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His voice (bankaltogether, as if quite overa come by his feelings." But again recovering him self, he added, “Were there not objections did there not exist insuperable objections which iL. cannot--which I dare not unfold_Heavens! how I would clasp you to my heart as the hus band of her affections, and which I still may do as the preserver of her life !" Saying so, he tenderly embraced Amherst as he knelt before him. “ How would I cherish," continued he, the lovely offspring of those who are so dear to me!" A transient gleam crossed his mind, called up by the pleasing picture he had drawn in it. " But," added he, with returning gloom, that increased as he proceeded in a firm, though hollow voice, " an uncontrollable fate forbids me to indulge in such blissful, but seducing visions •and I must repeat, solemnly repeat, that Eliza Malcolm never can be yours !"
Amherst "rose from his knees in frantie de spaît. “Oh, my Lord! my Lord ! you know not the agony you are torturing me with You cannot, you have not the cruelty to persevere in
a refusal that must reb-me of my lifere But what is my worthless life! You love your "niecor You love Migs Malcolm with all the strength of a parent's affection... Yop have seen our growing mutual attachment you know.sher heart. Ah! little do I know it, if to her the doom you seak will not be as certain as that you have passed on me. 1. In merey bthus, on my knees, . entreate you, my Lord ler-crush not two young hearts, so twined together, that their very life is as one
!!!, -, ; : 1 " I see it all,” said Lord Eaglesholme calmly, after a pause." I see it all now I should have opened my eyes to it then; but, forgetful of circumstances, I was hulled into a fatal apathy, of rather into a pleasing dream, from which I now awake to all this misery. I feel how.deeply I have been to blame. But reproach me not, Amherst. Alas! I am sufficiently punished by those recollections to which I have just been roused. Merciful powers !" added, he, after pausing and looking up to Heaven, whilst every fibre shuddered as he said it Grant that I may not be more severely punished in the hap
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Amherst instantly caught 'a ray of hope from these 'last words. He clasped his Lordship's knees.
" Aye, my Lord !" said he __“ her fate! Think that her life hangs on the same frail thread with mine. Oh, in mercy snap it not ! We have loved, until love is the only food left for us to feed on. Deprive us of it, and we sink from very lack of nutriment. What obstacle but must yield to considerations affecting the life of your niece-your more than daughter !"
Lord Eaglesholme was silent for some minutes. "Twas like the silence preceding the dread thunderpeal, that sinks the very hearts of the tremb ling peasants, over whose fraîł dwellings it is about to speak in awful sounds. He appeared to labour within himself, as if arming his soul with resolution sufficient to enable him to pronounce, what some mysterious, but no less imperious fate required of him, and to terminate a conversation equally torturing to the feelings of both. With a countenance resolute, though not unkind, he slowly and solemnly addressed Amherst
Young man,” said he,.,we are
wearing ourselves out, by giving way to these emotions. They are unavailing, and must be suppressed. I am now compelled, for the third and last time, to declare, that circumstances do exist, rendering it absolutely impossible that Eliza Malcolm can ever be the wife of Amherst Oakenwold. Would that I could have stopped here! But sensible as I now am how culpable I have been, in permitting a freedom of intercourse between you, I cannot allow myself to persevere in error, now that my eyes are opened. So very imperious are those circumstances, which forbid your union, that though it were to risk the life of her I hold so dear, I should consider myself called
up even such a sacrifice on the altar of duty. Having said thus much, you cannot be surprised, that after the extreme violence your passion has betrayed, I should add to the prohibition of your union, the still more severe sentence of eternal separation. The laws of hospitality--pay, more, that gratitude towards you, which must ever throb in this breast, whilst it continues to be animated by the pulsations of life-the strong affection I bear you—all, all forbid that I should, in plain,
teritis, at desire you to quit the roof of Eagles Kolme!0i Bur good feeling, on
on your part, wil prevent you from taking advantage of this, and when I tell you, that whilst you remain' Hete, Eliza Malcolm must be banished from these walls, which have been her shelter from infancy, I say all that can be said by one whose wishes towards you are warm, and who cannot bear that his words should be cold'; or that need be said to one, possessing too much purity of sentiment to render plainer language necessary."
With these words, Lord Eaglesholme threw his arms around Amherst’s neck, and embraced him three or four times, with a flood of tears, and an agitation that sufficiently spoke his inward torture, and the struggle it cost him to part thus with his young friend'; then tearing himself from him in a state bordering upon distraction, he covered his forehead with his hands, and rushed out of the apartment.
Amherst sank down on the floor, felled as it were by the overpowering weight of the feelings which oppressed him, and lay for a time stumed by the unexpected result of an interview, to which both he and Miss Malcolm had looked forward