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sent that I should keep my own; what must I be, who think as highly of my owu as you can of yours, to give it up, though on the highest temporal consideration ? Make the case your own, my
lord. And were I in your situation, such a woman as my sister ; such a family as ours; such a splendid fortune as she will have; I believe, I should not make the scruples you do. My brother the bishop, indeed, might not bave given the same answer. He might have been more tenacious.
The bishop cannot be better satisfied with his religion than I am with mine. But I hope, my lord, from what you have said, that I
claim the honour of your friendship in this great article. It is proposed to me, that I renounce my religion: I make no such proposal to your family; on the contrary, I consent that Lady Clementina should keep hers; and I am ready to allow a very handsome provision for a discreet nian, her confessor, to attend her, in order to secure her in it. As to residence; I will consent to reside one year in Italy, one in England; and even, if she choose not to go to England at all, I will acquiesce; and visit England myself but for three months in every year.
As to the children, Mr. Grandison? said Signor Jeronymo; desirous of promoting the compromise.
I will consent that daughters shall be the mother's care; the education of sons must be left to me.
What will the poor daughters have done, chevalier, sneeringly spoke the general, that they should be left to perdition?
Your lordship, without iny entering into the opinion of the professors of both religions on this subject, will conșider my proposal as a compromise. I would not have begun an address upon these terms with a princess. I do assure you, that mere fortune has no bias with me. Prescribe not to me in the article of religion, and I will, with all my soul, give up every ducat of your sister's fortune.
Then what will you have to support
My lord, leave that to your sister and me. I will deal honourably with her. If she renounce me on that article, you will have reason to congratulate yourselves.
Your fortune, sir, by marriage, will be much more considerable than it can be by patrimony, if Clementina be yours: why then should you not look forward to your posterity as Italians ? And in that case
He stopt there.— It was easy to guess at his inference.
I would no more renounce my country than my religion: I would leave posterity free; but would not deprive them of an attachment that I value myself upon: nor yet my country, of a family that never gave it cause to be ashamed of it.
The general took snuff, and looked on me and off me, with an air too supercilious. I could not but be sensible of it.
I have no small difficulty, my lord, said I, to bear the hardships of my situation, added to the distress which that situation gives me, to be looked upon in this family as a delinquent, without having done any thing to reproach myself with, either in thought, word, or deed. - My lord, it is extremely hard.
It is, my lord, said Signor Jeronymo. The great misfortune in the case before us, is, that the Chevalier Grandison has merit superior to that of most men; and that our sister, who was not to be attached by common merit, could not be insensible to his.
Whatever were my sister's attachments, Signor Jeronymo, we know yours; and generous ones they are: but we all know how handsome men may attach young ladies, without needing to say a single word. The poison once taken in at the eye, it will soon diffuse itself through the whole mass.
My honour, yet, my lord, was never called in question, either by man or woman.
Your character is well known, chevalier-Had it not been unexceptionable, we should not have entered into treaty with you ou this subject, I do assure you; and it piques us not a little to have a daughter of our house refused. You don't know the consequence, I can tell you, of such an indignity offered in this country.
Refused ! my lord !-To endeavour to obviate this charge, would be to put an affront upon your lordship’s justice, as well as an indignity offered to your truly noble house.
He arose in anger, and swore tbat he would not be treated with contempt.
I stood up too: and if I am, my lord, with indignity, it is not what I have been used to bear.
Signor Jeronymo was disturbed. He said, he had opposed our seeing each other. He knew his brother's warmth; and I, he said, from the scenes that had before passed, ought perhaps to have shewn more pity than resentment.
It was owing to my regard for the delicacy of your sister, Signor Jeronymo, said I, (for whom I have the tenderest sentiments, as well as to do justice to my own conduct towards her, that I could not help shewing myself affected by the word refused.
Affected by the word refused! sir, said the general — Yes, you have soft words for hard meanings. But I, who have not your choice of words, make use of those that are explained by actions.
I was in hopes, my lord, that I might rather have been favoured with your weight in the proposed compromise, than to have met with your displeasure.
Consider, chevalier, coolly consider this matter:-How shall we answer it to our country, (we are public people, sir,) to the church, to which we stand related; to our own character; to marry a daughter of our house to a Protestant? You say you are concerned for her honour: what must we, what can we say in her behalf, if she be reflected upon as a love-sick girl, who, though stedfast in her religion, could refuse men of the first consideration, all of her own religion and country, and let a foreigner, an Englishman, carry
her off?Preserving nevertheless by stipulation, you will remember, my lord, her religion.- If you shall have so much to answer for to the world with such a stipulation in the lady's favour, what shall I be thought of, who, though I am nor wish to be, a public man, am not of a low or inconsiderable family, if I, against my conscience, renounce my religion and my country, for a consideration, that, though the highest in private life, is a partial and selfisha consideration ?
No more, no more, sir-If you can despise worldly grandeur; if you can set light by riches, honours, love; my sister has this to be said in her praise, that she is the first woman, that ever I heard of, who fell in love with a philosopher : and she must, I think, take the consequence of such a peculiarity. Her example will not have many followers.
Yes, my lord, it will, said Jeronymo, if Mr. Grandison be the philosopher. If women were to be regimented, he would carry an army into the field without beat of drum.
I was vexed to find an affair that had penetrated my heart go off so lightly; but the levity shewn by the general was followed by Jeronymo, in order to make the past warmth between us forgotten.
I left the brothers together. As I passed through the saloon, I had the pleasure of hearing, by a whisper from Camilla, that her young lady was somewhat more composed for the operation she had yielded to.
In the afternoon the general made me a visit at my lodgings. He told me, he had taken amiss 'some things that had fallen from my mouth.
I owned that I was at one time warm; but excused myself by his example.
I urged bim to promote my interest as to the proposed compromise. He gave me no encouragement; but took down my proposals in writing.
He asked me, if my father were as tenacious in the article of religion as I was?
I told him, that I had forborne to write any thing of the affair to my father.
That, he said, was surprising. He had always apprehended, that a man who pretended to be strict in religion, be it what religion it would, should be uniform. He who could dispense with one duty, might with another.
I answered, that having no view to address Lady Clementina, I had only given my father general accounts of the favour I had met with from a family so considerable: that it was but very lately that I had entertained any hopes at all, as he must know: that those hopes were allayed by my fears that the articles of religion and residence would be