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friend the impropriety of his form- , mined to use every argument, ing any union unfanćtioned by his which could banish the flatterer family “ A repri our gratitude," hope from her bofom. said Bernard, " for the lonour which Bernard returned not to his cotyou intend u; were you less di- tage till Albert had quitted the vilft ishe by sank and fortune, I lage; when he entered, Emma ad. In
Yic proud to call you son: vanced to meet him, her eyes lurEm s only dower is virtue, and charged with tears ; she presented her buth is too humble for her to him with a letter, which Albert, rebecome your wife. Never Mall tiring to write for a few moments false vanity or fordid interest be before he mounted his horse, had tray me to an action at which my ordered his servant to leave as he conscience would revolt. I will passed the door.' It breathed the still be ivorthy your esteem; and the language of eternal love, and assurchild whoin you have honoured with ed her, that, as he quitted her only your love shall merit, at least by to accelerate their union, the might her conduct, the rank to which you soon expect his return to claim her would generously raise her. But promised hand. Bernard, folding you muit meet no more : this is the up the letter when he had read it, stern decite of unsullied virtue and and putting it in his pocket, thus irreproachable honour. Return to addresled his trembling daughter, your native country with every who waited filently her fate : Bewith that grateful friendfhip can ware, my child, how you suffer your beftow.” Albert had listened in heart to betray your bappiness; trust filent aimiration to the words: 'of not to the protestations of a lover : Emma's venerable father ;-when an inconfiderate vow is more freBernard ceased to speak, he thus quently broken than kept.--You replied: “ Could I offer a diadem may be the present object of Albert's to your incompara le daughter, the affections : but man, by nature inwould, by accepting it, confer, and constant, can easily transfer his not rtceive the honour. I would heart to successive objects. The not have presumed to solicit her world will, probably, foon efface affections or her hand, could I have you' from his remembrance ; or admitted a doubt of my father's hould he even still retain his faith approbation of a choice directed by unshaken, can you fatter yourself reason and fanétioned b. virtue. Ithat his family will admit into their will renew no more my humble fociety an humble villager, whose suit till ait herzjis by him to demand lowly birth they would proudly the hand of Emma. Farewell! my deem unworthy their alliance ? return hither ihall be as rapid as the Never shall my Emma's hand be inpatience love and hope can united to a husband unsanctioned by render it." Thus feparated the the authority of his parents.- Make, venerable Bernard and the youthful therefore, every effort, my beloved Albert; Iur could all'the moving child, to conquer a prepossession, rhetoric of the latter prevail upon fatal in its tendency, and hopeless in the father of imma to permit a its effects. You have never yet departing icene between the lovers, ceived me: and I have that confifie wisely thougat the inpatiened dence in your discretion, which a cu of sibért might kave 20 persuades nie you will not deviate inpresiion too fendir on the heart of from the path of rectitude, nor by Eilma, and wisich, as lie forefaw, a clandestine conduct act unworthy would endanger her peace of mind, of your own spotless character." if indulged; he tirerefore cctcr-| Emma funk at the feet of her venerable Gre, and embracing his complained of a dizziness in 'his knces, “Never, never,'' exclaimed head, for which he politely requestshe, while tears' rolled down her ed a glass of water. Emina arose, pale cheeks, “ shall your child wan- and tripping into the house, quickly der from the path of honour !-- returned with a crystal draught, Yon fhall guide and direct all her which the presented to him with a actions : your counfels shall fortify native grace that accompanied all the weakness of her heart, and al- her motions. He had, during her fitt her to subdue every sentiment short absence, informed himself that disapproved by you ; and if the the was the daughter of Bernard, cannot immediately forget the con- who served him as under-bailiff. spicuous virtues of her loft Albert, He accepted the cup from her hand, at least the will humble her ambi- and while he swallowed the contious hopes, which had the pre- tents, he drank at the same time,' sumption to soar above her obfc,e from her bewitching eyes, a drught birth, and aspire to an alliance to which spread an irresistible po:fon which she had no pretensions, but through his veins. The baron was what the delusive voice of love and indebted to nature for a fine perion, Albert awakened in her bofom.” and to art, for that imposing eleBernard folded her in his arms with gance of address, which teplom all a father's fond delight, and ap- failed to inínuate his with s with plauded the sentiments which fow-fuccefs, 'when the dominion of a ed from a b art capable of facri. tender pallion tempted him to glofs ficing every inclination to that duty over bis haughry demeanor with which the oweit him. Emma pot diffembled condescenfion. Just as felled a strength of mind fuperior to he was rewning the cup to the her ears; and though the tried in lovely Emma who stood to receive vain to forget an obj.ct so tenderly it, with her looks bent upon the beloved, she so far reasoned herself ground, to avoid the fixed gaze of into a persuasion that the friends of his penetrating eyes, Bernari sudAlbert would never consent to their denly, appeared, and afforded his marriage (without which the was daughter an opportunity to retire resolutely determined never to ac- into the cottage. cept his liand), that she renounced The good old bailiff accofted his every idea of being united to him, lord with a respect, which, while it and banilhed the feducing hope of acknowledged his superiority as a beholding him again.
malter, was unmixed with that kind Whilst Enima was tbus merito- of servile humility, which derrit, sis rioully sub itting to the igid laws the dignity of man. He had never of filial duty, fate was hastening to before attracted the notice of the involve her in a snare nore dan- baron, who, forgetting the distance gerous than that which she had for which birth and Fortine had placed nobly overcome. ris fhe was fpin. betu'een them, recollected only that ning, one fultry day, in a bower of he was the father of Emma, and honey-fuckles, near the gate of might perhaps, artist him in the their little cottage, accompanied by views which he had formed to corone of her young female neiglibours
, rupt her virtue. Accosting him the baron de morenzi passed by on therefore with kind familiarity, he horseback, and catting his eyes on requested that he might take a livre the fair Emma, was so struck with vey of his little dweling, which the ber beauty, that he suddenly stop thould be welcome to exchange for ped, and dismounting, approached one more convenient and comfortthe w.cket. Taking off his hat, be able.--. My lord," replied Ber
nard, " in this humble dwelling, my, cendancy over her heart, by awakeninfant eyes first opened ; and here I ing, with her gratitude, tenderer senwould wish to close their aged lids.” timents. For this purpose he deter
“ But," interrupted the baron, mined to wear the mask of hypo
you begin to bow under the crisy a little longèr, and then to atweight of years, and stand in need tempt, by every art of soft deception, of rest and indulgence; I shall feel to secure ber alfections in his favour. a true satisfaction in rendering your A week elapsed after the baron's latter days happy.”—“ Permit me visit at the cottage, without any reto affure you," said Bernard, “that newal of his great offers ,-a cira life of honest industry and un- cumstance that conti ibuted to dis. corrupted innocence has already in pel those fears which had been sured' to me that happiness in its awakened in the bosom of Bernard, closing scene, which an irreproach by the interview of the baron with able conscience only can beftow, Smma, and his generous profeffions but which riches can never give." of friendship to himselt, -profef“ You have a daughter, however,” fions so opposite to the natural feinterrupted the baron, smiling, rocity of his temper. Bernard con6. too young to have adopted your
sidered thein no longer in any light, stoical ideas.” “I have a daugh- but in that of a temporary incl nater," setorted Bernard, “ who in- tion towards humanity and kindherits her mother's virtue, and has ness, which could have no root in a been taught by precept and exam- soil so barren. He pusued thereple those sentiments, which have fore, without further fufpicion, his rendered her too contented in her usual labours,--taking however the fituation, to harbour an ambitious precaution never to leave his daughwis in her rosom." The baron ter without a companion, in his abreddened at these words ; but com- fence. manding, fo: his own secret purposes, One morning, when he had quitthe riling indignation of his mind, ted the cottage about an hour, a he condescendingly bid the venera- hafty mellenger from the castle terble Bernard adieu, -laying that he rified Emma with an account that ftill hoped, inature reficction would her father was taken with a sudden, induce him to accept the favours indisposition as he pafled the gates; which he was anxious to confer up. and having been supported into the on a man, whose respectable cha- house by some of the domestics racter, and long life of unsullied who observed him finking on virtue, claimed a fingular reward. the ground, the housekeeper had
So saying, he mounted his horse, thought it proper to fend for his and returned to the castle, revolv- daughter, who, by being accustoming in his mind every practicable ed perhaps to these feizures, knew scheme for the seduction of the de- best how to treat them. The tremvored Emma. He reflected that he Wing Emma, alarmed to the utmost never had beheld a female half so degree at a disorder which had lovely; and as he on no occasion never yet attacked her beloved fahad a cutlomed himself to coinbat ther, delayed not a moment to folhis inclinations, or fuldıé his paf- low her conductor ; and taking the siuns, he refolved to lose no ti ve in arm of her friend Agnes, who had accomplifhing his defign. The hum- been liftening to her as she was ble lituation of Enın gave him, in reading aloud?, proceeded with tothis opinion, an uncontrouled right tering steps to the castle, distant to her submission; but he vas sólia from her humble cottage about a cituli, it polkble, io gain an as- | mile.--When the arrived in the
great hall, the met with a female of door that led to a library, and a respectable appearance, and of an which she had no fooner entered, advanced age. She eagerly inquired and directed the attention of Emma after her father, and earnestly request to a fine portrait of the late mared to be permitted to see him. The chionefs de Clairville, that huug hou.fi -keeper answered Emma, with over the chimney, than she dilapthe appearance of much fenfibility, peared.--Emma, for some moments, that Bernard was so perfe&tly re- was loft in contemplating the digecovered by a cordial which she had lic countenance of a woman, whose administered, that he had returned fad fate she had h ard so frequently to his daily occupation, ignorant and fo tenderly deplored, - when she that his illness could have reached was suddenly roused from these mehis daughter's ears. “ Thank hea lancholy reflection, by the opening ven !" exclaimed the innocent Em- of a glass door, which led to a coma:“Oh! madam, accept my hum- lonnade filled with exotic plants. It ble gratitude for your kind care, the felt embarrassed by the appearand suffer one of the domestics to ance of the baron, who entered direct me to the spot where I may from thence into the library, what find my dear father ; I will watch were her sensations, when, on makby his side during the labours of, ing an immediate attempt to quit it the day, or attend him to our cot- herself, she found tie door of the tage, if he will permit me :o lead apartment locked, and beheld the him thither."
baron de Morenzi at her fect, in an “ Be no longer anxious, my love attitude of respectful tenderness ! ly child,” replied the matron: “ your father will be here at the
(To be continued.) hour when the turret-bell shall call the family to dinner; he promised to meet my lord's steward, to re
DERWENT PRIORY; ceive fome orders from the baron." The unsuspecting Emma thanked
A Novel. her kind informer, and was departing: but, preffed condescendingly to In a Series of Letters. continue there till the return of Bernard, and, in the interval, to
LETTER I. take a survey of the apartments in the castle, in fome of which altera. | Lady Laura Merioneth to Miss Lume. tions were making, the consented to Twickenham, May 9, 179-wait her father's return. While her obliging guide was leading her into TOUR letter, my deareft girl, is a large faloon, the turned round to seek for Agnes, whom, till that me from a load of anxiety on your inftant, fhe imagined to have been account ; for I was very ingeniously, still near her side. She exprefled at the moment I received it, forsome anxiety at her abfence, to the menting myself by a retrospect of house-keeper, who observed, that every ill that could possibly attend her friend had remained in the first you in a journey of two hundred hall, and immediately fent a wo-miles. . You are sate; and I am as man, then descending a stair-cafe, happy as I can be, after fustaining to escort her to them. Emma in the the loss of your society. But I must mean time pursued the steps of her endeavour tu filence my regrets on conductress, who having patled te- this occafion ; for as the mandate veral state apartments, opened a lof a parent fummoned you from re,
I should be reproaching his author visiting the only relations, except rity if I ventured to complain of it. myself, that fate has leftri?
I have the satisfaction to inform My dear aunt, you most recollect you that my aunt's health is much frequently hearing me express my improved fince our return to this diflike to the churacter of the present sweet retirement. London never carlo-founded, I must own, princiagrees with her ; and yet she was pally on his unfeeling behaviour at yesterday almost inclined to take the death of my brother.-A lo's so ,wing again for it. You will cer- fatal to the peace, so destructive to tainly wonder what magnet could the health, of my lamented father, be fufficiently powerful to attra&t Mould have been treated with more her again to that region of smoke respect by his next heir. and noise, at this advanced season of Dly dearest Laura, faid my aunt) the year. Know, then, by way of where is the man who would not preface to my subject, that Mrs. exult in the demise of a tickly heir, Maynard yefterday passed the morn- who stood between him and a title ing with us ; she came purposely to and fortune ? inform us that lord and lady Der- It is very true, (faid I) that there went and family were at this tine may be others who would have exon a visit at her houle in London ; ulted equally under : he same cija um. and preffed, Mrs. Merioneth and my fiances: but perbaps they would have self to come and join the party, in had the decency to have kept their order to eficit a family reconcilia-joy to themselves. tion. My aunt, good creature ! Come, come, (cried Mrs. Maywhole heart beats in unison to cvery nard) you thik too serioufly of pulse of sociability, was for return- past events ;-ket_me state the cate. ing with Mrs. Maynard, and very | The late earl lost a puny hair; the feriously hoped I would accompany present earl ridiculed hi brother's her. I objected, on the ground excessive grief on that occafion, and that such a visit might not be said he might m. ry again, and agreeable to them. Mis. Maynard have another fon :-one busy vitiwas authorised to asure me that cious tale-bearer y pored the conthey were impatient to receive us. verfation ---- your father relented it, My aunt again pressed my com---it created a coldness which enued pliance.
in di gust,—and I am intormed it is I hesitated.
near twelve years since you have Why (Taid Mrs. Maynard) does met :---and this, you must confefs, is lady Laurã oppose the wishes of her the most that can be laid of a cirfriends ?
cumstance which has to long dividBecause (faid I) I feel a little he- ed such near relations. Do throw reditary diflike to the prefent earl. aside your objections, and let me
I must own (faid my aunt, a little bave the pleasure of restoring you to peevillily) I expected a better rea- friends who will be charmed with ion for your opposition,
your to iety. Flowever, if you full My dear madam, my declining decline visiting them at my noufe, Mrs. Maynard's polite invitation you surely can have no objection to does not in the lsait interfere with their viliting you at i wickenhami. your acceptance of it,- was my an- None in the least, said I: and I fwer.
think, as the offence originated with I certainly shall not go alone, lord Derwent, he owes us that com replied Mrs. Merioneth ; and what plin ent, can be your serious objections to Mrs. Maynard agreed to bring