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upon me, when superior objects do not engross your attention, will be a generous way of assuring me, that I am not entirely out of your thoughts; more than this I do not expect, but without this I should indeed be wretched.”

Henry consoled her with the most foothing assurances, and he accompanied them with certain tender looks and actions, which carry more persuasion with them, than the strongest professions can convey without them. Turning to him with a smile-"Ah! my dear friend !” she cried, “ I suspect there is a certain lady of mine, not far off, who will give you the heart-ache before long, and then you will know what it is that we pdor love-fick mor. tals suffer; these evening walks of your's, with that captivating fair one, will lead you into a maze that will puzzle you to escape from, unless I give you a clue to guide you out of it." We women of the chamber have many opportunities of diving into the secrets of our mistresses, especially of such as, like my lady, are all nature and sincerity. I must tell you then, in one word, that there is a terrible resolution gone out against all mankind at once, never to marry; she has made a vow to devote herself to her father; she has not the most diftant idea

of falling in love; and has been very curious in her enquiries, how it came to pafs that I suffered myself to be surprised into fo extraordinary a weakness. I laid it all upon Nature and a tender heart: this she did not admit; for she contended, that her heart was as tender, and her nature as compassionate as another's that she could pity the unfortunate, admire the brave, and applaud the deserving; but to figh, and pine, and languish, as fhe conceived I did, was what she had no conception of. Love to our parents, and good will to the rest of the world, she thought was all that any one heart could fairly entertain, and as much as in reason it ought to undertake for. At this I smiled, and took the freedom to tell her, (for she is the most -frank and affable creature living) that, according to the old saying, it was every body's fate to fall in love once in their lives; and if that was true, my destiny was past, and her's was to comé: as for myself, I own'd I was justly punished for presuming to chink of one so infinitely my superior in all respects; but nobody could prevent their fate; and I doubted if many were to be found, who could be indifferent to an object fo deserving.” { " There you spoke too humbly of yourself,"

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faid Henry," and too partially of your friend.”

" My young lady did not seem to think so,” replied Susan; “ and, if I have any guess at her heart, you have more interest there than she is aware of.”—Here they found themselves at the extremity of the grove, and within sight of the house.-" Adieu !” cried Susan, “ I must not be seen with you :-Persist couragiously, and you will conquer : my life upon it, Miss Manstock has a heart dispos'd to you and love.”_ir Has fhe so?” cried Henry, and suddenly stopt short, whilst Susan quickened her pace, and left him to his reflections.--«. Has she a heart for me and love,” he repeated; " and shall that flattery tempt me to persist? 'Tis fatal flattery, and I will not pursue it. Grant it were truth ; grant that I cou'd succeed to gain an interest in her heart; to shake her: resolutions, and detach her from the du- : teous purposes to which she has devoted herself; can I reconcile such conduct to the principles of honour, and the gratitude I owe to her father, the uncle. of my mother? What presumption wou'd it be in me to conceive, that I can be acceptable to Sir Roger Manstock, as a pretender to his daughter! 'Tis impossible ! Circumftanc'd as I am, it is against all reason

to suppose he cou'd admit of my addresses, What then am I doing? Gratifying a propensity that will be my ruin ; listening to advice, that, whilst it flatters my vanity, conspires to blind my reason, and betray my honour. I will not persist; no, Susan, though I were fure to conquer, as you call it, I will not follow your seducing council; I will stop whilft it is yet in my power ; I will tear myself away from the fnares, which every moment of delay will draw closer about me, and escape, whilft I have strength and resolution for the effort. If ever that day comes, when Sir Roger Manstock Thall know me as the cousin of Isabella, and if this tumult at my heart shall be quieted by time and absence, he may then once more receive me, as one attach'd to him by gratitude and consanguinity, and permit me to pay to him the devotion of a son, and to his belov'd Isabella the attentions of a brother: this will be something still; it will be tender friendship, ; it will be love, that strikes no fting into the conscience; it may assuage her sorrows when she will want a comforter, and enable her to fay, when her father's eyes shall close' I have fulfill'd my promise, I have persisted in my re. solution, and devoted my whole heart to the

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pious duties of a daughter.'--By heavens ! 'tis great, 'tis noble! Shall I rob her of this triumph? I will go this instant, and prepare for my departure.”

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CHAPTER IX. It now becomes doubtful, if a certain Hero is any

- Hero at all. H AVING thus decided betwixt love and

honour, our hero, firm in his gallant purpose, marched triumphantly to the house; here, on the very threshold of the hall, he was met by the lovely object who had occasioned all his struggles.-" I have been seeking you,” The said, “ all over the house: I am terribly afraid there is some bad news of my dear Lady Crowbery, for her Doctor is closetted with my father, and I dare not interrupt them. . They have been calling for you in the library, and I am sure you will put me out of fuspense as foon as you can learn what it is that has happened.” -" Certainly,” replied Henry; “ but I believe I have heard the whole: Lady Crowbery is indispos’d, but I hope not dan

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