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ftill he repress'd all rapture ; tenderly, but yet respectfully, he stoop'd his lips upon her hand *** You are all excellence," he cried; “ 'cis so I should expect the friend of my protectress, and the daughter of the best of men, to console the mourner: I have been witness to your filial love and piety, Heaven grant I never may be witness to your sorrows; for Heaven can testify how gladly I would meet my death to rescue and preserve that sacred life, so dear to you, and keep affliction from the tendereft heart that ever animated the most lovely form.”

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CHAPTER VIII. He is the true Hero, that can conquer himself. THE next morning brought Doctor Za.

chary Cawdle to Manstock House. No sooner did the figure of old Bess, shuffling under the non-elastic load of her rider in the citnamon suit; cross the optics of our hero, then upon a solitary ramble in the park, than he ran to the encounter:-" What news,” cried he, “ my worthy master ?”" Ill news," quoth the rider in cinnamon, « for those who are :

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sick, when I am dismiss'd : that pettyfogging
peer has put me out of his house, when the:
situation of his lady should have kept me in
it.”_"No matter for that,” eagerly resum'd
the other; “ tell me how that lady is.”.
“ How should she be,” again quoth Zachary,
« when I am not allow'd to come near her?
And do you say no matter for that? Marry,
but there is a great deal of matter, and matter
of a very ugly nature, and a very rapid pulse,
let me tell you ; and I should think no man,
who has ever been within the sound of my per.
tle, wou'd have the hardiness to say, no matter
for that.”

« Pardon me, my good Doctor,” replied Henry; “ mine were the words of impatience, not of contempt : I am very seriously alarm’d for Lady Crowbery.”—“Enough said,” quoth the Doctor ; “ 'tis natural you should be alarm'd for one so near to you, and your ima patience is excusable. As we have here no lifteners within reach of us, I shall let you know that I am made privy to what has pass'd between you and your mother, and that I bear you the blessing of that best of ladies ; she is indeed a faint, a suffering faint and martyr.to the meereft perfecutor in creation.” The

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filial heart of Henry swelled with indignation, his eyes sparkled, and his cheeks flushed, as he broke forth into vehement denunciations against Lord Crowbery, and it was with fome difficulty Zachary could preach him into patience; the storm, however, subsided by degrees; and when Zachary told him, that he came over at his mother's defire, to consult with Sir Roger Manstock, he became perfectly calm, and de'clared that he would resign himself to what that worthy perfon should advise: at the same time he said, that he could not but lament the pe. culiarity of his situation, which invested him with a character, that he was not permitted to avow; and as the relation in which he stood with regard to Lady Crowbery was not known to Sir Roger Manstock, he could not expect, that any such part would be assigned to him in that lady's vindication, as his interest in her wrongs would otherwise intitle him to demand. The result of the conference, however, was an appeal to Sir Roger in the first place, and for this purpose Zachary proceeded onwards towards the house, whilft our hero struck into the grove adjoining, which, by a more circuitous path, led to the fame point. Upon entering this scene of meditation and

retirement, retirement, Henry found himself unexpectedly encountered by a fair nymph, whom fortune seemed to seize every occasion of throwing in his way, when solitude and secrecy conspired to put his virtue to the test. Susan May was on her return from the village, where she had been to welcome her mother to her new habitation, which she had that morning taken porfeffion of. Though certain events had now parted these friends into separate spheres of life, Henry accosted her in the same stile and manner as when they lived together upon the level : their conversation began by her recounting the kindnesses of Miss Manstock to her mother, and the comforts she had provided for that good woman in her new abode: Ezekiel Daw. had staid behind to attend the calls of Justice Blachford, who, in his lucid intervals (if such they might be termed) was visited by certain fits of terror and compunction, which made the spiritual aslistance of that pious creature not unwelcome to him, and it is need. lefs to remark, that from duties like this Ezekiel was, by no interest or allurement, to be detached.

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tions for the present meeting, but it was not in his nature to give pain to a fond heart like Susan's; he made no effort, therefore, to divert the conversation from those interesting points, to which she wished to lead it. Few girls of Susan's fort had greater quickness of intuition; and as love is, in some cases, a mighty sharpener of the eye-light, she had taken her obfervations pretty accurately as to the effect of Isabella's bright eyes upon the heart of Henry, and being fully satisfied she had no chance against such a rival, she good-naturedly resolved to do him all the services in her power with that young lady, and though she had little comfort to administer to him at present, yet she difcerned enough to warrant her in talking on the subject, and reporting such particulars as might ferve, at least, to keep the spark of hope alive ; when Henry, therefore, asked her if she was happy in her service, she answered, that her young lady was an angel for goodness, and if The herself was not as happy as she might be, it was only because she was not altogether fo wife as she ought to be; but time, she observed, would cure her of those follies which had taken such poffeffion of her:-“A kind word however," added she," now and then bestow'd

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