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VARIOUS VIEWS 



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HUMAN NATURE, 



TAKEN 



From LIFE and MANNERS, 
Foreign and Domeftic. 



■I Cur tamen hos tu 

Evafifle putcs, quod diri confcia fafti 
Mens habet attonitos, et furdo verbere csedit, 
Occultum quatiente animo tortore flagellum ? 
Poena autem vehemens, ac multo faevior illis, 
Quas et Caeditius gravis invenit aut Rhadamanthus, 
No6le diequc fuum gcftarc in peftorc tcilem, Juv. 

IN TWO VOLUMES. ^ |\V 
VOL. II. ^ 



LONDON 

Printed for A. Strah an ; and T. Ca 
M DCC LXXXIX. 







Z E L U G O. 



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C H A P. L. 

ll eft diifi facile de fe tromper foi-meme f^s s'en apk 
percevoir, qu'il eft difficile de tromper les autres 
fans quells s'en apper^olvent. Rochefoucault. 

ABOUT this time, Madame de Seid- 
lies received accounts of the failure 
of a houfe at Frankfort, in which her huf- 
fiand had placed mod part of the money 
he had left for the ufe of his widow and 
daughter. In the fame houfe alfo was the 
rdidue of the money produced by the fale 
of her furniture and other eflFeds, when {he 
Heft Germany ; part of which had ferved to 
defray the expence of her journey, the reft 
Vol. IL B fhe 



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/a Z E L U C O. 

ihelsad ordered tabe^mnitted tojifsrtbiuiik^ 
BtNapdes, and expei£bsdceTcr}r d^f itd hecr 
th^.rhts waft ^>pei -ffhen the fadi^iiras ^of 
thet^feilure arrive^. • ? ^ ^ ■ ^ 

This news was ac»ompaniied, aiisufttal 
on fuch occaGoQSr ivcth the comfbrtsble af- 
fertion that it was only a temporkr!^ Ai^ 
page of payment ffdc that the houfi?] would 
pay ^M they owed in time. Howdt^ chat 
unlght be^ Madame de Seidliit^^^ [^ery 
^rfeat . immediate iiiconveniency ifiroia the 
accident ; fhe had already contra^ed ddblss 
;^Vj^plcs, for the difcharge o^fi '^^^j^jb ;her 
j^c, reliance was upon this tt^^i (1^ 
cpp(^2^1ed this misfortune frpm^I^i^ ^ 
i^^.^r the ihock of ruchca)aipi|K^]^.x^ws, 
^4 jn hopes that ih^ xx^ght iO/^ ffw pp% 
Mf^§ the firft Jlatei^ent CQ|ifir)E^e4..thi«t 
Jthfsrft/wspld Anally be no Ipfs by ^ft Jbatifc- 
m^p. lii tfeis 4^ftrfi£|ig fifiu^o f&.fe 
^et«ed; the abfewJ^ of- Sigp^r^ii Sporgft, 
iwrho^/jwas tteipoly ip^rfon. t^ wl^ fhiip 
43cmldi freely fpeak^^wt jfucb a iiibje^ f and 
ififejjwe thopghtiof lwritii% .«) vher (qvi^ 
: n I ftnall 



Z B U U G 0» 3 

-idtMdrrSfSi^ ici^nmaqidksc het imiastSikie 

t»e 3e($iiiirefibatv or-ferbMpi nor agr0eible» 
and having naturally a ^eat relu&aace to 
I&lamdfir pi, peetfium^scMigationi ilw^i de-> 
-tereijiicdbinrtfaer to: ' part, mtK hsr ijewdSt 
^€fA t^ntfcovrJaeh n^itadsvceived firoia lier 
Biofbaadyrahd o& that'aiCeouDt valuedcfiir 
ia^vt&«b«ir/intrinfic worth ; Qxt accorduigr 
"ll^tplflvbdeio >a,j£weller»- and fold theifar.liar 
!sf 3fuaioiAif]^cient iot the difcharge of facr 
«bA li»^i debts. 

^s^FiflliF ^fO having fien the jewfeilir, 
^thf WWStfl^he was acquainted, coming-out 
of MiifaLi^e Saafits's liOufe, enterecf ihto 
'^iJl?ifeMifefP-'Witfr him, and endeavduittf, 
#Jfc^^a^lS-/ih^^ djijf)ofi«on not uncoihmoa 
l(^~m(k)»}%>rift#omhtbiwhat his hUG^ 
^ft44tfeiifep%a8j fbr he well kncwlh4t 
l^diMi^^^' Siidi$ts ' Was not in cir c^joa^ 
Mi&tei t^^^asis^aftjeWds, The jevrelto", 
im aiS«li^e^e'Df! 'hir "l^naibns, evtded 
^bii qt£ft|dafe,i>v«4iich «iot« and mo»re «x»i 
«itdl t^cQtiafrl)^ 4)f^F^(h«f F^dco, Who^id 
■is.i.u:: B a not 



4 Z E L U C O. 

not reft till he learned from one of the 
jeweller's workmen, what his naafter'a bu- 
iinefs with Madame de Seidlits was. 

This gave the Father an idea of the 
diftrefs of her circumftances far beyond 
what he had hitherto entertained, jand in- 
fpired him at the fame time with frefh 
hopes of fuccefs in the fcheme he was fo 
fanguinely engaged in. He immediately 
communicated t^ie intelligence to Zeluco, 
adding, That he imagined it would be no 
longer neceffary for him to exaggerate the 
vneafinefs of his wound, but rather to 
admit the idea which the ladies hadalri^^dy 
received of its being better ; although his 
general health was ftill delicate, this plan 
would allow him the benefit of enjoying 
the frefh air, the pleafure fomeiimes q€ 
feeing and paying his court to Laura» 
while the perplexed flate in which the 
mother^s circumftances feemed tp be, with 
the admonitions which the Father under-* 
tooTc on every proper occafion to give both 
to' the mother and daughter, might at 

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length Wpofe them to liften to TiU prOi«- 
pofal. ' /- 

Z?luco waited on Madame de SeidliW 
and Laura the following day; they both 
mariifefted fincere fatisfadion at feeing 
hhn. Madame de Seidlits cautioned himj 
witH all the folicitude of friendlhip, to be 
very careful of himfelf till his health fhould 
t>8 fiilly 'reftored; and Lauras imprefled 
tinth a fenfe of obligation, and foftenedby 
the dangers in which he had been, be- 
ftavedfwitH more cordiality than fhe had 
erer ihewn to him before. He continued to 
Vint them very frequently, and was always 
JreceiVed m the lame manner. 

Father Pedro congratulated him on the 
"^ery friendly reception which he met with, 
^jrom 'which he augured an agreeable an- 
swer* wh^en he fhould nextfpeak to Madame 
de oeiduts on the fubjeft of Zeluco's fuit, 
'which he hinted he intended to do very 
toon; but the fame circumftances which 
nad imparted this confidence to the mind 
of the Father, revived Zeluco's original 
B 3 hopes 



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bopes i)f obtaining Laura without nyi^ageS. 
He imagined that the proud fpirit of fK>eb 
mother and daughter humbled bjrmielbr- 
ttihe and terrified ^ by f he hofr6j!fl ^of im-» 
pending poverty, would in a fhori tiiHe^ 
ficquieice in the fettlements he det^mined 
to make, undogged with th^ ce(td»iiy hr 
dttfcf^di ^ V it r ..J: 

'He wiihed nOt| : therefore! tijat tha f*4* 
tKer, by a precipitate renewi^ xif . ihp^ -pay^^ 
pofid of, marriage, ihouldjpen^er'ifc:?rifen^? 
difficvH fpr him to fu^eed upoiikahia -owir 
tefriitff »» he ,expe^?4 UJOygfe/^j^ags^ 
al n more diftant peripd* „; ^ f;::: • ^^ 

The wound in his arqi was nqy^^j^ |h^* 
point of healing j but th? fears he had jai}7> 

rfB<^n ^^ M foyo^recj^ J^d; yx^et^ 
hio^^cpofiderably,^ giying him ^aljg^^ .fiiP^T:. 
pcf^afM^e , of fickn|&^^ which COTrjC^ppaded; 
wUh ^t|ie accpj^nts |:hat, h^d be^n for^ad^of 
his danger, and enabled him to fuppoyt ^ 
delay irt the gmificAtion of his, defite? 
)ivUb »^ diifgjr.ee ofi^ j^Uejvxe whicj^ , he couJ4 



psdSn^.ftitiappmheaiS^m of^ifg«ft4ogf :||ier 
llbdiesTiibT^btQoi miwh-if iaqpwtuiiityi . ihco; 
taIk^iDfiJiii8> ron*o!# at tibet^iought^ df:i^ 
diftrefs they were in, wiflied that tbtHl^^ 
tht? wdtl^-prevail^^oB HMaiame- de Sesdfits 
teoi^eptiof^a £un o£ wooeyi withrnlrbid'K' 
lte(£rei(ll7 )pce(ent&d^Mm> on the pKtiikei 
oHcs ec^in^j from a per(ba -mho hf^«£tltdi 
h&^tfUmtikt^^t Wiis titlk&bwn td Esther 
Pedro and to herftflf^ atid was derermiAe^' 
t&'^fcdttfc^-'^lh* 'tri^fkaion fVom ^ilt^^ flie 

3'lAllE&li^ ^«^iM» miiied on this o«:«-' 
liiaf 'iJt^af i'-'^ooa dlritr x)f addrefs, f^tf 
\»% l^e^'^entl^efi and in plaufibleterrns;' 
^^rte' 1 ^eflrb^i • penenfatlon pervaded liis: 
li y' p bfej liy , aiad fre at biiceikw his inouVe 
aferfjaififtl^' '^;^ '^-^^^ ''-^-'^ '' ■■:-^:-:-- 

-Tji&'Pto, it tiitift 'fe cohfefled. was 

lidfi^fflilali'bJP'that- rigid felF-deiilaf krid 

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» Z E L U C O, 

^MisM fktj that "mil intitle him, an huQ^ 
fiioi years after his death» to 0ano(iu(£ltioii* 
Had Laura beta ioclmed, to meet Zekico 
aok his awn terms> fery poffibly he would 
have winked at the connekiqpj or given htir 
aiafeiution on eafy terms ; but his^tfilndM- 
voiced at the thought of being dccefiar y to 
betraying her : belides, the virtues of Ma-- 
dame de Seidlits and her daughter 'cQna-f 
mandcd his entire edeem ; whereas the 
moBJCj he. had from time to time "receive^ 
from Zelucp had fiPt produced a fingle feh- 
timent in his favour. H? wiihed tfeell to 
both the formpr^ and would have cheer* 
fully ferved tl^em in any thing notattended 
with great inconveniency to himfelf ; but 
he would not have abftaincd from a pinch 
of fnufF when his nofe required it, to havip 
faved the other from the gallows. — ^Foy 
thefe reafons Father Pedro refufed tin; 
money ; faying, He was fufEciently ac^ 
quainted with Madame de Seidlits, to know 
that fuch an oflFer .would ofiFend her ; that 
as for his own part, he had been induced 

to 



tQ imtdc^ in jthh buikieist wx^ tfacr Me 
Yiem ^£cxmideringj>bim the mG&^eiTeiEitill 
iejdtkt ^aM^9 m his opinixM^ one aati <k)uld 
^ )t» moihtfi by r affiftipgp him in his 
AWW*4 iadii:Kitijon of marrying one/oS the 
ii|q^l|(9i:Qmpl^€ci> beatitiftiU and virttRxiss 
WQnl^in Europe; •* But," continued he, 
«i^S%n0r» if you have altered your mind, 
-»y igilerfercnce of courfe muft end here;'* 
'-)>.' To. ihia Zeluco replied, That he was 
fcnfibk of what he owed to the Fathef-} 
rfliati he would ever take the warmcft iii- 
terefl: in both the ladiea; but wifhed rtot 
J to. haw his former propofal preiTed on 
I>]^hpni tat that particular time." ^ / ? 







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JIOCHEFOUCAUX^T. 

V^EtXJCO, who was of a rnoft fuf- 
picious temper, npw imagined that 
Father Pedro aded in concert' with, Ma- 
dame de SeidUts, apd that the defperate 
ft|itejOf her affairs had produced an !?dt«rfi 
ation in the feritiment;s of he^; ^laughteif 
of which they had informed hin^^ itji^t \[S^^ 
m^ljl pu{h a renewal of the proypf^it^Qf 
mAXM^ without deUy*-^He tbwgI;Mta|fq^ 
that th/5 MonVs zeal bad macfc him OjVC^ri^r 
ihpDtvhis icommil!loo>» by imprudeiitly mctii» 
tionlng ij^e circumftacfce of the fale of ^ thp 
jewels; for he was coavinded^ thacbuerea- 
foni for tl^ wiflmi^ to harfre the oeremdiiy 
, fpeedily concluded^ was ^ pre veat/i/> and . 

other 



Z E L tr^ O. rt 

^ other proofs of their poverty from appear* 
iflg. As he now believed therefore, that 
it was in his power to obtain Laura in mar* 
fiage whenever he pletfed; Aat very con- 
viction adding on his carpricious and vicious 
dtfpofi^a, difincti^ed^im from it^ ind de- 
termined him to renew his origitial fchemc 
dF (edudioni which he flattered himfelf the 
diftr^fC^s of poverty, joined to the credit of 
his lute exploi t| would greatly facilitate. 

I^e^ira, though unac|^uainted with the ^f* ^ 
agreeable accounts which her mother had 
received from Germany, or with the exa<SI: 
ilalc of the circumrtahces in which flie had 
b6i&ilft' by her father, knew in general 
iMi Mj Wti-e nafroWiind therefc^r^ Would ' 
haVe^bfe^ ifi&afed with iailrriore (evet^e fylflfein 
of (fediwittty thaC \i^s agreeable to fiw 
mm^tr'k Icn6wle3|e of this -watf^'orie^ 
reisibn wliTf Madikme db iliei^its^ad ^hvdys^' 
reprefeoted their fituatioW tin the qpjfirtfafii'^ 
i?ottfabfef%lit tb bcaj xJiuigbtCT. - ir, ^r 

' Thwf>"young laidy ^ » ^ qwwfchftafiidingo^bt '^ 
adm iratioir ihe ^ nf ver ^ ^ilei} to cKcitff^nka;^ 

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^2 Z £ L U C O. 

hy x^o mtzm fdud of ai)|yeaf irfg ^ftco m 
piiblk* WhM i^re culled public 'atntrfe^ 
menu, fhe had but a very moderate rdHK 
for, and ftood in iko need of tliem as a ren^ 
ibufcafor paffing ber tinier ^ ' 

V Shehjbd fuch a titiflie for re^^og, as afi 
forded a very pleaiiiog Iburoe of ^iil!ertifn4 
Qietit and improvement t& her middvVf^it^ 
imt inclining het to deffnfe or pdgi^ otliev 
occupations becoming herage and fexUsHei 
natural good fenfe, tafle and afocompl^fh* 
inent$, while they rendered hei^ indepen- 
icpt af^ company, made hdr nidr<i enters 
taining in it ; without being over-refervet^ 
noiliang could be more modeil llxkn^her 
dfpQCtmeot; and very few vranssii pii£^ 
(tliyed the talent of converfmg inii'iiifMit 
eafy and agreeable ^laijineh £|;r ^iii4 
beiftg^indiilurbed by paflioa, (erdnef biiMSgli 
iDapeence, naturally cheeff ul, and taiUy 
»imifed# {he could have li^ed happy mz 
very limited .iocktyi.an^ ip thed^ghffui 
p^qupatkn of pnraaisting ber inoiher^^ hup^ 
irioefar and that of all:axound Ji)i^. ; 

Madame 



ftpjo4ift j^c^ of a^E^^pp^atfe aud; had a 
tafte for a greater liha?^, of elegant fi^er^ 
fli^ti^ , thasi hor i revenue could (vtpply^ 
Jisi^-^ikficonfQfmtA hetfelf exadly to her 
49Hgh?6r'Sij|afte, tbeyaoould have lijred fr« 
fr^oni 4$l'i(' ^00 the pef^ion i^d ioteieft^of 
fhr^xnpQieif^eft bgr berhuifbaud; but aaihe 
Q&i?ii|,M]iowed her Qwn> they muft hairc 
bpei^ ci^barpiTed in a fbor t time, ^ven a^ 
tl^^Pgb^Mr b»nk«r'^ failure had rxA haf^ 

C^ffTbgifiafSiidttbur actide of expenceniirbkh 
gwp I^auca^ moft uiieaiinefB» was what tt^ 
garikdi bar .di^fs. Her own tafte in dveft 
iRmtiieleglilitly fimfde^ s^md; in heri wais fo 
b^ftondiligiK^at ail mdip beheld her, were cff 
4^pHli9ii;rtha( . additional ornament yroiM 
I^Mi tO]dimi6Uh the .liiftre of her beauty $ 
$^tl^1f&fiB jn?comfliaq[C^ with her mother's 
ta&fi Iheiadopted (nmapeoi^ to^ ^ height 
iQf the znokb itlw j£u|iic beauty /hone^coof- 
^^aubi^lA . 7 ipicuous 



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fphwm^ dtrougK' all «hfe/mri«tkni« andibi 
^plf^of Che €xUii1r«gafllces <^ fafhiccu J 

' WbUc Madame de Scidlits ciid^vdufcfd 
to w£umt the abearance of fei«eiiily and 
^bcerfitlneTs before ' Laura^ ihe ^ifld &at 
fefiil a real deppeffion of fpirits^ 'She fa w 
the Mceffity of retrenching: the Uniited 
plan of expence ihe bad with dlffii^u^H^ 
hitherto obfervedf and was uncertaari iihe* 
tb9ir «ny fyftem of oeconomy wcnMrtMen 
her from a fpecies df diftrefa which h(^ 
fpirit could ill fupport, and which Aeftlt 
with keener anguilh on Latiraftja^totint 
tr-'Who in reality could have ftipptu^ tlife 
i||vi#fbrtune which wa$ fo carefully xiooteair 
e^frooK ber^ infinitely better tha»{h$£inu» 
then . :./ ? 

A|f(iinwhile, Zieluco viAted Madaauf de 
Sei^Hta with mo(l arduous pun^iiaiitf, 
Md was tlwayrreceived with a cwcHal weK 
coKie.N He £iw the dejedion of Madaont 
deStidKta» and th^ utttety of Lama, mA 
Itcret faliifm£ttoli and afpafent tcfncein^ 
bfr iqaputed both tm the dUbeia: ^ ^k 

circumfiaaceSf 



(2 £ E U i£ ^. H$ 

asftubMBbtfer rifliof, "jhrhscb' lie iinagfned 
fw<iu^jffililld hi«MiOK^:^ grdater fainilui- 
iHtyHfedtc fitoilyi iiVolvie her in repeated 
^W&^o^zV> MmkVct liasd finaHy teniw- 
3^fftil(t ^ fctocj^s of this bafe diCtgta upon 

-?!iIBchi(a>^optfffioft ^a» of the groffeft'fta- 
^tnrd^t tti^iickDed it love, but with mbre pto- 
Tjprlet^ifieven at "*its height, it might have 
Ikkw^tiotdmaiicd haired; it wad^iiiMy 
jfelfiflc^uiicomijdted with fentitneiFts^oi^Hfi^ 
tiit[^pi>liefi(<l)f its objed j even ih die1ilftdf( 
df-^de^,Ytie$£^^rdeMmdit agaigft^£ich>i» 
focittouiftg^a ifiid ifidifiS^etiee WltS6li* Ittt 
had evinced towards him. -^^-^ 

^U HesiaM eveiy ' of>pbrtuni^* WJr?^ he 
ibJkdfMtf^me de^iSeidlitd abne; oF^klli^ 
■liiintiB^tD jdeflf e df ^vi^gtng hefv AiKd^ IIN> 
fitef&efl$ ^th aitldnKft!!an#'4ntM& rdpt&f, 
Ibuafr (bciaiasrfib^efarmd^^bdBiiMficbc^ut^ 
^wHlii^svcosiatlie nnaUeflDiiiftkiMeUotgi»«^ 
llMie tW pkaAite elihmgiaileimavj^heti 
ii'iOi\B§lmu:>iif He 



1$ ^ E L u c a 

Me Aaatmtsr oa Midttnfe Aa fiiTMliiii 



bemg eiAkii aaXy wu Itir £» & teir i 
wkh Laura ; to bar lie expM&d tfa^. tteft 
tca^or €«M^em tor hn m^Amrs hmkk§: 
^ wknk he dreaded tvat not fo umd M: 
x^uali was afraid <^ foaaic concodbld 9t^ 
guifli, .eilbex in her body or mbd, «id l«b 
the mdl infinuatiryg fnliritntlr hfjunl 9i 
know whether Laura fufpe^Jed Wih»t it 
was s ^^ not that he pfeAimed to m^^ too 
partioilar an inquiry ^ onlyin ggi^^ral^ wIjM?- 
ther fhe did not fufpeO: that her nQther had 
fome fecret afilidion^ and whctlicx k: 
hfilBy or mental." 

Laura's anfwers on all fucb 
was, ^^ lEhat (he hoped he was miftalsite^m 
imagining that any thing jj^nioolsu!. difi^ 
turbed her mother j but etea if itvw^f fo^ 
ihe would be cautiouis^of pryis^ i&co wfait 
her parent judged pro^r tocooced* 

In the mean whtkiMadanie de Scidibi 
fimtgred iierfelf thi^^ ham^ began to ^ie^ ' 
2feluoo with more iavoorable :^ynr thaa 
• . . ' fyrmatl^ 



Z E L U C O. 17 

§mmmi^4em^BBM0i Imwesmt to l^vt her 

hid pmsi^ neva to &Aidt her on iiie^« 
ptk #ifC &e fcHi^ meaas, witdiout ap« 
pM^f ^^feffig^, €f lei^mig them freqwrnly^ 
§it tfiail^eraUe fpaoe of time, tc^eAkcr^ 
in tlw €ltpe&ation thait he would graduilly 
fyeckg^ufSa Laura's d^pofhion in his favour, 
and 9asLt ^>me happy occafion of renewing 
tSa fuMr (oit the fuccefa a£ which £be wm 

The id» that Laura^ whom (Sx juMf 
dbmgfatxfoctned for adding luftre to the 
fa%}«ftiij|&4 i»0ft brUiiaat rank of lif^^ 
ikabl&madff^ $he mortificationd of pa- 
vfi^mm mi^ (he could bear with lef» 
£Mtt«efiiidlhfpi the tbou^t, horrid as it wa«t 
of mort£oMioti8 of the fame nature ogfm^ 
ritg.«ir|ic|fe)f# tiere Madame de Seidlks 
faHhtswa iN^ geoera! arOr^ and what par^ 
r«Bii aiWfecEliarly liable to^ in the efia« 
bIISiȤ^ their children in marriage. Her 

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i3 Z E L U C O. 

duu^bler's tiappiuofsgi ^ not . her ^ >owfir, W«0.: 
vbarC Ihe had chiefly in i4ow ; bot ini tiRir : 
mating this, her own ideal of hjipf^ae&^i 
not her daughtcr^s^ ^txe what flie cbieflfCr 
conftdeired* r - 

Laura had remarked feme appearan<:e of 
dejedloa in her mother's fpiritSj before it 
was hiiited to her by 2ieluco; but had not 
' made any inquiry about the caufe, partly 
becaufe (l^e hoped it proceeded from n^ 
caufe of importance, and partly for the 
reafon (he had given to Zeluco. 

She had remarked that her mo^r had 
lefs dejedion in Zeluco's company thtft 
v/hen he was not prefent ; dn this aceount 
flie herfelf was pleafed with his vifits; (he 
thought hetfelf under great obligations to 
him, and in confequence of theie fentfe- 
ments, the whole of heir condud was fo 
much altered, that hebecame perfuaded not 
only that her former prejudices "v^ere over- 
come, but that fhe had conceived a^reat par- 
tiality for him. He was much Tefs furprif- 
ed at this, than he had been formerly at her 

having 



Z £ L U G O. rj 

Iri^Hmaity n^ver'permictfd him to iMiik was 
iiitfii¥«Vll>^t 'rather the artificiirt offspring of 
S?^fl«hi SJtotz^^e !i»Hce. ButiQie fecin^tiow 
at a diftance> he fondly believed thit his 
^rfotiM li(c£;t>mpliftiments began to operate 
the fStrie efFed on the heart of Laura, which, 
iii hi« /bpinion, they ufuaUy did on' die 
bearte^ of women of fenfibility and tHfcem- 
mentx 

- Madbime dc Seidlits had for fome time 
expe<3:ed letters from a friend at Berlint 
trfbo lw4* engaged to write to her the real 
ftitfe ctffher tanker's affairs, and how much 
llfrf W9pl4rk6 able to pay his creditors, as 
£?0n Milhe truftees appointed for thatbu*^ 
jGrii€& ti^u9fiil4 make their report* Several 
p<^Sr had already arrived fince the time 
whea- ^i; ^expeded this account, without 
1^ ImvUig received aiiy letter on a fubjedi 
wUch i^erefted her £o much. She was 
fit*ing-Qae fday with Laura, when the fer- 
v»Bt .Te|uimed from the poft- office, and 
*tQ|dh^r there were no foreign letters for 

C 2 her. 



V^ Z E L U e 0. 

her. She could uiot he]p dUcoyeriog mark^ 
of di&i^intment and vexation.rr^^ I ^m . 
furc, my dear mother," faidLaur4» :*VwiU^ 
kt 9i€ know as fooa as it is fit J (hoMld 
knowi what it is ^hich gives her uqe^-^, 
oefs/' — "Being difappointed when I am ^ 
ia eiipedation of letters from my^ diftant 
firiendS) always vexes me, my dear," (aid 
Madame de Seidlits ; '' I cannot h^lp 



it.'* 



'^ I hope you will have agreciable acr 
^ counts foon/' faid Laura. 

^* I hope I flbaH, say dear," r8p)iie| Ma- 
daone de Seidlits, with a figh, aad di^e^l^y 
fell into a lit of mufmg^ w^hvhr^wght 
tears into the eyes of Laura, who turned 
to the window, that they might not be ob- 
ferved by her mother. 

Zcluco was introduced.— The face of 
Madame de Seidlits brightened, and fhe rc« 
ceived him with cheerfulnefs and every 
ihark of regard. The heart of Laura, who 
perceived the immediate efFedl his prefence 
had on her mother, throbbed with warmer 

gratitude 



Z E L I^ C 6. ^1 

gradrttdie and good-will towards him, than 
er^'whea he delivered her from the fujH 
pbFcd robbers. 

A feinde acquaintance of Madame de 
Seidlits at this inftant called on hen 

*' Ybii are low-fpirited of late/' feid ihe 
to lifedariie de Seidlits, " and keep the 
iibiife too much. I am come to cany yoii 
iii^tf thefrefli air for a couple of hours/^ . 

** I beg you will go/' faid Laura eagerly 
to her itabtHer ; ** you really have been too 
much confined/* 

-^U f)i^^ with pleafiire, my dear/' laid 
IWfadifed d^^ Seidlits.— ** You will entertain 
^p^r^Zteo; while be (ihufes to aay/V 



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C HAP. LIf. ^^ 

Rcfitrve With frankoefs, art with truth ^ly*d. 
Courage with foftricfs, raodefty with pride. Pqpe» 

l^HEN Madame de Seidlits and lier 
friend had driven away, Laura 
a&ed Zeluco whether he chofe t6 hear aa 
air on the harpfichord j he anfwered, he 
Vrould prefer it to any concert, provided 
ihe would accompany it with her voice. 

She played and fung a lively air; this 
did not exadly fuit Zeluco, who Wifhed to 
make ferious and very pathetic loVe to h6r; 
he could not avoid, however, praifihg the 
tune, and the execution, 

** Since that air is to your tafte, 
Signor,*' faid Lauta, who wais highly 
pleafed with him bn" account of th^ good 
effe(£l his vifit had produced on her mother^ 
** i will play another in the fame ftyle.-' 

'' You 



Z E li UtC O. aa 

" Yqu play like an angel— and arc an 
angel/' cried Zeluco. 

•* Do angels deal in mpfic of this fort?" 
faid Laura, xupniog jo^fv the keys with 
infinite rapidity, and finging a very gay 
air. 

Zeluco being perfuaded, that he had been 

Jfift by the mother to give him an^ oppPt- 

Jtjinjtir of renewing his propofal to tfce 

^u^bjfr,^ and that fli^e herfelf had, for 

fqmf^S}^^} expected this with impatience ; 

iie jpp^ru^d hex gaiety into a defire of 

captfy^tjn|; him, and meditated how to ad- 

j^^^khf^ in terms expreffive of love, with^ 

X>u<;.jf5pa^eyijag any idea of matrimony. 

I^Cr df^jkid. any hint of that kind, and 

jnjp^tiqd, her frank and obliging^ behaviour 

to a difpofition in Laura, of which he de* 

te^j(pin|4 XQ ta^e the advantage. 

>> iU^vi^i^^finifhed the ayr, and perceiving 
1^^ 5^1i»90 was grave and penfiye; flie 
£u^^>;^it]^,^ fweetnefs pf yo^ce and manner 
whicJ^fprpjjJdihjiTe Jinnfid a lefs det^rmiped 

, ,y^ C 4 villain 



14 Z E L U C 0. 

villain from bis purpoie, '^ Y<w do n&l 
feem to relifh this fo much, Signor.'- 

^* I rclifli,** cried lie, " every thirig yoi^ 
do, and every thing you fey ; arid beg to 
be heard on a fubjedl of infinite itripfortance 
to my happinefs." 

" You have a right, Signer, to expedl 
to be heard by me on any fubje(fi whicl| 
you yourfelf have not agreed to avoid," 
faid Laura, with a folemn and ferious air, 
which the impaffioned manner in which he 
bad fpdken, obliged her to aflume. 

Although Zeluco was a little furprifed 
at the fudden alteration which had? takect 
place in the features of Laura, he refum- 
cd his rapturous tone : " How can J avoid 
exprefling^my admiration of beauty fo an-p 
gelic?'^ cried he, throwing himferfonbis 
knee, and attempting to feize her band. '^ . 

*^ Whatever ydu have to fajTr-^ignor,"] 
faid Laura, withdrawipg^ her >b%nd« iand 
fpeakinjg with firmtxefs and digpijty, V' you 
i^irill certainly fpcak jpore M yow pwn eafe, 

and 



ZELUC O. 25 

«6d tePifi^^faUsfaaioh, by keeping "^'ur 

,5-** ^m mcr M&dittr* faid Zeluco," em*. 
barra£(<4;9;Qd overawed. 
, V I- fM^ hear nothing,*' replied flie^ 
«* while you continue in that poftutei~it 
is too ridiculous." 

2fe1uco rofe.— " Now^^^ Sir/' faid , Oic^ 
** what nave you to fay ?" 

*." lam much concerned, Madam/' cc- 
fumed he, hefitating, and entirely driveq. 
from his purpofe; ** I am forry, I fay, thati 
I have offended you ; — but I really flatter- 
^itf^h tiiat after the marks of regard 
^ii^ r^ii the good fortune to— but thofc 
ar6^VVffie£^ — My efteem and regard ?ireun- 
b^ii^ea,— and the honour I propofed,^ — 
th%t l^,^tie happiriefs oir calling you mine 
JiMfi^itUfe, my lift, I confider as lio- 
thin*g~tMt is, I mean, when put in com- 
pf^jitiog/^— ftl^this^inii)herent manner he 
jkem oh«#ltKrat knb^fti^ iivhat he (aid; 

^ -^here^^ ^^fgtiity'^tfa'^lfevation in viri 
^i«i' WHRJH WAi^^s^'iS^m^ daring pro^ 

' ' flligatc. 



a6 Z E-L U C 0> 

fiig^te. No m?in of feaie^ howcwt free* 
in his morals, ever attempted a ihroman, 
till he imagined that fhe had fom^; inclina- 
tion he fliould. Let him ufe what delicate 
terms he pleafes, to what purpbfe oan he 
be fuppofed to exprefs his own wiihei, if 
he does not fufped that fhe has the iame 
wiflbes with himfclf ? This is the true point 
of view in which women oqght to coiy* 
fider addreffes of this nature-^In what 
other point of view can they be confider^ 
cd? A woman is follcited to grant wha| 
difhonours hcrfelf. Well, her foliQitori 
if he is not a fool, will not, in confci^nce% 
expert that (he will floop to this wiihout 
a motive, or merely to pleafe him ; what 
then does he exped? Why, that ihe will 
confent to pleafe herfelf. 

The coolnefs and modeft dignity oS 
Laura's manner gave at once fqch a check 
to Zelucoi that he. did not diicover his 
aim. She faw only his emhavrafltBent, 
which Ihe imputed to his being opnfcious 
of baving brokfn..tfee engagement wbi?h 

he 



Z.ErL U C O ^7 

lie liad entered iato, tsot to renew hb fn^o^ 
poikL of marriage; for^ although {he had 
been furpfifed, and idifpleafed with the 
maimer in which he had addcefled her, yet 
ihe neyef ,pnce fufpeded his re^l fcheme* 

Willing, therefore, to relieve hjs con- 
fii&oni and to be quite certain of what be 
mcai|t5 fhc# with a milder a^ed, addreif- 
ed Irimin thefe word«: *' Signor Zeluco, 
I'^ifli to know whether I am to conftrue 
what you fay into a renewal of your for- 
flier propofal/'— Although confcious that 
file miftook his intention, he anfwered her 
queftioti by a bow. — " Then,'* refumed 
flie,^^^ liritift repeat what 1 formerly de- 
dared ^dii^ that occafion ; I am truly fcbfi^ 
bid (tfUhe honour which your opinion 
does me. I fliould be happy to have any 
furopec opportunity of (hewing the fi^nfe 
of ^bl^ation which I have for the gene* 
rotis ferviaei which you rendered me. You 
9^t entitled lo my lafting gratitude — more 
is »ot ill' n:^7 power to beftow;— and gradU 
tudealone-< would, ia a wife, be a poor 

return 



18 Z E L U C O. 

return for the generous love yoii ptoftCs^ 
After tliis avowal, and declaring^ with the 
fame breath,'* continued ' flie, ** that * the 
propofals you made» in point bf libera- 
lity, exceed my utmoft wifh; it is evi* 
dent, that my reafon for declining them 
is of a nature not to be overcomfei and 
ought therefore to be an obftacle of as 
great weight with you as it is wltH meV 
Indeed, if I had not been perfuaded thai 
it had at length appeared fo in ydur eyc^; 
I (hould have taken care to avoid ^iny 6c- 
cafion for an explanation, eqiialFy' ^f^ 
agreeable for you to hear, and'mti io re* 
peat/* -:-^^V.,r 

Having faid this, fhe withdrew to an* 
other room, and left Zeluco fo muclfi (lir- 
prifed and confounded, that he remained 
fixed to the fpot for fome minutes be- 
fore he recovered prefenee of niind fu^- 
ficient to return to his own houfe. ' 

He was now convinced, that all his 
conjedures were erroneous, and that, not^ 
withftanding domeftic diftreffes, fo far 

from 



Z E ^ U C O. 9^ 

fr9^Jti^y||;^ff anydeG^n^^u^ him, Laura 
v^^9 4<?t€iri]^ined never to accept of him a3 
a ^ui^aad* , He had not pondered lopg oa 
th^ jilL in proportion as his fears of 
lofing he^ augmented, his defire to marry 
Ijer ^ ingreafed, and before the enfuin|; 
i}[^p|:nii9g. he would have purchafed at the 
higheft.pri^e that very fituation which, 
t|^.<^y,,beforje, he dreaded being drawn 

i^^ ^n4 ha4 d^^^^^^^^^ ^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^ ^4" 
djf^^ tp-^vpid. , , , 

.|I^,,plf^Iy perceived, that her m^t^ 
%f r^(f^ him proceeded from vdifliM; 
but a|f h^^ this convidion rankled io^hls 
breaft with the fevereft anguifli, he <Quld 
not i;^f^e his admiration of the delicacy 
^^§^ WjIW^^J -^ ^^ fentiments, the can- 
^Pjiir^j^q^ 4?gWty ^ith which they were 
ea^j^r^fji.^.^]i??hile the beauty and cl^^^e 
^u^^ite ^^ B^r^^Ofv^f y^r had appeared 
more attr^vjCf .^ ,; ■ _ 






30 Z E L U C O. 



C H A P. LIIL 

Nunc animum pietas, lyiaternaqne nomina frangunt. 

111 £ now regretted the language hefaad 
held to Father Pedro, and refolved to 
renew his confederacy with him on the 
hafia on which it liad formerly ftood, re* 
folving at the fametin^^^ that id one ihape 
or other (he fhduld be bis^ wfaateyer cJ^Ml^ 
gCF or guilt mig^t attend the accpmpUdi* 
m^nt of his defires. 

Ever fince their laft converfationj Fa-* 
ther Pedro had kept a watchful eye uppi* 
ZeluGO, being fofpicious that he meditatiedl 
fome defign upon Laura which he durft 
not avow. Thcfe fufpicions he intend^dr 
to communicate to Madame de Seidlit^, 
but he was prevented by Zeluco's intreat- 
ing him to renew the m^itrimonial treaty*- 

He 



Z E L U C O. 31 

He endeavoured to give fome plaufiblc 
reafon for his former behaviour, and Pedro 
was too well pleafed with his prefent difpo- 
fition to criticife with much feverity his 
late condud. But he was fincerely forry 
th^t Lawa feemed fo determined to rejed a 
meafare which, in his eyes, appeared ab- 
folutely neceffary in the prefent (late of 
h€f*«)thef%drGumftaiice8. ■-'' ^ 

^^Be ig^iti fpoke to Madame de Seidlits 
oftf^e fiibjt€t of Zeluco*s addreffes to Laura, 
eiftlnv*i^«itag the advantages that would 
riffrft tO'herfelf, as well as to her daughter, 
frDttt-thi* iiMiance. 

^MaaStti^ de Seidfits thanked him for the 
intereft he feemed to take in her family^ 
adding; *^* That perhaps (he faw the ad- 
vatitages of fuch an alliance in the faille 
light that ^f did, and had flronger reafons 
tliaii he ^w^s acquainted "With for wifliing 
tllat'LaaraPwerc of the fame way of think- 
ing* But having the moft complete con- 
vifKdfl of the good fenfe, virtuous inclina- 
tiotis^ 'aiid'dutiful difpofition of her daugh- 
ji:i 2 ter. 



32 Z E L U C O. 

tcft to whoai her approbttiM of Zriiiea 
WM perfeaiy known ; Oxt was ncfolred to 

adhere to her eagagementt not to pr^ her 
farther on that fut^d. There ntrcr was 
one human creature> Father/' ccmtmvM 
ihe, ^^ who had a fironger define to obl^ 
another than Laura has to oblige me; (he 
knows that few things could give me fo 
much pleafure as her confenting to many 
him; yet fhe continues to rejeft him. 
What can this proceed from but a rooted 
fdUUke ? whether this be well or ill founded^ 
it Would equally render her miferable to be 
united to a perfon fhe fb diflikes; and it 
would be the height of cruelty in rtieM 
esjert maternal influence in fuch a cayife.** 

Father Pedro faid, *' He feared tl^at 
Laura facrificed her happinefs to an ill* 
grounded prejudice.'* 

"She (hall, at leaft, not facrifioc it to 
my importunity/' replied Madame de Setd« 
lits. 

The efforts which Madame de Seidlits 

was obliged to make, to conceal the bad 

lo ilate 



2 E L U C O. 3j 

^/fialt^oF her affairs firom Laura, to appear 

fh§Cf£ul while ia reality fee was fad, aiid to 

Y94h€^'ito her {^omire and refolution of 

igii^ii%JW) hint to her daughter in favour of 

iJ&t^mQi hurt her heahh; (he loft her ap* 

fi^tile, grew thin, and uncommonly pale : 

Jithen- any body took notice of this, by an 

afFei^ed^^^h^erfulnefs, and by afTertiOiis 

#vU<^ her whole appearance contradicted^ 

Ae rendered her illnefs more vifible and 

|»ore affeding. ... 

^t /' Alas! Madam," faid Laura, *^ why 

wiUyoUiConccal thecaufc of your illoeft?'* 

u Vl iim not ill," replied fee, with^'i 

fifkly fkilc. -o-r;^ 

*5 Let this be decided/* faid Laura, *By 
aiphyfieian;" ^ 

lt!« ludeibd^ itty dear, a phyfician cotftd 

be of no (ervice to me/' a 

v*4**^ I rniii cert2»n y6u are not well— you 

aiea!wiayrfott?owful."r - 

" Can phyficians cure forrow ?" 

f>Wuydu^ave then fome fecrct forf6<7,*' 
dtki ^^iuraV <afching gtt her mother's faft 

y'VbL. II, D expref- 



I 



34 2 E L U G O. 

expreffion, as if it hzd been an avowal.— 
*^ Tell mc — O tell me the caufe of your 
afflldion ; — confide in me, — truft yoiir 
Laura;^' • 

*' I do confide in you, my beloved girl;* 
—1 could truft my foul with you;— but 
you alarm yourfelf without a caufe^— I am 
happy, my love, in your aflFedion and 
goodnefs." 

Laura could not refrain from tears at 
thefe expreflions of her mother, but find- 
ing that (he declined to acknowledge the 
caufe of her uneafinefs, flie prefied her 
ho farther t perceiving, however, that her 
!tnother*8 dejedion of fpirits continued, 
and that (he became more and more Emaci- 
ated ; the young lady was at laft fogready 
klarmed, that (he communicated her fears 
to Father Pedro, intreating his cdunfef. 

Hitherto he had abftained froiri the fub- 
jed, in expedkation that Laura would 
adopt this very meaf lire. 

** r have been as uneafy as you can be, 
my dear daughter^ at the vifible alteration 

m 



2 E L rU c a 45 

in 79^^ toother's fpirils and healtbf^yfwwl 
obfcrviiig th?it fhe ayqided giving any^ijean 
{on forjit^ I (;puld not help endeavouring^ 
by every means I could think of, to . dif* 
cover whether {he had received any .news 
to difturb her, or what the caufe of fuch 
4^|eftiop could be, that every pofBble mer 
thod tftjght be tried for its removal.*' ., 

*' And have you difcovered the caule ?'' 
cried Lfiura> impatiently. , 

. F)|t|;^9^^ Pedrp bad hwrd of the failij5<; 
^^^t^j^fipker; he began by informing 
Ij^gr qf iW,h^t he had learned on that he^d;^^ ^ 
^^ l^^f was in fome degree relieved by 
lius account; hec imagination had Bg^rcjd 
fpi^flMng worfe : fhe dreaded that fQqie 
^^,^ ^ ^P incurable nature afflided bex 
motbejr^r y^hich, out of tendernefs to h^r 
daugjl^tn, fhe concealed. ^ 

, V The diftrefs which this man's mif- 
fprtune. brings will be temporary," faid 
flic; *' he will furely pay fome proportion, 
if not the whole, of his debts. My mother 
feels the prefent inconveniency mare on 
D 8 my 



^6 Z E L U C O. 

my account thaa her own. I will (hew 
her how light it fits on my mind, and how 
cheerfully I can conform to any circum- 
ftai)ce$. — The king's penfion remains— the 
houfe here, and the farm, remain — ^A little 
time will make my mother forget this lofs ; 
fhe will recover her healthy and I (hall 
again be happy." 

The Father then mentioned the circum- 
flance of felling the jewels. 

This affeded Laura at firft, becaufc it 
was a proof of her mother's imipediate 
diftrefs 5 but foon after, fhe faidj '* I am 
glad of it, it will put her at her cafe for 
fome time at leaft, — perhaps till the banker 
is able to pay part of what he owes. I 
am much happier, Father, than I was be- 
fore I knew the whole fource of my dear 
mother's low fpirits." 

** I wifh,'' faid the Father, •* this were 
the whole." 

'' O ! merciful Heaven !'* cried Laura ; 
^' What! is there more?" 

' ** Shall 



.J 



Z E L U C O. j7 

^* Shall I fpeak/' faid Pedro, '' my real 
fentiments ?*' 

** Yes, tertainly," cried Laura, trembling/* 

•* Without any cover or difguife ?*' added 
he. , 

' *^ \ did not think you had ever ufed 
any," faid Laura. 

" When we are obliged to blame thofe 
vre love,*' refumed he, " it is natural to 
do it in the mildeft manner." 

♦^ If I h^^je failed in my duty to my 
liidth^r, ufe the fevereft,'* faid Laura. 
' Tiie Monk then reminded her, That 
lier mother had always entertained a fa- 
Voiirable opinion of Signor Zeluco^ which 
tiad been confirmed and augmented by time 
and more intimate acquaintance ; that fhe 
liad heard his propofal of marriage with 
great fatisfadion, for few things are more 
agreeable to a prudent and afFedionate mo* 
ther, than to fee her daughter united in 
niarmgc with a man deferving her efteem ; 
that on finding her daughter's ideas differ- 
ent from her's on this fubjed, fhcliad fa- 
D 3 crificed 



i -. 



1 



38 Z E L U CX>. 

crified Tier own, and with a gcnerofity 
whicli few parents poffefs, ha^ never again 
given her a hint on the fubjcd ; but it was 
even then pretty evident the facrifice had 
cod her a good deal : that Zeluco's gallant 
behaviour fince that time, and the very im- 
portant fervice he had rendered her, had 
renewed and Iharpened her mothef'^ ori- 
ginal wifties, that fo deferving a man wef e 
as agreeable to her daughter as t6 herfcl^, 
and probably had infpired her with frefh 
hopes that his conduct would produce that 
cfFea on fuch a generous and grateful heart 
as Laura's : that being difappointed in thefc 
flattering expedations at a moment wheti 
her own private affairs were fo much de-^ 
ranged, had, he feared, corroded the breaft 
of Madame de Seidlits, and waB the true 
icaufe of all her inquietude; for flie was 
endued with that noble and exalted affiee- 
tion which inclined her to be ready to con^* 
municate to her daughter the largeft por* 
tibn of all her comforts, and endeavour to 
keep to herfelf the whole of what wae 

painful 



z-jj; L u c a 39 

]^a|^^l^Ji^. their common lot, as a|)pe4red 
cpn^tci}^pus ki her concealing from Laura 
the hapk]|fuptcy which fo cruelly afFeded 
their ci)RCumftances, and allowing the whole 
yex^tion x)f that unexpeded misfortune to 
prey upon her own fpirits, and undermine 
herhealitht 

J^ef^cthje Father paufed, to give Laura an 
Qpp^rtfiqity of fpeaking ; but perceiving 
th^tih^ kept her eyes fixed on the ground, 
|tp4/fe9jm^4 unable to make any reply, he 
|i^^d,>j :*VThat, upon the whole, it waj 
y^jf^^ji^Q)ilt for him to offer any a^yicCi , 
fgr^jjo^l^out a remedy; becaufe, he ac- 

]^5i|^5yl^4g^ tl^^t I^2iu^*'s ^aft^i even her 
ji^gj\^J9|?8, ought to have weight in the 
^oif^rf^ A hufband, and that it would be 
ifi^^ ^q.bUme her for indulging them. He 
lJg9ul4,ino;, venture to affert, that reHjgioQ 
rfgg|jyrf4)ife?r to facriftcje them, as Provi- 
4?pfieoGe^iflly migh,t5 if it thought pro- 
fS^ j^Wjdj lOther meai:^? of preferving the 
he^lljb/pj^^^ie? qioth^r; and might, in its 
^vpm :g^9^ limca free that worthy wopait 



40 Z E L U C^O. 

fropi her prei^nt difficulties, and prcTcnt 
her future life from being imbittered with 
penury, which her elegant tafte and li- 
beral difpofition couW fo ill endure.'* 

*^ Father," faid Laura, whofe eyes were 
now overflowing, ** I ana unable at prefent 
to converfe with you, — leave me to myfelf, 
^will, if I can, talk with you more fuller 
to-morrow morning. "-^They p3r«d; 



Z E L U C O, 41 



C HA !». LlV. 

I. ^^cPfA contiiawfld refie^ii^ on evisry 
tbkrg. that the Monk had faid, and 
infi nuated — Zeluco's <1 ifinterefted paflSon-— 
his kindnefs to her fiidther — ^the obligation 
lie had Isud on berfeif—-herni other's wi&es^ 
at firft (o plainly fignified, and afterwards 
with fuch delicacy fuppreffed— her mater- 
nal lendernefs throngh all her life, par- 
ticularly difphyed by her eiideavour to 
conceal the affair of the jewels and the 
bankruptcy j— and finally, the declining 
ftate of her mother's health, which filled 
her with the moft alarming apprehenfions. 
In confequence of revolving thofe confi- 
derations in her mind, her diQike to Ze- 
luco began to appear in her own eyes an 
Wnreafopable prejudice, which gratitude 

and 



4a Z EL U C O. 

and filial affe£lion» witb united voi|ce^callqd 
upon bcr to overcome. 

The next day Laura informed j^ mq^ 
thcr that {he was willing to bjeftp^ hpt 
hand on Signor Zeluco. Joy wa» very 
ilrongly mixed with the rurprifevwhicli 
appeared in Madame de Seidlits-s counte* 
nance. Yet fhe addreflfed Laura in thefe 
texm^: ^^ I defirCf my dear, that iia facri- 
fice>may be made to any fuppofed mOx ot, 
mioe on this occafion ; I afFured yop fi^r- 
roerly, and I repeat it now, that I thinif you 
have a full right in an affair of this na-^ 
tiire'io follow your own inclinations.'* , 

J^aura replied, That this alteration of 
fentiment had taken place in confequence 
of her ferious reflexions on Signor ZeIuco\ 
CQudud to them both. 

Madame de Seidlits then embracing hei;> 
daughter, exprefled her fatisfadion in the. 
mpft afFe<9:ionate terms f and communicated 
the ^lad tiding to Father Pedro, w|io was 
then entering, and imniediately joiaed ii^,^ 
Ma(|ame de Seidlits's congratulatior^s. ,, 

Laura, 



Z E L tr C O. 43 

. T^ura^' however, fa'M, That as (he tiadt" 
in a very ferious and formal manner, re-* 
fufed ?<eluco when he faft made his court 
to her, it was' very poffible he might fince 
tfiEat time "have altered his fentiments as 
wtU as herfelf. 

•* That I can anfwer for is not the caffei^ 
fald^^aiher Pedro. 

crixhcire is no need of any one's anfwer- 
ing fdMt," faid Madame de Seidlits j ** the 
truth wift appear of itfelf. If Sighor Zc- 
liicot does not (hew as much ardour a^ ever 
to obfaih my daughter's hand, he never 
(hall oStain it with my confent/* 
* Laura^ fmiling, thanked her mother lor 
betng'/ib pundilious where fhe was con- 
cerned V'and faid, She would explain her- 
felf in a letter to Signor Zeluco, whipK 
(he hbped the Father would deliver to 
him. • ^ 

MiaJiame de Seidlits objeded to her writ- 
ing/ ^T^e Father, flie faid, might, if h^ 
pleafe^^'kquaiht Signor ^eluco that her 
(laughter' 'was more favourably difpoleci to- 
I wards 



44 Z E L U C O, 

wards him than formerly, and then leave 
him to take his courfe. 

Laura faid, If her mother would truft 
to her expreffing herfelf with propriety oa 
a fubjciSi of fo much delicacy, fhe would 
prefer writing, as there was one point that 
required explanation. 

** I have perfed confidence in your pru- 
dence, my dear," faid Madame de Seidlits ; 
•V write what you think proper." She 
then left Laura and Father Pedro together, 

Laura diredly wrote what follows : 

*« Signor Zeluco, 
•^ In the converfation I lately had with 
you, I candidly told you my fentiments i 
with the fame fincerity I now inform you 
they are altered ;*and that I am ready to 
accept of your propofal. It wil! hot fur- 
prife me if fuch apparent levity flibiild in- 
duce you to renounce the too favourable, 
opinion which you had of me; fliould 
that be the cafe, you certainly can have 
no fcruple in declaring it. 

« It 



Z E L U C O. 45 

** It 18 proper thai I (Jiould further in- 
form you, that fince I laft faiwr you, I havd 
karot that, by the failure of a houfe at 
Berlin, great part of the money left by my 
fether for the ufeof my mother, and whi^h 
would have eventually come to pie, is, in 
all probability, irrecoverably loft. 

** Laura Seidlits/' 

llaving fealed this letter, fhe gave it to 
Father Pedro, who carried it dire(3:ly tp 
Zeluco, whom he found alone in his gar- 
den, ruminating a half-digefted plan of a 
very atrocious nature, the objedi of which 
w^s thf ppffpffion of Laura. 

The Monk announced by his counte- 
nance ,tliat he brought agreeable news, 
and. delivered to him Laura's letter; which, 
in fpite pf the cold terms in which it was 
conceived, as it pointed a more fpeedy apd 
fafe road tp the gratification of his defires, 
filjed him with pleafure, and entirely dif- 
fipated the dark and defperate purpofes 
pveir which his mind was brooding, 

^ He 



4^ 2 E L U C O. 

ife told Faifaer P^ro that be wdi^uld 
btmfelf be the bearer of the anfWer to the 
l^cr; aod immediately waited on Madame 
de Seidlits and Laura with all the expref- 
fioufi of J6y ufual on (imilar occafions/ 

From this moment there was a vifible 
change for the better in the fpirits and 
health of Madame de .Seidlits; (he was 
now convinced that her daughter had over- 
come her groundlefs diflike of Zeluco, was 
fecured in a comfortable and genteel fitu* 
ation for life ; of courfe nine- tenths of her 
anxiety were removed. Laura was rejoiced 
at the favourable alteration in her mother, 
reflected with fatisfadion on the efforts flic 
herfelf had made for the fake of a parent 
whom (he tenderly loved, and flattered her- 
felf that an union agreed to on her part 
from fuch a piouis motive, would be more 
fortunate than could naturally have beetx 
expeded, confidering the extreme indif- 
ference, to call it by no ftronger name, 
which {he felt for her intended kufbanil. 

Zeluco 



y^^MilniSd fijoii bettfme ttfgeiit With^^a- 
diUne^de^Sdidlits tbat ^^ ea^ly day tkigttt 
i]e££xM iim for the mairriage ceremofiys 
^ymg^ dbbtt he wojsid/ ih the mean time 
orderrtli^.i&ttlementl to bi3 zxxade ad:onlu% 
Ijp^^^^f ^terp^s formerly prppofed. f 

She exprefTed a defire that the ceremoa j 
might Jbe poftponed at leaft till the return 
of Sienqra Sporza from Rome ; one reafoji of 
Zeluco's icQpatiencc was> that it might he 
over before her return ; dreading a dekyt 
or, ,j36rhaps a total prevention from t^at 
.quarter;^ but, without giving any hintof 
fuQh fears,, he earneftly infifted on tb6, qe- 
rcmonv's tji^king place immediately ^tqr 
the fettlements were ^ ready ; urging that 
Sigi^pra Sjpprza would be moft agreeably 
furprifed to find that all was over at her 
return i and that it would give him double 
ple^fure to falut$ her on their firft meei- 
iqg» not, as a perfoii intended to ,be,^but 
who a^ually was, l^is relation- M^fUme 
de^SejdUts^ ^r?ed to Ipayqj it toLatirfif 4?- 
cifion, promifing, at Zeluco's requeft, not 

to 



!^1 



48 - Z E L U C O. 

to write to Signora Sporza till the point 
ihould be determiiied. 

He knew that Laura wiflitd the cerc^ 
mony (hould be private ; he direded Fa- 
ther Pedro to hint to her that this would be 
impoflible after Signora Sporza's return, 
whofe decided tafte for parade and oftenta- 
tiqn they all knew. 

Laura was more eafily brought to agree 
to an early day than was expedled ; having 
already given her confent, dcfpifing all 
affeded delays, and wiftiing to have every 
thing conduded with as much privacy 
as the nature of the cafe would admit, fhe 
decided for the earlieft day that had been 
mentioned. Befides the motives already 
mentioned, there was another which influ- 
enced this unfortunate young lady more 
than all the reft ; fhe felt her original re- 
ludance to any connexion with Zeluco 
threatening to return ; and flie wi(hed the 
ceremony over, that it might be no longer 
in her ov/n power to fhrink from what 
13 ihe 



2 E L U C O. 49 

&€ «pw thought hath her duty and honour 
required her to perform. 
, The ^vrJLiings iBF^re prepared, and an 
pjiiily 4*7 ^pppiqt^ fpr the private per- 
formance of the marriage* 
r During thi5 .inter val the heart of Laura, 
es^^Awed with Jshe moft exquifite fenfibiiity, 
and formed for the pureft and moft deli- 
cate fenfa,tjion? pf Ipye, was not agiUted 
with thofe te;nder fears and pleafing ejpjo- 
tions^^which fill the virgin*s bofom at her 
approaching union with the beloved ob- 
]e£t of her wifhes ; flie, unhappy maiden ! 
felt an hourly increafing averfioq to the 
man to whom (he was deftined to plight 
her faith, which all the ftruggles of her 
reafon could not fubdue. Her refolution 
however enabled her, in a great meafure, 
•to conceal what her reafon could not con- 



M ''\ .:^ 



quer. and her efforts for this purpofe ren- 
dered the pangs of her heart the more 
agute. 

The' night preceding the day of her 

-mar'ri^gie (he was difturbed with gloomy 

; 5(oL. II. E ' forebodings, 



I 



50 2 E L U C O. 

forebodings, diftraded with horrid dreams, 
and with terrors of a confufed nature, 
which darted like lightning in a black and 
flormy night acrofs her clouded imagina- 
tion. 

She arofe early, endeavoured to banifh 
thofe difmal apprehenfions from her breaft, 
and a (Turned as much ferenity as (he pof- 
fibly could at the approach of her mother* 
who imputed the marks of difturbance that 
ftill remained in the countenance of Laura 
to no uncommon caufe ; yet all the endear- 
ments of maternal afFedion which Madame 
de Seidlits lavifhed on her daughter, were 
fcarcely able to keep up her fpirits : two or 
three times the trembling heart of Laura 
was ready to break through all reftraint, 
avow her fad forebodings, and beg that 
this frightful marriage might be poll- 
poned for ever. She was prevented by 
the fatisfadlon fhe perceived it gave 
her mother, and by the thoughts of 
the light in which fuch fickle and childifli 
10 Gondudk 



Z E L U C O. 51 

condud muft put her in the opinion of 
others. 

The marriage ceremony was performed 
privately, and Zeluco remained that night 
at the houfe of Madame de Seidlits. 



E 2 



5* 



Z E L U C O. 



C H A P. LV. 

All clafEc learning lofe on claffic ground. Pope. 

A DAY or two before Laura's marriage 
took place at Naples, Signora Sporza 
received a letter from Germany, giving 
her an account of the fevere lofs which 
Madame de Seidlits would fuftain by the 
bankruptcy. This letter direded to her 
at Naples, had gone in courfe of poll to 
that city, was there detained for fome days 
by the negled of herxfervant, and now 
conveyed to her the firft account flie had 
ever had of an event which gave her very 
great paia. She well knew the limited boun- 
daries of Madame de Seidlits's finances j 
that the money which fhe depended on for 
paying fome preffing debts at Naples was 
in this banker's hands, and of courfe that 

£he 



Z E L U C O. S3 

{he ^ would be put to immediate and very 
great diftrefs by this unlucky accident; fh^ 
became even afraid, left, terrified by a fpe- 
cies of calamity which flie had never expe- 
rienced, Madame de Seidlits (hould become 
more urgent than ever with Laura to give 
her hand to Zeluco, and left Laura, in 
compliance with her mother's defire, might 
at laft confent : but what made her more 
uneafy than all the reft, was her not having 
it in her power from any fund of her own 
fufficiently to relieve the diftrefs of her 
friends. 

In this fituation fhe could think of no- 
body fo able, and whom ftie expected to 
find fo willing, to fupply her in what fhe 
wanted, as the Honourable Mr.N — . She fent 
a meflage, deliring that he would come and 
fpeak with her as foon as poffible. Mn N— 
was not at home. She fent ag^n, beg- 
ging that he would come to her the mo- 
ment he arrived. 

But her impatience increafing ^s the 

time of the departure of the poft for Naples 

E 3 drew 



54 Z E L U C O. 

drew near, (he drove to Mr. N — 's lodg*- 
sngi and calling for Buchanan^ told him 
flie had bufmefs of importance, with his 
mailer^ and would wait for him till he 
came home. Buchanan fhewed her into a 
room adjoining to Mr. Steele's dreffing- 
roomy and feparated from it by a very 
crazy partition. Steele was there with Mr. 
Squander and fome other young Englifli- 
men. Signora Sporza hearing their voices, 
thought (he diftinguifhed that of Mr. N— , 
•* No," faid Buchanan, ** it is a party of 
young gentlemen, who arc taking a courfe 
ef Roman antiquities ; they wait at preferit 
for the antiquarian who Inftruds theni j 
but it is my opinion, if the poor man pro- 
fit no more by tbemj than they do by his 
ledures, he will foon be in a ftate of per- 
fe£t ftarvation.*' 

A voifce was then heard, crying, ^* Hey, 
Dutchefs, what the devil are you about, you 
flut? — ay, to her Pincher; pull away ;— 
tear it frorn her, "boy." 

'' Who 



Z E L U C O. 5S 

•* Who docs he talk to ?^* faid Signora 
Sporza. 

" A couple of quadrupeds, Madam," re-* 
plied Buchanan ; ^* the one is a fpanieL 
the other a terrier. Thofe young gentle- 
men cannot, proceed in their ftudies without 
them." 

Here the door of Mr. Steele's room was 
opened by a fervant, who faid the anti- 
quarian had fent to know whether they 
were ipclined to go to the Pantheon that 
day, or to St. Peter's ? 

*' Damn the Pantheon and St^ Peter's 
both," cri^d Squander ; ** tell him we can 
go to neither at prefent.— Zounds ! cannot 
the fellow quietly pocket his money with- 
out boring us any more with his templies, 
and churches, and pidures, andftatuesf" 

Steele, however, finding them determined 
againft attending the antiquarian^ followed 
the fervant, and delivered a more civil 
meflage. 

While he was ^bfent, Squander, toffing 

a couple of maps on the floor, cried, ** Here, 

Dutchefs, here is Roma Moderna\ — and 

E 4 there. 



56 Z E L U C O, 

there, Pincher — there is Roma Antiquarian 
you, boy— tear away/' 

When Steele returned, he endeavoured to 
feve Rome from the ravages of thofe Goths, 
but Squander told him with a loud laugh, 
that Dutchefs had made a violent rent iq 
Saint Peter's, and Pincher had torn the Paa- 
thfiop to pieces. 

Squander then propofed that they fhould 
walk to the ftable, to examine a mare which 
be had thoughts of purchafing— Dutcheft 

and Pincher followed them, and Mr. N • 

came home foon after. 

*^ I have an unexpeded call for money," 
faid Signora Sporza, interrupting his apo- 
logies for having made her wait, *' I hope 
you can let me have it.'* 

I hope I can, faid Mr. N- '- — . How 

much do you need ? 

'* Three or four hundred ounces," re- 
plied fhe. 

*^ I am happy that I can, without incon- 
veniency, fpare you four hundred," replied 
^le. ^ 

^' I do 



Z E L U C O, 57 

^^ I do not think it probable that y^ii 
will be foon repaid/' faid fhe. 

** I (hall not need it," replied Mr. N .^ 

•* You are an angel of a man," cried 
flie, ** give mc then an order on my banker 
at Naples for that fum, for I muft fend it 
thither by this day's poft." 

Mr. N— — diredly gave her the order. 

'' O my good friend !'' cried (he, *♦ I tnuft 
not tell you how I come to need this mo- 
ney } but, indeed, it would grieve you if 
ybu knew who-^/' Here Signora Sporza's 
voice was fupprefled with grief at the idea 
pf the diftrefs of her two friends, and the 
tears fell dowrf her cheeks ; after a paufe, 

(he gave her h?md to Mr. N , who led 

her to her carriage, without either of them 
uttering another word. 

As foon as Signora Sporza got home, (he 
wrote a rooft affedionate letter to Ma-? 
dame de Seidlits, complaining of her hav- 
ing concealed the misfortune of the bank- 
ruptcy at Berlin, and the diftrefs in 
which this accident rnqft neceffarily have 

involve^ 



58 Z E L U C O. 

involved her and Laura; and informing 
her, that (he hcrfelf had unexpectedly re- 
covered fome money for which (he had no 
immediate ufe, (he begged therefore very 
earneftlyf that Madame de Seidlits would 
accept of five hundred ounces, which {he 
could without any inconveniency let her 
have diredly. Signora Sporza added one 
hundred ounces, all in her power, to the 
four hundred advanced by Mr. N ■ ■ ; 

Madame de Seidlits was with her daugh- 
ter when (he received this letter, which (he 
immediately (hewed to Laura ; they were 
both much affeded with this inftance of 
friend(hip, and agreed that it would have 
an air of unkindnefs not immediately to 
acquaint Signora Sporza with Laura's mar- 
riage, by which (he would underftand that 
her liberality was unnecefTary. 

Zeluco not having now the fame objec- 
tion that he had formerly, aflented without 
difficulty to their propofal; and by the 
next poft Signora Sporza- received the ac- * 

counts 



Z E L U C O. S9 

eounts of Laura's mar»age with equal fur« 
prife and concern. 

The following day flie informed Mr,. 

N 9 " That (he ftiould always confider 

herfelf under as great an obligation to him, 
as if {he had made life of his credit, but 
that fhe now found flie would have no oc- 
cafion for it, and defired him to inftrufl: his 
banker at Naples to that efFedt.*' 

At the interval of feveral hours, fhe in- 
formed him of Laura's marriage with Ze- 
luco. ** Good heavens," exclaimed he, ** is 
itpoffible!" 

** What do you fee extraordinary,'* faid 
flie, ^* in a very accompliflied woman of 
no fortune marrying a ycry rich man.*' 
" Of no accomplifliments,*' faid Mr* 

N . 

^* Even if that be the cafe, it certainly 
is nothing extraordinary,'* faid Signora 
Sporza. " If it is not to be wondered at, I 
fear it is to be regretted,'' added Mr. N — . 

After this, Signora Sporza feemed dc- 
firous to change the fubjed. She would 

have 



6o Z E L U C O. 

have bad no fcruple in acquainting Mr, 

N with any thing which regarded her- 

felf alone, but thought fhe had no right to 
inform him of the date of Madame de Seid- 
lits's circumftances, and of courfe imprefT^ 
ing him with the idea that this had driven 
Laura to t^e marriage. Signora Sporza was 
alfo much afraid that Laura, in avoiding 
one fpecies of diftrefs, had expofed herfelf 
to others, which to one of her turn of 
mind might prove fully as acute; and 
therefore fhe did not like to talk on the fub- 

jea. Mr. N feeing her thoughtful and 

rather referved, left her, he himfelf having 
been fomewhat fhocked as well as furprifed 
^t hearing of Laura's marriage. 

Whatever uneafinefs that event occafi- 

oned to Signora Sporza and Mr. N , it 

was heard of with much fatisfadion by his 
valet Buchanan, who loft no time in com- 
piunicating the news to the Baronet, who 
;ilfo heard of it with pleafure ; for although 
he did not think there was fo much dan- 
ger as Buchanan did, of Mr, N 's mak-» 

ing 



Z E L U, C O. 6t 

ing propofals of marriage to Laura imme- 
diately ; yet ht plainly perceived that he 
had a very high regard for that lady, and 
he particularly remarked, that his nephew 
did not at all relifli a propofal which had 
been made by way of founding him, that 
he Ihould accompany his uncle to England, 
without returning to Naples; in fhort, he 

thought, that although Mr. N might 

be fenfible of thie inconveniences of unit- 
ing himfelf to a woman of Laura's religion 
and country, yet thefe inconveniences would 
■naturally dwindle in his eftimation, in pro- 
portion as 'his admiration of the lady in- 
creafed. He therefore could not help. being 
pleafed with the account of Laura's marri- 
age. 

The Baronet obferved that Mr. N— 
was by no means in his ufual fpirits after 
this intelligence, he therefore omitted no- 
thing that he imagined could tend to the 
am«fement of his young friend, and fre- 
quently propofed excurfions to Tivoli, Fref- 
cati, and other places in the neighbourhood 
of Rome. 

7 Mn 



6i Z E L U C O. 

Mn Steele was generally of thefe parties ; 
but one day, when the Knight and Mr. 

N had agreed to dine at Albano, Mn 

Steele was prevailed on to (lay and make 
one at a cricket match with fome Britifix 
gentlemen and their footmenj who were at 
that time at Rome. 

After dinner, the Baronet aflced Mr. 
N— , how he liked the new acquaintance 
whom his father and aunt had recommend- 
ed to him, meaning Mr. Steele. 

It is impoflible not to like him, replied 

N , for he is one of the beft-natured 

eafy tempered fellows alive, and at the 
fame time of the greateft integrity. When 
he firft arrived at Naples, he feemed 
thoughtful and rather melancholy. This 
however, being no part of his natural dif- 
polition, foon wore away, and now the ge- 
nuine cheerful and obliging colour of his 
charader is almofl; always predominant. 

^* Does he intend to remain long in 
Italy ? ** faid the Baronet. 

^* I believe he will remain as long as I 

do,'* 



Z E L U C O. 63 

do," replied N , ** and no longer, for he 

does me the honour of being more attached 
to me than to Italy; and I for my part 
have the moft perfe<fJ: good-will to himi al- 
though he is not precifely the kind of man 
whom I fliould have expeded my father 
to recommend to my particular acquaint- 
ance; yet I fhall ever think myfelf obliged 
to him for it." /* I do not fo much as know 
of what family he is/' continued Mr. N« — , 
*^ nor by what means he got acquainted 
with ours, for Steele is not fpontaneoufly 
communicative; and you know, Sir, I am 
not a great alker of queftions.'* 

** I can give you fome account of thofe 
matters," faid the Baronet, ^' for I have fre- 
quently heard your father defcribe his firft 
interview with this young man's uncle." 

But as we know more of Mr. Steele's! fa- 
mily than the Baronet did, we (hall in the 
next chapter give the reader a more circum- 
ftantial account than was in his powen 



^4 Z E L U C O* 



CHAP. LVI. 

Anecdotes concerning Mr. Natbaniel Transfer. 

T\/TR. Nathaniel Transfer, uncle to the 
young man now in queftion, had 
made a large fortune in the city of Lon- 
don, where he was born, and where he 
lived happily till the age of fixty-five. Mr. 
Transfer's life may furely be called happy, 
fmce it affojded him the only enjoyments 
which he was capable of relifliing j he had 
the pleafure of finding his fortune increaf- 
ing every year ; he had a remarkably good 
appetite, relifhed a bottle of old port, and 
llept very foundly all ni^ht, particularly 
after a bottle of Burton Ale. He might 
have continued fome years longer in the 
fame (late of felicity, and perhaps have 
been conveyed to the other world in a 
gentle lethargy, without ficknefs, like a 

pafTenger 



Z E L U C O. 6$ 

paffeiiger who flpeps' the whole way from 
Dover to Calais, ii^4 it not been fof the 
importuoitics of £t fet ^ people who cfdled 
fhemftlves hk frifetids ; theft officious per- 
fo^* trete Gofttlnii^lty diftarbing his tran- 
^ciillity' with ftifch fpfeeches as the follow-* 
icigJ ^'Why (houM you, Mr. Transfer^, 
contiatfe t6 Kvc all your life in the city, 
and follow the drudgery of bufinefs tike 
a poor matn- whahas his fortune to make ? 
It is furdy time for yoil to begin and en- 
joy a fittle eafe and pleafure after fo much 
toil and labour. What benefit will ac- 
crue to you from your great fortunCj if 
you are determined ne^/er tb enjoy it ? 
Good God, Mr. Transfer, do ydu intend 
to flave for ever? — You certainly have 
iitready more naoney than you have any ufe 
for." 

This laft aflertlon was unqueftionably 
tnie, although the inference thofe reafoners 
drew from it was falfe. The fourth part 
of his fortune was a great deal more than 
Transfer had any ufe for; gathering of 

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66 Z E L U C O. 

pebbles, or accumulating pounds,^ would 
have been equally beneficial to him, if he 
could have taken an equal intereft in the 
one occupation as in the other, and if he 
could have contemplated the one heap with 
equal fatisfadion with the other. He had 
not the fhadow of a wifti to fpend more 
than he did, nor the lead defire of benefit- 
ing any of the human race by the fruits of 
his labour. But Mr. Transfer's advifers 
had forgot the power of habit upon the 
mind of man. Transfer, like thoufands o^ 
others, had begun to accumulate money as 
the means of enjoying pleafure at fome 
future time; and continued the pradlice fo 
long, that the means became the end— the 
mere habit of accumulating, and the rou- 
tine of bufinefs, fecured him from tedium, 
and became the greateft enjoyment of 
which he was fufceptible. Not being aware 
of this himfelf, poor Transfer at laft yield- 
ed to his friends importunity. •* Well, I 
am determined to be a flave no longer ; it 
does not fignify talking, fays he, I wiU be- 
gin 



z E L u c a; 6f 

gin and enjcy without any more lofs of 



time/' 



' He wouijd up hU affaiw with all paffible 
Expeditions gave up all connexions in bufi* 
nefs at once, bought an cftate in the coun-- 
try, with a very convenient houfe in good 
repair upon it, to which he went foon after, 
determined to reft from his labours, and to 
take hi^ fill of pleafure. But he quickly 
found reft the moft laborious thing that he 
had ever experienced, and that to have no- 
thing to do, was the moft fatiguing bufinefs 
on earth. In the courfe of bufinefs, his 
occupations followed each other at ftated 
times, and in regular fucceflion ; the hours 
paffed imperceptibly without feeming te- 
dious, or requiring any effort on his part 
to make them move fafter. But now he 
felt them to move heavily and fluggiflily, 
and while he yawned along his ferpentine 
walks and fringed parterres, he thought the 
day would never have an end. 

His houfe was at too great a diftance 

from London for his city friends to go 

F 2 down 



6^ Z E L^tj C O. 

down on a .Saraoday, and rttiini ta tom» 
on Monday. His neighbours in the couair 
n'j::mcte.\gnof2mt of th*lc.fiK$)^ of i<lca§ 
which bad rdled in his hx^ With little 
variation for -tbfi Uft forty years of hi9 
16^; and h^: was eijually ui^^cqoaint/ed 
\teith the olyeSs of their contemplations ; 
^li^f^ it was their mutwal- love of port 
wiji.€ and BiirQon ale) they had hatdly a 
if^tjmeint in common with Mr. Traasfer^ 
who was left for many a tedious hour, par* 
ticularly before dinner, to enjoy riwal fqlJ* 
^ity by htmfelf, or with no other company 
than a few goda and goddcffcs which he 
had bought in Piccadilly, and placed ia hi» 
g<arden. «• They talk/' faid he to himfelf, 
** of the ple^fures of the cQui^try^ but 
would to God . I had never been-peufuaded 
to leave the labours of the- city for fujch 
woful pleafures. O Lombard-ftj^eetJ .Lom'» 
bard-ftreet t in evil hour did I forf^k^ tbe^ 
for verdant walks and flowery lapdfpaf)i» 
and that there tirefortoe piece' of >Ti^dc 
^^ater. /.What walk iis fo agrcsfthle asv* 
^ . , walk 



Z E I. U C t). Ǥ 

wdk^toti^h the fl;reet« of Ldndon ? what 
landfcape more fiowcry tbata thofe in thfc 
|A"mt*fiiop6^ aftd what water was ever 
made by man equal to the Thames ? If 
here I venturft to walk but i fhort way 
beyoftd my own fields, I may be wat 
through l^y a fudden fliower, and expcrfed 
to the wind of evety quarter) before I gel 
under ihelosr ; but in walking through the 
Areete of London, if it rainS) a man can 
Shelter himfelf under the Piazzas; if the 
wind is ilk his face while he walks along 
one ftreet) he may turn into another ; if he 
is hungry, he can be r6frefhed at the paftry 
fliops; if tired, he can call a hackney coacfr; 
^tkd he is fure of meeting with entertain* 
ing company every evening at the club.'* 

Such were Mr. Transfer's daily re*- 
flections, and he was often tempted to 
abandon the country for ever, T^^ return 
to Lombard*ftreer, and re-affume his old 
occupations. 

It is probable that he would have yielded 

to the temptation, had it not been for an 

F 3 acquaint- 



7p Z E L U C O. 

acquaintance which he accidentally formed 
with the Earl of ■ ■ 

This nobleman, who was very fubjft<fit to 
the gout, lived almoft confiantly ia the 
country. . What contributed with his bad 
health to give him a diflike to the toy^ib 
was his fixed difapprobation of the public 
meafures at that time carried on, and his 
indignation at the condud of bis eldefl: 
fon, who had accepted of a place at court, 
and voted with adminifiration. 

The Earl rcfided therefore ten months 
in the year at a very noble manfion in the 
middle of his ef^ate, and at no great didance 
from the houfe which Transfer had lately 
purchafed. After the death of the Coun- 
tefs, his fitter Lady Elizabeth, a maiden lady 
of an excellent character, always prefided 
at his table, with whom Mifs Warren, the 
daughter of a navy officer, who had loft his 
life in the fprvic^, rpfided as a friend and 
companion. 

The Earl had often heard of a rich citi- 
zea who had bpught an eftate in his qeigh- 

bourhood. 



Z E L U C O. 71 

bourhood, and the whole country refoundecj 
with the ftyle in which he had ornamented 
his garden, and the peculiar charms of a 
little fnug rotunda which he had juft finilh* 
ed on the verge ^of his ground, and which 
impended the great London road. 

As Mr. Transfer fat one day in this gay 
fabric, fmoking his pipe, and enjoying 
the duft, the Earl pafled in his carriage, 
which, without having obferved Mr. Tranf- 
fer, he ordered to flop, that he might fur- 
vey the new erection at leifure. The ci- 
tizen diredly popped his head out at the 
window, and politely invited his Lordfhip 
to enter, and he would fhew him not only 
that room, but alfo the other improvements 
he had made in his gardens. 

My lord accepted the invitation, and was 

conduced by Mr. Transfer over all this 

fcene of tafte. The marks of aftonifhment 

which the former difplayed at almofl: every 

thing he beheld, afforded great fatisfadion 

to Mr. Transfer J the turn of whofe con- 
" F 4 verlation. 



72 Z E L U C O, 

veri^oQt aqd tbp fiiigular obfemtioas he 
Sfs^^§9 equally (Jelighteid hia trordihip, 

** Pray,, Mr. Transfer," faid he, point* 
ing,to one of the ftatues which ftood at 
the end .of the walk* *|what iigurc is 
that?'' 

" That, my Lord," anfwered Transfer, 
** ; th?it there ftatue I take to be— let me re- 
colk£t-^yes, I take that to be either Venus 
OT Vulcan, bat upon my word, I cannot 
exadly tell which. — Here you, James,"— r 
pallipg to the gardener J " is this Venus or 
Vulcan?" 

1^ That is Wenus,'' actfwered the man; 
,f \J?ulqan is lame of a leg, and flands 
Sgon ont foot in the next alley/' 

*' Yes, yes; this is Venus, fare enough," 
ffiid Transfer, *^ though I was not quite 
• pertain at firft." 

*^ Perhaps it is not an eafy matter to 
diftiqgui(l\ them," faid the Earl. . 

ja;/VWhy,. they P,re both made of the 
(ftfffle n^etal, my Lord," faid Transfer. 

'' She 



Z E L U C O- n 

^y She ought to he booc of his bonet 
and flefh of bis fleih/' rcftimed the jEar}» 
*^ for you know Venus was Vuioitts wife/' 
Mr. Transfer. 

•' I am bound to bclicTC (he was/* re- 
plied Transfer, '^ fince your Lordfhip lays 

'* You have fo many of ihefe gods, Mn 
Transfer," faid the£arl, *' that it is dif- 
ficult to be ihafier of all their privalft 
hiftories." 

'* It is fo, my Lord,** faid Transfer, 
^ I was a good whtk of learning their 
names, -^ but I know them all pretty well 
Bow.*«-That there man, in the highlanii 
garb, is Mars. And the name of the old 
fellow widaiahe ]^itch-forfc is NQptiitic/* 

** Yofl are now very perfefl: indeed, Mr. 
Transfer," laid the EarL . * 

At his departure, my Lord invited Mr* 
Transfer to dine with him the follow- 
ing day, introduced him %6 his'fifter, and 
was fo ientertained ^iih his cdnverraftton 
and manners, that he vifited him frequent- 



74 Z E L U C O. 

Ij, a&d often invited him to N boufe, 

where an apartment was kept for him, to 
which he was made welcome as often as 
he found himfelf tired of his own home, 
w:hich» to the EarFs great fatisfadion, was 
pretty frequently. 

Yet even at N houfe, Mr. Tranf- 

ftr fometimes had occafion to regret Lom« 
bard-flreet, particularly in the forenoons, 
;tnd when the weather was bad. 

One day, immediately after breakfaft, 
whea there was no company but Mr« 
Transfer—" It rains fo furioufly/' faid the 
Earl, ** that there is no driving out-— 
How jfhall we amufe ourfelves, Mr. Tranf^ 

♦* Why, I Ihould 4hink fmoking a pipe 
or two the pleafanteft way of pafling the 
time in fuch raw moid weather,'' faid 
Transfer. 

" Yes; that might do pretty well for 
you and me," faid the Earl^ *' but as far 
fts I lecollea:, neither wy fifter, n^ this 
yiqfung lady, everfmoke/' - ., 

2 '^ If 



■i 



Z E L U C O. 75 

<* If that Is the cafe,*' replied iTi^iKftsfer, 
^* we muH think of fomethidf dfeixiOKtd 
their tafte, far I fcorn not to^lie Sgreekhit 
to the ladies/' 

^* Have you got any thing neW to read 
to uSi fifter?'' faid the Peer- 

*• That might do for you and me, bro- 
ther/; faid (he; " but perhaps Mft^raxlC. 
fer never reads/' 

** Forgive me. Madam," faid TratisTert 
^' I have no particular averfion tb^ it. Thavc 
fometimes read for half an hout at a (Retell 
fince I have been fettled in the cyflftfl)rt 
and I believe I could hold out longer^ if I 
were toot fb apt to fall afleep/* ''* '^ ^^^ ' 

Some time after this, Lady Elizabeth c?*- 
preffed^her furprife to Mr. Transfix?, that 
as he was a batchdor. Me did not tlifBt of 
havingjfome of hiis femaW relatfeins to 
take care of his family rather thaa' k m&^ 
^balry^houfekwper. ^ *"' 

To *his Mr. Transfer replied,' Hlfitt^ hie 
had been |>iit very 1ear!y to bUfiricift,^aiiA 
BOt being accuftomed tdhis-relatteitf, h* 

had 



76 Z E L U C O. 

bad never cared much for any of them, 
except his fifter, who had lived with him 
feveral years in Lombard-ftreet ; and at 
he was then accujiomed to ber^ he had a 
good deal of kindnefs for her, but that ihe 
had made an nngratef^l return for all hi% 
kindneia. 

" I am forry for that,'* faid Lady Eliza* 
beth, *• but I hope your fitter did nothing 
very bad.** 

** Yes> but fhe did/' refumed Transfer j 
^ for fhe actually married, without my 
approbation, a young man of the name of 
Steele, with little fortune, and no exrpe- 
rlence in bufinefs, although fhe knew that I 
had a very warm man of eftabliflied credit 
in my eye for her, provided (he would only 
have had a little patience/' 

** Provided fhe had liked the man you 
had in your eye, and provided he had liked 
her, you mean, Mr. Transfer,'' faid Lady 
Elizabeth. 

^* I beg your Ladyfhip*s forgiven efs,'* 

fcid Transfer; *^ flill fhe would have ftood 

in need of a little patience." 

3 '' Could 



<c 



Z, n h V C Q. 97 

CcHiId Qpt tbey h^ve 19^1 jriiJ; wbea 
thej pkai«d, if th«;y. trere, both .w^if^, 
%l^- ^9u defireu» of tHe match ^'' added 

« I wjtj oaioij 4!9ferQ98 oC tb^ ^atpJui" 
replied Trapefe^jt " bt^t ftUl tl^f re; wu ^ 
obftacle." ,- .. : 

. •» Wbatobftacler iaidfl^ , . 

" The man I had in my eye for mjf 
£^c had a wife thea alLve^'' axi^^iid, 
Traosfesr. 

_ " I c^fefs th*t WJ an cJbft»:l§.K' c^ei 
Lady Elizabeth. .ui/ijjj 

. « BUitihc wae dying: of a coHfijflBEtioo**'; 
added Transfer, " and I had re^ljbia t^hcf 
]Hve^ thaf be wQuld .{iroppfe m^r$i§Qe> tQ 
mf &Ut /wecy fooms s^r, ,hi», wijffta ^^^l*^"^ ^ 

" Did his wife dfe ai lie ejtpe^ejj^'^ 

« y?s; that fhe. di^r!' .^«l.T^*^!J5j? 
•^ m %«^ TOigbt a^well Jbiavc! liw^#, /9r o^J^f 
ftfter had fecredy maxried the ot^i|i]C)y-e<| 



?• Z E L U C 0. 

•^ That was unlucky indeed. But what 
became of your fitter and her hufband ?" 

** I never faw my filler from the. tkae 
of her marriage/' (aid Transfer, ** till 
after her hufband became a bankrupt ; for 
he broke within a very few years/* 

«« Poor man!" cried Lady Elizabeth; 
*• but you faw your fiftcr after her mif- 
fortune ?'•' 

** Yes; I could not help it,*' faid Tranf- 
fer, ** for {he burft in upon me, begging 
that I would engage my credit for re-efla* 
blilhing her hufband/' 

** Which I hope you did/' faid Lady 
EFizabeth. 

'* As I had refufed to have any connex- 
ion with him, even when he was in fome 
creiStt, your Ladyfhip can hardly fuppofe 
that I would begin one after he was quite 
Wokift/* faid Transfer. 
' As Lady Elizabeth was a little fhocked 
at this ot)lervation, fhe made no reply. It 
was not in her power to fay any thing 
obliging on this occafioui and it was not in 

her 



I 



Z E L U C O. 79 

her nature to fay any thing harfli :— the 
only was filent. Which the Earl, who 
was prefent, obferving, " To be fure, 
Mr. Transfer," faid he, ** that is not to 
be fuppofed/^ 

** But yet,'* refumed Transfer, ** as flie 
was my filler, I told her that if (he would 
give up all connexion with her hufbandf 
I was willing to receive her again into my 
houfe, and put her child out to nurfe at 
my own cxpence.'* 

•' That was very fair on your part,'' faid 
tlie Earl ; *' well, what reply did your 
fifter make to this ?" 

" Why, fhe abfolutely refufcd, my 
Lord ; which is a pretty clear proof," con- 
tinued Mr. Transfer, ** of her loving hei* 
hufband, though he was a bankrupt, better 
than her own brother, of whom there was 
not the leaft fufpicion to his difcredit ; for 
which reafon I turned her away, refufing^ 
pofi lively to do any thing for her huiband/' 

•* Well, what became of them ?" faid 
the Peer. 

/' I heard 



So Z E L U C O* 



M 



I heard afbfr wards tha^c tfaey werd 
n^ttced: W gteat diftrcfs.-^But what are 
bankrupts Id expe<f^ ?'* cofiiiQued Transfer ; 
*• and as for my fitter, fhe was not td 
be pitied, becaufe fhe might have Mvod 
perfedly eafy both ia body and mind 
m my honfe in Lombard-ftieet, if fhe had 
taken my advice^ and abandoned her huf-- 
hmdf and feat her child to nurfe, of ta 
beard in* the country/' 

*' Nothing can be mc^e clear," faid the 
Earl, ** thaa that you have aded like yo«r- 
Ul£^ aad have done every thing for your 
fitter that could be expeded of you. — -Bat 
after all, what became of her ?" 

«* A relation of her hufband's happened 
to dier and left him a fmall ettate in York^ 
ihire, of five or fix hundred a-year ;. aaad 
aa neither he> nor my fitter, had any ambi^ 
tioMy and were afraid of a new bankruptcy 
if they had fettled in town ; he retired: ta 
his fmall eftate, where he died a few year^ 
2|go^ kaving no other children but the £30 
whom fhe refufed to fend out to nurf^, aaA 
who has now arrived at man's ettate." 

I' Whereas,*' 



Z E L U C O. if 

^ Whereas/' added the Earl^ <« if fhe 
liad followed your advke, ^n^ given him 
out to nurfe, fhc might probably hav6 had 
bim ofF her hands long ago/^ 

« Why, there is no knowing what 
might have happened/' faid Transfer, " for 
mod of thofe children dig before they ar?- 
rive at the years of diferetion, which is 
very well ordered, as they have nothing to 
live on/' 

*^ Well, but Mr. Transfer/' refumed 
the Peer, ** do you ever intend to marry?'' 

** No, my Lord," replied he; ** Icaa- 
not fay I do ; — as I never was accujlomed to 
a wifej I am not much, inclined to matri- 
mony; for through the whole courfe of 
my life I have never found any thing agree 
with me, but what I am accuftomed to." 

** That is very wifely obferved," faid 
the Earl ; " but this young man of courfe 
will be your heir ?" 

*' Unqueftionably/' anfwered Transfer ; 
** the young man never offended me j and 
as he is my neareft of kin, I fhould be 

Vol. \l. G forry 



1 



H Z E L U C O* 

(brry to do an unjuft thing, and leave my 
fortune to any other body. — No, no; he 
fhall have all at my death, but he muft 
wait till then; befides, it is fo far lucky 
that it faves my making a will, to which 
I have always had an averfion; for this 
young man being my lawful heir, there is 
no need to employ an attorney to leave him 
bis due/* 



J 



Z E L U; C o; <5 



CHAP. LVIL 
Reafonsfar going into Holy Orders. 

Gaudet equis, canibufque. Hon, 

npHE ftrange apathy which Transfer 
difcovered, and which fhocked Lady 
Elizabeth, feemed to be a fource of amufe- 
ment to her brother ; who, however, was 
furprifed at perceiving that Transfer ex- 
prefled not the leaft defire of ever fefeing 
an only filler, and ftill more that he fhould- 
have the fame indifference towards a nephew 
whom he confidered as his heir, and who 
he owned had never offended him. The 
infenfibility of Transfer for his fifler and 
nephew feemed to infpire the Earl v?ith ao 
interefl in them. He wrote to an acquaint- 
ance, who refided in that part of the 
country in whiph Mrs. Steele an4 hef 
u . G 2 .. fon 



84 Z E L U C O* 

fon lived, defiring an account of both their 
charaders, and a particular detail regard- 
ing their circumftances and manner of 
life, efpecially what the views of the foa 
were. 

In confcqnence of this, the Earl was 
informed, that Mrs. Steele was an agree- 
able woman, of a cheerful temper and 
benevolent difpofition, without much fore- 
fight, and diftraftedly fond of her fon, 
whom fhe had never been able to contra- 
di£l in her life : that he was a young fel- 
low of that genuine and rare good-nature 
that refifts the ufual effeft of fo much in- 
dulgence ; for, although his mother's ftudy 
was to gratify, not to correft his humours, 
this ill-judged partiality had only prevented 
his improvement, without rendering him 
capricious, unfeeling, or wicked : that 
while he remained at fchool, he had ap- 
plied himfelf to nothing; but that ever 
fince he left it, he had applied himfelf with 
unreitiilting diligence to hunting and (hoot- 
ing, in both of which, and in the know- 
8 ledge 



« E L tJ C 0* . %s 

M^ ei hotftisktid iogii ht bad made 
great' proficiency for his age; that he was 
made Wekomt vTherever tie went, and was 
a gKat favputke with mant woman, and 
child, all over the country: and thalt a 
uoble Lord, of very great influence, who 
was particularly fond of him, had lately 
told young Steele, that he would be very 
happy to have it in his power to be of 
fervice to him; adding, ** That if he chofe 
to go into the army, that he would tmme- 
tliately procure him a cor netcy of dragoons^ 
and would do all in his power to affift hia 
promotion afterwards.*' 

Steele, after exprefBng his gratitude 
for fo much goodnefs, declined the prd- 
pofal, faying, he was quite unfit for the 
army. 

The nobleman wis the more furprifed at 
this, as he had a notion that the army was 
the profcflion, of^ all others, for which 
Mr. Steele was fitteft;^ being genteel in his 
perfon, of a bold intrepid difpofition, and 
G 3 capable 



86 Z E L U C O. 

capable of bearing the greateft bodily fa-*' 
tiguc. 

" You may, perhaps, have no inclina^ 
tion for the fervice," faid his Lordfliip.— 
*^ But— ' 

*V Nay, my Lord/' refumed Mr. Steele, 
** if there were any likelihood of a war, t 
fliould prefer it to any other line of life • 
becaufe, in the time of war, a foldier is 
continually occupied, and can have no 
wifli but doing his duty — but then what 
a fad bufmefs muft it be in the time of 
peace ?" 

'** During a fuccefsful war," faid my 
Lord, *' a foldier will naturally be in high 
fpirits } but I do not perceive why he fhould 
be peculiarly fad in the time of peace.'* 

** / certaintly fliould, my Lord,*' faid 
Steele ; *' your Lordfliip knows my excef-? 
five fondnefs for fliooting, and the chafe ; 
•r-to be obliged to attend my regiment dur- 
ing thofe feafons would render me quite 
fiiiferable.'* 

. ' « Why, 



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Z^ E L U C o: if 

Why, the fame objedlion/' faid his 
Lordfllip, '* may be made to law, phyficf 
and almoft every other profeffion." 
. "It may fo/V replied Steele. 

'* Then you wifli to be of no profef- 
fion/* faid the Peer. 

** Forgive me, my Lord,'' faid the other, 
** I am fenfible that my circumftances are 
fo narrow, that I cannot hope to indulge 
my tafte for my favourite amufements in 
the ftyle I could wilh, without being 
affifted by the emoluments of fome pro- 
feffion." 

" What profeffion then would you 
choofe to be of?" rejoined his Lordfliip* 

*' That of a clergyman," replied Mr. 
Steele. 

" A clergyman !" exclaimed the Peer. 

" Yes, my Lord," continued Steele ; ** I 
confefs I have a great defire to enter into 
holy orders." 

" I cannot conceive," faid the Pder,' 
^ ^hat can be your inducement.*" 
'^- ' G 4 •' My 



it Z E L U C O. 

^ My foaddeCd for kiimlng and fiioet^ 
Idg/^ anfwel-ed Steele; ** and if, by yoar 
Lordfhips f;iircur, I Could obuiii a tote^ 
rable living in a hunting county^ I fliotild 
think myfelf extremely happy* The bufi- 
nefs of a clergyman, as your Ldrdfbip 
knows, from many examples, is no way in- 
compatible with a pafiion for thofe manly 
amufements, without whiclh I am fure life 
would feem a very dull affair in my 
eyes.'* 

** But there are certain dutie* of x 
clergyman," faid the Peer, *' which, in. 
fome peoples eyes, are not exceedingly 
entertaining/' 

*' I (hduld think them fto great hard- 
(hips, my Lord,'* faid Steele : " In cafe 6f 
the iftdifpofition of my curate^ on parti- 
cular oecafions, I have np manner of ob- 
jeftion to reading prayers, or to preach- 
ing ; and on the whole I do not defpaW 
of rendering myfelf agreeable to the ge- 
nerality of my flock; for, wiih regard to 

com* 



Z IS. h V C O. t9 

CMEiforttdg tke i|ck aod reHcrrifl^ the 
pa6ti I Aitlk Heat^ I im difpof^d td 
j^r^jbfi thdfe duties whether t Should tyct 
he A fekfgyttiH tft hot/* 

** All thie is very well,** refumed the 
Peer; ** but, my dear Steele, are tidt 
' there fome previous ftudies neceflary before 
you can be — '' 

** Certainly j'* replied the other, inter- 
rupting his Lordfhip ; " and I have of 
late been preparing myfelf accordingly. I 
confefs I was too inattentive at fchoof, 
which renders this talk the harder upon me 
now ; yet I hope to furmount all obftacles, 
• and give fatisfadioa to the bifliop. My 
paffion for hunting and {hooting inftigate 
me to exertions in ftudy which I never 
knew before/* 

** Nay, Heaven forefend,** replied the 
Peer, fmiling, " that I fhould attempt to 
blunt fuch laudable inftigations. All I 
have to fay is, that when you are once 
fairly ordained, I beg you will let me 
know : there is fome confiderable chance 

of 



9d Z E VU CJX 

of a living, which is in my gift, being» 
▼acant very foon, ahd you may rely upon 
if, ^y dear Steele; that if you continue in 
your prefent way of thinking, and arc- 
corn [^etely dubbed, that I will prefer no 
map to yourfelf." 



ZE'LU cor: 91 



CHAP. LVIII. 

' Ille bonis faveatque, et concilieturamids. Hor. : 

nPHIS account of Mrs. Steele and her^ 
fon did not diminifli the inclination^ 
the Earl had to ferve them^ in which he 
was afiifted by Lady Elizabeth. They found 
no diflScuIty in prevailing on Mr. Tranf- 
fer to give Steele an invitation to vifit 
him, with which the young man imme-, 
diately complied. His appearance, natural, 
complaifance, and eyerlafiing good^humourj, 
rendered him highly agreeable to all the 

family at N Houfe, without CKcepting^ 

Mifs Warren, the young lady who lived 
with Lady Elizabeth. , Here it will not be, 
improper to mention by what accident this 
young lady came to be introduced into the 

family.of theEarl of — » . 

Lady Elizabeth happened to pafs through 
: ! 4 the 



i 



$ft 2 E L U G O^ 

the county town at a time when the inha* 
bitants, by ringing of bells, bonfires, and 
illuminations, were announcing their joy 
for a vidory obtained by a celebrated navai 
commander. She flopped her carriage at 
the door of an old female acquaintan^^ in* 
tending merely to leave a meflage, but un- 
derftanding that fhe was a little indifpofed. 
Lady Elizabeth went to fee her ; as flbe en* 
fered the chamber, a beautiful girl of about 
thirteen or fourt«€ft years of age, with 
fevere marks of forrow^ went out- Aftef 
lady Elizabeth had ikfisfitd herfelf that her 
friend*s indifpofition was but flight, and 
that flie was in a Way of recovery, Ac in* 
tjuired who that lovely girl was who had 
juft left the room, and why flie feemed fo 
much affiided. 

*^ Alas, poor girl,'* replied the other,, 
^' fiie has received the account of her fa-^ 
ther's being killed in the very adiofl for 
which the ciiiiietis are difplaying ail thofe 
marks of joy. Unfortunate girl,'* eonti*- 
fiueil fhe, ♦^ by her father^fi deaths Ihe is 

not 



Z E L U C O* 95 

not only dcpmed of her only furviving 
parent, but perhaps of the very means of 
fubliftencc i for there U great reafon to fear 
thi^t her f^thefr y^hp was a very generous 
a$ wdl as a brave man^ has left more debts 
thao eflFea^,'' 

*• Poor young creature," faid Lady ElU 
zabeth, ** how much is (he to be pitied—* 
how came you acquainted with her ?" 

♦M am a diftant relation of her mo-» 
thei^'s/' replied Lady Elizabeth's friend; 
** on hearing; of her father's death, I in- 
vited her to my houfe, that I might footh 
her afflidiouj and prevent her being fhock^ 
cd at feeing her young companions, un«* 
mindful of her particular calamity, take 
part in the general joy." 

The humane and benevolent heart of 
Lady Elizabeth was ftrongly affeded at 
this recital ; fhe continued for fome time ia 
filent contemplation on the hard lot of this 
unhappy orphan, whofe tender bofom was 
wounded by one of the (harpeft arrows in 
the whole quiver of adverfity, at a time 

when 



^ z E L u c o: 

Vfhetk the hearts of all around her were 
elated with joy. 

She defired that the young lady might 
be introduced to her; fhe fpoke to her the 
ibothing language of fympathy; and was 
charmed with her appearance, her conver- 
fetion, and the whole of her behaviour. 

Lady Elizabeth afterwards made an ap- 
plication to this young lady's neareft re- 
lations, propofing to take on herfelf the 
tharge of her maintenance and education, 
to which they agreed with the moft ready 

acquiefcence. She carried her to N- 

Houfe ; the Earl, who had known Mif§ 
Warren's father a little, and had a high 
cfteeni for his charader, was delighted with 
what his filler propofed, and Mifs Warren 
gained daily upon the afFedions of both^ 
dnd was now the confidential friend and 
infeparable companion of her patronefs. 

We now return to Mn Transfer, who 
became in a fhort time accujiomed^ to his 
nephew, and at length fo fond of him, that 

he 



ZE L U C Or^ 

he cOuld batdly/bear his abfencb for a few. 
hours. 

Not all the intereft which Steele had in 
pleating Mr. Transfer, however, nor even 
the more powerful attractions of Miftf 
Warren, could prevail on this young man 
to remain at his uncle's houfe, after he re- 
ceived a letter from his mother, written 
in rather low fpirits, and expreffing a dc- 
fire to fee him. ' 

He affured his uncle, in fpiteof his foli- 
citations to the contrary, that he would fet 
out for Yorkfhire the very next moAing; 
Transfer complained of this td the Earl, 
faying, *' It was ftrange perverfenefs in the 
young man to prefer his mother's companyi 
who could do nothing for him, to his, who 
intended to do fo much." 

^^ The general run of people would cer* 
tainly z€t otherwife," replied the Earl; 
*' but why cannot Mr, Steele have the 
pleafure both of your company and his 
mothers ? for although (he ought not to be 
put on an equal footing with a man of your 



9$ Z E L U C O. 

great nuMltb. Mr. Tx^n^Uf^ JcX th^ t^i^m 
lion the young man fhews to his inptb^r 
13 no way qopjitural neither/' 

•* I do not aflfert that it is/' ft id Trwtf- 
fer* ^' but what would your Lordfliip have 
me to do, for I do not love tp part with 
this youth, after having become accuftorn^d 
to him ; and perhaps his mother piay not 
allow him to return £3 foon ns I could 
wiih." 

*^ Invite his mother to come with him,"* 
replied the E^rU " an4 then he'll (Uy at 
long^s you pjeajfe." 

Thi^ waa an expedient which had never 
entered into Transfer's mind; but he 
agreed to it the moment it wa^ propofed. 
Jle wro(e to his filier to detain her fon ais 
Ihort a time as poffible^ and begged of her 
to accompany hina to his boufe. Lady 
Elizi^beth wrote alfo to Mrs. Steele^ q%^ 
pripfling ,a defirc to be acquaiotcd with her, 
und ttfging her to forget old mifunderfland^^ 
ingSf and accept wiihout delay of her bro- 
ther's invitation. 

Mrs. 



2 E L U C O, g^ 

N|r|. Steele c?irae accorcJiqgly with her 
fon, ap4 wa§ re^ceived by her brqther w^j|} 
fame ^ppe^rance af kindnefs, while to \^^^ 
fon he difplayed as much as was in his na-^ 
ture to difcover. The following day (he 

yjr^s vifu^4 ^Y ^^^ f;?imily %t N Hoyfej 

w^^ invited therp^ ?i;id treatq^ i? the cfioft 
obliging in^niier: ihe h^d pot refide4 a 
couple of months with Mr. Transfer, till 
Ije e;ntirely forgot Lombard-ftreet, and felt 
lefs defire of forf^king his own ijaanfioi^ 
for tb^t pf .the Earl j and fit laft, being 
again j^ccuijto/ned to his fifter, and (he he-r 
flowing more attention to amufe him, h? 
^)ecame fonder of her com^pany than even 
of his fon's, who, it muft be confefled, be- 
gan to have a grje^ter defire for Mife W^ 
xen's company, than for that of j^^her hi^ 
yncle or mother. 

This was a happinefs he never enjoyed, 
Jiowever, but in the pfefence of Lady Eli- 
zabeth, tp whom his partiality for her 
young friend was Vjcry evident. 

Vol. IL H The 



98 Z E L U C O. 

The Earl took occafion one day when he 
found himfelf alone with Transfer, to men- 
tion young Steele's fancy for being a cler- 
gyman. 

** That is a bufinefs,*' faid Transfer, 
** which there is very little to be made of. 
I have no notion of parchafing in a lottery 
where there are fo many blanks and fo few 
prizes, my Lord." 

** Would you not be happy to fee your 
nephew a Bifhop ?" faid the Earl. 

/' I fhould be much happier to.fee him 
an independent gentleman,'* replied Tranf- 
fer. 

*' You may enjoy that happinefs when 
you pleafe," faid the Earl ; *' for it is in 
your power to make him fo without in- 
juring yourfelf, or any perfon on earth." 

This led to a long converfation, in which 
his Lordfhip, ' with lefs difficulty than he 
expeded, convinced Mr. Transfer, that 
nothing would do him fo much honour, 
or contribute more to his own happinefs, 
I than 



Z E L U C O. 99 

thM!'i«feetmiirig v^hat had been thus acci- 
dcfltalfy hinted. Mrs. Steele and her fon 
had by their cheerful attention gained the 
citizen's heart fo completely, as almoft to 
alter his nature j he had no enjoyment with 
which they were not intimately conne£ted ; 
and when the Earl told him, that by giving 
Steele a genteel independence^ he would 
add the generous ties of gratitude and 
efteem to thofc of blood by which the 
young man was already bound to him^ 
the citizen became impatient till the deed 
was drawn out, which, to the aftonifhment 
of Mrs. Steele and her fon, was prefented 
to him as foon as executed. 



H 2 



^y-^y;(«'-^"^^ 



lOO 



E E L U C O. 



CHAP. LIX. 

Negiefled, Tray and Pointer lie j 

Anl^ibvlc unmoieiled ^y. Prior. 

¥ N the Biean tvhile> the ikoptifig feaibri 
paffcd away without Mr* Steele fliewiog 
any defire of profiting hy it.; his growing 
paffion for Mifs Warren entirely ocQiJip^ed 
his ipind. He long watched, in v^in> for 
a proper opportunity of declaring his fen- 
timents to her, and when the long-expe£t^d 
opportunity occurred, the jimidity w^bich ^ 
always attends fincere and refpeftful love, 
prevented him from feizing it. But the 
affable and obliging character of Lady 
Elizabeth encouraged him to mention to 
her thofe fentiments which he had been un- 
able to exprefs to the young Lady her- 
felf. 

Lady Elizabeth's anfwer implied that he 
ought to attempt no engagement of fuch 

a nature. 



Z E L U C O. loi 

» Oj^tHW, wijtjiciut the approbation of his 
mother aqd uiicle. 

He feid, he was certain '"of the for- 
mer, but deferred fpeaking to his uncle tiU 
tie had fome reafon to hope that his pro- 
pofals were not difagreeable to Mifs War- 
ren. % 

Lady Elizabeth confented to found her 
young friend on the fubjeft, but fhe firft 
informed her brother. 

** I am rejoiced to hea'r this,'' faid the 
Earl ; ** for Transfer and his fifter feem 
both fond of her, and I dare fay will be 
pleafed with the propofal j Steele is fo very 
good-humoured a young fellow, that I am 
convinced he will make the fweet girl hap- 
py ; and in her he will have one of the 
beft wives in England. But how is fhe 
inclined herielf?*' 

** That is what I am not quite certain 
of," replied Lady Elizabeth; *' but Mr. 
Steele's appearance and difpofition mufl: be 
powerful advocates in his favour." 

H 3 When 



102 Z E L U C O. 

WhenLadfEHztbeth m€fltiotiedto^l(4^s 
Warren what paflbd between her ahd Mr. 
Steele, the young lady, with fome degree of 
folemmty and earneftnefs, begged to lodow 
whether her Ladyfhtp or the Earl hiad^^any 
wifh, or were at all interefted iii the an- 
fwer fhe fhould give to Mr. Steele. ' ' 

" None, my fweet friend/' f^iid La^y 
Elizabeth; *' but that it (hould be didatfed 
by your own genuine uninfluenced iifidi- 



nation." 



" The whole of your ever noble and 
generous behaviour ought to have left me 
no doubt of fuch an anfwer," cried Mifs 
Warren, as {he kifled her Ladyfhip's hand. 
*^ I will now, as you defire, tell you my ge- 
nuine fentiments. It is fome time," conti- 
nued fhe, '* fince I perceived Mr. Steele's 
partiality for me, and thought it not im- 
poffible that he might make this propofaU 
I have therefore had time to weigh the 
matter fully. Mr. Steele is evidently of a 
cheerful and obliging difpofition y he is 
agreeable in his perfon, and I doubt not 

poffeffes 



2f EM. U:€ Q. «03 

i|u]s uncle lias already 4»^ for hi^,f aad 

\ v^tihm^ i3 a pcQl^ilw^ity of^ hist (UJLdo- 

-ijigfe cyefcr^Jl ttofead^antag^ do nqAicmpl 

v^liate-fooiftjjtbetoppy afflum I ha?e ffj^pdriit 

(J^-rrr Kow^, fo? thefg fix years paftjgjod 

althougj;^. I, think myfclf obliged to I^* 

,,{5y|ejelf ,%r hj^ good opinion, I wouljJ rather 

j^jf^^jin.j^9 friend of Lady Elizabeth N-— -, 

^^^p ^^^.^jbie .wife of Mr. Steele." 

** If the one were incompatible with the 
bP^^l^.hf^ the laft perfon in the wqrld that 

bns^ h-iff^^W^^^^^^^ '^^M^ to my .own 

„ .jpji^i^^^'^^id Mifs Warren, '' reqi^in; the 

^ifHt^^A^PH^teipg the other." 

^ ^i^^^l^y, Elizabeth urged her friend no far- 

t^ei:,,l)u^ itx the xnoft Toothing terms poffiblc 

comf^;unic^ted her 4f t?r mination to Mn 

Steele^^;5li^hofe whole behaviour was cx^ 

prefliy^ then> and for fame time afterwards,. 

pf the feyerity of his difappointment, and 

H 4 the 



iclf Z E VXJ C0% 

We p(^)?ittaheaby of hh eft«tlll Ibt Hkjt 

ktfy. '^ J^<' 

^I^' truth was^ tkat Mife Wlftttav l*. 
tttttugh licr bekrt Was difengag^ tfnd ^^ilt. 
^6ug*h fhc thought favoutiably cff <8teek4li 
teto6 refpeds^ y^t being herfelf a young 
lady of a very accompliflied nlind> ftib 
j^k^eived Mr. Steele's deficfeacy i^c^itliia 
fjarts of knowkdge which flbe thtought «&- 
quifite for fecurhrg to a gentletriati tfefe 
e^eera of the world. 

The eflFed which her refufd htfdtftiMr. 
Steele's fpirits appeared in fpite of his tf- 
forta to conceal it 5 he was teafed and 4tf^ 
^reffed by his tinrle's inquhries info the 
caufe.of the alteration in his ipirits, and 
finding no return of tafte for Ms fornnter 
amufements, he told the Earl that he had 
a ftroffg inclination to go abroad for a year, 
and begged of his Lordfliip to endeavour to 
itialce his defign palatable to Mr. Transfer. 

The Earl, to whom his fitter had corti- 
xnunicated Mifs Warren's determination, 

approved 



Z:EVXf2CO. 105 

nf^roNrdd twry highly bf Mr. Steele s plan, 
not only as the moft likely meafure that 
o<iul(lfibc;mtf6ptcd€(M^ 'ffifl^ that uoea* 

liiicfsttad cbDJe£bfa& which ob&ured the na« 
turmligaiety of his >difp<^don, but alio for 
ih^impcottemeat of Ms^mind^ and enlarg- 
fo^ the range of his ideas. 

iiJc'rcprefciited therefore to Mr. Transfer^ 
tkat femcocpkcw's health was evidently oa 
the dediae, and chat a ihopi excurfion to 
the continent was neceflary for its re-efta- 
Miflitnent. After fome ftroggle, the Earl 
obtafincd Mr. Transfer's aflent ; Steele him- 
fetf halving by tfeq fame argument previ- 
oufly prevailed on his mother not only to 
abftain from any kind of oppofition, hut 
even to be folicitous for his fpeedy de- 
parture. 

The Earl's fecond fon, the Honourable 
Mr. N ' , had fome confiderable time be- 
fore this returned to Italy, partly from 
choice, but in fome degree alfo on account, 
of a complaint in his breaft, and was to 
fpend the enfuing winter at Naples. Mr. 

Steele 



io6 Z E L U C O. 

S^eek had occafionally heard the Earl read 
fome parts of his letters, from/which, as 
well as from his general charader^.he h^ 
formed a very high opinion of hiai, a^ 
had a great defire to be of his aoq[uaif^aacr. 
The Earl therefore gave him a lett^f ta his 
fon, recommending him as a young .^gentle- 
man in whofe welfare he was greatly |a- 
terefted} and Lady Elizabeth wrojte to. her 
nephew in the fame drain. 

When Mr. Steele came to Loqdon^ he 
accidentally met with an acquaiij^ricc^^- 
ing to Milan ; they went together, flopping 
only one day at Paris, and that merely, be- 
caufe the gentleman had fome bufiriefs to 
tranfad there, which when he had finifhed 
he had the complaifaoce to tell Steele, ,that 
although he himfelf was perfedly well ac- 
quainted with Paris, and had no farther 
budnefs init, yet rather than lofe the plea- 
fure of his company to Milan, he would 
remain a week or two at Paris, that he 
might have an opportunity of viewing fome- 
of the curiofities .of this celebrated capital 

before be went to Italy. 

Steele 



^ E L U C a 167 

Sleefe thanked^ him, but begged that 
their journey might not be retarded ah in- 
ftant on his account. ** I thought/* iaid 
hts companion, ** I heard you fay you riever 
had Been here before/* 
' ♦* linever was," faid Steele. 

** Would not you like then to take a view 
of thd town before we go ?" faid the other. 

^^Why, faith/' replied Steele, *' I never 
had much pleafure in looking at towns ; 
and as for this here, I am heartily tired of 
it already. ^ 

'' ItlbeyTet out therefore diredly for Milan, 
ahd'i^fe^ day after their arrival Steele meet- 
ing wi^ti an Englifli foot±an, who had at- 
ireaciy'made the tour of Italy, engaged him, 
and proceeded the following morning to 
Rome, where he flept one night, and next 
day he told his fervant to .order poft- 
horfes, that they might continue their jour- 
ney to Naples. 

•* Good God,'* tried the man, ** will 

not your honour ft ay one fingle day at 

Rome?" 

•* I have 



fo8 Z E L U C O, 

*^ I have fome thoughts of it," faid 
Steele^ ** when I return." 

He arrived in good health at Naples, , 
where he foon found Mr, N , who, in- 
dependent of the warm recommendaitiQns 
from his father and aunt, was in a fbort 
time fo pleafed with the carelefs good bu* 
mour and Angularity of Steele's difppfi- 
tionj that he procured him an apartmetit in 
the houfe where he himfelf lodged; and 
they had lived together ever fince. 

The Baronet could not give fo particular 
a detail of Steele's family as has heen now 
given ; but he mentioned every circum- 
ftance relating to them that was known to 

himfelf— after which he and Mr. N-. 

returned from Albano to Rpqie, where they 
found Mr. Steele juft returned to his lodg- 
ings from the cricket party. 

And there we fliall leave them, and re- 
turn to Naples and to Laura. 



Z E L U C O. , 109 



CHAP. LX. 

tLi^Ttkkiii ^ qtt l%h aim^ eft tin Men, M compttiibii 
- de viilfttaydc ^t que I'on hait% La BftUlr»|^. 

y feLTJCO Afras not long married befolt 
• ' it ^as pretty generally known, not- 
withftanding; the intention oF Icteping it 
fWfoitt* titae fecret. The marriage, there- 
Fdrt^, tvaS publicly aVbtved, and Lairta 4p- 
pti^ in all the btaiiancy of drefs krid 
6qtn^age, tvhich richer can procure, and 
tile 6ftentatious tafte of lier "hiifband eiaCt- 
ed. Slfe'was uhiverfally iadmired, and tTie 
acqtiaintkhce of her liulband afliduouUy 
courted by many who, previous to his mar- 
riage, ftiewecl no great inclination to cuhi- 
vate it. 

Poflefled of great riches, with the ad- 
vantage of birth, and having obtained the 

woman 
6 



no Z E L U C O. 

woman he had long ardeMly defired, it is 
natural to imagine that Zeluco new en- 
joyed happinefs, or at leaft tranquittky; 
but any tolerable degree of tranquillity is 
incompatible with perfidy and fraud ; be- 
fidesy this wretched man poITefTed two 
qualities which never mingle fmoothly in 
the character of a hulband ; he was excef- 
fively jealous, and exceffively vain of his 
wife^s beauty : a wifer man might have 
been excufed for the latter, but the con- 
dud and charaQer of Laura left him with- 
out any rational pretext for the former. 
To drive around the beauteous environs of 
Naples in the carriage with her mother, 
to improve her mind by books, and to di- 
vert it by mufic, from certain painful re- 
flexions which often intruded themfelves, 
in fpite of all her endeavours, were the 
fole amufements or occupations ^ fhe was 
inclined to in the abfence of her hufband. 
When he was prefent, which was by no 
means the moft comfortable part of her 
time, fubilituting a fenfe of duty, all that 

was 



Z E Li U G Q. - III 

•was in her pqwcr^ in: the place of affec- 
tion, which (he could not command, fhe 
adapted her cpnverfation and conduct, as 
much as ihe could^ to what (he thought 
would pleafe him : but if there are tempers 
of fuch ah unfortunate frame that even 
when joined to goodnefs of difpofuion it 
is impoflible to pleafe^ how then could the 
eflForts of this unhappy young woman 
prove fuccefsful, who had to deal with a 
peevifh temper engrafted on a vicious dif* 
pofition ? 

Zeluco's vanity was continually inciting 
him to carry Laura to places of public re* 
fort; yet fuch was the capricious abfurdity 
of the man, that he was at once defirous 
of difplaying the beauty of his wife, and 
unable to bear the admiration which it al- 
ways attracted. And when fhe was parti- 
cularly accofted by thofe gentlemen whom 
he himfelf had introduced to her acquaint- 
ance, the commoneft civility on her part, 
fuch as the laws of good manners render 
indifpeafable, filled him iVith chagrin, and 

feldom 



Ill Z E L U C O. 

feldom failed, for fome iioursi to throw an 
additional fhadc of ilUhumour upon, the 
habitual gloom of his temper: fo that it 
v^as impoifible for Laura to gratify his 
vanity without exciting hid jealoufy; and 
it is difficult to determine^ eren duiriog the 
period in which his fopdoefa W46 at the 
height, whether fhe afforded him moxt 
pain or pleafiire, while it is certain tha£ 
his behaviour^ from the beginning, fiUe^ 
her with Tcxation and remorfc. 

An Italian of high rank, from a ^flFerp- 
cnt part of Italy, happened at this time to 
come to, Naples, where he liveA at couf 
fnierable expence, and in an otL^ta^iqu^ 
ftylc ; l^e was prefipnted .to Lautahy Zelu^o 
himfclf, foon after their marriage : peeu^;^ 
arlypleafed with her iWavcr(ati<?a a»d ber 
haviour, thb opbkniMwi ad^^fi^ hifflgfelf 
more to htx thaa to a^y otbqr wpiD^aQ^ .?i* 
often as be laet her in public. This wa;s, 
remarked by Zeluco, aod prodpced tjw 
ufual effeft on his temper.— Laura, xqjv- 
fcious of no impropriety in thov^ht qp 

condi^A 



^ E L U'C OV ii3 

edxMti^J itaputcd h«r' liulbirid's^^ ifl^hu- 
mbui^'bhlhi^, as on bth^r (irriilar occadons, 
to an iiritortunate habit of fretting without 
caufe, and took liotice of it in no other 
^ay than by redoubling her endeavours to 
pleafe him. Zeluco himfelf, though he 
was unable to cbntrol the fulkinefs of his 
temper, was, for fome time, afliamed to 
mention to her what occafioned, or rather 
what increafed it, in the prefent inftance* 
At length, however, he exprefled fome 
difapprobation of the attention which this 
nobleman paid her. 

" I will mod cheerfully abfl:ain," 
faid Laura, " from going to thofe places 
where I have any chance of meeting 
hiai." 

** How is that pofliblc?'* faid Zeluco; 
•' he is at every public place/* 

«* I will go to no fiUblic place," faid 
Laura. 

•* That would feem very fmgular," re- 
fumed be. 

Vol. II. I !• The 



114 Z E LUC O. 

•* The fingularhy is of fmill import- 
ance," faid (he, •' provided you are fatif* 
fied/' 

" No;" replied he, •* it would be im- 
proper for you not to go to thoie aflemblies 
^rhich all people of rank frequent, but you 
may bebate in fuch a manner when you 
fee htm there, aa will prevent his fpeaking 
to you any more." 

^^ In what manner is that ?'' faid Laura* 

^^ A woman who is difpleafed with a 
man s addrefles, is never at a lofs to find it 
out," replied he. 

*• But I have not the leaft reafon to be 
difpleafed with the manner in which this 
gentleman addrefies me,'* faid flie; •• yet, 
if you hctve^ I certainly wifli to converfe 
with him no more/^ 

•* Every woman who has no deiire of 
|>Ieafing a tnap," refumed Zekicoy ^^ knows 
an eafy way of breaking up all connedioft 
with him, without abfenting herfelf from 
the places where there is a probability of 
meeting him,*^ 

V Well/' 



2 E L U C O. ns 

^* Well,'* replied Laura, endeavouring 
U fteile, ** I am a woman quite ignorant of 
that eafy way, yet afluredly I have no 
particular deflre of pleafiag the perfon in 
Qtieflllan/* 

^« I a« 'n« quUe fure of that," faid he, 

^* How fliaH I prove it to you?" refumed 
I^ura. 

*' By turning abruptly from him," replied 
Zeluco, ^ when he 6ext fpeakfi to you/* 

** Wbuia not that be rod^/' replied 
X^ura, ** to one of his rank, and whom 
yo« iDtroduced to me ?— bwft I am fure yott 
fay this only in jeft. — Come, my way is 
ttie bd!-*-l€f me avoid public pdaces— at 
leaft till he kivts Naples ; it is but thre* 
wetks.*' 

** llow caihe you to know fo exaSly," 
faid 25eluco, wirti an air ef farprtfey ** whea 
he was to leave Naples ?*' 

" By your informing me,*' replied 
I-aura. 

^« My informing you !*' faid he. 

I 2 '^Yes/ 



ii6 Z E L U C O. 

** Yes/' replied Laura; " do you not 
remember that a few days ago you told my 
mother and me that he was to fet (Hit for 
' Rome in lefs than a month ?'' 

" The news feems to have made a ftroi^ 
impreffion on you/' faid Zeluco, peevifhly. 

^* Juft enough to. make me recoHefi it 
now, for the firft time fmce you mentioned 
it," replied Laura, 

" Well, you will behave as you think 
proper," faid Zeluco, in a little better 
humour ; *' but you cannot but underftand 
his drift in the great attention he pays 
you." 

** I have feen nothing but politenefs ia 
his behaviour to me,^ flic replied; *' but 
the moment he difcovers any drift that 
ought to be difagreeable to you, I ihall 
certainly turn from him in the manner you 
defire/' 

Zeluco withdrew, and Laura, with a 
figh, exclaimed, ** Alas ! my mother, had 
you known this maa^ the wealth of India 
could not have bought your confent to his 

being 



Z E L U C O. 117 

being united to your poor unfortunate 
daughter." — She then burft into a flood of 
tears, and having in this manner afiuaged 
the anguifti of her heart> ihe wiped her 
eyes, fummoned all her firmneTs, and met 
her mother and hufband at dinner with a 
ferene and cheerful countenance* 



13 



lift Z E L U C O, 



CHAP. Lxr. 

The Prifimrs. 

C OME little time after thtSi Madame de 
Seidlits received a very unexpeded let- 
ter from her fooMnJasc^ dated from Rome, 
in which he acquainted her, that his friend 
Baron Carloftein and he were juft arrived 
in that city» and intended foon 'to pay her 
a vifit at Naples. 

** Baron Carloftein had long had a great 
inclination to vifit Italy, and had received 
his fovereign*8 permiffion for that purpofe; 
while he was preparing for his journey, it 
occurred to him, that his friend Seidlits 
would probably be happy to have an op- 
portunity of feeing his mother and (Ifteri 
particularly the latter, of whofe marriage 
he had lately heari. The Baroa, there- 
fore, a&ed it as a particular i^yoyr of Cap-* 

tain 



Z E L U C O. 119 

tain Seidlits to accompaiiy him ; and on the 
Giptain's agreeing, the king's leave was 
obtained for him alfo s and the two friends 
fet out together. Garlofteia foon perceived 
that hid companion had infinitely more 
impatience to be with Madame de Seidlits 
and Laura^ than admiration of thofe mafter* 
pieces of art which detain the connoifleur 
an(} antiquarian in their travels through 
Italy. That Captain SeidHts therefore 
might pafs as much as poifible of the 
period for which he had leave of abfence 
with his mother and fifter, Carloftein had 
the complaifance to continue his courfe 
dire&lyi and with great expedition^ to 
Rome. After a hafly view of what is mod 
remarkable in that city, he propofed to 
accompany his friend to Naples, remain 
fome time there } and, on bis return to Ger- 
many, travel all over Italy with that li^i- 
liire and attention which the curiofiuies tl^ 
C(|iinlr^ prefents merits 

Gaptatn Seidlits, in his letter t/o hts 
xnoth&r-in-law^ aflfared her that thel>anker s 
/: ' I 4. failure 



lOo Z E L U C O. 

failure would not be attended with the bad 
confequences which was feared at firft ; ands 
concluded by expreffiona of the warmeft' 
aflFedioh for his (ifter, with complimenta^ 
to her hufband, to whom, he added, he 
was impatient of being known, and pre^ 
pared to efteem. 

This letter was followed, within a few 
days, by one from Signora Sporza, inform*' 
ing Madame de Seidlits that Mr^N**-^-^ 
had met with the Baron Garloftein and Ca|y*;^' 
tain Seidlits at the Cardinal Bernis' affem^ 
bly, and had prefenfed thofe gentlerriten to 
her« She dwelt a good deal on the- praifta 
of both, adding, That they were fo triudt 
apprdred of by the Roman ladies, that (h^ 
imajgined they would find it di:®cu1t ta 
feave^Rome fo foon as they iritenddd : £he 
eondoded by warning Madame deSeid* 
ilts arid ' Laura not to be greatly furprifed 
or diiappointed if Captain Seidlits did hot 
airive at Naples fofoon as he hjid'up^ 
jidihtcdi ' ' ^ 

Baron 



Z E L U C O. i2t 

Baron Carlofteia and his friend had beea. 
vecommendcd in a diftinguKhed manner ta 
Cardinal de Bernis, who fent them an in* 
vation to dinacr fome days after the date 
of Signora Sporza's letter above mentioned* 
At ihift very hofpitable and magnificent 
board they met with the Honourable Mr. 
N " ! -^ his uncle, Mr. Steele, and a va* 
riety of other ftrangcrs i it happened that 
there was at table one perfon, atleaft, from 
almoft every country of Europe ; the con- 
veriation turned a good d^eal on national 
chara^r^ and feveral lively traks were 
mentioned by way of illuftration; but 
vjK^J^^ther i|: was .owing to a notion tbat the 
l^ritiih bear flrokpsrof this fcind (With lefi 
gpqi^-h,uqiour than the inhabitants pf qthet 
cpimtriqf^ or whatever was the cauff, it f^ 
j^^pei;^d,,.jl;iat fpr a confiderable tifl;ie no 
^Ojjt^p^ \yfts m^^depf any peculiar feature 

^^^,Ajt,^f^g||i the p^dipal, addref&ng him- 

felf to Mr. N , faid, he could not help 

thinking, that the melancholy generally 
ivyiyil attributed 



121 Z EL U C O. 

attributed to the Eoglilh nation was greatly 
exaggerated. He mentioned many Engltdi 
gentlemen with whom he had the pleafure 
of being acquaintedi who were as gay ai 
any Frenchmen, without the levity of 
which bis countrymen were fo much ac^ 
Gufed ; befides, continued he, politely, " Can 
any thing be lefs probablci than that the 
nation, which perhaps of all others has 
the beft rcafon to be cheerful, fhould be the 
moft melancholy.— In return to this, Mr. 
N obferved. That what was the moft 

probable, was not always the moft true; 
that, in his opinion, nothing was fo much 
to be, envied as that charming quality which 
feemed inherent in the French nation, of 
fupporting, without murmuring, and even 
lyith .gaiety, many of thofe vexatipus in- 
cidents in life which fink the. people of 
o|:he? nations into defpondency, qx over- 
whelm them with defpair; that, ift his 
opinion, it is prepofterpus to call />$«/ q^a-? 
lity of the mind levity which doe^ wJb^t^ 
pfeilofophy often attempts in vain, ^ A^for 

the 



Z E L U C ex lajf 

tlie melancholy imputed to hit country* 
meQ, he was much afraU, that notwith^ 
Aaoditig the particular exceptions whicti 
bad come under his Eminence's obferva-* 
tion) it was but too weU foitoded : and he 
sUuftrated his aCertion bf the following^ 
anecdote: 

** During a late war between France and 

Great Britain," faid Mr. N , ** ati 

Engliftx veffel of fuperior force took a 
French frigate after an obftinate engage^ 
ment, in which the French officers difplay- 
cd that intrepidity which is fo natural to 
them. The frigate was brought into a 
commercial town upon the Englifh coaft, 
itod Ae officers were treated with great 
hofpitality by fomc of the principal in- 
habitants : one very rich merchant iti 
partiikilirir invited thim frequently to Ms 
houft; tWiere he entertained them in a very 
magnificeht manner.-^The firtt tJay on" 
*Hihthey dined Virti him; hia lady be- 
hiVcfd Wttii ftich peculiar attention to the 
priforfers^ that Ihe Teemed to negled all 

the 



124 Z E L U C O. 

the other guefts at her table. After the 
company had withdrawn, fhe fpoke highly 
to her hufband of the politenefs and eafy 
agreeable manners of the French nation, 
and added, that it gave her pleafure to per« 
ceive that the Frepch gentlemen who had 
juft lef^t them, inftead of giving way to 
vain repining, or allowing their fpirits to 
be deprefled by their misfortune, had 
Ihewn the utmofl cheerfulnefs and gajety 
during the whole repaft, all except one 
gentleman, who feemed much dejeded, and 
almoft entirely overcome with the idea of 
being a prifoner. This (he accounted for by 
fuppoiiDg that his lofs was greater than 
that of all the reft put together ; anil (he 
apprehended, from the obftinate filence he 
had retained, and from the difcontent and 
melancholy fo ftrongly marked in his coun- 
tenance, that the poor gentleman would 
not long furvive his misfortune- 

*• I cannot imagine who you mean,'* faid 
the huiband. 

The 



Z E L U C O. 12$ 

The lady defcribed the man fo ezadlyy 
that it was impofUble to miftake him. 
. ** That unfortunate gentleman/' faid the 
buCband^ ^^ is none of the prifoners ; he is 
the captain of the EngliQi velTel who took 
them/' 






^ 2 E L U C O. 



CHAP. LXIL 

Carlojiein and Seidlits arrive at Naples. 

ALL the allurements of Rome* how- 
ever, could not overcome Captain Seid- 
Ijts's impatient dedre of feeing his relations 
at Naples ; and the Baron, yielding to his 
friend's eagernefs, agreed to fet out fooner 
than Signora Sporza had given Madame de 
Seidlits reafon to expedt. 

Mr.N — would have willingly accom- 
panied them, provided he had been able to 
prevail on his uncle to go fo far as Naples. 
But that gentleman had received fome letters 
from England, which made him impatient 
to return diredly 5 and all the fears which 
were fuggefted by Buchanan being now 
diffipated by the marriage of Zeluca to 
Laura, he rather wiihed his nephew to re* 
1% main 



Z E L U C ©• a*7 

mam another feafon in Italy, m be had beea 
advifed for the confirmation of his health. 

Mr. N— accompanied the Baronet on his 
way home as far as Florence^ and there 
took his leave of him and Mr. Steele, who 
had received letters from his mother and 
Mr. Transfer, preflSng his immediate re- 
turn in the moft earned terms. Steele^ 
therefore, to the great fatisfa^tion of the 
Baronet, refolved to accompany him to 
England j and on the day they left Flo- 
rence, Mr. N — fet out on his return to 
Naples, where Signora Sporza had arrived 
before him. 

. Carloftein and Seidlits had reached that 
city a confiderable time before cither. Oa 
the morning of their arrival, 2^luco 
had gone to the country with the noble- 
man whom he had accompanied from 
Sicily, and was not to return till the day 
after. Laura determined to pafs that in- 
cterval with her mother. 

Madame de Seidlits was delighted with 
the thoughts of feeing her fon-in-law, for 

whom 



i^ 2 E L U C O. 

\9h0m file liad always felt the fincereft 
efteem and friend(hip ; and Laura lia^ 
more happinefs in the expefitatiqn "of 
paffing fome time with her brother, than 
in any reflexion which had occupicH he/ 
mind (ince her hiarriage. She lilcewfle 
cxperiended a conf ufed Teiitlmehf or plea- 
fure and unealinefe/ the fource'df whTch 
Ihe did riot cljarly comprehend/ In l1Se 
idea of meeting Carloftein, who had ftruc^ 
her fancy fo ftrongiy in her youth that the 
impreflion had never fince been entirely 
cfi^cd. ^ . -iT-^^i 

Itnmediately after their arrivatilMap^sV 
Captain Seidlits waited on his m^ifKlr-m- 
law, with whom he found his^ MSr;^hen 
the reciprocal congtatulations aiid*S)&^R- 
ments were ended, Madame 'de'Md!i?l5^ 
inquirmg what was become of lAl {^ItoS3 
was toM, that he had itififted-on reftSiffinr^ 
at the iiin by himfyf for tHe'fii?l d^y^ 
their 'meeting at leaft, that he mighrtie^ 
bartoihtt domeftic kind of cdrriveffatlM^ 
fo naturaf among near relations ^afifet IT 
r --■ - -- -'l(5ng 



i E h V] C Oft 129 

)p^£ »l)i!m^ ^^ I c^xiiaot }}§9^ the aj^sr^p 
ance of jtfur leaving your frieod at an iqo 
the moment you arrive acnong your rela^ 
tioos/' faid Mjidame de &eidlit$ : ^' w^ 
ihall have s^uudancc of opportunities foir 
domefiic diat ; fo if you think the Baro^ 
can put up with a poor di^opr, we h44 
beft fend foj^ him/' CoplatQ Seidlits^ who 
had with reludance left his friend to difif 
^dcn^^ heard this propofal with pleafure, 
laying, ** If diat is the only ohjeCtiqn, I 
fiudt certi^P^y endeavour to bring him; for 
I never l^iew any man have a greater xcr 
lifli fpc gjMxt company, and fo much in« 
difference for good fare/' « 

This pi^Ppofal of her mother's was not 
inrd with perfed ti;anquillity by Laura; 
whof fbre(aw that it would lead to their 
£$&D^ the whole evening togjethecj and 
from what ilie bad remarked of her huf- 
liand's temper^ ihe feared that he might 
OCX l^e pleaied when he came to know, 
that inftcad of her having paffed the time 
gf hia ahfcntt witk her mother only, a 

Vol- IL K ' young 



I3d Z E h IS C O. 

young gentl^ftan be(ide6 iicr brjEitheir wM 
of the party; fixe could uot obje^ how- 
ever without giting a reafoa to her ma- 
ther» which fhe wiflied to conceal ; nor 
could (he, with propriety, witlwi raw from 
a company of which her brothef ^ fa lately 
arrived, was tjnte/ 

Captain SeidHts left them, audi ceitumed 
foon after with^his friend. . r 

The Baron Carloftein was at this tiiiafe on 
the borders of thirty years of age johc was 
adkiveand genteel in bis perfo^s he I had 
an open manly countenancef Whifih 8^- 
nouaced candour and good feofef rhisrpon- 
verfaiion and condu<a corifirrped what bis 
features indicated; his general ms^pner was 
gentle; yet when provojbed,,, which did 
not fiightly hapjwi, bis fine blije eyes 
|l^rte4ji fire very different fro^ tb^M^ual 
expreflion. _ ;.._ 

.^ When Captain Seidlits prefented him to 
his filler as an old acquaintance, he, was 
flruck with admiration^ at the imprpvemeivt 
which a few years had made in the graces 

'' 'of 



2 £ L U d a 13! 

bf^hfer^^ face and perfon. M«r, whom he 
r^tolleii^tf only as a lively girl, juft burft- 
ing from childhodd.h^^'iio^W beheld a wo- 
"Iftad in ' thi f^ll Mooirn of beauty, and 
formed ^by** Natur^'^s - finift' fymmetry. If 
Jie^^ib&tad the appearixicse of Laura more 
intei-efttng oh account of ita alteHtibns, 
idKeiJt^s the^ore pidi&d witk his^il^ecaufe 
it remained the fame. ^ 
no After^ dinner Madame de Seidlils/ re- 
fttfwiiig. m oM (tmtte - of fpbrtive difpute, 
fISAl Iti her fon> in-law, ^* I hope your-Aort 
ItSy^ktJ'ft&m* wa«fiaffictent to convert you 
ffdra^yoilif^liefetical opinions on the article 
'of ftxti'ale beauty ; and you will now con- 
'ftfs^^^f-^^lh'e fine e^preffive countenances 
of thef^bmah ladies are far more interefting 
-t?Ka'n%li'^h* bloom of the Saxon. 
" Captkin' Seidlits, however, fought the 
caufe of his countrywomen with an in- 
trepidity Worthy of a knight-errant. ** I 
Will appeat to Baron Carloffein," faid Ma- 
rine (leoeidlits ;" hi^^ partiality for his 
courftry will not blind his judgment nor 
' ^ K 2 corrupt 



13, z EL oca 

c(»mipthis c«ndour!r-^ioh^ yeu think 
^e &BeA ftyle^owi^naoce, tbikt of the 
ItaJian, 01; Qermap W>^''i ^" 

"I pt^fisr f^ npixtiiMre of bptll^" jre^jftij 
he) tbxowing the glance of ao in%jRt ^t 
Laura. 

** uJf vnus ma faitr," laid Cap^^ip, S«.<Jr 
^t«) whphad acddeotally takeoiUj^;A^^vu- 
t^j t^e mqmea| before he made tl^a ,f{>pe4 
to his fifter. 1 ; _ 

,Xaur4 Uuflbcd at the imp»rt pC^^JjpxfSa- 
ro^'s.anfwer, and v7a9€mbaK?lfe4j3y,^^^ 
bjotjicr's dirca appli^atiQaof it j^Crj^jr 
jricated herfelf, however, ^7 fn?jEjE;l]^i!^(h« 
guitar out of his hand, fayir^,, *' Fo&f^i^fS 
nionfrere^'^ and inftantly playip|f,,9i|i^^,of 
his favourite airs. -,, % 

I^^^T^^I^is tujrned the cpnyerfation^.fin}| Lajj^^ 
vr j^^j^as a ye^y great profici^n^ iq^^ ^'S^f? 
was defired t(> ^ f^l^y fc veral pieces f^^^ 
harpfichord ^ aiB wc^l ^ gs, g^i^ari^ ^ ,^^^, Ac 
accompanied with her vQice in ^ manner 

that would have delighted a. f*r, )^^ ^^^^^ 
audience, ;^ _ , ^ ,,.; 

" . ^. ^ ^ The 



t^ 



» E U'UIC Oi ijj 

h6d^ kif M^tkmtf 4(EP SerdU^ smd the 
Captain j Laura's e»}»i^iftfcttt4rk8' Wended 
Mti ^tea^ fnquretilrfet €afloftri« Hardly 
vtxcted'k fcflteflcei kg ^» friend atia he 
returned ta their lodgingis, >»hcre, pre- 
terrf^n§'ic6''be di(i^fed to fledp, he retired 
iiiidieaiij^^ljr t6 hi^ bed-cliainb^n ai^d pafled 
thei'^figM^ foeditattng on the accbttpUflii 
ments of Laura. . ^.i? 

keliiyaf K»8 return received ttii^'^two 
Jlin^rk^lih' pbTif^nfefs, and ihiiif fcxi 
priflfiSs ^ ^'f - i^-iendfhip ; th6ir appeai'aiic^ 
ind^iii^ji'^ iltraaed' the approhatioh of 
alt tb^ whom iS\ej were prefehted. He'pcH 
dci^<^'tliki' his'conriekion with them 'M 
himfelf credit^ and therefore was unfenut-- 
"^i^%^1»fe" a'ttentidns, and eUtertkfndl 
It^itt" y^h ''i' |)ro^fi5h of oi&gnificcoi'e 
itc^^^^^hat he formftly difplayed:' ' 
•^'^'Sito^ fudi m6tive df^ felfifhfiefs an^ vi 
nity 18 the uluai fource of ojtentatttus en- 
Ve^^^fh^iht j'f^iendlliip and cordial gobd- 

wiU to the gucfts are fatisfied with mere 
■'• K 3 fimple 



U4 z E L u c q; 

dm pie preparations for their comfort and 
eonvdniency. - 

As Mr. N^—— Irved in the greateft in- 
timacy with Caf-toftein and Seirflits, and 
wis highly rcfpcflled by themi he Was in-* 
vited to all thofe* fplrtadid feifts wWeh 2ie* 
iiico's vanity prompted him to giveifb]^ the 
entertainment of his brother- in4aw and 
the Saron, 2^eluco wa$ alfo aifidiiatis Jih 
contriving parties of ple^fus:e^ for their 
jimufemeat ; and often ^compafiied theoi 
ysrhen they went to vifit the .emriroi^i^ 
tb^3 very intercfting city. Vifii^ns^gG^iJA 
Certain Abbe of diftingqiihed fafl^cjnj.iviijtijf 
to attend them as their ,Cic«Fp845n?R4D!i?^ 
plain the antiquities brought jfrfti»rfli?r^|i}- 
hfeeum and Pompeia^ and . the jCfth«f jcwi^ 
fitt^ cOjleaed in the Mufeum:*^^!!^^!/^ 
MWahte de.Seidlit* and her dangb^roWjei^ 
generally df tbofe? parties : Jwt rC^ptai© 
^S8i(ftit^, as was -^Ifeady hinted, f ka^iipot 
fd great a relifli for- virtu ,as either hi? 
friend Carldflein or Mr. N ' ■ / ;' aor ij^ag 
he pnthnfiaftically ftriick with the r^yario^s 

natural 



Z E L V C O. i|^, 

naitiirfi beaoties virhich adorn the. Bay of 

Naples* Intended from bis early .youtb 

fofvtbe.prgd[effiQn of areas,, bis ftudies and 

r^fljsdijjpf. wer^ pretty mucb confined, tq, 

igj^a^,. related to^ t^e i^ilitary art; ; aadhe, 

W4S RQt;feHcitpus of ,heix>g thougl^t a foo,- 

noiffleur: lA^ any pfben. paving boneftly 

apl(fnoj«ledged tbat tbe,Pa?y of Naples was 

the - moi& r beautiful . prqipgdl he had e^cf 

fcei^, her was little difpofed to fay, and as^ 

l^lb toiiheafr aiSy mmc about it j ^^; 

miiim>xh&iAU)£ began *o defcaat?5}flr'^i?qio#i 

'ai^|*^,/aT^ antkjujcji^ he^|left: pj^h^rg jp 

^f^i^fit^^by^ the ^efture,^' and walked ^i^s^y 

"Muliti&ig^fi^dMi^eh crf^fome 4)dier ikv^ucile: 

ait ^I^JSiiyif. As K«k could ^idlits^ fwp^ 

"ii6M^ti»lAtfe«^'s diflej^atbiifl on i(he,Ilpflian 

*&iAili 9kAi4hQtv manner of mfing-.tji^^; 

""ikliotgtt^iiaHeartBeii QC£kf$i&x^ ^jcpla^ftl 

^#k^^4iatttir&i ^ith fjan r^cumcy and ^mf - 

"■iftitlttdre whick would ^ have aftonifhe4 onq 

itjf ^fefl^s^beft Ctnturione, All tl^is^^arn- 

>4fig^k«d dequie^ncer^rc^re /3^haufl;ed in, vain 

-td^lhakedBhtf cafly pr^^ice which Seidlits 

' ' )» y K 4 ' had 



ti:^ 



136 Z E L Ml <: O. 

h*4con€eiftd b ftitottrdf tl» firdocrK arid 
bayonet. . He t)cctmc atlc^fe tom^eiely 
fick of aixti^tka, w^d often cmbd thiofe 
d+erlafting duridf|ties^ each of ^hirfh^dpc?#' 
a Icfturc from the Abb^, and were jeomk 
nually croffing their way, whatever road 
they took in their excurfions from Naples. 
When Laura was of the party, Seidlitfe 
was fond of drawing her from the reft of 
the company, and convcrfing with her 
apart. And flie, although not exadly of 
her brother's way of thinking on the fub- 
}cGl of virtu, generally yielded to his foil- 
dtation. They ulked of their acquaint* 
ance in Germany; of domeftic affairs ; and 
Ibmctimes their converfation turned upon 
Carloftein; the virtues of his friend wa» 
a (ubje<a on which Seidlits dwelt wirk 
enthufiafm; he was eager to ennumerate 
inftances of his generous nature, and ta 
give proofs of the noble turn of his mind. 
Laura and Carloftein were the two people 
on earth for whom Seidlits had the great- 
eft efteem and affection ; he was anxiou8» 

therefore. 



2 E LXrJc o; 137 

the^fbn^ ' that ^ ihejtrraould tfteeMo^ach 
other ^{ aiid rfcrak tlasP mwr he was^^afpi to 
d^l 6a 'die j^aHei of each 10 th« other* 
'£hebfdbjd[& i^ai ixiort: agi^eeaUe ta ihoth 
ttuaoDhet^dseamt ofi^ ' /^ 

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C H A P. LXIII. ' 

The Highlander. 

— — Cujus 
Dextera per fcrrum, pictas fpeftata per ignes. 
^ Ovil>. 

^APTAIN Seidlits was atfteikdcdb by 
an elderly man^ a native of^heNwtfe 
Highlands of Scotland, whofe Dame >wa4 
Duncan Targe* As there is fotttethififg 
(iDgular in this man's ftory, aiid^ in ttfiBi 
accidents by which he came iato tl^ Cap»^ 
taints fcrvice, it is not foreign t6 mir ptiif- 
pofe to mention a few of the par^cularsw 

His father, who rented a fmall pDrtion 
of land of a nobleman of that country, 
being upon his death-bed, expreffad^ia^e- 
'fire of feeing his matter; the iwblcroftn 
went dire<ftly to the hut of his tctM^toapd 
condoled with him oa the melanchQily 

ftate 



z E L u c Pi 1^39. 

ftate be feempd to be in. " J **» g^^tly 
i^bted to your.Lprdfliip," faid the dying, 
ipao, ^^ for the condefcenfion and kindne& 
which, you ha^e^^lways fhewjcd to me. I 
am now dying, my Lord, and would wilK 
ipgly leave to fo good. a mafter what I 
hay? of the. greateft value in this world.'* 

'* I am happy to hear, my good friend," 
faid his Lordfhip, *' that you have any 
thing of value to leave; for I was niuch 
afraid that you ha^d loft the whole, pr the 
^rejteft part, qf what you had, wheh^ 
contrary to thy advice, you becamp (^UKtf 
for yf Br reJlation at Invernefs;;but whatf 
^ter(TycBi ,have, I m^uft infift upqc^ yoiijr 
l^atit^tit 9il to your little foti Duqqsn 
here fi imd whatever his portion i$, I ftiQ 
more; difpofed to add to it, than dimi^- 
nifhit" 

*^ Little Duncan is all I have to leave," 
replied the poornian; ** and th? gjeateft 
Itneafinefs I have in dying, is the thought 
pf the deftitqte condifion of that po6r boy; 
fpi my relations at Invemefe are allcmned 

3 ^y 



t^ t E'L U C OV 

ni«l i I tfc^r«fore earihtflfy ebtfea* 'fif: yottr 
2x}rdll»p to accept of thi«^>dbft>r^hGui,'iat 
;( pledge of ftiy regard, smd tbe otilf iegoirfi 
I ha"»e' t6 bftftow." 'I * -^ 

~ "I do accept of him with all uiy^bei?^ 
aod foul,** cried his Lordfhip j « i4ttd>if Irt? 
pt'ove's z.% honeft a dian as hid f^thibr; no* 
thing but death (hall part him and JDe^ 

« Praife Be to the Almighty,'* «ierfi)tfe«F 
djjrii^ man, with uplifted eyea* ani|;,4r^.- 
Thaflks to the gracious Ood of ffiyfr^ve^ 
and earth for all liis goodnefs jto^lMuartif 
niinel<-rQh! my good Lord," sOntinsied 
hcj addrcffing the Nobleman, J' yo* htye 
siakli^nte a happy maa/'-T-Here ihe fudden 
gttfhf f f joy overwhelmed the feehle heart 
of iMs poor man J h?JeU backjon |ijis Jttgs^tfar 
pillowi ijnd expire^r'*:, , ::j £ jijo 

ThcN^leman l^tjie bqy hpme S?jiw* 
caftle, a^d after plaCJ|ig^ him fome.ye^fs, At 
fchool, took him to^at^tendhisQweperfftq*. 
He ^?s in this fituatioia whea the rebcK 
Jipn J)roke out in the year 1745 ; in which 
I his 



Zi & h: Vr. (^(^ $^ 

yo«og:T«igc, rbeii^ ^bpo a ftr^Ungtof ^ 
taea/tMHfiictQ(nKy«uM i«f age* acooqif^ied 

to his Lordfhip after the batt^ of Qaih>^ 

tfe^l ft*llked.«ittpng tfee :m<?ft r? mpMs pfsff 
ofith^iiig^fainds* ' -^ ; -r/c., 

0«fltiidrifying occafioh, Targe, 't^fefg* 
^^tk-'el" a hardy Higliland coBftiiutioa 
aft*(|)irk,= had thfe fatisfiaaion of re|)i^iafg 
life laianer ' for all hi* former kindftdsft- $y 
Hik'U^a^n fidelity and grateful Mtaeh^ 
ife«»f^ '^Ja one or two itftanccs he' a^aallf 
&vtd 4nm from l^aVViftg among the -^uqj^ 
tatA^l^ybringing him, at the rifk of!hi« 
owtii iifis ! ^provifions from thofe 'plabeat 
whtei4 4fe tordftiip conld not appe^^t(«^kH^ 
out a certainty of beifag difcovered/ At 
tei%{fi tfifey^ bdih efcitped td Ae ConfinJnt, 
wl^^it^iiaS' unfortunate Noblematf difed; 
aftej^'^'^M, ' 'fafglg' was takdn 'into the 
i^fe rfM^liial^i*; by whdttvKe was 



t4% Z t t \J C O: 

retdmititn^ed to Colonel 6eidlits(| and noii^ 
iltended his fom ^ 

Bddhanan and Targe generally attended 
their mailers in their' excurfions around 
Naples. Mr. N — —had remarked an in- 
timacy between them ever fi nee Captain 
fieiitits and he met at Rome. ^ Cn per- 
ceiving them walking apart from the other 
^vtinw in clofe converfation together, 
** rUhy a bett/' faid Mr. N-^to^Cap- 
talq SeidHts, *' that your fervant is from 
Scotland.'' . * 

" He certainly is originally from that 
trountry/' replied Seidiits J " but I cannot 
conceive how you came to difcover thi& fo 
readily/* 

^^ Nay, I fliould not have difcoyered it/* 

faid Mr. N ; " but I was convinced by 

my f^rvant's fudd^n and great intimacy 
with bim that be had/* ^ ^ 

Some time after this, ZelujcQj^^ his 
L^dy, Mjidame de SeidUts, Carloflfiip, Mr. 

N , Mr. Steele, and Captain Seidliti, 

wc;at,to pafs the day and dine at Portici ; 

neiiher 



2 E L l> e a. 143 

heij^SFilJuchanan nor Targe bad ■bjeBn-or^ 
derfed to attend their matters on thttt occa- 
{xaOf ..^^As the 'company^were retumiug to 
tOj^4?,\^ptaiA Setdlits took tiotice'of t|iis 
l^picj^i^ ip Mr. N— — -5 and they araufed 
j^heibf^ves with 'varidu^ obfervatioAs , on 
jihe four^ce of th6 great friendfhip "whk^ 
.jW4&,fo,j(uddelily formed between their two 
dop[^dJi558. While* they were cohvei:fing» 
]VIr.;N*— - faw one bf his footmen coming- 
^tfuU gallop 'towards themfrotn |Maples. 
** Whatsis thVtnatter/Dick?'''crii?dMr. 

^ Mildrd.! Sir," the man replied/ ^' Cap.- 
tainiiSdbdiits's fervanr^ Duncan Targe# has 
cut poor Mr. Buchanan almoft to pieces." 

. .^^u impoffible !'' ctied N ; ** what ! 

hii wwn' countryman ?** 

; ^^i Ye*s, pleafe your Honour ; they had a 
quarrel about the ^een; and fb they 
Mi^Tifi^ garden with broad fwords/* 
''^* ^AbStitthe Queen !— Notilenle !'- cried 
Mi^PM^ what Queen?*: - 



144 Z E L U C O. 

** Tht Qi»eea of ScotlaiuJt plc?f« your 
honoMif^^ Cud the (crvjoit. 

*' The fellow '3 certainly mtd/ laid 
N-^-— • •* There is ao Qjjeea of Swttand,'' 
fool'V 

** I don t know whether there is or not/* 
replied ih^ fcrvMt i •Vbttt J am fureliut Mr. 
BuchaBaii called her a w*-— ^; xipoh %hich 
Mn Targe called him a liar: fo they 
challenged e^ch oth^j and fo Mr. Suchn- 
nan is defperately wounded ; and (b i was 
brditfred to come and acquaint your Ho« 
nour/* . ; t 

Being able to get no better expianati^a 
from this meflenjgert Mr. N — —ana Cap- 
tain Seidlits rode on before the reft of the 
company; and after proper inveftigation^ 
were Informed of all the particulars of this 
curious adventure. 



2 £ L U G O. 145 



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C H A P. LXIV. ' 

3^r tolfliit ile^^ yifeK hi$ f^^^ 
iA(^#f?4Jt^af bill wbic4|I^t| h^tQ the (|pw«*i iu ^ 
Ai)d as a child, whom fearing /bunds tnoleft, . 
. Clings clofe and cloler to the mother's breaft j 

S^ ^ ioufr tbrrdnt, and tlfe^Ji^hrrl find's ^f oii^ ' ^ ^ * - 
• iP^ lind^&xi^ ^is niuv^P mountains mpr^^^^^ i ; - : 

W?4^^ ^^.^pa^ty tvaS arranged Jpr 
dining at ^ortici, arid Buchanan un- . 
dej^ftood jthatj^eithfir ^e nor his friend 
Tjrgc^ w^rc ordered to ^attend* the former 
invited his countryrnan to dine upon hotch 
potch, and Ininched collops, two Scottifh 
difhes, which he had previoufly inftrufted 
the cook at the inn how to drefs. The in- 
vitation was joyfully accepted by Targe* 
After dinner, as neither was an enemy to 
the bottle, they pufhed it pretty brifkly 
between them, and the converfation became 
Vol. II. L more 



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X46 Z E L U C O. 

more and more aaimated every moment ; 
while they talked of abfent fr>i«p4si the 
day« of former years, the warli^et repown 
of Scotland, the great men it, had pro- 
dqqed, and the romantic beautjes of the 
countryi they were in perfeiS unifon j and 
when Targe, who had a tolerable voice* 
fung the fongs of Lochaber^ Gild^roy^ tjie 
Laft Time I came o'er the Muir, and the 
Flowers of the Foreft, the fynppathetic 
tears flowed mutually from their eyes; but 
with all the prejudices which thofe t^wo Ca- 
ledonians had in common, there were fomc 
articles in which they differed diametri- 
cally. 

Targe's birth and education have beep 
already mentioned, and his political attachr 
ments accounted for; but Buchanan was born 
and educated among the Whigs of the weft 
of Scotland, the defcendants of the ancient 
Covenanters, who fuffered fo much oppref- 
lion and religious perfecution by the ab- 
furd policy of the minifters of Charles the 
Second, and his brother James, which is 

ftiU 



z fe t u c a 147 

ftUl remembered withliorrdr in thit j^irt 
of the country. 

Hie father was a firmer^ who wts at an 
expehe* which be could ill aflFord, by fup- 
porting him at a neighbouring univerfity 
for fcveral years; for the poor man's great 
ambitidn was to breed him to the church, 
or, a^ he himfelf expreffed it, to fee hu jhn 
George Jhake bis bead in a pulpit. But while 
the youth was profecuting his ftudies, the 
father's hopes were blafted, and Buchankn^s 
plan of life entirely altered, by the natural 
confequence of an illicit connexion he had 
with a young woman. 

This tranfgreffiftn being viewed In a 
more atrocious light in that part of Scot- 
land than in the metropolis of Etlgland, 
and poor Buchanan being threatened at 
once with the public reprehenfion of the 
church and the private indignation of his 
own relations, fled to London, and was kind- 
ly received by fome of his countrymen; in 
whofe breads compaflion for the delinquent 
L 2 had 



148 Z EL.U, CO. 

had greater influeivpe thaii,hQrtQ>:;.fpr hU 
crime. . r,. 

Several attempts for placiag ;bhn in a 
more independent way having, fa^ite^i aH4 
Buchanan being impatient of renmining a 
burthen on his friends, he accepted of an 
offer of going into the fervice of the Earl 

of ~- , where he remained fever^il yews, 

and was afterwards, at the recomm^p^ation 
of Lady Elizabeth, placed with her it^plnq^ 
on bis, going abroad. . ^, - ' 

As; Buchanan's political fentimenis were 
fo diffei-ent from thofe of Targe, it woirid 
havp jbeisn fortunate if the two ft lends had 
kept clear of any difcourfe on fujGh>fiib}fe(a;s; 
bat vhile Buchanan was endeavoiiiirng to 
ffr^Yt that the city of Naples was inferior 
ir^ bp^uty to that of Glafgow, the vie.w 
from p the Caftle of Edinburgh far naore 
fublirne than that from the Caft)e of Saiftt 
Elmo, and the palace of Caflerta, thoyg-h 
l^rgjer^in much wo^fe tafte than -tjolyrood 
Hqufe; Targe ^ in terrijpted him,, an4 re-. 
ma.^ked with a figh, that " it was a thou- 

fand 



Z E L U C O. 149 

firtd pities that the jiift proprietor of that 
palace, the lineal defcendant of fo many 
kirfgsi ftibuM be obliged td live like a private 
petfon in Italy/' / 

It would be a much greater pity/' Bu- 
chanan remarked, ** to fee popery and ar- 
bitrary^ power eftabliftied in Great Britain 
rfnd-Irfeland/' 

" I d6 not believe there was any danger 
of eithfer/' replied Targe. 

** Tour creed on that fubje^l is notgo- 
ipt^i Mr; Targe,*' faid Buchanan; •^ in my 
Oj^ionitwas prudent in the nation there- 
forie^fio >fccur€ thofe important points, by 
ihiei'iichilartians made at the Revolution.'V 

» ** Thofe limitations," anfwered Targe, 
^^ might have been applied to king James 
arid hi^ defceridants ; and the fame reftraints 
^Mch have kept one riaice of kings within 
the limits of law, would have kept an- 
other/* 

** There is an effential difference between 

the two cafes/' replied Buchanan ; " a man 

v^W be very happy to accept of a good 

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ISO Z E L U C O. 

eflate to which he has no immediate claim, 
upon conditions which the poffeffor of the 
eftate and his pofterity would think it a hard- 
fliip to have forced on them, particularly if 
they believed the eftate had been tranfmit- 
ted to them through a long line of an- 
ceftors. And it is natural to fuppofe, that 
the latter would be more apt to break con- 
ditions which they confidered a^ unjuft, 
than the former to deftroy the fole founda^ 
tion of their right ; it is therefore wife, 
Mr. Targe, in the Bricifh nation to adhere 
tothe family it has placed on the throne, 
as long as they adhere to the conditi»!>nfi oa 
which they were there placed j and I have 
not heard that any of them ever ihe wed a 
difpofition to infringe them..'' ? 

^* Whatever reafon the nation had t^ 
complain of the father> his de£ceadamt» 
wert bnocent," replied Targe j ** add if 
they had a particle of equity or gratitude 
in their charader, they never would have 
attempted to break through thofe qotiditions 



Z E L U C O. 151 

on ^ which t&cy were replaced oa itodirotie 
tjf their anceftors." 

-: « Why, truly," Mr. Targe, ^^ df ever 
you heard of atjy kings who were 'wkh^ 
held by mere confideratbns of gratitude dr 
equity firom extending their power, or tn^^ 
jaroaching. on the rights of their fubjcflts, 
wh^n^^lfeey thought they could do it with 
Jafqity^ yeu have the advantage of mc ; and 
4 am; apt: to believe, that if ever fuch there 
.wca>othfe; edition is no*r pretty much eso* 
liAUfft^d, aiid nat likely to be renewed.". : 
, ^ Xoiiifeem to have a very bad opitjicsi 
i)£ iiiigaj'Maid Targe. : t: 

.*^ licannpt fay I was ever intimatffi^ltfe 
either Jdngs or princes/' replied Buchanoosi 
♦* fo that I can fay nothing about theirifqciiki 
perfonal aequaintancej but from virhat I 
have heard of them by word of mouth| and 
read of them in hiftory, I muft confels niy 
opinion of them in general i$ not very fa* 
voutable/'v 

** I hope you do ntit think them natu- 
r^ly worfe than other men/* added Targe. 
L 4 " No, 



152 5S E IL lU C O. 

*^No, Mr. T;a?ge, I certumly v^o notj 
but ihey arefo accu'ftomed fromth^iriyjouth 
to belflattered and dawted *, to have every 
Jbing done for thcins and to niak» &)ifow 
exertions of their own ; often futitounded 
by thofe who have an intereft in leading 
ii>em aftray, and fometimes by fbdh a 
worthlefs fet, that if they are ndt a^t the 
begiatiing naturally better than ottidr men, 
they run a great rilk of becoming arttfickliy 
woufc. But be they good, bad, or indiflfe- 
rent, I am clear for the fubjedsfceej^in^ ftleh 
^a iportlon of power in their own bainds, aa 
t^itl redder it very dangerous for the rab* 
ri arch to make any attempt agaiiift their 
rights ; and I am clear in another pbintVMr. 
^arge, that when a king is fuch a gawk f 
as to fly with hi^ young one ihto an ene- 
my's land, it would be the height 6f folly 
ever to Ibt either the one or the other back 
to ttie neft." 

* IndjulgcJ, ; 1 

. f Gawk, a Saxon word ft ill ufcd in Scotland, (Jo;- 
nifics a cuckow, a filly fellow, ^ 

5 *' Well, 



Z £ L U C O. 153 

-^^ W^Xi I anQot help thinklsg it e3> 

ittemcly unjoft," iqpikd Targe, *^* .ta dc- 

/prive^aa iaoQcetit pedbn of his right, and 

to make him fuSer fa fererdy for the fkuhs 

of odirrs, if fkuhs there were.'' 

^* Ufljuft V cried Buchanan; ** Does not 
heaven vifit the iniquity of fathers upon 
their children ?" 

*' Heaven has a right to do ^hat it 
pkafes,'* faid Targe; /* but, pleafe God, T 
nerer irould take it on me to do fuch a 
thii^j had I the power to-morrow," 
; *^ Btit the thing is. done already/' faid 
Buchan^i *' and cannot be undone, with- 
om move fighting about it than the caufe 
is worth.'* 

** Many a brave man, not only in Scot- 
lan4 but alfo in England and Ireland, have 
ihed their blood in the caufe of the houfe 
of Stewart," faid Targe. 

*' I wifti thofe who are difpofed to flied 
their blood in fuch a caufe much good of 
it/' faid Buchanan, (hrugging his fhoulders; 
fjf .^s for piy own part, I (hall be as ready 

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154 Z E L U C D, 

as my ni^ighbaurs to fight for my feligioa 
or my country, but as for ibedditig^ one 
drop of my blood for the dtfEsrence be- 
tween one king and another, !«^heti the 
good of the country is no way concerned, 
I beg to be excufed-'* 

" Do you not think fighting for your 
king is fighting for your country ?' faid 
Tafge. 

•^ Very often it is juft the reverfe/* re- 
plied Buchanan ; ** fighting for a bad king, 
I confider as fighting againft my country/' 

** Yet you muft acknowledge," refumed 
Targe, ** that kings reign by the appoints 
ment of God ; and therefore it feems to be 
2l very daring thing in man to attempt to 
dethrone them/* 

** The peftilence is by the appointment 
of God," retorted Buchanan ; ** yet we 
ufe every means in our power to drive it 
. out of the land." 

Targe feeming a little difconcerted apd 
difpleafed at this obfervation, Buchanan 

filled 



Z E L U C O. iss 

filled a bumper, aad gave for Ms ftCbfi'i 
'^ TheLandofCakeB.'^ ^r 

This immediately difperfed thd cfe>ud 
which i began to gather on the other's 
brow. 

Targe drank the toaft with enthufijdin, 
&ying, " May the Almighty pot^r his 
bleffings on every hill and valley in it !— ^ 
that is the worft wifli, Mr. Buchanan, that 
I (hall ever wifli to that land." 

** It would delight your heart to behold 
the flourifliing condition it is now in/' re- 
plied Buchanan j *' it was faft improving 
when r left it; and I have.been credibly 
informed fince that]^ it is now a perfe£i 
garden'^ 

" lam very happy to hear it," faid 
Targe. 

*' Indeed/' added Buchanan, " it has 
been in a ftate of rapid improvement ever 
fince the Union/' 

•' Damn the Union/' cried Targe; ** it 
would haVe improved much fafter Without 



il.'^ 



•^ lam 



ts^ Z E L U C O. 

^*' Isim not quite clear on that point, Mr. 
Tfiirge,*- faid Buchanan. 

^ Depend upon i t/'^ replied Targe> " the 
Union was the woiift treaty that Scotland 
ever made/- 

*M.fhall admit," faid BuchanaOi *^. that 
fhe n^ight have made a better — but bad as 
it i$> our country reaps fome advantage 
from it/* 

^' All the advantages are on the fide of 
England/' 

" VVhat do you think, Mr. Targe,'' faid 
Buchanan, *' of the incrcafe of trade fince 
the Union, and the riches which have flowed 
into the Lowlands of Scotland from that 
quarter ?" 

" Think," cried Targe ; ^* why, I think 
they have done a great deal of mifchief to 
the Lowlands of Scotland." 

** How fo, my good friend ?" faid 3u-f 
chanan. 

*' By fpreading luxury among the in- 
habitants, the never-failing forerunner of 
effeminacy of manners. Why, I was af- 

fured," 



Z E L U G Q. 15^ 

fared," M continued Targe, ? ** by fti^eant 
Lewis Macniel,' a Highland gentleoian ia 
the Fruffian fervice, that the Lowiandj^r^ in 
ihmti part» of Scotland arc now vjtryr little 
better thanfo many Englifti/' < 

*' O fye !" cried Bnthanan, *' things arc 
not <20m'e to that pafs as yet, Mr. Targe ; 
your friend the fisfjeant affuredly exag- 
gerates." 

** I hope he does/ replied Targe ; •' but 
you muft acknowledge,*' continued he, 
^^' that by the Union Scotland has loft her 
exifterice as an independent ftate; her 
name is (wallowed up in that of England : 
Only read the Englifh news-papers j they 
mention England as if it were the name of 
the whole ifland. They talk of the Eng- 
liih army — the Englifh fleet — the Englilh 
every thing ; they never mention Scotland, 
except when one of our countrynien hap- 
pens to get an office under governments we 
are then' told with fome ftale gibe, that 
the perfoti is a Scotchman; or, which hap- 
pens 



r5« Z E L U C O, 

ptds ftiU nore ranely^ when any D^ifhem are 
condemned to die at Tyburn, particular 
caFQ i)B .(a^en^o ioforod the publtc» thit the 
cru^if^al is ortgiaally from Scotland r bat if 
fifty Engliflimen get places or ktelhmgcd 
in Qne year, n^o remarks are made-V p 

*' No/* faid Buchanan; " la f baf cafe 
it is paffed over as a thing of coaitfe.'' - :; 

The CQUverfation then taking aoiWh^f 
turn. Targe, who was a great g«oeal6gift^ 
defcanted on the antiquity of certain gentle-* 
men's families in the Highlands, whick he 
afferted were far more hououraWe than 
moft of the noble families either in -Scot- 
land or England. *' Is it not ihanjiefuJ," 
added he, ** that a parcel of muflhroom 
Lords, mere fprouts from the dunghills of 
law or commerce, the grandfons of grocers 
and attornies, fhould take the pas of gentle- 
men of the oldeft families in Europe ?" 

" Why, as for that matter," replied By- 
chanan, " provided the grandfons of gro- 
cers or attornies are deferving citizens, I 
do not perceive why they fhould be ex- 
cluded 



Z E L UjC O.. ^^ 

el\i4f^ ^frtm^ the-kkig^a fnoiirrmbrie thMi 
Qijbier aaqa/* , u - i . 

^ But fome of them never drew a (Wrd 
in dcfoice of either their king or country/' 

rqmdd Xarge. - 

*• Afluredly," laid Buchanan, **men may 
deferve honour and pre-eminence by other 
means than by drawing their fwordfe. I 
could name a man who was no foldier, and 
yet did more honour to his country than all 
the foWi€r-« or lords or lairds of the age in 
which be lived/' 

'* Who was he ?*' faid Targe. 

" The man whofe name I have the ho- 
nour to bear," replied the other i *< the 
Great George Buchanan." 

*' Who ? Buchanan the hiftorian !" cried 
Targe. 

*' Ay, the very fame," replied Buchanan, 
in a loud voice, being now a little heated 
with wine, and elevated with vanity, on 
account of his name. ** Why, Sir,*' conti-^ 
nuccl he, ** George Buchanan was not only 
7 the 



<c 



i6o Z E L U C O* 

the moft learned snaai^ut alfo tllebeft pcteC 
of hk time." 

*• Perhaps he might,'* laid Targe^ coldly* 
** Perhaps !" repeated Buchanan ; ** there 
18 no dubitation in the cafe. Do you re- 
member his defcription of his own country 
and countrymen ?" 

I cannot fay I do/' replied Targe. , 

Then I will give you a fample pf his 
verlification/* faid Buchanan, who imme- 
diately repeated with an enthufi^ftic evd'^^ 
phafts, the following lines from Buchanan^ 
Epithalamium on ihe marriage q^ Fran-t 
cis the Dauphin with Mary Q^ea of 
Scots." 

1\hi pharctratis eft propria gloria Scotis, 
Cingere venatu faltus, fuperare natando 
Flumina, ferre fameoi} coatemnere frigora & aeftuS) 
Nee fofla & muris patriam, fed marte tueri, 
Et fpreta incolumem vita defenderc famam 5 
Polliciti fcrvare iidem, £m£tuinque vereri 
Nurtien amicitiae, mores, non munus 'amare , 
^ Artibus bis, totum fremerunt cum bella per^rbemi 
Nullaque non leges tel^us mutaret ayitas "; v ^ 
Externo fubjefta jugo, gens una vetuftis 

Seclibu% 



2 E^ L' u* d a 

Subftitit hie Gothi furor, hie gravis imp^9 baR^t; 
Saxonis, hie Cimber fuperato Saxonc, et .aeri 
i^ei^temilo Neufc Cimtro.--— • 

*^ i cannot recoiled any more/* 
'*' You have recolledled too much for 
me/* faia Targe ; " for although I was fe- 
veral years at an academy in the Highl^ni^s^ 
yet I muft confefs I am no great Latin 
ftfeblari'^^h 

^^-B6t' the Great Buchanan," fald the 
othfct, <* was the heft Latin fcholar iu Eii- ' 
rb|)e ; ^he wtote that language as well as/ 
Livy c^ Horace/' f - :: ,- 

^* PIKift^notdiiputei^'^ (kid Targe:*' '^ 
** And was over and above a man ht 
the firft-rate genius/' continued Bucl^^Ji, 
with exultation. ^ -« 

^ Well, well, all that may be/' reprre^d 
Targe, a little peqvifliiy, *' but let me t^l 
you one thb^, Mr. Buchanan, if he ebufd 
have fwopl*^ one-half of his genius for a 

♦ To fwop is an old Englifli word ftill ufed in Scotr 
land, fignifying to exchange. 

VoL.IL M little 



1 



i6^ t t'tJ^ CO, 

itmk ;iitere ho^y; $t Hom 4mi^- made 

^hai "flitxmn all his Ls^tln into^hfe baffii^/? 
- »* In what did he'ever &ew i^f^ttt^f 
hohefty ?*^ iaid Biichattan. ''^i^iq ^'5 
" In calumniating and endeayoiirk>g'^%> 
tdttd^n <he reputaficJn of his tightlul fo- 
vertigii, Mary Queen of Scdtsi''' re|iifed 
Targe, '* the moft beautiful ai^-'ycdddi- 
plifeed princefs that ever fat oh 4i tKfone." 
' '*«'Hiave nothing tofayeithet<ag«ftift tier 
beauty or her accompHfhmienti/*' ifcirtfnied 

-B^Kinanj « but furely, IVf^i^Pir^e, 'yoa 
iftitfft'kcknowledgdithat ihe was^tfM^r^ 

-idlM Have a cafe iwhat yoa fey iS*4": mta:- 
■hiptedTatrge. •* MI p€fto$t tiki fiiad'th^t 
'tVer^fOre breectea to fpeak difre^s^QHy 
of lihht unfortunate queeti.'**"''' '•; N 

" No man that ever wore either bfeecliiea 
CT' a 'filibeg*," replied Bu<;htofjMj**'ihall 

^ preveht me froihfp^aking-the ti'ath vfrlien 

''"ITeeoccafiop:.'*'" " '' ''' '•■■'•"''■ ^''''"- '■■ 

• A part of the bighlafld diefs which fcrves inftcad ' 
©f breeches. - ■ ' • ' 

!V Speak 



#r*'f3figm<>^<J -T»rg* k " tiHt I 4|B(?lare that 
i^9ij|i^Pcl iHail Wl«ts»j9ip^ the w^spii)ff._ of 

1lJ»<^iJwa^"^4 .i#4 «aft>rt«t>at« jsrin^efe in 
any prefence, while I ,cwi widd ar clay- 

(oPagm-movv-- '•.■-.■ ■ . 

ui *lij1^rif lEMi feo»ld w:i^ld fifty clayjiKtFep, 
i,yi9iij;ji:attj^ot deny that flie was a Papift," 

' /.loWfli, §ir;' «ried Targe, " whftt,^^? 
-§^^)?S»|J^^ Other peG$)le, of> the rfKgion 
biftiWfe¥:b*P»^W»8.bred,'' ,... ; 

be«o-^qd»: Mr. Targ^/' faftd Bofthfig^j 
^•f^^i^f'i^S^tl know, you may be ^qi adhe- 
3Jft5t|5eift the wof&ipef the fearlet w|jftfe 
•^If^Vifs^'i I flioidd be glad to hi^ycia^t 

point cleared up before w^ proqGte^ fjM^- 

; ■ ; ; ;'* > I^^naot fay that , I underftaB^; ypur 

., dr^t^?^,." replied Tar^e; *' but I am an 

adherent neither of a fcarlet whore, oor.of 

whores of any other colour.'' 

> , .■■'•• '.■'-}_ >■. * 

* The highland broad Avord. -, 

M 2 "If 



i64 Z E L U C O. 

** If that is the cafe," faid Buchanin, 
** you ought not to intereft yourfelf in thd 
reputation of Mary Queen of Scots." 

** I fear you arc too nearly related to the 
falfe fla^derer whofe name you bear,'' faid* 
Targe. 

*' I glory in the name ; and fliould think 
myfelf greatly obliged to any man who 
could prove my relation to the Great George 
Buchanan," cried the other. 

** He was nothing but a difloyal calum-^* 
niator^" cried Targe, ^* who attempted to 
fupport falfehoods by forgeries; which I 
thank heaven are now fully deteded." 

*' You are thankful for a very fmall 
mercy >" refumed Buchanan ; '* but fincQ 
you provoke me to it, I will tell you in 
plain Englifli, that your bonny Queen 
Mary was the (trumpet of Bothwell, and 
the murderer of her hufband.*' 

No fooqer had he uttered the laft fen-^ 
tenccj than Targe flew at him like a tiger j 
and they were feparated with difficulty, by 
Mr. N^ 's groom, who was in the ad- 
joining 



Z E L U C O. 165 

joining chamber, and had heard the aUer- 
cation. 

*' I infift on your giving me fatisfaftion, 
or retraftirig what you have faid againft the 
beautiful queen of Scotland," cried Targe. 

" As for retrading what I have faid/' 
replied Buchanan, " that is no habit of 
mine ; but with regard to giving you fa* 
tisfadion, I am ready for that, to the beft 

,of my ability; for let me tell you. Sir, 
though I ^m not a Highlandman, I am a 

-Scotchman as well as yourfelf, and not en- 
tirely ignorant of the life of the claymore; 

•fo name your hour, and I will meet you to- 
morrow morning.'* 

, '' Why not diredly ?" cried Targe, 

;" there is nobody in the garden to inter- 

cruptus." 

, ** I fhould Rave chofen to have fettled 
fome things fir ft ; but fince youare infuch 
a hurry, I will not balk you. 1 will ftep 
home for my fword, and be with you di- 
redly,^' faid Buchanan. 

Ms 



^ Z E t U G Q. 

^ C H A P. LXV. , 

•■ * -^Et dulcis moriefts remlnifcittir Afgos, 

* , . . - , .•..•.,, r^ 

HP HE Groom interpofed, and eadeavour? 
ed to reconcile the two €nr?iged Scots, 
but without fuccefs. Buchanan fooa a^r 
rived with his fword, and they retired to 
r ^ritite fpot ' in the garden; ^he feroom 
life^ tried to perfuade them to decide their 
d?ffeitnce by fair boxing. This was re- 
j^ed ^ both the champions, as a mode 
6f fighting unbecoming gentlemen; The 
©rddm afferted that the beft gentlemen ni 
England fometimes fought in thaf mariner; 
atidy give as an inftancc a boxi6g lAatch, 
of jwhioh he himfdf 'had been 4 wifh^i 
txe^wjeei^ Lord. G.'^ Gentleman y ae4)^. gentle^ 
f^^^-fepcner at Yofk /racess, libout ihepfide 
9^,^ ^are.' ■ '^ ■•' .•.:-:3 -■■■■■- .;, .j ^.^.,..^tj 
..f 3iit our q^ar^lj" ftlid Taiig^ ^m 
abojij^ th^ reputaficyi^ ;<?tf : a .Que<^.nt \ ; ; / 
,,.^ 20, j/ " That, 



Z E U U C ©: ^ 

^' Thar, for certain,'* replied the Groortti 
** makes a difFerence." 

Bbchanan urUObeatfaed his fmtd. 

^' Areybii ready. Sir?'* crieid Targe. 

«V3J*it;I atri.--CoH^^ fkid 

Biichanarf ; " and the Lord lJ6 with the 

^^'^^^^A?fin^ cried Tal-ge ; arid ttie con- 
l8i£t\began. 

Both , t^ combatants underftpi^ r^thf 
weapofl they fought \ with; and^e^<;h jga^^ 
ried his adyerfary's blows with fuqh d^^ 
rity, that no blood was Ihed for foo^e jt^ime.; 
at length Targe maldpg; ^ feint ^t f^if ^ 
chanan!^ headj gave him fuddenly 2^|?5Wwj 
wound in ik^ thigh. . . , f 

^ t •^ J(ih§ipj5 yi)u are . Oow (enfible i£ yiwir 
cnrprir//f*id Targe, drppping his poiot. \' 

«* I,2ftriijof the fam* opinion I was, -tHei 
Buchanki 5 ** fo keep ytonr guardi*^ 'So 
faying, he advanced naore briikly Wafi eveir 
upon Tafgi; who, a[ftarwardi%'^<^' fe- 
deral ftrobes, j'i^ouftdfid his afafta|6nifl: !af 
^^ ^ '' M 4 fecpnd 



t^i ' Z EX U C Q. 

\ 

fccpfij^ titiiPv Biiqhanan, howeveri fhe^ed 
no difpodtion to lelinquifh the cbmbat} 
but this fecond wound being in the fore- 
head^ and the blood flowing with profufioa 
into his eyes, he could no longer f(je dif- 
tindly^ but was obliged to flouriftx his 
fword at random, without being able tp 
perceive the movements of his adverfary, 
who, clofiog with him, became matter of 
his fwordj 2tnd with the fame effort threw 
him to the ground ; and ftanding over him, 
he faid, " This may convince you, Mr. 
Buchanan, that your's is riot the righteous 
eaufe; you are in my power, but I will' 
adl as the Queeq whofe character I defend 
would order, were flie alive. I hope you 
. ^ will live to repent of the injuftice you have 

done to that amiable and unfortunate Prin- 
cefs. He then affifted Buchanan to rife. 
Buchanan made no immediate anfwer; but 
T^rhen he faw Targe affifting the Groom to 
ftop the blood which flowed from his 
■pounds, he faid, ** I muft acknowledge, 

Mr, 



Z E L U"C O. i6^ 

Mr. Targe, that you behave like a gentle- 



inan. 



After the bleeding was in fome degree 
diminiflied by the dry lint, which the 
Groom, who was an excellent farrier, ap- 
plied to the wounds, they affifted him to 
his chamber ; and then the Groom rode 

away to inform Mr. N of Vhat had 

happened ; but the wound becoming more 
painful, Targe propofed fending ' for a 
furgeon. Buchanan then (aid. That the 
furgeon's mate, belonging to one of the 
f]bip*s of the Britifli fquadron then in the 
Bay, was, he believed, on fhore j and as 
he was a Scotfman, he would like to emb- 
^ploy him rather than a foreigner. Having 
mentioned where he lodged, one of Mr. 

N -s footmen went immediately for 

him. He returned foon after, faying, That 
the furgeon's rnate was- not at his lodging, 
nor expected for fome hours ; " But I will 
go and bring the French furgeon,'* conti- 
nued the Footman. 

*' I thank 
«7 



rjo Z E L U CO. 

, :Vr^fli*ijk y<»iv,M«J< Thpmas," fe|^Bu- 
cb^iiijini ' " bat I WiHl b^ve patieaKlfr till myt 
own country mail return*.'* > ' • 

' »* HfcMtiiay not rrturn-for a lari^' ttme," 
ftttfc'Fliflmas. •* Yoiihad bcO'let menitt- 
ft* -the French forgeon, i^ho tb^ iirji' 
hwi^Mat deal ofOdW." < '; 

' ** I* am much obliged to you, Mr . Tho- 
ina«/' luided Buchanan; ** but neither*/ 
Frenc^maa nor Spanifhman (halt drefs iny^, 
wounds^ when a Scottifhman is tq be fouo^f 
for love or money.** . . 

•• They are to be found for the^oQC jor 
the other, as I am credibly informed,., 
in 4npfl: parts of the world/* f^id Tb^^ 
mas. , 

*^^^^ piy countrymen,** replied Bucha- 
nai^^ ,^*'^ are 4iftinguifhed for Jetting, flip no 
means of improvement, it would be ycTy 
ftrapg^^if many qf them <iid npt wfe^ that 
of i^^vcilling,'' ]W^v Thomas. 

" It would ' be veryiflrange, indeed! I 

owo^j^,^niaid the Eoojoian* - ^ ^ 



Z E L U G d. iji 

'^'hij^ arc you certatln of ttiit yeung 
maa'i MW tti his buflbefs when he' ^^i 
come?*' (aid Targfe > - 

/* I cQiifefs I hai?f b»4 na opportti^f to 
k»aw any tiding pi ^bi* ftiH/' iiaflwtei^d 
J^h^ii^i; '' but I know for certain^thtl^ 
he is fpriing from very rQfpcfl;»ble p?opl^v 
His father is a Minifter of the Gofpelj and 
It 18 not likely that his father's fon will be 
deficient in the profelfion to which he wa&, 
ht^d/" \ ' ■ Z' '^-^ 

^ '^ tt'would be fliU lefs likely had ^e'foiT 
been bred to preaching,'* faid Targe. ^ 

^^mi^' h true/* replied Budliaiian; 
*'^fettM£te no doubt bf the youflg mnPs ! 
flcIltV'he feems to be a very douce^tia; 
it will be an encouragement to him to fee 
that T'j^refer him to anothef, ahd ano a 
cdnifHft' to me to be attended by toy couri-' 
tryman?*' -^- ■ " - -^^-^ 

feid Thomas, " Iwiwilli exptoA I© 1*^flfcl 

for hisb^p^sfek a8^)lid^/»a«®lhteh-^ ^J 

* Douce, a Scettift ek^^t^ifi' n^ 
^d \fiLiell-dirpofed« 

'- ^ [[ Affuredly/: 



172 Z E L U C O. 

" Afluredly,'* faid Buchanan ; ** but it was 
always a maxim with me, and fhall be to 
my dying day, that -we fliould give our 
own fifli-guts to our own fea-mews.** 

" Since you are fo fond of your own 
fea-mews/' faid Thomas, " I am furprifed 
you were fo eager to deftroy Mr. Targe 
there." 

*^ That proceeded from a difference in 
politics, Mr. Thomas," replied Buchanan, 
*' in which the beft of friends arc apt to 
have a mifunderflanding ; but though I am 
a Whig and he is a Tory, I hope we are 
both honefl: men ; and as he behaved ge-^ 
neroufly when my life was in his power, I 
have no fcruple in faying, that lam forry 
for having fpoken difrefpedlfully of any 
perfori, dead or alive, for whom he has an 
efteem/' 

^ *' Mary Queen of Scots acquired the 
efteem of her very enemies,'' refumed 
Targe; " the degance and engaging fwect- 
oefs of her manners wei:e irrefiftible to 

every 



Z E L U C O. 173 

every heart that was not fteeled by pre- 
judice or jealoufy." 

** She is now in the hands of a Judge,*' 
faid Buchanan, ** who can neither be fe- 
duced by fair appearances, nor impofed on 
by forgeries and fraud." 

*^ She is fo, Mr. Buchanan,'* replied 
Targe; *' and her rival and accufers are in 
the hands of the fame Judge." 

*' We had beft leave them all to his 
juftice and mercy then, and faiy no more 
on the fubjed," added Buchanan; *^for if 
Queen Mary's conduit on earth was what 
you believe it was, fhe will receive her re- 
ward in heaven, where her adlibns and fuf- 
ferings are recorded." 

" One thing more I will fay," rejoined 
Targe ; ** and that is only to afk of you. 
Whether it is probable that a woman, whofe 
confcience was loaded with the crimes im- 
puted to her, could have clofed the varied 
fcene of her life, and have met death with 
fuch ferene and dignifkdi courage, as Mary 
did?*' . 

** I always 



174 Z E IL U C CX 

«f I dhfniy^ tjirrmtA that k lift rwvfel 
fcenc^" replied BuchiDiUi wIkjt jvfi^ m^«4 
hj iImS recoJledloii of Mfiry*« biHli«ifiK)virott 
the (cafFold ; ^' and I will freely ac^ac^wf-" 
h^9t that the moft iiiAocent p^i^ibn ,t|b^t 
ever lived, or the greateft hef o TeGprd^d |a 
hi&mjf could OQt face death with greater 
cpQA|x>rure than the Queen of Scptl^nd; 
fht iupported thf d^nitj of a Q^eeo^ 
ffbilfr ihe difplayed the xnecknefs oC li 

f* I am eatcecdiogly forryv my de*r 
fuiendf for tiie nifunderftanding tha4: ha{)^ 
pened between ust" faid Targi^ affej^ionato- 
}yy and holding fbrth his band iiit token c^ 
iiewnciliation ; and I am now wiJilng rt0 
1iid4c^ye» th»t your friend Mr. Qeqrgj? Bu- 
chanan was a very great poet, and nnde^^ 
ilood Latin as well as any man aliisfe,'' 

J3ere the two friends fhopk hands wi^ti 
the utmoft cordiality } but Targe, obferving 
that Buchan^a's face feemed a little pale» 
2ind that the w<Mind in his thigh hkd pro- 
fofely^ through the dreffings, begged that 

♦ he 



Z E L U G O* f75 

Jh* ^oi^y ' allow fomendther ftirgeoattd*bc 

if He did not he woul^ cettainlf bleed <o 
death.' ^ ^^^'- - • ^ ^ '• . ' ■ ': -■ ■ 
Buchaaao Jbaviog rebuked Thomas jfoir 
(V^earing^V^^dded, ^* Yoit know, or at' k^d 
6Ught to know, Thomas, that let himWikd 
%^he pleafes, no man can die till hisitlt&c^ 
^«co»fe J but even if I were to die of thi? 
^otitid, I fhould be forry that the laft aft 
of my life was that of preferring a foreigner, 
iiot only to a countryman, but to one B6rn 
i& the fame parifli withmyfelf, whicl^ thil 
youftg man was. As for Mr. Targe bera, 
4 take y da to witnefs, that I declare hirn 
4hno<itnt, happen what may.'* As be proi- 
ikkinced thefe words, the young furjgcbn, 
'who had been fo long expeded, entered 
the chamber^ and having examined Bucha- 
iiinV wounds, and made proper applica- 
tions, he 'ftrongly enjoined his patient to 
keep quietly in his room for fome time, 
^^ithour attempting to walk, otherWllethe 
%ound In his thigh w61jfld be very tedious 
3x: ia 



1 



176 Z E L U C O. 

in healing ; and there might even be fome 
rifk of a fever/* And the patient agree- 
ing to follow his injundions, the furgeon 
promifed him a fpeedy cure. 

Mr. N and Captain Seidlits heard 

vnih fatisfadion the prognoftic of the fur- 
geon ; and vrerc equally aftdnifhed and 
entertained v?hen they v^ere informed of 
the caufe and circumfiance3 of thiii^'afrel. 



7, ■'/ / -:.'■' 



n- 



Z E L U C O. 177 



CHAP. LXVI. 

— — ^Pfeicet impares 

Animos fub juga ahenea 
Mittere. HoR, 

npHAT courfe of diffipation in' which 
Laura was involved for a confiderable 
time after the arrival of her brother and 
Carloftein, was by no means agreeable to 
the natural turn of her mind, yet it cer- 
tainly was of fervice to her in her prefent 
fituaiioD. An unremitting fucceffion of 
balls, afTemblies, operas, and other public 
entertainments, however they may be pp- 
preffivc to thofe who enjoy domeftic hap- 
pinefsy are relaxations from domeftic 
roifery^ 

The difpofitions of Zeluco and of Laura 
fcarcely touched in a fingle point ; it was 
impoffible therefore that there could be 
any cordial adhefion or agreement between 

Vol. H. N them: 



I7« . Z E L u c a 

them: he was vain and oftentatious, flic 
modeft; he was diffembling, fhe open ; he 
was malicious^ fhe candid : fome of his 
pleafures were of fo ^ojfs a nature that the 
mere mention of them was fhocking to her; 
the gentle afFe£tions of iht heart, 4he emo- 
tions of filial affe£kion, the glow of friend- 
fhip, the efFufions of gratitude, and melt- 
ings of compaffion, which alternately de- 
lighted and afflicted, but always occupied 
the feeling foul of Laura, were fentiment$ 
of which Zeluco had hardly any idea. 

Neither did the mod fublime beauties of 
nature, the moft exquifite imitations of 
art, or -the works of genius of any kind, to 
all of which flie was feelingly alive^, afford 
any enjoyment to the mind of Zeluco j al- 
though from vanity and affeCtatioh he 
pretended to admire fome of them^ and had 
made himfe|f matter of the common cant 
of virtu. Zeluco, in fhort, had no tafte inr 
common with Laura ; fo that this ill afforted 
pair could not carry on a converfation iri- 
lerefting to both oa any one fiibjea. It 

is 



Z E L U C O. 179 

ifi Iruci Lauu had wwrVikcd btm ; all djat 
Fathef Pedro had reported in his fevour^ 
joined to ithe good opinioa of her mother, 
were not fufficieat to overcome the badimr 
prefficm ihe had early formed of Zeluca; 
bm till AiQ aSually becacne his wife, fiic 
isottld fiprm na adequate notion of a.characf 
tcr YfhQ^ depri^vity developed to her abr 
horriogv heart naore and more every hour. 

Ais foon a6 Laura's beauty had become 
famtliar, and of courfe. began to pall on 
the jaded fenfes of Zeluco, fhe ioft, in hk 
ey^j Jh(€ oply $ttra^ipn fhe bad ever pof- 
feffed; fpr he vi^as i^apabk of deriviBg 
fyi\sS»^on £r]Q«n aoy of her numerous aci- 
qompliO^ments, aj^d the purity of her 
mind equally abominated his converfatioa 
^Ad bift taftes. He foAight in venal beauty, 
3P.d m yariety^ the pleafure which he na 
longer had ia the chaiie charms of I^aura : 
the coqfequeoce of ihi^ p.urfuit wa^ tcdi- 
p^s intervals of .emui^ ^nd its never. hxU 
ing coiQpaiii^i) ill-humour; for what he 

N 2 the 



i8o Z E L U C O. 

the evil that opprefled him. Wretched 
himfelf, he could not fupport the fight of 
the happinefs of others, and particularly 
nothing provoked hiiu fo much as the idea 
of his wife's being in a ftaie of coropofure^ 
while he felt himfelf tormented with ma- 
llgnant paffions ; and he often endeavour* 
cd to exhauft the virulence which corroded 
his own breaft upon the unhappy Laura, 
who, before her marriage, ha4. never 
Jcnown but from defcription what envy (x 
ill-humour were* , 

fl^rdi however, and painful to, fiuppprt 
jiS bifi ill-humours were, it appeared, apt fo 
difgufting to Laura as the 6ts of fpvkdp^ 
for her with which he was occafipq^lly 
^feized j and fuch was the unfuppoitabte 
4Saprice of the nian, that his fondn^s 
was fometimes difplayed immediately 
after having infulted her with the n>oft 
unprovoked ill-ufs^e. On thofe . occafKuis 
he was an obje£k of horror to her, ajid 
had what flie fi|ffcr?d been Ifnpwn, this 
beautifttl woman> wjbo fhone at every public 

place 



2 E L u c o; lii 

place of entertainment in all the brilliancy 
of diamonds and of equipage, would have 
been an obje£l of univerfal compaflkiri, ' 

In the mean time, the opportunities which 
Carloftein daily had of feeing and converf- 
ing with Laura, convinced him that the 
beauty and elegance of her. face and ^er- 
fon were equalled by her good fenfe and 
other mental accomplilhments. She, on 
her parV, thought him the moft engaging 
of men, and felt a warmer approbation of 
him than of any other man whofe good 
qUalitiej^ had ever before attraded^^er 
eftt^tnv; *She was confcious of a real friend- 

^M^fbt Mr. N , and had the higheft 

i>pini6ti^<>f the worth of his character ; biit 
^he ferttiments which (he now experienced 
for Gai^oftfein were of a ftill more ifit^reft^ 

ing nattfre. When Mr. N vifited her, 

Ihe* Way pleafed the moment flie faw hlttx 
efiter the' -room; but if he did not tcri^ 
When'tttptfted, the difappointment d?d not 
fo {2itKfF^& the natural theerfdlneft bf her 
tempet", "^8 to prevent Tier froiii chfjoying 
N 3 other 



i82 Z E L U C O. 

(nher 6t>nipany. But if the fame happen- 
ed with refpedt to Carloftein, if any ac- 
cident prevented his coming wheri there 
^a^ reafon to ekped him, her real cheer- 
" fulnefs fled, aftd nothing but an afFefted' 
fubftitute femaitied with her for the reft 
of the evening. 

Alarmed at this, and fenfible of the im- 
propriety of an attachment which was gra- 
dually gaining upon her : " Ah ! let me 
banifh this man from my thoughts,'* faid 
Ihe often to herfelf ; •* let me remember 
that I am the wife of another **'— This im- 
mediately brought the image of that other 
before her mind^s eye, in all the deformity 
of vice ; and the contraft was fo ftriking, 
and fo much in favour of him whom fhe 
thought it a duty to forget, that he was 
prefted nearer to her heart by the very 
efforts fhe made to remove him; and the 
more fhe flruggled, the deeper was the 
hook from which fhe wifhed to difengage 
herfelf fixed in her vitals. 

After 



Z E L U C O: 183 

After rcmaimng fcvcral months at Naples, 
and feldoni paiBng a day without being in 
companry with Laura, Carloftein had noc 
ventured to give a hi^at of his paffion, but 
bad endeavoured to conceq^l it from her^ 
and the reft of the world, as mueh as het 
could : while ihe> on her part, behaved 
^ith fuch cirG»infpe<2ion, that neither her 
mother, brother, Signbra Sporza, nor any 
other acquaintance, had an idea of hec 
having any particular attachment to Carlo-^ 
ilein. Even Zcluco, though cUrfed with a 
jealous temper, ever on the watch, and 
convinced that he never had poffefled the 
afFedions of his wife, harboured no parti- 
cular fufpicion of Carloftein, 

How well fo ever Laura and Carloftein 
fucceeded in concealing their fcntiments 
from th^ reft of the world, they failed with 
regard to each other. Laura had too much 
penetration not to perceive that fhe occu- 
pied the attention of Carloftein in an un- 
common degree -, and (he fometimea re- 
marked this on occafions when a lefs acute 
N 4 or 



^,$4 ZTEDIDUJCfCS 

Qibk&iteteieficid; obfiorwr mould c himib^ 
apt to think that (he engaged his atteixtiakv 
lefs. than any other perfon in c^p^^y. 
While his behayi(>¥r, to hef, iq t^i^^ ^^yea of 
9thersj / appeared uniform ami. upvajrifd, 
bec^ufe it was always refpedful yj^ pcr^^ 
ceiyed a variety of (hades in his cqndufik 
in ber prefeiice, which depended, ia fome 
dqgyf^,,pn the compiiny prefent, yet^way^ 
b^m9oifed with the humour ft^Jfejftwed^ (;« 
)i)!?in.. _■■ . t .^.v,:--. 

- T)?e fex in general are very penctnatifig 
^jnjtbis fubj€<a, and it rarely happens that ^ 
jj^aiifis lincerely iri love with a.qwomanV 
j^'f^h^t his paflion's being known to her 
]bf %;^ he is fully convinced of it ; hi nrfeMl; 
I^o^yvithftanding that Garloftein .iherefoue 
b^iL^n^ver faid a fyUable on the fiibj^fttif 
ioyt ta Laura, nor h^d prefumed to ihdi* 
Cieftetany fucfe fentii^netit by his lobk^, ^i* irk 
any ipartfeulat^ deviated' from that' ^elitacy 
of befeiviour due to awoniah ' <if 'i^irtiie i 
flifi: wais as fully cdnviiiced of Ms Wtfacfr- 
mittt toi her, perbips rtiore, tbah' ff he 
'• had 



ZiE>liiUICH(K #% 

•"^^H^'Siire'thah J)robk!)le, ttiat Carfeftein 
^d idnil^ea alfe that lie Was not an ob- 
j^Qf oF^iidti^rence to ;her; for althougti 
ffleife are accounts of ladies who, while 
they art paffionatcly forid of their f^etsj 
ftiSafe ¥hein btlicve, for years together,' tlh^t 
ffi^i^obtd not endure them, it m aft be 
tdllt*6*^»dged that thefe examples ■ kf e 
of tener found in romances than in life,' arid 
^ecrifouad^ in real life they afFbt^ a 
ftifodger proof of the lady's prid« and- the 
Joirim^/paffibn, than of the good fthfe of 
citheri nFor bur behaviour, in all refpeds, 
froto ! things of the grcateft importanfce td 
tcifles^ ifit in fpire of ourfelves, different to 
tbo^e who engage our affedions, fpom what 
it is to ^c^ry other perfon ; and the very 
effpfj^^cbeh^ve iri the 4me manner to the 
be)iQ1i^^4 plpjed-as to Qthers, difcoverato an 
apu^^j pbi^r^^r what ia meant to bi ton- 
cealed^ for laltbougb iove is often iimulat- 
.(f4 by thofc wha have it apt, it is more dif- 
ficult 



1 



t^ Z E L U C Oe 

fkult to conceal it where it really exifla ; 
Carloftein, therefore, ought not to be ac- 
cufcd of vanity or prefumption^ ii^ flatter- 
ing himfelf with no common fhare of the- 
good opinion of Laura.' 

But he was not more fully convinced of 
her partiality for himfelf, than of her dif*^ 
like to her hufband 'r which Laura endea^ 
voured with equal care and as little fuccefs^ 
to hide. Such, however, was his venera- 
tion for the chara£ler of Laura, that he pre- 
fumed as little from the certainty of the 
latter as from his hopes of the former; in- 
deed, he could hardly allow himfelf to wiflv 
for a fuccefs which he could not enjoy but 
at the expence of the future peace of mind 
of the perfon he loved ; and if he ever per- 
mitted himfelf to fuppofe that the woman 
he fo greatly admired might have a mo- 
ment of weaknefs, fuch was his notion of 
her difpofition and principles, that he was 
convinced it would be followed by ever- 
lafting remorfe on her part, and of courfe 
by mifery on his; for he could not hope 

that 



Z E L U t O, ji;^ 

that all her partiality for him, or all the 
fophiftry he could ufe, would perfuade a 
woman of real virtue and dignity to live in 
a manner ineonfiftent with both. 

If, in confequence of thefe reflexionst 
Carloftein bad withdrawn bimfelf entirely 
from a connection of fuch a dangerous ten- 
dency, he would no doubt have a£led a 
more prudent part ; — but having no delight 
equal to that of converdng with Laura, ncJ 
wifli on leaving Iyer company but that of 
meeting her again, the effort waS aiboV6 
his p6we!r ;-^all he could do was to endea- 
vour to hide a pafTiort which he was unable 
to fubdUe. 



j8^ Z E L U C Oi 



CHAP. LXVir, 

B n'y a point de deguifcment qui puifle long-temps 
cachcr Tanniour oii ilcft, ni Ic feindre ou il n'cft pas,' 

RoCHfiFOl^CAULT. 

TT 18 not improbable that the fentiments^ 
which Carloftein and Laura mutually, 
entertained of each other would have bieeii 
difcovered by Zeluco, had not his fufpl- 
cions been fixed on another obje<9tj for, 
libtwithffanding the candid beha^idnr of 
his wife, when he fpoke to her cohcernfng 
the Nobleman, as was mentioned \above, 
tli6 fparks of jealoufy which gldW^d'^Hi 
^leliico'^s bread had never been entirely 
extinguifhfed, but were rekindled more 
fiercely than eveir on' the retafn 6( ttiat 
Kobremaii from Rome. ^ ' ' ' " 

"As Laura now appeared at all puttie 
places', he had frequent opportunities of 

accofting 



Z E L U.C Q, 

accofting her; and although flie received 
his compliments with an air of great re- 
ferve, yet he omitted no occafion of ad- 
drefling her. 

' One evening ih pairticular, at a very 
numerous aflembly, Laura being in com- 
pany v^riih Signora Sporza, her huflband, 
h^r l)i:pther, and Carloftein; this Noble- 
man no fooner faw her than he made up to 
Zelucp's party, and as ufual direfited |iij^ 
whole affiduity to Laura. Zeluco pbfervel 
tj[iw,withf)^f)^^^ rage, 2ind apparent ^q^^- 
h^jc^uy^^r Laura alone difcerned the hi^r^ir 
csinf i^ J[^is heart through all the funftuqc 
of ^lis^cpiuntenance. — She rofe to ,wjth-r 
d^s^w— the Nobleman oflFered his h?ind-r?j 
ih.e feeding not to obferve his mptipiiji 
turned to her hu{band> who dcfired, Carr 
Jpftf;ija to h^nd her to her carriage. She 
immediatjely prefented her hand to him, 
an^ th,P Nobleman feized it.— ^** I beljqy^ 
Signor/' faid Carloftein, ** the lady^^^^^ 
tended me the honour."— At that Jnftant 
Laura withdrawing her hand ffom the 

other 



J90 Z E L U C O* 

other to prevrat farther difpute, t^ok hold 
of Zeluco's arm, begging him to a^com^ 
pa^y her to her carriage, ^hich he did^ 
and drove home. 

When theaffembly broke up, as the Noble- 
man prelTed acrofe thcCorridof in fome hurry 
towards his carriage^ his legs were £Dr a 
rrjoment crofled by the fword of Carloftcin, 
who jinftantly loofened it from his belt, mak- 
ijRg m apology ; the other, vvithout paying 
any regarjd to this, puflied forward, fay- 
ing, in an imperious tone, ** Make wayi 
Sin"— *' Make you way. Sir,'' cried Car- 
loftein, provoked at his iufolei^oe, aftd 
pu&ing hi«n to ojie fid^e^ The NoWemca 
drew and made a lounge at Carlofteifl, 
whofe fworid being in his haijd, h? put 
afide the thruft, and returning it, hit bis 
antagoniii fmartly near the eye with th? 
point of the undrawn fword, and with a 
jerk threw the Nobleman's fwprd cjuite 
out of his hand. 

Carloftein thea walked calmly to his ^cHfra 

«irria§?, where he fo^d Sigoora Spof i^ 

7 and 



and Captslln Seidlks, who^ inftead c^goin^ 
d^eifMy to Zduco's^ where they were to 
fop, propofed driving a little to enjoy the 
refrefliing breeze from the bay, to which 
Garloftein affented^ without faying a word 
<rf what had juft happened. 

Meanwhile one of Zeluco's fervants 
having heard an imperfed account of the 
fquabble, haftily entered the room where 
Madame de SeidlitB^ Laura, and Zeluco 
were, telling them, *' That the Nobleioan 
and'Carloftein had fought, that one of theam 
was defperately wounded, and the other 
killed on the fpot:" 

•^* Which of them is idlkd ?'' faid Zc- 
luco. 

" I cannot lell," faid the fervant; ^' all 
I know for certain is, that one of them is 
^ad.'' 

" <5o aad leann which, blockhead,", 
cried 2ieIuco. 

As the fervaut went out, Carlofteia eiir 
ttfcd wkh Sig!m>ra Spor^a aad Captain 
'SeidllUi bvK Law^a^s fpiritd utdtrm^nt 

fuch^ 



19^ Z^EDIUUiCIOK 

Ugmie^ that aftei! ftniggling fiirfiMBrtlna 
toihiia her ematiDQ»ihefaddeol]i Abitsd^iai^ 
f(feU from her chflttn^ BeiiigcarQMMliQ^hdif&t* 
continued greatly ditmlered^ uid^eitea'al'l^ 
kcr mother had scquamted bcf witfetii€^ trait 
ilate of the cafe, which ihe4lid/ia>fooil at 
jptie was herielf informed of it,. JL^uu^j^as 
oat aWie to ftir abrp»4 for ntfitifi ^ftjfe.,; i/; 
Xawa. haying fainted JHft aftifiapk^ftqiW 
appQarod> Zeluco'e jealous tQQipr(b. ^emrif 
re^dy.to put the wprft conAru^ioo^icwiiM^ 
RiQJ^ inaocent oc^u/rence, . imp*itff^t,(J)^. 
beii^gib violently njffeaied to her fnifASiii^ 
fjTQip^ the fervanta account thatil;^^ d^U^i 
m^u was the perfon killed, andjber t^sjg, 
cpq^med in that fufpiQioQ wh^^i^^^2^; 
Car^^^ein enter the rpoui in gpo^ihejiUk^Ui 

Thia very idea was a fufficieftt italbd 4tf' 
render 2>luco fondorthah 6tw wi^CkkUf^^ 
fte»!s company J he iq^ied hifi-vcry f*. 
^^ily to bia honTet becaule lie ^levghCi 
tl||«fhisprcfcncc.wa6 flatly diftgreeableto 
hi« wife; and thia kkft^AesBcd tbe mwe 

Iprobable 



z E njujcia t^3 

piidhi(bi^ iM Lafira» 4>diig CQ^^ 
fiea^icmfinf her fakifingi; wd^'cA^iikBtiy 
AMDcr ; conffiriit^ aod .^mbar rafled : e4 fats 
Qdhi^y'tkm &e faa4 formerly been^ £ik 
wfakb 2oltKXi imputed to her averfioa to 
lliat gdarfemaa on account of hh quarrel 
mth the Nobleman. 

i -He^^^ tohfined to his room for feveral 
weeks with iin intlaiiimation which came oa 
hk 8y^)^ and fome of his friends were ita- 
pradear endugh to vapour a little about h|a^ 
dftttr^siiMWfoft of calling Carloftein tO' ttW 
accfeukt itsiibon as he was fully rece^eredv^ 
Qirt(^i^il# who was of a cool teittpe^i* 
toolc iro ahkiie of thefe, being refolveS^tci^ 
ri^Ulate l^is conduct by the behavidii^^%^P 
the Nc^leman himfelf, and not by that? df 
his ^^i^i0U# friends ; but Captain S^dlit^ 
who mm o€ a mwc fietyu difpofition,! Aid 
not bfchanf vkh tbe faaie mederation. i x 

M sn: CfShoB^nj where the Captain w^irl^ 
t)M: OQ«feer£fii<m turaed oil the quarrel; # 
fijeaii^f ^ No^eisamVfa^ne a p^eAlnlli*' 
tioi^ of ^ nsnet iavMir^Uik for hiv^ f^m- 

Voit^lL Q was 



ww-^ppofiftent wiih: truth: *^ I am c©n-» 
yi^et^," faid Sei41its, ** you have nqt i:c- 
peiye^that account of the ras^tter frono^ th^ 
3>Jpblem*n hiaifelf, for he I^nowp that ii; 
Ji^ppqped y,ery di(feremly." — ** Do you no| 
jfllo.w.," faid the other, " that the Baron'^ 
fword was in the fcabbard ?''— r'' I do/' re- 
plied Seidlits. — ^* ^t was highly infulting 
then/' faid the other, " to makeufeofit , 
in tha^ftate; why did he not draw it?"—? 
^' It was a prefent from the king, his 
mafter," replied Seidlits; " my friend ha?' 
a high value for that f^jvord, and does not 
like to draw it onjlight occafions.'* Here, 
contrary to the expcdation of fome of the 
pompany, the converfation dropp^p^Sut 
it was afterwards repeated to Laura. '^' 
The next time fhe faw her brother, flie 
blamed him for making fo haughty an 
ahfwer; adding, that it might haye bad 
confequences.-—*' I am forry to have done 
what you difapprove of, my dear fifter/* 
laid Seidlits ; ". but as for the confcquencev 
l r.egai'd them ryot, and I am fure Carlofttin 

If garda them- as little as I dq/V ' 

?5 S5gnora 



Z E L U c o; tf^ 

Sigttt^a Sporza, who Ivith MItvN-^^*-* 
was the drily other perfon prefenti oMiJnr^d 
to Seidlits, *' That h^ mi]ght, if hepleifcd, 
^efpife the open refentmeht of a fair eneihyi 
but he would do Well to remember, that m 
the cbuatry where they were, there was a 
mode of aVenging injuries which his fridnd 
Garloftein tDught to be on his guard agaiiifti 
otherwife than by relying on courage 
alone/* She hinted at the fame time, ttiat 
the;re was a greater rifk of a vengeance of 
the latter kind from the Nobleman and his 
relat^9ns, than of that which Captain Seid* 
lits^ fpemed fo much to defpife. 
. Laurfi Jleft the room abruptly when thi^ 
remark w?ts made, but not before Signora 
Spprzf obferved her chaoge colour, and ap- 
pear greatly agitated* This was the firft 
time that Signora Sporza had any fufpicion 
of l,au«!$ partiality far Carlofteinj Mr. 
N— ~r- h^ conceived fomc^ notion of it a 
few day® before, from an incident hot 
worth mehtioriing, and which would have 
cfeaped the obfervation perhaps of any 
O 2 Other 



i^, Z E L u c a 

other perfon. He found a pretext for with- 
drawing foon after Laura left the roomi 
and upon her return, Signora Sporza was 
confirmed in her fufpicioas, for in fpite of 
the pains which Laura had taken to wafh 
away the traces of tears^ it was plain ihe 
had been crying. 












z £ L tr c o. 'xff' 

C H A P. L^tVIII. ' - ' 

NaiiA tibi cum factfe m6res^ kiattir a pudicos, ^ ^^^V/ * 
£t raras dotes ingeniumque dedit» PY?.??,. «^ 

HP H E words which had fallen from 
Signora Sporza, concerning the re- 
fentmcnt of the Nobleman who had been 
hurt by Cirloftein, and the mode of re- 
venge be might adopts made a lafting im- 
preffion on Laura. She thought Carlofteia 
in the greateft danger of being fecretly 
murdered, if he were not openly called to 
the field ; fhe confidered herfelf as the ori- 
ginal caufe of the hazard to which he was 
expofedy and which fhe feared was in- 
creafed by the imprudence of her brother: 
her imagination dwelt on the horrors that 
might enfue. 

Zeluco one evening faid to her, that he 

had an inclination to go the following day 

O 3 to 



j^ips ,z ^ ^ V c o. 

to JPus^zolii and to crof$ the bay between 
that town and Baia ; and as ihe bad e:c*- 
pr^flfed a defire to fee the Ponte de Cali- 
gula^^the baths of Nero, the tomb of Agrip- 
pina» and the other ruins of that feat of 
andent liucury> he would take her with 
hirt. Laura affented* But going to bed 
with her thoughts brooding over the fame 
tr^^ii of reflexions which had rnfefled bfr 
j^if?d for fome days paft, Ihe dr^^^unt of 
Ar^TOS and aflaffination the whqteToighl. 
Slie fometimes thought fhe bchel^ Cartor 
%iri ftretchcd on the ground, .j^le.ja^pd 
bloqdlefey— -at other times the bl|(?pd,^eP3,^(^ 
t^ J|pw from a recent wound lj).i^i»Ji^f 
an4 1 as ; often as ike flooped : to ^^^d ^ hip 
afl^j^anoe^ fhe imagined that her. h^^ani}' 
preyeiited her by tierrifying looks .and ^^ 
fUUjing, language. Thofe vifionstdifordpre^ 
her fo much, that fhe^^fqlyed ijiejs^trpornt 
Ipjg tg,d?aUne the proppfed jaunt to Paz-* 

J5{pe tiflje aft?fv f^^^rofe^ ?#W i%^ 
h§r j^prd^ that (^j^aj^ 5eid|]^^ I>^ 

. < waited 



± E L ij b b. H^^ 

^^\vaTt^ M her at breakfaft. Tlie ^'pt^ 
' had^ ii'dcidentally caFlied fearlifer thari ' lifual j 
and as Fobn as his fifter entered the robitti 
life told her that he and^atlofteih irittritled 
to accbni]pany Zeluco and her to Baia.^Iiaui-** 
tA endeavoured to excufe herfelf. ** Wh^t 
i^ the matter now," faid Zeluco; ** you fiad 
hOobjfeftion laft night?" She ftiHwilhfcd 
ib^ dedliiife going ; biit Zduco fufpedting 
that Ifet cJtily reafon was becaufe Carloftisih 
Wa4 '(if Vh6 party, determined thatfhey*i?«/i^ 
go. ^eafid Laura went in the carriage 
^cfoi^?fi^ly, Seidlits and Carlofteiri accfoni- 
ffitriy^gthent on horfeback. After ^l?;ratl- 
derihg'^itae time along this beautiful cbaft^ 
Zduco told SeidlitSj he would leadhim to 
fee fothkhihg peeuliady curious ; "biit^isrit 
was at fbrhe diftance, and difficult ofacccfs^ 
he begged' of Carloftein to remain Mdi 
I^uratHFft their return, ^ ^ 

Seidfit^' agreed to the pfopofal, bfefeaaiS 
bethought it would be agreeable to Hid 
Mer tb^t^^'cntertained during this IBteHral 
by his friend: Zeluco itiade it, beciufe he 
O 4 thought 



.apcy Z E L'TJ C'CX. 

4ykCTfi^%^^P ^ hex f ! Laqra Ma/AjiW wicJi 

, . ,^^p Zc^uco apji tti€ Ca^t<M^>lf fM^»| 
they walked flowly on without confif3^tjp|;, 
where they went, and without excl\apging 
a word, till they arrived at a fl>ady fea^, 
from which the various beautifjs around 
might be feen to advantage; — her^e Psirlprr 
flein expreffed a fear that (he w?i?, i^l4,gi»c4 
tvith walking. She immediately fat <Jo?¥i^* 
and he placed himfelf at her fide. 

Carloftein and Laura, thus unexpededly 
feated together, feemed entirely aSforbed in 
rifl^s^lob, and as regardlefs of the fdblime 
aWd lij.^uriou8 fccne before their eyes, is if 
they had been blind; their mutual coh- 
ftiiaifif was fo great, that neither wiasca* 
pal)le 0f expreffing a diftinia idea. Ga^-* 
Idileffi made feveral efforts to begin a cofi-^ 
^^^i^fefion^ which prdce^ed'ed no ferthfei^ than 
oiit aaniritet^eftitig queftion and anfwerj 
liitft-a had been fo teirified with the Atekms 
of the preceding night, that fhe could think 

or 



or f|8fel5^ief :^dthiiig btft-Wbat' they fUggfefti-' 
dt-'-^^^Th^Sfdefs ah<l liliiiit temper 'dfSfi»^r 
brothe^^dii^lfeted het V^y mtich'; s^^'^Kei 
^ki^'4ttm& foftae thifchief frbdi'iliat 

^* Vikat^ Sir," faid ffie, making a great 
eifdftWlDi-eak the faience, and forcing a 
foiile, islf the fear fhe expreffcd had'not 
Been lef lous ; ^* I fear you have an itti'- 
priidfeiit friend in ray brother/* 



js^ 



;\U'^ 



"** Madam !^' cried Carloftein, with, fur- 
prife. * .^ 

]f-ai|ra repeated what (he had faid, ; ,,, ^ 



liZC^iolOxT 



rultlf^^^^^ your brother,'* repUgcLl^^ 
Ipftein*.^ " a3; the moft valuable friendl: t\^ 
ever man had. I owe my life to |)im." . i 

*V ]^^,,,'' refuinie,(i'. fl^9, •• I haire a^de-r 
figi^tojB^^e a breadi between you j' hut 
roy. l^rq^Ji^r has ibm^tinftes a thmightlefit 
ap|l prgyQ^ing viraK;^/P«i^fc»ng<r iWbisih 

'* I do 



a02 Z E L U C O. 

^ I do not conceive," faid CarlofteiS, 
•* to what you allude." . 

•^Nothing," refuraed £he, ** rankles 
more in the heart than contemptudus^ ex- 
preffions." 

^* Unqueftionably/* anfwered he. 

^* Nor/' added fhe, *' is there any kiiiA 
of itijury more apt to provoke inen to re- 
venge.'* 

•* I am convinced of it," faid Catlofteini 
Unable to guefs to what (he alludtd. 

** Then furely," continued Laura, withl 
hefitation, " it was imprudent in my bro- 
ther to fpeak, as I hear he did on k'late oC- 
cafion." '' * "' 

** I am convinced you labour un^er fome 
miffake. Madam," faid Garloftein. '^Cap- 
tain Seidlits, although as fearkfs as any' 
man alive, is not apt to give wantdh pr6- 
Vocation.*^' ' :^ -? 

*• Iwa« told,** faid Laura, ^ that coti-^' 
verfinfg lately on th6 in^fbrtuniafe (cuiffl^d 
which you were invdlved, he tifed tefmi 
which might drive your a^tagotiiS fo 

meafures 



Z E L IT C O. ;^ao3 

SQ^jafures he otherwifis wo^ld notA think 

^' The accident which happened in con- 
iequenice of that fooIi(h affair," faid Gac- 
loftein 5 *' he who gave the firft provoca- 
tion brQi^gJit it on himfelf ; Captain Scid- 
lits know? that nobody elfe was toblatae, 
and I d^rei fay he will aflert this sp^<jft(&5k 
as the affair is talked of." 

** But why irritate him with contemp- 
tuous e^preffioqs? perhaps he might fhe- 
Gpme fenfible he is ia the wrong. What 
my btoj^her f^ys may be carried to bin^, ai|(| 
cj^cit^.j^i^.to meafures. which pthefw}fe he 
would not think of adopting.'* ^ 

- rr ' i ^feft^ meafure l>e i^ay chufe t;o adc^t> 
it la )hi3 biifinefs to weigh with atten|ion;^" 
^^Qljlgft^inf^Vbut certainly is not worth 
Captajp ^i^idlits'.coafideration/'^ 

" Friendfhip," faid Laura, '^ might mpafee 
bipa cQx^^der that cpntcmptiious language; 
sr^^y f^jiqf^ulat? to a fflipde of revenge ^hkh 
^?r,4^g?^ , pf courage; ;Caai obviate, and pQ 
Ijtill ^^, W|j; d off.'' . Shft fpoke thefe words 

with 



;; LMki 



S04 Z E L U C O, 

with agitation, and the tear trernbled in her 
^ye: then recolledipg the import of what 
Ihe • was faying, her face was inftantly 
fuiFufed with blufhes ; yet muftering up all 
ibc wprjian within her, and endeavouring 
10 conceal the true fource of her concern, 
fhe added ; *' he does not think on the re- 
n^prfe and mifery he himfelf would feeh 
f^iQijild his imprudence be attended with 
ariy fatal conifequence to .'I Here per- 
ceiving that her voice faultered, her embark* 
raflVn ent increafed ; fhe hefitate^, and was 
incapable of uttering a diftind word. 

/ ,Jt J^as hardly poflible for Carlo|lein not 
to fee the real motive of her concern aijd 
C.inJ)arraflrment ; whatever fatisfadioA he 
iaig|it have in the difcovery, he had too 
much delicacy to feem to perceive either.— 
*Vyot|r brother's friendftiip," faid he, **has 
eyer. Ijcen a fource of happinefs to me; I 
0>p,yl4/ reckon myfelf unfortunate indeed, 
if kili^yl^ ev^r be^oqie a caufe of linea- 
finefs to him, and will life every precaution 
' :-.r., .fio to 



Z E L U C O. 40C 

to pretenjpjfuch an eflhe£t> of which, how- 
ever, I think there is no danger/' 

Laura gently bowed her head, by way of 
thanking him ; for although fomewhat re* 
covered fronj her perplexity by Carlo- 
llein^s reply, fhe was ftill afraid to truft her 
voice, with words. She then rofe^ ^nd 
after t|iey had walked a little way wit^Oiii 
fpea;king, Carloftein began to point Out fonie 
of the inoft ftriking beauties of the land- 
lea 6e in their view ; and fhe aflented '^ hiii 
remarks in a manner that evinced ho^ very 
little |hey occupied her thoughts. At 
length, feeing Captain Seidlits arid"ZcTuc6 



approaching, they moved in filence' to meet 
them. J-. ji 

' llie tatter obferving the referved niSiiti'dr 
in wliicli Xaura and Carloftein idv^tfir'eff, 
concluded that their /^/i?-^-/(?/!^ had' Deeti' as 

.difagreeabje as he intended it Iholila; imd 
jhe melancholy air which Laura fetairied, 
iri fpite of all her efFortV to feeni cheerful, 
Ii^ imputed to difpleafure fbi: havitfg*been 

'ieft'witii^^Carloftcin. ' ^ ^ ' ' ^' 

'Replete 



ioi Z E L U C O, 

Replete with this nmioii, Ztludditt flip 
fio occafion, while they remainccLat theiim 
where they dined, of faying thii^i^ %hich 
he thought would vex and difcoiic^i^t bis 
^ife, without being perceived by Cailolleia 
orSeidlits. ^ .^ 

• ^* Has any one heard how his eye k to^ 
da^r' faid he, naming the perfdh with' 
whom Carloftein had the quarrel* 

^' Iheard,^' faid Seidlits, *' that it ftill 
continues fwelled and inflamed." 

*' I am told he runs fome rifk of lofing 
it altogether,'* faid Zeluco, looking ma- 
Kcioufly at Laura. 

** i hope not,'' faid Laura, naturally, 
and without obferving the manner in, which 
he had fpoken. i v , 

/'Would it give you ^ great (kalo^ 
gain, Madam ?'* rejoined he« ,_|,, ., - 

*i' I ihould certainly be cohoe^ffied ih^t 
fuoh a misfortune ha|>peued to any b^dy/^ 
. rel^led ftie, •* par ticuUrly^ on fuch SLSi QC^I 
c^ifln." 

•/You 



Z E L u e 0. )oy 

, ^^;5(|qu,TvHl qevei- be forgif e^^bjr the 
ladie;?J^^ SigAQ;;a," faid Zeluco, addreflS^g 
Gar^ofteiipi^ ^* for fpoiliog this fiae fpark's 

1 The venorti of jcaloijfy in Zeluco's breaft 
was put into a ferment by Laura's a^fwers, 
n^fwral apd niild as they were. When the 
^pc^papy were prepariAg to return,^' Bd 
fo obliging, Signor," faid he, toCarlofteii^ 
V as to. take my feat in the carriage, and 
let me have your borfe ; I fliould like to 
ride to towq/* 

This objiging hufband made the propofajt 
with no other view than that of diftreffing 
his wife. — Laura's heart beat tumultuoufly 
when ftie heard it; the agitation which fhe 
had felt during the ^converfation fhe had 
juft had with Carloftein, on which flie al- 
ready had made fome reflexions, added to 
the glow of joy fhe was confcious of, da 
b^ariiig h# hu{band*S propofal, determitied 
^liis ViftufJ&s woman to evade it;-**turnibg 
^om Carloftein therefore to Capl?aifx Sei^* 

lite, 



t2o8 Z E L U C O. 

lite, *^ I hare fomething particidar (o cOfOr 
municate to you, brother,*' faid IJic, hold* 
ing forth her hand ; *' I bpg yoij will fa- 
vour me with your company in the car* 
nage. 

'' With pleafurc," cried Seidlksi UklBg 
his fitter's hand. '* Your wife arid I &«¥• 
had a quarrel," added he to Zeluco, **and I 
fee file wifhes for an opportunity to mak« 
it up.'' So faying, he went with hit into 
the carriage, leaving Carlofteiq difa^ppoiai** 
ed, and Zeluco ready to buril with atv- 
ger. 

Whatever felf- approbation Lattfi ftlt 
from this vidory of her reafon dvfet her 
inclination, yet when Ihe obferved the de- 
fpondlng look of Carloftein, as the car- 
riage paffed him, her heart whifpered, that 
if Zecluco fliould renew his propofel, fiief 
ought not to provoke him by a fecond re- 
fufal. She was not put to the temptation. 
The carriage moved on, and her brother 
was obliged to a{k her oftener than once, 

what 



I 



Z'wi^lic O; log 

4lx\h1ih y^t& Rer thoughts were abiorl^^d^ 
Men ««^rttig^|i^ociy^ %hv^ • '' ": 
'iSeluco^ having invited the two gemfe- 
lil^^t <Q #[^ at ills houle; wt^efrc t^ey met 
^kfc ^MidaiiiH^ dc Seultrts ^4 ^g^Sfl 
JBj>orza, he could not give vent to the an- 
ger^ i^Hich he had fo abfurdly conceived 
tgdnft hi^ wife, but affumed the appear- 
ance lof good humour and extraordinary 
ai%^6ii' fdr her. Laura wae to6 tnuch 
accuftomed to him to be his dupe on this 
OetaQ^iyi I She faw clearly into the teal 
ftite «|/ Jbi3 thought^ *nd being qnkt am»« 
viaccd Off his rancourvflxe, who herfelf was 
allca^^ujit was fo ihockcd at his aSeSts^ 
jkiadq^> that in fjrite of her uawiUiBg- 
9sfs to give her mother uneafinefs, ihe 
couM QOt r^^main ^iih the company, biM 
wa^ QbHgfd tQ le^ve ii^m abruptly* on the 
pretext of ill he^lth^ 

Madame de Seidlits had intended to re* 
jnain that night with her daughter, but 

Vo;^. II, ? being 



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aio Z E L U C O. 

. . • '■ • • ' r '• ^ >r- 

being at that time in a delicate ftate of 
health Herfelf» (he was prevailed on to 
return to her own houfe, upon Signora 
Sporza's offering to ftay all night with 
Laura. This was infinitely agreeable to 
the latter, who wifhed to be fecured from 
the company of her hufband. ' .\^, ', - ^ 



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No more can &ith or candour. move j , . j^. 

But each ingenuous deed of love^ 

' Which reafon would applaud, 
, Now, fmiling o'er his dark diftrefs. 
Fancy malignant ftrives to drcfs 
Like injury and fraud. Akensidb. 

yELUCO retained all his hatred toSig- 
nora Sporza, though he thought it 
expedient to let it He dormant for the pre- 
fcnt, and to behave to her with the atten- 
tion due to a relation of his wife's family. 
She faw through his diflimulation, and re- 
paid hiB hatred with a fix;ed averfion ; but 
this fhe carefully, coiicealed from Madame 
de Seidlits, becaufe fhe knew that it would 
give her uneafinefs. Signora Sporza's af- 
fedion for Laura was increafed by her per- 
ceiving that fhe was unhappy in her mar- 
riage J and perhaps by being convinced 
Pa that 



ai2 ;?^ E L U <p O. 

that Che entertained the fame feoti^iienta of 
Zeluco with herfelf. She did not take the 
fame pain$ therefore to conceal her fen^ 
timents from Lapra tlia( (k^ difl from Ma* 
dame de Seidlits. Laura, however, wouk) 
iinderftai^d.oone of her hintsy sad dilcDu* 
raged all converfation qr\ that fiibjedt. '. 

Signora ^ Sporza faw the true m6ti ve of 
her young friend*s referye ; and notwitli- 
ftattding that it wpuld have been agreeable 
to herfelf to have talked freely of ZelUco'^ 
Ijehavipur and charadler, yet fhe could riot 
help approving of Laura^s prudence in de- 
tlining all converfatipn on fuch k dplicatft 
fubjedt. She beheld with more concera 
that Laura wa9 finking into deje^ifoh of 
%iritiBf j and although Ihe ftrpnglf''* fuf- 
i)e^je4 ^f partiaUty for Carlofteln^ is ^yifeU 
^8 his p^flion for her, fo far from cdnfider- 
ihg ihi^ as an aggravation of Laut^^^s mif- 
fbrtiine^ Ihe thought aa attachmetlt of this, 
kind^ihjght prove a falutary antidote^gainft 
tl^er^oprtj defoon^^ or even -^^fpair. 



it k L ti t b. 213 

*vttii #Kfi:!i hi^tybiln^ friend was tliVeat- 



' With tegard td Sigtibra Sp^orza^ It lias 
been alrieid^ Rihteil, that whatever hSr 
mariner of aSfing had been, fhe w^s Mthbr 
a fwfe ibkier on fubjedaof this ila;ture ; 
for allfapugh fhe had a high idea of la^ura s 
virtUQua principles, fhe could not but be 
fcnfible, of ihe danger of fuch attachipicpts. 
It wpw^d appear however, that ihe ,thoj^t 
jiny d^ng^r worth rifking that couM .ipakc 
a diverfion frorii the difmal ftate pjf jcwnd 
into w;hich Laura was falling, fronaa.CQn- 
tinue^ contemplation of her miferable qon- 
nex;ion with a morofe and jealoua huf- 
band. f 

Tipluco . Was the greateft of all felf- tor- 
mentors; his envious and gloomy mind 
was ; eternally fuggefting frefli caufes of 
. difquiel; ^to itfelf. The two ideas which 
plagu€)i) hina at prqfent weice^ fyft that 
Lgu^a^diOII^^ hisn^ jpind alfo that^^nFC^s 
fpnd>pf another. Tb^e;^? was do cuxe for 
the firft, but his becoming an honeft man, 
P 3 which 



214 z E^%Ujq, c^ 

of |h^ pther was n?,^rly as dUS^^^^i^ ^t^ 

maa^gjiyen to jealoufy,, a^dj^^^y^aj^t; tljf^j 
rcturnii^^, would be^chang_^n^,lj}^ j^u^^j, 
This^^affion has a ter^dency, ppt3^n]y,^f3j 
{our>t^e temper, but to obfcurq l^|^j^mi«|Cj-3 
fjanding, elfe how (hould ^ 

—Trifles, light as airVniiiiaii laxi 
Be to the jealous confirmation ftrpng ,,,, 
••'* As proofs of Holy Writ.- ' '" ^^'^ "' 

^Laura's having {hewn a ^ifp^gtiQ^.^^ 
r^piaip. at horo^e oa hea^ipg tji^^^^jlp-j^ 

^i^e^f?d, her brot^er^s copipa^j^j j5Hnfei 
lyhm ^bey returned j her hay^ngjjj^fgjjjtjhqi 
com{?apy abruptly at fupper| ^nd Jjjyj.^-^ 
je^ion of fpirits froaii th? Uf?? ,,^|^||f.;tj^g 
Nobleman was confiped by thejii^Tyn l^igj^ 
eye, ^eluco impu^ed^ tc^ tjbe jmt^^^ 
Ihe took in this Nobleman^ and to Lsr dif- 
like to Carlofteiri oti that apcoupt,, , . , 

Zeluco was one or thole amiaple, crea- 

tures ^?vho being leldom at peace with them- 

I felves 



^ E L U C d: tiis 

m^'^k^X>t te^r thkt thei^ n^igKbours 
SlJoM ei^ ttahqiiaiitj^ Laura ulel the 
ifretfticif^bF ilUeilth f6f a cohlideMe 
tltrieaft^if her being oblig^^ to fetiri^froiii 
^' ^dki^^^ that l&e 

liiigHt^W Allowed to k^p Ker apa^ieii^ 
clifjiJfMfoCieiy of her mother an^ Sfg* 
nora Sporza, and be fparect from that* of 
her hufband- ' 

Wheft Ihe feemed a little better, her 
brother was added to the number of her vi- 
(ftbr§?^^3fid even after flie went afc^fbid, 
ffife'V^if^tetf tiowhere but at her moth^*^ 'cr 
^pM'^^orza^s. Zeluco explainea her 
rti^rVJi IS^^^rits,"^ arid love of retiteiiiisrit, 
ia%(i^f^me inanner that he had d^Jie her 
preVSrlis ^behaviour ; and his fullenttefs 
aii^gniiimedf'daily. Laura was endeavour- 
itij^'(?tie^^ay to divert her melancholy with 
her harpuchord, 2ietuco heard thd^ ibiind 
while ne fat m his own apartments and it 
redoubled his ill-qumour. He luddenly 
entered tpe room where Ihe was playmg, 
P 4 and 



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iit§ ?, ^ tc u c a 

ft^hj^ p^ttici^My by 4iwafe«ttgjW Wm* 
pa fu<^ 4)p<;f%o?,, pever faU«l;iiBjdiaaf 
£c9fl|^ him fom?, Ijrpiial %aCw€t j j^e^hare? 
for(^ ff^d nMhbg, Jpiut played, ai^a^f. <rf 
fuchfoDthipg melody ai migh^ ha,vc fi;^;^ 
dued the rancour of a dxmon. ., . 

" You are mightily fond of Italian, iqu* 
fie, Madam," faid he, after fome miniites 
of filence. 

«* i am, indeed," replied fhe, popping 
for a moment, endeajjouring to fmil? upon 
him, and then refuming the inftrunieDit, ^ 

" You prefer whatever is Italian, I have 
obferved," rejoined he, with a malignant 
look. 

** I cannot entirely fay that/' anfwered 
flie, quitting thQ hafpfichord ; but' their 
mufic is generally preferred to that of any 
other nation. 

*' Yet you are half ;a German,'* refumeif 
he. ■ v-v:.-/ ' .' ■■ ■ X 

ti ** More 



3t j: t UfOO^ ^ly 

was bomi aM^iidtoisd^'^iA mf^^dUkti^t 

' ^*' r^eeitt t&em highly,^ fki^ LiSra • 
^^' all^he i;7orld acknowledge them to ^'i 
6ira*e atira worthy people/'' - ' 

•* But you think the Italians more amr^ 
odleT^ added he, prolonging the laft word* 

Laura made no anfwer, but applied again 
to the harpfichord, wilhing to put ap end 
to a ^dialogue which {he found highly dif-i 
agrteahTe,* although fKe did not compre- 
hend the motive or tendency of it. 

Zeluco ftarted up, and walked with^ a 
hurried ftep acrofs the room, and then 
turning fuddenly to Laura, ** You ^iflike 
theBarpn Carioftein, Madam, dpyou.not ?'' 
refun^dhe. 
' « DiQike him. Sir ?" faid (he, ?iUrfl^4 

*• Yes," Madam, ** you hate him." 

*♦ I fhould 



^i8 .2 E ^ 4; t ^. 

» I finmid be i^^/r. &!4«e, ''^>t6fi'a^ 
no rcafon to htttlittiy^febdyi^ '^ 

rf« And what reafon have you fdr'Miii^g 
iBirijAfedam?" : u 

A*« l\I»ve not faid tbat it is bm4 hate/'* 
r|^)H!d lhe» with. fame degree of indigna- 

^^ Oh I you havt not /aid it/' rejota^d 
llfs^jisailakii^ the implication of her wordi; 
"ugpMt have only y&^w;^ it by yout beha- 



viour/^ 



!* I do not comprehend your meaning,'*' " 
fkidfhc. o. -1 

-* )Why would you not admitliiini 5hto 
theicarriage on your rtturn to Bala?"" i 

** I wifhed to converfe with my Brother;^*^^ 
fai^ih^ ' • T 

** Perhaps you Would have preferred 
another to either,** added he, look! tig tna-' 
licipa^Qy in her face. 

'^ I do not know that I (hoiildi^' fiftd- 
Laura. ^ '"-^ !.:f'y!i:'i. 

/^ But I know f t> Madam; I know who 

interefts you more-thaii aM the wdirldV and 

- on 



the ohjeft of youF vc4|fpl»ft^^^^^^^^ i Irn ) 

emotion. She again colotii'edi €€|)6atmg^ 
with.9{ ^«Jfieang,vdi«, '* M^^JiffkifurtT 
- c'l J^ftt Madam, jwwrr difjpieafur#^''I«te4 
Zelnco, with a raifed voice ; ** ypucat^iidt 
h|4e it| you redden with refentraent^at the 
bare ngien^on of his name; but I Would 
have^3[0\j. j^o know, that he is a man wliCnn 
I efteem ; and I wifh the blow he dealt to 
tl^t J[iae efTenced mignon had b^H his 
brains out.*' Vi> . 

,^s h/j^prpnounced this with violent etfi- 
phafes' <ag^^ s^flion, he ftruck his caniS 
thcQugljt^ jg loirror, arid jruflied out of the 
room, leaving Laura filled with conteinipt 
a]|dl .^ig^gfiatipn at his.rtdicuIous and ff Antic 
bel^iftyigut^ /. • 

Zeluco, like many other peevifli and fiery 
te|]a|}ere4;p«Q|^le» was apt to difplay hii ill- 
humour iat the expence of his furnitfi^e^^ 
butijAjjfar.h^d ijcviNrlfceah^^ fo vittlfetly 
agiitat^!qnanyfDMfBicaL(Jccafioii. / r:;n: : 

She 



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ai& 2 fe 1 U t* & 

Sb« *a8 h5f (brr^, hbweve^ that HI* 
fufpicions, fined (Irfpktoiis of fbmc^ ptrfort 
or othltisr he ffti^ iiV^^ ^tte diredtd to a 
ftmn quite i^?ff#feht 1^ Hir. 
* A footman entering the rootn as Zduco 
Went out, (he mentioned the mirror having 
beett ac6id4ntally brblcen, and ©r(fe|'^. ap- 
^dthef direftly in its: place to prevent farther 
remarkft on the fubjeft ; and fhe dldteriiiined 
to pafs that evening with Signora Sporza. 



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"j^ytiit^ Uijr^ hgd >een luc 

. f efsf uj in her er^d^eavaurfi tq hi4^ front 
jtie fervapt? the ijl-footing on which he? 
hufband* an(J ihe Wi?fej , ^m Zel^co^hvl 
fpoken dijring tlj^e forje^piog' di^logw in 
fuQh a IqiijJ, tppjp^ tj^t a. ^d qf Ljiur^^Sj^ 
who vsraa in one of the adjoijc^rpg f:;l?#n^ 
Jjeard a great paift pf i|. 

ThU maid felt hpi:felf jq^u^te qv^|loii4€d{ 
with fo mi^ch iqaporiaf^t yW/elUgea^e, 4j4: 
feeing nobody ^t hoi^e t<i whRoa fljfi coiijdr 
ponveniently confign it|, i^nl^ftil^nfid: tftr 
Signora Spo«a, whom f|ieul^ni5^ to be thfl> 
friend of her miftrefs, and immedlaJeiyJo''. 
formed hcv of ^11 (he ha^ b^^yrdj. and 
wherever th^re uptight have b^en a gap iikr 
fh§ iiarrauj? %ffl[: hq?: Wtf . i^^^ing heard 

diftindlyt 



^sgx Z-El.tJ C O; 

diftk^y, ihe took care to M'iS% fe 
her' own imaginatidti : fo that tlbe %boI^^ 
ap{teared an rniinterrupted fcebe 6^ 1:(rutar 
abtifeon the part of Zfeliico, ac^ bf^i^M^^ 
tienoe aod refigriatioti on that df^ Laura. ' 

When fi^ had fitiiffied, '' VoiliUH Imnier'l 
(aid Signora Sporza, fpeaking ia 'French, .^ 
thai the tnald might not underftani '1»er ; ' 
** vfffl^un hommefaiteapris fouritrecocu^' 
She then cautioned the' rtiaid verjr carneft- ^ 
lyndtlio mention 'what fhe Bad ^i^iw^ io*^ 
Maddtne do Stidiits, Or to ah^ Uliw'^^er-'^ 
iba, B8 k i^ight be of Very bad cdiifeia'^iic^e"'' 
to.JheiJ>niiftrcf8. • ' -^^-'3*^ ^""'^"^ 

The maid feeling herfdf grcdBy^^l;Wa^^ 
hj nhiEit ike had already told; ^^di^eitig 
aveefe 40 do any thing whidi-tviitil^ IH-"' 
juEii LiBuiaj thoiight file might fefl?lyP?f^^^ 
inile?ln«lt to meotioftitj whifch ffie^^^tfb^cli"^ 
ngly dW,' with a fincefe^ inrentioh^ ^eij^^*^'* 



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As tfeetmaid withdrew Birbn CirlH^fefiK- 
Mfae ij^lfoduced, knd ^focfti ' after Sigti^i^^" 
^poRa<J»%^»!tsoc)£ i&lSetftll of whi»)f'iii<^ 

■h people 



tQ; ,^yie\|5)o4. fdvice tJij^R^ iwltow Hit for 

hs^ hc;^!'^* ,|ha%^« P^^ i9^ oootaui herw 
felf iQQrei^han the msu4>'t>^(it(>}4:tbo9v^l8' ' 

tb^ fufPfifed at the j^forma|ipa,j jfcgrit 
from jthe id^a he had foi;aie4 iixT ^e, i9h||?T 
ta£t<^r of Zeluco, and what, be ba4 ©li^wed * 
ofjiis b^hayiQur^ pac^icularly pn^tbft dsgri 
of |h£ J,au!nt to Baia, he was coayi^ced Jkhtt 
Zeluco a|i^ L^a Jived unb|ipp^yi^gi3ithbs/vi 
aqd ^^^k^jed that fcenea finiUair; t» aAaf >^ 
which Signora Sporza bad rft|]poiitsd(?(b<v 
higij,^Jj^e|ifflfeft paffifd>betweQ£i tbiam. sdl 

.I^-J^|^j;^rratij(>n»^igiW)ra;SpQr*li ^aSsa- / 
verj^ ^gje^^cMgnatioftn^aififli ^uoO;^v£ 
lift^^gpit}^.i|t, CarJp^diPi feepwd tw itiifcfc ; 
onl|,9^^^e,ifpbappuiefiiictfX<ainrai: wii^lbr ?!^ 
abttfefli i^;fe^!flwrfl, l»aMittpaffiooatb<l'tbie;f'-- 
latter. After having exhaufted hei'in|g^ ^ ^' 
ho^^^h |»it J. bf^m^ i^donjimmtiftj Ai^ 
br^n^fe, 4^^4 fliftctl'afeiaauaHf jfliaddteg"'' 
tear«^>IKh^ |«%«ri|i^9ftl£ielite«Qd^&»lfoo)A9 T*^ 



»a4 Z E L U C a 

At Ltoik (cdacd forpirifed at fifi^ng ke9 
friend in ihm fUur, smA bt^M to kiquiNI 
into the dAift of her aBiOlotk^ CaHoftem 
thought it became him tOTC^tire, and leare 
fliem at freedom. • 

Laiira Ifhen csprcffed the moft tender 
jmxiety for her friend, ind begged tokflOW 
what difSrefifeci her. ' 

^ AhL9f iny fWect friend,'* faid Sipiott 
fiporza, ^* tvhy ^ould E difturb jrou ' With 
fB^f^ntowsf ' 

** That I may do att in my poircf to aW 
kriatttfaem,'^ f;»idLaqra, '^ that you rMf 
ibevr you have too much, confidence rn- mtf 
to hide the caqfe of your grief from' om?.** 

'* HAte you feewij thn^ con^de^cfe ir^ 
»€?* i^eplied fhe. 

f* y«l,-' replied Laufa, ** in every tWng 
diat eoncorned myfelf aione, or could^ bo 
lemedied. T^^l me, tber^efore, what gticttf 
youi and prove that yovi think me you# 
friend.** 

•* I think you art' angelj** faid Signor* 
Spoggai>> jiaiSmi9iely i ^^ ^ 1 love you 

with 



Z E I. XJ C ^O- 11^ 

wHhmll tny fmiF; but he wl4b k thciyiffe 
of my-prefeat afflidion fea moriftfefr Whoni 
I^dfcldft a^ fincercly as 1 love you."^ She 
th^o threw om expreflioaii which ^hmly 
indicated that flie was acquainted with the 
icene above mentioned, jmd knew that flie 
wa^ veiyj ill treated by her huftend. 

'^ Good Heaven !'* cried Laura ; '* was 
this the fubje£t of your converfation 
with tb^ 3aron Carloftein, when I en^ 
tered?" ' . : ..: 

Sigiio»Sp0r2a owned that they had been 
^on^orfiiig^on this fubjd£t« Laura then:beg'* 
ged of her to fend to him diredly, and in-* 
treat hiro npt to give the nipft difeint hint 
pjf whiat;(hB bad told him to CaptainrSeid- 
lits. ** You do not know," continued ihe, 
** the w>lenoe of my brother^a tenjper, and 
were he to hear any thing ftf this nature, 
the co^foquence would be4readful indeed." 

SigQ0f a jSpcM'za direfily wrote, a klter to 
Carloftein in the terms which Laui^ re« 
quired; and he immediately retuirnfd.for 
anfwer, that he was aware of the confe- 

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226 Z E I. U C O. 

quenccs that might follow the mentioning 
any of the clrcumilances fhe bad commu* 
picated to him, and alTuring her he never 
fliould. 

This quieted Laura's anxiety on this 
head, and as flie could no longer entirely 
avoid converfing with Signora Sporza on 
the fubje6t of her huiband's iU treatment^ 
fhe endeavoured to foften it, faying. That 
the particulars had been exaggerated, and 
that fome vexatious news had put him into 
ill-humour at that time, and made him be** 
-have in a manner diiS'erent from his ufual 
conduct. 



Z E L U C O. 227 



CHAR LXXr. 

Mr. N ■ '■ hears from the Baronet. 

IN the meantime the honourable Mr* 

N 's intimacy yvith Carloftein and 

Seidlits contiaued, and gradually grew into 
friendfliip, efpecially with the former, for 
the charafller and taftes of Mr. N ' ■■ 
Were ifiore analogous to thofe of Carlofteia 
th^ft of Seidlits ; yet he had alfo a very 
great degree of efteem iot the latter* It is 
remarkable, that the friendfliip between 
Mr, N and GaFtoftem was not inter- 

rupted by their being fond of the fame 
woman: both efteemcd her htghly, neither 
had a wiih ihconfiftent wilh he? honour; 
and although Mr. N perceived that 

Laura had a flronger attachment to Carlo^- 
ftein than to any other perfon, he had 
aftfo that degree of candour which fo few 
0^2 poflefs, 



228 Z E L U C O. 

poffefs, of being able to acquiefce in a pre- 
ference againft himfelf. 

Mr. N had heard no accounts .of 

his uncle the Baronet, or Mr. Steele, fince 
he parted with them at Florence ; and he 
had begun to be uneafy about them, when 
he received a letter from the former, dated 
Paris, the import of which was to inform 
him» that they fhould be detained in that 
place longer than they intended, by a hurt 
which Mr. Steele had received in confe- 
quence of a fall from his horfe, in attempt- 
ing to leap over a gate in a field a few miles 
from Paris j that a French gentleman, who 
faw the accident, had brought him to town 
in his carriage, much bruifed ; but he was 
already better, and would foon be quite 
well. 

The Baronet next mentioned, that ^one 
Carrj a Scotchman, who pretended to 
be an acquaintance of Buchanan, had 
called on him, faying, *' He had lately 
come in a trading veflel from Naples to 
Marfeilles; that on his landing he had 
12 met 



Z E L U C O. , 219 

met with a young failor, who, fome years 
fince, had gone to the Eaft Indies as mid- 
fliipman in an Englifh frigate, which had 
been loft on the coaft of Malabar, but he, 
with a few others of the crew, were faved ; 
that after various diftrefi'es he had been 
taken into one bf the veflels of the coun- 
try, and again (hipwrecked in the Perfian 
gulph ; had remained feveral years in. 
Perfia, afterwards had found means to get 
to Alexandria, and from thence in a trad- 
ing veffel to Marfeilles, where this Carr 
had met him, and they had travelled to- 
gether on foot to Paris 5 but on account of 
his fharing his purfe with this poor failor, 
^ho then lay fick at their lodgings, Carr . 
pretended that his own finances were ex- 
haufted ; on which account he applied to 
him for a fmall fupply of money to enable 
them both to proceed to London. The 
Baronet concludes his letter in this man- 
ner : *'• You may believe, my dear N- , 

that I was willing to relieve a man who 

had behaved fo generoufly j but I wiflied, 

0^3 ia 



^30 Z E L U G O. 

in the firft placet to afcertaia the truth af 
this Scotchman's ftoryt which I own I 
thought a little romantic. I gave him, 
therefore, only a guinea in the mean time> 
and defired him to return next morning 
with fome proof that he was of Buchanan's 
acquaintance ;. and I fent Mr. Steele's fer- 
Tant, Tom Dawfon, with him to his lodg- 
ing, with another guinea to the Engliih 
failor: Tom returned within a couple of 
hours, and informed me he had feen the 
failor, who was a young man of three or 
four and twenty, of the name of Warren ; 
that Carr had fhewn him a letter which he 
faid was from Buchanan to a countryman 
of their own at Edinburgh j that having 
broken open the feal of this letter, Carr 
defired Dawfon to carry it to me as the 
only teftimony he could give of the truth 
of his ftory. 

** After perufing it I own I have no 

doubts pf the truth of what Carr told me, 

and* fhall certainly fupply thofc two poor 

fellows with money fulBcient to carry them 

6 home» 



Z E L U C O. .231 

home. Buchanan*8 epiftle is fo charac* 
teriftic tfcat 1 had it tranfcribed, and now 
fend you the copy. As you are no very 
enthufiaftie virtuofo, it may pofltbly enter- 
tain you as much as any manufcript lately 
dtig out of Kerculaneum. 

** There is another compofition which I 
fhould be very well pkafed to get a fight 
of]; and that is by no lefs a perfonage than 
Steele^s fervant, Dawfon. He told his maftet 
the other day, he wiflied to go to Ver- 
failles, and being afked what bufinefs he 
had there; he faid^ " He had received 
" a letter from Ben Jackfon^ your father's 
** groom, defiring him to l^e fure to fend 
^V him a ^fcription all about France and 
*' Paris ; and he therefore wiflied to add 
** a word or two about Verfailles, being 
** the king's country-houfe." Steele who, 
you know, would fufFer great inconveni- 
cncy himfelf, rather than deprive any per- 
fon depending upon him of fuch k gratifi* 
cation, immediately afiented ; and he tells 
xne, that Dawfon has been fcribbling ever 
0^4 fincc 



aja Z E L U C O. 

fince his return. An account of Paris, and 
of the French nation, from fuch a hand, 
muft of courfe be entertaining. I am forry, 
therefore, I cannot fend it you \vith the in* 
clofed. 

Adieu, my dear £dward,*-*-Believe me 
ever fincerely 

Yoiirs, 



^ « f ♦.♦^«» 



Z E L U C O. ^33 



CHAP. LXXII. 

Buchanaris Letter. 

To Mr. Archibald Catnpbell, Tobacconift, 
at the Sign of the Highlander, Cannon- 
gate, Edinburgh. 

DEAR ARCHY, Naples. 

" T Received your kind epiftle, with the 
agreeable news that all our friends 
in the weft country are well. I would have 
acknowledged the favour long ago, but 
could not find a private hand to carry my 
letter ; for I do not choofe to put my 
friends to the expence of poftage, and 
therefore I make it a rule never to write 
\by the poft to any but ftrangers. . 

** Your fears of my having forgot you 
are very ill founded, for although it has 
been my lot to fojpurn many years among 

ftrangers. 



1JJE4 Z E L U C O- 

ftrangers, yet, thanks be unto God, I 
never learned to prefer foreigners to my 
own countrymen: on the contrary I do 
feeU that I like my old friends ttve better in 
proportion as I increafe my new acquaint- 
ance. So you fee there is little danger of 
my forgetting tbem^ and ^ far lefs my blood 
felations ; for furely blood is thicker tbaa 
water. 

•* As for my mafter the honourable Mr. 

N , he is an exception j for he has 

been my benefador, and it i$ impoflible 
for me to be more attached to the neareft 
relations I have than to him : he is a kind- V 
hearted and noble-minded gentleman in- 
deed ; and although he is mod g^erous on 
proper occafions, he avoids the idle ex- 
pence of many of his countrynveo, whofb 
extravagance, when they are on their 
tours, as they call them, render them the 
prey and laughing-rflock of all die countrif a 
through" which they pafs. And if you 
were only to fee the fuiQA whic^ thofa 
thoughtlefs young lads, who ba¥€ tep times 

more 



Z E L U C 0. 235 

more money than wit to guide it, throw 
away on ufelefe nigg-nyes^ while thou- 
fands around them are pinched for the ne- 
ceflaries of life, it would make the very 
hair of your head, my de^r Archy, fland 
up like the locks of Medufa. 

*' Before we left England, which, as I 

wrote to you at the time, Mr. N • was 

advifed to do on account of his health ; I 
endeavoured to perfuade him to go and 
drink goats whey among the healthful hills 
of the Highlands, where there are neither 
coughs, colds, nor fhortnefs of breath, and 
where he could have lived like a king at a 
moderate expence ; but he was prevailed 
on to try^aly, which has, to be fure, fuc- 
ceeded pretty well J but I am ftill in hopes 
that he will fome time or other make a vifit 
to Scotland, for he always fpeaks with re- 
fped of our country, which the ignorant 
and worthlefs of the Englifh never do. 

** You defire my opinion of Italy and its 
inhabitants, which I fhall now give you 

♦ Nigg-nycs, or bawbks, 

without 



1 



o.i(^ Z E L U C O. 

•wUhout prejudice or partiality. The Ita- 
lians are a itioft ingenious people. I have 
been even tempted to think that there is 
fomething favourable to ingenuity in the 
very air or foil, or fomething elfe belong- 
ing to this happily fituated peninfula of 
Italy, for it became in the firft place the 
feat of the empire of the world by the 
valour and addrefs of its Inhabitants ; when 
I fay the world, I mean all but the northern 
part of Great Britain, which the Romans 
were fo far from fubduing that they wpre 
obliged to build walls and ramparts acrofs 
the ifland ; firft, between the Firths of Forth 
and Clyde, and next, from Carlifle to 
Newcaftle, to defend themfclves from our 
anceftors the Caledonians. 

*^ But when the Roman empire was 
overturned by the Goths, Rome became 
the feat of a new kind of empire, and that 
is the empire of the Popes. In fliort, the 
inhabitants of Italy firft fubdued mankind 
by open force; and fecondly, by impofition 

and 



2 E L U C O. 237 

and pawkry *. And after feveral ages of 
Gothic darknefs, where does the light of 
knowledge firft dawn again? Where do the 
arts firft appear, and where are they car- 
ried to the greateft perfection ? Why ia 
this fame Italy. This looks, I fay, as if 
there were fomething peculiarly favourable 
to ingenuity in. this country. But what- 
ever may be in that notion, with all the 
difadvantages to which they are expofed 
from a miferably bad government, the 
prefent race of Italians certainly are a civi- 
lized, difcreet, fober people, not fo frank 
as the French, nor yet fo referved as the 
Englifh ; but with more flirewdnefs of un- 
derftandinjg perhaps than either. 

" In the formation of ftatues and graven 
images they are fuppofed to furpafs all the 
nations of Europe; for in our own coun- 
try, you know, this occupation was never 
much encouraged, becaufe, in the opinion 
of feveral ferious Chriftians of the Pref- 

♦ Pawkry, canning. 

byterian 



238 Z E L U G O. 

byterian perfuadoni it flies in the teeth of 
the fecand commandment. 

** The Italians are fond of mufic to an 
aftonilhing, and even to an! unwarrantable 
degree; the number of eunuchs which 
they employ at a grgat expq*^ is a pretty 
plain proof that they fpare nothing to have 
their ears tickled ; they even oblige them 
to fing in the very churches ; yet furely 
they might find houfes enough to keep con- 
certs in without profaning the houfe of 
God. — What would you think, Archibald, 
of hearing a dozen of fiddlers playing in 
the High Church of Edinburgh before and 
after fermon on the LordVday ? I am fure 
it would fhock you, as it did me, to a very 
great degree. 

f' Some people endeavour to defend this, 
faying, that it affifts devotion, and a great 
deal of idle cli/h-maclaiver * of the fame 
kind ; for my par! I have no good opinion 
of that fort of devotion which a parcel of 
fiddlers can affift. And people may argue 

• Idle tittle tattle. 

as 



Z E L U C O^ ^39 

M thtf pkafei but affurcdly fiddles are 
I)€tter contrived to promote dahcing than 
cither meditation or prayer. At the fame 
time it mud be confeiTed, that Italian 
mulic, when performed in a proper place 
and on proper ^ccafioiis, is very delightful 
to hear; though the beft of it never thrilled 
through nay heart fo pleafingly as the fweet 
melody of fome of our own tunes. 

** As to the vulgar notion, that the 
Sciottifh mufic was invented by David 
Rizzio, the Italian fecretary to Queen Mary^ 
it is contrary to hiftory, to tradition, and 
to common fenfe; for nothing requires a 
greater degree of popularity, or would be 
a ftronger proof of a man's being efteemed 
and univerfally admired in a country, than 
bis forming the national tafte in mufic; but 
DavyRizzio, poor creature, was univerfally 
hated during the fhort time he lived in Scot- 
land ; and if any tunes had been known to 
be of his invention, that circumftance alone 
would have been fufficient to prevent their 
ever being fung or played in that country. 

•• You 



«4o Z E L U C Oe 

*' You inquire alfo concerning the city 
of Naples compared with other places : — I 
will only fay in a few words, that it is a 
large and populous town, . pleafingly fitu- 
ated in the view: gf a fpacious bay,, little 
inferior in beauty to Loch Lomond itfelf. 
The houfes are built of free ftofite^ feveral 
ftories high, fo ths^t it has a more Ipfty ap- 
pearance than London, but not quite fo 
fublime as Edinburgh^ 

'* But it is not in the appearance of the 
fields, or of the cities, nor in the cuftoras 
or genius of the inhabitants, that the coun- 
try where yoii refide has the great advan- 
tage over this land of darknefs, but in the 
important article of religion ; which here 
confifts almoft entirely of external fhpwand 
gewgawry, of bowings, courtefies, and 
various gefticulations, of fant^ftical dreffes, 
proceffions, and other idld cerenionials, 
which are in no way conneded with true 
piety, and altogether oppofite to the fim- 
plicity of the gofpel, which you, my dear 
friend, enjoy the ineftimable privilege of 

hearing 



2 E L U C O, a4z 

hearing preached in its native purity and 
truth — As for your high dignified clcrgyi 
their lordfhips, and their emii^encies, and 
his holinefs himfelf» I have heard feme of 
them perform, and if I may judge of the 
reft by thofe I have heard, they are mere 
pigmies upon pedeftals, compared with the 
preachers you have an opportunity of hear- 
ing every Lord's-day. 

" Having now briefly touched upon 
moft of the points you mention in yout 
laft letter, I muft recommend the bearer to 
your friendly offices; his name is Andrew 
Carr, of the Carrs of the South, his fa- 
ther being a flioemaker in Selkirk; he 
came to this country in the fervice of an 
Englifh gentleman, whom he w^^s obliged 
to quit through the malice of the valet de 
chambre, who taking advantage of the 
young man's being overtaken with liquor 
on the laft St. Andrew's day, turned him 
off, on the pretext of his being an habitual 
drunkard. 

Vol. IL R '' He 



24ft Z;E LjUjC a. 

u i *\ i.He nmamcd liAfitris *tioN«(pt jfruia 
.OEpbOittoa of bein^ ^ ukon tBt9 ;ihft/&6tii?$ 
pfla«i« other Engliflr gen^lepa^p* j|p4th^98 
yo^og„ tboMghtkfs, and of a c^Bly Jfiity?* 
of mind, he lived for f<?mc tiow^ i{(Ry,i^#/« 
"When apy of the EDglifh ftrya|iii§,?prere#Jb- 
loWiCJi A day of pleafuiiog, a8,xte^aiti^ 
^ndr<8w was fure to be of the,p^rt}r,j,j^^ 
atithia rate, all the mooey he tf^exy^fjf;^ 
hfif-liate mafler would, fopn >^i^ b^^g^ 
At th cocks f : — but io the midft^pf tj^^d^ 
i^e^eil^ed a letter frpm his ipotheri at^gfj^fj^ 
Informing him of his father's ^th„ii^y 
;^ich fhe and his fifter.werp re^^olp 
^rqa^t poverty and diftrefs. Thi&oew^ np^j; 
armoil laudable alteration ia tfai; -coq^u^,^^ 
X^tii\ he IhunnedaUithofe paiftks c^iMmV 
'lie; hkd formerly been fo fQnd>-^i«l,lv^aii 
xdue Dick preffed him very itUichif)&|twg> 
/-♦iiiXoii ufcd to bfc as fond pf -fpiriy^^jf^d 
good tvmc as your neighbours i^'^-^ Al^Q^fy 
^Oiecdcrbis hc»}«: asd teplied/ *vQ^,'l.4i^ 
wine, Richard} my mother and J^j^Tfl^ft 

• Cheerful, f Thrown awaj. 



I 



dfii*J<l»kler'i" ^d '^ irwf /nsxtlday he 

leM^%e'te pay to? Rft^i^N^-^*-^; Bmktty 
l^hn i&^fl^r 6n a hdtife'at Edinbuc^'ID 
itifeiRffitf vkfw tubfe ttibdier. Mr. N*-^ 
^A'feihtibh pleal^d'^fedh he heard of>thi6» 
lh^*^}ie(d^Med the Temittance to C^r^s 
y^thefi "ifid alfo furniffled him with MSfl^jr 
^fiflKfete to defray the expence of 'hra 
^riSPdyJ tlirough France to Ediabtirgli, 
Wh^i^,^ ^%y my advice, he intends -to 
«i[li^lik^''biMrdf as a dancingl-tiiitller, 
1^iii^J«ftfe of the heft dancers of an EBgM 
4lofe^,' It Scottifli jigg, or a ftraefci^, 
^4iWr fe^r faW. 'It is a thoufen^ fM&i 
%hl4u|i<i(^'<£ont4nued fo long at th&>iho»- 
•Idaytil^- trade, becaufc the cpnftant A<K>p» 
4)%''hift^^veto a roundnefs to his bac^fand 
<tiotilder9- which hurts his air a little, in 
^^c^gdf 'a tninuet; but he is to remaih 
^tUfle'^eekff or a month at Pans toi iin- 
^hsve^l^ffiMelf^ yrhich 1711} lemove dutt-in^ 

** I liefirc; that you will put my name- 

•J^^jt little Geordy, to Mr. Carr*8 fcbool, 

R s and 



144 z E LTu;c a 

and I beg that you will affift him by your 
recommendation. 

" I fend by Mr. Carr two tortoife-flieU 
fnufF-boxes, one for you, and the other 
for Mr. Mackintofti ; they are in the Nea- 
politan tafte, only' inftead of their ufual 
ornaments, I caufed the maker to inlay 
the firft with a golden thillle, with thej^ 
fcrjptibn. Nemo me irnpune lacejjit ; aftd the 
bther, with a cat rampant, which Isffie 
creft of the Mackintofhes, andtht'^to?, 
^oiii^ not the cat bdt* a glove. - I libifef^j^tfi 
will accept of thera as fmall tokeiis^of^^iiS^ 
Tnendihip to you both. I fend alfo a ^B!^fe 
velvet bonnet as a hew year's gifll to litt^ 
Geordy. I muft now end this long letter, 
begging to be refpeiifully remembered to 
tlie *^Mrd of Clairvdky and his* ladyl^to 
Mr. Hedor Monro, and his coufin -^neas, 
to black Colin Campbell, and blind Saun- 
ders, and to all enquiring friends ^oiiilTe 
water of Enrick ; and fo my d^jWlArchy, 
^^' -I remain your aflfe€tiooate?c<iH3if^ 

* Without. 



Z E L U C O; »4|. 

" '-^' {" '- ■ '^•" •-: , -J :.:■ • l bnf 

; C tt A p. Lxxiir. ■' • 

t :. • DawforCs Lfitter. ^ ^ 

ALTHOUGH the Baronet could not 
J icyith propriety get a fight of the let- 
ter which Dawfon had been fo long and fo 
quccfiilly compofing for jhe benefit of .his 
frknd B^n Jackfon, we have had the jgQpji 
foftuitieotp procure a copy, faithfully ta,ken 
jfr^p tl^e original j which is here ixjferted 
4jip^^ companion to the foregoing. 

o: ^- odi^T : ^ Monfeer, ^ 

-A^QOfeeij; Benjamin Jackson, cjbejfi 

>vr^:;r^ 'i :: CoUQt dc T— — , , -J /J / 

EngUtefFt 

Hftswg iceceiyed yeiijra per ^durrfe, this 

feryps t^ je^you know, that I am well and 

R 3 hearty. 



liedfty,aDd fo is Sir -^^r^ ; b« «vfor Mr. 
S(e^/4ie bad a falLfrom his horfe inP calctog' 
a v«ff ea(^1tap> whieh burf hitn a B«le, but 
he lis growing better thank Oodvfoi:*c«f« Is 
as gbod a foul and as generous to^ftir^^ts 
asanyalive:-^— iti/<ras all the hdrfeVfifti!*,- 
that I muft fay in juttice to Mr. Steeltf ^to 
pat imore truft in this lazy toad tbatf hk^^ 
ftfved 5 being deceived by the o^*hdi^?Wlk^ 
pretended he was a very good leapeVu^NTo**^ 
toifey the truth, I have not feeii m^iy^cyeJii 
rabiid horfcs fit for hunting in all tfaisEtowtii) 
and <M for the women, about which yav^ 
fiftefjBefs makes inquiry, they jrfer&IIjfoi 
theirodft part painted, at Icaft theilofjjcw^p 
ihgftrlbr the reft, th^y hardly ©witfttsir 
their tails, I mean of the horftsv?for ?Hoj^ 
la»d; Is the only .country for ItDrTcBVind 
wpgaefi. I do • not beJieye that^; alh tPai^i^ 
c^njprx^uce tbelil^ ^f E€lipfeiiaiid)r)y»iBf 
fi^Jgeft. ,.. • : • . ' .-no-f,:^-ch' 

:^t^€p you a»d,y<ptm ftftet Ms aiefue-itj 
I fliall now write ^,iyQ^a li|»Ig(^i«^ 
^M^^^^^^^ .thisiJ^.^town^apfl rt:$)*fijery. 



Z E^ Lf Uf G 0. HI 

ttrddOTOrtown to M vc ift, i for . jt&erfe h ^^Ofit. 
ofid Ije fimvm^ n^esflSif iea^of lilc.. as^^poptiei^ 
or g?Nc4lf;; audas^fer their be^f, theyboi)^ 
itjIQ.f agSr < Win? to )^^ iur^e is cheaper ji^re, 
b^WK^^f^ftw^ff 5^ntJ g^uiaeas in Lon^pn^;^ 
rhl[\4^a^j??enrat the Rrench King'8,^aj|ace,\ 
wtflckf th^ call VetfaiHes in their nianr 
gf¥P^9il)Jt^/i6 out of towd^ the fame asrKjew; 
Of clWio^f^r i^ with our king. I we&tifefl^ 
asci fi^raoftoft t€> fee the ftables, wbith|dibe 
fureoieirfcrlf grand, and there theyi hkte 
fbmf iterjf /good looking horfes, efpedilly^ 
Bi^Hfli^lnynttrs: it grfcvcd me td tetf %f 
vm^fioii^ixT own beft fubjeds in the^ feii^ 
ipl^mofoiror lawful etieiliy, which to fe ftirb 
ih^jEredtbKing is.- ^ 
b n Walittle think how toany of our ftllkw- 
crcflttirfeff ai^ fedticed frdfii England t^ d?& 
teiKt/cduntcic^i and esptofed to the^oiSt of 
ufage, from both the French and Spani^riJs^ 
farcnbiteBbfUhefe titoW^bow afi Efl^lh 
hsi^tfemf^vWhe ttt£tdSP. ' ^ ^^-^^ ^^^^^ 
.vTWt«?i 4^was 4t VertMil^fe; I &W tl^Ddw^ 
il&efs^ which is all the fame as the Prince 
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ff '.^^^^f wife wiift u«4 flifl Mroo^Af jtbe 
jarcttic:^ VOHB^a I hayeficqi io^Ffi»90f^ I^ 
i4gJf»rj: fair aodi blqQmjftg, apd mosi^^lt 
»p. E^liihi wpqian ; tb«n a Fretu;}}.: AO§(f)fl^ 
VoHjie your fifter ^efjh-ouly her 4*eift3»ft8 

both her legs on the, (aoie fide of thorhoidi^r 

ythieveu I have feea maaj wofoeh ^f|«e{I 

•«imejabroad ride on horfc;backilik^ upoi, 

yi^iah-I think a bad contrivance, i{mi<2ioI^ 

iw^i^k^ their hulbapda. permit i^i; ^i'l 

(ftro toid the wonaen Ijere do whatqyjfp i|^^ 

jfje^fgi fpr aU over, France " thp gi5«y fWfc 

ifl itbff better horfe." Yet. wh^ltjcofltB^^a 

thia,- aod whick I caqbc* acwjgrt.foreiis 

tViTat I heard my Lord D-r- — '« bmlfiri tell 

yefeRiJfty i which is. this, that bjt ?t;ilijw 

which, he mentioned^ bt;t I have fQrgo$.lta 

natsfl,! ttkbugh it founded fomethiog/rikiS: a 

-kekwT-By.that thcrcL law» he faid. ihai^o 

,1 woipaa Gjn be feing.Jni France jittet m M 

ildift not. .mean by way -of aitaiUi for he is 

: oflEbgUA^ p«rcnt|^t born at Kilkenny, 

I -=.^/ but 



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^ 4ai#ftiia Frahefe, Maa our ii^c^iiik 
^n^andi an* l^s ^di^ liiikQce^ fuj^fe^^^ 

^*rfieii>^&e siting dies^, this here d&a^htfc*, 
according to that there law, catinot be fiiii>4te 

^i|tififeiii^bit the next near relation, pr^iilded 
h^'k sPthahi is made ki%i and noDdic^kft 

iMn^ daughter, which to be fare is ^ry 
imjuifcr^' But you will fay, can thef€ he ^ao 
fjn^eA^fctFtance then ? Yes, whoevfepitte 

'HW^ nwlrrieiis queeh; and as long as b^r 

<&^rtf#^ lives flie may govern ikimi fft«i 
i^U tfiirpatibn as mirch as flie pleafel i £^ 

^M^^he dits, fhe is not permitted to rule 
iany lohger, exdejwifbe next king plea&s; 
Ndtfj^this ihewe, and you may tell lyiotir 
%&jdf B^fs fo, that in fpite of all the tsoax- 

' img ^nd courting wjitcb the French uf^r to 
the i/\^§>men, yet they are fal&^ai^fisd i to- 
^atdi ihem at the bottom^ and cb noit rb- 
fp^'tl^nik fo much^^a$^ to the mamrpomt, 
as^ ^ hve> EQJ^iifli tdoes { ^ and yet: Jone jof thbib 
v^r-wifl^alrMvODS Will jgb farther jfe|tblfdme 

womea 



ajo Z E 1^ U C (X 

Thanthf-^all owing tatheifimpudbnee4)ijfiDir 
SLf^omnt^u iban faaisa^ noch imtpbd^ndcifn 
Ft^fV6(^<a8 a man-mtd^feJias Hi^Bii^and. 
Byilve bye, Ben, I \yoji4$r you aHqr^Jeiir?* 
nellc, my Lord's French fervant, to b^ift 
xau|(;h witb your filler Befs ; he pi;(f^(^ to 
^^l\.h^r the French coftillongi ^^t;?^^ 
Jtnq^ what fort of cortillongs be^idijjjtt-^ 
4q {^^ her; in iny own opi^iii^ f^i 
Joh^ Lancafhere could teach hfi7.4^n^Nli; 
l^»J, :weU, and this would be mipfffhT^elrqst 
fop ih,? xeputaiioa of her vertue: ibetni]^« 
,^e^ nqt,ihew this part of my IctteofrtODBefifc 
.l>iu5,ffl?,k,e your own ufeof it* ;;;oi eM^w 

I have feen the Srencb htde ^giwifcb 
'w^jch ^hey call Jangd^rmsj thesmffli,]are 
fin^rt-lpoking young fellows eaough^)bMlt 
th^ horfes are poor w^fty things la? c^mpd^ 
rilqn of our dragpon^^ ■;, pj^, -^r(i£\ 

The Swifs guards grcilout mepj^ flj|o^j^ 
iafc^et, the fame as^eftir fpWiersjrbiibtbey 
hawftnouftache^ on r their lips ^^M ibs r»tf 
catcl^er io Su Giles s^f ; ; d u£ 

The 



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. itTheniFfishch' foot: guards are drc^eit in 
iihi^3andi^;a\l the fAtarcbing regimeHt9^itl 
.<whftBpiivi]kb Has « very footifii appesiraAce 
forr^^erB; aiid av' lor blue tcpxttinUiUt 
iiiii BfllySfit for th€ Wtiehorft or'tbeartij- 
ifkryj ot j.-..,v, . .!;,:'. < , •':■:■.■•? 

3 t>4«lie^e;1be Freiicb' army woulrf'hstvt 
'<i^gf©it cbafice \*ith our troops in' -af fair 
1>mtl«f*^n plain ground. It is Hw^jr'fi^ 
kht WiWitt^ers, that there is ho r6aA hf 
Jatt#%kwWn Dover and Calais ; but 'ii^ it 
IS^t^Wcay^i* the king does not feiilf Tocnfe 
Mg^dtedts by fea to take Paris, which'^oblk 
flia&e3liiiL;:{greac refiftatipe ; for tbeti^ i^iib 
walls round ^ towni, and there wdfil^'^ 
tttgixsl dibal of plufidbr. ■■<:.{ \ 

!fiBBt«*fter All, I'dike Paris bet<ef iliah 
^ple^unhough it is To near Mount "Ve- 
fsfitNp which all ftrangers go to fe'^, the 
fame as they do St. Paal's, the Mbriiiiflbrit, 
4i««'libii9 ih thcTdwer of London* J 4t is 
tO'beufdrc cotititfuatly fnioking and'^r'6#- 
itig (Mkt fiary aflies^tfd'dth;^: c6ihBtfftiBfes, 
fucb as none of oufS EngliOl feobirtiiifes 

does. 



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docs. I went one night to thctop of it 

trith Mr* N — 's valet Bnchankni and 

one Duncan Targe, another SootdMnkn^;- 
I thought I fhould have been chok^ witlf 
the fttaoke and fulphurous fmelk Bbt a^ 
for Buchanan and Targe, it gave thciji inb 
diftxirbance ; the reafon of which TtaBp^ 
bfei tliat the Scotch are accuftomedPfriiui 
their infancy to brimftone and bad T^ell^ 
in their own country, I do not fafy iHim 
by way of difparageinent to fbciiJ^^W8,' 
who are not bad kind of inen — only a lit^B 
proud ; but of the Scotch in genertkft^^^ 
in my: opinion ought to be retrained by 
ad .of parliament to their own country, 
otherwife I do believei in my .omfcience, 
fooner or later, they will eat up old Eng- 
land. 

I have fent unto you, by the bearer, a 
pappy mafhee tobacco box, and a dozen 
pair of gloves, for your fitter Befs, who 
will alfo deliver to you this letter, which 
I have taken three days in writing, to d}- 
lige yon and Befs j and I dnrft not wr it« by 

the 



Z E L JJ jC O. 0^1 

tl^eiBo^^fof if thciJE^eacK fquo4 |^l^isJL(rtir 
¥S«tb^Jwpuld t^}i^jn^ .wp for/ a fpj, ^4 

?¥f^n??S:HP-^^ the J^ftilc . during mjtl^ife^^ 
zr^^JniJ^^znd I a5pi,.told allfore^^, I^-r 
tj^s^^ge op?f^^ ^y the roiniftry, ia w^ 
^a^ejt^^r might briagy^u into troubiC|i|hc- 
q^ifei^fithe box and ifloves, which Jx^g 
cpuittqrb^nd againft the slOl of parl^afijient, 
|l)e^]^ng would be enraged if he knew; ^oj^ 
jfujch .^thing) which (lands to reafp^all 
fini^gg^ goods being fo much mo^iey, ouc 
oC,jbi| 1^0ftS;et. — All from dear B?i^a^i»^iti|)j 
glU^ifli jQve to your lifter Befs. .... . . 

\c oni, YburSe*v2int tooomimi^ -^ 

^V'-'^'^^^ ' ^'^ Thomas Daws^.'-'^^ 



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djiiivy .i3ir ^j.;: .-07 >:» ; ^. -:■:,.. oI?ii li(Vir 
'do 0! {^aivrr) ;:: ^Ti;!; ■•;:,., m.>.j :;v/:;1 i 
v;'j Jliiw ion i; iv. 1 biu ; :. .: ;j.^£ iio-^ i:^;^^ 



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CHAP. LXXiy.. I 

,: •..:_. ^- ' ^;.:: n..;. 

A Litter fram the Baromt to the HomurMe 

Mr. ZV^-^.. . i^.wri' .'^ 

• . . . . ' . " .:: :j ^jjtii,'/ 

A F E W pods after the arrival i^f^t^ijj. 

packet, Mr. N— received tli^ foU^ 
lowing letter , from his uncle : r^ ^ ^^ ^ ^,p 

-■ - - -. • , . : . '..:■•: ^^h ) 

MY DEAR EDWARD, ?zm. , 

I win now give you a little more of Cair. 
the Sept, and the Englifli f^aroan-^-rln cou;^^ 
fe(]^uence of Dawfon's haying menu^i^ed t^_ 
his mailer^ that the latter feemed^ fickl^ 
and was but very indiflFerently accommp-? 
dated in lodgings^ Steele had the humanity 
to do what I ought to have done, bu^ 
which I confefs I negleded. I}e^ienit a 
phyfician to vifithim, who having gVven it 
as his opinion^ that the young EngliiKmaa 
required nothing but reft and proper diet 
to i^-eftabti health, Mr. Steele tiien 

fent 



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fent for the landlord of the houfe where 
Carr and he were quartered, defiring that 
he would immediately give them a more 
convenient apattihtnt,iiod let the young' 
man have that particular diet which the 
dMtorxeddm^mended } for all which he in- 
demnified the man by an immediate ad- 
vance of money, and fent a meflage. to the 
fiilt)lr,'^fliat he wifhed to fee him as fooh f% 
he^^iofrtd cafily walk to the hotel, which 
was at no great diftance from their intii " 

Carr and Warren came togethcii: two 
days after receiving this meflage; thje latter 
is a"^ vvell-looking man, of about twenty- 
three or twenty-four years t)f age; he ap- 
pear^rfernaciated, but is naturally of a Aobt' 
C^mtution, and friends daily. He vyas 
delirea to Tit down, and he gave a fliort ac- 
cbiifit of his difaftcrs and long refidence ia. 
Perfia;, in a mcdeft and fenfible manner^ ^ ^ 

But'rteave you to imagine our furprife 
and pleafure, when in the courfe^ of |he 
converiafibn we difcoyered that this faiXor 
is brother to Lady Elizabeth's y oting f|;jen<j( 

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Mifs Warren; the &ine who went in a 
frigate as a midfiupman to the Eaft Indies 
the year before her father's death, and^ was 
fuppofed to have been loft in the paflagei as 
neither the veffel nor any of the ?rew were 
afterwards heard of. You muft remember 
Lady Elizabeth's relating thofe circumftan* 

ces to you and to me at N Houfe, one 

day after Mifs Warren left the room, which 
Ihe did on your mentioning an Eaft India 
fhip's having ftruck on a bank in going out 
of the Channel ; and your aunt at the 
fame time begged of you to be guarded in 
your difcourfe in that young lady's coto^r 
pany, as every hint relative to qaval ea- 
gagements or fliipwrecks was apt to ro^fe 
within her mind the painful recolle£tioi| of 
Iter own family misfortunes. I will not 
attempt to defcribe yoqng Warrea's joy, o« 
my informing him that I was acquainted 
with his fifler^ and that ihe was well aod 
happily fitua,ted$ nor how fuddenly that 
Joy was checked, when be inquired about 
his father. I anfwered, ^^ I had heard no- 
I thing 



Z EL U G O* fii 

ti^ o£ hi^ yeigr l*tdy j'' ba,t. tjic yo^th 
iiad obferYedi that $t<^JEiade a fudden m- 
Volumary? ^j»pvein^ qucftipii, a,pd 

ke fa^ qae look forrowful whea I made th6 
iniWer* " Alas/* cried he, wringing his 
iiaad^s^ " my farther is dead— I ftiali nercr 
fee liim more/' We were fijerit, whick 
f endered his fufpicioni certainty. iThc 
yoting man thcin butft into tears ; after al- 
iowing them to flow for fome time id 
lllence, t told him ttiat his father had died 
in tattle, exerfing himfelf gallantly iri tlie 
caufe of his country, 'fhe fatisfaftion which 
tills commuriidated was vifible through tiis 
tears; lie made liie rcjpeat dlt the circum- 
i):ances t knew, agaiii dnd agdn. t (iialt 
never forget the emotioh and ardour which 
ajppeared in the youth^s countenance while 
^e liftened.-^** My father/^ cried he witfi 
exultation, ^* was a briv6 officer." ** that 
he was/* (aid l.-^^* t had the horibut ot 
knowing him; his hehaviour during the 
a6:ioh in which he fell was pfaifedj and his 
VoL.IL S death 



i^f i E L V c g: 

dcith regretted by the whx)te flecfl.** The 
ybubg mail contihaed to (he'd tiiis. 

Steele i8 a^^rorthy feirow— I tike ^m more 
and more ; he took hold of Warren*8 hand» 
and waa going to fay fomething confolatory 
to him, but his voice failing he atlib burfl in- 
to tears, and he only could utter the words 
d^mn it J while he haflily fubbcd his eyes, m 
a kind of indignation, at finding himfelf 
crying. I faid every thing that I imagined 
could footh young Warren ^r-we ordered 
an apartment for him at our hotelf— poor 
Carr . was exceedingly happy ; he faid he 
had alwaya fufpeded that Mr. Warren was 
of genteel parentage, and even attempted 
to make an apology for fome parts of his 
own behaviour which he thought had been 
too familiar. You may eafily conceive hd'fiv 
this was received by one of Warren's fenfibi- 
lity ; he ihook him by the hand> called hioL 
his benefat^ori* and faid he would Devec 
forget what he owed to him. Carr how- 
ever declared he knew what belonged to a 
II gentlemaa 



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gentleman and the fon of an officer, and 
only defired leave to continue to attend 
him in the quality of a fervant till his .ar- 
rival in Englmdy and^ ndtvikithftanding all 
Warren could urge, he would remain with 
mux dn ii^ ether cdnikibn?; . 

I have fnrmkd ot^ thif youig man to 
accept of my credit for what is immediate- 
ly necdfery for fiis dd::eftt ecluipin'eii Jj^ 
Bis toisfortuneS hafve n6i dkttped^hii^ fond- 
£r6fe ^f his'Tprofdffiori. He fiats nbf#!e«4 
nor hopes independent of it ; and hi^ Mfbft 
ardent wifli after feeing his (ifter, is -to re- 
turn to his duty, in the hopes of promotion 
as an officer.; Steete Is wonderfalfy at- 
tached to him, and Warren feems to have 
the warmeft efteem or moft grateful atfec- 
tion for Steele; who is now fo well that 
we think of leaving this id a few days, 
and my next letter, I hope, will be ^ated 
from N— — Houfe. God blefs ydu, my 
dear Edward! 

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CHAP. LXXV, 

A fecond Letter frm the Bartmet tc ihe^ 
- MmwrMi Mr. N-^^r^. / . 

far WO or thjxc wecl»^^ after tbU, Mr. 

N-r— received jaiy>tlwr If^ter^froro 

liM^Wi^le, of which ythA foUpi^rf ia,aja ex- 

'* Our reception at N-— Hbufe was 
inoft joyful ; Steele's inother and histiucle 
Transfer were both there when We arrived. 
The former flew with impatience into her 
ion's arms before he hac^ finifiied his com*- 
pliments to your father and tady Eliza- 
beth. Transfer aflured Steele as hfe fhook 
him by the hand> that he was not fp happy 
even at the peace, although he had then 
gained fix thoufarid pounds by ^thi rife of 
ftock. While the mother, uncle, and ne- 

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Z E L U C O. ^t 

pliew were entertaining each other, I pre^ 
fented young Warren to his lifter. The lea- 
der nefs of this fcene exceeds my power of 
defcription J yotir fattier was moved event 
to tears, while Lady Elizabeth beheld it 
^th a fmile: of ferene fatisfadion, I do 
not know how to account for tMsy for who 
is more alive to the feelings of humanity 
than her Lad^fhipf P&haps the had afti- 
cipated the meeting iti her imagination; 
fo that when it aftualljr took place, il^h^ 
happened but what fhe had forefi^"^; 
^ whereas your father was taken by O^rpriiey 
or perhaps Lady Elizabeth's attention to 
,fupport. her young friend during this p^-' 
thetic interview prevented her from being 
fd much affieded herfelf as (he would other* 
wife have be^n. . . 

♦* Youiig Warren behaved with great pro- 
priety, for his behaviour was natural. His 
firft expreffions were thpfe of the moft af- 
fediooate tendernefs fpr his iifter; his next, 
of gratitude to Lady Elizabeth and your 
fl^ther^ for the parenul kindnefs they had 
5 3 (hewn 



% 



^ ZEJLUCO, 

Ctifmrk to bis ocfiliaa lifter ; the oieiuioa oC 
w^ich ^o^ht jbhe rq;oUe6^Qa of 4^ir 
ogaro f^tj^r ijDto the miods .of both. Tlw 
^ coumcoi^njce of Mi& Warren^ bathed 
ifl teaw^ fell upop her brotber'fi ftiouWer^ 
vrbilf^ he^ greatly agitatedi was icarpely s^U^ 
to fuflaia her and himfelf. 
, *> la thw attitude they .continued for 
fome time in themid£t of a groupitoo mucM 
^ScStid to give tbem any interruption. 

^' Mi& Warren feeo^ng to rf oo?(er h)^ffelf« 
and altempting to apqlqgi/e to ^ com* 
pany, Lady Elizabeth too^ h^r ^ tbg hand) 
and i&id, ^M beg you wiU aome with ine, 
»y dear, I have fometbing to fay to you.'^ 
Then fupportiog Mife Warren with one 
hand^ and drawing her bcotber after her 
with the other, fhe condud^ed both into 
another room. '* You muft have many thiaga 
to pominnni^cate in which you will be un*^ 
der yeftraist from the prefence of even yomp 
beft friends." 6p faying, Ihe 1^ tbefla to* 
gether, andretH^rned to tlje company^ 

^^ Mr?, 



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55^ B L U Q^O. ;ji^3 

'f.Mr4.^Ste^lp w^« iacUne4 lo hav? ;^ 
fftpra*tdt? vfifif. feuer fonj but Tf^nsfer, wIm? 
j^)jj?ryjed her drawing him apart, .(^pofy4 
%^]9kf^}^W^t Jjdmiti^ec} pf tte |mrty; hf 
fwore he loved his nephew as well 49 his 
fifter could ]ove her fpn, and he had no 
ijotion of allowing him to be feduced fro© 
him on the very day of his arrival. 

^' After Wvr^a aa4 his fiftejr h?^4 bee* 
together about an hour, he .called ioCarrj^ 
whom the young Lady was moft defirpus 
pf fepng. She feems almoft in Ipve with 
l^is fellow ever fince her brother inform- 
pd her of Qtrr's behaviour to him; and 
refp^^s him fo much for the goodnefs of 
his hearty that ihe gannot bear to h^r 
hifn tiirned ipto ridicule on any account. 
, ** I re?i4 Buchanan's letter the other 
iday to your father and Lady Elizabeth. We 
J?U^hed a little at an expreffioni in it con- 
cerning Cayrs air in dancing a nainuet. 
Mife Warren did not quite relifli the jeft. 
I do ia ipy cpnfcience believe that had a 
J»ap« i^ith the face and perfoa of the Bel- 
: _ S 4 videre 



^ z E L u c a; 

iridere Apollo» negleded her brotlibt>ta hii 
diftrrfst no future atteudon to2lkttdi 
tould hate made this young Ladyvin^pe^ 
bim ^ much as ihe does dus poor fifUoW^^' 

^* The cnthufiaftic aflfcaion of MiaWar^ 
fen for her brother bodes well for ouf friend 
IBteele, who is her paffionate admirer as much 
gsever ; and if I am not greatly tniftakdtii the 
Lady Views him already in a diflfereht light 
firbrii virhat (he cfxd before he went abroid; 
I am^fo much cohviiicedof thi^ that FBanre 
ventured 1:0 give Steele fomc eiitiburagc-^ 
ing hints^ to that piirpofe. Your father 
alfo wifhes him to renew his addrefl^, and 
I am certain that Steele-s heart prompts him 
to the fame ; his natural diffidence, how- 
ever, joined to the abhorrence he has for 
importuning any body, have hitherto re-f 
firainedhim; he derives little encourage- 
ment from Mifs Warren's aflFable behavi- 
pur tP him, which he entirely imputes to 
pomplaifance for her brother, whofe friend*^ 
fliip for Steele increafes daily. But in my 
pninioni independent of all confideration of 



rE^L U C^(^ ^ 

lier brotiii^rtvtlie d^fe|^|ter(el£ m^ vievn- 
Hoficft Steele wkhiother eyes thm ibeifiid 
&iipeiiy« Ihdeed |)#th year fatluir and 
|[i2Kiy £iix6^i|Qtli :(feelaTe tl|tt Ke !» rmproveil 
ia mf Q^i re^e^U i>^^bi3r travels. Pofffibly 
you Qiay layclaim to pirt of the lioi^oar of 
thisr-for I^bcflieve xiw Wf re hks oj^j.avii^ 
t;a^£^ r^dieUf my^ dear Edward* I re« 
J9ke ii^. th^^ accQums of your contmued 
gq^ jic^thj and hope you vfill Qjaijwt 
lcM]ygef^l^2ul thaa soquifk^ Jptf 

cQn%ip[^ii)g itj.fo as that you ms^. gpref 
agiM^^ n?pd > to ^uit Old ^|las4 9»^ thut 






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C « A p. LXXVI. 

IT is p<^w fiiJi ti»? 19 retupp to I.^rji'^ 

from wboiQ tiie readfr 09^7 perttAfu 

think we haireiMeQ ^bfcnt too long* Wlxefi 

iw k& bM> &e h^ pi^Ailod on jSisi^^^^^^ 
pfi(nait0ifirri£e<o C^Ioftej*, «i>4 b^ fees 
fai6aQfweir» spvbefclo |>e |^f e AflUr^nce^ not 
to give the leafl hint to his friend Capt^iQ 
Seidlits of the ill-footing on which Zeluco 
and his fifter were. After the difcovery 
inade by the maid to Si^nora Sporza, it was 
no longer in Laura^s power to adhere to 
the plan (he had formed, by avoiding con- 
verfatioris with Signora Sporza on a topic 
which fhe introduced as often as they were 
together by themfelves. And in the courfe 
of thofeconverfations Signora Sporza made 
po feruple of giving it as her opinion, that 

Laura 



Z E L U C O. 96j 

Xaura ought not to fubgiit berfclf m tlm 

ti»i Imen wd wbpm it ^^s ipipoffilik 
^ .ei^er flipnW ; !>ne, wfe<?& Jotre for hit 
W4S 4»|feady exfeaBftp4y aad ^^rhi^fci if it 
:5i<li^d #ircr ^ti^f r); 'iftull, »<wr that ii^s true 
a^T^&sr jb<»4 developed itfelf J prov« acwife, 
%at i8L hfeffi^ng to hh *ife : tfeie feeft roW'- 
fcrp which JLaura ooidd ^pt thewforff 
^ais to ifsiform her «jK>tbiejr and hrother ojP 
^ tjTue (la^ of the cafe» and to feparate, 
00 the bp& tenms they qould procure, ftom 
her huJhaod Ibr even 

Nothing was more earneftly dedred by 
I/aura than a reparation upon any terms 
&oni Zeiuco ; but as this could not be done 
wilJaottt mforrning her mother of the mifery 
of her fituatiQu, flie pouid not bear to give 
a parent, for whom ftiefeit the moft tender 
a^ei^B, the remor& of thinking that Jh^ 
had km^ the moOi a0:ire caufe of her child's 
inifery* §he was alfe afraid of hier hrotheft 
whoto flie knew to be df a temper to call 
her hn^ni tQ 9 ievere account for his con.^ 

dua 



% 



a68 Z E L U C O; 

dwGt towards hcr^ the confequences of whiclr 
in every point of view appeared to her 
dreadful ; a third confiderationf it is pro-^ 
bable, had fome weight with her— fhc 
^ad reafoa to Relieve flie was with child. 

Laura, therefore^ infifted firmly with 
Signora Sporza to be allowed to judge for 
herfelf in this particular, and convinced 
her that fhe ihould be highly offended 
if Signora Sporza gave the leaft hint 
of the terms on which (he was with her 
Jiufbaod to her brother, or any other 
perfon. What had already happefaed, how- 
ever, made Carloftein an exception ; and 
Signora Sporza indemnified herfelf for tbe 
reftraint ihe was obliged to ufi? to others by 
fpeaking her fentiments very freely to him, 
even in^ the prefence of Laura, on this fuli- 
Jed, which now engroffed her thoughts. 
. Notwithftanding the precautions which 
Layra, took to keep her mother frpntv tlie 
knowledge of what would give > her too 
jnucli urieafinefs, if that lady had ft<?t been 
;»^Uttie d^wled by the glitter of magnifi- 
cence 



Z E L U C O^ . ii^ 

c^ncip which appeared in the equipages and 
domeftic eflablifhment of Zeluco, and flat^ 
ter^d by his fpetious behaviour to herfelf> 
flip would have difcovered that her daugh- 
ter was unhappy. With regard to Captaia 
Seidlits, he thought his after fo very 
amiable in all refpeds, that it pever eater- 
ed into his mind that the man who pof- 
lefTed her, and who could have no motive but 
love for his original attachment to her, did 
not think himfelf happ]jr in the acquifitionj 
and although it fometimes occurred to him» 
from thepenfive and melancholy air of hia 
fitter, that flie might not be fo very fond of 
her huiband as could be wifhedj, he confl- 
dered that as a misfortune which (he hail 
in common with many women, and for 
which there was no remedy: and he 
turned his thoughts from it as from an 
idea whicli if indulged could only plague 
bimfelf, without being of fervice to his fifter. 
It has been already remarked, that the 
many fine qualities and accompliiliments 

which Laura poireffed, and would have 

-... :, .-. r. . , . .. ^. .;. . ^^^ 



n 



i(f6 2 E L U C O. 

^€Si iht efieem and affedian of a matt' 
<jf Wotth and fentiniicnt, had Kttle atifrac- 
titw fof the jaded fenfes atnd corrupt ra(t6 
df Zcftico/ MTho fbwghc ra vftrlil beiirty" 
jfed ior varitffy a rtfief fjfom entiuh anrf 
ite neter-failing companion ilt-humour; 
btlt ai! thofef palliatibns^ inftead of dimi- 
nilhing were found to augment tfie in- 
CUfabld difeafe under which this wretched' 
xtiafi laboufed ; who, when he became un- 
ftlpportaMcf to himfeif, ofieii erideavoiiredf 
ttt ethauft i\i6 virulence which corroded" 
ftifi own breaft iipbn her, who, Before (he 
ktiew hith, had n^ver kftown what ennui 
or ilf-hcfrtitfur was. 

Diff felting, however, as his ill- temper 
was, it did not feem fo dreadful in the 
eyes of his wife, as the returns of fond- 
nefs with which he was occafionalty 
feized; and fometimes, from unaccount- 
able caprice, thofe fits of fondnefs woulct 
come immediately after he had been in- 
fultiqg her with the moft unprovoked iu 
wfage. An attachment, therefore, which 

Zeluco 



Z E LT XJ'C ai 571 

Zeluco formed about this time, and was 
confidered as a fource of great aiHidion to 
his wife, proved in reality one of tl^e 
moft comfortable idcidait$ tdF h^i; that had 
occurred fmce her marriage. 



I7» S! £ L U C O; 






CHAF- LXXVIt. 

•^i— genus htiic ihaterna fuperbum 
Kbbiiita^ dabat, incertum de patre ferebati VlitS* 

'WO ladies hid lately Arrived at 
Naples J one of thetn an elderly wo- 
man, the other about three of four and 
twenty^ and of uncommon beauty* The 
account given of them by the banker oil 
whom they had a credit, and which was 
fupported by letters to individuals at Naples, 
was, that the youngeft had a moderate for-^ 
tune in her own poflefGon, on which fhg 
lived in a genteel and independent manner^ 
and had come to pafs a few months at 
Naples, that (he might enjoy the benefit 
of a purer air than that of Rome ; that the 
elder lady was aunt to the younger, the 
widow of an officer; that ihe was in re^ 

diiced 



2 E L U C O; fl7j 

dii^ circuttiftances, and dependent on her 
niece. 

Such was the account given of thofe two 
ladies, whofe real hiftory was a^ follows : 

The young one, whofe name was Ne- 
rina> was the offspring of a fecret amour 
between an unmarried woman of family 
in Genoa, and a mufician. The afi^air had 
been hufhed up ; the lady being delivered 
at the houfe of a female relation in the 
country, the infant given to the wife of a 
peafant to fuckle, and the father retiring to 
Venice, where he lived on the profits of 
his profeflion, and on the money which he 
received from the child's mother. His de- 
mands became more exorbitant than it was 
in her power to fatisfy ; he wrote menacing 
letters, but no threats could procure. fromi 
her or her relations what fatisfied the rapa- 
city of the mufician j on which he formed 
a fcheme to carry away the child from the 
peafant^s cottage, and convey het to his 
own houfe at Venice. He fucceeded in his 

Vol. IL T projed 



-o^ 



f 



l^%4 Z E t W ff P. 

who had the care of th^ diild; > Haiui^ 
|hU pledge in his handsi he imagined that 
the mother or her relAtioos would be moK 
folickous to furoifh him with mbteyt: it 
bapp^Qcd otherwife ; the unhappy mother 
retired to a convent^ where in a {horttiiDe 
Ihe was feized with a fever* of which jftie 
didi. After this her relations fet ihe^mi*- 
ficiaa. at defiance) and gave theirt^lyea fio 
farther trouble about him or the childi^ The 
mufician was a man of the moil pro^gftte 
principles and manners s he lived with .a 
woman of the fame charader» ^hp w^a a 
finger at the Opera. With this coij^e Nfi- 
rina was educated ; (he had a pretty jgood 
voice, and promifed to be remarkably h^nd- 
fonai?. They expeded that in a fliprt time 
the circumftances of the family wouid be 
greatly augmented by a proper ufepf both; 
but Nerina was not of a difpofitioR to 
fhare the profits arifing froitn her perfon^l 
accomplifhments with any perfon. what- 
ever ; at the age of fifteen therefore fhe 

abandoned 



i 



Z E E IF C O. ^y^ 

ibm^ksaE0^d^h^ and fheteiv 

rhoEileb o£ the Ite|>ablicy ia company with 
'A^KTkicaS^iNoyemlsin; She Was atqimlated 
with tHe^ekcum&aQces of her o^n birth j 
4ind{ti4though^ in her iiifpofition flie had 
iftioirexftffioi«y with her father thati with her 
«iijibllfiimte mother, yet in conver^tion 
^ ^tMd to confide herfelf as defbended 
4tQta her mother alone, and never mei^- 
tliofled her father, more than if flie had not 
known of his exiftencc. She lived with 
the yeo^tian, till hrs flow of money, whkh 
^ai corifiderable at the beginning of their 
con&exlofi, began to ebb; fhe then-kft 
h^ f4*^ young Englifliman, with wjidwaa 
^fiie^eitibaflfed in a high tide of fortuaef and 
i^t'kft{q4ifited him for the fame refifon that 
ihe had^iqiHtted the Venetian. She alter- 
%vard8 tftabli&ed herfelf at Eome, and 
wMiifeg to acquire a decent chara6\er^ -flie 
todt an elderly woinaa into her fertice, 
who fhe pretended was a relation of her 
mother's, and lived for fome time with as 
T 2 much 



11^6' Z E L.U. C Q. 

much affedled modefty m a great deal of 
natural impudeace would permit. 

It is faid that people are apt through 
life to fet too great a value on thofe things* 
which they have found it difficult tp 
procure in their youth, and too little on 
thofe to which they have be^n accuftomed. 
Nerina had been bred in a fartiSiy in 
which there was a great fcarcity of mor 
ney, and a profufion of what is foipe- 
times, however improperly, called love. 
Whether it was owing to this, or from ^i bat- 
ever caufe it proceeded, certain it is^ 4;hat 
Nerina, in all her dealings, fliewed fhe pt- 
moft attention to the former, andmadp-vejy 
liulci<)r no account of the other. . ,, :tv > 

While Nerina lived in this ^^^^^^Sii^}f^,^ 
Rome, fhe was proteded by a certain Jgar- 
dinal, who fometimes faw her infecrex, and 
by whofe friendihip flie flattered, ih,crfcjjf 
that fhe (hould be enabled to pafs t;he.re|^^ 
her life without having need of other pro- 
t€(9:or8 J but before fhe could get matters 
arranged to her fatisfadlion, an accident 

happened 



Z E L U'C O. 177 

happened tolhe Cardinal, which according 
to his own calculation fliould not have hap- 
pened ^OT feveral years, and which Nerina 
did iiot^ wifli for till the arrangements 
abov^- mentioned had taken place. The 
Cardinal died the day after he had pafled an 
evenip^ with Nerina, during which he had 
been more profufe than ever ofhisexpref- 
iions of friendjloip. 

Nerina was fo violently afFeSed by this 
premature accident, that, in her rage, flie 
could not abftain from many abufiVe ex* 
preflioris againft his Eminence, for hav- 
ing fd long delayed what (he thought it 
was hik^dtity to Have performed; bik-her 
paffion fubfiding by degrees, fhe at length 
riiuftered up all her philofophy, whiich di- 
feded Her, without farther lofs of time, to 
have recourfe to feveral protedors to in-* 
dcmnTfy^ her for Jierrioft of one of the 
t^atdihal's importance. 

Among thofe was a young man of a 

noble family of Milan, who became def- 

perately in love with her, and for whom 

T 3 flie 



\ 



578 Z E L U C a 

ihe aflFc£ted a reciprocal flame, btrt with 
this diffcTcnce, that the yx)ung raanrs coq* 
tinwd to bofn tvith undiminifhcd fervoor 
after the fuel which fed Nerina^s was quite 
exhaufted. As foon as fhe perceived that 
his money was gone, and underftood that 
he had biit drftant hopes of a frefh fapply, 
a chining alteration feemed to take jilkce ia 
the bofom of Nerina ; and the youth, in- 
fiead oif frailes and carefles, was received 
with formality and cold politenefs. 

The imprudent youth, unable to bear 
this kind of behaviour from a perfon who 
commanded all his affedion, propdfed mar- 
riage as the only recompence he could make 
to her, now that his finances were ex- 
haufted. 

This offer made an immediate impreffion 
on the miqd, and fome alteration on the be- 
haviour of Nerina ; but after weighing 
every circumftance, and balancing the ad- 
vantages and difadvaatages of clofing witH 
the propofaT, (he concluded that h would 
he attended with naore trouble than fhe 



Z E L U C O. 279 

Vjte trilling to bfeft<5W| and fnbfe fHk thak 
fhe diofe to ruo. She therefore fell on 
n^mn^i i/tkfeotit appeiarlng to hare giten 
the mfiG^r mation> of acquainting her jlpyer's 
relajtjipqsi that he had got into b^conj- 
p^pjr atfjRonie, and that if he were not 
T!?i^gy^(J immediately, he was in daogpr of 
takifl^ an irretrievable flep of the moft fatal 
CQnJ(<;^uence to his honour and hfippinefs. 
She amufed the youth himfelf with eyafiye 
anfwers, till one of his relations ^rrived 
at Rome, with peremptory orders from 
his father, for his immediate return to 
Milan 5 which the young man with infinite 
reluctance at length obeyed, after mutual 
oaths of eternal love, and many tears on his 
part as well as that of Nerina, whofe agent 
received a liberal recompence for the intel- 
ligence. 

The young man being thus difpofed of, 

,an4,!lSe^ina having a define to fee Haples, 

fhe di(^,i;iqt think thofe acquaintance whom 

; £he.h^d.occafionally feen, unknowii to her 
Milanffe lover, arid. to each other,'of I'm- 

. v,„ T 4 portahce 



1 



1i89 Z E h V C O, 

portance enough to induce her to baulk her 
fancy. 

She went accordingly, and eflabliihed 
herfelf with her pretended aunt, in the 
manner that has been mentioned^ 



Z E L U G Ot ^H 



C H A P. LXXVIII. 



II y a dans la jaloufie plus d'amour propre que d'a-*. 

mOHr. ROCHEFOUCAULT* 



'Z E L U C O accidentally meeting with 
Nerina, was fufficiently touched with 
her face and figure, to wifti to cultivate her 
acquaintance. He found po unfurmount* 
able obftacle to this, but Nerina, knowing 
him to be a man of great fortune, thought 
it worth her while to ufe all her powers of 
attradion, which, particularly to a man of 
Zeluco's charader, were very ftrong> till 
by degrees Ihe cheriflied what was only a 
tranfient defire into a violent paffion. 

He wiflied however to conceal his con- 
nexion with Nerina from his wife and her 
relations; and although he vifited her very 
frequently, it was always in fecret, fo that 
their intipiacy mi^ht have remained much 

longer 



^82 Z E L U C O. 

longer unknown, had all the world liken 
as little pains to difcover it as Laoia and 
her relations. But Lkura received two 4et- 
ters in one day, both from unknown arid 
fncere friends^ giving her a faithfut account 
of her hu{band*8 intimacy with NeHia ; 
and explaining how (he might d^^ft it. 
One of thofe friends was a wo»an wilh 
whom Zelucoliad intrigued, and whatdok 
this ftep to be revenged of bim for hk ifi- 
Ikielity ; the other was a lady whd fuf- 
pelted that her bufband was fond of Lsuna, 
and hated her on that account, 'althopgh 
well convinced (hat he would not fucceed. 
It would liave been mortifying to thoffe tWo 
benevolent creatures, had they known how 
ydry little their intelligence afFeded Laura. 
Sht was in the ad of throwing their letters 
into the fire when her hufband entered the 
-room : ^* You feem very eager to burn thofe 
' leitcrsi^ faid he. ^^ Their contents are of a 
iiitftire too indifferent for me to be eager iabout 
- th^fh,^* replied (be. -^^* Pray, who are they 
frbtt^, if it be not 'a fecret ?^' added he. — 



Z E L V C O. H23 

faid .b«i fnatchinif onfc of the kttfers that 
Wfi^ »0tconfiimed, fxfom the fire^ '^ m^y / 
h[^^ a4»Itted a$ a copafidcai ?' ~*' You had 
J)€it^jg not read it/' faid Laura coolly, and 
witj^ilt attempting to take it from hinu-^— 
*^ jW^^ fo?" faid he , '^ Becaufe," repl^d 
fhjl, ^V the con teats ^ill be as little fatif-^ 
:j&iiaayy/ to, you as the method of obitaining 
ihej^Hi if honourable." 

i^^ So you a^e afraid <5f my readtfi(g it/^ 
fold he* *' I have no fears on the febje^fc,'* 
replied Laura, walking towards the dooy^ 

^^ Stay, Madam/* cried Zelueo, who 
kQe>f7Hthe hand> and having obfeirved tihe 
njafueof Nerina in the letter, fufpe£led the 
Goateitts ; *V I have no intention to read 
this fcrcdlf oialy your afFeding not to km>w 
from whom it came, furprifed me."-r-** It 
is no aiffedation? Ihave not the leaft 4^0- 
tion/- feid Laura— ** What then, they were 
both anonymous ?*'—f:' They were/' added 
(he."r-^*V Some jeft, I fuppofc,'* fa^l he, 
throwing the letter again ipto the fire, or 

perhaps 



% 



284 Z E L tr C O. 

perhaps fome piece of malice.*'-*^^ Very 
poflibly/' faid fhe, and left the roorar. 

While Zeluco had held the ^alf-con- 
fumed letter in his hand, he recognized the 
writing of the Lady with whom he himfelf 
had intrigued. Knowing the jealoufy of her 
difpofition, and perceiving Nerina's , name 
in the middle of the letter^ he immediately 
fufpeded its contents ; and albeit^ unufed /« 
ti^e blujking mood^ he underwent fon^ethjng 
approaching to it, on perceiving that he 
had betrayed unjuft fufpicions of hia^ wife, 
at the very inftant that flie received infor- 
mation of his own infidelity. 

For fbme time after this incident, 2e* 
luco behaved with more attention to Laura,, 
and aflFeded a greater fhare of gopd hu- 
mour than was natural to him, while (he 
Ihewcd qo fymptom oi being in any de- 
gree afFedfd by the intelligence conyeyecj 
ID the. anonymous letters; nor did flie ever 
jifter by any allufion or hint revive the re^ 
CQlledion of them, 

la 



Z E L, U t O. i8|. 

In ihc mean while. Mr, N preva^fd 

on Captain Seidlits to make a tour with 
him into the two Calabrias, and other parts, 
of tfee kingdom of Naples. CarloAeiri 
having declined to accompany them,' fay- 
ing, "as he was to remain in Italjr after 
S'eidhtvhe would pbftpone it. Zduco be- 
came daily more intoxicated with Nerink j 
fhe aimoft continually occupied his thoughts^ 
and engroflfed the greateft part of' his'Ciniei 
fo that Laura was left at more freedom and 
in greater tranquillity thanfhe had ever eh^ 
joyec( firice her marriage. 

Herhufband's vanity with regard to^hj^r 
wa§ confiderably abated, fo that he no logg- 
er infifted, as he had done formerly, on 
her appearing at every aflembly and public 
place i' he was better pleafed that flieinould 
remain at home at her mother's, or Signofa 
Sporza^s, while he was palling his time 
with Nerina, and of couffe being mifled 
from aiiemblies, it might be believed tliat 
he was keeping his wife company. ' 



Laura's 



1 



i86 Z E L u c a 

Laura^ fociety at this period fhtrefore 
was confined to her mother, Signora Spof za» 
and Garlaftein ; the latter ihe fair siwnik 
every day, and frequently had opporuiQcnek 
of conTerling with him alone at the'iiM(& 
of Signora Sporza. This too incbil^nt 
friend being exceedingly affieded at th« 
iettled gloom which (he well faw liad d^rar^ 
fpread the mind of Laura, and which 4be 
thought the company and conrerfkiloii^Df 
Carlofiein alone had the power of <}i2fllpaC» 
ii)^ contrived frequent means of bringing 
them together ; and this (he did wjcb: (mh 
addrefs, that they fecmed to happen by ^c^ 
cideot, and without any previous artange* 
ment on her part. Nothing could :te more 
imprudent than the condud of Signora 
Sporza, in leading her young friend into 
fuch ilippery fituations^ which fhe did how^ 
ever from no other inducement than the 
picafure ihe took in feeing Laura pleafed 
and in good fpirits ; as for Zeluco^ ihe 
thought he licbly defer ved the worft that 

could 



X e; t U: C O. :ij87 

cpiW[li»ppeo»'fpfi,l? her opigip% hj^^a4 
afa:cad3rptititoutpf'bm wife's power 5q49 
Iwaaiitytifftice; but iber^ is ooe oOnjSdewtr 
ttO0^i3(iHhi(;b> bad it ocicurrcd to Sigeor* 
Sportsu would hav? made ber ad v^ry dif- 
ffircjAdiy from what fhe did; and that^s, tb« 
«ffie<3:.that any effential ill condud would 
baim) liftd otn the mind of Laura herr&ll^ 
Si|;ni3ifa Sporza did not reflciflthat bad this 
})eei!i tbe cafe, no aUeviation from pfeisaliar 
cifcumflances, no provocatioa on this part 
of J^er liufband, no certainty of conceaU 
itttrttv aftd no confideration x)f wh^ev^r 
kiftd,' could have made a womari c^-i^u^ 
ra^8 dHpofition forgive herfelf, or could 
have reftored her that peace of mind witb* 
out vvhich happinefs cannot exift^ . <, 

It miuft be owned that the virtue >cf few 
women was ever placed in a more perilous 
fituation than that of Laura, when it is 
confidercd that fhe had a fixed and well* 
grounded averfioa for her hulband^ con-- 
ftantly kept alive by frefh provocit^ons ; 

for 



^n 2 E L u c o. 

for (he was by turas tMfed by }A$ <^pricec, 
abufcd by his unprovolced rage, infiit^dfry 
bis gyoundlefs jealoufies, and Hitotihited 

by his infidelity; while a moft amiable and 
accomplifhed man, for whom flxe coutd not 
hfclp feeling a great partiality. Was defpe- 
rately in love with her, and with whom 
(he had frequent opportunities of being 
albne. 

She received a fecond letter from one of 
her anonymous correfpondents, informing 
her, that her hufband and one of his aflb- 
ciates, with Nerina, who was alfo to have 
a companion, had formed a party to pifs a 
few days at CafTerta and other {daces, and 
were to fet out that very day. Laura was 
as little affeded by this letter as the for- 
mer i (he threw it into the fire, and thought 
no more of it. 

That very day, Zeluco, without the 
fhadow of provocation, but in the mere , 
wantonnefs of caprice, behaved to her in 
th6 mod infolent and brutal manner, tell- 
ing her, *' that her j^w//r/V^/* meaning . 

the 



Z E L U C O. 089 

tlie Mtklemsin who k»d the rj6|uaH>k 
w^ti Carlofteia* •* li^4 aban4oa€d heri 
a94iet.|>iwi: for Vcum^ md he fi^fpofed 
/Aj/ wm the c^ufc pf Im low (pixm j Qti 
her keeping filence, be told her that 
her fileope proceeded from infolence apd ' 
pride/' 

** You are miftaken,'- faid Lauraj ** I 
never was infolent, and I never had left 
reafon to be proud ; I was filent from con- 
tempt of an accufation which I cannot 
think you yourfelf believe to have any 
foundation." 

•* Contempt !'* cried Zeluco, fiercely* 

^' Contempt of a groundlefs accmfatbo/' 
replied Laura. 

•* Your contempt is afFeded, Madam,** 
faid Zeluco; •^ but your melancholy is 
real.'* 

** My melancholy is indeed real,'* faid 
Laura^ buriling into tears. 

After uttering fome (hocking obfervntiftnf 

on her being fo much afFefled, and the fup- 

VoL. 11. U pofed 



n 



590 



Z E L U C O. 



pofcd caufc, he faid, ** I am going to the 
country for a few days, Madam, and leave 
you to mourn that yonr mignon is not 
at hand to comfort yoti during my ah^ 
•fence/' 






■y - 



.1 



z-E D q c o. 2^1 

' ■ . . ■ ■ , . / .: . . . ^ 

. GH A p. LXXIX. : 

Tiftf Portrait. 

T AURA gave free way to the fulxjefs' 
of her forrow for a confiderable time 
after her hufband left her, but at laft, festr- 
ing that her mother might call and obferve 
the traces of afflidion on her countenance, 
fhe went to Signora Spo.rza's, that fhe might 
have time to recover h'erfelf, in fome de- 
gree, before fhe fhoul3*^(neet with Madame 
de Seidlits. 

The fervant did not know that the Baron 
Carlofteia was with his miftrefs, he there- 
fore told Laura that Signora Sporza was 
alone, and immediately introduced her 
into the room where ihe found them con- 
verfing together. 

** I have been juft telling the Baron, my 

dear/' faid Signora Sporza to Laura as ihe 

U i entered, 



-192 Z E L U C O. 

entered^ " that I haye a letter to /vf rite, I 
beg therefore you will eotertaia him till i 



return/' 



Carldfteln perceived the marks of Atk^ 
guifti which the laft fcene with totfr hiif* 
band had left on the countenance df:Laur#) 
and he conjcdured rightlj refpeAidg the 
caufe. Without ail^ing a quefifon, id^ 
uttering a fyllable, his counteoanoQi tx^ 
preiTed ^ thoufand tender inquidtudeevoil 
her account. After a confiderabki^fileitoc^ 
he at length faid, "Would to Hugftit, 
Madam, it were in my power to^leiriafe 
your forrow, or contribute in any degrep 
tQ your happinefsp'' ir. 

f* Afy happinefs VV repeated La^ra; i*aif« 
ingi^er fpread l^anddf and throwmj^ujp ht^ 
tyn to Heaven. ^ i - i - 

*^'^^^^9, Madan^,- cried Carloftein \*ith 

^feat emotion ; - your happinefs, whkii ?$ 

*deafet to me than my own, of rather 

whieh, tnbre than j^nypQribnal^ concern, iV 

-♦niy^cfwnt" ■ ■ \ ^.-•■y•■■'. ". o ..■:::•; •.•;). 

*' Ah! 



Z E L tf C O. ir^j 

^ ^'M\ whyi'' fkid^Iiaura; «^ ftiould -ybtif 
faiV'p?ibffj)eias be obfc^^^^ by tfrctenipeas 

in which mine -/* here fhe checked 

herfel^ 'tfid^:then addedi ** my thoughts 
:tefr|dift*btdr'Sir, I am not wdl.-^I kftow 

-ilf*: liHiT? long drtaded," faid Carldftfati> 

ihth^( jbmmtce not fortunate m all your 

^sanediioitsi} but you are btefTed in foftte 

jDoyenidrthe qfuallot ; you have the bed of 

mailiitsp a hr€^het who adores you^ and 

^mnsdHwhb ^ould^heerf4il}y expofe themi 

ifdivdifcoieJeery fatigiNj and danger to^feri^ 

^^Jt^b 7ni^ ■ . ■' . . - *•■"■ 'j»;f-'? 

** My brother, Sir,'* fold Laurk, •^^^rft 

-taughtiin^ho value his friend; I Ifeafhed 

Ulit :Ie(fim in my. childhood, and it were 

vain for me taafFefk not being pleafed with 

.th^ ii^tje^f^ you take in me; butaferies of 

^Voiuo^y incidents have involved me i|) a 

v^etipf pifery from which the endeayjg^ir^ 

of altiiiyfriea4? cannot difentangle 'inft^'rf- 

Happinefsand tranquillity are fled If^r/fQfTn 

me, — I attempt not to recover what is be- 

U 3 yond 



2^ Z E h V -G 0. 

yoto^ %y gfftfp/' ^Me#e1bcbupft: ihto a 
fttfii' flood of tern, an4 ' Caridftefb toa 
i^ebed' her baad Witb ht«, whii^^to tibt 
extek of bet d^fpair (he wa^intfifiiflbte ^km 
hi had iK>Id of it. He aU^mprMd^toiccmit 
fort her by every fuggeftiori tfait coftli^oai^ 
vej^ hope of coofola^ioni'-^" NdK tx- 
^^rned (he; ^' death nmft ihe/fin^ cmlf 
comiov^er; tli$r$ is no hof^ ibr &!aMfl;r 
ipleie^a wretch as Lam, but i«iihe iga&M 
^^«^nd miferable creatace that il^aniii^ «»- 
hmed &kt, after , a piulb i ^V I t^aputtt 
-without relu^taQce ; even wifii i£br ^i^hift 
Tcfuge of the miferahle ; hdw ctfn IjIwi^ 
the. heart to wifh for cafe to myfdfi^&now- 
ing is I JiOr that i t caniuit be obApoed i bwtt 
c^ai. tbre e^penae oEjnj^ p^pr pBio|iui^i^^io 
would be left a prey to rjemoffeii hoi^ar> 
nodl^air." 

CteloAeiQ then in tlfc ma& fympatiblfmg; 
.Hjanner, and with all the eloqjabate of 
f»^n%.^^<d^M th^ iMgheft 9%e|n^^nd 
;ai|#g]^jjiei^t tQ;^r J, tbjait he wou^d poafider 
,if;ji§4h€^£fe?t;ei^,)tip^ioiii: eod AafS>ipef» he 
^ w could 



-*> 



.0 E If U C 0. ^Q^ 

totrfd ever enj07 tO) attempt lyltatevf r tonld 
tend /to her eale /or iatiftfadion ; f^hat lie 
^^wedi foftuwei andvl^e afelf, af vft^Air 
alile i)dlf mv9 vm^kim they &oul4 ^%blp 
iHSPttOiftrvej/i^ry ^h^fe l^tpptner^i Wj^mi % 
detrer^oAiai th%fl life. 

:♦* Ala«r' cried Laum, *' the comple- 
tioQ q;tmy Biiferf is the being fenfiUe tb^ 
youxaii be^Df ao ferrice to me. I am con* 
vio^ t^to your genorous frkodfbip woul^ 
c^ciltfi you to exertions of difficulty aa4 
^aaoger an my fai^vr ; ^ut I ^m iQiibat 
4idpfildB fiiate, that my l^fl: frien4s, thoi^ 
inited to me by bbod, as well as thofe 
attached by fentiment, muil ftruggle ^ual*- 
If iti Ta&n to free me from the hoirii rock 
431 mikty to whipb I am ibced by dbaios 
n^ich no earthly tiaad can break." 

" Accurfcd chaiBS !" cried Catlofteiii, 
f^th^jpttc ^cirged in iidl, axKl oughts nqt 
to bind :^^& angel !"^ 
r ^* Thef wWl ev* hmdmt^'' laidittirtra* 

^' <3^'lWlieff and deareft o*P iirtljiiiciir 
cried Ckrbftein, with enthufiafm; ^' wby^ 

- '- U 4 did 



V 



%^ Z E L U C O. 

did I act know jon fsicn^t ; t>UsA iiM I 
heaixAhc {^raiies of the acoom{4i^ei(IIi«urii 
Sf idiits- — whom I had only feea m^^dlaid^ 
hood i but could I imagine ih&^ W9a iach 
pexftedioii) fuch elegance, foch fbul-Ciri^** 
duiog lovelinefs, united in womaB;-' --' 

Declarations of thifi aatore^ uttfirt^d jBdib 
all the energy of truth and paffion^ Wyn 
graceful and amiable man, for whom i)i^ 
had the warmeft friendfliip, at a time/when 
(he was full of indignation at the brutal 
behaviour of a hated hufband, could not 
fail to make a lively impreffion on the heart 
of Laura, endued with exquifite fenfibility, 
and formed for friendfhip and love, 

*' Why did not your brother and I/' ex** 
tlaih[ied Carloftein, *^ follow you to Italy 
fooner ?— Why did we loiter at Berlin and 
Vienna while thy friends were weaving this 
•*ceS^ ot wretchednefs ?— O ! wouldtb heaveh 
we had hurried diredly to Naples !"' ' '^ 
^ "*^ Would you hadr' faid Laura, in a 
lang^dSoice. . . 



4€ 



Blefs 



Z E L XHea Jf/f 

MUBleKy(m-^^^*yrsiyw^ foil 

i^ fllif (iWitiort Liuf a feemed for a^6^ 
trme tri liavfe 16ft the power of recollcditni'i 
but raififtg htf eye*, they met the pdr?/ari 
ci* het^^her, which hung on the opj^WTitc 
waU 0€ the i:oam*wuShe gaire a fti^en 
Ibfeani) and ftruggled to get free. ^ 

''' ^^"^What is the matter, my angel ?"' faid 
fekrMeiti; ■ ' "^^^ 

*' Ah ! loofe me ;— unhand me, Sir/* 
erie^ fiie with a voice of terror, and fpriing 
from his yielding arms. 

*VWliat terrifies you?'' faid he. ^, 

" Look there !'* cried flie, pointing to 

tJe:! v>j iv ' ■■^';? • '•. ■■/.• .. . , ^•■-*.: . 

the portrait. 

** I fee a picture/' laid Carloftein. 
^^ fQ.fep^^^n. angry ^^f^^^ (aid La»f^ 

with atrembling voice. 

Carlpfteixi |hep endeavoured to ,fa^h,aq^ 
calm her fpirits by the moft e^^pfir^ag fi^^ 
prefGons^ but as often as he approached 
^: ri her. 



59$ z E L y c o. 

Mr^ |bi« moTed ffoip hiini aiKl f^euted 

liim to &€ gonct - ) ?v j- / 

^* If I have aflfca(fcd^Iyou^^• i^liedofeei 

♦Vnioft eameAly dft I beg y«»«:r6ifgb»r? 

** I cannot fergiys myddf/' jcpSed 

^^ Iq what are you to biamct atig^iof 
purity?" exclaimed he. ! ; i 

^'^ Leave me; O leave mel'V r^^at^ 
flie ; -^ it is not meet for us to be tiitistd^ 
gt^ther. — Pray withdraw/* 

* " When (hall I fee you again Vr fki4 Gata. 
loilein, in a plaintive voice. ^^ 

** You (hall hear from me foon>^* an* 
fwered ihe ; ** but at prcfent, if ysou^bai^ 
any efteem for me, leave me.'* 

Carloftein retired, and Laura turn- 
ing to the portrait of her father, continued 
for a confiderable time contemplating it 
with earneftnefs, and then exclaimed, 
*•* ^Bleffed effigy of one to whom hdhour 
was drearer than life, how much im^ 1 be^- 
liijldeo^^yotf!*^ ' ^ • ^ « 

: -•.;:. , When 



2 1: X ^ C '^. a$9 

fedmed furprifed at the abfenceof (Darkjf* 
ikbi Ltoui^ Aidvfcfe^^^ oMJ^d tb go, 
and ittmediate^ tiirned the difcoiii^?^ td 
other fubjeds. >i 

Tilt twoibUewingd^ys Carbftein foiind 
no opportunity of feeing Laura ; being aia* 
eafy at the idea of having offeoded her, 
he told Signora Sporza that he was afr^ 
kfX friejid had mifunderftood foq[>e part of 
his condua which he wifhed to explain 
and begged fhe would deliver a letter for 
th^t ipurpofe, as he was unwilling W fend 
it by afervant. 

Sigaoca Sporza a)mplied with His rer 
j^ftt^ afid the next day prefented him with 
the following anfwer from Laura. 

*^ To the Baroti Carlostein, / . 
., ^VTh^uneafineft you expreft'at th^e i^Qi 
l>f piy being difj^eafed with you, n|ay ^prjr 
be at an ead.— L never thought X!?^jt^^ 
Wc |of,.?iiyr formed fpUi^^nc ^s^ 

my honour. But I am feivfil>|e.it^>^,ftljjc 
;. 5 pleafure 



30O Z E L U C O. 

pteafure I took in your converfatlou, and 
ID the thoDghts of your friendflup^ hdk 
led me into improprieties and dangers 
which a prudent and virtubur 'Wornfan 
ihoold avoid. 

•* The tics by which I am bound to 
my huiband are facred, however miferabte 
they render me. Ahhough his behaviour 
deprives him of my elleega, it cannot juftify 
my ill condud. 

** Having faid this, you cannot, with 
reafon, blame the refolution I have taken, 
never again to meet you alone. I am 
perfuaded, my coufin Sporza would not 
have permitted fuch meetings if flie had 
not a higher opinion of me than I 
deferve. 

** It will be vain for you to endea^ 
vour to prove the innocence or fafety 
of our meeting as formerly; the only 
tScQt of fuch an attempt would be to 
diminifh the good opinion I entertain of 
you* 

« Adieu,. 



Z E I^ U^ C O. ^qi 

^ ^i|eu,. and may J^€^^ blefs ^q^J 
;]|]yfery,jjf^pf of regar4 and confidenc^^/coa-^ 
^i^^|:}i:j}ArkVduty^ jq^^^may always jf^pc^?: 



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3oa Z E L U C O. 



CHAP. LXXX. 



Miferi quibus 
Intentata nites« Hon. 



IJOWEVER vexed Carloftem was at 
the thoughts of being deprived of 
the pleafure of feeing Laura as formerly^, 
he was too well convinced of the propriety 
of her conduct, and too much afraid of 
lofing her good opinion, to make any im- 
xnerfiate attempt to prevail on her to alter it; 
He immediately fignified, in a letter 
which SigiK)ra Sporza delivered to her>liis 
gratitude for the fricndihip with which fhe 
honoured him ; adding, that altho^h be 
perceived not any danger in the meetings 
which (he had determined to difcoatiniie^ 
yet he acquiefced in her decifioft, and 
would conform himfelf in that, and in every 
thing elfe, to her pleafure. 

He 



Z" E L U C O. 303 

He faw her ocxafionally, however, at 
her own houfe, where he waa frequently 
invited by Zeluco ; and as, after the fcene 
at Signora Spqrz^a'e, Laura's behaviour to 
Carloilein wa3 a little more cpnftralned 
than ufual, Zeluco was more and more 
convinced that his wife ftruggled in vain 
to conceal the diflike fhe had to him. 

t If IS probable that he would haye dif* 
fQver^4 bi^ miftake in this particular, had 
opt J^is inind been engrofTed by his pai&oa 
^r ^J^erina, for whom he had taki^n,* 
^Ut^^^yHla lat fome djitance from Napk;^ 
ifV'h^r^ his ylilts, he imagined, would b<^ 
l«fs ohferved th^ while (he lived ia 

The fymptoms of pregnincy became 
apparedt on Laura, which rendered the 
retirecnent fhe loved more expedient thap 
ever ; and as Zeluco was feldom at bom<;^, 
fht was for feveral months almoft entirely 
relieved/froni hisjealoufy^ ill- humour, and 
(Qndoejfii. ,.h 

In 



304 Z E L U C O. 

In troth, Nerina had as little aflPedion 
for Zeluco as Laura bad ; but it wi^ much 
eafier for the one to feign ieoumcots 
\7hich flie had not^ than the other; tbe 
firft had been reared from her iiiCMicy m 
the fchool of fimulation, in her all the 
alluring tricks of educated artifice were 
engrafted on a difpofition naturally frau- 
dulent. The other was habituated ta 
truth J had fhe been inclined to diflfembte) 
(he muft have failed from want of pnc- 
tice. And if both had been equally 
miftrefles of deceit, ft ill Nerina would 
have had the eaHer tafk in afSei^ing tuf 
love Zeluco ; (he only had to ^ct t\m 
better of indifference, whereas Laura had. 
to overcome averfion, ^ .. 

Zeluco had, from the hour of hib Aiar^^ 
riage, obferved extreme coldnefs inl^aorar 
and although, from a very fliort peri()d 
after their union, he had never been able^ 
fo far to overcome the natural fulkinefs of 
his charader as to make a fair trial to 

gain 



2 E L U C Oi 305 

gain Hd? kfliedtbh, yet' he confider'cd het 
Waftit of h as at cdme j for ferf'lbve made 
him thicEk It impoilible that d woman 
ikbuld l!^ ccAd to him. Who '^ii iiol 
cqnriciMif |M-etil(!ifl»:fiH 'ih hvdvit of 
i«i«h<!4'. '--~' •• ■-■ •-■ •■' '- • • •' ^'^' y- 
-'Nfcrifta-had tW6 bbje^s in view f th6 
&nt Was ta perfuadt Zeitfco"'ihai taiira 
#h4 atWttJfcfed- to «ifnother mart ; "the btheii 
tRft< fee hefRfff ^Was ddfperaWly fond diT 
hilii'. She-fi^f'^hhertofouiid ttb' jilaufit 
fefe^'b^porthnity-bf infmuating the "fiHlJ 
tlSftt^'ft[e'«diiddivoAr^d to'cdnvinice him 6f 
ffife fecdild by t^n thoufand little attentions', 
liy%aifife'ini| ms of jealoufy, by occafional 
rdCHI^iiicd, ■ arid 'btfter ainiremerits, whicK 
flie well knew how to vary opportunely ; 
(hie' had already dra^n very confiderable 
f^IQ^ of money from him, and had ac« 
quired ftKhjih dfcimdency over him as ^c 
b^fiied tQimiprove into a complete and ab^ 

If iSf^utxi faajppened to dine for twd days' 
ftitceffively at Hotoe,. or to mention Laura 
'^ Voir. II. X with 



i- 



39(5 ?, ELjUtCOi 

iw^lh afiy degree of icfpcd^, h? fa^ forff 
ipon after to fincl.Ncrina ;a app^qipjt, \^x^ 
gupr and ofteam|pu5 dejcfltipn pij^v^^ 
when qyeftioned by hiqa on thp (;^i;#i %? 
fighed, affeded to bide her tefi^s^ ^q4 
begged that he would not enquire. into 
the caufe of that for which fhe had too 
much rcafon to fear there wa; no remedy. 
On being farther urged, (he would fobt 
ihivers^ and fall into a conTulfive faint i 
and wJben (he had performed this with 
admirable nicety of adion^ ihe feemed 
to recover, and after a freih difcharge of 
tears, lamented the feverity of her fate, 
in being paffionately fond of a man who^ 
after the facrifice fhe had made, prefer- 
red another to her ; and what was fliU 
more mortifying, one who hated and de- 
fpifed him. 

At other times ihe infinuated that his 
wife's relations formi^d a cabal to manage 
him entirely ; that they had already taken 
advantage of the eafy generofity of his 
temper, and prevailed on him^to fettle 

a large 



^ E/ Is V Co. ^307 

a Wr^^^|)6rti6ri of fii8^%rtune od Ker and 
Iftt^ dKiliSfrcn, and had plans of carrying 
thtfit^^^aj^acious views fiill farther, foltB^at 
m'a^ift.dft time he would he little ihore 
than a fSdor on his own eftate. 



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CHAP. LXXXI. 

Tbe Difpleafure of Captain SeU/ks ; — the 
Dijirefs of Laura ; — the Prudence of Car-^ 
lojlein^ — and good Senfe of Mr. N . 

CO ME time after Seidlits returned from 
his tour he heard of this connexion 
with Nerina, and perceived, with an in* 
dignation which he could ill fupprefs, that 
Zeluco had not the fame degree of atten- 
tion for Laura that he formerly difplayed. 
Captain Seidlits dropt fome exprefliona 
to that efFedl in the prefence of his fifter* 
She was alarmed at the confequence of his 
harbouring fuch a fufpicion, and endea- 
voured to remove it^ b«t fearing that flie 
had not fucceeded, fhe earneftly begged 
that he would not ruin her mother's peace 
by mentioning his fufpicion to her. 

'^ It 



Z E L u: C Oi 06^ 

i 

** It 18 not io your motbeiPr buEt ,to year 
b0fl?an^', I mean to talk on the occafioh/' 
Md kc. ' 

Laura then etideaVoured to convince hint 
of the iihpropriety of hia interfering un- 
defired between man and wife, adding, 
That Ihe wa* fenfible of the fraternal 
intereft he took in whatever concerned her, 
that it wa^ her pride and hapf)inefs to have 
fuch a friend and protestor, and that fhe 
would apply to him freely when fhe need- 
ed his interpofition. 

Laura was fo diftruftful of her brotherV 
temper, that (he renewed her reitionftrances 
frequently on this fubjeft. It happened 
once or twice that Zeluco entered the room 
on thefe very occafions, and (he remarked 
with great pain, that Seidlits could with 
difEculty conceal his feelings, and that he 
returned the civilities of the other in a 
very cold manner. 

This ihcreafed her fears fo much, that, 
in the prefence of Signora Sporza, fhe ac- 
quainted Carloftein with the caufe of her 
X 3 uneafinefs. 



jio ^ Ej L U C ex. 

Mfifi^^fi^tf, and eotttca^ him to Jpratch 
over his friend, and endeavour JtOii^xi^cie 
him from a condud fraught with the«aoft 
difmal confequences. CarloTlein e^^^^rffled . 
his fatisfadion at the confidence whicji ih^ 
placed in him, and promifed to do eveiy* 
thing- in his; power to prevent what fhe 
dreaded. 

Carloftein foon after happened to meet 
his friend Seidlits walking by himfelf, and 
ruminating on the various inftances hebad^ 
obferved of negle£t or ill-ufage on the- 
part of Zeluco towards Laura. 

** You feem thoughtful, my friend,;' 

faid Carloftein ; ** fomething vexes you." 

{.1 ' 

** Something does vex me/' faid Seidr 
lits. 

" You do not intend then, I hope^ that 
itfhould be a fecret to me." 

" No certainly .-r-Thia Zelaco, I f^r^^ 
does not ufe my fitter as fhe deferye^" 

"I, do not know who could," faid Carlch- 
flein^ 

u He 



ZELU?C6i 311 

^ r Heifeema to be of a fuBey, Ul teiifpei?i'* 

^'** If that be the cafe, It is a misfortune 
to all ivho are connected with him," re- 
plied Carloftein, " but moft of all to him- 

** But it ought to be a misfortune to 
himfelf only," faid Seidlits, *' not to her 
who ha3 the fweeteft temper on earth; 
and I am determined that his ill humour 
fhall riot make my filler unhappy. — The 
fame world fhall not contain me and the 
man who behaves ill to Laura Seidlits.'— 
ril tell him fo this very day.'* 

" Have you any particular inftance 
of ill ufage tO complain of?'' faid Carlo- 
flein. 

u Why there is this woman/* replied 
Seidlits, "this Nerina, with whom he pafles 
fo much of his time ; that muft be morti- 
fying to my fitter, and (hews what a orute 
he is ; and befides, his general maraer to 
her is not kind and attentive as it ough't to 
X 4 , bCf 



jl2 2 E LUC Or 

be, ^ at it £UU \if9^ tk^ I 4ti%l4eter« 
mined on." : . : 

** 1% dear ScidUts/' faid Carl^wi, 
** w^iat anfwer do you think yoyi^ would 
give to a^y ^an who (ho^Id tell yiH]» th^t 
he did not approve of your keeping eomr 
pany with a particular woman, and that 
you ought tp bel;iaye with mor^ attention 
and kindnefs to your wife.'' 

** Well, if any nx^n did fpcak to me m 
thftl manner, I fhould certainly give him 
feti^fadion one way or other." 

" That kind of fatisfadion. is cafily 
giyenr ' faid Carloftein ; " but your obje<f^ 
i$ tQ promote your fitter's happincfs." 

^< My fole objedt !'' replied Seidlits. 

^^ How would it be promoted fhould 
you fall ?" faid Carloftein. 

*^ Wl^y, that kind of reafoning might 
be applied with equal juftnefs, if 1 fhould 
demand fatisfaftion of the man who pulled 
me by the nofe. You might afk what fa- 
tisfadlion I fhould receive in cafe I myfelf 
fhould fall. In fhort," continued Seidlits, 

** this 



Z E L tJ C O. 3x5 

^ lhiiir*K)t Ian aflPair of i«afbhing, biit of 
feeling ; and, by Heavens ! this fellow 
fball not behave improperly to my ftfter/* 

** Since it is entirely an kff^ir of feel- 
ing," replied Carloftefn, " fome regard 
fliefuld be paid to the feelings of her who 
h chiefly concerned. Has your fifter 
ever complained of her hufband, or given 
you any hint of his having treated heif 
ill ?" 

" You know,'^ replied Seidlits, ** of what 
heavenly mildnefs her difpofition is ; fhe 
Will bear much without complaining." 

" But as Ihe has never mentioned any 
thing in the nature of complaint to you/' 
faid Carldlein, " it is poffible that part of 
what you fufpeft is groundlefs ; and ' if fhe 
has reafon to complain of fome things, it 
is probable that fhe confiders them of far 
lefs moment than what fhe would fuflFcr 
by your quarrelling with her hufband. On 
the whole, it is clear that you ought to 
have a little patience, till it is more evident 
that your fufpicions are well founded, and 

then 



314 2 E L u c a 

tiieii I (hall be huppy to Qotici]rii;7ith:^oii 
ifi t^tng ihemoft Uk^y metfdresfor yoiit 
(iftiqjC(8 relief^" ., . bj vu? 

Although Seidlits remaioed ,^p^vmf;f{d 
^at his filler had caufe ta comp]^ of b^ 
hufbaad's coE^du^, yet Carlo^pin i^t )j?f|gt;^^ 
obtained his promife that b<; >^Q^14 A^ 
fpeak OQ the fubjefi to Ze^pcp^^^w^h^ii^ 
iirft acquainting his frieudt . . j 

When Cariofteid gave an accqunjt^ of tlf is 
converfation to Laura, notwithftaqdjng his 
foftening fomc parts of it, (he continued 
exceedingly apprebenfive of feme f^tal 
fcene between her hufband aixd brother^ 
She again mentioned her apprehenfipns to 
Qirloftein in the pr^fence of Signo^a Spprza^ 
and knowing that it was part pf th|iii; .p)f nr 
to vifit Sicily before their return to Ger- 
many, fhe expreffed her wiflies that Carlo- 
ftein would prevail on her brother to let out 
with him immediately. . . 

As at this time Laura's fpirits were much 
dejefted, and as fhe found in the company 
of her brother and Carloftein the qnly cor- 
dial, which could raife or fupport them, 

nothing 



^ E L pea ^n 

noijiing 4)tit the affeCtioa trhich fhfeiJ«il 

for her fcwthcr, atid tbfe flrcad of hfe belilg 

involved in a quarrel with her huJhahd, 

coiild'^ have enabled hef to refill: the argu- 

nients ^^i^hJ(ih the 'fii^btt could not lielp 

ufgitig ^^inft their leaving Kaples till {he 

fhduRJ^dcfbvei: frotii hier lying-in, and in 

this h6 w?ts^ afflfted by Slgnora Sporza. ^ ^' 

Laura's own inclinations were on the fame 

fide with the eloquence of Carloftein, yet 

fhe had the firmnefs to perfevere in her re- 

queffitWt they would depart; fhe everi 

ufed the circumflance of her being foon to 

be confined as a frefh argument: " For 

. fince during my confinement I cannot fee 

ttiy friends at any rate,'* faid fhe, ** it is 

beft^thatyou feize that interval for your 

tour; and by the time you return, I fhall 

be fumciently well to enjoy your cbm^^ 

pahy.*^ 

Carloftetn therefore gave up the point, 
and prevailed on Seidlits to adopt the mea- 
ftare which his fifter had propofed ; *^ For 
you muft recoiled," faid he to Captain Sejd- 

'"'' ' ' ' . ''^lits,' 



3x6 Z E L U C O. 

liisv '^ the prefent ftsrte of yoor iifter $ 
health; mrha^tevcr you m^y tdtimut^y re^ 
folve on ther^ore, every altercation betweea 
you and Zelaco muft be avoided at prefent, 
aa you would avoid her deftrudion." 

Their journey was agreed ©a; Mn N---, 
who had talked of accompanying^^ thcnii 
wae prevented ; but he fupped in G0l^pgDy 
with them and Signora Sporza at Mjadaime 
de Seidlits's the night preceding their de% 
parture. Laura endeavoured to be Gbeet;^^ 
ful, partly to hide her concern for the ah* 
fence of Carlofl;em» and partly to convince 
her brother, that (he was npt fo unhappy 
as he imagined. The effort was fuperiot 
to her ftrength of mind ; for although fhe 
bid adieu to her brother with compofurcj 
fhe trembled and turned pale when Carlo- 
ftein took leave of her. This was obfervcd 

by Mr, N , who ftood near him 5 and 

it was not the fir ft time that he had re- 
marked Laura's partiality for the Baron — 
which had no other effed on the generous 
mind of this gentleman, than increafing 

the 



>^i 



^ EL U C O. 3,^ 

the regard he had for Carloftein. His 
own attachment to Laura had never esc* 
ceeded the limits of friendfhip and high 
eileem ; he had from their firft acquaint^ 
ance endeavoured to guard againft a paffioa 
for a womad of a different country and re- 
ligion from his own. Had Laura betrayed 
any fymptoms of afFedlion for htm, it is 
oMre than probable bis precautions wcrtdd 
^ve beon vain ; for when a. n%an approves 
gcieatly of a woiftaia's chara^er and petfcm*: 
jlflthiAg i$ (b likely to Jdndle approba^ 
4>0 iftio love, as his imagining: that love 
alf<f»4y exifjU within bee brjeaft towajrds 
bifiK Bm Mr* N— was too fwe from 
VApity, and had too much dircernment,,npt: 
to perceive that Laura s regard for him 
was unmiKed with paifion.; and thefaoie 
dil^erame^t enabled him to perceive that 
ber ^|9^}HBent to Carloijlein was pure lov^^ 



^i8 Z E L'U C Oi 

, ,. /,^ ,'- " /;.' ■ ! .' ..')lL ^Ci\: ".'^-■i. 

- ■\ ^ :. ■ ,.. . ■, ^t ■' :.:'.^ -'..n Ai- ^''-'^ 

A ! jCH a p. LXXXil;^^ v/ 0) . 

Her tongiw be wijtcb'd as q^lj ast hnis ff cs^ f j ^ i ^ s d 
Lcfs wit than mimic, more a wit than wiff. , ;, , .^. 

• ■ ' --'.'''^ Pope/' 

^T^HE moriiing on which he left NitpldB, 
Captain Seidlks called on6e intcetKi^ 
bi8 fift^. She had pafled an u^qnietn t^tv^^ 
dqe^ionand forrow were firOBglf te^rtedo 
on her countenance* SeidUts wastoSe^ted^ 
in a manner unufoal to him ; while Ite^iii'^ 
braced her, on taking leave, teais ^reiti^ 
the eyes of both. Zeluco unexpe(§tedly fil- 
tered the room at that inftant ; SrfdUte im% 
frette^i and confufed at this intctifcpi Jhe? : 
was abaftied at beiftg feen in tear^, vyiic&v 
he confidered as a weaknefs ui^comin^vc^ 
a foldier. He faUited Zeluco into tiikbor* 
raffed and abrupt msuiner, and hurt^ied too 
Carloftein, with whom he immediatdf^ tis^'^ 
barked for Sicily. 

Laura 



Latira continued weeping for a confider- . 
able time after her brother left the roomt 
which prevented her remarking that Ze- 
luco was di^liifed at tbd feenciof which he 
had been an unexpeded witnefs. His ill 
humour ^^was indeed fo habitual, that it 
might ha^e made little impreffion on her 
although fhe had. 

^^|4fetl6ln and Seidlits being gone, auj^ 
Iiannti^fflr advanced in her pregnancy, (he 
xVQV^r wok abroad but for a fhort airih|;» 
ofcdt*]pafe a:f5jw hours with her mother,' br 
at JSigftoraa Sporza's, where fhe fomctifiie^ 
7Be&5«4l2if)iMn N- — — , for whom fhe' iU 
ways fdU afid avowed great efteem. ^ 

• Zeliico's tiitie was almoft entirely dedi- 
cMtd 16 Nerina, whofe caprices increafed 
ii^^propoi^tidh to her influence over him. 
wliidf although they were generally di- 
rddei td^fome interefted point, were niever 
carvied^&ti^er than his^ temper, the varia- 
tions ^f^i Which ihe attentively watched, 
cottld bcaiw ' - '-^ "' ''^' ' 

AU 



^o 2. E L U C O. 

All faer whicm find capiicetlsdMi^^Mre 
io comfiktely imder her oomttiafld; Afid 
managed wifh fiich addrelk^ tkit what has 
dir^:ifted maiiy lovers wkh tll^ir niiftrc€es, 
were by her oiade lo operaiC' as fliliHiIam s 
to 0]e paflion cf 2ieItieo when it feemed 
to lauguifii. 

She pofleffed the power.of amiMing in an 
extraordinary degree; this fee ^xereifed 
fometimes in a manner that would have 
flioeked a mind more delicate than that of 
Zeluco, but was admirably adapted tohis} 
he accordingly had frequent recourfc. to it 
againft the daemons o£ mnui and remor£*» 
who haunted him alternately. 

Nerina never mentioned Laura without 
the intention of turning her into ridiculct 
or infinuating fomething to her difad van- 
tage, with frequent allufions to her altered 
ihape, and the complaints incident tp Wot 
men in her (ituation. 

Madame de SeidUts a^d $ignora Spo^ 

were alfothe frequent butts of her fartafms; 

the firfl fhe teprefented as an antiquated 

7 coquet. 



2 E L U C O. aax 

.co^ufili wJb6^^ doling cyctyaoxiliary of the 

toilene in fiipiKMrt of l^r faded dbarniB, 

fiill aitenfited frefli oraquefi^. ^^ I mi 

told/' £iid Nerina» *^ that the rklicplous 

old Lady Aiwa ih^ ears of her yawoiag 

gueAs with the enumeratioa of her Ger- 

«^inaa admirera. Landgraves, Margraves^ aad 

Baraoa without aumber* But, my dear 

Sir^ you oi^ht really to give a hint to the 

imprudent old gentlewoman not to indulge 

lier vanity at the expence of her teeth ; 

for you piay depend upon it, the pronun* 

ciation of ihofe horrid names is one caufe 

of their being fo very loofe.** 

Signora Sporza fhe reprefented as a 
woman of iQtrigue, who, finding that 
two of her poor relations hung a little 
heavy on her hands, had fobb'd off one 
of them upon him as a wife, and thus 
had fecured a comfortable maintenance 
for both. 

Her qaricaturas were given with ftjch 

cxqmfitp pantomime and mimickry as 

might entertain thofe who were notacf 

.Vol. II. Y quainted 



322 Z E L U C O. 

quamtcd with the chara^ers of the peif- 
fons (he intended to ridrcule, but miifl: have 
fhoqked every perfon of candour who was. 
In eftablifhing the influence which Nc- 
rba wiflied to retain over Zie^Wco, the 
forcq of habit was now joined (o the power 
of amufing, Having accuftpmed hioifclf 
to go to her at certain hours, be knew uot 
how to fill up thofe hours wtthoul rh^r, 
and the define of vifiting her returned pe- 
riodically. In the midft of apparent levity, 
and leeming want of defign, fhe obferved 
a predetermined plan in mod parts of her 
condudt to him; and often when lie inia- 
gined her entirely vacant, or occupied in 
feme very frivolous amuferaent, ihe was 
endeavouring to penetrate into hjis fenti- 
ments refpeding certain fubjedts which fhe 
thought he might naturally wifh to con- 
ceal from her- In confequence of this, it 
ftruck her, that notwithftanding Zelucos 
paffion for Laura was greatly cooled, and 
in fpite of the pains fhe had taken to 
make her ridiculous in his eyes, yet he 
flill retained a high efteem for her charac- 
I ter. 



;Z, E t V C O. 3,3 

tep. Indications of tftfb^, to the ilnfitifte 
mbrtifioatibti of Nerioa, broke from him 
Utiintdntbnally fometltnes, at the very in- 
ftW wtiCn (he was labouring to give him a 
Very different impreflitin. As Nerina was 
doubtful whether fhe herfelf had any hold 
* of Zduco by this fentiment of efteern, Ihe 
was determined not to leave it in the pof- 
feffioh of the woman whom fhe confidered 
2^ her enemy. She fecretly informed her- 
felf, therefore, of Laura's condud and 
manner of pafling her time, with a view 
to difcover fome ground upon which 
21 fabric of falfehood injurious to the 
chars^er of Laura might be raifed ; and 
after having for fome time purfued thefe 
refearches, by the means of her fpies 
and other agents, without fuccefs, fhe at 
laft formed one of the moft horrid pro* 
jeds that ever entered into the head of 
a profligate woman. This fhocking idea 
fuggefted itfelf to her, in confequence of 
her having obferved, that, of late, Zeluco 
difplaycd a particular diflike to Captain 
Y 2 §eidlii8^ 



324 Z E L U C O. 

^eidlitSy and of his mentioning to her 
fomething of his wife's grief at parting 
with her brother, and endeavouring to ri- 
dicule the pathetic manner in which they 
had taken leave of each other. 



'/' 






\ 



Z E L U C O. 325 



CHAP. jLx;xxui. 



Obliqua invidia, {Umulifi^ue agitabat amaris. 

ViRG. 



TN due time, however, Laura was fafejy 
delivered of a fon ; and as her hufband 
feldom went near her, even to a{k how fhe 
did, (he had a very quick and complete 
recovery; in little more than a month after 
her delivery, (he was at church, where Ne- 
rina had the mortification of feeing her 
with undiminifhed beauty, and in all the 
grace of elegant fimplicity. She could not 
but obfcrve that Laura attraded the regard 
and commanded the admiration of all the 
fpedtators, while fhe herfelf, although often- 
tatioufly dreffed, was pafTed over without 
attention by the eyes of thofe who did not 
know her, and with looks of difdain by 
thofe who did. Had Nerina been aware 
Y 3 of 



% 



3i6 Z fe L U C O. 

of Laurs^'s ccmiiagi> pie would ha??€5^ voided 
fiich an occafion of coqiparifon^ wcU know- 
ing that the fentiments of the fppiaators 
would be agaitift her. This incideaif, how- 
ever, redoubled Ixer malice againft tamra, 
particularly as it happened at a time when 
ihe was already fretted at Laura's having 
z fonj and the apprehenfion thfit Ij^jpni^i^t 
be the means of turning the heart q| Ze- 
lucofrom herfelf to his wife. ^ ^^ 

Ip^prpfecution of her plan, Nei^ina fonic- 
tinvies introduced the mention of Qapj^Un 
Seidlits, remarking with a cardefs and <uar 
defi^gqing air, That he was coafi^Sfedtby 
many people as the haj^fqr^^ mAn m 
N?p|es. ..fki : 

Zeluco laughed at this, faying^ THdt 
they -were no great judges of ©lale^b^ury 
wh<3^\hvt>Pur€4 fuchy an opinion, riu : . 

rM Yet in the opiiiiofl of nioft petypTe,'' 
faid Nerina, *' ihey are the'^^'jlidgts ; fbr 
you nSay ^ink what yoii plfeafe, hiiV this ia 
a very general riot ion "aitibng the ladies^. '* - 



Z E L U CO. =537 ^ J 

« I xlid not know before/* faid Zehica, ^ 

** <hat the pf oportibns of a "porter, afid the 
ftrut dp a Pruffian ferjeant, had bten fo 
ixiufh to their tafte/' 

*^ The bhmt frankiiefs erf hra^ Ttoantier 
is certainly tetter adapted to a camp than a 
drawin{^-toom/' rejoined Nerina ; *' yet he 
li^bubtiedly is a very great favourite with 
the Neapolitan ladies ; many of whom art 
thought to have cultivated the acquaintance 
of yoiir wife, and fung her praifes where- 
tv^r there was a likelihood of their being 
re^iitei^," for no other reafon, than that 
they might be on a good footing with Mm ; 
for fail great affcdion for his fiftef, ^nd 
her influence with him, are pretty generally 
fcnowxiv?^ 

Theffe hints, however, had no other im- 
mediat^e eflfefl:, than drawing from Zeluco 
ibme i^rcafois agaioii the perfou or addrefs 
of Captain Seidlits. ' 

In the mean tinoe, the infant increafed in 
ftrength and beauty, and begaft to diftin- 
guiih objeas ; and one day in particular, 

y 4 being 



ja8 Z E: LJU C O. 

bcing^ handled by the^ naife, lie/ffnited in 
the £ice of Zelucb. Hard dFiiean zod 
unfeeling as he was> the fmiles of his child 
melted him intd tenderticfe.-^He caught 
tire In&nt in liis annsy andf yieldiogr; tothe 
poner of nature, Jie indulged ih« ^^Qmni 
of a father. . , 

The pleafure of thofe fenfations awide fo 
ftroiigan impreffion, that he cdiikl'ne^ re» 
frain from praifing the beauty of th6 ehiM 
in the prefence of Nerina. 

Thefe praifes from him were gall and 
wormwood to her; they made her fot a 
moment forget her ufual caution,- arid rifk 
difcovering her aim by precipitation* 

** The child muft of courfe be ftrong and 
handfome,'' faid (he, *• for I hear he is the 
exprefs image of Captain Seidiits/' — -• 
♦* Captain Seidlits !" repeated Zeluco. 

** Yes/* rejoined (he, with a carelefs air, 
** nothing can be more natural -, the Cap- 
tain being i5^^-brother to the child's mo- 
lher;v/_'^ "' ■ - "-, \ ' 

** I never 



z E ij uco. :f2^ 

JffiNo !'>fiu4Nerina.;:r5^ tHw petbipe tbeie 
i& : notfaa^Ja it.; andicatU: ^ofei vrJuotiliaitt 

taken." ^ . ] 

e8Fe(9;>nw«h aoi air of <5airekf^,leyity, ib^ 
turned :f be r^ifcourfe to other fubje^ ; ^ ,^^-j 
luco did not attempt to briQg it, ba^^ ^ 
this, ,but w^s at intervals thoughtful^ an4 
mi^^yg^^l^rough the reft of the evenmi;^ 
c^^jjbi^^ Nerina topk no notice, but bj^j^ay 
and licentipus fongs^ by mimickry anda 
thoufand playful tricks, feemed intent on 
npthing but amufing herfelf and him. 

The poifon which this artful woman thus 
adminiftered continued to ferment in th? 
mind, of Zeluco, and occupied his thoughts 
by day and night. A long familiarity with 
vice, apd every fpecies of profligacy, made 
that appear probable to him, which to a man 
gf integrity would feem next to impofTible. 

He 



330 Z E L U C O. 

- M^iTitm called, to his rdmcmbMAce miny 
circumftances in themfelyes fifroldiis, astd 
whidkkad madeiiQ impreffion when tbey*oc« 
etatcdj but wfaith now adddd firengtfh to the 
liomd tnfimialion^ of Ntrina. Tbenlu^iA 
f^ard>wbicli had always appeared between 
Laura and her brother — their fequeftered 
walks at the firft arrival of SeidKts— his 
frequent Tifits to hh fiftfcr when alone—her 
eagemefe to have him inftead of Carlofteia 
in the carriage with her when they re- 
turned from Baia — their mutual tenderriefs 
wben they laft parted, the confufion wltich 
Seidlits had betrayed, and his abrupt de« 
patture on Zeluco's entering the room— 
a4d finally, the refemblance which he ima- 
gined' had ftruck fo many people between 
Captain Seidlits and the child. He alfo re- 
CQllefted, that although his maririage took 
place five weeks before Seidlits arrived at 
Naples, yet the child was not boi-n till near 
ten months after that period. 

To thofc circumftances a ridiculous inci^ 
dent gave a degree of fupport, which, in the 

diilurbed 



Z E L U C O. 331 

dtftUfbe^^ imagtoatioa of Zeluco^ amounted 
to full proof.^ -• '• VH 

Me entered the nwfery one day whbn he 
^p€;w )[p^|;r Laura was not ther«; a&ap isdb- 
iqg ^littlf to the nutfy abouttkc child,r he 
h»jl t^B T^^cakpffs to .fgiy, for the iinfiotu^ 
tiqnp^^f.Ne^i^., deprived him of cool re- 
fleaiofl/>e h^d the, w^akMfs to fay to Jhc 
nurfe, " Which of your Lady's rdatipns 
do yqu tl^ink this child refembles moft ?'f . 

** La, Sir," replied the nurfc, " why, hb 
own father, fare." 

',' Idiot, which of my wife's relafims^l 
fay?*' added Zeluco. 

Laura's maid, who was prefcnt, wilhing 
to corre^ the nurfe's want of accuracy, in- 
terpofed, faying> *' Yoyr excellency, you 
knov|r, is>;my Lady's relation by marriage, 
thpueh not by blopd-'* 

*^ Who defired you to interfere, fflif- 
tr.^fs ;?'V faid 2ieluco> atigrily ; then turn- 
ing to the nurfe^ he r.^:fumed. " Do you not 
think ^c \s,Xi\c his Uncle Captain Seid- 

'' Jefu, 



i 



^a Z E L y C O. 

makes your excellency think fo?" v j 

'-^^ Spfek without eTttfion,woii«fti^ idx- 
clalimed Zcluco. ••^ Eteydu not tt(iflk*hlltt< 
like my wife's broAcf, Captain SeWlit*?? 

•* O Lord, yes, an*t pleafe your excel- 
lency," cried the nurfe, terrified at his itnah-^ 
iier; ** very like Captain Seidlits,^ ' 

** You have heard many people remarl; 
it," continued he, ** have you not ?" 

" A great many indeed,*' cripd the nurfe^ 
who began now to think that a$ Seidlit^ 
was a ftately man, Zeluco was flattered by 
bis: child being thought like him; befides, 
(he was fp flurried by his paflionate m/inner 
of qucftioning, that (he would have echoed 
back whatever queftion he could hav^ 
aiked. 

But Laura's maid, who had been filenced 
at the beginning, could no longer reftrain 
herfelf ; for flie had fufpede^ Zeluco of 
j^aloufy ever fince the adventure of the 
mirror ; and imagined that his prefent 

queftioning 



z E i; Tjf c^ o. 33a 

4iitffl^onirig^^|x>ctfe<ted f^^ fetti&^mo- 

^* How- ^re yott -Utter f^^ a jltorrid 
felftfe09^? Tccieii tbff : maid to tlte^ nwsfct 
" you bafe lying huflfj you ?'* . - 

** Jt isypu wbo are a Jying hufly,7 «- 
'torjtqsj jthe nurfc, 

^* Who did you ever hear f^y fuch a 
thing ?" faid the maid. 

The nurfe meant to injure Laura no more 
than the maid ; but was fo piqued at the 
iiiaici^s attack, and at her own veracity*s 
being called in queftion, that {he was ready 
to Have Tupported the lie flie Had been 
frigbtfehed into, by her folemn oatli, lather 
than have yielded the point to the maid. 

'^ Who did I ever hear fay it? I have 
heard a hundred," faid the nurfe boldly. 

" A hundred! O wretch!*' cried the 
maid, turning up her eyes. 

"'Ay, a thoufand, ten thoufand,^' conti- 
nued the nurfe. 

** You never did, you never cbuM '^^ ex* 
claimed the maid, '* for the child rcfembles 
his own father.*' 

9 •^ That 



i 



334 . Z E L U C O. 

<' That dpcB QQt prevQQt his being «^^ 
ceediDgly like Captain Seidlits/' contipue4 
the nurfe; ^* and I am conviQced, if he 
lives, that he will be as {lately a ip^iQ ip the 
full." 

*^ Hold y^ur fcaiidaloqs tpn^tseVl voci- 
ferated the maid, ** you vile, v?orthlf?rf, 
lying wretch ; the child refembks qo man 
biit toy matter/* ^ / ^ : 

.. *i .fie is ten thoufand times liker Cap* 
' tain Seidlits," cried the nurfe, in a yid«t|t 
rage} ^^ and all the world Hthinkfo^ aad Ay 
fo.- 

« All the world !" exclaimed the thaM, 
.lifting her eyes and arms, 

^ Yes, all the world,*' repeated the 
ftiuffe ; ** and if you will only call them 
into the room, they will tell you fo to your 
iace.^' 

Zeluco withdrew, frowning and. biting 
his lips. Madame de Seidlits with Laura 
came into the room foon after, and the al- 
tercation ceafed.. 



Z E L U C O. 335 

v.(- -'.n ' '■■■ ■ 



C H A P. LXXXiy. 



:m;. 



:) ; Vfi 



5& Dmtgerof vidam C$nfid^nm-^Indig'- 
natkn of luOMra. 

T N his prefent ftate of mind, Zeluco 
migkt naturally have queftioned his 
:4^6deiatial vatet on this fubje<3;, to Ijnow 
-I?rh4t^e Imd reniarked refpe£ti^^ the ^j^- 
viour of Laura and her brother; but jhis 
^zjx was no longer on the fame footing 
. ^ith him that he had formerly beecu , . 

The valet had long beheld with indig- 
nation the influence which Nerina g^ii^ 
with his mafter, and endeavoured to coun- 
teradt it by every means in his power ; but 
in belieging the heart and retaining the 
.favaur pf a perfon of Zelucp's cl^arader, 
Nerina. was a more fkilful engineer than 
the 'Valet ; befides, flie made ufe of piore 
powerful artillery than he was poffefled of. 

jMerina 



33^ Z E t U C p. 

thp a^ndeacy, di4 aot ct^nfe tliit ^^n^ 
&^ld have aa old coafideotialrrlBiriKipt 
about bia> who mw oot de?oti^^ Jier ^ 
tercft. Sh^ took euegr opportiMai^<>f 4»|^ 
-guftiag th^ mader witii this HMtfir 9F.h})tA9r 
^ amny under baad^nseans ihe endeaiFOiircd 
to render the man equally tixod .ofjthe 
inafter; pretendiug all 4he. while 4hatft€ 
was ibfi valct*8 ftiend. - nt ^ 

The fellow was not fo eafily dttjj^ 9sibc 
imagined; convinced of het. eqmi^^^ 
fpairingof regaiuing the favour irf.JJpJfco, 
fLtid prompted by hatred to both^ lie wfHfli 
iecretly on Signora Sporza, gave l»frM^4^ 
fWCD^antial account Qf th^ ipretcndt^x^qb^ 
bers 1^0 -had attacked Laura ai^: h^^ pji 
tbi^ir rreturn fronii Mount Veivyi^l a^j 
afli|#ed her that he himfelf li^d j^hffg^ 
thepi^o^s with powder only, bijjt VKJ^jpujij;^ 
aj^earedfrom ZcIuckj's wound, th^ 9R.^if4i 
them had been loaded with ball, he fa^, 
he recoUeded that in a rmall bqx >ii}^is 
m^ftfir'j? writing-delk, he had feeo four 

piftol 



Z E L U C Oi . J37 

f^oi farffcts ^ ^y itimietltately preced- 
ing dbe-aip^il^ii I aiiitluA onexMdioifig 
#K! Auie4»ox at Ms ttmnit he IbiimiHmly 
two,iSfomitliidr htf condudcd tfiat Zclaco 
ismd fecceiiy put tbc dftiei* brace 1010 ^be 
fAfttd Almmfto die^f«vam, withiw^i* 
iNH^eit «» doubt t>f mm^dfering Sigoom 
gporia^lw'he bad given the fervant par- 
ticular diredions to fire it in her laoe. Tl^t 
the wouBdtng of Zeluco, therefore, was in- 
tirely acddental, owing to the hurry of the 
fenrtiit« and the balls having miQed her. 

The Triet fioiflied his narratiTe, by de- 
eiirbg, that his motive ia giving h*r tlSa 
infditnai^on^ was good-will to Sigfii^D^^ 
Sporza, againft whom Zeluco fliU retaiaied 
Ms anciertt malice ; and a regard for Laura's 
faftfty, irt^bofe life, he faid, was alfo ih dan- 
ger ftbm a hufband fo very wicked j and 
who i^s entirely under the dominion <^f a 

womafn, toofc viricked, if poffible, than hlijH' 

mfi Mi - . • - ..- ..'.^^ 

Aftfer ttWarding the man for his itttft,l!i- 
gen<jj, SIghora Sporza enjoined him to ttwn- 
ir. Z tion 



5J8C Z'E L JU C O: 

t0^l»^M#e to hirnaABr Ai«ifieikt>4kBUfain# 

tevitedattbt <Tadtt dud her^ 8iich«> «^ifi«fb 
^dlo&avte, tilk fli0:(iiftd time ttf^tili^lf 

:fO0jfmN)i of Wllicll^1ll6 valet (hotlM <Af<:^ii9<^ 
tiMc$ty neticd ; and he ttlgKt rtly^^^^^ 
ftWmbneHberaUynnta^dtd^i • n bitilcii/^ 

' S^trora Sporik dotiiinunkated tfei; \WS818 
6f this man's narrative to Laura',' wfeoin it 
furpri'^d and flibckW exceedltigly • W'Ui 
as n^r bpihion was of her hufbaria^ dif- 
bBfitibn, fhe never had thought him capabte 
of tliis degree of wickednefs. ' iShe wa^ 
^IlecT' like Wife' with ifidignation at the hiC- 
tory^ of trie fham attack by* which hei^ 
mother, and (he herleff, had been m Tome 
meaihre impofed upon, while Aie felt tlie 
greateft contempt for the rhah "Who 'was 
obliged to have r^cburfe to Fuch a*]()^ilfal 
trick, to throw a falfe luftre on KiBcha- 

iiaeil • ' '^ ^" ■ ■''-' ■';''-"' \ 

Sfgnora 



5 SB^nora ^Bporia g^te^iit? a^^ietr optiiion> 
tli£tt!Li»ilsaJihi(nld wiAto^ ttf' Her )b€d^ 
j^&nUk^taifiiaitata? ratwo^^ th«i<iw) Jitfj^^ 
Wifehhfe c|>r&ttEftiod(ii? iflKl feparaicfor e^^ 

a^fagh|i5ll|t,|o Werin^,,^^^^^ ^f CJifpteia 
Wl^» 8lfP»lfl inducts him !te agre<< ti^b^ 
%gf^at^ Y^ ^PW : mm. But Ul^m, 

^ho laid little ftrefe on \<rhat SigtiOra Spotil 
meswil ,^5^ terms^ felt herfelf under great 
4ifficul|v iq deterroiqing how td procppdi; 
fpr rflie. thQi^ght her brother a' very iinproj)er 
negoci^torVtth Zdti(io: and thenj ilflioqgh 
flie had no doiibt of ^dr htifband'S Willing* 
nefs to feparate from her,'*fh6 %ra8 ;nfrairf 
l\e might obje£l to her having^ \h^ \^W^ 
from w^iom ihe could not vriihouf j^aidi 
be abfent, and whorti fhe could not 
wjithput horror abandon to the imme- 
diate care and future -ejcampre of fuph 4 

, A^?|- much .reflexian flie wrote to, her 

brother, expreffing a defire of his fpeedy 

Z 2 return^ 



3^ *>E)tjUiGj<i 

halt DCf}U0(ied thutt^erWOuy! iRf^(k'f\M 
aofwer under cover to Sigaor^,^,§D9^^ 
^iM^Xaiora I^ad Jij^^ofl h^r 4g^m^^e 
tpl4,i»er friend, th*;. at bc;r brjf)||)i5;|^'8^j|^ 
lU^rft^ would explain her vifty,^; [^^i ^f 
1^ the moft cautious n^anoef't jji}^,ifi 
ifljie iV^«fei>ce of hi& friend the Bfir,o^Ca^ 
loftein. ; , 

, ,Sb^ determined at, thf faioe tlm^, |hat 
iii.aare,,ber huiband copfented ,to leave the 

'.'-I JO ■.'■■■■ ■ ■ ■ ;■// D'^wi'.T'^ 

c^j^pvpn for a few years un^9r,hcr ^^jb 

Jlfjlfitfj^ feiMiratioQ took pla(?e, that J^e 

^o^Id iqfift on Carloflei,n'$ leaying>^ Napl^^ ; 

j|p^,,if be rffuffid) (he refolved ni^yerr.af(er 

to admit his vifits, even in the.pQmMQy^.Qf 

5ihlfr.nDwjther,^p brother. She yfif^^^^^vr- 

^^?^> ^tl^t Carlof|;^fp.fliould r^in^amf,,till 

^yHy;:^^!^ regar4iaj5^ the feparji^ion wj^s 

irfettle^^^becaufe, he woyild be a check t9 the 

i|op,ejp9$t;y of her bf other; apd alifo bf- 

f!^ ft« .V9Ped F^^t. through bjs influence 



2 E t U C & 34t 

kitvllig'the child to ber^'oWnc^re^add dui- 

riagettient.'-' " ' ■ '•■"'■ ■ •, • ■•'«''.'? 
^^Stflf-^fdflficrtindy tira» no part of this afct^ 
iMe ^^3^^(11*8 clfaridei", however vlrtii(ju8 
fci^r ififcliiiiiribns were j'ihie was conRfibiis of 
i pirt^litjr for Carlofteid, which coriVinced 
hefmat'lier fafeft courfe was to forego the 
pleafure of his company entirely- 
""In'iKe niean wliile the heart of Zeluco 
gtbwea with rage againfl: Laura iatncl^iSfetif- 
ii§, ank ^fe revolved in his mind -vMjus 
pians'"i^f'feVienge;" but as' hi^ \^kb^'=Wl8 
d^^Hly-'l*^ wiflied fd ado^t fuch aii titie'fs 
Jwoulif al'bnce fatiate his vengeance ahd^^lEI- 
'dui-e hi^-'Mety. '■ ■■■'•"•■•■ :>:nhi ■;; 

■ lift'lafthe thought ihconfiftent vh^fh'hls 
making Neriria a cbn^dant of his irtea- 
fures ;^ tor in fpit6 of his partiaility fdii^her, 
and hfs Mieving that^'flie had a grekt'dcal 
for feiifn, he knew that this might not ail- 
ways' be' the cafe, and therefore he medi- 
tated fome plan of revenge which required 
Z 3 not 



54^ a E L, u e gr. 

not bcr affifbnce, ae'd which te^i^eSdtta^' 
foftpbne till the return of S^^ltt^i biiog' 
deteraiined to involve both the brbtti^ t&d^ 
fifter in the fame ruin. ' '^^ 

As he imagined, however, thathtih6ttl# 
need an accomplice for fome part at lead of 
the fcheme, he began to footbe his v;alet, 
and behave in a more oonfidentiat manner 
to him, with a view to conciliate matters ; 
but this fellow having been feduced into 
yice and not originalljr a villaioi was not 
fufficiently a hypocrite to deceive his matter* 
Zeluco perceived through his affeded ob- 
fequiQufneisy that the man was difobliged, 
and not to be trufted ; although he had 
never been the confident of his mafter ia 
any thing of fo mucji importance as that 
which now occupied his thoughts, yet Ze- 
luco was confcious that this man was ac« 
quainted with certain parts of his condufl: 
Which he would not like to have revealed 
to the world. On obferving therefore the 
mutinous ftate of his valet's mind, which 
be had overlooked before, he determined 

to 
9 



u\\. S?idlii3 rr^turofid^ ^^, ih^ fcrv! I^jp^ji^o , 
to have himdifpftftd Qfjjqf.a.toaa^rpfnp^ie 



r - r r ' ■ w , .'■ 



24 



;o:> HL .. ::^iii^-^ ^'^^^ tlDir Ti r^dw ifsuoid^ 

.... ..^,, .. * Jr*j-v^ -t:)jj bfid couV 

' ^' He rctir'd unfecu, -j j^ ^ 

-^ T^ bro6d m fed-el on his gather'd ipieen, 
iiAtwInictiiodijBeie^ttigei - -©k^ftlft ^ 

•. ^.:.< ,.:-:•; ■ '■>^-'^ ^d ,x^b 

T^^E mind of 2ieiu6a Mlig iiigpMfe«l 
^.^ J lyith tbofe d^Cp^rate ^Uiflofta* ^hfe 
p^^jj^ much of hi3 time in folitiftdf?>^tol 
m|edi|8tion. , v ^^ .idn^oi 

As he walked early oae mornij;(g^ Ip^^f i;^ 
the hill of Paufilippo, he obfervecjL.twj?, nf^^ja 
comingpput of the grotto: th^y, f^froed 
converfing togethef when Zeluco fir^l faw 
than,; but as he, ajpproached,jonj|2 fell bs^ 
hind the other/and a little to one fide. Aflf 
he who was^ moft advanced dre^ near, Ze- 
iucar|?coe;nired hinpt for ^ old acguaiint^ 
ance; his name was Bertram, the fon ^fji 
clergyman of Gene^i who, from a fpirit 
of adventure to whidi the njitives pf. tha| 
city are much addidtedi ba4 trayi&lle4 ^^to 
r Spain^ 



Spain, to Yifit a relation vrho was fecretary 
to an Ambaflador at the court of Madrid, 
through wbofe intereft this yoilng man got 
a commifl^i^lii^e SpaiM^rrke: Ze* 
luco had been feveral times in company 
With him^ j^t; Madrid ^nd partiqi]^^riy|once 
a ftio^tjigie before Zelueo hiibfelf Irff that 
city, he had met Bertram at a gaming 
liotiferA«id ftttpt him of all hh xiibnej: 
dis abicHpiftance Termed te make ea6h re^ 
colfeia'fbe othen After the ufuai coA^fU 
ments, *• You were very unforturiatt (fee 
l^^^t^c vr^iclh company together,'' 

ms'm^fio. " • '''' ' 

* '"ft was thought fo," anfwered Bwtratn". 
V .»€ *I am much afraid that what I won put 
ydii tjb tntich inconveniency/* rejoined Zc» 
Into. ■-■'* 

^ Sucfi inconveniencies miift fbmetimes 
be c^^Sfted by thofe who play," faidT Bey* 

ilf)! SH.' .'■fa'' ;.'.;.' rC ■.■ ■ .■■• '' '■•* »^ '■ 



' 'M^u^'AVe'q^fft^a' the Spaniffi fer^icp^ 

-^<*» Hte* Ma the'Mfe 



u ;?!/ 



.:2> 



c^aiv,-. .. Yqu 



346 Z >E LU CO. 

,^ ** Ij ^8 f*q!ft,m my j^werja Jw^ jijE,^^,^i^^ 

ii^4mt«ly;Vfai4 P^^^r^^ .; . ., 

•* Howfo?" 

•• Why3i"c9mm»(84Ikrtfami with » (W^ 
^^ You lind me in the CQn4ition you lieft quf 
- — without mowy;— 4fi (hart,! hayef oY«f-i 
ihot my crediti ai>4 I oow wait for a fwall 
remitt^rice to cpuble me to le^vf^ ibll 
place;* <---: 

Zeluco then tol^bim hefhQif\fihe%uppf 
to ^ccotamodabe bim ip v^lfSLttvtx'Cuff^ f^^ 
needed; ** I am engaged this tt^orhiiigj^'l 
added he, " but if you will wdk » littte^ 
after "it is dufk in the fquare he&rfe trfS' 
palace, I will foon join youi and d)i&|it^£|^ 
you to a place where we may haV^'a^thtei*!^^ 
flil ^lafs together ; I am impatiebt m' Heai^' 
yotil: adventures fince we parted.'^^ i.-.::-:^i\nn 

Bertram promifed to meet him at ttit^^ 
time and place appbimed. Tliey thet) pat t-^ 
ed, and each coptinued his waHtj btit Z^^ 
liico immediately turning^ laid to BertramV 
l^ You had beft not mention my naiher troV^ 

hint 



tiie reafon of this caulTtOD you v^ill kyntf' 

ttfl you, it Mtitl lioC'be i'ri'iny pittwitf^t&^feteg^ 
ye'u, as I intend, if yoii do." 

Bei;ti'am affured him he would not, ai^d 

they again fopk leave of each other. 

' "- ' ^■' .'--1,1 ' ' ' ■'.,.. ' , . , .., • -.'%■' ' ■-" 

Zeluco jrememberedf that this Bertram' 
was confidered at the time he knew him, as 
a young fellow of defperate fortune and 
devQte^^torganiin^, but refpeded pu.3.c- 

^9S^^:lR^iI^ F<^^^^^^ pf mind a^4J[icU|e-. 
piditjf jvitl^ wl^ch Imb h^ extrjcs^tedrj^qji^-^ 
f|lf dfrpm-^ , vary h^z^rdpus advei}tpi}^jijij^, 
\?hicli Ijf.wa? involved before Zeluco^^fr^ 
rjyed atMa4fid, and which was much|a^^-^ 
ed of at the time* Zeluco had heard, no 
more of bijn after he himfelf left Spajln, biit 
imagined he was ruined by play, and j^ad 
now ^cc^me an adventurer Hying l>7.^J^is 
wi^ivand readjr for any defperat? enter* 
pri^ in. which there w^§ a likeUh?>od of 
bettering^ hi^ fortune. What added ftrepjgth 
ta bis CQDje(3;ures wasi his haying remarked 

the 



1 



54« Z E L U'C O; 

the man who was ia converfation with 
Bertram before Zeluco joined him : this 
man Zeluco was perfuaded he had feen with 
a chain arcKKid^^^ l^g, woriting a/nong the 
male£idors at CaBTeru ; which very fufpi- 
clous drcirtriffattte, atid^the fellow's retir- 
ing and ftanding aloof, while ^er^rain^a^d 
he.(;9qyerfed9 convinced 2ielucojjiftrJ9ijB.dd 
acquaintance was juft fuch a perfiitf as^te 
was in want of. He had not fulJY ^eter- 
mined in what manner he fhould employ 
him, but a variety of disjointed ideas of 
ien^feful import floated in his' ImagijK^ 
fiSa'; and he nmcB wifhed to arti^l?1o his 
fk^iS ii man fuch as Jie took Bertra^ ro bfe^J 
titJciJyj daring, and profligate J but Kfe kti^^ 
tl^it Ifie aid he ci^eaed'^from him Wfe^of k 
nihtite which made it Wghly expedfei?t 
KtJtIP Br his own^fkfety and th^r^^^fe 
gtfiate aVy, that theif afequaintanceWlli ek^ 
Othii^ fliould riot be known, for wbicih rt^S 
Ibri he w^s impatient Wfl they (eparat^i^cif 
Ihe^r ftiould be obSTerved converfing;' 



> 



^-^?fy noilm'y'/i.-o::, ni- aew ^(h^ nnm ^ril 
^fil) : mid h^nlof ODiibS* ^^oiJ ni^imS 

, As one, in fiiffcring all, that fuffers notbiouj : 
TrriftfiT, tnat fortune*s KufFets and rewards ^ 

;^il^fe^^?i»1ii«}<l>4«o*«««ftre foi well commnogk^j^ 

Ths^t they are not a pipe for fortune's finder ^^ 
*To^(ound wnat'ftop (he j^eafc. Shakespeaile, 

in. rjv^l\^ I; ■•.: - [■''' ■: \ ^ ' ••i »iii«u 

AT the time apppiated, Berttam w^)^^^4: 
^^ ^ Ufpjrejthe pakfe gate, aod was fp^fi^ 
joip^cj j^j^Zduco, wi;a|)pcdin a Ppr^ijgjj^fil 
c:j^a^, .vsfi^9 defuing,^^^^, ;o fDUQyfv.^r, 
^i^c^,^jfl[» thxopgh i^ari^^ wiRd|f)g;^]lfJ 

f^ic^ ^^^ ringing ^^^bc^l, .fcemed t^ oj^fji 

\fvith a c9l^p^pJl^iog^^.|^^^^ 
wrine on the table. 

This 



I 



^ » E;UfU!C'0; 

jHiit isp^ rkefitlilbr tlie 

purpofe of entertiibirig fucrlirfi^ciids asiii 
l»a»)k]Q3qpedkiit tcl>k^^ tie^^hiA owttilfoafe. 
Nerina, and ^fS^trs^ kad frequeiud^ met 
him here: — the fciTMtnts were -pmc^bilfly 
inftruaed iAhvlb^ fixonM pr^xwddi ai^d 
the guefis were fcr«d with whatwrirlthcy 
needed, hy the means of a tuiiuxij^ &ifpi^ 
hoBtfdi foch as it vtfcd^ in ' oomrdms^^ h ' 
-'^^ I bate being ibcommoded With fow^ 
▼ate/' faid Zduco, ** particulirlj^ oa ;iab 
ocfcifiori of this kind, when I feirft tec^y-ii 
joy ^ wnfidentiarconverfetion virith ii6}^6^ 
frierid. r havb therefore taken care tKitl 
ri^ Sfcrmeftic (hall interrupt us.-^Pl^y^ hdp 
ybufTclf to what yt)u1ike." ' " ^^' ^ ^ '* 
' 'After they had'fupped atid drafifcrfei*? 
^I^ffdi' bf wine-:^' I am muih' afrai^^^ 
fkid Zeluco, " that the four htindrdd'ttol-^^ 
feffft I won from you at Madrid put ^bu to 
gri^W ittconvenieiicy, fw I rcmembei? I -^ass 
after#afds ilifbrmed you w^'e inl debt at 
thal'time." ' ■ v --'^ 

^t was indeed/* faid Bertram* ' ^ ^-- 

•c Well 



[ 



double Uie)ifilin«"fa|^]Zclftao; .tUx/io, 

V I^tsdSfawf K^Toried '2»hstoiKt :■ - • " v^si : ■ « -• •■'^ 

iHfS ^iKjfor^' if^pdita <Blftrsil|» r> ,-.■: " '! . ..^; : . . : 

<idit9 ^iami''> faid Zehicso.v ^u ^b'siraai; 

?' A h«o^e|: oificdf, fcoaring xj^-fftyiitt 

ludt, .|»i4 j£9» aa old- df ^ W^<^ I he4 

<}^aued()9£5tflthis feelped me gr^Uy,^?r^ 

iiv.b?g>o^,fh^f '*"y Pfy for ,fe|^r%l fl^ftJihi? 
4iKtJ>e ^e^> at laft I had the pl^i^ife^ 
f »y»nfi^ spy debts to, the lal^ fart^i^^; ,^ 
. ■ <* :t^rii0] next' to impo^blet * ISid.'l^gc^Qp 
« for an officer ift the 'SjJariiftiferfic^,,^! 
tfefe rmk y/E>U theii "Wiete, :' to live db JijUi /uli 
p^|rii; rjjirajiuot c6ocei\^e tiow you 'tobjtriv;€ai 
to exiSfctinitte half^*- : , a ;,: J: 

' *^ lyiaf ejdfficult thangs raay *be p^rft)ilB.-? 
ed vbji thofe who »e i:qfoiyed to t^^ }H%r^ 
icpjieii Bertram ; ^* I wa^ ; under .|b$/^f?^^ 
celfity of living very poorly to l:>f;.iurcf 
but if I hflt4;not, fame of my ^feditorsi 



^a Z E L U C a 



Md then fkjm^ alood ^ ^ SaM p ic ¥ tit 
>tiKtr Awviog 7MI iMlf fitnr«d yMnietf ^ 

^ Not quite fi>, Signer,*' replied Bfcr- 
mm ; '^ : tbdugh to be ftire my «bte ^as 
not ibniptuous*" "* "' 

•* This muft tavc been a very cruel 
cbtfrfe of equity however,*' faid ZetiiCo. 

^ I have been repaid by the fatis^adiba 
it has afforded me fince/* replied Ber- 
tram. 

** I dare fwear you often curfed me m 
your heart," (aid Zeluco. 

*/ A curfe has fometimes efcaped ms 
lips,** faid Bertram; ** but I do fl^t^Wl 
member my having ever curfed any body 
in my heart." 

'* I fliould forgive you if you had.— The 

' . • - • • i_ ' ■ M: ' ■» i '/ 1 

lofs of four hundred dollars to one. iQ 
your circumftances was a dreadful mlsfor* 
tune// added Zeluco. 

« I hope 



fiiid Bertram ; ^' for their lofs was i— ntf 

IBtiP I lEM i>bU^ tta pmcli^ fo Mrd3z«ft 
mtk^ M lliii tibtt limifii tbw§fat^nE^iei£EiiiS^ 
affli4ei|9c ever fiocc*' -*^ 

•' 3f«i #|f a lAilpfo^ef,'' (kid Z?tea«i 
^ and bear misforuines witb grost j&fll^ 

^^ I b^fe* hardly ever had any to^ beaV' 
£iid Bertram. «^ >» 

•* I aqfifurprifed to hear you fay^fo,*' 
rejoined ZSeluco ; '* becaufe I was told tH?it 
the four I^undred, dollars which I won, ^aa 
hilt the conclufion of a very perfejcring 
run of ill fortune.— I heard you loft near 
ftiven thoufand dollars in the fpace of a 

monthi^^ ■; ,,'\.... ;"•■■■ t^^"^^'- 

^' Thereabout,'' faid Bertram. 7 
,** And what in the devil's name do you 
call that?'* faid Zelyco,— ** Surely .a man, 
m the fituation you then werei who lofes 
fuch a fum in the courfe of a month's play^i 
muft think himfelf very unfortunate/' 
• Vol. IL A a *' Not 



% 



354 ZELUCa 

5^ Not ifhcftwiM^ wia it^ ii^ Ac 
CQurfc of a week^s play, - replied Btertranaji 
V wiifch wab preeifely my cafe.-rrf^ could 
mvt^ have had doe misfbrtuae to lofe feifledF 
thouiand dollavs, if I Jiad not fiiift had tlt^ 
good fortune to win tKcm/' '} 

, ^* That ia nqt the ufual w^y in which 
n^n ^akulate their owa mtsfortoiieft,'' iaid 
Zeluco. 5 

^^ It is the fair Way, hciwevtr/* rejoined 
Bertram ; ^' for the moft forluna^cf xaa^^ 
ihfit ever pxifted will be proved to he ua-< 
£ortiinate» if you pick out all the lucls^ ih^. 
cidents of his life, 9nd leave the qnlu(#yc. 
behind i but I had one piece of good fwr^ 
tune which I have not mentioned/'^^ 
, ** What was that ?" laid Zeluco* 

*• Out of the firft thoufand dollarfti J 
remitted feven hun^rfd to n|y father/' 

^* The devil you did," cried Zeluco.^ 
•* Yes/' faid Bertram, " I thaafc Heati: 

yen, I put that out of the power «fi 

chance/* 



c 



Z E L V C O, ^si 

' W The cW boy I iK^e repaid yap Ihr6e-* 

?? Ay, ten -fold v' replied Bertram; 
¥ for ht i^foffmed i^e by the next poft, 
tint k IM enabled him .to clear off fomi^ 
debts that diftrefled hirii e3;ceediD^lyv' 

**38tif^fter ydur H)f8 witli me," faid Ze-* 
Inccr, .♦^ P^am fijTptifed you ever agaitS 
tried your fortune at play." 

^ It required ail my fortitude to abftaid 
firom it,^' faid Bertram } ** for alihbughr 
deep play is little knowii among the chizens 
of Oitiei^a, I vra3 early led into it by a 
yoi&dg EogKflimatl with whom I was ittti* 
ifl«e befdre I left that city. I continued 
to play with uncbmmon filcceft after I went 
to Madrid. This propenfily grew into a 
paflion, atnd I was though tlefs and unjuft 
enough to rifle in play with you the money 
which I had appropriated /or the djijfcharge 
frf'what I owed to trades ^people aAd othersi 
for which as I felt a degree of remorfe 
J?hich I never before experienced, I deter- 
mined to cSe€t the difcharge of my debts 
Aa 2 by 



356 Z E L U C O- 

by the inoft rigid aettnotty;^yfetnI iriilft^ 
own I was often ftfOtigly tfetrtpwd^ to *^^ 
ihy fortune onoe taorc at play'; f<ft^' it 6c^ 
currcd' to me that by a feti^ 'ftfcc^YA!; 
throws of the dice I might aibHtfge rniti^ 
ling^ing months of ceconomy; biit'Tre- 
fledfced on the other fcaridj^that ^^ife'if 
ihould lofe» it would be at tb« ealiptoce <f 
thofe poor creditors whom, by^^i^ ad- 
hcfienee to my plan of (economy, it tvM 
in my power to pay*— Whiter I WMt 
balaoetng this matter m m<y »intj|^ i^rez 
c&i(ve4 a letter from my father, ^ WfaiQ|i 
de^klad the point. I paid tbe> ine^ney^it 
ha^ in my hands equally among imy »tit^* 
ditors^ and dire€tly after began my <K)te& 
of o;Qonomy» in which Iperfe^sdd tlHoI 
W^s entirely free fr<?m debt; ^and. Irliaire 
oeyer played, nor been in debtfiMaff. yJ 

, /V Your father's ktter muflr havd cioHi- 
tained very forcible reafoning;?^ 'iMd^Z^ 
lucQ,^^ to produce fuch an effedti^' i-^ 

*^ It contained a recapitalatibn oFthdfe 
principles «rhich^he had inftiHtfd irito'biy 

mind 



Z E L tJ C O. j^ 

j^iQ^ pit^y cbildbood ; atfi allbcfenc^ lo 
ys^lf^cix l|?if been the Tpmice of all tHefccma^ 
Cart Ij h^ Md tinJi^c, i|n4 from wbfeH I 
WV^r,34?^via|e4, ,ia th^ faialkft dfgr?§i. 

_..f*|In^uld be glad to fee thb powwftil 
i?piyftte» (flr i^ar /wiba* ywi can recoiled of 

vr *,* :t|rfrtn forry I have it not about- me,'* 
^^ Ber#Amij "for ihere ia a p€<tl^9i# 
t»tfgf i«< my fatter's ftyle to whi?h my 
asf ittofjrruaflanpc dor juftice. The l8t?€*^!te 
^ueftion /was written in conftquence of ^M§ 
liafiifcguhe^td tha« I was patronifed by k 
cfrJaiii in^a m power, from whom I Hid 
fCftfoo |€i exf^a promotion 5 from this he 
loobooeafion to remind me, that the feVour 
ufi.iinen was precarious, and often guided 
by caprice ;^^ that they might fmile upon ine 
If^j-day,, ;aod neglefk me to-morrow, ' ho w- 
^^r fliJRiformly zealous I might he to retain 
their good-will ; hts^ he caraeftly intreated 
me to make it my chief ftudy to find fa- 
.^our in the eyes of my Creator, in whom 
A a 3 there 



f 



^58 Z E L U C a 

there is no VMtifihleuGfs, ncnr libaddw ef 

•* Yoiir father was a clergyman no 
.4aubt/* (aid ZeluGO) ftifling a faiugbf 

^* He was,** replied Bertram, M and there 
jicwr viras a worthier." 

^< Ehiit did he ^ve you any^ hint lieW ydo 
were to become a favourite? I n^a/^ 
continued 2^eluco, •** befides theold way by 
dfi^tion and religious ceremonies/' 

^* My father's deYocion lay in bis hiii%*' 
fiid Bertram, '^ and was little ^barra^ 
with ceremonies.'* ' 

" Well then," continued Zeluco, ^^ ber^ 
Were you to carry yotfr poiftt?^' ' 

" By the duties of humanity iiid^fcfiftd- 
volence to my fellow-creatures, and by tfie 
pioft ftri^ integrity ; he recomrodadedparti# 
cularly that I flioyldliften to the djftate* df 
Cftnfdeoce, which he called the Y<Dice of 
Gqdy 4nd whichi even in this life, puniQiei 
find rewards itf a certain dfgii^eei accorditt^ 
to our (:ondH<3;. If ever/'*.^-icontinBed Bif« 
Um^ giving lb? ?rer4f Qjf his father'* 
^ letter, 






Z EL t t O. 3^9 

Itm] <^'If ever, ittt ftih, y6u ihotlldfeet a 
prop6nfity to do an unfdr thing, ovcitohie 
ft iitftfieSJatety, for ii'6 eartWy cohfi(iera'tion 
cdri tAiike k yotir intereft^— Heaveh' aM 
»rth ihall pafs away, but this truth fhall 
remain,- JPhatfoever a man ffkeih thut' be 
fitHrekp.' ^Therefore, taf dekr fiirtram, 
ifttefi O 6c?7er, be fach a fdol as to be a 

Bertram repeated this part of the fetter 
^fir nnufi]a( fervonr, and Zeluco, who 
iR^s d^ipofed to turn the whole into ridi- 
fcule, had certain fehfations which fpoilt bi^ 
in^intatiodi to mirtli. He remained for 
fome timie in a kind of reverie; theniroaf* 
}^ himfelf, he looked at Bertrattn, faylfig, 
«*'WfeHrSit, what happened next?" 

** I KMd ytm," refbmed Bertfam, *♦ that 
belf^^l read ttiis admoi^tioii, my confci* 
enceterd W^ri 'trhifpering that it was not 
'^tiite^fsfir Iri tttfe to illk the mOney t^ht^ 
Ifitf |bo* ttadelJ-peoplte ftood fo muchim 
fie#d<SPi"jrel"ray avarice, or IbVe of j^lay, 
vflnchWar yifti j^eaft, was ciidfeavourin^ 
A a 4 to 






3fiff ZEjI^UCCX 

«Q^^j^qQ«e ihciip wbiTFRr^ ^i^>«U^ tb«^l<lK 
(jll^i^,. th^.cott|4;,muft^' , But..!: thaidGt 
Go^,^ my f*ther'» lett9« coimi^ |tQ)jtI«,«A^ 
of confcience, I had the JdreagtAtr t9>/9^M 

.By this tiiiie ^luco, plainly „pq:peijyi?# 
t^4t,hi» old acqijiaiotaacc VA»,a,ir^^,4ife 
fe];^r>t kind of maAfroipa. wW,lie>)^4 :^^ 
pe^dj and would by qo m^;ia Jfi^: ^ 
p^jjpfe J yet he feU a ftropg ^^^f^:m 
ka9>w the whole of hi« hifliQFjri /iZ^Wofl 
t^^fore purfi»mg his iqquirmi % y$«jk 
^^f^^hpW however,'' refumodi h^go^^jjettt 
muft have pafTed your time bdtcniMOfibi 
%|ah4yj? tjbcSpapi^iervi*^?". ; / - 

»• Forgive B[i^," replied BertTAWi-^faftec 
I. l^d , jpaid my de^ my- t^rnf w^ ifpent 
Ygry. cheerfully : iny miod was ^fpifwm 
felfESfpro*^^ i . I ppffefled the frieiidflapfofi 
£3l9^ p$ci?r$ of fe^fe «Dd < hpowi?. ; J^ojogrik 
c4r€Q?4 ihcalth and good ipiritSk ; fiv Mo 
§(9}tH«[94 iini^tfirs. that my hoiurai aietiajl 
1^% qo my h«od6> but wereNrathcvi^to 
(bort for my employments j at nighrl^^fttt 

afleep. 



\ 



E £ t UiC^O. ^ 

^iftf'tdP^pferfiSim my duty, and eager ttf 
^pfdvfe^ ihy mind.** 

In the courfe of Zcluco's inquirieSi tfer- 
fcftto ittferihed' him, that after remaining 
fBmeyeilr#intheSpanl&fervice, a brorftet 
of Ibid ffiotEer'e had made him an advanta- 
geous *^Top6fal, which would have enabled 
film tcrJ$ve comfortably in his own couiftryi 
ttPWIiJch he^ had for fome time felt ai ftrodrg 
ie%Nff of let^irnitig; his father, and otficr 
feJai^ionsi f - having written very prefflJhg 
kwecsilio ihdt purpofe. ' * 

** You difpofedofyour commiffioh, and 
iseeuf rifed aecordingly ?*' faid Zeliico; ^ 

?^«^i I^tSjQilcl not immediately indulge tnf 
Mm^cMI#e, rfor yield to the intreatifes of 
jhyiftifendsi'' replied Beitramj « beiaiifc 
ihprc-^vfas a rumour df war^ which: fotfic^ 
tin^ ^er was verified, fo I thought In j^^ 
feii^xmd itk htmow to temftln wkh^l^ 
rsgiment wkioii fooii «ms feti^t^ ofi a^fti^df 
fcmcc/V-- "^- ' "' ^ ^^>* ^^^-^ 

i "The 



% 



5«2 Z E L tl C 0. 

*• The tMttiotdm^ expence tt> trhicTi 
&Bfbis afd put dmin^ ^alf^ if<rbidd bntr 
iurd da ymi who had no refotitte Bttt f t]^r 
pay/' laid Zeluco. ' < ;ii 

*« Very fortmiatcly I had ftudkd toitheu 
fnattsca and fortt^cation at Geneta, i¥K! 
wa« frfequcntly employed as m ehgfht«r, 
ibr *which I received additional pay ; ifUs 
taaMed me/' replied Bertram, ** to H^e 
aa well as other ofikerg of my i^t, attd 
to remit a fmall fam of motley M^ a f6^ 
male coufin of mine atOene^ci, ^hb Kdfl 
fallen under the dif^leafure ol be^ o^er 
gelations.*' 

V This cou^n was young and haadTottie, 
no doubt/' faid Zeluco. . .r, 

^* On the contrary/' fatd I Bertr^tei } 
•* fhe was an elderly woman^ who nev^ 
had4>een handsome, but bad madea n^(l|t 
marriage, difapprovcd of by all hier j«la^ 
(ioiis.'' 

" What then interefted you fo miich m 
her?" faid Zeluco ; *^ her mental accoi^ 
plilhments. and virtue no doubt." 

^' Her 



z E I. tr c t). 5«3 

^* Her «compViflimtot<i fJflof i^forftan,'* 
'Mplied Bertf tttHi ^^ ntvtt \ftir6 ceiifpicu* 
;DU9f aadiiimoer wittily Q^ in §M6ta^ 
:a&Ie to her rejhiiilroa in the dther pflUP^ 
«uUri i^!ih6rt^ her isoodud affardibd Jtldi 
jiift grauadB CO her oe&rjdl: relatiooa to 
abaadQQ her^ that I thought my felf bound 
X9 befrLetid heri becauft her other ffiendk 
imrc either too ai%ry or too mtich ^fhamed 
of her to agbrd her any a^ftance." 

'' Btttfray/' (aid Zelueo, «^ *rhcn did 
you quit the Spanifliftrvice?** v 

* ^ At the pfeace/* replied the cthe^ 
♦* when our regiment was ordered home/* 

^« I lemember to ha^ heard that one of 
%e captains of your regiment dicfd oh the 
paffig^i I ftrppofe you were promoted to 
the company ?'* 

^* Ah t Was the oldeft lieutenant in the 
tegim^nt, and had received two wound* 
in the fervice, my friends jfiattered me I 
fliotild } butf it was given to a ydung of* 
fiiifr, nephew to a grandee of Spain/' 

I' That was hard;' faid Zleluco. 

^^ Not 



3^ 3J E LUC a 

y .m4ii of family! huve l)ew allftW^lriMi-l 
Il»t«(g«8 ia all ftr^wet; it can Iiifl4lf ^f 
fiyp^dlod that tbey will fer? e cAbfi^^iT^^y^ 
Midifibis young geiMlema]^ hadb^eo^pr^ 
»ojfi(|;to a cojnpii^ i|i any otfe#iltr^it>qMfi 
it,;Woald have been equally b#i:d^^oaiitb«t 
pi4^ fubaltern of that regiment.''^ ^ av 

•< gut probably thi$ waa a perfw of Jit^ 
or 1^ merit/' faid 2^}u<K>. i .> , .^^ 

, ** Forgive me,'* replied Bertram ; *^ he 
is a very fpirited young mani and lam 
convinced from what I know of him, will 
prove an excellent officer/* 

"I (hould have thought it damned hard» 
however, had I been in your place, that 
another fhould carry away the whole re- 
ward due to me/* 

*• He did not carry away the whole,'f 
faid Bertfam ; ** for my behaviour on 
feveral occafions was publicly approved of 
by the general, and praifed by the whole 
army; my worthy father, and all my 
friends at Geneva, were informed of it, 

and 



I 



I 



t^^ filAcid at the lac^gence; befiHes, 
I^^ViStba approbation of my dwn mUsA, I 
am copious of having been ever fiuih^ 
toniytrdft, and of hating done my df«y 
as a; ibMi^n I had the liappit^fs of beSng 
IdNred b(^ the ^^Idiers as ^ell as the offieeitt 
d^^bCPrejg{«^nt ; many od^ the poor f^lteWs 
were in teati when I left them. Ybu ittttft 
be fenfible that this is a very pleafing re- 
ward, and occafions delightful fenfMic^s.^ 









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1 



3^ aELtJCO. 



CHAP. LXXXVU. 

A fight of horror to the cruel wretch, . 

Wko ail day long jn foidid pjeafitreToH^f),' ^ 

Himfdtf an juftlpft load, b^ fq(uiider'4 vUe> -^ . 

Upon his fcoundrel train, ^hat might have chjeer'^df 

A drooping family of modeft worth. 

B«it to the generous SM impf o? ing inM, 

That gives the bopelefs heart to fing for joj, 

Diffufing kind beneficence around ; 

To him the long review of ordered life 

Is inward rapture^ TnoULson^ 

AS Zeluco had never felt any of tbs 
delightful fenfations which Bertraixt 
alluded to, he becaime a little impatient 
at this obfervation. . " Well, well," faid he, 
" all this is mighty fine, but pray, my good 
Sir, what man was he whom I faw in con^- 
Tcrfation with yon this morning, a little 
before I joined you ?" 

" That man/' replied Bertram, fmilixjg, 
^* is juft liberated from the gallies; he ia 

mj 



1^ 



\ 



my avlj attendant y if my fuUe be not ou^ 
merousi Signor, you piuft aUpw that it h 
fclea." 

*f Liberate^ from the gallies !*' cried Ze- 
lupp, with affeded furprife. 

'^ Yesi be was condemned to the gfHk^. 
or to h^if d l^bpur for life ; jit conges to tb^ 
fame thing; his laft employment was at 
the royal works ^t CafTerta with othfer 
flaves, jbqqie Chriftian, fome MabQm^taa." 

^' But how came you connefted with 
him?'' faid Zeluco. 

*' Yquu fcall hear," replied Bertaratra. 
•f Having quitted the Spanifli ferrice, 
asd fetuffoed to my fweet native ciiy 
of Geaevai I lived in the moft agree- 
able manner; and this poor man, 4) Sa^^^ 
vpyard by birth, was .my footman; he- 
is a good-^natutied creature, though not 
very clever, and I fought no other: in^ 
the mean time, a worthlefs fellow, a Fied'^ 
inontefe, came to Geneva, and filling my 
ie^vant's head with mainy fine fiorks con- 
cerning Italy, perfuaded him ta quit my 
fdrvicea and accompany him to that coun- 
try, 



% 



^ Z E L U C 6. 

fftf^ivlttlier tliit iHedikitatd^ 1lali«fdttl^ 
wbg^MmWtMtt. Hiey traVeHMHofe^M^ 
toMbn, where^iliBg to ihtit toSfitt^l^ 
tffget into tSr^'ihir Md 1^i\\r W»dif mt^ 
cdiMfled* they llilifted m m iMb^ab'Vl^i 
^^ment, btit had n«t been ^utte'il'iit^tiirlli 
this fituation, when the; f>iedihbii^l^**47)^ 
iveD^difed by m5 Ni^politan^, tA^^rtba 
«hafattd bceiviaiprifiiwed abchnd 1!^ ^)(H 
ht^atttl Naples 06^ all accurati(MH«p^i<eiii 
beiy ^hh aflaffiti^ibn, bdt hiid #i^^ift 
tS^pe' from prtfon. AM infoHJiltlbh ^^ 
Oft pUrpofe bense^fbriAalFy maa^,>^(^l^^ 
•|0|tHl(b was takea into > ctlflbdyt i^t liit 
{KQ^Anfionlo, wlmliad a^coinpknliftt''iillll 
to MUan, and^enHfted at the ratiie'tlnyl 
trtislfi^hodd atfd cominttted tb jMfUH ^s^i^ 
«0ioaiitKce^ for the trhneffes dei^Uf tkd^^ 
fcsriifbeBnitwo men engaged id 'tire 'ii^lbefjK 
idth»(^^ORly one 'had been appl-eti^iltt 
at Naples. •'' 

i .^'t>Ob'a reqtririlfoh by thb Ne'sliJe^t^n re- 
ifieot^iit Miliin» '<h«y <were lietii 'rekt^S 
Mapks^ bat the Piedrfidntefc Had thef'^ei^ 



25 E t U C O. >369 

WW *Q*l»ake bif «fc»pe on tie jnwroef^ 
90^ 4qIQihq aJpRe wm brought pri^bner m 

WP^e ^rfiWJy ftrwgtii^qfid by the cifwimr 
ftiLhe^jQ^ HrjTcal bavin^ ]mn foutwl iii to 
I^PcJ^l^lF^ich it was firovied had bekmgiei} 
fO |he||i^i;dcreil perfoHi ^ 

^V )^ W|iMP in vain that the wretched Ai^ 
tmlQ MM th« manner he bad m*4e ac- 
qnfintaniiir with the Piedmontcfe^-^h#t ha 
]fi9A bffA in fervice at Geneva at the %m^ 
the f»Mr4fr was committed i^-^that he had 
bpMi^t ihe feal of his companton ^hq hii 
fft^gwciy with smny other partieularsi a^ 
f f chimi tcue^ but none of them creifoed 
by hii judges 2 bowereri as there \roa no 
l^ire^ pr^f of bis having perpetrated ibe 
crioaiei hf; was not conviided capitallyi bitf 
W4S qopd^ned to a pnnifliment ta mcift 
people ey^9 more feyere> hard labour foe 
life. 

. *^ The perfon who ba4 been robbed and 

murdered was a man much efleemed cm 

apcpunt (4 his character and manners ; hy 

Vol- IL B b hia 



1 



370 Z E L U C'd. 

his liritim'ely death, a fefpc^^le^ family 
were in danger of being reduced ft^m kfi 
fluence to poyerty : this created i j^^eral 
fytnpathyi The murder was Ittppdftd^tb 
haVe been actooapahied with cii'Gtichffeth'cci 
peculiarly criiel j the htft excited a&.mbfeH 
indignation as the former did' *6riiti|^fr 
fiofi.' ' ^ ' ' '^- ^''^ 

^' /The more attocious a crlmi H^, tli^fe 
eeVtaiiily is the lefs probability thitifheitti- 
dividual Who happens to be tal^eft tip di& 
fufpicion of having perpetrated Ititt^rtfiifJ^ 
guflty ; for this plain raafon^ thkt^'a' iitufch 
greater proportion of mankind 'irt*e i^iffetile 
6f committing a little crnne tbati^alV6¥y 
great one ; but it ha{>petis freqtieiifly, tfeSk 
this juff indignatlbh "againft the^ (Sfinei% 
ramly and urijuftly applied agaifift whiii^Wr 
is firft accufed ; and the very circumftsfdSe 
bf^uncomtnon atrbdty Which otighc lb 'fen* 
der ^ tie difficult in the admiffibn. of the 
ehafgfei is fometime^ the caufeosf ar pfeci- 
{)itateand unjuft condemnation. Thii){eeQfb 

to 



I 



2; E L u c q. ^;i 

. ;^" I^Jiaj^.f^iice to}4 me^ that he jwrptej;? 
i^e;iff\^f^atply ^6^5 receiving ^s Mrci 
i^ate^^^.J^iit whet^ber. froiQ the Jettgr*? 
^WW&i^peii p^gle4i^.:by the pqr/pnjtQ 
jf?J[j^>^|ie|g.av^ it to bd put. into thj; ppil- 
ogice* or from whatever other caufe^^ i^ 
liciyjer cgq^je to my hand j but after be had 
Jb^i^^jijeyjeifal months itj this fiiuatiom I^ r^. 
i9^iye4 2i,^li^|:er whic^i g^ve me the fir|l it^r 
IflJigeppaof his misfortune ; it was wrltte^ 
h^if^ ^e^ijipiplicity o^ truth : to convey an 
i(:J^.pf.j^the horrors of his fate reg^uired 
^,t t^e .^4 f f eloquence. ** I am cpii^^jyiipv 
j^' .^/l h?, *' to flavery for my whole 
Ufe^^-p^lt account of a inurder com|jjiitted at 
,l;J^|^^^p I was in your fervice a^ Qe- 

;r^**Jbe blockhead defcrved to fuffSpr^*' faid 
Zcldco,^f for hiB foily ia Icavfcg yo^r %- 
vicey whrre ke was happier than IWi^c- 

B b 2 «' the 



pi 2 E ;^ u c p. 

^1 The poor fejlojw," replied Ber^anif 
*^ made that very gbfefyaliop ia his^letter ; 
but furely, Sir, his fufferings were too fevi^rc 
fora piece of levity, or that love dP variety 
Yo patural to us all, 1 was fo {hockqd v^ith 
the idea of an innocent man's being ua^ 
juftly condemned, that my firft iippul/e was 

to let out immediately for Naples.; Jjut on 

• ' ;: '■ . ^ : . • ^ ■' ' -^ ♦ilslvm 

my ipentioning this to fome of my fricpds 

rthey Affured me, that an atieftation, oi^ the 

man's having been in my fer vice, ^ the 

t^l^ of the murder, and for a.Gonfid^r^l^ 

ij|[y^,)^efore and after, would be, (i^fgj^^t 

1^.,yrfoqure bis liberty. ThU.^M^injj:^!^* 

di^dY.drawn up in dije form, ^m^fcnltp 

jNl4pl|^4 »nclofed ixK, a letter to an^c^Jjg^t 

lawyer of that city* ^ 

;,;,.'JrPu^: Antonio's 4lfiTiaVrituali^ 

J^ ^ay.and ni^hi. .,^t cpuld nqt^iw^' JJifp 

th|j(? fields without thinking on hi&rbeing 

chained to> endlefs l^our — nor jeat a meal 

■■■'•h oj .k ^ ■ ^: /'..^^'-''..^ ■ .■■ ^IT.:.qaio:> m 

.without refleding oa th^ fcanty * morfel 

'j v^p I ^:-: : ;..• ^■,'^T^ li-^ - ^ .^ ■\n I .usnoi 

moiftened with tears on which the wretched 
Antonio fed — nor lie down in my bed 
" .--r > / without 



' Z E L tl CO. ^^73 

witnout dreaming 1 beheld Aie unhappy 

man fltfetched on the damp pavement of a 

dungeon. "Alas," cried I, ** is it ading up 

to tHe -pivinc precept, do as you lioula he 

done By ^ io truft the liberty and life of an 

inncippnt man to a letter, which may have 

mifcairrifed or prove inefFeduaL If 1* go 

myfelf, it will be in my power to identify 

the man, and by a thoufand circumllances 

make liis innocence fo evident, thatlMtift 

iiifauibly procure his immediate libe^^if;^^^' 

it*^ete ^ a^d fimilar reflexions ingroffe3 ray 

^fttitiiJAtStly. I was by no meanri^tftM 

N^Wm^ own condud, «* and you kho>^, 

"l^if^^^diitinued Bertrkm,^Hhat wherf ii^ihab 

'ftliiiff^:dtidemned at the bar of hi^^wii 

confcieQce, it is of fmall importance Wtih 

^^pj^te to be thought innocent by ill the 

M liif ^ifhc w^^^ ; ^or my own pak I felt 

tiayfelf tt> unhappy on this occadon, t^at 

ip companion to myletf, as well as to An- 

tonio, I let out for this city, before I could 

receive any aniwer to my letter. 



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374 ^ £ LUC O. 

'' . . ' < . •< . '"/*'* Ik's v' V 

" Moft fortunate It was for Antonib and 
for mei that I did fo. T^e laWyei* t6 whoM' 
my ielter was addrefled was gone to Met- 
fma, and my letter difregardecJ.' tfouhd' 
poor Antonio at harii labour at Caflfert^, 
among a number of wretches againft whom 
crimes liad been proved fimilar to that ox 
which he was prefumed guilty. 

** To paint the poor fellow's joy a!nd grk- 
tltude at fight of me/' continued ^ertrami 
•* is not in my power ; but I did not'^fina 
it fo eafy a matter to procure his liherty'as 
1 expefted : I had more difficulty in pt^^-' 
vailing on fome to whom I addrefied rny- 
fdf, only to hear my ftbry, thian I thought 
I fhould have Had in obtaining the' \^hd1e 
of my objefl: ; and when they had heard \i^ 
they fecmed to think it of lels iiripbi^tKM 
than f ever before believed ohfc" fiiiman 
creatoress happinefs could poffibTy ^e to 
another. ''' ' 

" None of them exprefled anfy'dodfit 
of the man's ifanocence, yet few woiira 
give ihemfelves the lead trouble to gel: hirti 

relieved : 



Z E L U,C,0, 375 



r^lreved : they fhruM;ed up theic (hoi^^ers, 
(^d i^ y^s^ l}s^v^ oa^jth€4i^an,v but no bu- 
fipeffr of thdr$. I am coijvinced. Sir, that 
i^ wQ^i| {h(OC^ y<?U| ]<f^ere I to defer ibe every 
eircuHift^a^ce of ihe fs^yagiB hardncfs o( heart 
and felfi^ indifference which were difcover- 
lecl by fprpe. Well, I wifti thofe gentjenaen 
imuch good of their infenfibility. ^ da^e 
fay it may have faved them fome unple^f^it 
jmoment^ which J, and I doubt not you, 
i§iir,^h|iv^ felt !. But of this I am convinced, 
that'whojil fucceeded at length injprocur- 
xrjg^Aatonio's Uherty, my fatisfadliqn vfSL^ 
little iafpnqx to his ; and I have no do^bt 
but it ^ill afford me pleafure to my laft 
hpufjf andfo, Sir, Heave you to judge whe- 
t}}€if or not I have rej^on to rejoice in hay- 
ipg rpa^e this jaunt .to Naples.'' 

Zeluco's eyes were fixed on the groun^ 
dprii>g t|^e latter part of Bertram's narra- 
tive J and he continued filent and pejifiye 
ifpr fome time after it was finiflied. t^sje- 
•jBexions feeqed not of a pleafing- nafure> 
fev^ral fighs efcaped frpm him ; if he then 
B b 4 threw 



frj^flj ^»vof beaeysteflce tQ: bfightftji MtH 

glppnay reUofpea» ;«a iswriitlv *i©r ^ 
felf-^approbatioa iPi :<:CPB)forc ^jg droopi<^' 
rpirji|9« sns I i\)iil^ 

f 1 fear my Ipag ftqry ha* Hired; fm 
fiwj/.' faid Bertram j; ** here is to );9Dr^PQ^ 
|^^]?,*f added hclUJiqg his gla%(i;bu:>- jod 
i;i*p.'l pledge you with ill my ,Hei|jkf?ifai4 
2#(|}it»?^ eodeavouriog to^ak@ ^i^Titf fltfsiodi 
|a-«y|)Kk however be did not.ftiocded^I^Hl 
hcilkadialmoi^ entirely drowaed thmi^ht/inf 
nepeat^d bumpers. T - ...i bed \pdi 
.btlxi'tbecjourfe of Ihdir eduveafatiailti^A 
lucoffi^ewed the offet be had jmiidftiailiria 
meriting, of, fur niiJling Ber traizi) wMblwhdt 
WQifiyili'e had qcaalipo for, tJHilfidcJclft^ oC 
credit which he expedled flioul^.fcrfAtlfelii*!* 
^^%tt§© Hflured hip ?that i^i^aHifiteadf 

chanan having accidentally hs^fdiji^ajf^j^ 
%vaii»t|]ia^,been.re^e§med from ™fl^(^y*by 
lyjfj Dj^r, had go^neand <»flVfriejiJjjHUj 



ihhktkmhiti^W0rdm ^iim heh^m^iik 

^fk liAtrfQiSltirrilhg 'hm»i63%e ehterie^ ^kivb 
fee roeifc \Attii Mr, i^—*^ was Moiiepfa^- 
iS^]'^^ Si*, FbaiP6'ft>nftJth'itig to teWyoti, 
which I am Aire will do your heart gddd^tt) 
liedj- I^ai^He^en gave htto the wholdftory 
iSi'^^Mi rieccived it from the Savoyard, 
concludin^^^th tht^ reflexion : •* I teiaflly 
do&lmtfgWid, Sit, that there is fomething ia 
tbeixh^^^^oafttiainous countries e:kc6(^^ 
liigljb^fiwotirabk to kindnefe of hearc^»-«t 
bavBf;|ieai:kl ffeveral travellers decUr^.':^hai£ 
they had met with more hofpitalitytin a 
ibdrtttmbTim the Bi^tands of SdatbUid, 
tUtnriliDliheir journi«s ever all Flat}d«$!t« and 
ttd'tAskm^ Countries^ although the \ UCt are 
ii« f^^bf j>OpuloU8 towns as the foroaer is 
Irfkdtftttains.'* 

yhtti^^. Bertram is a citizen of GeiB<(»i^ 
^^tifefJb^rterritories are not mountalftdas,"^ 
(aia*.'^N- — ^.fihiling. ' ^'" ' 

^^VTRftii- honour wil! be pleafed'^dre- 
pieib6lcir/^rf plied Buchanan, " tWat Ge- 
neva 



373 ;?: . E, Li u. c o, 

v^lbgC of Bucliaii^ is by l^li,^i#p|moi3^ 
zjoA there ftremcniatdipsat nQg^j^^Hf^Qf 
ffomJxMh." ji V r :^ 

" I had fongot that," faid^t;. ^^-T^TTfl 
V but I am fo charmed wiih |1>€ J^^fii^i^^^ 
of this ma&t tMt I ihqiUd lik9,jtgt be; fM^r 
<ju?iat€d whhr hwtti although |t ^jspijl^v !>? 
4)rft*e4 agaiaft hj^i.tbat he h^d^^^qiji 1^^^^ 
al[>ave a hundred miles from ^7, l^t^lV 

.Mr. N- went the very: nfjfj^^Qij^g^ 

to call on Bertram, and foun^^. jhjm, as 
Jh(? returned from bis fir^ ifit^rwie^ T^M^ 
T^lucp, telling him he |ha(| doqp h^felf ^t^^ 
honour of waiting on him expre|^|y, to fo* 
licit the acquainta^nce of a manjof.fp^oxjich 
woyth. In the courie of their conx^^tic^i^ 

Mr. N difcovered that he had^bcei? 

well acquainted with Eertramj's j^f^^er 
when he himfelf had been at Geneva, and 
when Bertram was in the Spanifli feryice. 

Mr. N at the fa^me time told Bj^r^ram, 

that he had received^ many civijitie? fr^m 
12 ' his 



t E L U^ G a 379 

Ititty ^tlli^ft^^ 'tjyes v^ho^irHhcnigh he Jtt feft 
had decHiHEd Mr.' N- — 's' offer,' nowvfel^ 
him lit '^6uld with j^leafure mate life of 
his baill^^r^ftir what nibriey he might ttced, 
tin his 6?^n credit fliould arrive. ' 

' Zelticjo ^feemed difeppointed on finding 
that Re #a8 anticipated in fixing an obi i- 
gatioil'oii 'Bertram. Healked, Whether he 

had mentioned to Mr. N any thing trf 

thd'tpi-feffeht meeting. 

• •« r^kcy, Sir," fiid Bertram, a little 
gravel^,' *^' you have forgot that I promifei 
not to ihehtion my being acquainted with 
you to^ariy body/* 

Zel tied begged his excufe, faying, he 
)&^^ forgot; adding, that it would be no 
longer neceflary to conceal their acquaint- 
ance, arid invited him to dine with him the 
following day. 

Bertram expreifled no defire of know- 
ing ' Zeluco's reafon for his former wifh 
of concealment, or for the fecret manner 

in 



3ffo Z E L U C O. 

10 which they had met. He perceired 
that Zeluco began to be afieded by the 
wine, and imputfd, his lofs ^yf pemory, 
and his negleding to explain this, to that 
circ^Inftance• .an,?nv-. 

. -> I..-.;- ■".''■/'■ :n^A bdB bo 

'-- „ .:^ . ' ; •; : '■' '• .y;finoVl "io 

i ^^^:: ; ; ... ;?n if/inj^ a/; 

'^^■^ i":^^.- ." ' ■■ '...'S "io \onLt 

'■'di .-; :r .. . ■ . , ■ -I ^lil^gcii^ii; 



i 2 E L U.C^OU ^i 

Lentus in meditando ubi prorupuiilet, triftlbus di(Sti^ 
atrocia faSa conjungebat. Tacit. 

npHE fufpicions which rankled in the 
bread of Zeluco would perhaps have 
gradually loft their force, and at length died 
away, had they not been carefully cherifti- 
ed and kept alive by the watchful malice 
of Nerina. She adapted and linked toge- 
ther every accidental circumftance in fuch 
an artful manner, that, to the difturbed 
fancy of Zeluco,' they formed a chain of 
irrefragable force s the abfurd anfwers of the 
nurfe to his queftions, and the paffidnate 
interference of Laura's maid, which of 
themfelves had made a ftrong imprefiion on 
his mind, received additional ftrength from 
the comments of Nerina. 

Laura obferved an increafing gloom on 
the countenance of her hufband, and was 

{hocked 



3«j Z E iL U iC iO.. 

fhockcd and terrUie4 at the loql^s^^e roa)$7^< 
tunes threw on his ^ i:hil4* 3be mtntion^d 
this to Signora Spprz3» whp, ft^ having . 
obiierved it herfe^f, perfuaded i^a^i^ap thai; 
wh^t alarmed her proceeded cnlixplyjTO^ 
her viewing the looks and ^dicfns /^ 
Zelaco through a medium of ^ddUipna^ 
gk?on;i,eyer fiiucf thf/inforpi^tiofj ^Rf^HT-; 

t^^v^^Iet- - ^ .,. ,; ,; f,^^,^ £4 

A packet of leUera arrived, ff9^JCa£(^^ 
S?i()Uu, ia ^i^^|aich was one addrpffe^jp ^5^^ 
N--^ t QW to Sig^ra Spor;ea^4ff4 9ftJFl:!9r 
Madame de Seidliis^ l^ut s^ej ^i^Lftji^ 
This .pmifliQa was a ci^cjjflafta^ijq^pfj^ii^ 
fttfp^ifioa^ in the ey^s <^f ZeJucqi whqj^^ 
ii^th^ladamc de SpidUtS whea. J^fr^pjftff^ 
tjip.(;aver ^f the IPAieps, : He /^fpQJ^^ 

vaay^^Ily the cafe, tM '^bcr^ ^^//^l^WfB 
for Lauca inclo&d ia tha(^ ft^, j^igoj^^^ 
$pQ|[^a^ and had he been witl^v^t^.Jv4f^^ 
xieisyit is notimpoffible but he^^ig^ hs^^ 
had the meannefs tp Mve bix)k|graff)g^ ^t|^ 
fetter. Madame Seidlita fent it ibj^ ^e^^q^i)^ 
fisrvaut to SigQora Sporza, and Zeluco re- 
mained 



r 



2f E LUC 0» 383, 

flitttfi^ia ^h/^-^bel watch «& db&tte wlie^er 
S'^ttork -«S|)c>rs!sa did not fend ;ot brii^ * 
ld«6i'^^^&ura. Sh« tboiight pt6pQtitfi 
bWttg *iKferfeFfj Mid Ztluco inet her 4a/j|!i« 
T^l» gdfe^'td Daiira's apartmferit. He &'^ 
cbfted^^b^i'ivviib' afTuteed oheerfttlnefsi fatd 
H* Wa^'^n^ todrive out for a few mSc8» 
jiL6^^faeii% j^&rniiaded ih^wouM not ac^pt, 
he inviited her to accompaay him in 'th^ 
ditH%ei' Which fhe haviag declined, he 
bi^ehef'atfieu, faying; he would rettfrti' 
WUfiiiir i^ftfw'houps ; aiitl immediately 1f8l«t 
oW'of HKe fibitfe, but ittumed through the 
^rieri'^q-hw own apartment, by a doo*"6l 
>^ich h6 alone had the key, and frditi 
iktii^'^plSed unobferv^dF into a fmall rooni- 
i^fhl^thst in which Laura and Signora 
SfiifciaMfere contcrfifig. His defign Wis to 
tfiTdbflnrt^^ vWtether his fu^picioris regarding 
tHt lerte^'%ei*e well founded^ and td^lifetfr 
HhM ^SW^ between Ihe^wo friends, Wihi*K? 
they^^iffii^t themiyVds ^unobftrveaj'idd 
IRM a^a dfftance. '-■ • • - ^••^" - 

L:..u . Zeluco 



j84 Z -E L y c p. 

Zfdiieo could. Oft ^difiioaii- ||B|V«M|f 
ward that palled ^ but fromiwliat h^.dyid 
^«ar» he uadeiAood dot a tetiec^M^ <BMie 
from Captaia SeidlUs to L«ira#*-^Ml^e 
Captain with bi« friead Carldbii ;p9l4<' 
arrive very foeo i»tbat tauia., ^tfvelUf 
wiJbed to be feparated from hiiitB<ift|Nl^tt 
peflibie, provi^d €a£ (hotild bftyOian^rt 
lo take her child with her; — and tlikft 
he heard Laura with a rM£rd^ ftmciHdif- 
;.na^7 pronouBce fhefe wordi c fiitOl oiy 
4tiKt& brother, ha^: you. arityed^il §ffr 
weeks fooner »t Naples, I (hould.mjitr 
lv(v^. been united lo tbU misao cpiiMoua 

j: S^^Qowi^ $> traefporled P^i|farism«o 
hearing this* thai he mecfaaaicallyndieitr^llia 
4Hte(to, and was oA th^ ^nt,^i'k<trSi9$ 
jifttp the room, irdM^hins^miftt^mihttt 
lmn9S the ypk^. Qf.Bignora^ Spmutt>.kls 
mmjf^gaia tempted to Hftem ,'jil> r :.? .im* 
Signora Sporza endeavoured to fnnthaad 
i^f^t the mind of Laura by ^dmcsiMlAii t4 
-paucnce and fortitude, reprefenliigjj th«H 



.2'E Ltr.-C'O. -^ 

"l^NMomiMfll u»|)omitce 10^*18811^^:^ 

^iiikttf butt-- •■ ■■ . . v L- ■ •; ; ^ , -. :h • cl 
vttt ij^Kt a few mornitig v!fi»i tiut!i(^Mi^ 

wUh indignation in his liftening 'pli£i, 
AfrUSslki l^ifcfi it Iidlj and came ronl^i^ to 
8ttievrtttfanXii»>^^)(;l>!'Laurti was. - lg^:4>a^ 
^£&TtMlb^«4}|»r)cfaiid fM»in thq nt^rfe')^4^ 
t24lJllfoi>ttlRtft<8d.'^He made a motiotk^ t^ii 
4ls^Wlllbi^the„nurfe ttv retire/ w6liliii)!'& 
dire^ly did, leaving ^e child in L&intt% 

^ ificlMi>v«*yk(d baekWard and ^m^ 
3f^- f^it^f'^^flie with a morofe and glBboPf 
hiVoL. II. C c countenance! 



r0$ 2 X X U X: XI. 

At tkU was ttothirigWiil fa^ttB ^ f ^iMM 
-.iMratmttioa^Cd ill doniU&ejMkaift tbe 

'^^ Don't ycMi think that child very Iiittl4fa 
.^^ltcr> Madam r* , ♦ -^ ,- vi ^,^77 :l 

•* He is much too you^g,'' ifipfeci i|ie» 
/^ for bis feat4it€i toatmoimae j^{|farti<» 
^tulfir Ukenefe." ^ .^^ ,^,5 

he already dirplays a mod ftnI4pg^.f:J^^EB*» 
tianoe to your 4>rotlier/' ^i:?iiijs^ic 

'M 9tf& happy to hear it," laid ]Ljfiira» 

* caneflfag the chiW. 

y *' Have you the audacity to/fay 4b, Ma-- 

dan, aod to my face r* ex<::lai^d:^lu^, 

furiouliy, , ., 

_^ -r^ ' ' ' ' ' ^'^-*** -'^ 

^* What is it that 70U mean, Sirlf * tried 

L^uTji, rifing from ^er feat ; for the f^iilil 

rt"' *fCH' '■■'■ ■'■■-' o^tj '.--•- ~- 

Icreamcd, being alarmed at Zeluco's loud 
iiid'^breatemRg iroice^ 



"kI threatcmMriroicc. 



«« Peace I 



a« -B ir U 3E ©, iJfl7 

cd he, grafpiog tbf^Mifiiat kjr tlmiillinoK 

,^giA mdlAw\iTJa^ to roBkore hi^ SBkw^^ 

slliBtsdil ^it^'^ L :. .:• ^^': ^ ''- /^ '^ 

It was removed too late;— the chtlahe-^ 
.^^ l»y«^d more, 
-irisyji^n^retched mother funk agaiii tiipoa 

her feat ; her foul fufpended between libj^e 
^^tid defpair, while her imploring eyes were 
•?iihrttea^bfi the face of the infant, whi^^y 

breathlefs on her knee, r^, o 

^^^^"iiie^'women hearing a confufed^noifci 
ruflied into the room:— every meaqs were 
'^liied for tlie recovery of the child;-— aU 
' tvefe iruitlefs. 

When it became ceruih that there wai 
no hd^e, Laura, ' yielding to defp^ff 

^'ilktl^ \iit dead'irtfant to her "^&m, 
crying, ** O my child ! my child 1, take 
thy milerable mother with thee to the 

» ,^.^> ^ ^ ^ « graver 



1 



3|f^ Z EX 13 C or 

grave !** and (he diredly&U fenfelefs on 
the floor. 

The child*8 body being removed, Laura 
was carried^to bW'b^d iti a'ftate of infen- 



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firrMiHd^ Hat V^Ui^iilb oiii .hnt ^'l^^Bt^ 



Ndtre repentir i/eft pas tant un regret da m^f^i^^ 
nous avons faif^ qu'une crainte d^ celiii qui nous 
en peut arrivcr. RocHEFOUCAUtT. , 

TJ^HEN it appeired that the child wA$ 
irrecoverably gone, Zeluco^s jealous 
phreazy dwindled into perfoiml fear, left he' 
ihould be called to account for the murder 
of the child. To the attendants, therefore, 
he made a great difplay of concern for the 
child's deaths and ftiir more for the confe- 
quences it might have on the health of his 
beloved wife And when iSignora Spor^a 
returned^ he took care to meet her, and 
informed her, before the norfe and other 
domeftics^ with an air of infinite forrowy 
That the dear infant had: been feizedf* 
on a fudden' iEaiaj moft unexpe&ed man- 
ner with coavulfions awhile hi wa$ ia' 
his laotfber's arms ; and that, ifi fpttt of 
all the means y^hich could be ufed to 
C c 3 favc 



aod nothing but hi« (^BfCifi Iftr bccft^chpicS 
ff9K^ hiOtfrtmiMng fn tiw/(am«{R&e ; 
1^ .^« MM ccmtimioAi wiyr. audDiiHsrivs 
ff)« fflf wUctfr i«tfe«k wwJiighlif pfbpe^ 
IQ Icej^p h£r qut^t «nd fcduded Tfirbnrqdl 

9fluflg Wi qpe^Hovft tin litt pBtetiftHnet 

lM^e{A9 aaCffe?,! iNHJihtt ihs iimiftrimm^ 

6i^\^.{»Lhst ftjieiriv;7 ; JB 3d .sbfiox 

cISiToH ^fttmoit think bfH atipnfettt^^ 

iis^f I^jUMft iee a|r ftknd khmedfatctjrv^ 
MiiHtfi ittcmi^ towftiid» ^e <pii Bft fc WP hi 

Jn^w^a >€r fta4 -^ 4*ei»»?*5?3Wi«|3»©ttW 

itstosm ^ »s> ** She 



2QEDLUt>ic3d? ^ 

Su^-hkAiVd-mhmipi^^^^^^^' urMiion has 

iboBKfalr U)b6Ma*iiM~4ui£»ldi ttetiiat^ ^ 
it; .teo^aftnwrf dtrikouB therefore tkiPllii 
poiiakDibball bg aOa^Kfed ta het m^ 
hiatidfebfidttntcl 09 pwfodiltf her ^bikt'^tfttl 

lilHH8<1lfiflill,^l»e'1n^ he iKoiM, "^^^10. 

tbflQiiiivbltinta*^ l»i^«itfi»t3his^'hft«d^4af* 
nude, be able to pcenoA^cn Laumi tO'^MU 

Had he once obtaineS firah a priMlfie^^b 
kii(iivi4barilie flionld be file, beftftgl #eit 
iCqwiMtlQd^nrkli: hetimk>l«ble attatlibleiil 
te her w<Hd. He ftrove theMlnw hff'Mfif 
^rgiifsAitc&fc dttild de¥Ur4t> fiitviHPeHb^Slgw 
tobtft^{M«»^ «F))iiilf«ii6e Iter «ldt{'«t^^ 
btwttg|<aafefl»yii»et»^ imcft%tr/y'*^ii(iSm 
Sp«rza*a aai{iptieac& to fbe ber. ftisn^ iii|l» 
•t'-: Cc 4 mented 



Ill ?t.^LcU.CjQsi 

VHsqi|M»wMigCfblQ J[kl<htfae -^ain%i rf i> i li i e 

l^iitiims pMf <but}faeidirie#jicio^ duft 
I9fe4^t^s.n%l3fcl i)e ked: dsdaafiVKfMSiim 

from Laufa. The di^BtbaaciniiifiiUbarrfi 
(i09f€9)^-I^><^j ^tafl«rl6d>«t oiahdirinsfiad 

.•}d§9«K<i^ »imvh» M«^C|ifMfdbfiftrted« 

fitme intervaU flie recovered jts.ditfiM^ 
k«1riB«a onlr ii& ^(^lifafadiiitn|Mirfffiaw,'«lwb 

M» - ^ --' ■without 



rwodt do yiQud heifrts"' fail» like^ miiifcfi^ 
SU(^lUMt^< bade iiila>4itof<>ri^ 

iiaAs)i(^eaft«it as {Jjut rccditered fi«lft4lb^ 
•hddvMtbhhig-'a^l^'her fedvea^entt. -''^'2^)0^ 

li^nii^flii;. 8$ .t)'j..-voj3'i --.4.'. ,.;,v'i-;ni 3n)\j.'. 



% 



3f4 «IS&U<3(Sl 

laft K*— ^* y«M, my dear, I am oome/*blwJ« 
fi^aigfaorat%«8za»I 'hBtttYlQTDiiaiM^/' 

^nt (tery: iforryv i c f>B o( i ^SignoNi SfiMM^ 

lae^'^: cnsd Laura*: '^^l■haC'it;Ii»j natimui 
of thtm-wUl tell-Jie^rlkut Iund iioce. i^iif 
ibiiieiin^ very fad } 4m fM-dtef sttilaifi 
fiiidndt niettsflfuli ufd yet ait^lbmiMfttl 
tij0i^«tid my iioor keavr is iad,' aM^l^^^ 

-^'iMiidftme de SeidlRs, by th«' ^l^^^fSft^ 
lF¥fer^sk/ Wad'l»^^^1i3 bf-'tii^^tt^^ 

iftSTOn her ovm-Hbufe td thai; W^^ikd^ 
iai wlftidot- Wenl^^^to "the afeiJ^infe?^! 
*f»dd!^fttfed'tc)^gitfc h^i or^ig^^ffef^flSg- 
oppoferite"mt ^»a^ mtJe to heP^ftl^tfii 

aniyix^ ^ ^ My 



E^^ E U O e ©. 3fS 

elMid?;4rno-> f^f I .-iR-ibym. ; >y ^•— "= ft? i 
*\At(ilfi«(Ciepttfliid' Liaossrfllartedf r&t^a^ 
ifa tfa<hbtedv" «Rt ^oan6i' £J^ r<MDe degi^tQt 
^ccovqi^ keen retofiedipa J witfa'onfseiliaini 
(iit»po0^g4i^-«eMSKr^<rmbraBi^ wliiie^th 
Qiidehvn t^e£(^.««Ke;' attd>;fternad[kx)f rVR 
gardit moH riMiHksiffteri^aatuca] ^iWactiicfi^ 

<8tf?^rntille£«nd'gra^^ btmsr - a£beibvJi|dEt 
uttered many expreffions fefemingly int^ 

der, he would eaiUji^v? pqfqip4f(|4it)lAl 
aj^ ^^li^-dfJedi but^D9bo^7 ^^^d^h'^V^^ 



yl/l ** 4 ceiviin 



^ '%-^i] tr c 6. 

daapttt was, fiiinttBncd kh hef^^or'tifej^^ 

Sporza in Nothing, fuppottihg, an(f '^BoM-^ 
ftltiBgiLttUI?*.. " - 'v''-- -H- '{fi'l 3^^^ 

t A" Ptyficiaa hft^bg' ahiVtd.'-wa^iHt^^ 
corditog ito the orders giVeii1*y lSif!{!cfei'"^ffc° 
trbduted to his apartdeirt b*fore"lfe '^^sP 
peittteed to feeLaut€. Zelu'co/^i^li o(fen- * 
tAfotis'fbrrow, told liim of the c^hiM^s^- 
iog * tuddfetily carried off by a cohvuilion 
fitiitSat there was reafon to apprehend t^is 
fa<r^ fet had difturSed' the &k%^^r 
wift,^ Wflie had beerf talking extravagancy 
eyer fince, did not know her 'iiatimatc at^ 
q»iai»takice» and tvai tfei-dfifed it'4^c4gfet 
of 4ie#4)eft friends." ^Havin^thdfe'^rlji^^iP' 
thePftyfician, he ^Kdwed • hiin ^6 '^f^^ 
LiaVai /■■'• ■■ 'r'-: ' ^ -u^moruiua 

: She ^i juft recovfered frdlh a' Itt'^'^fd?^*^ 
poi"wfieh-hc'' was introSuced/^ Ononis a^il^ 
dreffilt ^V.^''^e raffed *hlfieadtrb"to{^^^^^ 
ptlo#, anffaooked very earneltly at hitn, ' 
Utt'^aide 4i1).a^AA(^ep to'tts qUeftibns-? • on- 

;^ . .^ y ♦ his 



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The PhyficUn^ being now «QO&|ii!fl4ifkt 

in ,a fhort time rsftp^iJ .to her .Bcrfedlj^ 

ra||^g, Jicyp^8.alarm^^t t|ie laftr,-; .W^ikli 
I«aura remained in the prefent fiate, 1^41^1 
ftre^f^c^jl^i be laid P,iV VJbat Oa^ fai4^ r^ 
fli(^W j^e(5ecoyer,,;w]|iatever acQ0}|9,»v^iq 
gav^ he ,|V|ell |cf ew, , ,would carry ^,9^^ 

^"W Mo ifl? ^^^^ m M»>?e^ .fl5w%.. 

- himfelf 



1 



0^ x£>iuuicia 

Miiofli^ois'temorfer 3bd .Mit-toaiAmiifHiiloa; 
vhiQi l»e refiedcdi cbat the; cbitd3«fli3iqMli 
•TAB iocasfiowai ' I7 dK |»«pdiill|i;pT 1m "bei 

i|vdr fioce, of giving way tDeverf itfij^t^ 
i)fv:paffion. In this hour idfqfuflei^ 
anbcpflfg tke mapy flftttgtn|g ifieolledloiift 
^htdr' intruded themielTes on faiidifti<!i^^, 
he^'oeii^ld not exclude the rem6nftl^i^4?jf 
hl« mtot, when he hiAfelf, ^'%'^iM', 
ifti^ in afit of groundlefs fdrr^, <^«ii^^g£ed 
his 'fparrow to dekth ; that nuioitlltstiifte 
jcBO^ appeared to his alarmed corifcieftce xk 
like light of a pirophec^: **'Mad!I (add 
more regard," faid he to himfelf, "^w^what 
that, worthy man Aen, and oncOtbdrFoc- 
cafion|)> told roe, I (liould ao^^io^ hvtfi 
r^fon to dread the confequondt^ A^^jl^itf 
surfed accident." , ; . • l anl^i^odi 

Y«, whatcvei? ri^idaorfe 2^!Rftd'^f^lt'#r 
.Tilious and aceumtHated ipta^c^^f^^ili^ 
, i i kednefs. 



KEUUXGa lilt 

bum ^Uc tUktsAf i^fMmmndt^gt^^ 

EȤ:iiifefatcli)^ Wiflieci fo ^imicb to cdotte^f 
Ibr^^OltQ^/ tny ftartoujfr or incoherent thejr 
lolgi^Ff^pidtar tootherB^ ttey were fo clear 
IWilftQtoe^d so kirn, that he rccei?^ a 
^fyfife^jakrifta? often as any of them WiJce 
i;^PW«^flr*f^ whatever he hoped, he wai 
j^y ?¥>i^f*!*s 9ett#in, that when Lati^aire^^ 
lS9^y^#]^ ^(b^. would BQt relate the facial 
St «aIlyob«ppcned, and accufe him pdbKc- 
Ayj:fer:lbefe reafima he fervently wiflied 
^hat £h^)iiibight die of her prefent ill^e&^ 
iQ^ifeoiain .diftraaedt 

:>TJidi continual anxiety he had fbr His 
owii fefety fofpended the ripening of a 
^e^in ^lan which before occupied his 
thoughts for the deftrudlion of Seidlits, 
^^Q I?)|a%ftcwvsdaily fijipe^d* His wjlole 

i )i for, 



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49^ Z:K^I^U C <X 

fert althou^ he ae^er-Teatured lo'oqpk 
pear in her figfatt ; yet he took I cave, fib 
hare e^ery wdid reported: to Um that 
fell from her Kps; aod l]|e wa* kept ia 
c^atimial alardi at the impmrc of her 
9:rpreffion». 



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>^v. iJH* 



Z E L U C a 491^ 



C HA P. XC. 

ISfn fhall the fury paffions tear^ 

The vultures of the mind, 
Difdainful Anger, pallid Fear, 
And Shame that fculks behind ; ^ 

« « « « 

Or Jealoufy, with rankled tooth. 
That inly gnaws the heart ; 

And Envy wan, and faded Care, 
Grim-vifag'd comfortlefs Deipair, 
And Sorrow*s piercing dart. Giuy. 

A BOUT this time Carloftein and Seid- 
lits returned from their excurfion; 
they went diredly to the houfe of Madame 
de Seidlita, ^nd had the firft account of the 
child's death and Laura's indifpofition * 
from her maid ; Madame de Seidlits her- 
felf being then in bed, indifpofed with the 
watching and fatigue which (he had under* 
gone.. The two friends were equally 
ihocked at this affecting narrative ; ikey 

. Vol. U. D d ''fpoke 



40^ Z E L U C O. 

fpoke of calling at Signora Spoiteafe, but 
were informed that ibe (kpt Qonflajitly! ait 
the houfe of Zeluco> and was batdJIf erer 
a moment fro^ her bed*iide» Captam 
Seidlits then propofed.to go direittyf there, 
whither Carlofteia thought he «eMl4 <>ctf 
with propriety accompaay bimj bi^) pver- 
whelmed with the deepeft (orroMi!,uWent ify 
his lodging, there to vak foe the ^relucn/Qf j 
his friend. / liif? 

Zeluco received Seidlits with allftbe ^p^- 
pearance of affiidion. " Alas ! n\jiSticndilh 
cried he, " we .have loft ycpr 4^^ jlitlle 
nephew; he was cut off by conyuJ^cpfi^Wi 
the arms of bis mother, I ai^^ ito|d fai^ 
phyficians, that fuch> accidentd ^CM9 im« 
common among iafants. I lestyj^r ycnan^p^ 
judge of his poor mother's fitii^ti^tj; c(||^ 
has been in a moft difordered Ikte of i^qripd 
ever fince; and flie feem& to be alysf?^^| 
wqrfe after feeing any of her old ^ca^aintf^f 



ance." 



To all this Seidlits made little or np^ ap- 
fwer i but a woman who had the particulajr 

care 



r 



\ 



Z E L tr C O. 403 

care ^£ L«(ita (Somldg out of Ker bed- 
ehaij^htfi imd l^potnAg Hhit &it was iftor^f 
(X>inpq4f(uiaban t^^ he d^fired to b<i ad-^ 
iniilMib fee lien 

V i ft^r it ;wiH increatfeib« iiia**afin*fs/* 
&id I^lma. - 

** I am codvinced it will give her plea- 
forav*' fei^^Sei^its; *^ fat M hid always 
pk2ifare>ldefeemg i«e/' 
' ^V Really r* faid ZeliKO, looking fiercely 
at< Seidlit^ &it)2L movement of jei^ldUfy 
threw faicti oflF Ws guard. n 

i^^ 1 feiiVe etery reafon to think fo," re- 
fumed Seidlits naturally,^ and without bb- 
fefr^ing hoW^Zeluco wias aifledled, 

« Tfee ©ddtoi? muft determirie,"^ M 
Laura^i nurfe, pointing to the Phyficiaa 
W^b^ entered* the rooi!n. 

The cafe being ftated to him, •' Let her' 
brother's name be mentioned to her,'" faid 
he, " before he appears, and we will ob- 
ferve how Ihe is afFeded." 
' Zeluco did riot objed to the experiment j 
he thought fomething might fall from 
Dd 2 Laura^ 



404 Z E L U C O. 

Laura, on mentioning or feeing Seidlits^ 
which would betray the intimacy that, a» 
be fulpeded) had been between them. 

The Phyfician conduced Seidlit8 td 
I^ura's bed-chamber. Zeluco flood at the 
door, which he kept a*jar for the purpofe 
of liftening. 

Laura fat up in the bed, propped with 
pillows ; Signora Sporza near her. Toe 
Phyfician whifpered to Signora Sporza» that 
Captain Seidlits was arrived, and in the 
houfe; and be then fald aloud to her, 
^* Your friend Captain Seidlits is fafely ar- 
rived at Naples.'* 

** I am moft happy to hear it," faid iHe, 
looking at Laura, who took no notice. 

" Did you not hear, n^ dear,*' faid Sig- 
nora Sporza, addrefling Laura— ^' i5id y<Ju 
not hear what the Doditor faid ?" 

*' No;-' replied; Laura. 

" He faid your brother Capuin Seidlits 
is returned." r ; 

<« Yes— '• faid Layra, withoujtapyepj^jp- 
tion. ^ _ 

** O mcr- 



Z E L U C O. 405 

** O merciful Virgin !'^ cried SJghora 
Sporza, burfting into tears, •* her fweet 
fenfes are gone;— (he knows not ^hat I 

What Laura hearcl, it appeared, made 
much lefs impreflion on her mind than what 
fhe faw J for (he no fooner beheld Signora 
Sporza id tears, than (he took hold of her 
liand, and with a look and tone of contri* 
tion, faid, *' Woe is me ! I fear I have 
o(Fehded you ; truly, I fneant it not/' 

" I know you did not, my angel," faid 
Signora Sporza; *' but furely you remem- 
ber Captain Seidlits." 

'* Seidlits !" faid Laura. 

** Yes, my fweet friend, your brother," 
rejoined Signora Sporza. 

" My brother!" repeated Laura, with a 
vacant ftare— ** Where is my brother ?'' 

*' tttre is your brother,*' faid Captain 

Seidlits, who, concealed by a ikreen,' had 

vvith' ifepatience heard the converfation, 

and being no Jonger able to reftrain his 

D d 3 emotion. 



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4o6 Z E L U C O. 

cmoti6ii, *brc^ke forth in -ifeia tei{>rAdent 
manner. . ;. t ' 

Lau^a fcream^d, and hrd her fiia under 
the bed-cloaths at his fudden appeJaranacij 
** My beloved Sifter," faid Seidtk*, ^^^^do 
you not know me ?" Sigtiora Sj^ftta an4 
the PhyGcian continuing to alTure hi^r tha% 
it was her forother» (he raif^^d her he^ and 
looked t^ith caution and an appearance of 
terror at Seidlita ; flie threw her eyes dOst 
around the room, as if ihe fufpeded that 
fome other perfon was in it. r 

** There is nobody prefent but yowp 
friends, my love,*' faid Signara5pQrafc.y,r, 

** I was afraid the wicked fiend had ere- 
turned,'*, faid Laura- 

*' There is no wicked fiend here, my 
love,'- faid Signora Sporza. ** This is your 
brother; you know him, do you not T' 

" Surely you do, my dear," faid Seid- 
lits, with a broken voice. 

Laura then looked more attentively at 

him, then throwing her eyes on Signora 

Sporza, (he pointed, with a ftnile, tt) Smdlits* 

7 " Yes, 



\ 



Z E L U C O, 407 

** Tef, my angeV faid Signom Sporzaj^ 
^ that is your brother." 

Laura made nb anfwtr, but coritiniucd to 
look whhxompiaceticy on Seidlits. 
"^ The mtixe of Brother affeQed her not ; 
but fe^iug him feemed to give her ah agree- 
able inifwefliou, without her being able to 
recolle<a ht» connexion with herfelf ; yet 
whej^.addreffing her in the mod affedioiiyatjp 
terms he held forth his hand to her^ (he 
gave him hers, and difpkyed not only 
evident marks of latisfadion while he re.- 
mainedy but alio of uneafinefs when he 
propofed to withdraw. , 

Signbi^a Sporza aKended the Captain out 
of the room, and Zeluco conducted Hboth 
into an adjoining apartment. 

"How ftrange/' faid Zeluco, ** that 
fhe was no way afFeded when told that you 
wjere tome?'' 

Seidlits made noanfwer, but wiped his 
eyes. 

* V Yet (he feemed pleafcd a( feeing you>** 
continued ZeluCo. 

Dd 4 Seidlits 



40« Z E L U C a . 

could not fpeakfor£30M(ttiiie};teaat^^ 
<^^^ addreffing himffllf to 5^gnc?r%i§|Wza, 
•* She fecnied in twor at fiy^fli-rft^ cffr^ 
tainly took me for foine other p^j^j^^r^ 
What did fhe mean by the wicked ^5p4^7*f 

!Zeluco anticipated the anfwer, faying^ 
«« There is no knowing what fhe mean^. 
*— her expreffions are fo extravagant,— me 
^rdbably has no meaning j— the fevere 
fliocfc (he received by the fudden death of 
the dear child, has entirely deranged litr 
membry and judgment; only tdhceive a 
woman of her great fenfibility to fee ■her 
^hild expire in her arms without any vifibT^ 
tsttffil for although the Phyfician declared 
he kis known many inftances of irifairti 
cartidd off in the (ame fudden manriiief; 
yet her delicate conftitution could filitttand 
it^r^iits thank Heaven ! fhe is better than 
ihc w&s ; and the Phyfician flill hopek fti^ 
mill ttJcover entirely/' *^ ^ 

Durifjg this recital^ Signora Sporia pfte- 
fervcd: a gloomy filence, but at 6he tiflSd 
&ook her head-in a manner whidi 'flftic^ 
^ u^ terror 



fo^iflfaoKan tWmki*o6iSieidiit*. "J -•^"'' 
. Wterftse went tolitelodgmgs he'fdlfhVl 
j^f; N— -— with Carloftein. It was ^ hot 
without difficulty and many interruptions 
that he gave them an account of Land's 
fftuation, Tl^ey were all fo much affe^ed 
that little converfation paffed between them^ 
and SeidUts retired without communicating 
icven to .Carloftein the doubts which sbf-J^jyi 
011;% mind^ ; , , ^,u 

. Wb^fl he. called next morning to ko^w 
how bis fifter was, he found an opportflF^ 
jjfcity of., /peaking with Signora Sparzal by 
berfelf^^ *' My dear Madam," faid Horm^J 
beg you will let nae know your reaVifenftii 
ments of tbis melancholy alBFair, l^f&a 
you copqeal (on^ething-" ^ M f 

«5 I Ipjpw nothingj^repliedihe, ^^^w^ 

I will not communicate to you,— I do^ nuk 

-* , pi... 

know what to think.— J left your fiftcr iand 
the child weU} in a few hours 1 returntd^imd 
|be ch^ld was d^ndr and yaur IpvdyCrfifttr 
thu^^ I tbengot the fam^ account whicH^yoik 

have 



410 Z E L U C O. 

have heard. — ^Wc muft take patience.--* 
The Phyfician is an honeft maiii and your 
fitter grows a little better, I never quit her^ — 
we muft have patience/' Tieluco entering 
the roomy prevented any farther converfa- 
tion. 

Laura feemed gradually and uniformly 
to grow better from, the time that Seidlits 
arrived; but flic recovered her bodily 
ilrength and looks in a greater proporti^ 
than flie did her memory and judgment. 

Carloftein meanwhile remained in the 
moil agonizing date of fufpence ; his^irits 
fofe or fell according to the accounts he re^ 
ceived of her ftate of health from the Phyi^ 
fician, from Signora Sporza, and from hiBt 
friend Seidlit8> he was continually going 
from the one to the other ; and when they 
were all engaged at the fame time with 
Laura, he walked in fight of the houfe 
watching till one of them cartie out, that 
he plight receive frefti intelligence on thtf 
only fubjcfl; on jArhich he could think oi^ 
convcrfe. ' . 



Z E L U C O. ^iib. 



',!♦* ■ .1 



C H A P. XCI. 



^ O, it is nionftrou& ! / - 

Methought the billows fpoke, and told me of it ; 
'f he winds djd ling it to me, Shakespeare, 



TTHE death of the child, the diforder 
oiF Laura, with the fears which op- 
prefled the mind of Zeluco, left the imme- 
diate caufe of both fhould be fufpeded from 
the myfterious expreffions of Laura, had 
fo much engroffed his time, that it was not 
in his power to beftow much of his com- 
pany on Nerina j he well knew that alt the 
difplay of forrow he made would be con- 
fidered as mere grimace, and would even 
ftrengthen the fufpicions which his per- 
fonal fafety rendered it fo neceflary for him 
to extinguifh, if he were known to viflt 
her at the very time he was afFeding 
fo much grief on account of the child's 
death and his wife's diforder. He there- 
fore 



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4tt Z E L U C O. 

fore vifitcd Nerina very feldonis and with 
the uttnoft fecrccy. 

This condud, though prudent and expe- 
dient in Zeluco's (ituation, was highly of- 
fenfive to Nerina, and all the apologies 
and ercplanations he was able to make could 
not perfuadc her to view it in any other 
light. 

It IS true» (he was not acquainted witti 
tlie chief reafon he had for obferving this 
line of condud ; for although he had in* 
formed Nerina of the child's fudden deathj 
and the efFeO: it had produced oh Laura, 
he was of too referved and cautious a tem- 
per to entruft her with the original caufe 
of both, which conftantly preyed upon 
his mind, and filled him with increafing 
inquietude. 

In one of his fecret vifits to her, fhe im* 
puted the dejedion of fpirits which arofe 
from thofe painful refledions, to grief for 
the death of his child; and confidering this 
as an infult to her, fhe could not refrain 
from difplaying her ill-humoun 

jz ^^ 1 cannot 



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** I cannot help thinking youone pf the 
moft fortunate men living,'* faui ihe ^ 

him. r 

«* In what ?" faid he, a little fuiptifel 
at the obfervation. 

** Why, in getting fo cleverly rid^of a 
baftard,'* replied Ihe, " who would have 
cut ofF great part of your fortune froms 
your own children, if ever you have any.'* 
. To this 21eluco making no reply^ Ihe 
proceeded : *' But although you have bceqt: 
fo providentially freed from one, it would 
be vvifc in you to be a little more watchful 
in future; you may not get fo quickly rid 
of the next.*' 

At this obfervation he fell into a fit of 
fweaxing. 

** I am not furprifed at your ill*h]U- 
mour,'* continued fhe ; ** it is to be fure 
a little provoking to have a wife who pre- 
tends tp have loft herfenfes, and a brotJ^rr 
in-law fo difagreeable to you, and f9 vepy 
s^ccable rto her, conflamly at bw b[ed- 

'J Pretends;' 



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414 z B li u c a 

♦* Pfcteods/' cried ZelucAj *tan you 
conceive it is pretence i'* 

" Nay," replied Nerina, " you ougbt 
to be the bcft judge of your wife's fenfibi- 
lity; but one cannot help thinkjog it * 
Httle extraordinary that fhe fliotild be fo 
much aflPe&ed with a lofs which fhe can fo 
readily fupply/* 

Zeluco poured frefli execrations on Laura 
and her brother^ wifhing he knew h^w to 
get quit of both* 

" Contrive only to free yourfelf from^ 
befy' faid 'Nerina, '* and you will be no 
longer troubled with him.'' 

** I (hall never be freed from her,'* faid 
he peevifhly j ** fhe grows better inftead 
of worfe." 

*' Do not defpair," cried Nerina, " £^e 
may depart when it is leafl: expeded/* 

«' No.— She grows better, I tell you^** 
faid Zelueo; ** there is no chance of her 
departure now.** ' 

" There is one chiance however,** faid ' 
Nerina. 

'' What 



:& E L U C O- 415 

,^f Vik^^\HlV' {aid Zeluoo eagerly. 

** She may be fnapt off ia fuch a fit as 
the child wa8>" fai4 Nerraa. 

At this random expreffion, the alarmed* 
heart of 2!eliico flirunk ; he became pale as 
afties, and flaring wildly in a voice Half 
fuppreffed, he uttered, ** What do you 
mean ?'* ' 

"Mean!" faid (he, furprifed at his emo- 
tion ; ^' What do you mean ? — What in the 
name of wonder difturbs you? — Gracious 
heaven, how pale'you are ! — I do not know 
what I faid.— What can be the matter with 
you ?" 

** I grew fick all of a fudden," faid he, 
recovering his prefence of mind, ** but it 
is paflBng away already." 

** I hope it was nothing which I faid that 
aflFcded you fo." 

" No ; njqt in the leaft," replied) Z^}mi§ 
forcing a fmile ; '^ I did not ol^ferve w)iac 
you faid:— I was thinking o£ fbmcthiiig 
clfei-^but I have been fubje<li of lat<r tic^ 

fickiih 



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416 Z EL U C O. 

fickiih qualms which tnTtde mr ibchfenl jr^ 

and make me look waj pale/' 

<* You never aeatioaed this to me be«- 

fore,'' faid Ncrina. 

'* No affuredly," faid Zcluco; ^ I h«c 

tOt mention it to any body, or even to 

think of it. — Let us talk of fometluog 

elfc." 

The ufual confequences of vioe was 
flrongly felt by this unhappy mans though 
naturally bold and daring, the coolciotts 
guilt which hung upon his mind unmaa* 
ed him to fuch a degree, that he was ap* . 
palled at every accidental expreffion ; and 
the conftant uneafinefs which this occafion- 
ed fuggefted frefh crimes to free him from 
the effefts of the former. 

In fpite of all his endeavours againft them 
he often fell into fits of mufmg while be 
remained with Nerina; when ihe accufed 
him of this, and inquired into the caufe 
of his dcjedHon, he imputed it to a return^ 
of ficknefs; and on her dating this as a 
mere pretext to conceal the true caufe/ 

Why 



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ing her, and to {»refe»t :her £8irt:Mrrti^ 
qttiri«|ri**iff fdu tF9itt.)iMr.jito tf«i^ Tarn 
embarraiTed with a wife, vthich^paitk <im^, 
oSiiijr |)0wcr to'dBv<^t£! my wdboldctiilife; 
attentiiML to her on voiiom my hoaMilii 

fkedi'v: c-^^k/: ■. -' -t " .. :. >, 

^^ In her prdfeflit fitaattdn,^ kid Nef iiiUi 
** if^ ydttr wife really is in tlie 'ftatc yhii 
fecm to thiok) it were better ifor th^ Wo- 
man herfelf that fhe were dead.'^ 

«* That may be," faid Zdlucd; '« but 
fhe will ^ not die a minutfe the fooiiSr^ JFor 
tliat:" ' '' *^ 

What IS the Phyfician'a opinion ?^* re- 
fumed Nerina. 

** It is impoflible to know,*' (replied Ze- 
luco; ** thofe fellows never jg;ive their real 
opinion.'* 

: . .'M l^y^ jg^jnoticHJ of enio^^ 
%Ua;.^hQ, jyill not give yvh^t 9pinif^ 
aind- ,aJfo what jj^djcioei^ are mo^^^^^^dir 
ent,*' faid Nerina. ^^^ ; ,^ ~^ ^ 

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o4f.5 Z E L U C O. 

,^l1^^^^ ^^^^Jb?^ ;ZcJfff?Q made no 

. : f ^ Wlwrt mcdifflBd^^ <fc«iJie glvjs her I'* 

i ^^ rUpoQ Ay £ovA I mver a&ed>'' faid 

*• Becaufe/' refumed Neriw, *^ I be-^ 
lievc, they give laudanum ia fuch cafes^ ; I 
happejied to know this by.a fiogular ac- 
,ci4eQt enough ; an acquaintance of niine 
was afFc^d iii. the famie way } , (he was 
or^e^ed by a phyfician sL certain number o£ 
drops every night; her maid, by miftake, 
gave a whole phial full, and fhe died next 
morning in the pleafanteft way imagin* 
able ; her rdations made a rout about it at 
firft, but on calm refledion they were 
fatis6ed that in the patient's fituation it 
was the luckkft accident that could have 
befallen her.'* 

Zeluco, withodt feeming to tinderfland 
the import of this ftory, replied coldly, 
** I fliall leave the Phyfician to treat his 
patient as he pleafes/' 

The 



i 



Z E L U C O. 4*9 

The cottftant terror under which Eeluco 
was, left Laura> whether intentionaliy or 
not, fhotlld fay any thing which might 
<:reate fufpicion againft himfelf, was faf- 
flcient) iridependent of his abfurd jealoufy, 
to have converted his indifference ^ her 
iiito a rancorous hatred. He now wilhed 
for nothing more eagerly thsm her death, 
and the hint thrown out by Nerina was not 
loft on him; but as yet undetermined 
whether he {hould adopt it or ndr, he re* 
folved at all events to aft without a con- - 
fident* 



• K ^ 



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4»o Z E L U C CK 



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CHAP. xcir. 



-AniiQum piAura pafcit inani^ 



Malta gemens- 



T N tbe ni^f aq time Laurft fecme^^ fQ^ew]|^4l 
.. Iie^ter; flie had Ijeen free .froqqi Ic^ 
thargic flupor and faintings for a Qor>l^AfXn 
able mtervaU but dill contiaued htnguid 
ami dejeded, and was in general filent^ 
fometimes &e fhed tearSi and without^ any 
obvioiis ^aufe; at other times (he feemcd 
tolerably eheerfuU particularly when her 
brother entered her room ; her bodily 
health upon the whole was greasy better, 
but her memory and underftanding con- 
tinued impaired : (he never inquired for 
any body, nor feemed to recoiled that they 
exifted till they appeared before her, on 

which 



Z E L U C 0#^ 4.4^ 

ivhich It was^ evident tehoto flie preferred : 
When fhee fpoke, k was always in ibort and* 
Bneonncded fentthces. 

Madame de Seidlits's indifpofition con-* 
fined her almoft conftantly to her chamber, 
fb that Signora Sporza, Optam Seidlits, 
and her maidV, were the only perforis 
befides the Phyfidan whom Laura faw. 

One morning after Zeluco had rode out, 
Signora Sporza and Seidlits, by the Phy- 
Tician^fe permiffion, coridiidied Laura ftom . 
her own apartment to a higher chaniber, 
from whence there Was a very command- 
ing profped. She fat for fome tithe at' the 
*vindaw, Iboklng with coriiplacenty at the? 
beautiful ahd varied fcenery before her 
eyes, while Seidlits poidted out the parti-' 
cular objcdff. Both he and Signora Sporzst 
were delighted with the comptofure 06 
mind which Laura retained on this ot-^ 
cafion. 

She then rofe and walked about the room, 
till a pidlure which hung on the wall en- 
gaged her attention : the futijeQ: was the 
E e 3 Maffacrc 



40^ Z E L U C O, 

Mafikcre of the lQqofiiems.r-The inftaiit 
that £he perceived it. She flirted aad be^ 
trayed great emotioo, but hef-^qi^ fo9p, 
^cre rivettcd on oqc particular . group ; it 
confided of a mothpi: ftruggUfli; wUb.^^ 
fierce foldieri \?ho wi^h one Ixand aio^^d a 
ppignard at her infant, while with t^e 
other he grafped the child by the throat, ^ 

When Signora Sporza perceived what 
peculiarly engroflTed Laura's attention, flic 
endeavoured to remove her from the pic* 
ture : it was not in her power, Laura was 
fafcinated to the fpot; flie held her friend 
with a rigid grafpi while, with her face 
projeded, her eyes devoured the group. 
<• What is the meaning of this ? what 
alarms you, my fifter ?" cried Sei<j[lits.r— 
Laura turqed to ^m with a diftra4ed 
glan?e,^nd then pointing with hei; fin|;er 
to the aff^ffin who grafped the chil^, flie 
cried with a voice of wildnefs and terror, — . 
•* Look.!— ^lopk!*' — and being immediately 
feized with cppvu^lions, (he v^as ip that 
ftate carried to hed^ 

The 



Z E L U C Or 4«^ 

The 'Phyfician prefci^ibed fdtee ciksing 
medicmes, notwithftanding y^hJch tbe ci^rt^ 
^tJlfions aritf fp4ifeas-«ritiftued at int)er¥alB 
for n^ai' Iwo Hdurt, ve^Hen they abatedf iftiSl 
idkfcffell into a fliimbferi 

When Captain Seidlits underftood tfiat 
taura was in this ftate, he had the clirldJ- 
fity to return to the room in which flie was 
taken ill ; and' Signora Sporza, excited by 
the fame curiofity, left her friend for a 
few minutes and followed him. $he found 
Seidlits examining the pidkure ; it happen- 
ed by a Angular coincidence, that the face 
of the aflaffinating foldier had fome re- 
femblance to that of Zeluco. SfgnoVa 
Sporza had not looked long at the pidlure 
till (he obferved it; ^* Almighty Provi- 
dence,*' exclaimed flie ; " How is this ?'* 
ahd then flie looked at Captain SeidlitsV '^ 

*• It is certainly To,** faid hej "I ami 
quite of your opinion.*' 

" What, you perceive a likenefs ?" re- 
funded fhe. 

E e 4 "A moft 



424. ? E L U C O,; 

** A mp^ xitf^ip l^cwefe," aniWered 

SfWJitft. .: ., ; ./ . 

. ** Unfthc Tubje^ waa vvibat firft,alt|4dlf4 
])6r. qotipe/' (xmtinu^ ^nora Sporza. 

** Which confirms my fufpicioa&j" f^i4 
l^e, " that this ac^M^rfed villain'— -r" As 
S?i41i|s raifed hi^ yoie?) Sigporji, iSporzfi* 
<;Jappiqg her haqd on hi» pipHth, beggpd 
him to be more temperate. After foi;BeL 
converfation they agreed in the propriety 
of concealing their fentimentSi . ^ill t^ey 
could get more light into a njs^tter fo my(^ 
teriouji and which gay^ birth to i^e;^ Tq 
horrid ; Captain Seidlits gave her his prpr 
mife to takp no ilep without acquainting 
her, and Hxc aflUred him of aU the^^flift- 
aipice Ihexould.gjve.in his qndeavoijrs tq get 
at the truth. ; 

But thqir .ffi^qt^al efforts, tq this . purppfe 
were fufpended by the increafing danger o^ 
Laura; the flumber in which they left her 
did not continue long, {he was reftlefs, 
uneafy, and feverifh in the night j the 
feverifh fymptoms augmented next day, 

flie 



Z E L U C O. 425 

Ihe was delirfeds the whole of the follow- 
ing night) 2tnd was for three days ia fuch 
ibmiiie'ilt tfadgeV that all h^r attendants 
drtaded^ smd her huibind bdped^ that fhe 
ttould expire: but all it once, when fhe 
feemed at the height of danger, flie fell into 
a^profouud calm and long continued flecp, 
0t the end df which ihit awoki entirely free 
frotti ft^er, and with her memory and 
fttifes reftored. 

The joy of Signora Sporza and Captaia 
SdidlitB on this happy e^ent was fomewhat 
mitigated by the -fear that Laura's memory 
being now returned, a recollcdHoh of the 
child's death, and the circumftances attend- 
ing k, might prodttce a relapfe j but whether 
it was the natural cohfequence of that 
languor to which the fever reduced Laura, 
or whatever elfe was the xraufe, certain it is 
that (he bore the recolledlion of the fcene 
which firft occafioned her illnefs with di- 
minifhed fenftbility ; her forrow was ac- 
eompanied with pone of thofe violent ef- 
feds> but feem^ to be all at once mellow- 
ed 
10 



4:l6 Z E L U C O; 

ed into' a calm uniform melancholy : and 
t}i€ Phfficiail gave themoft flattering "hopes 
of the full reftoration pf her ftrength and 
fptrits, defiring at the flime time that no«- 
thing (hould be faid during her conva- 
Icfcence which alluded to her child. 

Laura herfelf perceived that every al-^ 
lufion of that nature was carefully avoided ; 
l)ut one day when. Signora Sporza was 
with her abne, Ihe alked. How her poor 
mother had borne the (hock of the child's 
death ; and put feveral other queftions to 
Signora Sporza, refpeding the interment 
of the infant; during the recital* which 
was given in confequence of tbofe inquiries, 
flie wept abundantly, but foon wiping 
away her tears, (he faid» ^* Why fliould I 
be grieved for my child ? he has efcaped 
many evils to which he muft have been ex- 
pofed had he lived ; fome of them of nK>re 
importance than that of dying; but his 
future bappinefs is now fecure." • 

Signora Sporza finding, to her great fur- 
prife and fatisfadiion» that (he could fpeak 

with 



Z E L U C Q. 4Z7 

with fuqh fcrcDUy oa this fubjefl:, took oc- 
qifipn ipnfietlme ajEtcr to alkLaura, What 
fl^€ thought gave occafion to ihccmvulfims 
of which the infan; died^ From, this 
queftioqi^X^avita coocQived at once what acr 
count Zeluco had givep of that tranfaftioOt 
^pd frqin Sftgnpra SpQr:^*8 manner, as 
well as from her fubfequcnt inquiriest 
X^aura alfo perceived that her friend had 
fufpicions that his account was not cxadlly 
true. To thefe inquiries Ihe aqfwered. 
That it was impoffible for her to tell 
what was the caufepf fuch fits, but fhe had 
often heard that infants were liable to ihem 
from various caufes ; and by her manner 
ihe plainly (hewed that (lie was not inclined 
to fpeak mpre fully on the fubjeft, Laura 
knew that (lie was the only witnefs of the 
child's death, and although (he had come 
to a refolution to take meafures for being 
for ever feparated from her hufband^ (he 
was equally determined not to appear her- 
felf, or put it in the power of any other 
pprfon to appear as his accufer. 

During 



I 



42ft Z E L U C O. 

During ^11 the time ihat Lauta wae di(^ 
onfered 2kluca bad kept out^of ber fight, 
en the pretence^ that he coutd not 'bear to 
lee CQ^e fo dear to hifn m that melancholy 
ftate; the real rdaibn was, Iris dreading 
that flie would difcover fymptodis of horror» 
and thereby give rife to fufpicions which 
he was mod iblicitous to prevent. 

As»&e was now, to his great forrow, 
much better in her bodily health, and not 
at all difordered in other refpeds, he 
thought it would fecm very fingular for 
him to delay feeing her any longer ; but 
being willing to found her own inclination 
in the firft plate, he told the Phyfician he 
was impatient to fee his beloved wife, but 
would ndt till he fliould know from him if 
he could with fafety* The Phyfician men^ 
tioned this to Laura, who immediately de- 
clared that (he could not as yet bear the 
comftemy or converfation of any body, ex- 
cept that of her mother, who was now 
fomewhat better, or of Signora Sporza ; 
that even their's, when linufuaHy prolonged, 
- > occafioned 



Z E L u c a 4^ 

occafioned head-^ack aod fcreriflinefs ; (He 
bagged, th^refofiB, ihrat^no:<Mth^^ not crca 
her brother, or^ buffednd, would tfclftbitrf" 
vifiting her till fhe was ftrongcr. Limra 
had added her brother, wti^m flie liad not 
feen fince the pidkure fcene, to render the 
exclufion of her hufbacid the lefe extras- 
ordinary. 

Ever iince her mind had recovered itd 
powers, Laura had been reflcding how flic 
ought to proceed in order to obtain a re- 
paration from her hufband with the leaft 
poffible eclat or other difagreeable circum-* 
ftancej having refolved to conceal herprin- 
cipal reafon, ihe did not chufe to confult with 
her mother, brother^ or Signora SpOTza, 
till ihe had tried what effefl: an application 
to Zeluco himfeH" would have. — ^^Wlut the 
Phyficiaa toW her rendered her impatient 
to make this trial. Having written the 
following letter, therefore, fhe fent it tofeer 
hufbandi when ihe knew he wa& ahjiie ia 
his awa apartment. ^ i,- : 

^' ' • ' 
« To 



430 Z E L U C O. 

** To Signor Zdacb. 

*' You cannot be furprifed, or forry to be 
informed, that it is my unalterable refolu- 
tioa never to fee you more. 

** I am the only witnefs of the horrid 
deed. 

•^ I have mentioned it to no mortal, nor 
ever (hall, unlefs forced by your refufal to 
comply with my propofal, or by madnef8> 
which a fight of you might ag^ain drive me 
into. V 

** The plan of feparation fhall be pro- 
pofed by me to my friends, and on a pre- 
text which cannot afFed you ; all I require 
is your concurrence that it may take place 
without noife or difiiculty. 

*' I demand no fettlement^— but fliall 
delay mentioning this affair to my relations 
till my mother's health is a little better 
cftablifhed, which there is every appear- 
ance will be very foon. 

" D0 not think of turning me from my 
purpofe; the attempt alone will involve 
you in trouble. 

**Ide- 



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Z E L U G O. 4^j 

" I defire ^o ^^nftye^Jmt « fimplc affent, 
apd (hall ever pray t;^i^t the mercy pjf Hea- 
ven may be extended to you. 

Zeluco was preparing to go abroad when 
he received this letter, he changed his pur- 
pofe, atid remained in his apartment the 
' whole day. 

He was at firft fo much exafperated^ that 
he had thoughts of burfting into Laura's 
apartment, demanding an explanation of 
what ihe had written, with a view of in- 
timidating her into filence, by threats of 
confining her for life as a diftraded wo- 
nian, i^ (he dared to accufe him. But a 
very little reflexion convinced him of the 
danger Cuch a meafure would be attended 
with; befides, he faw that no colouring of 
his would efface the impreffion which her 
ftory, if (he was forced to unfold it, mull 
make on a public by no means dilgofed to 
think with partiality of him. ^eluco, 
therefore, determined on this occafion to 

bridle 



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4J1 Z E L U C O. 

bridle tbe impetuofitj of bis rage, and 
make both bis pride and bumoor obey the 
didates of prudence ; he rcKnquiflied every 
openly violent meafare, and fent^ the foU 
lowing anfwer to Laura : 

*' Although I underftand not what fomc 
parts of your letter allude to, I agree to 
your propofal of reparation ; when you 
mention this matter to your relations, you 
will let them know that although this pro- 
ceeds entirely from a piece of huoKHir of 
your own> unfought by me, yet I am will- 
ing to give you k rcafonable annuity for 
life." 

Laura was greatly pleafed with this an-- 
fwer; fhe was refolved to accept of no fet- 
tlement from Zeluco, but thought it beft to 
iay nothing on that head, till (he fhould 
remove from his houfe. She herfelf 
would have preferred returning to Ger- 
many, had fhe not feared it would be dif- 
agreeabte to her mother, and had fhe not 
miftrufted her own heart, which fhe was 
jconfcious fuggefled that meafure from parti- 
ality 



Is 



Z E L U C O. 433 

ality to Carloftein. The plan, therefore, 
which fhe refolved to adopt immediately 
after the feparation was, to take refuge for 
fome time at leaft in a convent at Naples, 
or perhaps at Rome or Florence, where (he 
coald beard iat a very moderate expence ; 
and having determined to acquaint no 
mortal with the chief reafon of this fepara- 
tion, fhc expeded to meet with difficulty 
in convincing her mother of its propriety ; 
and therefore fhe watched the advance of 
her healthy that fhe might mention it at a 
time when fhe would fufFer little from the 
uneafinefs it would give her. 



Vol. IL Ff 



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434 Z E L U C O. 

. ■ : ■ •: :£ ,1 ^ • ■■■* 

........ ■ .-... r.-^ ^^ -. 

C H A P. XCIife ^ : 

Me, me (adfum ^uifeci), in m^convenkb fthini. 

^ ^ VXRG. 

/^APTAI N Seiaiits inforiw^ J^iVio^id 
Carlofte'm of the cfFcA wl^iq^ tJ^Kifigfeft 
of the picture had on Laur^j.:!jlfe S^i/bl* 
own and Signora Sporza's fufpicion»^^cr?9lfMl|- 
ing to the child's death and t}ieginy)tber's 
illnefs, which fvifpicions acqjiirf4 ^fl^ 
flrength from the fecond illpe^jQ^ Ij9^9^ 
and the fingular manner ui i^hich> Jc'had 
originated. While Laura oomintied ' m- 
danger, the minds of her relationfi, w6re fo 
much agitated, that they cohM think of 
iSpthing elfe ; but when tbc>^ngeB;jw^ 
ovcir, jE^nd it appeared that the ci-ifie of tliMe 
fever had not only thrown off, 4bp bodily 
difeafe but: alia the mental dilbrderi Seid- 
lits refumed hia ,CQnfcrcni:efl witk; Qarlo- 

fteia 



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Z E L U C O. 435 

ftcin rcfpefiting the my fterious circumftances 
which accompanied the child's death, and 
had occurred fince; and Carloftein ex- 
preffing a greit dcfir^ to fee the pidure, 
Seidlits conduced him one day to the room 
in^hiokM hung. 

^ There is the villain!'' faid Seidlits, 
pointing to the figure of the foldier with 
the poignard. ** Obfcrve with what fjury 
he Aim^ at the child.*'— — Carloftciri con- 
tiiiued to examine the group with filent at- 
tteritioni^*-'^'-; ■ ''•'": 

p i3fi)ftfiii8) true/' refumed Seidlits, "that 
tipsre <>atf *\io wound on the body of my 
^ftd^'i fefaAt/* 

n^*' ^Btrt obfcrve," faid Carloftein, " with 
whiit force the murderer gra/ps thdit child 
by the throat." 

*^ Db yoii not fee the refemblance which 
ilrikes Signora Sporza .V continued Seid- 
lits, not having perceived the import of 
Carl6fteih*s remark. 

** YeJ»} I perceive fomething of that na- 
ture i not a great deal however," anfwered 
F f 2 Carloftein, 



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436 Z E L U C O. 

Carloftriu, who already rqpcnted qf tb« 
iniiaiiatioQ which had e{cape4 him, for ht 
wifibcd not ta ftrcogthca his iEriend's iuf- 
picions without flronger evidence. 
. " Th[c refembiance ieepw to w^c very 
evident," faid Seidlits. 

•* Perhaps tli^re is foniQ refemblance," 
^ded Carlpfteid: j " fitch things occ^r qftea 
enoughp" 

^' Do you not think it would fl:rike.th0 
villain himfelf, were he to fee it ?" iaid 
Seidlits. 

*' I ihould think not,*' replied Carlaltein, 
who dreaded the confequence of bi$ frie»d*s 
retaining that idea. 

** Pray lend me your pencil,'* faid 
Seidlits; ^' it Jhall ftrike him, by bea^ven J 
if he ever looks at it." 

He immediately wrote over th? figure of 
the foldier, the pame of Zeluco.^^^ There^'* 
faid be, ** now, it will be impoflible for 
him to miftake his reprefentatiye.'* 

Carloftein endeavoured to prevail up^qn 
his friend to obliterate what he had written; 

but 



but £nding' him ebftiiiate, lie cfetermined 
ko get Signora Spbrzii tb do it before there 
was any probability of Zeixjxx3*5 entering 
that room. 

As Carloftein ilid Seidlits walked out of 
the court, they mcrZeluco. Qirloftein hav* 
ing received the pencil, ftill held it in his 
hand/ but feeing his friend^s eyes kindle at 
the approach of Zeluco, he whifperedj 
*' Pray, fay nothing to him at prefent."^— ' 
*' I muft give him a flight hint/' replied 
Seidlits; and then faid aloud to Zeluco^ 
" We were examining the pidure, Signor^ 
which aflfeded my fifter fo violently." 

" What pidure ?'' faid Zeluco. *« I 
know nothing of a pidure/* ^ 

Signora Sporza had concealed that inci- 
dent carefully from him ; having only in- 
formed him that Laura had relapfed fud- 
denly, without mentioning the caufe^ 

*^ By much the moft interefting piece iii 
your colledion," replied Seidlits j ** it had 
almoft proved fatal to your wife! pray exa- 
mine it carefully j arid when we next meet, I 
F f 3 fhall 



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43« Z E L U C O. 

Ihall-be glad to know how you rtlift It**^ 

Hayiog kid this, Sf idlits walked ^^^ knd^ 

Carlofteia whifpercd Zcluco, ^ Tikehi ii^T 

name written ^tB tbh pencil ovtiihtrp^ti^' 

cipal figure; if you wiih for any fSrtlier^ 

ecclaifciffment, apply to inc.~I fliall ^e ii^^ 

home in Icfs than an hour, and pead^ to^t¥c^ 

you whatever fatisfadion you dcfircl'* - '"^ 

Carloftein was fully perfuaded tfrat the' 

confequence of Zeluco^s looking itf thii 

pidure, with the ftyle in which SeiffiJti^ hiid 

direded him to it, muft he a ^r&hfSl 

quarrel between them; he knew tSaPCiaSia* 

dreaded nothing more than fuch art eveiS^^ 

and wcH remembered with what eitiftftnelV 

fhe had intreated him, if he flioi^&^Uvli 

fee any appearance of that kind, lo^b'h^tf 

thing iii his power to prevent it. ' Sl!^d Hktl 

otice fold, talking on that fubjed tb Si^hd/I 

Spor:za; that Ihe would- coniider this ks 'ttiifc 

gfeateft obligation that any perfoh' tdSM 

xronfei: upon her. He had accor^ft^lj^lfetti' 

deavbured ai much-A9 he coul^- tB"j)iWaH 

6ri SeWlits* to obliterate the narmfe^;"lwrllk3 

* '3 -i < ■ refolved 



Z'E L-U:C -O; 439, 

refolv#ta write to l^gaora Sporza to do ^ 
w|^t ^f}i^Kts:refu{bd$: at}d he bad t'r|^d to 
pjreviea^^iS^diits- fronr addreffing Zd]x^ipr 
the msMM^ef^be did.. Haying failed ia all,.. 
he. (aw^ ijp means of obviating a perfppal 
cont^Jft between the Jiufband and brother pf^ 
La.ura, l^t by drawing the refentn^ent of^ 
Zeluco ftom Seidlits to himfelf ; thi^ h%v-^ 
ing ftrujqk him inftantly, he whifpered ,;^- 
lucp a^^ ha?, been mentioned. .> 

Qatlq^ein had alfo another reafon,^ 
being iyligitous to prevent SeidlitR ,f^Qm 
nieeting. Zeluco in the field j hekne^^i^hc 
latter tp >bQ far more fkilful and ex|^r| ill 
the ^:^f^o^, the imall f^prd thaa his friend* 
IJe h^d often feen them fence together, 
a^pd ZelvcQ had an evident fuperiority: ev^ 
Yf):\fn}^ did not exert his whole powers. 
4Vltl»opgJ^, i^idjits had been as fully con- 
viqc^d ^9)f I this as bis friend, which he 
w?^s no|^;it,would, on the prefent occafion, 
l^y€S/.hjM^,»p wseight; with them. Piftols 
Vf(^e,^i|tjO|f!the qucftion, no fqch \yeapon 
Iwangiufi^i^ nature in Italy. 

Ff 4 Carlofteia 



1 



440 Z E L U C O. 

Carloftein iipagiaed hiopielf rttber » more 
fkiljful fencer than SeidUtSt ttkH^g^ fiOfi-^ 
fcious of being by Cfiucji injfciipr fi?^ Z<B- 
luco, wbo was accounted one of tt^g b^ft in 
the kingdom of Naples. ; , 

When the two friends had w^fe^ a Utile 
way after quitting Zeluco, Seidlits tuijning 
round to Carloftein, who foUpwed hioa^ 
faid, *^ I fhall certainly hear from him thi* 
afternoon or to-morrow." 

*' I dare fwear," anfwered Ca^lp/jtejn, 
** he will take till to morrow tp confider ii^, 
what manner he is to afk an ex{)(l^an, 
tion 9f the words which you addr^pTcd ta 

^* I (ball give him a very brief ?tn^ .fkjyr, 
€x|)UnatioB whenever fee does/^faidf^i^%^ 

V Suppofe," refpgaed Carlofteiq^; '^ bd 
fhould be able to explain to your /^M^isiEic^ 
tiop ;be circumflances \yhicfe feeiQ (ik #f- 
mally: nq^yfterious to ps." .: . lu a , . 

** I fhall make an apology without h^%isr 
tatio^r fauj; Sdujlits. " But jofi w'^stfttm^ 
nn in c^fe.we dp go opt?''' 

'' Of 



Z E L U C O. 44% 

' '^CX mkik." replka^ Carloftdo, " If 
Itsm^n^r^ you are engaged ta dinner at 
oflr mmiftS^'^v^You go, I fiippofe?*' 

*^ I-catnaot do othert^ife,*^^' feid Seidlits; 
♦' but I will leaye word with Targe tp bring 
me aoy «effage/* - 

*^ I am ebnvinced you will ihave none 
before to-morrow,*' rejoined Carloftein; 
*^ and if no accommodation takes piace» 
you will probably arrange matters for the 
following morning :— at ^11 events, I {haU 
have a poft-cbaife prepared to carry yovi 
diredlf to the ecclefiaftical ftate.'* 

" Pray do,'' faid Seidlits, " for I am 
eonfideiUt I ihall do his bufinefs for all hi^ 
vaunted &ill :— there is fom^c difFerence be-^ 
tween a fpil aud a fword. Adieu, I muft 
4refs for dinner.*^ You dine Vvith Mr. 
N-— ~, doyou not?^' 

^' I do/' replied Garlofteia ; ^^ but we 
fliall meet in the evening/* Thc^ fepa- 
ra:ted* 

Zcluco had obferved fomething fierce 

and menacing in the couutenances both of 

Carlofteia 
6 



44» Z E L UX O* 

CarIi^fikia and Seidlils; he wa&muol^ more 
furpri^d at this in the former th^ ia th^ 
lattifr, becatife Carloftein and he had alwayif 
been apparently, at leaft, on the m^ 
friendly footing. He could not comprehend 
the import of what was faid by eifher. 
On going up (lairs, he demanded of >one of 
Laura's maids» in what room her miftr^ 
was when (he was laft taken ill. Qn entcrr 
ing the room, he threw his eyes i« a cuTr 
fory manner over the pictures, but th? 
mo^nent he perceived the maflfacre of the 
innpq^nts, his heart (hrunk within U|ija, 
aod he was convinced that this muft be 
the piece in quedion j with a tnQmbl|i^ 
ftep. ]|^e approached nearer, to the pic- 
ture, and having diftingui(hed the ibldier 
grafping the neck of the child, heftarted 
back;|;aa if the poignard had been aimcjd at 
hh own breaft :— after a paufe, he advanced 
ag^iin, forcing his averted eyes once more 
jpjQ thepidure, and with horror and difajajr 
obferved his owji name infcribed over the 
bead €|f the foldicr^ 

Perplexed, 



Z E L U to. 445 

Pdrpfcxedv ccnfouiKied/ and ^^^^^^^^ 
ffif^utik "dawn upon a cfcaif", and* -as foWis 
h6 was able to walk, Keftole down flairs, 
imd ffiiit hiinfelf up in his own apart- 
kient;^-"?- •'■■"■■ 

He had promifcd to pafs that evening 

with Nifrina, but findirvg himfelf In a ftatc 

of' fuch perturbation, quite undetetmincd 

what meafufes to adopt, not daring to tn-^ 

form her or any other perfon of the caufe 

of his ')per]plextty ; he fent a verba! meflSige 

by the fervarit ufdally employed by tKemt 

irh|)brt1ng; That he was taken fuddefiily 

iti, an* therefore eould not poffibly wait oh 

lifci: a<^'ffifc appointed time ; but if hefourtd 

Uimfetf better, he fiiould have th^^ ple^ 

ture^hVfollovving everting, * *' ' 

I ; Hayiijgdjfnrjiffed the footman with this 

meflage, he continued in painful reflcxibn 

on thefe extraordinary incidents ; he could 

no lodger doubt of both Seidlits and-^Gar- 

loffiein'^' having ftrong fufpicions of his 

being the' caufe of the child's deatli iahd 

Laura's illnefs : he was imprefled alfd with 

the 



444 Z E L U C O. 

the ixotioQ that thofe fufpicions were toil* 
Tcyed to them by Laura, either dtfignedly^ 
^hen flbc recovered her memoryj or linde- 
fignedly, during the ravings of her dJforder : 
in either cafe fhe was the objed of his iin- 
diftinguifhing vengeance. 

His former plan of treating her as a 
mad ^;v^oman, he Taw would not be of any 
ufc now, when, to his infinite mortifica- 
tion, flie was perfedly recovered. He felt 
the neceflity under which he was to de- 
mand an explanation of Seidlits and Car'- 
loftein. As the expreffions which Carloffiein 
had whifpered were the moft dire6: and 
pointed, he refolved to begin wfth hihf. 
Yet ihould the efFe<a of this be a dueU he 
plainly faw, that by attrading the piiblfc 
attention, and exciting inquiries, it would 
produce a great many of thofe confeqtietidei^ 
he To anxioufly wiflied to prevent. 

In thisftate of hefitation and direful per- 
plexity, how often did this wretched ciian 
^ifiifdr ^friend to whom he could with 
faf^ iinbofc^ hU&felf^ and from wbom he 

might 



L 



Z E L U C' O. 44.j^ 

miglit reqeive counfel ariH confohiticm i hvX 
baling io the whole coprie of hm life, bear 
the friend of no man, he well knew, th*l: 
no man w^s his friend. He could bardty 
meet .an eye even in his own. family^ 
which he did not fufpeft of looking on 
him with averfian, either from love for 
Laura, or^dirpfk hatred for him. . . 

After weighing all the difficalties ainl 
dangers, a great choice of which preiented, 
tterafelvc§ to his mind, he could form no 
fixed plan of future condu^a, but m the 
meantipie thought himfelf abfolutcly bound' 
Tfyithout farther hefitation to go and talk to 
Garloftein. 

In ^1 cafes where be wa^ riot dillurbed 
by canfcience, which makes cowards of us 
ally Zeluco &ad lefs perfonal feair fhan 
moft people ; but as he was equally devoid 
of principlcr hi^ notioas on the fubje<3: of 
duelling were fome what Angular. 

One of his maxin^^s was, that i mM 
who injured another might, cohfiftent 
with good fenft, and ought, from a- regard 

to 



1 



446 Z.EL13LC O. 

to bt$ own charader, to fight the perfon 
he bad injured, the moment he was ve*. 
^itred; hot he thought it in^4he^higheft- 
degree)filly and ab^d in the ipj^red^^^er''^ 
Hm U> take fudi a dangeroni aod'^^eea^^ 
rioua method of obtiiiling repas^atiett ;?jyf-' 
tice and common fenfe would didate, he 
imagined, fome more certain plan of ven- 
geance^ except indeed the injury was known 
to the public, or of a nature which ad« 
mitted of no delay. In fuch cafes, a re- 
gard to the world's opinion fuperfeded 
every other confideration. His prefent bu« I 

finefs with Carloftein he confidered in this 
lad clafs ; he had no doubt of Carloftein^s 
having communicated to Seidlits and to 
others what he had whifpered to himfelf: 
therefore, notwithftanding that he confi- 
dered himfelf as the injured perfon, not the 
injurer, he thought it incumbent on him 
to demand an explanation in the ufual 
mode; being deternained however not to 
bring matters to the laft extremity, if he 
could find any plaufible means of avoiding 

it; 



z E Lmic: Oi; , 4^ 

it; not that he feared the iffiie of the diiel; 
b^ng too confident in hk own^ {kill tb^itaF^ 
hour any .doubt ; but merely hccaijfe.licr 
wiihed, if poflible, to avbid every meadi^e 
which migtit tend to make an eclat, or kai 
to ipqujrks into the caufc of the quarrel.. 






'.'> <, 




■-j:-.: K.r ,--\ /■ ■ ^- if"'//' .x''i- ■':.}'i ^"^^^. 






n ■'-! 



, , V/ 






4^ Z..E L U CO. 



-1 t,:- 



C H A P. XCIV, V ' 

Wtiat ftronger breafi-plate than a heart ^untajiotod^l 
Thrice is he arm'd that has his quarrel juft ;* 
And he but naked, though lockM up infteel, 
Whofe confcience with injuftice is corruptdd. . q - ^ 

ZEXUCO found Carloftein, as he ex- 
peded, alone. *^ You will not be.fur- 
prifed at feeing me, Sir, after your late 
behaviour," faid Zeluco. , 

^' I am not fuprifed," replied C^rlofteln, 

** Tou promifed me an . explanationi" 
added Zeluco. j- 

** Propofe your difficulty," rejoine^ Car- 
loftein, •* and you'll find me as good as my 
word." 

** I was defired to examine a pi<Sluw^\ 
faid Zeluco, fiercely. ?i 

" Which I prefume you have jfcne,** 
added Carloftein, with calmnefs. ■ /j t 

•^ I have/ 



\ 



Z E L U C O; 445 

•* 1 bdve** anfwercd Zeluco* ** and I 
fiild fomebody has had the infolence to in* 
fcribe my name over one of the figures/* 

*^ Ybu could not mifs it/' faid Garlo- 
ftein ; " it was very diftindlly written with 
this pencil j" taking the pencil out of his 
pocket; — ** but there was no infolence in- 
tended/' 

•• What was intended then?*' faid Ze- 
Juco, in fomewhat of a milder tone, for be 
began to imagine that Carloflein meant to 
explain it in a friendly or jocular manner* 

" It was intended," replied Garlofteitv, 
in a fedate and folemn accent^ *' to fignify 
the conformity of charader and conduct 
between you and a murderer." 

This anfwer, being rather unexpeded, 
difconcerted Zeluco a little; but recovering 
himfelfj he faid, *^ You can have but 
one meaning by fuch behaviour, Sjirs I 
expeft you will meet me to-mojrrow 
morning/* 

** Wherever you are pleafed to appoint," 
faid Carloftein. 

Vol. II. G g After 



% 



[ 



456 Z E L U C 0. 

After fome farther coav^r^tioQi' they 
agreed to meet at a remote fpot wMek 
happened to be near the villa WhereNerina 
dwelt) and at an early hour; each to be 
attended by a friend. 

** I prefume/' faid Zeluco,- ^^'Qaptaia 
Sddlits will accompany yoii." * 

*' He is the very laft man I flioiild think 
of on this occafionj neither Captaifti Sdid- 
lits, nor any other perfoa, except tfae gerl^ 
tleman who is to attend me^ fhall Mdo^i^ 
what has pafled between us ; for thr&-I 
pledge my honour." As Cai^loffdn -pro- 
nounced the laft fentence, he loofcedatiki 
luco as if he expeded an afluranoe to tbc 
fame purpofe from him. 

*' None but a coward would ad other-^ 
wife," faid Zeluco. ^ 

' '' It is well/' faid Carloftein. '' Now, 
Signor, your weapon ?'* 

*' The fword, unqueftionably," replied 
Zeluco. 

** Although you are the challenger, and 
I am not ignorant of your dexterity at 

that 



Z E L U C O. 45^ 

that paTticular weapon, I agree/* faid Car- 
4oftein. 

*^ If jDU have any objedion to tfie wea- 
pon of a gentleman, you fhould have 
thought of it before you infulted one,**, 
fey Z^luco, 

*' I have told you/' faid Carloftein, *' that 
I agree/* 

Immediflitely on their feparating, Carlo- 

ftein informed Mr. N of all that had 

jpaffed V and afked the favour of his accom- 
panying him to the place of rendezvous. 

Mr. N~*-r accepted the invitation, after 
having exprefled his admiration of the ge- 
nerous condud of Carloftein ; for he plainly 
perceived, notwithftanding Carloftein's hav- 
ing paffed over that circumftance, that he 
had provoked the quarrel to prevent Seid- 
lits from being engaged in it, Carloftein 
begged that he would let nothing efcape 
him, in cafe of his meeting Seidlits, that 
could give him any fufpicion of what was 

intended. Mr.N affured him he would 

be on his guard. *VBut I am afraid,*' 
G g 2 added 



45i Z E L U C O. 

added he, ** that, by your etgeirncfa to 
prevent Laura from the danger pf lofing 
a Irother, you expofe her to a riiisfor- 
tune which flic will feel wkh' ftiH fcvertt 
anguifli." 

Carloftein made no other anlwelr te tliis 

obfervation of Mr. N- 's, than h geiitle 

inclination of the head. ' '• 

The generous friendfhip of Mn-N ^ ■ ■ 
for Carloftein was increafed, and ttot lK* 
minifhed, by the great regard which he had 
long obfcrved Laura had for him. IWhat 
gave him moft uneafmefs in the biifineft 
of the following morning was, the /fear of 
any faital accident happening to Qarlo(l<ir>> 
wbich^ although he fliould. regret on hi$ 
own. account, he was of a charadler to re- 
gret i(K>ubly on account of the afflidion it 
vyoHl4 pccafion to LaurA. 

When Carloftein met Seidlitft^ in ,tbc 
' evcqiegf he> told hiofi, Xhat.h^ ba^ a^;yet 
beard nothing from Zeluqp, ; ^ v -r - 

Gaxlcft^in apfwered, That-he wf^jjpa- 
Tinced there would be no meflage till next 

day; 



\ 



Z E L U CO. 453 

day ; * - I^ed,'* ad4ed he, " I think you 
had beft keep out of his way for thi^ eyea- 
iogi kt .him digeft what he has already 
got, before you give him any new provo- 



cation/' 



/^ If a fight of medifturbs his digeftion/* 
faid Seidlit$j ** he roufl: keep out of my 
way, for I (hall certainly take no pains to 
keep out laf his j not will I circumfcribe 
my wj^ksar vifits on account of any, man 
ali^e/'i [ 

** 1 only meant for this evening,**, j-e* 
joined Carloftein. 

'■-^ W^IT/' interrupted Seidlits, ** if he 
wifhes tick to meet rae this evening, ht had 
l?eft not appear at the Corfo ; for I ato on- 
gaged with fome company there about this 
time, and {hall go diredly; perhaps you 
will go with me, — Carloftein excufed him- 
Ydf, after begging of his friend t6 re- 
turn foon to their lodgings. He was parti- 
cularly folicitous to prevent Seidlits^ from 
jneetin'^ with Zeluco that evening, forcfee- 
Gg 3 ing 



1 



454 Z E L U C O. 

ing that it might entirely defeat the plan he 
had already fettled for the next morning. 

In the mean while, Zeluco, wiibtng .tQ 
conceal the fource of this difpute ^ hmg m 

poffible, did not chufe to apply to any 
perfpn acquainted with Seidlits oi* |#a^ra 
to accompany him next morning, le^ tj^eyi 
Ihould make inquiries which he njijght x^pt 
chufe to anfwerj he therefore wsfited ot^ 
Bertram the Genevois, and ^s an pld bro^ 
ther officer, and a perfon of whofe gallapj^ 
fpirit he had an high opinion, beggecj 
he would accompany him the foljovving 
morning on an affair of honour with a fo- 
reign officer, who, he faid, had infulted 
him. 

Bertram hefitated, and expreffed a defire 
of knowing the particulars of the quarrel j 
** Is there no poffibility," faid he^, *' of ac-? 
commodating the affair ?" 

Zeluco afTured him he had been infulted 
in fuch ?i manner as no gentleman could 
bear, without a very ample apology ; and 
^h?n, to prevent \i\s ipfifl:ing on kpowin^ 

the 



^ 



Z E .L U C O; 455 

the particulars, addedi *' If my antagonift 
agnecs'to mike fuch an apology as you 
fliall d^mk fufficieojtt I aifure yoa that it 
^aJl fati«fy me." 

Bertram then confented, in the hope that 
k would be in his power to bring the affair 
to an amicable termmation^ On being in- 
fohnetl of the place, he recoUeded it per- 
fedl^, having frequently taken notice of it 
during th6 various excurfions which he had 
madefincehiQ arrival at Naples ; and he 
promifed to call on Zeluco precifely at the 
hour appointed. 

When Zeluco returned home he found 
the following letter from Nerina: 

*^ Merciful Heaven! what is the mat- 
ter with you ? What am I to think of a 
verbal meflage of fuch cruel import ? Dp 
you not know how my foul doats on you r 
po you not know how miferably I pafs the 
lingering moments which cruel fate obliges 
me to fpend out of your company ? — Or, are 
you fo ill that you fannot write ? — Ah ! let 
G g 4 me 



1 



4^6 Z E L U C a 

me not pailKate your corMlii£k iby^fCuppo&f 
tion which would render me inOiHQ^wfft^f^ 
ihameven your iaegleft* No^j JffnmieMi^e 
bleft In the certainty of youriwco^ery^ 
and I will endeavour to fupport i^sii^i^er 
other misfortune may befal m^^ jj^t^i^ 
know by the bearer at what hpm jXripiay 
expB4a you to-morrow. But I te,4r^<^JIy 
intreat, that no confideration, wijicJi.^aJcly 
regards me, may induce you Co yentsfrq o^t 
fooner than it can be done with./a^fetjy ,to 
your health; that I may not ,pi^^h?fe ,a 
tranfient happinefs at the pjriee.of ^ Wk^\^ 
life of defp2iir. Alas ! why aift, I not per- 
mitted to ^end you, to watch you tfiP^ougii 
the fleeplefs night, and endeavoi|r to che?r 
the gloom of ficknefs ? that were happi- 
nefs indeed, when compared to tl^e tor-? 
tares of abfence and uncertainty^ Write^ 
or rather let your valet write, a fliort line 

to the wretched 

♦^ Nerina.*' 

" Zeluco was himfelf a great diflfembler, 
exceedingly profufe in compliments ancj 

profefliion^ 



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Z E L U C O. 457 

profjriff^rfs of ' dttackmenti natunilly fuf* 
|>rdoyf8,-^ttid generally acute in difc6i»fering 
k^emniikUi motivie^ and defigns o#otberi^ 
yett*e»tajdlefbsdf this woman lulled hiis ^ 
tiftKll tiiffitteiic^, and hk penetratmii wae 
thfe diipe of hlfi vanityr v^ ' ^ 

■ Hid h^e feen fuch a letter as this froth any 
Womdhio ariother man,h6 would havefeeea 
Inftantly convinced that the artful effdfion 
was diatated by afFefted, not real, paffioW ; 
and' tie^wbtild have confidered it as weak- 
ncfsahtf ^vanity in arty man to beimpoftfd 
lipori by it for a moment ; yet fuch is the 
fafcinatibil of felf-love, that he thought the 
fame iehtiments (incere and natural when 
he was himfelf their objedl, that he would 
have confidered as extravagant and deceit- 
ful, had they been addreffed to another 
man. His anfwer was couched in the fol- 
lowing words : 

« My deareft Nerina, 

♦V Make yourfeif eafy-^I am fomfewhat 

better already*- Your affedionate letter has 

/ contributed 



1 



45« Z E L U C O, 

cQOtributed to my recoTcry. When my 
lervaot left me, I could not write without 
pain ; but had I thought of the uneafinefii 
which the omifEon would give you, I fhould 
not have permitted him to return without 
a letter. I may poffibly have it in my 
power to wait on you to-morrow at dinner, 
(xrtaioly not fooner ; at any rate you will 
hear froapi me, and you need not exped^ 
jfatf nor fend any meflage till theut 
^* J reinain moft affediojiajely, . 

^' Yours, ^c.mi" 



Z E L y C Q. 4$9 



ii) -^ 



G HA p: xcv; 



* ^uo modo adolefcentukis 



Meretricum ijigqnia et mores poffet nof^ere; 
Mature ut cum cognorit, perpetuo oderit. 

Ter^nt, 



TM MED I AT ELY after engaging Ber- 
tram to accompany him to the field, 
Zeluco took precautions to infure his own 
efcape out of the kingdom of Naples, in 
cafe it fhould be necefraryj he next cm- 
ployed himfelf in burning certain papers, 
in arranging others ; and having prepare4 
whatever he thought neceflary, and given 
orders to his fervant at what hour to call 
him in the morning, he v^ent to bed in the 
hope of being refrefhed by fleep before hi^ 
meeting with Garloftein ; but fuch a tem- 
peft of diftrading thoughts ruflied on his 
piind as totally deprived him of repofe. 
The violent impreffion w^ich the light of 

the 



i 



46o Z E L U C O. 

the painted murderer of a child bad made 
on Laura, with which he thought even her 
maids were acquainted, wa& fuflicieat to 
create a pretty general fufpicion of the real 
fad. What had been written tx» him b(}r 
Laura, ftrongly hinted by SeidUt», ;md ^^ 
redly aflerted by Carloftein, were evida!)oe8 
that they all believed him to be acceflary to: 
the death of the child. And he xrftea 
curfed the unlucky incidents by whichi 
l??hile he was projeding a fcheme of ftcura^ 
revenge againft his wife and her brotbeiV 
he found himfelf unavoidably engaged ki 
a ccMiteft, on equal terms, with a third per*' 
fon, againft whom lie never befpre had 
harboured any enmity. In the vc^voit of 
his killing Carloftein,of which he hadJittle 
doubt, it ftruck him that Laura, or perhaps 
hef brother, might during hi&abfeiice men* 
tioh filch circumftafK^es relative tortbe 
childV death, as would give the.pul^icDaa 
impreffion againft him, which they: fefeeu^^ 
ielvea, ihould they be fo indiseA after-, 
wards, might not be able to effiacft, rT 

This 



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This idea prompted h^m to rife and to^ 
write a letter addreffed to Laura^ in which 
he cautioned her in general terms not t<x 
allow any expreffion to efcape her which 
might injure him during his temporary 
abfence; and advifingher to admonifh her 
brother^ to the fame efFedk ; for that any 
thing;6f that nature would prove ruinous 
to themfelves, and would moft materially 
injure her mother. This letter he fe^^ed 
antj putinto his pocket, intendiog to .fepcl 
it t0ii)^r: fforn the field, in cafe it fhpuld be 
mctSmy after bi& bufinefs with CarJoiJeii^ 
was ofveF* . 

The^ pi^ure and the infcriptipn caq:^^ 
next into his recolledion j he had f|lr?a,dy 
locked the door of the room, and.putj thq 
k?y intp his efcritorej but npw, all, the far. 
rmlf faeing afleep, he ftok again to \^f( 
room,»unfixed the pi<^ure from tbq Wf^jly 
brought it inta hi$ own b6d-chami?er^,fjp4 
burnt ir to afhes. ., , 

He ^ew himfelf again into hi5;be4,|>;U( 
with as little fuccefsas t^efore ; a r^ro^e^ 



462 Z E L U C O. 

of his paft lif^y which obtruded iffelf upon 
his mind in fpite of all his endeavours to 
exclude ity and the dread of the world's 
foon reviewing it in the fame light that he 
Jiimfelf did, with a confufed profped of 
confequences which he dreaded without 
knowing how to prevent, baniflied fleep 
from his pillow. He rofe, and walked with 
precipitation about his chamber, as if he 
could have diffipated the uneafinefs of his 
mind by the agitation of his body. Ne-- 
rina's Idtter lay on the table — ^he read it 
once more, and with redoubled compla- 
cency.— Convinced of the fincerity of her 
attachment, he could not flatter himfelf 
with the friendfliip of another perfoii dti 
earth : — in moments of difficulty iand <iif- 
trefs, it is natural for the moft arrogant 
and ftubborn of the human race to wifli 
for the fupport of friendfhip and of love, 
however powerlefs the perfon is in whofe 
breafl: they refide. There was yet an in- 
terval of two or three hours to the time 
at which Bertram was to call for him. In 
I the 



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2 E L U CO.. 463 

iheftate df ^ii:^iety an4 ii»patknce in which 
Zeluco was,, it appeared an age. 

With what a leaden and retarding weight 
Does expe£lation load the wings of time * ? 

This fine obfcrvation of the poet is not 
oply highly applicable whqre he places it, 
but, is alfo juft when the mind is agitated 
with the thoughts of any important event 
which we know to be unavoidable, and have 
no hopes of tranquillity till it has tak^a 
place. Zeluco had fometimes found that 
Nerina had the art of unloading the wings 
of time ; and being feized with an irrefiftible 
defire of paffing the interval till he fhould 
meet Carloftein with her, he ordered his 
horfes to be got ready, and wrote the fol- 
lowing note directed to Bertram : 

" Dear Bertram, 

" I HAVE ordered two horfes to be ready, 
one for you, the other for the fervant, who 
will deliver you this, and then accompany 

♦ Mafon. 

you 



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inform y9u why I^{(t o»;tbof«f^|p|^.^fl^, 
•« I am your ^tpfqf ^^«d, 
"; and obliged %^qni, 

Having given the neceflary dlritti'onl^lo 
ffie fervant who waited for Bertram, he fat 
out, attended by another fervari/^ ror the ha- 
Nation of Nerina, where he arrived a iSilie 
iftcr dky-break. ^n-H^m 

Confident of a cordial welcwfe'kf^l 
hours, he entered without knoclfirl^,1>y the 
means of a key which he kepf^f^r^^it 
piirpofe. Being obliged to pMf#TOrough 
the parlour in his way to the bei!«^ltiMh: 
of Nerina, he was fomewhat fufpr^<e& to 
ficd her maid up at fo early ah hdtir. The 
maid was ftill more furpri fed at feetttglfllft. 
He a&ed how her nliftrefs was, dM with- 
out waiting for her anfwer, walked toiiM^da 
^^erina's chamber. 
' ** Maria Virgine !'* cried the mai#'nA- 

ning between him and -the door. ' ^* 
3 .. ^3Vhat 



Z E L"U e O. 46^ 

; **UM, ^r!" crSea tl»e maid,' **7Q« 
canotfl (Ir my tniftf ef«' aft prtffenl;.*' ' 

•♦Writ not?" • 

«« Dekr Sir," repRed ihe maid, ** only 
fiay in thb parlour, till I acquaint my mif" 
^rcft tl>»| you ar« here.;* » ^ ;: 

'* Pfha !" ffud Zeluco, pufhing her afi^ 
,*' Ol^rd, $ir!" cried the maid,.j;aking 
bold pf his coat, ** you will terrify jpiif 
pnifirefs out of her fenfes, if you g^KijO^ip 
^e^ at ,t]4^ «Gy(ea£onable hour." » 

*< Get i^pogj!' faid Zeluco, ihakiog.Jh^ 
/fjornhfo^ , ^ ,.rj 

*' S4y, <mifl;ref8 is indifpo&d, Sir ; S^, a 
«SMKf|ic^ ill," faid the ujtaad. 

« liir cried Zeluco. 

•' Yj5i*" faid the maidi '* flic ha been 
cxoeodif^ly ^^1 ^^^^*^ two daya." 

** %l did not mention that in tbi|,ld^ 
I tfimnA froaa her yefterday." 

** No ! that is very odd, indeed^" c^^ 
•\^ q^^ *' but (he has £argpt it; for yoa 
Jcnow my miftreis fometimes has but an in^ 

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4tt Z E L U C O. 

diffcMnt memory. iPirjy, ^ be^obtig« 

ing as to' return €o the parlour^ lilti ioforitt 
roy miftrcfs that yoii are confer /i*tocai I 
have informed her, I dare fwoat flic will be 
Tery happy to iee you. But-**' i " 

•* Peacei baMer,*' cried Zeluecv ptiffing 
her afide» and walking through thenpafiage 
towards Nerina's bed*chamb«^. 

*' Pray, Signor Zehico, ftay im rthe pat- 
lour ; indeed, Signor Zeluco, you'^fl fHghkn 
my miftrefs, — dear Signor Zc!uco,^^frp^o* 
te(^, Signor Zeluco,'* following htdi through 
thepaflage, and railing her voice iodder 
and louder; but perceivi^ig bim^ ^ifhing 
with violence at the door of the bed^ehaih- 
ber, flie fcreamed, ♦« O, my pooi^ ihtftrefa 
will be murdered," and immediately r the 
vcMce of Nerina was heard from v^th- 
in, fhrieking and crying out, "inurde^^t 
rape ! • murder I villain ! mcnifter, be 
gone^l" 

: Zeluco drew his fwordj drove the door 
opfca with a violent kick of his fobt; aiitl 

to 



2 E L U € D. ^ 

tcKhb titter aftonifltmeiit, faw a mapj ]ui{& 
direfied^ ftahding bj the! bed of Neritia. 

J *^ Wh2« ig your bflfitidfe here, fcoun-^^ 
drel V^ crifed ^el uco, furious with rage, mi> 
making a pufh at hiai: vrith hifi fvirord, 

• llhe/feiiow very dexteroufly put the 
fwofd afide with one hand, plunged 2( 
ftiletto into the bowels of Zeluca with the 
other^ and made his efcape. 

^ !?eb?cp feU to tbt ground. 

- ^^rina, who had continued fcreamiog 
ffom the fbed, feeing Zeluco fall, fprang upj 
ex<^aiiliing,\^* Oh, the villain has murdered 
^y dftaif If^rd/' kneeliog down by him, and 
offirwg fef r aid. • 

' ** P^.gi^P^i perfidious wretch!'' faid Ze*- 
Ujco, y^'Wh a faint voice. 

.With loud lamentations (he took all 
tbe faiots of heaven, with the angels 
and blefled martyrs, to witnefs that Qxi 
was as innocent as the chafte Sufanna, 
Qr -the Holy Virgiii herfelf, for that 
fbe yjjlaln had concealed himfelf ia her 
ehamiber, with an intention to rob or 
H h 2 murder 



46« Z E L U C O. 

inUfd^ fier;'^nd fti*^ 
the vmce of Kcf^ iiiaid In thepaflage,"llie 
liad pereeiVed 'him for the firft time, and 
inftafttly cried but. 

Zdtico, without feeming to rcgartf l^er, 
^fircd the maid to calf in his ownTervant/ 
^ As foon as witK his afliftance he was 
placed on the bed, a 'meflage was difpatcneq 
to Naples tor lurgeons- 

The man who ftabbed Zeliico, we had not 
orldcafion to mention before, ahhougn he was 
lan old acquaintance of Nerina*sV ffe w^s 
originally a rope dancer; Ihe had nrft feen 
him at Venice, wher6 he was^^reatly aa- 
mired for his fhape, ftrength, and agility... 
She round means to prevail on him to quit 
his profeflion, and attach himfelr entirely 
to hief fervice ; he had come with her firft 
to Rome, where he attended her aS a ler- 
vant out or livery, and afterwards accom- 
panie'd her to Naples. Zeluco loon after 
his connexion with Nerina, law fomethine: 
in this man s appearance which |ie did not 
relim 5 and He gave l>er a hint to that eflFe£t. 

Nerina 



Z E L U^ q Q. 4^ 

ai^, air of indifFprenoe, . ^^^ diffig^tedcertaia 
ideas whic^ }>^^m taariie in tU? fuijpiqjiHS 
ijiind of Zeluco. The djfi^aifRQn hpw^Vj^i::^ 
was| qf little importaactsj ;; the ^^n remained 
fccretly at Naples, aijid was admitted^t^Q |^ 
bed-chamber ^ of Neripa, when Ibe thought 
tenfelf fccure of not being vifited by Zf^- 
luco: ttiofe interviews were unkpqy5r;ai to 
all ^he, fervants^ except Nerina's cojp^^n- 
tial n;^aid, who wa,s ,a£tually fitjipg i^ 
for the purpofe of letting him out |bsef%e 
the oiker Xeryaats fliould get up, wben Ze^ 
Ipco entered fo unexpectedly. ^ 

When Nerina he^rd the voice of her 
jilaid)' (he. comprehended the reafons of Jmr 
npliy remonftrances, apd perceivi^ that 
2leluco^v^§ breaking into the roprn^ fhe 
jinffantly foroxed a refolution worthy of h<?r 
abandoned charade^ : ihe fcreamed and ajS*- 

cufed her paramour of violence, with a view 

- \ : ngof <:v, • -V '■..■:'. ' -^ ^^^v^v^^ 
to convince Zeluco of ,h(?r own innocence* 

>hd inftlgate him to put the man to death 

,gs ai houtebreaker. The fcene however 

; ■ -^ ^ ' Hh 3 took 



iWokf af^^fFerent to^; arid Zt1ucdf^««w^^t^^ 

WheM'W^a^tue point of vievj^. ^ ^--^ q 
^ Whlcxi the perfoh wlid Was fenf? to^-Ni]^!^ 
for tffi ftrgcons was returhShgV he mSt 
B^hfanii whb had jtift mounted hkli^rfe, 
athd, accompanied by the other ftrx4hti'vi^« 
goihg to the rendezvous: this pierf6ri'kn<3?#- 
^g Zeluco*s fervant, itifbi-med him of tli^ 
itti^ifertune which had happened to ^^s 
iriafter. Bertram defired to feetondif^d 
jis faft as pofliblje to the houfe i»^ft -2i- 

'Iqto lay^ ' ^ - ^^ 

T'fiey overtook Garfoftein and M^/ffii^, 

"^"Who Vere riding to the appointed- jpJ^. 

' Ifeer tram informed MK N-—^ of what'^e 
fiau^jiift heard, arid they all rb(Je't»?'thje 

'^^welling of Neriha." ''"^''^ ' 

' ' Carloftein and 'Mr, N remaine^^a 

' the parlour, while feettrain intro^ucfedH^ihe 
Iiirgeon and his affiftaht into the* i-oWin- 

' wlucV "l^eluco was. ' He ftretch^ ^#6^tlF^'his 

hand' to Bertram, lay ingi *^ t am graa tp 

tee you ; 'when my wound 'has^'fejfte^iiia* 

mmcd, I wifh to nave fome conycriation 

?2 ^"witlj 



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Z E L Uv C a 471 

5Kltb yoiu liK the meaa . time/' added he^ 

pointing to Nerinar ^V^^ ^^^^ wonuobfc 

iecu4!jedAii9d kept feparate from' her yijfiBid; 

flie is the caufeof vshat haa happened. ?.v 

y iZelttCD had kept his awn fervaht by h|m 

fr;9ni tb^ time he received: the wound till 

^rtijapv with ^he oihers? arrived; Nerina 

had gllft remained conftaAtly in thie;^Qpm, 

jiod hsid Hoiten renewed her lamentatbns 

.Z^lw^ took 00 other notice of her^.tban 

kf tiefflfing of/ her act to make »,i>oife, 

for he was in great pain. His eyes were 

naw qp^i^ to her true db^rader, aod^ fhe 

attempted in , vaia to deceive him any 

, jpore;, ypX be explfriaed bimfcilf cjnly by 

. jceeping a Aieady fil^eqci; till Bertram ca^e. 

A more unpleafant party than this muft 
h»ye beeny can hardly be conceived^ copfiA^ 
ipg of Zeluco lying wpm^ded on the bed 
of Nerina; Nerina herfelf in the mpfl: 
^gfjnij^^ flaai^te. o//ufpenfe. The lervant 
of Zeluco was the only _perfon of the com- 
P^nyjcJerably at his eafe, and he was rather 
H h 4 * , anxious 



inigMibe t^H^ti fttMS'^ ti^ulMdi;i»i^^l»^ 

t^^ubilied, ndgbt^^kfi^td. >u^^i^ bsbnsl 
. BqI' wh^n ■ilie'lidifd herSSff'Td'^^l^'^ 

.cki^^d to Beitraitt^ fte l>egati td'i^ftiafeag^ 
hec idtfoeence wiih^ all that Vidfec?!^ 'dP^ 
ciferation which fo dftin atieti&s^^fiaV.^ 
Bblbglferccd ©ut nrf the room bflKt? IclJiin- 
pfltfyj 'Ae aad her maid were feWii^^ffi^ 
fepawiw chambers. : t V>)^r.i'io:> 

-ZelUco fuffered greif pkifi' 4fiiMH# 
iHte 'df hb wound was exatoin^; 'i^^ 
d»tffing iti how«ever, the ftirgeori'gd'^e'liM 
hd|^e*'6f recovery, but declared if rfaffl^ 
tWth« flieuM be kept quiet, wHi(^, 94%^ 
i«uM^himfelf 'earicr and iiicrraetf^'^ifei^ 
-aftfe^the ' dreffling, Zeliico 'agreed'^d'J '^ *^ 
carneftly begged of Bertram ndt-'t^'^iej^ 
the' KftWfej who affuring hiih he h'ad'A&^ch 
intttitldn6j' they all left the Voote'"iic^ 



onef fefVatitf ^ -^ 




. . : ?^:Ji)inU nj£ 


( yr> Jiij • . . 


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Bertram 



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Qffl«ft«fei*»1bf p»rj«ttt IriAifttHftirgignji 
tended Zduco. >U^£!^okkakom4^^ 

i^g^ftf^^^qf -to \>e:^ hi«d iw«a<f §iHtiH. 
^it|^ ^ 5!Mt for NJipJeflK pFomlfiiigf <tP^ w^! 

j.|terl?f^p, (VRvtb , a. fraiikn^ w^J4^rbe# 
1^3e4f $Q J^iS; £|iaradeF, sod whicb 3(^a^^9a^ 
couraged by the appearaoee :and n»amie|# 
Q^^jC^j^^iii, Jnform^ him by wfeusSc- 

<^5j^f (^4, ^ citetot^ltiftqwing whAt wa»>^ 
<^^j^ ^,; dj!?ir q[Uftrrel,.for ho >widc^9&^ 
tl?;^^%l<^j|ejft vv^a- tl»e,perfon,?;dUj?a,, 
^pj^av(^ jn^t^ l^«^d he,i)d?t bcco prcyoi^ffd-^ 

an unlucky bufinefs, of a delica|t^^a,1ufj9f^ 

which he was not at liberty to reveal, ex- 

i, )i; V) prefling 



474 Z^EJLJUiC C 

|>reffiog at the fanle time aliufttane con- 
cern for die condition of Zeluco, and the 
higheft efteeih for Bertram^ with whofe 
charafi;er Mr« N-^*^^^i had acquainted him. 

Carloflein and Mr. N---^ were ftill con- 
verting with Bertram, when the officers of 
juftice arrived. Zehico being acquainted 
with thi«, defifcd to fee them ; inr ihel|t« 
tereft terma he accufed Nisriiia^o£.bdng an 
aecbm|)lice of the fdlow who fai^d fttifbbed 
him ; ^ declared that he tecoUe^tod Ifeis mm 
to be the fame whom ihe had broiigbt<^to 
'Naple^'Sn her fervice, and had difeaifled |i{ 
his requeft. Nerina^did* not fuijpefib that 
ZnAvim had recognized thiis maq y^jst ^erc*' 
fore denied that flie had ever ) feqsf J^ ; 
but |he maid, who was examipe^ apart, 
acknowledged that he was the pei^ip^^wlio 
bad formerly been ii\ Nerina's fcy^i^?e, ^ji^ 
with whom flie had been copof£t^^j^^e* 
^c^ -IThey were both c^rrie^ tp |^?fofti 

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Z £ E U G a. 1^^ 



C H A P- XCVt 

^ELUCO having ckma»4ed of Ber- 
tram whether he had heard any thibg 
of the gentleman whom he was to hx^t 
met, Bertram informed him that Gaf- 
IbAein wa8 then in the houfey and of his 
iiomanc behaviour ever fince he had i|card 
of the unlucky accident* 

iel\ifcd exf)reffirig a defire to fpeak with 
him alone, Carloftein ^as introduced. 

^ It is doubtful, Signor," faid iJieluco, 
•* when, or if ever, it will be in my power 
to meet you in the way we had agreed 
upon ; but it would be fatisfa^ory to nie 
in the mean time to khow'^hethfsrr yoii 
and Captain Seidlits received from my 
wife the impreflions which both of you 
Ibem to e]^|ter)lai^.'' 

Parioftein 






- jQ^Ipfteia repli^. That both he ,^nd 
Scidliu had received the impreffioM Ijie al-f 
luded to from certaii> circumftances they 
had themfelves ^obferved, without their 
having been pointed out by any third per,- 
fon whatever j that as for his own jg^rt he 
had never once feen Laura fince hervbeiog 
firft t^ken ilU and that he knew ,fhp^had 
been, at great pains both before and finc^ 
her illnefsy to mal^e her brother, believe 
tliiatflie lived on the bed terms with hec 
liufbandj and feemed extren^ly UQ^agi|¥ 
wbfp ft^^ perceived thaf Captain S^id^tj^ 
^fjpe^cd the contr^try, and bad eQjdeav^p^-i- 
e^.by every meaiis to convince J^m iha| 
his fufpicion was ill fpunded, >, , 

2eluco feemed fatisfied with this es^pla- 

nation ; ** I have a curiofity to know alfo," 

' ' . • ^'" :2\. -'- ■ '■ " ' ^. ' ' .- ' ' ' ■ • * 1 J' ' ■ ' 
faid he, ** if you have no objedion. what 

was your inducement to draw upon your- 

felf a quarrel which Captain Seidlits was 

,fufl5ciently eager to make his own J'*^ '^ 

*• As you fay thi« will afford yt^^ fatlf- 

fe^tfoh,: Signor,*^ replied Carioft^a]^^^fJi I 



•^ E L fe fe &. ^ 

Ihall not fcf uf)Ie to tell ybii l^at^^i*feh^ 
iieard Captain Seidlitsexprefs liimlelf m 
tlie manner he did to you at your tift 
meeting, I thought it probably would ^t^ 
duce a quarrel between you, ^which imgkt 
end fatally to one or othef ; whichevcf 
fell, the confequence would he unfortunate 
for jMfadame de Seidlits and her daughter ; 
the former muft lofe a fon-in-law^ and the 
latter a brother or hufband; whereas my 
Being your antagonift could not have fucH 
iil-cohiequences ; if the chance went a]|;ainffi 
ifte, they 'would bq^ deprived of no itjcli 
near relation ; and even in the event of your 
fatting by my fword, they would b'e in- 
volved in lefs trouble than if you*fl[iould 
owe yoiir death to their neareft relatiba,*' 

•' It is impoffible not to admire your 
condud, Sir," faid Zeluco 5 '* you muft 
take a .prodigious interefl in thofe two 
ladies." , . ^, 

" T^e arc no two perfons cji^^arth, 
Signorj, for whom; I luve a greater rega^ ; 
their virtues command the efteem of atl 

who 



47« Z E t U C O* 

iviio have the hoaoiirof^^ooiMng |li^;'&ut 
tfld<^ildcfit of myhkod&ap fqtthem^l vtitL 
CQufdfa .to yoU| th»t aoothcr coniidoratioii 
1^ W^ejgHt wiAb me ; I am indebted for my 
owtt life to |he ^llaotry of Qapiaia Setc^ 
litii.1 was. defirous therefore ofidizin^t 
without his kAowledge# a chance of rc^ 
paying what I owed him, hy taking <hs 
coofei|tteQces, whateyer they aughtibe^ rof 
aaeetisg with you." i. i tr 

*' CaptaiQ Seidlits is much to heieeiritd/ 
faid Zeluco, with a figh, " in having fiidh 
a friend ; — perhaps,'* continued -he, after 
a ps^e, *• it may yet be in my fower tiJ 
convince both you and your fi^en^i^ thait; 
what you have mifts^en in my conydui^ii^aa 
intirely owing to the malice AndMifesfii^f- 
geilions.of the accmfed wom^ whoisicar- 
f ied tQ prifpn^ ^nd whOf I truftt wiU^is^eif 
the fate (he fo well defer ves." >- i (.H^ 

To this Carloftcin made no n^^p-^nt 

the phy fiei^R, wh.o hadi alio bet;n rfcrti^jfiwr 

to vifit 2ieluco, arrivitig^ f«it «» ead .«pr 

jttieir difcourfcr^ 

The 



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tii7beri?hy6m«rjhadtaQtiiiiet the Sm^g^eoor 
add d£ r oourfe toii£irlianre no juftneiotiMPdf 
the dcgrefeorf daageriia iwMch 2feliLico was ; 
bcrtfiDaibg^lhiiti pretty fVeei&GffnfetcJf,^* 
vAitur«dao prononntfe^ ftitl tAorfe ^vbtiP*^ 
aWy cr^^tte cafe than the Surgeonr had done^ 
aisd Saftwi^iving fome^ general diredHtfiisV 
todk his:ftcavc.^ ^ '^ 

jBertratki remained at 2^duco'& earnd^re-^ 
queft, and by his orders had the dke^dti 
of erory tiring in the family; foriAieli^iufe, 
aAd ail wiffbin it, was the property of 
Zeliito, except the wearing apparel of 
Nerinav which flie had be^n permitted to 
p^k up J and what fhe did not take^Wftk 
her >^4» Ml under tb^ care of a ^tfid in 
w;l)UDniiibe placed i^xiifidence. ^ v 

Cartoftein add Mr. N~ — ^ returned td 
Napks 3£tGt heariag the opinion of the 
PhyGcian* 

. Carl<)fl)etn gave his' friend Seidliti an acr 

€mxim*j$fi:Ae w^ie^ ajilir; ftaiing it in 

i»hMmvmcni'ho:8i!B^tni tbailiie inteodjed 

ni^eting with Zeluco appeared to have been; 

- owing 



4io £ £ L U C a 

thepreeeding eTentng, in whic l l ll J W B u liti 
4ii«Al7;<itMilra89d^^t^ fieUUttulittned 

-^How could ily mj dear ^otdbti*^? -ftid 
CarloftBia* ** flivfle i>«er «• f out tkt. i^- 
fwer of a challenge dure^ •dddtffM|'^<t> 
^tyfelf?— Would you have aOedfarr 

« Wefl," fiiid SeidUts, yetbVlrhig'^fiU 
good bfimouf, ** although; froin dfHiftk 
eirca4Qllanee8 which I novr ficBRdB^^^l 
fUnCaifceb that fome fraudfdeM pMlBUhk 
have taken place on this odeafiQflji/yw^I 
ihall take no farther notice of theavi-Afttt, 
himmr" added he, fmiliogr ^ yctt tried 
fo Mb ine of a ffnaU'fpn-% of Jcartel/JiM- 
Joke that it haa mified your kHi^m 1k^ 
ts'tmne" : -■• - ; ■ /;>■•• ■'' 

They then informed Signora SfM^^ 
alt that had happened, leaving itWht^^o 
mentioa it to Madame de SetdRti^ "Kfl^ 
&e fonnd i* fit opiporttintty ; ^^iktf^'sM. 
a^eed lo keep it concealed frotf' jLam^, 

tifl 



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in? r^u0i^«(mtiau«d tc^^ esifff tSH:^ to- 
^kr#iMnBiiiyghfr ^td Ihe paki^'^ His 
i iroiihdiilwcjune verj;^^ 'feverc ; aoiidftHris 
* ^roiril hoj^vred fortk'liiOrrid impi^caifoas 

TKc^laUfiflant Surgopii, who hatd been 
Jj^ft,tf^,||tj!o4 him, ikding that the fo- 
,J9lfft^tiqf|f *an4 other means wIiiq|tho|c 
,jufQd:;!l0tjJ?lieve^ the gain, failed, %^^u9f 
{;feiMtii^ iQi Naples for fomc laudaaUitti^a 
ifew^djropa <rf which, he faid, m%ht 4e. 0f 

h\i Zoki^ 'hewing hinqt give wdemforMklt 
4^|p9%i t fa»ld» ^l^« Sargeoa to fcarch <^^ ,:©£ 
i^ ppckfiifi where he found a phial fiiil 
of that drug. — Zeluco having fecretjy pPQf- 
vi(|^ himCelf with it, foon aftep^ a |X)n- 
verfatioQ . with Nerina^ which has ^^tt^ 
alr^^d]^ m^entioned-^ Whether hf^^^^fp^ 
ever have ufed it foi: thie .purpofe to^whieh 
fhe xa^e^^t 10, prpropt him, caa n«re/ ,he 
known, for the moft profligate of ma'q- 
Vol, IL I i kind 



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kind often fhrmk from executiiig the crimes 
which they have in fpeculation. 

The Surgeon adminiftered a dofe of this 
medicine, virhich abati^ th^ pafn, and gave 
him fome hours reft. 






qo^iU- ^'. • '::^: ■■: . ; *:jL:i bc)d aid 

vj)£ I ruin 



5V^d I 



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• I ^ • ' r iUtjtnscf bi;fi 



^coy£ Unohih 



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What nothing earthly gives, er can deftroy^ 
The foul's calm fun-^fhine, and the heart-felt joy. 
Is virtue's prize. Pope. 

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'Tp H E following morning early, Bertram 
underftanding that Zeluco was awake^ 
entered his room to inquire how he was. 
Being then pretty eafy and refrefhed by 
fleep, he begged that Bertram would fit by 
his bed fide; and as the ftory of Antonio 
had made fome impreflion oa him, he 
began to make more inquiry concerning 
him; after a few queftions he faid to 
Bertram, ** On the whole, I perceive that 
this Savoyard has put you to a confiderable 
deal of expencej as well as trouble." 

•* I have already been amply repaid,'' 
faid Bertram ; *' but I ftill expert an ad- 
ditional recompence." 

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484 . Z E I^ U C O. 

*^ I underftood the fcWow /jad nctbi/ig^^' 
faid Zcluco. 

*' He has both a father and a rppther,'* 
replied Bertram, ** very honeft people, as 
I have beea told ; they live at Chamberry, 
whicl^.is in my way home to Geneva ; the 
poor old couple have been miferable on ac- 
count of their fon's misfortune. 1 (hall 
have the pleafure of reftoring him to theth; 
'— yhly Khink, Signor, what fatisfaflion I 
ihaUhave — their old hearts will be'rda^Jr 
to bufft with joy. — I often anticipate "ill 
my'* invagination, the fcene of' ttieir fir?l: 
meetlrig; — why, Signor, a fingle tcene of 
that kind is worth all the five ads of ctull 

** You enter into thefe pebpldV hap- 
pirieft las if it were your own," fald^eluco. 

^V'A great part of it will be my cW^r 
faith Bertram; *^ I queftioh if anf^df We 
thrie will be much happier thiti -^yftlf. 
Yori'muft have dftea felt, Signdrl wlijit 
a pleafing fen fa tbri being the' itftlidi^ bf 
happinefs conveys to the heart,** o ' V" 

Zeluco 



Z E L U C O. 4g5 

Zcluco feemed diftfefied, and' "made rio 
reply. 

*' I Ifear your woiitid gives you pain,'* 
faid BeftrknV, 

'' Not at all," faid Zeluco; '' and this' 
is the only recompence you exped ?'* 

** It is all I would accjept of from ipan," 
replied Bertram ; '* the confcioufnefs ^f a 
vgcod acStipn is delightful when perfjprmed 
^^nd is alfo a fourceof pleafing recoljeiftjon 
throiigK life. Would to God I hjg^d jpc^re 
' ,<?f theirs tQ boaft. of! being con^cioiis pf 
but fewj^ makes me perhaps too yaip pf 

*' You have reafon to be vain indeed," 
faid Zeluco, 

*' J^^flp^, certain at Jeaft/' .rejoix^^^J^ef- 
traqqi, " tliat I fliould have been; Ig^wer in 
.my pwa, eyes had I acSred otherwififi-rryet 
J Ofi^lf^ r^Q doubt bpt you, and matiyotbjetjB, 
Vvpjttld-K^vedone the faifne thing n^itfeflcf^ 
heC^?ftij(j)ia th^n I (^^ewed.". i r; 

Zeluco groaned> ; -^ 

lis "lam 



f 



48« ' z fe L 'ti t: b.'^ 

UfefflMo*' no," crie^ i SfoluooV *'^th»l SHftttnx 
ge^tt'fxwboC' rielievfe mefe"r- v-.a'jnfii'i -.noni 

««'r fear talking 'd6e8 ybU^feirffiS'5V« 

\^f^ ••■! " ^ :. ■ ; . :; rrrixiim r. la 

** Pray ftay," <kid Zeluco; "^4 ffljSlf^s 
worfg^vhen you gcrrs-Tell me> j^^^ni, 

j^B^mam named a. very m^^^^,,,^^ 

-pinefs. ' - 'T7.n3j«OD ni£3i 

"^ I'll, be fworn %y cannot/^' faj^ ^e- 

lucp; " yet I am furprifed that kou.. who 

hav^ been abroad in the world,, and. have 

feen extenfive fcenes of life, could be con- 

*' Perhaps, replied Bertram, ^*lhecir- 
cumftance you mention has contributed to 

It J 



tures, in every country where lhioR%l«8n»H^ 

more influence than^'imf ^hingi tftifaeepia^'^, 
n|p]frp|||,^fcpnteq*; wasrtjie^ r6tn€qs|)r|n«« 
of a maxim often repeated to meJxf.^^r 

•^Wlisftnjs that maijchn?" faid 2<ii&S]^°'^ 
** When you are diifpoled to be Vain of 
youi* '&A£if acqulrertienb, Bef tram,^ *^?aid 
htrj-^' ioW^Tip to thofe who are n^oVe ac- 
compliflied than yourfelf, that yoa^ma|^J^^ 
fifceri^Ith •emulatioh. ''But when ybu fed 
Smmm with ydtit <fircVmftanci^*^!^# 
d8Wk ?«i^ri8re beneati^ you, that y^a ISf 
learn contentmenj." "^^ ' -1 

y But eVen or th$ ' frhaU ' pittance^ you 
uaentibB, laid Zeluto, '* you allowed a 

confiaeraDie proportion to your father, 

-noD 3d blur.} /^^l; i*^ c-..:^ - /rinsjx!^ 0:5?^^ 

** For that I caa cla^no^iwf^J!^ 
Bertram 




ZrE-L U ;C O^ 

. t^iHW^!ftarte4 w if hebajdbotft ftwf^/tgfj 
^4fr^Bt i tbc rflfottf«aio||. <>f ihk)»Wiflw?* 
ba^yipnr tp bjia niQ^r curbed, oqr ,i}t^miA(lr 
witb|#^ the bitteriiefc of.Te«|oi»fc. ,h j . u ini) 

*' I really am grieved, Stgnor^o fi&iA 
Bertram, in a fyqcipathifing tOA^ f^C^^ice, 
*' to fpe you fufFer {p diuch.'' . ^ ^ jh^^i 
. " I do indeed fufFer," faid Zelupp, ^aftcj^ 
along and painful paufe. \ _^ ^^ ^^ ., -> 
• ** I am fincerely forry for it,*' refused 
Bertram; *' I wifh I knew what would 
give you relief; — but the medical people 
will.be here foon; — they perhap? i '| ^^ 

" Ko, no," interrupted Zeluco,/* t^ey, 
cannot relieve me." / '];■ _^ ,/- 

" I hope, my good Sir," contipujcd. Bp|--^; 
tram, taking him by the hand, •* thajt afjCf^^^ 
the ne?ct dreffing your wound wiJl|: ^ecoro^^ 
eafien*' ' , ,^ ;^ 

" My wound // cafier,'' faid Zeluco^\^ft^^ 
a voice of aoguiftij "but I have deeper 
wounds which their fkill cannot reach.'* 

** Alas!" 






Z E L tJ OO^ 

affliaion; the lofs oJT -femle iJeSr 'frfew 

fe^l ac^dcterit 'l«hatt ^tiJrt has now BeftTlfcA 
i^iiUHfettP ]^i??ence;'^'f "good Sir,^» '>*d&ii 
tinued he, ■^'' WfIe(^?oti; 'aild the' Tey^lfeltl 

*"^'**'f telt jrou^" interfupted Zelu'co, in the 
accent of defpair, *' that I never had a 
frleiid ; that time developes frefh rdurccs of 
forrow to me j and fefledlon drives -me to 
madnefs. 

j^er tram /being greatly flxocked, madie no 
reply ;^ arid Zeluco, after a confiderablc 
intervaT, Iiaving recolleded himfelfi/faid, 
Vbith apparent compofure, " I have beea 
feverifh and reftlefs ; I know not what -^ 
I fdy f fc'ut the pain feems now to aWe, 
an^' F'jfee! myfelf drowfy. Pr^y, my 
gobd Triend, leave me; — perhaps 1 may 
get a little fleep before the Surgeon ar- 
nve3. 

When Zeluco found himfelf alone— ^ 
** Happy man !" faid he, with a deep figh, 

*' who 



4^ Z E-,I,^UvC.O^ 

•* w^^9 c»A IpoJ? b%9k\?itU,p^^ %I|^ 

approbation, and forward w^t^ tr^^ngiuUk^^ 
a.nd hope.— What falte eftimati^s ^^f e fp^xn^cd 
by mankind } This Bertram the^^ will c^jq^ 
fider as an unfortunate n^aji^ jet h? W 
neYer been unhappy^ and has fourul n^a 
fources of enjoyment unknown to me* t 
|iave been reckoned remarkably fortu^jLtft^ 
althoifgh I have never known what han-* 
pinefs is.— His life has been devoted to 
dutjf and mine to cnjoymentj jet it y^ 
evident he has had more enjoyment 4n his 
purfuit than I ever had in mine; ^I begin 
^pthipk that plqaltire is moft,fc;e^^^^ 
found while we are on fpme n^qre jyp^^ji^ 
purfuit^ and miffed by ^V^^/^^'^oF^b^? 
.fearch of nothing elfe^^O fopj| fe^iJ/J 
facrifice the permanent rewards of virtue, 
withqat enjoying; th^ only ailureinent of 
vice. ^Aiftcr having p^iffed my life hifhwto 
in dii^ietudef I am fiow fir etched ' qn ^ 
bed o^ dlanger, without a friend, or one 

perfon I can truft, except this .ftranger. 

fcri! .flui - v! :^2::iu\o\..y-^ ^:\ noinjao^fj/ 
Bertram, on whqm I have no , claim but 



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After "tneK general ^reflexions 6n his 
paft conduct, when he turned his thoughts' 
to Lau^aV all tis former caufes of fufpicion 
appearea *in their nattre weaknefs; for 
anguiih, languor^ and humbled pride| pre* 

fentedher conduct in a more candid poihTE 

= ,■•'"*■"■■«/.''"■ ■ ■ ■ •• 

of view, untinged by the mediiKn of jea- 

Ibufy, and Gripped of the gloffes of Nerinai 
^^ Ah, ' that perfidious and accu rfed ' "Wo* 
man !'' ekclaimed he, endeavouring 'to re- 
live the 'ah^uifli of his own confciencef t)^ 
ttirbV^iiRIf the greater part of the guilt ujpoil 
Irtotfetrs^^'lfhould'never have behalf 
f^id^Wfhembftvirtuoiis of womerimcl'f 
not befeh infligated by a daemon/' "^^^^^ 
J In reflexions of this kind, and in refolu- 
tiorisot altering his fyftem of life, Zetuco 
pafleii^the lime till the'^urgeon arrivei^tp 
Srefs ms' wound. Upon this fecp^^cxai 
mmatiori, the burgeon was confirmed m 
the opinion lie had, formed at the firft, thji 
th? wound was mortal j he thpught proper 
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4^a Z E L U C O: 

to tell Zeluco, however, that it %6ked as 
WetVas he expedcd, and' added other *ex- 
premons oi an encouraging nature. 

When he returned to the parlour, he 
found Carloftein with Bertram^ and imttije- 
diately after Father Mulo alfo arrived. 



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The Surgeon then fairly told them, that 
although he had faid nothing to, his patient 
which would deprefs his fpirit?^. yet he 
now had little or no hopes of hi^ recp- 

** If that is your real opinion^' f^id^fi- 
therMulo, ** why did you npt info^nx the 
unhappy gentleman of the danger he is 

" Becaufe it is my bufinefs, Father/' re- 
plied the Surgeon, *' to cure him^^ if it is 
poffible, and not to diminifli the ver^ fmall 
chance of his recovery by difagreeabJe 



news?^ 



*' You aded otherwife When you attend- 
ed him formerly," replied Father Mulo ; 
^* for ydu then made him believe he was in 
ttiore danger than was really the cafe/* 

" That 



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«' That is a fjcmdirjsif.my- rcvtv^n^^JPf^r 
ther/' faid the Surgeon, " which I hainjly 
could have expeded from you ; yet yo|i^> ^e 
tx)o learned in your profeffion not to k^w 
the u/e cf terror in rendering majikind obe- 
dient. At the tinie you allude to, it was 
expedient to give this gentleman a ftrong 
idea of Ills danger, that he might fubmic 
to the rcginien neceflary for his curei but 
at prefcnt it would difquiet him without 
being of any manner of ufe." 

" Why, Sir," rejoined the Monk/** it 

may be of the greateft ufe.'* 

• ■;:■■.:. ,-,7 -, .' T. - - .-■.!/. V-fff 

" I'^ "^y ^^u^blc opinion," faid the $ur- 

geon, *^ it cannot be of the leaft,, a^ tdare 

fay thofe gentlemen will acknowledge when 

I declare, I do not think it poffible h? can 

live aboVe two, or at mofl: three days.'V 

** Jefus Maria !" cried the Father, . tura- 
ing up his eyes ; ^* why, for that very rea- 
fon, Sir, it is your indifpenfable duty j^^ on 
fuch an bccafion, to tell him the truth.*'. 

** Thpre is no caufe for being ij^x^a, hfaf^ 
.Fatbei:^*^ faid the^Surg^oi[i, bowings ri^f 

I can- 



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4^ Z E L U C O* 

I fBfi^Ql iVmk u C9(^^()ftefit m^ ptluenrfs 
to tell a gentleman a difagreeablejasiil un^- 
nepeCary tw^hoai?^ occafioa.TT^I/iirai re- 
fer. U to this gpjixlemaoy" contbnied be, 
addfdSiog himfelf ta Garlofteiliy \^o 4ie 
knew had been at^Farby ^ vt&e^heii^iifi^ 
France fuch a dnng would not be JDoci(idet« 
ed aa quke impardotiable ?'* . : . j ; i ; 

•* How it would be confidercdittlFfllftc^^ 
is ve^ Ikileto tbe purpofe,'* faid^Fa?he?• 
Mulo; ** the important point i«ih<iw it 
will beconfidered in the other world,' wlief 6 
the manner of thinking is verjr drffereiit 
from what it is in France/' 

*• That is faying a feverer thing of the 
other world than I fliould have expected 
from a man of your cloth,'* faid the Sur- 
geon. 

•' Will you, or will you not go direftly 
and acquaint your patient of his danger ?" 
laid Father Mulo. 

^ You cannot pofiiWy imagine, my 
good Father/' replied the Surgeon, " that 
I will behave fo unpolitely to a gentleman, 

cfpecially 



efjf^diit^ Whcti lie is otixHe point of l«4v- ' 
iHgithsCiWOsldi-' -^ ^ i 

.1^ Why^Sir^" rcfomeijthe Father warmly, 
*' .by conoSaiing his danger from hini be 
iB^'diC/w^ithoUtcdnfeffioii, and hisioul of- 
cQiirfe *?ai be loft for ever/' 

*V A« for his foul, and whether it ihall 
be loft or faved, that is his ^fFa:ir, -oir your's 
if.ypWjplcafe, my good Father; but it is 
n^i^^^^o^. j:pi deviate from the laws of f<^^*, 
b^fedijt^2irxd politenefs.^' So faying, with; a ; 
Iqw^t^wc^jt/?, t^^ he ftepp^diijjLo 

l^is.f?^f?gf, and droy^.to Naples* ,,.n -. 



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496 Z E L U C O. 



CHAP. XCVIII. 

Thou canft enter the dark cell 
Where the vulture confcicnceflumbers. 
And unarm'd by charming fpell, 
Qr magic numbers, 
Canft roufe her from her formidable fleep, 
And bid her dart her raging talons deep. 

Mason". 

/^N his departure, Father Mulo flie wed 
great impatience to be iatrodirced in- 
to 21eluco> bed-chamber, and to acquaint 
him with the dangerous ftate he was in, 
that every ceremony requifite for his falva- 
tion might be performed without lofs of 
time. , Captain Seidlits and Bertram being 
Proteftants, and thinking that the intended 
ceremony of confeflion would not do fo 
much good as the Monk's abrupt manner 
of communicating the immediate neceffity 
of it would do harm, endeavoured to per- 
fuade him to defer it a little, as Zeluco 

feemed 



Z E L U C O; 497 

fcemed difpofed to flcep when the Sturgcoii 
left him. While they difputed the point 
the Phyfician arrived ;. he- hfcd met witb 
the Surgeon, w^^^ ^^^ inforiined him that 
there was now a certainty -of the bo w/eU 
behig pierced in fuch a manner as to le[ave 
very little or no hopes of the patient's. re- 
covery, ; 

It was the opinion of all prefent, that 
this information would come with more 
propriety from him than from Father Mulo : 
out of tendernefs to the unhappy muni 
therefore, he was defired to coavey it. 

With whatever delicacy the annunciar 
tion was made by the Phyfician, it feemed 
greatly to fhock the patient, for till that 
moment he had little doubt of his furviv- 
ing. He immediately renewed all bis 
curfes and imprecations againft Nerina, 
with fuch violence, that the Phyfician 
thought proper to withdraw. What repelled 
the Doftor attraded the Monk. Father 
Mulo entered, and began an exhortation 
which had by no means the fame foporific 

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we have made mention, but refm^^qf^-j^ 
cx>mrar7. to throw him almoft in^^gf^ul* 
lions. " You fee, my worthy. {F|^|^j* 
faid <^rtrami ^* that he is in too ipij^^ Dam 
to lifteci to your admonitions ^a^ Qi^^^j^j 
you had bed leaye him a little^^rv|£Cf;- 
hapii after he has recovered then$(Qp^^||e 
has jaft received, he will hc^hletp^ff^ifjff 
your kind intentions. '^ • vi ibo ot 

After Father Mulo had beeq, iwith^j^^ 
eltlty: removed, Zeluco deiired M ^:till^ 
l?byficiati again, of vthom: ;h«ii]ill^Wt^ 
OQce more if there abroluli^:^rJMi9l%odi> 
tope of his recovery. The l^i^j^^^yfi r|^« 
prefled much iineafine^ at bei^gj |5^l!^if4 
to confirm the optnioo wfatit&rp&e*4)ad 
aflready given; adi^ng^tliat although^liie 
wound, from the :idiffcrentyitindiotts-jrf 
t^e parts injured^ was not fe//1?»peri^ 
tnortal, yet he fekr^ it would ^f^tesMtf^- 
fainfy fo as if the poignard httotcpiecce^dUia 
lieart. Zelubd then aiked, fiQi«:}I^rtig.tl|e 
Phyfkian thought h^cottMikei)to^if?l^<^ 
the other anfwered. There was reafon to 

believe 



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feVtflfl ^h^Vs ^ithdtit ^^afcJhg; a w(M tb 
'iiny'\j<AS^, but fom6«rttes tout(f(ff<^ ^Hf- 
•ctiftin* ^(fettfiices to femfclf, ihd'li^tjWi&S 
iti4i'^'%rimpatiencti ^Ikn ariy '^fcdiSfrfe 
^arf^di^r^d to bim* He at'kngtieki* 
i^ii6d%^Bettier Captain SeMIk!) hMd beeia 
to call for him, aad ^pr«(fed a£ ^efireN^ 
^kig'litttf^ > Tlie iQipiainr who walvjuft 
^ki1% bib liorle togo to Napi«»j imu^di^ 
^lOil^r MtuNied »iu^ wM introdueieit CDT^'^ 
^tec^^Pbed^^itttil^, orerj other fwffoa-ba- 
if%>1«i^f4sfled t6 retktr Zehieo^ fbe»{wi« 
^SSfda rUm^ (hef«Noit^ eS«ft : ^h-iiq 
'- :i«* :<Anaiift:inaiiy/iiN|iieet df regmv> noiie 
sffeAitiD^iib ftaSHAjiSa^ Mmyhdiamsiut 

fMcffionv^uftd^svcfy meiotiilicookl de^Ub, 
femo of ^<ilie« tfOf j/aOxbUkytta ^xewvaXitiia 

^^aisly fMpffie iMd a rooteddti^ Wli^fi* 
: K^Jc a_ , p«r£ii^n 



a^bflboo to heryhQmtwer^A8i^u\tiiiia92i9i{oj^ 
lientoib^ave in the fame numnecctMc^dif 
me; ^ThefskGt wa& dfaensifci h^ii^amm 
dudfid jnjkM ^ith ^a^£\ tibe g^od nmmi 
to the wife I really efteemed, andiAl^a^ 
omfidf that ^ did t» fbe buibaiidvlhk dif- 
liiccdy I flumld n<A &tl^tht remtirk^ npilit. 
do. Qn recalling to.iny meoioiyiti^iqffaDk 
of rjiev cendud, I catmot dbaf^7httcrtwiiii 
4 fibgk impropriety I but in ^fptts r^icher 
jtroft xUamelefd condiid,! I 'plabdyjrifiiWi>flte 
didraot love vk ; ^r^cry dokf lDlfila,bwifb 
"vtlikhr was in Ker pdjv^ri^&e; fidfiilqd^? ih^n 
ii^rofition it was iiapDi^le for ^ber/torplme 
^poni^pief and nhti Ilhad theomjuflibefto 
jMilfidei^iaa.«n.:if]^uryy* lindulgfedc^imfid^ 
kf&' dafpiciom^ which Hffcm^ cfaie^Rflwd,faiad 
new onetof UiDe mo&i profligates afttliiicr|wedir 
Ibggefiedibji a de^t^ihcli^^ €3£jhMri> 
matt) iwhOi by^the vnt^Boit&iixtiAwdc^ 
^ i r i X tangled 



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ik»x^titie> brought to> tfae^pimtflnmyoL^^ 
guilt /> vaftd periSdf d«fei<ta^ T catttofeiftiy 
hbpe*=»bat ^ kt^ me drive ^ h« ftoofap^^ nqH 
thouglitfc/^let ao more time be Idft, bait 
htPtAC ixpipcipk ma3cc all the expsattod^id^ 

1 f^ ilWk' willing tha« you fliould k?a0w^ 
SifV^ tliat iitefe were my fcotiroents, wfakh- 
at'calpropfer(tiiiicyou vill jcommunicate tb^ 
tfae ^nioft{vh$Q0UB a&d deierviiig of wonebic 
AnB^UHitBqWtt iflFeded. Th? wrigihid 
cofadirfidnx *«> WbicU be faw the mlaii > ireH 
dtidVd,^hi»Q[ l^g" fince diifi|iated all his^atiU 
nKKit)^>i'imfa: a %inpat&ifing accent wkiiit 
vcsd^M vwf lifaal toihim» and a findedty. 
vd^idlih^ef€V fothbU bttiiy he exprfiflqd 
ipiifhwifofciua. fccootreryv i . Zeluco fliodkilm 
bead 'asrliif :>tie tbooghiiHat entirely obt of 
the /qQefH6fl>jaa4 Sek^ttB-nit^nsw* mm ^ ? 
^ Zdum tfapai diiida£d]B9itram;to fend to 
Nflplffi>:£bcTbiiiJSafi^yi^ ^hP^^/ived ,Mt.A 
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|02 Z<E la UCO, 

ihort ttmcy and received orders regaf dtog 
his laft will and deed, which were executed 
in due form^ abd figned by Zeluco the fob 
lowing morniogy in the prefence of certain 
perfons who came ftom Naples at his rQ« 
quell for that purpofc. 

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Hail piety ! triumphant goodnefs, bail ! 
Hail, O prevailing, ever O prevail ! 
At thine entreaty, juftice leaves to frown. 
And wrath appealing lays the thunder down $ 
The tender heart of yearning mercy burns. 

Parnell, 

np HE following day Laura was inform-^ 
ed for the firft time of her huflband's 
being wounded, and that he was thought 
to be in danger. She was much more 
fliocked at the intelligence than Signora 
Sporza who communicated it thought (he 
had reafon to be. Signora Sporza pro- 
ceeded to inform her of the particulars,— 
on what occafion the accident had hap- 
pened, and at what place her hufband was 
then lying 5 thofe circumftances made no 
alteration in the feelings of Laura. ** May 
K k 4 heaven 



5<H> Z E J^JU C>Oo 

hcawftklCiiiercy/* fmd^r ^^prcAfngrfeb 

lift ^UPbris belter prepared fot^d»AH(^ 

boj^dfCi^l for bin to b^ hurriiodl iiitti 

eieiloity DOW V .^igni^a, Sporz^ ini^Sbated 

fbmecfaiDg regardmg tfae wretctod ^nro^pbS 

tvliich Jbaura would have befbf^e toii^t^ 

iadtL a hufband, io cafe of his "TCO(fiH$ffl 

^ Afc !Vx jcried Laura, ** is niif> iC^Ofponll 

wrctchednefs to be put in the fcale agiiiift 

hi9 .^{frnal mifery ? Almighty Gad;l Hive 

conipaffiQn upon him!" exclaimed ^^e^tttiV-^ 

ibi|g;lSignora Sporza, and retirmgcdootter 

Ivdychamber^ where (he immedia^yi^fisll 

upon her jsLnees beforea crucifix, a«3^i«iaif»^ 

/^rirfifii confideratioa being annihiliied' in 

hw brto^ with all they0:acerity o^Mbisrihoft 

f^l)^ftier^ty, Ihe poiired forth hcanpft^jeii 

^4^ fpiwtairt of .mercy, that tfae^ llfid W 

Ii^rc biKbaad might be preferved, antfJih^ 

J^^iy&ii' might inipir'e diitu witbrepent^ci^ 

^i^txtendtfi^cyttthtm. :i .?k;A '' 

i.iRetQrPtJ^' tptthfiudo^n where li^^ihfailKer 

ti99Tj$^a|^ with digiiiiDffaiSporsta, fiie ihq]bb^ 

/9g;^i>jrotlxetj axi^iW9J^'told hrlls^ 

„,^u; -^ parly 



\ 



2 EL V CO. 50^ 

early^ ibfe -fatte niohiifig to fee ZWtfco;*-^ 

MA\ Lmir»^ Mad^tne de €ieid^ aiid> Srg^ 
iioraiSpbnza loolsl^d at esch othar asif i&ef 
kri^te^ wteic aRfwci^^thcy flioirfd gtviiof^l 
flerceind ywx bm^e Jiieaid ffom biid»*'iiaried[ 
LcwawK^ ** Pray tell mc how it ia^ xv&tin 
the>ipft6>rt^nate maa? Alas^ I fear &e i^ 
ito^nfci:''/.. ' ' ^ ' " •■ '^ 

*M Iti$.fur|Mrifing/A faid Signora ftporza^ 
.^*/jddiat)y5ou Ihew .fo much conpern Ibridinei 
i^hophad thb not happened, might ' hsutis^ 
ftet»/ iht 'paufc of your brother a oii ' ytnwi: 
IrietKi^C^riofteias death/' Jiici;. 

Mj JHeawn be prai&dy they are bothiWfe; 
aodiwdH,?') cried Laura, ^^ whereat tbiitg»K 
happyjiBMi ia**'— ^ Ah, tefl ijie how his is f 
Whatfacdouat have you received fix)tii-%iky 
fcrbthenP^'t-'* The acfcoont is not &trotitti 
abtetMBry dear^'- faid Madamci de SddMtil 
>* Alas, he is gone/' cried Laura* ^^M^fi- 
xffdrheavfen i ha« he been hurried bWVi^^^ 

iaadl!^i!Mame de'£^(^ Sigttti^a 'Sj^of2^ 

10 then 



5o6 Z E L U C O. 

dAymftom Captain Seidlits a K^e bifiMe 
ikeHttfenned Laure of mlM had teidfea 
bcf'lfilfbaad, but ^Irbidh &e abfliitefcfiam 
fhev^ihg her upon feeing her fo ^mldi^^af- 
ft&td. The letter Was in tfae.&^XMJQ^g 
words: ^''' ^i^"i'^n 

: ** D£AR MadAM». . :;rb/^I/ 

M The forgeons in the prefeoeCEdf-r^e 
phyfician have juft examined the wognd ; 
their opinions are the iame as before^ not* 
withftanding fome of the attendants had 
begua to entertain hopes ojf a /^^vpurable 
turn, on account of his being a g^^^^dfal 
CAfior fpr thefe two bowr? than h^jb^f^jfi^er 
bcwiirocehe receivjtd the WQuod^lflSr^ir^s 
.viery^weak and laoguid; he. fei^e^^es 

^ .meotipiM my filler, : and onee ipqjl^ir^^t if 

<b9 iwrap- in. the bppfip, bjit ip a mapflfqj§§ if 

; heiwiflied rather thaa jexpe<Jed itfjiRp j^^g 

i tbM ihfe was n«tr~ ■ * Hfm ^t^ji IjWBs^^ne 

r. cihijyfrpuUI!' feidibe. , •V Why ihpfi^jj,ihe 
ilhiiJoi of *iwipWbo^k^TPkfi J" flfOvff^lu^m 

- \ .): , afFedledi 



% E L U C O. 597 

JUateg ft#Ml4 f9^ ^i»Ti it J^rouldltfe <|^f- 
a^to*!^ to bcir, ainjit might haye y^ bud 
eflS^^^ PO W haakhi I imagine it wpold 
be/rigbjt, however^ t;o let her know ui gc- 
neral what has happe,ned> and the i}^n§er 
in which he is. You will confult with 
Madame de Seidlrtis on this fubjeS. I fhall 
prbbablf not leave this place till tbe even* 

. „> > •* 1 am, &C..45G." 

-Mtiiia;f^:gdandie€hiin/' cried Lauiia^ ^^as 
fooii iSi ftie 'had perufed the ieitctc^' ? Ma- 
daiti^ de Seidlits and Sigtiora Spi^iaiendSfa- 
votiriiig to diffaade her — ^** 1 cofljiartr you, 
my dear liiother/' faid fhe, ** a^ youf vjtluc 
the ftiftf^e peace of nay inind, da tim^* 
^ftf ihe; My fincer^ fympathy roay fedto-r 
fort him in thia ^d'^bour of-*— ^* ^^4y, 
dd^ Hdt^ oppf^fe myt incKriation. liideedj I. 
to^ftc^," Fearing tHat>ffironger oppo&tion 
inigfcfr' have worfo^^iioiifijqucncca tbwi ithe 

interview 



t 



5©8 2 E LtJ C-O: 

m^Utelt prote<»dcd to "thcfrotrfc'lh'^itS' 
Zdoifo'hy. ' ■ : ' '■'n^'^^ M-' 

^L'aurk puffed the whole time iii' %Mii^ 
thiy'were on the road, in ejacuIatioiiS^ahU^ 
fervent prayers to Heaven, to looli ^^H'^ 
an eye of mercy and compafBon okk^lWi 
wrttdied hulband. i/("A 

■'WKeii they arrived, Captain '^Se^Wfif' 
came to the door of the carriage,-^* *^ 
btotlicr, liow is he ?" cried Laura. ^t!ltt*i 
Ihook his head, and was filent. * **9(A'hjo 
xririferaMe man,'* exclaimed flie, «'?t^ii&J 
gone !"— '* It is but a few minutesj'*' MSt 
Seidlits, «' fince he' breathed his fdi"li2.^ 
'* An-merciful God, have compafli6t/^6ir " 
hisToiiir cried Laura. "^ ^''- ^^ 

Madame: de Seidlits then ordferilcf'* tTO 
coach to return with them to Naples. Viwi'^ 
pafled ihe interval of her return 'iW^ ^tlie 
fame maniier (he liatj done "When -gyifl|^f 
aiid^befng arrived at f^a^lts, flie 'ii^rg^tea^ 
h& "mother; ittlilsad 'tof^''dHvrhg^^dijf^Sl^ 
■^'■'^ home. 



!L E L :U C O, 509^ 

fprp jf|;^,a;ltar, ihe fpeAtfoiae tiop^ ict nEmi- 
tal prayer for the foul of her .fiiifljiaia^^ 
/V<t;^f,^wUich« ihe fept for thc^ prieft,.a»d 
d^:?^§4rth3t a certain number of. ^oa^e* 
HMgl^ l?^ performed, for the fame i^w 

puiyoft? s * ^ . 

Any perfon, ignorant of the real ^caJf^* 
WQulcL naturally have imagined that Ji/ftira 
1^ ^bfien the happieft of women in .feer 
naWti?^ ; for.no woman deprived iuddefllf • 
6fri0ie* huffeand of her heart, wa$ fver 
tQUchfd>with;m(W^e fincere anguifli ^ hi^i; . 
o^ni misfortune, tjian the compafSoqatc?, 
and benevolent breaft of Laura was with 
generous folicitude for the eternal welfare, 
of the hufband who had.ufed her fo ilL 
and, wljpin fhe bad . during his lifi: 4e- 



tefted.i _, ■ , -:a .. ,, , . . -, ,^-, 

J^hfep ^t kft twill of Zeluco can^e t5>^fi»(? 
cx?iq^j|}e4,:which it wjf^ fpon »fteri^^ea^,^ 
M^-the.|>refeace of.^^a of the magt^jjatef 
of: jNaj^es^ of Captaia, Sci4fit8, Bc^ffaqa, 

and 



510 Z £ L U C a 

micld^ei^s^ it afipealdd'Ifiat fie ti^fc feti 
pati^Mal efkte in Sicily t#ft diftdtflsffl^icm; 
w*i6 *ira8 bis nttural h^rf j and- the^f«ft# 
faift 'fiktune, -«i4iich #as 6f miktiff^gfrWfet 
wlue, to hig widb^, burd^ried wi?f?4^l^ 
legades, of which the prmcipal wai«Bg%f 
two thoufand piftoles to Bertram, and^l^i 
other of one thoufand to Captain SfeiflSt^. 

Th^ relation of Zelaco, to whtifti««"*^ 
the eftati, had always been negl«gtB*^% 
him, and had not the leaft expe£feftoA^^4f 
the-good fortune which now b<!fltbh»fflf:. 
On vh^ arrival at Naples^ LaWanlt^^lfSg 
he^rd him fpoken of as a man o£^t«i^^, 
itnd that he had a family of childrenv^m^dis 
a confiderable prcfent in ready ni^^^te 
each of his children. She defired this 
gentleman alfo to give her a lift of fuch of 
her hufband's relations as were in bad cir-* 
cumftances ; fhe had often made the fame 
requeft to Zeluco with a view to affift 
them, but he had always evaded it» and 
Shewed fo much ill humour every time ihc 
made the requeft, that fhe never had been 
4 able 



s 



% E L jUtC 0% 5^5f 

l^e.^^ vjwt lier good |f|t€^n|k)Q9-Bj»r4fid» 
tfeofeB^ppJgi fn €3i^u«pn. The I^gtwyi «» 
^ft^^nL ,<waB immediately pai4i ^to ^j^iob 
X^I^^n>f4ea oonfid^ablc afjditiopraod ht 
,p3^^^fr.fet out with Antonio for G^^%, 
i^e^^d and loved by all who had knowEi 

.Jip(fira alfo ufed her interefts to have 
Nerij^ beated with lenity while fhe iwas 
d^ta^d in confinement; and as it was clear 
that ihe was not dirtily acceflary to the 
mufd^riof Zelucoj £be ufed her influence 
tofofien the minds of the judges, who were 
vfole»tly; prejudiced againft Nerina, fo thiit 
ihis was at lall liberated, and immedia$eljr 
after left Naples. 






jia Z E 1. U C a 






£ 'H A '¥• ■*€• '• 
7i&^ Conclufion.. 

I^APTAIN Seidlits's leave of abfencc 
was now nearly expired ; he had oftep 
cxpreffed his wiflies that Madan^ de Scid- 
lits and Laura would return to G^tiqjm^ 
with hitn ; and urged, among other jp:a« 
fons, that it was expedient for his fifter's 
health, and the tranquillity of her mk^^ 
that (he were removed from a place where 
fo many objeds would awaken paml&l re- 
coUedions y ailerting, at the fame time, 
that his mother-in-law and fifter would 
now live much more happily in Germany 
than at Naples. 

Signora Sporza had mentioned to Cap- 
tain Seidlits her opinion that Garlofleia 
was enamoured of his (ifteri but from "a 
ilelicacy natural to the fex, (he gave no 

hint 



Z E L U C Os: f q 

kmt ictederniag what (k^ vfM as fully per* 
Aiaded oC» o^mely, Laura's partiality for 
biiti^ Seidlits readily believed what he 
wi&ed to be true^ ftM t^ high id^ he 
had of his friead^ left hi(n no 4ot^ that 
their love was mutual. ^ > ^ 

Although Signora Spof 2a had^ oommiihi^ 
cated only one half of her opinion on Hhis 
fiibjeiSt to the Captain, Ihe unfolded the 
whole to Madame de Seidlits, who em- 
braced the idea with great fatisfai^ioia '; and 
the propofal of returning to Berlin became 
more agreeable to her ftom that motnent* 

It is probable that Laura relifhed the plan 
of ultimately fettling in Germany fully as 
much as her mother ; but fhe was fqlicitous 
to fee certain diftant relations of Zeluco 
eflabli(hed in a manner which (he had 
pointed out, and in which Ihe wiflied to 
afiiil them ; the arrangements fhe had made 
for this purpofe could not be eflfedual 
without her prefence ; nor could they be 
properly finiftied in the fliort interval that -I 

Vol. n. H remained 



1 



}i4 Z E L UIC (X 

fcouiiied be£9re her brother would be Hm? 
der the neceffity of leaving Na|>Ies» ' 
: In the mean time Carloflein received ft 
letter from the Pruffian Minifter at Berlin, 
acquafttting him that be was nominated by 
the King to an office at Conrt which had 
J4ift become vacant ^ and hinti0g that he 
would pay his court in a q&aaaer very ac- 
ceptable to his Majefty, by TCturniog im« 
mediately with his friend Seidlits, ywithou^ 
yraiting'for the expiration of his owuleay? 
of ab£;pce. 

The pleafure which Carloftein woi)I4 
have felt from the knowledge of this mark 
of his fovereign^s favour, did not prevent 
the bint with which it was accompanied 
from diftreffing him greatly* His paffion 
for Laura, and his admiration of her con- 
du£t, were higher now than ever ; and fhe 
continued to behave to him with every pro- 
per mark of confidence and efteem. But 
he plainly perceived that the death of Ze- 
iuco, and the circumftances attending it, 
had made a ftrong imprelEoa upon her» 

and 



Z E L UlCGK PI 

tlid bad put : her into a ftame of mind 
which ill accotded with the fubjed that 
engrofied his. He therefore attained 
from any dired deciaration of his fenii-- 
meats to her, and it is probable would not 
have veatui^d on any thing of that nature 
fo foon, had it not been for this letter from 
Berlin; but he could not think of leaving 
Naj^es in the fame undecided ilate, with 
regard to what he confidered as the moft 
important objed of his life. 

Without mentioning the contents of the 
Minifler's letter even to his friend Seidlits 
therefore) be watched an ofrportunity of 
fpeaking to Laura alone ; and then in the 
warmeft language of refpedful iove, he de- 
clared his admiration of her virtues, the 
{incerity of his paifion, and the fupreme 
wifli of his bea^t.. : 

The whole of Garloftein's copdufl: left 
no doubt of his fitiGerity inL the mind o£ 
Laura, yet ihe (hewed fome furprife at the 
precipitancy of thcfe declaratioiw*— '** I 
would have waited," continue Carlofteint 
LI 2 *• for 



ji$ ZE LiU'vC O. 

ncnti^A the hoabur aad happindfsvlo t^iditi 
Icufptiiei. had I not ceeeivcd' iatdltgofitifi/hf'/ 
yeflerday's pofl^ vbicbtfiMs myiittanbiTOitli': 
ten thQu&adrdH(9ii^ud|eB.f*:r /: iixi mid sun 
,V IntcHigence !".ctiadI»auEa4 r^fivjfioiorq 
** Of the iaoaorueHfl>poi«<!ri%i4tT£ftfcT 
lefteb ; *' vrhkh threatens ) tO' tearmacji in^a 
I lead} exped);ed>. from all my fioui btdd».< 
dsarL'* ' "' ■ ' ■•■'■■nAnu id^w.nli 

■■■M What do. you mean?" toterciiptbdifiici'i 
^Uti''^ ahrmed voice, ind^ b^dd$iA^!«a» 
ftatntly pale i ** pra^f ^icplain )yi»i^fif^' }o 

'•€ii:Ioflein then gaVe her^lfti'Mil^flfWJrfi 
tarN«rv w^h :&e t60k with aikimnfUunifo 

fiifeitiDg perufed it; &efaid,' 'fi^t^^oiii' 
thii»g'!|ieFe bilt gto^ ti«#s ; b1S"l>i9^ft^' ^ 
ifindiittas doAeJyoti'^ tiortdrtfr ii6G^pj*;^i 
fot to anoffice ftfearb}i''p»(bni"i:'ncmfno3 jl 
- CiH<ifteiK polti&ta 6^ the piffa^^^lbto 
Muted that the K<W|^ ej^xdasifl 'Mlflfi<d-<ritas 
'"■ i J tura 



his addftflfed, declared, That his happinrisf 
depended o» he^j th*t^ If he cotfM flatrtr 
himfttf with the hojpe of her tkvour, he 
would immediately wriie to the Minister viu 
foch terms as he jxad no doxibt woiikl pro^ 
cure him his Majefty's^j^robation of hia 
prolonging his flay* at Naples; that no^on- 
fideraltibn could prevail on-- — 

Laura interxupted him, defiring that he 
would not infill on a fubjed which ihe 
thought unbecoming her, as (he was theci 
fi mated, to liften to, adding, That fhe 
would not attempt to conceal the fentiments 
of efteejTb which (he ha4 always felt for him} 
Ihe aicknojjyledgcd that ihc valued his good 
opioioni and friendfhip above that of any 
other man ; that with refpedl to the Mini-:, 
fter's letter^ fhe^ believe^d , that fuch a bint 
as it coat^nedi coming from a king or mi« 
nifter, was generally thought; equivalent ta- 
a command ;, that he certainly cpul4 not 
cpnfider it in any other light, and muft a£t 
accordingly i that, independent of the Mi- 
L 1 ^ nifter's 



5i8 ^"E LUGO. 

sifter V letters fhe im^M»cd'AtPtJ/ft»^on^ 
fideratioas which mfgbt determine him 
oot to remaia ionger/at Naples^ ^tul wiEiuId 
oblige her not to recelye iiia ?i£tfiiafMrihe 
^epartare of her broth/eri: r: v ; - 

Carloftcin (ecnied uticrfy, and' rtttiSSid^ 
lor fome time lilent after this dcdfctratiSti ; 
but recollcding himfelf, he faid; ^ Ydtir 
brother, I believe, is not entirely wiffiout 
hopes that Madame de Seidlits majr^^per- 
fuaded to leave this fcbuntiyi arid fW^ra 
ifttmediately with him to Germany/^' ^' 

** My mother is fo good as to aflure me,'* 
faid Laura, ** that Ihe will never feparate 
herfelf from me, and certain aflPairs which 
1 think indifpenfable will detain me a long 
time after my brother's departure." 

** A long time I'* repeated Carlofteiui 
with an accent of forrow, 

" I fhall think it a long time,*' faid fliCt 
with a fmile and a: look which conveyed 
happinefs to the heart of Carlofteiil; *' for 
I do affure you," added fhe, " that there 

14 



Z-E D U-C-Or 5^ 

tkaiti SjOiTCtum to rpy native couatry;" - } » 
. Oadofkin bf rng fiow more aiHiced kxllMSr 
hdpMX;(rbicb W could not help indalgiis^^^ 
not venture^ to urge her farther > for ho^s^ybr 
feypqr^We.to hica lier feiiciraents might be, 
|^j3, §l^uly^ percei:^e^ that Laura thoiaght it 
indelicate to admit of his adcjrefles fp fqoa 

,^ft^ .the death of her hufband. 

Jjpciiediateiy after leaving her, he CQpa- 

.TOvmicated the Minifter's letter to hi,^ fi^ieod 
Seidlits^ iaformi^g him at the fam% j^e 
that, he would accompany him hoiBf. 

T^ interval between thi« time ai|4that 
of their departure, was fpent almoftentir^y 
with Madame de Seidlits, Signora S[)arza, 
and Laura ♦ Mr. N— r— was very frequently 
of the parties, every individual of the fo- 
ciety having the higheft efteem for that 
gentleman. 

Carloftein earneftly wiihed to correfpond 

with Laura after he fhould leave Naples. 

As fhe flood at a window apart from the 

feft of the company, he feized the octe- 

L 1 4 fiouj 



tftl}^ ^ Laura bec^Qncd to her.oiQ^er^ 
l^f^P-lui^iBg joined dicinr fhc faid^ ^ll^n 
Bto«o, my dear Madams propofe8.^o jp^te 
t6 usi which I dare fay will be '^cxf.^gt^-f 
sb^^jta ywi, and wiU- prevent c^r^ff^jii^ 
fo much reafon to regret my brother *« ^i^B^ 
of pUniSluality." c^r>\'/ 

Madame de Seidlit8, although J^^^jj^. 
convinced that the propofal was^^ejo^e^ 
for Liaura only, aafwered, That/&;yi^ul^^ 
bftJuppy to hear from him as oftfiL^ J0^ 
leifure permitted him to write, ^^-jj ^w^f^j 
\5Blie*4ay immediately preced^^,^^ de- 
jtwtSf eof Carloftein and Seidlitajv^^jj J^^^ 
f^«;^ty rrwumfuU but not unhappy^ };^e^^^^ 
of tlier virtuous and teqdcr aflFefliq^s^gf jhip^ 
hfarffe of beiievolence> gratitude^ frij^Qu^,^ 
and love, are nev^r without enjoyxipj^ei^U, . i 



.1. 



rWho that bears 



vA ^lmtiitii> befomi hath pot often felt , , .. , ; , ; 
,lioyf dear are all thofe ties which bind dur race ^ 
In gentlenefs together, urid how fwcet' > " •'' 

- Thfi^^force,' let fortime^g wayward hand thcivhiJe 
Be kind or cruel?— Ak^nside. 

* i Targe 



t^fg4?i^e llie farS^'^e^eMngT* tifcy ftiF m^ 
miituaf regard ibr%*eli «the^ a lHa«it&ir^ 
forro^ at the thou^lit '0^ feparat?Bg» *i8<l^ 
they Mirtoally agreed that the bdl Way ^- of 
^i^fftigWibrrovr is to wafli it awa/%t^ 






When the night was far advanie^-l^i^ 
chanan rbfe>fhook his friend very cordiiilly 
by the hknd, faying, ^* As you arett>becip 
fo early in the morning, I will net fceej^ 
yoii a&]f longer from your bed. 8jt>i (SoA^ 
blefs you, my dear Duncan/' j *» ^^^ 

^^ Nay; God fhall not blefs me^iJBefe 
thr?iBlii>tirs/' laid Targe; *• forasIkWWiu 
rife fo ^irly, 1 do not think it worth While 
to go to bed this night: fo fit you ddwn'oi| 
your feat, George, aiid let ushaveafiwflr 
bottle withou t farther ceremony/* " 

Buchanan, not being in a humour tQ 
difpute a point of th!3 kind, immediately 
complied, flapping Targe upon the (houlderf 
and Tinging the following line from an old 
Scottifh fong : 
- - ' He's 



i%% Z E L U C O. 

' He's tke Uog of gcKMtifdtfiitHrs, dii4 1^ *^dr aidd^ittett; 

»(1 never made another oflftfr df' taking 
leave, till he law Targe reidy to fet^oiit 
with his matter and Carloftciri. ' ' 

The lattei" wrote frdm the various (»wris 
4? Iraly and Germany in the coiirfe of their 
journey to Berlin, addrefling his letters al- 
ternately to Madame de Seidlits and to 
Eaiira. Captain Seidlits, who was not m 
lote, and hated letter-writing, was con- 
tented with occafionally adding a poftfcript 
ci a fe^ fentences to Carloftein's letters. . 

This correfpondence continued with equal 
regularity after their arrival at BeVIinj^ and 
Carloftein, who had repeatedly hedged pf 
Madame de Seidlits to let him knoiy the 
exaft time when ibe and Laura intended 
to leave Italy, at length wrote to her that 
he would be happy to return to Naples, 
merely that he might have the hpnour ,of 
j^ccqmpanying them to Berlin^ and earneft- 
ly intreated her to ufe her influence with 

^ '♦ Wal^^cJr choice. 

'2 .. Laura 



Z E Ii 11 QQl ^§%i 

Madame d^ SeidliHi icoiild not giv«^ fa- 
tisfadpry anfwer for a confiderable tlmCf 
becaufe^ although Laura her(elf was mf^ 
Uent to leave Naples, yet flie had refolved 
to remain till Ihefettlddhier affairs in fuc& 
9 manner aa nOt to requiire her returning: 
this fhe jEiccOmpliibed at length, having 9t 
the.fame time gratiqed her own benevolent 
and generous difpofition by doings what 
Ihe called^ juftice to the relations of Zcluco^ 
in a degree far beyond their eijcpedations ; 
and To as to procure their fervent prayers 
for hbr happinefs, and the admiration of all 
who were acquainted with her behaviour. 

At the approach of fummer, Madame de 
Seidlits gave Carloftein the joyful nevvs, 
that Laura and fhe were immediately to fet 
out on their return t(r Germany, and that 
they could not think of putting him to the; 
inconveniency of coming fo far as Naples, 

efpecially as his friend Mr.. N being 

7 to 



5^4 Z E L U C O.'^ 

t61fftd^4t Ac firthe IfthetaBii^ 

to Berlin; that they h|d agreed^taidctxi^ 
of bis dcorty howeve^s no farther dism^o 
MiLan, which did not lead him out ofotlie 
rout that at all eventa. he would have tali^ii^ r 
At Milan, Madame de Seidlirs added^ 
fhe had a friend who Would acoompany 
^mtoDref(kn; apd as they could not 
reach that city for a confiderable time after 
the Pruiliah rctiews were oyer, (he hoped 
it would not be inconvenient to Qarloftein 
to ^Hlieet thet^ there, at a time which (he . 
mtittioafdi from whence he might accom^i 
pany thetn to Berlin^ ^r^c^/ 

When Madame de Seidlits, Liura^ and^^ 

Signora Sporza, attended by Mr. N-A^-^, 

arrived at the inn- m Milan^ they i^ere 

greatly furprifed to find Carloftein and Gap* 

tain Seidlits ready to hand them out of the^ 

carriage. C^rloftein tod receiVed hiff mpj- 

ther-in4aw's letter durihg the reviews j^ hk 

friend and he fel outfor Miia^h ^fodn after, 

ind arr ivied foSietitoe before the ladies:;^ '- 
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faajfiettoo^tc^ tbe <K)ib(»iny juft 'arrived: j: Mxt 
hmmiooiStioa^ fior tb^'feafibiUt^r i^BLaiuraw < 
Sid cdold not hdlp bibing 4 good 'deaJL i^il'C 
tateiljntbffJc6iilbiouriids :of ivKich- incrieafed 
h^^febftfiffibh J ' everybody- bbfcrvfed^ thc^. 

h(J(*nl{6 delicacy to impute itto t!id f^ig^ci^ 
oflH^jtfttffaey.' Laura fobfi^fecbv^lia^ii'^' 
ufiial^'irtrilty, and tbt <v(*de p4r^'^fl«i 
•aif^44ty happy '•Weeks at Milanj yflfitfg' 
whicW'Mf: N-i-^^ received a letter frcMflh*' 
EitVm fkthe^, infdr^fitng hiiti tbkf'Mfti^ 
Warren had confented to give fier'Tiiild:^61 
his^riend S&ele, to the infinite fatisladti'lJn 
of old Mr. Transfer and Mrs. Stee)i^, asrvren * 
artbar'ef Lady Elizabeth atid the- Earl,; 
himfelf5f"^arid' that the'^nuptial cettificmy^ 
wai' delayed till Mr. N-<--^'8 arHiys^ it>/ 
Englaodi ^U parties being delirObs tbjjii. h* :, 
fliOUlc} bieprefent on that happy Oec^Mi.Oli' "t 
This lintelUgeQCeAforded touch' pie^iftfre} 
to Mr,::N — -, vytjof h^r great goodryvilL. 

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5a« ZrE lyU^C (X 

to Steele, a very 1i%h dieeai^ ^ht "^Mifs 
Wtrreny tnd was bdides of a frame of 
mind iM^hich takes ddight in the bappioeft 
«f others. With this charmifig dlfpofition 
Mr. N— — muft have b^en highly grati- 
fied in the cdkitemplation of the company 
iie was then io, every individual of which 
was in a (late of felicity. 

Signora Sporza, who loved Laura with 
an aflFe£lian little inferior to that of her 
mother, could not conceal her joy in the 
perfuafion (he had of the approaching hap- 
pinefs of her young friend ; for it was now 
obvious that her marriage with Carloftein 
would take place foon after their arrival 
at Berlin. Captain Seidlits was delighted 
with the idea of his beloved filler's being 
united to the man whom of all mankind 
he loved and efteemed the moft. The fa- 
tisfa£tion of Madame de Seidlits, it may 
be eafily fuppofedf was equal to both theirs. 
Laura and Carloftein faw in each other all 
that their imaginations conceived as ami-* 
able ; and they beheld in the faces of their 

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fturroundlng frtcods a geaerous jo^^^tbti 
profpe£t of their fieiicity, and an imp9!^ 
tience to fee them fpeedily united. 

It would have been difficult for Mr. 
N— ^^ — to have refifted the importunities 
of his friends and his own inclination^ to 
accompany them to Belin, had he not re^ 
ceived the letter above mentioned from his 
father ; this determined him to follow the 
plan he had formed on leaving Naples. 

After expreiling hopes of meeting ^g&ia 
in Germany, or perhaps in England, Mr« 

N took a moft affedionate leave of a 

eompany he fb greatly efteemed, carrying 
with him the friendihip and beft wiflies 
of every perfon in it. The ladies, efcorted 
by Carloftein and Captain Seidlits, fet out 
for Berlin on the fame day that Mr. N — — ■ 
took his route for Geneva, where he pro-^ 
pofed to pafs a few days with Bertram, and 
endeavour, if poffible, to prevail on him to 
accompany him to England. 

On his arrival at Turin, where he flop- 
ped only one night, he wrote an anfwer 

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to his father's letter, the coficlufion of 
which was in the followiag terms : 

•* I AM every day more' confirmed in the 
truth of what you, my dear Sir» took fo 
much pains to imprefs early on my mind* 
That mifery is infeparable from vice, and 
that the concurrence of eyery fortunate 
circumftance cannot produce happinefs, or 
even tranquillity, independent of confci- 
gus integrity. 

^^ Had I harboured doubts on this li^adf 
the fate of a perfon with whom I had fQme 
acquaintance at Naples, would have ferved 
to diflipate them ; the particulars of this 
wretched man*s flory I will communicate 
to you at more leifure. I need only men- 
tion at prefent, that with every advantage 
of perfon, birth, and £ortune>' and united 
by marriage to the moft beautiful and ac-* 
complifhed woman I ever had the happinefa 
of knowing, he was miferable through the 
whole of his life, entirely owing to the 
felfiflmefs and depravity of his heart. I am 

equally 
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equally convinced that it is not in the 
power of external circumftances to render 
that man, who is in pofleflion of integrity 
and the bleffing of an applauding con- 
fcience, fo wretched as the perfon above 
alluded to, often was in the midft of 
profperity and apparent happinefs. An 
acquaintance I lately formed with another 
perfon, a citizen of Geneva, of a charac- 
ter the reverfe of the former, and who I 
am not without hopes of prefenting to 
you at my return, tends to confirm this 
opinion, and to convince me that the Poet 
is right in declaring, 

«« The broadeft mirth unfeeb'ng Folly wears, 
*•' Lefs pleafirig far than Virtue's very tears." 



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Psge i6. line i6.y2>rwa8>r^^ imported. 

— — 97. ■ 16. for his» read hen 

— — 150. — !!• for their, r^^u/his. 

— — 207. ^— 2. y«r Signora, read Signer. 

^; 209. — — 2. /2rr raife, read roufe. 

— — 272. ^— laft but one, after younger, /;j/Jf/ and* 

— — 296. — 19. /w* thy friends, read the fiends. 

■ 355. — * 3. for ever, read ntvtr» 

' 398. — 13. y^r forrow, r^iz^paflion. j. / 

~~ 473« ~ 8. ^/r he, hfert fet. ^ 



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