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turned to the hall, where the lovely Ifabella was still waiting, and made his report. She expressed herself much alarmed by the tidings, not only on Lady Crowbery's account, who, The feared, was in a very dangerous way, but on her father's also; she declared there was nothing she more dreaded than his interview with Lord Crowbery; his visits there were at all times unpleasant, but much more foon the present occafion, when, she was fure that cruel man would fly out into some violence, and, perhaps, say or do something so very galling to her father's spirit, as, might draw him into a serious quarrel; and what then would become of her! the mere possibility : of it was terrifying in the extreme. « Oh! this odious visit,” she cried, “ wou'd it were well over! I cannot think of it without trembling."
To these tremors and apprehensions Henry applied all the comfort his kind consideration for such generous feelings could suggest. He promised her he would take a horse, and ride over to Crowbery, on the pretence of visiting his friend Ezekiel, but, in fact, to be at hand for any service that occasion might require ; he begged her to rest assured that no attention 4
should be neglected by him, where a life fo valuable to her, to himself, and to the world at large, was concerned; but as for any danger personally affecting her father, from the brutal manners of that daftardly Peer, he held that in sovereign disregard; he had feen enough of my Lord to know how far his infolence could go, and where it would stop." He would fain," added he “have practised it upon me, when he considered me as a wretched helplefs worm, that he might safely tread upon; but no sooner did he fee that worm cou'd turn upon him, than he shrunk back like a coward as he is, and in spite of all his pride and haughtiness, lower'd his high tone at the rebuke of a poor friendless being, whom he expected to have crush'd with a word.” : This confolation so effectually cheered the filial heart of the grateful Isabella, that she reassumed her spirits, and with a smile, that gave animation to a thousand charms, expressed her thanks with fo captivating a grace, that if Henry's heart, affailed by so many interesting sensations at once, was just then in no humour to fulfil its self-denying resolution, fome excuse may be fairly offered for his transient infirmity of purpose.--"I'll not leave fight of
the chaise,” he said, “ either going or returning. If Sir Roger Manstock does not approve of my accompanying him to his interview with Lord Crowbery, nothing shall prevent my being watchful of the issue of it, and attending upon him in every other moment of his absence froin you.”
" You are infinitely kind and indulgent to my weakness,” said Isabella ; « and I know your gallant spirit is such, that every thing it protects must be safe; I will therefore dismiss my fears on my father's account ;"—then tendering him her hand with a look of modest sweetness and benignity " Fare you well,” she cried, “ I shall think them heavy hours till you both return; but I hope we shall have a cheerful meeting at dinner time, and a pleafant walk in the evening.”- With these kind words dismiss'd, he was going, when she callid him back, saying " One word more before we part: I insist upon your not taking that Nighty animal you rode yesterday; and if you will do me a particular favour, you will exercise my mare for me."-" I shall be in continual terror,” replied Henry, « least any accident shou'd befal her.”—“ Judge then,” rejoin'd she, “ of me by yourself, and let your fears, that have such a trifle for their object, give place to mine, that have so much at risque."
" Where am I ?” said Henry within himself. “What is become of the resolution I had raken?"
Symptoms of falling in Love.. CIR Roger Manstock had no sooner fét out, to attended by Henry on Isabella's favourite mare, when Zachary Cawdle fummoned old Betty to the door, and at that instant recollected a sinall packet he had in charge from Lady Crowbery, to deliver to her son: vexed at himself for his forgetfulness, he saw-no better way of redeeming his neglect, than by půcting it into Miss Manstock's hands, requesting her to give it to Henry on his return: he then took his leave, and departed, having a patient or two to visit by the way.
Isabella retired to her chamber; she took up a book, opened it at random, run her eye over two or three pages, and threw it aside ; She was not in the humour for reading. Susan
was dispatched for her work-bag; she rummaged it for something to employ herself upon; nothing suited her fancy, though leveral things presented themselves to her choice; the bag fared no better than the book; both were discarded.
« I am just now,” said she to Susan, « in that sort of humour, when one can fix to nothing, and yet I want something to occupy me.”-She then began to examine the little packet she had in charge for Henry; she could perceive that it contained a ring; it puzzled her to divine what Lady Crowbery could intend by such a present: she put it into her purse, and for some minutes fat filent and thoughtful; then directing her eyes to Susan, who was employing herself in some arrangements of the toilet, “ I am convinc'd,” the cried, “ that Henry has an excellent heart. I begin to think, Susan; that though it is a very foolish thing to fall in love, and every girl's duty to guard herself against such idle notions, yet in your case, I can suppose, it was hardly to be avoided, where you had so many opportunities of knowing the good qualities of that engaging young man: it is not every body can be content only to admire and