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“ Where, where is he?" exclaimed she, her eyes rolling about with an air of frenzied anxiety and apprehension, as if desirous again to see, yet afraid to meet those of the Magician.-Where is he?" But he was gone!
The people on the float were all engaged within the artificial volcano; and the men in the boats, tired with towing the unwieldy mass after them, having rested on their oars for some moments, the floating island had been gradually drawn towards a grassy point, jutting into the lake from one side of the slope where the temple of Venus was situated. The Moor seizing this opportunity of escape, had sprung with one bound to the land. Now they could observe him clearing, with firm but solemn step, and folded arms, the gaping crowd, that gave way before him, as if the cold damp air of death had enveloped him, and carried pestilence along with it; and soon afterwards he was lost among
the trees. Lady Deborah, though somewhat recovered, remained in so faint and agitated a state, that she required the assistance of servants to enable her to reach the house, where she immediately sought her chamber, and was no more seen during the night. The company who witnessed the scene at a distance, had, naturally enough,
considered his appearance as no other than some auxiliary part of the performance of the evening. Lady Deborah's illness disquieted them not, nor perhaps would her death, or even that of Miss Delassaux have made much impression on such holiday hearts.
The amusements in the gardens being over, the ball-room was soon filled, and the pompous minuet, and the lively cotillion, alternated with each other. A superb supper was then announced, where there appeared every thing that luxury could desire. To preside over this, Miss Delassaux led the way, handed by the Count, who whispered a thousand common-place compliments in her ear. But notwithstanding his attentions, she retired jaded and dissatisfied tobed, and the last dregs of the company dispersed, lighted home by the broad morning sun, and flouted by the song of the early lark. !!!
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The reader is, no doubt, by this time desirous to know something of Lord Eaglesholme. The contusion he had received in his head from the pistol ball, gave him considerable uneasiness for a day or two, but he was soon restored to perfect health by the medical skill and attention of Dr Partenclaw, who, as it was the first time he had found footing within the castle, took particular
pains to prove himself worthy of having been called in, and the fee he received was such as to make him the less regret the rooting out of the nest of smugglers, and the temporary annihilation of his hopes of cheap claret and brandy.
All Lord Eaglesholme's attempts to discover his daughter in Scotland having proved ineffectual, he was no sooner convalescent, than he set out for London, where he had some hopes of gaining intelligence of her. After much minute and anxious inquiry, however, he began to be convinced that he had been mistaken in his conjectures, and in the deepest despair he was about to return to Scotland, when he received a letter from Madame Bossanville, giving him the soothing intelligence, that Eliza was again safe within the ancient castle of Eaglesholme.
Immediately on receipt of this happy news, he not only determined to remain in town to conclude the settlement of certain affairs demanding his attention, but for reasons best known to himself, he also resolved to write to Eliza to leave Eaglesholme as
as circumstances would allow, and journeying by easy stages, to join him in London with all convenient speed.
It was long after the departure of the Dasher, that this paternal command reached Miss Malcolm. It found her in a state of low, nervous irritability, vainly endeavouring to occupy her mind by the employment of her hands, for she found it impossible to read. She succeeded, indeed, in busying her fingers mechanically, and her mind too was occupied; but it was with something very different from the work her fingers were engaged in. It was with her one cruel and continued struggle, to forget him whom she was doomed to have in her thoughts, as long as thought should remain with her. But this could not last long, for the struggle was fast wearing her away.
The letter of Lord Eaglesholme came in some measure as a relief, and in obedience to its command, she lost no time in preparing for her journey; with the faint hope that change of scene might do something to alleviate her sorrows, and trusting that she should be able to prevail on her father to permit her to retire with Madame Bossanville into the sanctuary of some foreign convent, where she might reside as a boarder, and