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to please on the one part, and a disposition to clivation, and a sounder judgment for perbe pleased on the other, in their own house, forming them. But pray observe, that I assume would make most visits appear dull. But then my reading woman to be a religious woman; the disposition and the capacity must be cul for I will not answer for the effect of literary tivated antecedently to marriage. A woman vauity, more than for that of any other vauity, whose whole education has been rehearsal, in a mind not habitually disciplined by Chris. will always he dull, except she lives on the tian principles, the only safe and infallible stage, constantly displaying what she has been antidote for knowledge of every kind.” sedulously acquiring. Books, on the contrary,
“ Before we had finished our conversation we well chosen books, do not lead to exhibition. were interrupted by the arrival of the post. The knowledge a woman acquires in private, Sir John eagerly opened the newspaper ; but, desires no witness; the possession is the instead of gratifying our impatience with the pleasure. It improves herself, it embellishes intelligence for which we panted from the her family society, it entertains ber husband, glorious Spaniards, he read a paragraph which it informs her children. The gratification
stated “that Miss Denham had eloped with is cheap, is safe, is always to be had at home.” Signor Squallini, that they were on their way
"It is superfluous,” said Sir John, “ to de to Scotland, and that Lady Denham had been corate women so highly for early youth; youth iu fits ever since.” is itself a decoration. We mistakingly adorn “ Lady Belfield with her usual kindness was most that part of life which least requires it, beginning to express how much she pitied her and neglect to provide for that which will old acquaintance. “My dear Caroline," said want it most. It is for that sober period when | Sir John, “there is too much substantial and life has lost its freshness, the passions their inevitable misery in the world, for you to waste
inteiseness, aud the spirits their hilarity, that much compassion on this foolish woman. 1 we sbould be preparing. Our wisdom would Lady Denham has little reason to be surprised
be to anticipate the wants of middle life, to lay at any event which all reasonable people must in a store of notions, ideas, principles, and have anticipated Provoking and disgraceful habits, wbich may preserve, or transfer to the as it is, what has she to blame hut her own inmind that affection, which was at first partly fatuation? This Italian was the associate of attracted for the person. But to add a vacant all her pleasures; the constant theme of her mind to a form which has ceased to please ; to admiration. He was admitted when her friends provide no subsidiary aid to beauty while it were excluded. The girl was continually hearlasts, and especially no substitute when it is ing that music was the best gift,and that Signor departed, is to render life comfortless, and || Squallini was tbe best gifted. Miss Denham" marriage dreary.”
added he laughing “had more wit than your « The reading of a cultivated woman,” said Strada's nightingale. Instead of dropping Mr. Stanley, “commonly occupies less time down dead on the lute for envy, she thought than the music of a musical woman, or the it better to run away with the lutauist for love. illeness of an indolent woman, or the dress of I pity the poor girl however, who has furnished 3 rain woman, or the dissipation of a futter- such a cominentary to our text, and who is ing woman ; she is therefore likely to have rather the victim of a wretched education than mure leisure for her duties, as well as more in- of her own bad propensities.”
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COBRADINE had commanded the physi mine to poison a damsel so gentle, so amiables cian to administer the poisonous draught to and so beautiful as Euphrosyne! Mounted on Eaphrosyne in the presence of the Couutess de a mule, and without any attendant, he arrived Martiques. Dr. Alibour was one of the kind in the midst of the night at Conradive's capiest hearted men in the world; he might be tal. He was informed that Euphrosyne was in styled, by way of eminence, the physician of bed. “ It does not signify," said he, “ I must the fair sex; he loved to feel a lady's pulse : and will speak to lier.” He was conducted to bow then was it possible that he could deter her apartment.
“ Dr. Alibour," exclaimed Euphrosyne, ing sisters; she acted her part to perfection. what brings you hither? have you left Con “I know all," said she to the Countess ; “1 radine? has any accident befallen himn?" am doomed to die. Where is the bowl, Doc.
Dr. Alibour. None, fair lady, except that tor? give it to me. I thauk heaven," added being far distant from you, he has been bighly
she as she held it in her hand, “ for putting exasperated against you by false accounts. At an end to all my misery at once. With a man the moinent of my departure his hatred of you of so impetuous a disposition as Conradine I was as vehement as his lovc bad before been. should have been unhappy.” She drank off
Euphrosyne. Your information afilicts me, the contents of the bowl. "It is over!" she Doctor. Who can be my accuser ?
I carry death within my bosom; Dr. Alibour. The Countess de Martiques; for a consuming fire already circulates in my I am too much interested in your welfare to veins. Whitber am I to be conveyed ?” said conceal any thing from you; the young Baron she to the guards. “Are my hands to be de Bormes, who is your constant attendant,
loaded with fetlers ?"-"No," answered the and whom you have not kept coufilled in the Countess, "you are free, enjoy in liberty the tower
few days you have to live."-"Tell him then, Euphrosyne. Is it possible?
that I thank bim for having at least spared me Dr Alibour. Possible enough. Conradine, that humiliatiou." So saying she withdrew, burning with rage, bas sent me hither. My Her sisters, vnacquainted with the secret, errand would be the very reverse of agreeable, wept and sobbed. The Countess admired her were I wicked enough to fulfil my commis. composure and her indifference to life, while sion.--He has commanded me to give you the guards were lost in the utmost astonishpoison.
ment. Euphrosyne. To give me poison! And (with Their surprise was augmented when they a a supplirating look) would you obey his orders? few days afterwards bebeld Euphrosyne resume
Dr. Alibour (respectfully kissing her hand). No; her accustomed vivacity. She returned to her but I must pretend to obey them. To-morrow, former occupations, and seemed to have lost in the preseuce of the Countess, I shall band all remembrance of the tremendous scene you a bason full of a mixture of honey; you Conradine, having vanquished all bis enemies, must drink it up, and theu complain that you hastened back to the capital, elated with his feel as if you bad a fire within you, and conn.: victories, and as much incensed as ever against terfeit convulsions. As it will be looked upon Euphrosyne. It was not merely offended love as a slow poison, you may afterwards by de- that roused bim to vengeance; pride made grees resume your serenity, and will have an him blush that he had betrayed such weakness opportunity to prepare yourself to act your as to suffer hinself to be for a moment enpart adroitly on Conradine's return.
chained by passion. The bonds were burst Euphrosyne. It is not in my power, Doctor, asunder; his gloomy, vindictive, and haughty to make you a recompence for so important a disposition returned. He imagined that Euservice as the preservation of my life.
phrosyne would tremble in his presence, and Dr. Alibour (smiling). Do you imagine then, betray in her features the marks of his re. that physicians never preserve the lives of their venge; and he was determined to sharpen the patients except for money? In this case I do pains of death with reproaches and humilianothing but what is perfectly natural, and do tions. not even expect any acknowledgment. Fare On his arrival she was the first person that wel, fair lady, equally fair in body and in he met with. She was gathering fowers in mind.
her garden, and singing at the same time the The next morning the Doctor went to the touching strains of the poet of Limoges. With Countess, who was previously informed of his | the utmost composure, unmixed with fear, she visit-"Well,” exclaimed she, “ you are come | beheld Conradine. “ What, are you here?" to avenge our master.”-“Yes," replied the said she.-"Yes, faithless woman, I am here." Doctor.--"Where is the poison?”—“Here," || "0, no more reproaches,” rejoined she calmly, said be, shewing ber the bason with the honey. “after you have caused poison to be admi“ Let me see it."-" Do not touch it; its | nistered to me; I am sufficiently punished; operation is dreadful though slow. There is no more of that. How have you been? Your no antidote; sooner or later death must en victory, I am told, is complete; and this mornsue."" Sw much the better; send for Eu- | ing I returned thanks to God for it in the phrosyne."
church of the Capuchins; for though I am not Euphrosyne appeared, surrounded by Con- | long for this world, yet believe me I am inter. radine's body-guard, and followed by her weep ested in all that concerns you, and heartily
forgive you. But-hold me, Conradine, hold cence and thine, if thou darest."-"I will, me- seem as if I should faint.” Couradine | replied the Baron. Couradine conducted him beld her in his arms for some minutes with to the church of the Capuchins, and caused emotions of indignation and astonishment. the territic mass to be read which is commonly " It is the effect of the poison,” said she, ap- | used for enemies of the state, sorcerers, and parently coming to herself again; except excommunicated persons. The wax-candles that I ail nothing." Mute and gloomy, Con were extinguished, the church was hung radine knew not what to answer; love, stronger | with black; the young Baron himself was than his anger, reproached hinn for his conduct, covered with a winding-sheet; before bim was and he hastily quitted Euphrosyne. “No," || a half open grave, from which a frightful skesaid he, “10; her torments would at last be- leton was rising, and a sacrifice overturned. come my own. When she shall be no more Undaunted by all these appalling preparations, I may forget Euphrosyne, but to see her and the young Baron swore with a loud voice that to hehold her sufferiogs, to feast myself on her | Euphrosyne was innocent. The clonds which tortures.—No, I am not so cruel as I imagined. before had overcast the sky disappeared; the Die she shall: either my sword or a stronger sun shone forth in all bis splendour; the dose shall, to morrow put an end to her tapers were agaia lighted; the temple remisery."
sounded with shouts of joy; and the people But he had first to inflict punishment on accompanied Conradine and the youug Baron another criminal. The young Baron de Bor with expressions of satisfaction which clearly mes, whom he looked upon as a rival, and a proved how much Euphrosyne was belured. rival who was preferred to himself, deserved in What a glorious triumph for her! Froun this his opinion something worse than death. In moment she feigned herself extremely weak, mediately on his arrival he had ordered bim to and complained of an internal decay occasioned be loaded with fetters, and thrown into a dun. by poison ; her fainting fits were more fregeou. Neither Beatrix, nor the Countess de quent, and she appeared in public more rarely Montford, nor the Regent of France could pre than before. Now that she was sure that vail upon him to set the prisoner at liberty. Conradine still loved her, and no longer He might have put him to death at once, but doubted her innocence, she wished him to feel he was desirous of obtaining from him a con the horrors of remorse, and to impel him to an fession of the truth. Every night he was explanation for which she had paved the way. haunted by frightful dreams; he fancied that Conradine, indeed, appeared to be tormented he saw the spirit of Euphrosyne with the || by the furies themselves. He never quitted poisonous bowl in her withered hands, up Euphrosyne without reluctance; and as long braiding him with his vindictive disposition, as he was iv her company he sighed and sat and sum moving him before the tribunal of the silent and melancholy. His sighs were anAlmighty, where her inuocence would be made swered by those of Euphrosyne; she too was clearly manifest; whithersoever be went this silent, and seemed desirous to avoid his vb. terrific phantom pursued bim. All the infor- servation. Each returning day brought a remation which he had collected since his return petition of the same scenes.-" Euphrosyne !" proved notbing positive against Euphrosyne. sometimes exclaimed Conradine io a tone of Every mouth overflowed with her praise ; he anguish, “ Euphirosyue! wretched, wretched belield a new people, which she hgsd civilized | man!” and departed. by her amiable demeanor, and to whom she To this secret affliction was superadded anx. seemed to have imparted her native cheerful.
iety respecting his future state. The spirit of ness. He saw that by her condescension she his age possessed complete dominion over his had contributed to render him dearer to bis mind; and in that age a persou might be at subjects, who now did from affection what they the same time a tyrant and a devotee. The had formerly been impelled to do by fear.- kniglits plundered orphans, fouuded rich "So many virtues, and yet so false!" No per chapels, and endowed convents; the highson except the young Baron de Bormes could roads swarmed with silly crusaders, who, have satisfy him respecting her innocence; but was ! ing united under one leader, were going to it likely that he would answer bis murderer? | embark for the Holy Land; with small troups was it probable that he would confess the truth? of banditti, who sought opportunities of surCouradine resolved to jutimidate him by a prising castles; with pilgrims, who to accom. solemn and religious ceremony.
plish their vows, begged from door to door ; He descended into his dungeon. " Come and with hermits singing the Lamentations of hither," said he to him; "come hither and the Sieur de Creque, which occasioned the confirm to me at the altar Euphrosyne's inno renewal of the crusade under Louis IX.
For some time one of these hermits bad | Conradine rolled upon the ground in agony; taken up bis abode npon a mountain not far he tore bis liair, and beat his breast. “O from Conradine's capital. He had constructed God !” exclaimed he, “then she cannot rewith his own hands a small habitation which, cover! Unfortunate Euphrosyue! however, commanded veneration by the silence The Hermit. Where is she? that reigned around, and by the precious re Conradine. In my castle. lics, and among the rest a piece of the holy The Hermit. Has she any one to comfort cross which he had brought back with bim her? from the unfortunate crasade of Acre. He Corradine. Her sisters. pretended to be a knight, and that he was ac The Hermit. Tell her to come hither and to complisling a vow which he had made when bring them with her. Who administered the in extreme danger. A long beard, the reputa- poison? tion of prophecy, and austere manners, caused Conradine. My physician. the people to place confidence in him. They The Hermit. Tell bim to come also, but not througed to him for advice, and to implore a creature besides. I will pray the whole him to intercede for the divine mercy in their ! night, tbat Heaven may take compassion on behalf.
Euphrosyne, and point out to me among the To this venerable man Conradine resolved herbs which I myself cultivate au antidote to. to apply; through his means he hoped to ob- | restore her. tain pardon from Heaven for the crime which Conradine. Man of God! if thoa preservest he had intended to commit. Clothed in a her life, I will erect a glorious monument to bair-garment, like a penitent, he ascended the tlıy memory. Thou seest the two peaks of steep mountain on foot. “Man of God,” said | yon mountains, separated by a broad valley. he,“ listen to me; afford me thy assistauce;
I vow to consecrate to God a chain of gold Conradine kneels before thee. Do the same
which shall reach from one peak to the other before the Almighty, who looks down with as a token of gratitude for Euphrosyne's recomplacency upon thee, and acquaiut bimcovery. with my repentance. But first I promise thee Tbe whole night long the hermit tolled the to build a chapel upon this spot, and to provide bell at his solitary retreat, and at the doleful priests for its service. Now hear what I have sound Conradine betook himself to prayers at to communicate. "On this, in the humble bis castle. No sooner bad the sun darted his attitude of a coptrite penitent, be commenced first rays above the horizon than he repaired a confession of the insignificance of human to Euphrosyue.-"Hasten to the mountain," graudeur, and of all his sins, and concluded said be, “fair Euphrosyne ; the holy man with imploring the mercy of the Most High, || who resides there expects you. Would to and the blessing of the hermit. What a con Heaven that he may fiud means to restore you fession for the latter, who was vo other than to health. Doctor Alibour and your sisters Elzear de Sabran, the father of Euphrosyne. shall accompany you. If he can devise noue, Ou his retorn from the disastrous expedition before to-inorrow dawns I shall cease to to Palestine, he had at first intended to seek live. an asylum with Conradine; presuming that Euphrosyne at length began to pity Conra. his daughters had followed his advice, and that dine. His repentance attested the violence of the Count bad been unable to resist their unit. his passion, and his remorse was a sufficient ed attack; but when the false report concern punishment for an unaccomplished crime. ing Euphrosyne had reached his ears, be More than once she was inclined to disclose thought it better to conceal his name, and to every thing to Conradine, but she was appreembrace the life of a hermit.
hensive lest the discovery of the artifice should It is easy to conceive what difficulty he had be productive of bad consequences in so proud to keep his temper, and to dissemble his feel a man as Conradine. Doctor Alibour was in ings, when he beheld the murderer of his the like dilemma; the pilgrimage to the moun. daughter kneeling before him. At length, un tain was therefore agreeable to them both, able to restrain himself, he exclaimed in a tone“ I doubt not the omnipotence of God,” said of indignation :-“ Tremble Conradine; the she tooConradine ; “be sees your repentance, poisoning of a fellow.creature cannot be for- | he knows that I have forgiven you; he will giren; it is the basest of all crimes, and is take compassiou on us both; and I have a particularly obnoxious to an offended God. It secret presentiment of some extraordinary cannot be otherwise Conradine.---Live, tortur- miracle."_“You pour consolation into my ed by conscience in this world, and tremble at soul, fair lady,” said Conradine; "go, pray the prospect of that which is to come.” for me to God, whose hand lies heavy upon me,
To the mean time, while you are ascending to earth, at least to one who bas a humane heart, tke hermitage, I will go to the superior of the than to conduct twenty thousand men to the Capuchias, and open my heart to him."--He field of slaughter. Now return to Conradine. accordingly repaired to the convent. The And you, my beloved Euphrosyne, appease his soperior was a better comforter than the ber. tormented conscience; then promise to come mit ; or rather he was an adept in the policy back to me and to receive bis hand, together of his station, which consisted in promising || with the honourable vame of his wife, at this indulgences and forgiveness to those who chose altar, in my solitary cell. Tell him not who I to purchase them by their liberality.
am: here I will live and die unknown. Farewel Euphrosyne was meanwhile ascending the for the present, my dear girls." They departmountain. Her sisters, more dejected than | ed; and when they had proceeded to some berself, were occupied with pious meditations; distance, he raised bis hands towards Heaven Doctor Alibour Javghed in secret at the mi
and exclaimed:--" Take me, O God, take ine racie that was to be performed; and Eupbro | from this world, as soon as I have witnessed gyue could scarcely refrain from laaghing too,
the union of Euphrosyne with Conradine!"whenever she looked round at the Doctor. It was now the hour when he was accustomed
At length they reached the hermitage. They to go to the sea-shore to fish; be therefore found its venerable tenant seated at the took his lire and repaired to the beach, threshold, reading very devoutly in his prayer. During this interval Conradine had not bro. book. So much was he altered that neither ken his fast; ever since the morning he bad Eaphrosyne nor her sisters recognized their not quitted the altar; but kneeling on the father. He, bowever, immediately knew them, graves of his ancestors, he had bedewed them and looked in silence at one after another. with bis tears. The monks had continned to When he beheld Euphrosyne tears trickled pray without ceasing in the choir, and their from his eyes, and he sunk back upon the superior had been the whole time at his side. stone. The amiable sisters were affected ; He was informed of Eupbrosyne's return. He they looked at him and wept. The hermit at rose, trembling. “() God !” said he, “am I length came to himself. " Come nearer Eu- || doomed to die, or shall I receive a new existphrosyue,” said he, dost thou not know me?" | ence?”-The superior flattered him with the His words, his voice, made an instantaneous hope of a miracle. He proceeded to the castle. impression. Eaphrosyne and her sisters fell | The sisters were standing at the window, and at his feet; he clasped them all in his arms as soon as they saw him coming, they called to and wept over them.--" I see thee then for the him :-" Courage, Conradine, courage !"last time, my Euphrosyne! Conradine" These few words revived his spirits ; he ad" It is not so, father, I have not taken poison. vanced with a quicker pace and firmer step. Conradine ordered it to be administered, but Euphrosyne met him on the stair-case. “A Alibour deceived him. Conradine, the victim miracle !” exclaimed she ; "a miracle !” Conof his delusion, is now tortured with remorse ; || radiue fell at her feet, unable to utter a word. anderery thing has been so managed, that ou After a long silence Euphrosyne offered him my returu he will believe me restored by ami. || her band. “ Not till you tell me," said be, racle. In future you will hear nove but pleasing that all is forgiven.”—“With all my heart, accounts, for be is waiting for me to conduct | replied Euphrosyne. me to the altar.”_" Praised be God!” exclaim Splendid preparations were speedily made ed the hermit, “this, day which at its dawn || for the nuptials. Conradine distributed money promised to be the most uubappy iu my whole among the people, and sbewed extraordinary life, is now one of the most delicious. But liberality to the monks, to whose intercession the priest will presently attend before the altar: | he ascribed Euphrosyne's recovery. Heimcome my children, let us there implore the mediately gave orders for the gold chain which blessing of heaven.”
be had promised. On the appointed day, he Never was mass heard with greater devotion. repaired with his whole court to the hermitAs soon as it was over, the old man set before age, where the ceremony was to be perhis daughters and the good Doctor a humble formed. breakfast of fruits and roots. “I cultivated The good hermit bad meanwbile fallen sick, them myself," said be, and his daughters wept and at the approach of death be only regrettel at the idea of the pain which this labour must that he could not join the hands of Conradine kare occasioned to him who was not accustom. and his daughter. Being told one morning ed to it -“Man,"replied he, “is capable of that the Count and his whole court were comdoing whatever he wills. Believe ine, dear || ing, he took his staff and after he had with pils, it is much less painful to cultivate the some difficulty knelt dow!), and in a few words