uartha was to lie in. Here with increasing surprise she beheld Lon.1 
Uortimer pacing the room in an agitated manner, — Ills back was Ic 
the door as sbo entered, but he turned ronnd with qaiclcneM, 
approached, looked nn her for a few mluntes, tlien striking his hand 
enddenly against his foruhoad, turned from her with an air of distrac- 
tion, 

Lady Martha, who was sitting at the head of the room, and only 
bowed as Amanda entered it, motioned for her to take a chair, a 
motion Amanda gladly obeyed, fur bor trembling limbs could scarcely 
mipport her. 

All was silent for a few minut«a, Lady Uartha then spoke in a 
grave voice. — " I should not, madam, have taken the liberty of send- 
iag for yon at this lionr, bot that I believed so favourable an opporta- 
nity would not again have occurred of speaking to yon on a enbject 
particnlarly interesting to me — an opimrtuniiv which has so unex- 
pectedly Hsved me the tfonble of trying tu find you uut, and the 
liecesnty of writiog to yon." 

I.ady Martha paoaed, and her silence was not intemipted by 
Amanda. — "Last summer," continued Lady Martlia — ngnin ake 
pati<ied— tbe throbbing^ of Amanda's heart became more violent. 
■^Liist summer," said she again, "there were some little gifts pre- 
•enled to you by Lord Mortimer; from the events which followed 
; .'tixeir ac<*p[aBeo, I must presame they are viJuolcss to you ; from tbe 
s alvnii taking place tliey are of ire:p"»riancc cUcwhece." Hij 

&';od, but Amanda could make ik reply- 



4Blf CHILDREN or THS*ABBCT, 

"Tou cannot be ignorant," said Lady Martha, with » metliliig 
severit; in her accent, ss if uffended bj the silence of Amanda, "j 
cftimot be ignorant, 1 snppose, that it is the piclnre and ring I allndk 
lo; the latter from being a family one of particular value, I al 
dcHtined for the wife of Lord Mortimer, I therefore claim it In n^ 
own name. The picture 1 have his lordship's approbatioa an! 
snlhority to demand, and to convince you I have, indeed if such * 
conviction be necessary, have prevmled on him to be present at 



"No, madam, sncb a conviction was not necessary," crieJ 

— "I ahonld ." She could utter nu more at the moment, yA, 

tried to enppreas the agonizing feelings that tumultuoosly beared IMR 
bosom. 

"If not convenient to restore them iionedial«1y," said Lady Harth^ 
"I wiD give you a direction where they may be left in London, Nt 
which place Mrs. Macqueen haa informed me you are going." 

"It IB perfectly convenient now to restore them, madam," repKed 
Amanda, with a voice perfectly recovered, auimated with consctook 
innocence and offended pride, which also gave her strength. "Irfial 
return," continued she, moving to the door, "" with them iaunediatdj 
to your ladyship." 

'ilie picture was suspended from her neck, and the ring in its cafe 
iny in her pocket ; but, by the manner in which they had teen aaked^ 
or rather demanded from her, she felt, amidst the anguish of her eotS, 
a sudden emotion of pleasure that she oiuld directly give them Ymek\ 
yet when in her own room she hastily untied the picture from her 
neck, palled the black ribljon ftom it, and laid ft in its caae, hv 
grief overcame every otlier feeling, and a shower of tears fell from 
' — "Oh, Mortimer! dear Mortimer!" ahe sighed, "must I part 
:n witli tliis little shadow! must I rebun no vestige of happier 
irsi Yet why, why should I wish to retain it, when the original 
I BO BOOD be another's t Tes, if I Iwhold Lord Mortimer again, it 
will be as the busbitnd of Lady Euphmsin." 

She recollected she was staying b-jyoud the expected time, and 
wiped away her tears: yet atiii ahe lingered a few minutes in hw 
Fliamber, to try and oabn her agitaiion. She called her pride to her 
aid, it inspired her with fortitude, and she proceeded to Liuly Martha, 
determined that lady should see nothing in her manner wlucb sba 
could possibly construe into weakness 




cuii-osGH or TUB ADBET. 4B9 

Never did she appear more ioterealing tlian at tlie moment she 
re-entered tlio apartment. The passiun she had called to her aid gave 
a bright glow to ber cbeek-s, and the traces of the tcurs she hod been 
HlieddJDg, appeared upon those glowiDg cheeks like dew on the BJlken 
leaves of the rose ere the Bunbeama of the morning have eibaled it. 
Tlioiie tears lefl, a humid lustre in ber eyes, evea mure uiterestiDg than 
Iheir wonted brilUanc;. — Her hair hung in rich and Dnrcstrained 
toinriance, for she iiod llirowo off her hat on first going to her 
ctuunber, and gave to the beauty of her face, and the eU-gauce of ber 
form, a cumpletu tiiiiBhing. 

" Here, madam, is the ring," cried ehe, presenting it to Ladj 
Hartba, "and here is the picluro," she would have added, hnt ber 
voice faltered, and a tear started from ber eye ; determined to conceal 
if possible, her feelings, she hastily dashed awuy the [learly fugitive. 
Lady Martha was again extending her band, when Lord Mortimer 
Buddcnly started from a couch on whioli be had thrown himself and 
Hnatclied the picture from the trembling hand that hold it, pulled it 
from iU case, and flinging it on tlie floor trampled it beneath hia 
feet: — " Tims perish," exclaimed be, "every memento of my attach- 
ment to Amandal OhI wretched, wretched girl," oried he, euddenly 
grasping her iiond, and as suddenly relinquishing it. " Oh I wretched, 
wretclied girl, yon have nudone yourself and me I" He turned 
abruptly away, and instantly quitted the room. Shocked by his 
words and terrified by his manner, Amanda had just power to gain 
a eliair. Lady Martlia eecDied aiso thunders true Ic ; but from the 
musing attitado in which she stood, the deep convulsive sufibealing sobs 
of Amanda soon called her. — She went U> her, and finding Iter unable 
to help berself, loosened her cravat, bathed ber twnples with lavender, 
and gave her water to drink. Those attentions and the tears »be 
shed revived Amanda. She raised herself in her chair, on which 
she bad fallen hack, hut was yet too much nptated lu slaiid. 

"Poor unhappy young creature!" sdd Ijidy Martha, "I pity you 
fi-om my sonl. All I if your wind resemb.ed your person, what a 
jierfect creature hud you heeni How happy had then been nij poof 
Mortimer I" 

Now, now was the lest, the shitiing test of Amanda's virtue, 
Agonized by knowing slie had lost Ilie good opinion of tlioM wliom 
bhe loved with such ardour, esteemed wilL sucli reverence, t^he knew 



bj afew wurtls aheconid explun the appevimcefl if hicb Iiad d<|iTf*tl 
liar of his good oidnion, and fuUj- regain it, regain, by a few » 
the love, the esteem of her valued, her inestimable Uorlimer. Ui 
affection, the prot«otioD of his amiable aunt and Bi8t«r. She leMM 
her head upon her hand, the weiglit on her boaom beowne li4i 
oppressire, she raised her bead ; " Of taj itinoceDoe I CAn pxm an 
proofs," cried she — her lips clueed, a mortal [>aleness OTerspreod Ii 
taov, the Bonnd of anicide aeemod pii>rcing through her ear, ai 
trembled, the solamn, the dreadful declaration Lord Chcrbor; lu 
irmde of not surviving the disclosure of hia secret, hor promif« d 
inviolably keeping it, both rushed upon her mind, she beheld herseU 
on the very verge of a treioendous precipice, and aboat plnngiug het^ 
belf and a fellow-creatnre into it, from whence at the tribunal i>f li«r 
God, she should hove lo answer for accelerating the death of that' 
fellow-crcatore : " and b it by a breach of faith I" ahe oslced herself; 
"I hope lo be re-established in the opinion of J«rd Murtiiner and 
his relalionei Ah! mistaken idea, and bow gccul ts tlie delusios 
pasaon spreads before our eyes, even if thiar eateem could thua 
regained ! Oh I what were that, or what the c^tceto, the ]>landlt< of 
the world, if those of ray own heart were gone forever! Obi ne 
cried she, still to berseli^ and raising her eyes to heaven, " oh ! [ 
may tJie pang of self reproach be added to those which now oppr«a 
me I" her heart at the moment formed a solemn tow never by bdj 
wilfol act to merit such a pang: "And obi mj God." she cried, 
"forgive thy weak creature, who, aseailed by strong temptation, 
thought for a moment of wandering from the path of truth and 
integrity, which can alone conduct her to the region where peace ftod 
immortal glory will be hers." 

Amanda, antidst her powerful emotions, forgot that she was obserred, 
except by that Being to whom she applied fur pardon and futnr* 
strength. Lady Martha had been a silent spectator of her emotiona, 
and, tliiuking as she did of Anianda, oonld oidy hope they proceeded 
from contrition for her post oondact, fordbly awakened by refleclJoB 
on the deprivattODS it bad oauiiei] her. 

Vlhea she again saw Amanda able to pay attention ebe addressed 
her; "I sud I was sorry for witnessing your distress, I shall not 
repeat the eipresaion, thinking aa I oow do, 1 hope that it ia occasioned 
by regret for past errors; the tears of repentance wash away the «t 



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dpiiilt, «tnl tliftt leart mnat iodeed be calloua wliich the sigh of 
rHniorse will not melt to pity," — Amsndft tnmed her eyes with 
earnestness on Lady Mtuthn, as she spoke, and her cheeks were ngaiu 
tinged Willi a faint glow. 

"Perhaps I speflk too plainly," eried Lady Martha, wilnesaing this 
glow and imputing it to resentment, "bnt I have erer liked the 
nndisgnislied language of sincerity. It gave me pleasure," she conti- 
I ued, " to hear you Lave been in employment at Mrs. Duncan's, but 
that pleasure was destroyed by hearing you were going to London, 
thoDghtu seek your brother, Mrs. DiiDcanbasioformedMrs. Muoijneen. 
If tills were indeed tlie inotire, there are means of inquiring wilLont 
taking so imprudent a step." 

"Iiiipradent I" repeated Amanda, involuntarily, 

'"Tes," cried Lady Mnrths, "a journey so long without n proleetor 
lo B young, I must add, a lovely woman, teems with danger, IVom 
which a mind of delicacy wonld shrink appalled. If indeed yon go 
lo seek your brother, and he regards you as he should, he would 
rather Lave yoa neglect him (though that yon need not have done by 
staying with Mra. Duncan) than run into the wnj of insidts. No 
emergency in life should lead us to do an improper thing, as trying to 
jiroduce good by evi! is impious, so trying to produce pleasuro 
by imprudence is folly : they are trials, however flattering they 
may commence, which are sure to end in sorrow and disnppoint- 

" Ton will," conlinood Lady Martha, " if indeed anitioas to escape 
from any hrther oeiumre than what has already befallen you, return 
10 Mrs Duncan, when I inform yon, Qf indeed yoii are already igno- 
lant of it) that Colonel Belgrave passed Ihia road about a month ago, 
on his way from a remote part of Scotland to London, where he 

"I cannot help," said Amanda, "the miseonstrnctinns which may 
lie pat on my actions; I can only anpport myself nnder the pain they 
inJict l>y conscious rectitude. 

" I am shocked, Indeed, nt tlie surmises entertained about me, and 
B wretch whom my snnl abhorred from the moment it knew its real 
principles." 

"If," said Lady Martha, "your journey is really not prompted by 
'jie intention of seeing your brolhor, you haghten every other error 
by 'inplicity." 



002 cniLDRiiT or tbk abbkt. 

"Tod ara Hrere, madam," Bxolalmed Amanda, In vboM scml tk 
pride of iqjnred iunocence yraa again rerlTing. 

" If I probe the woond," cried I«d j Uartha, " I would alao widi to 
beal it ; it is the wish I feel ot M-nng a young creature from fbrtbv 
error, Mf serving the being onoe m Talned bj him who popooopob 107 
first r^ard, that makes me apeak as I now do. Ketnin to Ifn. 
Dnncan, proTe in one instonoe at least, yon do not deeerve suapicioa ; 
ahe is yonr friend, and in your sitnation, a friend is too preciooa a 
treasure to mn the risk of losing It with her; as ahe lire» retired, 
there will be little danger of jonr hietoT7 or real name bdog ^aoor- 
eied, which I am sorry yon dropped, let year motive for doing ao be 
what It may, for the detection of one deception makes na aoqMct 
every other. Retam, I repeat, to Urs. Duncan's, and If yon want 
any inqniriee made abont yonr brother, dictate them, and I will take 
care they ehall be made, and yon shall know the rcsnit." Had 
Amanda's motive for a jonmej to London been only to seek her 
brother, she wonid gladly have accepted of this ofibr : thna avoid the 
imputation of travelling after Belgrave, or of going to join him, the 
haiard of encountering him in London, and the dungeni ^t so long a 
Journey; but the affair of the will required expedttiou and her own 
immediate presence — an alTair the Injonction of Lady Ztnnreath had 
prohibited her disclosing to any one who could not immediately for- 
ward it, and which, if such an injunction never existed, she could not 
with propriety have divulged to Lady Mnrtha, who was so eoon to be 
connected with a family so materially concerned in it, and in whoa* 
Avonr, on account of her nephew's connection with tlkem, it was 
probcble she might he biased. 

Amanda hoped and believed, that in a place so targe as London, 
with her assumed name, (which she now reeolved not to drop till in 
a more secure sitnation) she should eecape Belgrave. As to meeting 
him on the road, she bad not the smallest appreiiensioD concerning 
that, naturally conclading that he never would have taken so long a 
Journey as he had lately done, if he coold have staid hot a few weeks 
away; time, she trusted, wonid prove the falsity of the inference, 
which she already was informed would be drawn from her perseverance 
in her journey. She told Lady'Marilia that she thanked her for her 
kicd offer, hut mast decline it, as the line of condact she Lad mitrked 
out for licrself rendered it unnecessary, wlioee innocence wonid yet te 



Jnatllleil, aboniltleil. Ltul/Marth&shuok her bead; tba coDsciuiuiieii 
of baring exaited aospiciooB wbiab she could not justify, hod indeed 
^voa to the looka of Atnandik a Donfusioa whan sbe spoke, ivhich 
aonfirmed them in Lady Mortha'a breast. "I oro sorrj for your 
determination," said sbe; "bnt, not withstanding, It is so contrary to 
my ideas of what is right, I cannot iet you depart witbont telling joii, 
that should yoa, at any time, want or reqaire sorvicea, whioh you 
woald or could not ask from strangers, or perhaps expect them U) 
perform, acquaint me, and coiumand mine: jet in doing joatjce to my 
oirn feelings, 1 must not do injustice to the noble ones of Lord Mor- 
timer; it is bj his desire, as well as my own indination, I now speak 
to you in this mauoer, thuagh past events, and the sitaation he is about 
coloring into, must forever preclude hia personal interference in year 
nflhirs. lie could never bear tbe daughter of Oaptain Fitzalan suffered 
iDoonrenieDces of any kind without wishing, without having her 
indeed, if possible, extricated from it." 

"(Jht madam," cried Amanda, unable to repress her gushing tears, 
" 1 am already well acquainted with- the noble feelings of Lord Morti- 
mer, already oppressed with a weight of obligations." Lady Martha 
was affected by her energy, her eyes grew humid, and her voice soft- 
ened, "Error in yon will be more inexcusable than others," cried 
Lady Maltha, "because like too many nnhappy creatnres, you canno' 
dlead the desertion of all tbe world: to regret post errors, b« they 
what they may, is to insure niy assistance and proteetion, if both or 
either are at any time required by you; was I even gone, labonld 
take care to leave a substitute behind me, who should tiiUil ray inten- 
tions towards you, and by doing so, at once soothe and gratify the feel 
logs of l*rd Mortimer." 

" I thank yon, inodain," cried Ainanila, risiug from her chair, as she 
wiped away her tears, summoning all her fortitude to her md, " for 
Uie interest yon express about me ; the time may yet come, perliaps, 
when 1 shall prove I never was naworlby of exciting it, when the 
notice now offered from compassion may be tendered from a^teem — 
tlien," coutinned Amanda, who could not forbear this justice t« herself, 
"tlio pily of Laily Martha Dormer will not humble but exhalt me, 
because then I shall know that it proceeds trom that generous sympa- 
tJiy, which one virtuous mind feds for another in distress." She 
r liioved to the door. " How lamenUble," said Lady Martha, " ti) havg 
■^V''< to'onts misajijdied '." 



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« Ab I m&dun," cried AmniiJb, Btopping ud turaiag muuniMlf m 
ber, " I find yon are infleiible." 

Ladj MartLa ehook iier bead, and Amanda bad laid bar hand upon 
the lock, whiiD Lady Martha eaid suddenly, "tbere wpre htura 
poased betireen 70U and Lord Uortimer." Amaiida bowoil. 

" Tliey had better be mutnalfy rotunted," lud Ladj Martha, " I)o 
you seal up bis, and send tliem to Lord Chta'biiry'a ti(iua« In I>.>ndon 
directed to nie, and I pledge myself to have yours rctumiiU." 

" Tou Khali be obeyed, iimdain," replied Amanda, in a low bnikea 
voice, after the pause of a moment. I^y Martha tbou naicl abo 
wontd DO longer encroach upon her rest, and she retired. 

In her chamber the feelings she had ao long, lo paJufiiUy tried 
to suppress, brote furtli iritbont again meeting oppoailioo ; Uie pride 
which bad given her tranaient animation, was no mora, for as past 
circumstances arose to recollection, she could nut wonder al her being 
condemned froui tlietii. She no longer aucnsed Lady Martha lu her 
mind of severity, no longer felt offended with her ; bat oh 1 Mortim 
the bitter tears she ehed fell not for herself alone, obe wept U 
tbv deatinv. thou?b more nroBDerona. waa not less nnhaonr than k 



rtimfif^ 

ptud 

lanM 



Her patlmice was exliam^ted after siltiiig 9uiu« time, bdJ guiag lo U,e 
door sLe softly opeoei] it, lo try if she could hear anj one sliri'inij. 
&be Lad not luog Btood, whea the souad of fbotatepa and voico^ rose 
from btilow. — Sbe insiantlf quitted her room, and defc«uded tli« 
Btaira iuU) a amall liall, across which was a folding door; thi; she 
goDtlj ojieimd, and found it divided the hall she stood in fri>in ooe 
Ibat waa spacious and lofty, and which her passing through the pre- 
ceding night before il was lighted up, bad provented lier taking 
D'jtic« of; here, at a long table, were the men servants belonging 
to the familjr and the guests, assembled at breakfast, the piper at Uie 
head, like the king of the feast. Amanda stepped back the moment 
uhe perceived them, well knowing Lord Mortimer's servants would 
recollect her, and was asoending the stairs to her room to ring for one 
uf the maids, whoa a eervaul hastily followed her, and said the fami- 
ly were already in ttie breakfast room ; at the same momont Hr. 
CaUu Mocquecn came from tlie iwi-loar which opeued in the little 
liall, and paying Amanda, in a lively and ad'ectionate manner, the 
compliments of the morning, he led her to the parlour, where not 
only all the tamilj guests who had lun in the house, but several gen- 
ilemea, who had been with them tlie preceding night, were assembled. 
— Doctor Johnson has already celebrated a Scotch broaktast, nor was 
ihe one at which Mrs. Maoqueen and her fair daughters presided. 
Inferior to any be had seen ; besides chocolate, tea and coffee, with 
Lbe usual appendages, there were rich cakee, choice sweetmeats, and 
a variety of cold pastry, with bom and chickens, to which several of 
tbe gentlemen did honour; the dishes were ornamented with sweet 
herb and wild dowers, gathered abont the feet of the monntmns and 
la the valley, and by every guest was placed a fine boaqnet ftom thp 
green-bouse, with liltJe French mottues on love and tViendship abont 
them, which being opened and read, ad<ied to the mirth of the com 
pany. 

" I was just going to send one of the girls for you," said Mrs. Mac- 
queen, when Amanda had token a place at the table, " and would have 
done BO before, but nished you to get oB much rest as possible, after 
your fatiguing journey." 

"I*wure yon, madam," siud Amanda, "I have been up this long 
I tintu, expecting every moment a anmmons to the chaise." 

•• 1 took care of that last night," said Mrs. Maoqueen, " for I WM 
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601} CUILDRKX or THE ABBKT. 

detonniiwd yon slioiilil not deport at least without br«akftatia( 
Amttads was Mated between Mr. Oolin Maoqneen and Itia ddnt 
ustor, and soDgbt b; oonTerung with the former, for the latter wm 
too nincli engrossed bj the general gaiot; to paj particolar att«ntMn 
to an; one, to avoid the looks she dreaded to see: jet the Bound of 
Lord Mortimer's voice affected her aa tnach almost aa his looka. 

"Praj Ladj Martha," aud the seoond Miu Maoqneen, a firdf, 
thoughtless girl, " will joxir ladjship he so good as to goarantee ■ 
promise Lord Mortimer has just made me, or rather I have extorted 
from him, which is the oattse of this application T" 

" You must first, my dear," answered Lady Martha, " let ne know 
what the promise is." 

" Why, gloves and bridal faronrs, bat raoet anwilliDgly granted I 
can assure your ladyship," Amanda was obliged to set down theeuf 
she was raising to her lips, and a glance stole involuntarily from bu 
lowurds Lord Mortimer, a glance instantly withdrawn when aho ■«■ 
his eyes lu the same direction. " I declare," continued Hisn Phebj 
Mao'iucen, " I should do tlie favour all due honour." 

'' 1 nm sure," cried Lord Mortimer, attempting lo speak cheerfully 
" your acceptance of it would do honour to the presenter." 

" And your lordship may he sure too," said one of her brothere, "it 
is a favour she would wish with all her heart to have an 0|>portmuty 
of reluming." 

" Oh ! in that she would not be nngular," said a gentlemiui. 

" What do you think. Miss Donald," cried Colin Maoqneen, turning 
to Amanda," doyon imagine she woidd not!" Amanda oooldscareelj 
apeak ; she tried, however, to hide her a^tation, and forcing a Mot 
smile, witli a voice nearly aa faint, said, "that was not a fur qow- 
tion," Tlio Miss Macqneens took upon themselves to answer it, and 
Amunda through their means was relieved from farther eiubnrrass- 

Breakfast over, Amanda was anzions to depart, and yet want«d 
courngo to be the first to move: a charm seemed to bind her te 
the spot where, for the last time, she should t>ebo1d Lord Mortimer, at 
knit tiie last time she ever expected to see him nnmarried. 

Uor dread of being tat« on the road, and she beard the deetined 
stage for the night was at a great distance, at lost ronquered boi 
rcliiclniicc to move, snd she said to Mr. CSolio Mnoineen it was tioie 



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tor Ler to go. At tbat mometit Lord Uortimer rose, and proposed to 
the jonog Uacqueena going with tliem to eee tHe new plantations 
behind the honse, which old Mr. Macquoen hod expressed a deaire bis 
lordsliip should give his opinion of. 

Ail the young gentlemen, as well 09 the Uacqueens, Colin excepted, 
attended bis lordship, nor did the; depart without wishing Amanda 
a pleasant jonrney. 

Silent and sad she continned in her chwr for some minutes after 
(hej quitted tlie room, forgetful of her «ttiation, till tiie loud Uagh 
of the Miss Mocqneens restored her to a recoUeelion of it. She 
blushed, and rising hastily, was proceeding to paj her farewell oom- 
plimente, when JSrs, Mac^ueeo rising drew her to the window, and 
In a low yojco rejieuted her request for Amanda's company a few 
days. This Amanda again declined, but gratefullj ezpreased her 
tliftuks for it, and the liospiinlity she had eiporienoed. Mrs. Mocqneen 
said, on her return to Scotland, she hoped to be mure succeasl^l. She 
also added, that some of her boys and girls would gladly have accom- 
panied Amanda a few niiW on her way, had they not all agreed ere 
her arrival to escort Lord Mortimer's party to an inn at no great dis- 
tance, and take an early dinner wiUi tliem. She should write that 
day, she siud, to Mrs, Duncan, and thank her for having Jntrodnced 
to her family a person whose auqnuntance was an acqniHllion, 
Amanda Imviug re<ieived the affectionate ideas of this amiable woman 
and lior daughters, cortseyed, though with downcast looks to Lady 
Martha and Lady Aramiuta, who returned her salutation with oool- 

FoDowwl by two of the Miss Macqueens, she honied tlirongh 
the ball, from which the servants and their breakfast things were 
already removed ; but how was she distressed when the first object 
she saw outside the door was Lord Mortimer, by whom stood Oolin 
Maoqneeo, who bad left the parlour to see if the chaise waa ready, 
and one of his brothers ; hastily woold she have stepped forward to 
the chaise, hud not the gallantry of tbe young men impeded her way: 
they eipressed sorrow at ber not stapng longer amongst them, and 
hopes on her return she would. 

"Pray my lord," cried the Miss Macqneens (while tbeir brtrtherj 
were thns addressing Amanda) "pray my lord," almost in the sane 
f hrwtth "what have y.ia done with the gentlemen!" 



" Yon sUould ask your brother," he replied ; " he lias looked them 
up in the plontatioa ;" a fruho was at all times pleasing to the lighi- 
Learted Mucqueena, and to enjoy the present one, off tliey ran direct^, 
followed by their brothers, all calling as they ran to Amanda cot to 
Btir till they came back, which wonld be in a few roinntes ; 
Amanda, from the awkward, the agitating situation in which thef 
left her, would inatsntly have relieved herself, could sbe have e 
the postillion Lear her; but, bs if oigoying the race, he bad gone u 
Bomo distance to view it, and none of tLe servanta of the houae i 
near: conscious of her emoiioos, she feared betraying them, and 
stepped a few yards from the door, pretending to he engrossed hj tba 
Macqueene ; a heavy ijigh suddenly pierced lier ear. " Amanda," ia 
the next moment said a voice to which her heart vibrated, 
tnrned with involuntary quickness, and saw Lord Uortimer close bj 

" Amardo," be repeated ; tlien suddenly clasping Lis handa 
together, eicldmed, with an agonizing expression, while be turned 
abruptly from her: "Gracioos Heaven I what a situation I Amanda,' 
joJd be again, looking at her, " the scene which happened last night 
was distressing. I am now sorry on your account that It took plsc^ 
notwithstanding past events I bear yon no il! will ; tiie knowledge of 
your nneasincas wonld give me pain \ from my heart I forgive yos 
all that you have caused, that yon have entailed upon me; at thia 
moment I could take yon to my arms, and weep over yon, like a food 
mother over the lost darling of Ler hopes, tears of pity and forgiv«< 

Amanda, unutterably affected, covered her face to hide iLe tean 
which bedewed It. 

"Let me have the pleasure of hearing," continued Lord Mortimer, 
" that yon forgive the uneasiness and pain I might have oocasianed 
joQ last night." 

"Forgive 1" repeated Amanda, "Oh! my lord," and her voice sunk 
in the sobs which heaved her bosom. " Could I tliink you were, 
yon would lie happy." Lord Mortimer stopt, overcome by strung 
emotions, 

" Happy r' repeated AiaandB, "Oh I never — never," continued 
nhe, ruMng hor stnuning eye* to heaven, " ohi never — never in thia 
woridl" 



At this moment the MacquMM were not only heard but aeeo rnn- , 
ning back, fotluwed by the geotlemen whom they had been prevailed 
nn to liberate. Shucked at the idea ofbeiog seen in such a. situation, 
Amanda would have called the poetitliou; but he waa too far off to 
hear her weak voice, had she then even been able to exert that voice. 
Blie looked towards him, however, with an expression whioli denoted 
the feelinga of her boo). — Lord Mortimer, Ben^ible of those feelings, 
hastily pnlled open the door of the chaise, and taking the co!d and 
trembling hand of Amanda, with one eq>ially cold and trembling, 
assisted her into the chaise, then pressing the hand ho held between 
both his, he snddenly let it drop from him, and closing the door 
without again looking at Amanda, called to the driver, who instantly 
obeyed the call, and bad mounted ere the Maoqneens arrived. Oh I 
what a contrast did their looks, blooming with health and exercise, 
their gaiety, their protected situation, form to the wan, dejected, 
desolate Amanda. With looks of surprise they were going up to the 
chaise, when Lord Mortimer still standing by it, and aniions to save 
Ills nnhsppy. lost Amanda, the pain of being noticed in such agitation, 
gave the man a signal to drive ofT, which was instantly obeyed. 

Thns did Amanda leave the mansion of tlie Hacqneens, where 
Borrow had scarcely ever before entered without meeting alieviation, 
s nianaioD, where the stranger, the wayfiiring man and the needy, 
were sure of a welcome, cordial as benevolence and hospitality could 
give, and where happiness, as pure as in this sublunary stJite can be 
experieneed, was enjoyed. As she drove from the door, she saw tho 
iplendid equipages of Lord Mortimer and Lady Martha driving to it. 
She turned from them with a sigh, at reflecting they wonld soon 
grace the bridal pomp of Lady Euphrasia. She pursued the remain- 
der of her journey without meeting anything worthy of relation. It 
waa in the evening she reached London. TIio moment she stepped 
at the hotel she sent for a corria^ and proceeded in it to Mis. Con- 
nal'a in Bond-street. 




SiiB alighted from th« carriiigo when it stopped at the duoij i 
eiitfere)] the sliop, where, to her ineipresalble gulidfnoliou, tLe f 
object she balielt] was Kiss Bushbrock, sittiug peusivelj at oae uf 
counters. Tbe moment she saw Anuuida she recoUuct«d her, i 
Etorting u|i, excliumcd, as she took her bond, "Ah I dear 
this ia indeed a joj-fnl surprise I— Ah 1 how often have I wished 
meet ;oa again to express m; gratitude," The afTeotionftte recepUi 



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she met, and tbe oneipected aigbt of Miss Rusbbrook, seemed 
promise Amanda, tliot her wishes relative to Kiiabbrook woold 
only be accelerated, hot crowned with success. She retorned 
fervent pressure of Mlsa Rushbrook's hand, and inquired oftar 
parents: tbe inqniry appeared distressing, and she was snawt 
with bestlsUon, that they were indiiFereDt ; tbe evident 
inent her question excited, prevented her renewing it at 
Tbe mistress of the bouse was not present, and Amanda requested 
she was within, she might see her directly. Miss Rnsbbrook imn 
diately stepped to a parlour behind the shop, and almost iostsa 
returned followed by tbe lady herself, who was a little fat Iri 
woman past her prime, hut not past her relisli for the good things 
this life: "Dear madam," said she, oonrlesyiog to Amanda, "yon I 
very welcome; I protest I am very glad lo see you, thongb I oei 
bad Uiat pleasure hut once before ; but it Is no wonder I sbonld 
80, for I have heard your praises every day since, I am sure, tn 
that young lady," looking at Mias Rtisbbrook. Amanda bowed, 1 
lier heart was too full of the pnr[H)3e of this visit to allow her 
Kpcak about anything else. She was just como from the country,! 
told Mrs. Connel, where (she sighed as she spoke) she hod left ! 
friends, and, being unwilling to go amongst total strongera, shs 1 
e to her bouse in hopes of being able to procure lodgings in it.- 
Dear ma'am," said Mrs. Oonne), " I proteat I should bare 



liippf to liitvij aucoiiiiiioduteU j'uu, but Bt present lu)- Louse is quite 
ftill." 

Tbe duB]>poiDtm«Dt tiiis spoeuli gave AnuuKla rendered her alknt 
for a luoment, nud she was then going to ask Ura. Connel if she cuold 
recommend her to a lodging, when sho pcrctived Miss Kusbbrook 
whigpering her. " Why, madam," ci'ied tbe former, who by a nod of 
lier head seemed to approve of what tbe latter bad been saying, 
"since you dislike so much going amongst strangers, which indeed 
■hows your prudence, considering what iiueer kind of people are in 
Llie world, Miss Emily says, that if yon eoudeseend to accept a part 
of her little bed, till you csan settle yourself a little more ooinfurtably 
in town, yon shall be extremely welcome to it ; and I can assure yon, 
madam, I shall do every thing in my power to render my honso 
•greeable to yon." 

"Oh! most Joyfolly, most thankfully, do I accept the offer," said 
Amanda, whose hearl bad sank at the Idea of going amongst 
Htrangers. — "Any piaee," she continued, speaking in tbe fulness of 
tliat agitated heart, " beneath so repntable a roo^ would be an asylum 
of comfort I should prefur to a palace, if utterly unacquainted ivith 
the people who inhabited it." Her trunk was now brought in, and 
the carriage discharged ; " I suppose, ma'am," said Mrs. Connel, 
looking at the Irnok on which her aasumed name was marked, "yoo 
are Scotch by yonr name, though indeed yon have not much of the 
accent about yon." 

" I declare," cried Emily, also looking at it, "till Uiis moraeal I 
was ignorant of your name." 

Amanda was pleased to hear tliis, and resolved not to disclose her 
real one, except convinced Ruslibrook would interest himself in her 
affairs. She was conducted into the parlour, wLiuIi ^va^ neatly 
Airnislied, and opened into a shop by a glass door. Mrs. Counet 
stirred a declining fire Into a checrfal blaze, and de^red to know if 
Amanda would choose any thing for dinner. " Speak l!ie word only, 
niy dear," said she, "and I tliink I can procure you a cold bone in 
tlie house. If you had come two hours sooner, I cnnld have given 
you a nice bit of vea\ for yonr dinner." — Amanda assured licr i^he did 
not wish to take any tliitig till tea-time. 

"Well, well," cried Mrs. Oonne!, "you shall have a snug cup of tea 
br *nd by, and a hot muffin with it. I am very fouil of ton inysclf, 



SI'i CB[J. DR2H or THK ABBKr. 

though poor Str, Connel, who U dead and gnce, qmnI of^en uid oAra 
to Bflj, I Uiat was Eo nerroiis should never louoh l«ia; but, Biddr, 
he would tav, and he woald Ungb bo, poor desr roan, <roa wtil til 
jourj>ex are like joar mother Eve, onahle to resut temptatioo.'' 

Emi); retired soon after Amanda entered; bat retarned in b few 
Minutes with her hat and oloak on, and said, "nothing bnt a riaitaiia 
ma«t pa; her parents shonld have indac«d her to fDregOi, for the SM 
evening at least, the pleaDiiro of Hiss Donalds KHiie^." 

Amanda thanked her for her pnllteneaa, bntunmdlieT, tf oooMdtf^ 
pd H3 a restraint, she would be unhappy. 

" I assure you," s(ud Ura, Connei, as Emily departed, " ahs la rtKj 
fond of yon." 

''I am happy to hear it," replied Amanda, "for I thiuk her • tnM 
Amiable girl." 

"Indeed she !»," cried the other, "all the fanlt I find with h«r, it 
being too grave f»r her time of hfe, — Poor thing, one cannot m 
at tlmt however, uonsideriog the situation of bor parents." 

" I hope," internipted Amanda, " it is not so bod as it wu." 

"■ Bad I Lord, It cannot be worso ; the poor captain haa be«a i 



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long been wbcD tlie [wor m&n bid adiea to oil mortal care, aod wu 
•oon followed hy Mr. Gunnel. Well, to be sure, I wt» sad anil 
toliury eooDgh: but when I tionght how irreligions it was to breiik 
one's heut witb grief^ I pluclcod n-p mj spirita, and begita to hold ap 
my head ii^iii; so to make a abort story of a long one, sbont bjs 
yean ago, Mrs. Rushbrook and Mias Emily come one day into the 
abop to buy Mmetbing, little thinking they should see an old fHeod; 
it waa to be sure a meetiDg of joy and sorrow as one may any, we 
told all oor griefs to eaoh other, and I found things wevo very bad 
with the poor captain ; indeed I have a great regard for him and his 
ftmily, and when he waa eontined I took Emily home aa an ossislant 
in my boainess; the money she earned was to go (o her parent!:, and 
I agreed to give her olotbea gratia : but that wonid have gone a little 
way in feeding so many months, had I not procured plain work for 
Mrs. Ruahbrook and her dangbtera, Emily ia a very good girl 
hidoe^ and it is to see her parents she is now gone; but while I am 
gabbling away I am snre the kettle is boiling :" so saying she started 
np, and ringing the bell, took the tea-things from the beanfet where 
tbey were kept; the maid having obeyed the well-known snmmons, 
then retired, and as soon as the tea was mode, and tlie mnSins 
bnttered, Mrs, Oonnel made Amanda draw her cbnir clo^e to tlte 
table, that alio iniglit, as she smd, look snug, and liiiiik licr ti?a 
comfortably. 

"I asanre yon, ma'am," cried ahe, "It was a lui;ky bniii- Tui M].ut 
Bmily when she entered my house." 

" I have no doubt of that," said Amanda. 

"YoQ mnat know, madam," proceeded Mrs. Gonurl, "ftlmtit k 
month ago a gentleman come to lodge with mo, who I soon fonnd 
WS3 Tnaking speeches to Mi^ Emily ; he was one of tho«e wild-looking 
apatks who, like Ranger in tlie play, look as if they would he popping 
throngh every one's doora and windows, and playing ancli tricka, as 
made poor Mr, Strickland so jealons of his wife. Well, I took my 
genlJeman to task one day nnawares; ao Mr. Sipthorpe," says T, "I 
am told yon have cast a sheep's eye npon one of roy ^ris, but I must 
tell yon she is a girl of virtue and family, so if yon do not mean to 
deal honorably with her, you moat either decamp from this, or speak 
lo her no more. Upon this he made me a speech as long ns n member 
iif parUmanl upon a new tax. Lord! Ur. Sipthorpe," siys T, " tbero 
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Tor nil tLiB DraUtiTf, ft few wonU will settle the baeroMt 
between os. Wi-ll, tliU waa commg clow to tbe point you will n^ 
and he told me llien he always meant to danl honourably by Uin 
Emily, and told me all about his circamstanceB, BJid I fonnd h« hadk 
flue fortune, which indeed I parti; pieesed before, from the &pp«*r< 
auce he made, nnd be ^atd he would not only marry Miss Etnily, I 
lake her pareiil^ otit of prison, and provide for the whole fkmilji 
Well, now comes Ihe provoking part of inj story. A young clerCT- 
man had been kind at the beginning of th^r distress, to tbeni, uA 
he and Mies Emily, took it into their lieada to fall in love with ei 
other. Well, her purenU gave their consent to their b^ng married 
which to he sure 1 thought a very foolish thing, knowing the yonii| 
man's inability to serve ttiom. To be sure he promised fair «noi 
but Lord I what could a poor curate do for them, partienlarly n 
be got a wife and house full of children of liia own, I thonghtf sot 
euppoaed they would be quite glad to be off with him, and to gnt 
her to Mr. Sipthorpo: but no such thing I assure you. Wben { 
mentioned it to tliem, one talked of honour, and another of , 
tude, and as to Miss Emily, she f^rly went into fits- Well, I thoo^ 
I would sene thcrn in spite of themselves, so, knowing the corate ti 
be a romantic juung fellow, I writes off to him, and tells him wbK 
a cruel thing it wonld be, if, for liis own gratification, be kept li 
Emily to her word, and maile her lose a match, which wOHld free htf 
family from all their diffioultias, and in short, 1 touched np M> 
passions not a little, 1 assure yon ; and, as T hoped, a letter cnme fi 
him, in which lie told her he gave her vji. Well, to be 8iir«, UteM 
was sad work whtin it came; with her I mean, for the captMH mA. 
his wife were glad enough of it, I believe, in their hearts; ao Ktlart 
ivery thing waa settled for her marriage with Mr. Sipthorpe, and U, 
made a nnmber of liandsome presents to her, 1 assnre yon. anil tiNf 
are U> be married in a few days. He la only waning for bis rent« U 
the country to take the captain ont of prison; bat hero is Uiss Einllf, 
instead of being quite merry and Joyful, is as dull and as meloueb) 
as if she waa going to ho married to a frightful old mar.." 

"Consider," said Amanda, "yoa have jnst said her heart waspi 
engaged." 

Lord I" cried Mrs. Connel, "a girl at her time of lift e 
dinnge her love as her rap." 



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"I Binoercif bope," exclaimed Amanda, "that afae either hw or 
OAj soon be able to transfar hers." 

■'And now, pnvy. madnm," cried Mrs, Oonnd, with a look whiob 
Beomcd to say Amanda ebonid be as ooininniucatiT« as she had been, 
"ma; I at>k from wbeuce jou bare traTelledl" 

" From a remote j)art of Scotland." 

"Dear, what a long Joornejl — Lord J they say that It is a venr 
deeolal* place, loa'ani^ withont never a tree nor a boah in it." 

"I assure jon that it wanta neither shade nor verdure," replied 
Aroanda. "Really; well. Lord, what lies some people tell I Pray, 
ma'am, may I ask what conntry-woman yon are I" 

"Welch," said Amanda. "Really I well, I snppoae, ma'am, you 
have hod many a aoramble Qp the monnt^n after the gouts, which 
they say are marvellous plenty in that part of the world." 

"No indeed," replied Amanda. "Are yon come to make any long 
stay in London, ma'am?" "J have not determined." "I suppoao 
you have come abont a little business, ma'am t" resnmed Hrs. Oonnel. 
"Yee," replied Amanda. "To be sure, not an affair of great conse- 
quence, or so young a lady would not have undertaken it." Amanda 
fmiled. but made no reply, and was at length relieved trom thess 
tiresome and inqnisitive questions by Hn. Oonnel's calling in her 
girls to tea; after which she washed the tea things, put them into tho 
baaufot, and left the room to order something for sapper. Left to 
herself, Amanda rejected that, at tho present juncture of Bushbrool'a 
afTaira, when his attention and time wore engrossed by the approach- 
ing settlement of bis danghler, an application to him on her account 
would be not only impertinent but unavailing ; she therefore deter- 
mined to wait till the hurrr and agitation produced by such an event 
nad Bubuded, an3 most sincerely did she hope that it might be pro- 
dacUve of felicity to all. Mrs. Connel was not long absent, and 
Emily returned almost at tlie moment she re-entered the roora. 
" Well, Miss," sMd Mrs. Oonnel, addressing her ere she had time to 
speak to Amanda, "I have been telling your good friend here all 
etoQtyoar atlairs." 

"Have yon, ma'am I" cried Emily, with a faint smile, and a 
d^ected voice. Amanda looked earnestly in her fkoe and saw an 
expression of the deepest sadness in it. From her own heart sho 
imdily imngliMd what b«r feelings most ha at such a di<> appointment 




w tin. Connel iiud mentioned, and fult tli« eiiioerest pity for hM, 
Mr*. Oonael's voiubilily tormeattid Uiem both; supper h&ppil^ termi< 
nated it, UB she was then much better employed ia her own opinion, 
than aho could possibl; h&ve been in lAlkiog. AmsndA pleaded 
fatigoe for reliriug ewly. Mra. Connel adviaed her to try a feir 
(■losses of wine as a restorative ; but site b^ged to be excused, and 
allowed to retire with Emilj. The chamber was small, bit neat, and 
enlivened bj a good fire, to whidi Amanda and Emilj sat down 
wliile undressing. The latter eagerly availed herself of this opportD- 
nity to express the gratitude of her heart. Amanda tried to chang* 
the discourse, but could not succeed. " Long, madam," oontinoed 
Emily, " have ne wished to return onr thanks foe a beneliuslian ao 
delicately conveyed as yours, and happy were my parents tonight, 
wlien 1 informed them I conlil now express their gniteM feet- 
ings." 

"Thongh interested exceedingly in your aSain," said Amaodft, 
making another effort lo change the discourse, " be assured I never 
should have taken the liberty of inijulring minutely into them ; and I 
mention this leat you miglit suppose, from what Mrs. Oonod aaid, 
that I had done so." 

" No, madam," replied Emily, " I had no such idea, and an inqniiy 
from jou would he rather pleasing than otherwise, because I should 
then flatter myself you might be induced to listen to griefs which hsT* 
long wanted the consolation of sympathy — auoh, I am Bare, aa thejr 
would receive from yon." 

" Happy should I be," cried Amanda, " had I the power of alleTi»> 
ting tbera." 

" Oh ! madam, you have the power," smd Emily, " for yon would 
commiserate them, and commiseration from you would be ft balm to 
my heart; you would strengthen me in my duties, yon would iostrnot 
moinroHignation; but I am selfish in desiring to intmdethciu on you." 

" No," replied Amanda, taking her hand ; " you flatter me by ench 
S desire'" 

" Tlien madam, whilst you are undressing, I will give myself the 
melancholy indulgence of relating iny little story." 

Amanda bowed, and Emily thus bagao. f^ 



cuiLDRsa or tbk ^b 



OnAPTEB LI. 

Tiks hud, take h«d, Ibsu laTelr Dwid, 
Not be b]F tlllurlDt Ula tMUij'd. 

"To open our hearts to those ^e know will oommiBOrste ( 
sorrows, in tha sweetest consolotioa those boitowb can receive: to 
j-gii, then, tnadam, I divulge mme^ sure at least of pity. At the time 
1 Snt hod the bapplnesa of seeing jon, the little credit mj father had 
waa extianated, and his ioabiUt; to paj being well known, be waa 
arrested one eveuing aa he sat hy the bed-side of m; almost expiring 
mother! I will not pain joar gentle nstare hj dwelUng on the 
Iiorrora of that moment, on the agonies of a parent, and a hoahand 
torn from a faiuity so sitnaled aa was my father's ; feeble, eniaoiBted, 
without even sufScieat clothing to guard him from the iuclcmeuo; of 
the weather, he leaned npon tlie omt of one of the hulifia, as be 
turned liis eyi» IVom that wife he never more expected to behold. 
She fainted at the moment he left the room, and it waa many minntea 
ere I had power to approach her. The long continuance of het fit 
at length recalled ray distracted thoughts: but I had no restoratives 
to apply, no assistance to recover her, for my eldest brother had 
followed my father, and the rut of the ohildren, terrified by the 
Hoeiie they had witnessed, wept together in a corner of the room. I 
had at last recoUccled a lady who lived nearly opposite to ns, and 
from whom I hoped to procure some relief for her ; nothing but tbi 
present emergency could have mode me apply to her, for the atten- 
uon she had paid us on first coming to Mr. lleathfield's, was entirely 
withdrawn after his death. Pride, liowevor, was forgotten at the 
present moment, and I flew to the house. The servant showed ma 
into a parlour, where slie, her daughters, and a young clergyman I 
bad never before seen, were sitting at tea. I could not bring myself 
to mention my diutresH before a stranger, and accordingly begged to 
speak to her in another rooi^; but she told me, in a blunt mumiHr, I 
might speak thei'e. In a low and faltering voice, which siglis and 
tears often impeded, I at^qnidnted her of what bad happened, tba 
■ituation of my mother, and requested a cordial for her. How fTeal 
B lay coflfusion when she declared aloud all I had told ber, and 



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518 CUILDREN OF TUE ABBII. 

tnroitig to her daughter, liid her give me part of a bottle of wi 
"Ay, ay,'' cried she, "I always thonght thinga would turn out 
It was really very fouliali of Mr. Heathfield to bring you to hia hoiuM^ 
Mid lead you all into SDcb eipeosesl" 1 listened to no more, bat 
tatiDg tho wine, with a silent pang retired. 

I had not been many niiautcs returned, and was kneeling by th* 
bed-side of itiy mother, who began U> ahow some aymptoms of retonu 
ing life, when a gentle knock came to the hall door ; I anppoeecl it 
my brotlier, and bid one of the children fly to open it. What waa i 
surprise when in a few minutes she returned, fuilowed by the young 
clergyman I had jnst seen I I started from my kneeling posture, and 
my looks expressed my wonder. He approached, and, in the soA 
accent of benevolence, apologized for his intrusion : but said, he camtt 
with a hope and wish that he might be serviceabte. Ohl how 
BOO tiling were his words I oh! bow painfully pleaaing the voice of 
tenderness to the wretched ! The tears which pride end indigo&tioD 
had saspended but a few minutes before, again began flowing. 

"Bnt I will not dwell upon my feelings; suffice it to say, that 
every attention which could mitigate roy wretchedtieas lie pud, and 
that his efforts, aided by mine, soon restored my mother. Hie looks, 
his manner, his profession all conspired to calm her spirits, and ahe 
bleesed the power which ao uneipectedly gave us a friend. ICy 
brother returned from my father merely to inquire how we were, and 
to go back to him directly. The stranger requested permission to 
accompany himi a request most pleasing to us, lu we trusted hia 
soothing attention would have the same eOcct upon his sorrowing 
heart as it had upon ours. Scarcely had ho gone ere a man arriTed 
from the neighbouring hotel with a basket loaded with wine and ' 
provisions ; but to enumerate every instance of this young man'a 
goodnefis would he encroaching upon your patience, in short, by hi» 
care my mother in a few days was able to he carried to my father's 
prison. Mrs. Connel, who on the first intimation of oar disCreas, bad 
oome to u^, took me into her house at a stated salary, which was ta 
be giveu to my parents, and the rest of tl^ children were to continna 
with them. My mother desired me one evening to tnke a walk with 
the children to Kensington, as she tlidught tiiem injured by constani 
oonfioement. Our friend attended us, aud in our way tbitlier 
tnfnrmed mc that he must soon Icnre town, ns he wns but a roontrjr 



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mrate anil Itis leave of absence from bis rector vaa cxpirod ; it was 
nbcve a month since wo bad known him, during wliioh time bia att«ii- 
lions were nnremitted, and he was a source of comfort to nsuli. A 
•ndden chill came over nij heart as he spolte, and everj sorrow at that 
moment seemed aggraTated, On entering Kensington gardens, I Beated 
myself on a little rising monnt, for I felt trembling and fatigued, and 
he sat heHde me. Never had I before felt so oppressed, and tny tears 
gushed forth in spite of my efforts to restrain them. Something I 
■aid of tbeir being ocoasioned by tlie recollection of the period when 
laj pnreota enjoyed the charming scene I now contemplated along 
with me. " Would to heaver," cried be, " I could restore them to 
the enjoyment of it 1" 

" Ah !" said 1, " they already lie under nnretamable obligations to 
yon ; in losing yon," added I, involuntarily, " they will loso their 
only comfort." 

"Since then," cried he, "you fiatter me by saying it is in my 
power to give them comfort, oh t let them have a constant clnim 
upon me for it. Oh I Emily," ho continued, taking my hand, "let 
thom be my parents as well as yours ; then will their loo scrnpnlons 
delicacy be conquered, and they will receive as a right what they 
now consider as a favour." I felt my check glow with blnslies, but 
■till did not perfectly conceive his meaning. " My deatiny is 
humble " he continued : " was it otherwise, I should long since have 
entreated you to share it with me ; could you be prevuled on to do 
to, yoQ would give it pleasures it never yet eiparienced," Ha 
paused for a reply, but I was unable to give him one. 

" Ah, madam, how little necessity either was there for onel ray 
looks, ray confusion, betrayed my feelings. He urged me to speak, 
and at last I acknowledged I should not hesitate to share his destiny, 
but for my parents, who by sncb a measure would lose my assistance. 
"Oh, do not think," cried he, " I would ever wish lo tempt yon into 
any situation which should make yon neglect them," He then pro- 
ceeded to say, " that though unable at present, to liberate them, yet 
lie trusted, that, if they consented to oar union, he should, by econ- 
omy, be enabled to contribute more essentially to their support thau 
I could do, and tlfo be able in a short time to diachai^ their debts." 
Ilia proposal* were made known to them, and met tlieir wannest 
Klf rohalinn. The plesJ^re they derived from them wa.i more ot my 



SaO CHILD HEN or thk abbbt. 

■oooojit tbaa their own, u th« fdea of bsTing ma an BetUed ramoni 
a, weight of anxiety from xhtir nduia; some of my brolliers ood oa- 
t«ra Bhoold live with ua, he ssiil, and promised mf tioiQ sIiodIiI ba 
obiefly speot in doing fine works, whioh should be lent to Um. Don- 
nel to dispose of for my parents, snd also that A'om time t« liioa, J 
fthotUd visit tliem, till I had the power of hriogiag Ibem to my cotu^i^ 
for such he described hia residence. 

Ho was compelled to go to the country, bnt it w«a settled b«aliotiU^ 
return in a short time, and have every thing finally eettlcMl. In 
about a week after his departure, na I -wns rotaming one ntoring fimn 
a lady's, where I bad been on a message from Hrs. Coonel, a gonti*- > 
man joined me in the street, and, with a rode familiarity, 6nd«aTOW«d 
to enter iato conversation with me. I endeavourvl to shake biin eOt 
but could not succeed, and hastened home with the ntmost expedition, 
whither I saw ho fitUowed me. I thought no more of the incident tiU, 
about two days after, 1 saw him enter ibe »liop, and heurd biin , 
Inquire of Mrs. Oonnel about her lodgings, which to my grent moiti* 
Hcation he immediately took, for 1 could not help suspecting bn li«d 
some improper motive for taking them. I resolved, however, ifandi ■ 
a motive reallv existed, to disaPDOlDt it bv keepiaic oat of his wav; 




OBtare I Hin HbdHt making;. Bipthorpi 
lited, had my heart even been disengaged." 

AmDndB felt tiie tnteat pity for her yoang friend, who ended ber 
narrative in tears ; but she did not, bj TieldiDg entirely to thai pi^ 
(as too many girU, with tender heorta bnt weak heads might have done) 
iieigliten the sorrow of Miaa. Rnslibrook. She proved her friendship 
and Byrapathy more sincerely than she conld have dona by mere 
expressions of condolement, which feed the grief they comniis- 
erale, in trying to reconcile her t« a destiny that seemed 
irrevncnble ; she pointed ont the claiiuB a parent had upon 
a child, and dwelt npon the delight a cliild eiperieoceci when oon- 
BcioQS of fatfilling those claims. She spoke of the raptnre attending 
the Irinmph of reason and himiamty over self and paasion, and men- 
tioned the silent plaudits of the heart as superior to all gratification, 
or extei*nal advantegoa. She spoke from the real feelings of her soul, 
Fhe recollected the period at which, to a father's admonition, sbe had 
resigned a lover, and had that father been in Captmn Rushbrook's 
situation, and tlie same sacrilice been demanded trom her, as from 
Emily, she felt withoat hesitation, she wonld have made it. She wu 
Indeed a monitress that had practised, and would practise (was there a 
neoeeaity for bo doing) the lessons she gave, not as poor Ophelia say:^ 

Likt iDma angrtrlaiu puton, 

Wba ibov Uie BiHp ftod Lbomj path to hchf 'n, 

ltDll4lH the prlmroH one UiemfcIVM. 

The sweet coDBoionsness of this gave energy and more than osnal 
eloquence to her Innguoge ; but, whilst she wished to inspire her 
young friend, she felt from the tenderness of her nature, and the sad 
sitnatioD of ber own heart, what the friend must feel from disap- 
jiointed affection and a reluctant nuion. Scarcely coald she retrain 
tVom weeping over a fate so wretched, and which she was tempted 
to think as dreadful as her own ; bnt a little reflection soon con- 
vinced her she had the sad pre-eniineuce of misery, for in her fate, 
there were none of these allevintions as in Emily's, which she wa» 
convinced, must, in some degree, reconcile her to it ; her sufferings, 
unlike Emily's, would not be rewarded by knowing that they con- 
iributed to the comfort of those dearest to her heart. 

" Tour words, my dear madam," sud Emily, " have calmed rny 
rpirits ; henceforth I will bs more resolnta In trying to banlfh T^p^f 
from my mind ; but I have been inconsiderate to a deRrea in lte»i;V^'4i 



B'ii CHILPBEK OF THE ABSEI. 

jou 60 long from rest after your fatiguing journey." AitiuuIa indeed 
appeared at tbis moment Dearly oxbaoHted, aod gladly hastened U 
bed. Her Blauibers were short and tinrefreshiiig; tbo cares which 
clung to her heart wlien waking, were equally oppressive whibt 
sleeping. Lord UortJmer mingled lu the meditationa of the mornii^ 
in the visioDs of the night, and wheo she awoke she found ber pillow 
wet with the tears she had shed on his account. Emily was already 
v|i, hut on Amanda's drawing hock the curtain, she laid down 
book she was reading, and CAme to her. She saw she looked 
extremely ill, and inipntiDg this to fatigne, requesied she would 
bruaklast iu bed ; but Amanda, who knew ber illneea proceeded 
from a <»nBe which neither rest nor assidnoas core could cure, 
refund complying with this retjuest, and immediately dressed bt^ 
null'. As she stood at the toilet, Emily suddenly exclaimed, " if yon" 
liave a mind to see Slfithorpe, I will show bim to yon now, for he 
i» just going out." Amanda went to the window, which Emily 
gently opened ; but, oh I what was the shock of that moment, whea 
in Siptliorjie, she recognized the insidious BelgraTe I A phiTering 
horror ran through her veins, and recoiling a few paces, she snnk 
half-fainting on a oh^r. Emily, terrified by her appearance^ waa 
Dying to the bell to ring for assistoDce, when, by a faiut motion of 
her hand, Amanda prevented her. " I shall soon be better,^' said she, 
Bpoaking with diffloullj ; " but I will lie down on the bed fur a fbw 
minutes, and I beg yon may go to your breakfast." Emily refosed to 
go, and entreated that, instead of leaving her, she might have break- 
liist brought up for tliem both. Amanda assured her she oonld taka 
nothing at present, and wished for quiet ; Etuily therefore reluctantlj 
IuH her. Aniauda now endeavoured to compose her distraoted 
thonghts. and quiet the throbhiugs of her agonized heart, that alie 
iniglit be able to arrange some plan for extricating herself fhim 
ber present situation, which appeared replete with every danger, U» 
ber imagination ; for frotn the libertine principles of Belgmve, she 
could not hu|ie that a new oljeet of pursuit would detach him from 
ber, wheu he found her so unexpectedly thrown in his way ; onpn>- 
tected as she was, she could not think of openly avowing her know- 
ledge of Bclgrave ; to discover hie baseness required therefore canlian 
and deliberation, lest, in saving Emily from Uie snare spread for ber 
dcoti'uctjon, ehe should entangle herself in it ; to declare at once hia 



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rMi chsraotcr inust betray her to luni, and though she njighl banish 
hioi fruin tlie houee, yet, uiisupporteil bb she was* by frioiida or 
kindred, unable to procure the protection of Rushbruok, in his 
present situation, howuvor trilling he might be to extend it, she trcta- 
bled to think of the doogers to which, by thus disco rering, she 
might eiposo herself, dangers which the deep treachery and daring 
effrontery of Bolgravo would, in all probability, prevent her escaping. 
As the safest measure, she resolved on quitting tlie Louse in the 
counie of the dity ; but without giving an intimation that she meant 
not to return to it. She reoollecled a place where there was a proba- 
bility of her gemng lodgings, which would be at once secret and 
secure ; and by an anonymuDs tetter to Captain Boshbrook, she 
intended to acquaint hitn of bis dangbter'a danger, and refer him to 
Sir Charles Blngley, at whose agent's he could recejre intelligence 
of him, for the truth of whnt ebe said. Uer plan concerted, she 
grew more conipoaed, and wan able, when Emily eutered the room 
with her breakfast, to otik, in a seeming careless manner, " when Mr. 
Siptliorpe waa expected back I" 

" It is very uncertain, indeed," answered ahe. 

" X must go out lu the course of the day," said Amanda, " abont 
particular business ; I may, therefore, as well prepare myself at once 
foi it." She accordingly put on her habit, and requi^ted materiala 
for writing from Emily, which ware immediately bronght, and Emily 
then retired till ahe had written her letter. Amanda, left to herself, 
Laatilj' tmlooked her Uttlo trunk, and taking from thence two changes 
of linen, and the wiU and narrative of Lady Danreath, she deposited 
the two former in her pocket, and the two latter in her bosom, then 
sat down and wrote the following letter to Captain Rushbrook : 

"A person who enteems the character of Captain Roahbrook, and 
tlic amiable simplicity of his daughter, c^intjona him to guard that 
simplicity against the danger which now Jhreatens it, from a wreteb, 
whi), under the sacred semblance of virtue, designs to fix a sharper 
siln^ in the bosom of affliction than advoraitv ever yet implanted. 
The worth of Sipthorpe is not more fictitious than his name; his real 
one is Belgrave; his hand is already another's; and his character for 
many years paat, marked with iikatances of deceit, if not equal, at 
leuHt little inferior to the present. For the truth of these assertions, 
the writer of this letter refers Oaptaio BushbriKik to Sir CbarleK 

Bingloy, of regiment, from whose agent a direction may be pro ■ 

rnred to him, certain, from his lioooiu and seuslbillty, he will eagerly 



834 L:[[lLDKBt< or the abbkt. 

ilep Torward to sare worth tnd inaooenoe bom woe and dcetiU' 

tion." 

Amaaila's anxiety aboot Emily being eqaal to ^vhat she fob At 
lierscir, ebe rraolved to leave tbia letter at Roshbrook'e prison, M 
ftny accident sliould happen if it went by otlier hands. She 
anxious to be gane, but tbonght it better to wait till towards evm- 
ing, when there would be tbe least chonoe of meeting Belgrade, v}% 
at that time, woold probably be fixed in some place for the reioainte 
of tlie day. Emily retnrned in about an hour, Bnd finding Amaudft 
disengaged, requested permisBiou to sit with her. Amimdii, in bf 
preeent agitation, wonld have preferred solitDde, but could not 
deoliro the company of tbe affeclionnte girl, who, in conver^ng wilh 
licr, sought to forget the heavy carca which tbe dreadfnl idea a£ u 
union with Sipthorpe had drawn npOQ her. Amanda listened wilb 1 
beating heart to every eound, but no intimation of Belgravo's retnm 
readied her ears, At length they were summoned to dinner, bnt 
Amanda could not think of going to it, lest ebe should bo eeen by 
him. To avoid this risk, and also tbe particularity of a refusal, aba 
determined immediately to go out, and having told Emily her inten- 
tion, they both descended the stairs together. Emily pressed ha 
ciceedingly to stay for dinner, bnt she positively refused, and left tin 
house with a beating heart, witliout having answered Emily's quM- 
tioD, who desired to know if she would not soon retnrn. Thus per> 
petuatly threatened with danger, like a frightened bird, agiun wa^ shft 
to seek a shelter for her innocent bead. Bhe walked with quickneM 
to Oxford street, where she directly procured a carriage, but was m 
weak and agitated, the coachman was almost obliged to lift her into 
it. She directed it to the prison, and on reaching it, sent for one of 
the turnkeys, to whom she gave her letter for Bushbrook, with 4 
particular charge to deliver it immediately to him. She then ordered 
the carriage to Pall-Mnll, where it may be remembered alie bad oooe 
lodged with Lady Greyatock, This was the only lodging-hoose in 
London she knew, and in it she expected no satisfaction but what 
would be derived from thinking herself safe, as its mistrws WM a 
woman of a most unpleasant temper. She bad once been in affloMkt 
ciren Distances, and the remembrance of those circnmstancee sourad 
h«r tamper, and rendered her, if not incapable of enjoying, at leMt 
nawilllng to acknowledge the bleuiogi she yet possossed; on any 




DOC in licr [)ower slie vented lier spleen. Iler oLief purauit was tLe 
gratilicaUon of a most insatiate carioMty, and ber firet dcligtit, 
relating tlio affaira, good or bad, wiiioh that cnriosity dived into. 
Amanda, finding she was at borne, dismissed tbe coacb, and was 
slioivn by tlie maid into tbe back parlonr, where she sat. "Oh, 
dear!" cried she, with a supercilious smile, the moment Amanda 
entered, wilhont rising from her chair to retnm her salute, "when 
did yon return to Loudon, and praj, may I ask, what brought you 
back to it(" 

Amanda was now convinced, from Urs. Hansard's altered manner, 
who had once been servile to a degree to ber, that she was perfectly 
acquainted with her destitute condition, and a heavy sigh bui^t from 
her heart at the idea of associating with a woman, who bad the 
meanness to treat her ill becanse of that condition. A cbillnesa 
crept through her frame when she reflected that her sad situation 
iiiiglit long compel hor to this. — Sick, weary, eihausted, she sunk 
into a chair, which she had neither been offered nor desired to take. 

"Well, Miss, and pray what is your business in townl" agun asked 
Mrs. Hansard, with an increased degree of pertness. 

"My business, madam," replied Amanda, "can be of no consequence 
to a person not connected with me. My business with yon is to 
know whether you can accommodate me with lodgings." "Really; 
well, you might have paid me the compliment of saying ynn wonld 
have called at any rata to know how I did. — You may gness how 
greatly Mattered a bonjble being like me would be by the notice of so 
amiable a young lady." 

These worda were pronounced with a kind of sneer, that, by 
rousing tbe pride of Amanda, a little revived ber spirits, "I should 
be glad, madam," said she, with a composed voice, while a faint 
glow stole over her cheek, " to know whether you can, or choose to 
accommodate me with lodgiugst" 

"LordI my dear," replied Mrs. Hansard, "do not be in soch a 
wondrons hurry; lake a cup of tea with me, and then we will settle 
about that business." — These words implied tliat she would comply 
with tbe wish of Amanda, and however disagreeable the asylum, yet 
to have secured one cheered ber sinking heart. — Tea was soon made-, 
which, to Amanda, who had tonohod nothing since breakfast, and 
tmt little then, would have been a pleasant refreshment, bad the not 



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E2G CHIl. DRBN or TRK ABBEr. 

been tormented and fatigaed with Hie questions of Mrs. HaiMti 
who laid a thoasaud baits to Lctrav her into a faU confes^on or*ba 
had bronght her to London, — Amanda, thongli a stranger in bendf 
to every species of art, from fatal experience was aware of il it 
otbere, and tberefore guarded ber BMtet. Ura. HaTieard, who Iixed 
what she called a gossiping cnp of tea, sat a tedions time otct ite 
tea-table. Amanda at last, mortified and alanood by some expresnon 
which dropped from her, agwn veotnred to ask if she oonld be Mfti 
nnder her roof. 

"Are yon really serions in that qnestioat" said Mra, HooMid. 
There was a certain oipreseion of eont£mpt in her featnrea M ri» 
ipoke, which shocked Amanda bo mnch, that she had not power U 
reply; "because if yon are my dear," continnod Mra. Hansard, "yoa 
have more assurance than I thooght yon possessed of, thon^ [ 
always gave you credit for a pretty large share. Do yon think I 
would ruin my house, which lodges people of the first rank ai>d 
character, by admitting you into it; you who, it is w*ll knows, 
obtained Lady Greyatock's protection from charity, and lost it thnni|b 
mibconductt Poor lady, I had the whole story from her owp month. 
Bhe suffered well by having anything to say to you. 1 always gnewed 
ho« it would be: notwithstanding your demure look, I saw well tmon^ 
bow it would turn out. I assnre yon, to use yonr own words, if [ 
conld accommodate you in my house, it would not answer yon at al^ 
for there are no convenient closets in it, in which a lady of yonr di^ 
position might now and then want to hide a smart yonng fellow. I 
advise yon, if yon have Lad a tiff with any of your friends, to maki 
np the dlfihrence, though, indeed, if yon did not, in snch a place » 
London, yon can never be at a loss for snch friends. Pertiaps yo« 
_are now beginning to repent of jour evil courses, and if I took yo8 
into my house, I should suffer as much in my pocket, I suiipose^ n ia 
my cliaracter." 

The terrified and distressed look with which Amanda listened to 
this apeeoh wonld have slopped Mrs. Hansard in the middle of it, ha4 
Bhe posseaaed a spark of humanity, even if she believed her i, which 
was not the cmc) guilty ; but lost to the noble, the gentle feelings of 
hnmanity, she eiulted in the trinmph of roalire, and rpjoiced to hvn 
OD opportunity of piercing the panting heart of helpless innoconoi 
with the sharp dart of injiult and unmeiited repn>ac-h. Amidst tba 



various stiucks Amaoda liod eiperletiMil \a Uie abort but eveutfbt 
course of ber life, one greater than tbe present alie hnd never felt- 
petrified b; Mrs, nonsard'a words it was some time ere she had 
poiver to spenk. " Gracious heavon 1" eiolairned she, looking up to 
that heaven she addressed, and which she now ronsidered her only 
Tcfnge from evil, "to what trials am 1 continnally exposed) Perse- 
cuted, insulted, shocked t oh I what happiness to lay my feeble 
frame, my woe-strnck heart, within that low asylom, where malice 
could DO more annoy, deceit no more betray me I 1 am happy," aho 
continued, startiDg np, and looking at Mrs. Hansard, '^that the 
accommodation 1 desired in tiiia boose you refused me, fur I am now- 
well convinced, from my knowledge of your disposition, that the 
securiiy my situation requires 1 should not have found within it" — 
She hastily quitted the ruom, hnt on entering the hall her spirits 
entirely forsook her, at the dreadful idea of having no home to go U>; 
overcome wilb horror, she sunk into tears upon one of the ball oliairs. 
A maid, who liod probably been liiitening to her mistress's conversa- 
tion, now came down from a front parlour, and as Mrs. Iloiisard liad 
shut the door ofler Amanda, addressed her withont fear of being 
overhead. — "Bless me! Miss," said she, "are yon crying! Why, 
Lord I BDrely you will not mind what old blowsey in the parlour 
says? I promise yon, if we minded her, we should have red eyett 
here every day in the week. Do, pray. Miss, tell me if I can be of 

Amanda, in a voice scarcely artionlate, thanked her, and said, "in 
a few minutes she should be better able to speak." To seek lodgings 
lit tbiK late hoar was not to be thought of, ezMpt she wished to ran 
into tJie very dangers she had wanteil to avoid, and Mrs. Oounel's 
bouse returned to her recollection, as the impossibility of procuring a 
refuge in any other was confirmed in her mind ; she began to think 
it would not be so dangerous as her fears in the morning had repre- 
sented it I^ be ; ere this she thought Belgrave (for since the delivery 
of the lettei there had been time enough for such a proceeding) 
might be banished Irom it; if not, she had a chance of comwaling 
heraelf, and, even if discovered, she believed Mrs. Connel would pro- 
tect her from his open insults, whilst she trnslcd her own preeantioB 
would, under heaven, defeat his secret lObemeB, should he again oon 
|rivo any ; she lliereft.re reeolved, or rather neceufdly compelled her, 



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fur, oouli] »liB liBve BvoIiIe<l it, bIib vooiil not liave dooe ao, tn r 
to Mrs, Connells; site accordiugl; requested tLe maid to procure tK 
■ kMirriage, and reworded her for lier trouble. As she \t 
to Mrs. CoDDerH, she endeavoared to calm her spirits, and qoeU hv 
•ppreheiuioDS. — When the cftrriaga stopped, and the maid appeara^ 
she could scarcely prevent herself ere she alight«<l, from toqniHif 
whether any ooa but the family woa within ; conscioos, boweM 
tliat such a qnostion miglit create suEpicions, and that stupido^^ 
woald naturally excite inquiries, she checked herself, iwd re-cnten^ 
tboQgh with trembling limbs, that hoose from whence in the n 
slie had fled with snch terror. 



CHAPTER LII. 



AsiANSA bnd not readied the parlour when the doer opened, a^ 
Mrs. Oonnel came from it — " Oh ! oh 1 Miss," cried she, " so joo an 
returned : t proteat 1 viaa beginning to think yon had stolen » maitb 
upon ns." There waa a rude bluntness in this speech, which oon- 
fonnded Amanda ; and her mind misgave her that all 'n-os not right 
"Oome," continued Mra. Oonnel, "come in. Miss; I aasar« yon i 
Lave been very impatient for your return." Amanda's fears inoi^ued. 
She followed Mrs. Oonnel in fiilence into the parloi 
beheld an elderly woman, of a pleasing but emBciatt 
who seemed in great agitation and distress. How she 
have any thing to say to this woman she conld not conji 
yet an idea that she had instantly darted into her mind; riw i# 
down trembhng in every limb, and waited with impatience tor M 
eiplanatjun of this scene. After a general silence of a f«w nunOtH 
the atrangor, looking at Amanda, said, "My daaght«i 

we are indebted to your bonnty ; I am Iberefore h«tf 




mi 



]SD0«1 



at BB opiKirtaoity of tliwihar^ug the debt." Tlioao wonb e 
Ur«. Rtisiibruok, but Amanda waa confbunded nt ber raaQner; its 
coldnesij and forumlity were more exproaaive of dislike atid sererit]-, 
tlwn of gendeneea or gratilade- Mrs. Bushbrook Tout aa sbe »poke, 
tad offered b note to her. Bpeechle^ from ftsloniBlimeat, Amanda 
bsd uot power eitber to decline or accept it, sod it waa laid on a 
uble before her. 

" Allow me, Riaduui," stiid Mrs. Rnslibrook, is slie r^iumed lier 
tieal, "to ask if your renl name is Donald t" Amanda's preKentlment 
of uuderband duiitga wna now veriQed; it was evident to lier tbu 
l^eir Hutbor was Iklgrave, and that iie liad been too snooessful la 
oontriviag tbeni. 

Amanda now appenred to liave reached tlie crisis of iier fate : in oU 
the variooa triola she hod liitherto ei|)erienced Hlie bad still soma 
■tay, some bope, to support her woakneea and sootlie her sorrows! 
tt'lien git^aning under tJie iujitries Ler cliaroctor unstained by tlie suc- 
cess of an execrable pR^ she bod the consolation to tliiuk an idoliz- 
lug fatJior would shelter her from farther insult; when deprived of 
tJiat father, tender friends stepped forward, wlio mingled tears of 
sympathy with burs, and poured the balra of pity on her sorrowing 
heart; when torn from the beloved object enshrined within that 
heart, while iier sick Boui languished nnder the heavy bnrthon of 
(uiiBtenee, again did the voice of triundship penetrate its gloom, and 
thongb it could not remove, alleviated its sufTenngB ; now heliilew, 
unprotected, she saw a dreadful atorm ready to burst over her 
devoted head, without one hope to cheer, one stretcbod-out arm to 
kiiield ber &om its violence ; enrroundcd by strangers prejudioed 
Mgainst lier, ahe could not think tlint her plain, unvarnished tale 
would gun their credence, or prevail on them to protect Ler from 
the wretch whose machinations had ruined lier iu their estimatiun. 
The liorrors of her situation, all at once assailing her niind, over- 
powered its laculties; a kind of mental sickuet^s seized hor; she 
.eaued her throbbing head upon her hand, and a deep gi-onn buK'. 
irom her agonized heart, 

"Yon see," said iira. Coimel, after a long ailunco, "she cnnnn* 
brave this discovery." 

Amanda raised her hands at Iheee words ; she bad grown a little 
niOT* OPDtposed, " The beiug in whom I trust," aha sdd to herselU 



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"jind whom I nevCT wilfully ulTundfi], will still, I divuU oot, * 
lofore, proieut me from danger." Mre. Ruslibrook's imiinfc 
tjnestton sUll sounded in lier ear. "Allow me, ntodnui,*' b1i« orii 
tnrningr to lier, " to ask yonr resson tor inquiring wlietlier my n 
is DonaW 1" 

" Ob, Lord ! m^ dcnr," said Mrs. OohhbI, adddrcssing Urs. Riiab* 
bmnk, " you need not peeler yonrsclf or ber with any more qoefttioW 
about the mnlter, lier question ia an answer in itriel/." 

" I Bin of jonr opinion, indeed," reclaimed Ura. Rashbrook, ": 
think any farther inqnity needless." 

"I acknowledge, madam," said Amanda, whose Tince grew firmer 
from tlio consoionsnese of never having acted improperly, " that ray 
name is not Donald. I mast also do myaelf the jnstic« to declare (M 
me \ye credited or not) that my real one was not concealed ftom Uf^ 
motive which coold deserve reproach or censare. My ritnatiod irf 
pefidinrly diRtrcssinjr. — My only consolation amidst my diflicnhiea ig 
the idcT of never having drawn ihem upon myaelt' hy imppiidonfe." 

" t do not want, madam,'' re<plied Mrs. RiislibrooV, **lj> InqDir^intV 
yonr situation ; yon have been nandid in one instance, I bops yvtt 
wilt bo (>qnally so in another. Pray, madam," bsndinR to Amaadtf 
Uie letter she had written to Rnshhrook, " is this yonr writingl' 

" Yea. madam," answered Amanda, whose pride was runsed by tli#. 
contempt she met, " it is my writing." 

" And pray," said Mrs, Rushbrook, looking steadfastly 
while her voice grew more severe, "what was your motiTe (W 
writing this letter?" 

" I tliink, madam," cried Amanda, " the letter explains that." 

"A pretty explanation trtdyt" exclaimed Mrs, Connel: "and tO' 
yon would try to vilify (ho poor genUeman's eharactert Bnt Kin, 
we have bad an explanation yon little dream of; ay, wo fband yo** 
ont, notwithsianding yonr slyness in writing like one of the inadaHW 
in a novel, n bit of a letter, without ever a name to it. Mr. Siptliorp*' 
knew directly who (t came from. Ah ! poor gentleman, he allowrf 
you wit enough, a pity there is pot more goodn£« with it ; he knoiAi* 
von very well, to his ooit." 

"Yes," said Amanda, "he knows I am a being who»e J-iyr''"*"*'* 
dislnrhed, but wliose innocOTceho never Irinmphed over. j''«kiK**i» 
lliat, like an eril gepiins, ho hiy parxoed my vundering fiw.tstt^ 



hraping sorrow upon sorrov on me bj his machinatioas ; bat he also 
knows, when encompaBsed bf tbaie sorrows, perplexed by those 
macliiOBtioiu, I roue sii]>eiri(>r to tbam all, and witli uniform contempt 
■nd Abhorrence rqect«d his offer?." 

"Depend npon it," cried Mrs. Connel, "the has been an actress." 

" Yes, niadain," said Amanda, whose struggling voice confessed the 
angaish of Iter soul ; " upon a stage where I have seen a sad variety 
of scenes," 

"Qime, come," ezclaitned lira. Connel, "eonf^ all about yourself 
and Siplhorpe; full oonfessioa will entitle you to pardon," 

"It behoves me indeed," said AmAnda, "to be esplicit: my 
character requires it, and my wish," she contJnoed, turning to Mrs, 
Bnnhbrook, "to save yon tVcin a fatal blow demands it." She then 
prooeoded to relate every thing she knew concerning Belgrsve; hnt 
elie had the morlitication to And her short and simple story received 
with ovary mark of incredolity, — " Beware, niftdam," said .'>he to Mrs. 
RiMhhronk, "of tlii? infatuation, I adjare yon, tnadam, beware of the 
con.<«quoncesof it: oh! doomnotyonr inikocaot, your relnotant Emily 
to dcstrnclion : draw not upon your own head, by such a deed, horri' 
ble and excrnciatinB atignish, — Why does not Mr. Sipthorpe, if I most 
c^t him so, appear, aud in my presence support his allegationst" 

"I asked him to do so," ropliBd Mrs. Ruahbrook; "but he hna 
feeling, and ho wiahed not to see your distress, however merited it 
might be," 

" No, maifani," cried Amanda, " ha refnsod, because he knew that 
without shrhiking he conid not behold the innocence he has ao 
abused; because he knew the conscious coloaring of his cheek wonid 
betray the guilty feelings of his soul. Again I repeat he is not what 
ba appears to be. I refer yon for the truth of my words to Sir 
Charles Bingley. 1 feel for yon, though yon have not fcFt for me, I 
know, from false ropresentAtions, yon think me a poor miagnided 
ereatiire; but was I even so, my too evident angnish might surely 
have excited pity. Pardon mc, madam, if I say yoor conduct has 
been most unkind; the gentle virtues are mrely those bffi<t Siting a 
female brcaat; she that shows leniency to a fallen ftUow-creature, 
ftilSls the divine precept; the tear she sliods over her frojltiea is 
sacmted in the eight of heaven, and her compassion draws a 
dnC'D her own head. Oh! madam! 1 once looked forward to a 



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meeting witL jou, fnr, iar differeot from the present one; I c 
flattered mjiielf that &otn t!ie generous frieniLtliip of Mr. nnd MtK 
Bnslibroolt I should derive support and conaolatioii ; but this, lika 
ever; other hop«, is diitappointetl." Am«nda's voice faltered at tbeM 
words, aud tears ogaia trickled down her lovely clieeks; a faiDt glow 
tinged tho pale cheek of Mrs. Rushbrook at Amanda's oceusatiOD nf 
nokiudness; she beut her ejea to the ground aa if conscious it ^ 
merited, and it was many niinates ere ehe conid again look on 
trembllDg creature before her. " Perhaps," said she at last, " I may 
lisve spoken too severely; bat it moat l>e allowed I had great proro- 
cation ; friendship and gratitude could not avoid resenting sncb 
■hocking charges as yours against Mr. Bipthorpe." 

" For my part, I wonder you spoke so mildly to her," exclaimed 
Mrs. Connel : " I protest in future I shall be gnarded who I admit 
inUi my house. I declare she seemed &o dislreased at the idea of 
going among strangers, tlial, sooner tlian let her do so, I Iwlleve^ if 
UisB Emily had not, I should Lave offered her a part of my bed ; bnt 
this diHtrc<>3 was all a pretext to get into tl|,e house with Ur. 
Bipthorpe, that she iniglit try to entangle him in her snares agnio: 
WoU, I am determined she shall not stay anotlier night under my 
roof. Ay, you may stare as you please. Miss, but you shall mareb 
directly ; you are not so ignorant about London, 1 dare eay aa yon 
pretend to be." 

Mrs. Oonnel rose aa she spoke, and approached her with a look, 
which seemed to «ay she would put her threat into eiMnlicKt. 
was Amanda's intention to qnit the house the next morning ; bat to 
be turned from it at such an hoar, a wanderer in the street, the idea 
was replete with horror I She started up, and retreating a few paoesi 
looked at Mrs. Connel with a kind of melancholy wildnoss. "Yes," 
repeated Mrs. Connel, " I say yon shall marci directly," Th« 
wretched Amanda's head grew giddy, her sight failed, her limba 
refused to snpport her, and she would have fallen to tlie ground, hod 
not Mrs. Rashbrook, who perceived her silnatiun, timely cauglit her. 
She was replaced in a chair and water sprinkled on her face. " 
eom[<osed, my dear," said Mrs. linshbrook, whose soflened voice ) 
claimed tiie retorn of ber con .passion; "you shall not leave diii 
hoiue to-night, I promise in the name of Mrs. Oonnel ; she b K eood> 
natured woman, ind would not iggravate jonr distreH." 




CHILDREN OP THE ABBtT. ASS 

** Aj, Lord knows, good nature is nij foible," eiclaimad Hn. 
Connol i " eo, Miss, ea Mrs. Buslibrouk Itaa promiaud, yoa may stay 
here to-nigbt." 

AmaadA opened lier languid cjes, auil raising her bead from Mn, 
Rnshbrook's boeom, said, in a tow, tremulous voice, " To-morroir, 
mudatn, I slinll depart. Ob I vonld to bcAvon," cric<] Bhe, claapiug 
litT bands togetber, sod bursting into an agony of tears, " before to- 
morrow I could be rid of tJie bearj burtben tbat oppresses me I" 

" Well, we have bod wailing and weeping enongh to-night," s^d 
Mrs. Connel, " bo. Miss, yon may take one of tbe candles off the 
table, and go to your chamber if yon choose." 

Amanda did not require to have this permission repeated. Sbo 
arose, and taking tlie light, loll the parlour. Wiin feeble steps she 
ascended to the little chamber ; bnt here all was dark and solil&ry ; 
iio cheerful fire sent forth an animating blaze, no gentle Emily, like 
the mild genius of benevolence, appeared to offer, with nndissembled 
kindness, her little attentions; forsaken, faint, the pale child of misery 
laid down tbe candle, and, seating herself at tlie foot of the bed, gave 
way to deep and agoniang sorrow. 

" Was I ever," she aske<l herself, " blessed with friumls who valocd 
my existence aa their own, who colled mo the beloved of their heortsf 
Ob, yes," she groaned, " once anch friends were mine, and the sad 
rumembraDoe of them aggravBtes my present misery. Ohl happy is 
our ignorance of fnturity I Ob 1 my father, had yon been permitted 
to read tlie awful volume of fete, Ibe page marked with your 
Amanda's destiny would bav-o rendered jour existence miserable, and 
made yun wish a thousand times ibo termiiiation of hera. 

" Oh I Oscar, from anotlicr hand than mine must you receive the 
deed which shall entitle you to independence ; my trials sink nte to 
the grave, to that grave in whioh but for tbe sweet hojie of again 
seeing you, I should long since have wished myself." Tlie ehamber 
door opened ; she turned her eyus tu it in expectation of seeinfr Emily, 
hot was disapjiointed on perceiving only the niaid of Uio bouse. 
" Ob 1 dear ma'am," cried she, going up to Amanda, " I dedaro It 
quite grieves mo to see yon in such a situation. Poor Uisa Emily i* 
just in as sad a plighL Well, it is no matter, bat I think both th« 
old ladies will be panished for plaguing yon in Ilils n<jDiier. Uadua 
Itufhbrook will bu sorry cnoagh, when, after giving licr daughter fi 




I J£r. Si)ihorpe, she finds he U not what bo aoems to be." 
I Aniak wiUi horror from the idea of Emilj's deotmction, and by a 
■dottoD of lier hiuid, signified to the nitiid her dislike to the subject. 
I^Well, ma'am," she costinatid, "MisS Emi]y, oa I was sajiug, ii 
I iintte iu as bad a pbght as joarsolf; the; have clapped her into 107 
anistcesiiV chnmber, which she durat not leave witlioal ruDtiing the 
rink of bringing their tongues npon her; however, she contrived to 
Bee me, nud i<eut yon this note." Amanda t«ok it, and read the bl- 
luwliig Ituas : 

" I hope my dear Miss Donald will not doubt my sincerity, irbeo I 

declare that idl my sorrows are heightened, by knowing I have been 
tlie occasion of trouble to her. 1 have hoard of the unworthy treat- 
uiont she bos received in tliid house, and her intention of quitting it 
to-morrow ; knowing her aversenees to lodge in a place ahe ia 
naacquointed with, f have been speaking to tlie maid about her, and 
had tlie satisfactioji to hear, that, through her means;, niy dear Him 
Donald might be safely accommodated for a short tiiue, long enough, 
liowever, to ponnit her to look out for an eligible situation. 1 refer 
ber for partiaulftTB of the oonrersaUon to the maid, whoae fiddin 
may be njied on. To think it may be uaeful to nly dear Uisa Donol^ 
affords me the only pleasure I am now capable of eigoyiug. In her 
Mteeiu may I ever retain the place of a sinuere uud alfectionate 

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"And whei-e in the place I oan bo loilged in!" eagei-Iy aaked 

[ Amanda. 

" Why, ma'am," eaid the moid, " I have a sister who is hoaW' 
maid at a very grand place on the Richtuoud ruad. All the faiuily 
are now gone tu Brighton, and she is left nloue in tlie house, where 
you would be very welcome to take up jmir residence till you could 
get one to your mind. My sister is a siyje sober body, and would do 
everytliing in her power to please and oblige yon, and yon would be 
aa snug and secure with her as in a liouM of your own ; and puor 
Miss Emily begged you would go to her, till yon could get lodgings 
with poo|ile whose djaracters yon know: and, indeed, inn'atn, it la 
my huniliie opinion it would be safe and plojtsont for you to do M; 
and if you con^a^nt, I will conduct you there to-uiorrow raotnlng: 
and I am sure, ma'aui, I shall l>e happy if IWve thepower of wrrlng 

L fpii." Like the lady in Cumiis, Amanda niitjlil have said. 



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Td aj pioporUoa'd (lisniUi. 

To take refiig« Id tbU nmnner in on; one's house n 
i«{)URn«iit to Ihe f««UDgB of Anuuida; bat sod oeccssit.y a 
tier scmpulous dtlicocy, and she asked the moidl, " 
(lie morning sLe sliuiiUi bo ready for bcr.'' 

"I siioll «ume to joo, ma'oci," ansnered she, *' aa soon as I tliiuk 
tliere in a carriage on the sCnud, and then we can go together to get 
«ii«; bal I protest, ma'ani, you look sadly^ I wish yoa would allow 
me to oasiat in undressing yoo, for I am sure you wont a tittle rest; 
] dare sny, fur all my miatrei^ eoid, if you choose it, I oould get a 
little wine from her to make whey for you." Aroonda refiisetl this, 
but accefited lier uSer of asHulauoo, for she was so overpowered by 
ilie scenes of tlie day, as to be almost unequal 'o any exertion. The 
uaid retired after she had seen bor to bed. Amanda entreated her to 
l>e ponctual to au cai'ly hour, and also requested her tn ^ve Ler most 
aifixtionate love to Miss Rusbbrook, and her ^ooere tbaiike for the 
liind Boliuitude she hod expKosed about her. Iler rest was now, as 
oti the prec«llug ni(;ht, Ijrokea and distui'bed by frightful viaious. 
Blie rose pale, ti'onibUng, and nnrefrenbed. The uiuid come to her 
wwn after she was dressed, and she immediately occomijanied her 
down stairs, trembling as ehe went, lest Belgrsve should suddenly 
make his appearance, and either prevent her departure, or follow ber 
to her new residence. She left the bouse, however, witbout meeting 
any ci'eature, and niou obtained tite shuiler of a corriuge. 

As tljey proceeded Amanda besought the maJd, \vho seemed 
]ierfeft!y aoqnointed with every thing relative to Kelgrave, t-j tell 
Miss linsb brook to believe her asserlioDS agaioat bim, if she wished to 
B-ive henielf fWiiii dexlruction. Tho maid assnrod her shtt would, and 
ileulai-ed she always suspected Mr. Sipthorpc was not as good as he 
■liould be. Aiuanila hooii found herself at the <^nd of bur little 
juumey. The hooite was elegant and spacious, with a short arenoe 
ti«fore it, plaiitiHl with cheEtnnts. The maid's sivtcr was an oldwlj, 
I ''^Uln- looking woiuao, who received Amanda with every Sfii^raaoe 



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nf respect, and cornlucteJ her into a hanJaomo parlour, itbersttOMi 
lirenklliat was laid oat. "I took care, um'ain," sidd th« mUy 
aniiling, "to apprise ui; eistor lost niglit of tUe honou