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few words with an action and motion of the head so mournful, as seemed to strengthen his fufpicions rather than allay them, for he now grew louder in reproach, and with an oath denounced determined separation.
“ Be it fo," she replied ; « acquitted by my own conscience, I shall patiently submit to what you threaten, and will appeal to time and Heaven's good pleasure for the rest : only this I tell you, and accept it from me as 'ą salutary caution, beware how you insult too far a brave, though temperate, spirit."
This faid, a fervant announced the arrival of our hero." Already !" cried my Lord, in a tone of furprize: What struck upon his mind at that particular moment to discompose him, is more than we pretend to account for; discompos'd he certainly was, 'till recollecting that some order must be given to the servant, who was attending for that purpose, he cried out" Let the fellow wait.”-After a pause, turning a fevere look upon his lady, he said, “ I shall exact from you, madam, your moft folemn promise never to see or communicate with this fellow more."-" I have told you,". she replied, “ who and what this fellow as you call him is, and I should be a hypocrite
to say I will not fulfil a trust of the most facred sort that friendship can bequeath: but why need you exact, or I make any promises, when you are determin'd on a separation, that will release me from your authority, and leave me to account to conscience only for the rectitude of my conduct?” “ But you are not yet in that happy state of freedom,” he cried, K and I will be obeyed !". To this no answer was returned. :
He started hastily from his seat; walked a turn or two up and down the room, and then in a fullen tone said, “ Perhaps you expect to see your
favourite triumph in his infolence ; you'll be i mistaken: Please to leave the room." Wil
lingly,” she replied, “ and from this moment I regard it as my difmission." Her firmnefs ftaggered him; he would have called her back, but pride withheld him : Suspicious that his lady in her present temper might in defiance of his orders attempt an interview with the youth in waiting, he rung the bell with vehemence, and called for his attendance on the inftant. . . .
Henry made his entrance, bowing respects fally to the Peer, who feated with all due state, - 1 from which he did not in the flightest degree
relax, eyed him over from heel to head with that haughty air of contempt, which is now so rarely feen, except in our tyrants on the stage.
A string of interrogatories, somewhat in the inquisitorial stile, were the first falutations Henry received from the noble personage; his answers to these, though not always fatisfactory to the point of information, were respectfully and modestly conveyed. — “I find," resumed his Lordship, “ you are here without occupation or employ, idling about my parish, consorting with a young woman, the daughter of one of the cottagers, caballing with the rabble of the village, and stirring them up to very infamous attacks upon a respectable magiftrate, my friend and neighbour; and therefore I wou'd have you know, that I shall consider you as a person of a very suspicious character, and pass you off as a vagrant, unless you instantly decamp.” .
“ My lord,” replied the youth, “ if I offend against the laws of my country, by being poor and without employ, I must patiently submit to all the consequences I may incur by your enforcing them against me; but if I have committed no offence, have behav'd myself peace
ably, and in one instance, suffer me to say, profitably to an individual of your lordship's parish, I am at a loss to think how I can be represented to you as a dangerous and fufpected character: nevertheless, if my abiding any longer on your lordship’s soil may give you offence, I shall not oppose myself to your displeasure, but depart.” .“ Do so then without delay,” said the Peer, « and begone; but first tell me what charities you have receiv'd from my wife, for what services, and to what amount." _"My lord, I have done no services to Lady Crowbery, nor am at liberty to answer to the other points, on which you question me.” .“ What, Sir! do you receive money from my wife, and refuse to satisfy me, when I demand how much?”
.6 I am very sorry to be obliged to decline any thing your lordship wishes to be informed of from me, but in this instance I must desire so be excused.” ;. .;“ You have been cautioned, I perceive; but do you affect honour?”
“ That requires no answer, my lord.”
“Why, in truth the question is rather superfluous.”
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I treat it as such, for honour is as inherent in my perfon as it is hereditary in your lordfhip's: I do not therefore take your lordship's words as conveying any doubt of my preserving that part at least of my natural character, which misfortune cannot rob me of, and which, permit me to add, does not suffer me to put up with a determin’d insult from any man.”.
“ Upon my word, Sir!” replied Lord, Crowbery, somewhat relaxing from the stateliness of his manner, and the acrimony of his tone, “ you talk a high language confidering what you are; and I believe it was somewhat in this ftile that you deported yourself with: Mr. Blachford."-" Pardon me, my lord, it was in a very different manner I found myself compelled to address Mr. Blachford: he had defamed the character of a young woman, whom he took the basest means to seduce, and as he had falsely charg'd me with the very crime he himself had attempted to commit, I simply told hiin, that his attack on Sufan May was infamous, and his report of me an impudent and abominable lie. That gentleman, I dare say, very distinctly heard the words ; if, not, I am very ready to repeat them." ' . “ Not in my hearing; I desire no such fa