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she artfully contrived to lead Lord Eaglesholme to forget what was due to virtue, and a connection of a looser kind began between them., htAwakening in some degree from the first fever of his, intoxication, he anxiously proposed to make her reparation for the injury he accused himself of having done her. But so completely had his reason been swept away by the strong tide of his passion, that he was neither shocked nor surprized by the levity with which these ho nourable offers were treated, until after several months, the effects of their intercourse began to appear in a manner too unequivocal. Then it was that reflection arose, and reason began sume her seat in the mind of Lord Eaglesholme ; then it was that remorse began to operate on his mind. He again offered her,-repeatedly offered her marriage, and then it was that he began to think it inexplicable, that, with reasons so urgent

, she should still continue to reject it.

But time ran on, and the wretched fruit of her infamy was brought into the world, and then it was that Lord Eaglesholme discovered the fa tal truth.: zewym fungutest 19:

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to 0013 Horror seized upon the virtuous mind of Lord Eaglesholme. But how was that horror increase ed by the manner of the discovery! It came from Lady Deborah herself.

si lo liudnud Her husband, Sir Godmarisbury Delassaux, when returning from his Grecian tour, died by the hand of assassins on the road between Torre del Greco and Portici. No sooner was Lady borah mistress of this intelligence, than her for mer train of deceit, and even common feeling itself was forgotten, in the relief she experienced at thus finding all obstacles to her marriage with Lord Eaglesholme removed. She rushed into his presence, and altogether unmindful of the character of the man, rudely snatched from his eyes the veil she had thrown over them, and with unrestrained, but ill-timed expressions of joy, declared her readiness to consent to an i mediate marriage ; nay, urged him to it, in her turn, with all her eloquence. Il souls asw 31

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rupting her, and she was permitted to go on to the end with her disgusting appeal. Stung to madness by the sudden discovery of the depth of that abyss he had been plunged into, he loathed the very sight of her who had betrayed him. With the fury of a maniac he rushed from the house, and, in the delirium that ensued, fied from the city and the kingdom that contained her. Posting with the impetuosity of one who hopes to forget his misfortune in the speed with which he travels, he flew over the continent of Europe, and, at length, found himself, he knew not very well how, at Eaglesholme.

But we have not yet told the full extent of his misery. Some dreadful reports reached him, representing Lady Deborah as guilty of crimes, of which, though he had no share in them, he was innocently the cause. So agonizing was the torture, endured by the sensitive mind of Lord Eaglesholme, from this reflection, that his brain became partially unsettled, and produced those paroxysms, bordering upon insanity, of which he was afterwards at times the slave.

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Whilst Amherst was listening to the particulars of Lord Eaglesholme's story, Eliza had walked out. • More impatient than ever to learn her early history from herself, he now hastened to follow her along one of those delicious shrubbery

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He found her seated in that very temple of le nus, where he had once so nearly sacrificed himself to the artificial Olivia. A thousand recollections crowded on his mind. He shuddered at the narrow escape he had then made. Even his dis agreeable dream at Eagles holme shot across his memory. But these remembrances only made his present happiness the sweeter.

The free converse the lovers now enjoyed was exquisitely delicious, from the long train of misery they had both endured since they last parted in Scotland. They ran over all their distresses, and, after these, dwelt with delight on their first interview, and on those days of happiness, during which their infant love grew so rapidly to its full strength. They talked of the chapel scene of the certain death from which she had been snatched by the exertions of Amherst ;-and this led "them to think of the wonderful being who had so providentially interposed upon that occasion, 35 well as afterwards, in enabling Amherst to effect the escape of Eliza from Loch-an-Eilan b. They were expressing their mutual curiosity to

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