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of youthful folly, and the excessive, there were fome symptoms of recoflow of animal spirits, and not to very." In vain the young gentle. malignant intention or premeditated men remonftrated against the delay insult.” The old gentleman accept which this might occafion to his ed of their apology with a smile: other engagements. He told them he begged “ that they would give that he had no engagement preferathemselves no uneasiness about the ble to the object of remaining with matter; their pleasantry, so far from them, -and, having settled with the offending him, had, on the contrary, coachman, dismisted him. For three highly amused bin, and reminded days, during which the young genhim of his own youthful days, when tleman renained, he paid him all he should have thought it high diver- the attention of a father. He prefion to quiz such a queer old fellow fcribed to him his medicines and as he himself might now appear to cordials, and administered them with be.”—The young gentlemen were
bis own hand. He was never one at first somewhat difconcerted by an moment from him; and during that answer so different from what they period, what by the aflduity of his had reason to expect. Their opi- çare, and what by the sprightliness of nion of his character was, however, his conversation, he had completely raised, and confidence soon began to set the valetudinarian on his legs. take place between them. A con- On the morning of the fourth day it versation followed, in which the old was arranged that they should take gentleman displayed not only pro
their departure. The young genfound classical knowledge, but great tlemen rose early, and called for a vivacity of manners, and extensive bill of their expenses: they were knowledge of the world, His dir- told by a waiter ihat all was paid by course was replete with entertaining their feltow-traveller. They asked anecdotes of character, and interest- for the old gentleman, in order to ing descriptions of scenes which he remonstrate with him
upon had himtelf witnessed. Our Eton ceeding, and were told that he fet fcholars were delighted with their off the night before, and had kit the companion, and regretted the termi- following note, with a charge that it nation of the day's journey, which mhould be delivered to them in the put an end to so agreeable an inter- | morning : course. Next morning, when the
"O MY YOUNG FRIENDS, coachman fummoned them to resume their journey, one of the young
“ You will find that all is settled : gentlemen felt himself so feveriti
as a further proof of my esteem, and indisposed, that he was unable
accept of the inclosed trifle, to defray
the remaining expenses of your jourto proceed: his companion staid behind to take care of him. No ney.---The retlection that you have fooner was the old gentleman ap
got fomething in your pockets, will prised of this circumstance than he
enable you to face your friends with immediately ordered his baggage ble that we shall ever meet again;
more satisfaction. It is not proba. back from the coachim I have travelled a great deal (faid he), and but, in your progress through life, have been much indebted to the
whenever you are placed in situations
similar to those which have marked bumanity of others; and whenever a fellowtravells has been taken ill, I
our thort excursion, I trust that you
will remember have always made it a rule to stay with him, and pay him any atten
“: Your old friend, and tion in my power, till his indisponi
FELLOW TRAVELLER," tion had reached such a crisis, of
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GRASVILLE ABBEY; accordingly were confined in their
own abbey. By these arts, the A ROMANCE.
victims of their superstition, were By G. M.
taught to believe the boly fathers
worked miracies by their faith.' (Continued from p. 364.) " There was a kind of equivoca
tion in this speech, which I by ro E were all surprised at means "liked, though I for bore to
the noise :-at length make any reply. What he said, signor Ranolpho (which I now however, concerning several of the found was the name of our guide) traps, &c. being formed at a distant faid, he supposed it proceeded from period of time, I found to be true, by the curiofity of some travellers who the general appearance of the age of were pasting that way.—I cannot the workmannhip; though there say I was by any means well satisfied was not a doubt but they had lately with this conjecture: but I made no been repaired and put in order. answer.
After a little time, we all left “ After having received many the Abbey, and proceeded to the instru&tions from him, concerning cave, where it was settled that should the different pieces of mechanisın meet Enuchio' at that spot, and a! contrived in this building, I remark- the same hour the following night. ed, with a look of some aitoni Ament, ' - Ranolpho said he should have that it was to me amazing, count Montferrat the next morning, and d'Ollifont should have put himself make the best of his way immediateto such expense and trouble, when ly after d'Ollifont to Spain. the exertions of the civil power, “ We titen parted.- Jasper and under just claims, might have an- myself foon arrived at the cottage, swered the purposes he wished to alter fome conversation on the accomplith.
strange events we had witnessed. “Ranolpho seemed confused :- “ I acquainted Lucretia with eveafter a pause he answered, “Your ry circumstance relative to the Ab. oblervation is juft; but, were the bey; and, though the expressed a application made to the superior congderable anxiety for my safety, power of Italy, the curiosity of the yet, like myself, me was happy to peasantry would still be more con- find the requést of d'Ollifont was no liderably' heightened ; and I have worfe.--I, however, made her fti!! doubts whether the vigilance of the more casy, by aTuring her I never most scrutinising persons could pro- intended to visit the building, un. tect this place from their invasion. accompanied by Jasper. -It also would gain count d'Olli- “ In less than a month I hired a font a bad name, which might, house, very little distant from tte through their ignorance, occasion cottage :-it was not large, though suspicions and remarks the most in- neat and elegant; and, there being jurious to his character.—Besides only my daughter and iny self, a few (he continued) the chief part of these domeftics were sufficient io form our articles of machinery were erected household. I did not, however, many years back, when this struc- ( intend to live by any means privare ture, was inhabited by the monks; or retired, though my own wishes they made use of them to territy prompted me to it.- I trembled tor perions of different sentiments in the health of my child :- it had been religious points to their own way of on the decline ever since the con. thinking, -whom the chance of war mencement of our misfortunes,had made their prisoners, and who ! and the poignant grief fe fuffered
for the loss of her mother, now “ His manner pleased both myseemed fettled to a deep melancholy feif and daughter; in short, there which I dreaded to observe, and was a kind of noble sincerity in his which ny own health and spirits, i disposition, which, on a little further conceived, helped tu increale. acquaintance, charmed me.--I must
" It was for these reasons, there- allow I felt a confiderable happiness, fore, that I punished myself, in re- on ol serving a mutual affection take ceiving and paying visits to perfons place between my Lucretia and this of distin&tion, for iome miles round; nobleman. His characer, I underand I could perceive, in some degree, stood from correfpondents whom I it contributed to letlen that weight could depend upon in England, was of oppreliion which seemed to lie foublemi thed; and I knew I could heavy on her soul.
bestow on my child a fòrtune worthy “ A month had not elapsed after of such a husband. Suffice it to say, my removal to my new dwelling, he declared his sentiments; and me, before a confused report was fpread above the little arts of female cothat Percival Maferini and his lifier quetry, confeffed she loved him.were yet living, and in Italy. But still there were some obstacles
“This intelligence feemed, in to the marriage.--Lord Albourne fome respe is, to unravel a part of had not yet been acquainted with the mysterious manner and request of my misfortunes, or with Lucretia's d'Ollifont:--but, I must own, the aitempron d'Ollifont's life.--To elucidations I pictured to myself Lucretia there was also another imwere by no means favourable to him; pedimént:-Me must part with me and dark schemes of villany seemed for some time; his lord ship had proto unfold themselves to my view.-mised, after settling his affairs in But still I could do nothing; I was England, he would return with her, bound by my oath, and fufpicions and consent to remain in Montferrat Were of no avail. = I and Jasper during my life-time.—But it would, visited the Abbey every night; and, at least, take twelve months to transact on those occasions, I made every these affairs. These twelve months search that was pollible, to find a clue absence seemed to her a century, and 10 d'Ollifont's conduct, which I darkened every prospect of felicity supposed might be concealed in some he might have hoped to have enpart of the building:--my endea- joyed. - At length, however, there vours however proved unsuccessful. obstacles were overcome:--lord Al-Enuchio ftill continued near the bourne was, by me, informed of the place; and I could not but suspect fufferings I had undergone, --and of ihai he was as a kind of watch upon | Lucretia's impetuohty, in attemptmy conduct.--His very looks seem- | ing to assassinate the author of mv ed to indicate the blackest thoughts; misfortunes.--His lordhip sympaand his manners fully confirmed the thiled with me in my distresses, and idea.
admired the heroic love of my child, “ About this period, among the though he was sorry she had thrown many foreigners who frequented my herself into the power of such a villa as they pasi-d through Monia wretch. ferrat, was lord Albourne, a young
• The latter objection was at Englishman of rank, and confidera- length over-ruled by him; and, I ble fortune."
may fay, considerably lefened by Matilda and Alfred started at the d'Omfont, from whom at this period name ; but they forbore to inter- I received a letter in terms of the rupt the hermit, who accordingly warmest friendship, --and breathing, proceeded
in forme degree, a regret for the an
guiflı he had caused. The contents | me. I knew I could depend on his of it informed me, that it having fidelity, courage, and understanding. been hinted to him that my health To him, therefore, I related the was in a precarious state, and that forebodings of my own mind, and travelling would, very probably, gave him instructions accordingly, prore of infinite service) he would with a particular caution, that
, undertake that some one should per- should he find any one was confined form my part in the Abbey, if I there, or any treacherous schemes chose to take a journey for two whatever going forward, he should months, to re-establish my consti- immediately write to me, and (on tution.—D'Ollifont's character was the receipt of this token) I Mould now too well known to me, for me come poit, and incognito, to my to conceive onc favourable trait in villa. his disposition; otherwise, this de- “ Lord Albourne and Lucretia ception might have pafled for an were shortly united, after an acact of kindness and repentance.-I quaintance of only fix months; and, strangely fufpected fome foul deeds as soon as the ceremony was per: were to be executed in my absence, formed, we set off for France -Our and at first resolved not to accept journey was pleasant: and if ever I the offer:—but, at length, overcome enjoyed one gleam of comfort after by the tears of Lucretia, and the my misfortunes in Spain and the persuafions of lord Albourne, I con- loss of my Cassandra, it was in this sented to accompany them to France, short period.-A gloom, however, but determined to return at least a still hung over the countenance of fortnight before the limited time. Lucretia; the idea of leaving me
" My situation was critical; Iproved a continual drawback on her dared not communicate my fufpi- felicity, and the distressing day was cions to any one, except Jasper :- fomewhat hastened, by a letter from my oath forbade it.- My furprise, Jasper, requesting me to return imhowever, was considerably increased mediately. by finding that Percival Maferini “That fortitude, however, which and bis fuiter were actually in Italy; I conceived I should exert when I and that the latter, by the authority parted with the only prop of my of the king of Sardinia, had sent to existence, failed me entirely at the Spain, to demand the keys of Gral. aflicting moment; and (instead of ville Abbey from count d'Ollifont, being able to support her through that the building might be searched, the trial) I found I in a great meato find if another will could be pro- fure added to her grief, by the pangs duced of the late count Maserini, in I suffered myself, which were too favour of his children before his acute to be concealed.-Lord Al. nephew.
bourne seemed to share the sorrows An idea now struck me, which of us both; and (after shedding tears I considered would at once give me on my head) he removed his wife an opportunity of discovering the from my arms, that insensibly held dark machinations of d'Ollifont re- her to my breast, and hurried ber, specting the Abbey, though absent in a fainting fit, to the carriage, from Montserrat.
- which, with cruel swiftnets, foon “ I therefore wrote a short answer bore her from my light, to his letter, saying I should accept " Alas! every beam of pleasure the vacation he offered me.--- At the seemed now vanilhed, and the me. same time I determined to leave lancholy prospets of my mind toJasper at my house, concealed, that ceived another tint of darkness, they might fuppofe he was also with horror, and misery-But a tew
months back, I had been the hap. He had the night before, according piest of mortals,—the father of a to the servant's account, entered the lovely amiable child, the husband Abbey, while the man waited for of an angelic wife,--the poffeffor of him without; who fell asleep, and an unblemished reputation :- now did not awake till morning :- he was I an exile, though in my native then entered to look after his master, country; bereft of wife, child, and – but his exertions proved fruitless; even reputation, in the eyes of the he was no where to be found.--His world ; labouring under a stigma of footsteps were traced to an apartment Ihaitered fame, never to be reco- in the west tower; where also a vered.
picture, which he wore next his ** Tormented with those ideas, I heart, was found, the ribbon of set out on my return to Italy; but, which seemed torn by force; but unfortunately, was detained, through from this room no other signs of him many incidents on the road, for could be found. near three days :-1, immediately on “ Jasper was equally astonished my arrival at my villa, had a private and alarmed at this intelligence. conference with Jasper.
He had omitted to aștend at the usual “ His countenance showed he had place the night before, having been much to tell, and that of a dreadful extremely ill ; - he, however, connature. He informed me that after trived to be among those who enter. my departure, he kept himself as íe- ed with the strangers in search the cret as possible, according to my building, and with them examined orders, and only went out by night, that very apartment of the west and then concealed himself at a | tower where with me he had oftplace near the cave.-The second times performed the usual ceremo. time of his watching, he perceived nies with the lamp.--He then, with Enuchio and three others, whom he the red, left the Abbey, and heard it did not by any means like, cautiously agreed on, between the physician enter it about midnight,-and, some and officers, that the doors and outer cime after, he saw a light pass one of gates should be left unlocked. the calements in the west tower of 6 On his return home he directly the Abbey; but, though he remain sent off a letter to me, acquainting ed at the same place till near day- me with these proceedings; but, break, he never saw them return.- unfortunately, I had, the day before He attended again the next evening the arrival of it at the place it was at an early hour, but fau' no one go directed to, set off for another part that way, though a light and the of France; and Jasper, after some figure of a man moved leveral times, time, had the mortification to receive the different windows.--He there in this interval he was, however, fore concluded that those whom he by no means idle,—and he dererhad seen the night before had taken mined, let the hazard be what it up thèir habitation entirely in the would, to go over the Abbey himself Abbey. He fțill, however, conti at midnight.--He, at the same time, nued to keep a watchful eye on the resolved to enter from the principal building.
gates, being aware, did he attempt to “ On the eighth day some confu- pass the secret paffage, there was Gon was experieneed among the hardly a doubt but he should be peasantry.-- Algnor Balvolio, a phy. interrupted. lician, with officers of justice, and a « This scheme he carried into exefervant of Percival Maserini, arrived cution, and proceeded, well armed, at Montferrat, to search for him. with a dark Janthorn, to the hall.